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From: “Rambabu Maurya”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Do You Know About This Tiirtha?
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 22:02:09 +0530

Baba

“Lukiye tumi ka’j kare ja’o pratya’sha’ kichu rekhe…” (P.S. 2618)

Purport:

Baba, You are the Doer of all the work being done in this vast universe.
Secretly You go on doing and executing everything. Nobody can see You– but
You are doing everything. And You do not harbour any desire to receive
anything in return. Just You are deeply involved in managing all the work
secretly, O’ my Parama Purusa. And when You notice that somebody is
searching You, then that time You move ahead in Your grand liila of hide
and seek. Baba, You decorate the effulgence in darkness; and simultaneously You
flood the cimmerian darkness with the showering of Your divine effulgence.
Baba, You are the bridge between life and death; You are the crossing
point. Yet all the while You Yourself remain hidden behind the scenes.

Baba, You are the great hope of the hopeless hearts. In the end of the
night You are the colourful dawn. Baba, You show the direction to those who
have lost the path. And You spread Your divine love in all the ten
directions. Baba, You go on doing all the work of this entire universe secretly–
never desiring anything in return. Just You continue playing hide & seek.
Baba, Your liila is unfathomable…

== DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS TIIRTHA ==

Note: This letter is related with a recent program so read
below to find out what happened

Namaskar,
In our Ananda Marga, we are not like the various dogmatic religions
which rely on tiirthas or places of pilgrimage in order to reach their
chosen deity. In AM, we know Baba resides in our heart.

Baba says, “Parama Purus’a always remains with you, within the very core
of your heart. So search within, O spiritual aspirant, not without, but
within, within your very existence.” (AV-12, p.41)

In stark contrast, the Muslims trek to their holy city of Mecca to find
their god; the Christians travel to Rome & elsewhere; and the Hindus
take the trail to Varanasi. In all such cases, their chosen lord lives
outside them – not within. They feel their god resides somewhere else
and they impose the crutch of geo-sentiment (by creating a tiirtha) for
the survival of their faith.

By Baba’s grace, in our Marga we feel that Parama Purusa resides
directly in our heart. We need not go anywhere to find Him. Nor do we
employ any such crutch – not geo-sentiment or anything else. Every
Ananda Margii feels that Baba is with them all the 24hrs. It is purely
an internal, devotional link.

Unfortunately, a few group leaders who lost their dharmic vision started
propagating their own tiirtha program using their transplanted dogma
from the Hindu religion.

So we should all take a look what is going on.

SCENE AT THE RECENT JAMALPUR DMS

At the recent Jamalpur 2010 DMS, the so-called PP Dada (note: there
is no official Purodha Pramukha now per Baba’s system) began his main
lecture with the following type of expression:

“This is Jamalpur – Baba is here – people from all over the world will
come here and get their final blessing – they will come and get virtue
and moksa (salvation)…”

“You are fortunate that you have come to Jamalpur – our holy land –
those who come here will reach their Goal – this is where to get
Baba’s blessing.”

Such was the message from the so-called PP Dada. You can decide for
yourself how far his speech is dharmic or not.

Please read below to see what the margiis present thought.

MARGIIS’ REACTION

Hearing such talk from a highly posted and senior Dada was quite
shocking for many of the margiis. Because when one of our acarya talks
then we assume his message will be in line with our AM teachings. But
this was not – not even close.

Many margiis simply laughed. They had traveled from distant places to
get to Jamalpur and they felt that Baba was with them in their home, in
their travels – always. They came to Jamalpur to attend DMS, not because
they thought Jamalpur was the only place to get Baba’s blessing. They
get Baba’s blessing always. So that is why some were smiling and
laughing upon hearing Dadaji’s silly talk.

Other margiis were just plain sad by listening to Dadaji’s words. They
thought what a tragedy it is that our Wt cadre has reached such a low
standard. In the past our acaryas were the foremost spiritual teachers
on the planet and now because they forgot their sadhana those same
acaryas have become like the dogmatic priests from the various religions.

Whatever may be, none were deceived by Dada’s talk. nobody thought that
Baba resides in Jamalpur or that Jamalpur is a holy site for Ananda
Margiis. All understood that Baba resides in the heart.

“Vrnda’vanam parityajya pa’damekam na gaccha’mi…” (PS 4425)

“I am always eternally present in Vrindavan, in the hearts of devotees.
That is the Guru cakra. I do not go even a little away from that. I am
eternally present along with the devotees.”

It is purely Baba’s causeless grace that as Ananda Margiis we know that
Baba resided in the heart. Failing that we would become like that
followers of all the dogmatic religions who get exploited by their own
priests.

WHY THAT DADA TOLD LIKE THAT

Now the question comes, why did that Dada say like that. Why did he
openly proclaim Jamalpur as a tiirtha and that this was the place to get
Baba’s blessing.

Here is what those at the DMS concluded:

1) Dadaji spoke like that because he has left his sadhana and misplaced
his devotional feeling. Without the requisite devotion and lack of
meditative practices, then one will be prone to such dogmatic expression.

2) Dadaji spoke like that because he wanted to impose a geo-sentiment.
By turning Jamalpur into the centerpiece of AM life, then Dadas in
charge of Jamalpur will get prestige and donations from the many margiis
visiting from afar. With that enhanced status then they can exploit
the margiis even more.

The priests in all the dogmatic religions profited greatly by making
certain places into so-called holy lands. People gave them maximum money
and garlanded them with huge respect. Geo-sentiment is the lowliest
sentiment, according to Baba, but if one is able to dupe the masses in
this way, then such a priest has created a great pedestal for a selfish
agenda. That is Baba’s warning.

All in all, many were saying that this is what happens when
narrow-minded people grab the power and forget to do their sadhana. Then
to increase their power they resort to all kinds of dogma like tiirthas etc.

Those are but some of the many reasons which margiis cited for why
Dadaji spoke in that dogmatic manner about Jamalpur being a “holy land.”

And all agreed that this dogmatic tiirtha must be vigorously opposed. It
should not be allowed to continue – not even for 1 more second.

Here is how Baba describes the low mentality behind those who subscribe
to the dogmatic theory of tiirthas and so-called holy lands.

Baba says, “Some people say, ‘Since I must die, I must die only in
Benares (Kashii)’. How strange! All countries have been created by the
Supreme Consciousness, so all countries are equal. The universal concept
of dharma that God is all-pervasive– this essence of dharma has been
forgotten. Ultimately dharma has been reduced to a geo-sentiment
centering around Benares.” (NH-LOI, ’87 Edn, p.23)

JUST ABUSE TO BABA:

SINFUL TO SAY LIKE THAT

Ultimately, we know that Parama Purusa is omnipresent, omniscient, and
all-powerful. Hence, to limit Him to a particular place or land is
nothing but to diminish His greatness.

So those who try to establish tiirtha sites to enhance their power or
for any reason just end up revealing their limited outlook. Because
instead of glorifying Him they are indulging in sin.

“Vya’pitvm ca…dine”

Baba says, “The Supreme Being is omnipresent, all-pervading and witness
to everything, everywhere. It is not proper to confine Him to a
particular place and say that he has eaten butter at this place or taken
a dip in the Ganges at that particular place, thus limiting Him to a
particular region or a particular country or the glorification of a
particular sacred place, and thereby limit His all-pervasiveness”
(AV-11, p.29)

And that is what happened with that Dada who spoke like that at the
Jamalpur DMS program – he indulged in sin.

A WARNING TO ALL

When people fail to do more sadhana, as has apparently happened with
this Dadaji, then Baba tells us that such a person is prone to dogmatic
types of worship like the holy land dogma.

That is Baba’s explicit warning: If you do not do sadhana sincerely then
you will fall prey to dogma and commit sin – period.

Baba says, “People generally want to live without intense sadhana in the
spiritual sphere and without much effort in the mundane sphere. When
people seek to acquire fortune or attain salvation without proper
effort, then they try to remove their sins by visiting the so-called
holy places.” (NSS)

This is exactly what happened to that Dada and the organisers of the
Jamalpur DMS. Baba’s above teaching is the perfect narrative about
their ways.

BABA’S BLESSING

In this negative environment of dogma and staticity this following
Ananda Vanii gives strong force of hope and inspiration that our future
is bright.

At the same time we must not sit and wait. We should vigorously oppose
the creation of any so-called holy land in AM, whether it be in
Jamlapur, Kolkata or anywhere else. Such a dogma has not place in
our Ananda Marga.

Baba says, “Human civilization now faces the final moment of a critical
juncture. The dawn of a glorious new era is on its one side and the
worn-out skeletons of the past on the other. People have to adopt either
of these two. You are the spiritual soldiers, you are the worshipers of
Life Divine, hence I call you to adorn this crimson dawn deluged with
glorious light. Victory is surely yours.” (Ananda Vanii)

Note: In the above Vanii “skeletons of the past” means dogmatic rituals
like tiirthas and so-called holy lands etc.

Namaskar,
Rambabu

Note 1: BABA DOES NOT PLACE UNDUE IMPORTANCE ON JAMALPUR

As we all know, Baba himself has never placed much importance on any
worldly land– including Jamalpur.

Baba says, “During the twelve years since 1966, I have not been to
Jamalpur.” (AV-7)

Thus when He Himself does not highlight Jamalpur, then none should
listen to the words of any Dada who claims that Jamalpur is the “holy
land” for Ananda Margiis. IN AM there is no so-called holy land: Not
Jamalpur, not Kolkata, not Fiesch, not Tiljala, not Bankipur Jail, not
any physical location. He is everywhere and within all.

Note 2: ONE OTHER INTERESTING, IF NOT SAD, POINT

Here is one other interesting notion for us to consider.

When someone is committing a wrong for the first time then they will be
very nervous and scared. For example, when a thief is about to commit
his first theft, then he will be shaking like a leaf. But after a while,
while thieving he will drink, dance and sing, because he is not at all
worried about his wrongdoing. That thief became habituated with his
sinful acts.

In the past, Dadas would only talk one-on-one about crude things like
tiirthas. They knew it was wrong so they would be very careful and
low-key in their dealing. But now, this Dada is going up to the podium
at DMS and declaring in front of all the Jamalpur is a “holy land”.
Dadaji is shameless in his dealing. This shows how his mind has become
totally habituated to that dogma. How sad it is.

Note 3: WHO SPOKE LIKE THIS

It was Dada Vishvadevananda who spoke like this at the DMS. He was the
one openly telling about the Jamalpur holy land dogma.

Because groupists are more concerned with getting and holding onto
power than learning AM ideology, they are susceptible to falling
into sin.

This happens with all the various parties: H, B, EC etc.

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To Do Great Work

Baba says, “The meaning of the ‘Sam’gacchadhvam’ Mantra should be realised
in life. Always remain united. Solve all problems, big or small, with
unity. Consider misfortune of one as the misfortune of all– an injury to
one as an injury to all.” (CC-2, ‘Society’ chapter, point #34)

Note: So long as Baba’s above teaching is not put into practice, one cannot
do great work. Devoid of this one’s life will be as meaningful as the life
of a termite or ant etc. In our practical life we should be strict in
following Baba’s teaching.
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Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 22:48:13 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Mandal.Virendra@bharata.net…
Subject: Be Careful Who You Follow

Baba

“A’ma’y keno bha’laba’sile…” (P.S. 2283)

Puport:

Baba, You are so loving, so gracious, why do You love me so much. I do
not have any quality, nor do I have any knowledge or learning. What then
did You see in me that made You shower Your grace on me. You have
saturated my heart with a strong feeling of devotion for You. You have
bestowed upon me an intellect to serve the society. Knowing that I am
shelterless, You have granted me everything. You have given me all sorts
of things which were needed. It is Your causeless grace. Baba, You
brought me on this earth by providing me with a human body. And You
filled my mind with devotion. And on the top You infused a strong
longing for Paramartha for You. But now this is the miserable condition
of mine that I always remain forgetful about You and Your grace. Baba,
why do You love me so much…

== BE CAREFUL WHO YOU FOLLOW ==

Namaskar,
When a human being sees someone greater than themselves, then they
admire that person, offer respect, and desire to become like that.

Thieves revere great criminals, players honor top athletes, students
respect learned classmates, businessmen admire innovative entrepreneurs,
and general aspirants respect highly devotional sadhakas.

This equation works in both directions – positive and negative.

The main point is that offering respect comes readily to all. People are
eager to follow and emulate those whom they regard. There is a long
history behind this as it is related with our fundamental human psychology.

Indeed no one can say that they are not involved in hero worship, in one
form or another. Everyone is involved – and therein lies one’s failure
or success. It is that critical a component towards a person’s
development. Who you follow in life is everything.

Even then some may proudly declare that they do not adhere to any type
of hero worship. So we should examine this issue at a deeper level.

Let’s see how hero worship began, how it changed through the ages, as
well as what it means today – both for sadhakas and non-sadhakas.

THE EARLY HISTORY

Just as certain developed animals – like cows, horses, elephants, and
birds – are gregarious in nature and live collectively in order to care
for and protect themselves from predators, since the earliest times
human beings have done the same.

When living in the wild, humans would group together in order to face
their enemies. Following a particular leader was absolutely vital for
survival: Food, safety, protection, shelter etc. People had to pay heed
to the call of their chosen leader in order to carry on. Failing that,
one was certain to face an early demise.

Thus the trait to follow someone became a basic component of human life.
Over the centuries the style of leadership may have gone through
changes, but all along people have always been quick to follow a
respected person and emulate their characteristics.

This is a built-in human behavior and has a huge effect on one’s growth
and development.

THE SPECIFICS OF EACH AGE

During the ksatriyan era, courage, valour and bravery were heralded as
the top qualities and people naturally gravitated towards those who most
personified such characteristics. In turn, those at the helm gained
greater power and exploited others with their might.

When the era changed, then people valued something else.

With the rise of the vipran era, intellect and wisdom were seen as the
greatest attributes and those at the helm were embodiments of those
qualities. People naturally rallied around them and embraced that status
in order to gain respect and be like their leader. To maintain their
power, the leading vipras created all kinds of doctrines to keep
themselves on top.

Over time, money became king and those at the helm were vaeshyas, ie
capitalists. In this age people revered those with massive wealth, and
overlooked all other qualities. Yet those ruling capitalists gobbled up
all the land and material wealth to keep on top.

Now such vaeshyas are in power in most places. But anyone can understand
the reigning era of a particular land or country by analysing who gets
the most respect. Furthermore, one can assess the quality of the people
by seeing who their leaders are. Crude heroes end up leading their
followers into hell.

So be careful who you follow as it has a huge effect on the direction of
your life.

WHO ONE SELECTS IS IMPORTANT

Who one selects to follow in life is critically important. For instance,
if you follow a blind man and he falls into a well, then you too will
fall into that same well. Likewise if follow a dharmika who is moving
towards Parama Purusa, then you too will come closer to the Supreme
Entity. This is the way it works. Just see.

WHAT IS HAPPENING NOWADAYS

Nowadays in the capitalist era, where material gain and sex is
everything and pseudo-culture is rampant, those with the most respect
and glamour have huge money.

Pop stars like the late Michael Jackson, athletes like Michael Jordan,
movie stars like Angelina Jolie, performers like Madonna, and certain
politicians and vaeshyas have scooped up the imagination, hearts and
minds of the the people. People run like mad after such stars.

If a pop star gets a certain type of haircut or tattoo, or if a movie
icon wears a certain style of dress, then naturally people go chasing in
that direction. That is why the big corporations recruit and pay huge
money to pseudo-culture stars and icons to model their wares and
products as it will boost sales into the millions and billions. In that
way they lure and cheat the common people into buying their products.
Because the public will do anything and everything to follow their
revered one.

People even become  emotionally attached with certain products and
brands like Apple computers. Even intellectual get befooled and
misguided thinking that everything that Apple does is great. Many
companies have this kind of aura: Google, Nike etc. They have cultish
followings.

Plus in this superficial era, even fake yoga stars in the west are
gaining clout in the form of sponsorships and hero-worship etc.

According to our human psychology, people like to follow others but due
to poor examples they get goaded in the wrong direction – they get
herded like sheep.

By this way the general public gets drawn into all kinds of degrading
activity. To get wealth, even good people will cheat and steal; to get
beauty people resort to plastic surgery and skimpy clothing; to attract
the opposite sex, people have literally begun to dress like prostitutes.

All because people blindly chase after the leaders of the day. And when
the leaders are degenerated, the common populace will be too.

That is why it is so important to carefully choose who you follow in life.

SOME MAY WRONGLY DENY

Hearing all this, some may strongly claim that they are not prone to
hero worship. They will proudly state that they follow no one and are
independent thinkers. Many sophisticated and liberal people talk like this.

But truth be known, they are pawns of their chosen leader(s),
unknowingly. Just walk into their house and it becomes very clear what
they are and whom they revere. Everyone is a fan of someone. Everyone
bows down to someone to get respect.

A millionaire prostrates himself to the billionaire; a beauty queen
surrenders to some Hollywood goddess; a car enthusiast gives himself to
those who own Mercedes. Everyone in this world is fascinated by
something or someone. That is the way of the world. None can claim that
they are outside of this dynamic.

By this way, a person sinks or swims. Tragically, most sink as they get
lulled into the crude operations and economics of the day. That is why
it is critically important to carefully choose with whom you place your
respect.

According to their chosen hero, common people will change their habits,
tastes, likings – indeed their entire modus operendi is affected. Thus
it is absolutely critical that people become aware of who they respect.
A person must know who their heroes are – otherwise unknowingly they may
fall into a black hole. Especially in this present era when people are
fans of characterless individuals.

YOUTHS ARE MOST AFFECTED

Unfortunately, up till now, the masses have most often embraced “goats”
as leaders. This is especially true these days. And the ones who suffer
the most are our impressionable youths. They are most prone to be
misguided by crude idols. This even leads to their ruination.

As Ananda Margiis we cannot let the situation remain as standstill,
where impressionable people get lulled into false hopes and degrading
ways. We are to encourage such youths – and the entire society – to give
respect to higher ideals like social service etc. Then things will start
moving in the right direction.

Let’s then take a look at the workings in AM, that will give us ideas
and inspiration for guiding the general society.

WHO SHOULD GET THE MOST RESPECT

Baba has designed Ananda Marga along a totally different concept. In AM,
we do not offer our respect based on materials things, status, or other
crude manners. In AM, respect is given based on one’s conduct.

Baba says, “Your ideal is represented by your conduct. Your learning,
your social or economic status have nothing to do with your ideal.”
(A’nanda Va’nii #13)

Baba says, “Aca’ran’a’t pa’t’hayati yah sah a’ca’ryah – One who teaches
through one’s conduct is an a’ca’rya.” (AV-23)

And in AM, good conduct means adhering to dharmic principles: Godhood
not crudity, selflessness not selfishness, benevolence not malevolence.

To instill this within all in AM, Baba would publicly honor those
involved in doing dharmic works. With this type of healthy competition,
Baba guided everyone towards righteous works. By this way we all
understood that we would earn the respect and regard of others.

For instance Baba would reward the top bhukti with the title, “Jana
Seva’ Sealed”. This bhukti that rendered the most social service won
this award. And like that there were all kinds of healthy competitions
to get our minds goaded in the right direction.

Competitions like: Sixteen Points, kaoshikii, tandava, dharma mitram
(most pracar competition), conduct rules and so many other arenas.
Prizes were often based on how much you followed bhagavad dharma and
helped the downtrodden masses and the neglected peoples.

Baba says, “You are to purify [yourself] with the help of sa’dhana’ and
jana seva’. These two factors, sa’dhana’ and jana seva’, will keep the
mental mirror in proper condition, in good condition.” (AV-3)

This was all His entirely unique and revolutionary approach. And because
we all followed Baba our minds, desires, and actions got goaded in this
totally dharmic direction. It is His grace. By this way the whole
society grows and there will not be any exploitation from one group to
the next.

In the past vipras exploited ksattriyas and now vaeshyas are exploiting
everyone. And in our Marga, because some have fallen away from AM
ideals, there is group exploitation. Tragically, groupists revere crude
power not jiivan dharma. So some are moving in this direction. But this
phase will be short-lived.

By once again following His teachings and ways, prama will be restored
and honor will be given to those involved in Sixteen Points etc.

Baba’s is the classic example of how by following someone great, i.e.
Taraka Brahma, one will advance on the path towards liberation and
salvation.

In a nutshell here is how it works in AM: Our Goal is Parama Purusa so
if anyone follows those ideals that lead to Parama Purusa then they earn
respect of others. Naturally then, all will move in this direction. It
is His wish and hence inevitable.

HOW TO KNOW WHO GETS RESPECT

In the general society it is not like that. People are not familiar with
dharma or Taraka Brahma so they get hitched up in another direction. To
understand how any society is working, find out what the children want
to be when they grow up. Then it will be clear who they follow and what
they respect.

Tragically, today most follow a crude example. As Ananda Margiis we are
to turn this negative into a positive.

When are are aware that people have a natural tendency to adore those
they deem as beings great, then why not utilise this in the proper way
and bring all onto the path of salvation. Let all be guided towards
parama’rtha and not towards bondage or ruination.

By propagating AM ideals people will follow true sadhakas and start
moving in this direction.

Everyone should be fully warned that they need to be careful about who
they follow. To achieve greatness one should follow a proper sadhaka, or
even better yet, follow Ista. To fall into a mud puddle of crudity, then
follow any pseudo-culture icon.

That is why everyone should be extremely careful about who they follow.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace it is important to understand that you are infinite and
that you have the capacity to become one with Paramatma. But that can
only happen if one critically is aware about who they follow in life.

If society is misguided then even good people will be diverted to do
negative things. – what to say what will happen to bad people.

As humans, ours is the journey from darkness to enlightenment. By
following the true Ista and His ideals, heaven will come on this earth.

Baba says, “United you will have to remain, this is your duty. So that
the people of the world may remain united, it is your duty to bring the
mahavishva as soon as possible. There will be peace and happiness in the
universe, and, established in one indivisible ideology, humanity will
march ahead toward the Supreme Goal. Victory be with you!” (Disc MHB)

Namaskar,
Virendra

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Definition of “Real Discipline”

Baba says, “And what is discipline? The Sam’skrta term for ‘discipline’
is ‘anusha’sanam’. And what is anusha’sanam?

Hita’rthe sha’sanam ityarthe anusha’sanam

When the code of discipline is imposed with the spirit of welfare, with
the spirit of development, it is called `anusha’sanam’ in Sam’skrta.
There is no corresponding English word.” (AV-3 p.30)
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To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Foster Davis
Subject: Misuse & Abuse of Manan
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 22:38:18 -0400

Baba

“Tumi ye 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…

== MISUSE & ABUSE OF MANAN ==

Namaskar,
In this present era, while living in this mostly capitalist dominated
world, it is necessary for one to be careful lest they fall in the
capitalists’ degrading trap. Because with their crooked ways, the
capitalists infuse certain negative thought patterns to suit their greedy
ends.

As we know the Sanskrit term ‘manan’, i.e. thinking, can be spiritually
elevating or totally degenerating. In the case of the latter, those crude
thoughts have a terrible effect on the human psyche– on one’s mental
structure, causing depression & utltimately degradation.

Baba says, “Regarding this faculty of thinking, if it is done in a
methodical way, the result is certainly positive…But if it is not done in
a methodical way, the general result is negative.” (YP, ‘Mind Grows in
Magnitude’)

So all should be aware about the sneaky ploy executed by today’s capitalist
exploiters. Because their goal is to make people misuse and abuse their
power of manan, just so that they (the capitalists) can make huge money.

PATH OF THE YOGI: AS YOU THINK SO YOU BECOME

Of course, for ages & ages yogis have held a deep belief in the dominance
of mind; and yogis have long cultivated the habit of positive & systematic
thinking in order to build a healthy mental arena.

For that reason yogis pointedly spend their days practicing the pure
approaches to manan, shravan, niddhidhyasana. That is thinking godly
thoughts (manan), listening devotional ideas (shravan), and ideating on
Parama Purusa (niddhidhyasana).

Because yogis understand well the theory, ‘As you think so you become’.

By this way there is a distinctly positive momentum in the mind and it
advances inwards towards the cosmic nucleus. That is, the mind gets
transformed and restructured by the continued practice of mantra japa and
dhyana. By thinking in that uniquely spiritual way the mind becomes more
subtle and sublime and moves towards that spiritual Goal.

This is the cherished way of the yogi.

DUPLICITY OF CAPITALISTS

Capitalists– on the other hand– are matter-centered and in their crude
theory they do not (openly) recognise the concept of mind. Rather capitalists
believe that matter is everything. That is their expressed philosophy.

Yet, they have one trick up their sleeve as well.

