I will declare the duties of kings, (and) show how
a king should conduct himself, how he was created, and how (he can obtain)
A Kshatriya, who has received according to the rule the
sacrament prescribed by the Veda, must duly protect this whole (world).
when these creatures, being without a king, through fear dispersed in all
directions, the Lord created a king for the protection of this whole (creation),
Taking (for that purpose) eternal particles of Indra, of the Wind, of Yama,
of the Sun, of Fire, of Varuna, of the Moon, and of the Lord of wealth (Kubera).
5. Because a king has been formed of particles of those lords of the gods, he
therefore surpasses all created beings in luster;
And, like the sun, he burns
eyes and hearts; nor can anybody on earth even gaze on him.
(supernatural) power he is Fire and Wind, he Sun and Moon, he the Lord of
justice (Yama), he Kubera, he Varuna, he great Indra.
Even an infant king
must not be despised, (from an idea) that he is a (mere) mortal; for he is a
great deity in human form.
Fire burns one man only, if he carelessly
approaches it, the fire of a king's (anger) consumes the (whole) family, together
with its cattle and its hoard of property.
Having fully considered the
purpose, (his) power, and the place and the time, he assumes by turns many (different) shapes for the complete attainment of justice.