Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 673

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

The Divisions of Faith
Chapter 17: Verse- 21

yat tu pratyupakärärtham phalam uddisya vä punah
diyate ca pariklistam tad dänam räjasam smrtam[1]


But charity performed with the expectation of some return, or with a desire for fruitive results, or in a grudging mood, is said to be charity in the mode of passion.


Charity is sometimes performed for elevation to the heavenly kingdom and sometimes with great trouble and with repentance afterwards: “Why have spent so much in this way?” Charity is also sometimes given under some obligation, at the request of a superior. These kinds of charity are said to be given in the mode of passion. There are many charitable foundations which offer their gifts to institutions where sense gratification goes on. Such charities are not recommended in the Vedic scripture. Only charity in the mode of goodness is recommended.



  1. dyat=that which; tu=but; prati-upakära-artham=for the sake of getting some return; phalam=a result; uddisya=desiring; vä=or; punah=again; diyate=is given; ca=also; pariklistam=grudgingly; tat=that; dänam=charity; räjasam=in the mode of passion; smrtam=is understood to be.

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