Saturday, February 4, 2012

Vedic Management - 5 Steps to Holistic Success (Part 2)

Rule 3
यो ह वै प्रतिष्ठाम वेद प्रति ह तिष्ठत्यस्मिंश्च लोके
The one who understands Pratishthaa (reputation) becomes Pratishtha (reputed) in its race and also in this world. Upanishad says, “Chakshu (eyes) are the reputation.”
To understand it comprehensively, the meaning of the Chakshu needs to be understood. The sense of vision is responsible for seeing things clearly and understands the material in all the dimensions. Vision helps us to weigh the possibilities and also help in judging potential threats. It helps us to place ourselves in a secure and stable position.
Your vision is the repute of your organization
The vision is an ultimate destiny of an organization. It could be divided in two parts for an easy understanding,
  • Organizational goal
  • Analytical abilities
Organizational Goal
It is the intimate desire to materialize the futuristic approach. Without a goal, any organization would behave like a small boat lost in the pacific. It works like a guiding star, and also a gauge. It is essential that the vision should not be a mere tool of self amusement. Vision of your organization should be multidimensional. It should revolve around the sense of uplifting one and all. The vision of your organization should not be motivated out of greed, but it should be an effort to motivate the mass for a revolution. And the organizational goal should be complemented by achieving short term targets. And one should make sure to share the organizational vision with each and every part of it, living, or non living. It generates the required passion and also works as a yardstick whenever you lose focus.
Analytical Abilities
Vision also includes the analytical abilities of your organization. One should always concentrate over the potential threats, own possessions, lacking skills, and futuristic possibilities. The one who possesses the calculative decision making power never lose the battle of fierce competition.
Veda says, “The one who possesses the clear vision, establishes itself amongst the most reputed company.”

Rule 4
यो ह वै संपद वेद संहास्मै कामाः पद्यन्ते
The one who acknowledges the Sampad (prosperity) persuades Sampad (opulence) not only in his race but the world over. Upanishad says, “Shrotra (sense of hearing) is Sampad (prosperity).
Our sense of hearing enables us to perceive the science and also help us to understand it in its specialized form. When we undertake any action after the complete perception of the matter, it always reaps a sweet fruit.
Comprehensive feedback is the Prosperity of your Organization
When we are working at a level where we do not seek anything lesser than perfection, there always remain a room for shortcomings. This is something that we tend to ignore considering it a small thing or could be fixed later attitude. ‘Feedback’ is like a resonance. The kind of a sound we make comes back to us. It helps us to understand the kind of vibes our organization is generating. Wise people say, “Silence is Gold.” By realizing your dream, you have already made an impact or sent percussion around, feedback is to keep silence and listen to your own conscience.
Feedback is the key. It is like a meditation. One should remain all ears to the finer details. Be it the customer, your first line managers, or your security guard. A good advice can flow from any corner. It always would help you to be active than being reactive. Not that every advice would be as important, but the reaction would reach you only if you lend your ears. Feedback should never be taken as a criticism, but it should always be used as a door for the improvement. An organization should inculcate the habit of procuring feedback at every level. Following are few examples
  • Service feedback
  • Managerial feedback
  • Communicative feedback
  • Personal feedback
After getting the appropriate advices let your conscience decide the room for the improvement.
Veda says, “In the deepest of your silence, you hear the speech of your mind.”
Rule 5
यो ह वा आयतनम वेद आयतनम ह स्वानाम भवति
The one who knows the Ayatana (the shelter/source) becomes the Ayatana (the source) for its own race. Upanishad says, “Definitely the Mana (Mind) is the Ayatana(The source/ Shelter).”
The mind is the source of all the actions. And our senses are like servant to our mind. Whatever subject is perceived by our senses is brought to the amusement of the mind. The mind controls our deeds. The mind is such a strong force in our body that we keep on dancing on its tunes. It never allows us to focus. The one, who knows the potential of the mind, becomes the source of joy, happiness, and fulfillment.
Your determination is the Source of your Fulfillment
If you want to live a fulfilled life, it is essential to focus on your mind. The mind is the source of your courage. Mind is the ultimate creator and destroyer too. Once the mind is in absolute form of stability, it can reap anything you want. It is the most difficult entity to handle in this world. Mind is such a minute entity that it can make you travel even to the unknown worlds. It takes you to the places where you never have been to. But one has to ensure, where you want to be? If you will not decide, then mind would do it for you. And mind has a fascination towards the subjects that are not meant for you. It keeps you confused. It is an obvious block created by that supreme force. Had this block not been there, everybody would become successful. But, there are only few, who knew their mind and rode over the ladder of eternal success.
Keep your mind in your control. Let your conscious- the soul be the guide to your mind. Never allow it to go to the ‘RIGHT’ or to the ‘LEFT’, but stay focused. Arjuna could hit the bird’s eye, “because he saw only the eye.”
Veda says, “The one who knows his source become the resource in his own race.”

