Saturday, June 28, 2008

Whether one can achieve success always?

Success or failure is the outcome of action (Karma) done by a person in a given environment. While every one aspires to be successful in whatever he does, the reality is many times otherwise. In some cases, he achieves success and in many others, he encounters only failures. Thus even a so-called highly successful person fails in certain endeavors. This is due to the fact that the fruit of action is not in one’s hand . There is no one standard recipe for ensuring success at all times. While action always produces fruits, when and where one person gets to enjoy the same is shrouded in the mystery of “Karma Phala.”

When a person focuses on achieving success while performing the action, he gets tensed, disturbed and anxious. These are impediments in the pursuit of excellence in the path of “Karma Yoga.” In the ultimate analysis , while one cannot ensure success , he can always strive to achieve excellence in whatever he does. The result is to be accepted as “Isvara Prasada.” One has to maintain equanimity and be a Sthita Prajna.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Cognitive Science
Cognitive Science is a multi-disciplinary domain with main focus on mind and intelligence. It deals with sensation, perception, learning, memory, language, imagery, cognition, nuero-anatomy and so on. It covers the functioning of the brain, mind, culture and neuropsychological basis of alternate states of consciousness.

Concept of knowledge in Vedas

An analysis of the Vedas reveal that the concept of knowledge is well embedded therein from time immemorial. They are a veritable mine containing knowledge repositories which transcend the barriers of time and space. They deal with the knowledge framework from a holistic perspective with universal application.
Vedas and cognitive Science
The Vedas present different dimensions of knowledge encompassing Jnana, Vijnana, Samjnana and Prajnana. As Vedas cover extensively the various dimensions of mind, knowledge and intellect, they would be of immense help and guidance for proper research in the domain of Cognitive Science.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Prof.C. K. Prahalad's N=1 and R=G and Vedic Philosophy

The New Age of Innovation
Prof.C. K. Prahalad and Prof. M.S. Krishnan's modern management concept N=1 means dvaita (duality) in terms of Vedic Philosophy.
This implies that each person is unique and distinct. Just by fulfilling the requirements and expectations of one person, you are not sure that you would be in a position to do so in respect of others. Thus mass production of products or rendering of services to cater to all customers has now lost its significance. Instead, the focus is on fulfilling the expectation of each individual customer. As this normally varies from one person to another, there is no absolute non-duality. Therefore, the philosophical principle of duality is inherent in this approach.The potentials for satisfying the requirements and expectations of each and every person representing resources(G) are Visvam (Universal).

Monday, June 9, 2008


Knowledge Management

Knowledge management plays a vital role in ensuring the success of any business organization. The knowledge workers hold the key in modern days for the success of any business enterprise. In view of their importance, they are being given a lot of recognition like participation in the top management and lucrative stock options besides excellent working environment and enriching job content.

It is a challenging task to understand the real sources of knowledge and convert the tacit knowledge residing in human repositories into explicit knowledge for the purpose of knowledge dissemination and sharing across all members of the organization.
Human resources are the treasures carrying the needed knowledge and skills for carrying out any venture. Hence fully harnessing the limitless human potentials is very significant. The tacit knowledge inherent in the human beings has to be converted into explicit knowledge tactfully to benefit the knowledge.

For any knowledge to take place the following three factors are important:
(a) Prameya representing the object to be known.
(b) Pramata denoting the knower of the object
(c) Pramana indicating the means of knowledge

Knowledge acquisition
The Vedas attach great importance to acquiring knowledge. The Vedas reiterate that only knowledge liberates a person. Whatever is done with proper knowledge becomes more effective. Only when there is definiteness, knowledge is possible.
Vedic Quotes
One who knows that which is the eldest and the best verily becomes the eldest and the best.
One who knows that which is supreme surely becomes supreme.
One who knows that which steadies, surely remains steady in the rough and the smooth.
One who knows that which has prosperity attains the object he desires.
One who knows that which is the ayatanam (resort) becomes the resort for all.
One who knows and meditates becomes progressively higher and better.
Whatever is performed with knowledge, faith and meditation becomes more effective.
By knowledge men ascend as Seers.
One shall walk on the pathway having known it.
Knowledgeable persons correct the faults and failures.

Knowledge propagation
The Vedas emphasize the need for knowledge propagation.
Vedic Quotes
One may impart knowledge to others though unsolicited.
One who performs the sacrifice knowingly overcomes misfortune and evil and wins prosperity.
Through intellect, one gets true delight.

Vidya (Education)
The Vedas extol the greatness of Vidya. It truly liberates one.
Vedic Quotes
It is the inspirer of gracious thoughts.
It lightens every pure thought.
It brings all good.
One who knows and meditates becomes progressively higher and better.1
By Vidya one attains endless life

Avidya (Ignorance)
The Vedas caution that one who follows the avidya shall traverse and suffer in darkness. A person without requisite knowledge shall not be appointed to a position, which demands possession of knowledge.
Vedic Quotes
Men who engulfed by nescience (avidya) go to blinding darkness.
One shall not appoint a priest who does not know.

Vijñanam (Wisdom)
The Vedas attach paramount significance to wisdom, as it is the foundation for clear and unambiguous understanding of the reality.
Vedic Quotes
Wisdom is the light which is to be won.
One shall obtain wisdom, thought, fervor and power.

Saturday, June 7, 2008



Kaizen means continuous improvement representing the never-ending search for perfection.
The Vedas also advocate continuous improvement, which is the essence of Japanese quality concept of Kaizen.

Vedic Quotes

One shall improve upon the rites with new performance.
Let the rite be born anew.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Whether "Luck" is mentioned in the Vedas?

There is reference about " good luck " as well as "ill-luck" in the Vedas.

Atharva Veda Samhita Viii-8-24 mentions about both these.

"Hence conquer, conquer, Hail! be thou the victor! Let these be conquerors and those be conquered. Good luck to these, ill luck to those men yonder! With the dark-blue-and-red our foes I cover."

Bringing of good luck is referred to in Atharva Veda Samhita xiv-1-30

"----The robe as a fair thing that brings good luck."