Vedanta is derived from two words 'Veda' - Knowledge, and 'Anta' - End. Vedanta means the end of knowledge. This ancient philosophy presents the eternal principles of life and living. It enables a life of mental peace combined with dynamic action in the world. Equips one with clarity of intellect to deal with the challenges of life. Above all, it leads one to the ultimate goal of Self- Realization.
One person smokes a cigarette and claims it gives him pleasure. Another person detests it. One lady wants to divorce her husband. Another is desperate to marry the same man. Therefore, pleasure and pain is not inherent in objects and beings of the world. It is in how you relate to them.
Vedanta is the art of relating to the world. Mastering this technique, you lead a smooth, pleasing existence - to yourself and to others.
The corporate world is afflicted with stress and anxiety. This further affects productivity and the ability to maintain right relationships. Work degenerates into monotony, boredom and even causes physical ailments. People look forward to getting away from work to try and enjoy themselves through weekends and vacations. If you cannot find happiness in your work, you will never find it.
The source of the problem is lack of Self-management. Remember: If you cannot manage yourself, you cannot manage anything around you.
Swami Parthasarathy has pioneered Self-management corporate programs to teach the fundamental techniques underlying productivity and time-management, stress reduction and leadership development. Self management is the key to gaining that elusive combination you want- efficiency at work and mental equanimity within.
To view a writeup on Swami Parthasarathy's lecture at the Kellogg School of Management: