The living Zen: The Dalai Lama carves a way for a happier Life
Neither the blistering humid heat of August nor the enthusiastic crowd could disturb the tranquil spell as His Holiness Dalai Lama graciously conducted the "Art of Happiness" talk, organized by the Association of British Scholars in collaboration with Speakingtree.in at the Siri Fort Auditorium in the capital on August 10. With his trademark smile, effervescence and warm aura, the 14th Dalai Lama started the talk by modestly accepting that he is not different from any of us, physically or mentally, rather it is our actions that make us different from others, for better or for worse. He further added that our basic human nature is in fact compassion and anything cultivated beyond that (anger, greed, jealousy or hate) is something that arises from our own understanding of the world. In his own words, "Just like other things create energy, anger too creates energy all around, the only difference is that this is blind energy that forces us to do things the wrong way." Sharing his wisdom on education, he said that it should go beyond books and games, rather it should include study of basic human nature and how compassionate it is - something that we all struggle to achieve. Talking about how happiness is sometimes measured by yardsticks of physical beauty and money, His Holiness said, "There is no point in applying make-up, if you are ugly from the inside. Real beauty lies within us". Similarly, something as pure as friendship requires two souls to connect, regardless of caste, creed, colour and gender. However, what he really emphasized on was the art of forgiveness --- a noble practice, but a difficult one to follow. His Holiness said that to forgive someone, you must first learn to let go of prejudices and negative thought processes. "If you reasonably, nobly and respectfully deal with an enemy, he might even become your friend, this time next year!" Expressing his concern about today's youth, The Dalai Lama stressed that the youth are impressionable and must be dealt with in the right manner. "There is no substitute for a mother's physical touch. The more a mother loves a child, the more he will love the world. Also, education about different human emotions and their repercussions in the society will go a long way in making this world a happy place for our children." Considered as one of the wisest men in the world, he said that the only way to achieve unparalleled wisdom is to study, but not just the books. We should also indulge in analytical mediation or Vipassana, which would empower and revitalize us mentally. The Dalai Lama concluded his talk by stating that we might have different ways of praying to the Almighty, but our motive is the same. He signed off by saying, "I pray that I am around till the time the world is suffering so that I can serve one and all, always".
Aug 11, 2017 - SpeakingTree
SpeakingTree.in brings the 2nd Good Karma Retreat
With an aim to help people find their inner strength and connect with themselves, SpeakingTree.in, a Times Internet brand and part of The Times of India Group, is organizing its 2nd Good Karma Retreat at Bekal, Kerala. The residential retreat will be held during 27th – 30th July, 2017. The program will include workshops by eminent masters, yoga sessions, meditative discourses as well as cultural events to help participants embark on a soulful journey to relax their body, calm their mind and rediscover their soul. This time, the hand-picked venue is the scenic, rejuvenating and tranquil Vivanta by Taj at Bekal, Kerala. Extensive beaches, numerous estuaries and backwaters, the pristine beauty and languid pace of this quaint beach town in “God’s own country” - make it ideal for those looking for solitude. At the retreat, spiritual masters and speakers will guide you and provide you with many practical tools to set your journey on a new and exciting trajectory. You can expect enlightening discourses and wellbeing workshops by learned masters such as Swami Sukhbodhananada, Ms. Anu Mehta, Ms. Jalpa H Vithalani and other renowned persons in the field. Commenting on the planned retreat, Avinash Agrawal, COO – SpeakingTree.in, Times Internet said, “This is a one-of-its-kind spiritual retreat which is not about a cult following of a single master, so people of all faiths feel welcome here. After this retreat, people leave with a clear mind, rejuvenated self and a personal plan just like Dr A Shaija, an Educationist, from Kerala, who thoroughly enjoyed our first Good Karma Retreat which was held in Orissa in April 2017. She shared that it helped her clear her doubts and grow as a person.” He further shared views of another participant from the previous retreat. “Parag Kumar, an industrialist, from Delhi liked our retreat because it didn’t “preach”– rather it worked as a guiding light for him to find his own way. We are committed to organize more such events, thereby contributing to peoples’ individual journeys as spiritual beings.” Book your place to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul, and also invite your loved ones. For more information, please visit http://www.speakingtree.in/retreat.
