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Bhagavad gita in modern management

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Many management institutes have started giving courses on gita, yoga and case studies/ anecdotes from scriptures. Mr. Sreedharan who retired on 31st december from the delhi metro is a staunch believer and proponent of yoga and gita.

The Hindu : New Delhi News : Metro turns to Bhagavad Gita for management lessons

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation does not believe in intense vigilance nor does it rely on hidden cameras to plug leaks and nab wrongdoers. Instead the organisation has turned to Bhagavad Gita to stem corruption, lethargy and negligence.

Putting the accent on “sticking to ethics in the workplace”, the organisation is attempting to instil the values of honesty, moral virtues of hard work and diligence as preached in the Bhagavad Gita, which has now emerged as a guidebook for motivating numbers-driven managers.
Lectures by gurusSo to help enhance the spiritual quotient of the employees and to ensure that they steer clear of dishonesty and vice, there are frequent yoga lessons, talks and lectures by motivational gurus and a handbook with relevant messages.
“We do organise yoga lessons for the employees in the organisation to help them deal with stress and its after-effects. To motivate employees and to encourage a positive outlook we take quotes from the ‘Gita Makaranda’ and publish them in the monthly newsletter and safety bulletins of DMRC so that the messages reach everyone from the senior management to the workers and the contractors,” says Anuj Dayal, Chief Public Relations Officer of DMRC.
Mr. Dayal concedes that “spirituality is accorded pride of place in the management ethos of DMRC and is inherent in the working of the organisation.
The Managing Director, E. Sreedharan, is a fervent believer of the values that the Bhagavad Gita preaches.” DMRC officials say Mr. Sreedharan’s messages to his employees are peppered with references from the holy book.
“He often talks about the importance of taking pride in their profession and organisation, detachment from the fruits of action and the need to perform their duties diligently and with perfection,” says Mr. Dayal.
To drive home the relevance and advantages of practising yoga, the organisation recently distributed a book titled “Yoga — A Way of Life” by Acharya Kaushal Kumar.
Gita Makaranda givenIntent on putting the employees on a diet of morality and ethics, DMRC is one of the few organisations where all executives on joining work are given their own copy of Swami Vidyaprakashananda’s ‘Gita Makaranda’.
Since the book containing all the “shlokas” of the Bhagavad Gita, their meaning and commentary is not easily available, DMRC ensures that copies are procured in advance from the printer in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.
Asked if the exercise in spirituality has produced tangible results, a senior official says: “The feedback so far has been positive. The workforce has benefited from the yoga sessions and lectures. There is positive energy, team spirit and no instances of financial bungling, missed deadlines, and de-motivated workers,” adds a senior official.
“And in the board room where hangs a plaque with the words ‘Let Noble Thoughts Come to Us From Every Side’, as heads of departments gather each week, they are inspired to follow Yoga Vashistha’s maxim, ‘Work I do; Not that “I” do it’,” he says.
Bhagvad Gita and Swadhyay Movement.

The subject brings to my mind the name of another great Social Reformer Shri Pandurang Shastri Athavale.

Inspired by the message of Bhagvad Gita , Shri Pandurang Vaijnath Shastri Athavale (Oct,19,1920-Oct,25,2003), lovingly called as Dadaji, founded Swadhyay Movement a Social reformist, self knowledge movement in 1954 and spread the message amongst thousands of villages in rural Maharashtra and Gujarat, and changed the lives of over millions of downtrodden untouchables, poor fishermen and outcasts.

Born in a Brahmin family,the seeds of serving God through serving humanity were sown in childhood from hearing Gita discourses from his father and Grand father,for Athavale and through his revolutionary Swadhyay movement he has worked to move outcasts into the mainstream of society.

Athavale was a recipient of many Awards and honours including Padmavibhushan, Ramon Magsaysay Award, Mahatma Gandhi Award, Templeton Prize and many others. He never aspired for money.
At the awards ceremony in USA, one of the Rockefellers asked what they could do to help him. Athavale replied, "Nothing." The surprised member of the billionaire family replied that no one had ever before answered that way to a Rockefeller. The fame and prestige had not made a dent in Athavale's frugal way of life. "He led a Spartan lifestyle;he kept his needs bare minimum. He was a man who enjoyed ideas, not possessions." He lived with his wife in a meager one-bedroom apartment in Mumbai, in the same place where he had lived for 45 years.

I wish our members read more about Swadhyay Movement in their website to understand the great work done by Dadaji.
:: Swadhyay - The Silent Revolution ::

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