Tuesday, March 18, 2008

India Today Conclave - Is Spirituality Relevant to Leadership

The video is here.

The video is a whopping 1 hour, 46 mins.
If you don't have the time, I suggest this: skip the first 10 mins, then listen to Sadhguru's talk.

I've tried to list them below. Text in blue is my personal opinion, annotation. As you can see, the summary below will not do justice to a 100 minute video.

Also, it was very unfortunate that this meeting was presided over by Javed Akhtar. To me, it appears that it was a pre-conceived decision to be in disagreement. I mean, it is ok to falter the first time, but two explanations later - back to the same question!




Sadhguru
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Spirituality: Experience of Life beyond the physical (mind is included in "physical")
Spirituality: Looking inward

Danah Zohar
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"I'll be a little bit controversial" (why start out on such a note? To gather attention?)
Don't accept division between physical and spiritual
Break the thought barrier
"Spiritual Intelligence" - not Spirituality, not Religon - intelligence with which we can bring our deepest values and brightest vision to the world. Ask why am I here!

12 principles of spiritual intelligence

1) Self Awareness
2) Spontaneity ("in the present" action)
3) Vison and Value lived (ache for the not yet done, said, happened)
4) Wholism (quantum view - waves and particles, quantum microscope)
5) Importance of questions (Questions are infinite)
6) Positive use of adversity
7) Celebration of diversity
8) Field independent
9) Humility
10) Compassion
11) Call to vocation (Spiritual calling)
I am missing the 12th point. I don't have patience to go thru her speech again! :)

Comes up with a "Statement of commitment" to business leaders.

Overall, she disagrees with Sadhguru, but ends up saying the same things. Especially, see points 2, 4 and 5 or "break the thought barrier" (they fit very will with "experience beyond the physical"). She also ends up with an elaborate 12-step process. But to me, she has not said anything radically different.

Javed Akthar:
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1) To Danah: Why "spiritual intelligence"? Common sense, civil responsibility? Why spirituality? "Why am I here?" is a pompous question. It is conceit. (Give me a break! The must fundamental question any one can ask in his/her life time is conceit? Conceit is when you ask the question to another - and for dubious reasons. How is it "conceit" if you ask this to yourself with a sense of inquiry?)


2) To Sadhguru: Many Guru's have different point of views. One common point: "All say don't use your mind". How to listen without senses? (Sadhguru never said that. Anyway, Sadhguru responded to this with his own sense of clarity, after telling Javed that he was listening to some one else! Read: You aren't even using your senses fully/properly! It turned out this wasn't sufficient for Javed!)

Popular people are not spiritual (quoted Nehru and another popular literary figure. I don't get it, are we discussing popular people here? Point taken, so the goal is to be popular?). They were "out of box" thinkers! (Yes Mr Javed, what is "box" here? Your mind right? Please go back and read Sadhguru's definition of Spirituality)


Overall, events like these, that hold great possibility of exploration to business leaders need to be presided over people who are open and humble. Otherwise there is great possibility of them turning into a farce! I personally know what possibility Sadhguru offers, so it is important for people who enlist his time use it responsibly.

2 comments:

Rams said...

as a matter of fact, i cudn't even sit trhu zohar's speech and directly jumped to the last section. to have javed akhtar preside over the session, just for the fact that he's known to be an atheist was a stupid decision on the part of the organisers. His pompousity and rabble rousing attitude was quite distasteful, especially when a person of Sadhguru's stature, which, is peerless btw, is there.

Rams said...

as a matter of fact, i cudn't even sit trhu zohar's speech and directly jumped to the last section. to have javed akhtar preside over the session, just for the fact that he's known to be an atheist was a stupid decision on the part of the organisers. His pompousity and rabble rousing attitude was quite distasteful, especially when a person of Sadhguru's stature, which, is peerless btw, is there.

 
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