NAM NAMASMARAN AND TOTAL STRESS MANAGEMENT

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NAMASMARAN is like water. We realize the importance of water, only if we drink it; not merely read and discuss about it! It is also like food. In absence of eating; the discussion on eatables; is of hardly any value! In fact; NAMASMARAN is even more important! It is like oxygen. The best way to understand the value of oxygen is to breathe it; as we are in need of it; not merely discuss about it!

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SH R I L AX M INARAYA N W A L AVA L, S IND H UDUR G, MA H ARA SHT RA , IND I A M AY P AR E N T S DR. J AN A RDAN NAR A YAN K AS H A L I K AR AND S O U RU KM I NI J ANARDAN K AS H A L I K AR

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G URUR B RA H M A G URURVI SH N U H G URURD E V O M A HESH VARA H G URU H S A KSH A T P ARA B RA H M A T A S M AI SH R I G U RAV E NA M A H I s al u te m y Gu r u, w ho i s B r a h ma , V i s h n u a nd Ma h e s h c a ll e d Gu n a m a y a i . e . the p enu l t i m a te tru t h; a nd the P a r a b r a h m a ; i . e . the u l t i m a te tru t h.

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N AMA NA M A S MARAN ( Ja p, J aa p, J i kr a , Sum i r a n, S i m a r a n; i . e. remember i ng Go d o r T rue Sel f ) And T ota l S tr e s s M a n age m e n t ( T ota l Well B e i n g , H o l i st i c Ren a i s s a nce, Superl i v i n g , H o li s t i c H e a l t h E t c) A H e a rt t o H e a rt D i a l o g u e D r. Shr i n i w a s J a n a rd a n K a sh a l i k a r M BBS ( P O O NA), M D (BO M ), F I CG (B O M ), F F F B MS ( U S A ), D S c ( O I UC M - C O L O M B O ) Pr o f e ss o r a n d H e ad D e p a r t m e n t o f P hy si o lo g y H i n d I n sti t u t e o f M e d i c a l Sc i e n c es Sa f e d a b a d ( U P); I ndi a P i n 2 2 5 0 0 3

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T e a ch e r: W h at s h all we d i s c u ss t od a y ? S t ude n t : Si r , i f y o u all o w m e a n d i f y o u don ’ t f eel o ff e nd e d ; I w ou ld li k e to qu e s ti o n t h e v al u e o f N A MA S M A R AN in l i f e ; a n d e s p ecial l y in w h at y o u call T o t a l St r e ss Ma n a g e m e n t! I t i s t r u e t h at N AMA S M A R A N is p r eac h ed b y m o s t s ai n t s a n d p r op h et s . B u t; ho w i s t h i s un p r odu cti v e acti v it y ; r ele va nt t o d ay to d ay s t r e sses a n d s t r ai n s a n d t o T o t a l S t r e ss M a n ag e m e n t ? T e a ch e r: T h is i s a v e r y goo d qu e s ti on ! I a m h a pp y t h at y o u a r e s i n ce r ely i n te r e s t e d to kno w a bou t t h is t op ic! A s f ar a s f eeli n g o ff e nd ed is c on c e r n e d ; r e s t as s u r e d ; t h at I don ’ t f e el o ff e nd e d . A ct u all y ; I m y s e l f t oo ; don ’ t li k e to f o ll o w a n y on e ; o r a n y on e to f o ll o w m e b li nd ly o r ou t o f c o m pu l s i on . Y o u a r e m o s t welc o m e to c h alle ng e m e ! B u t it s hou ld no t b e in a c a s u al m a nn e r . I n s u ch m atte r ; t h e c a s u al go s s ip p r ov es u s el e ss a n d e v en c oun te r p r odu cti v e a n d p ai n f u l. S t ude n t : A g r ee d ! As f a r a s I und e r s t a nd ; NAM A SM A R A N i s an i d le p r actice a n d h a s n o t h i n g to d o with T o tal St r ess Ma n a g e m e n t; i f t h at i m p l i e s s o l u ti on s t o d ay to d ay p r ob l e m s. T e a ch e r: Fi n e . I w ill t r y to e xp lain w h ate v er I a m c onv i n ced a bou t; s tep b y s te p . Y o u can a lwa y s i n t e rr up t m e , i f I f ail to c la r i f y m y po i n t at a n y s ta g e. I s t h at OK? S t ude n t : Y e s S i r ! I a m l u c k y to h a v e s o m e on e to cl a r i f y m y doub ts a n d s at i s f y m y c u r i o s i t y !

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T e a ch e r: T h a n k you ! B u t t h e doub ts can b e cle a r ed b y d i s c u s s i on ; on ly u p to a ce r tain po i n t. Fi n al cl a r ity a n d c onv icti o n e n s u e in t h e c ou r se o f t i m e; t h r oug h p r actice a n d v e r i f i cati o n ! He n ce; I u r g e you ; no t o r d er o r c o a x ; to c on s i d e r ; at le a s t; j u s t p r ov i si o n all y ; t h at N A M ASM A R AN i s a p a n acea a n d c r u ci a l to T o tal S t r e ss M a n a g e m e nt ; a n d b e g in its p r a c tice. L et it g o o n al on g with ou r d i s c u s s i on , w h ich m a y g o o n f o r m on t h s o r y ea r s! NAM A SM A R AN is li k e wat e r . W e r ealize t h e i m po r ta n ce o f w ate r , on ly i f w e d r i n k it; no t m e r ely r ead a n d d i s cu ss a bou t i t ! I t is a l s o li k e f ood . I n a b s e n ce o f eati ng ; t h e d isc u ssi o n o n ea t a b le s ; i s o f h a r d ly a n y v al u e! I n f act; NA MA S M A R AN i s e v en m o r e i m po r ta n t! I t i s li k e ox y g e n . T h e b e s t way to und e r s ta n d t h e v al u e o f ox y g e n is to b r eat h e it; as we a r e in n eed o f it; no t m e r e l y d i sc u ss a bou t it! S t ude n t : I und e r s t a n d w h at y o u s a y ; bu t no t qu ite c onv i n ced b y t h e a n al og ie s ! I t i s d i f f ic u lt to acce p t NA MA S M A R AN e v e n p r ov i s i on ally a n d b e g in its p r act i ce! T e a ch e r: W e h a v e to b ear in m i n d t h at m o s t o f u s ; a r e i n itially i gno r a n t; li k e a n ew bo r n b a b y . I f n ew bo r n b a b y did no t b r eat h e; b eca u s e it d id no t kno w a bou t its v al u e; t h en it w ou ld b e d ea d . I n t h e s a m e w a y ; i f we d id no t p r actice N AMA S M A R A N; r i gh t fr o m t h e b e g i nn i ng , t h en we w ou ld b e d ead du e to d e p r i v ati o n fr o m t h e n ec t ar o f c o n s cie n ce; d eep wit h in u s ! He n ce e v en if y o u a r e no t c onv i n ced a b o u t t h e a n al og ie s ; it i s v ital to b e g in p r actici n g it. I n t h e c ou r s e o f ou r d i s c u s s i o n a n d y ou r o wn

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p r actice; y o u m a y eit he r c o n f i r m i t s p i vo tal r o le in T o tal St r e ss Ma n a g e m e n t a n d acce p t it; o r r u le ou t its r o le a lt og et h er; a n d r e j ect it! S t ude n t : OK S i r ! E v en as it i s d i ff i c u lt; I will d o it. T h is i s b eca u s e ; f ir s t l y ; I r e s p ect y o u r ea r n e s t n e s s ; a n d s e c ond l y ; i f I a m no t c onv i n ced at t h e e nd ; I a m fr ee t o qu it it. B u t Si r , P lea s e tell m e ho w I s hou ld s t a r t i t s p r actice. T e a ch e r: I t i s a dv i s a b le to s t a r t r e m e m b e r i n g t h e n a m e o f a n y e n ti t y y o u l ov e a n d r e v e r e s e l f le ss l y a n d m a x i m all y . T h i s i s i m po r t a n t b eca u s e; t h is r e m e m b r a n c e o f a p a r tic u lar n a m e y o u c hoo s e; i s t h e f i r s t s te p ; to r eal i ze t h e u lt i m ate t r u t h , w h ich it i m p li e s! S ec ond l y ; y o u m ay r e m e m b er it a ud i b ly o r s ile n tl y , m a y o r m a y no t u s e a r o s a r y a n d d o t h i s ; w h en y o u wa k e u p in m o r n i n g , b e f o r e y o u g o to b e d ; a n d b e f o r e e a ti n g o r d r i nk i ng ! S t ude n t : I s t h at a l l ? No o t h er c ond it i o n s ? T e a ch e r: Y e s ! T h at i s al l ! No c ond iti on s . No o t h er p a r a ph e r n alia! N o w; let u s c o m e b ack to y ou r qu e s t i o n . T h is doub t a bou t NAM A SM A R AN a r i s e s ; f ir s t l y b ec a u s e; t h e r e i s a c o n f lict in ou r m i n d ; p r odu ced b y w h at we ob s e r v e a n d w h at we a r e p r e ac h e d . On t h e on e h a nd ; we ob s e r v e all t h e l i f e; f u ll o f i ts c o m p le x iti e s a n d c on t r a d icti on s , w h ich a pp ea r s r e a l ; a n d o n t h e o t h e r ; we a r e p r e a c h ed t h at it i s t r a n sie n t, e ph e m e r al a n d ill u s o r y . W e f i n d it d i ff ic u lt to r ec on cile; t h e d ay to d a y i n e v ita b l e s t r ugg le to f u l f ill t h e n ee d s f o r s u r v i v al; s u ch a s f ood , w ate r , s h elt e r; a n d t h e

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i d eali s m o f see k i n g a n d r ealizi n g t h e t r u th b e y on d all t h e s e ! W e f i n d it h a r d to b r i dg e t h e c h a s m b etw e en t h e d ay to d a y a pp a r e n tly r e al s u ff e r i ng ; a n d t h e a pp a r e n tly ill u s o r y qu e s t o f t r u t h ; in t h e f o r m o f d i ff e r e n t m od es o f d e vo ti on , p e n a n ce a n d m e d itati o n i n cl ud i n g NAM A SM A R AN. W e f i n d it d i ff ic u l t to r elate t h e act u a l t r a n s acti on s in li f e ( po litica l , ec o no m i c, e du cati on al, m e d ical a n d o t h er f i el d s o f l i f e); a n d t h e a pp a r e n tly i n c on s e qu e n tial, s u p e r f l uou s a n d i d ea l i s tic pu r s u i t s . I n f act; we a r e un a b le to s e e a n y c oh e r e n ce b etw e en t h e c o m pu l s i on s o f d aily l i f e a n d t h e so called u r g e s uppo s ed to b e p r e s e n t in e v e r y on e; to s eek a n d r ealize t r u t h , w h ich o f c ou r s e, we h a r d ly kno w! S t ude n t : Y o u h a v e r e s tated m y qu e sti o n m o r e e xp licit l y a n d e x act l y ! H o w can t h i s i d le p r actice o f N A M A SM A R A N ( o r o t h er d e vo ti on al p r actic e s i nvo l v ed in r eli g i on s a n d o r s p i r it u al i s m ), d e vo id o f a n y r ati on al a n d ta ng i b le s o l u ti on s a n d a c ti v itie s ; h elp in T o t al St r e ss Ma n a g e m e n t? T e a ch e r: I und e r s t a n d y ou r qu e s ti on , b eca u s e ev en I h ad t h is qu e s ti o n on ce upo n a t i m e! W e will c o m e to it in s e qu e n ce. D u r i n g c h il dho o d ; I w a s n eit h e r a w a r e o f t h e m ea n i ng , c a u s e s , d i m e n s i on s, m ec h a n is m s o f s t r e s s ; a n d its f ar r e a c h i n g e ff ec t s o n i nd i v i du al a n d s o cial l i f e , no r I und e r st oo d t h e m ea n i n g o f NAM A SM A R AN!

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I n t ho s e d a y s ; I u sed to f eel c on te n ted f o r a w h ile; in p a s s i ng , g etti n g r a nk s , g etti n g a wa r d s , wi nn i n g c o m p e titi on s , fr ie nd s h i p s, ac h ie v e m e n ts, e n te r tai n m e n t, i n f a t u ati on s , u t op ia a n d al s o ; h el p i n g t h e o t h e r s in on e way o r a no t h e r . T h e p ai n s a n d f ail u r e s d id d i s t u r b , al b eit t e m po r a r il y . W h at c ou ld b e t h e r e a s o n f o r all t h i s ? S t ude n t : T h is w a s a pp a r e n tly b e c a u se; y o u w e r e s till s up e r f icia l . Y o u h ad no t gon e to t h e d e p t h s . O h ! Do y o u t h i n k I a m a l s o s up e r f i cial at p r e s e n t? T e a ch e r: D on ’ t f e el b a d ! B u t it i s n at u r al to b e s up e r f ic i al i n itiall y ! I t i s on ly l ate r ; t h at I b e g an to g et d i s t u r b ed b y pov e r ty; a n d o t h er m i se r i e s in t h e s o c iet y ; bo r n ou t o f i t ; b e s i d e s o f c ou r se; m y o wn n ee d s a n d wa n t s , w h ich we r e i n c r e a s i n g a s I w a s g r o wi ng . H e n ce t h e r e w a s g r o wi n g u r g e to h elp o t h e rs ; a p a r t fr o m p et t y pu r s ui ts! I b e g an to s t ud y a n d f o ll o w w h e r e v er f e a s i b le; t h e t e ac h i ng s o f d i ff e r e n t t h i nk e r s a n d v i s i o n a r i e s ; in d i ff e r e n t f iel d s o f l i f e; in a dd iti o n to t h e c u rr ic u lar te x t s ; s o as to i m pr ov e m y s e l f . A r oun d t h is t i m e I al s o c a m e a c r o ss NAM A SM A R AN. B u t it a pp ea r ed gu lli b le o r call ou s to m e; to s i m p ly a dvo cate NAM AS M A R AN f o r e v e r y p r ob l e m , i n stead o f acti v e l y h e l p i n g t h e s u f f e r i n g p e op le! He n ce I f oun d t h at on e o f t h e s i m p l e s t, e a s i e st a n d p r actical t h i n g s ; to i m p r ov e m y s el f w a s to t r y a n d b e ch a ri t a ble. S t ude n t : Y o u m u st h a v e t r ied i t !

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T e a ch e r: Y e s ! I d i d . B u t t h r oug h m y e xp e r ie n ces a n d ob s e r v ati o n s ov er y ea r s ; I f oun d ; t h at e v en as c h a r i t y w a s n ec e s s a r y ; a s an i mm e d i ate r esc u e a n d r el ie f a cti v it y ; o n t h e l on g te r m b a s i s ; it p r ov ed to b e i n s u f f ic i e n t; a n d at b e s t; a p alliati v e s y m p t o m atic t r ea t m e n t. I t c ou ld no t b e a r a d ical t r e a t m e n t o f t h e r oo t ca u se. S t ude n t : C an y o u cla r i fy ? At l e a s t a p p a r e n tl y ; t h e c h a r i t y in a n y f o r m ; is a v e r y nob le act i v it y . I t h a s a h eali n g e f f ec t . I t g i v es s o lace to m illi on s . T e a ch e r: I will cl a r i f y w h at I m ea n . C h a r i t y i s alw a y s nob ler; as a n d w h en c o m p a r ed wi th t o tal i n acti on , s e lf ce n te r e dn es s , p etty s e l f i s hn es s , p r o f it e e r i n g o r m e a nn e s s. C h a r i t y d o es h elp in e m e r g e n cy s it u ati on s. I t is e x t r e m e ly v al u a b le as a r e h a b ilita t o r y ac t i v it y . M o r e ov e r ; it i s a l s o i m p o r ta n t in te r m s o f s a tis f y i n g o ur o w n inn a t e need to h elp o t h e r s! Act u ally in a b s e n c e o f c h a r i t y all o f u s g et s u ff o cate d , t houg h m o s t o f ten we a r e no t aw a r e o f t h is d eep r oo ted s u f f o c ati o n du e to b ei n g c u t o f f fr o m ou r o wn c on scie n ce! B u t t h e r e a s o n I f e l t un s at i s f ied with c h a r it y ; w a s b eca u se; b a rr i n g e m e r g e n c y s it u ati o n s ; o f ten it w a s f o u n d to b e m i s u s e d . I t led to p e r p et u ati o n o f i r r e s pon s i b ili t y , d e p e nd e n c y , let ha r g y a n d p a r a s itic te nd e n cie s ; in t ho se w h o we r e b e n e f i cia r i e s a n d it d e v el op ed c ond e s ce nd i n g attit ud e, a rr og a n c e ; a n d e v en c h eati n g a n d un a b ated e xp l o itat iv e b e h a v i o r in t ho s e w h o p r acticed c h a r i t y . T h r oug h i n t r o s p ecti o n I f o u n d t h at c h a r ity d id no t el i m i n ate t h e e v ils wit h in m e; w h et h er I w a s a h e l p i n g p e r s o n o r a h el p ed on e!

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S t ude n t : I s e e ! T h is m u s t h a v e p r o m p ted y o u to s e a r ch f o r s o m e m o r e e f f ecti v e s o l u ti on s . T e a ch e r: Y e s . T h at i s w hy ; e v en a s I d id no t g i v e u p c h a r it y ; I t hough t; m u ch m o r e w a s n ee d ed t h an m e r e c h a r it y . S t ude n t : W a s it at t h is t i m e; t h at y o u t u r n ed to N A M A SM A R A N? T e a ch e r: N o ! L at e r ; b e s i d es b i og r a ph ies a n d o t h er ph il o s oph ical book s , I c a m e ac r o ss lit er at u r e o n M a r x i sm a n d v a r i ou s t houg h t c u rr e n t s in l e f t i s t i d e o l og y . S t ude n t : W h at d id y o u f i n d in it? T e a ch e r: I f oun d t h e u r g e f o r e nd i n g e xp l o itati o n , i n j u s t ice a n d r e s u lta n t m i se r y in s o cie t y i n Ma r x i s m . I t w a s a n d i s ; m o r e t h an la ud a b le. I f oun d at h ei s m a s a n e m po we r i n g do ct r i n e; a s I t hough t it c ou ld f r e e an i nd i v i dua l f r o m t h e p a r a no ia o f G od , f e a r o f G od , d e p e nd e n ce o n G o d a n d s o on ! I t hou g h t it c ou ld e m a n c i p ate t h e do w n t r odd en i n cl ud i n g m e; to r ise a bov e t h e p a r a s itic m e n tali t y t o l oo k t o wa r d s G o d ; f o r h elp a n d s uppo r t; in a n y a n d e v e r y d i ff ic u l t y . I t hough t it was an e m po we r i n g as well a s e n li gh te n i n g do ct r i n e. B eca u se; it i n s p i r ed on e a n d all; to s t udy , a n al y ze, r ati on ali z e a n d c on t e m p late o n p r ob l e m s ; a n d sea r ch f o r s o l u ti on s ; r at h er t h an att r i bu ti n g e v e r y k i n d o f j u s t ice a n d i n j u s t i ce to s o m e i m a g i n a r y G od ! I s a w it a s a d o ct r i n e t h at wa k e n ed a n d e n li v e n ed on e a n d all; to v i b r a n t, d y n a m i c a n d b r a v e l i f e ; fr o m t h e d a r kn es s , d e g e n e r ati o n a n d d ecay o f i gno r a n ce, i ndo le n ce, c o wa r d ice a n d p a r a s it i s m !

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S t ude n t : W h y d id no t y o u c on ti nu e to b e a M a r x ist? T e a ch e r: Act u all y ; I w as i n f l u e n ced b y M a r x i s m ; to t h i n k t h at f o r e v e r y m a la d y in s o cie t y ; t h e r oo t ca u s e w a s s o ci o ec on o m ic d e p r i v ati o n a n d t h e r oo t ca u s e o f t h i s ; was e xp l o itati on . B u t I r e alized t h r o ug h m y e xp e r ie n c e s ; t h at; “ E qu ali t y i s no t a n d s hou ld no t b e a k i n d o f r e g i m e n talizati on . C a s t e s a n d c a s te d i f f e r e n c e s , r eli g i on s a n d t h e r eli g i ou s d i f f e r e n c e s , cl a s s e s a n d t h e c lass d i ff e r e n c e s c ou ld no t b e el i m i n ate d ; t h r oug h c o e r ci on . L a s t l y ; e xp l o itati o n is f ar m o r e d eep r oo ted t h an a pp a r e n t; a n d is c o m p l e m e n t ed b y bo t h ; t h e e xp l o ite r s a s well as t h e e xp l o ited on e s . T h e d i v i s i on s ; o f t h e s o ciety in ca s t e s, c r ee d s , r el i g i on s a n d classe s ; a r e on ly b r o a d ly r e ali s ti c . T h ey a r e no t wate r ti gh t c o m p a r t m e n t s . I n f a ct; all t h ese a r e s o m u ch i n te r w ov en a n d i n te r m i ng led t h at no k ind o f c a s t e, c r ee d , r eli g i on , r ace o r c l a ss s t r ugg le i s ; f e a s i b l e a n d j u s t i f ia b le. T h e r e i s an e xp l o iter el e m e n t; in a s m u ch a s ; t h e r e i s a n e xp l o ited el e m e n t; in e v e r y i nd i v i d u al, i n cl ud i n g m y s el f ! W h et h e r o f on e c a s te, c r ee d , r eli g i on , r ace o r n a ti on ality o r a no t h e r ; s u ch s t r u g g les can b r i n g a bou t at b e s t; on ly e x t e r n al, s up e r f i cial a n d t e m p o r a r y c h a ng e s , wit hou t el i m i n ati o n o f t h e d eep s e ated e v i l s i n s i d e”! M o r e ov er I n e v er f elt c o m f o r ta b le; to c on s i d er t h e r eli g i on s , w h ich I t hou g h t we r e r eal l y w e ll m ea n i ng ; a s a p ill o f op i u m . I d id no t t h i n k t h at t h e k i n d h ea r ted a n d s e l f l e ss s ai n t s w e r e m e r c h a n t s o f op i u m .

