Extending the analogy, today the river is exposing how we have the tendency to judge people on their surface appearance, and to find only their negative qualities. But if we scratch a little, go deeper and search beneath the surface we will see a beautiful soul.
Radhanath Swami in his search for love of God in the Himalayas stumbled upon a leper colony where he found an old woman in rags, severely affected by leprosy, her face deformed, lying on the ground in misery. Radhanath swami looked at her and felt in her teary eyes the love of a mother, an affection real and rare. Externally she was repelling but beneath the surface Radhanath Swami saw a mother waiting eagerly to share her love, as she placed her blood stained hand on his head. Radhanath Swami graciously accepted this as her blessings.
Leadership is about seeing the unseen, like in the case of the iceberg where only one-third of it is visible above the water while the rest remains submerged. The Titanic disaster is a classic example of failing to see the unseen. What is normally unseen could be circumstances that led somebody to do something—a hidden potential or some emotions waiting to erupt.
Sometimes we also do not see our own worth. There was this young man who took a break from education to render some voluntary service. The invitation came to go to England. Just four-and-a-half months after his arrival, the President of the organization called him and said, “I have a new assignment for you. I want you to travel across the country and train local leaders.” The young man was shocked and thought how he could train people two or three times his age. Sensing his doubt, the president looked into his eyes and said, ”I have great confidence in you.You can do this.” The President’s confidence and the ability to see more in him than he saw in himself, and the President’s willingness to entrust him responsibility strectched him to unlock the hidden potential inside him.
That assignment helped him to detect the work he wanted to devote his life to: unleashing human potential. And that is what he did. This young man is Stephen Covey, the coveted author of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and the founder of the world’s largest leadership learning company Franklin Covey.
Leadership is seeing and communicating the worth and potential to people so clearly that they come to see it of themselves.
Radhanath Swami sees the divine in everybody and connects with the divine in them in a way that makes them understand and appreciate the language of pure love of God.
Thus we see people from all walks of life—from the professors of Harvard Business School to the high profile bankers of one of the world’s largest banking corporations of the world to the village folks of rural India and the carpenters doing work in the temple in Mumbai—all feel at home with Radhanath Swami.
Radhanath Swami’s best friend is Gary who runs a fitness business. Even though their lifestyle and interests appear to be diametrically opposite, how respectful and accepting they are of each other!
One of Michael Angelo’ remarkable work of sculpture is the statue of David made from a mammoth 18-feet block of marble; This had remained untouched by other artists for decades because they felt it was not a good piece of marble. When asked how he sculpted such a great piece of art, he simply said, “David was already there in the block of marble. All I had to do was remove the unwanted chinks.”
Spirituality is the process of removing the chinks and finding our true self – our identity and our ideals and living by the ideals. A true leader helps us along the way.Google+