निन्दन्ति तामसं तत्तद् राजसं तदुपेक्षितम् ॥ ५ ॥
yad yad vṛddhāḥ pracakṣate
nindanti tāmasaṁ tat tad
tat tat — those things; sāttvikam — in the mode of goodness; eva — indeed; eṣām — among the ten items; yat yat — whatever; vṛddhāḥ — the sages of the past, such as Vyāsadeva, who are expert in Vedic knowledge; pracakṣate — they praise; nindanti — they scorn; tāmasam — in the mode of ignorance; tat tat — those things; rājasam — in the mode of passion; tat — by the sages; upekṣitam — left alone, neither praised nor criticized.
Among the ten items I have just mentioned, the great sages who understand Vedic knowledge have praised and recommended those that are in the mode of goodness, criticized and rejected those in the mode of ignorance, and shown indifference to those in the mode of passion.