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Is it Adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving  and whom we are giving.

We find exact answers to the above questions in our Purana’s also.. Puranic literature discusses about different kind of charitable gifts , who is eligible to provide charitable gifts their merits and demerits etc. .in very detail.

For example Form Skanda Purana we come to know that “ Danna has two “Hetus” (cause, motives),Six “Adhisthanas” (base),Six Angas (ancillaries), Two “Pakas”(Places of fruition), Four “Prakaras (Varieties) ,Three “Vidhies”(Procedures) and Three “Nasas”( Destructive factors or Agents).

Here is what Garuda Purana says :-

अथात: संप्रवक्षामि दानधर्मनुत्तमम |
अर्थनमुचिते पात्रे श्रद्धया प्रतिपादनम् ||१||

Meaning -Brahma said :- I will now describe the most excellent rules of making charities. wealth should be respectfully given to worthy person. (GP Vol. 2 , Chapter 51 ,Page 119 ).

So its clear that we should give charitable gifts to a person , who is worthy of it.


Here what Skanda Purana Says-: Skanda Purana Vol.2 Chapter 4 –Dialogue Between Narada and Arjuna: Different kind of charitable gifts.

  1. Hence ,Lord Rudra is gratified with that charitable gift offered by a faithful one and given to a deserving one.

  2. Expecting something in return , if a gift is made on certain occasions with great attachment (but) to undeserving person it is called “kamaDana” (ie. Dana based on desire).

  3. If anything is Gifted to good people , the benefit thereof if attained in the other world..If any Gift made to Bad People ,the benefit thereof is enjoyed here (in this world) itself.

Further Skanda Purana (Chapter 5 ,Dialogue between Narada and Sutanu) gives us more detail answer of your question.

  1. If deserving persons are ignored and a charitable Gift is offered to an undeserving person , it is (as bad as) offering Gavahnika (a daily measure of food given to a cow) to a donkey , after ignoring cow.

  2. if a charitable gift offered to a fool is transitory and worthless like a seed sown in barren land.

  3. If a monetary gift is offered to an undererving persons and contrary to the injunctions , not only does the money so offered vanish , but also the remaining merit is destroyed..


    न्यायोपर्जित वितस्य दशमांशेन धीमत:|
    कर्तव्यो विनियोगश्च ईश्वर्प्रीत्यर्थमेव च ||

No virtue accrues from charity that is given out of ill gotten wealth. In giving charity out of duty it is important that one must adhere to morality and ethics Here


Hence from the above verses its clear to us that , its not recommended to make Dana to a undeserving person. Although the scriptures are not saying this act as “Adharma” but Further from analysis of verses , we can say that , ifIf a person kowingknowing all this does offeredoffers charitable gifts to undeserving , Badbad People itsthen certainly it will be a “Adharma”   

Is it Adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving  and whom we are giving.

We find exact answers to the above questions in our Purana’s also.. Puranic literature discusses about different kind of charitable gifts , who is eligible to provide charitable gifts their merits and demerits etc. .in very detail.

For example Form Skanda Purana we come to know that “ Danna has two “Hetus” (cause, motives),Six “Adhisthanas” (base),Six Angas (ancillaries), Two “Pakas”(Places of fruition), Four “Prakaras (Varieties) ,Three “Vidhies”(Procedures) and Three “Nasas”( Destructive factors or Agents).

Here is what Garuda Purana says :-

अथात: संप्रवक्षामि दानधर्मनुत्तमम |
अर्थनमुचिते पात्रे श्रद्धया प्रतिपादनम् ||१||

Meaning -Brahma said :- I will now describe the most excellent rules of making charities. wealth should be respectfully given to worthy person. (GP Vol. 2 , Chapter 51 ,Page 119 ).

So its clear that we should give charitable gifts to a person , who is worthy of it.


Here what Skanda Purana Says-: Skanda Purana Vol.2 Chapter 4 –Dialogue Between Narada and Arjuna: Different kind of charitable gifts.

  1. Hence ,Lord Rudra is gratified with that charitable gift offered by a faithful one and given to a deserving one.

  2. Expecting something in return , if a gift is made on certain occasions with great attachment (but) to undeserving person it is called “kamaDana” (ie. Dana based on desire).

  3. If anything is Gifted to good people , the benefit thereof if attained in the other world..If any Gift made to Bad People ,the benefit thereof is enjoyed here (in this world) itself.

Further Skanda Purana (Chapter 5 ,Dialogue between Narada and Sutanu) gives us more detail answer of your question.

  1. If deserving persons are ignored and a charitable Gift is offered to an undeserving person , it is (as bad as) offering Gavahnika (a daily measure of food given to a cow) to a donkey , after ignoring cow.

  2. if a charitable gift offered to a fool is transitory and worthless like a seed sown in barren land.

  3. If a monetary gift is offered to an undererving persons and contrary to the injunctions , not only does the money so offered vanish , but also the remaining merit is destroyed..


    न्यायोपर्जित वितस्य दशमांशेन धीमत:|
    कर्तव्यो विनियोगश्च ईश्वर्प्रीत्यर्थमेव च ||

No virtue accrues from charity that is given out of ill gotten wealth. In giving charity out of duty it is important that one must adhere to morality and ethics Here


Hence from the above verses its clear to us that , its not recommended to make Dana to a undeserving person. Although the scriptures are not saying this act as “Adharma” but Further from analysis of verses , we can say that , if a person kowing all this does offered charitable gifts to undeserving , Bad People its certainly will be a “Adharma”  

Is it Adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving  and whom we are giving.

We find exact answers to the above questions in our Purana’s also.. Puranic literature discusses about different kind of charitable gifts , who is eligible to provide charitable gifts their merits and demerits etc. .in very detail.

For example Form Skanda Purana we come to know that “ Danna has two “Hetus” (cause, motives),Six “Adhisthanas” (base),Six Angas (ancillaries), Two “Pakas”(Places of fruition), Four “Prakaras (Varieties) ,Three “Vidhies”(Procedures) and Three “Nasas”( Destructive factors or Agents).

Here is what Garuda Purana says :-

अथात: संप्रवक्षामि दानधर्मनुत्तमम |
अर्थनमुचिते पात्रे श्रद्धया प्रतिपादनम् ||१||

Meaning -Brahma said :- I will now describe the most excellent rules of making charities. wealth should be respectfully given to worthy person. (GP Vol. 2 , Chapter 51 ,Page 119 ).

So its clear that we should give charitable gifts to a person , who is worthy of it.


Here what Skanda Purana Says-: Skanda Purana Vol.2 Chapter 4 –Dialogue Between Narada and Arjuna: Different kind of charitable gifts.

  1. Hence ,Lord Rudra is gratified with that charitable gift offered by a faithful one and given to a deserving one.

  2. Expecting something in return , if a gift is made on certain occasions with great attachment (but) to undeserving person it is called “kamaDana” (ie. Dana based on desire).

  3. If anything is Gifted to good people , the benefit thereof if attained in the other world..If any Gift made to Bad People ,the benefit thereof is enjoyed here (in this world) itself.

Further Skanda Purana (Chapter 5 ,Dialogue between Narada and Sutanu) gives us more detail answer of your question.

  1. If deserving persons are ignored and a charitable Gift is offered to an undeserving person , it is (as bad as) offering Gavahnika (a daily measure of food given to a cow) to a donkey , after ignoring cow.

  2. if a charitable gift offered to a fool is transitory and worthless like a seed sown in barren land.

  3. If a monetary gift is offered to an undererving persons and contrary to the injunctions , not only does the money so offered vanish , but also the remaining merit is destroyed..


    न्यायोपर्जित वितस्य दशमांशेन धीमत:|
    कर्तव्यो विनियोगश्च ईश्वर्प्रीत्यर्थमेव च ||

No virtue accrues from charity that is given out of ill gotten wealth. In giving charity out of duty it is important that one must adhere to morality and ethics Here


Hence from the above verses its clear to us that , its not recommended to make Dana to a undeserving person. Although the scriptures are not saying this act as “Adharma” but Further from analysis of verses , we can say that , If a person knowing all this offers charitable gifts to undeserving bad People then certainly it will be a “Adharma”  

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Is it Adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving  and whom we are giving.

We find exact answers to the above questions in our Purana’s also.. Puranic literature discusses about different kind of charitable gifts , who is eligible to provide charitable gifts their merits and demerits etc. .in very detail.

For example Form Skanda Purana we come to know that “ Danna has two “Hetus” (cause, motives),Six “Adhisthanas” (base),Six Angas (ancillaries), Two “Pakas”(Places of fruition), Four “Prakaras (Varieties) ,Three “Vidhies”(Procedures) and Three “Nasas”( Destructive factors or Agents).

Here is what Garuda Purana says :-

अथात: संप्रवक्षामि दानधर्मनुत्तमम |
अर्थनमुचिते पात्रे श्रद्धया प्रतिपादनम् ||१||

Meaning -Brahma said :- I will now describe the most excellent rules of making charities. wealth should be respectfully given to worthy person. (GP Vol. 2 , Chapter 51 ,Page 119 ).

So its clear that we should give charitable gifts to a person , who is worthy of it.


Here what Skanda Purana Says-: Skanda Purana Vol.2 Chapter 4 –Dialogue Between Narada and Arjuna: Different kind of charitable gifts.

  1. Hence ,Lord Rudra is gratified with that charitable gift offered by a faithful one and given to a deserving one.

  2. Expecting something in return , if a gift is made on certain occasions with great attachment (but) to undeserving person it is called “kamaDana” (ie. Dana based on desire).

  3. If anything is Gifted to good people , the benefit thereof if attained in the other world..If any Gift made to Bad People ,the benefit thereof is enjoyed here (in this world) itself.

Further Skanda Purana (Chapter 5 ,Dialogue between Narada and Sutanu) gives us more detail answer of your question.

  1. If deserving persons are ignored and a charitable Gift is offered to an undeserving person , it is (as bad as) offering Gavahnika (a daily measure of food given to a cow) to a donkey , after ignoring cow.

  2. if a charitable gift offered to a fool is transitory and worthless like a seed sown in barren land.

  3. If a monetary gift is offered to an undererving persons and contrary to the injunctions , not only does the money so offered vanish , but also the remaining merit is destroyed..


    न्यायोपर्जित वितस्य दशमांशेन धीमत:|
    कर्तव्यो विनियोगश्च ईश्वर्प्रीत्यर्थमेव च ||

No virtue accrues from charity that is given out of ill gotten wealth. In giving charity out of duty it is important that one must adhere to morality and ethics Here


Hence from the above verses its clear to us that , its not recommended to make Dana to a undeserving person. Although the scriptures are not saying this act as “Adharma” but Further from analysis of verses , we can say that , if a person kowing all this does offered charitable gifts to undeserving , Bad People its certainly will be a “Adharma”