yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhas
tat tad evetaro janaḥ
sa yat pramāṇaṁ kurute
lokas tad anuvartate
yat yat—however; ācarati—behaves; śreṣṭaḥ—the best man; tat tat—that; eva—certainly; itaraḥ—the lesser; janaḥ—men; saḥ—he; yat—which; pramāṇam—standard; kurute—shows; lokaḥ—the people; tat—that; anuvartate—follow.
"Whatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues."
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