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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.

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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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From: “Alex Hufnagel”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: A’nanda Ma’rga Amar Hai
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 13:44:18 +0000

Baba

“E kii prahelika’ e kii kuhelika’…” P.S. 1769

Purport:

Baba, what is this liila You are making, what is this dilemma. O’ my
Lord, I know that You are everywhere, but even then my heart is dry.
I am surrounded with frustration– by this fog of hopelessness. No doubt,
You are remaining with me, but You did not allow me hold You. Even then,
by Your grace, his much I do know– that You love me. Just I do not feel
that in my heart at present. Baba, Your divine effulgence is lost in the
oblivion. The resonating melody of the viina is filled with the tears of
my life. Baba, please come in my life and remove all my bondages. Please
remove all my blackness, impurities, and dogma, whatever I have. Baba I
love You. And this much I also know– That you also love me. O’ my Lord,
please look towards me. I have offered my everything at Your lotus feet.
Please do not leave me remaining crying in darkness. Baba, please come
in my heart, in my mind, with Your sweet smile. Baba, only You are my
shelter…

== A’NANDA MA’RGA AMAR HAI ==

Namaskar,
In this trying, if not difficult, period in our Ananda Marga history,
some may be wondering how AM is even going to survive. There is groupism
and infighting on every corner, dogmas have been imposed left and right,
and so much nonsense is going on. In that view, some may be
contemplating, ‘Where is the daylight, how is our Marga ever going to
make it– it just does not seem possible’. These murky thoughts might
enter the mind.

However, we should be fully assured that our path of Ananda Marga is
immortal and it is going to flourish on this planet and across the
universe, wherever humans go. Because AM satisfies human dharma. That is
Baba’s special formula, as well as the hidden reason why our Marga will
not only survive, but verily thrive.

THE SPECIAL RECIPE

As we know from sutra 2-5 of Ananda Sutram, within each human being is
the thirst for limitlessness. Everyone is eager and hungry to find
eternal happiness & peace. To that end, humans do so many things and run
after so many crude enjoyments: Money, materialism, sex, power, etc. All
done in order to find happiness. But just because they are temporarily
involved in those things does not mean they are truly satisfied.

Rather, they are just like small babies who are hungry– teething and
chewing on anything they can find: Sticks, plastic, cardboard, etc. But
that baby will not be satisfied until it gets mother’s milk.

Likewise, humans are involved in various material pleasures only because
they have yet to find something better. And still they are searching,
refining their ways. Proof being that now, around the globe, so many
have joined up in various styles of yoga and other healthy ways of
living. People are flocking in this direction and improving themselves.
They are on the move. But even that will not entirely quench their
thirst, because only Ananda Marga is the path of eternal bliss. So their
quest or search will not stop until they find themselves on the path of AM.

Hence Baba’s special formula is the ultimate combination: He has
instilled within human beings an infinite desire and He has given the
path of AM to satiate that innate human yearning for eternal happiness.
Thus each and every human being is on a pre-programmed search to try and
find the path of bliss, Ananda Marga. There is no other destiny.

GREAT PROGRESS BEING MADE IN AMPS

Now that we are confirmed that every living being has an inborn urge to
find AM, the path of bliss, let’s redirect our attention to the current
scene within AMPS. How is it that we can feel assured that our AMPS will
be able to show the path of AM to all who come.

Before 1990, our Marga was in a phase of tremendous speed. In a few
decades, Baba unveiled the plan and programs for the entire future of
humanity. No teaching or secret was left untold. He has given everything.

From Master Units to Microvita, each and every day brought a new
revolutionary idea or concept as well as a new plan for our Marga to
implement– then and there, at that moment. Our Marga was moving at
cosmic speed. That was the need of the day in that pre- 1990 period.

As human beings though, we could not keep up. Here’s the proof: Those
days we were busy printing and preaching the gospel of our AM books like
‘Neo-humanism: Liberation of Intellect’, and then just a few years later
our entire Marga was sunk in groupism, not floating in neo-humanism.

Why? Because in that pre-1990 period, we could not digest all of Baba’s
teachings, like neo-humanism. It was a period of speed to roll out more
and more new works, all done at a pace faster than the human mind could
assimilate everything.

It is just like if someone goes to the university bookstore and
purchases all the needed books to get a PhD in quantum physics. Buying
those books alone does not make automatically worthy or qualified to
have a doctorate degree. Rather it will take years and years of study
assimilate the requisite knowledge to earn that PhD.

Same then is the case with our Ananda Marga. Just because some Dadas
were taking dictation about AM ideals does mean they were established
sadvipras. Rather it takes time to instill all those ideas within one’s
being.

GREAT PROGRESS BEING MADE IN AMPS- Part 2

In our period of speed prior to 1990, it was extremely rare for anyone
to be able to assimilate the real essence of what Baba was saying and
doing. And there are so many proofs of this.

Baba was telling that He was that eternal entity yet then some Dadas
created the dogmatic Mahaprayan function saying that Baba is gone. In
that case who can claim that those Dadas really understood that Baba is
infinite and timeless.

And that is the case with so many things. Our acaryas are meant to be
sadvipras yet so many of them are involved in tragic, scandalous affairs.
Plus Baba has given Prout, yet some in our Marga are selling our MU
lands in order to make a personal profit. In various directions,
countless nonsense things are going on: All of which points in the
direction that in the period of tremendous speed up till 1990, we could
not assimilate all of Baba’s teachings.

Rather our Marga was more involved in propagating Baba’s miracles– but
that alone is not enough. The world and its religions are already full
of tales of miracles, so people are not enticed by that. Whereas the
world is totally bereft of a rational philosophy. Hence, the need of the
day is for us to understand and emulate Baba’s teachings, then everyone
will come running in our direction. But up until 1990 it was not
possible for us to do so.

Again then we come to the point, ‘OK then where is the optimism’, where
is the proof that our Marga is moving ahead, in the right direction.

GREAT PROGRESS BEING MADE IN AMPS- Part 3

Since 1990, our Marga has been in a period of pause. The phase of speed
finished. So since 1990 the learning or the assimilation of AM ideology
has been going on– successfully so.

Prior to 1990, we had no real idea of what groupism was nor did we know
the harm it could do. But now we know, and verily we are step by step
pulling our Marga out of the mire of groupism. We are all studying and
doing sadhana in order to rise above any groupist sentiment.

And this is the case with so many aspects of Ananda Marga ideology. We
are learning what it means to have the eternal Brahma as the Guru, that
is why so many have left the dogma of Mahaprayan. And indeed so many
dogmas have been left behind: Tiirthas, memorials, false printing of
Baba’s books, and so many things.

In short, everyone in AM is now learning AM ideology. Because now–
since 1990– we have had the time to think, reflect, and experiment. So
it is that with each and every passing day we better adhere to Baba’s
teachings and spread His ideals via our conduct, discussions, and
actions. Everything is getting better– that is, our Marga is righting
itself on the path of ideology.

EVERYTHING POINTING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

Thus, it is all going extremely well. Already Baba has instilled within
everyone the inherent & infinite desire to become great, i.e. to
experience eternal peace. Plus, He has given the path of AM, which is
the only real avenue for experiencing infinite bliss. And furthermore,
He has put our Marga in a period of pause, so we may best assimilate and
understand His teachings. For all these reasons, we can sincerely know,
‘Ananda Marga Amar Hai’, Ananda Marga is immortal.

We are now no longer thinking that just because we came into AM that we
are therefore sadvipras. That is how it was prior to 90. Dadas and
others thought that simply because they were in AM, then therefore they
had the birthright to rule the world. Hence the building of the Prout
Palace to entertain the world’s leaders. Those days, Dadas were just
waiting for their coronation as Kings of this earth.

But now that silly dream is over. Now everyone understands that being in
AM means that we must personify Baba’s teachings in thought, word, and
deed. So everyone is studying, learning, and competing to be better
informed about our AM way of life.

That is what the period of pause is all about and that is what has been
going on since 1990. Hence it is with each and every passing day that we
are coming more in line with our AM ideology.

And by this way humans will carry Baba’s teachings of Ananda Marga
forever and ever.

That is why there is a grand feeling of optimism percolating within our
Marga. Not all our problems are solved yet, but one by one they are
being eliminated as we hold onto and implement Baba’s teachings, by His
grace.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace the whole situation is complete. Human beings have
infinite desires; only AM is that path of eternal bliss that can quench
the human thirst to achieve limitlessness. And, in this period of pause,
we are all becoming the worthy media for bringing AM teachings to the
world.

Baba says, “This speed and pause will continue. Pause means the
gathering of momentum for speed in the subsequent phase. If one closely
watches the effect of speed on a particular community or the entire
humanity, one sees that generally people eulogize the period of speed.
However, we cannot afford to ignore the state of pause, because by
judging what the previous state of pause was like, we can discern the
speed of the next phase.”

“There are some people who are pessimistic. They say that the society
around us is very bleak, that it has no expression of vitality and that
it seems that everyone is in a deep slumber. Pessimists say this because
they have never made any detailed study of human history, nor do they
care to. Had they done so, they would certainly be optimistic, because
if they had looked carefully at the symptoms of pause, they would have
realized that significant preparations were being made for the
subsequent phase of speed. So under no circumstances should human beings
be pessimistic. That is why I am always an incorrigible optimist,
because I know that optimism is life.” (AFPS_3)

Namaskar,
Arisudan

Note: WHY THE RELIGIONS CANNOT SATISFY HUMAN THIRST

The religions have a sense of god-hood, which is why they still have
followers. Because human beings are not inclined to become atheistic.
But the diminished feeling of god-hood that the religions convey is not
enough to keep their followers. Because people want more than dogma in
their life. They want to realise something Great and be guided by a
flawless philosophy based on rationality. Hence, none of the dogmatic
religions can keep their followers forever. Over time, all will come
into AM.

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UNKNOWN FACT ABOUT WEALTH

Parama Purusa BABA says, “In the subtle economic sense, the value of
wealth is the real wealth. Wealth, if not properly defined, may mean
only riches. But the value of wealth is to be measured in terms of its
capacity to purchase commodities. That is, the purchasing capacity of
wealth is its real value. This real value of wealth has not yet been
properly understood in numerical terms by economists.” (Proutist
Economics, p. 269)
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Date: 21 Mar 2010 14:49:01 -0000
From: “Chandramohan Jha”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: What Every New Sadhaka Should Know: Part 1

Baba

“Toma’ri katha’ bheve ma’rmika anubhave…” (P.S. 3006)

Purport:

O’ Baba, by thinking of You with all the feelings of my heart, my
ba’ndha-bha’unga’ mana [1] is ensconced in bliss and floats towards
infinity. O’ Lord of the divine and mortal worlds, the Soul of the
soulless, even a wee-bit of Your great love is enough to fill my heart
with spiritual bliss and give me goose bumps, horripilation, throughout
my being. Baba, is it You who brings that devotional surge within me.
Baba, thinking about You, my mind is ensconced in bliss.

Baba, You are incomparable in rhythm and most pleasant in aroma. You
have no comparison. In all vibrations, in the quintessence, deep down,
You are the Dearest One to all; You are the nucleus of all the
vibrations. In the garland You are the flower. In the necklace You are
the jewel. In everything You are the best. Remaining in viitara’ga [2],
You smile with the beauty of divine love like flowers. Baba, thinking
about You, my is mind ensconced in bliss.

Baba, in the severe heat, You are those first, cool showers that bring
relief and respite. In the space between the monsoon clouds, You are the
effulgent pole star. In the darkness, You are the beauty of the moon’s
enchantment. Under the hot sun, You are cool shade beneath the trees. In
each and every circumstance, You are the Saviour. Baba, even staying
afar, You stay in my mind’s divine haven. Baba, thinking about You, is
my mind ensconced in bliss.

O’ Parama Purusa, keep me eternally at Your lotus feet…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3006:

[1] Ba’ndha-bha’unga’ mana: This is when the mind is overwhelmed with
joy. Such as when one is extremely happy and bursts into tears or when
one jumps for joy or exclaims or dances. In actuality though it is more
than the joy experienced in worldly circumstances. It is that
inexpressible bliss from the spiritual flow. It happens in the spiritual
realm when one’s mind is totally ensconced in His bliss and one starts
crying uncontrollably. This is a state wherein one completely loses
their composure.

[2] Viitara’ga: This is the state of being beyond any worldly attachment
or attraction – i.e. perfect equanimity in all circumstances. One of the
qualities of Parama Purus’a is vaera’gya. Baba has demonstrated this on
countless occasions. Even when all kinds of serious and critical
problems came in the organisation, then He remained totally unaffected,
keeping perfect composure. For social reasons He may have showed
sympathy or concern, but internally He was totally unaffected. Those
bhaktas close to Baba understand this well.

For instance, before going to jail & whenever there was serious any
catastrophe going on in organisational life, Baba had the divine ability
to give discourses of eternal value. That can only happen when one’s
mind is in viitaraga.If anyone reads that discourse they will not get
any hint about the extreme upheaval going on in the organisation. Such
composure ise not possible by human beings. Being human means being
affected by the bondaage of maya.

Whereas in viitraga the mind remains 100% unassailed by any negativity,
and is just the embodiment of universal welfare. Viitara’ga does not
mean that the Entity in viitara’ga is unpetrubed by the suffering and
tears of human beings. Everyone knows that Parama Purusa loves and cares
so much.

== WHAT EVERY NEW SADHAKA SHOULD KNOW ==

Namsakar,
This letter, the first in a series, focuses on an array of important
points for new sadhakas to know. After all. AM pracar is one of our
first and foremost duties.

Baba says, “…It is the bounden duty of every Ananda Margiis to
endeavour to bring all to the path of bliss…” (Supreme Command)

To this end, a few senior margiis gathered and came up with a few points
– intellectual and devotional – that will be helpful for us to propagate
to new people as they come onto the path. These points will be presented
in an ongoing series of letters.

Please do share your experiences and thoughts as well – because we all
have taken the duty and responsibility under Guru to do pracar and
everyone has their own particular talents, skills and knowledge in this
important arena.

“AS YOU THINK, SO YOU BECOME”

Ya’drshii bha’vana’ yasya siddhirbhavati ta’drshii

Baba says, “As you think, so you become.” (AV-12)

Baba has given this seemingly simple guideline in a number of
discourses. Some new people may have heard or read this and think they
understand. Other new people may not have yet come across it.

We should ensure that every new sadhaka understands the full import of
this teaching because this is one of the very revolutionary aspects of
Ananda Marga.

These days, with the great popularity of yoga, most yoga groups solely
focus on the physical, or they may include their own interpretation of
pranayama as well.

Only AM offers the full system for transforming one’s person into
godhood. And the above guideline, “as you think so you become”, is
instrumental to our approach.

HOW IT WORKS: Part 1

When Baba says, “as you think so you become”, He is telling us that we
must have some control or restraint in our thinking.

If one thinks of something mundane or crude they will transform into
that object – step by step. That is one part of the equation.

Baba says, “It is the natural wont of the mind to take the shape of its
object of meditation. If the object of worship is crude, say money or
any crude thing, the mind takes the shape of that crude thing in the
course of time.” (Baba in Fiesch)

And not just money, in this materialistic era people’s minds are riddled
by all kinds of thoughts: name, fame, jealousy, stress, anger, sex,
fear, enemies, disease and so much more. And by thinking in this way,
part, or even all of their mind, gets consumed in that thing. By that
way, the problem festers and grows.

Wild or uncontrolled thinking is one of the main causes of both psychic
and physical diseases in materialistic societies.

Those new to the path of sadhana – and even those not yet on the path –
should be informed of the adverse effects of this equation, “As you
think so you become.”

HOW IT WORKS: Part 2

Then there is the other side of the equation: If we refine our thoughts
to focus in a spiritual manner we will move towards the Supreme.

This also we should preach and teach to every new sadhaka. By this way
they can not only free the mind of so many fetters and distractions, but
one can truly move ahead on the spiritual path.

In AM, that is exactly what our system of sadhana is – a methodical
manner of thinking wherein the mind focuses on the Ista.

Baba says, “Concentrated thinking is called “meditation”… In spiritual
parlance, when the mental flow is directed towards the goal, that is,
the Supreme Entity, it is called “concentration”, but in metaphysical
terms, it is a concept of dharma. Concentrated thinking leads to the
development of positive ideas…in the process of constant mental flow
towards the goal. In the process of meditation the following things are
involved – brain cells, apexed or pinnacled psychology, concentrated
thinking, Guru cakra and ultimate devotion.” (YP)

Thus concentrated thinking is a integral part of our approach. By this
way one can transform their entire existence. Even those who are
terribly depressed and anxiety ridden can become stellar sadhakas
through this method. And this is unique to AM. No one else other than
Baba highlights the sublime importance of thinking.

So those new to AM should understand that they will not get this
teaching nor this practice on other paths and they should clearly
understand and experience the dynamism of this practice.

