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Sunday, March 20, 2011

no sweat, no sweets

कृतारिषड्वर्गजयेन मानवीमगम्यरूपां पदवीं प्रपित्सुना।
विभज्य नक्तंदिवमस्ततन्द्रिणा वितन्यते तेन नयेन पौरुषम्॥
भारविकृते किरतार्जुनीये  महाकाव्ये १---९

kṛtāriṣaḍvargajayena mānavīmagamyarūapāṁ padavīṁ prapitsunā|
vibhajya naktaṁdivamastatandrina vitanyate tena nayena pauruṣam||
bhāravikṛte kiratārjunīye  mahākāvye 1---9

The spy employed by Dharmaputra describles how the exiled king's arch rival and cousin Duryodhana is  exerting himself to the ultimate and increasing his valour and prosperity.
" The positions occupied is very difficult for him to sustain by mere human efforts as prescribed by manu.  So he has managed to conquer the six worst enemies one can have, namely, Kama (Lust), Krodha (Rage), Lobha ( stinginess), Moha (avarice), madha (arrogance) and maatsarya ( unhealthy competiton),  and setting out an effective  action plan without any place for rest or laxity either during day or night, through astute diplomacy, he is enhancing his influence over the subjects and vassals and is also conquering himself."

The most important principles of management are given in a capsule form once again.  The poet acknowledges that the more successful the manager,  stiffer targets will be thrown up for his achievement.  Living up to such targets is not an easy task by normal human standards.  However, the achievement can be made a sure possibility through some great effort.  The first precondition is to win over the inherent six enemies we are born with.  Lust simply derails us from action affects our unswerving concentration.  Rage dissipates our energy and  puts to nought  all our achievements till then.  Stinginess and meanness become mental blocks for ourselves  and our associates and pulls us back.  Unrealistic craving for anything is another drain for concerted action.(one should act and achieve, can dream reasonably, but dreams without action can only bring us disaster). Arrogance is the achiever's worst enemy... this trait makes one mad, quarrelsome and blind to realities and finishes him once for all.  Unhealthy and unethical competition, at the end of the day, will be only a harbinger of disaster.  One should not lose sight of the progress of the competitor, but getting obsessed with the rival operator can only affect ones on achievements. Once has to allow his own brand quality and achievement  speak for itself. 
Then the manager should have a well defined action plan...if the targets are sky high, one has no time to relax... every target becomes achievable when it is divided and the achievement is expected to fructify within clearly defined time-slots within a longer span of time fixed for achieving  the target.  Losing out at each time slot makes a dent on the final results.  And finally the never say die attitude is the vital quality that really makes the difference. In cricket we say the game is not over till the last ball is bowled. The same idea  would appear with greater force in the pursuit of our targets.

To be precise, the great poet is just giving us a lesson in proper management of our resources and time. just taking the storyline of Duryodhana as a medium. The dramatis personae are not very material, but the ideas are worth their weight in gold.

।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

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