This story is a part of RISHI TALES (Volume 1) by U. Mahesh Prabhu with Foreword by Dr David Frawley. The book is available on Amazon.com for $9.99 and Amazon.in for INR 200.00 There was once a spiritual master who attracted many disciples. When he died his devotees did not
Vedic Sanskrit word for criticism was निन्दा (Ninda.) The criticizer is निन्दक (Nindaka.) Whereas विनिन्दा (Vininda) & विनिन्दक (Vinindaka) stand for Unjust Criticism & Unjust Criticizer. Interestingly, in the languages that followed Vedic Sanskrit, the very word Ninda is synonymous with Vininda. In most Indic languages Ninda is unjust, unwise and is often, incorrectly, defined as अधार्मिक: (Adharmic) or against Dharma. According to the Vedic Rishis, the problem is not with criticism but with our अहंकारं or ego. What if our adversary is to criticize us with abuse but also say a few facts along? Why not only retain the facts and ignore their abuse? It’s incorrect to assume that someone says something, and we felt bad. We feel bad because of our attachment to our sense of ego, which in turn led us to ignore the truth in their words by holding onto their abuses with undeserving emotions.
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.
In this important article Vedic Management teacher U. Mahesh Prabhu along with renowned Vedic scholar Dr David Frawley and explain as to why is Vedic history of Afghanistan crucial to understanding & resolving its current crisis. The United States’ abrupt departure from Afghanistan is being perceived around the world as a sign
There are two critical Vedic Sanskrit words one must know before comprehending or understanding the utility of, Kootaneeti; they are Neeti and Rajaneeti. You may find it surprising to know that Neeti has existed across families, societies, nations, and even relationships since time immemorial as a set of rules (written and
Knowing in which startup to invest is the key in venture capital investing. But how is one to know where or in whom to invest? This obvious-looking question rarely has any obvious answer. In the following ten points, U. Mahesh Prabhu presents clear and definitive pointers to identify startups that
The objective of investing is to identify, create, nurture, and sustain wealth as well as those who assist in wealth creation. If we are not creating wealth, then we are only spending, and thereby depleting, it. When spending exceeds our earning, debt rises, and we inadvertently suffer due to our
To say that Goa is seeing an unprecedented economic slowdown would be a clear understatement. Post Global Financial Crisis which commenced with the collapse of premier American banks like Bears & Sterns as well as Lehmann Brothers in 2008 lead to severe consequences to the world economy resulting in a
Phil Angelides was appointed as the Chairman of Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (or FCIC) to investigate the 2008 financial meltdown in the United States. His report confirms that the meltdown had occurred primarily due to easy (or reckless?) lending of home loans to anyone including those without any viable repayment
There is profound Euro-India trade & investment potential on the horizon. And it is very crucial for European businesses to make the most of this opportunity or face the much dreaded dormant growth or, worse, certain decay. I have always believed that the biggest risk one have today is getting
Let me start with a story: Moodha was always a daydreaming fellow; interestingly, his wife Moodhi always kept in pace with her husband, diligently. “I have been considering buying a cow as soon as I have some money.” Moodha said to his wife. She liked the idea and decided to
All living creatures are driven by desires. To attain their object of desire one often must work with other beings who, in turn, are driven by their own desires. And because desires are often complex objectives stemming from the minds that are often unsteady, disturbed, and, therefore, fearful – conflict
Chaturanga or Chaduranga is the predecessor of Chess. As played on an 8X8 unchecked board, Chaturanga was also called Ashtapada. It is, probably, the first strategy board game ever invented. Although we cannot be sure if the rules of the Chess and Chaturnaga are the same, what we can be
Mantra and Tantra were regarded by Kautilya as two crucial elements in the art and science of Vedic approach to politics – Rajaneeti. Without a plan and a strategy to execute it Shakti (read Power) is of no use. In Arthashastra, he declares “Power by itself is useless” and that “Person who seeks power without sound Mantra (objective) and Tantra (strategy) is verily consumed by it.”
For many people reading this article, the very title would appear to be either “confusing” or simply a matter of “travesty.” After all, “What age old Vedic knowledge has to offer in this digital and planetary age?” However, if you are willing to hear me out, without being outright judgmental,
The Vedic Sanskrit word Ayurveda is made of two words, namely Ayu implying Longevity and Veda meaning Wisdom. Since Longevity is meaningless without healthy living, Ayurveda can also be understood as Wisdom on Healthy Living. Ayurveda is principally about understanding the self, mind and body and living a healthy lifestyle
To achieve anything, we can either run behind things we desire, or we can be mindful of our actions to make that thing come to us. When we make things come to us – through Dharma – we make ourselves deserving. This approach of being deserving is what the Rishis also called as Yoga – the path of Dharma. That is why Deserving person are addressed in Vedic Sanskrit as योग्य (Yogya) and Undeserving person is called अयोग्य (Ayogya). U. Mahesh Prabhu explains…
The following story is from Rishi Tales 2: 21 Ancient Vedic Sanskrit Tales Translated & Retold by U. Mahesh Prabhu Author of Sushruta-Samhita – Rishi Sushruta – is regarded as the father of Surgery. He was also a great physician of his times. Whatever be the sickness, Sushruta could cure
Vedic Sanskrit word सन्यासं (Sanyasa) is made of two words, namely: सत् or Truth and न्यास् or Living. Sanyasi, “a person living in Truth,” is one who is full of unconditional LOVE & without a shred of HATE. A true Sanyasi never disown anyone; on the contrary accepts everyone as one’s own – without any EXPECTATIONS. Realizing that ATTACHMENT is the reason for pain; they live in BLISS at all time; be they alone or in company of people.
