A promise was a promise1

Centuries ago, in the Vedic seers’ time, a promise was a promise. If you made a promise, the story was finished. Even at the time of the battle of Kurukshetra, a promise was a promise. They believed in their promise, and they would kill themselves to keep their promise.

  1. NED 44. 30 March 2006, Sri Chinmoy's home Jamaica, New York