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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Lessons from Chanakya: Part II

Chanakya/kautilya/Vishnu Sharma/Vishnugupta has many pearls of wisdom relevant even after 2200 yrs. Some are given below... This is two part series. Read Part I here.

  • In a state where the ruler lives like a common man, the citizens live like kings do. And in the state where the ruler lives like a king, the citizens live like beggars do
  • Jealousy is another name for failure
  • Never go on a long journey alone
  • Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness
  • Once you start working on something, don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest
  • One who is in search of knowledge should give up the search of pleasure and the one who is in search of pleasure should give up the search of knowledge
  • The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you
  • The four greatest enemies of a man are - the father who has taken a loan, the characterless mother, the beautiful but promiscuous wife and the stupid child
  • The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions
  • The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman
  • There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth
  • A woman is four times as shy, six times as brave and eight times as lusty as a man
  • An egoist can be won over by being respected, a crazy person can be won over by allowing him to behave in an insane manner and a wise person can be won over by truth
  • As centesimal droppings will fill a pot so also are knowledge, virtue and wealth gradually obtained
  • As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it
  • 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
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