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Subject: Re: “SAMKALPA DIVAS’ VS. ‘MAHAPRAYAN DIVAS’
From:”Panda”
Date:Wed, 30 Sep 2009 11:51:27 +0530
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Baba

Namaska’ram. Lord Buddha said idol worship shouldn’t be done.After his
death his disciples started making idol of Buddha & worshipping him.
This is a negative point what historians point out for downfall of
BUddhism. Similarly Baba clearly mentioned in CARYA”CARYA that shraddha
should be observed within twelve days of death of a person. But after
His physical departure a group of followers have been observing
anniversary of 21st october in the name of MAHA”PRAYA”N”A. Now the
proposal is to observe same day as SAMKALPA Divas. Let’s follow whatever
Ba’ba’ has given in black & white. Let’s not add like MAHAPRAYAN or
Samkalapa divas. Let’s observe A”NANDA PU”RNMA” as instructed by HIM in
Carya’carya.

Thanking you
Narayan Panda

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From: “Gagan”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Who Gets Frustrated
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 07:47:25 -0000

Baba

“Ga’n geye ja’bo…” P.S. 2305

Purport:

Baba, I will go on singing Your song– Your glory. It’s up to You
whether You will grace me by listening to these songs or not. But with
these songs, in my deep contemplation, I will generate divine vibrations,
by Your grace– and go on serving You.

Baba with my deep yearning I am calling You again and again without
getting any response– You are not paying heed to my call. By avoiding me
maybe You are thinking that I will not sing Your song anymore and that I
will remain quiet. And that in frustration, I will give up the hope of
getting You. And that I will no longer engage in the flow of those divine
tunes and melodies, which is inundating the vast sky, by Your grace. And
that I will not utilize these melodious treasures in my practical life to
go closer to You.

Baba, with the strength of knowledge, wisdom, intellect, and worldly
attributions, Your depth cannot be measured– nobody can realise You.
But by surrendering that very unit “I” which already belongs to You, and
with the divine sweetness of singing Your name I will surely get You by
Your grace.

Baba, I sing my songs only for You. Please listen to these heart-felt
loving melodies– and be gracious…

Note: In the above song, the sadhaka has deep love and a strong yearning
for Parama Purusa. So when Parama Purusa does not respond to his call in
the way that he desires, then the sadhaka makes one loving accusation
towards Parama Purusa. So actually that is not an accusation per se, but
rather an intimate type of loving expression. And Baba is approving that
devotees have the right to do like this and that this loving way of
communication is quite natural.

== WHO GETS FRUSTRATED ==

Namaskar,
Everyone wishes to do something great with their life and contribute
something special while on this earth. However, human beings are
motivated in different ways. Sometimes their motivation serves as a
perennial source of inspiration for dharmic works and sometimes their
motivating force sends them into an inevitable state of depression and
frustration.

We should take a look at the operative factors involved – i.e. what is a
person’s motivating force – as well as understand why some tend to get
frustrated.

REACTIONARY PEOPLE: Part 1

There are some who Baba has termed as reactionary type of people. Let us
see who they are and if their pathway leads to frustration or not.

One classic case is the communists in Bengal. They watched as our Marga
gathered more and more followers and sympathizers by performing service
to the needy, poor and destitute. The common people were rallying around
us because of our plans and programs to uplift them from disaster and
poverty.

Seeing this, the communists were seething, i.e. burning with jealousy.
They too then started social service projects – out of a reaction to
what was being done by our Marga. In contrast to our works – which were
motivated by a sincere desire to serve – the communists were only
engaging in “service” as one ploy or strategy to combat us. They were
jealous of the positive attention we were getting.

The communist doctrine did not assert that service is indispensable in
society nor was this their normal way of working. They were not doing
this as their duty to serve others, just they were doing out of
reaction. That was their primary motivation.

Not surprisingly, it was not long before all their frustrations mounted,
their desire fizzled, and ultimately their projects crumbled into dust.

Hence Baba has nothing good to say about such reactionaries – who do not
out of a sincere desire to serve, but to satisfy their selfish needs out
of sheer jealousy.

Baba says, “You will have to identify such reactionary forces in the
society, such vocal revolutionaries who claim to be
socio-economico-political reformists, but who actually befool the people
by adopting such pseudo-reformist, pseudo-humanistic strategies. You
will have to recognize them all.” (NH-LOI: Disc 9)

REACTIONARY PEOPLE: Part 2

The next obvious question is do such things – reactionary approaches –
happen within our Marga as well. Unfortunately, since 1990, there have
been many such examples.

For instance, some years ago H group ((Ranchi et al.) began protesting
against the dogma of mahaprayan, but soon their cries against this dogma
died out. It did not take long before they became totally frustrated on
this issue.

Why? Because their motivation was totally based on opposing B group and
dismantling their program – i.e. out of reaction to the Kolkata faction.
They did not like that B group had a long kiirtan program so out of
jealousy they started their own dogmatic tiirtha in Jamalpur with a ten
day kiirtan. But again, they were not motivated by any higher ideal –
i.e. not out of love for Baba or to uphold His eternal nature. Rather
their chief purpose was to push Kolkata in the mud and grab the
attention for themselves. Thus from the Ranchi side, frustrations
mounted quickly and their opposition came to a halt. The proof is that
today we do not see them rally against the dogma of mahaprayan and
their own dogmatic Jamalpur tiirtha program is a total bust.

So that is one instance of a reactionary event in AM – and, truth be
told, there are countless others. And the common theme among theme all
is extreme jealousy.

Nearly every groupist strategy and approach is reactionary – done in
opposition to another group. Never do they do out of ideological
yearning. One group expels the other, and then vice versa. This is all
done out of reaction. They do not oppose the wrongful practice of
expulsion – they just are motivated to counteract the other group. So
their cries against the unfairness of expulsion do not last long.

That is further proof that groupists are nothing but reactionaries, not
ideologiists. If their group members perform a negative action they all
keep mum, but if the other group does the same thing they raise a big
hue and cry. Such a mentality is no better than party politics; rather
it is party politics.

Baba says, “Are they not the ones resorting to mud-slinging for the sake
of party politics? Most of them are blinded by their obsession for
power, so what can they teach others?” (POD #32)

So the motivation behind every groupist is approach is crude – done out
of jealous reaction – and that is why such groupists are continually
frustrated in life. Never are they basking in His bliss, never do their
plans and programs come to fruition, always they are just in a state of
angst, trying to outdo their opposition.

Plus we see such reactionary approaches in individual life as well.

Sometimes a Dada sees another person doing long sadhana and then that
Dada vows to do sadhana for twice as long. This is nothing but reaction
& jealousy. That Dada is not guided by the high ideal to serve and love
Parama Purusa. Rather their sole motivation is to “outdo” that sadhaka
etc. For that reason, their days of doing “long sadhana” do not last
long. Quickly they get frustrated – and even when they were supposedly
sitting for long sadhana, their mind was not involved in the mantra.
Just they were looking over their shoulder to ensure they were sitting
the longest.

And there are countless such cases in individual life as well. We can
all think of many such examples.

Whether in individual life or group life, such reactionary type of
people are just “leg-pullers”, i.e. just trying to wrestle another party
to the ground out of jealousy. They have no higher motivation than that.
In cent-per-cent of these instances, frustration rises mounts quickly,
and the entire approach is derailed.

