TEXT 36
na tad danam prasamsanti
yena vrttir vipadyate
danam yajnas tapah karma
loke vrttimato yatah
SYNONYMS
na—not; tat—that; danam—charity; prasamsanti—the saintly persons praise; yena—by which; vrttih—one’s livelihood; vipadyate—becomes endangered; danam—charity; yajnah—sacrifice; tapah—austerity; karma—fruitive activities; loke—in this world; vrttimatah—according to one’s means of livelihood; yatah—as it is so.
TRANSLATION
Learned scholars do not praise that charity which endangers one’s own livelihood. Charity, sacrifice, austerity and fruitive activities are possible for one who is competent to earn his livelihood properly. [They are not possible for one who cannot maintain himself.]

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