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Date: 30 Jan 2010 18:24:10 -0000
From: “Gurucharan Yadav”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Mahaprayan of Dr Ramesh Sinha

Baba

== MAHAPRAYAN OF DR RAMESH SINHA ==

Namaskar,
It is with deep sadness and respect that we share the news of the
mahaprayan* of respected margii, Dr Ramesh Sinha of Ranchi. Our esteemed
elder brother underwent his mahaprayan on Jan 29 13:30 IST.

Dr Ramesh was well known for his social service activities in the
medical field as well as for being president of the Abha Memorial Trust.
He was selected by Baba to head this trust which would bring all the
medical pathys under one roof. In addition, Dr Ramesh was an active
leader in AMURT activities and he faithfully served as one of Baba’s
personal doctors.

Given his many contributions and devotional approach, it is totally
disrespectful to say he died – when the higher, more respectful term of
mahaprayan is available. Of course Parama Purusa is eternal and never
dies so there is no question of using the mahaprayan term with Him. But
in the case of Ananda Margiis like Dr Ramesh it is totally appropriate
and deserved to use the term mahaprayan.

Tragically, for the last three years he suffered from dementia and was
mostly restricted to bedridden existence.

With his mahaprayan, we pray that our dear brother Dr Ramesh has found
eternal peace on Baba’s lap.

Namaskar,
Gurucharan

* Mahaprayan: Many are aware that mahaprayan is the common term used in
India and especially in Bengal to describe the death of an honoured or
even ordinary person. In that way the newspapers of Bengal are regularly
citing the mahaprayan of respected persons of society who died or passed
away.

Some may get confused and wrongly think that the word ‘mahaprayan’ is
one extraordinarily devotional term to be used in association with
Parama Purusa. But that is not at all the case. Rather to do so is only
to undermine the eternal presence of Parama Purusa. That is why no
devotees ever use the word ‘mahaprayan’ in reference to Lord Shiva or
Lord Krsna. Because Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna exist eternally. Then
there is no question of Their mahaprayan.

And for those who need still more technical proof then all this can be
clarified quite readily by referencing the dictionary. Specifically in
the Samsad Bengali-English dictionary on page 742. Checking there it
will be confirmed that the word ‘mahaprayan’ means death of a respected
person.

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I Also Have Ego

Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 16:12:54 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From:
Subject: I Also Have Ego

Baba

“Shun’echi tumi dayalu, ka’je keno anya dekhi…” (P.S. 2125)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, I have heard that You are the merciful one– why
then by Your work and by Your action do I see something different.
For You my eyes are showering; my days are passing in calling and
longing for You.

Baba You know that I love You. Although I am meagre but even then
I am Your atom. The pain of the unit is the pain of the Universal;
the pain of the atom is the pain of the Cosmic. Don’t You understand
this simple truth.

O’ Dearmost, please go on doing according to Your desire. Only my
request is that You keep me along with You. The pain and grief of my
heart cannot be covered. The suffering of my heart will not listen to
Your various justifications and excuses; it cannot be appeased by the
mere jugglery of words. Baba, I want Your proximity and closeness.

Baba, in the scriptures and by seeing Your glory, I heard from other
devotees that You are love personified and merciful. And that You are
caring for others. So many good attributions You have. But when dealing
with me I see something totally different. Here I am crying in longing,
and You do not care. Why like this? Please grace me and come close…

== I ALSO HAVE EGO ==

Namaskar,
This letter briefly details some of the phases of my sadhaka life and
how I always thought I was ego-free, and then how I gradually came to
realise that I was quite dominated by my crude ego. I am writing this to
help cure my problem and because I thought this might be a useful tool
for others.

IN THE PAST I THOUGHT: ‘I AM EGO-LESS’

For years and years I was always thinking I do not have any ego– or I
was thinking that my ego was just something ‘minuscule’, if not
‘non-existent’. In a superficial way I thought that, ‘I do not care
about my own greatness, I am not like those kings and monarchs who
always tout themselves. I am just a regular person’. And in that way–
in that skin-deep approach– I was foolishly believing that I was
completely ego-less. That was how I was thinking about myself, and this
went on for years and years– for most of my life as a sadhaka.

HOW IT DAWNED ON ME THAT I HAVE A BIG EGO

However, after reading Baba’s various discourses about ego (ahamkara)
and vanity (mada), then slowly, slowly it dawned on me what ego is. I
realised that one need not be a king or queen to have an inflated ego.

Unfortunately, having an over-inflated ego is quite a common ailment on
most any street– it is the ailment of the common man, though in some
lands more than others. But, previously I was blind about this, so I
thought I was ‘ego-free’. Until Baba’s discourses slowly shined the
light on me and I began to understand.

I really came how when discussing Baba’s discourses & teachings with
good sadhakas. Then I became more aware about what ego is, and how it
expresses. By this point, it really began to dawn on me that indeed I do
have an inflated ego.

DANGER XXX!! ~ DANGER XXX!!

And the danger about it all is that when one has an inflated ego then
one cannot do proper sadhana– and that was my problem.

COMMON SIGNS OF AN INFLATED EGO

Here then are some common signs and signals about whether one has a
bigger type of ego or not. Everyone can read these criteria and decide
for themselves if they suffer from this malady or not. ‘Do I have an
inflated ego?’, that is the question of the hour.

(A) When I did anything, then I used to have an underlying feeling that
others should recognise, praise, or appreciate my efforts. This was my
inner urge. I was thinking that I had done some great things and I
wanted to hear a ‘thank you’ or some words of praise. And if this did
not happen, then I would become disappointed, dejected, slightly
depressed, or even furious. To the degree one suffers from this, it
means they have ego. And that ego will impede one’s sadhana.

Of course, Baba is the real Doer– He inspires us to act and graces us
to be able to do something– so really there is nothing for us to be
egotistical about. It is all Him. But even then the unit ego likes to
relish in the idea that ‘I am great’. And I had / have this problem.

Now here is another situation that helps determine if one has a big ego
or not.

