The Kautilya Project

Chanakya a.k.a. Kautilya’s 5 Crucial Advice to Leaders

Chanakya a.k.a. Kautilya was not the author of Arthashastra. He was its compiler, commentator, and editor at best. We know this for sure when we read Kautilya mentioning various earlier authors of Arthashastra, including Bharadwaj, Parashara, Pishuna, Shukracharya and the like. Unfortunately, Arthashastra of the earlier preceptors are lost and …

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What is Artha? Why is it important?

By Dipika Mehra Most people translate Vedic Sanskrit word Artha as Wealth. And Wealth for the majority of people around the world implies material possession and currency. This is by far a very narrow definition of Wealth. Artha essentially signifies abundance, which is not limited to currency alone. Besides, Artha …

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Chanakya a.k.a. Kautilya on People and Trust

When the mind is objective, untouched by fear or uncertainties, that is mind you can trust. And with such a trustful mind, you will be able to assess your friends, enemies and, even, create a fighting plan to get out of any situation. Writes U Mahesh Prabhu...

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Daridryam, Dhanam & Dhanyam: From Poverty to Prosperity to 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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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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The Role of Tantra & Mantra in Rajaneeti

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 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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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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Kautilya’s Arthashastra on Personal Financial Security

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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