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Like the deprivation of other instincts; deprivation of the basic emotion of love and affection; is also a cause of stress. Therefore; charity (dearness and affection) is logically one of the important measures of stress management!

The word “charity” has its root in the old French and Latin; and literally means dearness and affection. Thus the acts of charity give us gratification of fulfilling our need to express our affection; in as much as it benefits many people around us. This is why most of the religions and ideologies; have upheld charity as adorable value and virtue.

Being uncharitable, callous, crude and indifferent to the needs of other people; is actually being blind to our own heart; and suffer from stress; and infect and inflict others! Being uncharitable; is being violent to ourselves and also to others.

Having said this; is being charitable enough to manage stress totally?

This is an important question; because we live in a period; when our charity is usually adulterated knowingly or unknowingly with our petty motivations and/or gullibility. Thus while being charitable; we tend to extract political, social and other varieties of advantages; or get cheated!

But; even if charity is unadulterated; it cannot evolve us; from being fraudulent, corrupt, exploitative, cheating, swindling and so on! We do not really blossom from within; by practicing mere charity!

Charity in itself; being a palliative; though egalitarian and commendable action (response, measure, solution); does not reach and act on the roots of the social and political stressors (evils) viz. sectarian perspectives, policies, plans, programs, administrative machinery, laws, rules, conventions etc, which continue to produce stress; at individual and global levels and harm us.

This is why; practice of charity even if it is sincere; cannot give emotional gratification to the discerning individuals, who are often suffocated in absence of charity; but feel cheated (as and when their charity is misused) by the practice of charity! However; if we are oblivious to these facts; charity may pamper our ego and we develop patronizing attitude with inflated ego.

Different kind of charity is involved in subsidy, free health care, free education, reservations on the basis of caste. It is generated and nurtured and proliferated; by consensus born out of motivations, temptations, meekness, lassitude, indolence, parasitism, irresponsibility and vengeance!

In turn; we get addicted to “live as liability on the others; by exploiting “the dearness and affection and Herculean efforts; i.e. others’ charity”! We begin to despise work; sincerity, accountability, service, dedication, merit etc. and keep on taking pride in asking for or begging for more at the cost of others; as if it is our right! We go on growing as beggars and seekers. In the course of time we begin indulging in poisonous propaganda; unleashing indiscriminate violence and creating stress for everyone. This is worst mismanagement of stress; and harmful to us as well as others.

The government, which adopts such populist policies; harms the society in terms of throttling holistic blossoming of one and all!

Thus whether we do charity; or get benefited by someone else’s charity; we have to realize that; mere charity is not sufficient and in fact proves to be counterproductive; in the long run. Many examples can be given to prove this point.
This scenario of failure of “charity” in every way; is evident in the increasing number and lengths of queues of helpless and pathetic seekers; in front of many public hospitals, restaurants, temples, churches, mosques, shrines; for charity; in India.

In summary, charity in the long run; throttles us; in pride, arrogance, condescending attitude, bloated ego; or beggary, parasitism, meekness, and irresponsibility and antisocial indiscriminate violence!

In some situations; charity could be the only and essential solution; for individual gratification and social relief; e.g. accidents, natural calamities, droughts.

What is the alternative to charity?
A holistic perspective, policies, plans and programs; for fulfilling our physiological needs such as procreation, hunger, thirst, locomotion, living in our habitat, living in our herd, parental care, working; love for the peers, respect for the elders, kind care for the weak and handicapped, and dispassionate, selfless and surgical violence against malignant indiscriminate coercion and violence (punishments and PRAYASHCHITTA); embody the refined form of charity!
This is SWADHARMA. It is an appropriate solution in the form of proactively allocated (individually and globally blossoming) duty; to different individuals; at different stages of life; according different personal and social relationships, different seasons and different auspicious days! Through SWADHARMA; our subjective feelings, fancies, idiosyncrasies, whims and choices evolve into objective ones; and blossom in globally beneficial motivations and actions.

The importance of SWADHARMA is that it does not give rise to bloating of our condescending attitude and ego on the one hand (givers); and destruction and/or humiliation of our self esteem; on the other (seekers)!

In Hindu culture that I am aware of; the SWADHARMA has been in practice; in the form of various responsibilities or obligations; conceptualized as “paying off loans or debts”. Debt is called RUNA in Sanskrit. Repaying these loans e.g.” PITRU RUNA (debt of father), MATRU RUNA (debt of mother), and SAMAJ RUNA (debt of society); is called SWADHARMA. SWADHAMRA is further clarified with respect to relationships. Thus who should do what and how; to repay these debts; is detailed! Thus there are PUTRA DHARMA (the sacred obligations of a son), MATRU DHARMA (sacred obligations of a mother), PITRU DHARMA (sacred obligations of a father), RAJA DHARMA (sacred obligations or responsibilities of a king).

This DHARAMA prevalent in the different stages of life; is called ASHRAMA DHARMA. Thus the DHARMA in student stage is that of (BRAHMACHARYA ASHRAMA), married family person’s stage (GRUHASTHA ASHRAMA), retired stage (VANAPRASTHA ASHRAMA) and stage of transcendental renouncement or renunciation (SANYASA ASRHAMA).

Thus; a BRAHMACHARI student is expected to observe austerity and celibacy. He is expected to dedicate himself; or herself to study; and grow in holistic perspective, thinking, feelings, instincts and actions. Celibacy; or even the attempt to observe celibacy; reduces the menace of AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases and problems of unmarried mothers. It also helps to channelize attention towards sublime aspirations. It presumably helps us; to overcome the dragging force of our petty temptations, diversions; and distractions from physical, sexual and material pleasures.

The GRUHASTHA or family person has the sacred duty of offering hospitality to a guest (ATITHI). The ATITHI institution served a benevolent purpose for the society; as a pilgrim, a trader, an entertainer, a social scientist etc. This is useful as a uniting force amongst the people in different places. This helps in broadening our mind and behavior; thereby overcoming our tendency to safeguard merely our own petty interests. GRUHASTHA helps the institution of ATITHI in uniting and harmonizing society.

The stage of retired life and the stage of renunciation (VANAPRASTHA and SANYASA) were characterized by consultative activities. The VANAPRASTHA and SANYASA; implied; being promoted to impartial judgments, instructing in day to day routine and providing guidance in spiritual quests. There is no escapist or self depriving connotation in any of these; and in any way.

