1.40 kula kshayE praNaSyanthi

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<< Chapter 1 Verse 39

SlOkam – Original

kula kshayE praNaSyanthi kula dharmA: sanAthanA: |
dharmE nashtE kulam kruthsnam adharmO’bhibhavathyutha ||

word-by-word meaning (based on puththUr krishNamAchArya swAmy’s thamizh translation)

kula kshayE – when the race is destroyed

sanAthanA: – ancient

kula dharmA: – practices/virtues

praNaSyanthi – are destroyed

dharmE nashtE – when the practices/virtues are destroyed

kruthsnam kulam – the whole race

adharma: utha – vice too

abhibhavathi – takes over and prevails

Simple Translation (based on puththUr krishNamAchArya swAmy’s thamizh translation)

When the race is destroyed, the ancient practices/virtues are destroyed. When the practices/virtues are destroyed, vice takes over the whole race and prevails.

Rendering based on ALkoNdavilli gOvindhAchArya swAmy’s English translation of gIthA bhAshyam

When race declines, its eternal canons of righteousness (dharma) also decline; when righteousness declines, rampant irreligion (or wickedness = adharma) prevails.

>> Chapter 1 verse 41

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