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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Laughter Yoga in the State Bank of India

I have had the privilege of introducing Laughter Yoga in the State Bank of India and laughing with thousands of my colleagues during the last year.

I have recently completed thirty-two years of my service in the State Bank of India. It has given me bread, butter and a respectable place in the society. Now, it is time that I give back something to this great institution. I am sure my humble contribution will bring cheer to some of the souls here. I would like to be remembered as a messenger of love and laughter when I retire from the Bank.

We started the journey of laughter on the 13th of September, 2010 when we inaugurated the Laughter Club of State Bank Learning Centre, Indore with a bunch of newly promoted officers. Whoever came to the learning centre after that has had a brush with laughter yoga. We laughed every morning with a small group of willing laughers from all the groups who poured in week after week. A shining feather in our cap was training thirteen young trainee officers as laughter yoga leaders who eventually earned internationally recognized certification while they were at the campus. How can one ever forget the fun evening filled with gibberish nonsense, laughter exercises, singing-dancing-play-laughter and games arranged by newly recruited assistants!

I got opportunity twice to make presentations at the grand auditorium of the State Bank Academy, Gurgaon before officers from all over the country. I am really grateful to the General Manager and Principal who participated in the laughter sessions with total childlike playfulness on both the occasions which has engraved a deep respect for him deep in my heart.

It seems that the Almighty has been showering copious blessings from the top. I also showcased laughter yoga at the State Bank Staff College and State Bank Institute of Information and Communication Management located in Hyderabad. I conducted a laughter yoga session for bank guards, assistants, probationary officers and faculty at the State Bank Learning Centre, Goa. It was a unique experience as all of them laughed from their being level making it absolutely difficult to distinguish differences in their grades as they laughed like kids.

Last week, we have started Chetana Laughter Club at our new State Bank Foundation Institute (Chetana), Indore set up to groom fresh officers of the Bank. Henceforth every new officer of the Bank will have a tryst with laughter yoga at the beginning of her career and ‘Very Good Very Good Yay’ as her mantra.

The laughter virus has meanwhile spread to other centres – Kanpur, Lucknow, Goa, Nagda, Nagapattinam etc. – through some well meaning trainers and officers. It is indeed good to hear that those who laughed with us for a while, have gone back and started propagating laughter it in their own way. What more can one desire!

I have put up the concept of laughter yoga briefly before the Chief General Manager and Head of the Strategic Training Unit and he seemed to like it. The former CGM and Head was all for it and mentioned it to the Deputy Managing Director and Corporate Development Officer when she visited Indore to inaugurate State Bank Foundation Institute. She already knew a lot about the benefits of laughter yoga and appreciated the endeavour of using it in human resources trainings.

I am also grateful to the Director of my Institute for permitting me to use laughter yoga as ice-breaker, energizer and wellness routine during the training programmes.

My mission is to touch the lives of all the two hundred and twenty-two thousand employees of the State Bank of India with Laughter Yoga for their health, happiness and well-being.

(Before I close, I would like to share that my wife Radhika has been with me all along in this mission.)

- Jagat Singh Bisht

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Chetana Laughter Club Launched In State Bank Foundation Institute (Chetana), Indore, India

Chetana Laughter Club has been launched in the State Bank Foundation Institute (Chetana), Indore, India.

The Institute has been recently set up by the State Bank of India to groom it’s freshly appointed officers viz. Probationary Officers, Trainee Officers, Management Trainees, Management Executives etc.

Laughter Yoga is being used at the Institute on an ongoing basis as an Ice-Breaker at the beginning of the training programmes, Energizer during the session breaks and Wellness Routine in the evenings for the participants.

As new recruits continuously pour into the Institute, it is estimated that 5000 officials (approximately) will have a tryst with Laughter Yoga annually in the new club.

The inaugural session began with a brief introduction about Laughter Yoga followed by clapping, chanting, deep breathing, childlike playfulness and laughter exercises.

The four elements of Joy – singing, dancing, playing and laughing – were beautifully brought out through Bollywood songs “Mera joota hai Japani”, “Sajan re jhoot math bolo” and “Bambai se aaya mera dost”. The session ended with vibrant displays in “Follow The Leader” game.

Mr Mahesh Verma and Mr Ajai Iyer – Faculty at the Institute – thoroughly enjoyed the session with the Probationary Officers of 2010 Batch from all over India.

Mr Jagat Singh Bisht, Assistant General Manager (Faculty) and Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher urged the young participants to adopt “Very Good Very Good Yay” as the ‘mantra’ of their life.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

State Bank Foundation Institute (Chetana), Indore

State Bank Foundation Institute (Chetana) - the fifth apex training institute of State Bank of India - will be inaugurated tomorrow at Indore.. It has been set up to groom new officers as future leaders..

Friday, July 1, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Fundamental Principles

By Shri Shri Anandamurti

In each sphere of life we should follow a code of discipline. Knowing or adhering to the code of discipline would ensure 60 per cent success. For proper movement, an aspirant should follow certain rules and know certain important factors. 

