Top 10 lessons to learn from Chanakya Neethi

Written by Girishkumar Kumaran. Last updated at 2022-08-03 16:19:27

Chanakya Neethi is the ancient Indian political treatise written by Chanakya, the prime minister of Chandragupta Maurya. It contains practical advice on how to be a good king and leader. The book was written in Sanskrit around 150 BCE and translated into English in 1906 by Dr. Rama Sastri (1859–1932).

1. Act to eliminate the sadness in your life.

As long as you live in the world, you will face challenges. Those who are successful in life know how to deal with those challenges and make them work for them. If you want to be successful like Chanakya Neethi, follow his advice on dealing with your problems and ensure that sadness is not a part of your life.

The first thing to do is act to eliminate the sadness in your life. This means you need to know what is causing this emotion and then work on getting rid of it. If someone makes fun of you, don't let that bother you. Instead, focus on your accomplishments and how much better off you are than others.

The second thing is not to let anyone tell you what to do. If someone is telling you how they feel, you must always try your hardest to make them happy. Sometimes there are things in life that we have no control over. But if there is something we can do about our situation, like getting out of an abusive relationship or making changes at work because our boss doesn't like us anymore, then we should act on those things.

2. Don't act to harm anyone else.

I want to share a story about when I was younger and made a mistake. I did something that hurt someone else, and it was one of those moments where you realize how much your actions affect other people.

One day at school, my friends and I talked about another classmate we thought would be a fun target for our jokes because of how she acted. We joked about her behind her back in class all day long, saying things like "She's so weird" or “She dresses funny." Eventually, the whole class got into it: Even the teachers were laughing along with us!

When lunchtime came around, and we sat down together again, my friend started talking about what an odd person this girl was again—but this time, she referred to her by name rather than just calling her "the girl who wears weird clothes." At first, no one seemed bothered by what she'd said until they saw how upset it made me feel and realized they didn't have any reason not to like her either! None of us had anything against this girl except that she wore funky clothes sometimes...so why would we talk about someone behind their back?

3. Stop talking when there is nothing more to say.

The world is full of people who say a lot. But only when they know what to say and when to say it. If you want to be like them, here are some things you need to stop talking about:

Things that do not matter - Don't waste time talking about things that do not matter in your life or the lives of others; this includes gossiping and complaining. It would help if you also were careful with your words when speaking with someone who is going through a hard time or has gone through one recently; this may mean waiting for them to bring up their problems before offering advice or asking how they're doing.

Things that you don't know about - Be honest about the fact that there are many things out there that you don't know anything about! Don't pretend everything under the sun is common knowledge for everyone just because it's on Google: only talk about subjects that are familiar territory for both parties involved in the conversation. If neither party knows anything about something, then don't pretend. Does!

4. When the bitter truth is spoken, it's not lying.

A person who speaks the bitter truth is not lying. He is simply telling you what you don’t want to hear. And that’s the problem with most of us – we don’t want to listen to what others say about us, our actions, or their intentions towards us.

When someone tells you something unpleasant, they are only hitting below the belt because they know it will hurt more than anywhere else on your body (if they hit below the belt). They do this because they love and care enough about you as a person that they wish for your benefit this ‘truth’ needs to be told so that you can avoid making mistakes in life.

A person who speaks the bitter truth is not lying. He is simply telling you what you don’t want to hear. And that’s the problem with most of us – we don’t want to listen to what others say about us, our actions, or their intentions towards us. When someone tells you something unpleasant, they are only hitting below the belt because they know it will hurt more than anywhere else on your body (if they hit below the belt).

5. A promise made must be fulfilled.

No one likes a liar. If you make a promise and don't keep it, you lose the trust of those who believe in you. The same goes for maintaining commitments: if you say something and do not follow through, people will stop listening to you and soon stop believing in your words. Keeping promises is essential because they build trust between people; without trust, there can be no friendship or respect—without these things, all that remains is isolation and loneliness.

If you don't keep your promises, people will stop listening to you and soon stop believing in your words. People are more likely to trust those who do what they say they will do—so if you want people to respect you, then make sure that everything goes according to plan.

It will help if you abide by your promises, no matter how small. As you grow older, you will find that people trust those who keep their word and lose respect for those who break it.

6. Be kind and grateful toward those who help you.

Those who help you should be treated with kindness. Do not forget to say thank you. Be grateful for their assistance and don't expect any more from them than what they are willing to give. If someone offers their hand to help you up, take it! And if they show their shoulder to cry on when things get tough (or even just because it's sunny outside), use it!

