U Mahesh Prabhu

Udupi Mahesh Prabhu (born April 26, 1982) is an internationally published author and media, management & political consultant. He’s also co-founder & Director of Vedic Management Center. He also pens columns for BW Businessworld, Business Goa, and Swiss Entrepreneurs Magazine.

An avid reader is also a book reviewer and has reviewed books by prestigious publications including Random House, University of Southern California Press, Stanford University Press, Free American Press, and Routledge Publication.

He’s also a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland, London (UK) and Member of the International Federation of Journalists (USA). He was a recipient of the distinguished “Sir George Staunton Award for an Article by Young Scholar” constituted at Royal Asiatic Society in 2009. He holds a Bachelors as well as Masters in Business Administration with specialization in Marketing.

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U. Mahesh Prabhu in his office.

Besides, Mahesh has training in classical Sanskrit language. He has studied Vedas, Upanishads, Gitas (including Bhagavad-Gita, Avadhuta-Gita & Ashtavakra-Gita) in the original Devanagari script. He’s a fervent practitioner of Yoga as well as Kundalini Meditation. He prefers to identify himself neither as a ‘theist,’ ‘atheist’ nor ‘agnostic.’ He believes that these concepts are petty and, therefore, insignificant. Through his interpretations of ancient Vedic texts he professes wisdom through which, he thinks, people can understand themselves as well as the world – better. Religion, according to him, is a root cause of all pains facing humankind. Atheism, he suggests, is yet another manifestations of religion – since spurred with hate, although without god. Nevertheless, he has nothing against any of them. According to him, the world can be a better place without hate. He ardently believes that humankind and world would fare much better if only they can shun hate.

He also takes great interest in working with various humanitarian, academic as well as social projects by offering pro-bono services.


BOOKS BY MAHESH PRABHU


Kautilya: Understanding the Colossal Genius (Volume 1)

Kautilya: Understanding the Colossal Genius (Volume 1)
Author: U. Mahesh Prabhu
Pages: 350
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Vedic Wisdom Press (An Imprint of Vedic Management Center)
Price: USD $15.99 / INR 450

Around two thousand years ago there was a person of great intellect, influence, and motivation. We don’t know much about his personal life, although there are many extraordinary legends about him. He was neither a warrior nor a ruler, nor a priest. He was a wise sage – a rishi – who rewrote two Vedic treatises, namely: Arthashastra and Artha Sutras. His name was Kautilya (a.k.a. Chanakya a.k.a. Vishnu Gupta a.k.a. Vishnu Sharma.) Kautilya’s Arthashastra contains many vital principles of management, governance, and polity that can be used with high efficacy to the present day. They can provide keys to solving a great many problems threatening our new high-tech world order by nurturing responsible and effective leadership. Although there are several translations of Kautilya’s Arthashastra, most of its in-depth knowledge and wisdom is neither properly understood nor utilized for various reasons. Also, much of its secrets remain hidden. Presenting his time-tested knowledge and wisdom with sharp insight into contemporary leadership, politics, and diplomacy is the prime objective of this book series Kautilya: Understanding the Colossal Genius.


Rishi Tales (Volume 1)

Rishi Tales (Volume 1)
Author: Mahesh Prabhu
Foreword: Dr.avid Frawley
Pages: 150
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Vedic Wisdom Press (An Imprint of Vedic Management Center)
Price: USD $9.99 / INR 300

Ancient Vedic India was a land where knowledge and wisdom were revered as the greatest wealth. There intellectual Brahmins, sagely Rishis, and equipoised Munis were honored for their incomparable knowledge. At a time when writing was not well developed, Smriti or memory was the main medium by which knowledge was recorded before transmitting it through Vak or the spoken word from a preceptor Guru to his disciples Shishyas. Mantras or hymns composed in ancient Sanskrit were used to remember complex knowledge along with Katha or thought-provoking tales. These tales besides being entertaining were also enlightening and promoted deeper Vichara or contemplation. In this first volume of Rishis Tales, U. Mahesh Prabhu presents 21 such stories translated from the ancient Sanskrit. Tales that continue to inspire millions of people towards the true understanding of Self, wisdom, peace, and prosperity.


Essentials of Vedic Wisdom for Blissful Living

Essentials of Vedic Wisdom for Blissful Living
Author: Mahesh Prabhu
Foreword: Dr. David Frawley
Pages: 350
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Vedic Wisdom Press (An Imprint of Vedic Management Center)
Price USD $9.99 / INR 250

ESSENTIALS OF VEDIC WISDOM FOR BLISSFUL LIVING is a humble attempt to introduce the eternal wisdom of the Vedic rishis (sages) in a simple yet undiluted form. It seeks to elucidate various Vedic ideas, including  Atman, Paramatma, Karma, Dharma, contrary to popular incomplete definitions. The author endeavors to explain not just the grand design of the universe, but also how the teachings of the Vedas can be used to lead a blissful life amid the present day chaos, stress, and confusion.


Timeless Tales of a Wise Sage: Vishnu Sharma’s Panchatantra Retold

Timeless Tales of a Wise Sage: Vishnu Sharma’s Panchatantra Retold
Author: Mahesh Prabhu
Illustrator: Shantheri Bhat
Pages: 450
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Vedic Wisdom Press (An Imprint of Vedic Management Center)
Price: USD 15.99 / INR 600

Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms known to mankind. It has stimulated imaginations and even built communities of tellers and listeners. Oral storytelling, particularly, is an ancient and intimate tradition between storytellers and listeners. Storytelling is also a social and cultural activity with substantial improvisation, theatrics, and embellishment. Narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, cultural preservation besides instilling moral values. However, very few stories have survived tradition and even fewer have made sense with passing time. Panchatantra translated to “five strategies” in English, has always been an exception.

It has not just entertained and hailed the importance of morality, besides defining it, but has also educated people about the intricacies of life – relationships, particularly. The fact that these stories have survived at least 3,000 years – without the patronage of any specific race, religion or sect, should speak vehemently about the timeless and time-tested wisdom embedded in it. However, a great many re-tellers of this story have often missed on many parts – Neetis, particularly. In this book author U. Mahesh Prabhu translates the original Sanskrit stories and maxim in its entirety in a way that which is not just entertaining but also enlightening on deep retrospection.