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Euthanasia... is not at all condoned in our Marga.

Euthanasia... is not at all condoned in our Marga.

From: “Aaron Tenning”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: AM’s Stand on Euthanasia & Baba Story
Date: Fri, 04 Sep 2009 13:11:44 -0800


“A’loker jharana’-dha’ra’y sna’n kara’yecho tumi saba’ka’r man…” (PS 611)


Baba You have showered Your causeless grace on everyone. With the spring
flow of effulgence You have drenched one and all. Everyone is enjoying
in the bliss of Your grace and proximity. This whole universe is
vibrated in Your vibration. Now the difference between close and far &
own and other has been lost. Everyone has become close– intimate. You
have wreathed everyone’s life with the bond of love. Irrespective of
their qualities everyone is feeling close to one another. By Your grace
You have vibrated this universe. Knowingly or unknowingly people are
ready to follow Ananda Marga Ideology. Rationality is developing and the
general common understanding is getting changed. The darkness of dogma
is vanishing away. Baba You are gracious to one and all…


These days euthanasia, ending one’s life prematurely, is an approach
that more and more are seeking in this materialistic era. There are a
variety of reasons why people select this defective approach – and we
shall investigate many of them – yet at the same time we should be clear
about the stand of Ananda Marga on this critical issue.


A margii medical student from Gwalior once went to Delhi to see Baba.
During that PC, Baba recounted one fateful event from years earlier.

The margii (who at this time had yet to be initiated) was visiting his
father who was terminally ill with cancer and on death’s row. The father
asked his son to grant him just one wish. The father said, “Before I
ask, I want you first to promise to carry out my wish. Do you promise?”
The son said, “Yes father, I promise.” Then the father made his final
request to his son: “Please give me a powerful drug that will take my life.”

The young man was shocked and in a quandary as to what to do. The
dilemma forcefully griped his mind and sent him into a stark downward
spiral – a state of deep depression.

Overwrought, the young man then decided to take his own life as he could
neither bear watching his father die slowly nor could he agree to his
father’s request to end his life. So the young man stood at the edge of
the Yamuna river just on the cusp of ending it all. His guilt was too
much to bear.

In that dark night, a strong voice in the distance suddenly shook the
young man from this act and that stranger safely led the young man back
to his house.

In PC, Baba asked the margii, “Who saved you that night when you were
contemplating suicide?” The young margii intuitively felt that Baba
Himself had come to rescue him.

Baba went on to explain in that PC that as a doctor he should not feel
guilty about NOT agreeing to his father’s request to end the life. A
doctor’s duty is to serve and help a patient survive. Never should one
assist another in dying. Rather one should feel blessed to be able to
serve the patient in life.

Hearing thus, the margii felt totally relieved and revived and
thereafter carried out his medical duties courageously and faithfully.


Baba very clearly guides us that we should never give way to lowly
feelings wherein one wishes to end their life. Life is invaluable and to
be utlised to its fullest.

Baba says, “You cannot afford to waste any part of your precious life.”

Thus there is no scope for prematurely ending one’s life via medical
maneuvers. In AM we honor the mind, and if the mind is capable enough to think that
life is not worth living, it means that mind has enough shakti to ideate on
Parama Purusa and / or help others in the psychic sphere. Thus rather than allowing a
person to voluntarily end their life prematurely, they should be guided toward
psycho-spiritual practices.

Euthanasia, or the forced arrival of death, can be thought of as a form
of suicide, or assisted suicide. And that is not at all condoned in our Marga.

Baba says, “Those who commit suicide, do it when their mind is in a
negative state. It is unnatural.” (AFPS-6)

Thus we should not be swayed by any of the theories or arguments that
are floating around today that life can or should be ended prematurely
in some circumstances. Under no circumstances should that happen.

Nor should one sit idly waiting to die.

In one of His discourses from Gorakhpur Baba graphically describes that
one must not lie down in bed meekly – accumulating bed sores – waiting
for death to arrive. In that case, better to rise up, expend one’s
last drop of energy and be active. That is Baba’s distinct directive.

Indeed in so many discourses Baba has declared:

“Marte marte ka’m karo, ka’m karte karte maro”

“Die while working, and work even while dying”.”

Thus Baba is giving us two distinct teachings:
1) Do not take one’s own life prematurely;
2) Be vigorously active utlising all one’s strength – that is far better
than lying listlessly waiting for death to approach.


In today’s world, where most are involved in so many material pursuits,
then people become depressed and fall prey to gloomy thoughts seeing
their physical body demise.

They fail to think about greater aims in life, “Who am I, why am I
here.” Rather they consider this world only for name, fame, post, and
sensual pursuits.

They become deluded into think that since life is only for sensual
pleasures so if the body is not working properly, then best is to end
the life.

They think why should I live if I cannot engage in my normal array of
instinctual pursuits.

Then the part two is that they fall prey into another defective mind-set.

They falsely conclude: At least if I kill myself I will find a better life
somewhere else.

When in fact the truth is that one is tied up with their samskaras. One
may be able to run away from their house or hide from the police, but Mother Prakrti
will always find you. In that case, how silly to think I will start off “clean” in a
new place. Rather, by dropping into the dogma of euthanasia one will just acquire
yet another negative samskara.

Thus no one should fall prey to the materialistic avenues of premature
death or the dogma of finding better things through death. All these false notions
and faulty justifications arise when one feels that the physical body is everything.

Baba says, “Materialism tends to forget that the crude physical body and
its vital energy are not the whole of human existence – that the most
priceless assets of human beings are their psychic wealth, their
spiritual treasures, and their most beloved entity, Parama Purus’a, the
Lord of their life.” (NSS, Disc: 18)

Utterly devoid of spiritual vision, people think that their life is
totally tied to their physical body – physical pursuits.

