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From: “Marc Pele”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Dirty Mindset in Medical Profession
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:52:58 +0000

Baba

“Kenoi va’ ele, dola’ diye gele, na’ bale gele cale, phele a’ma’y…”
(PS 1995)

Purport:

Baba, You have been gone so long, why did You come and stir my heart
only to then go away without saying a word– thereby leaving me all
alone. Baba, neither do You have any love for me nor do You understand
the aching pain of my heart. Baba, after coming and reciting one fairy
tale, where did You go. Baba, I want You to remain here with me.
Baba, amongst all the dear ones, You are my dearmost. Why then do You
not reside eternally in my heart. Baba, You are my dearmost and
innermost, then how can You justify going so far away from me. Is it
proper to leave me isolated and all alone. Please tell me.

Baba, You are so dear to me, no matter what I will never forget You;
Baba, I will never leave You. Not at any cost will I ever wipe You away
from my mental plate– from the memories of my mind. That I will never
do. Baba, even if You do not desire to remain with me– even if You want
to hide– I shall always keep You in the golden casket of my heart.
Baba, You are eternally mine; my everything is surrendered at Your lotus
feet…

== DIRTY MINDSET IN MEDICAL PROFESSION ==

Namaskar,
These days there are many ills within the medical profession –
especially where extreme capitalism has taken hold – and the root cause
is a faulty mind-set.

So long as a doctor feels that they are doing business and needs to make
a profit, the medical profession will never be able to right itself.
That outlook itself is what taints the field.

Baba has made this a major theme in His Prout teachings. And He has
furthermore recounted His own Personal interactions with doctors who
tried to cheat their patients. All of that and more is told below –
including the psychology that should drive medicine, not profit motive
but service psychology.

BABA’S STORY WHEN HE WENT TO THE DOCTOR

Here Baba recounts one incident of when He took one small boy to the
doctor for treatment.

Baba says, “Let me recount an incident that occurred several years ago.
In 1940 I went to a homoeopathic pharmacy.With me was a boy of twelve or
thirteen, the younger brother of an acquaintance. I had gone there for
some medicine for the boy. The doctor took pains to examine the boy
properly, then prescribed some medicine. He said, “Please return with
his medical report on Saturday afternoon.” I replied, “Will Saturday
morning not do? On Saturday afternoon I will be going out of town; I
will be going home.” Further discussion revealed that we came from the
same district and our homes came under the jurisdiction of adjacent
police stations on opposite sides of a river. The doctor then asked me
to return the medicine and said, “I am giving you another medicine.”
When I asked why he said, “Both medicines are good, but I give the first
medicine to people I do not know because it takes a little longer to
cure the patient, hence I sell more medicine.”” (HS-1)

By Baba’s above first-hand account, it is quite apparent that doctors do
all kinds of tricks in order to make a bigger profit.

In places like the USA – where materialism is a distinct disease and
doctors go into the field of medicine in order to become rich – the
situation is a thousand times worse.

Wrongful medicines are given; expensive procedures are needlessly
performed; research is profit-driven; curable but uncommon disease are
overlooked; and, patients are seen as paying customers, not as fellow
human beings who need care.

Plus there are so many other related problems that compromise the
medical profession. All these things and more are going on now and will
continue into the foreseeable future so long as capitalism is the
driving force behind the medical profession. Not to mention the
exorbitant cost of medical treatment.

Baba says, “No matter what country you belong to, tell me honestly, how
many doctors can you really trust and respect? Among the doctors you
know, you may believe in one or two at the most, but those who have won
your faith may or may not command your respect. In other words, the
doctors whom you believe in, who can cure a patient, are not accessible
because they cost too much.” (HS-1)

What is rampant in the USA is fast spreading to all points across the
globe. So we should all be alert

All familiar with Baba’s teachings know well that the answer lies in
turning medicine into a service oriented profession. This is not at all
a far off ideal, it is entirely possible and that is the only way to
undo the nightmare of today’s medical practices.

HUMANS HAVE CAPACITY FOR SERVICE

In capitalism, society is driven by the profit-motive – period. Everyone
chases after their own selfish interests and by that way society moves.
Everything is done out of business motive.

But humans have the capacity for service. No doubt animals do only for
their own stomach, i.e. self-interest. Humans though feel moved
internally to help and serve others. A mother nurses her baby, people
donate money to those in need, youths volunteer their time in destitute
regions. Good people want to serve.

And this ideal should be encouraged and honoured more and more. People
who have love for humanity should be goaded into service oriented
professions like medicine. And they should be respected for their noble
choice. In that way the medical profession can regain its integrity.

Baba says, “The medical profession as such has more to do with social
service than with professionalism. Social service is the main aim of the
medical profession. But then social workers cannot live on air, so they
have to accept some money for their livelihood from the government,
autonomous bodies, public institutions or ordinary people: in short,
from those they serve. To be a doctor may appear to be a way of earning
a living to an unemployed person, but it cannot be categorized as a
business under any circumstances.” (HS-1)

Thus under no circumstances should doctors be in business for
themselves. In that case they will compromise the health of the patient
in order to make more money. Rather they should be guaranteed funding by
the government and be given recourse to pursue their profession
according to service psychology.

NOT LIKE THAT TODAY

Unfortunately, the situation is not like that today. Baba Himself raises
this very issue and notes how doctors cheat their patients to make more
money.

Baba says, “Of all the doctors you have come across, how many are
idealistic and dutiful? If you visit a doctor, he will prescribe strong
medicines for a light illness. This will inevitably be the case if he
owns his own dispensary.” (HS-1)

And indeed these days surgeons perform open heart surgery just so that
they can collect a big fee. Or doctors prescribe lab tests because they
get a “kickback” (i.e. payment) from the lab for each test ordered. Or
there are so many scams going on. These are common occurrences in places
like the USA.

And in uneregulated markets like Mexico, China and India, other types of
issues surface. For instance, Dr. Shroff of New Delhi is proclaiming top
results with her stem cell treatment. But when there is no substantial
evidence, critics say it is but a sham. Even then, Dr Shroff continues
to grab huge fees from patients, at minimum $50,000 for 3 months.

All of this is rampant these days and it is only spreading more around
the globe.

TODAY DOCTORS EXPLOIT THEIR POSITION

The crux of the matter is that doctors hold a unique position in
society. Nobody wants to get sick and certainly nobody wants to die, so
they go to the doctor filled with hope, regard, and respect. They feel
totally dependent and think of that doctor as a saviour or demi-god.

Baba says, “A helpless person, no matter how great his financial, social
or intellectual capacity, considers a doctor to be a ray of light in the
darkness or a lifeboat which can save him from drowning.” (HS-1)

In that case, doctors can easily exploit the situation in their favour.
They have the upper hand. The patient needs help and the doctor promises
a cure. In that case, the doctor can do anything he wants.

In a service oriented profession when the welfare of the patient is put
at a premium, then all is well. But when big $$ profits are at stake,
doctors often exploit their position and take to underhanded business
maneuvers.

Just this year, two pediatricians in the state of Ohio were sentenced to
long jail terms for sexually abusing their patients, i.e. young boys.
Their criminal behaviour went on for years and years before they were
finally caught and sentenced.

A gynecologist in the US was recently sentenced to 45 years in jail for
sexually abusing his patients.

And these are not isolated cases. Tragically, they are becoming more and
more common.

Here the point is that when given the power, selfish oriented doctors
fall prey to abusing and cheating their patients in all kinds of ways:
Sexually, financially, medically etc. Tragically, capitalism initially
rewards those doctors who chase after their self-interest by giving them
huge stature in society and if they break the law it can take years to
unearth their wrongdoing and sentence the doctor to jail.

RARE DISEASES GO UNTREATED

Another common malady in today’s medical profession is the lack of
research in less common diseases.

At present, so many doctors and clinicians are researching new
hypertension (high blood pressure) medicine because they can make huge
money from this. When the better option is to guide the patient how to
cure hypertension through lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, meditation
etc). But this they do not do because selling high blood pressure
medicine is a gold-mine these days. People will take that medicine for
the rest of their life. What a sale – daily consumption by tens of
millions of people.

Yet at the same time, there are so many diseases classified as “rare”
where no medical research is in process because the money is not there.
Even then, there are some 30 million people in the US suffering from
these “rare” diseases, and there is no hope in sight for them. The same
tragedy is going on in other countries.

Some common “rare” diseases include: Vitiligo (white patches on the
skin), testicular cancer, gastric lymphoma and so many more.

In the case of vitiligo, people just cover themselves with clothes or
garments in order to hide their problem as there is no medicine
available to them. Such is the shame they have to undergo – all because
doctors are too greedy to look into the matter.

Many suffer in this way from countless conditions and syndromes.

Basically, if less than 200,000 people suffer from a disease in the US
it is labeled as “rare” or “orphan” in which case drug companies and
medical researchers do not want to touch it as it is too costly for
them, i.e. too difficult to make a big profit. Hence those people are
just left to suffer while medical research chases after bigger financial
catches.

It is for this reason Baba tells the following story in His Ananda
Vacanamrtam series.

Baba recounts how nobody wants to go to Kishanganj because the incidence
of malaria is very high there. Only doctors like to go there because
they will have a huge number of patients. Such doctors even pray that
let people get sick so I may earn a good living.

For this reason and so many others, many just see doctors as being
greedy businessmen, nothing more.

Baba says, “We hear many people say, “The medical profession is a
business like any other. Can such a business prosper without doing
anything wrong? It is impossible to run a business if one is totally
honest.”” (HS-1)

When this selfish mentality is prevalent, then how can the medical
profession ever truly help society.

BABA’S SOLUTION

Baba’s answer to the failing medical profession is quite simple.

Baba says, “The welfare of the patient should be the main aim of the
medical profession.” (HS-1)

And for the patient’s welfare to come first, doctors must be more
interested in providing a service to society than fattening their own
wallet. Unfortunately, in capitalism the profit motive is running
rampant in the field of medicine, but it need not always be like this.

In past societies and in the future when Prout is in vogue, so many
good-hearted people will venture into professions with the sole
motivation of helping others. Youths who are broad-minded should be
encouraged in this way.

