Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 665

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

The Divisions of Faith
Chapter 17: Verse- 13

vidhi-hinam asrstännam mantra-hinam adaksinam
sraddhä-virahitam yajnam tämasam paricaksate[1]


Any sacrifice performed without regard for the directions of scripture, without distribution of prasädam [spiritual food], without chanting of Vedic hymns and remunerations to the priests, and without faith is considered to be in the mode of ignorance.


Faith in the mode of darkness or ignorance is actually faithlessness. Sometimes people worship some demigod just to make money and then spend the money for recreation, ignoring the scriptural injunctions. Such ceremonial shows of religiosity are not accepted as genuine. They are all in the mode of darkness; they produce a demoniac mentality and do not benefit human society.



  1. vidhi-hinam=without scriptural direction; asrsta-annam=without
    distribution of prasädam; mantra-hinam=with no chanting of the Vedic hymns; adaksinam=with no remunerations to the priests; sraddhä=faith;
    virahitam=without; yajnam=sacrifice; tämasam=in the mode of ignorance; paricaksate=is to be considered.

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