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

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SUTRA 9

THE SOVEREIGN SECRET

Timeless Leaders Live in a Self-Organizing Universe

In this sutra Krishna shares with Arjuna the sovereign secret of the leader’s universe. He calls it a royal secret as it is the basis on which the leader’s world is organized. He urges Arjuna to expand his consciousness so that he can see the unity and order of a Self-organizing principle that sustains this world of appearances. Arjuna is advised to shift from his ego as the monitor of all experiences to the transcendental intelligence of the Self that illuminates all experiences. With this expanded consciousness the leader no longer sees himself in the world. Rather, he sees the world in himself. Krishna argues, “I exist unmanifest, throughout the whole universe. Although I don’t live in them, all beings live in me.” A timeless leader, Krishna resides in the organization of form and phenomena as an unseen intelligence that both includes and transcends the structure of the organization.

SOVEREIGN SELF AND THE PATH OF UNITY

The real presence of a leader is often determined by his absence. The value of a leader in an organization can be experienced in the unseen dimension of intelligence that he leaves behind when he is not there. What is this unseen dimension of intelligence? A cube of ice is dropped into a glass of water. The ice gradually melts away, cooling the water. Even though the form of ice is absent inside the glass of water, the ice functions in absentia in the coolness of the water. Similarly, ...

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