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Saatvik Values & Business World Harmony
|by Rati Hegde|
When we talk about business we mean ‘Money’ … I read a quote the other day “Money does not matter, but make enough before you say that”. We all agree that the best things in life are free – mother’s love, baby’s smile, cool breeze, rain, etc. We also know that one needs to balance between our desires and our needs. But how do we translate that into the business world driven by creating more desires and thus more money?
Sattvik – pure, conscious decisions, only wanting to do good to others, service & welfare is the motive.
For most of us the Rajasic way of doing work is what attracts us to business. But unfortunately within no time, before we know it, we are drawn to the Tamasic way because of various factors like bottom line, profits, targets, competition, and so on. It is like I enter a horse race with all the good intentions of racing well, without any thoughts of whipping the horse or cheating, but when the finish line is visible & it is apparent that another person is likely to beat me to win the race, I am suddenly gripped by the excitement, fear of losing the race, etc. and I start whipping the horse to win the race. All’s fair then, even if I know that I’m doing wrong! So how do we stick to the right values at that crucial minute?
But what can we do?
We take up jobs in companies which pay well; we have a family to feed, etc. etc. Alright, but how about encouraging ideas which work towards reducing the strain on Nature. How about setting goals to having a better ‘life’ & not just a better ‘lifestyle’? Take responsibility for saving lives not serving Mammon. Make reasonable profits, not obscene ones. Keep aside some profits for social responsibilities.
Sattvik thinking …
Once, Mulla Nassrudin got into a bus all drunk. He could barely stand properly. One woman was so disgusted that she told him: “Do you realize that you are on the path to Hell?” Immediately Mulla screamed at the driver: “Stop, Stop! I got into the wrong bus!” Now this may sound funny to you, but just think what happens when we are drunk on power! Which bus are we taking? I personally feel, “Don’t talk bad about others to show that you are good!” How can we dream of harmony when we don’t want to accept that we are as good as every other person? We have to realize that the Divine in you is the same Divine in me. Only then can we think of harmony. What is a rainbow? It is nothing but droplets of water reflecting themselves in the sunlight. Every drop is different from the other but the light is common. And how gloriously they reflect themselves … some as red, some as blue, yet others as yellow, green and orange. And together they form the most beautiful rainbow, all in harmony, without arguing, many a times overlapping, still divine. In the business world, in the office, no success can come without any harmony. Harmony in our lives comes only from accepting others as they are, whether in our personal and professional world.
(The above was originally a speech given by the author at the International Women Leadership Forum, Mumbai)
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