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

 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.


Text

“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).