TEXT 15
vaisyas tu varta-vrttih syan
nityam brahma-kulanugah
sudrasya dvija-susrusa
vrttis ca svamino bhavet
SYNONYMS
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.
TRANSLATION
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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