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Vedic Management - 5 Steps to Holistic Success(Part 1)

Vedic wisdom is so profound that every single piece of information could be interpreted in any context. Upanishads are the easier forms of the traditional Vedic wisdom. They are an excellent piece of Vedic style of management theories. All you need to do is to interpret the information in the most relevant context and practice it in accordance with modern implications.
This article tries to produce an insight in the Vedic understanding of Human body in reference to the Modern principles of Organizational Management. Chandagyo Upanishad considers five essential elements that are needed for spiritual upliftment of the mankind. This reference of understanding humanity, when replaced with an Organizational structure, becomes an essential tool to construct a successful, holistically progressive, and meaningful corporate company.
While explaining spiritual upliftment of the mankind, Chandagyo Upanishad quotes the references given below. We are trying to replace ‘the humanity’ with ‘an organizational structure’ considering that every organization has a meaningful purpose. Sometimes, in the competitive environment the organizations fail to remember their roots. Idea of holistic development may seem to be new, but, none the less it is quite relevant. We need to construct sustainable ventures because an organization is not meant only for the prosperity of the owner/top management.
There are many other vital factors associated in a company which makes an organization in totality. Herewith, follows the fivefold methodology of holistically sustainable Vedic Management.
Rule 1
यो ह वै ज्येष्ठम च श्रेष्ठम च वेद ज्येष्ठश्च ह वै श्रेष्ठश्च भवति
The one who can categorize the true elder and the superlative becomes the elder and the superior amongst the race. Upanishad says, “The Prana (force of the life) is the best and the leader.”
Resources are the Prana of your organization
For any organization, from establishment to the successful running most essential requirement is its resources. At the time of conceptualizing any project, the vital link is resources. And it becomes again relevant when the operations take off. Resources could be divided in two categories:
  • Financial resources
  • Human resources
Vedic understanding says that any organization should pay the utmost regards to these two vital links. The one who can figure out the eldest and the best becomes the leader and superlative in its race.
Your investor is the elder
 For a successful company, it is essential to remember its investors at every stage. Without a strong back hold, no matter how large any company becomes, it couldn’t have survived a single breath. Lions always make sure to observe the distance they had traveled.
Your human resource is the best
According to an old saying, “The weapon is not important, the man behind the weapon is the one who matters.” For the successful running of a company, human resource is indispensable. Every single worker of the organization is unique and equally important. Company should enhance the feeling of ownership and make its employees a part of its success.
Veda says, “The one who concentrates on its Prana, fulfills his all desires.”
Rule 2
यो ह वै वसिष्ठम वेद वसिष्ठो ह स्वानाम भवति
The one who can make out Vasishtha (the survivor/the wealthier/the propagator) becomes Vasishtha (the survivor/richest/acknowledged) in its race. Upanishad says, “The Vaka (speech) is survivor/richest/acknowledged.
Communication is Vasishtha of your organization
Communication plays an integral part in the success of an individual or an organization. As per the Vedic understanding, one should pay utmost attention to communication. The one who seeks victory should worship his speech. From an organizational point of view, communication could be further divided in following types,
  • Oral communication
  • Written communication
  • Broadcasting & blogging
  • Internal communication
  • Any other way that establishes connection between the customer and service provider
Communication should be fundamentally correct, prompt, thoughtful, and wise. Meaning of worshiping speech is, “One should communicate humbly.” Sometimes a humble ‘NO’ works well instead of a forced ‘YES’. And it is absolutely OK to delay the answer if you are not very sure of the action or requirement. We have seen many organizations in a dilemma due to undue haste in making statements and later repent.
Any word that you utter is heard, consciously or unconsciously. And a good oration/drafting/expression establishes an individual comprehensively in the society. So it does to an organization as well.
Veda says, “The one who masters the speech becomes the acknowledged, famous, and richest.”

