Spirituality – Conscious Manager – Online Magazine http://conscious-manager.com A holistic approach to self, business and life. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:36:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Trust in God http://conscious-manager.com/trust-in-god.html http://conscious-manager.com/trust-in-god.html#respond Fri, 11 Nov 2011 14:57:32 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=734

You can tell the size of your God by looking at the size of your worry list. The longer your list, the smaller your God.

Is there anybody up there that can help me?

There was a guy who fell off of the edge of a cliff. He is hanging on that cliff and a couple of minutes go by, and he can’t figure out a way.

He says, “Is there anybody up there that can help me?”

He hears nothing. He says, “Is there anyone up there that can help me?”

All of a sudden you hear a voice, “This is God. I can help you. Just let go and trust.”

A minute later the guy says: “Is there anybody else up there that can help me?

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Video: Radhanath Swami in HSBC London,UK http://conscious-manager.com/radhanatha_swami_hsbc.html http://conscious-manager.com/radhanatha_swami_hsbc.html#respond Sat, 29 Oct 2011 09:16:25 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=759

Radhanath Swami speaks on spirituality at HSBC London during Book signing event of his Autobiography - The Journey Home.

The 10 th lunar night of Dashera shone brilliantly over the heart of Europe’s financial district where 1000 bankers gathered to embark on their spiritual journey home. Known as the ‘removal of ill fate,’ Dashera marks the victory of righteousness finally achieved by Lord Rama through immense adversity. To celebrate the forthcoming festival of Dipavali, the journey home of Shri Rama, the Vedic Society at the Global Headquarters of HSBC invited His Holiness Radhanath Swami as keynote speaker to share this eventful episode of history to the world through its landmark 600ft skyscraper in Canary Wharf, London.

While bankers assembled in the event hall to live strings of the sitar and refreshments, His Holiness was hosted for an intimate gathering by the Global Board Manager and esteemed Group Chief Officer to meet with dozens of divisional heads and externally invited guests. To name a few, invited guests included senior executives from the UK Home Office, other investment banks, actors, celebrities, surgeons, entrepreneurs and lawyers. Each met with His Holiness as the honorary chief guest enquiring on various matters both personal and on business.

Entering into the 1000 strong assembly of bankers, VIPs and executives took to their seats for the grand opening. Having welcomed the congregation, the chair of the Vedic Society as MC described the purpose of the event and introduced the topic ‘Embracing Challenges’ as the theme for the evening. While scholars and readers have extracted many important messages from the Ramayana text, Lord Rama repeatedly illustrated His attitude to embrace every challenge that life brings as an opportunity to advance onwards in our paths. Composed in 24,000 poetical verses, the Ramayana literally documents the ‘Journey of Rama’ to exemplify ideal character and virtues through the history of Rama’s journey for global peace and prosperity – all in the face of challenges.

His Holiness summarised how Rama’s primary focus was to deal with every situation morally and with integrity. Trials, tribulation and pain give birth to the greatest of opportunities. Through a mother’s pain of labour children are birthed. Despite witnessing 2000 years of history, Redwood trees in California stand strong through stable roots. His Holiness described religious revelations manifesting through trials commenting in particular how in the Jewish tradition the sacrifices of the sons of Abraham gave rise to the Ten Commandments. Through the crucifixion, the resurrection of Christ gives hope to his followers.

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HSBC Bank is one of the four major clearing banks in the United Kingdom and is a wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings. The business ranges from the traditional High Street roles of personal finance and commercial banking, to private banking, consumer finance as well as corporate and investment banking. Across all brands the bank operates some 1800 sites in the UK.

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17 Practices for Attaining Success in Relationship http://conscious-manager.com/17-practices-for-attaining-success-in-relationship.html http://conscious-manager.com/17-practices-for-attaining-success-in-relationship.html#respond Sat, 23 Oct 2010 21:55:40 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=414 meaningful relationship

Love is having or looking for a partner to heal the world – not escape it.

