The concept of Prakriti and Brahmanda is very beautiful. Prakriti is nature. It is the world as it is. Thus, it's definition is the same for everyone. Every human being has the power of imagination and believes the self to be special. Thus, one creates his own definition of the world. This perception gives rise to Brahmanda which is unique to each individual. Prakriti, therefore, resembles the objective reality whereas Brahmanda represents the subjective reality.
Shiva is the greatest tapasvin. He has liberated himself from the rules of Prakriti and does not try to control it. His control on his mind and his inward looking concentration also ensures he does not create his own Brahmanda. Thus, he does not own anything and detaches himself from all things - material or spiritual. Just as a surface looks white when it reflects back all colours in the spectrum, so does Shiva reflects back all things material. He is equally indifferent to objective and subjective reality.
The two shut eyes of Shiva embodies that nothing is rejected or selected by him. Nothing is approved or disapproved, nothing is included or excluded. Everything is the same. The third eye of Shiva embodies the absence of discrimination and choice. In doing so, Shiva remains aloof from the human world. His wisdom remains divorced from the world.
This wisdom, thus, does not benefit humans. The mythology is full of events that aim at getting Shiva to be involved in this world of humans. His consort, Gauri or Parvati, both aim to get him involved with the world.
His son, Ganesha, is more involved with the human world. Here I borrow from Devdutt Pattanaik's book "7 Secrets of Shiva". The pictures or statues of Ganesha often show two symbols of an axe and a noose. The axe represents analytical skills that enable one to separate objective from subjective reality whereas the noose represents the ability to outgrow this distinction and to unite the opposites.
There is an excellent analogy to the world of analytics in this mythological setup. The world of business is the world of data. This data is absolute and uniform across. The data forms the Prakriti of business. However, business leaders tend to form their own ideas and conclusions basis their beliefs. This is the individual Brahmanda. Ignoring both the objective data and the subjective beliefs would make one aloof from the business. This is not a desirable state of affairs for the business stakeholders.
One needs the ability to separate the objective, analytical driven decisions with the subjective, gut feel based decision. However, it is not a choice of one over the other. It is required to have the noose in place that considers both option and uses one to reinforce the other with equal respect. Malcolm Gladwell advocates the importance of experience or gut feel. But he also goes on to qualify the subjective decision as those that arise out of 10,000 hours of repetitive experience. Tom Davenport occupies the opposite spectrum of analytical decision making. But neither approach tends to eliminate the other. Each needs to respect the other approach even if it means they are contradicting to each other.
The business that learns to gel the two approaches together as a process will benefit from analytics. But often, business leaders tend to look at analytics as a challenge to their business acumen, especially when the models throw up insights that contradict their belief. They would benefit if they look at analytics to validate their assumption and accept the results. Similarly, the analytical outfit tend to override business approaches without considering the situation on the ground. Data may showcase a certain behaviour but the true nature of the causal or correlated behaviour can only be known by considering the experience of the business leader on the field.
Ancient India has already given this lesson to us. They understood the difference and the combined importance of both the subjective and analytical approach. Modern business should learn from ancient knowledge to benefit from both approaches.
The blessings from Mount Kailash is available for those who are ready to consume and benefit from it.