jātiḥ śāstraṁ japas tapaḥ
bhagavat-bhakti-hīnasya—of a person devoid of devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead; jātiḥ—birth in a high caste; śāstram—knowledge in revealed scriptures; japaḥ—pronunciation of mantras; tapaḥ—austerities and penances; aprāṇasya—which is dead; iva—like; dehasya—of a body; maṇḍanam—decoration; loka—to the whims of people in general; rañjanam—simply pleasing.
" 'For a person devoid of devotional service, birth in a great family or nation, knowledge of revealed scripture, performance of austerities and penance, and chanting of Vedic mantras are all like ornaments on a dead body. Such ornaments simply serve the concocted pleasures of the general populace.' "
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