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Fight for your ideology, Be one with your ideology. Live for your ideology. Die for your ideology. A'nandamu'rti Vaesha'khii Pu'rn'ima' 1961

From: “Manindra Singh”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: 31 Dec 2009 14:27:29 -0000
Subject: New Year’s Gift: Keep It Forever



Everyone in AM understands the unique and special beauty of Baba’s original Ananda Vaniis. These timeless dharmic teachings were delivered by Baba Himself on select occasions like New year’s Day and Ananda Purnima and a few other special times. Each Ananda Vanii is like its own discourse: perfect and complete unto itself, and never a repetition of previously printed discourses etc.

In addition, each Ananda Vanii was uniquely handwritten by Baba Himself.

Since all disciples of Shrii Shrii A’nandamu’rti can appreciate such splendour, attached please find a scanned image of Baba’s handwritten Ananda Vanii #14.

This is something for you to keep forever.

We highly recommend printing it out, framing it, and hanging it in a special place in your home, office, or residence. Or maybe you will feel it most appropriate to keep it in your puja room. You know best which place would best maintain the sanctity of Baba’s sacred message.

After all, Baba Himself put His own hand and pen to paper when He graciously wrote out the following words:

Fight for your ideology, Be one with your ideology.
Live for your ideology. Die for your ideology.

Vaesha’khii Pu’rn’ima’

On the occasion of New Year’s Day 2010, this is a special gift to Ananda Margiis all over the globe. May we treasure Baba’s divine teachings forever and maintain their sanctity.

With deepest regards,

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Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 11:46:38 -0600
From: “Paul Paltrow”
Subject: Show Me Your A’nanda Va’n’ii



Tell me, is this your A’nanda Va’n’ii??

If so, think again, because this below vanii is a Fake Ananda Vanii,
just like the other fake ones being offered by other groups. Only a
totally naive person could think to use the below as an Ananda Vanii.

New Year’s Day – 2010

You have to remember the fact that no great work can be accomplished on
this earth through flattery. In order to accomplish any noble task,
courage, competence and utmost commitment are absolutely necessary. Victory will
surely be yours. Under no circumstances should you worry about victory.
You have come to this earth to accomplish a noble task. Keep working
continuously till you reach your individual goal. And at the end of your
efforts, you are destined to reach your spiritual goal and establish
yourselves in cosmic bliss for eternity.

( English ) ( Shrii Shrii A’nandamurtjii )

( Selected from the discourse , “The Middle Path is the Perfect Path”,
A’nandavacana’mrtam, Part -13 )

Everyone should be clear – the above Ananda Vanii is totally fake –
nobody should use such a thing – it is a farce.


Baba has given His original and true Ananda Vaniis and they are
collected in His book, Ananda Vanii Samgraha. Such Vaniis, of divine
messages of truth, were delivered by Marga Guru at select times and they
are unique bullets of truth for that time period and for all time. They
are eternal in nature and totally original – they were not cut from
other discourses. Baba would handwrite them Himself for that very
occasion and for time immemorial.

Today, however, the various groups concoct their own Fake Ananda Vaniis
by stealing sentences from previously printed discourses. That is
totally wrong.

Baba has given discourses and Baba has given Ananda Vaniis. The two
cannot be mixed and matched.

(#1) Just as one cannot take a paragraph from any discourse and call it
the Supreme Command, similarly one cannot yank a few lines from a
discourse and call it an Ananda Vanii.

(#2) Just as one cannot grab any word from a discourse and call it an
ista mantra, similarly one cannot yank a few lines from a discourse and
call it an Ananda Vanii.

(#3) Just as one cannot borrow any shloka from a discourse and call it
Guru Puja, similarly one cannot yank a few lines from a discourse and
call it an Ananda Vanii.

Only people who want to manipulate Baba’s teachings do like that and
fabricate Fake Ananda Vaniis. No true disciple of Shrii Shrii
Anandamurti will do such things.

We must follow Guru and His example, and not destroy His divine
teachings by making faulty, fake concoctions and calling them Ananda Vanii.

The above Fake Ananda Vanii is an excerpt from AV-13; it is not an
original Vanii as given by Baba.


By His grace He has blessed us with a published collection of His sacred
and original Ananda Vaniis. And it is those that should be used on the
annual occasions of New Year’s Day and Ananda Purnima.

In every unit, margiis and acaryas can select one of Baba’s original
Ananda Vaniis and read it to out loud at their local gathering.

Here are but a few examples of Baba’s 74 original Ananda Vaniis.

“The Supreme Spirit within humanity, neglected for ages, has awakened
today. This awakening will initiate a new chapter in human history. You
will all be the pioneers of the new trend.” (A’nanda Va’n’ii #1)

“The only creed of a spiritual aspirant is to love the Universal
Consciousness and the creation. One must not be guided by any national,
caste, linguistic or religious sentiment and must not tolerate any
fissiparous tendency.” (A’nanda Va’n’ii #16)

“The more the honest people are firm on morality, the more the evil
forces will be active against them. So all the moralists of the universe
should remain organized and confront the evil forces unitedly.” (A’nanda
Va’n’ii #59)

So we should all select one of Baba’s true Ananda Vaniis for New Year’s
and not use fake ones that crooks are concocting and passing around.


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Keeping a skull by our side gives that same stark reminder that our life is temporary and that we should not get caught up in relative luxuries and satisfaction. We are to spend our time striving for the Great.

From: “Herb Marmlestein”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Keep Skull
Date: Wed 30 Dec 2009 13:10:49


“A’ma’r sakal dukher ma’jhe ele tumi dukhaharan’…” (PS 1421)


O’ Baba, You are Dukhaharan’. I was surrounded by sorrows & suffering; I
was in big problem; my life was unbearable. I was completely miserable. But
now, by Your grace, to save me, You have come with Your gazing eyes, silent
footsteps, loving smile, and sweet face. Baba, by Your divine advent You
have blessed me and rescued me by wiping away all my troubles and

Baba, completely depending upon You with full surrender, in that very
distressed and helpless condition, I was calling You and looking towards
You. Raising both my hands in surrender I told, ‘Baba, please save me; You
are my only shelter. If You will not save me then who will.’ Then at that
moment You rescued me by showering Your grace.

Baba, when I look around I see that because of Your gracious presence
this entire universe has become vibrated & charged. The whole sky is
enveloped in Your divine effulgence and my mind and heart is drenched in
Your love. Baba, holding Your lotus feet, I sing Your glory in my heart and
surrender to You…


When Baba would arrive at any airport then there would be a grand
reception by all local margiis and workers and part and parcel of that
dramatic and exciting time was dancing tandava with a skull for Baba.
That was the rule. Everyone in AM is well aware about this.

In AM, the skull symbolises the constant struggle of life and the fight
against death. It is one of our dharmic tools.

Thus the skull has great value in the life of any tantrika and in this
short posting we will examine why it is beneficial for every Ananda
Margii to keep a skull.


Our time on this earth is temporary – yet most people totally remain
oblivious of this fact. They think the qualities they have, i.e. their
wealth, health, beauty, and power, will last forever. That defective
outlook causes so many problems.

People falsely believe that their life and property are permanent and
that leads them to become arrogant and hurtful towards others. They
think that with their limited power they can do what they want and that
their power will never wane. By this way they torture, cheat, abuse, and
rule over others – all the while thinking that their position is
indestructible and lasting.

When the fact is that human life is temporary and this world is
transitory. Even as Ananda Margiis however, we can forget this fact. And
in that way we may forget what is most important on this earth. Perhaps
we will not cheat and exploit other like materialists are prone to do,
yet we may get wrapped up in transitory gains instead of yearning for
the Supreme.

To think of this world as a permanent abode is common amongst human
beings – this is their illusionary outlook. Yet this mindset is not
helpful for our growth and development.

Here is one suggestion; If we all keep a skull in our room or on our
desk, then we will be constantly reminded by the transitory nature of
this world. By that way, we will always be involved in proper deeds on
this earth.


Just as when people think their power is permanent then they will abuse
others day and night, similarly, when people think that their qualities
are temporary, then they will adopt the right psychology and values in
life. Then they will think that their life should be utlised for a
benevolent cause. Then there is no time to get mixed up in wrongdoing.

Baba says, ‘What is a devotee to do? “Tyaja durjana sam’sargam” – you
should give up the company of durjanas. Who is a durjana? I will
explain. A man whose company will deteriorate or deprave the standard of
others is a durjana for those persons.” (AV-12)

According to Baba, as bhaktas we are to surround ourselves with good
people, and give up the company of bad people. The shloka goes on to say
that we are to always remember that this world is temporary. That is the
recipe for a proper life.


When we constantly remember that this world is temporary – and having a
skull visible day in and day out can help – then we are bound to set our
sights on that which is permanent. In that case we will vigilantly goad
our lives unto Him. Only Parama Purusa is eternal (nitya).

Baba says, “Parama’tma’ is nitya. The term nitya means that which is
uninfluenced by the time factor i.e., beyond the periphery of past,
present and future.” (SS-18)

So when Paramatma is the only eternal Entity then that is the stance we
should attain – not any worldly status. By keeping a skull by our
bedside we will always remember that this world and this body do not
last forever. What to speak of forever, they do not even last long.
People get only get a few years when they are in the peak of their life.


When we realise that life is indeed temporary then we will fully utilise
our existence in the proper way.

The situation can be likened to visiting a new city. If you are going to
be there for only one or two days then in a quick hurry you will see all
the sights and learn all there is to know about that city, whereas if
one lives in that city then they will feel relaxed and they will no go
anywhere or see anything. They will think they have loads of time to do
that later.

We should think of our time on this earth like the sightseer who is
visiting a city for just 1 or 2 days. Then we will be vigilant to live
life for the right ideal – and not be lackadaisical or apathetic about
doing good deeds.

We will think that now is the time to act and realise Him because we
will not be here much longer. Anytime death can come – there is no
guarantee at all. We have not time for silly material pursuits and
gratification etc.

These two postings lead us in this direction:


2500 years ago when a young prince first left his kingdom and saw people
getting sick and dying on the street then he was forced to consider the
temporary nature of life and reevaluate what he should do on this earth.
It was then that his true quest began and he later became the Buddha, or
Enlightened One.

Keeping a skull by our side gives that same stark reminder that our life
is temporary and that we should not get caught up in relative luxuries
and satisfaction. We are to spend our time striving for the Great.

For this reason every Ananda Margii – regardless of whether one was
initiated yesterday or 40 years ago – should keep a skull in their
possession. Having a skull should be considered indispensable.

If getting an actual skull is too difficult or illegal then margiis
should access Google images and print out a picture of a skull or find a
good artist and get a skull printed or painted onto a piece of paper and
hang that up on their wall.

That type of ongoing reminder is absolutely necessary otherwise one is
bound to forget that we have not come onto this earth for a long time –
rather a very short stay.

One other benefit of having a skull is that it is good for one’s daily
tandava practice.


By Baba’s grace we have come here for a short time and must materialise
great works. Keeping a skull reminds us of the fact that just as the
skull was one day a breathing, walking human being, soon our head will
be in that condition. One day we too will be like that skull – sooner,
not later.

Our life is not long nor do we know when it will end. As sadhakas we
should live in the present always thinking and doing to please Him and
we should never get caught up in long-term plans – nor let the minutes
pass away thinking that we will have time in the future.

Grhiitvaeva keshes’u mrtyurn’a’ Dharma’caret

Baba says, “That is, during spiritual practice one should think that the
god of death has already started pulling one’s hair – that one’s death
is imminent. And accordingly one should work sincerely and vigorously;
one will have to do a great many noble deeds within a short period.” (SS-11)



Human life is short and it must be well-utilised. These below letters
are along this theme. We should all read and study them – and yes, keep
a skull in our living room.

Good Sadhaka

Baba says, “The mind of the man whose consciousness or discriminating
judgement is awakened– whose power of judgment is intense, always remains
wedded to the ‘Buddhi’. That is to say, his rein (mind) remains constantly
under the control of the charioteer (Buddhi or discriminating intellect),
and so, quite naturally, his organs remain loyal to the Buddhi. Random
rambles of the organ-like horses (organs) will cut no ice with him. But in
a case like this if the horses (organs) be bad and untrained, i.e. the
organs are faulty, it becomes impossible for the charioteer (discriminating
intellect) to get the desired result. Hence for the right functioning of
the chariot (body), well-trained horses (organs) are indispensable. A
sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) also should train himself likewise. His mind,
body, intellect, and organs should be directed towards the Blissful Spirit
(Shreya).” (SS-4, p.9)


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To generate unity in our Marga, we must follow Baba's path - His ideological teachings. By wiping out dogmas like Mahaprayan, scriptural distortion, fake Ananda Vaniis, expulsion, Fake BP Manual etc, and implementing Baba's divine mandates, then we can most certainly create unity in AM.

To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Gaurishankar
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2009 15:01:38
Subject: DMS News: Crowd – 1


== DMS NEWS: CROWD – 1 ==

Here is the first in a series of eyewitness reports about the upcoming
New Year’s DMS (Dec 30 – Jan 1, 2010) in Ananda Nagar. Please watch for
ensuing reports.


At this point the various group camps are getting situated in Ananda
Nagar. Here is the outline of where everybody is:

(A) Leaders like Dada Parameshvarananda, Dada Arthapremananda, & Didi
Ananda Giita and their supporters already arrived in Ananda Nagar.

(B) The Ranchi group Didis are staying in Berlin house which is near the

(C) Kolkata Didis are statying in the chief hostel in front of the
Berlin house.

(D) WWD Didis are staying in Ands light office where Pareshtanandji used
to stay; it is near by the pandal.

(E) Ranchi junior dada’s are staying in the jagrti which is in front of
the pandal.

(F) Ranchi Central workers stay in the central office in front of the
R.M office.

(G) 3rd front Dadas are staying in the Children home’s.

(H) Kolkata Dadas are staying in the High school.

(I) Tomorrow all the remaining group leaders will arrive in Ananda Nagar.


By reading the above news, one might say that “quite the crowd” has
arrived for DMS. And it is true: It is a crowd.

Why? Because each of these groups / supporters have not come for unity
but for their own agenda. They want to siphon more into their group camp
and gobble up any and all resources available, especially money from
margiis etc.

That is why we call this a crowd, rather than a dharmic assembly.
Because all the camps have their own target strategy – there is no
unified purpose. They have not come to spread ideology and wipe out
dogma. Rather they have come for their own groupist affairs.

Rather than being called a meeting of the minds for ideological unity,
the scene at Ananda Nagar is one like the crowd at the Howrah Railway
station, where there are hundreds or thousands of people, but they have
nothing in common per se. There is no unity of purpose. Each and every
visitor to Howrah Railway station has come for their own individual tour
program – they have no unified purpose. That is why it is called a crowd.

Same then is the case at DMS – all the group sponsors and their “yes
men” have come for their narrow interests not some great common goal. So
this is just one crowd at Ananda Nagar – nothing more.

Of course the vast majority of margiis and field workers want unity, but
the group camps have their own factional reasons for attending.


At the khumba mela – which regularly attracts millions of worshipers –
all kinds of monks come for all kinds of reasons. Some come to beg, some
smoke ganja (marijuana), some do idol worship, some are naked, some have
ashes spread all over them – so many different types come. By the
variation, it just become one crowd. And the attendees get attracted by
seeing this grand show.

The divergent agendas of the various WT groups, DMS has neatly imbued
the khumba mela crowd scene. All the camps are putting on one show –
hoping to outshine one another and get more followers.

Such is the case at various holy lands as well. No unity of purpose –
just masses of people with their own individual agenda and opportunists
trying to capitalise.


To generate unity in our Marga, we must follow Baba’s path – His
ideological teachings. By wiping out dogmas like Mahaprayan, scriptural
distortion, fake Ananda Vaniis, expulsion, Fake BP Manual etc, and
implementing Baba’s divine mandates, then we can most certainly create
unity in AM.

Till that time, the scene at DMS will just be like one crowd – nothing
more. Because when all the groups arrive for their own factional
pursuits, then there is no ideology or unity. It is just one crowd.


By Baba’s grace soon things will change in AM as many are looking toward
His divine ideal and working to put forth His dharmic teachings – not
some groupist agenda. So what is going on now at Ananda Nagar will not
last much longer. The clouds of dogma will go and the rays of dharma
will shine, by His grace.


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Subject: Khicuri Unity…
Date: Tue 29 Dec 2009 08:42:38 +0500 (IST)
From: Ram Sahay Kulshresth


“A’jake sa’njhe madhur sa’jhe ke else go, ke ele…” (P.S. 5006)


In this sweet and intoxicated evening, Who has come, Who has come? Who
is that Entity Who has created this new wave in everyone’s life and in
everyone’s heart. Those who are sitting with their doors and windows
closed, please come out and forget about the differences of own and
other. That divine Entity Who is always sitting in the mind, He has come
in front of us. We should enjoy His august arrival all together…


As the New Year DMS approaches still the various groups are struggling
to rise above the other. Each wants to appear better than the rest in the
eyes of the common margiis. We have seen it before and it is bound
to unfold at this DMS again.

Under such circumstances, various people– especially certain so-called
leaders– are bound to make the cry for “unity, unity, and still more
unity”. Indeed, their mantra japa of “unity” is already being done. And
make no mistake, it can sound enticing, but it is never going to work.



So here comes the trick. Any unity needs to be established on the point
of ideology– otherwise it will just lead our Marga deeper into the dark
forest of dogma & groupism.

That means our call for unity must be based on the ideals that: (a)
Baba’s teachings must be followed, (b) our AM scripture must be made
proper– i.e. flawless, free of any distortions, (c) BP rights must be
restored, (d) the weapon of expulsion must be outlawed, (e) Fake Ananda
Vaniis must be stopped, (f) the integrity of the ACB should be
re-instilled, (g) the victimisation of innocent margiis must end, (h)
the dogma of MPD must be eliminated, (i) margii rights must be granted,
(j) and so many other ideological issues must be brought to the fore.

Establishing a movement and rallying around these burning issues– where
there is not an iota of compromise on the point of ideology– will
certainly bring the unity that is needed in our Marga.

Baba says, “Human unity is purely an ideological unity.” (PNS-15)

Unfortunately that is not what is happening today.


Instead mostly what happens is that various groupists sing their cheesy
song of unity and try to collect people into their fold. Such groupists
say, ‘Come on, let there be unity– join in, don’t delay, march with us
and be unified’. This is their type of hallmark, superficial talk.

Yet through it all, their inner goal is only to advance their crooked
agenda of tossing stones on the opposing camp, proclaiming their own
yes-men as purodhas, grabbing handfuls of power for themselves, and, in
general, ruling over the Marga. The point being that merely collecting a
critical mass under one’s own groupist umbrella has nothing to do with
unity. In that case, rather than unity being attained purely on the
point of ideology, their so-called unity is nothing but an eclectic,
dogmatic, and groupist mish-mash of various selfish endeavours. Theirs
is just like one huge pot of boiling khicuri (Indian rice stew) that is
filled with dozens and dozens of assorted ingredients. There is no
purity of purpose, nor even a trace of ideology. The whole thing is one
big disheveled mass– a melange of low-minded agendas. In that case,
when ideology is totally compromised, how can unity can be achieved–
rather it cannot. Yet this is what the various groupists are doing.


No doubt, many good and rational margiis realise this and they
understand what garbage is going on in those groupist headquarters. In
their heart of hearts, sincere margiis know that these raging groupists
are just make a false chant unity– their unity is nothing but a farce.
Even then– knowing this– a few good and kind-hearted margiis may get
‘taken for a ride’, swindled, or duped.

And here is how it happens.

