na tyajyam karyam eva tat
yajno danam tapas caiva
Word for word:
yajna — of sacriﬁce; dana — charity; tapah — and penance; karma — activity; na — never; tyajyam — to be given up; karyam — must be done; eva — certainly; tat — that; yajnah — sacriﬁce; danam — charity; tapah — penance; ca — also; eva — certainly; pavanani — purifying; manisinam — even for the great souls.
Translation by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
Acts of sacriﬁce, charity and penance are not to be given up; they must be performed. Indeed, sacriﬁce, charity and penance purify even the great souls.
Purport by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
The yogis should perform acts for the advancement of human society. There are many puriﬁcatory processes for advancing a human being to spiritual life. The marriage ceremony, for example, is considered to be one of these sacriﬁces. It is called vivaha-yajna. Should a sannyasi, who is in the renounced order of life and who has given up his family relations, encourage the marriage ceremony? The Lord says here that any sacriﬁce which is meant for human welfare should never be given up. Vivaha-yajna, the marriage ceremony, is meant to regulate the human mind so that it may become peaceful for spiritual advancement. For most men, this vivaha-yajna should be encouraged even by persons in the renounced order of life. Sannyasis should never associate with women, but that does not mean that one who is in the lower stages of life, a young man, should not accept a wife in the marriage ceremony. All prescribed sacriﬁces are meant for achieving the Supreme Lord. Therefore, in the lower stages, they should not be given up. Similarly, charity is for the puriﬁcation of the heart. If charity is given to suitable persons, as described previously, it leads one to advanced spiritual life.