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The IUP Journal of Soft Skills
Individual Development in the Light of the Bhagavad Gita.
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An attempt is made in the paper to discuss individual development in the light of the Bhagavad Gita. The need arises primarily due to the fact that while the western worldview recognizes interpersonal skills as the most dominating factor in an individual’s qualitative development, the Bhagavad Gita expounds the importance and development of the intrapersonal skills for the holistic development of individuals. According to the Bhagavad Gita, an individual/self is a combination of three dimensions: physical, psychological and spiritual. The process of self-development involves the subjugation/sublimation of the physical dimension under the psychological dimension and the subjugation/sublimation of the psychological dimension under the spiritual dimension. In the background of the Bhagavad Gita, we may develop an Indian version of soft skills and that of humanities and social sciences that would make this world a better place to live in.

 
 

By ‘Individual’ development, we refer to the ‘personal’ or ‘self’ development of individuals. Generally, individual development leads to professional development of individuals. It consists of an individual’s quantitative development, in terms of amassing resources, power, position, etc., and an individual’s qualitative development, as reflected through the interpersonal and intrapersonal skill development. Interpersonal skill refers to an individual’s orientation towards external interaction and development of social/people skills. Intrapersonal skill refers to an individual’s orientation towards internal interaction and development within oneself.

 
 

Soft Skills Journal, Why the Bhagavad Gita?, Self-Motivation, Individual’s Qualitative development.