Bhagavad Gita : अध्याय 17 का श्लोक 18


सत्कारमानपूजार्थं तपो दम्भेन चैव यत्‌।क्रियते तदिह प्रोक्तं राजसं चलमध्रुवम्‌॥

भावार्थ : जो तप सत्कार, मान और पूजा के लिए तथा अन्य किसी स्वार्थ के लिए भी स्वभाव से या पाखण्ड से किया जाता है, वह अनिश्चित ('अनिश्चित फलवाला' उसको कहते हैं कि जिसका फल होने न होने में शंका हो।) एवं क्षणिक फलवाला तप यहाँ राजस कहा गया है ॥18॥

Those ostentatious penances and austerities which are performed in order to gain respect, honor and reverence are said to be in the mode of passion. They are neither stable nor permanent.


Sometimes penance and austerity are executed to attract people and receive honor, respect and worship from others. Persons in the mode of passion arrange to be worshiped by subordinates and let them wash their feet and offer riches. Such arrangements artificially made by the performance of penances are considered to be in the mode of passion. The results are temporary; they can be continued for some time, but they are not permanent.



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