Chapter 16 Daivasura Sampad Vibhaga Yoga Verse 17
Aatmasambhaavitaah stabdhaa dhanamaanamadaanvitaah;
Yajante naamayajnaiste dambhenaavidhipoorvakam.
Self-conceited, stubborn, filled with the intoxication and pride of wealth,
they perform sacrifices in name, through ostentation, contrary to scriptural ordinances.
Lord Krishna in this shloka is talking about the practices that people who have demonical tendencies follow. He says that these demonical people who are self-conceited which means who over estimates their abilities, stubborn which means those who are adamant on what they should do, are filled with the pride of wealth. They are so much into this pride of wealth that they cant see anything around them. In the next part of the shloka Lord Krishna talks about how they perform the rituals. He says that they perform the necessary sacrifices only in the name but not in the manner in which it should be performed as prescribed in the scriptures.
Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!
Today am going to introduce you to a person who is a classic example of demonical nature. He is rich, he is proud of his achievements and he wants everyone around him to praise him for the wealth he holds. He gives money to those people who lick his boots and listen to his words without any resistance. He gives money to those who constantly heap praises on him. Then when there is a celebration at his home, be it a marriage or a birthday or any other function, he makes it a big pomp and show by calling everyone around and showing off all his wealth by performing that function in a very grand scale. I am sure you would have seen such people around you.
Then there is one more dimension to him. He performs pujas, yajnas and other rituals at home. Though, you would see that all of them are happening to God, he makes it sound as if he is doing it all for himself. He does a satyanarayana puja at home. He cant even pronounce a sentence of the shloka but he will employ priests who would utter them and shower money on Lord in the form of ornaments and also on people who come to that function in the form of gifts. Just think for a minute. Is it what was prescribed in scriptures? Why should one do rituals and sacrifices? Most of them are for the penance and for the love that we have for the God.
But in today’s world, everything has become a show off. Our celebration of festivals has become a show off, our going to temple has become a showoff, our doing pujas and yajnas at home has also become a showoff. We also do these rituals and sacrifices, expecting something in return from God. We prepare ornaments to God and gift Him for the success we get or in anticipation of that success. Our mind should understand one thing- God doesnt need any of this. All He needs is a sincere expression of love and faith towards Him and worship Him equally at all times, whether He gives you good or gives you bad, whether He fulfils your wishes or doesnt fulfil them.