Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita #23 – Awareness

Chapter 2 verse 40

नेहाभिक्रमनाशोऽस्ति प्रत्यवायो न विद्यते |
स्वल्पमप्यस्य धर्मस्य त्रायते महतो भयात् || 40||

nehābhikrama-nāśho ’sti pratyavāyo na vidyate
svalpam apyasya dharmasya trāyate mahato bhayāt

nanot; ihain this; abhikramaefforts; nāśhaḥloss; astithere is; pratyavāyaḥadverse result; nanot; vidyateis; su-alpama little; apieven; asyaof this; dharmasyaoccupation; trāyatesaves; mahataḥfrom great; bhayātdanger

Translation – Working in this state of consciousness, there is no loss or adverse result, and even a little effort saves one from great danger.

The link to the page is – https://www.holy-bhagavad-gita.org/chapter/2/verse/40

My interpretation – I feel here Lord Krishna is talking of something that Osho emphasised on “awareness”. Infact  right through my working years at Aon Hewitt, I had the following poster on my wall. I bought this poster from Osho World Galleria at Ansal Plaza ages back and its still with me.

Ahh those eyes ! They are so powerful. They seem to almost jump out of the inanimate poster to convert you into an aware human being :). I wish it was as simple though. I keep wondering, if Osho was such a powerful presence, how powerful a presence would Krishna have been. I lost my train of thought momentarily as I got mesmerised by Osho’s eyes.

Krishna’s message in this verse is awareness. For those of us working in offices and going about a “normal” life, awareness is about being sensitive to our environment, the mood at our workplace, gathering enough information before moving ahead and being inclusive. If we cannot be the Buddha in the boardroom, we can atleast try and be even-tempered and open-minded. When you are angry, you are a different person – when you are highly emotional about anything, again you are a different person. So its important to understand yourself better and stay away from decision making when your mental state is not conducive.

I have a rule to never make any decision in anger … very important for me because of my short temper. I wait for the anger to pass by before making any decision. Atleast I don’t do any damage in my altered state of mind !! Take help from your colleagues and team members to ensure you don’t take a wrong decision.

Awareness is the key … Meditate on Osho’s words, not mine.

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