Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16 The Divine and Demoniac Natures Daiv Ä sura Sampad Yoga
Chapter summary TRANSCENDENTAL AND DEMONIAC QUALITIES (16. 1 ‑ 6) TRANSCENDENTAL AND DEMONIAC QUALITIES (16. 1 ‑ 6) THE DEMONIAC NATURE (16. 7 ‑ 20) THE DEMONIAC NATURE (16. 7 ‑ 20) THE CHOICE: ESCAPING TO THE SUPREME DESTINATION (16. 21 ‑ 24) THE CHOICE: ESCAPING TO THE SUPREME DESTINATION (16. 21 ‑ 24)
Divine qualities in the Mode of Goodness Demoniac qualities in the Modes of Passion and Ignorance
The Divine Qualities vs. 1-3 Sannyas Fearlessness Purification of ones’ existence. No association with women Avoidance of wealth Cultivation of knowledge Grhastha Charity Self-Control Sacrifice Bramacari Vedic Study Celibacy Vanaprastha austerity
The Divine Qualities cont. vs. 1-3 Brahmin: (for all asrams) Simple - should be simple and straight forward Non violent-- not arresting the progressive life of any living entity. Truthful—not distorting the truth for personal interest Controls anger Does not find fault unnecessarily Determined - not agitated or frustrated in ones attempts Modest & does not perform abominable acts
Divine qualities continued: Ksatriyas- strong and able to provide protection, not showing anger to those who are inferior or treat one with contempt, keeps the body strong even when tired. Vaishas—clean in mind, body and mind, body anddealings. Non violent. —not expecting honor. Sudras—not expecting honor.
Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger harshness and ignorance— these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature, O son of Prtha 16:4
Caught in a network of illusion Bound by material desires Strongly attached to sense enjoyment
The Super soul and the jiva soul are like 2 birds in a tree. One, the jiva, is eating fruits trying to enjoy and the other, Krsna, is a witness, waiting for us to turn toward Him. The demoniac person, who has no faith in God or the Supersoul, performs all kinds of sinful acts but does not realize that there is a witness sitting within his heart. Therefore he acts in abominable ways without considering the consequences. purport 16:12
Those who are envious and mischievous, who are the lowest among men. I perpetually cast into the ocean of material existence, into various demoniac species of life. BG 16:19 Attaining repeated birth amongst the species of demoniac life, O son of Kunti, such persons can never approach Me. Gradually they sink down to the most abominable type of existence. BG 16:20
Following the rules and regulations BG 16: 24 Following the sastras Understanding one’s duty Avoiding prohibited behavior If, however one is able to be guided by a proper and bona fide spiritual master, who can lead one to the path of elevation, to the higher stage, then one’s life becomes successful. gradual elevation
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