What if Arjuna had walked away?

"What if at the end of Krishna's sermon Arjuna had clapped, said it was a wonderful speech and walked away?"

I came across a video "Jennifer Relax" from TT Rangarajan (Mahatria Ra as he is called and founder of the Alma Mater). Curious to know more about him, I had been reading on Google for past few days and came across this quote from one of his sessions.

I consider Bhagwad Gita to be a great message for mankind - applicable to all across the Universal dimensions of space and time. More importantly for the transformation it brought in Arjuna to look beyond the realms of worldly relations and fight for justice and truth. One of the defining moments in the Mahabharata.

When I came across the above quote, it left me with a thought. Unless the lesson is implemented in life, does the lesson have any value?

Years back when I was preparing for my PMP certification and going through the PMBoK, I was least interested in the Project Closure section. Typically it had activities like recording of lessons learnt etc. What purpose does it serve other than records maintenance. I knew that the lessons are meant to act as inputs for the next upcoming projects but I failed to understand the significance. Lessons learnt as they would call.

Knowing and understanding are two different things. Understanding is only completed when you implement it - This is my belief.

Nowadays, we read a lot about data breaches. When I read, the curiosity is more to understand what was the breach, what was the impact. There is also an eagerness to learn how the breach happened, how was it detected and how do we address it. But that is all knowing where is the understanding?

There is also an increasing trend to share information across organizations so that they can learn and take corrective actions at their end. But unless the organization picks up the information, evaluates its current gaps, applies the remediations and plus the root cause which introduced the gap - Is the understanding complete?

When we perform security testing on applications and report vulnerabilites, we provide recommendations for fixing the reported issues. The developer reads the recommendations, asks the tester for clarifications and remediates the issue. I consider this as knowing. Understanding would only happen when the developer understands what the vulnerability was, what lead to it and how it can be prevented in the code he/she will write in future. That will complete the cycle of understanding.

So the question I ask is are we the Arjuna who decide to understand the lesson and transform ourselves or the ones who just walk away?

Views by Salim Kadiwar

Disclaimer: "The post are my own views and don't necessarily represent positions, strategies or opinions of the organizations that I currently work or have worked for in the past."

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Thanks for such a nice article, Salim. It did reminded me of this famous quote - I hear and i forget, I see and i remember, I do and i understand. However, understanding could come only once you enter the waters and dirty your hands in fixing the vulnerability (for example) and get to know the full picture. Otherwise, it is just like placnig the missing pieces in a block. 
As per you, what should be the approach to understand more after knowing the given solution.