Baba says, “They are reactionaries. They suffer from a mental disease.
They are afraid to accept the new; they suffer from fear complex. They
utter high-sounding phrases, but their hearts are filled with fear
complexes.” (NH-LOI, Disc: 7)

So these reactionaries are one category of people who get easily
frustrated.

HYPOCRISY UNVEILED: Part 1

A second category of people that get easily frustrated are those who
resort to hypocrisy. But like reactionaries, these people also can be
easily identified.

The classic example is any groupist who is not currently in power. In
that case, such a person will walk around and act sweet, soft and humble
with all the margiis. They will empathize with the struggles of margii /
family life, offer encouragement in sadhana, and act with all kinds of
niceties. And they will brag about all the great things they will do for
others etc.

One might become truly convinced that this Dada really is a gem. But the
proof comes later on.

As soon as that groupist Dada comes to power, then their thirst for
power and control knows no bounds. Their years of frustration vent fully
and one can see that such this groupist is a veritable despot, crushing
all in their way. But again, due to their severe lack of divine
inspiration, their tenure will not last long and one day they are sure
to lament about their failed ways.

Whether we look at Sarvatmananda, Tiirthananda, Rudrananda, or whichever
group leader, they all fall prey to the above formula. They are tried
and true hypocrites, destined for frustration.

When in power they rule with an iron fist and when not in power they
wear the mask of hypocrisy and pretend the be saintly in order to gain
more followers and ultimately overthrow the ruling group. It is just one
duplicitous cycle.

HYPOCRISY UNVEILED: Part 2

Here again, those suffering from this sort of hypocrisy are not limited
to groupists only. Anyone who is hankering for praise or attention or
power is like that. But in our Marga, mostly these are groupists and
their tools.

Many perform sadhana, asanas, fasting, reading of Baba’s books all so
that others will revere them. But if they do not get the attention they
seek or when others are not around to watch, then such persons will be
1000% frustrated and they will give up their holy behavior.

I think we have all seen such type of behaviour.

THESE TWO GROUPS CAN’T LAST LONG

Really, there is much more to say, but at this point the subject is
quite clear and already many were aware about such things.

The main difference between these two groups is that reactionaries are
primarily those in power who are jealous of any other party gaining
momentum, whereas hypocrites are those factional teams not in power who
feign saintly behaviour to garner more followers and gain the sympathy
of others. That is the general rule.

The solution then is two-fold: To be very sincere in our own spiritual
practices, service others with honest intention of welfare, and identify
those reactionaries and hypocrites who are polluting society, both
outside and within our Marga.

Becoming a reactionary or hypocrite is a severe blow to the human
personality – so we must not let us happen to us either. Such a person
is destined for angst and frustration and in the future one will suffer
the tortures of their past actions.

We should all drastically avoid any such ways and be sincere in Sixteen
Points and always ask Baba to keep us on the path of supreme benevolence.

PERENNIAL SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

The true path of Ananda Marga is the path of revolution – boldly
pronouncing the truth in all sphere of life, not caring if praise or
censure comes our way – not motivated by jealousy or the lust for power.

Baba says, “Those who are courageous enough to speak out this truth in
clear language – those who say, “Shatter this bondage of limitation!” –
their path is called the path of revolution.” (NH-LOI, Disc: 7)

Our inspiration comes directly from Him and our sole aim is to please
Parama Purusa. With this type of approach, all kinds of great works can
get done and one will never feel tired, frustrated, or exasperated –
always one will be infused with Divine inspiration.

If anyone has a sincere motivation to (a) help others, (b) bring forth
the banner of AM ideology, and (c) please Baba, then invariably they
will face strong opposition. But frustration will never enter the lives
of such persons. Always they will be infused with a perennial source of
inspiration that comes directly from Him. They wil always drift in His
bliss.

One great example of all this is what happened during Emergency. The
communist government and all their battalions were against AM, our Marga
was imprisoned, yet so many in the Marga held strong and kept
ideological zeal and optimism despite the harsh treatment. It almost
seemed like the greater the torture, the more inspiration those
dharmikas had. No one gave up – because they had an inner urge to serve
Baba. The few who left AM had some other crude goal in mind.

We should always ensure that we are motivated by the idea of serving and
pleasing Him, with the intention of becoming one with Parama Purusa.
Then we will never fall prey to hypocritical or reactionary tendencies.

If any work is done WITHOUT that benevolent motive then such persons
will bind themselves and destroy their inner peace and tranquility.

We must not not waste our time in such nasty dealings – life is too
short. No one should fall prey to being a reactionary or hypocrite. That
is only inviting a life of exasperation and frustration – nothing more.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has given us all the tools to achieve victory – i.e.
attain Him. Parama Purusa likes it when we follow ideology and avoid
getting caught up in the mess of maya. We must think about Parama Purusa
and do what He says, i.e. those well documented tenets outlined in His
dharmashastra. That is the only way to lead a life devoid of any
frustration – working tirelessly to spread His ideals.

Baba says, ‘Sadvipras will never have any rest. They will have to
continue fighting tirelessly. This fight is the life of living beings.”
(POD, #34)

Namaskar,
Gagan

Note 1: ONE CLASSIC CASE

Being a reactionary can happen to anyone – if they are not careful. Thus
it is not limited to people outside the marga or to certain groupist
forces. Anyone who is not guided by divine inspiration and ideological
motivation is susceptible to becoming a reactionary.

Of late there has been the case of a margii formerly of Seattle, WA
(USA) and his whole entire approach was to give a knee-jerk reaction
against anybody upholding the tenets of ideology. This poor margii
suffered / suffers from extreme jealousy and inferiority complexes. He
is perpetually nervous and scared that others will take his place or
position – he always thinks that others will loot his prestige and
recognition.

Thus with white knuckles he clutches onto his plethora of organisational
posts, clings onto organisational dogmas held by the ruling regime, and
simultaneously tries to suppress anyone who raises the flag of ideology.

Unfortunately for him his life has just become one internal ball of
frustration, bound up in jealousy and dryness – nothing more. No one
should fall into this way of life. It is like living in a spiritual
desert, bereft of any connection with the Divine.

By Baba’s grace we should all hope and pray for this aforesaid margii to
be rectified soon, lest his past karma make for a bleak future. Let us
all hope for the best.

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One New Dogma

Baba says, “Ananda Marga is for one and all: I wish to disseminate dharma
among all. The dedicated sannyasis (monks) and sannyasinis (nuns) of Ananda
Marga have accepted their life of sannyasihood (renunciation) not out of
any escapist mentality, but to further the cause of human welfare. And
through their service, they seek to lead human beings along the path of
righteousness, to the abode of Supreme Bliss.” (AFPS-3, p. 30)

Note: Nowadays one dogma is getting injected that the Ananda Marga
sannyasis system is just temporary– that it was made only for the time
being. This poisonous dogma has been put forth in a book titled
“Divyacaksu”. The book itself is a collection of Baba stories told by the
late family Ac. Dasarathji. And the book was edited by householder Acarya
Pratapa’ditya. Actually 1% of the book is Dasarthji’s stories and the other
99% is the gossip of senior editor Pratapa’ditya. And it is in
Pratapa’ditya’s printed gossip in the middle of the book where he has
inserted his misguided idea that the AM sannyasis order is only temporary.
But this is entirely wrong. Because the sannyasis order is a permanent
feature of AM. Baba has given the system that sannyasis and family people
will be working together, side by side. So the AM sannyasis system is an
on-going and permanent aspect of AM society. Our Ananda Marga is a balanced
philosophy. It is unlike the dogma of Buddhism which dictates that everyone
should be sannyasis; nor is it similar to the dogma of Islam that claims
that everyone should be a family person. Rather our Marga is a balanced
approach: There are family persons and sannyasis. This is Baba’s permanent
& dharmic system. So persons like Pratapa’ditya should be made aware and
corrected and he should not get scope to taint our AM philosophy and Baba
stories by sticking his misguided ideas right there in the middle of the
book, “Divyacaksu” which is a compilation Ac Dasarathji’s stories.

