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Bhagwad gita and its relation with Motivation


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This presentation explains the relation of various motivational theories with characters from Mahabharata. It also tried to explain the relevance of Geeta in today's organizations.

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Bhagwad gita and its relation with Motivation

  1. 1. THE FIRST EVER MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT Dr.Sujit G Metre & Mrs. Muktai Chavan Deb
  2. 2. COMMON PROBLEMS FACED BY TODAY’S ORGANIZATIONS  Misallocation of your resources  Losing your employees to your competitor  Suffering from heavy losses  Market share decreasing & Debts Increasing  Nothing seems to work Hiring a consultant seems the right option.
  3. 3. We all are blessed to have our own Consultant who has given us VALUABLE AND FREE advice centuries ago and it is still Viable. The name is Shri Krishna and the consultancy service is through Shirmad BhagvadGita
  4. 4. BHAGVADGITA & ITS RELEVANCE IN TODAY’S WORLD De-motivation, Depression, Dejection, Desolation all these D-words relates to your mind or relate to your mental position. “ARJUNA” syndrome The teachings of “Bhagwat Gita” can simply transform a person.
  5. 5. LITERATURE REVIEW Sr. No. Name of the paper & Author Published in Findings 1 Executive Behaviour- the Bhagavad Gita Way T. S. Balakrishnan, Research Scholar, Dept of Management Studies, St. Peter’s University, Chennai, IOSR Journal of Business and Management (IOSR- JBM) e-ISSN: 2278- 487X, p-ISSN: 2319- 7668. Volume 16, Issue 5. Ver. III (May. 2014), PP 07-09 The present paper is about executive behaviour as envisaged by Bhagavad Gita. An executive should always focus on the performance of his duties without being anxious about the results.
  6. 6. 2 Leadership Practices in Modern Management : A Comparative Study with Bhagavad-Gita S. Chandramouli Dr. C. Madhavi Department of Business Administration, Annamalai University IJAMBU Volume 2 Issue 1Jan -Mar 2014 ISSN 2348-1382 (Online The Bhagavad Gita, the ancient spiritual text contains recommendations for the modern leadership practice of management. 3. Bhagavad Gîta and Management By MPB http://www.theorde /sciences/articles/gi tamanagement.html This essay is not to suggest discarding of the Western model of efficiency, dynamism and striving for excellence but to make these ideals tuned to the India's holistic attitude of lokasangraha -for the welfare of many, for the good of many.
  8. 8. IS THE PROBLEM OF MOTIVATION ANSWERED IN GITA?  The Bhagavad-Gita was delivered by Sri Krishna to boost Arjuna’s declining morale, motivation, confidence and to increase his (Arjuna’s) effectiveness.  According to Organizational Behaviour, there can be different motivators to work – recognition, achievement, advancement for growth, etc. The Gita gives you a straightforward simple answer of what should really be the motivation to work – the work itself! (Sankhya Yog Verse 38)
  9. 9. BHAGVAD GITA (SANKHYA YOG VERSE 38) kaccin nobhaya-vibhrastas chinnabhram iva nasyati apratistho maha-baho vimudho brahmanah pathi O mighty-armed Krsna, does not such a man, being deviated from the path of Transcendence, perish like a riven cloud, with no position in any sphere? There are two ways to progress. Those who are materialists have no interest in Transcendence; therefore they are more interested in material advancement by economic development, or in promotion to the higher planets by appropriate work. When one takes to the path of Transcendence, one has to cease all material activities and sacrifice all forms of so-called material happiness.
  10. 10. PEARLS OF WISDOM FROM GEETA  The Geeta talks in detail about controlling our senses so that our intellect works better. (Sankhya Yog Verse 68) it may sound vague initially but there exists a scientific study which says that in crisis situations, a stress hormone called Cortisol is released which initiates our survival instinct.
  11. 11. PEARLS OF WISDOM FORM GITA “sreyan sva-dharmo vigunah para-dharmat sv-anusthitat sva-dharme nidhanam sreyah para-dharmo bhayavahah” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Three verse 35) “Lord Sri Krishna said: It is far better to discharge one’s prescribed duties, even though faultily, than another’s duties perfectly. Destruction in the course of performing one’s own duty is better than engaging in another’s duties, for to follow another’s path is dangerous.”
  12. 12. Theory of self-transcendence propounded in the Gita. Self-transcendence involves renouncing egoism, putting others before oneself, emphasizing team work, dignity, co-operation, harmony and trust – and, indeed potentially sacrificing lower needs for higher goals, the opposite of Maslow. Maslow’s Need Hierarchy Theory
  14. 14. FINDINGS Sr. No. Characters Motive Relevant Theory 1 Bhishma Pitamaha Protection of his Clan ERG Theory (Existence, Relatedness and Growth) 2 Guru Drona Revenge from King Drupad External Motivation 3 Dhritrashtra Love for his son Maslow’s need Hierarchy Theory 4 Duryodhana Power Mc Cleland’s Theory (Need for Power ) 5 Karna To be the best archer Mc Cleland’s Theory (Need for Achievement & Affiliation ) 6 Arjun To save his family’s pride External & Internal Motivation
  15. 15. CONCLUSION  Organizations today need to understand the relevance of these epics. They need to identify the nervousness of various “Arjuna” working for them and at the same time try to show them the direction.  The Geeta gives you a straightforward simple answer of what should really be the motivation to work – the work itself! (Sankhya Yog Verse 38).
  16. 16. FINAL THOUGHTS Whether the Gita was only a figment of Maharishi Vyaas’ imagination or really the song of God, it has certainly answered many relevant questions & it has made me a better person than before. Thank you for patient listening!