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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 16, Verse 20

Chapter 16: The Divine And Demoniac Natures
Verse: 20
asurim yonim apanna
mudha janmani janmani
mam aprapyaiva kaunteya
tato yanty adhamam gatim

Attaining repeated birth amongst the species of demoniac life, O son of Kunti, such persons can never approach Me. Gradually they sink down to the most abominable type of existence.

The fact that such person attain "repeated births" indicates that it is very difficult for them to escape this downward glide. The reason is that the result of sinful activities is a desire to commit even more sinful activities. These desires remain as stockpile of desires in the subtle body the embodied being, and just as the wind carried stench from one place to another, the subtle body carries these sinful propensities from one gross body to another. Driven by these sinful desires, continuing to reject the scriptures, such people sink to the lowest form of existence like that of the animals, auras or plants. Such persons are punished as a result of their own activities determined by the invincible law of karma. Krishna has nothing to do with them, just as they have nothing to do with Krishna. Srila Prabhupada states, "It is clearly stated that such demons have practically no chance of receiving the mercy of God at any stage of later life. In the Vedas also it is stated that such persons gradually sink to become dogs and hogs."

One may wonder about the plight of demons that are personally killed by Krishna or one of His incarnations. The acaryas explain that such souls fall in a different category. Either they are suffering the reaction to a curse or may be even serving Krishna in the mood of enemity. Though they are not considered as pure devotees, they are internally followers of the Vedic path. Being defeated by the Lord they attain liberation.

Please read the Sanskrit Verse and the Prabhupada's Purport.


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