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13 He shall not be given to gossiping 14but keep things confidential. 15 He shall not engage in recreational activities in places frequented by his teacher. 16 He shall speak with women only as much as is required. 17 He shall be gentle, 18 calm, 19controlled, 20 modest, 21 firmly resolute, 22 energetic, 23 not given to anger, 24 and free from envy. Food 25 Morning and evening he shall go out to beg with a bowl, soliciting from those who are not degraded or heinous sinners,* and bringing all he receives to his teacher.

Teacher H"From darkness they surely enter into further darkness—an ignorant man who performs an initiation, as also the person whom he initiates," states a Brähmana. 12 So, to perform the initiation, he should try to get a learned and steadfast man born in a family noted for vedic learning, 13 under whom he should complete his vedic studies unless that man deviates from the Laws. 14 The teacher (äcärya) is the person from whom a man gathers* (äcinoti) the Laws. 15He should never offend the teacher, 16for he gives birth to him by means of vedic knowledge.

3° It is permitted to eat the meat of milch cows and oxen.

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