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adharmam dharmam iti ya
sarvarthan viparitams ca
buddhih sa partha tamasi
Word for word:
adharmam — irreligion; dharmam — religion; iti — thus; ya — which; manyate — thinks; tamasa — by illusion; avrta — covered; sarva-arthan — all things; viparitan — in the wrong direction; ca — also; buddhih — intelligence; sa — that; partha — O son of Prtha; tamasi — in the mode of ignorance.
Translation by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
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 Partha, is in the mode of ignorance.
Purport by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
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.