Chapter 17: The Divisions of Faith

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 17.24

tasmād om ity udāhritya

yaja-dāna-tapah-kriyāh

pravartante vidhānoktāh

satatam brahma-vādinām

SYNONYMS

tasmāt — therefore; om — beginning with om; iti — thus; udāhritya — indicating; yaja — of sacrifice; dāna — charity; tapah — and penance; kriyāh — performances; pravartante — begin; vidhāna-uktāh — according to scriptural regulation; satatam — always; brahma-vādinām — of the transcendentalists.

TRANSLATION

Therefore, transcendentalists undertaking performances of sacrifice, charity and penance in accordance with scriptural regulations begin always with om, to attain the Supreme.

PURPORT

Om tad vishnoh paramam padam (Rig Veda 1.22.20). The lotus feet of Vishnu are the supreme devotional platform. The performance of everything on behalf of the Supreme Personality of Godhead assures the perfection of all activity.

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