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If we want to live well, both externally and internally, how well we live here simply depends on how well we manage our surroundings and how well we manage ourselves.
Fundamentally, life is management, if you don't know how to maintain your body, your mind, your emotions, your situations, your life in general, your home, your communities, nations and the world, the quality of our life is just how well we manage things with ourselves.
But generally, we are thinking of management, we are applying ourselves to management only in terms of business management or industry management generally we are talking management only with economic situations, not life as a whole.
In many ways, it's unfortunate that today the most predominant factor that rules the planet has become economics.
The other aspects of life have been totally pushed to the corner.
When economics rules and economics is the only thing that we are thinking about, we will tend to become very gross and unhappy in so many ways.
What I see is. You know, we are conducting various levels of programs to the very top level executives in some big corporations in the world, major, major corporations in the world.
What I see is people who have failed in their lives, their suffering, their failure, people who have succeeded in their life, their suffering, their success.
If you suffer your failure, it's OK because failure comes easy if you suffer your success, that is tragedy, because success doesn't come easy.
So something that you worked for, something that you always longed for, something that you wanted to create in your life, when it happens, if you start suffering, that that's real tragedy of life.
But a large number of successful people on the planet are suffering their success.
When I say suffering their success. If you look at people, look at yourself and say you're still young people, most of you, when you're five years of age, how happy you were and today how happy you are if we make a child out of it. Grab hold of it. Is it moving upward and downward in 24 hours time? How many moments are you really happy?
If you look at this, is it going up or down? Is it going up or down, down? So that means you're a bad manager.
Because after all, everything that you did in your life is in pursuit of happiness, isn't it all that you're doing in your life, you're doing it because you believe that is your happiness.
You educate yourself, you pursue careers, you build families, you run after your ambitions.
So many things you do because somewhere you believe fulfilling those things will bring you happiness.
After doing all that, if happiness is not multiplying, it is going down, that means you are a bad manager of yourself.
Anybody who does not know how to manage his own body, his own mind, his own emotion and his energy.
If he's managing outside situations, he's only managing them by accident, not by intent the way he wants it, because if you do not know how to manage your mind, how to manage your energies, how to manage your interiority, managing the outside is bound to be accidental.
When you manage situations by accident, you exist as an accident.
When you exercise an accident, you are a potential calamity. When you exist as a potential calamity, being anxious all the time becomes a natural part of life.
Anywhere you go today, people are talking stress management, especially a few years ago when I first went to United States.
Wherever I go, people were talking stress management.
I could not understand why anybody wants to manage stress.
I can understand you want to manage your business, you finance your family, your property, whatever, but why would you want to manage stress?
It took me a while to understand these people have come to the conclusion that there is no other way to live. Somehow people have come to the conclusion that if you do things in the world, you're bound to be stressful.
One is not stressful because of what they are doing.
One is stressful because he's a bad manager of himself. He doesn't know how to manage his own systems. That is why he is stressful.
It is not the nature of the job which makes one stressful. You ask your policy.
He is also stressful. You ask the top executive. He is also stressful. Everybody believes their job is stressful. No job is stressful. If you have no control over your own systems, you will be stressful. Whether you do something or you don't do anything isn't to talk to management means.
Fundamentally, management means we want to decide the course of our destiny, that's management, we don't want to live here by accident. We want to take our lives where we want to go. That's management, isn't it?
So if you're managing by accident, you are not a manager. Without you, things were done better.
So once you say I'm a manager, that means somewhere you have decided that you want to go in a particular way, you want to have a certain kind of situation, both inward and outward.
So everybody's a manager in his own capacity.
But in different levels and different types, whether you manage a kitchen where you cook for four people, are you mine, manage a large industry where 10000 people work. Fundamentally, if you want to have a good kitchen or a good industry, you must be a good manager of that situation.
So whether you're managing a little kitchen or a large industry, if you want to manage outside situations generally, you will have to manage material and people around you.
If you have to manage 10 people or 10000 people around you, you have to manage 10 mines or 10000 mines around you.
But if you have no management over your own mind, you managing 10000 mines is going to be a disaster in the process of doing something.
If we are destroying human beings, which is happening right now in the process of managing a situation, the man is broken.