I love these relationship guidelines!  :-)

To develop meaningful relationships with members of the opposite sex, we must become whole human beings who have no need to look outside of ourselves for solutions. Instead we must learn to turn within ourselves and connect with higher spiritual realities. How do we make such connections?

The following 17 points and practices, which summarize much of our discussion so far, offer guidelines for attaining the wholeness that can serve as a foundation for a strong, enduring relationship with a partner.

1. Love is necessary for good physical and spiritual health.

Someone who is not part of a loving relationship is ten times more likely to experience chronic disease, and five times more likely to have a mental breakdown.

2. Love is not a business arrangement or a contract with an escape clause for difficult circumstances.

Two extremely needy, selfish people coming together cannot make each other happy. They are too busy trying to take and get something for themselves at the expense of the other.

We should not have this attitude or mood with our partner and surely not with God. We cannot approach the Lord in a mood of bargaining, and we should not begin our meditations and prayers with a long shopping list. Prayers of this nature are not based on unmotivated, unconditional love, and do not help us to develop the higher consciousness necessary to make us whole.

3. Love is a decision that we can personally make at any time and under any circumstance.

No one has the power to make someone else love him or her, but each person can always give away love.

4. Love is learning to love our true selves.

Those who do not care for themselves cannot love others deeply. The first love affair we must consummate must be with ourselves. One aspect of self-love is to observe four basic principles: no drugs or intoxication, no gambling, no illicit sex, and no meat eating. All these indulgences can weaken our basic constitution. The more we allow ourselves to live according to natural laws, the more we will become surrendered to the will of God. If we lack self esteem, we are refusing to see ourselves as children of God and do not have sufficient love and devotion to share with anyone else.

5. Love is about a quest for wholeness, and if necessary, having a partner to share ones wholeness with.

People who think that some other person will make them complete, or people who are waiting for love to come their way will remain impoverished and waiting. The more we become loving and whole, the more we will draw similar connections from the universe.

6. Love is not about two desperate people, who are only trying to find fulfillment for themselves, coming together to rob each other.

Two extremely needy, selfish people coming together cannot make each other happy. They are too busy trying to take and get something for themselves at the expense of the other.

7. Love is a holy relationship in which partners come together to serve and reveal their weaknesses and strengths for betterment.

In an unholy relationship, everyone especially hides their weaknesses. Such people are normally interested in erotic love (lust) rather than responsible, selfless love.

8. Love is really the energy and hunger of the soul. When we are asking for love, we are asking for a connection with the soul, which is part and parcel of God.

We should not expect love to descend on us like an attack of epilepsy. It must be rediscovered at every moment by transforming lust into love, thus connecting us with our own soul and the souls of others. We are all starving for true unconditional love.

Meaningful relationship

Love is about offering the same quality of love you feel for your mate to everyone – but without the sexual component.

9. Love is seeing our partner as a gift from God. We must go beyond merely loving our neighbors as ourselves.

We should actually love others – especially our mates – even more than we love ourselves. When we love our partners that much, we realize that they have been given to us as gifts from God and that we do not own them. We are merely caretakers on behalf of the Lord, and our responsibility is to fulfill the Lords wishes concerning them. Any attempt to dominate them becomes distasteful. Instead we should make efforts to bring out their higher qualities – a practice that will bring out our own higher nature.

10. Love is seeing our mates as a pathway through which we can return our love to God.

The love we receive from our mate actually comes from the Lord, and our job is to send it back. Others channel Gods love to us, and we channel Gods love to others. The Lord is engaging us in play to see what we will do with His love. We can reciprocate Gods love by caring for our partners with great devotion, as if God Himself were present.

11. Love is sharing your realizations with your mate, which will help raise their consciousness as well as your own.

Then your relationship will become one of growth and acceleration. If you and your partner are not growing together spiritually, there will eventually be a breakdown in the relationship. Sometimes we fear surrender in spiritual life, afraid of having to give up our identity or afraid of losing our partner. But we should understand that surrender to the Supreme is an opportunity to regain our full identity. Without a spiritual dimension to our lives, we are not integrated and cannot experience deep love.

