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On 10th October 2016, a workshop on ‘Breakthrough Leadership’ was conducted at CKSVIM by Dr. Charles Savage, Professor and President, Knowledge Era Enterprising (KEE) International, Munich, Germany.

He commenced the session on a spiritual note by describing the meaning of ‘AUM’ and comparing its different parts with our life and its different phases. The symbol of AUM consists of three curves (1, 2, and 3), one semicircle (4), and a dot as shown in the below image.


The large lower curve 1 symbolizes the waking state (jagrat), in this state the consciousness is turned outwards through the gates of the senses. Curve 2 denotes the state of deep sleep (sushupti) or the unconscious state. This is a state where the sleeper desires nothing nor beholds any dream. Curve 3 (which lies between deep sleep and the waking state) signifies the dream state (swapna). In this state the consciousness of the individual is turned inwards, and the dreaming self beholds an enthralling view of the world behind the lids of the eyes. These three curves therefore represent the entire physical phenomenon. The dot signifies the fourth state of consciousness, known in Sanskrit as turiya. It signifies the coming to rest of all differentiated, relative existence. This quiet, peaceful and blissful state is the ultimate goal of all spiritual activity. The semi circle (4) symbolizes maya and separates the dot from the other three curves. Thus it is the illusion of maya that prevents us from the realization of this highest state of bliss. The semi circle is open at the top, and does not touch the dot. This means that this highest state is not affected by maya. Maya only affects the manifested phenomenon. This effect is that of preventing the seeker from reaching his ultimate goal, the realization of the One, all-pervading, unmanifest, absolute principle.

Dr. Charles said, “‘AUM’ is not only for the Hindu religion, but it is accepted by all the religions, as it is the ultimate truth.” A true leader must know about this fact.

After that, he assigned an exercise to all of us. We were given a strip of white paper and we had to write ‘SELF and Meaning’ on one side while ‘EGO and Money’ on another side. Our task was to fold the paper in such a way that would show both EGO and SELF together. Everyone tried the same but no one succeeded. From this we learnt that ‘when ego is outside, we can’t see the actual self’. After that he showed us that if we twist the paper correctly, both EGO and SELF can be seen together. This is what is known as a wise action. Thus, he told that apart from our other national missions like ‘Star-up India’, ‘Skill India’, etc. if we focus on the mission of ‘WISE India’, it would suffice all the needs. We should remember that we all are ‘Gifts to humanity’.

Dr. Charles then shifted our focus on the ‘Qualities required for breakthrough leadership’. It includes- 1) Curiosity, 2) Recognizing brutal facts, 3) Inspired by past, 4) Integrity, and 4) Power Questioning.

Then he spoke a little about ‘Digitalization and Innovation’ being need of the hour. He gave example of how Facebook makes money of the content we share. He also spoke about the concept of ‘Digital twin’ giving example of censors in the automobiles.

Further, he showed us a video of ‘General Electrics’ which showed how there is a self organized production process, real time communication between machine, production, logistics and people, a Hi-tech industry internet system of 4.0 and how all these factors leads to cost reduction, customization and ultimately an increased revenue.

Lastly, he spoke about the serious issue of pollution in the country. His study showed that our economy is ‘Carbon intense’ with 500 giga tonnes emission from industries. Thus, another mission should be “LOW CARBON India”.

Thus he concluded the session by giving us the two missions of ‘WISE India’ and ‘Low Carbon India'. He also suggested that the youth should read books like ‘Upanishads’ apart from other stuff like novels.

It was very overwhelming experience to learn about the facts and culture of India from a Foreign Scholar.

Report written by: Radha S. Parolekar, Batch VII