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Chapter 17: The Divisions of Faith

Bg 17.22
TEXT 22
adesa-kale yad danam
apatrebhyas ca diyate
asat-krtam avajnatam
tat tamasam udahrtam
SYNONYMS
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.
TRANSLATION
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.
PURPORT
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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