Asuri Sampat

Definition - What does Asuri Sampat mean?

Asuri sampat is a term that refers to the evil qualities or tendencies within a person that are impediments to a spiritual life and spiritual growth. The term comes from the Sanskrit, asuri, which means “war,” “battle” or “female demon”; and sampat, which means “to rush together” as well as “wealth” and “perfection.” It is typically translated as “demoniacal wealth” or “devilish qualities.”

The Bhagavad Gita divides all mental traits into two categories: one being asuri sampat and the other its opposite, daivi sampat, called the "virtues of divine wealth.”

Yogapedia explains Asuri Sampat

Humans have both daivi and asuri sampat, but yogis strive to shed asuri sampat to fulfill their goal of their spiritual life by achieving Self-realization and liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth.

The daivi sampat, as described in Chapter 16 verses 4-21 of the Bhagavad Gita, includes:

  • Vanity
  • Arrogance
  • Pretension
  • Anger
  • Cruelty
  • Ignorance
  • Impurity
  • Absence of religious discipline
  • Absence of truthfulness
  • Absence of faith in God
  • Endless desire for sense-pleasure
  • Delusion
  • False values
  • Worry
  • Attachment
  • Greed
  • Egoism
  • Slander

In contrast, daivi sampat consists of such traits as:

  • Purity of heart
  • Forgiveness
  • Lack of malice
  • Devotion
  • Knowledge
  • Non-covetousness
  • Modesty
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