The concept of SWADHARMA is akin to the role of a cell in maintenance of internal environment i.e. homeostasis. Thus just as a cell participates in homeostasis in subservience to the health of its own; and of the organism; similarly an individual participates in social homeostasis; by subservience to his or her own; as well as the health of the society.

Since the fabric of the Indian society has been unidentifiably damaged and mutilated repeatedly; the revival of the old SWADHARMA; does not seem plausible, possible and probable. But we can understand and practice the essence of SWADHARMA; through rectification of our cognition, affect and conation; through NAMASMARAN, which catalyzes the evolution of our subjectivity, into objective consciousness, global perspective, global thinking, global policies; and globally beneficial administration and implementation of these; characteristic to our field.

To put it more explicitly but broadly; a doctor would work for the advent of holistic medicine, a lawyer would work for holistic laws which would provide not merely punishment but PRAYASCHITTA (opportunity for one’s individual and social welfare), an educationist would evolve holistic education (which nurtures spiritual, cognitive, affective, psychomotor and productive domains of a child); in terms of policy making, planning and implementation.

This is the evolution from CHARITY to SWADHARMA through NAMASMARAN (which Lord Krishna and the other seers have intensely and earnestly advocated for millennia) and is the core of the Total Stress Management that can eradicate the evils such as; child labor, begging, slum dwelling, pavement dwelling, diseases, handicaps, pollution, corruption and so on!

It has to be reiterated that NAMASMARAN; can work far more benevolently; than what has been conceived and articulated here.
The source of thoughts, feelings, instincts and the life itself is called God, NIRVANA, MOKSHA, BRAHMA etc. This source is variously described as being the source of universe, energy, space and time; and as; omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, NAMA or GURU. This immortal blissful source of everything; triggers; the spring of universal spiritual dynamism, thousands of holistic concepts, thousands of creative activities and thousands of missions; through His omnipotence!
He pulls us towards Himself; through the endowment of the universally acceptable and practicable potent mega process NAMASMARAN (JAP, JAAP, JIKRA, SUMIRAN, and SIMARAN; i.e. remembering and/or reciting name (NAMA) of God). He empowers us; to practice NAMASMARAN, evolve holistic concepts, dedicate for global welfare; in spite of our weaknesses. .
When we begin to experience this; we realize the contingent, subjective, trivial and evanescent nature; of the so called great forces and powers; and obviously also; of “our” concepts, “our” feelings and “our” life itself! We become humbler and begin to practice NAMASMARAN more thankfully! We become increasingly free of anxiety, worry and fear! This is the successful beginning of going; beyond all stress!
One of the causes of failure in stress management; is; reducing the concept of yoga; to mere physical postures, breathing techniques, kriyas and dietary control. This trivialized yoga; is hyped, sold and purchased; for petty 'gains' and/or sickening gratification of ego!

This way we cannot manage the individual and global stress; which is in the form of deception, deceit, delirium, delusion, despondency, despair, defeat, degeneration, degradation, destruction and devastation!

However; we need not condemn others or ourselves for this. Instead; we should use this great opportunity; to explore, understand, appreciate, practice and propagate yoga which is a process of evolving and practicing;
1. The perspective of global unity and harmony,
2. The thoughts and policies of global welfare,
3. Motivation and concern for global welfare,
4. Mutually satisfying instincts,
5. Activities conducive to individual and universal blossoming; through; NAMASMARAN; practicing the other measures, procedures and techniques (including those in hathayoga); as adjuvant
Since the stress is ubiquitous; it is prevalent amongst the employers and employees also. Quite a lot has been written on the relationship between employers and the employees. But because; the solutions provided; have not been adequately holistic; they have not proved effective. The conflicts and the stress have continued to plague us.

In today’s world; our relationships (employers and employees); are found to vary from company to mill, city to village, public sector to private sector, farm to quarry and from contract system to permanent employment. Our status as employers also has become quite heterogeneous and full of contradictions; in terms of priorities and interests. Often a particular policy financially benefits some sections of industries; while harms those of the others.

This is especially evident; where the financial benefits of exploitation of developing countries get passed on to the employees in affluent countries! There are contradictions amongst the employers and employees in different industries; such as weapons, service industries, alcohol, fruit juices, tobacco, health food products, drugs, fast (junk) foods, emergency medicines, cosmetics and edible oils. This is a challenge of global stress management.

We all need inner growth and objectivity on the one hand and holistic perspective, pacts, policies, laws, rules, planning and programs; conducive to such inner growth; on the other. This can help some of us (leaders, establishment or employers); to rise above pettiness; and some of us (the land-less laborers, child laborers) to rise above helplessness and apathy.

It is said that; this is possible; through; striving for the essence of classless society, which is holistic renaissance, through universal practice of NAMASMARAN (referred to as the indispensable light or oxygen for one and all). But intellectually we can only imagine this. For actual experience of healing ourselves and the ailing mankind; both materially and spiritually we need to practice, verify the vital role of NAMASMARAN and then promote it to catalyze our blossoming further.
Holistic understanding of corruption, Policy Making, Leadership and democracy, Imperialism, Mahatma Gandhi, Unemployment, Elections and Democracy, Revolutions, Accidents,
Some individuals are actually manifestations of pure consciousness. Their cognition, affect and conation (perception, feelings and responses) are beyond every personal or subjective consideration. They are objective or absolute truth personified. They do not die. They live truly and forever. For them; the universe is actually like a family. When and if they say it; it is not rhetoric. They are beyond every kind of discrimination. They are not fettered by religious, racial, national, regional and other prejudices. Their thoughts and ideas germinate to benefit the whole universe. Their literature and creative art have the canvas of the whole universe. Their passions transcend mere bodily gratifications and engender the blossoming of the whole universe. Their motivations and actions mobilize and realize the welfare of the whole universe.
Sadguru Shri Brahmachaitanya Maharaj Gondavlekar (1845 to 1913) was such a personification. I owe everything that follows; excepting the shortcomings; to Him.
Corruption embodies; degradation of one’s perspective, thoughts, feelings and actions. Thus; the vision or perspective, concepts or thoughts, emotions or feelings, instincts or passions and behavior or actions; are degraded by the inner and outer surroundings or environment; and they in turn; influence the inner and outer surroundings or environment. This happens either consciously, subconsciously or unconsciously; i.e. knowingly or unknowingly!

