अशुद्धमिति चेत्, न, शब्दात् ॥ २५ ॥
aśuddhamiti cet, na, śabdāt || 25 ||
aśuddham—Unholy; iti cet—if it be said; na—not so; śabdāt—on account of scriptural authority.
25. If it be said (that sacrifices, which entail the killing of animals etc.) are unholy, (we say) not so, on account of scriptural authority.
This Sutra refutes the point raised by the opponent in the previous Suira that the descending soul is enveloped by its bad Karma such as the killing of animals in sacrifices and so is born as herbs etc. The killing of animals etc. in sacrifices does not entail any bad Karma for the person, for it is sanctioned by the scriptures.