On Bhagwad Gita: Are you helping the right person in the right way?

Acharya Prashant
12 min readDec 23, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

दातव्यमिति यद्दानं दीयतेऽनुपकारिणे ।

देशे काले च पात्रे च तद्दानं सात्त्विकं स्मृतम् ।। 17.20 ।।

dātavyam iti yad dānaṁ dīyate ‘nupakāriṇe

deśhe kāle cha pātre cha tad dānaṁ sāttvikaṁ smṛitam

“To give is right” — gift given with this idea, to who does no service in return, in a fit place, and to a worthy person, that gift is held to be Sāttvika.

~ Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 17, Verse 20

✥ ✥ ✥

यत्तु प्रत्युपकारार्थं फलमुद्दिश्य वा पुन: ।

दीयते च परिक्लिष्टं तद्दानं राजसं स्मृतम् ।। 17.21 ।।

yat tu pratyupakārārthaṁ phalam uddiśhya vā punaḥ

dīyate cha parikliṣhṭaṁ tad dānaṁ rājasaṁ smṛitam

And what is given with a view to receiving in return, or looking for the fruit, or again reluctantly, that gift is held to be Rājasika.

~ Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 17, Verse 21

✥ ✥ ✥

अदेशकाले यद्दानमपात्रेभ्यश्च दीयते ।

असत्कृतमवज्ञातं तत्तामसमुदाहृतम् ।। 17.22 ।।

adeśha-kāle yad dānam apātrebhyaśh cha dīyate

asat-kṛitam avajñātaṁ tat tāmasam udāhṛitam

The gift that is given at the wrong place or time, to unworthy persons, without regard or with disdain, that is declared to be Tāmsika.

--

--