We must remember that a service psychology is not an unheard of
phenomenon. When a child is sick, the mother does not think that now is
the time to cheat her child, rather she thinks she must sacrifice and do
all she can to cure her baby. This is service psychology – when one’s
heart is moved to help someone, setting aside all personal interest.
Many people do such selfless acts everyday and it is time that this come
in vogue in today’s medical industry.

Let us also remember that the 5 minimum requirements must be guaranteed
to all and proper medical treatment is one. So there is no option but to
resurrect and right the current medical profession, otherwise society
will never move ahead.

Here again Baba is giving a personal account of what happens when
doctors are driven by greed and profits.

Baba says, “Once I heard about a doctor, standing by the bed of a poor,
distressed patient, who said in an authoritarian way, “You must pay my
fees at once. I won’t listen to any excuses.” A poor relative of the
patient left the house in despair, borrowed money by giving an IOU, and
paid the doctor’s bill. I doubt whether a country can be considered
civilized if the strictest reform measures are not taken against such
human demons.” (HS-1)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has instilled within all the desire to serve. If
this quality is cultivated and nurtured, all the many ills infesting
today’s medical profession will vanish. To doctors, Baba give this final
guideline.

Baba says, “The convenience of the patient must be given more
consideration than your own.” (CC-2)

Then and only then will they be rid of their dirty mind-set.

Namaskar,
Moksa

Note 1: BABA OUTLINES MORE OF THE DEFECTS

OF TODAY’S MEDICAL PROFESSION

Here Baba outlines but a few of the ills in today’s medical industry.

Baba says, “Countless complaints can be made against doctors and the
medical profession. Although it would take a lot of space to list them
all, let me briefly mention a few: patients have to settle for
adulterated medicines unless they bribe the pharmacist; sweepers,
orderlies and nurses do not take proper care of a patient’s needs unless
they are tipped; a patient writhing in pain may be rebuked instead of
being given medicine; if one does not call the doctor at least once for
a personal consultation so that that doctor can earn some extra money,
one may be unable to secure a bed on one’s next visit to the hospital; a
medicine that is supposedly out of stock in the hospital can be
illegally purchased in a nearby shop at an exorbitant price; without
bribing the doctor a sick patient will not be admitted to the hospital;
during the compulsory medical examination for a new job, all the medical
staff put out their hand for a bribe; the doctor in collusion with the
optician fails many people in their eye tests so that they will have to
buy glasses; hospital patients are served food which is cheaper and of
poorer quality than what they are entitled to; milk and fruits reserved
for patients are consumed by the hospital staff; spurious drugs and
injections are administered to patients. Such grievances are endless.
Some are extremely serious, involving accusations of such
irresponsibility that it is difficult to believe that people actually
have these experiences.” (HS-1)

All such incidents will wash away with a service oriented medical
industry. The day is not far off.

***********************************************
Deserts Needed

Baba says, “Ecologists claim that some deserts are essential for keeping
the global ecology in a balanced state. The high day temperatures and
the cold night temperatures that occur in desert regions create a useful
effect. The hot, dry desert air rises and creates a vacuum which sucks
in cool air, generating a chain reaction. Moist air is sucked in from
the sea and formed into clouds which then rain on the land. If deserts
vanish entirely, the overall rainfall will be reduced.” (PNS-16, p.37)
***********************************************

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Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 13:19:06
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Miguel
Subject: In the Name of Bhakti, People…

Baba

“Nabiina Pra’te ei arun’ a’lote…” (P.S. #19)

Purport:

Baba, by You grace the new dawn has come. In this new crimson dawn, with
the rhythm of form, You have entered my mind. Baba You are so gracious:
You know how to make us laugh and weep, You know how to play
hide-and-seek. Baba by Your grace You have filled my life with Your
radiant light. You know how to play the lyre, to weave endless melodies,
to make the world dance in Your melodies and rhythms. And You know how
to love the world with all its pains and pleasures. Baba You are so
gracious, You are that most loving One…

== IN THE NAME OF BHAKTI, PEOPLE DO A’SAKTI ==

Namaskar,
In our Marga, the term ‘bhakti’ is well–known and commonly used in our
daily talk and interactions.

We say things like, ‘He has a lot of bhakti’, or ‘Bhakti is the greatest
attribution’, or ‘I only follow the path of bhakti’ etc.

Then of course some think, ‘I am an acarya so I must have a lot of
bhakti’, while others contemplate, ‘I am the bhukti pradhan so I have a
lot of bhakti’.

We have all seen and heard how the term bhakti gets used in the above
ways, when in fact such things may have little or even nothing to do
with true bhakti.

So we should take a moment to reflect on what is real bhakti, especially
since it is only bhakti that can lead us to our cherished Goal.

PURITY OF BHAKTI

Baba is quite clear that bhakti means having one’s mind directed only
towards God, and not towards any other object or desire.

Baba says, “Bhakti means to withdraw one’s attractions from all objects
and channelize them towards Parama Purus’a. When the unit self is
associated with the cosmic it is called “bhakti” or “devotion”, but when
it is associated with the mundane it is called “attachment”. You must
withdraw your mental propensities from all external objects – no matter
what they might be – and channelize them only towards Parama Purus’a.
Only when you direct them towards Him, can it be called bhakti. If you
allow your mind to become fascinated by any other object, it is called
“a’sakti” or “attachment”.” (AV-7)

Thus no external qualification or mundane desire has even one iota to do
with bhakti.

If anyone thinks, ‘I am an acarya so therefore I am a devotee’, or if
one thinks, ‘I organise many service projects so I must be a great
devotee’, this is all nothing but self-befoolery. Because using external
things to build a case for one’s internal amount of bhakti is meaningless.

The operative phrase in the above quote is, “only towards Parama
Purus’a”. If the mind is goaded only towards Parama Purusa, then it is
bhakti.

That is the real meaning of bhakti. If one’s mind is only involved in
serving and pleasing Parama Purusa.

That is not to say we should forgo or abandon all worldly activities,
that is not our way. Rather we should ensure we are doing those worldly
activities for pleasing him, and not out of our own unit desire for
worldly prestige etc.

As Baba points out, if the mind is separately or simultaneously involved
in any other longing then it is known as a’sakti or attachment, i.e. the
path of degradation.

Baba says, “When the attraction is for the non-integral entity, for
money, for family, for land, it is called ka’ma; when it is for integral
entity it is called prema and the mental tendency during ka’ma i.e., the
mental tendency during attraction for a non-integral entity is called
a’sakti in Sam’skrta and the mental tendency during attraction for that
Integral Entity is called bhakti. (SS-18)

Hence the degree to which we are attracted by or infatuated with money,
name, fame, respect, position, is the degree to which we are off the
path of bhakti.

Bhakti, then is a very pure and internal desire to attain Parama Purusa.
And for this tremendous honesty and love are needed.

We may be able to masquerade ourselves in front of others so they think
we are great bhaktas; but we cannot fool Parama Purusa in this way. He
sees our inner-most desire and knows how far we have pure bhakti or not.

BHAKTI & A’SAKTI CANNOT CO-EXIST

The main thing we should keep in mind is that bhakti (love for God) and
a’sakti (mundane longing) cannot co-exist. The degree to which we harbor
one is the degree to which we are remiss in the other.

Baba says, “The attachment for a finite thing is an expression of
extroverted energy, whereas the attraction for the Infinite is an
expression of the introverted energy. That is why these two can never
co-exist.” (SS-1)

And Baba points out that even our most worldly intimate dealings can
take us away from the path of bhakti.

Baba says, “Do you love your son? No, no you don’t love your son. You
love Brahma in the form of your son. By loving your son as a son, you
cannot love the Lord. Where there is the feeling of son, there is no
Lord and where there is the Lord, there is no son.” (SS-1)

So even harboring seemingly tender feelings for our loved ones drags us
on the path of temporality, and away from God-hood.

CANNOT OVERLOOK WORLDLY DUTIES

Neither should one get caught up in the misconception or dogma that to
become a true bhakta I should give up my sons, or renounce my parents,
or become some type of hermit etc. Rather, we have been given various
responsibilities, and they are to be managed. As we know, performing
worldly duties is not antithetical to the path of devotion. It is only
when we get infatuated by those worldly expressions that it infringes on
our devotional experience. So that is what we must be careful about.

MUST SEE ALL AS BRAHMA

The answer given by Baba is that we must view all as the manifestation
of Parama Purusa. That is the way to live in this world without
sacrificing our devotional longing for Him.

Baba says, “The ascription of divinity to objects means the pursuit of
the Infinite, leaving the finite behind. Are you feeding your son? No,
no, you are feeding the son-like manifestation of Brahma. Are you
tilling the field? No, no you are serving the finite manifestation of
Brahma with your plough. Really speaking, the ascription of divinity to
objects precludes their material enjoyment, as the objects then merge in
the non-material Supreme Brahma.” (AMIWL-2)

To do this we must be very honest and clear. Material Indulgence and
bhakti have no place together.

Seeing all as Him means seeing all as an opportunity to do service, not
satisfy worldly passions such as post, power, lust etc. Thus thinking of
making more money, garnering huge respect, or even becoming PP have
nothing to do with getting devotion.

Only by truly following brahmacaraya, are we perfectly consonant with
the path of devotion.

ONLY BHAKTAS CAN SERVE ALL

This all leads to the point that only true bhaktas can serve the humanity.

Invariably, non-bhaktas, or degraded bhaktas get attached to one worldly
expression or another– either their wife, or their country, or their
job, or their community etc, in which case they will view the rest of
the world in a biased manner. There are countless examples of this
happening nowadays.

That is why only the bhaktas of Parama Purusa can promote the cause of
universal welfare on this earth and throughout the universe. See Him in
everyone, the sadhaka can them maintain equanimity and serve others
without favouring one person or another.

VERY CRUDE APPROACH

We can say that there are three basic approaches. The top most is to
love only Parama Purusa all the time. Then one is truly established in
bhakti.

