*Hori, Chaiti, Tappa, Kajari*

Once the mango blossom starts, Cuckoo starts singing, one starts feeling the warmth of the burning sun after the warmth of Jaggery and sesame of the Indian winter month of Magh and Paush.

It’s mid of the month Falgun or Fagun where earth, sky and the universe starts showing brighter colors. As the month of Fagun starts, the subtle humming becomes the expressive songs.

This blog is about the songs of the Spring and Summer or Vasanta. Many types of songs are played during this season of Holi or Fagun. The humming starts in the month of March (falgun) to April (Chaitra) and then May (Vaishakh) until July (Sawan/ Shravan).

The mood of songs and emotions changes as the mood of nature and season keeps changing.
Some express union, while some shows pine of the separation. Some proclaims waiting and delays in welcoming the lover while other talks about fun filled heart, which is eager to meet the lover. No matter what the spring and summer ignites, the deep emotions and they overflow in form of Songs.

Many are the forms of emotions and they take forms of Hori, Chaiti, Dadra or Kajri. All derived or taken from semi classical singing form called Thumari.

Thumari derived from the word Thumak means swaying. Since the rhythm, emotion and essence of the song makes you sway. Thumari, Hori, Chaiti, Dadra and Kajri are semi classical forms, since these types do not go with technical standards of classical Ragdari or framework in totality, but emotion, feeling, poetry, words and inner sensation are more important. They have prominent base in folk singing styles. They are true form of people’s expression.

*Hori:* means songs sung during the festival of Holi, popular in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar area of India. Adorned with classical based Raga, such as Bhairavi, Kafi, Khamaj, Sahana, Pilu, Sarang etc. These songs are usually pranks of Krishns and Radha. Hori underlines the mischiefs of lovers and the way lovers would color each other during the festival of colors- Holi.

*Chaiti:* Usually Chaiti has “Ho Rama!”, “Hai Rama” or “Aye Rama!” in its lyrics, which means “Oh my lord Rama!”. The lyric is intertwined with various emotions expressing Shringar (Romance), Karun (Sorrow), or any other mood of Roamnce and love. Usually written in Purbi language (dialect from UP or Bihar part of India).

*Kajri:* Kajri literally means Kajra or Kohl for eyes. These are the emotions of longing from the lover. As the black cloud gathers and its rains, Kajri brings emotion of tears in the eyes of listener. This type of song is sung in the end of summer to beginning of Monsoon.

*Dadra:* Mostly popular in Agra or Bundelkhand area of India. These songs are accompanied by Dadra Taal (Name of rythemic cycle Dha Dhi Na, Dha Tu Na six or three beat taal), however later it is also taken in other rhythmic cycles like Kerwa / Keherwa (8 beat pattern), it is written in Braj Bhasha or Urdu.

Summer is a season of soothing the mind with emotional songs in increasing scorching heat.

Thumari, Hori, Chaiti, Dadra or Kajri are the sprinkles to the burning heart or mind.

Let all of us enjoy the tunes of these folk and semi- classical treasure during this summer. Have a great season of colors and sprinkles.

*Attached:* Link of Hori sung by a great leagend of Thumri Late Smt Shobha Gurtu Ji.

*Song Lyrics-* आज बृज में होली रे रसिया। होरी रे रसिया, बरजोरी रे रसिया॥ अबीर गुलाल के बादल छाए,
धूम मचाई रे सब मिल सखिया।
*Song meaning* – Today in the land of Brij holi is played of oh beautiful one, of the lovely tussle between lovers is going on. The clouds of colors are gathered, and all would meet playfully to their lovers and friends.

*Compiled by :* Dr Sandeep Sadanand Chaugule


Questions and Answers: Door of Gaining Knowledge: Ancient Indian Perspective


Questioning and answering is one of the important aspects in knowledge gain. Traditionally in India the important scripture begins with a question and then the gush of philosophy is an answer. I would rather not call it as philosophy, but I shall name it as life guideline.

