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Bhagwad Gita and Me

Bhagwad Gita and Me

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Published by Manoj Joshi
my experience with Gita from Childhood to my maturity(?)
my experience with Gita from Childhood to my maturity(?)

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Published by: Manoj Joshi on Apr 07, 2008
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Manoj j joshi. i/c Director
 B H A G W A D G E E T A , M A N A G E M E N T and M E
Since the early childhood the Bhagwad Geeta has been an inseparable part of my life,however, how I looked upon it and the role it played in my life has been ever changing, as thetime passed…., as the age progressed….., and as the maturity developed….Like almost all the Hindu families, I was also brought up in a family where in a child istaught to believe Bhagwad Geeta as a Divine Sacred literature without much of theunderstanding about the content of it. I remember asking my grand father that why this book is kept in the place of worship along with the photos and statues of Gods and Goddesses,unlike the other books which were placed on book shelf.As time passed and information started flowing in from the multiple sources the mind startedanalyzing the sacred book from its own understanding – with few things confirming theearlier beliefs, while the others creating questions against it.From the movies in those days it was found that the other place of that holy book was in thecourt of law also, where a witness was invariably asked to take an oath after keeping his righthand on Geeta that whatever he will speak will be truth and he will not speak anything exceptthe truth … and after that only he was allowed to give his statement. My innocent mindassumed that it was really a good technique to make people speak truth so easily.It also looked very interesting that when someone dies, if you do the readings of Geeta thedeparted soul will go directly to the God... in heaven.On one side the enchantments of various Shlokas of Geeta were started creating interest inknowing further about it, as some of the parts were in curricula at the school; but on the other side a few things confused the beliefs that the Lord Krishna was not a peace loving leader and he was the route cause of Mahabharata’s Kurukhetra war which was the most disastrousof its kind in that time.I came across the writings somewhere that the German poet Pallae after reading BhagwadGeeta was so delighted that he went on dancing for quite sometime keeping Geeta on hishead. Also came across the information that Germans studied the Geeta, and other suchIndian literature as an input to their modern inventions and knowledge base.My higher education and the professional career were in the technical area, and during thattime there was no much opportunity to explore further into Geeta. However, a fewinteractions with my father perpetuated the various inputs as he was a very regular student of Chinmayanada Geeta classes and also had a good collection of Geeta related knowledge books from Ramkrishna Math, Swami Vivekananda, Achayya Vinoba Bhave and others.When I entered into field of practicing management and then in the later part in managementeducation, my relations with the Bhagavad Geeta were totally renovated and I started puttinga little more efforts in understanding this great ancient Indian work. I started graduallyrealizing the importance and value Geeta , but at the same time the greatest truth I realizedthat the more I tried to understand it, I could find only one major thing – that is, how much
more I still need to know and how ignorant I am about such a treasure of knowledge whichwas so near to me all my life.We are not doing the justice just by considering it as a religious book which can be read atlatter part of retired life. Knowledge of Geeta was not just of use for Arjuna in the battlefield or a Sadhu in Himalaya or a solitary Cave, but it is also meant for a Businessman for every and any decision he makes, for every professional when he is trying to satisfy theneeds of his customers against all odds, for every one making moves in the stock market, for a person in politics who is confused and has lost his human hood in game of power play,and a common man and woman running their day to day household. Battlefield of Kurukshetra is seen as symbolic of inner conflict in man between the one hundred forces of evil and the limited forces of good.For many years as a practicing manager in Industry, as a professional consultant and ateacher in management, as a member of society in general and as a member of my smallfamily I have tried to find solutions to many problems in Indian context by referring to theformal management education related to the American , European and Japanese management. Geeta talked about all these centuries ago, and that too easily adoptable to our Indiantraditional ways.Swami Vivekanada , S.K. Chakraborthy , M.P.Bhattathiry, Subhash Sharma, and manyothers have identified several practical applications of various management principles asaddressed in Geeta . Only a representative few are as follows:-
There is an important distinction between effectiveness and efficiency in managing.Effectiveness is doing the right things and Efficiency is doing things right.
Managers must develop Gyana Chakshu (the third eye) – the type of wisdom, vision,insight, and foresight. Inner resources (divine virtues) are much more powerful thenouter resources (capital, material, plant, machinery etc.)
In this context the Bhagavad Geeta expounded thousands of years ago by the Super Management Guru Bhagawan Sri Krishna enlightens us on all managerial techniquesleading to a harmonious and blissful state of affairs as against conflicts, tensions,lowest efficiency and least productivity, absence of motivation and lack of work culture etc common to most of the Indian enterprises today.
The modern management concepts like vision, leadership, motivation, excellence inwork, achieving goals, meaning of work, attitude towards work, nature of individual,decision making, planning etc., are all discussed in the Bhagavad Geeta .
It may be noted that while Western design on management deals with the problems atsuperficial, material, external and peripheral levels, the ideas contained in theBhagavad Geeta tackle the issues from the grass roots level of human thinking because once the basic thinking of man is improved it will automatically enhance thequality of his actions and their results.
Utilisation of Available Resources .The first lesson in the management science is tochoose wisely and utilise optimally the scarce resources if one has to succeed in his

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