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7. MISCELLANEOUS DICTA FOR RULERS
The ruler should painstakingly protect: political science, archery, art of love, dance, accountancy, music, mathematics and the fine arts.
The ruler should not be disheartened when misfortune comes, he should also not feel elated in prosperity. He should be neither happy nor sad.
Brave men do not become sad when they beget trouble. Does not the moon which enters the dragonhead's mouth again come out?
The ruler should be wise, friendly, flawless in his dealings, keep distance, be sacrificing and equally disposed towards pain and pleasure.
One should ever guard against fickleness and falsehood in men, priests and servant class.
Righteousness is protected by wealth, learning by practice, the ruler by gentleness, the home by a good woman.
Wandering at night is poison, pleasure of the ruler is poison, women whose hearts are lost to others are poison, disease undetected is poison.
(The ruler) should sit with good people, keep company with them, discuss with them and be friendly with them, not with had n^nnlp
On should stay with scholars, humble ones, those who know the righteous path, and those who speak the truth even in prison, but not with evil ones in a state.
One eye is discerning judgement, the other is the company of good people. He who does not have these two eyes falls fast into the well of delusion.
That dull-headed person who cannot discern a foe, friend, a lazy one, a mediator, an old man, a teacher perishes everywhere.
The ruler who moves about is venerated, as also the Brahmin and the yogi who travel, but a woman who wanders gets destroyed.
The ruler who does not donate, impertinent servants, obstinate friends and an impudent wife—these four pierce the head like spears,
The ruler should give up pleasures and enjoyments. Those addicted to pleasures are likely to fall into the hands of enemies.
The ruler addicted to dice, hunting, women, drinking, aimless wandering and sleep perishes fast.
He who violates established righteous practices by logic or argument perishes fast in this world and the hereafter.
The ruler who indulges in pleasure-making and is proud of retinue and wealth is easily captured by enemies.
Rulers who are satisfied are lost, dissatisfied Brahmins are lost, modest courtesans are lost as also immodest family women.