Because, in their devilish dealing, the capitalists employ mental
tricks in order to control the public. That is they infuse their own ideas
into the public mindset in order to get the public to think about their
products. This is how the capitalists abuse the practice of manan– mental
thinking.

So on the one side in theory such capitalists proclaim that this universe
is matter centered and one can just ignore the mind. That is their stated
agenda. But their practice is something quite different. They understand
that the best way to control a person is through the mind and not through
matter. And that is how they sell their products, by staining people’s minds.

They infuse within people the mental desire to look or be a certain way by
buying certain products. That is the sales-pitch of capitalists.

CAPITALISTS INTENTIONALLY DEGRADE THE PUBLIC MINDTHROUGH THE ABUSE OF MANAN

That is why we see that through their endless advertising campaigns and
media onslaught the capitalists’ chief plan is to colour the public
mind-set with propaganda about their products. Through radio, tv, films,
internet, newspapers, magazines and so many other avenues, the capitalists
spread their crude messages to the consumers– in an attempt to get their
slogans deeply embedded within the public psyche. This is their dastardly
method.

Thus in their hypocrisy those capitalist agencies know that if they can
capture the public mind then they make millions and billions of dollars.
That is why in their commercials they invent catchy songs and attractive
slogans which they hope the public will recite and remember. Such as ‘Have
it your way at Burger King’, or ‘Ooh-la-la Sasson’ for Sasson jeans’, or
thousands and thousands of other slogans and advertising messages that get
repeated millions of times during the day.

Even if one walks into any elementary or primary school, then it is evident
that the tender minds of our children are already littered with the ideas
of big-business. Because the children walk around singing the songs of
those capitalist commercials etc. And that type of abuse of manan– that
type of negative thinking– adversely affects their development of mind.
But for the capitalists it means profit, profit, profit.

So this is the heinous trick going on these days. Indeed this is exactly
what happens: Those phrases get infused into the public psyche and the
peoples’ mind becomes saturated with that capitalistic propaganda. In which
case their whole mental arena becomes distorted and full of that capitalist
junk.

Baba says, “Now, everywhere, in cent-per-cent of the cases, there is
wastage of human psychic potentiality. The psychic potentialities of human
beings are immense, but people do not utilise them because most of their
valuable time is wasted in undesirable thoughts, in psychic extravaganza.”
(YP, p.134)

THE PUBLIC GETS TOTALLY DUPEDTHEY THINK THE IDEA TO PURCHASE WAS ORIGINALLY THEIRS

So the whole sequence of events is quite nasty and sublime. Because the
capitalists invent invasive approaches to enter into the public mind set,
in turn the public psyche gets distorted and coloured by crude messages,
and in that subliminal tactic that public does not even realise that they
are getting affected by those crude propaganda campaigns.

Rather when Tom, Dick, or Harry walks into a store and they see an item
that they want to buy– such as cologne or an automobile or a toaster etc–
then they really think that it is their inner heart’s desire to purchase
that thing. They do not realise that this is a capitalistic schema imposed
upon their psyche.

Rather that brainwashed consumer takes total ownership of that desire and
they are convinced that the purchase of that item will satisfy their inner
longing.

And this happens to all members of the general public: men, women,
children. All start thinking that they must look a certain way, act a
particular way, and possess certain items. And they think that this is
their true internal longing– that this will bring them happiness and
success. But little do they realise that they are getting cheated to the
bone by feisty capitalists.

Hence by the abuse of manan– by infusing negative ways of thinking on the
minds of the common people– those capitalists achieve their crooked ends
of selling their products. That is all they care about. And in their
duplicity they know that the best and only way to achieve this is to
recognise the dominance of mind and distort the public way of thinking. And
tragically this is exactly what they have achieved in this negative era of
capitalism.

And in result the common people suffern in innumerable ways such as
depression, anxiety, until ultimately they fall into crude samadhi etc.

GOAD MIND TOWARDS PARAMA PURUSA– NOWHERE ELSE

As Ananda Margiis, we must never fall prey to the sinister traps set by
those hoarding capitalists. We must keep the mind clean and pure and be
vigilant not to become painted in the colour of consumerism. This is Baba’s
strict warning.

Baba says, “From the psychic sphere also, unnecessary waves are to be
removed. This will remove many burdens from the mind. ‘I must not bother
about petty things, because that will waste my time’ — people should
remember this. This removal or rather withdrawal of unnecessary and
undesirable thoughts emanated from the mind, will help you in rationalising
the major portion of your mental faculty, and so this must also be
practised.” (YP)

Thus Baba’s above guideline is to keep the mind free and clear of negative
ways of thinking– our mental arena must not get polluted by crude thoughts
or capitalistic advertising slogans. By ridding the mind of such things,
then our human mind can be properly utilised.

Ultimately Baba guides us that we should direct all our thoughts towards
that Supreme One.

Baba says, “Withdraw the mind from physical objects and goad it unto Parama
Purus’a”. (AV-14)

Baba’s teaching then is not to let the mind get overwrought with the crude
effects of capitalism; rather one is to push the mind in a distinctly
spiritual way of thinking. That is the real manan– otherwise degradation
will occur.

So we should chant our kiirtan and repeat our ista mantra all day long and
not for one second think about the propaganda of those cheating
capitalists. We should not allow their tactics to invade our mental arena.
This must never be allowed to happen. If it does one will become a slave of
capitalism.

That is why Baba’s mandate is to infuse the mind with sentient thoughts and
sweet ideations. Here again is Baba’s divine guideline.

Baba says, “You must have a spiritual goal. You must know what to do, what
not to do, how to do, why to do. And for this purpose, the movement is to
make the mind pinnacled, apexed, and bring all the propensities to that
point, and goad it towards your spiritual goal.” (‘Subjective Approach
Objective Adjustment’)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace each and every margii will grow in a clean way through
proper manan– through proper thinking. This is Baba’s blessing.

Baba says, “You will have to ultimately reach Parama Purus’a. This is the
pinnacled point, the supreme point of human glory. You should always
remember this, during your lifetime and even after your death.” – Baba

Namaskar,
Purusottama

Note 1: MUST WARN THE PUBLIC

Through pracar, education, and constant effort we must awaken the common
public to the capitalists’ negative and abusive strategy of manan. All must
be alerted about these tricky maneuvers lest the common become more and
more degraded.

Note 2: THE BEST PRACTICE OF MANAN

Here below Baba outlines the highest and most pure way to do manan.

Baba says, “Manana, that is, thinking only about Parama Purus´a and about
no one else. If any other person or thing comes in the mind, ascribe
Brahma-hood to that person or thing. This process is manana.” (AMIWL-11,
‘Mantra Caetanya’)

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Futility of Materialism

Baba says, “Materialism is the sign of shallow knowledge. Due to lack of
proper understanding and ignorance people become materialists. Human beings
should study more and acquire sufficient knowledge. Then they will
understand that in materialism there is nothing.” (DMC 84 Delhi, SS-16 (H))
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Good Company

From: “Will Chaucey”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Good Company
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 17:11:25 +1000

Baba

“Ga’n geye ja’bo, shono na’ shono tav iccha’…” P.S. 2305

Purport:

Baba, I will go on singing Your song– Your glory. It’s up to You
whether You will grace me by listening to these songs or not. But with
these songs, in my deep contemplation, I will generate divine vibrations,
by Your grace– and go on serving You.

Baba with my deep yearning I am calling You again and again without
getting any response– You are not paying heed to my call. By avoiding me
maybe You are thinking that I will not sing Your song anymore and that I
will remain quiet. And that in frustration, I will give up the hope of
getting You. And that I will no longer engage in the flow of those divine
tunes and melodies, which is inundating the vast sky, by Your grace. And
that I will not utilize these melodious treasures in my practical life to
go closer to You.

Baba, with the strength of knowledge, wisdom, intellect, and worldly
attributions, Your depth cannot be measured– nobody can realise You. But
by surrendering that very unit “I” which already belongs to You, and with
the divine sweetness of singing Your name I will surely get You by Your
grace.

Baba, I sing my songs only for You–to serve You, to please You. Please
be gracious and keep me on Your lap.

Note: In the above song, the sadhaka has deep love and a strong yearning
for Parama Purusa. So when Parama Purusa does not respond to his call in
the way that he desires, then the sadhaka makes one loving accusation
towards Parama Purusa. So actually that is not an accusation per se, but
rather an intimate type of loving expression. And Baba is approving that
devotees have the right to do like this and that this loving way of
communication is quite natural.

== GOOD COMPANY ==

Namaskar,
Baba has graciously blessed with all the needed guidelines for living a
spiritual life– plus He has pointedly alerted us about all the pitfalls as
well. In this dual regard, company plays a big role.

As we know, the friends we keep and the people around us play a highly
significant role in our human growth. By remaining in the midst of
noble-minded people then the mind moves on the path of vidya whereas when
surrounded by undesirable company then the opposite occurs. This fact we
have all seen and realised but even then sometimes a reminder can be helpful.
Here then are some of Baba’s key guidelines in this regard.

Baba says, “A good person or a sa’dhaka needs proper maintenance, for in a
world of constant change, care must be taken that the change be always
towards the better or the higher. Keeping good company is essential for
this positive development. While bad company strengthens the bondage of the
soul, good company is conducive to liberation and salvation. The keeping of
good company is conducive to liberation and is known as satsaunga in
Sanskrit. When satsaunga is followed, either physically or mentally or
both, the subconscious mind, and thus the conscious mind, are charged with
better and higher influences. This change will move the follower forward
towards higher and better goals. The alternative is asatsaunga, the keeping
of bad company, which leads one into greater and greater bondage.” (AV-33)

Thus according to Baba good company or satsaunga leads to liberation
whereas bad company pushes one under more and more bondage.
And here Baba explains in very colourful language and clear-cut examples
about this entire phenomenon.

Baba says, “Humans will have to move ahead by carefully watching those
with whom they will associate. What is the result of keeping good company?
By spending time with good persons, a deep impression is imprinted on the
mind, causing the desire to be good, to rise in the mind. On the other
hand, if one chooses to associate with drunkards, a desire will eventually
come in the mind, what is the harm if I drink a little wine? The same sort
of thing will happen if one lives with thieves.”

“To give an example, a person is standing beside a tea-stall. There the
flavour of the tea floats to the nose, and then the person says, ‘Bring a
cup of tea here, too’. In this incident, the flavour of the tea affects the
mind. If that person had not remained near the tea stall, the smell would
not have reached the nose and perhaps that person would not have taken tea
for two or three days. This is the influence that association has on the
mind.”

“Hence humans should choose their company very carefully, for, a mistake
in this will cause them to repent their whole life. Even parents who are
not good should either send their children to live in a student hostel or
keep them with some of their relatives who are good. One must be very
strict in this. In Tantra it is said:

“Satsaungena bhavenmuktir asatsaungesu bandhanam”.
Tasmat Asatsaungamudran’am’ Sa’mudra Parikiirtita.”

“The Tantrik practice of Mudra’ Sadhana means to associate with good
human beings in order to attain liberation…Hence good association results
in salvation and bad association results in bondage. Hence evil company
must be avoided.” (Karma Yoga)

That is why we should always try and keep in the contact good company–with
Ananda Margiis. As this will bring us along the path of the divine.

Here below Baba neatly explains how that good company lessens one’s radius
with the Lord and bad company pulls one farther from the Lord. That is the
primary difference between satsaunga and asatsaunga.

Baba says, “So while selecting company, you should be careful whether its
discourses, its activities, its plans or programmes are to decrease the
distance between you and your Lord. This is Satsaunga, good company.
Otherwise it is Asatsaunga. Even intellectual discussions of a high order
may not be Satsaunga if it has got nothing to do with lessening the
distance between you and your Lord, you and your Goal. That type of
intellectual discourse, in my language is called intellectual extravaganza.
Baoddhika Amitavyayita´. Satsaunga and Asatsaunga. When it goads you on the
path of the Lord, it is Satsaunga. From this moment, you should always try
to have Satsaunga.” (AV-14)

Namaskar,
Vinay

Note: CONSTANT VIGILANCE IS NECESSARY

Please excuse me, but sometimes people fall into the trap of thinking that
being around Ananda Margiis is enough. And generally this is true since
usually as Ananda Margiis we sing kiirtan together, do sadhana, and
collectively engage in service projects. Even then sometimes it can happen
that there can be a few margiis together but, their company is not
satsaunga. Because for one reason or another their talk might be about
pseudo-culture movies, or they may be just involved in rajasik activities
like shopping or skiing. Or sometimes it can been seen that we travelling
together in the car then they will listen to pop music or the like. And
sometime margiis just talk about too many mundane topics. All these things
can happened. So 100% of the time we should be vigilant to ensure that the
company we are keeping is satsaunga and we should ensure that as
individuals we are adding positively to the collective flow and keeping all
our social interactions sentient and Baba-centered.

As this is the retreat season and many are in transit to these blissful
functions, here then are some good topics to discuss will travelling: how
to better follow 16 Points, Baba dreams, the top three things about
spiritual life, favourite aspect of Ananda Marga, how to remember Baba
during one’s daily routine, or any number of topics which create a sweet
and harmonious vibration in the mind.

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Love For All

Baba says, “The sense of differentiation and distinction are of no value to
devotees. For them, all become one, all discriminations disappear. Only
human beings can have this type of mentality and that is why they are
superior to all other beings.” (AV-7, p.12)
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Date: Mon 26 Apr 2010 22:48:06 -0400
From: Donald_G
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: US Public Frustrated With…

Baba

PS Intro: In this song, an above-average devotee is expressing his feeling towards Parama Purus’a.

“Badhir theko na’ko priyo, shun’ate habe a’ma’r katha’…” (PS 2310)

Purport:

Baba, please look towards me. Keeping the yearning for You in my heart,
I am crying. Please do not be deaf. You have to listen to my tale of the
heart. Please understand the pain of the core of my heart. And please
understand the longing and yearning that I have to get You. I want to
hold You. Off and on I go on listening to the sound of silence– the
divine flute which You play. I feel that by that way You attract me. And
it is there that I see Your effulgence. Baba, I feel that Your sweetness
and Your love is present in that effulgence and the sound of the flute.
Baba, You are the a’lor & prana and of my life. You are my hope; You are
my Goal; You are my everything. If I forget you I will lose everything–
my life will be ruined. Baba, You are the nucleus of my existence. That
is why again and again I surrender myself at Your lotus feet. Please
understand the longing of my heart. Please do not avoid me. Baba please
come close…

== US PUBLIC FRUSTRATED WITH CAPITALISM ==

Namaskar,
A dramatic turn of events is underway. The very country which has been
the bread and butter of capitalism since its inception is now
questioning it.

With the latest revelations and leaked emails that seemingly portray
Goldman Sachs – the investment bank powerhouse – as reviling in the
decline of the US economy, the general public has become quite
frustrated and dismayed.

Although the public is not overtly claiming that capitalism should be
torn down, they are outraged by what the big dogs of Wall Street have
done. This itself is a slash against capitalism, albeit indirectly.

The irony is that what Baba expressed 40 to 50 years ago is now being
realised by the people of this elite vaeshayan nation, knowingly or
unknowingly.

BABA’S VIEWS ON CAPITALISM

Baba, being omniscient, was perfectly aware of the defects of capitalism
and He began guiding us about this from the very early days of Ananda
Marga, if not before that.

In His, July 1961, Ranchi discourse, Baba points out how the very
essence of capitalism runs contrary to our Proutist vision since
capitalists just aim to satisfy their greedy desire and accumulate more
and more while others suffer in poverty and want.

Baba says, “How was capitalism created? Capital is consumable
commodities in their potentiality. Intelligent people collect more
capital than others in the form of consumable goods, but since this
capital cannot be stored for a long time, they began to keep it in the
form of money. Such people are called capitalists. These capitalists are
the unworthy sons and daughters of the Cosmic Father because they go
against the principle of cosmic inheritance.” (PNS-15)

In an even earlier discourse, His famous RU 1958 speech in Trimohan,
Baba warns how the extremely avaricious nature of capitalism must not be
tolerated

Baba says, “According to true spiritual ideology the system of private
ownership cannot be accepted as absolute and final, and hence capitalism
cannot be supported either…Wherever necessary, capitalism must be
forced to abandon its ferocious hunger by taking strong measures.” (POD,
Points #1 & #2)

And indeed, Baba sternly delivered countless warnings and involved
explanations about the harmful ways of capitalism. As, Ananda Margiis we
are fully aware about this – this is a surprise to no one.

It is a turn of events however, when all of a sudden, the general public
in the so-called wealthiest nation on earth begins venting their
frustrations against capitalists. How far they are aware that they are
actually leaning towards Baba’s Proutistic teachings is a totally
separate matter, at the same time it cannot be denied that they are sick
and tired of the crude selfishness of top bankers.

Why? Because the common people are starting to experience some of the
horrors – lost homes, huge debt, no purchasing capacity – that Baba
warns about. Hence, as their frustration mounts, they are coming closer
to our stand.

See here what is going on.

WHAT GOLDMAN SACHS ALLEGEDLY DID

As we speak, congressional hearings are going on surrounding the SEC’s
(Securities & Exchange Commission) allegations that Goldman Sachs Group
Inc made $3.7 billion betting against mortgage-related securities as the
US housing market started to collapse.

To what degree the general populace can understand the technical nature
of this accusation is one matter. But what everyone can understand is
the tone of the emails that have been uncovered.

In those emails, top traders of Goldman Sachs offer snide and smug
remarks about making a fortune in betting against the US economy, and
even reviling in the notion that as many hard-working people lose their
houses, this clannish investment bank is raking in huge piles of money,
profiting off the losses of the common people.

That is the reason why the mass of Americans are totally frustrated with
these selfish capitalist traders. They are ready to tear them limb from
limb.

MORE ABOUT THE AMERICAN PSYCHE

Although they do not say so openly, the typical American is now
questioning the pillars of capitalism. They may think they are the proud
supporters of the free market economy, but in truth they are not.

They have begun to express concern about capitalism’s main motive: Make a
profit any way, at any and all cost.

The top aim of capitalism is to make money – beyond that there is no
other goal. According to that platform, there is hardly anything wrong
with what Goldman Sachs did. In any manner imaginable, they tried to
make money.

For years, the American public has admired the wealth that Bill Gates
amassed. They felt he personified the American capitalistic machinery.
Even when he was accused of monopolization, the mass of Americans were
in Mr Gates’s corner, dreaming of becoming like him, i.e rich and powerful.

However today, just a short while later, the common American citizen has
not an ounce of sympathy or regard for the avaricious investment bankers
and traders of Goldman Sachs. Even though those bankers are following
the dictates of capitalism, the American people are not holding them up
as heroes, but rather view them as the scoundrels that they are.

This then is a dramatic shift to the American psyche.

And that shift is only going to become more dramatic. The common citizen
will drift more and more in the direction of AM. That is the drama that
is unfolding and our duty is to continue to educate the American people.
We should not simply wait for them to come to us – we are to do maximum
teachings about Proutist ideals.

JUST UNTOUCHABLE

As for those bankers at Goldman Sachs, they are basically untouchable,
i.e. very low.

In various discourses Baba outlines which professions are dirty and sinful.

Baba says, “So one must have a clean occupation, that is, one must not
do anything antisocial, one must not encourage anything antisocial,
anything that goes against collective interest. That is samyak a’jiiva
(right livelihood) in physical sphere. One may earn money by selling
wine. One may earn money by stealing. These are not samyak a’jiiva. Your
occupation should be neat and clean – not going against the interest of
the society.” (AV-30)

And in other discourses Baba lists how in addition to stealing and
selling intoxicants, one must not earn a living as a money lender,
religious trader, or funeral director, ie. profiting off of peope’s
death. All these are sinful ways of earning money as their ways of
earning go against the interest of society.

Baba says, “People’s means of livelihood should not depend on the
quarrel of individuals, as in the case of lawyers. Lawyers usually set
one person against another and in this way they serve their personal
interests. Similarly no one should be a trader in religion, because in
the name of religion, many people are exploited. Nor should one earn
one’s livelihood by dealing with dead bodies because such people want
more and more people to die, so that they may thereby increase their
income. People should also not earn their livelihood by lending money
and taking interest. Such persons want to lend more and more money to
gain more and more interest, and they do not want the borrowers to
refund the capital. The scriptures stipulate that people should not
accept food from such people, because their occupations are despicable.”
(SS-11)

Baba’s mandate is that one should not never take food from such
dastardly persons. The greater idea is that such persons are
anti-social elements.

These power brokers on Wall Street fall in this same category. They are
totally nefarious in their dealing.

Baba says, “Regarding earning money and hoarding wealth, most vaeshyas
today are pisha’cavats [ghouls]. In Sanskrit pisha’ca means “one who
breaks the neck of an animal and then sucks out all the blood, leaving
only the flesh and bones”.” (HS-1)

The vaeshyas of Goldmans Sachs are 100% anti-social.

Now, the public is slowly understanding the dirty ways of such
capitalists and they do not like what they see. That is why when the US
economy fell, then those Wall St moguls had to hire armies of body
guards to keep people from tearing down their houses. The public was
that furious with their sinful actions.

Soon the public will realize that not only are those top capitalists
totally greedy and negative, but the whole umbrella of capitalism is
equally dirty and infested. That day is drawing near.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, His AM teachings are getting implemented through
circumstance. The common people have no philosophical position against
capitalism, they are just frustrated by it because it is giving them
problems. Their retirement money is gone, their houses are gone, their
everything has been severely compromised. Capitalism is ruining them on
the material sphere. This much they are beginning to see first-hand.
Thus their eyes are slowly being opened. Let us see what unfolds this
week during the hearings about Goldman Sachs.

Whatever may be, the tide is turning and the consciousness of the
people is being awakened as they continue to suffer at the hands of
those greedy capitalists.

As Ananda Margiis we should go continue to spread the world about Prout.
By this way it will not be long before the general populace in all lands
is keen to this new vision.

Baba says, ‘Through Master Units and PROUT, we will elevate the standard
of the people in a few months or a few years. We should also serve the
people immediately by all-round service. PROUT and all-round service may
render temporary service – they move along the flow of life – but our
spiritual philosophy is above the flow of life. Hence, with spiritual
philosophy as the hub, we are to start as many Master Units as possible.
All-round service, PROUT and Master Units are the ways of life.” (PNS-19)

Namaskar,
Divyajyoti

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Various Remedies

Baba says, “The pungent smell from the juice of the tulsi, lavendar,
dhu’p, eucalyptus, and several other trees destroys bacteria. The juice
of the leaves of the pine and eucalyptus removes phlegm producing
diseases. By this oil, good medicines for various chronic diseases are
prepared.” (6/12/87, Kolkata)
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From: “Ratan” RSW@STARPOWER…
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Baba’s Special Way
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 21:06:47 -0000

Baba

“Ga’nera jharn’a’ baye ya’ya, bela’ abela’ na’hi ma’ne…” (P.S.#4868)

Purport:

Baba, by Your divine grace the fountain of Prabhat Samgiita songs is
flowing eternally, completely independent of the normal cycle of time. Your
blissful songs flow according to their own schedule, according to their own
routine– not caring about day or night, summer or winter. The divine flow
and sweet melody of Your Prabhat Samgiita songs are dancing on the jagged
path. They lead one towards that vast Cosmic Ocean– towards the fountain
of effulgence, towards You Baba…

== BABA’S SPECIAL WAY ==

Namaskar,
From age to age when Taraka Brahma advents, then He has His own special way
of revealing His message– all depending upon the level of the society.
That is why we see that each Divine Advent reveals a totally new approach
for establishment of His mission: All unveiled in His own unique manner.

BACK IN THE TIME OF LORD KRSNA

When Lord Krsna incarnated then the society was in a different stage of
development. The people were simple and needed to hear things in straight
language. In that environment Lord Krsna openly proclaimed that He is the
Divine Entity– Mahasambhuti– and that He has come for a special purpose.
“Krsna said in the Giita, as well as elsewhere, that all must follow the
path shown by Him.”

Mama vartma’nu…

“‘If people resort to the path that I show they are sure to attain
salvation in the end…I will liberate You’.” (NKS, ’97, p.210)

And in another shloka Lord Krsna has proclaimed:

Paritra’n’a’ya sa’dhu’na’m’…..

“‘I incarnate Myself in this world from age to age for the annihilation of
the wicked and the protection of the virtuous’.” (NKS, Disc 24)

So these divine messages Lord Krsna shared with one and all. And the common
people of those days totally accepted– if not embraced– His call.

BABA’S ADVENT IN THIS MODERN WORLD

Today’s society is distinctly different– the standard is something else.
And this is reflected by Baba’s vastly different approach from Lord
Krsna’s way. Rather than openly declaring His arrival on the public
platform in front of one and all, instead in this complex era Baba has
employed a multitude of ways and techniques for revealing Himself and
putting forth His mission.

