himsram dravyamayam kamyam
darsas ca purnamasas ca
caturmasyam pasuh sutah
etad istam pravrttakhyam
hutam prahutam eva ca
himsram—a system of killing and sacrificing animals; dravya-mayam—requiring much paraphernalia; kamyam—full of unlimited material desires; agni-hotra-adi—ritualistic ceremonies such as the agni-hotra-yajna; asanti-dam—causing anxieties; darsah—the darsa ritualistic ceremony; ca—and; purnamasah—the purnamasa ritualistic ceremony; ca—also; caturmasyam—observing four months of regulative principles; pasuh—the ceremony of sacrificing animals or pasu-yajna; sutah—the soma-yajna; etat—of all this; istam—the goal; pravrtta-akhyam—known as material attachment; hutam—Vaisvadeva, an incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; prahutam—a ceremony called Baliharana; eva—indeed; ca—also; purtam—for the benefit of the public; sura-alaya—constructing temples for demigods; arama—resting houses and gardens; kupa—digging wells; ajivya-adi—activities like distributing food and water; laksanam—symptoms.
The ritualistic ceremonies and sacrifices known as agni-hotra–yajna, darsa-yajna, purnamasa-yajna, caturmasya-yajna, pasu-yajna and soma-yajna are all symptomized by the killing of animals and the burning of many valuables, especially food grains, all for the fulfillment of material desires and the creation of anxiety. Performing such sacrifices, worshiping Vaisvadeva, and performing the ceremony of Baliharana, which all supposedly constitute the goal of life, as well as constructing temples for demigods, building resting houses and gardens, digging wells for the distribution of water, establishing booths for the distribution of food, and performing activities for public welfare—these are all symptomized by attachment to material desires.
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