Elevating the self
The Personality Effectiveness Programme developed by Swami Sukhobodananda for the Prasanna Trust integrating Indian scriptures and western management focuses on holistic success of the individual.
SPIRITUALITY IS in. With life becoming increasingly stressful, more and more people are seeking recourse to spiritual pursuits. The current vogue is to accept spirituality sans religion.
The sudden upsurge in so-called spiritual leaders who talk about spirituality without subscribing to any religious dogma and a corresponding swell in the number of followers stands self-explained.
The theory of these self-proclaimed leaders or gurus is conceived on the basis of the wisdom said to have been gained from the scriptures and amalgamated with the dynamic ingredients of Western management and psychology.
A two-day self-elevation workshop called Personal Effectiveness Program (PEP) was held recently at Taj Tristar organised by the Prasanna Trust wherein the programme was devised by international management guru and spiritual master Swami Sukhabodhananda. The impact it had on the over 50 participants, was intensely profound.
The profundity can be traced from 54-year-old Sitaramaiah, one of the participants, who says, "The programme is so powerful that it can change the course of your entire life within two days."
Apart from being a stress-buster, the PEP workshop has been directed to help the participants identify areas of goal setting, time management, communication, handling anger, people skills, team building, worry management, improving creativity, handling relationships, attainment of contentment and bliss and handling hurt and regret.
But how is this change brought about overnight?
"The programme presents a unique blend of spirituality and science. It employs pranayams, scientific meditation techniques, self-enquiry and interactions as the methodology to usher in a positive change in the participant's life," says PEP facilitator Ramesh Partani. Partani, who has been closely associated with Swamiji, claims to have affected change upon more than 5,000 people through his training programmes.
Highlighting the importance of inculcating the spiritual quotient (SQ), apart from the intellectual quotient (IQ) and emotional quotient (EQ) in an individual, Partani says that the difference in the philosophy lies in their approach.
"While all other schools of thought advocate on making the individual a successful person in life, our course focuses on holistic success. We stress on the attainment of not only outer success but achieving the inner success as well," he explains.
Elucidating further, Partani says, "Being successful in the outside world does not necessarily ensure happiness in life."
"Otherwise, there would not have been so many cases of people committing suicides or going into depression at the height of their success. Hence, it is seen that success alone is not enough. Therefore, we emphasise on inner success - - satisfaction - - which is the actual guarantor of happiness."
And how much does such a personality elevation course, which certainly doesn't come cheap at Rs. 1,000, benefit an individual?
Says Dr S. Radharani, "It has affected an ocean of difference in my attitude and approach towards life."
"I have learnt effective methods to manage stress, which proved killing before the workshop. Problems that used to appear so very magnified previously have become so much manageable and come within my reach. Overall, the two-day workshop has helped me evolve as a better person." The mantra is integrating spirituality into management.
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