ON THE PERSONAL LEVEL….

On the purely personal level when relating intimately through His ota yoga
with one particular sadhaka then Baba reveals Himself in so many ways. He
reveals Himself to devotees in the form of dreams or deep sadhana
experiences. By these ways the sadhaka gets deep intuitional confirmation
of His divine appearance. Or Baba Himself might directly tell about His
Cosmic Dance to one margii in PC. And then to others Baba has discussed in
the natural course of the day that He has come for some mission. Or He
might raise the kundalini of one sadhaka and put them in a high state of
samadhi. Through all these types of personal approaches and through other
various ways Baba has lovingly called devotees near Him and revealed the
fact of His coming.

Otherwise how could people know about the divine Advent of Mahasambhuti.
Without any hint or glimmer of His divine appearance then one unit being
could never fathom that the Great Cosmic Entity has taken human form.

Because when we are only unit beings with limited minds and when He is the
residing Lord of the visible and invisible worlds then how could we fathom
that all of this expressed creation and unexpressed universe resides in the
nucleus of His mind. Without His grace, this is far beyond our conception.
Hence accordingly, He has blessed various aspirants– i.e. Ananda Margiis–
by bring them close to Him.

PINK DRAGONS AND FLYING BUFFALOES:A DIFFERENT APPROACH IN PUBLIC

So while through His ota yoga– yoga of individual association– Baba has
personally awakened the consciousness of sadhakas and revealed His divine
advent to them, in the public sphere His ways of communication were
distinctly different.

For example, when the world came to see Him during the time of Dharma
Samiiksa, then that time in various reportings Baba used to tell that, ‘A
flying camel or a flying buffalo came and told me this news’. So rather
than telling openly that He is that Omniscient, Omnipresent Entity, instead
Baba would use humour and interesting tales to express or point out the truth.

Thus when one person in a lonely place engaged in some negative act and if
that individual never told anyone about this, then to correct that person’s
conduct Baba would say that, ‘One flying pink lizard has told me…’. And
then Baba would expose the fact.

Of course those understanding Baba’s jokes knew that there is no flying
buffalo or flying lizard etc. Just this was Baba’s psychological way of
expressing Himself on the public forum.

Certainly we know Baba is the All-encompassing witnessing Entity and that
nothing transpires in this universe without His awareness. Yet, for various
reasons best known to Him, He chose not to reveal or openly proclaim on the
public forum who He was. Mostly likely because there were various standards
or disciples and members of the society in His audience etc. This is one
possibility.

So the standard of society is different now than during the time of Lord
Krsna’s era. And the proof is that Baba does not reveal everything openly.
Rather He uses jokes like that of the flying buffalo, or some bird, or some
crocodile etc to say what He wants to tell.

Even then His approach is not limited to this.

THIRD WAY– IN THE PHILOSOPHICAL REALM

In the philosophical realm, Baba has used the books “Nama’mi
Krs’n’asundaram” and “Namah Shivaya Shantaya” as a way to project HIS
A’nanda Ma’rga philosophy. So in the name of Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna,
Baba has put forth all His views. In those books He has revealed indirectly
so many philosophical and devotional treasures.

When describing Nandan Vijaina Baba is telling about Lord Krsna’s beauty
and charm.

Apu’rba ta’r cokher ca’oya’….

“His look is unique. The scent of His body is unique. His movement, coming
and going, is unique….” (NKS, ’97, p.225)

So in the above shloka on the philosophical plane it can be said that here
Baba is talking about Lord Krsna. Yet in the practical sphere we all know
that through countless demonstrations Baba has shown that He Himself is the
personification of all those divine beauties and charms. His scent is that
of sweet sandalwood or flowers– and He makes others carry that scent as
well. All these things He has done. So devotees understand that in the
above shloka Baba is indirectly talking about Himself.

And to satisfy those jinanis, He has given these books in such a way that
they studied the books “Nama’mi Krs’n’asundaram” and “Namah Shivaya
Shantaya” as a historical survey or philosophical discussion of Lord Krsna
and Lord Shiva.

But in truth Baba is indirectly telling about Himself and revealing all His
beauties and grandeur and showing how one can get Him etc. That is why
bhaktas just view those two books as the expression of Baba– Lord Shrii
Shrii A’nandamurtiji.

FOURTH WAY: HOW HE HAS TOLD MORE ABOUT HIMSELF

Plus in so many other discourses and books such as in His Ghost stories or
Shabda Cayanika etc, Baba has revealed much about His own personal
experiences and fathomless insights. Because in all these accounts He
regularly comes in contact with ‘one figure of light and shadow’ who
uncovers all kinds of unique truths about this universe. So this is yet
another way that Baba reveals His inner Self. And devotees can easily
understand and feel this truth in their heart; but for jinanis He remains a
mystery.

OVERALL MESSAGE

So by all these ways– and numerous other avenues– we can understand that
through various means Baba is uncovering the divine truth and revealing
Himself and putting forth His AM ideology.

BABA’S SPECIAL RECIPE:JOIN THE MAGICIAN’S PARTY

Here below in His story about those watching a magic act, Baba unveils the
special way for knowing all the precious secrets of that magician.

Baba says, “The magician wants people to witness the display. But what will
the spectators or the intelligent persons amongst the spectators who want
to join the magician’s party, do? They will develop love for the magician
and join the party. After joining the party, each and every secret of the
magic will be known to them.” (AV-2, Discourse #45)

So by watching Him and falling in love with His Supreme Self we can get
everything– all the answers. This is Baba’s guideline.

BABA IS THAT SUPREME MAGICIAN

By Baba’s grace in the following shlokas He colorfully reveals the inner
truth of this vast Cosmic expression and shows how we can attain that
Supreme stance.

Ya evaeka udbhave sambhave ca’.

Baba says, “The Creator of the universe is a Great Magician…All these
magical expressions, magical displays, have their origin in Him. He
expressed Himself in the form of so many magical displays. And it is that
Magician who retains and nourishes the magically created objects; and
finally those objects go back to the inner arena of that Magician.” (AV-2)

Ya etadviduramrta’ste bhavanti’.

“That intelligent spiritual aspirant who comes in close contact with the
Magician by dint of his extreme love for the Magician attains immortality.”
(AV-2)

Namaskar,
Ratan

Note: ONE OTHER SPECIAL TECHNIQUE

In Shabda Cayanika, Baba is also using this series as a way to put forth
the truth about historical events and cultural phenomena that would
otherwise be difficult to prove. But by using the voice of a ghost or a
luminous being, then Baba can effortlessly tell all that He want to say.
And devotees will get the inner truth and know how to apply that in today’s
world. Hence books like Shabda Cayanika are another way of putting forth
difficult to prove facts such that jinanis cannot object or argue and
devotees understand that Baba is revealing 100% truth.

One wonderful example of this is the story about Viresh Vijay in Shabda
Cayanika where Baba tells about the special traits of great
revolutionaries. And there are countless other wonderful depictions where
Baba has beautifully revealed so many grand secrets and solved so many
historical puzzles etc.

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Sadhana Point

Baba says, “Where there is no love, the mind will not run after Him. So
dhya’na also becomes meaningless.”

“Dhya’na is withdrawing the mental propensities from all extroversive
entities, and then collecting those withdrawn mental forces, mental
propensities, and urging them towards the Supreme Entity. If there is no
love for the Supreme Entity, this movement cannot be done.” (Patna, 31st
August, 1978)

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Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2010 22:54:19
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: V.J.K. Rajpurhit
Subject: Do You Know This New Dogma?

Baba

“A’mi toma’y bha’loba’si, ja’na’i kii kare…” (PS 3837)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace I love You. For me You are everything; I love You
so much. You know my eyes ceaselessly shower tears of love for You.
Baba, please tell me how I can express this feeling of my heart:
That I love You. O’ my dearmost, the love of my heart resonates in
Your heart. By that way You understand. Beyond that I do not have
any words to express my feeling of love towards You.

Baba, You are so gracious. When the new dawn comes then in the crimson
sunrise by Your grace I can see You emanating Your divine effulgence.
Baba, You are so beautiful; You shower Your effulgence everywhere. In
the form of innumerable flowers and also in the fragrance of niipa
blossom, You grace everyone by pouring Your divine sweetness.

Baba, in the eastern crimson horizon through the sweet, gentle breeze,
You tenderly call me and graciously embrace me in Your bosom. Baba,
in the auspicious and charming moment of the colourful evening sunset, with
Your infinite love You always radiate Your sweet smile. That very time
You reassuringly tell me again and again that, ‘Now is the time for you
to take rest, tomorrow I will come calling for You’. These are the sweet
words You whisper to me in that divine moment. Baba You are so gracious
You are always with me. Baba, Your charming and gracious tales and love
stories always float throughout this entire universe and also in my
mind, in my heart.

Baba, You are my everything; I love You so much…

Note: Baba says love (prema) is not unilateral or one-sided. Rather when
the devotee loves Parama Purusa, the Parama Purusa loves the bhakta–
whether any response comes from Parama Purusa or not. The inner equation
is that Because Parama Purusa loves the devotee so much, that is why the
devotee also loves Parama Purusa. Divine love or prema is always
mutual– not unilateral. In so many discourses Baba has revealed this
fact about the inner secret of love between devotee and Parama Purusa.
Here we should remember that prema means divine love– not attachment
(ks’ama) for worldly things etc. And it is specifically in this
devotional relation between bhakta and Bhagawan where love is always
mutual and never one sided.

Baba says, “Human beings love Parama Purus’a and He loves human beings:
this love is always mutual, not unilateral.” (SS-11, ‘What is the Way’)

Baba says, “The desire in your mind to meet God is only born when He is
inclined towards you. It is the result of His desire to meet you. Your
meeting with God is not a unilateral affair, it is a mutual thing.”
(AV-23, p.123)

== DO YOU KNOW THIS NEW DOGMA ==

Namaskar,
Unfortunately, a disturbing trend has been in vogue at one group’s DMS
gatherings the past few years, if not longer.

One might think that some typical groupist power ploy is being done, but
actually the situation is worse than that. It is really quite serious.
Even the other factions have not stooped this low.

We should all be aware and ready to unitedly solve the problem.

OURS IS A UNIVERSAL MISSION

As we know, ours is a universal mission. Baba’s teachings are for all.
It is not that some of Baba’s teachings apply to one segment of the
population and other teachings are for another.

Baba’s entire AM ideology is meant to be shared with all, irrespective
of race, creed, gender, nationality etc.

But at one DMS program it is not happening that way.

ONGOING DOGMA AT JAMALPUR DMS

The ongoing scene at Jamalpur DMS is that they are only singing those
few Prabhat Samgiita that were written in Angika language. That means
the Ranchi group leaders are only willing to allow the 5 or 8 Angika
songs to be sung at this DMS – because Angika is the native tongue to
Jamalpur.

Here let me say that I personally love the Angika language and regularly
sing those Prabhat Samgiita compilations that were written in Angika.

Yet, as we all know, in total, Baba has composed 5,018 songs that cover
the entire gamut of human consciousness and realisation, as well as all
aspects of nature and social occasions. All songs are to be sung by all
– they are not to be divided or rejected due to one’s language group etc.

Tragically, though, that is what is being done at this DMS function.

The ramifications of this policy are quite extreme and we will examine
that. First, however we should consult Baba’s divine teachings on language.

SIX STAGES OF EXPRESSION

In His discourse, Human Society Is One and Indivisible – 3, Baba neatly
outlines the six stages of expression and shows how all languages have
the same origin.

Baba says, “There are six stages to the expression of language: para’,
pashyantii, madhya’ma’, dyotama’na’, vaekharii and shrutigocara’.” (NHNS-2)

Then Baba goes on to explain how from the muladhara cakra to the anahata
cakra, every language is the same. From (1) the seed of an idea to (2)
the sprouting of an idea to (3) the picture of an idea and the urge to
speak and (4) to the initial vibration, this process is the same
regardless of the language group.

Or think of it this way. Let’s say two persons speak different languages
and both are thirsty. Then they will both have the same idea of thirst.
They will have the same feeling of wanting to drink something. They will
both cultivate the image of water in their mind. And they will both
desire to express the idea that I am thirsty. All that is the same. Only
their vocal presentation or wording will differ.

Baba says, ‘Para’ shakti, the seed of all expression, lies in the
muladhara cakra, but the seed is not transformed into language. It is
just the seed of the idea. This is called para’ in Sam’skrta.
Pashyantii, the stage where the seed of the idea sprouts, lies in the
next higher cakra, that is the svadis’tha’na. In the next stage,
madhya’ma’, the idea is consolidated to give a picture to it. That is to
say, people visualise the form of the idea they want to convey. In the
man’ipura cakra there is an urge to transform the idea into sound
form…In the next stage, that is dyotama’na’, the idea acquires the
form of language. Dyotama’na’ means vibrational. In this stage there is
some vibrational expression but the exact word is not formed. In the
fifth stage, when the vibration reaches the vocal cord, the idea gets
transformed into language. This is vaekharii shakti or the
transformation of ideas into language. The last stage is called
shrutigocara’ and occurs when the word gets vocalized with the help of
the tongue.” (NHNS-2)

Baba says, ,”In all languages para’, pashyantii, madhya’ma’ and
dyotama’na’ are uniform. Only in the fifth and sixth stages is the
expression different.” (NHNS-2)

For more details read the book.

Or another way is that if you do not understand what Baba is saying then
here is the idea: If two persons speak different languages yet both are
thirsty then they will both have the same idea, feeling, and image of
water – only their wording is different. Because all languages share the
same source.

By this entire science, it is quite clear that language is just the
outer layer of human expression. Before any word is spoken or sung,
there is a great universal process going on. That is why we appreciate
all languages, only superficial distinctions exist from one language to
the next. Their inner feeling is the same.

To divide or reject Baba’s teachings based on which language He spoke is
not our way. As His disciples we are universally embracing the idea of
His teachings, not selecting or rejecting them on the basis of language.

To only sing 5 or 8 songs from His Prabhat Samgiita collection and
reject all others because of their language is to miss out on Baba’s
great gift to humanity as well as His personal instructions to you as a
sadhaka.

As His disciples, we should be eager to learn and sing all of Baba’s
Prabhat Samgiita. Each song carries a special idea and teaching for a
sadhaka’s social and spiritual development.

And indeed there is a wide array of songs: Melancholic, special
occasions, dhyana, neo-humanism, change of seasons, Prout, social
consciousness, fighting dogma, creation theory or sristi cakra, Ananda
Purnima, mysticism, dance, music, art, and so much more. The lists goes
on and on.

The limited number of songs written in Angika do not carry all these
teachings. The Prabhat Samgiita in Angika do not represent every
occasions and realisation.

Thus to choose songs based on the language in which they were written is
nothing but narrow-minded and short-sighted.

The only question that does arise is this: Why were most songs in Baba’s
Prabhat Samgiita collection written in Bangla? The answer is that He
wants to teach us that the language in which He most frequently spoke
should be used for poetry and similar forms of expression.

ALL LANGUAGES ARE THE SAME

Here Baba outrightly proclaims that all the 7,500 languages on this
earth are His language and hence we are to embrace them all. Baba
furthermore condemns the idea of dividing humanity or His teachings due
to language.

Baba says, “One should remember that all languages are the languages of
Parama Purus’a. I may master perhaps one, two, three or maybe 100 or 300
of these languages, but it does not mean that the languages I do not
know are not the languages of Parama Purus’a. Hence, it is absurd to
divide humanity on the basis of language.” (AFPS-3)

However, because of their narrow-mindedness, one group is outrightly
rejecting Baba’s divine gift for humanity by not allowing the vast gamut
of Baba’s Prabhat Samgiita compositions to be sung at DMS.

Or how else can we describe the situation.

HORRIBLE RAMIFICATIONS

Here is one way of putting things into perspective.

Baba’s divine composition contain golden nuggets of teachings and
devotional expression. Every sadhaka should become versed in all the
songs to get the benefit.

To only learn certain songs based on language is just plain silly and
short-sighted. In that case Spanish speaking margiis would not sing any
Prabhat Samgiita since none were written in Spanish – that is the
message the Ranchi teams is perpetuating. Those groupists only think for
their own group interests and do not realise how they are harming the
society at large.

If we were to apply their silly formula to other facets of AM ideology
it would look something like this.

Those margiis in Athens, Greece, would only follow one or two of Baba’s
discourses and reject the rest of Baba’s teachings because only 1 or 2
discourses were delivered in Athens.

Likewise those in Caracas (Venezuela) or Kaohsiung (Taiwan) would only
adhere to those discourses delivered in their areas. Thus they would be
bereft of Sixteen Points, yama and niyama, and thousands of other
eternal teachings.

And those in Suva sector would outrightly reject all of Baba’s
discourses since He he did not deliver any discourses in Australia or
New Zealand. In that case, those margiis might decide to only follow
those teachings of Baba which they got in their dream.

Those grouipists are giving this teaching and lesson to others and I am
afraid others may do like this.

Indeed some misguided jinanis have already twisted The Supreme Command
and soon others may translated their ista mantra or Baba Nam Kevalam.

That is the dogmatic message that Ranchi is sending around the globe by
their actions at the Jamalpur DMS gathering.

Such is the sheer silliness of those in Ranchi who are essentially
banning more than 5000 Prabhat Samgiita songs from the Jamalpur DMS. B
group has done many wrongs and violated countless dharmic codes, but at
least on this point, the Tiljala team welcomes all of Baba’s divine
Prabhat Samgiita songs – all are sung at gatherings in Kolkata. Or at
least, it always was like that. If anyone has different information then
let me know.

BABA’S EXAMPLE OF DMC

Let us remember that when Baba held DMC in Rajasthan, Bombay, Fiesh, or
in any area then the DMC logistical announcements were in the local
language primarily, but on the dharmic front, the vast array of Prabhat
Samgiita were all sung, regardless of the language. On this point Baba
did not compromise.

Likewise, samgacchadhvam and all chants were done in their original
language as well. Those things were not omitted or translated because of
where the DMC was held.

Today’s DMS programs should reflect this same universal quality. That is
what Baba wants – we should follow His example. It is not that only
Angika Prabhat Samgiita should be sung in Jamalpur or that Guru Puja
should be chanted in English at DMS in NY Sector.

DMS is a mix of people from all over the globe and all should be welcome
and allowed to experience the universal spirit of Baba’s teachings. No
groupist dogma should limit the expression of our DMS programs.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has blessed us with a vast array of universal
teachings, including Prabhat Samgiita. All margiis are to raise their
voice against the dogmatic scene at the Jamalpur DMS program.

We should remember that it is very easy to implement dogma. Those
egotistical groupists who do not know what Baba wants often invent and
impose their own dogma. That is what is happening at the Jamalpur DMS
program.

But we should not allow it to continue.

We should follow Baba’s teachings that all languages are our language
and we should sing all His Prabhat Samgiita songs at our AM functions,
irregardless of the language in which they were composed.

Baba says, “The human race has numerous languages. Each language is our
language, the language of all of us. In this context sentiments such as,
“My language; your language” or, “Indigenous language; foreign language”
are extremely defective. Only this much can be said: that we have many
languages, but I can express myself in one or more than one language
among them.” (POD #20)

Namaskar,
Vidyasagar

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Cause of Degeneration

Baba says, “Very often people become victims of disappointment for the sole
reason that they forget their goal of life. If they look towards their goal,
then their disappointments and frustrations will cease…The
tragedy is that in their foolish effort to walk alone, people often
stumble and fall down.” (SS-12, p.5)

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Brahma Brahma’ntar

Date: 23 Apr 2010 19:47:28 -0000
From: “Divyacaksu Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Brahma Brahma’ntar

Baba

“Dukhe kleshe ka’tar haye d’ekechilum ba’re ba’re…” (PS 3290)

Purport:

Baba, You are the most compassionate One. You graciously come to all to
remove their afflictions. Baba, You know that in the helplessness of my
pain and suffering, I was calling You again and again. But in spite of
hearing me, You did not pay heed; You remained oblivious. It was so
painful. I was anticipating that You would respond, but You did not give
any answer my desperate call. It is so painful– O’ my dearmost.

Baba, in that dark moment, injustice and torture were rampant all
around; everyone’s golden dreams withered away. There was no hope in sight.
The humanity was bitterly crying with loud lamentation. Everyone was
suffering.

Baba, by Your grace You advented. Finally You came in the most powerful
and thundering form of Rudra*. With the humkara* of Your vishan*, and with
the fiery flames, You burned all the demonic forces to ashes. Baba, by Your
unfathomable grace You spread Your divine effulgence all around. Everyone
became totally ensconced in Your bliss.

Baba, You have come and blessed everybody and You are residing forever
in our hearts. Baba, You are eternally gracious…

ASTERISK NOTES (*):

*Rudra= This is one of the countless names of Parama Purusa and it is in
this role of Rudra that He makes others weep. The demonic forces get
annihilated and cry out while the good people shed tears of joy– divinely
intoxicated in His bliss. Here below Baba explains furthermore.

Baba says, “Why call the Supreme Being ‘Rudra’? The word Rudra in
Sanskrit means ‘weeping’. But the Supreme Being not only makes all weep, He
also makes them laugh! In both the circumstances, that is, of extreme pain
and pleasure, there are tears in the eyes. In pain the tears come from the
middle of the eyes, in pleasure they come from the corners of the eyes. A
mother weeps when her daughter goes to her in-laws’ house. She also weeps
when her daughter returns from the house of her in-laws. In one case she
weeps for pain, in another she weeps for joy.”

“If living beings were to live in one state always, there would be
extreme monotony and no one would want to continue life. If in a drama we
know the end in the very beginning, there would be no interest in the play.
We need suspense, ups-and-downs and eleventh-hour surprises to keep life
interesting. God, that is, Rudra, is a first-class dramatist. He keeps life
floating within the two extremes of joy and pain; hence His liila’, His
play, goes on.” (SS-25)

*Humka’ra: Literally meaning roaring or vibration.

*Vis’an’: In the above song, Baba uses His vi’san (long horn) to destroy
the wicked forces and bring peace and prosperity to the dharmikas. Here
below Baba gives the historical context of vis’an’ and explains how it was
used by Lord Shiva in the past.

Baba says, “In olden days neglected and exploited people, who had fallen
prostrate under extreme oppression, used to look upon Shiva as their
supreme shelter. Shiva would crush this exploitation with His thunderbolt
— He would strike the arrogance of vain and egotistic people with His
trident, and reduce to ashes the mountains of injustice and tyranny. He
felt great compassion for those afflicted people and, making them sit
beside Him, advised them how to solve their physical, psychic and spiritual
problems. Shiva used to live on a hill, and all kinds of people from far
and near would flock to Him. He would call them with the call of His
vis’a’n’a, His long horn, and that is why the people of those days could
not think of Him without His vis’a’n’a — so they lovingly nicknamed Him
‘Vis’a’n’anina’daka’ [“One who Blows the Vis’a’n’a”].” (NSS, ‘Song of Shiva’)

== BRAHMA BRAHMA’NTAR ==

Namaskar,
As human beings, as sadhakas, we have our fixed Goal. By Baba’s grace
Parama Purus’a is our Goal. Baba is our Ista. And, by His grace, everything
we do in our spiritual lives is leading up to His divine stance.

Simultaneously, in day to day life a certain adjustment is needed. For various
reasons, we cannot maintain our silent meditation practice day and night,
sitting in padma’sana all the 24 hours. We have many other duties and
responsibilities to take care of in this world.

Ours is the path of subjective approach & objective adjustment. Because we
have to move on and on towards Him yet maintain our affairs in everyday
life.

In general, the common occurrence is that in sadhana by His grace the mind
gets pointed towards Brahma yet when taking care of worldly duties our mind
gets associated with mundane things. This is the common phenomenon. But,
Baba warns us that this way of thinking about the world precipitates one’s
crudification.

So we should know the proper remedy to avoid degeneration and keep the mind
spiritually vibrated.

BABA’S WARNING ABOUT CRUDIFICATION

Here below Baba scientifically explains how the mind– our existence– gets
grossly crudified by identifying one’s mental waves with crude worldly
objects.

Baba says, “We hear a sound, but the concept of the word uttered is not
clear till the mental waves are brought in contact with the physical
concept involved. A child hears the word ‘cat’. He sees a cat and the
mother says, ‘See, my son! That is the cat which drank your milk
yesterday’. The boy associates the word ‘cat’ with the cat seen. That means
he establishes a parallelism between the mental waves created by uttering
the word ‘cat’ and the physical wave coming from the physical form of the
cat. Hence psycho-physical parallelism is the meaning of a word which
itself (the word) is a psychic wave. Psycho-physical parallelism always
tends to make the psychic waves cruder, and if the mental wave gets cruder,
human beings will be transformed into cruder beings (the path of negative
pratisaincara will be taken by them) and spiritual elevation will remain a
dream.” (Idea & Ideology)

As Baba warns us above, one’s mental waves degenerate towards crude matter
when they think about objects of this world. And this leads to one’s downfall.