Name important Darshan Shastra, Purana or Upanishada, such guideline is outcome of the curiosity and the question asked to someone who can quench the thirst of philosophy.

Upanishad literally means near someone who tells you. It’s a dialogue which begins after a question is raised by a curious mind.

In Bhagwad-Geeta the divine song is an outcome of the question asked by Arjuna. Infact it’s a series of questions asked by individuals to someone who can see greater. A blind Dhrutrashtra asks question to his charioteer Sanjay who has vision, Sanjay describes the question answer session of ignorant Arjuna and Great Yogi Shri Krishna to the blind Dhrutrashtra.

Astawakra- Geeta is considered as supreme gem of Indian philosophy, which is an outcome of a question asked by Janaka to Sage Ashtawakra.

Arjuna-Lamets-about-Killing-Family-Members-on-the-Battlefield-of-Kuruksettra-620x350A curious mind and the urge to seek answers for these questions have given a large number of gems of philosophy and its application has changed the face of history and mankind.

I wonder how the culture of not asking questions has emerged in India. How the attitude of not questioning the status quo, not questioning and finding out the reasons of something we do. I wonder how the belief and faith of not questioning a faith has got wide spread across the continent. Somewhere under the camouflage of “respect” Indians have stopped asking the questions and became largely a culture of followers.

The base of Indian philosophy is Knowledge, and the base of knowledge is questioning and base of questioning is curiosity. During ups and downs and transitions of India, we have forgotten the need of learning.

In India “Dnyan” or “Jnyan”, means knowledge is considered as prime. In the ancient, medieval  scriptures we see that the any treasure of wisdom begins with question.

Kanad in his Vaisheshik Darshan Shatra, Maharishi Patanjali in his yogasutra, starts with a Sanskrit word “Atha” meaning from here onwards, which itself indicates the subject begins with a pretext, and the pretext is a question and curiosity. There are many dialogues between Shiva and Parvati, which began with the questions asked by Parvati to Shiva.


In one of the speech Dr Abdul Kalam mentions “Learning gives creativity, Creativity leads to thinking, Thinking provides knowledge, and Knowledge makes you great”

I wonder and question myself, why we Indians have left that path of Knowledge and we have become followers? The culture which has given great treasures of spiritual, practical, architectural, literary knowledge to the world, is somewhere on a transition of confused path.

Debates, conflicts and questioning have always been integral part of India. If one questions the status quo, India never ever has behaved fragile or timid.

Now a days we all becoming over sensitive society, which is talking about diversity but never wants hold on the principles of it. We are becoming an over fragile and we are clinging to un-necessary emotions. The fighting spirit or finding the truth is remaining far away. We have started believing that “my thought process is the only right one and others do not see it correctly”.

We talk about inclusion but we do not demonstrate it?

Somehow questioning has become a tradition of questioning an authority and thus we have stopped asking. We are the people who have ideals in our scriptures, who have given life for not answering correctly, which clearly can be seen in “Yaksha Prashna” episode of Mahabharat.

And a culture which proclaims philosophy of questioning

अपृष्ट्वैव भवेन्मूढः ज्ञानं मनसि चिन्तनात् | अपूर्णः कुरुते शब्दं न पूर्णः कुरुते घटः |

One turns foolish by accumulating knowledge in mind without asking and without contemplating. A vessel, not full, makes noise, but not one that is full.

Once upon a time when multiple belief systems had Vad and Samvad (discussions and debates), such as Dwaita, Adwaita, charwak etc, the belief was not to degrade anyone, however understand their perspective at the same time let all of them flourish together.

