ते पुनन्त्युरुकालेन यूयं दर्शनमात्रत: ॥ २३ ॥
na devāś cetanojjhitāḥ
te punanty uru-kālena
Mere bodies of water do not constitute holy places, nor are lifeless statues of the demigods actual worshipable deities. Because external vision fails to appreciate the higher essence of the holy rivers and the demigods, these purify only after a considerable time. But devotees like you purify immediately, just by being seen.