Stephan Covey

satyameva jayate nānṛtaṁ, satyena panthā vitato devayānaḥ, yenākramantyṛṣayo hyāptakāmā, yatra tat satyasya paramaṁ nidhānam - Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.6

Truth alone triumphs; not falsehood. Through truth the divine path is spread out by which the sages whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach where that supreme treasure of Truth resides.

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An "insider' has confided in me that the famous Stephen Covey learned his ideas from the worked of Swami Vivekananda - that the inner character development is more important and that this will then express itself externally. He says there is a video in which Covey acknowledges this, but it has been removed from the public to hide this fact. His Wickipedia entry is also cleaned up and devoid of any such details or suspicion.

What he learned from Vivekananda was the basis of his famous book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People One of the world's largest and most reputable management training organizations is the result of Stephen Covey's writings. It is called Franklin Covey.

In India, Franklin Covey India ( ) is regarded very highly and its sells franchises to Indians who can learn its proprietary methods and teach them for revenue sharing. Those who learn its methods are required to sign an agreement not to divulge any details. The physical materials used are taken back and locked securely. In other words there is great attention to prevent any "leakage" of its "proprietary" methods.

It is amazing that now the RK Mission web sites and many Vivekananda Study groups cite Stephen Covey rather than Vivekananda when they want to explain character development.

Those familiar with my work will recognize this as stage-5 - when the digested version gets re-exported back to India where an eager market is waiting for this "Made in USA" knowledge. Yet the very same management gurus in India would not like to be seen teaching ideas of dharma concerning character development, even though the USA version is derived from Vivekananda and is a diluted version of the same.

- Rajiv Malhotra

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