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Time for conscience-based decision-making

By TK Mishra

The current pandemic has made the trend of empirical analysis redundant. Unlike the past, when we had the benefit of historical experiences and data, this time the future pathway has become full of uncertainties. Covid-19 has taught us that intuition-led need orientation is more important than technology-led demand orientation of business.

The post-pandemic good news that we get to know through the conscience or spiritual awareness is that the world has changed for the right purpose and meaning. People have begun rethinking why and what they are doing. Common advice that one gives for business decision-making may not work, for example, don’t make hasty decisions, gather as much information as you can, consult experts, calculate risks, and weigh the pros and cons. When things do not work out despite all the analysis, waiting endlessly for some good fortune to come will not do. Like successful startups today, one will have to make decisions based on incomplete information. This means using a conscience-based decision-making that keeps spirituality at its core.

While your ‘outwardly’ mindfulness takes decisions sitting at the driving seat of decision-making, conscience-based ‘inwardly’ meditation must do the back-seat driving. Conscience-based decisions, even based on incomplete information, aren’t fallible as they have the power of trinity – mind, body and soul.

When you go against your conscience, you may regret it or not enjoy the outcome, even when things have worked out. On the contrary, whenever you go with your conscience, you would be happy with your decisions, even when things do not work out.

By creating an antidote against threats, spirituality integrates your power of mind, body and soul. It restores confidence and hope in you; it springs a simple and prompt solution to problems.

The more spiritual you are, the more robust you become in making decisions and neutralising threats. Kenneth Pargament, who spent a lifetime doing research on spirituality, aptly says, “Spirituality is a way of seeing or perceiving the world … in a deeper way, to see that there is more to reality than what meets the eye, there is a deeper dimension.” On the basis of such perception, our conscience always warns us before we do wrong, but we often reject it having least faith in it.

Replacing mechanical minds that operate according to the data fed, we need spiritual minds that uphold conscience. While we need to be inwardly meditative to get connected to the divine thread, we need to be outwardly mindful to see the changes taking place. And both the tools work for magical outcomes when we are surrendered to God.

The Bhagwad Gita is a practical handbook which tells us what to do, when and how to solve whatever problems come our way. But to have reverence for the Gita or have telepathic conversation with God, you must have a clear conscience. It is like you cannot connect to a satellite in the sky if your antenna has layers of dirt on it.

The writer is Vice-Principal, Ramanujan College, Delhi University

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