Our mantra japa in first lesson or sixth lesson is the culminating
practice of, “as you think so you become.” By bringing the mind back
again and again to the idea of the mantra and training the mind to
maintain that flow, then one’s entire physical, psychic and spiritual
existence gets transformed. Then one veritably becomes divine. Then one
becomes Parama Purusa. That is Baba’s teaching for every sadhaka to
realise – new or old.

BABA’S MANDATE

Because this principle – as you think so you become – is such an
important guideline Baba reminds us of this again and again.

Baba says, “I told you, or I have been telling you, that a man takes the
form of his psychic object; that is, your very existence will be
converted into your psychic object. You should select your psychic
object very carefully.” (AV-12)

Really then, we should share the import of this concept with all new
sadhakas. By this way we too may become more aware of the use of our
mantra, either during and / or after sadhana.

As pracarakas, this equation – as you think so you become – is one
important point of our approach. So many in the world nowadays are
looking for something new. And our Marga has all the practices they need
to transform their life.

So those being introduced to na’ma mantra meditation or first lesson or
even just kiirtan, should be made aware of the profound effects of this
subtle science.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with the practical method of how to
ideate on Him. We should share this technique with one and all. We
should never allow others to settle for any lesser approach. It is
everyone’s birthright to get Him – by their thoughts alone, one can
attain His eternal shelter, by His grace.

Baba says, ‘It is also stated in Tantra that if a person wants only to
attain limited progress, one may practise on certain limited ideas. But
those who are genuine seekers of Brahma will never agree to worship any
finite idea. Those who want the Supreme Entity will have to ideate on
Parama Purus’a alone. People may attain limited achievement in terms of
occult power through the grace of the gods and goddesses, but they will
remain far away from the attainment of the Supreme Entity.” (DT-1)

Namaskar,
Chandramohan

Note 1: IDOL WORSHIP IS THE WORST

Here Baba points out the very negative effect of dogmatic idol worship.
But none should think this adverse reaction is limited to idol worship.
Any persistent engagement in crude thoughts (sex, money, greed,
jealousy, etc) will turn one into negative microvita.

Baba says, ““If idols made of wood, clay, iron or any other metal are
accepted as objects of meditation, then what will be the result?” It is
said, Ya’drshii bha’vana’ yasya siddhirbhavati ta’drshii [“As you think,
so you become”]. The aspirants’ own entitative existence will be turned
into clay, metal or wood – a state which in the scriptures is called
Prakrtiliina [negative microvita]. It is a dreadful state.” (SS-11)

Note 2: SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

Please write in with your thoughts regarding what you feel is very
important to impart to new people on the path.

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From: “Shantatma Kerketta”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Baba’s Special Grace
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 07:13:20 +0530

Baba

“A’lor pathik ese geche tamah na’shiya’…” – P.S. 467

Purport:

The almighty Parama Purusa, the Traveler of divine effulgence has come
and all the darkness has vanished by His august advent. The lethargy,
drowsiness & staticity have gotten destroyed. The wall & gate of the jail
have been smashed by His grace.

In a flash– blink of an eye– He has destroyed the dogma and crudeness
which had accumulated since hundreds of years. All the clouds of dilemma
have been removed. Now all around the effulgence is spreading and floating
in all the directions.

O’ my friends, family members, brothers and sisters, please do not
remain distant and away. Do not keep yourself separate and alien. Please
come close. Sing and dance with the happiness of the infinite attraction
and inspiration of His divine vibration…

== BABA’S SPECIAL GRACE ==

Namaskar,
It is a well-known and established idea in the mind of each and every
sincere margii that Baba’s grace works in mysterious ways. To understand
His liila is not easy; indeed His grace works very secretly. That is why it is
said, ‘Dharmasya su’ks’ma’ gatih”– Dharma works underneath, behind the
scenes, and goes on working.

THE HOLY ADVENT OF PARAMA PURUSA

When Parama Purusa advents on this earth then that has some great purpose.
And that purpose is to establish dharma in its proper place. And when dharma is
established, then He leaves His physical form. But eternally He resides in
the hearts of devotees.

Those who have a little devotion understand this fact well that dharma has
already been established on this earth. That’s why not only in Ananda Marga
but all around, we can clearly see how sinners are getting annihilated, one
after another, as their misdeeds get exposed. Whereas in the distant past
it was not like that. Negative elements were exploiting the whole society
mercilessly and nobody could dare oppose them. This was the case in most of
the countries and areas of the past. But now, the whole vibration has been
changed. Greater awareness is there even in the minds of the general
public, and of course especially in Ananda Marga this transformation has
taken root.

We should not forget that Mahasambhuti takes the human form only after a
gap of thousands of years. And this time Baba wants to give a special
teaching to the world. Namely that, in the absence of the physical
structure of Mahasambhuti, His vibration is everything. And that alone is
enough to generate and huge flow and give a spiritual blow to the adharmic
forces. And by this way the sadvipra society gets established on this planet.

DURING THE TIME OF LORD SHIVA AND LORD KRSNA

At the time of Lord Shiva, society was so primitive. So, He did everything
wherever He was. The people need that type of direct guidance. And all
along when in battle then everywhere He himself physically fought-in order
to prove “God is with you”.

And at the time of Lord Krsna, society was only a little developed. So even
then people were not believing that God’s grace is something. And they were
also not believing that without the direct involvement of Lord Krsna– or
without His taking up of weapons, the sinners will be destroyed.

So to teach this very thing, that God’s grace is enough, Lord Krsna took a
vow not to take up weapons. His physical presence is enough. And after the
Mahabharat this tendency was developed. In the common society, devotees
started thinking that God’s presence is in the physical sense. That’s why
different types of epics and poems and everything is written in such a way,
that God physically came and did the work.

So today the common Indian society believes this very thing — that God
physically came and did the work. And with the inner force gained by this
belief, they are moving forward.

BABA’S SPECIAL GRACE

But now, Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji wants to create and give one furthermore
teaching. Specifically that the physical presence of Mahasambhuti is not
needed for managing all the affairs. Rather His grace is enough. He is
present everywhere. Each and every person must have to realize this.

Indeed, it is not hidden to anyone that Baba used to sit in one place–
whether it be Tiljala, Ranchi, jail, or Ananda Nagar– and by that way He
spread the gospel of Ananda Marga to each and every nook and corner of this
entire globe. He sent various disciples as His representatives, first
margiis and then WTs, and they were charged with His vibration. And His
blessings and grace was moving in that way, according to His desire. And
all around Margiis felt linked.

So just by sitting in one room, without even going anywhere, in that way
Baba has established dharma. And there is enough proof that in the absence
of His physical body His grace goes on working. And by seeing His example
in the life one can see that His modus operendi is different from Lord
Krsna. Because at the time of Lord Krsna during each and every event, big
or small, He was physically along with the Pandavas. Even when they went to
kill Duryodana Lord Krsna was there and like that on so many occasions
Krsna was moving right next to the Pandavas.

But in the case of Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji it is not like that.
Rather He sent out His margii & wt representatives in waves and proclaimed
that ‘Go do the work of dharma, My divine grace is with you’.

So all the workers and margiis who have come in Baba’s contact have
experienced this. And still today one can realise that by doing sadhana,
establishing His ideology, or doing His work in a sincere manner, then
always His grace is there. If anybody is sincere in their efforts then
anything can be done. So in His practical example of running the
organisation, managing pracara, teaching sadhana etc, His grace was only
working. And that is the case before 1990 and after 1990. Always.

So Baba graciously created Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha to propagate and
establish His ideology, Ananda Marga.

ANANDA MARGA: BABA’S KINGDOM

Ananda Marga is dharmic. Hypocrisy & duplicity have no room here. This is the
kingdom of BABA. Whoever did anything wrong, right away they became turned
upside down. They fell on the ground, and the chair was on them. It means,
their chair got tilted and their chair sat on them. So the post which they
were holding, that very post boomeranged on them and became the force behind
their own exposure. And that post became the force to make them reap the
consequences of their own negative actions. So the Ananda Marga chair is so
peculiar.

For example, when Sarvatmanandji became the unquestioned king in 1991.
And the wheel of dharma just moved a little, and he was thrown away into
a chasm, somewhere.

And the same thing is going to happen to with anyone who follows such a
negative trend. So all should be alert, because today or tomorrow this is
eternal game is going on. Wherein they are indulging in another type of
tyranny and injustice.

BABA’S UNIQUE PLANNING

Overall we can say that Baba has planned that this very time, His physical
presence is not needed to establish dharma – as was the case in the Mahabharat
battle. In the Mahabharat, although Lord Krsna did not take up arms, but He
was present there in the battle field. This time, Baba wants to teach the
whole society that the grace of Parama Purusa is everything. He is
physically there or not, but His grace is always there.

By different events, the idea will be more and more clear, that God’s grace
is everything. In and invisible way it is that unseen force working behind.
And with this force, dharma is getting established.

Unfortunately, these things society was not believing up to now. Most could
not fathom that the invisible force of Parama Purusa, is everything. Yet when
we analyse the last 14 years’ history of Ananda Marga it is getting clear:
That Baba’s force is doing everything.

And it will only get more clear, gradually. That Baba is not gone. In His
invisible form, He is sitting within our mind. And His vibration, His grace
is working in the entire universe. And the whole physical, psychic and
spiritual field of all the living and non-living flora and fauna are
getting metamorphosed gradually, in the rhythm of AM ideology. And negative
forces are getting annihilated. Nobody can save them. Dharmic people are
not helpless anymore.

AM WILL BE ESTABLISHED EVERYWHERE

Those who still do not have faith on this, they will see that by this
metamorphosis, in the entire society Ananda Marga philosophy is going to be
established. In the very near future. Let alone inside Ananda Marga.

And those who are spreading the nuisance of groupism, they may be Bengali
group etc, Baba will throw them out. Now it may not be clear, what way they
will be thrown out. Same way it was not clear when Dada Sarvatmanandji was
in power in 1992-3. Everyone was thinking that he will rule Ananda Marga up
to the end. With vanity he was busy in curtailing Margii rights, and doing
distortion of Baba’s many discourses. Nowadays if anyone is also following
the groupist path of any factional agenda, then they will meet a similar
blackish fate.

So like this everything is now moving in proper flow; Baba is taking care.
As changes have come in the past, in the same way with His force,
everything will be alright. This Ananda Marga is made by Baba, and He is
managing all the things. Dharma is on the rise and negative, groupist
persons will not have any place in Ananda Marga in the near future.

We should convince one and all to give up any groupist tendencies
and adopt the ways of neo-humanism. That is where their welfare
and victory lie.

Clutching onto the fray of groupism is not good for anyone, their demise
is impending.

BABA’S BLESSING

Here follow is Baba’s blessing:

Baba says, “In order to annihilate evil doers and restore dharma, Parama
Purusa showers His especial grace and compassion. This special effort is
necessary because the place of dharma is above all else. Its importance is
greater than that of anything else. For those who put dharma above
everything else, their victory is assured.” (AV-22 Hindi)

Namaskar,
Shantatma

Note: THE WHEEL OF DHARMA

How the wheel of dharma is moving so fast; it is incredible.

For example:

Communists started exploiting in 1917. And their hypocrisy and tyranny went
on for several decades, in an uninterrupted way. Almost 75 years total and
then later on, they got annihilated.

Today, so many politicians are getting exposed through their ill deeds when
in the past politicians were trusted as second gods.

And so many unjust elements of life are getting exposed. Due to His sweet
grace, society is becoming more evolved and can see what is right and wrong.
In that process, rightousness prevails and those ill-doers lose their face
in society. Those following dharma have His grace and get success whereas
those involved in selfish agendas that run contrary to universal welfare
get exposed and meet defeat – due to their own wrongdoings. Dharma will
not support this misdeeds any longer.

We see this happening both inside and outside of AM. His grace is
dictating the flow in all directions.

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Origin of Few Musical Instruments

Baba says, “”Our tabla is a metamorphosed form of this mrdaunga. Some
people believe that the tabla came from Persia but this is not the case;
the tabla originated in this country. From Persia we have gotten the sitar
and the gazal. Although the viin’ originated in this country and has been
here since the time of Shiva, we have gotten its descendant, the violin,
from Italy.” (SC-2, p.128)
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To: AM-GLOBAL
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 06:25:26 -0000
From: NJK Majumdar
Subject: Which AM Book Is Authentic

Baba

“Ke go tumi a’ji bhare nile sa’ji na’ baliya’ mor phulavane…” (PS 2111)

Purport:

O’ Divine Entity, who are You who has come today in the flower garden
of my mind & without my awareness filled up Your basket by plucking all
my flowers. Which Divine Personality are You who has done like this.
Baba, neither did I ask You to come, nor did I ask You to please sit–
indeed I could not receive You properly in the canopy of my mental
flower garden.

O’ Baba, Your grace is unimaginable. When I call You, then You do not
come; and now without any invitation You have blessed me by coming– it
is Your grace. And You are silently looking at everything in the flower
garden of my mind and You are not telling anything– just You smiled and
got involved in plucking the flowers. Baba, Your liila in unique.

O’ Parama Purusa, I do not have the capacity to understand what type of
liila’ You are playing. Why do You go on playing with my mind. In my
mental garden, without my awareness, You go on swaying Your love. And
You go on creating vibrations there without my awareness. And You fill
my mind with Your divine attraction and love. Baba, O’ the Divine Entity,
You have graced me by coming…

== WHICH AM BOOK IS AUTHENTIC ==

Namaskar,
With so many things going on in the organisation, nowadays, more than
ever, around the globe margiis and workers realise the need for the
proper transcription, printing, and publishing of Baba’s discourses.
Everyone understands this is the urgent need of the day.

However, it is not so easy to execute. It is not like taking a stroll
down to the corner store. There are many angles & complexities to the
issue; hence the matter can indeed seem quite arduous, if not daunting.

The question then becomes: How to manage this mighty task and where to
begin.

#1: FORMULA FOR AUTHENTICITY NEEDED

First off, it needs to be decided which books are alright– i.e.
authentic, and which ones need attention. Is it that each and every AM
book needs to be redone entirely; are all the printed discourses in
terrible shape. Or is it that some published discourses are properly
done. If so, then which ones. That is the first consideration.

#2: HOW TO REPUBLISH DISCOURSES

Secondly, once it is decided which books need to be reprinted, then what
will be our means for republishing the discourses. Shall we merely
accept the current printed Bangla edition as the original and print all
the discourses from the so-called original Bengali. Is that enough to
settle the matter.

Unfortunately if we adopt this pathway, then we may face the crisis
which has occurred in Ananda Vacanamrtam part 1, where all the printed
discourses in AV-1 are missing 95% of Baba’s original discourse. Because
those publishers only printed the few paras which Baba spoke in English
and they outrightly deleted scores and scores of paragraphs which Baba
spoke in other languages, especially Hindi. That is why all the
discourses in AV-1 are so short and appear incomplete. Because they are
incomplete– miserably so. And that is not just the case with AV-1, but
with numerous titles and editions. The problem is rampant.

This then is the second consideration: Once we decide a book or set of
discourses needs to be reprinted or republished, then what are we to use
as the original material for republication.

OTHER THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

And there are other considerations as well such as who can and will do
this work and so many logistical matters as well. Nonetheless, these two
aforementioned issues stand as the main areas which must be worked out:
Parameters need to be established on these two points. Otherwise how is
one to move ahead and get the desired result: A properly published
discourse.

SOLUTION #1:

DETERMINING AUTHENTICITY

Although, there are many angles to the issue, there is one standard
measuring rod for determining which AM book is authentic.

As we all know, some of Baba’s discourses were recorded live via audio
cassette and some were given by dictation and margiis or Dadas noted
down what Baba said.

For example, these books or series contain discourses that were
recorded: (1) Ananda Vacanamrtam, (2) Subhasita Samgraha (later
editions, (3) Prout Nutshell (some recorded & some not), (4) Discourses
on the Mahabharata, (5) Microvita Nutshell (some recorded & some not),
(6) Neo-Humanism: Liberation of Intellect, etc.

And then there were other books that were not recorded at all; these
were given by dictation: (1) Tattvika Praveshika, (2) Ananda Sutram, (3)
Caryacarya (all parts), (4) Namah Shiva Shantaya (some chapters
dictated), (5) Shabda Cayanika, (6) Varna Vijiana, (7) Human Society
(Parts 1 & 2), (8) Strange Experiences, etc.

Thus some discourses were recorded and some were dictated and the books
were formed accordingly. So what to to do.

[A] Basically, those discourses which were recorded need to be checked
word for word with the original cassette to ensure that each and every
word was properly transcribed, irregardless of the language in which
Baba spoke. Then if the discourse measures up– if it contains all that
Baba spoke– then we can consider that discourse or book as being
authentic.

[B] And those discourses which were dictated & noted down by pen,
basically we must review them to ensure that every portion of the book
is consistent with AM ideology. If so, then we must accept that book as
being authentic. We have no other recourse.