(B) When walking into a room or arriving at a place or when meeting
someone, I would always think that the next person should greet me
first. I was thinking that others should serve me– either they should
take my coat, or bring me my food, or something. This was my
expectation. So that was all the disease of my own ego, nothing else. I
was thinking that due to my talents or seniority or for any reason, that
others should greet me first and pay their salutations and honor me.
They did not have to garland me– I was not that obvious– but I was
feeling that something big or small should be done to distinguish my
standing from theirs. That was my cheap anticipation and expectation.
And if it did not happen then I would feel uncomfortable, sad, or even
miserable. So this was all the expression or disease of my inflated ego.

This is another way to recognise if one has an over-active ego like I
had / have.

When in truth one should be unconcerned & unaffected about how one is
received by others. Rather one should be ever-ready to greet others
first, which leads us to the next situation.

(C) The next expression of ego is if one does not like to give respect
or recognition to others. That is another sure sign that one’s own ego
is too big. I was thinking that their presence or their actions pale in
comparison to mine– in that case why should I recognise them, rather
they should appreciate me. This also was or is my problem.

Of course the answer is that we must see all as the expression of Parama
Purusa and one must not think that ‘I am I and the next person is Joe or
Shyam’. Rather we are to think that all are Parama Purusa. That is the
only cure. Then one will be anxious and ready to greet each and every
entity in this manifested universe.

But my habit was not to do like this. I was constantly measuring myself
up to others and calculating if I was better than them or not, in which
case I would not recognise them but would wait for them to recognise me.
This led to so many complexes– like superiority or inferiority etc. All
of which is a result of having too much ego. So this was / is also my
problem.

(D) Then in this next scenario– this may have been the worst of all
because it was all happening internally. Listen to this: Even when I was
all alone, when I performed any action, or did something ‘good’, then I
was reassuring myself and thinking that I am the doer of many great
works. I was petting my own ego that I did a particular work etc. In
fact, this was how I made it through all my days. I would constantly
stroke or pet my own ego– subtlety telling myself that I was great. It
was all happening within. And that type of harmful disease made my
second lesson non-existent– along with all my other lessons. I could
not see Baba in anything because my own ego was always dominating. And
when sitting in sadhana, it was even worse. This was my horrible problem
and still I am addressing this fault.

The real answer, which we all know, is that in reality He gives us all
our energy and our duty is to serve Him. That is how we are to view our
actions in this world. But because of my defective egoistic thinking, I
could never ideate in this way and my practice of brahmacarya was gone.

(E) So the above are ways in which ego expresses itself. And it is not
always so blatant or glaring. It can be done in a small or almost
unreognisable, so one has to be careful and perfectly honest with
oneself. Otherwise you will not be able to identify the problem, yet it
will hamper your sadhana. So one must never harbour any type of feeling
that others are low, or that I did this or that, or that I am better, or
that others should recognise me. These are all crude expressions of
one’s own unit and petty ego.

So indeed, I was and remain a victim of my own ego– and worst of all it
impedes my sadhana.

Though now, by Baba’s grace on my good days, I feel that He is allowing
and enabling me to do everything. And I try to cultivate this idea more
and more. Sometimes it comes naturally and on other days I have to
impose it.

THE GREAT IRONY OF IT ALL

As one Dada once told me, the ironic thing about the ego is that most
think that they have no ego. That’s because people do not understand
what are the manifestations of having an ego. When in fact having a big
ego is one of the most common maladies on this earth. One need not be a
king, sports hero, president, or movie star to have a big ego. Many have
this problem and it deteriorates their well-being.

Because of the dominance of one’s ego, people get sad or depressed,
suffer from inferiority or superiority complex, and cannot do proper
sadhana.

Because in sadhana their mind just spins around their own unit existence
and cannot swim in the vast ocean of cosmic consciousness. If one thinks
all day about their own unit glories then they cannot do sadhana. And
that happened to me.

But in that predicament, one cannot overtly recognise why they cannot do
sadhana. One will just think that sadhana is impossible or that Baba is
not gracing me. One will not think that their own ego is the stumbling
block– the real impediment.

In that case, the only way out is to do honest introspection and really
ask yourself if any of the above egotistical situations apply to you. Do
I expect praise from others; do I have feelings that I did something; do
I want others to recognise me etc etc. One must be totally honest in
this regard. That is way back onto the path of sadhana.

Even then that will not cure the problem entirely; that is only the
beginning. Ultimately, one must cultivate the idea that Baba is doing
everything. To gain success in this, we must surrender unto Him and ask
for His divine compassion, otherwise we are a sinking ship– drowned by
our own ego.

That is how it has been explained to me and I agree with that
assessment. And that is why I am sharing this with all of you today.

BABA’S SPECIAL TEACHING

Here is also one teaching from our Beloved Guru that is especially
helpful for curing an over-sized ego like I had.

Baba says, “Bear in mind that you have a duty towards – indeed, you owe
a debt to – every creature of this universe, but towards you, no one has
any duty; from others, nothing is due.” (CC-2, chapter 1, point #3)

By Baba’s grace, this type of teaching is enough to get one going onto
the right path of ego-less service. But saying it is not enough, it must
become embedded deep within one’s psyche. And this can happen by
sadhana, as we have all experienced. Because only sadhana transforms and
cleanses the mind deep inside.

BE AWARE!! DO NOT GO AWAY FROM PARAMA PURUSA

The greatest tragedy of a big ego is that one will go away from Parama
Purusa. Because when ideating on one’s own unit self or ego, then cannot
even think about Parama Purusa– let alone feel His presence. Rather one
will just be involved in their own name, fame, and prestige, and then
that mind will not flow towards Parama Purusa. That is why the ego is
very bad and can destroy one’s life as a sadhaka. This is my personal
experience.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has given us the best way to overcome the bindings
of the unit ego. In various Prabhat Samgiitas, Baba has given us this
golden teaching– this beautiful way to think.

