Indian ethos for management means the application of principles of management as revealed in our ancient wisdom brought forth in our sacredbooks like our Gita, Upanishads, Bible and Kuran. There are 6 basic principles, . They are :
• Each soul is a potential God
• Holistic approach
• Equal importance to Subjectivity/Objectivity
• Karma yoga
• Yogah Karmasu Kaushalam
• Co – operation
Each Soul is a potential God
A human being has a soul, a spark of the Divine. The divine resides in theheart of a person. The Divine means perfection in knowledge, wisdom andpower. Therefore a human being has immense potential power or energy for self – development. Thus human efforts can achieve even an apparently impossible goal and convert the impossible into a reality. The partnership of God and Man can bring about extraordinary or miraculous results; only if man chooseswillingly to collaborate with God and actively participates in the affairs of the society by right action under his guidance and grace. He can bring about no tonly personal development, harmony, happiness but also prosperity of his own organization and the society without injustice to others. Of course here, also, God helps those who help themselves.
Holistic approach in Management
is based on spiritual principle of unity,oneness, non-dual or Advaita concept. Under this principle of unity, the universe in an undivided whole where each and every particle is connected with every other particle. Thus, entire Humanity is ONE. Such an integrated human personality of self-developed manager andworker can assure best and competent management of any enterprise,involving collective works and efforts. It will achieve perfection or excellence whatever sector you work. This is the ideal of Indian ethos : ‘AtmanoMokshartham Jagat Hitya Cha.’
(For gaining perfection in individual life, as well as for the welfare of the world.). This is the message for all managers andworkers given by the Indian ethos for management.
Equal Importance to Subjectivity / Objectivity
Indian ethos for management distinguishes between subject and object. Subject is subtle and intangible. Object is concrete and tangible or visible .We have the concept of the third eye, the eye of wisdom. It can see even that which the normal two eyes cannot. It can see the intangible i.e. invisible. Human and ethical values or qualities such as courage, vision, social awareness, fearlessness, integrity, pure and clear mind, truth, etc. aresubjective, subtle and intangible concepts. These subjective or subtle qualities are as important as money, materials, machines, information or data as well a human skills. Inner resources of human beings are more powerful than externalresources.Creator is subjective. Creation is objective. Insight i.e.,
creator is moreimportant than
creation. Our body, senses, intellect, mind,etc., are objective, seen, tangible. But our soul atman
is unseen, intangible, subtlest and subjective. Hence, wisdom manager/ worker is much more important and valuable than knowledge manager/ worker. Therefore, manager must develop his third eye, ‘Jnana Chakhu’ , the eyeof Vision intution, insight, foresight and such other divine qualities or values. This is the essence of Indian ethos for management.
It is yoga of selfless service to others. Karma Yoga is all about identifyingyour priorities and trying to achieve them. Also, a person should haveaccountability i.e. he should always hold only himself responsible for whatevergoes right or wrong. This brings about the union of human being with theDivine.Gita says that do your duty without ego and without calculations of gain or loss. One should believe in Nishkama Karma i.e. fruits of work should not be thought of while performing the duty. The memorable words of Gita are “ To work only you have the right and you have no right to the fruits...