4The Higher Reality of Business

When the gods made a sacrificeWith the Man as their victim, …From his breath the wind was born.From his navel came the air,From his head there came the sky,From his feet the earth,The four quarters from his ear,Thus they fashioned the worlds.RIG VEDA1

In the quest to realize the higher bird, the lower bird first needs to lift its gaze from the preoccupations of the branch and fruit below and recognize the higher reality of the tree above. For business leaders, as I suggested in the previous chapter, this means recognizing the higher relationships of business and the shared purpose of business leadership itself. Let’s consider first what the Upanishads say about these higher relationships and shared purpose for ...

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