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.
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.
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.
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.
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 discipline. Yoga practiced by millions of people around the world has its origins in these Vedic knowledge traditions. The most ancient texts on leadership, management, politics, and diplomacy was written in the same language and transmitted over generations.
Today there exist handful of people who can even claim to understand and translate this language. As a result some even have gone as far as to suggest that it is a “dead language.” But is Sanskrit dead?
Over the past few years a lot of offline and online courses have begun to pop up claiming to teach “spoken Sanskrit.” Interestingly, neither the teachers nor the students of these “Sanskrit courses” seem to have the ability to read or decipher the Sanskrit texts. Interpretation and translations by a great many acclaimed academicians have not gone beyond presenting some chauvinistic, or naively “mystical” interpretations and conclusions. Why is it so?
Most translators of Vedic texts follow a book called Panini’s Ashtadhyayi which was written around the same time when last Vedic text – Kautilya’s Arthashastra – was being written. Given this: is it logical to use Panini’s Sanskrit to translate timeless Vedic texts?
What kind of mistakes, misinterpretations, misuse, and abuse have this folly caused? What have we missed? Have we been misled? These are the unasked, yet crucial question which U. Mahesh Prabhu will try and answer in this upcoming Vedic Webinar entitled “The Tale of Two Sanskrit.”
This two-hour session will start with 1-hour lecture followed by a long and detailed interactive Q&A session open for all audiences. Registrations are free but necessary. Registration form is provided below:
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.
Vedic texts were written by sages and seers, who were not just great men (Rishis) but also great women (Rishikas). These colossal women played a pivotal role in the development and transmission of Vedic wisdom. Little is known about them personally, though the lineages of the Vedic sages are often listed according to their mothers.
In this fourth edition of our ongoing Vedic Webinar series, founder of the Vedic Management Center, U Mahesh Prabhu, offers a refreshing perspective on these extraordinary women whose life was their legacy. The webinar will present forgotten legends, stories, parables, and teachings of the ancient Rishikas which can provide insights to address our challenges today so we can attain true peace and prosperity.
The webinar dispels myths about the role of Vedic women as subjugated, ignorant, and submissive, and rather present their unparalleled accomplishments that continue to benefit all humanity.
In this first episode of SHAASTRARTHA a monthly webinar cum panel discussion session the following eminent panelists joined us to present possible scenarios vis-a-vis leadership challenges in the post-pandemic world:
Dr David Frawley a.k.a. Acharya Vamadeva Shastri, Founder & Chief Mentor, Vedic Management Center
Dr Aswin Chandarr, Founder & CTO, Jonker-Makis Robotics, Netherlands
Mr Vetrivel Janakiraman, Director (Op-Ex), Roche Pharma Corp., Cologne, Germany
Mr Mark Price, Actor & Vedic Meditation Teacher, New York, USA.
Mr. Raghavendra Agarwal, Chartered Accountant, Mumbai India.
The session was hosted and moderated by U. Mahesh Prabhu Founder & Chairman of Vedic Management Center.
Yoga Vashistha (Vasistha) is probably the first, and most definitive text presenting practical and holistic approach to Yoga – one that is beyond the conventional exercises and breathing techniques. Enumerated in the original Ramayana written by a Rishi (Vedic sage) named Valmiki; it records an elaborate intellectual discussion between the then crown prince of Ayodhya – Rama – and his Rajaguru (Royal Mentor) Rishi Vashistha. At the beginning of this discussion Rama is a disillusioned individual, who, after a travel across the length and breath of his kingdom only to observe the suffering and pains of his subjects seeks renunciation to live a life of an ascetic. At the end of the discussion with Vashistha, the young prince attains a sage mind and, according to Valmiki, goes on to become Maryada Purushottam – the finest among men.Fundamental teachings of Yoga are found across all the other Vedic texts, including the Vyasa’s Mahabharata, Bhartrihari’s Neeti and Vairagya Shataka, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as well as Arthashastra, including Arthasutras. It will not be incorrect to say that this work laid foundation for greater Vedic traditions, including Astanga Yoga – the Yoga of exercises and Pranyama. In this recorded Webinar, U. Mahesh Prabhu presents long lost, little known, as well as perennial teachings of Vashistha to help individuals attain peaceful mind amid all the chaos and uncertainties looming around the world.
The Forgotten Legend of Rajgurus
They were powerful yet humble Kingmakers who counselled rulers, taught the kings and their kinsmen polity in their hermitages, when times demanded they served as selfless statesmen to establish peace and when they found themselves to be of no use they withdrew from the world as any reclusive hermits. The Rajgurus of Vedic era were legends who were revered by the powerful even while the masses knew nothing about them. They nurtured individuals and elevated them to position of power through their teachings, with their counseling skills they provided peace to the minds of distressed rulers, through their knowledge and wisdom they wrote perennial classics that continue to entertain, educate and, also, enlighten those who read them. In this recorded webinar, U Mahesh Prabhu presents THE FORGOTTEN LEGEND OF THE RAJGURUS.
Chanakya’s Rajaneeti & Kootaneeti
Chanakya a.k.a. Kautilya’s Arthashastra is mostly about general political administration or Rajyam. The system of administration is what is known in Vedic context as Rajaneeti. Although it does speak of many aspects that are unknown to present leaders and thinkers of politics, authors of Arthashastra, including Bharadwaj, Shukracharya, Pishuna and the like prophesied that there are times when these knowledges are inadequate to address the challenges for those who are honorable and principled (Dharmic). There are times when people of destructive tendencies assume positions of power only to corrupt the system, and cause grave injustice. During times of upheaval a more formidable form of knowledge is needed; one that is discreet, shrewd, and effective besides adhering to the principles of Dharma. This form of knowledge is called Kootaneeti – an advanced art and science built upon the foundations of Rajaneeti. Its objective is to protect and uphold all that is Dharmic and work for the universal welfare of all beings. However, Kootaneeti is one step further. It does not hesitate to pursue a difficult path for the sake of upholding Dharma. In this second episode of Vedic Webinar Series, U Mahesh Prabhu will be presenting a brief perspective on the ideas and ideals of the lost art and science of Rajaneeti & Kootaneeti.
The Vedic Wisdom on Wealth
Artha is a Vedic Sanskrit word. It implies Wealth as well as Meaning. It is best interpreted it as Art of Meaningful Wealth. Artha also refers to Economics. Arthashastra, the main comprehensive Sanskrit treatise on Politics, Diplomacy and Economy helps us to understand Artha comprehensively. Wealth is not just currency. Currency represents wealth – but is not the wealth itself. So, what is wealth? How can we earn it? Sustain it? Grow it? How can we benefit from the knowledge and wisdom of Arthashastra personally, particularly in this time of economic and social upheaval resulting from pandemics? This examination is the crux of a 2-hour online video webinar course conducted by U. Mahesh Prabhu. The webinar will consist of a 1-hour lecture followed by a 1-hour interactive question and answer follow up. The focus of this course will be to help the participants understand in subtle, yet effective way, various aspects of the economy that have directly and indirectly impact our personal finances and life at large.