NAMA NAMASMARAN AND TOTAL STRESS MANAGEMENT
NAME, NAMASMARAN and TOTAL STRESS MANAGEMENT: The concept of the title is; NAMA is the absolute truth beyond time and space. It is the ultimate controlling center. NAMASMARAN is the product of NAMA; and TOTAL STRESS MANAGEMENT is the effect of NAMASMARAN.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - NAMA NAMASMARAN AND TOTAL STRESS MANAGEMENT
A Heart to Heart Dialogue
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(Jap, Jaap, Jikra, Sumiran, Simaran; i.e. remembering
God or True Self)
Total Stress Management
(Total Well Being, Holistic Renaissance, Superliving,
Holistic Health Etc.)
A Heart to Heart Dialogue
Dr. Shriniwas Janardan Kashalikar
MBBS (POONA), MD (BOM), FICG (BOM), FFFBMS
(USA), D Sc (OIUCM-COLOMBO)
Professor and Head
Department of Physiology
Hind Institute of Medical Sciences
Safedabad (UP); India
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GURUH SAKSHAT PARABRAHMA
TASMAISHRI GURAVE NAMAH
I salute my Guru, who is Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh
called Gunamaya i.e. the penultimate truth; and the
Parabrahma; i.e. the ultimate truth.
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Indeed; this is a heart to heart dialogue! It depicts the absorbing
story of a progressive inner blossoming; from the initial stage;
of struggling to the stage of victorious fulfillment.
On page 10, the dialogue begins with a question commonly
faced by us. This is the beginning of conscious process of
stress management! Before this; there is a stage of ignorance
and darkness; devoid of any questions. It is speechless.
On pages 11 to 12, there is a focus on importance of the
practice of NAMASMARAN in stress.
On page 13 to 14, we find a discussion on whether the day to
day problems are real or God or true self is real.
On pages 15 to 17, there is a narration of the early perceptions
of the teacher about stress, NAMASMARAN and Total Stress
Management; and a depiction of his ideas about charity.
On pages 18 to 22, The teacher’s feelings about Marxism are
On pages 23 to 24, there is an explanation about the teacher’s
outlook about the prevalent spiritual traditions and
On pages 25 to 27, there is a discussion on the restless seeking
of answers and self assertion.
On pages 28, we get an idea about the assurance of inner
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prompting; amidst the stress experienced while in the search
On pages 29 to 32, we learn about the identification of
NAMASMARAN as the single, simple and easy to practice
democratic universal solution to individual and universal
problems i.e. a panacea!
On pages 33, there is an introduction to the germ of Total
On pages 34, we explore how the promise of individual and
global blossoming and the “soul” of atheism and theism; are
embodied in NAMASMARAN.
On pages 35 to 36, we find the analogies to explain the exact
and holistic meaning of total stress management.
On pages 37 to 38, there is an explanation of the physiological
concept of stress.
On pages 39to 40, there is a brief discussion on the physiological
and pathophysiological aspects of mechanisms underlying
On pages 41 to 42, we come across the ocean of the causes of
stress, which are called stressors.
On pages 43 to 50, we explore the incidence and extent of
medical ailments and general suffering resulting from
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On pages 51 to 59, we get an insight into the support
systems; and the Total Stress Management, which
embodies; SADDHARANA (conviction), SADVICHAR
(thoughts), SADBHAVANA (emotions), SATPRAVRUTTI
(motivation), SADVASANA (instincts), SATSANKALP
(plan), SATKARMA(deed) and SADACHAR (behavior)
culminating in Self realization; and how it is a product of
NAMASMARAN or being oriented to true self.
On pages 60 to 62, we get further clarity about SATPRERANA
(perspective of oneness), SADDHARANA (conviction),
SADVICHAR (thoughts), and SADBHAVANA (emotions),
SATPRAVRUTTI (motivation), SADVASANA (instincts),
SATSANKALP (plan) and SATKARMA or SADACHAR.
On pages 63 to 64, we get some more insights in
On pages 65 to 67, we find analysis of our hollow rhetoric
On pages 68 to 70, there is an explanation; about how
NAMASMARAN, SADICCHAA, SATSHAKTI,
SWADHARMA and ensuing social welfare are inseparable.
On pages 71 to 74, the pros and cons of the abandoning of
rationality are described.
On pages 75 to 78, entropy, negentropy, bhavarog, bhavasagar
and their relevance to stress management are explained.
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On pages 79 to 80, there is a depiction of how an intellectual
activity and the NAMASMARAN are complementary.
On pages 81 to 83, there is an affirmation of how
NAMASMARAN is a preventive and curative measure; in
all; but especially in children!
On pages 84 to 85, there is an appreciation of the traditional
practices of NAMAJAP and NAMASMARAN; and future of
On pages 86 to 95, we can visualize; the universalization of the
practice of NAMASMARAN and Total Stress Management
(SAMASHTI YOGA); as a function of the omniscient,
omnipotent, omnipresent NAMA, which is also implied in
the aphorisms SHRIRAM SAMARTH and RAMA KARTA.
On page 96 there is the world famous prayer; yearning for
individual and universal blossoming; in Sanskrit; along with
its essence in English.
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I gratefully acknowledge Dr. Suhas Mhetre’s dedicated efforts
to upload this Heart to Heart Dialogue for free download
on five hundred international free sharing websites; and to
produce video CD/ audio CD/audio book/book; and Respected
Shri. Madhukar (Nana) V. Kelkar’s valuable suggestions,
appreciation and encouragement. I thankfully acknowledge
the participation in one way or another and direct or indirect;
of everyone in production of this work.
Lastly; I thank you for choosing to read or listen this; as
that would catalyze blossoming of mine also; besides that
of thousands of others! Participation in NAMASMARAN
is always a “win-win” situation. The work of this type
is never complete and never perfect. Your suggestions
would be always welcomed; and carefully considered and
Thank you very much
Shriniwas Janardan Kashalikar
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Student: Sir, can you please help me? I am really helpless!
There is no ray of hope whatsoever! I am living like a
vegetable! Every day just comes and goes; without any kind
of excitement or fulfillment. There is no motivation for living!
Many advise me to practice NAMASMARAN. But; from
what I have heard and read; even though NAMASMARAN
is advocated by many as a panacea; there are many according
to whom; it is an idle practice and has nothing to do with the
day to day problems! This is why; I am in dilemma! Do you
think there is any value of NAMASMARAN, in my agony?
Please clear my doubts!
Teacher: This is a genuine question! Actually your problem
has become quite common! Let us have a heart to heart
dialogue and see; if that can help you. But please don’t expect
a readymade solution. Don’t think of passively following me.
That does not work. Be bold, frank and inquisitive. Challenge
me! But it should not be in a casual manner. In such matters;
the casual gossip proves useless; and even counterproductive!
Student: Agreed! Sir, how can I afford to be casual in this
state? I need a genuine and effective guidance. I assure you; I
won’t be casual for my own sake!
Teacher: Fine! I will try to explain whatever I am convinced
about; step by step. You can always interrupt me, if I fail to
clarify my point at any stage. Is that OK?
Student: Yes Sir! Perfect! I am really lucky that you have
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agreed to help me in this state of helplessness! I am fortunate
to have you; to clarify my doubts and help me to conquer my
Teacher: Thank you! But the doubts can be cleared by
discussion; only up to a certain point. Final clarity and
conviction ensues in the course of time; through practice
and verification! Hence; for the time being; consider at
least provisionally; that NAMASMARAN is a panacea that
delivers Total Stress Management; and begin to practice it. Let
your practice go on; alongside our heart to heart interactions!
Please understand that NAMASMARAN is like water. We
realize its importance only if we drink it; not merely if we read
and discuss about it! It is also like food. In absence of eating;
the discussion on food is futile! In fact; NAMASMARAN is
even more important! It is like oxygen. We realize the value
of oxygen only if we breathe it; not by mere discussion.
Student: I understand what you say; but I am not quite
convinced by the analogies! It is difficult to accept
NAMASMARAN even provisionally and begin its practice;
even in this unbearable state of mine!
Teacher: We have to bear in mind that most of us; are
initially ignorant; like a new born baby. If a new born baby
did not breathe; because it did not know its value; then it
would be dead. In the same way; if we did not practice
NAMASMARAN; right from the beginning, then we would
be “dead” due to deprivation from; the nectar of true self or
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God; deep within us! Hence even if you are not convinced
about the analogies; it is vital to begin its practice. In the
course of our discussion and your own practice; you may
either confirm its pivotal role as a source of Total Stress
Management and permanently internalize it; or rule out its
role altogether; and reject it!
Student: OK Sir! OK! I will do it. I respect your earnestness!
I cannot disregard it; even if I am not convinced! I will verify
the potentials of NAMASMARAN; just because you say!
But Sir, Please tell me how I should start its practice.
Teacher: That is good! I appreciate your open mindedness. It
is advisable to start remembering the name of any entity
you love and revere selflessly and maximally. The choice
of name is very important because; this is the first step; to
realize the ultimate truth, which that name implies! You may
remember it audibly or silently and with or without a rosary.
Practice it when you wake up, before eating or drinking; and
before you go to bed! Overall; it is good to start with about
five minutes per day and gradually increase!
Student: Is that all? No other conditions?
Teacher: Yes! That is all! No conditions. No paraphernalia!
Now; let us come back to your problem! Actually it is “our”
problem! In my view; this is a dissociation from the true self;
the power house! This point will be clear in the course of our
discussion. As regards the doubt about NAMASMARAN,
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it is because; there is a conflict in our mind; between what
we observe; and what we are preached. On the one hand; we
observe all the life; full of its complexities and contradictions,
which appears real; and on the other; we are preached that this
real life is transient, ephemeral, unreal and illusory! Further;
NAMA, which appears unreal and illusory to us; is preached
to be real!