‘O my Lord, due to the trappings of my own ego and unit existence and I
cannot get close to You. That is the painful truth of my life. So Baba I
request You to please grace me and remove my ego. On my own I cannot
solve the problem. So please shower me with Your divine compassion such
that I should never ideate on my own unit things, but rather always
focus on Your lotus feet. O’ Baba, please be gracious. I am completely
depending on You. You are my Savoir and You have have accepted me as
Your disciple and if I remain dirty then it will not be Your glory. In
this way, take mercy on me– on this poor and helpless soul– and
cleanse me of all egoistic feelings and make me Yours. O’ my Baba,
please be gracious…’

Namaskar,
Mukunda

Note 1: TWO FLOWS OF MIND

The physical body flows in one direction– each and every day it grows
older and moves closer to one’s death.

But the mental body flows in two directions. It can go up or down. Like
a river, it is easiest for the mind to flow downstream– into the depths
of hell. But with sadhana, the mind can also flow upstream to the top of
the mountain– to the height of human glory. But to reach that divine
stance it takes energy and effort.

And what is that effort? Sadhana. Only by this way can one overcome
petty feelings of their own self and make the mind bigger and bigger.

Here the point is that human life is most often like a river flowing
downstream in that the unit ego will just involve in itself because that
is easy– yet ultimately making the mind smaller and smaller.

But, by His grace, when doing sadhana, then the mind will grow in
magnitude and become God-centered. Then and only then can the mind flow
upstream and reach that divine abode. So we must put forth effort and
then by His grace the mind will magically flow in this direction until
we attain Him.

This is Baba’s special teaching.

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From: “Seshagiri Das”
Subject: Svarshastra III
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 07:46:16 +0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

“Adrira ma’jhe tumi himagiri, pus’per ma’jhe pa’rija’ta…” (P.S. 1685)

Purport:

Baba, You are the Greatest among the great, the Sweetest among the
sweet. Amongst all the mountains, Your status is like the towering
Himalayas. Amongst all the flowers, You are like the most brilliant
parijata flower.

Baba, with Your own hand You are touching and playing the strings of the
viina of my inner core– which is situated in the depths of my heart. With
Your soft, loving touch You are arousing the divine ecstasy in my mind.

Baba, by Your grace You have brought me on this earth again and again.
And You have inspired me to love You in infinite ways. My whole existence
has always revolved around You; but even then I could never be satiated to
my heart’s full content.

Now You have brought me again on this earth. And by Your grace I have
brought a basketful of love for You. It is in my heart. O’ my Lord, please
remain along with me always– day and night, always.

Among all the things which are dear, You are the Dearest. You are my
Priyatama, the innermost One of my heart. Of all the things which I love,
You are the most dear. You always reside inside my heart.

Baba, the way You are, it is impossible to explain through language. I
do not have any words to express Your glory. So I do sastaunga pranam to
You– thousands of times, infinite times, again and again.

Baba, please keep me at Your lotus feet..

== SVARSHASTRA III ==

Namaskar,
It is well known all around that in order to live and maintain a healthy
existence then at minimum proper air, clean water, and sufficient food is
needed. And in that order also. Because one can survive for days even weeks
without food. And one can live for a couple days without water. But without
air, one can hardly live a few minutes. Hence air is an indispensable
feature of human life. And in the general society each and every community
and civilization readily accepts this fact.

And for them the main response is to live where the air is clean. Or not to
pollute the air where they are living. How far they are successful in this
endeavour is another matter, but they believe and understand that that air
quality of their local living environment is important. That goes without
question.

What they are not aware about though is the most effective or proper way
that air should be exchanged between the human body and the outside
environment. They do not know which orifice to draw in air or which nasal
passage way to use for which activity. Nor do they understand the
significance of air flow within the body. These things are all a mystery to
them.

TANTRA AND THE SCIENCE OF BREATHING

In our approach of Tantra, however, all this is a well-documented science
and clearly understood. Indeed it was first propounded 7000 years ago by
Lord Shiva and titled as svarshastra– the science of breath control. That
time Lord Shiva put down numerous guidelines about breathing. Such as which
nostril to use when and how to lift heavy items etc. And Baba has added
many new points which relate to our everyday practices from sadhana and
asanas to eating & more. Hence by being aware about this science, the human
body and mind can develop exponentially in all the realms of life:
physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Baba says, “The number of such inhalations and exhalations – on an average,
from 21,000 to 25,000 per day – varies from person to person. The process
of breathing has a great influence on the human mind and self, or soul.”
(NSS)

SOME THINGS WHICH OTHERS HAVE TOLD ALREADY

In the last few weeks others have written about numerous aspects of this
science of breath control known as svarshastra. So a some of those points
may be reviewed in this email plus there are some new points to share with
our general Marga society.

As we know, the flow of air through the right nostril should be dominant
for physical types of activities like playing sports, involving in manual
labor, and also eating.

And the left nostril is for psychic pursuits and psycho-spiritual practices
like sadhana.

And when both nostrils are open then that is also quite good for sadhana.
And of course for lessons like pranayama it is absolutely necessary.

SOME NEW POINTS ABOUT EATING

Specifically with regards to eating, if one normally eats dinner at 7:00 pm
then by 6:30 p.m. the right nostril should be the dominant nostril. And all
through the course of eating dinner and then for minimum one hour after
dinner the right nostril must be the dominant nostril and the left should
basically be closed. Hence if one finishes their meal at 8:00 p.m. then the
right nostril must be dominant at least until 9:00 p.m. otherwise one’s
digestion and the system on the whole will be imbalanced– thus inviting
constipation and an uneasy stomach.

A NEW POINT ABOUT DIGESTION

Similarly in the morning it is imperative for the right nostril to be open
in order to properly clean the stomach and clear the bowels. Without having
the right nostril open in the morning then surely one will suffer from
constipation. This is a common ailment all around the globe. And if this
happens to any of us, then in that case one will have to activate the right
nostril by using one of the techniques listed in the note section.

In addition there are some asanas to help with the clearing of the
digestive system. One asana that is particularly helpful is bhastrikasana
(bellows pose). That can be done in the morning before attending one’s
personal duties. So this will help.

NOT TO WORRY, IT’S PART OF THE NATURAL WAY OF DOING

Of course one need not feel overwhelmed thinking how are they going to live
their life, manage their duties, care for their family, and– on the top–
take time to ensure that the correct nostril is always working. One need
not worry excessively about this because in most cases, the human body
naturally switches dominance between the nostrils, based on one’s daily
routine and what activity one is doing.