Those good margiis are standing around contemplating the scene, totally
unimpressed with the groupist call for so-called unity, and in that
moment top Dadas come to them and openly challenge, ‘Baba wants that
there must be unity, so join in– do not isolated yourself or act as an
outcaste, fulfill your debt to Guru’. This is what such groupists say.
And if still that good margii does not join their groupist parade, then
those top Dadas will go one step further. They will say, ‘Everyone look,
here we have someone who is going against Baba’s will, let this fellow
shed his ego and come walk with us– arm in arm, and let unity be
attained’. Then, under that extreme pressure and humiliation, some
innocent margiis might join that so-called unity movement.

Or here is another way that it might happen.

A margii might understand perfectly that a particular groupist camp is
making a false band of unity, but within his own mind, that margii may
think that, ‘My only option is to join them and then together we can
bring forth a platform based on unity– because at any cost unity must
be achieved’. In their naivete, a few may be thinking like this. And in
that way they get scooped up into a groupist parade etc. But the result
will not be at all good, because unity cannot be achieved when the very
first step is away from ideology. So none should think that they have no
other option but to join one team or another. Rather we should always
stand on the pillars of AM ideology– whether we are surrounded by
others or not. Because it is ideology– not numbers– that is the key to
attaining unity. That is Baba’s clear-cut mandate.


So we must be careful. Because in the name of unity, various factional
leaders may try so many ploys, or stunts, and in one way or another this
or that margii might get roped in– some might fall prey to those
groupist schemes of fake unity. That is why Baba says we must be wary of
such an unwanted scenario.

Baba says, “They will try to unite the people forcibly through the
pressure of governmental [or groupist] machinery….by the steamroller
of governmental [groupist] machinery, but such unity is not at all
desirable.” (TTP)

Thus one must never succumb or give way to groupist pressure thinking
that by this way unity will be found.

Secondly, nor should one rationalise in their own mind, ‘What is the use
of remaining where I am when so many are rushing to join one or another
team, better I should also join one crew and then think about ideology’.
This type of quick-fix or band-aid solution also has no value.

Verily, neither of these two approaches are going to work. And history
has proven this time and time again.


In the past, during the Indian Independence movement, the various Indian
leaders left any high ideals aside and just opted to make a push to get
the power– as if afterwards, later on, they would be able to get things
proper and create a united India. But it never happened.

Rather everything just went from bad to worse. Instead of creating a
unified India, they cracked and divided the country into pieces–
causing untold bloodshed, riots, and hatred for years and decades to
come. Still, more than half a century later, still it is going on and it
shows no signs of dissipating.


Here the point is that for unity to be achieved, one must live by a high
ideal from the very outset, from the very beginning, and never deviate
one inch from that stand. Otherwise one is only inviting trouble.

Baba says, “We will not deviate an inch from our ideology, nor will we
allow others to do so. One cannot promote human welfare if one bothers
too much about public criticism, about the reaction in the papers or
among the voters.” (NSS, Disc: 14)

Thus when various groupists try to preach unity by mixing together so
many selfish agendas– like getting the stage at DMS, or grabbing half
of Ananda Nagar, or giving lip-service to fixing AM Publications, or
half-heartedly sponsoring a peace meeting, or so many things– then we
must not be lulled, tempted, or duped. That type of khicuri unity has no
redeeming value whatsoever. Rather it is just plain rubbish. Hence, we
should stand firm by our ideological base. Then and only then can true
unity be formed.


Unity does not mean throwing a stone on the head of some group
boss and then calling everyone around to join in. Nor does
unity come from so many other groupist ploys.

By Baba’s grace real unity is achieved by followings His tenets,
teachings, and guidelines and implementing those in our practical lives.
In these trying times in our Marga, riddled by groupism, keeping our AM
ideology close to heart is the only way to proceed. And verily with this
ideal, unity will be attained– it is ours, by His grace.

Baba says, “To live in peace and harmony, there must be a supreme
ideology accepted by all, because whenever there are ideological
differences, physical conflicts between individuals and groups are bound
to occur, and peaceful social life becomes impossible.” (NSS, Disc: 2)

Ram Sahay

Food Problems and Their Solution II

Baba says, “In the event of shortages in the food and accommodation of
the population of the world, people will convert uncultivated land into
new arable land, increase the productivity of the soil by scientific
methods, produce food by chemical processes with earth, water and air,
and if this earth decreases in its productivity, then land seeking human
beings will migrate to different planets and satellites and settle
there.” (PNS-13, p.45)


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Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 07:13:46
From: V.J.K. Rajpurhit
Subject: Their Fall From Grace


“Sakal bha’ver a’dha’r tumi, toma’r na’me ja’i go mete…” – P.S. no. 787


Baba, You are the base of all ideations. By Your grace I am divinely
intoxicated in Your name and song. Within my lonely eyelids I have an
incessant desire to get You.

Baba, the whole universe is filled with Your form. My mind is resonating
in Your tune and melody. In fact, all the rhythms and all the songs have
come on this earth to sing Your glory.

Baba, the whole sky is filled with Your effulgence. Your august arrival
has changed darkness into effulgence. And the iron door of the jail is
pulverized into dust. All the dogma has disappeared. The whole universe
is filled with Your divine effulgence.

Baba, everyone is ensconced in singing Your name…


I remember that when I visited India before 1990, then our Wts commanded
huge respect. All margiis viewed our acaryas with great reverence– and
deservedly so. Those who were in AM those days surely also remember this.

However, since 1990, that respect has been waning such that at this
present moment the overall regard for Wts is at an all-time low. And
this also is not unwarranted.

Here then is a look into how this shocking scenario has taken place:
Where in such a short span of time the overall status of our acaryas has
plunged deep down into the lower echelons of our AM society.

I also recognise that there are some workers who margiis still regard
quite highly; so we should also look into that phenomenon as well. How
is it that some Wts have rightly maintained their dignified place as a
wholetime worker for Baba.

Lastly, those with experiences and stories about this topic are highly
encouraged to share their insights.


Those pre-1990 days were truly special; we all viewed our acaryas as
being extensions of Baba. Everyone felt special to be in the company of
our Wts. Why is it? Was it magic? Why did our workers seem so vibrated
those days?

Well there are any number of theories that might account for this, but
the underlying factor or root cause is one: Proper conduct.

Those days Baba was adamant that all Wts must follow all the various
codes of conduct. This pressure was placed on every worker as they knew
that Baba would surely point out any laxness in this regard. So from
morning till night, from their pre-dawn cold bath till their final
sadhana before sleep, all our workers were vigilant to follow all
conduct rules as closely as possible.

And this adherence to the system had a big effect on their being.
Because all Baba’s divine guidelines aim towards turning human beings
into veritable gods. Thus when our workers were sincerely involved in
that pre-1990 era of carefully following all the conduct rules, then
they really were on the path of life divine. And their vibration
reflected this. That is why we all wanted to be near our acaryas.

The force behind this great revolutionary era was, of course, Baba’s
ever-watchful eye. For that reason Wts were strict in following the
conduct rules and the result was quite evident.


Astonishingly, a terrible ‘fall from grace’ has happened with many of
our Wts. And here again the cause can be attributed to one root point:
Poor conduct.

Little by little with each and every passing day, month, and year, many
of our Wts began to lose their habit of following those dharmic codes of
conduct. It happened slowly, drop by drop, until finally we have found
ourselves in the mud puddle that exists today.

Because with Baba not physically present to exert pressure on our wts,
and with Centre taking a blind eye towards wrongdoings and degrading
behaviour, then all workers were just free to follow their various
degrading vrttis. And that is what has happened.

Here it is not that all fell directly into sex etc. This happened to
some and that we all know about.

Rather the more over-arching problem was the fall into materialistic
values. That is the general trend that has happened to the majority of
workers. Instead of chasing after Baba and His dharmic ideals, our Wts
have taken to chasing after iPods, laptops, automobiles, video this, and
MP3 that etc.

Indeed some margiis have commented that now many of our Wts are like
teenagers chasing after the latest gizmos and gadgets. This has become
the common episode. And it is not just a superficial occurrence but has
rather filtered into the mentality of our acarya culture.

Because nowadays respect is generated within the Wts ranks based on what
gadget one has and what car one drives. That is the debased mentality
that has taken over. That is how they get their prestige: On what object
they own, not on the depth of their sadhana. Until finally there are
Citkrsnananda type of Dadas who are wholly dedicated for their own
financial gain and nothing else. In that case, heavy-duty Swiss Bank
Accounts entering into the tens of millions become the order of the day.

Tragically this has the scene that has taken over these days. That is
why many margiis and even other Wts have commented that rather than
having acaryas who have dedicated their lives to Baba and dharma, we now
have workers who have given their all to 21st century materialism.

And the root cause behind it all is the failure to follow the conduct
rules. That vigilance is gone from our Wts ranks. There are a few who
sincerely follow and they have the respect of margiis accordingly, but
the general trend is that any Wt can do as they like and no one will say
anything about it. There is no external pressure from Centre or from
their supervisors. Reason being their moral standard is also quite low.
In that way, for the typical wt, their daily routine has become more
mundane and their mental pabulum has become terribly materialistic.
Because they are allowed to degrade themselves and fall into the common
flow of the general society, as no one is there to point them out.


Here again it should be reiterated that the problem is not a subtle one.
It is not that some Wts are faltering in pursuing the higher aspects of
life or that some Wts are not using a scrubber to wash their backsides.
The issue is not nearly so subtle or minute. Rather the mass of our wts
are totally drowned night and day in crude de-based behaviour that can
be witnessed with anyone’s crude eyes. And it is this blatant disregard
for the most obvious of conduct rules that is the chief issue at hand.
When this gets resolved then we can work on higher values and less
blatant shortcomings.


Is it any wonder than that when our wts are immersed in the chase after
material things that margiis are giving less money to acaryas.

Because when when a visiting worker shows up with a fancy travel bag
filled with the latest marvels of the world of technology, then those
family margiis, who themselves are struggling for their own survival,
think, ‘It seems this worker does not need any money as he has far more
gadgets than my entire family’.

Likewise when a margii enters into a jagriti and sees various workers in
their own rooms watching the latest and greatest on their portable,
wireless video palm-tops, then margiis think: ‘What is the need to give
such workers money. They can already afford everything that they want.
And not only that, they are not going to use the money for mission
work.’ This is that idea that comes to the minds of so many margiis.

So really, this has all led to an drastic reduction in donations given
to our Wts. And that hurts those sincere workers the most– i.e. those
who really are doing Baba’s work and need financial support. Yet it is
the undeniable trend that much less funds are being given to our workers.


In the face of this degradation of our Wts, their status in the Marga is
now most ordinary or even lower than that. No doubt groupism is at an
all-time high, but any wt on their own can redeem themselves by keeping
proper conduct. But in the absence of that, margiis find there is little
redeeming value of such workers. For, if they are not dedicating their
lives for Baba and acting accordingly, then what use are they– how can
we even call them acarya.

Unfortunately, in some sparse corners, a few margiis, here and there,
are almost rejoicing in this fall of our acaryas. And there are some
margiis who seem to take great delight in kicking our wts. As if,
finally they got the chance to step on them. A few margiis seem to
behave in this way in that they seem happy that our wts have lost their
flow and now they themselves can be top-notch in AM. But this is not the

Overall it is a shame and terribly unfortunate that this disgraced fall
has happened within our Wt ranks. It would have been far better if our
Wts had been able to rise to the occasion and maintain a strict
spiritual and dharmic flow amongst the cadre. That would have been a
great boon for our Marga & the general society. So many great works & so
much pracara could have been done.

Hence, the fact that our Wts have fallen into mire is nothing to
celebrate. Rather I yearn for those pre-90 days when our Wts were verily
second gods. And surely by Baba’s grace and with the hard work and
cooperation of all, such glorious days will return where our Wts are tops.


Our acaryas are meant to stand as the real leaders of society. There is
no doubt about that. Their role is unprecedented as they are the
veritable pioneers who by their conduct and compassion will bring smiles
to the faces of the suffering and inspire young and old alike to adhere
to the tenets of spiritual life. This is their true glory. Family
margiis can also lead but the leadership of our Wts is a vastly needed
element for the welfare of the world. And when that is absent, the
result is not at all good. That is Baba’s strict warning.

Baba says, “Today there is catastrophe and misery in human society and
there is one reason: the defective leadership of society…True leaders
should always be vigilant and think how to work best for human society.”
(AV-31, ‘Conduct of Acarya’)

So when our Wts have fallen away from the acarya code of conduct, then
that has a distinct domino effect. First and foremost then junior wts
will be less inclined to follow those rules. And then that laxness will
spread throughout the entire society.

That is why Baba strongly emphasizes proper behaviour within our acarya
ranks, otherwise things will not bode well for the Marga and the society
on the whole.

Baba says, “Bear in mind that people may be harmed or misled by even a
small weakness or defect in the conduct of an a’ca’rya. Just as it is
the duty of a father to educate his children properly by his good
conduct, an a’ca’rya should always instruct by his exemplary actions and
word.” (AV-31, ‘Conduct of Acarya’)

So without the proper conduct of our acaryas– without them giving up
their lust for material pursuits such as iPods etc– then society will
never be able to advance.


The solution to this whole problem is two-fold. Firstly, it is important
for family margiis to help resuscitate our acarya culture. Oxygen should
be administered little by little until our Wts regain their feet. And
that ‘oxygen’ should come in the form of soft and gentle words, urging
workers to abide by Baba’s guidelines, if they are remiss in this
regard. This is one of Baba’s special teachings for building a strong wt
cadre and a healthy society.

Baba says, “All Ananda Margis, when they see other margis acting against
the principles of yama and niyama, must make them shun this habit either
by sweet or harsh words or by dealing even more strictly. Thus they will
have to make the society strong. Henceforth I direct every Ananda Margi
to keep strict vigilance on other Ananda Margi to make them practise the
principles of yama and niyama.” (GHC, ‘How to Live in Society’)

So it is our duty to respectfully yet firmly point out the defects as
they occur. Best is to first use gentle words in private and only
increase the circumstantial pressure when needed.


The second half to the issue is for acaryas to take it upon themselves
to re-evaluate their lives and take the firm determination to live a
life fully based on Baba’s ideals. And then step by step this will
become a reality. Be strict on kiirtan, sadhana, asanas, and a sentient
diet, and then naturally all the rest of the pieces will fall neatly
into place. And indeed that high standard is what Baba wants for our
acarya cadre.

Baba says, “Those who have the responsibility to show the path to others
should be of superlative character with the most refined conduct. They
and their followers must move constantly towards all-round development
and shreya. Persons who teach such well-regulated behaviour to others by
their own conduct are called a’ca’ryas.” (AV-31, ‘Conduct of Acarya’)

And indeed, right now those Wts who follow the proper conduct are highly
regarded and respected by margiis. And deservedly so. Whereas those Wts
who just wear their saffron robe for show are systemically humiliating
themselves and our Marga.


By Baba’s grace, our Marga will quickly regain its form. As margiis and
acaryas point out those Wts for their misconduct and as acaryas redouble
their efforts to lead a spiritual life, we will surely see fast results
and the cleaning of our Marga.

Baba says, “O human beings! You are fortunate. The clarion call of the
Universal has reached you. That very call is vibrating in every cell of
your body. Will you now lie inert in the corner of your house? Will you
now waste your time clutching ancient skeletons to your breast and
moaning over them? The Supreme Being is calling you in the roar of the
ocean, in the thunder of the clouds, in the speed of the lightning, in
the meteor’s flaming fires. Nothing will come of remaining idle. Get up
and awaken the clouded chivalry of your dormant youth. The path may not
be strewn with flowers – an inferiority complex may seek to hold back
your every advancing footstep, but even then you have to proceed onward,
tearing the shroud of darkness. You will soon rend the thick darkness of
despair on the way to the attainment of the Supreme State, and advance
onwards in the swift-moving chariot, radiant with the sun’s brilliance.”



Baba says, “At the time of kiirtana, the vocal cord sings, the ears
hear, and the hands and feet dance, and thus all the organs are kept
preoccupied with the divine. They are not allowed to move wherever they
want but are kept engaged. There is a popular Indian superstition that
when ghosts are not kept busy they break the necks of their prey. Similarly,
if the sensory and motor organs are not kept engaged in the attainment of the
divine, they may lead one astray. Kiirtana is therefore most beneficial as
it keeps all the organs fully engaged in a spiritual pursuit. However, while
doing kiirtan, if one listens to anything else, the mind will be diverted.
Suppose, while doing kiirtana, one lady asks another, `Well sister, what
did you cook today?’ This will also be heard by the practitioners of
kiirtana. To prevent these undesirable sounds from being heard, it is
advisable to play some instrument during kiirtana.” (AV-8, p.13)


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Phase of Pause in Sadhana

Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2009 06:01:428 -0000
From: NJK Majumdar
Subject: Phase of Pause in Sadhana


“Ke go tumi ele man ma’ta’te manorathe…” (PS 412)


O’ Divine Entity, by Your grace on this auspicious morning You have
come and stirred my consciousness. You have come on a mental chariot and
divinely intoxicated my mind. You are so gracious, please tell me Who You
are. O’ Gracious One, please grace me by revealing Yourself fully.

O’ Divine One, You have come moving along the path of effulgence. You
have taken away everyone’s unit feelings and removed their personal desire.
You satiated their heart and mind by pouring Your infinite cosmic bliss.

O’ Baba, You have reached me by moving long the path of melody and tune.
Baba, by Your grace You have taken away everyone’s unit rhythm and infused
everyone by pouring Your divine cadence. You have come to sing the divine
song to everyone and satiate their heart.

Baba, with Your divine song You have inundated the entire universe; You
are ever-gracious…


As sadhakas, it is perfectly natural for us to go through “ups” & “downs”
in our practice of meditation. At the same time we all wish that we could
always be in an “up” phase. So when a “down” phase invariably comes then we
should all know what it means and how to handle it.

Recently one senior tattvika responded to my queries on this topic and with
his permission here below I am giving a summary of his replies– all of
which the senior tattvika has reviewed and approved.


As Baba discusses in so many discourses– whether about sadhana, economics,
education, social progress, quantum physics, or literature etc– each and
every movement in this universe moves along a systaltic path.

Baba says, “As you know, in this universe of ours nothing moves – no force,
no expression, no manifestation, moves – along a straight line. The
movement is always pulsative; the movement is always of systaltic order,
order of pause and start. There must be a stage of pause, and another stage
just following the stage of pause – a stage of movement.” (AV-8)

So according to Baba, the “ups” & “downs” in spiritual life are totally
natural and to be expected. And His own terminology for these “ups” &
“downs” of life are known are periods of speed and periods of pause.


Each and every sadhaka must know that sadhana itself moves in phases of
pause and speed. This is the normal and natural pathway for everyone. This
is what Baba says.

Baba says, “While doing sa’dhana’ in the spiritual sphere, the state of
pause may come. Sometimes people say, ‘How strange! A few days ago I was
having excellent meditation, but these days I can’t seem to concentrate at
all. That’s very sad.’ Or at times one may say, ‘The other day while
meditating my body began to quiver. It was quite a pleasant experience. Why
don’t I get the same experience today?’ This sort of blissful experience
during meditation or in concentration comes within the scope of
assimilation. It becomes internalized. But if it does not find any
expression within the mind, you can never experience it. Maybe after a few
days you may experience an even greater bliss during incantation or
meditation. All this means that even in the spiritual sphere also there is
pause and speed.” (PNS-7, ‘Dynamicity and Staticity)

So while we should always put forth maximum effort in sadhana and never
skip any lessons, at the same time no one should become overly concerned
when sadhana is not as good as it once was. Because it is sure that in the
near future a new period of speed will come and one will advance ahead on
the spiritual path. This is Baba’s above teaching.



