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STRESS EQUALITY

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NAMASMARA N DR.

SHRINIWAS KASHALIKAR

When we see inequality in the form utterly miserable living conditions on the one hand and extremely luxurious life style on the other; we almost instantly feel the need for equality. This is so, especially if we are not used to, habituated to; or addicted to; luxurious life style or miserable poverty; because such addiction makes us callous and insensitive; or helpless and moribund; respectively! The innate urge for equality is actually due to the humane feeling that we all (and not just few) should get food, shelter and other pleasures of life. This noble pursuit of equality is thus due to our high emotional quotient and being one with the aspirations of millions! The urge for equality is born out of our sensitivity; whether we belong to the class of luxurious life style, middle class or utter poverty and socio-economic exploitation. Thus Gautam Buddha was a king; Karl Marx was born in middle class; while Dr. Ambedkar was born in socioeconomically exploited class, but the revolutionary idea of equality was articulated by all three; as a vitally important value and was upheld by millions. But the noble vision of Buddha, Karl Marx and Dr. Ambedkar; which we seemed to share once; are far from being realized. The aspirations of millions are still being throttled in the abysmal and miserable living conditions. Even as the slogan of equality has stayed in the forefront; it has hardly made any difference in the life of millions.

Why is this so? Why have we failed to bring the dream of equality in reality? Why do we still suffer from the STRESS of inhuman inequality, disparity and discrimination in and around? Have we failed to understand the essence of the teachings of Buddha, Marx and Dr. Ambedkar? Have we failed to rise above our subjectivity and pettiness and to help ourselves and our brothers in getting empowered? Are we knowingly or unknowingly trapped in the semantics? Are we playing with the words? Are we indulging in slogan mongering for the sake of our petty gains and vested interests? Are we shackled (and opted to be shackled) in illusory, sectarian and ineffective solutions such as favors, subsidies and reservations? Have we knowingly or unknowingly; misused the slogan of equality for getting blind followers and building sociopolitical clouts; for our ulterior motives? The answer is:

We have not understood, appreciated and internalized the spirit underlying the concept of equality. We have also not realized the immaculate and impeccable essence the element of complementarity inherent and integral to our dream of equality. Our sublime emotion associated with the urge of equality; is not enriched by the wisdom of appreciation of the complementarities; and has therefore remained naive and in restrictive shackle; that is hampering our blossoming! We would continue to fail in absence of the wisdom of appreciating complementarity inherent to the concept of equality! In fact; if we go on insisting on unrealistic and impossible equality; it would indirectly and unknowingly help the spirit of exploitative inequality amongst us! Insistence of mere superficial or external aspects of equality in terms of similar food, similar clothes, similar houses, and similar behavior is obviously fanatic and coercive! It throttles our blossoming of all species! This is because; the spirit of equality embodies complementarity and freedom of growth and blossoming of everyone! This spirit of equality gets jeopardized by insistence of superficial or external aspects of equality! Let us see; how in the following instances; mere insistence of superficial or external aspects of equality; harms and does gross injustice! An infant without teeth should get milk or other liquids, a grown up person with good teeth should get food that can

chewed and eaten and an old person with dentures should get food that could be easily chewed with dentures. The children should get toys and blessings, grown up people should get scope for fulfilling their creativity and productivity according to their aptitudes; and elderly should get rest, respect and opportunity to advise, pamper and bless the youngsters! An ailing individual should get care and a healer should get freedom to deliver the care! A mother should get the freedom to breast feed and a new born to suckle! We differ in our constitutions, capabilities, strengths and weaknesses and hence should have a provision for being groomed to fulfill our selves and contribute to the blossoming of society. But apart from this ineffective and counterproductive fanatic and coercive insistence of superficial and external equality; many of us insist on more sophisticated equality of opportunity or material abundance. They feel that material abundance would nullify all the inequality and injustice. This is also not true. If I am provided with all the abundance; without wisdom; then in all probability I am likely to misuse it to my own and others detriment. Conversely; vain glory of spiritual equality; without consideration to material conditions; is certainly; a cruel

