Chanakya is one of the greatest minds of the world who lived in an ancient India, 350 B.C. As a scholar, philosopher, teacher, and a royal adviser, Chanakya played a primary role in shaping the power of Mauryan empire in the country. His works on political science and economics are still considered and referred across the globe. The efforts of Chanakya to put the first Mauryan empire to power is an another incredible story. In the entire spectrum of life and the demeanour of its unpredictable facets, Chanakya and his teachings are as significant as the very life is. Come, let us take a look at few of the quotes by Chanakya on life, love, politics, health, and leadership on today’s read.
Before we head to read the quotes, let me take you through an incident. It so happened that one day, a person reached to Chanakya and said, “Do you know, just a while ago, I heard few things from your friend. It is about you.” Chanakya in reply said to him that, “ Before I listen to what you have to say, I would like to test it.”
Chanakya continued to ask him three questions. This is called as three-step testing. In the first step, Chanakya wants to assess the truthfulness in the saying. He asked, “Is it sure that whatever you are going to say is a truth?” The person replied, “No, I am not sure about it. I heard it from someone.”
Chanakya analyzed and put the next question and it is about goodness. He asked, “ Are you going to tell me something good about the person?” The person replied, “No, it is quite opposite to it.”
Chanakya analyzed and put his next question and it is about usefulness. He asked, “ Whatever you are going to tell me, is that useful to me?” The person replied, “No, there is nothing which is useful to you.”
Chanakya then said this – “ Whatever you are going to tell me is not true, it is not positive and it is of no use to me. So, why should I listen to you or why you want me to tell this?”
Morale: Any information or a thought or an opinion must be checked on three parameters; truthfulness, goodness, and usefulness.
Great Quotes by Chanakya
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