SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
śauryaṁ tejo dhṛtir dākṣyaṁ
yuddhe cāpy apalāyanam
dānam īśvara-bhāvaś ca
kṣātraṁ karma svabhāva-jam
‘Bravery, fire, constancy, adroitness, and not retreating in battle, benevolence, and the nature to rule; —these are duties native to the Kshatriya.’
Śauryam = Bravery = The intrepid plunging into conflict.
Tejas = fire = The invincibility or irresistible front presented to others.
Dhṛitiḥ = Constancy = The perseverent carrying through any enterprize despite difficulties or hindrances.
Dākshyam = Adroitness = The ability in execution of all work.
Apalāyanam = Not running away from battle, albeit one is convinced of his death.
Dānam = Benevolence = The parting with one’s own property for the benefit of others.
Īśvarabhāva = Nature or capacity to govern others.
All these are duties proper to a Kshatriya.
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