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The Legend of Rajgurus

When Vedic King Bharata, soon after his coronation, declared, in loud voice, "Adandosmi! Adandosmi! Adandosmi!" (meaning: I am unpunishable!); his Rajaguru Bharawaja replied in an equally loud voice, "Dharmadandosi! Dharmadandosi! Dharmadandosi!" (meaning: Dharma will judge you!).

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Anamika: The Lady Who Humbled a Great Sage

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 Rishi who was known for his deep and pious bearing. Having renounced the world and all …

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Kautilya on the limitations of leaders

This article by U. Mahesh Prabhu is a part of The Kautilya Project “Even great men are with their own limitations,” says Kautilya in the Artha Sutras, and, “Men of wisdom learn to annihilate them.” All humans are born with limitations – there are things we can and cannot do. …

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Lakshmi: Vedic science of Wealth   

This article is exclusive to Vedic Management Center by U. Mahesh Prabhu  Modern English dictionary defines wealth as “an abundance of valuable possessions or money” or “a plentiful supply of a particularly desirable thing.” Father of Capitalism – Adam Smith – in his book “The Wealth of Nations,” described wealth as …

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Wisdom tales: Helping the thankless

There once lived a man in a small village somewhere in Northern Gangetic Plain. Owing to his lethargic as well as careless attitude he would seldom keep any job. His family, owing to his joblessness, showed him no respect and in due time the man felt dejected and ventured deep …

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Effects of attachment

A young lad in his twenties, frustrated with life, decided to take a vow of Sanyasa. He had nothing but loin cloths with him when he left for the woods to pursue deep meditation ,to practice Brahmacharya as well as Sanyasa – for the rest of his life. He promised …

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Is that Managing or Manipulating?

The following article by U. Mahesh Prabhu was first published by BW Businessworld. Management is defined as “the process of dealing with or controlling things or people”, it’s also defined as “trickery; deceit” by Google dictionary. While the first definition is somewhat agreeable the second is downright negative. Won’t you …

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Ends & Means

Ancient Vedic tale of wisdom retold by U. Mahesh Prabhu Long ago there lived a Sanyasi (ascetic sage) who roamed the villages across the great Gangetic plain along with his small group of followers. During the day, they would collect the Bhiksha (food offerings) from houses, and at night either …

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Who’s a Guru?

By U. Mahesh Prabhu The Sanskrit word Guru is often mistranslated as a ‘teacher’. Teacher in Sanskrit is called Shikshak. A teacher is someone who informs and educates us. A teacher is supposed to ensure that we learn to read, write and understand. Yet, a teacher has no obligation for …

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Essential leadership wisdom from Sukracharya

Translation of Shukra Niti by U. Mahesh Prabhu (Excerpts) Niti Shastra is an ancient India classic on leadership, teaching primary ethics and principles of right behavior. It remains particularly relevant today in which this subject is an important part of education and management. The text consists of important aphorisms that …

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