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S t ude n t : T h is m ea n s ; y o u c ou ld no t r e m ain in s p e ll o f c h a r ity as well a s class o r c a s te s t r ugg le! T e a ch e r: Y e s ! T h at i s t r u e ! B u t I w a s k een to c h e r i s h t h e es s e n ce o f bo t h ! S t ude n t : Did y ou ; as a r e s u lt; t u r n to s pir i t u a l i sm a nd NA M S M AR A N ? T e a ch e r: Act u all y ; du r i n g t h is le a r n i n g p r o cess i t s e l f ; I was n e v er c u t o f f fr o m r eli g i on , s p i r it u ali s m , o cc u lt i s m , m y stic i s m et c . I w as ecl e ctic. I was alw a y s e n t hu s ia s tic to kno w a n d acce p t, a n y t h i ng ; g l ob ally b e n e vo le n t a n d i n t e r n ally sat i s fy i ng . S t ude n t : W h at m e r it d id y o u f i n d in s p i r it u al i s m ? T e a ch e r: T h e r e w as s o m et h i n g m a g n a n i m o u s a n d nob le in t h e r eli g i ou s a n d s p i r it u al t r a d it i on s t h at at t r acted m e a n d c o m m a nd e d m y r e s p ect a n d e v en r e v e r e n ce. I d id no t kno w w h at it w a s , bu t t h e r e w a s s o m et h i n g t h at h a un ted m e ! I t c ou ld b e; t h e p e r s p ect i v e o f un i v e r s al un it y , u t m o s t nob le h ea r te dn es s , t o tal se l f l e s s n ess, unqu esti on a b le hon e s t y , e x e m p l ar y s i m p l i cit y , a do r a b l e k i ndn e s s o r s o m e t h i n g e x t r a o r d i n a r y li nk ed G o d i. e . t r u e s e l f ! S t ude n t : W h at w e r e t h e s ho r tc o m i n g s ? T e a ch e r: I t houg h t t h e r eli g i o n a n d s p i r it u ali s m w e r e a l ien f r o m t h e s o ci o ec on o m ic a n d po litical m ai n s t r e a m . V a r i ou s c u l t s, t r a d iti on s, c r ee d s a n d r eli g i ou s p r a ctic e s a pp ea r e d m a r g i n alized a n d m e r e l y s u r v i v ed o n don ati on s . I t hough t t h ey h ad b ec o m e t h e c a r icat u r e s o f

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t h e m sel v e s ; e v en t hou g h ; in s o m e i n sta n ces at le a s t; t h e y d id s o m e a pp r ecia b le c h a r it a b le w o r k . I f oun d t h at s p i r it u ali s m t h at I ca m e a c r o s s ; p r ov i d ed te m po r a r y p s y c ho l og ical s o l a ce, wit hou t m u ch c h a ng e in t h e ob j ec t i v e c ond iti ons , in w h ich a p e r s o n l i v e d . I n s ho r t I c ou ld no t b e sat i s f ied b y m a te r ial i s tic a pp r o ach as well a s t h e r eli g i ou s a n d s p i r i t u al t r a d iti on s I c a m e a c r o s s. I c ou ld no t f i n d a w a y o f s i m u l t a n e ou s i nn er as well a s ou te r ; a n d i nd i v i d u al as w ell a s g l ob al b l o ss o m i ng . S t ude n t : T h at m e a n s ; y o u we r e no t qu ite s at i s f ied with t h e t h en p r e v ale n t m a t e r ial i s m a s well a s s p i r i t u ali s m ! T e a ch e r: I f elt t h a t I h ad y et to m eet t h e “ s el f ” o f at h e i sts a n d “G od ” o f t h ei s t s ! Act u al l y I c ou l d , t hou g h f ai n t l y ; p e r cei v e t h e f a c t t h at; w h at t h e at h ei s t s w ou ld call s e l f , w a s t h e s a m e , w h ich w a s r e v e re d b y t h e t h e i s t s as G od . T h i s w as w h y I c ou ld n eit h er d i s li k e at h e i s t t ra d iti on ; no r t h e t h ei s t t r a d iti on . S t ude n t : B u t t h i s m u s t h a v e k e p t y o u away f r o m bo th t r a d iti on s ! T e a ch e r: I w a s no t aw a y fr o m t h e m , bu t I w a s no t a c on f o r m i s t p a r t o f t h e m . I t r ied to pu r s u e t h e w h i s p e r o f m y d e ep i n s ti n c t s , w h ich c h e r i s h ed t h e es s e n ce o f bo th t r a d iti on s as a n d in t h e f o r m I c a m e acr o s s , bu t wa s no t in p e r f ect c on f o r m ity with a n y o f t h e m .

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I h a d a d i s t in c t fe eling t h a t; inn a t e a s pir a t i o n s o f a ll t he d o c t rin e s I c a m e a cr o s s ; w ere t h o s e o f g l o b a l w el f a re a nd inn a t e f ul f ill m e n t . T hey w ere in c o mple t e ag re e m e n t . B u t I w a s n o t a b l e t o ide n t i f y t he link c o nne c t ing t h em. He n ce i n telle c t u ally a s well as e m o ti on al l y ; I was r e s tl e ss. I h ad a l o t to lea r n . I h ad to e xp a n d m y p e r s p ecti v e. I h ad to e xp a n d m y i n tell ec t u al as well a s e m o ti on al ho r iz on s . I was f alli n g s ho r t. He n ce I k e p t o n r e a d i n g a n d e xp e r i m e n ti ng . B u t I d id no t f i n d a n y s p ec i f i c s o l u ti on . I merely c a m e t o a pr ov i s i o n a l c o nc l u s i o n t h a t t here w a s a need t o r a ise t he m a ss c o nsc i o u s n e s s , t ri gg er m a ss a w a k enin g ; a nd ini t i a t e o r b o o s t t he f i g ht aga i n s t in j u s t ice i n e v e ry f iel d . I b e g an to w r ite a n d s h a r e m y r e s tl e s s n e s s , m y c r itic i s m , m y e n t hu s ia s m a n d m y d r e a m s. S t ude n t : H o w w o u ld y o u cate go r ize y ou r w r iti ng ? T e a ch e r: I ca nno t cate go r ize i t . I t d id no t b el on g to a n y s p ec i f i c cate go ry . B u t b ei n g eclectic i t h ad e le m e n t s fr o m all. I t hou g h t it r e p r e s e n ted t h e a s p i r ati on s o f all t h e ph il o s oph ies a n d t r a d iti on s I c a m e ac r o ss. B u t all t h at w r iti n g w a s still a g r op i n g in t h e d a rk ! T h e v i e ws we r e hon est bu t no t f u lly i n cl u s i v e. S t ill t h ey we r e p iec e m e al s o l u ti on s . P r ob a b l y ; t h ey w er e a i m ed at b ei n g ho li s tic i .e. un i v e r s a l; bu t s till we r e no t ho li s tic a n d h e n ce c ou ld no t h eal t h e r oo t ca u s e s. Na t u r all y ; t h e r e was no f ul f ill m e n t in s i de a nd t he r e w a s no t a n g ible r e s u l t o u t s i d e !

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S t ude n t : B u t w h ile do i n g all t h i s ; w e r e n ’ t t h e r e a n y h i nd r a n ce s , d i s pu te s , c o n f lic t s ? Di dn ’ t y o u r ca r eer a n d y ou r p e r s on al a m b iti on s c o m e in t h e w a y ? W h at a bou t t h e r es pon s e o f t h e f a m i l y m e m b er s ? T e a ch e r: T h e r e w e r e h i nd r a n c e s . B u t e v en t houg h we we r e no t f u l l y awa r e; e v e r y bod y a r oun d h ad s i m il a r a s p i r ati on s in a s m u ch a s l i m itati on s. H e n ce e v en t hou g h t h e r e we r e d i s pu tes, c o n f l i c t s a n d a l s o d i ff ic u lti e s ; in f a m ily a n d p e r s on al l if e, t h ey w e r e no t i n i m ical a n d v ici ou s . T h e y w e r e no t ill i n te nd e d . T h ey w e r e no t p et t y . T h ey n e v er r e vo l v ed a r oun d m on ey a n d p r op e r t y . P r ob a b ly b eca u s e o f t h i s r e a s o n t h e r e w a s no ; ou t a n d ou t m al i ce. T h e d ee p er w a r m bond s w e r e no t s e v e r e d . T h e r e f o r e t h e te n s i o n s in d i ff e r e n t r elati on s h i p s ; t r i gg e r ed a f u r t h er a n d m o r e i n te n s e s e a r ch f o r a ho li s tic s o l u ti o n ; a n d t h e d i ff ic u lti e s in t h i s s e a r ch t r i gg e r ed e v en k ee n er s t ud y a n d e xp l o r ati o n , w h ich c on c u rr ed w ith a n d in f act c o m p l e m e n ted a n d boo s ted m y p r o f e s s i on al c o m p ete n ce; a s a teac h e r . S t ude n t : B u t ho w c ou ld on e b r i n g a b ou t s o ci o - po litical c h a n g e s , in a b s e n ce o f acti v e p a r tici p ati o n in po litics o r s o cial m ov e m e n t s ? M o r e ov er ho w c o u ld on e g et a p r o m o ti o n in j ob ; in a b s e n ce o f a n y v al u e f o r y ou r w o r k ? H o w c ou ld on e i m p r o v e on e ’ s f i n a n cial s tat u s , wit hou t f o ll o wi n g t h e d e m a nd s o f t h e j o b a n d m a r k et? I n s u ch a s it u ati on ; y o u m u s t h a v e b een d e e p ly un s at i s f ie d , s u ff e r ed a n d gon e t h r oug h a l o t o f t u r m o il !

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T e a ch e r: T h at i s t r u e. I w a s in t u r m o il. Neit h e r p e r s on a l s u cc e ss, no r t h e s o cial go a l s ; we r e b ei n g r ealize d . I t c r eated s e l f doub t s , s e l f a bn e g ati on , a n d s e l f p ity a n d so on . I h ad no t h i n g to ho ld o n t o ! B u t in s p ite o f all t h i s ; t h e r e w a s m u c h m o r e t h an a s il v e r li n i ng ! I alwa y s h ad e no r m ou s a n d i n te n s e; t houg h f ar fr o m c o m p lete; f u l f il l m e n t in te r m s o f b ei n g i n t un e with t h e i nn er vo ice o f m y c o n s cie n c e ! T h is inner pr o m p t in g ; e v en as it w a s qu ite i nd i s ti n ct; it g a v e m e a s s u r a n ce t h at I w as o n r i gh t t r ac k ! He n ce in s p i te o f t u r m o il; I w a s no t f u l l y c onv i n ced b y ; a n d i nvo l v ed i n ; a n y o f t h e s o ci opo litical m ov e m e n t s go i n g o n ; a n d I w a s no t t o tal l y e n a m o r ed a n d t r a pp ed in t h e pu r s u i t s f o r i nd i v i du ali s tic s u c ces s . S t ude n t : W h at k i n d o f p r o m p ti ng ? T e a ch e r: I d id no t kno w at t h at t i m e. B u t it h el p ed m e t o k eep go i ng . Neit h er d id I g i v e up , no r d id I c h a ng e s udd e n l y ! E v en a m i d s t d e s p a i r , fr u s t r ati on , h el p l e s s n e ss a n d hop eless n es s ; I s till d id no t h a v e t h e f eeli n g o f t o tal d e f ea t ! S t ude n t : W a s it at t h at t i m e ; t h at y o u t u r n ed to N A M A SM A R A N? T e a ch e r: N o ! I d id no t t u r n to NA M ASM A R AN at t h a t t i m e; bu t a s I s aid e a r li e r , I w a s n e v er c u t o f f f r o m a n y do ct r i n e o r t r a d iti on s . NAM A SM A R AN was on e o f t h e m a n y t h i ng s I w a s s t u d y i ng . S t ude n t : B u t t h e n ; ho w d id y o u m a n a g e y ou r fr u s t r ati on ? T e a ch e r: L i k e a nybod y el s e; I a l s o t r i ed to c on te n d m y se l f ; b y b ei n g in fr ie nds ’ c o m p a n y , b ei n g f latt e r ed a n d b y i ndu l g i ng . B u t b ei n g ho ll o w;

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b y t h eir v e r y n at u r e; t h ese t h i ng s c o u ld no t s atiate a n d qu iet m e ! I n f act; t h ey c hu r n ed m e f r o m wit h i n ; a n d p r o pelled m e f o r a n e v en m o re in t e n s e s e a r c h f o r t h a t s o m e t hin g , w hich c o uld w o rk a s a p a n a cea in all ai l m e n ts, all s u ff e r i ng s, f o r all n at i on s , all r ac e s, all c l as s e s , all r eli g i on s a n d all i d e o l og ie s ; a n d at i n d i v i du al as well a s g l ob al le v el s ! B u t let m e tell y o u ; t h is p r opu l s i o n w as no t a c on s ci o u s , d eli b e r ate a n d p la nn ed e f f o r t! I t was j u s t h a pp e n i n g in m e ! I h ad n o c on t r o l ov er it. I c ou ld no t s t o p it. T h e s e a r ch w as i r r e si s ti b le! I w a s po s s e s s ed b y it! S t ude n t : T h is m u st h a v e b ee n ; ho w t h e e xp l o r ati o n o r d e v el o p m e n t o f ho li s tic s o l u ti on s b e g an a n d b r ough t y o u cl o s e r to t h e p a n acea! T e a ch e r: Y e s ! B u t I d id no t e v en kno w t h e w o r d ho l i s t i c! I s i m p l y k e p t o n s t ud y i n g a n d w h e r e v er f e a s i b le; p r actici n g a n d v e r i fy i ng . I w a s s till f ar fr o m a n y ho li s t ic c on ce p ts a n d a n y p a n ace a ! S t ude n t : T h is d e v el o p m e n t is i n te r e sti ng ! N o w I a m m o r e a nx i ou s to kno w ho w y o u r e a c h ed y ou r p r e s e n t c on ce p ts o f T o tal St r e ss Ma n a g e m e n t a n d you r c onv icti o n a b o u t NA M AS M A R A N! T e a ch e r: Act u ally it i s a r oun d t h is t i m e t h at I b e g an to r ealize t h at all w h at I h ad w r itten h ad s o m e v al u e. Bu t was no t un i v e r sal a n d d id no t eit h er s p r i n g f r o m t h e u lt i m ate d e p t h s o f m y h e a r t, o r it d id no t r each t h e u lt i m ate d e p th o f h ea r t s o f t h e o t h e r s . I n o t h er w o r d s , t h e s o l u ti on s c ou ld no t b e e f f ecti v e a n d u s e f u l in e v e r y p e r s on . M o r e ov e r ; e v e r y i nd i v i du al

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c ou ld no t b e e xp e c ted to r ea d , c hoo s e a n d f o ll o w a pp r op r iate s o l u ti on s ; fr o m w h at I p r ov i d ed o r t h e hund r e d s o f s o l u ti on s t h e y ca m e ac r o s s . I n f act; I r eali z ed t h at all t h e w r itten s o l u ti on s, d ec r e e s , c o m m a n d m e n t s a n d p r e s c r i p ti on s , w h ich I h ad c o m e ac r o s s ; h ad a g r eat v al u e a n d a g r eat r o le f o r d i ff e r e n t i nd i v i d u als a n d d i ff e r e n t s o cieti e s a t a g i v en t i m e. B u t t h ey c ou ld no t b e un i v e r s al; in v iew o f t h e e ff ecti v e n e ss a n d fr ee d o m o f i nd i v i du al s . T h ey n ee d ed e n li gh te n e d m od i f icati on s o r r e f i n e m e n t s ; o n t h e b a s i s o f a r eal i zati on ; t h at all o f t h e m h ad a s t r on g a n d uni t ing li n k in t e r ms o f a c o m m o n a s pir a t i o n o f a b s o lu t e t r u t h ; so as to s u it d i ff e r e n t p e r i od s , p laces, s o cia l , c u lt u r al, r e li g i ou s a n d po litical s it u ati on s ; a n d d i ff e r e n t r a c e s a n d g e og r a ph ical c ond it i on s . N o w m y t a s k w a s no t m e r e l y to s e a r c h p a n acea. I t b ec a m e m o r e s p ec i f i c! I h ad to r e - e xp l o r e, r e - d i s c ov er o r r e - i nv e n t t h at s o m e t h i ng - a s in g le, s i m ple a nd e a s y t o pr a c t ice s o l u t i o n - t h at c ou ld e vo l v e, pu r i f y a n d b l o ss o m an i nd i v i du al a n d e m po wer a n d e n li gh ten h i m o r h e r ; to see t h e uni t ing li n k in t e r ms o f a c o m m o n a s pir a t i o n o f a b s o lu t e t ru t h in d i ff e r e n t w r iti ng s. I t h ad to b e t h at s o m e t h i ng , w h ich c o u ld e n a b le an i nd i v i du al to e xp e r ie n ce t h e und e r l y i n g un ity a n d h a r m on y ; i n s i d e a n d ou t s i d e . I n o t h er w o r d s t h at s o m e t h i n g h ad to i m p a r t a h o l i s t i c pe r spec t i v e to an i nd i v i du al!

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T hu s ; it h ad to b e ca p a b le o f e n a b li n g t h e i nd i v i du al s ; to d o e n li gh te n ed m od i f icati on s o r re f i n e m e n t s ; in t h e sc r i p t u r e s , i d e o l og ie s , c on s tit u ti on s, r u les a n d r e gu lati on s a n d s o on ; to s u it d i f f e r e n t p e r i od s, p lac e s , s o ci a l, c u lt u r al, r eli g i ou s a n d po litical s it u at i on s ; a n d e v en d i f f e r e n t r a c es a n d d i ff e r e n t g e og r a ph ical c ond iti on s ; a n d t h e r e b y c atal y ze t h e g r ow th a n d b l o ss o m i n g o f i nd i v i du al s . T h at s o me t hing h a d t o en a ble on e t o t h i n k b e n e vo l e n t ly f o r t h e un i v e r s e a n d e vo l v e po licies, p la n s a n d p r og r a m s b e n e vo le n t to t h e un i v e r s e; o f c ou r se acc o r d i n g to on e ’ s ca p aci t y , c o n s tit u ti o n a n d po s iti o n s o a s to e n s u r e d e v el o p m e n t o f g l ob ally b e n e f ic i al e du c a ti on al, ec on o m i c , a g r ic u l t u r al, m e d ical a n d o t h er po licies, p r og ra m s a n d p la n s. I n o t h er w o r d s ; it h ad to i m p a r t a h o l i s t i c t h in k in g . T h at s o me t hin g ; h ad to e vo l v e l ov e a n d ca r e; h o l i s t ic f eeling h o lis t ic ins t inc t s r e s p ecti v el y ; a m ong s t t h e p e op le o f t h e w o r l d . L a s tl y ; t h at s o m e t hing h ad to e ng e nd er c oop e r ati o n to e x ec u te t h e po licie s , p la n s a n d p r og r a m s o f g l ob al b e n e f i t , w h ich we can call h o li s t ic a c t i o n s o r beh av i or . I n s ho r t; t h at s o m e t hing h ad to b r i n g a bou t a c h a ng e in t h e w o r ld t h at w ou ld i n f l u e n ce e v e r y i nd i v i du al li f e; s o a s e n a b le h i m o r h er to e vo l v e h o li s t ic pe r s p ec t i v e, p o lici e s , pr og r a m s , p l a ns a nd t h eir i m p le m en t a t i o n ; i n t heir r e s p e c t i v e f ield.

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T h at s o me t hin g , w h ich I h ad no t y e t f oun d with ce r ta i n t y ; h ad to t hu s ; r e v italize a n d r e j u v e n ate t h e e nv i r on m e n t i n s i d e a n d ou t s i d e o f an i nd i v i du al; s o as to e n a b le h i m / h er to h elp e vo l v e o t h e r s fr o m i n s i d e as well a s ou t s i d e. T h at s o me t hing h a d to b e s o m u ch d e m o cr a t ic t h at it h a d to b e a v aila b le to e v e r y i nd i v i d u al i rr e s p ec t i v e o f a g e, s e x , o c c up ati on , ca s te, c r ee d , t r a d iti on , c u s t o m , r ace, r eli g i o n , n ati o n a n d a n y d i s ti n cti o n f o r t h at m a tt e r ! A f ter t h i nk i n g o f se v e r al po s s i b iliti e s, I r eali z ed t h at “ t h a t s o m e t hin g” , w hich f ul f ills a ll t he cri t eria a b o ut t he p a n a ce a ; w a s NA M A S M A R A N . I n s o r t , m u ch b e f o r e t h e c on ce p ts a bou t T o tal St r ess M a n a g e m e n t w e r e c r y s tal l ize d , I id en t i f ied t h e po te n tials o f N A M S M A R A N. S t ude n t : I r eal l y a pp r eciate t h e i n te n t i on s a n d t h e r e a s o n s und e r l y i n g d e v el o p m e n t o f t h e s e c on ce p t s . B u t I h a v e s till no t und e r s too d T o tal St r e ss M a n a g e m e n t a n d t h e r o le o f N AMA S M A R A N a s “ t h a t s o m e t h i n g ” in it! T e a ch e r: Fi n e ! Ac t u ally I a l s o h ad no t d e v el o p ed t h e c onv icti o n a bou t NAM A SM A R AN at t h at t i m e, w h ich I h a v e t od a y . I n f a ct; a s I s ai d ; I h ad n o i d ea e v en a bou t t h e ho li s tic c on ce p t o f s t r e s s . O n ly t h i n g is t h at; I w a s f o r t un ate to b e g in to und e r s ta n d ; alt houg h b r o a d l y ; m y se l f , l i f e a n d N A MA SM A R AN fr o m d i ff er e n t a ng le s .

