RESTLESSNESS DR. SHRINIWAS KASHALIKAR
One of the greatest enigmas of life in my opinion; is restlessness! The restlessness of unknown origin! More often than not, restlessness is not related to any particular want, though; it may be compounded with hunger, thirst, insecurity, sexual deprivation, and so on. This is why I complain (and keep doing so) round about everything such as price rise, water shortage, load shedding of electricity and hike in bus fare. At home also I keep on grumbling or complaining about almost everything. Sports, physical exercise, athletics, gymnastics, acrobatics, swimming and other forms of creative entertainments such as crafts, music, trekking, painting, dancing etc do not; and for that matter nothing whatsoever, provides fulfillment to me.
What is the reason? Restlessness is like enormous power that has no direction. It agitates but does not lead! It irritates but does not help deicide. It excites but does not orchestrate. My restlessness becomes worse when I am engrossed in the conflict between ideas and preachings of morality, ethics, religions, ideologies on the one hand and the actual reality that apparently disproves all sanity and upholds only barbaric and devilish elements on the other. It is therefore aggravated and converted into anguish, agitation and rage and gets either expressed into suicidal activities or gets transformed into violent activities. I have to understand this immense though potentially beneficial restlessness and channellize it and guide it, through the holistic
development in every field of personal and social life! But it is also mandatory on my part that even if I am provided with the best of everything my restlessness would not subside! It still needs specific efforts on my part to culminate it in the decisive and visionary activity, which is called SWADHARMA. Hence apart from (or instead of) giving vent to my grievances and blame others, I have to work for its metamorphosis, through NAMASMARAN, which is said to be the sure solution.