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Personal Values
 
by Roy Posner and MSS
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What are Values?

The Power of Values; Values and Success

The Source of Values in Our Human Makeup

The Spiritual Source and Power of Values

Other Growth Online Articles, Content Related to Values

Specific Personal Values

Also See: Values in Business | Values in Society


What are Values?
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What a Value Is
Values are the deepest beliefs and sentiments we subscribe to.

Values
A value is a belief, a mission, or a philosophy that is meaningful. Whether we are consciously aware of them or not, every individual has a core set of personal values. Values can range from the commonplace, such as the belief in hard work and punctuality, to the more psychological, such as self-reliance, concern for others, and harmony of purpose.

When we examine the lives of famous people, we often see how personal values guided them, propelling them to the top of their fields. For example, one actor was motivated by his commitment to social justice, which led to important acting roles related to that value that made him world famous. Likewise, a well-known business CEO was motivated by the personal value that technology should be easy to use, which caused his company to spawn a technology revolution. Whatever one's values, when we take them to heart and implement them in the smallest details of our lives, great accomplishment and success are sure to follow.

Values as Spiritual Skills
Values are spiritual skills, emanations of the Divine that our heart and mind can relate to for practical application to ennoble life.

Capacity vs. Values
Capacity is of the physical. It is what we have already fully acquired. Values is of the mind and spirit, it is what we aspire to attain. Capacity reflects the values we have already fully accepted mentally, endorsed vitally and mastered physically -- e.g. the capacity to be punctual in the West, or to make things perfectly, or to organize or to fight courageously. What we call values are capacities still in the making, e.g. generosity, self-giving, taking the other person's point of view, truthfulness. When these values become physical sensitivities, they too are converted into capacities of extraordinary power. (MSS)

P,V,M Values -- i.e. motives, attitudes, opinions
Attitudes are vital values, opinions mental values, motives physical values. (MSS)

 

Attitudes vs. Values
Our personal attitudes and our personal values appear quite similar. However, on closer analysis we see a distinct difference. For one, an attitude reflects more of our vital behavior and action, whereas our values reflect more of our mental beliefs, which may or may not express through our behavior. For example, when we say that I am tolerant or intolerant, it is expressing a positive and negative attitude regarding one's own tolerance. However, when I say that I believe in tolerance or open-mindedness, then I am expressing a value. In that way, a value contains a conscious mental recognition of the thing -- as an ideal subscribed too; whereas an attitude is a less conscious vitalized opinion expressed through our behavior and actions.

It is also interesting to note that one may value tolerance and still be intolerant! A perfect value would be integrated into one's behavior, not just one's belief system; i.e. the value of a belief in tolerance would be reflected in our tolerant vital behaviors and actions, i.e. as a positive attitude. 

A value practiced and applied through our attitudes, behaviors, etc. is a skill of life whose origin is of the spirit.

Article: The Power of Values

 


The Power of Values; Values and Success
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Overview
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Values Energize Acts
Values energize any act they are applied to.

Values Energize Anything
The key point to keep in mind about values is that implementing them energizes everything concerned with it. For an individual, committing to and applying values releases fresh energies, which always attracts success, achievement, and well-being. Likewise, when companies or other institutions adopt values, individuals working at the organization become energized, as do its customers, its products and services, and everyone and everything else associated with that organization.

Power of Values
Values multiply the power of action and its results.

Values Vastly Raise the Result of a Work
Values, which are really spiritual skills, can raise the results of work a hundred-fold or more. (MSS)

Power of Values
Values release tremendous potential for success, accomplishment, and happiness.

Values and Its Purpose
Values take us out of the mundane life and add meaning to it. It is the first line of becoming human in the modern age. It ennobles and energizes our existence.

Releasing Values in an Act
Every act is a universe can express many values. The more it expresses, the greater its power and affectivity.

Values in Work
There is no work where values do not arise. Attention, organisation, comprehension, integrity, truthfulness, etc. are just a few of the values we know.

Personal and Spiritual Values in Work
It all comes down to personal values. Is the purpose of the work to improve life or to assuage one's ego? For most people, it is some combination of the two - i.e. wholesome values plus ego. To serve purely based on values is rare indeed. To serve the Divine in one in a million, if that. To serve Him purely involves a handful on earth.

List of Personal Values

Power of Values
The deepest poise for an individual, business, or society are its values. When values are implemented or are newly developed, then outer circumstances can change ten times faster (and better) than merely trying to change things on the surface.

True Value of an Event
The greatness and nobleness of an event do not depend on material success, but on the feelings which inspire it and the goal which men have pursued. (The Mother)  [These are its values.]

Apply Values to Life Goals
In any plan you implement to improve your life, add the necessary values to energize that process. E.g. to raise your income 50% through instruction you could apply the value of self-givingness, tolerance to others opinions, and clarity and perfection of the principle conveyed. Doing so will energize the plan beyond all measure.

Values and Success
Every story of success is based on the implementation of personal, social, and other values of one variety or another.

Energizing a Plan/Act through Values
You energize any plan of action --from a strategic plan to the tiniest act -- with values. It helps turn the force of energy in the objective into a much greater power that can now be achieved through organization, effort, and skill.

Power of Values to Shape Our Lives
In the mid 1970s, I made a decision to move to California from New York City, where I was raised. Why I did so, and why I made other decisive turns in my life is the subject of this essay. My first thought on the subject is that I took these actions simply because I was motivated to do so. And yet, what really motivates us in life are the things we truly value.

Then what were the values that compelled me to move to California -- in particular to the San Francisco Bay Area -- where I have resided for these last 30 years? Well, it is true that after five years attending college at frigid Syracuse University in upstate New York I was compelled to seek the warmer climes of California. But I could have moved south to Florida or to the Southwestern parts of the US. However, having been raised in the urban/suburban environment of New York City, I valued culture and a certain type of urban sophistication I might not find in those other locales. I also enjoyed being near the water, not only because of its shimmering beauty, but because cities at the edge of the great oceans tend to attract a diversity of people and a richness of culture from around the world.

Though climate, beauty, diversity, and culture influenced my decision, there must have been something more specific that compelled me to move to this region. Looking at it in retrospect, I have concluded that I came to the area because of the existence of Marin County -- the progressive community that lies directly across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Marin County at the time (and still is) was the prosperous land where many of the creative musicians, artists, and thinkers of the 1970s lived. From the articles and reports I had read while living on the East coast, the people who lived in that region were involved with matters that meant a great deal to me -- i.e. aspects of life that I truly valued. And because I deeply believed in those things, I wanted to be near them; to somehow participate in their way of life. And so I headed out to the SF Bay Area in 1975 in earnest -- and never looked back.

But I have still not identified the specific values of the Marinites that compelled me to join them. Let me try to list them for you. For one, the residents were in the vanguard of the changes going in society at the time -- including an appreciation of Eastern culture and spirituality, a concern for the quality of the physical environment, a dissatisfaction with the mindless materialism of modern life, the rejection of conformity of the previous generation, and the development of new forms of music that expressed their new world view. These were the underlying values that drove me to the region. These were the ideals and beliefs that shaped my life at the time, compelling me to venture across country.

Each of us is motivated to move our lives in certain directions. That motivation is determined by the values we subscribe to. Our values are thus the formations and ideations of thought, the distinct formulations of understanding that express what we perceive to be important truths about life. These ideals are then reinforced by our emotions and feelings, which turn those mental perception into a vital passion that we hope to realize in our lives. Whether we actually make the effort to implement them is another matter.

Without values or beliefs, we would be mechanical-like beings, driven here and there by the vicissitudes of life. Without values, we would be creature-like, compelled to action solely by our urges and passions. In this inhuman existence, there would be little consideration for truths we hold dear, let alone implement them to ennoble and enrich our lives. In this reality devoid of values, we would live unconscious lives, without meaning or purpose. On the other hand, when we take to values, we live a purposeful and dynamic existence -- i.e. we become truly human.

This being the case, what are the truths of life, i.e. the personal values that you believe in? What are the cherished ideals and beliefs that have shaped your life; that are motivating and driving your life today? Why not take a little time and come up with a short list, and then consider how each has or currently is shaping your life.

If we think about it, we will see that people relate to personal values in a number of ways. Thoughtful people are continually thinking about those things they cherish and believe in. Powerful people are also motivated and driven to implement them in their lives. In fact, the most successful people are constantly evaluating their values, and are continually driven to turn them into a living reality. For these individuals, values are an inexhaustible source of inner power that energizes them to no end; driving them to the heights of success, while bringing about deep fulfillment in their lives.

Interestingly, not only do values energize us, but when we implement them, it energizes everything they come in contact with! If I apply the value of customer service and delight when I speak with the client, I energize the conversation, which leads to greater response from the person on the other end, who is now motivated to purchase the services I am offering. Also, if I am truly sincere in my belief in customer satisfaction, I create an added value that reinforces and builds on the first one. A combination of values applied to a situation dramatically energizes circumstances, which not only increases the likelihood of success, but turns the interaction into an enjoyable, even thrilling experience. Thus, implementing values have an innate capacity to create more energy, accomplishment, and joy in living.

Values are actually a very special power in the universe. It is one our minds can grasp for the purpose of uplifting life. Values are actually spiritual skills -- a divine gift that comes to us from the infinite Source of things. The highest of principles -- such as Oneness, Love, Beauty, and others -- descend from the heavens, and are reinterpreted as values by our minds. For example, the spiritual principle of Oneness is recognized by our minds as values of cooperation, integration, teamwork, and others. Likewise, the universal principle of Love expresses through values of goodness, selflessness, self-givingness, openness, tolerance, respect for others, and a number of others.

The last twenty-five years has seen an explosion in an interest in values. Tom Peters' book 'In Search of Excellence' started the ball rolling for values in the workplace. Religious leaders speak of family values, nations speak of moral values, spiritual teachers speak of the highest values of gratitude, benevolence, and self-givingness; even self-surrender to the Divine. Values drive us, motivate us, move life, move us forward -- enabling progress even evolution. Values are what enables life to take the Next Step -- whether they drive our own individual lives in a positive direction; improve the economic, social, and cultural conditions of a nation; or move society forward in its never-ending ascending path of progress.

Tolerance, openness, respect for the individual, and teamwork are several great human values, while Oneness, Love, Beauty, and Truth are some of higher spiritual values that they derive from. At certain points, the human and spiritual values come together and blend into one another, expressing through spiritualized human values such as selflessness, self-givingness, and gratitude.

Values are expressions of emotionalized truths that when implemented energize whatever they come in contact with, enabling the greatest positive results with the least effort in the shortest period of time -- whether it is for the individual, a collective, or society as a whole.

