It amazes me how much is and how much we can learn from our glorious history. Chanakya was a renowned Indian scholar, who served as a teacher, philosopher and royal advisor. Other day I was fortunate enough to watch a youtube video of TV serial Chanakya, which used to be telecast on national television in India during early 1990's. In this episode, there is an interesting Q&A session which takes place in the court of king DhanaNanda (last ruler of Nanda dynasty) involving his court priest and Chanakya's student from Takshashila University. Q&A session goes like this
Court Priest: Who is greatest enemy
Chanakya's student: Pride
Court Priest: What is wealth of the poor
Chanakya's student: Knowledge
Court Priest: Who is a honorable man
Chanakya's student: One who is benevolent
Court Priest: A woman's virtue
Chanakya's student: Her modesty
Court Priest: Who is the most heroic man
Chanakya's student: A generous person
Court Priest: Against whom we should protect wealth
Chanakya's student: From thieves and state officials
Court Priest: What is the root of happiness
Chanakya's student: Religion
Court Priest: What is the basis of religion
Chanakya's student: Economy
Court Priest: What is the basis of economy
Chanakya's student: State
Court Priest: What is the basis of state
Chanakya's student: Conquering the senses
Court Priest: What is the basis of conquering the senses
Chanakya's student: Humility
Court Priest: What is the basis of humility
Chanakya's student: Serving the weak
Court Priest: Where does the King's welfare lie
Chanakya's student: In the welfare of his subjects
Listening to this Q&A session, it makes me feel that answers given by the student are so righteous and relevant even today. So what lessons did I learn from this
#1. Always be humble in life. John Wooden quoted "Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."
#2. Be respectful to one and all. One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what others have to say.
#3. Your team's success is your success and their failure is your responsibility.
#4. Somebody can steal your money but nobody can steal your knowledge. So share your knowledge as the more you share, the more you gain.
#5. Integrity is the most important quality. Samuel Johnson quoted "Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful."
#6. Happiness is in thoughts and not in things. Charles Spurgeon quoted "It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness."
#7. Serve others. John Holmes quoted “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
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