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Timeless Leadership: 18 Leadership Sutras from the Bhagavad Gita by Debashis Chatterjee

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SUTRA 8

TIMELESS LEADERSHIP

Decoding the Meaning of Life

Arjuna’s real questions to Krishna are about the meaning of life. He asks:

  • What does it mean to be a timeless leader?
  • How does such a leader’s work evolve through the cycle of life?

Krishna clearly carves out the path of evolution of the timeless leader. He also elaborates on the relationship between the imperishable being and the perishable world of thoughts and emotions. He helps Arjuna understand the ultimate reality of leadership in all its facets: the objective as well as the subjective; the universal as well as the personal. He brings home to Arjuna that the cycle of evolution of form and phenomena is contained in one unchanging reality of being that he describes as Brahma.

TIMELESS LEADERS EXPLORE THE ULTIMATE MEANING OF LIFE

Can the business of business and the business of life be any different? Life asks what we must live for and not just what we have to live by. If business becomes merely the means of living, then it loses meaning for us. Work becomes a chore—a means of making a living at the expense of the meaning of life. Such a business eventually becomes demeaning. The real question we must ask while we are in business is: What is the meaning of this work for me? If we find an answer to this question, the business of business and the business of life become one and the same: What are we living and working for? Arjuna asks the same question to Krishna—what is the meaning of this life? What are we fighting and ...

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