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To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 16:37:04
From: “Hank & Rita Tomasson”
Subject: Unpublished Unique Handwriting of Baba

Baba

“Tumi eso go, eso go, eso go, a’mi hrday-duya’r khule diyechi…” (P.S.
673)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace I have so much longing in my heart. Baba, I am
anxiously waiting for You. By Your grace I have kept the door of my
heart open for You. Please come, please come, please come and reside in
the deep core of my heart. Baba, You have taken all the nectar from my
flower blossom which I had been saving for You. Baba, You have taken,
You have taken. Baba, year after year has passed– so many sweet,
loving memories have been lost in the oblivion. But You did not come.
Time passes like this. Baba, so many divine songs that I have song for
You have been swept away into the vast expanse. But You did not come.
Even now, I am eagerly waiting and looking constantly towards the path
of Your arrival. Baba, I am desperately waiting and looking forward to
hearing Your footsteps. Baba, by Your grace I am always moving forward
towards You. Sometimes my speed is fast, by Your grace. And sometimes
due to my lethargy, my speed is quite slow. But by Your grace always I
am moving ahead on Your path, singing Your song with deep longing for
You. Baba in Your divine tune and melody and with the rhythm of
devotional yearning, by Your grace I am always ideating on Your supreme
thoughts and blissful tales. Baba, please be gracious and come; my
heart is always open and longing for You. Baba, please grace me and
reside eternally in the depths of my heart and become my own…

== UNPUBLISHED UNIQUE HANDWRITING OF BABA ==

Namaskar,
Our Ananda Marga is 100% rational in all respects – firmly based in the
ways of neo-humanism.

In 1961, Baba delivered one unique teaching – in the form of a
handwritten message – that ensures the well-being of all peoples and
protects the dignity of the entire humanity.

Till today, this special teaching has not been published in any of our
AM books, pamphlets or magazines.

BABA’S HANDWRITTEN MESSAGE

Here is the hand-written message which Baba has written in both English
and Hindi:

“Propagandists of communalism, provincialism, casteism, lingualism and
any other ism should be strongly dealt with even if it is found that
their charges are properly established.” – Baba (8 Jan 1961)

Such are the words Baba Himself penned on that day. It is a great
teaching for all, especially those who are the vanguards of society.

In each and every era, various groups or communities have tried hard to
exploit and demean another people, and in that process the exploiters
have come up with all kinds of justifications and logic, but Baba’s
above guideline wholly rejects all such attempts.

In a phrase, Baba’s guideline does away with all kinds of stereotypes.

Let’s together investigate the full impact and scope of Baba’s above
handwritten guideline.

APPLYING BABA’S MESSAGE

Baba’s above guideline offers a strong response to all those who indulge
in stereotypes. As we all know, a “stereotype” is when a person or group
makes a blanket statement about another community based on their own
biased views.

For instance, a person might proclaim:

– Black people are dumb; or,

– Females are too weak to be leaders; or,

– Jewish people are stingy, i.e. not generous $$; or,

– Muslims are terrorists; or

– Hairjans are dirty and uncultured; or,

– Mexicans are thieves.

These are the types of “stereotypical” statements that some proclaim.
And in many cases, they may even have the data, facts, and figures to
back up their claim. Yet Baba’s staunch guideline from His handwritten
message is that we should firmly reject such charges.

For instance, about black people, a white supremest will say that by
nature black people are stupid and do not finish school. To support
their claim, that white supremest might present data from Harvard
University that shows that many black people drop out of high school,
very few go to college, and that many black people in the US end up
impoverished or in jail. Based on these established facts, the supremest
concludes that black people are dumb. Such racists, like this white
supremest, use real facts to justify their view(s).

However, Baba’s guideline is that even if “their charges are properly
established”, we should never accept the ways of racism etc. That means,
it may be true that more black people in the US do drop out of high
school and end up in jail, but one must never indulge in the racist
belief that therefore black people are only “half-human” or dumb. That
is not the proper conclusion as there are many factors involved.

Proof being that the same high school dropout rate would apply to white
students if they faced similar circumstances like financial hardship,
neighborhood crime, and a slew of other issues that have been rampant in
black neighborhoods after centuries and decades of racial discrimination
and unfair treatment.

It is our duty to attune our minds to the myriad of social injustices
that forced black people into such a desperate position. That is the
direction we should look and then remedy the situation accordingly. The
answer is not to indulge in racism and wrongly conclude that black
people drop out of school because they are dumb.

