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"A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC) "Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
"The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
"There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
"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." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC) "As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
"The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
"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." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
"The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
"God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
"A man is great by deeds, not by birth." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
"Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
"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." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
"Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
"Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth." Chanakya quotes (Indian politician, strategist and writer, 350 BC-275 BC)
Inaccessible rulers destroy the people. Easily accessible rulers please the people. The people deem a just ruler a mother. Such a ruler attains material happiness and later heaven. Economic prosperity creates prosperity for the people. If the people are prosperous, even a leaderless state can be governed. People's fury is the greatest of furies. Consider again and again the following: the right time, the right friends, the right place, the right means of income, the right ways of spending, and from whom you derive your power. The lazy one does not get what has not been obtained. The lazy one cannot guard even what has been begotten. Anything looked after by the lazy does not grow. (The lazy one) cannot even command servants. 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 reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution. A king, a prostitute, Lord Yamaraja, fire, a thief, a young boy, and a beggar cannot understand the suffering of others. The eighth of this category is the tax collector. Those parents who do not educate their sons are their enemies; for as is a crane among swans, so are ignorant sons in a public assembly. Separation from the wife, disgrace from one's own people, an enemy saved in battle, service to a wicked king, poverty, and a mismanaged assembly: these six kinds of evils, if afflicting a person, burn him even without fire. Trees on a river bank, a woman in another man's house, and kings without counselors go without doubt to swift destruction.
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MONEY TYAJANTI MITRAANI DHANAIRVIHIINAM || DAARAASHCHA BHRITYAASHCHA SUHRIJJANASCHA || TAM CHARTHAVANNTAM PUNARAASHRAYANTE || HYARTHO HI LOKE PURUSHASYA BANDHUH || (The money- less man is quit cold by friends, wife, and well wishers and dependents, on his becoming rich, they hang on to him again. In this world, money is only the true ally of man. ANYAAYOPAARJITAM VITTAM DASHAVARSHAANI TISTHATI || PRAPTE CHAIKAADASHE VARSHE SAMULANCHA VINASYATI || (Unjustly earned money stays only for ten years. In the eleventh year, it disappears along with the Principal) • BIRTH AND DEATH JANMA MRITYUN HI YAATYEKO BHUNAKTYEKAH SHUBHAASHUBHAM || NARAKE CHA PATATYEKA, EKO YAATI PARANGATIM || (Everyone experiences birth and death alone, he also faces the consequences of good and bad actions, and he faces the hell and heaven alone) • DESTINY PATRAM NAIVA YADA KARIRVITAPE DOSHO VASANTASYA KIM || GHUKO NAIVA VILOKATE YADI DIVA SURYASYA KIM DUSHANAM || DHAARAA NAIVA PATANTI CHATAKMUKHE MEGHASYA KIM DUSHANAM || YATPURVAM VIDHINAA LALAATALIKHITAM TANMAARJITUM KAH KSHAMAH || (It is not the fault of spring season, if leaves don’t grow on a KARIRA tree. It is not the fault of the sun if the owl can’t see during the day. Cloud is not