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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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