The Ultimate Day of Giving

file9851348465775This Sunday, May 8 (Pacific time), is Akshaya Tritiya, one of the most important days in the Vedic calendar.

The very word Akshaya means “that which never diminishes”. Any service or charity one performs on this day will be paid back many times over.

Traditionally, this is the best day for starting important endeavors. Vyasadeva and Ganesa chose this day to start writing the great epic Mahabharata, for example.

So please consider taking advantage of this auspicious occasion by making a contribution on this day.

Noble Management(chapter from “How to Get Twice as Happy” by V.O. Ruzov)

Success Starts Here Freeway Style Desert LandscapeSince each of us is a manager, to a greater or lesser degree, today we’ll address some specific aspects of management. This is a pretty inexhaustible topic by definition. Therefore, we’ll touch upon only a few points which we haven’t discussed before or haven’t paid much attention to. A manager is a person who not only experiences the consequences of his/her own work, but gets 1/6 of karma of all subordinates. As we study the science of karma, we must be especially attentive coming to the correct understanding of leader’s karma. A manager will have hard time of it, if he/she isn’t aware of the whole burden of responsibility placed on him/her. Imagine that you are lifting weights, with your employees on your shoulders who are also lifting their weights.

That’s the difficulty of a manager position. It is subordinates, by the way, who can’t realize the double burden of managing and always demand for something more. Why can’t they see it? It always seems like with the appointment of a manager nothing has changed. They go on lifting their weights, only someone manages them. Subordinates think it’s more of a hindrance than a help. However, there’s one thing they seem to overlook. They are sitting on the shoulders of their manager, or a teacher, who is lifting them, together with their weights. Once a subordinate ceased to notice it, he/she actually ceased to be a subordinate (student) and became a common offender. In short, a bad subordinate thinks that a manager squeezes out him/her, while a good subordinate knows it is him/her who uses up a manager.

WHO IS TO BE PRAISED

We’ll start out by mentioning what kind of manager is praiseworthy and what is not. Praise is a driving and inspiring force. An ordinary person thinks that a leader is to be praised for actual accomplishments. But it’s not exactly correct. First of all, one should think of the cost at which it was accomplished. Specifically, were the deeds of a manager noble, or did he/she act meanly and commit despicable acts? After all, if subordinates are gratified by the leader’s success achieved by crooked means, they inspire him/her to use such methods further, and thus contribute to his/her degradation. Subordinates go down the same path, as the leader. Therefore, they must be anxious about the direction in which their leader moves.

In short, if a manager is being praised for success, regardless his/her personality traits, it results in the manager’s failure and loss of all achievements. Consequently, it results in the failure of the entire team. Therefore, scriptures don’t recommend praising a leader who reached external success but degenerated as a person. Literally, there’s no point in praising a leader who is addicted to hunting, gambling, drinking, chasing after women and other impure actions. Subordinates whose manager indulges such damnatory weaknesses are not recommended to change their job. They are recommended to maintain proximity and good relations, but at the same time make every effort to eliminate those evils and deliver their leader from these problems. It’s just as necessary as to save him/her from conspiracy, deceit and cunning enemies.

Remember: it’s not only a manager who is obliged to protect his /her employees. Subordinates also have that responsibility to protect their superior. If they don’t protect their manager from vice, how would a manager protect them against anything else? He/she won’t have enough strength. Such a manager will hardly be able to protect oneself.

Subordinates need a strong, resilient and noble leader. To get that kind of leader by revolution is impossible. Such a leader can only be reared.

ABOUT YIELD

When it comes to managers, a question often arises as to how much they earn and why they actually make so much. Scriptures don’t prohibit managers from getting higher salaries because their dealings are not as easy as that of subordinates. It is said that a manager has a more complex organization of work. It requires the division of tasks into external and internal ones, explicit and implicit; top-priority tasks and those that can be postponed. Hence, the job of a manager is far harder than that of any subordinate. This is why it deserves better pay.

