Bodhananda Research Foundation for Management & Leadership Studies

  • Bodhananda Research Foundation for Management and Leadership Studies (BRF-ML) is a voluntary, non-profit, charitable and educational Trust, with its office in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. The Trust was registered as a research institution in 1995 by a group of academicians and professionals in Kerala with the guidance of SWAMI BODHANANDA, a renowned seer and teacher of Vedanta, meditation and values.

    The slogan of BRF-ML is “Leadership Development by Continuous Dialogue”

    To develop an Indian Management Model integrating Indian wisdom traditions with modern management principles.
    To propagate the Indian Management Model among Indian business leaders, to encourage critical and creative debate and writing, leading to a sound Indian Management theory and practice so as to position India as a super power player in the global market economy along with China, European Union and United States Of America.

    In 1988, Swami Bodhananda identified ‘leadership’ as the major challenge in understanding and forming theories of conceptual and applied dimensions of Indian management. And true to His astute vision for the decade that followed India saw an increasing number of academic and institutional mechanisms that favoured and nurtured the concept of leadership. The formation of BRF-ML (Bodhananda Research Foundation for Management & Leadership Studies) in 1995 as a research body and its subsequent programs were inspired by Swamiji’s vision for leadership and Indian management. Close to two decades have passed. And today we have an almost exhaustive framework to understand ‘leadership’ in the context of Indian management. R Narayanan is the Chairman, PN Subramanian the CEO , and Sri R Rajendran is the Treasurer of BRF-ML

    Research & Publication BRF-ML is a pioneer in conducting research, and organizing seminars and such public programs on 'value-based management', 'value-based governance and value-based education in India. Under the auspices of Bodhananda Research Foundation for Management & Leadership Studies (BRF-ML), Memorial lectures (in the name of V.K. Krishna Menon, Mammen Mappilai and Sri Narayana Guru) were organised inviting eminent speakers from the fields of Science & Technology, Management & Economics and Spirituality & Culture. BRF-ML has also been organising several lectures and workshops at IIMs, IAS and IA & AS Training centres, Management Associations and several leading organisations in Government and Corporate sector.

    In the recent past BRF-ML has conducted several public programs which included public/invited talks by Pujya Swami Bodhananda, seminars, discussion meetings, dialogues between leaders, managers, trade union representatives, teachers, farmers, and BRF-ML. Some of the venues for these programs were Indian Oil Corporation New Delhi, Steel Authority of India (SAIL) Ranchi, Indian Institute of Financial Management New Delhi, ER & DC Thiruvananthapuram, India Management in Government Thiruvananthapuram, National Institute of Personnel Management Thiruvananthapuram, Hindustan Latex Thiruvananthapuram, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode, National Management Associations in Ahemdabad (AMA), Bangalore(BMA) and New Delhi (AIMA), ESCORT Bangalore, ITI Bangalore, BEL Bangalore, State Bank of India Mumbai and few scores of other public and privte sector offices and companies in various cities of India and North America.

    BRF-ML pursues a regular publication program. This includes research papers, monographs, proceedings of seminars & discussions, and books authored by Swami Bodhananda. BRF-ML research agenda focuses on the 5 major texts of Indian philosophy and culture such as Manusmrti, Panchatantra, Arthasastra, Mahabharata and Ramayana.


    • The attempt is to evolve the foundational management, psychological and philosophical concepts underlying “Leadership and Conflict Resolution” as represented in these five books that could be considered as the five pillars of Indian management literature. SCLV BangaloreA team is already engaged in writing Sourcebooks for 'leadership' with a narrative style of storytelling based on these texts. In the recent years BRF-ML organized a series of conferences in Delhi, Bangalore and Trivandrum on Mahabharata and Management.

      Objectives of BRF-ML
      1. to develop management principles integrating economic and spiritual values aiming at increased productivity and enhanced integrity of the individual,
      2. to develop management theories and suggest management practices based on Indian philosophical and mythological literature-the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita, Panchatantra, Arthasastra etc.
      3. to draw values from the composite cultural, spiritual and philosophical tradition of India in general and Kerala in particular as well as from the historical and spiritual heritage of other cultures
      4. to integrate humanistic and ecological values with scientific and technological excellence for evolving a practical holistic value system, and
      5. to organize seminars, conferences and similar activities; and to publish a series of volumes, and compendiums based on the research study of the Indian wisdom tradition, with emphasis on Kerala's contributions so as to create a knowledge-base for national and global dialogues.

    Visionary Leadership

    • It is Gurudev's vision and inspiring spiritual guidance that gave rise to the idea of 'Bodhananda Research Foundation for Management and Leadership Studies' in 1988, to foster human potential development, and to develop leadership through dialogue, in management. BRF-ML was formally registered as a Trust in 1995.

      Swami Bodhananda is the spiritual guidance and inspiration for Sambodh and its sister institutions in India, North America and the rest of the world. Programs and projects for the study and propagation of Vedantic Scriptures, research on Indian management and contextulaising it in the contemporary economic and geopolitical context, ashrams to set our minds high and meditate in unison with the harmony of mother nature, living with nature, social service activities for the minorities and underprivileged - all these are blooms of His divine vision flowing through His devotees and associates in different parts of the world.

    • Apart from His erudition in Vedantic texts, Swami Bodhananda is a well known management guru.. He is an avid reader and is well-versed with the contemporary challenges that the corporate leadership and corporate management face. The Gita and ManagementSwami Bodhananda is the author of several books: His latest book is Indian Management and Leadership. Other books include The Gita and Management; Meditation: The Awakening of Inner Powers; Happiness Unlimited; Seven Hindu Spiritual Laws; and, Management and Mahabharata. He has also authored two conversation-styled books, one with a scholar of consciousness studies in India, and the other with a young Indian-American lawyer in the United States. These books are “Dialogues: Philosopher meets Seer” (2001) and “Irreverent Spiritual Questions” (2004).

    • The range of topics Swami Bodhananda addresses extends from human potential development, managerial excellence and leadership studies to the experience of "absolute peace in the midst of dynamic activity". Here are selections from, the papers and thoughts He has written at various occasions; Travelogues; Thematic Notes; correspondence and discussions between Gurudev and His devotees through letters and meetings, public interviews and media reports; Messages that Gurudev writes on occasions of spiritual and cultural importance. READ MORE

      The divine and spiritual presence of our Guru invokes an inner and self-giving motivation in us to come out of ruts and stereotypes, conflicts and dilemmas, and to experience the full flowering of the spirit. To follow the sacred footsteps, the divya-paada, of the Guru is to travel to the abode of the Ultimate Truth.