Words of Chanakya

Source : Google photo of Chanakya

Kautilya (also known as Chanakya, c. 350–275 BCE) was an Indian statesman and philosopher, chief advisor and Prime Minister of the Indian Emperor Chandragupta, the first ruler of the Mauryan Empire. His words of wisdom are still valid today. His book on economics and economic policy that serves humanity is still followed by able rulers and administrators. He was known for his shrewd knowledge of politics that made Chandragupta Maurya the greatest king of his time.

Source : Google photo of the ruins of Nalanda University in Bihar, India today

When and Who destroyed Nalanda ?

According to the records Nalanda University was destroyed three times by invaders, but rebuilt only twice. The first destruction was caused by the Huns under Mihirakula during the reign of Skandagupta (455–467 AD). But Skandagupta’s successors restored the library and improved it with an even bigger building.

The second destruction came in the early 7th century by the Gaudas. This time, the Buddhist king Harshavardhana (606–648 AD) restored the university.

The third and most destructive attack came when the ancient Nalanda University was destroyed by the Muslim army led by the Turkish leader Bakhtiyar Khilji in 1193. It is believed that Buddhism as a major religion in India had a setback for hundreds of years due to the loss of the religious texts during the attack. It took over six months to burn the vast library of the University by the ravaging fanatics of Khilji .

He taught economics at the Nalanda University in Bihar that Bakhtiar Khilji destroyed and burned to ground because of religious fanaticism thus destroying a great centre of learning in India that attracted students from many countries who later became great teachers in their own countries and spread the teachings of Buddha there.

https://youtu.be/rWXLC9wGzbk ( It is in Hindi )

Source: U tube video in Hindi

Today I would like to share with you some of the good advice Chanakya gave to the world that are still valid and worth following.

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