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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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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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