Moe and Karan Bajaj discuss what triggers the urge to seek a higher purpose, how to not let past conditioning get in the way, how to find stillness and deal with self-doubt
The Search for Dharma
In the Hindu tradition, Dharma is a Sanskrit word that’s deeply rooted in the search for one’s life purpose. It’s a state of being where an individual is constantly seeking the purest expression of himself, the essence of his unique talents, and the manner in which he can best serve humanity. It is the greatest of life’s achievements when one discovers it, because as his Holiness, the Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) likes to say, “there is only one important point you must keep in your mind and let it be your guide. No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us, not even the Buddha. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life.”
During the past decade, Karan Bajaj has stayed true to that calling. As an executive with the Kraft Foods division of Procter & Gamble, he made a bold decision that will forever elevate the quality of life as he committed to take a full-year sabbatical once every four years. As unlikely as that might sound in a corporate setting with the tradition of P&G, his steadfastness convinced senior leadership that a personal quest for Dharma not only reawakens one’s creative ingenuity; more importantly, its likely to reignite the type of fresh thinking that’s absolutely necessary to innovate in today’s modern organization.
If you know anything about Bajaj (@realkaranbajaj), you know that his impact is just beginning. While his three novels certainly give us a peek inside the mind of a true seeker; it’s his level of wisdom that you’ll find especially valuable to any company building initiative.
Here’s a sample of the questions that he and I explore:
- What triggers the urge to seek a higher purpose?
- What’s the one thing that you’re most likely to discover on the way?
- How do you not let past conditioning get in the way?
- The moment when you know that you’ve gained complete clarity
- Learning to let go
- When you’re in the midst of a chaotic day, how do you find stillness?
- How he has learned to deal with self-doubt?