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What is the News?

Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2010 05:36:11 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Mandal.Virendra@bharata.net…
Subject: What is the News?

Baba

“A’ka’shabhara’ a’jake ta’ra’…” (P.S. 2523)

Purport:

Baba, the sky of this amavasya night is filled with the stars. The
sweet, nectar-like breeze is blowing mildly. The mind is floating in
divine ecstasy from the known to the unknown world– towards its final
destination. Baba, ensconced in Your ideation, my mind is getting lost
in Your divine bliss. Baba, the lily flower is constantly looking
towards the sky; the aroma of flowers is emanating all around. They have
forgotten themselves and lost their awareness about their own unit
existence. They restlessly move in the attraction of one call. Baba in
Your longing I am sitting alone, counting the stars. I understand that
by Your grace I have lost myself in this beautiful atmosphere and the
attraction of Your love. Baba, You are ever-gracious and You are always
remaining by my side and guiding me. Baba, on this amavasya night my
heart is yearning and longing for You. Please grace me by coming closer
and still more close…

== WHAT IS THE NEWS ==

Namaskar,
Generally people live in this world without any definite plan or
program. Most are unaware about the greater meaning and aim of life.
They proceed onwards in a whimsical fashion. This is the common way of
human beings.

It was like this in the past and it is like this today also.

Certainly, people have short term material goals such as getting a job,
finding a spouse, buying a house, producing children, and purchasing a
car etc, but rarely do they think about getting old, and least of all
about death. These latter aspects people do not consider. Rather they
naively think they will remain on this earth forever. They think of this
place as their permanent abode.

Hence they remain basically oblivious of the reality: Just as one day we
have come onto this earth, one day we will also go. This fact no one
likes to consider. No one plans in this way – it is extremely rare.

BABA EMPHASIZES THE AIM OF HUMAN LIFE

Baba, being the Sadguru, has come to enlighten human beings and show us
the right path. And indeed in countless discourses, stories, and
analogies, Baba reminds us – time and again – about “What is the right
path.”

This idea He has given on so many occasions.

Why? Because it is the nature of human beings to get caught up in avidya
maya and take this world as their permanent residence and the entire
reality – when in fact it is just a relative truth. We’ve come here only
for a short while and nothing in this world is lasting. But people
forget about this fact. That is why Baba brings this point – i.e. that
human life is short – to the fore again and again.

He has given this teaching in Caryacarya (CC-II, ‘Sadhana’, point #8),
philosophical discourses, stories, shlokas, analogies, and in all kinds
of ways. Because we human beings constantly forget that this world is
not our permanent reality. People live as if they are going to remain on
this earth forever.

In contrast, Baba does not talk about the theory of gravity in dozens
and dozens of discourses. Why? Because already as a people we are aware
that gravity exists and we do not forget this fact. So there is no need
for Baba to remind us of this.

But about the greater meaning and temporary nature of life, people
regularly forget about this. Always we slip back into ignorance. Hence
Baba brings the point again and again.

Here following is one such unique teaching.

WHAT IS THE NEWS?

One day a yaks’a approached the great king Yudhisthira.

The yaks’a asked: “What is the news?”

(Note: The sense of his question was what is the real situation of this
material world.)

In reply king Yudhithira told: “The material world is like a frying pan.
The sun is the fire; the day and nights are the fuel. The passing
seasons are the stirring ladle and time is cook. All living entities are
being thus fried in this pan. This is the real news of what is happening
in the material world which is a miserable place full of ignorance.”

Such was Yudhisthira’s colourful and insightful reply and this is yet
one more way that Baba has brought this critical matter that we have
only come onto this earth for a short time. (Reference: AV(H)-29 chapter
14)

And certainly in so many ways Baba has discussed this point including
during one famous discourse in Bombay.

WHY THIS IS NEWS

The interesting thing about the Yudhithira’s above analogy is that the
yaks’a is asking “what is the news”. The yaks’a is not asking about
philosophy, ethics, nature of life or anything esoteric like that.

The yaks’a is asking the news, yet such was Yudhisthira’s reply.

Why? Because that really is the news. Whenever people are told something
that they do not know then it is news.

Due to avidya maya people commonly forget that they are moving towards
their death. They do not remember the transient nature of life on earth.
People take money, prestige, beauty, attraction and all their worldly
attachments to be of a permanent nature. All their plans and programs
are based on this idea.

They see new-borns come onto this earth, but they never think that one
day they will go.

So Yudhisthira’s reply that human beings are in a frying pan proceeding
towards death is indeed news.

It is just like if a coup happened years ago but just today more
revelations about the coup were reported then that would be news. Or
when archaeologists find new fossils. This is also news because human
beings were not aware about these events.

Thus the fact that slowly, slowly we are going towards death – that is
also news.

People think this place is their permanent abode. With that as their
reference point, their behavior, values, logic and reasoning becomes
skewed, even polluted. All of their priorities are based on the false
notion that they will remain here forever and ever. And indeed most live
their life in this way.

They collect cars, chase after the opposite sex, seek out fame and
fortune. They talk all these fleeting things to be the essence of life.

If they thought otherwise, people would keep away from useless
activities like harassing others, fighting, looting, and material
pursuits etc. And they would do more sadhana and help others. But this
is not the case. Just look around and see for yourself.

Thus, Yudhisthira’s teaching of thousands of years ago is as relevant
today as it was then. That is why this is the news.

HOW WE SHOULD LIVE OUR LIFE

Baba’s divine guideline is that we are to complete all important works
(sadhana and service) very soon. There is no guarantee how long we will
survive on this earth. That is why Baba says do all good works
immediately because human life is short. No one decides when they will
come and no one decides when they will go.

Baba says, “The scriptures say, Grhiitvaeva keshes’u mrtyurn’a’
Dharma’caret: that is, during spiritual practice one should think that
the god of death has already started pulling one’s hair – that one’s
death is imminent. And accordingly one should work sincerely and
vigorously; one will have to do a great many noble deeds within a short
period.” (SS-11)

Thus we have not a moment to spare. None should get caught up in the
whirlpool of maya and think this world as permanent. None should chase
after frivolous things.

All should bear in mind that we have come here for a limited period and
we have a great many works to do. This is the main outlook of any sadhaka.

One should think: My life is for spiritual practice and serving others,
not carnal pleasures. All Baba’s teachings are my food for moving on the
path divine. I must not get swayed by the glitz and glamour of avidya
maya. I am to remember that I am being cooked in one frying pan and
moving towards my death. I utilise my energies for sadhana, not mundane
allurements, then I will achieve eternal life, by His grace.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He reminds us again and again that our human life is a
unique opportunity given to us by Parama Purusa. As human beings we are
to take advantage of our free will and do something great – attain Him.
That is what Baba is telling us in Yudhisthira’s analogy.

Most of the scriptures of old are filled with thousands of pages of
dogmatic teachings and one has to swift through all those things in
order to find an ounce of truth. Ananda Marga is not like that.

Baba has given us only the most pertinent guidelines to get success:
Remembering the Goal of life is one such guideline. May we always
following His teachings and never get caught up in the whirlpool of
maya, thinking this world to be our permanent abode and chasing after
fleeting fancies.

If we remember the news of the day, we are bound to move on the right
path, by His grace.

Baba says, “If you are asked by God, “What do you want?”, what should
you say?”

“You must say, “O Lord, I want your blessings so that my intellect may
move along the right path.” You know that the intellect is the cause of
your downfall or evolution. So when your mind gets proper direction,
what else would you require?” (AV-21)

Namaskar,
Virendra

Note: FURTHER READING ON THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/08/slowly-towards-cremation.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2008/06/noose.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/12/keep-skull.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2008/08/beauty-of-old-age-benefits-of-disease.html

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From: “Will Chaucey”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Remain Aware About Your Child’s Problem
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 07:51:08 +1000

Baba

“Jyoti-ujjval pra’n’occhal tumi priyo…” (P.S. 2229)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, You are the Divine Controller of this vast
universe. You are the brilliant effulgence– full of vitality & saturated &
with the love. Baba, You are my dearmost. By Your own glory You are
glorified. O’ Parama Purusa You are ever-adorable.

Baba, I do not have the strength to catch hold of You. With my little
strength and with whatever means I have, I try to catch You– but it is
impossible for me. Instead I remain engrossed in my own self– unit “I”.
This ‘unit I’ is preventing me from coming close to You. Baba, please
transform my ‘I-feeling’, make it Yours.