12. Love is a relationship with your mate in which you visualize a triangle with points A, B and C. You are point A, your partner is B and the Lord is C – all of your activities are God centered.

Make an agreement with your partner to form this triangle as a permanent bond between you, so that whenever you meditate, chant or pray, you are in connection with your partner and with the Lord. You do not necessarily have to meditate together or think about the connection simultaneously. Your agreement will work any time and any place. In this way, you always keep God in the center of the relationship in all reflections and activities.

13. Love is always viewing ourselves as love in action and carrying love wherever we go.

We want to be so filled with love that it naturally overflows to everyone we meet. In this frame of mind, we serve as representatives of the Divine in every aspect of our lives, consequently functioning as vigilant spiritual

Just remember that sex and love are not necessarily synonymous. Our love for our children can be extremely intense without any sexual overtones. No matter what the circumstances, try to develop that same kind of love in each of your relationships. We all know the sweetness of loving just one person. Can you imagine how much sweeter it would be to have those feelings for everyone?

warriors. We can practice love in action through the breath. As we inhale we visualize ourselves absorbing the pain and frustration of our loved ones; as we exhale we send happiness, joy, love and peace back to them. Actually this is not just a practice to help those close to us, but also the entire world. We inhale; we are concerned. We exhale; we are breathing out love, compassion and healing. This is not just an idle exercise. It has a powerful impact, and if we monitor the process over time, we will witness the beneficial effects on others.

14. Love is about developing competitive, selfless relationships.

At first this may sound strange and contradictory. How can we talk about cooperation, sharing and selflessness, and then advocate competition? But, actually, no contradiction exists. In a spiritual context, competition means that we strive to be more selfless than our partner, seeing who can give more. We compete in reminding our mate about the Supreme and encouraging that person to move faster toward the Lord. The purpose of the competition is to assist one another in spiritual growth. This process is only for people who want to be spiritual, who seek higher experiences beyond the flickering pleasures of material life. Such a competition in selflessness encourages partners to remember why they are in this body – to become once again loving entities devoted to the Lord.

15. Love is about offering the same quality of love you feel for your mate to everyone – but without the sexual component.

In other words, to extend to others the love you have for the most loveable being in your life. We may wonder how to subtract the sexual element. Just remember that sex and love are not necessarily synonymous. Our love for our children can be extremely intense without any sexual overtones. No matter what the circumstances, try to develop that same kind of love in each of your relationships. We all know the sweetness of loving just one person. Can you imagine how much sweeter it would be to have those feelings for everyone? Think of the loving exchanges that could develop, the reciprocation that would enrich our own lives and the lives of others. Unimaginable happiness, joy, and satisfaction would be our daily quota. We would no longer rely on particular individuals to give us this experience, because we would understand that we are really seeking God. The more we understand that God is in each person, the more we experience the Divine, and the more the Divine will make us whole.

16. Love is having or looking for a partner to heal the world – not escape it.

Normally many people seek out a partner to escape the world. They are miserable with life, and they feel that everything else can be tolerated or fixed if they somehow or other find that special person. We cannot heal the world if we are too wounded ourselves.

17. Love is about treating all relationships as practice in preparation for the ultimate relationship in the kingdom of God.

We should see all our relationships as God sending us a partner to fix whatever has to be fixed before we join up with Him eternally. This means that we should practice seeing our mate as an agent of God, recognizing our own divine nature, and remembering that we are children of God for whom great realizations and pleasures are available. Only in the kingdom of God will we find the love and the eternal relationships we long for so deeply.

