By Maung Htin Aung (auth.)
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You must proeure the goodwill of others, because goodwill is the key to everything in life. If people love you, to them you are as sweet as treacle, but ifthey hate you, you are as bitteras neam. If they want to come to you, you are quite near; but if they do not want to come to you, you are too far away. If they do not want to give you anything, they can find nothing to give; and if they do not want to come to you, they do not know your address. If they have goodwill towards you, you smell like perfume, but if they do not have such goodwill, you smell like garlic.
EPISTLES TO ROYAL OFFICIALS 21 persons of goodwill, according to their individual capacity, cut down a number of trees and donated them to be used as posts in my proposed rest-house, and thus shared in my deed of merit. However, before the logs could be carted and brought to my monastery, a group of your service-men, looking for timber to build a new residence for you, arrived at the forest and carried them away. Obviously they did not know that the logs had already been donated to me. I am sure that you arealso not aware of this fact, and I am equally certain that you will graciously send the logs to me at my monastery as soon as you receive this letter.
Carrying our swords with silver handles, We shall march until even the earth sinks; And by next November; Weshall achieve victory, For the glory of the King. ) if his subjects are united, the King My beloved son, the King hirnself has taken note of these songs and is disturbed by their implications. e. from where he used to watch for wild animals. "Perfumed with wild flowers," because such platforms were usually built on Hnan-Lone-Kyaing (botanical name: Vachellia) trees, whose flowers had a pungent fragrance.