What exactly compels us to perform evil or immoral deeds?
What tempts humans to lead hedonistic lives here on Earth?
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The Q . resembles BG 3.36
atha kena prayukto yam ..*Arjun asked: What exactly impels one to commit sinful acts, even unwillingly, as if by force, O descendent of Vrishni (Krishna)?
BG 3.37 answers the Q.
The Blessed Lord said This desire, this anger, born of the ality of rajas, is a great devourer, a great sinner. Know this to be the enemy here.(Swami Gambirananda)
If you say Maya is the cause that gives birth to such qualities, then please define maya as per the scriptures
The cause can't be something apart from Maya...Scriptures define Maya as Trigunatmika(three modes of nature) detailed in chap. 14
commentary 14.10 Dr. S Radhakrishnan
All the three modes are present in all human beings, though indifferent degrees. No one is free from them and in each soul one or the other predominates. Men are said to be sãttvika, rajasika or tâmasa according to the mode which prevails . In the Hindu classification, the psychic characteristics are taken into account. The sāttvika nature aims at light and knowledge: the rājasa nature is restless ness, full of desires for things outward. While the activities of sättvika temperament are free, calm and selfless, the rājasa nature wishes to be always active and cannot sit still and its activities are tainted by selfish desires. The tāmasa nature is dull and inert, its mind is dark and confused and its whole life is one continuous submission to environment.
Though Self is not the agent Rajas makes him act with the idea "Iam the doer" (Anandagiri)
Why do you think desire for wordly pleasures is a sinful thing for us humans? As long as it conforms with dharma it isn't sinful for a normal person..Yet a lasting impression of the desire, being strengthened ,could impel one to overlook dharma(eventually), for its gratification. An aspirant would see the contentment got , to be ephemeral, / any worldly pleasure is always imbibed with a fallacy (dosha darshana).so revelling in w.pleasure isnt , be all and end all of their(seekers) life..
the devas in swarga-loka can enjoy the company .... Experience of tattva-jnana, in human world is akin to that of a reflection in a mirror, but in swarg , it is as that of , a reflection in ripples over surface of water.So, in this regard, a human aspirant has an edge over a Deva ... Although, no sin is accrued (as it is not a material world) , it isn't an everlasting destiny, They may have to return to the human world.
with their strengthened passion for pleasures.
If Krishna as a child (as per his lila). ..... Why can't the cosmic laws be the same for all? ...... Cosmic law is sensitive to erratically varying competencies of jivas..Even amongst humans , intoxication is a greater sin for brahmana than others . Kshatriyas are prohibited to beg.which does not apply for a brahmana etc.. Animals don't accrue paap for killing . Any justice/law can't be common for all. Lilas in Srimad Bhagavatam are allegories that illustrate the purport of vedanta. so it shouldn't be shrunk from that as if something impure., So long as there is selfishness in the heart, understanding Gopis/Krishna impossible says Swami Vivekananda (Complete Works)..Yet some fakester Babas/gurus , of modern times, may enact rasa lila on purpose , for victimizing women , leaving out other Krishna Leelas.(This happens to be the anticlimax)