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T hu s it w a s a r oun d t h is t i m e; t h at I b e g an to und e r s ta n d ; t h e s u ff e r i n g in li f e m o r e ho l i s tica l l y . I b e g an to s ee t h e n eed o f m a k i n g t h e s o l u ti on s ho li s tic. P r o b a bl y ; I c o n f i r m ed N A M A S M A RAN a s a p a n a cea bec a u s e , I t h o u g h t ; I c o uld a rri v e a t t h i s h o lis t ic pe r spec t i v e; t hr o u g h t he pr a c t ice o f N A M A S M ARA N ! At t h is po i n t o f t i m e t h e r e w a s a b r o a d und e r s ta nd i n g t h at p r ob l e m s o f t h e w o r ld h ad s o l u ti on s a n d t h ey c ou ld b e m a d e ho l i s tic i.e. t o tal; t h r oug h NAMA S M A R A N . T h e r e w a s s till; a l o t o f a m b i gu ity w i th r e s p ect to t h e d e tail s ; a s to ho w NAM A SM A R AN w ou ld e n a b le on e; to m a k e t h e s o l u ti on s m o r e ho l i s tic a n d ho w t h at w ou ld i n f l u e n ce t h e i nd i v i du al li f e a n d s u f f e r i n g t h e r ei n . I t i s at t h is t i m e , w h en I b e g an to s t u d y t he m e a nin g , mech a nism, c a u s e s a nd e ff ec t s o f s t r e ss in a n i n di v idu a l; t h a t I b e ga n t o see v i v idl y ; t h a t s u ff ering is s y n o n y m o us w i t h s t r e s s ! M o r e ov e r ; w h en I s t ud ied alt houg h br o a d l y ; t h e s uppo r t s y s t e m s , c u s t o m s, c onv e n ti on s , t r a d iti on s , p r og r a m s , p la n s , a n d po licies a i m ed at s o cial l aw a n d o r d er a n d well b ei ng ; I r e a f f ir m ed t h at t h ey n ee d ed to b e m a d e ho li s tic. O f c ou r s e t h i s w a s t r u e f o r w h ate v er I a l s o h ad w r itten s o f a r ! T h is w a s t h e g erm o f T o t a l S tr ess M a n ag e m en t ! I t b ec a m e c l ea r ; t h at t h e s u ff e r i ng / s t r e ss in an i nd i v i du al i n f l u e n ces a dv e r sel y ; t h e s o ci a l l i f e a n d

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t h e s uppo rt s y s t e m s . T h i s led to f u r t h er s t ud y o f N A M A SM A R A N a s a p a n acea! I h ad st ud ied N A MA S M A R AN a n d p r acticed it; bu t b y no w I s ta r ted a pp r eciati n g its p o w er t o t r a n s f o rm a n indi v idu a l; in t erms o f e m p o w ering h i m o r her t o de v el o p a h o li s t ic pe r s p ec t i v e, t hi n kin g , pl a n, pr og r a m a nd i m pl e m e n t a t i o n a nd t h u s in f luen c e t he uni v e r s a l s upp o r t s y s t e ms a nd t he uni v e r s a l l i f e . S t ude n t : T h is r e a l izati o n m u st h a v e b een a m a j o r m ile s t on e! T e a ch e r: I n a w a y ; y e s! H o we v e r ; t h oug h t h e e ss e n ce o f t h is r e alizati o n a bou t t h e po wer o f NA M A S M A R AN w a s cl e a r l y s tated in t h e lite r at u r e, w h ich I h ad c o m e ac r o s s ; it w as no t e xp licitly w r itten in d etail s . T h e f o c u s wa s o n G o d r ealizati on , s al v at i on , li b e r ati on , e m a n ci p ati o n etc. P r ob a b ly t h is w a s t h e r e a s on , w h y t h e at h ei s t s r e m ai n ed al oo f fr o m o r e v en at l ogg e r h ea d s with t h e p r act i ce o f N A MA S M A R AN. T h e att e m p ts o f p o licies, p la n s , p r og ra m s a n d t h eir i m p le m e n tati o n t o wa r d s o f g l ob al un ity a n d s o cial j u s tice; w e r e v e r y m u ch t h e r e; in a t heist ph il o s ophy ; bu t t h e r e w a s n o NAM A SM A R A N ; a n d NAM A SM A R AN was v e r y m u ch t h e r e in t he i s t ph il o s o ph y ; bu t t h e r e we r e n o at te m p t s o f po licies, p la n s , p r og r a m s a n d t h eir i m p le m e n ta t i o n t o wa r d s u n i v e r s al un ity a n d s o cial j u s tic e !

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M o s t o f t h e w ell m ea n i n g at h ei s t s ; in s p ite o f h a r bo r i n g an e n li gh te n ed a c on s cie n ti ou s h e ar t; a n d g e n e r ou s m i nd ; d id no t r ealize t h e i m po r ta n ce o f N A MA S M A R AN a s a m ea n s o f g r o wi n g m o r e ob j e cti v e. T h e y d id no t und e r s ta n d t h e p i vo tal r o le o f N A MA S M A R AN in b r ea k i n g t h e s h ac k l e s o f e g o a n d s ub j e cti v it y . T h e y d id a pp r eciate t h e f act; t h at t h e po licie s , p la n s , p r og r a m s a n d t h eir i m p l e m e n tati o n ; d o no t e v en c o m e o n t h e t r ack o f b ei n g ho li s tic, in a b s e n ce o f N A MA S M A R AN. T h ey a lw a y s t hough t NA M AS M A R A N a s a p a r a no id a n d p a r a s it i c acti v ity with a b li n d b eli e f in god . On t h e o t h er h a nd ; t h e t h ei s t s i nvo l v ed in NA M AS M A R AN a l s o s e e med to i gno r e th e v al u a b le g l ob al b e n e vo le n ce o f N AMA S M A R A N. T h ey t r eated N AM ASM A R AN a s a m e a n s o f m e r e i n d i v i du al li b e r ati on , o r G o d r eali z ati o n p r ece d ed b y a v a r i ety o f p e r s on al r e v elati on s . I t a pp ea r ed to m e t h a t b eca u s e o f t h i s , t h e r e w a s a s t r on g po ss i b ili t y o f i gno r i n g t h e m ile st on e s ; in t er m s o f ho li s tic p e r s p ecti v e, t h i nk i ng , e m o ti on s , i n s ti n c t s a n d acti on s ; a n d g etti n g l u r ed a n d ob s e s s ed b y a s h o rt cut t o li b er a t i o n ; t h r oug h NAMA S M A R A N ! I t h o u g ht t h a t t h i s w o uld le a d t o sk i pping o f o ne ’ s d u t i e s ( S WA D H AR M A ) ; re m a in s el f ish a nd i n d o l e nt; a nd y et in f a t u a t e indi v idu a l li be r a t i o n. A s a r e s u lt; t hou s a nd s o f well m e a n i n g p e op le w ou ld c on ti n u e to l i v e in a b y s m al c ond iti o n s in p e r s on al a n d s o cial l i f e; a n d s till f eel t h at t h e y a r e

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o n t h e way o f li b e r ati on ! I t hough t, t h is e rr o r o f o m i s s i o n o f t he uni v er s a l bene vo lence o f N A M A S M A R AN, w a s a s re a l a nd a s bi g ; a s t h a t o f i g n o ring t he b e ne vo lence o f G o d in o n e ’ s h e a r t ! T h is w a s t h e r e a s o n w h y ; in s p ite o f a f a i r ly p r e v ale n t p r actice o f NAM A SM A R AN, t h e p e r s p ecti v e, p o lice s , p la n s, p r og ra m s a n d t h eir i m p le m e n t a ti on ; d ete r m i n i n g t h e f ate o f a v a s t m a j o r i ty; we r e s till f ar fr o m b ei n g ho li s t ic a n d in m o s t c a s e s ; i n f licted s t r ess. T h is w a s a l s o t h e r ea s o n f o r t h e h y p o c r i s y a n d h el p les s n ess r a m p a n t a m ong s t m a n y p r e ac h e r s o f NA M A S M A R AN a n d d e vo tees r e s p e cti v el y . T h i s was obv i ou s ly du e to d etac h m e n t fr o m S W A DH A R MA; t h e i n te g r al a n d i n e v ita b le a s p ect o f NAM A SM A R AN. W ith t h i s und e r s ta nd i n g t h e at h ei s t a n d t h ei s t f a ce t s o f m y m i n e; w e r e s i m u l t a n e ou s ly s a t is f i e d ! I r e alized t h at at h e i sm i s ; ov e r c o m i n g t h e s t up e fy i n g i n f l u e n ce o f a pp a r e n t e nv i r o n m e n t; a n d t h eism i s a b ility to r ealize t h e o t h e r w i s e i m p e r ce p ti b le t r u e s e l f ! E v en t h e m a t e r ial i s tic a n d s p i r it u al pu r s u i t s i n m y n at u r e; we r e f u l l y s at i s f ie d , w h en I r e alized t h at e v e r y m a t e r ial pu r s u it; i n cl ud i n g t h e s u ste n a n ce a n d nu r t u r i n g o f ou r ph y s ical e x i s te n ce; b ec o m e s m ea n i ng f u l, w o r t h w h ile a n d f u l f illi ng , w h en a i m ed a t c u l m i n ati n g i n to t h e r ealizati o n o f t r u e se l f !

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S t ude n t : I t i s clear t h at s t r e ss in i nd i v i du al li f e; lea d s to no n ho li s tic o r s ect a r ian p e r s p ect i v e, t h i nk i ng , f e e li ng s , i n s ti n c t s a n d a c ti on s , w h ich in t u r n , c ou ld lead to p iec e m eal n at u r e o f s o l u ti on s a n d t h e i r d elete r i ou s e f f ect o n an i nd i v i du al in te r m s o f s u s ce p ti b ili t y a n d vu l n e r a b ility to s t r es s ; t hu s p e r p et u ati n g a v ici ou s c y c le! T e a ch e r: Y e s ! B u t t h is c on ce p t go t f u r t h er c r y s ta l lized w h en I s y st e m a tical l y s t ud ied t h e d e f i n iti on , c on ce p t, und e r l y i n g ca u s e s , m e c h a n i s m s a n d e ff ec t s o f s t r e s s ! He n ce; let m e s h a r e t h at b a s ic und e r sta nd i n g o f s t r e ss – t h e s u ff e r i ng ; a n d t h en a rr i v e s t e p b y s te p ; to N A M AS M ARAN a s t h e k ey t o ; a s w ell a s ; t he h a ll m a r k o f T o t a l S t r e ss Ma n ag e m en t ! O f ten it i s t hough t t h at s t r e ss i s t h e s a m e ; a s w o r r y , a nx iet y , r e s tl e s s n e s s , te n s i on , f e ar i .e. s o m e k i n d o f p ai n f u l h el p les s n ess to c op e with t h e c h alle ng es o f l i f e ! B u t act u al l y ; t h i s c on s tit u tes a s m all a n d con s ci ou s p a r t o f s t r e s s ! T h e s e a r e on ly a pp a r e n t s y m p t o m s o f s t re s s ! T h e s t re s s i s ub iq ui t o u s ! T hu s ; s t r ess i s p r e se n t du r i n g e m b ry o n ic l i f e, in all a g e g r oup s , du r i n g s leep a n d d r ea m s, du r i n g c on s ci ou s , s ub c on s ci ou s a s w ell un c on s ci ou s s tat e s a n d a l s o du r i n g c o m a ! M o r e ov e r ; it i s p r e s e n t in a l l f o r m s o f l i f e! T hu s ; s t r ess i s f ar t o o d eep a n d f a r m o r e ub i qu it ou s t h an w h at is p r e s u m e d . I t i s a s v a s t a s l i f e ! He n ce it is t h e s a m e a s M AYA!

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S t ude n t: I n e v er i m a g i n ed ea r l i e r ; t h at st r e ss c ou ld b e so v a s t! N o w; c an y o u b r i e f l y e xp lain s t r e ss a s well a s T o tal St r e ss Ma n a g e m e n t; in nu t s h ell; with s o m e a n a l og ie s ; to m a k e it s i m p l e r ? T e a ch e r: S t r e ss i s li k e a ho r se! B u t it w ou ld n e v er lea v e u s at a n y c o s t ! So t h e r e i s n o l a s t i n g e s ca p e fr o m it. T h e r e a r e on ly f e w op ti on s . A) G etti n g d r a gg ed a f ter it, B ) Getti n g b itten o r b eaten b y it, C ) C a r ry i n g it o n o u r h ea d , D) B eati n g o r k illi n g t h e ho r s e ( B a r b a r ic, c o wa r d l y , d i s gu s ti n g a n d obn o x i ou s ; in f act; s i n ce s t r e ss i s i n s e p a r a b le f r o m l i f e, k illi n g ho r s e i s e qu i v ale n t to s u ic i d e ! ) E) Lea r n i n g to “ r i d e” t h e ho r s e with d eli gh t is T o tal S t r e ss Ma n a g e m e n t ( T S M). St r e ss i s a l s o li k e r i v e r ! B u t; w e h a v e n o c ho ice; as we ar e al r e a d y bo r n in it! T h e r e a r e on l y two op ti on s ; eit h er to g et d r o w n e d , o r to lea r n to s w i m to t h e b a nk . L ea r n i n g to s w i m t o t h e b a n k is T o tal St r e ss Ma n a g e m e n t. Tr a ff ic j a m a l s o i s no t an e x act a n al og y bu t h el p s in und e r sta nd i n g s t r e ss a n d T o tal St r e ss M a n a g e m e n t. ( T h i s und e r s ta nd i n g al s o is u s e f u l in r e du ci n g s t r e ss)! 1 . T h e s t re ss o r s a r e li k e e x c e ss n u m b er o f v eh i cl e s c o m i n g fr o m a l l d i r ecti on s . 2 . T h e i nd i v i du al und er s t r e ss i s li k e a s qu a r e w h e r e t h e si gn als o r t h e

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t r a f f i c po lice a r e n o t w o r k i ng . 3 . T h e s i gn s a n d s y m p t o m s o f s t re s s a r e li k e t h e e x c e ss c r o w d i ng , a nx iety du e to i n a b ility to r each d e s t i n ati on s , qu a rr e l s a m on g s t t h e d r i v e r s, e x c e s s i v e b l o wi n g o f ho r n s , c h e m ical po ll u ti o n etc. 4 . T h e p at ho l og y i s i n a b ili t y o f t h e v e h icles to m ov e a n d r each t h eir d e s ti n ati on s . 5 . T h e R ela x ati o n T ec hn i qu es p r e v a l e n t t od ay a r e li k e a r b it r a r y a n d i s o lated e ff o r t s to ca l m do wn t h e d r i v e r s a n d p r oh i b it t h e b l o wi n g o f ho r n s . 6 . T h e r ela x ati o n tec hn i qu es t h e r e f o r e can b r i n g a bou t t e m po r a r y p ea c e (t e m po r a r y s y m p t o m a tic r eli e f ) bu t c a nno t h elp t h e v e h i c les to r each t h eir d e s t i n ati on s (ca nno t e ff ecti v e l y r e m ov e t h e p at ho l og ical c h a ng es a n d h a nd le t h e s t r e s s o r s e ff ec t i v el y ). 7 . T o tal S t r e ss M a n a g e m e n t i s r e - e s t a b li s h i n g t h e f un cti on i n g o f t h e s i gn als a n d r e - i n s t i t u ti n g t h e t r a f f ic po lice ( p e r c e p ti on ) s o t h at t h e c r o w d i ng , j a m ( ho m e o static d i s t u r b a n ces o r a ff ect), b l o wi n g o f ho r n s , qu a rr els (s y m p t o m s a n d s i gn s) a n d t h e r eac h i n g o f t h e d e s ti n ati on s ( h a nd li n g t h e s t r e s s o r s a n d r ect i f i cat i o n o f t h e p at ho l og ical c h a ng es), a ll a r e m a d e po s s i b l e . S t ude n t : N o w I s ee m to h a v e go t s o m e i d ea a bou t s t r e ss a n d T o tal St r e ss M a n a g e m e n t. H o w w ou ld y o u de f ine s t r e ss p h y si o l og ic a ll y ? T e a ch e r: S t r e ss m ea n s a v a r ia b le d e g r ee; o f ac u te o r c h r on ic c h a ng e s ; in t h e i n te r n al e nv i r o n m e n t o f t h e bod y . T h e no r m a l s t r ess s u ch a s

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m od e r ate e x e r c i s e is u s e f u l. B u t w h e n we talk o f “ s t r e ss” we act u ally m e an h a r m f u l s t r e ss o r d i s t r e s s , w h ich ca u s e s a dv e r s e e f f ects o n a l m o s t e v e r y cell o f t h e b od y ; m a k i n g l i f e m i s e r a b le in s e v e r al wa y s . S t ude n t : W h at is t h is i n t ern a l en v i r o n m e n t o f t h e bod y ? T e a ch e r: T h e bod y cel l s c on tain f l u i d wit h in t h e m a n d t h ey t h e m sel v es a r e p r e s e n t in a f l u id m e d i u m . Acc o r d i n g to m e; t h e f l u i d b y w h ich t h ey a r e s u rr ound e d , a s well a s t h e f l u id w h ich t h ey c on tai n ; t og et h er f o r m t h e i n te r n al e nv i r o n m e n t o f t h e bod y . S t ude n t : W h at a r e t h e c h a r ac t e r i s ti c s o f t h is i n te r n al e nv i r o n m e n t? T e a ch e r: T h e i n t e r n al e nv i r o n m e n t i . e. t h e f l u id s u r r ound i n g t h e cells (a n d acc o r d i n g to m e ; t h e f l u id i n s i d e t h e cel l s a l s o ) h a s c e r tain c on ce n t r ati o n o f h y d r og e n , s od i u m , po ta ss i u m , calci u m , c h l o r i d e, m a gn e s i u m e t c. I t h as c e r tain o s m o l a lit y , t e m p e r at u r e , v i s c o s ity et c . T h e te x t book s o f phy s i o l og y , d e s c r i b e t h e s e in d e t ai l s , bu t it is no t n ec e s s a r y to bu r d en ou r m e m o r y with all t h e d e t ails. S t ude n t : W h at is t h e i m po r ta n ce o f t h is i n te r n al e nv i r o n m e n t? T e a ch e r: T h e i m p o r ta n ce o f t h e i n t er n al e nv i r o n m e n t is t h at, v a r i o u s ph y s ical a n d c h e m ical c h a r a cte r i s ti c s o f t h e i n te r n al e nv i r o n m e n t h a v e to b e m ai n tai n ed wit h in a ce r t ain r a ng e, if t h e bod y ce l ls a n d h e n ce t h e o r g a n is m ; h a v e to f un cti o n in a no r m al i.e. h ealt h y w a y . I f t h e c h a r acte r i s t ic s und e r g o d r a s t ic v a r i at i on s , t h en it c a u s e s d a m a g i n g e f f ec t s o n ou r l i f e. T h is s hou ld e xp lain to y ou ; t h e i m po r ta n ce o f t h e i n te r n al e nv i r o n m e n t as well as t h e i m po r ta n ce o f a n y f act o r /s, w h ich

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m a y b r i n g a bou t d r a s tic c h a ng es in it. S t ude n t : T h is h a s c r y s tal l ized t h e c o n ce p t o f s t r e ss a n d T o tal St r ess Ma n a g e m e n t to s o m e e x te n t. B u t no w; I a m c u r i ou s to und e r s ta n d t h e m e c h a nis m s und e rl y ing s t r e s s ; t houg h no t in d etail s ; at le a s t g r o s s l y ! T e a ch e r: OK! F o r t h e m o m e nt ; we w ill k eep a s i d e t h e p h il o s oph ical a s p ec t s o f s t r e s s , s u ch as p r e v i ou s b i r t h , p a s t l i f e , s a n c h i t, p r a r a bdh a, r e b i r t h , s ou l etc a n d al s o ; t h e t r a d iti o n al wa y s o f m a n a g i n g s t r e s s . T h e m e c h a n i s m s; as we und e r s ta n d t od a y ; we r e p r og r e s s i v e l y d i s c ov e r ed in l a s t ce n t u r y b y c ondu cti n g e xp e r i m e n ts o n a n i m a l s . Ha n s Sel y e i s kno wn to b e t h e p i on eer o f s t r ess phy s i o l og y . H e d i s c ov e r ed t h e e f f ec t s o f v a r i o u s st r e s s f u l s t i m u li in a n i m a l s a n d cal l ed t h e m Ge n e r al A d a p ti o n S y nd r o m e GA S . He d e s c r i b ed t h e f eat u r es o f t h is Ge n e r al A d a p tati o n S y nd r o m e . T h e s e f eat u r e s a r e; e n la r g e m e n t o f an e ndo c r i n e g la n d a d r e n al c o r t e x , at r oph y o f a no t h er e ndo c r i n e g la n d t hy m u s , at r oph y s p lee n , a n d l y m pho id t i ss u e , a n d u lce r s in t h e s t o m ach a n d t h e duod e n u m . S t ude n t : W h at is at r oph y ? T e a ch e r: At r oph y is oppo s ite o f g r o wt h ! I t is r e v er s i o n in te r m s o f s t r u ct u r e a n d f un c t i o n p r o cee d i n g to d eat h ! T od a y ; it is kno wn t h at i nn u m e r a b le e f f ec t s o f s t r ess r e s u lt f r o m i nn u m e r a b le phy s i o l og ical a n d p s y c h o l og ical s t i m u l i . T he s e s t i m uli a re c a lled s t r e s s o r s . T h ey s t i m u l a te s p ec i al cel l s o r s p ecial m o l ec u l e s in t h e

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cells. T h e s e s p eci a l cel l s a r e c alled n e u r al r e c e p t o r s a n d t h e s p ecial m o l ec u l e s a r e ca l l e d m o l ec u lar r ece p t o r s . T h e r e a r e r ec e p t o r s i n s i d e t h e bod y ; called i n te r n al r e c e p t o r s a n d ou t s i d e t h e bod y; cal l ed a n d e x te r n al r ece p t o r s . S t i m u la t i o n o f t h e s e r ece p t o r s b r i n g s a bou t c h a ng es in t h e i n te r n al e nv i r o n m e n t p r opo r ti on ate to t h e i n te n s i t y , f r e qu e n c y , v a r i et y , c o m p le x i t y a n d p a t te r n o f s t i m u l i. T h e r e a r e f o ur m a in a nd w ell k n o w n m ech a n i sms b y w h ich s t r e ss a n d its e f f e c t s a r e p r odu ce d . a ) V a ri o us s t r e s s o rs a c t o n t he p a r t o f br a in c a lled l i m bic s y s t e m . T h i s l ea d s to s ec re ti o n o f v a r i o u s c h e m i cal s u b s ta n c e s . T h e s e a r e called n e u r o t r a n s m itte r s , b eca u s e t h e y t r a n s m i t i n f o r m ati o n f r o m on e n e r v e ce l l to a no t h e r . T h e y a r e sec r e t ed in s m a ll qu a n tity in a ce n t r al f unn el li k e p a r t at t h e bo tt o m o f b r ain called h y po t h al a m u s . I t und e r li e s a b ed li k e s t r u ct u r e called t h al a m u s . I t i s c alled s o , b eca u s e; h y p o m e a n s und e r ; a n d t h al a m u s m ea n s b e d ! T h e h y po t h al a m u s in t u r n s e c r et e s ho r m on e s, w h ich a r e c h e m ic a ls d i r ect l y r e le a s ed in b l oo d a n d un l i k e o t h er c h e m ica l s ; act at a d i ff e r e n t p la c e. T h e ho r m on es s ec r et e d b y h y po t h al a m u s a r e ca rr ied to t h e p it u ita r y g la n d , w h ich i s und e r n eath t h e h y po t h al a m u s . T h e n a m e p it u it a r y c o m e s fr o m t h e gu ess t h at it s e c r eted p it u ita, m ea n i n g m u c u s ! T h e p it u ita r y g la n d in t u r n s e c r e tes ho r m on es w h ich a r e r ele a s ed in t h e b l oo d a n d r each v a r i ou s g la n d s bu t e s p ecial l y t h e a d r e n al g la nd . A d r e n al g la n d o r s up r a r e n al g la nd , w h ich is an

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e ndo c r i n e g la n d l o cated o n t h e t o p o f t h e k i dn e y s, h a s t wo p a r t s , t h e ou ter a d r e n al c o r t e x a n d t h e i nn er c o r e called a d r e n al m e du lla. A d r e n al c o r tex s ec r e t es c o r ti s o l, w h ic h , w h en in e x ces s ; i s r e s p o n s i b le f o r v a r i ou s ill e ff ec t s o f s t r e s s ; s u ch a s o n li v e r , h ea r t, i m mun e s y s te m r e s pon s i b le f o r b o d y r e s i s ta n ce etc. T h e d etai l s o f all t h i s ; a r e g i v en m y book ; “ U nd e r s t a nd i n g a n d Ma n a g e m e n t o f St r e s s ” a v ail a b le o n i n te r n et f o r fr ee do w n l o a d . T h e h y po t h al a m u s al s o s e c r et e s c o r ti c o t r oph in r elea s i n g f act o r ( C R F) T h e C R F a p a r t in t h e ta p e r i n g p a r t o f t h e b r ai n ; cal l ed t h e l o c u s ce r u le us , w h ich li t e r al l y m ea n s a b l u i s h s po t. T h i s i s a s i te o f s y m p at h etic n e r vou s s y s te m , w h e r e a n e u r o t r a n s m itt e r c alled no r p i n e ph r i n e (N E ) i s p r odu ce d . Act i v ati o n o f l o c u s c er u le u s lea d s to i n c r e a s e i o n h ea r t r ate w h ich i s e xp e r i e n ced as p al p itati on s ! b) S t r e s s o rs c a n a ct o n t he p i ne a l g l a n d , w h ich i s l o ca t ed in t h e n ei ghbo r i n g a r ea a bov e t h e h y po t h ala m u s a n d sec r e t es ho r m on e s called m e lat on i n , 5 H y d r ox y t ry p t a m i n e ( 5 H T ) a n d no r p i n e ph r i n e. I t i s c on ical in s h a p e h e n ce c al l ed p i n eal. B eca u s e o f s t r e s s o r s ; t h e p r opo r ti on , t h e qu a n tity a n d t h e t yp e o f sec r e ti on s c a n b ec o m e a bno r m a l a n d t h is c an ca u s e se v e r al ill e ff ec t s o n h y po t h al a m u s, p it u ita r y , te s t e s , ov a r i e s , t h yr o id g la nd , a d r e n al c o r te x , p a n c r ea s a n d p a r at h yr o i d . I t can c a u s e d i s t u r b a n c e s o f b i o r h y t h m s, s lee p . I t r e du ces t h e r e s i s ta n ce to ca n c e r , i n f e c ti on s a n d ov e r all s t r e s s .