The overall idea is that the mind takes on the shape of its ideation. And
in the cycle of life and rebirth, one gets a body according to their
thoughts in the mind– according to their mental pabulum.

So if one thinks about a cat they will be reborn as a cat or maybe some
other kind of animal. And if one thinks about bricks they will be converted
into stone. And if they think about their business finances, they may be
converted into a wallet or purse or a silver coin etc. Like this it works.

The overall equation being that by thinking about crude matter one’s nerve
cells and nerve fibres get adversely affected– i.e. crudified– and an
ectoplasmic change takes place. The result being that ultimately serious
degeneration occurs. Where one’s entire existence gets converted into crude
matter. Baba’s warns us about this horrible outcome in the above cited
passage and in countless other discourses. This we have all heard.

BABA GIVES THE GRAND SOLUTION

The predicament then becomes: What is the answer. What is the way out.
How is it that human beings– sadhakas– can live in this world yet
maintain their march towards Parama Purusa. Here Baba gives His perfect
answer.

Baba says, “In day-to-day business, we have to conceive the meaning of
words and thereby establish psycho-physical parallelism. Then, is human
destiny sealed for ever? No, it is not! We can have a supreme position of
the spiritual wave over the physical wave and perceive the latter as one of
the manifestations of the spiritual infinite one. This is what Ananda Marga
philosophy means by Brahmacarya. Brahmacarya does not mean celibacy but
means the assimilation of the psychic wave of the unit mind into the
eternal waves of the Macrocosm. Ananda Marga lays down for the spiritual
aspirant a practical method by which this spiritual imposition is done and
the mental waves are saved from becoming cruder. Rather by bha’va sa’dhana’
(spiritual practice of auto-suggestion) at the time of action laid down by
Ananda Marga, the mind will tend towards Brahmacarya and thereby towards
psycho-spiritual parallelism, the only way to ultimate liberation. Because,
for mental liberation, the psychic waves must be made subtler, and this is
only possible if one either entertains only subtler mental waves or by
inspiring with a spiritual force gets a parallelism of the mental waves
with spiritual ones.” (Idea and Ideology)

In His above revolutionary teaching, Baba guides us that by practicing
second lesson– Brahmacarya– then while performing mundane works we can
goad the mental waves of the mind towards the spiritual realm– and not
towards the crude matter. By this way one can work in the world yet
progress spiritually and reach the divine stance.

MORE ABOUT OUR PRACTICE OF BRAHMACARYA

As we know, each and everything in this vast universal creation is the
expression of Brahma. So Baba’s directive is to ideate on Brahma before
starting any mundane work. According to Him we are to apply the feeling of
Brahma-hood to our actions. And this, as we all know is our practice of
brahmacarya or second lesson of sahaja yoga.

By this way, by engaging in the spiritual outlook of brahmacarya, one’s
mind naturally contemplates or moves from one form or expression of Brahma
to another. By this practice the mind is always involved with Brahma– i.e.
it remains constantly in that subtle spiritual realm. In which case the
mind can never degenerate.

Thus by following the code of brahmacarya and converting one’s mental waves
into the spiritual sphere, there is no scope for any downfall.

MEANING OF BRAHMA BRAHMA’NTAR

In Sanskrit, the term ‘kal’ means time. So the phrase, kal kala’ntar, means
from one time to another.

And in Sanskrit, the term ‘gram’ means village. Then the phrase, gram
grama’ntar, means from one village to another.

Similarly, Brahma is Parama Purusa or Cosmic Consciousness. So Baba’s
guideline– Brahma Brahma’ntar– means to move from one expression of Brahma to
another. That is the spirit and practical approach of our second lesson.

So in our regular dealing, we are to constantly feel and think that
when doing worldly duties we are merely interacting with His various
expressions – just moving from one expression of His to the next.

That is how to see Him in everything and follow the code of brahmcarya.

WITHOUT SECOND LESSON, DEGENERATION IS SURE

Those who fail to follow this practice of second lesson or Brahmacarya will
certainly undergo radical degeneration. This is Baba’s stern warning.

Of course we all know about our 2nd lesson, but even then it is not so easy
to do. But by His grace and through constant effort and practice, seeing
all as the expression of Brahma will step by step become our natural outlook.

So we should make strict efforts. Because without yama and niyama sadhana
is an impossibility and the practice of brahmacarya is one of the main
steps of yama and niyama.

Without this– without practicing brahmacarya– then one cannot progress
along the path of sadhana.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s divine grace, as His disciples we should sincerely follow
brahmacarya, become established in this practice, and get close to Him.

“Whatever you speak or do,
Forgetting Him never;
Keeping His name in Your heart,
Work, remembering it is for Him,
And, endlessly active, drift in bliss.”
(CC-II, ‘Sadhana’, pt #10)

Namaskar,
Divyacaksu

Note: BABA’S SPECIAL TEACHING

Here is another of one of Baba’s special teachings that is intimately
linked with the whole topic of brahmacarya and the practice of second lesson.

Mana eva manus’ya’na’m’ ka’ran’am’ bandhamoks’ayoh;
Bandhastu vis’aya’saungi mukto nirvis’ayam’ tatha’.

Baba says, “‘The mind is the cause of bondage, and this mind, this very
mind, is the cause of liberation, is the cause of emancipation.’ If the
movement towards subtle is encouraged, and there is movement with proper
acceleration, then what will happen? There will take place one of two
different things: either one’s existence will be converted into the Cosmic
Mind — that metamorphosis of unit mind into Cosmic Mind is known as the
qualified stance — sagun’a’sthiti — or, if the very “I” feeling is
surrendered at the altar of Supreme Existence, then the alternative will be
that the entire existential factor will become one with the Supreme
Cognitive Faculty, with the Cognitive Principle — one will become
omniscient, an all-knowing entity. Thus one will attain sagun’a’sthiti or
nirgun’a’sthiti (the non-attributional or non-qualified stance).” (NHNS-1,
‘Existential Flow & Its Culminating Point’)

Note 2: HE IS WATCHING ME

Another very simple and effective way of practicing second lesson is outlined
in the below posting. The basic idea is to think: He is watching me. This
idea alone brings Parama Purusa into your awareness – and that is second lesson.

Read more about it here:

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From: “Will Chaucey”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: About Sex: Changing Social Values
Date: Thu 22 Apr 2010 16:10:26 +1000

Baba

“Tumi balo a’ma’re, balo a’ma’re kii diye tus’ibo toma’re…” – P.S. 1235

Purport:

O’ Baba please tell me how I can satisfy You…

O’ Parama Purusa Baba– the Creator of this great universe– whatever
jewels, gold, emeralds, pearls, and gems that are accumulated in this
universe, You Yourself are the Creator of those treasures. Then what
offering can I make that will satisfy You. Indeed what can anybody give to
You when You are the Supreme Controller of this entire creation.

Baba, whatever intellect, intuition, knowledge, & whatever thinking
capacity I have, all these things also are tied up on Your doorstep. All
these things are within Your easy reach. Then in what way can I satisfy
You when You are the Controller of everything. Beyond, this what else is there.

Baba, in this world I am completely empty– then how can I serve You,
please tell me. Baba, only I am surrendering unto You; please tell me what
way I can satisfy You…

== ABOUT SEX: CHANGING SOCIAL VALUES ==

Namaskar,
As we look around, we can see how this increasingly crude materialistic
culture has severely affected the expression and standard of humanity.
The social mores– or societal values– have changed drastically. This
is the case in so many spheres of life: Business, religion, justice,
education, family life, entertainment, and sexuality.

For instance– even in the most materialistic country of the USA– it
was only 50 years ago, and certainly 100 or 150 years ago, that
pre-marital dating was looked upon as absolutely sinful. So much so that
there was hardly any difference between prostitution and pre-marital
affairs. Both were shunned equally by society.

Yet today, dating for sex is the song of the day. Dating and sexual
encounters regularly start around the age of 12 or 13– that is the
average– and exists in so many forms as people of all ages and all
walks of life date, even 70 or 80 year old people go on sex-oriented
dates. Indeed dating and sexual affairs have become so commonly accepted
that today if a high school student of 16 or 17 does not have a
boyfriend or girlfriend then they are looked upon as a misfit or odd.

However it was only short while ago that all such dating was absolutely
shunned by society. One was not to be found caught doing such things
lest they be run out of town. Whereas now things have become so loose
that nearly everything is permissible, save perhaps going to a
prostitute. Even then, such brothels are becoming more and more accepted
in some countries, especially parts of Europe.

WHY LIKE THIS

So why is all this going on? Why has what was once shunned upon become a
totally regular feature of life such that dating & the pursuit of sex is
everywhere.

Here below Baba identifies the science behind this seemingly dramatic
change of events.

“Abhoga Samsargat Praptiresana”.

Baba says, “You must remember it. When one object reaches near to
another object of enjoyment (abhoga), a desire is begotten to get that
object. For instance a man when in town has dress, living as per the
dress and living of the urban people and when in a village he has as per
the villagers. This is effected because of his desire begotten out of
his association with people in town and villages respectively. When some
persons take tea, there you also get the desire to take the same…With
the association of the enjoyable [material pleasures] object there is a
desire to get it.” (SS-20)

In a nutshell, when all the avenues of society are painted in the color
of sex and sexuality, then it is inevitable that people will blindly run
in that direction– and they will change the social codes accordingly.

In the olden days, people had the desire but there was an element of
social control, primarily because their mental plates were not deluged
and bombarded with lustful images all day long. But now, due to the mass
propaganda about sex, because sex is used in adverstising & movies and
because youths and even older people prance around half-naked, the whole
society is openly chasing after sex.

All because sex has become their abhoga– their object of enjoyment; it
is openly embraced as such. Thus when they are surrounded by that, when
that is imprinted on their mental plate, then one is bound to drown
themselves in that as well. And that is exactly what we see happening
today.

OUR WAY IN AM

Of course in AM, our view is totally different. We are interested in the
quality of mind– not shifting social mores.

For us, dating, prostitution, pre-marital relations, extra-marital
affairs, etc all fall in the same category. It is the mere chasing after
of one’s crude vrttis. The social presentation may be somewhat
different, but inside the mind whether one gives a complement, money,
flowers, chocolate, or a nice dinner in hopes of having sex, then the
motive is all the same. Mentally, these actions are basically
identical– they reflect a similar quality of mind. Heck, today most
people even marry only for sex — the proof being how people commonly
ignore their children or even walk away from them, disowning them entirely.

The overarching idea is that we are neither supporters of those olden
times nor today’s degraded ways. No doubt the days of old are
comparatively better, but that is still not our way.

Our view is not the females should remain locked up in the house and
forbidden to go out. Baba clearly advocates that women have the freedom
to work outside the home and engage in social activities and festivals.
So there in no bar on what women can and cannot do.

Only our point is the dignity of women. For that to happen, the mental
flow – abhoga – must change.

Only when one is involved in cosmic ideation– only when family planning
is looked upon as a service to God and the development of society– does
the situation change. Then one’s mental color is no longer lustful, but
sentient and pure. And this is what we advocate in our Marga.

BABA’S RECIPE FOR SANCTIFYING THE MIND

Baba’s entire recipe for success in this regard is based on one’s
thinking– on one’s object of ideation. That is the inner science. If
one’s thinking is made pure then humans will grow in the right way.

Baba says, “A’bhoga means that object which feeds the mind – that is,
mental pabulum. If this pabulum is limited, the mind also becomes
limited. If the pabulum is infinite, by making an effort to obtain it,
the mind becomes infinite. It depends entirely on the will of human
beings which pabulum, limited or unlimited, is made their object.” (AV-1)

Thus it is all a question of mind– that is the main thing. If the mind is goaded
towards a spiritual ideal then it will move in that direction and if
pummeled with crude notions it will spiral downward.

Side by side, it is the bounden duty of all good people to not allow
females to be portrayed as sex obejcts. All women should be honoured
and afforded proper stature in society.

Knowing this, to escape the onslaught of today’s materialistic and
sexual oriented ways, we are to direct the mind again and again in the
many sentient practices and customs of AM and clean-up the overall
expression in society.

Baba says, “Good company, good books, good literature, good songs,
kiirtanas (devotional chanting) elevate the mind and the mind becomes
sanctified.” (MVNS)

Thus by reading Baba’s books, singing kiirtan, engaging in satsaunga,
doing sadhana, then one will not be degraded by today’s crude ways.
Rather one will positively influence the flow of the entire society
wherein females have their true existential status befitting that
of all humans and they are not objectified as mere sex toys etc.

Then all will have the opportunity to lead a sentient life and reach the
Goal– Baba.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace here again Baba points out the road to success.

Baba says, “Their approach is pinnacling from physicality to psychic
existence, from psychic existence to psycho-spiritual, and finally to
the stance of spirituality. Extroversiality has got nothing to do with a
devotee.” (AV-14)

Namaskar,
Vinay

Note 1: COMMON AILMENT

The sexually oriented ways of materialism are affecting all walks of
life.

Each and every day, we read about high-profile people who totally degrade
themselves by indulging in all kinds of negative behavior. Whether it be
governors, presidents, athletes, or pop stars, so many fall in this way.
The Tiger Woods case is but one example of many. This then filters down
throughout the society, where even local community members fall prey
to these degrading ways. It is a major issue that is only growing in
the form of pedophilia, rape, cheating, and general promiscuity.

So we should make haste to get our Marga up and running so we can lead
the society away from crudity and towards the subtle spheres of life.
Then everyone will be happy.

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To Do Great Work

Baba says, “The meaning of the ‘Sam’gacchadhvam’ Mantra should be
realised in life. Always remain united. Solve all problems, big or
small, with unity. Consider misfortune of one as the misfortune of all–
an injury to one as an injury to all.” (CC-2, ‘Society’ chapter, point #34)

Note: So long as Baba’s above teaching is not put into practice, one
cannot do great work. Devoid of this one’s life will be as meaningful as
the life of a termite or ant etc. In our practical life we should be
strict in following Baba’s teaching.
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Subject: Unpublished Discourse About Weapons
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 22:55:28
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…

== UNPUBLISHED DISCOURSE ABOUT WEAPONS ==

Note: This posting is based on an unpublished Hindi discourse from
Bombay where Baba talks about who should have weapons.

Namaskar,
Nuclear weapons, proliferation, and disarmament are hot topics these
days. The recent nuclear security summit in Washington addressed these
issues and more.

Certain leading imperialistic nations are eager to put a halt to nuclear
proliferation, especially the US. However, these power-hungry,
materialistic nations are not for universal welfare or global peace.
They just want to keep nuclear weaponry exclusively for themselves. That is
their interest.

As Ananda Margiis, we should clearly understand Baba’s guidelines and
policies with regards to weapons and disarmament. Baba furthermore
reveals the hidden agenda of those nations.

Let us also remember that there are all kinds of weapons such as chemical
warfare, cyber-weapons, and more. So Baba’s stated policy is for the
weapons of today and tomorrow.

Finally, weapons are not only for external battles but also for internal
ones. Thus every individual must be armed with all kinds of sentient
weaponry (yama and niyama, Prout, kiirtan, sadhana etc) so they can
overcome degrading tendencies of mind and reach to Parama Purusa.

BABA’S MANDATE IN BRIEF

As a brief overview, Baba’s guideline is that moralists should have
weapons in order to protect the people and deter anti-social elements,
whereas terrorists and rogue parties should be condemned and their might
and power should be snatched away.

Unfortunately, today the opposite is true. Moralists are not united and
immoralists have banded together and gained access to all kinds of
weapons for their various schemes. Thus bad people have weapons and good
people do not. Needless to say this situation needs to be reversed.

In this complex, battle-torn world, we should arm ourselves with Baba’s
divine teachings. We should know His stand on weapons.

THE ESSENCE OF THAT UNPUBLISHED DISCOURSE

Here is a summary of Baba’s discourse about weapons delivered in the
1960’s in Bombay.

Baba talks about how at the very beginning of human history, individuals
would quarrel and physically fight by hitting, scratching, grinning,
grunting, grimacing, biting and clawing. That was the socially
acceptable manner to settle disputes. Everybody fought using these same
basic techniques.

Then one day, one party got an idea. This alpha party discovered that
they could attack their chosen target from afar by throwing fist-sized
mounds of dirt, or dirt bombs. With this discovery, immediately the
alpha party had a distinct advantage over his enemies, i.e the beta
party. The alpha party could easily vanquish their foes.

In response the beta party became outraged, fearing that so many would
get hurt and destroyed by these flying dirt bombs. The beta party
exclaimed, “Come out and fight in a civilized way and meet me face to
face – claw and punch. Do not resort to this dangerous method of
throwing dirt bombs from your hidden position. Everyone will get killed.”

But the alpha party paid no mind to the pleas and logic of the beta
team. And the alpha party continued to attack others using their dirt
bomb technique. With no other recourse, the beta party decided that they
too must use this dirt bomb approach. So they did research, study and
practice and soon they were also using dirt bombs for their main way of
fighting.

With dirt bombs flying in both directions, the alpha party became
disturbed and thought that they had lost their advantage. So they looked
around and found that rocks were harder and more potent than dirt bombs.
The alpha team then began throwing rocks which easily bloodied and hurt
other people.

Once again, the beta party became horrified by this increased level of
intensity by the alpha team. The beta person demanded, “Do not throw
rocks; they are too hard and dangerous. Too many people are getting
hurt. This will destroy society. Only throw dirt bombs – that is our
agreed upon fighting strategy. Give up this practice of throwing rocks.
There should be disarmament or dis-rock-ament, i.e. no throwing rocks –
no one should do this.”

But beta’s pleas fell on deaf ears. The alpha party was very satisfied
with the effectiveness of rock throwing. In turn, the beta team began
investigating and experimenting with throwing rocks and soon began
employing that technique as well.

In this way the level of fighting increased. All this Baba relays in His
unpublished discourse. But it does not stop there. Baba continues to
explain the history of weaponry in human civilisation.

When the alpha party saw that team beta was also using rocks, then the
alpha team looked around and came up with a new technique in order to
gain an advantage. The alpha team began using big animals such as horses
and elephants to attack their foes.

This was quite alarming for the beta party. They were rattled and
complained bitterly that the alpha team would destroy all of humanity
and kill everyone using this new method. The beta team pleaded that
animals not be used for fighting as it was too dangerous and creating
too many deaths.

Once again, the alpha party did not listen and they enjoyed their
fighting supremacy.

The beta party did their related research, trained animals and fighters,
and also began using animals in their warfare. The two warring parties
were again on equal ground.

Next, the alpha party invented spears and other sharp throwing devices.
The beta team vigorously objected claiming that these spears were too
dangerous – everyone will be killed and entire countries destroyed. The
alpha party did not pay heed. With no other recourse, the beta team
began developing their own spears and sharp fighting tools.

In this see-saw manner, the level of fighting increased.

The alpha team then invented the bow and arrow, and again the beta team
exclaimed that this was too harmful and the alpha team should be
civilised in their fighting. The alpha party ignored their plea so the
beta party created their own bow and arrow.

Then around four hundred + years ago, explosive weapons came into vogue
like guns and canons. The alpha team enjoyed unparalleled superiority
and the beta team was aghast by the wreckage of such weapons, and
petitioned that such weapons be banned. But instead the beta team was
defeated and destroyed.

BABA TELLS A STORY

At this point in His Bombay discourse, Baba tells the real history of
how King Babur invaded Delhi from the Middle East and at the battle of
Panipat, King Babur used his advanced weaponry to defeat Abraham Lodi,
the Sultan of Delhi. Actually Abraham Lodi had a much bigger army but
because Babur’s troops had canons, firearms, and other weapons they were
victorious. Abraham Lodi did not have canons – he only had standard,
conventional weapons of the day as well as lots of foot soliders and
animals. But because he did not have firearms his party suffered big
losses and he was defeated.

Then Baba tells that this is the way history works. Those who invent new
weapons are victorious.

BABA’S QUESTION

Baba then asks this rhetorical question: Do you want to be in the alpha
party or beta party?

The margiis responded: Alpha party.

Baba replied: Yes, never be in the beta party – always be in the alpha
team.

Baba continues to explain that weapons should always be in hands of
sadvipras and that such moralists should have the latest weapons. Indeed
sadvipras should be ever vigilant to create more refined and powerful
weapons in order to save the society. Side by side, never allow weapons
to fall in the hands of the wrong people. Terrorists, imperialists, and
other anti-social elements must not be armed with strong weapons.

Baba furthermore guides us that as society and civilisation develop, new
types of problems come to the fore. For example, internet crime has now
become an issue. In response, moralists must always have superior
weapons to counteract and solve problems caused by rogue elements. Baba’s
mandate is that moralists must have ultra-modern weapons in the external
and internal worlds.

Our external weapons include bombs, internet security, scanners and so
much more. And our internal weapons include Prout, kiirtan, yama and
niyama and sadhana.

WORLD SCENE

If we look at the world history over the course of the 20th century, it
becomes quite clear how having newer weapons is so important.

For instance, during World War II, the US dropped the atom bomb on Japan
because the US knew that Japan did not have that weapon. Thus Japan
suffered terribly. In contrast, during the cold war, the US did not drop
the atom bomb on the USSR because the US knew that the Russians also had
the bomb. In the latter case there was no actual war – just the cold war.

In a similar fashion, India and Pakistan have fought three wars since
1947, but there has not been a war since each got nuclear weapons. The
teaching from all this is that wars happen when one party feels they can
crush their weaker opponent without suffering much damage.

More recently, we see how Iraq was attacked because there was no fear
that they could retaliate with strong weapons, whereas the western
powers did not attack North Korea because there was the very real threat
that North Korea would use their nuclear arsenal.

In the more distant past, India was negligent in developing weapons
which is why the Indian subcontinent was often overrun by invaders –
either moguls or Britishers.

That is the history and the teaching we should all get is that the weak
get destroyed and ransacked by belligerent parties. Having the latest
weapons maintains the peace.

In AM, our main point is that the moralists should always have the
latest weapons because good people should never suffer at the hands of
those exploiters, imperialists or terrorists. We never advocate that
terrorists should also have weapons. Rather top weapons should be in the
hands of moralists alone.

In order to bring world peace, moralists must have the best weapons and
terrorists and imperialists must not be allowed to have weapons at all.
But now the opposite is the case. Good citizens do not haven weapons
while and terrorists have huge weapon supplies.

With regards to the recent summit in Washington, it is not a new thing.
Always those who have been in power and possessed top weapons petition
to not allow others to get weapons. Because they want to maintain their
dominance. Same is the case with the US today. And that is the
psychology since the prehistoric era: Always those with might have been
keen to not allow others to get weapons.

All in all it looks like the race for arms is a dangerous game, but
the truth is that it is only dangerous if weapons are only in the hands
of negative people. To establish peace then, all moralists must play
this game of armament in order to save humanity – there is no other option.
Then there will be peace and security.

SPIRITUAL IMPORT

Finally, armament does not just mean guns and other external weapons.

Enemies exist externally and internally (in the form of negative
propensities), and in both cases ultra-modern weapons are needed. Those
following religious dogmas or idol worship will not be able to free
their mind from narrow-mindedness and the baser propensities.

Thus Baba’s entire discourse serves as an analogy for spiritual growth
and development. The aim is for every sadhaka to wage a war against all
depraving tendencies of mind and reach to Parama Purusa. One must defeat
all the internal enemies – i.e. kama (lust), krodha (anger), lobha
(greed), mada (vanity), moha (blind attachment), matsarya (envy), and
all other crude propensities.

In that case, ritualistic worship is totally impotent, that is the
equivalent of fighting one’s inner battles with antiquated weapons like
sticks and stones. Such weapons are impotent. Stronger weapons are
needed, i.e. AM sadhana.

BABA’S BLESSING

Ananda Marga sadhana is the very logical and ultra-modern weapon that
will lead one to His alter. Just as in the material plane, moralists
must have the latest and greatest weapons in the form of bombs and
lasers in order to maintain social order and keep the peace; similarly
in the inner world, one must be armed with neo-humanism, Prout, kiirtan,
sadhana, yama and niyama, and His ever-present grace. Then one is sure
to get victory. That is what Baba is telling us in His unpublished
discourse and a very similar idea is expressed in this following guideline.