Baba, with my own strength I will not be able to get You. With the
thread of the spider’s net I will not be able to bind You and hold You.
Because of this, please by Your causeless grace, allow Yourself to get
held. This is my only request to You. Please keep this open for Your
consideration.

Baba, in my mind & in my heart, I have deep longing for You– to have
You close. Please grant me this by Your causeless grace. Baba please come
in my shravan, manan, niddidhyasan, & dhyana and make me Yours…

== REMAIN AWARE ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S PROBLEM ==

Namaskar,
As parents, the easiest thing to do is to get caught up in our own lives
and lose sight of what our children are really going through. This is
especially true in this age of extreme materialism and busyness. Being a
parent, counselor and spouse, this has become a big issue in our
household and neighborhood.

Of course, as Ananda Margiis, we are, in general, far better off in this
regard than the mainstream citizens. Daily meditation affords us the
time and space to reflect and feel that inner link with Parama Purusa.
That softens the heart and brings life into focus.

At the same time, in my week I come across many cases where families are
caught up in the tidal wave of materialism. In that storm, the
children’s needs get pushed aside, or even lost entirely.

One critical point that comes up again and again is kids getting bullied
at school. Bullying comes in the forms of children getting beaten up,
threatened, scared, abused, teased, ridiculed, humiliated etc. To brush
these incidents off as just meagre occurrences is an injustice to our
children. Bullying has devastating short-term and long-terms effects on
our kids. It must not be tolerated.

Here is a look at the causes, effects, and solutions to this problem of
bullying. Please be mindful of this issue in your area with your kids
and do share your thoughts on this important topic.

BULLYING: WHY AN IMPORTANT ISSUE

At first, as a reader you might think that when there are so many
gigantic problems in the world, why spend time talking about this issue
of bullying. After all the economy, women’s rights, wars, devastation,
and so much more – why then talk about bullying.

The answer is simple. Most of the problems in the world are due to human
neglect. We need proper people to turn things around. Yet those who get
bullied as kids suffer both short-term and long-term issues – severely
impacting their human growth and development. Bullying is completely
traumatic and affects one’s relations, life choices, sleep, dreams,
self-esteem, psychic constitution and so much more.

After all, as a child, one’s entire life revolves around school and
friends. And if that world is shattered due to bullying it is tantamount
to an adult losing their career, getting a divorce, being exiled from
their church or community, or losing all one’s personal property. A
child’s existence at school is central to who they are. If their
prestige and stature is squashed in school, then that shakes their whole
existence to the very bone. Those experiences can scar them for life.

Plus bullying is two-way street; both parties are hampered.

Those who get bullied feel inferior, inconfident, shaky, worried and
more. That can last for decades – or even their whole life. Those who do
the bullying often grow up as quarrelsome, mal-adjusted people who spoil
the society wherever they go.

Hence, the issue is a big one with far-ranging effects. None should
naively think that what happens in the schoolyard gets left in the
school yard. Rather those feelings and events get dragged through one’s
entire life. As adults, it is our duty to know what is going on with our
kids – lest they fall by the wayside and get submerged into so many
problems like bullying. We should be critically aware if bullying is
going on with our kids and take it as a major event if it is happening.

CHILDREN: PROPER ATTENTION NEEDED

In brief, let’s take a look at Baba’s approach to the education and
development of our children.

We all know that Baba places tremendous emphasis on early childhood
development. To that end, Baba wants us to have pre-schools and
elementary schools in all towns and villages around the globe. And He
also places great importance on the role of parents.

Baba says, “It must be the teachers’ responsibility to impart knowledge,
teach restraint in social life, and give instruction about all the
various aspects of collective endeavour, but the parents will have to
take on most of the responsibility for the moral and spiritual education
of the child.” (HS-1)

Thus in our schools and in our homes, children are to be surrounded by
loving, caring, responsible adults who are tuned in to the needs,
problems and yearnings of our youths. And from an early age they are to
be introduced to the ways of neo-humanism and a cosmic outlook.

If from the very beginning children feel a sense of connection to others
around them and to the universe as a whole, they will feel they have a
place in this world. They will feel loved and share love with others,
seeing all as their family members. They will feel like they are a part
of humanity – not alienated by it.

For these reasons and more Baba places a grand emphasis on the early
experiences of children, both inside and outside of school. If the child
has this proper base, then bullying – and so many other childhood issues
that abound today – will never be an issue in their life.

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MATERIALISM

AND HOW IT LEADS TO BULLYING

Unfortunately, now in this materialistic era, the real needs of children
are often ignored both at home and in school. Today, children are a mere
by-product of sexual lust. Often the parents are not married and are
“upset” that they got pregnant. And in the case of married people, they
are quick to get the baby out of their own bedroom and into a separate
room so they – the married couple – can resume their sensual nights and
not be disturbed by a baby.

Here the main critical aspect is that children come into this world and
are not wanted, loved, and embraced in the way that is needed for them
to grow properly. This is perhaps the most dangerous outcome of
materialism and affects the whole society. And the root cause is extreme
selfishness.

Because parents are too busy with their own jobs, because adults are too
sunk in their own sensual pleasures, because those parents were often
themselves ignored as kids, and for so many other reasons, children
often grow up in a whirlpool of isolation, desperately wondering if they
are loved or not.

These following letters address this pervasive problem.

Plus in our schools, because teachers are underpaid and undervalued, the
applicant pool is not very strong and we often do not have our highest
quality people going into the teaching profession. Oversized classrooms,
growing violence, and a huge array of behavioral issues, contribute to
the problems and schools in the west often resemble counseling centers
or even jails, not centers of learning. The children then are not
introduced to a proper code of conduct nor given a proper cosmic
outlook. Rather they are submerged in all kinds of social ills.

With this dramatic deficit both at home and in schools, our children are
frustrated, angry, isolated, and littered with so many psychic and
emotional troubles.

The outcome of all this is that our children are prone to either
bullying others or to being bullied themselves. This is a problem
especially in the west, but really anywhere materialism becomes a
stronghold. In that sense, we all are at risk – kids everywhere are
susceptible.

OUR RESPONSE

With the situation of bullying as serious as it is, the issue demands
resolution.

Tragically, all too often, parents are too busy to even know that their
children are going through such traumatic events. Parents work 10 or 12
hours days, see their kids for a few minutes at night, and hardly have
time to eat dinner together let alone talk about meaningful matters.
Besides, when there is a basic gap in parent-child communication, then
things mostly go unnoticed and unaddressed.

If and when some parents do come to know that their kids are getting
bullied, they often respond with a phrase like, “Don’t worry, just make
some other friends.”

This is most harmful as it shoves the problem under the rug forever.
This only worsens the situation and allows it fester, causing lifelong
problems like fear complexes, alienation, despair, nightmares,
depression and more.

As parents, our approach must be totally pro-active when it come to
bullying.

1. Parents must tune in, come forward and pay concern to their child’s
physical and emotional needs. For them, getting bullied is a frightening
thing. Kids must feel that they are loved and that as parents we are
concerned with their problem.

2. Parents must go to school and resolved the situation with the
principal and / or teachers. This type of direct action is needed.

3. If needed, parents must place their kids in a different school or
different learning environment.

4. Parents should also look into creating alternative social
opportunities for their children by having their kids meet up with kids
from a different neighborhood on the weekend. The kids should not be
around those same children who bully them.

5. Parents must be very aware of what kinds of friends their children
have. Friends are a huge component of a child’s life and can be a
telltale sign of what direction your child’s life is progressing.

6. Again and again, parents must enforce the sentiment that “You are
mine and I love you very much” within their child’s mind. This must
start from Day 1 and be reinforced every day and every night by
providing a safe environment for their kids where they are included,
loved and embraced.

We have to remember that school and friends are everything for children.
Just as we work for a proper stature in society, our kids do the same.
As devastating as it is for us to lose our place in the world, it is
doubly scarring for children.

We must take their problems like bullying as monumental occurrences and
not minimise the problem to petty things. Should we talk down or
pooh-pooh the problem, our kids will never tell us anything again. It
will block all communication and the problem will fester.

Tragically this is what we see happening again and again in today’s
materialistic society. And the result is that we have children
graduating from schools with a whole basket of psychic and emotional
issues that hinder them for the rest of their life. And we have children
who are totally disconnected from the families and communities.