Given the fact that it is an inevitably that we will experience periods of
pause in sadhana, there are certain approaches we can do to help push our
sadhana back into a period of speed.

One point is to practice our lesson of tattva dharana– or third lesson. As
we know that this energizes our being, enhances our concentration, and
purifies the cakras. So it is a very good lesson to do when experiencing a
period of pause.

Certainly though, sitting for long or even short session in viira’sana (the
posture for 3rd lesson) is not particularly easy. Because the toes are
curled underneath and there is a lot of pressure applied to the joints of
the toes.

In that case, one can place some soft clothing articles or a piece of foam
underneath one’s feet when doing third lesson. In that way viira’sana will
feel more comfortable and one will be able to remain in that position long,
thus getting the many benefits. And certainly over time doing this lesson
will become physically easier and easier in which case the sadhaka can
involve purely in the psycho-spiritual plane.


As we all know in our sahaja yoga system– i.e. the six lessons of
sadhana– the lessons can be separated into two basic catergories:
sa’dhana’ & sa’dhana’unga.

Our first lesson (iishvara pranidhana) and our sixth lesson (dhya’na) are
the only two lessons of sadhana. The former leads to mukti and the latter
brings moksa, by His grace. So those are both sadhana lessons.

Whereas our others lessons– numbers 2 through 5– are helping lessons of
sadhana known as sa’dhana’unga. These include: Madhuvidya (2nd lesson),
tattva dharana (3rd lesson), pranayama (4th lesson), and cakra shodhana
(5th lesson). All of these are helping lessons in sadhana.

The point then comes that when should one do 1st lesson and one should 6th
lesson be done. Here are some basic guidelines that everyone can try and
experiment with.

1. If one is struggling a lot in dhyana either because one cannot visualise
Baba or because one is not feeling that sweet, heart-felt connection
inside, then one can try to switch over to first lesson. Because first
lesson is comparatively easy.

2. And it should be remembered that first lesson itself is a devotional
lesson. So just after one completes the stage of cittashuddhi (the last
step of one’s withdrawal process) then before starting the practice of
mantra japa, first one infuse a strong feeling of devotional love for Baba.
And then after arousing that devotional feeling one can then repeat their
is’t’a mantra. Then that mantra japa will be fruitful by His grace. Here
the whole point is that one’s mantra repetition should be saturated with
devotional feeling and yearning for Him. That is one key point for first

3. And then as first lesson build momentum and spiritual flow and one is
getting support from the other lesson as well, then that is a good time to
again engage in the practice of dhyana.

4. So one should always remember that first lesson is easier than dhyana.
That is one point. And next is that normal dhyana is easier than very
intimate and deeper dhyana. So one should proceed according to one’s own
mental feeling.


5. We can say that the most important point is that a sadhaka should always
be natural in their approach to sadhana and not be artificial or
hypocritical. One should do as one feels.

6. For example, when a small child has a strong desire to sit on his
mother’s lap then that little baby is going to cry and cry until that
mother lifts him onto her lap. And this is quite natural and the mother
feels that she must respond to the child’s cry. Because that is the child’s
pure and natural feeling. In contrast, if that same mother also has an 18
year old son and if all of a sudden that elder son also starts crying and
crying and demanding that he be placed on his mother’s lap, then that is
not going to bear any fruit. Because the whole scene is unnatural; that is
not what 18-year-old boys are supposed to do. And no mother is going to
take such an old child onto her lap. It does not work that way. Rather
there are other ways for that 18-year-old son to get his mother’s attention
and concern. Here the whole point is that one must be natural in their

7. Similarly in sadhana also, one must follow a natural approach–
especially in dhyana. One should approach Baba and communicate with Him
according to one’s internal feeling. One should not act in any fake or
unnatural manner. Sincerity is the key for progress in dhyana.

8. There are some who may say that dhyana is the only lesson that one
should practice– but that is not at all proper. Rather all the lessons
have their utility and speciality, and they all help promote deeper dhyana.
So the way to develop a sweet and more intimate feeling in dhyana is by
doing all the six lessons and by being sincere and true in dhyana.


9. And perhaps the most important point in sadhana is to directly ask help
from Baba. One may repeat, ‘I cannot do anything, I am helpless, so Baba
please grace me so I may move towards You’. Requesting His grace in this
way will invariably help one to move ahead on the path. This type of
constant request is needed for getting His grace. And certainly this type
of request should be carried out with all the sweet and sincere feelings of
one’s heart. Only then will it be successful. And this whole entire concept
of asking got Baba’s grace is His direct guideline. Baba teaches us that
each and every sa’dhaka should do like this.

Baba says, “They will have to approach Parama Purusa with these words:
‘Parama Purusa I want to move towards You, but I do not have sufficient
strength to move. Please give me strength, I want to move on.” (SS-18, p.


Note: All the above points are a senior tattvika’s explanation of points
originally given by Baba Himself. And by His grace all these guidelines
help a sadhaka in sadhana, especially if one is experiencing a period of
pause. Whereas when one is in a period of speed then by His grace all the
lessons are flowing naturally and one becomes completely lost in the ocean
of Cosmic Bliss.

A New Era of Spiritual Age Will Be Coming

Spontaneous Spiritual Experience in Tomorrow’s Humans

Baba says, “To move ahead from physicality to intellectuality is the
Proutistic order. It is the surest movement of human life — it is the
surest movement of human destiny…human beings will be making tremendous
progress in the realms of intellectuality and intuition. The human beings
of that future age will be very sensitive. The efferent nerves will be more
active than the afferent nerves, and subtle experiences will be more common
than they are now. Today human beings seldom have subtle experiences, but
in the future they will occur naturally and spontaneously.” (PNS-17, p.36)


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Date: 26 Dec 2009 06:37:11 -0000
From: “Priyanath C Mittra”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Integrity of BP Post: Not to be Lost


“Ka’lo jalidhar, belate base, pal gun’e ja’i prabhu…” (PS 3204)


O’ Prabhu, O’ Baba, by Your grace I am only only thinking about You,
ideating on You; by Your divine grace I am sitting on the shore of this
vast ocean of time counting the moments go by– remembering only You. It is
Your grace. Baba, all these opportune and inopportune moments of my life
are vanishing into the oblivion one by one. Even then by Your grace I fill
my heart only with Your sweetness. Baba, only for You, only for You I fill
my heart with nectar.

Baba, in Your longing the flower pollen of my heart, the devotional
feeling of my heart, flies far across the vast, distant, unknown blue sky–
towards that divine land. My heart knows no bounds; it crosses over all
difficulties and feels no tiredness, fatigue, or frustration. By Your grace
it goes on and on in search of You.

Baba, I do not know why and when have You sent me into this mortal
world; I do not know anything. Baba, whose love and happiness has pulled me
here– that also I do not know. O’ Prabhu, please tell me what You want,
gently whisper in my ears.

Baba, my only request is that You please make me Yours…


2010 is a voting year for the post of bhukti pradhan. Since 1990, the various
groups has used this as a time to manipulate our Marga society by implementing
all kinds of fake rules and wrongly deciding / influencing the outcome of
elections. This has happened in all the sectors.

Typically, the groups like to have their own “yes man” installed in the BP
post. Failing that, they do NOT want to see another group’s “yes man” installed.

The worse transgression has been the creation of the Fake BP Manual (1997).

As the months and years pass since that fateful time with certain powers
created the Fake BP Manual back in 1997, we should not lose sight of
Baba’s original intention about what the Bhukti Pradhan post is all about.


Everyone in AM is aware that the Bhukti Pradhan position is a key post that
helps maintain the balance of the entire organisation. In the entire
history no guru or leader had the foresight or courage to give family
people a guiding role in the society. However by Baba’s holy advent He has
revolutionized the approach for building up a new society and the “secrets”
of that He has instilled in His own organisation, AMPS. As is readily
apparent, one such secret is the great role Baba has bestowed upon family
people which manifests in numerous ways– including the significant post of
Bhukti Pradhan.

Here below is a small collection facts. figures, histories, opinions, and
more regarding this key organisational post of Bhukti Pradhan (BP). And I
hope others will also share their experiences and understanding on this
topic as well.


In Baba’s grand organisational format there are various types of Bhukti
Pradhan posts. And here since we are referring to Bhukti Pradhans in
general, it should be understood that wherever the title Bhukti Pradhan is
mentioned, that refers to:

(a) Bhukti Pradhans of every department and trade;
(b) Upa Bhukti Pramukhas; and,
(c) Gram Pramukhas, etc.

For the sake of simplicity all the above are included in the term– Bhukti
Pradhan (BP).


We all know that Baba’s samkalpa is that with this AMPS organisation He
will establish His Ideology & fulfill His Mission. However in recent years
due to the H-B group clash, many serious problems have cropped up in our
organisation. And one very harmful outcome is the systematic elimination of
the rights of Bhukti Pradhans, (BP’s). As a result: (1) family margiis have
been sidelined and pushed away; and (2) due to a lack of cooperation from
family margiis, common WTs are facing a serious crisis.

And also due to the lack of care and guidance from the WT side towards
family Margiis, the all-round progress of Margiis has been jeopardised.
Indeed, the relation between WT’s and family Margiis has become mechanical
in many cases. One of the chief solutions then is to revive the BP system
according to Baba’s guidelines and then everything will move on the right

In this regard we should move ahead in such a way as to:

(a) Provide justice to all family margiis (irrespective of organisational post);
(b) Protect the honour & respect of all sincere WT’s.

And in so doing there will be coordinated cooperation between WT’s and
Margiis, and our holy organisation, AMPS, will regain its place as the
perfect medium for bringing a soothing balm to our burning planet.


As many are now aware, due to the distorted BP Manual (1997), which was
published and circulated by B group Dadas Sarvatmananda and Sambhutyananda,
serious confusion was created about the duties and rights of BPs. Because
when these B group Dadas were running the ISMUB Dept, in their quest
forpower they tried to bring all margiis under their control. Since then in
many units the wrong impression was formed that BP’s are to work
exclusively under the ISMUB secretary as cadre of ISMUB Dept. And this
false propaganda seriously undermines the real importance and rights of the

Here is more of the history. This whole confusion arose because when B
group leader Sarvatmananda was holding the power he cunningly set himself
up as the controlling authority of BPs. When in fact the ISMUB Secretary’s
true role is that of BP Election Commission Member, and not the controller
of all BPs. In addition, it is obvious that any election controlling
authority cannot also be the controller of the elected candidates.

Otherwise the whole election and elected body will be a hoax. But that is
exactly what has happened in our AMPS. Previously B group was manipulating
the scene surrounding BP elections and now that negative work is being
carried out by H group Dadas, and EC people when they get the chance.

So to correct this entire situation the fake, distorted 1997 BP Manual must
be tossed aside and Baba’s original BP Manuals should be implemented.



Unfortunately though, as was mentioned above, for a number of years ISMUB
Dept. has tried again and again to gain full control over the all the BP’s.
But that is the wrong. And because of this the rights of BP’s have
gradually been snatched one by one– first by B group and now by H group.

In an analogy, it is similar to the exploitative strategy employed by the
East India Company– when the British came to India under the false pretext
of trade. Step by step these British rulers implemented the law that if any
Rajah (local ruler) had no male heir then upon his death, that Rajah’s
kingdom would automatically pass into the control of the British Rulers. In
this way more and more of India was taken over by British rule until India
was under complete subservience to Britain.

In the same fashion, ISMUB Dept has been slowly taking away all of the
rights, independence and glory of BPs and turning them into their own
(ISMUB Dept) slaves. In that way the ruling group, in the past B and now H,
has been able to manipulate the entire BP system according to their own
selfish desires.

Here then is a call to all rational margiis & Wts that Baba’s true BP
Election Manual be restored to its proper status. Indeed Baba’s original BP
elections guidelines should be followed for all future BP elections– and
NOT the fake 1997 BP Manual.


By Baba’s grace our Marga society will again get going on the right path–
free from all contradictions etc..

Baba says, “…This Goal provides inspiration, supplies the means for
forward movement and makes the little lamps infinitely effulgent…it will
make the earth ever full of sweetness…” (Ananda Vanii #67)



We should not forget that the altered BP Manual published in 1997 was
dictated by Sarvatmanandaji and that this altered BP Manual was written and
signed by Sambhutyananda, both of whom are B group vanguards. Of course in
the last few years H group leaders have used this same distorted BP Manual
to their own advantage since they came into power.


It is commonly known that these days field workers are in a serious crisis.
Although injustices done by H and B group leaders is the overall cause, one
outcome of this is lack of coordinated cooperation between Margiis and WTs.
Specifically the point is that when Margiis are sidelined and they are
neither valued nor encouraged to participate in organisational affairs,
then the whole organisation suffers. Because if Margiis are not the ones
managing local service projects and if Margiis are not the ones overseeing
the finances of their bhukti etc, then in that case local WTs have to pick
up that work. And this creates problems because due to the frequent
transfer of postings and other organisation responsibilities, local WTs
cannot properly attend to those duties. So in that case service projects
are mismanaged & funds are mishandled. But not only that, when a WT arrives
in a new place either they have to start over from scratch and rebuild
everything from the ground up; OR, they have inherited a whole mess of
problems and all their time is spent trying to fix those things. Of course
the simple solution is for BP / Margiis rights to be restored. Then Margiis
can again actively engage in the administrative operations of AMPS as well
as be in-charge of all local business affairs in their bhukti. And, in
turn, WTs will be able to properly attend to their many works such as
dharma pracar etc. So, the sense is we should follow Baba’s guideline of
coordinated cooperation.

Old Habits

Baba says, “The ancestors of all human beings were monkeys…But some of
the old habits still continue. Humans today fight among themselves in the
same manner as monkeys do. While fighting a person cries, ‘Um, um’ – this
is a monkeys’ habit. Sometimes people not only cry like this but bite with
their teeth. This is also an old habit of monkeys.” (AVM-5, p. 79)


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Date: 25 Dec 2009 07:49:40 -0000
From: “Gurucharan Yadav”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Distortion of Fact on Samadhi


“Toma’ke pa’bi pra’n’e pra’n’e, maner mohan bitane…” – (PS 1809)

Baba, I must get You in my heart. I must get You in the remote corner of my
heart where only You and I will be. I have prepared so many songs to sing
for You. My life is not a waste because You have made me realize this
truth: That this life is only for loving You to giving You happiness…



Certainly to write something flawless and beneficial for the society, the
writer must have a good heart and a benevolent mind full of devotion.

Otherwise with a timid mind that suffers from one or more complexes or
dogmas, then one goes far astray from the direct, straight path. And if we
open the pages of present and past history we will find countless examples
where writers get affected by their local environmental situations or their
own dogmatic beliefs.

For example these days when the vaeshyan era is in full swing. In that case
those who only have dry, literal understanding of spiritual philosophy and
Baba’s divine image and His teachings, then sometimes we have seen such
writers also do not have courage to put forth and write about Baba’s
magnanimous Personality in a proper way.

Rather with their timid mind, they think if ‘I will write the critical
truth about Baba’s glorifying Personality, then common people will not
believe these things and my writing will not be accepted wholeheartedly’.
Sometimes they think that the common public is materialistic-minded and
they will not appreciate true spiritual ideas.

But when one has taken the firm goal to project Baba’s ideology then they
will surely write properly, whereas when such determination is absent, then
such timid writers are more concerned about public opinion than to put
forth Baba’s ideology in untainted way. So with this fear complex or
shyness, timid writers compromise. And the things they should write they do
not have courage to write; and instead they dilute their writings and lose
the point.

In addition, such timid writers do not have the foresight or capacity to
understand that in the future when their writing will be assessed by the
measuring rod of ideology and Baba’s divine teachings, then such writing
will be worth as much as junk paper and it will be mercilessly thrown away
and shredded in the dustbin of history. But that is not all, people will
blame them for their distorted writing. But at the time of writing, such
timid writers do not understand this cosmic truth because of their own
complexes and timidity.

On this vital issue Baba has given a very good guideline in our scriptures
that when vanguards of the society have taken the vow to move on they do
not care about censure and praise, or abuse and appreciation, or life and
death. And those who are worried about such things, they are not vanguards;
though they may be worshippers of dogma.

So without caring all these praise, censure, abuse and appreciation, things
such vanguards bravely move on the path of ideology– without faltering
steps. Please read below.

“Nindantu niitinipun’a’h yadi va’ stuvantu laks’mii….na dhiira’h.”

BABA says, “Let those well versed in ethics criticize or praise me, if they
so like. The goddess of wealth may be gracious enough to stay in my house
or she may go wherever she likes. Death may visit me today or decades later
– it makes little difference to me. Wise people will never withdraw from
the path of rectitude the path which they accept as their ideal.” (NKS)

Now I am coming to the point which I wanted to bring in the limelight. This
point is related with our philosophical treatise– the Ananda Marga
Philosophy in a Nutshell Series.


All senior Margiis are aware of, or most probably they even attended those
special demonstrations given by BABA which were usually held in 1969-70,
and also in many cases earlier in Jamalpur, and some special cases up to
1990 here and there.

And certain discourses on the teaching of samadhi have appeared in the book
Ananda Marga Philosophy Nutshell (part 5) that is related with the samadhi
demonstrations of 1969 in Ranchi. And by reading that anyone will be
misled. The question is, how they will be misled.

And the answer is simple. If anybody will read the chapter “Ra’ga’nuga’ and
Ra’ga’tmika’ Sama’dhi”, then on page 324 one demonstration has been
narrated that such and such person got a certain samadhi . But the divine
factual truth has been taken out.

Because the way it is written it looks like the sadhaka got samadhi due to
his own efforts. Whereas, we all know that Baba has graciously granted
samadhi to aspirants in all the cases. There was no greatness involved of
the person who was the receiver of samadhi. Or the receiver himself did not
acquire samadhi by dint of his own efforts in sadhana.

But in the Ananda Marga Philosophy Nutshell book it is printed in such a
way that it gives the false notion that those sadhakas got samadhi by their
own sadhana. As if Baba does not have any role in granting those samadhis.

So again, here lies the serious distortion of fact: Because the undisputed
truth is that only by the divine grace of Baba did all those individuals
get samadhi.

But not only that, those individuals were not qualified by any means. They
were not very elevated souls and nor were they especially divine. Rather
the majority of them left AM and jumped into oblivion in some material

From this one can easily deduce that those demonstrations were given by
Baba for the purpose of giving teaching to the society. They were not
directed towards or based on one’s individual elevation, merit, or their
devotional standard.

Because as is commonly known, many examples are there when even after
getting nirvakalpa samadhi those persons who had those demonstrations left
Ananda Marga entirely. And many of them were not believing in Baba also.
Because in 1971 when Baba went to jail some of those very samadhi-holders
were propagating to general Margiis that “Look, now Baba has lost his power”.

So this was the standard of those obtainers of samadhi. From this one can
easily understand that these samadhi demonstrations were given by Baba with
the explicit purpose to teach the society that samadhi is something which
is something real. It exists; it is not something utopian. Samadhi can be
achieved if the mind is high or if by His grace it is made to become high.

Because so long as the mind is high one will realize such divine truths;
and when mind is low then they will again came back to their own state.

Because these persons had negative samskaras, so Baba granted them samadhi
for a very short, transitory period. That is why it worked for maybe few
minutes / hours / days– that is all. And after that they became as usual.
Means they returned to their normal, regular state of mind.

It is just like on the drama stage if one character is using the dress of a
king then that character is the king for few hours or few minutes. After
that when the drama is over then he is his usual self, beggar. Similar
thing happens in that demonstration of sadhana, the main role was of Baba
no one else. He selected x, y, z crude persons and with His direct grace He
elevated them for a few hours / minutes and HE granted them samadhi and
showed the demonstrations.

