From a fighter to a warrior
10/10/2016 4:54:14 PM
|written By : Debashis Chatterjee|
Gurus come in different shapes and incarnations. Some show up wrapped in tiger skins, some in sharp business suits, some others hang around boxing rings. This freaky guru who was a boxing coach would never allow his disciples to punch their enemies in the face in a fit of anger. He would instead advise them to take a step back, then take a deep breath, compose the mind and look peaceful. Then, suddenly and swiftly punch the competitor’s face. ‘This way’, he would argue, ‘your punches will be very accurate and your competitor will be caught by surprise.’
The original inspiration for many Indian gurus is Krishna, someone who incarnated as a mischievous Master, many thousand years ago. Harvard Business School’s Dean Nitin Nohria once told me that what Emerson is to America and Confucius is to China, Krishna is to India. Krishna’s wisdom runs its writ in boardrooms as well as in battlefields. Krishna was and is still an unsolved mystery. He was purna purush, a complete human. He was a passionate lover and a compassionate friend. He was a guide by the side of Arjuna and a sage on a stage for those who worshipped him. He ensured victory for Arjuna in the mother of all battles in Kurukshetra. He was an extraordinary strategist and an astute behavioral scientist. He knew that our universe is not just filled up with trillions of electrons and protons but also with a million morons. One such moron was Duryodhana. A loudmouth land-grabber, Duryodhana, refused to give even a needle-point of land to his cousins without a fight. Krishna was not upset with Duryodhana’s fat ego for he knew that everyone in the universe is entitled to their incorrect opinion about themselves. Krishna also knew the secret art of war that would help Team Arjuna beat Team Duryodhana hollow. Krishna was Arjuna’s trusted Formula One driver. He drove Arjuna right into the middle of the battlefield and sang in his ears the wisdom that transformed the fighter Arjuna into the warrior Arjuna. That song is nothing but the revered bestseller called the Bhagavad Gita.