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Subject: Unpublished Discourse About Weapons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== UNPUBLISHED DISCOURSE ABOUT WEAPONS ==

Note: This posting is based on an unpublished Hindi discourse from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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