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Date: Mon 31 Dec 2012 20:26:57
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Subject: What is Fearful and Fearless Love for Parama Purusa

Baba

== WHAT IS FEARFUL & FEARLESS LOVE FOR PARAMA PURUSA ==

Namaskar,
This letter addresses some key aspects of devotional life and dhyana, and how we can cultivate a deeper, more intimate relation with Parama Purusa.

EXAMPLES OF FEARFUL AND FEARLESS LOVE IN MUNDANE LIFE

In Baba’s teachings, it is given that sadhana is the journey from fearful love for Parama Purusa to fearless love for Parama Purusa. To best understand and benefit from His divine guidelines, let’s first investigate fearful and fearless love on the mundane level.

There are many examples how fearful and fearless love plays out in mundane life. We will also investigate exclusively fear-based relations. For instance:

(a) Suppose a child breaks something in the house and then runs away and does not go back home. That child is just hiding at the neighbor’s house. Such a child is quite fearful. The child’s mother is calling and calling for them to return home, but that child does not budge. After a while the neighbor cajoles, prods, and ultimately carries the child to its mother. The child went unhappily. Such types of kids do not have love for their parents; rather their relationship is based on fear.

(b) Let’s say a child breaks a clay pot in their home, then they may run over to the neighbor’s house to hide. Although they do not really want to stay at their neighbor’s house, but nor do they wish to face their parents. They are scared to go back to their own house. But when mother starts calling the child then after a few rounds of calls, and after mother gives her assurance, the child returns home. That child has fearful love for their parents.

(c) Lastly, a child breaks something in the house and is overcome with sadness, but does not run away. That child is feeling repentant for their mistake, and when the mother calls the child immediately runs into her arms. In that case, we can say that the child has fearless love for her.

Finally in the case of ideal parents, we often see that kids have fearless love for their mother and fearful love for their father. This is not the rule per se, but perhaps a general trend.

EXAMPLES OF FEARFUL AND FEARLESS LOVE IN SPIRITUAL LIFE

Those pre-historic humans had only a fear-based relationship with God. That continued for thousands of years. It was only with the divine advent of Lord Krsna that a revolutionary shift occurred. Then bhaktas began having a loving relation with Parama Purusa. This is evidenced by the poetry and writings of Surdas, Meerabai, Caetanya Mahaprabhu, Vidyapti etc.

Still today some religion preach a fear-based relation with God, gradually though more seekers are being drawn to having a loving relation with Parama Purusa.

Here are a few examples that show the continuum from fear-based relations with God, to fearful love for Parama Purusa which gets transformed into fearless love for the Divine Entity.

(a) In some extreme cases of fear-based relations with Parama Purusa, followers think that, “God is ferocious and can curse and destroy me. I have done sin and He will leave me to burn in hellfire.” Some dogmatic religions adhere to this extreme tenet. In that case there is only fear.

(b) Next, some sadhakas think they are unable to follow all the rules and codes of conduct and they will never be up to the mark. So they opt not to go close. Instead they prefer to do pranam from a distance. They have love for Parama Purusa, but do not want to go close and talk etc. They prefer to sit in the back for general darshan and DMC; and internally they vow to themselves never to go to any meeting or reporting. In that smaller venue, they may be punished and pointed out, so they prefer not to go themselves, but they like to hear about it. There were some margiis and wts who followed this pattern. They did not wish to go close but they had love for Baba so they came and stayed in Ananda Marga. Those who left Ananda Marga entirely and never came back, they had a fear-based relation with Parama Purusa.

(c) Then there are those sadhakas who have committed wrongs and they think, “How can I go close to Parama Purusa, He will be furious with me.” Such persons also have fearful love for the Lord.

(d) Another section of devotees think that, “If I do wrong then Parama Purusa will be unhappy with me.” Actually they have yet to engage in any wrongdoing, but the very thought of that is enough for them to think that the Lord will be displeased with them. They too harbour fearful love for Parama Purusa.

Here are a few examples of fearless love for Parama Purusa:

(a) When devotees experience strong sadhana and potent mantra japa by His grace, then their fear automatically dissipates. They think, “My Parama Purusa loves me and whatever mistakes I have made will not be cause for Him keeping me away, rather because He loves me He will take me on His lap, regardless of my past wrongs.” Such a bhakta has fearless love for Parama Purusa. They request Parama Purusa, “Ok, I have committed many mistakes but it is Your duty to make me alright. It is up to You to cleanse me and give me strength.” Such bhaktas do not have fear. Some even accuse Parama Purusa, “Why did You allow me to do wrong? Why did You not keep me clean.” Some sadhakas really think like this, and it is not just some external show. They truly feel this way inside their heart. They do not brag about this or beat the drum. This is just their natural devotional expression.

(b) Any sadhaka who has experienced deeper and more intimate relations with Him in dhyana will naturally have fearless love for Him.

Baba furthermore states in the last chapter of Subhasita Samgraha – 25, “Iishvar Prem Tatha’ Usake Sa’th Bhay”, that it is okay and natural for sadhakas to begin their spiritual journey having fearful love for Parama Purusa. By this way they will be careful to follow all the do’s and don’ts. Then, slowly over time, or depending upon their approach in sadhana, they become more mature and focused and strictly abide by all those codes of conduct. Their devotional link with Him deepens and their fear fades away as they progress along this continuum. It is Baba’s grace.

In this posting, and for all bhaktas, the transition is from fearful love to fearless love for Parama Purusa. Please read Baba’s following guidelines.

BABA’S TEACHING ON DHYANA

In many places Baba guides us that that dhya’na is our highest practice which has no comparison.

Baba says, “Dhyana is the unbroken flow of the mind-stuff, or citta, in one continuous stream, like the flow of oil, where all the propensities of the mind are fixed on the Goal.” (Ananda Marga Caryacarya – 1, Sadhana, pt #7)

Our scripture says, “Dhya’na yoga which elevates human beings through constant self-analysis, obliterates the very existence of the non-spiritual, and expedites one’s elevation into the supreme spiritual stance.” (Microvita in a Nutshell, p. 92-3)

By these sadhana teachings it is clear that dhya’na is that distinct practice which leads us unto Him.

FEARFUL LOVE TO FEARLESS LOVE

In this passage Baba vividly tells us that sadhana – dhya’na – is the process of yojana’t, whereby we move from the stage of fearful love to fearless love for Him.

Sadguru says, “Yojana means unicity with Him. The final goal of a sa’dhaka is to become one with Him….The spirit of sa’dhana’ is to get oneself unified with the hub of this universal wheel, not united but unified.”

“Now this sa’dhana’ which is sa’dhana’ for complete merger, for unification, starts with fearful love. Love must be there. Unless and until there is love, there can not be unification. So love must be there but it starts with fearful love and ends in fearless love : and the space between fearful love and fearless love is the space of sa’dhana’. What is sa’dhana’? Sadhana’ is transformation of fearful love into fearless love.”

“When this attraction is for any non-integral entity, or for any small entity this is called ka’ma. When that attraction is for that integral entity, and the integral entity is only one and that one is Parama Purus’a — it is called Prema.”

“Yojana’t starts with fearful love and ends in fearless love and the process of transformation of fearful love into fearless love is called sa’dhana’ (Intuitional Practice).”

“Sa’dhana’ starts with fearful love:..One name of God is bhiis’an’a because everybody is afraid of Him. Everybody starts their sa’dhana’ with fearful love but that sa’dhana’ ends in fearless love – because unless and until one becomes fearless one cannot become one with Him.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 18; Salem, Madras, D.M.C. 9-12-64)

SPECIAL GUIDELINE FOR ENHANCING DHYANA:

UNIQUE TEACHING FROM BABA

Furthermore, here is Baba’s special sadhana guideline for enhancing one’s pratice of dhyana.

In His discourse, ‘Chariot and the Charioteer’, Baba explains about pra’na wherein He specifically guides us that pranayama and dhyana should be done in sequence – i.e. when the mind is very calm then one can do pranayama, and, directly thereafter, one should do dhyana. That’s to say, pranayama should always be followed by dhyana.

Pranayama and dhyana are very important and closely linked as Baba Himself has written the significant aspects of the practical process
in His books.

Here is the one of the special and unique ways in which pranayama and dhyana are related. Here Baba guides us that pranayama is a necessary complement for proper dhya’na.

Baba says, “Pra’n’a’yama is the scientific process to control the respiration and hence the mind, as a result of which sadhana is especially facilitated. The practice of dhya’na becomes a time consuming affair if pra’n’a’yama is not adequately practised.” (Caryacarya, Sadhana, pt #4)

By the above teaching it is clear that pranayama plays an important role in the practice of dhya’na. And through sustained effort in dhyana the sadhaka develops fearless love for Him and ultimately becomes one with Him, by His grace.

