Refrain from those actions that would degrade honor
Even though they should be indispensable for the preservation of life.
Those who pursue glory honorably never act ingloriously,
Even if fame is assured.
Cultivate modesty in the midst of good fortune,
But in times of adversity preserve your dignity.
Honorable men fallen from high position
May be likened to odious hari fallen from the head.
Even men grand as a mountain will become small
If they commit an unworthy act though as small as a mustard seed.
It offers neither earth's renown nor heaven's refuge,
So why would one run after or even stand before a man who reviles him?
Better to die right where you stand, the saying goes,
Than to live running after those who despise you.
Will any medicine save the body of the high-born man
When his honor has perished?
Shorn of its hair, the yak will refuse to live;
Such men exist, who prefer death to the loss of honor.
The world will extoll and exalt honorable men
Who exult in death rather than dishonor.
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