Because all this was solely for the sake of the demonstration. So
thereafter those individuals remained as usual after samadhi, loaded with
their own animalistic samskaras. Nothing special.

The central idea is that the whole credit goes to Baba– not to certain x,
y, z, individuals. But unfortunately that part has been discarded from our
Ananda Marga Philosophy book.

The question is why Baba opted to give demonstration on samadhi. What was
the need.

When Mahasambhuti Sadguru propounds any philosophy then He gives both a
well-knit, logical, philosophical side and the practical side as well. Even
then some of the things need certain types of demonstration, because
without that ordinary disciples will not be able to believe such things in
their heart. That those things, like samadhi, really exist. In their low
and confused state of mind they think that this may be dogma.

For example if Baba would not have given those demonstrations of all those
different samadhis, then many of us would not have believed that samadhi
exists and that it can be achieved. Because spiritual things are so subtle
that they go beyond the comprehension in which case crude minds don’t like
to accept those things.

No doubt, usually the devotional mind accepts everything by the virtue of
devotion to Baba. They think that what Baba says is perfect. But number of
such persons is very low. So then these demonstrations were needed to teach
one and all that samadhi is existing, that it is not some far off utopian

That is why in 1969 Baba completed this part of the spiritual philosophy by
giving various demonstrations. But the fact is that it has been discarded;
it did not come in writing. So how can we tolerate this unjust thing.

Because, as we know, the main cause of getting samadhi is completely His
causeless grace. That is how aspirants receive samadhi. It may be this type
of samadhi or that type of samadhi or even the top one– nirvakalpa samadhi.
When our philosophy teaches us that without the grace of Parama Purusa one
cannot get all those things then why this very basic truth has been
discarded from our writings, i.e. Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell.
And instead falsehood has been done.

Now, still there are hundreds of senior margiis around the globe who can
bear witness to the fact that these samadhis were only done by Baba– means
HE graced them to happen.

Senior Margiis watched on countless occasions when Baba took His stick and
touched different parts of those sadhakas and the HE recited various
mantras directly or indirectly, or what way HE desired. And the end result
was that all those x, y, z persons got samadhi. All these facts are known
today. But we should not forget that tomorrow, that means after 100 years,
then most of the persons who were witness to those demonstrations will no
longer be present with us as a witness*. Then these wrong narrations of
demonstrations from Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell will be treated
as final truth.

And people will not believe that Baba was directly behind all these
samadhis. And up to future infinity whole society will be deprived from
this cosmic truth that Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji Himself gave such
demonstration, and that this was the way which He has played His divine

Those who do not have proper devotion may think this is one ordinary
matter. But those who have devotion can easily think that the distortion of
truth in any respect is detrimental and harmful. But on this higher-most
spiritual teaching, then how can we accept this distortion as something

So these improper narrations about samadhi which are printed in Ananda
Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell should be fixed without any delay. Means the
beautiful way in which Baba graced His ordinary x, y, z disciples and gave
them samadhi from ordinary to upper most type of samadhi. In proper
devotional way that should be written. Otherwise it is harmful and
misleading for today; and, tomorrow it will be more even detrimental
because then it will be impossible to correct it.

Baba says, “Hence in the realm of dharma, the only true guide and
controller, motivating force and protector of the people, is an excellent
and comprehensive ideology which provides definite clear-cut and bold
directions for all aspects of human life– from one’s personal daily
routine to one’s social activities and collective motivation, to the
spiritual inspiration which brings one closer to God. A scripture which
does not fulfill these conditions is not worthy of being called a scripture
at all…Thus the Scriptures containing spiritual injunctions must be
totally flawless.” (NSS, ’85, p. 166)


Note 1: Baba’s teaches us that when the mind is suffering from complexes
and / or from a basic lack of devotion, then with that inferiority complex
and shyness people lose the courage to say, write, or act in a proper
manner. In this regard, especially new sadhakas feel shy do to sadhana in
presence of others. But of course, others who have a similarly weak mind
also suffer in this way.

BABA says, “Those reared in the cradle of materialistic ideologies, feel
shy or ashamed at the inchoate [beginning] stage to sit in divine
meditation in the presence of others. In other words, he gets evidently
overwhelmed more or less by the influence of avidya’ maya and he thinks,
‘People may perhaps think or say, I being an ultra-modern boy, am emulating
the pre-historic mode of worship. Like this, there are many who may perhaps
try to conceal their godliness or devotional intent from the eyes of the
people.” (SS part 3)

Note 2: Here is the critical section from the Ananda Marga Philosophy in a
Nutshell Book part 5 where the description of the samadhi demonstration
fails to recognize the grace of Guru and instead in a misguided manner
portrays the wrong impression that the sadhaka got samadhi due to his own
effort. So see how this was portrayed in such a misleading manner.

“On May 10, 1969 at Ranchi jagrti, a sadhaka attained ra’gatmika’ samadhi.
He sat in dhya’na’sana and with his mind concentrated on each cakra, and
began to do dhya’na on the supreme object of ideation. He realized that
each of his cakras is being controlled by his Ista. Not only that he also
felt that his Ista is perceptibly present in his blood, nerves, indriyas
etc. He began to take deep breaths. After remaining in that state he
started to roll on the ground.” (APH-5, p. 324)

Unfortunately the above is not an isolated incident– throughout the book
it is like that. In ‘Bha’va Samadhi’ chapter (page 327) and ‘Dharmamegha
Sama’dhi’ chapter (p. 329), the narration of demonstrations is done in a
similarly poor manner. If you unable to find these references or if you do
not have the book then please write me.

* We know those good devotees who are with us today may not be with us in
10, 20, 40, or 100 years into the future. So with full heart and energy, we
should move ahead at the earliest and ensure that those descriptions of
Baba’s demonstrations are recorded properly. For such a great and important
work that is so intimately related with Baba’s legacy, we must not delay.

Baba says, “I have learnt that whenever you wish to perform a noble
deed, do it immediately. Do today whatever you propose to do tomorrow.
“Shubhasya shiighram ashubhasya ka’laharan’am”‘.


Sadguru BABA says, “The Sam’skrta language is of Indian character, of
Indian origin…The hinterland of Sam’skrta was the entire Southeast Asia,
the entire North India, the entire Southwest India…” (PNS-17, p. 63)


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Escapist Approach

From: “Aaron Tenning”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Escapist Approach
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2009 08:14:41 -0700 (PDT)


“A’ka’she a’loke bhese ja’y tava mahima’ri katha’…” (PS 3287)


Baba, You are the most magnificent One. The tale of Your glory and
grandeur is floating and permeating throughout each and every molecule of
the vast, blue sky and in the effulgence– everywhere. Baba, Your story,
the story of the ever-present, Ancient One, is glittering in all the
realms: in both bhuloka and duloka– in the physical and spiritual worlds.
Baba, You are so gracious.

O’ Ancient, Divine One, You are eternally, ever-new. Baba, by Your grace
You are always, intrinsically with everyone– just like their vital force,
just like their pra’na. Baba, You always remain present in my feeling,
ideation, and intuition. For that reason this eternal longing of my heart
is for You and You alone.

Baba, by Your grace with the flow of effulgence You color my mind and
You are sitting in the depths of my ideation playing Your divine flute in
the deep core of my heart. Baba You are so compassionate: You do not
neglect or overlook anyone. You graciously goad everyone towards divinity,
You show everyone the path which leads to immortality.

Baba, please shower Your causeless grace; I surrender at Your lotus feet…


Note: This letter is also related with the recent phenomenon of those
regsitering AMPS in their own name. Although the below letter addresses
a different kind of breaking away, the overall result leads to further
divisiveness, just like when certain people register AMPS in their own
name in their locale.

Initially some glamourous Wts did broke away and if was looked upon as
benign or even admirable, as if they were great moralists. Now however
that defective approach has escalated where so many are either breaking
away or creating their own AMPS. So what was once rare has become the
norm until one day every margii will be their own AMPS. That is the
very negative outcome of such a defective trend.

We go from on global AMPS, to an AMPS in each country, to an AMPS
in each region, to an AMPS in each city -> town -> village ->
individual. This type of disintegration is not good.

Be sure to review the letter posted earlier this week:

Now the point is regularly raised about maintaining unity, not breaking away
from AM to perform one’s own projects, and the need of following Baba.
Because in certain select locations some workers have separated themselves
entirely and are just keeping aloof from the organisation– thus ignoring
Baba’s directive about unity. Here following is further response to this
all-important issue.


When cowards leave AMPS and create their own MU on the excuse that Baba’s
organisation became corrupt etc. Then how can they ensure that their own
thing will survive and remain free from defect. And when theirs does get
corrupt, then again they will leave. And then what?– create another one.
All this is cowardice and escapist mentality: To leave when problem comes.
The point being that those cowards disturb the unity by breaking away and
just start doing things according to their own look. And furthermore if
they think corruption just somehow snuck into Baba’s organisation and for
that they want to leave it by the wayside, then where is the guarantee that
their own project or group will not get corrupt.


Side by a few are raising the point that when the organisation is corrupt
in so many ways then ‘if we oppose any corner then our position will be
miserable. It will just be like lying face-down in one neglected state.
And that is not good’. In that way some are thinking.

But, the answer is that it is good to speak up and oppose those

Because following one’s own dharma and living in a difficult position is
far, far better than following the negative stance of adharma.

As we all know Baba directs us ‘Not to encourage division– no matter what’.

Baba says, “The unity of A’nanda Ma’rgiis should not be allowed to be
jeopardised for any reason. Unity should be maintained even at the risk of
your life.” (CC, part II, ‘Society’ chapter, point #13)

Given this, it is such a grotesque and sinful thing to support any type of
break away ordeal. And it is worse yet if one directly involves in
dividing. Around town one may brag ‘Just like Sarvatmanandji broke away and
divided everything, now a similar blunder has occurred again, and I too am
going to do march down the road of factionalism and division.’ So this is
nothing but insanity.

Best is to follow Baba and lead the life of a neglected person. And even,
if death is going to come then that is fine. Because following dharma is
the top-most.


Those who are proper sadhakas and strong devotees, they like to follow Baba
and not anything else. They do not care for their own comforts or their own
name and fame. Because true disciples follow Guru’s guideline.

Thus when Baba says that unity is the most important thing then that is the
main point to do.

So if the organisation is corrupt then the main work is to strongly oppose
those unjust things with whatever capacity one has. And then lead the
‘neglected life’. And let whatever tortures come into one’s own life.

That will be glorious and far, far better than leading a depraved existence
of a sinful person who is involved in dividing the organisation, or
creating their own organisation or pedaling their own project.

That is why Baba has given the highest teaching: That at the cost of your
life You should not allow the seeds of disunity to sprout.

Hence those who leave AMPS to form their own clique or separate project are
the lowest of the low. They are the bottom of the barrel. Nothing good can
be said about such persons.


Overall, losing the post and leading neglected life is nothing– means that
is the highest thing if done as a result of following dharma.

Because following dharma and preserving unity is the high point.

“Svadharme nidhanam’ shreyah paradharma bhayabahah”

Following 16 points, managing sadhana is difficult thing whereas falling
into degenerated life is comparatively easy, but one should not do like
this. Best is to follow dharma.

In the same spirit, the top point is not to create one’s own organisation
or allow others to do. Why should one create something on the side just so
that they can sit comfortably on some isolated beach– ignoring Baba’s

Then in that case how will Baba’s grace be there and how can one be called
a true devotee.

Following dharma means maintaining unity.


Baba says, “Marching ahead is jiivan dharma (the characteristic wont of
life). To march ahead, carrying all, viewing the world humanity as an integral
entity, is the principal aspect of jiivan dharma. Resolve courageously to
observe this jiivan dharma…” (A’nanda Va’nii, #43)



If one does not believe in groupism and corrupt leadership then one should
oppose it– and not run off to some far distant corner of the earth and put
up one fence and live in one isolated bubble like some shivering coward,
all the while posing as being a dharmic one.

Surely anyone with eyes can see through that thin facade and realise the
truth that such a cowardice approach is outrightly negative.

So those with no spine and no strength in the blood become goody-goodies
and cowards. That is why Baba says this is not proper. Where there is
injustice we should stand firm and fight and not disappear into one far
away fantasy garden. Means it does not take any strength or energy to be a
goody-goody, coward. And isolating oneself is not the way.

BABA says, “The characteristic of good people is to fight against
injustice, to firmly adhere to truth and righteousness, to protect the
helpless and fight against all evil persons. Those who are merely simple
and are of a meek and goody-goody nature are not good people. ” (AFPS, pt
5, pg 28)


Around the globe there are numerous groups and religions that are heavily
involved in managing one or another projects. Some are Christian
organisations, some are Hindu groups, plus there are various do-gooder
societies, Islamic factions etc. Indeed there is no shortage of such types
of things. So this target is not at all unique or for that matter
effective. Still the humanity is crying on this trouble torn earth. So
projects alone are not the antidote. Rather more unique and more needed is
the call of unity. That is the need of the day and that is the speciality
of Ananda Marga. Baba has told that unity is the main thing. And that is
what is to be done.

NOTE 3: It is commonly known and well-documented how Mahatma Gandhi
declared that he will sharply protest & not allow for India to be divided.
Indeed Gandhi declared that it would be done over “dead his body”. Yet when
it happened he kept mum. Baba harshly condemns this– the chief point being
that Baba does not appreciate division. Not in the country, not in AMPS,
and not in the humanity. Rather unity is the main thing. For more about
this reference Baba’ discourse ‘Dangers of Communalism’.

NOTE 4: So it is highly condemnable when any such worker in GT or any of
the sectors turns their back on the organisation and instead just selfishly
attends to their own local MU– as if that is the be-all and end-all. As if
they are one angelic personality– high above the rest. But all that is
just their own menagerie and not to be supported. Indeed they are failing
to fulfill a single iota of Baba’s mission. Moreover they are creating harm
by setting this deeply negative and nasty trend. Because in fact breaking
the unity is one nasty black mark.

NOTE 5: Some selfish people by seeing others, then they lean in that
negative direction. Just like one melon– by just seeing another melon it
changes its colour.

NOTE 6: So some may get tempted to fall into that viscous position, but
doing so is entirely negative.

– The Solution –

Baba says, “Whenever there is a conflict between the brain and the heart,
intelligent people should respond to the call of the heart. The books in
A’nanda Ma’rga philosophy are all absolute knowledge. The proper mark of
identity of absolute knowledge is that it must be universal, rational and
psychological. Certain instances of absolute knowledge are as follows –the
goal of human life is the attainment of Brahma; human beings are the
progeny of Parama Purus’a…by dint of sa’dhana’ or spiritual practices
human beings gradually become divine.” (PNS-18, p.10)


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Date: Wed 23 Dec 2009 08:18:13 -0500
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Your Blind “Liking”
From: CJ Phillips


“Esecho, tumi esecho, bhuvan bhariya’ esecho…” (PS 3289)


Baba, by Your divine grace, You have come. You have come, with Your
effulgent presence this world has been filled with bliss. By Your arrival
everyone’s pains, agonies and tortures have vanished. You have brought
effulgence along with You. Now, by Your causeless grace, no one will remain
in the dark any longer. You are expressing Yourself through the action,
knowledge, dhyana, and sadhana. You are the ocean of love & compassion.
Baba You are ever-gracious, blessing one and all. Everyone is dancing in
ecstasy. It is Your divine grace. Baba, You have come. The whole world is
getting transformed– all are floating in Your bliss…


As the year draws to a close we should all reassess the direction in
which our lives are moving. By His grace He has brought us onto the path
of spirituality and we should be cent per cent sure we are keeping firm
to His tenets and ideals.


In our lives, it is quite common – yet not always appropriate – to chase
after things that we like. We actually associate that liking with who we
are. We identify with that.

Baba says, “When you develop a fascination for a particular object or
person your mind encircles it.” (APH-6)

But those likings – house, spouse, money, food, computer, mp3 player,
youtube video – are not who or what we really are. Yet we become totally
attached to that and our mind takes that shape and form. And we chase
after it with full effort.

This type of occurrence is not good for our human growth and
development. Yet that is the way people’s likings shape who they are and
what they become. Most people’s lives are totally dominated by such
likings. It can happen to me, you, our friends, family members, and

So we should be 100% careful.


Actually such material longings or likings are quite short-lived. You
can see for yourself. Take a long back at the last ten years. Honestly
evaluate those things that you wanted or liked and notice if you still
want that today. We may have given up everything or worked very hard to
get that – yet now today it is not even something we like.

Think about it: technology, cars, property, opposite sex, status, etc.
Many times we acquire such things with full zeal and joy only to soon
lose interest in them entirely. Either they become old, outdated or we
realise that it is not what we thought. This is the way it goes.

Of course those things we liked as children such as toys, dolls, and all
kinds of games and coloring books we no longer like. Yet at that time as
kids we were crying to get those things only to change our mind minutes
or hours later.

But the lives of adults following a materialistic approach is little
different. With all their mental and emotional force they chase after
things they like – they take huge loans to buy new things, prestige,
hobbies, the opposite sex, friends, and so many other examples – and
then after a short while after getting that thing they are no longer
enthralled with it. Some even chase after various types of music, food
habits, and intellectual ideas. This is the common phenomenon. But
ultimately that liking is blind and we become bored or tired with those

Why is that? Because as soon as their mind changes then their liking
changes as well. That is the main principle at hand.


How to avoid such problems and difficulties. As sadhakas we should
always use our vivek (discrimination). But even that becomes difficult
to define.

Here is one key point to keep in mind:

If we think – I exist and I desire xyz – then one is going to run
headlong after that fleeting desire. People think I exist and I want a
red sports car or I exist and I want that opposite sex. If one just
superficially leads their life in this way then they will never employ
their sense of vivek. Rather they will constantly chase from one liking
or desire to the next. Their desires will change with the winds and
their life will be filled with torment and hell.

In contrast, if we think – I know I exist – then whatever we desire will
be appropriate. Here the point is that phrase “I know I exist” is
embedded with the innate knowledge that I am the child of Parama Purusa
and He is watching me and I am to live a life for pleasing Him. This is
the knowledge every sadhakas has.

When we live our lives according to this perspective then we will never
rush after crude or temporary things. Then the whole emphasis of our
life will be towards Baba and His teachings. At that point our liking
becomes something permanent, not short-lived. Then we can say that we
have vivek – not before.

So when are are not submerged in blindly liking some crude or mundane
object then we will be awakened to a finer way of life based on
ideology. In that case we will always be mentally balanced and not
swayed by any blind liking or attachment.

Baba says, “Once you realize the truth, you may be on your guard so as
not to overdo your expressions of liking or love for someone [or
something]; and not to be antagonistic to a person [or object] not to
your liking. In this way you can maintain your mental balance.” (DKG)


By Baba’s grace we should all be wary of this notion of blind liking. We
should not chase after temporary things thinking that will give us long
lasting satisfaction or that we are those things. That is not the way of
the sadhaka. Baba has blessed us with a refined intellect and intuition
and with that faculty we are to live focused on Him and AM ideology.
Then our liking will be pure and we will achieve true peace in life.