When Vedic kings faced an emotional dilemma or a moral crisis, they sought the wise counsel of Vedic sages called as Rishis. These Rishis, also called as Rajagurus or Royal Mentors, had a unique approach to counseling, which often empowered these kings to resolve their adverse situations simply by decluttering
A long time ago, in the dense forest of Vindhyas, there lived giant who was gifted with a special power to assume any form at his will. As fancy as it may sound, the giant was apparently disgusted with his life. He desired to put an end to it. However, there was a problem.
The pandemic is far from over. Great many uncertainties continue to loom large while causing severe economic down impacting profits and incurring job losses. Organizations, be they big, medium, or small, continue to struggle. This is making a great many people to wonder if Capitalism is even the right model.
By embracing deeper yet much needed Vedic knowledge disciplines, Yoga practitioners can, not just create a whole new avenue for sustainable revenue but also enable greater value creation. And since the Vedic counselling approach is about the balancing the mind through understanding and transcending thoughts – they do not pose any specific legal or medical challenges to practice. Although they will have to ensure that they do not claim this knowledge as alternative to psychology, psychiatry, or any other medical professions.
Shakti or Power is the essence of Rajyam or Leadership. There are those who consider themselves to be either “unlucky” or “undeserving” of power as they cannot comprehend the dynamics of attaining or retaining it. Those who consider themselves to be “deserving” of power are often the same who are unable to handle it. As a result, such people turn up as leaders who are used, misused and/or abused by those around them. They are branded as Ashaktas or incompetent by Kautilya a.k.a. Chanakya. Those who are most deserving of handling power, on the other hand, even without being in the position of power, are called Shaktas those who are deserving of power. Such Shaktas are capable of making changes that define the destiny of everyone and therefore can be easily understood as competent.
Management is crucial – not just for individuals in leadership positions, but for anyone with responsibilities. Managing is about utilizing limited available resources to create value, generate wealth and achieve viable prosperity. While there is no shortage of appealing and entertaining definitions on the subject matter; the knowledge and approach
According to Vedic Rishis and creators of Kootaneeti, it is one thing to have emotions and completely another being emotional. Says Kautilya a.k.a. Chanakya in Arthashastra “A leader without emotions is undesirable, but a leader driven by his emotions is disastrous.” If only we read history, we could learn the validity of these sage words written two millennia ago. Not convinced? Go to YouTube and watch some scintillating speeches by Adolph Hitler. His emotionally churning words driven by lame socialistic ideas galvanized the whole German nation to hate and persecute Jews, mercilessly. The situation is not much different from despots in other parts of the world, either. The worst leaders have often been those who have toyed with people’s emotions.
An interactive webinar by U. Mahesh Prabhu presenting the forgotten but practical teachings of the Vedic Rishis and Rishikas like Aditi, Gautami, Yami, Anamika, Avadhoota Dattatreya, Ashtavakra, Bhartrihari, Bharadwaja, and Parashara to understand the dynamics of mind and resulting stress, anxiety, panic, and depression. It will also present practical Yogic methods to avert and handle painful emotional issues including heartbreaks, betrayals, and sleeplessness by utilizing Vedic Self-Counseling techniques for identifying the causes, realigning our thoughts and decisions to make positive course correction.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Sanskrit is the language of the Vedic texts; the ancient and timeless works on knowledge and wisdom. Even though written millennia ago these Vedic texts continue to benefit humanity to this day. Zero, a Vedic invention, is the foundation of modern digital technology. Ayurveda pioneered surgery as a scientific
Author Mahesh Prabhu Udupi Mahesh Prabhu is a seasoned media, management & political consultant. He is a Founder and Chairman of Vedic Management Center and Vivaswaan. A fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland, London (UK) and member of the International Federation of Journalists(USA), he also
Fear is natural. But just because it is natural does not mean it is essential for living. We fear things we do not understand. What we cannot understand we must try to understand. We can never fear the known – fear is always about the unknown.
Our Conscious Self, i.e. our own true self, or Aatmana is the place of perpetual stability, whereas everything else is fluctuating and considered Mithya. Even the planets and stars will undergo change and will cease to exist someday but the truth of who we are remains eternal. Operating from an identification of this awareness, that we are Satya at the core of who we are, helps to interact with change without reacting to it for more dynamic and sustainable results.
Special Tribute to Dr David Frawley a.k.a. Acharya Vamadeva Shastri on his 70th Birthday by U. Mahesh Prabhu.
There are times to fight, there are also times for retreat. We need not win all the battles in life. Some battles make us strong some teach us valuable lessons. To try and win all battles is vain; but to try and win losing battles is stupidity. Long before we can win, we must gracefully learn from our defeats. To make it worse, we neither considers patience nor perseverance a virtue; most see them as “vice.” The modern definition of success, the ones that are propagated by our business schools, the media organizations, and societies is clearly flawed. Success is not when we receive some award or when some magazine puts us on its cover, or a filmmaker decides to make a biopic. The Vedic idea of success is best explained by Krishna: