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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 17, Verse 11

Chapter 17: The Divisions of Faith
Verse: 11
aphalakankshibhir yajno
vidhi-dishto ya ijyate
yashtavyam eveti manah
samadhaya sa sattvikah

Of sacrifices, the sacrifice performed according to the directions of scripture, as a matter of duty, by those who desire no reward, is of the nature of goodness.

The Lord begins to speak of the three types of sacrifices in three verses. That is sattvika (mode of goodness) sacrifice which is performed according to the rules with no desire for results. What would be the impetus for sacrifice if there were no desire for results? The mind is fixed in performing the sacrifice with the idea that it should be done because the scriptures prescribe it thus. It is not to be done for achieving any results.

Srila Prabhupada comments, "Everyone thinks that there is no use in going to the temple just to worship God. But worship for economic benefit is not recommended in the scriptural injunctions. One should go simply to offer respect to the Deity. That will place one in the mode of goodness. It is the duty of every civilized man to obey the injunctions of the scriptures and offer respect to the Supreme Personality of Godhead."

Please read the Sanskrit Verse and the Prabhupada's Purport.


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