“India cannot perish, our race cannot become extinct, because among all the divisions of mankind it is to India that is reserved the highest and the most splendid destiny the most essential to the future of the human race”.
- Swami Vivekananda
This time we have amidst us a noble person who is India centric in every way. He has took upon himself the responsibility of spreading the mammoth culture of India around the world. It is Mr.RadhaKrishnan Pillai, the director of Atmadarshan, whose mission is "To spread India's Spiritual and Cultural glory by providing various services & products - Professionally & Ethically".
Radhakrishnan has a B.A. in Sociology and has done Management in Industrial development. He has done an extensive management research course on ‘Katutilya’s Arthashastra’. Radhakrishnan Pillai has over 13 years experience in the fields of marketing and logistics. Radhakrishnan's vision of bringing India's spiritual and cultural heritage in a format that is easily understood, well researched and professionally managed resulted in the conceptualization of Atma Darshan.
Without much ado, over to the show.
THE PERFECT SHOW
Host: Prashant Sree - PS
Guest: Radhakrishnan Pillai - RP
Guest: Radhakrishnan Pillai - RP
PS: Hello Radhakrishnan, Its a pleasure to have you in the PERFECT Show.
RP: Thank You.
PS: What are you passionate about in Life ?
RP: INDIA.. INDIA...INDIA
PS: Great to hear that. What have you learnt in your life other than academics, which you would like to share with others ?
RP: I HAVE LEARNT MORE IN MY LIFE THAN WHAT I DID IN ACADEMICS..I LEARNT KAUTILYA'S ARTHASHATRA, BHAGWAT GITA, UPANISHADS, AND A LIST OF INDIAN SCRIPTURES AND BOOKS..
I LOVE TO AND CONTINUE SHARING MY LESSONS I LEARNT WITH OTHERS IN VARIOUS FORMS...LIKE WRITING, TEACHING, CONDUCTING SEMINARS AND TRAINING PROGRAMS ETC..
PS: I agree that Learning is a life long process. And Iam sure that Knowledge sharing is a wonderful phenomenon by itself. Now, If you are given a wish to change one thing in world, what would you change ?
RP: INDIA'S LOW THINKING ABOUT ITSELF AND LOSS OF SELF ESTEEM BY BLINDLY FOLLOWING THE MATERIALIST CULTURE.. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO 'WHIP' PUBLICALLY ALL OUR CURRENT FILM PERSONALITIES. THEY HAVE NO CLUE WHAT CULTURAL DAMAGE THEY ARE DOING BY PROMOTING LOW VALUES IN OUR MOVIES AND TV SHOWS..
OUR GEN NEXT IS LOOKING UP TO THEM AS ROLE MODELS BUT THESE HAVE DEGRADED OUR RICH SPIRITUAL COUNTRY TO JUST A COUNTRY WHICH GIVES PHYSICAL OUTLOOK AS TOP PRIORITIES OF OUR LIVES..
EXAMPLE - SHAHRUKH KHAN HAD NO CLUE HOW HE DEGRADED THE GREAT HERO 'ASHOKA' IN HIS MOVIE.. IS ASHOKA TO BE SHOWCASED LIKE THIS (DOING VULGAR SCENES WITH KAREENA) TO OUR YOUNGER GENERATION AND INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE?
SANJAY DUTT (GREAT ROLE ON SCREEN - MUNNABHAI AND GANDHI'S IDEAS). PERSONAL LIFE MESSED UP. AN INSPIRATION OR A WRONG ROLE MODEL?
WHEN WILL WE AS A GENERATION STOP DIFFERENTIATING SCREEN ROLES AND REAL LIFE ROLES?
PS: What you say is definitely true. I do value your opinions. Who is your Favorite Mythological Hero and why ?
RP: THERE ARE MANY (PLEASE AVOID CALLING THEM MYTHOLOGICAL CHARACTERS - THESE ARE NOT MYTHS BUT LEGENDS WHO LIVED IN FLESH AND BLOOD)
CHANAKYA - I LIVE AND BREATH CHANAKYA EVERY SECOND.. HE IS NOT SEPARATE FROM ME..
