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Grand Sri Ram Temple is Opening

On 22nd Jan 2024, prime minister Narendra modi will do the pran prathistha of the grand rama temple at ayodhya. This is the right time for all of us to learn from the journey of Sri Rama. There are multiple types of lessons hidden in Ramayana. Let’s dive deep and explore the management lessons from Ramayana.

Profit making is the ultimate goal on any enterprise and rightly so. In fact, earning money (artha) is one of the legitimate goals of life as per Indic scriptures. But earning money should be done with righteousness (dharma). Corporate ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility capture the ideas of earning artha with dhrama, in today’s enterprises. Given an option of becoming a rich & famous person OR a good human being, I am sure many of us will want both for ourselves. There are management schools, academies and loads of case studies to become rich and successful at your work. But there is not much available to help ambitious people to become successful, with utmost righteousness.

Even as a super smart coder, as an ace marketer, as a brilliant scientist, as a top-notch business brain or as a world-renowned doctor, life will not stop posing complicated emotional conflicts at the work place. Are we preparing ourselves adequately to deal with those situations? As a student of Ramayana, I believe Ramayana provides an ethical answer to almost every situation that we encounter at our workplace.

Every parent wants to see a Rama or Sita in their children. Given an option for their children becoming a rich & famous person OR a good human being, I am sure many will not want to skip the latter. There are schools, coaching academies, education technology applications, to cater to the subject learning needs of the children. But there is not much available to help parents, to inculcate values in the children - the values of resilience, values of honesty, values of truthful ness and skill to resolve conflicts and constant stress, that modern lives throw at us every moment. We as parents equip our children with the functional skills for them to steer through the competitive career maze but I guess, we don’t do enough to equip our children with a robust value system, which can assist them at emotional level, throughout their lives.

I consider Ramayana as an advance form of ChatGPT from the vedic times. You can send a query to Ramayana and it will return a perfect answer. And same holds true for the management related questions. Lord Rama spent 14 years of grit and determination in exile. The qualities he exhibited there made him God Rama from King Rama.

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Shantanu Gupta is the founder of The ramayana School. He is the author of the bestselling title “Teaching from ramayana for Family and life”, published by Penguin. Shantanu is the biographer of up Cm yogi adityanath with his book titled - “The monk Who Became Chief minister”.

He faced worst of the challenges in those 14 years, what one can possibly face in one’s life. He lost his kingdom, he lost his wife and he almost lost his life during the war. He did not take the short cuts, he did not run back to his brother Bharata for his assistance, he did not lose his honesty, his goodness, his righteousness and finally won the war over Ravana. After the initial agony of his wife’s kidnap, he calmed himself. He strategized based on whatever resources were available to him. He made local allies in form of Hanuman and Sugreeva. He used all the skills he learnt from the various teachers in his life. He did meticulous human resource and talent management – Hanuman helped him search his wife Sita, Angad helped him in diplomatic peace mission, Jambavan helped him to keep the team motivated, Engineers Nal & Neel helped him to make the Rama Bridge to cross the sea to Lanka, Vibhishan helped him to penetrate through the secrets of the opposition army. In the end Rama and his vanara army won against mighty Ravana and his resourceful, well equipped army.

I want to pick two management lessons from the life of Sri Ram and Hanuman Ji.

Keep upskilling yourself during recession times

During the exile, Rama, Laxmana and Sita have taken a vow to survive on – fruits, roots and water (Fala, Moola, Jala). By the time Bharata came to meet Rama at Chitrakoot, the exiled trio had struggled enough and found the basic means of survival at Chitrakoot. Chitrakoot is in today’s Uttar Pradesh. But after Bharata’s visit that hide out became known to many in Ayodhya. Rama knew that now many people from Ayodhya will start visiting him frequently at Chitrakoot, which will make him weak and he may develop a longing to go back to Ayodhya. So, Rama decided to leave Chitrakoot and move further into the deadly jungle of Dandkaranya along with Sita and Laxman.

For almost the next 12 years, Rama did not set up a proper base and kept on moving from one Guru (teacher) to another. His quest for knowledge and wisdom took him to hermits like Rishi Bhardwaja, Rishi Valmiki, Rishi Atri, Rishi Sharabhanga, Rishi Agastya and many more. He learnt new dimensions of spirituality, philosophy, statecraft, justice and war-craft.

