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Lessons in Spiritual Economics from the Bhagavad-gita: Understanding and Solving the Economic Problem Paperback – April 21, 2010
About the Author
Dhanesvara Das is a spiritual teacher/guru, philosopher, social healer, and social economist. He teaches the gift economy of Spiritual Economics as a way life, to solve the economic and spiritual problem for everyone. He holds a MS degree and formerly worked as a securities broker and licensed securities principal. Dhanesvara lives at large as a global citizen, traveling, writing, teaching, and building communities in N. America, Europe, the former Soviet Union and India. The primary focus of his activity is the creation of a New Spiritual World Order based on the transcendental Vedic culture.
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While the title "Economics" is a bit misleading to a professional Economist, as this is not mathematical at all, it does look at the economic behaviour of people from a very different perspective - using the "Science of God" to explain a lot of phenomenon found in the world.
When I started reading this, I was sceptical, as usually "Spirituality" is something I consider belongs to Hippies and the like. However, i was astonished how accurate it describes my experience and the things I've studied and puts them into a vastly different context.
When you've studied the PhD Microeconomics, i.e. the WARP-Axiom and the whole neoclassical theory of the homo oeconomicus, which is still the basic model of Economics, and then look at it from this perspective, you will find that this single book teaches you more about what's going on "out there" than the mathematical models of Econ. Economics, in its very core, models a greedy sociopath, or (from my work experience I can underline this) malignant narcissist. A must read, and should be introduced into all Economics programs, 1st term, which would really make this world a better place.
I give 5 stars, while I personally dislike some of the terminology and stories, simply because this is a topic that is actually the very essence of what is missing in today's discourse- Economic behavior that is not based on maximizing self-interest at all costs as taught by any and all (Business) Economics programs. And of course talking about serving Life instead of Profit. What difference would that actually make in our Society? If politics would not always talk about economic growth but instead about how to make this world a better place for all.