A few weeks back I was interviewing a youngster for a position of Business development in our company. His resume was impressive and more importantly his CV looked like a great fit for the position we advertised for. But what a disappointment it was to find that he fared very badly in the interview. Not that he was deficient in his communication skills. He was indeed quite communicative and made us believe that he had all the right qualifications and experience. It took a bit of effort on my part to expose his claims. It was a case of a guy claiming to be what he is not and overselling himself.
A little observation tells us that he is not alone in today’s world. Politicians, of course, excel in this art of hoodwinking people with false claims and promises. I find even multinational companies selling sophisticated equipments indulging in false claims. One has to be on guard to protect the interests of the company one works for as everyone is trying to play the game of one-upmanship.

What then is the solution to the malady? The answers come straight from Srikrishna’s advice in Bhagavadgita. Here’s His “Mann Ki Baat” for all of us:
Chapter thirteen of Bhagavadgita enumerates twenty desirable qualities for all human beings. We will consider here only three or four qualities relevant to our present discussion.

The first two are: Amanitvam and Adambitvam. Manitvam is an exaggerated opinion about one’s capabilities or achievements resulting in unrealistic expectations of praise or favour from others. In other words it’s pride. If the praise doesn’t come as expected, it would lead to disapointment and hurt. The demand for respect arises fundamentally because of a sense of deficiency or limitations within. If one is really confident that one has the capabilities in full measure, one would not demand respect. A hurt mind will only be preoccupied to retaliate rather than learn.(Isn’t this typical of a politician?).
Amanitvam is the absence of this pride. How is that to be achieved? A little analysis will be helpful. Even if one is highly qualified and learned, a careful self-assessment is enough to expose the illusion of a sense of achievement. After all, one merely happened to inherit genes responsible for intelligence from his parents who in turn gave him a good education and exposure in life. The individual, on his part, happened to have the good fortune of getting good teachers and ambience for pursuing higher education. Thus it’s a sheer coincidence of several factors falling in place for producing a result and one calls it as one’s achievement! Once you analyze and recognize these facts, there is absolutely no room for pride or MANITVAM. This is Amanitvam or absence of pride.

The second quality that one has to develop is ADAMBITVAM. This is the opposite of DAMBITVAM. While manitvam is pride based on some real qualifications, Dambitvam is self-glorification based on non-existent qualifications. Pretence and hypocrisy are the means by which one tends to present an exaggerated image of oneself merely to feel good or get some undue advantage. This arises due to refusal to accept ourselves as we are.

The third quality is a beauty by itself. It’s called ARJAVAM, which is loosely translated as rectitude or straightforwardness. This implies a complete alignment of thought, word and action. It’s such a beautiful quality to have that everyone gets attracted to such a personality. This quality is a prerequisite to be able to enjoy happiness and peace in life. It’s a great blessing, for, a lack of this quality results in a splintered personality which will NOT allow one to enjoy any of one’s possessions – be it wealth or name and fame.

The fourth important quality is Saucham, which is purity. Purity of Mind is indicated here as an essential requirement. Outward cleanliness is obvious for everyone to appreciate. Equally important is purity of Mind. An impure mind is a product of jealousy and anger.

Let us reflect on the advice given by SriKrishna today on His birthday.

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  1. Wonderful one sir. I have come across similar experience as you. The three Gunas you prescribe are very apt for the present day. I would like to use your blog message and share with my friends. Kindly permit me

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