Thus, as parents, teachers, counselors, concerned neighbors and school
administrators, we should address this problem of bullying in a very
forthright and direct manner. Failing that, we are inviting a whole slew
of issues for our children, as well as losing their trust.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace, all have come into this world to flower, bloom and
blossom. That is the dharma of human beings. When society itself blocks
this progress, problems abound. Bullying in school is a direct result of
materialism and leads to more and more social ills. It demands our
critical attention otherwise a neo-humanistic society will be but a
dream. I hope others will take up this important topic and share their
thoughts – our kids deserve it.

Namaskar,
Vinay

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How to Become Great

Baba says, “Who is mahat (great), who is maha’na (great), about this it has
been said, ‘paropaka’rat mahat’, or those who are serving others. They are
called mahat. Those who have studied volumes of books, or those who
accumulated huge wealth, those who have a prestigious family heritage, good
reputation in the society, all these things are there, etc even then they
cannot be great if they do not serve others.”

“Those who are serving others, they are mahat, great. To do social
service huge money is not needed. Whatever strength you have at present in
your hand, utilise that to serve others. If body is strong physically then
serve with physical body, and if you have money then serve with your money,
if you have intellect then do with intellect, if you have courage then do
with that, if you do not have anything then you do by your good thoughts
and well-wishing. Human beings become great by serving others. But where
there is not service they become low and mean. They become meager.” (AV-28
(H))

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Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 06:58:43 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Richard Cross
Subject: BP Election Process 2010

Baba

“Lukiye path cala’ ekii liila’, lokalocane keno na’hi a’so…” (P.S. 3698)

Purport:

Baba, You are Ajana Pathik, You are the most loving One who moves
throughout this vast universe doing everything but in Your journey You
always keep Yourself hidden. You move around secretly. Baba, You do all the
things but nobody can see You; You do not like to come within the field of
vision.

O’ my Dearmost, to whom You love, they want to search You in their mind;
they want to hold You in their heart by the process of shravan, manan,
niddhidhya’san & dhyana. But in Your divine liila You do not like to be
seen. You go on moving secretly. Why like this. Why is Your style so
secretive? Baba, You do not like to move around following the straight,
clear-cut path whereby everyone can see You. That type of movement You do
not do. Baba, the eternal truth of straightforwardness which has been
established since ages, even a wee-bit of that You do not follow in Your
movement. Rather everything You do in hidden fashion.

O’ my Revered One, it may be also possible that my understanding is not
complete so that I do not properly comprehend You. Baba, by the ordinary
measuring scale You are immeasurable. If anyone wants to understand You and
get You, then You escape and never get held. Then remaining distant, You
just smile. Baba, what type of liila is this. You go on doing everything while
remaining hidden, out of my grasp. O’ Baba, I long for You and surrender at
Your alter…

== BP ELECTION PROCESS 2010 ==

Note: 2010 is an election year. Some BP elections have already been held
and many more are coming up in the next 1 – 2 months. Already the leaders
have set their plans in motion to get their chosen canditate in the seat.

They cemented their agenda for the various bhuktis during New Year’s DMS.

Be alert and ready. The Fake BP Manual of ’97 is still in vogue. Know
your rights and be ready to oppose all wrong doing with regard to BP
elections. This is our collective duty.

Namaskar,
This entire letter looks at how the Fake Bhukti Pradhan Manual issued in
1997 has been used as a weapon by groupist leaders to destroy the BP post.

This manual has been the cause of so many fixed elections: 1998, 2001,
2004, 2007, and now the same is trying ot be done here in 2010.

Awareness and vigilence is the only cure, lest they once again manipulate
things according to their own agenda.

BABA’S REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH: CREATI0N OF BP POST

Everybody knows that the Bhukti Pradhan (BP) post is part and parcel of a
unique system given by Baba wherein family people are actively involved in
the leadership of a dharma organisation (AMPS). In the past no pseudo guru
had the courage or vision to put forth such an idea. Only our all-knowing
Sadguru Baba has put the plan in motion that all people– whether sannyasis
or family people– should be actively involved in the administration of a
spiritual organisation, thereby bringing dharma to the masses. Such is the
revolutionary approach of the BP system given by Baba.

STATE OF BP POST AT PRESENT

However at present in AMPS, our Bhukti Pradhan system is in a state of
shambles. This also everyone recognises. The BP post has become a
non-entity in AMPS life whereby those margiis who oppose the leading
faction are ousted from the BP position. In that way so many BP’s are
either marginalised or just sit on the BP chair as a stooge of the ruling
group. All acknowledge that in today’s social milieu of extreme groupism,
the voice box of the BP has been shut.

WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF THE DOWNFALL OF THE BP POST

The next question then becomes how did all this happen. And while there are
various factors involved, it cannot be denied that when the groupist rulers
threw away Baba’s original BP guidelines and instead created their own Fake
BP Manual (’97), then that became one distinct cause of the downfall of the
BP post. Because that Fake BP Manual (’97) contains so many wrong rules
which allow the ruling group to turn the BP post into a mere puppet
position etc.

Even then in the minds of some it is not clear how all this is happening. A
few are not understanding how the Fake Manual is used by factional leaders
to control the BP post. Thus to help bring the matter into the open
foreground and make it crystal clear, various margiis have decided to
address points one at a time from the Fake BP Manual in order to show how
the Fake BP manual contravenes our pristine AM ideology. This letter begins
that series.

BABA’S DIVINE TEACHING: NO EXPULSION

As we all know, one of the first and foremost tenets of our AM society is
that it incorporates one and all. Everyone is looked upon as a child of the
Supreme and a member of our human family.

In that light Baba has firmly declared that no one can be expelled from
AMPS. In our AM way of life there is no such thing as expulsion.
Baba says, “Ananda Marga has formed a society which frames its laws on the
basis of common ideals in order to develop the idea of one-ness of all
humanity. This society is radically different from any existing society,
for it provides a society with a common bond where there is no distinction
between class or sex, where no one is declared an outcast…” (AFPS-7, p.6)

And here below Baba reiterates the same idea: That expulsion is not
accepted in Ananda Marga.

Baba says, “Harsh social punishment such as creating outcasts…do not find
any place in our society.” (AFPS-7, p.6)

So by all this it is clear as day that expulsion, debarment,
disqualification etc are not facets of our AM way of living. That is not
part of our social dharma.

UNIDEOLOGICAL GUIDELINE FROM THE FAKE BP MANUAL

Now let us take a look at but one of the many ways how the Fake Manual
contravenes our AM ideology. First let us remember that expulsion is not
allowed in our Marga. Do you have that idea in mind? Good, now let us
proceed.

Here is one of the unrighteous (adharmic) rules from the Fake BP Manual.
In order to vote or be a BP candidate, the Fake BP Manual declares that:

“He or she must not be expelled.”
(Fake BP Manual 1997, chapter 1, section 13, point #9, pg 12)

Thus in clear cut language the groupist rulers have put forth the crude
edict that no one may vote in the BP election or run for the BP post if
they have been expelled. So the Manual makes the false assumption that
expulsion is legal.

Yet we all know that according to Baba expulsion is not allowed in AMPS.
So the Fake BP Manual clearly ignores Baba’s dharmic teaching and puts
forth the unjust & fake policy that expulsion is allowed and that if anyone
is expelled then they cannot participate in the BP elections– neither as a
candidate nor as a voter. This is the type of outrageous manipulation that
is rampant throughout the Fake BP Manual.

And in their groupist policy-making schema this is what the groupists do.
If factional heads feel that any margii is not accepting their dictatorial
and unholy leadership then that margii will be “expelled” and forbidden to
participate in the BP election process.

So when courageous & dharmic margiis or BPs protest against groupist
wrongdoings then the factional leaders expel them and point to chapter 1,
section 13, point #9, pg 12 of their Fake BP Manual and declare that
“expelled” margii ineligible to participate in the BP elections or hold the
post of BP.

Indeed there are innumerable cases where this has occurred and if we are
not careful this devious rule will be invoked thousands of more times in
the future.

Thus in the past Rudrananda’s faction or Sarvatmananda’s faction has used
expulsion as a way to railroad BP elections and control the BP post. And
what is their justifcation: chapter 1, section 13, point #9, pg 12 of their
Fake BP Manual. And so long as this obscene rule exists, in the future any
groupist leader will take advantage of this unholy rule.

