NAMASMARAN DR. SHRINIWAS KASHALIKAR
First point is: In spiritualism we often hear people preaching that you have to forget yourself in memory of God. Prima facie this appears to be a horrible idea of complete amnesia or dementia. The first reaction to such preaching is aversion towards spiritualism. In fact if you are honest and realistic, about genuine personal and social issues, then you develop loathe and disgust about spiritualism. Those who preach this obviously do not seem to have forgotten themselves or even their petty interests, in memory of God. Actually; forgetting yourself in memory of God means; being able to get freed from the nagging and harrowing shackles of individualistic or subjective ideas and feelings. NAMASMARAN helps you to
gradually get freed from the harassing and obsessive reminders of your own subjective ideas and feelings. Second point: In spiritualism it is often insisted to the extent of coaxing that you have to give up everything and renounce all the relationships, excepting the one with God. This also is obviously shocking and repulsive as it induces hatred about all sublime and adorable relationships. What it actually means is; you acquire the capacity to see every relationship more objectively in the course of time; due to being focused on God i.e. beyond petty self through the practice of NAMASMARAN. As a result; your emotional bonds in all relationships evolve and become mature, subtler and refined.
It is important to understand that of subjective ideas and feelings (memory of petty self) and subjective perceptions about the relatives, friends etc (relationships) should naturally and smoothly get evolved as a result of NAMASMARAN. Arbitrarily trying to “forget yourself” or “cut off relations” can be harmful for a common person like me. One can think over and decide whether to practice NAMASMARAN or not. The third point: In spiritualism there is a philosophical depiction of reality (ABSOLUTE TRUTH) of different philosophers with different perspectives. Imposition of any of this can be harsh on budding minds and induce schizophrenic process (due to shearing between whatever is experienced [said to be untrue] and whatever is not experienced [but is said to be true]) in them.
For example when a boy sees the world and comprehends it in a particular way, it is counterproductive to impose doctrine/s insisting that contrary to his perception; is correct and his perception is wrong! It is essential to understand that philosophy provides answers to certain questions. Understanding the answers can provide you 50 percent satisfaction and conviction. In life it is always good to ask questions, seek answers and verify the answers on the basis of one’s experiences. However; the efforts one must take for one’s evolution are called SADHANA. In as much as it is wrong to try to forsake your ideas; because some philosophy preaches it; it is also wrong to adhere to one’s ideas and condemn the answers provided by the philosophies; without
practicing the SADHANA! Any SADHANA requires patience; as is required in many scientific experiments! NAMASMARAN is a universal SADHANA.