विशेषानुग्रहश्च ॥ ३८ ॥
viśeṣānugrahaśca || 38 ||
viśeṣa-anugrahaḥ—Favour due to special works; ca—and.
38. And special works favour (Knowledge).
A widower, who cannot be said to be a householder in the proper sense of the word or a poor man who has not the means to perform the duties of the Asrama, can attain Knowledge through special works like player, fasting, Japa etc., which are not opposed to the condition of those who do not belong to any Asrama.