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…Karmic Reaction

Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2010 12:54:38 -0400
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Patrick Russell
Subject: …Karmic Reaction

Baba

“A’mi toma’y bhule kiser chale ka’l ka’t’a’lum dhara’r buke…” (PS 2140)

Purport:

Baba, remaining forgetful about You, with some or other lame excuse I
wasted my time in the bosom of the earth. I became completely captivated by
one magical display. And because of that, I did not hear the call of my
supreme well-wisher: Parama Purusa.

O’ Baba, when those dark days descended in my life, then nobody was
there to give me hope; I was shelterless. Baba, then I started asking You
to please come and save me. In that very terrible situation, I started
calling to You, ‘Baba, please come, and save me! O’ Prabhu, save me from
this ghastly danger’.

Earlier, when the proper opportune moment was there, then I was
intoxicated in the magical display of maya. In those days I was in a deep
slumber; I was not able to understand. So I did not call You until the
situation became disastrous. Baba, even then, now I know in my heart that,
‘O Parama Purusa, You belong to everyone’. Baba, please attract me & make
me Your own. Please remain with me always, in my pleasure and my pain– all
the time.

Baba, I wasted the long span of my life by indulging in negative deeds
and remaining oblivious of You. Remaining distant, I wasted my life. But
now in the end, You have lovingly lifted me from the dust and gently placed
me on Your divine lap. Baba, You are so gracious. You are love Personified…

== MATERIALISM & ITS KARMIC REACTION ==

Namaskar,
Sometimes when looking at the present day world, the crude thought may come
into the mind to have what those materialists have- and to do what they do.
This type of desire can befall anyone, if they are not careful.

As Ananda Margiis though we should be vigilant not to fall into such a trap.
Because these materialists have not a clue what type of serious harm &
destruction they are inviting for themselves by running senselessly after
material allurements. They do not understand how the ways of karma will
strike them down. But such is their fate.

So no Ananda Margii should become spell-bound by the ways of materialism–
not even temporarily so.

LAW OF KARMA IN A NUTSHELL

Because we all know that there is a great law of cause & effect which
governs this vast cosmological order, i.e. the law of karma: Where for
every action (karma) there is a reaction (karmaphala). In this principle,
good actions beget positive reactions and bad actions bring negative
reactions. This is Baba’s stated teaching and everyone in AM is well aware
about this.

Baba says, “Human beings themselves are answerable for their fate as it is
their actions alone which create it. They alone will have to bear the
consequences of all their actions. No one else can substitute for them.
Their good deeds beget good results, while bad ones beget bad results, and
they will have to experience both without any exception. This is the law of
Prakrti and no one can change this law.” (AMEP)

BLIND WAYS OF MATERIALISM

But materialists are utterly clueless about this. They do not know or
understand about the workings of karma; nor are they aware that good
actions are those deeds which decrease the distance between oneself and
Parama Purusa. This entire outlook totally escapes them.

Rather they think that material things are the be-all and end-all of life.
Their life revolves around material attachment, sexual lust, and crude
desires. This is what motivates them.

Hence all day long they are running after one or another mundane
allurement. And internally they think that this is fine and acceptable.
Even they will openly state that making money itself justifies a particular
action, no matter what hell it creates in the lives of others. This is
their selfish and harmful attitude. And such materialists think that it is
all fine and well.

However, little do they know what their terrible fate will be.

BABA’S STERN WARNING

Because in countless discourses, Baba warns us that those who blindly chase
after crude materials pleasures will become one with the dust. Their future
is totally bleak. They will be converted into stone or iron or end up
trapped as some kind of negative microvita like prakrtiliina for crores &
crores of years.

Here following is Baba’s very strict warning about what will befall those
who rampantly chase after the lustful ways of materialism.

Baba says, “If a person continually gloats over crude material things, his
entire existence will be converted into crude matter. In mythology the
story goes that Ahalya’ was converted into a stone due to his constant
crude ideation. So people who accept matter as their goal, totally denying
the existence of Parama Purus’a, tread the path of degeneration and become
prakrtiliina devayonis after death.” (APH-6, ‘Ekendriya-1’)

THERE IS NO ESCAPE

So those materialists have a very grim and dark future. They will not be
able to escape the karmic reaction of their selfish and crude desires and
their fate is sealed. They are sure to become seriously degenerated in the
near future. This is Baba’s warning, because no one can escape the cycle of
karma.

Baba says, “Reactions of actions (karmaphala) have to be experienced. No
one is spared from experiencing them; the reactions of all one’s actions
will have to be borne by oneself alone.” (AMEP)

Therefore, in the case of materialists who greedily chase after crude
allurements and harm others in that process, they will surely have to
undergo piles and piles of negative reactions. Because their only so-called
ethic is material gain, and they do not care one iota about the welfare of
others. Thus each and every day they create mounds & mounds of negative
samskaras by indulging in selfish misdeeds and those negative samskaras
will certainly take shape in the form of unenviable & harsh reactions.
Thus from top to bottom and inside and out the fate of such materialists is
sealed.

OUR APPROACH: THE GOLDEN BALANCE

In AM, we follow the path of balance.

