Below are some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Vedic Management, professed and propagated at Vedic Management Center (VMC) with answers from U. Mahesh Prabhu.
Is Vedic Management, professed and propagated by Vedic Management Centre, Vedic knowledge with a modern management slant? Or is it something different?
Management is art of managing people and resources to achieve specific objectives. Modern management schools consider management to be a new age subject born out of the necessity of the Industrial and Information age. But for Vedic Rishis (sages) management was a way of life. They realized that without good management practices a productive society would not exist. However, they emphasized on preparing oneself through Gynana (knowledge) about one’s own true self (Atman) before embarking on managing others or resources. They realized that only by knowing one’s own true self could one even attempt to understand another. So, Vedic management, taught at Vedic Management Centre, begins with understanding of the self, mind and body before understanding relationships, organizations and institutions; as organizations and institutions are built on the collective actions, successes and failures of its members. The sages understood the truth that unless Arishadvargas (six impending obstacles on paths to progress) were understood and overcome by the members of any organization nothing of enduring or constructive value could be achieved. So, by enabling people to conquer their shortcomings, they could be powerful beyond comprehension. Practitioners of Vedic management are not super humans, but those who have understood the fallout of these shortcomings and take conclusive steps to overcome them. Vedic management offers practical wisdom to create a better world one person at a time. Prevailing management subjects pertain to processes and not principles. They teach how to handle marketing, human resources, finances etc. from the stand point of a process. Accountability rather than individual responsibility is advocated. They do not delve into failure or the context in which said processes will be successful. Management principles as per the Vedas, offer a deeper understanding of the system from the standpoint of human capital, it endeavours to impart the thought process by which practitioners can themselves create systems and processes as the situation requires. Instead of general or standard procedures, customized solutions can become the norm. Consequently, resources are optimally used, sustainable profitability is the norm and society benefits from the all rounded development of its members due to individual responsibility and rational thinking.
What are the different branches of Vedic Management?
Vedic Management Centre will teach (course launching shortly) essentially following streams of Vedic management:
- Vedic Self-Management Course
- Vedic Relationship Management Course
- Vedic approach to Critical Thinking for effective Decision Making Course
- Vedic Organizational Management Course
- Vedic approach to Diplomacy & Politics Course
How much of Vedic management is self-help?
Vedic management is an art that emanates from understanding the true nature of oneself, mind and body to identify one’s purpose and consequently contribute to society and the world. Without understanding oneself there can neither be self-development nor organizational success. While, present day self-help pertains to positive thinking, developing better habits and realizing untapped potential, it lacks a conclusive method or plan. The efficacy or effectiveness of modern day self-help is questionable, while some deal with the mind, others focus on the body or emotions. Rarely is the individual “Self” addressed. Vedic Management on the other hand, offers a definite guide to understanding one’s psyche, habit patterns (mental and physical) and overcoming negative tendencies in a positive and conducive way. It is time tested and customized to individual needs, which neglects neither the mind nor the body or the emotions.
What is a Vedic manager as a career or profession?
Vedic management is the wisdom that empowers people across various professions and careers to better themselves by understanding their own self, mind and body then overcoming their limitations with pragmatic efforts to empower themselves, thus becoming better career oriented professionals. Once a Vedic manager has understood and imbibed the teaching and methodology (s)he possesses the necessary tools to undertake any managerial role in any industry, limited only by the interest or inherent ability, professional experience of the person. Present day MBA courses offer processes that can be used in various industries, Vedic Management provides the critical thinking required to understand the efficient and effective use of processes depending on context and human potential.
What do Vedic managers do and what services do they offer, including what special services and signature activities that one would specifically identify as Vedic management and not something else?
Vedic managers will be those who can continue in their existing professions in a more effective way to create a better life for themselves and those around them in terms of health, wealth and prosperity. Vedic managers create better processes, environments and even people to build a better standard of living for everyone. Personal responsibility, generosity, individuality and independent thinking are key attributes of Vedic managers. Due to the emphasis on critical reasoning, Vedic managers are better prepared to foresee the consequences of their decision on self, company, society and the world. They advocate global welfare through self-welfare – not global welfare through self-destruction or self-welfare through global destruction.
