Raghu Ananthanarayanan speaks with Abhishek Thakore: understanding the developmental model of Spiral Dynamics through an Indic lens.
Raghu Ananthanarayanan has a Postgraduate Degree in Bio-Medical Engineering from IIT Madras. He spent a decade of intense study of Yoga with Yogaachaarya T Krishnamaachaarya and Desikachar, and extended time with J Krishnamurti and Sri Dharampal. He has considerable experience in transforming organisational culture. He co-founded Sumedhas Academy for Human context, The Barefoot Academy for Governance and FLAME TAO Knoware (Pvt. Ltd). He currently mentors a group of young “sacred activists” at https://ritambhara.org.in
– the Spiral Dynamics ‘centre of gravity’ of different cultures. Through what cultural lens do we evaluate cultural development?
– how the development of the self, seen through an Indic lens, doesn’t exist in isolation. In India the self is a verb, not a noun. The self is understood as a contextual process.
– the geographical reality of cultures that arose in ‘abundance’ versus ‘scarcity’. Why western cultures’ centre of gravity in Spiral Dynamics terms is ‘blue’ inwards, and ‘red’ outwards.
– ancient India expressed high levels of development as understood in Spiral Dynamics. Why this became rigidified.
– World politics and global culture through a Spiral Dynamics Indic lens. Why finding a dharmic relationship to life is critical if humanity is going to survive.
Very illuminating to hear this valuable non Western perspective on Spiral Dynamics. I’ve often questioned how universal SD really is, given the very western cultural lens of SD; and for example, the point about geography helping to have created a consciousness of scarcity in the West is very interesting.