The first degradation is undesirable association, the first degradation; then no more respect for scriptural injunction, second degradation

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"The first degradation is undesirable association, the first degradation; then no more respect for scriptural injunction, second degradation"

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Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures

The first degradation is undesirable association, the first degradation; then no more respect for scriptural injunction, second degradation; and then the third step, that aghāyur aśuciḥ, you become infected with the low-grade quality. Jaghanya-guṇa-vṛtti-sthā adho gacchanti tāmasāḥ (BG 14.18). The first-grade qualification is sattva-guṇa; second, rajo-guṇa; and the third, tamo-guṇa.

Degradation. The first degradation is undesirable association, the first degradation; then no more respect for scriptural injunction, second degradation; and then the third step, that aghāyur aśuciḥ, you become infected with the low-grade quality. Jaghanya-guṇa-vṛtti-sthā adho gacchanti tāmasāḥ (BG 14.18). The first-grade qualification is sattva-guṇa; second, rajo-guṇa; and the third, tamo-guṇa. So they believe in the evolution. Now, in this human form of life, what is further evolution? The further evolution is that if you are keeping in sattva-guṇa, in goodness, then you can be promoted, elevated, to the higher planetary system. Ūrdhvaṁ gacchanti sattva-sthāḥ (BG 14.18). And if you keep yourself in the rajo-guṇa, then you will keep within this Bhūrloka. And if you are infected with the tamo-guṇa, then you again go to lower-grade life, again animal life, plant life. This is the nature's process. You cannot avoid it. You may be very much proud falsely, but after death, after giving up this body, you are completely... You are already completely under the regulative principle of nature. You cannot violate even. But if you foolishly violate, then you are preparing your next life according to your karma. Karmaṇā daiva-netreṇa (SB 3.31.1).