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From: “Shantatma Kerketta”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Naive People Create Problems for Themselves
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 14:10:35 +0530

Baba

“Toma’ya a’mi bhla’loba’si, a’mi toma’ra a’jina’ka’ri…” P.S. 4589

Purport:

Baba, I love You. I feel fortunate when obeying or carrying out Your order.
By Your grace, I pass my whole days always involved in shravan, manan, and
nidhidhyasana. I am always engaged in Your ideation.

In true sense I do not know whether I love You or not. I do not even want
to know whether I am loving You or not. Please be gracious and
compassionate. And bless me with devotion. This is my only thing I want–
to remain at Your lotus feet.

With my whole existence– my body, my heart, & my mind, I do sastaunga
pranam at Your lotus feet. Baba, please grant me devotion…

== NAIVE PEOPLE CREATE PROBLEMS FOR THEMSELVES ==

Namaskar,
There is a myth in our AM society that jinana is useless and there is no
need to read Baba’s books. This letter addresses the issue.

We all have to consider the matter: If really reading Baba’s books is
not needed, then what was the reason for Him to deliver thousands and
thousands of discourses and emphasize the seminar system, svadhyaya, and
study etc.

WE MUST REFLECT: DO WE REVIEW HIS TEACHINGS?

In AM, we have our distinct path. Baba has given all the necessary
guidelines: When we follow them, life flows properly; when we disregard
them, difficulties arise. This happens both in personal and in
collective life.

At present, we all know that groupism has reared its head in our Marga
society. But it did not come out of nowhere. There are some tell-tale
signs and reasons behind it.

We should all be more aware about AM philosophy, Baba’s articles /
books, and reflect and honestly ask ourselves: “Am I part of the problem
– even in the smallest way? How often do I read Baba’s guidelines and
discourses and ensure I am following His tenets.”

Kindly consider the following analysis and share your thoughts.

DEVOTION DOES NOT MEAN A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE

In our Marga, all want to be devotees. In countless discourses, Baba has
clearly defined bhakti as being the best path, far better than the other
paths, i.e. karma and jinana. Jinana or knowledge is the worst.

So all are eager to become devotees.

Unfortunately, some have (mis)understood this to mean that one need not
read AM discourses or study Baba’s guidelines. They think that is the
lowly path of jinana. Indeed there is a prevailing myth in our AM family
that knowledge is not needed.

But Baba’s main intention behind His criticism of jinana lies in having
vanity of knowledge whereby people just read books and overlook sadhana.
In contrast, knowledge of Baba’s books is needed.

In AM, some people mix this up. That is their misconception. So all
should be cent-per-cent clear that reading Baba’s discourses and doing
sadhana comes under that path of devotion. One must read the books, do
sadhana and follow accordingly, otherwise they will go in the wrong
direction.

We must know Baba’s teachings. That is our compass of life. Just as the
explorers of old used celestial navigation or a compass to plot their
course, Baba’s teachings are our compass to stay on the right path. Thus
we must study and know His guidelines.

Baba says, “To liberate society from this unbearable situation,
consciousness will have to be aroused among the people; their eyes will
have to be opened by knowledge. Let them understand the what’s, the
why’s and the where’s. Thus study is essential, very essential.”
(NH-LOI, Disc: 7)

If His teachings were not needed, then He would have just sat up on the
dais and given varabhaya mudra for 2 hours straight. But He did not do
that.

Most certainly He blessed us, but in addition He gave us distinct
guidelines to abide by so that we may (a) progress, (b) know what to do
and not to do, and (c) reach the Goal. If one does not read the books
they will not know the do’s and don’ts and they will follow the wrong
path and go in the wrong direction. That is what we see happening now.

If due to our naiveté or ignorance, we are not aware of Baba’s
guidelines, then problems will arise. That is how groupism came about
and finds support still today from good, well-intentioned margiis. Why
because they lack the requisite knowledge.

Confirmed group leaders are aware what they are doing – they are
deliberate sinners. But countless other wts and margiis wish to serve
the best interest of the Marga but innocently get caught up in the
whirlpool of groupism. Because some are not fully aware of Baba’s
teachings and instead rely on certain Dadas for advice and guidance.
When in reality, we should only rely on Baba. He is our Supreme Guide.

So we should all be critically aware about His divine guidelines and let
those teachings determine the course of our lives.

Let’s consider the matter further.

COMMON THEME

Many in AM think that, “Yes, I am following Baba in all respects”. Who
does not think like this – everyone does. We all think we are abiding by
the ways of neo-humanism etc. All think that by their actions they are
serving and pleasing Guru.

However, upon closer examination, it is often found that many are
unknowingly part of the problem. Unwittingly they are supporting
groupism: Either by financial donations, reading Fake Ananda Vaniis,
attending factional functions, accepting the Fake BP Manual, following
Bangalisation or the Mahaprayan dogma, accepting scriptural distortions,
the splitting of jagrtis, witnessing punishment postings and so many
other ways. They do not mean to do it; it simply happens because some
naive margiis / wts are not aware of Baba’s teachings.

See for yourself. We should all ask ourselves, “Did I review a discourse
from neo-humanism this month? Have I read an entire discourse from
Subhasita Samgraha this week? Do I regularly refer to Caryacarya?”. This
is the type of self-analysis that must be done.

When one has Baba’s ideas in mind, then one will not innocently become a
puppet or supporter of groupist activities. That will save you from
harsh consequences.

Because those innocent people who unknowingly follow groupists agendas
will have to face the facts and undergo the reactions.

It is just like if one unknowingly touches fire, then that fire will not
spare you. Similarly, going against bhagavad dharma is dangerous. On
this point, no one can save you. One will have to face the consequences.

Thus by not knowing Baba’s guidelines and actively applying them in
life, one is inviting all sorts of problems.

ASTRONAUT ANALOGY

Most margiis are quite intelligent and more aware than the general
public, so many may think that they are not prone to falling away from
Baba’s teachings. But if one has a weak spot for a certain Dada or
group, then it can easily happen.

Just think, most astronauts are extremely well-trained in the sciences
and all kinds of technical aspects of life, yet still they may prescribe
to the dogma of heaven. They know about outer space but they stillthink
they will go to heaven. Because of their kinship with a particular
religion etc, they may not critically evaluate their beliefs whereas in
other arenas of life they are quite sharp.

Many read discourses yet because of their friendship with certain Dadas
they support groupism unknowingly, and hence fall into dogma like the
astronauts.

So those inclined toward a particular group of Dadas may automatically
conclude that those group leaders are grounded in neo-humanism. When in
truth those wts may just be involved in forming one group and thus
violating the facets of neo-humanism. But the margii cannot understand
that because they have lost the capacity to see; they have no vivek due
to their factional allegiances.

That is how people naively get trapped in the net of groupism, despite
their best intentions to follow Baba.

BABA’S BLESSING & SOLUTIONS

There is more to this topic and a follow-up letter should be written.

We should all know that through study, satsaunga, sadhana, and
introspection, we can bring Baba’s teachings into our practical life and
avoid the awful reactions that stem from a lack of basic knowledge of AM
teachings.

Remember, whatever one does – right or wrong – one has to face the
consequences. If one goes against the fundamental teachings of AM, then
prakti will not spare them.

As margiis we should adhere to Baba’s principles strictly, read His
discourses on neo-humanism and engage in introspection.

Baba says, “There is another meaning of the word ideology. It means a
mirror. When we look at it, we can observe ourselves. Similarly is our
ideology. Every human being should follow his ideology. Human life is an
ideological flow. Those people who have no ideology in life are not
human beings. One can recognize other men to the extent that he follows
his ideology. The life of man devoid of ideology is like an animal
life.” (SS-20)

Namaskar,
Shantatma

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– Marriage Condition –

BABA says, “I have stated that at the time of marriage the bride and
bridegroom should not have any direct relationship three generations above
and three generations below. If this condition is not met, the marriage
should not be solemnized.” (AV-7, p.57)

Note: Those not following this their moral standard is questionable. Top
grade margiis are very strict about this Baba’s teaching.

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From: “Jorge Santana”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Fake Gurus Cannot Last Long
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 13:52:48 +0100

Baba

“Bha’loba’so jadi tave eso priyatama diiner e kut’iire…” (P.S. 2619)

Purport:

O’ my dearmost Baba, if You really love me then please come to the hut
of this lowly person. I want to make You listen to my love songs up to Your
full heart’s content; that’s why in my mental viina I have practiced many
tunes and melodies for You.

Baba, I do not have any knowledge or intellect. Nor do I have any
virtue, name & fame, or the weight of those things. I have only one thing:
Love for You in my mind. My whole heart is completely filled with love for
You. And by offering that love I will satisfy You, by Your grace.

Baba, I do not have any prestige nor do I get any respect or honor. None
of these do I have. Nor do I have such devotion that I feel my ego getting
wounded by Your not coming. Baba, I have only gratitude in my heart for all
those things which You have graciously bestowed upon me. Please shower me
in Your ahetuki krpa.

