Chanakya Neeti- Summary Part 3

Chanakya Neeti

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CHAPTERS 12 to 17

Such home is  endowed with divine favor of God where sons & daughters obey orders , family members are hardworking, money is earned with honesty and is sufficient to fulfill their needs, food is in surplus, servants are faithful, where guests are welcomed, and is often visited by  spiritual teachers.

A good person can inculcate goodness in a bad person but not vice versa. The fragrance of a flower might leave its effect on soil beneath. but the flower never attains the murky smell from soil.

Beholding a sadhu is like an instant pilgrimage for which you don’t require visiting a holy place.

Once a divine saint was asked about his family. He replied that his mother is truth, knowledge is his master, religion is his brother, kindness is his sister, peace is his wife, and tolerance is his son.

A person who considers women of others as mother, wealth of others as dirt, and one who sees his own soul in all living creatures; is the person who has found the truth.

One who always abides by religion, is a polite speaker, is always interested in acts of charity, is/has a faithful friend, shows respect to any good advice, respects guru, is full of knowledge, and has faith in almighty is a noble soul for sure.

One who overspends money without planning, who provokes the stronger opponent, and one who desires relationship with all kinds of women will definitely meet a quick destruction.

One must not worry about meals and must perform his duties. It is God who will arrange food for you.

A pitcher can be filled drop-by-drop and so is the case with your wealth.

A person with evil nature is unlikely to change even after gaining maturity. So is the case with a bitter pumpkin that does not taste sweet even upon ripening.

It is better to live a small life (three quarters of an hour) doing good deeds than living a sinful life for thousands of years. It is your acts that count, not your life span.

One must not be afraid of future, nor should regret about past. Wise men concentrate on utilizing the present to frame a brighter future.

Good people, your deity, and your father will not be demanding anything from you. You can satisfy your kith and kins by offering good food, and for satisfying a learned man a few polite words of wisdom..

The nature of noble people is quite strange i.e. instead of acting arrogant upon attaining wealth they bow down in humility and act more modestly and respectfully.

One must give up infatuation in order to remain happy and to gain control on life. Infatuation is the root cause of many troubles and worries.

The attitude of a person plays very significant role in his life. At instances he finds himself bound by the worldly desires and with a slight change in state-of-mind he can also set himself free.

It is not possible to fulfill each and every desire. Your fate will not allow to serve them all. Man must feel satisfied with whatever possessions he has.

Even in the herd of thousands, the calf finds its mother. In same way the acts of a person follow him i.e. you can’t run from your deeds.

Each individual gets rewarded as per his deeds. This is why wise men think about the outcome before indulging themselves into any task.

In this world there are only three real gems – water, food grains, and good language. On the other hand fools confuse gems with stones.

Poverty, diseases, conflicts, and other problems in life are nothing but the fruits from the tree of one’s own misdeeds.

You can earn money after losing it, you can make new friends, and also get another wife, but this is not the case with body. (take good care of your health)

A wicked person will reveal your secret to everyone,  donation to right kind of person will add to your glory, and a wise man keeps on learning throughout his life.

Normally, a man regrets upon his act of sin after accomplishing it.  If same wisdom be shown before performing the action, he shall attain Nirvana.

One must cautiously deal with fire, fool, snake, and members of royalty. They may prove fatal.

The three views of a very beautiful woman. She will be equivalent to a corpse for a Yogi, a lustful man will consider her as an object of desire, and for a dog she will be nothing more than a big lump of meat. ( Here Chanakya has used a beautiful woman as a metaphor to explain that perception matters.)

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