Book Review: Subhash Sharma, Wisdom & Consciousness from the East: Life, Living & Leadership

Bhattacharya, S. & Bhattacharya, S. (2014). Book Review: Subhash Sharma, Wisdom & Consciousness from the East: Life, Living & Leadership. Journal of Human Values 2014 20: 113.

Book Review: Subhash Sharma, Wisdom & Consciousness from the East: Life, Living & Leadership, 2013, Bangalore:
IBA Publications, pp. 212, ` 320, ISBN 978-81-920996-3-7.

Excerpt: This book is an attempt by the author to spread the wisdom and consciousness from the east for better life, living and leadership. The book is very well divided into seven sections: Science and Spirituality, Life and Hope, Beyond Pyramid Thinking, New Era in Management, Self Discipline and Self Knowledge, Leadership and New Consciousness.

Progress in science is limited to ‘matter’ level, or the level of senses only. To achieve complete progress in the society for the mankind, the progress must be at all the three levels, that is, at the level of senses, mind and consciousness. This complete progress can be achieved through three research approaches, namely, quantitative research, qualitative research, and creative and meditative research. Laws, languages and methodologies in the context of the above three research approaches will differ, as illustrated here with example:

For quantitative research (an area of science): Every action has an equal and opposite reaction (from Newton’s third law).

For qualitative research (an area of social interaction or the world of the mind): Every action has multiple reactions.

For creative and meditative research (an area of spirituality or consciousness): Every action has consequences (the Law of Karma, as per the Bhagavad Gita).

Science is in the context of outer reality, which can be seen, whereas spirituality is in the context of inner reality, which is not visible but can be experienced and felt. The difference can be described with the metaphor of windows and doors. Windows can be used to look outside; doors can be used to enter inside, and most importantly, both play complementary role. The West with ‘western windows’ has focused on the study of outer reality by using the methodology of science, and the East with ‘eastern doors’ has focused on the inner reality with the help of the methodology of spirituality. With this understanding, the conflict between the two disappears.

Spirituality is the path to explore the distance between the human being and the God. Efforts on spirituality help in self-realization and reducing the distance between the human being and God. In India, two paths of spirituality are practiced: the path of faith and the path of self realization. In the path of faith, there is complete surrender to the faith or to the message of God. In path of self realization, the individual experiences the state of ‘divine’ by reaching transcendent state of consciousness by himself or herself...

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