Thursday, October 28, 2010

Power of Success through Harmony

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Many people thought that the book - "Sun Tzu, the art of war" is all about winning in war, conflict, survival and competition. This is partially true.

If you gain a deeper understanding of Sun Tzu's teaching, you will realize that he advocates a higher level of success – that of “winning whole” and of “winning without fighting”.

It’s more desirable to achieve success through harmony than conflict and destruction.

“Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy’s troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.”

Sun Tzu, is also a book about the art of peace.

Achieving success through harmonious relationship and balance of power and interests is more enduring and uplifting.

There is a wise chinese saying, "家和万事兴", which means when there is harmony in a family, everything will be prosperous and successful. This is true of a family, of an organization and of a nation. In contrast, a house that is divided against itself can not stand.

Isn't the success of Singapore an excellent example of the power of Harmony?

Striving to achieve harmony does not mean compromising your principles. Neither does it mean denying reality and blind to differences. But it means having the capacity to respect and tolerate differences. It means adopting a disposition of strength and humility to find creative solutions to conflicts. It means trying to appreciate the perspectives, feeling and constraints of others and the limitation of our own knowledge.

So today, speak well of your parents, siblings, spouse, children, bosses, leaders, teachers, neighbors, relatives, society, country, friends and enemies. And make it a joyous habit to do it everyday.

When we can look into the eyes of a fellow human being and reach out with peace, it doubles the joy of living.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."
Matthew 5:9

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