Chanakyaniti – Rules to live by – Chapter 11
Chanakyaniti is rules to live by. Chanakya niti outline the guideline about how to behave in different scenarios.
- The natural tendencies for charity, basic logic, politeness, and ability to bear pain cannot be taught to anyone. It depends on the person whether he is willing to acquire them or not.
- A person who leaves his community to join another community is likely to face quick destruction. Same will be the case with king who don’t cares for his subjects.
- A small goad controls a giant elephant, a small lamp destroys a great deal of darkness, a small hammer can break huge mountain. Their size is insignificant to the purpose they solve.
- A student who continuously thinks about comforts of home (homesick) will not be able to gain knowledge. One with greed cannot be truthful. One who debauch cannot acquire piety.
- The taste of Neem will remain bitter even on irrigating it with milk and butter. Same is the case with a wicked soul i.e. no advice can change his mind.
- If the mind of a person is filled with evil thoughts then any number of pilgrimages won’t cut his/her sins.
- It is no surprise that a person with incomplete knowledge will try to debate and argue the men with true knowledge. This can be understood from example of a tribal woman who rejects precious gems and selects cheap beads for decoration.
- The person who does not speaks for a whole year and who only opens his mouth to eat will enjoy heavenly pleasure of about 10 million years. (The simple explanation is that , “silence is gold”. Men who speak too much reveal their secrets to other and face problem.)
- A true student refrains himself from love, flattery, anger, infatuations, preening, entertainment, and oversleeping.
- A person who consumes single meal in a day, has control over his mind, performs his religious duties, and who involves with his wife for offspring (not mere pleasure) is a true ‘Brahmin’. A Brahmin who involves himself in trade, raises cattle, does agriculture, is a mercenary Brahmin.. One who deals in lac, indigo, flower, meat , wine, and honey belong to lowest class. [Discretion Advised]
- One who spoils the work of others, is egoistic, treacherous, selfish, and jealous, but tries to present himself as honest and polite cannot be a ‘Brahmin’ but a cat.
- A wise men will never desecrate any kind of water. Be it in a well, pond, river, garden, or temple.
- One who steals from his guru or from temples, engages with wives of others is nothing but a Charlatan.
- Even the bees have to repent for storing too much honey which they collect after putting so much courage and hard work. In same manner the people who don’t do charity face heavy losses. The kings gain glory on helping the needy and their names survive till eternity.