We find it difficult to reconcile; the “real” day to day struggle
for survival; and the ambiguous idealism of seeking the
“unreal truth” which is believed to be beyond all these!
We find it hard to bridge the chasm between the day to day
apparently real suffering; and the abstract quest apparently
illusory truth in the form of different modes of devotion,
penance and meditation including NAMASMARAN! We find
it difficult to relate the actual transactions in life (political,
economic, educational, medical and other fields of life); and
the apparently inconsequential, superfluous and idealistic
pursuits! In fact; we are unable to see any coherence between
the compulsions of daily life and the inexplicable mysterious
urge to seek and realize the truth! Strangely; this urge is said
to be meritorious and ubiquitous though we are not aware of
Student: You have restated my question more explicitly
and exactly! To me; my problems are real and concrete;
whereas, the practice of NAMASMARAN is beating around
the bush. How can this idle practice of NAMASMARAN
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(or other devotional practices involved in religions and/or
spiritualism), devoid of any rational and tangible solutions
and activities; help me?
Teacher: I understand your question, because; even I had this
question once upon a time! Therefore we will try to evolve
the answer; from the story my early perceptions, which
culminated into my present convictions. I think it will make
Student: I think that is a good idea! I will love it! Your first
hand experiences will be far more interesting, appealing and
befitting than some theoretical quotes and jargons picked up
from scriptures or books of ideology and philosophy!
Teacher: During childhood; I was neither aware of the
meaning, causes, dimensions, mechanisms of stress; and
its far reaching effects on individual and social life, nor I
understood the meaning of NAMASMARAN!
In those days; I used to feel contented for a while; in relishing
good food, wearing good clothes, passing examinations,
getting ranks, getting awards, winning competitions,
nurturing friendships, increasing achievements, getting lost
in entertainment, brooding on infatuations, dwelling in utopia
and also; helping the others in one way or another. The pains
and failures did disturb, but temporarily.
Student: Wasn’t it a happy state of affairs? My childhood
also was similar!
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Teacher: It was a period of peace before the storm! Because;
later; I began to get disturbed by poverty; and other miseries
in the society; associated with it! Now; alongside the petty
pursuits; there was a growing urge to help others!
Student: But I did not get disturbed by poverty in the society!
Teacher: Doesn’t matter! Whether you were disturbed by
one thing or another; and whether you knew about it or not!
Because; the issue is that of coming out of the disturbance!
Student: That is true!
Teacher: So, let us see what I did to overcome my disturbance!
Student: What did you do?
Teacher: I began to study and follow wherever feasible; the
teachings of different thinkers and visionaries; in different
fields of life; in addition to the curricular texts!
Around this time I also came across NAMASMARAN as
well! But it appeared gullible or callous; to simply advocate
NAMASMARAN for every problem, instead of actively
helping the suffering people! Hence I found that one of the
simplest, easiest and practical things; to do; was to try and be
Student: Did you try your hand at charity consciously? You
must have! But sir, so far I am not involved in any charity; at
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least consciously! I think the difference begins with this!
Teacher: Again let me reiterate; we are bound to differ on
several counts! But the main point is of finding out a common
way of coming out of the disturbance!
Student: OK! OK! Please continue sir!
Teacher: I used to get emotionally charged with even the
thought of doing charity! I used to feel excited in any and
every charitable activity! But through my experiences and
observations over years; I found; that even as charity was
necessary as an immediate rescue and relief activity; it
proved to be insufficient on the long term basis! It was at
best; a palliative symptomatic treatment. It could not help to
eradicate the root cause.
Student: Can you clarify? At least apparently; the charity in
any form; is a very noble activity. It has a healing effect. It
gives solace to millions!
Teacher: I will clarify what I mean. Charity is obviously
preferable to a criminal or irresponsible behavior harmful
to others! It is certainly nobler; as and when compared
with inertia, laziness, lassitude, pessimism, escapism and
cynicism! It is also superior to maniacal self centeredness,
petty selfishness and profiteering at the cost of others!
In fact; charity is extremely valuable in emergency situations.
It is tremendously useful as a rehabilitatory activity. Moreover;
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it is also important in terms of satisfying our own innate need
to help others! Actually in absence of charity; all of us are
starved of the nectar deep within us; though most often
we are not aware of it!
But the reason I felt unsatisfied with charity; was because;
barring emergency situations; often it was found to be misused!
It led to perpetuation of irresponsibility, dependency, lethargy
and parasitic tendencies; in those who were beneficiaries; and
it developed condescending attitude, arrogance; and even
cheating and unabated exploitative behavior in the “givers”!
Through introspection I found that; though I felt happy in
charity; mere charity did not eliminate the evils within me;
whether I was a helping person or a helped one!
Student: Sir, I never looked into myself from this angle! This
is a revelation! Do you think; my heart is also pining to be of
some help to others? Do you think I also need to perceive the
need of doing charity and going beyond it? Would it benefit
me in my present misery?
Teacher: Yes. It will benefit you! Actually like mine and
yours; every heart pines to help others; but being unaware of
it; most people do not pay attention to it! They keep suffering;
while being entangled in superficial and petty pursuits! As I
could hear the cry of my heart; I did not give up charity as
a concept and practice; but began to search what more was
needed; apart from charity.
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Student: Was it at this time; that you turned to
Teacher: No! I did not turn to NAMASMARAN at that time.
But besides biographies and other philosophical books, I got
introduced to Marxism and various thought currents in leftist
Student: Marxism? Did it help you? What did you find in it?
Did you join any leftist party? How can Marxism help me?
Teacher: A very important aspect of Marxism is; it fuelled
my concern for the suffering that is common to billions. It
intensified and sharpened my motivation; as well as; my
actual intellectual, emotional and physical involvement in
the efforts to find out the root cause of suffering and eradicate
the same! It empowered the rustic fighter within me; to end
exploitation, injustice and resultant misery in society! I began
to listen; apart from the cry of my heart; to the call of my
conscience, which was hitherto; barely accessible to me! This
aspect of Marxism was and is; more than vital for every one
of us! I found true atheism to be an empowering doctrine; as
it could free an individual from the paranoid fear of God and
the parasitic dependence on God!
Student: What exactly is the meaning of atheism? Is it just a
lack of belief in God? Is it not arrogant to deny the existence
of some creator or a superpower?
Teacher: This is a complex subject! The prevalent
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interpretation of the word theism; is belief in God and atheism
connotes lack of faith in God. But this is just a superficial
comprehension! It does not explore the deeper meanings of
the words “God” and the “belief”!
Student: What do you mean by that?
Teacher: In true sense; atheism means denial of an alien
entity, whether we call it God, Guru, Satan, ghost or angel;
ruling us; and theism means denial of an alien entity ruling us
other than our true self, whether we call it God, Guru, NAMA
or BRAHMA! Both do not deny the self!
Secondly; belief is a loose word! Actually belief and disbelief
inherently embody uncertainty! Both; belief as well as
disbelief; are devoid of a conviction and/or experience! In
conviction or experience there is no question of belief or
disbelief; and there is certainty!
Student: But why are these two at loggerheads?
Teacher: It is because atheists as well as the theists are
believers. Atheists believe in their reasoning and theists
also believe in their reasoning. But both are subjective and
fallible. Both are feeble and fragile. Both become meek in
times of difficulty. Atheists seek help from their sources and
theist from their own! Both are dependent and both feel that
their ways are right! This has made their behavior opposed to
each other! The theists are involved in devotional activities
revolving around personal salvation; while the atheists are
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engaged in pursuits revolving around material conditions.
Student: I never thought of this! In other words; even as the
spirit of true atheism is not against the spirit of true theism;
both are opposed to each other!
Teacher: Absolutely! As and when I understood, this; I
realized that true atheism could emancipate the downtrodden
including me; to rise above the parasitic mentality to look
towards some alien God; for help and support; in any and
every difficulty. I thought true atheism was an empowering
as well as enlightening doctrine. Because; it inspired one
and all; to study, analyze, rationalize and contemplate on
problems; and search for solutions; rather than attributing
every kind of justice and injustice to some imaginary God!
I saw it as a doctrine that wakened and enlivened one and
all; to a vibrant, dynamic and brave life; from the slumber
of listlessness, indolence and coward parasitism! Similarly I
realized that true theism embodied devotion to true self and
not to any alien God!
Student: Once again; this is a different way to look at
Marxism! I think I did not think of this; because of the
delirium of petty success and melancholy of petty failures!
I am beginning to realize that my problem is of hysterical
amplification of my petty concerns; irrespective of whether I
call myself a theist or an atheist! As a result I am voluntarily
embracing entropy; and choosing a downhill course! Sir, one
more question! Why didn’t you continue to be a Marxist?
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Teacher: I haven’t taken divorce from Marxism! The spirit
of Marxism continues to nurture my heart! But those days;
I was influenced by the superficial details of Marxism, and
thought that for every malady in society; the root cause was
poverty due to class division; and exploitation of one class by
But I realized through my experiences; that; “Equality is not
and should not be a kind of regimentalization. Castes and
caste differences, religions and the religious differences,
classes and the class differences; could not be eliminated;
through coercion. But even then; the enmity and strife could
be eliminated and harmony could be established! As regards
exploitation; it is far more deep rooted than apparent! Firstly;
it is complemented by both; the exploiters as well as the
exploited ones; and secondly; every individual including me;
has an element of an exploiter and an exploited!
Moreover the divisions; of the society in castes, creeds,
religions and classes; are only broadly realistic. They are
not watertight compartments. In fact; all these are so much
interwoven and intermingled that no kind of caste, creed,
religion, race or class struggle is; feasible and justifiable.
