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Definition of penance

1. a punishment undergone in token of penitence for sin.

2. An act of self-mortification or devotion performed voluntarily to show
sorrow for a sin or other wrongdoing.

ārādhito yadi haris tapasā tataḥ kiḿ

narādhito yadi haris tapasā tataḥ kim
antar bahir yadi haris tapasā tataḥ kim
nāntar bahir yadi haris tapasā tataḥ kim

“If one is worshiping Lord Hari, what is the use of performing extraneous penances? And if one is not worshiping Lord Hari, no such penances will save one. If one can understand that Lord Hari is all-pervading, within and without, what is the need of performing penances? And if one is not able to understand that Hari is all-pervading, all his penances are useless.” Nārada Pañcarātra


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