Bhartruhari mentions his ignorance towards knowledge gaining, and he finds out the knowledge can only be gained thru

यदा किञ्चिज्ज्ञोऽहं द्विप इव मदान्ध: समभवम्
तदा सर्वज्ञोऽस्मीत्यभवदवलिप्तं मम मन:।
यदा किञ्चित्किञ्चिद्बुधजनसकाशादवगतं
तदा मूर्खोऽस्मीति ज्वर इव मदो मे व्यपगत:॥

When I had little knowledge, I had become blind by pride like an elephant (during rut). Then my mind was proud, thinking that I am an omniscient. As and when I realized bit by bit in the association of wise men, by seeking knowledge, my pride waned like a fever, as I came to know that I was a fool, actually.

Well Bhartruhari realized it and wrote the entire book named as Niti Shatakam. Let all of us gain bit by bit knowledge by asking

Compiled by : Dr Sandeep Sadanand Chaugule

Note: Photographs are suggestive, writer do not claim any ownership of the photographs.

Employee Engagement: Sant Dnyaneshwar Perspective

Dnyaneshwar MaharajIn modern days Employee engagement has become important aspect for organizations. Many companies deploy variety of activities to increase the engagement. Most of the big corporations are now keeping engagement as strategically important aspect to understand and project organization’s health.
Along with the company’s vision HR has also started putting their vision statement and invariably employee engagement is becoming necessary parts of their vision statement.
Today leaders are not content to have their people be “satisfied” Instead, leaders want their people to be “engaged” because – the thinking goes – if they are engaged, involved, invested, etc., they will work enthusiastically to further the interests of the enterprise, and they will be more likely to stay committed and connected to the organization over time.
Engagement can affect employees’ attitudes, absence and turnover levels and various studies have demonstrated links with productivity, increasingly pointing to a high correlation with individual, group and organizational performance, a success measured through the qall-signs-indicate-that-current-and-emerging-leaders-need-to-have-a-0dO2n6-clipartuality of customer experience and customer loyalty
According to (Kahn W. A., 1990) employee engagements is the harnessing of organization member’s selves to their work roles: In engagement people employ and express themselves physically, cognitively and emotionally during role performance.
During my doctoral research on the same subject, I observed there is no common or universal definition for employee engagement…
Sant Dnyaneshwar is one of the great literary scholars about 700 years back in central part of India. He translated Shri Mad Bhagvad Geeta (Geeta as popularly known), in common colloquial or spoken language Marathi. His literature pieces are excellence by par.
You might wonder why did, I switched over the topic of Employee Engagement to a saint poet or literary scholar. However this is not a diversion from the main topic. In absence of the universal definition and collection of information about employee engagement during my doctoral research I came across many attributes of “Employee Engagement” however it was opinion of many scholars. While compiling whole of these concept I traced parallel with a literature piece composed by Sant Dnyaneshwar I felt these lines of him covers most of the concepts given by vivid scholars under one umbrella.
This blog is to cover those concepts/ attributes of employee engagement vis-à-vis Sant Dnyaneshwar’s composition.
Vigor, Dedication and Absorption are major aspects of Employee Engagement tossed Maslach et al.
Kahn talks about engagement levels as Cognitive, Emotional and Physical. Csiksentmihalyi talks about 2 important aspects Job Involvement and Flow.

Let’s explore all above attributes and Saint Dnyaneshwar’s Composition.
मी माझें मोहित राहिलें निवांत । एकरूप तत्व देखिलें गे माये ॥१॥
In this line of his composition he says “I realised the one inherent motivating reality of the universe (in our context organization) and being part of it, I am enthralled and at peace”
In this stanza he narrates that, he has identified that factor which makes you feel, you are engaged with the organization. He says after realizing this I am at peace, which also underlines the deeper feeling of an employee when he is engaged with organization.
Employee engagement is a psychological condition; it’s a feeling and emotion.
द्वैताच्या गोष्टी हरपल्या शेवटीं । विश्वरुपें मिठी देत हरी ॥२॥
All experiences of duality have disappeared, and my universal form itself has dissolved in Hari
Let’s consider Hari in this line as “Vision of the organization”. This goes in line with the concept given by Csiksentmihalyi’s concept of Flow, according to him Flow means “Holistic, sensation, people feel when they act with total involvement”
The total involvement in job, work comes only when there is no difference seen in the organization and self. Its a feeling of being in-charge of your work area or entrepreneurial feeling for the work.
Sant Dyaneshwar talks about two aspects “Duality is disappeared” and “self’s organizational form is dissolved in Vision”
One can explore and get more detailed and can say it is due to the feeling of Vigor, Dedication and Absorption.
छाया-माया-काया हरिरूपीं ठायी । चिंतिता विलया एक तेजीं ॥३॥
Reflection (Cognitive), the illusion (emotional) and physical being if towards Hari, and when self remember it I get merged into its sole radiance
As per Khan engagement takes at 3 levels