These then are are two basic parameters for determining authenticity of
our AM books. And then there is the matter of what medium to use as the
original for those discourses that were recorded.

SOLUTION #2:

CASSETTES ARE ONLY DEPENDABLE MEDIUM

For those discourses that were recorded and wherein there are gaps and
discrepancies between the original audio tape and the printed discourse,
then obviously we must use the recorded audio as the original. To use
anything else would be injustice and we would only be asking for trouble.

Right now, there are some who are relying on the Bangla text as the
original for redoing various discourses, but when the Bengali books have
omitted huge portions of what Baba originally spoke, then how can those
books be depended upon for republishing His discourses.

Let us remember that our job is to print the discourses “as is”– what
Baba spoke needs to be published, irregardless of what language He used.
In that case, the only viable option is to resort to the audio cassette
as the medium for republishing those discourses.

ABOUT THOSE DISCOURSES THAT WERE NOT RECORDED

And of course for those discourses that were not recorded and have no
audio cassette, then we have to ensure those books are consistent with
the teachings of AM ideology. Where any inconsistency appears, then a
responsible committee should be in charge of informing all of the
problem and marking a pathway for correcting the matter.

But truth be told, Baba Himself was checking and editing those older
published books, so really most of them are just fine. Books like Ananda
Sutram, AM: Elementary Philosophy etc have been meticulously used by our
Marga over the decades and they are basically approved by Guru Himself.
Only we have to ensure that no nonsense was placed into the Appendix by
various Dadas such as when they added the gross dogma of Mahaprayan to
the appendix of CC-1 etc. Other than that, in most cases, the original
text in our older AM books is alright. Even then there should be a
comprehensive review.

HOW DO WE KNOW THE CASSETTES EXIST

The final piece of the puzzle is how do we know there is an original
cassette for those recorded discourses. For example, let’s say we ask
the folks in Tiljala and they say there is no cassette etc– when in
fact we know the discourse was recorded. Then what are we to do.

Actually, already we know which cassettes exist. Because Baba’s demand
was that all cassettes must be kept. He was adamant and forceful on this
point. After each and every discourse, the cassette would go to the
proper authority such as PRS Dada. And by that way the original cassette
was maintained. This was the working style.

Furthermore, since 1990, in their archive meetings, and when asking for
money, and when reports come about which discourses have been put in
digital format, and when announcements were made about this or that
preservation project, then we have a concrete idea about which cassettes
have been kept and preserved. Because, always the in-charges would give
reports about what was done.

And not only that, so many margiis, Dadas, Didis, and LFTs who have
worked in the Tiljala archive etc have talked about which discourses
they were working on. So it is known those cassettes exist. Plus, in the
Editor’s Note, of so many books, Publications personnel neatly describe
which discourse has come from which cassette etc.

By all these avenues and by all these accounts, we can easily determine
how and where to get the original cassette to do this greatly needed
work of checking and publishing Baba’s discourses “as is”.

Thus, although it is a complex issue, there is a definite and clear-cut
pathway by which to move ahead.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we will fulfill our dharma of properly preserving and
publishing all His original discourses.

Baba says, “The scriptures containing spiritual injunctions must be
totally flawless.” (NSS)

Namaskar,
Nagendra

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A Few Medicines

Baba says, “Aloe juice is a medicine. Dried aloe sap is called musabbar
in Arabic. A type of rasa’injana also used to be prepared out of aloe
sap, or musabbar, which was used as medicine — it was used to treat
blood pressure and insanity due to gall bladder disorder.” (SC-3, p.109)

Baba says, “The retention-of-urine ailment that results when the
movement of the urine is obstructed is also called kabandha. The water
from soaked fenugreek, fresh date juice, palm juice, and sha’nkha’lu [a
conch-shaped esculent] are medicines for this disease.” (SC-3, p.103)
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From: “Shantatma Kerketta”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Important Example to Know
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 06:03:13 +0530

Baba

“Pradiip shala’ka’ jvele cali eka’, se priyo to mor elo na’…” ( P.S. 4794)

Purport:

Alone sitting in isolation I lit the lamp. I was waiting and wondering
why my Dearmost has not come. I wanted to have a glance of Him, to lay my
eyes on Him. But neither did He come nor did He look towards me.

Sitting in dhyan, in my mind I prepared and decorated a seat for Him; I
was waiting and waiting for Him. But in dhyan I was just asking Him for
boons– to fulfill my worldly desires. I did not want to have Him. Rather I
wanted worldly things– boons etc. I did not ask for those things which are
divine and eternal. Instead I asked for perishable, decaying, material
things– those which are under the bondage of time, space, and person. So
instead of longing for Him, I asked Him for boon after boon. In my
misguided dhyan all these crude types desires I had.

So all that went in vain because my Dearmost did not come. In dhyan when
I was folding His seat and putting it away, then I thought that without
pure devotion then nothing is going to happen; I cannot get Him. What I did
in dhyan was just a waste of time. Everything went in vain. I gave more
importance to worldly things in comparison to devotion and I went on asking
for parabhakti from Him. That too went in vain.

Sitting alone I lit the lamp and waited, but my dear most did not come…

== IMPORTANT EXAMPLE TO KNOW ==

Namaskar,
More and more of our senior workers are moving on. They are rising in
their years and after all the body is but a temporary housing for the
mind. Our duty then is to remember all with respect and reverence
and learn from their example.

HOW TO EVALUATE ONE’S STANDARD

“I had established an ashram at the foot of the Himalayas…in Dehradun
District of UP.” One of the senior-most avadhutas wrote this in his
own book, describing about the time when he left AMPS to establish his own
ashram.

We all know that in general society, people’s quality, qualifications and
attributions are measured on the grounds of various superficial variables.

But according to Baba’s Neohumanistic philosophy, character, dealing,
behavior, conduct are one’s true qualifications. Baba says such
things everywhere in His countless discourses. Here below is one
significant example from our holy Ananda Vanii.

Baba says, “Your ideal is represented by your conduct. Your learning, your
social or economic status have nothing to do with your ideal.” (Ananda Vanii #13)

In the above Ananda Vanii, Baba’s message is quite clear. Without ambiguity we
Ananda Margiis are to evaluate others – and oneself -on the point of
one’s character and conduct.Not on the point of money, power, avadhuta dress,
purodhaship, kapalik sadhana, vishesha yoga, age, seniority, and Central
Committee, Acarya board and Purodha board, or even post of Purodha Pramukha.

So according to Baba’s above teaching we should evaluate the calibre of
everyone by their conduct only. Other so-called qualifications as expressed
are valueless.

So to evaluate the quality and qualifications of this senior avadhuta,
the late respected Dada Samanvayanandaji, we should discuss on the point of conduct.
Specifically, how far did Dada Samanvayanandaji’s conduct go in accordance with Baba’s
teaching.

GURU-DISCIPLE RELATION

In Tantra, the Guru-disciple relation is the most significant thing. That
is why Baba has made various rules and given in Caryacarya about the
services to Guru.

We Ananda Margiis always do Guru Puja, minimum two times a day, every day.
And we know “Guru Brahma…”, the whole idea behind this is that Guru is
everything. And that any disciple of Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji must have
this basic characteristic that they should believe in Guru, not betray. One
must not betray Guru, otherwise everything is gone.

Here in India, Margis are fully aware about the history of Dada
Samanvayanandji. But our overseas Margis may not be aware so for clarity,
the basic matters are described here below.

DADAJI’S STORY

Dada Samanvayanandaji’s previous name was Ac. Shivananda Avt. And in 1972
when Baba went into jail, Dadaji lobbied against Baba and got failure.

That means Dada Samanvayanandaji a.k.a. Dada Shivananda left the organisation
and in challenging way he created his own organization, giving it the name
“Prema Marga”. And Dadaji established his office in Dehradun that time.

After that time, Dada Samanvayanandaji never expressed repentance or
remorse for what happened in those days.

Instead Dada Samanvayanandaji shamelessly glorified in his book that betrayal to
Baba was not unjust, rather that betrayal was proper. He created his own book
‘Glories of …’. And in that book he mentioned many times about his great
work in Dehradun. Means that time when he went against Guru and made that
separate organization known as Prema Marg and was challenging to AM,
about all this Dadaji says that this was his “great” work.

We should not forget that in those days, Baba was in jail. It was during
those difficult days for AM when all support was needed, that Dada
Samanvayanandaji left and created his own organization to compete against AM.

Yet in his book Dada Samanvayanandaji writes on page 57. Please read below.
Dada Samanvayanandaji writes:

“I had established an ashram at the foot of the Himalayas…in Dehradun
District of UP.”

So see Dada Samanvayanandaji did not have repentance for his betrayal to
Baba. And even after the publishing of his book he did not express any
remorse. Not a word of repentance did he express for those black days in
which Dada Samanvayananda left Baba and created his own organization.

In simple language this is betrayal to Baba and also back-stabbing. So
we should not hold his example in some divine manner and others should
not emulate Dadaji’s approach. Now when groupism is rattling our
organisation, this is not the time to depart and plant one’s flag of
glory elsewhere.

DADAJI’S STORY (CONT)

When Guru is in jail then true margiis took lot of trouble and suffering in
various ways and also got imprisonment. I have deep respect for them. But
what respect should one have when Dada Samanvayanandaji betrayed Baba and
left Him during that very crucial time when Baba was in jail. And when
Baba was released then Dada Samanvayanandaji painted his own black face
with white oil paint and appeared before Margis in the beginning of 1983 as a
great saint as if nobody knows about his hypocrisy and betrayal to Baba.

When Baba was in jail Margiis were suffering also in jail, and Dada
Samanvayanandaji was enjoying his own self-created guru-ship, and
establishing one organization. And when the good days of AM came, then Dadaji
returned back because his fake guruship of Prema Marga was not as
beneficial / enticing as befooling Margiis. What a hypocrisy.

And then after ’90 he jumped into a very high post. Who will
appreciate his hypocritical behavior. I don’t think that any true Margii
and WT will appreciate.

As a brother we certainly love him, but his is not an example to follow.

In his later years one ruling group made Dada Samanvayanandaji their priest;
and Dada Samanvayanandaji moved all around the globe giving his sermons
like the Pope of Rome. And he praised himself his so-called illustrious past.

MUST NOT APPRECIATE HYPOCRITES

About hypocritical people Baba’s guideline is very strong. Please read
below.

Baba says “Hypocrites must not be tolerated.”

We must follow Baba’s command on this point. What Baba says in Caryacarya
we must follow.

Baba says “Hypocrites are those who betray.” “Don’t forgive till his
nature is reformed. Immediate forgiveness is a special weakness of mind. It
results in worse harm to society.” (CC-2)

Everybody in this universe can forget Dada’s back stabbing to Marga
ideology. But true Margiis and Wt’s cannot.

And not forgetting means, not following Dada’s negative example. No matter
the circumstances one must stand with Guru and not drift away seeking
glory elsewhere. Yet that is what Dadaji did.

As a brother we love him, yet as an acarya and disciple, his example is
nothing but a stain and none fall into a similar demise. That is the
learning we should take from his life on this earth: What not to do.

BABA’S BLESSING

Here following is Baba’s divine guideline for building up one human society.

Baba says, “You must think, ‘I will personally move towards the supreme
desideratum, and at the same time I will try to assist those who are
suffering from despair, those steeped in blind superstition…Our family is
universal; our abode is also universal’.” (SS-18, p. 41)

Namaskar,
Shantatma

Note 1: SEE WITH PROPER EYES

In general society, people’s quality, qualifications and attributions are
measured on the grounds of superficial and often, crude, measures.

(a) Just like for example in present Indian Politics, brutality and
hypocrisy is the criteria for good Indian leaders at present. And in the
past it was not like that. But hypocrisy was there no doubt. But now
criminal behaviour is the top-most qualification. This is a dogma.

(b) And in general religious Indian psychology saffron robe has a lot of
meaning. It gives deep respect. There is a religious teaching that “Don’t
see the merit and demerit of the person who is wearing saffron dress. Must
think that person is great. You are not doing pranam to that person.
Whoever is using that dress they are God’s representative. Don’t see about
their character and behaviour.” But all Margis know that this is one dogma.

(c) And in general Indian society, in the religious sense, age is also one of
the factors. White hair, white beard, wrinkled skin is one qualification.
Even if that person is a hypocrite. –This is also dogma.

(d) And in general capitalist society money is the criteria to measure
someone. In town if you ask “who is most important” the answer will be that
person who is the richest. –So money is the qualification. And this is
also dogma.

But in AM all these above characteristics have no value. As they are all
crude or superficial parameters that have nothing to do with the person’s
behaviour and conduct.

Note 2: ONE FURTHER POINT

Here is one further point about which Dada Samanvayanandji wrote in his
book. It regards the matter of certain instructions Dada Samanvayanandji
himself dogmatically created, telling that if these are followed one will
achieve liberation.

Ac. Samanvayanandaji wrote in his book Ananda Satakam on p.131 last
para “Bhagavat….Paraman Padinca…” And, Samanvayandaji Dada explained,
“Those who not only read but follow the instruction noted herein (of Ananda
Satakam) with interest and care, they will surely overcome the delusion of
this world and cross the stormy ocean of living in this world.” (p.131,
Ananda Satakam)

Thus Dadaji guaranteed liberation by following his personal teaching.

A similar type of teaching to what Samanvayanandji preached in this
“sutra”, is also very common teaching in Hindu religion. One famous example
is Hanuman Chalisa. Hanuman Chalisa has been written to impose and inject a
fear complex into the general public mind to worship the god monkey, Hanuman.

To force the public to worship Hanuman monkey god, poet Tulsidaas wrote
“Hanuman Chalisa'” and that same way Samanvayanandaji taught others by
giving a dogmatic teaching like Tulsidas did. It is obvious that if the
dogmatic poet of the Hindu religion would not have injected the fear
complex then surely nobody would have appreciated to worship the monkey.

Human psychology is that humans like to believe or pray that some
human being is their god. Not the monkeys. So it is the power of the
fear complex of that poetry that misguided / forced Hindu people to chant
every day the Hanuman chalisa hymn, means the monkey god eulogy.

So, it is obvious to all that to impose his book, Ananda Satakam, on Margiis’
mind, Dada Samanvayananda did the same technique as the dogmatic Hindu poet
did.

Following is the stanza of that dogmatic monkey god hymm: ‘Jo
satbar…mahasukha hoi’. The meaning is that those who will repeat those
Hanuman Chalisas (eulogy of Hanuman monkey god) will get liberation
and be free from all worldly problems, like money, matter, ghost etc.

So with fear Hindu dogmatic people are repeating this. In the same way our
Dada Samanvayanandaji tried to impose his book Ananda Satakam on Margiis
by creating fear complex. Like the dogmatic poet of Hindu religion did with
the monkey god story.

Baba clearly explains that religions do not follow the path of rationality,
do not follow the path of dharma. Rather they claim to be issuing the word
of God, and with this excuse they inject one after another dogma among
their followers.

Baba says,

“The word “Dharma” is often loosely used for so-called religion. The reason
for this is that when the founders of almost all religions propagated their
respective doctrines to the general mass, they claimed they were the
messages of God. But no religion ever followed the path of logic.” (HS-I,
’87 ed., p.4)

So religions preach all sorts of harmful dogmas under the aegis of their
false claim that they are preaching the word of God.

Certainly, those living in India know very well about the monkey god Hanuman
but for overseas readers let me please tell something more….– the god
Hanuman belongs to the ape family. He has a long tail and his face is like
a monkey. It is not even a human being; Hanuman is one monkey. That is why
one name of the monkey is Hanuman. And Chalisa’ means eulogy. Every Hindu
dogmatic person is well aware of these things but for the benefit of
overseas Margiis it is meaningful to explain the matter in full.

However the main point is that this dogma of the monkey god is deeply
rooted in all fundamental Hindus’ mind. And every day they must repeat this
thing minimum one time and especially when they feel fear of ghost. The
dogma is that by repeating the monkey god name, ghosts will not come and
monkey god worshippers will ultimately reach the goal of liberation and all
desires will be fulfilled. And those who disrespect this will themselves
burn in hell fire. Because of this dogmatic belief, Hindu people are afraid
and they are repeating the Hanuman Chalisa with deep reverence.

So Dada Samanvayanandaji unfortunately also suffered from attachment to
Hindu dogma. Clearly Dada carried this dogma on his head. Because in
the same way as the monkey god hymn, Dadaji created one complex that if any
margii will believe and respect and chant his sloka then surely they will
get liberation as if there is no need of astaunga yoga sadhana. Only his
Ananda Satakam will work as the divine ship to across the ocean of maya.