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"..in this modern 21st century-- there are studies which point in this direction: As if there is an inborn qualitative difference between one race and another."

"..in this modern 21st century-- there are studies which point in this direction: As if there is an inborn qualitative difference between one race and another."

From: “Will Chaucey”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: A Case of Modern Blindness
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 06:17:28 +1000

Baba

“Toma’re khunjechi a’mi jina’ne, karme, darshanete…” (PS no. 4545)

Purport

Baba I have searched You on the path of knowledge, on the path of
action, and on the path of philosophy. While doing so my heart remained
dry like the desert. I could not get any feeling. But by Your grace You
have given me this much sense– You made me understand that You have
deep love for me. That is why You have brought me on this earth so that
I can love You. All these days I was not searching You in the world of
ideation and dhyana. I was searching You externally. But in the last I
started doing sadhana and dhyana with the bond of Your love. And since
then I am intoxicated by Your divine charm…

== A CASE OF MODERN BLINDNESS ==

Namaskar,
Many have deep faith that modern science, not religion, is based on the
search for truth and that it is modern science which is the greatest
tool of humanity. Science is often regarded as the god of modern day
society and that it is science which will solve all of our global problems.

However, science does not exist in a vacuum: The guiding force behind it
is the human mind. And so long as a capitalist mentality, or racist
mentality, or naive mind is pushing science forward, there are bound to
be loopholes, if not gaping holes, in scientific knowledge.

So the way science is used today is far from this ideal. And one of the
main problems is that in numerous cases science is manipulated to
promote so-called in-born racial differences.

WE VALUE SCIENCE WHEN….

Of course, as Ananda Margiis, we deeply respect the value of science.
Baba guides us to advocate for more and more scientific research. So in
our Marga, science is also highly honored– under one condition: So long
as it is guided by the rational & benevolent intellect.

Baba says, “Science is also for service and blessedness. Science should
always be utilized for the proper progress of human society.” (AFPS-7)

THE WAY SCIENCE IS USED TODAY:

A TOOL TO PROMOTE RACIAL DIVISION

Unfortunately, often the way science is used today does not meet up to
Baba’s ideal. Much of science is used by war mongers for crude weaponry
and and many scientific findings are for put forward which promote
racial differences.

There are innumerable studies released by scientists which give findings
based on race alone such as: Blacks do not live as long; Blacks have
higher cholesterol; blacks are less intelligent based on the shape of
their head; Hispanics have more difficulty learning; Lung Diseases
Disproportionately Affect Minorities; Whites have a higher IQ than
blacks; etc.

Especially in the western world where “scientific studies” are used to
measure each and every aspect of life, the idea creeps in– blatantly
and not so blatantly– that there are in-born differences between the
various races. That some races have a greater proclivity for certain
endeavours.

But such findings only promote racial divisiveness, impose an
inferiority complex on a particular race, and give the idea that ‘God’
created one race better than another.

A few decades back, such types of blind studies were the absolute norm.
They were trying to scientifically prove racial superiority, especially
of whites over blacks.

Yet even today– in this modern 21st century– there are studies which
point in this direction: As if there is an inborn qualitative difference
between one race and another.

SOCIAL & ECONOMIC FACTORS OVERLOOKED

OR NOT PROPERLY EMPHASIZED

So even in today’s modern era, studies might show that ‘blacks have a
75% greater chance of being arrested and put in jail’. And all too often
the how’s and the why’s are overlooked, or just given minor review.

Because in this era of white-bred capitalism, where the European races
have distinct control, then surely so many factors from schooling to
economic gain to social standing play a distinct role in differences of
human development. Those races that have less economic might, or less
opportunity to attend university etc will surely be more prone to
stealing and other crimes. But not because of race, but due to various
social and economic factors.

So although science has shown some signs of breaking out of this slump–
as compared with decades ago. Still it is lagging far behind.

And performing studies solely on the basis of race is bound to create
more and more division. Saying that blacks are more prone toward teenage
pregnancy and making it into a racial issue as a headline is as
ridiculous as saying that white overseas Margiis have a longer life span
that Margiis of Nairobi sector or that Indian born Margiis have a
greater rate of becoming acaryas etc.

Here the whole point is that making conclusive statements based on race
is the blindness of modern science. Social and economic and cultural
conditions must be taken into account. However still today the
differences found in socio-economic conditions is talked about in the
small print and the headlines of countless studies point towards in-born
racial differences.

Of course in our Marga we give no credence to such findings.

ALL RACES HAVE EQUAL MERIT AND VALUE

In all these following quotations Baba clearly advances the notions that
the existential value of all human beings is the same. And surely all in
AM hold this ideal in our heart. Yet this remains one point of serious
division in the general society. And until modern science wholly adopts
this idea, racist theories on the point of health, wealth, intelligence,
longevity etc will continue to pollute scientific findings, to some or
more degree.

Here then are the neo-humanistic ideals that must enter into the
thinking and vision of today’s scientists– then and only then can we
consider that science has entered the modern age. Till then it it will
still be hounded by racial and social blindness.

Baba says, “Let us consider the case of race. Many people identify
themselves with a particular race. If we look deeply into the subject we
come to the conclusion that the human race is one. Some people have
black skin, some people have yellow skin, and some people have white
skin. Does it make any difference to the inner human being? No, none
whatsoever.” (AFPS-3)

Baba says, “In our Ananda Marga the first step that a person takes is to
forget their race or sect and to no longer identify with their race,
caste, or sect, regardless of whether their race was superior or
inferior. Racial prejudices are very predominant…In our Ma’rga there
are no such considerations: these petty differences among human beings
are not given any importance. (TP)

Baba says, “Tantra does not recognize any racial, [or]
genealogical…differences among human beings.” (Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’
1959)

By all His above teachings, Baba clearly guides us that there are no
differences between human and human– all are one.

So until scientists– and those capitalists funding scientists– stop
looking for trends in racial qualities and instead look entirely at
social and economic factors, modern science will continue to suffer from
a certain degree of blindness– thereby promoting divisiveness in
today’s global society.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace our AM society will spread the sweet tune of
neo-humanistic feeling across the world and it will become embedded in
all the approaches of life, including “modern-day science”.

Baba says, “In our Ma’rga the seeds of an ideal humanity are sown from
the very beginning of life and humanity as a whole is considered as one
family belonging to the race of living beings. In such a society
injustice due to economic, sexual or racial considerations will be
unknown.” (PNS-3)

Namaskar,
Vinay

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Hankering For Knowledge Invites Degeneration

Baba says, “Those who have vanity of knowledge, although they do not
expressly beseech this from the Supreme, but rather think inwardly that
the Supreme should bestow an enormous wealth of knowledge upon them —
this type of person is reborn as vidya’dhara.” (YP, p.79)

Note: Vidya’dhara is one type of microvita that is under punishment.
Such type of unfortunate beings got degenerated and became microvita. So
they are suffering and they long to once again get human life. But this
will come only after they escape from the noose of the long-term bondage
and state of punishment etc.

