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He integrates the divisive aspects of our war-torn self into one whole understanding of who we really are.
In this understanding our separate and conflicting ego-edges dissolve. We find connection even with our sworn enemies in the unity of purpose: Krishna teaches Arjuna how to lead in the battle of life with his undying and imperishable soul Self.
He teaches us the secret of invincibility. All wars are first fought in the mind. Therefore, it is in the mind that all wars must first be won. Arjuna, the great warrior, has a mental breakdown in the middle of the battlefield. He does not wish to kill his kinsmen. In his refusal to take up arms against his near-and-dear ones, Arjuna heightens the battle that goes on within our own minds. The near-and-dear ones are often those thoughts and emotions we are deeply attached to.
The people we are closest to are the ones we very often think of or feel strongly about. Kinship is determined by familiarity in thought and emotion. Whomever we are most familiar with becomes our family. For the leader of an organization the conventions of business as usual have to be challenged.
The war of the Bhagavad Gita is happening within the family. Arjuna, representing the Pandavas, and Duryodhona, representing the Kauravas, are cousins.
Arjuna has been robbed and deprived of what is due to him and is poised to fight Duryodhona for the kingdom that is rightfully his. This war is a battle to break out of mental moulds.
Arjuna is an unfinished leader. He is a work in progress. His evolving life takes him through conflict of choice. The human mind evolves through choices. Only the human condition presents such choices. The animal instinctively fights or flees. The tiger does not ask whether it should kill its prey or shy away from it. The buffalo does not make the choice to step aside on a busy street and politely allow its herd to pass by.
The tiger is bound by its instinct to chase and kill its prey when it is hungry. The buffalo is bound by its instinct to move in a huddle with its herd. But the leader of an organization has to overcome the herd instinct that gets in the way of progress. Thus the human condition comes with a boon and a curse: We have the boon of choosing and the curse of the conflicts that we must face when we have many choices.
Whenever there is conflict in the world, human beings have to realize that there is no such thing as a conflict in reality.
All conflicts reside in the content of our own mind. The summer has no conflict with the winter. Only the mind that gets conditioned by the warmth of summer resists the winter. The leader within an organization has to be deeply Self-aware to see that all conflicts start in the mind-space.
Conflict arises when a mind is reluctant to get out of its entrenchment in a familiar way of life. Whenever that order is threatened, the human mind enters into conflict with itself. His mind recoils from the breakdown of that established order in the event of a war.
Arjuna is a struggling fighter. He is unable to step out of the prison of his own mind in which he is fighting himself. The agitated mind is a mob of thoughts and emotions. At any point in time thoughts swarm across the mental space like bustling crowds in a metropolis. Arjuna is dejected and despondent. He is unable to focus his thoughts on a single point of action. He is unable to lift his bow and arrow and get on with the war. What happens when the mind behaves like an unruly mob? It loses its power to act wisely.
When the mind is unruly and indecisive, the body follows through non-action. Like a manager unable to make a stressful decision, Arjuna creates an alibi of hollow words to defend his crippled will. He says he would rather be killed than kill his own kinsmen. He forgets that he is in a righteous war against the Kauravas, who have unjustly usurped his kingdom. He offers weak arguments to defend his decision to flee the war.
His personal ego and emotions overshadow his powers of discrimination. When the mind behaves like a mob there are countless mutinies going on within it. In a war-torn mind, the will to act ceases to function. Will is the energy source of all our action. When a leader confronts turbulence in an organization his will to take decisive action is seriously impaired by an irresolute mind.
The energy of our will has to be freed from the confusions and conflicts of the mind. Arjuna cannot free his will from the network of reactions that arises in his mind as he contemplates the prospects of war. The flow of will is possible only when the mind is free from the throes of reaction.
A leader whose will is crippled wonders, What will people think about me in my organization if I act this way instead of that? He becomes a victim of self-doubt. His fragmented mind functions like the surface waves of a stormy ocean.
Such a mind is unable to reflect the depths of the still ocean. The mind in conflict is like those raging waves that obscure the will that lies buried in the depths of our psyche.
Arjuna has been preparing for this righteous war for many years. He is a born warrior, yet he is still stuck in the fight with himself. Arjuna has fragmented his whole life into parts just as separate waves fragment the ocean into multiple aspects. As he is stricken by grief he is merely repeating patterns. Grief-stricken, Arjuna is fruitlessly lamenting like the weakened waves of the sea breaking on a rocky shore.
When the mind is fragmented, our perception of life gets distorted just as the multiple waves distort the unity of the ocean. A mob is an unruly and capricious crowd. In a mob the individual loses the power to think deeply and act out the individual will. A mob is unsteady and its actions are no longer governed by rationality or a steady flow of individual will.
When we are fragmented, as Arjuna is, our brain is unsteady and the nervous system is tensed. Our emotional composure is thrown out of balance. Our experience is like that of a man who is drowning in a storm-tossed sea.
