Saturday, October 08, 2016

Bradley, Bataille, and Baudrillard

Just received the soft copy of my article, "Harnessing Western Philosophy for Self-Management" published in SAMSMRITI, The SAMS Journal (Volume 10, Issue 2, July-December, 2016) edited by Dr. K.C. Mishra, Director, Sambhram School of Management, Sambhram Academy of Management Studies, Bangalore. The Editorial introduces it as below:

[“Harnessing Western Philosophy for Self-Management” is something special a piece and Mr. Tusar Nath Mohapatra says people still search meaning of their life even today. He talks of spirituality perceiving the spirit hidden behind the material world and suggests the oriental tradition can give a meaningful solution; it‟s only learning self-management to lead a harmonious and meaningful living.]

An extract from the article: 

The lens of Western thought serves as a useful tool to understand the world around us and the mystery of our own existence. By yoking both science and mathematics to its advantage, speculative philosophy has traversed a long path in discovering new ways of looking at our place in the universe as well as the realms we carry within ourselves.

The word "spirituality" is used in a variety of contexts. But its most simple meaning lies in its literal sense, that is perceiving the spirit hidden behind the material world. Since time immemorial, seekers have aspired to break through the barrier between the visible and the invisible and have left behind their experiences for others to work upon, in different cultures and continents. The Oriental tradition, or especially, the ancient Indian wisdom, in this context, can be looked upon as largely revelatory in nature. While the Truth was disclosed at the very dawn of its civilization and various philosophies and systems of practice were formulated to attain the Truth, it has never been easy to bridge the gulf between it and the ordinary human experience. 

It is here that the new ways hewed by the Western philosophers comes to one's rescue. Without any pretension of leading one to Self-realization or a Divine-encounter, it takes the rational route and tries to clear the hurdles in seeing aright. Honest in its avowed goal of thinking the unthinkable, it sets out to humanize the transcendental idea and harmonises the austere and otherworldly nature of spiritual pursuits with ordinary human aspirations. [TNM55]

Misc. References:

Harnessing Western Philosophy for Self-Management: Tusar Nath Mohapatra (SAMSMRITI July-Dec 2016 Sambhram Bangalore). Cf.

Reimagining and Refashioning Integral Management - Tusar Nath Mohapatra, Savitri Era Learning Forum (SELF) Ghaziabad -

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