If subordinates are still anxious to find out how much their boss makes, they can do it, but according to certain rules. The main of which says that a manager can tell how much income he/she gets, excluding all charges. It means that managers shouldn’t tell about all the money that passes through their hands. They can speak only of that which remains after all expenses (gains less losses). Therefore, there’s so much criticism of managers – nobody takes this important Vedic rule into account. It can actually help managers protect themselves from incorrect assessment.

If a subordinate never commanded vast sums of money, he/she won’t be able to develop a sober estimate of manager’s activities. Common envy will put spokes in a wheel. A subordinate will think: how can one spend so much? They think so because they themselves never spent that much. Big expenditures of a manager seem to be an embezzlement, wrecking activity, or even direct insult. For this reason, Vedic culture discourages friendship between those who have different levels of income. All the more so, a subordinate doesn’t need to know how much exactly the boss spends. Only those who spend more can control spending. Otherwise, gossip, criticism and even overturn can’t be avoided.

FAVORABLE DISPOSITION TOWARDS SUBORDINATES

Concerning our relationship with the managers, we must understand how it develops; what’s the manager’s attitude to our activities and suggestions. For that, the same cultural approach is used, as in all other types of relationships. It includes watching their reaction, facial expressions and gestures.

It is recognized that favorable disposition is confirmed by the following signs. A manager is genuinely happy to see a subordinate, is listening attentively to everything he/she says, offers to sit down and talk about something important in private. Especially favorable attitude can be understood by the fact that a manager enjoys conversation with a subordinate or pays very close attention to his/her advice. Also, those subordinates are in good standing, whose persuasion and explanations a manager is willing to tolerate. Indirect indicators of a positive attitude are the smiles of a manager and touching subordinate with a hand.

Sometimes a manager can talk about the hidden virtues of a subordinate, remember him/her while eating, walking or taking rest. Such a relationship is considered fairly close. In such a case, a manager would never laugh at the good qualities of a subordinate; would trust him/her with secrets and provide special benefits. If disaster overtakes a subordinate, a manager comes to help.

However, regardless manifestation of these symptoms, we can safely assume that a manager is well disposed, if he/she assigns tasks to a subordinate on a regular basis. This is especially so if tasks are given personally, not just delivered through other employees. This is said to be quite sufficient. If so, one should never complain that relationship isn’t as good as we’d like it to be. This is the level at which we can live happily and harmoniously.

DISPLAYS OF UNFAVORABLE ATTITUDE

Unfortunately, sometimes it happens that a manager is unfavorably disposed towards a subordinate. And it also has certain characteristics. When seeing a subordinate, a manager gets angry, doesn’t want to listen to what he/she says, interrupts, doesn’t look at him/her and doesn’t offer a seat. Special attention must be paid to changes of complexion or voice, with eyebrows frowning, eyes looking to the side and lips curving. If at the sight of an employee a manager sweats, sighs, or laughs inappropriately, this is also the evidence of a critical stage in relations.

Relationship has gone terribly wrong, if a manager no longer asks for advice of a subordinate, stands up and walks away for no reason, turns back on him/her, doodles something, shows favoritism to others, sets co-workers against this subordinate, speaks disapprovingly of his/her knowledge, qualities and past actions. All this shows that a manager no longer appreciates the merits of this employee.

Particularly subtle signs of negative attitude include condemnation of faults the manager has himself/herself; unwillingness to forgive even the smallest of weaknesses. Please note, when the manager tells lies or praises something that is contrary to the opinion of the subordinate. Don’t overlook the situation when other co-workers dramatically change their attitude towards you.

WHAT TO DO IF PROBLEMS ARISE

If your boss takes away all benefits, it’s time to change jobs. It means that relationship has deteriorated completely, and we have nothing to do here. But before you quit, find out the reason of your making bad impression, and try to fix it. Request help from the friends of your manager. A subordinate can’t leave, cussing out and shutting the door with the bang. Rather, he/she should finally try to dispel the negative perception around him/her. This is the last duty of a subordinate.

Remember: whoever leaves honorably, can always return. Right here, right now fate decided to separate us. But it’s not a problem – it’s just the waves of material life which first bring us together, then scatter around the boundless expanse of this world.

