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When turning the other cheek sends the wrong signal Management Lessons from Mahabharata (Inspired in part from “Difficulty of Being Good” by Gurcharan Das)
Where is the Great Disconnect
The thought from The Bible
Counter thought from The Mahbharat
If you are civil, it doesn’t mean you are weak
There are moral conflicts and there are people who can always misunderstand them as signs of weakness
Ashwathama Mara Gaya
A half truth which won the war
When doing good defeats the purpose of good. Even gods have lied when it was best thing to do. You know, "........Ashwathama mara gaya!"
Turn your weaknesses into strengths
Yudhister after having lost everything in a game of Dice went on to become the best Dice Player and spent one year in Duryodhan’s court during “Agyat Vas” Playing dice. In case he gets dragged again, he must win.
Bhim seeked help of Hanuman for divine help and Hanuman obliged
There would always be Game Changers
If you don’t identify them on time, you lose
Duryodhan missed seeing Krishna as one. During the last round of negotiations Krishna convinced Pandavs to take 5 villages and close the issue. Duryodhan missed Krishna’s role as game changer and decided to fight the war.
Have Smart Friends
If you know someone who is smarter than you, make him a friend for life
Pandavs made Krishna their friend and companion for life and they with Krivalued his wisdom in all situations of bind.
Know where you are headed or be be beheaded
While aiming at the target feel the ground beneath your feet.
As a great warrior Karan should have realized that the soil beneath his chariot was changing.
Missing that crucial pulse in the war cost him his head .
Watch your tongue and your conduct
One misplaced or inappropriate laughter can wreck havoc for decades and kill those whom you love
If only Draupdi had not laughed at Duryodhan and commented “What else can a son of a blind man do”
Verify the facts before you announce your decisions
Facts are facts and must be verified at each stage taking things for guaranteed can create huge complexities.
Kunti failed to ask what her Pandav’s had won. She told them to divided whatever they had won. Now let us divide Draupdi between 5 brothers
Peace if left alone will perish
Peace needs to be preserved and protected by all means at all times
Yudhister was lost after the war and wanted to go to Himalays or renounce the world. Bhishma told him the need for ensuring lasting peace
Regret post victory, but ensure victory first
There would always be regrets after victory, but let there be victory first
Yudhister was in a great pain, he felt said on the death of those who shouldn’t have died
There will always be cheats in the world
If you can't figure out, you & your loved ones pay
Dharam Raj Yudhister failed to identify and acknowledge the cheat in Duryodhan, he was a cheat at each stage.
Turning the other cheek to amoral/ clever/ cunning is not Dharma - their is a bigger wrong which happens if done
Ethics, what and where matter a lot
"Ethic of Ultimate ends“ & "Ethic of Responsibility" can be termed as true dharma
At different stages Krishna to Arjun and Bhishm to Yudhister propagated used of “Appropriate Ethics”
Don’t be an extremist
The balance holds the key to success
Extreme amorality (Duryodhan) and extreme idealism (Yudhister) are self-goals
What all you have endured hardens you for the battle.
Pandavas had experiences of poverty, spirituality, compromise, Vanvas and Agyatvas
Map Core Strengths to Responsibilities
Everyone has their strength & core competencies by dividing Command between able commanders Pandavs scored.
Kauravs had centralized command
Choose your allies
Who are your allies and how important are you to them
Have allies, who are:
Closest in proximity
Closest in interest
Closest in geographic reach
If someone is out to kill you, you must kill before you are dead