Corporate Culture in Ancient India

Ever since the ancient times human beings lived and survived as a society. The trait of co-operation has contributed more than anything else to the present highly developed stage of civilization. The decline in the Indian society during and after the medieval age owes a lot to the unorganized fragmented society. But the things were quite different in the past, knows as golden age of Indian Civilization. The harmonious cooperation between various sections of the society, in political, social and religious matters was remarkable.

The Indian society of yore was ideal in several respects. The flow of noble tendencies in the society used to help cultivate auspicious virtues in the people since their childhood…. The system of Shodash Sanskars devised by the Rishis was a perfect mode of psychological conditioning for appropriate nurturing, development and orientation of these tendencies. Thus, almost every family was producing divinely refined personalities and every sphere of knowledge and development – ranging from the science of spirituality to the science of matter, agriculture to literature, health and education to religion and culture etc, was blessed by excellent talents.

That was the time when India was recognized as a universal guide, super civilized and enlightened nation. The treasure of knowledge and all round prosperity here had attracted people from all corners of the globe. This land was like the best place of pilgrimage and a global center of excellence for the whole world. The principle of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” – treating the whole world as a single large family, was adopted in every walk of life.

In the ancient times, the sadhus and brahmins used to devote their lives for selfless service of the society. Whole world was like a family for them. Every living being was dear to them…. Such was the influence of religious inspirations that the Grihastha – married couples engaged in the transaction of worldly duties, too used to dedicate precious amount of their time and material resources for altruist purposes and used to participate in the mass education programmes. Materialistic, mental and spiritual progress of the fellow beings was desired by every citizen of India…. Selfishness and possessive mentality had no place in the society those days…. This marvellous inculcation of religious disciplines in people’s minds and sentimental cores had bestowed the honor of “better than heavens…” on the Indian society of the Vedic Age. This was the time when every inhabitant of this land was endowed with divine qualities. Which is why India was described in the scriptures as the land where 33 billion manifestations of God came into existence…..”

It is a pity that a sizable fraction of the Indian society today is still living in the state of ignorance and religious misconceptions influenced in the medieval era. Over eight million fake sadhus and swamis are flourishing on the alms offered by such people in the name of religion. The word Brahmin has become a symbol of castism… The sadhus have exploited people’s faith and abandoned the liberation and rise of the present state of Indian society from the sorry state of cultural slavery and religious corruption…. Even many of the learned and materialistically progressive and forward looking people are seen wandering around some of the rich and mighty sadhus of this category….

The sadhus and Brahmins (sages and saintly scholars) of the ancient Indian society used to constantly tour around different parts of the country for the noble purpose of social welfare and development via educating the people through the multi-disciplinary system of religion. An altruist service of this kind is needed for lasting peace and progress in modern human society as well. Actually this is the ideal kind of sanyasa (literally meaning renunciation of worldly attachments for holy purposes) that could be easily adopted by people who have fulfilled their responsibilities towards their dependents.

Corporate Culture in Ancient India

In the current scenario corporate challenges can be broadly classified as Value based issues like honesty, respect and sense of belonging and ethical issues like tax evasion, wrong accounting and negligence of eco-system. 

In this context, successful organizations are different from excellent organizations.  Success may be of one dimensions but excellence is of multiple dimensional in the company. The philosophy, corporate social responsibility and outlook of the policy makers unconsciously creates a culture of the organization known as corporate culture.

Lack of spirituality leads to many problems: 

Agyan (Ignorance), 
Ashakti (lack of vitality), 
Abhav (lack of resources). 

To meet the challenge posed by corporate life and to achieve long lasting success, spiritual outlook should form an essential part of day to day life.