Friday, September 26, 2014

Does Spirituality Drive Success?



e-journal article……….Does Spirituality Drive Success?

Is there a place for spirituality in the workplace? Martha Lagace, Sean Silverthorne, and Wendy Guild Executives from Silicon Valley to Boston tell about (published in The Healer’s Journal) how they twine their business leadership with religious and personal values. Levy's guidelines are:

● Quiet the mind.

● Reach deep inside. Go beyond the ego to hear the inner voice.

● Don't fear ambiguity; rest in the unknown. "This is the most difficult piece," Levy admitted. "We're not comfortable unless we see the path."

● Stay humble in the face of temptation and power. "Being humble is a key issue. It's good for a leader to be reminded of the intoxication of power."

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Seven Spiritual Principles for the Enlightened KM for Leaders




In view of this Prof. Manohar Wadhwani gives Seven Spiritual Principles for the Enlightened KM for Leaders to follow:


1. The Leader is within you. Discover it and fully develop its potentials.

2. Know thyself and lead thyself before thou lead others.

3. Motivate by modeling in day-to day living, by caring relationships, and by effective communications.

4. Integrity of character is the Rock-Bottom foundation of enlightened leadership.

5. As you sow, so shall you reap.

6. Humanity must precede legality.

7. See no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Five D’s For Human Development

·     Five D’s given by Shri Sathya Sai Baba in his Human Development Course will be highly recommended here while going towards the conclusion:

     1. Devotion: The meaning of devotion is to believe in God. The creation of whole world; all the creatures present in the world is done by God. And this is omnipresent. Therefore to love all is the true devotion. And to hurt anyone or destroy anyone is the offence to God.

    2. Discipline: Discipline is the ethereal provision of world. The creation of whole world follows the discipline. If man desire to spend successful life he should follow the discipline. To develop discipline in children we develop good habits in children. Follow up the social rules in daily routine, development of good habits and daily prayers are included in it.

     3. Discrimination: The entire world is a mixture of good n bad. We face good n bad ethical unethical, we should have powerful discrimination to choose only good n ethical. Therefore we instruct them for seating on desire.

     4. Determination: The passage to proceed only ethical & abandonment of unethical is very difficult. The person who is well-headed of determination is walk on this passage. to survive a abnegate life in consumerist and materialistic life powerful determination is mandatory. so we should instruct children right use of eye, ear tongue.

     5. Duty: Dedication towards duty. what is the duty of human? to love all to serve all. How to love? Swami Vivekananda says to make our life dutiful is to try devotion of God. Love gives energy for service, which is prevalent in the whole universe and governs it.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Value-based Education

Mere desire or aspiration to progress in life is not enough; success should be based on values. And for that value-based education must be imparted in today’s institutions. So that the students may emerge as good leaders in their chosen fields. 

As Swami Chinmayananda in his "We Must" booklet states "All our success entirely depends upon ourselves. Let us never look outside ourselves for help. Let us not fall into the delusion that the influence of others would enable us to do better or accomplish more."[1]

He firmly says : "Spiritual education and religious practices make us realize that we are a part of a whole scheme, and the essential creativeness behind the whole universe is the essential Essence ruling in the heart of each one of us : Shivoham Shivoham ".

Incorporating Spiritual Value Education in society will result in growth of character, growth in virtues like self-control, tolerance, selfless service, practice of prayer, harmony, to love all people, to help them in need & respect them etc…

Man being the ‘cast in the mold of God’ cannot easily deny Him. Even the great scientists like Newton and Einstein have believed in the existence of God as an intelligent power regulating and guiding the destinies of the universe.

In the words of Swami Vivekananda ‘Religion is nothing but a manifestation of the divinity already in man. Man is not just the body or even the combination of the body & the mind. He is essentially the spirit. The aim of our teaching should be to help manifest this spirit in every thought, word and action.[2]

So, it should aim at a full and harmonious development of the body & the intellect and tune it to the spirit within. In other words, spiritual education should help build up an integrated personality, a perfect character.




[1] “We Must” – a booklet by Swami Chinmayananda
[2] “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda”

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Present scenario of Education!

Today’s education system has lost it’s luster & relevance because of the western influence. It has succeeded in developing within us a hatred towards our own tradition and culture & in making us look at the western way of life with respect & admiration.

       Our country today is in the throes of a moral and cultural crisis & we can say that our education has failed to create a decent society.

       There is a crisis of character, moral decay & breakdown of traditional discipline.

       Quick acquisition of position & wealth by whatever means, fair or foul; good / bad has been the soul motive of the products of such a defective system of education.

       We  can see the way organized crime, financial frauds & terrorists violence (are being headed) by some of the best minds endowed with the best of educational & technical attainments.
       Look at the way even the members of the learned professions indulge in scandalous unethical ways of making money obligations & social responsibilities.
       Merit has been consistently ignored in academic set up.
       Ugly symptoms are seen everywhere.
       Today’s education gives importance to the total marks, merit positions, awards & such thing. The education system has changed into the examination system & now it is becoming an information system; pushing back the value system that the earlier system used to emphasize.

