Indulgence and asceticism, atheism and
theism, romance and renunciation; and such
variety of apparently conflicting phenomena
impart completion to life. If you try to take
away anyone of these, the life appears
In fact even as I was convinced intellectually
about the value of NAMSMARAN in life and
wrote books on it right from 1992, one of the
major hurdles in appreciating and
experiencing the cosmic benevolence of
NAMASMARAN was its depiction (or my
erroneous perception of the depiction) as an
activity of elderly, neurotic, inactive,
pessimists, escapists and failed individuals.
Even the books, movies, and dramas on
saints and bhakti sangeet also (devotional
music) made saintly life and the practice of
NAMASMARAN appear miserable and
pathetic. I never thought this was the “A
grade” happiness, implied in spiritualism or
Partly because of this and partly because of
the social justice and freedom implied in the
atheism, which I cherish even today, I could
not be involved completely in any particular
theist tradition of NAMASMARAN.
But even as I, due to my repulsion for the
pathetic life style (as depicted or interpreted
by me) felt; material pleasures could not be
amputated arbitrarily from one’s life; if one
were to evolve healthily; I was not at ease
even in the “best” of petty pleasures, which
could at best give “B grade”, not “A grade”
happiness implied in global justice.
Thus neither could I identify myself with the
ascetics nor with the materialists. I kept on
vacillating from one side to another like a
But now it is more than clear, that
NAMASMARAN is a panacea, it is an
objective phenomenon and it can not be the
monopoly of any one camp such as ascetic,
indulgent, theist, atheist, scientific, religious
and so on.
It is an objective phenomenon with cosmic
benevolence for blossoming of one and all. It
is as objective and as vital for human
blossoming, as the oxygen is for human life.
It is beyond science, religion and philosophy.
It is beyond human thought. It is a matter of
practice and experience, not belief, feeling or
NAMASMARAN connects you to the
center of life, time and cosmic
consciousness, i.e. with your true self.
NAMASMARAN (according to one’s
tradition) is the privileged express
highway to realize maximum potentials
in every possible way, for one and all!
DR. SHRINIWAS KASHALIKAR