MANAGER Redefined - Part 6: Sri Sathya Sai Paradigm

(E) – ENQUIRY INTO ETHOS


What is meant by ethos? That which has been handed down from Itihasa (native literature of ancient times) is ethos. What does Itihasa* mean?  It is the biographical account of all those noble people of ancient times who lived ideal lives. What is meant by ideal? It means following morality and truth without giving up integrity. The people who have led such noble lives are called selfless individuals. Where there is selfishness, there is no place for truth and morality, which is either diluted or subjugated by non-relevant factors and issues. If we look upon such selfless people as ideals worthy of emulation, our lives also would become perfect and we would be able to conduct ourselves in a proper manner. That is the significance of inputs provided by a course such as ‘Indian Ethos and Values’ in the curriculum of any good MBA programme. People of the yore ought to be construed as ‘True Leaders’ to model our lives accordingly.
Chhatrapati Shivaji with his Guru Samartha Ramdas
Chhatrapati Shivaji: An Ideal King

Take the example of Chhatrapati Shivaji. He did not have any self-centred motives whatsoever: be it economic, physical, social, etc. Why did he follow Samartha Ramadas though all his basic mundane needs were satisfied? This is because, by following people of integrity, their qualities get reflected in our lives. That will be for the good and welfare of the world at large.

Note:

[i] In Sanskrit, Itihasa means history. For Hindus, an Itihasa is a religious story that tells about what happened in the past. Itihasas are usually epic poems. The three most important Itihasas to Indians are the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita.



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