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Archive for May 7th, 2010

From: Amriteshwar Verma
Date: Fri, 07 May 2010 21:47:58
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: If Sa’dhana’ is Not Good

Baba

“A’ma’y niye toma’r e kii khela’ dine ra’te ogo prati pale…” (P.S. 459)

Purport:

Baba, the divine liila’ which You are playing day and night along with
me– that is unforgettable. I am ensconced in that very divine flow.
Even if I try to forget it I cannot. Again and again I come back in Your
close proximity to offer You a garland, under one pretext or another.
Baba You are so gracious.

Just as my shadow is always with me and constantly remains by my side,
in similar fashion Your divine vibration is saturated in each and every
pore of my existence. By Your grace l feel Your eternal touch all the
time. Baba You have saturated & fully drenched my heart with Your divine
nectar. You have done everything.

Baba, whichever direction I look I always long and search for You. Why
have You made me like this, I do not know. My mind is not in my control;
it always yearns for Your close proximity. Baba, in this divine play of
Yours, You have bound me in the bond of love. What type of divine liila
are You playing and involving me in. It is beyond my imagination and
expression. Baba, only I can think that it is Your divine grace…

== IF SA’DHANA’ IS NOT GOOD ==

Namaskar,
This letter both clarifies and reviews the important role acaryas have
in conveying the practice of sadhana, as well as how necessary it is
that each sadhaka feel confident that their meditation has been properly
taught. If anyone’s sadhana is not good, they should consult another
acarya and pay heed to Baba’s below guidelines.

IMPORTANCE OF SADHANA AND WHO MUST KNOW

As we know, our sadhana system is what makes the path of AM so unique
and allows one to reach the Goal, by His grace. So one must ensure that
what they are practicing in sadhana is proper.

If, on the rare occasion, anyone has come exclusively to get a high post
or be honored for their worldly works etc, under the spell of avidya
maya, they may feel that sadhana is not so important. In that case it is
our duty to help them realise that sadhana is important for everybody.

Of course, most in AM have been blessed and come for performing
brahmavidya, as taught by Lord Shrii Shrii A’nandamu’rtiji. Here again,
gaining proper knowledge of intuitional science is key.

On the path of sadhana, surely His divine grace is needed, yet Baba also
emphasizes that the technique and process of meditation must also be
imparted properly. A practitioner must have proper knowledge. Otherwise,
one’s quest will fall short, or, even worse, one may even leave AM
entirely when they fail to get any experiences or realisation in sadhana.

Thus the special role our acaryas play is integral to success in
sadhana. They are not middle-men between between God and the follower,
rather they are important helpers with limited scope to convey the
teachings. Every margii should be aware about this.

HOW ACARYAS SELECT THE MANTRA WHEN TEACHING SADHANA–

DO THEY SEE OUR SAMSKARAS?

As many may be aware, one’s personal ista mantra is based upon and
assigned according to one’s inherent samskaras. That criteria, along
with Guru’s grace, is what gives a mantra its incantative power.

The question might arise, ‘When an acarya teaches sadhana, are they
seeing our samskaras?’.

A few naive people may think that acaryas select the appropriate mantra
after intuitively seeing a sadhaka’s samskaras and reactive momenta. But
that is just not so.

Baba has specifically stated that getting the power to see others’
samskaras comes only after very high sadhana and many samadhis, and even
then this occult power should not be employed as that will invite
instant degeneration. Thus when many of our Dadas are more involved in
worldly dealings and business than spiritual practice, then there is no
question of their having the requisite intuition to see others’
samskaras. Furthermore, even if they had that power, it should not be
exercised as Baba condemns the use of occult powers.

For these above reasons, and simply because it was His wish, Baba has
Himself given a very simple and straightforward process for selecting a
mantra for a particular sadhaka. And that He has provided to every AM
acarya.

What the exact process is for selecting a mantra should never be
discussed or written publicly. Because in tantra secrecy is a must. Yet
in AM when everyone respects this code of secrecy then it is fine for
margiis to at least be aware about the overall notion that acaryas are
following a set of written guidelines.

Indeed, in that case, when there is respect for secrecy, saying in
broad, general terms that there is a system is not bad, rather it is
helpful. Then everyone knows that our acaryas are not doing magic,
voodoo or using special powers etc.

That also prevents us from falling into the prevailing religious dogma,
that priests are middle-men between the common man and the Lord. This
faulty concept is enough to ruin anyone’s spiritual approach. So none
should think that our acaryas are middle-men or use some special power
when teaching sadhana. Rather they are following written instructions.

In sum, our acaryas select a mantra based on a particular system, or set
of rules, given by Baba. And they are to be respected in their limited
role of serving as a medium for Guru. So our acaryas play a helpful,
supportive role; and we all understand that AM acaryas are not the ones
teaching us, nor are they Guru.

Finally, let us recall who is acarya? Those with good conduct, not those
merely wearing the dress.

Baba says, “Persons who teach such well-regulated behaviour to others by
their own conduct are called a’ca’ryas. Bear in mind that people may be
harmed or misled by even a small weakness or defect in the conduct of
an a’ca’rya. Just as it is the duty of a father to educate his children
properly by his good conduct, an a’ca’rya should always instruct by his
exemplary actions and words.” (AV-31)

SOMETIMES THE MANTRA SELECTION IS WRONG

It is also well known, that on various occasions our acaryas have
selected the wrong mantra for a particular sadhaka. That is, the acarya
failed to properly follow Baba’s stated rules and regulations.

