[OSList] Ancient Indian principles vs. Open Space Technology

Jeff Aitken via OSList oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
Tue Mar 29 10:50:37 PDT 2016

I remember seeing these some years ago. There's ancient wisdom clearly
animating the principles and practices of Open Space, and yet these were a
little too perfectly aligned for my eye. Yes, I have a buzzkill theory.

The internet being as it is, full of quotes incorrectly attributed to
Buddha or Einstein, my hunch is that these four migrated from early OSTs in
India by Harrison or Anne or Prasad or somebody, and have been repackaged
as wisdom from way olden days.

Which should take nothing from their value.

Lagunitas, California
On Mar 29, 2016 10:17 AM, "Harrison Owen via OSList" <
oslist at lists.openspacetech.org> wrote:

> Yes. It is indeed amazing. The older I get, the older I get. These first
> appeared as “4(5) Principles of Indian  Spirituality”. Obviously moved over
> to Bangladesh, which is not much of a jump. But the original Indian one was
> prettier. I have attached it, but it may not get through. But you can
> Google if you care. Fun.
> Harrison
> *From:* OSList [mailto:oslist-bounces at lists.openspacetech.org] *On Behalf
> Of *Jan Höglund via OSList
> *Sent:* Monday, March 28, 2016 6:02 AM
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> *Subject:* [OSList] Ancient Indian principles vs. Open Space Technology
> A few days ago, a friend from Bangladesh told me about the following
> ancient Indian principles of spirituality.
> I was struck by how similar these principles are to the principles of Open
> Space Technology (in parentheses).
> 1. Every Person you encounter is the right one.  (Whoever comes is the
> right people.)
> 2. Whatever has happened, is the only thing that could have happened.
> (Whatever happens is the only thing that could have, be prepared to be
> surprised!)
> 3. Each moment in which something begins is the right moment.  (Whenever
> it starts is the right time.)
> 4. What is Over is Over.  (When it’s over, it’s over.)
> 5. Nothing is permanent.
> Jan Höglund
> Sweden
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