Corrupt Perspective
Perspective is like the expanse of consciousness! Thus the normalcy of this expanse of consciousness i.e. perspective; is being universal! The degree of restriction of that expanse of consciousness i.e. perspective; determines the degree of the suffocation and throttling of consciousness, marking the beginning of corruption! Thus; the restriction of consciousness (perspective) constitutes separation from nature, world, countries, religions, regions, provinces, sects, linguistic groups, castes, communities, creeds, sects and even our own family and from our true self and embodies corruption!

This disease of corrupted perspective is subtle and hence not easily noticed. Since the medical systems today have not learnt to diagnose and treat the disease viz. “corruption of perspective”; they do not identify and treat this disease, which often inflicts the medical systems themselves!

Sectarian and corrupt perspective makes our thoughts, feelings and actions also increasingly mean, lonely, weak, inert, grumbling, intolerant, inconsiderate, resentful, vindictive and miserably selfish and pathogenic (many times concealed under deceptive glamour and glitter); and vice versa; for ourselves and the society!

The paradigms or premises; of the sectarian supremacy, racial superiority, financial expansionism, religious bigotry and fanaticism and so on (without concern for the well being of the entire world) constitutes corrupt perspective and highly infectious stress!

Corrupt Thinking
As the holistic perspective or normal perspective gets corrupted (diseased and degenerated); it becomes increasingly narrower, sick and sectarian. From this sick and sectarian soil of corrupt perspective, the sick and sectarian thinking, feelings and instincts germinate; and make the soil further sick! Everything holistic gets degenerated into everything sick and sectarian! The corrupt thinking and corrupt rationale; produce the coercive; international, national and local; laws, conventions, traditions, rules, pacts (formed without concern for well being of the entire world)!

Thus the racially discriminating constitutions, the legal discrimination on the basis of castes, legal yet unjust tax system/s to exploit certain section for the benefit of another section, the repressive laws against trade, shops and such commercial activities, the deceptive promotion of several harmful or useless products, various laws and rules with respect to unjust special economic zones and so on are examples of “corrupt thinking”! The present sectarian medical and education systems (conspicuously lacking in integration and productive domain respectively) also; are glaring examples of corrupt thinking.

The so called corruption (embodying mere financial scams, bribing and even other corrupt activities) is actually a visible superficial symptom of the deeper disease viz. corrupt thinking, which in turn is the crude symptom of deeper disease viz. corrupt perspective!

Corrupt Emotions
Corrupt perspective, corrupt thinking; corrupt the emotions and instincts; and vice versa!
The motivation behind the literature, art, media, movies, dramas, and advertisements and so on (serving the sectarian aims, petty objectives, and vested interests ingrained in the above intellectual themes; without concern for the welfare of people at large; or even at the cost of the welfare of people at large) constitute the corruption of emotions.
Corrupt instincts
Corrupt perspective, corrupt thinking, corrupt emotions corrupt the instincts and vice versa! Examples of corrupt instincts are; the indiscriminate unabashed exhibitionism, immodesty, pornography and so on.
Corrupt Actions
Corrupt perspective, corrupt thinking, corrupt emotions, corrupt instincts corrupt the actions; and vice versa. The actual laws, literature, art forms, media campaigns, movements, and such every activity in different fields; either organized or unorganized (without concern for the welfare of the world; or at the cost of the world) constitutes the corrupt actions.

Considering the universal expanse of the corruption and the stress associated with it; from the brief discussion above, it should be clear how corruption and stress are really ubiquitous i.e. not only outside but inside us as well!! The roots of the corruption thrive from the faulty perspective, followed by corrupt thoughts, emotions and actions.

Action against Corruption
Corruption probably cannot be eradicated, as it is a human weakness. Theoretically; even if it is eradicated today completely; it is going to resurge; through the new generations.
But it can certainly be brought down to “least troublesome” level. For this; we need to rectify, repair, restore, regenerate, rejuvenate and effectively blossom; the roots (which are infected by corruption); of our perspective, thinking, emotions, instincts and actions! For this; we have to break open the throttling shackles, restricting our consciousness and minimize the corruption of our perspective, thinking, feelings, instincts and actions!
This can be done if we study the scope and potential of NAMASMARAN; practice, verify and propagate it, if we are convinced; as a common minimum program for blossoming of an individual and the mankind.

Is this not happening at all?
It is happening.
Actually; many theists; practicing, promoting and propagating NAMASMARAN; as well as many atheists not practicing NAMASMARAN; may not have this perspective; but their actions; are complementary and hence contribute to global welfare; in terms of the fervor, motivation and driving force; and analytical, operational and technological capability respectively! Of course; they often do this unknowingly and are unaware of the fact that they are serving the cosmic plan!
But this is far from being enough.
For an effective Action Against Corruption; we have to take note of the qualities; by virtue of which corrupt people; have been proving victorious over holistic renaissance and superliving i.e. Total Stress Management!
The qualities of the corrupt people are many! Some of these qualities amongst many; are; dynamic leadership, clarity, focus, seriousness, courage, commitment, boldness, preparedness to face any consequences for their action, patience, shrewdness and planning. They have no weakness in terms of compromising with goal! They do not pardon anybody going against or astray. They are ready to take any risk and stake not only their own, but their family’s life in their goal.
If we introspect honestly; then we would certainly admit; at least to ourselves; that we lack many of these qualities. We lack dynamic leadership, clarity, focus, seriousness, courage, commitment, boldness, preparedness to face any consequences for our action, patience, shrewdness and planning. We lack backbone and keep compromising with our goal! While they do not pardon anybody going astray from their goal we not only pardon, but actually lick the feet of our friends going away from our goal of “action against corruption”! We are NOT ready to take any risk and stake nothing! Forget about life, we are NOT ready to give any time, energy or money for; what we call as our goal viz. Action against Corruption.
We can disprove all my statement, at least partly, even if we study and propagate the concept of Total Stress Management i.e. holistic renaissance or superliving (the core of which is NAMASMARAN) to merely 10 persons in a day only once; then in 10 days it would go across the whole mankind as a weapon for the action against corruption; as follows.
• 1x10=10
• 10x10=100
• 100x10=1000
• 1000x10=10000
• 10000x10=100000
• 100000x10=1000000
• 1000000x10=10000000
• 10000000x10=100000000
• 100000000x10=1000000000
• 1000000000x10=10000000000
In any case; Total Stress Management i.e. holistic renaissance or superliving (the core of which is NAMASMARAN); whatever be the semantics; is writing on wall. It is an incoming thing irrespective of our wish and will!! It is our fortune and privilege; if we understand and participate in it!