Yet at the same time if the body is out of adjustment we should be ready to
intercede– yet to do so takes some awareness.

And as we were beginning to talk about asanas and how some help in aiding
digestion, then we should also be familiar with and remind ourselves about
Baba’s guidelines on this point.

ASANAS AND BREATH CONTROL

Here are some of Baba’s important guidelines with respect to the science of
svarshastra and the practice of asanas.

The sense is that most of the general asanas and certainly the advanced
asanas can only be if the left nostril is dominating or working in
cooperation with the right nostril.

Baba says, “Practise Asanas only while breath is flowing through the left
nostril or both nostrils; do not practise Asanas when the breath flows only
through the right nostril.” (CC-3, Asana Chapter)

However Baba has listed that certain asanas do not apply to this rule.

Baba says, “There is no restriction of nostrils for the following Asanas:
Padmasana (lotus posture), Siddhasana (Siddha posture), Ardhasiddhasana
(half Siddha posture), Bhojanasana (‘cross-legged sitting posture’),
Viirasana (Viira posture), Diirgha Pranama (long bowing posture), Yogasana
(Yoga posture) and Bhujaungasana (cobra posture).” (CC-3, Asana Chapter)

TAKE A MOMENT HERE & THERE TO CHECK

As sadhakas we should develop the basic habit of checking to see which
nostril is dominating or working exclusively– because checking only takes
a second or two. Simply when breathing the places the fingers underneath
the nostrils and feel which nostril is releasing more air. So checking is
easy to do and can be done anywhere, anytime.

Plus it helps give that special boost in life because how we breath has a
tremendous effect on how we feel and how deeply we are able to engage in
sadhana and how much energy we have for our daily pursuits.\

BABA’S BLESSING

Baba says, “You are the blessed travelers on that effulgent path. Let the
unique blending of your profound wisdom and intense urge for action rend
asunder the mists…” (Ananda Vanii #71)

Namaskar,
Seshagiri

Here are the other postings in this series

Note 1: HERE BELOW ARE SOME OF LORD SHIVA’S TEACHINGS

ON BREATHING AND HOW TO LIFT HEAVY ITEMS

Baba says, “When doing a heavy job while breathing normally, a person might
have serious difficulties – perhaps one’s limbs might be broken – but in a
state of baddha kumbhaka or purna kumbhaka (with the lungs full), one can
easily do the same work. While doing some over-strenuous activity in a
state of shunya kumbhaka (with the lungs empty) one might even die.” (NSS)

Baba says, “Suppose you are climbing to a high place or lifting a very
heavy load. If you do not follow the system of breathing while lifting the
load, your hands may become painful or your bones dislocated. If you do the
same work in a state of shunya kumbhaka (lungs empty), you will have great
difficulty – you may even collapse. If on the contrary, you perform any
strenuous activity in purna kumbhaka, taking a deep breath, you can easily
do it. All this comes within the scope of that svaravijinana.” (NSS)

Baba says, “You might have read in the Ramayana that Hanuman, by taking a
deep breath, made his body swell and lifted a whole mountain. Although it
is a mythological story, it refers to the science of svaravijinana.” (NSS)

Note 2: THE ESSENCE OF SVARSHASTRA

Baba says, “The process of breathing, depending upon whether the breath is
flowing through the right nostril or the left nostril or both nostrils,
influences people in various ways. It was Shiva who determined what kind of
activity should be performed, depending on which nostril the breath was
flowing through, and depending on whether the ida or piungala or susumna
channel was active. He set down specific rules and regulations as to when
one should undertake physical, psychic or spiritual activities. He further
instructed when and in what circumstances one should do asanas, pranayama,
dharana, dhyana, etc. This science, which Shiva invented and developed, was
known as svarashastra or svarodaya (science of breath control).” (NSS, 95
Edn, p.25-6)

Note 3: HOW TO SWITCH THE NOSTRILS:

CLOSING ONE AND OPENING THE OTHER

Basically there are two techniques for switching over the nostril.
First Technique: If one wants to open the right nostril then first lie down
on the left side of your body. Then gently extend the left arm straight
along the floor past the head. And then bend the left elbow such that the
left hand can be used to prop up the head off the ground. By remaining in
this lying position for a few minutes the right nostril will open and
become the dominant nostril. Similarly the left nostril can be activated by
lying down on the right side.

Second Technique: If there is no room on the floor or if one prefers not to
lie down then this next technique is helpful. First sit down on the floor
with the legs extended and bend the left leg such that the left foot is
flat on the ground and the left knee is pointed up toward the sky. Then
lean the upper body forward and place the left armpit on top left knee and
apply pressure by pressing down on the left shoulder with the right hand.
By this technique of touching the left armpit onto the left knee and
applying pressure, then the right nostril will surely open and become the
dominant nostril. One of the keys to this is to remember that by applying
pressure to one of the armpits in this manner will then open up the nostril
of the opposite side of the body.

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Treatment For Hunch-Back and Stiffness

Baba says:
“When calcium builds up and gets deposited in the back it becomes hard.
That is why when people are very young then their backbone is quite
flexible but due to an accumulation of calcium over just a few years then
by the time they are teen-agers already their spinal column has become
stiff and rigid.” (SC-8)

“Doing noakasana, utkata paschimottanasana, and shalabasana etc eliminates
the possibility of developing a hunched back. So those doing hard manual
labor that demands bending the back for extended periods of time should do
these aforementioned asanas on a regular basis. That will prevent them from
suffering from hunch-back in the future.” (SC-8)

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Subject: Naive People: Issue of Establishing Prout
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 07:55:28
From: “Gaurishankar Agrawal”
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

“Tumi esecho, bha’lo besecho, mana jine niyecho…” (PS #1516)

Purport:

O’ my Baba, by Your grace You have come. You are so charming and
attractive. I am completely lost in Your bliss and divine love. Your
presence is so divinely intoxicating; how magnificent it is that You
Yourself have come in melody and dance.

