|Chapter 16||The Divine and the Demoniac Natures Defined||Verse 9|
Rudra Vaisnava Sampradaya:
Lord Krishna explains that the perceptions of the demoniac stem from exceedingly impure minds and deranged intellects that are extremely limited and so materialistically orientated that they are only able to accept and believe what they can directly perceive by their mind and senses. They incorrigibly perform heinous and horrible deeds that lead to the degradation and destruction of all creation.
Brahma Vaisnava Sampradaya:
Sri Vaisnava Sampradaya:
Continuing further Lord Krishna gives some precise insights to the demoniac mentality. 1) Avastabhya means indiscriminately adopting erroneously as in the verse before. 2) Nasta-atmanah means devoid of any contact with their immortal soul. 3) Alpa-buddhaya means limited intellect due to being incognizant of the cognizant. 4) Ugra-karmanah means vile, heinous, horrendous activities destructive to all.
Such creatures are demoniac and are a parasitic, virulent virus destabilising all creation.
Kumara Vaisnava Sampradaya:
Lord Krishna confirms that the demoniac embracing the doctrine of atheism negate their own atma or immortal soul because of illusion and their inability to accept anything other than the direct perception of what they experience with their mind and senses. Hence life after life they are oblivious to the eternal spiritual position inherent within them and they become deluded lost souls. The conceptions they adhere to are fallacious and their activities are despicable because they lack discriminative knowledge of the difference between the atma and the physical body. What is eternal and what is not eternal. What should be accepted and what should be rejected. Thus they are evilly disposed, enemies of all, full of violence, devoted to diabolical actions and the root of chaos and destruction throughout creation.