17.22 Adesa-kale yad danam





Gita 17.22

adeśa-kāle yad dānam apātrebhyaś ca dīyate
asatkṛitam avajñātaṁ tat tāmasam udāhṛitam


adeśa-kāle – The county’s region/land dream is of

yad -when

dānam -one donates or gives to

apātrebhyas – the unworthy/undeserving that we fear

ca – also

dīyate – the light you offer in the form of charity

asatkṛitam – done performed for the unreal

avajñātaṁ – having awareness of this knowledge/wisdom unto

tat – that

tāmasam – ignorance in us

udāhṛitam – is said to be an illustration of this


Full meaning:

The country’s region/land dream of is when one donates or gives to the unworthy/undeserving that we fear also, is the light you offer in the form of charity done performed for the unreal. Having awareness of this knowledge/wisdom from that ignorance in us is said to be an illustration of this.



What does it say in Gita?

17.22 text

The gift that is made at an improper time and place, to an unworthy recipient, unceremoniously and in a slighting manner that is said to be the nature of Tamas.

I do not believe the gifts are given this way, it is not without thoughtfulness. The nature of gift giving hopefully it is not for the unceremonious act that is happening in the nature of tamas or mode of ignorance.

The words are jumbled up again to draw meaning. After adesa-kale comes apatrebhyah?

There is no word for gift, “danam” stands for charity.

When you are reading Sanskrit from left to right you should be able to close your eyes to what it is you are reading, for example adesa kale yad danam to say country’s region or land dream is of when one donates. So starting a verse with a gift that is made at a improper place in time I don’t think is what this Sanskrit verse means.

asatkrtam- sat being real and asat being unreal and krtam is what is done or performed.

avajnatam- used in Telugu as avajna.

apatrebhyas – I used the Telugu word apatramu and bhyas. I want to add here just because a word is spelled differently and absorbed in other regional languages it does not change the root of the word is sanskrit.

If in chapter 1, text 42 there is a word patanti which means fall down, there must be truth to what I am doing. Patanti resembles lot like the Telugu word for fall down. It is not said or enunciated the same way or spelled in the same exact way as in the Gita text. Sanskrit is also a extinct language, it is no longer spoken. Telugu’s alone all do not speak the language the same way. I gave this as a example to say there is truth to what I am doing.





About Iksvakave

I am on a quest to understand my religion --- Hinduism. I have decided to keep a log of my discoveries, and experiences and what I have come to learn in the process. I like to travel through people vicariously. To observe the working of the mind, body and spirit. And heart. The soul infact is what our bodies have and what we are ultimately or in the end! The pricelessness of the soul is a soul is only potentially divine. Our journey here is therefore to understand that divinity in our lives. The ideals of societies, language, culture religion, and spirituality, is what interests me. what we know and don't know and outside of our four walls, maybe the priceless truth of that journey here on earth also, our yoga to be learned and equally perfected in life. What this blog is about is the values of the mother tongue India. And the values and culture of India and my nationality America. Pricelessness of it one will come to know you see. The forehead, is the center of the Hindu conscious. veena kodali

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