राजमूलो हि धर्मश्च जयश्च जयतां वर । तस्मात् सर्वास्ववस्थासु रक्षितव्या नराधिपाः ॥

— श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामयणे अरण्यकाण्डे एकचत्वारिंशस्सर्गः (१०व श्लोकमु)

Preaching good to the wicked Ravana, Maareecha spoke these words dripping with nectar: “O Ravana! A King’s Dharma is foundational for the conduct and quality of life of his subjects. Hence, even severely adversarial circumstances too, the King should always strive to uphold his Dharma”.

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