The nature of movement and action. Power of observation. The active force that moves sattva in to action. With the mind's gaze looking outward, we start desiring, thus rajas is the essence of desire. It characterizes motion and stimulation. It influences all endeavors, including the logical, rational, thinking mind. It creates indecisiveness, unreliability, hyperactivity and anxiety.
It creates lust and greed for money, material luxuries an comfort. When one has desire, attachment follows. These attachments are the cause of all suffering. It is self - serving and considers its own interests first, at any cost. Rajas balanced with sattva, manifests love and compassion. Disturbed it brings anger, rage, hostility and disease. It is the manifestation of ego or individualization. The five organs of action and the active mind come from rajas.