Baba says, “That is why I say that you must bring about a revolutionary
change in the flow of your judgment and thought, and see how, after
overcoming your fascination with external colour, your mind becomes
tinged with the His glorious colour. In Ananda Marga sadhana, the method
of withdrawing the mind from degrading tendencies, and absorbing oneself
in the colour of the Great, is called pratya’ha’ra yoga (the yoga of
withdrawal) or varn’a’rghyada’na (the offering of colours). All people
have a particular attraction for one or another object or activity and
as soon as they become attracted to an object, then their minds become
coloured with the colour of that object. You can withdraw your mind from
the colour of that object and dye yourself in His colour by offering Him
the captivating colour of the object that has attracted you: this is the
real pratya’ha’ra yoga.” (SS-3)



This is a big topic. Everyone’s lives are affected by this. Here is
further reading for your review:

Three Dangers

Baba says, “We may say that intoxicants have three distinct
characteristics. Firstly, if one addict does not receive that intoxicant at
their regular, fixed time during the day then they will become anxious and
restless– even agitated. In addition, when they do get it then their mind
will not like to involve in any work. The second major point is that as
long as one remains under the spell of that intoxicant, his intellect will
be dysfunctional. And if one continues to take intoxicants on a regular,
on-going basis, then their mental stupor will continue on and on. The third
major danger is that intoxicants adversely affect the liver, throat, and
kidney. And in the majority of cases, the user suffers from constipation
also. In conclusion, all intoxicants are bad; opium and ganja (cannabis
indica) extremely harmful.” (SC-15)

Note: As A’nanda Ma’rgiis, our duty is to propagate Baba’s above teaching
and warn others about the harmful effects of intoxicants.


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From: “Shantatma Kerketta”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Unique Practice to Enhance Sadhana
Date: Tue 22 Dec 2009 07:13:55 +0530


“Tumi a’cho, a’mio a’chi, a’r keu nei e tribhuvane…” (P.S. 2027)


Baba, You are my dearest One; by Your grace I love You so much. For me,
in this entire universe– tribhuvan*– only You and I exist. There is
nothing else in this whole creation except You and I. Baba, by Your grace
You have brought me here. And with Your love and compassion You are
nourishing me, always keeping me under Your shelter. Baba, by Your divine
grace I always receive Your tender love and care– both in times of great
joy and as well as during times of intense suffering. Always, in each and
every circumstance, I feel Your sweet and loving presence.

Baba, by Your grace You bless me with Your blissful touch in the
effulgence of the new dawn. Baba, Your charming smile gets expressed in the
blossom of the lily and in the flowering of the lotus. Baba, in the dry,
burning desert You are the soothing balm. By Your grace in that unbearable
heat You provide a cool oasis and lush verdant leaves. You are ever
gracious. Baba, You saturate my dreams with Your divine love.

Baba, in the form and fragrance of the sweet flowers, You dance and
emanate in the vast blue sky. Baba, You always manifest Your divine Self in
each and every cell of my being– as well as in the most distant corner of
my mind. Baba, by Your grace Your magnanimous effulgent smile shines like a
blissful lightening bolt throughout my entire existence– inside and out,
as well as in each and every pore of this vast, infinite cosmos.

Baba, You are that most effulgent and loving Personality– I surrender
at Your alter…

*Tribhuvan: The prefix “Tri” means ‘three’ and the term “bhuvan” means
‘world’. And here Baba further clarifies what He exactly means by
tribhuvan, or the three worlds:

Baba says, “Tribhuvana means the expressed world, the psychic world and the
astral world or, you may say, Causal World.” (AV-2)


In the life of each and every sadhaka– in the life of each and every
A’nanda Ma’rgii– there is an inherent desire to make sadhana better and
better. This is the common feeling amongst all devotees.

To that end we follow Baba’s various do’s and don’ts. Before sadhana we do
half-bath, find a quiet place, do sastaunga pranam, and then sing and dance
kiirtan before sitting for meditation.

However in this ultra-modern and technological era, where machines and
gadgets often dominate our lives, there is the tendency just to listen to
kiirtan via a stereo etc– and not sing ourselves. This can happen. Because
that reliance upon technology can enter into every sector of our existence,
including our devotional practices like kiirtan. So while living in this
modern era we should be aware.

Because Baba’s guideline is that to get the real benefit of kiirtan then
one must sing– loudly.

Baba says, “To proclaim the glories of Parama purus’a, the Supreme
Consciousness, in a loud voice is termed ‘kiirtana’. The Sam’skrta root
verb kirtt means to ‘utter something loudly so that others may also hear
it’; thus kiirtana means to proclaim the glories of the Lord loudly for all
to hear.” (AFPS-4)

And here again Baba delivers the same message, in slightly different language.

Baba says, “Kiirtana means to utter good words loudly; not mentally, nor in
a whisper, but loud enough for everyone to hear. It is never done secretly,
but always openly…So devotees will openly sing praises to Parama Purus’a.
Kiirtana means, as I said a little earlier, to sing the Lord’s glory in a
loud voice.” (AV-7, p.36)

As Baba explains above, part and parcel of “doing kiirtan” means singing
kiirtan– not just listening to kiirtan. And best is to dance as well. And
then in this way one can get 100% benefit: A unique devotional feeling
overcomes one’s entire existence and one feels a deep sense of peace
within. This we have all surely experienced.


As we know there is an underlying science behind all our
spiritual-cum-devotional practices. And in this respect Baba guides us that
by singing kiirtan we are engaging more of the body’s organs than if we
just simply listen. By singing the mouth, throat, tongue, and vocal chords
are also involved. And this enhances one’s ability to focus on the kiirtan.

Baba says, “At the time of kiirtana, the vocal cord sings, the ears hear,
and the hands and feet dance, and thus all the organs are kept preoccupied
with the divine. They are not allowed to move wherever they want but are
kept engaged. There is a popular Indian superstition that when ghosts are
not kept busy they break the necks of their prey. Similarly, if the sensory
and motor organs are not kept engaged in the attainment of the divine, they
may lead one astray. Kiirtana is therefore most beneficial as it keeps all
the organs fully engaged in a spiritual pursuit.” (AV-8, p.13)

Thus by singing kiirtan the mind is more engaged in the devotional practice
of kiirtan than if one is just listening. And best is to dance also. And by
this way our sadhana will be improved.


Some may say or think that they do not have time to stop and sing kiirtan.
But the reply is that singing kiirtan itself need not take any extra time.
One can sing kiirtan while doing their mundane duties such as when cleaning
the kitchen or when bathing etc. So singing kiirtan itself can be done
frequently throughout the day. It is a way to spiritualise all our daily
activities and then when we sit for sadhana we will automatically feel the
difference. So while driving or walking or when preparing lunch, we can
sing kiiran. Actually, if we look carefully, we will come across some many
moments in our day where we can sing kiirtan in a loud voice– thereby
enhancing our devotional life.


And last but not least none should consider whether they have a “beautiful
voice” or not. Doing proper kiirtan is not a matter of singing in tune or
in a particular pitch. That is the important characteristic of kiirtan.

Because when we sing kiirtan Parama Purusa only thinks about the sweetness
and sincerity of the devotee’s heart– not the tune or melody. So no one
should suffer from any type of complex about whether they have a good voice
or not. That is not the point.

Rather we should always remember that we are only singing to please Parama
Purusa. And for this we simply need to awaken that devotional feeling that
is naturally inside us all.

Ultimately between Parama Purusa and the bhakta there is an inherent
relation of love– that is based solely on the heart. And with this feeling
we should sing and sing our kiirtan.


By Baba’s grace singing and dancing kiirtan brings tremendous bliss in the
life and enhances our sadhana. We should always remember that no matter
what circumstance we may find ourselves in, always He is listening to our
kiirtan. This is His unfathomable blessing upon us.

Baba says, “Everywhere you are with Parama Purus’a, and never in this
universe, nowhere in this universe, are you alone. So you are never
helpless. Wherever you may be, do your Kiirtana, ‘Ba’ba’ Na’ma Kevalam.’ He
is with you. You are never alone. Your are never weak. You are never
helpless.” (AV-12)


Process of Channelisation

Baba says, “If people have a healthy body and mind their glandular system
will remain balanced and they can easily channelise their physical energy
into psychic and spiritual activities. This process of channelisation is
the only way to check the mental flow towards crude propensities.” (AFPS-9,
p. 35)


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From: “Girish Chandra Mitra”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: News About Third Grade Disciples
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 16:26:40 +0530



One disturbing trend has taken hold in AMPS and now is the time to
uproot this problem as it has very serious and ugly consequences.

In short, some have registered AMPS in their own name in their own
locale or state etc.

This is happening within India and without. Some may be doing it with
the best of intentions and some with the worst – whatever may be, this
approach is unhealthy, divisive, and against Guru’s wishes. This is not

No one should get involved in doing this – those who do will suffer the


Baba has given so many teachings on unity, samgacchadhavm spirit, moving
together and one human society. That means we are to live collectively
in a sentient manner under one roof.

To snatch up and put AMPS in one’s own name is totally off base. Such
persons are third grade disciples:

Baba says, “According to Tantra, disciples are of three categories. The
lowest category are likened to pitchers placed inversely in a tub of
water. Such pitchers contain water as long as they are kept in the tub,
but as soon as they are taken out, all the water pours out. These
disciples acquire spiritual knowledge when they are in close contact
with the preceptor, but as soon as they are apart from the preceptor
they forget all his teachings.” (AMIWL-9, ‘Tantra & Sadhana’)

So such persons who registered AMPS in their own name are the lowest
grade of disciples. They totally forgot Guru’s teachings. Such persons
create huge problems. They do harm that even non-margiis can’t do.

Their horrific ways can be likened to domestic violence: To commit that
nasty act one must be part of the household or family. Outsiders cannot
do such harm.

Same is the case with these third grade disciples. They are inside AM
and from that stance they are snatching up AMPS and putting it in their
own name. Such is their hellish approach.

In the past certain crooked and misguided priests did such nonsense with
Lord Shiva’s and Lord Krsna’s teachings. And now today some in AM are
doing similar misdeeds with Baba’s divine gifts. This is not to be

No one should enroll their name in such heinous activities.


In this below passage, Baba has graciously dedicated the ideals of AM to

Baba says, “Today, you should remember that Ananda Marga is not limited
to a handful of honest and intellectual people. Rather, it is trying to
rally thousands of people under the banner of one sublime ideology. I
dedicate Ananda Marga in this DMC to all sections of society. Prior to
this DMC, I would only discuss intellectual topics, but from this DMC
onwards I have become a man of the people because I believe that dharma
is the property of the masses, not the exclusive monopoly of a handful
of so-called educated middle class elite. Dharma belongs to one and all.
From this DMC, I recognize it as the property of the common people.” (AV-7)

The basic meaning is that, Ananda Marga is for all. No longer will Baba
just give lengthy, abstruse spiritual discourses in Subhasita Samgraha
but He will also give very understandable discourses in Ananda
Vacanamrtam. That is the spirit of Baba’s above teaching.

Unfortunately some thought that He is making AMPS the collective
property of all.

Even then the idea of registering AMPS in one’s own name makes an utter
mockery of the idea of collective property. Collective property does not
mean to grab something of public ownership and then register it in your
name and make it your own personal property.

For instance:
1. Public land does not mean the members of the public should snatch up
that land and register it in their own name.
2. A public servant who is doing work for the society on the whole
cannot be dragged into your own house to massage your feet. No citizen
can do like this.
3. The existence of a public library does not mean going there and
stealing books and keeping them in your own house forever.

Rather, if something is common to all, it means that everyone should
take the strict responsibility to guard the sanctity of that common
property and keep it as is, not let any single individual snatch it up
for their own personal gain or destroy it.

So those who think that because AM belongs to all then they can register
AMPS in their own name are totally misguided. They are committing
thievery if not sin.


Those involved in registering AMPS in their own name should beware. In
the coming days, the names of all those involved will be made public and
such persons will be disgraced and forced to face their misdeeds in
front of all. Such persons will be publicly known as third grade
disciples due to their crude conduct and misguided action. They will
have no one to blame but themselves.


By His grace He has given Ananda Marga for all and as responsible Ananda
Margiis we should safeguard His teachings of unity and collective spirit
and keep AMPS out of the hands of any who try to register it in their
own name.


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Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 16:49:28 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Hariish Dev”
Subject: They Can’t Do New Things


“A’loker utsava eso sabe…” (PS 2218)


Baba, by Your grace I am inviting all family members. O’ my family
members of the Great Family, come one, come all to this grand festival
of light. Baba, by Your grace, I am awakening all with the divine
knowledge. On this great occasion, let us all work collectively. By His
grace, we will bring heaven on this dusty earth.

No one is distant: All belong to one family; all are my own. In the
absence of this divine truth– unaware of this ideological
understanding– even close people go distant and far away and they try
to destroy each other. Let human beings know who they are; they should
know they have come from Parama Purusa. They are the divine children of
Parama Purusa. All are kith and kin. Baba, by Your grace on this grand
festival, I am preparing and arranging everything so that everyone will
know who they are– that all have come from Parama Purusa. By Your grace
I am making everyone aware of their divine relation.

Baba, by Your grace I will not lag behind– not even for one second; and
by Your grace I will never look back. I will keep my eyes fixed on the
Goal, on You. Baba, I will not allow even a single person to fall back–
to lag behind. By Your grace, this is my sadhana– along with the entire
humanity. This grand effulgence will destroy all accumulated dirt and
stains. We will enlighten the entire universe, by Your grace.

Baba, by Your grace the impossible becomes possible. You are my Goal;
You are my everything…


In Ananda Marga, we make clear-cut distinctions between humans and
animals. No one thinks that humans are animals.

Baba says, ‘The old idea of logicians that the human is a rational
[animal] is not supported by us. We say the human is not a rational
animal. If we say the human is a rational animal, then the human comes
within the animal category. Yes, the human is a living being, but the
human is not an animal.” (AV-30)

However, in the general society, there are many who equate humans with
animals, and vice-versa. This is especially true in the west where some
advocate that animals should have the same rights as humans or that
humans are part of the animals kingdom.

No doubt in AM we respect the life of an animal, but we do not equate
human life with animal life. There are distinct differences. If we are
aware about these differences then we can best convince others of the
unique value of human life.

Failing that, certain people will continue to think that humans may
behave as animals – “because that is our natural way” – in which case
they will plunge themselves into all kinds of crude activities and ruin
their future. Or they will continue to pamper certain animals with all
kinds of superfluous luxuries while their fellow human beings die of

So we should all be clear about the below logic and help elevate the
standard of humanity.


At present in the west, there is a growing sentimental attachment for
animals. Some of this is appropriate but most is just pure hypocrisy.

For instance, people now keep all kinds of pets such as cats, dogs,
iguanas, birds, llamas, fish, chimpanzees, ferrets, and so much more.
They give special care, expensive medical operations, elegant spas,
special grooming, sumptuous food to their pets. They treat their pets
like royalty and spend huge money on them. They consider their pets as
members of their own families and think of themselves as animal lovers.
Yet when the vast majority of those pet owners eat meat on a daily
basis, then we can see how misguided their approach is.

The issue gets further compounded when we consider the fact that huge
numbers of humans die due to lack of care, yet so much special attention
is given to these pets. Indeed, in the US, 41 billion dollars a year is
spent on pet care, more than the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of dozens
and dozens of countries. Some of the ultra rich even leave millions to
their dog upon their death.

On the one side they share their homes with animals and treat them as
family, and on the other side they blindly support animal slaughtering
by eating meat at every meal. On the one side people spend huge money on
pampering their pets and on the other side, gross numbers of humans go
hungry every day.

This is the shocking hypocrisy and disparity going on these days.


Amidst all these shocking scenarios we should keep this key point in
mind that clearly proves that humans and animals are of distinctly
separate categories.

Let’s say an owner teaches their dog 10 tricks. Then that is all the dog
will know. On its own the dog will not learn an 11th or 12th trick. Dogs
do not have that type of psychic structure. When they are shown they
will do, they do not have the creative power or urge to go beyond that.

In contrast, within each and every human being is the seed of expansion.
So if a human being is taught something, then that human being will take
that idea and expand upon it. They will make the idea or action their
own and build upon it. Infants, students of all ages, professionals,
retirees, everyone does like this. That is the nature of human beings.

Language is a great example. Animals can repeat a word (parrots) or
respond to a verbal command (dog) or even use certain words to
communicate (monkey) but no animal has the ability to create sentences
on their own. That pattern or capability of original thought and
expression is beyond their spectrum of knowing.

Here the whole point is that animals do not have the quality to do new
things. They can only do the things they have been shown or taught. They
lack the basic quality to discover anything beyond that.

Thus when the psychic faculty of human beings has this unique quality of
making new things and when animals lack it, then who can claim that
humans are animals or animals are humans.


Because animals utterly lack the aforementioned psychic quality, they
spend their days just involved in satisfying their basic propensities or
primal urges. When a physical desire comes then they act upon it. That
is the basic quality of animal life.

In contrast, human beings are not slaves to their propensities. Either
due to social pressure or by their own thinking, humans do not merely
act upon their propensities.

For instance, if a dog is hungry and sees food then it will eat that
food, not at all considering if that food is for them or not. In
contrast, even when hungry a human being will refrain from eating food
that is not theirs. Either they are concerned they will be punished
(social pressure) or they do not feel comfortable eating what does not
belong to them (moral conscience).

Thus physical propensities do not dominate human life, especially not
with sadhakas. Whereas animals are totally dominated by materials
pursuits and are content with those limited those. Humans are never
satisfied completely by physical indulgences – always they want
something more.


With our innate desire to discover something new, humans invariably turn
to psychic growth and ultimately spirituality. Animals are not capable
of contemplating new things, but humans have an innate urge for the
infinite. And it is this quality of mind that is to guide us in our
quest, not mere material enjoyment.

Unfortunately, many humans remain engrossed in worldly desires and that
leads to their degradation. In that case they are on the path back to
animal life. They will get the body appropriate for their desires.

As sadhakas, we always proceed guided by mind, not matter. Some respond
to social pressure and others by benevolence of mind, but whatever may
be, most humans live by using their mind and then deciding how to
proceed. Animals never do like this. As humans though, we are to use the
mind to control our corporeal structure and aim that mind toward Parama
Purusa. That is our unique human dharma.

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with this human life which is so rare
and so difficult to attain. We must be especially sure to goad the mind
toward the spiritual realm and not get caught up in crude desires. We
must remember we are mind oriented beings and never classify ourselves
as beings animals and following that mode of living. We are to do
sadhana and reach the Supreme Goal.

Baba says, “Human life is rare and is very precious.” Even the devata’s,
if they want to do something good or great, will have to come in human
frame to work. A devata’ as devata’ cannot do anything good; the devata’
requires a human framework. So human life is very precious, very rare;
“and such life is still more rare, still more precious, if it has become
successful by dint of bha’gavata dharma, or by dint of sa’dhana’.”” (SS-21)



One other aspect of this discussion is free will. Animals do not have
free will in which case they cannot create new samskaras – bad or good.
All the can do is follow their inborn propensities – period. They cannot
think or consider doing something different. Their desire is limited and
they are content with material life.

Humans has free will and with that comes a huge spectrum of choices.
Ideally we make those selections with a balanced mind. By this entire
process, humans can easily go beyond materials pursuits and point the
mind toward higher thought and realisation.

This notion of free will further distinguishes humans from animals.


Some may wonder why those in the west and in particular Americans are so
enthralled with having pets. The clear-cut answer is that the more
selfish a person becomes, the less they are able to live with others.
Many in US live alone because they cannot adjust with their family and
friends. Yet they keep animals. Those animals will listen to them and
never talk back. That is the only type of relationship a selfish person
can handle. In that way so many get totally attached to their pets. They
tell their pet all their worries and fears – that is much easier than
having to deal with another human being. So due to selfishness some bond
more with their pets than with other humans.

