Written by London Swaminathan 


Date: 1 MARCH 2018


Time uploaded in London – 20-54


Post No. 4798

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It is amazing to see that Chanakya advised us 2300 years ago on the things what we read in hundreds of Self Improvement books today. How to Win Your friends? How to live your life? How to make money? How to plan your day? and books like these decorate the bookshelves at our home and in the book shops.

Here are a few slokas/verses from Chanakya Niti:

One should think about these again and again:

What time it is?

Who are friends?

Which country/town/place it is?

What are the income and expenditure?

Who I am?

How is my strength?

In short, we should take into account the time, place, our aim/purpose/goal in life, our friends and money matters.

kaha kaalaha kaani mitraani ko desaha kau avyayaa agamau

kaschaaham kaa ca me saktiriti cintyam muhurmuhuhu

Chanakya Niti 4-18




Don’t Worry Too much

Which family is there that does not have its loopholes?

Who is there who has not suffered ailment?

Who is there who has not met with an adversity?

Who has had happiness endlessly?


kasya doshah kule naasti vyaadhinaa ko na piiditah

vyasanam kena na praaptam kasya saukhyam nirantaram – 3-1



Who are your Six Relatives?

Truth is mother, knowledge is father, Dharma is brother, compassion is sister, peace is wife, forgiveness is son – these six are my relatives.

satyam maataa pitaa njaanam dharmo brataa dayaa svasaa

saantih patnii kshamaa putrah shadete mama bhandavaah – 12-11



Sacrifice One Person!

One should surrender one person for the sake of the family;

the family for the sake of the village;

the village for the sake of the country and

the earth for one’s own sake


tyajedekam kulasyaarthe graamasyaarthe kulam tyajet

graamam janapadasyaarthe aatmaarthe pruthviim tyajet


All Alone!

One takes birth and dies alone, alone one experiences what is good and bad, goes to hell alone and attains the highest goal alone.


Who is your Friend?

Knowledge acts as friend in foreign visits;

Wife is friend at home;

Medicine is the friend of the sick;

Dharma is the friend of the dead

vidhyaa mitram pravaaseesu bharyaa mitram gruhesu ca

vyaadhitasyausadham mitram Dharmo mitram mrutasya ca



Don’t live


One should not live there which does not have the following five:–

the means of livelihood, fear (about rules, regulations) , modesty, civility and charity (the nature to give or relinquish)

lokayaatraa bhayam lajjaa daakshinyam tyaagasiilataa

panca yatra na vidyante na kuryaat tatra samsthatim


Chapter 1, Sloka 10


Earth rests on Truth

The earth rests on Truth, through truth the Sun radiates the heat, through truth blows the wind. Everything rests on truth


Satyena dhaaryate pruthvii Satyena   tapate ravih

Satyena vaati vaayusca sarvam Satye  pratishtitam






Sarvam Satye Pratishtitam ! Everything Rests on Truth (Post No.3322)


Written  by London Swaminathan


Date: 5  November 2016


Time uploaded in London: 19-48


Post No.3322



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India cannot be defeated by any one at any time. India cannot be wiped out from the map of the word; the reason being its motto is Satyameva Jayate (Truth alone Triumphs). It is a Upansishadic quotation. Every one of us has a name and most of the Hindus have horoscopes. These birth charts and our names are indicators of our virtues as well as our future. India knowingly or unknowingly chose the famous Vedic quote on Truth as its motto and the greatest Hero Bharat as its name. If India is defeated truth is defeated. As a natural law, truth can never be defeated.


Truth is in Indian’s blood. In the olden days, people of  the three castes left their children at the house of the Guru for 12 to 24 years for learning the scriptures, science and weapony. The first lesson they were taught was ‘Satyam Vada’ (Speak Truth) and then Dharmam chara (Do charitable work). So they have learnt it from the very first day in school at the age of 5 or 7 or 9.


No religion or no culture or no country in the world emphasizes TRUTH to this extent. Here are some of the beautiful quotations on truth from Bhagavata and Mahabharata:–

Satyavratam satyaparam trisatyam satyasya yonim nihitam ca satye

Satyasya satyamruta satyanetram satyaatmakam tvaam saranam prapannaah

Vishnu Bagavata 10-2-26

O ,True of promise, True of purpose, triply True, the Fount of Truth and dwelling in the true, the Truth of Truth, the Eye of Right and Truth, Spirit of Truth , refuge we seek in Thee.




Satyamruta ca samaras caiva damascaiva na samsayah

Amaatsaryam kshmaa caiva hriistitikshaa anasuuyataa


Tiago dhyaanamathaaryatvam dhrutisca satay am dayaa

Ahimsa caiva Rajendra satyaakaaraa trayodasa


Truthfulness, equability, self control, absence of self display, forgiveness, modesty, endurance, absence of envy, charity , a  noble well wishing towards others, self possession, compassion, and harmlessness — surely these are the thirteen forms of Truth.

Truth is that which is ………….

As Bhisma says

Satyam brahma sanaatanam

Sarvam satye pratishtitam

Truth is the eternal Brahman……..

Everything rests on Truth


Truthfulness was in ancient days, the leading characteristic of the Hindu, and is constantly alluded to as a constituent in the heroic character. Thus, when about to revive the dead child of Abhimanyu, Shri Krishna says


“O , Uttara! I speak not falsely, and this shall truly come about . Even now do I revive this child ; let all beings behold it.


“As I have never uttered an untruth, even in play, as I have never turned back from battle, so may this infant  live.


“As I have never known dispute with Arjuna, so by that truth may this dead babe revive.


“As truth and Dharma ever dwell in Me, so may the dead child of Abhimanyu live.


Other heroes repeatedly make the same statement


“My lips have never uttered an untruth”


Shri Rama goes into exile for fourteen years in order that his father’s promise may remain unbroken.

Yudhishtira refuses to struggle for his kingdom before due time, because he has promised to remain in exile.


Truth is emphasized in all the literatures of India. Tamil Veda Tirukkural written by Tiruvalluvar has a chapter on Truthfulness. He says

Speech which causes no harm whatsoever to anyone is called Truth (Kural 291)

It it will produce pure, unmixed good even falsehood may be considered Truth (292)

If a man could conduct himself true to his own self he would be in the heart of all in the world (294)


All lamps are of no avail. The light of truth is the only lamp which the wise cherish (299)


Tiruvalluvar says if one practises truth (297) then he does not need to follow any other virtue. Truth alone will save him.


Satyameva Jayate!