Sunday, August 21, 2011

Chanakya pandit the Indian Machiavelli and his political ethics

Even a scholar comes to intense sorrow by teaching to a foolish disciple, a morally bad wife and  by excessive familiarity with the miserable.

. A wicked wife, a false friend, a saucy servant are like snakes so be careful with it.

One should save his money against hard times, save his wife at the sacrifice of his riches, but invariably one should save his soul even at the sacrifice of his wife and riches.

. Save your wealth against future calamity. When riches
begin to forsake one even the accumulated stock dwindles away.

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

Wise men should never go into a country where there are no means of earning one's livelihood, where the people have no dread of anybody, have no sense of shame, no intelligence, or a charitable disposition.

Examine a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.

The true friend who does not forsake us in time of need, misfortune, famine, or war, in a king's court, or at the crematorium.

A wise man should marry a virgin of a respectable family even if she is deformed. Marriage in a family of equal status is preferable.

Do not believe rivers, men who carry weapons, beasts with claws or horns, women, and members of a royal family.

from poison extract nectar, wash and take back gold if it has fallen in filth, also a girl possessing virtuous qualities (stri-ratna) even if she were born in a disreputable family.

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


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