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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A still-born son os superior to a foolish son endowed with a long life. The first causes grief for but a moment while the latter like a blazing fire consumes his parents in grief for life.

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.

What is there to be enjoyed in the world of Lord Indra for one whose wife is loving and virtuous who possesses wealth who has a well-behaved son endowed with good qualities and who has a grandchildren born of his children?

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.

Eschew wicked company and associate with saintly persons. Acquire virtue day and night and always meditate on that which is eternal forgetting that which is temporary.

Accumulated wealth is saved by spending, just as incoming fresh water is saved by letting out stagnant water.

Kings speak for once men of learning once and the daughter is given in marriage once. All these things happen once and only once.

I do not deserve that wealth which is to be attained by enduring much suffering or by transgressing the rules of virtue or by flattering an enemy.

Oil on water a secret communicated to a base man a gift given to a worthy receiver and scriptural instruction given to an intelligent man spread out by virtue of their nature.

Moral excellence is an ornament for personal beauty, righteous conduct for high birth, success for learning, and proper spending for wealth.

Religious austerities should be practiced alone study by two and singing by three. A journey should be undertaken by four agriculture by five and war by many together.

We should always deal cautiously with fire water women foolish people serpents and members of a royal family, for they may when the occasion presents itself at once bring about our death.

The woman who fasts and observes religious vows without the permission of her husband shortens his life and goes to hell.

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.

What is the use of having many sons if they cause grief and vexation?

He who is not shy in the acquisition of wealth grain and knowledge and in taking his meals will be happy

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.

As gold is tested in four ways by rubbing cutting heating and beating -- so a man should be tested by these four things: his renunciation his conduct his qualities and his actions.

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