(Essential part of the discourse Śṛī Caraṇ (Guru Dev) gave in Prayāg shortly before the Holi festival on 20th February, 1946 (2002 in Hindi Samvat calendar))
With the development of one´s divine nature the divine in man grows and by that liberation and supreme happiness are attained.
With the development of one´s asuric nature, asuric tendencies grow and this causes peacelessness in the world and leads in the end to hell. The asuric growth is always the only reason of permanent destruction and defeat.
This in fact is a very old principle found in ancient Indian history, as seen in the life experiences of Ravan, Hinranykashyapa and others. We see this principle at
work even in our present world.
However, when involved in the circle of events one does not see this principle at work. Having forgotten that realization of Bhagavan is the ultimate peaceful
and superior goal of human life, people are seduced by inhuman asuric tendencies. They assume filling the belly is the highest goal, and for that
they ignore the discrimination between right and wrong and are busy acting wilfully.
The present world is throwing dust on the highest goals and on one´s own personal duties as prescribed in the scriptures. It wants to attain happiness and peace through wilful means and arbitrarily acting.
This is the evident characteristic of the growth of asuric tendencies.
This is true whether people today are understanding it or not, or are understanding it yet not accepting it.
The results of such asuric tendencies has become so visible that, after years of painful and terrible human destruction, people now lament that a worldwide
food crisis is coming.
We want to make human society mindful from this platform of Dharma that if you want human life to be auspicious in all ways then you must abandon asuric
tendencies, observe your own dharma in accordance with the scriptures, and take care in the refuge of Bhagvan (personal God) during these terrible times.
The Holi festival is just coming. Throughout the country fierce fires are being lit in memory of those divine ages when Prahlad, full of divine resources, prepared
for the destruction by Holika, who was full of asuric qualities and was finally burnt to ashes by her own actions.
Even today Holika has employed her intrinsic asuric tendencies to overwhelm Prahlad and his intrinsic divine tendencies that make him symbolic of the human
heart. It is necessary that in the external flames of Holi every Hindu man or woman, being aware of the ancient memory, should burn Holi, representing the
source of arbitrary asuric tendencies in their heart, by lighting a fierce fire as symbolic of their own dharma as prescribed in the scriptures.
In this way they should glorify their own highest path to welfare by establishing harmony between inner and outer Holi festival and thereby perfectly realizing
the significance of the festival.