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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Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.

As a calf follows its mother among a thousand cows so the (good or bad) deeds of a man follow him.

What vice could be worse than covetousness? What is more sinful than slander? For one who is truthful what need is there for austerity? For one who has a clean heart what is the need for pilgrimage?

A wicked wife a false friend a saucy servant and living in a house with a serpent in it are nothing but death.

He who gives up shyness in monetary dealings in acquiring knowledge in eating and in business becomes happy.

As is the desire of Providence so functions one's intellect, one's activities are also controlled by Providence, and by the will of Providence one is surrounded by helpers.

Friendship between equals flourishes service under a king is respectable it is good to be business-minded in public dealings and a handsome lady is safe in her own home.

Therefore with an eye to the public good I shall speak that which when understood will lead to an understanding of things in their proper perspective.

Women have hunger two-fold shyness four-fold daring six-fold and lust eight-fold as compared to men.

The prostitute has to forsake a man who has no money the subject a king that cannot defend him the birds a tree that bears no fruit and the guests a house after they have finished their meals.

O jackal leave aside the body of that man at once whose hands have never given in charity whose ears have not heard the voice of learning whose eyes have not beheld a pure devotee of the Lord whose feet have never traversed to holy places whose belly is filled with things obtained by crooked practices and whose head is held high in vanity. Do not eat it O jackal otherwise you will become polluted.

He whose hands are clean does not like to hold an office, he who desires nothing cares not for bodily decorations, he who is only partially educated cannot speak agreeably, and he who speaks out plainly cannot be a deceiver.

A wise man should not divulge the formula of a medicine which he has well prepared, an act of charity which he has performed, domestic conflicts, private affairs with his wife, poorly prepared food he may have been offered, or slang he may have heard.

Many a bad habit is developed through overindulgence and many a good one by chastisement therefore beat your son as well as your pupil, never indulge them. (""Spare the rod and spoil the child."")

We should secure and keep the following: the blessings of meritorious deeds wealth grain the words of the spiritual master and rare medicines. Otherwise life becomes impossible.

If the king is virtuous then the subjects are also virtuous. If the king is sinful then the subjects also become sinful. If he is mediocre then the subjects are mediocre. The subjects follow the example of the king. In short as is the king so are the subjects.

Do not keep company with a fool for as we can see he is a two-legged beast. Like an unseen thorn he pierces the heart with his sharp words.

Fish tortoises and birds bring up their young by means of sight attention and touch, so do saintly men afford protection to their associates by the same means.

To wake at the proper time, to take a bold stand and fight, to make a fair division (of property) among relations, and to earn one's own bread by personal exertion are the four excellent things to be learned from a cock.

Who is there who has not been overcome by the ravages of time? What beggar has attained glory? Who has become happy by contracting the vices of the wicked?

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