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 :).

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