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c) S t r e s s o rs c a n b e in t he f o rm o f cer t a in ch a n g e s in bl oo d, b a c t eria in bl oo d, ce r t a in c he m i c a ls c a lled a n t i g e n s in t h e b l oo d etc. All t h e s e act o n t h e d i f f e r e n t t y p e s o f w h ite b l o o d cells ( W BC) , w h ich in t u r n ; p r odu ce s e v e r al s ub s ta n c e s w h ich ca u s e t h e e ff ec t s o f st r e s s. d) T h e s t r e s s o r s ac t o n h y po t h al a m u s ; bu t in t h is c a se t h e ho r m on es s e c r eted b y t h e hypo t h al a m u s ; c an d i r ect l y e n ter t h e b l oo d a n d p r odu ce t h e e f f e c t s o f s t r e ss b y dir e ct a c t i o n o n v a r i ou s t i ss u e s. S t ude n t : I und e r s t oo d t h e s e m e c h a n i s m s to s o m e e x te n t , no t c o m p lete l y . B u t fr o m w h at I g a t h e r e d ; t h ese m ec h a n i s m s a r e wi d e r a ng i n g . F o r t r i gg e r i n g s u ch w i d e r a ng i n g m ec h a n i s m s to c o m e in op e r ati on ; t h e ca u s e s o r t h e d i m e n s i on s o f st r e ss m u s t a l s o b e wi d e r a ng i n g ; a r e t h e y ? T e a ch e r: Y e s ! T h ey a r e! L et u s s ee; in s o m e d etai l s ; t h e ca u s e s o f s t r e ss - t h e s t r es s o r s , w h i ch ca u s e c h a ng es i n ou r i n te r n al e nv i r o n m e n t b e y on d t h e no r m al o r t o le r a b le l i m it; r e s u lti n g in s t r ess. L et u s c on s i d er t h e s e s t r es s o r s s ta r ti n g f r o m no n li v i n g b ei n g s to h u m an b ei ng s ! S t ude n t : W h y d o we c on s i d e r t h e non li v i n g ? T e a ch e r: F r o m a v ery b a s ic u nde r s t a nding p o int o f v iew w e c a n s a y t h a t t he s t r e s s o rs a nd s t r e s s ; a re p r e s e n t in n o nli v ing t hin g s ! T hu s s t r ess o f m ec h a n i c al n at u r e ( no t b i o l og ical) i s p r e s e n t in non li v i n g t h i ng s ! W h en f o r c e is a pp lied to an o b j ect, t h e r e i s d e f i n ite i n te r n al c h a ng e a n d d i s p lac e m e n t in t h e o b j ec t . T h i s f o r ce i s a k in to s t r e s s o r in t h e case o f l i v i n g b ei ng s , t h e i n t e r n al c h a ng e is a k in to ho m e o s tat i c c h a ng e; i.e. c h a ng e in t h e i n te r n al e n v i r o n m e n t in c a s e o f t h e li v i n g

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b ei ng s a n d t h e d is p lac e m e n t o f an ob j ect i s a k in to s t r ess r e s pon s e in ca s e o f li v i n g b ei ng s . I t i s obv i ou s t h at i f an ob j ect i s s ub j ec ted to a f o r c e, w h ich it ca nno t s u stai n , t h en it m a y b e d a m a g e d . T h is d a m a g e i s a k in to an a bno r m al c h a ng e in t h e i n te r n al e nv i r o n m e n t . T h e e x ces s i v e d i s p l a c e m e n t i s a n al ogou s to d i s e a s e in a li v i n g b ei ng . S t ude n t : T h is i s i n te r e s ti ng ! T e a ch e r: I t i s i n t e r esti n g as well a s r eal. T h e ho li s tic p e r s p ecti v e c o m p r e h e nd s li v i n g a n d no n li v i n g to b e in c on ti nu it y ; C H A R A a n d A C H A R A r e s p ect i v el y . Ne x t t o t he n o nli v ing t hin g s w e c a n s ee t h a t t h e re a re s t re ss o r s a nd s t re s s; in unic e ll u l a r a ni m a l s ! T h e st r e ss o r s h e r e a r e in t h e f o r m o f e x a gg e r ated ph y s i cal, c h e m ical a n d b i o l og ical c h a ng es in t h e e nv i r o n m e n t i n s i d e a n d ou t s i d e. T hu s t h e c h a ng e s i n g r a v it y , accel e r a t i on s , v i b r ati on s, p r es s u r e , el e ct r ic s ho c k , t e m p e r at u r e , r a d iati on , os m o l a lit y , h y d r og en i o n c on ce n t r ati o n i.e. p H ( P H i s a m e a s u r e o f a ci d ity o r a lk a li n ity ) , c on c e n t r ati o n o f elect r o l y te s s u ch a s s od i u m , c h l o r i d e, po tas s i u m , h a r m f u l un icell u lar o r g a n is m s s u ch a s v i r u s e s , b a c te r i a , f ung i etc act a s s t r e s s o r s ! O n ce t h e c h a ng es a r e b e y o n d t h e l i m it, t h e ho m e o static m ec h a n i s m s, f ail to m a i n tain t h e i n t e r n al e nv i r o n m e n t, in no r m al r a ng e a n d t h e a n i m al s u ff e r s fr o m st r e s s . T h e s t r es s o r s, ho m e o static d i s t u r b a n ces a n d t h e s t r ess r e s pon s e s o f t h e a n i m al a r e r e l a ti v el y , m o r e c o m p l ex as c o m p a r ed

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to t ho s e in non li v i n g t h i ng s ; a n d a r e l ess s t e r e o t y p ic a l, t hou g h s till, f ai r ly p r e d icta b le. S t ude n t : Si r , w h at is o s m o lali t y ? T e a ch e r: O s m o la l ity r ough ly c o rr e s p ond s to t h e p r op e r t y o f f l u id b y w h ich it e x e r t s p re s s u r e a n d te nd s to m ov e f r o m on e c o m p a r t m e n t to a no t h e r . F o ll o w ed by uni c ellul a r; w e c o m e t o m u l t icellul a r (m a ny cells c o m ing t og e t her t o f o rm a n o r ga nism o r a n a n i m a l ! ) a ni m a l s , w hich a re hi g her in e vo lu t i o n a ry s c a l e . I n t h e s e a n i m a l s t h e r e is d e v el o p m e n t o f o r g an s y s t e m s. B u t m o r e i m po r ta n tl y ; t h e r e i s d e v el op m e n t o f ce n t r al n e r vou s s y s t e m , a u t on o m ic n e r vou s s y s t e m a n d e ndo c r i n e s y s t e m . T h is lea d s to a p e r c e p ti b le i n c r e a s e in t h e le v el o f c on s c i ou s n es s . T hu s t h e y b ec o m e c on sci ou s o f t h e s e n s a ti on s (Vi s u al, a ud it o r y , o l f act o r y , gu s tat o r y , tacti l e, p ai n , t e m p e r at u r e , i t c h i ng , g r a v it y , a c c ele r ati o n et c .). M o r e ov er t h e y po s s e ss i n s t inc t s. H e n ce t h ese a n i m a l s s u ff e r , i f d e p r i v ed o f t h e i r i n s ti n c t s ! I r e f e r t h e s e s t r e s s o r s a s i n s t i n c t u a l s tr es s o r s . T hu s ; t h e f o r e m o s t i n s ti n ct i s t h at o f sur v i va l! Fear o f p r e d at o r p r odu ces s t r ess a n d is e v i d e n t w h en a cat f ac e s a dog ! I f an a n i m al i s c o n f i n ed to a ca g e p r e v e n ti n g t h e l o c o m o t i o n a l t og e t her; o r i s e x p o s ed t o a bn o r m a lly r a pid m ov e m e n t , t h en st r e s s i s p r odu ced w h ich d a m a g e s t h e bod y s y s t e m s. I f it i s d e p r i v ed o f a p a r tic u lar e nv i r o n m e n t to w h ich it is a cc u s t o m e d , t h e n it is called h a bi t a t . C h a ng i n g t h is e nv i r o n m e n t ca u s e s s t r e s s . I f it i s d e p r i v ed o f f ood ; o r t h e r e i s c h a ng e in t h e t y p e o r

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t i m i n g o f f oo d; c a u s e s t re s s. I f t h e r e is c h a ng e in t h e s o u r ce a n d t i m i n g o f wat e r ( a s in c a se o f a n i m a l s in z o o ) o r alt og et h er un a v aila b ility o f wate r ; it p r odu ces s t r ess. R e pr o duc t i o n, p a ren t a l c a re, herd f o r m a t i o n ; a r e a l so i n s ti n c t s . A b s ti n e n ce f r o m s e x , h e r d a n d s e p a r ati o n fr o m t h e n ew bo r n o ff s p r i ng ; a l s o ca u s e s t r e s s . S t ude n t : Sir, Will yo u e x pl a i n ; h o w a ll t h i s a cc o u n t o f s t r e ss is rele va nt t o u s; th e h u m a n be i n g s ? T e a ch e r; Y e s ! I w ill d o t h at. I n h u m a n b ei ng s ; phy s ica l , c h e m i c al, b i o l og ical a n d i n s ti n ct u al s t re ss o r s ; a r e p r e s e n t a n d in f a ct; b ec o m e m o r e in s e v e r i t y a n d c o m p l e x ity, a s all t h e s e s t r e s s o r s ca u s e a n d a gg r a v ate e m o ti on al a n d i n tellect u al s t r e s s ! M o r e ov er t h e r e a r e e m o ti on al ( r e l ated to ou r f eeli ng s) a n d i n tellect u al ( r ela t ed to ou r t h i nk i ng ) s t r e s s o r s ; in t h eir o wn r i gh t! T hu s ; in h u m an b e i ng s ; th e r e is e x c e s s i v e s t i m u lati o n o f t h e r e c e p t o r s f o r v i s i on , s m el l , t a s t e , h ea r i ng , t ou c h , p r es s u r e, v i b r at i on s , a n d p ai n . T h is i s du e to r ea d i ng , d i r ty s m el l s , l a ck o f s un li gh t. e n c l o s u r e in a i r- c ond iti on ed s p aces, c o m m u ti ng , c r o w d i ng , v i b r ati on s , l ou d s p ea k e r s , g litte r i n g & f lic k e r i n g li gh t s , s t r a ng e a n d r a p i d ly m i x i n g f r a m e s with a gg r es s i v e a n d l ou d a dv e r ti s i n g o n T V, el e ct r ical /ele c t r o s tatic s t r on g f i el d s, r a d iati on s d u e to v a r i ou s a r tic l es c on tai n i n g r a d i o acti v e m a te r ia l s o r c o m pu ter a n d c o l o r T V s c r ee n s , e xh a u s t o f v e h icl e s , m il l s , f a ct o r i e s , e x c r eta, lack o f o p en s p ac e , lack o f f r e s h a i r , l ack o f b r e eze, n ew ca n c e r p r o m o ti n g c h e m i c al s , i n f ecti o u s m ic r oo r g a n is m s, p a r a s i tes a n d v ect o r s .

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T he i n s t i n c t u a l St res s o r s a r e m u lti p l ied b eca u s e o f ov e r e xpo s u r e to g l o r i f ied d i s p l a y o f b r azen a n d c r ud e s e xu alit y , i nd isc r i m i n ate v i o le n ce, p e r v e r ted eati n g a n d d r i nk i ng , p e r v e r ted s t r ugg le s , c on s p i r aci e s , m a n i pu lati on s f o r m a t e r ial s u cc e s s , p e r v e r ted p a r e n tal b e h a v i o r , p etty s e l f i s h ac h ie v e m e n ts e tc. ca u s i n g undu e s t r e ss o n i n s ti n c t s . C h ild in c r èc h e, KG, s c hoo l s , bo a r d i n g s c hoo ls e t c. d e v el op s i n sec u r it y . L ack o f e noug h p r i v acy d u e to s m all hou s e s a n d c r o w d i n g d i s t u r b s s e xu al l i f e a n d ca u s e s s t r e s s . S i m il a r l y , i n a b ility to b r e a s t f eed ca u ses s t r e ss o n p a r e n tal i n s ti n c t s. Vi o le n ce in t h e f o r m o f m u r d e r s, m a ss k illi ng s, h i j ac k i ng , t e rr o r i sm i n s u r g e n cy etc. h as b r ough t s t r e ss o n s u r v i v al i n s ti n c t s in citi e s a s well a s v illa g es. T h e i n s ti n ct u al s t r e s s o r s c on t r i bu te to e m o ti on al s t r e ss. T he e m o t i o n a l s t r es s o r s ; c o m e i n to p la y ; b eca u s e o f f u r t h er d e v el o p m e n t o f n e r vou s s y s t e m w h i c h is a s s o cia t ed wi t h t h e d e v el o p m e n t o f s o ciet y . T hu s ; t h e s ou r c e s o f e m o ti on al s t r ess can b e o ur b o d y ; b eca u s e o f pai n , d i s e a s e, poo r se l f i m a g e du e to ob e s it y , d w ar f i s m , d is f i gu r e m e n t, h a nd ica p , a g i n g etc. s ta r t t r oub li n g m o r e b eca u se o f r e d u cti o n in s ou r c e s o f s o la c e. I t can b e ou r f a m il y ; du e to a g ei ng , d i s e a s e , d i s a b l e m e n t, h a nd ica p , a dd icti o n , d eat h , d isc o r d , h a r a s s m e n t , l on eli n es s , un wa n te dn e s s etc. a m ong s t f a m ily m e m b e r s, i nd i v i du a l i s tic t h i nk i ng , undu e c r aze f o r ; qu ick m on e y , s o ci a l s t a t u s , popu la r it y , g l a m ou r a n d g litte r , po litical p o wer a n d t h e r e s u lt a n t b e h a v i or ; tear a p a r t t h e h u m an

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bond s a m on g s t t h e f a m ily m e m b er s . Di s e ase, d i s a b l e m e n t, h a nd ica p , a dd icti on , d eath o f a m e m b e r o f a f a m i ly o r d i s c o r d a m ong s t t h e f a m i l y m e m b er s , l on eli n e s s , un wa n te dn e s s e tc. b ec o m e m u ch m o r e u n m a n a g ea b le b e c a u s e o f lack o r i n a d e qu acy o f m a npo wer a n d l a ck o f s o cial c oh e s i v e n e s s . I t m a y b e s o ci et y ; du e to s o cial d isc r i m i n ati on , opp r e ss i on , l ack o f j u s tic e , i n e qu alit y , c a s te d i s c r i m i n at i o n L ack o f o r s e v e r e r e du cti o n in s o cial c oh e s i v e n e ss (w h ich c h a r a cte r i zes t h e r u r al li f e), i n c r e a s i n g s o cial e v i l s s u ch a s c h eati ng , a du lte r at i on , e x ces s i v e p ace o f l i f e, c o m mu ti n g a n d t h e p r ob l e m s t h e r ein etc. I t c ou ld b e ou r cul t ur e ; du e to c o e r ci v e c u lt u r al r u l e s , r e gu lati on s , c u s t o m s , t r a d iti on s a n d c onv e n ti o n s A lie n ati o n o f t h e c u lt u r e, s o cial no r m s, c onv e n ti o n s etc. I t can b e o c c up a t i on ; du e to h a r a ss m e n t b y t h e e m p l o y e r ( la nd l o r d ), odd / p r o t r acted ho ur s o f w o r k , lack o f j o b s at i s f a cti on , l a ck o f a pp r eciati on , lack o f r ec ogn iti on , b ad w o r k i n g e nv i r o n m e n t s u ch a s l ack o f l i gh t, lack o f fr e s h a i r , e x c e s s i v e r e s pon s i b iliti e s w it hou t c o m m e n s u r a t e po we r s , i n a pp r op r ia t e a n d ov er d e m a n d i n g d ea d li n e s , lack o f acc oun ta b ilit y , p r e v ale n ce o f d i s c r i m i n ati on , n e po tis m , h a r as s m e n t b y t h e s up e r i o r s , odd / p r o t r acted hou r s o f w o r k , lack o f j o b s at i s f acti on , lack o f a pp r eciati on , l a c k o f r ec ogn iti on , b ad w o r k i n g e nv i r o n m e n t s u ch as l ack o f li gh t, l a c k o f fr e s h a i r , lack o f p r o m o ti on s , e x ces s i v e r e s pon s i b ilities wit hou t c o mm e n s u r a t e po we r s , i n a pp r op r iate a n d ov er d e m a nd i n g d ea d li n e s , l a ck o f acc oun ta b ilit y , d i s c ri m i n ati on , n e po tis m , c o rr up t i on , lack o f p ay r e v i s i o n c o m m e n s u r a t e with t h e

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i n f lati on , p r ice r i s e etc. I t c an a l s o b e reli g i o n; b eca u s e o f Pe r s ec u ti on , f o r c e f u l c onv e r s i o n , d i s c o r d a m ong s t d i ff e r e n t r eli g i ou s c o m m un iti e s, o r c on f licti n g s ec t s w it h in t h e s a m e r el i g i on , r eli g i ou s d is c r i m i n ati o n , r eli g i ou s f a n atic i s m , po litici z ati o n o f r eli g i on , c r i m i n al i zati o n o f r eli g i o n etc. ca u s e e x t r e m e s t r ess in t h e f o r m s o f r eli g i ou s t e n s i o n a n d r i o t s . T h e s t r ess m a y o r i g i n ate f r o m m a rri ag e; du e to h a r as s m e n t b y s pou s e, do w r y p r ob l e m s, p r ob l e m s o f w o r k i n g wi v es a n d w o r k i n g m o t h e r s, ( s u ch a s t ho s e w o r k i n g in t h e f ar m s, f o r e s t s , p la n tati on s s u ch a s t e a, c o ff ee p la n tati o n s etc.), p r ob l e m s r e l ated to lack o f i s s u e etc. All t h e p r ob l e m s o f m a r r i a g e a r e m u lti p lied du e to lack o f s uppo r t s y s t e m s, nu clear f a m i l y , i n c r e a s ed w a n t s du e t o c r eati o n o f a r t i f i cial n ee d s a n d d e m a nd s , i nd i v i d u ali s tic t h i nk i ng , ca r ee r i s m a n d s o on . T hu s t h e r e i s an i n c r e a s e in h a r ass m e n t b y s pou s e s , d o w r y p r ob l e m s, p r ob l e m s o f w o r k i n g wi v e s , p r ob l e m s o f w o r k i n g m o t h e r s , p r ob l e m s r elated to l ack o f i s s u e etc. M a r it a l p r ob l e m s m u l t i p ly du e to s u s p ici o n b y j eal ou s hu s b a nd s , lack o f p r o tecti o n to w o m en & g i r l s w h en w o r k i n g h o u r s a r e odd , g e nd er d i s c r i m i n ati o n at w o r k i n g p lace, et c . T h e r o o t o f s t r e ss m a y b e in m o ne y ; du e t o i n c r e a s i n g p r ic e s, lack o f hou s i ng , i n a d e qu ate water s upp l y , i n a d e qu ate elect r i cit y , i n c r e a si n g d i s c r e p a n cy b e tween n ee d s, wa n t s , a r t i f icial l y c r eated d e m a nd s a n d t h e a v aila b ility; a n d t h e e xp l o itati on , c h eati ng , ta x ati on , r obb e ry , bu s i n e ss f ail u r e s e t c. T h e s t r e ss m a y r e s u lt fr o m e n v ir o n m e n t ; du e to c h a ng i n g e c o s y s t e m s, d e c r e a s i n g

