Chanakya was born in Magadha (ruled by the Nandas) as the son of acharya Chanak. At an early age, he began the study of the Vedas, then considered the toughest scriptures to study and memorise.
He was a diligent student and loved to study political science, especially the role of the king and the ways of effective administration. After his father was accused as a traitor and killed in prison, Chanakya left Magadha vowing never to come back. He later came back to ask the Nandas for help against the Greek invasion only to be humiliated and sent back. Chanakya then vowed to cause the downfall of the Magadha empire. He was responsible not only for helping Chandragupta Maurya ascend the throne but also for uniting the Indian states for fighting against the attack by Alexander the Great around 327 BC. His main philosophy was “A debt should be paid off till the last penny; An enemy should be destroyed without a trace”. He seemed to have lived to his philosophy.
Chanakya (c.350 – c.275 BC), also known as Kautilya or Vishnugupta, was a professor of political science at the Takshasila University. He is regarded as one of the earliest known political thinkers, economists and king-makers. In Jawaharlal Nehru’s Discovery Of India, Chanakya was called the Indian Machiavelli.
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Education is the Best Friend. An Educated Person is Respected Everywhere. Education beats the Beauty and the Youth.
God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
People’s Fury is above all the furies.
There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no Friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. If you cannot keep secret with you , do not expect that other will keep it. ! It will destroy you.
Once you start a working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.
A good wife is one who serves her husband in the morning like a mother does, loves him in the day like a sister does and pleases him like a prostitute in the night.
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.
A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and Honest people are screwed first.
O wise man! Give your wealth only to the worthy and never to others. The water of the sea received by the clouds is always sweet.
As water collected in a tank gets pure by filtration, so accumulated wealth is preserved by being employed in charity.
Avoid him who talks sweetly before you but tries to ruin you behind your back, for he is like a pitcher full of poison with milk on top.
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.
There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of a scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it.
As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
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The life of an uneducated man is as useless as the tail of a dog which neither covers its rear end, nor protects it from the bites of insects.
Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
Time perfects men as well as destroys them.
There are three gems upon this earth; food, water, and pleasing words — fools consider pieces of rocks as gems.
Beauty is spoiled by an immoral nature; noble birth by bad conduct; learning, without being perfected; and wealth by not being properly utilised.
Do not pass between two brahmanas, between a brahmana and his sacrificial fire, between a wife and her husband, a master and his servant, and a plough and an ox.
A father who is a chronic debtor, an adulterous mother, a beautiful wife, and an unlearned son are enemies in one’s own home.
The Goddess of wealth is unsteady, and so is the life breath. The duration of life is uncertain, and the place of habitation is uncertain; but in all this inconsistent world religious merit alone is immovable.
Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, comes of Her own accord where fools are not respected, grain is well stored up, and the husband and wife do not quarrel.
Trees on a riverbank, a woman in another man’s house, and kings without counselors go without doubt to swift destruction.
Those parents who do not educate their sons are their enemies; for as is a crane among swans, so are ignorant sons in a public assembly.
Do not put your trust in rivers, men who carry weapons, beasts with claws or horns, women, and members of a royal family.
A wicked wife, a false friend, a saucy servant and living in a house with a serpent in it are nothing but death.
It is better to have only one son endowed with good qualities than a hundred devoid of them. For the moon though one, dispels the darkness, which the stars, though numerous, do not.
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