śatakatrayam 1.18: dākṣiṇyaṃ svajane (kindness towards relatives)

by Jahnabi Barooah

दाक्षिण्यं स्वजने दया परिजने शाठ्यं सदा दुर्जने
प्रीति: साधुजने नयो नृपजने विद्वज्जने नार्जवम् ।
शौर्यं शत्रुजने क्षमा गुरुजने कान्ताजने धृष्टता
ये चैवं पुरुषा: कलासु कुशलास्तेष्वेव लोकस्थिति: ।।१८।।
नीतिशतके

men who are skilled in being–
kind towards their relatives,
merciful towards the less fortunate,
deceptive towards villains,
affectionate towards good people,
politically savvy towards kings,
sincere towards the knowledgeable,
heroic towards their enemies,
patient towards their teachers,
bold with women–
they hold the world in place! ||18||
nītiśataka

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