How Relevant is THE VEDIC APPROACH TO MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP?
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. We are also seeing a steep rise in socialistic tendencies in masses when they question “capitalist policies.” Is capitalism really bad? Is socialism any good? How can we put our nations back on track? Where did we go wrong? Why did we go wrong? What economic course correction should we undertake – individually as well as collectively – to weather the storm? How do we quell rising and mindless hate? How do we establish harmony within and without? Questions such as these have been baffling a great many intelligent minds without any credible answers.
What most people do not seem to understand is the fact that: Management is crucial – not just for individuals in positions of leadership, 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 to achieve these objectives are limited.
In this upcoming special webinar U. Mahesh Prabhu, a seasoned international media, management, and political consultant, as well as the author of recently released book The VEDIC approach to MANAGEMENT for sustainable LEADERSHIP, presents how by knowing, understanding, and realizing, these timeless yet time-tested Vedic teachings modern individuals and leaders can achieve greater clarity, create fine opportunities, even amid great uncertainties, and attain sustainable prosperity, against any existing odds.
The oldest works on management and leadership – Arthashastra and Artha Sutras – were written by the Vedic Rishis (sages) over thousands of years. These Rishis even offered Pro Bono services to the Kings; as their Rajaguru (Royal Mentors.) Some of these Rajaguru even helped to build some of the most powerful and prosperous empires of their times. Their teachings on management, leadership, and wealth creation are not driven ephemeral processes; but by helping individuals to achieve and retain a clam mind to identify challenges, create credible strategies to achieve daunting objectives.
Being Calm Amid the Storm
To say that “We live in extraordinary times,” would be an understatement to many suffering amid ongoing pandemic leading to financial difficulties owing to economic chaos besides political standoffs, and social unrests. A significant amount of people, including millionaires and billionaires, are struggling with their debts along with emotional stress, failing relationships leading to heartbreaks, and lack of certainty are leading people to, or to the verge of, depression. Given these unpleasant and uncertain facts there is a dire need for a certain knowledge that can help us to maintain a calm mind to assess situations objectively to help us find lasting solutions to our problems instead of worsening or simply exchanging existing problems for new problems.
In Yoga Vashistha, Vashistha says to, then Prince of Ayodhya, Rama, “If you think that the world is full of pain – you are right. If you think the world is full of bliss – you are right too. For a foot wearing a footwear it is as if the world is covered with carpet. Similarly, for a mind engulfed in chaos the entire world is chaos manifest; whereas for a mind that is calm and steady; the world is full of potential and possibilities. If you want to make world a better place, O Rama, start with your mind.” A great many such discussions between a Guru and his Shishya recorded across scores of Vedic texts can help anyone to find sense amid a great many nonsenses. And in this upcoming Vedic Webinar, U. Mahesh Prabhu will try and explain, subtly and effectively, these perennial teachings.KEEPING CALM AMID STORM is an interactive webinar that touches upon timeless and time-tested teachings of forgotten Vedic Rishis and Rishikas like Aditi, Gautami, Anamika, Avadhoota Dattatreya, Ashtavakra, Bhartrihari, Bharadwaja and Parashara to understand the dynamics of mind, actions, and reactions. The webinar explains how mind, when channelized helps us build assets and when unbalanced creates debts. It presents the unmistakable connection between emotions of the mind and the economics. How simple change in thoughts can help us change our state of mind and course of our live along with those of great many connected to us – intricately.
Vedic Perspective on Criticism
Differences of opinion are natural occurrences in life. After all, each person has his or her own mind and particular point of view. But disagreements need not result in conflict or enmity. For thousands of years Vedic Rishis have used critical analysis and debate, not for discrediting others, but as a means to understand and realize the broader truths of life for achieving wisdom, wellbeing and prosperity for all. No two Rishis agreed upon everything and yet they admired a variety of paths and honored the right of each person to have different or even changing views.
Vedic texts are not dictates; they offer no commandments or final conclusions. They consist of dialogues between the Guru or the preceptor and the Shishya or disciple. They begin with different points of view or even contrary ideas, examining a topic from all angles. The Shishya could disagree with the Guru, but communication was cordial. Such differences were presented through the Shishya’s questions which the Guru answered systematically. We find this approach already well developed in the earliest Upanishads, notably the Brihadaranyaka, centered around an in-depth debate with numerous sages.
In Kautilya’s Arthashastra, he mentions earlier teachers of the subject, and presents their various viewpoints before respectfully disagreeing with them and presenting his own, explaining the reason for his different conclusions, while acknowledging the wisdom of those who had gone before.
Respectful disagreements and courteous conduct are considered hallmarks of a civilized society. Yet today we see social, religious, and political disagreements threatening friendships, marriages, families, businesses, and even nations. In this process there is no accepted tradition of respectful dialogue and debate to objectively examine our differences. Vedic wisdom can fill in that gap for us and restore a deeper level of communication according to a higher consciousness.In our upcoming webinar Dr David Frawley a.k.a. Acharya Vamadeva Shastri along with U. Mahesh Prabhu will discuss this profound Vedic way of dialogue and debate, recognizing a variety of points a view to help people understand its wisdom in a contemporary context.