etair adharmo vijnatah
sthanam dandasya yujyate
dandam arhanti karinah
etaih—by all these (witnesses, beginning from the sun-god); adharmah—deviation from the regulative principles; vijnatah—is known; sthanam—the proper place; dandasya—of punishment; yujyate—is accepted as; sarve—all; karma-anurodhena—with consideration of the activities performed; dandam—punishment; arhanti—deserve; karinah—the 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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