The Divine and Demoniac Natures
“The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Fearlessness; purification of one’s existence; cultivation of spiritual knowledge; charity; self-control; performance of sacrifice; study of the Vedas; austerity; simplicity; nonviolence; truthfulness; freedom from anger; renunciation; tranquility; aversion to faultfinding; compassion for all living entities; freedom from covetousness; gentleness; modesty; steady determination; vigor; forgiveness; fortitude; cleanliness; and freedom from envy and from the passion for honor – these transcendental qualities, O son of Bharata, belong to godly men endowed with divine nature” Chapter 16 form the Bhagavad Gita, These 26 qualities are a necessity for man to lead for higher grounds, no discounting! To reach the destination, follow the path!
“The transcendental qualities are conducive to liberation, whereas the demoniac qualities make for bondage. Do not worry, O Son of Pandu, for you are born with the divine qualities.” Whenever we choose otherwise than the qualities which are mandate to achieve higher grounds we attract bondage. Limitations are set not by Him but by us!
“Those who are demoniac do not know what is to be done and what is not to be done. Neither cleanliness nor proper behavior nor truth is found in them.” It is not what is outside but what is inside you want to be. Know where to seek for what? Seeking a coin dropped on the pathway, in the house would result futile. Seek your path others may follow, seek your doings others would learn, seek for higher grounds and nobody would let you astray from your destination.
“Taking shelter of insatiable lust and absorbed in the conceit of pride and false prestige, the demoniac, this illusioned, are always sworn to unclean work, attracted by the impermanent.” Permanence is a myth, change is inevitable doing our best with what we can do is medium of earning good karma. Do not patronise yourself with permanence; expectations and illusions are too, of impermanence in nature.
“They believe that to gratify the senses is the prime necessity of human civilisation. Thus until the end of life their anxiety is immeasurable. Bound by a network of hundreds of thousands of desires and absorbed in lust and anger, they secure money by illegal means for sense gratification.” The ends cannot justify the means, the world has come to a different view, however the ends accumulated by misguiding, cheating might reap materialistic results however, you have lessened the strength required to reach the destination.
“Self-complacent and always impudent, deluded by wealth and false prestige, they sometimes proudly perform sacrifices in name only, without following any rules or regulations.” There are rules and regulations to attain for the higher grounds, who decides HE decides and knows, every act is accounted for and every sacrifice is noted. Where do you want to lead is a choice, choose wisely!
“There are three gates leading to this hell – lust, anger and greed. Every sane man should give these up, for they lead to the degradation of the soul.” The demoniac life starts with trying to satisfy lust, unable to do so leads to anger and greed. They are the stepping stones attracting one to reach the lowest low! Entangling oneself in the material world, which in return prove its impermanence in some time anyway!
“He who discards scriptural injunctions and acts according to his own whims attains neither perfection, nor happiness, nor the supreme destination.” The injunctions are simplistic, asking to behave, be honest etc. these are qualities attainable however attraction to break the rules is root cause one to stop before reaching the destination.
“One should therefore understand what is duty and what is not duty by the regulations of the scriptures. Knowing such rules and regulations one should act so that he may gradually be elevated.” The path to success has rules, requires time and costs one best self at all times; to be elevated.