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Consecration of a temple for Maryada Purushottam Shri Rama is not only a way to establishing the epitome symbolically but also the re-establishment of Dharma and Kaal Chakra in today’s modern world. It is to be noted that maryada means ‘limit’ and purushottama means ‘the greater than the greatest man’. Purusha means ‘man of honor’. The word uttama is made of ‘ut’ means ‘above’ and ‘tama’ is one of the modes of nature meaning ‘ignorance’. The Lord Rama is above all the tamasik qualities and he is greater than the greatest or the best (uttama) men. Maryada Purushottam Shri Rama is considered beyond any religious connotation.

This article delves into the ethical and governance insights gleaned from Sri Ramayanam, illuminating how the virtues exemplified by Shri Rama serve as a beacon for personal and professional excellence. Through the exploration of key qualities and episodes from Shri Rama’s life, we draw learnings that resonate with the principles of integrity, leadership, and sustainability in today’s professional landscape. Salient qualities of Rama can be summarized as follows:

1. Have faith and love for your work, not your position Rama wanted to be the king to serve his father. So, when his father gave him exile, Rama completed his duty.

2. Rama remained wedded and staunchly loyal to his only wife, Sita. But, with his patience and practice, he stood firmly for his values and remained the greatest king in the history of India.

3. Ramayana teaches us to have a good purpose in life. If we have a drive, we can stimulate our minds to do the work or fulfill our dream. Honesty should be part of life and should be reflected in a person’s actions towards oneself, family, goals, society, culture, rituals, and practices.

4. The adverse situation in life if we correctly take negative of life, these unfavorable situations make us strong.

5. At the time of his exile, he pursues his potential, self-fulfillment, personal growth, the peak experience of transcendence.

6. Be careful of temptations and follow instructions, do not alter plans arbitrarily.

Insights on Ethics and Governance in Valuation Learnings from Sri Ramanayam

Hence, it is pertinent to read and observe Shri Rama through “Sri Ramayanam”, the oldest scripture on ethics and a case study of how a person walking on the path of Dharma i.e ethical code of conduct, perfect the governance through principles of Ram Rajya. Verses of Sri Ramayanam echo with profound insights into ethics, governance and management, offers a guiding light for our professional journey through various lessons such as:

1. Dharma (Righteousness): Rama embodies dharma with an unwavering commitment to duty, truth, and moral principles, setting an ethical standard for individuals in governance.

2. Leadership and Governance: Rama’s reign as the king of Ayodhya is characterized by just and compassionate governance. His decisions are guided by ethical considerations and the welfare of his subjects.

3. Loyalty and Integrity: The loyalty of characters like Hanuman to Rama and the unwavering integrity of Rama and Sita highlight the importance of these virtues in ethical conduct.

4. Consequences of Actions: The epic highlights the idea of karma (action) and its consequences. All must face the repercussions of their actions, emphasizing the importance of ethical behavior.

5. Respect for Nature: The Ramayana conveys a deep respect for nature, other creatures of jungle and the environment. Rama’s alliance with tribals and the Vanaras (monkey warriors) showcases harmony with nature. Even to cross the ocean, Rama prays the Ocean God forgiveness in case of any damage.

6. Code of Conduct: At various points, the Ramayana provides a code of conduct for individuals in different roles—be it as rulers, subjects, or family members. This sets a powerful example for valuers, emphasizing the importance of adhering to a strong ethical foundation in decision-making and actions.

7. Strategic Alliances: Rama and Sughriv’s managerial prowess in forming alliances for a common goal aligns with the importance of relationships in the corporate world. Building strategic alliances within the Valuation profession, whether with clients, partners, or industry experts, can lead to success.

8. Importance of Communication: The miscommunication leading to Sugreeva and Bali’s enmity serves as a cautionary tale. Whereas dialogues between Hanuman and Sita, Angad and Ravana, Bhibishan and Ravana emphasis the importance of clear and effective communication, which is paramount in Valuation, especially when managing talent, acquisitions, or navigating complex business scenarios.

9. Negotiate and Do Not Fight Disruption: Rama’s attempts at negotiation before declaring war exemplify strategic thinking. In the Valuation profession, embracing innovation, negotiating challenges, and adapting to disruptions are essential for sustainable success.

10. Consistency in Values: Rama’s behavior remains consistent across diverse situations and challenges. Whether in exile, facing the abduction of his wife Sita, or leading the construction of the Rama Setu, Rama consistently upholds his values. Valuers are encouraged to maintain consistency in their principles, irrespective of external pressures or circumstances.

11. Recognize the honesty and integrity of subordinates: Ravana’s downfall due to ignoring wise counsel serves as a cautionary tale for leaders in Valuation. Surrounding oneself with a team that provides honest and constructive feedback fosters a culture of continuous improvement.

12. Excellence in Execution: Hanuman’s exemplary execution of the search for Sita underlines the value of meticulous planning and execution. Valuation professionals aiming for success should exhibit a commitment to excellence in their methodologies and processes.

Conclusion: Sri Ramayanam, through the life and reign of Maryada Purushottam Shri Rama, offers a profound exploration of ethics and governance that transcends the bounds of time and discipline. From embodying Dharma to exhibiting exemplary leadership, loyalty, and respect for nature, Shri Rama’s life serves as an unparalleled case study in ethical conduct and effective governance. The learnings from Sri Ramayanam underscore the importance of righteousness, strategic alliances, effective communication, and consistent values, among other virtues, in navigating the complexities of the modern professional and personal landscape. As we reflect on Shri Rama’s life, let us strive to incorporate these timeless principles into our daily lives, enriching our ethical foundation and enhancing our governance capabilities for a just, sustainable, and prosperous society.

May the lessons from Ramayana inspire and illuminate our professional journey.

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April 2024