Stress and desires dr. shriniwas janardan kashalikar
Is it appropriate to advocate
desirelessness or fulfilling of all desires
right from childhood?
This is very important question in Total
Stress Management i.e. individual and
The ultimate state of a self realized soul is
called as STHITAPRAJNA.
The meaning or purport of this state is
not desirelessness; but culmination of all
individual desires into the cosmic desire.
This is an evolved and buoyant state. This
is a dynamically fulfilled state. This is not
a state of accepting surrender. This is a
sublime, victorious and ecstatic state of
fulfilling one’s “real desire” of merging
with the cosmic consciousness.
In general; many ascetics advocate
arbitrary suppression of desires; and
austerity; and the individualists uphold
fulfillment of all desires right from
childhood! The spiritual, ideological,
intellectual, religious and political leaders
are likely to be confused and hence
divided on this issue. Thus even amongst
the honest and well meaning individuals;
some may feel genuinely that
desirelessness (austerity) is the key; and
others may feel equally honestly, that
fulfillment of all desires; is the key to
Both have substance in their opinions.
Thus; the newborn babies, infants,
toddlers, children, youths and the elderly;
while passing through different stages of
development contribute to the beautiful
and panoramic dynamics of the human
civilization. Hence one can not and should
not deny the desires of people through
But it is also true that those whose desires
were sublimated into the cosmic desire
lead the noblest aspects of the core of
human civilization! Hence pursuit of
fulfillment of desires per se; also; can not
be the solution!
The best answer to his question is given in
the concept of SWADHARMA; as I have
explained in my books “Conceptual
Stress” and “New Study of Bhagavad
Gita”, both available for freed download!
NAMASMARAN reorients us to the
precise and sublime duty at every stage of
development and in every walk of life;
and helps us to march joyously and
victoriously from the states of enjoying
the personal desires; to the state of
sublimating them in cosmic desire; by
choosing the best in the world for
individual and global blossoming.
Hence it is really urgent for the wisdom
and leadership of the world; to arrive at a
consensus and introduce the study and
practice of NAMASMARAN (JAPA,
JAAP, JIKRA, remembrance of one’s
true self) in all the courses; at all the
stages of education and in fact; every
walk of life!