vaisyas tu varta-vrttih syan
vrttis ca svamino bhavet
vaisyah—the mercantile community; tu—indeed; varta-vrttih—engaged in agriculture, cow protection, and trade; syat—must be; nityam—always; brahma-kula-anugah—following the directions of the brahmanas; sudrasya—of the fourth-grade persons, the workers; dvija-susrusa—the service of the three higher sections (the brahmanas, ksatriyas and vaisyas); vrttih—means of livelihood; ca—and; svaminah—of the master; bhavet—he must be.
The mercantile community should always follow the directions of the brahmanas and engage in such occupational duties as agriculture, trade, and protection of cows. For the sudras the only duty is to accept a master from a higher social order and engage in his service.
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