Baba says, “In this fight against avidya shakti one must have sufficient
weapons. You know, a soldier requires weapons, and sa’dhana’ is a fight.
In your internal sphere, that is, in your mind, you should have ten
weapons. Those ten weapons are five yama and five niyama [moral
principles]. And similarly, while fighting against evil forces in this
crude physicality, you should have ultra-modern physical weapons also.
Those who want disarmament and those who want to ban the atom bomb are
not friends of human society. They do not want to accelerate the speed
of human society. Rather they want to retard its progress. Weapons you
must have, but you should have control over your body and mind. There
must not be any abuse or misuse of your weapons. Now, in this progress,
that is, in the realm of intuitionalism, you should have ten internal
weapons – yama and niyama – [for] your progress in sa’dhana’.” (AV-34)

Namaskar,
Gaurishankar

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Serious Matter

Baba says, “The system of education prevailing today was formulated or
evolved long ago, mainly with a view to suit the needs of the capitalist
class. For the last three to four thousand years, the same type of
education is being imparted. The main purpose behind this sort of
educational system is to create persons with a slavish mentality to
fulfill need of those capitalist exploiters. This sort of education is
fundamentally defective. It is certain that this type of education which
serves the capitalists’ interests is not at all suitable. This sort of
education creates obstacles in the evolution of humanity. We have to
thoroughly revamp the entire educational system. A new educational
system must evolve to produce sadvipras.” (11/29/70, transcribed from
cassette)

Note: Those who are bragging about the standard of their education
should know what type & what category of knowledge they have. In this
regard, we should ponder Guru’s above guideline.
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Date: 19 Apr 2010 21:26:14 -0000
From: “Naresh Mitter”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Story: Strictness in Ista

Baba

“Bhaja re is’t’ha na’m man a’ma’r, Bhaja re is’t’ha na’m…” (P.S. #4673)

Purport:

Oh my mind, chant the divine name of Baba. Baba is the Ista, His Name is
most sweet. Go on chanting and listening without pause. This is the
sweetest Name in the entire universe. With this Name alone one can reach
their Goal. With this Name, one is able to shatter the bondage and become
one with the Goal.

== STORY: STRICTNESS IN ISTA ==

Namaskar,
Surely there are countless Baba stories related with Ista and Adarsha and
here I am sharing one such real story about strictness to Ista.

TOUGH TIMES

One very senior margii, Shrii Bhagavanji from Pathargama Village Godda
district Bihar, was working as an LFT Ananda Marg schoolteacher.

This was the pre-emergency period when Baba was in jail, and many negative
things were in the newspaper against AM. Also those days many anti-social
elements were making jokes whenever they saw any of our respected Avadhutas
or Wt’s in dress.

Sometimes crude people would try to intentionally tease margiis
with their inimical motive. Such callous people were thinking
they also could take advantage of this negative situation and abuse AM
since the newspapers, government and CBI were propagandising against
AMPS.

That was the historical background…Now here is the real story.

THE STORY UNFOLDS

The LFT teacher Bhagavanji reached with one application to the food supply
officer to pick-up the food quota (allotted amount) for the Marga
children’s home. When the concerning officer saw the application from the
children’s home in-charge (Bhagavanji), then in mocking way the officer
used abusive language towards Baba and AM.

note: Before continuing on with the story here I want to tell something so
this story will be very clear. In Hindi the pronunciation of the terms
‘Murgii’, ‘Murti’, and ‘Margii’ are very similar. And the meaning of
‘Murgii’ is hen (female chicken).

Now the story continues:

So in teasing way the communist-minded officer said, ‘Oh, you are Ananda
Murgii, how is it you are outside the jail? How is it you did not get
arrested? Where is your Guru AnandaMurgii.’

Hearing this, the margii Bhagavanji’s whole existence was burning. He
became furious and one great, strong burst of energy came into his body.

Both parties were siting face to face and in between them was one table.

Bhagavanji could not grab anything other than a 1/2 kg solid glass paper
weight. And without saying a word, within a fraction of a second Bhagavanji
grabbed that glass paper weight and pounded it directly on the officer’s
face, in strong way with full strength. And the officer’s nose and front
teeth got totally smashed. The teeth actually fell onto the ground.

THEY ALL COME RUNNING

By hearing the cry of the officer other officials rushed to the scene. They
were terrified by what they saw. Instantly they all became scared and due to
the fear they could not retaliate against Bhagavanji. In a roaring voice the
margii Bhagavanji came out threatening that ‘if anybody utters one word
against AM or against my Guru Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, they will invite
their death’.

With fear nobody could utter any word. The other officers stood there
frozen with fear and shock.

Later on a police complaint was made and Bhagavanji got arrested.

BABA RESPONDS

At this point the news reached to Baba and HE smiled and said, “Nothing is
going to happen. What Bhagavanji did, that was great. That treatment was
needed.”

And although Bhagavanji got arrested, he was very happy to have had
opportunity to serve Baba in this way. And he was feeling very determined
to manage the situation with a strong hand.

After 2 days Bhagavanji came out from the jail. But never was there a court
case because in very short time the officer with fear and shyness managed
to get transferred far away from there. And the officer did not appear in
the court and never he gave witness.

So the sinner’s face got smashed and deformed and the margii Bhagavanji got
victory by Baba’s grace. And all the margiis who heard of this event got the
lesson that where there is Ista there is victory. At any cost we should not
tolerate the abuse to Ista and Adarsha.

ANANDA MARGIIS HAVE POINTED DEVOTION

Since then this news spread throughout the whole entire district and the
common mass became aware that on the point of Ista and Adarsha, Ananda
Margiis are very one-pointed and strict. And this very thing helped
margiis immensely. Otherwise the survival of AM in those days was very
difficult. Because both the general society and government both were
against AM.

So in 16 Pts, on paper the single point about Ista may look small. But in
reality it is not. Rather strictness and faith to Ista is the minimum basic
qualification for any Ananda Margii who wants to march one step forward
towards his Goal.

BABA’S BLESSING

Commitment and surrender to Ista is the pre-requisite factor to get
anything in spiritual realm. Those who do not have such devotional feeling
and surrender to Ista, for them AM is nothing but one club. For them Ananda
Marg is not the way of life.

Baba says,

“Ista means Parama Purusa…Where there is dharma there is Ista; the two
are inseparably connected, and thus those who follow dharma are sure to
follow Ista also. Dharma cannot exist where there is no love for God.”
(SS-12, p. 40)

With full surrender
at His lotus feet,
Brotherly,
Naresh

Note 1: Here I want to say that everybody theoretically knows these two following
rules of Baba:

“Non-compromising strictness and faith regarding the sanctity of Ista.”

“You should always bear in mind that you should not try to convince by
argument anyone who criticises your Is’ta (Goal), Adarsha (Ideology),
Supreme Command or Conduct Rules. If this occurs you should adopt a hard
and uncompromising attitude.”

These two teachings of Baba, all margiis are aware. And this is the very
backbone of our AM spiritual cult. Because without the faith and love for
God (Ista), sadhana is meaningless. It is just like trying to plant and
grow seeds in the dry, hot desert sand.

So love for God is basic a quality of the sadhaka. And it must be
carefully preserved.

“This element of devotion, the most precious treasure of humanity, must be
preserved most carefully. Because it is such a tender inner asset, to
preserve it from the onslaughts of materialism…” (NH p.3)

Those who are really true Ananda Margiis, in their heart they believe these
above quoted Baba teachings and they put these teachings into practice.
Otherwise for others these teachings are just superficial rules.

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Importance of Sadhana

Baba says, “Numerous rich and beautiful cities of the historic past
are now buried under the earth. Many splendid palaces and mansions, many
churches, temples, mosques and synagogues, and many pyramids have been
reduced to rubble. With the constant change in the flow of time, how many
major changes have occurred in the universe? Similarly, with the change in
time and space, people also change. A small two year old child becomes a
smart and active twenty-five year old youth. And the same energetic youth
becomes an infirm, inactive old person in due course. Thus, nothing in this
universe is permanent. Many gigantic animals of the past have become
totally extinct from the surface of the earth. Royal pomp and opulence, the
pride of power, the vast knowledge of mighty scholars have become things of
the past, thrown into the dustbin of history. Many objects emerged in the
past, remained on earth for a short time, and then disappeared according to
the inexorable law of nature.”

“The only eternal truth is Parama Purus’a. He is Ana’di,
beginningless, endless, all-pervasive; an entity beyond the scope of time,
place and person. He is the only eternal, undecaying, imperishable,
immutable entity. He is the Supreme Source from which the inanimate, plant
and animal worlds have emerged. He is the starting point and the
culminating point of everything. Hence, wise people should utilise their
physical, psychic and spiritual power to realise that supreme
omnitelepathic entity, to become one with Him.” (PNS-18, p.6)
Note: Please read Baba’s above teaching again carefully. It explains
everything.
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From: “Will Chaucey”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Re: Circumcision & Herd Psychology
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 08:19:17

Baba

== RE: CIRCUMCISION & HERD PSYCHOLOGY ==

Namaskar,
This is in follow-up to the earlier letter as some still seem to have
questions and confusion about this.

Here we are going to discuss two points: How and why circumcision was
adopted by the Semitic religions and the mistranslation regarding
circumcision and Caryacarya.

This is a short letter – all should write in with their thoughts and
queries.

BRIEF HISTORY OF SEMITIC RELIGION & CIRCUMCISION

Circumcision began in the Semitic religions and then spread around the
world. And here is why those religions adopted circumcision.

The Semitic religions basically took birth in the desert of the Middle
East where it was dry, sandy, and drought-prone. What was a scarcity. In
that case having extra water to clean the genital organ and the area
beneath the foreskin was a luxury that they did not have. Extra water
was not readily available. So for hygienic purposes they cur the foreskin.

Actually in beginning, circumcision was performed on males and females
and but because female was very serious and there was a lot of
bleeding,that is why it was stopped in most places. But the male
circumcisions continued and spread around the globe.

Here the point is that all the religions developed their own rituals
based on their own local conditions and climate. Their rules and
regulations are not grounded in logic and rationality, but rather
convenience. Those Semitic religions – being from desert regions – took
to burying dead bodies because they had lots of open space and suffered
from a shortage of wood so burning the bodies was not always possible.

In AM though we should follow Baba’s teachings, not the customs of the
dogmatic religions, because AM teachings are founded in rationality, not
convenience.

CIRCUMCISION & CARYACARYA

Now let’s come to the point of how circumcision got placed in Caryacarya.

When Baba first delivered His guidelines of Sixteen Points in Patna just
prior to the jail period, then Baba has simply told all margiis to pull
the foreskin back. No further option has given and the Hindi and Bengali
books of Caryacarya reflect His golden guideline. Meaning: Pulling the
foreskin back is the sole teaching of point #2 of Sixteen points.

In those original Caryacarya books there is no mention of the word
circumcision.

Only when certain later English editions of Caryacarya got printed did
the word “circumcision” appear on the scene. Thus, when preparing the
book for overseas sales, it seems those editors in short-sighted way
made the so-called link that being circumcised fulfills the guideline of
“keeping the foreskin pulled back”. Yet in actuality, the circumcision
term has nothing to do with Baba’s expressed guideline.

We can say were two basic reasons why the circumcision term got inserted
into Caryacarya under point #2 of Sixteen Points

1. The translation was wrong – period – as there is no mention of
circumcision in Baba’s original talks and listing of Sixteen Points.

2. The editors sympathized with ongoing Semitic dogma so readers /
overseas margiis would not get reacted. This was all due to the mental
weakness and miscalculation of the translator.

The historical backdrop of course was that this was during the jail
period and everyone was busy and under others pressure. In that hectic
environment, this dogma of circumcision was infused and accepted.

It was just in their naive way of dealing, on their own those editors
actually gave circumcision as an option and printed that word in the
English version of Caryacarya– when in fact this is not Baba’s
guideline. And this word ‘circumcision’ never ever got included in the
Hindi or Bengali editions of Caryacarya. Baba has never included it. And
to this very day you will not find it in those editions of Caryacarya.

Those interested should read the original.

DO NOT FALL PREY TO HERD PSYCHOLOGY

Here we should remember that we are Ananda Margiis and our only way is
to follow Baba’s teachings, not the wayward dealing of the various
religions whether it be casteism of Hinduism or circumcision of the
Semitic religions. We should not follow the masses in either of these
directions – nor in any other ritualistic tradition.

With our pointed intellect we are to understand AM teachings and follow
that – thus we should all be critically aware that circumcision is not
part of our AM way of life.

Namaskar,
Vinay

Note 1: OTHER LETTERS ON CIRCUMCISION

(A) Read here for more critical facts on the dogma of circumcision.

(B) Read here to find out why it is faulty to think circumcision helps
prevent AIDS.

(C) These two letters address the original aspects of Sixteen Points and
why circumcision is not in accordance with Baba’s teachings.

(D) This letter contains key points from Senior Acary Diary:

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Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 14:01:42 -0400
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Douglass Lauder
Subject: Circumcision & Herd Psychology

Baba

“Toma’ke bha’lo bese ja’i ye bhese kon se aja’na’y…” (PS 739)

Purport:

Baba, by loving You, I go on floating towards one unknown divine land.
O’ my Beloved, even today, by Your grace I have ensconced myself in the
courtyard of the tunes– in the hide and seek of the pleasure of getting
You and in the pain of not getting You.

Baba, my sleepless, hungry eyes yearn to see You day and night. Baba, by
Your grace, my eyes get lost in Your infinite divine world– in one far
distant place in search of You, O’ my dearmost.

Baba, if You want You can forget me, but please do not forget that I
love only You. O’ Divine Entity, please come, please come close; with Your
love please be gracious and sit near me– by my side.

Baba, You are my dearmost, You are my everything…

== CIRCUMCISION & HERD PSYCHOLOGY ==

Namaskar,
This entire letter is related with AM’s view on circumcision. Right now
some are running after this, but this is just their herd psychology,
not their rationality.

BABA HAS GIVEN THE WAY

It is commonly known in AM that a calm mind is needed to do sadhana. For
this reason Baba has graciously provided us with the perfect array of
practices which cultivate a peaceful feeling in the mind.

These practices include: Kiirtan, shuddis, yama and niyama, asanas,
bhajans, svadhyaya, satsaunga, etc. All these things wonderfully aide in
creating a sweet and sentient vibration in the mind.

In addition, on the purely physical plane, cleanliness is needed. Without
that the physical body will be dirty and diseased and in result the mind
will get directed toward those physical ailments. That is, the mind will
become crudified.

So proper health practices and hygienic habits are needed for mental
well-being and to do proper sadhana. These include AM bathing system,
sentient food, half-bath, fasting, etc.

ATTENTION NEEDED

And one important point which is going on these days related with health
and hygiene which needs our attention is: circumcision. Because
circumcision is not something which Baba advocates yet it is going on under
our own roof.

A COMMON CONCERN

Some may think that this is only a male issue– but it is not like that. It
is a concern and point of awareness for all. Since it is our respected
mothers who are primarily involved in the raising of our children. Hence
they are often the ones to have a say on such things. At the same time
fathers should also be aware.

Here the point is not to pass blame to anyone but rather to generate the
notion that this point of circumcision is of common concern.

A VARIETY OF POINTS RELATED WITH CIRCUMCISION

1. Nature has its own wonderful ways of protecting the human body. The hair
in the nostrils filters the air, joint hair keeps the glands cool, the
kidney purifies the blood etc. Likewise the skin on the genital organ has
its one particular value and utility: It helps protect that area from
disease in one’s younger years. It is part of nature’s special system. And
when that skin is removed by surgical procedure then that interrupts the
natural process.

2. Of all the places on the human body, the genitals may be the most
sensitive and tender. Even the human brain is encased by the cranium but
the genitals are openly exposed. So it is a very delicate and tender area.
And at the very young age to have a surgical procedure done on that area is
a distinct shock to the system.

3. In those early years covering of the undeveloped gland is needed to
protect against disease. And then once one reaches adolescence, that skin
can naturally be pulled back since its purpose has been fulfilled by that
point. Because the organ or gland has become developed and strong– it is
no longer so susceptible to infection etc. Rather keeping the area covered
in adolescence is itself unhygienic due to bodily secretions etc. But
surgical removal is not needed in those teenage years. Simply the foreskin
can be pulled back. This is Baba’s expressed guideline in Sixteen Points.

Here we should remember that at the time of birth that area is covered and
hence protected by the foreskin. So that is nature’s way of providing
protection to that area. And when that protection is no longer needed then
it will naturally get folded back. So the foreskin has a distinct utility,
but via the process of circumcision that benefit is totally lost.

4. In only very, very rare cases– like one in a million– is an incision
needed to pull back the foreskin on an adolescent. And even then that is
not a circumcision procedure, just a small incision is needed to loosen the
skin so it can be pulled back neatly.

CONSISTENT WITH BABA’S GUIDELINE

So the above represent a few of the basic points which point to the fact
that circumcision is itself unnatural. And as we know Baba does not condone
such type of procedures like circumcision. His guideline is to pull back
the foreskin.

RESEARCH NEEDED ABOUT THE EFFECT OF CIRCUMCISION

Certainly it is clear that the dharmic and healthy way to move ahead is not
to circumcise our children. Rather they should grow in a natural way. By
this process they will get all the subtle benefits of nature’s grand plan.

And side by side, where possible, research should be done focusing on the
physiological and psychological effects of circumcision. As there are solid
indications and evidences that circumcision invites the tendency of sexual
indulgence and weakness. One such reason being that it desensitizes the
genital. Hence, circumcision in infancy or in childhood invites desensitivity.

Obviously this is a critical matter, because Baba guides us in a few places
that over-indulgence leads to the excessive loss of lymph and shukra– in
which case sadhana is severely hampered if not impossible.

So further research should be done so that we have the hard facts to warn
people about the serious defects and hazards regarding circumcision.
At the same time the point should be crystal clear in the mind of every
Ananda Margii. Since Baba has already shown us the way to proceed.

NOT A WAY TO PREVENT AIDS

Some claim that circucision helps in AIDS prevention and disease. But
this is a baseless argument. See this posting:

Those who do not clean do get benefit from circumcision but Ananda
Margiis follow strict shaoca so there is no problem.

So their agenda that circumcision is the way to prevent AIDS is
off the mark.

It is like if you do not wash your mouth then it will attract flies so the
best thing is to clip the lips, but if one cleans the mouth there will not
flies in which case there is no need to clip the lips.

Same with circumcision. If one is clean then there is no need to cut
that region as a means of disease prevention.

AM ADARSHA IS ONE

So around the globe in our Marga society, there should be a consistent and
unified approach regarding circumcision.

Now, however, the situation is not like that. In some places good margii
families are having their children circumcised whereas in other regions
established margii families are not circumcising their children. Generally
it depends upon the dogmatic perceptions of their area.

For example in European areas many do circumcision whereas in India it is
not at all commonly done. Both have their dogmatic and traditional reasons.
But we should all be making the right choice for the right reason. That
will bring unity and wellness. Because our ideological stand is straight
and clear: It is singular in nature. In that case there is no need for a
varied approach. Rather what Baba has said should be understood and followed.

Failing that, on points like that of circumcision, there could be the
massive spilling of blood from one community to another. Such religious
strife and fighting has occurred on all the continents. This is the tragedy
that has filled human history. And it should be averted in our Marga. And
the way to avoid it is to develop oneness on all point of ideology.

Thus for the health of the child as well as for the well-being of our AM
society, we should develop a unified understanding our adarsha on this
point of circumcision.

None should fall prey to herd psychology and choose circumcision
because that is the prevailing trend in their area. Rather we should
stick to our AM ideals. Otherwise we will fall prey to meat-eating,
crude movies, and all kinds of other trendy things.

SADHANA ORIENTED LIFE

Ours is a sadhana oriented existence. So we should avoid those things like
circumcision which hinder one’s physical and mental growth and we should
follow those dharmic guidelines which support our spiritual life– thus
keeping the mind free from the effect of lower vrttis.

Baba says, “As a created being, everybody in the universe by birth is a
pashu, an animal. But the standard of beings is to be exalted towards
divinity, towards godliness. A pashu, that is, an animal, becomes man, man
becomes god. This process, the process of exaltation, the process of
upliftment, from animality to godliness, is your sa’dhana’.” (AV-1)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s divine grace we will all progress and achieve supreme fulfillment.

Baba says, “The one endowed with cosmic grace gets liberation from these
bondages by dint of sa’dhana’, and attains oneness with that Supreme
Entity.” (AV-4)

Namaskar,
Dharmendra

Note 1: JUST A LEFTOVER RELIGIOUS DOGMA

Here Baba uncovers the truth behind the ongoing religious dogma of
circumcision.

Baba says, “Long ago the Jews started practising circumcision. When Moses
converted some of his contemporaries to Judaism, and later when Mohammed
converted some local people to Islam, neither prophet dared to instruct
their new followers to discard the old customs they followed, consequently
the old customs continued after their conversion.” (PNS-21, ‘How to Unite
Human Society’)

Here the ramification is that those margiis who have come from Hindu
backgrounds do not do circumcision whereas those from the Chrisitian world
usually attend to circumcision. So on the one side there are the Buddhists
and Hindus who do not follow circumcision and on the other side there are
the semetic faiths. That is the way it is divided on this point of
circumcision.

As Ananda Margiis, however, we are not to give credence to any of these
aforesaid religions but rather should do what Baba wants. That is our
dharmic approach.

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WT Conduct Rule: Vow of Silence

Baba says, “You will cultivate the practice of maonbrat (vow of silence) at
least half an hour every day during working hours.” (Pt #9 of Fourteen Points)

Note: In the above conduct rule Baba is giving the solution of one common
problem. Because many suffer from the mental disease of gossiping
needlessly. It can happen to anyone but certain Wt’s are more indulged
because they talk all day long. Even if a kiirtan program is going on then
still they are sitting and talking non-stop. So this is the psychic disease
of some wts. And to stop this Baba has given the aforementioned conduct
rule. So if any one is not following Baba’s above guideline then they
should be encouraged (or pressurized) to practice. And by that way they
will gain control over their negative habit of talking uselessly. Indeed by
that way one can make the extroverted mind introverted.
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From:
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: A Particular Posture For…
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2010 23:46:17

Baba

“Pita’ ma’ta’ bandhu sakha’ a’ndha’re a’lokavarttika’…” (P.S. 218)

Purport:

Baba, You are my most intimate and loving One; by Your grace You are so
close. Baba, You are my father and You are my mother; You are my friend as
well as my eternal companion. Baba, You are my everything– my One and
only. By Your infinite grace You are that divine lamp of effulgence, always
guiding me along the proper path in life. Baba You are everywhere. By Your
grace no one is ever alone or helpless. You are ever-present carefully
watching over everyone. Baba, by Your grace You are always residing in my
heart.

Baba, with Your infinite compassion, no matter how difficult the
circumstances are, You are always present to provide a gentle touch.
Amongst the thorns & tears You are the soothing balm of the lotus flower
which relieves all pains and sorrows; and in scorching heat of the burning
fire You are that refreshing, calm, cool sandalwood. Baba, You are the
ultimate Savior. When one has lost everything then in that bleak hour You
are the only shelter. You are that divine jewel which makes everything else
into a shining jewel as well. By Your touch, unit beings become divine.
That is Your causeless grace. Baba, You are the best of everything. In the
beautiful rose garden where all the flowers are aromatic and fragrant, You
are the most gorgeous– You are the most beautiful. Baba, You are the most
effulgent Entity in this vast universe.

Baba, You are the Cause of everything. You are the Source and You are
the Origin. Baba, because You are, I am. You are the breath of my very
life. Without You my whole existence is meaningless. Baba, You are my
dearmost, You are my everything. You alone are the eternal lamp of my
heart. Baba, please grace me by keeping me in Your divine shelter…

== A PARTICULAR POSTURE FOR A PARTICULAR WORK ==

Namaskar,
We all know that yoga is the systematic and mystical endeavour to merge the
unit with the cosmic: jiiva into Shiva. And in this journey by His grace
our movement is not haphazard, but rather methodical & precise. One aspect
of yoga which supports this forward movement is the correct use of our yoga
a’sanas– and in particular padma’sana, the lotus pose.

SYSTEMATIC WAY OF DOING

In life, & in the spiritual science of yoga, each and every thing is done
in a systematic way; there is a particular method for every activity and
action.

For example, if one wishes to drink water then lying down in shava’sana is
not the correct approach. Rather one must sit upright in an erect position
as this will aid in the process of digestion and allow one to drink in an
easy fashion.

Likewise if one wishes to sleep then standing up fully and holding one’s
foot to the nose as in granthimukta’sana is not the proper manner. One will
never be able to sleep in that posture. Instead, to fall asleep comfortably
and quickly one should take rest in a sideways lying position– on one’s
left side.