Values are the nexus to our future progress. It is the call of the Divine to the minds of men to seek a better life -- to pursue ultimate delight and fulfillment in life.

Power of Values in Action
Values multiply the power of action and its results. Values express in physical acts, in attitudes and in thoughts. Each has its own power.

We all know that a skilled act generates greater results than an unskilled one. The skilled worker -- carpenter, painter, accountant, salesman, lawyer, physician --produces a more useful, beneficial or beautiful result in a shorter period of time with less waste. What is not often recognized is that skilled work expressing values produces far greater results.

The master chef may find his finest dish rejected when he fails to serve it on a clean platter. The skilled driver who lacks the value of punctuality may cause his employer to miss a crucial meeting or a great opportunity. The clever accountant who lacks the value of orderliness can misplace an important document or even a customer's payment, as an accountant in a public sector transport company once misplaced a draft for a crore of rupees. The brilliant arguments of a skilled advocate may fail to persuade when the judge that knows he lacks the value of truthfulness. The dynamic, visionary businessman who lacks the value of taking the other person's point of view may fail to win the favour of a big customer or the support of his own people at a crucial moment.



Values exist in an ascending series of planes, each higher plane being more powerful than the one before it. Physical values express in how carefully and reliably we handle material things. Vital values express in how pleasantly, harmoniously, generously we relate with other people. Mental values express in honesty, truthfulness, trustworthiness and idealism. Spiritual values express our faith, sincerity, patience, perseverance, goodwill and self-giving. Every act is a universe which can express many values. The more it expresses, the greater its power and effectiveness. (MSS)

Powers of Values to Accomplish

We all know that values enhance accomplishment. It is worth exploring how they do it.
  1. Cleanliness = attracts prosperity by energising the atmosphere.
  2. Punctuality = regularises our activities and thereby makes best use of time.
  3. Efficiency = improves conversion of energy into result.
  4. Quality = gives perfection to workmanship and thereby attracts more work which brings more money.
  5. Attention = makes people, product and market all come towards us as everything in life seeks attention.
  6. Harmony = improves coordination and prevents the scattering of energies necessary for accomplishment.
  7. Up to date accounts = perfection in accounts is a form of attention given to money and thereby makes money respond more.
  8. Other person's point of view = gives a picture of the whole and thereby enhances the accomplishment.
  9. Honesty = makes a person reliable and thereby brings more clients.
  10. Freedom = helps to bring out the creativity in people and thereby accomplishes more.
  11. Discipline = Helps to control and channelise activities and energies so that energies are not wasted.
  12. Creativity = helps bring out new ideas and opportunities so that progress keeps growing.
  13. Authority = helps accomplish by extracting work through unquestioned obedience.
  14. Soft speech = helps by conserving energy.
  15. Trust = gives more opportunities for people to interact and work together and thereby accomplishes.
  16. Safety = by making the work place a safe place to work improves productivity.
  17. Organisation = coordinates and connects people, money, market, technology and product and thereby improves accomplishment.
  18. Systems = makes routine work fall into a pattern and thereby speeds up work.
  19. Secrecy = ensures accomplishment by keeping confidential matters under cover.
  20. Hardwork = energises the physical plane where results come. (N. Asokan, MSS)

Values Perfect Work
Work that expresses values becomes perfect work. (MSS)

Process of Implementing Values in Our Lives
We can energize our lives by making the full effort to implement the values we subscribe to. Once we identify values that are meaningful to us, we can develop strategies to implement them. When we make the determined effort to implement those strategies, good fortune it sure to follow -- in the form of new opportunities, new sources of revenue and income, and other forms of material and psychological benefit. We may even notice that as we implement values, we experiences instances of "life response" -- where good fortune suddenly comes to us from seemingly out of nowhere, defying our normal perceptions of what is logical and possible.

Values as Indicator, Attitudes, and Implementing Values
W
hat we love to do is what we value. What we love to do will show our strengths -- and our weaknesses as well, if we look close enough. I.e. it will reveal positive traits, but also our wanting ones, including our bad attitudes. Those limiting attitudes are close to the values we probably should adopt beyond the current ones we subscribe to. E.g. if we are hostile to others because of what they have to say, then we need to develop the value of tolerance. Tolerating others is the attitude that would reflect the value of tolerance. We can also consider if we really believe in the values we say we believe in; i.e. if they are backed by consistent action in life. We tend to fall back on our values, especially if our emotional being or current circumstance are at odds with them. Value are mental; reality, i.e. life, is vital. Values implementation is hard work, but brings its own reward 10-fold. It takes dedication, and following the process of creation and accomplishment from vision to manifestation.

Optimal Accomplishment
Optimal accomplishment in life is achieved through intense aspiration married to focused key values in life, implemented through maximum effort. Together they create great efficiency to accomplish in life. (That is, the greatest result with the least effort). Utilizing, surrendering to the spiritual Force creates the greatest scope and possibility for accomplishment, and is also the most efficient.
 

Energy Converted to Force
Energy alone may result it movement or activity but it is not sufficient for accomplishment. It must first be converted into a force that is directed toward a specific goal. Energy is converted into force when it acquires a clear and focused direction. The acceptance of a lofty goal or objective, the formulation of a strategy and plan of action help convert energy into force. U.S. coach Herb Brookes' lofty aspiration to win the 1980 Olympic Gold Medal in ice hockey generated a commanding force that was able to overcome the skepticism of the Olympic Committee members, the supreme confidence of the Russian professionals, who had won four successive gold medals and 42 straight games, the doubts and hesitation of his inexperienced, young amateur American players to inspire his team to victory. Brookes' goal was a passionate quest, not just a sweet dream or wishful thinking. He released his full mental, vital and physical energy and that of his players and directed it to attain that high and seemingly unobtainable goal. A scientist who seeks to master Newton's equations, a businessman who decides to create a new product or market a new service, and a student who chooses a course of professional study are converting the energy of their personalities into a force for accomplishment in their respective fields of endeavor.

Energy is also converted into force by the acceptance of high values or ideals. Here the goal is not a specific result but rather attainment and maintenance of a high level of conduct such as honesty or truthfulness. Here a subtle aspect of the process reveals itself. For while the release of energy is a preceding stage to the generation of force in our description of the process, it is also true that the acceptance of an inspiring direction can release or generate additional energy -- release it from the hidden reserves within the personality or fresh create it for the unmanifest infinite that lies behind all appearances. The inspiring ideals of the French Revolution released a volcano of energy from the long suppressed peasant masses and converted into a force that wrought havoc to the country's aristocratic class and governing system. Fred Smith's commitment to on-time overnight parcel delivery within the USA channeled the collective energies of his company to achieve performance levels of 96% or more compared with 88% by the nearest competition. Dupont's commitment to the value of safety enabled it to achieve a safety record more than 69 times better than the average for all U.S. industry and 17 times better than the average for the U.S. chemicals industry.



Applying High Values to an Aspired Goal Attracts Positive Life Response
Applying personal values in the details of our daily lives generates a great power for success and happiness. For example, a woman in college was about to take a test for admission to a company. Her fellow students knew the answers in advance --- thereby substantially reducing her chances for admittance. However, she decided not to get the answers because she valued honesty. As it turned out, when the day of the test arrived, the class was cancelled. Not only that, but she was later accepted at that very same company -- a result that came to her as a complete surprise! Applying personal values not only has the magnificent power to ennoble and uplift life, but can also evoke marvelous responses from life as well.
Action Plan: Think about two or three important personal values that have shaped your life. Now develop several strategies to recommit to them. Or, come up with one or two new values, and fully implement them in each of your most critical daily activities. From that point on, life will continually be fresh, and filled with meaning and wonder. 

Believing In, Implementing Personal Values Attracts Positive Life Response
Bringing a higher personal value to a situation (which can translate as a higher attitude) brings positive responses from life. Examples of higher values are honesty, integrity, commitment to truth, gratitude, concern for others, maximum utilization of resources, continuous improvement, openness, tolerance, organization, systemization, service to the community, etc. etc.

1. Continuous Improvement 

Any attempt to improve a situation will invoke a positive response from life. ( This is also an example of a value.)
Example(s) of Life Response"
-An instructor saw that certain training never got to the level he wanted. He decided to make a major improvement in his approach. From thereon in students responded much better to his approach, and he was later known as an expert instructor of that subject.
-A woman performing examinations of people for a recruiting company intensely felt and believed that the use of computes could improve the whole process. From out of nowhere her boss informed her of a program which she later found out to be ideal for what she was hoping for.

2. Maximum Utilization of Resources
Fully utilizing one's current resources in terms of efficiency, productivity, organization, cleanliness, etc.  (This is also an example of a value.) Example(s) of Life Response:
-An individual noticed an idle machine that was run down, and decided to clean it and fix it. Within a few days a new work was started up where this particular machine was needed. the undertaking fully utilizing the machine became a cash cow.
-A wine seller had poor sales. He decided to sell stocks that had been sitting for a long time and weren't moving. He sold the stocks, plus six months of sales for his other products.

3. Honesty, Integrity
True honesty and integrity attracts positive responses from life. Example(s) of Life Response:
-A woman in college was to take a test to be admitted to a company. her fellow students knew the answers in advance. her chances were thus slim. She decided not get the answers and instead be honest. On the day of the test, the test was cancelled. She later was accepted to her complete surprise.

4. Cleanliness and Orderliness Attempts to bring a greater level of cleanliness and orderliness tends to attract sudden abundant responses from life.
Example(s) of Life Response:
-A consultant had slow business. He cleaned his refrigerator from its filthy state to great cleanliness. As he rose up from the floor upon completion of the work, he got a call giving him three months worth of work.

Values and Life Response
Since Tom Peter's book In Search of Excellence the interest in values, especially the value of freedom and concern for the employee has exploded in companies. It is the first stage away from the ordinary functioning of business. It enables a power in the company to grow beyond the usual approach. We can say that this is a first movement toward the spirit, for after all values are spiritual skills. It has a subtle power for much greater accomplishment. It also enables life response, which no one yet sees. If learned to be seen, the energy for implementing values will expand in all directions. It will be a new subtle perception that will be a wonder to all, which if then causally applied through the methods of the spirit, enable the values to bring thousand fold results in no time, creating an astounding delight of being and the endless energies that follow.

 

Personal Values and the Argument for Life Response

At Growth Online, we address many subjects related to personal, spiritual, business, and society's growth and evolution. We even address the ultimate transformation of humanity through the power of the spirit. Interestingly, however, the most popular articles at the site have been on the topic of ''personal values." We know that in the last 25 years, values have been a recognizable and much appreciated subject that has moved to the forefront of life -- whether in the classroom or the boardroom.

