Chapter 17: The Divisions of Faith

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 17.22

adeśa-kāle yad dānam

apātrebhyaś ca dīyate

asat-kritam avaj˝ātam

tat tāmasam udāhritam


adeśa — at an unpurified place; kāle — and unpurified time; yat — that which; dānam — charity; upātrebhyahto unworthy persons; ca — also; dīyate — is given; asat-kritam — without respect; avaj˝ātam — without proper attention; tat — that; tāmasamin the mode of darkness; udāhritam — is said to be.


And charity performed at an impure place, at an improper time, to unworthy persons, or without proper attention and respect is said to be in the mode of ignorance.


Contributions for indulgence in intoxication and gambling are not encouraged here. That sort of contribution is in the mode of ignorance. Such charity is not beneficial; rather, sinful persons are encouraged. Similarly, if a person gives charity to a suitable person but without respect and without attention, that sort of charity is also said to be in the mode of darkness.

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