MANAGER Redefined - Part 1: Sri Sathya Sai Paradigm

MANAGER Redefined by Sri Sathya Sai

The word ‘Manager’ has seven letters: M, A, N, A, G, E, R. These signify the seven musical notes (Sapta Swaras), seven oceans (Sapta Samudras) and seven sages (Sapta Rishis). If we understand all these seven letters, we do not become merely managers of a factory, but become managers of the universe. The following is the meaning and significance of each letter in the seven-letter word MANAGER, which could be put as seven facets of a manager in modern organisations:

(M) – Mind of Man

What does the word ‘man’ mean? The word ‘man’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Manas’ which denotes mind. What is meant by mind? Mind is verily the man. Hence, we should say: ‘Mind of Man’. Man can have ‘animal’ mind, ‘devil’ mind or ‘evil’ mind. But managers should have the ‘mind of man’, which means the sort of mind that human beings ought to possess. Mind is a mass of thoughts. All the actions undertaken by humans are stimulated by thoughts. The results of these actions are our joys and sorrows. Therefore, the root cause of joys and sorrows are our deeds for which in turn thoughts are responsible. If thoughts are good, the deeds will be good. If the deeds are good, life will be enjoyable. So what deeds and thoughts should man develop? This has to be enquired first. Each individual should reiterate the affirmation – ‘I am man, not an animal’. We should learn as to what type of thoughts a human being should have. Man must have human qualities such as truth, love, patience, sacrifice and compassion. In addition, man should have unity between thought, word and deed. Man has the right to call himself a man only when he symbolizes these types of deeds and qualities. Hence, the first three letters in the word ‘Manager’ form the word ‘Man’. 

Continued in Part 2...

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