"Three Stages of Awareness
A depiction of Hermes Trismegistus showing three levels of human consciousness which corresponds to the Trigunas or Modes of Material Nature of East Indian philosophy(described in the Bhagavad Gita- Chapt.14) and which are also the three Philosophical Principles of Alchemy.
SALT or TAMAS- ignorance and inertia: man asleep:
SULFUR or RAJAS- passion and movement: man in action:
MERCURY or SATTVA-goodness, wisdom and rhythm: man harmonious:”
-Dr. Bruce S. Fisher (Connecting)