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Embracing Change in the Modern World

By Geeta Mehrotra
May 2019
Embracing Change in the Modern World


Speaker Jaya Row as the lamp is lit before her talk on “Embracing Change in the Modern World.” (Photo: Geeta Mehrotra)

The Consulate General of India-Atlanta in association with Sanatan Mandir Atlanta organized a talk by Jaya Row on April 14, 2019 at Sanatan Mandir. The inspirational talk addressed the current need of embracing change in the modern world, coping with fast-paced technology and social media in today's digital age.

After the traditional lamp lighting and felicitation of guests, Mr. Rashik Patel introduced Jaya Row as a well-known speaker on Vedanta, “the oldest management school in the world.” Her experience in corporate life is backed by forty years of research in Vedanta. She transforms ancient wisdom into brilliant principles of modern management and inspires people to rise from mediocrity to pursue excellence.

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She has addressed such prestigious forums as the World Economic Forum Davos, World Bank, Young Presidents’ Organization, Princeton University, Purdue University, Washington University, and others. She has been invited by organizations like Google and Intel in California, and KPMG, MasterCard, and Deutsche Bank in New York.

Row dove into the subject by declaring that change was understood by our ancient culture of India centuries ago: they called it “the world is change.” Her step by step approach of defining change, types of change, why we resist change, and how to deal with change was well explained. Examples were given from the lives of achievers both from East and West.

Attitude is a major factor to deal with change. She asked the audience, “Are you a river or a rock?” River knows its destiny and moves towards it by overcoming obstacles, sometimes by going around or over the obstacles, and continues on with flexibility. Rock on the other hand is fixed in position, resists change, and gradually crumbles and breaks into pieces.

To develop an understanding of change, first realize what is under your control and what is not under your control; then accept the change and adapt to it. Develop the ability to embrace change, and finally cultivate capacity to drive the change yourself. One has to shift the focus from oneself to the larger community and be willing to pay the price and sacrifice. According to Bhagavad Gita, no transformation happens without sacrifice.

Row’s quiet and calm demeanor yet energetic challenge to the audience to rise above self, extend the boundaries, and contribute for the world’s betterment was a balance between inaction and action. A question and answer session and a presentation on Row’s Mumbai-based organization Vedanta Vision concluded the session, and refreshments were served.


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