It can bring about at best; only external, superficial and
temporary changes, without elimination of the deep seated
Moreover I never felt comfortable; to consider the religions,
which I thought were really well meaning; as a pill of opium.
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I could not think that the kind hearted and selfless prophets,
visionaries and saints were merchants of opium.
Student: Sir, I think this outlook about charity and Marxism;
have already changed me a lot! I am beginning to overcome
my hysteria, melancholy and cynicism. I am experiencing a
change in my vision and see what I never imagined before.
I am beginning to see my freedom from the shackles of my
own pettiness. I am able to share the pain of billions, which
is actually mine; and the immense power of these billions; to
get freed, which is also mine! Sir, I am experiencing a leap
forward, a quantum growth! I am happy that you did not stop
at any penultimate reality; as that is benefiting me today! Was
this due to the insatiable quest of truth in you?
Teacher: It could be, but it happened in me! I don’t think as
an individual; I can take credit for it! Today I am neither a
conformist philanthropist nor a conformist leftist; though I
cherish the essence of both!
Student: Did you; as a result of this quest of truth; turn to
spiritualism and NAMASMARAN?
Teacher: Actually; during this learning process itself; I was
never cut off from religion, spiritualism, occultism, mysticism
etc. I was always enthusiastic to know and accept, anything;
that could be globally benevolent and internally satisfying.
Student: But at least apparently; your involvement must
have changed; from stage of being charitable to the stage of
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being a Marxist; and from the stage of being Marxist to your
present stage! Is it not true?
Teacher: Yes! That is true.
Student: Sir, up till now; I did not notice the concern of my
soul for the pains of others. I neither tried my hand at charity
nor did I grow with the Marxist spirit of struggling to destroy
the root causes of pains common to me and others! But, while
going from strength to strength what merit did you find in
spiritualism? Was it useful to you? Would it help me as well?
Teacher: There was always something magnanimous and
noble in the religious and spiritual traditions; that attracted
me and commanded my respect and even reverence. I did not
know concretely; what it was, but there was something that
haunted me! It could be; the perspective of universal unity,
utmost noble heartedness, total selflessness, unquestionable
honesty, exemplary simplicity, adorable kindness or
something extraordinary linked to God i.e. true self !
Student: What were the shortcomings? What should I avoid?
Teacher: I thought the religion and spiritualism, which I
came across; were alien from the socioeconomic and political
mainstream. Various cults, traditions, creeds and religious
practices appeared marginalized and merely survived on
donations. I thought they had become the caricatures of
themselves; even though; in some instances at least; they did
some appreciable charitable work.
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I found that spiritualism that I came across; provided
temporary psychological solace, without much change in the
objective conditions, in which, a common person like me
In short, I could not be satisfied by materialistic approach as
well as the religious and spiritual traditions I encountered. I
could not find a way of simultaneous inner as well as outer;
and individual as well as global blossoming!
Student: That means; you were not quite satisfied with the
then prevalent materialism as well as spiritualism! Charity,
Marxism as well as spiritualism don’t seem to have helped
Teacher: That is not true! All these constitute an extremely
valuable heritage of human civilization. But if we don’t go to
their root, then they don’t help. We have to actually meet the
“self” of true atheism and “God” of true theism! Actually I
could; though faintly; perceive the fact that; what the atheists
called “self” was the same, which was revered by the theists
as God. This was why; I could neither dislike atheist tradition;
nor the theist tradition.
Student: Sir, this is becoming difficult. Is human suffering so
vast and so much difficult to conquer, without going in these
minutiae? Don’t we get isolated from all the traditions; and
are left alone; due this so called search of truth?
Teacher: There is no short cut! But please note; I was never
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broken away from any of them! I perceived and tried to
pursue the whisper of my deep instincts, which cherished
the essence of all traditions I came across! Only thing is that;
I was not in perfect conformity with any of them.
I had a distinct feeling that; innate aspirations of all
the doctrines, which I came across; were those of global
welfare and innate fulfillment. In essence; they were in
complete agreement. But I was not able to identify and
pinpoint the essence or the abstract link connecting them.
Hence intellectually as well as emotionally; I was restless. I
had a lot to learn. I had to expand my perspective. I had to
expand my intellectual as well as emotional horizons. I was
falling short. This is why I kept on reading and experimenting.
But I did not find any specific solution. I merely came to a
provisional conclusion that there was a need to raise the
mass consciousness, trigger mass awakening; and initiate
or boost; the fight against injustice in every field. I began to
write and share my restlessness, my criticism, my enthusiasm
and my dreams.
Student: Sir, in those day; you must have been going through
intellectual and emotional storms! How can I bear with such
storms; in my distress? Isn’t there any other easier way?
Teacher: At least I don’t know. But you can surely bear with;
as well as overcome all such storms!
Student: OK! OK! At this stage you had grown out of charity,
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Marxism as well as the prevalent spiritualism. What was the
theme of your writing then? How would you categorize your
Teacher: I cannot categorize it. It did not belong to any
specific category. But at that time; I thought it represented
the aspirations of all the philosophies and traditions I came
across. But now I realize that all that writing; was still a
groping in the dark! The views were piecemeal solutions.
They were aimed at being holistic i.e. universal; but still
were not holistic and hence could not heal the root causes.
Naturally; there was no fulfillment inside and there was no
tangible result outside!
Student: But during all this; weren’t there any hindrances,
disputes, conflicts in personal or social life? Didn’t your
career and your personal ambitions come in the way? How
can I possibly trek on this steep and arduous path of search
Teacher: There were hindrances. But we all; whether
involved in charity, Marxism or spiritualism; were aware;
that in spite of limitations; we had similar aspirations. Hence
even though there were disputes, conflicts and differences in
family and personal life, they were not inimical and vicious.
They were not ill intended. They were not petty. They never
revolved around mundane matters. Hence there was no; out
and out malice and hatred. The deeper warm bonds remained
intact. In fact; the tensions triggered a further and more
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As regards the career; the primary focus in the career was
to follow the whisper of my deep instincts! As a result
the search for a holistic solution continued unabated. The
difficulties in this search; actually triggered even keener
study and exploration. In fact the difficulties helped me to
grow from within as well as in my expression!
With respect to your trekking; it is not by choice but by virtue
of the innate compulsion that we tread this path of individual
and global blossoming. The very fact that you are in need
of the genuine, radical and holistic solution for your stress;
confirms that you are able to trek this path successfully!
Student: But how could one bring about socio-political
changes, in absence of active participation in politics or social
movements? How could one overcome the stress in personal
life? How could one get a promotion in job; by this work,
which has no value? How could one get financial security
without following the demands of the job and market? Don’t
you think, this path does not assure social welfare as well as
personal well being? I think; in such a situation; you must have
gone through a lot of turmoil in spite of your inexplicable
whisper of deeper instincts! How can all this help me?
Teacher: That is true. I was in turmoil. Neither personal
success, nor the social goals; were being realized. It created
self doubts, self abnegation, and self pity and so on. I had
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nothing to hold on to!
But in spite of all this; there was much more than a silver
lining! I always had enormous and intense; though far from
complete; fulfillment in terms of being in tune with the
whisper of my deep instincts; now growing into the inner
voice of my conscience! I assure you; being in tune with the
inner voice will help; not only you in trekking this path, but
millions and millions! You just have to learn to listen to this
inner prompting! Even as it was quite indistinct in those
days; it gave me the assurance that I was on right track and
was sure to make a wholesome contribution to the content
of sociopolitical movements and personal wellbeing!
Student: Isn’t your whisper of deep instincts, the inner voice
of your conscience or the inner prompting; a mysterious
Teacher: It appears mysterious when we are not familiar
with it. But when we identify and get conversant with it; it
is no more mysterious! I did not know the significance of the
inner prompting at that time. But it helped me and would help
you also; to keep going; from strength to strength! I did not
yield to pressure of the surroundings! Even amidst despair,
frustration, helplessness and hopelessness; I still did not have
the feeling of a total defeat!
Student: Was it at that time; that you turned to
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Teacher: No! I did not turn to NAMASMARAN even at
that time; but as I said earlier, I was never cut off from any
doctrines or traditions. NAMASMARAN was one of the
many things I was studying.
Student: But then; how did you manage your frustration?
Please tell me. It will help me in managing my stress.
Teacher: Like anybody else; I also tried to contend myself; by
being in friends’ company, by being flattered and by indulging.
But being hollow; by their very nature; these things could not
satiate and quiet me! In fact; they churned me from within;
and propelled me for an even more intense search for that
essence or abstract link connecting various doctrines!
So, I kept on searching for it and also for a panacea that
would work in all ailments, all sufferings, for all nations,
all races, all classes, all religions and all ideologies; and
at individual as well as global levels! But let me tell you;
this propulsion was not a conscious, deliberate and planned
effort! It was just happening in me! I had no control over it.
I could not start or stop it. The search was irresistible! I was
possessed by the ever growing inner prompting!
Student: This was; how the exploration brought you closer
to the holistic concepts and the panacea!
Teacher: Yes! But I did not even know the word holistic!
I simply kept on studying and wherever feasible; practicing
and verifying different ideas. I was still far away from any
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holistic concepts and any panacea!
Student: Sir! Is my desire to seek advice from you; actually a
result of inner prompting, which I could not identify till now;
as “inner prompting”? Now I am more anxious to understand
and actually verify the usefulness of your present concepts of
Total Stress Management and NAMASMARAN!
Teacher: Of course! Your desire is born out of your inner
Actually it is around this time that I began to realize that all
what I had written had some value. But was not universal
and did not spring from the ultimate depths of my heart!