Bhakti-tirtha SwamiAuthor: Bhakti-tirtha Swami was born John E. Favors in a pious, God-fearing family. As a child evangelist he appeared regularly on television. As a young man he was a leader in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s civil rights movement. At Princeton University he became president of the student council and also served as the chairman of the Third World Coalition. Although his main degree is in psychology, he has received accolades in many other fields, including politics, African studies, and international law.
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Dealing with Envy http://conscious-manager.com/dealing-with-envy.html http://conscious-manager.com/dealing-with-envy.html#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2010 08:09:01 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=252 Envy

Do we sometimes examine our motives? Do we really wish that people succeed? Are we afraid for our position or reputation?

Vicars in one church don’t allow congregational members to take up more responsible roles because the congregational members are better then them. Therefore they keep them just giving donations. This is very vivid example what the leader must give up – envy of those who work under him.

Intelligent spiritual leader knows he will be tested and he prepares for it by reflection, introspection and examining his motives. Not that he prepares to perfectly defend. He does it to learn and improve when he is faced with a challenge. And challenges will come.


Do we sometimes examine our motives? Do we really wish that people succeed? Are we afraid for our position or reputation? One should be glad that people are coming forward to take up responsibility. He should encourage and coach. He should be genuinely happy when the someone is successful and is developing as a caring leader, or a responsible person. We should see people around us as partners and not look down upon them.
In many spiritual and business organizations today leaders are forced to give up control and become facilitators. Practically it boils down to ‘change or soon you’ll be strange’. But it is not easy to change, to give up control, give up false prestige and enjoying or exploitive mentality.
Intelligent spiritual leader knows he will be tested and he prepares for it by reflection, introspection and examining his motives. Not that he prepares to perfectly defend. He does it to learn and improve when he is faced with a challenge. And challenges will come.

About the author: Alex Todorovic has been teaching, training and coaching professionals from all walks of life and spiritually inclined people for the past 25 years. He had spoken and trained people in 17 countries and had coached over 350 clients in over 1500 sessions. His focus is holistic success and spiritually based coaching. his courses include gita coaching, building caring communities, the power of choice and excellent questions – excellent life.

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Spirituality in Business http://conscious-manager.com/spirituality-in-business.html http://conscious-manager.com/spirituality-in-business.html#respond Thu, 16 Sep 2010 06:00:03 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=69 spiritual business

Actually practiced, it can increase fun, productivity, and resiliency

WHEN I MENTION the field of spirituality in business, I love to watch the reactions on people’s faces. Some people ask me, “What group are you with?” In one case, a woman with whom I was having a pleasant chat quickly ended the conversation. She later revealed that she thought that I was with some cult, and that I was about to move into, “Would you like to buy one of our publications?” One person said, “Oh, do you mean prayer breakfasts?” Others look at me blankly like I just committed blasphemy: joining the sacred and the profane.

So what is it I’m talking about, then, as “Spirituality in Business”? To begin with, I am not referring to religion. A religion is an organization which professes to provide spiritual experience to groups of people. Sometimes it succeeds, sometimes it doesn’t, but that’s beside the point here.

Spirituality, however, is more an individual matter; it does not rely on an external organization. Rather, spirituality is an experience of depth in life, it is living life with heart rather than just superficially. For some, spirituality involves a belief in a God. For others, it takes different forms. But in any case, spirituality is an experience that there is something more to life than just our narrow, ego-oriented view of it.

Spiritual people sometimes forget that it’s impossible to run an organization without structure and financial control. Business people sometimes forget that it’s impossible (or at best, grossly inefficient) to run a business without spirit.

People who have developed the spiritual side of their life typically have a quality of lightness, appreciation and humor. They bring a sense of “all-rightness” and optimism to life, even in the face of problems. They don’t take themselves too seriously. They are fully alive, and they radiate this aliveness to others.

Naturally, there is a clash between this point of view and the culture of many businesses. Business is often considered hard, mechanical, hierarchical, controlling, and determined primarily by financial considerations. Spiritual people have a much more humanistic approach. But the clash between these two points of view is a healthy one. Spiritual people sometimes forget that it’s impossible to run an organization without structure and financial control. Business people sometimes forget that it’s impossible (or at best, grossly inefficient) to run a business without spirit.

