15 Life Lessons That Chanakya Taught Us

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15 Life Lessons That Chanakya Taught Us
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One of the most incredible factors of the ancient decade was that India reached an extremity; enriched by spirituality, intelligence, and science, coexisting so harmoniously that this postmodern period has a lot to learn from it. Ancient India believed that mental strength has the capability to overpower physical strength and that supremacy generates through the perfect blending of spirituality and intelligence. One of the greatest examples is what I've brought to you today.

Chanakya, who was one of the greatest philosophers, economist, and teacher that India has ever witnessed. The man on whose advice and aid, the Mauryan empire under the rule of Chandragupta Maurya climbed the ladder of progress.

If you've been a big-time follower of Chanakya, you must be aware that two books are attributed to him: Arthashastra and Chanakya Niti. The Arthashastra discusses monetary and fiscal policies, welfare, international relations, and war strategies in detail. Some scholars believe that Arthashastra is actually a compilation of a number of earlier texts written by various authors, and Chanakya might have been one of these authors.

Whereas Chanakya Niti is a collection of aphorisms, said to be selected by Chanakya from the various Shastras. While knowing all this about the man, I'm sure you're curious to have a look on some of the great life lessons that he's taught the society.

1. No one is born great.

1. No one is born great.

Rightly said, a man is never born great, it's his Karma that makes him so. Karma, his activities, and behavior that he poses to the society irrespective of what others do with him makes him exquisite.

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2. Don't be too straight.

2. Don't be too straight.

In the era of selfish society, a man can never survive if he has been too much honest or too much of a liar. You have to be neutral and adjust according to the conditions to make it through the world.

3. Never be in debt.

3. Never be in debt.

Because it will take all your joys and give you sleepless nights.

4. Make sure you educate yourself.

4. Make sure you educate yourself.

As education will take you to greatest heights and make you attain the respect from all sorts of discipline and people, it is necessary to educate yourself.

5. Because we're born with it.

5. Because we're born with it.

When you have self-control, you've got humbleness at the very beginning. It's an inseparable part of self-control.

6. Don't get too attached.

6. Don't get too attached.

As far as you're attached to your own self, sorrows will be less. For any attachment to all other worldly things is mortal.

7.  God is nowhere but within you.

7.  God is nowhere but within you.

You can never get God in the stone idols in the temples, mosque, gurudwaras. Because it is hidden within you until you have the urge to find it.

8. It's all about time.

8. It's all about time.

Today it's yours maybe tomorrow will be theirs. Time never stays in one place, it keeps moving so is our stability in life.

9. Relationships are selfish.

9. Relationships are selfish.

Chanakya says that there is absolutely no existence of a relationship that is without any self-interest. The one that exists is ours with God.

10. Good people are obsolete.

10. Good people are obsolete.

A flower may die someday after spreading its fragrance, but even after a good man dies, his deeds and goodness never end.

11. Never let fear dominate you.

11. Never let fear dominate you.

Because Chanakya never let it overpower him. He's explained that fear destroys everything so as soon as you sense it coming, be the one to destroy it first.

12. Religious belief is immortal.

12. Religious belief is immortal.

Being a spiritual person will always accompany you even after you die. Learnings keep going on throughout your life.

13. Learn from the world.

13. Learn from the world.

Chanakya says that a man can't learn everything in this lifetime on his own. He needs people to talk to, to know their experience to learn from them so that it may get along in his life too.

14. Knowledge is more than what meets the eye.

14. Knowledge is more than what meets the eye.

Go out, meet people, take their experiences because books may tell you things of different sorts but you become more practical by experiencing things on your own self. 

15. Never share your secrets.

15. Never share your secrets.

Because telling your past, your darkest secrets to someone may sometimes backfire. That's the reality of life.


That's all folks!

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