etair adharmo vijnatah
sthanam dandasya yujyate
sarve karmanurodhena
dandam arhanti karinah
etaihby all these (witnesses, beginning from the sun-god); adharmahdeviation from the regulative principles; vijnatahis known; sthanamthe proper place; dandasyaof punishment; yujyateis accepted as; sarveall; karma-anurodhenawith consideration of the activities performed; dandampunishment; arhantideserve; karinahthe performers of sinful activities.
The candidates for punishment are those who are confirmed by these many witnesses to have deviated from their prescribed regulative duties. Everyone engaged in fruitive activities is suitable to be subjected to punishment according to his sinful acts.

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