Chanakyaniti – Rules to live by – Chapter 15
Chanakyaniti is rules to live by. Chanakya niti outline the guideline about how to behave in different scenarios.
- A man who has mercy and compassion for all creatures is religious for sure. He does not requires any religious symbol or sign to prove his religiousness.
- A guru who shows his disciple the path of righteousness leaves a huge debt. It cannot be payed back as none of the physical objects is so precious.
- There are two ways to deal with thorns and wicked people. One is crush them and the other is to stay away from them.
- One who wears dirty clothes, has filthy teeth, oversleeps, and uses foul language. Such person cannot gain prosperity or good health.
- When a person looses money. then his woman, friends, servants, and relatives also move away. Upon regaining money they will try to come back. This means that money is your ultimate relative in this physical world.
- The wealth earned by unjust means will perish for sure.
- A wrong act done by a person with power is hailed and many times is justified. On the other hand, a good task done by a poor might not grab that much attention.
- Even if a gem be placed on foot and a mirror on head,. Still, the gem will not loose its value.
- The knowledge in holy scriptures is like a huge sea. For a man with busy life it will not be possible to read and understand everything. He must act like a swan i.e. attain what is useful and leave the rest.
- A man who can eat food neglecting a hungry and tired traveler that came to him in hope of some food. Surely, such person is a charlatan.
- If a man recites religious scriptures without bothering to understand the ideas being stated. Such person is not better than a ladle that is dipped in all kinds of food, but is unable to taste any.
- Frequent visitors loose respect. For example: Moon appears so bright until it enters home of Sun (on daily basis) .
- Greed is the root cause of trouble. A black bee enjoys nectar from a lotus flower, but in search of more it goes to forests and paddy fields where it gets hurt from thorns.
- The bond of love is supreme and has a very significant impact on life of a person. A black bee can drill hole in hard wood, but gets trapped in lotus flower. It can get its freedom quite easily, but it hesitates to hurt the flower.
- The fragrance of sandalwood remains even upon chopping it, a bull-elephant does not stops mating even in old age, and sugarcane tastes sweet even upon being crushed. Such is the nature of a high-class men that remains unchanged even in poverty.