Project Sri Ramakrishna - Toynbee: Religion, Ethics, and International Business
If a businessperson is operating in the global market, her or she should learn techniques of the foreign trade (transport, Incoterms, documents, customs), of international marketing (distribution, prices, adaptation of products, promotion policies), the environment of the markets where he wishes to do business as well as the fundamentals of intercultural negotiation. However, it is also necessary to know the largest religions in the World.
The businessperson needs to know the world religions, because they influence significantly in the way of doing business in each market, especially in “non-Western” countries. The great part of humanity - Africa, Latin America, Arab Countries, India, and South-east Asia - is much more spiritual than the West, a factor that we cannot forget.
It is also highly recommended knowing the ethical principles of the world religions for personal enrichment, as a way to increase the wisdom of each person.
However, also; he needs to know them because they are Wisdom traditions of humanity that are sources of global ethics common to all religions.
More and more some scholars advocate searching these ethical principles shared by all faiths. Instead of looking for differences, find points of convergence, facilitating dialogue, international relations, and business.
In 1948, the great British historian Arnold Toynbee in is his essay “Civilisation on Trial” said:
The mystic renovator of Hinduism, Sri Ramakrishna, at the end of the 19th century introduced a crucial message: all religions are truthful (Principle of the Harmony of Religions). Ramakrishna also said that religions are a path to reach God, but they are not God in absolute.
“God has made different religions to suit different aspirations, times, and countries. All doctrines are only so many paths, but a
path is by no means God Himself
Looking to build a bridge between West and East, and given the importance and the vision of Toynbee and Ramakrishna, this project is titled:
Project Sri Ramakrishna - Toynbee: Religion, Ethics, and International Business.
This project has been developed under this point of view. The finite, created by human beings, such as churches, should be subject to debate and criticism; but the infinite, the higher absolute reality is out of human reach.
Religions, from a finite perspective, to be interpreted by man, have positive aspects but also negative. There are many essays on the negative aspects of religions, a reality that history has taught us. However, religions also have a positive side, as sources of ancient wisdom, emanating ethical principles shared by almost all the higher religions. This will be another objective of this essay, find these common ethical principles shared by all religions, focusing mostly on the positive side of religions.
Analysing the ethical principles and the sacred books of Jainism, Hinduism, Zoroastrian, Buddhists, Confucians, Islam or the Taoists is difficult to find negative values. Concepts such as Ahimsa (Non-Violence), truthfulness, justice, philanthropy, respect for the environment, the universal golden rule will be common.
The Director of this project apologizes, whether through ignorance or lack of information, has been able to offend to some follower of religions analysed.