Many-Sided Wisdom: A New Politics of the Spirit

Many-Sided Wisdom: A New Politics of the Spirit


By (author) Aidan Rankin


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  • Publisher: O Books
  • Format: Paperback | 190 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 214mm x 12mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 16 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New Alresford
  • ISBN 10: 1846942772
  • ISBN 13: 9781846942778
  • Sales rank: 732,263

Product description

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 recognises 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. Practising 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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Author information

Aidan Rankin is a writer and researcher on spiritual and esoteric matters. He lives in Yorkshire and is on the National Council of the Theosophical Society.

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Aidan Rankin presents the philosophy of Jainism with clarity, insight and relevance to our current global crisis. In so doing he connects us with a spiritual view of pluralism that is as multifaceted as life itself, through which we can bring the cosmic existence into our minds and hearts to widen our vision and let go of all biases. (Dr David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri), Director, American Institute of Vedic Studies.) This lucid commentary on Indic wisdom , especially the concept of Anekant, goes a long way in emphasizing the interconnectedness of life as the foundation for an integral environmental ethic. (Dr Swarnalatha Rangarajan, Editor, Indian Journal of Ecocriticism.) An exceptional book - timely and lucidly written. A unique and wise philosophy of healing for an age of intolerance. (Dr Atul K. Shah, CEO Diverse Ethics.)