Spirituality: The Missing Link in Economic Development

Spirituality: The Missing Link in Economic Development

ISOL Sources Its Inspiration From Swami Vivekananda

 

 Swami Vivekananda is mostly known as a spiritual leader but the main concern of Swami Vivekananda all through his life has been the economic prosperity of India. He sincerely tried to build a bridge between age old Indian moral and ethical approaches to life and modern economic needs of India. A disciple of Sri Ramakrishna who uses to emphasize on service to people as a true service to God Swami Vivekananda gave the call to elevate the masses without injuring their religion and stressed on the fact that the fate of a nation depends upon the condition of masses. He use to say,
[…]first make the people of the country stand on their legs by rousing their inner power, first let them learn to have good food and clothes and plenty of enjoyment – and then tell them how to be free from the bondage of enjoyment.” Writing to his fellow disciples in 1899 he wrote, “… we want that energy, that love of independence, that spirit of self-sacrifice, that immovable fortitude, that dexterity in action, that bond of unity of purpose, that thirst for improvement” (Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume V).
Swami Vivekananda who could not only understand the problems of the people but also suggested such measures which are of extreme relevance even today. He was concerned about agriculture and its improvement and wanted to educate the farmers as well as to modernize it by using technology. He talks of industrialization of the country at the same time he pleads for the continuance of small scale and cottage industry. He talks of trade but not aid. He suggests complete programme of poverty eradication based on Vedantic philosophy. He at the same time teaches us the universal oneness based on Advaita.

ISOL Recently celebrated the 15o years of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanandan with,

  1. ISOL Foundation in its 4th International Conference on Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership (January 10-12, 2013) that concluded on January 12, 2013 celebrated the 150th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda by hosting:
    •  Special Session on Spirituality & Entrepreneurship as Envisaged by Swami Vivekananda
    • Extensive Panel Discussions on:
      • Spirituality and Conscious Social Entrepreneurship
      • Spirituality and Social Transformation
      • Spirituality for Social Innovation and Social Change: Reaching the Bottom of Pyramid
  2. Celebrating 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda  VFIM (Vedic Foundations of Indian Management, a unit of ISOL Research Foundation) organized the 2nd National Conference On Relevance of Vedic Texts in Modern Management:  Insights from Sri Ramakrishna & Swami Vivekananda during  November 17-19, 2013, at University of Burdwan, West Bengal
  3. ISOL Foundation during December 7-8, 2013 celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in Delhi by organizing National Conference on Spirituality for Economic Development.

 

For further reading, here is a recent publication exploring The Foundations of Indian Management as Envisaged by Swami Vivekananda.

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