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Qi Group’s CEO Vijay Eswaran believes that the time he spends in silence makes his performance in business better. In his management book, ‘In The Sphere of Silence,’ Vijay explains the importance of meditation and reflection for an hour daily.
Vijay was brought up in meditative Hindu tradition, even though he is a Malaysian he understands the importance of meditation and he can trace it back to his family. He can remember the ritual of silence, mouna uratham that he learned from his grandfather. An hour meditation approach in his book needs to be complemented by listening to a lot, making a to-do list, and thinking before you speak.
Several copies of the book have been sold in Southern Asia where Vijay is gradually becoming a spiritual guru. Eswaran’s first book to be published was in 2005 in Asia by Rhythm House.
Eswaran says that his success in business has been possible because he followed the steps in his book for over 18 years. It means that for 18 years he followed the pattern of setting aside one hour daily to be in seclusion and silent.
His one hour is divided into five parts; the first, second, third and fifth portions take 10 minutes whereas the fourth section takes 20 minutes. The silence should not be broken, and if you happen to break it, then you will have to start all over again. He says that the ideal time for the silent is between 4:30 to 6:00 am. Read more: Five Minutes With Dr. Vijay Eswaran, Executive Chairman, QI Group of Companies
The first part of the meditation is to reflect on the previous day, what you achieved, what you didn’t do and general analysis of the day. Part two is putting down the present day’s activities. Part three is writing down your goals for coming seven days, 12 months and five years.
Part four is reading for 15 minutes then taking the remaining 5 minutes to write what you just read. You can read any book that informs or inspires you. Part five to make a prayer and put down a summary of the entire process. Repeat the process for 21 days, and it will become part of you.
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