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7. GUARDING OF SECRETS
To as many men a ruler divulges a secret, on so many he becomes dependent, rendered helpless by that act of his.
The tasks of one whose secrets are not kept even if accomplished with special success will undoubtedly get ruined like the broken vessel on the sea.
A person under the influence of carelessness, intoxication, or prattling while asleep or enjoying carnal pleasures, or one hidden or dishonoured discloses secret counsel.
The disclosure of secret counsel is injurious to the welfare of the ruler and his staff.
Wise men exhibit in their gestures and expressions the opposite of their feeling in the pairs: love and hatred, pleasure and sorrow, determination and fear etc. in order to hide their secrets.