Whereas in AM, ours is a spiritual ideal, as Baba guides us above.


At present, various states, governments, and countries have been
debating the matter of euthanasia, or the voluntary act of giving up
one’s life.

They cite various reasons for this to occur: sickness and disease,
incapacity to walk, see, or hear, debilitating accidents, loss of limbs,
and religious reasons as well.

For all of the above and more, such advocates claim it is reasonable for
one to prematurely end one’s life.

But again this is a purely materialistic outlook. What they fail to
realise is that life is not for physical pleasure but for pleasing and
surrendering to Parama Purusa. Abd so long as one can think one has the
capacity to please and serve Him.

And actually, the loss of one’s physical gifts forces one to face one’s
vulnerability. This then makes it easier for one to surrender to the
Lord. Whereas when one is at full strength and bossing others around,
then who thinks that they should surrender to Parama Purusa – already
they feel impregnable.

So there is a spiritual gain in losing one’s physical prowess.

But the materialist just thinks, “Without my full physical force I
prefer not to live, and If I die my suffering will be over.”

And those in the bind of religious dogma think that, “If I take my life
I will gain redemption and escape my pain and problems.”

What they do not realise is that one may escape from the police or from
one’s enemies etc, but one cannot escape prakrti. From Her there is no
escape or running.


Of course, in Ananda Marga life is viewed as vital to one’s progress and
there are so many reasons to continue living.

1) One’s samskaras can only be exhausted while alive and that one should
use the physical body on this earth in order to finish all one’s past

2) When the body is debilitated then feelings of helplessness arise, and
that brings feelings of surrender – the highest calling in life.

3) Part of our spiritual approach in life to to ask Baba to, “Please
grace me and given me strength to face any and all suffering and
setbacks in life.”

4) We must not misuse or abuse the body or mind. Premature death ruins
the body and disassociates the mind as it can no longer remain when the
brain itself is finished.

5) We should always remember that one can become one with Parama Purusa
with the right ideation – it takes just a moment. Proof of this is the
terrible villain Valmiki who in the course of a few moments expressed
his repentance with great sincerity and thereafter became known as a
great saint.

6) Another important thing is that one cannot do sadhana without a
physical body. Baba has said many times that even the devas must get human framework if
they wish to gain salvation. That is the only way to finish one’s sadhana.

And it is well known that the famed guru Swami Lahiri Mahasaya came to Baba
multiples times in a bodyless form and begged Him to grant him a body
with which to complete his sadhana.

7) As long as one is able to hink, then one can ideate on Him. No matter
how grave one’s problems one can always cry for the Lord.

All of the above speaks to the importance of keeping one’s physical body
as one precious vehicle for manifesting one’s spiritual ideal.


Our dharmic duty is to complete the cycle of pratisaincar, exhaust all our
karma/ samskara and reach up to Parama Purusa. And for this one must
have a human body. Leaving one’s body early by prematurely ending one’s
life will only hurt one’s progress.


When in problem or difficulty, we can only say, “O’ Parama Purusa pleas
grant me strength to serve You – then my life will be successful.

Tragically those with a materialistic outlook can never conceive of this
idea. Thus it is imperative that all understand the inner spirit of one’s
human life and its utilisation.

Baba says, ‘The only aim of life is spiritual practice – the realization
of the Supreme. But the body, composed of the five fundamental factors,
and the mind, which is related to this body, are in this physical world.
So spiritual practice cannot be sustained by ignoring this physical
world. People will have to conduct their lives in such a way that their
mundane duties are properly discharged without disturbing their
spiritual practice, which is the primary goal of life. Thus people will
have to continue their spiritual practice as the primary mission in
life, and at the same time fulfil their worldly responsibilities,
considering them to be allotted by God.” (NSS)


By Baba’s grace none should get duped or confused into thinking that
there is any positive aspect of euthanasia. It is a faulty plan and
foolhardy approach for solving one’s problems. May we all live with
the notion that we have come here to serve Him. Then we are sure to lead
a successful life, unperturbed by the comings and goings of worldly life.

Baba says, “Progress along the path of devotion is sweet and smooth.
However the one who advances only a short way along the path of
knowledge is soon assailed on all sides by the laments of the parched
desert. No matter what the nature of one’s sa’dhana’ might be, one will
have to practice sa’dhana’ in this world; one will not get the opportunity
after death. It is up to you to choose between the path of divinity and the
path of animality. But remember, the highest fulfillment in life lies in
Brahma sa’dhana’. The attainment of immortality lies in the pursuit of this
path. Only through Brahma sa’dhana’ can one properly evaluate life and
attain genuine progress. The fulfillment of a bud lies in its unfoldment,
not in its withering. Those who spend life in the pursuit of limited
mundane objects allow the bud of their lives to wither, and regress
along the path of negative Pratisaincara to suffer the eventual miserable
plight of becoming as inert as bricks, stones or iron, what to speak of
dogs or cats. This process of crudification will lead to the total
annihilation of their latent humanity.”

“An intelligent person should not follow the path of annihilation,
but the path of spiritual unfoldment. The pursuit of dharma is
the path leading to progress. Life reaches a glorious culmination
and supreme fulfillment only in this pursuit of dharma.” (AMIWL-8)


Rising Up

“Ghuma’ye theko na’ a’r ja’g tvra’ a’rt ma’navata’ d’a’k diye ja’y…”

O’ brothers and sisters, let us no longer remain in slumber. We should get
up without delay. The crying humanity is calling us; the people are in
desperate need of our help, support, & service. We have to give the proper
response by waving the flag of neo-humanism and thus usher in the new
dawn– whereby humanity is united. Taking Baba’s divine Name, we have to
remove their cry and suffering by forming one human society. Let us not
delay– the situation is urgent… (PS 4872)


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