People today seem to be afraid of silence. They constantly surround themselves with the sound of conversation, music or television shows. The QI Group founder and CEO Vijay Eswaran believes spending time in silence has helped make him a better businessman.
In his book ‘In the Sphere of Silence’ he says spending an hour each day in quiet introspection helps to sharpen the mind. Silence can improve one’s imagination and inner life. Eswaran credits regularly spending time in silence with helping him build his $700 million company.
Raised in Malaysia, Eswaran values the meditative Hindu tradition of his Indian ancestors. His grandfather taught him a ritual of silence called mouna vratham. In his management book he advises people to do three very important things: Think before you speak. Listen a lot. Make daily to-do lists.
The book short, easy to read and contains aphorisms and quotations from people ranging from the Prophet Mohammed, Mother Theresa and Aristotle to Keats and Norman Schwarzkopf. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: http://www.wceforum.org/speakers/dato-sri-dr-vijay-eswaran/
‘In the Sphere of Silence’ was published in 2005 in Asia by Eswaran’s publishing company Rhythm House and sold well in Southeast Asia. Rhythm is an acronym that stands for Raise Yourself to Help Mankind.
The book was recently released in the United States. It has helped Vijay Eswaran to develop the reputation as something of a spiritual guru for the business minded CEO set. Eswaran attributes his success in building the QI Group to following the precepts in the book. He says the optimum time to spend in absolute silence is between 4:30 and 6 a.m.
Vijay Eswaran breaks the hour into five periods. The first is spent reflecting on what he could have done better the previous day. In the second writes his goals for the present day. In period three, he writes his goals for the coming week, year and 5 years and restates them daily.
During period four he reads inspirational or informative literature and writes a brief summary of it. Period five is spent communicating with God. The book is designed to help people contemplate and channel their energies for maximum effect.