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Salvation - An Art of Ayurvedic Living

Ayurveda, an ancient science of life, resorts to the overall development of the mankind. It does not limit itself in physical boundaries, but expands the wisdom of its experiences to guide the life to the ultimate realm, the salvation. Every breath in this physical world is a journey towards the fundamental reality of life – the death. Factually the death should not be an ending, but a beginning of the unknown world. Since the time of evolution, human race conquered many mile stones. The science of medicines made amazing discoveries in the field of life, but unfortunately, no one could define how the journey ends? Why the heart stops beating even though the muscles of it are not prone to the fatigue? But the answer is illusive. When the logic cannot define something, one needs to turn towards philosophy. Ayurveda explains, “An ultimate purpose of human life is to get Moksha (salvation).” To get rid of the vicious cycle of rebirth is called as Moksha. To explain the salvation, different methodologies have been taught. Ayurveda says, “Physical body manifests itself due to Moha (attachment), Icha (desires), and Dwesha (revenge).” In a simpler format it could be assigned that Moksha (Salvation) is the complete detachment from these mental blocks. It is the union of oneself with the cosmic conscious. Though, it remains an uphill task to find the cosmic awareness, however many methodologies have been formulated in different philosophies. 
Ayurveda classifies Atma (The soul) in two categories; Paramatma (The universal conscious), and Jeevatma (The conscious). Difference between the conscious and cosmic awareness could be identified in following verse,
निर्विकार परस्त्वात्मा सत्व भूत गुण एन्द्रीयहि !
चैतनयो कारणं  नित्यो द्रष्टा पश्यती हि सर्वा क्रिया !!
                                    चरक संहिता/ सूत्र स्थान
Paramatma (the pure conscious) is Nirvikar (absolutely perfect). When the universal conscious combines with Satva (mind), Bhoota (five elements), Guna (qualities), and Indriya (senses), it manifests itself into the physical body. It is immortal, spectator, and witnesses all the actions.
Above definition of Paramatma is an absolute eye opener. It does not only describe the existence of the Almighty, but also makes us realize that every individual is the manifestation of the universal conscious. As per the description, universal awareness multiplies itself into various forms of life and each of the living entity is mere replication of that perfect self. It raises a question. If we are all the part of that Paramatma, we should be equally aware. Acharya Charaka says, “When the conscious unites the Bhoota, it is predominated by Rajas (selfish mobility), and Tamas (blissful ignorance) which results in subconscious suppression of the ultimate wisdom.” It makes us to forget our origin and enables us to become mechanical entities.
The ultimate purpose of human life is to realize that particle of the supreme conscious within oneself and all. Because our analytical ability is an advantage above the other races of life. Probably this is the reason why we are repetitively told that human life is precious. The time we separate ourselves from the mental and physical limitations, it lifts our conscious to another level of awareness. One should practice conscious detachment from the materialism. Having said that, it does not mean that one should not love what he does, but one should not cultivate the nature of possession. One should constantly practice to overcome the desires because desires result in greed which further ends up in attachment to the Karma (resulting action). And any residual desire forces the conscious to reincarnate itself to materialize the completion in next life. Having said that it does not mean not to have any desires, but one should try to fulfill the desire that had manifested within the subconscious and at the same time one should constantly practice to limit the desires which are manifested out of the greed quotient. The sense of revenge is another factor responsible as a blocking stone on the road of higher conscious. Ayurveda call it as Dwesha. One should cultivate the habit of loving thy world as a replica of itself. Not to have the sense of jealousy and also not to have a feeling of competition. Completion makes us the part of the rat race. It also develops the inferiority complex that end up in various forms of mental sickness. This again holds us back to be spiritually free and lands us into the cycle of rebirth. Ayurveda says, “when mind overcomes Rajas (selfish mobility), and Tamas (blissful ignorance), it destroys even the strongest of your Karma (unaware actions) resulting in spiritual freedom, which is nothing but Moksha (The Salvation)."


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