You would have heard his name since you were born. Chanakya, the great Indian teacher, royal advisor, philosopher and economist needs no introduction. The great man of practical wisdom is known to have existed somewhere before 275 BC. Chanakya was known to have managed the rise of King Chandragupta Maurya of the famous Maurya Empire.
Chanakya, also known as Kautilya or Vishnu Gupta, is still known to be a pioneer of ancient Indian political treatise, Arthashastra. There is a reason why his works and sayings are still followed and applied in the modern day living, for these priceless pieces of knowledge apply to lives irrespective of times. Chanakya Neeti, as it’s called, is a must for all of us in these testing times.
Here are some important modern day life lessons that can be learnt from Chanakya’s Quotes
1. A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
Chanakya stated that deeds speaks volumes of a man and not his birth. Irrespective of where you hail from or who you are born to, your deeds will ultimately decide your destiny and beyond.
2. Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
This is one practical advice or saying from the great man. Always make friends with people who are equals, and not those who are above or below you. This could be in terms of wealth, intellect or stature. Though we must maintain harmony with all beings, close friendships and bonding should only be with those who match our wavelength.
3. Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
Presentation and appearance matters. Never ever reveal the real you in the midst of a tight competition or managing a business. Always look aggressive, whether or not you are fighting those inner demons.
4. A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
Honesty is the best policy. However, in the matters of politics, business and practical modern day living, being too honest is called being too naïve. Like it or not, even if you are too genuine and give away to the cruelty of this world, please be ready for an impending doom.
5. Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.
There is nothing bigger than knowledge. A person with education and knowledge is well respected and treated as a friend, wherever he goes. The knowledge of what was learnt will stay forever, and transcends the passing years and fading beauty.
6. The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.
Do good deeds regardless of your other vices. Your good Karma will reap benefits in others’ lives as well as your own. Be tough, but be good and extend help where you can.
7. 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.
An important success Mantra for today’s competitive world. You can survive in the race only when you strategize your moves by asking these above very important questions.
8. God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
Worship God for the force is omnipresent. Nurture Godly feelings and you shall ultimately connect with the God.
9. The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.
If you want to succeed in the game, never reveal your strategies or plans to your competition. This is one way of giving away your success and inviting your own downfall.
10. As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
Fear is the final end point to your existence. Cite it approaching and tackle it then and there if you want to move ahead.
11. Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
Do not reveal your plans until you have conceptualised and executed them in totality. Never reveal what you intend to do until you have actually done it. Do not give away ideas for free.
12. Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform.
Connecting to divinity first needs applying the essence of the same to self. Practice divine actions to attain the same.
13. He who lives in our mind is near though he may actually be far away; but he who is not in our heart is far though he may really be nearby.
What you have in mind is what actually matters. Who you think of day in and day out is the person who is really close to your thoughts and mind.
14. One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others, can use neither his knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises.
Share the knowledge and your learning will reach out. Wealth that you acquire and is in the hold of others will never be yours, as long as it’s not in your reach.
15. As long as your body is healthy and under control and death is distant, try to save your soul; when death is immanent what can you do?
Nurture and cherish a great soul while you are alive, for it transcends into your everyday existence. The concept of soul is pointless after death comes and takes you away for good.