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Our Language

Baba says, “All the languages of the world are our language, this always
you will remember. All the languages are your language. Of them you may
know 2, 4, 10, 20, 200, 500, and all the rest you do not know. That does
not mean that the languages which you do not know are not your language.
All the languages of the world are the language of humanity. All the
languages are the language of Parama Purus’a. For all the languages you
should have love– equal love for all the languages.” (Hindi Language,
Morning General Darshan 1/1/84, Ananda Nagar)
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From: George Kourakos
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: For the Betterment of All
Date: Wed 17 Mar 2010 11:15:22 -0000

Baba

“(Tumi) esechile mor bakul-bita’ne na’ baliya’ ka’r ghare…” (PS 4320)

Purport:

Baba, that time the place was surrounded by innumerable bakul flowers
which were blooming and You graced me by coming to my cottage during that
verdant spring season. With Your divine grace, You brought devotional
horripilation (goose bumps) throughout my entire existence and You also
vibrated the very pulsation of my blood. Baba, by having You in such an
intimate and close way, my life has become meaningful. It is Your grace.

Baba, soon after that golden dawn, Your liila moved into a different
phase. Because then You went away leaving me crying all alone. O’ my
dearmost where did You go that time.

Baba, since then I have spent countless days and nights waiting–
sitting by my window threading heaps of flower garlands for You. But that
was all in vain because You did not come. It is painful that now I no
longer see that attractive & charming smile because You are keeping
Yourself distant. Now I no longer see that radiant smile which I used to
see on Your lips when You were with me.

Baba in longing for You, ages have passed since You came close.
Springtime has finished and now summer has come. My entire garden of those
sweet, fragrant bakul flowers has dried up and withered away in this hot
season*. Now that same window– where I used to sit and make garlands for
You and wait– is full of spider webs. Baba, it is so painful and
heartbreaking how You have gone so far away. And my mind is completely dry
in the absence of Your divine presence.

O’ my dearmost, please shower Your causeless grace and appear in my
heart in a very intimate and charming way…

*Hot Season= In the absence of His presence, the sadhaka feels a distinct
dryness in his heart. Summer season– or hot season– has been used as a
metaphor to express that dryness in the devotees heart, where one’s
devotional feeling is lower. And this happens with each and every sadhaka.
Sometimes when one feels dry and out of the spiritual flow then that is
summer season; and when one’s flow of sadhana is good then that can be
compared with springtime because in their dhya’na they feel greater
proximity with Parama Purusa. But when one is experiencing the dryness of
summer, the best thing a devotee can do is to sincerely request Baba to
grace them by coming in their meditation.

== FOR THE BETTERMENT OF ALL ==

(This letter is part of a series of letters on our practice of satya. To
receive past postings from this series, please write us. -Eds)

Namaskar,
In our Marga, each and every thing is done for the healthy growth and
sentient development of everyone– for the welfare of all. As every Ananda
Margii is aware, this approach to life is known as satya.

Baba says, “The right application of thought and words for the welfare of
humanity is called satya. That which one thinks or says with a view to
harming others may be a fact or a factual statement [i.e. rta], but it is
not satya.” (AV-4)

Thus it is only satya which can promote well-being to the world in all
circumstances. Mere mundane facts and figures– i.e. rta– alone will not do.

Unfortunately a few people in our AM feel that only rta is proper
and that satya is a ‘distortion of the facts’. This is the deluded
perspective of some.

While most are certainly understanding the eternal value and special
quality of satya– benevolent truthfulness.

OURS IS THE PATH OF SATYA NOT RTA

However to follow satya it does demand having a somewhat developed state of
mind. Devoid of that, one will be stuck in the realm of rta.

As Baba explains below, less evolved beings like animals and plants are
confined to the ways of rta– and even some humans are limited to this more
static approach as well.

Baba says, “That which is a fact, which has really taken place, we call
rta. The spirit of rta can be found in the plant world. Even among simple,
undeveloped people one can easily find the idea of rta as the motivating
force for society.” (NSS: Disc 10, ‘Shivokti 8’)

By His above teaching it is evident that rta is the guiding factor in the
life of undeveloped creatures, including some human beings. Due to their
lower state, they are only aware about this simple and limited way of
living: Following rta.

Whereas the broad-based view of Ananda Marga is totally different. Guided
by benevolence, Ananda Margiis will adhere to satya.

Baba says, “But the followers of dharma improve upon rta and utilize it in
a reformed way for the welfare of the world. When rta leads to harm, or
when it carries the possibility of falsehood, in that case people improve
upon rta and make it a fit instrument for promoting welfare. Rta when it
leads to welfare is called satya.” (NSS: Disc 10, ‘Shivokti 8’)

Thus when the ways of rta are outdated and unable to follow the dynamic
laws of dharma, then rta must be tossed aside in place of satya.

IDEOLOGICAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RTA AND SATYA

That is why Baba is very careful to point out the very pointed and clear
difference between rta and satya. It is not that they are the same. Rather
there is a fundamental difference between the two.

Baba says, “In the opinion of the yogic scriptures there is an ideological
difference between rta and satya. That which is a fact, which has happened
or happens, is called rta. And the ideation used for the welfare of the
people is called satya.”

Parahita’rtham’ va’unmanaso yatha’rthatvam’ satyam.

“Using one’s mind or speech out of a spirit of welfare for others is
satya’. It is said that one should take the shelter of satya, not rta..”
(SC-2, Disc:11)

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF SATYA

Here in this below example, Baba clearly shows how satya is employed to
promote justice and welfare.

Baba says, “If a person takes shelter in your house out of fear of a wicked
person and afterwards that wicked person comes up to you and asks: ‘Is that
fellow here?’, in that case, an innocent person’s life is endangered. Here,
if one is to follow satya then one will have to say: ‘No, he is not here.’
In this way an innocent person will be saved from being murdered or
tortured at the hands of a wicked person.” (SC-2, Disc:11)

In the above example if one were to resort to rta then that would do
irreparable damage; it would cause irreversible harm. That is why it is
satya which has incorporates the dynamism and vivek to bring wellness all
of the time.

FOLLOW RTA UNTIL IT GOES AGAINST WELFARE

However that is not to say that rta itself is totally useless.

Another way of looking at this entire equation is that each and every
moment of our lives we are to follow rta– unless rta contravenes the
spirit of welfare. Where rta reaches its limit and when rta causes harm to
others, that is when we depart from the path of rta and stand firm on the
principles of satya.

Thus, so long as rta is moving evenly and consistently with satya, then rta
can be followed– and indeed it is to be followed. But the moment rta
swerves from universal well-being, then the only option is satya.

Because only satya promotes the benevolence and welfare of others 100% of
the time. And since we have come to this world to serve others, then satya
is our greatest tool– out greatest friend.

SADHANA IS THE PATHWAY

The question then becomes what is the best way to follow satya. How can one
develop the intuitive understanding of what is satya. This is the method we
all need to know. And by Baba’s grace He has given the answer.

Baba says, “Sa’dhana’ is the only way to remove the shadow of asatya and
reach satya.” (APH-3)

Thus it is only by our spiritual practices and meditation lessons that the
mind develops the softness and compassion to know where satya lies.

Here we should always remember that where there is an ounce of selfishness
there cannot be satya. Thus all those who in the name of groupism tell
their various stories about dharma, they are just a bunch of cheats
spoiling the good name of satya. But for this none should blame satya.

Rather it is those groupist parties that should be blamed and pointed out–
and ultimately rectified. Otherwise they will only invite their own
destruction.

So the only way to keep the mind above selfish tendencies is by ideating on
the Great. By adhering to the path of sadhana the mind will grow and
blossom and emanate the sweet fragrance of satya all the time.

SATYA IS ETERNAL

Where as rta or relative truth is limtied and only of value in a particular
set of circumstances, the path of satya has eternal value across all time
and space.

“Question: What is Truth or satya?”

“Ans. Truth is that which never changes: it always remains in the same
condition throughout eternity. Satya is not only unchangeable throughout
eternity but it is also unlimited: there is nothing beyond it. Satya also
does not change from place to place: it remains the same whether in one
place or another. Thus Satya is not affected by time, place and person; it
is Ka’la’tiita, Desha’tiita and Pa’tratiita.” (APH-3, “Some Q & A…’, #10)

BABA’S BLESSING

Here Baba guides us that those followers of satya– those Ananda Margiis–
will gain victory in each and every moment of life.

Satyameva jayate na´nrtam´

Baba says, “Finally satya becomes victorious in each and every fight, in
each and every clash and in each and every work. Satya comes our
successful. ‘Satyameva jayate na’nrtam’.’That is, the falsehood won’t be
victorious.”

‘Satyena pantha’ vitato devaya’nah’

“Your path to godhood becomes widened with the help of this satya, that is,
this satya makes the path wide so that progress towards godhood is
achieved.” (AV-2)

Namaskar,
Gagan

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Different Style

Baba says, “Then came Lord Krsna about 3500 years ago, when the war of the
Mahabharata took place. People’s individual qualities then had not taken a
collective shape. People did not know the art of living collectively. The
individual qualities that lacked a sense of collectivity were given
such a sense by Lord Krsna.” (MHB, p.6)

Note 1: That problem of division which happened in the past is now
going on in our organisation where various people belong to different
factions and are dividing along group lines.

Note 2: The above excerpt is from Baba’s book, “Discourses on Mahabharat”.
Unfortunately now certain known groupists are trying to distort this book.
In the past Sarvatmanandji inserted ‘Translated from the Original Bengali’
on the cover page of each and every AMPS book– even when the discourses
in that book were originally given by Baba in English or Hindi. This was
Saravatmananda’s crooked plan of action in order to show the superiority
of Bengali. Sarvatmananda Dada had the motive to manipulate the scene to
make it look like most of Baba’s discourses were given in Bengali. To that
end Sarvatmananda printed ‘Translated from the Original Bengali’ on the
cover page of each and every AMPS book.

However, when this ill-fated strategy got exposed, Sarvatmananda had to
give up this trick and do something else. He needed to find a different style.
That is why now in the Bengali version of “Discourses of the Mahabharat”,
Sarvatmananda has deleted all of the places and dates at the end of each of
the discourses.

As we know it is standard to list the place and date at the end of each and
every discourse; this is our regular policy in all our AMPS publications.
But Sarvatmananda has discarded this policy; that is why both the ’90 and ’99
Bengali editions of “Discourses on Mahabharat” do not show where and when the
discourse were given. Reason being that they are all Hindi discourses and
Sarvatmananda does not want to reveal this fact by printing the place.
Because everyone knows that discourses given in Ranchi (Jharkhand, formerly Bihar)
were Hindi discourses. That is why Sarvatmananda deleted the place and date
from the Bengali publication. Because he wants readers to think that they
are Bengali discourses– as if the majority of Baba’s discourses were
given in Bengali. This is Sarvatmananda’s ploy. And now they say he is
going to do the same with the upcoming English edition also– remove all
the places and dates in order to make it look like they are Bengali discourses.
This is Sarvatmananda’s devious trick and manipulation. So all should be alert.

Note 3: Some many think that the above is an isolated incident. But tragically
Sarvatmananda has done this in innumerable places already. Because his entire
plan is to make it look like the vast majority of Baba’s discourses were given
in Bengali. For example in the Hindi editions of Ananda Vacanamrtam parts
26-29 and AV-32, there is no listing of the place and date of the discourses.
Sarvatmananda had those removed. So now those discourses are sitting in that
book totally ‘naked’– without any place or date noted at the end of the discourse.
Point being that those are primarily all Hindi discourses but Sarvatmananda did
not want to admit this fact to the readers so he deleted the place & date of
the discourse to conceal this fact.

Note 4: And the same tactic he has done with the discourse ‘Human Search
for Real Progress’. For that discourse also he has removed the place and date.
And like that there are countless examples where the place and date have been
removed– all done in an effort to make it look like the large majority of
Baba’s discourses were given in Bengali. This is Sarvatmananda’s recent tactic.

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Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 06:34:26 -0700
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Matt Ornbecker
Subject: Lal Bujhakkar’

Baba

“Loke bale tumi dekha’ da’o na’, tave ele kii kare…” (PS 1893)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, people are telling that You are not visible. When
people say like that then how is it that You have come here in front of me
and I am seeing You.

O’ Parama Purusa, people are telling that You do not care about logic
and reasoning. That there is no explaining how You manage Your affairs and
that Your liila is beyond logic. Then how is it that You have graced one
and all & You are showering everyone with Your divine nectar. How has this
started happening.

Baba, whenever I see You then I always request You to make me Yours. And
when I say like this, then I see with my own eyes and I hear with my own
ears how You come close and shower me incessantly with Your infinite grace.

Baba, I am so meagre; You are so vast. I am bound up by my own
limitations. Even then You love me. Baba, by Your sweet touch all the
negativity and impurities get removed; and everything becomes pure. By Your
grace, the fragrant flowers blossom in each and every nook and corner of my
mind. Baba, people are telling that You are invisible and that You cannot be
seen; but by Your grace You have come to me. O’ my dearmost Baba, this is
all due to Your cosmic grace and infinite compassion…

== LAL BUJHAKKAR’ ==

Namaskar,
Some time back or so one topic was raised on an email network and someone gave
their own interpretation about one Prabhat Samgiita. Such errors should not be
repeated in the future.

Let’s start with one story.

STORY: MYSTERIOUS MARKS IN THE VILLAGE FIELD

One morning in a remote community all the villagers woke up and to their
great surprise they saw huge round marks in the ground– big circular
indentations in their field. This was indeed something very peculiar and
strange for them. Immediately they all began to give their own explanations
and theories about what had happened. Some were telling that ghosts had
come, others were telling that the inside of the earth was getting soft,
and in that way various persons had their own haphazard logic and
reasoning. But no single villager’s reply could satisfy everyone in the
entire community who had gathered in the field that day.

So finally someone suggested to go get Lal Bujhakkar’– one famous
pundit in the village whose name literally means, ‘one who has all the
answers’. And everyone present immediately agreed that indeed Lal
Bujhakkar’ would be able to give the best and most perfect answer.

So they sent someone to get him and when Lal Bujhakkar’ arrived on the
scene he started smiling and said, ‘Oh, this is so easy, you mean you
people do not know what these round spots are’. They all shook their head
no. Then Lal Bujhakkar’ told that, ‘These are deer footprints’. Then
everyone was in shock and wondered how could these huge round marks be deer
footprints. Because everyone is well aware that deer have small feet– small
hooves.

Lal Bujhakkar’ smiled again and clarified, ‘It’s simple. Now it is
spring season. And just as all of you do your dance and tie ankle bells to
your feet to celebrate the arrival of spring, similarly the deer do the
same. During the night they attach huge round rocks to their hooves and
then dance around joyfully to celebrate the arrival of spring season. And
since there is not a lot of free space in their jungle, so they came to
this open field to do their dance. That is how all these big, deep, round
marks were made on the ground.’

Hearing this the villagers immediately became deeply impressed by Lal
Bujhakkar’s astute and comprehensive answer; and they were all very proud
he was in their village. With that, they all dispersed, completely
satisfied that they had heard the correct answer.

About an hour or two later, some government officials from the Forestry
Department arrived in a jeep and began investigating the big round marks in
the ground. Immediately the villagers wandered over to talk to the
officials as they were very eager to show off their knowledge to the
government personnel. Then in all seriousness the villagers began
explaining to the officials that it was so interesting how the deer were
dancing here in the night with smooth rocks tied to their feet. And the
villagers were talking on and on about how intriguing it was that the deer
were doing their dance in the night to celebrate the arrival of spring.
They told their entire story to the officials; they did not overlook a
single detail.

Hearing all this, the forestry officials were stunned by the ridiculous
explanations given by the villagers and they immediately asked the
villagers where they got these crazy ideas from. Proudly the villagers all
told that the great Lal Bujhakkar’ was the one who told them this. The
officials told them to bring Lal Bujhakkar’ to the scene; so the boys of
the village went to get him.

When Lal Bujhakkar’ arrived he also told the officials his original
story how the deer were dancing with rocks tied to their hooves. And the
forestry officials interrupted him and told that this is most preposterous
thing they had ever heard. The officials then revealed that, ‘These marks
are not from deer dancing with rocks tied to their hooves. These big marks
in the ground are elephant footprints.’ The Forestry officials continued to
explain that, ‘One zoo from a neighboring state lost their elephants and
those elephants obviously came through this field in the middle of the
night’. This was the very logical– & indeed correct– answer given by
those forestry officials.

In that way the villagers came to know that everything that Lal
Bujhakkar’ told was entirely false– and ridiculous.

The whole point being that in this world jinanis– like Lal Bujhakkar’–
often propose fancy theories and give an array of concocted logic to
support their claim, when in actuality their statements do not contain one
ounce of truth. Because the hard reality is one thing and their cockeyed
proposals are something else– opposite from the truth.

Unfortunately nowadays in this modern era, this world is full of Lal
Bujhakkar’ type of people.

