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Maharishi University of Management-The Review    Translate This Article
Fairfield, United States
18 February 2004

18 February 2004 - Natural Law-based environmental management was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Human Values.

Titled 'Exploring the Frontiers of Environmental Management: A Natural Law-Based Perspective,' the article notes that there is growing recognition of the imperative to address ecological concerns within the organization and management disciplines. But leaders within the environmental management movement also recognize that management has been the very cause of ecological degradation.

The authors offer Natural Law-based Environmental Management as a way of rebalancing environmental management. They explain that Natural Law, the intelligence that maintains order and progress in the physical world, is inherent in our own consciousness.

Further, they quote His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's explanation that the regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique enables the conscious mind to identify itself with the self-referral unified field, so that 'our thoughts and actions spontaneously begin to be as orderly and evolutionary as all the activity of Nature.'

The paper credits the success of the objective approach of modern science in gaining knowledge about various aspects of nature and providing technologies that achieve specific ends. But it points out that because these successes are based on partial knowledge, they produce unfortunate side effects.

'Because of the far-reaching and potentially irreversible impacts of technology, at this time in the world it is essential that objective science be complemented by subjective science that provides knowledge of the holistic value of Natural Law,' the authors say.

'The need of the time is for education to enliven the total potential of Natural Law in the manager's brain physiology to spontaneously promote balance and sustainability in eco-human relations,' Dr. Heaton said.

Coauthors of the article included David Steingard of Saint Joseph's University and Dale Fitzgibbons of Illinois State University. The article is a revision of a conference paper presented at the International Assembly of Business Disciplines when Dr. Steingard was a management faculty member at Maharishi University of Management. The authors were assisted in preparing the manuscript by Maharishi University of Management graduate student Khalid Hameed.

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