1. Cognitive

2. Emotional

3. Physical/ Behavioral

An engaged employee is congruent with his/her thought, felt and outcome level. Sant Dnyaneshwar emphasizes importance of all these 3 levels to be congruent in order to see that radiance (engagement in our language).
ज्ञानदेवा पहा ओहंसोहंभावा । हरिरुपीं दुहा सर्वकाळ ॥४॥
Dnyanadev says observe the principle of “I am” “I am that”, that offers the ultimate everlasting satisfaction.
Sant Dnyaneshwar doesn’t stop here, he also gives remedy to bring engaged environment at organization. He says Observe the principle “I am” and “I am that” from both employee as well as employer/ organization side. He also stresses upon the time, when should this be done? He says सर्वकाळ (sarvakaal) means always.
As an elaboration to this, here congruent employee needs to know what all is expected from my job, manager, organization and people around, on the other hand organization also needs to know what are the cognitive, emotional , economical and social needs of employee in order to have that everlasting satisfaction.
One important aspect that we can take from सर्वकाळ (sarvakaal), is that such engagement is outcome of continual actions and not one or two activities in order to get the engagement.

Hope these verses will guide all of us working in and for organization in whatever level will lead to engaging environment


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Buddha and Negotiation Skills


Buddha, in one of his discourse underlines how Negotiation can be done, I am yet to get any other master of management even define negotiation skills like Buddha talks about. He says
‘‘भोगे संहरमानस्स, भमरस्सेव इरीयतो। भोगा सन्निचयं यन्ति, वम्मिकोवुपचीयति॥
this could mean honey is the outcome, like a bee the negotiator should be in relationship with flowers. The bee gains from the flower and the flower remains as radiant as ever after the bee has visited. The bee doesn’t buzz off and leaves the flower in absolute wreck or ruins it. The aroma of flower remains as it is, the negotiator has just taken the essence of flower and converted it in Honey.

DSC00176During negotiation one faces many issues, like how will I know what’s going on in the mind of other party/ person etc., which reminds me of another metaphor given by Buddha. While Buddha informs his disciples about such unknown skillfulness he says सचित्तपरियायकुसलो भविस्सामी, meaning – who is not skilled in the ways of others’ minds? ‘I will be skilled in the ways of my own mind.
Suggesting “ask your own mind, it would reflect the same”. When his disciple asked him “how to do this”? Buddha smilingly replies – It is just as if a woman or a man—young, youthful, and fond of ornaments—would look at her or his own facial reflection in a clean bright mirror or in a bowl of clear water. If they see any dust or blemish there, they will make an effort to remove it. But if they do not see any dust or blemish there, they will be glad about it; and their wish fulfilled, they will think, ‘How fortunate that I’m clean!’
This is same as modern management thinkers keep emphasizing on principles like… “Maintain Full Disclosure” or “The most important person to know in a negotiation is your-self” or “The value of something is always in the eye of the beholder”
I feel Buddha is the best teacher who can teach us lessons on negotiation. Since throughout his life, he has negotiated with himself, others, his disciples, kings, adversaries, challengers and situations.

twa_webex_monksdebate-10In Tipitaka under Samyutta Nikaya comes a discourse of Bhuddha to his disciples called as Magga-vibhanga Sutta: An Analysis of the Path. When I read this sutta and traced parallel between negotiation skills. Buddha advises his disciples over 8 paths. One who follows these principles in negotiation would be a successful negotiator. We can take them as characteristics of being a great negotiator.