And so it was then quite surprising that one of our readers informed us that though he appreciates our articles on personal values, he questions our advocacy of the phenomenon of ''Life Response" at the site. After all, the reader posits, personal values are something that has intellectual weight and is worthy of serious consideration, whereas life response is something ethereal and unproven. Implicit in the remark is that we should not mention life response in the same breath as personal values.

100 years ago, virtually no one in the commercial sector had heard of, or even seriously considered the notion of utilizing values in the workplace. To succeed in business, one needed grit, steel, strength, capacity, and plenty of resources. Likewise, workers needed to be hearty, dutiful, and capable of doing the job. Other factors, such as an employee's honesty, the company's integrity, the worker's personal safety, etc. were absent from the dialogues of commerce. Rather, work was organized around goals to be achieved within a time period at a certain cost so that the customer got what he wanted. Adhering to values was considered too subjective -- even effeminate -- to be worthy of management's attention. And yet, today we are beginning to see that values are well on the way to revolutionizing many areas of society. Of late, it seems to be on the lips of everyone; from every sphere and field of life.

Fortunately, in the last 100 years we have seen a gradual movement away from an empirical-oriented commerce to a more values-oriented approach. What was subjective then -- i.e. values -- has become the objective and concrete now. What was beyond mind's conception then has now been accepted as a rational and effective method for uplifting all aspects of life. For example, leaders of corporations now engage in strategic planning in which the values of the company -- such as integrity, customer delights, maximum utilization of resources, etc. -- are integrated into its mission statement. No longer are values for the intellectuals or college professors or elites. Values are now lauded as being of great utility throughout society, whether in business, government, education -- even amongst youth. In fact, a good one-half of the readers of our articles on personal, business, and society's values at Growth Online are college students and teenagers! What was once subjective and ''not supported by an intellectual foundation" has now percolated up through society, and has begun to be accepted as part of the new objective reality.

The concept of ''Life Response" is undergoing the same process of acceptance. It is admired by a few, not heard of or understood by nearly everyone, and disparaged by several. It is in one sense the new subjective, the new functioning of life that appears to not have that necessary intellectual weight -- a questionable process of life, without logical, rational, or scientific underpinnings. The truth is that the life response phenomenon is simply a more subtle functioning of life than personal values, and therefore escapes the modern intellectual mind. It is more difficult for the average person to fathom because it requires us to go a level deeper in consciousness to perceive its startling workings. Just as we have moved from the empirical to the subtle to perceive the great utility of values, we need to go deeper still to see the overwhelming power of the life response phenomenon. Life response is, in case you didn't know, is the condition where life instantaneously changes with sudden good fortune due to a change in a habit, emotion, or attitude on our part. It is a miraculous-like phenomenon that can shape the way we look at life in 21st century -- even as we began to appreciate values at the end of the 20th.

If you consider for a moment the great benefits that values bring us, then you'll appreciate the even greater power of life response. Values, for one, energizes every act engaged in -- increases its affectivity and efficiency perhaps on an order of ten times. If, for example, I speak with the customer with great respect and a caring attitude, then not only will I more likely get the order, but my firm will develop a positive reputation that will cause many to flock to us, catapulting our firm to the top of its field. How does one measure success in such situations? Is it a factor of 2 or 5 or 10 times? We do not really know the full affect of implementing values in our lives because the results generated have not been well understood, documented, and measured -- save for certain pioneer studies such as Jacobs' and Macfarlane's 'The Vital Corporation,' a profound book that explores the power of values in the business environment.

Though great, we should keep in mind that values bring about unprecedented success over time. E.g. applying the value of 'quality of service' has catapulted many companies to the top of their fields in the years and decades that followed. Other corporate values like ''commitment to the well being of its people" or ''focusing on the emerging needs of society" have done the same; rocketing companies to the pinnacles of success. Life Response, on the other hand, can literally change the conditions of life in a single moment -- overcoming limits of space and time, and what we believe is possible. It is miraculous-like phenomenon that overwhelms all previous notions of how life works. E.g., imagine that you change an emotion, and then suddenly two minutes later you receive the biggest order in your company's history, seemingly out of nowhere!  It is no wonder that the modern intellectual mind is skeptical. Worse still, in rejecting it outright, the modern Mind never bothers to determine if it is a real phenomenon of life to begin with! In other words, it abandons its own empirical scientific methods in ascertaining if the phenomenon exists!

Fortunately, Mind -- which was not highly developed in man until recent times -- has begun to shed its past folly and moved towards logic and reason. More recently still, it has begun to see that we cannot just measure cold fact and say that is the entire truth of things; that when considering any object of inquiry, we must also accept other influences in the human equation, including the effect of our attitudes, emotions, beliefs, and other factors. Mind is thus becoming more subtle in its outlook and understanding, and thus more capable of perceiving the variety of possibilities that life presents us. One result has been Man's recognition of the value of values -- that they are not subjective, as once believed, but do objectively influence our lives; often with great power.

Mind is capable of going deeper still. It can be centered in a deeper poise in the depths of consciousness within. From there, mind can perceive new truths and unfoldings beyond the mere material facts. From an inner poise of calm and mental silence, Man opens to new forms of perception -- including the utilization of insight, illumination, vision, intuition, and revelation. Anchored within, one can look out into the world and perceive the subtle workings and unfoldings of life. In particular, from that ''witness consciousness" we begin to perceive the phenomenon of life response in action. Experiencing its power on a regular basis, it becomes to us as objective as any empirical or scientific fact.

When we look back 100 years from now, we will see how limited our current view of objectivity is. We will see that it is objective to include the power of values in any analysis of success. And we will see that it is objective to include the workings of the life response phenomenon when evaluating the flow and processes of life. Mostly, values and life response will be objective to us because we will be able to summon up its power at will. It will be the very stuff of our daily lives. Except this life will exceed the old way by a factor of a hundred or even a thousand, as we are able to bring the infinite potentials of life instantaneously into the here and now.

Education, Values, and Life Response
Education can organize unorganized energies of youth through dissemination of knowledge, including the knowledge of values. Education itself however needs to be organized to comprehend and explain those values. In the business world, the value of values is appreciated. It produces results, and profits. Now it needs to come to education, where the scope is greater. Educators can learn from the experience of businesses, and teach the benefits of values, look around, and see the benefits when applied to the wider life and its various disciplines.

Experience of, perceptions of, and a knowledge of Life Response would be very helpful here because it shows how transitions towards values quickly produce results. Such knowledge can be disseminated through education. Educators themselves experiencing the wonders of life response as a result of making the inner transitions that attract its sudden and abundant appearance would not only champion values, but a knowledge of the various triggers that enable life response to occur -- including higher levels of cleanliness and orderliness, a switch from a negative to a positive attitude at a crucial moment, accepting what life gives, knowing what one truly wants, greater psychological strength, etc. These can be taught as values.

Thoughts on the Phenomenon of Life Response

Vast Quantitative and Qualitative Results from Implementing Values
There are not only vast quantitative results generated by values -- like much more money, vastly increased sales, much greater production, etc., but there are also vast qualitative results that come from applying values, like much more energy, much more happiness, far greater collaboration and harmony, and much deeper sense of purpose for those involved in a work. What actual vast results -- quantitatively or qualitative -- that do come depends on the type of values applied, the degree and intensity to which it is applied, etc.

Values at Various Planes
Develop the set of values plane by plane. If there are insufficient physical values implemented now, the work will not move to the next higher vital plane. [E.g. If physical values like cleanliness and punctuality are lacking, the business cannot rise to the next level of accomplishment. Then when such physical values are in place, you can move to next higher level of values, organizational and then psychological values.]  (MSS)

Values, Ascent, and Descent
High values rooted in mind's rationality in the ascent enables right actions in the planes in the descent.

The Path of Rationality to See Values
To see values clearly humanity must become more mental, which is the plea for rationality and away from superstition and surface perception; i.e. Ignorance.

Ways to Evaluate Values
[The results of] Values can be evaluated in terms of energy, force, power, skills, results, enjoyment, accomplishment, progress, Time, Space, matter, life, mind, spirit, the twelve aspects of the Spirit and every known aspect of life. (MSS)

Purity of Values Wins Case in Film 'A Civil Action'
In 'A Civil Action,' based on a true-life story, a highly successful personal injury lawyer Jan Schlichtmann, who likes to negotiate big settlements for his clients, represents the families of several children who died of leukemia. Jan is touched by several parents' pleas, and decides to check out the polluting factories that might be responsible. When he discovers that one of them is a subsidiary of the big conglomerate Beatrice Foods, Jan convinces his partners to take on the case. During the trial, Jan contends not only with his well-financed judicial adversaries, but with the fact that by taking on the case he is forcing his own associates into deep financial debt, threatening their very livelihood.

It turns out that he not only loses the case, but his associates abandon him, and he himself is forced to move towards bankruptcy. However, in that impoverished state he perceives a new way to pursue the polluters. Then through a series of events, the case is renewed through other advocates, the victims win, and they are compensated by the courts for the amount of $69 million.

We can look at the outcome of the case as life responding to the purity of Jan's values. He was at first an intelligent and clever attorney, driven by money. His higher values and idealism were buried beneath that attraction. He then however, takes on a case -- i.e. the plight of the victims of water pollution -- that moves him emotionally and idealistically.

And yet here too he is at first motivated by the possibility of a big settlement in order to make a personal fortune. Though he is tempted, his ideals of justice for the victims prevents him from doing so. Yet, interestingly he is at the same time destroying the people who are working with him, forcing them into near financial ruin, in order to pursue the case against an opposition with deep pockets.

It turns out that he loses the case in part because though his idealism is strong when it comes to the victims, he is still insensitive toward the plight of his own people. In other words, he is still exhibiting negative, even mercenary attitudes when it comes to money -- despite the fact that he has refused a settlement with the opposition -- and therefore life responds negatively in kind. I.e. life does not cooperate and he loses. In fact, the irony is that denying a lucrative settlement for the victims, while idealistically positive, causes his own staffers to suffer. And yet is only when he himself is driven into near bankruptcy that he is able to come up with the solution that leads to the resolution of the case in favor of the victims.

With his associates abandoning him, and now reduced to poverty, he is able to more fully and finally act from his idealism, i.e. his sense of justice, which are in essence his deep values. With the money taint gone, his consciousness was free to deal more purely with the issues at hand.

In that state, he was able to perceive a new strategy to solve the case. By moving away from money influence, he could think rationally, even intuitively, which enabled him to quickly come up with a plan that enabled him to find the man who provides the damning evidence that enabled him (through the EPA) to win the follow-up case. Life had in essence finally responded to his untainted idealism, by presenting his mind with a new perspective and insight on the direction to take the case.

