5.18 Chanakya Niti

अधना धनमिच्छन्ति वाचं चैव चतुष्पदाः ।
मानवाः स्वर्गमिच्छन्ति मोक्षमिच्छन्ति देवताः ॥५.१८॥

adhanā dhanamiccanti vācaṃ caiva catuṣpadāḥ |
mānavāḥ svargamiccanti mokṣamiccanti devatāḥ ||5.18||

the poor desire wealth, the four-footed desire speech, humans desire heaven, and the gods desire liberation

[gods are always young, and they enjoy all the heavenly pleasures in the prime of their youth. Yet, eternal youth and heavenly pleasures are also bondages. Thus, even gods desire liberation.]

Excerpt from the book “Old Chanakya Strategy: Aphorisms” by Rajen Jani

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