Archive for November 23rd, 2009

Date: Mon 23 Nov 2009 11:46:24 +0530
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Priyanath C Mittra”
Subject: Unique & Unknown Power of Human Beings


PS Intro: This following song was written in the Urdu language.

“Karata’ra ha’ma’re, tumhare liye yaha’n a’na’…” (P.S. 4165)


Baba, O’ my lord, by Your grace I have come on this earth for You.
Baba, whether You love me or not is Your choice, but please do not
play hide and seek with me. Baba, please remain in my close proximity
so I can see and feel Your always. Baba, I also want that You should
love me always. Baba, You are the star of my eye– You are the charm
of my life. Baba, without You my existence is meaningless.

Baba, You are the most attractive and divine Entity– brilliant in Your
divine effulgence. Baba, Your infinite love is expressed in each and
everything of this world: In the flowers’ fragrance, the children’s
smiles, the beauty of the rainbow. All the sweetness comes from You. All
the beauty of the entire expressed world–including the flora and
fauna– everything expresses Your love. Baba, You have saturated this
entire creation with Your grace-compassion. Your love resonates within
each and every thing. The inherent beauty of every entity is the
expression of Your love, the reflection of Your love.

Baba, whether I like it or not, but I am residing in Your heart. I am
within You. Baba, You are the nucleus of this entire creation. My
everything is revolving around You. I do not know which form You are but
the entire universe is within You. Baba, You are surrounding everything.
You are within and without each and every created being. Baba, You are
my Lord; You are my everything. And my only duty is to serve You, to
please You– and do all those things which You like. Baba, You are my
ultimate Goal.

Baba, my Lord, You have brought me on this earth for You– to serve You…

Note: The Urdu language originally started around Delhi when outside or
overseas soldiers were not aware how to speak Hindi. But they were going
to the market and speaking in their broken version of the local
language. In this way they started interacting with the common people.
Subsequently, the Urdu language first sprang up and it became known as
the market language. So when Hindi and Arabic were mixed then this new
language took shape. And since this language was spoken by a group of
soldiers using a military uniform (wardi), that is why the name of the
language became known as ‘wardi’. Over time and due to a similarity in
pronunciation, ‘wardi’ became ‘Urdu’. This historical and linguistic
guideline Baba has given in His grammar book.


As Baba tells us, human beings are born with a very special capacity,
but most of the time that special capacity goes unnoticed or even misused.

This capacity allows us full control over our future, yet so often
things go awry.

All because this unique and unknown power which we have, we are not
aware about or unable to use properly.

Just imagine, the greatness all human beings can achieve – and how many
pains and troubles can be averted – if we become more aware about this
innate gift.


In our western hemisphere, what to speak of not being aware of what
human capacity we have, all too often researchers and scientists are
keen on labeling human beings as beings just animals – nothing more than
a cousin of monkeys and chimpanzees. This only further diminishes our
stature and keeps our unknown capacity even more hidden.


Of course, in the eyes of Ananda Marga, human beings are completely
distinct from animals and what distinguishes us from animals is: Free will.

Parama Purusa has given us free will – the power to think, choose, and

Baba says, “Human beings have a fully-reflected consciousness which makes
them capable of independent action and also of distinguishing between good
and bad.” (AMEP)

And indeed it is our capacity of free will which is our unique and
unknown power. With our free will, we can control our destiny entirely.

Yet in one discourse, Baba has famously declared that 99% of human
beings misuse their free will and invite negative samskaras.

But it does not have to be like that. We can avert all these problems.
This free will can also lead us unto His divine lap.

Thus this concept of free will is like a double edged sword – it can
lead us to the heights of bliss or the depths of hell. It all depends
upon how it is used.


In so many discourses, Baba guides us that human beings get whatever
they desire. Being the Parama Purusa, He merely nods His approval and
grants our wish.

Of course He is goading us onto the path of beatitude, but ultimately He
give us whatever things we wish for. This in turn totally affects not
only our present but our future as well.

Baba says, “Suppose a person is obsessed with the thought of doing this
or that, to harm another person. They will receive the body of a pig or
a dog. One who desires to do something good and noble will receive a
good physical body accordingly. ” (AV-10, p.182)

Thus whatever good or bad things we desire in this life affect our next
birth also. Here below Baba gives even more examples of this phenomenon.

Baba says, “Suppose someone has a desire to eat delicious food. Parama
Purus’a will grant that wish, and the person may be reborn in the next
life as a wolf or wild boar, to eat to his or her heart’s content. A
woman who wishes to adorn herself with ornaments may be reborn as a
colourfully-marked peacock. One day, however, a hunter may shoot the
beautiful peacock with an arrow. As one desires, so one attains…So
before wishing to attain something, one must be extra-cautious. Suppose
a man wants to be a king. In the next life he may be born into the
household of a poor man whose surname is “Raja” [“King”]. He wanted to
be a Raja and he became one! One must be very cautious before wishing
for anything.” (AV-4)

Thus the blessing which Baba has bestowed upon us – i.e. the gift of
free will – is a double edged sword. If we desire Him we will get Him.
But tragically, all too often human beings are not aware how powerful
their desires are nor where those desires will lead them. In our
shortsighted manner, we humans long for so many things – house, car,
money, name, fame, job, prestige, opposite sex – which bind us more and
more to the crust of this earth.

Indeed, we think we want those things but when we undergo the reaction
to get those things, then our fickle minds have already flip-flopped and
we get stuck with something we no longer want. Such is the way it works.


