Stress and leadership dr shriniwas kashalikarDocument Transcript
STRESS is universal. But if STRESS is mismanaged
(henceforth referred to as STERSS); its impact on
individual and global life varies.
One of the major factors that determines; the impact of
STRESS is the kind of occupation we are involved in.
Thus STRESS in life of a painter, a teacher, a doctor, a
judge, a fire fighter, a quality control officer in drug or
food industry, an architect or a civil engineer involved
in constructing dams, bridges, flyovers, pilot of a air
plane, railway engine drivers, would not affect the
individual life or social life to same extent and in the
The other factor determines the impact of STRESS; is
our position in any given job.
Thus if we are students in primary school; our
STRESS has relatively less effect on the wellbeing of
the school, family and the society. If we are
headmasters; the influence would be more. If we are
education inspectors, education officers, education
directors; then the impact would be much more. If we
are education policy makers; then the impact would be
far reaching and on generations to come.
In other words as and when we are in policy making,
decision making, planning, governing and
administrative positions; the effect of STRESS on
individual and global life is far more than when we are
(These are general statements. Theoretically the
STRESS of any individual; whether a new born baby
(if it is precious for the entire family), a toddler (if
commits some mischief in a car), or even an animal
(bird causing plane accident or a wild animal entering
residential areas); may have significant impact on
society; in a particular situation).
Coming back to our original points; if we are leaders in
crucial fields; then the impact of our STRESS is far
greater on ourselves and the society. As a corollary; if
we the leaders; become conscious, committed and
capable of Total Stress Management; its impact also
would be far reaching on the society and the
generations to come.
The idiosyncrasies of a petty person can sometimes match
with those of millions and when such a petty or mediocre
individual emerges as a leader, the idiosyncrasies
culminate in mass mania. As a result of this mania, we can
see mass movements, demonstrations, strikes, agitations,
and even riots and civil wars! The tragedy is that these
violent outbursts in many other forms serve very mediocre
or mean purpose and vested interests!
The mediocre leaders and their followers are shackled in
the fetters of their pitiable and loathsome mediocrity (as
many of us could be). It is as if they are unable to rise from
the mud they are drowned in!
(But even if we are common individuals; our STRESS
assumes a mammoth form by virtue of our number and
influences the making and functioning of our leaders.
Conversely; our consciousness, conscience, consensus,
commitment and capacity with respect to Total Stress
Management; also assume global dimension and have
benevolent influence on our leaders).
Let us understand that natural differences in color and
character; features and appearances; qualities and
peculiarities; and limitations and potentials as such;
are harmless and are part of human civilization. But
these same; generate pride, prejudice; exploitation,
imposition, pressurization, suppression, cheating etc;
they become natural constrains and restraints in the
way of evolution of and practice of global perspective
essential for development of a global leadership.
The sectarian perspective leads to consolidation of
petty identities such as color, race, region, history,
religion, language; based on petty interests; and divide
and tear apart violently; the world in pieces.
Global leadership must have a vision of underlying
global unity amidst the apparent diversity. Global
leadership must also have the perspective and
appreciation of the innate and inherent
complementarity amidst the apparent contradictions
and controversies. Such leadership would inspire and
initiate; the marshalling and utilization of the human
resources for the Conscious Evolutionary
Transformation or Holistic Health, or Superliving or
Total Stress Management of the mankind. These words
(explained in my books) are deliberately used as they
convey and imply a specific and clear cut content of the
otherwise ambiguous terms ‘welfare’, ‘progress’,
‘development’, ‘modernization’ etc!
We can be true global leaders in our respective fields; if
we prefer to grow beyond our biological potentials, by
preference and NOT compulsion, because such growth
in itself is the greatest gain!
Today; we are leaders for namesake. Actually we are
prisoners shackled in; our drawbacks, deficiencies,
degeneration, disease; and deterioration. We are
victims; of the morbidity inside and outside, which we
keep on surrendering to; and spreading knowingly
and/or unknowingly to our family, our working places
and our society!
We have become slaves to bargain, encourage, promote
and multiply our weaknesses and pave a way of; all
We and our stooges; get destroyed through economic
abundance; associated with spiritual antipathy and
degeneration; and ensure the destruction of people
through economic scarcity; associated with spiritual
apathy and debility.
Even as we boast of the vain glory of our hollow
leadership; we are actually beggars and seekers at
every door, be that of a temple, a mosque, a church, a
shrine, an office of a superior or a house.
Some of us who are ignorant about Total Stress
Management become reactive, abusive and glorify
sadism and masochism, under the guise of honesty,
austerity and simplicity. That is not only useless; but
counterproductive. It indirectly strengthens and
empowers the glamorous and glittering indulgence and
If we understand this; then the option of becoming a
true leader gets open to us.
We begin to recognize our innate urges or the calling of
our soul (and differentiate them from our petty and
superficial wants or temptations) and live single
mindedly; according to “these innate urges” matching
with those of billions (called “VISHVACHE ARTA” in
Marathi) and be true leaders.
Living unwaveringly in accordance with our innate
urges (matching with the aspirations of billions i.e.
VISHVACHE ARTA); and at the same time being
considerate about their limitations; confirms us as true
leaders; and the Total stress Management (the core of
which is NAMASMARAN) empowers us in being such
We need not believe in this; but study, analyze,
question, contradict, argue, practice and verify Total
Stress Management. It is however not possible to verify
the power, potentials and scope of Total Stress
Management (the core of which is NAMSMARAN) by
mere casual approach, reading, discussion, guesswork,
conjecture or imagination. This involves; getting rid of
fetters of pettiness, expression of our views with full
conviction, confidence and courage; and keeping
bearing of the inertia, indifference and resentment
inside and outside us; trying to throttle our
Namasmaran usually embodies; remembering the name
of God, Guru, great souls; such as prophets and
whatever is considered as holy e.g. planets and stars. It is
remembered silently, loudly, along with music, dance,
along with breathing, in group or alone. Further,
NAMASMARAN is either counted by some means such
as fingers, rosary (called SMARANI or JAPAMALA),
or electronic counter; or practiced without counting.
The traditions vary from region to region and from
religion to religion.
However the universal principle underlying
NAMASMARAN is to reorient our physiological and
social being; with our true self and establish and
strengthen the bond between; our physiological and
social being; with our true self; and finally reunification
or merger with our true self!
Since individual consciousness is the culmination of
every activity in life; and NAMASMARAN the pinnacle
of or culmination of individual consciousness;
NAMASMARAN is actually opening the final common
pathway to objective or cosmic consciousness; so that
individual consciousness in every possible activity gets
funneled into or unified with Him (our true self)!
Thus NAMASMARAN is in fact the YOGA of YOGA in
the sense that it is the culmination of consciousness
associated with every possible procedure and technique
in the yoga that we are familiar with. It is the
YOGA of YOGA because it is the culmination of
consciousness associated with all the activities in the
universe, which it encompasses as well! It is YOGA of
YOGA because everybody in the world irrespective of
his/her tradition and the beliefs; would eventually,
ultimately and naturally reach it; in the process of
liberation. Even so called non believers also would not
“miss” the “benefit of NAMASMARAN as they may
remember true self through one symbol or another”!
Just as NAMASMARAN is YOGA of YOGA it is
meditation of meditation also! This is because the
natural and ultimate climax of every form of meditation;
is remembering true self or merging with cosmic
These facts however have to be realized with persistent
practice of NAMSMARAN and not blindly believed or
blindly disbelieved with casual approach!
In short NAMSMARAN is super-bounty of cosmic
consciousness for every individual to realize it (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 manifest super- transactions in his or her life!
These are just few observations to give rough idea about
what is NAMASMARAN. NAMASMARAN is an ocean
of bliss. Its true meaning is beyond description in words
and has to b experienced, not by one or few persons
sporadically; but most preferably, by billions!
The last point is; NAMASMARAN would certainly
enlighten, empower and enable some people; out of those
billions practicing NAMASMARAN; to evolve, guide
and consolidate the global conscience and thereby
manifest global unity and harmony and justice, through
globally benevolent proper policies!
Namasmaran: Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar
Sahasranetra: Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar
Holistic Medicine: Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar
Stress: Understanding and Management: Dr. Shriniwas
Conceptual Stress: Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar
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