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Date: 28 Sep 2009 12:32:38 -0000
From: “Gurucharan Yadav”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: One Demonstration

Baba

“Toma’y kato bha’loba’si, tumi jano na’ tumi…” PS 221

Purport:

Baba, You are the Knower of everything; You are omniscient. Even then
You do not know how much I love You. Always, all the time, I am thinking of
You. Indeed, I have so many thoughts to share with You– so many feelings
which are accumulated in my heart.

Baba, why are You keeping Yourself so busy and involved constantly in
Your work, every second– why like this. O’ my Dearmost, when I have so
much love for You, why are You not giving me energy and involving me in
Your work.

Baba, You are the source of all energy; please provide me with shakti
day and night– all the 24 hrs– so that I can go on working non-stop for
You. With every iota of grace and mercy I will move ahead in the work. I
will do according to Your liking. I will be 100% involved to please You.
Baba, please grace me by utilising me.

O’ Baba, I love You so much. You are so beautiful– You are my
everything…

== ONE DEMONSTRATION ==

Namaskar,
In doing pracar, I came across one non-margii who had read one of our AM books
and was asking me this question about Baba’s use of powers. And really I
did not know what to reply.

That is why I brought this question to my Acarya because in the past he has
always been able to help me. And what follows below is the answer my Acarya
gave:

STORY: DEMONSTRATION ABOUT NEGATIVE MICROVITA

In reporting there was one incident on this topic that I remember clearly.

Baba was doing a demonstration in Tiljala about negative microvita and its
effect on the human body.

Sadhaka C had some bad samskaras from his past life. So Baba graciously
chose him for the demonstration of negative microvita. It was explained
that because of brother C’s negative samskara C was going to face a serious
accident in the very near future. But by the liila of this negative
microvita demonstration, by Baba’s unfathomable grace He took away
this sadhaka’s samskara and saved him from impending disaster.

(Note: In His discourse “The Neo-Ethics of Multi-Lateral Salvation”, Baba
declares that after all there is no such thing as microvita, everything
is due to Cosmic Grace. Thus as Ananda Margiis we should clearly understand
that microvita is not some special, separate force but rather a scientific
name & explanation for Guru’s divine grace – nothing more.)

Baba’s each and every action is full of compassion and grace. Everyone of
us knows this thing. The story of this demonstration goes like this.

In this demonstration first, in order to help and cure this sadhaka,
Baba took away the working capacity of the organs related with Brother C’s
hands and feet. Brother C’s body became altogether stiff and inoperational.

In that case, Brother C was carefully placed in a lying down position
in the demonstration room.

Then in His divine liila, Baba becaame very serious and inquired to others,
‘Because of his negative samskara he has to face the situation. Ask him
what he wants now’.

Brother C kept quiet– he did not know how to reply.

Then Baba told that, ‘Ask him, does he want that his strength should
return?’.

Then the brother replied, ‘Yes Baba’.

Baba lovingly ordered, ‘Ask him why he wants his strength back’.

The sadhaka kept quiet.

The scene was really quite dramatic. Externally it really looked like Baba
was very stern but all devotees know that internally Baba was His usual
Self, the personification of sweetness and love. Such is the drama of His liila.

Baba inquired, ‘What is his reply. Tell me’.

The devotees present in the room were in a fix about what to say. And they
were remembering that brother C was unable to move his hands and feet.

Baba told, ‘If his strength is returned then what will he do with
that. If he promises that he will be more involved in social service, and
for that reason he needs his strength back, that is ok. But devoid of
social service if he has another plan then let him face his samskara’.

Baba graciously told, ‘Ask him if he has any other plan’.

Brother C said, ‘No Baba, I do not have any other plan’.

Then Baba said, ‘OK, My little boy needs his body otherwise how will he
be able to do the work of Parama Purusa.’

Baba paused and then added, ‘If my boy requests that ‘Baba, I need my
strength back so I can do the work of serving humanity’, if he makes this
promise then all his strength can be returned back’.

Immediately the sadhaka promised, ‘Baba please grace me and give me
my strength back so that I may dedicate myself to the cause of
serving the humanity’.

Then in His divine liila, Baba touched the tip of His own stick
and told to GS that, ‘Now go and use this stick to touch him’.

Then GS took Baba’s stick and touched disciple C with it.
Immediately brother C got his strength back.

By Baba’s grace, from that day on brother C has been vigorously active
in social service work.

That was the end of that demonstration.

EXPLANATION OF WHAT IT ALL MEANS

I asked Dadaji, is this Baba’s use of occult powers?

Dada replied, ‘No, people are confused on this very point that this is
occult power, but it is not like that. Because occult power means that
which is acquired through the practice of cult. For that reason, due to
doing sadhana human beings get occult power. But one cannot say that
Parama Purusa uses “occult power”. Because He does not get that power
through the practice of cult.’

‘Rather, that power which He uniquely has, is His inherent quality.’

‘The other thing to realise is that pseudo-gurus display occult powers
to increase their own name and fame. For that reason they make
rasagolla appear from the dirt etc. But this is all just avidya
tantra, nothing more. In AM, Baba uses His causless grace to for
the welfare of others.’

‘But because we do not have any other term, that is why people sometimes
call this power of Parama Purusa as occult. But it is not like that.’

Dada then continued, explaining that similar scenes as this above were
common, regular practice when Baba used to point out and cure any disease
by the use of positive microvita or any type of demonstration. All this was
part of His liila. And everybody understood that behind all these things
was His causeless grace. Always Baba was lovingly playing this type of
divine liila in order to help us.

‘Many margiis have such experiences in relation with their Personal Contact
with Baba also. When Baba removed their negative samskaras and made them
promise to ‘utilise their body, mind, and existence for the great cause’.

‘The sense is that ultimately Baba wanted to teach devotees that if they
want their health restored, then they must pledge that their physical
strength will be used for service of suffering humanity. With this promise
would Baba cure the disease. By this way we all got the lesson of how to
utilise our strength while living in this world.’

‘This was the regular theme of Baba’s different demonstrations whenever He
did such things. To bless His sadhakas spiritually and help them physically.’

‘Because without receiving His spiritual blessing, then nobody has the
inspiration and strength to do social service in a grand way. And how one
can do service if they themselves are suffering from disease. So in that
way Baba blessed devotees. And in turn devotees got the teaching in what
way they should utilize their lives. This then was the main theme behind
His demonstrations– Not the show or display of occult power for getting
name, fame and prestige. Just like many crude people do.’

‘Furthermore, occult means the things which are gotten via the practice of
cult. But what Parama Purusa has, that is not occult. Because everything is
there already in His mind. So He does not need to do the practice of cult,
in order to have those things.’

For Him we cannot say He has “occult powers”. Nor that He “uses occult
powers”. Rather we should say that “Baba graced”.

And indeed, microvita is nothing but His grace.

* * *

After telling me this above story my Acarya asked me, ‘So did you get the
answer to your question?’.

I replied, ‘Yes Dadaji’, and I did pranam and took leave from him.

Namaskar,
Gurucharan

Note 1: IT IS NOT OCCULT POWER

One cannot say Baba has “occult power”, as those very things are His
inherent quality and not something acquired through the practice of cult.