NAMASMARAN helps an individual remain in the closest vicinity of truth. It is commonly understood (and basically correctly so) that truth governs everything in the universe.

One must also appreciate in this context; that in most of the places in the world; one of the aphorisms was that the king i.e. the policy maker and ruler is incarnation of God. It was traditional wisdom that expected the kings to conform to truth and make policies based on the vision or perspective sprung from truth. In Hindus this is called "Rajadharma". It is the same as accurate and benevolent perspective, thoughts and actions i.e. social duties of the king. In Hindus it was a part of traditional wisdom that the Rajaguru i.e. a selfless and scholarly guide with accurate vision; was assigned the task of guiding and helping the king in practicing Rajadharma or in other words, manifesting truth (will of God).

In today's time 'will of God' i.e. cosmic wisdom can be manifested through the process of becoming increasingly objective and holistic. Most of us have the opportunity to grow objective and holistic. This way; we all can attain the position, respectability and the sway of our conscience; on billions; and all the men in power; have the opportunity to grow more objective and holistic; and conceive and implement the programs, which are globally benevolent.

Actually whether a common person or a person in power; we all can attain a position in the realm of truth; through NAMASMARAN. This has been amply validated by saints and sages who have truly attained the positions of power and ruled the hearts of people, and this has also been exemplified by kings and rulers, who realized the truth and selflessly ruled in the interest of the people, in past.
Today; NAMASMARAN enables us; to rise above subjective and petty considerations and attachments. It enables us to perceive the need, direction and even a broad blue print; of universal welfare. It enables us to design policies, strategies and plans in our fields; empowers us to implement them. The world leaders in different fields can really be benefited (in every way; not merely monetarily) and in turn benefit holistically; the billions through the practice of NAMSMARAN, which is an omnipotent panacea to realize truth, to help the others to realize truth and to help the others to manifest it in their respective fields; so as to benefit the universe.


In democracy we all have a chance to be leaders and emancipate ourselves and others. More importantly; we have an environment where the public opinion can work as our conscience keeper and rectify our satanic fancies (coming in the way of our own and others’ welfare).

This is because of freedom of expression.

But in democracy; there is equal scope for the satanic elements (inside and outside), which are against the global welfare. They have a free hand to express themselves and hinder the expression of global conscience and thereby jeopardize the global blossoming.

In fact; we come across; many cunning satanic elements, who play with minds of others; showing pseudo concern for democracy. They thrive on the weaknesses; inside and outside!

But opposition to democracy amounts to invitation to dictatorship, which suppresses the conscience of many and nurtures the evil elements in few.

Hence to prevent the degeneration; of democracy into pathocracy (rule of perversion), and the leaders into psychopaths; we have to rectify and rejuvenate it! This requires holistic perspective, planning, motivation and actual practice; of holistic health, holistic medicine, holistic education.

In other words; this requires practice of NAMASMARAN which revives and revitalizes the SWADHARMA; at individual, institutional and government levels. Further; it leads to culmination of all the ideologies; into self realization i.e. YOGA; and universal blossoming i.e. SAMSTHI YOGA.
The racial, ideological, cultural, religious, economic and political aggressions, invasions, expansions; are deceptive, illusive, disguised, concealed, covert; or blatantly barbaric and coercive; or both; and have been taking place in many parts of the world, for millennia.
Apart from violent invasions, coercive rules; these have been associated with propaganda of philosophy, religions, ideologies and distortion historical facts, mainstream education, mass media, art and literature. This is born out of the instincts of racial, religious, ideological, cultural, economic and political supremacy; on the one hand; and helpless submission to them; on the other. These phenomena are natural and understandable; but like any disease; they have to be eradicated or at least controlled; because; they are destructive and/or suicidal.
If we introspect and try to understand and appreciate our own deepest aspirations, then we would realize that the basic desire of ownership, possessiveness, control, power and supremacy, when multiplies cancerously; and join hands with similar motives; it becomes mass mania! All the resources and all the technology get channeled into this mass mania and an imperialistic activity with mammoth dimension begins to erode our lives.
When billions of us begin to practice NAMASMARAN; this downhill momentum of our conscience begins to revert back in upward direction! Our craving of ownership; or listless submission; are consumed into inner growth and realization of internal unity. The rabid competition and the indiscriminate violence get dissolved in unity, cordiality. The corrupt distortion of historical facts; gets rectified. The art, science, ideologies, philosophies, religions, literature and laws get revitalized, rejuvenated, remodeled, holisticized and globally blossoming.
This is a hypothesis; not a verified fact. But its verification would be possible through the practice of NAMASMARAN by billions; not merely a few.
Mahatma Gandhi translated his vision and perceptions with almost complete fidelity, into sociopolitical programs, with almost universal acceptability and feasibility. He translated his inner voice into activities; which proved fulfilling for him; and inspiring for the world!
The word “almost” is used; just to concede that there could be difference of opinion on some issues; since no human being as a person; is complete and absolutely right in every way.
Many great people have had; either a merely profound vision of universal progress; or a merely poetic feelings of global welfare, but lacked the practical application in personal and social life. Alternatively; some made tangible endeavors for the emancipation of mankind, but lacked the accuracy and enlightened vision of universal welfare. Few had all the combination of enlightened vision and its practical application to such a phenomenal extent.
Very few of us are aware of the fact that Mahatma Gandhi not only practiced NAMASMARAN with top priority, steadfastly and continuously; but has written a book on it and held NAMASMARAN in the highest esteem. If we have to describe the real spirit of Mahatma Gandhi in one word; then it is; the practice of NAMASMARAN!
The exact translation; of universal vision, perspective, feelings, laws, policies, programs and plans; in all the fields of life; and at personal, family, social and global levels; is the key to holistic renaissance. This is not at all easy. But there is no short cut. There is no alternative. However, the process of such a translation, which gets empowered by NAMASMARAN; is already a progressing reality; though not a prominent or predominant social phenomenon yet!
At times; we feel that there should be NO explicit promotion of NAMASMARAN as; “readers may find it monotonous and repetitive”!
What could be the reason for such a feeling?
This is because; we are not serious enough about; our individual and universal problems and possible solutions for the same!
As a result of our casual approach; there is no interest, no insight and no conviction about the pivotal role of NAMASMARAN; in our individual and global life! We tend to; just casually agree, superficially accept; and reluctantly approve; NAMASMARAN!
Is it not true that with casual approach; we cannot reach the root causes and holistic solutions; to the problems? Is it not true that with such casual approach we tend to accept ineffective or counterproductive piecemeal approaches and become insensitive, callous, cynical and even sadist? Is it not true that with casual approach in accepting or rejecting NAMASMARAN; we eventually become phobic about the global challenge; and guilty about our uselessness? Is it not true that; as a result of casual approach; we progressively become weak and fall prey to dirty politics and false claims of charlatans?
It is only after sincere and thorough scrutiny, trial and errors; that one comes to realize and grab; the opportunity to study, practice and promote NAMASMARAN, which is a universal solution to individual and global stress; caused by a variety of stressors; i.e. individual and social problems.
It is only after thorough scrutiny, trial and errors; and not merely a casual approach; that we realize that; NAMASMARAN is a panacea! NAMASMARAN involves individual and universal blossoming! NAMASMARAN embodies conquest of inner and outer evils! NAMASMARAN is the core of Total Stress Management! NAMASMARAN is the essence of superliving! NAMASMARAN is the key to holistic renaissance! NAMASMARAN ought to have top priority in our life!
The case in point is that of unemployment.
If we overcome our casual approach, through the practice of NAMASMARAN, then we understand and arrive at a consensus about the way to solve the problem of unemployment.
Which is this way?
It is; the holistic education (which includes inner growth and blossoming; and productive domain and embodies self and social empowerment).
We arrive at an agreement that this can eradicate unemployment and mal-employment (unproductive; counterproductive and socially harmful employment) on the one hand; and evils such as all the wastage, corruption and other malpractices; on the other!
Through practice of NAMASMARAN itself; we get convinced that; how much ever monotonous, repetitive and propagandist it may appear; NAMASMARAN being the fountainhead of individual and universal welfare; has to be continuously promoted, popularized and universalized; with top priority; while being in its practice! Anyhow; it is; already; although inconspicuously; spreading all over the world!
Elections in Maharashtra are declared and the various transactions of election of peoples’ representatives have begun.

