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3.   POLICY TOWARDS ENEMIES

 

As a bird is captured by a bait in the form of a bird, enemies should be destroyed by creating trust and offering a bait.

 

One should not allow enemies posing as friends to grow at one's  expense.

 

One should offer (to one enemy) that which is likely to be taken by force by another enemy.

 

Destruction of enemy's army is  primarily the destruction of their elephants.

 

Just as a pigeon which has lived on the holy fig tree (plaksha) is a  source of constant danger to the silk cotton tree  (salmali) so (a  person who has  come after living with an enemy) is a source of constant danger.