Asuras or Demons

Lord Naarayana or Lord Vishnu is the only original and the first living being existing even before the existence of this cosmos or the first created being Lord Brahma! He is the original spirit soul and you know that the spirit soul is an eternal particle and anything other than it is material or perishable, even if it is Lord Brahma who has the supreme life span, he is also afraid of death and is subject to the laws of material universe even though he is in the highest abode of the 14 planetary systems or Satyaloka.

Material universe is a pair of opposites or a dual substance as you can say and it is always in a relative realm. Only the spiritual universe or Vaikuntas, the abode of Lord Vishnu/Lord Naarayana is an absolute realm with no concepts of duality in time or space and is the place of fully realised surrendered souls under the constant and mutual service of Lord Naarayana.

The vivid descriptions of Vaikunta is described here and these are the topics of worthy discussion:Description of the Kingdom of God.

Jaya and Vijaya are the doorkeepers of Lord Vishnu and as such they are sinless souls, as you would expect them to be since they are in the Vaikuntha.

They are ordained to be cursed by the mother earth or Goddess Lakshmi Herself for the pastimes of Lord Naarayanaa for incarnating Himself as Varaaha (Lord Boar) and Lord Narasimha (Man-Lion) and further as Lord Ramachandra and Lord Shri Krishna, enacted through the mind-born sons of Lord Brahma Sanaka, Sanandha, Sanatana and Sanatkumara.

The details are all there in the 3rd Canto Chapters 12-19 of Srimad Bhagavatham.

As such, asuras are a class of living beings who are extremely passionate or in rajas mode, created during the evening twilight hours by Lord Brahma (the entire creation process is explained in Canto 2 and Canto 3 of Srimad Bhagavatham) which is considered inauspicious for doing anything other than auspicious religious activities because of the pre-dominance of Lord Rudra (Bhoothanaath) and his disciples, ghosts and hobgloblins during that time(that’s why, the concept of tri-kala sandhyavandhana worship of the sun and veda-maatha Gayatri during this period to counteract this influence and pacify Lord Rudra is prescribed) as even time is governed by the mode of material nature and appropriate acts are to be performed only at the appropriate time!

Asuras were existing at all points in the yuga cycle along with other created beings. Matsya or fish incarnation was before Varaha and Lord Vishnu as Matsya killed the asura or demon Hayagriva to restore the Vedas that this demon stole from Lord Brahma while the process of pralaya was taking place and Lord Brahma was worried about the next creation process after he lost the Vedas to this asura!

Asuras are as such a class of beings with predominance of the base modes of material nature – rajas and tamas. They have no discrimination of right/wrong or knowledge of reality, practising atheism/pseudo religion principles, they have strong sense of the bodily concepts of life – I/mine/material possessions there of – predomination of the mode of false ego deludes their mind.

They actually need not have powerful bodily features and physical dominance as described about their characteristics in the Puranas/Ithihasas. The strong passion to lord it over material nature with a strong sense of duality, superiority, cunningness and crookedness in exploiting any living creature to one’s own advantage is enough to classify one as a asura or demon!

You may note the significance of the word Kripanah in these regard as i depicted these class of beings:

Conversation 005: Krpanah

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Conversation 025 – Demoniac Nature

This conversation is regarding people of demoniac nature and what one should do to avoid this nature and attain divine nature.

Seeker 1:  Nowadays we see a lot of hypocrisy, greed, crime, lying and pretending even for insignificant reasons!

Seeker 2: Yes, you are correct. The general characteristics of the category of people of this age is clearly explained in Shrimad Bhagavatham: Canto 12 Chapter 2 – The Symptoms of Kali Yuga. You may read it in full detail here:

Seeker 2: Also, a separate chapter is dedicated in Bhagavad Gita to people of demoniac nature. You may check – Chapter 16: The Divine and Demoniac Natures –

Seeker 2: A lucid reference of the characteristics of people of this nature is clearly mentioned in this chapter. I would like to quote some of them:

Seeker 2: “Arrogance, pride, anger, conceit, harshness and ignorance-these qualities belong to those of demonic nature, O son of Prtha.” – Bhagavad Gita 16.4 –

Seeker 2: “Those who are demoniac do not know what is to be done and what is not to be done.” – Bhagavad Gita 16.7 –

Seeker 2: “Being bound by hundreds and thousands of desires, by lust and anger, they secure money by illegal means for sense gratification.” – Bhagavad Gita 16.11-12 –

Seeker 2: “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. ” – Bhagavad Gita 16.13-15 –

Seeker 1: So what should one do to mitigate the effects of demoniac nature ?

Seeker 2: This is also mentioned as the conclusion of the same chapter: “One should understand what is duty and what is not duty by the regulations of the scriptures. Knowing such rules and regulations, one should act so that he may gradually be elevated.” – Bhagavad Gita 16.24 –

Seeker 1: After hearing this, I do want to read the entire book for sure.

Seeker 2: Please do. It will surely change your perspective for good in everything.

Seeker 2: We are driven by three modes of material nature – goodness, passion and ignorance – but it is up to us to achieve goodness and transcend beyond the mode of material goodness to Suddha Sattva or pure goodness – to achieve that control is the ultimate aim of life and perfection.

Seeker 2: Nobody teaches or any technology teaches that.

Seeker 2: Only our mind can do that by understanding the impermanent nature in everything we see and adhere to the conclusions of this chapter!

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