As we look forward to the end of COVID19 pandemic and gear up for a fresh start here is bringing an article based on the principles of Ayurveda that promote a better professional and personal life. The comprehensiveness of these principles is global and for all age groups.
These principles are handpicked from a section termed Sadvritta. Sadvritta is a Sanskrit term which is formed by the conjugation of two words – Sat – Good and Vritta- Regimen which means Good regimen. Therefore the validity of these principles can seamlessly extend into personal and professional lives alike.
- पूर्वाभिभाषी (Poorvabhbhashi) – Be the first to greet/ first to converse. Passing a warm heartfelt greeting is as easy as eating a candy and as refreshing as tea. It sets a good mood. Starting a good and light conversation is another way to brighten up the day. (Read Article to understand a few elements of how to make a good conversation)
- सुमुखः (Sumukhah) – Having a pleasant face/Being cheerful. A smile on the face is all that it needs to look pleasant and cheerful. Appropriate attire and hair-do add to the appealing and cheerful look.
- सुशीलः (Susheelah) – Well-disposed/ Fair-nature. Having positive traits like patience, fortitude, being composed and not being temperamental & judgmental is the essence of this.
- करुणा (karuna) – Being empathetic. Being empathetic. Life is very unpredictable and volatile which we have all witnessed during the current pandemic COVID19. Being kind and compassionate makes us approachable and preferred.
- मृदुः (Mruduhu) – Being gentle & polite. One of the many ways to be a people’s person is to be gentle and polite. It is certainly possible to be disciplined & decisive while being gentle & polite at the same time. In fact, being both at the same time makes the person more charismatic and influential.
- नैकः सुखी (Na ekah sukhi) – Being Selfless (Not being selfish).What you give is what you get. You get nothing when you give nothing. When we give(expecting nothing), we reap much more in return. As you read this, pause and rewind for a minute and you will visualize the innumerable times you have been blessed; with much more than what you gave. Being selfless always funds for positive progression.
- न सर्वत्र विश्रब्धो न शंङ्कितः (Na sarvatra vishrabdah Na Shankithah) – Neither have blind faith in all nor be skeptical about everything). These are two principles that have to be read together as one to get the meaning in entirety. While one extreme is to be easily convinced; the other extreme is being doubtful and uncertain every time. Neither of these extremes help us in our growth. As we grow and acquire greater roles (in professional and personal lives), it becomes extremely important to analyse from various angles and then conclude what lies beyond the door. Quite often being a keen audience gives a great deal of learning on how to adopt this into life.
- न किञ्चिदात्मान शत्रुं नात्मानं कस्यचिद्रिपुं (Na Kinchith atmanah shatrum, Na atmanah kasya chit ripum) – Thou shall not be anybody’s foe nor shall anybody be thy foe. This again is a couplet of a principle which forms the core for invincible growth. This gets us closer to being spiritual which means that the commonly turbulent and fanatic mind transforms into a more peaceful and still state. An unruffled mind promotes an upswing growth.
- प्रकाशयेन्नापमानं (Prakashayet na apamanam) – Do not talk about your insults in public. Unlike the aforesaid principles which explained about what should be done, this principle and the next explain what should not be done. Talking about our own humiliation and insults that we underwent makes us vulnerable for ridicule, consequently a positive trajectory turns into a down slope.
- न च निःस्नेहतां प्रभोः (Na ca nisnehatam prabhoh) – Do not be in friction with your boss. This is the second of the principles that talks about what should not be advocated. The first one is the previous one. Here the literal meaning of the word “PRABHU” means “KING/ RULER” but in the current times, it can be adapted to mean “BOSS/ GOVERNMENT”. This is one of the most undoubted but underestimated principles. A tiff with the ruler can mean a free fall while unnecessary flattering can only back a progress that is short lived. This requires one to be tactful while being earnestly honest for a stable onward march.
A conscious effort is the investment until you witness that it becomes spontaneous response overtime. And the impetus that life gets from these time tested principles is unimaginable both on the professional and personal front.