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Date: Sun 02 May 2010 22:27:55 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Richard Cross
Subject: Who Likes this Type of Longevity + News For Wts

Baba

“Toma’re ceyechi a’lo-chay’aya’…” (PS 2373)

Purport:

Baba, I long for You in the light and shade – in good days and bad – in
the dawn as well as in the evening. I long for You always, each and
every moment. Baba, I long for You in the effulgence of the earth – the
beauty of creation. I have untold yearning for You in dormant love and
in the depths of ideation – in my dhya’na. O’ my Beloved, I want You.

Baba, my Dearmost and my eternal companion, You are the great ocean of
churned nectar. You are eternal. Everyone exists because of You in newer
and newer rhythm, names, and forms. Because of You this cycle of
creation keeps moving.

Baba, please come very close and reside in my heart, grace me by
dispelling the last vestige of asmita’ [1]. Along the flow of my life’s
path – through the undulating waves of crest and troughs – the river of
my citta wants Your essence of nectar. Baba in the journey of my life,
in pain and pleasure, loss and gain, happiness and sorrow, my heart
wants only You, O’ my Dearmost…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #2373:

[1] Asmita’: Here below Baba gives quite an elaborate and colourful
explanation of the Sanskrit term, asmita’.

Drkdarshanashaktyoreka’tmateva’smita’

Baba says, “As asmita’ is devoid of any discrimination, people with this
mental defect lose their power of discrimination. First, they think that
since they are so great, there is no need for them to learn anything
from others. As a result of this, their further progress comes to a
halt. Secondly, the arrogant attitude of this asmita’ banishes from
their minds the humble psychology of the learner. They lose interest in
learning anything useful; so not only in the world of knowledge, but
also in the world of practicality, they become misfits in life because
of their mountainous accumulated ignorance.”

“It is not that arrogance of this sort simply obstructs their progress.
The human mind, like the human body, is dynamic. No one has come to
remain here; everyone is moving — for movement is a must. Now, the mind
whose further progress is blocked will also have to move this way or
that; so when one must move, but the path of progress is blocked, one is
compelled to move along the path of degradation. Thus the arrogance born
of this asmita’ will lead people towards their downfall.” (NSS,
‘Shivokti-6’)

== WHO LIKES THIS TYPE OF LONGEVITY ==+

NEWS FOR WTS

Note: Be sure to scroll down to the very bottom to read the piece, “News
for Wts”.

Namaskar,
Around the globe, the average citizen is more health conscious than ever
before. People are trying to eat right, exercise regularly, and engage
in health supportive activities. Plus medical science continues to
advance – in all kinds of ways including surgeries to replace organs.
This is all a very positive development for humanity.

Even then, one stark problem has multiplied. The incidence of brain
related diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia is on
the rise in the so-called developed world. Then their are other like
multiple sclerosis etc.

This then presents a seemingly puzzling perspective: People are more
health conscious than ever before yet suffering more from brain related
diseases.

Why is that and what is the solution. Can any of our AM practices
correct this situation?

THE HORROR OF BRAIN-RELATED DISEASES

Brain related diseases are some of the scariest conditions on earth.
Such patients may have strong bones, good teeth, excellent mobility, but
their brain has become diseased. In that case – with people living
longer than ever – they may pass the final 15, 20 or even 30 years of
their life in a desperate and pitiful state.

It happens in two basic ways. Sometimes the brain disease may render
that person as 100% incapacitated in the psychic realm. They do not know
their name nor who they are. And they live like that for decades. They
have a body that works but their brain is defunct. This happens with
Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders.

Then there is a second group of brain diseases which severely compromise
the use and function of one’s motor organs, in which case one quickly
becomes physically incapacitated. One becomes wheelchair bound
(possibly), loses control of their bowel movements, and cannot manage
their life on a day-to-day basis. Is it a really miserable situation.
This is what happens in Parkinson’s disease.

In either case, brain related diseases put one in a terrible predicament
and impose a huge stress on the family.

Because once one gets consumed by a brain related disease like
Alzheimer’s etc, then one loses all kinds of psychic faculties. They
became mere skeletons of who they once were. Those suffering in this way
cannot recognise their own family members, perform basic tasks, nor
recall how they spent their life or who they are. They become totally
handicapped – a burden to their family. Indeed, they have zero control
of their emotion and tempers: the patients torture their family.

No one wants to end up like this. Yet it is occurring more and more:

– Health conscious living is quite high in the US. People run, bike,
swim, take yoga classes, and so much more yet the greatest incidence of
Parkinson’s is in USA.

– The prevalence of Alzheimer’s is expected to increase to 11.3 – 16
million cases in America by 2050

– As we speak, the incidence of dementia in the US is 368,320 per year,
30,693 per month, 7,083 per week, 1,009 per day, 42 per hour, and growing.