BECOMING ONE WITH HIM

Baba says “A genuine spiritualist will have to establish a relation of love with Parama Purus’a. Those who remain oblivious to this truth become unsuccessful in their mission.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 11, ‘The Path of Salvation’)

Ananda Marga scripture says, “Tasmin haḿso bhrámyate brahmacakre. And what do the rest of the people do? They think that since Parama Puruśa is so vast and so learned, whereas they themselves are foolish and illiterate – insignificant creatures. Thus they increase their radii, their distance from the nucleus. This psychology that Parama Puruśa is too vast and great for the devotees to attain Him is called mahimnabodha, that which keeps them away from Parama Puruśa. Those who consider themselves to be wicked try to go far from Parama Puruśa, thinking that if they remove themselves from Him they will in this way be spared punishment. But the point is, if someone goes some distance from Parama Puruśa, can he or she avoid punishment in this way? No. So it is better to come close to Him and draw His sympathy and love, and thus become pure and holy.”

Prthagátmánaḿ preritáraḿca matvá.

“As long as human minds dwell on the duality that “I and my Lord are separate entities,” they keep on moving around the periphery of Parama Puruśa. Instead of this, people should think, “Parama Puruśa is my Father – He may be great and wise, but after all I am His child.” Now in the worldly sphere, if a father is learned and the son or daughter is illiterate, this does not at all undermine the sweet and loving relationship between the father and his child; rather instead of going away from Parama Puruśa, it is better to come close to Him so that the influence and wisdom of the Supreme can elevate His sons and daughters. And those who are wicked and sinful also need not be worried because they are also equally His children.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 11, The Supreme Desideratum of the Microcosms)

Sadguru says, “There cannot be any complex in the spiritual level or existential sphere. In spirituality there is no complex because every person has contact with Parama Puruśa on a purely personal level. There is no third existence between them. There are only two – the spiritualist and the Parama Pitá [Cosmic Father]. Spiritualists move towards the Cosmic Father and sit on His lap. To do this is every one’s birthright. Nobody can be debarred from doing so on the pretext of inferior caste, colour, education or poverty. Since this is every one’s birthright there cannot be any complex in the arena of spirituality. The defective social order injects an inferiority complex in the mind which often persists even when people enter the spiritual field. They feel that as the Cosmic Father is so great, how can they, being of low caste or poor or uneducated, go to Him? This is called mahimnabodha in the shástras [scriptures]. But one should not forget that the relation of father and child exists. Even if the father is a great scholar, the uneducated child will go to him and ask for whatever he requires because he or she has affection for the father. Just now I said that in the field of spirituality there cannot be any complex, but there are complexes due to social defects. It is our spiritual duty to rectify the social order. If we fail, there may not be good spiritualists. Even those who have the potentiality to become good spiritualists may not progress. They may be like a flower that dies before it blossoms.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 5, The Social Order and Superiority and Inferiority Complexes)

Baba says, “The real spiritual unification is defined as Saḿyoga yoga ityuktah jiivátamá Paramátmanah: when the unit consciousness and the Supreme Consciousness are fused into one, that is the real yoga. When does this take place? When the spiritual aspirants establish a relationship of sweet love with Parama Puruśa. In the absence of this sweet and loving relationship, human beings are bound to maintain a distance from Parama Puruśa out of fear. This is called mahimnabodha in the scriptures. “While Parama Puruśa is such a vast and exalted Entity and I am such an insignificant creature, how can I go near Him?” This sort of inferiority complex on the part of a spiritual aspirant is immensely harmful, and spiritual aspirants must be aware of this. I may be a very small creature, and indeed a drop of water is very insignificant in comparison to the vast ocean of water; but although small, that tiny drop of water is inseparably associated with the ocean itself. That drop never thinks that because it is a mere drop, how can it be associated with the great sea. In the same way, the arduous yogic practice of spiritual aspirants becomes meaningless if they fail to establish a sweet relation with Parama Puruśa.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 11, The Path of Salvation)

Baba says, “Kevalá bhakti: When one is identified with the goal there remains only one entity. This is called kevalá bhakti. This category of devotion is not attainable by one’s individual effort. One can attain it by the grace of great personalities or Parama Puruśa. This is the highest stage of devotion. In this devotion the sádhaka remains oblivious of the differences and distinctions. This is called mahimna jiṋána. As long as the sense of differentiation will exist, the sádhaka will hesitate to be one with Brahma.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 4, Bhakti and Krpa)

MORE OF BABA’S DIVINE TEACHINGS

Taraka Brahma says, “Try, O sa’dhaka, to know only Him, in Whom are held the sky, the world and the void, in whom are ensconced the mind, the five vital forces and the sensory and motor organs. Shun all other pointless considerations except your efforts to know Him. You are mortal, subject to death. Your desire of establishing yourself in deathlessness has been with you from eternity. And that very Brahma is the bridge leading to that state of deathlessness. So you will reap the real good, if you can only know Him.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 2, p.30)

Ananda Marga ideology says, “The Entity whom you are trying to attain – Parama Purus’a – is your own innermost self. Your relation with Him is not external, to be defined by courts, laws, or society. It is a family relationship. The desire in your mind to meet God is only born when He is inclined towards you. It is the result of His desire to meet you. Your meeting with God is not a unilateral affair, it is a mutual thing. You walk one step towards Him and He will come twenty towards you.”

“When an infant starts walking, the parent first asks it and goads it to walk a little. It tries to walk, but falls. Then the parent advances and lifts it up onto his or her lap. God does the same. Make the slightest effort, and He will pick you up and place you on His lap.”

“Your relation with God is personal. No one can sever this relationship. It is part of your being, your birthright.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 23)

IN ORDER TO TEACH, ONE MUST PRACTICE

Although it is a sensitive matter, everyone should be very clear that only those acaryas who are strict and sincere in all lessons of sadhana can teach meditation to others. Failing that, their instuctions for dhya’na will be hazy and confusing. Those who do not practice dhya’na in their practical life cannot guide others.

Baba furthermore tells us in different discourses that “A’caran’a’t Pa’t’hyet Yah Sah A’ca’ryah”.

Only those who teach by their conduct are acaryas. If their conduct is not good, then they cannot be treated as acarya. So acarya does not mean the title of acarya or wearing a certain colour of clothing. The critical meaning of acarya is those whose conduct is exemplary. (Reference Ananda Vacanamrtam – 23 ‘Silent Action’, and Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31, Conduct of Acarya.)

Baba says, “Those who have the responsibility to show the path to others should be of superlative character with the most refined conduct. They and their followers must move constantly towards all-round development and shreya [ultimate spiritual attainment]. Persons who teach such well-regulated behaviour to others by their own conduct are called ácáryas.”

“Bear in mind that people may be harmed or misled by even a small weakness or defect in the conduct of an ácárya. Just as it is the duty of a father to educate his children properly by his good conduct, an ácárya or ácáryá should always instruct by his or her exemplary actions and words.”

“In every period of history, some people are heard saying: “Today’s society is ruined, the people degenerated. Life was better in the old days.” The same view is expressed in every era. Have human beings really lost their humanity? Don’t they hold the highest position in the evolution of living things?”

“All the psychological diseases of humanity are the result of not having bhúmadrśt́i (Cosmic outlook) in life. The diseased persons do not consider others, but think only about themselves. They are busy thinking about their own families, employers, etc., and they forget everyone else. This is a terrible malady. But it is a mere expression and symptom of narrow-mindedness, the real root and reason for psychological disease. The cure is to reverse the trend of behaviour to rid the fallen human beings of narrow-mindedness. The medicine is one and only one: Brahmabháva [ideation on Supreme Consciousness]. But just adopting the supreme goal does not immediately establish one in that. It is the work of the ácárya to recognize if a person is on the right or wrong path and course of action. The ácárya should give direction and guidance in every work, big or small. When he or she is to impart any duty to anyone, he should be strict, strong and exact, like a diamond. He or she should never consider social position, wealth, rank, etc. Only those who are established in Yama and Niyama [moral code] and practise sádhaná can be given any responsibility.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31, Conduct of Acarya)

Namaskar,
at His lotus feet,
Kamalakanta

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Timira’vrt ama’ra’trir a’ndha’r bhediya’ esecho…” (P.S. 1329)

Purport:

O’ Baba, on this pitch-black amavasya night which is enveloped by the cimmerian darkness, on this very night by piercing through the cimmerian
darkness You have taken advent.

O’ my dearmost Baba, You have saturated my entire existence with Your divine effulgence and You have situated Yourself in the depths of my heart.

Baba, I go on ideating on You – ensconcing my mind in Your ideation. O’ my Dearmost, You are mine and mine alone. I do not have fear of anyone or anything, because when I know in my heart that everything is situated within You, then why should I have any fear.

O’ Parama Purus’a, I will not harbour any feelings of hatred towards anyone on any occasion. Because when everyone is within You, then how can I have hatred towards anyone. I cannot.

O’ Parama Purusa with Your thunderous voice You are revealing this eternal Supreme truth: That You are the Supreme Controller of this great
universe.

Baba, You have graced me by coming after piercing through the cimmerian darkness. Your glory cannot be written – it is indescribable…

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 06:08:27 +1000

Baba

This entire posting is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Posting: When We Should Compromise;
(2) Concluding Quote: Who Propagated This Defective Philosophy?;
(3) Prabhat Samgiita #1420;

Each section is demarcated by asterisks (***).

== WHEN WE SHOULD COMPROMISE ==

Namaskar,
Here following are some very unique examples from Baba’s own life where He refused to compromise on points of ideology. We are to apply these same measures in our organizational / ideological life.

BABA’S EXAMPLE:

I WILL NOT FORGO PROUT

When Baba was in jail then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sent a representative to convey the following message to Baba.

On behalf of Mrs. Gandhi, the messenger said, “The Government of India & Ananda Marga can peacefully coexist, so long as there is no Prout. If You drop Prout from Your agenda everything will be fine.”

This was the essence of the message from Mrs Gandhi’s camp: For Baba to forgo His Prout philosophy.

In reply, Revered Baba told, “My ideology is more important than my life. I prefer to remain in jail than compromise on My ideology.”

By Baba’s divine example, we are to understand that standing up for our ideological principles is the greatest endeavour in life. This is very evident by the fact that Baba refused to compromise by giving up His Prout philosophy.

Verily, in innumerable places and in countless ways, Baba guides us that we are never to sacrifice or compromise our Ananda Marga ideals.

Thus when certain Dadas have ruined margii rights, made a Fake Bhukti Pradhan manual, distorted Baba’s scripture, invented Fake Ananda Vaniis, created the dogma of mahaprayan, ruined the ACB system, and vicitimised and marginalised countless innocent margiis etc, then we must not compromise or make any deals with such persons. First those Wts must admit to their wrongdoing and sin, express repentance, and mend their ways.

Baba’s overarching directive is to hold firm to ideology – no matter what. We should follow His ideal.

BABA’S EXAMPLE:

I WILL NOT GIVE UP MY FAST

Another well-known incident occurred when Baba was in jail & undertaking His protest fast.

At that time, various political leaders of India came to Baba in a very respectful manner and pleaded with Him to stop His fast. Those political leaders expressed that (a) the long fast was having a very detrimental effect on His body, (b) it was difficult to maintain such a fast, and (c) that His life is very important. Those well-wishers reasoned and concluded that best will be for Baba to discontinue His fast. This was their well-intentioned plea.

But once again, on this very point Baba replied that His fast was for ideological reasons – not for the wellness of His physical existence. For that reason, He must continue the fast.

Baba’s response and action again shows that following His ideological principles is first and foremost in life. On no account should an Ananda Margii ever compromise on Ananda Marga teachings or philosophy.

Hence, when certain Dadas have indulged in Bangalisation, invented dogmatic tiirthas, used expulsion as a weapon, and attacked those who followed silent action etc, we must hold them accountable for contravening Baba’s guidelines. They must accept their misdeeds, beg apology, and correct their wrongdoing etc. There is no other way.

BABA’S EXAMPLE:

DO NOT COMPROMISE WITH THOSE WHO GO AGAINST ISTA

Here is yet another example for us all to consider.

In 1970, when the defectors like Madhavananda, Vishokananda, and Prakashananda, went against Ista – betrayed Guru, then some simple people, who had sentimental friendships with those defectors, wanted to keep everyone together. Those simple sadhakas requested Baba to allow those defectors to remain in the organisation even though they blatantly contravened the very foundational tenets of Ananda Marga. In their naïveté, those simple people wanted to overlook the ideological blunders of those defectors – and have everyone co-exist once again. This is what they asked from Baba.

However, we all know that Baba took a very firm stand – an ideological stand – on this issue, and the rest is history. Baba did not wish to send messengers to those defectors and compromise with their adharmic demands and console them. Instead, on their own accord, those defectors strayed far, far away and never returned. And our Ananda Marga rose to the height of glory. And those who were tricked by such defectors and joined them initially, then Baba openly welcomed them back. While those who deliberately joined those defectors had to face punishment before being allowed back into Ananda Marga.

Here then again, Baba demonstrates through His own Personal example that when it comes to ideology, there must not be any compromise. Rather one is to stand tall on all ideological matters.

Thus in the present day situation, how can we forgive those who have altered Baba’s teachings, and done so many heinous crimes which go against Ananda Marga ideology. How can we simply forgive and excuse such people. We cannot – not until they have purged themselves of such sin and wholly mended their ways.

In so many teachings Baba has guided us to never compromise on ideological matters – never.

“Fight for your Ideology. Be one with your Ideology. Live for your Ideology. Die for your Ideology.” (1)

“Where the question of benevolence and malevolence is concerned we will not deviate an inch from our ideology.” (2)

“Life represents Ideology. Life should be sacrificed for Ideology.” (3)

BABA’S DIVINE DISCOURSE:

DO NOT MADE A PACT WITH SINNERS

So by His own example and in His teachings, Baba guides us to always live by the high ideals of Ananda Marga – never compromise.

This following passage from Baba’s discourse leads in this same direction. This below paragraph has been paraphrased from AV-26 (H) pg 34. It is based on the original Hindi and if anyone has this book and can post the original Hindi section, then that will be very helpful.

Here then is the essence of Baba’s message from that portion of His discourse where Baba is pointedly explaining that there must not be any pact made with those who are opposed to our principles.

“Remember one can have a temporary cease-fire with the black forces, but there cannot be a pact…do you know what is cease-fire? For example, two battling parties may decide that there will not be any fighting at night, and that the fighting will resume in morning. So in a temporary cease-fire the fight has not been stopped permanently; it will continue after a short period of pause. So this is what is known as a temporary cease-fire. In contrast, what is a pact? When a pact is made then a compromise of values is done and each side accepts certain conditions and sacrifices their own ideological platform…Remember, at any cost there will never be a pact with the black forces, i.e. the negative forces. Only there can be a ceasefire from time to time. And that cease-fire will be done with the sole intention to increase your own strength. For example, suppose you are alone and the dark forces surrounding you are ten in number. Then for the time being one can make a cease fire with those black forces; but, then tomorrow you will have to collect 20 fighters to join your cause and then start your offensive against those black forces. That is the use of a temporary cease-fire. Virtuous people must remember, that one can never make a pact with the sinful forces.” (4)

Hence in clear-cut language in His above teaching, Baba directs us that we must never sacrifice our ideals by making a pact with sinful agents – those who go against the welfare of humanity. On this point, Baba maintains that we must live by and fight for our ideals, i.e. Ananda Marga ideology.

In the practical sphere, our Ananda Marga has never made a pact with or bowed down to communists, capitalists, or any type of crooked leadership etc. No matter what the circumstances, always we are to abide by our Ananda Marga ideals. That is Baba’s directive and that is what sincere margiis do.

DO NOT MAKE PACT WITH ANY GROUP

From time to time, a few persons cry out that we should sacrifice Ananda Marga values and ideological principles in order to “keep everyone together” – just like in a crowd where everyone is physically together but has their own separate agenda. That is to say, some confused persons sometimes beg that we should overlook ideological wrongdoings like scriptural distortions and BP rights, and come in the shelter of one particular group or bring all the groups under one roof. This is their unholy approach. Because they are demanding that we forgo our ideological principles for the sake of some type of group pact etc. Yet, Baba never wants us to do such mistakes: Under no conditions are we to compromise on the point ideology.

If really we are to make a pact with unideological group leaders, then Baba would have invited all kinds of communists, capitalists, and dogmatic religious fanatics to bring their dogma into Ananda Marga. But Baba did not do like this. Rather, it was demanded that such persons must first leave their dogma and then enter the house of Ananda Marga – not vice versa.

Because for Baba, ideology is supreme and He wants that we also follow this way of life: Never compromising on ideology.

That means not compromising with those who have ruined margii rights, invented the weapon of expulsion, victimised innocent margiis, and distorted Baba’s scripture. Until such factional heads change their ways, we cannot forgive such persons and forget their sinful deeds. That is Baba’s decree.

IF ANYONE COMPROMISES ON POINTS OF IDEOLOGY

THEY ARE PLAYING WITH FIRE

If any person does not understand the fact that ideology is everything in life, then such a person is really just a baby in Ananda Marga – regardless of their worldly age. If such persons want to make a pact with unideological people, then they themselves are playing with fire as they are going against Baba’s fundamental principle of no compromise on points of ideology. As soon as possible those persons should study Baba’s guidelines and do long sadhana. That is what they need. That is their medicine. Then they will be alright, by His grace.