 

Fifteen Laws of Prosperity -15, by Vyacheslav Ruzov

Finally, the fifteenth law of prosperity states that fate makes a beggar a king and a king a beggar. It makes a rich man poor and a poor man rich. At the same time, those who are not shy in the acquisition of wealth, food items and knowledge, give their fortune a sign that they are ready to take full responsibility for these issues. Sages explain that poverty is set off by fortitude, like worn clothes by keeping them clean and bad food by warming up. Therefore, one need not be too shy in these matters. One should be active, practical and sensible. Wealth, like a woman, won’t choose the one who is lazy and humble. A young woman needs an active, practical and caring husband. Therefore, getting ready for prosperity is much like preparing a wedding. If there is no such mood, the wedding is most likely to be cancelled.

In addition, I’d like to specify two things. Firstly, one should remember that those who are in want of wealth are not actually needy, if they have enough intelligence to learn wisdom all the time. On the other hand, a wealthy, but ignorant person is the one who is really distressed.

Secondly, the science of prosperity does not welcome excessive honesty. As sages say, if we look at the trees in the forest, we can see that straight trees get cut down, while writhen trees are left standing. Hence, a wise man should not reveal the loss of prosperity, vexation of one’s mind, inappropriate behavior of one’s spouse, offensive words spoken by others and infamy that has befallen him/her.

Fifteen Laws of Prosperity -13, by Vyacheslav Ruzov

The thirteenth law of prosperity says that without smart and adequate planning affluence won’t make any difference either. It is said that there’s nothing more pernicious than chaotic thinking and decision-making. And there’s nothing more weird than to aspire for wealth first and be overburdened with it next, not knowing how to deal or how to cope with it. A stock of wealth is saved by spending, just as incoming fresh water is saved by letting out stagnant water. However, the point is — how to spend money. And scriptures recommend giving it away to worthy people. Just as water evaporated from the ocean, returns to it in the form of rain, so returns money donated to high- minded people, as if it were not given away at all.

Fifteen Laws of Prosperity -12, by Vyacheslav Ruzov

The twelfth prosperity law says that earning a good living is pointless if it makes relationship with family and friends go sour. Sages explain that money is the most trusted relative because even after having gone, it returns after a while. Other relatives, however, can go away and never come back. Thus, even if we place a high value on money, we should still be concerned about our family and friends more than about wealth. It is said in the scriptures that both relationship and money are preserved if we don’t horrify them with awful appearance, awful speech and awful laziness. Both relatives and Lakshmi, goddess of fortune, look with favor on those who act correspondingly. What is more, there’s a well-known law of karma saying that our life is destroyed if we insult our family members. Wealth is lost by causing offences to people around. Everything is lost when we insult a person in charge, and a family is ruined by insults aimed at sages.

Fifteen Laws of Prosperity -11, by Vyacheslav Ruzov

As far as the eleventh law of prosperity is concerned, it says that wealth does good only for those who behave decently in its absence. Scriptures say, “Just as sandalwood may be cut into pieces but doesn’t lose its natural fragrance, so the elephant does not give up sportiveness, as years go by. The sugarcane does not cease to be sweet though squeezed in a mill. Likewise, men of noble character don’t lose their lofty qualities, no matter how pinched they are by poverty.” Such people really deserve to be rich – their exemplary conduct shows that. Similarly, a husband proves that he deserves family happiness if he stays faithful to his wife in her absence.

Fifteen Laws of Prosperity -10, by Vyacheslav Ruzov

In the meantime, the tenth law of prosperity says one shouldn’t look for the easiest path to wealth. We may have hard-hitting plans, and if we don’t shrink from difficulties, even the most cherished dreams may come true. It may happen if we are ready to perform austerities and go through hardships. It is said in the Vedas, “Although the ocean, which is the reservoir of all jewels, is the father of the conch shell, and the Goddess of fortune Lakshmi is conch’s sister, still the conch must go from door to door, begging for alms (in the hands of a pilgrim).” Therefore, even if we are placed in an advantageous position, if we are in with many influential people — whatever facilities we may have — it does not qualify us for easy money. Remember: just as a jar is filled up drop by drop, a patient man is filled up with knowledge, courage and wealth, accumulating it little by little.