Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The Bhagvad Gita - Chapter 16 - The fallen people

The supreme being (Lord SriKrishna) says this further: Fearlessness, purity of heart, cultivation of spiritual knowledge, charity, sense control, sacrifice, non-violence, truthfulness, renunciation, absence of anger, tranquility, courage, forgiveness, cleanliness, freedom from hatred, modesty, determination, compassion, freedom from greed are some of the things that those with divine nature are endowed with.

Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harsh speech and ignorance are the qualities of demonic people. Do not grieve Arjuna, because you are born with divine qualities. I have described to you the divine qualities fairly in detail. Now listen from me about the demoniac people – the ungodly :-

Those of demoniac nature don’t know how to act and how not to act. Neither good behavior, nor cleanliness, nor good behavior is found in them. They describe the world as a big illusion. Attached to insatiable lust and absorbed in false prestige and pride due to lack of discrimination, the ungodly adopt impure vows attracted by the transient.

They are busy in satisfying sensory desires through illegal means (they acquire money for this) for the purpose of sense gratification. They have a thinking that they are the enjoyers and that they are successful, powerful and happy. Hence they must be God. They also think that with the wealth hoarded they can perform sacrifices, give charity and rejoice. Nothing could be further from the truth.

They who become deeply attached to sensory activities then fall into hell. Conceited, stubborn, proud and deluded by wealth, they perform superficial sacrifices not as per vedic injunctions. Those who are envious and wicked, who are the lowest among the men, I cast them back into the ocean of material existence. Whereas, those who have escaped the three gates of hell , (anger, greed and lust) slowly make progress towards me. One who discards spiritual rules, neither attains perfecton, nor happiness. One must truly understand the meaning of duty and perform it in the right spirit, to come to me.



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