This is the same Rama who has lost his kingdom just a day before his coronation. Someone who has been brought up in the luxuries of the palace, today was fending for food, shelter and safety for him, his wife and brother every day. Never we heard him complain about his ill fate, never we heard him waiting for these 14 tough years to be over soon and to be back in the smooth palatial life. On the contrary he made the best of every day of his exile. He searched for the best of the Gurus (teachers), and learnt rarest possible skills, knowledge and wisdom every day. He upgraded himself everyday as a human being.

The knowledge and wisdom he acquired during these years, helped him to contain and calm himself during the later challenges of the exile and come out victorious. Try to get inot Rama’s shoes. Rama was getting ready to be anointed as the king of Ayodhya, when he heard the decision of being exiled for 14 years. Instead of repenting on his fate, Rama made the best use of those years in exile to become a better person. He kept on upskilling himself. He started his exile as prince Rama or king Rama and but by the virtue of his constant learnings and character he displayed during the exile, he returned as Lord Rama. Rama teaches us that: When you get Lemons, make Lemonade. When your industry in recession times, upskill yourself for the new skills.

Sri Hanuman Taught Us Swot Analysis

By tracing Mata Sita, ensuring her true credentials and in return establishing his true identity as messenger of Rama, Hanuman had accomplished a big milestone in the ‘Search of Sita’ mission. But Hanuman is not one of those, who will just accomplish what was assigned to him. Hanuman had a larger vision. He knew that the whole army of Sugriva would soon come to Lanka. He wanted to keep the intelligence ready for them. He wanted to know the topography of Lanka, its strengths, weaknesses and more about its king Ravana.

To fix his tryst with Ravana, Hanuman played a ploy. He started creating havoc at the Ashoka Vatika, the garden where Sita was confined. He started uprooting trees and throwing them on the demon guards in the Garden. The message went to Ravana’s court and he sent a team of army to counter Hanuman. Team came back beaten black and blue. Then Ravana sent his son Akshay Kumar to tame Hanuman. Akshay Kumar was no match for Hanuman and got killed in countering him. Then Ravana had no option but to send his elder son Indrajeet. After the initial battle Indrajeet has realized that Hanuman is not an ordinary warrior. Indrajeet has to launch the Brahmastra to capture Hanuman. Hanuman bowed down in respect of Brahmastra, and happily got captured to be taken in Ravana’s court.

In Ravana’s court Hanuman identified himself as Rama’s messenger. He advised Ravana to ask for forgiveness from Rama and return Mata Sita, if he wanted to stop the destruction of Lanka and the Asura clan. Rattled Ravana ordered his soldiers to capture and kill Hanuman. In the adharmic (not run by rules of propriety) court of Ravana, there was a sole sane voice – his younger brother Vibhishana. Vibhishana warned Ravana and the court that it’s against the rules of the court to kill any messenger. On Vibhishana’s advice Ravana refrained from killing Hanuman but ordered his soldiers to set Hanuman’s tail on fire. By virtue of Sita Mata’s prayer to goddess Agni, the fire did not harm Hanuman. But using his fired tail as a torch, Hanuman burnt almost one third of Lanka. And in the smoke and mayhem, Hanuman did a thorough reiki of Lanka and assessed its strong and weak points. Hanuman also gave a clear signal to Ravana and his army that if only a messenger can do such damage to Lanka and Asuras, they should imagine and fear what the whole army of Sugriva can do.

Hanuman turned the tables in Lanka. When Ravana’s soldiers put fire on Hanuman’s tail, Hanuman used his fired tail as a torch and burnt a large part of Lanka. In the confusion of the smoke, Hanuman also assessed the strength and weakness of Lanka and its army, to equip his side with better intelligence. Do Evaluate yours and your opponents’ Strengths and Weaknesses. Hanuman Ji taught as SWOT analysis way before the modern Management gurus started taking about it. I take a cue from the fact that there is something magical in this millennia old biography of Rama, due to which it finds resonance in the cultures of 100+ countries beyond the considerations of religion and language. This thousands of years old biography of Lord Rama has been translated into more than 300 variants and is still counting. There is a hidden encrypted message in each of the 24000 slokas of Valmiki Ramayana, and this can enrich humanity at an unprecedented scale.