Jun 22, 2017 - SpeakingTree
The Challenge of Work-from-Home in India Inc. - A TimesJobs Study
When 90% employees say that they want an option to work-from-home, what’s stopping India Inc. from embracing it? Work-from-home is one of the prime workplace debates lately and there exists a huge perception gap between employers and employees when it comes to having or not having a recognized work-from-home policy. According to a survey of over 1,100 employees and almost 800 employers by TimesJobs, nearly 60% organizations do not have a formal work-from-home policy. Incidentally, 75% employers are not even comfortable with this idea, whereas 90% employees are keen on having such a policy at work. “To survive in today’s competitive business world, companies need to transform from a command & control culture to an empower & enhance value system. Organizations that are able to create a culture that nurtures agile, high-performance teams will thrive. Policies such as work-from-home and flexi-working create a culture of trust and communicate the company’s belief in its high-performance employees, which in turn attracts and retains top talent,” says Ramathreya Krishnamurthi, Business Head, TimesJobs. Productivity & Performance Mismatch The TimesJobs study further reveals that 70% employers still believe that productivity gets hampered when employees work from home. Contrary to this, 44% employees feel that work-from-home helps boost productivity. Also, 80% organizations say no to work-from-home as they say that they have no tracking mechanisms to manage workforce who opt for it. Risks outweigh Benefits While employers do believe that work-from-home has certain benefits. Nearly 40% see its biggest impact in boosting their employer brand, 30% see it as useful in curbing attrition and another 30% find it beneficial in improving employee productivity which is further linked to organizational output and profitability. However, the risks outweigh the benefits as about 40% employers see a lack of control as the biggest challenge of a work-from-home policy, reveals the TimesJobs survey. Resistance from top management in acceptance and implementation of work-from-home strategy is another big challenge cited by 30% surveyed organizations. A lack of employee interest for work-from-home options is stated as a deterrent by 5% employers. Roles are not Suitable Moreover, 25% employers believe that there are many jobs, which are not conducive to work-from-home arrangements and that is a hindrance in creating such a policy. Of these employers, 42% say work-from-home doesn’t not work well in IT related areas of work, 40% say it is not practical for logistics, supply chain management and procurement roles and another 40% find it is not useful in customer service functions. Nearly 35% employers feel work-from-home policy is unsuitable for those working in hospitality and related domains, another 35% say this for administrative profiles, 30% feel it doesn’t work well for engineering profile, 25% see it inappropriate for accounting and finance roles. For 10% work-from-home is useless for sales, business development roles and 5% feel it is irrelevant for those working in entertainment, media and journalism segments. Future Outlook Amid all these reservations about work-from-home, while 35% organizations are unsure of adopting any such policy in near future, 40% employers say they already have a work-from-home policy but they will modify it to suit the changing needs of employees. And 25% organisation plan to implement this policy in near future.
Jun 1, 2017 - TimesJobs
VIJAY KARNATAKA SPONSERED MUSIC FEST
Jugalbandi- a music concert was held in Hubli under the aegis of Vijay Karnataka on 12th March 2017. Well known musicians- Pandit Praveen Godkhindi (Flutist), Rafik Khan (Sitarist) and Pandit Ravindra Yavagal (Tabla) enthralled the invited audience with their classic performances. The event, held at the packed auditorium of a star Hotel for more than two and half hours, was much appreciated by the music lovers of twin cities of Hubli-Dharwad. The music fest was graced by the presence of well known personalities like Jagadish Shetter- former Chief Minister, Prahlad Joshi-MP, Shrinivas Mane-MLC, Aravind Bellad -MLA.among others.More than 300 guests including Industrialists, political personalities,artists and music lovers attended the function. Ranjit Kate, CEO-MMCL was present at the function. After enjoying the soulful music, audience relished the sumptuous food.