In the same way, some say that Baba is “knowing” all the things. But He is
not “knowing”. Because everything is already there, in His mind. As He
created the world, so how can He not have everything in His mind. That is,
such a thing as “knowledge” cannot be said regarding the mind of Parama
Purusa. Knowledge is the internal subjectivization of external objectivity.

But in the case of Parama Purusa, when nothing is external to His mind then
what is the question of getting knowledge. For Him, we cannot say He has
“knowledge”. And in the same way, for Him we cannot say He has “occult
powers”.

Baba says, “For living beings, omniscience is certainly a recognised occult
power. That is right. But for the Supreme Entity it is not a recognised
occult power; He does not get it as a result of cult…To know everything
is His nature. That is why He is omniscient.” (AV-5, p.15)

The entire creation lies within the mind of Parama Purusa so Parama
Purusa sees everything. Because it is all in His mind. Whereas human beings
acquire knowledge from outside. The sense is that according to the
definition of the faculty of knowledge, for a person to know something then
they must look outside the scope or periphery of their own mind. But with
Parama Purusa nothing is outside His mind. That means that He does not
‘know’ anything; rather He sees everything as it is all going on within His
own mind.

He has His own characteristic that as Parama Purusa He controls all– so He
does not need any cult. For Parama Purusa then, there is no question of
occult power. His power has nothing to do with cult.

It is just like, Parama Purusa does not have any Jinan. What He has, that
is not what we call as jinan. Similarly, what He has is not occult power.
He did not get his power from cult. So we should be careful to avoid saying
that “Baba displays occult power” as avidya tantrikas do.

Note 2: NOT LIKE CRUDE AVIDYA TANTRICS

In the past and in the present also many avidya tantrikas are using
their occult powers to enhance their prestige; and in consequence they get
degenerated. In this material world occult power is recognised by the
“show” of those who possess them.

Because of doing sadhana, they get occult power. But in the case of Parama
Purusa, it is not at all like that. Because such powers are His inherent
quality. He need not to practice any cult in order to get those things. As
‘occult’ means, those powers which are acquired through the practice of cult.

But in the case of crude human beings especially, to gain prestige amongst
the common innocent mass or their disciples, such avidya tantrikas do like
this. Their motive is bad, self-centered, ego-centered. So by that type of
show, their degeneration occurs from human structure to crude matter.
AM philosophy never appreciates such type of show of occult powers. In
contrast, Baba as Mahasambhuti graced His disciples to cure their ailments:
physical, psychic and spiritual.

But such demonstrations He never displayed in the open public. Like
creating gold from the air, and fetching sweets from invisible places with
His own hand while sitting on the dais. Or such type of magic that avidya
tantrikas usually do for their prestige.

Baba’s entire demonstrations were only for making His disciples better
tools to serve the humanity, in better and better ways. His demonstrations
were not for His prestige or show. The whole spirit of His demonstrations
was far away from that.

So when anyone writes a Baba’s story then if one is careful in their
explanation, then readers will understand. All these things Dada told in
his story. Then he asked that, ‘Do you understand? Baba does not use occult
powers like other crude people do.’

Please write your thoughts ideas and inspirations.

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Three Points

Babas says:
(1) “Wherever there is copper salt, serpents will not be found– as in
Ghatshila and Nobanda, near Tata Nagar.”
(2) “Water kept in a bronze pot becomes antiseptic, due to the copper
in the bronze.”
(3) “Copper sulphate is poisonous for human beings.” (PNS-16, p.38)

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"The system in which characterless men swagger about in society while fallen women are denied proper opportunities despite their sincere desire to lead an honest life, can never be supported by justice."- Baba

"The system in which characterless men swagger about in society while fallen women are denied proper opportunities despite their sincere desire to lead an honest life, can never be supported by justice."- Baba

From: “Daniel Guttirez”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Should Prostitution Be Legal
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 10:01:28 +0000

Baba

“Toma’ke ja’y na’ bhola’…” (P.S. 2347)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace You have bound me in Your divine attraction– love.
Always I am calling and thinking about You, yet You are not satiating my
heart’s desire by coming close. Baba, when I long for You and the feeling
of melancholy is unbearable then my heart begins to ache. Baba, in that
longing and pain, the feeling comes in my mind that it is best just to
forget You. Because then at least the pain which is lingering due to Your
absence will not remain any longer. But the more and more I think that I
should forget You, then my deep longing and yearning for You only
intensifies– and my heart becomes more and more restless to get You. Baba,
I am longing for Your causeless grace, please come…

== SHOULD PROSTITUTION BE LEGAL ==

Namaskar,
Should prostitution be legal? It may sound like a moot point, a foregone
conclusion, or even an outlandish suggestion, especially in the minds of
Ananda Margiis; but it may be something we are all confronted with more and
more in the near future– both outside and inside AM. So we should all be
ready with the appropriate & Proutistic response.

MAYBE NOT SO OUTLANDISH AFTER ALL

Many margii readers may surely be thinking that ‘the oldest profession’–
ie prostitution, has no legs to stand on and is a thing of the past; and
‘there is no way that it will come to be accepted in AM circles’. And
hopefully so, even then we should be aware of societal trends as they
sometimes have a habit of sneaking our way.

As is commonly seen, in some parts of the globe– like Europe, parts of
Asia & elsewhere etc– the sex industry, and with it prostitution, is
gaining both (a) greater popularity, and believe it or not, (b)
acceptability as well.

Why popularity? Well for one thing it is a “great money-maker”. And in this
capitalistic era, where money is king, then that is enough for some
sections of the business world to embrace it. Consider this statistic:

“Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, and the sex industry
has revenues estimated at nearly US $1 billion a year.”

And the Netherlands is one of the smallest countries on the planet–
imagine the size of the profit if it were legalised in China. And, indeed,
at present in China, the dark way of prostitution is being resorted to more
and more by young rural girls who are looking to make their way in the world.

“Fifteen years ago [in China], you didn’t find sex workers
in remote areas and cities. But now it’s prevalent in
every city, every county.”

Given this, it may be just a matter of time before certain industrialists
capitalise on it. So that is a mere glimpse of the popular perspective from
certain financiers.

And from the perspective of the general populace, prostitution is something
that is not so under the table anymore. Amongst ‘users’ it is also rising
in popularity.

“One of the most popular attractions is the Highway
from Dresden Germany to Prague. It’s lined with
hundreds of Brothels and thousands of independents
working along the highway.”
“The world’s oldest profession is highly visible in Berlin.
As night falls, the ladies of the night parade the
Oranienburger Strasse in the heart of the capital.”

So in various regions of the world– either due to economic woe in former
Communist countries, sexual repression in the Middle East, or sexual
acceptance in Europe or Singapore etc– there is a growing market and
interest in prostitution. So much so that even legal magistrates are
changing their tune.

“A recent decision by a Berlin judge could well trigger a
change in Germany’s attitude towards prostitution…
Judge Percy Maclean said the profession was now
broadly accepted.”

Thus in this debauched era, in some nations even the courts are giving way
to the tidings of prostitution.

PROGRESSIVES EMBRACE SUCH FREEDOM

And perhaps, the most dangerous thing about this trend towards prostitution
is that it is being embraced by certain ‘western progressives’. In the name
of ‘freedom’ and ‘open-mindedness’, more and more are thinking that
prostitution is ok. They reason, ‘Let the people do what they want’ and
‘Why should we be confined to narrow-minded Christian beliefs’ etc. Hence,
just as the right to abortion and gay marriages have become the happy song
and voting ticket of countless so-called progressives, prostitution may not
be lagging far behind. This issue also they will soon champion, if they
haven’t already.

