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3.  RIGHTEOUS RULE

 

Rulers are the root of righteousness, Brahmins are the root of  penance. Where the learned ones are worshipped, righteousness  remains permanent.

 

A ruler who gives up his people and seeks others or another religion  perishes.

 

A territory to rule, riches, pleasures, noble birth, purity, scholarship,  long life, health—these are all the fruits of righteousness.

 

The ruler shall rule his country, ever devoted to truth and  righteousness, and defeating enemy forces protect his territory like  a husband.

 

That ruler who without reason gets angry with his servant attracts  the poison (of retaliation), as if bitten by a black cobra.

 

What is surprising if a Brahmin, versed in Vedic lore becomes a  scholar?

What is surprising if a ruler, versed in political science becomes  just?

That is surprising if a beautiful young lady becomes a virtuous  woman.  That is surprising  if a poor man does not commit any sin  any time.

 

An assembly, full of good people is strong, a righteous  ruler is  strong, a virtuous woman is firm, a place full of  grass is firm.