Get Rid of Demoniac Qualities

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

In Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16, Krishna very nicely describes the nature of divine and demoniac people. In the previous yugas we find many demons like Kamsa, Ravana, Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu etc. Although the demons who existed in erstwhile yugas were vanished, the demoniac qualities are still present in Kaliyuga in various proportions in all of us. In verse 16.4 of Bhagavad Gita LordKrishna says,

dambho darpo ’bhimānaś ca krodhaḥ pāruṣyam eva ca
ajñānaṁ cābhijātasya pārtha sampadam āsurīm

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

Due to the presence of these demoniac qualities, we find so many ruthless activities like murder, thefts, cheating, bribery etc happening so commonly, even in broad day-light. For the demons of the previous ages we find that Krishna personally descended to kill them and by His transcendental touch all of them got liberated. But what is the way out for getting rid of the demoniac qualities in this age.

In Caitanya Caritamrta Antya lila verse 3.50 and 51 we find Mahaprabhu expressing His concern about the demons of this age. He says to Haridas Thakura, "My dear Thakura Haridasa, in this Age of Kali most people are bereft of Vedic culture, and therefore they are called yavanas. They are concerned only with killing cows and brahminical culture. In this way they all engage in sinful acts. How will these yavanas be delivered? To My great unhappiness, I do not see any way." Haridas Thakura very nicely replies to the Lord requesting Him not to be anxious. He says that even if yavanas possess demoniac qualities, they chant 'ha rama' 'ha rama'. Though they utter this without any intention to please the Lord, still they will be saved even by this namābhāsa for the Holy Names are very potent. He further gives the example of how Ajamila, when he was in death-bed, called out his younger son Narayana. Simply by uttering the Lord's name, he was saved by the Viṣṇudūtās, from the clutches of Yamadūtā. Such is the transcendental potency of the Holy Name. He further says, "If a devotee once utters the holy name of the Lord, or if it penetrates his mind or enters his ear, which is the channel of aural reception, that holy name will certainly deliver him from material bondage, whether vibrated properly or improperly, with correct or incorrect grammar, or properly joined or vibrated in separate parts. O brahmana, the potency of the holy name is therefore certainly great."

In this Kali yuga, Krishna has mercifully appeared in his Holy name. So Harinam is the only way in this Kaliyuga to diminish/get rid of the demoniac qualities present in us. By chanting the holyname, from the heart, with feelings and with attention, the demonic qualities are gradually destroyed and the divine qualities are manifested in us. So, let us work towards getting ourselves purified and the force of our purity would help the persons coming in contact with us also to come out of the demoniac qualities.

Let us pray Lord Krishna, Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev, to guide all of us, to attain blissful and divine qualities of life forever, by the process of chanting.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Shyamsundar das