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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The cuckoos remain silent for a long time (for several seasons) until they are able to sing sweetly (in the Spring ) so as to give joy to all.
The hand is not so well adorned by ornaments as by charitable offerings, one does not become clean by smearing sandalwood paste upon the body as by taking a bath, one does not become so much satisfied by dinner as by having respect shown to him, and salvation is not attained by self-adornment as by cultivation of spiritual knowledge.
Accumulated wealth is saved by spending, just as incoming fresh water is saved by letting out stagnant water.
Those born blind cannot see, similarly blind are those in the grip of lust. Proud men have no perception of evil, and those bent on acquiring riches see no sin in their actions.
Purity of speech of the mind of the senses and the of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform.
All the creatures are pleased by loving words, and therefore we should address words that are pleasing to all for there is no lack of sweet words.
He who lives in our mind is near though he may actually be far away, but he who is not in our heart is far though he may really be nearby.