Baba, before this I was unaware, just I was surrounded by my own
hopelessness. But now, by Your grace, my entire existence is radiating in
Your divine light & filled with Your endless bliss. Baba, You are so
magnificent. By Your causeless grace You have come and
showered Your love on me. Baba, how gorgeous & beautiful You are. You are
mine and mine alone. Now and forever, You are always with me…

== NAIVE PEOPLE: ISSUE OF ESTABLISHING PROUT ==

Namaskar,
Lately, a few misguided souls have fallen into the fold of one impostor
and they are declaring in their silly manner that this impostor is going
to magically establish Prout on this earth by merely through his
so-called declaration.

Whenever a margii, new or old, is unaware about Baba’s teachings, then
they are prone to fall into such type of confusion – i.e. they can be
easily duped. They will mistakenly believe such things. All because they
lack the requisite knowledge and proper understanding of Baba’s
guidelines, i.e. Ananda Marga ideology.

A few days ago a letter was posted on the need for knowledge of AM
teachings and that without it people fall into problem and confusion:

The same theme rings true here. Some naive people have gotten caught up
following an impostor thinking that with the wave of his hand and
issuing of a proclamation for so called “dharma yudh”, Prout will
magically take root on this earth.

Of course, no rational Ananda Margii will fall prey to this type of
misplaced belief.

BABA’S GUIDELINE ON ESTABLISHING PROUT

Baba’s teachings are cent-per-cent practical, rational and logical. Ours
is not the path of magic, illusion, and false dreams of grandeur.
Whatever, we do in our Marga begins from the ground up – brick by brick
– through the practical application of Baba’s teachings.

This applies to the establishment of Prout as well.

Baba says, “Those ks’atriya- or vipra-minded shu’dras who are the
pioneers of revolution will have to learn to be disciplined, take proper
revolutionary training, build their character, be moralists; in a word,
they will have to become what I call sadvipras.” (HS-2)

And indeed it is such sadvipras who will establish Prout on this earth.
But as Baba says, it will not happen overnight, nor without effort, nor
through some silly proclamation as one impostor claims.

Rather Prout is going to get established from the ground up through:
proper conduct, consciousness raising, intense effort, public education,
and so much more.

In His historic discourse, Nuclear Revolution, Baba clearly discusses
many of the ingredients needed for the revolutionary approach that will
establish Prout.

Baba says, “PROUT advocates another type of revolution called “nuclear
revolution”. In nuclear revolution, every aspect of collective life –
social, economic, political, cultural, psychic and spiritual – is
completely transformed. New moral and spiritual values arise in society
which provide the impetus for accelerated social progress. The old era
is replaced by a new era – one collective psychology is replaced by
another. This type of revolution results in all-round development and
social progress.” (PNS-21)

Baba says, “Nuclear revolution can only be brought about by sadvipras
who reside in the nucleus of the social cycle. Through their concerted
effort, moral and spiritual power and all-round endeavour, they mobilize
the exploited sections of society to overthrow the ruling class – the
exploiters. This very struggle for mass upheaval liberates society from
exploitation and ushers in a new era of peace and prosperity.” (PNS-21)

By the review of Baba’s above teachings – and by being familiar with
Baba’s many discourses on Prout – anyone can certainly understand that
Prout will result from a distinct and concerted effort led by sadvipras.

Prout will not magically arrive through one impostor’s day dream or tall
talks. Any right thinking margii understands that.

THE FALSE CLAIM

Now see the ridiculous proclamation of this impostor Chakradhar.

“To establish Prout I am going to declare dharma maha yudh…After these
2 months I am going to declare dharma maha yudh on 01.01.2010 at
00:00hrs.” – Chakradhar

Such is the hue and cry created by Chakradhar – as if by his silly
say-so Prout will be established. One or two naive margiis may have
gotten befooled. But those proper margiis who do sadhana and read Baba’s
discourses can never be duped by such an impostor.

Baba Himself makes a joke about the false proclamations of impostors
like Chakradhar.

Baba says, “It is very easy to talk big about revolution. Audiences may
be awestruck and applaud, but to actually bring about a revolution is
not at all easy.” (PNS-6)

CANNOT MAKE GOLD PALACE OUT OF MUD

Let’s just think of it this way. The impostor Chakradhar is saying that
he will magically bring about Prout through his own proclamation.

However, just as a gold palace cannot be built out of mud – one must
have gold. Similarly, this impostor Chakradhar cannot establish Prout
with the quacks who follow him – one must have sadvipras.

That is why all rational margiis are just laughing at the tall talks of
Chakradhar. This impostor just makes one false claim after another so
those with the practical understanding of AM ideology can easily see
that Chakradhar’s teachings are nothing but hot air – period.

“QUICK FIX”

The people who are most prone to fall into Chakradhar’s fold are those
looking for a “quick fix” in life. In every sphere they are looking for
a shortcut. Instead of working hard and following 16 Points and studying
Prout and educating the masses, they easily get duped into hailing the
words of this impostor because it is the easy thing to do. It is just
one “quick fix” type of approach.

Such persons are the same ones who sit for 2 minutes in sadhana, do not
fast, and skimp over all of Baba’s guidelines. Following dharma is too
difficult for them so they are looking for some other “quick fix”. Just
as dogmatic people embark on pilgrimmages to some holy land thinking
that by this easy way they will attain salvation, those with Chakradhar
are think by this short-cut method they can establish Prout.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has given all the guidelines and teachings to build
up a bright new humanity through the establishment of Prout. That is the
only way. Various impostors like Chakradhar will come on and go from
this earth. Along the way they may dupe a few people, but in the end all
their tall talks and proclamations will come up empty. Only by Baba’s
practical methodology can Prout be established.