Animals are animals and follow their nature – they never get degraded
and slowly move along the path of pratisaincara. In contrast, with our
free will, human beings may rocket ahead toward Him by His grace, or
fall back into the depths of animal life or even be reborn as inanimate

Baba says, “A human being in this life may well be reborn as an animal,
plant or even a rock in the next life.” (AFPS-8)

It is due to free will that we may get caught up in negative
pratisaincara. No other beings falls in this way – only humans. We get a
body according to our psychic tendency. Here below Baba explains that
quite graphically.

Baba says, “Which animal is the greediest among the animals with which
we are all very familiar? It does not like to give up greed in spite of
ill treatment and humiliations. It is the cat. Yes, after moving a few
steps ahead, the cat forgets that it was beaten. So that particular
person is reborn as a cat after death, because that body affords an
opportunity for the satiation of their greed. When the housewife looks
around inattentively, the cat sneaks into the kitchen through the small
opening in order to reach the milk or fish in the kitchen.” (AV-10, p.184)

So the progress of living beings is quite plotted until one attains the
human framework. Then, depending upon one’s use of their free will and
the nature of one’s desires, a person may bounce between human and
animal life hundreds and thousands of times, or more. As Baba tells
above, one may be reborn as a cat in order to fulfill their greed. All
because when in human form one does not exercise their free will
properly. They mental desires revolve around crude things. Yet, most of
the time people are not aware of the ramifications of this, nor are they
aware that they are fully in control of their own fate.

When in fact by their free will they are either (a) making an original
action or (b) undergoing the reaction of their past action. Every event
and incident in life is either one or the other. And both of
inextricably linked to our use of free will. There is no other outside
agency other than our free will that determines our fate in life. We
have our desire and Parama Purusa approves it. That is how it goes.


At this point the whole escapade may seem like unwinable situation.
Human beings have so many desires and at the same time one is not aware
about how powerful free will is, so end over end one somersaults time
and again from one life to the next, suffering all the pains and agonies
of crude worldly life.

One rushes after wealth, sexual satisfaction, revenge, greed and so many
things and accordingly one gets another crude body or even worse
inanimate existence.

However it does not have to be like this.

By Baba’s grace, there is an easy exit. There is an easy escape route
from this harsh cycle of karma and karmaphala. He has blessed us with
human life and given us an aspiration for the divine. With our free will
then we should just think and ask for parama’rtha.

Baba says, “Parama’rtha is that factor which brings about the permanent
cessation of the triple afflictions. Here permanent cessation means
cessation of those afflictions which, once removed, will never return
again in the future. That artha which brings permanent relief from the
pangs of hunger, which is the instrument of permanent cessation, is
called “parama’rtha”.” (AV-4)

By desiring salvation, even a notorious sinner like the robber Valmiki
can become a great saint. So when ordinary human beings seek paramartha
then naturally they will be blessed and escape this horrible cycle of
birth, death, and rebirth, which leads to so much suffering and unrest.
By His grace, one will walk this earth as the divine embodiment of
Parama Purusa.

That is the proper use of free will – that is the proper use of our
unique and unknown power.


By Baba’s grace, He has also given us one other remedy. There is one
other escape. Suppose one does not have any concept of parama’rtha or
anything like that. And suppose one does not know how to use their free
will correctly. Even then an ordinary person can achieve the highest
stance. The way is to simply tell Baba to do according to His wish. With
Him being the Sadguru, one should merely request, “Let your desire be
fulfilled.” That is the essence of His below blessing.

Baba says, “Created beings, will have to move according to the Cosmic
will; there is no other way. Learning, intellect and personal status
become meaningless [and will goad one into bondaage] unless they are
directed towards Parama Purus’a. After realizing the Supreme truth
intelligent people start moving according to Parama Purus’a’s desire,
saying, “Oh Parama Purus’a. I have nothing to ask of you. Let thy will
be fulfilled. I want nothing else.”” (AMIWL-10)




For Avadhutas/ikas and NE Indian Population

Baba says, “Married ladies may use vermilion in shape of decoration.
This does not constitute a kusam’ska’ra. This forms a part of the dress.
Vermilion, if one so desires may not be used at all. In ancient Shavara
and Kira’ta societies, the bridegroom’s party would first launch an
attack and abduct the bride. The bride also sustained injuries in the
turmoil that would ensue. They would handcuff the bride and snatch her
away. The iron bracelets (noya’) are their remnants and the vermilion
that of the blood. The sha’stras do not anywhere give any place to

“Lead sindu’r is prepared with a mixture of lead and oxygen. This leaves
room for lead poisoning. Vermilion is mercuric sulphide. It is said that
mercury maintains blackness of the hair. This is incredible. At time
dermatitis of the scalp occurs on the vermilion applied areas. With the
advancement of science the use of vermilion shall gradually come to an
end.” (Tattvika Diipika – 5)

Note: Regarding the use of vermilion, everyone should be aware that it
is dangerous. If one must use that type of colour, then best is to find
a different type of red mark. Some avadhutas / avadhutikas might be
using vermilion in which case they should find some safe substitutes or
alternatives. One good options might be food colouring.

Secondly, for females although vermilion is not a kusamskar, that is not
something one should copntinue. It is better to give it up slowly.
Earlier it was a serious dogma and now it is used primarily for cosmetic
beauty or social needs etc. But according to logic and reasoning the use
of vermilion has lost its value.



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