Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 674

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

The Divisions of Faith
Chapter 17: Verse- 22

adesa-käle yad dänam apätrebhyas ca diyate
asat-krtam avajnätam tat tämasam udährtam[1]


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



  1. adesa=at an unpurified place; käle=and unpurified time; yat=that which;
    dänam=charity; upätrebhyah=to unworthy persons; ca=also; diyate=is given; asat-krtam=without respect; avajnätam=without proper attention;
    tat=that; tämasam=in the mode of darkness; udährtam=is said to be.

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