And if nothing else this spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e in the general society, and
even within AM.

THERE IS A PRECEDENCE

By now, some may be thinking that what is the need to discuss this on our
Marga forum. Prostitution is not a new issue and why should we be concerned
about it.

Well for one thing, we are responsible for the proper growth and
development of humanity and we should know its trends. So when prostitution
is rearing its ugly head more and more, then we should be aware. And
secondly, and perhaps a touch scarier, is that there is an ongoing trend
that what becomes popular with the so-called western progressives also
gains acceptance in AM. That is the history.

For evidence of this, we need not look any further than the issue of
homosexuality. This is clearly a thing that, in theory, is not at all
supported by AM ideology, yet its toes have entered the front door of
Ananda Marga, and it is no secret how this has happened.

In the western mind-set, homosexuality has gained huge momentum such that
gay marriages or same-sex marriages are not only becoming more and more
prevalent, but they are becoming legal in many states and countries
throughout the western world. And many heterosexual progressives blatantly
support this as they think it makes them look more broad-minded, since by
this way they are going directly against the Christian beliefs & the
Catholic church, both of which are looked upon by ‘progressives’ as being
stagnant in the social sphere. So for this reason homosexuality has become
a major force in western social and political circles.

And it does not stop there, from this ‘progressive’ front, such ideas about
homosexuality have leaked into, if not spilled into, Ananda Marga. Because
now not only are various Ananda Margiis less apt to say or think that
homosexuality should be addressed and treated as a social disease, as Baba
says it should; but in our Marga, various outspoken activists and
self-proclaimed lesbians are given a high place in our AM society. They are
treated as ‘icons’ in some regards.

And the source of this problem stems from the fact that so-called
progressives in the west hail the cause of homosexuality. Even various
Hollywood stars like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie refuse to marry until
gays enjoy the same right to marriage in each and every state, city, and
town. So it has become ‘hip’ to support homosexuality– it defines one as
being “open-minded”.

And this very defective mind-set has crept into AM. Some in the Marga have
gotten caught up in the chase along with western ‘progressives’ such that
those same fashionable outlooks like “homosexuality go, go, go” have snuck
into AM.

Please excuse me for saying so but some of our Dadas are have very
recently been involved in homosexual realtionships. But because homosexuality
is so accepted in the general society, when a Wt indulges then it is
not seen as such a bad thing. (Note the aforesaid case is well known
and I have the details and first-hand information.)

And if we are not careful, the way things are going, within 2, 5, or 10
years, in AM we may see a similar acceptance of prostitution– all because
it has been accepted by certain western progressives.

It may seem like a far-off scenario, but actually it may be closer than we
think. And best is to get our stance straight from the very beginning, lest
some get sucked into the so-called progressive western mind-set, as has
happened with the issue of homosexuality.

A QUICK CLARIFICATION

Just to clarify, our perspective in AM is not that homosexuals should be
shunned & banned forever and ever; rather according to Baba such persons
should be rectified and treated. Because theirs is not a natural way to
live and we should not let our brothers and sisters fall prey to this
approach.

With full compassion, our manner is to adopt a stance against this abnormal
way of life and through 16 Points guide such people how to mend their ways.
And our view should be made clear and must not be at all ambiguous or
contradictory. We should stick to our AM ideals, and have full empathy
towards those lesbians and help them to be cured.

BACK TO THE MAIN TOPIC

All this goes to show that the issues supported by ‘progressive western
intellectuals’ has a habit of sinking into AM. So we should be careful.
Because as prostitution is becoming more and more rampant around the globe
due to so many defective trends such as the massive numbers of refugees,
poverty, pseudo-culture, and a crude fascination with sex, its prevalence
is allowing it to gain acceptance into the so-called progressive
think-tank. Little by little this is happening. And we do not want the next
step being that some in AM also start thinking that prostitution is fine
and well so that they will be embraced as being ‘open-minded’ by various
so-called progressives. That is the main issue, or potential issue if we
look a touch further down the road.

THE ERA IN WHICH WE LIVE

In this degraded era of Kali Yuga when so many crude vices are cropping up
in so many aspects of our social life, our standard is to stick to AM
ideals and now be swayed by any so-called progressives. Surely, on one is
AM supports the notion of prostitution but as the thinking of society
changes, no one in our Marga should get swayed, for any reason.

Here then are but a few of Baba’s strict guidelines on this matter. So just
as in the case of homosexuality, Baba’s approach towards prostitution is
equally clear.

Baba says, “The repugnant social disease of prostitution is also a creation
of the vaeshyas. As a result of excessive wealth the vaeshyas lose their
self-control and their character on the one hand; and many unfortunate
women are forced by poverty to descend to this sinful occupation on the
other hand.” (HS-2)

Baba says, “Because of injustices against women with respect to their
social rights and because women are economically crippled, a section of
women is compelled to take to prostitution. Although there are many causes
of this profession, these are the main two. Ananda Marga recognizes that
women are as dignified human beings as men. Ananda Marga, in addition,
wants to encourage women to be economically independent of men. The system
in which characterless men swagger about in society while fallen women are
denied proper opportunities despite their sincere desire to lead an honest
life, can never be supported by justice.” (28 January 1958 RU, Trimohan)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace as we spread the ideals of AM to the four corners, our
universal human family will grow in a sentient and nice way and recognise
the inherent value of all.

Baba says, “In this new society based on Neohumanism, everyone will find
their life worth living. All will regain their lost positions of honour.”
(NHNS-1)

Namaskar,
Dinesh

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Special Formula of Tandava

Baba says, “Tandava: As long as a dancer remains above the ground, he
derives much benefit; when he touches the ground, then those benefits are
assimilated by the body. That is why in the tandava dance there is much
jumping, because jumping requires the practitioner to remain off the ground
for a fairly long period of time.” (NSS, p. 23)

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Date: Sat 26 Sep 2009 10:20:36 -0000 (GMT)
From: Singh_Manindra
Subject: Mahaprayan (Death) of Shrii Arvind Sahadeo jii
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== MAHAPRAYAN* (Death) OF SHRII ARVIND SAHADEO JII ==

Namaskar,
Today it is with sadness that we announce the mahaprayan of our dear
respected brother Shrii Arvind Lal Sahadeo of Ranchi.

Many are aware of Shrii Sahadeoji’s exceptional service to the Marga. He
played a big role in VSS and served as Baba’s bodyguard during DMC etc.
In addition he created a master unit in his village area (discussed
below), among many other important works.

But perhaps his greatest contribution was Shrii Sahadeoji’s opposition
to dogma within AMPS:

1) From the beginning, he protested against the so-called mahaprayan
program as he fully believed in Baba’s eternal presence.

(Note: Here it should be qualified that there is such a thing as both
real mahaprayan and fake mahaprayan. Real mahaprayan remarks the death
of any ordinary human being. This is the proper use of the term: to note
a person’s departure from this earth. That is the way mahaprayan is to
be used.

Then there is the fake, or so-called, or dogmatic mahaprayan and that
is when certain agents try to apply the mahaprayan term to Parama Purusa
Himself. This is totally inappropriate because when Baba is that Divine
Entity who is beginningless and endless and resides always in our heart,
then it is totally wrong to proclaim that He is gone.