Similarly if one is hungry and wants to eat then one should not try to eat
while doing kaoshikii or tandava. Those dances are not the proper way for
taking food. As we know the correct approach is to sit quietly in
bhojana’sana, i.e. sitting with one’s legs & ankles crossed in a
comfortable manner.

Hence for each and every activity there is a proper posture– a conducive
pose.

That’s why Baba guides us that when doing sadhana, we should sit in a
particular pose: Padma’sana or lotus posture. Because to do meditation a
calm mind is needed and padma’sana helps one to achieve that special state;
it helps one to progress in the psycho-spiritual realm. For this reason
Baba directly states that padma’asana is one of the top poses, or even “the
best” posture for meditation.

OUR FIRST DUTY: WITHDRAW THE MIND

As we all know our AM system of sadhana adheres to the age-old yogic
theorem: As you think so you become. So in order to achieve that high
spiritual state one must focus and goad the mind towards that supreme
cosmic ideal– after withdrawing the mind from the crude worldly
propensities.

Hence our first duty in sadhana is not to allow our mind to run towards the
external world via the indriyas (organs). Because when the 10 indriyas are
sending signals to the brain and the brain engages in processing and
receiving those messages, then one’s mind becomes totally restless, making
sadhana impossible. So our first and foremost duty in meditation is to
withdraw the mind from these external stimuli. And for this process, Baba
specifically directs us that padma’sana is the most effective posture.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PADMA’SANA

Everyone is aware that the lotus (padma) takes root in the mud and grows up
through that murky pond water until it finally blossoms & flowers on the
water’s surface. Thus despite living in dirty surroundings the lotus flower
maintains its pristine purity.

Likewise we human beings live in this crude world where everything is under
the bondage of maya, yet our duty is to keep the mind above this
quinquelemental world– moving on and on towards our spiritual Goal.
For this grand endeavour, padma’sana helps a lot.

Here below Baba directs us how to sit in lotus posture and at the same time
describes the special import of padma’sana.

Baba says, “Padma’sana is the posture of sitting with the right ankle over
the lift thigh and the left ankle over the right thigh, the tongue pushing
the teeth out. In padma’sana alone, the vision can be fixed on trikuti –
the middle point between the eyebrows. Just as the lotus blossoms forth in
water, so also in this posture the mind tends to evolve. That is why this
posture is termed padma’sana (padma – lotus, a’sana – posture). This is the
best a’sana for meditation.” (Tattvika Diipika)

So by siting in padma’sana the mind naturally gets goaded toward the higher
cakras, thus helping one to succeed in meditation. That is why after seeing
the situation from all directions, Baba outrightly tells us that padma’sana
is the top posture for sadhana.

STRONG COMMITMENT NEEDED

We all know that progressing in sadhana is not easy– it takes a strong
commitment and a determined effort. Our each and every aspect of meditation
should be proper and pointed. So if when doing meditation one just lazily
sits in bhojana’sana (eating posture in cross-legged position) and one’s
sadhana is hazy and loose because the mind is not concentrated, then surely
one is not going to get success.

Because as Baba reminds us that to do anything great, it demands taking a
strong vow and commitment. Only then can one reach the Goal.

For this reason all great yogis take that special effort to sit for
meditation in padmas’ana since it helps the mind rise up above the crude
worldly propensities and enables one to move towards that spiritual stance.
In order to set a proper example for the people Lord Shiva Himself would
always take to this position.

Baba says, “Usually He [Lord Shiva] would sit in a posture called
padma’sana . It is called padma’sana because it is just like a lotus in
full bloom. Just as the roots and stems of the lotus remain under the water
and only the leaves and flowers float above it — and although it is born
in the mud it sustains its love for the stars — in the same way, people
sitting in this lotus posture and remaining in the world, can keep their
minds above their mundane environment. That is why on the path of sa’dhana’
this posture has tremendous importance. Even though He took upon Himself
all the physical and psychic responsibilities of the entire world, Shiva,
when seated in this posture, was just like a lotus in full bloom,
transcending all the impurities and dirt of the mind.” (NSS, Discourse 20)

So in the above quote Baba tells how this was the special posture used by
Lord Shiva and then Baba again explains the special inner significance of
sitting in padmasana and how it relates with the lotus flower.
Overall, for moving along the spiritual path, Baba is emphasizing that
padmasana is highly essential.

FROM THE VERY BEGINNING IT IS NECESSARY

Here Baba describes how from the very beginning when one takes initiation
in their early childhood they should be taught to sit in padmasana.
Baba says, “When children are five years old and attain some awareness, the
parents, brothers, sisters or any guardian may initiate them in Na’ma
Mantra [the preliminary process of meditation]. They should be taught to
sit in padma’sana [lotus posture], but instead of interlocking the fingers,
they may rest one palm upon the other; and keep the spine erect.” (CC-1,
chapter 2)

WHY CALLED PADMA’SANA

In our AM system, asanas are name for various reasons. For example some
asanas look like a particular thing. For example when one does
bhujaunga’sana, the practitioner looks like a cobra. Hence it is called
bhujaunga’sana or cobra pose.

Likewise when one sits in gomukha’sana, the practitioner looks like or
resembles the head or face of a cow. Thus the name gomukha’sana.

However in padma’sana, the same rule does not apply. When one sits in
padma’sana one does not look like a lotus flower.

Rather there is another process at work. Becaues the special significance
of padma’sana is that one takes on the unique capabilities of the lotus:
Living in a dirty world but keeping a neat and clean existence. Just as the
lotus is not affected by the muddy water the sadhaka sitting in padma’sana
is not affected by the mundane world.

For this reason this physical posture is called padma’sana. Because one
takes on the qualities of a lotus flower.

HOW TO HELP NEW SADHAKAS LEARN PADMASANA

Initially, sitting in padma’sana is not easy for new people. So we should
carefully guide them step by step how to sit in this posture.

Firstly people new to meditation should get accustomed to sitting on the
bare floor, if it is their general habit to always sit in chairs. Jjust
sitting on the floor helps prepare them for various yogic asanas.

And then little by little– over the course of days, weeks, and months,
they should try to bring the ankles closer together until after a while
they can bring one of their their ankles onto the opposite thigh. But again
this should not all be done in one sitting.

Rather new persons should try in rounds or one day after another. And in
between they can massage the knee and then again practice. And little by
little, without putting too much stress on the knees, by trying again and
again over the course time they will gain the requisite flexibility to sit
in padma’sana. And by this way the mind becomes better suited for meditation.

Here Baba tells us more about how to sit in the full lotus posture.
Baba says, “Padma’sana (lotus posture): Place the right foot on the left
thigh and the left foot on the right thigh. Clench the jaws and press the
tongue against the roof of the mouth. You can maintain this posture as long
as you like.” (CC-3)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with all the requisite tools to achieve
complete spiritual salvation.

Baba says, “Dhya’na yoga which elevates human beings through constant
self-analysis, obliterates the very existence of the non-spiritual, and
expedites one’s elevation into the supreme spiritual stance.” (MVNS, p.92-3)

Namaskar,
Ramlal

NOTE 1: HOW ASANAS ARE NAMED

Here in special fashion in His chapter, ‘Questions and Answers on
Meditation’ in His Yoga Psychology Book, Baba outlines in Q & A #6 how
asanas are named:

“Question: How do we name a’sanas?”

“Answer: We name a’sanas as follows:”

“(1) Some a’sanas are similar to animal movements so they are named
after those animals; for example, matsyamudra’ [fish posture], garud’a’sana
[bird posture], etc.”

“(2) Some a’sanas have the characteristics of animal structures, so they
are also named after those animals; for example, ku’rmaka’sana [tortoise
posture], etc.”

“(3) Some a’sanas are named by the qualities of the a’sana; for example,
sarva’unga’sana [shoulder stand; literally “all-limbs posture”]. The entire
body is benefited by this a’sana.” (YP, ‘Questions & Answers…’, #6)

By His above explanation we can easily understand that padma’sana is named
as such not because the posture looks like a lotus flower but rather
because sitting in that position enables the human mind to emulate the
pristine purity of the lotus by rising above all crude propensities and
reaching one’s spiritual Goal, Baba.

NOTE 2: PADMA’SANA IS DHYA’NA’SANA

Baba says, “Dhya’na’sanas are practised primarily for concentration of mind
and meditation. Dhya’na’sanas include padma’sana [lotus posture].” (YP,
Question #7)

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Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 19:39:14 +0530
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: “Pandit_Sudhakar”
Subject: Story of Worthless Son

Baba

“Tava path dhare, tava na’m kare, toma’r pa’nei cale thaki…” (P.S. 2180)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace I am treading on Your path by singing Your name and
moving towards You. You are my Goal.

By Your grace I am moving closer and closer towards You– to reach You.
Baba, except You, in this universe who else is mine– no one. Because of
this I am always calling You for Your shelter.

O’ Lord, in this decorated universe of Yours, You have provided me a
special place according to Your liking. You have bestowed everything; and,
You do not desire anything from anyone. Just You go on pouring Your divine
grace eternally.

The demerits such as lethargy only come from my side. Plus all kinds of
lame excuses I give in self-justification. Hence all the lacuna belong to
me; whereas, You Yourself are ever-gracious.

Baba, You have situated my mind in the corner of Your vast cosmic mind.
And from that corner it receives Your divine vibration.

With the attraction and resonance of Your divine vibration, the lotus of
the love, which has blossomed in my heart, is looking towards You with deep
yearning.

Baba, singing Your Name, I am moving on Your path. For me, Your grace is
everything…

== STORY OF WORTHLESS SON ==

Namaskar,
In late 2009, AM Publications released a new book. It is a collection of
essays about Baba’s contributions written by members of the academic
community.

However, for any Ananda Margii, reading the cover itself is enough to
know that there are serious issues with this publication.

This is an important topic for it reflects how Baba, the Guru of Ananda
Marga, is presented to the general public. As His disciples, it is
exclusively our duty to safeguard His excellence.

Anyone with basic devotion will understand the proper way to address
Baba on the public platform, let us see what was done in this particular
book.

STORY OF WORTHLESS SON

Before discussing the details of the aforementioned book, here is one
related story.

There was a village family in Sheohar (Shivahar) district of Bihar and
the father – though illiterate himself – had a great desire that his son
should be properly educated. The father toiled in the fields night and
day in order to send his son to the finest schools. The father
sacrificed much and used 100% of his limited financial means to send his
son to college. After showering his paternal affection and giving all
the family funds to his son’s study for years and years, his son
completed his schooling and became a professor.

All along, to ensure his son would have a great opportunity in life, the
father labored hard in the hot sun day after day. But to him, it was all
worth it to see his son succeed.

On the occasion of one festival, the father made the big excursion and
traveled from his remote village to visit his son, the professor, at
college. The father was extremely proud and told all his friends and
neighbors about the upcoming trip.

The momentous day arrived and his father arrived smiling with gifts in
hand for his son. His best clothes and jubilant expression however could
not hide his weathered features from his many years of working outside
in the fields.

The son greeted his father at the station and brought him to the college
to show him around. As it was a festival day, the son was not thinking
that any of his colleagues would be there.

Father and son walked and talked from building to building and the
father was very impressed by what he saw. It was all that he expected
and much, much more. But mostly, he was so pleased to be with his son.

After much walking, they took a seat in the shade. They sat and talked
for some time when from behind them a man approached. When they could
hear the footsteps directly behind them, the son turned around and much
to his surprise saw that it was the chairman from his department. The
son was shocked and his whole expression changed.

Immediately he stood up to greet his senior colleague. He took on a
serious demeanor and spoke eye to eye with the chairman. The father sat
there quietly watching, waiting to be introduced. But the two kept talking.

At one point, in the conversation, the chairman motioned inquisitively
towards the father, and the proud father was ready to stand up and meet
the chairman. But the son just brushed his hand in a rather brusque
manner and attempted to redirect the conversation.

But this did not resolve the situation, he could sense the the
department chairman was still curious as to who this person was.

So the the son said, “Yaha mera’ servant hai.” (Yaha means “this”, mera’
means “my”, servant means servant, and hai means “is”.)

The chairman nodded – paid no attention to the father – and continued
his dialog with the son.

The father only knew Hindi – not a single word of English – so the
father only understood the Hindi words: “Yaha mera’ _______ hai”,
meaning, “This is my _______”.

But he heard the sound “servant” and kept it in his memory.

A few minutes later, the chairman and the son finished their
conversation and the chairman walked off without even acknowledging the
father. The son looked visibly affected – he had not expected to see any
colleagues at the college on this festival day. This disappointment was
not lost on his father.

The rest of their visit went uneventfully – though the father felt
perplexed by his son’s behavior. The father returned back to his village
with one burning question in mind. What did the English word “servant”
mean.

He immediately asked one of the literary people in his village what the
English word “servant” meant. When the father got the answer, he
immediately understood the situation.

The father felt saddened that his son was so ashamed of him.

Apparently during his years of study, the son had created his own
history and background and told many stories of how he was born into a
literate, well-to-do family to all his colleagues. He thought this would
boost his prestige.

So when he and his illiterate and simple father unexpectedly met up with
the chairman of the department, the son introduced his father as his
servant.

That occasion turned out to be one of the last times the father and son
ever spoke. The arrogant son had not an iota of gratitude for the
father’s sacrifice of putting him through school. The son wanted to
disassociate himself from his village roots entirely. In turn, the
father was despondent that he had lost his son – the very person to whom
he had given so much. He had given everything for the growth of his son
and now his son was essentially disowning him. The father lived out his
days with a heavy heart.

This very tragic story is highly related with the recently published
book noted above.

SHRII SHRII A’NANDAMU’RTIJII

As we know, when speaking about our Sadguru Baba, as His disciples we
are always to use words that reflect only the highest respect.

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 Anandamu’rtijii. Unit beings must be made to
appreciate Its majesty.” (CC-2, ‘Sadhana’, pt 1a)

Baba is our spiritual Preceptor, and in that role He is known as Shrii
Shrii A’nandamu’rtijii. Thus we are to use this name with the greatest
reverence. Every A’nanda Ma’rgii is aware about this.

We should not be like the worthless son in the above story who fails to
give proper regard to his father.

Unfortunately, in the recently published book, the situation is not very
favourable. See for your yourself how the publishers did.

HOW THEY PUBLISHED THE BOOK

Now, let’s get to the book itself. The title is “He Lived Among Us” and
it is 300+ pages long; but one need look no further than the cover to
see how the publishers represented Baba.

Remember, this book is a collection of essays written by various
intellectuals and researchers. But it was published by Ananda Marga
Publications.

The subtitle of the book is printed on the cover: “Contributions of
Shrii Shrii A’nandamu’rti in the eyes of his contemporaries”.

PROBLEM #1: “contemporaries”

The first and most glaring problem on the cover is the use of the word
“contemporaries” in the subtitle. Using this word – “contemporaries” –
puts all those jinani intellectuals on par with Baba. Because as we all
know, contemporaries refers to both time and stature. For instance, even
though a normal citizen was born during the same time period as Barack
Obama or Hugo Chavez, that person is not considered to be their
contemporary since he is not a world or country leader. To be a
contemporary one must be of a similar social stature etc.

So it is abominable that our publishers used such a word in the subtitle
to refer to these jinani authors, thereby placing them on equal footing
as Sadguru Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. This book is supposed to glory
Baba’s Divine status but unfortunately it merely equates Him with these
intellectuals, calling them His “contemporaries”.

Some naive readers may think nothing is wrong with this, but every
devotee will take strong exception to what these publishers have done.
Indeed every bhakta will be quite alarmed and think that the AMPS
publishers of this book have behaved like the worthless son in the above
story.

PROBLEM #2: “his contemporaries”

The next major problem on the book’s cover is this: The publishers did
not capitalize the letter “h” when they wrote “his contemporaries” in
the subtitle. This does two things. It fails to show the we, His
followers, believe Him to be Divine; and it further equates those
“contemporaries” as being on par with Baba. They are human beings and
“he” is also a human being. There is no difference in stature.

Such is the tragedy that occurs by not capitalising the word “his”. And
again, this gross negligence was not carried out by some distant jinani
writers but rather by our very own AMPS publications team. That is
another reason why many are saying that those publishers are no better
than the worthless son in the aforementioned story.

The worthless failed to give proper regard to his father, and the publishers
of this book have failed to do the same.

PROBLEM #3: Missing “ji”

Here is another point of extreme importance.

We are to always the suffix “jii” when using His name. So it should be
Shrii Shrii Anandamurtijii. That is how it is written in Caryacarya:
“the name and form of Shrii Shrii Anandamu’rtijii.” (cited above)

Yet, on the very of the cover of the book that is supposed to be in the
honour of Baba, the respectful suffix “jii” is conspicuously missing.
They merely wrote Shrii Shrii Anandamurti.

So this is yet another gross injustice. We are trying to propagate
Baba’s Divine Personality yet the publishers fail to give Him basic
measures of respected and neglect to use the suffix “ji”.

How then can we think that this book glorifies Baba when so many basic
elements of respect are lacking. Even the followers of the crude
dogmatic religions never fail to laud their preceptor of leader in
public – i.e. they will always, always, always state “His Holiness the
Dalai Lama” and never just “Dalai” or “Lama” etc – but in this AM book,
the publishers did not give Baba the level of respect that even human
beings get. After all, there are many people in society who are referred
to with the suffix “ji”, yet this was not donned upon Baba and He is
Divine.

Thus time and again this publication presents Baba in a most lackluster
and disrespectful manner, thereby leading good sadhakas to conclude that
the publishers of this book are just as bad as the worthless son
discussed above.

PROBLEM #4: The Main Title

Finally there is the main title: “HE LIVED AMONG US”. No doubt the
capitalised “H” but that has little value since ALL the letters are
capitalised.

The main issue is that the title conveys the feeling that the book is
about someone who has come and gone from this earth – that he was here
and is now gone.

The title, “HE LIVED AMONG US”, carries all kinds of finite and fleeting
meanings.

It does not convey the idea that the subject of this book is an Eternal
Entity who exists across time and space.

Thus on the cover of the book alone there are any number of cases of
negligence and neglect. And it all speaks to the poor standard of the
publishers. No one else is to blame. Those jinani writers may have
written all kinds of nonsense on those 300+ pages, but what has happened
on the cover is enough to turn the stomach of any right-thinking devotee.

That is why many sadhakas think that those publishers are just like the
worthless son in the above story.

HOW IT WORKS WITH OTHER RELIGIONS

The various religions may be dogmatic and may be corrupt but at least
they have the requisite courage and awareness to glorify their chosen
Deity. In contrast, the publishers of AM books are either cowards or
blind, or both.

Just see: Buddhists around the globe always refer to their leader as
“His Holiness the Dalai Lama.” This phrase gets repeated with every
action and word of the Dalai Lama. And by this way they effectively
promote their perceived greatness of their leader. Plus, they have
taught the rest of the world to do the same – ie treat their Buddhist
leader with respect.

Here is the proof – see this statement printed in a top western newspaper.

“Statement from the Press Secretary on the President’ s meeting Thursday
with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama:”The President met this morning at
the White House with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama…” (Washington
Post, Feb 18 2010)

Note only the newspaper but the Press Sectretary of the US President have
emulated the titled that the followers use for the Dalai Lama, ie. His Holiness.

If we fail to refer to Baba in a proper way on the public platform,
then we will miss the opportunity to teach the rest of the world
about Baba’s Divine stature, and we will be blamed – and rightly so.

Rather we will be teaching them the wrong way of doing.

Because indeed this is something that all the dogmatic religions and
sects do: They treat their leader with utmost respect in the public
arena. Whether it be “Lord Jesus Christ”, “The Honourable Elijah
Mohammed”, “Maharishi Patanjali Ji”, “Sri or Saint Shankaracarya Ji”,
“Saint Francis of Assisi” or any other religioius leader, always the
followers have the foresight and courage to give their leader respect.

But in AM, when our Guru truly is the Parama Purusa incarnate, the
publishers could not live up to the standard that the dogmatic followers
of other religions do. That is why many say that the cowardly publishers
are just like the worthless son from the above story.

BABA SCOLDED ONE DADA

Who can forget that dramatic reporting session in front of Baba when one
Dada mentioned Ramakrsna. Then immediately Baba scolded that Dada and
told him not to refer to any great person in such a disrespectful
manner. Baba said that one should use “Thakur Ramakrsna Paramahansa” as
that gives the proper respect.

Here Baba is teaching us to use proper language and feeling when
referencing a revered person. Naturally then, we are to apply the spirit
of this teaching when referencing Baba also.

That means we are to say, “Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, or “Revered Baba”,
or “Sadguru” or any term that conveys the proper respect. By this way we
not only share the feeling of our heart but we show others how they
should refer to Him as well.

So we should pay heed to Baba’s guideline from this reporting session.

Tragically, those publishers fell short of the mark, which is why many
just call them worthless. About this you can decide for yourself by
seeing the quality of their work.

JUST LIKE A PIG LICKING YOU

Here is one analogy that is appropriate to this situation.

If a dog or pig gets close to you then it may lick you out of love and
respect. Because that is all that dog or pig knows to do. Likewise when
any unqualified person tries to glorify Baba then due to their
limited understanding they will create a mess, dripping their saliva all
over the place. In trying to love and glorify Him something else will
happen. And that is exactly what occurred when the AMPS publishing team
made this book, “HE LIVED AMONG US”. In that case are they any different
from the local street dog or domesticated pig.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has revealed to us whom He is and it is our duty to
share and spread His greatness with one and all. But when certain
publishers shy away from this divine truth, either due to their cowardly
nature or lack of realisation, then that is nothing but an ugly failure.
That is why they and their book become “worthless”, like the useless son
in the above story. Baba is our Supreme Father and we must always convey
this feeling of love and respect when raising His name, especially when
done in public in the form of a book. As His sons and daughters, that
is our inherent responsibility. None should fail and become worthless.

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 Shrii Shriui Anandamu’rtijii. Unit beings must be made to
appreciate Its majesty.” (CC-2, ‘Sadhana’, pt 1a)

Namaskar,
Sudhakar

Note 1: THIS DADA DID THIS

I have great friendship and respect for Dada Sarvatmanandaji, so when it
is his name that is listed on the inside cover as the Publications
Secretary and when his Publications team is also involved, then I feel
great pain as many may lose trust and faith in Dadaji. They may think he
and his team are “worthless”.

Here I just want to say I have great feeling for Dadaji and I truly
hope he is able to repair this error – and fast, otherwise I fear others may
lose respect for Dadaji.

Note 2: WHAT UGLINESS IS ON THE INSIDE

When the cover of the book is such an utter mess, then we can only
imagine how many gross errors appear on the 300+ printed pages of this
book. When the publishers themselves are unable to properly present Baba
and His ideas, then they will be in no position to correct the many
wrongs potentially made by these jinani authors. So we should all be
ready. At this point, who knows what dirt might lie inside the front cover.

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Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:02:46
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Giriish ”
Subject: Death, Rebirth & Donation of Organs

Baba

“Ankhi mele, ceye dekho aja’na’ pathik eseche…” (PS 1550)

Purport:

O’ human beings, behold, look, Baba, the Aja’na’ Pathik [1], has come.
With His sweet, charming smile and infinite grace, He is pouring His
endless compassion and love unto all. He is showering everyone with His
divine blessing. All are getting bathed in His love. O’ brothers and
sisters, come hither and see, Baba, the Aja’na’ Pathik has come and He is
showering His causeless grace upon all.

Due to His divine arrival and august presence, the darkness which was in
the mind has vanished somewhere– to one far distant place. In the past
where there was darkness, one stream of effulgence has come and blossomed
in the colour of one rose. By His grace, the mind has become devotional,
calm, and peaceful. Baba, the Ajana Pathik has come and showered His grace.

By His causeless grace He is near and dear to everyone. With His
infinite love, everyone has a sacred and beloved place in His heart. Parama
Purusa graciously holds each and every being in His bosom. O’ brothers and
sisters, do not waste your time running after name and fame, money,
prestige, or any other transitory thing. Do not run after mundane longer.
Come unto the path of bliss, and fulfill your hopes and aspirations by
reaching unto Him. Baba is the Ista– He is the Goal. Only He can quench
your infinite thirst with His boundless love. O’ human beings, your life
and death– your coming and going– on this earth is dancing in His Cosmic
rhythm. Everything is blissful; everyone revolves around Him- nobody is
alone. All are an inseparable part of Him. This is His divine liila and
ultimately everyone is sure to become one with Him, by His causeless grace…

NOTES TO PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1550:

[1] Aja’na’ Pathik= Aja’na’ means ‘unknown’ and Pathik means ‘divine
traveler’. This is the word by word, literal translation. But the inner
sense is that Parama Purusa is always moving throughout this vast cosmos
and by His special grace He is constantly present with everyone all the
time. He is in the Cosmic Nucleus yet at the same time through His ota and
prota yoga He is everywhere– carefully watching & lovingly guiding
everyone. This unique aspect of His grand Personality is treated as Aja’na’
Pathik. Because He is constantly traveling yet present everywhere. He is in
the nucleus as well as throughout this entire expressed universe.