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g r ee n e r y , e xp a nd i n g a s ph alt, b a s al t , ce m e n t, g r a n ite a n d c on c r ete j ung le s . When t he s t r e ss r e s u lt s pr i m a rily f r o m o ur t h o u g ht pr o cess; t h en w e c a ll it i n t elle c t u a l s t re ss o r . H o w e v er; o ur t h o u g ht pr o cess is a d v er s ely in f lue n ced by ph y s ic a l, c he m i c a l, bi o l og ic a l, i n s t i n c t u a l a nd e m o t i o n a l s t r ess a nd v ice v e r s a ! T hu s w h en i n f o r m ati o n e xp l o s i on , lea d i n g to c on f u s i o n , i nd eci s i v e n e s s , v al u e c r i s i s a r e r es pon s i b le f o r s t r es s ; t h en we ca l l it i nt ellec t u a l s t re ss o r s . I n a dd it i on ; f ail u re s , i n a b il i ty to pu r s u e a p a r t i c u lar c a r eer etc. b ec o m e w o r s e du e to p eer p r e s s u r e . I n f act t h e r e i s a k i n d o f n e u r o tic ob s es s i o n a bou t a c a d e m ic s u cc e ss. T h is d r ai n s t h e aca d e m ical l y “ no t s o goo d “ c h il d r en o f t h eir c o n f i d e n ce a n d m a k e s t h e m f eel l o wl y . T h is i s r eal l y unh ealt h y . E v en if on e o r m o r e o f t h e s e f a ct o r s a r e no t act u ally p r e s e n t t h e r e c an b e f e a r , m a n y t i m e s a r t i f ic i ally c r e ated b y m e d ia & a dv e r ti s i n g o f t h e se a n d it can b e f ar m o r e s t r e ss f u l in u r b an c o m p etiti v e e nv i r o n m e n t! Hi g h tech l i f e s t y le s , “ o n e u p m an s h i p ”, a ct a s s t r es s o r s. K no wle dg e o f d i s e a s e s i n c r e a s e s t h e f ear a n d a pp r e h e n s i o n a bou t t h e d i s e a s e s , s u ch as a c qu i r ed i m m un e d e f icie n c y s y nd r o m e ( A I DS), c a n ce r , d ia b ete s . I n a dd iti o n to all t h e v a r ie t y o f s t r e s s o r s, s o cial l y c on ce r n ed s e n s iti v e i nd i v i du als h a v e to f ace e x t r a o r d i n a r y ci r c u m s t a n c e s , w h ich act a s a ddi t i o n a l s t r e s s o rs; s uch a s; j a il, u nder g r o und s t a y , de f a m a t i on , p o li t ic a l h a r a ssmen t . An i nd i v i du a l , w h o d e d icates h i s / h er l i f e f o r a

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s o cial ca u s e , s u ch as n ati on al fr ee d o m , e du cati o n o f w o m e n , a nn i h ilati o n o f e xp l o itati o n in v a r i ou s f o r m s, in s h o r t p r ob l e m s o f m i lli on s; i s a dd iti on ally s t r e sse d ; al on g with h i s / h er f a m i l y ! I t i s e s s e n tial f o r u s to a pp r eciate t h i s n a t u r e o f s t r ess a n d ov e r c o m e ou r h y s t e r ical a n d p et u la n t; ca r p i ng , n a gg i n g a n d g r u m b li n g n at u r e ; a n d e n a b le u s t o h elp t h e s e i nd i v i du als in h el p i n g t h e m s el v e s a n d t h e s o c i et y . S t ude n t : So m a n y s t r e s s o r s ! T e a ch e r: S t r e ss a s we h a v e s ee n , i s a s i n f i n ite a s l i f e. I n f act; it i s i n s e p a r a b le fr o m l i f e. He n ce; i f we g e t r id o f on e s t re ss o r , a no t h er e r up t s . T h i s go es on . T h at i s w h y we n eed ho li s tic s o l u ti on s to m a n a g e t h e s t r e ss a r i s i n g f r o m un e nd i n g s t r e s s o r s ! S t ude n t : I t i s obv i ou s t h at t h e s t re s s ca nno t b e e r a d ica t e d ; e v en as it i s cla i m ed in m a n y a dv e r ti s e m e n t s . B u t a re t he s t r e s s o r s a l w a y s d a n g er o u s ? T e a ch e r: N o . T h e e nv i r o n m e n t n eit h er re m ai n s un c h a ng ed no r do es it c h a ng e wit h in a g i v en r e s t r icted r a ng e. So t h e li v i n g b e i ng s a r e e qu i pp ed to ov e r c o m e (a n d e v en g et b e n e f i t ed fr o m ) s t r e s s o r s! T h is i s w h y ; phy s i cal e x e r c i se, e m o t i on al e x cit e m e n t, i n tellect u al w o r k etc. a r e o f t en b e n e f icial w h en m od e r a t e o r op t i m u m . S o m e t i m e s t h i s b e n e f ic i al s t r e ss i s r e f e rr ed to a s “ e u s t r ess”. EU i s u s ed a s a p r e f i x , m e a n i n g goo d o r well. W h en t h e s t r e s s o r s i n c r e a s e in n u m b e r , fr e qu e n c y , du r at i on , i n te n s ity o r c o m p le x i t y , b e y on d t h e ca p acity o f a n o r g a n ism – an i n d i v i du al; t h e

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i n te r n al e nv i r o n m e n t und e r go es g r ea t er c h a ng e ( d i s t r e ss) with g r e ater v a r iati on s a n d with g r eater s p ee d ! T h is r e s u lts in a dv e r s e e ff ec t s o n bod y cells, with o r wit h ou t cli n ical s i g n s a n d s y m p t o m s! T h i s i s w h at i s h a pp e n i n g t od a y ; a s we h a v e s een ea r lie r . S t ude n t : C an we c all t h e ill e ff ec t s o f s t r e s s ; pr a r a bdh a ? T e a ch e r: W h en w e se e m to und e r s ta n d (alt houg h s up e r f i cial l y ) t h e ca u s e s ; we t e r m it p at hoph y s i o l og y o f s t r e s s ! W h en we f a i l to und e r s ta n d t h e r oo t ca u s e s o f t h e p at h oph y s i o l og y ; we t er m it pr a r a bdh a ! S t ude n t : Si r ! I h a v e r e a s on a b ly und e r st oo d t h e n at u r e o f s t r e ss a n d i t s ca u s e s ! Act u al l y h o w m a ny o f us s u ff er f r o m s t r e s s ? T e a ch e r: As I said ea r li e r ; s t r e s s i s u b i qu it ou s . I t i s a s v a s t a s l i f e! He n ce; e v e r y on e o f u s , alt houg h to a v a r ia b le e x te n t, s u ff e r s fr o m st r e s s . S t ude n t : All o f u s? T e a ch e r: Y e s ! All o f u s ! S t ude n t : B u t we n e v er s e e m to b e a d e qu ately a w a r e o f t h is m e n ace! W h y is t h is s o ? T e a ch e r: T h is i s b eca u s e; s t r e ss i s u s u all y ; a s l o w p r o c e s s . I t a c t s li k e s l o w p o i s o ning a n d h e n ce go es unno ticed un til it ac qu i r es s e r i ou s d i m e n s i on s. W h en no tice d ; we at t r i bu te it to m o r e a pp a r e n t s y m p t o m s e n titie s ; s u ch a s i n f ecti o n (w h ich i t s e lf can r e s u lt du e to s t r e s s ! ). Y o u can und e r s ta n d t h is i f y o u a pp r eciate t h e f act t h at we “see” t h e du s t p a r tic l es m ov i n g in a d u s t s t o r m bu t t h e wi nd , w h ich act u ally m o ve s t h e d u s t

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p a r ticl e s ! M o r e ov e r ; e v en i f we i d e n t i f y “st r e s s ” we don ’ t h a v e p r op er und er s ta nd i n g o f i t ; as i s t h e ca s e wi t h ; w o r d s s u ch a s d e m o c r a c y , s o cial i s m , s e c u la r i s m et c . B e s i d e s ; w e a r e h a b it u ated to pu t u p a b r a v e f ace e v en w h en we a r e s u ff e r i n g; b e c a u s e o f s h y n e ss a n d a pp r e h e n s i o n b ei n g i n s u lte d , hu m i liate d , r i d ic u le d , p itie d , s y m p at h iz e d o r e v en e xp l o ite d . Ot h er m o r e obv i ou s r e a s on s a r e il l ite r a c y , pov e r t y , lack o f t i m e, lack o f i n f o r m a ti on , lack o f d i a l ogu e, lack o f c o m m un ic a ti on , lack o f c u r i o s i t y , a p at h y a n d s o o n (w h ich a r e act u ally du e to s t r e s s ). S t ude n t : I n v iew o f t h i s wi d e r a ng e o f t h e m ech a n i sm s , c a us e s a nd t he incidence o f s t r e s s ; i t s e ff ec t s a l s o m u s t b e n u m e r ou s . A r e n ’ t t h e y ? T e a ch e r: T h e e ff e cts o f s t r e ss a r e nu m e r o u s . B u t t he m o s t i mp o r t a nt d a m ag e i s ; f o r g e tf ulness a b o ut t he t rue s el f . T h i s i s d eh u m a ni z a t i o n. T h i s i s t r u e d y ing be f o re ph y s i c a l d e a t h! T h e s t r e ss h ar m s o u r mind. T e n s i on , a nx iet y , w o r r y , f e a r , d e s p ai r , h el p les s n ess, d e j e c ti on , i rr ita b ili t y , r e s tl e s s n e s s , a p at h y , s u f f o ca t i on , lack o f c on f i d e n c e , l i s t l es s n e s s , d e p r e s s i o n , s e l f p i t y , s a dn e s s , f r u s t r ati on , unp lea s a n t d r e a m s, d i s t u r b a n c e s o f s l ee p , s u ici d al te nd e n cie s , a bno r m al a n d e x ces s i v e f ear o f ca n ce r , h ea r t d isea s e , d ia b et e s etc., und e s i r a b le h a b its s u ch a s n ail b iti ng , h a b it o f m o v i n g a leg o r h a nd s un c on s ci ou s l y . I t h a r m s ou r f a m i l y . T hu s , t h e r e is l a ck o f ; w ar m t h , d i a l ogue , m u t u al r e s p e ct, l ov e, i nd i ff e r e n ce t o wa r d s on e a no t h e r , p et t y qu a rr e l s , b itte r n es s , v i o le n ce, i m p a tie n ce, i n t o le r a n ce, lack o f h ar m o n y , l ack o f clea n li n ess etc. I t r e du ces ou r p er f o r m a nc e . I n e ff icie n c y , a b s e n tee i s m ,

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m e c h a n i s m s, ca u s e s a n d i n ci d e n ce o f s t r es s ; t h e e ff ec t s o f s t r e ss a l s o a r e i n f i n ite a n d b e y on d e n u m e r ati o n a n d d e s c r i p ti on . S t ude n t : Si r ! I s it no t t r u e t h at t h e d a m a g e ca u s ed b y t h e s t r e ss i s v a r ia b le? T e a ch e r: Y e s . T h e e ff ec t s o f st r e ss v a r y in acc o r d a n ce with t h e i nd i v i du al ’ s p e r c e p ti on s , h i s / h e r ho m e o static m ac h i n e r y (H o m e o s t a tic m a c h i n e r y e x i s t s r i gh t fr o m t h e t i m e o f f e r t i lizati o n o f o v u m a n d s p e r m . I t d e v el op s i n to s e v e r al o r g a n s & t i ss u es w h ich w o r k in a c oo r d i n ated m a nn er to k eep t h e i n te r n al e nv i r o n m e n t c on s ta n t (wit h in no r m al r a ng e) a n d t h e n at u r e, i n t e n s it y , fr e qu e n c y , du r ati o n a n d n u m b e r o f s t re ss o r s acti n g at a t i m e a n d t h e c o m p le x ity o f t h e s t r es s o r s. S t ude n t : Do y o u m e an to s a y t h at t h e e x te n t o f e n e r g y , p as s i on s, s e n s iti v it y , i n telli g e n ce a n d p e r s p ect i v e o f an i nd i v i du al w ou ld d ete r m i n e t h e e x t e n t o f s t r e s s ? T e a ch e r: Y e s ! B u t b e s i d e s all t h e s e; t h e act u al phy s i o l og ical c on s tit u ti o n ( g e no t y p e a n d ph e no t y p e) a l s o d ete r m i n e t h e e ff ec t s o f s t r ess. All t h e s e, w h en no t und e r s t oo d p r op e r ly o r e x act l y , a r e r e f e r r ed to as SAN C H I T ! St ud e n t: W h at i s g e no t y p e a n d ph e n o t y p e? T e a ch e r : Ge no t y p e is li k e s ee d , w h e r e t h e l i f e i s no t e xp r essed a n d ph e no t y p e is li k e a t r ee, w h e r e l i f e i s e xp r es s e d ! S t ude n t : B u t ho w d id y o u e vo l v e t h e h o li s t ic c o nce p t o f s t r e s s ; fr o m t h e ph y s i o l og ical a n d p at ho p h y s i o l og ical a s p ec t s o f st r e ss o n t h e on e

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h a n d a n d t h e s o ci a l p r ob l e m s o n t h e o t h e r ? H o w d id y o u e vo l v e t h e T o tal St r ess Ma n a g e m e n t; fr o m m e d i cal t r e a t m e n t , e x e r ci s e tec hn i qu e s , y og a etc o n t h e o n e h a n d a n d t h e g l ob al po licies o n t h e o t h e r ? T e a ch e r: L et m e r eite r ate a g ai n ; t h at t h e m o s t i m po r t a n t po i n t a g ai n ; s t re s s; e s p eci a lly m i s m a n ag ed; l e a ds t o f o r g e t f ulness a b o ut t he t r u e s el f . T h i s i s de hu m a ni z a t i o n. T h i s is t rue d y ing be f o re ph y s ic a l de a t h! A s a r e s u lt; s t r e ss lea d s to m o r b id p e r s p ecti v e, po licies, p r og r a m s, p la n s a n d t h eir i m p l e m e n t a ti on ; a n d law s , r u l e s , t r a d iti on s, c onv e n ti o n s a n d s o on ; at g l ob al, n at i on al, r e g i on al a n d l o cal le v els. T h is v itiates t h e e n ti r e at m o s ph e r e a n d c r e ates unb ea r a b le a n d u n m a n a g ea b le s t r ess, in an i nd i v i du al li f e ’ s . T h i s in t u r n ; lea d s to v itia t i o n o f t h e e nv i r o n m e n t in f a m i l y , s o cie t y , i ndu s t r i es, s c hoo ls, c o l l e g e s , ho s p ita l s , o ff ic e s . I t v itiat e s t h e a t m o s ph e r e at l o cal, r e g i on al, n at i on al a n d i n te r n ati on al le v els. A s a r e s u lt o f b e i n g ca r icat u r e s o f ou r s el v e s we g o b e r s e r k , t ry i n g to seek h a pp i n e s s a n d f u l f il l m e n t in e v e r y k i n d o f i ndu l g e n ce! B u t all ou r e f f o r ts g o in v ain a n d we k eep s l ogg i n g in t u r bu le n t e m p ti n e s s ! W e b ec o m e c h a o tic ou r s e l v e s a n d m u l t i p ly t h e c h a o s a r ound ! W e g et f r u s t r ati o n a n d s p r ead t h e s a m e ! W e b ec o m e c y n ical a n d s p r e ad t h e s a m e ! T h e r e f o r e, e ff o r t s t o r elax o r m a n a g e s t r ess, d i s ci p li n e c h il d r e n , la w s to b r i n g a bou t law a n d o r d e r , p r op a g a nd a a g ai n s t c o rr up ti o n a n d s c a m s, hu e a n d c r y a g ai n st i n f lati on , a pp ea l s f o r c h a r i t y , s p i r it u al se r m o n s f o r

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I t m ay b e r e m e m b e r ed s i l e n tl y , l oud l y , al on g with m u s ic, d a n ce, al on g with b r eat h i ng , in g r ou p o r al on e, ei t h er with s i m u l t a n e ou s c oun ti n g b y r o s a r y (cal l ed S M A R ANI o r J A PA MA L A) o r wit hou t c oun ti ng . T h e t r a d iti on s v a r y fr o m r e g i o n to r e g i o n a n d fr o m r eli g i o n t o r eli g i o n ; bu t t h e un i v e r s al p r i n c i p le und e r l y i n g N AMA S M A R A N i s to r e o r ie n t ou r ph y s i o l og ical b ei n g with ou r t r u e s e lf . I n f act w h ile r e o r ie n ti n g with t r u e s e l f we r e e s t a b li s h t h e bon d o r c onn e c ti on ; b etween ou r ph y s i o l og ical b ei ng ; with ou r t r u e se l f . T h i s r e un i f i cati o n with ou r t r u e se l f i s t h e p i nn acle o r c u l m i n ati o n o f i nd i v i du al c on s ci ou s n e s s , w h i ch is t h e c u l m i n at io n o f e v e r y acti v ity in l i f e . NA M A S M A R A N ; t h u s o pe n s t he f in a l c o m m o n p a t h w a y o f t rue s el f , a nd f unnels in i t ; o ur e v ery a c t i v i t y . T hu s N A MA SM A R AN i s in f act t h e YO G A o f YO G A in t h e s e n s e t h at it is t h e c u l m i n ati o n o f c on s ci ou s n e ss as s o cia t ed with e v e r y po s s i b le p r o ce du r e a n d tec hn i qu e in t h e y og a a s well a s all t h e ac t i v ities in t h e un i v e r s e, w h ich it e n c o m p a s s e s a s w ell! E v e ry bod y in t h e w o r l d , i rr e s p ecti v e o f h i s / h er t r a d iti o n a n d t h e b eli e f s ; i n cl ud i n g at h ei s t s ; w ou ld e v e n t u all y , u lt i m a t ely a n d n at u r al l y r each it; in t h e p r o c ess o f li b e r ati on . J u st a s NA M A S M A R AN i s Y O G A o f Y OGA it i s m e d itati o n o f m e d itati o n a l s o ! I t is t h e n at u r al a n d u lt i m ate cl i m ax o f e v e r y f o r m o f m e d itati on .

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T h e s e f a c t s h o w e v er h av e t o be r e a li z ed w i t h per s i s t ent pr a c t i c e o f NA M S M AR A N a nd n o t bl i ndly be l ie v ed o r blindly d i s bel i e v ed w i t h c a s u a l a ppr oa ch! I n s ho r t ; N AM S M A R AN i s s up e r - boun ty o f c os m ic c on s ci ou s n ess f o r e v e r y i nd i v i du al to r eali z e it (c o s m ic c on s ci ou s n e s s )! T h is i s t r u ly a s up e r- boun ty b ec a u s e a p e r s on , w h o e xp e r ie n ces i t , r i s e s a bov e m e r c e n a r y , c o m m e r cial a n d e v en p r o f es s i on al a n d c h a r i t y p la n e s a n d m a n i f e s t s up e r - t r a n s acti on s in h is o r h er l i f e ! T h e s e a r e j u s t f e w ob s e r v ati o n s to g i v e y ou ; a r oug h i d ea a bou t w h at is NAM A SM A R AN. NA M A S M A R AN is b e y on d d e s c r i p t i o n in w o r d s a n d h as to b e e xp e r ie n ce d , m o s t p r e f e r a b ly no t b y on e o r tw o ; bu t, b y b illi on s ! S t ude n t : M y fr ie n d s fr o m US a n d U K la ug h a n d a s k , " W h at a u t ho r i t y d o y o u ( I nd ia n s ) h a v e; to p r each NA MA S M A R AN; w h en m a j o r i t y o f y ou ; a r e d r o w n ed in a b y s m al pov e r t y , i gno ra n ce, i r r e s pon s i b ilit y , c o rr up ti o n a n d s o m a n y s u ch e v il s ? " T e a ch e r: T h eir a r g u m e n t i s b r o a d l y ; no t a b s o l u tel y ; c o rr ec t ! A d m it to t h e m t h at; "L i k e t h e r e s t o f t h e w o r ld ( p la gu ed b y secta r i a n , i nd i v i du ali s tic, p e t t y , e xp l o itati v e a n d s u ch m a n y s ick t r e nd s ); we ( I nd ia n s ) a r e a l s o a ili n g , t houg h with s o m e w h at d i ff e r e n t i n f ecti on s, s i gn s a n d s y m p t o m s. As a r e s u lt; m o s t o f t h e p e op le o f t h e w o r ld i n cl ud i n g I nd ia n s ; eit h er oppo s ed N A MA S M A R AN t h e r e b y p a m p ered

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t h eir p etty e go ; o r p r acticed it in pu r s u it o f p e r s on al g ai n s und er t h e gui s e o f li b e r ati on , s al v ati o n e t c. M o st o f u s t h e r e f o r e f a i led to a pp r eciate t h e v ital a n d p i vo tal r o le o f NA M A S M A R AN a n d m a n i f e s t its i m p act in i nd i v i du al a n d g l ob al b l o ss o m i ng ! B u t t od a y ; it i s h i g h t i m e t h at we h eal ou r s e l v es with t h is p a n a c ea v iz. NA M AS M A R AN f o r i nd i v i du al a n d u n i v e r s al we l f a r e ! S t ude n t : W e t h e I nd ia n s ; a r e t r ea t ed as h y p o cri t e s . A r e we h y p o cr i t e s ? T e a ch e r: I don ’ t t h i n k we can m a k e a swee p i n g s t at e m e n t li k e t h is! I n s tead we s hou ld f i n d ou t t h e r oo t o f t h is ph e n o m e no n o f h y po c r i s y ! B u t m o s t o f u s ; w h et h er I nd ia n s o r f o r ei gn e r s; a r e h y po c r it e s . T h is i s a s ta g e du r i n g ou r o v e r all d e v el o p m e n t. Act u ally we a r e h ypo c r ite s ; b e ca u s e we d o no t und e r s t a n d ou r s el v es, we d o no t u n d e r s ta n d o t h e r s , we d o no t und e r s ta n d w h et h er o t h e r s und e r s ta n d t h e m s e l v es a n d w h et h er o t h e r s und e r s ta n d u s o r no t! I n f act we d o no t und e r s t a n d w h et h er we und e r sta n d a n y o f t h i s ; o r no t! Let u s und e r s t a n d t h at act u all y ; it i s i m p o s s i b le to “ kno w” ou r sel v es a n d o t h e r s ’ s el v es; a s t h e “ s el v e s ” a r e b e y on d “ und e r s ta nd i ng ”. T h ey a r e b e y on d i n tellect u al c o m p r e h e n s i on . T h ey a r e no t a ta ng i b le a n d a c on c r ete e n ti t y . F u r t h e r ; w e ou r s el v e s, t h eir s e l v e s, ou r p e r ce p ti on s a n d t h eir p e r ce p ti on s ; a ll a r e c h a ng i ng . T h ey a r e n o t s tatic o r c on s ta n t!

