About Roots & Shoots
Famous Kannada poet, Dr D.V.Gundappa (DVG) wrote:
"Hosa Chiguru hale Beru koodiralu Mara sobagu; Hosa Yukti hale Tatva odagude Dharma; Rushi Vaakya dode Vijnaana Kale melavise, jasavu jana jeevanake Mankuthimma".
"Tree with new leaves and old roots is wonderful; New ideas (Yukti) with old principles (Tatva) make good Dharma (operating principles); Ancient wisdom combined with modern science & art makes life fruitful".
Roots & Shoots (Hosa Chiguru, Hale Beru) community is started with this idea of bringing Ancient Wisdom into contemporary Life.
Spiritual Science is the most comprehensive science and addresses all aspect of LIFE - goes beyond the modern science - body, mind and beyond. Spiritual Science goes to the very core of Human Beings and the Nature as a whole - most profound way to live in all contexts - professional, family, social, business...
Earlier people thought IQ is the most important aspect to be successful in life. Then Daniel Goleman's research showed that EQ (Emotional Intelligence) is more important than IQ. Then came AQ (Adversity Quotient) being even more important than just EQ - what choices/decisions one makes under times of adversity determines where the person goes. Now people are realizing that SQ (Spiritual Quotient) is most fundamental to be 'successful' in 'life' - persons not shaken by external objects & phenomena, but driven by internal inspiration & vision.
Every great Leader, in whichever field, who impacted the world positively, has great spiritual characteristics. As we can see from great Leaders, Leadership is differentiated by the quality of Mind & Energy, not by physical attributes.
In the physical dimension, Productivity is typically measured by the 'touch time' of the tool transforming the raw material to finished goods. In the areas of Leadership and Knowledge driven industry, Productivity is effectively about the 'touch time' of Mind. Modern Medical science shows that typically a normal person utilizes only about 4% of the brain capacity. If we observe a little bit about our mind, we will notice that most of the time it is oscillating between the past and the future - hardly 10% is engaged in the present moment. So, the effective 'touch time' of our brain/mind is just about 0.4%! It is also studied and found that a normal person's mind generates about 68,000 thoughts per day. How many of such thoughts are fruitful and translate into positive actions? What is our thinking error rate?
All great Leadership starts with Self-Leadership - touch time of the mind and the positive energy.
Spiritual Science is the greatest tool to discover this capacity that exists in every individual - tool to transform individuals to be great Leaders. Most of the modern Leadership and Management development programs focus on the behavioral level. Spiritual Science (like in Yoga) goes to the core of the Being and transforms inside out.
This is the thought process behind the Roots & Shoots community. The members are engaged in exploring, experimenting, experiencing spiritual science and applying them into modern day life, business, leadership contexts and propagate it to more people as a service (no profit motive).
Safe Harbor: Spirituality is not equal to Religion. When SPIRIT (rationale) behind the SPIRITUAL is lost only RITUAL remains - that is what happens to most religious practices. Spirituality is pure Science, supreme Science of Human beings and the Universal Nature. This community is not related to any perticular religion; it's engaged in exploring the true human & universal science.