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Soul speak: Chairman of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Coimbatore Kendra B.K.Krishnaraj Vanavarayar addresssing a session on 'Sprituality in Management' organised to mark the 60th birthday celebrations of P.R.Krishnakumar, Managing Director of Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, in Coimbatore, on Wednesday. -Photo:K.Ananthan
Soul speak: Chairman of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Coimbatore Kendra B.K.Krishnaraj Vanavarayar addresssing a session on 'Sprituality in Management' organised to mark the 60th birthday celebrations of P.R.Krishnakumar, Managing Director of Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, in Coimbatore, on Wednesday. -Photo:K.Ananthan

Management schools should teach spirituality to students to help them evolve as better managers. The schools should also tell them that Indian culture has everything for them to grow as one, said B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, Chairman, Coimbatore Kendra, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, in the city on Wednesday.

He was speaking at the 60 {+t} {+h} birthday celebrations of P.R. Krishnakumar, Managing Director, Arya Vaidya Pharmacy. “Spirituality gives clarity of thought, courage of conviction and commitment to cause. It also stresses on creation of wealth through fair means, equitable distribution of the wealth thus created and use of wealth without disturbance to nature within and without.”

Unfortunately, today's children were unaware of the spiritual and cultural richness of the India, as nobody, particularly the media, cared to highlight them. He told the management students at the gathering that their institutions might teach them to be good managers but to be good leaders they must turn to spirituality.

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, he said India had to look within India for growth, governance and improvement. Borrowed ideas would not work. The adoption of Manmohan model of economics, ‘Manmohanomics' had led to a situation where only the fit could survive. If the country had followed Gandhian model, it would have made everybody fit to survive.

Mr. Vanavarayar said that if the country had to improve an attitudinal correction was needed where the home became more important than the individual, the community more important than the home and the country more important than the community. R.P. Raya, professor and head, Department of Management, School of Management, Pondicherry University, quoted western scholars and used slide shows to explain what spirituality was.

Vijay Menon, management consultant, said spirituality was the most-abused term. Rather than mastering events, if people started mastering moments, they could succeed and this was Indian management he said.

He narrated anecdotes from lives of Pandurang Shastri Athavale, Issac Tigrett, founder, Hard Rock Café, to explain what spirituality was.

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