Vedantic Leadership

Authored by: Glen Callahan , Subhasis Chakrabarti

The Routledge Companion to Inclusive Leadership

Print publication date:  April  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367265670
eBook ISBN: 9780429294396
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429294396-15

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Abstract

This chapter presents a definition of spiritual maturity and explains some of the subjective changes and personality traits that develop in its wake. It draws on one aspect of Vedānta’s extensive metaphysical underpinnings to explain these changes and to describe the normative case of a Vedantic Leader (VL). The chapter draws its references primarily from the work of contemporary Indian philosopher Swami A. Parthasarathy. It focuses on gaining spiritual maturity as the path to enhancing one’s natural level of inclusiveness. To that end, ego and egocentric desire should be seen as responsible for feelings of separateness and antipathy between individuals. An ideal Vedantic Leader innately experiences Oneness with all and acts from that basis. The ideal leader thus displays virtues such as being a Sākṣī (one independent of the world for a sense of fulfillment), compassion, seeing unity in diversity, and humility.

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