HINDU KING’S 24 HOUR SCHEDULE (Post No.4927)

WRITTEN by London Swaminathan 

 

Date: 18 April 2018

 

Time uploaded in London –  21-06 (British Summer Time)

 

Post No. 4927

 

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Chanakya, the oldest economist and political thinker in the word, has listed the qualities of a great king. Along with that he has given a time table for a day for a king. Each period is approximately one and half hour. The stateman who created the mighty Magadan empire and the mightiest Magadan army, which created fear in the army of Alexander, has written many books such as Arthasastra and Chanakya Neeti.

 

Let us look at the Arthasastra where he enumerates the qualities and routine of a king:

One day is divided into two parts Day time and Night time:

Day

1.receiving guards and checking finances

2.attending to the affairs of the city and the country peoples

3.bath, food and study

4.receiving revenue and meeting superintendents

5.despatching writs, meeting council of ministers and hearing secret information

6.favourite entertainment

7.superintending the army in its branches

8.considering military plans with Commander-in- chief; at the end of the day offering the evening prayer.

 

Night

1.receiving secret emissaries

2.bath, food and study

3.entering the bed chamber amid music

  1. sleep

5.sleep

6.rising with music and recalling sastric  injunction and contemplating on the day’s duty

7.considering administrative measurers and sending out spies

8attending to spiritual matters, physicians, cooks and astrologers etc. entering court.

 

Qualities of a Hindu King

An ideal king must undergo a broad education in arts and sciences

Conquer his senses

Avoid others wives and properties

Devote himself to the maintenance of Law and Order

Strive diligently for the welfare of the subjects

(AS Chapter 1)

 

Al Basham, author of The Wonder that was India, says

“The Arthasastra, despite its advocacy of every dishonest expedient for the acquisition and maintenance of power, puts the kingly duties in simple and forceful language, setting an ideal such as few ancient civilizations can boast of.”

In chapter 6 Chanakya alias Kautilya harps on the necessity of an ideal king’s

magnetic personality

intellectual acumen

spirit of enthusiasm

and deep rooted self-possession.

Kautilya elaborates on these qualities:

Born of a high family

godly, possessed of valour

seeing through the medium of aged persons

virtuous and truthful

grateful, having large aims

highly enthusiastic

not addicted to procrastinations

powerful to control his neighbouring kings

of resolute mind

having an assembly of ministers and possessed of a taste for discipline.

 

source book- Kautilya on Love and Morals, P C Chunder

 

–subham—

 

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