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Timeless Leadership: 18 Leadership Sutras from the Bhagavad Gita by Debashis Chatterjee

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SUTRA 6

LEADERS ARE MASTERS OF THEIR MINDS

The Art and Practice of Meditation

Krishna teaches Arjuna the wisdom of minding the mind. When the mind of the leader is stuck in Self image, he suffers alienation from his real Self. Arjuna is a victim of such a predicament. He describes to Krishna the elusive and uncontrollable nature of his mind. Krishna acknowledges the problem and shows him the path of taming the unsteady mind by the practice of meditation and dispassion. Krishna sheds light on the three disciplines of the mastery of the mind: concentration, detachment, and transcendence. Finally, he urges Arjuna to experience the power of stillness where the mind withdraws from illusory Self image only to abide in the infinite Self.

SEPARATING THE SELF IMAGE FROM THE REAL SELF

One who has conquered his own Self image

Has attained to the calm of Self mastery

Then, he is established in his Supreme Self that is perfectly poised in cold or heat,

Pleasure or pain, honour or contempt.

(6.7)

Krishna’s words to Arjuna echo one of the most profound truths of classical Indian wisdom:

His own self must be conquered by the king for all time; then only are his enemies to be conquered.

(Rishi Vyasa, The Mahabharata, 1000 b.c.)

Many of our problems are self-created. The source of self-created problems is the fact that we mistake the Self image for our real Self.

Self image is a cluster of names and forms by which leaders differentiate themselves from the rest of their environment. They have different ...

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