Three Type of Followers – Bhagavan Sri Ram in the Ramayana



Bhagavan Sri Ram: In this world there are three types of followers. The best of the them carries out the work allocated to him by the leader, and goes even farther and, creatively anticipating the leader’s wishes, fulfils them too – yo hi bhrityo niyukttah san bhartraa karmani dushhkare; kuryaat tad anuraagena tamahuh purushhottamam.

The mediocre follower does not, though capable, do anything more than what the leader commanded him to do – yo niyuktah param kaaryam na kuryaannaripateh priyam; bhrityo yuktah samarthashcha tamaahurmadhyam naram.

And the worst follower is he who though capable, does not even carry out the leader’s wishes – niyukto nripateh kaaryam na kuryaadyah samaahitah; bhrityo yuktah samarthashcha tamaahuh purushhdhamam.

(Valmiki Ramayana, Yuddha Kandam, Sarga 1, Sloka 7-9)