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Chapter 16 Daivasura Sampad Vibhaga Yoga Verse 2

Ahimsaa satyamakrodhas tyaagah shaantirapaishunam;
Dayaa bhooteshvaloluptwam maardavam hreerachaapalam.

Harmlessness, truth, the absence of anger, renunciation, peacefulness, the absence of crookedness, compassion towards beings, uncovetousness, gentleness, modesty, the absence of fickleness…


This is the 2nd part of the three-part shloka that talks about the qualities of a daivic person or person with divine qualities. In the previous shloka He talked about Fearlessness, purity of heart, control of senses as some of the qualities. In this shloka, He is talking about Harmlessness, truth, absence of anger and absence of crookedness as very important qualities of divinity. Lord also says that one should have compassion towards beings as a divine quality that a person should possess. Lord also talks about uncovetousness, gentleness and modesty as requisites with the absence of the fickleness. 

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

For me, the most important quality that one needs to possess in the list given is the absence of fickleness. Fickleness is the weakness that a person possesses where he changes his mind very often. One has to understand that thought in the mind is the gift of God and many thoughts that come countering that is the work of the devil. If you are fickle, you will keep changing between one thought to another and in the process lose the original thought put by God. How do you know which thought is from the devil and which is from God when all thoughts look similar? This answer you will get when you develop some wisdom. 

The thought of God is what your inner mind says and the thought of the devil are the counters to the original thought. If you get a thought that you should perform particular work, it is the work of divinity. But all other thoughts that are alternatives or counters of that particular thought are demonic in nature. The other important quality is the absence of crookedness. Crooked nature is the art of presenting things in a different way than what it is. This is one quality that takes you away from the path of divinity. Apart from other qualities, if a person focuses on these two things a person will surely get onto the path of divinity.