Then this kind of management is no good because after all, every management that we do is only for human well-being.
If we are doing management for human well-being in the process of doing something, in the process of managing situations, it is not only about producing something or making profit. Human beings should rise to their full potential.
If we manage the situation properly in simple process of working, you and the people who are working with you should be able to raise to their full potential.
When I say rising to full potential, not just work potential, but as human beings, they must be able to rise to their full potential.
If people work together, then people should be able to rise to the peak of their love, peace, compassion within themselves.
If this doesn't happen, then it's bad management because all management, the basic intent is human well-being.
If that is not happening, you are just producing something. You are making little profit. But human beings are getting broken in the process. It doesn't mean anything. So this kind of management has to happen that just in managing our business, you find people around, you raise to their peak, then you have to spend a certain amount of time in focusing on your inner management.
If this doesn't happen, you will only manage situations by accident.
A lot of people have understood management as a way of throwing their weight around.
Can I tell you a joke on a certain day, a line? Was really feeling great within himself. He just was walking and little rabbit was going, he caught. And rotating, who is the king of the jungle, the little rabbit terrified, said, you, you of course you you let him go I around a little bit.
Then he found a Fox cartoon who is the king of the jungle. Oh, my lord, it's you. Of course, nobody else but you.
Then he's got a swagger around a little bit. Quite a few more animals. Everybody screamed out of here.
You are the king of the jungle. Then he was in full swagger, like a manager.
King of the jungle walked into a clearing in the jungle. There was a huge duska standing.
He went, stood in front of him and asked, who is the king of the jungle?
The tusker took his trunk, rolled him up, picked him up, twirled him around, smashed him to the ground. His back broke. Then the lion said, you could have just told me.
But the Tusker said, you see, I had to make my point.
So a lot of people generally are thinking management means just throwing their weight around. Throwing your weight around is not management.
Any fool can do that if you manage a situation. Not just things happening that people should feel elevated. Just being in that space, otherwise it is not management. Above all, if you go to your place and you manage a situation, you must feel wonderful being there.
If that doesn't happen, you are not a good manager. So this has to happen. You need an inner dimension. When I say inner dimension, what is inner dimension?
When I say, you know, I'm not just talking about the body or the mind because both this body and mind you gathered from outside in certain ways, isn't it? For example, this physical body, when you were a child, this body was only this much.
Now it's become this much. How did this happen? How did this happen? That's a question. How did this happen? Hmm? You grew up, how did it happen? I must. I'm sorry, how did it happen, how did all this morning happen? Food that you eat, isn't it, what you call as my body is actually a heap of food that you gathered.
What you call as food is just a piece of it that you converted to the food and make it in the body, isn't it?
So this body is just a heap of food that you gathered over a period of time.
What you call as my mind is a heap of impressions that you gathered from outside.
Now you have a heap of food and a heap of impressions. If this much gathering has to happen, something more than this must exist, isn't it? If you are capable of gathering such a large body and so much mind, there must be something more fundamental than this, but that never comes into your experience. You are just last in this door heaps trying to make some sense out of it.
Now, as there is a science, as there is a management science for the external well-being, there is a management for science, for inner well-being.
It is just that most of the time we have not approached it scientifically with just believing by doing something. Somehow everything will be OK.
Right now people are thinking by educating themselves, they will live happily ever after, which you will discover after some time.
It's not so by getting a job, they think they are going to be happy ever after, which you will discover it is not.
So by making money, you think you are going to be happy ever after you will discover it is not so. Somebody thinks by getting married they are going to be have it after and.
They know it is not so.
So you're trying to somehow fool yourself into believing that by doing something, everything will be OK, though repeatedly it has let you down.
Still, you believe that something else, some other miracle will make everything OK.
It'll not be OK. It once happened on a certain day, a bull and a pheasant were grazing, grazing on the field, you know, bull pheasant.
But the bull was grazing on the grass.
The pheasant was speaking, ticks off the bull. They're partners, you know. Then the president looked at a huge tree which was at the edge of the field and very nostalgically said, alas, there was a time when I could fly to the topmost branch of the tree, but today I do not have the strength even to fly to the first branch of the tree.
The bull very nonchalantly said that's no problem.
