Yogis in the Office: Interviews with Workplace Practitioners
The Sanskrit term for work as part of spiritual practice is karma-yoga or uniting with the Divine through action. The Gita points to an even higher dimension of work: bhakti or acting from a starting point of love and devotion. How bhakti, the yoga of love, factors in business is the subject of this chapter.
In this chapter, we meet three people who seek to reestablish transcendence in the workplace, referred to here as “workplace yogis.” (Yogis: Individuals who seek to unite (yoga) with the Divine by following one or more of the authentic yogic paths such as hatha (“seats” or postures), jnana (contemplation), and bhakti (devotional service).) The first is Sonia Chopra, a Washington, D.C.-based corporate consultant who relies on daily meditation to inform her assessment of clients. The second is New Yorker Kenny Moore who in 1984 left the monastery that had been his home for 18 years and within 2 years of his departure was appointed mediator for a major energy corporation. The third is Rukmini Walker who spent 23 years in Hindu ashrams as personal servant to the deity of Krishna, the embodiment of a loving divinity in yoga culture. Rukmini later discovered that her meditation on the form of love had given her an unexpected advantage in management.
KeywordsYoga Practice Force Guide Contemplative Practice Yoga Practitioner Sanskrit Term
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