“SOMETHING BEYOND GREATNESS: Conversations with a Man of Science and a Woman of God” by Judy Rodgers and Gayatri Naraine. Published by HCI (Health Communications, Inc.) http://www.hcibooks.com
Greatness has many faces …
In their worldwide search to understand the inner workings of altruism, authors Judy Rodgers and Gayatri Naraine humbly discovered that the quality of “something beyond greatness, ” which we most often attribute to such extraordinary figures as Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King Jr., occurs naturally in the flow of life on subway platforms, city streets, and living rooms when people see the other with love and act from the heart. It vanishes, however, when we are thinking, planning, or trying too hard to make things happen.
If we are all capable of the kind of selfless deeds that transform the world for the better, why don’t they happen more often? Why do those who throw themselves in front of oncoming trains or leap into icy rivers to rescue another claim that “anybody would have done it”? What would it take to create communities of greatness in the world? Is it a matter of our biology? Or our spiritual essence?
“Something Beyond Greatness” is a thought-provoking, discussion of the humble, loving service to others that is at the heart of greatness. For insight into the two sides of the coin, Rodgers and Naraine turned to a Woman of God and a Man of Science — Dadi Janki and Humberto Maturana — both world-renowned in their respective practices. Through their discussions with Janki, Maturana, and many others, you’ll come to realize, as have the authors, that the two sides of the coin lead to one whole … and that performing a miraculous act of greatness or living a life of greatness is an inspired, heartfelt choice that one makes in a moment of chaos, in the quiet of one’s mind, or within a balance of these seemingly opposite circumstances.