Chanakya principles of management lifestyles

5 life lessons for successful life from chanakya niti

Today we are going to learn important life lessons from great philosopher Chanakya. One of the great thinker, statesmen and political strategist lived in the fourth century BC and led a life that is worth studying. He started training many young student in political science and leadership. He made one of his brightest student Chandragupta Maurya the king of Magadha. Chanakya also defect Alexander the Great who was on his way to conquer the world. Later Chanakya brought together all the 16 regional kingdoms of India under one central government and thus established Akhanda Bharat – United India, and made Chandragupta Emperor. 

(1) One who abandons the sure thing and runs after the transient losses the permanent and, as well, by itself, vanishes the impermanent

You need to develop the ability to think critically, In life, one should be able to differentiate between right and wrong, permanent and impermanent. Eveything is subjected to change. So then what is permanent among the impermanent? What is changeless in change? One has to develop the quality of thinking to understand this difference.

Many people spent their entire lives running behind transient goals. They fail to understand that things come and go. The tragedy of human life is that we want to keep running behind things we think will bring us joy. But by the time we acquire them, they lose their value in our eyes. We then run after the next thing, person or situation that we think will make us happy.

This is an endless of Journey sorrow. By running behind the transient, you stand to lose the permanent. You do not value what is already yours, and what you run behind does not value you. The world doesn’t owe you anything, so be thankful for the good in your life. Even if you get what you want, with time that will also be taken away from you. Your most near and dear ones, your friends and relatives- all of them will pass away one day. So why not make the best of what you have when you have it! Later there is no point regretting the time lost which you could have spent with those you love. 

(2) Grieve not for the past worry not for the future wise men only deal with the present moment

Most of us live in regret of the past or expectations of the future. In thìnking about the past and the future, the beautiful reality of the present is lost. It’s best to come to terms with the fact that you cannot do anything about the past, it is over. In the same way, you cannot do anything about the future, it is yet to arrive. You can only work in the present to make your future beautiful and better.

Grieve not for the past because you have no control over it. Even if you have made some mistakes there is no point in sitting and brooding over them. They are behind you. Better to learn from your mistakes and move on. In the same way, stop worrying about the future. It is not in your control. Rather, make plans and work hard towards the future you want. Whatever happens, know that the results of your toils are not in your hands. The wise man know only the present matters because it is the moment for action. You cannot correct your past nor can you go into the future and realize your dreams. You only have ‘now’ to act. And when you put your best foot forward and make the best of the present moment, know that success will follow sooner or later. 

(3) One whose knowledge is confined to books and those whose wealth is in the hands of others can use neither the knowledge nor such wealth when the need arises

What is the use of bookish knowledge? What is the use of your wealth that is in someone else’s hands? In times of need, both are useless.

Many boast about the number of books or famous authors they have read. Does that make them intelligent? Not necessarily. Books document knowledge. One can definitely acquire insights from books. But nothing can compare to the practical knowledge a person acquires by going out into the world and experiencing life firsthand. This knowledge will always be with you, ready to be used when the opportunity arise, unlike bookish knowledge. Along with reading books, go out and explore the world to expand your mind and gain practical wisdom. One should help others in need and lending money is one easy way to do so.

But how many borrowers do return the money on time? Don’t we all have a friend or two who have borrowed from us a while ago and still haven’t returned the money? Asking to return borrowed cash is embarrassing to most people, so one doesn’t says anything until crisis occurs. Even so, there is no guarantee of getting the money back. So what’s the use of having earned wealth and not being able to use it in times of need? Therefore, Chanakya advises us to be street-smart. Park your wealth somewhere safe so that when the time comes you can use it-with a trusted bank or in a safe investment scheme, where your money will also earn you interest for as long as you keep it locked in. 

(4) if you wish to gain control of the world then keep the following fifteen, which are prone to wander, from getting the upper hand over you: the five sense objects, the five sense organs and organs of activity

Do you want to be a world conqueror, Then you need to first win over yourself. Acquiring self-control is possible only if you gain control over your senses.

It is possible to become a world conquer. For this, great concentration is required in a chosen field. If you carefully study the lives of people who are champions on the world platform, you will notice that they have achieved their greatness by gaining mastery over one particular field. Keep those 15 distractors in check The human mind is like a field and it is continuously grazed on by various thoughts. Thoughts can become chaotic at times. No task can be achieved without concentration.

When it comes to shining at the international level, one needs top-notch focus. For this, all the sensory organs need to be in control. Having mastery over 15 of them, namely the five sense objects (objects of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch), the five sense organs (ears, eyes, nose, tongue and skin) and the organs of activity (hands, feet, mouth, generative and excretory organs), is of utmost important for anyone who is serious about achieving world-class recognition. 

(5) Those who lack education, penance, knowledge, good disposition, virtue and benevolence Are beasts wandering the surface of the earth in the form of men they are a burden to the earth

Some people are only human in their physical appearance but brutes by nature. Chanakya lists certain characteristics of such people. 

People who are well-educated have a good disposition, They know how to behave with others. They treat people with respect and kindness. Wise souls believe in penance and are charitable. And those people who lack learning, penance, knowledge, good disposition, virtue and benevolence are wild animals roaming the carth in human form. They are inferior to sensible men. Vile people are no good to fellow beings.

They only think of themselves and won’t lift a finger to help others. Instead they like to create trouble for others and take delight in their misery. They are not productive, neither are they a positive influence on others, so Chanakya calls them a burden to the earth. 

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