Behaviour worthy of an Aryan, knowledge of men, bravery, a
compassionate disposition, and great liberality are the virtues of a neutral
(who may be courted).
Let the king, without hesitation, quit for his own
sake even a country (which is) salubrious, fertile, and causing an increase of
For times of need let him preserve his wealth; at the expense of
his wealth let him preserve his wife; let him at all events preserve himself
even by (giving up) his wife and his wealth.
A wise (king), seeing that all
kinds of misfortunes violently assail him at the same time, should try all (the
four) expedients, be it together or separately, (in order to save himself.)
On the person who employs the expedients, on the business to be accomplished,
and on all the expedients collectively, on these three let him ponder and strive
to accomplish his ends.
Having thus consulted with his ministers on all
these (matters), having taken exercise, and having bathed afterwards, the king
may enter the harem at midday in order to dine.
There he may eat food, (which has been prepared) by faithful, incorruptible
(servants) who know the (proper) time (for dining), which has been well examined
(and hallowed) by sacred texts that destroy poison.
Let him mix all his
food with medicines (that are) antidotes against poison, and let him always be
careful to wear gems which destroy poison.
Well-tried females whose toilet
and ornaments have been examined, shall attentively serve him with fans,
water, and perfumes.
In like manner let him be careful about his carriages,
bed, seat, bath, toilet, and all his ornaments.