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The Vedic origins of Rationalism

Does Vedic literature, starting from the Vedas, Aranyakas, Upanishads, Ramayana, Mahabharata, up until Arthashastra, qualify as “religious” scriptures? Do they, in any way, promote misguided ideas like blind beliefs? Are they bereft of rationalism? Do they discredit rationalism? Or are they built on the very foundation of rationalism? To answer …

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10 Qualities and Characteristics of The Wise

So, how do we know if someone is wise or otherwise? It’s a simple question with a complex answer. Wisdom is not ingrained – people are seldom born wise. For wisdom to dwell in an individual, (s)he must nurture specific qualities besides accumulating knowledge and insights over the years. There are a few characteristics which could help us in determining if a person is truly wise:

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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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Kautilya on Mindful Leadership: Overcoming Limitations in Leadership

“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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Fear Factor

A long time ago, the goddess of disease, went from village to village making people severely sick. However, in one village, the village goddess stopped her from entering since she was morally bound to protect them. The goddess of disease argued, “It is your Karma (virtue) as well as Dharma …

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The Perfect Guru

There once was a man who searched the entire world for a perfect Guru. But, unfortunately he could not find one. All , the gurus he found were either greedy, deceivers, fools or madmen. Finally he did find one who fulfilled all his expectations. Then, a friend of his asked him, …

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