Vedic Management

Bhakti versus Bhranti: Understanding the crucial difference between Devotion and Delusion

Bhakti seeks unconditional acceptance of everyone, without any conditions. Bhranti seeks conditional submission. Bhakti gives love; Bhranti often confuses one’s lust for love. Bhakti helps in sustenance – within and without; Bhranti destroys within. Bhakti stems from within in the absence of fear; Bhranti arises and harps on suspicion of the self as well as others. Bhakti seeks solitude; Bhranti yearns for adoration.

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Dhyana & Prarthana: Why Meditation is not Praying

Dhyana or Meditation and Prarthana or Prayer are never the same. Prarthana is a concept in which you declare yourself to be weak as well as helpless and, therefore, you seek help from someone else - earthlings or God(s). Dhyana or Meditation is where you accept that for all the pains in life you alone are accountable, that you alone can clean the mess you create. Meditation is about seeking solutions from within. You must be a theist to pray, but even an atheist can meditate.

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Understanding Economy from the Vedic Perspective of Karma

In Vedic (or ancient) India, kings and their counsellors were first taught Artha Sutras, which, in very simple terms, explained complex connections between people’s pursuit of happiness, good conduct, the meaning and relevance of well-earned wealth, it’s relativity to governance, and the best suitors to hold key positions in government, and the like. In simple terms, these Sutras, or axioms, explained the connection between economics, politics, and diplomacy. That was also because, unless an individual understands those three subjects, it’s virtually impossible to understand a leader’s role, let alone deliver on it effectively.

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Vedic origins of Rationalism

Does Vedic literature, starting from the Vedas, Aranyakas, Upanishads, Ramayana, Mahabharata, up until Arthashastra, qualify as “religious” scriptures? Do they, in any way, promote misguided ideas like blind beliefs? Are they bereft of rationalism? Do they discredit rationalism? Or are they built on the very foundation of rationalism? To answer …

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A Myth called “Artificial Intelligence”

We’ve created machines that help us perform our tasks better and faster. These machines, like mobile phones, are being called “smart.” But smartness stems from intelligence – the myth that “brain is intelligence” has already been proved incorrect. We don’t understand the brain either, leave alone intelligence. Given this, how can we even claim to have created something about which we’ve no substantial knowledge of? How can we understand our mind and intelligence to recreate it artificially? U. Mahesh Prabhu writes more.

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Atman: The Ultimate Power Within  

Vedic teachings emphasize understanding and realizing the Atman also called Purusha.  While “Soul” could also be a translation of this word, as it is “the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal,” a much better word to understand Atman is “Consciousness.” Understanding this consciousness and, harnessing it with wisdom for the welfare of all is the main objective of Vedic practices.

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Hitashatru: That mortal enemy we mistake for a dear friend

Jealousy of people is among the many things that come along with success and wealth. And it is by far the most potent threat as it could turn even a dear friend into a deadly enemy. And when that enemy continues to pose as a friend, enjoying proximity to you, (s)he becomes a Hitashatru.

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Ekaanth: The Power of Isolation

Since time immemorial people have often feared isolation. Nobody likes to live isolated and, therefore, seeks the constant company of people. Solitude is synonymous 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 – a state of disconcertment. What people often forget is that even people can make them lonely. Therefore, various Vedic scriptures suggest, one should learn to establish a friendship with one’s self through Ekaanth and then there’s no way for himself to feel lonely.

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Manas: The Mind

As per Ayurveda – which has its essence and inspiration from Vedic knowledge and wisdom –  says “Healthy mind leads to a healthy body”. Amrita Bindu Upanishad suggests “Mind is the cause for both; problems as well as solution.” The mind is the tool which enables us to understand and undertake that which is unknown. The unknown can be known exclusively through the known. Since mind is the instrument of knowing – we need to know our mind first!

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Calming a Disturbed Mind

Mind that is driven by scientific temper seeks analysis and planning whereas the mind without the scientific temper seeks higher powers. Both type of minds often suffers – for there is no way to predict the future with precision. Expectation and desires of the mind are the reason for our pain. Given this, people often search for a realistic path where suffering is limited or completely absent.

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