Why would one go to a Vedic manager as opposed to other managers, guides or Vedic teachers and what for?
Vedic managers will be those who will be bereft of Arishadvargas – they will not suffer from lust, anger, greed, infatuation, ego or enmity. A person without these limitations will be a friend to all; they will do everything in their purview to help everyone, with the aim of creating a better world. Conventionally trained managers are seldom interested in creating a better world through self-efforts. Corporations create CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiatives when social wellbeing became a parameter for perceived success. CSR, in most cases, is a form of Public Relations. Such practices project the idea of success at any cost and seldom value people as customers or employees.
Vedic managers understand that such exercises are eventually are seen to be a sham by customers and any organization indulging in such practices finally garners only losses. Vedic managers understand the importance of relationships, necessity of self-realization, accountability and value all resources (human and otherwise). In a world, which is currently calling out for equality and social justice, Vedic managers are a perfect fit. The intuitive values of truth and welfare for all guides the actions of Vedic managers; as they believe that only good begets good.
Why would one go to a Vedic manager instead of a Vedic counsellor, Vedic educator, Ayurvedic practitioner, Vedic astrologer, meditation teacher, Yoga teacher, Pujari, guru etc.?
Most Yoga teachers rarely if ever teach the entire 8 limbs of Yoga; if they do, aspects of diet and nutrition that Ayurveda values are not taught. Ayurveda on the other hand does not always impart knowledge of Yoga. Vedic astrology, in almost all cases has become a fatalistic view on life, that is unchanging and cruel. Vedic wisdom that was evident in all aspects of life and in Yoga, Ayurveda etc. is not taught. Guru has become a cliché used in all respects, without the true meaning of word being understood. While, it is possible for an individual to seek all the above stated professionals, it will be difficult in several ways, not least financially. Neither will it guarantee success in overcoming weaknesses or breaking limiting beliefs. I
In any case, the above stated professionals (Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic professional etc.), might not have knowledge about governance & strategy, critical thinking or creating opportunities for wealth generation. Current issues regarding better management of resources, innovation, wealth distribution can only be addressed by someone who understands the Vedic philosophy, as well as, the importance of Yoga, Ayurveda etc. vis-à-vis current trends in technology and is in position of management or leadership.
Why would one want to become a Vedic manager? What personal or career or spiritual benefit is involved?
Everyone desires a life free of fear, anxiety, pain and frustration, yet no one knows how to achieve it. Vedic management will show them the path and ensure they’ll lead a life prosperity and peace of mind.
What kind of compensation does a Vedic manager receive or expect?
Vedic manager is a competent person who knows how to create opportunities for himself without manipulation. Having the necessary skills, a Vedic manager will be able to demonstrate his ability in any situation. Consequently, he will be valued in any organization seeking to create a sustainable and profitable future.
How does a Vedic manager gain public recognition in India or the West?
Recognition is a result of efforts. Vedic manager will know how the dynamics of Karma (efforts) work in terms of recognition. By being self-assured, (s)he’ll work in-line with Dharmic (and universal) principles of creating health, wealth and prosperity, for all including himself. The values of truth, accountability and camaraderie with fellow workers will yield the rightful recognition without compromising on ethics. Prosperity for the Vedic manager is external success and inner peace.
How do you see yourself as a Vedic manager?
As a Vedic manager, I see myself as a selfless, fearless and happy individual desirous of contributing positively to the society through my Karma in a way that helps one and all. As a Vedic manager, I see myself as a person who can create opportunities for myself wherever I am or whenever I so desire. I live without pain of stress, strain, fear, anxiety or even frustration.
How do you see the field of Vedic management?
Vedic management will take a while to get the necessary impetus. But since it is an intuitive way of creating welfare for all, it is sure to succeed; especially in the present environment which clamours for social justice and welfare. It will steadily gain momentum and eventually be accepted as the only true and viable approach to managing self, family, organizations, to create a happy, prosperous and sustainable societies.
