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The Divine and Demoniac Qualities

Following is an excerpt from Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 16 – Verse no 1 – 12 by Vraja Bihari Das.

Krishna say the divine qualities are fearlessness, purification of one’s existence, cultivation of spiritual knowledge, charity, self-control, performance of sacrifice, study of the Vedas, austerity and simplicity; nonviolence, truthfulness, freedom from anger; renunciation, tranquility, aversion to faultfinding, compassion and freedom from covetousness; gentleness, modesty and steady determination; vigor, forgiveness, fortitude, cleanliness, freedom from envy and the passion for honor-these transcendental qualities.

Now, why one should create this qualities for one-selves. And the answer for that is one have these qualities, they would stronger with a purified heart and hence they have the energy to provide services to the society to uplift. After telling about the divine quality, Krishna tells about the demonic qualities through this section of verse to Arjuna.

Krishna further say – 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. They say that this world is unreal, that there is no foundation and that there is no God in control. It is produced of sex desire, and has no cause other than lust. Following such conclusions, the demoniac, who are lost to themselves and who have no intelligence, engage in unbeneficial, horrible works meant to destroy the world. The demoniac, taking shelter of insatiable lust, pride and false prestige, and being thus illusioned, are always sworn to unclean work, attracted by the impermanent.

People with the sense of purpose, transcend, however, materialistic people cannot understand it. So when we talk about demonic people, we are not talking about demon, there can be normal sophisticated people can also have demonic qualities. So the primary difference to know whether a person is divine or demoniac qualities is by knowing their intent on the pathway they are moving to, what one is trying to achieve and mainly is one tending toward servicing ones duties or running towards sense gratification. Thus the primary difference is nothing but Aspiration towards serving Krishna.

Now, how does one create aspiration, it develops by the people with whom you associate with. Adding to this, we have to constantly give up judgement as continues judgement one becomes hard-hearten. To clarify this, one has to differentiate between observation and evaluation, and you will find you won’t be affected when you are just observing instead of judging. Finally when you stop judging and you can bring love in your consciousness and that is core essence of Bhakti Yoga.

So, in a nutshell, to develop the aspiration towards divine qualities, one has to act in these few aspects, first is association, second is separating observation from judgement and the 3rd and most important aspect is to connect deeply to out inner self, towards Krishna inside us.

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