On April 15, 2015, over 100 industrialists, investors and corporate leaders converged at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai for a conference organized by Artha Forum Dubai Chapter, a community dedicated to providing healthy work-life balance and holistic world view to entrepreneurs, and business and thought leaders.
Held in the Al Falak Ball Room, the event was entitled “Simple Living High Thinking”. It was attended by the Indian Ambassador to The United Arab Emirates His Excellency T. P. Seetharam who spoke of how the building, seminar room and the lifestyle are the antithesis to the concept of simple living, and he was looking forward to hear from the swamis. This was followed by a keynote address by His Holiness Radhanath Swami and Mr. Ajay Piramal, leader of The Piramal Group.
Radhanath Swami explained how the idea of Simple Living High Thinking is actually a state of consciousness. “When I was looking around I was thinking ‘what am I supposed to say here’. But actually, simple living is a state of consciousness, and one can apply this principle by living without duplicity and with the values of compassion rather than values of selfishness, arrogance and greed” he said.
He further elucidated how economics deal with a basic problem – the world has limited resources but people have greed that needs unlimited resources. He quoted Mahatma Gandhi, saying that, “The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed”.
Radhanath Swami said that it is imperative in business to earn with integrity and spend with compassion. He stressed the importance of having a strong internal foundation based on good values and principles. “This is the essence of simple living and high thinking. Establishing priorities that are sacred, and living by those priorities with values. Saintly and pure life is possible even living in the topmost room of this hotel. It’s a matter of values. It’s a matter of our foundation” he said.
Sharing his business experience, Mr. Ajay Piramal said that practicing spiritual principles in one’s business not only helps build strong entrepreneurial spirit, but actually creates long term economic value. He cited his own company’s example where what seemed to be an impossible challenge paved ways to new opportunities. “What kept me going was remembering that we are mere instruments in the hands of a superior power,” he added, noting that the spiritual teachings of Radhanath Swami helped him remain cool and composed, while staring at rock bottom situations.
The event was attended by many important industrialists and business leaders of UAE including Mohan Jashanmal – Jashanmal Group, Dr. N. D. Desai -Chairman Apar Group, Hrishikesh Mafatlal -Chairman,Mafatlal Group, Jacky Panjabi -Chairman Jacky’s Group, Surender Kandhari – Chairman Al Dobowi Group, Mohan Valrani – Vice Chariman Al Shirawi Group, Veral Pancholia – Chairman M. P. Pancholia Group, Arun Pancharia – Consul General of Liberia, Ajay Rajendran – Vice Chairman Sobha Developers, Seema Shetty – CEO – NMC Group, Sudhir Shetty – CEO UAE Exchange.
The talk was followed by a panel discussion on “Compromising Values in Business” with panelists Mr. Mohan Valrani, H. H. Bhakti Purshottam Swami, H. H. Radhanath Swami and Mr Ajay Piramal. The Panel Discussion was moderated by Mr. Sanjay Mankani.