Baba, I know in my heart that You love me, but if You really love me
then please come close in my heart. For You I have prepared and decorated
my mind in Guru cakra. Baba, please come close and grace me…

== FAKE GURUS CANNOT LAST LONG ==

Namaskar,
Nowadays as yoga is gaining more and more popular support pseudo-gurus are
popping like weeds all around. In the mass society this is rampant.

Unfortunately from time to time this has turned into a a recurring theme on
the wavelengths of our Marga internet. Because 1 or 2 persons like to again
& again promote the ways of one or another pseudo-gurus.

But we all know that Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji is the Sadguru who has
graciously come to lovingly guide the whole humanity unto the path of
dharma sadhana and divine salvation.

And that it is He Who has beautifully given us the path of Ananda Marga–
the Path of Bliss–whereby all progress towards that Divine Goal.

Whereas it is commonly understood that such pseudo-gurus are nothing but
exploiters and the proponents of dogma.

WHAT WAY THESE PSEUDO-GURUS DO

There in India, since ages & ages the deceptive and cheating ways of such
dogmatic gurus is well known. Here following are some of the ploys that
they do:

1. First off such pseudo-gurus share very little of what they know. Of
course what they know is not much and mostly it is dogma, but even then
they keep such “knowledge” to themselves. So the disciples– hungry to get
something– undergo many, many years of arduous work doing all the
cleaning, cooking, repairing and all sorts of dogmatic things– including
getting the so-called guru’s hukka ready for tobacco & hashish smoking. Or
such a guru will use a chilam which is hand-held pipe tool for smoking
hashish. And the disciples work like slaves preparing all these things.

2. The disciples also must wash all the clothes and be obedient at all
times. Failing perfect obedience they will get senselessly abused,
insulted, and beaten by getting hit w/ burning wood. All this the gurus do
to see how far the disciples are qualified and to see how much they can
tolerate. But no blessing is ever given, only beatings.

3. Plus such dogmatic gurus use one nasty trick– the trick of allurement
to get their slave disciples to stay longer and longer. To do this the
gurus do not teach anything at all to those disciples. And just the
disciples hang on hoping that one day they will get some knowledge– sweet
nectar. But that day never comes.

4. When the disciple sees what garbage the guru is teaching then they will
leave in an instant. For that reason those gurus do not tell anything at
all; Because telling something means exposing oneself. And by not telling
they can keep their saintly status and prestige. And by that way their
disciples will not desert them.

5. Altogether it is just like how Gandhi kept mum whenever an important
decision had to be made.

6. So the disciples are just left to continue on and on with their mundane
duties such as doing oil massage for the guru plus they are in charge of
milking and taming the cows. This disciples must do– so they move in the
jungle all day with the cows and then return back in the evening time. But
for their long efforts they never get not even a single drop of that sweet,
butter milk.

7. These pseudo-gurus also place themselves on one pedestal by giving the
dogmatic definition of brahmacarya as celibacy. And in that way they create
inferiority complexes in the minds of family people and young disciples by
showing themselves to be great spiritualists– when in fact they themselves
do not follow the anything about celibacy what to speak of following the
true teachings of Brahmacarya.

9. And above all the main thing is they do not tell any dharmic guidelines.
And not only that but they themselves do not know any such things.

10. Up till now this is a problem in the society that teachers are pseudo;
they do not do anything. Just they became guru and they themselves do not
do sadhana. So they do not know anything just they want blind obedience.

11. And in that way the disciples work is only to do engage in crude,
mundane tasks.

12. If anyone visits any of the hundreds of dogmatic ashrams in India you
will find these things going on throughout the land. And no longer just in
India, these pseudo-ashrams are popping up like mushrooms all aroung the
globe.

So posting any such negative stories to one of our Marga e-mail forums means
supporting dogma. Because those gurus want to forcibly impose such dogma
and exploit the common mass.

ANANDA MARGA IMPARTS DHARMIC TEACHINGS TO ALL

Our AM is different. In our Marga first sadhana is taught and made
available to one and all. Plus, as we all know, in AM the dharmic codes of
morality– yama and niyama– are also taught. And like that from phase to
phase, step to step, our AM proves itself as one sadhaka making mission.
But in other dogmatic places it is not like that; that is why as a warning
Baba strongly exposed and condemns the dealings of such dogmatic gurus.

HOW BABA EXPOSES SUCH DOGMATIC GURUS

IN HIS GHOST STORY

Baba is telling in dramatic way the facts about such present and recent
past dogmatic gurus. Here following are excerpts from his short story–
“Under the Fathomless Depths of the Deep Blue Sea”– whereby using the
allegory of ghost Baba reveals the cheating methods used by those negative
gurus.

(A) Here in general Baba is exposing the hypocrisy of the ghost guru–
Bhutananda Maharaja. And also Baba is exposing the formula how this nasty
guru side-steps difficult questions.

Baba says, “The next day, at the crack of dawn, Bhutananda Maharaja was
sitting in the middle of a group of disciples. The holy fire was burning in
front of him. Crowds of followers were coming from nearby villages. They
brought thousands of varieties of fruits, nuts and other delicacies as well
as various narcotics such as marijuana, opium and hashish. Bhutanandaji was
chanting the ‘bhuta’ mantra with closed eyes which he half opened from time
to time to study the sumptuous fruits and delicacies. He always observed a
vow of silence during the day in case a disciple would ask him a difficult
question. In this way he avoided embarrassing situations.” (Under
Fathomless Depths

(B) And here below Baba is pointing out how such pseudo-gurus are fully
immersed in negative political dealings.

“Shrii Shrii Paramahansa Bhutananda Maharaja Paribrajakacarya!!!!!!!
Or, ‘Bhutananda Maharaja’, for short.”

“Bhutanandaji advised, “Look here, don’t upset them [the rich people] in
any way this time because they are your main hope. Don’t put too much
pressure on them to pay unpaid bills, income-tax, sales-tax and other
taxes. Oh, one more thing, have you given them ample scope for black
marketeering?”

“Yes, Your Holiness,” replied the ministers. “We have made the seven-year
plans in such a way that they, as contractors, will be able to extract the
lion’s share of the money invested by the government. Moreover, we have not
put the responsibility for these projects in the hands of the learned
experts, but have given it to people selected by ourselves whether they
know anything about planning or not.”

Bhutanandaji said, “Very good, very good.”

(C) Here below Baba is showing how such a negative ghost guru gets his own
disciples involved in all kinds of fringe political dealings and immoral
activities.

Baba says, “That evening, after the crowd of followers had dispersed, he
[His Holiness] called two of his most trusted disciples, Swami
Shriiga’la’nanda18 and Swami Markatananda, and said, “Listen…..Mr.
Jutiram Dawala Chad Thakthakia or Abakanagar and Mr. Besharam Lal
Ghushkila’o Phatphatia from Ajabnagar have amassed huge amounts of money by
black marketeering. Instead of increasing their bank balance or investing
in more property, they have chosen to make ornaments in pure gold. We must
lay our hands on those ornaments by any means.”

“His Holiness said, “Listen…..Take some pure gold and go and visit the
Thakthakiyas and Phatphatias. Tell them you know the magic word for
doubling gold. You can be assured that they will give you a small amount of
gold just to test you. You should mix that gold with your gold and show
that it has doubled in size. If you do this a number of times they will
begin to have faith in you. You should always remember that such deceitful
businessmen generally become very greedy and stupid. Within a few days they
will be fully convinced and will lay all their ornaments in front of you.
Then, simply run away with the bounty.”

The disciples asked, “Where shall we go with the gold?”

His Holiness, the Maharaja said, “Tell me, where do you think you should go?”

“We shall come here,” they replied, “and place all the ornaments at your
holy feet.”

Said His Holiness, “Have you gone mad? If you do that the police will also
demand a share. Once you get the gold you must go straight to Mr. Batparam
Bankelal Gujgujia’s shop. Sell him the ornaments at a price less than
their market value. Then, take the money — don’t accept a cheque — and
come back here immediately.”

The disciples said, “As you command, Your Holiness.”

(D) Here is another colorful excerpt highlighting the exploits of those
dogmatic gurus. More can be said about this but by reading everyone will
surely understand the beautiful way in which Baba unfolds the story & how
such dogmatic gurus prove themselves to be totally negative creatures.

Baba says, “That day some of the devotees gave His Holiness a number of
malpo sweets made of condensed milk [rice-flour and sugar]. To prevent his
disciples from casting greedy glances at the sweets, Bhutanandaji had kept
them hidden behind him.

“Your Holiness,” said the householder disciple, “you are truly a great
ghost. It’s no ordinary matter to remain without food for days together.”

Bhutanandaji’s face beamed with joy. Another disciple looked at the
householder and said, “Do you think His Holiness is like any ordinary ghost
and will simply waste his time eating? He spends his whole time in
spiritual meditation. He may give up his life and go to Hell any day; an
excellent garden house has already been reserved for him there. The other
day the God of Death himself appeared and entreated His Holiness to
accompany him. However, His Holiness declined the invitation saying that he
has no time to go and rest in Hell. Rather, he wishes to continue
selflessly serving us ghosts for some time more.”

