Chanakya Neeti- Summary Part 3

A man who has mercy and compassion for all creatures is religious for sure. He does not require any religious symbol or sign to prove his religion.

There are two ways to deal with thorns and wicked people. One is crush them and the other is to stay away from them.

The wealth earned by unjust means will perish for sure.

A wrong act done by a person with power is hailed and many times is  justified. On the other hand, a good task done by a poor might not grab that much attention.

The knowledge in holy scriptures is like a huge sea. For a man with busy life it will not be possible to read and understand everything. He must act like a swan i.e. attain what is useful and leave the rest.

If a man recites religious scriptures without bothering to understand the ideas being stated is no better than a ladle that is dipped in all kinds of food, but is unable to taste any.

Frequent visitors loose respect.

Greed is the root cause of trouble. A black bee enjoys nectar from a lotus flower, but  in search of more, it goes to forests  and paddy fields where it gets hurt by thorns.

The bond of love is supreme  and has a very significant impact on life of a person.  A black bee can drill hole in hard wood, but gets trapped in lotus flower. It can get its  freedom  quite easily, but it hesitates to hurt the flower.

A man if praised by others; gains glory. If lord Indra start praising himself then it will not add to his glory. Praising yourself will not earn you respect.

Like a gem embedded in an ornament of gold appears more elegant. Similarly  a man must enhance his good qualities to add more charm to his physical personality.

A highly educated person might feel low due to lack of a patron. Just like a gem which needs a suitable ornament to find its place.

The blessings earned after donating land, water, clothes, or after performing Yajna are not very significant in comparison to blessings obtained after a helping a deserving person in need.

It is better to die than living a life of humiliation. You die once, but humiliation kills you every moment.

A polite talker is appreciated by all and speaking politely costs nothing.

This world is like a tree with two life-giving fruits – One is to speak politely and other is to be in company of good people.

The way a child is conceived by a woman from a man who is not her husband he is termed as bastard and not respected in society, same is the case with bookish knowledge gained without proper guidance of a qualified teacher.

There is hardly any sin in applying the strategy of tit-for-tat.  One must show gratefulness to grateful,  violence to violent, and evilness to counter evil.

Even if your objective appears to be too-far, too high, or too difficult to achieve, you must not loose hope and march forward with devotion while maintaining the focus. God might appear too far, but is only at a distance of one-true-prayer.

A greedy man does not require any extra vice  as greed alone is sufficient to do all kinds of damage. A backbiter is probably the greatest sinner. Does a truthful man of good character needs to say any prayers? Is there any requirement for a man with pious heart to go for pilgrimage? Is there any ornament required to beautify a man with fame? Does a knowledgeable person require wealth to feel rich?

Many times it is the helplessness that forces people to act good. A weak person acquires friendly nature due to his inability to oppose the stronger.

The charity of food and water is supreme among all sorts of charities.

A snake stores venom in his fang, a bee in its sting, a scorpion in its tail, but everything of an evil person is poisonous.

Charity, not bangles add  beauty to the hands. It is knowledge that matters, not the rituals.


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