Naturally, it did not reach the ultimate depths of the hearts of
others! In other words, the solutions could not be universally
effective and far from complete.
In fact; I realized that this was true for all the written
solutions, decrees, commandments and prescriptions, which
I had come across! They had a great value and a great role
for different individuals and different societies at different
times. But they could not be universal; in view of the
effectiveness; and also in view of personal freedom. They
needed enlightened modifications or refinements from time
to time with realization of their essence i.e. the abstract yet
strong link uniting them! This could make them appropriate
to different periods, places, social, cultural, religious and
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Now my task was to re-explore, re-discover or re-invent that
single, simple and easy to practice universal solution –
panacea, which could evolve a holistic perspective to make
this possible! It also had to enable us to think benevolently
for the universe and evolve policies, plans and programs
benevolent to the universe! This could be according to our
capacity, constitution and position; In other words; it had to
impart a holistic thinking. It had to evolve irrepressible love
and care; i.e. holistic feelings and holistic instincts! Lastly;
that panacea had to engender cooperation amongst us to
execute the policies, plans and programs of global benefit,
which we can call holistic actions or behavior.
Student: In short; that panacea had to bring about a change in
the world that would influence every individual life in totality;
so as to enable him or her to evolve holistic perspective,
policies, programs, plans and their implementation; in his
or her respective field.
Teacher: That is right! This practical solution – a panacea,
which I had not yet found with certainty; thus had to; revitalize
and rejuvenate the environment inside and outside of an
individual; so as to enable him/her to help evolve himself/
herself and others from inside as well as outside. It had to
be so much democratic that it had to be available to every
individual irrespective of age, sex, occupation, caste, creed,
tradition, custom, race, religion, nation and any distinction
for that matter!
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After thinking of several possibilities, thanks to my Guru;
Shri Brahmachaitanya Maharaj Gondavalekar; I realized that
“NAMA” is the essence and the connecting link and “the
single, simple, easy to practice and democratic universal
solution”, which fulfills all the criteria about the panacea;
In short, much before the concepts about Total Stress
Management were crystallized, I identified the potentials of
Student: I really appreciate the intentions and the reasons
underlying the development of these concepts. But I am still
not quite convinced as to how the NAMASMARAN can be
useful to me!
Teacher: Fine! Actually I also had not developed the
conviction about NAMASMARAN at that time, which I
have today. In fact; as I said; I had no idea even about the
holistic concept of stress. It was merely an identification of
the panacea. I had just begun to understand; the suffering in
life; more holistically and the need of making the solutions
also more holistic! There was still; a lot of ambiguity with
respect to the details; as to how NAMASMARAN would
enable us to understand the problems more holistically and
evolve holistic solutions!
It is only then, when I began to study the physiological and
pathophysiological aspects of the meaning, mechanism,
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causes and effects of stress; that it became clear; that the
stress in an individual influences adversely; the social life
and the support systems; and vice versa! Moreover it also
became clear that the spiritual, religious, philosophical,
ideological, political, social, economic, psychological,
physiological, pathophysiological and clinical/medical
approaches to understanding and management of stress were
complementary. I realized that the stress management at
merely at individual level or merely at social level could not
be optimally effective. It had to be a simultaneous process of
individual and universal blossoming.
This was the germ of Total Stress Management!
This led to further study of NAMASMARAN as a panacea!
I had studied NAMASMARAN and practiced it earlier; but
by now I started appreciating its power to transform an
individual; in terms of empowering him or her to develop
a holistic perspective, thinking, planning, programming
and implementation and thus influence the universal
support systems and the universal life.
Student: I think I shall be able to appreciate the importance
of NAMASMARAN as I learn more about stress! But it
seems that this revelation was satisfying!
Teacher: In a way; yes; because even though the essence of
this realization was clearly stated in the literature, which I
had come across; it was not explicit. The focus was on God
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realization, salvation, liberation, emancipation etc, without
a clear reference to the concrete material counterpart of the
Most of the well meaning atheists as well as theists; in
spite of harboring an enlightened and a conscientious
heart; and generous mind; did not realize the importance of
NAMASMARAN as a means of growing more objective.
They did not understand the pivotal role of NAMASMARAN
in breaking the shackles of ego and subjectivity. They did
not appreciate the fact; that the policies, plans, programs
and their implementation; needed to be; increasingly holistic
and could surely be made; increasingly holistic, through
I realized that true atheism is; nullifying the stupefying
influence of apparent environment; and true theism is
ability to realize the otherwise imperceptible true self!
Even the materialistic and spiritual pursuits in my nature;
were fully satisfied, when I realized that every material
pursuit; including the sustenance and nurturing of our
physical existence; becomes meaningful, worthwhile and
fulfilling, when aimed at culminating into the realization
of true self! With this understanding the atheist and theist
facets of my mine; were simultaneously satisfied!
In absence of this understanding it appeared to me that there
was a strong possibility of atheists as well as theists going
astray, skip their duties (SWADHARMA); remain selfish
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and indolent; and yet infatuate; either “social revolution”
or “individual liberation” respectively.
I thought, this error of omission of the universal
benevolence of NAMASMARAN, was as real and as big;
as that of being oblivious to the omnipotent benevolence
of true self or God!
Student: What exactly you mean by SWADHARMA? Can
you clarify further?
Teacher: From absolute truth manifests; SWADHARMA as a
source of SATPRERANA, SADDHARANA, SADVICHAR,
SADICCHHAA, SADBHAVANA, SATPRAVRUTTI,
SADVASANA, SATSANKALP and SATKARMA, which
together constitute SADACHAR. I am going to explain all
this in the course of time!
Student: Now I am able to appreciate what you mean by the
assurance of the inner prompting! You could not have persisted
in your search-a totally thankless search- of panacea; in
absence of listening to the inner prompting! It is clear that in
absence of this; stress in my life made me mean and in turn; the
meanness aggravated the stress! I got trapped in non holistic
or sectarian perspective, thinking, feelings, instincts and
actions, which enabled me to adopt only piecemeal solutions.
These solutions in turn; casted deleterious influences on me
and I became a victim of a perpetual vicious cycle of stress-deterioration-
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Teacher: Yes! You are right! But please do not feel guilty.
It took about three decades for me to understand this much!
Moreover please note that this understanding also; is not
Student: Thank you very much sir, for your consoling and
comforting reassurance! Please elaborate further on stress,
Total Stress Management and NAMASMARAN!
Teacher: Surely; I will! Please tally it with your experience
of stress; so that our discussion can prove more fruitful! The
stress is present during embryonic life, in all age groups,
during sleep and dreams, during conscious, subconscious as
well unconscious states and also during coma! Moreover; it
is present in all forms of life! Thus; stress is far too deep
and far more ubiquitous than what is presumed. It is as vast
as life! Hence it is the same as MAYA i.e. everything that
we see, know, think, feel, experience, like, dislike, love, hate
and irresistibly and irrevocably lose in the past! MAYA is
a fleeting phenomenon and hence involvement in MAYA is
followed by emptiness! In simple words, MAYA is everything
other than NAMA!
Student: This is exactly what is extremely difficult to believe!
How can I deny the existence of the harrowing reality?
Teacher: I know it is difficult to believe! But actually it should
not be believed in! It is only through the persistent practice
of NAMASMARAN that the consciousness is raised to a
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level from where the fleeting nature of “harrowing reality”
Student: I never imagined earlier; that stress could be so
vast! No wonder, I am getting drowned in this ocean of
stress! Can you briefly explain stress as well as Total Stress
Management; in nutshell; if that may help me; with some
analogies; to make it simpler?
Teacher: Yes! That will surely help you to conquer your
Stress is like a horse! But it would never leave us at any
cost! So there is no lasting escape from it. There are only few
A) Getting dragged after it,
B) Getting bitten or beaten by it,
C) Carrying it on our head,
D) Beating or killing the horse,
E) Learning to “ride” the horse with delight
The last option is the same as Total Stress Management
Student: Can we give the analogy of river? Because MAYA
is compared to river!
Teacher: Yes! MAYA is called BHAVANADI a river! Stress
also is like a river, in which we are born! There are only two
options; either to get drowned, or to learn to swim to the bank.
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Learning to swim to the bank is Total Stress Management.
Analogy of traffic jam also helps! It is not an exact analogy but
helps in understanding stress and Total Stress Management
and even this understanding also is useful in reducing stress!
1. The Causes of stress; called stressors are like excess
number of vehicles coming from all directions.
2. The individual under stress is like a square where the
signals or the traffic police are not working.
3. The signs and symptoms of stress are like the excess
crowding, anxiety due to inability to reach destinations,
quarrels amongst the drivers, excessive blowing of horns,
chemical pollution etc.
4. The pathology is inability of the vehicles to move and
reach their destinations.
5. The Relaxation Techniques prevalent today; are like
arbitrary and isolated efforts to calm down the drivers and
prohibit the blowing of horns.
6. The relaxation techniques therefore can bring about
temporary peace (temporary symptomatic relief) but cannot
help the vehicles to reach their destinations (cannot effectively
remove the pathological changes and handle the stressors
7. Total Stress Management is re-establishing the functioning
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of the signals and re-instituting the traffic police (perception)
so that the crowding, jam (homeostatic disturbances or
affect), blowing of horns, quarrels (symptoms and signs) and
the reaching of the destinations (handling the stressors and
rectification of the pathological changes), are made possible.
Student: Now I seem to have got some idea about stress
and Total Stress Management.
How would you define stress physiologically?
Teacher: Stress is an interaction between “self” and the
environment inside and outside body! The effects of stress;
means variable acute or chronic changes; in the internal (also
external) environment of the body. The normal stress such
as moderate exercise is useful. But when we talk of “stress”
we actually mean harmful stress or distress, which causes
adverse effects on almost every cell of the body; making life
miserable in several ways.
Student: What is this internal environment of the body?
Teacher: The body cells contain fluid within them and they
themselves are present in a fluid medium. Generally the fluid,
by which they are surrounded, is called internal environment.
But recently some authorities consider the fluid which they
contain; also forms the internal environment of the body.
Student: What are the characteristics of this internal
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Teacher: The internal environment has certain concentration
of hydrogen, sodium, potassium, calcium, chloride,
magnesium etc. It has certain osmolality, temperature,
viscosity etc. The text books of physiology, describe these in
details, but it is not necessary to burden our memory with all
Student: What is the importance of this internal environment?
Teacher: The importance of the internal environment is that,
various physical and chemical characteristics of the internal
environment have to be maintained within a certain range, if
the body cells and hence the organism; have to function in a
normal i.e. healthy way. If the characteristics undergo drastic
variations, then functioning and even living becomes difficult
and/or painful. This should explain to you; the importance
of the internal environment as well as the importance of any
factor/s, which may bring about drastic changes in it.
Student: This has crystallized the concept of stress and Total
Stress Management to some extent. But now; I am curious to
understand the mechanisms underlying stress; though not
in details; at least grossly!
Teacher: OK! For the moment; we will keep aside the
philosophical aspects of stress, such as previous birth,
past life, sanchit, prarabdha, rebirth, soul etc and also; the
traditional ways of managing stress.
The mechanisms; as we understand today; were progressively
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discovered in last century by conducting experiments on
animals. Hans Selye is known to be the pioneer of stress
physiology. He discovered the effects of various stressful
stimuli in animals and called them General Adaption
Stressors stimulate special cells or special molecules in the
cells. These special cells are called neural receptors and the
special molecules are called molecular receptors. There are
receptors inside the body; called internal receptors and on
surface of the body; called external receptors. Stimulation
of these receptors brings about changes in the internal
environment proportionate to the intensity, frequency, variety,
complexity and pattern of stressors.
There are four main and well known mechanisms by which
stress and its effects are produced.
a) Various stressors act on the part of brain called
limbic system. This leads to secretion of various chemical
substances. These are called neurotransmitters, because they
transmit information from one nerve cell to another. They
are secreted in small quantity in a central funnel like part at
the bottom of brain called hypothalamus. The hypothalamus
in turn secretes hormones, which are chemicals directly
released in blood and are carried to the pituitary gland, which
is underneath the hypothalamus. The pituitary gland in turn
secretes hormones which are released in the blood and reach
various glands but especially the Adrenal cortex. It secretes
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cortisol, which, when in excess; is responsible for various ill
effects of stress; such as on liver, heart and immune system
responsible for body resistance.
b) Stressors can act on the pineal gland, which is located
in the neighboring area above the hypothalamus and secretes
hormones called melatonin, 5 Hydroxytryptamine (5HT)
and norpinephrine. It is conical in shape hence called pineal.
Because of stressors; the proportion, the quantity and the type
of secretions can become abnormal and this can cause several
ill effects on hypothalamus, pituitary, testes, ovaries, thyroid
gland, adrenal cortex, pancreas and parathyroid. It can cause
disturbances of biorhythms, sleep. It reduces the resistance to
cancer, infections and overall stress.
c) Stressors can be in the form of certain changes in blood,
bacteria in blood, certain chemicals called antigens in the
blood etc. All these act on the different types of white blood
cells (WBC), which in turn; produce several substances
which cause the effects of stress.
d) The stressors act on hypothalamus; but in this case the
hormones secreted by the hypothalamus; can directly enter
the blood and produce the effects of stress by direct action
on various tissues. The details of all this; are given my book;
“Understanding and Management of Stress” available on
internet for free download.
Student: I understood these mechanisms to some extent, not
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completely. But from what I gathered; these mechanisms are
wide ranging. For triggering such wide ranging mechanisms
to come in operation; the causes or the dimensions of stress
must also be wide ranging; are they?
Teacher: Yes! They are! Let us consider these stressors
starting from non living beings to human beings!
Student: Why do we consider the nonliving?
Teacher: The holistic perspective comprehends living
(CHARA) and non living (ACHARA) to be in continuity!
From a very basic understanding point of view we can say
that the stressors and stress; are present in nonliving things!
Thus stress of mechanical nature (not biological) is present
in nonliving things! When force is applied to an object, there
is definite internal change and displacement in the object.
This force is akin to stressor in the case of living beings, the
internal change is akin to homeostatic change; i.e. change in
the internal environment in case of the living beings and the
displacement of an object is akin to stress response in case of
It is obvious that if an object is subjected to a force, which
it cannot sustain, then it may be damaged. This damage is
akin to an abnormal change in the internal environment. The
excessive displacement is analogous to disease in a living
Next to the nonliving things we can see stressors and stress;
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in unicellular animals! The stressors here are in the form of
exaggerated physical, chemical and biological changes in the
environment inside and outside. These are relatively, more
complex as compared to those in nonliving things; and are
less stereotypical, though still, fairly predictable.
Followed by unicellular; we come to multicellular (many
cells coming together to form an organism or an animal!)
animals, which are higher in evolutionary scale. In these
animals there is development of central nervous system,
autonomic nervous system and endocrine system. This leads
to a perceptible increase in the level of consciousness. Thus
they become conscious of the sensations (Visual, auditory,
olfactory, gustatory, tactile, pain, temperature, itching,
gravity, acceleration etc.). Moreover they possess instincts.
Hence these animals suffer, if deprived of their instincts! I
call such deprivation an instinctual stressor.
Student: Can you explain this?
Teacher: The foremost instinct is that of survival! Fear of
predator produces stress and is evident when a cat faces a
dog! The next is locomotion. If an animal is confined to a
cage preventing the locomotion altogether; or is exposed to
abnormally rapid movement, then stress is produced which
damages the body systems. Next is a particular environment
to which it is accustomed. It is called habitat. Changing
this environment causes stress. Hunger and thirst are also
instincts. If an animal is deprived of food; or there is change
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in the type or timing of food; cause stress. If there is change
in the source and timing of water (as in case of animals in
zoo) or altogether unavailability of water; it produces stress.
Reproduction, parental care, herd formation; are also
instincts. Abstinence from sex, herd and separation from the
newborn offspring; also cause stress.
Student: Sir, Will you explain; apart from satisfying my
curiosity this account of stress will be useful to me also; isn’t
Teacher; Yes! In us; physical, chemical, biological and
instinctual stressors; are present and in fact; all these become
more in severity and complexity. All these stressors cause
and aggravate emotional and intellectual stress! Moreover
there are emotional (related to our feelings) and intellectual
(related to our thinking) stressors; in their own right!
Thus; in human beings; there is excessive stimulation of the
receptors for vision, smell, taste, hearing, touch, pressure,
vibrations, and pain. This is due to sensory stressors in the
form of reading, dirty smells, lack of sunlight. enclosure in
air-conditioned spaces, commuting, crowding, vibrations,
loud speakers, glittering & flickering lights, strange and
rapidly mixing frames with aggressive and loud advertising
on TV, electrical /electrostatic strong fields, radiations due to
various articles containing radioactive materials or computer
and color TV screens! In addition; other stressors are exhaust
of vehicles, mills, factories, excreta, lack of open space, lack
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of fresh air, lack of breeze, new cancer promoting chemicals,
infectious microorganisms, parasites and vectors.
The instinctual Stressors are multiplied in human beings
because of overexposure to glorified display of brazen and
crude sexuality, indiscriminate violence, perverted eating and
drinking, perverted struggles, conspiracies, manipulations
for material success, perverted parental behavior, petty
selfish achievements etc. causing undue stress on instincts.
Child in crèche, KG, schools, boarding schools etc. develops
insecurity. Lack of enough privacy due to small houses and
crowding disturbs sexual life and causes stress. Similarly,
inability to breast feed causes stress on parental instincts.
Violence in the form of murders, mass killings, hijacking,
terrorism insurgency etc. has brought stress on survival
instincts in cities as well as villages. The instinctual stressors
contribute to emotional stress.
Student: This is really a revelation! We used to consider
stress very superficially!
Teacher: The emotional stressors; come into play; because
of further development of nervous system in us! This
development makes us stronger in one sense; but vulnerable
because of sensitivity in another sense!
Thus; the sources of emotional stress can be our body;
because of pain, disease and poor self image due to
obesity, dwarfism, disfigurement, handicap, aging etc. The
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source can be our family. Ageing, disease, disablement,
handicap, addiction, death, discord, harassment, loneliness,
unwantedness, individualistic thinking, undue craze for quick
money, social status, popularity, glamour and glitter, political
power and the resultant behavior; tear apart the human bonds
amongst the family members. All these become much more
unmanageable because of nuclear family.
Student: What about the society?
Teacher: The source of emotional stress can be society also!
Due to social discrimination, oppression, lack of justice,
inequality and caste discrimination we get emotional stress!
Lack of severe reduction in social cohesiveness, increasing
social evils such as cheating, adulteration, excessive pace
of life and also produce and/or aggravate emotional stress.
