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So you are fortunate. Your services are going to be highly regarded - that means you have been blessed with the opportunity to serve. There is no higher or more noble endeavor. All that is needed now is the right and proper action. Start teaching and role-modeling all that you know.

From: “Satiish G.D. Bose”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: You Are Fortunate & Why
Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2010 16:22:16 +0530

Baba

“Kon shala’ka’y pradiip jvele enecho tumi a’ji…” (PS 1200)

Purport:

O’ Lord today You have brought an effulgent lamp after lighting it with
one divine match stick. Baba, by Your grace You have come and lit the
devotional fire by giving initiation, Ista mantra, and Your varabhaya
mudra. O’ my dearmost, the divine lamp is illuminated and it has been
decorated with a countless number of wicks. The lamp is glowing with its
innumerable flames.

Baba, the divine lamp which You have brought has made all the seven
lokas effulgent. All the darkness has vanished from the mind. All the
dogma and staticity has disappeared because the light of devotion has
brought purity and cleanliness. All the lokas have been lit so the
animalistic tendencies have been eliminated. Now by Your grace everyone
is immersed in the flow of life divine. Baba, with Your divine
compassion You have lit the lamp of devotion and made everyone’s
personality more pure, more sentient, and more devotional– their heart
is satiated.

Baba, after the long penance of the jiivas, in the blink of an eye You
have lit the lamp of devotion by Your grace. With that effulgent torch,
in the end, You have completed all Your work and spread divinity
throughout this entire universe and removed all the afflictions. Baba,
it is nothing but Your mercy.

Baba, You have come to us with Your divine lamp– with Your causeless
grace…

Note 1: ABOUT PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1200

Baba has also expressed the central idea of the above Prabhat Samgiita
in this below A’nanda Va’nii. As we know Prabhat Samgiita is a poetic
and distilled expression of His entire Ananda Marga ideology. So the
condensed ideas found in His divine songs– Prabhat Samgiita– are also
described in greater detail in His discourses like this below Va’nii.

Baba says, “The flame of a lamp lights up countless lamps. The touch of
a great personality wakes up innumerable sleeping hearts. In the same
way, the eternal glow of the boundless élan vital of Cosmic
Consciousness has been illuminating the life-lamp of universal humanism
since time immemorial, is illuminating it, and in future will do so even
more intensely. That is why I say, the future of the human race is not
dark, rather it is strikingly resplendent. So proceed on, ignoring the
frowns of darkness.” (AV #49)

== YOU ARE FORTUNATE & WHY ==

Namaskar,
By Baba’s divine grace, we are all extremely fortunate and this letter
explains exactly why. We should consider this matter seriously as we
together embark on this new decade.

SOLUTION EMBRACED IN A TIME OF NEED

A person’s talents, skills, and qualities are more valuable when they
are needed.

Suppose a baker just baked dozens of loaves of bread, and suddenly
victims of a famine were brought to town, naturally the baker’s bread is
going to be highly valued. Because that bread is the solution for the
present problem – the bread will help nourish those emaciated by the
famine.

In contrast, if the baker is walking around with his breads and the
entire populace is well-fed, then no one will seek out that baker. In
that case his services and his breads will not be so highly valued.

Same can be said of a doctor. If he lives in a place where all are
suffering from an outbreak of a disease, then the doctor’s services will
be placed at a premium whereas if the doctor resides in a district where
all have perfect health, then he will not be needed much.

In essence, if nobody is suffering or in need, then the solution to that
particular problem is of little value. Whereas, if a person has the
skills to solve an urgent issue, then they will be highly regarded.

Soon we will apply this theory to the life of Ananda Margiis.

YUGA SANDHI

We live in what Baba terms – yuga sandhi.

Baba says, “What does “yugasandhi” mean? “Yuga” means “age” and “sandhi”
means “joint”. Therefore yugasandhi means “juncture between ages”…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.” (AV-7)

Ours is the transitional period, marked by a severe lull – wherein
society is enmeshed in so many problems. In addition, during the yuga
sadhi there is a strict dichotomy: Some very, very good people as well
as some very, very bad people. And in between are the masses who are at
the mercy of the exploiters. A struggle between the two sides erupts.

Baba says, “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 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)

So in this yuga sandhi, society is devastated and all are looking for a
way out. The good people are providing the solutions and the bad people
are aiming to maintain their exploitative grip on society.

THE ERA IN WHICH WE LIVE

Ours is the transitional period. Taraka Brahma has taken His advent to
lead the society out from the darkness, and now the great drama is going
to play out.

At present, we can see the polarization: good and bad on either side.
Smart and courageous people are involved in saving the planet from
environmental destruction, addressing social issues, leading healthier
lives, learning meditation, and serving others, while side by side, the
exploiters are entrenched in cheating, butchering, and suppressing the
masses. There is extreme good and extreme bad.

In between, the masses are suffering from so many problems: Food
shortages, housing issues, wars and destruction, disease, financial
upheaval, invasions, terrorism and more.

