अन्तरा चापि तु, तद्दृष्टेः ॥ ३६ ॥
antarā cāpi tu, taddṛṣṭeḥ || 36 ||
antarā—(Persons standing) in between (two Asramas); ca—and; api tu—also; taddṛṣṭeḥ—such cases being seen.
36. And (persons standing) in between (two Asramas) are also (entitled to Knowledge), because such cases are seen.
The question is raised whether persons of dubious position—who have not the means etc, to do the duties of an Asrama, or who stand midway between two Asramas, as for example a widower—are entitled to Knowledge or not. The opponent holds that they are not, since they cannot do the works of any Asrama which are means to Knowledge. This Sutra says that they are entitled, for such cases are seen from the scriptures, as for example Raikva and Gargi, who had the knowledge of Brahman. Vide Chh. 4. 1 and Brih. 3. 6 and 8.