Chanakya was an ancient Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor. He is traditionally identified as Kauṭilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra, a text dated to roughly between the 3rd century BCE and the 3rd century CE.
Chanakya assisted the first Mauryan emperor Chandragupta in his rise to power. He is widely credited for having played an important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire. Chanakya served as the chief advisor to both Emperors Chandragupta and his son Bindusara.
Talking about Chanakya Niti, it is a collection of aphorisms, said to be selected by Chanakya from the various shastras. If you look at in detail, it teaches a lot of lessons for our day to day life and also mentions about leadership skills!
10 Life lessons to learn from Chanakya Niti:
1. Importance of Determination:
Even if the destination or the desired object be far away or difficult to achieve one can reach it or get it if one is determined. Nothing is impossible for a determined person.
2. Learning from the heron: Focus
Controlling all your senses like the heron and after carefully considering the factors of time and space and the capacity of self the wise accomplish their work successfully.
(The heron has this great capacity to forget everything else to concentrate on it’s target).
3. Learning from the dog:
Deriving satisfaction out of a little eating even in the famished condition, being alert despite being deep in slumber, faithfulness and bravery –these qualities ought to be learnt from a dog.
4. Don’t speak ill of others:
If you want to overpower the entire world merely by just one action, then put restraint upon your tongue speaking ill of others.
5. The greatest and the best:
No penance is greater than the one done for maintaining peace, no peace is better than the one received from satisfaction, no disease as more damaging than greed and no Dharma is better than the one having compassion for all.
6. Be active and flexible to change:
He who is aware of the future troubles and who possesses sharp intelligence remains happy. In contradiction to this stage, he who remains inactive, waiting for the good days to come destroys his own life.
7. Live in the moment:
One should not grieve for the past and worry for the future. The wise care for the present and chart their life’s course accordingly.
8. Accumulate knowledge, goodwill & wealth slowly & steadily:
A mere trickle of the tiny drops of water can fill the pitcher. The same way we must keep on collecting knowledge, Dharma, and money.
9. Don’t publicize before achieving:
One should never leak out one’s well thought out intentions, determinations and they should be jealously guarded like some secret Mantra. The implementation of them should also be achieved without any fanfare and in total secrecy (to ensure their successful accomplishment).
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10. Importance of being open minded:
A proud king should shed his pride during difficulty; and must find out the solution using unbiased ideas.
A person who is capable of listening and thinking highly should be made a minister by the king
One should not be stubborn during counseling/discussion.