10 Great Commandments of Chanakya that Can Change Your Life

Chanakya (370 BC -283 BC) is considered as the pioneer of the field of Economics and Political Science in India. As a faculty member of famous University of Taxila he dreamt of uniting the whole India and managed to establish the Maurya Empire (the first empire to rule most of the Indian subcontinent) by guiding Chandragupta’s rise to power at a young age. Two books are attributed to Chanakya: Arthashastra and Chanakya Neeti (also known as Neetishastra). The Arthashastra discusses monetary and fiscal policies, international relations, war strategies and also outlines the duties of a ruler. Chanakya Neeti is a treatise on the ideal way of life, and shows Chanakya’s deep study of the Indian way of life. Chanakya also developed Neeti-Sutras (aphorisms) that tell people how they should behave.

Let me share 10 commandments given by the great teacher Chanakya that has potential to change life of everyone and anyone:

Never Argue with Fools:

Chanakya has stressed upon the fact that if you will argue with fools you will always at a loss; as they have no knowledge and sense of respect for others. Even Mark Twain has also said the same thing, “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.” Best way to avoid the argument is to keep silent or tell them that they seem to be right as this will satisfy their Ego.

Never Reveal your Weakness to Others:

Most people reveal their weaknesses to their close relationships that may later become harmful for them. When you are born then you are all alone. As soon as you are born, your worldly relationships begin. Over time, you become involved in many deep relationships. Chanakya guides you not to reveal your weaknesses even to your near and dear ones; as these people may misuse this information against you if your relationship changes over time. Chanakya put it as follows: “Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous”.

Your Single Fault can Rescind all Your Qualities:

Even if you may have many good qualities such as good behaviour, compassion, wealth, glory and intellect but you have a single bad quality like drunkenness, indecision, arrogance or gambling; your single fault can over shadow your all the good qualities. If you have a fault work upon it to remove it, even if today it is doing no harm it may ruin your reputation in future. So always introspect and retrospect and find out any bad habit you have and work upon yourself to change it as soon as possible.

Spend Money Judiciously:

Money may not be everything in life yet it is an important ingredient to lead a comfortable life. Without money, we all are poor. We should respect money as it is it can be used for purchasing of necessities, comforts, and luxuries as well as fulfilling emergency needs. Hence, one must work hard to earn money, save money and spend it only in case of need. As Acharya Chanakya says, “Even Kuber will become poor if he spends more than his income in long run.”

Fear of defamation:

Acharya Chanakya says that it is good to die than to live a life of humiliation. Death only pains for a moment, but humiliation brings sorrow to life every day. “We all should be afraid of infamy.” If this fear is over then the world will get worse. Life’s biggest grief is to be infamous.

Discard laziness:

Only 20% people are successful in this world where as 80% are failures. Why this ratio so much skewed towards failure. Chanakya is of the view that 80% people indulge into procrastination of one type or another and hence remains poor. While 20% people become successful just by their hard work and avoiding procrastination of every type. They work for achieving some bigger goals and never rest till they achieve it.

Don’t Trust People Who Ignore You

You come across many people in your life. Some of them don’t listen to what you want to share with them. These kinds of people will cheat you some day or the other, never share your secret to them. Just talk as much with them as you can do with anybody and everybody. Your imposing trust in such people will lead you to some problem sooner or later.

Have friendship with people of your level of reputation

Acharya Chanakya says, “Do not ever associate with those who have less or more reputation than you. Such friendships will never make you happy “. If you make friendship with those who have less prestige than you, then you will always be in trouble. Such friends will always expect you to help and would like to take advantage of you. If you are ever in crisis, such friends will not be able to help you in any way. On the other hand you will feel humiliation if you have friendship with people of high reputation than you.  It will jeopardize your self-esteem.

 Live in the present:

Acharya Chanakya says, “We should never regret the pasts, nor should we worry about the future. The wise people always live in the present “. If you want to live happily in your life, always live in today. You have neither yesterday nor tomorrow to live; it is only today that you can use fully to have better memories of past and better expectations for future. Therefore live your today perfectly.

Stay away from attachment:

Most of people are unhappy just because of their excessive attachment towards people or things. Acharya Chanakya says, “He who is highly connected to his relationship, has to face fear and anxiety. All the sorrows are the root attachment. ” Though, he does not mean to shun all the relationship but he want people not to fall prey to the over attachment with people as well as things as this will become the cause of sorrow sooner or later.

Hope you will find these commandments still relevant for the people in the present time.

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