Here the point is that despite efforts for people to live in a more
healthy manner – vegan, organic foods, exercise, asanas etc – there has
been an increase in brain related diseases.

Then there is the aspect of non-healthy people. They are living longer
due to all kinds of organ transplants (liver, kidney, heart etc) but
they too are more susceptible to brain diseases. Because while the other
parts of the body can be replaced, the brain cannot.

Everything in this world ages: The brain also gets old and science does
not have any answer. There is no such thing as a brain transplant. That
would change the entire human personality. It cannot be done. The brain
is linked with the mind and is associated with a certain set of
samskaras. Changing the brain means changing the person.

The overall perspective is that brain related diseases are quite
debilitating and awful. They should be averted at all cost.

Can you think of anyone who wants to live a long life wherein one the
entire mid to later years are dominated by brain diseases.

AND THE ANSWER IS…

When this has become such a horrifying and tragic outcome that is only
growing, what is it that we can do to help both ourselves and society.

And the answer is: Ananda Marga dances.

Baba has given dances that will prevent brain ailments for the whole
humanity. Baba has re-introduced the tandava dance and created
kaoshikii. Both serve the brain.

Baba says, “Ta’n’d’ava – which was not invented by me, but by Sada’shiva
some seven thousand years ago – is an all-corporal exercise, an exercise
for the entire body, including the brain. (There are intellectual
exercises for the brain, but hardly any physical exercise. In fact,
ta’n’d’ava is the only physical exercise for the brain.) And among all
dances it is the best. But it is not for women.” (AV-6)

Baba says, “I invented kaos’ikii on September 6th [1978]. This dance is
both an exercise, and a medicine for twenty-two diseases. It is a sort
of panacea for almost all female diseases, and for many male diseases in
younger boys. It is a medicine for most liver diseases. It assures safe
deliveries for women, and also checks the advent of old age. It is a
medicine.” (AV-6)

By practicing tandava and kaoshikii, one can minimize the aging of the
brain and increase its stamina and vitality. That means even if humans
are living longer, the brain will maintain its integrity and proper
functioning for one’s entire life. That is the big boon these dances
offer. One will be saved from the nasty effects of brain related diseases.

Here Baba explains more how tandava keeps one mentally sharp.

Baba says, “Now, all dances do not equally exercise all glands, and
there are some glands which are not at all influenced by dances. In the
absence of the proper exercise of those glands, people lose many
capacities at an early age – especially the capacities of deep thinking
and of sustained recollection – and there is no process for restoring
them. Considering all this, Shiva invented a unique and perfect dance:
ta’n’d’ava.” (NSS)

As Baba says, once those mental faculties are lost, “there is no process
for restoring them”. Thus the dances of Ananda Marga serve a special
function.

Here below Baba discuss the all-around benefits of kaoshikii and He
furthermore describes how the dance helps the brain by vibrating the
mind in the psycho-spiritual plane.

Baba says, “It is found that human beings are sometimes affected by
various diseases; and frequently they are faced with various
difficulties with respect to their sa’dhana’. These impediments many or
may not be major. For instance, small diseases like liver trouble may
cause problems from time to time, and to remove these types of
hindrances, I invented the kaoshikii dance on the 6th of September 1978.
This dance serves as an antidote to twenty-two types of diseases. All
these are primarily meant to first of all vibrate the ectoplasmic stuff
(citta’nu) which in turn is concentrated at a certain point touching the
point of the soul, where Parama Purus’a resides.” (AFPS-3)

From top to bottom, our AM dances are a great panacea and a special
practice for preventing brain diseases. By doing these dances daily, one
will have an acute capacity to think and remember throughout their
entire life.

These days many in the general public are practicing yoga to benefit
their health, but only those who know and practices these dances can
truly exercise the brain, thereby preserving its health.

We should propagate these dances to the maximum and save people from the
dreadful defects and debility of brain diseases.

HOW TO PRACTICE

Of course, like everything else in yoga, we can only get the benefits of
AM dances by practicing them. Knowing or reading about them is not enough.

Both kaoshikii and tandava are meant to be done twice daily, vigorously.
That means not just 30 seconds but rather multiple rounds of several
minutes each. The heart should be pumping strong. Kaoshikii can be done
for as long as 15 or even 20 minutes non-stop. Baba Himself created
dance competitions so we would learn to practice for longer periods.
Then we can get the benefit.

If one just does the dances lazily just to say they did it, then they
will not get the benefit and they will not be protected from those
horrifying brain diseases.

Here is one special tip about the practice of tandava.

