Bhagavat Gita is considered the most sacred book in the Hindu religion. In fact, it is a part of the great Epic “Mahabharat”. It states that Shri Krishna gave certain advice to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Arjuna became unwilling to fight when he saw the near and dear ones he loved and respected fighting against him. He refused to fight them as he did not want to kill those whom he loved all through his life, just for the sake of a kingdom. Then Shri Krishna, who was driving Arjuna’s chariot in the battle, gave him the teachings of Karma. Bhagavat Gita contains all those teachings which Lord Shri Krishna provided to Arjuna. These teachings made Arjuna see the light of truth, and he became ready to fight the battle of Kurukshetra.
Bhagavat Gitacontains mainly the importance of doing Karma without even desiring any outcome or result of the Karma. This is termed “Nishkam Karma”, where there is no desire or greed for any effect from the Karma. This book, or “Granth”, was written thousands of years ago. But the teachings are so scientific that they are relevant even today when the world is passing through the phases of globalisation and the corporate houses’ economic control is being done.
The present-day world is controlled by a high degree of managerial skills exercised by highly trained managers. Bhagavat Gita deals with developing these managerial skills, efficiency and effectiveness by working as a guide in management sciences. Bhagavat Gita elaborates on ways of turning human weaknesses into strengths to achieve the tasks he desires. Bhagavat Gita makes a man strong enough to bear and share the responsibilities those are entrusted to him.
Bhagavat Gita also teaches people how to select a team of the right persons to do a specific task. It is a master guide in Human Resources Management. Bhagavat Gita deals with the challenges existing in the working environment and acts accordingly. Bhagavat Gita inspires people to be able to manage tasks all by themselves. This makes him reach a level of excellence and effectiveness and become someone special apart from the crowd of ordinary people.
Bhagavat Gita offers a very scientific approach to the field of management. It teaches people to form a vision, plan a strategy to realise the vision, develop themselves to become a leader, train themselves in institutional excellence, to be able to build an innovative organisation, deal in human resources development, train in building teamwork, and train in imparting motivating communication and to delegate responsibilities to his team members.
Lord Krishna was himself the ultimate master in making strategies. He was a master at solving problems through his unique strategies. He was the sole power behind the Pandavas to win the battle of Kurukshetra in Mahabharata. His policies and plans of action made the Pandavas win the war. This particular skill was described in detail in Bhagavat Gita by Lord Shri Krishna.
Lord Krishna teaches us to develop a larger vision of the world. This can do good for all in this world. He teaches us to do our duties with all sincerity. But He warns us not to be attached or greedy to the results of our Karma. All the Karmas are for the welfare of humankind in the world and not for self-interests. Karma or work must be done as one does his duty honestly and not for any self-interest.
Bhagavat Gita teaches us about Time Management, knowing about our competitors, maintaining secrets, advocating women’s empowerment, emphasising teamwork rather than working solo, assessing one’s strengths correctly, and building a strong network.
In fact, no book can be more modern and appropriate than Bhagavat Gita for teaching us management skills and for self-development. It is a treasure for those who want to be faces apart from the crowd.