3The Higher Reality of Rituals

From the false, lead me to the real,From darkness, lead me to light,From death, lead me to immortality.BRIHAD-ĀRAYAKA UPANISHAD

The first stage in the lower bird’s quest to realize the higher bird is its recognition of its current situation and the larger context of the tree that is its higher reality. In business, it is an attempt to be aware of the preoccupations of the moment and at the same time recognize the higher reality within which business is embedded. This recognition usually begins in an indistinct, tacit way that is hard to articulate initially but gradually becomes stronger and more explicit over time.

In this chapter, by looking at the role of rituals, I will identify two key aspects of this higher ...

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