TWO DISTINCT WARNINGS

#1: If anyone is supporting any group or faction then they themselves are going against Ananda Marga ideology because supporting groupism is against the principles of neo-humanism.

#2: During times of trial, it is very difficult to come onto the right path. Due to allegiance with friends and family or personal interest etc, people go astray. They fail to link up with ideology.

BABA’S TEACHINGS

Ista and Adarsha are the most important things in life. And that is what our svastika flag represents. And that is our victory in life – not the victory of dogma.

ALWAYS STICK TO IDEOLOGY, DO NOT BE SWAYED

“We should always respect our ideology if we are to become true human beings. The ideologist is a man who always acts according to his ideology. If by following the ideology, the older people become unhappy or condemn me, I will not care. If by following an ideology I die and die again, let it be. I will not care. I will stick to my ideology.” (5)

BE READY TO FACE ALL DIFFICULTIES FOR THE SAKE OF IDEOLOGY

“Let those well-versed in ethics criticize me or praise me, as they so desire; let Lakśmii, the goddess of wealth, either be gracious enough (because of my activities) to reside in my house, or, if she prefers, go elsewhere; let death visit me today or decades later. It makes little difference to me. Wise people will never withdraw from the path of ideology, the path which they accept as their ideal.” (6)

“What am I going to do regarding the mission of life? If logicians and philosophers condemn me, saying, “That is a very bad man,” let them say this. Or if, due to my movement towards my goal, a certain portion of society appreciates my action, let them appreciate it – it won’t affect me. I won’t be assailed by such appreciations. And if, due to my action, Lakśmii (Lakśmii is the mythological goddess of riches) comes and resides in my house, it is good. If Lakśmii says, “No, I will quit you forever, I won’t remain with you.” that is, you will have to suffer from poverty, let Lakśmii quit my house: And if, due to my course of action, due to my ideology, Pluto, that is, the god of death, comes and says, “I’ll take you,” let Pluto do it! I don’t care! Or if, due to my course of action, due to my ideology, I am forced to live here for an indefinite period, I am ready to live here. You know life becomes boring if one lives for a long period, but I am ready to undergo that boredom, that monotony, for the sake of my ideology.” (7)

BE DHIIRA – STICK TO IDEOLOGY

“The shástras say that a person must stick to his ideals irrespective of whether he receives praise or abuse, whether wealth comes or wealth goes, whether he lives a thousand years or suffers death the next moment. Such a person is called “dhiira”. My direction to you is to be Dhiira. You must stick to your ideals in spite to everything. In this lies your spiritual growth.” (8)

DO NOT BE SWAYED BY PRAISE OR ABUSE

“If I am too concerned with those who praise or censure me, I will not find time to do my real work. As I have come to this world only for a short period, my only concern should be to keep on doing the duty the Lord has assigned to me. And while doing this allotted duty, I should remember that I belong to Parama Puruśa. I have come from Him, and I will have to return to Him – and to do that, I must complete my allotted duty.” (9)

IT IS BETTER TO DIE UPHOLDING DHARMA

“Even if the practice of Bhágavata dharma brings pain and sorrow and the practice of paradharma (that is to say, the dharma of animals and plants) brings pleasure, humans will have to stick firmly to their svadharma, their mánava dharma. Humans should never allow themselves to descend to paradharma, the dharma of birds and beasts, of trees and plants. On no account should animal dharma be encouraged. The flag of mánava dharma must always be held high under all circumstances. This is exactly what Shrii Krśńa means when He says: Svadharme nidhanam’ shreyah paradharmo bhayávahah – “It would be better to die upholding human dharma, upholding the ideal of humanity; one should never allow oneself to fall back into a state of animality.” (10)

NEVER COMPROMISE WITH SIN OR VICE

“The person will welcome that death rather than compromise with sin and vice. Therefore keep in mind that those who are genuine devotees, sádhakas of high order, loved by Parama Puruśa and closely bound to Parama Puruśa in love and affection, will never compromise with sin and vice. They will cling to their ideal totally, throughout their lives.” (11)

HOLD THE FLAG OF IDEOLOGY UPRIGHT

“O’ human beings, be established in the radiance of divinity and the splendour of valour and chivalry, because yours is the path of revolution. Your path is not the path of extra caution and scheduled movement. You are the traveller of a rugged path. You are travellers of an impregnable path. You have to march ahead proudly with the flag of Marga upright. You have no time to stagger or to look behind.” (12)

SUMMARY STATEMENT

The overall guideline is that we are to hold firm to the ideological fundamental of Ananda Marga irrespective of any worldly situation. Whether we are praised, whether our friends try to lure us away, regardless of any circumstance we are to remain with ideology and never compromise. Thus in our organisational life we must take a firm stand against those who have undermined and contravened the ideological principles of Ananda Marga. We must not compromise with such Dadas etc in any way. Rather they must take responsibility for their wrongdoing, express repentance, and rectify themselves. There is no other option.

Namaskar,
Sastaunga Pranam to Baba,
Bhavanath

Note: MORE ABOUT MARGII RIGHTS

For a comprehensive listing of margii rights and common ideological points that have been compromised and violated in our Ananda Marga, please read this letter. (Note: After clicking sure to scroll down to the actual post)

REFERENCES
1. A’nanda Va’nii #14
2. Namah Shiváya Shántáya, Disc: 14
3. A’nanda Va’nii #15
4. Paraphrased from AV-26, p.34, Hindi Edn
5. 23 November 1971 DMC, Purnea
6. NKS, Disc: 2
7. Ananda Vacanamrtam – part 12
8. Ananda Vacanamrtam – part 1
9. Subháśita Sam’graha Part 12
10. Discourses on Krsna & The Giita, “Better to Die . . .” – 2
11. Discourses on Krsna and the Giita, Svadharma and Paradharma – 3
12. SS-1

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Who Propagated This Defective Philosophy?

“At one time people were told that this world is for human enjoyment only, so the existence of all the plants, of all the birds and animals, in the world is intended merely to provide objects of enjoyment for human beings. Their hopes and aspirations, their intense desire to live, their pains and pleasures, their affectionate family or community lives are simply without value. However much a baby goat may wish to live, the main consideration is how much meat that kid carries on its frame. This defective philosophy has made people ruthlessly violent – even more dangerous than blood-thirsty tigers. Tigers kill only to fill their stomachs, to preserve their physical existence; whereas human beings kill animals mostly out of greed. Generally people have resorted to hypocrisy to camouflage this instinct of greed; they have killed animals on the pretext of pleasing the gods, while actually their main motive in doing so was to please their own tongues. These are all the inevitable results of such defective philosophies.” (Namah Shiváya Shántáya, Disc: 14)

If you do not know who propagates this defective philosophy then click here for the answer.
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PRABHAT SAMGIITA
~ PS #1420 ~

“A’mi toma’ya bha’lobesechi sare yete doba na’…” (PS 1420)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, You have most graciously come to me after such a long time; now I will not let You go away. I love You. O’ my Dearmost, I want to serve You; I want to fall in love with You – because falling in love with You means attaining salvation, getting emancipation, becoming one with the greater ‘I’, and remaining in eternal bliss. I do not want to fall in love with others because that means undergoing bondage, crudification, pain, misery, and, ultimately, degeneration. O’ my Lord, I want to fall in love with You.

O’ Divine Entity, You are the Polestar of my life – my life revolves around You. You are the sweetest of the sweet. You are the evening star of my life – the nucleus of my existence. O’ Prabhu, You are the morning star of the early dawn. O’ my Dearmost, because of You I am alive, and up to eternity I will remain under Your shelter, by Your grace. Thinking, contemplating, and ideating on You is the highest form of sadhana.

O’ Parama Purusa Baba, You are the best of everything. You are the smile of the flowers in the crimson dawn. In the mild nights of sarat [1], You are the shepha’lii [2] flower. In the sweet breeze of the shepha’lii flower, I remain awake thinking about You. O’ my Dearmost, O’ Baba, You are manaska’mana: You are the only One who can satisfy all the longing of my heart and mind.

Baba, You are my everything, I love You…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1420:

[1] Sarat: This refers to the pre-winter Season. In tropical areas like India the pre-winter season is one of the best and most charming times of year. It is not hot and humid, nor is it chilly and cold. Rather in the pre-winter season, the climate is highly refreshing, very suitable, and, on the whole, quite delightful.

[2] Shepha’lii: The Night-flowering Jasmine (Nyctanthes arbortristis) is native to the Bengal region of India, where it is known as shepha’lii. The fragrant aroma of the night jasmine flower (shepha’lii) permeates each and every air molecule and makes the whole environment saturated and drenched it its sweetness.

This (see below) is done by the semitic religions. They do not think that an animal has a soul. There are other religions that may eat meat but they do not adhere to this philosophy. If you have any questions then please write.

