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A Study on Enriching Spirituality at Work Place Through The Karma yoga Of the Bhagavad Gita

K.S. Sivakumar
Research Scholar, School of Management Studies, VELS Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced
Studies (VISTAS), Pallavaram – Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
S.K. Kamalakhannan
Associate Professor, School of Management Studies, VELS Institute of Science, Technology &,
Advanced Studies (VISTAS), Pallavaram – Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India


Spirituality, in Indian Culture, refers to the realization/experience of oneness with all beings of the world. This oneness finds expressed as spirituality at workplace through the dynamism of interconnectedness. The paper deliberates on enriching individual spirituality at workplace through the Karmayoga of the Bhagavad Gita. The Bhagavad Gita is a holistic wisdom that expounds dimensions within an individual, and thereby, having potency leading towards interpersonal and organizational effectiveness. The method of the conceptual paper includes: (a) expounding Karmayoga of the Bhagavad Gita from its spiritual dimension, (b) identifying and presenting the takeaway for enriching individual spirituality at workplace, and (c) pointing out the potency of the principle of Karmayoga for individual and organizational development/welfare. The Bhagavad Gita explains the principle of right approach to perform any action (Karmayoga). The principle of Karmayoga provides a paradigm shift in the domain of action, namely, the performance of an action is not based on its result – orientedness, but on the intention/process – orientedness. This understanding of Karmayoga unfolds and enriches a number of variables that characterize individual spirituality at workplace, The paper has identified twenty-five such dynamic variables. Thus, we are able to understand that Karmayoga, in the process of enhancing these factors, enriches individual spirituality at workplace. When we closely observe the potency of the factors that are impacted, we understand that the principle of Karmayoga, in the process of enriching individual spirituality and inter-personal relationships in workplace, also automatically enriches organizational effectiveness. A comprehensive model, reflecting all dimensions of Karmayoga, and its empirical validities would place the principle of Karmayoga as the differentiator in the work culture domain of organizations.

Key Words: Workplace Spirituality, The Bhagavad Gita, Karmayoga, Individual Spirituality and Interpersonal Relationships, Organizational Effectiveness.


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