SAYS CHANAKYA …
AAPADRTHE DHANAM RAKSHECHACHRIMATAN KUT AAPADAH,
KADACHICHCHALIKA LAXMI: SANCHITOPTI VINASHAYATI.
A man must protect his wealth tooth and nail. Because, it is only the one who has money. Can overcome hurdles easily. Money, if not protected slips away fast.
DHANIKAH SROTRIYO RAJA NADI VEDASTU PANCHAM,
PANCH YATRA NA VIDYANTE NA TATRA DIVASAM VASET.
A man should not make that a place his home. Where there are no prosperous people, no soldiers, scholarly Brahmins, a competent king, a river and physicians.
YASMAN DESHE SAMMANO NA VARTIRNA CHA BANDHAVA,
NA CHA VIDYASAGAMAH KASHICHAT TAM DESHAM PARIVARJAYATE.
Do not live in a country that does not allow you: self respect, honour, means of living, a family, kith and kin, friends, well wishers, ways of education and self-development. Quit such country. It is not fit for living.
LOKYATRA LAJJA DAKSHNYAM TYAGSHEELTA,
PANCH YATRA NA VIDAYANTE TATRA SANSSTHITITAM.
A place that does not offer means of living, fear of law, feeling of shame for shameless acts, clever people to inspire artful creations, and the spirit of charity is not fit for living.
JANIYAT PRESHNE BHRITYAN BANDHAVAN VYASNAJGAME,
MITRAM CHASPATIKALESHU BHARYA CHA VIBHAVAKSHAYA.
The testing times of the following are: Wife when the money is gone, a friend in the time of need, relatives in times of crisis and the servants when they are assigned a mission. In such times they show their true colours.
AATURE VYASNE PRAPTE DURBHIKSHE SHATRU SANKATE,
RAJDWARE SHAMSHANE CHA YASTISHATHATI SA BANDADHAVA.
A real brother is the one who stands by in the period of grave illness, in times of misfortune, during famines or invasions by enemy, in royal court and in death. He will stick through thick and thin.
YO DHRUVANI PARITAYAJAYA ADHRUVAM PARIHEVETE,
DHRUVANI TASYA NASHYANTI ADHRUVAM NASHTAMEV CHA.
The one who runs after an uncertain object leaving the certain one behind, does not get any. He loses both. It is Chanakya’s way of saying that a bird in hand is better than two in the bush.
VARYETA KULJAM PRAGYO VIROOPAMAPI KANYAKAM,
ROOPWARTI NA NICHASYA VIVAH: SADRISHYA KULE.
A wise man must marry a girl of high breed even if she is ugly to look at. He should not fall for a girl of low upbringing however beauteous she may be. The best course is to marry in the family of equal status.
NAKHINAM CHA NADINAM CHA SRINGADIRAM SHASTRAPANINAAM,
VISHVASO NEV KARTAVYA: STRISHU RAJKULESHU CHA.
Don’t ever trust: the beasts with claws or sharp horns, rivers, armed persons, women who are famous for their fickle mind and the members of the royal families.