Lord Krishna :
My grandmother often said “if you can’t find an answer to your questions, you should always rely on only one guide –the Bhagavad Gita”. As a young, energetic hustler, I have always relied on my capabilities and thought that I could find solutions to most problems. But over years, I realized that there are external and internal factors causing my problems and lot of my questions were just going unanswered. That’s when I thought to change my approach and reach out to a mentor or a guide. Unable to find a mentor that resonated with me, in 2010, I started referring to the Gita.
My journey started with being zealous to find business solutions. Upon reading & interpreting the Gita, I started to feel that Krishna, undoubtedly is and was the greatest Guru / teacher/ mentor/ strategist of all times. We can also see that in the present management era, excerpts from Bhagavad Gita are regularly quoted in motivational sessions in large corporate houses and are even included in the syllabi of business schools.
So what makes this almost 5,159 year old scripture so relevant in today’s business and economic context? The Gita is old in chronicle, but modern in its essence.
On the auspicious occasion of Krishna Janmashtami (Birthday of Krishna), let’s have a look at certain facts and teachings of Lord Krishna:
- Astrological calculations track back Krishna’s birthday – the Janmashtami – to 18th July 3228 BC. So today is his 5248 birth anniversary.
- Lord Krishna is said to have 108 names, Gopal, Govind, Devakinandan, Mohan, Shyam, Ghanshyam, Hari, Girdhari, Baanke Bihari, to name a few
- Lord Krishna had 16,108 wives in total, out of which eight were his principal wives known as ‘Ashtabharya’ namely Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavati, Nagnajiti, Kalindi, Mitravinda, Bhadra, Lakshmana who bore him 10 sons each. He rescued 16,100 women from the clutches of a demon Narakasura who had forcibly kept them in captivity in his palace and freed them. However, they all returned to Lord Krishna, as none of their families were ready to accept them back, and he married them all to protect their honour. However, it is said that he never had any relations with them.
- Krishna was 89 years old when the famous Mahabharata was fought.
- Krishna’s skin colour was dark, not blue. Krishna’s good looks are the matter of folklore, but though commonly depicted in paintings and idols as blue, his skin colour was actually dark
- It is said that lord Krishna lived for 126 years and 5 months.
- Krishna is said to have loved his consort, Radha to the point of devotion and many images show him worshipping her. But interestingly, many spiritualists have mentioned that there is no trace of her in any of the ancient scriptures; be it the Shrimad Bhagvatam, the Mahabharata or the Harivansham, which is about Krishna’s life.
- The Radha-Krishna relationship was used to legitimize premarital sex in modern India. In March 2010, the Supreme Court declared that premarital sex was not an offence. The court argued that since Radha-Krishna lived together according to mythology, premarital sex cannot be construed as an offence.
Anyone who reads the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata or Bhagavad Gita knows about the pivotal figure of Lord Krishna. As mythology suggests, he is the eighth avatar of Vishnu and is one of the most widely admired deities in Hinduism. Krishna, more than being a Hindu God, he is a true spiritual, strategist & management guru that this universe has ever witnessed.
One of the most popular scriptures in India – The Bhagavad-Gita often referred to as simply the Gita, is a 700 verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit. It is a part of the Hindu epic war story of Mahabharata, where before that start of the war between Pandavas and Kauravas in the battle of Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna enlightens Arjuna with his wisdom. It teaches many lessons that can be easily applied to our daily lives even today.
Well for those who don’t know, the war of Kurukshetra or also called the Dharmyudh which also means “fight for justice” was the deadliest war recorded on earth, where almost 10% of world population was killed in 18 days.
The chapters based on the Bhagavad Gita, seek to improve efficiency, effectiveness and effortlessness. Here are top 10 life learnings which Lord Krishna stated in Bhagavad Gita and they are relevant even today.
- Whatever happened, happened for the good. Whatever is happening, is happening for the good. Whatever will happen, will also happen for the good.
- Do your duty and be detached from its outcome, do not be driven by the end product, enjoy the process of getting there.
- Change is the law of the universe. You can be a millionaire and instantly loose everything
- The soul is neither born, and nor does it die.
- You came empty handed, and you will leave empty handed.
- Identity, recognize and accept equality in life. No job is big or small
- Lust, anger and greed are the three gates to self-destructive hell.
- Master the mind, and you master the world.
- Anger leads to clouding of judgment, which results in bewilderment of the memory. When the memory is bewildered, the intellect gets destroyed; and when the intellect is destroyed, one is ruined.
- A mind full of thoughts about money can neither concentrate nor meditate.
Based on various learnings of Bhagavad Gita and Lord Krishna’s life, I have shortlisted top 5 learnings for entrepreneurs today from the world’s best Mentor.
- Achieve your Dream:
Lord Krishna had three clear goals that he followed and achieved: 1. Welfare for saints 2. Destruction of evil, 3. To strengthen and establish religion in every era. Entrepreneurs, too, should make all possible attempts to achieve their dreams and goals as they are capable of providing a direction and purpose to them.
- Long-term goals
Personally, Krishna had nothing to gain from the war, no matter who won. However, he knew that for the benefit of the society, it would be better if the Pandavas won. Similarly, entrepreneurs should also, always look at long-term goals and benefits. Remember sustainable businesses have no quick results.
- Be a Motivational Leader:
There is a direct relationship between motivation levels of employees and their levels of productivity. Employees often work hard only when they have some motivating factor and they are guided in the right direction.
- Practice Meditation & Perseverance
Lord Krishna has shared the significance of meditation & perseverance to Lord Arjuna. A focused mind is required to take crucial decision in life. A focused mind could be achieved through meditation & perseverance
- Keep changing and learning:
Change is the law of the universe and is inevitable, and adding excitement to your activities helps give a boost. Entrepreneurs should imbibe this practice to be successful in the long-run.