“At one time people were told that this world is for human enjoyment only, so the existence of all the plants, of all the birds and animals, in the world is intended merely to provide objects of enjoyment for human beings. Their hopes and aspirations, their intense desire to live, their pains and pleasures, their affectionate family or community lives are simply without value. However much a baby goat may wish to live, the main consideration is how much meat that kid carries on its frame. This defective philosophy has made people ruthlessly violent – even more dangerous than blood-thirsty tigers. Tigers kill only to fill their stomachs, to preserve their physical existence; whereas human beings kill animals mostly out of greed. Generally people have resorted to hypocrisy to camouflage this instinct of greed; they have killed animals on the pretext of pleasing the gods, while actually their main motive in doing so was to please their own tongues. These are all the inevitable results of such defective philosophies.” (Namah Shiváya Shántáya, Disc: 14)

1 Jul 2013 09:03:33 -0000

Baba

== EVEN ANIMALS HAVE BHAKTI ==

Namaskar,
Everyone has devotion – even many animals have devotion. As Ananda Margiis, it is our duty to help those harness their inherent devotion so they can channelise it towards the Supreme – not the mundane. Then they can verily enter onto the path of real devotion – bhakti.

THOSE ANIMALS THAT OBEY AND REVERE OTHERS

HAVE DEVOTION – I.E. SAMANYA BHAKTI

First we should examine how certain animals have devotion, or samanya bhakti. As we see, many animals have respect or awe for those they deem as being greater than themselves. One of the more common examples is a dog that obeys its master. That obedience itself is reverence or devotion for its master. Plus various farm animals view their farmer as their master; so they also have devotion. This type of devotion, however, is not limited to domesticated or farm animals: Camels and elephants – tamed & untamed – also have devotion. They hold in awe those large trees and big mountains because they reverse size and those mountains and trees are greater than themselves. And verily there are so many animals that have devotion – either towards other animals, towards humans, or towards nature.

In sum, whenever any animal feels a sense of awe towards any other entity, then that feeling of awe is devotion.

“When an individual’s psychic feelings get suspended at the sight of the greatness of an entity, then the individual attitude towards that great entity is devotion. Initially it is known as sámányá bhakti [natural devotion]. This sámánya bhakti is present even in many undeveloped creatures. Suppose you look upon the vast Himalayan range. When you gaze at the sky-kissing peaks, your mind becomes overwhelmed and you exclaim, “Oh, how vast are these mountains!” You develop a feeling of reverence for the Himalayas.” (1)

EVERY HUMAN ALSO HAS DEVOTION

BUT THEY OFTEN MISDIRECT IT

When various animals have devotion, then certainly every human being also has devotion.

“The fundamental psychology behind bhakti, which I once discussed at Anandanagar, is this: when a person looks upon the awesome greatness of any great entity, his or her own qualities become suspended. He or she develops a special attitude towards that great entity, and that attitude is known as devotion.” (2)

Invariably, all look upon someone in this world with awe and reverence. Teenagers scream and cheer when their favourite musician comes onto the stage. Sports fans applaud wildly for their sports heroes. Members of Congress gather round when Bill Gates or a Hollywood icon comes to testify or support a cause. Everyone in this world holds a sense of awe for someone or something else that they revere – and that is a form of devotion. But that devotion is misdirected. They do not understand their desire is actually for the Supreme. Devotion is one. Thus when a person longs for worldly things, it means their devotion has gone astray. And their inherent, infinite longing is never satiated by these finite worldly entities, i.e. by seeing that sports player, musician, or pop icon etc.

Certainly though, in Ananda Marga, we essentially view devotion as being real bhakti i.e. spiritual longing for God.

“Bhakti means ideation on the Supreme.” (3)

But in the general society, devotion takes expression in many other forms. People revere the wealthy, the famous, the talented etc. Whatever a person treasures, when they see that quality present in someone else to a higher degree, then they will revere that being. That is where their reverence lies. Tragically, their devotion is misdirected.

MORE ABOUT HOW THEIR INHERENT DEVOTION

GETS MISDIRECTED TO EXTERNAL WORLD

As Baba clearly states, all have devotion – even non-sadhakas. The only problem is that their devotion is misdirected.

Think of it this way. When a baby is hungry it tries to satiate its hunger but it does not know what to eat. The baby innocently reaches for paper, small stones, plastic, and so many other inedible objects. Yet none of those things will satiate its hunger.

Similarly, human beings have inherent devotion. They want to become great – but they do not know where to search. They do not know how to satisfy their infinite longing. Instead of meditating on the Divine, often their longing gets routed to the external sphere. In this way, they seek out and run after money, status, prestige, the opposite sex, and other things they revere or view in awe.

That is why such people are no different from the baby that is putting sticks and stones into its mouth. Just as the baby does not realise that it wants food so it instead reaches for plastic and stones, likewise people do not realise that they long for the Supreme, so instead they misdirect their longing towards mundane objects etc.

So yes, every human being has devotion, but it is misdirected as not all have awakened devotion for the Supreme.

BHAKTI AND DEVOTION ARE NOT THE SAME THING

In practical usage and meaning, there is a grand difference between the Sanskrit word bhakti and the English term devotion.

In English, devotion means being committed to a certain idea or person. For instance, a person is devoted to their spouse, or devoted to their country etc, but in Ananda Marga being committed to one’s country or career does is not called bhakti. But commitment to the mundane is termed as devotion in English. Some more examples include: devotion to one’s business, devotion to one’s children, devotion to one’s land or hobby or sport, devotion to one’s dog, devotion to drinking wine etc. One wealthy person I know is even has devotion for eating bugs etc. In all these ways devotion is used in English. But the term bhakti only means love for Parama Purusa, i.e. love for God.

In this letter, however, the term devotion has been used as a synonym of bhakti, but that is not the normal usage in materialistic societies.

Generally speaking though, to make matters clear, it is better to use the terms bhakti and bhakta. Only due to a distinct lack of a proper term in English do we sometimes use the words devotion and devotee.

In Ananda Marga, a bhakta is a devotee of God, not just a devotee.

BHAKTI IS SERVICE TO PARAMA PURUSA

In His famous, timeless sloka, Baba guides us about the uniqueness of the path of bhakti. And the first aspect of that teaching is as follows:

Bhakti bhagavato seva
Meaning: Devotion is service to God

So the inherent inner desire of the bhakta is to serve Parama Purusa – in all ways at all times. This is their inner-heart’s feeling: To serve & please Baba. To make Parama Purusa happy.

And Baba furthermore describes that to do that service one must be in His contact. Thus to serve Parama Purusa – to serve Baba – the bhakta must be in His closest proximity. Otherwise how will they be able to serve Him, please Him.

THE THREE WAYS TO SERVE PARAMA PURUSA:

PHYSICAL, PSYCHIC, AND SPIRITUAL

So bhaktas keep the closest link with Him all the time in order to serve Him, directly and indirectly. This service occurs on three basic levels.

While living in this world, devotees indirectly do seva to Parama Purusa by serving His creation through the four sevas – shudrocita seva (physical service), ksattriyocita seva (security or martial service) , vaeshyocita seva (economic service), and viprocita seva (spiritual service). Serving His creation in one of these four ways is physical service to Parama Purusa. That means viewing each and every expression as the manifestation of Supreme Consciousness and helping them according to their greatest need. That is physical service to Parama Purusa.

And in kiirtan, the bhakta lovingly sings the name of Parama Purusa and calls Him into their heart. This is serving Him in the mental sphere.

In dhya’na, the devotee channelizes all their love and all their desires unto His divine Self and by this way they are serving Baba in the spiritual realm.

In latter two above aspects, dhyana and kiirtan, the bhakta is rendering service to Parama Purusa directly.

Hence in all ways at all times, bhaktas are involved in serving the Lord– i.e. pleasing Baba.

