Chanakya Niti for dummies – चाणक्य निति

chanakyaOther day I borrowed Sun Tzu “Art of war” from my corporate library, and immediately thought sprang up why Chanakaya isnt that popular for his strategies and teachings. This immediately led to google search, a gist of that 30 minutes search

Chanakya  c. 370–283 BCE) was an Indian teacher, philosopher and royal advisor.Originally a professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshila University

Key points of Chanakya niti :

सुखस्य मूलं धर्मः – The basis of happiness is ethics

धर्मस्य मूलं अर्थः The basis of ethics is resources

अर्थस्य मूलं राज्यं  The basis of resources is Kingdom (enterprise)

राज्य मूलं इन्द्रिय जय  The basis of enterprise is rooted in conquering the body organs

इन्द्रियजयासा मूलं विनयः  The conquest of the organs lies in training /discipline

विनयसा मूलं वृद्धापोसेवा  Humility is rooted in serving the elder

वृद्धापोसेवा विजनं  Worldly Knowledge is learned from serving the elder

विजनेना आत्मम सम्पदेयेत Equip yourself fully with worldly knowledge

सम्पदितातामा  जितात्मा भवति  One who has acquired knowledge is the one who has conquered himself.

जितात्मा सर्व्वर्थे संयुजयते The self conquered should endow himself with all resources

Our deepest fear…is not…

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
 We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
-Marianne Williamson

Idea of happiness

“I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor-such is my idea of happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children, perhaps-what more can the heart of man desire?”

-Leo Tolstoy

As quoted by Supertramp

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