Second is when one loves Parama Purusa sometimes, and then on other
occasions love towards mundane things is dominant. This is quite common.
Many of us may find ourselves in this position. In that case, more
kiirtan and sadhana are needed.

The next lowest phase occurs when in their ritualistic worship of Parama
Purusa, one prays for something mundane. That is very crude and must be
avoided entirely.

Baba says, “If a man wants to become a devotee of the lord but in the
mind of his mind, if he thinks that God will make him pass his
examination – here the esana (longing) is not one but two…When
something is demanded from God the esana becomes two. Hence the time is
completely wasted…When the esana (longing) is not [only] for
Paramatman but [also] for something else, it is known as asakti
(attachment) and not bhakti.” (SS-20)

There is no scope for this type of approach in AM; we should all keep
the mind a thousand miles from such a crude and dogmatic way.

WHY IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW BHAKTI

Lastly, what is the logic or rational for following bhakti. How should
we convince ourselves when the mind is down or how can we convince others.

Well, we can say that the path of bhakti is the blissful way to live and
that only should be followed. even then that might not always do the
trick of convincing ourselves. In that case another route is needed.

And that route is: Other than the path of bhakti there is no other path.
Every other entity in this universe will leave you one day. Every other
longing will create a samskara. Every other longing is ephemeral.

Baba says, “Under the influence of avidya’ people believe that the
finite objects created by static Prakrti are their own. They think, “my
horse, my son, my daughter, my wealth,” and believe that with these
objects they will live eternally. But the fact is, all these limited
objects will desert them after sometime. Nothing that can be called
one’s own will remain.” (AMIWL-8)

We have come onto this earth for a very short period; our window of
opportunity is small. So we must utilise our time in the right pursuit–
that pursuit which will free us from the suffering and bondage of maya.
That is the only way. In that case, only the path of bhakti is the answer.

Whether we like it or not, that is the only avenue for advancement.

BABA’S BLESSING

Everyone in AM likes to think they are bhaktas because we know this is
something great, but only those who really have internal longing for
Him– and no other desire– truly qualify as real bhaktas. Thus it is
for each and every sadhaka to estimate for themselves how far they are
on the path of bhakti.

By Baba’s grace, by remembering Him we are all sure to attain this most
blessed stance. When we think, ‘I want only You, then Baba cannot keep
us away’.

Baba says, “Therefore, O devotees remember the Lord’s name, else all
your efforts will be reduced to cipher [zero]. Under all circumstances
and during all activities, cling firmly to His name.” (SS-1)

Namaskar,
Mantreshvar

Note 1: BHAKTI VERSUS A’SAKTI

Baba says, “The meaning of the word bhakti is “attraction to the
Supreme”. When the attraction is to something limited, it is called
a’sakti, and when the attraction is to the Supreme, it is devotion,
bhakti. There is no compromise, no meeting point, between a’sakti and
bhakti, between attraction to the Supreme and attraction to the objects
of the world. In a’sakti, the feeling is that I get the object. In
bhakti, the feeling is that I merge myself in Him. Where there is no
desire, there the Lord lives. The Lord and the desire for the world,
like the sun and the night, cannot coexist.” (AV-23)

Baba says, “In philosophical terms the attraction for finite objects is
called a’sakti and the attraction for the infinite is Bhakti. Ra’ga or
rakti means both the attraction for the infinite and attraction for the
finite objects.” (SS-1)

Baba says, “One may have attachment towards physical objects as well as
towards Parama Purus’a. The attachment to physicality is called a’sakti
or vis’aya’nurakti, while the deep attachment to Parama Purusa is called
para’nurakti or bhakti.” (AV-33)

Baba says, “The meaning of the word “para’nurakti” should be considered.
Rakti denotes raga or attachment. Anurakti means maintaining attachment
with or being attracted by a particular entity after having understood
its meaning. Anurakti is of two kinds. The anurakti for the Supreme
Brahma or Infinite Cosmic Consciousness is para’nurakti. The Anurakti
for Brahma under the sway of prakrti or the anurakti for the crude
manifestations is termed apara’nurakti. God is an object for
para’nurakti. When the aspirant considers the Supreme Brahma to be his
own, it is termed bhajana’ or bhakti.” (SS-1)

Note 2: SEEING ALL AS PARAMA PURUSA

Baba says, “Do you love your son? It is perfectly right that you should,
however, when the son dies, you will experience great pain. Is it not
so? The son is preya, a finite entity. He cannot live till eternity. He
will depart and make you weep. But if you treat your son as the
expression of Brahma in the form of your son, then you will never fear
losing him because Brahma cannot be lost in any span of time. He is
present around you in all the ten directions.” (AMIWL-2)

Note 3: RELYING ON WORLDLY THINGS INVITES MISERY

Baba says, “Take, for instance, an unstable or transient thing, such as
your son. He is constantly progressing through changes, and so you are.
Neither of your two entities will remain forever. If you regard him as
the only support in your life, it will certainly not be wise, for your
son may leave the world any day, and you will moan his loss with bitter
tears; or you yourself may leave the world, making him an orphan. This
applies in the same way to wealth, power, etc.” (Matter & Spirit)

Note 4: WHAT IS DEVOTION
Bhaktirbhagavad bha’vana’ na stutirna’rcana’

Baba says, “Being merged in the constant thought of God is devotion.
Devotion is not related to the chanting of hymns or ritualistic worship
with different paraphernalia. A devotee may perform these, but they are
not an indispensable part of devotional sa’dhana’. (AS, 3-12)

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This Must Be Averted

Baba says, “‘Andham tamah pravishanti mudha ye ke catmahano janah.’ What
happens to the person who runs after the external mundane things instead of
the Self within? One day he finds himself surrounded by the blinding
darkness (Andhatamasa). All around he finds nothing. When a person whose
self has miserably degenerated, whose spiritual progress is altogether
stopped, rushes towards matter, his whole existence starts getting
crudified, his mind and Self get crudified, he forfeits the right even to
be called a human being. This is indeed a miserable condition, an
unimaginable circumstance.” (Calcutta, 1980)
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Date: Sun 28 Mar 2010 17:01:28 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: P LeTour
Subject: NY News: Came Back to Haunt

Baba

“Tumi je path diye giyechile priyo, se pathe a’jo surabhi rayeche…” 2781

Purport:

Baba, even today Your sweet aroma remains lingering on that path– on
the path which You have traveled. Baba, the songs which You sang so
beautifully in tune and rhythm, those very songs are ever-present in the
deep core of my heart. Their lingering resonance still vibrates my entire
being.

O’ my dearmost Baba, I cannot ever forget Your blissful tales; it is
impossible for me to forget. Your divine advent in my mind is far more
significant than hundreds of lives of sadhana, & its penance. Baba, You are
the most meaningful thing in my life. By Your grace, You have presented
Yourself after my hundreds of lives of searching and longing.

Baba, even if You do not remain close to me, my mind does not go far
from You. By Your grace I always remain ensconced in Your blissful
ideation. Baba, keeping all my longings for You in my heart, I will go on
singing Your divine songs day and night. Baba, by Your grace You have made
me understand this truth: That to do any extraordinary task is impossible
for those who have a dry heart. Only those with innate love for You will be
able to climb over the insurmountable mountains. Others cannot because in
each and every sphere of life Your grace is everything. Without that
nothing is possible. Baba, by Your own qualities You have bound me with
Your divine love and by Your grace You always keep me under Your shelter.

Baba, Your sweet and charming aroma keeps me thinking about You
constantly…

== NY NEWS: CAME BACK TO HAUNT ==

Namaskar,
It has been four years since one group changed the NY sector by-laws in
their own favour, and today their actions have come back to haunt them.
They are being bitten by their own deeds, yet hoping that the rest of
the sector will bail them out. All the details are clearly outlined below.

BABA’S TEACHING ON UNITY

As we know, Baba’s guidelines on unity are sublime. Unity means rallying
around a common spiritual ideology and Goal.

Baba says, “Human unity is purely an ideological unity, which means
unity in the psychic sphere. Where there is psychic unity, physical
unity will also occur. In the realm of unity, unity is always psychic
ideological unity means unity in the subtlest level of the mind.” (Talks
on Prout)

Our definition of unity then is moving together toward the Supreme, not
any worldly or selfish outcome like post, power and prestige. That is
what our samgacchadhvam chant is all about: Uniting our minds for the
great cause, not any small-minded pursuit.

So unity in AM is a high endeavour.

RECAPTURING THE SPIRIT IN AM

Unfortunately, these days in AM, the word unity itself has become
misused or misunderstood as all the groups try to rally adherents in the
name of unity and one group even tried to call themselves as such.

As Ananda Margiis it is our duty to once again ignite the spirit of real
unity in our Marga. No group interest should be served, only we are to
do according to His wish.

To that end, we should clearly understand what is happening now in NY
sector, as it is a mere microcosm of what will invariably unfold
wherever groupism is in vogue.

WHAT IS GOING DOWN IN NY SECTOR

See here what is happening in NY sector. In a nutshell let’s review a bit.

Four years ago, in the early monthly of 2006, one Dada and his group X
captured the hearts and minds of some of the senior margiis in NY
sector. In order to keep his power, that Dada convinced margiis to
change the by-laws of NY sector. Why? Because group Z who was
controlling Centre wanted to appoint a new SS. But the leader of group X
did not want this to happen. He wanted the power for himself. By
offering top posts and prestige to certain senior margiis, this Dada and
his newly made subordinates (i.e. Board of Directors) changed the
by-laws of NY sector to state that group Z could not appoint a new SS
without the clear approval of the NY Board of Directors. That was the
way things were distorted.

Time passed like this. Now, see what is going on…

In Feb 2010, group Z had enough and hired a legal team to take action
against group X and the Board of Directors of NY. The legal team sent a
letter informing the group X and his Board of Directors that they are no
longer the legal managers of AMPS in NY sector and that they had to
relinquish all AM assets etc, including their cherished posts.

Today, in Mar 2010, the Dada leading group X and his Board of Directors
find themselves in a jam. They tried to negotiate themselves out of
trouble, but it did not work. Now they have no choice but to fight back
in the courts, which is both a time consuming and costly affair. So they
have written a letter appealing to NY margiis to help out.

