दानं यज्ञस्तप: कर्म लोके वृत्तिमतो यत: ॥ ३६ ॥
yena vṛttir vipadyate
dānaṁ yajñas tapaḥ karma
loke vṛttimato yataḥ
na — not; tat — that; dānam — charity; praśaṁsanti — the saintly persons praise; yena — by which; vṛttiḥ — one’s livelihood; vipadyate — becomes endangered; dānam — charity; yajñaḥ — sacrifice; tapaḥ — austerity; karma — fruitive activities; loke — in this world; vṛttimataḥ — according to one’s means of livelihood; yataḥ — as it is so.
Learned scholars do not praise that charity which endangers one’s own livelihood. Charity, sacrifice, austerity and fruitive activities are possible for one who is competent to earn his livelihood properly. [They are not possible for one who cannot maintain himself.]