Baba says, “We are waiting for the rising sun with crimson rays. Even
now the crimson rays are a bit visible. These crimson rays are the rays
of PROUT.” (PNS-17)

Namaskar,
Gaurishankar

Note 1: MORE ABOUT THE PRACTICAL APPROACH OF ESTABLISHING PROUT

Baba says, “Before the revolutionary organization gives the clarion call
for revolution, there must be intensive preparation. In spite of the
presence of all the conditions for revolution, revolution may not take
place unless the exploited masses are psychologically prepared for
revolution. If the people do not support revolution, the clarion call
for revolution will not be heeded. Ideologically educated revolutionary
workers will have to channelize the psychology of the common mass
towards revolution and inspire them to undertake revolutionary struggle!
Such workers must adopt a rational approach inspired by the positive
philosophy, have a well-developed socio-economico-political
consciousness, and be dedicated to uplifting the standard of the common
people. The duty of these workers is to inspire the frustrated masses
along the path of revolution. Through their dedication and dynamism,
they will be able to bring the collective psychology in their favour.”
(PNS-21)

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Truth Behind Mesmerism

Baba says, “This sort of treatment by hypnotic spell, people say, was
started by Dr. Mesmer of France, and so this system is known as
“mesmerism.” But prior to Dr. Mesmer, this system was known to Indians. In
India it was named “raksasii vidya.” In ancient India (by ancient India I
mean the non-Aryans, the natives of India) there was a non-Aryan lady
doctor, Karkatii Raksasii. This raksasii was very famous for her mesmeric
treatment. This sort of treatment should therefore not have been known as
“mesmerism” — it should have been known as something different.”
“Hence we find that in the Mahabharata age, there was surgery, ayurveda,
vaedyaka shastra, visa cikitsa, and homeopathy ; and people were not
unacquainted with mesmeric treatment either. This proves that medical
science was not underdeveloped.” (MHB, p.25)

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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 12:46:41 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Tapan Prabhu
Subject: Missed the Point on Devotion

Baba

“Toma’r tare, jiivane bhare, sedhe gechi jato ga’n…” (P.S. 3747)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace throughout my entire life I have been singing Your
blissful songs of divine love– Prabhat Samgiita– in order to satisfy
You. O’ Prabhu, now, however, I do not know which particular song to sing
in order to please & satiate You.

Baba, all the time– from the middle of the night up to the morning
dawn– I go on practicing and singing those tunes and melodies according to
Your direction with deep longing in my heart, hoping to bring You close.
And I have also sung Prabhat Samgiita in the scorching heat and in the tune
of the evening sunset. All the time I sing for You, with only one motive to
please You and bring You in my close proximity– O’ my dearmost.

Baba, when I sing for You and repeat Your name in Your divine ideation
then by Your grace a very special feeling comes in my heart, and tears roll
down in love for You. Baba, that intense love I am unable to express in
words, You know. Those blissful feelings cannot be conveyed by language.
Because of that blissful feeling for You, my mind always longs to sing the
song to call You.

And also I have sung the song in the spring season along with the
flowers and sweet breeze of the effulgent purnima night. Baba, with the
strong feeling of yearning in my heart, I have also sung Your songs in the
terrible whirlwind of the hurricane of the pitch dark amavasya night. Baba,
by Your grace You have made me understand that everything is Your divine
blessing and I go on singing Your song, irrespective of the time, season,
hours, and days.

Baba, by Your grace I have only one longing in life: To satisfy You and
bring You close. Baba, please be gracious on me…

== MISSED THE POINT ON DEVOTION ==

Namaskar,
As we all know on the spiritual path, devotion is one precious gem. And in
so many discourses & in various ways Baba beautifully outlines the
speciality of different stages of bhakti. And it is this unique quality of
bhakti that established devotees in the Supreme rank. Unfortunately one or
two are taking the matter in their own way Here first are some of Baba’s
guidelines.

Baba teaches us that in lower devotion, a particular complex remains within
the mind of the devotee. This complex is termed as: ‘Mahimnajinana’. And
that means, the devotee thinks that Parama Purusa is too great to be
attained. In this stage the devotee feels ‘How I can go close to Him? I am
full of imperfections and He is so high.’ This feeling of lowliness is
Mahimnabodha.

MAHIMNABODHA CANNOT CO-EXIST WITH PARABHAKTI

Baba is further then explaining that when one attains the higher devotional
state of Parabhakti or absolute devotion, then there is no chance of
degeneration. Furthermore Baba guides us that Mahimnabodha cannot exist
once Parabhakti is reached.

Means Baba outrightly states that when one is established in higher devotion
or Parabhakti, then the devotee does not feel any kind of inferiority
complex. Thus when one comes within the close proximity of Parama Purusa
and the devotee is established in the realm of parabhakti, then all
feelings of lowliness & inferiority completely disappear. This is all
explained quite clearly in the discourse, “The Path of Salvation”,
(Reference Subhasita Samgraha Part-11, page 39).

Plus in a separate discourse Baba makes the point perfectly clear.

Baba says, “Those who possess parabhakti or kevala’bhakti are free
from Mahimajinana– the notion that God is too perfect to be attained
by a mere mortal.” (AMIWL-7)

The fundamental point is that Baba pointedly tells us in this discourse that
the negative complex of Mahimnajinana cannot exist side by side with
Parabhakti. If the feeling of mahimnajinana or lowliness exists in the mind
of devotees, then it is clear that they are not established in the highest
level of devotion– Parabhakti. Likewise, Baba guides that those who have
reached the status of Parabhakti cannot feel mahimnajinana.

ONE DADA IS CONFUSED: HIS BOOK IS WRONG

However one respected Dada is explaining this matter quite differently from
Baba. Means he has given his own version that is not consistent with Baba’s
teaching.

Specifically in his book “Glimpses of a Mystery” (p. 87), this Dada writes:
“When Parabhakti (absolute devotion) is granted, there is a risk that the
devotee can suffer from a special ideation called Mahimnabodha. This causes
the aspirant to feel so petty, so small, so insignificant that he or she
feels unworthy of the endless, vast, incomprehensible…Brahma.” — end of
quote from Dadaji’s book.

So here above this Dada is telling that when sadhakas reach to the highest
realm of devotion, then still they feel that that they are inferior and
low. Hence what his “preaching” goes directly opposite to Baba’s eternal
guideline.

Means Baba’s 100% perfect spiritual guideline is that when parabhakti
(absolute devotion) is reached then there is not any iota of scope for
mahimnabodha to remain. So this Dada’s published writing is going against
Baba’s teaching and is misguiding the situation by writing the direct
opposite. Means Dadaji is telling that mahimnabodha does remain with
Parabhakti.