As I attend conferences around the country, I am amazed at the amount of interest in this field of spirituality in business. Much of the interest comes from people who have done personal spiritual work and are interested in bringing some part of that experience into the workplace. They are not content to hear the answer, “It can’t be done.” I expect that, in response, businesses will gradually start to stretch and shift. As a result, more and more businesses will start to achieve success in the financial and the more humanistic realms simultaneously.

About the author: James A. Ritscher is a management consultant and an active member of the Organizational Transformation network. He is also the coordinator for the new Spirit in Business Association. For information, contact him at James A. Ritscher Associates, 1060 Beacon St., Brookline MA 02146 or 617/277-1625. © 1985 lames A. Ritscher  Living Business (IC#11)

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How Spiritual Organisation Look Like? http://conscious-manager.com/how-spiritual-organisation-look-like.html http://conscious-manager.com/how-spiritual-organisation-look-like.html#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2010 21:01:42 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=72 Business Spirituality

Spiritual people sometimes forget that it's impossible to run an organization without structure and financial control. Business people sometimes forget that it's impossible (or at best, grossly inefficient) to run a business without spirit.

The first thing to see about such an organization (and this sometimes surprises people) is that it’s quite ordinary. A “spiritual organization” looks like any other organization. People come in, make telephone calls, talk to each other, make sales, and do all the normal things that people in business do. People have hard times, fight with each other, get their ego’s bruised – just as in any other business. And if you think about it, how could it ever be different? We sometimes have utopian expectations of human conduct.

The differences between spiritual organizations and others are very subtle and they have a great deal to do with how we hold and react to the events that surround us. In a spiritual organization, people are much clearer that they are there of their own choosing and that they are masters of their own destiny. People are much less likely to think that they are victims. People tend to treat each experience as an opportunity for personal growth. Thus when they get angry or their ego gets bruised, they are more able to work with those situations in constructive ways.

Thus a spiritual organization differs from the more ordinary kind in that it has much better “self-righting” mechanisms. When something goes wrong, people have a natural tendency to bring it back on course, even if that takes a little emotional risk. In other organizations, everywhere you look things have gone wrong – people don’t keep agreements, people are angry with each other, teamwork is inadequate, managers treat their subordinates like children rather than delegating responsibility – but these problems get locked in because it takes too much risk to confront and correct them. In a spiritual business, two forces work to correct such problems:

Another characteristic of a spiritual organization is that it has a visionary focus. The organization as a whole has a vision, one that the employees are attracted to.

  • The organization as a whole has a commitment to deal with and resolve such problems – a predisposition to handling them, you might say.
  • The individual employees have greater self-mastery and higher self-respect, and thus will not allow themselves to be imposed upon.

These two forces create a much higher chance that problems will get confronted and corrected, and contribute to the organization’s “self-righting” mechanism.

Another characteristic of a spiritual organization is that it has a visionary focus. The organization as a whole has a vision, one that the employees are attracted to. People are there for a common reason, a reason that excites them and causes them to want to put in their own energy. People feel ownership and commitment to a common purpose.

CREATING A SPIRITUAL ORGANIZATION

What do we mean when we talk about applying spirituality to organizations? Assume that you have some influence in your organization. How would you go about creating an organization (or a department) that has a spiritual focus?

The quick answer is, “very carefully.” There is no formula. You decide where you want to go and go there. The piece that is usually missing in most organizations is that people don’t really decide where they want to go.

This is why visioning work is so important in building a spiritual organization. It’s important to develop a shared vision that people can participate in and support. The vision statement should include some reference to both personal need and organizational needs.

In practice, the process of creating this vision does not have to be overburdened with trappings of spirituality. Indeed, the qualities that develop a spiritual organization are quite ordinary – though I must say, easier to talk about than to practice. They include:

  • Create a shared vision.
  • Maintain a high level of individual and organizational integrity. Keep agreements.
  • Create an organizational culture that values service, excellence, dedication, contact with the customer, and action over personal advancement and personal gain.
  • Create cooperation, communication, and community.
  • Create a supportive environment for the individual.
  • Create an organizational culture that supports personal growth.

