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Bhagavadgita Chapter 17 Shraddha Traya Vibhaga Yoga Verse 7

Chapter 17 Shraddha Traya Vibhaga Yoga Verse 7
Aahaarastwapi sarvasya trividho bhavati priyah;
Yajnastapastathaa daanam teshaam bhedamimam shrinu.
The food also which is dear to each is threefold, as also sacrifice, austerity and alms-giving. Hear thou the distinction of these.
Interpretation

After talking about the person misinterpreting the scriptures and going in the wrong way, Lord Krishna in this shloka is talking about the food that the person consumes when he belong to a particular faith. We have already discussed that there are three types of faith, sattvik, Rajasic and Tamasic and Lord says that each person depending upon what guna he is dominated by, is attracted to or likes a particular type of food. The food that he consumes is getting reflected in the sacrifices that he commits, the austerities that he practices and the alms that he gives. Then Lord tells Arjuna to listen to them and starts speaking about them. 

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

A man’s taste for a particular food is determined according to the Guna prevalent in him. Many times it is said that what we eat decides our personality. It is quite logical because every item has a characteristic present in the nature and when it goes into your body, automatically you will see its impact of it on a person. You might have seen that a person who eats fruits and bland food is less aggressive than a person who consumes a lot of spicy food. So, Lord is going to talk about the food and its impact on the person. This if implemented in a person, can make a major impact on his life is what I feel. 

Bhagavadgita Chapter 16 Daivasura Sampad Vibhaga Yoga Verse 8

Chapter 16 Daivasura Sampad Vibhaga Yoga Verse 8

Asatyamapratishtham te jagadaahuraneeshwaram;
Aparasparasambhootam kimanyat kaamahaitukam.

They say: “This universe is without truth, without a moral basis, without a God, brought about by a mutual union, with lust for its cause; what else?”

Interpretation

The focus of this shloka is on the lack of morals and uncontrollable lust for power and sex that people of demonic nature long for. Lord here directly talks about the intent of these people. He says that for the demonic people the whole universe is without the truth nor any morals or without a God. A person thinks that all these are a waste of time and doesn’t believe in any of these. Apart from that these people only believe in the union of lust, which is nothing but improper sexual conduct and that is mainly driven by the senses that act on them. 

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

What is the difference between humans and animals? The answer is morals, ethics, adherence to truth and control over lust. When the World was born it was without any of these qualities and as the human being evolved from the other animals, he got the power of thinking and the ability to decide right and wrong. That gave rise to morals which acted as a code of conduct for right kind of living. Another dimension is the control of one’s lust. Animals have no control over them, but humans have developed control over the lust and to legitimise the relationship between man and woman they have created an institution called marriage. 

A person who is demonic in nature is just like an animal, having least faith in any of these things. He doesn’t believe in morals and does what benefits him the most. Let’s look at a bandit who kills people for money! Will he ever think that a life of a person is more precious than the wealth he is going to get? Not only that every crime that is committed, be it rape or robbery or cheating is all because of the absence of morals. Having sexual relations with random people is also one amongst them where the person can never control his urges. Developing illicit relationships leads to moral degradation and that is how a person who is under the influence of demonic nature lives.