Japa on Enemy

Baba says, “If anyone’s name is to be chanted in japa, it is the name of
Parama Purus’a. What is japa? A word has a particular meaning; repeating
the word inwardly again and again, after having understood its meaning,
is what is termed japa. As a result of the prolonged repetition of a
word, whose inner meaning is clearly understood, its ideation becomes
permanently imprinted in one’s mind, and consequently there occurs a
radical change in one’s mental arena. The extroversial tendencies of the
mind gradually become introverted. This is the benefit of japa. And if
anyone’s name is to be repeated, it is the name of the Lord.”
“Usually worldly people constantly repeat– do the japa of– their
earthly joys and comforts, or do japa on the names of their enemies. But
that is all useless. Only the name of Parama Purus’a should be repeated
in the form of japa, for ultimately one will have to reach Him, to merge
in Him. Ultimately one will have to reach Him. There is no other way.
Hence wise persons take only the name of– do the japa of– the One and
Supreme Lord, and never the name of any other entity.” (12 November 1978
DMC, Kolkata)

Note: Usually people do not realise that they are doing japa of
something which is meaningless, silly, or sometimes even harmful. But it
happens because the general tendency of the mind is to degenerate
towards crude thoughts. For example, if someone is plunged in worldly
problems or court case or enemy, then in that case they are unknowingly
doing japa of that problem or enemy etc.

Another feature of the mind is that when the mind is empty then it is
the usual characteristic of the mind to start thinking of something
which is meaningless, stupid, or harmful etc. Or it will think of
something that will bring degeneration.

Hence, without even their own awareness, countless people are getting
adversely affected and getting poisoned by doing the japa of crude
things. In His above teaching Baba says that at any cost this should be
avoided– averted. Repeated thinking or japa should only be done on the
name of the Lord. That will bring ultimate salvation and bliss.


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To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 11:37:29
From: “Hank & Rita Tomasson”
Subject: With an Eye Towards Prevention


“Eso eso prabhu mor mana’ne…” (P.S. 4941)


O’ Lord, O’ my dearmost Baba, by Your grace please come in the depths of
my ideation. By Your sweet attraction, I am always looking towards the path
of Your arrival. Always I am waiting for Your blissful presence in dhyana.

Baba, by Your grace You have infused my whole existence with devotion.
By Your grace I do not want any prestige, money, wealth, boons or any kinds
of mundane allurements. Baba, I only want Your compassion. So please appear
again and again in my dhyana and bless me with Your sweet smile and close

Baba, ages have passed, so much time has gone by. So many dawns and
evenings have come and gone– where I was crying in longing for You. Baba,
now my eyes are floating in the tears of yearning for You. Baba please
grace me by coming.

Baba, You are my everything. Please come in my contemplation, ideation,
meditation and dhyana. Baba, please be gracious and make me Yours. Baba, I
love You…



Everyone is well aware that under Baba’s loving and watchful guardianship
our esteemed WT cadre grew into a force of hundreds upon hundreds of
workers– into the thousands. This no one can forget.

Unfortunately, since 1990 in a steady stream, little by little, that number
has been diminishing. This we have all seen and are seeing, as just
recently one other case came to the fore where another good worker was
lost– gone.

So with full vigour let us analyse this situation to understand the nature
of the problem and by Baba’s grace implement a solution. Otherwise this
withering away of our wts will only become more severe.


After speaking with various wts and margiis, it has become evident that
within our wholetimer ranks there is a tendency for some workers to become
“relaxed”. In a nutshell a few wts begin thinking that (a) Baba is now gone
& (b) the organisation is weak. With that outlook and in that situation
some wts become less vigilant in following their various conduct rules. And
they stop practicing some key points entirely.


Surely each and every margii is well aware that Baba has given so many sets
of conduct rules: Sixteen Points, Yama & Niyama, Fifteen Shiilas etc.
Everyone in our Marga must follow these.

Plus for workers there are many more codes of conduct like: (a) ’32 Rules
for Avadhutas’, (b) ’37 Workers Rules’, (c) ‘Fourteen Points’, (d) ‘Six
Additional Rules’, (e) ‘The One Point’, etc. All these rules are to be
followed by each and every worker.

And in result, by following Baba’s allotted conduct rules, margiis and
workers alike, step by step, become established in dharmic life. First it
becomes our habit and then our nature. So all these rules are nothing but
Baba’s great blessing on us: Whereby we can experience divine realisation
and become assets of the society.

And, on the other end of the spectrum, following His prescribed conduct
rules protects us from falling and getting degenerated.


Certainly we have many strong workers in our Marga. This no one can deny.
At the same time it is quite clear that our worker cadre is dwindling–
there is a growing number who become dissatisfied or disillusioned &
ultimately they leave.

As many report, primarily those who leave are the ones who became “relaxed”
in following their daily conduct rules. This problem did not happen
overnight but rather was a gradual process. For example, first shortening
sadhana, then stopping dances and asanas, then doing less svadhyaya, and
then filling that void with junk food or crude movies etc. It can happen
any number of ways.

The point being that little by little some workers are getting caught in
the grip of avidya maya– until finally they feel it impossible to continue
their WT life. And by this way over the last 16 years, we have lost many,
many good wts. And still this tragedy is continuing.

And the root cause behind it all is not following our AM conduct rules.
This is Baba’s teaching.

So by seeing this situation, let us all take the matter to heart and learn
our collective lesson. Otherwise we will continue to lose one worker after



Baba has given the duty to Wts to look after family persons. This oath He
has requested from Wts in public. Plus Baba has given the duty to family
persons to watch over wts. And for this margiis also took an oath to
Beloved Baba.

However, now only Wts are pointing out and helping margiis to properly
follow 16 Points etc. But generally speaking, margiis are feeling shy to
point out wts.

So even if a margii sees that a particular wt is not properly following a
certain point then 99% of the time that margii will just ignore the matter.
They will not say anything to that worker– even if they know something is

In such a situation, the margii is not intentionally trying to harm the WT.
Rather because of one’s religious background or due to overall lack of
confidence, that margii feels shy to say something to that worker. It is a
type of complex. This is not always the case– but it is not uncommon either.

Unfortunately the end result is drastic: some Wts end up leaving their
acaryaship. That is the sad outcome.

So with renewed vigour and energy we should all take up the task or helping
one and all to be strict in our moral and spiritual conduct. And this is
Guru’s directive upon us all.


Hence, as margiis it is our duty to watch and ensure that our esteemed
workers are abiding by our AM conduct rules. That is, we should see that
all are getting proper scope to maintain their sadhana, doing their
fasting, reading Baba’s books not pseudo-culture magazines. Plus things
like crude movies, television, and junk food are to be avoided. Just with
our common sense we should look around to make sure everyone, all wts, are
ok and moving in the right direction, not getting caught in the rancid net
of avidya maya.

By this process, we can prevent the loss of workers and help bring about
their welfare. And already wts are doing that for us, most of the time. And
this system of checking one another is Baba’s prescribed program.

So as margiis we should know & be aware about the various conduct rules and
by that we can politely raise the matter to wts– if and when needed. This
is a point of prevention and indeed our moral responsibility. Geared
enitrely toward the welfare of our AM society.



Here are a few of Baba’s explicit guidelines where we should all ensure
that everyone– family margiis & wholetimers– is properly adhering to our
AM conduct rules.

Baba says, “All Ananda Margiis, when they see any other Margii acting
against the principles of Yama-Niyama, must make them shun this habit
either by sweet words or harsh words or by dealing even more strictly. Thus
they will have to make the society strong.” (GHC, ’91, p.24)

And here again Baba issues a similar directive.

Baba says, “I direct every Ananda Margii to keep strict vigilance on other
Ananda Margiis to make them practice the principles of Yama and Niyama.”
(GHC, ’91, p.25)

So by following Baba’s above guidelines we will be able to correct any
problems and bring everyone onto the right path. Indeed this is one unique
aspect of our AM society and the best way to help each other to advance.
And in result Baba will be pleased and our organisation and AM society will
be stronger and stronger.

Here it should be added that pointing out can be done in all kinds of ways.
Being gentle and encouraging is a very good way to start. Only if the problem
is severe and recurring and the concerned worker is not paying any mind to your
reminders should more forceful measures be employed. Let us remember that
the goal is to rectify, not embarrass and make them run off.


Here below is Baba’s beautiful verse which encourages and guides all Ananda
Margiis to move ahead in a strong and dharmic way. Baba has blessed us with
all the tools to advance and by His grace our Marga will grow healthy and
strong– leading all onto the path of bliss.

“Proceed on and on!
The sky above is resounding with the sound of drums,
And the earth below is waiting expectantly to welcome the glorious dawn,
O’ the Youth of the crimson dawn March ahead! March ahead!”
(Golden Lotus)


In Real Sense Everyone’s Language is Same

Baba says, “Either from the psycho-physical or theoretical viewpoint, all
the people of the world have the same language. This is because the essence
of language, that is idea, is one and the same for all languages. Phonetics
may differ amongst languages because of differences in geographical
environment, which causes differences in racial and ethnic factors and
results in variations in the biological structure of the vocal chord. Thus
when the idea to drink water appears in the mind, then human beings may
express this idea differently. Some say, A’mi jal kha’ba while others say,
Mu jala pivu, and others say I want to drink water. Behind these different
expressions is the same idea.” (AFPS-9)


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Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 06:37:21 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: V. Rajpurhit
Subject: Story: Practical Approach to Dhruvasmrti


“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


We all know that one of the most blessed things in life is to remember
the name of the Lord.

Baba says,”He is your everything. You cannot do without Him…try to
remember Him always. This remembering Him always, in all spheres and all
strata of life, is called “dhruva’smrti”. Don’t forget this for a single
moment.” (AV-4)

Yet we all know how difficult this can be in day to day life. Here below
is the story of how one bhakta approached this knotty issue.


Many of you may know Ram Sahay Verma of Wazipur, Rajanthan. He was a
long-time Ananda Margii.

Years and years ago he was contemplating one problem in life: “How to
remember Baba’s name all the time.” He was thinking he should devise one
scheme where others would remind him.

So here’s what he did.

He had his shirts beautifully embroidered with big, artistic letters:
Baba Nam Kevalam.

This was stitched on the front side and on the back side of his shirt.
The lettering was big enough that people could read the writing – Baba
Nam Kevalam – from 20 feet away. And he found that it worked.


Wherever Ram Sahayji went, he would notice that people would either read
his shirt out loud or they would smile. Seeing their smile he understood
that they had read his shirt. By this way he was getting constant
reminder to remember Baba’s name. He was most happy.

But that was not all.

Ram Sahayji would explain that there was a dual benefit:
#1: Yes, most certainly he was getting reminded to remember Baba;
#2: By wearing that shirt he was doing AM pracar and the public was
getting benefited by reciting the siddha mantra, Baba Nam Kevalam.

Such was the very devotional outlook of Ram Sahayji – and that was how
he explained the tremendous value of these shirts.

All in all he was quite pleased, because children would regularly loudly
say, “Baba Nam Kevalam”, plus all the aged people in town would smile
seeing his shirt.


Ram Sahayji would wear his embroidered Baba Nam Kevalam shirts
everywhere, all the time. He was a professor at one college and everyday
he would wear his shirt and it also became his habit to wear exclusively
saffron. The other university lecturers were thinking that he was mad.
But Ram Sahayji had no cares or worries about their opinions.

He just thought since Baba Nam Kevalam was a siddha mantra then everyone
was getting benefited, whether they liked the mantra or not.

Actually Ram Sahayji wore these shirts daily for so long, that Baba Nam
Kevalam became his veritable name. Everyone in town knew him by this:
This is what they called him and this was how they referred to him. He
did not live in a huge city – just a moderate sized town – so when
anyone new arrived in town all they had to do was ask for “Baba Nam
Kevalam” and the residents would direct them to Ram Sahayji’s house.

I know because this is exactly what happened to me. When I arrived in
his town I did not know where to go and I simply said, “Baba Nam
Kevalam” and they brought me to the exact place of Ram Sahayji.

Ram Sahayji was a devotee in all respects. His above plan worked
perfectly. He wanted to be reminded about Baba’s name by others
throughout the day, and his desired goal was beautifully achieved by His


Here is a tale about one other facet of Ram Sahayji’s life. During
Emergency, he was jailed for 2 1/2 years in Jaipur. He was perhaps the
only margii who was jailed throughout the entire Emergency period.

The reason was that due to Ram Sahayji’s dramatic behavior – i.e. always
wearing Baba Nam Kevalam on his shirt and wearing saffron clothes – the
government agencies had identified him as a wholetimer. They thought
there was no way that he was a family man. Hence he was jailed during
the entire Emergency.

And Ram Sahayji was quite happy about this as he was in jail along with
so many Dadas.

Then one other great thing happened. When Emergency was lifted and
Ananda Margiis were cleared of all charges, then Ram Sahayji got his job
back at the government college and he also received 2 1/2 years of
salary. Prior to Emergency, Ram Sahay would regularly donate huge monies
to AM, so he never had much money for himself. After Emergency was over,
then he received a big payment so he was quite happy about that as well.

But the main thing for Rama Sahayji was always hearing Baba’s name
wherever he went. For him, this was the most beautiful thing imaginable.
To be called Baba Nam Kevalam gave him much joy and bliss in life. Then
he could always remember his Ista.


There are two stories from history which are similar to this type of
deeply devotional approach.

#1: In one discourse Baba talks about how when Sita was abducted by
Ravana. For Sita, Ram was everything and she did not want to forget him
despite the hardship and troubles she was facing. One interesting
development took place. Ravana ordered the guard to threaten Sita, “Do
not think about Ram”. They would say this to her throughout the day and
by this negative type of reminder she always would remember Ram’s name.

#2: There was also another famous devotee of Ram. And he had one special
trick. He would pretend to be extremely angry if anyone ever mentioned
Ram’s name. The children in town naturally found out about this so they
would run up to him and loudly yell the name of Ram. In turn, the bhakta
would pretend to be so angry and upset. This only made the children yell
the name of Ram more loudly. Plus they would gaily tell all their
friends about this strange man. So wherever this bhakta went so many
children would surround him and repeat Ram and laugh by seeing the man’s
feigned frustration and anger. By this way everyone was happy – the
children and the bhakta.


By Baba’s grace good things always happen to devotees. Baba watches
after all. Living the life of a top grade devotee takes strong desire
and courage. Not everyone could do what Ram Sahayji did. It takes a
certain degree of devotional longing and mental courage – otherwise one
will be embarrassed or self-conscious and swayed by public opinion etc.

That reminds me of one Ananda Margii who would wear a big plackard
around his neck that said Baba’s name and other devotional slogans. He
would walk around town like that. He never cared what other’s said or

It is just purely Baba’s ahetuki krpa that we have come into this world
and become His disciple. We should all remember Him always and strive
for that top most level of devotion. This should be our sole request of

“Whatever you speak or do,
Forget Him never;
Keeping His name in your heart,
Work, remembering it is for Him,
And, endlessly active, drift in bliss.”

(CC-2, ‘Sadhana’, pt #10)


Importance of Sadhana

Baba says, “Numerous rich and beautiful cities of the historic past
are now buried under the earth. Many splendid palaces and mansions, many
churches, temples, mosques and synagogues, and many pyramids have been
reduced to rubble. With the constant change in the flow of time, how many
major changes have occurred in the universe? Similarly, with the change in
time and space, people also change. A small two year old child becomes a
smart and active twenty-five year old youth. And the same energetic youth
becomes an infirm, inactive old person in due course. Thus, nothing in this
universe is permanent. Many gigantic animals of the past have become
totally extinct from the surface of the earth. Royal pomp and opulence, the
pride of power, the vast knowledge of mighty scholars have become things of
the past, thrown into the dustbin of history. Many objects emerged in the
past, remained on earth for a short time, and then disappeared according to
the inexorable law of nature.”

“The only eternal truth is Parama Purus’a. He is Ana’di,
beginningless, endless, all-pervasive; an entity beyond the scope of time,
place and person. He is the only eternal, undecaying, imperishable,
immutable entity. He is the Supreme Source from which the inanimate, plant
and animal worlds have emerged. He is the starting point and the
culminating point of everything. Hence, wise people should utilise their
physical, psychic and spiritual power to realise that supreme
omnitelepathic entity, to become one with Him.” (PNS-18, p.6)

Note: Please read Baba’s above teaching again carefully. It explains


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Date: 17 Dec 2009 06:10:15 -0000
From: “Shivadayal Singhal”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Cakras, Cakras, & Cakras & So Many Cakras in AM


“Bha’loba’si toma’y a’mi, keno ta’ ja’ni na’…” P.S. 2329


Baba, I love You but I do not know why I love You. You go on pulling my
heart– but what is the mystery behind this, that I do not understand.
Baba, You are the divine effulgence of my dark heart. By Your grace I
will never allow that effulgence to get extinguished. Baba, I will always
keep Your love in my heart.

All the love I have in the deep core of my heart, and all the hopes and
longings I have in my mind, all my desires and aspirations are revolving
around You. And they get expressed through Your songs, dance, melody, and
rhythms. Baba, You are my everything.

Where I am, where I will go, and from where I have come, all these types
of useless questions never come in my mind, by Your grace. Baba, I do not
even want to know these things. Just I am fully depending on You– that You
know everything and that everything is in Your control.

Baba, You are always ever gracious on me. I love You; my whole existence
is Yours…


Knowing all aspects of AM philosophy serves at minimum a dual purpose:
It helps us convince and guide others about the dictates of AM plus it
fuels our own progress along the path of spirituality.

Thus we should be thoroughly familiar with all the major and minor terms
used in our AM discourses, including the term “cakra”.

In our Ananda Marga philosophy, the term “cakra” is used in a multitude
of ways which differ greatly from the approach of traditional Indian
gurus as well as the contemporary yoga movement in the west.

Of course, on its own cakra has two basic meanings: (1) wheel, or cycle,
or circle; (2) society, samaj, ghosti, or family.

In addition there are these common and not so common terms and their
moderate to subtle differentiations: (a) dharmacakra, (b) brahmacakra,
(c) srsti cakra, (d0 cakras as in psychic energy centers, (e)
karmacakra, and (f) bhacakra. Knowing all these terms and applications
gives us comprehensive knowledge of the term cakra and so much more.


In AM the term dharmacakra is known and practiced by one and all. This
refers to our weekly, collective meditation gatherings. Once the minimum
of five persons gather, then it is enough to officially hold a dharmacakra.

Although the term is quite common in AM, we should not think that it
only applies to AM gatherings. The term actually stems back to Buddha’s

Baba says, “That special mudra’ of Buddha is called dharmacakra
pravarttana mudra’. To those first five people who heard his preaching,
he said, “Always keep the wheel of dharma moving. Take care that it
never ceases to move.”” (NSS)

Thus the term dharmacakra is at least 2500 years old, though the way
Buddha used the term is a bit different from our use in AM.


The term brahmacakra is also quite well known in AM. This of course
refers to the system wherein jiivas move around the Cosmic Nucleus.
Those who are psycho-spiritually closer to Him have a shorter radius.
But regardless of near or far, all are moving around Him – no one is
outside of this system.

Here is one of the classic ways Baba describes this in His discourses.

Baba says, ““Sarva’jiive sarvasam’sthe brhante.” His created beings, His
loving sons and daughters, His children, are moving round Him. They
cannot get themselves detached from Him because He is the Supreme
Nucleus and others are just like electrons moving round the nucleus. So
Purus’ottama, Parama Purus’a, the Supreme Father, the Supreme
Progenitor, is in the centre, and the others are moving and dancing
round Him. They move along with their different psychic and physical
pabula.” (AV-3)

Just as all the planets of this solar system move around the sun, all
the created beings revolve around Parama Purusa. So long as one feels
separate from Him, then they are revolving around Him. Those clouded by
maya are far and those sadhakas focused on Him are near. It all depends
upon one’s samskara. Finally. by His grace, when a person feels that, “I
and Parama Purusa are the same” then they are very close, and when any
semblance of I-ness disappears, the jiiva becomes one with Him. This is
His divine krpa.

