The Brahman alone is an object of desire. men perform sacrifices and offer oblations, but the fruits accrue to the gods. Men study the Vedas, but the fruits accrue to the sages. Men give alms and have sons, but the fruits accrue to the ancestors. Men offer refuge to other men, but the fruits accrue to those other men. Men offer fodder and water to animals, but the fruits accrue to the animals. Ants and birds and other beings find food in the house of a householder. But none of the fruit accrues to the householder. The god design it so that men are distracted by these actions and are diverted from the path of true knowledge. The gods do not desire men to know about the nature of the Brahman. It is this knowledge that provides salvation.