Principle Characteristics Characteristics in the language of Buddha in Pali Characteristics according to modern management experts
Right View One show understands the Problem, knows the origin of problem, looks for cessation of problem, knows ways leading to the cessation of problem दुक्खे ञाणं, दुक्खसमुदये ञाणं, दुक्खनिरोधे ञाणं, दुक्खनिरोधगामिनिया पटिपदाय ञाणं Listening

(Self, Others and situation).

Right Intention Whose intentions are for resolving Issue, intentions of non-ill will. Intents of harmlessness, and one with intention of win-win. नेक्खम्मसङ्कप्पो , अब्यापादसङ्कप्पो, अविहिंसासङ्कप्पो Problem solving intentions
Right Speech One who abstains from false speech, abstinences from divisive speech, harsh speech, doesn’t have idle chatter.

Not shouting, one who do not give false promises or evidences.  Or gives baseless speech.

मुसावादा वेरमणी, पिसुणाय वाचाय वेरमणी, फरुसाय वाचाय वेरमणी, सम्फप्पलापा वेरमणी Effective Speaking
Right Action He restrains from the destruction of life of relationship with person(S) he is dealing with or negotiating. He abstains from taking what is not given, abstinence from any kind of monitory, non monitory advances or sexual favors. Remains within moral and ethical boundaries. पाणातिपाता वेरमणी, अदिन्ना दाना वेरमणी, अब्रह्मचरिया वेरमणी Problem solving
Right Livelihood One who has abandoned – a wrong mode of livelihood or forcefully ending negotiation or becoming too adamant without base just because he wants to win in negotiation. अरियसावको मिच्छाआजीवं पहाय सम्माआजीवेन जीवितं कप्पेति Decision making
Right Efforts Makes Efforts to abandon of arise of evil unwholesome states.

Generates desire for the maintenance of arisen wholesome states, for their non-decay, increase, expansion, and fulfillment by development of stronger relationship.

Makes an effort to arouse energy, to apply mind, and strives for sustained balance.

उप्पन्नातनं कुसलानं धम्मानं ठितिया असम्मोसाय भिय्योभावाय वेपुल्लाेय भावनाय पारिपूरिया छन्दं जनेति वायमति वीरियं आरभति चित्तं पग्गण्हाति पदहति Assertiveness
Right Mindfulness One who dwells contemplating mind in mind, ardent, clearly comprehending, mindful, having removed covetousness and displeasure in regard to the world.


One who dwells contemplating phenomena in phenomena, ardent, clearly comprehending, mindful, having removed covetousness and displeasure in regard to the world.

काये कायानुपस्सी विहरति आतापी सम्पजानो सतिमा, विनेय्य लोके अभिज्झादोमनस्सं; वेदनासु वेदनानुपस्सी विहरति आतापी सम्पजानो सतिमा, विनेय्य लोके अभिज्झादोमनस्सं;


चित्ते चित्तानुपस्सी विहरति आतापी सम्पजानो सतिमा, विनेय्य लोके अभिज्झादोमनस्सं; धम्मेसु धम्मानुपस्सी विहरति आतापी सम्पजानो सतिमा, विनेय्य लोके अभिज्झादोमनस्सं

Rapport Building
Right Concentration Buddha Gives 4 stages of Knowledge for concentrating over a subject.
One who is accompanied by thought and examination, with enthusiasm and happiness सवितक्कंल सविचारं विवेकजं पीतिसुखं पठमं झानं उपसम्पज्जन विहरति। Working towards goal without misunderstanding
With the subsiding of thought and examination enter into internal confidence and unification of mind.

