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Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17 Verse 20

भगवद् गीता अध्याय 17 श्लोक 20

दातव्यमिति यद्दानं दीयतेऽनुपकारिणे।
देशे काले च पात्रे च तद्दानं सात्त्विकं स्मृतम्।।17.20।।

English Translation - Swami Gambirananda

17.20 That gift is referred to as born of sattva which gift is given with the idea that it ought to be given, to one who will not serve in return, and at the (proper) place, (proper) time and to a (proper) person.

English Translation of Ramanuja's Sanskrit Commentary

17.20 Gifts given without thought of return of favours and with the feelings, These gifts must be given, at the proper places and time to a worthy person who makes no return - such gifts are said to be Sattvika.

Transliteration Bhagavad Gita 17.20

Daatavyamiti yaddaanam deeyate’nupakaarine; Deshe kaale cha paatre cha taddaanam saattwikam smritam.

Word Meanings Bhagavad Gita 17.20

dātavyam—worthy of charity; iti—thus; yat—which; dānam—charity; dīyate—is given; anupakāriṇe—to one who cannot give in return; deśhe—in the proper place; kāle—at the proper time; cha—and; pātre—to a worthy person; cha—and; tat—that; dānam—charity; sāttvikam—in the mode of goodness; smṛitam—is stated to be