This article contains the verses from Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16.
Links to remaining chapters can be found at the end of the article.
Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16
Have no fear and be as pure as possible; never waiver in your resolve or commitment to the spiritual life you have chosen. Donate willingly. Maintain self-discipline while also being sincere, truthful, loving, and eager to be of service to others. Acknowledge the veracity of the scriptures, develop your ability to detach, and discover the pleasure in renunciation.
Do not allow yourself to become angry or cause harm to any living creature; instead, be compassionate and gentle, and show good will to all.
Strive for vitality, patience, willpower, and purity; stay away from malice and pride. Then, Arjun, you will accomplish what is destined for you by the gods.
Hypocrisy, arrogance, conceit, anger, cruelty, and ignorance are the other characteristics that contribute to a person becoming increasingly inhuman, Arjun.
The qualities that are divine lead to freedom, while the demonic qualities lead to bondage. Arjun, you have no reason to be sad because you were born with divine qualities.
Some people have tendencies that are divine, while others have tendencies that are demonic. Arjun, I have already gone into great detail about the divine; please pay attention as I now discuss the demonic.
Those who are demonic make mistakes that they should not make and avoid making the right choices. They lack any sense of rightness, purity, or the truth in their character.
They assert that there is no God, that there is no truth, that there is no spiritual law, and that there is no moral order. Sex is the fundamental component of life; what else could it be?
Because they have such warped perspectives and are so lacking in discrimination, they become enemies of the world and are the cause of much suffering and devastation.
Hypocritical, proud, and arrogant, living in delusion and clinging to deluded ideas, they pursue their unclean ends because they are insatiable in their desires.
Despite the fact that they are plagued with anxieties that can be alleviated only through death, they continue to insist with utter conviction that the gratification of lust is the highest that life can offer.
Bound on all sides by scheming and anxiety, driven by anger and greed, they amass a hoard of money by any means they can in order to satisfy their cravings. They are bound on all sides by scheming and anxiety.
I have destroyed my enemies. I will also bring destruction to others. Am I not like God? I am happy doing whatever I choose. I am successful. I am powerful. I feel great joy.
I was born into a wealthy family. Who can compete with me? I will offer sacrifices, bestow gifts, and take pleasure in the fact that I am a generous person. Deluded by their own ignorance, they continue on in this manner.
They are led astray into a place of torment by the shackles of their avarice, the entanglements of a web of delusion, and the fragmentation of their minds.
Proud of themselves, obstinate, and carried away by the pride of their wealth, they perform sacrifices in an ostentatious manner while paying no attention to the reason for doing so.
They abuse my presence within their own bodies as well as in the bodies of others. They are egotistical, violent, arrogant, lustful, angry, and envious of everyone.
In each of their previous lives, I threw those who were malicious, hateful, cruel, and degraded into the wombs of those who had demonic natures that were similar to mine.
Reincarnation after reincarnation, they continue to exhibit demonic tendencies. Arjun, when they are degraded in this manner, they are unable to reach me and continue to fall lower.
Lust, anger, and greed are the three entry points into the self-destructive hell that awaits you. Give up these three things.
Those who are successful in evading these three entrances to the lower worlds, Arjun, search for the highest good and arrive at the pinnacle of human achievement.
Some people do not take the teachings of the scriptures seriously. They are so consumed by their own desires that they lose sight of the point of life, missing out on both happiness and success in the process.
Therefore, let the scriptures serve as your guide in determining what you should do and what you should not do. First, you must understand their teachings, and then you must act in accordance with those teachings.