UPCOMING BP ELECTIONS

So when the upcoming BP elections are in our midst then we
should be well informed and ready to dismiss all the fake rules which
factional leaders have slipped into their Fake BP Manual. Because it is a
guarantee that whichever groupist regime is in power during the BP
elections, then they will invariably rely on the Fake Manual to manipulate
the course of events– once again rendering the BP post as a useless
position.

When in fact we all know that the post of Bhukti Pradhan is an upstanding
seat in our Marga and that the post should be held by a strong margii who
upholds the teachings of dharma. That is Baba’s teaching and that is Baba’s
vision: That the BP chair will play a vital role in upholding AM ideals.
But this the groupist heads are unwilling to accept. Because they are so
greedy for power that they do not want anyone else to participate in the
governance of AMPS.

As a last reminder, we should all be alert and vigilant as we approach the
upcoming BP elections. We should demand that the Fake BP Manual be put in
the garbage where it belongs and instead Baba’s dharmic BP guidelines
should be implemented.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s divine grace, the tide is changing and all the dogmatic rules
like those in the Fake BP Manual are being rejected by the people. And a
new phase of peace and harmony has arrived.

Baba says, “Humanity is now at the threshold of a new era. We do not want
any dogma. The age of dogma is gone. What we want is an idea based on
Neohumanism. We are for the entire created world; and not only for human
beings or living beings, but for the entire animate and inanimate
universe.” (AFPS-5)

Namaskar,
Ramendu

Note 1: HOW THE FAKE BP MANUAL CAME INTO EXISTENCE

Everyone knows that Sarvatmanandji’s name itself is printed in bold letters
on the inside cover of the Fake BP Manual. Because in those days the B
bandits were still in power and they gave the important ISMUB Secy post to
their captain, Sarvatmananda. That is why where it says “published by” then
Sarvatmananda’s name appears. Because he is the one who first published the
Fake BP Manual. Of course now Rudrananda is king of the roost so he is
sinfully enjoying all the manipulations of the Fake BP manual. Rudrananda
is using all those crude edicts to satisfy his groupist agenda. And that is
the way it works– whichever group is in power takes advantage of this fake
BP manual.

Note 2: FAKE MANUAL AVAILABLE

Those leading the elections – i.e. the ruling faction – is bound to share
their adopeted, yet “cherished” election manual. Demand a copy from your
local acarya, RS, or ISMUB representative. And then sit down with them
and review the aforementioned points. They must be called upon to answer
to all the unideological points from the Fake BP Manual. Letting this
election transpire in silence is not good. That is why all margiis all
around the globe are standing up and demanding for Baba’s original
BP guidelines to be reinstated.

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Ajapa – Japa & Adhyana – Dhyana

SadGuru Baba says, “If a man constantly chants his japa mantra or meditates
ceaselessly, then the rhythm of this japa, the rhythm that adores the Guru
during dhyana, will act as auto-suggestion during the time of sleep,
although he does not remember it…A sadhaka with this capacity continues
his dhyana and japa even in sleep. This kind of japa is called “Ajapa’
Japa”; that is to say, without performing japa, one is actually performing
it. And it is called “Adhya’na’ Dhyana”, which means that without actually
meditating, the act of meditation is going on.” (YP, 1991 Edn, p.150-51)

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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 10:04:02 -0400
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Patrick Russell
Subject: AM’s Approach vs ‘Modern’ Science

Baba

“Anek shun’iya’ anek bhaviya’, toma’kei bha’lobesechi…” (PS 1041)

Purport:

Baba, Your tales are infinite. From the mouths of devotees I have heard
endless heart-touching stories how You have showered Your boundless love
and grace. Baba, as soon as I heard all those things about You, I began to
contemplate about Your grandeur and glory, over and over again. By that
way I realised that You are inseparably linked with my heart, mind, and my
entire existence. Baba, I have fallen in love with You; I can’t live
without You. You are my most intimate One. Baba, in order to find You I
have searched in each and every town and village, by the rivers and the
oceans, in the hills and the valleys, in the mountains and the caves. I
have searched You in the sky and earth– everywhere. Baba, by Your grace I
have discovered that You are that priceless jewel sitting in my heart.

Baba, I do not have any explanation why I have fallen in love with You.
All I can say is that it is solely Your grace. Love knows no logic or
reasoning. All I can tell is that You graciously pulled me towards You and
by that way I have fallen in love with You. It is Your grace. O’ my
Dearmost, I do not love You in order to get mukti [1]. I love You because
You have tenderly brought me close to You. Even then I am not an A-grade
sadhaka. I do sadhana and by that way receive Your bliss. I think that is
the reason why I love You. Baba, I love You to get a’nanda. This is the aim
of my life: To love You so that I may be bathed in Your bliss. This truth I
understand.

O Lord, I do not have parabhakti– highest devotion. But keeping in mind
that parabhakti is the greatest quality, I will go on doing Your work and
serving You according to whatever strength I have. I will expend every
ounce of energy to satisfy You. Baba, by Your grace, I understand that, ‘I
should love You to give You bliss– not for my own bliss’ [2]. This is the
culmination of all I have learned, by Your grace.

Baba, by Your grace I have fallen in love with You. My sole desire is to
serve You and please You…

NOTES FOR THE ABOVE PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1041:

[1] Mukti: (Literally means ‘liberation’). Just as the sadhaka in the above
song is not doing sadhana to get mukti, similarly, in the below discourse
Baba is guiding us that one should not do sadhana to get mukti.

Baba says, “While surrendering oneself at the altar of the Supreme, what is
one to do? One must not ask for anything from Parama Purus’a. [For
example,] for a bhakta, mukti has got no importance. A bhakta wants Parama
Purus’a, and nothing from Him, not even mukti. Suppose Parama Purus’a says,
‘O devotee, what do you want?’ – his reply is, ‘I want You’. One must not
say, ‘I want mukti’, because suppose one says, ‘I want mukti’, one may get
mukti, but one may not get Parama Purus´a. Which is more valuable – mukti
or Parama Purus’a? Parama Purus’a!” (SS-24, ‘Bhakti, Mukti and Parama Purusa’)

So this is a good teaching: A sadhaka should not ask for anything, not even
mukti. Even then some do sadhana for mukti, but in the above Prabhat
Samgiita as well as in the above quotation, Baba is instructing us that one
should not do sadhana to get mukti. One should do sadhana so that one may
come close and serve and please Him.

[2] A’nanda deva’r l’a’gi: (Literally means ‘to give bliss’) The last
stanza of this song describes the stance of ragatmika devotion where one
does sadhana to please Him– to give Him bliss. That is the culmination of
all devotion.

Baba says, “The ra’ga’tmika’ bhakta says: ‘I love Parama Purus’a because I
want to give Him a’nandam. I don’t care whether or not I get a’nandam. My
only desire is to give Him joy through my love. I shall perform, even at
the cost of profuse sweat and difficulty, only those noble deeds which will
give Him joy. I am ready to undergo any amount of pain and suffering to
give Him joy.” (NKS: Disc 25)

== AM’s APPROACH VS ‘MODERN’ SCIENCE ==

Namaskar,
In the present era many innocent persons suffer from a misunderstanding about
science and its application. Usually people think that modern day
science has achieved the highest staure, and that it crowning glory of life,
as it has led us out of the dark ages of religious dogma etc.

They conclude taht we should follow the present day course of scientific
achievement not adjust the path of science.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SCIENCE TO BE HELPFUL

But, as Baba guides us, for science to really become society’s great asset
some pre-requisites are necessary. In particular the control of science
must be in the hands of sadvipras. Otherwise it creates a very negative
effect that is hazardous to humanity.

One further point is that civilization and the science should work hand in
hand. That means science should be controlled by civilized souls. Because
when the opposite happens, then all kinds of negativity sprouts. Just like
in this present era where science is controlled by capitalists– selfish
people who twist science to their own greedy needs.

SCIENTIFIC “ADVANCEMENT” IN THE PRESENT ERA

So in this present era of material science, achievements chiefly come in
two main ways:

1. New and newer weapons for destroying & killing others;
2. Luxurious items for the rich & lazy.

But on the other side so many fields of scientific inquiry have been left
neglected. Scientists have not gotten the opportunity or means to research
and solve problems like providing the minimum requirements to each and
every individual on this earth. What to say about the entire globe, even in
the materially rich USA not all the people have their minimum requirements
met. And throughout other parts of the globe starvation is quite common and
even rampant in some areas. Needless to say this is not glorifying image of
science and its achievement.

