|We have here couplets dealing with the
principles to be observed by an efficient minister.
Efficiency essentially consists in a
resolute mind; other things come thereafter.
Two principles of action have been
authoritatively accepted in politics. One, do not undertake action that cannot be
successful; the other, if anything goes wrong in the course of an undertaking, do not be
perturbed, but face difficulties boldly.
Success in a great undertaking lies in so
ordering ones action that the disclosure of the plan coincides with its fulfilment,
i.e., before it is disclosed it should have been accomplished. Premature disclosure leads
to the creation of insurmountable impediments.