The Kautilya Project

Kootaneeti: The Forgotten Art and Science of Covert Politics

Exclusive to Vedic Management Centre by U. Mahesh Prabhu Shakti or Power is the essence of Rajyam or Leadership. There are those who consider themselves to be either “unlucky” or “undeserving” of power as they cannot comprehend the dynamics of attaining or retaining it. Those who consider themselves to be …

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Role of Tantra & Mantra in Rajaneeti – Vedic approach to Politics

Exclusive to Vedic Management Centre by U. Mahesh Prabhu Sanskrit is a language of profound knowledge and deep wisdom. Although very ancient, many original ideas medicine, mathematics, science and technology were documented in this language for thousands of years. Unfortunately, many of these words, particularly in older texts, are mistranslated, …

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Political Power & Vedic Wisdom

This article by U. Mahesh Prabhu is a part of The Kautilya Project of Vedic Management Centre Kings from the early Rig Vedic period had mentors who were held in highest regard. They were called Rajaguru. Rajaguru essentially translates to Guru of the King. King Bharat, after whom India is …

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Arishadvargas: Six Detriments for Success

 Exclusive to Vedic Management Centre by U. Mahesh Prabhu Power – is essential to great accomplishments – every person who’s ambitious or wise understands this. Seers of Vedas held Power next to Wisdom. For gaining power is easier than retaining it, whereas wisdom, once attained, only increases with time. Be …

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Kautilya’s strategy for defeating militant Islam in the West

This article by U. Mahesh Prabhu is part of The Kautilya Project of Vedic Management Center A battle is an armed conflict; war is a series of battles. Battles are (or were?) fought on battlefields; war is series of battles.  Wise sages have declared that war is a result of …

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Kautilya’s approach to conflict resolution: Sam, Dam, Dand & Bhed

The Art of War by Sun Tzu, deals directly only with Bhed – war. Given the fact that Kautilya speaks of three major approaches before war, it must have made him appear practical and wise to any sane being. His work has not been recognised in the West because it is in Sanskrit. Most of the translations available are by people who’ve little or no idea of administration, management, politics, diplomacy, or even war. Besides, most who know Sanskrit don’t know English or vice versa. Those who know both, often have problems with translating skills. The resulting work is often boring to read.

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Kautilya on the limitations of leaders

This article by U. Mahesh Prabhu is a part of The Kautilya Project “Even great men are with their own limitations,” says Kautilya in the Artha Sutras, and, “Men of wisdom learn to annihilate them.” All humans are born with limitations – there are things we can and cannot do. …

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Justice versus Revenge: Kautilya’s perspective

This article by U. Mahesh Prabhu is a part of The Kautilya Project of Vedic Management Centre When Dharma – or rightful conduct – is followed, there’s order in the world. When Dharma is set aside, only Adharma or chaos remains. When we are wronged by someone and retaliate in …

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Kautilya’s Concept of Wealth: Artha, Vyartha and Anartha

This article by U. Mahesh Prabhu is a part of “The Kautilya Project” If you want to know about the importance of wealth, ask a pauper; if you want to know the pains of wealth, ask a billionaire. “It’s a pain to earn wealth, causes stress to retain it, and …

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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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