Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 16 - Verse 13-15

idam adya maya labdham imam prapsye manoratham
idam astidam api me bhavishyati punar dhanam
asau maya hatah shatrur hanishye caparan api
ishvaro’ham aham bhogi siddho’ham balavan sukhi
adhyo’bhijanavan asmi ko’nyo’sti sadrisho maya
yakshye dasyami modishya ity-ajnana-vimohitah

Translation: 

They say: “I have gained this today, now I shall fulfill my other desires. This wealth belongs to me and in the future it will increase. This enemy has been slain by me and in the future I will slay others. I am in control! I am the enjoyer! I am perfect! I am powerful! I am happy! I am wealthy and aristocratic. Is there anyone equal to me? I shall perform sacrifices, give in charity and enjoy!” Thus they are deluded by ignorance.

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Commentary: 
The inability to discriminate between proper and improper actions is the first recognizable characteristic of an asura. Additionally, Shri Krishna says, they do not know what is purity, proper behavior or truthfulness. Truthfulness, cleanliness, austerity and mercy are most desirable qualities for a human being, but these are totally lacking in one who has acquired the nature of an asura. ...continue reading »

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