With the fading away as well of enthusiasm, being balanced and, mindful and clearly comprehending

वितक्कजविचारानं वूपसमा अज्झत्तं सम्पसादनं चेतसो एकोदिभावं अवितक्कंत अविचारं समाधिजं पीतिसुखं दुतियं झानं उपसम्पज्जो विहरति।
He is balanced, mindful, one who dwells cheerfulness. पीतिया च विरागा उपेक्खको च विहरति सतो च सम्पजानो, सुखञ्चज कायेन पटिसंवेदेति, यं तं अरिया आचिक्खन्ति – ‘उपेक्खको सतिमा सुखविहारी’ति
With the abandoning of pleasure and pain, and with the previous passing away of joy and displeasure, which is neither painful nor pleasant and includes the purification of mindfulness by balancing win- win status. सुखस्स च पहाना दुक्खस्स च पहाना पुब्बेव सोमनस्सदोमनस्सानं अत्थङ्गमा अदुक्खमसुखं उपेक्खासतिपारिसुद्धिं

DSC02588Modern management experts talks about effective speaking, listening, reducing misunderstanding, rapport building, problem solving, decision making, being strong on your rightful actions and dealing with difficult situation. I feel we can learn many in-depth lessons from the stories of Buddha and his great negotiation skills. More to come… stories of Buddha and his negotiations. Till then enjoy the path explained by Buddha on effective negotiation skills.

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Communication Skills and Hanuman

lord_hanuman_flying-normalIn modern days communication skills are important in every field especially in management. Many of us face a lot of issues in honing our communication skills.

In Indian education system in general and in Arts, Music, Yoga or Dance to be specific, people even today recite praises of Hanuman before starting their work. They remember Hanuman with below mentioned praise…

बुद्धिर्बलं यशोधैर्यं निर्भयत्वमरोगता | अजाढ्यं वाक्पटु:त्वंच हनुमत् स्मरणात्भवेत् ||

Hanuman is praised with qualities like wisdom, strength, fame, courage, fearlessness, health, briskness, and Excellence in Communication.

Is Hanuman praised for his excellence in communication? can we read something about his traits, attributes and characteristics of communication? This blog specifically concentrates on Hanuman and management lessons with reference to his communication skills.

It’s a story from Ramayana when Hanuman met Shri Ram very first time in person. Rama along with Laxmana walked upto Kishkindha area where he wanted to meet Sugriva – the master of monkey’s army to seek his help for searching his kidnapped wife Seeta.

At that moment, Hanuman, Sugriva’s ambassador was sent to meet both Rama and Laxmana and to verify that they are not from Sugriva’s enemy side. Hanuman came down from the top hill to meet both of them and informed them that he wanted to verify their identity.

I am not going to narrate the whole story here; the important aspect of this blog is the characteristics as identified by Rama about Hanuman as excellent communicator.

After listening to Hanuman carefully, Rama pick points few traits of Hanuman’s communication and narrates these characteristics one by one to Laxmana.

  • Well read:
    नानृग्वेदविनीतस्य नायजुर्वेदधारिणः । नासामवेदविदुषः शक्यमेवं प्रभाषितुम्

Here Rama pin point importance of being well read. He informs Laxmana “Unless one is well read and studied the subject in-depth one cannot communicate so beautifully”

  • Command over language:
    नूनं व्याकरणं कृत्स्नमनेन बहुधा श्रुतम् । बहु व्याहरता ऽनेन न किञ्चिदपशब्दितम् ॥

Rama narrates one more important aspect of communication he says “I am sure he has learnt the language so well. Observe that when he spoke he hasn’t spoken anything not in line with the language he is using” and underlines importance of command over language

  • Body language and expressions:
    न मुखे नेत्रयोर्वापि ललाटे च भ्रुवोस्तथा । अन्येष्वपि च गात्रेषु दोषः संविदितः क्वचित् ॥

Rama narrates the importance of body language used by Hanuman for his effective speech. He tell Laxmana “His expressions, eyes, face, eyebrows and all the limbs were in line with the subject he wanted to communicate”

