Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 17 - Verse 5-6

ashastra-vihitam ghoram tapyante ye tapo janah
dambhahankara-samyuktah kama-raga-balanvitah
karshayantah sharira-stham bhuta-gramam acetasah
mam caivantah sharira-stham tan viddhy-asura-nishcayan

Translation: 

Out of pride and egotism, those who are ignorant undergo severe austerities that have no basis in the Vedas. Driven by lust, ambition and the desire for power, they torture the body and thus they also torture Me who resides within the body – know that such persons are of the nature of asuras.

Translation: 
Commentary: 
In this chapter Shri Krishna answers the question of Arjuna regarding those who reject the Vedas, but perform worship with some faith. Arjuna wants to know to which mode of material nature they belong. The first lesson to learn here is that by not following the Vedic injunctions one automatically acts as one likes, but is henceforth always under the modes of material nature – goodness, passion and ignorance. Thus, one is never situated in transcendence. ...continue reading »

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