CORNERSTONES OF DEVELOPMENT
The foundational paradox is that the "I" as spiritual person is not identical to the "I" as an individual in the world.
Life and/or the world is fundamentally comprised of the biosphere and noosphere and that the development of both should be inclusive, sustainable, humane and moral to fulfill the utmost transformation of the human family.
Growth does not trickle down, so development efforts must address human needs directly.
Development does not start with goods, it starts with people and their education, organization, and discipline.
No one policy will spur development, an integral management systems approach is needed.
Sustainable development must be socially inclusive and flexible enough to adopt to changing environment.
Man’s real nature is divine; man is basically an embodied spirit who is the servant of His Creator and steward of Mother Nature.
The aim of human life is to realize that this divinity is within us, and realize its identity with the transcendent Godhead.
All religions, though apparently separated by theological differences of creed and various dogmas are essentially or mystically the same; no one tradition or religion can claim monopoly of the Absolute Truth or God.
Development, to be authentic, must start from within hearts of men; only through a new mind can humanity remake itself and the potential for such a new mind is natural.
Integral Management System (IMS) identifies and applies key fundamentals of various sciences, arts and humanities to articulate a model of human transformation. Then, on the basis of this model a comprehensive set of modalities is developed for applying key fundamentals to holistic self-management on the basis of individual assessment which can lead to organizational, social transformation.
The essence of civilization is not in the multiplication of wants, but in the purification of the human character. Character, at the same time, is formed primarily by a man’s work, how he works, and how he values his work. Thus any work should be congruent with nature and the spirit, and it should be within all the elements of this Cornerstones of Development (CoD).
For the ultimate benefit of humanity, businesses, governments, churches and all forms of religions, being the most powerful institutions of the planet, has to adopt to a new paradigm which respects responsibility for the whole. Every decision that is made, every action that is taken, has to be viewed in the light of and in the content of that kind of responsibility, that is, to take responsibility for the whole.
The challenge is to play one's role in life as perfectly as one can, given one's station in life and its responsibilities, without mistaking one's personhood for the personality it projects. In the analogy of the theater, actors do not confuse themselves with the characters whose roles they are playing. As persons, we should not fall victim to this illusion created by wardrobe, makeup and paper mache sets either, through being overshadowed by personality and circumstances. Rather, the challenge is maintaining one's silent center while being fully involved in the dynamism of life. This is being in the world but not of it.
The natural developmental process itself leads eventually to conscious transformation. This natural unfolding can also be enhanced consciously by first appreciating its nature and structure in terms of key fundamentals and then applying these fundamentals intentionally in order to stimulate growth. Using the analogy of horticulture, this conscious and intentional management of transformation is traditionally called cultivation, the cultivation of the character and one’s soul.