This is the outer scenario, but what about the student?
       Students are obliged to rely on private tutors.
       They require depending so much upon their memory that they have no chance to cultivate their imagination & thinking power.
       They resort to socially destructive and personally devastating ways of coping this stress as evident by increased rate of crime, alcoholism, drug addiction, suicides, accidents, self-harm, running away from home, depression, low self-esteem etc..
           
Ultimately what this mean is that there is a general decline in the quality of life and total absence of moral creativity, which could raise a great voice and summon us to the finest ideals of our ancient tradition.
           
A UNESCO report of Education for the 21st century entitled ‘Learning : The Treasure Within’  also pleads for an education which is rooted to culture and committed to progress.


Indian heritage, culture & values need to be thoroughly studied, analyzed & incorporated comprehensively in the education system. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Suggestions!


Subhash Sharma, (from Indian Business Academy, Bangalore & Greater Noida) in his paper on ‘Indian Management Wisdom’ gives right review of three Indian mythological periods, “The essence of ancient wisdom is captured by three Vs i.e. Valmiki, Vyasa and Vivekanand.  It may be indicated that the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Complete Works of Vivekananda capture the essence of Indian mythology and philosophy. Impact of Valmiki, Vyasa and Vivekananda on Indian consciousness is immeasurable.  From the viewpoint of the impact on Indian consciousness, three periods of mythology and history could as well be viewed as Rama period, Krishna period and Ramkrishna / Vivekananda period”[1].


We cannot escape the beautiful thoughts, rather contemplation given in his famous book, “Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra. The spiritual laws which he has explained there, are the must read or must have laws which are to be taught in schools or colleges as a curriculum for Value-Based-Education. According to him following are the seven spiritual laws for any success.[2]
1      Law of Pure Potentiality
2      Law of Giving
3      Law of Karma
4      Law of Least Effort
5      Law of Intention & Desire
6      Law of Detachment
7      Law of Dharma or Purpose in Life

In my favorite smallest book, “Evil Has No Hold On You” Dayis Holocomb Muth has clearly  says that “if you have God (positivity) in your thinking, you have everything and when you do not have God (negativity) in your thinking you are poor, spiritually even if you have wealth, health and everything with you” [3]

I strongly suggest that if we want our students and society to learn the highest spiritual laws or truths, we must incorporate such topics in their studies, whatever may be their stream and means of study.

In society there are many ways and means to educate people for example public places like Gardens, Transportation means, Stations, Bus-Stops, Exhibitions, lecture-halls, gymnasiums, medias etc. Using such places, we can definitely teach values to the public or the society. 



[1]Subhash Sharma, (from Indian Business Academy, Bangalore & Greater Noida)- paper on ‘Indian Management Wisdom’http://www.aims-international.org/tmf/postedarticles/t8019.pdf
[2] Seven Spiritual Laws of Success – Deepak Chopra
[3]Evil Has No Hold On You – Dayis Holocomb Muth, 1976, The Christian Science Publishing Society, Place of publication, pages.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Role of Spiritual Education in Society!

Bikas C. Sanyal, Senior Advisor, International Institute for Educational Planning, Paris, in his paper “Need For Value-Based Education In The Twenty-First Century” takes good review.
  
Since the establishment of UNESCO, a number of standard-setting instruments have been developed to delineate basic principles of education for peace and human rights. Among them are the following:

1      The recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Co-operation and Peace, and Education Relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedom. (Paris, 1974)
2      World Plan of Action on Education for Human Rights and Democracy. (Montreal, 1993)
3      Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action of the World Conference on Human Rights (Vienna, 1993)
4      Declaration and Integrated Framework of Action in Education for Peace, Human Rights and Democracy. (Paris, 1995)
5      Plan of Action for the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education 1995-2004.

These action plans are executed under the guidance of the UNESCO Advisory Committee on Education for Peace, Human Rights, Democracy, International Understanding and Tolerance.
The educational institutions of the Member States of UNESCO have now the necessary courseware to introduce value-based educational programmes – incorporating both spiritual and secular values to build a culture of peace.

In the words of the Director General of UNESCO "I proclaim forcefully, … we must hence forth be ready to pay the price of peace as we have paid with millions of human lives the price of war; that the diversity of cultures, the very basis of our identities and sense of belonging should unite us around ideals proclaimed by our constitution and never again divide us; that religions founded on love should not lead us to confrontation and hatred; and that ideologies, through freedom of expression and participation, should serve democracy and not coercion."[1]



[1]Federico Mayor: Address at the opening of the "International Consultation of Governmental Experts on the Human Right to Peace", delivered on 5 March 1998, UNESCO, Paris.