BRAIN FOOD: Matters for the mind to chew on - Unlikely managers - Yoga swami - Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Centre, Putney, London

BRAIN FOOD: Matters for the mind to chew on - Unlikely managers - Yoga swami - Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Centre, Putney, London - Name: Swami Sadasivananda

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Name: Swami Sadasivananda

When did you become a manager? I have lived in the Centre for 12 years. I've been managing for three or four. Only five people live here permanently. We tend to change around, so sometimes I manage, sometimes it's someone else.

What does management mean to you? We say there is only one manager, which is God Himself. In the outside world people have a desire for money and power but we're not supposed to - it negates our strength as a manager. To manage means to be given a gift of helping other people perform their duties in life. You have to be an example of all the qualities you want others to develop. And you have to share everything. A beautiful management formula of our teacher Swami Sivananda is 'adapt, adjust, accommodate'.

What do you love/hate about it? I love feeling the energy that comes from this life. The hardest thing is knowing you have your own weaknesses and that you have to work with them.

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