Paradigm shift: From event managers to mission drivers
Event management is just managing the event. Such events necessarily need not lead to any future possibilities or other events. The event can be successful. People can pour their congratulatory messages on the excellent way in which the event has been organized after the event. The organizers can be applauded and the din and roar of clapping and applause will end and when the dust settles, the event may remains in some as vague memories.
There is a danger in reducing our activities to event management. Whilst the excitement of organizing can invoke enthusiasm among people to galvanize their respective resources and materialize such events, we must dare to step back and ask the following questions:-
What has been the purpose of this event?
By participating in the organizing how have I improved?
How has this event benefitted others?
How will this event lead to other more meaningful events?
These questions evolve event managers to mission drivers. Bhagavan has come to transform human consciousness. This should be the primary focus . However this is not an excuse for the spiritualists to reduce the majesty or grandeur of the event to simple ones. Ego is not measured by the size of the program but the motives and intentions of the program.
A good evidence of this will be to recall the incredible love Hanuman had for his Master. The greatest project was to rescue Seeta and Hanuman with ease jumped to Lanka, his faith placed on the feet of Sri Rama . Perhaps to indicate to all devotees who come to Prashanti Nilayam , the tallest statue at the Hill View Stadium is that belonging to Hanuman. An eternal reminder that one should aspire for great goals but at the same time retain the simplicity and humility of one’s nature.
Walk for Values is one of the many events council have encouraged states to implement. It is an amazing program invoking hundreds to participate. From an initial trial of 650 the program in some states has managed to get up to 3000 people for a single event. These are indeed rare feats. We must congratulate the centers and states. Till this date, close to 8000 people have participated.
We now need to apply the above four questions to the Walk for Values program and seek to find answers. The quest to find the right answers transforms the consciousness from event managers to mission drivers.
Some states have!. Johor is a good example. They had close to 3000 people attending the walk but immediately after the walk they knocked on the doors of the schools that participated in the Walk for Values and approached the State Education ministry to implement the follow up program . The essay writing competition attracted over 40 schools. They worked with the MP’s office and launched this worthy program where students were encouraged to write on value subjects. On the prize giving day for the best essays, they had the wisdom to take the event to another height. An opportunity to offer the SSE teacher training and STAR program were highlighted and these were made to 5 identified schools that reflected poor performance in the state. The State education ministry agreed to the proposal. The dates are being fixed.
This indeed is a good example of transforming event management to mission drivers. Sri Muda who also had close to 3000 people went back to the schools and launched environmental and other value based programs within the schools.
Hence the purpose of all these events is to provide an opportunity for us to take the transformation process to another step. Every devotee must use the four questions as the four pillars to jump and catapult our consciousness to higher heights.
Every event in the center be it Swami’s birthday celebration or a religious festival we must ask these four questions. Ipoh celebrated Bhagavan Baba’s birthday and highlighted Bhagavan ‘s unity in diversity principle by celebrating with all other religious groups. They celebrated the diversity and enjoyed the amazing cultures Malaysia is blessed with. If the event ends here , it becomes an event management . However if the leadership based on this event calls for a meeting amongst all other religious leaders and open a FGIS chapter in Ipoh and implement service and medical camps in rural communities for starters we evolve to mission drivers .
Mission drivers are always enthusiastic. They always want to see what is next . They live in the present for a wonderful future. They make destinies and become embodiments of Swami’s message who will dare to live the lives Swami wants without asking for any return. We must ask the 4 questions . time is short. We must make an impact that people upon the touch of these programs are propelled to seek peace and love and they in turn become good citizens and ideal human beings. All great Masters had mission drivers who propagated the message of the respective Masters. Let us be Mission drivers ! We must.
Written by: Prof. Dr. Suresh Govind