Majority of the Chanakya quotes on wisdom are quite easy to understand and even this one.
|तृष्णया मतिश्छाद्यते।||तृष्णा बुद्धि पर आवरण डाल देता है।||Greed/thirst puts a cover on intelligence.|
In order to validate this Chanakya Sutra, you can try recalling a few mistakes from your past. On doing so you will find that many bad things happened only due to lack of self-control. What happened in past has already happened. All we can do is to learn from our Mistakes and try not repeating them.
- No man cannot change his past, but every man can influence his future.
How Greed Works?
My personal research says that:
- The trap of greed targets the inefficiency of a man to take accurate decisions in less time.
- In addition, it exploits the instinctive desire within a man to win/gain something.
Greed and thirst are very similar. Like a thirsty man lost in desert desires to drink something (anything without considering pros or cons), in same manner a person under influence of greed acts without consideration. In such situations it is only with the help of self-control a man can stop himself from consuming the poisonous milky sap found in few types of cacti and continue looking for the cactus with clear non poisonous liquid.
It’s all about differentiating between “what’s really Right?” and “what appears right?”. All that glitters is not Gold.
Defeat the Greed/Thirst:
Greed is one of the deep rooted vices, but it can be dealt. The following points might help.
Avoid Haste: Give yourself sufficient time to evaluate the pros & cons before beginning a task. In most of the cases haste ends in waste.
In chapter 14 of chanakya neeti it has been stated that “A man regrets upon his act of sin after accomplishing it. If same wisdom be shown before performing the action, then the man will definitely attain Nirvana.”
Use logic: Use your mind and be a man of reason. Remember that a wise man asks questions and proceeds only after acquiring a satisfactory answer.
Self Control: Self control is very important. Be responsible towards oneself. You must have control on your cravings. Don’t allow the pain to sabotage your ability to take right decisions.
Follow Dharma: Be good be righteous.