STRESS

AND

CORRUPTION

DR. SHRINIWAS KASHALIKAR

The word STRESS is used so extensively and in so many different contexts; that its definition, meaning, significance, causes, mechanisms, dimensions, effects and Total Management have become increasingly complex, ambiguous and obscure. Similarly the word, corruption is used so extensively and in so many contexts that it’s definition, meaning, significance, causes, mechanisms, dimensions, effects and Total Management have become increasingly complex, ambiguous and obscure! The corruption; of the political, religious, intellectual, industrial and other leaders in world; can promote and boost the corruption of (besides their stooges and supporters); any individual; in any and every part of the world; and vice versa. Corruption is usually and wrongly equated with mere financial scams, bribing, kick backs; which constitute “the visible fraction of the iceberg of corruption”! Hence; let us study the basic concept of corruption! Actually the corruption and the enormous STRESS produced by it are as ubiquitous as life and the consciousness! Corruption embodies; degradation of one’s perspective, thoughts, feelings and actions; being influenced by and influencing; the surroundings either consciously or subconsciously; and either knowingly or unknowingly! Corrupt Perspective

Perspective is like the space of consciousness! Thus the normalcy of this “space” of consciousness i.e. perspective; is being universal! The degree of restriction of that “space of consciousness” i.e. perspective; determines the degree of the suffocation and throttling of consciousness, marking the beginning of stress and corruption! Thus; the restriction of the space of consciousness (perspective) constitutes separation from nature, world, countries, religions, regions, provinces, sects, linguistic groups, castes, communities, creeds, sects and even our own family and from our true self and embodies corruption and stress! This disease of corrupted perspective is subtle and hence not easily noticed. Since the medical systems today have not learnt to diagnose and treat the disease viz. “corruption of perspective”; they do not identify and treat this disease, which often inflicts the medical systems themselves! Sectarian and corrupt perspective makes our thoughts, feelings and actions also increasingly mean, lonely, weak, inert, grumbling, intolerant, inconsiderate, resentful, vindictive and miserably selfish and pathogenic (many times concealed under deceptive glamour and glitter) for ourselves and the society! The paradigms or premises; of the sectarian supremacy, racial superiority, financial expansionism, religious bigotry and fanaticism and so on (without concern for the wellbeing of the entire world) constitutes corrupt perspective and highly infectious stress!

Corrupt Thinking The holistic perspective or normal perspective as gets corrupted (diseased and degenerated) gradually becomes increasingly NARROW, sick and sectarian. From this sick and sectarian soil of corrupt perspective, the sick and sectarian thinking germinates! Everything holistic gets degenerated into everything sick and sectarian! This is corrupt thinking and corrupt rationale; behind the coercive; international, national and local; laws, conventions, traditions, rules, pacts (formed without concern for wellbeing of the entire world)! Thus the racially discriminating constitutions, the legal discrimination on the basis of castes, legal yet unjust tax system/s to exploit certain section for the benefit of another section, the repressive laws against trade, shops and such commercial activities, the legalized destructive promotion of alcohol, the various laws and rules with respect to special economic zones and so on are examples of “corrupt thinking”! The present sectarian medical and education systems (conspicuously lacking in integration and productive domain respectively) are also glaring examples of Corrupt thinking. The so called corruption (embodying mere financial scams, bribing and even other corrupt activities) is actually crude and superficial symptom of the deeper disease viz. corrupt

thinking, which in turn is the crude symptom of deeper disease viz. corrupt perspective! Corrupt Emotions The motivation behind the literature, art, media, movies, dramas, and advertisements and so on (serving the sectarian aims, petty objectives, and vested interests ingrained in the above intellectual themes; without concern for the welfare of people at large; or even at the cost of the welfare of people at large) constitute the corruption of emotions and instincts. In our personal life; one such emotion, which we carry on from childhood; through out life, is the craze for accolades, awards and honors! In the course of time; awards accolades and honors become a means of profiteering in many ways apart from euphoria; for us!! They become a means of establishing upper hand, dominance, and sway of one kind or another; on the society. We enjoy this upper hand, dominance, power, which further inflate our ego and give arrogant happiness, which is not easily describable! But all of us have experienced this sense of addicting elation when our ego is boosted! Corrupt Actions The actual laws, literature, art forms, media campaigns, movements, and such every activity in different fields; either

organized or unorganized (without concern for the welfare of the world; or at the cost of the world) constitutes the corrupt actions. In personal life; we manipulate to get “prestigious” awards, bribe to get “accolades” and use every irregular means to get “honors”! Isn’t it true that the degree of our petty greed and our mean addictions like these; in various fields (apart from helplessness and meekness born out of dire needs); determines the extent of financial and other varieties of corruption in our society irrespective of where we live in the world? Considering the universal expanse of the corruption and the STRESS associated with it; from the brief discussion above, it should be clear how corruption and stress are really ubiquitous i.e. not only outside but inside us as well!! The roots of the corruption thrive from the faulty perspective, followed by corrupt thoughts, emotions and actions. Hence the efforts without this insight constitute a phase in the groping crusade against corruption, but can not eradicate the roots of corruption and can not blossom the global perspective and global conscience. For this i.e. to rectify, repair, restore, regenerate, rejuvenate and effectively blossom the ROOTS of global perspective and global conscience the answer is Total Stress Management,

which breaks open the throttling shackles, which restrict the space of our consciousness and thereby effectively eradicates the corruption of our perspective, thinking, feelings and actions. It may be clear by now; that SUPERLIVING i.e. Total Stress Management (the core of which is NAMASMARAN); is the way to conquer corruption; because corruption; is in fact mismanaged STRESS; in different phases, stages, conditions, situations and circumstances of life. The fact that Total Stress Management is the way to conquer corruption needs verification experiment on a universal scale because corruption is universal! It does not involve invasive techniques, is absolutely non traumatic, is totally nontoxic, and is completely non-expensive. More over; it does not poke or interfere with any belief or non-belief system/s!

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