KAUTILYA – CHANAKYA

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KAUTILYA – CHANAKYA

One of the greatest figures of wisdom and knowledge in the Indian history is Chanakya.
Chanakya is also known by the name of Kautilya and Vishnugupta.

His famous work called Arthashastra is a classic example of statecraft and politics and is read even today.

It basically consists of the principles of politics and how the state works.

The legends associated with Chanakya are interesting.

  • When Chanakya was born he had a full set of teeth, which is a sign that he would become a king or an emperor. But since he was born in a Brahmin family, it was considered inappropriate. Thus, his teeth were broken and it was predicted that he would make another person a king and rule through him.
  • Even as a child, Chanakya had the qualities of a born leader. His level of knowledge was beyond children of his age.
  • Chanakya was thrown out of the court of King Nanda as he was a blunt man and spoke his mind clearly. Chanakya swore he would take revenge.
  • Chanakya comes across Chandragupta as a young child. Even at that age, he was a born leader and showed the qualities of an able Emperor. He was the guiding force behind Chandragupta and the vital person who made him an able Emperor.
  • Chanakya adds poison in little amounts daily in Chandragupta’s food in order to make him immune to poison, lest some enemy tries to poison him.
  • However Chandragupta was unaware about this and once gave a little food to his wife who was in the ninth month of pregnancy. She didn’t survive but Chanakya cut open her belly and took out the baby.
  • This baby grew up to become an able emperor named Bindusara. He had a minister named Subandhu who did not like Chanakya. He told Bindusara that Chanakya had killed his mother.
  • Without assessing facts, Bindusara confronted Chanakya. On knowing the whole story, he felt ashamed at his hasty actions and begged for forgiveness. He asked Subandhu to go and apologize and make Chanakya come back.
  • Subandhu was very cunning and on the pretext of going to apologize to Chanakya, he killed him. Thus, ended the life of a great person like Chanakya just because of political rivalry.

FIFTEEN GREAT THOUGHTS BY CHANAKYA

“Learn from the mistakes of others… you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves!!”

“A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and Honest people are screwed first.”

“Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.”

“There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.”

“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.”

“As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.”

“The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.”

“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.”

“The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.”

“God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.”

“A man is great by deeds, not by birth.”

“Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.”

“Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends.”

“Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.”

“Education is the Best Friend. An Educated Person is Respected Everywhere. Education beats the Beauty and the Youth.”

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