Patita Pavana Dasa Adhikari
Rishi Chanak named his son as “Chanakya”. Being a teacher himself, he knew the importance of education. Taxila was one of the world centers of education. At a very early age Chanakya started studying Vedas. The Vedas; considered to be the toughest scriptures to study were completely studied and memorized by him in his infancy. He was attracted to studies in politics. In politics his acumen and shrewdness was visible right from his Childhood.
Chanakya was an Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor. He is traditionally identified as Kauṭilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra. As such, he is considered the pioneer of the field of political science and economics in India, and his work is thought of as an important precursor to classical economics. His works were lost near the end of the Gupta Empire and not rediscovered until the early twentieth century.
Chanakya assisted the first Mauryan emperor Chandragupta in his rise to power. He is widely credited for having played an important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire. Chanakya served as the chief advisor to both emperor Chandragupta and his son Bindusara.
Chanakya Pandita was relatively unknown outside of India until Srila Prabhupada introduced the world to this master politician. Srila Prabhupada wanted the members of his ISKCON to have access to Chanakya Pandita’s slokas is seen in a letter His Divine Grace wrote to Dayananda Prabhu in April of 1974 in which he stated, “As for Chanakya-sloka, I think the best thing is if I translate it myself and send it to you for printing, rather than wait…..”
Though he was an impoverished brāhmaṇa scholar, Cāṇakya Paṇḍita created one of the largest empires in ancient times. In the same era that Buddha walked the earth, this indomitable sage united many disjointed kingdoms from modern day Bihar to Iran using only his wit as his weapon. He is celebrated as the greatest king maker in history. During the days of Britain's East India Company, English officers were required to study Śrī Cāṇakya-nīti if they hoped to be successful in India. Now that same wisdom commented upon by the world's greatest authority on Cāṇakya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, is available for the first time in one volume. Cāṇakya's nīti-his ancient sense for modern success-is presented with the original Sanskrit, Latin transliterations, lucid translations, plus the commentaries of Śrīla Prabhupāda and much more. Practically every recorded statement that His Divine Grace ever made about the great Cāṇakya can be found here in this definitive edition. For the modern reader, the wisdom of Cāṇakya is nothing less than the key to a life that is in every way successful, happy and fulfilled.
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