WHAT HAPPENED ON MARGII-MAIL

A similar type of event once came to pass on margii-mail– where one
jinani type of person interpreted something in a totally topsy-turvy
way, i.e. completely backwards. Specifically this jinani gave his
public confirmation that Prabhat Samgiita #1047 is a song about death–
i.e. that the sadhaka in the song is praying for his own death. This was the
idea put forth. When in fact the real meaning of the song is
the direct opposite. Because in Baba’s Prabhat Samgiita #1047, the sadhaka
is embracing a new pathway in life.

MEANING OF PRABHAT SAMGIITA: LIFE IS BLISSFUL

The thing is that each and every Prabhat Samgiita perfectly mirrors Baba’s
divine teachings– one of which is that our AM is the path of bliss.

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

Baba says, “This quinquelemental world has been born out of bliss, is being
maintained in bliss…” (NKS)

So in the above shloka Baba describes how life is one blissful journey–
where each and every day of our existence is filled with bliss: Singing His
divine name and dancing in the showering of His grace. So in AM life is
something sweet & joyful– blissful.

We never think that we should pray for our death or harbour any type of
suicidal thoughts. Nor do we think that life is painful or that only after
death will we be happy. This is not our way– this is not Baba’s teaching;
& no Prabhat Samgiita follows this negative approach.

MISINTERPRETATION ON MARGII-MAIL

But see here how they missed the meaning of this Prabhat
Samgiita. Because he was proclaiming that song #1047 is a song about
someone’s death– thus painting life as one dark, morose event.

Here are a few lines of the English translation of the song so everyone can
see for themselves how they made a blunder and interpreted the song
in the wrong way. PS #1047 says:

Let me go as a silent one…
I bid my pranam to everyone…

So good bye for today…

The night is ending, the dawn is blossoming.
Let me go out, let me open the door.

So with just a little bit of common sense, anyone will understand that the
sadhaka in the above song is embarking on a wonderful new pathway in life–
leaving behind the darkness of old. So this optimistic song is about
someone entering a bright new phase of life where ‘the dawn is blossoming’.
That is the flow of the song and that matches up nicely with Baba’s entire
perspective about life.

But one jinani is proclaiming that the above song is about death.

So instead of linking up with the blissful teachings of Ananda Marga, this
jinani wrongly interprets the song in his own morose way. And by his
interpretation, the ‘blossoming dawn’ means death, and the phrase ‘Let me
go out’ is the person praying to die. Thus by the jinani’s analysis,
each and every line of the song takes on a morbid meaning.

So by his entire interpretation, the pundit paints life as one
terribly negative experience where the only escape is to pray for one’s own
death.

Of course, every Ananda Margii knows that Baba strongly warns us never to
refer to life in a negative manner.

Baba says, “Don’t compare life to a pool of muddy stagnant water. Life
resembles an ever-flowing spring…” (Ananda Vanii #6)

Thus Baba guides us that life is something entirely positive and vibrant.

Anyone can see then that the jinani is going against Baba’s basic,
fundamental guideline. Because they are describing life as something
totally negative, sorrowful, and stained– like muddy stagnant water etc.
So they are way off the mark.

THE REAL MEANING OF THE SONG

Rather when ideating on and singing Prabhat Samgiita #1047, we can think of
it in a variety of positive ways.

For example we can view this song as a time when someone has decided to go
for WT training. Where they are saying good-bye to their old, mundane
friends and preparing to embark on a blissful journey as they dedicate
themselves to a life of blessedness. This is one way to interpret the song.

Or the song can refer to someone who has just taken initiation into Ananda
Marga.

Or the song can be about someone who is retiring from their mundane job and
now they will lead a life of 100% service to humanity.

Or…

All these types of interpretations are moving in sync with our AM
perspective on life.

Thus there are numerous ways to interpret Prabhat Samgiita #1047 that link
up the spirit of Ananda Marga. And those with a devotional mind will
naturally move in this direction. This is the natural way for all Ananda
Margiis.

Only Lal Bujhakkar type of persons will drift away– taking the matter in
their own particular direction, that is away from our AM way of life.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace life is something very special, very wonderful, and very
positive– full of hope and optimism. This is life according to Baba’s
supreme definition. And each and every Prabhat Samgiita follows this pathway.

Baba says, “Under no circumstances should human beings be pessimistic. That
is why I am always an incorrigible optimist, because I know that optimism
is life.” (AFPS-3)

Namaskar,
Mahendra

Note 1: BABA’S STORY ABOUT PRABHAT SAMGIITA

On a few different occasions Baba has told that not all people are capable
of interpreting and explaining Prabhat Samgiita. In particular Baba
describes that one’s mind must be above the vishuddha cakra– means one’s
mind should be spiritually vibrated. Otherwise one will interpret the song
in a crude, mundane type of way.

Because everything in life– including Prabhat Samgiita– can be seen or
understood in multiple ways. So those whose mind is not up to the mark will
misinterpret the song each and every time. This is Baba’s warning.

That is why Baba guides us that only those whose minds are drenched in
spiritual ideation should take up the job of explaining Prabhat Samgiita–
all others such as this jinani avadhuta should step aside and keep mum.

BABA warns us, “If one is not able to give the people proper guidance,
then at least one should not misguide them. One must not divert them from
the proper path.” (NSS, p.197)

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Think On This

Baba says, “Human Society is one and indivisible, don’t try to divide it.
Each and every individual should be looked upon as the manifestation of the
Cosmic Entity.” (Ananda Vanii, #21)
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Right Medicine

From: “Alex Hufnagel”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Right Medicine
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:13:54 +0000

Baba

PS Intro: This is one humorous song for children of all ages. In the odd
kingdom there was an odd king and all his actions were peculiar and
completely senseless. This following song shows how imbalanced people do
just opposite of what should be done.

“Ru’pakatha’r ek ra’ja’ chilo, ha’sate se ye ja’nato na’ to…” (P.S. 432)

Purport:

Once upon a time there was a mythological king who was not even aware
how to smile and laugh. When taking food he would hold the rice in his
hand and then eat using his feet. And in the middle of the night while
eating his cakes the king used turn his back to the sun in order to
enjoy the warmth.

The king would use his tongue to chew sugar cane, and he used to use his
teeth cut suck the juice. On the tennis court he used to spread the net
and try to catch some fish.

Due to his fear of ghosts he used to hide in the water– even in the
middle of the day. By rowing the raceboat he used to travel in the
distant sky to get fresh air. Just by thinking about work he used to
feel drowsy and sleepy and within a flash he would start snoring. There
once was a mythological king whose behaviour was very peculiar– he was
not even aware how to smile and laugh. Always he was tense and in a
serious mood…

== RIGHT MEDICINE ==

Namaskar
These days around the world there are thousands of types of crimes and
sin being carried out every day: Neighborhood crimes, war crimes,
political crimes, cyber crimes, juvenile crimes, hate crimes, sex
crimes, white collar crime and the list goes on and on.

Social thinkers, philosophers, intellectuals, lawyers and judges have
their own reasons and justifications for why this is. However, their
theories are endless and provide no real solution.

By His grace, Baba has given us the real answer. He saw that there are
only three causes of crime and sin. In this posting, we are only going
to focus on the first cause. That one alone addresses so many of today’s
social ills.

IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING THE CAUSE

In studying Baba’s pointed analysis behind the causes of sin and crime,
we can understand the problem and resolve it – permanently.

And that is the need of the day.

At present this earth is riddles with so many social ailments including
murder, rape, genocide, ethnic and racial cleansing and more. People do
not know the deeper reasons behind these issues. Politicians and the
courts fail to solve the problem by their superficial approaches. So the
problems only escalate and become more severe.

By discussing Baba theories, it will be clear what steps are needed to
eradicate these issues.

A FEW RECENT CATASTROPHES

While there are any number of large-scale incidents that have occurred
recently, we will briefly take a look at a few: 1) The looting in Chile;
2) the communal clash in Nigeria; 3) the drug wars in Mexico; 4) the El
Salvadorian emigration issue; 5) the strife in Afghanistan, and 6) the
thievery & looting in Haiti.

Although geographically far, there is a common thread that links all
these cases.

We should study Baba’s theory and understand the cause and learn to
apply the solution. Then so many similar problems and so much
devastation can be averted in the future.

THE FIRST CAUSE OF SIN

Baba says, “The first cause is shortage of physical and psychic pabula.”
(PNS-8)

While the first cause of sin can be stated in only a few words, Baba’s
pointed analysis has identified the root element behind so much of the
struggle and strife in this world.

Let us see how this manifests.

LACK OF PHYSICAL PABULA

AND THE CRIME THAT RESULTS

The lack of physical pabula leads to so much sin and destruction.

If a person is hungry and / or lacks any of the 5 basic necessities of
life while their neighbors or countrymen have plenty or an abundance of
the same, then that leads to terrible frustration and people commit
awful crimes. The fault is not theirs per se – the social situation is
the cause.

For instance when the earthquake hit in Chile and Haiti, then people
were starving and looting for their survival. This especially occurred
to those living in the shanty towns while those in modern homes were
comparatively much better off. Such persons cannot be blamed for their
sin, because they were doing it for their survival. If it were possible
for the local governments to provide relief to all, then those crimes
could have been averted.

However, even when earthquakes and natural disasters do not occur, there
is on going problem of theft and crime because people fall in the
category of “have-nots”. The widespread problems of capitalism with its
extreme disparity of wealth have levied large sectors of the population
as have-nots.

Even in the US, the supposed wealthiest nation, with all the loss of
jobs and houses, there is sure to be an extreme spike in crime because
people lack the basic necessities.

The problem in Mexico is no different – or rather even more extreme. On
the one side there are a few rich billionaires who control 99% of the
money and property, and on the other side the other 99% of the people
have access to only 1% of the weath. This is a recipe for trouble.

Tragically, but not surprisingly, drug smuggling and killing are rampant
in Mexico.

And the response by the police, immigration officials, and border
control is not enough. Ordering crackdowns will not solve the matter,
the problem will continue.

Why did all this happen in first place? Part of the problem is the
failed NAFTA agreement wherein the US destroyed the Mexican farms by
sending cheap corn to Mexico. In that case, the Mexican farmers were put
out of business and became refugees.

Here the point is that wherever there is capitalism, there will be
exploitation, the over-accumulation of wealth, and a large sector of
society will end up lacking the needed requirements of life. The US has
imposed such a fate on many nations, as well as many people within their
own borders.

In that case there is bound to be crime.

LACK OF PHYSICAL PABULA

AND THE CRIME THAT RESULTS (Cont)

When the US collaborated with certain puppet regimes in El Salvador with
napalm bombs, then so many villagers suffered and died and many were
forced to pack their bags and go to the US as refugees. In turn they
became the cheap labor in US factories and farms. That is the way
capitalism works.

The US forces countries into poverty and has there by rendered so many
peoples and communities into stark poverty. The US created the
circumstance wherein the wealthy became extremely rich and the middle
class and poor lost everything. Now that is happening not just in the
satellite nations around the US, but within its own borders as well.

Until we understand and recognise that situations like the drug crime
racket and the illegal alien / immigration problems are caused by a lack
of physical pabula, such crimes and sin will not stop. People lean
towards those crimes because they see no other way to escape poverty.
Until they get jobs and fiscal security in their respective homelands,
this problem will not be solved.

Unfortunately, the powers that be do not want to level out the economic
playing field. Rather they wish to keep the situation as is because they
are getting the benefit in the form of cheap natural resources and
labor. So they resort to avenues like crackdowns, jailing, and the penal
codes to address issues. But that is just a band-aid response.

The root of the problem lies in the extreme lack of physical pablum or
resources and wealth in the form of food, clothing, housing and medical
care etc.

Baba says, “The shortage of physical wealth results in restlessness and
causes the loss of people’s sense of discrimination, and then people
naturally tend towards brutality.” (AFPS-6)

Once the wealthy are forced to give up their wealth and distribute it
according to the ways of Prout, then so much crime will stop completely.
Because people will have their physical requirements met.

LACK OF PSYCHIC PABULA

The other component behind the first cause of sin is lack of psychic
pabula.

Due to a lack of psychic pabula, a community remains illiterate and due
to a lack of neo-humanistic education sections of the population remain
closed-minded and prone to dogma. They brand others as enemies and feuds
begin in the form of clan, religious, and ethnic violence. In that case
tens or even hundreds of thousands of innocent people are killed.

This is what we have seen happen in Nigeria, Rwanda, Darfur, Afghanistan
etc. Such places may suffer from a loss of physical pabula as well, but
the ongoing rage is fueled by an extreme dearth of psychic pabula.

Baba says, “If there is a dearth of intellectual pabulum and the
intellectual standard of the people is not high, they can take “dos” to
be “don’ts” and vice versa. Take for example, a communal riot where a
little innocent boy is killed, and when the person who encourages the
riot becomes the people’s leader. Where the intellectual standard of the
people is low, people commit blunders – prompted by such leaders they
become beasts.” (PNS-8)

As Baba describes, in such communities, those who do crimes become
heroes because the public is not astute; hence they get embroiled in
religious or nationalistic dogma and think that those leading them are
great.

That is when the huge blood baths start to occur between clans and groups such as in Nigeria.

In such cases the solution of putting those criminals
in jail is ok, but that will not solve the overall problem. The
ignorance and proclivity towards religious dogma is the cause.

Issues like terrorism stem from both a lack of physical pablum & psychic
pablum

GOING ON EVERYWHERE

By measuring the issue of criminal activity by this standard – i.e. lack
of physical and psuychi pabula – we can easily see how and why the
problem is rampant everywhere. Politicians have their own approach for
attempting to resolve things but a solution will not come until Baba’s
guidelines are heard and implemented.

Baba says, “Among the three reasons for sin, this is the first and
primary one. It is prevalent everywhere in the world although it is less
evident in a few of the more affluent countries.” (AFPS-6)

Thus until the deficit in the physical and psychic arenas is addressed,
we will not see an end to the ongoing violence.

OTHER TWO CAUSES OF SIN

In total, in Baba’s paradigm, there are three causes and today this
letter address the first cause. In the future the other two will be
addressed. Here they are in brief now for your awareness.

Baba says, “The second one is non-utilization of over-accumulated
physical and psychic pabula. The third one is stagnancy in the psychic
and physical strata.” (PNS-8)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has given us such a practical and fundamental
explanation to the prevalence of crime and sin in the world. So many
leaders have their own thoughts but those are not solutions. Only Baba’s
Proutistic vision provides the answer – addressing the lack of physical
and psychic pabula is the right medicine. The world is crying for such a
solution and it is our job to deliver this to the people by way of
education, action, and the fight against exploitation.

Baba says, “When will the three causes of sin be removed? Only when the
sadvipras will be ready to fight against them with an iron hand. Today,
at this hour, it is my call to the sadvipras of the world not to delay
any longer. They should march ahead and save humanity and make the path
of humanity free of thorns.” (PNS-8)

Namaskar,
Arisudan

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Behind the Curtain

Baba says, “How one person sings melodious songs, how another dances
beautiful rhythmic dances, how another delivers wonderful discourses,
etc. But we cannot see the entity who pulls the strings from behind and
runs the show. And the funniest thing is this: the speaker, the singer,
the dancer thinks that he or she is the agent, the doer, and takes the
entire credit for the performance. People do not care to think of the
entity that pulls the strings from behind, or if they are even more
foolish, they think that others see them alone, not the entity who pulls
the strings from behind.” (NKS, 97 Edn, p.181)
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Subject: …Foremost Need for Children
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:38:52 -0000
From:
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

“Ba’hir vishve dhara’ da’o na’ko, marme lukiye tha’ko…” – P.S. 3857

Purport:

Baba You are hiding in everyone’s heart. That is Your hinterland. Baba,
You cannot be held in this external world; searching You outside is nothing
but a waste of time. Baba, You always reside in the deep core of my heart.
You remain eternally in that golden vessel deep inside my being.

Baba by Your grace You give shelter at Your lotus feet to one and all.
Irregardless of who is crying for You, and who is longing for You, or who s
oblivious about You– Baba You lovingly shower Your grace on all. You never
make any distinctions. Everyone is Your creation so You bring one and all
under Your divine shelter. With Your divine attraction and the resonance of
Your flute, You call everyone close. You lovingly attract everyone by the
pull of the heart. This is Your special call.

Baba, You are eternally present and always smiling in my heart. Baba,
You are so gracious…

LOVE IS THE FOREMOST NEED FOR CHILDREN

JUVENILE VIOLENCE IS FASTEST GROWING CRIME IN THE WEST

Namaskar,
Each and every day, as never before, we hear the shocking news about
our teenagers committing heinous crimes: Murder, rape, bombings, and
more. This is most rampant now in the US.

What has experts and officals concerned is that such type of unruly &
hastly incidents are becoming more and more common. Especially in our
so-called advanced nations– where youths are engaging in terribly
destructive and savage behavior.

The questions naturally arise: How & why are such horrific tragedies
increasing? Why are children in “First-World” countries resorting to such
dastardly acts? These are but a couple of the burning questions of the day.
Of course, side by side, our Revered Sadguru Baba has already addressed and
given the solution to these types of tragic social woes.

