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By Bal Sanskar


        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.


October 26, 2014, 9:11 pm

Great sincierity and honest.. we all should follow such principles.
October 14, 2014, 9:29 pm

Worthful and essential for our youth.
Satish Raval
October 5, 2014, 8:43 am

This need to be included in school books to bring up children with high moral and honesty for future generation also on all government office this should be displayed to make them aware that they are there to serve not to boss over the incoming public
op upadhyay
October 4, 2014, 10:11 pm

This is only for them those called pure patriotic love to nation ***ets for nation use. Now if u only talk some one do not talk loudly since some one in work and every one time is govt paid time then you will be insulted by the bosses because those have habit whole day only kill the time they are very close to bosses and they are only commanding the boss so if honest punctual hard working need to work they have to follow and please them then only can work otherwise any day nay time they can send any where or they can sack also. Now only if you are humble will be count as culprit if you have used office time for pvt will be worship But leave all our generation must follow the such highest value people and their life must be in children education in primary may click from childhood which is now very much necessary.
Suman Ray
October 4, 2014, 8:20 pm

The true leader of Bharatvarsha. He was the one who generated the concept of Ek Rashtra Bharat, when Bharat was divided into 8 Janapadas, 5 samrajyas, and 12 ganarajyas. He was the person who standardize politics of Bharat. His Arthashastra must be learned and adopted to make good changes in constitution and low system.

For me He is the true Father of nation, not M.K Gandhi!
October 4, 2014, 2:33 pm

It a real treasure to know about such gems from indian history!
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?
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
August 6, 2014, 2:58 am

May 31, 2014, 1:19 am

chandrashekhar pammar
May 30, 2014, 3:06 pm

This is very beautiful story.
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.
August 26, 2013, 7:56 pm

this is very beautiful story i like it
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
May 8, 2013, 3:51 pm

awesume person
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..
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...
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 ,
March 31, 2012, 12:58 pm

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
August 31, 2011, 1:51 pm

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