Truthfulness lesson from Bhisma for a king or leader

Those were the days when Bhisma was lying on a bed of arrows and waiting to cast off physical body. Lord Krishna was an expert in knowledge management like the modern corporate gurus to capture the essence of knowledge and preserve it for use by all in the future. Lord Krishna said to Yudhisthira, “Bhisma is an incarnation of Dharma. Go to him and clear all doubts about Dharma. For, when Bhisma dies, the fountain of all knowledge will disappear from the world. Go now, go quickly.”

                   Accordingly, Yudhisthira accompanied by Krishna and the others came to Bhisma while lay on a bed of arrows. “Sit down Yudhisthira, and feel free to ask questions” said Bhisma.

Yudhisthira asked, “Learned people say that royal duties are the highest of all duties. What do duties mean?”

Bhisma replies, “Let us discuss duties then. Truthfulness is the king’s highest duty. A king, who is devoted to truth, needs nothing else.”

This advice from Bhisma who was an incarnation of Dharma highlights the importance of integrity for leaders.

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