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Monday, January 17, 2011

Key to success lies in management

Most of us work hard in our respective areas, but only a few get what they want.
Working hard is just not enough. Why? Bad management, to be sure. How one manages -particularly one's life -is at the root of one's success or failure.

One more thing: It is not intelligence alone that can lead one steadily to one's goals. A person who mismanages his intelligence is left out to repent as a failure whereas one who is an average person but makes the best use of his managerial skills gets to the goal post the quickest.

It is in this context that I read an interesting book, Management by Walking by Dr AK Agarwal, a CEO of a firm. The author, to give just one aspect of managerial qualities, stresses on grooming your mind to take the right kind of decisions. He quotes Mahatma Gandhi, “It's unwise to be too sure of one's wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.“

One must, says the author, deliberate hard on the choices available. “Once a decision is taken, and when you mentally shift gears from deliberation to implementation, from contemplation to action, it changes more than just the way one sees the decision at hand. While mapping out the plan for implementation, you feel more confident and more invincible about yourself in general. That is because implementation is a cue for the brain to focus on how to get the job done and to tune out the self-doubts and vulnerability inhabiting action.“

At this stage, it is important that one must be fully confident that one can do and will do the task undertaken. One way, the author says, is to mind what Earl Gray Stevens had said, “Confidence, like art, never comes from giving all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.“ In other words, a confident person has an open mind and sees possibilities of a better outcome in every cue.

P. P. Wangchuk
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Sense Experience and Equanimity

He whose mind remains unattached to sense objects, derives through meditation the sattvika joy which dwells in the mind enjoys eternal bliss. [Geeta ch.-5 [21]]
The pleasures that are born of sense-contacts are verily a source of suffering only.

To prove the truth of above, there is a story. Long back, once, there was a merchant who was coming back to his home after selling his goods. He had earned a handsome amount of gold and money and he tied all this gold and money in a piece of cloth (potli). He was on his long way home. After covering a long distance, he got tired and thought of resting a while under a tree.. After a few moments he was in a deep sleep by with his potli under his head as a pillow. At that time, a snake came out of the roots of the tree and was about to bite him when a group of bandits arrived there. They saw a man in deep sleep anda snake near him about to bite him. The sardar of the bandits immediately understood that the person was a big merchant and must be in possession of a good amount of money and gold. So he took out his sword and killed the snake. After that he discussedwith his men about killing the merchant and taking all his belongings. Others, however, said, “There is no point in committing the crime of killing him. Let us snatch the money and gold and fly away”. In the mean time they heard the sound of hooves of the horses approaching towards them. And they saw the army of the king of that very state on the march. The bandits at once ran away. The soldiers glanced at the merchant; they saw that everything was all right and they also proceded further.
After sometime the man got up and moved on his way.
When the merchant was fast asleep, his senses were completely cut off from the world - whatever happened around him, he had no concern with it. He was, therefore, unaffected by all that happened while he was asleep.had had no fear of enemies, no fear of losing his wealth, no fear of humiliation and no fear of death too. Because he was unaware and his mind was at zero wave length (stable).

As Lord Krishana says, “sense objects turn away from him who does not enjoy them with senses, and his mind is stable.”Geeta ch-2(59)

By meditating on the inner self ceaselessly, man can find the same everlasting peace as the mind becomes master of the senses. Mind will stop troubling him and there will be no fear of death too.

Kamal Wadhwani
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Shiva’s Family

We see in our daily life, the harmony among the family members has disappeared due to the absence of spirit of tolerance and accommodation. We donot tolerate others’ weakness but want our weaknesses to be overlooked.
It is becoming difficult to live together the families are breaking up.
People live under one roof but are miles awayfrom each other in their hearts. The culture of a joint family has vanished in which people cared more for others than for themselves.

We can learn a lot from Shiva parivara, the family of Shiva. Though Shiva is an ascetic, he lives with his family. He is very fond of hisconsort parvati, whom he treat as his equal and shares his seat with her. She is literally his better half and is the half of his body in one celebrated icon, the ardhanarishwara. He is also called ardhanarishwara, the lord who is half a woman. The bull Nandi is his vehicle. The Godess Parvati rides a lion and the lion by nature is tempted to kill the bull.. lord Ganesha rides a mouse and the mouse is the food of a snake and a snake is the garland of Lord Shiva. Kartikaya, the elder son of Shiva, rides a peacock and peacocks fondly eat snakes.
But all these creatures who are otherwise inimical to each other live happily and in hormony in Shiva parivara.

That is why it is said that those whoworship the deities of Shiva’s family, will be blessed and energized and their worship will bring blessings to every family member in the family.

Kamal Wadhwani

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What Should One Desire

Around us, we are see most of the children, teenagers, attracted by the
goodies of the materialistic world and they are tempted - like Mobile
Phone, MP3, Bike, Car etc. They put pressure on their parents to buy these
things for them, though they have not much idea of what real use these
things are and none at all of the harm they may do. They don’t care to know
how their parents are managing the two ends in these hard times. Some
times, the parents take loans to fulfill the desires of their children.
Though the parents think of their children, the children do not think of
their parents.

There is a short story,”Chimta” written by the munshi prem chand that tells
us how to take care of our parents. The story is like this… There was a
small village near Meerut in UP State where every year Id Mela used to take
place. Hamid was living with his grandmother.He used to call her Khalajaan.
His parents had died when plague had broken out in the village and the old
grandmother had brought him up. One day a few boys of the village asked
Hamid to join them in their visit to the Mela.. His grandmother gave him
two paise, not a small sum in those days, and asked him to go and enjoy
with his friends.

The boys reached the Mela - some bought toys, some ate sweets and some
bought other new things for them. Hamid also was moving around looking for
something. He saw a stall where a man was selling kitchen things. He
purchased a chappati-catcher (chimta) with his two paisa. All the boys
started laughing at him. He reached home and gave the chimta to his
grandmother, and said, “ Khalajaan, now your fingers will not burn when you
make chappatis for me.” His grandmother embraced him with tears in her eyes
and said, “You are too young to think all this - you should have bought
toys for youself”.

These kinds of stories should be in the syllabus of primary schools so
that our children imbibe the values that promote pure mind and healthy

Kamal Wadhwani
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Above the caste

In Ayodhya kaand when kewat came and after seeing Rama, said to Him,” I have heard the divinity of your feet and hence I will allow you to board my boat only after I have washed your feet” Shri Rama agreed as he wanted. kewat then washed the feet of Shri Rama, after crossing the river , they disembarked on the other side of the river. Shri Ram was feeling awkward as he has nothing to present kewat at his remuneration. Sita understood Rama‘s .embarrassment. She took out the precious ring but kewat refuse to take it and said as he enable Him to cross the river, in a similar way He made him enable to cross the ocean of his life. Rama embraced him without caring which caste he belong. Kewat further said, “you and me are in the same profession . people are in the same trade never take remuneration from each other we both are sailor.I sail boat to make people across the river and you sail boat of life to make the soul across the ocean of the world” . After that Kewat touched Lord Rama feet again and again Lord Rama asked him why you are touching my feet again and again? He answered , “As a fisherman throw his net in the water to trap the fish. But he cannot trap that fish which stay near the feet of fisherman . In the same way your maya of illusion cannot entangled the person who stay near your feet.”

In the Aranya kaand shabri was blessed by Lord Rama ,when shabri gave half eaten beri with great devotion to Lord Rama and he accepted without caring her caste.Lord Rama never classified the people on the basis of the caste and today in our country the census are going to be held on the basis of the caste..
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