U Mahesh Prabhu

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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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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Ahimsa: A Vedic Perspective

A soldier and terrorist both carry weapons; both are trained and paid to kill. But a soldier kills to protect; a terrorist kills to spread his intolerant ideology. For his code and conduct of killing to protect his people, a soldier is following Ahimsa and Dharma. For his code and conduct of killing people to further his own personal belief and faith, a terrorist manifests Himsa and Adharma.

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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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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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Karmic Economics: Economy from perspective of Karma

In Vedic (or ancient) India, kings and their counsellors were first taught Artha Sutras, which, in very simple terms, explained complex connections between people’s pursuit of happiness, good conduct, the meaning and relevance of well-earned wealth, it’s relativity to governance, and the best suitors to hold key positions in government, and the like. In simple terms, these Sutras, or axioms, explained the connection between economics, politics, and diplomacy. That was also because, unless an individual understands those three subjects, it’s virtually impossible to understand a leader’s role, let alone deliver on it effectively.

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Jealousy – the greatest slayer of wisdom and wealth

Jealousy is detrimental. It’s a travesty that our education systems preaches it to be almost otherwise. Since our education system is based on the logic of comparing achievement of one with another it in significant way harnesses it at every step of the way. When we see that someone is doing better than us – we first begin by being jealous of them and we do things to prove them otherwise. We cheat, use deceit and retort to almost anything without letting wisdom prevail. Jealousy may make us to do ultimate damage to our adversaries - once; but every moment we carry this jealousy in our mind – we are a living hell.

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China’s gross miscalculation at Doklam

After the economic down turn of 2008, many Chinese industries suffered a significant blow after the American and European economies began to slow down. During the early 2000s, China imported a great amount of iron ore to make steel to build its infrastructure. Post the 2008 economic recession, this steel was dumped at various ports that have now been penalised with massive dumping duties by their host countries. According to several industry estimates, China accounts for over 50% of the world’s steel production.

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Prof. Wang Zhicheng appointed Hon. Director

Jul 9,17by Mahesh Prabhu

Prof. Wang Zhicheng is appointed as Hon. Director of Vedic Management Center. Prof. Zhicheng is also translating U Mahesh Prabhu’s first book Essentials of Vedic Wisdom for Blissful Living into Mandarin (Chinese). Prof. Wang’s brief profile  Wang Zhicheng,Professor of Philosophy of Religion, is director of the Institute of Religious Studies …

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Vidura’s Colossal Wisdom

Exclusive to Vedic Management Center by U. Mahesh Prabhu Who’s Vidura? According to Vyasa’s Mahabharata, Vidura was the half-brother to the kings of Hastinapura – Dhritarashtra and Pandu. His biological parents were Vyasa and Shudri, a lady-in-waiting to queens. Ambika and Ambalika were married to King Vichitravirya of Hastinapura. When …

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