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Just as it is difficult not to† taste honey or poison† placed on the† tongue, similarly, it is difficult† for one handling the ruler's money to† refrain from tasting it in at least small quantities.
Just as it is not possible to know when the hsh moving in water† drink water, similarly, it is† difficult to†† find† out† when officers† employed in the execution of works misappropriate money.
Even the path of birds flying in the sky can be found out but not the† ways of officers who hide their intentions.
Even one who is not a thief is likely to be captured as a thief, if he is† seen accidentally on the scene of theft, or if there is resemblance† between the dress, weapons and other articles of the thief and his,† or if he is seen near the stolen articles.
(The cowherds) if given wages in the form of milk and ghee act to† the detriment of calves.
He who is responsible for loss of revenue shall be deemed to have† eaten the ruler's property.
He who doubles the revenue eats up the people's property.
He who causes expenditure equal to the revenue eats up the labour† of workmen.
The pure shall not be corrupted, as water by poison. Sometimes it† may not be possible to find a cure for the corrupted.
The intellect of the brave, trained to bę steadfast, once corrupted† may not return without reaching the end (the summit of corruption).
In a case of misappropriation involving a large amount of money if a† government servant is proved to be guilty of even a small part he† shall be held liable for the whole amount.