Emotional stress could be due to coercive cultural rules,
regulations, customs, traditions and conventions, alienation
of the culture, social norms, conventions etc. It can be due
to harassment by the employer ( landlord ), odd/protracted
hours of work, lack of job satisfaction, inappropriate and over
demanding deadlines, lack of accountability, prevalence of
discrimination, nepotism, harassment by the superiors, lack of
appreciation, lack of recognition, bad working environment
such as lack of light, lack of fresh air, lack of promotions,
excessive responsibilities without commensurate powers,
corruption, lack of pay revision commensurate with the
inflation, price rise etc. It can also be because of Persecution,
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forceful conversion, discord amongst different religious
communities, or conflicting sects within the same religion,
religious discrimination, religious fanaticism, politicization of
religion, criminalization of religion etc. cause extreme stress
in the forms of religious tension and riots. The stress may
originate from marriage; due to harassment by spouse, dowry
problems, problems of working wives and working mothers,
(such as those working in the farms, forests, plantations such
as tea, coffee plantations etc.), problems related to lack of
issue etc. All the problems of marriage are multiplied due to
lack of support systems, nuclear family, increased wants due
to creation of artificial needs and demands, individualistic
thinking, careerism and so on. Marital problems multiply due
to suspicion by jealous husbands, lack of protection to women
& girls when working hours are odd, gender discrimination at
working place, etc. The root of stress may be in money; due
to increasing prices, lack of housing, inadequate water supply,
inadequate electricity, increasing discrepancy between needs,
wants and artificially created demands and the availability.
Emotional stress may be due to exploitation, cheating,
taxation, robbery, business failures etc. The stress may result
from environment; due to changing ecosystems, decreasing
greenery, expanding asphalt, basalt, cement, granite and
Student: What about the information explosion? I am sure; it
also produces stress!
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Teacher: It does! When the ill effects of stress result primarily
from our thought process; then we call them intellectual
stressors. However; our thought process is adversely
influenced by physical, chemical, biological, instinctual and
emotional stress and vice versa!
Thus when information explosion, leading to confusion,
indecisiveness and value crisis is responsible for stress;
then we call it intellectual stressor. In addition; failures,
inability to pursue a particular career etc. become worse due
to peer pressure. In fact there is a kind of neurotic obsession
about academic success. This drains the academically “not
so good “children of their confidence and makes them feel
lowly. Even if one or more of these factors are not actually
present there can be fear, created by media & advertising of
these and it can be far more stressful in urban competitive
environment! High tech life styles, “one up man ship”, act
as stressors. Knowledge of diseases increases the fear and
apprehension about the diseases, such as acquired immune
deficiency syndrome (AIDS), cancer, diabetes.
Student: What about the stress of freedom fighters?
Teacher: In addition to all the variety of stressors, socially
concerned sensitive individuals have to face extraordinary
circumstances, which act as additional stressors; such as;
jail, underground stay, defamation, political harassment.
An individual, who dedicates his/her life for a social cause,
such as national freedom, education of women, annihilation
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of exploitation in various forms, in short problems of
millions; is additionally stressed; along with his/her family!
It is essential for us to appreciate this nature of stress and
overcome our hysterical and petulant; carping, nagging and
grumbling nature; and enable us to help these individuals in
helping themselves and the society.
Student: So many stressors!
Teacher: That is why we need holistic solutions to manage
the stress arising from unending stressors!
Student: But are the stressors always dangerous?
Teacher: No. The environment neither remains unchanged
nor does it change within a given restricted range. So the
living beings are equipped to overcome (and even get
benefited from) stressors!
This is why; physical exercise, emotional excitement,
intellectual work etc. are often beneficial when moderate
or optimum. Sometimes this beneficial stress is referred to
as “eustress”. EU is used as a prefix, meaning good or well.
When the stressors increase in number, frequency, duration,
intensity or complexity, beyond the capacity of an individual;
the internal environment undergoes greater change (distress)
with greater variations and with greater speed! This results in
adverse effects on body cells, with or without clinical signs
and symptoms! This is what is happening today; as we have
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Student: Can we call the ill effects of stress; prarabdha?
Teacher: When we seem to understand (although superficially)
the causes; we term it pathophysiology of stress! When we
fail to understand the root causes of the pathophysiology; we
term it prarabdha!
Student: Sir! I have reasonably understood the nature of
stress and its causes! But why it is me who is suffering from
Teacher: As I said earlier; stress is ubiquitous. It is darker
side of life; and the brighter side is Total Stress Management!
Hence; every one of us, although to a variable extent, suffers
from stress. Some fortunate realize it earlier and some are
destined to realize it later.
Student: But I was never aware of the ghastly nature of this
menace! Why is this so?
Teacher: This is because; as you can appreciate; stress
is usually; a slow process. It acts like slow poisoning and
hence goes unnoticed until it acquires serious dimensions.
When noticed; we attribute it to more apparent entities; such
as infection (which itself can result due to stress!). You can
understand this if you appreciate the fact that we “see” the dust
particles moving in a dust storm but fail to notice the wind,
which actually moves the dust particles! Moreover; even if
we identify “stress” we don’t have proper understanding of it;
just as we don’t understand democracy, socialism, secularism,
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god, dharma etc. Besides; we are habituated to put up a brave
face even when we are suffering; because of shyness and
apprehension of being insulted, humiliated, ridiculed, pitied,
sympathized or even exploited. Other more obvious reasons
are illiteracy, poverty, lack of time, lack of information, lack
of dialogue, lack of communication, lack of curiosity, apathy
and so on (which are actually due to stress).
Student: In view of the wide range of the mechanisms,
causes and the incidence of stress; the extent of medical
ailments and general suffering due to stress are also
enormous! Isn’t it?
Teacher: Yes! It is true! The effects of stress are numerous.
But the most important damage common to all varieties
of suffering; is forgetfulness about the true self. This is
dehumanization. This is true dying before physical death!
The stress harms our mind. It produces tension, anxiety,
worry, fear, despair, helplessness, dejection, irritability,
restlessness, apathy, suffocation, lack of confidence,
listlessness, depression, self pity, sadness, frustration,
unpleasant dreams, disturbances of sleep, suicidal tendencies,
abnormal and excessive fear of cancer, heart disease, diabetes
etc. and undesirable habits such as nail biting and habit of
moving a leg or hands unconsciously. It harms our family.
Thus, there is lack of; warmth, dialogue, mutual respect, love,
indifference towards one another, petty quarrels, bitterness,
violence, impatience, intolerance, lack of harmony, lack of
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cleanliness etc. It reduces our performance. Inefficiency,
absenteeism, indifference, irresponsibility and carelessness
towards duty, lack of discipline; are the results of stress. In
addition; intelligence is also affected. Thus; forgetfulness,
confusion, indecision, difficulty in problem solving, lack of
imagination, difficulty in learning are caused by stress. It
deteriorates our social behavior also. It leads to Pettiness,
dishonesty, lawlessness, lack of punctuality, unreliability,
deception, corruption, crime and our matrimonial relations
leading to discord, separation, divorce etc.
Stress adversely affects our body! Thus it harms our sexuality,
immune system, eyes and vision, ears & hearing, nose and
sense of smell , mouth, heart and blood vessels, muscles
and joints, connective tissues such as tendons, ligaments,
respiratory system, digestive system, genital - Urinary
system, reproductive system, endocrine system, nervous
system, blood and so on!
It affects our posture, skin, hair and looks also; distinctly and
unmistakably! If you compare a photo of your childhood & a
recent one, then you will appreciate this!
Student: I have noticed this!
Teacher: Hundreds of damaging effects of stress on body,
instincts, mind, thoughts, memory, and perspective; in
individual and social life; are described in many books;
including mine. But according to me; like the mechanisms,
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causes and incidence of stress; the effects of stress also are
infinite and beyond enumeration and description. They vary
in accordance with the individual’s perceptions, his/her
homeostatic machinery (Homeostatic machinery exists right
from the time of fertilization of ovum and sperm. It develops
into several organs & tissues which work in a coordinated
manner to keep the internal environment constant (within
normal range) and the nature, intensity, frequency, duration
and number of stressors acting at a time and the complexity
of the stressors.
Student: Do you mean to say that the extent of energy,
passions, sensitivity, intelligence and perspective of an
individual would determine the extent of stress?
Teacher: Yes! But besides all these; the actual physiological
constitution (genotype and phenotype) also determine the
pathophysiology and the effects of stress. All these, when not
understood properly or exactly, are referred to as SANCHIT!
Student: What is genotype and phenotype?
Teacher: Genotype is like seed, where the life is not expressed
and phenotype is like a tree, where life is expressed!
Student: I see! I have to handle the social, physiological and
pathophysiological aspects of stress simultaneously! That is
what you mean by Total Stress Management! It includes
medical treatment, exercise techniques, yoga etc on the one
hand and the evolution of globally beneficial policies, plans,
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programs, laws, rules etc; on the other! Am I right?
Teacher: Yes, most certainly! For that we require; simultaneous
internalization and universalization of NAMASMARAN!
Let me reiterate; the most important point again; stress;
especially mismanaged; leads to forgetfulness about the
true self. We can call this NAMAVISMARAN! This is true
dying before physical death! It leads to morbid perspective,
policies, programs, plans and their implementation; and laws,
rules, traditions, conventions and so on; at global, national,
regional and local levels. This vitiates the entire atmosphere
in family, society, industries, schools, colleges, hospitals;
offices and at local, regional, national and international
levels. As a result we become caricatures of ourselves. We
go berserk, trying to seek happiness and fulfillment in every
kind of indulgence! But all our efforts go in vain and we
keep slogging in turbulent emptiness; further forgetting our
true selves and vitiating the atmosphere! We become chaotic
ourselves and multiply the chaos around! We become cynical
and spread the same!
Therefore, efforts to relax or manage stress, discipline
children, laws to bring about law and order, propaganda
against corruption and scams, hue and cry against inflation,
appeals for charity, spiritual sermons for individual
purification and improvement; or individual gratification,
solace, relaxation, entertainment and other measures have
limited and temporary role in an individual or social stress
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management! They prove to be grossly inadequate; useless or
sometimes even counterproductive. This is where I became
increasingly convinced that in view of the mechanisms
underlying; causes and the effects and incidence of the
stress; NAMASMARAN is that single, simple and easy
to practice; democratic universal solution - the panacea
in individual and global blossoming; i.e. Total Stress
Student: Is there any relevance of the Smrutis here?
