Thursday, August 6, 2009

12 Qualities to become a good leader - Sri Sri

1 : A leader doesn’t just order things; he does it so that others can do it.

2 : A leader takes good care of those whom he is leading.

3 : He doesn’t create followers.
A good leader creates leaders. And then chain action happens. A leader should delegate responsibility.

4 : A leader does not depend on authority.
He just does a thing, whether authority is invested or not. It comes by itself.

5 : He does not worry about position..
The respect that you gain through virtue is very different from the respect you gain through the position. The respect you get through a position is short-lived and temporary. But the respect that you gain just because of your smile, your attitude, your virtues are there with you all the time.

You may be a chairman of this committee, a president of that committee, or you are barrister here or governor of that state — these are all momentary, temporary. They come and they go. And the respect you get because of this position is not genuine, it is not from the heart, it is not true. But the respect you gain because you are a nice person, is genuine, it lasts long. It is spontaneous.

6 : A leader is alert and when challenges come, he is not disturbed.
A good leader is one who does not drop things when challenges appear. (Read : Do not shy away from criticism )

7 : A good leader is one who does not care for comfort, but who stretches himself beyond the comfort zone.
Anything creative, dynamic and great can happen only when you stretch beyond your comfort zone where we are often struck. We think we cannot do something: just make an effort and put one step ahead, and you will find that that you are expanding your comfort zone. Creativity transcends your comfort zone. Or, when you step out of the comfort zone, your creativity comes into play.

8 : A leader should not mix head and heart.
If you mix head and heart, you are in a mess! When you have to work, you work with commitment and you live with your head. In life, in situations other than when you are working, listen to your heart.

9 : A good leader should be multidimensional and see from the other’s point of view.
Put yourself in other person’s shoes, look from the other person’s point of view.

10 : The leader doesn’t depend on one-sided information.
When you get some news from one side, don’t take any decision or conclusion till you hear from the other side also. Leader should be a good communicator.

11 : A leader should have a direct approach.

12 : A good leader does not judge himself.

You have this tendency of judging yourself, “Am I good? I’m no good.” The self-judgment is an obstruction. Stop doing that. Don’t judge yourself. When you judge yourself, you are judging others also. Then you oscillate like a pendulum. If you feel you’re good, then you are saying that others are not so good. So when you find that others are good, and then you feel that you are no good, you blame yourself. Judgment is very similar to self-blame and blaming others. We have to get out of this vicious circle of self-judgment. That is also the state of surrender. When you have surrendered to the Divine that means that you no longer judge yourself. Self-judgment is not necessary. A child is so innocent, why? Because the child doesn’t judge itself.


Celebration is the nature of the spirit. Any celebration must be spiritual. A celebration without spirituality has no depth. Silence gives depth to celebration.”

"Look at the water. Even the fall of water is beautiful. If a rock falls it shatters, but when water falls it generates power and beauty. Being somebody is like being a stone; being nobody is like being the water; being everybody is like being water vapor.”

If you think your faith in God does God a favor, you are mistaken. Your faith in God or your guru does nothing for God or guru. Faith is your wealth.

Faith gives you strength instantly. Faith brings you stability, centeredness, calmness and love. Faith is your blessing. But here is a paradox: If you lack faith, you have to pray for faith. Yet to pray, you need faith.

People put their faith in the world, but the whole world is just a soap bubble. People have faith in themselves, but they do not know who they are. People think they have faith in God, but they do not really know who God is.

There are three types of faith:
1. Faith in yourself – Without faith in yourself, you think, “I cannot do this. This is not for me. I will never find freedom in this life.”
2. Faith in the world – You must have faith in the world or you cannot move an inch. You deposit money in the bank with the faith it will be returned. If you doubt everything, nothing will work for you.
3. Faith in the Divine – Have faith in the Divine and you will evolve.

All these faiths are connected. You must have all three for each to be strong. If you start doubting one, you will begin to doubt everything.
Having faith in the world without having faith in God does not bring complete peace. If you have faith and love, you automatically have peace and freedom. People who are extremely disturbed should have faith in God to help them with their problems.
There is a difference between faith and confidence. Faith is the beginning. Confidence is the result. Faith in yourself brings freedom. Faith in the world brings you

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Miracle on Guru Pournima Day @ Chicago 2009

Wanted to share a picture taken on Guru Pournima Day 2009 @ chicago ..

Guruji was meeting each and every part II course participant and the Rose HE was blessing with was so transparent that we can see through. Maybe there's a greater significance .. Amazing Grace ..

Click the pix to see enlarged version..

Jai Gurudeva :-)