Chanakya

Chanakya

Chanakya (c. 4th century BCE) was an Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor. He is traditionally identified as Kauṭilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra. As such, he is considered the pioneer of the field of political science and economics in India, and his work is thought of as an important precursor to classical economics.

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Do not put your trust in rivers, men who carry weapons, beasts with claws or horns, women and members of a royal family.

The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.

Who is there who having become rich has not become proud? What licentious man has put an end to his calamities? What man in this world has not been overcome by a woman? Who is always loved by the king?

There are many ways of binding by which one can be dominated and controlled in this world but the bond of affection is the strongest. For example take the case of the humble bee which although expert at piercing hardened wood becomes caught in the embrace of its beloved flowers (as the petals close at dusk).

For want of discernment the most precious jewels lie in the dust at the feet of men while bits of glass are worn on their heads. But we should not imagine that the gems have sunk in value and the bits of glass have risen in importance. When a person of critical judgement shall appear each will be given its right position.

Learning is a friend on the journey, a wife in the house, medicine in sickness, and religious merit is the only friend after death.

Foolishness is indeed painful and verily so is youth but more painful by far than either is being obliged in another person's house.

Do not be very upright in your dealings for you would see by going to the forest that straight trees are cut down while crooked ones are left standing.

A man is great by deeds not by birth.

What good can the scriptures do to a man who has no sense of his own? Of what use is as mirror to a blind man?

What is too heavy for the strong and what place is too distant for those who put forth effort?

In this world whose family is there without blemish? Who is free from sickness and grief? Who is forever happy?

He who has wealth has friends and relations, he alone survives and is respected as a man.

Lakshmi the Goddess of wealth comes of Her own accord where fools are not respected grain is well stored up and the husband and wife do not quarrel.

What is it that escapes the observation of poets? What is that act women are incapable of doing? What will drunken people not prate? What will not a crow eat?

A man who encounters the following three is unfortunate, the death of his wife in his old age the entrusting of money into the hands of relatives and depending upon others for food.

Whores don't live in company of poor men citizens never support a weak company and birds don't build nests on a tree that doesn't bear fruits.

A single son endowed with good qualities is far better than a hundred devoid of them.

A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.

To have ability for eating when dishes are ready at hand to be robust and virile in the company of one's religiously wedded wife and to have a mind for making charity when one is prosperous are the fruits of no ordinary austerities.

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