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Divine Rajas vs. demonic wealth – Wisdom from The Devi Mahatmya – exploring the mahishashura myth

mahishasura’s episode from The Devi Mahatmya reveals that through active struggle with divine rajas, one can easily overcome enslavement to the indriyas and live righteously in harmony with the world.

The mahishashura myth also reveals the two faces of rajas and the two kinds of wealth one may seek in life. One is divine while the other is demoniac.

Those who seek demoniac wealth take to the purely negative and demoniac expression of rajas and are deemed to be bound further and to suffer in the quagmire of perpetual desire, while those who take to a positive expression of rajas seek Divine wealth and are eventually deemed for liberation from suffering of all kinds.