Arthashastra: Strategies for Acquiring Profit and Overcoming Obstacles

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We decoded Kautilya Arthashastra Book 9 Chapter 4 for you, Here’s what you can learn from it:

Problem Solution
Loss of trained men (kshaya) March against the enemy when the expected profit outweighs the loss of men/wealth
Diminution of gold and grains (loss of wealth) March against the enemy when the expected profit outweighs the loss of men/wealth
Profit that is receivable Take it if easily acquired and secured without the necessity of returning it
Profit that is repayable Take it if it will cause the enemy to dwindle and bring long-term benefits
Profit that pleases all Accept it, but beware of treacherous ministers who may provoke hatred
Profit that excites hatred Beware of treacherous ministers and only accept if it brings long-term benefits
Profit that is realized in a short time Take it if it can be acquired easily without loss of men/wealth
Profit that entails little loss of men/wealth Take it if it brings long-term benefits
Profit that is vast Take it if it is immediately of considerable value and the source of wealth
Profit that is productive Take it if it brings long-term benefits
Profit that is harmless Take it if it can be acquired without troubles
Profit that is just Take it if it can be acquired without any hindrance from allies
Profit that comes first Take it if it is possessed of most of the above good characteristics
Obstructions to profit Avoid passion, anger, timidity, mercy, bashfulness, haughtiness, and more
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