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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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