ASAKTI VERUS BHAKTI

“When this attraction is for any non-integral entity, or for any small entity this is called káma. When that attraction is for that integral entity, and the integral entity is only one and that one is Parama Puruśa – it is called Prema. When the attraction is for the non-integral entity, for money, for family, for land, it is called Káma; when it is for integral entity it is called Prema and the mental tendency during Káma i.e., the mental tendency during attraction for a non-integral entity is called Ásakti in Samskrta and the mental tendency during attraction for that Integral Entity is called Bhakti. Do you follow?” (4)

“When the Esana is not for Paramatman but for something else, it is known as Asakti (Attachment) and not Bhakti. As for example, the Esana for wine. This Esana will be termed as Panasakti, the attachment for wine i.e. attachment is always in bad sense and devotion is always supreme. Therefore the correct Esana is devotion.” (5)

“When the unit self is associated with the cosmic it is called “bhakti” or “devotion”, but when it is associated with the mundane it is called “attachment”. You must withdraw your mental propensities from all external objects – no matter what they might be – and channelize them only towards Parama Puruśa. Only when you direct them towards Him, can it be called bhakti. If you allow your mind to become fascinated by any other object, it is called “ásakti” or “attachment”. When your only desire is for Iishvara, it is called “Iishvara-bhakti”, but when that attachment is for wine, for example, it is called ásakti for wine. An attachment for any object other than Parama Puruśa is called “ásakti”.” (6)

ANURAKTI IS REAL DEVOTION:

NOT MISDIRECTED LONGING FOR WORLDLY THINGS

“When one’s psychic attraction is toward the crude, the mind has a downward tendency, which leads to one’s eventual downfall. But when the mind moves upward it is called anurakti [attraction for the Great]. The consummation of this attraction is devotion.” (7)

“Anurakti is of two kinds. The anurakti for the Supreme Brahma or Infinite Cosmic Consciousness is para’nurakti. The anurakti for Brahma under the sway of prakrti or the anurakti for the crude manifestations is termed apara’nurakti. God is an object for para’nurakti. When the aspirant considers the Supreme Brahma to be his own, it is termed bhajana’ or bhakti.” (8)

ULTIMATELY REACH PARAMA PURUSA

Here following is Baba’s supreme guideline and blessing upon all Ananda Margiis.

“Devotion enables spiritual aspirants to attain the pinnacled goal of their lives. It is this devotion that human beings have been seeking since time immemorial. When they finally attain the Guru and get initiation, then they begin to walk on this path of devotion. And those who have started on this path realize that they are sure to reach their destination, that to reach their goal is the sole reason for their birth. You should remember why you have been born. Following the path of devotion, you will have to ultimately reach Parama Purus’a. This is the pinnacled point, the supreme point of human glory. You should always remember this, during your lifetime and even after your death.” (9)

SUMMARY

The overall message of this letter is that all have devotion – all human beings and even some animals. But their devotion is directed towards the limited – the mundane. That is why they are never satisfied. Their desire is never quenched. They never feel a sense of true and lasting satiation. Just their longing changes from one object to the next.

With true devotion, i.e. bhakti, where a sadhaka’s longing is pointed only towards the Supreme, then only can one feel His grace and feel satiation. Only that unlimited Supreme Entity can satisfy infinite human longing. All should come onto the path of bhakti – till that time their longing will never be satisfied.

Namaskar,
In His service,
Amarendra

REFERENCES
1. Namami Krsnasundaram, Disc: 23
2. Namami Krsnasundaram, Disc: 23
3. APH-4, Bhakti and Krpá
4. Subhasita Smgraha-18, The Stance of Salvation and How to Attain It
5. Subhasita Samgraha – 20, Astitva and Shivatva
6. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 7, The True Nature of Bhakti
7. Annada Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 8
8. Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 2
9. Yoga Psychology

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Jiirn’ bishiirn’ jiiver karibo sava’…” {P.S. 3714}

Purport:

We will serve all living beings; we will remove the afflictions and sufferings of all jiivas. If we will not save the hungry by providing food, and help the sick by providing medicine, and give love and care to the needy, then who will serve them. Those who are suffering from various diseases, physical or psychic, for them we are here. We are here to serve them and save them. We are all for those despondent human beings and suffering animals, birds, and plants. Plants, creepers and shrubs also have life force. Also for them we have to think. We have brought everyone close to the heart. We will not single out anyone; everyone belongs to our family. Parama Purusa has created this universe for all of us. This divine truth we have accepted with our mind, with our heart. We have come here to serve one and all. By this way we will serve Parama Purus’a….

Sun, 30 Jun 2013 22:33:08

== Why So Much Police ==

Namaskar,
Here is one teaching from Baba that is highly related with the present-day humanity.

BABA’S SPECIAL TEACHING

“Give each person an aeroplane – very good. “I shall make efforts for each person to have an aeroplane.” Happiness in collective life is very good, but in personal life there should be sacrifice. If there is no sacrifice in personal life, there can never be joy and happiness in collective life. If one person possesses one crore (10 million) rupees and others do not have even sattu (1) there can never be universal well-being in that society or country. One should renounce all luxuries in personal life – all should live happily together. All are the children of the Supreme Father, all should live happily.” (Discourse: Swastika Flag)

(1) Sattu: Flour made from roasted gram (also called chick-pea or garbanzo) or sometimes roasted barley or maize (corn).

“हर मनुष्य को एक-एक aeroplane दे दो–बहुत अच्छा | “हर मनुष्य को ताकि एक-एक aeroplane मिले, मैं उसके लिए मैं चेष्टित रहूँगा”—- ख़ूब ठीक है | सामूहिक-जीवन में भोग, किन्तु वैयष्टिक-जीवन में त्याग | वैयष्टिक-जीवन जीवन में त्याग नहीं रहने से सामूहिक-जीवन में भोग नहीं होता है | एक आदमी के पास अगर एक करोड़ रुपया रह गया, और दूसरी जगह सत्तू-मिर्च नहीं मिलता है; तो उससे समाज का, देश का, राष्ट्र का, कल्याण नहीं है | वह वैयष्टिक-जीवन में वह छोड़ दे सब, त्याग कर दे | सब कोई मिलकर खाए, पिए,—परम पिता के सन्तान हैं, सब मज़े में रहें |” (Discourse: Swastika Jhanda)

APPLYING THIS TO TODAY’S WORLD

In His above guideline, Baba is teaching us that wherever there is great disparity of wealth, wherever there is economic exploitation, wherever there are haves and have-nots, and wherever some are rolling in luxury while others scrounge to get a morsel of food, there will never be peace and harmony in society. Rather there will be rampant thievery, robberies, and a high crime rate.

Nowadays in this era of extreme capitalism, security has increased multi-fold because people have lost trust in one another. There are cameras and surveillance systems on every corner, the police force has become huge, border agents secure all national boundaries, passports and identification are needed to go from place to place, and verily security has been heightened in all levels of society. There is always a camera watching what you are doing. In short, there is a blatant lack of trust in all directions. Everyone thinks the next person may harm them or steal from them.

In the past, perhaps 40 – 60 years ago, such steps were not necessary. Because in those days, the wealth disparity was not so huge.

But now when people think money and material wealth are everything, then they will do anything to accrue more wealth. That brings widespread distrust. What to think of the rich not trusting the poor, people do not trust their neighbors, and parents do not trust their children. Because when material wealth itself is finite and limited, then people become suspicious and fearful: They think that if they do not grab the wealth then someone else will. In this materialistic era, all other human values have become lost; they are but a distant memory. Money reigns supreme.

In such a condition where a privileged few hoard most of the wealth, and money is looked upon as everything, there can never be peace, safety, and security in society. Social harmony and happiness only comes when importance is given to human cardinal values – and only when the rich renounce their wealth and live along side the common people. Only when there is a rational distribution of wealth and the principles of Prout are in place will we have a true human society where all live cooperatively as children of the Supreme Father.

Namaskar,
In Him,
Nataraj

Note: The translation of Baba’s above teaching from the original Hindi to English was done by Dr. T.R. Sukul ji.

30 Jun 2013 13:07:40 -0000

Baba

== HURLING STONE ON RELIGION ==

Namaskar,
Although some radical fundamentalists do exist in every religion – they are comparatively few in number. Here the term radical refers to those who blindly follow negative and detrimental theories based on irrational ideas devoid of logic and reasoning. Strictly following bhagavad dharma is not radical as it is based on rationality and for universal well-being. If someone is an adherent of harmful dogmatic teachings from the religions, then surely they are radical.

Here Baba points out the defective mind-set of such persons.

“It is very difficult to persuade religious bigots to follow the path of logic because according to them even to listen to others is a sinful act. This is nothing but mere sentiment. According to some religions beef eating is forbidden but the killing of deer and goats is permissible. This is totally irrational.” (1)

Thus in this age of reasoning, most are not convinced or drawn in by religious leaders. Because when those religious leaders themselves do not follow the path of logic, then the common people just think such priests etc are outdated. For this reason the various religions are shrinking.

RELIGION IS FADING

In comparison to a 100 years ago, religion on the whole is a much weaker force than it used to be. In the middle ages, millions were killed in the name of religion during the crusades. Today however, religion is no longer the dominating influence in peoples’ lives. Mostly it is just a namesake – i.e. something that people passively follow.

Most do not ardently adhere to the various religious rituals and mandates. People no longer base their lives on what the scriptures say. With the rise of science, people depend more on their logic and reasoning. They are no longer moved or swayed by irrational religious doctrines. Hence religion is fading away in most parts of the globe.

MUST NOT INCITE REVIVAL

However, if an overtly offensive attack is launched against those religions on the sentimental plane – such as by burning their holy books etc – then there will be tremendous backlash. There will be a major uprising as waves of those followers will staunchly line up behind their religion.

