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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Consider again and again the following: the right time the right friends the right place the right means of income the right ways of spending and from whom you derive your power.

The rain water enlivens all living beings of the earth both movable (insects animals humans etc.) and immovable (plants trees etc.) and then returns to the ocean it value multiplied a million fold.

Let not a single day pass without your learning a verse half a verse or a fourth of it or even one letter of it, nor without attending to charity study and other pious activity.

There is poison in the fang of the serpent in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of a scorpion, but the wicked man is saturated with it.

God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.

Of a rascal and a serpent the serpent is the better of the two for he strikes only at the time he is destined to kill while the former at every step.

A thing may be dreaded as long as it has not overtaken you but once it has come upon you try to get rid of it without hesitation.

Even as the unborn babe is in the womb of his mother, these five are fixed as his life destiny: his life span, his activities, his acquisition of wealth and knowledge, and his time of death.

The duration of life is uncertain and the place of habitation is uncertain, but in all this inconsistent world religious merit alone is immovable.

We should not grieve when we must inevitably part company from our dear ones.

The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.

Fate makes a beggar a king and a king a beggar. He makes a rich man poor and a poor man rich.

My dear child if you desire to be free from the cycle of birth and death then abandon the objects of sense gratification as poison. Drink instead the nectar of forbearance upright conduct mercy cleanliness and truth.

The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place time and ability.

There is no water like rainwater, no strength like one's own, no light like that of the eyes, and no wealth more dear than food grain.

He who shall practice these twenty virtues shall become invincible in all his undertakings.

Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty a relative in difficulty a friend in adversity and a wife in misfortune.

Constant travel brings old age upon a man, a horse becomes old by being constantly tied up, lack of sexual contact with her husband brings old age upon a woman, and garments become old through being left in the sun.

The serpent may without being poisonous raise high its hood but the show of terror is enough to frighten people -- whether he be venomous or not.

If the bees which seek the liquid oozing from the head of a lust-intoxicated elephant are driven away by the flapping of his ears then the elephant has lost only the ornament of his head. The bees are quite happy in the lotus filled lake.

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