As a result of deification of democracy, most of us, the voters and the candidates, have apparently developed an illusory feeling that elections and democracy are panacea for the cure of all evils. If we do not feel that from within, then at least we tend to pretend to feel so.

Elections and democracy; are actually the means (amongst many others. The other means; such as study, analysis, experimentation, research, industry, agriculture, craft, business, art, literature, sports, rituals, festivals, conventions, prayers, and individual and social protests are also evolved during the development of human civilization.
Elections like other means; are meant for ushering in; the ambience that would be conducive to individual and global blossoming. They are not the end in themselves.

In as much as it is true that elections and democracy are important means, it is more accurate to say that assuming elections and the democracy as the end in themselves and neglecting the other means of global blossoming such as those mentioned above, would be naive and counterproductive.

From immediate practical point of view, isn’t it true and important that we get empowered to vote selflessly and bravely and elect benevolent candidates? Conversely isn’t it true that those who get elected evolve into able and noble individuals (if they are not at present)?

The visionaries have reiterated time and again that; NAMASMARAN i.e. remembrance of; and connection with; the true self; is the source of universally benevolent and empowering inner light. They have insisted and affirmed that it is the basis, essence and culmination of all the means; conducive to individual and global blossoming! Shouldn’t NAMASMARAN be our topmost priority before, during and after elections; and irrespective of the stage of evolution; of democracy?

By the word revolution what is implied is a total and rapid change in the society with respect to all that is thought to be unjust, oppressive, exploitative and antisocial. However, the perspectives of revolutions vary. But they have one kind of short coming or another! Revolutions with respects to cultural, economic, scientific, technological, industrial, agricultural and such other aspects of society are also evident from time to time and place to place.

The basic and essentially humane aspirations of the revolutionaries; can succeed if pettiness of every kind is overcome. This is possible by sincere practice of NAMASMARAN. This is because; NAMASMARAN helps us to share the vision of the visionaries of the past and thus enables us to get rid of the inappropriate details of dogmas. NAMASMARAN thus helps us to absorb the best in the past and also frees us to apply it to the present. Manifestation of enlightenment in this way is the most desirable revolution. In such revolutionary process the ideologies, science and technologies function like eyes; the instruments of vision; while the capability resulting from NAMASMARAN functions like the parts of the brain responsible for vision. Taking another analogy; NAMASMARAN is like oxygen; essential for survival and enables all the parts of the body to function appropriately. NAMASMARAN thus is vital core of a revolution and all parts of the body are like instruments and forces involved in revolution.

Just as oxygen is essential for all parts of the body; NAMASMARAN is essential and vital for all parts of the society viz. all castes, creeds, religions, regions, races, parties and even ideologies; irrespective of traditions, and methods of worship! Just as oxygen enables the body parts to function for the benefit of the whole organism, NAMASMARAN enables all the sections of the society to think, feel and act effectively for the well being of one and all!

It is time therefore that we combine the power of parts vital for vision i.e. the NAMASMARAN and the instruments of vision viz. eyes i.e. science and technology and other knowledge; for a complete revolution viz. holistic renaissance; just as we have to combine the power of oxygen i.e. NAMASMARAN; the soul of revolution and all the parts of body i.e. different sections of the society the moving force of complete revolution or holistic renaissance.