Of course, in this tainted era, no group is pure – neither X nor Z.

But it is ironic, that all along the lead Dada of group X and his Board
of Directors acted unilaterally to control NY sector by distorting the
established by-laws etc, and now that they are in trouble of losing
their grip (as well as a pile of money) they are appealing to the mass
of margiis, whom they’ve been treating all along as second class citizens.

Now see here what the margiis have to say about this.

MARGIIS ARE COMING FORWARD

At minimum, two brave and clear-thinking margiis sisters (one in NYC and
one in Los Altos, CA) have come forward and made a dharmic stand.

The sister in NYC has outlined a number of points of concern about the
way things have been been going in NY sector the last few years. Here is
what she says:

“There is no excuse from SO that margiis are not sent this information”

“As a Margii and the rest of us, we have the right to know information
about any issue concerning Ananda Marga from the existing Ananda Marga Inc.”

“How can we truly accept the legality of Ananda Marga Inc Board of
Directors when a portion of the original By Laws was changed without informing,
consulting the General Body of Ananda Marga that itself is illegal.”

“The Tenure of Board of Directors must be clear…The General Body must be
able to select / elect their officers, board of directors ETC. and there
must be an official communication…given to all members of the General
Body.”

“This periodical communication should give accurate report of what is
going on…”

“Now that there is a lawsuit, WHY is it that only now the Names of the
Board of Directors appear in our Screen reaching out for help to handle this lawsuit
and LAWSUIT was never officially communicated to ALL by mail or in person
thru a meeting with the local unit.”

“Is it not hypocritical?”

That was the pointed letter from one margii in NYC.

In addition, the margii sister from Los Altos (who was one of the first
to publicly break the story) has given some excellent points. One of the
main themes in her letter is that of moral responsbility by those Board
Members. See here what this margii sister has written.

“I feel strongly that the Board of NYS should shoulder the financial
costs of their legal case since it involves them specifically and does
not in any way help the sector nor benefit general Margiis. All the
members of the Board are well able to pay their legal costs and BE
RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THEY HAVE CREATED. Let Margiis and simple WTs
continue to do their missionary work and support their local units. I
hope the Board of Directors do not have plans to have the Margiis pay
for their own power games. I consider such, along with that credit card
for dharma pracar I keep seeing advertised, exploitation.”

By their expression it is quite clear that the mood in NY sector is not
to support any group in their contest or slug-fest for power.

Others have also come forward in this respect.

The margiis want to see the ideological expression of Ananda Marga, not
the crowing of power of any group through the US court system.

Now it is quite apparent how the selfish misdeeds of group X and their
Board of Directors has come back to haunt them. They distorted the legal
foundation of AMPS in NY sector to gain power, and now that same legal
system has come back to bite them.

THE WAY TO COMBAT GROUPISM

Here the main ideological point and Baba’s divine teaching is that we
should never tolerate division. Group X broke away from group Z to
capture NY sector. No doubt group Z is unjust, but breaking away is not
the answer. That is a common ailment that plagues humanity.

Baba says, “As a result [of the dogma of groupism], one human society is
divided into different nations, and one nation is divided into different
religions; religions also have different castes, and caste also have
different sub-castes – what kind of situation is this? We have only
learned how to divide and subdivide humanity, and we never learned how
to unite the people. This is all due to the defective teachings of
dogmas.” (AFPS-9)

Then what is to be done. When group Z is in power and if group Z is
abusing that power, then a consciousness raising movement must happen
within the Marga about the injustices and exploitation done by group Z.
And then mass psychic pressure must be applied to group Z until they
reform their ways or leave.

That is our avenue for fighting groupism and exploitation – applying
pressure on the wrongdoers, not creating a parallel group.

Once a second group is formed that only compounds the problem and sets
the tone for more and more groups to be created. And that is what we see
happening today in AMPS. However picking up all the pieces of all these
factions is not so easy. Putting the parts back together is a difficult
job. That is why the main strategy is to keep the organisation whole and
correct the wrongs – not jump ship and create yet another faction.

Unfortunately, that is what group X did as well as so many other
factions. That only worsens matters. But they do this because it appeals
to their selfish interest. They want power and it is easy to grab the
power by creating a separate club or group and appointing oneself as the
leader etc. Their whole entire outlook is based on material lust and
control. They think they will live on this earth forever and the crowing
glory is to rule the roost. This is their manner – but it will never
bring unity, just groupist strife.

Hence an entirely new mind-set is needed. One must think, “My life is
short, I have come on this earth only for a short while. I do not want
any post or power, just I want to serve Baba and His creation and spread
His ideals.”

When one thinks in this way, then they will never tolerate any
exploitation nor will they rush to grab the chair either. They will
establish His teachings within the organisation and beyond and bring
unity amongst all beings. This is Baba’s divine guideline and this is
our way.

The whole episode in NY sector is moving in a faulty direction because
all parties involved are just interested in power and post. Their fight
has nothing to do with ideology. Their concern is not the right printing
of Baba’s discourses, nor margii rights nor proper BP elections nor the
elimination of Fake Ananda Vaniis. These factions are only in it for
their own power. That was what led group X to change the by-laws and
that is why their wrongdoing from 4 years ago has now come back to haunt
them.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has blessed us with all the teachings to resolve the
current problems. All we need to do is follow His guidelines – nothing
more. Unfortunately, when various groups chase after the post at any and
all cost, then unity is but a dream. Knowing this, we should all take
concerted efforts to reform the ways of all groupists and bring about
that era of peace and happiness into our Marga.

Baba says, “However, psychic or ideological unity may be affected if we
encourage the exploitation of one group by another. So to avoid this
there should not be any scope for exploitation in society. And to ensure
this we have to start a new order to safeguard the interests of the
exploited masses. So for a proper social synthesis what we require is a
common philosophy of life; that is, ideological unity.” (PNS-15)

Namaskar,
Prakash

Note 1: WHO IS GROUP X AND WHO IS GROUP Z

In the above letter, group X is the EC faction led by Tiirthananda and
his chosen Board of Directors and group Z is the Rudrananda/Nigamananda
faction and their selected NY SS, Vimalananda.

One thing should also be noted. For years and years, Tiirthananda and EC
were the right hand cadre of Rudrananda as they thought this would bring
them post and power. When it did not yield them any fruit, they split up
and went on their own.

So their fight is just based on selfishness, not universal welfare or
ideological unity.

One noted group not mentioned in this letter is the Tiljala faction.
Suffice to say here that they too have their stated agenda but they
could not capture or compete for power in NY sector.

Note 2: WHO ARE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Here is the list of EC’s Board of Directors of Ananda Marga, Inc. (NY
Sector). It is these people are who in danger of losing their shirt in
NY sector so all of a sudden they are appealing to others for help, when
all along they have been quite aloof all these years.

Ac. Tiirthananda Avt.
Ac. Rainjitananda Avt.
Ac. Vedaprajinananda Avt.
Avtk. Ananda Vibha Ac.
Ac. Devanistha
Valmiki
Vishva Deva
Vinaya
Note 3: RELATED LETTER FROM FOUR YEARS AGO

These letters were posted four years ago when it became known that some
in NY sector had distorted the by-laws. This is the history of what took
place.

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Health Guideline

Baba says, “In order to digest starches and carbohydrates, the saliva of
the mouth must help at the preliminary stage. Chewing food brings an
adequate quantity of saliva into the mouth. No sooner does the food
mixed with saliva enter the stomach than the liver and the pancreas are
enabled to start secreting their bile and digestive fluids. So unless
food is chewed well, the liver can never function properly.” (YT, p.1)

Note: In the fast-paced life of this 21st century, people no longer give
themselves proper time to attend to their basic life duties, such as
eating food. Instead people just rush off from one appointment to
another and “grab a bite to eat” along the way at any number of
drive-thru, fast-food places. In their hectic pace, instead of chewing
their food they just inhale their meal, nearly swallowing it whole. But
this way of “eating” is terribly hazardous to the health and invites
many diseases. As Ananda Margiis we should spread Baba’s above teaching
to the members of the general society so that they may be benefited.
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Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010 18:43:52
From: Surya Morales
Subject: Why You Overeat
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

“Ta’masii nishir avasa’ne arun’ prabha’t elo…” (PS 3731)

Purport:

Baba, You are the Personification of divine effulgence. By Your
causeless grace at the end of the dark night the brilliant crimson dawn
has come. Your blissful presence is flooding my life with joy and
optimism. Baba, because of You each and every tune of the river of my
heart has gotten dyed in Your divine colour.

O’ Baba, O’ Tamasu’dan, O’ Dispeller of Darkness, by Your grace You
have removed all the defects and problems from my life and filled
me with the charm of Your dazzling colour. Baba, by Your grace the
sun has come in the eastern horizon bringing forth the basket of all
my hopes & aspirations. Baba, You are so gracious.

Baba, with the flow and beauty of those colours and with the panoramic
circle of grandeur, my heart is joyously swaying in the countless
magnificent expressions of Your divinity. With Your grand arrival
everything has become sweet and blissful. Baba, by Your grace, in Your
divine liila my heart has become alive and full of Your sweetness; in
this magical way my divine journey has started.

Baba, You are my polestar. Please keep my under Your shelter…

== WHY YOU OVEREAT ==

Namaskar,
Overeating is a common phenomenon around the globe. People even
consciously say to themselves, “Today I am not going to overeat”, but
still they do it. Many of us do it. It is not an easy habit to overcome.
The problem is pervasive.

As we know modern medical science and our AM philosophy both state that
overeating invites various diseases and decreases the lifespan. That is
why in family life and the general society, people try to control their
eating.

Even then overeating was a problem in the past, is a problem at present
and most likely will be a problem in the future also. Let us see why.

HANGING ON TO THE WAYS OF OLD

Those primitive humans had little security in life. They lived moment to
moment – captive to the weather and harsh ways of nature – never knowing
when they would be able to find food again. Life was unsettled. So when
the opportunity came to eat, they would purposely eat extra food and
store excess food in the appendix and then regurgitate that food later
when they would feel hungry. Indeed nature supplied them with “a second
stomach” and with their mental force they could regurgitate that food.

