अग्निहोत्रादि तु तत्कार्यायैव, तद्दर्शनात् ॥ १६ ॥
agnihotrādi tu tatkāryāyaiva, taddarśanāt || 16 ||
agnihotrādi—(Daily) Agnihotra etc.; tu—but; tat-kāryāya—contribute to the same result as that (Knowledge); eva—only; tat-darśanāt—that being seen (from the scriptures).
16. But (the results of daily) Agnihotra etc. (are not destroyed by Knowledge; these) contribute to the very same result as Knowledge (i.e. Liberation), because that is seen from the scriptures.
Among works some are enjoined for attaining certain results such as heaven, and there are others like the daily Agnihotra which yield no such results and yet are enjoined as a sort of discipline. The opponent holds that even these regular works (Nitya Karma) performed before the dawning of Knowledge are destroyed, even as works done with desires (Kamya Karma), for from the standpoint of the knower of Brahman his non-agency with respect to both is the same. This Sutra refutes that view and says that the regular works performed in the past are not destroyed. Works are of two kinds: those which yield specific results, and those which help to produce Knowledge. Obligatory regular works performed before Knowledge are of this latter kind. And since Knowledge leads to Liberation, the regular works also may be said to contribute indirectly to that. Hence their results persist till death.