The family devotee exclaimed, “Yes, it is only due to His Holinesses grace
that we are able to survive. Could His Holiness find joy in Hell, leaving
us here on Earth?”

He continued, “There are so many wild fruits and roots and other edible
things here. Won’t His Holiness even eat those?”

“No,” replied the disciples. “His Holiness only eats air. Today is a
fasting day so he won’t even eat that. He observes a waterless fast and
that’s why he won’t even take air.”

After some time, the householder devotee left.

Then His Holiness turned around in search of the malpo sweets. He was
amazed to see that there was nothing there. The sweets were missing.

His Holiness was beside himself with anger. “Hey you fellows, who ate the
malpos? Don’t you know they were meant for me? Who ate them? Vomit them out
immediately. I won’t spare you until I’ve eaten those malpos!!!”

The disciples said, trembling, “Believe us, Your Holiness, we didn’t eat
them. We swear by touching bones, we promise by touching cow-dung, we
pledge by touching dead bodies that neither did we eat them nor did we
allow a cow ghost or a cat ghost or even an ant ghost to touch them. It is
really a strange thing, Your Holiness.”

His Holiness roared, “I don’t want to hear these things; I know you have
eaten them. Vomit them out! I shall eat them.”

There ensued a big scuffle between His Holiness and his disciples. An
initial shouting match became a bloody battle.

So by all this entire manner, one can understand what ploys pseudo-gurus in
India do to cheat and exploit their disciples and secondly Baba’s colorful
short story provides ample insight into the nasty dealings of those
dogmatic gurus.

May be we all pay strict vigilance to ensure that our e-forums, seminars,
retreats, and programs are filled with the divine spirit of Baba’s supreme
teachings which lead to the fulfillment of human existence, and not the
tall talks of any pseudo-guru.

GURU’S DIVINE BLESSING

Baba says, “You are the children of the great Cosmic Entity.” (AFPS-6)

Baba says, “Ananda Margiis should always inspire people along the path of
spirituality by encouraging selfless service, sacrifice, good conduct,
spiritual practices, the development of all-round knowledge etc. Ananda
Marga is a comprehensive mode of living based on spirituality.” (Prout-16,
p.67)

Namaskar,
Jagadiish

Note 1: In perfect fashion in His ghost short story, Baba speaks indirectly
about such pseudo-gurus so as not to offend anyone. So He reveals the fact
about them by employing this unique allegory or story so there would not be
any objections.

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Origin of Few Musical Instruments

Baba says, “”Our tabla is a metamorphosed form of this mrdaunga. Some
people believe that the tabla came from Persia but this is not the case;
the tabla originated in this country. From Persia we have gotten the sitar
and the gazal. Although the viin’ originated in this country and has been
here since the time of Shiva, we have gotten its descendant, the violin,
from Italy.” (SC-2, p.128)

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From: “Virendra Mandal”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Are You Worried About Your Teenager
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2010 22:41:44 +0530

Baba

“Tiirthe tiirthe ghuriya’ kla’nt haye esechi dva’re…” (4112)

Purport:

Baba in search of You, after wandering around the globe in various holy
lands, I am completely tired; and in that state now I have reached to Your
alter. Baba, be gracious, please do not turn Your face away; and please do
not become unhappy, angry, or furious on me. Please open the door and
allow me to come inside.

Baba, look towards me; my whole body is completely tired and exhausted. My
feet are full of dust. Wandering around in the sun my whole body is
sweating. I am completely tired and exhausted.

By Your grace now I feel in my heart and repent how my whole life got
wasted. I was tied up in the noose of dogma. Just I was performing various
rituals, wandering in holy lands, moving from one tiirtha to another
tiirtha, from one Baba’s Quarter to another Baba’s Quarter, in search of
You. By Your grace now I understand that You are hiding sitting in my
heart– smiling.

Baba, I am surrendering to You. Please accept me as Yours. Do not leave
me to wander to this and that dogma– involved in one or another ritual.
The path which I was crossing through, that path is dark & full of
hopelessness. I wasted a lot of money, time, and energy but nothing was
gained. And now I am too tired. I want Your divine direction.

In spite of moving on the negative path, by Your grace in the garden of
my mind some flowers have bloomed for You. I want to offer those flowers at
Your lotus feet. Now the creepers of hope are swinging and the feeling is
coming that You will allow me.

By Your grace, Baba You have already given me the longing for You in my
heart. So now please allow me to come close to You to touch Your feet.
Baba, I am Yours and You are mine. I am surrendering everything to You.
Please accept me…

== ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT YOUR TEENAGER ==

Namaskar,
In many sectors we see that the children of senior margiis are not very
involved in our AM way of life. There are so many examples- especially
with our teenagers. Yet Baba has given us a very great tool for
reversing this negative trend so that we can successfully raise our
children as margiis.

And in general, in this world, all want to get success. And even more
than that, everyone wants their children to become successful.

Yet, it is not so easily done, especially in this day and age when there
are countless challenges, struggles, distractions and obstacles.

This letter addresses the matter of success – both inside and outside of
Ananda Marga – and how we can help our children attain it. In
particular, the points raised apply to our youths and teenagers, i.e.
kids aged 9 – 19.

BABA’S SPECIAL RECIPE

In a number of discourses, Baba has graciously given the special
guidelines for attaining success: Namely, the seven secrets of success.

In the past, various letters have discussed different aspects of the
seven secrets. Here are a few for your review.

This letters focuses primarily on point #2: Dvitiiyam’ shraddhaya’
yuktam’. Specifically what does it mean to have “reverence for the goal”
and how does it manifest in daily life.

NOT THE USUAL USE

Generally when we use the word goal, we mean it with a capital “G” and
the Goal refers to Ista or Parama Purusa. That is the purely spiritual
meaning.

But in one of His many discourses on the seven secrets of success, that
is not Baba’s central meaning with regards to the word “goal”. He has a
different intention. As we know Baba often explains the same shloka in
different ways. With regards to, Dvitiiyam’ shraddhaya’ yuktam’, He
refers to it being a spiritual goal in some discourses and sometimes He
talks about it in mundane ways. So this point is applicable in both
manners: mundane and spiritual.

In one such discourse, Baba is using the word goal to refer to one’s
endeavors in life – whether they be work, school, research, sports,
repair, or almost anything at all. In all these circumstances if one has
reverence and regard for what they are doing then they will feel linked
with their work – and that brings success.

APPLYING THIS PRINCIPLE TO DAILY LIFE

Let’s say a person is involved in their studies – perhaps mathematics or
literature. If that student feels that this subject is silly and of no
value, then no matter how long they study, they will not gain mastery of
the topic. What to say mastery – they will hardly learn anything at all.
Because they are unable to fully embrace the subject.

In contrast, if a student has great interest and regard for a particular
topic and they have the strong feeling that, “This topic is of great
importance and I must learn this”, then it is certain that they will get
success. They will become quite adept in that subject.

It follows then that if a father desperately wants his son to be doctor
and the son is more interested in Sanskrit or mathematics, then the
child will not succeed in the study of medicine no matter how much
pressure the father places on his child. Because the child does not have
the requisite reverence for that topic – he does not want to study to be
a doctor.

Likewise if one only “learns” because of the pressure of an upcoming
examination or because they will be punished if they don’t study, then
whatever they “learn” will be forgotten very quickly. That knowledge
will not stick.

Shraddha’, or the 2nd point of the seven secrets, relates to when one
has great interest in the topic at hand.

This sense of shraddha’, or deep reverence, for all endeavours in life
is one special ingredient for achieving success. And it is especially
useful for teenagers for a few reasons. First, they are in a great stage
of development in life – they have to learn many things: School,
friendship, summer jobs, and other responsibilities. Second, if they
develop this sense of shraddha’ now, they it will be a lifelong tool for
them. Then they will always know what type of mind-set is needed to get
success.

Shraddha’ indicates that one feels that a particular action is the right
and ideal thing to do. Such is their mental feeling. Thus it is not just
respect or reverence in a general sort of way.

For these reasons and more, as margii parents we should all be keen to
help our teens cultivate a strong sense of shraddha’ for all pursuits in
life.

Very importantly, it will also carry over into how our children approach
Ananda Marga. We must logically convince our children of the value of AM
teaching so they feel ready to embrace them.

Teenagers are in a very important phase of spiritual development – for
the first time ever their glands and minds are duly awakened and they
can easily conceive of higher aspirations and grand ideals.

Baba says, “The dream of the future first crystallizes in the mind of
the adolescent. So adolescents should be taught, without indulging in
narrow-mindedness, through the medium of idealism.” (HS-1)

Naturally then, if that sense of shraddha’ – deep link with their work
– is instilled in the minds of any teenager, then their journey into
our AM way of life will be fruitful.

HOW TO INCULCATE

The next critical matter is how to inculcate that sense of shraddha’ or
deep link and feeling for one’s endeavour.

