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14. MISCELLANEOUS DICTA
A state is that which has people. Without people what will it yield, like a barren cow? (Nothing.)
An unpeopled territory is no country and without a country there is no state.
One who embarks upon only what is possible undertakes works which are easy to accomplish, one who embarks upon only auspicious works undertakes faultless works, one who
embarks upon only productive undertakings takes up works which lead to (people's) welfare.
Time (opportunity) approaches a man desirous of it only once.And will not come a second time when he wants to do his work.
Generally gamblers are crooks.
By prostration, an army of the learned class (Brahmins) can be won o\er.
Even for the sake of immense wealth, no one desires to die.
Success and failure are common on all paths.
Power alters the mind.
Persons of a particular type can be found out only by those of the same type.
Sons kept engaged in pleasures do not rise against the father.
Only the display of valour can tackle trouble.
That course of action should be followed which will usher in prosperity.
Among thousands there is hardly one or not even one (fit to be a) leader.
In vast tracts, medicinal herbs are found to grow in water or land very rarely.
It is the combined acts of God and man that make the world function.
Fire is not reliable and is an infliction of God.
A writer should know all conventions, he should be fast in composing, have a beautiful handwriting and be able to read
Women are necessary to produce children.
How can chaste women deceive?
Activity is that which brings to fruition tasks undertaken.
Peace is that which allows the enjoyment of results achieved without disturbance.
Land, watered by a tiver, is a means to living, in difficulties it becomes a support.
Men's minds are not steady.
Having a nature similar to horses, men when engaged in works exhibit change of behaviour.
Artisans are generally dishonest.
Even in matters of excessive valour, the wise one over-reaches the brave one, as the hunter does the elephant.
The arrow shot by the archer may or may not kill a single person. But stratagem devised by a wise man can kill even babes in the womb.
In order to develop discipline, one should daily have the company of learned elders, who are firmly rooted in discipline.
The gambler continuously plays on, even at night, by lamp-light and even when the mother is dead. And gets angry, if questioned in difficulties.
One with character should" give up anger and lust, from which all evils start and which destroy the root of life and attain control over senses by serving elders.
When factors contributing to trouble for loyal elements arise, immediately these should be countered by suitable measures.
On account of kingdoms father fights sons and sons go against the father. What then to say about minister folk?
Even a small trouble becomes very troublesome to one under attack.
Like forest fire, the power born out of sorrow and resentment bestows bravery.
No one should be disrespected. Everyone's opinion shall be heard. The wise one should utilise even a child's sensible words.
Performance of one's duty leads to heaven and eternal bliss. By violation of duty and consequent confusion people come to ruin.
The three Vedas are useful in that they lay down the duties of the four castes and the four stages of life.
One who upholds one's duty is happy in this life and the life hereafter.
One should enjoy physical pleasures without harming righteous conduct and material wealth. Thus shall he be happy. Equal attention should be given to the three kinds of wealth which
are interconnected Any one of the three: righteousness, material wealth, physical pleasures, if excessively indulged in. harms itself and the other two.
There is no man without desire.
Wealth will desert the childish man who always consults the stars. Wealth is the (auspicious) star for wealth. What can stars (in the_ sky) do?
A person with (theoretical) knowledge, but without practical experience, comes to grief in the accomplishment of tasks.
From the skill exhibited in performance is a man's capacity assessed.
He who bows to the powerful bows to Indra (the granter of boons).
A steadfast worker does not give up his task without completion.
Fire lurks in wood.
What has come of its own shall not be discarded. A woman who makes love on her own, if rejected, showers curses, so goes the saying among the people.
The self-controlled one should protect himself.
The farsighted one should protect himself from both his own people and outsiders.
People rooted in established noble conducts of life, firmly following the prescribed division of duties and the various stages of life, protected by the three Vedas progress and do not decay.
Peace and activity (industry) are the source of security and welfare.
Power, place and time mutually help.
The leader of a group should be impartial and do good to all members of the group, he should be popular, self-controlled, have loyal men and act according to the wishes of all.
A noble one shall not be enslaved.
The rain god (Varuna) is the chastiser of sinners among men.
One's body should be protected, not wealth. Why feel for transient riches?