A Chanakya Sloka

Prabhupada has been described as a poet. It seems he greatly appreciated Canakya’s Sanskrit poetry, even though Canakya wasn’t in our sampradaya, and wasn’t even a Vaisnava. One of Prabhupada’s favorite Canakya slokas was that a human being with a recalcitrant or disobedient servant, a “prostitute” wife, or a deceitful friend is tantamount to living in a room with a poisonous snake. The verse goes something like this: dusta bharya satham mitram bhrtyas cottara…, and sasarpe ca grhe vaso, mrtyur eva na samsayah.