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Corporate Governance needs help from Vedas, Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita

Sudden downfall of successful companies and their jailed bosses reading Holy Scriptures in prison is now a common phenomenon. Had these top leaders in industry taken to scriptures early they would have avoided the downfall and saved their employees. Dr S. Kannan, a Chennai-based chartered accountant, and author of ‘Vedic Management’ in an interview to D. Murali of The Hindu talks about the Corporate Governance and Indian Wisdom. He quotes from the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Samhitas which extol the need to be truthful, transparent and righteous in society.Some excerpts from the highly thought provoking interviewWhat accounts for the sudden downfall of otherwise successful organisations? Are there any insights from the scriptures in this regard?‘Vinasa kale viparita buddhih,’ which in Sanskrit means that when one is on the path of destruction, his mind gets perverted. ‘This happens due to the negative vasanas (inherent impressions) of a person which suddenly manifest and show…

Magh Saptami – Magha Shukla Saptami

Magh Shukla Saptami, or Magha Saptami, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Surya, the sun god in Hinduism. In 2018, the date of Magh Saptami is January 24. It is observed on the seventh day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Magh Month (January – February). The most important ritual on the day is taking a holy dip (bathing ritual) on sunrise. The famous Chandrabhaga fair is held on the day at Konark in Orissa.

Thousands of devotees take a holy bath at the Chandrabhaga Tirtha near the KonarkSunTemple on Magha Shukla Saptami. Several thousands of devotees also take a holy dip at the near by sea.

The day is also observed as Ratha Saptami and is a major event in TirupatiBalajiTemple and in many parts of South India. Magh Saptami is also known as Surya Jayanti.

Tirupati Balaji Temple to Remain Closed due to Suryagrahanam on January 26

The hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala Tirupati would remain closed on January 26 due to Suryagrahanam. The temple will be closed from 0600 hrs to 1800 hrs. The Surya Grahanam on January 26, 2009 is a partial solar eclipse. All Sevas in the SrivariTemple including Suprabhatam, Thomala, Archana, Archana Anantara Darshan will not be performed. January 26, the Republic Day of India, is a public holiday and the plans of many devotees would go awry due to this solar event.The temple will open only after the purification rituals are performed inside the sanctum sanctorum to rid the evil effects of eclipse. This will be performed from 1630 hrs to 1800 hrs. You may also like to readSurya Grahan on January 26 – the timingsWhat to do during Surya Grahan?Story of Surya Grahan and Chandra Grahan in Hindu mythology

Swami Chidananda Thoughts on Sadhana

The great Rishis, in their compassion, have prescribed a very easy Sadhana for us: we can easily realize God by doing a little bit of Japa and engaging ourselves in the ceaseless service. The great man who does Puja in the Mandir, the great Sevak who serves Swamiji personally in his Kutir, the great Yogi who meditates on the Ganges bank for four hours a day and the great worker who operates the printing machine or composes or binds the books-all of them are engaged in doing the same meritorious Sadhana that will yield the highest fruit of Self-realization.The foremost thing is Bhava. If your Bhava is that you are doing every work for the purpose of attaining God then your work will be transformed into Sadhana. It may be that for the purpose of earning your livelihood you have taken up a job. But if you have this sublime Bhava, you will not only get your salary, but you will eventually attain Moksha, too!Swami Chidananda