Quotes from Chapter four of Chanakya Niti:
Sons, friends, kith & kin are capable of distracting you. A wise man understands that only his holy acts will ultimately bring blessings to him and his loved ones and therefore remains undistributed.
As a mother takes care of every requirement of her infants, similarly, a saint must deliver spiritual guidance to his followers.
Knowledge is like holy kamdhenu and is like a tree that bears fruit in every season. In unknown territories, it provides protection and also fetches rewards for you.
It is better to have a worthy son than having hundreds of unworthy ones. Like millions of stars in the sky have no competition with the brightness of the moon.
When a dead son is born, then the person griefs for a few days, but an unworthy son is a grief for a lifetime.
Pains that arise from a quarrelsome wife, by dwelling a village of bad people, a stupid son, bad food, wicked employer, and widowed daughter are challenging to bear.
Like there is no profit in raising a barren cow. Raising a son without knowledge or devotion is also useless.
This world is like a hell, where a person can get three kinds of relief in the form of a devoted wife, an upright son, and friendship of a noble person.
A king orders once, great scholars speak once, and the daughter is married once. Therefore one must be very careful regarding those.
Meditation is performed best when alone, education by two, singing by three, traveling with four persons, farming with five, and battle with as many possible.
A good wife is pious, expert at household chores, faithful, and never speaks a lie to her husband.
A vital verse of Chanakya Niti compares following with poison:
- knowledge that is confined to books. (cannot be put to use)
- A meal without an appetizer.
- Residing in a community of poor people.
- Life of a young woman married to an old man.
A man must leave a religion without love and compassion, must leave a teacher without knowledge. Also, it is better to leave a short-tempered wife and relatives with no love and respect for you.
A person traveling a lot is likely to get weak/old, a tethered horse quickly gets old, same happens with a woman without love in her life, and to the clothes that are frequently exposed to the sun.
How is this situation, who are my real friends, how is my home’s condition, what’s my earnings and expenditure, what are my talents and weaknesses are the questions that a wise man asks himself all the time?
* Discretion advised