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From: “Shantatma Kerketta”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Unparalleled Glory of Prabhat Samgiita
Date: Mon 14 Sep 2009 06:24:39 +0530

Baba

“Toma’ke ka’che peyeo cena’ da’y…” (PS 2288)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace You are mine– You are very close to me*. Baba,
often I think that I have understood You completely; but when I contemplate
more deeply I realise that I know not. To understand You fully, the unit
mind must lose its individual identity. As long as one is cognizant of
their own unit existence, then You cannot be realised. So, in spite of
having You very close, it is still not possible for me to fully realise
You. Baba, by Your grace You are my very intimate and closest One: You
smile softly and say You love me. Yet when I long for You and yearn to have
You in a more intimate way, You are not coming that close. Then I think
that I do not properly understand Your mind– Your desire. Otherwise surely
You would come deep into the depths of my heart. Baba, alas I do not know
how to satisfy You completely.

Baba, just when I think I have completely understood You, and just when
I think I have truly come to know You, then with Your divine liila You
shower even more of Your divine love and I become restless to get You more
and more close. Baba, I feel so much love for You in my heart that my eyes
constantly rain tears when I think of You. It is Your grace.

Baba, due to Your infinite compassion I have understood that only You
are the Essence. You alone are the Cosmic Nucleus of this vast universe.
Baba, by Your grace I have forgotten all those transitory expressions. I no
longer run after the ephemeral things of this mundane world. Baba, I have
accepted the greatness of Your divine liila. I understand that Your liila
cannot be understood*. Now I only think and sing: O’ Lord, please forgive
me for my wrongdoing and sinful deeds by showering Your causeless grace on me.

Baba, You can only be attained through surrender and love. O’ Lord
please grace me; please fill me with Your divine compassion…

ASTERISK NOTES (*):

* “Toma’ke ka’che peyeo cena’ da’y”: The central theme of the first line of
this Prabhat Samgiita is expressed by this people shloka.

Baba says, “Tadiha’ntike ca: some people think, “No, Parama Purus’a is not
far from me. He is quite near. He is everywhere.” In Sam’skrta, iha means
“here.” But even if you say iha or “near,” there remains a slight gap. To
those who perpetually think that Parama Purus’a is very, very near to them,
He becomes so close that nothing closer can even be imagined. In such a
circumstance, people realize that pashyatsvihaeva nihitam’ guha’ya’m: those
who have the vision to see, realize that He is not in the east or the west,
in the north or the south, but He is lying hidden in the innermost cavity
of their minds, in their own existential “I” feelings. Hence no one should
wander about searching for Him in the external world. Make your existential
“I” feeling pure and holy: if you purify your mind through virtuous deeds,
through meditation and contemplation, and through kiirtana, you will be
able to realize Him.” (SS-12)

* “Toma’r liila’y ha’r ma’niya’chi”: This phrase from the third stanza of
the above Prabhat Samgiita is neatly represented by this below paragraph
from one of His divine discourses.

Baba says, “Surrender yourself to His will. Shake off your load of
self-conceit. Lighten the burden of your life and float yourself on the
waves of His will. It is He who is teaching you the sa’dhana’ in the guise
of a Guru (preceptor); it is He who is strengthening your knowledge and
faith in the guise of a philosopher. You are plundering His mercy in
everything day and night. Go on working as a machine, leaving the doership
to Him. How little can your poor intellect comprehend or analyse His
unfathomable sport (liila’)! So, instead of trying to comprehend or analyse
keep the bearing of that inscrutable juggler aglow before your eyes.”
(AMIWL-4)

== UNPARALLELED GLORY OF PRABHAT SAMGIITA ==

Namaskar,
By the grace of Parama Purusa Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji again our
Prabhat Samgiita Day of 14 September has come and it reminds us of
the spectacular history and the devotional & unforgettable memories.

Note: On the glorious occasion of Prabhat Samgiita Day, here are some other letters for your blissful enjoyment and review.

Please continue reading here below.

WHAT USED TO HAPPEN BEFORE 1982

Before 1982, when we did not have Prabhat Samgiita, those days in DMC and
General Darshan programs, we used to sing some bhajans — devotional songs
— for Baba. Songs of those days were composed by margiis or some Dadas. Or
sometimes I remember devotional songs from the common society also were sung.

No doubt, Baba used to listen all those songs in a very loving way, sitting
peacefully on the dais. Most of the time He used to sit quiet, in gracious
mudra posture. So charming, beautiful, very attractive. He enjoys
devotional songs from devotees. And the whole vibration of the pandal used
to be charged with unparalleled, divine vibrations. And it intoxicated all
devotees, those who were attending His darshan. This was the regular feature.

But sometimes I have seen that when the song was going on, Baba was not
completely satisfied with the meaning or idea behind the song. And time to
time I have seen in different occasions He used to feel discomfort with
those bhajans, those which contained some negative aspects.

SONGS THAT WERE ‘OFF-TRACK’

Several occasions not only I but all those who were attending, we
experienced what happened if the song is going off the track.

(note: Here I am not talking about the tune of the singer or musical style.
Here “off the track” means if the song which is going on in DMC,
is going astray from Baba’s teaching.)

So if the meaning of the song was dogmatic type or
unideological. Then Baba used to oppose and sometimes scold lovingly, then
and there. He used to oppose very strongly sometimes. Here I want to remind
that this is the about pre-1982 stage. Before Prabhat Samgiita had come.

