What are the qualities of an enlightened leader?
An enlightened leader is one who is ” equally nourishing to everyone, with perfect order and justice to all.”
These were the qualities described by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
An enlightened leader serves a parental role.
The aim of such a leader is to fulfill the desires of his followers. His wish is for everyone to be happy, prosperous and fulfilled.
He leads without force; he leads by example. He protects the nation. He seeks animosity with no one.
An enlightened leader is sensitive to the needs of the nation as a whole. He does everything in his power to reach out to every community, every class, every section of society. He seeks to unify the scattered ends of life into an integrated and harmonious whole.
He knows that no individual exists in isolation. The health of each individual contributes to the overall health and well being of the whole nation.
An enlightened leader’s behavior is exemplary. He emulates the highest ideals of every code of conduct held in esteem by the noblest rulers throughout history.
An enlightened leader does not seek to glorify himself. His aim is to serve. He performs his duties with devotion, courage and humility.
An enlightened leader educates the individuals in the nation so that they can use the full potential of their mind to think and act in accordance with natural law.
Such a leader extends help to nations in need and seeks to strengthen the ties of brotherhood in the global community.
An enlightened leader is the embodiment of love, compassion, honesty, integrity and broad-mindedness.
This Vedic prayer reflects the thinking of all enlightened leaders:
“May the good belong to all the people in the world
May rulers go by the path of justice
May the best of men and their source always prove to be a blessing
May all the world rejoice in happiness”