Practicing these injunctions creates a vessel of the same substance as “spirituality” – whether or not the word spirituality is used. In the realm of the spiritual, action is everything; words are nothing.

One important caution if you are trying to apply these principles: don’t take away with the right hand what you have created with the left. One false gesture will desecrate the vessel. One should not preach caring, integrity, support and so on if one does not practice it.

Spirituality pertains to an experience of spirit, and I believe that the business community is going to see that spirit is a matter of utmost concern to them. Spirit has to do with action and productivity. If people are not enthusiastic about their work, the work will suffer. We are coming into a time in which it is becoming obvious that a new way of structuring our organizations is vital for our happiness and productivity. We are just starting to discover that we can structure work so that it is enjoyable, fulfilling, and productive.

About the author: James Ritscher is a management consultant and an active member of the Organizational Transformation network. He is also the coordinator for the new Spirit in Business Association.

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Servant Leaders http://conscious-manager.com/servant-leaders.html http://conscious-manager.com/servant-leaders.html#respond Sun, 12 Sep 2010 13:02:23 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=147 helping hands

Servant leadership is demonstrated through being trustworthy, assisting others in their development, caring for the well-being of all people...

Servant Leaders are leaders who have taken up the responsibility to personally take care of a group of serious candidates for the advancement in devotional service. They are leaders-servants, the concept that is becoming more and more prominent in business sector today. They are facilitators. They recognize talents and potential of the devotees and help them express and engage them. They are friendly and unselfish. They like to see others advance. They like to assist others in becoming servant leaders.

One leadership expert describes it as follows: “The servant leader is servant first. It all begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.

The servant leader is servant first. It all begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.

The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant – first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are served.” Another says: “Servant leadership is demonstrated through the stating of goals or vision, aggressively listening to others, telling the truth and being trustworthy, assisting others in their development, caring for the well-being of all people, and in the end, sustaining the hope that both the organization and its people will reach their desired futures.”

Author: Alex Todorovic, Conscious Coaching

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A Spiritual Connection of Leader http://conscious-manager.com/a-spiritual-connection-of-leader.html http://conscious-manager.com/a-spiritual-connection-of-leader.html#respond Sun, 12 Sep 2010 05:25:59 +0000 http://conscious-manager.com/?p=145 dalai-lama-tibetan-spiritual-leader

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." - Dhalai Lama

In ancient times, communities expected from their political leaders to have a spiritual connection. A society did not choose a king who was merely a good warrior or politician, but one who also understood the science of caring for the people and who could communicate with higher spiritual realms.

Righteous kingmakers or priests would monitor such leaders to ensure proper behaviour. But today, we are surrounded by cheaters and the cheated, and everyone is running for sense gratification.

Because ALL leaders – not just spiritual leaders – serve as representatives of God, the actions of those who take unfair advantage of others can have enormous impact. In our families, for example, parents should be channelling divine energies to their children. Unfortunately, all too often this does not happen.

Leaders should never consider themselves as proprietors of those in their charge. Ownership implies that we have a right to do with our property as we will, and it can serve as justification for all kinds of exploitation and abuse. But if we view ourselves as caretakers, coordinators, catalysts or carriers of the vision, and if we treat others in loving, supportive ways, we will not engage in such exploitation.

Bhakti-tirtha Swami

Bhakti-tirtha Swami

Author: Bhakti-tirtha Swami was born John E. Favors in a pious, God-fearing family. As a child evangelist he appeared regularly on television. As a young man he was a leader in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s civil rights movement. At Princeton University he became president of the student council and also served as the chairman of the Third World Coalition. Although his main degree is in psychology, he has received accolades in many other fields, including politics, African studies, and international law.

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