How do you see your approach to Vedic management as different from the others in the field today?
Present management subjects are theories. These theories have created an unstable situation with a deteriorating environment, inequality among members of society and a relentless push towards consumerism. The theories can seldom be implemented, are highly impractical and neither customized nor innovative. Everyone knows that but since there are no alternatives to management – proven alternatives – they are maintaining the facade and continuing as is.
Why should people look up to you as a Vedic management teacher or guide?
Because I can give solutions and ways that can enable them to see light even in pitch darkness. As a Vedic Sadhak, my Sadhana has given me the power to motivate, inspire and guide people on the path to material prosperity as well as spiritual wellbeing.
What is the field of Vedic management in India and West?
Be it India or the West it’s a blindly accepted fact that making money through just means is impossible. We’ll need to change – it’s a slow process but it will change. I am already doing that by mentoring 10 organizations to create a profitable proposition for themselves. Steadily with time we can create more sustainable organizations by presenting the said organizations as prototypes. We can even employ our students in other organizations if they so choose.
What are some important books on Vedic management, modern and ancient, schools of Vedic management or traditions of Vedic management?
Mahabharata (teachings of Bhishma, Vidura and Krishna), Yoga Vashistha (Ramayana), Kautilya’s Artha Shastra, Shukracharya’s Neeti Samhita, Dasha Bodha (Samarth Ramdas), Kautilya’s Artha Sutras, Bhartrihari’s Neeti Shataka, Vishnu Sharma’s Panchatantra and the like.
What kind of certification exists for Vedic Management, what does it entail and who offers it?
Vedic management Centre (VMC) will offer theoretical courses online along with personal interaction through webinars once a week. On completion, a certification will be provided mentioning “theory only”. To get a full certification students must work with someone or in their own businesses and make it promising if not profitable. During these process, they might require to constantly interact with their mentor at VMC who will guide them through the things steadily. After that they will need to provide a dissertation along with a signature from the manager or business owner. If it is their own business they will need to provide some valid financial documents to prove that they have achieved the task.
What affiliations does the VMC have with religious bodies or cultural institutions? It is an institute geared to promoting religious values?
VMC is not a religious or cultural organization, and hence does not affiliate to them. While, the philosophy is inspired from ancient Vedic (often known as Hindu) texts, the goal of the center is to promote critical thinking, rational decision making, knowledge of self, mind & body and methods by which external success and inner peace can be attained by all. At VMC, we do not promote religious dogma or discriminatory practices of any nature; all courses are geared towards practical application of knowledge in keeping with the modern times.
I have no understanding of Hindu philosophy, language or culture; will that restrict me from understanding the courses?
Vedic philosophy – which inspired Hinduism – is the inspiration for the VMC, but all communication and course material is in English. If and whenever, certain words (terms) do come up in the course material, they are explained in English with references such that any person of any origin can relate to the teaching. Knowledge of the Hindu culture is not necessary; the courses offered are not to promote the Hindu identity or culture but to impart practical skills to lead a prosperous life. We promote independent and rational thinking and would request all members to highlight any issues that might suggest dogmatic thinking.
How are courses different from other Hindu organizations that teach Yoga etc.?
VMC teaches practical skills like critical thinking among others, the courses have little to do with current day Yoga courses. The objective of VMCs’ courses is to offer better methods in the fields of management (both self and relationships), strategy, politics and diplomacy. The objective of VMC differs considerably from popular Yoga or other Hindu courses offered.
Are the courses geared only towards managers or leaders?
The courses are for anyone seeking to “manage” or “lead” their life in a better way. In that respect, everyone is a manager or leader. The courses impart practical skills that can be used in every situation at home or in the workplace. The goal is to create prosperity and bliss for all from all walks of life.
What will someone who has already attended managerial programs both educational and professional gain from the courses?
Having learnt and utilized prevailing management theories, a manager already knows their drawbacks. Group think, rigidity, lack of creativity and perspective sets in despite efforts made to the contrary. These and many other issues are addressed by the courses at VMC. Professional managers or leaders can directly apply the methods taught to supplement the processes they have in their workplaces.