Since he now had no money of his own, he was not able to pursue the follow-up case that he initiated though his intuition. Rather he had to send the new evidence he had gathered to the EPA (the Environmental Protection Agency), who then instigated the follow-up case. They then won a vast settlement for the victims -- even though Jan was no longer directly involved. Thus, life brought a huge settlement to the deserved victims only when the case was taken out of his hands. (That way his idealism could shine through and pave the way to a new strategy and new evidence that paved the way for victory. His old consciousness of money taint would not interfere.)

When a value is pure and perfect, life will respond to it. Jan valued that justice come to the victims, and with great passion was able to device an intuitive strategy that won the day. Overcoming his mercenary attitudes toward money enabled him to overcome a wanting attitude that had once disturbed the purity of ideals.

Ultimate Power of Business Values Rooted in the Depths & Spirit

  • We consider lower costs, more access to money, better products, more technology, etc. the key to advancement, profitability, and success in business. Though these should not be underestimated, business values -- like customer delight, deep concern for the well being of employees, maximum utilization of resources, innovation, tapping into the emerging opportunities of society, etc. -- have 10 to 100 times as much power to produce such results.
  • Whoever implements values in business opens themselves to the emerging opportunities in their field first.
  • Implementation of business values enables a leg up on the competition, as the firm opens up to universal powers that transcend the narrow energies of self-serving competition.
  • Implementing values attracts sudden responses -- money, sales, opportunities -- to your doorstep. It is a secret subtle knowledge.
  • Values attracts the outer, i.e. the opportunities outside, to the inner, i.e. to the now-raised inner consciousness of the company.
  • (Referring to the principles individuals of the company adopting values:) We can perceive the powerful workings and results of values when we develop subtler capacities of being.
  • The movement and outcome of values can be better understood when we move from our fascination with the material, sense-based surface to a deeper poise.
  • The more subtly we look out into the world, the more we see the subtle workings and powers of values.
  • When we live within we perceive the environment better, including the movement of values.
  • Values are subjective goals that are missed when we are blinded by the material surface. There we see only objective goals.
  • Objective goals cannot be accomplished infinitely without subjective goals, i.e. values; and visa versa.
  • Values, i.e. subjective goals, generate a far greater power of creation -- i.e. of build up, focus, and coagulation of energy -- than no goals, or even objective goals on their own.
  • Values divide Truth into manageable components of possibility.
  • Values are spiritual skills; they are the body's realization of spiritual knowledge and truth.
  • Values -- bring the future into the present; move us away from the constraint of time; replace the finite with the infinite; and expand the scope of causality to enable vast effects.
  • Every part of Nature has a soul element. For the individual it is the True Self, the evolving soul. For the company, its soul element are its business values.
  • When we discover our True Self, we know our True Purpose. When a business discovers its values, it too begins to know its True Self and Purpose.
  • The greater an individual moves to his True Self, the more he can attract the outer from within himself without need for movement. The same is true when a business formulates and implements its values.
  • When an individual shares deeply in the company's values, he brings to bear the power of the Self of the individual to the power of the Self of the firm. The Self of the firm can be considered a Universal Self relative to the individual Self. In such an environment of shared values, the company fulfills its Universal Purpose through his Individual Purpose; and the individual fulfills its Individual Purpose through the Universal Purpose of the firm.
  • The greatest responses from life come when a company applies those values that are missing, which are preventing it from succeeding.
  • The greater the intensity of commitment and implementation of values within a company, the greater the outer market responds.
  • At various points a company will be faced with important choices. If it makes the requisite transition, life will respond abundantly. Saturated with values, those transitions can come easier for the firm. In this way knowing the laws of life response can be a great complement to application of values.

Re: Ways to Demonstrate Values to Adolescents
I don't have any particular activities for adolescents, though with a little creativity a lot is possible. E.g. you could read some news event about a famous person, and have them comment on it. You can then write down on the board each values that comes up. (Sometimes values, as expressed positively and negatively come awful close to becoming limiting personal attitudes.) With several such stories, a good number of values can be discovered. Of course, you should be familiar with the variety of values to begin with so that you can identify it when it is expressed (e.g. see the Growth Online web site on values). You can also do the same with short stories, or films, like Mona Lisa Smile, Erin Brockovich, Harry Potter, etc., or a TV show. Another approach is to ask each student what they value most in life. They can call it out, or write it on piece of paper, which you can then collect and discuss with the group. You can also ask them to jot down why they value that particular thing. (By the way, "what you believe in" is more or less the same as what you value. Also, it's best to stay with the positive side when discussing values. "I don't like phoniness" (verbalized or written down by the teen) can be restated as "being genuine or truthful" by yourself.)

Values, Ideas, & A Token Project
To see values in such ideas is rare. Rarer still is to work to benefit by it. There are some ideas that, when carried to perfection, will conquer the knowledge of the world. When executed in ONE project [a ''Token Project or Act"], it will turn into POWER that can be called unconquerable. Such an endeavour is for a lifetime. Coming forward to learn the essence in that entire project gives that knowledge in a trice. Thus, it can be followed until man reaches his maximum. (MSS)

 


The Source of Values in Our Human Makeup
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Values Reflect Highest Expression of Mind and Thought
Personal values for an individual, business values for the company, and social values of the society are a reflection of the highest principal of mind and thought, and may can even be said to be part of the spiritual domain. 

Source of our Values Within
Values are seated in the mind; below pure thinking of the philosopher and mathematician, but above the mechanical thought processing that turn facts into understanding. It is mental perception of certain truths and ideals of life mixed with a certain vital urge to see them come about.

Where Values Originate from In Our Being
There are three parts of the being; the physical body, the vital part, and the mental part. The body is unconscious. It has no sense of values. The vital has emotions, feelings, attitudes, and skills of living. If the vital endorses a value one day, it can oppose it the next because it is unstable. Mind contains fact processing at its base and pure conception and pure thinking at its top. In between, in the middle mind is the seat of values and sentiments. (Above these three parts of mind proper, are the higher and spiritual mind.)

Capacity vs. Values
Capacity is of the physical. It is what we have already fully acquired. Values is of the mind and spirit, it is what we aspire to attain. Capacity reflects the values we have already fully accepted mentally, endorsed vitally and mastered physically -- e.g. the capacity to be punctual in the West, or to make things perfectly, or to organize or to fight courageously. What we call values are capacities still in the making, e.g. generosity, self-giving, taking the other person's point of view, truthfulness. When these values become physical sensitivities, they too are converted into capacities of extraordinary power. (MSS)

Values and Human Evolution
We say that the human being consists of three planes, the physical body, the emotional, vital being, and his mental being -- physical, vital, mental. In the course of the development of life on earth the vital emerged from the physical, and the mind from the vital. Each of these three planes can be further broken down into three aspects. For example, the mind consists of a first part that process the information it derives from the senses into thoughts and ideas. It also consists of a still higher part that takes the raw data and ideas of the previous level and tinges it with the emotions of the vital to come up with sentiments, ideals, and values. In the makeup of the human being it is this level that values come from. (Of the 9 levels, we call this level 2. At level 1, the highest level of mind, the mind is engaged no longer in the input of the senses or influenced by the emotive power to influence ideas, but is engaged in pure reasoning, and conceptualizing ideas and possibilities. (To see this scale of 1-9, and see how values emerge in level 2 of the makeup of the human, click here.)

Middle Mind as Source of Personal Values
In the middle part of Mind, the Vital Mental, lies an individual's interests, opinions, sentiments, beliefs, values, and ideals. It is here where we develop knowledge of life's workings, where our knowledge is imbued with feelings and emotions. Values express in this domain of mind.  View chart showing this.

Character Largely Defines Values for an Individual
Churchill is an embodiment of self-reliance and courage. Here the value and the character trait are intertwined, because character defines to large extent a person's real values. (MSS)

Attitudes vs. Values
Our personal attitudes and our personal values appear quite similar. However, on closer analysis we see a distinct difference. For one, an attitude reflects more of our vital behavior and action, whereas our values reflect more of our mental beliefs, which may or may not express through our behavior. For example, when we say that I am tolerant or intolerant, it is expressing a positive and negative attitude regarding one's own tolerance. However, when I say that I believe in tolerance or open-mindedness, then I am expressing a value. In that way, a value contains a conscious mental recognition of the thing -- as an ideal subscribed too; whereas an attitude is a less conscious vitalized opinion expressed through our behavior and actions.

It is also interesting to note that one may value tolerance and still be intolerant! A perfect value would be integrated into one's behavior, not just one's belief system; i.e. the value of a belief in tolerance would be reflected in our tolerant vital behaviors and actions, i.e. as a positive attitude. 

A value practiced and applied through our attitudes, behaviors, etc. is a skill of life whose origin is of the spirit.

Character vs. Values vs. Attitudes
Character denotes
the type of man one is. Values are what that individual believes and subscribes to; his mental sentiments. Attitudes are rooted in one's vital emotion and feelings, usually expressive of mental opinions, which are subject to being error-prone and false. Values are often identified with something more positive, some higher sentiment or belief or even ideal. It has almost spiritual roots.

A Value is Greater than a Behavior
It is better to know something as a value than a behavior. E.g. it is better to be punctual because one values punctuality, rather than because one has simply learned to behave this way. The behavior is fine, but the value gives great utility and power; sustaining power. A value has more of the individual sense, of being conscious of something subscribed to, or believed in.

P,V,M Values -- i.e. motives, attitudes, opinions
[We can say that there are physical, vital, mental and spiritual values. -editor] Attitudes are vital values, opinions mental values, motives physical values. (MSS)  [Perhaps we can say that perfect values are
of the purer mind or even the spiritual mind.]

"Negative Values"
We could say that there are low values, as someone who advocates slavery. But unlike what we normally mean by values, which is rooted in higher mind or the spirit, such "negative values" are rooted in ego, ignorance, and falsehood.


The Spiritual Source and Power of Values
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On Values
The universe comes to us as values.

Spiritual Source of Values
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The spiritual reality expresses through spiritual values such as Truth, Wisdom, Oneness, Unity, Peace, Delight, Love, and Beauty. We can call these spiritual attributes or values. If we move to a spiritual consciousness we can experience these directly. Ordinarily, we perceive these through our individual personal values, such as honesty, tolerance, gratitude, community feeling, creativity, etc.

-We can thus say that values are spiritual skills, or the way we currently grasp spiritual attributes and values in the course of our daily lives.

-Values like gratitude and self-givingness are right on the cusp between spiritual values (i.e. Love) and personal values.