KRISHNA - A MAN OF PERFECTION.. HIS GITA GUIDED PEOPLE ACROSS GENERATIONS AND STILL CONTINUES TO DO SO
KARNA - A SAD SAGA OF A HERO WHO WOULD HAVE DONE MUCH BETTER HAD DESTINY NOT PLAYED A CRUEL ROLE FOR HIM. LESSON TO BE LEARNT - EVEN IF WE ARE THE BEST OF WARRIORS, CERTAIN SITUATIONS ARE NOT UNDER OUR CONTROL FOR SUCCESS. OUR OWN PEOPLE CAN DITCH US (HIS MOTHER KUNTI ABANDONED HIM) WHILE AN ENEMY (DURYODHAN)STOOD BY HIM IN THE WORST OF TIME..... DESTINY AND TIME TEACHES US A LOT...
PS: Thats a long list and Iam sure that each of us have something to learn, as long as we are ready to learn. What would you like to stand for in your life ?
RP: A PERSON WHO BROUGHT BACK TO INDIA (OUR GENERATION) ITS PAST SPIRITUAL AND CULTURAL GLORY...
PS: Hats off to you. My best wishes to you. What do you consider as your charm ?
RP: THE NEVER GIVE UP SPIRIT AND EVEN IN WORST SITUATIONS I LOOK FOR WHAT 'WORKED WELL' INSTEAD OF WHAT WENT WRONG.
PS: What is your Thumb Rule for Life ?
RP: YOUR REAL TREASURE OF LIFE IS FRIENDS NOT THE MONEY YOU MAKE.. FRIENDS MAKE US RICH NOT MONEY
PS: Nice Thought. Who have been your Role Models in your life till now and why ?
RP: SWAMI VIVEKANANDA - HE BROUGHT BACK INDIAN KNOWLEDGE BACK TO ITS GLORY IN THE PARLIAMENT OF RELIGIONS (INTERNATIONALLY) WHEN WE WERE UNDER THE BRITISH RULE. WHAT HE DID IN ONE LIFETIME INSPIRED MANY GENERATIONS AFTER HIM. NO WONDER HE IS CALLED A YUG-PURUSHA (A MAN OF THE ERA).. READING HIS BOOKS I HAVE FOUND A VISION FOR MY LIFE.
SWAMI CHINMAYANANDA - I HAVE SPENT SOME OF MY MOST MEMORABLE DAYS OF MY LIFE WITH HIM. WITH HIM I NEVER FELT I REQUIRED TO SEE SWAMI VIVEKANADNA PHYSICALLY. HE WAS ALL THAT SWAMI VIVEKANANDA WAS AND BEYOND. I HAVE BEEN CONNNECTED WITH CHINMAYA MISSION SINCE CHILDHOOD - ALMOST 21 YEARS NOW.
MY BEST YOUTH DAYS WERE SPEND IN THE YOUTH WING OF CHINMAYA MISSION (CHINMAYA YUVA KENDRA - CHYK).. NOT A DAY GOES FOR ME WITHOUT READING HIS BOOKS.. MY LIFE LONG INSPIRATION... OTHERS INCLUDE - LOKMANYA TILAK, SHIVAJI MAHARAJ, SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE etc
PS: You have indeed been lucky to have been guided by wise people. Which books have had an influence on you ?
RP: WELL, BOOKS ARE MY INSPIRATION AND I HAVE LEARNT FROM ALL THE BOOKS I READ. I HAVE A PERSONAL COLLECTION OF OVER 1500 BOOKS EACH GREAT IN ITS OWN MATTER. HOWEVER, THESE 2 STAND OUT..
KAUTILYA'S ARTHASHATRA & BHAGWAT GITA
PS: Can you tell the purpose behind starting Atmadarshan ...?
RP: TO BRING BACK TO THE COMMON MAN'S INDIA'S RICH, GLORIOUS CULTURAL AND SPIRITUAL HERITAGE..
PS: Well Radhakrishnan, we come to the end of this edition of PERFECT SHOW. There were many interesting insights and wise things to know. Iam sure that the readers will be benefited from this edition as well. On behalf of the readers I wish you success in all your future endeavors.
RP: Thank You Prashant.
Folks, thats it for now. Iam sure that you have been learning many wonderful things which in turn makes a small difference in your life for good. Thank You All for your support and encouragement. Hope to have it forever.