श्रेयान्स्वधर्मो विगुणः परधर्मात्स्वनुष्ठितात्।
स्वधर्मे निधनं श्रेयः परधर्मो भयावहः।।3.35।।
Swa-dharma, though lacking in merits, is superior to para-dharma even if well-performed. Death is better while engaged in swa-dharma; para-dharma is fraught with fear.
This verse is initiated in order to show the fallacy of the view that para-dharma, being dharma, can be performed by anyone. Bhagvan seeks to clarify that this is misinterpretation of the meaning of shastra and this misinterpretation happens due to raga and dvesha.
Bhagvan says that one’s own dharma (as prescribed by shastra) which is duly performed is superior and more admirable even if it is without merits.
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