Stress and politics dr. shriniwas kashalikarDocument Transcript
Way back; when I used to read about the achievements
of many illustrious and dedicated philanthropists; I used
feel tremendous respect on the one hand and tremendous
despair (stress) on the other, because of the lack of
holistic perspective limiting their role; in the world
politics for individual and global blossoming.
The news on TV showing; significant increase in mental
illness (STRESS) due to poverty, unemployment and cut
throat competition; endorses my perspective.
My books related to Total Stress Management written
about15 to 35 years ago and even my speech during my
internship in Miraj; had emphasized the socioeconomic
causes of physical and mental illness and are more than
validated by this news. My views were then; ridiculed,
humiliated, neglected, suppressed and at best;
appreciated with mere lip sympathy, wry smile and ice-
cold response of zero cooperation.
My views ; more than endorsed by this news and its
corollary; insist that we can never succeed in Total Stress
Management; without participating in socioeconomic,
political and other issues influencing our lives. We may
or may not join a political party or an organization, but
we have to assert our conscience, enlightenment,
objective consciousness i.e. innate core of true self; for
successful Total Stress Management; firmly.
All those (so called spiritual leaders and so called stress
management professionals and so called yoga teachers);
who are trying to advocate “merely personal stress
management” and all those (political leaders); who are
trying to solve social problems; through their ad hoc,
petty and/or callous politics; are bound to fail and perish
unless they change radically.
The Maharashtra government (and probably many
governments in the world) is adopting alcohol promotion
policies which ensure mass suicide or even worse than
suicide! We all; if we witness these steps of government
passively; then suffer miserably and exponentially; due
to the biting of conscience; in passing on this legacy to the
posterity! But this will not happen!
Such policies; responsible for the suffering of generations
after generations; would be averted by the rising global
NAMASMARAN i.e. reorientation to cosmic
consciousness has to be the goal, the purpose, the core
and the basis of every policy including the rejection of
alcohol production. But mere opposition to alcohol
without channelizing our vitality to cosmic self through
NAMASMARAN; can lead to defeat, frustration and
many socio-psychiatric and socio-pathological evils!
Let us understand that we can not appreciate certain
convictions, unless we have been sufficiently evolved and
become reasonably objective. Thus if alcohol is our
weakness, then we can not appreciate and support the
opposition to alcohol production; even if it is destructive
to us and the society! This is what causes innate conflicts
Conquering these conflicts and stress; is difficult but
inevitable! So, let us not be desperate and violent to
others and/or to ourselves! Let us simply practice and
propagate NAMASMARAN, assert our convictions; and
experience the inner and outer revolution and individual
and global blossoming!
I am more than happy to see; most of the philanthropists
realize this; and participate in politics i.e. policies, plans,
programs and actions for public welfare (obviously not
the dirty, party or petty politics)!
Many of us may not agree with the details of the agenda
of these people. But I am very happy to see this happen;
because it is indicative of the dawn of individual and
global blossoming, in perspective, thoughts, feelings and
World politics is; or rather ought to be; the expression of
cosmic consciousness (converging into global consensus)
with the perspective of individual and global blossoming.
Thus people of such perception and conviction, when
identify, appreciate, come together and interact; the
pragmatic aspects of actual means and modalities of
actions get crystallized.
At present also this is happening, but in a rather
imperfect, immature, inaccurate, insufficient, inadequate
and ineffective manner. Primarily, this imperfection is
that of perspective, conceptualization, conviction and
actual experience or realization.
The millions of different needs, wants, likes, dislikes,
virtues, vices, actions, interactions, contradictions,
dialogues, hopes and despairs of billions of living beings;
of different ages; with different geographical, political,
social, economic, cultural and historical backgrounds;
one thing in common. This lowest common denominator
is the deep seated urge; for individual and global
blossoming; either voluntary or involuntary and
conscious or subconscious!