Why all this?– Because science is controlled by negative people and it has
gotten misused:
(a) science is not under the direct control of sadvipras;
(b) civilization is not given proper emphasis.

These following Baba’s quotes all lead in that direction.

Baba says, “In the present age, civilization is on the wane due to science
enjoying the pride of place. But developed as science is today, if
civilization is pushed up again to the top, people can reach a greater
height than ever before.” (PNS-6, p.37)

Baba says, “What is science? That which teaches the proper use of material
things is science. Where the development of civilization is utterly
negligible and science gradually attains the apogee of development, science
only paves the way for destruction instead of doing any good to humanity.
And so, study and practice of science, though unavoidable, should not be
given a higher place than civilization.” (PNS-6, p.36)

Baba says, “For human progress the cultivation of science must always be
welcomed, but it is desirable that this cultivation of science should be
carried out under the supervision of sadvipras.” (PNS-6, p.15)

SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT TODAY’S SCIENCE

And here further Baba reviews issues of science in the present era.
Baba says, “Today the materialist scientists of the world have become the
objects of fear for the human race, lest they invent and produce various
types of lethal bombs.” (PNS-14, p.15)

Baba says, “So we see that science is indispensable for human progress, and
without it half the population of the world would die of starvation.”
(PNS-6, p.13)

Baba says, “Nowadays science means creating new weapons – strengthening the
hands of war-mongers; but the spirit of science should not be like this,
and at the start, in the primordial phase of human life, it was not so.
Yes, there is necessity of weapons – weapons not for strengthening the
hands of warmongers, but for providing security for good ideas, good
thoughts and good persons.” (PNS-9, p. 42)

HOW OUR MARGA TOWERS OVER CRUDE MATERIAL SCIENCE

As Ananda Margiis we understand that material science is in a very
primitive stage. Here following is some review.

1. Material science wrongly believes that building blocks of life are
carbonic structures. But our Microvita philosophy says that the building
block is microvita. It is microvita which carries the life.

2. Each and every margii practices fasting without water and has
experienced how beneficial it is. But present day medical science
basically discards this idea; rather traditional medical science says that
fasting without water fasting is very dangerous, detrimental to health.

3. Each and every Margii knows the value of lymph and that Baba has warned
that no one should misuse this by harboring negative thoughts and
converting one’s vital energy into semen, unnecessarily for
self-gratification or the domination of low instincts. One should know the
value of naesthika brahmacarya as well as be wary of the “bad habit of
masturbation” (YT). But the beliefs and ways of present day science is just
opposite. They encourage others to indulge in this negative thing. Even
this is preached to the youth. In dogmatic way present day scientists
preach that the loss of semen is beneficial health. But we know that this
is 100% wrong.

INTERLUDE

So when material science is off the mark on these points then how far can
we adjust with their viewpoints– thus sacrificing the ideals of AM. And
here following are more points where material science is far below the high
standard of AM.

MORE POINTS

4. Material science does not have any concept of sentient food and whereas
we know how useful and important it is to take sentient food.

5. Present day science follows the dogma that human beings are social
animals and they treat humans as being part of the animal kingdom. All
kinds of medical tests are done on animals so that various medicines or
“scientific developments” can be approved for humans consumption. But Baba
discards this idea that humans are animals. In so many discourses Baba says
“human life is an ideological flow” (APH). There is no question that humans
are “rational animals”.

6. Material scientists believe that matter is bottled up energy. And here
energy means crude energy. But Baba discards this idea. Matter is not
bottled up energy.

7. Material scientists claim that everything comes from matter and we say
that everything comes from Parama Purusa. They say everything is from
matter and we say that everything is Cosmic emanation.

8. Material science does not believe in prapatii vada or surrender theory.
But in Ananda Marga, surrender theory is the highest ideal.

9. Present day material science does not believe in the working system of
homeopathy. But Baba approves of homeopathy as being the best pathy.

10. Material science claims that certain individuals like Galileo first
invented certain theories like that of gravitation. But Baba enlightens us
as to the real story about this:

Baba says, “Bhaskaracarya first discovered that the earth was round, and not
Copernicus. That the earth is moving was first discovered by Bhaskaracarya
and not by Galileo. The law of gravitation was first discovered by
Bhaskaracarya and not by Newton.” (Disc MHB, p. 24)

11. Material science such as western linguistics thinks that Latin and
Greek are the starting point of modern languages, whereas Baba has clearly
demonstrated that the Sanskrit language is the underlying link of all
languages around the globe.

12. Material science does not recognize anything beyond sense-perception
but the entire philosophy of AM philosophy is standing on intuition.

13. Material science believes that this world is for the enjoyment of human
beings. And for their enjoyment, then ecology and all related things can be
consumed. But our AM philosophy holds a different feeling. As human beings
have the right to life, similarly all have right to live– One family. But
material science does not consider this.

14. In AM we believe in Cosmic patrimony– that the material property
belongs to one and all. But material science does not recognise this.

15. Many aspects of the basic fundamentals of 16 Points are overlooked and
by material science as it does not recognise them.

16. Like this countless points are there how the dharmic teaching of AM are
far higher and more advanced that the present day ways of material science.

CONCLUSION

What Baba has given everything is aptavakya, entire creation is within the
mind of Parama Purusa. To know anything He need not to do any external
approach. Because everything is within Him, so what He has said that is
100% perfect and that is not going to change according to changes of time
space and person. That is why all Baba’s teachings are apta vakya and
perfect.

Baba says, “A’pta vakya or absolute knowledge is true and beneficial for
all people is all ages and in all countries…The books in Ananda Marga
philosophy are all absolute knowledge.” (PNS-18, chap 3)

In contrast in the case of material science, what one scientist says today
is truth until another scientist comes along & proves that as wrong.
To understand the divine teaching of Baba, the preset day material science
has to travel a long pathway. So we are not going to compromise or adjust
our AM philosophy at all to fit the limited ways of material science.
Rather when material science advances then they will understand that
greatness of Ananda Marga.

Namaskar,
Paramatma

Note 1: Of course in AM we strongly advocate and support the use of
science. No one should get confused and think AM is against science. Just
the overall idea of this letter is that the more static materials science
is far behind the teachings of AM.

Here following Baba guides us how science should be used.

Baba says, “Science is for service and beatitude. Science should always be
utilised for the proper progress of human society.” (PNS-9, p. 42)

Note 2: The various branches of material science operate within their own
spheres. So each does not understand other branches of sciences. One
branch of the science does not understand another branch of material
science. But AM is based on spiritual science. So it cannot be measured
with the scale of material science. Material science should develop more
and more and be utilised for human welfare. Then it will help in all-round
development of human personality. But it has its own limitation.

Subtler aspects of spiritual science will never be understood and realised
by material science because of its own limitation. To understand AM,
material science has to cross its material boundary. But it cannot do that
otherwise it will not be seen as a material science. Then it will be called
as a spiritual science. So the conclusion is that due to its inherent
limitations material science will never be able to fully understand AM
philosophy.

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Divine Guideline in Dhyana Process

Baba says, “In the fourth phase the relationship is just like a piece of
paper; the unit consciousness of the spiritual aspirant is one side of the
paper and the Cosmic Consciousness of Parama Purus’a is the other side of
the paper; they are inseparable, one cannot be removed from the other. By
His effulgence the unit existence, the existential faculty of the aspirant
gets lighted, gets illumined. With His illumination the aspirant is to move
forward and enjoy the Supreme Beatitude and the Supreme Composure.” (SS-18,
p.13)

Note: Here above Baba is indirectly guiding about the last part of the
practice of dhyana– which every sincere sadhaka practices regularly.

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To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: “I am a Coward”
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 22:16:16

Baba

“Egiye calo bandhura’ saba samaya hayeche a’ja…” (P.S. 4880)

Purport:

We all should march forward on the path of Baba’s ideology. The evil
forces will be annihilated. O’ brothers and sisters, let us move
forward; the time has come. The evil forces must be destroyed. Baba’s
infinite cosmic grace is showering on us. With that force, dharma will
be established…

(After reading this letter you will understand why I picked this above
song…)

== AN ADMISSION: “I AM A COWARD’ ==

Namaskar,
You may be wondering why I wrote a title like this, but what can I say,
that is what I am.

My conscience tells me that Baba’s English discourses should be properly
transcribed and printed directly in the original English. This much I
understand. And this same neat and clean system should be applied to all
His discourses — i.e. maintain the authenticity and integrity of His
original expression.

But when the Tiljala camp invited me to do translation work then they
encouraged me to do it their way: To translate the original English into
Bangla and then re-translate back into English– from the so-called
original Bangla, thereby forever changing & tainting Baba’s original
discourse.

This is what they encouraged me to do— and I did it. So then what can
I say, I am a coward.

I do not have the courage to protest and fight them on this point. The
thought of being a spiritual soldier just makes me feel weak in the
knees. That strength I do not have.

So I figured, at least let me become immortal by having my name appear
on the inside pages of Baba’s books– “translated by…” or “reviewed
by…”. So for that reason I am accepted the strategy of Tiljala camp.

Even then, if anyone accuses me of doing wrong or of being a groupist,
then I will come forward and scratch their face. On the point of my own
prestige I will fight.

Internally, however, I realise that I am groupist, but externally I will
never admit such things. I must pose myself as being a revolutionary, a
fighter for justice, a Baba devotee, a sadvipra, and so much more. This
impression about myself I must project others. The world must see me as
this.

But after all, inside I know I am coward. As much as I would like to, I
am not going to fight for the proper printing of Baba’s books– not
until the vast majority opposes the current way things are going. Then
at that point I will also jump on the bandwagon and yell, “Baba’s books
must be proper!!”.

Until that time however, I will continue to drink the sweet, warm milk
that the Publications Dept gives me. I will accept their praise and
prestige by following their faulty system. Plus I will defend their
dealing in public, I will get my name in the book, I will be on their
esteemed Publications committee, and I will get all sorts of kudos and
show myself as being a great sadhaka.

Such is the way of my cowardly nature. Because standing up and fighting
for what I know to be true just does not appeal to me right now. There
is too much confusion and I have not the strength to fight. It is easier
to accept their ways and become part of their groupist schema.

NOT FOLLOWING BABA’S GUIDELINES

Internally I know that the Tiljala camp is not following Baba’s stated
guidelines for translating and publishing AM books. I know the Tiljala
faction is transgressing His mandates.

For instance, Baba says not to translate into Bengali first if it is not
the original language, Baba says to write down the exact transcription
of what He has spoken.

Actually, Baba has dictated so many rules for doing translation work and
those notes have been printed. So these are but a few of His tangible
guidelines for Publications.

For more information review this letter:

Yet Tiljala is not following His order. All these things I know inside
my heart. Even then I do not care. I have become a cog in the wheel of
the Tiljala’s groupist machinery.

Day in and day out I continue to work for the Tiljala camp’s Publication
Dept. Because this gives me my place in the world. By this way I can
show to others externally that I am a devotee and I am doing Baba’s
work. After all, my name will appear on the inside cover of Baba’s books
for decades and generations.

So I am a confirmed groupist. And by following the lead of the Tiljala
faction and doing their Publications work, I will get all kinds of
perks and benefits.

This is my inner tale– need I say more.

Why have I written you this. Because in my loneliest moments I do feel
some guilt in all of this, and I hope change will come. Just I know that
I am not the one who can spark such change. At least this much honesty
with myself I wanted to have.

I pray to Baba that He will accept me as I am & overlook what sin I am
doing.

in His love,

p.s. There are so many examples of how Baba’s books are not being
printed properly.

1) When He delivers His DMC discourse in three languages then the Hindi
and English portions are systematically eliminated and only the Bengali
portion is kept. That is one huge problem and is prevalent in each and
every DMC discourse.

2) Then all of the English discourse that Baba gave on His Fiesch tour
have been done wrongly. In the books, it is proclaimed that they are
translated from the original Bengali when in fact those are English
discourses. And then they went so far as to translated them from English
to Bengali and back into English.

3) Countless Hindi discourses have also been incorrectly done. Actually
the Hindi language discourses have been badly mistreated by
Publications. Those books are in the worst shape. Every page carries
innumerable mistakes and omissions. It is not that those printed
discourses need to be corrected– they need to be REDONE entirely. They
are in such poor shape they cannot be corrected.

4) But with the Bangla, then the Tiljala camp gets out its polish and
makes the discourse as good as possible. So it is not that they do not
know what to do or how to do. They are aware of Baba’s guidelines. Just
they are unwilling to apply that to the other languages like Hindi,
English etc. In that case they prefer to taint the discourse in order to
keep Bengali on top.

And unfortunately, I have been party to all of this. Only I pray to Baba
that I will not be reborn as some stone or a piece of iron. What is the
exact punishment for mishandling the discourses of Taraka Brahma I do
not know, but I pray to Baba that He will be merciful and pardon me for
my sins.

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Who Should Get Credit

Baba says, “The duty of human beings is only to continue their efforts
to please Parama Purusa. Thus when any work is done, the concerning
sadhaka is not to be given any credit; the credit should be given to
Parama Purus’a.” (SS-18, p. 7)

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Fatigue

Date: Mon 15 Feb 2010 12:23:16 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Fatigue
From: “Ishvara”

Baba

“E sha’rad sandya’ na’ce madhuchanda’, ceye a’che toma’ri pa’ne…” (P.S. 3340)

Purport:

Baba, this beautiful evening of pre-winter is dancing in ecstasy and
looking towards You. In the atmosphere of the sweet fragrance of the
shepha’lii flower, who knows what these beautiful white clouds in the sky
want to express– what loving feeling of their heart they want to
communicate and to whom.

Baba, who can say when the first sunrise happened; nor can anybody guess
when the last sunset will happen. But this beautiful evening of pre-winter
season understands the tale that Baba You know everything and You are
always attracting everyone.

Baba, I have only one longing in my heart: That You please give me
parabhakti. With that strength, O’ Lord, I can get salvation– You. In the
atmopshere of this melodious and colorful evening which is saturated with
the love & fragrance of the shepha’lii flower, I ask, bowing down to Your
lotus feet, that please have karuna’ on me.

Baba, in this divinely intoxicating pre-winter evening, please saturate
my heart with Your divine love…

== FATIGUE ==

Namaskar,
Fatigue is a common human ailment and most suffer from this at some
point or another – almost every day, even when involved in their
favorite activities.

As sadhakas, we can escape this problem of fatigue and invite a
perennial source of energy and inspiration into our lives – by His grace
– regardless of what we are doing.

In order to achieve our goal of self-realisation and service to society,
we should practically and theoretically understand this point of how to
overcome, nay eliminate, fatigue. Then we are sure to be successful.

PART 1:

WORLDLY WORKS MAKES ONE TIRED

Most get tired during the course of their day. Those doing work like
slaves wherein they are doing for someone else’s profit are generally
the first ones to get tired. Their day will just drag forward almost
from the moment it begins. Their muscles ache, their brain gets dull,
and there is little motivation or stamina for them to continue. They
just slog through their day. In your comings and goings around town, you
have surely seen such persons.

Then there are those who seem to truly like what they are doing –
whether it be their job, hobby, sports, or family time. Such persons are
doing with an apparent sense of purpose though in truth they are really
moved by all kinds of worldly attachments, bondages and afflictions such
as name and fame, money, spouse, family, sex, prestige, and so on. They
will sacrifice much to achieve their worldly ends and material
pleasures, and it looks like they can continue forever, but even they
get tired – invariably.

A person may be running, but it will not be long before he cannot run
any more. A person may be eating, a person may be playing music, a
person may be owning a business, a person may be taking care of their
children etc, even then, with their limited physical energy, tiredness
will come their way. Their attraction for tht project will wane and
ultimately they will become fatigued. This is the normal course.

This happens with each and every worldly work – sooner or later. Why?
Because those worldly pursuits, endeavours, and hobbies fail to provide
eternal stamina and inspiration to continue. No matter how
enthusiastically and seriously one is involved, tiredness consumes them.
No material pursuit can provide ongoing energy. Naturally then, fatigue
comes.

That is one end of the spectrum: worldly pursuits.

SPECIAL NOTE

Here we should be aware about one thing. People often move around in the
general society and think that others are great and have boundless
energy. They glorify their neighbors, friends, and acquaintances because
they only see part of the picture. In contrast they know the problems
that come in their own house, but they think others are immune to such
issues. In that state of naiveté and unawareness, they place a gold
ribbon around all kinds of people.

But this is all wrong. None should fall in this type of delusion.
Someone who is very energetic at work and it looks like they have it all
together, just know that is not the full picture. Because all on the
path of materialism are subject to fatigue, frustration, ignorance and
despair. Keep that in mind the next time you see someone around town and
think, “Wow, that person is really great in all respects.”

Never forget, materialists are prone to fatigue – period, no matter how
grand their life may look from the outside.

PART 2:

SPIRITUAL ENDEAVORS GIVE ETERNAL INSPIRATION

On the other end of the spectrum is sadhana and spiritual endeavors. By
Baba’s grace when one is deeply ensconced in spiritual sadhana, then
fatigue never comes. That is Baba’s teaching and all sadhakas in the
Marga may have realised this in the practical sphere as well – when they
are in a proper flow.

First off, as a gateway into sadhana, we all sing kiirtan, which has
been designed in such a way as to fend off any feelings of fatigue.

Baba says, “Now lalita ma’rmik dance can maintain adjustment with
kiirtana without causing fatigue in the human body: that is why lalita
is prescribed in kiirtana.” (AFPS-3)

From kiirtan we transition to sadhana. And in sadhana, by His grace, we
can tap into that perennial source of eternal inspiration. Baba is
always gracious; and with a bit of concentration and devotional flow,
the unit mind can flow on and on in His cosmic ideation. In that case,
there will be no fatigue.

Baba says, “His love is perennial. It is always there. It is for you to
tap His love. It is up to you because the chance has been given to you.
Now it is for you to realize that and open everything. Then you will be
able to enjoy the complete love and devotion which has been showering on
you for time eternal.” (AV-31)

Many in our Marga may have experienced such a state wherein their ista
mantra or dhyana mantra, charged by the Sadguru, vibrates their every
cell and flows along effortlessly – from one repetition to the next,
giving tremendous force to both body and mind.

Baba says, “During meditation, the process of incantation is attuned to
the respiratory system. Once you have mastered this practice, your
incantation will continue automatically…When the process of
incantation is perfectly attuned to the respiration, it will continue
effortlessly.” (AV-8)

With proper determination and practice, and with Baba’s grace, our
sadhana can give us unending strength and energy to delve deeper and
deeper. Every sadhaka is aware that only spiritual sadhana (paramartha)
gives eternal inspiration and keeps fatigue at bay.

So we should all try more and more to experience this flow. Such a
stance can be realised in one’s practical life; we can reach that divine
kingdom where there is no fatigue.

PART 3:

BRAHMABHAVA AND LIVING IN THIS WORLD

Between worldly life and purely spiritual pursuits, there is a middle
ground where one may not be drifting in total bliss unaware of their own
existence, nor consumed by fatigue and frustration. Rather one is
working in world, doing service, and thinking of Him.

At the beginning of this letter, in the first part about worldly
pursuits, we discussed those who work like slaves as well those who do
out of attachment. Both of these types of people are bound to suffer
from fatigue. But there is another category of person doing works in the
world. And this person derives ongoing inspiration for their pursuits.
It is the one ideates on the Lord and is ensconced in Brahmabhava.

Baba says, “Wise sa’dhakas superimpose Brahmabha’va on physical objects
and mental thoughts. At once they cease to be physical or mental, they
become spiritual.” (AV-33)

Baba says, “Fortified with courage and instilled with Brahmabha’va they
face all calamities of retribution bravely. They always consider
themselves pure, for they have purged their minds… Sa’dhakas call it
the combustion of the seed of action in the fire of sa’dhana’.” (AMIWL-5)

By taking spiritual ideation through second lesson and ideating on
Parama Purusa, by His grace, one can spiritualise all one’s actions and
pursuits. In that case fatigue and frustration will never knock on their
door. Because that bhakta sees one and all as manifestations of the
Supreme. In that case their mind is ensconced in the thought of the
Divine, even though they are living and working in this world.

Here is a classic example.

Buddha used to beg but He always did so with the thought of the Divine
in which case his life’s journey of begging was blissful and done for
the great cause, wheres others begging for food begging feel as though
they are just trying to get some measly scraps in which case they are
miserable. For them life is a torment.

So the ideation behind the action is what determines whether that person
is prone to fatigue or not. Those doing with the ideation of bhramabhava
receive ongoing fuel from Parama Purusa for all their pursuits.

In our Marga, you may have seen some Wts who got frustrated thinking
that Baba’s system of starting one project and leaving another project
half done was totally fruitless. They were involved in worldly
measurements and totally missed out on how this was the Divine liila and
His special technique for teaching us everything in a short time period.
Such workers were easily frustrated & often left whereas those doing to
please Him were always feeling buoyant, blissful and ready for life.

Such is the stark difference between those involved in Brahmabhava
versus those stuck in worldly gains and losses.

Although bramhabhava is not 100% spiritual like dhyana because you are
dealing with world, but because of cosmic ideation one is tapping into
His perennial inspiration.

If doing any service project or seva in order to please Parama Purusa,
and not for name and fame etc, then one will get ongoing inspiration and
never be drained of their energy and motivation by fatigue.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO

Our approach then is to do sadhana and ideate when involved in worldly
dealings. Only people become tired and frustrated because of a lack of
Brahmabhava. By ideating on Him, gradually our fatigue will disappear
and we will get renewed energy to do all kinds of good deeds and welfare
projects for Him.

All want happiness but most pursuits invite frustration. Only being
ensconced in the divine only brings lasting happiness.

Furthermore, we should also be careful how the mind flickers. Today we
like this car and that computer but one day those same things will give
us frustration and misery, because the mind has changed. That is how how
frustration comes. Look back at your own life and see the trend and
never get duped or fooled thinking that materialists live a happy and
joyous life. Rather theirs is the path from one frustration to the next.
Only those involved with Parama Purusa are truly happy. Let this be our
endeavour.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with sadhana and the way to ideate. We
must realise practically and theoretically these gifts. Then we will
never experience fatigue in life; we will always feel that we are sweet
feet of Parama Purusa.

Baba says, “Until that Supreme Goal is reached, you will have to
tirelessly advance, ignoring all fatigue and exhaustion. You must
reflect in your personal life the very spirit of “caraeveti, caraeveti”
– move ever onwards, move ever onwards. May you be victorious.” (SS-18)

Namaskar,
Ishvara

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The Way Parama Purusa Evaluates

The Divine Measuring Rod

Baba says, “Do not think that those who are highly learned intellectuals
are elevated. In the realm of spirituality even illiterate persons can
reach the Goal, leaving those intellectuals behind. Parama Purusa does
not consider the intellectual qualification or intellect. He evaluates
everyone with the measuring scale of how much love one has for Parama
Purusa.” (SS-14, p. 91, Saharsa DMC, 27 June 1980)

Note: In His above teaching Baba guides us that all that is needed to
get Him is sincere love for since Him. That is the special measuring
rod. That is why those jinanis and groupist leaders who go on inventing
more and more crude theories for their own prestige and power are far,
far away from the goal.

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Date: 14 Feb 2010 13:46:05 -0000
From: “Hariish Dev”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: It Is Not Groupism

Baba

“A’kasher ta’ra’ mor, ekata’ra’ eki sure geye caleche…” (P.S. 4716)

Baba, from the music of my heart and to the stars of the sky, everything
is singing one tune and one melody. Baba You exist and this world also
exists; but it is revolving around You because You are the Nucleus. You are
the Controller of everything. Indeed, Baba, You are the Essence of this
universe– everything is dancing and revolving around You.

Baba, in this beautiful creation of Yours, everyone is wreathed together
in one garland. Everyone’s sweet heart is attracted to one and all. The
illusion about ‘mine’ and ‘others’ is evaporating. Here in this world
everyone has come to become one.

No one is an outsider; everybody is my own. Those who are sadhus, good
sadhakas, and devotees– they see unity in diversity. They view everyone
equally and they love all. Whereas that self-centered & ignorant mind
operating under the dark spell of avidya maya has brought these problems of
selfishness, groupism, and divisiveness.

Baba, You are everything, You are attracting one and all. Your whole
creation is dancing and revolving around You. By Your grace, everyone’s
heart and mind is wreathed together. Baba in this way You are lovingly
playing Your grand liila…

== IT IS NOT GROUPISM ==

Namaskar,
Time and again one or another person or group is bragging about their own
samaj– as if they are the holiest ones. But this type of narrow-minded
outlook is not at all good; rather it is harmful. And anyone who speaks as
such is only exposing their own small-mindedness. Because we know that
Baba’s samaj theory is one broad-minded approach whereby all get the
opportunity to rise up and grow. And in this way people escape from the
noose of various complexes, most notably inferiority complex. So the
creation of samaj movements is one unique method whereby the whole humanity
can develop simultaneously in a complementary fashion.