BABA’S TEACHING

MISSING INGREDIENT: LOVE AND AFFECTION

Looking back at the history, Baba clearly unveils that an imbalanced or
broken family severely adversely affects the children’s growth and thrusts
them into “a sea of troubles”.

Baba says, “The male libertines would not take responsibility for their
offspring. They used to wander freely, and as a result, the entire
responsibility for raising the children in their infancy would devolve on
the mothers. But it was not possible for the mothers alone to bear the
responsibility of maintaining the children, as a result of which many
children died in early infancy. Those who survived felt themselves to be in
a sea of troubles after they were weaned from their mother’s breast milk.
Then they would be deprived of their mother’s love, since she had to take
care of the next baby. Those were the days of the prehistoric humans.”
(NSS: Shivokti-2)

In His above guideline, Baba is graphically showing what happens when the
mother and father are unable to provide a proper environment for their
child. More specifically when children are not given the heart-felt love
and attention that they need, then those kids have little chance of ‘making
it’ in the world. They may not physically die, but internally there is a
terrible void that casts a dark shadow on their entire existence.

Here following Baba furthermore points out how one of the key aspects
needed for the wholesome development of the child is motherly love and
affection. And if that is blatantly missing or absent– for whatever
reason– then the child’s growth will be severely hampered and stunted.
They will lack those “sweeter and finer sensibilities” that are unique to
human existence and so very vital for each and every person.

Baba says, “It was not easy to know the fathers of children even in the
case of the so-called householders, far less in that of the libertines.
Children would know only their mothers. And after they were weaned, they
would forget their mothers also. Thus being deprived of motherly love and
affection at a very early age, they had no opportunity to develop the
sweeter and finer sensibilities of the human mind. The human mind, the
human intellect, was nipped in the bud; those people had no opportunity to
blossom, to gladden the heart of the world with their sweet joy.” (NSS:
Shivokti-2)

The overall message is that strong, cooperative parental involvement is
needed in raising a child. A certain physical and psychic base or stability
must be provided by the father and the mother must have ample scope to
shower her maternal love and compassion on the child. These are the
necessary ingredients and when they are missing then the whole situation
turns sour. In that case the child cannot grow properly and often their
entire life ends up in disaster.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “DEVELOPED” AND “UNDEVELOPED” NATIONS

Nowadays in our so-called third and first world nations, there is a blatant
dichotomy. In general, especially in places like India, the mothers keep
their children nestled in their arms and under their close care throughout
the day. No doubt they may not be able to supply the child with huge
material wealth, but the children grow in an in-tact family surrounded by
caring parents and concerned grandparents and a number of aunts and uncles.

But first and foremost, the mother’s entire focus of life is on the child
and that yields a tremendously positive result. Internally, the child feels
nurtured and secure.

In contrast, in our developed nations, the general tendency is quite
different. Divorce is rampant, often times both parents have full-time
jobs, and in some cases the parents just prefer their own privacy away from
their children. With these factors having a dominant effect, there is now
an entire generation of children coming into the world who lack that most
basic and fundamental human need: Love– motherly love.

On the outside it may sometimes look like those children have everything: a
fancy house, all the technological games and gadgets, and so many toys and
gifts etc. But on the inside their heart is not satisfied. Due to
the pressure of circumstances or outright neglect, they did not receive
that loving compassion that is so much required for their welfare. And as
Baba says, that casts then into a “sea of troubles”.

MORE INCIDENTS

That is why today we see– especially in the USA– children getting
involved in an unending array of cruel and unsightly behavior. In the
recent past such incidents were unheard of. So this is a new and developing
phenomenon in the US and other “first-world” nations like Germany etc.

For example, just in the recent days, weeks and months, teens across
North America have blown up schools, gang-raped young girls, lit
innocent classmates on fire causing severe burns, murdered teachers,
robbed the elderly, and so much more.

Indeed now there is an unending stream of teenage crimes being committed– and
they are crimes of the worst nature.

And the response that most states are taking is to try these youths as
adults and put them in prison for years and years – if not life. But that
is not the solution. Rectification and reform time may certainly be necessary,
but that is not nipping the problem in the bud.

If we do not address this core issue of a distinct lack of maternal and
parental love, the current problems which seem to bad will only escalate.

Overall the situation of youth is quite awful in many of our first-world
countries. But it is not solely limited to those places. Because as Baba
points out the problem begins and ends with motherly love. With an
upsurge of love, the child’s heart will be content and they will not become
a burden on this earth.

But when the child grows with an empty or rejected feeling inside
due to being tossed aside by the parents, then this psychological void is
not easily fixed. Rather it become a life-long problem in which case those
children can do untold harm to others. Plus if they become parents
themselves then they will do the same mistreatment to their children. So
that negative cycle continues on and on.

At the present moment, there is a terrible crisis going on, especially in
our first-world countries where the conditions are distinctly less
favourable for our young. About this much can be written and everyone is
encouraged to share their own perceptions and experiences of this problem,
as step by step this is turning into an epidemic.

AM FAMILIES AROUND THE GLOBE

On the positive side, around the globe our AM parents are inculcating a
greater and greater sense of neo-humanistic values into their children’s
lives and this obviously is having a beneficial outcome. Plus with the
growth of cooperatives and Master Units parents have a better opportunity
to spend more and more time with their children– when their little ones
are in the tender stage of infancy. So by Baba’s grace we are seeing that
fatherly support and motherly love and affection that is so vital for the
welfare of the child. Here again, I hope everyone will describe some of the
successes we are seeing in AM.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace and with our heart-felt compassion we will bring the entire
humanity into one neo-humanistic flow where all feel cared for and loved.

Baba says, “Marching ahead is jiivan dharma (the characteristic wont of
life). To march ahead, carrying all, viewing the world humanity as an
integral entity, is the principal aspect of jiivan dharma. Resolve
courageously to observe this jiivan dharma…” (A’nanda Va’nii, #43)

Namaskar,
Balakrsna

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Genuine Devotees

Baba says, “By observing people’s conduct one will easily notice those who
are absorbed in divine love…They will raise their voice against all sorts
of tyranny, injustice, and exploitation. Those who do not possess that kind
of honest courage to oppose all wrongs are nothing but fakes– they are
never genuine [devotees].” (AV-7, p.12)
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Date: 13 Mar 2010 12:38:04 -0000
From: “Pramod Dev”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Importance of Sadhana + Two More Secrets

BABA

“Toma’kei a’mi bha’lo ba’siya’chi, toma’ke jenechi sa’r…” (805)

Purport:

Baba, I have love only for You. By Your grace, this much I understand:
That You are the Essence of essence. You are the Soul of the soul. You are
everything. What way You make me dance, in that rhythm, melody, and style, I dance.
I do not know any other entity in this universe except You.

My mental flower garden is fully covered with the buds and fruits. It is
filled with nectar. And this is all for You; please come.

Baba, You are the lamp of my heart and pra’na. Please come close–
delaying only makes it very painful, unbearable.

In this vast, blue sky, whatever tune, melody and rhythms are there,
everything together–all things collectively–are residing in You.
Everything is within Your mind. Baba, You are the Heart of hearts. You are
everything…

== IMPORTANCE OF SADHANA + TWO MORE SECRETS ==

Namaskar,
Nowadays in our Margii society one serious psychic disease is groupism.
Although general margiis and many wts are not suffering so much; but those
at the helm are surely in the whirlpool of groupism. And they are trying
hard to lure simple margiis and wts into their camp.

It is not that such persons do not know the philosophical aspects of Baba’s
teachings. Theoretically everyone understands; but to bring this into
practice is not easy. That is why those who are not inculcating our AM
sadhana practices into their practical life, their mind gets diseased with
the ailment of groupism. This is not a physical ailment but a psychic one.

And there is no answer other than to follow and practice sadhana in the
practical life. Not superficial sadhana but sadhana done in the proper way.
Otherwise all the approaches of peace meetings and various efforts will go
in vain. So the only solution is to clean the mind with the help of cosmic
ideation– thinking about Parama Purusa. Please see here what Guru’s
guideline.

Baba says, “The humans of today have started to realize that they are the
progeny of Parama Purus’a, an integral part of Parama Purus’a. If people
can properly ideate on Parama Purus’a, they will realize Brahma. On
imbibing cosmic ideation all kinds of ailments will be cured.” (PNS-8, p.19)

IMPORTANCE OF SADHANA

So sadhana is a highly significant thing and everyone of us must be very
strict in bringing Baba’s teaching into our day to day life.

We know that our AM sadhana system is eight-fold. These are (1) yama, (2)
niyama, (3) asana, (4) pranayama, (5) pratihara, (6) dharana, (7) dhya’na,
(8) samadhi. These are the total 8 folds, or aspects. That is why our
system of meditation is called ast’aunga yoga.

And in this 8-fold system, each and every item is significant. One cannot
neglect any one of these. Because these steps are complementary to one
another. Just like higher cakras control lower cakras. In the same way
lower cakras also affect the higher cakras. If the lower cakras are not
fully controlled then the control of higher cakras is not possible and vice
versa.

That is why those who try to do dhya’na, without placing adequate emphasis
on the other lessons, do not gain success. For them dhya’na will be
difficult.

We know that with the help of Iishvara Pranidhana, mukti can be attained.
And with the help of dhya’na, moksa or ultimate salvation is possible. So
dhya’na is the most significant lesson in our system of sadhana.

In human life everyone wants peace and there are various types of peace:
(a) black peace, (b) white peace, and (c) perfect peace. In true sense,
perfect peace is the real peace. It comes through spiritual practice and
His grace.

While talking about the ‘Seven Secrets of Success’, Baba has given one
unique discourse on perfect peace. The discourse, “Ka’rya Siddhi Ke Tattva”
later published in AV 24, was given by Baba in the town of Diigha’ on 9
January 1990; and this happened when He was returning from Ananda Nagar to
Tiljala.

TWO MORE SECRETS

And this discourse is unique in its own way. We know that there are so many
discourses on the ‘Seven Secret of Success’, ie dialogues between Lord
Shiva and Parvati. But in this particular discourse of 9 January 1990, Baba
added two more points with regards to getting success and peace. That is
why this particular discourse is so unique.

As you know already in the 7 secrets of success, there are really only 6
secrets. And they are as follows: (1) Firm Determination, (2) Shradda’
(Deep Reverence), (3) Guru Puja, (4) Sense of Equipoise, (5) All-round
self-restraint, (6) Pramita’ha’ra (Balanced and Nutritious Diet). And these
important points are mentioned commonly in several discourses.

But in His unique discourse of January 1990, Baba added two more
significant points:

1. Keeping the mind focused on the Goal or Desideratum. On this point Baba
says that if you remember your Goal then you will get success, and at the
same time you will get mental peace also.

2. The second additional point for attaining success & peace is practicing
dhya’na, off and on, many times throughout the 24hrs.

DHYANA DONE INTERMITTENTLY DURING THE DAY

Baba says that whenever you have 20 – 30 seconds, or one minute time, then
whatever condition you are in, just close your eyes and do dhya’n. By this
way your mind will be in balance and equipoise. And whatever work you will
take in your hand, that will be successful. Because to get success and
peace together, the pre-requisite factor is the mind which has prama’. And
that can only come through spiritual practice. And dhya’n is the most
significant source to do so. It is needed to be done properly.

In other discourses and in so many teachings, Baba has emphasized the need
of kiirtan. And that one should always utilise the time in this way. Means
whenever one has time for few seconds, then one should do kiirtan. So this
very technique and guideline of doing intermittent dhyan during the day is
a rare and unique type guideline.

Practicing dhya’n in small duration many times per day is very essential
for maintaining a proper mental flow and for keeping the mind in prama’,
means saturated with His love and devotion.

By His grace, if with that type of mind, anybody tries to do any work, then
both the resultants come together: success and true peace.

Namaskar
Pramod

Note 1: Baba’s discourse, “Ka’rya Siddhi Ke Tattva”, appears in AV-24 (B)
p.139-153 and AV-24 (H) p.135-145.

Note 2: Here are some of Baba’s teachings about sadhana and dhyana:

Baba says, “He is the Supreme Subjectivity. He is the subject and
everything else is the object…During meditation you should think that the
entity on whom you are meditating is looking at you as His object. He is
not your object. He sees whatever you are doing. This should the
psychology. He can never be your object. During meditation you should
remember that the Supreme Entity looks on you, sees you as His object. He
is not your object, you are His object. Do you follow?” (AVM-6, p.25)

Baba says, “While meditating on the Supreme you can not accept Him as your
object. Because He is your subject. Everything is His object. He is the
Supreme Subject. Then how, during japa and dhyana can He be your object? He
cannot be your object. So what is necessary is that– and herein lies the
charm– is that while doing japa and dhyana, you should think that He is
seeing you, you are His object. This thing you should always remember
during japa and dhyana. That is the idea. That is the spirit.” (AVM-2, p.34)

Note 3: Baba tells us that peace comes in three spheres: physical, psychic,
and spiritual so sadhana is needed for perfect peace.

The following are BABA teachings about peace:

Baba says, “A state of mental equilibrium and equipoise is called peace. It
is important to know how the state of peace is attained, and how it is
disturbed. A systematic, spiritual practice leads to psychic balance.”
(PNS-16, p. 20)

Baba says, “Spiritual discipline and relentless struggle against
superstition are required to maintain psychic peace. The principal aim of
human life is to be free of sorrow and misery. Otherwise one cannot hope to
attain peace.” (PNS-16)

Baba says, “To attain permanent relief from sorrow and affliction,
paramartha (perfect peace) is the only means. Paramartha can only be
attained through spiritual practice. That is why in Ananda Marga, each
member is encouraged to learn spiritual practices from the age of five. As
one grows, one acquires tremendous physical, psychic, and spiritual
benefits…to enhance physical, mental, and spiritual progress, A’nanda
Ma’rga teaches a methodical and scientific system of spiritual practices.”
(PNS-16)

FINAL NOTE: This next teaching of Baba is extremely important because in
very clear words Baba is guiding us that those who adopt the path of
materialism can never achieve the stance of perfect peace. Rather their
lives will always be full of frustration and misery:

Baba says, “The characteristic (dharma) of the mind is to seek the
infinite. The mind attains this goal by concentrating on a particular
ideation. As material objects are finite, those who accept them as the aim
of life eventually feel frustrated. They fail to attain bliss because
neither wealth nor material objects can be enjoyed infinitely.” (Prout-6,
p.59)

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Size of Cranium and Spirituality

Baba says, “People may think that they cannot make rapid spiritual progress
unless the size of the brain, and hence the size of the cranium, is
increased. But this is not so because human beings can increase the
jurisdiction of their thinking.” (Proutist Economics)
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Date: 12 Mar 2010 12:51:37 -0000
From: NJK Majumdar
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Jai Slogan Reveals

Baba

“Tumi je path dhariya’ esechile ta’ha’r surabhi a’jao a’che…” (PS 756)

Purport:

Baba, the path on which You came still carries Your sweet fragrance even
today. The divine love which You showered upon me with Your sweet and
charming smile, its vibration is still dancing to this day. And it is
blissfully charging my whole existence.

Baba You came with the aroma of sweet songs; You came with the melody
and tune. And You graced me and became my nearest and dearest– You
became one with my heart. It is Your grace.

Baba, at that time why did You look towards me in such a sweet,
attractive way and take my heart away. That very loving gaze is still
fresh in my mind. Just one single glance of Yours changed my whole
existence. Baba You showered me with Your loving grace.

Baba, You thought about me and that is the greatest achievement of my
life. What more do I need. The force of that Divine gift is not
exhausted even today; it always gives me strength and inspiration to go
on loving You. Even today, I am surviving on the hope that I will again
get You as my intimate, as my close, as my own. Baba, Your sweet smile
is still fresh in my mind and fills my heart with Your divine love…

== JAI SLOGAN REVEALS ==

Namaskar,
As we know, the relation between Parama Purusa and the aspirant is based
on devotion. And this link is dynamic as there are various grades of
devotion.

As one feels closer to Parama Purusa, we say that their level of bhakti
has increased. When one feels more distant from Parama Purusa, we say
that they have lower devotion. Baba has clearly outlined this in His
discourses.

ONE’S EXPRESSION TELLS THE WHOLE STORY

The closeness one feels and the level of devotion one has can be noted
by their expression, just like with any other relation in life.

For instance, the way you address a local shopkeeper will be different
from the way your address your mother. When introducing a shopkeeper,
you will say in a more formal tone that, ‘This is Sam or Pashupati the
grocer”; it is a very neutral or even distant statement that does not
reflect a close sentimental link.

Whereas with your mother, you will say, “This is my mother.” You will
not say this is “the mother”; or, if you have many siblings, you will
not even say, “This is our mother.” You will use the phrase “my mother”.
Why? Because of your great emotional attachment and high degree of
closeness with your mother. You feel that your mother is yours, and that
she belongs to you.

