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Many-Sided Wisdom: A New Politics of the Spirit

Many-Sided Wisdom: A New Politics of the Spirit

by Aidan Rankin


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Anekant is a new political philosophy with ancient spiritual roots. It derives from the teachings of the Jains in India, but is relevant to all cultures and all times, especially our present interconnected yet dangerously divided world.

Anekant literally means 'Many-Sidedness'. It recognizes that there are an infinite variety of paths towards the same truth and so the search for truth must be undertaken with humility. All beings - including humans - are on the same journey. Those who are certain that they have grasped the truth are likely to be the furthest from it.

Many-Sided Wisdom teaches us that human supremacy is a delusion - leading to ecological destruction, the oppression of other species and exploitation of human by human. The practice of Many-Sidedness is about realising that 'society' means more than just humans, because it embraces all forms of life. We should learn to co-operate instead of competing with each other - and work with nature rather than pointlessly attempting to 'conquer' it.

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ISBN-13: 9781846942778
Publisher: Mantra Books
Publication date: 02/16/2010
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Paul de Leeuw MA, Kannushi (Shinto Master) viii


Author Note xiii

Chapter 1 Introduction: Letting Go of Dogma 1

Chapter 2 A Subtle Power 6

Chapter 3 A Counter-Cultural Faith 33

Chapter 4 Karmic Ecology 69

Chapter 5 Growing Beyond 'Growth' 102

Chapter 6 A Politics of Many-Sidedness 122

Index 146

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