Spirituality and Sustainable Development

In spite of heavy investments, development has failed to alleviate poverty and inequality, achieve environmental sustainability and deliver happiness to humanity. In his revolutionary book, Rohana Ulluwishewa shows that the root-cause of the failure lies within us. It is our self-centeredness and greed for material wealth. Conventional development ignores this truth, and attempts to change almost everything in the external world except ourselves. Of course, the changes it brings to the external world generate more material wealth, but as the selfishness within us remains unchanged, we fail to generate wealth in an environmentally sustainable manner, to distribute the wealth equally and to deliver happiness to all. While all great religions advocate the reduction of our selfishness, modern scientific evidence suggest that it is a temporary sign of our spiritual underdevelopment. As we develop spiritually, it is replaced by selfless love. Then spontaneously emerge a form of development driven by love which can eliminate poverty and inequality, achieve environmental sustainability and deliver happiness to all. This book concludes with policy measures required to promote the new form of development.


"At last! Here is a book which gets to the real root of the problem. For 60 years, we have had people telling us that problems of poverty, inequality, unsustainability and unhappiness could be solved by Western economics and technology. These misconstrued solutions only further worsened the problems. Now, however, Rohana Ulluwishewa has dared to expose greed as the ultimate cause. Only by spirituality, whether religious or non-religious, can this greed be curbed and the author explains how this can be done." - John Flenley, Emeritus Professor of Geography, Massey University, New Zealand

"This book is of utmost importance in understanding the issues and meeting the challenges of sustainable economic development. The author reframes sustainable development as a challenge that begins internally, within the individual, rather than externally, in the environment or society. The internal challenge can only be met by developing the spiritual dimension of the individual or the spiritual self. The book is well-thought-out, well-documented and well-written. It guides the reader down a clear path of purpose towards sustainable economic development." - John Ikerd, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri, USA

"Spirituality and Sustainable Development is a powerful exposé of the price of greed and how one person can spark inner change. I enjoyed the author's doable solution suggestions and the non-preachy presentation of the subject matter. Overall, Spirituality and Sustainable Development is an insightful journey into the possibilities of what could be." - Suzanne Cowles, Readers' Favorite

"The volume has made a significant contribution towards our understanding of what is called sustainable development and the ways of achieving it. Each one of us can make a difference by taking the steps essential for a more healthy and contented lifestyle. This volume is published in the UK. What the author says should have a familiar ring in the Eastern countries, apart from the Western audience it appears to be targeting." - The Island



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About Rohana Ulluwishewa

Rohana Ulluwishewa was an Associate Professor at the Sri Jayewardenepura University in Sri Lanka. After gaining a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, UK, he completed his PhD at Kyushu University, Japan. In his thirty years of academic career he has worked as Senior Lecturer at the University of Brunei, and was Visiting Fellow at Wageningen Agricultural University and Leiden University in the Netherlands, and at Leeds University, UK. He served as a consultant for many national and international development agencies and has published in numerous international journals. He was also an Honorary Research Associate at Massey University in New Zealand, where he currently lives.

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