Teacher: smrutis means memory or remembrance. These
were compiled with the purpose of guiding all the people
in society ranging from a worker to a king. The guidance
was aimed at harmony, integrity as well as prosperity at
all levels in society. The practical guidance in smrutis; is
supposed to facilitate emancipation of even a common
man who does not understand philosophical texts.
The guidance in smrutis seems to have evolved through
enlightened, selfless and prudent discussions and consensus
amongst learned and wise men, it evolved within overall
historical, geographic, physical, environmental, social,
and political compulsions; and limitations of scientific and
Smrutis aimed at a harmonious, non competitive, orderly and
complementary functioning of society. They advocated that
each one should do his or her job (whether considered lower
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or higher) and nurture complementarity in the society. There
are a number of smrutis named after Vasishtha, Narada,
Parashara, Yajnavalkya Manu etc. Later the smrutis were
interpreted in the form of books such as Nirnayasindhu,
Dharmasindhu etc. These books provided solutions to a
number of questions and served as guides for long time. It
is interesting to note that these scriptures provided guidance
in terms of daily personal conduct for, a) various age groups,
b) males and females from the time of waking up to the time
of going to bed, c) the role in life through different stages
of life, throughout the year and different occupations and
positions of responsibility in family and society. There was
guidance about jobs, marriage, care during pregnancy, care
of mother and the new born, grooming of children, various
ceremonies, festivals, celebrations, pilgrimages and fairs.
Guidance was available in diverse matters such as taming and
domesticating different birds and animals, eating different
articles on different occasions, cooking on different occasions
and festivals in different seasons; using of different beds and
even sowing on a particular day!
While the pilgrimages served to bring people together and
purge their minds of petty considerations, personal grief,
pains, frustrations; the compulsory observance of celebrations
ensured prevention of loneliness, cynicism and depression.
All this nurtured social cohesiveness.
In the interiors of India the support systems took the form
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Pravachankar, who explains the philosophical principles,
Kirtankar, who explains philosophical principles but through
more entertaining form of songs, dance, stories, the puranik,
who actually reads the puranas, which are scriptures that
describe creation of universe, dynasties, traditions, customs
conventions, codes of conduct and also gems, astrology etc.),
and vaidya, who is family physician & surgeon; and others.
In addition, the support systems included the members of the
joint families, elderly relatives, friends and neighbors.
In villages, therefore, one finds a reasonable balance
between stressors and support systems.
Student: Would I feel better if I go and stay in some village?
Teacher: Laughs! But overall; the traditional support
systems are dwindling and new support systems are yet
to evolve effectively. Thus present state of life is full of
drastic, rapidly intensifying and complicating stressors with
increasing frequency (rapid repetition) and number. The
new and individualistic value system drowns us in petty
selfishness, superficial glamour and quick personal prosperity
(whichever may be the means to achieve them). This leads to;
self aggrandizement and arrogance or self pity and guilt.
Student: Some say; that if an individual improves (manages
stress) then gradually the family, the society and the whole
universe would improve (manage stress). Hence individual
purification is most important. Some others say that if we
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improve the system, then automatically the whole universe,
mankind, society and the individual would improve. Hence
the purification of the system is most important. Is this not
really a tug of war?
Teacher: The individual can be “purified” if the system
improves; because he/she lives within the system; and in
accordance with the system. Conversely; the system would
get “purified”, only if the individuals contributing to it; as well
as controlling it, are “purified”. Moreover; an individual; is
inseparable from; soul, intelligence, feelings, instincts, body,
family, society, culture, art, literature, technology, religion,
customs, traditions, conventions, laws; and administrative
rules, and regulations and regulating bodies! In other words;
individual and system are a continuum.
But this concept of continuum is not an absolute truth. Hence
there could be exceptions to this concept; in terms of infinite
purification of an individual in spite of a corrupt system; and
purification of a system in spite of corrupt majority!
But; barring such exceptions; the individual blossoming has
to be combined with universal blossoming! It has to be a
holistic and all inclusive process that ensures policies, plans
and programs; to optimally fulfill all the physiological needs
of all the age groups, races and religions; through the day,
month, season, year and life; so as to catalyze individual
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This is Total Stress Management, Total Well Being,
Holistic Health, superliving or Holistic Renaissance. This
simultaneous process of individual and universal blossoming
can be realized by orienting to the true self common to all;
just like the instrumentalists and vocalists; who are oriented
to the directions of the master of orchestra! The global unity
and harmony would ensue just as harmony, melody and
rhythm; are generated in an orchestra! In absence of this; the
individual emancipation is bound to remain an illusion;
and the universal welfare; an unending mirage!
It is here that I was almost convinced that the traditional,
inexpensive; “single, simple, easy to practice democratic
and universal solution of individual and universal
problems; is NAMASMARAN, JAP, JAAP, JIKRA,
SUMIRAN, SIMARAN i.e. remembering the name of
God (true self); that involves; steady victory over pettiness,
prejudices and all the subjectivity!
Forgetfulness of our true self is the basic root pathology of
stress and hence nothing else but the process of reaching our
true self is the remedy! I reaffirmed that NAMASMARAN is
associated with transcendental perspective, thinking, feelings
and behavior. In other words, it is associated with global vision,
policy making, plans, programs and their implementation.
This may be called SATPRERANA, SADDHARANA,
SADVICHAR, SADBHAVANA, SATPRAVRUTTI,
SADVASANA, SATSANKALP AND SATKARMA or
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Student: Will you please explain these terms further?
Teacher: Yes! It is interesting as well as essential to understand
them! PRERANA is the inspiration and SATPRERANA is
the inspiration that dawns on us; from the absolute truth
i.e. Guru and transforms us from a subjective individual
into an objective being! We develop holistic perspective of
unity of universe in every sense! Our thinking, feelings,
instincts and behavior are transformed and channelized
into the service of cosmic will, the will of Guru! We
may not be consciously aware of this process initially,
but richly realize it in the course of time. DHARANA is
the understanding and conviction and SAT implies the
universal principle beyond space, time and consciousness
that ultimately controls and sustains the universe and
inhabitants. In simple words, it is NAMA or Guru.
SADVICHAR means thinking that can act as vehicle
to reach and merge with ultimate and absolute truth.
SADBHAVANA is the totality of our feelings, which lifts
us to reach and merge with the sublime trans-temporal
absolute truth! It is characterized by true freedom
from pettiness and subjectivity and natural concern for
the freedom and emancipation of the whole universe.
PRAVRUTTI is convergence of our inclinations, aptitudes,
fixations and SAT is Guru or NAMA! SATPRAVRUTTI is
bent of our mind; an irresistible yet magnificent obsession to
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meet Guru, to merge with NAMA and dissolve ourselves in
Him. SADVASANA is evolving array of our passions, into
the urge to merge with NAMA! We are excited in being
mobilized towards the absolute truth and to catalyze the
universal process of Self realization! SATSANKALP is
synthesis and crystallization of our perspective, thoughts,
feelings and instincts into a specific well defined activity;
directed at individual and universal blossoming inherent
to realization of universal truth! SATKARMA is every
different activity of different people, which helps them
and others in reorienting and reestablishing in absolute
truth (traditionally called being stabilized at the lotus
feet of Guru). ACHAR is behavior. Thus the dynamics
of our every transaction in the field of politics, science,
philosophy, art, industry, agriculture, health care etc
at personal, family and social level, when conducive to
merging with NAMA, is SADACHAR! In short; every
activity and behavior conducive to universalization and
infinitesimal manifestation of NAMASMARAN in every
nook and corner of universe; embodies SATPRERANA,
SADDHARANA, SADVICHAR, SADBHAVANA,
SATPRAVRUTTI, SADVASANA, SATSANKALP,
SATKARMA and SADACHAR.
Student: Sir, I think I got a broad idea about your concept of
stress and Total Stress Management and NAMASMARAN;
at least theoretically. But can you please explain further;
the phenomenon or the activity of NAMASMARAN? I
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feel like listening to you; more and more!
Teacher: NAMASMARAN means; remembering the name
of God, Guru, great souls such as prophets and holy objects
such as planets and stars. But the essential aspect is; the name
implies absolute truth or true self; and is called NAMA! It
implies Brahma, Paramatma, Ishwar; the supreme omniscient,
omnipotent and omnipresent eternal God.
It may be remembered silently, loudly, along with music,
dance, along with breathing, in group or alone, either with
simultaneous counting by rosary (called SMARANI or
JAPAMALA) or without counting. The traditions vary
from region to region and from religion to religion; but
the universal principle underlying NAMASMARAN is to
reorient our physiological being with our true self. In fact
while reorienting and true self we reestablish the bond or
connection; between our physiological being; and our true
self. This reunification with our true self is the pinnacle
or culmination of individual consciousness! And the
individual consciousness is the culmination of every activity
in life. NAMASMARAN; thus opens the final common
pathway of true self, and funnels in it; our every activity.
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 as
well as all the activities in the universe, which it encompasses
as well! Everybody in the world, irrespective of his/her
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tradition and the beliefs; including atheists; would eventually,
ultimately and naturally reach it; in the process of liberation.
Just as NAMASMARAN is YOGA of YOGA it is meditation
of meditation also! It is the natural and ultimate climax of
every form of meditation.
Student: Can anyone experience this?
