Visakhapatm, Feb 26: Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Monday called upon the corporate honchos to inculcate the spirit of service as the happiness they get from giving back to society will be unmatched. Addressing the CII Partnership Summit in Visakhapatm, the founder of the Art of Living told investors and businessmen that investing in society for a cause would give them more satisfaction than earning more returns on investment. At a session along with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.Chandrababu idu, he shared his views on a wide range of issues, giving useful tips to delegates from India and abroad on how to mage and live a happy and satisfied life. He said that all successful businessmen in the world are giving back to society as they filly realised that this gives them satisfaction.
Happiness of giving to society unmatched: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
He said the purpose of wealth should be to create wellness and welfare in society. “What is the use of wealth which creates more problems and more diseases. We create wealth, struggle with our health and then try to regain the health by spending part of our wealth. That is not good economics,” he said.
Stating that health is not a mere absence of disease but the vibrancy of consciousness, he said how happy, strong and committed one feels depends on the state of consciousness.
Ravi Shankar stressed the need for investing in oneself. He said, “Keep moments for yourself. Spend time with ture. This will shift the context of thinking. If you can’t feel, meditate, walk into a planetarium, you will realise how insignificant your life is when compared to the universe.” He called for attending to the happiness factor, saying this is central to any development and can solve all the problems in an organisation and in society at large.
The spiritual leader said while it was a human instinct to want immediate results and technology was ebling this, without patience even technology will not yield results.
“Impatient people can’t achieve anything. Even if they achieve they can’t enjoy,” he said describing impatience a sign of stress and mistrust. He believes that impatience is causing social disasters like riots and wars.
“Impatient people catch on to rumours faster than facts,” he said. He said that spiritualism brings patience, perseverance and intuitive ability. On people being addicted to mobile phones, he stressed the need for judicious use of technology. “Technology is not to be blamed. It’s our attitude. The purpose of technology is to give us comfort. We should not make it a noose around our neck,” he said.
Ravi Shankar urged people to move away from the virtual world to the real world. “I often advise children who play with video games to go out and play with real kids,” he said. He also observed that education is more of information than interaction and said human interaction was essential. (IANS)