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T hu s ou r h y po c r i sy i s du e to ou r i g n o r a n ce; a n d in f act a bou t ou r i gno r a n ce o f ou r i gno r a n ce! W h en we a r e t r a p p ed in t h e d il e m m a o f w h at we e xp ect fr o m ou r s el v e s ; a n d w h at we a ct u ally f eel a n d do ; we g et st r e s s e d . W e t r y to ov e r c o m e s u ch s t r e ss b y “ a ss u m i n g to b e ” ; “ w h at we t h i n k we s hou ld b e”; r at h er t h an acce p ti n g w h at we a r e (w h ich i s v e r y d i f f ic u l t ) ; o r “ a ct u ally b ei n g w h at we t h i n k we s hou ld b e” (w h i ch is e v en m o r e d i f f i c u lt)! T h i s i s h y p o cri s y ! S i m il a r ly w h en we g et “ s h ea r e d ” b e t wee n ; w h at o t h e r s s hou ld t h i n k o r b elie v e u s to b e; a n d w h at we b elie v e; t h e o t h e r s t h i n k u s to b e! W e g et s t r es s ed b y t h i s pu l l! W e t r y to m a n a g e s u ch s t r e ss b y h i d i n g t h i n g s , w h ich we t h i n k p e op le w ou ld no t a p p r ov e; a n d s ho w, e xh i b it a n d a dv e r ti s e t h i ng s , w h ich we t h i n k p e o p le w ou ld a pp r ov e, a pp r eciate a n d a d m i r e ! T h i s i s a l so h y p o cri s y ! O f ten we c ond e m n o t h e r s f o r b ei n g h y po c r it e s . B u t t h i s is m e r ely an ou t bu r s t o f ou r i nt e r n al d i s t u r b a n ce; a k i n d o f e m o ti on a l i n c on ti n e n ce. T h is i s ca u s ed b y e rr on e ou s p e r c e p ti o n r e s u lti n g fr o m ; ou r s u b j ecti v i t y a n d p r e j ud ic e s , t h r oug h w h ich t h e i n f o r m ati o n we g et; i s f ilte r e d . T h i s lea d s to ou r i n f e r e n ce, d e du cti on s . W e alle g e t h e o t h e r s to b e h y po c r it e s ; b eca u s e o f t h is r e a s on . I n s ho r t; s u ch j ud g m e n t i s du e to ou r o wn h y po c r is y !

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B u t a s a n d w h en w e a r e t r a pp ed in hypo c r isy ( i .e. no t b ei n g ou r s el v es); we a r e no t at e ase. W e a r e un c o m f o r t a b le! T h i s i s a s u b t le a s pect o f s t re s s! I f w e p r ac t i c e N A MA S M A R A N , t h e n ov er a p e r i o d o f ti m e; we b e g in to b ec o m e a w a r e o f o u r i gno r a n ce o n t h e on e h a nd ; a n d awa r e o f ou r li n k with t h e i n f i n ite re alit y ; t h e Se l f ; o n t h e o t h e r . W e b e g in to r eali z e t h at all ou r i n s ti n c t s, f e eli ng s a n d t hough t s i .e. ou r kno wle d g e; ho w m u ch e v er p e r f ect it m a y a pp ea r ; i s a t b e s t a r elati v e t r u t h ; m i l es aw a y fr o m f act u al r eali t y a n d e v en f u r t h er a w a y fr o m t h e a b s o l u te t r u t h ! T h r oug h NAMA S M A R A N , w e b e g in to c on ce d e to ou r s el v e s ; t h at we b e h a v e a n d c o mm un icate on ly o n s u p e r f icial le v e l s o f c on s ci ou s n e s s . W e b ec o m e awa r e o f t h e f ac t ; t h at w e a r e un aw a r e o f t h e d ee p er s ub c on s ci ou s a n d un c on s ci ou s; m e t a bo lic, e ndo c r i n e, r e p r odu cti v e, a u t on o m ic, l i m b ic a n d ce n t r al n e r vou s s y s t e m acti v iti e s; a n d t h e “ t r u e s e l f ” , w h ich i s e v e n f u r t h er d eep w it h i n ! T h r oug h NAMA S M A R AN we b e g in to e xp e r ie n ce; t h at b ei n g c u t o f f fr o m t h e a m b r o s i a in t h e d e p th o f ou r h ea r t; we li v e in t h e s up e r f icial m e d i o c r i t y a n d i ndu l g e in b a s el e ss b la m e g a m e s ; b a s ed o n s up e r f icial i m p r e s s i on s a bou t ou r s el v e s a n d o t h e r s ! T h i s i s ho w we b e g in to g et fr eed fr o m ou r o w n s up e r f i c iali t y a n d m e d i o c r i t y; a n d g et p as s i on ately d r i v en t o wa r d s ou r o wn i n te r i o r !

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G r a du ally we b e g i n to li v e with g r ea t er f i d eli t y to ou r i nn a t e c o r e, t h e t r u e s e l f i.e. ou r G u r u ; a n d und e r s ta n d t h e es s e n ce o f t h e a pho r i s m ; “ N A M A i s t h e on l y t r u t h ” ! T h is i s t h e f ir s t s t e p t o wa r d s f r ee d o m f r o m h y po c r i s y ! S t ude n t : Si r , we h a v e d i s c u s s ed t h e r o le o f N A MA SM A R AN in T o tal St r e ss M a n a g e m e n t e x te n s i v e l y . B u t; w h y i s it h el d ; t h at NAM A SM A R AN is a m ea n s o f s al v a ti on , li b e r ati on , m o k s h a, s e l f r ealizati o n a nd / o r i m m o r tali t y ; a n d it h as no t h i n g to d o with po litic s ? W h y is it h el d ; t h at it i s no t on ly u s el e s s ; bu t act u al l y c o un te r p r odu cti v e to s t ud y a n d pond e r ov er ho li s t i c p e r s p ecti v e, po licies, p la n s a n d p r og r a m s f o r un i v e r s a l we l f a r e a n d t h e g l ob al we l f a r e h a s no t h i n g to d o with i nd i v i du al s p i r it u al p r og r e ss a nd / o r se l f r eali z ati o n ? T e a ch e r: T h e p i nn acle o r t h e c u l m i n a ti o n o f t h e p ath o f t r u th o r s p i r it u al i s m ; i s t h e r ealizati o n o f i m mo r tality f u ll o f b l i s s . T h i s i s c alled SA CC H I D AN AN DA. T h is i s s e l f r e alizati on . T h i s i s N I R VA N A o r MU K T I o r M OK S HA. T h is i s t h e s a m e a s m e r g i n g wi t h NAM A . T h is is t h e h i gh e s t p e d e s ta l! T h e w ho le w o r l d is a s p i r i n g f o r t h i s ; kno wi ng ly o r unk n o wi ng l y ! T h i s is t h e f i n al d e s ti n a ti on , t h e s up r e m e a bod e! I t i s t r u e t h at t h i s state i s b e y on d e v e ry t h i ng . I t i s t h e c e n ter o f un i v e r s e. I t i s t h e c on t r o lli n g ce n ter o f un i v e r s a l c on s ci ou s n e s s . I t is s up r e m e. I t h as no t h i n g to d o with po litic s ; b e ca u s e it is t h e s o urce o f enli g h t ened p o li t ic s ; e mb o d y ing h o li s t i c pe r sp e c t i v e, p o lic i es, pl a n s , pr og r a ms

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a nd t heir i m pl e men t a t i o n in e v ery f ield o f li f e; f o r indi v idu a l a nd uni v er s a l bl o s s o min g ! T h i s i s t he s o urce o f t he b e s t in e v er y t hin g ; a r t , s cie n ce, l i t er a t ure, m u s ic a nd so o n! O bv i ou s ly d e s ce nd i n g fr o m t h i s s ta t e; to po litics i s no t on ly u s e l e s s; bu t act u ally c oun te r p r odu cti v e. De s c e nd i n g f r o m t h i s s ta t e; to s t ud y a n d pond er ov er ho li s tic p e r s p ecti v e, po l i cies, p la n s a n d p r og r a m s f o r un i v e r s al w e l f a r e; is u s el e ss a n d c ou n te r p r odu cti v e. B e i n g t h e v e r y s ou r ce o f i nd i v i d u al a n d un i v e r s al b l o ss o m i ng ; it h a s n o t h i n g to d o with v a r i ou s p r o t o c o l s ; j u s t a s t h e r oo t h a s no t h i n g to d o with t h e f un cti on s o f b r a n c h e s , lea v e s a n d f l o w er s ! H o we v e r ; t h i s i s a n e x alted s t a te! M o st o f u s a re o b l i v i o us a b o ut i t . O nly s o m e o f u s h a v e j u s t he a rd o r re a d a b o ut i t . O n l y f ew o f t he s e s o m e ; h av e m e r e g l i m p s e s o f i t . F e w er f r o m t h e s e f e w ; h av e t r a n s ie nt e x per i enc e s o f i t . F e w er s t il l ; f r o m t he f e w e r ; h av e s t r o ng c o n v i c t i o ns a b o ut i t . B u t h a rdly a n yo ne; a l m o st n o ne h a s a tt a ined i t ! He n ce; it i s e r r on e ou s a nd / o r p r e po s t e r ou s to ho ld t h at s p i r it u al qu e s t h a s no t h i n g to d o with po litic s ! I t i s w r on g to c on s i d e r ; t h at it is no t on ly u s el e s s ; bu t act u al l y c oun te r p r odu cti v e to st ud y a n d pond er ov er ho li s tic p e r s p ecti v e, po licie s , p la n s a n d p r og r a m s f o r un i v e r sal we l f a r e ; a n d t h e g l ob al we l f a r e h as no t h i n g to d o with i nd i v i du al s p i r it u al p r og r ess a nd / o r s e l f r e aliza t i on .

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P o li t i c s (n o t t he p a r t i s a n p o li t i c s , o r p o w er p o li t i c s ) a nd t he h o lis t ic c o ncep t s a re e s s e n t i a l a nd ine v i t a ble s t e ps ; t h o u g h n o t nec e s s a rily uni f o r m , e x pl i cit a nd a r t icul a t e ; in t he pr o c e ss o f s elf re a li z a t i o n. T hey e mb o dy S W AD H A R M A. I n a b s e n ce o f t h e s e s te p s i .e. S W A DH A R MA; we l a n d u p b ei n g in f oo l ’ s p a r a d ise; e v en as we c on ti nu e to g et s t un ted in te r m s o f i n s ti n c t s , e m o ti on s , t hough ts a n d p e r s p ecti v e . As a r e s ul t ; a s w e h av e disc u s s ed e a rlier; w e de g en e r a t e in t o h y p o cri s y o r h el p les s n e s s , ubi q ui t o usly e v id e nt i n s id e u s a nd a ll a r o und. W e; w h o cla i m to b e s p i r it u al; c on ti nu e to lack ho li s tic p e r s p ecti v e. He n ce ou r e du cat i on , h ealt h , a g r ic u l t u r e, i ndu s t r y , ec on o m ic s a n d po litic s ; c on ti nu es to b e s e cta r ia n , d i v i s i v e a n d e xp l o itat i v e s t r e s s o r s . O ur li f e t h u s bec o m e s a n unen d ing m ir ag e, f ull o f s o c a lled s pir i t u a l i s m ; w hi l e a ll t he e v i l s i n s i de a nd o u t s i d e; c o n t inue t o f l o uri s h un a b a t e d ! S t ude n t : Si r , I t h i n k t h is p e r s p ecti v e h as t h e po te n tial t o r e un ite t h e two m a in t r e nd s ; at h e i st s , t h eist s ; a n d m at e r ial i s t s a n d s p i r it u ali s t s ; a n d to e m po wer t h e p r ac t iti on er o f N A MA S M A R A N , with S W A D H A R MA, w h ich is its b ac kbon e!

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T e a ch e r: T h e g r a c e o f t h e Al m i gh t y ; ou r G u r u ; is o m n i p r ese n t! W e h a v e j u s t to b e a b l e to welc o m e i t ! N AMA S M A R A N e n li gh te n s u s to b e ho li s tic. I t e n a b l e s u s to r ec onn ect r e a s o n a n d e m o ti on s, m a t e r ial i sm a n d s p i r it u al i s m , at h eism a n d t h e i s m , i nd i v i du alism a n d s o c i ali s m a n d all s u ch du aliti e s ; a n d r e - e nk i nd le t h e u n i v e r s e with r ealiza t i o n o f un ity a n d h a r m on y . I t h el p s u s to v ict o r i ou s l y t r ead t h e p ath o f T R U T H a n d c o m p l e te t h e j ou r n ey o f r eal i ty t h r oug h t h e es s e n tial s te p s a n d s ta g e s . I t t hu s ; e n s u re s t h e h o li s tic r e n a i s s a n ce. I t i s t r u e t h at N A M ASM A R AN u lt i m ately ta k es u s to t h e h i gh e s t p e d e s tal. I t i s s aid s o , b y m a n y see r s , i n cl ud i n g m y gu r u , S h r i G ond a v ale k ar M a h a r aj. B u t “ P r actici n g N AMA S M A R A N” i nvo l v es t h e ce r tain s ta g e s o f d e v el o p m e n t; c h ar acte r ized b y S AD I C C H H AA, SA DV ASAN A , SA D B H A VAN A , SAD P R E R ANA, SAD P R A V R U T T I , SA D V I C HA R , SA T S A NK A L P, S A T S H AK T I a n d S AD A C H A R ( D es i r es, i n s ti n c t s , e m o ti on s , i n s p i r a t i on s , m o ti v ati o n s , t hou g h t s , p la n s, p r o g r a m s, po licies, s t r ate g i e s a n d t h eir i m p l e m e n tati on ; l ea d i n g to i nd i v i du al a n d g l ob al b l o ss o m i ng )! T h ese a r e no t r i g id a n d water t i gh t. B u t w a iti n g f o r s a l v ati on ; b y i gno r i n g t h e m , a pp ea r s to b e li k e a c h ild e xp ecti n g Ph D, w i t hou t s t ud y i n g in a s c hoo l a n d c o lle g e. W e w ou ld li v e f ar m o r e h ealt h ily a n d h a pp il y , i f in t h e p r o cess o f p r ac t ici n g NAM A SM A R AN; we p a ss (nei t h er avo id, n o r f a il) t h r oug h t h e s ta g es o f ; SA DI C C HH A A, S A DVA S AN A , SA D B H AV A NA,

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SAD P R E R ANA, SAD P R A V R U T T I , SA D V I C HA R , S ADSA N KA L P, SA T S H AK T I a n d SAD A C HA R (D e si r e s , i n s ti n c t s , e m o ti on s , i n s p i r ati on s, m o ti v ati on s , t hough t s , p l a n s , p r og r a m s, po licies, s t r ate g i e s a n d t h eir i m p l e m e n tati on ; lea d i n g to i nd i v i du al a n d g l o b al b l o ss o m i ng )! T h is w ou ld p r e v e n t t h e po s s i b ility o f a n y gu lli b ility a n d/ o r h y po c r i s y . S t ud e n t : Si r , I a m g r a s p i n g w h at y o u s a y . N o w I w ou ld li k e to a s k a little m o r e p r a ctic a l qu e s ti on . I s it t r u e t h at in t h e p r a cti c e o f NAM A S M A R AN; t h e e m o ti on s ( e . g . d e vo ti o n = bh a k ti) a r e p r i m a r y a n d a r e m o r e i m po r ta n t? D o s e t h e i n tellect o r r e a s o n c o m e in t h e w a y o f d e vo ti on , b elie f , f a ith a n d s u r r e nd e r , w h ich a r e es s e n tial in t h e s p i r it u al p at h ? T e a ch e r: I t i s t r u e ; p r ov i d ed t h e w o r d “ e m o t i o n s ” i m p lies pure a nd s p o n t a ne o u s e m o t i o n s ! A s c o m p a r ed to s u ch i nno ce n t e m o ti o n s ; w e a r e m o r e “ r ati on al a n d t hough t f ul ” a bou t s a f e gu a r d i n g ou r p etty p e r s on al i n te r e s t s ! H e n ce w e a r e alw a y s i nh i b ited b e f o r e m a k i n g a n y s a c r i f ice o r ta k i n g a n y r i s k f o r t h e s a k e o f o t h e r s ! W e l ack t h e s pon ta n eit y , hon e s t y a n d s t r e ng t h ! W e a r e w e ak a n d m e d i o c r e; b e re f t o f t h e i n n ate s p r i n g o f a m b r o s ia. P u r e e m o ti on s o r i nno ce n c e ; b y v i r t u e o f t h i s a m b r o s ia; i s alwa y s s up e r i o r to p etty t h i nk i n g o r r ea s o n ! B u t ou r p etti n e ss i s b y v i r t u e o f t h e a n at o m y a n d phy s i o l og y o f ou r b r ai n ! O u r h i gh er ce n te r s ( e . g . c e r e b r al c o r te x ) o f b r ai n , w h ich a r e r e s pon s i b le f o r ou r t hough t s , i n t u iti o n s , i d e a s et c , a r e no t well i n te g r a te d . F u r t h e r ; t h e y h a v e poo r c on t r o l ov er t h e l ow er c e n te r s ( e . g . l i m b ic

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s y st e m o f b r ai n , r e s pon s i bl e f o r ou r a ng e r , j eal ou s y , l u s t etc), w h ich i n f l u e n ce ou r t h i nk i n g a n d m a k e it p e t t y , m ean a n d c o w a r d . T h i s i s w h at is i m p lied w h e n e v er t h e r e i s a m e n ti o n a bou t t h e d o m i n a n t i n f l u e n ce o f s h a d r i pu s (K a m a , k r odh , l obh a, m o h a, m a d a a n d m a t s a r ). I t i s du e to t h is i nbu ilt wea kn e ss w i t h in ou r s el v e s; t h at we a l s o f all p r ey to s o cial t r e nd s , f a s h i on s , t r a d iti on s , c u s t o m s, p r op a g a nd a a n d p e er p r e s s u r e c ondu ci v e to f la r i n g u p o f ou r b a s al i n s ti n cts a n d e m o t i on s . I n s ho r t; p etti n e ss o f t h i nk i n g is du e to s h a d r i pu s! W it hou t e vo l v i n g a nd / o r s ub l i m ati n g t h e m ; i n a dv e r te n t l y a b a ndon i n g i n te l lect o r r e a s on ; p er se; ov er t h e f e e li ng s a n d e m o ti on s; is boun d to b e d i s a s t r ous ! I t w ou ld m a k e u s s e c ta r ia n , s up e r s titi ou s , f a n ati c , b li n d ; i n t o le r a n t a n d o f c ou r s e; i nd i s c r i m i n ately v i o le n t. S o , wit hou t bo t h e r i n g a bou t a n y t h i n g o f t h is s o r t; w e s h ou ld p r actice NAM A SM A R AN! I t h a s t h e b e n e vo l e n t e f f e ct; in t er m s o f acc e le r a t i n g ou r g r o wth f r o m b a s a l , s ub j e cti v e a n d p etty i n s ti n cts, e m o ti o n s , t h i n k i n g a n d p e r s p ecti v e; to ob j ecti v e a n d g l o b ally b e n e vo le n t on e s . S t ude n t : C o m i n g b ack to s t re ss ; no w I can a pp r eciate t h e li n k b etween t h e b a s ic m e c h a n is m s, c a u s e s, e ff ec t s a n d s uppo r t s y s t e m s; a n d t h e c o m m o n f eat u r e o f all k i nd s o f s t r e s s , w h ich is f o r g etti n g ou r t r u e s e l f ( d e h u m a n izati on , t r u e d y i n g b e f o r e ph y s i c al d eat h ), w h i ch is du e to t h e ongo i n g e x a gg e r ated e n t r op y , i .e. d i s o r g a n izati on !

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T e a ch e r: T h at i s w ond e r f u l! T h e li f e in u s h a s te nd e n cy to m e r g e with t h e c o s m ic c o n s ci o u s n ess o n t h e on e h a n d a n d a te nd e n cy to g et t r a pp ed in t h e p r op e r ty o f t h e m att e r ; o n t h e o t h e r ! T h e i nd i v i d u al c on s ci ou s n e ss (we) i s i n t r ic a tely as s o ciate d , with c os m ic c o n s ci ou s n e ss o n t h e on e h a nd ; a n d w r a pp ed o r r at h e r t r a pp ed in t h e p r op e r ties o f ph y s ical m a tter; o n t h e o t h er! P hy s i cal m a tter ( n e u r o t r a n s m i tte r s , ho r m o n e s , e n z y m e s a n d o t h er m o lec u l e s a n d t h e i n t e r acti o n s a m on g s t t h e m ) h as t h e p r op e r t y o f e n t r op y; t h e p r o p e r ty o f a n y s y s t e m to g et d i s o r g a n i zed ( in c a s e li v i n g b ei ng s it i s t h e p r o cess o f a t r oph y , d e g e n e r ati on , d e g r a d ati on , d i s r up ti on , d ete r i o r ati o n a n d d e s t r u cti on ). T h u s we a r e act u al l y ca ugh t b etween t h e up wa r d ( U R D HV AGA M I ) f o r ce t h a t te nd s to un i f y u s with c o s m ic c on s ci ou s n e ss ( ou r t r u e s e l f ) ; a n d t h e do w n wa r d (AD H OGA M I ) f o r ce t h at L O C KS u s in t h e i n f l u e n ce o f m atter a n d r a g s u s in t h e e n t r op y ! T h i s s u ff ering i s s t r e s s ! T r a d i t i o n a lly i t i s c a lled B H A V A R O G A! Act u all y ; r i gh t fr o m t h e b i r t h ; we a r e acc u s t o m ed to a c c e p t a n d s u ff er fr o m t h e wa n t s o f ou r bod y . W e a r e h a b it u ated to acc e p t e v e r y s t i m u l u s a r i s i n g f r o m i n s i d e a n d ou t s i d e ou r bod y a n d g et attac h e d to it. T h i s i s w h y we a r e al w a y s e ng r o s s ed in t h e h ung e r , t h i r s t , h a b i t at, s e xu al d e s i r e s a n d s o on ; all p e r tai n i n g to ou r bod y ! T h is i s no t a bno r m al. B u t t h is lea d s to b e i n g i n c r e a s i ng ly s e l f ish a n d l o c k ed i n to t h e r elati on s h i p s bo r n ou t o f bod ily n ee d s ! W e d e v el o p l ov e o r h at r ed a b o u t t h e r elati on s ; acc o r d i n g to w h et h er t h e n ee d s o f ou r bod y ; s u ch a s se c u r it y , f ood , s h elte r , s ex a n d o t h er bod ily p le a s u r e s ; a r e s a tis f ie d , o r d e p r i v e d ! T hu s

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we g et t r a pp ed in fr ie nd s h ip o r e n m i t y, p ai n s o r p le a s u r e s ; a n d k eep v acillati n g in t h e m . T h i s i s b ei n g t r a pp ed in t h e e n t r op y ! T h is i s ph y s i o l og ical a n d no r m al. B u t t h i s i s al s o a l i m i tati on , a n d a c o m m o n ca u s e und e r l y i n g t h e s t r e s s o r s! S t ude n t : I t h i n k yo u a r e h i n ti n g at e go ; w h ich is a l s o c alled AH A NK A R a n d is du e to w h at is c alled D E H A B UDD H I ! T e a ch e r: Y e s ! W h en we re f e r to ou r sel v es a s “ I ” o r “w e ”; we d o no t r eal l y kno w w h at we a r e re f e rr i n g t o . O u r “ I ” o r “ we” a ct u ally r e f er s to a c o m b i n ati o n o r m i x t u r e o f ph e n o m e n a s u ch a s ou r phy s i cal n ee d s, p as s i on s , e m o ti o n s, c on ce p ts, c onv icti on s , i d e a s , a n d p e r s p ecti v e s a n d s o on . T h is m i x t u r e i n c o r po r ates t h e p le a s a n t a n d unp leasa n t m e m o r i e s o f ou r p a s t e xp e r i e n ces a n d f u t u r e d r e a m s, w h ich m a y b e e m o ti on al, ec on o m i c , s o cial, c u lt u r al, r eli g i ou s, a n d r acial. I n a dd iti on ; t h e c o m pon e n ts o f t h i s m i x t u r e a r e v a r ia b le in te r m s o f t he ir p r opo r ti on s , i n te n s iti e s a n d i n f l u e n ce at d i ff e r e n t ti m e s , a g e, m at u r i t y a n d s it u ati on s. T h e c h a o s wit h i n ; “ I ” a n d t h e c h a o s i n t h e s o cie ty ; c o m p l e m e n t each o t h er. T h i s c r eat e s a v ici ou s c y cl e . T h e cla r i t y a bou t t h e s a m e; g e n e r at e s a well n e ss c y cl e ! M o s t o f u s a r e un a b le to m a n a g e s t r e ss i n s i d e a n d ou t s i d e b eca u s e ou r “ I ” i s t o r n a p a r t b e tween ou r p a ss i o n s, e m o ti o n s , c on ce p t s , li k es, d i s li k es, d r ea m s, a s p i r ati o n s , m i s s i on s ; a n d ou r p r i o r i ti e s . O f ten we t h i n k v e r y nob ly bu t a r e c on s t r ai n e d , r e s t r a i n ed a n d m a d e h el p less in t e r m s o f ou r acti on s in p e r s on al a n d s o cial l i f e .

