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

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SUTRA 14

LEADERS HARNESS THE DYNAMIC FORCES OF NATURE

Krishna teaches Arjuna the means of attaining perfection by harnessing the three forces of Nature—inertia, dynamism, and illumination—that run our physical and mental universe. Krishna describes how the human mind is an exquisite synthesis of these three psycho-physical forces. It is a leader’s essential work to study these three forces as they play out in the mind and to balance them optimally so that the leader can function harmoniously in his world. However, Krishna unveils to Arjuna that real liberation of the embodied soul that is held hostage by these three forces can come about only when the leader transcends the mind and its fluctuating moods. This can come about through unswerving devotion to and love for the perfection inherent in our being.

NATURE’S MANUSCRIPT: THE THREE FORCES

Krishna says, “Arjuna, I shall now reveal to you the ultimate knowledge, gaining which, all the sages have reached the ultimate destination of freedom from all bondage. All the sages knew the secret forces of Nature that bind the soul Self.” He then proceeds to reveal the secret of Nature to Arjuna:

Inertia, dynamism, and illumination—these three qualities of Nature bind and embody the indestructible soul in us.

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Nature’s work is an exquisite synthesis of inertia, dynamism, and illumination. These are the three fundamental modes of expression in Nature. These three processes can be seen at work in both the physical and the psychological ...

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