“How can that female swan who is accustomed to sporting with the king of swans amidst lotus flowers ever cast her eyes on a water-crow that stays amidst bunches of grass?” (Sita Devi speaking to Ravana, Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 56.20)
“Our country doesn’t believe in torture. The news reports are disturbing. How could this go on? Who authorized this? What kind of example does this set for the rest of the world? Just because others behave barbarically doesn’t mean that our nation should.”
In the Bhagavad-gita it is said that people take notice of the example set by a great leader.
“Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 3.21)
In warfare things get ugly, so whatever rules are laid down aren’t necessarily followed. The easy way after…
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