Similar variations happen with the relations between bhaktas and Parama
Purusa. The expression will vary based on the degree of closeness, i.e.
one’s level of devotion.

As you will see this feeling even affects the way one raises the jai
slogan.

THREE TYPES OF DEVOTEES

As we know in our Ananda Marga, Baba has clearly defined three basic
levels of devotion.

Baba says, “Devotees of the highest category think, “Parama Purus’a is
mine only and He belongs to no one else.” This is the sign of an
excellent sa’dhaka, and the spiritual progress of this category is
inevitable. “He is mine and mine alone and He does not belong to anyone
else” – this assertion is undoubtedly true.” (SS-11)

Per Baba’s teaching, in this top-most level of devotion, the bhakta
feels that Parama Purusa is mine – He only belongs to me – He is my
personal property. Baba guides us that this is the degree of devotion we
should all strive for in life. Certainly many in our Marga have this
type of feeling. Indeed this is the way we do dhyana. There is no third
entity present, only the bhakta and Parama Purusa.

The situation can be likened to how even a child who has 6 brothers and
sisters will still think of their mother as being “my very own.” There
is no question of sharing mom with others.

According to Baba, this type of devotional outlook is the true nature or
link between the bhakta and Parama Purusa.

Then there is the next tier of devotion – it is a notch below.

Baba says, “The second category of devotees…They think, “Parama
Purus’a is mine, and thus He must belong to others also.” That is, the
devotees..have no hesitation in sharing Parama Purus’a with others.” (SS-11)

Here due to a lack of closeness with Parama Purusa, the second-grade
bhakta thinks in a more analytical way: Baba created this entire
universe so naturally He belongs to all. In this phase, the 2nd grade
bhakta feels that Parama Purusa belongs to me, but reasons that He must
belong to others also. This type of outlook occurs when the emotional
and devotional link with Parama Purusa is less, in which case the 2nd
grade bhakta looks at the situation intellectually.

And finally, in the lowest stage, there is an even less personal link or
more distant relation, where one feels that Parama Purusa is the
collective property of all.

Baba says, “The devotees of the lowest category think, “As Parama
Purus’a belongs to all, so certainly He belongs to me as well because I
am one of the multitude.” Thoughts of this type are not very congenial
for one’s spiritual progress.” (SS-11)

Thus the critical difference between 2nd & 3rd grade bhaktas is as
follows. The 2nd grade bhakta thinks that Parama Purusa is mine, and
then reasons that He must belong to others as well. The 3rd grade bhakta
thinks that Baba belongs to all and then reasons that therefore He must
also be mine. This third stage is comparable to one having 5 siblings
and thinking that since mother loves my brothers and sisters then she
must love me also. There is very little personal feeling or experience
involved, just an analytical equation.

Hence Baba’s statement that these latter two stages are not very
conducive for spiritual growth, i.e. coming close to Him.

Since we are all familiar with Baba’s teachings on this subject, we can
wrap it up in one sentence. When one feels more close with Parama
Purusa, the bhakta thinks that He is mine and mine alone. There is no
sharing or reasoning or anything – just the deeply devotional feeling
that Baba is mine – He belongs only to me.

LEVELS OF JAI SLOGANS

The devotional feelings outlined above come into form in so many aspects
of our lives: In our conversations, manan (thinking of Him), and in our
reflections, stories and so much more, including the way in which we
raise the Jai slogan.

For instance, the more intimate and devotional way of raising the Jai
slogan is: Parama Pita Baba ki – jai! In this manner, the basic spirit
is Victory to my Baba, my Father, my nearest, my own. The sense is that
one’s mind is pointed on the Divine Father, Parama Purusa in a more
personal way where He belongs to me.

The possessive pronoun – my – is understood as people always think of
their father as “my father”. No one thinks our father.

In other places – such as in parts of Bengal, Ananda Nagar, and other
places – there is another way the jai slogan is raised. Bengali speaking
Dadas always bring the slogan: Ama’der Baba ki – jai! This essentially
means: Victory to our Baba. Ama’der in Bengali means “our”. This means
that Parama Purusa belongs to all, He is the collective property of
everyone and not the personal possession of a single bhakta.

In mundane ways of thinking this is ok, but in terms of spiritual life
this type of ideation is not at all beneficial – rather it is
detrimental and limiting.

The slogan – Ama’der Baba ki – jai! – is a less personal expression and
reflects 3rd grade devotion since one is thinking that Parama Purusa
belongs to all.

Baba says, “The devotees of the lowest category think, “Parama Purus’a
belongs to all…Thoughts of this type are not very congenial for one’s
spiritual progress.” (SS-11)

In the case of case, Ama’der Baba ki – jai! , the main ingredient, i.e.
Parama Purusa, is shared in a more collective manner. He is no longer
one’s personal property and this type of thinking goes ultravarious to
devotional closeness.

IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION

Here of course we should clarify that this does not mean that everyone
who speaks Bengali is of lower devotion or that anyone who has ever
raised this slogan is a lower tier bhakta. It is not like that at all.

Rather, we can say that those leading this slogan are more responsible.
After all they are the ones who selected the slogan. The margiis and wts
in attendance may or may not feel this way. After all, they are just
responding to the call. They are not deciding the way in which the
slogan is raised.

It is just like how you cannot blame an entire country for the actions
and decision of a few governmental leaders. The mass of people cannot be
held accountable, whereas surely the leaders are responsible for what
the country does.

WHY BABA ALLOWED THIS

The next question one may ask is that why did Baba allow people to raise
the slogan: Ama’der Baba ki -jai!

And the answer is very simple. In the kingdom of Parama Purusa there are
various grades of devotees. After all, 3rd grade devotees are also His
followers and He allows 3rd grade devotees to raise this type of slogan.
Baba accepts 3rd grade bhaktas in the way they feel most comfortable
approaching Him, even if that means sharing Him with others.

No doubt, Baba is attracting all to come very close, but due to lack of
sadhana or samskaras, not all respond to His blessed call.

So if someone is enmeshed in 3rd grade devotion and could not develop a
closer relation with Parama Purusa, then this Ama’der slogan is fine.

Being gracious, Baba then accepts everyone for who they are. He does not
deprive anyone from expressing the feeling of their heart, even if their
heartfelt feeling goads them to say, “Ama’der Baba ki – jai!”

In His gracious manner, Baba will accept their call and continue to draw
them near.

In sum, 3rd grade devotees have further to travel because they are far
from Parama Purusa. It may take them several lives to become A-grade
bhaktas wherein they will feel more comfortable raising the slogan,
“Parama Pita Baba ki- jai!.

MUST HAVE COMPASSION

Some of our brothers and sisters are lagging behind in the realm of
devotion so we must have compassion for their situation. Our duty is to
help them. They should also learn how to feel closer to Parama Purusa –
after all, one day everyone has to reach up to Him.

HOW TO REMEDY THE SITUATION

Honesty in devotional life is key. So if one’s heart feeling is not
expressed by the 3rd grade slogan, Ama’der Baba ki – jai!, that’s to say
if one is not inclined to share Parama Purusa or think that He belongs
to all, then one may not like to use this slogan. In that case they can
exclusively use, Parama Pita Baba ki – jai!

And if the Ama’der slogan does express one’s feeling of heart, and they
feel comfortable with this meaning, then they can continue to raise the
slogan in this manner. On this point all have personal choice. No one
can tell anyone what to do.

At the same time we should all try and increase our standard of sadhana
and feel more devotional closeness with Parama Purusa.

MAIN REASON FOR RAISING THIS MATTER

This is a significant matter because when some 3rd grade devotees are
not understanding the deeper devotional feeling and if those same 3rd
grade people get positions of leadership in our Marga, then due to their
devotional deficit, guess what dogma they are going to invent.

That’s right. Because of their lower feeling of devotion they will
create the dogma of mahaprayan which states that Baba is gone. In that
case, due to their own lack of understanding and lack of closeness, they
will misguide and inhibit the growth of others and taint the devotional
expression within the Marga.

That is the very grave matter at hand.

It is very similar to what transpired with the various dogmatic
religions wherein they wrongly proclaimed that god lives in the distant
sky or 7th heaven. Such persons also might have been of the 3rd grade as
they could not develop closeness with Parama Purusa. So they invented
their religious dogma – placing god far, far away.

That is the way it works and we should be careful since that same defect
has expressed itself in AM in the form of the mahaprayan dogma.

No doubt 3rd grade devotees are better than non-devotees, but they
should not be in positions of leadership wherein they try to guide
others and invent new “spiritual programs”, like the dogma of mahaprayan
(i.e. Baba is gone).

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us bhakti – the greatest attribute in
life. We should all aim for the highest grade of devotion and not allow
those with lower devotion – i.e. those chanting Ama’der Baba ki – jai! –
to be in leadership positions wherein they can invent crude dogmas. And
on the personal sphere, may every sadhaka feel that, “Baba is mine and
mine alone.”

Baba says, “The devotees say, “No, no I can share all my belongings with
others, but not my Parama Purus’a. He is mine and mine alone – He
belongs to no one else. I cannot even think of sharing Him with
anyone.”” (AFPS-3)

Namaskar,
Nagendra

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Who is Animal?

Baba says, “Spiritual thirst is the speciality, or rather the special
characteristic of human beings. And there lies the difference between
man and the other animals. Where there is no spiritual thirst in a man,
physically he may be like a man, but actually, psychologically, he is
not a man. So this special determination of human beings should always
be encouraged so that a man may develop from an ordinary human being to
a superman.” (AV-12, p. 69)
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Subject: Devotional Confusion
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 07:55:28
From: “Gaurishankar Agrawal”
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

“Toma’ke ceyechi a’mi jiivaner prati pale…” (P.S. 2106)

Purport:

Baba, I want You in each and every sphere of my life– all the time,
every moment. Baba, please come in every honey-filled seed vessel of my
hundred petal mental lotus.

Baba, whatever beautiful things I have, whatever good things I have– I
am offering everything unto You. Baba, please grace me by coming with Your
most attractive form.

O’ my dearmost, Your everything is so very beautiful. You are that most
resplendent divine Entity– perfectly effulgent. Just as the shining moon
does not have any black spots; similarly, O’ Parama Purusa, You are
resplendent and blemishless– perfectly pristine & pure.

Baba, please shower Your causeless grace on me; please remove my fear
and shyness from my unit mind. Please take away all those impurities that
are accumulated in my mental plate. Baba, please grace me with the eternal
gift of devotion.

Baba, I do not have any worldly desire– just I want Your closeness.
That is why I go on searching You while doing all kinds of works, O’ my
Lord of Lords.

Baba, in each and every moment of my life, in all my deeds and in all my
thoughts I want Your Presence– I want Your grace…

== DEVOTIONAL CONFUSION ==

Namaskar,
When people propagate and attend the so-called mahaprayan program then
a vibration is generated and the feeling that Baba is gone is injected. This notion
gets imposed and people start crying.

Yet when they again sit for sadhana and ideate on Him then those same
sadhakas think that Baba is present.

So we should all take a pointed look at this issue and everyone should
contemplate the matter and formulate their own idea.

Why then do some propagate such dogma, because of their ulterior motive.

SPECIALITY OF TA’RAKA BRAHMA

Everyone in Ananda Marga knows that the advent of Ta’raka Brahma is
something highly unique and very special. Ta’raka Brahma is the defining
characteristic of Tantra. And it is His grand arrival as the Taraka Brahma
which enables human beings to reach their pinnacled glory, and it is His
advent that paves the way for the rise and victory of dharma. So in A’nanda
Ma’rga, the term Ta’raka Brahma is associated with many fantastic thoughts
and beautiful ideas. This we all know.

Amidst it all, some agents of so-called mahaprayan feel that Baba is gone. This
occurs when the mind is very low. Whereas all true Ananda Margiis know and
feel in their heart that Baba is always with them.

TA’RAKA BRAHMA: HIS ETERNAL PRESENCE

Here below Baba Himself addresses this exact point regarding Ta’raka Brahma.

Baba says, “What is really important is to meditate on the personal God and
move towards Him. And this personal God is the Singular Entity, the Ta’raka
Brahma. …He is the eternal companion of unit beings in their joys and
sorrows– not a God in the distant sky but an understanding Lord in the
house where they dwell.” (SS-11)

So in His above guideline, Baba is giving us many meaningful points.
Firstly, that we are to meditate on Taraka Brahma; Secondly, that Taraka
Brahma is our personal God; and thirdly, that as the Ta’raka Brahma He
resides eternally with us– in our heart.

By these points it is quite clear that Ta’raka Brahma is not gone, not at
all. And this answer is not just written in our philosophical texts but is
felt in the heart of each and every devotee.

In that case we can only conclude that those who think that Ta’raka Brahma
has gone, such persons are too literal in their conception of Him and they
are too focused in the physical sphere.

Those who have no devotion and low minded may think that Baba
is gone, otherwise how can one think like that when one is constantly
feeling His presence.

What to say about Ananda Margiis, even dogmatic people in their own way
think that God is with them. That is why they pray and make offerings.
If they thought God was not there then what would be the need to do such
things.

In AM, each and every activity of an Ananda Margii is with Baba. Otherwise
they have no idea what is Ananda Marga. Guru mantra is repeated with every
action and we think that Baba is watching me. And every breath is a mantra japa.

So we are surrounded by Parama Purusa – each and every pulsation of life.

MORE ABOUT THE ETERNAL PRESENCE OF TA’RAKA BRAHMA

Here in clear-cut language Baba Himself says that as the Ta’raka Brahma
He is eternally present with all.

Baba says, “The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma
(Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living
beings– That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone has
revealed Brahmavidya (intuitional science) to us through the medium of the
name and form of Anandamurtijii. Unit beings must be made to appreciate Its
majesty.” (CC II p.1)

Thus for sadhakas, for Ananda Margiis, Baba as the Ta’raka Brahma is
ever-present with us. This is the very essence of our Marga; this is our
Tantra; this is our sadhana. And this we all feel. And this is Baba’s
expressed teaching.

It is our internal link with Him in His form as Ta’raka Brahma that
is the real spirituality– that is our real link with Him. It is His image
of Ta’raka Brahma in our dhyana which emanates sweet vibrations in the
mind. And it is this inner link, our meditation on Ta’raka Brahma, that
cultivates that personal, intimate relation between the bhakta and Parama
Purusa. And that inner relation never goes away– it never leaves; as that
Taraka Brahma He is always near and dear to each and every sadhaka.

Baba says, “Taraka Brahma…is the eternal companion of unit beings in
their joys and sorrows– not a God in the distant sky but an understanding
Lord in the house where they dwell.” (SS-11)

So when His very form of Ta’raka Brahma is our meditation and when it is
this eternal inner link with Him that brings us to the stance of salvation,
then every sadhaka naturally feels that Baba is with me.

Those who propagate the dogma that Baba is gone are themselves
hypocrites. Because when they are in trouble, then they pray to Him
for help. That means they believe He is present, otherwise why make
such a request to a God that is nor present. This is their way of their hypocrisy.

ABOUT HIS PHYSICAL COMING

It was indeed necessary for Baba to advent on this earth. By His physical
advent of Ta’raka Brahma He was able to teach and guide the humanity.
Because people needed to physically see Him in order to learn what to do.
And by His physical appearance as the Ta’raka Brahma, He could physically
give us a set of teachings by which to live. Plus by His divine advent, He
shows us that He loves us. Hence His physical arrival as the Ta’raka Brahma
is highly significant and deeply meaningful. It was the absolute need.

MUST SEE TA’RAKA BRAHMA INSIDE AS WELL:

THAT IS HIS ETERNAL FORM

At the same time, Baba tells us in countless discourses that it is our
internal link with Ta’raka Brahma which brings one closer to Him. That is
why it was a standing rule that everyone– even those Central Workers who
were around Baba 24hrs a day– has to sit at minimum twice a day for
sadhana and see and feel Him inside. This every Ananda Margii must do.
Because seeing Him physically is not enough. By that way one cannot realise
Him.

Rather if one fails to sit regularly for sadhana then little by little the
mind will go down and down and in that degenerated condition one is sure to
think that Ta’raka Brahma is gone. This is the way it works, that is why
Baba’s Supreme Command unequivocally states that all must sit for sadhana
twice daily.

Because it only when we do meditation and see Him inside that we are
communicating with Him in His true form as Ta’raka Brahma. And that
communication is real. Proof being that it is by this way that we develop
our relation with Him and progress on the path of sadhana. And indeed and
it is through His inner, eternal form of Ta’raka Brahma that He graciously
grants us salvation.

So none should slip in their practices and allow the mind to fall. Because
that will just lead them to the faulty confusion that Ta’raka Brahma is
gone. And this type of outlook we do not want any Ananda Margii to have.
Rather all should feel Baba’s sweet presence in the form of Ta’raka Brahma
with them all the time. This is the aim of our sadhana. This is the
culminating idea of our life.