By comparing Baba’s pure guideline on the one side and then seeing
Dadaji’s explanation, it becomes apparent that the latter has gone off the
track. Means that he has gone awry.

VERY IMPORTANT MATTER

So the whole matter is quite serious and demands our attention– because
nowadays there is so much fake yoga floating around and what distinguishes
Ananda Marga from these other so-called paths is the uniquely devotional
approach given by Baba. So devotion is one special point in AM but when our
own Dada’s undermine the speciality of all this by misunderstanding this
essential point of devotion, then that will bring question and confusion in
the minds of readers and new people. And they will question what is so
great about AM’s devotional approach when in the top stage still one
suffers from basic weaknesses. So all these types of doubts are cast due to
Dadaji’s misunderstanding.

Here following are some deeply inspiring words from our Beloved Baba on the
point of Parabhakti.

Baba says, “Para’bhakti (pure devotion) liberates spiritual aspirants from
the bondage of ‘I’- feeling permanently. One should bear in mind that
Parabhakti is not a state of inaction; rather a tremendous vital faculty
lies behind Parabhakti.” (AMIWL)

Baba says, “One who has attained Para’bhakti will be a great worker. The
strength of their devotion will establish them in action, and this will
benefit the world.” (Karma-Sannyasa)

Baba says, “Spiritual aspirants with developed parabhakti can proclaim that
the universe is all Brahma – that Brahma alone is the Supreme desideratumLinkof all microcosms.” (AMIWL-7)

Namaskar,
Tapan

Note 1: Central to this entire topic discussed in this letter is this
following guideline of Baba.

BABA says, “The scriptures should always be interpreted by qualified
scholars, competent philosophers, and penetrating thinkers. If one tries to
interpret a profound scripture with superficial knowledge, the interpreter
appears ridiculous and the audience is confused.”

“There are some people who are neither scholars, nor philosophers,
nor penetrating thinkers, but merely wander about interpreting scriptures
as a means of livelihood. They utterly fail to present the proper matter in
the correct perspective before the audience…[and] do more harm than good
to the society.”

“[They] interpret the scriptures just to exhibit their intellect–to
procure for themselves a certificate of erudition. They remain far from the
living spirit of the scriptures.” (NSS)

Note 2: I think all are aware that Dada Bhaskaranandji is the author of
“Glimpses of a Mystery”– so he is the one who is confused about
Parabhakti, or at least he was at the time of writing. If his understanding
has indeed changed then best is for him to issue a statement so readers can
correct their books. Beyond that everyone should be careful when reading
Dadaji’s book because when he has made such a fundamental error about the
all-important point of devotion, then there may be numerous other problems
in the book as well. Others should also come forward and share their
insights about this. Indeed there are other errors.

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Margiis’ Status

Baba says, “Most people spend their lives on this planet eating and
drinking. Sometimes they contract diseases, their stomachs become
distended, and they die. But there are certain exceptional people who say,
‘No, we have not come to eat, drink and make merry.’ Those who lead
licentious lives foolishly get involved in brawls and fights, but the
exceptional people say, ‘No, we don’t want to live such a life, we have to
lead an ideological life on the path of “A’tmamoks’a’rtham’
jagaddhita’ya ca.”

“Those people who are society’s exceptions are extraordinary people.
They alone will build human history. Others cannot and will not do it.”

“These exceptional people are sometimes seen as lunatics by the naive
public, but the fact is that these exceptional people do something new and
constructive for society.”

“You should also know that you are exceptions. You too will do something
great, will build up something historical.” (9th January ’79)

Note: The life of each and every good margii is looked upon as something
peculiar in the eyes of the common people. The reason is A-grade margiis
are not involved in the religious dogma or materialistic ways of common
people; plus all margiis are practicing yoga, kiirtan, sadhana, eating only
sentient food, and following progressive ideas. So margiis’ thinking and
living and socializing are quite different from the common public. That is
why the common public thinks margiis are peculiar people. But sincere
margiis are not worried about this; rather they know that this is one
merit. Such margiis are great exceptions and they are also the vanguards of
the entire society. All sincere margiis are making the path which the
common public will tread in the very near future.

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The Brahmana

From: “Ramlal Sharma”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: The Brahmana
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 10:32:28

Baba

“A’lo jhariye madhu ks’ariye a’ndha’r sa’riye tumi esecho…” (P.S. 1233)

Purport:

Baba, You have come and by Your divine advent You are showering
effulgence, exuding nectar, and wiping away all darkness. Baba, You have
come– making the flowers blossom & graciously spreading happiness and
bliss to one and all. Baba, by Your august arrival everyone’s hopes and
longings have been fulfilled.

Baba, living beings were awakened by the deep yearning and pain of
longing in their heart. And with this feeling, in the anticipation &
hope of Your coming, they were awake, watching for Your arrival–
constantly looking towards Your path. Baba, this pain and longing of
devotees resonated in Your heart and You could no longer remain distant.
Baba, You have come and You are graciously pouring the basket of love–
satisfying everyone’s heart. The sleeping humanity has gotten new life
by Your grace.

Baba– that river which dried up and evaporated, and that song which
was lost in the oblivion– the current of that very river and the tune
of those songs You have graciously brought along with You.*

Baba due to Your august advent You have inundated each and every heart
with the nectar of devotion. This is Your causeless grace…

* The inner idea is that when Parama Purusa comes and He saturates the
heart with deep devotion, then all those feelings of love and which had
dried up start to blossom. In the above song, the river signifies the
flow of devotion and the song and melody refers to that subtler
expression of devotional feeling.

== THE BRAHAMANA ==

Namaskar,
Here is one story which contains one important teaching for
all sadhakas.

STORY: VILLAGER IN SEARCH OF HIS HORSE

One sunny day a man left his house in search of his horse. His mind was
totally filled and burdened with thoughts about his missing horse. In
his long & arduous effort the man searched far and wide as he crossed
many villages, hills, rivers, streams and valleys– all in search of his
horse. Along the way there were countless wonderful and fascinating
sights, yet in his mind’s eye all he could see was his horse– nothing
else. His mind was consumed with that notion.

