Human Resource Function is the oldest function that existed from the time Human Settlements started forming.The name that was given to this function varied from to time but the focal point remains Individual or group of Individuals. Predicting human behavior is also as old as the HR Function. Rather it is apt to say that the nature of prediction of human behavior altered the focus of the HR Function over the years. It is not new to the human race to get branded, rated, categorized and classified based on caste, creed, educational and financial standard; and on many accounts.
The participation of the individual in the process of above classification is critical to establish the credibility. Various psychometric tests are being used to find out the compatibility of the individual with the job, role, situation, etc. Internally so much data is being collected about an individual’s performance, competencies and preferences. This data coupled with the assessment of personality traits provides a relatively objective data for taking various HR decisions.
The quality of HR decisions depends upon the quality of the data based on which such decisions are made. Inthis information technology era we all deal with knowledge workers. The more natural, comprehensive and objective the data the more effective the HR decisions would be. Keeping this in view this research study was conducted using the Mind-Body Type Indicator as a research tool to establish the linkage between the Basic Principles of Ayurveda and HR Function in particular and leveraging the Human Potential in general in any organization.
Hope that this research would serve as a useful and unique addition to the body of knowledge gained so far in the HR area.
This theory is based on the fact that each soul is a unique spiritual entity and retains its individuality forever. Each soul has its own unique karmic history and the difference among the souls is fundamental and permanent. A bound soul (not liberated) may ‘move towards God from birth to birth and eventually be liberated by their goodness (sattvic ) or may be condemned to eternal damnation due to their pursuit of evil and vice (tamasic ) or forever rotate in the cycle of births and deaths due to their mediocrity (rajasic). These three virtues become operational based on the influence of the three doshaas viz., Vaata, Pitta and Kapha. It is interesting to note the research finding recently released by the CCMB, Hyderabad “It’s official. The ancient Indian knowledge of Ayurveda medicine has molecular basis.”
Words fail to explain the power of our Seers in documenting the Ayurvedic knowledge. Our Ancient knowledge never blow off our brain but makes us wonder-struck!! The more we dig in Ayurvedic Texts the more wisdom we can unearth.
Varaha Purana offers and excellent categorization of individuals. The base for this categorization is the Ayurvedic Profile of an individual. Vatta, Pitta and Kapha are doshas (imbalanced status of five elements that exists in Individuals). However they do reflect one of the three positive energies (Gunaas) in their balanced stated viz.,
- Satva Guna
- Rajo Guna
- Thamo Guna
What is a Guna?
Guṇa is both a root and a word in Sanskrit language. Its different context-driven meanings are derived from either the root or the word. In verse VI.36 of Nirukta by Yāska, a 1st millennium BC text on Sanskrit grammar and language that preceded Panini, Guṇa is declared to be derived from the another root Gaṇa, which means “to count, enumerate”. This meaning has led to its use in speciation, subdivision, classification of anything by peculiarity, attribute or property. This meaning has also led to its use with prefixes such as Dviguna (twofold), Triguna (threefold) and so on.
What are these three Gunaas?
“In Vedic philosophy, sattva (Sanskrit sattva / सत्त्व “purity”, literally “existence, reality”; adjectival sāttvika “pure”, anglicised sattvic) is the most rarefied of the three gunas in Samkhya, sāttvika “pure”, rājasika “excitable”, and tāmasika “indifferent”.”
- Sattvais the quality of balance, harmony, goodness, purity, universalizing, holistic, constructive, creative, building, positive, peaceful, virtuous.
- Rajasis the quality of passion, activity, neither good nor bad and sometimes either, self centeredness, egoistic, individualizing, driven, moving, dynamic.
- Tamasis the quality of imbalance, disorder, chaos, anxiety, impure, destructive, delusion, negative, dull or inactive, apathy, inertia or lethargy, violent, vicious, ignorant.
The combination and permutation of these Three Gunaas further classify individuals in to the following 9 categories.
- Satva – Satva
- Rajo – Satva
- Thamo – Satva
- Satva – Rajo
- Rajo – Rajo
- Thamo – Rajo
- Satva – Thamo
- Rajo – Thamo
- Thamo – Thamo
Crores of Demi Gods – Identified and understood only by the Indian Seers and Sages – that administer this Universe under the Supreme Command of Lord Vishnu do fall under these categories. Satva – Satva is the combination that is the Nature of the Supreme God Head (Lord Vishnu) as declared by Maha Rudra in Varaaha Purana. While I leave the to the choice of the reader to believe this or not, I had to quote this classification as this is the finest way of classifying individuals eventually and there is no need to reinvent the wheel.
What shall a soul (the human being) do to achieve the best of the above combination. To understand this question we shall refer to Bhagavad Gita which says that our Svabhava (difference in identity) shall remain eternally the same. We only need use this swabhava as a base and strive for prefixing Satvik to that swabhava which is easier said than done! Dr. BNK Sharma in his “Philosophy of Madhvacharya” talked extensively about the difference in identity. Readers may like to peruse these links for original English version and its Telugu translation by this author.
Dr. IVNS Raju