tyajyam dosa-vad ity eke
karma prahur manisinah
na tyajyam iti capare
Word for word:
tyajyam — must be given up; dosa-vat — as an evil; iti — thus; eke — one group; karma — work; prahuh — they say; manisinah — great thinkers; yajna — of sacriﬁce; dana — charity; tapah — and penance; karma — works; na — never; tyajyam — are to be given up; iti — thus; ca — and; apare — others.
Translation by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
Some learned men declare that all kinds of fruitive activities should be given up as faulty, yet other sages maintain that acts of sacriﬁce, charity and penance should never be abandoned.
Purport by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
There are many activities in the Vedic literature which are subjects of contention. For instance, it is said that an animal can be killed in a sacriﬁce, yet some maintain that animal killing is completely abominable. Although animal killing in a sacriﬁce is recommended in the Vedic literature, the animal is not considered to be killed. The sacriﬁce is to give a new life to the animal. Sometimes the animal is given a new animal life after being killed in the sacriﬁce, and sometimes the animal is promoted immediately to the human form of life. But there are different opinions among the sages. Some say that animal killing should always be avoided, and others say that for a speciﬁc sacriﬁce it is good. All these different opinions on sacriﬁcial activity are now being clariﬁed by the Lord Himself.