17.1 ye śāstra-vidhim utsṛjya (Original)

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Chapter 17

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arjuna uvāca
ye śāstra-vidhim utsṛjya
yajante śraddhayānvitāḥ
teṣāṁ niṣṭhā tu kā kṛṣṇa
sattvam āho rajas tamaḥ

‘How is that Sacrifice characterized, Kṛishṇa! which by men, is done in faith (śraddhā), but incompatible with Śāstra’s canons?’

What is that (spiritual) status (nishṭhā) which consists in one renouncing Śāstrā’s biddings, but who yet performs a Sacrifice in full faith. —Is that characterizable as falling under any one of the three qualities (of matter) Satvam, or Rajas or Tamas?

Thus questioned, Bhagavān, reserving the subject of the futility of performing anti-Śāstra Sacrifices etc., albeit they be performed in faith, first expounds the three-fold nature of even the Śāstra-conforming works, thus:

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