Firstly, as parents we must convince our children of the importance of a
given task through logic and reasoning. Our children must know why it is
important; then they will get convinced. Then they will embrace the
point internally.

If our children thoroughly understand the benefits of a vegetarian diet
then they will follow sincerely it and not be swayed when they see
others, especially their classmates, eating meat. That is the way to
instill the point of shraddha’ – through logica and reasoning. Then the
mind will be set in its endeavour. We should all do this with our
children regarding all facets of AM ideology.

Unfortunately it can happen both in AM and certainly in the general
society that parents just tell their kids what to do but do not convince
and educate them on the importance of the point. Without that, the
children feel forced to follow it but in their hearts they are not
convinced. In that case there is no shraddha’ and they will not gain
success. In that case such parents do a disservice to their children.

THE SITUATION IN AM VS THE VARIOUS RELIGIONS

Now comes the next step. Why is it so important for us to convince our
margii children through logic and reasoning when so many of the various
religions need not take this approach.

The answer lies in numbers and popularity.

So many of our margii children are not involved in AM, whereas so many
Muslim and Christian children are involved in their religions.

Those Muslim and Christian children are growing up in areas where all
their friends in school also follow that religion. In that case they
believe their religion is is good simply because of the sheer popularity
of it. They do need logic and reasoning to be convinced to follow those
tenets. They just do it because everyone else is doing it.

Whereas in AM most margii kids are not around any other margii children.
They are alone. Without any peer support, they need maximum logic and
reasoning. They will have to be internally convinced that AM is the way
to go. Because when none of their friends are following AM then they
will be prone to think that our AM way of life is silly or stupid.
Because none of their friends are involved in this way of life; AM is
not popular. To overcome this, logic and reasoning is needed. If our
children are taught the real value of AM ideals, then they will follow
them – even if it is not popular in their school – even if their way of
living is different from all their peers.

THE KEY POINT

The key point behind it all is that one must value what they are doing.
If even one of our revered Wts is given work by his superior that he
feels is useless, then he will not be able to do that work properly. And
that project or job will just be half-baked. It can happen.

So regardless of one’s stature in life, the point of shraddha’ applies
universally to all. It is a quality of mind and outlook and is not
achieved by post, power, or social stature etc.

And that sense of shraddha’ – of maximum respect and reverence for the
task at hand – will generate tremendous mental force. It will give one
the stamina to overcome obstacles and difficulties and achieve great
things in life.

Thus inside or outside of AM – in the general society – in all kinds of
communities and endeavors, regardless of the nature of one’s goal (i.e.
work or study etc), if one has shraddha’ then they will get success in
that activity.

That is Baba’s distinct guideline.

Whereas the moment one thinks that “This work is stupid” or “This job is
meaningless” then one’s efforts are doomed. If one is a President or a
street-sweeper, the moment they think in that defective manner then they
will never get success.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has endowed us the way to get success in all our
pursuits in life. We should share this great teaching with our children.
The moment they understand the value and importance of an endeavour and
cultivate deep regard for their work, then they will get success in
every sphere of life – now and in the future also.

Namaskar,
Virendra

Note 1: IMPORTANT LETTER ON RAISING MARGII CHILDREN

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Our Samaj Songs

Date: 22 Jan 2010 14:02:48 -0000
From: “Subhash Dholakia”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Our Samaj Songs

Baba

“Jhainjha’ jadi a’se jujhite shakati dio…” (P.S. #1783)

Purport:

Baba, You are my Saviour. If in my life a hurricane or typhoon comes,
then You please provide me the strength to fight and face that negative
situation. And give me the strength to struggle and persevere.

Baba, if ever in my life lethargy and frustration comes, then please
provide me strength to hold onto Your feet. And to go on moving on Your
path. Baba, by Your grace I am treading on Your path. You please color
my mind with Your color in all situations. During both pleasure and pain.

With Your divine grace, if my mind becomes radiant then it cannot be
covered by staticity during times of cimmerian darkness. Please grant me
strength to follow Your dictates.

Baba, please grace me and give me the force to go on marching on the
path of effulgence, in an undaunted way moving ahead. And please give me
strength by Your grace, to jump up and take on ever-new tasks to serve
the downtrodden people.

And please bless me by Your Varabhaya mudra. So in my life, I never feel
fear or cowardice to fight against demonic forces. Baba, in all the
circumstances I am completely depending on Your grace. Without Your grace,
nothing is possible…

== OUR SAMAJ SONGS ==

Namaskar,
Time and again the topic comes about Prabhat Samgiita and in particular
about His Proutistic samaj songs. Some are misunderstanding the utility
of such compositions. Here below is a discussion of this important topic
and everyone should write in with their thoughts and suggestions.

THE BEAUTIFUL AND DIVERSE NATURE OF PRABHAT SAMGIITA

All are aware that Baba has graciously given 5018 songs of Prabhat Samgiita.

And these divine songs vary tremendously in style, characteristics, and
qualities. In Prabhat Samgiita, the whole Ananda Marga philosophy has been
projected through the medium of song– in one or another way.

Starting from the cycle of creation to samskara theory to kosa, vice and
virtue, sadhana, shravan, manan, niddidhyasan, the benefits of satsaunga,
the value of human life, vidya and avidya maya, saincara and pratisaincara
theory, psychic diseases, social and political exploitation and their
eradication, samaj movement, Neohumanism, entire Prout philosophy, songs
related with Lord Krsna and Shiva, and songs of various seasons, festivals,
ceremonies, birth and death, house entrance, and so many more.

Everything is present. Including so many other things which usually we
find in the topics of His discourses — everything we find in Prabhat Samgiita.

EVERYTHING HAS ITS SPECIAL USE IN THIS UNIVERSE

INCLUDING PRABHAT SAMGIITA

It is just like how Parama Purusa has created varieties of things in this
universe. According to our needs and requirements, we utilise those things
for the collective welfare. So in this creation, varieties of things are
there– but everything is not for everyone. According to the need, we utilise them:

(A) Baba has given the system of asanas. But all asanas are not for
everyone. Some need certain asanas, and others need different asanas.

(B) In Yogic Treatments, various remedies and guidelines have been given.
All are not for everybody. It depends on the disease.

(C) In AM Philosophy and Yoga Psychology discourses, Baba has given
significant guidelines about psychic diseases and their treatments. But
those are exclusively for those who are suffering those psychic diseases.
It is for them only.

(D) Similarly Baba’s sama’j (socio-economic movement) songs are for those
local areas whose indigenous people are suffering the psychic disease of
inferiority complex about their land and cultural expression.

As with the examples above with asanas and yogic treatments, all the
Prabhat Samgiita are not needed in any given single situation. That is,
in a random way just taking any Prabhat Samgiita and starting to sing does
not have any sense.

For example if you start your dharmacakra with the shra’ddha song
(commemoration song) — “O Parama Purusa, Toma’r jinis toma’ke… (P.S.
#60) “O Parama Purusa Your things (our departed friend) I am offering You,
please accept it.” If this type of song is sung at dharmacakra, then that
will be inappropriate.

And in the same fashion, when sitting in one’s own sadhana place, if one
starts singing the song related with Lord Krsna “Tum ho mere Krsna jagat
pati mae tum he chahata’ hum diva rati”. “O my dearmost Lord Krsna, You are
the Controller of the universe. I Yearn for You day and night. And cry for
You.” Certainly any devotee of Baba will not like to sing like this. Because
of the strictness in ista point. (Sixteen Points, #10)

So the central idea is that, Baba has given varieties of songs for
varieties of occasions and varieties of peoples’ needs. In this way,
He has written many songs related with sama’j (socio-economic) movement.

MISUNDERSTANDING AND MISUSE OF PRABHAT SAMGIITA

A couple people are completely confused that on the one side Baba is
talking about the philosophy of neohumanism, and on the other side He is
writing and giving the narrow sentiment about samaj. This usually happens
because certain crude intellectuals, for their group interest they are
spreading extravaganza all around. Concocted things about sama’j
(socio-economic movements).

Certain WT groups are engaged in the misuse of sama’j theory for their
crude and selfish interest, i.e. just to gain the power in the
organization. This subject is complex, so I am not going to discuss
anything on this–which group, etc etc. Here the point is only related with
Prabhat Samgiita.

SOME SAMAJ SONGS: A BRIEF ANALYSIS

Let us see what are the songs related with sama’j. And we can analyse
the situation. For example, please see below here this one example. The
Prabhat Samgiita song which Baba has written for Angika samaj. Song number
#4134.

“Aungabhu’mi sundarata’ bhu’mi…” (PS #4134)

Purport:

This land of Angadesh is most beautiful. This type of land you will not
get on this earth. My Angika language is more sweet even than honey. My
mother tongue is so great. O my friend, come and collectively speak in
this glorious language, Angika. This beautiful Angaland is incomparable
on this earth…

And also, see the following Prabhat Samgiita #4082.

