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Answers are not born in a Vacuum

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on November 27, 2013

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In his book “No God But God” Reza Aslan writes,

Admitting that Muhammad might have been influenced by someone like Zayd is, for some Muslims, tantamount to denying the divine inspiration of Muhammad’s message. But such beliefs are based on the common yet erroneous assumption that religions are born in some sort of cultural vacuum; they most certainly are not.

Vacuum. A lot of us seek mental isolation in our efforts to find answers. We feel that creating a vacuum around us insulates us from the worldly disturbances that plague our mind. In our pursuit of inner peace we look for opportunities to cut ourselves from the routine life we live in. I have come across more than a few people who have expressed their desire to retire into the forests or the mountains to discover themselves, people who seek answers to their problems in seclusion. But is that the way to go about it? I doubt it. Yes, a quiet and peaceful surrounding facilitates our mind in collating our thoughts, in putting together the pieces of the puzzle. But a vacuum can never answer the questions that arise in our spiritual and subconscious mind. Those answers are right here, right now in the real world that we live in. The answers lie in the mayhem that surrounds us.

Answers come from learning, not from a moment of inspiration. Learning is most effective when gained by observing outcomes of actions being performed, either by ourselves or by those around us. The quickest way to learn is being aware. And learning inspires answers. Since a vacuum is devoid of any action, it does not provide any learning and hence cannot yield answers, no matter how much the level of awareness.

Hence, do not seek answers where there are none. Seclusion is a place of quiet not of peace.

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New Business Book Now Available Now in Paperback

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on November 26, 2013

Highly recommended reading! Its a rare opportunity to gain real life wisdom from John’s rich corporate experience. There are no cliches in the book. What John shares are truly ingenious concepts that are refreshing.

John R Childress . . . Rethinking

LEVERAGE: THE CEO’S GUIDE TO CORPORATE CULTURE

JUST PUBLISHED IN PAPERBACK ON AMAZON

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Few concepts in business contain so many powerful truths, and at the same time so much crap, as corporate culture.

35 Years of Asking the Hard Questions and Searching For Answers

“Experience isn’t the best teacher, it is the only teacher!”  Albert Schweitzer

Inside this new book you will find my views on corporate culture after 35 years of working with senior executive teams and global organizations on the role of culture and performance.  Along the way I have searched for and found answers to some of the hardest culture issues:

  • Do you know why most culture change programs fail?
  • Do you know why Culture Statements and Value Statements do more harm than good?
  • Do you know how corporate culture is built?
  • Learn about one of the most successful culture changes that didn’t start out as a…

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Religion is not faith

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on November 26, 2013

I have just started reading “No God But God” by Reza Aslan. Here is a beautiful commentary on the difference between religion and faith.

Religion, it must be understood, is not faith. Religion is the story of faith. It is an institutionalized system of symbols and metaphors that provides a common language with which a community of faith can share with each other their numinous encounter with the Divine Presence. Religion is concerned not with genuine history, but with sacred history, which does not course through time like a river. Rather, sacred history is like a hallowed tree whose roots dig deep into primordial time and whose branches weave in and out of genuine history with little concern for the boundaries of space and time. Indeed, it is precisely at those moments when sacred and genuine history collide that religions are born. The clash of monotheisms occurs when faith, which is mysterious and ineffable and which eschews all categorizations, becomes entangled in the gnarled branches of religion.

I think I’m going to enjoy this book.

 

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