Human Values

BY DR. S.K.TAMOTIA

1.0 Our values are our principle and our guides. They are codes of internal conduct, the principle upon which we run our lives and make our decisions. Our first values are given by parents and then teacher and peers.

Gurur – Brahma Gurur – Vishnu Gurur – Devo Maheshwarah. Guru – sakshat Para – Brahma tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

Gurur – Guru; Brahma – Creator; Gurur – Guru; Vishnu – Sustainer; Gurur – Guru; Devo – the divine; Maheshwarah – the Destroyer; Guru sakshat – the Guru is verily; Para – Brahma – the transcendental divinity (which is the very basis of all the three); tasmai – to that; Shri – glorious; Guruve – Guru; Namah – my salutations.

2.0 Question is what are the human values which makes one a good human being. As per our Vedas the five important values are:
Satya - Truthful i.e. what we speak.
Dharma - Righteous, Just & Upright i.e. what we practice.
Prema - Loving all i.e. what we live.
Shanti - Peaceful disposition i.e. what we give.
Ashimsa - Practice non violence i.e. what we get as a fruit.

3.0 A good human being can discharge the tasks properly only when he understand the true significance of humanness i.e. body, mind and Atma which constitute a human being. Body concerns action, mind relates to dissertation i.e. what is good or bad, right or wrong, true or false and so on. Third comes the Atma the self. Human personality is harmonious when there is unity between body mind and the Atma.

4.0 Now let us see, what are the ideals for a good human being as a leader.
• Adherence to truth / Trust your people.
• Control of the senses and be openness and communicate.
• Samta or evenness of mind and temper and be transparent.
• Exercise of patience or restraint and delegate / authorize.
• Compassion – a feeling or sorrow or pity for the suffering of another with a desire to alleviate it.

5.0 What you must have to manage the above ideals?
• Purity in thought, word and deed
• Knowledge about the job
• Knowledge about your strength & weakness
• Knowledge of the social environment

6.0 We find the most of decisions of the human being are matter of choice. But it has to be discharged ethically within the frame work of beliefs & values which are in simplest form in developing good habits, making right choices, staying away from temptations. When we do it, we increase our happiness and commitment.

7.0 Summarizing the Values are
(a) Integrity
(b) Patience
(c) Perseverence
(d) Honesty
(e) Trust
(f) Humility

7.1 Integrity: He is a person who keeps his words and guards his reputation.

Know the difference between right and wrong and pursues doing right thing passionately, no matter what the obstacles and costs come in his way. Integrity and responsibility go together as a person of integrity takes responsibility. Test of integrity is in what person does under presure. Does he compromise his integrity using excuses for his wrong doings or has the courage to do the right thing at all costs and so accepts. In simplest terms, a man of integrity is a promise keeper.

7.2 Patience: Leader must have patience. When you loose patience, it result in stress and anger which leads to problems, & non performance. It is a value which most of us find difficult to practice. When we sow rice /wheat we get the crop within 3 to 6 months but for mango we get the crop after 5 years and for 100 years. This is the fruit of patience.

7.3 Perseverence: By perseverance great works are done. In simple words try again and again and don’t quit despite failures/obstacles is preserevence. Preserevence is patience in action. A winner is not one who never fails but one who never quits. Let me illustrate this with some concrete historical examples.

(i) Officials rejected a candidate for a news broadcasters post since his voice was not fit for a news broadcaster. He was also told that with his obnoxiously long name, he would never be famous. He is Amitabh bachchan.

(ii) In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency told modeling hopeful Norma jean Baker, “You’d better learn secretarial work or else get married”. She went on and became Marilyn Monroe.

(iii) A small boy—the fifth amongst seven siblings of a poor father, was selling newspapers in a small village to earn his living. He was ot exceptionally smart at school but was fascinated by religion and rockets. The first rocket he built crashed. A missile that he built crashed multiple times and he was made a butt of ridicule. He is the person to have scripted the Space Odyssey of India. He is Dr A.P.J. ABDUL Kalam, the former President of India.

(iv) When Thoma Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, “I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000-step process”.

(v) A school teacher scolded a boy for not paying attention to his mathematic and for not being able to solve simple problems. She told him that you would not become anybody in life. The boy was Albert Einstein.

These are some examples of great men and women who were not afraid of making mistakes. The one good quality they all had in common was that instead of being discouraged by their first efforts, they carried on until they found success. In fact, the failures energized them to do better and they came out WINNERS.

7.4 Honesty: No value is so rich as honesty. It is more complex than not stealing money or not telling lie. It is much more than that. An honest man is not a man who never lies, but if an honest man when lied should be quick to admit it and speaks the truth.
7.5 Trust: When someone keeps using in daily life, the values of patience, integrity and honesty, he will become trustworthy.

7.6 Humility: It is a value which come after you have practiced values of integrity, patience, honesty and trust. Pride is destructive and humility is all-powerful in the long run. It is very well known that men are self-centred by nature and a leader has to rise above the common man.
8.0 Lastly If you strive to make money, your fortune will be remembered. If you strive for glory, your statue will be remembered. But if you live for others, you will be remembered, and you will live forever in the hearts of those you gave hope and love to.

9.0 All this is not easy to get, Swami Vivekananda said
“When I asked God for strength.
He gave me difficult situation to face.
When I asked God for Brain and Brown
He gave me puzzles in life to solve
When I asked God for Happiness
He showed me some unhappy people
When I asked God for wealth
He showed me how to work hard.
When I asked God for favours.
He showed me opportunities to work hard.
When I asked god for peace.
He showed me how to help others.
God gave me nothing I wanted.
He gave me everything I needed.


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