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What about that person who does not follow the principles of scriptures but does as per their mind? Each person has a particular type of faith depending on the mode of material nature acquired by his soul. 

Depending on the mode of nature acquired by the individual soul, faith can be divided into three categories:
Faith in Goodness 
Peoples in the mode of goodness worship demigods. 

They eat vegetarian food such as cereals, pulses, fruits, vegetables, dry fruits, milk, etc as these food increase duration of life as they are juicy, fatty, wholesome, and pleasant to the heart and tasty. These foods provide happiness, strength, health, satisfaction to the person who eats them. They increase the age of the person eating such food. Mode of goodness is also called the mode of light because when it comes, it lights all the doors of the body with knowledge. Our body has nine doors and only a person working without any selfish motives can live here in happiness. The soul can not feel happiness in the hazy environment of attachment. 

When a person is in the faith of goodness, then they perform sacrifices according to rules and regulations mentioned in scriptures but they perform sacrifices without any desire of rewards in return from these sacrifices. 

These peoples perform austerities such as worship of supreme God, Brahmanas, spiritual masters, and father and mother. These peoples keep themselves clean and hygiene. They purify themselves with worship, meditation, reading spiritual knowledge, listening to holy discourses and sermons, and bhajans and Kirtans. They believe in simple living and high thinking. Some persons such as saints, sages, spiritual students remain celibate in the mode of goodness. Compassion is the root of religion but this religion is not fundamental whereas this religion is the knowledge that we are part and parcels of Gods and God is the father of all the living creatures in this world. We are fragments of God and contains all the qualities of God but in minute quantity. These people believe in nonviolence. These peoples control their speech and speak words which are sweet, pleasant, beneficial, and not agitating to others. They recite Vedic literature regularly and follow the austerity of body, speech, and mind.  These people keep themselves self-satisfied and self-controlled and remain serious towards god consciousness and they have attractive power and people are attracted to them.

They perform austerity of mind, body, and speech for the sake of God only, and with transcendental faith in God for the benefit of others with no selfish motives is called austerity of goodness.

They give charity as a duty, without any motive of reward or fruitive results in return, at the proper time and place, and to a worthy person.

Faith in Passion

Peoples in the mode of passion worship demons. 

The persons who are foolish and motivated by lust and attachment perform hard austerities and penances which are not recommended in scriptures to gain wealth, fame and satisfy their senses. These persons torture their body and super soul residing in their heart to gain boons from demigods. You have heard about many demons in history such as Ravana, Haranyakaspu, etc who follow such a path to get boons from demigods Brahma and Shiva and become too powerful for diving powers to defeat them. They even snatched the heaven from the gods and ruled on three worlds. These people eat food that is highly sour, hot, dry, salty, highly bitter and produce burning sensation to the tongue. These foods are responsible for distress, disease, misery for the person who eats them in the mode of passion. These peoples perform sacrifices for getting some reward in return and for the sake of their pride. These sacrifices are known to be in the mode of passion. 

They give charity not as a duty, with the motive of reward or fruitive results in return, at the not proper time and place, and to an unworthy person. They do charity to gain respect and fame from society. They do charity with trouble and under some compulsion. They feel repentance after doing charity.
  • Faith in ignorance
Peoples in the mode of ignorance worship ghosts & spirits. 

These people eat stale food, tasteless, decomposed, rotten, and food consisting of leftovers by other persons and non-vegetarian food. Some people eat innocent animals to satisfy their tongue and belly and get infected by dreaded bacteria and viruses which leads to a pandemic. ''To every action, there is equal and opposite reaction''. This is the third law of motion by famous scientist Newton and this is very much similar to the law of Karma. ''You will reap as you sow''. Mode of ignorance is called the mode of darkness. 

These peoples also perform sacrifices but without any faith in sacrifices, without abiding any rules and regulations mentioned in religious scriptures and without distribution of spiritual food, chanting of hymns and remunerations to the priests, for the sake of doing sacrifices only for getting name and fame in society. 

The person in the mode of ignorance performs austerity out of foolishness by troubling themselves and with motives of causing injury or harm to others.

They do charity not as a duty, without any proper thinking, attention, respect, at the not proper time and impure place, and to an unworthy person. 

Sacrifice, penance, austerity performed without faith in God is "asat" or not permanent and is not beneficial in this life or next life.

Thanks for reading the blog.

Hare Krishna


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