“Bhagwat Geeta – the HR Perspective – Relevant today” …. Rammohan
Mr T. Rammohan, playwright, novelist and educator said that Management has become a part and parcel in everyday life, be it at home, office, factory, Government, or in any other organization where a group of human beings assemble for a common purpose, management principles come into play through their various facets like management of time, resources, personnel, materials, machinery, finance, planning, priorities, policies and practice. The speaker on this occasion was the talk focussed on many aspects of the Bhagavad Geeta which are relevant even today in an organisation in managing the human resources of an organisation.
Mr Rammohan was speaking on Bhagwat Geeta –the HR Perspective” in a Program organized jointly by VIA HRD Forum and National Human Resource Development [Nagpur chapter].
Initiating the discussion, the speaker said that many people have a question in mind i.e. what others were doing in the battlefield when Krishna was guiding Arjuna? And secondly, how much time it took for Krishna for the said discourse? The interesting observation by the speaker was that Lord Krishna freezed the time and only for four persons i.e. Krishna, Arjuna, Sanjay & Dhrutrashtra the timing was on. Secondly, this was only for 108 minutes and 20 seconds. The big question is when Lord Krishna could recite the entire GEETA in that span of time an ordinary human being is not being able to understand even a SLOKA in that time.
Elaborating on the above subject, Management is a systematic way of doing all activities in any field of human effort. It is about keeping oneself engaged in interactive relationship with other human beings in the course of performing one’s duty. Its task is to make people capable of joint performance, to make their weaknesses irrelevant – says Mr Rammohan.
India’s one of the greatest contributions to the world is Holy Gita. Arjuna got mentally depressed when he saw his relatives with whom he has to fight. The Bhagavad Gita is preached in the battle field Kurukshetra by Lord Krishna to Arjuna as a counseling to do his duty. It has got all the management tactics to achieve the mental equilibrium. It strikes harmony in working – equilibrium in thoughts and actions, goals and achievements, plans and performance, products and markets. It resolves situations of scarcities be they in the physical, technical or human fields through maximum utilization with the minimum available processes to achieve the goal.
The lack of management will cause disorder, confusion, wastage, delay, destruction and even depression. Managing men, money and material in the best possible way according to circumstances and environment is the most important and essential factor for a successful management. Managing men is supposed have the best tactics, he said. Man is the first syllable in management which speaks volumes on the role and significance of man in a scheme of management practices. From the pre-historic days of aborigines to the present day of robots and computers the ideas of managing available resources have been in existence in some form or other. When the world has become a big global village now, management practices have become more complex and what was once considered a golden rule is now thought to be an anachronism.
Further he said there is an important distinction between effectiveness and efficiency in managing i.e Effectiveness is doing the right things and Efficiency is doing things right. The general principles of effective management can be applied in every fields the differences being mainly in the application than in principles. Again, effective management is not limited in its application only to business or industrial enterprises but to all organisations where the aim is to reach a given goal through a Chief Executive or a Manager with the help of a group of workers. Concluding his presentation he said Management is a process in search of excellence to align people and get them committed to work for a common goal to the maximum social benefit.
The first question that was addressed was whether the Bhagavad Geeta and its learnings are still relevant today or whether these are just feeble attempts to keep the Bhagavd Geeta alive. After debating this, He noted that many a time, an employee is in the same mental condition as Arjuna was at the beginning of the war. He drew a lot of parallels between Arjuna’s mental state and the mental state of a depressed employee. Suppression and repression are the main cause due to which the mind becomes restless and the individual cannot function efficiently in the work place. Hence each one of us today is in need of the Krishna cure.
After discussing the four levels at which an individual can be understood, he focussed on the golden rules for motivating the employees based on an understanding of the Bhagavad Geeta. Though different techniques work for different people, yet there are some universal rules provided in the Bhagavad Geeta which are extremely practical and useful, he said. The best motivation is that which comes from within. The Bhagavad Geeta tries to elevate an individual to a level where he would not need any external motivation.
At various points in the talk he also referred to Western philosophers and philosophies and how they match with the advice given in the Bhagavad Geeta. The talk was followed by a lively Open house.
Earlier Mr Girish Deodhar Chairman VIA delivered the opening remarks, Mr Ashit Sinha Vice President delivered the welcome address followed Dr Amishi Arora Mentor and past president of NHRD [Nagpur Chapter] introduced Mr Anand Aurangabadkar, the new President of NHRD Nagpur Chapter. Mr Aurangabadkar then introduced the speaker while Mr Ashit Sinha summed up the discussion and proposed a vote of thanks.