etair adharmo vijñātaḥ
sthānaṁ daṇḍasya yujyate
daṇḍam arhanti kāriṇaḥ
etaiḥ—by all these (witnesses, beginning from the sun-god); adharmaḥ—deviation from the regulative principles; vijñātaḥ—is known; sthānam—the proper place; daṇḍasya—of punishment; yujyate—is accepted as; sarve—all; karma-anurodhena—with consideration of the activities performed; daṇḍam—punishment; arhanti—deserve; kāriṇaḥ—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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