Business leaders are not often associated with spiritual leaders. The bottom line of the profit and loss sheet does not easily lend itself to taking a holistic worldview. Yet there are those who manage to run their businesses successfully while also incorporating a spiritual philosophy into both their personal and professional endeavors.
Vijay Eswaran, the co-counder and executive chairman of Qi Group, is one individual who has demonstrated how to merge business with spirituality. Eswaran is a firm believer in the philosophy and ethics of Mahatma Ghandi even as he has overseen one of the fastest growing direct sales operations worldwide.
Eswaran is of Indian descent but was born in Malaysia. He received his bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics. After working various odd jobs in Europe for a year, he attended Southern Illinois University to obtain his MBA. After a stint at Synaptics in the United States, Eswaran decided to start his own business and founded the Qi Group.
After initially developing a business through sales of commemorative gold coins, the Qi Group developed into a broader direct sales conglomerate. It has expanded its portfolio to include several wellness and lifestyle products. The company has now established itself as a dominant presence in southeast asia, with regional offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Eswaran has also overseen the consolidation of Qi Group’s production facilities in India. Eswaran works hard to share his business, life management, and philanthropic ideas.
Eswaran is a prolific author, and his spiritual philosophy is best explained in his book “In The Sphere of Silence.” Baed on the Vedic philosophy of “practicing silence” Eswaran spends at least 60 minutes every morning in silent meditation. By focusing on his spirit within, Eswaran finds it easy to take on the material challenges the business world throws at him every day. In accordance with the beliefs of Ghandi, Eswaran focuses on listening and seeing as much as speaking.
Eswaran’s unique spiritual approach has resulted in several accolades. In 2012 Eswaran received the New Global Indian award for philanthropy and business excellence at the Global Indian Business Meet in New York. In 2013, Eswaran was recognized as CEO of the Year by the Asian Business Advisory Counsel of Malaysia. One of the achievements that Eswaran is proud to have been awarded Malaysian Business Awards CEO of the Year from the Asean Business Council in 2013.
The success of his companies and the praise of his peers demonstrates that Eswaran’s spiritual approach to business allows one to succeed while also taking a spiritual worldview.