Managing life, the Gita way
Executives being introduced to decision-making techniques mentioned in the Bhagwad Gita.
FAR FROM the hustle-bustle of corporate houses, executives sit in silence in sylvan surroundings listening to how the conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna can help transform their lives.
The Bhagwad Gita, its merits long known, is now being used to help businessmen run their professional lives better.
Dismissed by some as a religious text and by others as a treatise, The Gita has taken on a new avatar that of a management tool.
Though the basic content remains the same, the focus of the discourse changes depending on the target group. Recently, Advent Systems, a dealer of the accounting software Tally, organised such a programme for 46 of its customers at the ISKCON premises here, as part of its customer reach programme. Sarva Aishvarya Dasa, President of the Coimbatore chapter of ISKCON, says: "We are merely putting the Gita in a manner that can be understood.
We are tuning it to suit the needs of different people. This time around, since we are catering to those from the management side, the spotlight is on decision-making.
We can give people an edge by helping them realise who they are and teaching them the steps to take a decision as mentioned in the Gita."
The course helps HRD executives know others better and provides a detailed insight into an individual's personality.
The Bhagwad Gita analyses decision-making and cites five factors that go towards making a decision, he points out.
N Rathinakumar, a lecturer in the KSR College of Arts and Science, Tiruchengode, says the course he attended helped answer his queries of "Who am I?" and "Why am I here?" "My perception of life has changed and I now have a holistic view about life, karma and rebirth," he opines. Senior Manager (Finance) at G-Plast M. S. Chandranarayanan says his first exposure to the Gita was a very fruitful one.
However, he says it is debatable if the teachings of the Gita can be applied to solve all modern-day problems.
After the success of similar programmes conducted for different segments, the Bhakti Vedanta Academy of ISKCON is now planning a course for housewives.
The Swamiji says there is a noticeable change in the people even during the course.
"Even the sceptics turn partial believers. Anyone genuinely interested cannot avoid the challenge and impact of the Gita. The Gita will haunt you," he remarks.
Have they tried it to calm down convicts? Not as yet, but Sarva Aishvarya Dasa says that given a chance, he will talk to prisoners.
SUBHA J RAO
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