“He ma’y Aungabhu’mi ma’tribhu’mi tor lelii ja’n kabul karaechiiye…” (#4082)

Purport:

O, my motherland “Angabhumi”. My life is dedicated for You. I am offering
my life for Your cause. O my motherland “Angabhumi”, by Your grace and by
Your shelter I am surviving on this earth. O my motherland “Angabhumi”, I
have only one desire: to serve You I should get bliss and satiation. O my
motherland “Angabhumi”, by Your grace I am surviving. I yearn for Your love.
And I am ready to sacrifice my life for You.

Baba has written the above songs for the indigenous people of that land.
These songs are not for the universal AM family. And this is not an
isolated case, in which Baba has written songs related with one sama’j
(socio-economic movement) only. But He has written sama’j songs related
with many individual sama’jas.

For example, following is the song related with Amra Bengali sama’j
(socio-economic unit).

“Ra’r’her e la’l ma’t’i go la’l ma’t’i…” (PS #4245)

Purport:

The red soil of this Ra’r’h is very precious. I feel that this has more
value than the pearls, jewels and gold. In this land, people are very
sweet. And the language is also very sweet. Everything here is saturated
with the sweetness. Everything of this Ra’r’h is most beautiful. Here we
get our heart enlightened in divinity. This land is not just a soil, but
it is more precious than gold…

So we can see that one side Baba is praising about the land of “Angabhumi”
in songs 4134 and 4082. And in another song, song #4245, Baba is telling that
the soil of Ra’r’h is most precious. So I have given you only two examples.
Yet there are so many examples like this.

Here below is another song related with Amra Bengali sama’j (socio-economic unit)

“Madhur ceyeo a’ro madhur a’ma’r ba’nla’ bha’s’a’…” (PS #4766)

Purport:

Compared with sweetness, it is more sweet this my Bangla language. This is the
language of my pra’n’a. In my arteries and veins and blood, the
vibration of this language is resonating…

DHARMIC USE OF SAMAJ SONGS

Some innocent or foolish persons can easily get confused. Some may think
that this is just one contradictory type of song after another. But the
reality behind this is something different. These songs are for indigenous
people of those socio-economic units (sama’jas). These songs have been
written for them.

If anyone is circulating the cassettes of these songs in other areas,
then that will be highly objectionable. That usually threatens the unity
of one human society. Because the spirit of socio-economic movements
(sama’jas) is regional in approach and universal in spirit.

Rather what should be done is simply to exchange the name of the samaj in
the song. Then everyone can use the same song for the upliftment of their
own samaj, when and if that type of song is needed in their area.

HELPING THOSE WHO LAG BEHIND

One more question is raised occasionally. That what was the need to write
this type of song which eulogizes one particular area. Why did Baba do
like this? The answer is very simple. If a mother has four babies. And
one is very meritorious, and the other three are suffering from inferiority
complexes. Then to remove that inferiority complex, she will praise those
other children to give them self-confidence. Without this, their personalities
will not grow.

This type of psychology is applied by teachers in the schools also. If they
do not praise unenthusiastic students, then the growth of their personality
will be affected. That’s why the teacher has to praise even unenthusiastic
students. To create the opportunity for them to grow.

We have usually seen in DMC that after distributing the prizes, then Baba
says to all the remainder who are seated there (who did not get prizes),
that “Yes you all should try. And next time you all will certainly win.”
HE would say this to inspire and give enthusiasm to all.

THE NEED TO BANISH INFERIORITY COMPLEX

Another example can be given. These days capitalist exploiters are
exploiting the society by infusing inferiority complexes. Just like when
Britishers came to India and they imposed their language and culture on
Indians. And the Portuguese and Spaniards also were imperialist exploiters
who imposed their language and created inferiority complex amidst the
indigenous population. And with this psychic disease of inferiority complex,
the local people accepted everything which the exploiters imposed on them.
Thinking that this is something greater than they are.

Until this inferiority complex is not removed, an exploitation-free society
cannot be formed. And to remove this, only one way is there. That is
socio-economic movements (sama’j movements).

Just as with Yogic Remedies in which so many remedies have been given for
various diseases. With the remedies prescribed, meant only for those who
have the disease. And in AM Philosophy, guideline about psychic disease
is given for those who are suffering from these diseases. Not for all.

Similarly for the common mass who is suffering from an inferiority complex,
these songs have been given. So the indigenous people will get rid from
the inferiority complex of their local language and cultural expression.
That’s why Baba has given these songs in the local language of that area.

Because true Ananda Margis are not suffering from this sort of complex and
psychic disease, so these songs are not for them. So true Margiis need not
to sing “O my motherland, Angabhumi, I am sacrificing everything for you”
or “O my motherland Bengalistan, I will do and die for you”. But surely,
the indigenous population of that area who is suffering from inferiority
complex, they will sing.

CONCLUSION

The central idea is that for various sama’jas, various Prabhat Samgiita
have been given. And these are a few examples given above. At the time
of writing these songs, Baba has also given the instruction that on the
basis of these sama’j Prabhat Samgiita songs, similar songs should be
composed for all the sama’jas of this earth. By their own indigenous
litterateurs and poets. And in that way, inspire the indigenous people
to root out exploitation in their local area. So these songs given by
Baba should be treated as a specimen and guideline.

There should not be any confusion on this very point. And again it should
be noted that these songs related with the socio-economic movements (sama’j)
are not for the entire Marga family. They are for indigenous people of
that particular sama’j.

Please write your valuable thoughts on this topic.

Namaskar,
Subhash

Note 1: HUMAN CULTURE IS ONE

Baba says in various places that human culture is one. Only the mode of
expression is different.

Note 2: FERTILE BRAINS…

The fertile brain of crude intellectuals, they are always creating problem
by misguiding society. Such things happened so many times in the past. And
Baba has given many examples, which happened in the past. That these crude
intellectuals misguided and exploited the common mass, making them believe
for example that their poverty is due to their own sinful deeds in the past.

Similarly, everybody knows that some WT groups always distort Baba’s samaj
psychology. And so many times they wrote that Baba has written Bengalistan
samaj songs.

Baba in the following quote is teaching us how dogmatic people polluted the
mind of innocent people by preaching false ideas. And establishing their
supremacy. Baba says how in the following way these religious parasites
spread falsehood. Religious parasites misguided and exploited the common
mass by telling them:

“Your God is the only God. You are His blessed sons and daughters, and
others will burn in hellfire.” (PNS 14, p.13)

In similar fashion, these days certain WT factions sing their glory about
their language and land. That they are most precious, and everyone from the
entire globe should salute them and praise their glory. In their group
propaganda network, they talk like this. They did not get tired by spreading
their own greatness. They never get tired of eulogizing themselves. Nor
do they feel shame by doing so.

Note 3: ABOUT SOCIAL ECONOMIC MOVEMENTS

Baba says, “Thus Prout’s approach can be characterised as universal in
spirit but regional in approach.” (PNS 13, p.24)

Baba says, “An empirical spiritual base to society will protect it from all
fissiparous tendencies and group or clan philosophies which create shackles
of narrow-mindedness.” (PNS 13, p.24)

Often we have seen how certain fundamentalist groupists were propagating
Amra Bengali songs all around the globe. That was really suffocating for
everyone. For example this song, “Rarh e lal mati” was circulated and the
cassette was sold in various sectorial retreats of all the sectors. But
that song was only meant for the indigenous people of Rarh. So this proves
the blindness of certain groupist-minded negative people. Those who do not
understand the spirit of Sama’j movement (socio-economic movement).

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Serious Matter

Baba says, “The system of education prevailing today was formulated or
evolved long ago, mainly with a view to suit the needs of the capitalist
class. For the last three to four thousand years, the same type of
education is being imparted. The main purpose behind this sort of
educational system is to create persons with a slavish mentality to
fulfill need of those capitalist exploiters. This sort of education is
fundamentally defective. It is certain that this type of education which
serves the capitalists’ interests is not at all suitable. This sort of
education creates obstacles in the evolution of humanity. We have to
thoroughly revamp the entire educational system. A new educational
system must evolve to produce sadvipras.” (11/29/70, transcribed from cassette)

Note: Those who are bragging about the standard of their education
should know what type & what category of knowledge they have. In this
regard, we should ponder Guru’s above guideline.

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Date: Thu 21 Jan 2010 06:11:29 -0000 (GMT)
From: Pradiip Bauer
Subject: “Generosity” of the United States
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

“Toma’r saunge mor paricay, ek-a’dha yuger katha’ nay…” (PS 2303)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace my closeness with You is not only since the last few
hundred or even thousands of years. Nor is it only since the last one or
two epochs or ages. Baba, from before the beginning of time You have
been along with me; by Your grace I have always been in Your shelter.

Baba, I have been singing Your divine glory since eternity. It is Your
grace. Baba, by being ensconced in Your divine love, my heart became
satiated and fulfilled. All my needs and longings have become completely
quenched and satisfied. Baba, by constantly ideating on You– day and
night, all the time– by Your grace my mind may become one with You.

Baba, please be gracious and do not keep me distant. Always keep me
close to Your lotus feet– under Your shelter. Baba, please remain along
with me constantly– all the 24 hrs. And please grace me and saturate my
mind with Your divine nectar. Baba, make my life full by utilising me
all the time in various deeds, in whatever way You like.

