Not to Disclose your Weaknesses – Chanakya Sutra

आत्मक्षिद्रं न प्रकाशयेत | is the chanakya sutra that we will be discussing today. It means “Not to show your weaknesses to others“. If you are a regular reader, then you will notice that the idea being stated has been repeated numerous times while explaining the verses from Chanakya Neeti and Chanakya Sutra.

It has been observed that we humans have a tendency to seek sympathy/acceptance of others. Not all, but most of the people do so and in the flow of emotions we reveal a lot of things that were to be kept as a secret. Most probably you yourself have experienced such moments.

Let me tell you one thing that relationships are very dynamic in nature. With time your opponent might become your friend and your trustworthy friends might turn hostile. Also, you cannot be so sure about real intentions of the person in front with soft tone and a lot of sympathy.

You can either risk your safety by revealing your weakness or you can ensure your well being by remaining silent. The choice is not simple, but very simple!

Still, I keep hearing the replies like “I know, but I can’t control myself. Please suggest something”. In such cases the problem can only be fixed by you. Self Control is the simplest answer. No rocket science involved.

Another issue that I would raise today is about substance abuse and alcohol consumption in particular. After getting drunk people say anything (somethings everything). There are obvious health benefits of not drinking alcohol. Another good reason for not drinking alcohol is that you remain in your control and your weaknesses remain a secret.

The moral of the whole story is that you must not share your secrets; even with a friend. Why provide a good friend with opportunity to turn bad. I repeat “SELF CONTROL” is the key. Use it …

* I never said that you must ignore your weaknesses. Whatever be the fault, it must be fixed.





33 responses to “Not to Disclose your Weaknesses – Chanakya Sutra”

  1. Dipika Thakkar Avatar
    Dipika Thakkar

    so what to do ? in such kind of situation when you don’t find any way

    1. Saurabh Singh Chauhan Avatar

      When everything seems out of control, the one thing to be controlled before anything is ‘oneself’.
      You must be act responsibly towards yourself.

    2. sujeet Avatar

      In such kind of situations, just close your eyes and remind your past & dream about your future . best way to tackle such situation is , follow your dream with dignity of your past.

    3. SURAJ SHARMA Avatar

      but its very difficult to overcome your problem without anyone help

      1. Saurabh Singh Chauhan Avatar

        Also, it is necessary that the person helping does not takes any unfair advantage of your situation.

  2. Gururaja Avatar

    Its true

  3. Lalit kumar singh Avatar
    Lalit kumar singh

    It’s a splendid teaching. Countless thanks.
    It’s the need of the hour every one should follow this teaching.

  4. karan Avatar

    Its true I will follow

  5. J. N. Rekhi Avatar
    J. N. Rekhi

    I don’t agree with this Niti. A friend is a gift of God to a human being. Friend is next to parents and on certain mattrrs one can have more understanding with a friend than parents. If one has to keep secrets from a friend also, its worthless having a friend. Then let’s talk about an aqusintance only.

    1. Saurabh Singh Chauhan Avatar

      Let’s agree to this disagreement.

    2. krishna Avatar

      a friend is not supposed to turn against u under any circumstances… the above post is warning u against such friends who are good with u infront of u and turn against u later
      If u really find someone so trustworthy then u can tell him all the secrets u want…. but are u sure this friend wont turn against u under any circumstances????

  6. Dinesh kumar yadav Avatar
    Dinesh kumar yadav

    Self control is not so easy.but quotes is true. I will follow it.

  7. Sanjeev Avatar

    As the time passes we need to modify our weakness to get success in life, so how to get sources for the same, if we can’t reveal any weakness…….

    1. Saurabh Singh Chauhan Avatar

      Just be honest towards yourself.

      1. Kusum Avatar

        The honesty with self is a very sincere and crucial earning that one does with self n for the self. It’s a deep Sadhna. All must do this Sadhna …I better be on that path. Best of luck who want to walk on that road.

  8. Vahi Avatar

    Although very difficult to follow, it is very true.

  9. Manish Maddheshiya Avatar
    Manish Maddheshiya

    Useful Secret

  10. loveanil Avatar

    itz true but not easy to control yourself to hide any emotions.

  11. mitu Avatar

    If following honesty with our responsibility then it’s possible to control any kind of emotions.its a very benefits and useful secret share…thanx

  12. Sanjeet Tiwari Avatar
    Sanjeet Tiwari

    Truly said

  13. Vicky Avatar

    thanks a lot for this

  14. Naganath Dadaso Nimbalkar Avatar
    Naganath Dadaso Nimbalkar

    self control is required

  15. Benju Varghes Avatar
    Benju Varghes

    Do good and you will surely deserve Good,
    I am Christian. I usely Read my HOLY BIBLE which helps me alots in lonely days 2) is ur hope to God

  16. DEEPAK ROUT. Avatar


    1. Saurabh Singh Chauhan Avatar

      … and the problem still persists in lack of a true solution. An ostrich feels relaxed after burring its head in sand, but it does not eliminates the danger in same manner alcohol never helps.

  17. Vivek kumar Avatar
    Vivek kumar

    …..but friendship is the only thing that never allow our soul not- to- decipher our secrets,and sometime in the flow of emotions we get close to each other and Thus have a best friend.

    1. Saurabh Singh Chauhan Avatar

      Be good and be real.

  18. Nimesh Avatar

    Very true..People usually tend to misuse this and make fun at times. Always its better try not to tell others of the weakness/problems.

  19. Kunchok Avatar

    I think the interpretation of this neeti is gravely wrong. Chanakya didn’t exactly meant as interpreted here. The interpreter didn’t get the message behind this.

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  21. bhagya Avatar

    almost I like all quotes…….I follows these three ….. self control, maintain secrete of my weakness,positive attitude…….,…..etc etc I lve chanakya alllllllllllllllllll quotes

  22. Dhaval Avatar

    How to develop self control ?
    Because as you rightly mentioned most of the time even u know in some flow u actually spill the secrets or something which other take advantage of and overcome or take your opportunity

  23. Vandana R Jaiswal Avatar
    Vandana R Jaiswal

    Its very true that we should not share our secret to everyone.It creates lots of problem in life.I like this quotes and i will apply this quotes in my life for my better future. thanks

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