Archive for October 2nd, 2009

From: “Satiish K Bhatia”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Should Caryacarya Be Changed?
Date: Fri, 02 Oct 2009 13:24:52 +0530


“Tava path dhare, tava na’m kare, toma’r pa’nei cale thaki…” (P.S. 2180)


Baba, by Your grace I am treading on Your path by singing Your name and
moving towards You. You are my Goal. By Your grace I am moving closer
and closer towards You– to reach You.

Baba, except You, in this universe who else is mine– no one. Because of
this I am always calling You for Your shelter. O’ Lord, in this
decorated universe of Yours, You have provided me a special place
according to Your liking. You have bestowed everything; and, You do not
desire anything from anyone. Just You go on pouring Your divine grace
eternally. The demerits such as lethargy only come from my side. Plus
all kinds of lame excuses I give in self-justification. Hence all the
lacuna belong to me; whereas, You Yourself are ever-gracious.

Baba, You have situated my mind in the corner of Your vast cosmic mind.
And from that corner it receives Your divine vibration. With the
attraction and resonance of Your divine vibration, the lotus of
the love, which has blossomed in my heart, is looking towards You with deep

Baba, singing Your Name, I am moving on Your path. For me, Your grace is


Right now, in certain circles, the question of the day is, “Should
Caryacarya be changed?”

In particular, they want to change the rules regarding the selection and
duration of the PP post.

So we all have to think if this is a good idea. Let’s examine the facts
and use our critical thinking skills.



First off, we all must recognise that Caryacarya is our social treatise
(smrti shastra or samaj shastra). Unlike our philosophical treatise (ie
Ananda Sutram) and our spiritual treatise (Subhasita Samgraha etc), our
social treatise is subject to change. According to the social needs of
the day, Caryacarya can be changed.

Under certain conditions then, it is indeed possible to change our
social code and regulations. We should, however, probably think of this
more as the exception than the norm.

After all, Baba is the Sadguru – His teachings are perfect – and we
should have maximum respect for what He was given. Just because it is
possible for Caryacarya to be changed, does not mean we should change it
based on human whim or inclination. There must be a dire social need.

In addition, those involved in any change to Caryacarya should probably
be – nay must be – proven sadvipras of only the highest standard.




Having acknowledged that Caryacarya can – under certain select
conditions – be changed, the next question is this:

Is now the time to change certain regulations regarding the election /
selection of the next Purodha Pramukha. That is the section that some
desire to change.

This is the critical point we all must consider. So let’s step back and
take a look.

As we know, right now, our Marga is riddled with groupism, lust for post
and power, and rampant division. It took Buddhism 500+ years to divide,
and in the short span of 19 years, our Marga has been mutilated. There
is chaos in all aspects of our AM political life. Everyone — all the
groups – are fighting to get the upper hand. The mark of groupism and
factionalism is everywhere.

Thus, under such conditions, who can think that this is the ideal time
to start changing Baba’s given edicts regarding the PP post. The various
groups are fighting tooth and nail for power, and the chair of Purodha
Pramukha is the most powerful political post in our Marga. All the major
players are intoxicated by the notion of owning / controlling that seat.

So we have to think: When the groupists are in fast pursuit of getting
the chair of PP within their control, would this be a conducive moment
to allow opportunistic groupists the ability to meddle with the
guidelines in Caryacarya regarding the selection and election of Purodha

The clear-cut answer by any rational thinking margii is: “Certainly not.”

Given the power hungry ways of those factional heads, this is not the
proper moment to allow any such persons to get within 10 feet of
Carycarya, let alone grant them permission to change it.

Invariably they will distort and change Caryacarya according to their
own power schema. They will absolutely ruin the guidelines regarding
Purodha Pramukha.


The situation can be likened to a sensitive family issue. Yes, it is
true that families should get together and work out difficult problems.
But the time to do that is not when everyone is in a drunken and
debauched state. That will only cause further harm and destruction – not

Similarly, when our Marga is being ravaged by groupist leaders, that is
far from the ideal time to allow changes to Sadguru’s teachings about
the top leadership post in the Marga. Sunk in their own greed and lust,
such groupist forces will ruin those guidelines.

It will set a very negative precedent for further meddling.

Now they may be talking about placing Kinshukjii as PP for two years,
and then tomorrow who knows what they will be asking to change. They may
propose putting Lalu Yadav or some Congressional Party leader or some
filmy hero as PP, as if that would be the way to generate more public
interest in AM.

Or they might propose to change Carayacarya’s guidelines about diet:
Allowing meat to be eaten so that we can get more followers in those
countries where meat and alcohol are popular.

