Discipline is more precious than life itself, For it is discipline that confers eminence. Strive and preserve good conduct; By any reckoning, you will find it your sole companion. Propriety of conduct is great birth, And impropriety will sink into a mean birth. Scriptures forgot can be recapitulated; Bad conduct debases a Brahmin and his birth. Just as jealousy can’t lead to prosperity, So also impropriety to greatness. The strong-willed do not shrink from right conduct; They know its breach will spell ruin. Right conduct exalts one, while a bad name Exposes one to undeserved disgrace. Good conduct sows good, And from bad springs eternal trouble. Men of good conduct cannot speak ill Even by a slip of tongue. Those are fools, however learned, Who have not learnt to walk with the world.