Problems abound.

We live in a time where we are surrounded by gigantic problems in all
directions.

BABA HAS GIVEN ALL THE SOLUTIONS

By His grace Baba has come and given all the solutions.

Baba says, “A correct spiritual ideology is the only solution to the
problems confronting the world. From this perspective we can call Ananda
Marga ideology the philosophers’ stone. Just as the philosophers’ stone
is meant to transform everything into gold, Ananda Marga ideology can,
most definitely, find a just and rational solution whenever it is
applied to any problem.” (POD #36)

So here is the thing:
1) Our human society is suffering terribly;
2) Baba has graced the humanity with the answer to every problem;
3) The exploiters are involved in their evil dance;
4) The masses are looking for the way out – they are seeking solutions;
5) Every Ananda Margii has some, most or all of those solutions in the
form of AM ideology and our AM way of life.

I think you can see where the situation is headed.

The unfortunate affair is the out of desperation most of the populace is
looking in the wrong places for the answers. They are like hungry
infants who are picking up paper, pens, sticks and stones and putting
them in their mouth – yet that will not satisfy their hunger. Same with
the masses. They are looking emphatically in all directions and trying
all kinds of things, but they are not getting the right solution.

TIME TO STEP FORWARD

Enter Ananda Margiis.

Baba has blessed us and placed us in a very special position. There are
problems in the world and He has given us the answers. Ours is a needed
role and never before has the situation been more urgent.

So you are fortunate. Your services are going to be highly regarded –
that means you have been blessed with the opportunity to serve. There is
no higher or more noble endeavor. All that is needed now is the right
and proper action. Start teaching and role-modeling all that you know.

If we had been born 200 years from now, most of today’s problems will
have been solved and society will be rapidly moving ahead. In that case,
one does not have the opportunity to truly help humanity. Because
already most are on the proper path.

But instead we have been born in this most ragged and ravaged era where
struggle and strife are rampant throughout. And we have all the
solutions: spiritual, moral, political, economical, personal, emotional,
social, and individual. In every sphere of life Baba has given us the
solution.

You have the medicine or cure for the day – in a time when those
solutions are highly needed. Things cannot get any worse – we have hit
rock bottom.

Thus those who know about AM and practice AM teachings have much to
offer, teach and distribute to society. That means you and all Ananda
Margiis are a vast wealth of experience for the masses.

That is why you are fortunate. Because you hold the key to the very
issues most ailing the society. What could be a more blessed position
than that.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace He is depending on you to lead the people forward. That is
His cherished gift unto you – to lead the society out of the darkness.
For this reason you are fortunate.

Baba says, “You boys and you girls, you are to establish yourselves as
developed human beings and as blessed with the glory of human excellence
at the helm of every affair. Society will recognize you because of your
service, because of your sacrifice. And not only that, everybody is
expecting that they will get your help, your assistance, your guidance,
when there is a dire necessity for the same. You boys and you girls, you
should know that I solely depend on you for the translation of our lofty
ideology.” (AV-34)

Namaskar,
Satiish

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Solution of Nightmares

Baba says, “You may ask, “How can I do pun’yam while sleeping? In the
wakeful state, I may do Pun´yam. But while sleeping, how can I do
Pun’yam? Can you? Yes, you can. What’s the difference between habit and
nature? When habit becomes one with your existence, it is called
nature…By constant practice or under pressure of circumstances, one
becomes habituated, and by encouraging this habituation, it finally
becomes nature.”

“This is auto-suggestion. “Now it is time for my meditation”, what is
it? You are trying to habituate yourself. But when you cannot live
without puja, then it has become your nature. Try to make it what –
habit or nature? Nature. I never take a drop of water without doing
puja. Why? It has become my nature. And I want that all of you should
make it your nature also.”

“When auto-suggestion will become your nature, what will happen? While
sleeping you will be repeating that japa (repetition of mantra) in your
unconscious mind. You are sleeping, so conscious mind is not active. You
are not having any dream, so your sub-conscious mind is also not active.
But unconscious mind is there. Automatically there will be japa. 24
hours you are doing Pun´ya. While you are sleeping, you will be engaged
in doing japa and using your incantation. Kuru pun’yam Ahora’tram.” (AV-14)

Note: In this materialistic era, people suffer from so many psychic
problems such as nightmares etc. Because what difficult things one
encounters during the day then the untrained mind will turn those events
into nightmares during sleep. For example one might dream that their
business went bankrupt, or one might dream of quarreling with a friend,
or one might dream of being scared about unknown events in the future.
All these types of disturbing ideas may take place in the mind during
sleep. And even worse is that when one wakes up then they feel depressed
and worried because of such types of crude dreams and nightmares. In His
above teaching Baba carefully describes to us that if we train our minds
to repeat our Ista mantra during the day time then the same will happen
at night. In which case all our dreams will be sweet and blissful– ever
floating in His divine vibration.

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