Archive for March 3rd, 2010

Date: 03 Mar 2010 07:29:38 -0000
From: “Jawaharlal Thakur”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Dadhiici: Celebration & Story of Great Sage


“A’mi ca’i na’ ei sabhyata’, a’mi ca’i na’ kut’ilata’…” (PS 1341)


O’ Lord, my life is for You and Your ideals. I do not want this
pseudo-civilization. I do not want hypocrisy and cunningness. I want to
float in the open, vast, blue sky– in the boundless open air with the
softness of the birds where there are no limitations or boundaries of
dogma. I want more and more effulgence, free air, the great sky which is
studded with stars. I want that very mind which is saturated with divine
love and dharma where there is no presence of the bondages of crookedness,
religion, groupism, or narrowness.

I always keep Parama Purusa in my mind and my heart. His blessing and
His grace is my everything. By His grace I will go on painting and covering
the darkness with the fragrance of sandal paste. Whatever and wherever
impurity is there, by His grace it will be removed. This superficial
culture and civilization I do not appreciate. I want straightforwardness.
And to lead a life under His shelter…


We all know that this coming Monday, March 5, is the sanctified day known
as Dadhiici Divas– the occasion which commemorates those who valiantly
sacrificed their lives for the great cause of dharma: AM ideology.

Here is some further background and meaning about this great event– which
is one of our AM festivals.


The day of Dadhiici Divas is to be observed with all kinds of collective
and joyous programs that celebrate the honour and well-being of humanity.

Uplifting functions like akhanda kiirtan, dharmacakra, mass feeding, clothing
distribution, sports and games are most appropriate for this day. Literary,
athletic, and science competitions are also welcomed as well as unifying
events like collective bath and collective meals.

Please write in with how you and your unit honoured this day.


As we know, often is the case in India that martyrs are known as ‘shahiid’,
which is an Arabic word. The common Hindi or Sanskrit term– Dadhiici– is
not usually used.

While giving a discourse on grammar, Baba has explained and pointed out the
folly or mistake related with one monument built in 1828 in Kolkata known
as Octorloney Monument.

Initially the Britishers named this monument as ‘Octorloney Monument’ after
their famed military commander– General Octorloney. And then later under
Jyoti Basu’s rule the communist government took over that same Kolkata
monument for their own cause and changed the name from ‘Octorloney
Monument’ to ‘Shahid Minar’.

Here Baba explains more about the meaning behind this new name– Shahid
Minar– as well as how it differs from the term– Dadhiici.

Baba says, “Those who named the Octorloney Monument Shahid Minar did so
without properly understanding the meaning of the word shahiid. Those brave
warriors who take part in the Islamic religious wars (jeha’dd) are called
muja’hid in Arabic. Those muja’hids who give up their life in battle are
called shahiid. Those who are victorious in battle are called ga’jii (if
they live, ga’jii; if they die, shahiid). Similarly, those who give up
their life in the Christian religious wars (crusades) are called “martyrs”.
By what logic then do we call those brave progeny who give up their life
for their country or for any other great cause shahiid? Instead, we can use
the word dadhiici for them because Mahars’i Dadhiici sacrificed his life
for the welfare of others. He did not lose his life in a jihad or crusade.”
(VV, Disc 21)

In His above Baba commentary, Baba clarifies the meaning of the term
shahiid and makes an explicit distinction between (a) those fanatics who die for the
limited agenda of their dogmatic religion and (b) those great souls–
Dadhiicis– who sacrifice their lives for that all-expansive cosmic ideology.


As the story goes, the elderly Mahars’i Dadhiici was a great rishi who
stood for the cause of universal welfare. And ultimately he sacrificed his
life for the human society.

In this mythological tale, it is told that when the devatas (pious people)
and da’navas (demons) were fighting against one another, then in order to
achieve permanent victory over the da’navas, the devatas went to Mahars’i
Dadhiici for his blessing– and to get a boon from him.

Up until that point in the battle, the da’navas (wicked people) were
winning the war. So the devatas (moralists) knew that something special
needed to be done, otherwise they were sure to lose the war. And they also
knew that Mahars’i Dadhiici had performed great penance in his life.

