Divine & Demonic

Every human being is a fascinating combination of divine and demonic qualities. We all have the devil in us. Something that makes us pursue self-destructive ways. Yet, even the worst among us has extraordinarily divine traits.

 

Your success depends on how well you are able to operate out of your own goodness and marginalize the demonic qualities. Chapter 16 of the Bhagavad-Gita lists 26 qualities of the divine and 6 qualities of the demonic. Krishna assures Arjuna that he is born of the divine temperament and in doing so, lets each one of us know that we are essentially divine as well.

 

The basic difference between the divine and demonic is knowledge. The divine have access to higher knowledge while the demonic, deluded by greed, lust and ego are ignorant of their potential. They lack good conduct. They declare that the world is meaningless and that it is brought about by lustful union. Resorting to insatiable desire, of scant discrimination and savage deeds, such people cause destruction to themselves and others.

 

Self-destruction often begins with a seemingly harmless thought. You experience emptiness within and thoughts arise in the mind that goes out into the world to acquire objects and beings. You believe, wrongly, that acquisition of worldly objects will fill the void. You give in to sensual pleasures. One indulgence leads to another and before long you are enmeshed in the web of delusion. You get addicted to sense gratification and go into a downward spiral. You lead a stressful life devoid of vitality, cheer and growth. Ignorant of your divine birthright you go through the endless cycle of birth and death, repeatedly born in the families of the demonic. If you still do not correct yourself and acquire such gross desires that cannot be fulfilled in the human form you may even slip into lower life forms.

 

Having described the perils of yielding to the devilish tendencies Krsna urges you to free yourself from the three gates of darkness – desire, anger and greed. Anger and greed are mutations of desire so it is desire that needs to be combated and overcome. Yet in the world desire is encouraged, fanned, promoted.

 

Often you follow the path of least resistance and give in to your own worst traits. Sadly, the best in you lies unknown, untapped, unacknowledged. The Bhagavad-Gita shows the way out of darkness and ignorance to the light of wisdom. A path by which the worst tendencies can be silenced and the best qualities promoted. The Indian culture and lifestyle nurtures all that is good and eradicates the evil within.