Here following is some further explanation about the inner workings of
Baba’s samaj system and at the same time I hope everyone will also write
their thoughts on this important topic.

If we are all critically aware of Baba’s teachings on samaj then we will
clearly recognise when any of the groups tries to proclaim theirs is a
samaj movement when in fact it is groupism.

HOW EXPLOITERS INJECT AN INERIORITY COMPLEX

TO ESTABLISH THEIR OWN SUPERIORITY

If one studies the basis of the formation of samajas and their criteria
(See note 1), then one can understand that without the formation of samaj,
repressed ethnic populations and the exploited mass will never be able to
enjoy freedom in the social spheres. Because exploiters inject various
inferiority complexes in the mind of the community which they want to
exploit.

For example when the Britishers first started exploiting India then right
away they suppressed the local language so that the common public was
unable to express their grievances to their local government offices. In
that case the immediate effect was that the local people began suffering
from an inferiority complex: ‘I am illiterate, I do not know the basic
thing; I am low.’ Like this the people began to think.

So by the injection of the European language and culture and by giving undue
respect to that, an inferiority complex was created in the minds of the
Indian common mass.

Furthermore, the customs, manners, behaviors, songs, dance, drama, and all
local cultural expression which had high moral value were treated as low in
the eyes of the British administrators. So Britishers injected their own
films, cultures, manners, styles, and the result was that the inferiority
complex became so deep rooted in the Indian population that even today in
this 21st century if any person has a Masters degree in Sanskrit then they
feel inferior to someone who speaks one just a single sentence of English.

And when people suffer from inferiority complexes then they lose
self-confidence. They feel all their own local customs, manners,
behaviours, and culture is low. And they prefer to follow the way the
exploiters lived, ate, watched movies and what customs, manners, &
behaviours those exploiters did. So due to the inferiority complex the
common mass feels that everything that those exploiters do is great; and
their own things are low.

In this stage it is very easy to get exploited on economic sphere. On this
point in His discourse, ‘Capitalism in the Three Spheres’, Baba is giving a
very good guideline.

Baba says, in this case the chief solution is to instill self-confidence
within the local people by the development of their own samaj. Because then
ethnic people will feel proud of their own language and customs, and they
will not suffer from inferiority complexes. And in that case the
possibility of their getting exploited will be completely diminished.

SAMAJ IS NOT GROUPISM

Here is one special feature that should always be kept in mind. And that is
that one must have to remember that while encouraging local sentiments,
universalism should not be forgotten. Not for one second, otherwise it will
turn into groupism. It is just like driving on a mountainous road. If you
are careful and following the rules then you will reach your destination
quickly. But if you lose sight of where you are
going, then your life will get paralysed.

So lack of universality in the samaj movement can turn into a groupist
agenda. That is why Baba emphasizes that our samaj system must be based on
the slogan, “universal in spirit but regional in approach”. (PNS-13, p. 24)

And a similar idea about universality Baba has taught or incorporated into
His book, ‘To The Patriots’. No doubt with just a superficial reading of
the book, ‘To The Patriots’, then many people get confused that Baba is
propagating nationalism. But those who are genuine seekers of knowledge,
they easily understand the main theme or guideline which Baba is
emphasizing. And that teaching is that the unity of the country should be
strengthened on the point of cosmic fraternity and universal brotherhood.
This is Baba’s guideline. Devoid of this it will just be national
sentiment, i.e. nationalism which, as we all know, is one negative & narrow
outlook.

Similar then is the case with samaj. Devoid of incorporating universal
values, then the samaj is just one group. So no one should get confused
that the agenda of samaj is just the agenda of groupism. Because Baba’s
samaj’s system has nothing to do with groupism.

Rather the AM samaj system can be likened to one flower garden where so
many varieties of flowers get scope to blossom. And each one has its
independent beauty, yet collectively they can be wreathed together to form
one colourful garland. So there is no question of one flower being superior
to another, or more valuable then other. Because all have their own unique,
intrinsic quality; and when joined together they collectively form one
garland. And this very same type of unity samaj preaches.

SAMAJ IS BASED ON PROUT AND NEO-HUMANISM

Here one thing should also be added: Baba never contradicts Himself. So
nobody should get confused that in His Neo-Humanism book Baba is talking
about rooting out different sentiments and establishing neo-humanistic
ideals, love for all; and in His samaj theory He talks just the opposite.
If anybody thinks like this they are severely confused.

Because: The samaj movement and Neo-Humanism are working in the same
direction.

Truly speaking, the whole theory of Ananda Marga — whether (a) spiritual
philosophy, or (b) socio-economic philosophy, i.e. Prout, of which samaj is
one part, and (c) Neo-Humanism– everything is working together on various
levels.

PROUT’s hinterland is mostly physical and the hinterland of Neo-Humanism is
psychic to proto-psycho-spiritual. And beyond that AM spiritual philosophy
stands. So in true sense Ananda Marga is one bird which has two wings:
Prout and Neo-Humanism. (See note 3) And, of course, one critical aspect of
Prout is the samaj system, which is one special program that provides for
the all-round development and growth of all downtrodden peoples and neglected
areas.

Without this there is no other way to build up one human society. (See
Notes 2, 4, & 5)

Here I conclude with the following words of our beloved Sadguru:

BABA says,”…the eternal glow of the boundless elan vital of Cosmic
Consciousness has been illuminating the life-lamp of universal humanism
since time immemorial, is illuminating it, and 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…” (AV #49)

brotherly yours,
Hariish

Note 1: CRITERIA FOR THE FORMATION OF SAMAJAS

Baba says, “There are several factors which should be considered when
forming a socioeconomic movement [i.e. Samaj]. These are same economic
problems, uniform economic potentiality, ethnic similarity, common
sentimental legacy and similar geographical features.” (PNS-13, p. 19)

Note 2: Everybody wants freedom in all the spheres: physical, psychic, and
spiritual. We all know that spiritual freedom is not possible on the
collective level because of the divine rule that all cannot be granted
salvation at the same time; but collective freedom in the social realm is
possible. To give this practical shape and Baba has made the samaj system,
or socio-economic units.

In the below quote Baba is highlighting the important and
invaluable role the samaj system has in creating a proper human society
that is free of exploitation.

Baba says, “Human beings want freedom both as individuals and as members of
society and to ensure this freedom they will fight against all types of
oppression….collective freedom can only be ensured if there is
comprehensive unbarred expression in the different spheres of life…For
this to develop properly it is our duty to create a congenial atmosphere, a
suitable socioeconomic environment.” (PNS-13, p.19)

Note 3: Here below is the quotation of Baba where HE employs the analogy of
bird of Tantra in order to characterize the relationship between AM
spirituality, Prout & Neo-Humanism:

Baba says, The relationship amongst PROUT, Neo-Humanism and AM spirituality
may be likened to the bird of Tantra…[where] Spirituality (Ananda Marga)
is like the Tantric bird, and one wing is PROUT and the other wing is
Neo-Humanism. And the bird is flying along the path of beatitude towards
the Supreme Entity.” (PNS-17)

Note 4: We should always remember this following guideline. Because
positive movements like the samaj system always deserve our support and
negative trends like groupism should always be tossed aside.

Baba says, “Those sentiments which are conducive to human unity should be
encouraged, rejecting the sentiments which create a rift in human society.”
(Prout)

Note 5: Baba created samaj to remove psychic diseases like inferiority
complex. And when people overcome this complex and their mind becomes
balanced then there is no scope for them to develop superiority complex
about their samaj because rather they will think that all are great. They
will adopt a more universal stance thinking that all belong to Parama
Purusa and that all lands are my land, not just one particular area. So in
this way samaj movements are universal in spirit and dynamic and lead one
forward on path of dharma & universal welfare.

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Future Humans– Body Shape

Baba says, “The situation that will arise in the future as a result of
humanity’s ever increasing thirst for knowledge. To meet these developments
the nerve cells and nerve fibres will have to become more complex.
Consequently, the human cranium will become larger and the size of the head
will increase. The hands and feet will become weaker and weaker and human
beings may even lose the ability to walk…In the future, the legs will be
used less and less and the capacity to move on them will decrease. The arms
will become thin, and the head will become abnormally large.” (AV-8, p. 8-9)

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