The present section includes the points stated by Acharya Chanakya in the 6th chapter of Chanakya Neeti. We all know that Chanakya is well known for his straight forward views, which sometimes appear harsh. Therefore, readers are suggested to use discretion while enjoying the ideas included below.  It must be taken into consideration that the philosophy of Acharya Chanakya comes from an era where things were quite different from today.

By listening to religious scriptures, the person gains knowledge about religion. You can get rid of evil-ideas by talking to a scholar, and on following the advice of a guru, you’ll effortlessly reach the door-steps of heaven.

Crow is most cunning amongst the birds, and a dog is among the animals. In sages, the one with a short temper is the most harmful. Among all, the most harmful is the person jealous of you.

A brass pot is purified by treating it with ash, and copper is purified with citric. A woman after her periods and rivers gets purified after passing through rapids.

A ruler gets fame on visiting different parts of his kingdom, a preacher gets glory by spreading knowledge in foreign territories, and the same happens with a Yogi traveling distant places. Anyhow, when a woman does something like that, then she only meets destruction.

A person with sufficient money makes a lot of friends and even more relatives. Also he will be considered wise and full of wisdom. [If money is not everything, then to it’s required for most of the things.]

The Kaal [time] consumes every person and everything. It can, and it will destroy everything. It works even when you sleep. None can escape him.

A person born as blind is unable to see things, and the same is the case with people in love. An alcoholic cannot differentiate between good and evil. In the same manner, a selfish person gets blind under the affect of his selfish goals.

A person commits actions and faces the consequence [in this world or in another world ].  Takes births in many forms and, after settling his Karma, merges in Almighty.

A king pays for the sins of his countrymen, and the royal priest has to pay for the deed of a king. A husband has to pay for the deeds of his wife and a teacher pays for the deeds of his pupils.

A father who leaves debt for children is like an enemy, and the same principle applies to a mother with loose character. Also, a foolish son and beautiful wife add to the pain of a man. [double discretion is advised here ]

You can win a greedy by offering money, a proud person by pretending your devotion, you can win a fool by agreeing with him, but to win a scholar you will need truth and only truth.

It is better not to have a kingdom than having it in a bad state. Similarly, it is better to have no friends, pupils, or wife than having bad ones.

There is no happiness in a kingdom being ruled by a wicked king; there is no benefit from a deceitful friend. Similarly, there is no happiness in homes where wife quarrels. Also, there is no benefit in having bad pupils.

Acharya Chanakya says that every creature has some unique qualities from which a human can gain benefit. Below, are a few:

  • Lion: teaches to perform actions wholeheartedly and not to relax until the successful accomplishment of the task.
  • Crane: teaches man to focus and concentrate on the task and act instantaneously upon requirement.
  • Cock: to rise early in the morning, being ready to defend and attack, grabbing one’s share and sharing with other.
  • Crow: makes love privately, does not get scared easily, collects things for use in future. Is always alert and never trusts anyone.
  • Dog: It can go without food for a while, but when finds can overeat in moments. Is alert even in sleep and wakes with the slightest sound. It is loyal and fights ferociously to defend his master.
  • Donkey: It works tirelessly and even in harsh weather conditions.

* Chanakya says that any man acquiring those qualities cannot face failure under any circumstance.

So, here ends the chapter 6 of Chanakya Neeti. I hope you enjoyed it. I am waiting for your valuable comments.

 Chanakya Niti:  Chapter 5       chapter 7