WATCH Method of Transformational Leadership – Part 5

[Note: This Article is based on the Discourses given by Sri Sathya Sai Baba on various occasions. This is not a direct excerpt from any Discourse, but an essay based on His Message on Management and Leadership.] 

… Continued from Part 4 


4. Watch Your Character: 

Baba says, “The end of education is character”. Each individual is a bundle of virtues and weaknesses. One’s individuality, which results from this balance sheet of good and bad qualities, is described as one’s character. Character stands for self-discipline, loyalty, readiness to accept responsibility and willingness to admit mistakes. It stands for selflessness, modesty, humility, willingness to sacrifice (when warranted) and faith in God. Baba refers to the role of ‘Individual Character’ and ‘National Character’ with reference to the development of individuals and society. For character building, Baba advises people to put into practice the various elements that form part of Yama and Niyama. 


YAMA - The First Step in the Ashtanga Yoga (Eightfold Path)

NIYAMA - The Second Step in the Ashtanga Yoga (Eightfold Path) 

Character of Hanuman: A Story 

Hanuman succeeded in coordinating his thought, word and act. Therefore, he had the unique distinction of being great in physical strength, mental stability and virtuous character. He shines as an invaluable gem among the personalities of the epic Ramayana. He was also a great scholar who had mastered, of all things, the six schools of grammar. He knew the four Vedas and the six Shastras. The Gita says “Panditaha Samadarshinaha” - a scholar is the one who sees the same Divine force inspiring everyone. Hanuman was a good example of one with good character and this virtue of seeing the same Divinity in all. 



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