as given in the Vedas: yasyasti bhaktir bhagavati akinchana sarvair gunas tatra samaste su

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as given in the Vedas: yasyasti bhaktir bhagavati akinchana sarvair gunas tatra samaste surah harav abhaktasya kuto mahad-guna mano-rathenasati dhavato bahih "One who has unflinching devotion for the Personality of Godhead has all the good qualities of the demigods. But one who is not a devotee of the Lord has only material qualifications that are of little value. This is because he is hovering on the mental plane and is certain to be attracted by the glaring material energy." (SB 5.18.12) And from the Bhagavad-gita: dambho darpo 'bhimanash cha krodhah parushyam eva cha ajnanam chabhijatasya partha sampadam asurim "Arrogance, pride, anger, conceit, harshness and ignorance--these qualities belong to those of demonic nature, O son of Pritha." Prabhupada elaborates on this verse: "In this verse, the royal road to hell is described. The demoniac want to make a show of religion and advancement in spiritual science, although they do not follow the principles. They are always arrogant or proud in possessing some type of education or so much wealth. They desire to be worshiped by others, and demand respectability, although they do not command respect. Over trifles they become very angry and speak harshly, not gently. They do not know what should be done and what should not be done. They do everything whimsically, according to their own desire, and they do not recognize any authority. These demoniac qualities are taken on by them from the beginning of their bodies in the wombs of their mothers, and as they grow they manifest all these inauspicious qualities." From: Vaishnava Dasa Subject: Krishna On demons "Those who are demoniac do not know what is to be done and what is not to be done. Neither cleanliness nor proper behavior nor truth is found in them. They say that this world is unreal, that there is no foundation and that there is no God in control. It is produced of sex desire, and has no cause other than lust. Following such conclusions, the demoniac, who are lost to themselves and who have no intelligence, engage in unbeneficial, horrible works meant to destroy the world. The demoniac, taking shelter of insatiable lust, pride and false prestige, and being thus illusioned, are always sworn to unclean work, attracted by the impermanent. The believe that to gratify th senses unto the end of life is the prime necessity of human civilization. Thus there is no end to their anxiety. Being bound by hundreds and thousands of desires, by lust and anger, they secure money by illegal means for sense gratification. "The demoniac person thinks: 'So much wealth do I have today, and I will gain more according to my schemes. So much is mine now, and it will increase in the future, more and more. He is my enemy, and I have killed him; and my other enemy will also be killed. I am the lord of everything, I am the enjoyer, I am perfect, powerful and happy. I am the richest man, surrounded by aristocratic relatives. There is none so powerful and happy as I am. I shall perform sacrifices, I shall give some charity, and thus I shall rejoice.' In this way, such persons are deluded by ignorance. Thus perplexed by various anxieties and bound by a network of illusions, one becomes too strongly attached to sense enjoyment and falls down into hell. Self-complacent and always impudent, deluded by wealth and false prestige, they sometimes perform sacrifices in name only without following any rules or regulations. Bewildered by false ego, strength, pride, lust and anger, the demon becomes envious of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is situated in his own body and in the bodies of others, and blasphemes against the real religion. Those who are envious and mischievous, who are the lowest among men, are cast by Me into the ocean of material existence, into various demoniac species of life. Attaining repeated birth amongst the species of demoniac life, such persons can never approach Me. Gradually they sink down to the most abominable type of existance. There are three gates leading to this hell--lust, anger, and greed. Every sane man should give these up, for they lead to the degradation of the soul. The man who has escaped these three gates of hell, O son of Kunti [Arjuna], performs acts conducive to self-realization and thus gradually attains the supreme destination. But he who discards scriptural injunctions and acts according to his own whims attains neither perfection, nor happiness, nor the supreme destination. One should understand what is duty and what is not duty by the regualtions of the scriptures. Knowing such rules and regualtions, one should act so that he may gradually be elevated." (Bhagavad-gita Ch. 16, "The Divine and Demoniac Natures," Text 7-24) It says in the BG that: yad yad acharati shreshthas tat tad evetaro janah sa yat pramanam kurute lokas tad anuvartate "Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues." PURPORT: "People in general always require a leader who can teach the public by practical behavior. A leader cannot teach the public to stop smoking if he himself smokes. Lord Chaitanya said that a teacher should behave properly even before he begins teaching. One who teaches in that way is called acharya, or the ideal teacher. Therefore, a teacher must follow the principles of shashtra (scripture) to reach the common man. The teacher cannot manufacture rules against the principles of revealed scriptures. The revealed scriptures, like Manu-samhita and similar others, are considered the standard books to be followed by human society. Thus the leader's teaching should be based on the principles of the standard rules as they are praticed by the great teachers. The Shrimad-Bhagavatam also affirms that one should follow in the footsteps of great devotees, and that is the way of progress on the path of spiritual realization. The king or the executive head of a state, the father and the school teacher are all considered to be natural leaders of the innocent people in general. All such natural leaders have a great responsibility to their dependents; therefore they must be conversant with standard books of moral and spiritual codes." "Persons who are strongly entrapped by the consciousness of enjoying material life, AND WHO HAVE THEREFORE ACCEPTED AS THEIR LEADER OR GURU A SIMILAR BLIND MAN attached to external sense objects, cannot understand that the goal of life is to return home, back to Godhead, and engage in ther service of Lord Vishnu. As blind men guided by another blind man miss the right path and fall into a ditch, materially attached men led by another materially attached man are bound by the ropes of frutive labor, which are made of very strong cords, and they continue again and again in materialistic life, suffering the threefold miseries." Also Prabhupada further states: "The pseudoreligionists have neither knowledge nor detachment from material affairs, for most of them want to live in the golden shackles of material bondage under the shadow of altruistic and philanthropic activities and in the guise of religious principles. By a false display of religious sentiments, they present a show of devotional service while indulging in all sorts of immoral activities. In this way they pass as spiritual masters and devotees of God. Such violators of religious principles have no respect for the authoritative acharyas, the holy teachers in the strict disciplic succession. To mislead the people in general, they themselves become so-called acharyas, but do not even follow the principles of the acharyas. These rogues are the MOST DANGEROUS ELEMENTS in human society. Because there is no religious government, they escape punishment by the law of the state. They cannot, however, escape the law of the Supreme, who has clearly declared in Bhagavad-gita (16.19-20) that envious DEMONS in the garb of religious propagandists shall be thrown into the darkest regions of hell. Shri Ishopanishad confirms that these pseudoreligionists are heading toward the most obnoxious place in the universe after the completion of their spiritual master business [guru business], which they conduct simply for sense gratification." ishwara sarva bhutanam hrideshe arjuna tishtati brahmayan sarva bhutani yantra rudhani mayaya 'i [krisha] am the Supreme Controller who sits in the heart of all the living beings. These living beings themselves are riding inside a machine as soul, made up of material elements.' eko 'py asau rachayitum jagadandakotim yachchaktir asti jagadanda chaya yad antah andantarastha paramanu chayantarastham govinda adi-purusham tam aham bhajami "i worship the Personality of Godhead, Govinda, who by one of his plenary portions, enters into the existance of every universe and every particle of the atoms and thus unlimitedly manifests His infinite energy all over the material creation"


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