Daiva-Asura Sampad Vibhaga Yoga
(Classification of Divine and Demoniacal Traits)
1. The Blessed Lord said: "Fearlessness, purity of heart,
unceasing concentration on Wisdom,
beneficence, sense control, sacrifice, spiritual study, austerity
2. "Non-violence , truthfulness, absence of anger, detachment,
serenity, aversion to slander, compassion to beings, freedom from
greed, gentleness, revulsion to unrighteous acts, absence of
3. "Courage, patience and forgiveness, fortitude, purity, absence
of hatred and jealousy, and humility - these are the qualities, O
Bharata, to be found in one born with Divine gifts.
4. "Ostentation, arrogance, insolence, wrath, coarseness, and
ignorance - these are the marks, O Partha, of one born with a
5. "The Divine heritage leads to Liberation and the devilish to
bondage. Be not anxious, O Pandava, for thou art born with Divine
6. "There are two types of beings in this world - the Divine and
the demoniacal; the Divine has been described, and hear now from Me
of the devilish.
7. "The demoniacal type know not what is right activity nor what
to refrain from; neither purity, nor right conduct, nor truthfulness
can be found in them.
8. "Such ones declare that the Universe was an accident with no
moral basis and was not created by God; and that life is the result
of mere union between the sexes and nothing else.
9. Clinging to this false view, these depraved souls of feeble
understanding and violent deeds, rise as enemies of the world to
10. "Filled with insatiable desires, full of hypocrisy, arrogance
and conceit, embracing false doctrines through delusion, they act
only to further their own unholy objectives.
11. "Slaves to immeasurable anxieties which end only with death,
holding the gratification of senses as the highest ideal and
convinced that there is none other;
12. "Caught in myriad snares of hope, slaves to lust and wrath,
they seek to amass wealth by unholy means, solely for sensual
13. "Deluded, they proclaim: 'This today I have gained; this
desire I shall fulfill; this wealth is mine now and ere long more
wealth shall be mine;
14. "This enemy I have already slain, and others also I shall
destroy. Happy am I because I am powerful, successful and the lord
of all that I survey;
15. "I am wealthy and an aristocrat; who can stand comparison to
me? I shall sacrifice, give alms and be merry as I please'' - thus
think the deluded.
6. "And tossed thus by diverse fancies, enmeshed in the snare of
delusion, addicted to lustful pleasure, they fall into the foulest
17. "Self-conceited, stubborn, filled with pride and intoxicated
by wealth, they perform sacrifices mainly for ostentation instead of
18. "Clinging to egoism, power, insolence, lust and anger, these
malicious persons scorn Me who am in them as well as in others.
19. "These demonic haters, cruel and vilest among men, I
repeatedly hurl into demoniacal wombs in the cycles of rebirth.
20. "Doomed to lowly wombs, these devilish ones, O Kaunteya, far
from coming to Me, sink lower and lower birth after birth.
21. "Threefold is this gateway to hell, leading man to perdition
- lust, wrath and greed; these three must be severely shunned.
22. "O Kaunteya, that man who avoids these three gates to
darkness, practices what is good for himself and will eventually
attain the Supreme State.
23. "But he who scorns the injunctions of the scriptures and acts
on the impulse of desire gains neither perfection, nor happiness,
nor the Supreme State.
24. "Therefore, let the scriptures be thy authority in deciding
what ought to be done and what ought not to be done. Ascertain thou
what they command, and act accordingly."
Thus in the Bhagavad Gita, the Essence of the Upanishads,
the Science of Brahman,
the Scripture of Yoga, the Dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna,
ends the sixteenth chapter, entitled:
DAIVA-ASURA SAMPAD VIBHAGA YOGA
79In thought, word and