Baba says, “Human beings used to have an appendix to their intestines
for accumulated or excess food. As it was needed this food would
stimulate salivation in the mouth and be fully eaten and digested. The
proper eating and digesting of the surplus food in the appendix is
called romanthana in Sanskrit and ja’bar ka’t’a’ in Bengali. In good
English we call it “rumination” and in spoken English “chewing the
cud”…As the certainty of food supplies gradually increased, the need
for a corporal appendix to the intestines lessened. Eventually there was
even not the slightest need for it. Today a small vestige of it remains
in the human body although it is no longer used in times of distress.
Human beings have lost the capacity to ruminate.” (Varn’a Vijia’na, p.285)

For thousands of years then those primitive humans followed this path:

Eat extra (more than what can fit in the stomach) -> store excess food
in the appendix -> search for food -> encounter food scarcity -> use
mental force -> ultimately regurgitate food in the appendix -> chew and
swallow -> fully digest that food in the stomach.

That was a central pattern of life. It was how those early human beings
survived.

Most herbivore animals still do this type of thing.

So this manner of overeating is an old human trait. Actually in the days
of old, it was out of necessity and the excess food was stored. It was
not over-eating per se; it did not all go into the stomach. Today
however, all the food we eat does go into the stomach. In that case it
most definitely is overeating.

SOME THINGS HAVE CHANGED – SOME NOT

Nowadays, in many lands, people’s lives are more settled. This applies
to food as well. People have kitchens, a stock of food, and cooking
facilities etc. In brief, we are able to plan our meals – we usually
know exactly when we are doing to eat next.

Because of all these modern developments, we have lost the power of
regurgitation. Our bodies can no longer do that. That is what Baba has
explained.

Baba says, “As the certainty of food supplies gradually increased, the
need for a corporal appendix to the intestines lessened. Eventually
there was even not the slightest need for it. Today a small vestige of
it remains in the human body although it is no longer used in times of
distress. Human beings have lost the capacity to ruminate.” (VV)

Due to a distinct lack of use, slowly over time, the appendix has become
very small. And now if food gets in the appendix, it is serious problem.
One will be rushed to the hospital for an operation to have it removed.

Thus even though our bodies have changed a lot, still there is a
prevalent desire to eat to excess; it is common. So we should pay heed
to Baba’s below mandates.

BABA’S RECIPE FOR HEALTHY EATING

As we all know, in His Yogic Treatments book, so many disease,
sicknesses and ailments are due to overeating.

Here is Baba’s recipe for healthy eating habits.

Baba says, “For proper digestion, fill the stomach halfway with food,
one quarter with water, and leave one quarter full of air.” (CC-3)

To do this, one must stop eating when one still feels a little hungry,
in the next few minutes a natural feeling of satiation will come. If
however, one eats till they are full, then that constitutes overeating
and within a short time after completing their meal they will feel
bloated, heavy, lethargic, and uncomfortable.

It is a very fine line between proper eating and overeating. The best
way to get success is to eat slowly, take limited portions, and be
mindful to stop eating when one is still a little hungry. If done
regularly, this will become your habit.

If one is not taking 1/2 belly, then that is overeating. And if one is
strict and eats only half-full, then that is proper. They will have
overcome the the primitive ways of old – i.e. eating excessively.

Even though we have lost the physical ability to ruminate, the psychic
tendency is present in the mind to eat more, even when we have had
enough. Still humans suffer from this weakness of mind. Not all, of
course, but many or most suffer in this way.

Overcoming this tendency of mind to eat more and more is not at all
easy, that is why many people regularly overeat.

It is an age-old human pattern. It particularly haunts those people who
are weak-minded or less developed human beings.

Another thing to keep in mind is that when eating roti or other dry
foods (chips, roasted grains and potatoes) and breads, then it is
imperative to drink lots of water in regulated quantities 1/2 hr after
eating. Because the body will need a lot of water to digest dry foods.
Whereas a soupy meal is comparatively easy to digest.

Also be be aware that for good digestion, the right nostril should be
dominant. Just before taking food, while eating, and up to an hour after
food. This alone will help eliminate so many stomach diseases. If anyone
does not know how to change he nostrils then write me back.

PRAMITA’HA’RA

In His discourses on the Seven Secrets of Success, Baba discusses point
#6, known has pramita’ha’ra. This is an essential aspect of human health
and is directly related with our food intake.

Baba says, “Pramita’ha’ra, that is, balanced diet, balanced food. You
must not take this much [stretches arms far apart], you should take this
much [holds hands closer together].” (AV-12)

Baba says, “The sixth factor is pramita’ha’rah. The sixth requisite
factor is balanced and substantial, sentient food. A voracious man can’t
attain success. A voracious man always suffers from so many stomach
diseases. So, you should [never] encourage voracity.” (AV-14)

As sadhakas, we are to take Baba’s teaching to heart. Even though we may
have strong psychic inclinations to eat more food than our body can
handle – due to our attachment to our primitive manners – we should take
proper effort to ensure that we do not fall prey to overeating.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with the ability to overcome all kinds
of complexes and bad habits. That is the life of a sadhaka – to struggle
and surge ahead.

We should make the body and mind sound by proper life habits and not
fall prey to materials indulgences and excesses. The latter happens
primarily when the mind is weak and engrossed in worldly desires.

By following the ways of pramita’ha’ra, then we will have succeeded in
overcoming one of the most common weaknesses in human life – i.e.
overeating.

Baba says, “Food should be substantial, though moderate in quantity.
This is pramita’ha’ra.” (AV-23)

Namaskar,
Surya

Note 1: BEFORE EATING

The following are Baba’s guidelines from Carycarya:

Baba says, “Before eating do vya’paka shaoca properly with cold water.
In an extremely cold climate use lukewarm water. The system is: Wash the
arms, the face, the legs, the neck and the genital organs. Then, keeping
the eyes wide open, hold a mouthful of water and gently splash the eyes
a minimum of twelve times.”

“Before sitting down for a meal, invite whatever persons are present
around you and share your food with them. If they do not want to share,
enquire whether they have enough food with them or not.”

“At the time of eating find a comfortable sitting position. It is better
to eat in company than to eat alone. Do not sit down to eat if you are
in an angry mood or in a debased frame of mind.”

“If several people are eating together from the same plate, make sure
that sick persons do not take part. Otherwise healthy persons may become
infected. There is no harm, however, in eating together from the same
plate if there is no contagious disease among the participants. Rather,
this is a nice thing to see.”

“It is good to take food when the main flow of breath is through the
right nostril. Even after meal, it is good if the flow of breath is
mainly through the right nostril and continues for some time, because
that is the time when the digestive glands start secreting a sufficient
quantity of fluids to help digestion.”

“Eating when one is not hungry or only half-hungry is very harmful to
the health. So is eating rich food for days together or over-eating
tasty and sumptuous food out of greed, or not taking rest after the meal
before running off to the office, or filling the stomach with food. All
these habits are harmful to the health.”

“(For proper digestion, fill the stomach halfway with food, one quarter
with water, and leave one quarter full of air.)”

“After finishing the evening meal take a short walk. This is very
beneficial to health.” (CC-3)

Note 2: OTHER OLD HABITS

Overeating is not the only habit we carry over from earlier times. Here
are habits that stem from when we were monkeys.

Baba says, “Some of the old habits still continue. Humans today fight
among themselves in the same manner as monkeys do. While fighting a
person cries, “Um, um” – this is a monkeys’ habit. Sometimes people not
only cry like this but bite with their teeth. This is also an old habit
of monkeys. Monkeys live in trees…while fighting on the branch of a
tree monkeys have to catch hold of the branch strongly with their hands,
so that they do not fall down and die. Human beings fight in a similar
manner. They also grin and grimace. This is an old habit of monkeys.” (AV-5)

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Six Tastes of the Tongue

Baba says, “The six tastes are: tikta – neem (bitter); katu – chilli
(hot and spicy); kas’ava – plantain (alkaline); lavan’a (salty); amala
(acidic); and madhu (sweet).” (IF)

Note: Not only are there six tastes in the human pallet but they should
be taken in a distinct order. Bitter taken in the beginning and sweet
taken in the end.
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From: “Amoghasiddhi Ray”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Be Aware, You Can’t Escape
Date: Fri 26 Mar 2010 15:38:05 +0530

Baba

“A’jake sa’njhe madhur sa’jhe ke else go, ke ele…” (P.S. 5006)

Purport:

In this sweet and intoxicated evening, Who has come, Who has come? Who
is that Entity Who has created this new wave in everyone’s life and in
everyone’s heart. Those who are sitting with their doors and windows
closed, please come out and forget about the differences of own and
other. That divine Entity Who is always sitting in the mind, He has come
in front of us. We should enjoy His august arrival all together…

== BE AWARE, YOU CAN’T ESCAPE ==

Namaskar,
Baba was charismatically delivering His DMC address in Delhi. Everyone
was captivated by His presence. All eyes were on Him; everyone was
hanging onto His every word.

Baba began beautifully describing how each and every sadhaka wants to
sit on the lap of Parama Purusa.

Suddenly there was a big commotion. A teenage boy began yelling and
screaming wildly and was trying to rush towards Baba. A raucous scene
erupted as VSS guards grabbed the strong, young lad. He was 17 or 18 and
full of energy. VSS had to forcefully grab and hold him. The outburst
interrupted the whole event.

Baba then looked in that direction and said, ‘Let the boy come forward’.

Everyone was shocked to hear this as the boy was totally out of control.

VSS guards dutifully, yet warily, let the boy go. Then that wild boy
approached the dais in a very calm manner. Baba encouraged the boy to
come closer and then said, ‘Sit down, sit down’. Very obediently, the
boy quietly sat down, just behind some Dadas who were already seated on
the stage.

Then Baba graciously resumed His discourse, and amazingly, the boy
remained totally still and silent throughout.

