Chanakya Famous Thoughts

Chanakya Famous Thoughts

Chanakya Famous Thoughts

“Even a pandit comes to grief by giving instruction to a foolish disciple, by maintaining a wicked wife, and by excessive familiarity with the miserable.”

“A good wife is one who serves her husband in the morning like a mother does, loves him in the day like a sister does and pleases him like a prostitute in the night.”

“It is unwise to advice fool, caring for a woman of loose character, and to be in company of a sad (unenthusiastic ) fellow.”

“A wicked wife, a false friend, a saucy servant and living in a house with a serpent in it are nothing but death.”

“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.”

“Once you start working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work are sincerely are the happiest.”

“A person must save money for the bad days and must protect his woman even at the cost of money that was saved.”

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

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

“Do not stay for a single day where there are not these five persons: a wealthy man, a brahmin well versed in Vedic lore, a king, a river and a physician.”

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

“A man is born alone and dies alone; and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.”

“Test the wife at time when your wealth is lost, a friend when in need, relatives at the time of crises, and a servant on some important mission.”

“The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. If you can not keep secret with you, do not expect that others will keep it? It will destroy you.”

“He is a true friend who does not forsake us in time of need, misfortune, famine, or war, in a king’s court, or at the crematorium (smasana ghat).”

“Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.”

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

“He who gives up what is imperishable for that which is perishable, loses that which is imperishable; and doubtlessly loses that which is perishable also.”

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

“By working hard you get good food to eat, capability to digest it, a beautiful wife and happiness with her, and the wealth that can be utilized for good causes.”

“A wise man should marry a virgin of a respectable family even if she is deformed. He should not marry one of a low-class family, through beauty. Marriage in a family of equal status is preferable.”

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

“A person experiences heavenly joy whose son is obedient, wife is faithful, and who himself is satisfied with whatever he has.”

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

“Women have hunger two-fold, shyness four-fold, daring six-fold, and lust eight-fold as compared to men.”

“He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.”

“A true son is obedient to his father, a true father takes care of his son, and honesty is the quality of a true friend.”

“Education is the best friend. An Educated Person is Respected Everywhere. Education beats the Beauty and the Youth.”

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

“A wise person grooms his child carefully because only an educated person with high morale is given true respect in society.”

“It is better to die than to preserve this life by incurring disgrace. The loss of life causes but a moment’s grief, but disgrace brings grief every day of one’s life.”

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

“A human being should strive for four things in life — dharma (duty), artha (money), kama (pleasure) and moksha (salvation). A person who hasn’t striven for even one of these things has wasted life.”

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

“Avoid him who talks sweetly before you but tries to ruin you behind your back, for he is like a pitcher of poison with milk on top.”

“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.”

“The life of an uneducated man is as useless as the tail of a dog which neither covers its rear end, nor protects it from the bites of insects.”

“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.”

“Foolishness is indeed painful, and verily so is youth, but more painful by far than either is being obliged in another person’s house.”

“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.”

“Many a bad habit is developed through over indulgence, and many a good one by chastisement, therefore beat your son as well as your pupil; never indulge them. (“Spare the rod and spoil the child.”)

“Let not a single day pass without your learning a verse, half a verse, or a fourth of it, or even one letter of it; nor without attending to charity, study and other pious activity.”

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

“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.”

“A man’s descent may be discerned by his conduct, his country by his pronunciation of language, his friendship by his warmth and glow, and his capacity to eat by his body.”

“Though men be endowed with beauty and youth and born in noble families, yet without education they are like the palasa flower, which is void of sweet fragrance.”

“The earth is supported by the power of truth; it is the power of truth that makes the sun shine and the winds blow; indeed all things rest upon truth.”

“The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquillity is not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there.”