Teacher: Of course! Actually these facts have to be
realized with persistent practice of NAMASMARAN and
not blindly believed or blindly disbelieved with casual
In short; NAMASMARAN is a super-bounty of cosmic
consciousness for every individual to realize cosmic
consciousness! This is truly a super-bounty because a person,
who experiences it, rises above mercenary, commercial
and even professional and charity planes and manifests
super- transactions in his or her life! This is what is referred
to as SUPERLIVING. These are just few observations to
give you; a rough idea about what is NAMASMARAN.
NAMASMARAN is beyond description in words and has
to be experienced, most preferably; not by one or two;
but, by billions!
Student: In view of all this; NAMASMARAN seems to make
sense in every moment, every activity, every circumstance
and every person in our life! Is it true?
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Teacher: Yes! Any person, place, thing, activity and time is
good if our involvement in NAMASMARAN is boosted; in
its association! Conversely, all the persons, places, things,
activities and times become galvanized and better if and
when they get associated with NAMASMARAN!
This point is especially important because; during developing
stage; the associations influence us. They are; destructive
or constructive; negative or positive and regressive or
progressive. Any policy, plan, program, activity; or any place
such as house, school, college, club, office, hospital, industry,
laboratory, farm, garden; or anything such as vehicles,
clothes, perfume, furniture; or any person such as employer,
friend, colleague; is best, if it orients us to NAMA i.e. true self
i.e. Guru; by catalyzing our practice of NAMASMARAN,
which is the absolutely selfless and pure activity! It is the
universally and infinitely benevolent activity!
Student: My friends from US and UK laugh and ask, “What
authority do you (Indians) have; to preach NAMASMARAN;
when majority of you; are drowned in abysmal poverty,
ignorance, irresponsibility, corruption and so many such
evils?” We are treated as hypocrites. Are we hypocrites?
Teacher: Their argument is broadly; not absolutely; correct!
Admit to them that; “Like the rest of the world (plagued by
sectarian, individualistic, petty, exploitative and such many
sick trends); we (Indians) are also ailing, though with somewhat
different infections, signs and symptoms. As a result; most of
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the people of the world including Indians; are either opposed
to NAMASMARAN and thereby pamper their petty ego; or
practice it in pursuit of personal gains veiled in semantics of
liberation, salvation MOKSHA etc! Most of us therefore fail
to appreciate the pivotal role of NAMASMARAN and thus
manifest its impact in individual and global blossoming! But
today; it is high time that we heal ourselves with this panacea
– NAMASMARAN; for individual and universal welfare!
With regard to being hypocrites, we should find out the root
of this phenomenon of hypocrisy!
But most of us; whether Indians or foreigners; are hypocrites.
This is a stage during our overall development.
Student: What you say; appears to be true!
Teacher: Actually we all are hypocrites; because we do
not understand ourselves, we do not understand others, we
do not understand whether others understand themselves
and whether others understand us or not! In fact we do not
understand whether we understand any of this; or not!
Let us understand that actually; it is impossible to “know”
ourselves and others’ selves; as the “selves” are beyond
“understanding”. They are beyond intellectual comprehension.
They are not a tangible and a concrete entity. Further; we
ourselves, their selves, our perceptions and their perceptions;
all are changing. They are not static or constant!
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Thus our hypocrisy is due to our ignorance; and in fact about
our ignorance of our ignorance!
When we are trapped in the dilemma of what we expect from
ourselves; and what we actually feel and do; we get stressed.
We try to overcome such stress by “assuming to be”; “what
we think we should be”; rather than accepting what we are
(which is very difficult); or “actually being what we think we
should be” (which is even more difficult)! This is hypocrisy!
Similarly when we get “sheared” between; what we want
others to think or believe us to be; and what we believe;
the others think us to be! We get stressed by this pull! We
try to manage such stress by hiding things, which we think
people would not approve; and show, exhibit and advertise
things, which we think people would approve, appreciate and
admire! This is also hypocrisy!
Often we condemn others for being hypocrites. But this
is merely an outburst of our internal disturbance; a kind
of emotional incontinence. This is caused by erroneous
perception resulting from; our subjectivity and prejudices,
through which the information we get; is filtered. This leads
to our inference and deductions! We allege the others to be
hypocrites; because of this reason. In short; such judgment is
due to our own prejudices or actually hypocrisy!
But as and when we are trapped in hypocrisy (i.e. not being
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ourselves); we are not at ease. We are uncomfortable! This is
a subtle aspect of stress!
Student: In what way; do you think NAMASMARAN can
Teacher: If we practice NAMASMARAN, then over a period
of time; we begin to become aware of our ignorance on one
hand; and aware of our link with the infinite reality; the Self;
on the other. We begin to realize that all our instincts, feelings
and thoughts i.e. our knowledge; how much ever perfect it
may appear; is at best a relative truth; miles away from
factual reality and even further away from the absolute
Through NAMASMARAN, we begin to concede to ourselves;
that we behave and communicate only on superficial levels
of consciousness. We become aware of the fact; that we
are unaware of our deeper subconscious and unconscious;
metabolic, endocrine, reproductive, autonomic, limbic and
central nervous system activities; and our “true self”, which
is even further deep within!
Through NAMASMARAN we begin to experience; that
being cut off from the ambrosia in the depth of our heart;
we live in the superficial mediocrity and indulge in baseless
blame games; based on superficial impressions about
ourselves and others! This is how we begin to get freed from
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our own superficiality and mediocrity; and get passionately
driven towards our own interior!
Gradually we begin to live with greater fidelity to our innate
core, the true self i.e. our Guru; and understand the essence of
the aphorism; “NAMA is the only truth”!
This is the first step towards freedom from hypocrisy!
Student: Sir, from what I understand, for you;
NAMASMARAN is a core of Total Stress Management. For
you it is a way and a hallmark of global welfare in a tangible
way. But how can you reconcile the views, which treat it as a
means of salvation, liberation, moksha, self realization and/
or immortality and it has nothing to do with politics? How
can you reconcile with the views, which maintain; that it is
not only useless; but actually counterproductive to study and
ponder over holistic perspective, policies, plans and programs
for universal welfare? How can you reconcile with the view
that the global welfare has nothing to do with individual
spiritual progress and/or self realization?
Teacher: The pinnacle or the culmination of the path of truth
or spiritualism; is the realization of immortality full of bliss.
This is called SACCHIDANANDA. This is self realization.
This is NIRVANA or MUKTI or MOKSHA. This is the same
as merging with NAMA. This is the highest pedestal! The
whole world is aspiring for this; knowingly or unknowingly!
This is the final destination, the supreme abode!
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It is true that this state is beyond everything. It is the
center of universe. It is the controlling center of universal
consciousness. It is supreme. It has nothing to do with politics;
because it is the source of enlightened politics; embodying
holistic perspective, policies, plans, programs and their
implementation in every field of life; for individual
and universal blossoming! It is the source of the best in
everything; art, science, literature, music and so on!
Obviously descending from this state; to politics is not only
useless; but actually counterproductive. Descending from
this state; to study and ponder over holistic perspective,
policies, plans and programs for universal welfare; is useless
and counterproductive. Being the very source of individual
and universal blossoming; it has nothing to do with various
protocols; just as the root has nothing to do with the functions
of branches, leaves and flowers!
However; this is an exalted state!
Most of us are oblivious about it. Only some of us have
just heard or read about it. Only few of these some; have
mere glimpses of it. Fewer from these few; have transient
experiences of it. Fewer still; from the fewer; have strong
convictions about it. But hardly anyone; almost none has
Hence; it is erroneous and/or preposterous to hold that spiritual
quest has nothing to do with politics! It is wrong to consider;
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that it is not only useless; but actually counterproductive to
study and ponder over holistic perspective, policies, plans and
programs for universal welfare; and that; the global welfare
has nothing to do with individual spiritual progress and/or
Politics (not the partisan politics, or power politics) and
the holistic concepts are essential and inevitable steps;
though not necessarily uniform, specific and explicit; in the
process of self realization. They embody SWADHARMA.
In absence of these steps i.e. SWADHARMA; we land up
being in fool’s paradise; even as we continue to get stunted in
terms of instincts, emotions, thoughts and perspective.
As a result; as we have discussed earlier; we degenerate
into hypocrisy or helplessness, ubiquitously evident inside
us; and all around.
We, who claim to be spiritual; if continue to lack holistic
perspective, then our education, health, agriculture, industry,
economics and politics; continue to be sectarian, divisive and
Our life thus becomes an unending mirage, full of so
called spiritualism; while all the evils inside and outside;
continue to flourish unabated!
Student: Sir, I think this perspective has the potential to
reunite atheists, theists or materialists and spiritualists; and
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to empower the practitioner of NAMASMARAN, with
SWADHARMA, which is its backbone!
Teacher: Actually this happens inside! The atheism and
theism, materialism and spiritualism and SWADHAMRA
and NAMASMARAN unite or actually we realize their unity
inside us! It manifests in the society!
NAMASMARAN enlightens us to be holistic. It enables us to
reconnect reason and emotions, materialism and spiritualism,
atheism and theism, individualism and socialism and all
such dualities; and thereby re-enkindle the universe with
realization of unity and harmony. It helps us to victoriously
tread the path of TRUTH and complete the journey of reality
through the essential steps and stages. It thus; ensures the
It is true that NAMASMARAN ultimately takes us to the
highest pedestal. It is said so, by many seers, including my
guru, Shri Brahmachaitanya Maharaj Gondavalekar.
But in absence of SATPRERANA, SADVICHAR,
SADBHAVANA, SADICCHHAA, SATPRAVRUTTI,
SADVASANA,SATSANKALP, SATSHAKTI, SATKARMA
and SADACHAR (Desires, instincts, emotions, inspirations,
motivations, thoughts, plans, programs, policies, strategies
and their implementation; leading to individual and global
blossoming); waiting for salvation; is like a child expecting
Ph D, without studying in a school and college. We would live