All hell will break loose if we allow those power hungry groupists to
change Baba’s sacred words. Now is not the time to allow them to
“update” our samaja shastra.


Rather than think that Caryacarya needs to be changed, our attitude
should be that Sadguru has given us all the dharmic guidelines necessary
to succeed in building a healthy human society.

His teachings about the post of Purodha Pramukha are also perfect.

No person should foolishly lament that why Baba made the post of PP to
be lifelong. That is a silly and short-sighted complaint.

What Baba has done is perfect.

If the post of PP were not lifelong, its power would be greatly
compromised. Then it would be like the US politicians who do nothing
except work on their re-election campaigns. They are slaves to public
opinion – period.

Our PP post is for dharmic engagements and the person sitting in the
chair should not be shackled by having to please the public to keep
their post. Rather, they should stand on the path of righteousness,
unrivaled and untouched by voters and private interest groups.

Here it has to be noted that the first PP was not a dharmic person. Rather
his selection was a result of groupist manipulation. Sarvatmananda
staged that selection.

So none should look at the first PP and think, “Oh, Baba’s system is not
working, we should change it.”

Since 1990, our Marga has been drowned in groupism, to some or more
degree. Our first and foremost aim should be rid our Marga of groupism.
Then we will have proper leaders in the top posts. Till that time, till
groupism is still in vogue, all the so-called leaders will be mere tools
of the vying camps.

Claiming that Baba’s system of Purodha Pramukha is not working since
1990 is the same as someone doing lots of drugs and alcohol and then
taking initiation and complaining that the system of sadhana is not
working properly because they cannot get samadhi.

In the same way, when the organisation is troubled by groupism, that is
neither the time to evaluate Baba’s systems nor the time to allow
factional heads to change Caryacarya.


By His grace He has made Ananda Marga. That is what our Marga is —
Ananda Marga. Not any other Marga. It is the path of bliss. And He has
given all the needed guidelines.

To date, since 1990, our AM has been marred by groupism. Rather than
think Guru’s guidelines need to be changed, we should aim to follow His
teachings and then watch how beautiful dharma gets expressed within our
AMPS organisation.

The answer is not to abandon or tweak what He has given in Caryacarya.
Rather now, more than ever, is the time to adhere to His each and every
teaching. Then groupism will be gone and our Marga will shine. Then we
will have a true Purodha Pramukha who will be able to lead our Marga
fearlessly into the era of sentient peace and prosperity.


Marriage and Problem

Baba says, “At the time of marriage the bridge and bridegroom should not
have any direct relationship three generations above and three generations
below. If this condition is not met, the marriage should not be
solemnised.” (AV-7, p.57)

Note 1: In the above quotation Baba has given strict guidelines for members
of the general society regarding marriage. The idea of no direct relation
three generations up means that there must not be any blood relation
between the parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents of the bride and
the groom. That is the meaning of three generations up. And three
generations down means no blood relation between the families of the bride
and groom from their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

For instance, suppose the young boy of one family wants to marry the
grand-daughter of his uncle then such a marriage could not be condoned.
Similarly if the bride and bridegroom are planning to marry but if the
great grandfather of the groom was the cousin of the great grandfather of the
bride then such a marriage must not be permitted. So in AM for a marriage
to be approved one of the distinct conditions is no direct relation three
generations up and three generations down.

Note 2: Around the globe there are various clans, countries and religions
which do not follow the above mentioned rule. Instead they arrange
marriages where the bridge and bridegroom have direct blood relation and
that outcome of this is disastrous. It causes brain disorders, genetic
abnormalities, onset of chronic diseases like cancer, and so many other
problems and difficulties. This the well-documented fact. Everyone knows
that Baba’s guidelines are deeply meaningful, whether He has opted to give
a full explanation or not. On this point of marriage, these serious health
issues are the main reason why this rule has been given. As margiis our
duty is to convince members of the general society not to commit such
blunder because that will only invited disastrous diseases into their
family. On this point everyone should cooperate to make this a happy and
healthy universe.

Note 3: In the dogmatic religion of Islam their only restriction on the
point of marriage is that the mother’s milk must be different between the
bridge and the bridegroom. If this requirement is met then they can marry.
But this creates huge problems. Because many Muslim men have 4 wives. In
this way the male and female offspring of the same father often marry each
other. In such marriages birth defects and diseases like cerebral palsy are
rampant. This is not only the case with Muslims but also with orthodox
Jews, Mormons, indigenous people, tribal communities, Bible believers, and
various other sections of the population around the globe.


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