TEXT 21
yat tu pratyupakārārthaṁ
phalam uddiśya vā punaḥ
dīyate ca parikliṣṭaṁ
tad dānaṁ rājasaṁ smṛtam
SYNONYMS
yatthat which; tubut; prati-upakāra-arthamfor the sake of getting some return; phalamresult; uddiśyadesiring; —or; punaḥagain; dīyateis given in charity; caalso; parikliṣṭamgrudgingly; tatthat; dānamcharity; rājasamin the mode of passion; smṛtamis understood to be.
TRANSLATION
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.
PURPORT
Charity is sometimes performed for elevation to the heavenly kingdom and sometimes with great trouble and with repentance afterwards. "Why have I spent so much in this way?" Charity is also sometimes made under some obligation, at the request of a superior. These kinds of charity are said to be made 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.

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