Wealth and Danger: Strategies for Prosperity

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We decoded Kautilya Arthashastra Book 9 Chapter 7 for you, Wealth and Danger: Strategies for Prosperity

Wealth Types Explanation
Dangerous Wealth Wealth that increases the enemy’s prosperity or causes loss of men and money
Provocative Wealth Wealth that causes fear from one’s own people or from an enemy
Harmful Wealth Wealth that is productive of nothing, harm, or harm productive of harm
Wealth Productive of Wealth Destruction of an enemy in the front resulting in the destruction of an enemy in the rear
Wealth Productive of Nothing Wealth acquired by helping a neutral king with the army
Wealth Productive of Harm The reduction of the internal strength of an enemy
Harm Productive of Wealth Helping the neighboring king of an enemy with men and money
Harm Productive of Nothing Withdrawal after encouraging or setting a king of poor resources (against another)
Harm Productive of Harm Inactivity after causing excitement to a superior king
Wealth from All Sides When surrounding circumstances are conducive to wealth
Dangerous Wealth Involved in Doubts When acquirement of wealth from all sides is obstructed by an enemy in the rear
Wealth Beset with Danger from Two Sides Apprehension of harm from one quarter as well as from another
Situation Beset with Wealth and Harm Apprehension of an attack from another side
Doubt of Harm and Wealth from Two Sides Apprehension of harm from one side and prospect of acquiring wealth from another side is involved in doubt
Doubtful Situation of Harm and Wealth from All Sides Prospect of wealth from one side and apprehension of doubtful harm from another side
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The passage discusses different types of wealth and situations that can arise as a result of them. Dangerous wealth is the kind of wealth that increases the enemy’s prosperity or causes a loss of men and money. Provocative wealth, on the other hand, causes fear from one’s own people or from an enemy. Harmful wealth can be productive of nothing, harm, or harm productive of harm.

There are also different situations, such as wealth productive of wealth, wealth product of nothing, and wealth productive of harm. When there is the apprehension of harm from one quarter as well as from another, it is called wealth beset with danger from two sides. In such a case, success is to be desired with the help of friends.

When there is the prospect of wealth from one side and the apprehension of an attack from another, it is termed a situation beset with wealth and harm. In this case, one should march to acquire that wealth which will enable them to ward off the attack; otherwise, they should attempt to avert the attack.

When there is the prospect of wealth from one side and the apprehension of doubtful harm from another, it is a doubtful situation of harm and wealth from two sides. In this case, one should attempt to ward off the doubts of harm against each of the elements of their sovereignty in order

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