How can practitioners of Yoga & Ayurveda benefit from Kautilya’s Arthashastra?

Kautilya’s Arthashastra is the world’s oldest book on leadership and management. It explains the intricate connection between individual happiness and institutional prosperity. It has everything for everyone. For individuals desiring to live in peace with modest aspirations, it provides ideas to protect their interest from troublesome people. For people in business aspiring profitability, it explains the dynamics of social, economic, and political factors and finding ways to protect their commercial interests. For politicians and diplomats, it meticulously explains the nature of power and ways to achieve and sustain it. 

The word Yoga comes from root Vedic Sanskrit word Yuj, which means The Path. However, the Yoga, as we know it today, i.e., as an exercise, is Ashtanga Yoga. Also, Patanjali did not invent the Ashtanga Yoga as it is wrongly believed by many. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are mostly a collection of teachings from various Rishis and Rishikas who preferred to stay aloof from the material world by shunning all sorts of recognition. Even the four Vedas which form the essence of Vedic teachings were initially written by such sage men and women, who sought the solitude of the woods rather than adoration and appreciation of the masses. Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa a.k.a. Vyasa a.k.a. Veda Vyasa only compiled and probably edited the texts for mass consumption.

Vedic knowledge and wisdom are in no ways a ‘Holy Book’ sent by God(s) or Goddess(ess) via some prophet or messiah. There is no concept of heaven in the skies nor a hell below the earth in the Vedic texts.

Swarga often confused as Heaven, and Naraka, misunderstood as Hell, is all within us. Everything is inside our minds, which, through thoughts, inspires actions before manifesting experiences. So, if your Mana, or Mind, is full of ideas driven by knowledge and wisdom it is sure to result in a life of Swarga, and if your Mind is replete with ignorance and stupidity, you are sure to experience Naraka right in this life.

Swarga often confused as Heaven, and Naraka, misunderstood as Hell, is all within us. Everything is inside our minds, which, through thoughts, inspires actions before manifesting experiences. So, if your Mana, or Mind, is full of ideas driven by knowledge and wisdom it is sure to result in a life of Swarga, and if your Mind is replete with ignorance and stupidity, you are sure to experience Naraka right in this life.

Ashtanga Yoga is designed to prepare our Mind and Body through Dhyana (Meditation), Asana (Postures or Exercises) and Pranayama (Breathing) for living a productive, peaceful, and prosperous life. Therefore just having a healthy body and mind is not enough; you will also need knowledge and wisdom that can practically help you find peace within your Mind and, then, prosperity in life; sustainable one.

Ashtanga Yoga is designed to prepare our Mind and Body through Dhyana (Meditation), Asana (Postures or Exercises) and Pranayama (Breathing) for living a productive, peaceful, and prosperous life. Therefore just having a healthy body and mind is not enough; you will also need knowledge and wisdom that can practically help you find peace within your Mind and, then, prosperity in life; sustainable one.

We also need to understand the essence of life while following Dharma (which is not religion) and Karma (which is not destiny) vis-à-vis dynamics that make happiness possible and detriments that leads to stress and pain.  Knowing, understanding, and realizing the essence of life, family, society, economy, nation, and, even, the world – at large – is the objective of Kautilya’s Arthashastra.

Kautilya a.k.a. Chanakya’s Arthashastra is not a stand-alone text, but a continuation of practical aspects of Vedic knowledge and wisdom which begins from Ashtanga Yoga.

If you have benefited from Yogasanas, Dhyana, Pranayama, and Ayurveda, you can undoubtedly benefit materially from the teachings of Kautilya’s Arthashastra. Knowledge of Kautilya a.k.a. Chanakya can help you understand trivial yet most crucial concepts like currency, wealth, economy, and prosperity. It is by far the only text, even to this day, that can practically explain why some are rich and most poor. It also provides solutions for extreme poverty and ways to find sustainable growth where happiness is the harbinger of an individual as well as universal welfare.

If you have benefited from Yogasanas, Dhyana, Pranayama, and Ayurveda, you can undoubtedly benefit materially from the teachings of Kautilya’s Arthashastra. Knowledge of Kautilya a.k.a. Chanakya can help you understand trivial yet most crucial concepts like currency, wealth, economy, and prosperity. It is by far the only text, even to this day, that can practically explain why some are rich and most poor. It also provides solutions for extreme poverty and ways to find sustainable growth where happiness is the harbinger of an individual as well as universal welfare.

Kautilya’s Arthashastra is the world’s oldest book on leadership and management. It explains the intricate connection between individual happiness and institutional prosperity. It has everything for everyone. For individuals desiring to live in peace with modest aspirations, it provides ideas to protect their interest from troublesome people. For people in business aspiring profitability, it explains the dynamics of social, economic, and political factors and finding ways to protect their commercial interests. For politicians and diplomats, it meticulously explains the nature of power and ways to achieve and sustain it.

Kautilya’s Arthashastra is the world’s oldest book on leadership and management. It explains the intricate connection between individual happiness and institutional prosperity. It has everything for everyone. For individuals desiring to live in peace with modest aspirations, it provides ideas to protect their interest from troublesome people. For people in business aspiring profitability, it explains the dynamics of social, economic, and political factors and finding ways to protect their commercial interests. For politicians and diplomats, it meticulously explains the nature of power and ways to achieve and sustain it.

Besides, the Kautilya a.k.a. Chanakya’s Arthashastra is with a promise of peace and prosperity to everyone to follow its teachings. It teaches you to find happiness instantaneously and effortlessly while pursuing the objectives and tackling challenges and hurdles in your path. And that is why anyone who has benefited from Yoga, Ayurveda or any other Vedic knowledge must at least try connecting with more excellent knowledge taught in Kautilya a.k.a. Chanakya’s Arthashastra.

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