Ravi Mohan's Blog
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Sometimes, I toy with the idea of getting an Ivy League MBA. And then I come across something like this (via Evolving Excellence). ...For the members of the Young Presidents’ Association, meeting in New Jersey, this was no ordinary leadership seminar. They were being imbued with the values of the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta, by its most venerable proponent, Swami Parthasarathy. ... On the syllabus at Harvard, Kellogg, Wharton and Ross business and management schools is the Bhagavad Gita, one of Hinduism’s most sacred texts. .... He began studying the Bhagavad Gita, and has spent the past 50 years building a multimillion pound empire through explaining its practical benefits to wealthy corporations and executives. He has recently returned to India from America where — in addition to the Young Presidents’ Organisation — he lectured students at Wharton Business School and executives at Lehman Brothers in Manhattan. His tours are booked well beyond next year, and will include Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia. While traditional business teaching has used the language of war and conquest, Parthasarathy uses the Bhagavad Gita to urge his students to turn inwards, to develop what he calls the intellect, by which he means their own personal understanding of themselves and the world, and to develop their “concentration, consistency and co- operation”. The technical folk do have their religious fads, but compared to such arrant nonsense, they are the very epitome of logic and reason. If the Ivy League schools and Lehmann Brothers and other corporations believe this nonsense enough to enrich "guru" (gag!!) Parthasarthy by many millions of pounds, why should I get an MBA? Hmmm on the other hand, that is precisely the reason why I should get one? If anyone reading this blog has an Ivy League MBA and/or works on the Street, could you please explain how such rackets work? I can't make any sense out of this. Any help appreciated.