Vedic Management Center (VMC) was founded in 2016 by U. Mahesh Prabhu and David Frawley. The organization offers practical and balanced solutions for complex situations in the areas of Leadership, Management, Politics, Finance, Investing, Economics, and Diplomacy. VMC is a self-funded, non-religious, non-partisan organization that aims to bring ethical, innovative, profitable, and sustainable practices to its clients, students, and mentees.
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Humility today has almost become synonymous with ignorance. Ego, on the other hand, has come to be a sign of power, influence, and knowledge. By procuring university certificates, titles, positions and wealth, people consider having an ego to be their deserving right. And a great many people actually believe it to be “deserving.”
Vedic texts, contrary to these prevailing perceptions, considered Knowledge is that which instils Humility or Vidya Dadaati Vinayam. For the Vedic Rishis (sages) humility, or Vinayam, was not just important but also a crucial element in evolution, achievement and attainment of happiness.
It is important to understand that Vinayam (subtly translated as Humility) is not an inferiority complex masquerading as a virtue; it is acceptance of every other individual’s opinion, views, and achievements without demeaning, loathing, insulting or envying them. Vinayam is also the path of Dharma.
Vinayam is the key to enhancing our understanding. When we do not know something, we can come to have it, only if we first possess Vinayam within us, to accept that basic fact that we do not know something.
There is a story worth recollecting in this regard:
King Vikramaditya of Ujjain was one of the towering kings in the history of Vedic India. Great stories have been written about his life and achievements. Legend has it that he ruled a gigantic landmass starting all the way from modern-day Arabia in the West to Vietnam and Laos in the East, and from Kashmir in the North to Kanyakumari in the South of Bharat. Be that as it may, he was revered not because of the vast empire he ruled or for the enormous wealth he earned, but for his Vinayam – humility.
To rule over a large part of the earth, to have enormous wealth, a powerful army and yet, to fall at the feet of a man who has nothing but knowledge and wisdom, represents the absolute humility of a king. Bowing to people of wisdom and knowledge, even if they are younger than you in age, is an unmistakable sign of Vinayam.
This Vinayam is also of crucial use in our real life. According to various Neeti Shastras, including Kautilya’s Arthashastra, to achieve anything significant in life, a person must overcome six detrimental qualities within – Arishadvargas – namely:
According to Kautilya, a person is not Vinay or humble if (s)he pursues the adoration of the masses. This means a person who is always in pursuit of appeasing, and pleasing people for the sake of rewards and awards are not at all Vinay. Such a person is an Agynani or ignorant.
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How to convey respect and reverence by recognizing and honoring divinity in others?
By being kind and considerate in our conversation and by greetings such as Pranam, Namaskara, Namaste, Vanakkam etc.