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Child Labor Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar


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Child Labor Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar

  2. 2. I have not gone through the international law or the details of WTO. But I have an impression that there is a consensus all over the world about banning child labor. Any sensitive and sensible individual would not like a child to undergo the coercion of daily labor for survival. Apparently; this conscientious feeling has been transformed into international consensus. But child labor continues. The egalitarian desire of banning it and making laws arbitrarily have not been adequately satisfactory and effective. The reason for this is; child labor is a result of educational policy that is bereft
  3. 3. of productive domain. The students in the mainstream education (in countries like India) are cut off from agriculture, handicraft and simple productive skills. They are cut off from the actual necessities of real life, in terms of art and science. They are dragged into unrealistic and parasitic education that is far from the reality of life and hence irrelevant in terms of philosophy, culture, traditions, literature, economy, agriculture and even health, fitness and medicine. Further this education is unnecessarily and highly dependent on books, calculators, computers and other teaching and learning aids. Lately this education system seems to be dragged into serving the elitist frenzies and idiosyncrasies revolving around five star hotels, credit
  4. 4. cards, fashion designing, cosmetics, and insurance business and so on. In India (I don’t know for sure, about other countries) the traditional education system involved training of every individual right from the early childhood in a certain productive skill in addition to the ethics involved in that profession. As a result the family, village and the whole country was financially nourished by every growing child. The child enjoyed learning skills with its parents and family members. The cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains were thoroughly nurtured. Today that is not the case. The children in unproductive education become liabilities right from the beginning in spite of their
  5. 5. tendency to enjoy learning skills and self sufficiency! The mainstream education produces child drop outs that become the vulnerable and easily available helpless child labor. This education produces the graduates who are unable to get self employed. As a result they either become unemployed, frustrated and suicidal mental wrecks or unemployed, frustrated but arrogant criminals. Unemployment in a healthy job or profession is one of the important reasons for this youth to get dragged into perverted and indiscriminate violence also. Hence child labor and the indiscriminate violence continue as if it is inevitable. There is a kind of helpless or callous
  6. 6. passiveness or frantic and unwise sentimental uproar to abet it. Child labor can be effectively stopped if the education nurtures productive domain besides, cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. This is possible if the decision makers and the others concerned become more objective and global in their perspective. Can practice of NAMASMARAN by everyone; would prove useful in this? BUT WHAT IS NAMASMARAN? Namasmaran means; remembering the name
  7. 7. of God, Guru, great souls; such as prophets and holy objects such as planets and stars. It may be remembered silently, loudly, along with music, dance, along with breathing, in group or alone, either with counting by rosary (called SMARANI or JAPAMALA) or without counting. The traditions vary from region to region and from religion to religion. However the universal principle underlying NAMASMARAN is to reorient your physiological being with your true self. In fact while reorienting with true self you aim to establish and strengthen the bond or connection; between; your physiological being; with your true self. You aim at reunification with yourself! Since remembering your true self is the pinnacle of or culmination of individual consciousness, and individual consciousness
  8. 8. is the culmination of every activity in life, remembering any name of God or Guru (any symbol of your true self) is equivalent to opening the final common pathway for the individual consciousness associated with every possible activity to get funneled into or unified with objective or cosmic consciousness. 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 you 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
  9. 9. it; in the process of liberation. Even so called non believers also would not “miss” the “benefit of remembering the true self through one symbol or another”! Just as NAMASMARAN is YOGA of YOGA it is meditation of meditation also! It is the natural and ultimate climax of every form of meditation. 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
  10. 10. 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, most preferably, by billions! References: Namasmaran: Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar Sahasranetra: Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar Holistic Medicine: Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar Stress: Understanding and Management: Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar Conceptual Stress: Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar All books are available for free download on and
  11. 11. Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar