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Western Enlightenment and Eastern Awakening: towards a holistic character

Subhash Sharma

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2003, vol. 3, issue 1, 39-48

Abstract: In its desire to achieve progress, Enlightenment has been the key Western approach whereas the East has preferred to highlight the aspects of Awakening for the progress of mankind. A journey from Enlightenment to Awakening could be construed as that of matter to consciousness. Building a holistic character would imply a synthesis between the two. Convergence between science and spirituality and building the rishi-character would create a sustainable society. A corporate world that wants to achieve the height of excellence and yet maintain and preserve harmony among social segments needs to identify a rishi-consciousness. Enlightenment united with the spirit of Awakening would infuse in individuals and corporations the elements of holistic character-competence would ultimately lead to the formation of a new age in managing society and enterprises. This paper tries to trace the roots of a holistic character through the symbiosis of Western Enlightenment and Eastern Awakening.

Keywords: Enlightenment; Awakening; holistic character; Eastern; Western; matter; consciousness. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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