The importance of Listening( from Vedic Perspective) :
In our ancient scriptures and Vedas the first word of supreme importance is “Shruti” means listening. You have to listen this Vedas from the master who have the deep understanding of it before you can gain that knowledge yourself. So if you want to understand those knowledge bank you have to be a shrota(listener) first. The Vedic view with vibrations , follows a logical cause and effect : whatever you listen to, you will think about; whatever you think about ; you will speak about; whatever you speak about, you will do; and whatever you do; you will become. For this reason good listening skills are inseparable companion to creating healing vibrations of higherconsciousness. In-short what you eat creates your energy and life force, which then becomes your mind . Let’s understand how relevant our vedic teachings have been with an example . In our school if we have to learn any subject we rely on our master who specializes in that subject , we have to listen attentively while he is speaking with ears wide open to gain from his knowledge book. We practically learn more when we are listening to someone else instead to burying your head into the text books.
Consider Pravachan, the popular lectures given by teachers who have personally experienced the truths they are explaining. In these dynamic discourses, the teacher presents the essentials of the Vedas, Upanishads and other scriptures, and those who listen absorb those deep teachings with all of their senses from one who knows. In this sharing, this speaking and hearing, subtle knowledge is transmitted from knower to seeker in a way that cannot be matched by reading. Multiple levels of information are conveyed through such speech — inflection, emotion, emphasis, convictionand subtle intimations.
Application of Listening art in current Perspective :
In today’s so called advanced and progressive world , There is a stiff competition to be at the top of the ladder specially in corporate job with big fat salary and there are lot of articles floating teaching you how to be a leader, what they are not focusing is the secret sauce which are already hidden in our old school teachings.Vedas taught us first to be an effective listener and when you have mastered that everything else falls into place in terms of effective leadership . So an effective leader has to be an effective listener who whenever finds any saints , or anyone who is a sea of knowledge, sit’s back with a blank mind , without bringing any ego or knowledge whatsoever in between and try to drink and sink in every bit of teaching being delivered , by the masters. They sit with an open mindset of gaining and that’s why every drop of knowledge gets deep inside their soul making them wise and evolved leader whose awareness and observation about any thing happening around starts achieving the great heights transforming them into an wise Human Being.
Cultivate listening skills :
If you want to be a good listener you have to cultivate right listening skills and that will help you in becoming an effective listener. So only listening attentively is not enough you have to practice it and make it a habit . Until it’s a part of your day to day activity , only listening attentively now and then is not going to help you much. People generally prefer to talk rather than listen, because the basic nature is to be heard , understood and get appreciated. We express through speaking out our thought , form our relationship and fulfill our need for belongingness and social acceptance. We consider it as invaluable tool in proving to others our intelligence, erudition and exceptional qualities . we don’t perceive similar advantages in listening , considering it as passive and inferior activity. That is where our Vedas who starts with the word “Shruti” or “Shravan” establishes the fact that listening is paramount to be a accepted leader.So cultivate this art and make it your habit.
When listening is important :
When we say cultivate this art of listening we should also cultivate the right discretion to know when to talk and when to listen. You should practice listening not out of any fear of speaking , but out of strong commitment to improve your interpersonal and communication skills. You also don’t listen because you want leave an impression on others , but to have a effective communication or debate.
When we listen our awareness reaches to highest level
All effective leaders use this art of effective listening for effective communication.Ask to the successful people they will tell you how important it is to listen sometimes then to speak for glory. When you listen attentively you increase your knowledge of people around you and enhances your awareness about your surroundings and that helps you in speaking right , taking right decision in that context in which you are. You become friendly to the world and your chances of being accepted as a leader increases.
The secret of effective communication –
If you want to build a meaningful relationship with people. become a good listener and control your urge to speak habitually. It is not an exaggeration to say that your relationship with your peers or family thrive on your listening skill more than your dominating speaking sessions.
I am ending , with a thought and with the promise to continue on this topic in part 2 of this “Art of listening”. I will cover the type of listening and their importance in leadership and management in my next post in this leadership series
All the great leaders Had an Ear of an Elephant. They knew when to open their mouth and when to open their Ears.
To be Continued….