Tuesday, May 4, 2010

पञ्चतंत्र - मित्रभेद - युद्ध

होमार्थैर्विधिवत्प्रदानविधिना सद्विप्रवृंदार्चनैः
    यज्ञैर्भूरिसुदक्षिणैः सुविहितैः संप्राप्यते यत्फलम् |
सत्तीर्थाश्रमवास होमनियमैश्चान्द्रायणाद्यैः कृतैः
    पुंभिस्तत्फलमाहवे एनिहतैः संप्राप्यते तत्क्षणात् ||

- पञ्चतंत्र, मित्रभेद

Soldiers who die in a war get the same credit of good karma as any of the below - religious rituals being performed by very learned brahmins, rituals that have been performed by generously giving money, visiting many holy places (temples and ashrams), performing various ritualistic penances. All these are comparable to a person being ready to lay down his life to protect other people of his state.

- Panchatantra, Mitrabheda

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