How do we react under such circumstances? We just grasp at any straw to save our lives. This is exactly what Arjuna is doing. This is what most leaders do when they are caught in crisis within an organization. They express their own inadequacy through worry, impulsive behavior, and unsteady will. They hold onto their own restless minds like a drowning man holding onto a straw.
Think of those leaders who were heading those financial institutions that were torn apart in crisis. Or, think of those autocratic rulers in Egypt and the Middle East who were barely hanging onto their thrones in utter desperation! Krishna is about to teach Arjuna the way to deal with the problem he faces. Krishna is a warrior and he has already resolved the fight in his own mind. He is about to convince Arjuna that he is behaving like a mob because he has identified himself with his restless mind.
Krishna teaches Arjuna the art of rising above the turbulence of the mind. A fighter like Arjuna gets caught in this turbulence. A warrior like Krishna observes any potential turbulence or disorder in the mind and brings it to order.
Krishna would urge Arjuna to know the disorder of his own mind by observing it. Therefore, Krishna would urge Arjuna to look at his own mind and know it. You have to be separate from the phenomenon that you wish to see or know before you can truly know it. You can take a photograph or a look at a mirror-image of your own eyes in order to see them as a separate entity.
Krishna will clarify to Arjuna that his restless mind must be the object of his knowledge. Leaders can acquire this objectivity only when they know how to bypass their ego when they are dealing with their own mind.
Arjuna will need to distance and detach himself from his own ego, which is preventing him from knowing his own mind. The ego is like a disposable idea. An idea is like mental tissue paper that must be disposed of when it outlives its utility. Yet we hang on to ideas as though they were inseparable from us. For a long time in human history most people held onto the idea that the Earth was the center of the universe and that every other planetary body, including the Sun, was moving around the Earth.
When Nicolaus Copernicus formulated enough scientific evidence of a Sun-centered universe, the Earth was displaced from its assumed center. Arjuna is hanging onto his ego, which is nothing more than the illusory center of his universe. From this ego-center he sees others—his own kith and kin—through the emotional filters of despair and despondency.
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Sort order. Apr 27, Abby Varghese rated it really liked it. Review originally posted in Abby's Shelves Before going to my review on this book, I would love to thank Mr. Robins J Alappatt for gifting me this amazing book on leadership. Do check out ITrans for more details regarding the programs offered.
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What I enjoyed about Timeless Leadership: The chapters are well organized in such a way that there is a smooth and continuous flow of wisdom making the reader immersed in the purifying experience.
This book unlike many books I have come across is based on Bhagavad Gita and that is one thing that makes this book unique. For those not familiar with Bhagavad Gita or simply Gita is a verse Hindu scripture originally written in Sanskrit which is a narrative of dialogue between Arjuna, a Pandava prince and his charioteer Lord Krishna who counsels him regarding complex concepts like Dharma. The author here has done a brilliant job in selecting the relevant verses from Gita and helps the reader understand these complex spiritual subjects with examples from the present world and that brilliance actually paid off in making this book truly stand apart from the rest.
As someone who doesn't enjoy much management book, I loved this one even though at times the author fell off track and thus failing to sum it up by the end of some chapters. But for someone who is looking for a serious management book, this book may be a disappointment as it lacked corporate or real life examples that a reader would expect from a book like this which could have taken this book to another level. Overall for me, this has been a wonderful and inspiring read to a great extent that I have absorbed several of these tips.
Highly recommended for casual readers but for someone who is looking for a serious management book, this isn't for you. Do give a thumbs up if you enjoyed reading this review or comment below if you would love to share your opinion. Looking forward to hearing from you guys. Dec 02, Tahir Hussain rated it really liked it. Absolutely wonderful read Opens your eyes to new ways of Spirituality - The Scene is Set amidst the War between the Padavas and the Kauravas as Arjuna learns lessons in the Battlefield through Krishna who guides him.
Author speaks a lot about Our Inner Battles and what we must face in order to overcome ourselves Unconscious Mind and become who we're supposed to be One with the Self. Every line is powerful , powerful enough to skip through and not realize we've missed a Gem of a sentence Absolutely wonderful read Every line is powerful , powerful enough to skip through and not realize we've missed a Gem of a sentence thats so Profound.
A Must read for Every Young Leader. May 29, Mayank Pandya rated it it was ok.
The presentation,look, feel of the book is very good and one is enticed to bye by the look of the book itself. However the contents are bit confusing and in all the chapters the author although starts well but loses track and the summing up is not at all impressive.
May be I found book unimpressive as I am not very fond of management books. Took me more than a month to complete it. Nov 21, Richa Awasthy rated it liked it. This was a good read with the teachings of the Bhagwad Gita simplified and presented in a more relevant form to the present.
But, it makes more sense to someone already in the understanding of another plane than mere body and its goals. Aug 25, Kashmira Mody rated it it was ok. Super insights. Wish it was slightly easier to read and had more corporate or real life examples and anecdotes.
Feb 12, Bineydeep Singh rated it did not like it. Didn't like it much. Its too global Oct 07, Linda rated it really liked it.
I read this for my yoga class. Very interesting reflection on leadership. Jan 28, Mohan rated it liked it.