As the Ajana Pathik, Parama Purusa Baba moves and moves and moves. Thus
in their devotional approach devotees feel that wherever they go then the
Divine Aja’na’ Pathik will always be there to shower His blessing. By His
grace, devotees can always get His intimate company & companionship. With
this devotional link, by His grace sadhakas understand that Parama Purusa
is present everywhere, yet side by side He travels on and on throughout
this entire cosmos. Thus He is Aja’na’ Pathik.

Overall the name Aja’na’ Pathik has one special and unique meaning that
goes far beyond its literal translation. And in our hearts we A’nanda
Ma’rgiis know and feel that Baba is that Aja’na’ Pathik. Indeed in His
discourses, in Dharma Samiiksa, and in reporting, in DMC, and in numerous
ways Baba has revealed this very fact that He is ever-present and always
along with us. Hence He is always moving and wherever we go then He will
also be there. Parama Purusa has infinite attributions and one of them is
this special quality where He always remains along with us wherever we are
in this vast universe. In this way He is known as — Aja’na’ Pathik.

== DEATH, REBIRTH, & DONATION OF ORGANS ==

+

IMPORTANT TRAILER QUOTE ON SCRIPTURE

Namaskar,
On and off there has been talk about how death occurs and if being an organ
donor affects or delays the process of rebirth.

In the scriptures it is said that “Yah a’gacchati…”, meaning– everything
that is born will one day die. Those who have come, they will go. That is
why in Sanskrit this world is called mrtyuloka, or ephemeral world.

A TALE FROM THE MAHABHARAT

In the Maha’bharat, there is a famous story about the time that a yaks’a
came and asked various questions to Yudhisthira. One of which was, ‘What is
the most surprising thing in this world?’.

And in reply Yudhisthira said, ‘Those who are born, they will die; but,
nobody thinks about their own death. No one considers the fact that their
own death will come. Even when participating in a cremation procession to
the burial grounds, even then people think that death is for others– not
for themselves. So no one believes that one day this will also be their
fate. This is the most surprising thing in the world’.

HOW IT OCCURS

So those who are born they will die. Generally speaking, people are very
curious to know about death. How it happens, what way it manifests, and
what process goes on.

In Idea and Ideology Baba guides us about this phenomenon.

Baba says, “Proper adjustment and parallelism between the psychic and
physical bodies causes life, and disassociation under adverse conditions
results in death…proper adjustment between the waves of the psychic body
and of the physical body is an essentiality…The loss in the parallelism
of physical and mental waves causes death.” (Idea and Ideology, p.52)

TWO MEANS OF DYING

So death results due to the loss of parallelism between the physical and
mental waves. Thus there are two main causes or types of death: physical
and psychic.

Sometimes the physical body meets its demise as in the case of an accident
or illness. And that initiates the dying process and thus leads to one’s
mental death, i.e. the mind leaves the body. This all happens because the
physical body starts malfunctioning– whether suddenly or gradually. In
this scenario there were no prior problems or tensions in the mental
sphere. The person was happy and well. But for whatever reason the physical
body became completely degenerated or destroyed. So in the absence of a
proper physical body, the mind cannot function and it is forced to leave
the body. That is death due to a physical cause.

And the second type of death occurs when the psychic waves get initially
affected. And in result they ruin the parallelism with the physical body.
This happens when there is extra pressure on the mind due to the excess of
any vritti. Such as an excess of fear, sadness, happiness, etc. For
example, due to a terrible fear of ghosts many people have died. And in the
case of sadness or depression, like when people lose large amounts of money
in the share market then they may become extremely psychically disturbed–
which causes the body to stop functioning and they die. And in the case of
happiness, if someone wins the 100 million dollar lottery and they become
overly happy and excited. When their mind is so affected, then parallelism
will be lost thus inviting one’s death. So in these instances the reason
for death was something psychic.

Thus the cause of death may be either in the physical or mental spheres.

BABA’S SPECIFIC EXPLANATION

And here following Baba furthermore explains the internal science behind
the dying process and He reveals what actually happens at the exact time of
death.

Baba says, “The combined va’yus [or pra’n’a’h] pass out, and with their
passing away from the physical structure all the external va’yus, except
dhanainjaya, also leave the physical structure. Dhanainjaya causes sleep,
and so to cause the deep sleep of death dhanainjaya remains in the body
even after all the va’yus have left. When the dead body is burnt or gets
totally decayed, dhanainjaya as well leaves the body and remains in the
Cosmos to act again according to the will of Prakrti.” (I & I, p.53)

So in the above Baba has explained what happens during the process of
death. One after another va’yu comes out from the body and ultimately only
the dhanainjaya va’yu remains. And the dhanainjaya va’yu stays until the
whole physical structure disintegrates and all the painca-bhutas (five
factors) become one with their origin. This process takes a few months when
the body is buried; and in case of burning or cremation it is
instantaneous. That means as soon as the body is burned then immediately
the mind is free.

At this point, the disembodied soul then moves throughout the entire
universe– with the help of the rajahgun’a force of the Cosmic operative
principle– in search of a new body. And this new body is allotted
according to the type of reactive momenta attached with the disembodied soul.
Thus as it is stated in Baba’s Idea and Ideology book, the dhanainjaya
va’yu does not leave; rather it stays in the muladhara cakra. Because its
inherent characteristic or nature is to cause sleep and create inertia. So
it remains for some time whereas the other va’yus leave the body
immediately at the time of death.

APPLYING THE THEORY

Here then is one very important link.

Since the dhanainjaya va’yu resides in the muladhara cakra, then even if
certain limbs & organs of the body are given away or donated, then the mind
does not go along with those donated parts.

In this regard please read these following examples.

For instance, it is often seen in industrial accidents that people lose
their hands or their feet or any limb. But in that situation their mind
does not also get lost or split. Their minds do not get bifurcated such
that half their mind remains along with them while the other portion of
their mind goes away with that amputated body part and ends up in the trash
bin. That does not happen; no portion of the mind is lost. Means if a
person does experience amputation of some portion of their physical body
then we all know that that individual retains their full psychic identity
and awareness.

Similarly in the case of a medical operation if certain diseased organs or
body parts or bones are thrown away, then in that process people do not
also lose part of their mind. Their mind does not jump along with that
removed organ. Rather the mind remains as is, or with the improved physical
health of the body then the person is mentally feeling better also. So
there is no psychic loss or any departure of mind.

Here is another example. Many times two living persons are involved in an
organ transplant. There is a donor and the receiving party. But those
people undergoing this procedure do not experience a bifurcation or split
in their psychic arena. Means the recipients of those organs do not all of
a sudden become double-minded. Nobody’s psychic identity is affected by
this procedure because their mind or psychic attributes do not travel along
with that donated body part. So neither the donor nor the recipient
experience any psychic change due to the transfer of that organ.

Likewise when people donate blood their mind does not move along with their
blood sample. And those getting blood from multiple persons do not then
develop a mind affected by multiple personalities.

And also when one gets a haircut or trims their fingernails, then also
there is no loss of mind. The mental capacity or equilibrium is not
jeopardized by this because the mind does not move along with those
fingernail clippings or with the cut hair.

So all these examples go to show that in no case does the mind become glued
up with any physical limb or part that is removed from the body. There is
no question of any psychic loss in this regard.

CONCLUSION

Consequently in the case of an organ donation or transplant etc upon one’s
death, there is no question that the mind goes along with those donated
limbs– thus delaying one’s rebirth. That does not happen. Rather all the
psychic force remains in the body & gets fully released as soon as that
main body structure is burned or disintegrated. So no one should worry
about any type of delay by imagining that their own rebirth will be halted
due to the donation of any one of their organs. It is not that one has to
wait until the body that the donated organ is in also dies.

Namaskar,
Girish

Note 1: NO DELAY IN REBIRTH BEING ORGAN DONOR

About all this a few people were thinking that there would be a long delay
for rebirth if they opt to donate organs at the time of their death.
Because in their innocence they were mistakenly concluding that their
va’yus would be running along with those donated organs. When in fact that
is not at all the case. Therefore there is no question of any delay in the
process of rebirth just because anyone’s limbs or organs were donated to
someone else who was still alive. Reason being that the dhanainjaya is not
linked with those limbs or with those donated organs. Rather it is in the
muladhara cakra so at the time of cremation it escapes from the body at
that very time– regardless of any organ donation etc. In that case the
process of rebirth begins immediately without any delay.

Note 2: WHEN THE MIND LEAVES THE BODY

As is commonly known the main physical aspect of the body is the spinal
column. Because in the spinal cord there are controlling points; the cakras
are there. So until the spinal column is not destroyed, either directly or
indirectly, then the body does not die in the physical sphere. And the mind
remains fully with that physical structure. So if only the hands or feet
get amputated, people can survive and there is no psychic loss of mind. But
if any portion from the crown of the head to the base of the spine is cut
or destroyed, then at that point the body will not survive. In which case
then the mind be forced to leave the body. Otherwise not.

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“Not Audible” is A Better Approach

Baba says, “And in case of luminous bodies, known as “deva-yoni” in
Sam’skrta – Yaks’a, Raks’a, Gandharva, Vidya’dhara, Kinnara, Prakrtiliina,
Videhiiliina – they can not be conceived even by mind and some time when
they fiddle down to the scope of sensory organs, people may see them for a
short while.” (AV-2, 2004 Edn, p.39)

Note: In the above passage printed in A’nanda Vacanamrtam part 2, the
Publications personnel wrote the phrase “fiddle down”. But if anyone reads
the sentence carefully they can easily see that the phrase “fiddle down”
does not fit properly in the sentence– it does not make any sense. The
reason why is that that is not what Baba actually spoke that day.

Baba did not say “filter down”; rather Baba said “fiddle down”. But
those in the Publications Department transcribing the discourse could not
properly understand what Baba said. And instead of simply admitting that
they could not properly discern what Baba said, they just made up something
that seemed close. Hence they inserted the nonsensical phrase “fiddle down”.

Needless to say this type of working style is totally irresponsible.
Because Baba’s books are sacred texts for the humanity and those in
Publications should not merely guess at what they think they heard Baba
say. But that is what they did in this circumstance. They merely guessed;
and the result is that what they wrote does not have any meaning. It is
totally ridiculous sounding. Any balanced-minded person can certainly
understand that “fiddle down” does not make any sense in this sentence–
nor in any sentence. Because those two words– “fiddle down”– are not
meant to go together. That is why the whole sentence is just ridiculous.
But even then those in the Publications Department did not pay heed. Just
in their loose way they published it like that– “fiddle down”. When that
was not at all what Baba said. His actual words were “filter down”. So this
is the blunder that was made to Baba’s divine discourse.

To put forth a solution, if those in Publications are unsure of a word or
phrase, then they should simply write that such-and-such phrase was
“inaudible” or “unclear”. Clearly noting that they could not understand
something is far better than inventing their own fake words or stupid
phrases and inserting them in Baba’s discourse. This defective approach of
making up fake words just misleads readers. So best is if those in
Publications can just admit that they could not understand a word or
phrase, and then mark that by writing “inaudible” etc. Then there will not
be such and mess in our AM books and furthermore then those in Publications
will not smear their name by indulging in senseless work.

Beyond that, what more be said other than Baba’s books contain His
eternal, divine teachings. So the publication of His books should not be
taken lightly or done in a haphazard manner. Putting Baba’s discourses into
book form is a very noble and great endeavour so we should be sure not to
allow incompetent persons join our AMPS Publications Department.
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Date: 14 Apr 2010 14:47:26 -0000
From: “Acintya Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: How Did We Fall Prey to Groupism

Baba

“Pratham jiivane, tumi a’so niko, ta’r la’gi, mane kono klesh na’i…” (PS
379)

Purport:

Baba, You did not come close to me in the dawn of my life; but I do not
have any agony in my mind about why You did not bring me under Your shelter
that time– why You did not come close to me and become very intimate. For
that I do not have any mental anguish or suffering. But I do have
repentance in my heart for why I did not search You that time. That is why
my heart is burning and crying all the time. The fault is mine that in my
early years I did not search You. For that I have deep remorse.

Baba, that time You were so close to me– living side by side, always.
Even then I did not call You or try to search for You by learning sadhana.
I did not care about that back then. Just my days and nights passed in
vain, doing various useless pursuits that time in the early stage of my
life. Yet, now in the twilight of my life, the more those early
remembrances sprout in mind, the more pain I feel.

Baba, by Your grace everyone comes onto this earth for a short span of
time, for a calculated period. And there are so many works to do. Yet
fruitlessly people waste their time blaming God for their misfortunes– but
there is no benefit in this. Because everyone is facing their own samskara.
When they remove the umbrella of vanity, they will realise that Your grace
is showering eternally.

Baba, You are ever gracious; what You do is best for me. My only desire
is to always remain under Your shelter…

== IS IT ANY WONDER? ==

Namaskar,
Seeing the situation going on now in our AMPS, it is certainly reasonable
to ask, ‘How or why did we fall prey to groupism?’. This query could easily
arise in anyone’s mind. So let us take a moment then to investigate this
topic.

In a nutshell we should just know that all around the globe, groupism is looked
upon as being something very honorable and venerated etc.

A LOOK AT THE NATIONS

So beforemjumping directly into the present theatrics of groupism in AMPS,
first we can examine how various nations around the globe are run.

As we all know well, at present the government of each and every country in
the world today openly operates under the party system.

For example:
(a) In India, in the recent history the BJP was the ruling party; plus we
all know there is also the Congress Party and various other parties.
(b) In the US, the two main camps are the Democratic and Republican parties.
(c) In France the major parties are the Socialist Party and the UPM, Union
for a Popular Movement.
(d) In Japan, the LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) and the DPJ (Democratic
Party of Japan) are the two major parties.
(e) In Argentina two of the many active political parties are Radical Civic
Union (Unión Civica Radical) and Justicialist Party (Partido Justicialista).
(f) And in Kenya there is the Kenya African National Union and the Safina
party, among others.

So each and every nation on this globe today has their registered political
parties which essentially govern that country. And these parties are, by
and large, accepted by people as being authentic, legal, official, and
authoritative. In a word such parties are deemed as ‘legitimate’ in the
eyes of the people. Various citizens may agree or disagree with the
platform of a particular party, but none are calling for these parties to
be eradicated. Rather a dissident will merely found or join an opposing
party. So the party system itself is accepted 100%.

Indeed, such parties are respected and people think this is the way to do.

PARTIES ARE NOT MERELY PARTIES, THEY ARE GROUPS

However, these parties are not just parties– they are veritable groups.

Inside and out they function according to a groupist mentality. Their
members commit to the party agenda instead of to the path of welfare; these
parties cover up misdeeds of their leaders; these parties pressurise their
members to follow the party no matter what; and these parties rampantly
chase after power etc. Plus there are so many other indicating factors
which show that these political parties function according to the mandates
of groupism.

So verily these parties are groups and the term ‘party’ is just a euphemism
for the word ‘group’.

Hence in society groupism is well respected, but in AM we do not subscribe
to groupism. Yet because of the prevailing social dogmas, groupism / party
politics has not only crept into but verily blossomed in our AMPS.

NO ONE THINKS THEIR PARTY IS A GROUP

Interestingly if you directly ask party members of the various countries if their
party is a group or faction, then they would say ‘no’. They would not admit
that they are a faction or a group, or that they function according to
groupist psychology etc. None of these things would they readily admit.
Primarily because, they are blinded by their own party politics and fail to
understand how their party is nothing more than a group.

Rather they think their party / group is something prestigious. For that we
need to look no further than the recent debates on war or economic reform
in US polictics. Obama put out a call for support and those in his party
came running in support, galvanizing the party platform- as if this is
something great or holy or noble. And those in the other party attacked
as if it was the plague Through it all, those party leaders would
never lay claim that they are playing groupist schemas etc.

But if a small cluster of their party broke away from the rest of their
party, then surely they would label that small cluster as being a group, or
a splinter, or a faction.

With regards to their own party however they would not be so forthcoming.
They would not openly declare that their party is nothing but a group.
Nor would the general public or even many political commentators. Because
the party system has become so established in the realm of politics that
everyone just accepts it as being normal. And when they tire of one party
then they vote in another. That is the way it goes.

Because almost none openly oppose the existence of the party system. Either
because they agree with it or because they cannot conceive of there being
any other way. The party system has become the defining aspect of political
life.

Indeed, it has become so deeply embedded within the world of politics, that people
do not think that anything can be done outside party system. They do not think that a
government can be formed or run without the party.

Given all of the above, is it any wonder then how party politics, aka groupism
can into being in our Marga. Because when top Dadas do not follow Baba’s ideals
then they are going to fall into the prevailing ways of the society–
which happens to be party politics– i.e. groupism.

Like osmosis, groupism has seeped into our Marga from the general society’s
ways of party politics.

APPLYING THIS TO AMPS

When it came time for Dadas to take control of the governance of AMPS. Then
in a flash, the various WT’s broke divided themselves into various groups,
or parties. Since 1990, never did our AMPS function as one holistic body.
Immediately one or another faction has risen to power and worked towards
their own party interests. The Sarvatmanandas and Rudranandas have always
relied on their party structure to gain power and dominate. That is why we
can say that there have always been various groups that rule the scene in
our AMPS.

But if you ask any of the ruling groups in AMPS if their faction or party
is a group, they will never admit it. For example, B group does not openly
declare that their clique is a group. Rather they believe they should be
the ruling party of AMPS and all others who disagree with them are members
of various groups. But B group will not deem themselves as being a group
per se.

And same is the case with the leading H faction, EC team, or NIA cluster.
All are groups: they all rigidly follow the dictates of groupism. But they
will never say as much. They will never attest to the fact that they are a
group. Rather they think theirs is a legitimate political party and all
others are mere groups or splinters etc.

And to test the situation simply go up to any chieftain like Rudrananda,
Sarvatmananda, Tiirthananda, Citkrsnananda, or approach any of their
lieutenants and ask them if their team is a group. Immediately they will
say ‘no’. And to legitimise their own presence, they will say they are a
political party or the governing body. Or if they are really tricky they
will proclaim themselves as being a ‘movement’.

But in truth, all such factions– whether H, B, EC, or NIA– are
functioning 100% according to the ways of groupism. That is their modus
operendi.

Because they is what they have seen happen in the general society and this
party system they have dragged into our AMPS

WHAT IS THE ANSWER

So if one were to raise the question: ‘How did we fall prey to groupism’.

Then the leading answer is that when groupism itself is accepted and
rampant all around us in the general society in the form of party politics,
then we can say that this faulty mind-set of groupism entered into our AMPS
from the outside.

That is, since we ourselves failed to pointedly recognise the presence of
groupism in the world around us, so we could not stop it from infesting our
AMPS either.

Thus groupism entered into our AMPS way of life from the general society.
Those in AMPS adopted the ‘legitimate’ political approach as practiced in
each and every country.

Because throughout the world today, the party system is looked upon as something
glorious and if anyone ‘sacrifices for the party’ then that is looked upon as
a truly noble & selfless action. When in reality, all it is is a stamp of approval
for more and more groupism.

BABA REJECTS ALL FORMS OF PARTY POLITICS

Here below however Baba warns us about and openly rejects the existence of
such party politics, or groupism.

Baba says, “Party politics is one of the factors which stands, or tries to
stand, in the way of human unity. In fact party politics is even more
dangerous than disease-causing germs. In party politics all the refined
attributes of the human mind, such as simplicity and the spirit of service,
slowly but surely get totally destroyed. Party affiliation commands more
respect than individual ability; service to self, not service to people, is
the main motto; ministerial office, rather than human welfare, is
considered superior; and mass deception, political somersaults, etc., are
most common phenomena.” (P.O.D., pt #26)

So in no way, shape, or form is party politics intended to become a part of
our AM way of life. But tragically it has seeped into our AMPS like water.
None can claim that it hasn’t.

THE WAYS OF PROUT

How are we to proceed. What is the way out. In brief, we can say that in
Prout there is no groupism. There is no party politics; there is not
factionalism.

In Prout we are to function as one human society– that is as one human
family.

But because in the history of the world and in the society around us there
is no country which has functioned under such a premise, it becomes
difficult to imagine how a Proutistic system would function. That is why
people are not sure how it works.

But if we really want to know how a Proutistic government is to operate, we
need not look any further than the joint family system, which has been in
vogue in Indian village life and in so many communities for generations and
generations.

In that approach, all are looked upon as being part of the whole and no one
is allowed to rule the family in favour of certain family members. This
type of party politics or groupism is not allowed to happen in any family.
And that mind-set is what is needed to formulate a proper AMPS organisation.

Yet in our political life, and in our AMPS, party politics or groupism has
become the norm. And it entered into AMPS because in our own minds this is
what we have accepted as being normal: In some small or big corner of our
minds we have accepted the legitimacy of the party system which we see
rampant in the world around us.

WRAP-UP

All in all this is a vast topic with many points involved. Yet at the same
time it is very simple: The party politics prevalent in each and every
nation has been absorbed into AMPS, at least at present. And as always all
are encouraged to write in with thoughts and opinions. Because this is one
needed point for us to unearth if we are ever to move ahead and build an
AMPS that is functioning according to the ways of Prout.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, each and every Ananda Margii has within them the seeds and
desire to set up our social life according to the ways of Prout. And by His
grace it will not take long for us to enable Prout to sprout in our AMPS.

Baba says, “We are waiting for the rising sun with crimson rays. Even now
the crimson rays are a bit visible. These crimson rays are the rays of
PROUT.” (PNS-17)

Namaskar,
Acintya

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Ultravarious to Ideology

Baba says, “You should remember that a situation will never arise in this
world which will give you cause for fear. It has been said that Parama
Purusa is the fear of fear. That is, fear is as afraid of Parama Purusa as
humans are afraid of fear.”

“Ananda Marga is essentially Tantra-orientated, it too, has a few
special features of its own. As I have said previously, our ideology
maintains that no-one need be afraid of anything under any circumstances.
If anyone does get afraid, it should be understood that he is doing
something ultravarious to our ideology.” (Kolkata, 14 November 1978)
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To: AM-GLOBAL
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 06:28:41 -0000
From: NJK Majumdar
Subject: Most Important Aspect of the Mission

Baba

“Tumi ya’ke bha’loba’so se kena a’r’a’le tha’ke…” (PS 3333)

Purport:

Baba, one thing I do not understand. Please tell me why Your great
devotees like to keep themselves far away from name, fame praise etc.
Always they keep themselves hidden.

You keep Your devotees very close to You. But You do not grant them
wealth, money, higher social status, name or fame. Rather You take away
all these worldly things from devotees and You saturate their heart with
the devotion. Devotees are always hidden in the society as ordinary
persons. And as to those who are not A-grade devotees, You glorify[1]
them with the high status. Why like this? Please tell me.

Baba, only You can control and utilise occult powers. Except You,
those others who acquire occult powers lose their conscience and do all
kinds of negative things. Ultimately they degenerate and follow the path
of negative pratisaincara– they become one with the crude matter.
Devotees get You all the time in their heart and in that way they
always remain in bliss. Having You their whole existence gets filled and
all their deep longing and desires get satisfied.

Baba to those whom You are loving, to them You always keep them hidden…

[1] Devotees do not ask anything from Parama Purusa other than HE
Himself. Whereas those who are ordinary people ask for name, fame,
money, power, post etc. So accordingly Baba grants them those things and
fulfills their desire.

== MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THE MISSION ==

Namaskar,
We all know that in our A’nanda Ma’rga Baba places tremendous emphasis
on the dual approach of spiritual sadhana and social service. Both have
a huge role to play. For that reason some may be thinking that our
spiritual life and our social life are therefore equal in all regards.
Without going too deeply into the matter, this might be a logical
conclusion one would make: Estimating that both are 50-50– the same
size & of equal value etc. It is easy to surmise how someone might
conclude in that fashion.

However, Baba’s divine teaching is something else. As important as our
social life is, Baba here unveils and expresses the vastness &
unparalleled nature of our spiritual approach in A’nanda Ma’rga.

Baba says, “Our spiritual life is not a part of our social life; our
social life is a part of our spiritual life.” (Poona DMC, 26-11-79)

Thus, Baba’s above teaching establishes the supremacy of spirituality as
He tells that everything falls within the scope of our spiritual life.
That is, our spiritual life is not a subset of our social life; but our
social life is a part of our spiritual life.

