Be honest, your Subordinates will be Honest too!


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Yatha Raja, thatha Praja is a Sanskrit proverb.

Common man follows the king.

If he is honest and strict about it, people will also follow him.

In Baghavad Gita, Lord Krishna also says,

Whatver action a great man performs, common man follows 3-21

Tamil grammarian Tolkappiar also says,

Customs are based on the people at higher level.

Valakkenappatuvathu uyarnthor mere (In Tamil)

In Purananuru verse 187 poetess Avvaiyar also echoes the same,

A land is considered good depending upon the good people living there.

“Evvali nallavar aadavar avvazi” (in Tamil)

There is a Tamil folktale illustrating this point-

A surveyor called  a village watch man and asked him to bring two measures of green rice, raw paddy, from the field without the land owner knowing. He told him that his son liked it very much. Accordingly, he went to the field at the dead of night and brought two measures of raw rice.

The watch man used this as a pretext and from that time he went to the field every week and took two measures of grains for his own use. He continued it for long.

When harvest time came the surveyor went to see the quantity of grain. When he saw two or three sections in the field empty, plants without grains, he called the watch man and said,

Hey fellow, what is this?

Who stole the grains?

The watch man secretly told him,

Sir, this is what you yourself one day ordered.

When he saw all the paddy in this condition, as often as he asked, the watch man came and said the same thing.

The moral of the story is…..

If the head of the country is corrupt people will also be corrupt.

If you are not honest you can’t find fault with others.


Potter and the King’s Servants

In a village a potter got his livelihood by making pots and pans and baking and selling them. The servants of the king’s palace often came to him ordering him to give them pots. They paid him nothing.

Whilst the matters were so, one day the potter saw the servants coming. He ran away from his hut and hid himself in the nearby palmyra grove.

The servants went into the house and saw only his children. So they went out without taking any pots.

They said ‘we will come tomorrow’.

While they were going home, they went through the palmyra grove.

As soon as the potter saw them, he rose up and stood out of respect.

But he showed them his back and pretended as if he was looking at the top of a tree.

The servants without looking at his face and without recognising asked him, Hey fellow, why are you looking at?

What is happening?

Oh , I am looking at the palmyra tree to find out whether I can make a plough out of it.

One of the servants said,

What? Will a palmyra tree do for a plough? You are ‘ a fool like a potter’. You don’t know anything.

As soon as he used the word ‘potter’, he got scared.

He showed his face and told them,

Who told you that I was here?

Then they identifying him said, ‘is it you potter?’

They seized him and took him to his hut.

They took as many pots as they wanted and put them on his head, one over the other, made him carry the pots all the way to their houses.

Like westerners say ‘bird’s brain’, in the olden days Tamils used to say ‘potter’s brain’.

Xxx Subham xxx

As the King, so are the People: Yatha Raja Thatha Praja!


Compiled  by London swaminathan
Date: 26 September 2015
Post No: 2191
Time uploaded in London :– 18-38
(Thanks  for the pictures) 

There is a proverb in Sanskrit ‘yatha raja, thatha praja’. Like the king, people are. If the king is corrupt, ministers become more corrupt and people become the most corrupt. There are two anecdotes to illustrate this proverb:

Nausherva of Persia was reputed to be a just king. Once he went on a hunting expedition. He hunted any animals in the forest and the lunch time came. Everyone was hungry. Suddenly the king and his retinue realised that they forgot to bring salt for eating the meat. When the food was cooked the king also came to know about it. He, therefore, asked one of his servants to go into the village nearby and get the salt. But he added, “Don’t forget to pay for it. Otherwise the whole village will be ruined.”

Hearing this the servant was greatly surprised. So he said, “Your Majesty, how could a pinch of salt, obtained without payment, cause the devastation of the whole village?”

Naushervan answered, “If the king, exercising his authority, plucks and eats even only one fruit from the garden of any of his subjects, then his servants, following his example, will destroy the whole garden, root and branch.”


Following  story proved this correct:

A revenue officer was camping near a village for collection of tax. He called his servant and told him, “My wife and children like fresh rice. So go to the fields and pluck some and bring here. Make sure no one sees you.” So the servant went during night time and entered a field illegally and plucked some paddy and brought it to the officer. Other servants came to know about it from the man who went into the field.

Taking the hint from the officer servants started collecting rice from each and every field. When the officer went for tax collection, the harvest shown on records were lower than the usual quantity. Then he started questioning his servants. What happened? Why the harvest is very much lower this season? Who was stealing the crops?

The servant who went into the field for the first time answered, “Sir, it is the secret permission you gave me the other day. I took some rice for my family. My colleagues also took some rice for their families. That is all.”

The officer said nothing. He was like a thief stung by a scorpion. He can’t cry aloud.

“Yatha raja ,thatha praja”. If the officers are themselves corrupt, they have no moral authority to question anyone! Even if he says something, it would not have any effect. All will laugh at him, behind his back.