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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.