When he has gained victory, let him duly worship the gods and
honour righteous Brahmanas, let him grant exemptions, and let him cause promises
of safety to be proclaimed.
But having fully ascertained the wishes of all
the (conquered), let him place there a relative of the (vanquished ruler on
the throne), and let him impose his conditions.
Let him make authoritative
the lawful (customs) of the (inhabitants), just as they are stated (to be), and
let him honour the (new king) and his chief servants with precious gifts.
The seizure of desirable property which causes displeasure, and its distribution
which causes pleasure, are both recommendable, (if they are) resorted to at the
All undertakings (in) this (world) depend both on the
ordering of fate and on human exertion; but among these two (the ways of) fate
are unfathomable; in the case of man's work action is possible.
king, bent on conquest), considering a friend, gold, and land (to be) the triple
result (of an expedition), may, using diligent care, make peace with (his foe)
and return (to his realm).
207. Having paid due attention to any king in the
circle (of neighbouring states) who might attack him in the rear, and to his
supporter who opposes the latter, let (the conqueror) secure the fruit of the
expedition from (the prince whom he attacks), whether (he may have become)
friendly or (remained) hostile.
By gaining gold and land a king grows not so
much in strength as by obtaining a 3rm friend, (who), though weak, (may become)
powerful in the future.
A weak friend (even) is greatly commended, who is
righteous (and) grateful, whose people are contented, who is attached and
persevering in his undertakings.
The wise declare him (to be) a most
dangerous foe, who is wise, of noble race, brave, clever, liberal, grateful, and