Thus, in no way, shape or form, should we give credence to such
stereotypical statements that play into one community pushing down or
exploiting another. Whether those statements are about the nature of
women, the ways of people from a particular nation, or the behaviour of
those in a specific religion or caste etc, we are to firmly stand by our
principles and keep a neo-humanistic outlook, never giving way to crude
beliefs based on caste, group, religious, or national sentiment etc.

THE SITUATION IN AM

Unfortunately, there are similar things going on today in our Marga.
Because of the grand diversity of life in AM and Baba’s special system
of posting workers, the scene in AM is far, far better than that of the
general society, even then we can find hints of racism or lingualism etc.

For instance, if any group in AM tries to enhance their prestige by
promoting their language or their area as being the best and the most
unique in the world, then that stand cannot be at all appreciated. We
must wholly reject such views.

That means if certain Bengali Wts and margiis proclaim that Amra Bengali
is the most important or best samaj and therefore all others are “second
best”, then we should reject their claims. The Bengali speaking leaders
may argue that only their language is 92% Sanskrit, or that Baba wrote
thousands of Prabhat Samgiita songs in Bengali, or that their race is a
unique blending of the four races etc. They may present all these types
of facts to show that workers from Bengal are most venerable and great.
But it is totally wrong to say that Bengali wts are the best or that
Amra Bengali samaj is the top. Because such statements are based on
“isms” like racism and lingualism. In that case those people (i.e.
propagandists) should be dealt with strongly. That is Baba’s exact
teaching.

“Propagandists of communalism, provincialism, casteism, lingualism and
any other ism should be strongly dealt with even if it is found that
their charges are properly established.” – Baba (8 Jan 1961)

All stereotypes are baseless as they are based on some type of ism. We
should be vigilant when dealing with such type of propagandists. That is
Baba’s exact teaching.

MORE ABOUT THE SITUATION IN AM

If we look from a different perspective we can see that Hindi group
leaders proclaim that any worker from Bengal is a spy and not to be
trusted. Such groupists view people based on groupist affiliation and
geo-sentiment. Thus, the Hindi or EC leaders are no less guilty of this
disease than those workers from Bengal.

The striking point is that in AM, geo-sentiment is dominant. All the
various Wt groups have been formed on this basis. No doubt they have
their logic to support their racist views etc, but whatever logic they
give should be discarded. Because they are just manipulating certain
facts to support their own narrow-minded ism.

If we see critically, then most of the key posts of a particular group
are given to people of their area or to those who have surrendered their
faith to that particular geographical place.

It is just like if an Afghan man surrenders himself to US supremacy then
and only then can he get a high post – otherwise he will just be thought
of as a terrorist.

Right now, in almost whatever direction we look, we can see groupist
leaders justifying their case and placing greater importance on their
chosen area, at expense of other places and peoples. That is the current
situation in AM and it is this that we should oppose. That is Baba’s
guideline.

KEY POINT TO REMEMBER

One key point to remember is that each and every area has mix of good
and bad people – everywhere it is like this. In Bengal, there are many
good people as well as bad persons, i.e. criminals and thieves, etc.

So no area, race, caste or group can proclaim themselves as the revered
ones or the best above all others. If anyone does like this it means
that they are are adhering to groupism, racism or some other ism. No
matter what logic they give, we should treat that as straw and throw it
away.

Unfortunately, some people never tire of praising that their own group
and some dumb people feel fortunate or honoured to receive those ideas.
In that we they get totally duped and become groupist pawns. However, we
should never get caught up in the belief that a certain group, language,
or region is really blessed and better than others.

Everywhere there are those who are blessed and those who are sinners. It
is not a functions of race, birth, language background, or birth etc.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with all the teachings in life to
build up a healthy human society and overcome all racism, casteism, etc.
We are to take a firm stand against those who indulge in stereotypes.
That is Baba’s distinct teaching that He wrote down that day in 1961.
And it is as true today as it was then. We should all pay heed.

Namaskar,
Hitendra

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Money and Peace

Baba says, “With the acquisition of money people still feel that they have
nothing; in spite of possessing a huge amount of money they often beat
their chests in despair. So it is not money they seek– what they truly
desire is peace, not happiness. But it is only rarely that people attain
peace in life…The answer [then] is that by attaining Parama Purus’a one
no longer has any unsatiated hunger or unqueched thirst.” And that is the
stage of perfect peace. (SS-12, p.38)

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