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Some Good News!

I am happy and delighted to share that this blog is now listed in Best Indian Blogs Directory at indianbloggers.org

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For those who are already aware, this blog also features in Guy Kawasaki’ India’ Top 100 blogs as well

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I think this is a result of blogging consistently over over a decade now.

Thanks to all of you, who have supported, left a comment, shared and encouraged me.

Don’t look into those eyes

Guruji, Chicago 2014

Guruji, Chicago 2014 ; Waiting to give the photographer the due credit!

If you want to
play safe;
If you want to
maintain
the status-quo;
If you are
afraid of
adventures;

don’t look into those eyes

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Finding the Devi in the Mundane

The nine nights
of the Devi, a
time to dive deep
and experience
the presence of
the all pervading,
scintillating
energy. A time
to wake up to
this awe-inspiring
presence.
 
For those who find
the journey within
difficult, the ancient
rishis had a simple
solution; to find
her presence in
the very mundane.

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The Thousand Names

Each one,
beautifully
juxtaposed,
like a garland
of scented
flowers;
ebbing and flowing,
in a rhythm
like a mountain river,
penned with
deep love,
kindling love
and devotion,
the thousand names
not enough
to describe the
infinite attributes
of the Radiant One!

Chanted and heard by
millions and millions
in the timeless, recurring
cycles of manifestation
and dissolution of the
yugas.

As the white light
dispersing
from a prism
forms a rainbow;
the Names,
a constant reminder
of the underlying
presence
of Divinity in
this colorful,
pulsating,
Universe.

As the rainbow
gets recomposed
and merges with
the white light,
so to, chanting
and hearing the
names,
takes one back
to the source
– the effulgent,
Radiant, Loving One

I wrote this article for the Indore Management Associations journal’s Commemorative issue published in Jan 2011. Haven’t been able to find a online issue of the same and I thought I will reproduce my article out here. It is pretty long, so you have been warned.

There is a consensus amongst thought leaders, that today’s management and leadership principles were not developed to cope with the rapid pace of changes we are seeing in our workplaces. The unremitting pace of work, the need to respond to emails urgently, the blurring of lines between work time and leisure time, the invasion of  Millennials in the workplace, the advent of social media etc.– the workplace does not look the same as it was say even 10 or 15 years ago. And we all know that the years ahead will bring even more transformations that we may have not yet thought of. So how do we prepare ourselves adequately for the times ahead? Are there any leadership principles that we can borrow that have stood the test of time? It seems like there definitely is a list of leadership attributes that have stood the test of time that we can definitely borrow to fool proof our leadership skills.

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The Game

Five Thousand years ago
in the midst of a battlefield,
the awareness having gone,
down in the dumps, Arjuna,
had the presence of mind
to ask The Lord this question:
 
How does one maintain a
constant awareness?
 
The Radiant Lord,
creator of this Universe,
compassionately enumerates
his presence in all things
animate and inanimate
in this magnificent creation
of His. 
 
As He lists out his omnipresence
one stops to savor and relish
every word uttered as the creator
talks of His awe-inspiring creation
and His underlying presence
behind the entirety, stirring 
unknown chords in my heart,
as one vaguely recognizes familiar
faces on the street.
 
Passing through the sands
of time, five thousand years later,
I wonder at the same question
as the awareness of the presence
dissipates in the humdrum of daily life.
 
All it takes is an email, 
a harsh exchange,
an unmet expectation,
a plan gone wrong,
tough life challenges,
and hundreds of things,
big and small 
enough to throw me 
out of equilibrium,
and for the presence to
vanish as the mind races
to abysmally low depths.
 
As I sit on the yoga mat
going through the sadhana,
so beautifully laid out by My Master
The practice becomes 
experiential as the breath
recharges the body and brings
the mind back to equilibrium.
 
The Lord tells Arjuna,
recognize My presence 
through My attributes and
in everything.
 
I struggle enormously
to recognize and
to make that Awareness
and Presence my own;
 
I want it – not just in flashes, 
not just in deep meditation,
not just as an intellectual understanding -
but in an unbroken continuum
all throughout, 
on and off the mat.
 
Till then, I have to 
make an effort to see
that presence
in that email,
in that harsh-exchange,
in that unmet expectations,
in life’s tough challenges
and in all the things
that throw me off balance…
 
The game, I guess is, 
to get thrown off balance,
and to get up and say
Gotcha! I caught you there!
and then the Lord will
smile for he would have
found a playmate willing
to play His game on His turf
with His rules!
 
Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10. Guruji gave a commentary on this chapter this week and unfortunately haven’t been able to watch it yet. This poem came up today after the Sadhana and I thought I will share it with you. 
 
Don’t forget to pass around the word about my book “The Gita in My Homework“.

The Prime Minister of India one of the most stirring speeches heard in 68 years of Independence. There was a lot of anticipation and the PM did not disappoint, this was an extempore speech of over an hour without any notes or teleprompter etc. Spoken straight from the heart. 

After hearing platitudes for several years, it was refreshing to see and hear a PM who understands the aspirations and needs of the people of this country and talks about meeting those needs systematically through a leadership model that is contrarian to what we have experienced in the last 68 years.

The PM began by saying that he is speaking not as a Prime Minister, but as a “Pradhan-Sevak” or Chief Servant of the people of India- putting the emphasis on concept of service based leadership or servant based leadership.

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