  • Preciseness and voice modulation:
    अविस्तरमसंदिग्धमविलंबितमद्रुतम् । उरःस्थं कण्ठगं वाक्यं वर्तते मध्यमस्वरम् ॥

Rama further says underlining the importance of being precise, simple and non complex. He says “His expression is not too elaborate, not confusing, not dragging and not very fast. It has risen from his chest and delivered in a medium tone through his throat’”

  • Relating to others:
    संस्कारक्रमसंपन्नामद्रुतामविलंबिताम् । उञ्चारययति कल्यार्णीं वाचं हृदयहारिणीम् ॥

Rama underlines the importance of relating others as one of the important aspect of communication of Hanuman. He says “The language he spoke is richly endowed with grammatical purity. It is wonderful and auspicious. It is neither too fast nor too slow. It is captivating the heart and relates to other’s mind’

In the same context Rama further says qualities of Hanuman as

“अनया चित्रया वाचा त्रिस्थानव्यञ्चनस्थया । कस्य नाराध्यते चित्तमुद्यतासेररेरपि ॥

‘The voice, the delivery from the three spaces namely the bottom of the chest, throat and head are wonderful and clear. Whose mind will not be pleased by such a word even if he is an enemy raising a sword?’

  • Listening
    During the conversation when Rama and Laxmana spoke to Hanuman about their purpose of meeting Sugriva, Laxmana also pin points excellent characteristic of Hanuman.

प्रसन्नमुखवर्णश्च व्यक्तं हृष्टश्च भाषते । नानृतं वक्ष्यते वीरो हनुमान् मारुतात्मजः

The pleasant facial expressions reciprocates his concern for us and with this, one can easily say that he is a keen listener

promoted-media-optimized_5558b8f7c121aRama further informs importance of having such great people as employee or brand ambassadors with such excellent communication skills as…

एवंविधो यस्य दूतो न भवेत्पार्थिवस्य तु । सिध्यंति हि कथं तस्य कार्याणां गतयोऽनघ ॥ एवं गुणगणैर्युक्ता यस्य स्युः कार्यसाधकाः । तस्य सिद्ध्यंति सर्वार्था दूतवाक्यप्रचोदिताः ॥

Those people who won’t have such excellent communicators; I wonder what they must be doing? All the objectives of a leader prompted by ambassadors/ employee will be accomplished if he has such person(s) around, who are endowed with such qualities.

Hanuman was no doubt the most cherished, admired, loved and adored ambassador in whole mankind. And thus he is one who accomplishes his tasks swiftly and adored for his communication skill even today by modern world.

With so many managerial and leadership qualities, Hanuman is a great leader to study for his “servant or service leadership” or “Situational Leadership” qualities. We will speak more about his leadership qualities in future blogs. Till then wishing for honing our communication skills as learnt from great Hanuman.

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“Sarma (सरमा) and advocacy perspective of Employee Engagement”


Sarama (सरमा) is one of the Vedic characters/ personality, present in 10th Mandala of Rigveda. In Rigveda the dialogue between Sarama and Pani is detailed.

Story of Sarama unfolds many truths and also guides us about how our conduct should be while advocating organizational strength.

Under the most spoken and urgent needs of modern organizations is employee engagement. One of the sign of an engaged employee is “Advocacy”, meaning how someone represents the organization to outside world.

Sarama and Pani Samwad- Dialogue between Sarama and Pani is excellent piece of story to understand this aspect of employee engagement.

Panis (पणि) were wealthiest sect of the society then, and were famous for their unlawful ways and means to collect wealth. They were also famous for their cunning, tactful, and miser behavior. Most of the wealth was collected by them was not used for greatness of society. In the olden time the wealth was measured with the animals you have, and their usage for farming would imply the prosperity of the place.  Amoung such Panis Brubu was one of the wealthiest as well chief of them.  Once they snatched most of the wealth of the area and kept it in a place, aloof from any usage, and were hidden in darker caves. Even reaching  to this place was impossible.

