Chanakya Neeti

Posted: July 31, 2010 in Wake Up!!
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Though I am not the Great Chanakya,  this is what I found from his works…


painting of chanakya

  • A wicked wife, a false friend, a saucy servant and living in a house with a serpent सर्प in it are nothing but death.
  • Do not inhabit a country where you are not respected, cannot earn your livelihood, have no friends, or cannot acquire knowledge.
  • Do not stay for a single day where there are not these five persons: a wealthy man, a brahmin well versed in Vedic lore, a king, a river and a physician.
  • Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
  • Do not put your trust in rivers, men who carry weapons, beasts पशु‌ with claws नाखून or horns , women, and members of a royal family.
  • Separation from the wife, disgrace from one’s own people, an enemy saved in battle, service to a wicked king, poverty गरीबी, and a mismanaged assembly: these six kinds of evils, if afflicting a person, burn him even without fire.
  • Trees on a riverbank, a woman in another man’s house, and kings without counselors go without doubt to swift destruction.
  • Friendship between equals flourishes, service under a king is respectable, it is good to be business-minded in public dealings, and a handsome lady is safe in her own home.
  • Of a rascal दुर्जन and a serpent सर्प, the serpent is the better of the two, for he strikes only at the time he is destined to kill, while the former at every step.
  • Give up a member to save a family, a family to save a village, a village to save a country, and the country to save yourself.
  • An industrious person can never be poor.
  • Always keeping God in mind keeps one away from sin.
  • The silence does not let quarrels appear and an ever vigilant person has no cause for fear.
  • The following six things are living funeral for a man:    To live in a village of bad characters, to work for an evil family, to get bad food to eat, a short tempered wife, a foolish son and a widowed daughter.
  • Do not be too simple and too straight. Go to the jungle to see how the smooth and straight trees have been cut down mercilessly but the crooked ones stand unharmed.
  • A person who is shameless (Bold) in the matters of: Dealing with money or trade, learning some art or skill, eating and behavior, is a happy one.
  • Be content with what you have already got as wife, food and income. But don’t ever be content with your knowledge, self-improvement and charity.
  • In this world, those who desire only for wealth are lowly people of lowest level. Those who desire wealth and respect are people of middle level. The persons of highest level only desire honor and respect.
  • Sages say that one Yavana, the foreign invader is as filthy as thousand scavengers.
  • No blessing is greater than peace. No joy is greater when contentment. No disease is worse than greed. No religion is greater than mercy.
  • It is of no use to give advice to persons who have no capacity to receive or imbibe.
  • The fragrant winds coming from the forest of sandalwood trees do not aromate the bamboo groves which continue to be offensive smelling.
  • Brain power is the mightiest power. The physical power may look fearsome but it has no clever edge to sin against wisdom. Remember the story how a lion got killed by a clever rabbit.
  • Something which looks too far off to achieve, intangible and too high to attain, can be reached through perseverance, dogged effort, hard work and single minded devotion. Nothing is impossible. Even God is just a true penance away.

Please give your feedback

  1. luvkush says:

    Good work! seems that somebody cares of indian talents except the foreigners.

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