Interesting article in the latest Business Week -it talks about the increasing influence of Vedanta philosophy in corporate governance.
Apparently, the basic tenet of Vedanta – self control through different forms of Yoga to attain “Brahman” ( as the highest manifestation of the self is called in Vedanta – where one becomes God – or the All Powerful One) is being used as methods to boost leadership skills and find inner peace.
Apart from Vedanta, the Bhagwad Gita ( the holiest book for Hindus – which is essentially a philosophical discourse between Arjun – the supreme warrior and Krishna – the supreme self ) also used as a guide for corporate governance and management.
Essentially the article details how in the 80’s and 90’s, The Art of War, Zhu’s 6th century classic – is now being replaced by the more introspective and all-inclusive Vedanta and Bhagwad Gita – the basic tenets of putting purpose before self, the act of putting work prior to expectations and outcomes, the stoicism that Vedanta preaches – of neither extreme highs and lows as a path to logically managing and controlling one’s impulses.
This topic is very close to my heart – for years now, I have been reading pretty intensely at times – Swami Vivekananda’s discourses on Vedanta – and my personal unequivocal opinion is that in the grandness, the breadth, the magnitude and the relevance of his thoughts – he is by far the most profound of any philosopher I have ever read – and I have read a few. Specifically, I personally find Vedanta and what it preaches eons ahead of its time – around those around attaining happiness – sustainable happiness and satisfaction by self improvement and detachment from outcomes and the material as also the way religion is interpreted in a non-doctinal way – unlike the “my way or hell” of most organized religions of the world.
I can go on for ages writing about this one topic. I’ll just end my piece by saying that it was just a matter of time before the world stood up and took notice. It is a powerful force – a school of religious philosophy based purely on logic, meditation and self – elevation as opposed to straitjacketed mandatory worship that most religions – hinduism included has transmogrified to.
Anyways, without digressing further – you can read the article here.
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