“Through such religions it is next to impossible to establish unity in the society. Religious differences should be minimized as much as possible, but it should be remembered that blind faith in a religion cannot be forcibly eliminated. To strike at any type of sentiment will only cause that sentiment to grow stronger.” (2)

Why do we see – from time to time – profane language used by one religious follower to another? Because of some political gain. This has happened time and again. It has happened in the past and will recur in the future. Intelligent people should always be alert and aware of such tactics. Those not in power incite tense situations to get the power and thereby create chaos in the society. This unfortunate maneuver occurs all around the globe. When we see such incidents it means some political gain is at stake. Those not in power want to come in power by escalating the situation and creating differences.

One political party did this in the USA in 2009 & 2011 – before the upcoming elections – whereby they spoke out against Muslims to ignite the Christian fundamentalists. That political party thought that by this way the can regain their political might. And a similar event occurred in India surrounding the Babri mosque whereby Hindus clashed with Muslims to rally people and regain power. For more about these incident see the link at the bottom of this letter.

The key point here is that if we allow people to create religious conflicts by such ploys then fissiparious tendencies and divisive forces will rise and society will be torn apart. All remnants of peace will be gone.

Thus to lambaste any religion on sentimental grounds will only make matters worse. That is Baba’s pointed warning. Religious leaders can only rely on sentiment and emotion to rally their people – they cannot say “use your brain” because the religions do not adhere to rational teachings.

So if we attack their religious sentiment by insulting their holy texts then that will only invite a dogmatic resurgence of that religion. Everyone, inside and outside of Ananda Marga, must be careful about this.

HOW MUST WE PROCEED

Here Baba outlines what our approach must be in order to create peace and harmony in the society.

“Psychological methods will have to be employed to make people realize the irrational nature of blind religious faith. This requires a rational interpretation of philosophy through enlightened intellect. When the human mind is gripped by the fear psychology it gives indulgence to blind faith rather than logic and reason. If human fear is removed through logic and reason, the very basis for blind faith will be weakened. That is why human beings will have to be taught philosophical doctrines in a rational way.” (3)

Thus we are to generate interest in logic and reasoning within the common people. Gradually those believers will begin to use their brain and that is the most opportune time to teach them. So logic and reasoning are our faithful tools to combat religious dogmas. Resorting to insulting behaviours and / or belittling their faith will not do.

Furthermore in His teachings on neo-humanism, Baba guides us to fight against isms and dogmas with our logic & reasoning. And that logic and reasoning can only be successful if one has inherent love for all of humanity. Such persons are sadvipras. They only can wipe away dogmas and isms.

If politicians try to crush, suppress or push aside the religions then they will fail. The communists tried that scheme but they could not smother those religions. Rather such religions flourished underground.

“It should be remembered that there are certain differences in the society which should be taken into proper consideration. These differences are usually removed through natural fusion. It is not possible to eradicate them by force. When human beings come close to each other with a genuine feeling of unity, when they share the common joys and sorrows of life, those external differences gradually vanish as a matter of course. In the human society there are four main types of external differences: food, dress, language and religion.” (4)

That is why Baba encourages inter-caste, inter-race & international marriages. And indeed we see that in any metropolitan city around the globe where there is a wide representation of diverse ethnic groups living and working together, such as in New York, Sao Paulo, or London, etc such types of heated social problems are much less.

We should rally around similarities not differences. We can also encourage rational philosophical discussions as that will clear up the minds of students.

IMPORTANCE OF FREE THINKING

The most detrimental aspect of religion is that people stop using their brain. In any era, or country or place where religion is very dominant, people are forced to blindly follow dogmatic edicts and keep away from rational analysis. In that way, they degrade themselves to near animals.

This is not just limited to religious affairs but in all spheres of life those believers become accustomed to blindly following certain politicians and radio show hosts. A leader declares: “Vote for this candidate”, “support this proposition”, “buy this product”, and the people respond – blindly. So their habit to passively follow and obey – without using their brain or critical intellect – applies to social, political, and economic life as well. Verily that habit of not using their brain in other spheres of life is the by-product of religion.

Everyone knows that the rational intellect is the unique quality of being human yet the religions mostly force people not to use their intellect – they stifle the entire method of free inquiry and open discussion. If we gradually encourage logic and reasoning – especially with youths – then gradually the hateful religions will be a relic of the past.

That is why Ananda Marga is working hard to establish educational and neo-humanistic institutions around the globe.

The rate at which religion is fading now is staggering; it is on a big downturn. We must raise the slogan of intellectual freedom and rational thinking. Then we can get success because religion does not allow such logic and reasoning.

In contrast, if we allow impulsive and fiery preachers to burn the Koran, Bible, Torah, Giita etc, then that will only ignite the flames of religious outcry and rebellion. That will be counter-productive.

RELIGIOUS DIALOG:

PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSION VERSUS ATTACK ON SENTIMENT

As margiis we should understand Baba’s guideline for discussing the religions.

In Ananda Marga, we appreciate healthy debates on philosophical grounds based on religious teaching and preachings. Hence we can respectfully speak about the loopholes of any of the religions in a very psychological manner. For instance in Christianity we can debate their positions on heaven, hell, and Satan etc, and with Hindus we can raise the point of idol worship etc. We can discuss why these things are right or wrong with regard to all the religions.

But these philosophical discussions must be carried out in a very respectful and dignified manner. There must not be one bit of hatred or disrespect towards any religion. On this very point Baba says in Caryacarya:

“Never attack the religious beliefs of anyone. Make the person understand gradually with logic. If you attack a person’s religious beliefs, it means you have attacked Ananda Marga.” (5)

So we do not appreciate any type of attack on one’s religious sentiments. That means no bible burning, no Koran burning, no destroying of idols, no cartoons about Mohammad, no wall writing about the religions using offensive language etc.

It is fine to politely discuss the defects of idol worship but we should not stand from afar and hurl rocks at those Hindu temples.

Debating the principles is very important, Baba says we should do that. But we must not hurt their emotional or sentimental feelings of their religion. That will only lead to social chaos and and rouse the followers behind those religions. Because at that time their rational brain is not functioning, rather their ego and emotions are dominating. That is why the problems will escalate.

IMPORTANCE OF FREE INQUIRY

The question comes: Why should we encourage philosophical debates? Because we believe in the liberation of intellect and free use of logic and reasoning. Before choosing any religion, one should use their brain as to how far it is logically meaningful.

We see in the society that when some people purchase anything they consider how they should spend their money. But when committing their entire heart and emotional feeling to a certain religion then they do not use their brain. They do not question its veracity.

For instance, Hindus believe that if you hold the tail of a cow on the bank of the Ganges in Varanasi and pay a priest 50 rupees to recite the rituals for “godana puja”, then you will go to eternal heaven and receive all kinds of luxuries and niceties.

Likewise in Catholicism, if a follower confesses their sin and gives money to the priest then their sin removed and a seat is reserved for them in heaven. And similar tactics are done in Islam and Judaism as well. Followers are led by tales and tall talks.

Such an approach is not good. Everyone should use their brain and logic and see how far it is rational to surrender to those religious beliefs and theories.

In any geographical region where education is prevalent, the grip of religious dogma is melting fast. But where people are not well educated, they are more prone to illogical beliefs, rituals and dogma. So education is very important. It should not be forgotten that even in America 14% of the population is illiterate – they cannot comprehend the newspaper. Thus we must work hard to raise the intellectual standard of all peoples in all countries – that will help promote an environment of all-round respect and cordiality.

WHAT TO BE DONE

With the rise of science, logic, and reasoning, the influence of religion is far less than it used to be. However, if anyone insults, taunts, and attacks any religion, then those blind religious followers will create an uproar. Unfortunately, some resort to desecrating and destroying religious symbols – as one religious preacher threatened & burned the Koran (Quran) etc – and that only creates more harm in society.

As in the case of all critical issues, as Ananda Margiis we should be crystal-clear about Baba’s teaching. We should know our stand – i.e. the stand of Ananda Marga. Thus if someone threatens to publicly burn the Bible or the Koran, or draws a caricature of Mohammed, or mocks Hindu idol worship etc, we should know how to respond and intervene.

Specifically, (a) what is our policy with regards to the burning of holy books from the various religions, (b) what are our weapons against such religions, and (c) on what level can we address religious claims.

To reach these answers, we must adhere to Baba’s, our Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji’s, aforementioned key guidelines about the various dogmatic religions.

THERE MUST BE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Baba has graciously given us all the teachings to form a harmonious human society. We must pay heed to His guideline of not hurting anyone’s religious sentiment nor should we try and forcefully root out any dogma by methods of suppression, repression, or terror. We are all one people – brother and sisters – united in under the loving shelter of one God. Whatever differences we have must be sorted out in a respectful, safe, and diplomatic manner.