Eat a little bit of my dung every day, you will see within a fortnight's time you will reach the top of the tree. The pheasants had oh, come off it. How is that possible? The bulls had really please try and see the whole humanity on it. You could try to.
Very hesitantly, the Fezzan started picking at the dung and low on the very first day, it reached the first branch of the tree in a fortnight's time, it reached the top most plant of the tree.
It just went and sat in the topmost Branton, just looking at the scenery, enjoying it.
The old farmer saw a fat old pheasant on the top of the tree.
He took out a shotgun and shot him off the tree. So the moral of the story is even bullshit can get you to the top, but never lets you stay there.
So if you're seeking if you're seeking a life of fulfillment, if you are seeking a life of joy and peace and wellbeing within yourself, don't try to bully yourself in some way.
You must do the right thing.
Otherwise, it won't work now that your managers are to be managers.
I hope they have taught you that unless you do the right thing, it doesn't work with outside. The same goes with the inside. Unless you do the right thing, it just doesn't work. You may just pull yourself to believe that this will make me all right. That will make me all right. Yes. For a moment. But the next moment, your crash.
Please see. Successful people and successful people just look at their lives and see in 24 hours how many moments are they really joyful, how many you go on the street and see? How many joyful faces do you see on the street?
Very, very few. Isn't it some? Yes, if you see any, usually their young faces over 30 faces around long faces. What's happened to them?
For most of them, their lives have worked out far better than they ever imagined. If you look at yourself as a generation, never before another generation of people have been this comfortable and this well, physically, as you are right now, isn't isn't it?
We are the most comfortable generation. No other generation has known these kind of comforts and conveniences. But still, are we any happier than what people were?
This is simply because we did not do enough management.
We just did external management, knowing the management in the process of creating what we want, the very source of our life, this planet we're just destroying, isn't it, in pursuit of happiness. We are just making a bonfire out of this planet.
But still we are not satisfied, not how are we any more joyful than what we were 500, 500 years ago as people were, isn't it?
So somewhere we have neglected the interiority. So to turn inward, what is needed?
One reason why most young people here and never made any effort to turn inward is because today any thinking person, the moment you can read ABC, speak English and he has extra alphabet's next to his name, he develops an allergy towards anything spiritual.
This is not your fault. This so-called spiritual people have made such jokers out of themselves.
They have presented spirituality in such terrible ways, ridiculous ways that anybody who has any sense doesn't want to go anywhere near it. So, yes, spirituality means. To know something which is beyond the physical right now, if you exist as a physical entity. As a body, as a mind, because both these things are accumulations from outside, whatever happens outside will happen inside. If what happens outside begins to happen within you all the time, then you being peaceful and happy is always accidental.
Because it doesn't matter who you are, how powerful you are, how great a manager you are, external situations will never be 100 percent in your control.
That's the nature of the life.
Even if you are just two people in the family still, you don't have absolute control over the situation, isn't it? As the scope and play of your life increases, you have less and less control over the situations in which you live.
That's the reality of life.
So whatever is happening outside is happening within you. You being peaceful and happy in your life is a far away thing. It's never going to happen.
Only when a person begins to experience a dimension beyond the physical within himself, then he can play with the physical world whichever way he wants.
He can do the best that he can do with the outside world. But the interiority is undisturbed, always the way you want it.
The outside world will not happen the way we want it. 100 percent at least the inner world should happen the way we want it, isn't it?
Isn't it? The outside will never happen 100 percent the way we want it. That's the reality of life, but at least this one should happen the way we want it.
If this is also not happening the way you want it, if your body, if your mind, if your emotions, if your energies are not functioning the way you want it, then this is the worst kind of slavery because somebody else decides what should happen within you if somebody else decides what should happen around you.
That itself, you call it slavery, isn't it?
Yes. Are we on talking terms or not? Well, that's fine. If somebody decides what should happen around you, that itself, you call it slavery. But if someone decides what should happen within you, is it not a more horrible way of being a slave?
But please see, the whole world is in it, though only. Cancellation is everybody is like this. Now, now that you're learning management as a science, I would like you to understand there is a whole science of inner management. If you don't learn that you manage businesses, you may manage industry, but still you will not live a life of fulfillment and well-being.