Everyone was in awe of what happened and still today those present at
that DMC remember the incident– they cannot forget it. It was November
1978 in Delhi.

Below is the story of that teenage boy and his father, a well-known
margii of Delhi.

HERE-TO-FORE KNOWN AS HARIISH & PRADIIP

Just as Baba employs pseudonyms in His stories of Shabda Cayanika in
order to safeguard the privacy of the individual, here I am using the
same approach.

The father of that wild boy is a long-time margii of Delhi. From here on
the father shall be referred to as Hariish, and his son will be known as
Pradiip.

Of course those margiis of Delhi may already be aware of their real
names. But the value of this story reaches far beyond the literal name,
so everyone will still benefit from reading it.

THEIR ROCKY RELATIONSHIP

At some point in life, things changed for Pradiip, and he became a
different sort of boy. How different? Well, he became somewhat odd and
wild.

He would say peculiar, irrelevant things, and he would be involved in
strange activities. He needed the full care of his family in order to
manage in life.

But the most dramatic aspect was that Pradiip would become totally wild
in the presence of his father, Hariish. Pradiip was a strong boy and he
would humiliate, and physically harass his father as well as yell and
scream in front of him.

In return, Hariish was obliged just to care for his son, as his son was
mentally imbalanced and could not get a job or do business.

Thus Hariish much time and energy in trying to help Pradiip, and some of
the money Hariish earned at his job was spent on medicines and care for
Pradiip. He had to support him.

But the main thing was the overt violent and furious behavior that
Pradiip would consistently display in front of his father. That was what
was most shocking. In front of others he was basically calm and
cooperative; but as soon as his father would enter the room, Pradiip
would begin yelling and screaming at him.

No one could figure out why. People were wondering why the boy was only
so violent and rough towards the father– and not towards others. The
boy would create the situation and force the father to interact, wherein
Pradiip would heighten his abusive behavior.

SEEING BABA

As Hariish was a senior margii, he got opportunity to see Baba on
numerous occasions, by His grace. And most of the time, he had one
troubling thought on his mind, ‘Baba, please help my son, the situation
is very difficult, please be gracious and do something’.

This was the idea that was often haunting him when He would see Baba.
And always Baba would give the same reply.

For instance, when Hariish went for dharma samiiksa, that same concern
about his son was on his mind and Baba spoke: ‘Are you not ashamed? Have
you no shame, you should be more careful about money, you should not
cheat others.’

And not just on that occasion, but there were numerous instances where
Baba repeated this same statement to Hariish, ‘Have you no shame, are
you not ashamed by the way you handled that money. Do not cheat anybody.’

And even when Hariish was not in Baba’s presence, he could hear these
very same words reverberating in his mind.

‘Have you no shame, are you not ashamed by the way you handled that
money. Do not cheat anybody.’

By this way, from Baba’s response, many understood that in a past life
Hariish cheated someone on the point of money, and in this life that
someone whom he cheated has been reborn as his son– to torment him.

Many felt that it was obvious that this was the scenario. And Hariish
also thought that it must be true that in the past he cheated someone
out of money. Otherwise why was Baba saying this to Him again and again.

MANY ALSO CONCLUDED

Many also concluded that Hariish did not have repentance for his
misdeed, and that was why Baba was not solving the problem.

All in all, Hariish was a good man and in the past also he was a good
man, otherwise how could he have become such a strong margii in this
life and come in contact with Baba. Of course Baba’s grace is
everything, yet also Hariish had a good samskara.

But he did have that one black spot in his history, from a previous
life: He cheated someone on the point of money. And in this life, the
person whom he cheated was reborn as Pradiip, Hariish’s son.

It seems since Hariish was not expressing deep repentance for his past
misdeed and had not sought to rectify the matter, that was why he was
suffering from the cycle of action and reaction in the form of Pradiip
abusing him day after day.

In spite of his other good deeds, in spite of becoming a devotee of the
Lord and coming in His contact, still Hariish had to undergo his bad
actions.

WHAT CAN BE LEARNED FROM THIS

The main teaching from this story is that one can never run away from
one’s past actions, whether they be good or bad. One might be able to
befool the neighbors or the police etc, but always internally one will
know the truth, and so will Parama Purusa. In that case, prakrti will
not let that person out of her grip. That person must reap the
consequences.

Baba says, “An original action begets a certain reaction, and
simultaneously brings one within the bondage of actions. Unless those
bondages are broken, the microcosms will have to keep moving in a cycle
of action and reaction – they will have to be reborn again and again on
this earth. (SS-12)

And here Baba says what happens to those who run after material gain and
cheat others out of money.

Baba says, “What will be the fate of a person who directs all his
psychic propensities towards crude materiality? He will be caught again
and again in the serpentine noose of death.” (SS-21)

So before doing any bad deed or injustice to someone, one must think a
thousand times and refrain from that action, otherwise one will be bound
to undergo the reaction, either in this life or the next. Because one
thing is sure, one cannot escape.

Baba says, “Until all the reactions of actions, good or bad, are
exhausted a person cannot attain salvation in hundreds of lives. Just as
people bound by golden or iron chains feel the pains of bondage,
similarly people undergoing good or bad reactions will have to accept
them.” (AMIWL-9)

WHAT IS THE WAY OUT

Is it then that those who have done something wrong then their future is
permanently dark? No, no, no, about this Baba has given His divine
assurance. And the magic formula is: Show repentance for one’s past
misdeeds, do not repeat such mistakes in future knowing or unknowingly,
and finally surrender to Baba. Then Baba will save you and everything
will be alright.

Here is how Baba wants us to live on this earth.

Baba says, “If people continue to perform deeds for public welfare then
they will be able to avert the bondages of action. They will not be
required to be reborn in a world to reap the consequences of their
actions. Good deeds produce good reactions and bad deeds produce bad
reactions. To reap the good reaction and bad reaction they will not be
required to come to this world, if they perform deeds with the sole
intention of public welfare and not any other intention. Then they can
avoid being trapped into bondages of actions. Then the welfare of others
brought about by his deeds will be considered a reward for his deeds.
This is the life of a real person – a righteous person. This is the
reason for which human beings have come to this world.” (AV-15)

So we should serve others and not fall into sin. There are two types of
sin: patak and pratyavaya. Patak is doing those things that should not
be done; pratyavaya is not doing what should be done. So don’t do bad
and be sure to do good things. Both are needed.

BABA’S BLESSING

Baba says, “During the period of requital of the reactive momenta if one
surrenders one’s samska’rik sam’vedana to the Cosmic will, then psychic
afflictions will no longer remain as afflictions. One will accept
endless torture and humiliation as the severe and fearful expressions of
one’s dear Lord. One will feel blessed to have attained Him in that
form, albeit a severe and fearful one. Thus, even in His fearful form,
He assists microcosms in attaining liberation from the serpentine noose
of original deeds. Developed sa’dhakas, instead of feeling agonized by
the suffering caused by their reactive momenta, will rather feel
delighted that their reactive momenta are now on the wane. (AMIWL-7)

So this story of Hariish and Pradiip gives the teaching that nobody can
escape the grip of action and reaction, the cycle of samskaras. The only
way is not to commit sin and surrender at His alter.

Namaskar,
Amoghasiddhi

Note 1: MORE PRACTICAL TEACHINGS ON SAMSKARA THEORY

Baba says, “Unless one undergoes the requitals of one’s mental reactive
momenta – good requitals to good actions, bad requitals to bad actions –
one cannot attain liberation.” Avashyameva bhoktavyam’ krtam’ karma
shubha’shubham – “whether an action is good or bad, the reaction must be
experienced.” (AFPS-5)

Baba says, “Then what is a good man to do to save himself from bad
reactions of bad actions and good reactions of good actions? In order to
attain salvation, he is to free himself from the reactions of good
actions and bad actions. To save oneself from the reactions of bad
actions, what may one do? Refrain from doing anything bad. He won’t do
anything bad, but he is to do something.” (AV-14)

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Sentiment is Blind Force

Lord says, “For the very existence of speed, a sentimental support, a
sentimental propulsion is an indispensable necessity. Now, this
sentimental support must be based on rationality. Sentimentality
based on rationality is the strongest force in the universe. And
sentimentality without rationality takes the form of, or rather
the distortion of, dogma.”(SS-12, p.15)

In above teaching Baba says that sentiment is a very delicate thing.
If it is guided by rationality then that is very useful & meaningful.
And if it is guided by dogma or any other thing then it is very
negative. That is why sentiment is very delicate.
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Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 10:01:42 -0400
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Pradiip
Subject: Gay Wt’s

Baba

“Bhulo kare eso priyo a’ma’r ei kut’ire…” P.S. 1808

Purport:

Oh my dearmost Baba, it seems that knowingly You do not want to come in
my hut. At least You please come once by mistake. It is true that I do
not have any quality or attribution– nor do I have devotion. Then by
which force can I call You. Because to call You and request You to come
to my home, for this devotion is needed. And that I do not have.
That is why I request You to please come by Your causeless grace.
Baba, You know that I am not the ocean of knowledge; nor do I have
a huge quantity of intellect. I am completely loaded with imperfections
and impurities. Nobody likes to look toward me; everyone avoids me
thinking that I am most ordinary type of being. Baba please grace me.
Baba, upon You alone I have full faith and trust. You are my hope– of
my hopeless heart You are my colourful dream. My entire longing and my
entire thirst and whole love is revolving around You. Baba, You are my
everything. Please keep me close or away, it is up to You…

== GAY WT’S ==

Namaskar,
Recently, one of our Wt’s presided over the marriage of two gay women
(i.e. lesbians.) This letter looks at why this worker became entangled
in this way.

GOAL OF LIFE IN AM

The most essential point to keep in mind in this type of discussion is
that in AM the goal of life is to reach Parama Purusa. There is no
secondary aim – no carnal desire that takes precedence.

