(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 September 2013, Durban, South Africa, Srimad Bhagavatam 8.20.13)
Satsvarup Maharaja raised that question in one of his books which had the title, “Am I a demon or a vaishnav?” That is a very good question, really. It is like a perennial question for all of us because we are in this transition from possibly being demoniac going towards being devotees. What we are is not so clear cut. We can see that demoniac tendencies remain within us.
The sixteenth chapter of the Bhagavad-gita is an important chapter because it describes the divine and the demoniac qualities. We can recognise something in ourselves, like harsh speech as one of the qualities of demons. It is not so easy to avoid harsh speech it comes out quite naturally. So some of these qualities are within us.