Stress, if not managed properly, leads to defects in regulation, control, coordination; harmony, and efficiency; inside and outside us. Stress leads to hundreds of psychological, neurological, endocrine and metabolic disturbances, which are reflected in the behavior also. The mismanaged conscious and subconscious stress; directly and indirectly leads to irritability, lack of concentration, impatience, impatience, wrong attitude, indiscipline, irresponsibility, carelessness and even defective skills. These constitute disturbed behavior.
The disturbed behavior is a direct major cause of accident proneness. Thus; often; the vehicular road accidents; are directly due to defective driving behavior.
But apart from this; when our stress is mismanaged; and when we are in positions of power; it leads to conceiving and framing inappropriate and defective policies, rules and regulations related to the production, marketing, promotion, hype of only sedans and vehicles of private use, construction of flyovers, with negligence towards; vehicles of mass transport such as buses, development of road network.
Since; most of us; the sufferers; who are stressed; are victims of the propaganda of the diseased model of progress, we can’t even identify and understand the defects in the policies; which are responsible for the increase in the number and severity accidents. We are rendered incapacitated, inactive, indifferent, apathetic, cynical and frustrated. We are unable to participate in identifying and rectifying the causes responsible for accidents and their complications.
Following example can further clarify this.
Thus the policy of excessive production and marketing (and passively buying and using) of cars and two wheelers (for the affluent few); and suppression the production of buses, trams, trains and other modes of public transport, which are urgently required for billions; leads to suffering of billions in many ways, one of which is increase in road accidents.
The brief explanation of how this single policy can increase not only accidents, but cause many related and consequent problems; is as follows.
1. Excessive increase in number of private vehicles (which carry a small number of persons) on roads; leads to congestion and tremendous and unnecessary load on traffic police.
2. Commensurate increase in fuel consumption causing chemical pollution and also in import expenses; leading to increase of fuel prices and subsequent increase in rate of inflation. As a result most of us suffer, but especially the farmer community, which is the heart of any society.
3. Wear and tear of roads increases. Consequently there is further increase in accidents due bad condition of roads. Besides the maintenance expenses and disturbance and delay to smooth traffic also increase.
4. Excessive increase in noise pollution results due to; blowing of horns; and adds to chaos conducive to more accidents. Also, this is troublesome; to hospitals, schools, and other places; where silence is essential.
5. Traffic jams adding to further increase in fuel consumption and wastage of time, disastrously affecting the performance and/or productivity of the people of different occupations.
6. Increase in the number of vehicular accidents is largely contributed by simply the huge and increasing number of vehicles on road apart from other factors.
7. Increase in vehicular exhaust causing global warming.
8. Due to inadequate mass transport facilities; there is excess of load on them especially local trains where ever available; and consequent accidents, quarrels and mishaps in these.
9. Overall increase in tardiness in the traffic and increase in anxiety and tension further increase the quarrels, traffic crimes and the number and severity of accidents. This adds to difficulty in rescue operations and providing medical aid due to difficulty in movement of rescue agencies such as ambulances and fire fighters.
10. The eco-friendly bicycles production and sale suffers due to “imposing and threatening” presence of cars, motorcycles, rickshaws, scooters etc.
11. Excessive production of vehicles; is associated with; unproductive and wasteful work; such as insurance, registration and traffic policing!
12. Increase (due to difficulty in enforcing law and order) riots, thefts etc due to slowing of police movement
13. There is excessive production of un-degradable solid waste.
14. The excessive production of vehicles leads to requirement of and construction and maintenance of excessively large cement or asphalt roads at the cost of irreplaceable trees (extremely important for avoiding global warming, pollution, rain and organic manure) and open earth surface (extremely important and vital for absorbing and holding rain water) and unnecessary disruption of the natural habitat of the animals.
Thus, one wrong policy and its implementation can cause and increase several problems in society; apart from road accidents. Since this is one of the fallouts of mismanaged stress. Hence it can be clear, how holistic or total management of stress is essential for individual and community welfare. The key to this; is empowerment and enlightenment. This is possible through NAMASMARAN i.e. JAP, JAAP, SUMIRAN, SIMARAN, JIKRA or remembering one’s true self.
From above discussion; the experts in the field can arrive at the practical and holistic solutions and implement them; thus exemplifying their holistic perspective; solidly supported and strengthened by public opinion, consensus and movements.