Values as Spiritual Skills
Though Spirit in its original splendour is a high goal, its values of honesty, loyalty, truthfulness, cleanliness, and silence are what we can now know and follow. By adhering to these values seriously, one can bring the power of Spirit to bear upon life. Values, which are really spiritual skills, can raise the results of work a hundred-fold or more. (MSS)

Spiritual Power of Values that are Spiritual Skills
As values are spiritual skills, the spirit is acting through them bringing infinite-like results in no time.

 

Values and the Spirit

Values are increasingly spreading around the world. E.g., the book 'In Search of Excellence' from 25 years ago called for the empowerment of the employee in business. New values like respect for the individual and tolerance were advocated and embraced in many organizations. These social reflect our own personal values, which are similar. E.g., I value the community, the input of others, etc.

Values are higher forms of mental consciousness on the way toward supramental consciousness, and opening to Spirit.

In 'The Life Divine,' Sri Aurobindo describes what he calls ''comic determinants," which are forces, powers, and truths intended by the Divine to spread throughout the universe in creation. For us it takes form as the spiritual aspects of Beingness, Oneness, Knowledge, Power, Love, Beauty, Creativity, Bliss, and several others. When we embrace values, we are actually taking to one or more of these spiritual aspects. E.g. if I am a manager who is seeks to gain he inputs of others, this value reflects Oneness (between the individuals), and somewhat Knowledge and Love. In that way, every value can be seen in terms of these spiritual aspects. (Some time ago, I did a study connecting human values and these spiritual qualities in terms of percentages.)

Each time we embrace a human value, we take a subtle step toward one or more aspects of the spirit.

Origin of Values
It is spiritual in the sense, values originate from the highest levels of thought and mind, bordering on the spiritual. It is said by Sri Aurobindo, the Indian sage and seer, that the Universe comes to us as values.

Values as Skills of Higher Mind (Spirit)
Values can be described as the skill of higher mind (spirit).
(MSS)

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Values are the skills of the Spirit.

Values of Life as Reflection of the Spirit
The Jnana [Spiritual Knowledge] of the Rishi [Indian spirit seeker] comes to the population as values of life. [MSS, modified]

Truth & Values
Truth is not a mere fact. It escapes a practical mind. In fact, Truth is objective Existence. For one to whom the subjective existence is sincere, Truth reveals. All over the world, in all cultures, it is called values. (MSS)

Spirituality Translated as Values of the Workplace
Spirituality can be translated as values of the work place: exhausting our potential, paying the greatest attention, using the available technologies to exhaustion, avoiding and eliminating unavoidable waste by appropriate systems, saving every minute of Time that could be saved, etc. (MSS)

Temporal Values as Manifestation of Essential Spiritual Values/Characteristics

All temporal human and life values derive from around a dozen eternal values of existence which constitute the characteristics or properties of pure spiritual consciousness: Silence, Peace, Harmony, Truth, Goodness, Knowledge, Power, Beauty, Love, Delight, Infinity, Eternity. Out of these 12, 1200 or 12,000 values arise. Each of these values expresses one aspect or dimension of a higher spiritual principle in life. For example, all values related to integrity, honesty, accuracy and objectivity issue from Truth. All values issuing from goodwill, benevolence, compassion and magnanimity issue from Goodness.

In the Indian spiritual tradition, the ultimate spiritual reality is referred to as Sat-Chit-Ananda or Being-Consciousness-Bliss. The ultimate spiritual reality is pure Being. The Being is Conscious. The Consciousness of that Being is Bliss. Infinity, Eternity, Peace, Silence, Unity and Truth are aspects of pure Being. Knowledge, Goodness and Power are aspects of Consciousness. Beauty, Love and Joy are aspects of Bliss.

The pursuit of one or more of these 12 values is the essence of all spiritual paths, regardless of their goals, forms or methods. The integration of these values with life is the highest of all human pursuits. To establish these values in one's life is a full-time pursuit, which is yoga. It is to integrate human life with the Spirit.

Values and Powers of Spirit
We can devise a list of spiritual powers, including Harmony, Unity, Oneness, Perfection, Gratitude, Self-Givingness, (spiritual) Peace, Equality, (divine) Beauty, (divine) Love, Truth, Integral Knowledge, and others. We know of practical values in life like honesty, self-reliance, openness, tolerance, organization, maximum utilization, attention, continuous improvement, simplicity, respect for the individual, etc. We can associate each human value to their appropriate spiritual power.

Powers of Spirit Known in Mind through Values
The body is unconscious. It has no sense of values. The vital has emotions, feelings, attitudes, and skills of living. If the vital endorses a value one day, it can oppose it the next because it is unstable. The middle mind is the seat of values and sentiments. However, even the mind does not have to have any values it believes in. In spirit values truly take shape. In spirit one can come to know spiritual powers that can be adopted as values of Oneness, Truth, Knowledge, Power, Delight, Love, Beauty, Infinity, etc. Values in mind are spiritual skills that incorporate spirit's powers through mind's thought felt through the vital's emotions.

Spiritual Powers Reflecting in Values

There are fundamental spiritual powers or principles of existence that reflect the One Being, such as peace, power, knowledge, goodness, truth, beauty, love, joy/delight, creator, etc. Each of these reflect as practical values in life. Thus if an individual, company, or institution demonstrates a serious paucity in one of the spiritual principles, it can consider applying one or more related practical values to itself, as show in the following:

Silence and Peace – Inner Calm, Peaceful Feeling, Non-reactiveness, Silent Witness (Calm Observer); Soft/reduced Speech,, etc.

Unity and Oneness – Connection (with others, life), Relation, Interrelation, Cooperation, Collaboration, Integration, Harmony, Oneness/Unity of Purpose, Teamwork, All for One/ One for All, Respect for Others, Community/family Feeling, Concern for others, Soul Connection; Tolerance, Not Judgmental, Openness; Wholeness and Oneness of Self;  Harmony of Form, Perfection, Simplicity,

Truth -- Values/Seeks Truth, Justice (Fairness); Honesty, Integrity, Being Forthcoming, Sincerity, Being Factual; Clarity, Accountability, Accuracy; Rationality, Objectivity; etc.

Knowledge -- Understands, Comprehends, Has the Facts, Educated, Etc.

Goodness -- Concern for others, Compassion, Self-givingness, Generosity, Helpfulness, Good Will, Gratitude, etc.

Power – Power, Authority, Energy, Well-Being, Psychological Strength, Will, Intention, Decisiveness, Determination, Perseverance, Prosperity/Wealth, Social Position/Status, Influence, Achieves, Self-Actualizing, Not Dependent/Independent etc.

Beauty -- Harmony of Form, Appealing/Attracting, Perfection/Quality of Work, Simplicity, etc.

Delight of Being – Happiness, Joy, Delight, Bliss, Discovery, Fun, Playfulness, etc.

Love – Affection, Devotion, Adoration, Love, Attachment, Family Bonds, Friendship, Romance, Romance of Life, etc.

Creator in Life -- Creativity, Innovation, Dynamism, Diversity, Variability, Discovery, Resourcefulness, Individuality. etc.

Individuality – Self-Reliant, Not Dependent/Independent, Thinks for Self, Self-Motivated, Not Incumbent to Herd, Uniqueness, Purpose, Resourcefulness, etc.

Infinity – Abundance, Belief in Infinite Possibilities/Potential, Optimism, Openness, etc.

Timelessness – Speed of Result, Punctuality, Time Management, Deadlines Met, Reliability, Synchronicity, Life’s Cooperation, etc.

Values as Spiritual Skills
Though Spirit in its original splendour is a high goal, its values of honesty, loyalty, truthfulness, cleanliness, and silence are what we can now know and follow.  (MSS)

Values Moves Us to Spirit
Values in life are spiritual skills. By resorting to them, one moves from the Mind to the Spirit. (Paraphrase of MSS)

"The Universe comes to us as values" --Sri Aurobindo

Values from Divine Source
All values ultimately are manifestations of the Divine and derive from a common source. (MSS)

Values and Powers of Spirit
We can devise a list of spiritual powers, including Harmony, Unity, Oneness, Perfection, Gratitude, Self-Givingness, (spiritual) Peace, Equality, (divine) Beauty, (divine) Love, Truth, Integral Knowledge, and others. We know of practical values in life like honesty, self-reliance, openness, tolerance, organization, maximum utilization, attention, continuous improvement, simplicity, respect for the individual, etc. We can associate each human value to their appropriate spiritual power.

Connecting with Spirit to Enable Spiritual Skills; i.e. Values
Bringing out the timeless in time brings out its spirit. Evoking the infinite from the infinite does the same. Going into the depths and gathering the Force above are the decisive instruments for these movements, which express for us through spiritual skills; i.e. personal values in life.

Values in Subtle, Spirit in Causal Planes
Values take us to the subtle plane. Worship of the Inner Divine, the Spirit, the inmost entity, Brahman, takes us to the causal plane.
(MSS)

Human Values to Spiritual Values to Spiritual Essence
Though in the West we have organized  the physical to degrees bordering on infinite, it has come predominantly as a result of limited mind seeing the physical; only peripherally touching on the vital, i.e. the vital needs of people and man, or the mental ideals and values further up, that take us to the deeper truths culminating in spirit.

We can move up to truly fulfill the vital needs through an ascent to the mental sentiments, values, and ideals.

However, there may not be a mass movement in this direction until we shed our physicality.

Is there a positive way, without tragedy, to embrace such values of mind that will help us develop a well-rounded society beyond the physical infinity being released now?

 

One way is through the ascent of a pioneer who reflects the conscious or subconscious aspirations of society to move in this direction.

 

Currently we see such values being utilized in business. It is becoming a conscious phenomenon there. It can spread from there to the wider society, as people learn its lessons  and apply it to other fields and aspects of life. Education offers an even greater scope, as it can become the essential bridge in this process.

 

When we accede to these values, we are taking small but essential steps to spirit. In this way even now we are secretly moving towards spirit. We can move closer still to spirit, without directly invoking pure spiritual essence, by applying spiritual values such as self-giving, silence, silent will, taking the other person's point of view, harmony, gratitude, and others.

 

Maybe these spiritual values need to be discovered and fully saturated before true spiritual essence can be discovered and released en masse in the world.

 

A positive way out of our physicality, and far beyond to our full potential may occur in the following sequence: subscribing to and saturation of human values; awareness and saturation of higher spiritual values; and an opening to the pure Spiritual Essence locally and then en masse.

Values as Spiritual Skills

Spiritual Values

 

The Spiritual Power of Values
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Values
Values are higher consciousness that enables a movement to the next higher plane.

