Daivi Sampat

Definition - What does Daivi Sampat mean?

Daivi sampat is a term that refers to the 26 virtues listed in the Bhagavad Gita that the sadhaka (spiritual seekers) strive for in their quest to become enlightening beings. The term comes from the Sanskrit daivi, meaning “divine,” and sampat, meaning “wealth” or “perfection.”

According to the Gita, there are two categories of mental traits, daivi sampat, and its opposite, asuri sampat, which translates as “devilish qualities” or “demoniacal wealth.” Asuri sampat is an impediment to spiritual growth and a spiritual life. Daivi sampat is required for a spiritual life and self-realization.

Yogapedia explains Daivi Sampat

The average person has both daivi and asuri sampat, but the yogi on the path to moksha sheds the asuri sampat, because the only way to moksha and liberation from the cycle of reincarnation is to embrace the daivi sampat.

The daivi sampat, as described in Chapter 16 of the Bhagavad Gita includes:

  • First verse – fearlessness, purity of heart, devotion to knowledge through the path of yoga, charity, self-restraint, sacrifice, study of oneself and scriptures, austerity and straightforwardness or rectitude.
  • Second verse – harmlessness, truth, lack of anger, renunciation, peacefulness, absence of fault-finding, compassion, non-covetousness, gentleness, modesty and steadiness.
  • Third verse – vigor, forgiveness, fortitude and patience, purity of mind and body, lack of malice and absence of excessive pride.

In contrast, asuri sampat consists of such traits as: delusion, absence of faith, greed, egoism, pretension, cruelty, anger, vanity, ignorance and impurity.

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