TEXT 36
na tad dānaṁ praśaṁsanti
yena vṛttir vipadyate
dānaṁ yajñas tapaḥ karma
loke vṛttimato yataḥ
SYNONYMS
na—not; tat—that; dānam—charity; praśaṁsanti—the saintly persons praise; yena—by which; vṛttiḥ—one’s livelihood; vipadyate—becomes endangered; dānam—charity; yajñaḥ—sacrifice; tapaḥ—austerity; karma—fruitive activities; loke—in this world; vṛttimataḥ—according to one’s means of livelihood; yataḥ—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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