So the devatas approached Mahars’i Dadhiici knowing that if he gives one of
the bones from his holy body then the vajra (mighty weapon like a
lightening bolt) made from that bone will be enough to permanently
annihilate the demonic forces. Because it would take the bone of one great
ascetic with lots of spiritual power in order to win the war. So only if
Mahars’i Dadhiici sacrificed his life by giving one of his bones could the
devatas be saved– otherwise not. With this in mind the devatas approached
Mahars’i Dadhiici.

When they arrived at the doorstep of his ashram, the Mahars’i was deeply
absorbed in sadhana. But knowing that they had come calling especially for
him he broke his meditation. And then after listening to the request of
those devatas, Mahars’i Dadhiici agreed with their demand– he gave his
approval for the plan.

Then the great Mahars’i Dadhiici permanently withdrew all the vital energy
from his body through the practice of pranayama. And by this way the
devatas (righteous forces) could make a weapon from the bones of his body
and win the war. Thus Mahars’i Dadhiici gave up his existence for the great
cause of universal welfare.


Since then the term ‘Dadahiici’ was born. It means sacrificing one’s life
for the great cause– Bhagavata Dharma. Hence, according to Baba the term
‘Dadhiici’ is distinctly different from those other terms which denote one
who has given their life for their narrow and dogmatic religion.

Baba says:

“When Christians die for Christendom, they are called martyrs;
When Muslims die for Islam they are called shahiids;
When My children sacrifice their live for the ideals of Bha’gavat Dharma,
I call them Dadhiicis.” – 5 March, 1967

Therefore it is every year on this day of 5 March that we remember all
those great souls who have given their life for the establishment of AM



Here below is a similar version of the story about Mahars’i Dadhiici with
more detail. It gives the idea how Rishi Dadhiici dedicated his life for
the great cause. Because this story is of historical import that is why
Baba has approved this term– Dadhiici.

Rishis and sadhus perform tapas for the benefit of mankind and all
creation. They tolerate hardships and insults without any thought of
personal gain. One such rishi was Dadhichi. He willingly offered his body
to save the devas.

Once a Brahmin named Vrutra became the head of the demons. He gave up his
dharma – duty – of doing good to others. Instead he turned to violence and
began to battle with the devas. Hence, he became known as Vrutrasur. ‘Asur’
means demon. He began to win. The devas became frightened against his evil
might. Along with Indra, they approached Shri Vishnu for help. He told them
that he could not be destroyed with ordinary weapons.

“Only a weapon made from the bones of a saintly rishi will kill Vrutrasur,”
revealed Vishnu.

“But nobody will give up his beloved body. Who would die to provide a
weapon?” inquired the devas.

“O devas! Go to Dadhichi rishi. Make a weapon with his bones. A saintly
sage will not worry about giving up his life for the good of others. Ask
Dadhichi for his bones as bhikhsha – alms.”

The devas went off in search of Dadhichi rishi. When they reached his
ashram, they felt anxious. Would the rishi help?

“What can I do for you?” asked Dadhichi rishi.

“Vrutrasur, the leader of the demons, is destroying us. We are losing
against his evil might. So we asked Shri Vishnu for help. He advised us to
make a weapon from your bones. O great rishi, please help us and deliver us
from this evil,” pleaded the devas humbly.

The supreme donor is one who gives happily what is asked.

“O devas!” said Dadhichi. “It is better that my bones help you attain
victory, rather than rot in the ground. The message of Sanatan Dharma is to
remain happy in the happiness of others. Here, I give you my body.”

So saying, he sat in meditation and meditated upon Paramatma. With his
yogic power he then left his human body.

The devas collected the bones. Indra made the vajra weapon from them. With
this the devas battled with Vrutrasur. It is said that the battle lasted
for 360 days. In the end the devas won.

Spiritual Progress in Future Humans & Animals

Baba says, “The human beings of that future age will be very
sensitive…The functional jurisdiction of the brain will also increase.
Similarly, many animals will become more sensitive and their vocabulary
will increase. With intellectual development vocabulary increases, and the
number of words in a language also increases. The functional jurisdiction
of the brain of animals will increase too. With the help of spiritual
practices, the human beings of the future will increase the functional
jurisdiction of their brains with accelerating speed.” (PNS-17, p. 36)


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