It’s just play – Lila

Lila (SanskritलीलाIAST līlā) or Leela, like many Sanskrit words, cannot be precisely translated into English, but can be loosely translated as the noun “play”. The concept of Lila is common to both non-dualist and dualist philosophical schools, but has a markedly different significance in each. Within non-dualism, Lila is a way of describing all reality, including the cosmos, as the outcome of creative play by the divine absolute (Brahman). In the dualistic schools of Vaishnavism, Lila refers to the activities of God and his devotee, as well as the macrocosmic actions of the manifest universe, as seen in the Vaishnava scripture Srimad Bhagavatam, verse 3.26.4:


What does it mean to be a seeker?


Whether it is through politics, therapy or religion, there are those people who are looking for a greater meaning to their lives. For these people, the life of material pleasures is not enough.

If you, too, are looking for the absolute Truth, you are a seeker. Within all seekers there is a drive that keeps them looking, that keeps them questing. Their Spirit thirsts for a union with its Greater Self. From communism to transcendentalism, from drugs to psychic phenomena, a seeker’s journey can be a long one.

How can we hire the right people to support our culture and continuously experiment?

Hiring

  • How do the best companies hire the best people?
  • Why do “A’s hire A’s,” but “B’s Hire Cs”?
  • How do you source, attract and hire the most talented people?
  • What are the best interview questions and most unique interview styles?
  • What are the best rapid screening mechanisms? How do you automate it?
  • How do you gamify hiring?
  • How do you ensure a new hire fits your culture and team?
  • How do you test a new hire in a real-life work scenario?
  • How do you test the quality of their work?
  • Should you be ruthless about hiring the best people?

Culture

  • What is culture?
  • How do you create it? Can you create it? Who creates it?
  • How do you maintain it? Evolve it?
  • Why does every company need very strong core values?
  • What are the best examples of a strong, productive company culture?
  • How does Uber create culture? Amazon? Google? Apple?
  • What are some examples of culture creating value?
  • How do you invest in ‘culture’?

Experimentation

  • Why is experimentation so important?
  • How do you create a culture of experimentation?
  • How do you incentivize “failing forward”?
  • Why should you try to kill your best ideas?
  • Should experiments be kept secret?
  • Why are hyper growth and experimentation so linked?
  • Why should you worry about progress, rather than success?
  • How do Amazon, Uber and Google enable experimentation?

The Imaginary Foundation

The Imaginary Foundation says “Great art expands the way we see—it uplifts the human spirit from the barbaric and thrusts it toward the numinous.” 



The Imaginary Foundation is a think tank from Switzerland that does experimental research on new ways of thinking and the power of the imagination. They hold dear a belief in human potential and seek progress in all directions. The small clandestine team is headed up by the mysterious “Director,” a 70-something über-intellectual whose father founded the Dadaist movement. Avoiding direct publicity, the team has sought clothing as an unlikely vehicle for bringing their ideas beyond the academic realm and into popular culture. A multicultural design team based in San Francisco articulates The Director’s ideas and translates them into consumable formats for the new generation. 

How to Fortify Yourself Against Fear and Misfortune


“If you would not have a man flinch when the crisis comes, train him before it comes.”


Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with coarse and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: “Is this the condition that I feared?” It is precisely in times of immunity from care that the soul should toughen itself beforehand for occasions of greater stress, and it is while Fortune is kind that it should fortify itself against her violence. In days of peace the soldier performs maneuvers, throws up earthworks with no enemy in sight, and wearies himself by gratuitous toil, in order that he may be equal to unavoidable toil. If you would not have a man flinch when the crisis comes, train him before it comes.
Let the pallet be a real one, and the coarse cloak; let the bread be hard and grimy. Endure all this for three or four days at a time, sometimes for more, so that it may be a test of yourself instead of a mere hobby. Then, I assure you, my dear Lucilius, you will leap for joy when filled with a pennyworth of food, and you will understand that a man’s peace of mind does not depend upon Fortune; for, even when angry she grants enough for our needs.
Long before SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk gained a net worth of an estimated $11.9 billion, or before he became a millionaire at 28 after selling his first company, Zip2, he lived off just a dollar a day.
Forcing himself to live mainly off hot dogs and oranges wasn’t the result of poverty or some charitable movement, but an experiment to see if he had what it takes to lead a life as an entrepreneur, he tells astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

How will you fortify against your fear and become more resilient? some ideas..

-Cold Showers
-Blindfold for 24 hours 
-24 Hour Fast
-Live without electricity and electronics
-Live under $10 a day for a week 
-Live like a homeless person for 24 hours