If you want to live a life of fulfillment and well-being and offer the same to people around you. It's extremely important, you know what it means to manage your interiority. I I really don't know how you feel today going out of probably the last step of your education or at least one step of your education, a major step of your education, because when I studied in the university, I was I did not go to my convocation. Somewhere right from my childhood, I'll be OK for a story.
Right from my childhood, the education that I received, though, they sent me to the best possible schools around it didn't mean anything to me because my sense of listening and looking at people was such. When the teachers were talking, whatever chemistry, biology or mathematics, one thing I could clearly see was whatever they were saying didn't mean a damn thing to them.
And I was not willing to listen to anything from somebody who is talking something which doesn't mean anything to him.
So I always looked at the teacher, if he put his heart into it. I'm willing to be there, otherwise I'm out. Because somewhere I'm I have so many things on my agenda for the day. Twenty four hours are packed with too many things. I'm not willing to spend an hour or even five minutes listening to someone who is talking something which doesn't mean anything to him, even if he's talking nonsense.
It doesn't matter if it means something to him. I'm willing to listen to it. But if he's talking great things which don't mean anything to him, I'm not willing to listen to him. So as a part of this, I spent your education is over so I can talk.
I spend almost 90 percent of my college hours outside, only 10 percent inside. Only when I saw somebody who was talking something with passion.
I'm deaf, otherwise I'm just out. Now, this education I'm repeatedly telling Dr. Majumder and a few other people around here, I'm happy to see somebody talking with some passion about what they're doing. Somebody it doesn't matter what they're doing is right or wrong, OK, perfect or not, but someone has put his heart into it, it's OK because human life becomes beautiful, not because we do the right things. Human lives become beautiful because we put our heart into what we are doing.
It doesn't matter what we are doing, whether we are sweeping the floor or managing the country or what we are doing, if we are putting our heart into what we are doing, it's beautiful to be doing that activity.
So I think it's unfortunate that I've just seen a few people. I hope everybody here is putting their hearts into what they're doing and living in an atmosphere where people are passionate about what they're doing itself is highly enriching.
Now that you're stepping into the world, not that you don't know, but anyway, now you're stepping into the world in a different dimension than the way you have been till now. Once you step into the world, there's going to be a lot of filt. There is corruption, there is nonsense, there is so many things happening everywhere.
There are some set of people, a certain set of people who will develop an allergy for this filth.
They can't stand it. They usually run to the Himalayas because they're allergic to fill. They can't take it. They want everything pure. But such a thing will not happen because the filth of the world has one way or the other has entered our minds.
Whenever we empower that filth or not is all the option that we have, but we cannot avoid it.
Is that all the nonsense that can happen in the world, you know, in your head, isn't it?
So one set of people develop allergy and try to run away, which they can never do really.
Another set of people, a large segment of people, unfortunately, have come to their own kind of philosophies anyway.
That is, world is full of filth. Let me also become filt.
So they have joined that. They are merged into the filth. What we call a spilt can also be great, many of you know, Indian spirituality has always used Lotus as a symbolism. A lotus flower has always been the main symbolism for Indian spirituality via a lotus flower is a lotus flower grows best where the filth is thick.
This film, which is tinking, which you can bet has transformed itself into your fragrant, beautiful flower. This option also is with us every moment of our life.
If that must sphere's that we live in. Make us we cannot call ourselves managers if we make the atmosphere that we live in, only then we can call ourselves managers. Being a manager means that we are going to create whatever we see as the most beautiful thing to happen right now. Allowing situations to create you is not management at all. Creating the situation that we want is management, as many of them have said many things. This process of education, there is a sudden acceleration.
Now that education is over, you're stepping into a new dimension of life, the excitement and you know, it's always beautiful to step into something new that you believe is going to be wonderful.
But what we have seen with life with most people is. Now, let's say somebody got a job the first day when they went and sat behind this table, this table was the most fantastic place in the world. But within a few years behind the same table are manufacturing, blood pressure, diabetes, ulcers and whatnot.
This is not because there is something wrong with the jobs that we do. This is not because there is something wrong with the world that we live in. It is simply because we have not paid sufficient attention to ourselves. We are paid too much attention to what is outside.
