Asuras are the forces of matter and the underworld. They manipulate
people through lower vital urges of power, sex, money and drugs.
They can use commercial methods, like advertisement, which is a kind
of mind control, or political propaganda to stir up passions and
desires. However, they can take on a religious front in order to
further their aims. They will even use occult forces or yogic
methods once they have discovered their usefulness.
They will stop short at nothing in the pursuit of power, which is
their prime motivation. A number
of religious groups, therefore, are influenced, if not dominated by
Asuric tendencies. These are not simply strange cults of crime and
perversion, which are but the most extreme such manifestations. They
include religious beliefs that aim at political control, which are
exclusive, intolerant, and aggressive.
Such groups are often successful for
this very reason. They know no real higher values and so can employ
the religious urge of people, which encourages great sacrifice, to
further their outer aim of domination. They can project a religious
fervor to the basic human urges for power, position and property.