Every human being is a combination of good and bad, positive and negative, higher and lower qualities. What matters is not what he is but what direction he takes.
The chapter XVI of the Bhagavad Gita presents two distinct classes of human beings – the divine and the demoniac. The divine possess higher aspirations and the demoniac the lower desires. The demoniac follows the lower and suffers from agitation and sorrow. The divine takes up the higher, evolves to peace and perfection and reach the ultimate goal of Self-realisation.
The demoniac, class of people are deluded, impure, fierce in their deeds. They know not what action to a take and what to abstain from. The merely pursue their desires with hypocrisy, conceit and arrogance. Commit terrible deeds with impure resolve. Bound by insatiable lust and expectation they suffer their live in sorrow and misery. Yielding to egoism, power, lust and wrath they live with evil, malice and hatred. Such people deluded in lust, greed and hate continue their demoniac life birth after birth, being ignorant of the supreme Self they sink to the lowest state.
On the contrary the divine clearly knows what to do what not to do in life. They fix a higher ideal and perform their obligations to reach that ideal. They are free from the triple gates of hell – lust, greed and hate. Realising the blunder committed by the demoniac, the divine take to the spiritual path and reach the supreme Goal of Self-realisation.
Sunandaji, daughter disciple of internationally renowned philosopher Swami Parthsarathy will be delivering a lecture on the XVI the chapter of Bhagavad Gita on the topic ‘Divine and Demoniac Nature’ from Sunday 1 – Wednesday 4 March, 2015 from 6.30 to 8 pm at the Buddhist Cultural Centre, Havelock road – Thummulla junction, Colombo 05, Sri Lanka. All are welcome. For further details contact: + 94 0779213854 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extract from ‘Bhagavad Gita’ commented by Swami A.Parthasarathy.