True leadership doesn’t just lead, it inspires. And the best leadership doesn’t just inspire, it also aligns your goals or your purpose with the higher purpose of existence itself, and the laws of the cosmos. The inspiration which comes from aligning from the cosmic laws, is not transitory, but permanent. It doesn’t just give solutions, it give answers, and gives a sense of well being to the person. True leadership is able to inspire people.
In Hinduism, the idea of leadership stems from the cosmic truth of all existence itself. Leadership or “ishittva” means the very quality of divinity. It is the tattva of isha. Divine or consciousness, by default, manifests as the space of leadership, which continuously inspires people towards aligning with a higher goal of existence.
The Isha Vasya Upanishad says,
ॐ ईशा वास्यमिदँ सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत् ।
तेन त्यक्तेन भुञ्जीथा मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम् ।। १ ।।
“By the consciousness, enveloped, must this all be; whatever moving thing there is, in the moving world; with this renounced you may enjoy. Covet not the wealth of anyone at all.”
The first shloka, of the first Upanishad, sets the context of Life, Universe, and everything for every Hindu. This was the context for every aspect of life — Dharma-artha-kaama-moksha.
Hindus Were World Leaders
“Ishittva” was to live as a leader in every field of life, with this context of divinity. The very idea of an individual, as per Hinduism, is that each human being is actually divine, having a human experience. Each being is a unique manifestation of consciousness, and hence, is fully qualified to be a leader in any field of their choice. The ancient Vedic civilization is a living testimony of this fact. Our kings & seers were not just titular heads, but inspirations for entire generations. They set examples of bravery, righteousness, penance and grandness of character which we follow to date.
Ishittva, the organization, is meant to revive this context.
Ishittva is meant to remind every Hindu to be a leader by aligning with the context of being divine. Many Vedic sciences and knowledge from Hinduism is getting lost because mainstream Hindus are not aware of it, and have not really been able to digest it in byte size ways. Ancient knowledge, preserved over centuries, is not just knowledge of some subjects, but knowledge of enlightenment through the pursuit of any subject of your choice. Everything in Hinduism was geared towards starting from the context of dharma, and achieving the Ultimate, Moksha.
Ishittva, Ashta Maha Siddhi of Patanjali
“Ishittva” is also mentioned as one of the Ashta Maha Siddhis in Patanjali Yoga Sutras — the Siddhi of Leadership.
When manifested through Oneness with the Ultimate, Ishittva is a Shakti, not a Siddhi. It is the spiritual power to lead, to manifest anything you want, and to harness the three types of energies — iccha shakti, jnana shakti, and kriya shakti.
Hindus have always led the world in every dimension of life. It is time to remind them to reclaim that spot.
Ishittva is meant to revive, reclaim & re-establish Hinduism, & Hindus as leaders in every field.