Who is Demonic Person - The Shrimad Bhagavad Gita
॥ श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता ॥ ॥ ॐ श्री परमात्मने नमः ॥ ॥ अथ श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता ॥
Shree Krishna has explained in chapters 14, 16 17 and 18 of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita about the different personalities of persons which are caused by the root material i.e. Prakriti (nature) having three attributes viz. Sattva, Rajas and Tamas in varying proportion. The different characteristics viz. state of mind, actions & doership, charity, spiritual duties, food habits, true knowledge, intellect, determination, joy and re-birth spell out about the tamsika person.
Tamasika person is characterised by inertia (lethargy, inactivity), darkness, dullness, ignorance, madness, intoxication, lassitude, atheism, addiction to women, drowsiness, sloth, worthlessness, impurity and the like. Tamas element covers the knowledge and impels one to madness (14.9). By overpowering Sattva and Rajas, Tamas prevails (14.10). Ignorance is the fruit of a Tamasika act (14.16).
The Tamas , the deceiver of all those who look upon the body as their own self, as born of ignorance. It binds the soul through carelessness/madness, laziness and sleep (14.8). Hypocrisy, arrogance, prides and anger, harshness and ignorance, these are the marks of him, who is born with demoniac properties.
Knowledge dominated by tamas sees side issues as the whole truth and doggedly holds on to them without due thought, under the prompting of passions; actions dominated by it is undertaken thoughtlessly without estimate of one’s capacity of resources, and is prompted by delusions and cruel motives; the agent dominated by tamas is fickle minded, insolent, exploiting, procrastinating and slipshod in his methods; the intelligence is dominated by it sees unrighteousness as righteousness and takes the wrong side of everything; strength of mind or determination dominated by it is always subject to depression, vacillation, and overbearing insolence; and pleasure dominated by it is from the beginning to the end riddled delusion, lethargy and heedlessness.
The main attributes of Demonic Person are listed as under (in bracket, chapter.verse) (the relevant Sanskrit verses of Bhagavad Gita are mentioned at the bottom):