Baba says, “As long as a dancer remains above the ground, he derives
much benefit; when he touches the ground, then those benefits are
assimilated by the body. That is why in ta’n’d’ava there is much
jumping, because jumping requires the practitioner to remain off the
ground for a fairly long period of time.” (NSS)

BRAIN CANNOT BE REPLACED – OTHER ORGANS CAN

Remember, human life is getting longer and longer. All kinds of
operations can be performed to save the skin, lungs, heart, ankles,
thyroid, liver, pancreas, appendix, teeth, tongue, hips, knees, eyes,
nose etc. The public spends huge money and resources on both cosmetic
and involuntary surgeries. The longer they live the more surgeries are
needed. But one thing is sure: There is no surgery to replace the brain.
Replacing the brain means changing the human persona entirely.

The only way to exercise and strengthen the brain is through our AM
dances. No one should be lazy or remiss in this regard.

Life should not only be long, but it should be healthy with a strong
body and a sound mind. Who wants to live a long life wherein they lose
all their psychic and / or physical faculties due to complications with
the brain. Nobody.

We should all be vigilant to practice our dances and encourage
others to do the same.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has given all the teachings and dances for a
healthy, long, and successful life. We should be ever active in
practicing and propagating them.

Namaskar,
Ramendu

Note 1: MORE ABOUT THESE DANCES

Baba says, “Hands placed at 90° indicate the strength of the arms of the
dancer. Ta’n’d’ava expresses the spirit of strength and vigour. They are
straight, meaning thereby that they are ready to fight death. One hand,
holding a skull or fire or a snake, represents death, while the other
hand is holding a dagger, represent the spirit to fight death.” (May 22
1979, Hannover)

Baba says, “Kaos’ikii: The two hands when upraised and folded together
represent, “Now I am trying to establish a link with Parama Purus’a.”
Both hands bending to the right indicate, “I know the right way to
request You.” The bending of the body should be at a 45° angular
projection. The leftward movement represents, “I know how to fulfill
Your demands.” The movement of bending in front suggests complete
surrender. The backward bending represents, “I am ready to face all
troubles that may come,” The last ta’, ta’ represents, “O Lord, I repeat
Your rhythm.” “(May 22 1979, Hannover)

~ NEWS FOR WTS ~

These days a maximum number of workers have ATM cards and bank accounts.
Many seniors are involved in planing about their financial future and
they encourage junior workers to also keep ATM cards, i.e. black money.
Then there are some workers who are attending college / university
instead of helping society. That is the news in a nutshell. Here is more
about it.

When people first become Wts they are quite idealistic and their
intentions are pure. But very quickly they get negative training from
their elders. They see senior Dadas keeping hoards of black money and
personal houses for their personal retirement.

In that case, those young workers get enticed and that negative endeavor
of gathering black money spreads. This is the terribly unfortunate
trend. More and more are keeping black money (i.e. unaccounted funds).
And they do not inform anyone how much they have. Just they stockpile
their private back accounts.

Then when we see Wts getting degrees from colleges and universities we
know they are preparing a cushion for old age or getting ready to do
work on the side right now. They do not do pracar but instead work in a
call center or computer software firm.

Some crude people will think, “What is wrong, this is alright, everyone
in society does like this.”

The response is, “You do not touch the feet of your non-margii neighbors
but do offer respect to your to our acaryas because they are dedicated
to AM ideals and neo-humanism. Plus they follow WT conduct rules and
sacrifice their lives for the betterment of society. That is why we pay
our respects.

So if any worker does not follow the acarya conduct rules, keeps black
money, and / or finds employment in some mundane company, or joins a
college or university, then what is special about their existence –
rather it is hypocrisy.

Just as the like general public expects their leaders to prove
themselves and follow certain codes, in the same way we Ananda Margiis
want our Wt post holders to follow a certain code of discipline. The
code of conduct as given by Guru.

Those involved in keeping black money are hypocrites and they create the
situation where good wts get looked at suspiciously. If any Wt starts
thinking about money their mind is degenerated and they will lose the
inspiration to do pracar. It means they have forgotten the essence of
being a Wt.

They take their shelter under money, not Baba. In that case how can they
help others. Theirs is the path of self-destruction. They should be
forced to mend their ways or get exposed so others understand what is
their true color.

Why do such workers keep money hidden, i.e. black money? Because they
know that if margiis come to know that they (the worker) has more money
than margiis, then those workers will not get more donations. They will
not be able to increase their acct. They have money but always ask for
more.

They live in hypocrisy and that ruins their sadhana and
straight-thinking. Instead they become crooked, selfish, greedy and
degenerated – and ultimately they leave. Such workers are nothing but a
burden to AM and a disgrace of what it means to be an acarya.

They should be prepared to face the consequences as prakrti will not
tolerate such duplicity from our dedicated workers.

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