Holistic education, Education, Superstition
The tradition of NAMASMARAN is like oxygenation for the survival, health and growth of mass conscience. It enhances the cleansing of heart, promotes the evolution from subjectivity to objectivity and catalyzes the blossoming of the mass consciousness and conscience.
In absence of NAMASMARAN we get rapidly disorientation from our true self, which is the source of empowerment and enlightenment and thus become caricatures of ourselves. We become increasingly incapable of handling and managing stress in our life.
Mismanagement of stress; at individual and social levels; distorts our cognition, affect and conation (perception, feelings and actions); and leads to; amongst many other evils; deterioration of international, national and local education policy and its implementation. This makes it non-holistic, sectarian, prejudiced, vindictive, malicious, mercenary, exploitative and malevolent. This makes the education (formal, curricular, co curricular, extracurricular and informal) a major stressor as it nurtures petty pursuits; and creates conflicts of interests and perpetuates division and discord in the individual and social life.
Let us review; the present perspective, policy and practice of education; as seen around; in India.
Even though education is defined in various ways; and often inadequately or incompletely; there has been a general agreement on the fact that education is basically a process of blossoming of an individual and the society. Hence this definition included three domains, which are as follows.
This means the state of mind. In simple words affective domain relates to how we feel. Thus when our mind is full of alertness, attention, enthusiasm, buoyancy, affection, concern, joy, tolerance, self esteem, mutual respect, mutual trust, commitment, dedication, love, romance, confidence, victorious spirit, we would call it; a healthy affective domain. In addition; the zeal and concentration; needed; in the pursuit of excellence in intellectual field, tenacity and endurance required; in skillful activities, and patience and commitment essential; for internally satisfying and socially beneficial (conscientious) actions; constitute affective domain. The purpose of education is to nurture this domain by designing suitable curricula and syllabi (syllabuses).
This implies ability to appreciate skills and ability to perform physical and mental skills, with speed, accuracy, elegance, ease of performance etc. This may involve appreciation and performance; of skills such as surgery, playing a musical instrument, playing basket ball or doing carpentry! The purpose of education is to nurture this domain through not only designing suitable curricula, syllabi but also by providing sufficient practical and demonstration classes; with all the necessary equipments.
This incorporates; accurate perspective, perception, understanding, conceptualization, concentration, evaluation, analysis, recall, synthesis, correlation, and making appropriate decisions, policies, plans programs and their implementation i.e. ability of application.
It is clear that all these domains have three components each viz. Cognition (Perception), affect (Feelings) and conation (Response).
Thus cognitive domain would have intellectual perception, clarity and intellectual expression, affective domain would include feeling, motivation and response in emotional sphere such as poetry; and psychomotor domain would include grasp and internalization of a particular skill, confidence to perform it and actually performing it.
Let us now see, how education deteriorated to the present stage; where all the three domains are defective; apart from lacking in the spiritual and productive domains. In short; let us see how it has become a major stressor.
For this; a brief consideration of the traditional education system in India would prove useful.
Traditional Education System in India in general; ensured that:
a) Careers were not selected on the basis of monetary or other materialistic gains,
b) Careers were not selected arbitrarily on the basis of idiosyncrasies and whims,
c) Lucrative careers could not be sought after; in preference to the others,
d) All careers ensured income and production from early age,
e) All careers ensured that the society was benefited,
f) All careers ensured security to all the social groups,
g) All the careers ensured intimacy and closeness between young and old in the families.
h) All careers ensured ethical education and passage of experience and wisdom; from generation to generation.
These were merits.
But it is also true that, the traditional system was apparently marked by; deprivation of scholastic education on mass scale, availability of education and jobs based on caste basis, relatively deficient infrastructure for collective scientific and technological efforts, and an element of arbitrary imposition of hierarchy.
As a result of several stressful factors; including the onslaught of the tempting and impressive individualistic doctrines; the traditional education system has been replaced by the present system, which is tearing apart; the cohesive social fabric and destroying the values; in India. There is a failure to preserve and nurture the merits and discard and dispose off; the demerits from the traditional system of education! The education has shifted from homes, home industries and farms to; nurseries, K.G. schools, schools, colleges, universities, where the cognition, affect and conation; all suffer!
Cognition suffers because of:
a) Huge number of students, in a single class making individual attention, dialogue and discussions; almost impossible.
b) Lack of adequate salary, accountability, incentive and economic security to the teachers taking away; the initiative of nurturing cognitive domain
c) Increase in alienation with respect to student’s background and aptitude
d) Lack of adequate incentive to the students in the form of creativity, production and earning, service to the family and service to the nation, thus killing the motivation (affective domain) required for building up cognitive domain
e) Lack of conviction essential in the growth of cognitive domain in the teachers and students because of outdated practical and demonstration classes, lack of interdisciplinary dialogue and in general the irrelevance of education to the realities of day to day life in as much as almost predictable consecutive unemployment at the end! The lack of conviction could be partly due to the lack of participation by teachers in decision-making, policy making, development of curricula, syllabi etc.
f) Emphasis on recall and hence rote learning thereby denying free inquiry, reading, questioning etc. thereby directly thwarting the cognitive domain
g) Too many examinations; with irrelevant parameters or criteria of evaluation (besides being unfair in many instances) leading to misguided and in most cases counterproductive efforts thus adversely affecting the cognitive domain
h) Competitions where the manipulative skills, callousness, selfishness are given more respect, destroy the enthusiasm of growing in cognitive domain for internal satisfaction
i) Information explosion affecting cognitive domain by either causing enormous and unnecessary burden on memory or inferiority complex
j) Pressure of interviews causing constant tension and sense of inadequacy, right from the tender age,
k) Protracted hours of homework in schools denying the students their legitimate right to enjoy their childhood and make them physically, mentally and intellectually unfit to grow in every domain
l) Irrelevant and unnecessary information loading in lectures in the form of monologue, leading to suppression of the spontaneity, originality, interest and enthusiasm so much required in cognitive development amongst the students,
Affective domain suffered due to,
A) Isolation of the children from their parents and their domestic environment at an early age (Making the parents also equally sad)
B) Lack of warm bonds due to huge number,
C) Cut throat individualistic and petty competition,
D) Inadequate facilities of sports, trekking, educational tours, recreation and physical development etc
E) Alienation from one’s social environment and culture
Psychomotor domain suffered due to
A) Almost total lack of opportunities to actually participate in skillful activities such as drawing, painting, sewing, sculpturing, carpentry, knitting, weaving, music, agriculture, horticulture, other handicrafts, various sports, performing arts etc.
It is important to realize that promotion of psychomotor domain is evident but in its caricature form. It has no concrete economic realistic basis. The activities have no economic incentive and no productive element.

Apart from the defects in the three domains; the other two domains viz. spiritual and productive; have not been included in the education.

The spiritual domain that imparts universal perspective and globally beneficial outlook; incorporates inner blossoming of an individual through introspection, heart to heart communication (not merely discussion and arguments), mutual understanding and blossoming of the teachers and students together; through one of the most universal practices; viz. NAMASMARAN. Thus the spiritual domain is a key to conquer lust, whims, fancies, pride, arrogance, callousness, contempt, ungratefulness, prejudices, jealousy, hatred, meanness, skepticism, cynicism, depression, frustration and so on. It is never made adequately available to the teachers, students and the others; associated with education.

The present education system in India lacks the other important domain; viz. productive domain that empowers the people concerned with education. This prevents a huge section of society such as teachers, students, clerks, servants, sweepers and many others; such as education inspectors, from being creative and productive. In addition; it causes colossal loss of space, electricity, construction cost and so on. In addition because of the typical emphasis on rote learning and paper work; it leads to phenomenal waste of “educational material” such as paper, bags, pencils, ball pens etc.

It has to be appreciated that billions of rupees are spent on unproductive components of education; such as construction, decoration, electrification and maintenance of buildings and educational material. The teaching and nonteaching staff members are engaged in unproductive work. This way we weaken the national economy and jeopardize the developmental activities.

It also causes economic loss to everyone involved in education; while suppressing their own growth and development.
This is a single most important cause of
1) Suffering due to reduction in the dignity of labor amongst those who continue to learn, as well as reduction in the income of the concerned families and the nation
2) Suffering due to lack of education, lack of employment and starvation or criminalization amongst those who are forced to drop out because the often the children contribute to the earning of the family
3) Suffering of dropouts, due to cheap child labor

In short, present day education system harnesses arrogance of qualifications and diffidence of poor performance; amongst those who continue to learn. Their spiritual, cognitive, psychomotor, affective and productive domains are defective. Their spiritual blossoming, self empowerment, creative wisdom, intellectual competence, productive skills, self sufficiency and even physical health are deficient. Thus we have increasing number of unproductive criminals and mental wrecks or highly competitive efficient maniacs; pursuing individualistic petty goals at the cost of others!
For those who are unable to continue the education; the abyss of being a child labor is wide open! Other options are of stealing, begging or becoming a delinquent criminals or a pervert.
The piecemeal approach of present system of facilitation of petty pursuits with a delusion that it would enhance development and progress; is not only useless but are in fact counterproductive! It leads to cancerous spread of industries with uncontrolled production of unnecessary utilities and their maddening marketing. These industries consume energy, fuel and add to undisposable waste and pollution. This promotes the growth of terrorism on the one hand; and pretends to act against it (in actually a counterproductive way) on the other! This state of affairs; is strongly protected and strengthened by the elements with vested interests! Hence the present laws, rules and regulations also promote present education and its ill effects.
Some institutions and individuals, for whom we have great respect, are involved in the holistic approach to education (in mainstream, formal, informal, curricular, co curricular, extracurricular as well as education of physically and mentally challenged children). But these efforts are inadequate.

