Bhagavad Gita : अध्याय 17 का श्लोक 21


यत्तु प्रत्युपकारार्थं फलमुद्दिश्य वा पुनः।दीयते च परिक्लिष्टं तद्दानं राजसं स्मृतम्‌॥

भावार्थ : किन्तु जो दान क्लेशपूर्वक (जैसे प्रायः वर्तमान समय के चन्दे-चिट्ठे आदि में धन दिया जाता है।) तथा प्रत्युपकार के प्रयोजन से अथवा फल को दृष्टि में (अर्थात्‌ मान बड़ाई, प्रतिष्ठा और स्वर्गादि की प्राप्ति के लिए अथवा रोगादि की निवृत्ति के लिए।) रखकर फिर दिया जाता है, वह दान राजस कहा गया है ॥21॥

But charity performed with the expectation of some return, or with a desire for fruitive results, or in a grudging mood, is said to be charity in the mode of passion.


Charity is sometimes performed for elevation to the heavenly kingdom and sometimes with great trouble and with repentance afterwards. "Why have I spent so much in this way?" Charity is also sometimes made under some obligation, at the request of a superior. These kinds of charity are said to be made in the mode of passion.

There are many charitable foundations which offer their gifts to institutions where sense gratification goes on. Such charities are not recommended in the Vedic scripture. Only charity in the mode of goodness is recommended.



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