SOFTWARE SWAMIJI(an episode related to me) 05/04/2012

At an invitation from my friend, I went to attend a religious discourse by a Swamiji who returned recently from theU.S.The moment I entered my friend’s sprawling bungalow, I noticed the Swamiji had already concluded his discourse and was engaged in a private conversation with his disciples.As I wished to get the Swamiji’s blessings, I went near him. He greeted me with a smile and said,  “ How are you Dr.Rao?” I was surprised  at the  familiarity and before I could reply he said, ‘how is your Software Consultancy and export of man power’? His next query, took me by total surprise as he said, ‘are you still classifying your employees under three categories?’

Even as I wondered how he knew about something which I thought was  my secret, he said ‘you always used to say that you deal with people having a  constipated look’, ‘a sickly look’ and a ‘dejected look.’ According to you software professionals whose passports are stamped with the U.S.visa and are waiting for their tickets to be organized for their departure fall in the first category; the second category professionals wait anxiously for a telephonic interview after you send their c.v. to their prospective employers and in the third category fall all those who think it is demeaning to work on their home soil having failed to make it to their destination.’

Suddenly I started recalling my conversation with my close friend about the Swamiji and I distinctly remembered he never credited the Swamiji with any yogic powers apart from his religious discourses and social service activities. Not able to contain my curiousity any longer, I requested the Swamiji to tell me how he was aware of all that I might have shared with my colleagues in the profession.

‘Don’t you remember me Dr.Rao? I am Narayan, and we worked together some years ago.’

I was dumbstruck for a moment. I never imagined Narayan, a topper from the IIT and IIM  to have turned into a spiritual leader instead of a leader in the Software profession.

It was my turn to ask him numerous questions which he patiently answered. I t appeared after landing  in the U.S.he worked for our client  for a month and left the company when he was offered a job on higher pay by another consultancy firm. From thereon he  rapidly switched jobs for more and more money, changing ten companies in a span of two years.

One fine day he got so dejected as he did not know for whom he would work or where he would be in the next few weeks. It was at this juncture he happened to attend a religious discourse by a South Indian Swamiji  who was on a visit to the States. ‘Since then life had changed  for me and I decided to join his spiritual mission’, he said.

He went on, ‘you know, there are similarities between ‘spiritual activities’ and ‘software development activity’ because in both we talk about ‘coding’ specifications in writing programmes.’

As I bid  good bye to my former colleague turned Swamiji, I asked myself as to who was  responsible for a topper from two prestigious institutions inIndiato have taken such a decision? Has it  to do with the existing conditions for the software professionals or, is it because of the conditions  prevailing in our country itself for these professionals to seek greener pastures which might end in their disillusionment!

N Meera Raghavendra Rao

2 thoughts on “SOFTWARE SWAMIJI(an episode related to me) 05/04/2012

  1. V Raghavan

    Shreesh Jadav, a Computer Science graduate from IIT Kanpur, went to see the Ramakrishna Mutt in Belur. He stayed on to become a monk! He teaches Computer Science in his spare time.
    Madhu Pandit once came close to committing suicide as a student of IIT. Then he discovered the Krishna in him. Now he is head of ISKCON Bangalore. Combining his missionary zeal with modern management techniques, he is leading Akshaya Patra, whcih feeds a million hungry children daily.

  2. Prof. V.N.K.Kumar

    I can think of two reasons for this unusual behaviour. One, a software professional’s job is not easy by any standards – The long hours :10 to 14 hours a day, the stifling deadlines of the clients, pressures from your superiors all drive you crazy and the only compensation is the filthy lucre you earn compared to other professions. Some can take this stress and others cannot. The latter group would like to escape into the stress-free environment of Mutts & Ashrams.

    Secondly, those who are at the lower levels of the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – at the physiological, security, social or Ego levels might remain in these positions because of the importance of money to fulfill these needs but for those few people who have arrived at the self-actualization level cannot be motivated by mere money, perks, status, power or fame. They seek something beyond money which can give meaning to their lives. Such persons may feel that work in Mutts & Ashrams will make their lives more meaningful and hence the decision.

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