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Quotes On Governance Or Rajadharma From The Vedas

To you has come the kingship with its splendor on; shine as lord, sole ruler of the people. King! let all regions of the heavens invite you; let people wait on you and pay respect to you. (Atharva Veda, 3.4.1)

You the people shall elect unto kingship; you these five divine directions. Rest at the height of royal power, at the pinnacle; from there, mighty one, share the treasures. (Atharva Veda 3.4.2)

Logic and metaphysics, the three Vedas, the professions (agriculture, animal husbandry, and trade), governance and law — these sciences and the practitioners thereof the ruler shall employ to arrive at considered decisions.

The ruler is to drink of the state [collect taxes] as mildly as the leech (drinks blood) or (as carefully) as the tigress carries its child — without biting or causing hurt.

When women, in all their jewelry, can move on the streets with men, without any fear, then is the state (truly) protected by the ruler.