Business Lessons from the Master
My partners and I were looking to buy land for commercial reasons (We are in Agri processing business for over 20 years). We are all devotees of Guruji. So we decided to visit Bangalore for Navaritiri and do land survey and if possible acquisition. We can then get 2 fruits with one stone (you see AOL made us vegetarian, we dont do birds anymore).
I am a great admirer of Guruji. He had nothing in the beginning. No money, No land, No Guru….and see where he is today. He still has no Guru but see how many gurus he has created from just thin air. And they are all working towards bringing in world pieces to him. By taking care of the individual. and ….it has a multiplying effect. More peace in individuals, meaning more peaceful world. While the peace is multiplying abundance manifests in our piece (more land, more money, more power…etc).
Also, you see its about Vasudeva Kudumbakam. Anyone of us can use all of these ashram land and buildings for our own use. Its come from all our contributions. Guruji himself says, all of this belongs to you, treat it like your home. I know Guruji I told him, but its so risky to own all this, I cannot pay the property or the income taxes, for now you only keep it, on our behalf. Just manage it as you have been doing it for the last 30 years. The last thing I want after sending all my donations to you is also to pay tax for something I legally do not own. He laughed at my fear. Anyway, what I did not tell him was that renting Visalakshi mandap for a day is really expensive for me. I thought he might think I am being very money minded.
The ashramites were so busy and so beautiful during this Navaratiri. I was happy so see such brisk business. So many poojas. So many opportunities to donate for good causes. So many foreigners getting married. And the billing per wedding I was told running into lakhs of rupees. I look at it 20 years back….we did not have so many products, only Sudarshan Kriya. And now….wow.
Seeing all this I decided I should get some land driving distance from the ashram. This way I can get some real time lessons in doing good business and methods to do them paying as little tax as possible. Also, I think I can get some volunteers, from the ashram, in case they are bored with what they are doing. I found that many of them are bored doing the same thing everyday. In fact they are very busy only when Guruji is there. Whenever he is travelling, they are quite free and there is no work pressure. One should not work under pressure….especially when you have to bring in world peace. Since Guruji blessed my project, I can say this is also Guruji’s work and I am sure I can get volunteers for work in my business. That way my overheads are less.
I looked around and I saw that Guruji had a lot of land on both sides of the road and I was told that Sumeru realty had some land interests too. On checking with them, I could get not much help or direction, They were very keen to sell me land at commercial prices for Villa or even an apartment but they would not tell me how to get Agricultural land. So I inquired myself and I came to understand from the authorities that if you are not from Karnataka and if your ancestors have not been farmers, the Karnataka government does not allow you to own agri land. Similar rules apply for companies. There its even more complicated. However, that is not true, I know that the government was lying, after all Guruji is not from Karnataka, Guruji’s father is from Papanasam TN. So there must be a way around this…I know this. So, I prayed to Guruji for answers.
The master always hears a devotee’s prayer. Mine was sincere. I got the below email. Today. Wonderful. His grace is boundless. Silently, with just the click of the mouse, I realised the solution through my blackberry.
Jaigurudev Dear Ones,
You are invited to attend / watch live webcast (open for All) of the talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on ‘Ayurveda – An Ancient Treasure for Global Health’ on the occassion of inauguration of Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science and Research Hospital.
Date: 7 October 2011
5:30 pm IST (Inauguration function of Hospital)
6:30 pm IST (Talk by Sri Sri at Art of Living International Center, Bangalore)
Note: The link to watch live webcast will be activated on 7 Oct 2011 as per the schedule
All are welcome to attend this event! Please share with all!
Art of Living Webteam
Now I know what to do. All I have to do is start an educational organisation and I will get Agri land I need. Just clever documentation is needed to make my Agri business look like a education business. Hey, maybe I will even set up an NGO that for free will propagate some knowledge from my business. Volunteers can do this and that is also free marketing for me. I can feel that one day I will also be famous. Today, every lamp post in the south of Bangalore is adorned with AOL posters for the last 1 week announcing the Hospital and AOL Ayurveda Hospital and other initiatives. Guruji is an expert on strategy. Once when interviewed and asked how come he never made hospitals, he said, I am in the business of keeping people healthy. I dont need hospitals. But today, you see, he is forced to make a hospital. he realises the need for it. If you do not make your devotees feel better how can they continue to work for you for a longer time. ? Any good businessman will realise his mistakes and make amendments. My Guru is great.
Now, I have seen what you are all posting on this Blog. Baap re, you all seem to know a lot about what is happening behind the scene. So, I want to make friends with all of you now itself. Please please do not write about me and my ventures, it could hurt my business. You are all welcome to my land/ashram/business when it starts. You will know it is me when you see me.
Our secret code word is “jaigurublog”….just whisper that to my security guys at the gate and everything else is taken care off by me. And…….pssssssstttttt…..keep this our secret…this is just between me and all you nice bloggers.