SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
yat tat sāttvikam ucyate
‘That Act is called Sātvika, which by a non-desirer for fruit, is done as duty, void of attachment and void of love and hate.’
Duty (niyatam) = that which is prescribed as appropriate to ones varṇa[1. The four varṇas are Brāhmaṇa, Kshatriya, Vaiśya and Śūdra.] and āśrama[2. The four aśramas are Brahmacharya (bachelor and student), Gārhastya (married life), Vānaprastha (retired forest life) and Sanyāsa (monastic or ascetic life).].
Void of attachment such as one’s being the agent, etc.
Void of love for acquiring fame, and void of hate for infamy. Act not done with such loves and hates is act done without vanity. And done as duty without desiring for fruit. This kind of work (or act) is called Sātvika.
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