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11. STRATEGY TOWARDS ENEMIES AND FRIENDS
On the tip of the tongue lives the goddess of prosperity, on the tip of the tongue lie friends and relatives. Imprisonment and death also definitely depend on the tip of the tongue. (Sweetness of speech is very important.)
O tongue, you are fond of pungent things. Why don't you speak sweetly? Speak sweetly, then you will bring prosperity. The world is fond of sweetness.
All beings are pleased by the gift of sweet words. Hence only sweet words should be spoken. Where is poverty in words?
The enemy should be destroyed by rulers by all means at all times: whether by conciliation, concession, dissension or invasion.
The enemy should be eradicated by taking the help of another enemy who is under obligation. Obstacles on the way can be tackled only by the stick in hand, the thorn can be extracted only by another thorn.
The enemy should be linked to difficulties, the daughter to a good family, son to education, and a friend to righteous path. (Enemies), gentle or violent are destroyed by gentle means. Nothing is impossible by deploying gentle means. Hence gentle means are sharper (in achieving ends).
The union of a large number of good people can defeat the enemy. The cloud which rains torrentially is withstood by clusters of grass.
The union of even small people can become irresistible. The elephant is tied by the rope, made of grass.
When the loss of one's wealth and danger to life is imminent, (the ruler) should bow before the enemy and protect his life and wealth.
In proper time alliance should be made with enemies and war fought with friends. The wise one lets go time with a purpose and to achieve the task.
The enemy should be carried on one's shoulders so long as the times are adverse, but should be attacked when the proper time comes, as the earthen pot with a stone.
The enemy should not know one's own weakness, but one should know the enemy's weakness. One should hide one's intention, as the tortoise withdraws its limbs, and watch the enemy's posture.
The task conceived of in the mind should not be divulged in words. The secret, guarded through code, should be deployed in action.
One's own weaknesses should be hidden, enemy's weaknesses should be investigated. A ruler desiring a permanent kingdom, should function like a moneylender.
The ruler should conclude a tieaty ol peace lor six months or a year. Thereafter, keeping in view one's strength, floor the enemy.
When in difficulty, the ruler should conclude an alliance with anyone available, as Rama did in olden days, with bears, monkeys etc. (animals with tails).
It is difficult to cross the wide ocean. The army of monkeys was dull witted. Yet strangely, Rama built the bridge in the ocean (with their help).
Only those with objects in view enter into alliances. There can be no alliance with people who are satisfied and have no desires to be fulfilled. Hence all tasks should be kept unfinished (in the matter of satisfying allies).
Alliances should not be concluded for the sake of money or position. When these are lost, the alliance fails.
The miser should be won over by means ol wealth, the proud man by offering respect, the fool by flattery, aud the learned one by truthfulness
The superior one should be dealt with by submission, the valiant one by division, the low one by gifts and the equal by power
Ruthless law, teacher without learning, wife with an angry face and relatives without affection should be given up.
The individual should be forsaken for the family's sake, the family for the sake of village, the village for the country and the earth for the sake of the self.