"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be." - Patanjali

Friday, February 10, 2006

Fat-cat capitalists

Whenever people come to work for CORD or have training seminars run by CORD, the ashram provides their accommodation and meals.

So imagine bankers attending a seminar on micro-banking. At dinner, the bankers, many of whom are general managers and other senior management, those who have scaled the heights of capitalism, and are indeed capitalism personified, wait for the meal prayer to be said, are served by and sit amongst those who have pretty much renounced all things material, and try to fit their over laden stomachs between tables more used to anorexic Swamis than voluminous bankers.

For all that the obvious point not yet mentioned is that they have come down from their perch to see how they can contribute to a scheme to help cash-strapped villagers, or more cynically, how to make money out of the money-less.

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