Indra the king of divine abode, wished to utilize this captured wealth by Pani for betterment of society and use it for purpose of agricultural usage. For this purpose he wanted one of the loyal, focused representatives and one who would advocate the purpose of his vision. After a keen analysis he found Sarma one who was equated as mother of Dogs, most appropriate to go and visit Pani and get the wealth from them, in case of difficult situation she should advocate strengths of Indra and his kingdom, his purpose and his pure attitude for society.

As per Indra’s instruction Sarma proceeded ahead for her mission. Way to reach Panis was not simple and joyful, as their abode was in darkness. When she reached crossing sea, rivers, mountains and the long journey, Pani were amazed and asked how did she made her way to reach them? As it was not possible to cross many hindrances.

Sarma replied “I am Doot (representative or envoy) of Indra. Yes I was afraid of water, however my mission took over that fear, and with this courage I have crossed sea and rivers and here I come to collect information from you, inform mission of Indra and to explain you the rightful things”

Pani replied with sarcasm “Oh how is that Indra? What his strength? What courage he carries? We are happy to be friendly with him and will make him chief of one of our cattle section”

Sarma the loyal representative of Indra’s kingdom informs “Indra has great strength, no one can win over him, and he can win over”

Pani subtly replies “Oh Sarma! The most beautiful one! You travelled so far and reached to an impossible destination, which is why we are happy. We grant you few cattle and you can happily take them for yourself. Use it for your personal benefits and as you know without war how one will be able to give such cattle. You can take a few of them, and be ours.”

The strongest reply of Sarma indicates many qualities. Qualities like being faithful, non judgmental, truthful, candid and goal oriented. Her reply was “Oh Pani! Your language is not of a warrior or soldier, you are bribing me, it shows your ill mentality, and it also reflects how you would be treating your own people. I order you to come ahead and negotiate with me for betterment of society or else we have enough strength to attack you”

Pani informs Sarma about how it is impossible to reach to the wealth hidden by them as it was kept secretly and tactfully. They also say “Gods (Clan and people of Indra) have sent you because they are afraid of war, and thus they have sent a woman for negotiation” Panis now diplomatically change their attitude towards Sarma and say “We consider you as our sister, and be with us, enjoy the wealth and be part of our Kingdom, you are intelligent and we wish to have intelligent people like you with us”

Sarma without delay said “I am on my mission of negotiating with you and not to surrender you. Either we reach to a win- win situation or get ready to face serious consequences of not reaching to an understandable solution”

Even after her candid information Panis did not bother to go ahead with negotiations, Sarma then challenged them and strategically challenged to run away from that place. Sarma with the help of Brihaspati, Som, Somabhishavkarta, Rishis and intelligent dogs, wins over Panis and the wealth was then used for Indra’s vision.

This small story and dialogue unfolds many attributes. Many of them are still prevailing in modern society.

According to me Indra was intelligent to use his manpower for appropriate work. He chose Sarma (mother of Dogs) over many other male colleagues like Brihaspati, Soma, Aditya and so many. Sarma was called as mother of dogs because of qualities she and her team possessed. Dogs are considered and loyal, intelligent, they can find path with intelligent usage of their senses, and they are courageous, faithful towards house / master / organization & so many.

Even though Pani played many tactics such as initially calling her as beautiful lady, later sister and then strength- less women and bribed her at each state, Sarma was focused and did not bother about her personal benefits. She did not give up and accomplished her mission.

It is important to select appropriate resource no matter which diverse background you come from. Gender, sexuality, clan, or class doesn’t matter when it’s a work towards specific work, what matters is inclusion of these varied background resources which gets you unbelievable results.

Such inclusion and representation of resources at various stages is beneficial for bringing the advocacy mindset among employees. If the employee is advocating your organization, to outside world, customers and even with competitors, it is one of the indicators of engaged employees with the organization, its vision and its mission.

Picture Courtesy: Representative Not of Sarma :: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chola_art