In a nutshell, this is our system of brahmacakra and of course most in
AM are quite familiar with this.


Srsti cakra literally means the “cycle of creation”. When using this
term, Baba is describing how creation came into existence. Specifically
in His discourses in “Idea and Ideology” and “Elementary Philosophy”,
Baba explains how the triangle of forces, the five elements, jadasphota,
the creation of mind, and how the creation emerged from Nirgun’a Brahma.

Thus, srsti cakra is a very complex and technical discussion of how the
manifested universe took expression out of Cosmic Mind.



Often times people think that brahmacakra and srsti cakras are perfectly
synonymous – after all there is a lot of overlap. And both are often
referred to as the cycle of creation.

But there is a technical difference as well.

Basically, in those discourses where Baba describes how all the jiivas
are moving around Him then He is referring to brahmacakra, and employing
the shloka: “Sarva’jiive sarvasam’sthe brhante.”

In contrast, when He is discussing how this created universe came into
being and how the mind came into existence along with terms like
jadasphota, prakrti and the triangle of forces, then He is referring to
srsti cakra.

So although the terms brahmacakra and srsti cakra are highly
interlinked, Baba often employs them in different ways to refer to
different aspects of the cycle of creation and different aspects of His


Most often in life people associate their existence with something –
usually something narrow like a race, or a religion, or a locale, or a
region, or type of business, or a level of education, or a sickness or
disease, or a degree or wealth etc. These are the small minded ways that
people classify themselves. And this leads to a certain type of identity

They think I am white, or I am black, or I am a brahmin, or I am a
Christian, or I am a CEO etc. When in fact they are part of something
much large than that.

Their limitation of thought is no different than a frog who lives in one
pond and thinks that this pond is the whole universe in which they live.
When in fact that frog is part of something much, much bigger, and far
more grand. But with its limited outlook the frog cannot realise this.

Same then is the case of jiivas who merely associate themselves with
some type of clannish identity.

Here the point is that when a person or a sadhaka become aware of
brahmacakra as well as what it means, then automatically it changes
their entire outlook. Then they are no longer small-minded, then they
are no longer far. Because by definition they are forced to think that
“I am a jiivatma connected to a great universe and I have a link with my
Divine Father.”

In that case one no longer associates themselves with a small part of
this cosmos or with a limited group – rather they think they are part of
the greater whole.

This clears up all kinds of misconceptions and automatically expands
one’s psychic outlook. Indeed by understanding brahmacakra, then one
knows that Parama Purusa is the Goal – then one knows all that is
necessary to know. The sadhaka has a mental road map of where they need
to go.

So just being aware about brahmacakra is a big boon to one’s growth and
development, both mentally and spiritually.

In contrast those unaware are drowned in maya and get caught up in all
kinds of feuds, abuse, deception, wrongs, and injustices because they
are identifying themselves with something small and view others as being
opponents, different or outside of their world.

Understanding practically what brahmacakra entails is enough to change
one’s whole mental structure and push one towards their cherished Goal.


The next application of the term cakra refers to the psychic energy
centers in the body, where two nadiis cross the susmna canal.

Depending on the style of discourse, Baba refers to there being seven,
eight or nine cakras

Baba says, “Here the seven cakras, from mu’la’dha’ra to sahasra’ra,
which the kulakun’d’alinii has to pierce, are the fetters or ropes which
a spiritual aspirant has to snap.” (DKG)

In this above passage Baba is clearly stating that there are seven
cakras and then in other darshans He says there are more.

Baba says, “The first thing is that this kulakun’d’alinii rises slowly
from the mu’la’dha’ra cakra to the sahasra’ra cakra in eight steps, it
passes through eight cakras, and the sahasra’ra cakra is the ninth. Just
below the sahasra’ra cakra is the guru cakra.” (DKG)

Baba says, ‘There are nine cakras [plexi] in human organisms
[mu’la’dha’ra, sva’dhis’t’ha’na, man’ipura, ana’hata, vishuddha, lalan’a
[tip of the nose], a’jin’a’, Guru, and sahasra’ra].” (YP)

We can conclude then that there are nine cakras in total and Baba will
refer to seven, eight or nine depending on what He is discussing.
Everyone in AM knows of the seven cakras and most know about Guru cakra
as well which makes eight. Some or more may not be aware about lalana’
cakra at the tip of the nose. That is the ninth cakra, although it is
situation in between the vishuddha and ajina cakras. This lalana’ cakra
is used in our system of sadhana with certain aspirants.

In one Prabhat Samgiita, there is a line: nava cakra kii kalyan’. And in
that song, the sadhaka is saying by His grace the mind is vibrated and
the petals of the cakras are blooming so he is requesting Parama Purusa
to come and sit on the petals of my nine cakras.

By all this, we can understand that there are nine cakras.

Other aspects to know about this topic are that Guru cakra is at the
base or underside of sahasrara cakra and that another name for Guru
cakra is as’t’a kamal, meaning eight lotus. Guru cakra is also referred
to as Varanasi in the discourse, “Where is Varanasi?”.

The reason why all of this is so important is because our system of
sadhana is a methodical process and one needs proper understanding to
move ahead. Some may differ and state that just by singing Baba Nam
Kevalam then one can attain Him. And while that is certainly true, there
are few who sing kiirtan with that type of intensity that they get the
highest realisation. So all the supportive knowledge and practices of
sadhana are necessary to create that intense longing for Parama Purusa.

For this reason, Baba has given us so many lessons of sadhana and
delivered thousands of spiritual discourses. With that knowledge and
practice, then one can gain that one-pointed devotion for Him.

Baba says, “To attain Parama Purus’a, to become one with the Supreme
Reality, He must be made the summum bonum of human life. But the
attainment of the Supreme Reality is not possible overnight. For that
the sa’dhaka [spiritual practitioner] will have to undergo the
systematic and methodical process of spiritual sa’dhana’ for a long
period, till every nerve-cell, nerve-fibre, every bit of his physical
existence is divinized. Sa’dhana’, after all, is a scientific process by
which the entire psycho-physical existence is divinized.” (AV-33)


The next usage of the term cakra in AM comes with karma cakra. This term
is used less frequently.

It refers to the law of karma or cycle of karma or the cycle of action
and reaction.

We all know about original action (karma or kriya), and the ensuring
reactive momenta (samskara), followed by the fruit of the action
(karmaphala, or phalabhoga). This is the endless cycle of karma that
keeps jiivas bound in this manifested cosmos, returning again and again,
life after life.

Karma cakra refers to the totality of this endless cycle. The jiivatma
keeps revolving through this cycle birth after birth. So long as one is
bound by their actions they cannot attain salvation.

In any number of discourses Baba indepthly describes the principles of
karmic law, or karama cakra. This is also something important to know


Finally there is bhacakra. This is still more uncommon. In a few
English discourses this is referred to as the spatio-eternal system. But
that is not the essence of the term.

The real meaning of the term bhacarka is given in Laghu Nirukta (AM
encyclopedia). That is as follows:

“1. The sky and space which can be seen from one side of the earth
represents only half or a partial amount. To see the other half one has
to go to the other side of the earth. And when the entire thing is
treated as one, then that is bhacakra. Bhacakra is complete.”

“2. The next definition means the known and unknown created worlds– that
combined is bhacakra.”

Often people think that when they are looking up at the sky they can see
the whole thing. But this is just their faulty perception. There is
another part of the sky which is out of view. When both the seen and
unseen skies are taken together as the complete whole, then that is

So that is yet another cakra in our Ananda Marga ideology.


If you know of any other types of cakras in AM, please write in and let
us know.


By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with a complete philosophy and this
gives us great insight into the path of spirituality as well as the
universe around us. We should study and assimilate the meaning of all
the terms Baba uses, such as cakra. Then we will be in the best position
to do pracara and get self-realisation, by His grace. Then we will best
be able to serve and please Him.


Most Loving

Baba says,
“That Entity who is the most beloved of all, that Entity is one’s Is’t’a.”

“Is’t’a means Parama Purus’a, but why is He called Is’t’a? The answer is
that by attaining Parama Purus’a one no longer has any unsatiated hunger or
unquenched thirst.”

“Is’t’a means the most beloved of all entities.”
(BABA, 04 July 1979)


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Date: Wed 16 Dec 2009 07:37:22 -0000
From: “Liiladhar Karn”
Subject: Baba Story: Samghe Shakti


“Toma’r bha’laba’sa’ bu’jhe nijeke khunje peyechi…” (P.S. 4504)


Baba You are so gracious. By enabling me to understand Your love I could
search for my true self. Earlier I was confused about who I am and I was
always feeling sad and pessimistic about my future. But now, by Your grace,
in my heart I feel Your love– I feel that I am under Your shelter at Your
lotus feet. Baba, now, by Your grace, I understand where I am; my life has
become meaningful. Baba, You are the polestar of my life. By Your arrival,
my whole existence is just moving towards You. It is so blissful.
Baba, when I get fatigued & tired by involving in the work, and when
negative thoughts ruin my peace and tranquility, and when the clouds of
hopelessness come– in that dark hour I take shelter in Your divine love.
Baba, my mental sky, my air, my breath, my entire existence, my
everything is dancing according to Your sweet melody. My hopes get
fulfilled by Your samvit (force of awakening). From the divine land, one
unknown angel is beckoning me; O’ my dearmost Parama Purusa, You are that
very apsera’ (angel). I have understood this truth in my meditation by Your
grace. Baba, by Your grace, I am completely ensconced in Your love and now I
understand that I am completely sheltered in Your lap…



By looking around it is clear that this is the transitional period– a time
of serious change and struggle in our Marga society. And for all of us–
Margiis and many Wts– it is not easy to decide what to do and what not to
do. Because nowadays various Wt groups & sub-groups are raising their ugly
head: Declaring new PP’s, making claims to power, putting forth their
groupist plan etc. And in response some confused margiis/Wts are thinking
that they will work independently outside the organisational structure etc,
etc. So in various ways groupism and the rush for power are creating a
multi-fold, ripple effect.

Of course here in India there is huge clash going on between H and B, and
the various sub-factions of H group. But even then the division is not
confined to this sector. In Suva, NY, Berlin and in various of our overseas
sectors similar disintegration is going on. Currently there is intense
infighting going on between the overseas WT ranks also. This report came
from the overseas sectors just recently. So this is clearly a delicate time
in our Marga.


But what we may or may not realise is that this condition is similar to the
pre-Mahabharata period when all kinds of internal disputes and infighting
was going on. And in the end they could hardly do anything concrete for
serving humanity.


As we all know, without unity and the development of one human society,
nothing will be achieved. At least we can learn from those capitalists &
how they have bonded together– albeit superficially–to fulfill their negative agenda.

On the other side of the spectrum in a positive spirit Baba has given that
our cooperatives should be formed and also unite. So all around unity is
needed to progress.

So now samghe shakti, unity is needed. And the best way is to follow Baba.

Following Baba, means forming unity; whereas groupism is the opposite. And
of course the Marga which is unified will have more strength & vigour.

Baba says, “Human unity is purely an ideological unity, which means unity
in the psychic sphere. Where there is psychic unity, physical unity will
also occur. In the realm of unity, unity is always psychic – ideological
unity means unity in the subtlest level of the mind. However, psychic or
ideological unity may be affected if we encourage the exploitation of one
group by another. So to avoid this there should not be any scope for
exploitation [groupism] in society.” (‘Talks on Prout’)

Now because of inner clash we have crippled ourselves such that even
the wicked exploiters in society are not feeling threatened by us. Earlier,
in those pre-1990 days, they were thinking that AM is one fireball and
negative persons were very fearful about us. But not now; now they think
that AM is doomed to destroy itself. All due to our present-day
disintegration because of groupism. And such disintegration leads to more
disintegration, splintering and division. That is why the exploiters in the
mainline society are not worried about us any longer.

And regarding the point of disintegration, by seeing the history it is
clear that this has happened to so many organisations and religions in the
past– where they become one with the dust. This is one negative phase
going on. So in our Marga this is the transitional period.

Because all around there is confusion, attachment, and misinformation. Right &
wrong news and so many things are floating around; it is hard to know what
is correct and what is incorrect. In this condition some people are feeling
angry, depressed, frustrated & confused.



Similar was the case in the past in the 1970’s when Baba went to jail. That
time the conditions were also chaotic. Our Marga was in a complete dilemma
about what to do and what not to do.

And then Baba graciously gave margiis the opportunity to visit Him and He
guided us about how to proceed. The story goes like this:

When Baba was in jail, in Patna. Then one margii went to see Baba inside
the jail. And Baba asked, ‘How is it going on?’

The simple margii replied innocently, ‘Baba, there is so much negative
propaganda. Nobody is listening these days to our call. So pracar is not
going on. It is very difficult.’

Then Baba smiled and told the margii, ‘Your only duty is to be strict in 16
Points. As much as you will be strict in 16 points, then you will get
direct guideline and inner inspiration and strength to move ahead from
Parama Purusa. If you are loose or lax in 16 points, then you will lose
the inspiration to do pracar. even you will lose the inspiration to do
anything, any type of social service. And you may even decide to leave AM.’
Baba continued, ‘So the best thing is to be strict in 16 points. And do not
think or allow any negativity to enter in your mind. Thinking about
negative things, mind will only be more depressed. The duty of sadhakas is
to keep the eyes fixed on the goal. The goal is Parama Purusa.’

So in this way Baba has steered everyone’s vision toward the path of dharma–
toward the ultimate Goal.



Usually when there is a dilemma (dhvidha) or confusion (dhvandva) about
what to do and what not to do, initially people get flustered and
frustrated. And most of the time what they do goes in the wrong way.

Because the general tendency of the human mind is to run toward the
external objects or crude ideas such as money, name & fame, or power etc.
This is the natural temptation, because human beings have crossed thousands
and thousands of animal lives in which they were only dominated by basic
propensities– animal instincts. So those natural values are animalistic
type whereas higher values, in which case veracity and dharmic teachings
usually do not reflect in the mind until the mental plate is cleaned.
So only when Sixteen Points is practiced more and more, only then does
dharma get strengthened and the mind becomes more pinnacled and pointed.
Whatever human beings do in that condition is very meaningful and
valuable– or at the very least they will not harm anyone. Whereas if one
is not following dharma then they will not only harm others but themselves
also. So following Sixteen Points means following dharma and by that way
all around benefit happens.



Also in Namah Shivaya Shantaya, Baba guides us that our eyes should be
fixed on Parama Purusa. Inviting unnecessary thoughts and filling the mind
in that manner is very detrimental. If anyone fails to keep their eyes on
the Polestar, then on a dark night that person will certainly lose the
path. So the eyes should be fixed on the Goal. And that goal is Parama
Purusa– none else.

BABA says: “Now to materialize any principle or ideology, one requires
firmness, especially those who provide leadership to society, those who are
the pioneers, the vanguard of a new movement. “We must keep the goal fixed
before us, and keep moving towards the goal. We shall never deviate from
our goal, whatever the obstacles or hindrances in the way. Once we start
moving, we shall never stop or look back.” (NSS, p.16)

So Parama Purusa is our Goal. And the only way to keep the eyes fixed on
the Goal is by following 16 Points. That is the path of our forward
movement. And that is way Baba directs us that we should proceed.

Baba says, “Be firm on sixteen points. Unite all the righteous forces. All
the tall talks of the evil forces will be silenced.” (Ananda Vanii #44)

So in this organisational crisis and transitional period which we are
facing today, our duty is to be more and more strict in 16 points. By that
way, inner strength will develop. And according to His desire, Baba will
guide us how to carry out His mission. Means Baba will make us the medium
to execute His work. To materialize His desire and achieve the Goal.



So when our organisation is struggling and stuck during a period of pause,
then we should see the situation more again carefully and grab hold of
Baba’s teachings.

Baba says, “Pause means the gathering of momentum for speed in the
subsequent phase. If one closely watches the effect of speed on a
particular community or the entire humanity, one sees that generally people
eulogize the period of speed. However we cannot afford to ignore the state
of pause, because by judging what the previous state of pause was like, we
can discern the speed of the next phase.” (PNS-7, p.67)

So this pause period does not mean frustration for one and all. Rather big
training is going on and society is preparing to move forward in the proper

Baba says, “There are some people who are pessimistic. They say that the
society around us is very bleak, that it has no expression of vitality and
that is seems that everyone is in deep slumber. Pessimists say this because
they have never made any detailed study of human history, nor do they care
to. Had they done so, they would certainly be optimistic, because if they
had looked carefully at the symptoms of pause, they would have realise that
significant preparations were being made for the subsequent phase of speed.
So under no circumstances should human beings be pessimistic. That is why I
am always an incorrigible optimist, because I know that optimism is life.”
(PNS-7, p.67)


And about such transitional periods Baba guides us in the following way:

Baba says, “In the present day also, you can see for yourself how the
social movement is grinding to a halt. When social progress loses its
velocity it is called ‘yugasandhi’ (transitional period) in Sam’skrta. You
have all been born in such a transitional period and have assembled here
today. In the future, the honest and virtuous people of the society will
respond to Your call and will unite. The same polarization is taking place
now as occurred in the past: the honest people are with you and will remain
with you; the dishonest people will oppose you now and will continue their
efforts to block your progress in future. Whenever there is a war between
dharma and adharma, you are sure to be victorious. You are not alone–
dharma is with you, the benevolent intellect is with you, and I am also
with you.” (AV-7, p.63)


The Place of Occult Powers in AM

Baba says, “In spiritual life as well as in ordinary life, if one retains
simplicity it is helpful for the attainment of God; through this one’s life
and mind become filled with the effulgence of Parama Purusa. This is the
supreme attainment. Spying out every nook and cranny of the eight occult
powers is another name for stupidity.” (SC-2, p.149)

Note: Unfortunately in the general society people think that occult powers
themselves are the essence of spirituality. Indeed, devoid of occult
powers, such persons do not have any concept of spirituality. In AM however
it is different; it is not like that. In our Marga devotion gets utmost


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From: “Dayananda Bhagat”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Tantric Practices and Timings
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 07:01:29 +0530


“Prabhu, tumi a’sabe ja’ni a’ma’r maner madhuvane…” (P.S. 4301)


O’ Prabhu, You will come in my madhuvan*– this feeling I have in my
heart. My heart feels that we will see each other in my mental madhuvan.

I am preparing and cleaning my mind for You with the help of shravan,
manan, and niddhidhyasana, secretly so no one else will know. By Your grace
I am go on practicing meditation on 8 and 9** cakras.

Baba, in the temple of this body where You are keeping me, I always keep
it clean, decorated, and I maintain it properly so that anytime You can
come. I clean my body with the help of 16 points, asana, pranayama and by
making it as You want. So that this body will be useful in Your love and in
Your service. Baba on this earth only You and I are there– everyone else has gotten
lost into You. By Your grace when I feel close to You then this feeling
comes in my mind that in this entire world only You and I are present, no
one else.***

Baba, everything is within You and the things which You have created,
that will be the medium to please You– to do Your puja. This thing my
conscience and proper intellect feels and says.

Baba, please come in my mental madhuvan…

*Madhuvan= Literally meaning “sweet forest”; That remote, isolated, garden
filled with spring blossoms, sweet fragrance, with a gentle & fragrant
breeze blowing, which is surrounded by flowers, where nobody is present
except the devotee and the Lord, and there they sit in that very divinely
intoxicated atmosphere and share the loving feeling of their heart in a
very close, intimate, and loving way.

**9 cakras= muladhara, svadisthan, manipur, anahata, vishuddha, lalana’,
ajina, sahasra’ra & Guru cakra.

*** This is the state when mind reaches beyond the shuddhis.


Our AM is the spiritual path. Accordingly Baba gives huge emphasis on the
importance of sadhana.