Baba says, “Knowing that eternal Entity, that permanent Entity, [is] the
only goal of life, one has to propel all one’s mental propensities
towards Him. One must not waste one’s potentialities mistaking the
transitory for the eternal.” (NSS, Disc: 11)

Baba says, “To eat, live and somehow survive is the goal of life for
sub-human beings. But for human beings the main jiivanavrtti [driving
force in life] is to worship Parama Purus’a, to love Him with their
entire being.” (DKG)

Baba says, “In all the strata the only goal of life, the only
culminating point of all the marches is the Supreme Entity.” (SS-12)

Hence our every action is for reaching Him. That means all our motor and
sensory organs must be utlized for something great; we must not let them
get enmeshed in crude allurements.

That is why in our AM way of life, all our practices from Guru Sakash to
bath mantra to sadhana to asana to diet to kiirtan etc, everything from
morning till night – even our sleep – is done for realising and serving
Him. We should never allow ourselves to be allured by the mundane.

Marital relations too are only for serving Him in the form of society
building. There is no other aim or lustful desire in mind. In AM sex is
solely for procreation. Most understand this well – and of course there
are some who may not like to hear this but that is the truth. In AM that
is our stand – period.

The culminating point that we must return to again and again is that
human life is for directing the mind unto Him and becoming one with
Parama Purusa. To that end, all one’s physical, psychic & spiritual
longings must be goaded unto Parama Purusa and not any worldly
allurement like crude heterosexual or homosexual dealings.

SYMPATHY FOR THEM

NOT ACCEPTANCE OF THEIR INDULGENCE

As Ananda Margiis, we are to have sympathy and concern for those people
involved in gay and lesbian relations, after all they are our brothers
and sisters. But that sexual indulgence cannot be accepted in AM. Rather
with love and affection we are to help cure them of their glandular,
psychological, and hormonal defects.

Unfortunately, one Dada in AM totally forgot our ideal and he recently
married two females (i.e. two lesbians) in a so-called AM wedding ceremony.

WHY DADA DID IT

The next question at hand is why Dada did it. A few may give some high
sounding theories about Dada’s open-mindedness and that we will address
further down in this letter, but suffice to say here that there is a
deeper reason involved.

And here it is.

In some level of his physical or psychic being, this Dadaji who presided
over the gay marriage is also gay himself.

After all, prior to 1990, Baba repeatedly pointed out and exposed
certain Wts for their homosexual dealings, so it is not like it has not
happened before. And at present in our Marga there are gay and lesbian
issues within our Wt cadre, both on the Dada’s and Didi’s side. They may
not openly declare themselves as such but they are doing it, either with
other workers or with innocent people in society. It happens. And that
too must be addressed – they should be cured.

But this is the first time that a Dadaji – and a senior one at that –
took it upon himself to openly conduct a gay marriage and the reason why
he did it is that he himself is indulged in carnal delights.

If his mind was fixed on the true goal of life – attaining Parama Purusa
– he would never have done such a thing. But living in this worldly
abode his mind has taken a turn downward toward the baser allurements of
life, like sexual lust and homosexuality. And in the forefront of his
mind, he thinks, “What is wrong – this is fine.”

Such is the delusion that confronts any Dada when they lose their
spiritual ideal. We should take pity on him and help lift him up by his
bootstraps so he may one day regain his spiritual flow.

TWO FALSE JUSTIFICATIONS

Of course on the outside, this Dada will never openly admit he is prone
to (homo)sexual thoughts and activity. Rather he will try and take the
high road when explaining about why he conducted that gay marriage.

For instance he might, give the false justification that marriage is a
human right that should be extended to all, irregardless of their sexual
orientation. But according to the stand of AM, such a justification
falls flat on its face. Crude sexual dealing is not a human right,
rather it is the utter degradation of one’s human existence. The only
acceptable reason for sexual activity is child rearing, there is no
other justification. So it is not right to say that two males or two
females have the right to marry and indulge when it is biologically
impossible for them to reproduce. Just as it is not a human right for a
person to degrade themselves with drugs or alcohol, similarly it is not
a human right for one to degrade themselves with crude sexual acts like
homosexuality etc. None then should be befooled by this false claim that
gay marriage is a human right. No one has the right to indulge in crude,
animalistic behaviour for their selfish interest.

Secondly, some mistakenly justify that since the church is dogmatic and
since the church opposes homosexuality and gay marriage, then taking a
stance opposite to the church is broad-minded. But that is also wrong.
Broad-mindedness stems from following the dharma of AM and not giving
acceptance to crude acts like homosexuality. We are to align our vision
with our Ananda Marga and not fall in the group of such so-called
open-minded atheists who automatically battle the church on each and
every issue. Our stand has nothing to do with either of those camps –
neither the church nor the liberal materialists. Only we are to pay heed
to Baba’s teachings. Sometimes others may agree with us or disagree, but
our polestar is Baba and His teachings, not any camp in today’s
socio-political arena.

Thus no one should think that Dadaji is a superhero because he is
championing human rights or being open-minded in the name of gay
marriage. His situation is not like that. The only reason he has
conducted a gay marriage ceremony is because he himself has fallen into
the mud of gay relations and in so doing he has lost the path of AM.
That is the sole reasoning.

We should all work hard to help Dadaji return to his spiritual roots and
bring his sadhana back into proper flow. Then he will be alright.

JOINING AM MEANS FOLLOWING AM IDEALS

One critical point we must bear in mind: Joining AM means adhering to
the ideals of Ananda Marga.

That means adopting Parama Purusa as the goal of life and not allowing
any mundane allurement to distort our vision. In today’s current
materialistic society, sex is the main theme of life: sexual
satisfaction, sexual gratification, sexual this and sexual that.
Needless to say this is totally misguided.

The cream of life is spiritual bliss and coming into His divine flow,
i.e. serving and pleasing Him. That is the path of human dharma and that
is the way of life in AM. We harbour no other goal, especially not a
crude one like sensual allurement.

If anyone tries to bring gay marriage and homosexual relations as part
of AM, then we can no longer be called A’nanda Ma’rga; it will have to
became Ka’ma Ma’rga. As we all know, ka’ma in Sankrit refer to the chase
after crude physical passions.

Here the point is that we cannot change the rules or goal of AM. Ananda
Marga is what it is – the blissful path to the Divine. Those who wish to
indulge in lowly sexual pursuits like homosexuality will either have to
reform their ways or go elsewhere. Because AM has its stated purpose and
all those in AM must follow accordingly.

AM was built for bhagavad dharma – not any other purpose.

Consider this: Our jagrtis are for spiritual enlightenment and as soon
as one of our jagritis becomes a place where drugs are sold then it has
to be called a hashish house, not a jagrti. Because that is not the
intended purpose of that jagrti.

Likewise, as soon as crude homosexual relations are allowed into AM,
then it is no longer Ananda Marga. It will have to be called something
else because AM was put in place with a specific purpose in mind.

AM is for the attainment of Parama Purusa. That is our goal, not any
mundane fancy. Carnal pleasures are not our goal in AM. Yet that is the
endpoint of all crude sexual dealings like homosexuality.

Suffice to say here that homosexuality and Ananda Marga cannot co-exist
under the same roof. Those indulged in homosexuality are our patients
not our followers.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has given us a clear-cut vision in life: a direct
line to the Supreme. We should not – nay must not – let any intrusion,
like gay marriage & lustful sexual dealings, become accepted in our
Marga. Even if one Dada – any Dada or Didi, does it, it only means that
is their personal inclination. It does not mean that is now part of
Ananda Marga. AM is made up of Baba’s teachings – not anything else. Not
the lustful wanderings of any worker etc. We should keep our mind on the
Polestar and move onwards.

Baba says, “The only way to attain salvation is through self-knowledge,
and for this one requires pure conduct in the external world, pure
thought in the mental world, and whole-hearted surrender to the Supreme
Entity – the shelter of all, the one who is hidden in each and every
entity – as the polestar of one’s life.” (NSS, Disc: 16)

Namaskar,
Pradiip

Note 1: WHO IS THAT DADA

As many of you probably already know. The Dada involved in this gay
marriage fiasco in Suva sector is Dada Pranakrsnananda. He is very
senior so it is a shame to see him fall in this way and become so
confused about his role in life. This is no way for any respected
avadhuta to behave.

Note 2: MORE IMPORTANT LETTERS ON THIS TOPIC

These following letters address many other aspects to this issue of
homosexuality. In AM our stance is quite clear, but those trying to drag
such things into our AM way of life have all kinds of justifications.
They are slow to learn due to their attachments, so it then becomes the
need of the day to address the issue multiple times in numerous ways.
Because such people who have affinity for homosexuality have their own
outlook that is different from Baba’s teachings.

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Allopathic Medicines Not Good

Baba says, “When people take allopathic medicine to cure a disease, the
medicine
disturbs the ecological balance of the body because more negative
microvita get concentrated at the point of the disease. Allopathic
medicines do not kill diseases — diseases die by their own natural
death. Although the medicine may check the disease, the increased
concentration of negative microvita can overcome the effect of the
medicine. In fact, the increased concentration of negative microvita
caused by allopathic medicines creates many new types of diseases, and
due to this, two or three new diseases are presently being created every
decade. So what is the solution to this problem? Our approach should be
two fold– external and internal. Externally we should take medicines to
check diseases, but internally we should perform spiritual practice.”
(MVNS, p.136)
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Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:46:42
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Difference Between Half & Full Sadhana
From: Jiivendra

Baba

PS Intro: This song describes the feeling of one higher stage of devotional
realization.

“Prabhu, toma’y kii kahibo a’ro…” P.S. 447

Purport:

Baba, oh Prabhu, I love You so much. How can I express the deep love
of my heart to You. Words alone fail to describe the feeling. With my vocal
chords I cannot express the grace which You have showered on me. Baba, You
have permanently drenched me in Your ahetuki krpa’. Since I have gotten You
in my life, my life has become meaningful. I do not have any other type of
longing in my mind except You. Baba, by Your grace, my mind is running
always towards You & You alone. Baba, You have made my life blissful, in
all the ways. It is just as if my whole existence is full of nectar.

O’ my dearmost, the cimmerian darkness has vanished from my life;
those black days have gone far, far away. There is no longer any trace of
them. This has all happened since the divine effulgence descended in my
life by Your grace.

