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 and calming their minds. Rishis often advocated the fact that there are only situations, ‘good’ or ‘bad’ are only the interpretations of the minds. When the mind is disturbed all situation appears ‘bad’; whereas for an elated mind everything would appear ‘good.’ Rishis therefore taught the need for having an
Vedic Leadership Counseling™
Vedic Leadership Counseling™ is a transformative counseling model built on time-tested knowledge & wisdom by U. Mahesh Prabhu to assist leaders to attain a balanced state of mind even under significant stress by alleviating the impurities of the mind, increasing the power of the mind and the strength of the mind in a way that no weakness of the mind remains, curing ailments of the mind and distancing from the enemy of the mind while identifying and retaining friends of the mind
जाड्यं धियो हरति सिञ्चति वाचि सत्यं मानोन्नतिं दिशति पापमपाकरोति |
चेत: प्रसादयति दिक्षु तनोति किर्तिं सत्सङ्गति: कथय किं न करोति पुंसाम् ||
Conversation with the wise destroys all ailments of the mind, it inspires the intellect, and through their knowledge and wisdom, we liberate from fears. With such a mind free of anxiety and uncertainties what is impossible to accomplish?
Bhartrihari in Neeti Shataka
Why Vedic Leadership Counseling?
Operating in an ultra-competitive world makes leaders across various professions significantly stressed physically as well as emotionally. While there are many quick-fixes available for physical pains, emotional and mental disturbances are hard to address. There are many reasons for a leader’s emotional distress, personal as well as professional. What we’ve often observed is that since personal issues are delicate, cautious leaders don’t discuss these personal issues with those whom they are unable to trust. In the age of extreme ambition and greed, it’s tough for leaders to find people whom they can trust in an enduring manner, which thereby increases their psychological distress. Vedic Leadership Counseling intends to heal such distress besides ensuring that they do not resurface in the future.
In ancient Vedic India, rulers of various legendary empires developed a methodology to identify, recruit and promote deserving people into positions of influence and power. When they had to deal with their issues, they preferred not to discuss these with them – mainly because discussing their fears and anxieties could make them appear weak and vulnerable. Therefore, these rulers sought advice and counsels from the sagely Rishis, who stayed aloof from the material world and lived in nature. These Rishis had no personal ambitions and had achieved a state of perfect mental equilibrium. That is to say, they were always equipoised and remained unaffected by the external circumstances. These Rishis never marketed themselves. They had no great personal belongings either and had little or no desires left in them. Ambitions, as the very concept, was alien to them. Their counsel sought after by all people, who looked up to them and revered them as if they were gods. Be they kings, their kin, lieutenants or a commoner they looked them all equally and provided them with perspective to emerge from their challenges. Unfortunately, such Rishis are hard to find these days.
The Post-Industrial Revolution era the western world has sought to develop processes and people to help leaders to perform better. Today there are many consultants, advisers, counselors and coaches who claim to help leaders enhance their performance and overcome their stress at various levels. None of them seem to have a concrete, pragmatic or proven methodologies to address the problems overall. Their approach is based on trial and error method, with limited help in isolated areas. It should not be a matter of surprise that the search for the secret formula for leaders to keep their composure and give their best under severe stress and challenges is far from being solved. We at the Vedic Management Centre through a relentless research through ancient Vedic texts on leadership, starting from Mahabharata, Pancha Tantra, Artha Shastra, Neeti Shastra, Artha Sutra and Neeti Sutras vis-à-vis prevailing management case studies and theories, have found a remarkably efficient way to address this very challenge through our Vedic Leadership Counselling™ services.
Vedic Leadership Counselling™ is essentially a 4 (four) step process:
Counseling is a complex art. And since our process is yet to be proven the single most challenge is to earn our mentee’s trust. Sampark is a systematic process designed to deliver just that. This step often takes a lot of time since it’s essentially about us understanding our mentees and then making them understand us. Thereby confirming them our ability to help them.
Most leaders worry about confidentiality as the information they have to convey – personal or professional – can be sensitive. Even though we perform our counseling services through a legally binding confidentiality agreement, we’ve developed an ingenious way for our counselees to convey their situation without giving us the actual data and information. We call this model – MANA MAYA MANDALA MODEL. It is a way we recreate a situation as a model of the situation affecting our mentees without many efforts. We then present a series of perspectives on situations which the counselees may never have seen before on their own. Multiple perspectives often provide multiple solutions. Of course, the process of examining complex situations and providing new perspectives may not be entertaining. At times they can also be stressful and/or confusing. We make it interesting through various anecdotes, tales from Vedic lore, that, besides being educating and entertaining, also lead to intelligent conversations empowering a greater understanding of the situation dealt with.
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In simple term Vedic Leadership Counseling is about attaining a Sattvic state of mind whose intent is to alleviate the impurities of the mind (Manokalmasha), increase the power of the mind (Manoshakti) and the strength of the mind (Manobala) in a way that no weakness of the mind (Manodaurbalya) remains, curing ailments of the mind (Manovyadhi) and distancing from the enemy of the mind (Manovairi) while identifying and retaining friends of the mind (Manomitram).