Politics is as old as humans. Krishna, wise as he was, recognised it. All through the Mahabharata, Krishna not just understood it, but had it mastered. He was smart in order to not be destroyed by the game-players of politics.
As an entrepreneur, there have been innumerable instances where I have been affected by politics—from the small to high levels, like all of us. What I have turned to, in those times is the eternal, the True Guide—Lord Krishna. Let me tell you, you may not be interested in politics; but politics will be interested in you—in the form of people who play games.
Here are two lessons I have learnt and it’s something that I would like to share with you.
Krishna accepts the idea of war—as long as it is for a just cause. War, in the common person’s daily life, could mean dealing with someone who enjoys being sneaky and calculating, in order to capture power and control at any level.
Now, ‘war’ in these terms, is something that should be the last resort, after all solutions, including open dialogue, fail. If it comes to that, it is better to fight for what is your right, for what IS right, rather than go into inaction and do nothing. If it comes to it, you must be prepared to reach for what’s rightfully yours, not flee from the ground. It is good to be nice, but it is one’s dharma to stand up for oneself, more than anything else. Just as Krishna motivated and inspired Arjun and the entire Pandava army to fight—not because of ego, but for what was theirs, so must we not give up when it comes to defeating people who are out to sabotage us. Be logical, be strategic, and stand your ground.
Fair play and integrity are a must—but if the other person chooses to play dirty games, it is up to us to not be cornered. It is important to be prepared in case you have to counter-effect moves of those who don’t believe in scruples. Be confident in your skill and always stay sharp and updated.
A question may arise that Krishna spoke about fair play but he used deceit on many occasions. We must understand that in the process of acting, if the other person is using wrong means, we must always remember the end purpose. Ask yourself: have I tried all means rightful? Within the limits of law, achieve what you can—and must—in order to establish what IS right.
In conclusion, all I would like to say is that our future is not dependent on what we plan but on what we do with what we have.