July 29, 2016
Adding a small dose of spirituality to life is ample for sustained success, author and scriptwriter Ketan Bhagat told a young audience of management students in Coimbatore.
He was quick to point out the spirituality he was advocating has no connection with religion.
Flawless success is achieved by stepping off the beaten path, said Bhagat, who is also a television personality and a motivational speaker.
“Think differently,” he told the students at the Face to Face programme held yesterday at GRD School of Commerce & International Business of Dr GRD College of Science.
Drawing allegories from Chapter 14 of the Bhagwat Gita, he said the three gunas or nature – tamas (ignorance), rajas (passion) and sattva (goodness) govern our material existence.
While rajas is important to achieve, it should be channeled into sattwa before it backfires causing stress, frustration and eventually failure.
“Sattwic success is real success, very authentic and detached.”
All superstars are sattwic, he said, and pointed to Rajanikanth as an example, but who is limited to a particular field.
Beyond this are sattwic personalities who step out of their chosen field to embrace humanity and some of they are Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg, Anna Hazare etc.
“This is an age of rajas, and though we have emerged from tamas, we still have a long way to go to achieve sattva,” said Bhagat, who is a regional sales manager at Oracle India, Mumbai.
Bhagat is author of his recent bestseller Child God, in which he says a child is a lot original and authentic and a guru.
Speaking to Covai Post on the sidelines of the programme, he said, “There is a lot to learn from a child, who is unfortunately tempered into becoming something else by the stereotype education system and well-meaning parents.”
“God comes in every house in the form of a child.
“Naked, helpless and ignorant, newborns arrive happy. Full of smiles and love, every child is unique and perfect.
“Their well-dressed, independent and educated parents are frustrated and bitter. All adults are the same.
Imperfect,” he says in his book.
His debut book, Complete/Convenient – There is More to Men and Bromance, was a ‘story’ he was compelled to write as an NRI who returned to India three years ago quitting a well-paying job in Australia.
“I see a lot of people my age go through this. They have great jobs, a cushy life abroad and then, they leave it all and come back home,” said the 38-year-old.
As the name suggests, the books is about the choice every Indian outside the country faces; a complete life at home or a life of convenience abroad?
Completeness means even the imperfections India throws at us, besides putting at our doorstep all what we longed for when we were away from the country.
He expects his third book to be published later next year.
Revealing its crux, he said it is a book which will proclaim abuses and torture men go through in India, hurriedly adding, “I believe in the equality of men and women and that’s why want to give a platform for their woes, too.”
Brother of celebrated writer Chetan Bhagat, he said, Chetan’s books are about youth, mine deals with its aftermath.
Does it pay to be a full-time writer in India?
It’s good to keep a regular job if you have and write to your heart’s content – without the fear of missing bill payments, he said.