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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Contentment with little or nothing to eat although one may have a great appetite, to awaken instantly although one may be in a deep slumber, unflinching devotion to the master, and bravery, these six qualities should be learned from the dog.

He is a pandit (man of knowledge) who speaks what is suitable to the occasion who renders loving service according to his ability and who knows the limits of his anger.

Avoid him who talks sweetly before you but tries to ruin you behind your back for he is like a pitcher of poison with milk on top.

Knowledge is lost without putting it into practice, a man is lost due to ignorance, an army is lost without a commander, and a woman is lost without a husband.

A mountain is broken even by a thunderbolt: is the thunderbolt therefore as big as the mountain? No he whose power prevails is really mighty, what is there in bulk?

Fondle a son until he is five years of age and use the stick for another ten years but when he has attained his sixteenth year treat him as a friend.

He who is engrossed in family life will never acquire knowledge, there can be no mercy in the eater of flesh, the greedy man will not be truthful, and purity will not be found in a woman a hunter.

The hearts of base men burn before the fire of other's fame and they slander them being themselves unable to rise to such a high position.

He who nurtures benevolence for all creatures within his heart overcomes all difficulties and will be the recipient of all types of riches at every step.

He whose son is obedient to him whose wife's conduct is in accordance with his wishes and who is content with his riches has his heaven here on earth.

It is better to have only one son from whom the whole family can derive support and peacefulness.

The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.

Union in privacy (with one's wife), boldness, storing away useful items, watchfulness, and not easily trusting others, these five things are to be learned from a crow.

A wise man should marry a virgin of a respectable family even if she is deformed. He should not marry one of a low-class family through beauty. Marriage in a family of equal status is preferable.

One should save his money against hard times save his wife at the sacrifice of his riches but invariably one should save his soul even at the sacrifice of his wife and riches.

I consider him who does not act religiously as dead though living but he who dies acting religiously unquestionably lives long though he is dead.

What good is a cow that neither gives milk nor conceives? Similarly what is the value of the birth of a son if he becomes neither learned nor a pure devotee of the Lord?

He who is prepared for the future and he who deals cleverly with any situation that may arise are both happy, but the fatalistic man who wholly depends on luck is ruined.

How can he who seeks sense gratification acquire knowledge and he who possesses knowledge enjoy mundane sense pleasure?

Separation from the wife disgrace from one's own people an enemy saved in battle service to a wicked king poverty and a mismanaged assembly: these six kinds of evils if afflicting a person burn him even without fire.

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