The face of Aghora

I recently visited the ancient Pashupatinath temple in Nepal. Pashupatinath is a significant place for Tantra worship. Earth, water, fire, ether and space represent the five elements of the universe.  The Shiva linga in Pashupatinath represents all the five elements.  The masculine part of the stone is its phallic shape and the feminine is the…

The spinning wheel

Physical things are cyclical in nature and cease to exist at a point in time.  The universe is physical in nature and undergoes endless creation and destruction within a span of time. This is the cyclical nature of the universe. All manifestations in the physical universe are also cyclical in nature. For example the Earth,…

Flames of Life

Cemeteries are peaceful places that I have always admired. I have been to cemeteries number of times and twice during the past two years. The term graveyard and cemetery are often used interchangeably. Graveyard is the older of the two terms. Graveyards used to be burial grounds adjoining the church where people preferred to be buried….

The essence of beeda

The betel leaf has an interesting significance in our lives. I occasionally enjoy the pleasure of a delicious paan beeda with my family at the end of a hearty meal. It is interesting to watch how the paan is made in front of you at the little paan beeda stall present in front of most…

Date with Divine

When I was in Bangalore last November, I decided to take a weekend trip to Tirtutanni in Tamilnadu, which is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramania. My family has been living in Bangalore for generations and despite having my own place to dwell in the city, I was forced to check into my…

You can choose your chemical concoction

Faith or spirituality in Management is a widely debated subject. Enterprises are finding it increasingly challenging to align their employees and their human needs to find their purpose of existence in the organisation. Leadership in organisation has the responsibility to act with purpose and care for their human assets, the society around them and the…

Coffee Tales

Last week while in Bangalore, I caught up with a friend of mine at Coffee Day in Indiranagar to discuss business activities of mutual interest. The temperature outside was hovering at 37 degree Celsius. The abnormal temperature is becoming the norm in Bangalore and you may blame it on global warming or the relentless destruction…

The Karma of Business

I was attending the Global India Business Meeting in Liverpool this week with senior business leaders held against the backdrop of the Indian national elections. The objective of the meeting was to provide a platform for dialogue on the way forward for India, its economy and the world at large. I was participating in couple…

Music Musing

This weekend, I attended ‘Naadasudha’ the carnatic music concert staged for the students of Sri A.G.A. Gnanasundaram.  Gnanasundaram as a renowned violin artist and a resident teacher in London founded Naadasudha with the aim of taking carnatic music to the next generation. His vision is to impart the knowledge and values of carnatic music as a…

Connect with Chakras

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Leadership Program with Steve Radcliffe and Simon Sinek.  Simon Sinek, author of the global best‐seller, Start with Why, explained his idea of ‘The Golden Circle’ and how it contains three distinct and interdependent elements (Why, How, What) that makes any person function at its highest ability.  Steve…

The farce of positive thinking

Few years ago, we had organised our global sales conference in Las Vegas. We do this every year bringing teams from different geographies to interact, ask them to present their plans and also provide them opportunities for lots of fun during the three days. The conference usually ends with a group photograph followed by a…