Sunday, March 25, 2012

Analyze, sift, share, and steer

There is an equally scathing attack regarding the ādesh-episode,—the command received by Sri Aurobindo directing him to go to the French territory, he recognising it always as imperative in character. The impression that the Divine Command was prompted by a human agent, rather than the other way around, as has been suggested by a presumptuous historian, Peter Heehs, has been convincingly dismissed by Amal Kiran. 

Comment posted by: Sandeep Re: What Jugal told me about Record of Yoga
In the physical absence of the Mother, and lacking her emanation within us, one cannot sit back and wait for miraculous descents of some kind to automatically happen.  One has to start from scratch and practice Yoga (silence the mind, etc) 

I’m not sure how much having an interest in influencing regimes of global discourse in the micropolitics of power typically translates into readiness or capacity for practicing Integral yoga. One usually thinks more of things like readiness of the inner being, capacity to open the mind upwards, etc…
Another goal of yours seems to be to offer postmodern intellectual sensibilities as a potential antidote to the (perceived) threat of religiosity and fanaticism attaching itself to and in some ways usurping Integral yoga. This may be an even steeper road to climb, but again one can imagine some fruit to be found somewhere along it.

Deleuze is a materialist philosopher in the most non-reductive sense of the word: materialism. Like complexity theorist of today he sees materialism in terms of emergence not reduction. This new way to frame our understanding of matter is in fact another point of convergence I find in his work with that of Sri Aurobindo/Mother.

Badiou said commit, live passionately, and continue. Badiou said risk, risk everything for a Truth. Badiou said wager. What dominated Continental thought at the time was a series of meditations on why it is unreasonable to wager, risk, and commit. Badiou said commit and continue. Suddenly the air felt very different.

The image conjured up by the word "leader" is one of charisma and power, of leading followers, of wisdom and knowledge, of being responsible for taking the organization forward, while also guiding and helping people to achieve goals, develop themselves, maximize their professional potential, and learn. Among the many roles that a leader plays, one of the most crucial is the possession and effective imparting of knowledge-in other words, teaching. Now, whether this is referred to as coaching, guiding, or mentoring, the basic premise is that the leader is imparting the sum of his or her knowledge and experience in order to steer people in the right direction.
People today have a cornucopia of knowledge at their fingertips, thanks to various media, including the World Wide Web and advanced methods of communication. This knowledge, however, needs a tremendous amount of distilling and careful analysis. In the past, the possession of knowledge was considered a source of power. Today, the ability to analyze the huge amounts of available information and sift out the vital components and then share them with others is the source of power for an individual. The leader is in a position to empower people, and thus indirectly the organization, by sharing this type of knowledge…
Viewing this through another lens, you realize that when you teach you are, yourself, learning valuable lessons. As an individual, some of your biggest moments of revelation happen when you are teaching because your brain has to go through a cognitive function of precisely, logically outlining the essence of your message. And in that process you find yourself learning because you are reinforcing your knowledge. The second remarkable thing that happens in terms of learning is that when you teach, you are questioned-and frequently, the questions thrown at you address an angle you haven't thought of… To conclude, the one overriding quality other than knowledge and good communication skills and willingness to learn that helps a leader to become an exceptional teacher is a great passion for the work and the organization, which transmits itself to the learner. About the Author: Nooruddin (Rudy) Karsan is the Chairman and CEO of Kenexa. 

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