king who misgoverns is a worse sinner than the murderer.
The tyrant's request for gifts from his people is like the armed highway-robber's
demand couched in the language of politeness.
What is given to the armed dacoit is not a gift, though it
is in response to a request worded as from a beggar asking for alms. What is given to a
tyrannical prince in the form of gifts is like-wise given in fear.
As the rainless sky dries up the earth, so does a king
devoid of compassion destroy the people giving thereon.
The absence of rain dries up the non-sentient earth. What
rain is to the non sentient earth, so to the sentient beings thereon is royal concern for
their welfare. Its absence dries them up, i. e., destroys them.
Under a ruler who does not follow the law, it is a greater
misery to be possessed of wealth than to be poor.