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CC Madhya 17.178

Text

yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhas
tat tad evetaro janaḥ
sa yat pramāṇaṁ kurute
lokas tad anuvartate

Synonyms

yat yat — however; ācarati — behaves; śreṣṭhaḥ — the best man; tat tat — that; eva — certainly; itaraḥ — the lesser; janaḥ — men; saḥ — he; yat — which; pramāṇam — standard; kurute — shows; lokaḥ — the people; tat — that; anuvartate — follow.

Translation

“Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.”

Purport

This is a quotation from the Bhagavad-gītā (3.21).