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Are you qualified enough?

Once, through my office was sent a training proposal to a school not very old enough but claiming to establish British standards of education in Pakistan.

We had long forgotten about the proposal, when one day I received a call indicating that the principal wanted to meet me for the programme.

So there I went to be received with an air of a certain touch of  conceit, since the staff was British and although it did not know very much of how things work in an entirely different culture, it seemed to have that very arrogance that one carries by belonging to a superior world country.

Before I could meet the principal, a young lady who seemed to be assisting him asked me : What are your qualifications for this programme?

And I was perplexed since I had never been asked this question in the past several years.  “What kind of qualifications are you looking for?”, was my first responce.

The right kind of , she replied.

“And that would be?” said I.

“Well, we have a British system here and we only allow people who are qualified to run such programmes”

” Hmm. Your organisation is a school and I have run this programme with some of Pakistan’s best institutions in Professional accountancy and some of the best degree awarding universities. So that makes me rather over-qualified to run this training for your faculty.”

“But we are British and we have certain fixed rules and you don’t have relevant qualifications?”

” Have you gone through the proposal I sent you?

“Yes! ”

“And thats why you have called me here,  coz the contents we have promised to deliver surpass most of the Training of Teachers programmes being taught  in Pakistan or even outside Pakistan.  Even mentioning such contents is quite hard if you have not really worked in depth at this field. I have done work and trained much senior executives and teachers, than at the school level”

“The point is  that we have a strict British system here and you don’t have the relevant qualifications?”

Have you ever been through this kind of a situation? This is a typical example of policies over-riding goals for which they were originally made to serve.

It shows a very strong attachment to our ego boundaries and our ego systems, which take their standing from either a heightened origin or maybe from a developed world country or from an elite group, or from any other source.  This also reflects a strong adherence to following what has already been followed and not daring to think out of the box.

This shows a lack of love. Since genuine love always inspires us to peep inside possibilities. What is possible if we allow something new to happen to ourselves?

True saints have a deep inherent ability to see people as what they can be, rather than what they are. True saints depict genuine love.

Policies are made to expedite reaching objectives and goals.  If the reverse happens it is one of the biggest signs of decline in spirituality.

If policies had been over-riding goals, then a humble clerk working at Swiss Patent office would not have been able to publish his papers, what later were known to world as Theory of Relativity.

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