As I share my victorious testimonial here, I would like to let you all know that I started chanting rigorously in May 2015 early in the mornings with a group in my district. The very next month, in June, I saw a career opportunity in a new organization, and applied there. The HR Director wanted to enable me to join very soon, but by the time I started working with that organisation it was already November 2015.
Three months later, on 1st February 2016, I was doubly occupied with personal work and office work. I took my parents to an eye hospital early in the morning for my father’s eye surgery, and also managed my office work from his hospital room. All went well and we got back home around 5pm.
In the car on the way home, I suddenly remembered an invite from my senior leadership to join a con-call at 6 pm, almost 12 hours after I had started my day. The invite had come from my HR Director, but strangely the invitees included the HR Resource Manager and the CIO (Chief Information Officer) of the organization. I had finished a project on that same day and I thought it was unusual to see that level of invitees to review and discuss the project.
So I was a bit puzzled by this list of invitees. Maybe the list was a miscommunication? Maybe the top management of this organisation offered appreciation for the project? I was left wondering!
The concall finally started at 6 pm and lasted just 10 minutes. Boom! I couldn’t figure out what I had just heard.I tried to reach out to my HR Director. The HR team advised me about what they called a “role redundancy situation”. I had to apply for a role to settle in the USA, and if that did not work out I would be paid a salary over the next three months while looking for another job.
I felt zapped! And Numb! I didn’t know what to think, how to react! I decided not to worry my parents with this news until I got another job by May 2016. But my wife could make out something was going on in my mind, which I finally told her.
What next? I carried out all the steps that HR had advised.The organization did not help me any further. But I met two seniors in faith who encouraged me. They advised me to chant with full faith and trust and said that things would work out in the most suitable way for me.
I started chanting with dedication every day.Hearing my own voice chanting Daimoku made me feel confident. I prayed to get a job before my last salary cheque in May 2016. I also reached out to professionals in my network to help circulate my CV. Whenever I felt defeated, strangely,my senior in faith would get in touch with me on his own and encourage me to “rise to the occasion”.
I was offered a job from May 2016 by an organization. It was a senior role, but, as business takes its benefit, my salary was badly hit. Still I took up the offer.
My mentor, Ikeda Sensei, says that his own mentor, Toda Sensei, said:
“The most important thing is to first become an indispensable person wherever you are. Instead of moaning over the fact that a job is different from what you’d like to be doing, he said, become a first-class individual at that job. This will open the path leading to the next phase in your life, during which you should also continue doing your best. Such continuous efforts will absolutely land you a job that you like, one that supports your life, and allows you to also contribute to society.”
I joined the organization on 5th May last year. In my new job also I faced challenges, but chanting Daimoku encouraged me to do my best. For instance, a senior technical person whom I had to work with in my project created one or the other issue around my work. In June 2016, within a month of starting my new job, I took action. I decided to escalate matters to the senior leadership for support, so that there would be no negative impact on my overall work. Meanwhile, I kept sending Daimoku even to that person.
By December of the same year, my senior leadership took various matters related to that person to the CEO, though I did not know about this until two months later, when I heard about it through the office grapevine in February this year. In March this year I went to Sweden, my organization’s headquarters, and I met this person there. He told me he was serving a notice period to exit the organisation by the end of April.
This was a lesson for me that chanting will not only bring me support but also that the best work done by me will be identified by many other people who, in return, will support me without hesitation.
So, to conclude, thank you for allowing me to share my experience. I make this determination to continue chanting Daimoku and sharing many more victories with all of you.
Member, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG)
New Delhi, India
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