Baba, according to Your tune, melody, and rhythm, I am dancing. My
days and nights and my entire life has become just like one bouquet of
songs. Not even a wee-bit of dilemma or confusion is existing in my life.
By Your infinite grace my mind is perfectly straight. This is all because
of Your boundless karuna’.

Baba, my whole existence– my body, mind, and prana– is vibrating
with the spiritual waves which You have generated by Your sweet touch.
Baba, I have gotten You by Your grace. You have graced me immensely. Baba,
I fully surrender myself at Your lotus feet…

== DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HALF & FULL SADHANA ==

Namaskar,
In our AM approach, sadhana is looked upon as the cream of all our
practices. It is the greatest endeavour of our human existence. And of
course per Baba’s divine teaching we all practice our meditation lessons
twice daily, at minimum. This is His Supreme Command as well as the nectar
of our spiritual life.

In our daily lives it cannot be denied however that we have innumerable
duties to attend to and countless tasks to perform. Sometimes it can seem
as though our worldly responsibilities are endless– or nearly so.
Fortunately, while engaging in these occupations we can keep the mind
vibrated in His thought by doing half-sadhana. That is another one of our
jewels of meditation.

So even though we may not be able to close our eyes and sit for meditation
each and every minute of each and every day, through the practice of
half-sadhana we can keep that sweet spiritual flow in tact, by His grace.

IMPORTANCE OF SADHANA

Of course all acknowledge the great value of sadhana. However still there
is a certain trend in AM where some think about doing sadhana without ever
really sitting down to do meditation. That is they read about sadhana or
talk with others about spirituality etc, but they never seem to get the
time to really sit down and immerse the mind in long, silent sadhana
sessions. For them it remains just a dream only. This happens to some in
our Marga.

Here below Baba gives the teaching that just reading and talking about
spiritual discourses will not bring one closer to the Goal, to Him. To gain
success in spiritual life one must commit themselves to the practice of
sadhana.

“Na’yama’tma’ balahiinema labhyah…”

Baba says, “The A’tma’n cannot be attained by the immoralist or the
materialist.And the one who listens to learned discourses or reads the scriptures in
the hope of realizing the A’tma’n with the help of keen intellect will
surely be disappointed.”
“How can one know the A’tma’? The answer is, by performing spiritual
practice (sa’dhana’) with devotion and sincerity. For human beings
spiritual practice in individual life is mandatory. Without sa’dhana’ one
cannot expect to make any progress. If one learns the secrets of spiritual
practice from a learned preceptor and practices regularly one will realize
intuitively the existence of the Supreme Cognitive Faculty.” (TK-3)

So, according to Baba, dedicated & sustained efforts in the discipline of
meditation are needed in order to advance along the spiritual path. Without
sadhana progress is impossible.

And here again in the following passage Baba emphasizes the need to deeply
engage in sadhana if one hopes to get Him.

Baba says, “To realize Him one must direct all one’s sentiments and
propensities – in fact the entire psychic flow with its integral outlook –
towards one’s inner existence. Only on this path of supreme synthesis can
human beings attain the Supreme Entity and transcend the bondages of pain
and pleasure, old age, death, etc.” (APH-5)

Thus in so many ways we can see that sadhana is the key aspect for
spiritual growth and development. And without doing deep sadhana, one will
never really feel His sweet grace. That is Baba’s teaching.

OUR APPROACH IN FULL SADHANA

And sure enough, sadhana is the main ingredient of our spiritual lives.
Plus it has to be recognised that in our AM sadhana we follow a very
systematic approach.

In our twice daily meditation, we close the eyes, fold back the tongue, and
shut down the external senses through the practice of pratyhara– by
performing the three shuddhis as we embark on our meditation. And
ultimately we bring the mind to one particular point, cultivate that great
devotional feeling of loving Him, and ensconce the mind in the repetition
of our mantra. When doing first lesson then the mind is immersed in the
ista cakra and when doing dhyana the mind is absorbed in Guru cakra. This
every practitioner of sahaja yoga understands. And in a nutshell this is
how we approach our regular sadhana practice.

SOME OF THE BASICS OF HALF-SADHANA

Of course, from morning till night we have so many other worldly plans and
programs to attend to. In that case the practice of half-sadhana is
invaluable. Because this can be done anytime throughout the day since in
half-sadhana the eyes remain open.

Exactly when is it that we can do half-sadhana? While walking, cooking,
driving, washing clothes, doing errands, commuting, cleaning, and
innumerable times throughout the day.

So half-meditation is quite a handy approach.

And while here we will go through the various aspects of half-meditation,
the chief difference between full sadhana and half-sadhana is that in
half-meditation we do not keep the mind fixed on a particular cakra. Reason
being that in half-meditation we are involved in various worldly works so
the eyes must remain open, not closed, in which case keeping the mind
introverted at a particular point is not really possible.

HOW HALF-SADHANA CAN BE DONE

As you probably already know, when doing half-sadhana using our ista mantra
then we skip over the shuddhis that we normally do in first lesson and go
right into the phase of cultivating that devotional longing for Baba. And
then with the eyes open we repeat our ista mantra, not necessarily
concentrating on any particular cakra. Just however one feels comfortable
one should engage in their mantra japa and generate that sweet link with
Him– all the while keeping one’s eyes open and attending to their worldly
duties.

Our approach to doing half-dhyana is similar. Here again we bypass the
shuddhis and delve right into the devotional flow, cultivating that
yearning and longing for Him. And then we start repeating our dhyana mantra
again and again, feeling His divine presence all around us. Since the eyes
are open and we are not focused on any particular cakra, then we can think
that He is watching all our movements. Or we can think that we are just
moving through the day with Him right by our side. The main point being
that He is along with us and we are repeating our dhyana mantra– tangibly
feeling His sweet presence.

ONE OTHER DIFFERENCE

One other aspect of half-sadhana that is different from full sadhana is
that in half-sadhana the mantra need not be coordinated with the breath.
Rather one can just go on repeating the mantra at any pace they like– fast
or slow, irregardless of one’s breathing pattern. In this practice, both
fast and slow mantra repetition have their distinct benefits. On this point
everyone can experiment.

KINDLING THE PRACTICE

So this is our basic approach in half-sadhana. Since we are all sadhakas
then most if not all of these points are not new to any of us. Even then
perhaps this reminder will help enable us to do this devotional practice
more and more throughout the day. For it is the practice that makes it real
& blissful. Just knowing about intellectually but not doing it leaves the
mind dry & barren.

Thus as we engage in our practice of half-meditation then all are
encouraged to write in with any new points which they discover– or just
describe the feeling that comes when doing half-meditation. Reflect on what
way it changes the day.

One other thing that sadhakas often find is that by doing half-sadhana
regularly throughout the day then when they sit down for their full
meditation then their mind quickly immerses in that flow– making the
shuddhis almost effortless and the practice of mantra japa blissful. So
that is another wonderful benefit of half-meditation– it complements our
twice daily full sadhana practice.

ONLY THE BRAVE DO SADHANA

Whether we are talking about half-meditation or full meditation, one thing
is certainly proven: That meditation is only for the brave. This is Baba’s
divine guideline.

“Na’yama’tma’ balahiinena labhyo…”

Baba says, “Those who are weak, i.e., who have neither spiritual nor mental
force, do not achieve intuitional knowledge. The timid and cowardly remain
remote from Brahmabha’va or cosmic ideation.” (SS-2, p.46)

So it is only the courageous who immerse their minds in the practice of
sadhana and get that divine bliss; while those who are meek or wishy-washy
types just gossip about doing sadhana.

By practicing half-sadhana and by adhering to His supreme command of twice
daily meditation, we actively immerse ourselves in His thought and proceed
towards that Cosmic Nucleus thereby getting His divine touch, by His grace.

BABA’S BLESSING

In bestowing upon us the practice of dharma sadhana, Baba has truly
showered His greatest blessing on us all. May we realise Him fully.

Baba says, “When the mind transcends the barriers of intellect the
realization dawns in human beings that they cannot reach the abode of the
Supreme Entity through material science or philosophy, but through
intuition alone. Supreme blessedness lies in the unfoldment of intuition.
Those who are graced with intuition, even though they may be totally
illiterate, can reach the Supreme rank, thereby establishing themselves in
a state of perennial blessedness. The greatest pandits, however, become
lost in the labyrinth of logic, and even though they try to find a way out,
they finally attain nothing.” (AMIWL-9, p.640)

Namaskar,
Jiivendra

Note 1: SADHANA NOT TALL TALKS

Here below Baba is guiding us that He can only be attained through the
practice of sadhana– not by high-sounding talks etc.

Baba says, “You cannot get that Supreme Entity by tall talk. Na medhaya´ –
Not by your intellect. Na bahuna´ shrutena – Nor by reading or going
through so many books or lectures…Do your sa’dhana’, do your sa’dha’na’,
do your sa’dhana’…Get it by doing sa’dhana’.” (AV-23, p.23-4)

Note 2: SYSTEMATIC SADHANA MAKES ONE UNDEFEATABLE

Baba has blessed us with a perfect system of meditation and by doing all
the lessons on a regular basis then we are sure to attain success– never
to be defeated.

Baba says, “You have learnt a well-ordered system of meditation and other
spiritual practices based on dharma. If any individuals or groups, however
powerful they may be, try to suppress you or even succeed in suppressing
you, they are bound to be destroyed. History has witnessed many such a
downfall in the past. No one has ever been victorious or will ever be
victorious by opposing dharma. March ahead with your own strength, march
with firm steps and your head held high. Always remember that when dharma
is with you, whoever will oppose you will be razed to the ground – their
destruction is a must.” (AV-4)

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Brave Persons

Baba says, “Do not remain worried about your individual problems at all.
Be prepared to carry your own burden and be prepared also to carry the
burdens of others. Then alone are you brave. Be dagdhabiija. Everyone
has their own individual problems. Do not try to pass them on to others.
On the contrary, bear the burdens of others. No one is your enemy. Be
ready to bear the burdens of others.” (AV-30, p.4)
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