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.”
The Kautilya Project
A unique Vedic Management Centre Initiative specially devised to rekindle the lost art and science of Vedic leadership for management, politics, and diplomacy
We live in a new era driven by fear at a global level and its resulting insecurity. Out of this emotional sense insecurity, we do many things – consciously and unconsciously – that can be detrimental not just for ourselves but for our society, nation, and world at large. Humanity faces many challenges today, political, social, economic and ecological. Such entrenched and extensive problems are solvable only through persistence and resilience according to insightful leadership. Yet, it appears that we possess neither the interest nor the willingness to do this. We lack the scope of vision to understand these vast and complicated problems and deal with them in an integral and comprehensive manner. We search for short term fixes rather than long term solutions.
Some two thousand years ago there was a dynamic individual of great influence and motivation who provided the type of leadership that we need today. Not much is known about his personal life, but there are many extraordinary legends about him. He was neither a warrior nor a ruler, nor a priest. He was an aware individual who formulated the main ancient Vedic treatise on politics and diplomacy – Artha Shastra. This profound treatise contains many significant principles of management, governance, and polity that can be used with great efficacy to the present day. It is an inspirational work that we at the Vedic Management Center believe provides keys to solving the many individuals and institutional problems threatening our new high-tech world order.
Although there are several translations of the Artha Shastra, most of its deep knowledge and wisdom is neither properly understood nor utilized. This is because those who could read Sanskrit didn’t understand the meaning. As a result, many of its secrets remain hidden. Decoding and propagating this crucial knowledge, awakening the world to its extraordinary insight is the prime objective of The Kautilya Project.
Kautilya a.k.a. Chanakya a.k.a. Vishnugupta is a legend on many levels. He didn’t care for his own personal recognition but left a legacy that was unparalleled. His compilation of the Artha Shastra provides an indisputable record of his unique genius. It can without a doubt inspire a new generation into building their characters and their societies for lasting world peace and prosperity.
As a part of The Kautilya 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.
We hold that the teachings of Kautilya, like all prime Vedic texts, are a world legacy. Artha Shastra is not the possession of a special few, it is extremely relevant for every sincere individual who wishes to build a better life for himself and his society. Therefore, we will endeavor to connect with aspirant leaders, innovators, and educators from across the entire planet, dialoguing with them as well as sharing our Vedic perspective.
We request your ongoing support and participation in this unique endeavor to spread the Vedic knowledge and wisdom of Kautilya and the Artha Shastra to bring about real change and transformation into our uncertain global situation today.