In various reporting sessions, Baba has pointed out and blamed various
Dadas for imparting sadhana incorrectly. That was a big deal in so many
reporting sessions with Baba. And often times, Baba immediately sent the
acarya back out into the field to correct the problem and give the
correct mantra.

Similarly, in PC, on many occasions, Baba has changed and corrected the
mantra of a particular sadhaka. And sometimes, He has also come in
dreams and given the right mantra. But one should not automatically
think that if Baba has not come in dream to correct my mantra then the
mantra is fine. It is fine only if sadhana is in proper flow.

These above instances about dreams and PC are the exceptions and occur
when one has a very good samskara for sadhana.

Lastly, all this also shows how an acarya failed to follow the correct
process when assigning the mantra.

Here the point is not that we should now all have doubt in our sadhana,
or in our acaryas. Most of the time the mantra has been properly given.
And the proof is if you are experiencing progress and bliss in sadhana.
In that case everything is fine.

In the event, that your sadhana is clearly not working, despite your
sincere efforts, then it is important to consult with another acarya
about your meditation lessons.

SOME TELL-TALE SIGNS…

WHY SOME ACARYAS PROCRASTINATE LESSON REVISION

Here are some things to be aware of when getting together with an acarya
for a lesson revision.

Remember, that many of our acaryas are involved in an endless array of
mundane works or even crude dealing, that I do not want to mention here,
to support their projects, in which case their own sadhana is a mere
afterthought in their daily life. That makes it very difficult, if not
impossible, for them to teach sadhana to others. So we all have to be
cognizant of this reality.

Fortunately, there are some tell-tale sign to recognise if the acarya
you are consulting has this problem.

For example, if they keep delaying and procrastinating and avoid giving
your lesson review, that is one indication that they do not feel
comfortable with the proper manner of teaching sadhana. Rather they have
forgotten the formula, and for that reason they always say they do not
have time.

Another way to know that they feel unfamiliar with teaching sadhana is
if they keep their acarya book with them and have you close your eyes so
they can refer to it.

Or if when teaching sadhana, they keep getting up and going out of the
room. That also is not good as it shows that in their own mind they do
not know what to do. Rather they are confused and they are exiting the
room to refer to their sadhana notes and diaries etc.

All of these above circumstances are red flags, or warning signs.

It is just like if a plumber or an electrician comes to your house and
when doing the job starts reading a “How to” book. That clearly shows
they are totally unaware about what they are doing. No one wants to have
such a plumber or electrician doing work on their house. It will not
inspire confidence, and even worse, the outcome will be wrong, if not
disastrous.

Similarly, we should all be careful to get our lessons from an acarya
who is highly involved in sadhana and capable of imparting this practice
to others. And by Baba’s grace there are many like this in our Marga.

This fact I am writing because I have deep respect for our acaryas, and
in my heart I want their dignified standard to be maintained. Already we
have so many good Dadas and Didis who are adept in teaching sadhana and
their respect should be upheld. Unfortunately, with the way things are
now in the organisation, for the last several years, due to poor
conditions in Training Centre, and other reason, our overall acarya
standard has declined.

WHAT TO DO

By Baba’s grace if your sadhana practice is healthy and alive, and you
can feel the vibrational effect of your mantra japa, then that means
your meditation is fine and you were taught properly. In that case, no
need to go and seek out another acarya for a sadhana review.

It is only if one’s sadhana is not good that they should consult with
another acarya.

AM IS A MAN-MAKING MISSION

Let us remember that AM is a man-making and for that sadhana is needed
and a correct mantra is critically important.

There are so many groups who sing bhajans and kiirtan. These things are
common on so many paths. Yet those practices alone are not enough. That
is why Baba has given His comprehensive sadhana system. And for sadhana
to be effective it needs to be imparted properly.

Because it is only through the practice of sadhana that the human
personality is changed and revolutionized, not through mere theoretical
knowledge

With proper meditation, one will have the insight and inspiration to
spread His teachings and establish His ideals.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has shown us the way of realisation and that the
goal is to reach Parama Purusa– and for that sadhana is needed. So we
must ensure that the standard of our respected acaryas is maintained,
then sadhana will be imparted properly and everything will be fine.

Uttis’t’hata ja’grata pra’pya bara’n nibodhata;
Ks’urasya dha’ra’ nishita’ duratyaya’ durgam’ pathastat kavayo vadanti.

Baba says, “Arise, awake! Seek an acarya (teacher) of an intuitional
science or brahmavijina’na and get initiated in the path of sa’dhana’.
The kavi (seer of truth) says, this path is impassable, it is as
dangerous as a sharp razor’s edge, and so you will have to step
carefully. You must proceed very quickly along this inaccessible path,
for you have very little time at your disposal. So not stop, go forward,
do not look back.” (AMIWL-5)

Namaskar,
Amriteshwar

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UNKNOWN FACT ABOUT WEALTH

Baba says, “In the subtle economic sense, the value of wealth is the
real wealth. Wealth, if not properly defined, may mean only riches. But
the value of wealth is to be measured in terms of its capacity to
purchase commodities. That is, the purchasing capacity of wealth is its
real value. This real value of wealth has not yet been properly
understood in numerical terms by economists.” (Proutist Economics, p. 269)
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