Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
Chapter 17 Text 13
vidhi-hinam asrstannam
mantra-hinam adaksinam
sraddha-virahitam yajnam
tamasam paricaksate

vidhi-hinam--without scriptural direction; asrsta-annam--without distribution of prasadam; mantra-hinam--with no chanting of the Vedic hymns; adaksinam--with no remunerations to the priests; sraddha--faith; virahitam--without; yajnam--sacrifice; tamasam--in the mode of ignorance; paricaksate--is to be considered.


Any sacrifice performed without regard for the directions of scripture, without distribution of prasadam [spiritual food], without chanting of Vedic hymns and remunerations to the priests, and without faith is considered to be in the mode of ignorance.


Srila Prabhupada makes this statement at the beginning of his purport; Faith in the mode of darkness or ignorance is actually faithlessness.

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