In this connection, Gautama Buddha said that there are eight codes. The first is samyak or proper darshana. Darshana means to see, and in philosophical language, it means seeing with the spirit of a scholar, an aspirant. Darshana means guiding philosophy. So, every one of us ought to have a philosophy of life that will help us to progress.

The second important factor is samyak samkalpa. Samyak means proper. Samkalpa means determination. "I will do it. I must do it." The third is samyak vak. In ordinary terms vak is expression of vocal chords, but in philosophical language, vak means all the expressions of efferent nerves. Whatever we see, touch and speak, all these expressions are found within the scope of vak. Therefore, a man while expressing himself in any stratum of life, must have proper control over himself; he must have proper control over his sensory and motor nerves. This is samyak vak. 

The fourth instruction is Samyak Ajiva. One can earn money by many unfair means such as stealing, selling intoxicants and money-lending. There are so many bad things one can do. A good man should have a clean occupation; he must not be engaged in unclean means of livelihood. Not only his physical occupation, but also his mental occupation should be neat, clean and pure. His objects of thought should be in good taste, and he should not try to do anything bad to another good man. 

The fifth is samyak vyayama. Many of us perform regular physical exercises to keep the body strong and supple. A human entity, however, is not only physical but also mental and spiritual. The sixth one is samyak karmanta. When you start a task, you should finish the work properly, and in a nice way. Don't leave the work in a half-finished condition. The finish should always be good. 

The seventh advice is samyak smrti. In Sanskrit, smrti means memory. What is memory? Whenever you see, or you hear, or you smell something with the help of your efferent or afferent organs, what happens? Your mind gets compartmentalised. One portion of the mind takes the subjective form, and another portion takes the objective form. You are seeing a tiger. One portion of your mind becomes the seer and another portion of your mind takes the form of the tiger; then you think that you are seeing a tiger. This recreation of a tiger in your mind is called smrti or memory. 

The last is samyak samadhi - proper suspension of mind. When you are hearing an excellent expression of music, your mental object is that music, and while hearing, your subjective mind gets suspended in that objective portion. It is suspension of mind in hearing. Similarly, while meditating on the Supreme Entity, the Parama Purusha, your mind gets suspended in Him. It is proper samadhi; it is proper suspension of mind. 

These are the eightfold codes of discipline, an indispensable part of an aspirant's life. You should always remember that for proper success, to attain the Supreme Bliss, adherence to these eightfold codes of discipline is a must. 


Monday, May 9, 2011

Laughter Yoga @ State Bank Academy, Gurgaon

A brief presentation on Laughter Yoga was followed by a live demo and a thunderous laughter session at the state-of-art auditorium of the State Bank Academy at Gurgaon, India.

It was attended by 170 officers of the State Bank of India and its five associate banks which included the General Manager and Principal, Deputy General Managers and Senior Faculty, Regional Managers, Assistant General Managers and Managers from across the country, HR Trainers from 27 Learning Centres of the Bank and young Probationary Officers.

State Bank Academy is the highest learning seat of the Bank and this was the second occasion when its auditorium witnessed warm echoes of laughter. Earlier in January I had made a similar demo-cum-presentation on Laughter Yoga which was well received. This time my wife Radhika also accompanied me and conducted laughter exercises on the stage.

The audience felt overwhelmed by the intrinsic strength of the concept and the instant experience of joy. Many of the officers were so thrilled at the end of the session that they came forward to share that this was one of their best experience of life. One of the officers, an asthmatic patient, told us that he found it difficult to laugh in the beginning of the session due to asthma but with group synergy started laughing and feeling very healthy after the session as his respiratory track smoothened. Some of the HR Trainers promised that they would use Laughter Yoga back home in their training sessions.

Jagat Singh Bisht
SBLC, Indore


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Intervention-IV: The Senior Management Citizenship Visioning Programme

The Senior Management Citizenship Visioning Programme

Intervention-IV, the Senior Management Citizenship Visioning Programme aims to bring about recognition of the critical changes required in SBI by way of policies/processes/practices in order to create a fertile and friendly environment for the citizenship ideals to flourish. 

The Intervention is in design stage.  

Intervention – III: Market Engagement Programme

Intervention-III is about Market Engagement

The Market is a network of ecosystems and each ecosystem in turn consists of several communities. At one level Intervention-III is about spotting opportunities and leveraging them in a systematic manner. It operates in an invest-harvest cycle, where invest is done at present and the harvest in the form of business follows as a matter of course in the short, medium and long term.

At another deeper level, the Market Engagement Programme is about identifying opportunities for contribution, partnering for development of the ecosystem which in turn will help in building "trust surplus" and "sustainable insidership" for the Bank in that ecosystem. Intervention-III programmes have been conducted in all the circles and the workshop to impart skills comprises of two phases. Phase-I introduces the concepts of Ecosystems and Insidership. Phase-II provides a four step toolkit for attaining insidership in various ecosystems. The participants in these workshops are CMC, CCFO, CDO, BU Heads, RMs and other LHO functionaries.