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Swami Dayananda Saraswati on visas, being a boss, and peace

April 11, 2008

Most of the modern day spiritual leaders have two things in common. They are clued in to what is going on around them and they use humour to get their point across.

While yoga guru Baba Ramdev laces his sessions with wisecracks from everyday things like cellphones to lift the spirit of his followers after a particularly demanding asana, Sri Sri Ravishankar knows how things like stress and tension affect people and uses humour to instill confidence into his disciples.

Topping them is Swami Dayananda Saraswati, who comes with the added advantage of being well clued into western and Indian pop culture.

On Thursday, when he addressed members of the Indian Merchants' Chamber, he was talking about personal growth to a group of people who deal in businesses and tons of money. He had to appeal to them, and he did it with elan throughout a 100-minute lecture, which seemed not a minute more than an hour. Read on . . .

Text: Krishnakumar P

Image: Spiritual leader Swami Dayananda Saraswati giving a discourse at the IMC in Mumbai. | Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani

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