to be blamed if no raindrops fall into the mouth of the cuckoo. One is powerless to wipe off the destiny inscribed on one’s forehead) AAYUH KARMA CHA VITTAM CHA VIDDYA NIDHANAMEYA CHA || PANCHAITAANI HI SRIJAYANTE GARBHASTHASYAIVA DEHINAH || (Life-span, occupation, wealth, education and ‘How death will occur, these five things are determined while a person is in the womb of the mother) RANKANKAROTI RAJAANAM RAJAANAM RANKAMEVA CHA || DHANINAM NIRDHANAM CHAIVA NIRDHANAM DHANINAM VIDHIH || (The beggar becomes a king and the king becomes miserly. Destiny makes the rich poor and the poor are made rich by destiny) • ALMIGHTY GOD AGNIRDEVO DVIJAATINAAM MUNINAAM HRIDI DAIVATAM || PRATIMA SVALPABUDDHINAM SARVATRA SAMADARSINAAM || (Brahmin (Dvija) believes God to be in fire. Sage believes God to be in the heart itself. A person with little knowledge thinks that God resides in the Idol. But a man with just knowledge knows that God is omnipresent) NA DEVO VIDDYATE KAASTH, NA PAASHAANE NA MRINMAYE ||
BHAAVO HI VIDDYATE DEVASTASMAADVBHAAVO HI KAARANAM || (The deity neither dwells in a piece of wood or in a stone or clay model He dwells in one’s faith) • DUTIES MAATRU DEVO BHAVAH! PITRU DEVO BHAVAH! || AACHAARYA DEVO BHAVAH! ATITHI DEVO BHAVAH! || (MOTHER, FATHER, TEACHER AND GUEST are perceivable Deities) EKENAAPI SUPUTRENA VIDDYAYUKTENA SAADHUNAA || AAHLAADITAM KULAM SARVAM YATHAA CHANDRENA SHARVARI || (As the moon illuminates up in the night, in the same way only one good son who is well educated and upright is a delight to the whole family) KIM JAATAIRBAHUBHIH PUTRAIH SHOKASANTAAPKAARAKAIH || VARAMEKAH KULAALAMBI YAATRA VISHRAAMYATE KULAM || (One virtuous son is enough than a hundred duds for only one moon can dispel the darkness and not the stars though they are in thousands) EKEN SHUSKAVRIKSHENA DAHYAMAANENA VAHVINAA || DAHYATE TADVANAM SARVAM KUPUTRENA KULAM YATHAA || (A wicked son causes distress to the whole family, in the same way as one dried up burning tree makes the whole forest to burn) • DUTY OF PARENTS TOWARDS THEIR CHILD LAALAYETPANCHA VARSHANI, DASHA VARSHAANI TADAAYET || PRAAPTE TU, SHODASHE VARSHE, PUTRAM MITRAVADAACHARET || (A child should be given all the love and affection for the first five years. The next ten years, discipline should be taught to him strictly. A son should be treated as a friend after the age of sixteen). • DUTY OF A WIFE SAA BHAARYAA YAA SUCHIRDAKSHA SAA BHAARYA YAA PATIVRATAA || SAA BHARYAA YAA PATIPRITA SAA BHARYAA YA PRIYAVAADINI || (Wife is she who is chaste and deft, she swears only by her husband and she takes delight in her husband and she is soft spoken). • MIND CONTROL AND PURITY OF MIND MANA EVA MANUSHYAANAAM KAARANAM BANDHMOKSHAYOH || BANDHAAYA VISHAYAASANGO MUKTAYAI NIRVISHAYAM MANAH || (The human mind is the cause of bondage and deliverance. The love for pleasure enslaves us but indifference towards it, liberate us). NAASTI KAAMSAMO VYAADHIRNAASTI MOHASAMO RIPUH || NAASTI KOPASAMO VAHNIRNAASTI GYAANAATPARAM SUKHAM ||
(Passion causes distraction of the mind, the delusion is the biggest enemy of the mind, and Anger burns the mind the most. One who possesses the enlightened mind is the happiest) • ANGER (KRODHA) KRODHO VAIVASVATO RAAJAA TRISHNAA VAITARNI NADII || VIDDYA KAAMDUHA DHENUH SANTOSHO NANDANAM VANAM || (Anger is the king of death, greed is the river of hell, knowledge is the wish granting cow and contentment is the celestial garden) • GREED (LOBHA) DHANESHU JIVITAVYESHU STRISHU CHAAHAARKARMASU || ATRIPTAH PRANINAH SARVE YAATAA YAASYANTI YAANTI CHA || (Man is unsatisfied with life, women and food because it does not have permanence. Man has to leave all his belongings one day) • ATTACHMENT (MOHA) YASYA SNEHO BHAYAM TASYAA, SNEHO DUHKHASYAA BHAAJANAM || SNEHAMULANI DHUKHANI SNEHAM TYAKTVA VASETSUKHAM || (Attachment is the root cause of fear and suffering by giving up attachment one gains happiness)
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