Archive for May 8th, 2010

From: Amriteshwar Verma
Date: Sat, 08 May 2010 23:48:11
Subject: Celebrating His Advent: A’nanda Pu’rnima’


“A’sha’r pasara’ sahasa’ elo, a’lor tupha’n nikat’e elo…” (PS #3644)


Suddenly Baba, the divine effulgence, has advented. The cyclone of
divine effulgence has come close. His divine effulgence is immense like a
huge mountain, covering the entire world. The whole world is inundated with
the flood of divinity.

Even in remote corners, not even an iota of darkness could remain. In
no one’s mind could there remain even a tinge of darkness or dirt.
Everyone’s mind has become cleansed and purified. Parama Purusa Baba with
His divine effulgence has advented Himself and attracted everyone by
outpouring of love from His heart.

Those who are bound in the cimmerian darkness and tied up in the deep,
dark chasm; and those in whose mind dogma was accumulated like a mountain;
they also received His special grace. They were blessed with the
opportunity to have looked toward that divine effulgence. Their dogma and
staticity vanished away with the advent of the new dawn.

Baba, the Parama Purusa with His divine effulgence has come and
showered His divine effulgence and graced everyone…


The auspicious and grand occasion of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ is coming soon.

The official day is Thursday, May 27 – though in many units celebrations
start before then since A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ is the most significant social
function in our Marga.


Of course we all know that the holy day of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ means Baba’s
Birthday in colloquial parlance. And that on this wonderful and blissful
occasion there is a morning and evening dharmacakra, collective bath,
all-round merrymaking, and a sentient feast etc.

Yet there are also other special components to the celebration of Ananda
Pu’rn’ima which Baba has outlined. Some of these are listed and described
below and other margiis and WT’s are kindly requested to contribute other
plans and programs which they know about that are associated with the
celebration Ananda Purnima .


Here first though is one of the special ideations linked to the holy
festival of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’.

A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ signifies the advent of Mahasambhuti who has come to
wipe away all the tears and fog from this dusty earth and infuse within all
a sense of peace, hope, tranquillity and bliss. By His causeless grace He
has come to establish the lost humanity in divinity– elevating everyone’s
standard, and paving the way for the reign of dharma.


Here below are a few of Baba’s many recommendations and guidelines for how
to make the occasion of Ananda Purnima an even more memorable, joyful, and
charming gathering for one and all.

(A) On the colourful festival time of Ananda Purnima, all types of age
groups should have their own programs that will be appealing to them.
Certainly there will be one central place for the entire gathering, yet at
the same time specialised plans and programs for the various age divisions
should be organised.

For the younger children there should be games and sports and / or a drama
production etc.

For adolescents & teenagers there should be competitions in the various
realms from kaoshikii and tandava to music, art, and literature. And their
day should also include sporting events etc.

And likewise for adults, there should be a range of activities and programs
from the devotional singing of kiirtan to service projects, plus spiritual
talks, dance competitions, and general socialising.

(B) In addition, on Ananda Purnima the head of household can utilise this
as the time to arrange annual new clothes for all family members. Plus
there should be toys for the children and the sharing of sweet treats. By
this way one and all will know that something great is happening and that
Ananda Purnima is a grand event.

(C) Ananda Purnima can also be made special by offering moderate gifts and
presents or cards etc to those around you as a showing of love and affection.

(D) And like that many, many more points and suggestions are there in
relation with the grand and blissful celebrations of Ananda Purnima.


In this way social functions and festivals are a time for us all to move
together in His divine flow, regardless of one’s standard or status. Where
one and all gather round in the spirit of unity. And top of all our special
duty as devotees is to propagate the greatness and grandeur of Sadguru
Baba. In a phrase we can say that this is the key point behind auspicious
occasion of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’: To highlight Baba’s greatness.

Baba says, “The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma
(Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living
beings— That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone has
revealed Brahmavidya (intuitional science) to us through the medium of the
name and form of Anandamurtijii. Unit beings must be made to appreciate Its
majesty.” (Caryacarya II, p.1)



The magnificent characteristic of all our Marga social gathering is that
they welcome one and all irrespective of age, colour, race, profession,
educational standard, etc, all types from all places are welcome. Indeed
everyone comes together for sadhana, games, a feast, and other celebrative
activities and by this way one social flow is formed thus making way for a
healthy, unified human society.


On the celebratory occasions of our AM festivals like Ananda Purnima, Baba
has graced us with this special blessing.

Baba says, “That which renews human existence and makes it full to the brim
and overflowing with the joy of living is termed a festival…Inspire all
people to live with a new spirit like true human beings. Let it inspire
them with the fact that all humanity is an indivisible entity. On this
auspicious day this is my inner wish.” (Ananda Vanii #48)

Some Do, Yet Many More Do Fasting / Anashana

Baba says, “Fastings are called ‘upava’sa’ in Samskrta.”

“‘Upavasa’ – on these days of fasting, what are all spiritual aspirants to
do? Mentally they should live near their Lord.”

“On these days of fasting, however, on these days of upava’sa, one remains
in closer proximity to the Lord than to one’s mundane duties. That is why
these days are known as `upava’sa’. The word `fasting’ does not represent
the proper sense or proper spirit. The Sam’skrta term for going without
food is `anashana’ (fasting / not taking food) – `ana’ means not, `ashana’
means eating – not `upava’sa’ (proximity to Lord and not taking food). But
these eka’dashii, amavasya and pu’rn’ima’ days are days of upava’sa.”
(AV-6, p.21)


1. Fasting and Upavasa are not the same thing. Rather we should avoid the
term ‘fasting’ and instead use ‘upavasa’. Just as we use the term ‘dharma’
instead of the word ‘religion’.

2. Those margiis who are not taking food on Ekadashii / Amavasya / Purnima
are only observing anashana. To do upavasa one has to be more involved in
spiritual practices on those days along with doing anashan, and then in
that case it is upavasa.

3. Generally, in this material world people are so busy, some margiis and
WTs not taking food on certain days are primarily involved in mundane
works– as per usual. In that case they are not doing upavasa; they are
only doing anashana. But Baba emphasizes that one should do upavasa not
just anashana, then that will be in accordance with 16 Points. Baba’s
above guideline teaches us all this.


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