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E v en as p s y c ho l og y te x t book s , c oun sel o r s, s p i r it u al l e a d e r s, m o r al i s t s , s o cial t h i nk e r s a n d e g alita r ian l ea d e r s; p r each a v a r ie t y o f no r m s f o r t o tal r e vo l u ti on ; let u s r ealize t h at NO a r b i t r a r y f o r m u l a , a pp eal o r c o m m a n d m e n ts c a n b r i n g a bou t i nd i v i du al a n d un i v e r s al b l o s s o m i ng . T h is i s b eca u se; it o f ten i m po s s i b le to r i s e a bov e th e “ I ”! NAM A SM A R AN is a s s o cia t ed wit h ; e v er i n c r e a s i n g i nvo l v e m e n t; b y t hou g h t s , f eeli ng s a n d later on ; e v en b y i n s ti n c t s ; in t h e up wa r d p r o cess o f fr e ei n g ou r s el v e s s tep b y s te p ; fr o m t h e g r ip o f “ I ” ( ou r t hou g h t s , f eeli ng s , a n d p as s i on s a n d s o o n ) . T h is m a k e s u s i n c r e a s i ng ly s e l f l e ss a n d fr e e s u s fr o m t h e ti gh t c on t r o l o f ou r “ I ” e m bod y i n g bod ily p ai n s , p lea s u r e s , wa n t s , i n te r e s t s, i n f at u ati o n s , a m b iti on s (w h i ch a r e o f t en at l ogg e r h ea d s with t h e i n te r e s t s o f t h e o t h e r s ). I n s ho r t; N A MA S M A R AN i. e . S M A R A N o r r e m e m b r a n ce o f N A MA i.e. G u r u in h is N I R G UNA S W A R O OPA, G od , t r u e S e l f , w h ich i s t h e s a m e a s i m m o r t al ete r n al c os m ic c o n s ci ou s n e s s ; e nh a n ces t h e up wa r d ( U R D H VAG A M I ) f o r ce a n d nu lli f i es t h e do w n wa r d f o r ce ( bo r n ou t o f e n t r op y a n d “ I ” ); sl o wly bu t s tea d i l y! I t t hu s i nvo l v e s ; m ov i n g t o wa r d s ; with i n c r e a s i n g a c cele r ati on ; to t h e tr u e s e l f . I t i s t hu s a p r o cess o f b ei n g unp r e j ud ice d , ob j e cti v e, acc u r ate a n d g l ob ally b e n e vo le nt . I t i s a p r o c e ss o f ov e r c o m i n g s ub j ec t i v it y . I t i s a p r o cess o f lea r n i ng ; t o t h i nk , f e el, d e s i r e a n d w o r k b e y on d on e ’ s o wn p e tty i d e n tit y . T h at i s w h y NAM A SS MA R A N f r e e s u s fr o m o u r i nd i v i du ali s tic a n d p etty p e r s p ecti v e, t hough t s , f eeli ng s a n d e v en i n s ti n cts. T h i s is e x a c tly ho w

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NAM A SM A R AN can c on t r i bu te to T o tal St r e ss Ma n a g e m e n t! S u ch b l o ss o m i n g in i nd i v i du al a n d un i v e r s e; i s D H A R M A! S t ude n t : Si r ! T h i s is w ond e r f u l! N o w I a m b e g i nn i n g to und e r s ta nd ; ho w NAM A SM A R A N i s c r u cial to T o tal St r ess Ma n a g e m e n t! T e a ch e r: T h is i s h o w; t houg h it t oo k d eca d e s ; I c on cei v ed t h e ho li s tic c on ce p t o f T o tal S t r ess Ma n a g e m e n t i n te r m s o f s i m u l ta n e ou s i nd i v i du al a n d g l ob al b l o ss o m i ng ; a n d N A M A SM A R A N a s t h e i n s e p a r a b le w a y o r c o r e o f i t ! NAM A SM A R AN is no t an i d le acti v i ty a s it a pp ea r s . A c t u all y ; w h en we s ee N A MA S M A R AN b ei n g p r actic e d ; we s e e ; on ly e x t e r n al a pp ea r a n ce acc e s s i b le to ou r o wn l i m ite d , s ub j ec t i v e a n d d ece p ti v e p e r ce p ti on s ; a n d no t t h e r eali t y ! S t ude n t : Si r ! I a m a l m o s t with y ou ! B u t I s till h a v e a doub t! H o w can we p r act i ce N A M ASM A R AN; w h en we a r e i nvo l v ed in i n tellect u al w o r k (a n d no t m er ely phy s i c al)? T e a ch e r: T h e a n swer c an b e ob tai n e d , i f w e f i n d ou t t h e r oo t o f t h e qu e s ti on ! T h e r oo t o f t h e qu e s ti o n i s i n ou r go al! W e a r e u s u al l y i nvo l v ed in an i n tellect u al acti v ity with a s p ec i f ic go al. T h is go al m a y b e; c on s ci ou s o r s ub c on s ci ou s . B u t it i s i n s e p a r a b le fr o m ou r acti v it y . W e m ay c all it ou r e xp ectati o n fr o m ou r i n tellect u al acti v it y . I t m a y b e p as s i n g in e x a m i n a ti on , c o m p eti n g in an i n te r v iew,

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g etti n g p r o m o ti on , p r ov i n g o r d i s p r ov i n g a h y po t h e s is, o r f o r t h at m a t te r ; ac h ie v i n g a n y ta r g et in a g i v en d ea d l i n e. NAM A SM A R AN w ou ld ce r tai n ly c o m e in t h e w a y o f o u r i n tellect u al e f f o r t s as s o cia t ed with s u ch a go al o r e xp ectati o n B u t we h a v e to r e a lize t h at all i n telle c t u al e f f o r t s a n d all t h e go als r e m a in s u b j ecti v e a n d i nd i v i d u ali s tic if t h ey a r e no t c oup led with a p r o cess o f b ei n g ob j ecti v e. P u ri f ied a nd e x a l t e d i n t el l ec t u a l e ff o r t s a nd goa l s ; ine v i t a bly cu l m in a t e in self re a li z a t i o n a n d uni v e r s a l w el f a re, bu t in a b s e n ce o f t h i s ; t h e y d e g e n e r ate i n to s ec t a r ia n , d i v isi v e a n d d e s t r u cti v e r e s u lt s . NAM A SM A R AN c h a s t i s e s ou r e f f o rt s a n d ou r go a l s . I n a b s e n ce o f t h is p r o cess o f nu ll i f y i n g ou r s ub j ec t i v ity o r i nd i v i du ality a n d b ei n g on e with ou r c o r e; e v e r y ac t i on , p r ov es to b e u n s at i s f a ct o r y ! T h i s is b eca u se; e v en if we t r y to nu ll i f y ou r s ub jecti v ity a r b it r a r i l y ; t h at a r b it r a r i n ess i t s e l f t r a p s u s ; in f u r t h er s ub tler s u b j ecti v it y . He n ce we b ec o m e f u r t h er alie n ated f r o m t h e ob j ecti v e c o r e o f o u r s el v e s a n d t h e s a tis f acti on . T h u s ; if we t r y to c a tch ho ld o f ou r c o r e vo l un ta r il y ; t h en w e u s u al l y la n d u p in d e s pond e n t d e p r es s i o n o r m a n iacal b e h a v i o r . T h i s m a k es u s e it h er li s tl e ss l o s e r s o r ar r og a n t ac h ie v e r s! T hu s t h r oug h ‘ ou r ’ e f f o r t s ; we t e n d b e e n ta ng led i n ; m ela n c ho ly o r m o r b i d ob s es s i on ; at ou r o wn c o s t o r t h at o f o t h e r s! I n bo th ca s e s we r e m a in f ar a w a y fr o m ou r t r u e s e l f a n d t h e f u l f il l m e n t!

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NAM A SM A R AN do es c on s u m e s o m e o f ou r t i m e. I t d o es r e du ce t h e i nvo l v e m e n t in i n t ellect u al e ff o r t s . Bu t t h is i s es s e n tial f o r pu r i f icati o n o f t h e e f f o r t s a n d t h e go al s . T h is e n s u r es t h e c u l m i n ati o n o f ou r i nvo l v e m e n t in i n t ellect u al e ff o r t s a n d ou r go als; i n to i nd i v i du al a n d un i v e r s al e m a n ci p ati on . O n e can c o m p a r e t h is al b eit i n e x actl y ; with t h e p r o c e ss o f c on s u m p ti o n o f f ood , w h ich h as to b e; f o r op t i m al b e n e f i t s ; di g es t e d , a b s o rbed a nd a s s i m il a t ed, e v en if t h a t c o n s u m e s ( a ddi t i o n a l ? ) t i m e ! NAM A SM A R AN; b e gu n with a p r ac t ice o f 5 m i nu tes p e r d a y ; e v e n i f it is wit hou t a n y und e r sta nd i ng ; g r a du ally r e du ces t h e t i m e; o f ou r i n tellect u al, e m o t i on al a n d i n s ti n ct u al i nvo l v e m e n t; in s ub j ecti v e p etti n ess a n d s up e r f i ciali t y ; a n d t r a n s f o r m s; ou r i nd i v i du ali s tic (a n d fr a g m e n ted a n d s e cta r ia n ) p er s p ecti v e, t h i nk i ng , f eeli ng s a n d i n s ti n c t s ; i n to ho li s tic o r o b jecti v e. T h i s m a r k s t h e b e g i nn i n g o f ou r asce n t t o wa r d s ou r t r u e s e l f ; to f i n al l y b ec o m e on e with it! I n t h e c ou r se o f ti m e ; a s we a s ce n d up ; we s t a r t g etti n g t h e g l i m p s e s o f ou r i m m o r tali t y ; a n d b e g in to r ealize ho w “ ou r ” go a l s a n d “ e ff o r t s ” h a v e r eac h ed to t h eir a pp r op r iate c u l m i n at i on . I n f act; we b e g in to und e r s ta n d e v e ry t h i n g in t h e u n i v e r s e; i n cl ud i n g i n tellect u al e f f o r t s a n d go al s ; w e r e t h e “ f unc t i o ns o r e ff ec t s ; c a lled p a r in a m ” o f t h i s o mni s c i en t , o m nip o t e nt a nd o m ni p r e s ent re a li t y c a lled M a h a k a r an ! T h i s i s b eca u s e t h e e n t r a p m e n t in s ub j e cti v i t y b ec o m e s w e a k e r ; w h ile t h e i nvo l v e m e n t in N AMA S M A R A N a n d h e n ce t h e p r o cess o f b ec o m i n g

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ob j ecti v e b ec o m e s s t r ong e r ! N A MA S M A R AN e m po w e r s u s to see, f eel a n d act a pp r op r iat e l y ! I t wa k es u s u p to N E W A W A K E N I N G ! I n f act; we b e g in to b e r e s t les s ; wit hou t NA M ASM A R AN. W e b e g in to f eel s ec u r e a n d c o m f o r t a b le in N A MA SM A R AN a n d b e a p a r t o f un i v e r s al l y b e n e vo le n t s p i r it u al d y n a m i s m ! At t h is po i n t we b e g in to und e r s ta nd ; w h y ou r G u r u p r e a c h ed NAM A SM A R AN; with s o m u ch o f i n te n s it y ! S t ude n t : Si r , it i s al r i gh t f o r a du l t s ; bu t w h at a bou t c h il d r e n ? S hou l d t h ey a l s o p r a c tice NAM A SM A R A N ? T e a ch e r: I t i s b et t er to s t a r t it as e a r l y in l i f e a s p o s s i b le. A s y o u m u s t h a v e t hou g h t; a n d c o rr ect l y s o ; c h il d r en w ou ld g et bo r ed i n itiall y . B u t w h y c h il d r e n ; a l l o f u s d o g et i n itially bo r ed b y N AM AS M A R A N . T h is is b eca u s e; w e a ll h av e a n a t ur a l t e ndency t o b e l e t h a r g ic a nd l a z y . We “ en j oy ” ( a l t h o u g h t e m p o r a ril y ) being i nert a nd “ f eel a t e a s e in t he e n t r o p y” ; e v e n a s i t i s sep a r a t e s u s f r o m o ur t r u e self a nd cre a t es p a in f ul b o nd ag e l a t er. N A M AS MA R A N i s a d y n a m ic acti v ity t h at oppo s es t h e e n t r op y a n d h e n ce w e a r e n o t a t “ e a s e” in NA M A S M A R A N ! B u t l i f e (a n d h e n ce s t r e ss a l s o ); i s li k e an un a vo i d a b le a n d fr e qu e n tly d i s t u r b ed r i v er f u ll o f w h i r l poo ls! NA MA S M A R AN i s a p r o cess o f r e e s ta b l i s h i n g t h is r i v er to i t s ca l m f l o w o n t h e on e h a nd ; a n d t r ai n i ng , e m po we r i n g a n d e n a b li n g u s to s w i m ; o n t h e o t h e r ! H e n ce li k e s w i m m i ng , N AM ASM A R AN h a s to b e s t a r ted a s ea r ly as po s s i b le in

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li f e. I n f a ct; h e r e it is a f ar b i gg er c h alle ng e! I t i s c h all e ng e o f s wi m m i n g ac r o ss t h e o cean o f l i f e; t h e B HA VA SAG A R ! C o m i n g to bo r e do m ; t o a vo id bo r e do m ; w e can d o it t o g et h e r ; d o it with m u s i c a n d s ta r t it i n s m all bu t fr e qu e n t do s es. S t ude n t : W ou ld t h is a ct a s a v acci n a t i on ; a p r e v e n ti v e m ea s u r e ! ? T e a ch e r: Y e s ! N A MA S M A R AN no t on ly ac t s a s r ect i f y i n g o r c u r ati v e m ea s u r e; bu t al s o acts a s a p r e v e n ti v e m e a s u r e! O u r c on s ci o u s n ess is r a i s ed b y N A M ASM A R AN! O u r m i n d b ec o m e s s h a r p a n d al e r t! W e a r e t h e r e f o r e no t ta k en b y s u r p r i s e d , no t b a ff le d , no t s ho c k e d , no t s h att e r e d , no t d e s t a b iliz e d , no t c o lla p s e d ; b y a n y s udd en o r p r o t r acted s t r e s s o r ! T h is i s b eca u se; it is boo s t s t h e p r o c e ss o f n e g e n t r op y ; t h e p r o cess oppo s ite o f e n t r op y ! L i f e, o f w h ich we a r e a p a r t; i s li k e a n elect r ic ci r c u i t , w h ich g ets d i s t u r b ed f r o m t i m e to t i m e ! NA MA SM A R A N i s li k e c h ec k i n g it r e gu la r l y ; a s w ell a s c o r r ecti n g a n d s y s t e m atizi n g t h e e l e ct r ical c onn ecti on s ; s o t h a t t h e bu l b s o f ou r li f e; e m a n ate li gh t acc o r d i n g to ou r po te n tial s ! NA MA SM A R A N i s li k e a n a n ti v i r u s p r og r a m . I t c h ec k s a s well a s r e m ov e s t h e v i r u s. NAM A SM A R AN is t h e r e v e r s al o f t h e f o r g e t f u l n e ss a n d d i s o r ie n tati o n o f ; ou r u lt i m ate po we r hou s e, ou r a r s e n al, ou r f i r e po we r , ou r kno w ho w, ou r r a d a r , ou r ca p t ai n , ou r G u r u , t r u e s el f ! I t i s t h e p r o c e ss o f r e v e r s a l o f t h e r oo t ca u s e o f s t r ess, b e f o r e it i s cl i n ically e v i d e n t!

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t h at it i s no t a p a r t o f a n y c u rr ic u lar s t ud y o r p r acti c al; in t h e m a i n s t r e a m e du cati o n s y s t e m . S t ude n t : Wh a t do yo u t hi n k a b o u t t he f u t ure? T e a ch e r: I don ’ t kno w. B u t t h e i nn er p r o m p ti n g s ugg e s t s t h at t h e p r actice o f N A M A S M A RAN w o uld s pre a d in a ll t he c o n t inen t s , n a t i o n s , pr ov inc e s , ci t i e s, v ill ag es, h o m e s , i n s t i t u t i o n s , ind u s t ri e s , h o s pit a l s , f a rms a nd e v ery n o o k a n d c o rner. F u r t h e r ; t h is p r ac t ice w ou ld no t b e a i m e d at p etty g ai n s ! I t w ou ld b e s e l f le s s a n d b l o ss o m i n to ho li s tic p e r s p ecti v e, po lici e s , p la n s a n d p r og r a m s a n d t h eir i m p le m e n t a ti on ! T h e s p i r it u al i s m a n d m at e r ial i s m , t h eism a n d at h e i s m w ou ld b e c u l m i n ated in ho li s tic r e n a i s s a n ce! I nd i v i du ali s m a n d s o cial i s m w ou ld b e c u l m i n ated i n ; S e l f r ealizati o n a n d SAMS H T I YOGA; r e s p ecti v e l y! ” S t ude n t : H o w w o u ld t h is h a pp e n ? J u st a s 7 5 t r i l li o n cells un ite a n d li v e i n un it y , c o m p l e m e n ta r ity a n d h a r m on y ; w h e r e; b y p a r t i ci p ati n g t h eir o wn well b ei n g as well a s h o m e o s t a s i s i .e. w ell b ei n g o f all o t h er cel l s in t h e i nd i v i du al; e v e r y i nd i v i du al; f r o m e v e r y noo k a n d c o r n er o f t h e w o r l d ; w ou ld p a r tici p ate s i m u l t a n e ou s ly a n d i n s e p a r a b l y ; in h i s / h er o wn well b e i n g as w ell a s t h at o f t h e o t h e r s i nh a b iti n g t h e un i v e r s e! S t ude n t : Si r , t h is r e v elati o n m u s t h a v e b een qu ite sat i s fy i ng . W a s n ’ t it? T e a ch e r : C e r t ai n l y ! C on cei v i n g t h i s ; in itse l f w a s d e f i n i tely t h e m o s t s at i s f act o r y p e r s on al ac h ie v e m e n t ! I t was s at i s fy i ng . B u t t houg h it m a y

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a pp ear s t r a ng e; t h e s a t is f acti o n w a s t e m po r a r y a n d s up e r f i cial. Still I w a s f a r a w a y f r o m t he ul t i m a t e f ul f ill m ent a nd t he a n t icip a t ed re s u lt s ; in indi v i d u a l a nd g l o b a l bl o s s o m in g ; a s a nd i n t he f o r m ; I h a d en v i s ag ed. I h ad t hough t t h at li k e t h e i nd i v i du al bod y cells, w h ich w h ile f un cti on i n g op t i m al l y f o r t h e i r s u r v i v a l ; c on t r i bu te to t h e h o m e o s t a sis o f t h e w ho le o r g a n is m ; t h e p e op le w ou ld b e g in to acti v ely p a r t ici p ate in NAM A SM A R AN a n d T o tal St r e ss M a n a g e m e n t, w h ich i nvo l v es t h e i nd i v i du al a n d g l o b al we l f a r e. B ut t h is d i d n o t se e m t o h a ppen! S t ude n t : W h y w a s s o ? T e a ch e r: I d id no t know ! F o r m e; t h e r e v elati o n a pp ea r e d to b e r ati on al, acc u r ate a n d f law l es s ; as c o m p a r ed t o t h e o t h er a pp r o ac h e s , w h ich I c a m e ac r o ss a n d w h ich c ou ld no t d i s p r ov e m i n e! I t hought ; “ t h e la c k o f r e s u lt” wa s t h e e ff ect o f K a li y ug , in w h ich goo d w o r k w a s boun d to c o m e ac r o ss d i ff i c u ltie s ! S t ude n t : W h at d o y o u i m p l y ? Did it no t c r eate doub t a bou t t h e po wer o f NAM A SM AA R A N a n d t h e c on ce p t o f T o tal S t r e ss M a n a g e m e n t? T e a ch e r: F r a nk ly s p ea k i ng ; it d i d ! I t was d i f f ic u l t , bu t I h ad to c on ce d e t h at s o m et h i n g else (G od ) b e s i d e s m y a n tici p ati o n w a s d eci d i n g t h e f u t u r e o f e v e ry t h i n g in un i v e r s e, i n cl ud i n g t i m e ! T h is s o m e t h i n g “ gov e r n e d ” t h e e p o c h s i n cl ud i n g Kali y ug , w h ich i s m ar k ed b y d ete r i o r ati o n o f m a ss c o n s ci u s n e ss a n d m a s s c on scie n ce. L i k e