The visible hallmarks of this individual and global
blossoming (though in formative or developing stage);
are; millions of people being served food free of cost,
millions of cows being cared for; as by Gondavle
Sansthan, ISCKON and many other institutions, trees
being planted by ISHA, millions of people being trained
in yoga by Swami Ramdev and Patanjali Yogapeeth
pariwar, Promotion and cultivation of herbal plants by
Ahcarya Balkrishna, millions of people being trained in
Sudarshan Kriya by Sri Sri Ravishankar and Art of
Living pariwar, holistic medical practice by at least some
holistic practitioners in the world and attempts towards
justice in political, legal, economic, agricultural and
health care areas, by many institutions and individuals
all over the world.
But in addition to them I strongly feel that
Universal Practice of NAMASMARAN i.e.
remembering one’s true self (about whom we are
usually oblivious), right from childhood, according to
the particular tradition.
Availability, upholding and promotion of safe drinking
water and vegetarian food
Redefining the “holistic health”; as “Optimal
intellectual, emotional, instinctual and physical actions
to promote individual and global blossoming, in one’s
Practice and promotion of Holistic Medicine; i.e. “the
art, science and skills of employing everything
effective; in regaining and promoting holistic health”,
as; essential and inseparable core of mainstream
Medical Education, Teaching, Practice and Research.
Holistic Education with emphasis on a) the principles
and preliminary practices of holistic health and holistic
medicine, b) productive domain c) affective, cognitive
and psychomotor domains, d) empowerment through
NAMASMARAN e) practical productive progress, self
sufficiency; research and teaching in all education
Even the specialized institutions would not be
exception to “earn and learn”, “produce and progress”,
“practice and pass” principles. The written
examinations would be replaced by actual assessment
of the skills, at all levels.
All religious temples and places of worship would
voluntarily incorporate educational, industrial, and
agricultural and research activities; conducive to
holistic health; thereby get re-integrated with
mainstream life. Conversely, all educational and
industrial houses would adopt the activities of religious
and spiritual bodies and institutions; in which, the
philosophy of holistic health is implicit (though
variable in terms of semantics i.e. languages and
Getting up early, drinking of water in morning,
rubbing the teeth, gums and palate in morning and
using herbs conducive to dental, oral and general
health, would be promoted as essential elements of
Byhearting of hymns and prayers of different religions;
would be sung together; amongst all religions, in all
Laws would be devoid of vindictiveness, conducive to
holistic health i.e. formative, and hence rigorously and
strictly executed; e.g. the persons soiling the public
property would me made to clean without
compensation the same, a corrupt person would be
made to work double the duty hours, in minimum
salary and those involved in misleading or deceptive
commercials such as (98% stoppage of hair fall,
double increase in height) would be made to
participate in production, research, training and
practice of holistic health and medicine, at no profit.
The production of bicycles and vehicles of mass
transport being echo-friendly would be encouraged as
against vehicles of personal transport.
Sanskrit would be researched and taught all over the
world if after careful scrutiny of international well
meaning intellectuals belonging to different religions;
and found beneficial to mankind.
The unifying elements and enlightenment in the lives of
saints, seers and other reformers would be integral
part of the curriculums.
The doctrines of bigotry, fanaticism, Zionism, racism,
wars and hatred would occupy minimum or if possible
actually NO space in curriculum.
There would be introspective research and dialogue
over; whether the culture of slaughtering the cows and
bullocks (and other animals) is an evolved and civilized
act; beneficial to mankind? or is it preferable to love,
care, adopt and coexist with animals?
There would be extensive and conclusive debate,
evolution of globally beneficial policies, laws, rules and
their implementation in this regard; world over.
There would be encouragement to folk sports as for the
folk arts and folk music in preference to high tech sports
The defense policies would gradually become less
barbaric, less cruel, less vicious, less prejudiced, less
suspicious, less obstinate and more reconciliatory.
(To be continued and revised if and when necessary)