By Dr. Vasant Joshi (Swami Satya Vedant)
Presented on "Spiritual Paradigm for surmounting Global Management Crisis" at the International Conference, Varanasi, February 2012
Contd from previous issue...
Interconnectedness, becoming increasingly aware that we may compete, but we are still part of one Whole, one Unity. And therefore, no one “wins” unless we all do. Beyond Capitalism and Socialism, the experts are suggesting a “Third Way”. It is a concept, a worldview, of Materialism, which is replaced by a worldview of Relationships. Materialism is based on the idea: we are all parts, competing with each other for our selfish interest. While Relationships envisage: we are parts, but connected, interrelated, cooperating with all other parts in the interest of the Whole. This is an organic view. According to Quantum Physics there is some evidence for the view that the Universe is one organic whole. We are not individuals separate from the rest of existence but inseparable elements of the Universe.
Although we may be parts, but we carry the Wholeness within us – we live as One, as Whole in a world of Wholes, Wholes within Wholes. So instead of trying to “put the pieces”, the separate parts together and make the Whole, we need to recognize the world is already Whole. The separation exists because of our faulty perception. This is the message of Isha Upanishad:
Om Purnamadah Purnamidam
Purnat Purnamudachyate, Purnasya Purnamadaya
Purnameva Vashishyate, Om shantihi, shantihi, shantihi
Om ! That Divine is whole and complete. This world too is whole and complete. From the complete whole only, the other complete whole emerges. Even after removing one complete whole from the other complete whole, still the complete whole remains unaltered and undisturbed.
As the famous scientist, Schrodinger, observes: “The sum total of consciousness is one.” Hence, if indeed, the purpose of spirituality is wholeness, healing, holistic; and if indeed we wish to heal nations, races, societies, we will have to disassociate certain age old ideas from the traditional perceptions and values. And further, as Arthur Koestler says, somewhere in our evolutionary process, humans have developed a “hardware fault.” Somewhere, he says, our brains have become “mis-wired.” But the issue is even deeper. We have actually been suffering from a software problem – our conditioning, a bug in our ways of thinking and acting. It is a problem where the mind has gone haywire
What we really need today is: trans-national, trans-denominational, trans-sectarian, trans-cultural spirituality – purely transformative. The issue is, do we have the will to change? We prefer to work through the same mindset. The spiritual option before us is to make a resolve to give up our egos, our conditionings, and our resistance to change. This outer shift in paradigm is possible only when there is a shift in the inner paradigm. Spirituality in the new paradigm does not imply religion but rather the power of wisdom, compassion, joy, and a non-judgmental approach to reality.
Jack Welch of General Electric (GE) in his interview to the Harvard Business Review talks about the paradigm shift in these words: “Ten years from now, we want magazines to write about GE as a place where people have the freedom to be creative, a place that brings out the best in everybody – an open, fair place where people have a sense that what they do matters, and where that sense of accomplishment is rewarded in both, the pocketbook, and the soul.” (Quoted from: New Traditions in Business, P.381) What he is implying is the recognition of, how Peter Drucker puts it, the “human factor.” Often the importance of management is emphasised but the manager is forgotten. Conventionally, management is seen and evaluated on the profit making basis; however, according to a report given by Stanford Research Institute, the essence of tomorrow’s economy will be an “emphasis upon the inner as well as the material needs of individuals and groups.” (Future Shock, p.207).
To be continued...