To succeed in the world, people are always thinking great aspirations will make a successful aspiration is just an initial starting point.
Just because you aspire for success, just because you aspire for prosperity, just because you aspire for well-being. It doesn't happen.
Success, prosperity, wellbeing happens because you have made yourself capable of creating those things. Everybody aspires who is not aspiring for success in the world.
Everybody is aspiring. Even a beggar on the street is trying to be a successful beggar, isn't it? Every human being is aspiring for it, but only those who have made themselves capable will succeed.
Making yourself capable not only in terms of management skills and other things, but that is needed to but making yourself capable as a human being to go through situations untouched. To be like a lotus flower, even if you're in the filthiest of situations to maintain your beauty and fragrance, if one has this, he will float through this life untouched. If one doesn't have it, life will eat him up in so many ways. It's my wish and my blessing that this new set of managers.
We'll manage this world, this country, this community and the business and commerce, which is part of our existence today in the world in a much better way than the previous generations of people have done, because externally we are better equipped than ever before. If we make a little effort, it's it's a fortune that an institution has made an effort to equip you internally to whatever extent it was possible for them if you equip equip yourself for internal management.
Also, I'm sure that these group of people and many more will pass out of this institution should definitely manage this world, this nation and the communities much, much better than the way it's been done until now. When it comes to management, there's no such thing as perfect management. It is just that if people give themselves absolutely to what they're doing, things will happen. Right now, the Asia Foundation, Dr. Carter came up to see what's happening there.
That's how he's been into this. It is run by all young people, the whole foundation. We have hundreds of centers in India and outside the country. Everything is managed by very young people, people who have been with us for 14, 15 years. They're just in their early 30s now. Very, very young people know senior people, no experience people, just young people, railheads. I took this as a challenge to make it happen through them, not using any kind of experience.
I'm not against experience. I'm not against that. But I wanted to make a statement that incredible things can be done, not because we know how to do it. Incredible things can be done simply because we are committed to it. We want it to happen.
That's what today.
This has grown into a voluntary organization with over 200000 active volunteers around the world, and we have taken enormous projects of social significance.
All these things are handled by volunteers. They're not paid for it. They spend from their own pockets and do things. And you need to understand, managing these people, managing volunteers, is much more difficult than managing paid employees because you can't fire them. You can never fire them for inefficiency or in discipline or whatever, because they are there on a voluntary basis.
So people who manage these situations, very young people without any qualifications, they are such fantastic managers of people. The way they manage the situations, the way they conduct thousands of people has said such a exemplary example in the community that I would take this opportunity someday, that when it's possible you visit each yoga center as to how things are managed.
So simply because management doesn't come. I know you need to learn about finance, the state banking and those kind of things.
But fundamentally, management is your ability to be capable of inspiring people to do their best.
And that's all we can do. If everybody around us are doing their best, that's the best possible management that can happen. So this is not going to come with manipulation. This is only going to come a dedication. This is only going to come with love. That is only going to come because you are willing to give yourself hundred percent to the person who's next to you at that moment, or is all this possible? That is it not all utopian?
You think this is the reality in the corporate sector?
I'm telling you, we are working in the prisons. We are working in rural areas. We are working with major corporations in the world. It doesn't matter what kind of person you meet.
If you just learn to touch the core of his humanity, then you see every human being is willing to do his best for you always.
If you just learn how to touch the very core of a human being with around you right now, you will see everybody is willing to do lay their lives down for you.
Only if people around you love you and they want to do the best for you, you will not get ulcers doing management.
If people around you are trying to pull you down, you will anyway get ulcers, trying to manage situations.
Is it if you do not create the people who truly love us and wanting to give their best, then management is going to be a pain. Management is going to be a huge suffering only when people around us really want to do the best for you, only then management can happen wonderfully. It's my wish and my blessing that all of you turn out as truly great managers of yourself and the world around you. Our lives become beautiful, not because of what we do, life becomes beautiful simply because we have included everybody around us as a part of our dream of well-being.
I hope all of you become truly successful and well, in whatever way, with the new technologies, if you need any help, we are always available to you. It's been a joy to be here in this institution. I've been to any number of colleges. People are the same, but creating an institution with some sense of commitment for inner well-being in today's world is. Too happy. Thank you.