mockery of the concept of equality. It blatantly supports and strengthens the spirit of exploitative inequality. Thus, distributing pamphlets of spiritual wisdom to those amongst us who are equally and uniformly starved; or are equally diseased as in epidemics; is callous humiliation of the complementarity inherent to the true spirit of equality. It is necessary to understand that equality in its true spirit is actually; commonality that runs through not only all human beings; but also through other species. Hence appreciation of this commonality is true spirit of equality; and most justifiably upholds with utmost intensity; the provision of everything that is required for the blossoming of all the individuals and the species! This value of provision of everything for the total blossoming of one and all; is magnanimous, insuperable, invincible and essential. It helps everyone to ascend from; getting all the optimal material provisions; to the ultimate aspiration of realization of the eternal bliss. Based on this holistic perspective; we can evolve and practice international policies, plans, programs, laws, conventions, national constitutions, local laws/rules essential for realizing the visions of Buddha, Marx and Dr. Ambedkar! This is Total Stress Management i.e. blossoming of one and all! It is said by the saints; that; for the true equality to materialize; it is urgent and essential that; in addition to the

billions of people practicing NAMASMARAN; many more billions; in every nook and corner of the world; have to practice NAMASMARAN; with far greater intensity and selflessness.

But; what is NAMASMARAN?


Namasmaran usually embodies; remembering the name of God, Guru, great souls; such as prophets and whatever is considered as holy e.g. planets and stars. It is remembered silently, loudly, along with music, dance, along with breathing, in group or alone. Further, NAMASMARAN is either counted by some means such as fingers, rosary (called SMARANI or JAPAMALA), or electronic counter; or practiced without counting. The traditions vary from region to region and from religion to religion. However the universal principle underlying NAMASMARAN is to reorient our physiological and social being; with our true self and establish and strengthen the bond between; our physiological and social being; with our true self; and finally reunification or merger with our true self! Individual consciousness is the culmination of every activity in life. NAMASMARAN is the pinnacle of or culmination of individual consciousness and the final common pathway; to objective or cosmic consciousness. Thus we get funneled into or unified with our true self (objective or cosmic consciousness)!

Thus NAMASMARAN is in fact the YOGA of YOGA in the sense; that it is the culmination of consciousness associated with every possible procedure and technique in the yoga that we are familiar with. It is the YOGA of YOGA; also because; it is the culmination of consciousness associated with all the activities in the universe! It is YOGA of YOGA because everybody in the world irrespective of his/her tradition and the beliefs; would eventually, ultimately and naturally reach it; in the process of liberation. Even so called non believers also would not miss the benefit of NAMASMARAN as they may remember true self through one symbol or another! Just as NAMASMARAN is YOGA of YOGA it is meditation of meditation also! This is because the natural and ultimate climax of every form of meditation; is remembering true self or merging with cosmic consciousness effortlessly! These facts however have to be realized with persistent practice of NAMSMARAN and not blindly believed or blindly disbelieved with casual approach! In short NAMSMARAN is a super-bounty consciousness for every individual to realize consciousness)! This is truly a super-bounty person, who experiences it, rises above of cosmic it (cosmic because a mercenary,

commercial and even professional and charity planes and manifests super- transactions in his or her life! These are just few observations to give rough idea about what is NAMASMARAN. NAMASMARAN is an ocean of bliss. Its true meaning is beyond description in words and has to be experienced, not by one or few persons sporadically; but most preferably, by billions! One is said to achieve ANUSANDHAN, which is a state of ultimate freedom; or being connected with true self; remembered through the name of God as inspired by the Guru (NAMASMARAN); in traditional practice. It is beyond all subjective considerations and pursuits; and has benevolent effect of facilitating ANUSANDHAN; on the entire universe! The last point is; NAMASMARAN is being practiced by billions even now. But even though all of them may not be enlightened instantly; at least; some of them would certainly be enlightened and empowered to evolve, guide and consolidate the global conscience and thereby manifest global unity, harmony and justice; through holistic policies! References: Namasmaran: Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar Sahasranetra: Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar Holistic Medicine: Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar Stress: Understanding and Management: Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar Conceptual Stress: Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar

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