That is why rational margiis are protesting and labeling the Oct 21st
program as so-called mahaprayan. So-called means that something is fake.
Parama Purusa is eternal, thus for groupists to declare his “mahaprayan”
is nothing but so-called mahaprayan.

Mahaprayan only really happens in the case of human beings.)

2) At that time, Shrii Sahadeoji was Bhukti Pradhan of Ranchi which is a
huge unit. Back then opposing groupist dogmas was no joke – it took
great courage.

3) The groupist powers tried to victimise him. Because at that time
Sarvatmananda was also raising money for the dogmatic memorial project
in Ananda Nagar and sending his stooge Parmeshvarananda to Ranchi to
collect money. There was a lot of pressure to give money – but Shrii
Sahadeoji refused to give even one ruppee for those dogmatic and
groupist projects. He was telling that the memorial of Parama Purusa is
this entire creation, not some limited building on a small piece of
land. A memorial is made for a human being, not for Parama Purusa. One
cannot propagate his glory via one building.

4) Shrii Sahadeoji also fought for margii rights, BP rights, and
protested scripture distortion.

It is well known that with his own personal money Shrii Sahadeoji
established the master unit at Gumla in Ranchi diocese. An MU Dada was
living there with him.

So Shrii Sahadeoji’s activity and service in AM was widespread and
varied. But even then that was not all.

As many will certainly recall, Shrii Sahadeoji was extremely active in
pracara:
1) He was a bank manager near a university and he would regularly bring
students for initiation and would invite Dadas to give lectures at the
university.

2) He was also responsible for bringing his entire family into AM. His
wife and children were previously involved (up till ’85) in the idol
worship of Santosii Ma (Mother Goddess Santosii – one mythological
deity). So even though his wife’s father was a family acarya, it took
the dedication of Shrii Sahadeoji to bring his wife onto the real path
of AM.

3) Shrii Sahadeoji also ensured that his own laokika father took AM
initiation as well.

Finally, here is one very telling account. In 1989-90, Baba needed
full-time care of a doctor. This was a big sacrifice because it demanded
that AM doctors give up their own practice and personal commitments to
go to Baba and work for one month at a time. Doing this was a big
maneuver because one would have to leave their own medical work for an
entire month. But Shrii Sahadeoji convinced his wife who was a doctor to
engage in this service to Guru. And by Baba’s grace his wife became one
of Baba’s personal physicians and served very admirably in this capacity.

Thus, Shrii Sahadeoji’s life was full of love, dedication, and
commitment to Guru and Ananda Marga. His is a big loss to our AM family.

Tragically, Shrii Sahadeoji’s suffered two strokes over the course of
the last few years. Even then, with his tantric spirit he was able to
overcome paralysis and engage in service work for the organisation. But
it was on 5 Sep 2009 that he suffered his 3rd stroke from which he could
never recover. It was that last stroke that led to his mahaprayan.

Shrii Sahadeoji’s mahaprayan took place at 3:30pm Friday, Sep 25, 2009.
At the time of his mahaprayan, Shrii Sahadeoji was under medical care in
Ranchi and he ultimately died in Modi Seva Sadan. He is survived by his
wife and two children.

On the occasion of his mahaprayan (death), let us remember our dear
brother who always wanted to serve the Marga and who created a master
unit for the propagation of AM ideals. It is sad to see him gone, i.e.
mahaprayan.

By His grace, we can all take solace in the blessed truth that by his
mahaprayan Shrii Sahadeoji has reached his final abode unto Baba’s lap.
At least now his long struggle with strokes and paralysis is over. Baba
has taken it upon Himself to save our devoted brother and grant him
salvation.

With deepest respects,
Yours brotherly,
Manindra

Note 1: ASTERISK NOTE ABOUT MAHAPRAYAN

* Mahaprayan (Death): Many are aware that mahaprayan (death) is the
common term used in India and especially in Bengal to describe the death
of an honoured or even ordinary person. In that way the newspapers of
Bengal are regularly citing the mahaprayan (death) of various persons of
society who died or passed away.

Some may get confused and wrongly think that the word ‘mahaprayan’
(death) is one extraordinarily devotional term to be used in association
with Parama Purusa. But that is not at all the case. Rather to do so is
only to undermine the eternal presence of Parama Purusa. That is why no
devotees ever use the word ‘mahaprayan’ in reference to Lord Shiva or
Lord Krsna. Because Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna exist eternally. Then
there is no question of Their mahaprayan (death).

And for those who need still more technical proof then all this can
be clarified quite readily by referencing the dictionary. Specifically
in the Samsad Bengali-English dictionary on page 742. Checking there it
will be confirmed that the word ‘mahaprayan’ means death. Which is why
it used to refer to the passing away of even common citizens.

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Self-Test

Date: 26 Sep 2009 16:19:39 -0000
From: “Liiladhar Karn”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Self-Test

Baba

“Saba’re kari a’hva’n saba’i a’ma’r pra’n’…” – P.S. 2945

Purport:

Here goes the clarion call to one and all. Everyone is my own; everyone
is my pra’n’a; everyone is close to my heart. We are all collectively singing the song in unison and moving towards the Goal– Parama Purus’a. Nobody should remain left behind. We should carefully see that nobody should cry in the society, remaining as downtrodden or as neglected one. We are all singing the marching song of life collectively, with one tune and one melody. There is no difference between one human being and another.Everyone’s desires, hopes, and inspirations are the same. We are all moving on one path with the inspiration of the great ideology, which will lead towards greatness…

== SELF-TEST ==

Namaskar,
In our Ananda Marga, Baba has clearly declared in countless discourses
that bhakti is the best. We have all heard or read how Baba proves the
superiority of bhakti over the paths of karma and jinana. The Ananda
Vacanamrtam series alone is filled with dozens of discourses along this
theme.

Naturally then, all in the Marga aspire to be top-grade bhaktas. Every
sadhaka wishes to consider themselves as a devotee. Invariably, though,
some fall in the category of being a karmi or jinani.

So the question is: How to tell who am I? How can we know what we are.

This letter is a “Self-Test” for determining how far one is a tried and
true jinani or not. The goal is not to judge anyone else, but to learn
more about oneself.

After all, if one thinks “I am a devotee” when in true sense
they are something else, like a jinani, then they are just cheating
themselves. No one should be confused about who they are.

All should be able to answer this question: “Am I a bhakta, karmi, or
jinani?”

Then one can best address one’s own personal growth and development on the
path. To get the proper answer, honesty is needed, as well as some
critical points detailed below.

(Note: For your ease and reference, after the signature, there are some
links to other postings defining a bhakta, karmi and jinani, according
to the standard of Ananda Marga.)

HORRORS OF BEING A JINANI

Some may foolishly reason that it is not important to know whether “I
am a jinani or not”. However, by reading Baba’s strong statements below,
it becomes quite evident that one should know whether or not they suffer
from being a jinani. Without knowing, one will be unable to take steps
to rectify the situation, in which case their efforts for spiritual
attainment will be totally wasted.