“The more human beings live in unity, shoulder to shoulder, the greater the welfare of the human race will be. Let no one try to suppress others on the basis of nationality, language, religion or anything else in any sphere of life. Let the path of full expression of human intelligence be kept open forever.” (6)

Namaskar,
In Him,
Gagan

REFERENCES
1. Prout Nutshell – 7
2. A Few Problems Solved – 2
3. A Few Problems Solved – 2
4. Prout in a Nutshell – 7
5. CC-2, “Society”, pt #9
6. A Few Problems Solved – 3

Note: FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW MORE

For those who want to know more about how certain opportunists create rifts among the religions in order to gain power should read the below letter (click link.)

http://anandamargauniversal.blogspot.com/2013/06/igniting-religious-sentiment-for.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Nijer chanda ha’riye phelechi toma’r chande na’cite ca’i….” (1400)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, by Your grace I have lost my own individual rhythm. Now I want to dance in Your Cosmic rhythm. I do not have any language, tune, or proper voice by which I can sing Your glory. So I sing Your name completely depending on Your grace.

O’ my Lord, whatever known or unknown things I had, big or small, everything I am surrendering at Your lotus feet – by Your grace. And I am doing sastaunga pranam countless times. O’ Dear Lord, please grace me.

O’ Parama Purusa Baba, I did not come here on this earth with any attributions, qualities, or wealth. I came empty-handed and I will go empty-handed. I will not go back with a huge treasury. Whatever sin or negative deeds I performed, those reactive momenta should remain along with me and I am ready to suffer the consequences. But whatever good things I did, making the garland of those virtues, I offer You the mala. So I am ready to face my sin but my virtue You please take. Baba, I am offering all my virtues as a mala…

Baba

IGNITING BLIND RELIGIOUS SENTIMENT

FOR POLITICAL GAIN

Namaskar
This post provides greater background into how on certain occasions those not in power create religious rifts to rile people in society just so that they can regain that power.

In every democracy, the party not in power wants to gain the power.

If any party not in power has a better policy to attract the common people in their favor, i.e. if they have a benevolent plan to resolve their miserable situation, then they will propagate their plan to attract the public and get their vote.

Whereas any party not in power that does not have any positive plans or programs then they will resort to negative and dirty sentiments to bring the public in their favour. That is why this Islamic mosque and Koran issues were brought forth in US recently.

Recent Case in The US:

Republicans Raise Anti-Muslim Sentiment

Why did they use this particular sentiment? Because Christians are in the majority in the US, so if they rallied people around the Christian sentiment so they may forget their economic anxiety. With unbridled emotion they will support their ploy. And that is what happened back in 2009.

And when the President’s name itself is Barack Hussein Obama, then they escalated the issue by saying that the ruling Democratic party is dominated my a Muslim leader.

The Republicans raised the banner: “Terrorists are Islamic; the President is Islamic; all the problems are related with Islam. Get rid of this president by voting in our favour and the problem will be solved.”

First Election Since Republicans Were in Power

Terrorists did not just attack the Twin Towers yesterday. The Twin Towers tragedy happened over a decade ago. In those years from 2001 – 2008, the mosque issue (i.e. proposal to build a mosque near ground zero) was not such a wild and nasty affair. Because earlier the Republicans were ruling. Since the Twin Towers attack, 2010 represented the first time an election was going to happen since those Republicans were in power. So republicans used this negative sentiment to stir the people.

In creating this negative sentiment while the Democrats were in power, the Republicans gained political clout and rattled the present administration. And in the 2010 mid-term elections they gain a lot of seats. However such a hate campaign spilled over into one pastor threatening to burn the Koran. It went beyond the boundaries of Republican control and riled people, like this pastor, to take harmful action.

Baba’s Warning

That is why Baba warns us that we should never rally people around a negative sentiment as it does not bode well for society.

More recently, such sentiments led to the Boston bombing whereby Islamic youths killed and injured innocent bystanders because of their own feeling that the western world was mistreating Muslims.

Even then Republicans remain pleased by their strategy – still today. Those in power never wish to disturb the peace, but the party not in power always tries to wreak havoc on the country – especially during an election year. In that sense the Republicans got what they wanted. By creating rifts between religious fronts, they were able to grab votes and carry more seats in Congress. This was their scheme.

In a democracy, the common public can be misguided by any sentiment. The above situation is the proof. That is why any democracy supported by adult franchise is foolocaracy. Because age alone does not give a person the requisite viveka to vote properly. Democracy, however, is OK if the voters have a socio-political consciousness.

And a similar tactic was employed in India surrounding the Babri mosque:

Demolition of Babri Masjid

(courtesy of Wikipedia)

The city of Ayodhya is regarded by Hindus to be the birthplace of the God-king Rama and is regarded as one of India’s most sacred and religious sites. In 1528, after the Mughal invasion, a mosque was built by Mughal general Mir Banki, who reportedly destroyed a pre-existing temple of Rama at the site, and named it after emperor Babur. For several years, the site was used for religious purposes by both Hindus and Muslims. After independence, several title suits were filed by opposing religious groups claiming possession of the site.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) used the Ayodhya debate as a major campaign issue in the 1989 elections. In September 1990, BJP leader L. K. Advani started Rath Yatra, a tour of the country to educate the masses about the Ayodhya struggle.

Demolition

On 6 December 1992, the BJP and other supporting organizations organized a religious ceremony to symbolically start the building of a temple at the sacred site. About 150,000 karsevaks had assembled to witness the ceremonies, including speeches by BJP leaders L. K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.

On that Sunday morning, LK Advani and others met at Vinay Katiyar’s residence. They then proceeded to the disputed structure, the report says. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Katiyar reached the puja platform where symbolic Kar Seva was to be performed, and Advani and Joshi checked arrangements for the next 20 minutes. The two senior leaders then moved 200 metre away to the Ram Katha Kunj. This was a building facing the disputed structure where a dais had been erected for senior leaders.

The report notes that at this time Advani, Joshi and Vijay Raje Scindia made “feeble requests to the Kar Sevaks to come down… either in earnest or for the media’s benefit”. No appeal was made to the Kar Sevaks not to enter the sanctum sanctorum or not to demolish the structure. The report notes: “This selected act of the leaders itself speaks of the hidden intentions of one and all being to accomplish demolition of the disputed structure.” The report holds that the “icons of the movement present at the Ram Katha Kunj… could just as easily have… prevented the demolition.”

Photographs and video of the event show that an angry crowd soon stormed the site and attacked the structure. At noon, youths were seen at the top of one of the domes, attaching a flag and beating on the structure with a stick, signaling the breaking of the outer cordon. Using only hand implements, the crowd reduced the substantial structure to rubble.

Demolition Planned in Advance

In a 2005 book former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Joint Director Maloy Krishna Dhar claimed that Babri mosque demolition was planned 10 months in advance by top leaders of RSS, BJP and VHP and raised questions over the way the then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao, had handled the issue. Dhar claimed that he was directed to arrange the coverage of a key meeting of the BJP/Sangh Parivar and that the meeting “proved beyond doubt that they (RSS, BJP, VHP) had drawn up the blueprint of the Hindutva assault in the coming months and choreographed the ‘pralaya nritya’ (dance of destruction) at Ayodhya in December 1992… The RSS, BJP, VHP and the Bajrang Dal leaders present in the meeting amply agreed to work in a well-orchestrated manner.” Claiming that the tapes of the meeting were personally handed over by him to his boss, he asserts that he has no doubts that his boss had shared the contents with the Prime Minister (Rao) and the Home Minister (S B Chavan). The author claimed that there was silent agreement that Ayodhya offered “a unique opportunity to take the Hindutva wave to the peak for deriving political benefit.”

Communal Riots And Terrorism

The destruction of the Mosque sparked Muslim outrage around the country, provoking several months of intercommunal rioting in which Hindus and Muslims attacked one another, burning and looting homes, shops and places of worship. The ensuing riots which spread to cities like Bombay, Surat, Ahmedabad, Kanpur, Delhi and several others, eventually resulted in 1,500 deaths. The Mumbai Riots alone, which occurred in December 1992 and January 1993, caused the death of around 900 people, and estimated property damage of around INR 9,000 crore ($3.6 billion). The demolition and the ensuing riots were among the major factors behind the 1993 Mumbai bombings and many successive riots in the coming decade. Banned jihadi outfits like Indian Mujahideen cited demolition of the Babri Mosque as an excuse for terrorist attacks.

Investigation

On 16 December 1992, the Union home ministry set up the Liberhan Commission to investigate the destruction of the Mosque, headed by retired High Court Judge M S Liberhan. Totalling 399 sittings over the span of sixteen years, the Commission finally submitted its the 1,029-page report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on June 30, 2009. According to the report, the events of December 6, 1992, in Ayodhya were “neither spontaneous nor unplanned”.
(courtesy of Wikipedia)