Can business and spirituality be spoken about in the same breath? Mukesh Ambani proves to be a distinctive example of business tycoon engaging in spirituality. Spirituality gets one closer towards social responsibility. While corporate have associated themselves with philanthropic activities and other benevolent deeds, there are few who are known for their spiritual deeds. No more are corporate companies solely valued for their stock values. Society and people are concerned about the social responsibilities and the welfare programs that they cater to.
Mukesh Ambani, the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries with his spiritual thoughts is known to consider spirituality as a tool to enhance productivity. In a social responsibility meet in Mumbai, he spoke about this phenomenon of financial investors keeping themselves away from socially responsible companies. India was amazed to witness Bill Gates spreading awareness on Aids. To observe this prosperous person addressing a socially responsible cause seemed surprising to Indians. Kavita Khana who is the conveyor of the confederation of Indian Industry Organized Symposium with the subject matter “Social Partnership makes Business sense” mentioned that, “There is no need for Bill gates to convey that the economy may be adversely affected with more people being prone to Aids. On the other hand, we shouldn’t forget this message as soon as he leaves India.”
Sri Sri Ravishankar is known to mention that a smile on one’s face reflects the success of one’s business. His renowned “Art of Living” course is known to benefit millions from alleviating their stress levels. Art of Living has been gaining increasing importance with the rising strain that this corporate world has endowed us. Mr. Ambani was asked to comment on Bill Gates and Ravi Shankar; he stated that “While Mr. Gates offers productivity; Art of Living grants one inner peace”. Besides he is known to believe that corporate social responsibility is not all about compassion but also involves self – enlightenment.