Because of Baba’s displeasure with some of those songs, a certain system
was introduced. That is, before singing any song in any General Darshan or
DMC, the song had to be pre-approved by RAWA dept. It was done to avoid
such unpleasant situations during the devotional program in DMC. Prior to
this it was regular occurrence that Baba used to be displeased by some of
those bhajans which were dogmatic.

We know Margiis were not singing the songs to displease Baba, but the
meaning of the songs were negative. It was not consistent to Baba’s teaching.

It was all happening because of ignorance, and lack of availability of
bhajans which can project AM ideology and AM devotional cult.

DOGMATIC RELIGIOUS SONGS

In the common society we see that at various religious gatherings they sing
such songs which carry the dogma of “heaven and hell”, or “Oh Lord I am
sinner and You are great…” etc. It is obvious that in earlier days
margiis directly came from those very religions. So they inherited those
dogmatic bhajans from there. And the projection we were seeing in General
Darshan. That caused an unpleasant situation.

In one DMC, it may have been Patna 1st January DMC, one song was going on.

The song was like this, “Majadha’r me par’a’ hum…Koi nahi saha’r’a’…”.

The sense was that: “Baba, I am in a wild whirlpool. And caught up in that
strong flooded river current. The situation is life and death. There is a
huge amount of uncontrolled water. I am floating away. Going to die– death
is certain. I do not have any hope. Nobody is there to save me, I am
shelterless….”

This is some sense of the meaning of that song which was going on in that
DMC.

BABA INTERJECTS

When Baba was listening to this, then He did not like the meaning. Baba
sharply reacted. And He loudly spoke, “You are not shelterless! Stop this
song.” And then Dadas interrupted and the song was stopped. And the
situation got controlled. And other margiis started singing.

One more time I remember, when one margii was singing the song, “Baba
toha’r chashma’ kama’l karela’…”.

The meaning of this Bhojpuri song is,

“Your eyeglasses are wonderful; they are bringing charm on Your face…The
sticks in Your hand and the white dhoti are all multiplying Your beauty…”

That is the general scene of this song. So one can understand to some
extent the meaning of what was being sung that day– and Baba did not like
it.

DADA N’S SONGS

After those days, then Dada Nityasatyananda composed some Bengali songs.
His songs were also not A-grade. In some of the songs, he used to include
his own name in the last line of the song itself. That was a negative part.
I am giving you here one such example. And almost all the songs had his
name in one or another way.

“Nityasatyananda sa’dh mane ga’he sabe Baba nam…”.

So when he was leading the song, everybody was following and unnecessarily
everybody used to sing and repeating that. The meaning of that song line
is, “Nityasatyananda is singing Baba Nama Kevalam”.

Such songs Baba did not like. Because devotees like to praise Lord. Not to
praise themselves. So “Nityasatyananda sa’dh mane…” song was treated
negative.

SOMETHING WAS MISSING

All these above examples are all historical facts what happened during those
days. Everybody was feeling great scarcity in the field of devotional
songs. Baba has given all the philosophy for physical, psychic and
spiritual development, Prout, various things. But heartfelt, loving
communication between disciple and Guru, devotee and Lord, was missing.
There was a big gap. As is known, various devotees tried to fill up the
gap, but failed.

BABA’S BLESSING

So ultimately Baba has graced us by showering us with divine songs. And
that came in the form of Prabhat Samgiita. And now we have thousands of
such devotional songs which are A-grade. Unparalleled. Now everyone
realizes that what this ‘PS song #2’ says is true. That, Prabhat Samgiita
is really – “E ga’n a’ma’r a’lor jharn’a’dha’ra'”. These songs are the
fountain of divine effulgence. They are an eternal source of inspiration in
all the fields and especially in the realm of devotion. Prabhat Samgiita is
so great that language does not have capacity to explain its magnificence
and glory. Its greatness can only be felt in the heart and mind.

At His lotus feet,
Shantatma

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Beneficial For All

Baba says, “There are people who avoid intuitional practice (sa’dhana’) for
fear of giving up all the pleasures and enjoyments of the world. This fear
deters them from pursuing intuitional practice, although their fear has no
logical basis. It was explained earlier that the objects of earthly
enjoyment are created under the influence of the static principle of
Prakrti, and one regards them as real due to the dominance of
Avidya’ma’ya’, which also makes people enjoy these earthly objects.
Intuitional practice gradually reduces the dominance of Avidya’ma’ya’, and
then the mind is also diverted towards subtle things. Crude worldly
pleasures and enjoyments lose their attraction. The longing for worldly
objects (ka’ma), the attraction for them (moha), and avarice (lobha) — the
three principles of Avidya’ma’ya’ — make these seem desirable, but with
the waning of the influence of these three, the mind will no longer desire
them. Ordinarily the mind delights in the enjoyment of worldly pleasures
and regards giving them up a torture, but when the mind no longer likes
them, the question of giving them up does not arise. At that time the mind
will try to run away from them, and feels relieved to be without them,
instead of being tormented by their absence….”

“On careful analysis, the fears that hold one back from practising
sa’dhana’ appear to be without any foundation. To avoid intuitional
practice (sa’dhana’), which is the fundamental duty of everyone, out of
baseless fear, only shows one’s ignorance. It is, therefore, urged that no
one avoid sa’dhana’ out of unfounded fears, but rather through sa’dhana’
realize themselves and know themselves as the Infinite Supreme Entity.”
(AMEP, ’98 Edn, p.132-134)

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