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Bhagwat Gita Gyan: The Nature of Asura

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Bhagwan Vishnu’s Krishna avatar left the Bhagavad Gita for humans to attain wisdom! Empty knowledge without understanding of Dharma is the path of Kalyuga. Adharma is prevalent and Dharma struggles, such is the maya of Kalyuga. Thus, Lord Krishna’s immortal words deliver Sanatana truth and knowledge. These words guide Sanatanis in deed and thought to walk the path of righteousness.

The Bhagwat Gita Gyan explores the deva and asura qualities present in humans. These contrasting qualities express the duality of nature. Let’s explore the Gita Gyan on the Nature of Asuras.

Bhagwat Gita Gyan: Shlokas 16-4

BG-Ch16 Daivaasura Sampad Vibhhaaga Yogah-Yoga of Division betn The Divine & the Demoniacal Traits
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दम्भो दर्पोऽभिमानश्च क्रोध: पारुष्यमेव च |

अज्ञानं चाभिजातस्य पार्थ सम्पदमासुरीम् || 4||

Meaning: Hypocrisy, arrogance, conceit, anger, and harshness added to ignorance are the qualities of an Asura

Bhagwat Gita Gyan:

Asuras embody characteristics like excessive pride and arrogance. With a penchant for being impolite or harsh, they display a lack of true knowledge. Ignorance added to a mix of conceit and hypocrisy are all Asuric traits.

Bhagwat Gita Gyan: Shlokas 16-7

प्रवृत्तिं च निवृत्तिं च जना न विदुरासुरा: |

न शौचं नापि चाचारो न सत्यं तेषु विद्यते || 7||

Meaning: Comprehension of proper or improper actions is absent in Asuras. Neither are purity and truthfulness in their conduct present.

Bhagwat Gita Gyan:

Asuras do not understand the difference between actions that adhere to Dharma. For them, there exists no difference between proper and improper actions. The qualities of purity of thought and truthfulness of intent, speech, or deed are also absent from Asuric conduct.

Bhagwat Gita Gyan: Shlokas 16-10

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काममाश्रित्य दुष्पूरं दम्भमानमदान्विता: |

मोहाद्गृहीत्वासद्ग्राहान्प्रवर्तन्तेऽशुचिव्रता: || 10||

Meaning: Asuras cling to insatiable lust, hypocrisy and arrogance. They are attracted to the false illusions of impermanent things and they flourish on impure resolve. 

Bhagwat Gita Gyan:

Those who have an Asuric nature shall succumb to the insatiable thirst for lust, hypocrisy, and arrogance. They indulge and flourish in their self-delusion of impure resolve and unethical conduct.

Lessons for the Modern Sanatani

The eternal truth of Bhagavad Gita offers insights for modern Sanatanis. It clearly lists out qualities that show that a human has descended into Asuric conduct. Impurity in action and Adharma in resolve leads to the degradation of the atman. The path of the Asura never leads to the divine Paramatman

Modern Sanatanis should avoid ignorance, hypocrisy, and arrogance in thought, speech, or deed. The pain of wrath, lust, ego, and conceit should never be indulged in. The succeeding shlokas of Chapter 16 show that once an ataman falls into the chasm of Asuric conduct, the paramatman forsakes it to suffer repeated cycles of birth and death. They are never able to find relief from the eternal Kaalchakra and Maya! Thus, modern Sanatanis should understand the nature of Asura to avoid indulging in these traits.

Moreover, Sanatanis must identify these traits in the actions of others. It will help them know whom to ignore and avoid. Asura’s nature tempts the Dharmic to the path of Adharma. Therefore, their company must be shunned. The Bhagavad Gita encourages all seekers to cultivate positive virtues that lead to personal and spiritual evolution. However, it also asks Sanatanis to be self-aware and critical on their journey to self-realization. May all those whose actions show Asuric traits recognize their truth! Let all Sanatanis rise above the traits that lead to self-ruin!

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