The Kautilya Project

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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Moles and Mentors: Utility of the saffron-clad in ancient Vedic India 

Chanakya devised an advanced system of human intelligence-gathering in which operatives wore saffron to deceive the masses. There were instances when, before sending in the army to raid a village, for example, these pseudo-renunciates were sent first to make a prophecy of doom to create chaos in the minds of the people and the enemy army. Often, such strategies were wonderfully effective since they resulted in surrender without a fight – saving countless innocent lives. Great care was taken to ensure that these saffron-clad people never went rogue, and were closely watched. These saffron-clad spies proved to be an effective weapon in the game of psychological warfare.

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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 …

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

Kautilya advises, “Wealth has only three ends – it’s either spent on deserving people or things, misspent on undeserving people and things or just rots away and falls into the hands of others (deserving or undeserving).” Stagnant wealth is of no utility.

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Arishadvargas: The Six Detriments for Success

अरिशड्वर्ग (Arishadvargas) are six these six-detrimental-qualities a person must overcome to gain and retain material power and influence. Even one of the Arishadvargas is enough to cause a person's destruction. Similarly, the person who has overcome all Arishadvargas has the ability not just to harness power – but also to retain it in an enduring manner. According to the Vedic sages (Rishis), only those who have overcome their Arishadvargas can be called Wise.

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

Arthashastra, compiled, edited and commented by Kautilya a.k.a. Chanakya a.k.a. Vishnugupta, speaks more about administration, organization, clandestine operations, economy and diplomacy than war. Considering this, many political and diplomatic commentators often consider(ed) Arthashastra to be of lesser significance than the likes of The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Now, could that be considered logical? Does it make Arthashastra “less significant” in modern times?

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Rajaneeti, Artha Shastra & Artha Sutras

Despite the significant transfer of power to people in most parts of the world through democracy, there isn’t a single school that can claim to teach politics. Even the greatest schools of politics either teach the history of politics or economics, at best. There’s no viable course available anywhere in modern academic establishments to prepare an individual for a political career, except Kautilya's Arthashastra.

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Justice versus Revenge: Kautilya’s perspective

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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The Legend of Rajgurus

When Vedic King Bharata, soon after his coronation, declared, in loud voice, "Adandosmi! Adandosmi! Adandosmi!" (meaning: I am unpunishable!); his Rajaguru Bharawaja replied in an equally loud voice, "Dharmadandosi! Dharmadandosi! Dharmadandosi!" (meaning: Dharma will judge you!).

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A unique Vedic Management Centre Initiative specially devised to rekindle the lost art and science of Vedic leadership for management, politics, and diplomacy. As a part of The Kautilyan Project we will be presenting a series of quotes, articles, commentaries, translations, lectures and courses to will help you realize Kautilya’s keys to economic as well as spiritual prosperity in a sustainable manner for everyone. Know more >>


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RISHI TALES 2 | Author U. Mahesh Prabhu | Foreword by Dr. David Frawley ~ Available on Amazon.COM 

 

KAUTILYA: UNDERSTANDING THE COLOSSAL GENIUS (Volume 1) | Author: U. Mahesh Prabhu  – Available on Amazon.com

 

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RISHI TALES 1 | Author: U. Mahesh Prabhu | Foreword by Dr. David Frawley ~ Available at Amazon.COM 

 

ESSENTIALS OF VEDIC WISDOM FOR BLISSFUL LIVING | Author: U. Mahesh Prabhu | Foreword Dr. David Frawley ~ Available on Amazon.COM

 

TIMELESS TALES OF A WISE SAGE: VISHNU SHARMA’S PANCHATANTRA RETOLD | Author: U Mahesh Prabhu | Illustrations: Shantheri Bhat ~ Available on Amazon.COM 

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