Monday, July 22, 1991 to Thursday, July 25, 1991
Bhagavan inaugurated a four-day Management Development Programme in the Institute Auditorium at Prashanti Nilayam on 22nd July 1991. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sampath, Sri V. Ganesh, a second Year Management student, and Sri V. Srinivasan, Member, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and Chairman, W.S. Group of Industries, addressed the students.
Bhagavan, in His Discourse, emphasised the importance of human values in every walk of life, and the need for the spirit of sacrifice and equality among the students to face the challenges of life. He said:
“Students suffer today from some mental weaknesses. One of them is the feeling that wealth and position are essential for personal happiness and these alone should be sought after. This is wholly wrong. What is the inner significance of the fact that in the past great rulers like Janaka and Shivaji submitted themselves to sages like Yajnavalkya and saints like Samartha Ramadas? They lacked nothing in terms of wealth and power. But they esteemed the wealth of spirit as greater than all worldly wealth and power. Men like the Kauravas, who attached greater value to power and position, than to faith in the divine, came to a miserable end. It is true that you need material wealth for a living. But wealth should not become the 'be-all and end-all' of life. Human life has come from the divine. When you dedicate your life to God and adhere to the path of righteousness you can sanctify life and achieve peace, happiness and prosperity.”
Further highlighting the cause behind problems in Indian business, Swami said:
“Education is essential as a preparation for serving society. For instance, the MBA students are hoping, after getting their degrees, to become managers of big companies and lead a comfortable life. Managerial jobs carry high salaries. The reason for the high income is inflation in prices caused by the failure of production to keep pace with the demand. Rise in income has been followed by a decline in morality. With the collapse of morals, the nation has become a prey to violence and disorder. Those receiving large incomes should ask themselves whether the work they do is commensurate with the salaries they get. In many enterprises, the expenses exceed the receipts. The absence of work ethic, the spirit of work, is responsible for this situation. The position in India is worse than in some other countries. Laziness is on the increase. Let the students compare the situation in Japan and Bharat. The Japanese have the 'spirit of work', they work hard. Hence, their productivity is high and they are able to keep the prices low. They do not abstain from work even during 'strikes'. In India, there is a clamour for high wages but there is no willingness to work harder. It is because of this attitude that the Indian economy is in a deplorable state.
Students are not ready to take up any kind of work. "Work, Work, Work", that should be their motto. With no prospect of getting jobs, educated young men are getting frustrated and mentally upset and are turning into naxalites or terrorists. But students should not develop such perverted tendencies. They must think only of their duties.”
There were lectures by guest speakers in the mornings and the afternoons between the 22nd and the 24th.
The Programme came to a close at a valedictory session held on the 25th, where the Vice Chancellor summed up the outcome of the programme and thanked Bhagavan for having given the Management students an opportunity to interact with many experts from the business world.