Ancient Indian Wisdom for Modern Managers – Part 3

In our own home, we can do what we want, whereas it is not true with society. For example, if one wants to build up one’s physique through exercises, one can do so by means of using the appropriate bodybuilding equipment at home. Suppose you do not have sufficient space at home and you want to do it on the road, you will not be allowed to do it by the local government as one has to conduct oneself according to the rules of the society on the street. You might be allowed to enjoy the same freedom as others, but while doing so it must not interfere with the freedom of others – this is the fundamental law. The fundamental law ought to be the same for everyone and everyone should recognise this. We have to use freedom bearing in mind the following capsule of wisdom: 

1) Individual freedom is the same for everyone; 

2) Fundamental law, truly described as Dharma, would have to be interpreted judiciously. 

The factor that enables all people to recognise the fundamental law in a uniform manner is nothing but favourable environment. 

The students of the Business School at Sri Sathya Sai Institute will have to develop morality. In the very first place, students have to recognise the significance of values. Students think that they are the body. But they are not the body; they think that they are the mind, but they are not the mind. In Vedantic scriptures, this has been described as negations: I am not the body, I am not the mind, I am not the intellect, but I am ‘I’. Whatever we experience the way we do in day-to-day life is on account of the coordinated functioning of all these different sub-systems of the human system.

Human Sub-Systems - The Four Shariras (Bodies)
There is Sthula Sharira (gross body), Sukshma Sharira (subtle body), Kaarana Sharira (causal Body), and Mahakaarana Sharira (supreme causal body). This Mahakaarana form is Atma Tatwa (awareness of Divine as the source). Whatever work one undertakes will become correct and perfect if only one does it with the awareness of Atma Tatwa. These very things are the form of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara (the trinity of Hindu pantheon). 

In the normal societal setting, the communication should be heart-to-heart. Most important for the students to recognise is Indian ethos and values. If you are able to recognise the importance of small things, you will be able to conduct yourself properly. Management should be based on selfless love and everyone should enjoy these positive vibrations. There should not be any discrimination between the workforce based on their organisational status - ‘managers’ and ‘workers’. Even a manager should be viewed as one among workers and he should conduct himself in a normal manner in the workplace without any ostentation. That is the ideal management outlook or mind-set. For instance, four students from the B.Sc. programme get ‘O’ grade, ‘A’ grade, ‘B’ grade and ‘C’ grade each in their examinations. There may be a grade difference but the certificate received by all four is the same. With this certificate, anyone can say that he has passed. There is a difference in the grade obtained by each one of them, but all four have cleared the same examination. In the same way, whether one is a manager, worker, salesperson or a secretarial staff, each one should be treated essentially as a human being. They may be occupying different organisational positions in the formal organisation structure but everyone is basically a human being. We have to be guided by an ideal and mental conviction that there is only one caste, the caste of humanity. We also have to uphold the religion of love. We have to cultivate alongside this, the language of the heart by means of which we have to shape our awareness and mould a values-based education system. 

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