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Lord Vishnu’s Symbols Shankh Chakra Gada and Padma as Management Tools

An interesting article in The Economic Times discusses about using Lord Vishnu’s symbols Shankh (conch-shell), Chakra (discus), Gada (maze) and Padma (lotus) as management tools. Shankh was used by warriors to primarily communicate one’s resolve and intention. The Shankh thus reiterates that a leader should be an effective communicator – your team must know who you are, what your capabilities are, what your vision is and what you expect them to do, and why and how this will help in achieving your final objective.According to the author, the chakra can be viewed as a symbol of review; and gada (maze) and padma (lotus) are symbols of punishment and reward. The mace is like a teacher’s ruler, to punish those who do not do what they are supposed to do. The lotus rich with nectar and pollen that attracts bees and butterfly is for those who do what they are supposed to do and more.The use of ‘Shankh’ symbol as a management tool is interesting but the other three sounds far fetched. The we…

Quotes of Swami Vivekananda

After every happiness comes misery; they may be far apart or near. The more advanced the soul, the more quickly does one follow the other. What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Both make us forget our true nature; both are chains – one iron, one gold; behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery. These are states, and states must ever change; but the nature of the Atman is bliss, peace, unchanging. We have not to get it; we have it; only wash away the dross and see it.The animal has its happiness in the senses, the human beings in their intellect, and the gods in spiritual contemplation. It is only to the soul that has attained to this contemplative state that the world really becomes beautiful.Swami Vivekananda

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