Apr 27, 2017 - Vijay Karnataka
Speakingtree.in Good Karma Retreat - A meeting of spiritual minds
SpeakingTree.in, a Times Internet brand and part of The Times of India Group, organized its first Good Karma Retreat, an opportunity to find inner strength and connect with oneself. The event was held amidst the tranquility of Gopalpur beach in Orissa, from 6th to 9th April 2017. 41 participants who attended the event got the opportunity to disconnect with the rest of the world to connect with their true selves. The aim of SpeakingTree.in Good Karma Retreat was to provide the perfect getaway for all those seeking inspiration, inner peace and mental stimulation. Good Karma Retreat was organized at the very scenic, serene, and sublime Mayfair Palm Beach Resort at Gopalpur, Orissa, where a series of inspiring workshops were held. For the attendees, this spiritual fest delivered an engaging and inspirational experience, with something for everyone. Commenting on the success of the retreat, Avinash Agrawal, COO, Times Internet Limited said, “I think an event such as this helps us in reaching closer to our seekers. Apart from mental and spiritual stimulation, a retreat such as this brings masters and seekers on a common platform, helping them share their best learnings with each other. Not only this, it also gives us a break from our mundane, busy and static existence, helping us discover a new facet of our personality.” The event touched different areas of life with the following activities: · Discourse - Amogh Lila Prabhu spoke on the value of Bhagwat Gita and what makes our life complete. · Session – Multi-talented film actress Adah Sharma took a session on yoga and meditation · Workshop – Santosh Joshi showed people the various aspects of sky healing and past life regression. · Session – Swamini Atmaprajnananda Saraswati introduced everyone to vedic chanting. · Discourse – Swami Atmanand from The Art of Living gave a speech on how to manage day to day stress. · Workshop – Dr. B. K. Chandra Shekhar Tiwari demonstrated the power of mind and memory through Psycho Neurobics Meditation. · Session – The participants learnt Sun Yoga Meditation with the guidance of Uma Sankar. Here are some supporting and encouraging quotes from the people at the event: MASTER TESTIMONIALS DR. B. K. CHANDRA SHEKHAR TIWARI: “I am privileged to be a part of the Good Karma Retreat. It was an honour to attend all the sessions and interact with the audience. I also enjoyed the natural environment of the discourse and the beauty all around.” SWAMI ATMANAND: “I am extremely excited to be a part of this initiative organized by The Times Of India. I have seen plenty of religious discourses, I have never seen a spiritual retreat like this. It was also a learning experience to interact with so different people from across the country.” SEEKER TESTIMONIALS KAILASH AND NANDITA - a couple from Kolkata: This was a great event and we would like to congratulate the SpeakingTree.in team. We would also request them to organize more such events so that we are able to participate and learn more about spirituality. DR. A. SHAIJA from Kerala: I have thoroughly enjoyed this Good Karma Retreat. The event was very well-organized and I enjoyed attending all the sessions. This retreat has helped me clear my doubts and has immensely helped me grow as a person. NEETA BHEDA from Mumbai: This has been the most wonderful experience from the moment I have arrived here. Each and every activity was fun-filled and there was so much learning that I am carrying back home. Kudos to the entire team for this achievement! PARAG KUMAR from Delhi: The best thing about this retreat was that it didn’t “preach” us to do any one thing in particular– rather it worked as a guiding light for us to find our own way. I sincerely hope that more such events are organized, so that we get an opportunity to better our lives and meet like-minded people. Do stay tuned for the next Good Karma Retreat, you can pre-register by clicking on the following link.
Apr 21, 2017 - SpeakingTree
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