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g e s tati on al p e r i od , c h il dho o d , y ou t h , o ld a g e, s u m m e r , wi n ter etc; t h e h i s t o r y o f n at u r e i s m a r k ed b y e po c h s with c e r tain c h a r a cte r i s ti c s ! D u r i n g t h is p e r i o d we f i n d it d i ff ic u lt to r ise a bov e t h e d a r k f o r c e s ; in a n d a r oun d a n d c o m p le m e n t t h e v ic i ou s c y cle; o f t en in s p ite o f ou r d e s i r e to c o m p l e m e n t well n e s s c y cle! He n ce I acce p ted t h e f ate o f t h e c on c e p t o f T o tal St r e ss Ma n a g e m e n t a n d t h e r o le o f NA MA S M A R AN in i t; a s G od ’ s w i s h ; a lt hou g h h ea v y h ea r te d ly a n d with r el u cta n c e ! S t ude n t : Did y o u f i n d ou t a n y o t h er s p ec i f i c r e a s on ; o r no ? T e a ch e r: N o ! A p a r t fr o m t h i s ; I d id n o t f i n d a n y o t h er c a u s e. B u t, th e lack o f a n tici p ated r e s u lt led to s e r i o u s i n t r o s p ecti o n wi t h r e s p e ct to m y o wn p e r ce p ti on , und e r s ta nd i ng , i n s i g h t, i n te r p r etati o n a n d c onv icti o n ! I t was a t r ic k y sit u at i on ! I w a s n eit h er p r ov ed w r ong , no r was I p r ov ed r i gh t! I w a s in a st r a ng e k i n d o f s u s p e n s i o n a n d s u s p e n s e ! T h e r e w a s li gh t as well a s d a r kn e s s. B u t s o m e w here in t he de p t h o f d a r k n e s s ; I s t ill c o uld s e e s o me li g h t . I s till h a d t he a s s ur a nce, a l t h o u g h f eeble; t h a t a t l e a s t ; I w a s o n ri g ht t r a c k ! T h at w a s ho w; a n d t h at w a s w h y I k e p t o n p r actici n g NAM A SM A R AN a n d s t ud y i n g Gita a n d Vi s hnu s a h a s r a n a m . I t w a s a j ou r n ey i n d e p t h s o f m y o w n b ei ng ! A r oun d t h is t i m e; I b e g an t o (t houg h f ai n tl y ) s e n s e; “ t h e r e a s o n f o r w h at h a pp e n ed with m y a n tici p ati on ! I b e ga n t o s e n s e ; a uni t ing e n t i t y u nderl y ing a s w ell a s in v e s t ing t he uni v er s e a nd t he m y ri a d s o f e v en t s a nd t r a n s a c t i o n s in i t . T h i s

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a ppe a red t o be b e yo nd hu m a n c o nsci o u s n e s s , be yo nd t i m e a nd be yo nd s p a c e . I t a ppe a red t o t he s a m e ; a s I s h w a r, B r a h m a , P ur u s h o tt a m, P a r a m a t m a , G ur u , Go d, t rue Sel f , c o s m ic c o n s ci o u s n e s s , S A CC H IDAN A ND A , t he a b s o l u t e t ru t h; a nd t he o m n i s cie n t , o m n i p o t ent a nd o mni p re s e nt re a li t y , M a h a k a r a n, t he s up re m e c o n t r o l l er, s up re m e o rc h e s t r a t o r N A M A! I t pr o duced a nd des t r oy ed billi o n s o f e v en t s a nd t hi n g s ; r a n g ing f r o m c o s m ic phen o men a , e a rt h qu a k e s , vo lc a n i c eru p t i o ns a nd t sun a m i s including s p a ce a nd t i m e ! I t pr o d u ced, e vo l v ed a nd des t r oy ed t h e m a ss c o n s ci o u s n e s s , m a ss c o n s c i e n ce! I t g ener a t e d t he c o l o s s a l cre a t i v i t y , n o bl e st t h o u g h t s, g enui n e f eelin g s , burn in g p a s s i o ns a nd hu m a n beh av i o r! I t br o u g ht a b o ut t he r i s e a nd f a ll o f e m pi r es! It f l a red up w a rs a n d c a t a cl ys m s ; a nd it br o u g h t end o f t h e m a nd u s h e red in t h e p e a ce! T h i s NA M A pr o duced t he g l o b a l m e g a pr o c ess o f o rien t ing billi o ns o f u s t o i t ; t h r o u g h t he pr a c t ice o f NA M A S M A R A N ! T h i s pr o c e ss o f NA M A S M A R AN go ing o n f o r m ill e nni a ; p r o du c ed; a m o n g st t he m y ri a d s o f c o nc e p t s, i d e a s , re v el a t i o ns a nd m o t i va t i o n s , t he c o ncept o f T o t a l S tr ess M a n ag e m e nt a nd i t s c o re t he N A M AS M ARA N ! T he y w ere t h u s ; m e r e e ff ec t s , f un c t i o ns o r c o n t in g e n t s! T hey w ere t he pr o duc t s o f NA M A S M A R A N , t he pr o du c t o f t he s upr e me v i z . N A M A ! T h u s nei t h er t he de v el o p m e n t n o r t he f a t e o f T o t a l S t r e ss M a n ag e m e nt a nd N A M A S M A R A N a s i t s c o r e ; b el o n g ed t o m e ! I

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h a d no c o n t r o l o n t heir de v el o p m e n t a nd t heir f a t e! M y a n t ic i p a t i o n w a s t h u s ill u s o r y . S t ude n t : C an y o u e xp lain t h is po i n t f u r t h e r ? T e a ch e r: Y e s ! O f c ou r s e! A n i m a l s “ do ” t h i n g s wit hou t kno wi n g t h at “t h e y ” a r e do i n g . W e d o t h i ng s ; t h i nk i n g t h at “ we” a r e do i n g . I n t h e c ou r se o f asce nd a n ce f r o m i nd i v i du ality a n d s ub j ecti v it y ; we r e a lize; t h at t h e p e r c e p ti o n o f “ w e” “ a r e” “ do i ng ”; i s a t r a n s ie n t e xp e r ie n c e at a ce r t ain s ta g e o f d e v el o p m e n t. T h is e xp e r ie n ce i s ; n ei t h er p r e s e n t; b e f o r e (w h en we a r e un c on s ci ou s a bou t s e l f ); no r l atter ( w h en we t r a n s ce n d t h e i nd i v i du ality a n d s ub j e cti v it y ; a n d m e r g e in i m p e r s on al ob j e cti v e c o n s ci ou s n e s s )! I t i s in t h e b e g i nn i n g o f t h e l ast s tate o f c on s ci ou s n e s s ; t h at we a pp r eciate t h at ‘ w e ’ ( ou r bod ies, i n s t i n ct s , e m o ti on s, i n t elli g e n ce a n d p e r s p ecti v e a n d ou r b e h a v i o r ); a r e m e r e d e p e nd e n t t r a n s i e n t p e r i ph e r a l s o f t h e i m p er s on al a n d ete r n al ob j e ct i v e c on s ci ou s n e ss (NAM A ), w h o is t h e on ly a b s o l u te a n d i m m o r t a l r e ali t y ; a n d h e n ce a “ do e r ”; al b eit i nd i r ectl y ! W e r ea l ize t h at N AMA “ p la n s ” b e y on d ou r c on ce p t o f p la nn i ng ; a n d “ b r i ng s a bout ” ea r th q u a k e s , t s un a m i s ; scie n t i f ic i nv e n ti on s ; a n d t h e m u ltit ud e o f m und a n e acti v ities, w h ich a r e “ e x ec u te d ” b y t h e p e r i ph e r al i n s t r u m e n ts o f G od !

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Si n ce N A MA i s t h e s a m e a s S a dgu r u ; act u ally Sa dgu r u is in t o tal c h a r g e o f e v e r y t h i ng ; i n cl ud i n g o u r v ices a n d v i r t u e s , i gno r a n ce a n d kno wle dg e, s l u m b e r a n d awa k e n i ng , f ail u r e s a n d s u cc e s s e s , a r r og a n ce a n d h u m ilit y , m a n ia a n d d e p r e s s i on , bo a s t f u l n ess a n d s u r r e nd e r ; a n d ou r u lt i m ate m e r g e r with H I M, t h e OM N I P O TE N T , O M N I S C I E NT a n d OM N I P R E S E N T ! H ence w e re f er “ NA M A o r G ur u ; by a n o t her t e r m ; M a h a k a r a n, o r t he c a u s e o f a ll c a u s e s ! T h i s re v e a led t o m e t h a t “ I ” w a s i n no w a y rel a t ed t o t he m e ri t , demeri t , a ccur a c y , in a ccur a c y ; o r f a t e o f T o t a l S t r e ss M a n ag e m ent a nd t he r o le N A M A S M A RAN in i t ! M o s t o f u s a r e a u t o m at on s (with ou r c on t r o l el s e w h e r e), w h o a r e h a v i n g a d el u s i o n t h at we a r e i nd e p e nd e n t i nd i v i du al s . T h e a ct i v ities go i n g o n in t h is d el u s i on ; i r r e s p ecti v e o f ou r a g e, s e x , o cc up ati on , po s iti o n a n d e v en s tate o f e vo l u ti on ; c on s tit u te P R APA N C H . As a n d w h en t h e c o s m i c t r a n s - t e m p o r al r eali t y , t h e o m n i s cie n t, o m n i po te n t, o m n i p r e s e n t t r u th p e r v a d i n g e v e r y p a r t icle, e v e r y d i m e n s i o n o f s p a c e a n d e v e r y m o m e n t o f t i m e; a n d e v e r y b it o f c on s ci ou s n e ss (G od , G u r u , BR A HMA o r N A M A ); r e v ea l s to u s ; ou r o n e n e s s (a l t houg h in g l i m p s e s a n d f ar f r o m c o m p le t e) w ith H i m ; t h e P A R AM A R T H b e g i n s . T h i s i s u s u ally c oup led with f ai n t g l i m p ses o f f u t u r e a n d r ec ogn iti o n o f t h e pu r po s e (alt houg h i nd i s ti n ct) o f ou r l i f e.

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G u r u ta k es ca r e o f u s li k e ou r m o t h e r . J u s t a s ou r m o t h er nu r t u r es u s in h er w o m b f o r n i n e m on t h s ; ou r G u r u nu r t u r es u s t h r oug h s e v e r al li v e s ; with a v a s t n u m b er o f e xp e r ie n c e s o f p ain a n d p lea s u r e; a n d li k e ou r m o t h e r H e d eli v e r s u s at a pp r op r iate ti m e; to t h e r ea l m o f i m m o r t alit y ; His a bod e! T h i s i s t h e u lt i m ate v ict o r y cal l ed G U R U- B H E T ( b ei n g on e with t r u e s e l f) a n d G U R U K R UPA ( t h e awa r e n e ss o f H i s m o s t f u l f i lli n g b e n e vo le n ce a n d b oun tie s )! S t ude n t : Si r ! I s n ’ t it d i f f i c u lt to b eli e v e t h at G u r u do es e v e ry t h i n g ; i n cl ud i n g w h ate v e r we ob s e r v e; h a pp e n i n g a r oun d u s? T e a ch e r: T h is qu e s ti o n a r i s e s r e p eat e d ly b eca u s e; e v en i f we r e p eate d l y r eite r a te t h at ou r G u r u is non e o t h er t h an t h e A l m i gh ty H i m se l f ; we a r e alwa y s i n f l u e n ced b y a n d i nvo l v ed i n ; h is p e r s on al l i f e, c h a r i s m a , f eeli ng s , p r eac h i n g a n d h is s up e r n at u r al a n d s up e r h u m an f ea t s ; all in H i s h u m an f o r m ! T h is is t r u e a bou t m y st i c s , p r oph ets a n d i n ca r n ati on s a s well! All o f t h e m ; w h ile e x t r a o r d i n a r y , s up e r h u m an a n d s up e r n at u r al; s till h a v e l i m i t ed c a p acit y ; as i nd i v i du al s . In t h eir h u m a n f o r m ; t h ey don ’ t s e e m to gov e r n ; t h e c o m p lex s c i e n ti f i c i nv e n ti on s , r a p i d ly d e v el op i n g i n t r i gu i n g tec hno l og y , w o r ld wa r s, e a r th qu a k e s , t s un a m i s , vo lca n ic e r up ti on s a n d s e v e r al c o s m ic ph e n o m e n a. T h e y a pp ear to b e t h e c on ti ng e n ts in t h e c o s m o s . T h e e v e n ts in t h e un i v e r s e a pp ear to b e eit h er t h e p r odu cts o f t h e c on ce r n ed i nd i v i d u als o r te a m s; o r i m p e r s on al, unp la nn e d a n d a u t o m atic. T h e y d o n o t a pp ear to b e a n y p e r s on ’ s (i n cl ud i n g ou r G u r u ) acti v it y .

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N o w; f o r g etti n g t h e a n s w e r to ou r q u e s ti on ; let u s und e r sta n d t h at ou r doub t is c r ea t ed b y ou r c on ce p t o f “ d o i ng ”. Act u all y ; G u r u , m y s ti c s , p r oph e t s a n d i n ca r n ati on s o f G o d “ d o no t do ” ( a n d d o no t s a y ; “ t h ey do ” ) ; a s i s t h e w o r d “ do ”; is c on cei v ed b y u s. A s we d isc u s s ed e a r l i e r ; t h e e s s e n ce o r r oo t o r ca u s e o f all t h e s e a s i nd i v i du al s ; is t h e i nv i s i b le s up r e m e c on t r o lle r ; t h e M a h a k a r a n , N AM A ! T h e a pp a r e n t do e r s , w h et h er gu r u s , m y s ti c s , p r oph e t s , e m p e r o r s , o r s cie n t i s t s ; a r e m e r e ly t h e p e r i ph e r al i n s t r u m e n t s t h r oug h w h ich t h e e v e n ts a r e e x ec u t e d n o t c a used, d e s i g ned o r c o n t r o ll e d ! E v e n ; all t h i s “ wr i t i ng ” a n d “ I ” a r e c o n ti ng e n t a m i d s t t h e ete r n al k i ng d o m a n d s up r e m e r ei g n o f m y G u r u i.e. N A M A . S t ude n t : Si r , f r a nk ly s p ea k i ng ; it is d i ff ic u lt to f at h o m ; w h at y o u s a y ; t hou g h I ca nno t c on t r a d ict it; a l s o ! D o e s ; SH R I R A MA SAM A R T H al s o i m p l y t h e s a m e a s is i m p lied b y “G u r u o r N A MA do e s e v e ry t h i n g ”? T e a ch e r: T h is i s a m at t er o f s t ud y , c on ti n u ou s p r actice o f NAM A SM A R AN a n d f ir s t h a n d e xp e r ie n c e s o f at le a s t t h e g l i m p s e s o f NAM A ! “ SH R I R A MA S A M A R T H” i m p li e s t h e s a m e a s “ G u r u o r N A MA do e s e v e ry t h i ng ”! T o pu t in o t h er w a y ; w h at we p e r cei v e, f e el a n d r e s pon d t o ; c on s tit u t e s ; c h a ng i n g , d e p e nd e n t, d ece p ti v e a n d l i m i ted “ e ff e cts” a n d NOT t h e s e l f c on t r o lle d , i nd e p e nd e n t ca u s al r eali t y . W h et h er it i s a m e r it o r d e m e r it; we a r e m e r e l y t h e pupp et s ! P upp ets m a y b l a m e o r a do r e t h e pupp et s !

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T h is i s s i m i l a r ; to b l a m i n g o r a do r i n g a s w o r d , a gu n o r a h a n d ; f o r s o m e h ei nou s o r nob le act r e s p ecti v e l y . T h e c on t r o ller o f a ll t h i s ; is N A MA o r G u r u ; t h e t r u ly i nd e p e nd e n t ca u s al r eali t y . I t is ete r n al a n d s up er c on t r o lli n g ca u s e o f all t h i s ! I t i s t h e ‘ f iel d ’ , in w h ich e v e ry t h i n g e l s e i s a ‘ f un cti on ’ o r ‘ c on ti ng e n t ’ . I t i s t h e und e r l y i n g a n d i n d i r ect l y c on t r o lli n g r eali t y b e y on d t i m e, s p ace a n d h u m an c o n s ci ou s n es s . I t i s te r m ed S H R I R A MA. T h e s up r e m a c y o f t h i s ; in e v e r y r e s p ect i s i m p l ied in “ S A M A R T H”! S R HI R A MA S A M A R TH is s i m p l y ; t h e r eit e r ati o n o f t h is f a ct a n d r e m i nd er o r r e o r ie n tati o n to NAM A SM A R AN a n d NAM A ! S t ude n t : Wh a t i s t he m e a ning o f R A M A K A R T A? D o es i t a l s o i m ply t he s a m e? T e a ch e r: Y e s ! It a l s o i m pli e s t he s a m e . L o o k ing a t i t li tt le di ff eren t l y ; w e a re s o m e s p ec if ic ‘ en g in e s ’ , w i t h s o m e speci f ic en e r g ie s , s peci f ic p o w er s , s pe c i f ic c a p a ci t y a nd di ff ering v er s a t il i t i e s . T h is p r ob a b ly ho l d s t r u e f o r all l i v i ng , non li v i n g a n d o t h er po ss i b le e n tities i n s i d e a n d ou t s i d e. H o we v e r ; du r i n g ou r p r i m iti v e stat e s o f e vo l u ti o n a n d d u r i n g e m b ry on ic li f e, c h il dhoo d a n d e v en latte r ; we a r e no t awa r e o f t h i s . At s o m e t i m e ; a pp r op r iate f o r u s ; we b ec o m e a w a r e o f o u r s el v e s a s “ w e”! T h en we g et c h a r g ed with ou r i n s ti n cts, e m o ti on s , t h i nk i ng , p e r s p ecti v e; a n d s o m e pu r s u it o r a no t h e r . W e b e g in to b e f l ood ed with a n d e n t h r alled b y u r g e s ! T h e u r g e s w h en in t h e un c o n s ci ou s r e al m

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s i m p l y k eep m a n i f e s ti ng ; r e s u lti n g i n to t e m po r a r y p le a s u r es o r p ai n s. When in c o n s ci o u s r e a lm; t he u r g es pr o mpt u s t h a t w e h av e t o do i t , w e c a nn o t do w i t h o ut i t , w e a re d o ing i t , w e w ill do i t ; o r w e c a nn o t do i t ; a nd t he a ss o ci a t ed p a i n s a nd ple a s u r e s ; a nd ago nies a nd ecs t a s i e s! T hu s ou r l i f e g e t s u n f o l d ed in t h e f o r m o f all v a r ieti e s i n s i d e a n d ou t s i d e. T h i s a ll; is t h e s up r e m e o r c h e s t r a o f ou r G u r u , w h o is b e y on d t i m e a n d c on s ci ou s n ess. R A MA (G u r u ) a n d K A R T A (t h e u lt i m ate s up r e m e m a ste r )! I n te r e s ti ng l y ; we d on ’ t r ealize t h is e a r lie r ! O n l y at s o m e t i m e; a pp r op r iate f o r u s ; we b e g in to “ s ee” t h is t r u t h ! W e a l s o s ee ou r G u r u ’ s r o le in ou r l i f e a n d e v e r y e n tity in un i v e r s e ! W e a l s o no tice t h e i n c r e a s i n g e m e r g e n ce o f N A MA SM A R AN i .e. SM A R AN o r r e m e m b r a n c e a n d r e o r ie n tati o n to N AMA i.e. G u r u in o u r l i f e! W e b e g in to b e f u l f illed a n d g r at e f u l to ou r G u r u ! W e b e g in to g et an i n c r e a s i n g a n d p lea s a n t a s s u r a n ce f r o m ou r G u r u ; t h at He i s alw a y s ; li t e r al l y alwa y s ; with u s ; n u r t u r i n g a n d b l o s s o m i ng ; u s a n d t h e w ho le un i v e r s e ! T h i s i s a m a tt e r; a cces s ible to s t u d y , pr a c t ice a nd e x perienc e ; a nd n o t t o c a s u a l bel ie f o r di s bel i e f . S t ude n t : I f G u r u i s do i n g e v e ry t h i n g ; t h en w h at c ho ice d o we h a v e? H o w c ou ld on e m a k e a c ho ice in d a y to d ay l i f e a bou t a n y d ec i s i on , p la n , acti o n r elated ob j ec t s , f ood s , p l a ces, a n d r e l ati on s ; in ou r f ield o r f a m i l y ?

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T e a ch e r: I t m u s t h a v e b een clear b y no w; t h at t h e b e s t way to m a k e a c ho ice i s ; o n t h e b a s i s o f ho w m u ch i t o r ie n ts u s ; to N A MA t h r oug h t h e p r actice a n d i nvo l v e m e n t in N A M A S M A R A N ! T h is is b eca u s e; du r i n g d e v el op i n g s ta g e; t h e as s o ciati o n s i n f l u e n ce u s . T h ey a re ; d e s t r u cti v e o r c on s t r u cti v e; n e g a t i v e o r po s iti v e; r e g r es s i v e o r p r og r e ssi v e. A n y po lic y , p la n , p r og r a m , act i v it y ; o r a n y p lace s u ch s hou s e , s c hoo l, c o lle g e, cl ub , o ff ice, ho s p ital, i ndu s t r y , la bo r at o r y , f a r m , g a r d e n ; o r a n y t h i n g s u ch a s v e h icle s , cl o t h es, p e r f u m e , f u r n it u re ; o r a n y p e r s o n s u ch as e m p l o y e r , fr ie nd , c o llea gu e; i s b e s t i f it o r ie n ts u s to NA M A i . e. t r u e se l f i .e. G u r u ; t h r oug h NAMA S M A R A N ! T h is is b eca u s e; r e m e m b e r i n g a n d r e o r ie n ti n g to N A MA i .e. t r u e s e l f i . e. G u r u ; t h r oug h N AMA S M A R A N; is t h e m o s t s e l f l e ss a n d u n i v e r s al l y b e n e vo le n t acti v it y !

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