Continued from Part 1. Freewill and the Immortality Quotient
Religion owes its origin to immortality. I will always be with you till the end, said Christ. For ‘Peters’ the managers, institutional and personal self-interest take precedence over the conceptual and the visionary. Dependence is the fuel for survival of the pyramids. Hierarchic religion will be the first casualty of empowerment!
How do you select a facilitator, Guru or even your physician, the consultant?
If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him. There are no Buddhas any more.
Mintzberg says, “Coach our selves”. Gurus die very young.
If the emperor claims to be the emperor, he is no emperor.
We are in transition to the age of the common Buddha. If you are in doubt, check it up at the corner shop.
Let us bury the dead. Shun the angels of death not the devils of life. Is she healthy physically, mentally, spiritually? Does she believe in community and dialogue? Is she an adult on the path to immortality? Does she see the adult in you, even if it is a dormant one? What is her IQ, immortality quotient, commitment to the long term?
In 1990, Tara was attending the beginners program in yoga. The centre was part of a large international network. She was carried away by the ‘presence’ of the facilitator and at the end of the sessions wanted to remain in touch with him. In the twenty sessions that they worked together with around twenty participants he had never shared his name or any other details. She was curious and once the question popped out of her.
“How old are you?’
“I am ageless”
“May I know your name?”
“What is in a name”?
This was all the one to one conversation that she had. She continues to practice yoga. She returned to the centre more than once in search of the guru who had set her on her yogic path. He had left the center and they could not help her to trace him. But memories and the learning remain. His words to the group still echoes in her.
“All learning is in the body. The body is the learning engine”
What is in a name?
Zuckerberg, it sucks
The millions averaging six hours a day
It sucks, is it social?
Bill Gates and Windows
Where are the doors, open or shut?
Obama and Osama, the double or the other?
Bush and ambush, plain vanilla bush
Swartzkopf and shotskop
Friedman, hot, flat, crowded, and fried?
Or Grand default?
Satyam = truth, Adarsh = the ideal
Maytas, truth reinvented the Indian way
Just two from the Indian summer of scams
Skill + Killings, spice it with Layings
Enron follows and the others join
Mc Kinsey, Donalds and WhartOn All!
So much for the talent hunt
What a hunt?
What a war?
Overdogs or underdogs
What do the dogs see?
Outliers or mainstream
Black swans or White,
All is not well in Gladwell’s well
Where the eagles do not dare
Connect the dots, says him
Patterns, puzzles, mysteries and the misery
It is a mystic mandala
It is very Handy
To be appropriately selfish
Durant the durable
Not the perishables
The case for India
He had something of freewill
Not a free wheeler
For a taste of your own medicine
Stay Hungry, Stay foolish
Says the richest from the pulpit
Wow, what a Job, Connect the dots
Echoes Bansal from the land of immortals
The empty raincoat, making sense of the future
Let us make sense of the present
The future will take care of itself
Empty drums echo best
The new Brahmins
Brahmin = Knowledge bearer, Vidyadhara
Vidya = real knowledge
Vidyadhara = one who bears knowledge
Vidya was lost on the way
Knowledge bearers became plain bearers
A country went under
History repeats on other shores
Connect the Dots, Manuel
God is with us
Will the elephant dance?
Freewill and freewheel.