As afire that has gained strength consumes even trees full of sap,
even so he who knows the Veda burns out the taint of his soul which
arises from (evil) acts.
In whatever order (a man) who knows the true meaning of the
Veda-science may dwell, he becomes even while abiding in this world,
fit for the union with Brahman.
(Even forgetful) students of the (sacred) books are more
distinguished than the ignorant, those who remember them surpass the
(forgetful) students, those who possess a knowledge (of the meaning)
are more distinguished than those who (only) remember (the words),
men who follow (the teaching of the texts) surpass those who
(merely) know (their meaning).
Austerity and sacred learning are the best means by which a Brahmana
secures supreme bliss; by austerities he destroys guilt, by sacred
learning he obtains the cessation of (births and) deaths.
The three (kinds of evidence), perception, inference, and the
(sacred) Institutes which comprise the tradition (of) many
(schools), must be fully understood by him who desires perfect
correctness with respect to the sacred law.