23 January, 2021

‘I’m Setting Out To Rescue The Gita From Religion’

“A psychological truth that my book explores through the sutras: what matters is not how much you have, but what makes you feel secure.”

‘I’m Setting Out To Rescue The Gita From Religion’

Prof Debashis Chatterjee, director, IIM Kozhikode, studied the Bhagavad Gita for nine years before writing the recently published Timeless Leadership: 18 Leadership Sutras from The Bhagavad Gita. ‘Mastering the mind’, ‘integration of the self’ and ‘discovering the roots of consciousness’ are some of the sutras discussed in his book. In a wide-ranging interview with Pragya Singh, Chatterjee answers questions on the relevance of an ‘Indian’ way of doing business. Excerpts:

Describe the process prior to your writing on the Bhagavad Gita. Was the Gita an inspirational guide in your own writing, or have you interpreted it in an entirely new way?

I reached out to CEOs, gurus and many others who claimed to have had transcendental experiences through a study of the Gita. I met about 200 people. My research was deep, empirical and personal. I spent two years writing the book and nine years on applying the Gita to my own life. My aim was to...



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