On Collecting Taxes

From Chanakya’s nIthi shAsthram 

Just as a bee collects honey from flowers, drop by drop, over a period of time (without harming them), so too should a king collect taxes from his subjects for future use (without hurting them).

(yaTHA kramENa grhNanthi puSHpEbhyO maDHu SHatpadhAha /  thaTHA viththamupAdhAya rAjA kurvItha sanchayam

यथा क्रमेण गृह्णन्ति पुष्पेभ्यो मधु षट्पदाः / तथा वित्तमुपादाय राजा कुर्वीत सञ्चयम्//)


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