HOW IT WORKS WITH LORD KRSNA AND LORD SHIVA

As we know Baba is not the first Ta’raka Brahma. Before Him there was Lord
Shiva and Lord Krsna. This every Ananda Margii knows. Of course we are
devotees of Baba– not Shiva or Krsna. But it is a well-known and accepted
fact in AM that if any non-margii does meditate sincerely on Shiva or
Krsna, then they will achieve liberation, nay emancipation. And still today
if a Shiva or Krsna devotee thinks of their favoured image of Ta’raka
Brahma then they reach that divine stance. In that case who can proclaim
that Ta’raka Brahma has left that devotee– nobody.

Of course the difficulty in trying to do dhyana on Shiva or Krsna is that a
proper pratikrti [photo] is not available. That is the central defect that
makes it so difficult to do dhyana on these earlier Ta’raka Brahmas. Plus
most followers of Shiva and Krsna did not get taught the proper method for
doing meditation. That is why they are lagging behind and that is why it
was so needed and necessary for Baba to take advent as the Ta’raka Brahma.

So by His grace at this very moment for each and every Ananda Margii, Baba
resides in our mind as the Ta’raka Brahma and through His divine teachings
of sadhana we can realise His eternal presence. In fact, this is the only
way to realise Him.

INDRIYAS FUNCTION IN 2 DIRECTIONS: EXTERNALLY AND INTERNALLY

From a technical perspective the whole point is that the indriyas or motor
and sensory organs work both externally and internally. And part and parcel
of the path of sadhana is realising this fact– that we can see Him as the
Ta’raka Brahma inside using our internal organs.

With our physical eyes we could see that Baba is there in Patna or Kolkata
etc. But it is with our psychic eyes– internal vision– that we can see
that He is always present and that we need not go to this or that city to
find Him.

So those who fall prey to a lower outlook, they only use their physical
eyes in which case they wrongly think that Ta’raka Brahma is gone. Some in
AM think like this from time to time, and not only that they write it on
the email.

Those who have such type of feeling cannot be called devotees because
devotion starts with closeness with Parama Purusa, i.e. salokya sthiti.

Put it this way: Devotion means service to God. Then God is the main
ingredient. If you think otherwise then how can one be a devotee.

When the greater truth is that Ta’raka Brahma remains eternally in the
mind, in His true form. And if anyone ideates on Him there they will reach
up to nirvikalpa samadhi and get salvation. Because that is where Ta’raka
Brahma resides, in the mind– in Guru cakra. And in that state, in that
form He is the Granter of salvation. And with our internal vision we can
realise this eternal truth and reach up to. This is that path of our
sadhana– seeing Him inside.

So the living reality of a sadhaka is not limited to the external world,
for us there is an internal world also and it is by this way that we can
reach His divine abode. That is Baba’s teaching; and in Ananda Marga this
is our way.

GOLDEN RULE: MUST SEE HIM WITHIN

By His physical appearance He was able to teach us many things in various
spheres of life. And in that flow He has graciously taught us that if we
want to come close to Him and realise Him and understand who Ta’raka Brahma
is– then we must search Him within. There is no other substitute– there
is no other way.

And that is Baba’ divine decree and divine guarantee– that as the Taraka
Brahma He is always with us. There is no scope to think anything but. And
if perchance anyone does fall into the hole of thinking that Ta’raka Brahma
is gone then it means their mind has degenerated. In which case we should
lift them up by the boot straps so they can realise the sweet truth that
Baba is always with us in His eternal form of Ta’raka Brahma. This is the
way it works for devotees, i.e. for Ananda Margiis.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace as the Ta’raka Brahma He is always with us.

Baba says, “You spiritual aspirants, you should remember that Parama
Purus’a is always with you and His grace is always with you, and you all
are His loving children…You should remember that He’s the Supreme Father.
He’s always calling you and you should always be ready to give a proper
response.” (SS-19)

Namaskar,
Gaurishankar

Note 1: MORE ABOUT HOW SOME GET CONFUSED

When some sadhakas attend so-called mahaprayan functions then they sometimes
think that just as Baba takes birth then He leaves also. In that case they
think that Ta’raka Brahma is gone. But this type of conclusion is just a
result of their limited look at things. They are relying too heavily on
their physical senses and forget their internal vision– they forget their
sadhana. That is why they are only getting a small piece of the puzzle and
not the complete picture. And in that provincial way they mistakenly
conclude that Ta’raka Brahma is just a temporary entity.

Similar is the case when people read the books, “Namami Krsnasundaram” &
“Namah Shivaya Shantaya”. In that case some think that just as Shiva and
Krsna completed their stay, the same thing happened with Baba. That is
another defective outlook some persons adopt. Such folks rely too heavily
on their physical senses and neglect the finer aspects of the mind.
Because we know that the form of Guru as Ta’raka Brahma is not just
something physical. It has an eternal force behind it.

Brahmaeva Gurureka na’parah

Baba says, “That is, Brahma Himself is the Guru…Now generally people say
that the form is Guru, but the form is not Guru, Guru is expressing Himself
through that form.” (AV-3)

Hence as Baba clearly explains above, the force behind the physical
manifestation of Ta’raka Brahma is eternal, and that is why that very form
of Ta’raka Brahma is the Supreme One who can lead all unto the divine
stance. Because that Ta’raka Brahma eternally resides in the mind of each
and every sadhaka. And by seeing Him there and ideating on Him, one will
reach that Supreme stance, by Baba’s grace.

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Good Sadhaka

Baba says, “The mind of the man whose consciousness or discriminating
judgement is awakened– whose power of judgment is intense, always remains
wedded to the ‘Buddhi’. That is to say, his rein (mind) remains constantly
under the control of the charioteer (Buddhi or discriminating intellect),
and so, quite naturally, his organs remain loyal to the Buddhi. Random
rambles of the organ-like horses (organs) will cut no ice with him. But in
a case like this if the horses (organs) be bad and untrained, i.e. the
organs are faulty, it becomes impossible for the charioteer (discriminating
intellect) to get the desired result. Hence for the right functioning of
the chariot (body), well-trained horses (organs) are indispensable. A
sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) also should train himself likewise. His mind,
body, intellect, and organs should be directed towards the Blissful Spirit
(Shreya).” (SS-4, p.9)
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Date: 10 Mar 2010 10:04:30 -0000
From: “Bhavanath Rajpal”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Surviving the Financial Meltdown

Baba

“Toma’ke ceyechi ceyechi sab ka’je…” (P.S. #187)

Purport:

Baba, I desire to see You in all my works. Baba, please grace me so that
no matter what I am doing, always Your image of varabhaya mudra is
reflecting in my mind. I long for Your close proximity in all my actions:
physical, psychic and spiritual. Baba, by Your divine grace Your sweet,
charming, & attractive form is always floating in my heart.

O’ my innermost, I have come onto this earth to remain engaged in
serving You. Day after day, I will go on moving towards You– blissfully
floating in Your divine ideation.

Baba, by Your grace whenever I propagate even a wee-bit of Your glory
then always Your blissful presence appears in my mind and Your divine tune
resonates in my heart. Baba You are so gracious.

Baba, when doing dhyan in the lonely night under the moon and the stars,
then You always grace me. And the peacock of my mind spreads its colorful
feathers and dances in inexplicable joy. Baba, by getting You my mind
dances in bliss.

O’ my dearmost Baba, whenever I do anything You always bless me by
coming in my mental temple. Always You remain along with me. It is Your
causeless grace. Baba, You are the most loving One…

== SURVIVING THE FINANCIAL MELTDOWN ==

Note: This topic is an important reminder to all. With all the financial
troubles swirling around today, we should all keep this teaching
close to heart, lest we fall into serious problem.

Namaskar,
In this time of global economic crisis, we must once again lean on
Baba’s guidelines as only it is His teachings that could have prevented
this problem and it is only His teachings that can get us out of it.

These below guidelines will help us all manage through the present turmoil.

THE THREE AFFLICTIONS

Usually human beings suffer from one or more of the three types of
afflictions: (1) a’dhibhaotika, (2) a’dhidaevika, and (3) a’dhya’tmika.

Hence, either a person is undergoing problems in the mundane sphere and not
getting their minimum requirements met. That is a’dhibhaotika suffering. Or
one is suffering from mental tension and psychic stress– as is the case
with a’dhidaevika suffering. Or, lastly, in the realm of a’dhya’tmika
suffering, the sadhaka is in despair because of feeling separate or distant
from Parama Purusa.

So these are the common afflictions– and each have their solution.

Baba says, “The jiiva experiences three types of suffering– a’dhibhaotika,
a’dhidaevika, and a’dhya’tmika. A’dhibhaotika suffering is mundane, that
is, it derives from shortages of food, clothing, medicine, education,
shelter, etc. If we change the structure of society this misery will be
ended. So we must do this, we should do this. Regarding a’dhidaevika
suffering — if we prepare our minds through sa’dhana’, all the mental
cares and worries that result from a defective mental structure will come
to an end. The feeling of separation [from Parama Purusa] is a’dhya’tmika
suffering. This can be eliminated by spiritual sa’dhana’, that is, by
dhya’na, dha’ran’a’, pra’n’a’ya’ma, pratya’ha’ra, etc.” (DKG, p. 25)

However, some are thinking that those living in wealthy countries are not
suffering from any problems;, but that is not the case. Rather, everyone is
facing problems. And in the case of the so-called rich nations, psychic
suffering is rampant. Lastly, while each of these three afflictions can be
resolved and treated; at that same time we should strive to have prama’ in
the life– thus not incurring any such suffering.

LOSS OF PRAMA IN TODAY’S WORLD

Baba has given prama theory, and He has explained that imbalance– or not
following the prama in all the spheres– causes serious problems and,
ultimately, catastrophe.

Some countries are lagging behind due to the lack of prama in the physical
realm whereas other countries are highly engrossed in physicality. They do
not have any higher goals. Result is that in both the cases, a serious
problem is there. Altogether though the whole globe is extremely affected
by materialism. Surely, balance is needed in all the spheres– physical,
mental, and spiritual,– but the general flow of present day society is to
give more emphasis to physicality. That is the outcome of materialism.

So materialism has reached in all the countries around the globe,
irrespective of so- called affluent or poor. Everyone’s mentality is
quickly getting changed or degenerated. Whatever spirituality they have,
that they are losing. This is the general flow. And the reason behind this
negative environment is the onslaught of materialism.

In addition this is age of advertisements. People are highly affected by
external things. And without thinking deeply they multiply their physical
desires and needs more and more. However they do not have that same amount
of energy and time to direct towards and give emphasis to the psychic and
spiritual realms.

Here psychic realm means proper study that is beyond the grip of dogma. And
in spiritual field people hardly have time to nourish themselves and that
brings dissatisfaction and emptiness in the mind. The proof being that even
after getting all sorts of the material things the mind feels: “I am
hungry”. As if it does not have any end.

People are working and earning 12 hours a day and without thinking deeply,
under the influence of advertisements their needs multiply and they spend
more and more money.

On this point Baba has given so many teachings. And again those are needed
to recount as certainly such teachings are helpful in bringing peace, or
rather perfect peace in our life.

First of all on this whole point of outlook toward money and materialistic
desires, Baba has given one very significant story.

BABA STORY ABOUT THE GREAT SADHAKA RAMANATH

Baba says: “A story flashes across My mind. The great sadhaka– Pandit
Ramanath of Navadvipa– was a highly elevated man. He was always engaged in
cosmic ideation.”

“One day, the King of Nadia, with a view toward giving Ramanath some
financial help, once asked him, ‘Are you in want of anything?’.”

“The Pandit [Ramanath] had then been absorbed in the world of ideas. He
took the word ‘want’ for his want of knowledge and replied, ‘Yes, I did
feel the want of an explanation of a sloka (aphorism) but now it is clear
to me’.”

“The Maharaja [King of Nadia] then said, ‘No I am talking about want of
money’.”

“Ramanatha replied, ‘Look, you had better ask my wife about domestic
affairs’.”

“Then the Maharaja inquired the wife about their monetary needs etc.”

“[But] as is the husband, so is his wife. She informed the King point
blank, ‘Look, there is rice in the house and there are plenty of leaves on
the tamarind tree. My husband relishes the stew of those leaves immensely.
I don’t know of any other necessity’.” – (SS part II, Hindi, p.57, ‘Ved Me
Brahma Vijiana- 3’)

So by this above story we can easily understand that when the mind is
engaged in the thought of Parama Purusa, then worldly attractions are
gradually eliminated. Means by goading the mind towards God, the mind
remains free of degenerating thoughts and one does not get trapped in the
vicious net of materialism.

This is the best training to channelize the mind and thereby get rid from
worldly desires. So this is one important teaching, especially for this
current era of extreme materialism.

BABA’S SPECIAL GUIDELINE:

HOW TO AVOID FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES

Furthermore Baba gives many pointed guidelines about money, expenditure, debt
and loan. Because if one can exercise proper control and understanding on
these points then this will also help the mind escape the deadly noose of
materialism.

Specifically, in the chapter Aparigraha, Guide To Human Conduct, Baba
condemns the practice of taking loans, and remaining in debt. And Baba
blames that those who are seekers of luxury, they fall in the mud of debt.
That is a totally negative thing. We should refrain from this negativity,
as well as guide others also.

And for those who have the strong desire and they cannot control their
thirst to have x-tra things from the external world, then they should be
careful and they should not take loan. Because taking loan leads to the
long spiral downward of a mind sucked into the whirlpool of materialistic
mentality– i.e. spend beyond your means by taking loan. But this is
totally negative because then the mind is not capable of or even interested
in higher pursuits.

And further Baba accused such people that those who are extravagant in
their expenditure, they incurred debt. Baba further guides, that this is
the collective responsibility of society, to control such people. And those
who are doing unnecessary expenditure, they should not be allowed to do.
That’s why before purchasing any costly things etc, it is suggested that
sadhakas should get permission from their acaryas.

INDIVIDUAL FAULT…AND COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY

In GTHC chapter “How To Live In The Society”, Baba further has written,
that the whole society is one integral entity. All members are one joint
family. So if one is in trouble, then others should come forward to help.
But Baba is very strict. Those margiis and WTs who are doing extravagant
expenditure and at the time of expending money they don’t ask their acarya,
bhukti pradhan, or top level authorities. That is, at the time of spending
they don’t take permission but later when they are in debt and problem they
cry for help — this type of mentality, Baba condemns.

Baba says, “Not to consult anybody at the time of spending money but to ask
for help from all when in debt, is not a good practice. Such a mentality
cannot be encouraged. To purchase, by incurring debt…is surely against
the principle of aparigraha.” (GTHC)

So we should be very careful that if any of our margii brothers and
sisters, those who are in our unit, if they are doing unnecessary
expenditure we should warn them. And not allow them to fall in unnecessary
crisis.

THE DEFECTS OF CARVAK

And one closing idea related with this entire discussion is this. Baba has
accused & condemned the atheistic philosopher Carvak because he was
preaching the gospel of materialism. Carvak was telling ‘Enjoy the crude
material life by taking loans & indulging in crude worldly desires.
Spend what you like because you need not have to pay back anything’.

So the idea is that Baba condemns this preaching of Carvak because
remaining in debt is very bad. Often those who are taking loan don’t think
about the consequences. And the consequences are that this very mentality
of acquiring material objects more and more, that invites all types of sin,
crime, lawlessness, various negativities. And when people have a desire, or
they don’t know how else to manage, then they fall into debt.

The central idea is that by hook or by crook one should not fall into the
dark depths of materialism. Because human life is not for satisfying crude
worldly desires. Living a life of materialism is completely useless, and a
sheer waste of human potential. Rather as human beings we have come here to
move along the spiritual path and enjoy permanent peace because the worldly
approach of materialism has not any redeeming quality or lasting value.

BABA’S IMPORTANT GUIDELINE

We should all take seriously this following Baba’s teaching:

Baba says, “You should make your life worthwhile through your sadhana. How
much can your worldly friends and relations do for you? After your death
your relatives may perhaps ask, ‘How much money has he left behind?’. Your
friends may go to the crematorium and indulge in flattering reminiscences
about you. Your husband or wife may cry out for you for about ten or
twelve days and then regain their normal composure. Your lot will be only a
profound sigh– a record of the futility and frustration of your life. So
do not waste your time lest you later have to repent.” (SS-3, p.63)

Namaskar,
Bhavanath

Note: Please write your own thoughts and experiences on this topic. That
will be beneficial for one and all.

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Who is blessed one?

Baba says, “The man who is intelligent should, from his very childhood,
move along the path of proto-spirituality. The sooner a man starts and
moves along this path of psycho-spirituality, the better it is. He is the
blessed one.” (AV-12, p.75)

Note: With the start of this spring season we should once again reflect
how Baba has graced us by providing us all the tools and teachings for
moving along the path of spirituality. So again with renewed vigor we
should be more firm and more sincere in our adherence to Sixteen Points.
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