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Kautilya on Rajyanarha: 10 Unmistakable Qualities of a Person Undeserving of Leadership

राज्य (Rajya) in Vedic Sanskrit means Administration. A great many translators of Kautilya’s Arthashastra have translated it as Nation-State, State, Country, etc. Kautilya a.k.a. Chanakya also uses a word called राज्यनर्ह: Rajyanarha. And because Rajya is misunderstood as Nation-State and Anarha mean Unworthy, Rajyanarha is often misunderstood as an individual unworthy of the state or citizenship. The correct translation of Rajyanarha, therefore, is a person unworthy of administration, power or Leadership. And according to Kautilya the following ten are unmistakable qualities of an individual unworthy of power:

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Kautilya’s Rajarshi: Unmistakable qualities of an ideal Leader according to Kautilya

This article recollects the qualities of an ideal leader according to Kautilya aka Chanakya which could be relevant even to this day in any organization, be that political, social or economic.

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The Financial Security and Kautilya’s Arthashastra

A significant amount of people invest their energy today in building their careers, and organizations, in the hope to achieve a financially secure future. Starting from their schooling, college education until professional skill development, they invest heavily to achieve this end. And yet their lives are marred by insecurities and they often live overwhelmed by stress and anxieties. All the promises of “great jobs” of academia and “a promising future” of the employers tend to fall short and they eventually succumb to ideas such as “Life is unfair” and that “Financial security is a mirage.”  But, will that be an accurate assessment? Is there no way to earn financial security? Are they destined to suffer for want of adequate financial income? Such thoughts often end up yielding a sense of hopelessness, which in turn makes way for chaos in. They even doom people into thinking that things are “beyond reproach.”

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The Unmistakable Connection between Yoga, Ayurveda, Arthashastra & Vedic Management

Vedic Management, we teach at Vedic Management Center, is on the foundations of Yoga & Ayurveda. The idea is to create leaders. To lead, you will need a happy mind and a healthy body. As Kautilya states in his Arthashastra, “A person infected with the disease will only yearn for health,” that “without health, everything is in vain.”

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

Kautilya’s Arthashastra is also the world’s oldest book on management. It explains the intricate connection between individual happiness and institutional prosperity. It provides realistic ways to find one’s true potential and utilize it to ensure sustenance for oneself and one’s family. Understanding inflation and preparing for challenges of the economy. It has everything for everyone. For individuals desiring to live in peace with modest aspirations, it provides ideas to protect their interest from evil forces. For people in business aspiring profitability in the industry, it explains the dynamics of social, economic, and political factors and finding ways to protect their commercial interests as well as profitability. For leaders, it meticulously narrates the nature of power and techniques to achieve and sustain it. It is a book of practical wisdom for people desiring to live in peace while dealing with their trivial or complex challenges effectively.

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Kautilya’s axiom to peace, power and prosperity

“Kautilya” or “Chanakya” inspires a great many of his admirers even to this day. A legend who played a pivotal role in building a great empire that unified India under a single rule – is often compared with 16th century renaissance author Niccolo Machiavelli. Although it could be considered– Kautilya was a genius way ahead of his time and had a vision beyond the statesmanship of the western world. It becomes evident when we read his version of Artha Shastra.

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Uprooting Weakness and Awakening Power: A Vedic Kautilyan Perspective

The complexities of Vedic texts led to substantial misnomers. When people were unable to understand concepts, their interpretations were fictional – leading to scores of mythological tales. These misnomers and mythological ideas confused people further and away from Vedic knowledge and wisdom. There were either renunciates or extreme materialists. Although there were many Vedic seers who insisted on balance to be the perfect path – or Yoga – their logic was too confusing. Politics, therefore, became a domain of extreme materialists and greed-filled individuals.

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Kautilya’s strategy for defeating militant Islam in the West

There’s a reason why Kautilya didn’t suggest direct armed conflicts or war. He proposed the idea of Sam, Dam, Dand and Bhed. Bhed implied war and it always came last. The options before Bhed were more incisive and meticulous. It sought after every possible way to resolve a conflict using extremely peaceful to complexly tactful means. It often began with contemplation, followed by actions that were not extreme but capable of bringing one’s enemy to his senses or heels.

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The Timeless Wisdom of Rajagurus on Leadership

King Bharat, after whom India is also called Bharath, had Bharadwaj. King Rama had Vashistha, Mauryan King Chandragupta had Kautilya a.k.a. Chanakya a.k.a. Vishnugupta, founder of Vijayanagara Empire – Hakka and Bukka - had Vidyaranya, the list goes on. These Rajagurus never stayed in the capital or in grand palaces. They weren’t priests, as some portray them to be. They were men of commensurate knowledge and great wisdom. They preferred to stay secluded from masses in hermitages closer to the forests. They wouldn’t leave their hermitages for a long time as a cardinal rule.

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Kautilya on Mindful Leadership: Overcoming Limitations

“A leader must often spend quality time with himself to identify and curb his weaknesses,” suggests Kautilya because, “as medicine can only aid in the cure, counselors can only aid in decision-making.” But, “it’s the king who has to decide by himself.”

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