Posted By TLC Booktours on April 8, 2009
An Eckhart Tolle-esque examination of life in the great lane.
Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi. Most would agree—these were great people. But what about those individuals with whom we interface on a daily basis? Chances are many of them are good people, but would we dare to call them great? And if so, why?
Inspired by this question, the authors set out to discover the inner secret of greatness, traveling through India, France, Chile and Spain in search of an answer to the question, “What is it that causes someone to act in ways that others hail as great?”
They interviewed a wide range of people from the then president of India to a saintly French Jesuit priest. They found that in each case the following three things came into play: the person saw with love, acted from the heart, and was at the right place at the right time. To help them make sense of what they were learning, they turned to a man of science, Humberto Maturana, a renowned neurobiologist and a leading exponent of modern systems thinking, and a woman of God, Dadi Janki, a spiritual leader and chief of the Brahma Kumaris, where her primary focus is on bringing spiritual wisdom to the world. Together, they share a scientific and spiritual approach to the concept of greatness and their complimentary ideas are both fascinating and enlightening.
About Judy and Gayatri
Judy Rodgers is a writer and communication consultant who has worked extensively with thought leaders. She has held a range of executive positions in large media companies such as CBS Video, CBS-Fox Video, and New World Entertainment. She has worked with opinion leaders such as Tom Peters, Peter Senge and David Cooperrider. She is also founding director of Images and Voices of Hope, an international dialogue initiative with media, journalism and the arts that seeks to strengthen the role of media as a constructive force in society.
Gayatri Naraine has been the Brahma Kumaris’ (BK’s) representative to the United Nations since 1980. In that capacity, her role was to connect what the UN was doing on a global scale in the social and humanitarian fields of development with what the BK’s were doing in those same areas using their expertise in spiritual growth of people on a personal scale. Gayatri was pivotal in the development of the Living Values Education program and worked closely with UNICEF and UNESCO in its implementation. She has also contributed to ILO’s (International Labor Organization) Agenda on Decent Work in their consultation with non-governmental organizations.
TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for Something Beyond Greatness:
Monday, June 22nd: Reading, Writing, and Retirement
Tuesday, June 23rd: Worducopia
Wednesday, June 24th: Joyfully Retired
Monday, June 29th: In The Shadow of Mt. TBR
Wednesday, July 1st: The Bookworm
Thursday, July 2nd: Happy Lotus
Tuesday, July 7th: The Jungle of Life
Wednesday, July 8th: Create a Balance
Thursday, July 9th: Book Reviews by Bobbie
Monday, July 13th: Positively Present