November 28th, 2013

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 16: The Divine And Demoniac Natures


                                                  Chapter 16. The Divine And Demoniac Natures

Chapter 16, Verse 1-3.
The Blessed Lord said: 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.... belong to godly men endowed with divine nature.

Chapter 16, Verse 4.
Arrogance, pride, anger, conceit, harshness and ignorance--these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature,....

Chapter 16, Verse 5.
Transcendental qualities are conducive to liberation, whereas the demoniac qualities make for bondage. Do not worry,... for you are born with the divine qualities.

Chapter 16, Verse 6.
,,, in this world there are two kinds of created beings. One is called the divine and the other demoniac. I have already explained to you at length the divine qualities. Now hear from Me of the demoniac.

Chapter 16, Verse 7.
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.

Chapter 16, Verse 21.
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.

Chapter 16, Verse 22.
The man who has escaped these three gates of hell.... performs acts conducive to self-realization and thus gradually attains the supreme destination.

Chapter 16, Verse 23.
But he who discards scriptural injunctions and acts according to his own whims attains neither perfection, nor happiness, nor the supreme destination.

Chapter 16, Verse 24.
One should 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.

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 16: The Divine And Demoniac Natures

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