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Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 11 Oct 2011 10:47 and updated at 11 Oct 2011 10:47

TIRUKKURAL of Tiruvalluvar, the Tamil poet




2.1 Royalty


2.1.21. Detectives

These Two: the code renowned and Spies,
In these let King confide as Eyes.
Let a King consider as his Eyes these Two things, a Spy and a Book (of laws) universally esteemed.

Each day, of every subject every deed,
Tis duty of the King to learn with speed.
It is the duty of a King to know quickly (by a Spy) what all happens, daily, amongst all men.

By Spies who Spies, not weighing things they bring,
Nothing can Victory give to that unwary King.
There is no way for a King to obtain conquests, who knows not the advantage of discoveries made by a Spy.

His officers, his Friends, his Enemies,
All these who watch are trusty Spies.
He is a Spy who watches all men, to wit, those who are in the King s employment, his relatives, and his Enemies.

Of unsuspected mien and all unfearing Eyes,
Who let no secret out, are trusty Spies.
A Spy is one who is able to assume an appearance which may create no suspicion (in the minds of others), who fears no man s face, and who never reveals (his purpose).

As monk or Devotee, through every hindrance making way,
A Spy, whate er men do, must watchful mind display.
He is a Spy who, assuming the appearance of an Ascetic, goes into (whatever place he wishes), examines into (all, that is needful), and never discovers himself, whatever may be done to him.

A Spy must search each hidden matter out,
And full report must render, free from doubt.
A Spy is one who is able to discover what is hidden and who retains no doubt concerning what he has known.

Spying by Spies, the things they tell
To test by other Spies is well.
Let not a King receive the information which a Spy has discovered and made known to him, until he has examined it by another Spy.

One Spy must not another see: contrive it so;
And things by Three confirmed as truth you know.
Let a King employ Spies so that one may have no Knowledge of the other; and when the information of Three agrees together, let him receive it.

Reward not trusty Spy in others sight,
Or all the mystery will come to light.
Let not a King publicly confer on a Spy any marks of his favour; if he does, he will divulge his own secret.

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