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Students learn to manage their minds before managing the world, DhammaWeb MeditationStudents learn to manage their minds before managing the world
Anuradha Mane, 5 Nov 2006,

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Mumbai, November 4: While budding managers spend hours learning the ropes of the global market, what really prepares them to deal with the pressures of the corporate world is something as indigenous as lessons from the Bhagwad Gita. So, whether it is the principle of doing one’s own work as mentioned in the Karma Yoga, or following the directives of the Raja Yoga, it is all being assimilated into the MBA curriculum.

“For the last two years, vedanta classes is a prescribed course for all our students. We have people from the Vedanta Institute coming over to take lectures. The attendance is exceptionally good for these classes,” says Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development director K S Subramanian.

The reason: “Subjects like marketing and finance can be taught anytime, but to bring about overall maturity of thought, practical philosophy is useful.”

Agrees Selvi G, academic coordinator of the Sadhana Centre for Management and Leadership Development (SCMLD), “When students enter the corporate world, they need to deal with a lot of stress and to bring about an attitudinal change, the traditional methods work wonders.Every year we take our students to Igatpuri for a 10-day residential course in vipassana. The exercise is about equipping the students to lead a wholesome life and develop control over their mind.”

But while the management institutes are incorporating basic principles of traditional text into their curriculum, the corporate jargon is still there. “Though we incorporate the values of ancient thoughts, we want to keep the essence of the managerial language that the students will have to use for the rest of their professional life,” says Subramanian.

Lectures are also held to draw parallels between the bygone era and today’s scenario. Emphasis is laid on values of the Shad Sampat or the six virtues that include Dama (control of senses), Uparati (renunciation of activities that are not duties), Titiksha (endurance), Shraddha (faith) and Samadhana (perfect concentration) that are aimed at making the students endure all kinds of situations. “Our ancient scriptures have spoken of having an holistic approach to problems. On a personal level, these values are supplemented with activities like meditation and yoga,” says SCMLD student Vijesh Adiyodi, who recently attended the 10-day vipassana course.

Premier institutes like IIM Kolkata have also incorporated traditional texts into their curriculum. It’s all about managing the mind before one goes out to manage the world.

Students learn to manage their minds before managing the world
In Pune’s management institutes, Bhagwad Gita text, vipassana course form a part of curriculum
Anuradha Mane