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Stress selfishness and selflessness dr. shriniwas janardan kashalikar
Right from the birth; “I” begin to
need! I need food, protection, nursing,
shelter, clothes, entertainment,
pampering and so on!
Gradually my “needs” begin to get
converted into “wants”!
I start “wanting” better food, better
protection, better nursing, better
shelter, better clothes, better
entertainment, more pampering and
Soon, all these “wants” necessitate the
physical, political and monetary power
and thus “craving” for power is
The “craving” leads to all actions
directed at fulfilling the “craving”
irrespective of; or rather at the cost of
But why should there be stress?
Strange it may appear, but; even if
every craving of mine is fulfilled, still I
remain restless and unsatisfied
(stressed); unlike the animals and
The reason is; the plant and animal
life is apparently almost free from
choices and hence almost free from
conflicts (and stress)!
I am however; evolved to get the
“freedom” to make choices and
“condemned” to get conflicts (and
stress) due to dilemmas!
Barring the infancy, the choices begin
to hover around and conflicts begin to
emerge, producing stress and erosion!
Satisfaction of physiological needs,
instincts, emotions, thoughts and
behavior are influenced variably by
ethics, rules, regulations, laws,
conventions, traditions, religious
precepts, commandments and so on!
They all cast their influence and create
conflicts and stress!
The stress is especially marked;
because, neither can I; further revert
back to animal behavior and feel
satisfied, nor can I cope with the
preaching of selflessness!
Even if I begin to forego my cravings,
wants and even needs, the subtle
desires that I should be loved,
respected, admired, cared for, served
and so on; still remain active; though
in dormant form! The feelings that
“my” desires are fulfilled, “my” advice
be obeyed, “my” concepts be
practiced, create stress!
The human life is apparently very
short to transcend from selfishness to
The stress therefore; does not get
managed, either in “me” or in the
One way of expediting this stressful,
strenuous and tardy transition from
physio-pathological and animalistic
selfishness to conscientious selfless cosmic
consciousness; is getting involved in the
practice and propagation of
Why should I (not merely practice, but)
It is because, “the love of
NAMASMARAN” is not as physiological
and as strong as the various needs, wants
and cravings described in the foregoing;
and hence the hype of selfishness can
burn; the selflessness and cosmic
consciousness; budding in my (and
It is also because, if I do not propagate
and promote NAMASMARAN, it would
amount to boosting, promoting and
passively propagating the dehumanizing
forces that hinder the process of
selfishness to selflessness; by crushing the
selflessness and cosmic consciousness
blossoming; not only in my mind but also;
in the social psyche!
Practice and propagation of
NAMASMARAN ought to lead to the
evolution of perspective, policies, plans
and programs of universal benevolence,
amongst the leaders (international,
national and local) on the one hand; and
the ability to support and follow them
amongst the common people.
This is what would create the
environment of optimal fulfillment of
needs; and facilitation of the transition of
selfishness to selflessness, thereby
ushering in greater unity and harmony in
various aspects of individual and global
Practice and propagation of
NAMASMARAN, ought to ensure that
the philosophy and spiritualism no more
indulge in hollow jargons! Selflessness is
no more preached to those who have
nothing to lose! Nonviolence is no more
hammered on those who are the victims
of worst possible violence! The lessons of
love and romance are no more professed
to those who have to go through violent
struggles for every morsel of food and
every sip of water.
The practice and propagation of
NAMASMARAN must inevitably
conceive and ensure that the laws, rules,
regulations, traditions, conventions are
organized and reorganized around the
premise of “Progressing from selfishness
to selflessness amidst the environment of
optimal fulfillment of physical,
instinctual, psychomotor, productive,
emotional, creative, intellectual and
spiritual needs and aspirations; of one