Attitude for Acquiring Values
The attitude that helps us acquire VALUES is the attitude that there lies a SPIRIT behind everything.

Values Raise Work to Spiritual Plane
Values which are skills of the Spirit expressed in physical work raise the work from the physical plane to the spiritual plane. (MSS)

Values and Spirit
By adhering to values seriously, one brings the [infinite] power of Spirit to bear upon life. (MSS, slightly modified)

Values as Spiritual Skills
Though Spirit in its original splendour is a high goal, its values of honesty, loyalty, truthfulness, cleanliness, and silence are what we can now know and follow. By adhering to these values seriously, one can bring the power of Spirit to bear upon life. Values, which are really spiritual skills, can raise the results of work a hundred-fold or more. (MSS)

Widening Our Conception & Experience of the Universe through Values
Sri Aurobindo says that the universe comes to us as values.
Whatever values we seek is our universe. In this way, our conception of the universe can be widened. Our experience of our universe too can constantly increase. (MSS, slightly modified)

Vast Power of Values (as Spiritual Skills)
Values, which are really spiritual skills, can raise the results of work a hundred-fold or more. (MSS)

Implementing Values Energizes
The key point to keep in mind about values is that implementing them energizes everything concerned with it. For an individual, committing to and applying values releases fresh energies, which always attracts success, achievement, and well-being. Likewise, when companies or other institutions adopt values, individuals working at the organization become energized, as do its customers, its products and services, and everyone and everything else associated with that organization.

Vast Quantitative and Qualitative Results from Implementing Values
Values, which are really spiritual skills, can raise the results of work a hundred-fold or more. That is perhaps its ultimate value when looked at in terms of success and achievement in life. There are not only vast  quantitative results generated by values -- like much more money, vastly increased sales, much greater production, etc., but there are also vast qualitative results that come from applying values, like much more energy, much more happiness, far greater collaboration and harmony, and much deeper sense of purpose for those involved in a work. What actual vast results -- quantitatively or qualitative -- that do come depends on the type of values applied, the degree and intensity to which it is applied, etc.

(It is spiritual in the sense they originate from the highest levels of thought and mind, bordering on the spiritual. It is said by Sri Aurobindo, the Indian sage and seer, that the Universe comes to us as values.)

Values and Prosperity
How can someone working in an office or factory become vastly prosperous? No one will deny now that education is the foundation of today's prosperity. Money that issues out of physical labour is better earned when education, a mental tool, is added to it. I advocate the next higher TOOL. It is seated in the Spirit as skills. Values are spiritual skills.

Whatever your vocation, when you add values to it, you will see Prosperity in abundance is the result. Honesty, integrity, truthfulness, fairness, and justice are higher values. Punctuality, politeness, pleasantness, record keeping, orderliness, soft speech, cleanliness, accuracy, precision, workmanship, and thoroughness are physical values. Perfection is the wider term that covers both. Be where you are. Do what you are doing. Add values to your work. Go on adding them in quantity and quality. You will reach the heaven of Prosperity. (MSS)

The 100-fold Power of Values
A thousand years ago man was physical. His life was elementary. He survived. Today he has multiplied his comforts, enjoyment, reach, mastery a hundred or even a thousand-fold. The progress in one millennium has been phenomenal. This occurred because man moved from being physical to being mental. Though he has not yet acquired a fully formed mental life, a rational life, certainly he has moved away from the physical to the vital life. Both body and vitality accept the guidance of the mind, at least in material matters. Thus, we can say that man today is mental.

If this phenomenal expansion was the result of moving from the physical to the mental, moving from mind to the Spirit can bring another phenomenal expansion of similar magnitude. Today's life will further expand in its richness, inner peace, outer security, harmony and, especially, in Prosperity a thousand-fold.

Though Spirit in its original splendour is a high goal, its values of honesty, loyalty, truthfulness, cleanliness, and silence are what we can now know and follow. By adhering to these values seriously, one can bring the power of Spirit to bear upon life. Values, which are really spiritual skills, can raise the results of work a hundred-fold or more.

We consider money as a thing of use. Spiritually, money is a force of the Divine. An unceasing in-flow of money will begin when the money we use is fully supported by all the Spiritual values. But the effort must be exhaustive and strive for perfection.

A long list of spiritual values can be applied in a company. Paying greater attention to the needs of all others in the company than to one's own needs is a spiritual value that can turn a losing company into a profit making one the next month. Results of Spiritual Power when released into action by the truth of inner sincerity are INSTANTANEOUS
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(MSS)

Power of Values to Earn Money
Earning money is an act, like any other act of winning the elections, passing an exam, etc. The components of an act are energy that comes from interest, goal that gives the direction, organisation from which power issues, and skills that convert that power into results.

Each component goes to decide the quantum of money earned, but the earning itself depends on the harmonious functioning of all these components. None of these components can be missed or supplied in half-measure. When all the components are adequately present and harmoniously functioning, the result, the amount of money earned, is decided by the values of each component. This is so because values are spiritual.

One who is earning Rs.10,000 or 1,00,000 a month can raise that income five fold, if he introduces values at every stage and gently raises them to their maximum. By this approach a company that is marginally losing will at once become marginally profitable. The profits can be raised further by raising the values or organising better or employing any other method the company needs.

There is no work where values do not arise. Attention, organisation, comprehension, integrity, truthfulness, etc. are just a few of the values we know. The list can be endless.

A family presided over by a person whose priority is his own wants practices selfish values. If he decides to meet the needs of all others before meeting his own needs, he practises selfless values. Or, he may decide to practise Self-giving, which means going all out to meet everyone's needs which lie within the ambit of his duty or not. Soon he will witness a burst of income.

Owners of companies taking such an approach will discover the ORDERS for which they have been searching all over, like a needle in a haystack, will start coming on their own.

Values are spiritual. They can earn a vast quantity of good money. (MSS, slightly modified)

Wealth Comes from Within; Based on Human Value
All wealth comes from inner status, but we perceive it as the status accorded by wealth from outer work. The wealth of someone is based on and is proportionate to his own perception of human value. (MSS)

Personal and Spiritual Values in Work
It all comes down to personal values. Is the purpose of the work to improve life or to assuage one's ego? For most people, it is some combination of the two - i.e. wholesome values plus ego. To serve purely based on values is rare indeed. To serve the Divine in one in a million, if that. To serve Him purely involves a handful on earth.


Other Growth Online Articles, Content Related to Values
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ARTICLE on Personal Values
How one's personal values are key to success and happiness in life. Click herekey article

List of Personal Values

Values as Spiritual Skills

Spiritual Values

MSS Articles on Values
The Secret of Values 

Values in The Lord of the Rings 

Values in the Business Environment

Society's Values

List of Personal Values, Business Values, Society's Values


Miscellaneous
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On Comfort of Ideals
Man ignores the realities, identifies himself with the non-existing ideal.

Reality is irksome. Ideal contemplation is comforting.

Identifying with the ideal is elevating and expansive.

One can progress by concentrating on the ideal.

Dwelling on the realities one ends in frustration.

Frustration frustrates aspiration.
(MSS)

How We Normally Acquire Values
The values that enable one to accomplish one's goals are primarily given by the family and secondarily by the school education. Later one job supplies a few and on one's own chooses or learns a few more. (MSS) [Of course we can acquire values in any degree on our own, as it is our human choice to do so.]

Perfect Values
Perfect values are recognized only when they are perfect, not while they are partial. What makes a value perfect is its highest reach is unblemished. An absence of compromise all along makes for perfection. Unless values are perfect they come to nothing (with a few exceptions).

Skills and Values
-Skill acquired is of use for the individual when it is accompanied by values of e.g. cleanliness (e.g. not smudging the paper, etc.) orderliness, punctuality etc. and the personal discipline of work. (MSS, modified)

-Energy in each plane matures into skill of work in a single act and yields its full result to the individual when values and discipline are called into play. (MSS)

The Value is the Personality of the Thing that We Can Relate To
Each thing has a personality of its own. We call the personality of the material object "use value," of the vital personality "enjoyment value," of the mental personality "value of understanding," spiritual personality "value of progressing towards the Divine." As we relate to the different personalities, so the object yields the result. (MSS, slightly modified)

Values Give Meaning
In one sense personal values have emerged because people are not satisfied with the way life is at a point in time. The hippies felt that the material view, the "keeping up with the Jones's" view of life blocked out so much more that life had to offer. On the other side of the spectrum religious people also see the limitations of a just-material life existence. In both instances there is a movement from the material view to the deeper view expressed as values; such as freedom, creativity, and multi-culturalism of the hippies, and community feeling, faith, and family values for the religious. Of course, each side creates its own limitations as the necessary quantity of values are not there, or are not applied in right balance. Nevertheless, people perceive that values give meaning to things in an often empty material world.

As people discover higher psychological, social, and spiritual values, one can experience ever-greater meaning, purpose, capacity, power, and delight in living.

Values, Ascent, and Descent
High values rooted in mind's rationality in the ascent enables right actions in the planes in the descent. [E.g. you value safety, which enables you to make decisions to improve the physical condition of those around you.]


Specific (Personal) Values
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(Note: topics in italic take you to other pages)

Honesty, Truthfulness, Sincerity, Integrity (also see Honesty & Integrity in Business

Greater Effort, Hard Work, Persistence, Determination | Taking Responsibility

Self-Reliance, Entrepreneurship | Creativity

Givingness | Goodness | Generosity | Goodwill | Gratitude

Respect for the Individual | Honor | Trust | Harmony | Truth

 Patience | Punctuality | Regularity | Reliability | Simplicity

Spiritual Values | Particular Values (or Attributes) that Enable Vast Achievement in Life

Also See: Examples of Specific Business Values
(Commitment to People, Customer Delight, Maximum Utilization of Resources,
etc.)



 

Respect for the Individual/Commitment to People
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Honor
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Honour
Honour is the highest spiritual virtue of the physical body's moved emotion. It contains an essential element of the Truth that is Spiritual Strength. (MSS)

Honor (practiced in Japan) is a Spiritual Value
-Japan is a country of honour. The warrior caste of Samurai is known for upholding the sacred tradition of honour.
-For the Japanese their honour is more valuable than life. Honour is a spiritual value and values are spiritual skills. No wonder recently they rose from being a war-ravaged nation to become the second largest economy in the world. (MSS, abridged)

Obey the Immediate Master
To obey the immediate MASTER, whoever he is and whatever the consequence is a spiritual value that hastens the best final result. (MSS) [As POW British Colonel Nicholson did to Japanese Colonel Seito in the film 'Bridge On the River Kwai.' When Seito treated him with honor instead of punishing him, Nicholson obediently built a magnificent bridge which could harm his own side, but which he and his men constructed nevertheless, and was ironically in the end eventually blown up. Perhaps Siddhartha should have done the same for his father, which would have avoided later difficult consequences . It also relates to the idea of accepting and doing the current work life offers, rather than only thinking abut what one wishes to do. -Editor]

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The physical learning by destruction was really consummated in the first and second world wars, in which about 50 million people died. When the physical died, it died with a sense of pride. It died voluntarily. Sense of pride belongs to the vital. Actually it is a mental value. We can even stretch it to describe it as a spiritual value of honor.