Baba guides us that neither are we to headlong rush after material objects
nor are we to reject the world as mere illusion by adopting the ways of
Shankaracarya. Neither of these approaches will bring welfare to oneself
nor to the world around them. Rather it will just invite trouble.

That is why Baba has given us that pathway of perfect prama. In AM we
recognise the existence of this material world yet goad all our mental
longings toward Parama Purusa. So ours is the path of perfect balance.
Because in AM we realise that we need the material sphere in order to
maintain our physical existence and then we goad our psychic yearning toward
the spiritual realm. By this way we can utilise this human life to reach up
to God.

Such is the perfectness of our path of ‘Subjective Approach & Objective
Ajustment’. In thus dual formula, we keep our mental eye & vision focused
toward Parama Purusa and utilise the physical world as a platform for
meeting our existential needs or basic living requirements.

By this way we can create a healthy human society and ensure the spiritual
emancipation of all, by Baba’s grace.

BABA’S FINAL WARNING ON MATERIALISM

So none should get allured or attracted by the clutches of materialism.
There is no redeeming factor in this crude pathway. Just it will lead one
into the depths of despair and degenertion.

Here below is Baba’s very severe warning about the ills of materialism.
Baba says, “This type of crude material knowledge concerned with the crude
materialism has done much harm to human society during the last one
century. It has misguided the entire human society, it has converted human
beings into animals.” (AV-2)

So those who base their lives solely on material objects will be reborn as
pashus (animals) or even spend countless time trapped as negative
microvita. In either case it is a hellish fate.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we should all remember our internal link with Baba and goad
all our thoughts and actions unto Him. Then by living in this material
world, our lives will be fruitful. Those who get allured by the ways of
materialism will only experience pain and misery– nothing more. By Baba’s
grace He was bestowed upon us all the ingredients for a happy and blissful
life and a bright future.

Baba says, “You should always remember that you do not belong to an
ordinary family, to an ordinary lineage. Those who are the sons and
daughters of Parama Purus´a certainly cannot belong to an ordinary lineage.
You have a personal relationship with Parama Purus´a, and because of that
intimate relation you can say to Him, “Oh Parama Purus´a, you know me very
well; so if You think it proper, You may bestow Your grace upon me. But it
depends on You.” Parama Purus´a certainly has great love and affection for
His children; He will certainly want His sons and daughters to reach their
ultimate goal. And whatever bliss human beings may attain by reaching that
Supreme Stance, I know that in Parama Purus´a’s mind the happiness will be
even more. Victory to you all.” (SS-18. ‘Propensities and Prama’)

Namaskar,
Parama’tma

Note 1: HORRIBLE FATE OF MATERIALISTS

Each and every day in the world around us or by looking in the newspaper we
can practically see the karmic reactions that happen to some many people
due to their constant involvement in materailistic ways of living. So many
things happen: Either their misdeeds get exposed in front of all, or they
lose their psychic balance and have to become hospitalized, or who knows
what. Day in and day out everyday people and pop stars undergo such things.
It happens to the neighhbor next door as well as to pop-cultures icons like
Britney Spears and Anna Nicole Smith. In any event, persons lead a
miserable life and experience a terrible fate. All because they got sucked
into the dark hole of materialism. This should not befall any Ananda Margii.

Note 2: THE PERFECT PATHWAY OF AM

Here Baba clearly outlines how we are to live in this world– by maintining
perfect balance or adjustment and ultimately reach up to Him. This is His
divine formula.

Baba says, “Subjective approach through objective adjustment. Movement is
towards Parama Purus´a, but at the same time maintaining objective
adjustment. You have to move giving proper treatment to the objects of the
external world. There must be subjective approach, but at the same time
objective adjustment; that is, adjustment with the objective world is
essential though one’s movement is towards supreme subjectivity.” (AV-30)

Note 3: PARADOX

The interesting thing is that in material societies there is a distinct
dearth of material things. That is, most do not get what they need to
survive due to extreme greed.This is the regular occurance.

That is why in places like the US there is a huge number of homeless people
as well as tens of millions of people without access to proper health care.
So it is not that in materialistic countries people get their physical
needs met. It never works out this way and on the top the people are
depressed and miserable and suffer from so many psychic afflictions.
In contrast in our Proutistic society, everyone will get exactly what they
need through the magical formula of subjective approach and objective
adjustment. All will have plenty of material goods to live comfortably on
this earth and in addition all will get the opportunity to advance in the
psycho-spiritual realms of life.

So our Proutistic approach is a win-win situation. There is no question of
any loss. Whereas in the materialistic model, everyone loses always. There
is no winner.

By Baba’s grace may we create that Proutistic society at the earliest.
Parama Pita Baba Ki-Jai!!

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WT Conduct Rule: Dealings

Baba says, “Supervisory workers will have to take proper care of each of
their supervised staff in all respects.” (Pt #2 of ‘Six Additional Rules’)

Note: This is a very significant rule but these days supervisory bosses are
more focused on emptying the pockets of their subordinates. This is the
only “care” they do. In future when standard of devotion in supervisory
workers is higher, these rules are likely to be followed in which case the
situation will be better.

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