When the man finally returned home from his tiring journey his close
friends were amazed by how far he had traveled; and they asked him
numerous questions about what he saw on his fabled and remarkable
journey. They wanted to hear his observations about the vastness of the
earth and the beauty of the sky, as well as all the various other sights
he saw along the way. Yet the man could not comment on any of that; all
he could reply was, ‘I could not find my horse’.

MORAL OF THE STORY

As, we can all see, the man in the story got caught up in his own little
burdens. His mind became totally fused with thoughts about his horse to
such an extent that he could not even begin to conceive of anything
else. His whole reality was sunk in that.

Being sadhakas, we must never allow such things to happen to us.

MISSING THE BOAT

In life so many things happen so if one is not careful then the mind
will just get caught up in that whirlpool of those events. Indeed it is
the common malady that step by step people burden themselves and allow
theirs minds to get preoccupied with family problems, job issues,
financial matters, health concerns etc. But in that troubled state of
mind one cannot move ahead.

The mind will just get burdened and one will be walking around carrying
a heavy load of thoughts or concerns. In which case– just like in the
above story– one will not be able to function. The real charm and
beauty of life will pass one by.

NO BURDEN OF THE PAST, PRESENT, OR FUTURE

That is why Baba guides us that we should make it our strict policy to
keep our mind free from any burdens. We must not carry any burden of the
past, nor any burden of the future, nor any burden of the present. Our
minds must be totally free from these three burdens. That is Baba’s
directive.

Yassa pure ca paccha ca majjhe ca natthi kincanam’;
Akincanam’ ana’da’nam’ tamaham’ vru’mi Bra’hman’am’.

Baba says, “I will call that person a Brahman whose mind does not run
after any colour, who is neither obsessed by colour-laden thoughts of
the past nor influenced by such thoughts of the present…One must free
the mind from the influence of all colours.” (NKS, Disc #24)

In His above teaching Baba directs us to keep the mind cleansed of all
past, present, and future problems. That is the first half of his
teaching and the culminating idea of the shloka is that one must only
focus on the Goal– on Him. Then one will be able to do great things.
This is Baba’s eternal guideline.

KEEP THE MIND LIGHT

So as sadhakas, our duty is to keep the mind light– to keep our mind
focused on Parama Purusa.

Baba says, “When you are to move fast, your mind should be light; if the
mind is heavy it will not be able to move fast.” (AV-31)

So Baba’s guideline is to keep the mind free, empty, and light. And the
only way to do that is to remember Parama Purusa.

Baba says, “You must always think of the goal. Always look to your
ideal.” (AV-1)

TRAINING THE MIND

Thus in our day to day practical life one must take up the task to keep
the mind fixed on Him– and not entertain the three burdens of the past,
present, and future.

Baba guides us that if one is careful in this endeavour then little by
little the mind will always wipe away any burdens and move towards Him.
With practice this will become one’s habit until finally it becomes one
nature.

But if one does not take proper care then things will go in the opposite
direction and the mind will always be burdened.

So in our busy lives whenever we can, during each and every moment, we
should clean the mind. That means we must not get drowned by past,
present, or future events but rather must ensconce oneself in the Goal–
in the thought of the Great. And, amazingly enough, the more we attempt
this grand endeavour the easier it becomes until finally it is just
automatic, and always we feel His divine presence.

By such training and practice, our minds will always be clean, empty,
and free– i.e. fully absorbed in His thought, in His ideation.

ASSETS OF SOCIETY

So Baba’s grace and by our careful approach our mind will be unburdened
and free. And in that state one will surely become a tremendous asset of
the society– one will do something great.

Hence, as sadhakas, we should make it our regular habit to routinely
check and cleanse the mind by thinking exclusively about Him. May we
make this our regular endeavour as this is the inner secret for becoming
great.

Baba says, “People who command reverence from society…admit: ‘We know
nothing. We only think upon Parama Purus’a and work by His grace’.”
(NKS, Disc #23)

Namaskar,
Parashram

Note 1: MUST NOT HAVE TOO MANY PROGRAMS OPEN

Keeping the burdens of the past, present, and future in one’s mind
causes their entire existence to malfunction. One loses one’s own
abilities because of being overrun by too many useless thoughts and
worries.

It is just like when too many programs on a computer are open then the
computer can no longer function at even a basic level. The computer just
gets totally stuck and cross-wired by all those electrical impulses
running in different directions.

Similarly we should never allow such things to happen to us. Always may
we remain focused on the Goal. That is the quality of a real sadhaka.

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Not Easy To Bring Into Practice

Baba says, “While helping the poor people your vanity may increase. You
may think: ‘I have done this, I have done that. I am not an ordinary man.’
This is a psychic disease. Actually, vanity is a psychic disease, a psychic
ailment. But if, while helping a man, a poor man, or a diseased person, you
ascribe Godhood to him, that is, if you think, ‘I am not helping a man, I am
helping God in human structure,’ then vanity will not be encouraged. What
will be the reaction within the person? ‘This body, this mind, this wealth
has been given to me by Parama Purus’a, and Parama Purus’a has come before
me, God has come before me, as a suffering person, and I am paying back
that thing to Him. That is, the actual owner of this body, the actual
owner of this mind is He, and His wealth I am paying back to Him.’ So
there will be no vanity.” (DKG, p.197-98)

Note: Despite that fact that we are all aware about Baba’s above
teaching, nonetheless it is the common human weakness that we forget
about this point. Yet we all know His above guideline has great and
eternal benefits. For that reason we need to be reminded about this
divine guideline again and again. Adherence to this principle helps
establish one in the stance of divinity & immortality.

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Dhruvanandji

Date: 25 Jan 2010 13:17:19 -0000
From:
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Dhruvanandji

Baba

== DHRUVANANDJI ==

Namaskar,
All are aware that Dada Dhruvanandji has been ill for some time. That is
why he has not been able to fulfill his duty as GS. However, in the
recent days, things have taken a turn for the worse. He now no longer
even leaves his bed for natural call. So the situation is indeed grave.
Our best wishes with Dhruvanandji at this critical hour.

Sincerely,
Mahesh

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