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The Fundamentals of Kootaneeti

The Vedic Art of Strategic Living

Kootaneeti, the Vedic Art of Strategic Living, is a nearly lost Vedic art and science for leaders originally designed to promote the right use of power. For centuries, its teachings helped build sagely empires and create social wellbeing, prosperity and lasting peace. Kootaneeti focuses on how to use the intellect to convert difficulties into strengths by understanding the workings of the human mind. Its teachings can be utilized in adverse situations where the wrong use of power as well as resources prevail and new opportunities remain unrecognized. Both individuals and institutions can benefit from learning the fundamentals of Kootaneeti to neutralize opposition and develop new strategies by special insights and astute efforts. In an age of social, economic, and political uncertainty, Kootaneeti is a useful tool to prepare leaders to address the new challenges involved and achieve their objectives in a sustainable manner. U. Mahesh Prabhu is a seasoned media, management and political consultant who has been researching this subject for over a decade in Vedic texts and teaching it worldwide, along with Dr David Frawley, an internationally renowned and honoured Acharya of Vedic knowledge on many levels. The book presents the ancient secrets of Kootaneeti in a subtle and simple way with practical insights, stories, and parables. The book will not only entertain and educate but will also enlighten you.

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Chandra Mandala: Artistic Ode to Moon

Chandra Mandala – Ode to Moon “Of all things in nature, the moon is unique. It appears to wax and wane during the bright and dark fortnights. In fact, the lunar globe ever remains the same. In this, it is like the self of the man. While a man appears

Altruism is impossible in presence of Expectations

Does altruism/selflessness really exist? Where does true altruism/selflessness come from?  These were the questions that had occupied a brilliant, yet troubled, mind of George Robert Price, founder of “Price’s Equation” which is regarded by many as the most accurate mathematical, biological and evolutionary model for altruism. In his quest to understand altruism, Price inevitably dissected many

“You have time, use it and well – it’ll repay.”

I was 16 then; had just dropped out of college for the want of money. Life looked like a puzzle solving which it appeared to be a daunting task. “What’s going to happen to me?” I always thought. Insecurity was taking its toll. Frustrations were way too much. I wouldn’t

You definitely have an enemy!

मृगमीनसज्जनानांतृणजसन्तोषविहितवृत्तीनाम् |लुब्धकधीवरपिशुना निष्कारणमेव वैरिणो जगति || Deer, fish, and sages, who only require grass, water, and peace in the world, are wantonly pursued by huntsmen, fishermen, and envious people. Those who presume to be living without enemies are either ignorant or fools. Bhartrihari in Neeti Shatakam Art & translation by yours truly.

Rishis as Elephants

“Elephants are mighty and gentle. Although gigantic in size, they tend to mind their own business instead of messing around. There is a reason why even the mightiest of beasts do not bother to hunt them. For hunting elephants, there needs a deception of utmost nature. Lions hunt the elephant

Chanakya & Scorpions

Bunch of scorpions happened to be stuck in a trap and #Kautilya a.k.a. #Chanakya took it upon himself to untangle and set them free. Every time he tried to free a scorpion, it would try to sting him. Yet, undeterred Kautilya would tactfully liberate each one of them. Observing this his student Sharangarao asked

Quote of the day

“Friends are not enough to make one happy, nor foes enough to make one unhappy; wisdom isn’t adequate to make one wealthy, nor wealth is competent to bring happiness. Prudence is not enough to attain wealth, foolishness hinders not success; only wise can comprehend this truth. Fortune follows whomsoever she

“What’s wrong with the world?”

Everyone seems concerned with the world. Everyone appears to be apprehensive, worried and disturbed. Nobody is happy with the way of the world. And everyone is in it for a fierce debate infested with unkind and abusive words; this is truer almost in every part of the world, today. And

MDN: A unicorn in the making

This article by U. Mahesh Prabhu was originally published in Swiss Entrepreneurs Magazine July August 2018 Issue. Reproduced in original form with expressed permission.   In my brief experience as an investor if there’s one quintessential observation I’ve made, then it’s the fact that companies with potentials are the ones who

Questions from Inquisitive Minds

My good friend Shivangini Pathak has always been generous in sharing my works with her friends and young students (aged between 11-15 years). A few weeks back she forwarded me a few questions from her students. Since I was busy completing my latest book Kautilya: Understanding the Colossal Genius (Volume

Ekaanth: Power of Isolation

Since time immemorial people have often feared isolation. Nobody likes being isolated and, therefore, seek the constant company of people. We compare Isolation to loneliness – a lack of feeling that something is missing, a pain, a depression, a need, an incompleteness, an absence. They relate isolation to pitch darkness –

Contours of Management Education

The following column by U. Mahesh Prabhu was first published by BW Businessworld  I had the pleasure of being an external examiner for an interesting test-assignment at a local business school. The students were given the interesting task of identifying a local business of any financial scale and size, understand

Wisdom And Leadership

The following column by U. Mahesh Prabhu was first published by BW Businessworld  In this era of globally intertwined economies, global corporations as well as local enterprises are facing – equally – the heat of countless challenges. All that defines “successes” of organizations today – mammoth or miniscule – is

Bhartrihari’s Maxims on Morality

This article, authored by U. Mahesh Prabhu, presenting the best nuggets from Bhartrihari’s Neeti Shataka was first published by India Facts. gends have it that Bhartrihari once ruled the city of Ujjain. Although a loving ruler, his mind was always engrossed about Love and Romance. He had over 100 beautiful

Half Lion: Tribute to an unforgettable statesman 

Book Review by U Mahesh Prabhu Pamulaparti Venkata Narasimha Rao, popularly known in political circles as PV, was an unusual politician who came to power as India’s 10th prime minister after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. A few months before his assassination, Rajiv had asked PV to retire from active

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Mahesh Prabhu Leadership Podcasts is all about wisdom for individuals who aspire for leadership in their professional as well as personal life. The knowledge presented in the podcasts are designed to help the listeners to find peace as well as prosperity by understanding the supreme wisdom enumerated in the various ancient Indian (read Vedic) sages.

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