Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 664

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Divisions of Faith
Chapter 17: Verse- 12

abhisandhäya tu phalam dambhärtham api caiva yat
ijyate bharata-srestha tam yajnam viddhi räjasam[1]


But the sacrifice performed for some material benefit, or for the sake of pride, O chief of the Bhäratas, you should know to be in the mode of passion.


Sometimes sacrifices and rituals are performed for elevation to the heavenly kingdom or for some material benefits in this world. Such sacrifices or ritualistic performances are considered to be in the mode of passion.



  1. abhisandhäya=desiring; tu=but; phalam=the result; dambha=pride; artham=for the sake of; api=also; ca=and; eva=certainly; yat=that which; ijyate=is performed; bharata-srestha=O chief of the Bhäratas; tam=that; yajnam=sacrifice; viddhi=know; räjasam=in the mode of passion.

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