NEW DELHI: After retiring last year as ED (Human Resource) at BHEL, Balvir Talwar has recently come up with his first book, titled ‘Corporate Rishi’, which is available on Amazon as an e-book and will be published in paperback soon. The book integrates corporate life with spirituality. It carries the message of going back to the basics and relearning the lessons from ancient scriptures.
The book is about the inspirational transformation journey of Aryan, a young, ambitious computer engineer from IIT Delhi, who grew quickly in his career. Living in New York, he purchased a new Ferrari to realize his cherished dream. Aryan, an only child, didn’t visit his parents for three years and lost them to Covid during the second way. It was a big shock for him and many others like him, belonging to the current generation, who are accustomed to freely traveling anywhere in the world with little care for what they have left behind. Aryan was grieving, that he lost his parents. That he didn’t spend the time with them he thought he’d have. But he does not give up. A depressed and devastated Aryan decides to go to the Himalayas.
Illusions of money
There he meets a sadhu (monk) on the banks of river Alaknanda, a tributary of the river Ganga in the Himalayas. The sadhu explains the illusion and limitations of money in providing happiness. Happiness is never found in materialistic things; it exists in things that cannot be physically possessed. Happiness is priceless and can’t be purchased.
Money can give livelihood, comforts, and treasure but cannot give peace of mind. Money can give a comfortable bed to sleep in but cannot give sound sleep and pleasure. The sadhu helps Aryan come out of depression and remember the purpose of his life. Aryan rediscovers himself, and is able to overcome his grief.
The sadhu explains the essence of ancient Hindu rituals and their relevance for the corporate world. He teaches meditation to find enlightenment and attain bliss. It helps Aryan to become a visionary and begin a new journey towards a more purposeful life. During the process, he mystically meets Shruti, who becomes his soulmate and companion. Both Aryan and Shruti receive devine blessings and mystic experiences.
Spiritual and ethical values need to be practiced for survival not only by individuals but also by the business, industries, and every profession or institution for their sustenance. It helps to improve material and spiritual conditions of humanity.
The book also presents the views of some of the CEOs interviewed by the author to get their perspective about the need for a mentor or Corporate Rishi. For example, Dr. Nalin Shinghal, CMD, BHEL says, “A Corporate Rishi can be a good source of inspiration and guidance for a leader in making decisions that are in the long-term interest of the organization and its stakeholders.”
In his review of the book, Dr. V.R. Mehta, former Vice Chancellor, Delhi University says, “Corporate Rishi is a very insightful book, which is a very interesting way to highlight how ancient wisdom can be harnessed to enrich corporate life.”
Rishi to the rescue
The views of CEOs show that the corporate world has already recognized a latent need for a Corporate Rishi. Going forward, this need will further intensify with the rising complexities of global business. Only a person of steady wisdom, firmly situated in the divine consciousness and free from attachment, fear, and anger can fully accomplish this need.
Corporate Rishi may help to eliminate inter-firm and intrafirm competition, based on mutual learning, trust, and cooperation. It may bring unprecedented growth opportunities and unfold the business world’s latent potential to unearth its capabilities and competencies for creative learning, innovation, prosperity, and happiness for all. He may guide the CEOs and young professionals to break the dilemma and work ethically for universal wellbeing. The book may be read online at: