Tata-Dhan Academy: PDM


Programme in Development Management

A Yogic Approach to Development: An Awakening into Development

When I first attended the yoga class at the Academy, the only time I waited for was “Shanti-ashna”, where I sometimes fell into a deep sleep. I would say I was good at it because some of my friends even snored!

Shanti-ashna is, however, not simply lying flat on the ground; it is the point of maximum consciousness where our consciousness is given to all the parts of the body from internal organs to external organs, from head to toe. Yoga teaches consciousness in every action we do, whether we breathe, eat, sleep, rest, or work. Nothing is let alone to chance to just go on as it is. Leaving things or waiting for things to come naturally is unnatural, and will lead to uncertainties that we actually cannot anticipate. The Vedic saint Patanjali, who compiled the Yougsutra, says that “Yoga of consciousness is about developing the skills and abilities to raise our awareness of who we are, simultaneously releasing the limitations of who we are not.” Everything should be covered under consciousness for the truest neutrality to be expressed.

Development, also, should happen with full consciousness of the processes without leaving it to chance. The great German philosopher Johan Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) said that the path of development should be treaded consciously. And everyone should have a continuous conversation with the events happening around them, see the process of the natural transformation, and incorporate this into his knowledge.

“Development and disaster” is a buzz-phrase today. Why has disaster become so common when we claim development all around? In every sphere, the development processes takes its own path. Unplanned development is what cripples the road to sustainable development. Developing countries are mostly at the receiving end of unplanned development. Look at a disaster story about global warming: had the path of development been treaded consciously it would still be fiction today. Instead, at this juncture, developing countries bear the brunt of global warming more than the countries which actually went on a spree to pollute the environment. Disasters obviously are disastrous, but there are ways to prevent them or make them less intense by conscious planning.

A yogic consciousness in one’s actions is the secret to a healthy life. In our endeavour on the path of development, consciousness is the secret to make development more healthy and sustainable.

Limlenlal Mate, PDM 8 Alumnus


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One Response

  1. shanti211087 says:

    Now I am in second term but I can not relate Yoga to development even I like only two ashna. Apart from ashna what else to learn I will see. I never think that yoga could be related to development. your article gives message in a very simple world that how development could be sustainable. Thanks to share your experience, it is quite helpful in enhancing my knowledge about how yoga is interrelated to development.

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