While piecemeal approaches are failing; there is no adequate awareness and promotion of holistic education, which leaves the vicious cycle of stress distorting education; and distorted education creating, aggravating and spreading the stress; to continue unabashedly and unabated.
Hence; the ill effects of stress on present education and vice versa; can be eradicated if we understand the defects in present education and promote holistic education as an international solution. It has to be appreciated that no statesman, no political leader, no policy maker and no administrator can bring about change in an existing system (in democratic set up); unless, we evolve a consensus about the changes in the majority of people; whose cooperation is very vital. In short; the policy of holistic education; demands that every school, college, university etc must become the center of production and service, self sufficient and must aid in self sufficiency and blossoming of everyone involved in education and also of the nation. The students, teachers and others associated with education; must blossom as independent and empowered individuals; spiritually, intellectually, mentally, instinctually, physically and economically.
In practice; everyday; approximately
20 % of the time be spent in production, service etc.
20 % of the time be spent in physical activities
20 % of the time be spent in holistic personality development
20 % of the time be spent in entertainment and
20 % of the time be spent on cognitive domain

Let us consider these separately:

20 % of the time be spent in production, service etc.
1. The productive domain should be an essential ingredient of education System, but no particular job should be enforced. The teachers and others should participate in the productive domain. Production and service can involve community projects such as plantation of medicinal herbs, rearing of cows, home flower gardening, production of chalk sticks, carpentry, pottery, cleanliness, crafts, skills, arts and their sale according to the situations.. Working physically in different ways and earning; is not a burden. It is an opportunity to grow from within. It is an opportunity to develop our self esteem and become self sufficient.
2. This leads to self sufficiency in schools. They do not have to depend on heavy fees or federal grants or donations and this way they become accessible to all. The caste based reservation for education, jobs and promotions; responsible for social divide and strife; in many parts of the world; (especially India) can be rendered redundant and thus; peacefully and advantageously done away with, by consensus!
3. Through productive domain the hypokinetic stress, emotional stress of being dependent and intellectual stress of burden on memory and thinking is averted.
4. Due to productive domain, the dropping out due to lack of earning (as is common in case of millions of students in many parts of world) and then turning into helpless, vulnerable and cheap child labor would come down.
5. Being empowered, the students would not go through the stress of unemployment and turn into helpless, frustrated mental wrecks or criminals.
6. The emphasis on productive domain (and hence psychomotor and practical aspects) would bring down the necessity and also the capability and possibility to “copy” and associated crimes and corruption in procedures of examinations, certification, providing grants and so on!
Most importantly; we have to introduce and incorporate examinations, which examine the actual skill, capacity or performance of the student, rather than his/her ability of repeating or reproducing things and/or copying.
20 % of the time be spent in physical activities
Physical activities can include pranayama, sports, exercise, trekking, hiking, a variety of physical fitness training programs and methods to avoid monotony and improve efficacy. A variety of sports prevalent in every other parts of the world can make the programs more interesting, entertaining thereby promoting global unity.
20 % of the time be spent in personality (conceptual and spiritual) development and
Personality development includes affective domain, spiritual domain and embodies broadening of perspective; through various means such as; NAMASMARAN, by hearting and chanting prayers, poems and songs, guest lectures, seminars, discussions on holistic health from guests from other states, countries, languages, cultures and different religions; thereby promoting global unity. In addition it also includes; educational tours and visits to places; where the student gets exposed to the different characteristics of nature and society; such as farms, gardens, sea shores, deserts, glaciers, laboratories, airports, government offices, share markets etc.
20 % of the time be spent in entertainment
Entertainment that enriches the soul; not only should include playing musical instruments, dance, painting, mimicry, singing, storytelling, drama, movie etc. but everything that nurtures the affective domain and spiritual domain.

20 % of the time be spent on cognitive domain
Development of cognitive domain can include teaching of languages, history, geography, mathematics etc with utmost emphasis on interpretation and relevance in day to day life. Thus typical irrelevant questions in the examination of history, languages, mathematics; should be totally done away with. The subject such as; commerce, economics, psychology, civics, philosophy, logic, sociology etc must include field work and made relevant to the present society.
We must encourage maximum and daily person to person interaction and dialogue amongst the teachers and students; so that analytical, synthetic, contemplative, decision making, trouble shooting and problem solving capacities are developed optimally.
The vicious cycle of stress distorting education and distorted education causing and multiplying stress in individual and social life; cannot be managed effectively, unless and until; a situation where millions are “imprisoned” in unproductive work and millions are forced into unemployment and inhuman cheap child labor; is eradicated. This can be done through holistic education policy and its implementation; at international, national and local levels; through the laws, government rules and public awareness, consensus and participation. The details of practical steps can be developed by interactions amongst the people active in the field of education all over the world. But we all need;
1, Perspective and conviction of Global Unity and global welfare
2. Readiness to accept and introduce physiological insights and principles in the holistic education
3. Readiness and openness to have dialogue with experts in other fields
4. Participation from the society and governments and the media including internet websites, so that holistic education activists all over the world; can have a meaningful dialogue and share views, work and experiences and may be, inspire others
5. Administrative proficiency and due care and concern for the physical capacities of the children (normal as well as the physically and mentally challenged) to avoid infliction of pain and trouble.
7. The opportunities for psychomotor activities and productive activities; without impositions.
8. Every kind of open mindedness and tolerance amongst teachers and students; so that better international relations can be realized.
The physical, instinctual, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and economic empowerment and blossoming; in holistic education is integr

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