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The way to succeed

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY meets Murli Menon, the author of "ZenLP - The Power To Succeed".



Murli Menon.. the power of nature. Photo: Sandeep Saxena.

IT WAS just by chance Murli Menon got introduced to Zen nine years ago. A management student those days in a Pune college, a paralysing road accident led him to discover his neighbour, a Zen master. Forever keen on tapping the unknown, always harbouring interest in feeling what could not be seen, a bed-ridden Murli bit into the opportunity thrown in by this friendly neighbour associated with the Swami Rajneesh ashram nearby.

"And life has changed since," declares Murli. Though at the outset of this zen trip, he did not know that it could heal his crippling injury! Coinciding his visit to New Delhi this week with the launch of his second book, "ZenLP - The Power To Suceed", this non-resident Keralite from Ahmedabad got into a strict Zen diet, chose Sambhalpuri kurtas over his woollens made of animal fur and began to meditate for long hours "to harness the infinite power" of his mind.

"I started sticking to the diet which is free from animal products. Even milk and milk products are not allowed. I began to meditate. This gave me energy to bring life back to track, something which no doctor was brave enough to predict," he says, all of which he talks about in this Sage publication and more.

Also, with his own example by his side, Murli now runs workshops with the banner of PhenoMenon Consultants for stressed corporates in many metros, jawans of Indo Tibetan Border Police, besides others.

Conductor of workshops

"I often find my clients asking me, `How do I get more sleep?' I give them tribal music which they can play while working. It would not only soothe their minds but would also help them in gaining concentration," says the trainer. Sticking a coin in the middle of his forehead, he goes on to describe meditation with the same logic that describes the original purpose of putting a bindi on your forehead in Hindu shastras.

Taking up the pen on a hospital bed to roll out his first book, "Environment Friendly Poetry" based on the places he had never seen and would like to go, "ZenLP" is his second offering. "The third one would be called Stress Management - The Power To Relax," he informs. A Zen follower to the core, he has indeed rolled out an appealing book on the subject which, in its very first line promises to "change your life." But somehow, somewhere, you lose contact with such a mind. And at times, you feel if a better life is in sticking to so many strict rules, isn't life without rules easier?

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