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8. MODUS OPERANDI OF GOVERNANCE

 

The ruler burns by punishment,  fire by heat, sun by its rays, and the  Brahmin by his penance.

 

People are controlled by punishment, the intrinsically pure man is  rare. Out of fear of punishment the world enjoys blessings.

 

An unruly country is to be pitied, like an illiterate person,  unproductive copulation and foodless people.

 

Blessed are they who do not live to see the ruin of one's Country,  the decay of family,  a woman gone astray and a son in difficulties.

 

One can regain wealth, friend, wife, kingdom, but not a body.

 

One can regain wife, wealth, friend, children, importance, but not a  body.

 

A sacrificial rite without the giving of food and the chanting of food  destroys the country and without donations destroys the master.  There is no enemy like a sacrificial rite.