Baba, by Your grace our intimacy and relation has been since eternity.
And, by Your divine krpa’, it will go on up to infinity…

== “GENEROSITY” OF UNITED STATES ==

Namaskar,
At present, the US is giving huge aid to Haiti in response to the
terrible earthquake that hit. The US has pledged 100 million dollars,
and sent tons of food, thousands of military personnel, huge numbers of
relief workers, and much, much more.

Other countries are also supporting the cause – but none as much as the
United States.

From the outside then it looks like the US is spearheading a great
humanitarian effort – with no ulterior agenda or motive. Those thinking
like this are not aware of the deeper aspects behind the US relief
effort. Many common citizens fall in this category. They are not aware
about the psychology behind the big capitalists.

As Ananda Margiis, it is our duty to take a step back and critically
analyse how far the capitalist enterprises like the US government are
really generous in their ongoing relief efforts etc.

In the height of this vaeshyan era, we must know their psychology in
order to educate the masses and bring about the turn of the social cycle.

JUST INVESTING IN ITS OWN FUTURE: PART 1

Baba guides us in so many discourses that capitalists always keep sharp
eyes on their own agenda. That is their chief aim.

The main question that has to be investigated is how far the US relief
efforts are drowned in that capitalist paradigm.

As Ananda Margiis, we should have our eyes clearly open and understand
that when the US goes into an area to offer aid, it is not for the
long-term welfare of that besieged region or nation – rather the US is
just investing in its own future and prosperity. It is as if they are
putting money in their own bank account knowing that it will yield a
high interest rate. That is the psychology behind the US’s involvement
in such relief works.

Now let’s take a look at how this has happened over the course of the
last half-century as well as how this applies to the situation in Haiti
today. We have to be ready to pointedly expose the capitalist mind-set –
whether such capitalists reside in the US, China, Mexico City, London,
or New Delhi.

SOME OF THE HISTORY

One critical example that is easily discernible is what happened in 1947
when India was divided. Up until that point India had similar capacities
in the various states – just relatively small variances. But in 1947
Pakistan was created and Pakistan fell under the tutelage and so-called
care of the USA.

And now – sixty three years later, anyone can see the world of
difference between India and Pakistan. India has grown in many regards:
roads, education, industry, and so many other emerging arenas. In
comparison, Pakistan is a beleaguered place ravaged by terrorism,
killing, poverty, corruption and more. Such is the long-term effect of
having relations with the US.

Basically, wherever the US goes, whether it be Ethiopia, the Middle
East, Mexico, or Haiti, the long-term results are never good for that
nation. In the short-term, that country may receive relief money, arms,
military training, or protection, but in the long-term they will be
hobbled by US economico-cum-politico interests. That is the way it goes.
We have all seen it time and again.

SLAVE OWNER PSYCHOLOGY

The way capitalist mind-set is like that of the slave owner and slave
relation. The slave owner does not want to kill the slave as he needs
work done, but at the same time he does not want that slave to become
educated and independent either. So he gives the slave the bare minimum
to survive and at the same time the slave will remain in a lowly, easily
exploitable position. Similarly economically wealthy nations do the same
with economically poorer nations. They want to use them as pawns for
their own agenda.

Hence “wealthy” nations are willing to help “poorer” nations. But their
help is not help in the true sense of the term – rather top capitalists
hobble those “poorer” nations. Such is the vaeshyan mentality.

Baba says, “In the present world, capitalists accumulate increasing
wealth and possessions for themselves, leaving others to suffer acute
pangs of hunger. They force people to wear tattered rags so that they
can parade in ostentatious clothing. To increase their own strength,
they even suck the vital juice of others.” (PNS-21)

THE SITUATION WITH HAITI

We should be aware because the above scenario matches the situation now
in Haiti.

The US is giving huge money in aid to help Haiti but in truth the way
that money is used will only further ensnare Haiti and keep Haiti
totally dependent and in debt to the US.

US capitalists are doing this out of their own self-interest. The US is
motivated in such scenarios by its military strategy, gain of natural
resources, financial power, and political interest. In particular, the
US does not want Haiti to become a puppet of any other nation. Haiti is
too close to the US and the last thing the US needs is for Haiti to
become a second “problem state” like Cuba. So for military purposes and
for the gain of natural resources, the US has great interest in keeping
Haiti under its control.

Haiti is the poorest nation in North America and right now the capital
of Haiti and other areas are in ruins due to the natural calamity. The
US has gone in under the pretenses of saving the people, but it is sure
the their greater US aim is to protect their own interests. The US uses
Haiti as a pawn in its capitalistic exploitative machinery.

The money the US is giving now they will get back with interest. That is
the way of the capitalist.

* From 1990 to 2003, Haiti received more than $4 billion in aid. The
United States alone had provided Haiti with 1.5 billion in aid.

* In 2005 Haiti’s total external debt reached an estimated US$1.3
billion, which corresponds to a debt per capita of US$169.

And that debt to Haiti is now rising – and along the way the US has
gotten and will continue to get all kinds of political and economic
benefits.

Consider this: the literacy rate in Haiti is 50%. That means half the
country cannot read. Yet 80% of the college graduates from Haiti have
emigrated to the US. Plus various poor Haitians emigrate as well. In
total, there are at minimum 600,000 Haitians living in the US.

So the US gives money to Haiti to protect the growth of its own
workforce. The college educated elite of Haiti will become a purchased
brains in the US economy and the hoards of poor Haitian who come to the
US are needed sweep the streets, do the laundry, wash the windows and
clean the toilets – i.e. cheap labor to do all the things that ordinary
US citizens would refuse to do.

So by giving Haiti money today, the US has much to gain – just like the
slave owner. Plus giving aid is a great public relations stunt. Most of
the common people get duped into thinking that the US really is generous.

MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY IN HAITI

Haiti is a proud nation with a glorious yet bloody history.
Imperialistic nations like France and the US pummeled Haiti over the
course of the last two centuries or more. Haiti fought hard for its
independence in 1804 – so they have a long standing belief and desire
for self-rule. Theirs was but a few short decades after the US
independence (1776) and the French Revolution (1789).

Even then, those very two nations, France and the US, pillaged,
suppressed and ravaged Haiti to no end – never letting that nation out
of their grip. The French bloodied the soil of Haiti through the 1800s
and then came the US occupation from 1915 – 1934. Hundreds of thousands
of innocent Haitian people died during these struggles. The country was
just torn – never given the opportunity to grow. And when the US finally
left in 1934, the Haitian island was far worse off than before the US
arrival.

In total, there have been 32 coups in Haiti in 200 years. Such
is the instability, mostly hampered by outside agents.

Today again we see the US involved in Haitian affairs. Instead of
entering with swords and canons the US is coming with food, bandages,
and emergency supplies. Tragically, although the tools are different and
seem benign or even helpful, the result will be the same. Haiti will be
bound by US capitalistic imperialism.

BABA’S WARNING ABOUT CAPITALISTS

For these reasons and more Baba warns us to be aware about the negative
ways of such capitalists and not get duped by the seeming US generosity
with regards to the earthquake relief in Haiti.

Baba says, “These capitalists are the unworthy sons and daughters of the
Cosmic Father because they go against the principle of cosmic
inheritance. They should be cured of their ailments. To fight capitalism
is therefore within your goal. The seed of infinite expression lies
within dharma, but you must nourish it. Capitalists create hindrances on
the path of human beings to prevent them from becoming one with the
cosmos – to prevent them from becoming great. So capitalism is
anti-dharma and the actions of capitalists are also anti-dharma.” (PNS-15)

JUST INVESTING IN ITS OWN FUTURE: PART 2

All capitalist countries will do like this. They will do anything and
everything to protect their own interests. They will not give help
unless they think they have more to gain then those whom they are
helping. That is their crooked mentality.

Thus when the US is giving huge dollars and resources to Haiti, it must
be kept in mind that the US is planning to get twice the return or more
– i.e huge profit. Without that greedy incentive, the US would not act
like “the good and generous neighbor”.

That is why many say that creating “friendships” with capitalistic
nations like the US is just an invitation for ruination. That country
being helped will not grow strong. It will neither become independent
nor self-sufficient. Just it will be a pawn in the hands of those top
capitalists, each day become more bound into slavery.

There is not a single case where US built a better society in a country
they “helped”. Scan the globe and see for yourself: Iraq, Somalia,
Cambodia, Mexico, Pakistan, and the list goes on and on. No place got
the help they needed in order to stand on their own two feet. Rather
each and every place was left in shambles once the US got its grand
investment out of the deal.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has entrusted us with the duty of helping liberate
society from the heinous grip of the vaeshyan forces. To do that we must
educate one and all about the greedy capitalist psychology and modus
operendi. The supposed generosity of capitalistic nations like the US
must be uncovered and the whole globe should be unshackled from the
greedy initiatives of those vaeshyan masterminds. Then, armed with a
proper ideology, society can and will progress.