Baba says, “Unless a spiritual aspirant is able to get rid of these
defects [of jin’a’nam], the aspirant cannot be established in kevala’
bhakti [non-attributional devotion], which is absolutely essential for
the attainment of Parama Purus’a. The wise will, therefore, adopt such a
conduct as to save themselves from the evil effects of jin’a’na.” (AV-23)

Baba says, “In order for sa’dhakas to save themselves from the evil
effects of jina’na, they must learn how to get rid of those effects, and
thus preclude the possibility of allowing their jina’na to be converted
into bandhya’ jin’a’na [sterile knowledge], which is so much in evidence
among the intellectuals of today.” (AV-23)

Thus, no one should suffer the horrors of being a jinani. All must know
their true colour and advance along the path of devotion – that is the
only way. Being caught in the whirlpool of jinana only means ruining
one’s spiritual life, as Baba clearly warns above.

Thus everyone one of us in AM should know their own nature, and in
particular if one is a jinani or not.

This is self-test to be done internally. This is not about looking at others.

WAYS TO IDENTIFY A JINANI

Typically we might classify a jinani as one who creates their own theory
or someone who thinks that “I know” etc.

But there is a more telling attribution of jinanis than that.

First and foremost, a jinani is one who accumulates knowledge only for
knowledge sake, and not for practical use.

This may sound unusual, but actually many do like this, including a few
in our Ananda Marga.

For instance, there are some who are eager to learn all the ins and outs
of sadhana only so that they can deliver a high sounding talk on
meditation – or write a fancy article. In their own life they have
absolutely zero desire to perform sadhana. Such a person is a classic
jinani.

So one should all ask oneself: Have I ever done like this – even to a
small degree?

Then there are those who seek out all kinds of philosophical knowledge
about Baba’s teachings only in order to preach to others and impress
them. In their own heart, they themselves neither wish to apply those
principles nor do they even believe those precepts.

Once again, one should reflect and think: Have I ever done like this
– even to a small degree?

Then there is this dramatic characteristic of a jinani: Such a person
will vigorously lecture or convince others about points which they
themselves do not believe in their own heart. Yet they will preach those
words in order to gain the respect of others. Such a person is a classic
jinani.

For instance, a jinani can give a big talk on samskara theory without
even an ounce of feeling in their heart that there is such a thing as
samskaras. Likewise, a jinani can deliver a resounding oration on Taraka
Brahma without even feeling in their heart that Baba is God incarnate.

And not just that, but jinanis can talk about asanas, diet, yama-niyama
etc, even when they themselves do not care about those practices.

That is why Baba Himself speaks so strongly and disparagingly of such
jinanis.

Baba says, “It has been observed that those engaged in the acquisition
of jin’a’na lose touch with practicality.” (AV-23)

They chase after knowledge merely to enhance their own prestige – not
for any greater good like social service nor for their own spiritual
practice.

So one has to frankly think about one’s own motivation for acquiring
knowledge and decide if “I fall in the above categories”, even remotely
so. If one does, then that means I am either a full-blown jinani,
or at the very least, jinan oriented.

Of course the proper approach to acquiring knowledge is to enhance one’s
ability to serve others and to practice in one’s individual life.
Knowledge for the sake of prestige etc is just a huge liability. No one
should walk around like this. They may posture themselves as being
smart, but in reality they are ruining their life.

Baba says, “The wise will, therefore, adopt such a conduct as to save
themselves from the evil effects of jin’a’na.” (AV-23)

MANY RELIGIOUS PROFESSIONALS ARE JINANIS,

EVEN IN ANANDA MARGA

Actually, these days many religious professionals are jinanis,
especially in the west. They read huge piles of books, preach the word
of god, but live a most ordinary or even degrading existence. In all the
dogmatic religions this happens – to some or more degree as most
religions have drifted far from whatever spiritual base they may have
had in the beginning.

Now many religious professionals preach & study to earn money or to
enhance their career – not to share what they themselves have practiced
and realised. And they get huge prestige for their knowledge.

Whereas in AM, devotion is the highest quality, but even then many fall
prey to jinana.

Please excuse me but we see this phenomenon with various Central Workers
and other top Dadas. They can gracefully deliver a phenomenal lecture on
the importance of Guru and dharma – or so many other topics – yet when
they leave the lecture hall or the book signing, they pay little heed to
Guru’s teachings. They have little or no desire to practice those divine
words in their individual life.

This is the classic sign of being a jinani.

So in our own everyday life, one should pay heed and evaluate what one’s
aim is in gaining knowledge. If it is for anything else other than
serving others and practicing, then that accumulation of knowledge falls
in the category of jinani. Then one is seeking out knowledge for
selfish reasons: prestige, ego satisfaction, social standing etc.

In that case when one gains knowledge one will think, “I am great,
I know so much.” When in reality as sadhakas, one should think that
Parama Purusa is great. After all, all one’s energy comes from Him, without
His divine force, no jiiva con do anything. So it is foolish to think that,
“I am great.” Buttragically this is the classic jinani mentality. They forget
Parama Purusa is doing everything and instead believe that they
themselves are grea. In that case it is extremely difficult if not impossible
for one to surrender to the Supreme. And without surrender, spiritual
success is nothing but a distant dream. Thus one should not fall prey to a jinan
oriented mentality. That is disastrous.

KNOWLEDGE HAS VALUE WHEN…

Learning or acquiring knowledge is only useful and beneficial if (a)
done to serve Parama Purusa and His creation and (b) applied to one’s
practical day to day existence.

Beyond that the gaining of knowledge is nothing but a liability and
turns one into a jinani.

Rather we are to follow Baba’s below premises.

Firstly Baba guides us that bhaktas are to use their knowledge and
skills for service only, and not to enhance one’s prestige as jinanis do.

Baba says, “When devotees serve the universe they do it with the feeling
that they are serving the manifestation of Na’ra’yan’a only to please
Him…The direction of Jina’nii is not working here.” (SS-19)

Secondly, Baba guides us that learning and knowledge only have value
when applied to our own way of living.

Baba says, “Educated are those who have learnt much, remembered much and
made use of their learning in practical life.” (PNS-18)

WE SHOULD ALL PONDER

We all want to get success in spiritual life. So one should all honestly
consider one’s own status and motivation. What is my aim in acquiring
knowledge. How sincere am I to practice what I have learned. Or do I
fall in the category of the jinani – the person who acquires knowledge
merely to show others? If so then maximum efforts should be made to
remedy this.

And it is possible to rectify one’s status. Someone who is a jinani today
will be a great bhakta in the future. All are on the move and the sooner
one knows their own status, the faster they can move on the path
of devotion.

Sometimes people think jinanis are only those who are scholarly. And
while it is true that scholars are prone to the path of jinana, in
addition, anyone seeking knowledge for the sake of petty gains (ego,
bragging rights, prestige, status) is certainly a jinani.

With a little bit of honesty one will can easily discern where they stand.
This is the self-test we should administer to ourselves – today. We should
not waste any time. One should find out: What am I.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, all have the potential to walk the path of devotion –
nay speed ahead on the path of devotion. No one should get glued to the
path of jinana, neither knowingly or unknowingly. The above test can
help address this.

Baba says, “You are not a small or insignificant human being, you are
the very child of Parama Purus’a. It is your birth right to be
established in the immortality of infinite life. Keeping this supreme
fixed in your memory, proceed to the supreme goal with utmost devotion,
and you are destined to attain the greatest fulfillment.” (APH-4)

Namaskar,
Liiladhar

Note 1: OTHER POSTINGS ABOUT WHO IS DEVOTEE / JINANI ETC

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/02/unfortunate-umbrella.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/03/date-sat-07-march-2009-230429-0000-to.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/04/misunderstanding-of-who-is-devotee.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/09/request-is-quite-natural.html

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