Individual Honour, Collective Dharma
The individual honour develops into collective dharma for which the battle of Kurukshetra [of the Bhagavad Gita] was fought.

Duty Responds to Honour
Duty responds to honour, heroism to courage, sacrifice to his expansive being, devotion to heart, integrity to the Truth. (MSS, extracted).




Trust

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How Money Trust Creates Greater Wealth in Society
How is greater wealth in society produced?
 
Money is goods. So also, money is TRUST. Today values of life are deteriorating on one side. On the other side, banks recover over 90%, perhaps 93% of consumer loans.
 
Money was created as a medium of exchange. It has always represented Man's Trust in currency and the government. That trust is, on the balance, more today. Hence there is more money in circulation. This answer is vague.
 
Individually, one can see that NOW he who is optimistic is better off. He who avails of confidence-raising schemes is better off, as he rises with the rising confidence of the nation. All those who have risen meteorically are people whose work is trusted. One way of becoming prosperous is to raise that level of trust in our lives. (MSS, slightly modified)

The Secret of Trust

The secret of TRUST is faith in our beliefs. (Karmayogi)

 

Harmony
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See Thoughts on Harmony, Oneness, and Unity for the Individual

Also See Entries of Oneness of Life, Unity in Diversity
 

Truth
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Punctuality

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Punctuality
Punctuality is Perfection in Time. Hence its value. (MSS)

Punctuality
Punctuality is a value of Time. (MSS)

On Punctuality and Others
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Punctuality makes one think of work and more importantly, of the other men with respect to work. It widens the personality thus.

-Punctuality is selflessness in collective time. (MSS)

Valuing Time of Others through One's Punctuality
Punctuality is called the manners of Princes. One is punctual because he values the time of others who wait for the work. (MSS)

Punctuality and Timeliness in Business
--in arriving on time to work, from breaks, from lunch, to meetings, in replying to letters and phone calls, in paying bills on time, etc. Occurring at the most suitable or opportune time.

Punctuality as Great Social Value
Punctuality, followed in the West as the manners of kings, is a great social value which no one will break. Look at it not as a social value, but as a work value. What do we find?  1) It is a strategy for one man to respect every other man and 2) Man, through punctuality, relates to Time, the field of work. Moving from society to work is great. Moving further from work to Time is to move from the gross material plane to the subtle plane of knowledge. Punctuality was originally discovered by men who perceived the subtle truth of gross work. At heights of perfection, any vibration reaches the Absolute. Perfection in punctuality moves work from the subtle plane to the causal plane of Supermind, which retains the constant presence of the Absolute.

Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days possesses an equality that is spiritual. That equality wins him the wager. He has taken punctuality and made it into an article of faith. His punctuality that was physical, taken to the extreme of perfection gave him the spiritual equality that rendered him immune against any failure in life. Did he know the origin of his strength? He passed through catastrophe, storms, fights, and unforeseen obstacles of every kind and still the spiritual power issuing from the physical skill of punctuality ensured him the success. If Fogg had understood the life value of a physical skill as a spiritual endowment, his success would have been ensured without all those obstacles cropping up on the way. That is the opportunity that awaits the Westerner. (MSS)

Punctuality as Western Value
Western values are industry, cleanliness, orderliness, efficiency, punctuality, honesty, honour, organisation, self-respect, and independence. All of them are universal values. (MSS)

A Day of Punctuality
Organise a day of punctuality at home or at school. The boy will discover that three day's work is done in one day. The first gain will be the work will become smooth. There will be total absence of tension. He will see there is less noise. Orderliness, when it is not attempted, will emerge in some measure unasked. Complaints will be minimal or disappear. Some voices will be heard, ''How nice life will be if every day is like this." One can see the members will have an involuntary smile. Life will be excessively pleasant. I wish some organisation ORGANISES a week of comprehensive punctuality in some department or company and measures that performance. The improvement will be visible. Why? Punctuality is an organisation of Time. Time goes with space. Punctuality saves time. Time is energy. Time is money. Time saved is space shrunk. Therefore, efficiency rises. To do more with less is efficiency. Efficiency is effective on the personality. It generates self-confidence, which means everything. (MSS)

Perfecting a Single Skill/Value Like Punctuality

In the book The Vital Difference we can see the process of perfecting one single skill/value, in this case punctuality, which enables an individual to go from a nobody to the heights in a company.

Punctuality and the Company
Punctuality saves the time of the entire company. (MSS, our emphasis)

Punctuality as Corporate Value
"Punctuality," says the proverb, "is the soul of business." Without it, service cannot be prompt, efficiency cannot be high, prices cannot be low, and profitability cannot be maximized. As obvious as this may sound, punctuality -- in starting work, attending meetings, completing schedules, answering letters, returning phone calls, producing products, attending sales calls, shipping goods, invoicing customers, maintaining accounts, and paying bills -- is not so very common as one might think. A recent issue of General Mills' Family magazine dramatized this point with an article entitled "What Time Does a 10 O'clock Meeting Start?" It requires a comprehensive and perpetual effort of the entire organization to maintain this one simple corporate value. (MSS)

Punctuality  and Prosperity
Punctuality is abundant prosperity. (MSS)

Punctuality & Prosperity
Increasing punctuality is an index of prosperity. (MSS)

Punctuality & Profitability
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Punctuality is direct Profitability.

-Punctuality converts a losing concern to profitability.  (MSS)

Punctuality as Organizer
Punctuality is an organiser par excellence. (MSS)

Punctuality and the Spirit of Time
Time is a God, Kala. Paying attention to it evokes the Spirit behind Time. Organising Time in work evokes a higher Spirit of Time. Time in one work that honours Time in another work is co-ordination. Co-ordination extended all over the company evokes the Spirit of Time of your company. Punctuality at all levels of a company that co-ordinates work is the highest Spirit of Company Time. Work done in an average company in 6 1/2 days time with pride can be done in a company that employs punctuality all over in half a day, a saving of Time which is money. Here is a 13 fold savings. Any company that resorts to punctuality with full understanding and commitment will increase its profits five or six times, as Time will be saved to that extent.

  • Punctuality is direct Profitability.
  • Punctuality converts a losing concern to profitability.
  • Punctuality is an organiser par excellence.
  • It was said punctuality was the manners of kings.
  • Now we can say punctuality is the hallmark of unfailing success. (MSS)

Anything may fail, not punctuality

Punctuality & Work
Punctuality, regularity, orderliness, cleanliness, etc. are essential disciplines to accomplish a work. We can say that if the value of punctuality alone is acquired by Indians to the level of European punctuality, it can transform the nation from a poor to a rich one. All of us know its value. It is enjoyable when we possess it. It is very productive. Regularity and other qualities in the list above are more valuable. In 1920 Mother started teaching sadhaks how to keep books in an orderly way. (MSS)

Punctuality & Organization
Greater attention to business accounts, higher levels of systemization, punctuality, et al are higher forms of personal organization that attract positive life response.

 A Value is Greater than a Behavior
It is better to know something as a value than a behavior. E.g. it is better to be punctual because one values punctuality, rather than because one has simply learned to behave this way. The behavior is fine, but the value gives great utility and power; sustaining power.  

Lack of Punctuality
The skilled driver who lacks the value of punctuality may cause his employer to miss a crucial meeting or a great opportunity. (MSS)

Punctuality & Mental Discipline
Punctuality is the will of mental discipline to which all the other parts of the being submit. (MSS)

On Punctuality
In work there must be a rule and discipline and as much punctuality as possible in regard to time. (Sri Aurobindo)

Punctuality & Grace
All rhythmic movements and all that facilitate such movements (e.g. cleanliness, orderliness, punctuality, regularity) are the lifelines of this way of life [i.e. of grace, life response]. (MSS)

Punctuality & The Significant Individual
Here is an example of how an individual changes to punctuality and in the process changes his life.  GO

 

Regularity
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Regularity
To be able to be regular is a great force, one becomes master of one's time and one's movements. (Sri Aurobindo)

Steady and Regular Work
For the work steadiness and regularity are as necessary as skill. Whatever you do, do it always carefully. (The Mother)

Regularity in Business
In business regularity pertains to meetings, reports, sales calls, performance reviews, and so forth.

 

Reliability (Dependability, Trustworthiness)
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On Reliability and Becoming Human
-One becomes human in the measure of his reliability.

-To be human, one must be reliable. (MSS)

Reliability and Human Relationship
Reliability is the last word in human relationship. (MSS)

Definition of Reliability in Business
The way system or persons consistently produce the same results, preferably meeting or exceeding its specifications. Dependability. (MSS)

Devotion to Spirit and Reliability
The least little devotion to the Divine is an eternal spring of everlasting reliability. (MSS)

Unreliability and Dishonesty
Unreliability is a variant of dishonesty. (MSS)

Reliable vs. Unreliable Men
Reliable men are fair. Unreliable men cheat. (MSS)

Unreliability Negates Goodness
Unreliability nullifies the goodness of behaviour. (MSS)

 

Simplicity
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On Simplicity
Simplicity is the unostentatious quiet strength of inner poise that is indifferent to outer appearance. (MSS)

How Simplicity is Created
A simple thing is produced when complexity is reduced to a minimum; when it is forged in the fire of experience and time.

On Simplicity
Simplicity is the most direct path; the approach of ease; a means of accomplishment.

Simplicity Strategies for Success
In this time of great complexity and hurry, there is no more important personal value than "simplicity." Taking the time to simplify anything that is overly complex is a very helpful skill in these rapidly accelerating times. Simplifying a work not only streamlines it, but make it more effective and productive, leading to greater results when compared to its former complex arrangement.
Strategies:
-Take any important work or project in your life and come up with at least two ways to simplify it.
-Develop a half dozen ways to simplify your life.

Simplicity and Ultimate Achievement
One could take the single value of trying to simplify things and bring about ultimate achievement in life; particularly those who are caught in the web of complexity, physical, vital, or mental.

Simplicity and a Clear Mind
A thing simple is the spontaneous expression of a clear, discriminating mind.

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Simplicity is less that is more.

