Sunday, March 20, 2011

Seven Policies (Nitis) of Chanakya from a website (Abacus)

1. “Even a pundit comes to grief by giving instruction to a stupid disciple, by investing in barren land, by maintaining a bad spouse, and by excessive familiarity with the miserable.”

2. “One should save money against hard times, save his or her spouse at the sacrifice of his or her wealth, but invariably one should save his or her soul even at the sacrifice of his or her spouse and wealth.”

3. “Do not inhabit a country where you are not respected, cannot earn your livelihood, have no friends, or cannot acquire knowledge.”

4. “Do not stay for a single day where there are not these five persons: (i) a wealthy man, (ii) a brahmin well versed in Vedic lore, (iii) a king, (iv) a river and (v) a physician” – I will read this verse as, do not stay for a single day where there are not five things: (i) a vibrant industry (a wealthy man), (ii) a good university where your child can go for education (a brahmin well versed in Vedic lore), (iii) a strong Govt., possibly democratically elected, which will enforce the rule of law (a King), (iv) a river , (v) a good health care system (a physician)

5. “Test a servant whiles in the discharge of his duty, relative in difficulty, friend in adversity, and spouse in misfortune.”

6. “Do not put your trust in rivers, men who carry weapons, beasts with claws or horns, members of a royal and political family and spouse with strong interest on your friends”

7. “Even from poison extract drug which will cure disease, wash and take back gold if it has fallen in poop, receive the highest knowledge (Krisna consciousness) even from a low born person; marry a girl possessing virtuous qualities (stri-ratna) even if she were born in a poor family and/or not so beautiful.”

Great one again :).

Here are the nitis from one of my favorite politician named "Chanakya" son of Rishi "Chanak" and was also known as "Kautilya"

"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."

"The biggest guru-mantra is: Never
share your secrets with anybody. !
It will destroy you."

"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."

"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."

"A man is great by deeds, not by birth."

"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."

Found these on a blog "".

An amazing politician with lots of practical knowledge.