The Asuras are represent those forces of nature which fight
against the Divine will toward the evolution of consciousness in the
universe and try to preserve prior material forms and conditions.
They create division, conflict and destruction and strive to prevent
human beings from advancing to a higher awareness. The Devas work to
further the Divine will that tries to break through developed forms
and limitations, promoting higher aspirations.
The Devas and Asuras, the Gods and the Antigods and their
energies, are ever at war for the souls of men and cultures.
Generally more materialistic cultures with their efforts to control
the external world naturally ally themselves with the Asuras, who
represent an external view of reality. More spiritual cultures, with
their internal vision and culture of contemplation, ally themselves
with the Devas.
Materialistic cults like communism, therefore, can easily develop
destructive Asuric traits, as the history of communism with its
state control, terrorism and genocide reveals. Materialistic
capitalism is another belief system that can be used by Asuric
forces, with the hypnosis of mass advertising and consumerism that
trap people in the external world of desire. Yet, as these two
systems indicate, the Asuras do have their idealism, communism with
its utopian ideals or capitalism with its ideal of enjoyment for