AND THE DEMONIC QUALITIES
LIST OF MAJOR DIVINE QUALITIES THAT SHOULD BE CULTIVATED FOR SALVATION
Krishna said: Fearlessness, purity of inner psyche, perseverance
in the yoga of Self-knowledge, charity, sense restraint, sacrifice,
study of the scriptures, austerity, honesty; nonviolence, truthfulness,
absence of anger, renunciation, equanimity, abstaining from malicious
talk, compassion for all creatures, freedom from greed, gentleness,
modesty, absence of fickleness, splendor, forgiveness, fortitude,
cleanliness, absence of malice, and absence of pride ¾ these
are some of the qualities of those endowed with divine virtues,
LIST OF DEMONIC QUALITIES THAT SHOULD BE GIVEN UP BEFORE SPIRITUAL
JOURNEY CAN BEGIN
Arjuna, the marks of those who are born with demonic qualities are:
Hypocrisy, arrogance, pride, anger, harshness, and ignorance.
qualities lead to salvation, the demonic qualities are said to be
for bondage. Do not grieve, O Arjuna, you are born with divine qualities.
ARE ONLY TWO TYPES OF HUMAN BEINGS ¾ THE WISE AND THE IGNORANT
are only two types (or castes) of human beings in this world: The
divine, or the wise; and the demonic, or the ignorant. The divine
has been described at length, now hear from Me about the demonic,
of demonic nature do not know what to do and what not to do. They
neither have purity nor good conduct nor truthfulness.
say: The world is unreal, without a substratum, without a God, and
without an order. Sexual union of man and woman alone and nothing
else causes the world.
to this wrong atheist view, these degraded souls — with small
intellect and cruel deeds ¾ are born as enemies for the destruction
of the world.
with insatiable desires, hypocrisy, pride, and arrogance; holding
wrong views due to delusion; they act with impure motives.
with endless anxiety lasting until death, considering sense gratification
their highest aim, convinced that sense pleasure is everything;
by hundreds of ties of desire and enslaved by lust and anger; they
strive to obtain wealth by unlawful means for the fulfillment of
sensual pleasures. They think:
has been gained by me today, I shall fulfill this desire, I have
this much wealth, and will have more wealth in the future;
enemy has been slain by me, and I shall slay others also. I am the
Lord. I am the enjoyer. I am successful, powerful, and happy;
am rich and born in a noble family. Who is equal to me? I shall
perform sacrifice, I shall give charity, and I shall rejoice. Thus
deluded by ignorance;
by many fancies; entangled in the net of delusion; addicted to the
enjoyment of sensual pleasures; they fall into a foul hell.
stubborn, filled with pride and intoxication of wealth; they perform
service only in name, for show, and not according to scriptural
malicious people cling to egoism, power, arrogance, lust, and anger;
and hate Me who dwells in their own bodies and those of others.
IS THE DESTINY OF THE IGNORANT
hurl these haters, cruel, sinful, and mean people into the cycles
of rebirth in the womb of demons again and again.
Arjuna, entering the wombs of demons birth after birth, the deluded
ones sink to the lowest hell without ever attaining Me (until their
minds change for the better by the causeless mercy of the Lord).
ANGER, AND GREED ARE THE THREE GATES TO HELL
anger, and greed are the three gates of hell leading to the downfall
(or bondage) of the individual. Therefore, one must learn to give
up these three.
who is liberated from these three gates of hell, O Arjuna, does
what is best for him or her, and consequently attains the Supreme
MUST FOLLOW THE SCRIPTURAL INJUNCTIONS
who acts under the influence of his or her desires, disobeying scriptural
injunctions, neither attains perfection nor happiness, nor the Supreme
let the scripture be your authority in determining what should be
done and what should not be done. You should perform your duty following
the scriptural injunction.