Baba says, “Human life is for spiritual sadhana only. There is not, there
cannot be, any other motive; there cannot be any other intention; there
cannot be any other desideratum.” (AV 23, p. 112)


Doing sadhana on the night of amavasya (nil moon) is one special way for
gaining more and more momentum in the spiritual field. And amavasya is not
only beneficial for avadhutas, but it is a very significant and useful
night for everyone to practice sadhana. And this sadhana can be our
standard sahaja sadhana, or kapalik, or vishesh, or any dharmic variety.

But the central idea is thinking about Parama Purusa, chanting His name,
and ideating on Him. This ideation on amavasya nights has more meaning.
Usually in all 24hrs, anytime if one gets opportunity one should practice
sadhana; that is good. But at the same time Baba says that the best time to
do sadhana is midnight and up to 3 hours after that. Because during that
time the pineal gland becomes active and more receptive to spiritual
vibration. In short, the practice of sadhana can be intensified and very
beneficial. This thing Baba has revealed in 1990 Diipavali discourse, which
is printed in AV-24.


But figuring out when midnight is, that is not very easy to decide. By
loose thinking people follow that 00 hrs is midnight. But now in this
materialistic era, 00 hrs is tainted by the politics of various countries.
So this makes it quite misleading for the purpose of deciding midnight.
If we accept that political 00 hrs is midnight then to believe that will be
dogmatic. To make it more clear then please read as follows.

These days in any country it is not easy to decide what is 12am-3 am, or
midnight. One main reason behind this is that in various countries, the
time zones change or are drawn according to the political cause.

Strictly speaking though, if you say midnight it should mean the central
point between sunset and sunrise. But in most of the countries it is not
like that. Rather, for their various mundane conveniences etc, the
governments change the time.


Now the question becomes, when any government changes the time / time zone,
then accordingly should our midnight or kapalik sadhana timing also get

Truly speaking, our spiritual practice and midnight etc have nothing to do
with politics and political maneuvers. So it is the duty of tantrikas and
sadhakas to decide and find out what is the central point of sunset and
sunrise. And one should treat that very time as 12am / midnight.

But in various countries for their political reasons or business interests,
many countries change the clocks to meet their desired ends. In that way
their clocks no longer represent the proper time. And in not 1 or 2 but in
most countries it is like this.

For example in the USA, the government changes the time by advancing the
clock. This happens for more than half the year during the warmer months.

Around April or so by the direction of the government the entire country
pushes the clock ahead 1 hour. And it stays like that until Oct / Nov month.

So that whole six month+ period the clock time is 1 hour off. So in USA,
only winter time represents the correct time, in basic sense. And summer
time is improper, always it is one hour ahead. To follow the proper time
for sadhana during those summer months, then one must begin or start
counting their “midnight” sadhana at 1am– not any earlier than that.


And in addition the US is broken up into 4 distinct time zones. Each zone
differs by 1 hour-going from east to west. So by common look some people
may be thinking that this is the most advanced way to do. But even then
various discrepancies are there.

For instance,. suppose you are in the state of Indiana, then the time is
12:00am midnight But then if you drive just a few minutes south into
western Kentucky then the time is 11:00pm. By this way one can see that
within the distance of just short drive, the time has changed 1 hour. And
the border of each and every time zone has such inconsistencies. So such
things are not to be followed by sadhakas.

Because if are in Indiana and it is 12:30am then you will think that
already you are half an hour late for sadhana. But if you drive just s few
miles then you will say that no time was lost because suddenly it became
11:30pm in which case sadhana preparation is going on because it is still
30 minutes before midnight . So all this is just technical and political
differences, nothing more.

Because, just see, in the state of Alaska that in itself used to have 4
time zones and then they decided that was too difficult to deal with so it
became just one time zone.

So the sense is that even in materially developed lands these times zones
are not at all perfect measurements of time.

Next example: If you are in central Idaho and if you go 100 yards north
into the panhandle of Idaho then in there is a 1 hr time difference. But it
does not mean that if any avadhuta misses their sadhana and it became 3am
and then they can cross the imaginary line and think that now I can do my

So those are some of the various points discrepancy of a country with
multiple time zones. This I learned during my visit there.


In contrast here in the entire India there is only 1 time zone, but the
country is large. If anyone is living in Tripura / Nagaland (far eastern
India), then sunset happens by 6pm and then the person who is living in
Dwaraka in Gujurat (western India), for them the sun will set by 8pm. Then
in Tripura morning approaches by 4am and in Dwaraka it will come by 6am.

So in Dwaraka after midnight one has 6 hours time up to dawn. And in
Tripura only 4 hrs time is there until sunrise. So all around all sorts of
discrepancies and odd timings are there.


But according to the calculation of tantrik system one should understand
and find out what is central point of sunset and sunrise of that particular
place. And one should treat that time as 12am or midnight. And from there
one should count 12am to 3am.

When Baba has emphasized the importance of 12am-3am, the first prahar, as
the best for tantric sadhana. And we know that sadhana is related with
spirituality, and is beyond the reach of country politics. So what way
political leaders and map makers change their time let them do. But
tantrikas should decide with their common sense about midnight and utilise
that time.

But those who are not thinking carefully they just blindly depend on the
country / government time and ultimately they are loser. Because 12am is
the critical time for tantrik sadhana when that 12am is just the centre of
the night. But if according to the political maneuver the time is 1/2 hr,
or 1 hr, or 2 hrs before or after, and if anyone treats that as 12am, then
they will not be benefited.

So these are some of the critical matters to think about with regards to
timing and doing night sadhana.

Because of all these reasons I talked with various respected Dadas and
senior margiis and their various opinions I synthesized and wrote above.
Please write your opinion, what is your thought.


Here I conclude with this following guideline of BABA where He is telling
us to make use of this human life for sadhana, and that worldly things and
worldly relations have no lasting value. So best is to put maximum effort
into our spiritual practices.

Baba says, “The worship of Brahma should be done scrupulously, or else you
will later regret and bemoan the futility of your life with the last drop
of your tears at your last hour. You should make your life worthwhile
through your sa’dhana’. How much can your worldly friends and relations do
for you? After your death your relatives may perhaps ask, “How much money
has he left behind?” Your friends may go to the crematorium and indulge in
flattering reminiscences about you. Your husband or wife may cry for you
for about ten or twelve days and then regain their normal composure. Your
lot will be only a profound sigh — a record of the futility and
frustration of your life. So do not waste your time lest you later have to
repent.” (SS-3)


Note 1: The sadhana of each and every Ananda Margii is Tantra sadhana.
Everyone knows this truth. Those who are not aware they should not feel

Note 2: We should always live our life according to this following approach.

Baba says, “The dharma of human beings is to do sadhana and become a mukta
purusa (emancipated being).” (AMEP, p. 64)

Note 3: There is a strict rule that kapalik sadhana should not be practiced
in broad daylight or any other time than 12am-3am, in the middle of the
night. And in Sanskrit that period is called as pratham prahar. One prahar
means a 3 hour period of time. So by this way 12am to 3am is the first
prahar, and then 3am-6am is the second prahar. Like that it goes on up to
the 8th prahar.

One of the very important discourses, the one on 18 Oct 1990 in Calcutta
(AV-24), Baba says that the best time to do sadhana is during the first
prahar, 12am-3 am.

Note 4: It is common in the various sectors for Margiis, Dadas, Didis, etc
to create fasting charts according to their local time zones. So just as we
take the time to properly calculate the eka’dashii dates for our fasting
charts according to where we live, similarly we have to properly calculate
when true midnight occurs. That will be very beneficial for having a proper
sadhana routine.


Baba says, “It is advisable to play some instrument during kiirtana. A
mrdanga [a kind of drum] or some similar instrument should be used , but
one should not play any heavy sounding instrument like a dhak [a large drum
played with sticks], a dol [a loud drum] or a gong. The mind prefers to
hear a sweet sound, like that of the mrdanga, than a harsh sound. Some time
ago I mentioned that Bhola Mayra said that when the cawing of crows and the
beating of drums stop, human ears get some relief. People do not like to
hear such harsh, unpleasant sounds. The sound of the mrdanga may not be
perfect, but it has one quality: it is very sweet. Thus, whenever a
distracted mind hears the sweet music of a mrdanga, it returns to the
proper place. A remarkable science lies in kiirtana.” (AV-8, p. 13-14)


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From: “Manindra Singh”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: 14 Dec 2009 11:49:38 -0000
Subject: Feeding From Distance


“Sukhe ele na’ko, shoke sa’ntvana’ dite ele…” (PS 3091)


Baba, when I was feeling happy and content that time You did not come.
Those days I was so enamoured with myself and I was so involved in my own
glory that I did not even think to call You. So You did not come. But when
I lost all that happiness and when I become drowned in my sorrows of self
pity and when I was suffering and overwhelmed by various problems, then by
Your grace You immediately came and consoled me. Baba in that desperate
moment You graciously relieved me of my grief. Baba, I did not ever feel
that You are mine. In this life I was always suffering from the vanity and
ego of my own I-feeling. Those days I was thinking that ‘I am everything’.
Due to my ego I did not accept You as the Supreme One– as my Goal. I did
not take You as that most loving One who can solve all my problems; I did
not surrender at Your feet. Baba, even then by Your grace You advented deep
inside my heart and became mine. And now I understand that You are ever
helpful and that You remain with me always.

Baba, those days when I was overwhelmed by that severe suffering, I did
not outrightly tell You about my problems. I did not openly say anything. I
did not express my pain to You. But because You are ever-present in my
heart and because You are my eternal shelter, with Your infinite compassion
You fully understood the desperated state of my mind– You understood my
sorrow. And by Your grace You instantly poured Your eternal sweetness and
love. By Your grace You filled my whole existence with Your divine bliss.
Baba, due to my ego and vantiy I could not recognise you. You were
showering huge grace on me but I could not recognicse that. I thought that
due to my own qualities everything was happening. In those happpy times I
could not recognise You. Only did I begin to recognise You in my sorrow.

Baba, in my state of terrible suffering, when the mountain of misery
started falling on my head, then all my friends left me. I was all alone.
When I was happy then they were along with me but when I became sunk in
misery all those friends disappeared. Baba, You are the exact opposite.
When I was sunk in woe then by Your grace You immediately came and removed
all my pains and troubles. Baba You bathed me in Your infinite love.
Filling my I-feeling with Your bliss, You surrounded me each and every
second. Baba, You showereed Your grace and saturated my heart.

Baba, You are so gracious. You are love Personified. You have done
everything for me. Baba, I surrender at Your alter…


In light of the ongoing muddle of groupism, many are turning towards
their service projects as their main interaction with the organisation.
This is true for both margiis and wts. Of course we all know that we must
not ignore the rage of groupism and just resort to some goody-goody life.
So the troubles of groupism must be tackled by one and all. At the same
time as we engage in our service projects, here are a few things for us to
think about.

We all know that service projects are an integral part of AM life. Yet how
they are to be built up and how they are to be maintained is not always
easy to know. Should the money come from afar or locally? Plus to what
degree are financial donors responsible for ensuring their money reaches
the mark. These are but a few of the many important questions and
considerations. Here following then are Baba’s important guidelines
regarding how to build and maintain service projects.


How far is external monetary support helpful in any project where local
people are not involved? Or what happens when a project is totally
dependent upon donations from outsiders? We can gain insight into this by
looking at the history of Ananda Marga and the general society also.


In one discourse Baba says that no structure can survive only depending on
external help. Baba gives the example that if anybody is sick and you go on
medicating him by external medicine injection, and if the body does not
have its own vitality to pick itself up, then that external medicine is not
going to work. External medicine is only helpful when the body is responding.

Or in other words, to give strength to the internal system of the body,
some external medicine is needed sometimes. And that medicine does not do
anything on its own; it just helps the internal system to pick itself up.
In the case of a dead body where the internal system is completely defunct,
then external medicine cannot help. If you go on giving medicines to one
dead body, it will be useless.


It is well known in the Indian history that there was a very big university
in Nalanda’. The name was – Nalanda’ Vishvavidya’lay. It was situated in
Bihar. As long as the area was ruled by Buddhists, then that university
worked fine. Means, that university was completely dependent upon donation
from outsiders and from the King. The local public was not involved. So
when the kingdom changed rulers, then antisocial elements set the
university on fire. And in the library, hundreds of thousands of books were
there. Nobody cared about those things and the whole campus and buildings
were burned one after another. It took several months to go on burning.
Local people were apathetic. So this is one factual history.

So in India we can see hundreds of abandoned mosques and churches which are
lying uncared for, since ages. They were running well when they were
getting donations from the Mogul King, or Britishers. But when the kingdom
changed and donations stopped, then the places became abandoned.


And other side, those mosques and churches which were supported by the
public, they are still running fine. Or even better is that the Ashram
system did not get rooted out during the Moghul or British rule because all
the while the public supported the ashram system. So the conclusive idea is
that if any project is run by or dependent on external support, then their
fate is dark.

Thus on this very point, Baba’s policy is not to take support from outside.
Local people should be inspired to contribute and help the local projects.
Otherwise they will not feel oneness with the project. And in most of the
cases they will feel irritation. Or they will try to take away or root out
the projects.’


Another important example is that within Bihar there are thousands of
schools situated in the small villages. And initially the government was
granting money for the construction of their buildings. Thus with total
help from the government, school buildings were made.

But villagers did not feel closeness with the project. They were thinking
that “This is an outsider project”, or that “this is a government building.
This is not my building.”

Keeping this view in their mind, they did not like to protect that
building. Not only that, after some time it was found that those windows
from the buildings disappeared. Some villagers had stolen them and were
using in their house. After some time, the roof was also taken away, and
used somewhere. This is not the tale of one or two places– Hundreds of
places are like that.

The overall theme being that when the local public thinks of something as a
government building, then at first they don’t feel closeness. They think it
is others’, not mine. And they misuse it or destroy it.

So this problem was going on for a long time. Then under pressure of
circumstances the local government changed the plan. That, the building
will be constructed by the villagers. And teachers will be supplied by the
government. 50% share villagers should give. So when villagers with their
own contribution made their house, then they protected that. And the
program was successful.



On the point of external vs local help for AM projects, once Baba was
giving guideline to all WTs. He told that “You must collect donation from
the local public for the jagriti. Whatever money they are giving, that does
not have only monetary value. But something more they are giving. If some
person gives you donation of one paisa/penny, then with that one paisa that
very poor person gives the sympathy of his heart to you/to your project or
jagriti, childrens home etc. And if antisocial elements will try to destroy
that project or jagriti or school, those who have given their donation,
they will protest. And if donation has come exclusively from outside, and
if the jagriti is set on fire by antisocial elements, then the villagers
will not be so much affected.”

Baba further told, “But if the villagers’ money is also involved as a
donation in constructing that jagriti, then they will think in their heart
that THEIR property is getting destroyed. And they will immediately come
forward and protect the property of the jagriti and protest against the
negative people.”‘

Thus the basic fact is that to erect some building or project, local
support is highly essential. Otherwise the fate of that project is in dark
in the future. Suppose if money has come from outside, and local people are
not feeling oneness with the project, then in most of the cases, they will
feel detached. They will not save the building. And in many special cases,
they will destroy that building– Or hut, or whatever it may be.

That’s why we have seen, in the case of our jagriti or any such
construction, where local people did not contribute and money came from
outside, then that project could not flourish.’


The question can also be raised that is there any occasion when we should
get or accept help from outside– from other countries?

And Baba’s guideline is that in the case of a big disaster like an
earthquake, cyclone, flood etc, when a huge population is highly affected,
that is a special case. That time external help is highly needed. But for
making a local project or some jagriti building or a school, external help
is not needed.


Next scenario: If local people are not there, or if they are all
non-margiis, then what should we do?

Baba says that first we should create margiis. And then immediately start
the project. Side by side both the works will go. Without taking help from
local people, if anyone does anything that will prove to be hopeless. One
will not have any sentimental support from local people. Rather they will
think that he is an outsider, or that he doesn’t belong to them.

Because of all these reasons, Baba always emphasizes to do pracar among the
local people. And one more related point is there. Doing pracar only among
the outsider communities or migrant people, is not going to serve the
purpose of Ananda Marga.


A critical case is that of Africa, where mostly Indian businessmen are
occupying the money and political sources. And some WTs because of their
ignorance or selfish interest, they focus on propagating AM among Indian
businessmen who are living in Africa. But Baba was not happy in this
situation. Baba used to emphasize and always take report about how many
local people have been created.

One Dada was once telling in Africa at an Orange Farm, initially the
project was made with external help, and it was a serious problem. Local people
used to always come and take away/steal all the materials. And such example
is not one or two. Hundreds of cases happened. We should take lesson.


External help was needed only, to build up Ananda Nagar. Because Ananda
Nagar is our global headquarters. To make Baba’s Quarter or road or
rotunda, the local public is not going to help. Because they do not have
direct interest in that. That’s why Baba inspires one and all, all around
the globe, to contribute for Ananda Nagar. That was the special case.


But in all the reportings which various workers attended since 1978 to ’90,
it became clear that Baba used to emphasize getting anything and everything
done using the local help.– Margiis and non-margiis are needed: Both.
And then only, AM will flourish and school or any medical unit, projects,
will be established. Permanently. Otherwise, feeding from the long distance
is not going to help. We should take lesson from the past history.


There are two points here. First thing, each and every sector has their own
problems and according to Baba’s system, it is the duty of the margiis that
they should take care about the local unit and their own sector. And that
is their foremost duty. Neglecting one’s own unit and helping others for
the sake of name and fame, this is not a good tradition. And the second
point is that taking external help is not going to solve the problem
permanently. For making a school building, local people must come forward.


Ananda Marga itself is a proof, at present we have several hundred Ananda
Marga schools in India, and 99.9% of them have been made by local
contribution. And there are also many examples of Bengal where a school
building has been made by external donation. And common people destroyed it
and set it on fire. But many places in Bengal are also there, where local
people were inspired to help and they are donating and protecting those
things. Surely it is the duty of we margiis that we should think carefully,
how far their money can be utilized in a better way.

Baba says, “O human beings, frame the social structure considering the
needs of humanity. Do not try to do anything for your petty personal and
group interests…” (SS-1, Ch.1)



And another point is that if we are the ones donating to a far distant
service project and if due to mishandling of funds our money does not reach
there, then according to Baba’s teaching about tapah we are also to blame–
not just the crooked thief who captured our money. We also will incur
negative samskara. Of course this is just a hypothetical situation, yet the
point remains that the responsibility also lies with the donor. That is why
intelligent margiis give to local projects where they can ensure that
everything is proper and the money is going in the right direction. Then of
course by this way the common public will also get inspired to donate
because everyone likes to be part of a winning project. At the same time we
should demand that there be transparency of the financial books– ie proper
accounting. And like this there are numerous points regarding service
projects and financial contributions etc. Please also share your ideas on
this important topic.


Baba says, “This has been our failing: that we neglected the spiritual
faculties of human life, we neglected the cardinal spiritual points of
life. If we are interested today in the welfare of this beautiful universe,
we should try more and more to accelerate the speed of spiritual progress.
If the acceleration of spiritual progress becomes tremendous, then not only
in the human world, but also in the physical, psychic and spiritual spheres
of the entire world — and not only of the entire animate world, but of
both the animate and inanimate worlds — there will be tremendous progress.
And this is what we want. Now we are anxiously waiting for that crimson
dawn on the eastern horizon.” (AFPS-5)

Note: Generally people do not realise this very thing which Baba has
explained above. To understand this fully it needs agraya’ buddhi (pointed
intellect). Only those who are blessed sadhaka can understand that sadhana
is the panacea.


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