7 Effective Leadership Skills in Valmiki Ramayan – Ep 3

7 Effective Leadership Skills in Valmiki Ramayan – Ep 3 - Fear

Valmiki put utsaham first in the list of 7 essential leadership traits because overflowing utsaham brings in every other positive trait. Valmiki gave the second position to that trait, lack of which can ruin the utsaham itself ie #Fearlessness.

Fear, Worry and Anxiety are different forms of FEAR and has the power of completely decimating the benefits of zeal. Pourusham as per literal translation means manliness and Valmiki used the word to indicate ‘Fearlessness’.  You cannot see even traces of enthusiasm when there is Fear. Fear, Worry and Anxiety kills every other positive trait.

There is a sloka in Bhagavad Gita which extols four values that would make a devotee dear to Lord Krishna. These values apply to leaders as well.

यस्मान्नोद्विजते लोको लोकान्नोद्विजते च य: |
हर्षामर्षभयोद्वेगैर्मुक्तो य: स च मे प्रिय
– Bhagavad Gita 12.15

Translation – Lord Krishna to Arjun – Those who are not a source of annoyance to anyone and who in turn are not agitated by anyone, who are equal in pleasure and distress, and are free from fear and anxiety, such devotees are very dear to Me.

Not a source of annoyance to anyone.  Positive thoughts soften the mind and makes the outlook gentler in the dealings with the outside world. I mentioned in an earlier episode that kindness and gratitude are two of the seven established leadership traits (as that of the seven leadership qualities of Lord Rama in Valmiki Ramayana). One practicing kindness and gratitude as traits would not think of creating annoyance to anyone.

Not agitated by anyone.  One who is determined can never be hurt by others. Overflowing enthusiasm and determination prepare one to face any difficulty thrown at them, thus they cannot be disturbed by whatever trouble given to them. They can never be put down and they never get agitated.

Equability.  With their inexhaustible positive attitude, people take pleasure and distress, success and failure with the same poise. They don’t get put down by failures and do not become complacent with success. They do not grieve on distress and similarly do not overjoy on pleasure. They are aware that pleasure and pain, success and failure are  inevitable with the flow of life, just like the passing summer and winter seasons.

Free from fear and anxiety. Bhaya is fear and udvega is anxiety. Fear and Anxiety when combined is deadly and makes life miserable.  Both fear and anxiety are powerful emotions as they create very strong effect on the mind as well as the body. Are they the same or different?

Difference between fear and anxiety

Fear is a natural reaction to events that put you under pressure whereas Anxiety is fears about the threat of something going wrong in the future, rather than right now.

Anxiety zaps enthusiasm. Anxiety creates pressure on the mind. Anxiety holds you back from doing the things you want or need to do and that can affect your health as well.

Fear and anxiety are something that we all experience now and then. It is only when it is severe and long-lasting that it can become a mental health problem. Some are anxious all the time and about everything and that is a sure recipe for troubles.

“the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”

Vivekananda highlighted the essence of courage thus –

‘Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work. The moment, you fear, you are nobody. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world.

Arise, Awake!!

Stop not till the goal is reached.’

River’s Fear

Gentle river merges with a mighty ocean and it is natural for a river to enter the ocean and become the ocean, River cannot get afraid of the ocean and turn back. Nobody can go back.  To go back is impossible in existence. What a beautiful imagination and principle given by Khalil Gibran in his poem FEAR?

It is said that before entering the sea
a river trembles with fear.

She looks back at the path she has traveled,
from the peaks of the mountains,
the long winding road crossing forests and villages.

And in front of her,
she sees an ocean so vast,
that to enter
there seems nothing more than to disappear forever.

But there is no other way.
The river can not go back.

Nobody can go back.
To go back is impossible in existence.

The river needs to take the risk
of entering the ocean
because only then will fear disappear,
because that’s where the river will know
it’s not about disappearing into the ocean,
but of becoming the ocean.


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