Posted by Ashram News Reporter on July 7, 2004


The SCIENCES OF CREATION AND LIFE called veD in sNskRUt language stipulates that all the 4 objectives of a human life journey called 4 puruSHaaARth in the texts of sNskRUt language called veD should be interactively balanced as per one's age and one's life aaSRm......Please click on the following red hilite of puruSHaaARth to revisit and remember the meaning of 4 puruSHaaARth and 4 aaSRm of life.....

The time era in which the humanity lives is called kli-yug in veD....kli-yug started in 3012 BC and will last for a total of 432,000 years.....In kli-yug the entire human life is ordained:

  • to be revolving around material wealth and possessions from material wealth.....
  • that without material wealth a person in kli-yug has no standing at all even if he is a genius....unless the genius uses it for creating wealth.....
  • that all humans relations are ultimately founded on and survive on the obtaining and use and the benefit of material wealth....
  • that all material wealth will be used for personal satisfaction and self-fulfillment of desires, joys and pleasures...
  • that all material wealth will be created and/or obtained without consideration of DHARm on which morality, ethics, fairness and other virtues are founded...meaning humans will kill, cheat, corrupt, destroy relationships or do whatever it takes to create and/or obtain and/or keep the material wealth...
  • that a person of wealth will be regarded as virtuous and good even if the person has no morals, ethics or is totally corrupt....
  • that even acts of altruism and charity will have a selfish intent of benefiting in wealth from the act....
  • that this blind and total chase of wealth in life will ultimately destroy the living of life with 4 puruSHaaARth meaning one would not be able to enjoy wealth in the real sense as all the time is spent in creating and sustaining the created wealth or would not be able to use the wealth in charity or for altruistic DHARmik purposes.....and when the preceding happens why or how one can talk about moksh puruSHaaARth...... 

(The above knowledge sharing was provided from the veD library of SRii chmpklaal Daajibhaai misTRii of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada..)

To prove the above... please click on the next line to read an article by  Narayan Murthy, founder, chairman and CEO of Infosys Technologies Limited which has become the largest software companies in India providing IT consulting and software services to a global clientele after growing from a $250 investment in 1981 by the founder of the company....The article was submitted by was submitted for publishing by SRii Amitab Sharma from Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada......       


By Narayan Murthy, chairman and CEO of Infosys Technologies Limited

(Infosys, which started off with a seed capital of $250 in 1981 is now one of the largest software companies in India providing IT consulting and software services to a global client list that includes companies like Aetna, Aon Corp., Swiss Re, Visa International, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks, Vodafone, Apple, Boeing and Nordstrom. In 1999, Infosys became the first Indian company to list on the Nasdaq.)

(Extract of Mr. Narayana Murthy's Speech during Mentor Session):

I know people who work 12 hours a day, six days a week, or more.

Some people do so because of a work emergency where the long hours are only temporary. Other people I know have put these hours for years. I don't know if they are working all these hours, but I do know they are in the office this long. Others put in long office hours because they are addicted to the workplace.

Whatever the reason for putting in overtime, working long hours over the long term is harmful to the person and to the organization.

There are things managers can do to change this for everyone's benefit. Being in the office long hours, over long periods of time,makes way for potential errors. My colleagues who are in the office long hours frequently make mistakes caused by fatigue. Correcting these mistakes requires their time as well as the time and energy of others. I have seen people work Tuesday through Friday to correct mistakes made after 5 PM on Monday.

Another problem is that people who are in the office long hours are not pleasant company. They often complain about other people (who aren't working as hard); they are irritable, or cranky, or even angry. Other people avoid them. Such behavior poses problems, where work goes much better when people work together instead of avoiding one another.

As Managers, there are things we can do to help people leave the office:

  •  First and foremost is to set the example and go home ourselves. I work with a manager who chides people for working long hours. His words quickly lose their meaning when he sends these chiding groups e-mails with a time-stamp of 2 AM, Sunday.
  • Second is to encourage people to put some balance in their lives. For instance, here is a guideline I find helpful:
    1) Wake up, eat a good breakfast, and go to work.
    2) Work hard and smart for eight or nine hours.
    3) Go home.
    4) Read the comics, watch a funny movie, dig in the dirt, play with your kids, etc.
    5) Eat well and sleep well.

  • This is called recreating.
  • Doing steps 1, 3, 4, and 5 enable step 2.
  • Working regular hours and recreating daily are simple concepts. They are hard for some of us because that requires personal change. They are possible since we all have the power to choose to do them.

In considering the issue of overtime, I am reminded of my oldest son.

When he was a toddler, if people were visiting the apartment, he would not fall asleep no matter how long the visit, and no matter what time of day it was. He would fight off sleep until the visitors left. It was as if he was afraid that he would miss something. Once our visitors left, he would go to sleep. By this time, however, he was over tired and would scream through half the night with nightmares. He, my wife, and I, all paid the price for his fear of missing out.

Perhaps some people put in such long hours because they don't want to miss anything when they leave the office. The trouble with this is that events will never stop happening. That is life!! Things happen 24 hours a day. Allowing for little rest is not ultimately practical. So, take a nap. Things will happen while you're asleep, but you will have the energy to catch up when you wake.



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