Managing the Mind of the Manager: Sri Sathya Sai Perspective

It is essential that the mind of the manager is kept uncontaminated (pure). When the mind is maintained in proper condition, one will be able to accomplish one’s objectives effectively. In this world, there is nothing more wonderful than the mind. The mind of man survives the physical death of an individual. As we are attempting to recognise the supremacy of the mind, we should consider the various implications and train our mind to engage only in healthy and desirable avocations. The human mind should not trespass into worldly, sub-human, fleeting and ephemeral matters. Money, youth, name and fame acquired with the aid of clever manipulations of mind, are all transient. In fact, having been gifted by God with such a powerful tool called mind, man should be able to realise his own Divinity, which is permanent and eternal. One endowed with such a decent mind alone deserves to be called the real manager. The one with such a civilized mind will possess traits such as love, patience, forbearance, truth, sympathy, righteousness, tolerance, etc. One who fills one’s mind with values such as truth, love, righteousness, peace, etc. alone can be described as a manager to symbolise the true sense of the term. Hence, it is the responsibility of each manager to cultivate the aforementioned qualities in order to become an effective and efficient manager.

Today, people are trying to acquire certificates in MBA programmes. What is the cost of the two-year Postgraduate programme of management? What is the value of the degree certificate? If we set fire to it, it turns into carbon immediately. There is no value in worldly degrees. Today's graduates are making door-to-door visits in search of jobs holding their degree certificates in their hands.  If one fosters the positive values of mind in a healthy way, one will become ‘Bigger’ (meaning an accomplished individual) and not a ‘Beggar’. [Baba uses this expression of ‘bigger’ and ‘beggar’ for rhyme in a characteristic manner to convey the importance of values in business, and that people bereft of values would become paupers and come down to the level of beggars.]

One has to walk the talk. Love is truth. Truth is love. The one that personifies love (whatever profession one may belong to) will be prized everywhere. Love and truth do not undergo change with time. Modern youth are not able to grasp the meaning of ‘Truth’. Before uttering any word, one has to discriminate whether one has practiced whatever is being said. Is there harmony between thought, word and deed? The unity of thought, word and deed is Truth. That is why it is said, “The proper study of mankind is man”. If one tries to identify the meaning of humankind, it becomes clear that it is nothing but the harmony of thought, word and deed. 

The Five Senses of Perception

The five elements of nature are the main necessities of mankind. The five elements are the main human values. To begin with, the first element is Shabda (sound). How can one live without sound? The next element is Sparsha (touch). How can one live without a sense of touch? The third element is Roopa (form). How can one recognise the existence of things without a form? For instance, one may question whether air has form or not. One may not be able to see it, but it has a form. It changes its form in accordance with the changes occurring in man. We can notice the air in an inflated balloon, as all that exists in a balloon or a football is air alone. Without air, how can a balloon or football get expanded? Therefore, there is nothing in the world without a form. Great scientists showed that form exists in a particular sense and manner depending on the nature of the matter or ingredient that is under consideration. Some scientists today postulate that certain types of matter do not have a definite form. However, scientists maintain that, that which does not have form cannot be considered as matter. A scientist, who says that ‘form’ does not exist, is not a scientist but a senseless person! Does not ‘atom’ have a form? In what way would one be able to experience or visualise atom if it is formless? However, it may require certain special instruments to be able to observe an atom. Combination of atoms constitutes a mighty form. For example, one may be suffering from pain and if the doctor says, “Come, if you show me the form of the pain, then I will give you medicine.” The patient will reply, “Doctor, I am suffering from pain, whether you believe it or not.” Similarly, ‘Love’ is in the form of vicarious experiences, which is a form by itself. The fourth element is Rasa (taste). One cannot live without the sense of taste, which is extensively used by human beings for their daily intake of food. The fifth element is Gandha (smell).

Five Human Values are the Five Life Principles

Modern man is disobeying Divine commands and in the process is not able to honour assurances given to other people. Modern youth are foregoing sacred things, forgetting the holy experiences and are developing a narrow outlook. How can one visualise truth if one disobeys Divine commands? Therefore, modern youth must comply with the Divine commands, implicitly. Modern youth cannot be called ‘human beings’ if they fail to adhere to the Truth. From among the five elements present in man, if truth departs from him, one gets diminished by one life-principle. Likewise, if one foregoes righteousness, it amounts to reduction to the extent of two life-principles, three without peace and four without love. Thus, human beings will be losing all the life principles by giving up the five human values. They will turn out to be lifeless entities by foregoing the life principle, one after another. One should make an earnest attempt to realise the truth that life means a combination of the five human values.

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