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Chanakya

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By Bal Sanskar

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        Once, a Chinese traveller came to meet Kautilya (Chanakya). It was dusk and darkness had just started to set in. When the traveller entered Chanakya's room, he saw that Chanakya was busy writing some important papers under the lighting of an oil lamp. You know that there were no bulbs or tube lights in those days, since there was no electricity. So, in those days people used to light oil lamps. Chanakya smilingly welcomed his guest and asked him to sit. He then quickly completed the work that he was doing. 

        But do you know what did he do on completing his writing work? He extinguished the oil lamp under which he was writing and lit another lamp. The Chinese traveller was surprised to see this. He thought that maybe this was a custom followed by Indians when a guest arrives at their home. He asked Chanakya, "Is this a custom in India, when a guest arrives at your house? I mean, extinguishing one lamp and lighting the other?" Chanakya replied, "No my dear friend. There is no such custom. Actually, when you entered, I was working. It was an official work, pertaining to my empire, my nation. The oil filled in that lamp has been bought from the money from the National treasury. Now, I am talking to you. This is a personal and friendly conversation, not related to my nation; so I cannot use that lamp now, as it will lead to wastage of the money of the national treasury. Hence, I extinguished that lamp and lit this other lamp, since the oil in this lamp has been bought from my personal money."

         It is amazing to see how principled our Acharyas' (spiritual leaders) were. On seeing such high moral standards of our ancient spiritual leaders, sometimes it feels that we should try to emulate them, at least a little. They had such pure behaviour, pure conduct, pure mind and a pure conscience ! Just ask yourself, what honorary title should we give to such men? They had reached such a high intellectual level ! When will we learn to be like them? Actually, our current political leaders should learn from them; but unfortunately, no one is ready to learn.






Comments

RAMAKRISHNAN AV
September 18, 2014, 9:14 am

Really a thought provking incident. I cannot call as a 'STORY'. Our "Great Politicians" should adopt such behaviour.But alas! Now our politicians found their jobs are for easy money making. Alas! See how our culture has been changed now?
Dharmaboopathyarumugham
September 1, 2014, 6:35 pm

Really admirable.i will recommend this to all my friends to see this website to save our culture.
Bhavin Jasani
August 9, 2014, 9:50 pm

What a amazing thought ,,,,, we all should apply this in our daily life, ,,,, specially start up companies
nitesh
August 6, 2014, 2:58 am

superb
Krishna
May 31, 2014, 1:19 am

Nice
chandrashekhar pammar
May 30, 2014, 3:06 pm

This is very beautiful story.
Gopinathan
February 12, 2014, 1:32 am

A moral lesson for all.
Raja M Udayar
January 8, 2014, 8:58 pm

Good story I like it
sandeep gupta
September 17, 2013, 1:19 pm

Nice thought
i respect guru chanakya.
nandakumar,j
August 26, 2013, 7:56 pm

this is very beautiful story i like it
manju
August 16, 2013, 12:01 am

everyone should learn this lesson in their life ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
vinay kumar v
August 15, 2013, 2:17 am

Very good Story ....Great thoughts Thanks to chanakya
supreet
May 8, 2013, 3:51 pm

awesume person
jacob
May 4, 2013, 7:02 am

The last line has to say ,"our current political leaders should learn from them".
I would say not the poitical leaders but every body should learn from such high intellectuals
Deval Parmar
April 27, 2013, 10:54 pm

Very Inspiarable Life of Chanakya,We must atleast try to walk few steps on his way..
amruta
April 9, 2013, 5:44 pm

i m interested in chanakya stories,it is very helpful for self motivation & motivate to others
ramkishan deora
February 19, 2013, 6:41 pm

good i like the story
Nayankumar Gabhale
September 19, 2012, 10:49 am

not only political member bt we also learn frm this...
rajakumar b y
August 15, 2012, 5:50 am

A very good story to build up boosts in children. They all r our feature Govt...
Thejaswini
August 10, 2012, 1:51 pm

it was a great story and our politicians must learn this.Including politicians we too know this and follow it..........
raj jadhav
April 28, 2012, 11:27 pm

Like it very much, iam interested in Shri Chanakya kutil sashtra's instance to this i am watching Chandragupt maurya serial every saturday due to which i receives motivation for towards patriot towards nation and Dharma.

I respects guru shishya relation.
shyam singh
April 27, 2012, 4:34 pm

Great thought ,
NAGABHUSHANA HS
March 31, 2012, 12:58 pm

Hellow,
I only knew about Sir MV's story of his using two fountain pens, one for official work and the other for personal. I didn't know about this Chanakya's story which is several centuries old. Thank you for this story. I would like to read all the other available stories also.
Nagabhushana HS
sunil
August 31, 2011, 1:51 pm

great
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