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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Our bodies are perishable wealth is not at all permanent and death is always nearby. Therefore we must immediately engage in acts of merit.

Conciliate a strong man by submission a wicked man by opposition and the one whose power is equal to yours by politeness or force.

Learning is like a cow of desire. It like her yields in all seasons. Like a mother it feeds you on your journey. Therefore learning is a hidden treasure.

Do not say ""What what fear has a rich man of calamity?"" When riches begin to forsake one even the accumulated stock dwindles away.

He who befriends a man whose conduct is vicious whose vision impure and who is notoriously crooked is rapidly ruined.

Water is the medicine for indigestion, it is invigorating when the food that is eaten is well digested, it is like nectar when drunk in the middle of a dinner, and it is like poison when taken at the end of a meal.

For one whose heart melts with compassion for all creatures, what is the necessity of knowledge, liberation matted hair on the head and smearing the body with ashes.

Wise men should never go into a country where there are no means of earning one's livelihood where the people have no dread of anybody have no sense of shame no intelligence or a charitable disposition.

A woman does not become holy by offering by charity by observing hundreds of fasts or by sipping sacred water as by sipping the water used to wash her husbands feet.

Men reap the fruits of their deeds and intellects bear the mark of deeds performed in previous lives, even so the wise act after due circumspection.

Do not put your trust in a bad companion nor even trust an ordinary friend, for if he should get angry with you he may bring all your secrets to light.

He who regards another's wife as his mother, the wealth that does not belong to him as a lump of mud, and the pleasure and pain of all other living beings as his own - truly sees things in the right perspective and he is a true pandit.

It is better to be without a kingdom than to rule over a petty one, better to be without a friend than to befriend a rascal, better to be without a disciple than to have a stupid one, and better to be without a wife than to have a bad one.

Perfection can be achieved only through devotion (to the Supreme Lord) for devotion is the basis of all success.

He who possesses intelligence is strong, how can the man that is unintelligent be powerful? The elephant of the forest, having lost his senses by intoxication, was tricked into a lake by a small rabbit.

Before you start some work always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions go ahead.

Even one who by his qualities appears to be all knowing suffers without patronage, the gem though precious requires a gold setting.

He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.

It is better to live under a tree in a jungle inhabited by tigers and elephants to maintain oneself in such a place with ripe fruits and spring water to lie down on grass and to wear the ragged barks of trees than to live amongst one's relations when reduced to poverty.

Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years scold them. By the time they turn sixteen treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends.

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