Baba says, “This vaeshya-dominated society exists even today, and as a
consequence of exploitation, the viprian and ks’atriyan societies have
degenerated to the level of shu’dras…No social class should dominate
society. If one class is dominant the other classes will surely be
exploited. Therefore everyone is to be guaranteed equal opportunities
and equal rights. For the progress of humanity a harmonious adjustment
in the society is essential…Cunning capitalists have built a fragile
nest from their greedy intellect, just as the weaver bird builds a nest.
In the collective interest of all human beings this nest must be smashed
to pieces. Only then can human beings lead the entire society towards
supreme good.” (SS-1)

Namaskar,
Pradiip

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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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Lunatic

Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:48:42 -0400
From: Donald_G
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Lunatic

Baba

“Kare ja’tra’ halo shuru, bhule gechi se katha’…” (699)

Baba, when exactly my journey started I do not know; it is not in my
mind. I have completely forgotten the day when my journey towards You
started. Since many lives, by Your grace You have been attracting me– step
by step. By Your causeless compassion I am moving in that divine liila–
reducing the radius gradually and coming closer & closer to You.

How much I suffered on the way and, how many thorns pierced my feet and
hindered my forward movement on the path– that I do not remember. Those
memories are not in my mind.

On the journey towards You by Your grace I crossed the torturous fiery
blaze of the burning desert. And other times I got totally drenched from
the pouring rains of the thunderstorms. But, no matter what the obstacle,
by Your grace You always gave me the strength and perseverance to move on.
Baba, by Your grace You are always bringing me close to You.

So many spring seasons and their beauty have come and I got intoxicated
by that attraction. And in Your longing, in Your divine attraction, You
filled my heart with devotion. And by Your grace I sang Prabhat Samgiita
songs and kiirtan with heartfelt yearning and longing. In this way my life
has passed– sometimes in dark moments and sometimes in effulgent ones. But
through it is, by Your grace gradually I have reached close to You, under
Your shelter. Baba You are so gracious. Baba, You are my everything…

== LUNATIC ==

Namaskar,
With the recent passing cycle of the recent new moon, we should
once again reflect on the importance of our fasting system.

Baba has given all the practices of Ananda Marga for the health and
well-being of all. So what Baba has given is good for every human being.
One reason for this is that our AM practices abide by the laws of nature.
Everything we do is consonant with the natural world.

And this applies to our fasting system as well– it is done according to
the phases of the moon. By this way we are able to grow healthy and strong
and avoid disturbances to our body and mind caused by the pull of the moon.

EFFECT OF THE MOON ON THE BODY

It is commonly know that the gravitional pull of the moon affects the human
body. And in particular during the periods of the new and full moon, it
adversely affects the human structure.

Baba says, “On and around the times of new and full moon, one may observe
that the gaseous and aqueous factors in the body rise up into the head and
chest, creating an uncomfortable feeling.” (CC-3)

In essence, Baba guides us above that the moon pulls the liquid portion–
or the water of the body– upwards and that creates undue pressure on the
“head and chest”.

So just as it is scientifically proven that the tides of the ocean are
dictated by the phases of the moon, similarly the liquid factor in the
human body is also affected by the phases of the moon.

And during the period of the new and full moon, the pull of the moon
impairs the functioning of the human body by pulling the gas and liquid
upwards.

That is our well founded idea in Ananda Marga. That is Baba’s explicit
teaching.

AS GOES THE BODY, SO GOES THE MIND

In our yoga we also know that the mind and body are highly linked. Thoughts
affect the health of the body, and the condition of the body affects the
mind, postively or negatively.

So when the body is adversely affected by the moon– due to uneasy pressure
etc– then the mind is also affected. This is the common theorem. Because
if there is a problem in the body then the mind will be drawn to that pain
or that discomfort, in which case the mind will be not functiong in its
normal manner.

This we all know and we have seen often in the case of people who suffer
from most any physical disease or syndrome. General citizens suffer
tremendously in the psychic sphere due to physical illness. This always
happens– unless one is properly or even highly developed in the spiritual
realm etc.

LUNACY AND LUNATICS

So now we come to the point of the full moon, our fasting, and crazy
behaviour. Because when it is sure that the moon affects the body, and the
body affects the mind, then it stands to reason that the full moon and
imbalanced behaviour go hand in hand. Let’s take a closer look.

The latin word for moon is ‘luna’. And not coincidentally, that ‘luna’ is
the root of the words ‘lunacy’ and ‘lunatic’.

Reason being that it has long been noticed, that people’s crazy behaviour–
or lunacy– increases at the time of the full moon.

More extreme types of crimes are seen in this time; there are more visits
to counselors & social workers; hospital visits are increased; and various
types of unusual behaviour is more noticeable during times of the full
moon. This is the commonly held belief.

And the yogic response to this is that since the body is negatively
affected by the full moon then the mind also gets negatively affected.
That is why Baba recommends we fast during the periods of the full and new
moon as that will counteract the harmful effect of the new and full moon.

Baba says, “On and around the times of new and full moon, one may observe
that the gaseous and aqueous factors in the body rise up into the head and
chest, creating an uncomfortable feeling. Therefore, if a person does not
take food at these times, these factors will be drawn down from the higher
portions of the body to the lower portions, thereby alleviating the
uncomfortable feeling.” (CC-3)

NOT JUST MYTH

The western scientific machine has mixed views on this point. They
mockingly write off the effect of the moon on the human mind and body– or
at the very least they say it is unproven that the full moon leads to
irregular behaviour and crazier antics by human beings.

Such scientists write off the luna and lunatic theory as being: An old,
unfounded belief by indigenous cultures; a cognitive bias; a general
misconception; and, a result of the indulgence of the mass media.

Thus various, so-called upstanding scientists claim that there is no real
link between the moon and human behaviour, between ‘luna’ and ‘lunacy’.

They mosty write it off as myth for the reasons mentioned above.

However, this is the same scientific guild that does not recognise the
importance of fasting, the benefits of vegetarianism, the presence of
microvita, the existence of mind, and so many other well known truths of
yoga.

Because their body of knowledge is limited to empirical, scientific
proofs– that are often tainted by who funds the study– and not based on
intuition or practical experience, nor the teachings of Taraka Brahma.
For that reason, the traditional western scientific world will always be a
few steps behind the ways of yoga. At least until AM ideals are fully
embraced by science– but that may take a while.

OUR AM PRACTICE

Suffice to say here that the moon certainly affects both the mind and body.
And in our AM, the proof is that for this very reason Baba directs us to
fast during the periods of the new and full moon.

And by following Baba’s directive to fast during those lunar periods, we
are rescued and saved from the harmful effects of the moon– both in the
physical and psychic spheres.

And one thing is also sure, when the physical body is adversely affected,
such as during the time of the new and full moon, then sadhana is
difficult. Because of undue pressure in the higher cakras etc.

But when we fast, that alleviates the problem cent-per-cent. Because there
is no excess water that can be pulled higher up which creates an
uncomfortable feeling in the chest and head. Hence, sadhana can easily be
done.

So in the three realms, our AM practice of fasting during the full and new
moon periods, either 2 times monthly or 4 times montly, keeps us physically
healthy, mentally balanced, and spiritually inclinded.

And fasting also protects us from the ill effects of the moon such as
indigestion, headaches, and, yes, lunacy.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, by following the guidelines of 16 Points, such as fasting
etc, we can move smoothly and swiftly ahead towards our cherished Goal.

Baba says, “In order to march ahead on the road of human welfare, we will
have to strengthen ourselves in all the arena of life. The complete seeds
of welfare in all the spheres – physical, mental, moral, social and
spiritual – are embedded in the sixteen points. Hence be firm on the
sixteen points.” (Ananda Vanii #45)

Namaskar,
Divyajyoti

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Relations with Others

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-II, ‘Sadhana Section, pt #3)

Note: In the dogmatic religions this idea is taught God has created this
whole universe solely for the enjoyment of human beings. That is why they
kill animals and exploit downtrodden people up to the bone without any
qualms.

Motivated by this dogmatic teaching, selfish people’s mind works in that
way. Such lowly people think that, ‘Others have the duty to take care of my
situation and their own situation as well. And they should not bother me
about their own problems’. This is the way such selfish persons think.

And if due to some reason that same lowly person helps others then that
selfish person thinks that in the near future they want full return plus
interest of their so-called service. Thus there is no question of duty and
service; these ideals have no place in their mind.

Because of all this present day society’s condition is unfavourable–
bleak. All around the west these things are quite common as well as in the
big metropolitan cities of the east. The same problem is there also.
But Baba’s teaching leads in a different direction. In His above mandate
from Caryacarya, Baba is very beautifully guiding that our duty is to serve
everybody– without any expectation from anyone in return.

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From: “Satiish G.D. Bose”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Positive Remembrance
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 10:16:38 +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)

== POSITIVE REMEMBRANCE ==

Namaskar,
Our Ananda Marga is that most positive stance in life. If nothing else, the
whole entire concept of AM rests on the supreme belief that ‘Baba is mine
and He is with me’. This is the great idea which pulsates in the mind of
each and every Ananda Margii.

