na tad danam prasamsanti
yena vrttir vipadyate
danam yajnas tapah karma
loke vrttimato yatah
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.
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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