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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Save your wealth against future calamity.

That man who is without religion and mercy should be rejected. A guru without spiritual knowledge should be rejected. The wife with an offensive face should be given up and so should relatives who are without affection.

The poor wish for wealth, animals for the faculty of speech, men wish for heaven, and godly persons for liberation.

Those men who are happy in this world who are generous towards their relatives kind to strangers indifferent to the wicked loving to the good shrewd in their dealings with the base frank with the learned courageous with enemies humble with elders and stern with the wife.

Wealth a friend a wife and a kingdom may be regained, but this body when lost may never be acquired again.

How can people be made happy in a petty kingdom? What peace can we expect from a rascal friend? What happiness can we have at home in the company of a bad wife? How can renown be gained by instructing an unworthy disciple?

Among men the barber is cunning, among birds the crow, among beasts the jackal, and among women the malin (flower girl).

Although an ass is tired he continues to carry his burden, he is unmindful of cold and heat, and he is always contented, these three things should be learned from the ass.

He should be considered to be living who is virtuous and pious but the life of a man who is destitute of religion and virtues is void of any blessing.

No messenger can travel about in the sky and no tidings come from there. The voice of its inhabitants as never heard nor can any contact be established with them.

Therefore kings gather round themselves men of good families for they never forsake them either at the beginning the middle or the end.

It is ruinous to be familiar with the king fire the religious preceptor and a woman. To be altogether indifferent of them is to be deprived of the opportunity to benefit ourselves hence our association with them must be from a safe distance.

One whose knowledge is confined to books, and whose wealth is in the possession of others, can use neither his knowledge, nor wealth, when the need for them arises.

Residing in a small village devoid of proper living facilities serving a person born of a low family unwholesome food a frowning wife a foolish son and a widowed daughter burn the body without fire.

By going to the den of a lion pearls from the head of an elephant may be obtained, but by visiting the hole of a jackal nothing but the tail of a calf or a bit of the hide of an ass may found.

There is no disease (so destructive) as lust, no enemy like infatuation, no fire like wrath, and no happiness like spiritual knowledge.

As soon as the fear approaches near attack and destroy it.

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