Bhagavad Gita 17.22 - Charity Given In Knowledge Brings Real Welfare (download mp3)
by Nanda Dulal Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
adesa-kale yad danam
apatrebhyas ca diyate
tat tamasam udahrtam
And charity performed at an impure place, at an improper time, to unworthy persons, or without proper attention and respect is said to be in the mode of ignorance.
Contributions for indulgence in intoxication and gambling are not encouraged here. That sort of contribution is in the mode of ignorance. Such charity is not beneficial; rather, sinful persons are encouraged. Similarly, if a person gives charity to a suitable person but without respect and without attention, that sort of charity is also said to be in the mode of darkness.