Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 634

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Divine And Demoniac Natures
Chapter 16: Verse- 4

dambho darpo ’bhimänas ca krodhah pärusyam eva ca
ajnänam cäbhijätasya pärtha sampadam äsurim[1]


Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness and ignorance—these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature, O son of Prthä.


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.



  1. dambhah=pride; darpah=arrogance; abhimänah=conceit; ca=and; krodhah=anger; pärusyam=harshness; eva=certainly; ca=and; ajnänam=ignorance; ca=and; abhijätasya=of one who is born of; pärtha=O son of Prthasampadam=the qualities; äsurim=the demoniac nature.

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