Less is More
When a writer comes up with an idea, he initially expresses it boldly, albeit through limited beauty of expression. He then expands on the matter to bring out the fullness of the idea, only to realize that the expression is too broad and expansive. As a result, he rewrites what he has written before in a concise way. What comes out of this process is a small jewel, a beautiful expression of a profound idea.

Life does not seek out quantity as much as quality as an end result. It looks for the perfect expression, perfect outcomes that reflect concise truths of consciousness. The world can be said to be moving in that direction. Though we go about accumulating many things in life, we are ultimately seeking happiness. In spiritual terms that is called "Delight of being," which is an even higher form of happiness because it never deserts us. The essence of gathering together of things in life -- material objects, wealth, family, power, position, and so forth -- is a means of creating One Small Thing, which is happiness, or better yet Delight of being. The quantity matters less than the quality. If it can be obtained through a small vehicle, then that is sufficient. What is important is the value, which is small and precise. It is Less than the sum of all things.

Each of us can look at our lives and determine what that essence is; what that True Thing consists of. When we know that, we can condense down all other things in pursuit of that deepest of personal values. By discarding, we move to the Essence. By abridging, we move to our Truth. By focusing and simplifying, we move towards our heart's desires in life. In that way, less is more, and more is less.

Simplicity and Elegance
Simplicity is elegance.

Simplicity in Language that is Elegance
Language becomes beautiful not so much by the metaphor or embellishments or even by its native idiom as by its appropriateness to the sensation. Elegance is simple. Profound simplicity is elegance pure and simple. (MSS)

Simplicity as Eternity, Elegance
Purity is profound. Simplicity is eternity. Profound simplicity is a pregnant, eternal moment. Elegance is eternal simplicity. (MSS)

Simplicity & Profundity
-Simplicity ennobles profundity.

-Conceive profoundly, state simply. (MSS)

Simplicity, Accessibility at Apple
Perhaps the chief way Steve Jobs is innovative, integrative, and revolutionizes industry is through his deep belief in making hardware and software that is easy to use, to the point of sheer elegance. Dating Mac to the inception of the Mac, Jobs wanted to create a radically new product that would revolutionize the industry through its ease of use. The graphic user interface (GUI) was a radical departure from anything before in the personal computer. Similarly, when he championed the WYSWYG output from the computer, including graphics, onto the LaserWriter printer, he championed a revolution in the printing field. He did the same with the IPod and especially the IPhone. Jobs' deep belief in making things easy for people -- i.e. the value of Ease of Use -- is one of his core personal values and beliefs, which reflects in the innovative, even revolutionary products he has developed. Speaking in the early days of the Mac Jobs said: ''We want to make a product like the first telephone. We want to make mass-market appliances. What we are trying to develop is a computer that can do all those things that you might expect, but we also offer a much higher performance which takes the form of a very easy-to-use product." (Fortune) We see here a vision of something extremely easy to us that has an all in one quality of design. Melding the inner and the outer into one seamless product, as in the Mac and particularly the IPhone, making it so simple that it is almost appliance life, is another thing that drives Jobs' thinking in developing Apple products and services.


Particular Values (or Attributes) that Enable Vast Achievement in Life
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Spiritual Values
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On Spiritual Values
There are values and spiritual values. While all values are spiritual skills, there are certain values that are uniquely spiritual values in that they more directly relate to the Spirit. Examples are
honesty, integrity, patience, self-giving, giving attention to others.

Spiritual Values
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piritual values include self-giving, silence, silent will, taking the other person's point of view, harmony, gratitude, and others. (MSS, slightly modified)

Spiritual Attitudes in Life (i.e. Values) Enables Endless Expansion, Prosperity for One's Self, and On All Sides
There is a Spirit in Life which is neither life nor Spirit, but the Spirit evolving in life. What does this mean? Life, human life, is what we know very well. Spirit is the goal of the traditional spiritual seeker. One who expresses in his life the spiritual values of honesty, integrity, patience, self-giving, etc. develops spiritual attitudes in life.

These spiritual attitude of life releases Spiritual energy in work. That energy will in turn express as endless expansion. In other words, the attitudes of applying spiritual values releases energy which expresses as endless expansion.

In addition, everyone concerned will be happy, enjoying a spiritual ease. As this ensures absence of friction, there will be no problems at all in any walk of his life. In other words, this expansiveness also attracts expansion on all sides. If all related working people are at ease, and if there are no problems, then they will surely they will enjoy prosperity. It is spiritual prosperity. (Paraphrase of MSS)

Giving Attention to Others is a Spiritual Value
A long list of spiritual values can be applied in a company. Paying greater attention to the needs of all others in the company than to one's own needs is a spiritual value that can turn a losing company into a profit making one the next month. Results of Spiritual Power when released into action by the truth of inner sincerity are INSTANTANEOUS.
(MSS)

Integrity is a Spiritual Value
Integrity is an inner value unconditioned by outer circumstances... Integrity is a spiritual value. [It's implementation attracts unsuspected positive life response.]

Spiritual Prosperity
Value makes one Spiritual. Of all the prosperities, Spiritual Prosperity is the most valuable. It includes material prosperity, mental prosperity and social prosperity. (MSS)

Spiritual Values

Particular Spiritual Values (or Attributes) that Enable Vast Achievement in Life

 


Other

Values in Government
The values of governments are the values of any organization or institution. Several values (or value-oriented capacities) in government that jump out are: efficiency, honesty, responsiveness, leadership (i.e. believing in leading), collaborative-capacity, problem-solving, authority, compassion, strength, fairness, respect for the individual, valuing education, progress, etc., getting things done, following the will of the people, compromise, valuing the progress of the individual, even the growth of the individual, protection, security, support, open to the possibilities, valuing planning, concern for the future of the people, valuing law and authority, tolerance, diversity, unity (within gov't, and in nation), the real truth of things (not just the surface), teamwork, camaraderie, opportunity, embracing all sides of the truth (not just one limited side), inspiring others, opening up opportunities for the people, etc.

 


TO BE CATEGORIZED

Personal Values

Identifying with the Company's Values that Takes You to the Heights

I would put it this way: When you love your job AND your company, you are propelled by Life to the heights of that firm, especially when there is a deep inner connection with its values. If they somehow come to reject you or lay you off due to extenuating circumstance, then you can carry on those deeper values elsewhere, where you will be taken to the pinnacles of success instead.

 

Values and Success Stories

The success stories of countries, continents, big corporations and significant Individuals have one thing in common. That is Values. The subtle vehicles took them to their prosperity. (Paraphrase of MSS)

 

Progress of Man through Human Values that are Aspects of Truth

Values are aspects of Truth expressed in life in different forms. The indwelling Divine Consciousness, in the process of Evolution, by using these values aspects of Truth enabled the phenomenal growth of humanity. (MSS)

 

Ultimate Accomplishment through Intensity of Aspiration and Values

-Accomplishment is dependent on various factors, including our aspiration, effort, attitudes, organization, values, etc.

-The degree of our success depends on the intensity we apply to any of these.

-The greatest results come from the intensity of our personal aspiration and values, which are ultimate determining factors for accomplishment.

-When we intensely aspire to achieve a goal through our most cherished values, we attract maximum results in our chosen field, evoking the infinite from the finite.

 

Values Reveal New Horizons

Values can take us to the subtle plane and hence will reveal the new horizons of life what will not be visible for when there are no values in life. (MSS)

 

Progress of Man through Human Values that are Aspects of Truth

Values are aspects of Truth expressed in life in different forms. The indwelling Divine Consciousness, in the process of Evolution, by using these values aspects of Truth enabled the phenomenal growth of humanity. (MSS)

 

The Ideal, the Practical

Practical of Practical Come From Ideals

The more practical than the practical will manifest only from the ideals. (N. Ramakrishnan)

 

Earlier

On Values

Values are the ideas that we cherish and believe in. It is an emotional connection to an idea, which is an ideal we believe in. (2009-2011 Q1)

 

Human Values

Openness, tolerance, simplicity, individuality, family feeling, enjoyment are several amongst hundreds of human values. (2009-2011 Q1)

 

Values and Success

There is nothing that engenders success more that our commitment and implementation of personal and social values. (2009-2011 Q1)

 

Spiritual Values

Silence, Peace, Oneness, Truth, Knowledge, Wisdom, Power, Creativity, Love, Delight, Timelessness, and Infinity are ultimate spiritual values. Every human value reflects one or more of these to varying degrees. (2009-2011 Q1)

 

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The universe comes to us as values.  (2009-2011 Q1)

 

Values and Goals Statement for One's Self

Businesses and other organizations develop strategic plans in which they list out their goals and values. E.g., one company indicated, "Provide growth opportunities for our employees. Create economic value for our customers and shareholders. Return value to the communities we serve." We can do the same and develop a goals and values statement for ourselves; of what we hope to achieve or become in life. E.g., one individual entered "Market my book so that millions in the world can experience the great benefit of instantaneous miraculousness. Apply principles of the spirit in the major projects and activities of my day. Be self-giving to others whenever possible, shedding selfishness. Go the extra mile to make a greater effort in my work." When sincerely acted upon, such goals and values draw out the infinite potentials of life, catapulting one to the inner and outer heights.  (2009-2011 Q1)

 

Evolution and Higher Values

Evolution in history can in one sense be thought of as the progressive adoption of increasingly higher personal and social values. (2009-2011 Q1)

 

Spiritual Values

Several Levels of Human and Spiritual Values

We can perceive several levels of human and spiritual values.

First we have what we ordinarily mean by personal, business, and social values -- such as openness, tolerance, family feeling, commitment to the customer, to the employee, enjoyment, creativity, etc. Then we can see human-related spiritual values -- such as power of restraint, silent will, mental silence, non-reaction, self-givingness, consecration, taking the other's viewpoint, etc. Then we can see the Universal, Cosmic values --  including Beingness, Oneness, Harmony, Goodness, Truth, Wisdom, Knowledge, Power, Creativity, Beauty, Love, Delight, Timelessness, Infinity, etc.   The first two levels of values are in essence subsets of the third.

For devotees of the Spirit, the simplest approach is to surrender to the Divine, and let the supramental power direct everything. As a result, we evolve in consciousness, causing the values we cherish to descend from the heights and to rise from our Psychic Center/evolving Soul within. And that somehow coordinates with the Universal and Transcendent purpose that we are uniquely fulfilling. We become instruments of values that are trying to manifest on earth; of Real Ideas of the Infinite Divine that our pouring into existence through our own instrumentality.

In that way, we become True Spiritual Individuals, expressing our uniqueness through particular practical, spiritual and cosmic values; which occur through our own life experiences; enabling the world to take another step toward a Consciousness-based, Divine life on earth. (2009-2011 Q1)