BG 17.22 (1972)

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is (1972) - Chapter 17: The Divisions of Faith
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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


अदेशकाले यद्दानमपात्रेभ्यश्च दीयते ।
असत्कृतमवज्ञातं तत्तामसमुदाहृतम् ॥२२॥
adeśa-kāle yad dānam
apātrebhyaś ca dīyate
asat-kṛtam avajñātaṁ
tat tāmasam udāhṛtam


adesa—unpurified place; kāle—unpurified time; yat—that which is; dānam—charity; apātrebhyaḥ—to unworthy persons; ca—also; dīyate—is given; asatkṛtam—without respect; avajñātam—without proper attention; tat—that; tāmasam—in the mode of darkness; udāhṛtam—is said to be.


And charity performed at an improper place and time and given to unworthy persons without respect and with contempt is charity 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 without respect and without attention, that sort of charity is also said to be in the mode of darkness.

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