Chapter 18: Conclusion — The Perfection of Renunciation

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 18.32

adharmaḿ dharmam iti

manyate tamasāvṛtā

sarvārthān viparītāḿś ca

buddhiḥ pārtha tāmasī

SYNONYMS

adharmam — irreligion; dharmam — religion; iti — thus; — which; manyate — thinks; tamasā — by illusion; āvṛtā — covered; sarva-arthān — all things; viparītānin the wrong direction; ca — also; buddhiḥ — intelligence; — that; pārthaO son of Pṛthā; tāmasīin the mode of ignorance.

TRANSLATION

That understanding which considers irreligion to be religion and religion to be irreligion, under the spell of illusion and darkness, and strives always in the wrong direction, O Pārtha, is in the mode of ignorance.

PURPORT

Intelligence in the mode of ignorance is always working the opposite of the way it should. It accepts religions which are not actually religions and rejects actual religion. Men in ignorance understand a great soul to be a common man and accept a common man as a great soul. They think truth to be untruth and accept untruth as truth. In all activities they simply take the wrong path; therefore their intelligence is in the mode of ignorance.

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