Thus those types of dogmatic remembrances such as Mahaprayan which go
against the spirit of AM should be discarded– eliminated. Because such
clouded occasions only misguide the mind in the opposite direction.

So this email is a short investigation into how our human memory works and
why the fake Mahaprayan Divas (MPD) program is just one dark stain on the
mental plate. That is why no margii is interested in attending Mahaprayan–
no one goes these days.

HOW MEMORY WORKS

We all know that those things which we think about again and again remain
alive in the mind. That is why if one thinks about one’s childhood friends
again and again then even if those friendships occurred 50 years ago it
will seem as though those events happened only yesterday. It will be fresh
in the mind.

In contrast, if one tries to remember their high school mathematics
theorems or chemistry equations etc, and even if one got an A+ in those
classes, but if they have not thought about mathematics or chemistry for
years and years, then those facts and figures will be impossible to recall.
The point being that any idea which gets remembered again and again will be
vibrant and crystal clear in the mind while those forgotten ideas just fade
away into the oblivion.

WHAT WE REMEMBER IN AM: ‘BABA IS WITH ME’

That is why when for Ananda Margiis the most desirable idea in this
universe is that ‘Baba is with me’, then this idea should be inculcated
again and again. Our thinking should be: ‘Baba is watching me, He cares for
me, and He loves me…’ For Ananda Margiis this is our routine remembrance.
> From morning till night all our practices and thoughts revolve around this
pinnacled idea– that He is with me.

Whereas the Mahaprayan program just enforces the false notion that Baba has
left this earth and is no longer with me. That is why at Mahaprayan it is
regularly seen that people are distraught and crying, and again and again
their mind gets confused as they recall that day in Oct 1990 when Baba
supposedly left. All these reckless, misguided ideas race throught the mind
during Mahaprayan. So many sadhakas have commented on this– that is why
everyone has totally abandoned this unhealthy and dogmatic tradition
Mahaprayan.

POSITIVE REMEMBRANCE NEEDED

Here is another way of looking at the matter.

Suppose one mother has one sweet, little baby boy and suppose one day that
charming boy gets hit by a car and his lifeless body is just lying there
mangled on the road. Then certainly that caring mother will not keep a
picture of that horrible and gruesome scene on her bedroom wall. She will
not think again of the bloodied face of her little boy. Rather she will
hang a sweet picture of her son which shows him happy and smiling. That
will be the type of sweet remembrance the mother will carry.

Likewise, as devotees, we will always keep the most supremely positive
memory of our dearmost Baba in the casket of our heart and in the deep
recesses of our mind. And our sweet thought will be that, ‘Baba You are
along with me wherever I go in this vast universe. You are ever with me–
protecting me and caring for me. Your blessing of fearlessness is always
reflecting in my mind.’ This is our Ananda Marga way of thinking and this
is our reality.

So just like the mother will keep a delightful memory of her little boy,
similarly we will keep a divine and intimate remembrance of Baba. And in
both cases that keeps the mind sparkling with that positive idea.

MAHAPRAYAN IS A NEGATIVE REMEMBRANCE

Whereas, the dark and negative occasion of Mahaprayan just imposes the
false notion in the mind that Baba has gone– that He has left. Indeed the
very name of the program (great departure) means that Parama Purusa is away
from us.

BABA DIVINE EXAMPLE: POSITIVE MEMORY OF SHIVA AND KRSNA

That is why no true devotee appreciates this type of anti-devotional
program and that is why Baba Himself never discusses the so-called
Mahaprayan of Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna in His books about those Taraka
Brahmas. Rather if any devotee of Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna reads those
books that they will automatically think that their Lord is along with
them– and there will not even be a moment to think that He is gone.

MORE POINTS ABOUT REMEMBERING BABA

AND KEEPING HIM FOREVER IN OUR HEART

1. In A’nanda Ma’rga Baba again and again guides us that we are always to
remember the most positive and optimistic things. He tells us to always
remember our Ista mantra, always practice madhuvidya (2nd lesson), always
chant His name etc. All those divinely positive practices we are always to
do so that the eternal truth will be permanently established in the mind
that Parama Purusa is with me.

2. Baba lovingly teaches never to engage the mind in any pessimistic
thoughts. That is why Baba forbids us from celebrating the death of any
loved one, year after year, even for any human being

Rather Baba has granted a 12 day period of mourning to show respect and
that is all (Reference CC-1, ’95 Edn, p.65).

Baba has written that such death day occasions should not be celebrated
year after year as this bring sadness and pessimism in the mind. Rather He
has concluded our shraddha ceremony with the sweet idea, “Let everybody be
happy…let everybody see the bright side…”. This is the blessing He has
given.

2A. But tragically, the dogmatic & sorrowful Mahaprayan program is being
put on year after year, totally going against all the devotional and social
tenets of our Marga.

3. In our Ananda Marga everything is blissful:

“A’nanda’ddhyeva….a’nandam’ prayantyabhisam’vishanti.”

Baba says, “This quinquelemental world has been born out of bliss, is being
maintained in bliss and into sacred bliss it will melt.” (NKS)

Thus where is there scope to indulge in sad ceremonies like the dogmatic
Mahaprayan program. This outrightly goes against the spirit of our Marga.

4. The positive idea in AM is that ‘Baba is with me’ and this brings
courage, dynamism, and spiritedness. With that idea in mind one feels that
they can do anything and everything.

5. In the opposite direction, those attending Mahaprayan knowingly or
unknowingly cultivate the idea in mind that Baba is gone. Because the whole
nature of the program is based on this faulty concept. So in either the
front or back of their mind, those attending the Mahaprayan program are
involved in a serious spiritual dilemma that ultimately pushes Parama
Purusa away from their mental plate.

6. We should cultivate positive remembrances. Because what we remember
again and again sticks in the mind. So if one is disciplined in their
sadhana practice then they will effortlessly know how to do all their
lessons whereas if one is half-hearted in sadhana then they will totally
forget their third lesson mantra– or even all their mantras. That is what
happens. Those things just become a faint memory.

7. Likewise if we remember that Baba is with us– if this is our main
memory– then that sweet reality will be permanently part of our mental
structure. That idea will always be in our heart.

8. Whereas if one goes to Mahaprayan and spends 10 days thinking again and
again how Baba’s body was cremated and now He is no more. This type of
aspiritual memory will destroy one’s inner link with Him. And not just
during those ten days but before and after the trip for weeks and months
one will be absorbed in this defective approach thinking about going to
Mahaprayan until finally one will not be able to rid that defective idea
from the mind. We should not let such a catastrophe befall us.

Indeed this idea of so-called Mahaprayan is sinful when its main
effect is to cause the mind to degenerate in such a stark manner.

9. Those who attend Mahaprayan inevitably suffer the drawbacks and
pessimism associated with this dogmatic function. And it takes the other 11
months of the year for them to regain their balance. Only to again go to
Mahaprayan and again fall into the mud by thinking that Baba has gone. This
is the negative cycle of attending the dogmatic Mahaprayan program.

HE IS WITH US– ALWAYS

Here is Baba’s divine reminder that He is always with us. And this sweet
teaching is the most advantageous thing to remember in this vast universe.

Baba says, “Parama Purus’a, that Supreme Father, is with each and every
entity. No man, no expression, is ever alone in this world. He is always
with you. Science says this, philosophy says this. And under no
circumstances should a man suffer from a complex of helplessness or
hopelessness or fear. You are the dignified children of Parama Purus’a, and
He is always with you.”
“He is with the universe, that is, the entire universe is His object.
And not only that, He is with each and every expressed unit entity, with
each and every individual also. That is, collectively He is attached to the
world, to that expressed world; and singularly He is with you. You are
never alone.”
“…Parama Purus´a, the Supreme Father, is always with you and you are
never alone…
“And the main advantage is – the advantage is a very great advantage,
and that is – you are never alone. And because He is with you, you are the
strongest person in the universe. He is with you. You are never alone. It
is the greatest advantage.” (AV-12)

Thus no one should suffer and fall into the dark abyss of Mahaprayan and
get lost in the faulty notion that Baba has left. No one should impose that
false memory on their mental plate again and again. This tragedy should not
happen to anyone.

Yet unconsciously, unbeknownst to the attendee, this happens. If is just like
if one visits a bar then they are invariably have at least one drink, even if
they are not a drinker per se; similarly, if anyone goes to Tiljala to
participate in the dogmatic Mahaprayan program, then in at least one corner of
their mind they are bound to think that ‘Baba is gone’. Such is the strong
effect that environment plays on the mind.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His fathomless compassion His divine grace is with us each and every
moment– now and up to eternity.

Baba says, “I know one is sure to get divine help. And I know further that
one is getting divine help. And I know still further that in future, for
infinite time and infinite space, one will be getting this divine favour.
And you are all sa’dhakas. You will certainly attain that supreme stance
and enjoy that divine blessedness. You are sure to enjoy it, my sons and my
daughters.” (AV-23)

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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