Arguments Against Namasmaran Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar
When I used to be charged with physical needs,
passions, emotions, thoughts and ideas, I used to
feel agitated with the thought of similar plight of
the people! The social circumstances appeared
extremely dark and annoying. The change, the
revolution appeared to be the only purpose of life,
even as the exact program of action and/or blue
print of the revolution was far from ready!
The frenzy of all these complex feelings used to be
so much, that any proponent of God or
NAMASMARAN used to appear as unconcerned
about peoples’ true needs, unbothered about real
issues such as poverty, injustice; and hence
antisocial, hypocrite, parasitic etc or at best; stupid
The restlessness within; used to be so much that it
used to propel me towards addressing every
problem that appeared in the news paper or on TV,
apart from those in my own personal life.
As a result, I used get engrossed in relevant
physical work, emotional expression in poetry,
intellectual analysis, discussions, public speeches,
writing articles and books etc, which appeared to
be the methods of self assertion and solution to the
problems! Withdrawal from such activities was
suffocating, unbearable and killing!
Namasmaran appeared to me a despicable escapism
from such “very useful and urgent” activities. As
regards it social importance, it appeared to make
the people facing problems; parasitic and paranoid!
It appeared to make people dependent and helpless.
It appeared to dissuade them from accepting the
challenges of life in personal and social life and
facing them victoriously!
The fervor of my mind would never get calmed by
the thought of NAMASMARAN, though many a
times I appreciated the honesty and selflessness of
the individuals advocating it.
Later in the course of reading about various
arguments regarding NAMASMARAN in books
such as the biography of Shri Brahmachaitanya
Gondavlekar Maharaj, by Prof. K.V. Belsare; and
through my experiences with a variety of activities
of service and social struggle for justice; I began to
get intellectually convinced that NAMASMARAN
can evolve and transform an individual in terms of
his/her perspective, vision, intellectual framework,
emotions and instincts; and evolve him/her into
objective or cosmic consciousness. I thought this; if
happens in every walk of life; then it could usher
in; individual and global blossoming, because; it
could actualize globally benevolent perspective and
I wrote many books on NAMASMARAN and
VISHNUSAHASRANAM; in Hindi, Marathi and
English and besides getting them published, tried to
sell or even distribute them free of cost and spread
the message of NAMASMARAN with my
perspective mentioned above, as far and wide as I
But at this juncture I would like to address some
arguments against NAMASMARAN!
1. What is the basis to prove that NAMASMARAN
can lead to global blossoming? NAMASMARAN
does not seem to do anything, if compared to for
instance; scientific research or socio-political
manipulations! It does not seem to work and
produce results; even comparable to those
produced by relatively simple agricultural activities
or other handicrafts!
2. If I say that NAMASMARAN evolves us into
objective or cosmic consciousness or imparts
global perspective, then the argument is, “Can you
prove the cause and effect relationship?”
The answer obviously is “No”! I can not prove that
NAMASMARAN evolves us into objective or
cosmic consciousness or imparts global
Looking back; I realize that my opinions changed
due to the influence of factors beyond my
comprehension constituting the “field”, cosmic
consciousness or God that encompasses and
influences not merely “me” but everything;
including the people in the universe! Whether the
people in the world would also change and begin to
get associated with NAMASMARAN; would also
therefore be determined by the same “field” and
hence I need not feel restless about “this mission”!
3. What is the proof for existence of such a field?
Obviously; I have no proof!
4. Another argument is; NAMASMARAN has no
influence on individual or social life; practicing
NAMASMARAN is wastage of time! One may
feel that NAMASMARAN has benevolent role,
because of erroneously attributing the good
changes in him or her to NAMASMARAN!
Actually it could be the other way round; that is
good changes in him or her have lead to interest in
This argument also, can not be refuted. What can
be said is that cosmic consciusness or objective
bliss is somehow associated with
5. But even this can not be proved. Neither can I
show that some one is linked (through
NAMASMARAN) to cosmic consciousness, nor
can I can I prove that those; who are not practicing
NAMASMARAN; are dissociated from cosmic
consciusness or objective bliss!
All in all, practice of NAMASMARAN and the
experience associated with it are essentially
personal and beyond linguistic communication.
One may or may not believe in them; and may or
may not provisionally accept, study, experiment
out and decide their validity or otherwise!
It appears however, that soon; the individuals and
the societies of world; would get freedom from the
conflicts generated from fulfillment or otherwise;
of their physical needs, instincts, feelings,
arguments, flights of imaginations, infatuations and
restlessness, and get the privilege of being
associated with NAMASMARAN, objective bliss,
cosmic consciousness, globally beneficial
perspective and policies and their implementation;
irrespective of the nature of cause and effect
relationship (which also incidentally; is a product
of human intellectual framework!)!