Kindness is a two-way street. It should be practiced both in giving and receiving. If someone has been generous with their time, money, or other resources - don't let them down by being ungrateful. Please don't take advantage of their excellent nature or use them for your gain.

Be mindful of others' feelings and opinions. If someone does something nice for you, acknowledge it by saying thank you, even if the gesture was small or insignificant. Also, be respectful when talking about people who have helped you. Don't be ungrateful.

7. Companions should be chosen carefully; not everyone can be your friend.

A wise man once said, "there are three things you should never discuss with your friends: politics, religion, and the merits of one’s spouse.” The same principle applies to choosing your companions—even more accurate when choosing your enemies. In Chanakya Neethi, Chanakya advises: “One who chooses his friends well will always be safe from danger; if he does not do so, he cannot escape from loss in any undertaking." He goes on to explain that there are four kinds of people whose company you should shun at all costs:

Arrogant people who measure their worth by the number of followers they have; people who lack education or culture but seek good company because they are jealous of those who excel at their work (e.g., actors); those whose hearts brim with jealousy towards others; selfish sycophants who will do anything for gain or personal benefit.

These types of people will hurt you in the long run, and it is better to have them as enemies than as friends. If your friends do not know how to behave appropriately around others (including you), they are not worth having around.

8. Even though the world can be unfair, be fair and honest with others.

Chanakya Neethi tells us that even though the world can be unfair, it is equally important to be fair and honest with others. Be reasonable in your dealings with others. Don't hold back the truth when asked for an honest opinion or advice. Do not lie under any circumstances; it may cost you a lot later in life. Never tell half-truths or exaggerate things to gain an advantage over someone else because this will come back to bite you at some point.

Chanakya Neethi states that it is essential not to gossip about others; talking only makes one look bad and brings down their reputation and that of their family members' reputations too!

Chanakya Neethi is filled with essential lessons from life. It can be challenging to find time for reading, but if you have a few moments and want some wise words to get through your day, this book will not disappoint.

9. Do not hate more than you love, do not feel more anger than you feel happy.

When angry, it's easy to get carried away and lash out at the people around you. But remember that your anger does not belong to you; it belongs to your enemy. If you direct your anger at others, then it gives them power over you.

Similarly, when something makes you happy (like getting a promotion), don't let the feeling of happiness control how you interact with others around you. The same goes for sadness: don't be overly sad about something or someone who has hurt or disappointed you. That person doesn’t deserve such an emotional reaction from someone like yourself—someone who knows better than anyone else what true happiness is all about!

Do not hate more than you love, do not feel more anger than you feel happy. If someone makes you angry, be grateful for it because they have made themselves vulnerable to your wrath. If something hurts your heart deeply enough to make tears spill over onto cheeks stained hot red with emotion, then be grateful for it since sadness shows us what matters in life.

Financial decisions should be taken very seriously; you're responsible for your finances, so do not take unnecessary risks with them.

As a person who works hard and is always looking for ways to improve himself and his life, your financial decisions should be taken very seriously. You're responsible for your finances, so do not take unnecessary risks with them.

Take the time to research before making any significant purchases or investments. Don't make impulse buys on things you don't need, can't afford, or will regret later. Instead, spend money on something that will make you happy in the long run—those are what matter anyway!

Ask yourself this question: "Will I regret spending my hard-earned money on this thing later down the road?" If there’s even a tiny chance that you might not enjoy having or using it, then it's probably best not to spend your money.

10. Do not spend your time thinking of things that have already happened or may never happen.

Many of us spend too much time thinking about the past and future. We worry about things that have already happened or may never happen, which wastes time and energy. This can be especially damaging when you are going through something difficult, such as being fired from your job or having a rocky relationship with someone. You don't want to be stuck on the negative emotions these situations bring up because they will keep you from progressing in your life.

Instead, focus on what makes you happy right now: reading a book, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family members who love you unconditionally for who you are (not for what they want from you).

You are not your thoughts, emotions, or fears. You are the one in control of them. Don't let them take over.

Conclusion

With this, you have learned about the lessons that can be learned from Chanakya's teachings. But as always, it is up to you to decide whether or not you will use them in your own life and how they can help make things better for yourself and others around us. The world would be a much better place if everyone followed these guidelines. If we all did our best to follow his advice on how best to treat others and ourselves, then we would all be happier people with more positive attitudes toward life!

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