tata enam gurur jnatva
daityendram darsayam asa
matr-mrstam alankrtam
tatahthereafter; enamhim (Prahlada Maharaja); guruhhis teachers; jnatvaknowing; jnataknown; jneyawhich are to be known; catustayamthe four diplomatic principles (sama, the process of pacifying dana, the process of giving money in charity bheda, the principle of dividing and danda, the principle of punishment); daitya-indramunto Hiranyakasipu, the King of the Daityas; darsayam asapresented; matr-mrstambeing bathed by his mother; alankrtamdecorated with ornaments.
After some time, the teachers Sanda and Amarka thought that Prahlada Maharaja was sufficiently educated in the diplomatic affairs of pacifying public leaders, appeasing them by giving them lucrative posts, dividing and ruling over them, and punishing them in cases of disobedience. Then, one day, after Prahladas mother had personally washed the boy and dressed him nicely with sufficient ornaments, they presented him before his father.
It is essential for a student who is going to be a ruler or king to learn the four diplomatic principles. There is always rivalry between a king and his citizens. Therefore, when a citizen agitates the public against the king, the duty of the king is to call him and try to pacify him with sweet words, saying, You are very important in the state. Why should you disturb the public with some new cause for agitation? If the citizen is not pacified, the king should then offer him some lucrative post as a governor or ministerany post that draws a high salaryso that he may be agreeable. If the enemy still goes on agitating the public, the king should try to create dissension in the enemys camp, but if he still continues, the king should employ argumentum ad baculumsevere punishmentby putting him in jail or placing him before a firing squad. The teachers appointed by Hiranyakasipu taught Prahlada Maharaja how to be a diplomat so that he could rule over the citizens very nicely.

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