Vijay Eswaran On Being Near The Abyss

Vijay Eswaran isn’t just another businessman or entrepreneur who’s stuck on the latest idea that might make him millions. He considers himself to be a man driven by a spiritual purpose and wanting to make everything about people other than himself. The way he lives his life is by considering himself to be never far away from the abyss, in fact at all times just two minutes from it. He believes he can maximize the time he has by being generous and giving of his time to others. For Eswaran, taking time out of his day to meditate and reflect on whether his goals were accomplished and listening to the world around him is important to be able to help others.

Vijay Eswaran is from Malaysia and is the son of a former Malaysian Ministry of Labor worker. One thing his father taught him was that if he wouldn’t kill a certain animal, he shouldn’t eat it. And Eswaran also came to embrace certain Vedic doctrines. He received his bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and worked a few odd jobs to pay his way to graduate school at Southern Illinois University. It was while there that he learned about multilevel marketing and how it could be used to generate a lot more income by also helping others go into business for themselves. It then sparked the idea to start his own company using the multilevel marketing model, and upon his return to Asia in 1998 he started QI Group Ltd, the company that would start several direct selling and asset management subsidiaries.

Vijay Eswaran has lectured college students and other business leaders on the difference that multilevel marketing has made in his region, and he’s explained why his spiritual practices are very important to his routine. Eswaran wrote a book detailing effective meditative practices that became a bestseller know as “In The Sphere Of Silence.” Eswaran has also made numerous contributions to needy communities through his RYTHM Foundation and was a top mention for that in Forbes Asia’s 2011 Heroes of Philanthropy. He’s been a keynote speaker at the 6th Pravasi Divas and World Economic Forum.

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