With this is mind, that means that our entire social dealing comes under
that great umbrella of spirituality. Or, another way of saying it is
that nothing comes outside of our spiritual approach. Everything is part
and parcel of that. Hence in Ananda Marga we say that spirituality is
the top-most thing– the summum bonum of life.

Baba says, “Spirituality is the summum bonum of life in all its
aspects.” (Idea & Idealogy, p.77)

Here are more points which lead in this same direction– which highlight
the greatness of spiritual life in Ananda Marga. All brothers and
sisters should also write in with their perceptions and thoughts also.

AM SPIRITUALITY IS THE VERY PULSE OF OUR LIFE

The path which Baba has shown us– the path of Ananda Marga is totally
revolutionary since it is deeply ensconced in the nectar of
spirituality. From birth to death and from morning till night, the life
of an Ananda Margii is filled with spiritual practices and cosmic
ideation. When one emerges from the womb and enters this world then
immediately that infant is drenched in the singing Baba Nam Kevalam. And
it continues on from there. Hence in AM spirituality is our very heartbeat.

OUR DAYS AND NIGHT ARE FILLED WITH SPIRITUALITY

By Baba’s grace in AM our spiritual approach continues through the whole
life. In the morning we greet and start the day with our practices of
Guru Sakash and paincajanya etc, and the whole day follows in that flow:
Doing sadhana, reciting our bath mantra, taking second lesson before our
each and every work, ideating as we say namaskar, singing kiirtan etc.
Each and every activity through the day is linked with the Cosmic Hub–
Baba.

And then after dark we go for night sadhana and ultimately take rest
with His name on our lips– dreaming of Him.

About this holistic ideal, Baba has given one divine sloka:

‘Kuru punyam ahora’tram’

Meaning: Do virtuous deeds day and night

In Ananda Marga we are ideating on Brahma during the day and performing
our various works and duties and then when sleeping we are repeating our
Ista mantra or dhyana mantra during the night. In that way each and
every second of the life is drenched in the sweet flow of spirituality.

A’NANDA SUTRAM:

AM PHILOSOPHY IS SPIRITUALLY BASED

As we know, in Ananda Sutram Baba has outlined the whole of AM
philosophy in seed form. In sum there are 85 Sutras in these five
chapters. Yet the first four chapters– or the first 69 Sutras– deal
exclusively with points of spirituality. There is no hint of mention of
social life in these sections.

Then in His revolutionary approach in the final chapter of A’nanda
Sutram Baba incorporates our social life and Prout– all neatly woven
into the context of spirituality. Hence Prout is a sub-set of AM
spiritual ideology; Prout is a God-centered philosophy resting on the
dynamic force of AM spirituality.

By all this we can all easily understand that in AM spirituality is the
main thing. This is the divine flow of life in Ananda Marga.

A’NANDA MA’RGA IS A REVOLUTION

The path of Ananda Marga is the top as our Marga maintains its stance of
spirituality throughout all the realms of life. This is one of the
reasons why we say AM is a revolution– and far above the rest.

In comparison, the dogmatic religions fall way short of the mark. In
their most basic and fundamental sense, at best the religions
theoretically aim to be spiritual institutions; but in actuality just a
tiny partition or a small segment of religious life is for Godly
pursuits. And even that small piece has gotten infested with dogma.

Hinduism started with some aspects of meditation and other spiritual
points of yoga and Bhagavata dharma, but even then it was just a small
part of the life. The proof being that the great Shankaracarya himself
declared that people could not dedicate themselves towards spirituality
until after 75 years of age. And not just that, but step by step,
Hinduism has totally fallen away from any pointed spiritual approach.
Such that now, the touch of true spirituality is all gone from their
religious dealings and their followers just indulge in idol worship in
the temples and other dogmatic rituals.

To their own degree, Christians may even be less in this regard. They
have no meditative practice to speak of and their prayer etc is done on
Sundays only. So their religious life is extremely limited and tucked
away into a little corner.

So in this way each and every religion has partitioned its prayer
practices to a small part of life which is hardly even visible and which
barely touches the seed of their existence. Rather they are totally
governed by materialistic policies

Only in the dharma of Ananda Marga do we see that living aspect of true
spirituality ensconced into each and every cell of one’s existence.

WE MUST TAKE CARE

From top to bottom, spirituality is everything in AM.
That is the be-all and end-all of our existence.

Even then in this crude era of kali yuga, due to the enormous onslaughts
of materialism etc, from time to time we all get pulled and dragged into
mundane duties and worldly obligations. We all have huge quotas and lots
of pressures to attend to in this regard: Bills to pay, houses to
maintain, plus all the negative allurements of the general society to
combat. This is the harsh reality which we are facing nowadays.

Indeed, we can see that even our Dadas get caught up in this rush of
external living and mostly they just do sadhana so that they can eat.
Means sadhana is just a ticket to get into the dining hall– nothing
more in many cases. I think we have all seen such things.

So we all know that spirituality is everything yet the practical reality
is that whether we like it or not on various occasions we are all
getting dragged head first into mundane life. No doubt we are all
following 16 Points to the best of our ability etc, but the general flow
of the world is pulling us strongly in its crude direction. In the face
of mundane pressures our sadhana time gets reduced, asanas get skipped,
and so many things unfold. No need to list them here as we are all well
aware about what happens.

Hence even though in Ananda Marga, spirituality is the most treasured
aspect of life and as much as we practice it during our days and nights,
still the reality is that the mind tends to become extroverted due to
the extreme amount of mundane pressures.

Taken altogether, we should be extremely careful and take whatever
measures necessary to reverse this trend. Baba’s following teaching
leads in this same direction.

Baba says, “This element of devotion, the most precious treasure of
humanity, must be preserved most carefully. Because it is such a tender
inner asset, to preserve it from the onslaughts of materialism, one must
build a protective fence around it, just as people put up a guard-rail
around a small tender plant.” (NH-LOI)

So Baba’s divine direction is to safeguard this most precious thing:
Devotion, which is the seed of true spirituality.

In this regard we can take steps by singing more kiirtan, keeping strict
timing for our sadhana, encouraging ourselves and others to be vigilant
in 16 Points, and evaluating our lives every 15 minutes to see if we are
on the right path or not. On this aspect also, it will be highly
inspiring to hear everyone’s suggestions and recommendations.

By this way, and with Baba’s grace, we will be able to maintain and rise
above the challenges– delving deeper and deeper into spiritual life.

SPIRITUALITY IS BEYOND ALL RELATIVE BOUNDARIES

Here Baba once again highlights the supreme nature of spiritual life.

Baba says, “That ultimate and absolute ideal is the Cosmic ideal – an
ideal beyond the scope of time, place and person. It is the Absolute,
without and beyond relativity. It stands with its own lustre for all
times and for every factor of the Cosmos.” (I & I, p.76)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s divine grace each and every margii will taste the supreme
sweetness of AM spirituality & reach unto Baba’s divine lap in this very
life.

Baba says, “The human being’s mission in life is movement towards
perfection– towards God. This is one’s dharma, or duty. In this
struggle, the forces of evil [materialism etc] are bound to be defeated.
That has been the case all along, and that will repeat itself.” (AV-23,
p.81)

Namaskar,
Nagendra

Note 1: SPIRITUALITY IS UNPARALLELED

OUR SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY IS A PART OF THAT

Here Baba reveals the awesome nature of spirituality and that taking
this as their base Neo-Humanism and Prout has been formulated etc.

Baba says, “Spirituality provides a human being and humanity at large
with that subtle and tremendous power with which no other power can be
compared. Therefore, with spirituality as the base, a rational
philosophy should be evolved to deal with the physical, psychological
and socio-philosophical problems of the day.” (‘The Cosmic Brotherhood’,
5 June 1959)

Keeping our spiritual ideal at the fore, Baba has given us the way to
identify, address, and solve each and every difficulty of our social
life. This is His great blessing on the humanity.

Note 2: SPIRITUALITY IS THAT UNIFYING FORCE

In His below teaching Baba pointedly guides us that it is the golden
thread of spirituality which will bring together all the various beings
of this universe.

Baba says, “The Cosmic ideal alone can be the unifying force which shall
strengthen humanity to smash the bondages and abolish all narrow
domestic walls of fissiparous tendencies.” (‘The Cosmic Brotherhood’, 5
June 1959)

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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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Date: 12 Apr 2010 23:47:44 -0000
From: “Subhash Dholakia”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Everyone’s Concern

Baba

PS Intro: In this following song the devotee is talking to Baba, all the
while indirectly referring about himself.

“Jeo na’, shon’o katha, bojha vytha’, abujha hoyo na’…” (PS 660)

Purport:

Baba, please be gracious, please do not leave me all alone, please do
not go far away; please keep me in Your shelter. Baba, please listen to the
tale of my aching heart; please understand my pain and suffering– because
of my deep longing for You. Baba, I beg You not to remain aloof about my
yearning and crying for You. Baba, You have graced me and have made the
flower of devotion blossom in my heart. And these flowers are solely for
making one beautiful garland for You– ultimately surrendering them at Your
lotus feet. Baba, please do not mercilessly crush those flowers. Baba,
please be gracious.

Baba, by Your infinite grace please keep me close. Please do not
permanently forget about that person who is under shelter day and night.
Baba, it seems You have removed him from Your memory. Baba, please recall
how in the past You loved him deeply up to his heart’s content. That time
You saturated his mind with bliss and filled his eyes with Your loving
gaze. You were so gracious those days. Baba, You know that very person was
with You in each and every rhythm of the song, he was also with You in all
kinds of works– always remaining by Your side. Baba, please do not forget
him.

Baba, by Your grace I never forget this eternal truth that You are
everything. You are the effulgence of the day as well as the darkness of
the night. Baba, in this life of mine I have loved only You. Baba, You are
the heart of my heart. Please shower Your divine grace on me day and night,
incessantly. Baba, even if You always remain forgetful of me, that I can
tolerate. Only I ask one thing of You. Baba, please do not push me away
from Your holy, lotus feet. Baba, You are my closest & dearest One.
You are my everything. Baba, please keep me in Your shelter…

== EVERYONE’S CONCERN ==

Namaskar,
One time when we were returning from DMS, on the train so many persons were
there– both margiis and non-margiis. And in many cases people were
travelling together. So some persons had traveled to DMS as a single
attendee whereas as others traveled to DMS with their entire family
including their kids.

So in their natural way, on the train, those kids were quarreling and
playing with the other children.

Then one new margii became quite agitated by their behavior and he passed
some offensive remark that these small kids are very negative– they
pollute the sanctity and turn the whole peaceful environment into chaos.
Then he went so far to accuse that: ‘Why do you bring them to these
spiritual gatherings’.

Then other persons jumped in and replied that in our Marga the system is
that the whole family is welcome to attend our all functions.

Then the new margiis replied that, ‘No, the kids are just one disturbance
or nuisance. Let them grow because now they are so small and they do not
understand anything. Just they are involved in their negative quarreling.
They have no sense about what should be done and what should not be done.
Those who are a bit older and well-behaved then they should come. Otherwise
why should these other kids come and do negative things.’

A few margiis then together tried to convince him that our approach is
different. Kids are innocent and just it is their nature to sometimes
quarrel with one another.

So back and forth discussion was going and ultimately they could not reach
on to the proper common point. And in due course the situation subsided.

But since that occasion it was in my mind to talk to other margiis and get
their opinions and then write something for everyone to review.

ALL ARE FAMILY MEMBERS

Sincere margiis know well that in our Marga, everyone is considered as
family member whether they be a new-born baby or a 110 year old person. All
belong to our family and they have equal rights and we give importance to
one and all.

And together our AM family is not only youths, or only elderly persons, but
a grand mix of people from young to old and everything in between.

It is just like in a garden if only one type of flower is there then that
is not quite proper or colorful. But rather all various types are there–
just like in a bouquet that includes a wide variety of flowers. All get
collected and that brings more charm. That is the way it works.

BABA’S GUIDELINE

So on this very point here are some of Baba’s guidelines about how we
should be mindful of children:

Baba says, “Society must ensure that proper care is taken of human babies
who are totally dependent on the care and protection of their parents for
their existence. These helpless children can only convey their pain and
discomfort through tears. To raise children from infancy to maturity is an
immensely important task.” (AFPS-6)

So our Guru guides that in viewing the society, the requisite factor is a
magnanimous mind which is full of graceful feeling and sweet expression for
those innocent children who are under our care and protection.
Means those who do not have that vast mind full of love, cannot view one
and all as members of our neo-humanistic family. Because if the person
himself is narrow minded or frustrated, then in their outlook that
frustration will appear.

The sense is that the sweet heart of one balanced person will never cast
any negative, sarcastic remarks toward such tender age innocent babies / kids.

EVERYONE WAS ONCE A CHILD

Because everyone, whether young or old, was a baby in the past and the
babies’ cry is very natural. Where babies are, surely they cry. And if
inside one’s heart is pure and loving, then the cry of the babies is not
suffocative or negative which can be called as demonic act. But if inside
someone is frustrated then everything in this world looks dry, harsh,
parched, ugly, crude, negative, etc.

When such frustrated persons see birds chirping in the tree, they feel
agitated and brand birds as ‘nuisance creator’. And in response they throw
stones on those bushes to shoe those birds away.

A few days back my neighbor was doing like this. When I saw here I felt sad
thinking the state of her mind. Actually he was in depressed and frustrated
mood. That is why he was throwing stones in all the bushes around his house
to get rid from the sweet chirping songs of the bird. Because he was
irritated by that.

SOCIETY IS RESPONSIBLE

If the baby does anything wrong then discredit goes to the society, parents
or to everyone. This discredit never goes to the baby because they are
innocent. Sweet, kind, benevolent, motherly heart feels like this. Those
who have that type of heart understand, or I should say, they only can
understand my feeling. I have experience that those who have devotion they
also can understand because of their feeling of divine love.

But those who are frustrated within, their expression and talk reflects that.

PURE AS SNOW

In contrast Baba guides us in the gospel of Bhagavad dharma.

“Kaomar….”

In this description Baba says that small babies are as pure as divine,
because they do not have any negativity towards anyone. And it is working
in 100% cases up to the age of 5. So in common society if anything right or
wrong is done by small kids, then balanced people ignore that. And they
will not pollute the environment by raucously blaming the children.

BABA’S DMC GATHERINGS: CHILDREN ATTENDED

Here is one reminder that we have seen even with Baba’s presence during
DMC. At such an important event and gathering as DMC, that time mothers
with infants and mothers with new-borns were always allowed to participate.

Often the babies were crying and Baba was just moving ahead with His
program and continuing with His discourse. And if the crying became very
loud, then politely it was suggested to take them temporarily outside. That
is all. Nobody seriously believed the baby should be banned. They thought that
in AM society the cry of baby is one beauty. Because this brings one color
in DMC. And it gives the feeling that in our AM society everyone is the
member. From infant to senior citizens. Everyone has right to participate
in spiritual gathering.

DHARMA IS FOR ALL

Ananda Marga also says that dharma is not only for polished so-called elite
people only. Dharma is for all.

Baba says, “I dedicate A’nanda Ma’rga in this DMC to all sections of
society…from this DMC onwards I have become a man of the people because I
believe that dharma is the property of the masses, not the exclusive
monopoly of a handful of so-called educated middle class elite. Dharma
belongs to one and all. From this DMC, I recognise it as the property of
the common people.” (AV-7)

Namaskar,
Subhash

SOME IMPORTANT BABA’S GUIDELINES ABOUT CHILDREN

Note 1: Here below Baba sheds more insight into the nature of children.

Baba says, “Children are by nature most inclined towards play, so a thirst
for knowledge will have to be awakened in children through the medium of
play — children should be educated through play methods. Children are also
by nature inclined to listen to fantasies and stories. Through stories
children can easily be taught the history and geography of various
countries, and they may also be taught the initial lessons of how to
practise universalism in their lives. Children love play and stories almost
equally, so in their case the two should be equally utilized.” (HS-1)

Note 2: Here Baba gives us one golden guideline about parenting and raising
children.

Baba says, “In order to develop a healthy outlook, the most important thing
children need is robust idealism. To impart this, parents require only two
virtues: self-restraint and good judgement.” (HS-1)

Note 3: Baba guides in this below quote that children raise children in the
proper manner because they are the future of society.

Baba says, “[It] is essential to sow the seeds of true development in the
minds of children and to ensure that these seeds grow into small seedlings,
flourish, and bring forth foliage, flowers and fruits” (HS-1)

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The Place of Occult Powers in AM

Baba says, “In spiritual life as well as in ordinary life, if one retains
simplicity it is helpful for the attainment of God; through this one’s life
and mind become filled with the effulgence of Parama Purusa. This is the
supreme attainment. Spying out every nook and cranny of the eight occult
powers is another name for stupidity.” (SC-2, p.149)

Note: Unfortunately in the general society people think that occult powers
themselves are the essence of spirituality. Indeed, devoid of occult
powers, such persons do not have any concept of spirituality. In AM however
it is different; it is not like that. In our Marga devotion gets utmost
importance.
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For Intense Sadhana

Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2010 17:48:22 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Jawaharlal
Subject: For Intense Sadhana

Baba

PS Intro: This following song expresses the deepest love towards Parama
Purusa. This is Kevala Bhakti.

“Ke go tumi ele a’ma’ri mane, lukiye chile korn gahane…” (P.S. 840)

Purport:

O’ Divine Entity, who are You who has come in the abode of my mind.
With Your august arrival, the sky, wind, and the whole atmosphere has
become spiritually charged and filled with Your divine vibration. High
in the sky the moon’s smile has brought a surreal atmosphere of sweet
love. Baba, up till now, in which unknown and secret place were You
hiding.

Baba, by Your grace, today in the soft and fragrant breeze of
this spring season, my restless heart only yearns for You. There is no
end to the longing of my aching heart. Baba, in the melodious chirping
of the birds, in the isolated corner of my mind, please merge my heart
in Your heart– make them one.

Baba, by Your grace today I have forgotten the old tale of crying and
laughter. Now all the obstacles have been removed by Your grace. My
one-pointed mind is rushing only towards You. Baba, today by Your grace
I will try to please & serve You up to Your heart’s content by singing
Your song. Baba, by Your infinite grace You have made Your divine
advent in my heart and taken away everything and made me Yours…

== FOR INTENSE SADHANA ==

Namaskar,
Sadhana is the mainstay in the life of each and every margii. It is an
integral part of our existence. At the same time we all know that our
progress in meditation is systaltic and that sometimes it is difficult
to move past certain plateaus or feelings. Here below in this letter are
some points from one senior family acarya for how to intensify one’s own
sadhana practice.

VIBRATION COMES IN SADHANA

Generally, whenever we do our sadhana then a certain sweet vibration
comes– it happens to everyone. A distinctive blissful energy sweeps
through the body and permeates the mind. And this vibration itself is a
positive sign that our meditation is working, i.e. that it is fruitful.

THE SPIRITUAL SCIENCE BEHIND IT

From a slightly more technical perspective, we can say that there are
certain stages of our sadhana and which represent how the aforementioned
sentient vibration results.

Initially by Baba’s grace with our iccha shakti– strong desire or will
power– we attempt to concentrate the mind. And then step by step the
next stages unfold. A sense of surrender develops and with that
devotional feeling & yearning we begin the repetition of our mantra. As
the practice of our mantra japa continues and strengthens, then
mantra’ghat occurs. That is, the mantra strikes on the kulakundalini and
the kundalini begins to rise up. And in result a wave of sentient
blissful feelings spreads throughout our being. In brief, this is how
that sentient vibration comes in the body and mind.

A SENTIENT VIBRATION SHOULD ARISE, OTHERWISE…

So with our focused mind and right practice of meditation, a blissful
flow consumes our existence. That is a sentient vibration is aroused.
And this of course is a positive development.

Because if we do not feel any vibration at all when we do our sadhana
then we know that the mind was just running hither and thither; and, all
in all, our “sitting in sadhana” was just a waste of time.
So in proper sadhana, a sentient vibration must arise.

TWO ROADS

Hence the arousal of a sentient vibration indicates a certain degree of
“success” in our sadhana. But as we know, this is not the be-all of
one’s sadhana. Rather at this point one has reached an initial plateau
or crossroads where two distinct options present themselves.

Either with one’s developed nerve cells and nerve fibres one can manage
and digest that spritual vibration or one cannot. That is, either that
sentient vibration can be assimilated internally and one can continue to
focus on their mantra japa and delve deeper into their meditation. Or,
due to one’s less developed nerves and according to their samskara, the
sweet vibration aroused in sadhana causes an external reaction– such as
crying, shaking, laughing, rolling, somersaulting, weeping, bouncing etc.

SENTIENT VIBRATION MUST BE ASSIMILATED

So the key aspect here is that to further progress in sadhana then one
must have the requisite strength to internalise that sentient vibration.
Because if we give way to those sentient feelings and allow them to
present externally then the mind gets diverted and distracted, in which
case one can no longer concentrate on the mantra. And once one’s mantra
japa gets interrupted then sadhana goes down.

Therefore all those external manifestations in sadhana– such as crying,
singing, laughing etc– hinder one’s ability to advance. Specifically,
they cause one’s sadhana to stall since at that point the mind gets
externalised towards those outer expressions. In which case the sentient
energy created by the mantra repetition just gets drained out.

Here again it should be known that that the initial arousal of a
sentient vibration is a distinct sign of progress. But in turn we
should– as far as possible– not allow those feelings to leak out
externally in the form of tears, laughter, horripilation etc. Over time
these types of reactions should be controlled, i.e. assimilated within.

So the challenge is to internalise that vibration. Then, by Baba’s
grace, one will feel bliss inside, yet at the same time the mind will
stay focused and continue to devotionally repeat one’s mantra. Then one
can reach deeper and deeper into the kingdom of eternal bliss.

A COMMON MISPERCEPTION

Sometimes when we see others crying or laughing or rolling around in
their sadhana then the tendency is to think that the person is a great
sadhaka or that their sadhana is very high. But actually all it means is
that due to a weakness in their nerves the sadhaka could not assimilate
those sentient vibrations. And in result that vibration leaked out
externally as opposed to being internally channelised to a higher degree
of sadhana.

Thus if one is weeping or laughing in sadhana it does not mean that they
are the top-most sadhakas. As there may be many others who have reached
that same point yet easily absorbed that vibration and by Baba’s grace
could dive deeper into their meditation.

So this is one aspect for us all to keep in mind: That we should always
aim to keep the body motionless and keep the mind focused on our mantra
and reach closer and closer to Him.

MANTRA REPETITION: CALLING OUR DEAREST ONE

As we know, our mantra is a divine tool for calling our Dearest One. And
with a heart full of devotion we should continue our mantra japa and
focus exclusively on that in our sadhana. Then when any sentient
vibration is aroused we will easily be able to cross that threshold and
become further immersed in His divine flow– in the kingdom of bliss.

SADHANA IS THE PATHWAY OF LIFE

Here Baba again reminds us that the path of sadhana is the most
meaningful endeavour in life.

Vrtha’ janma…..

Baba says, “The ideation on Brahma should be done scrupulously, or else
you will later regret and bemoan the futility of your life with the last
drop of your tears at your last hour. 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,
Jawaharlal

Note: BECOMING MORE AND MORE SINCERE IN SADHANA

It is a constant endeavour for each and every sadhaka to become more and
more involved in their sadhana. And for this to happen it demands both
sincerity of heart and dedication to our ideal– to Baba. In that case
we can all deepen our spiritual practices by His grace. All in all, the
above written topic does not at all pertain to those who are just doing
5-10 minutes of sadhana prior to taking food. All the above ideas are
related to those who are deeply committed to their sadhana and regularly
allot a proper amount of time to their practice. On this regard during
holidays & vacations etc, we should all try to spend more and more time
focused on our sadhana. Because otherwise in our day to day mundane
existence it is not at all easy to deepen one’s practice. For that it
demands a focused mind and time spent in sadhana. So whenever possible
we should leave our house and go outside for sadhana for an extended
period of time to practice meditation. Then we will leave behind our
worldly distractions and be able to focus the mind on our mantra and
call Him with the love of our heart. By Baba’s grace we will all move
ahead in our sadhana and internally experience His cosmic bliss. By His
grace may we all please and serve Him in our sadhana.

Everyone– all family members– are kindly requested to write in with
their sadhana realisations and spiritually related experiences.

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Those Who Are True Devotees…

“Top-grade devotees says, ‘I want all my actions to give You joy. It’s
immaterial whether that brings joy or pain to me, it doesn’t bother me
at all. My only task is to give You joy’. This is called ra’ga’tmika
bhakti and is the devotion of the highest category. One should possess
this type of devotion. ‘I will do those actions which will make Parama
Purus’a happy, but which may or may not bring joy to me.’ Human beings
should act in this way.” (Morning General Darshan, 08 Nov 1978)
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