Category: The Kautilya Project

The Kautilya Project
Mahesh Prabhu

Importance of Neeti, Rajaneeti and Kootaneeti

There are two critical Vedic Sanskrit words one must know before comprehending or understanding the utility of, Kootaneeti; they are Neeti and Rajaneeti. You may find it surprising to know that Neeti has existed across families, societies, nations, and even relationships since time immemorial as a set of rules (written and

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The Kautilya Project
Mahesh Prabhu

Tantra, Mantra, Rajaneeti & Kootaneeti: The Unmistakable Connection

Mantra and Tantra were regarded by Kautilya as two crucial elements in the art and science of Vedic approach to politics – Rajaneeti. Without a plan and a strategy to execute it Shakti (read Power) is of no use. In Arthashastra, he declares “Power by itself is useless” and that “Person who seeks power without sound Mantra (objective) and Tantra (strategy) is verily consumed by it.”

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The Kautilya Project
Mahesh Prabhu

Kootaneeti: The Forgotten Art and Science of Covert Politics

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 “deserving” of power are often the same who are unable to handle it. As a result, such people turn up as leaders who are used, misused and/or abused by those around them. They are branded as Ashaktas or incompetent by Kautilya a.k.a. Chanakya. Those who are most deserving of handling power, on the other hand, even without being in the position of power, are called Shaktas those who are deserving of power. Such Shaktas are capable of making changes that define the destiny of everyone and therefore can be easily understood as competent.

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The Kautilya Project
Mahesh Prabhu

Kautilya’s Arthashastra on Personal Wealth Creation

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 Kautilya Project
Mahesh Prabhu

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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The Kautilya Project
Mahesh Prabhu

Elevating oneself from Poverty to Prosperity unto Perpetual Bliss

Every Vedic Rishi has declared Poverty, or दारिद्र्यं (Daaridryam), as the greatest disease, or व्याधि Vyaadhi, capable of crippling not just the body but also the mind. The objective of Vedic education, therefore, was to primarily ensure Prosperity, or संमृद्धि (Samriddhim).

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The Kautilya Project
Mahesh Prabhu

Chanakya & Six Principles of Vedic Management 

Chanakya was not a vengeful person, nor a ruthless and blood thirsty conspirator as it is wrongly believed. He wasn’t even “Prime Minister” of the Mauryan empire under Chandragupta Maurya. He was a wise sage who arduously studied, respected and followed the teachings and wisdom of the Vedas all his life. And the Vedas don’t endorse unwise qualities like vengeance. They are shunned beyond doubt.

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Politics
Mahesh Prabhu

The Fundamentals of Rajaneeti: Vedic approach to Politics

At a time when the “best” of political approach seems to be inadequate, it could certainly help to know about the Vedic approach to politics – Rajaneeti, where greater good was achieved by inspiring leaders to, first, better themselves. In today’s world where we’ve only narrow ideas of a “good politician”; Vedic principles offer insights with significant depth. This article by U. Mahesh Prabhu offers fundamentals of Vedic approach to Politics.

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The Kautilya Project
Mahesh Prabhu

Kautilya’s Perspective on Justice & Revenge

In the absence of justice, error and evil thrive. Truly, evil only gets worse when those who are righteous resort to revenge and do not insist upon justice. The Ahimsa of Kautilya was based on the idea of Dharma. Ahimsa doesn’t mean you will never hurt anyone – it means you won’t hurt anyone unless they attack you first. It’s a no-first-strike policy. You can resort to retaliation during the war with pre-emptive strikes only if you are sure that the first strike would be brutal or lethal, leaving you no retaliatory capabilities.

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