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Date: 30 Jun 2010 13:47:18 -0000
From: “Gurucharan Yadav”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Baba Story: Margii Saved from Jaws of Death

Baba

“Tumi eso pra’n’e o pradiipe…” (PS no. 2535)

Purport:

Baba, please come in my heart, in the deep core of my mind. You are my
everything– You are my dhya’na, You are my jinana, You are my Ista. You
are most sacred, holy, and sweetness Personified. Baba, You are the
controller of my entire existence. Keeping Your love and divine guidance
in my heart I am moving on path which You have graciously shown me. By
Your grace I go on remembering Your name constantly. That is my strength
of forward movement. Baba, please grace me by coming in my heart…

== BABA STORY: MARGII SAVED FROM THE JAWS OF DEATH ==

~ TAKING RISK TO PROTECT THE HELPLESS AND HOW BABA SAVES ~

Namaskar,
Here is the story of how Baba saved our margii brother, Harihar Pandey,
from the jaws of death.

YOUNG GIRL’S STRUGGLE AT VASANT PACHANII FESTIVAL

In 1957, Harihar Pandey was holding a clerical post in the Indian
military and was stationed in Panagar of Jabalpur district, Madhya Pradesh.

One of the top offers of his battalion was Major NK, who had a young
daughter studying for her baccalaureate degree.

During Vasant Pachanii festival in the Spring, the daughter was walking
across the military compound when a jeep pulled up alongside her.

At that time, our margii brother Hariharji had just finished his lunch
and was going out for a walk– it was around 1pm. He noticed that up
ahead a jeep had stopped next to a young girl. Initially he did not
think much of it.

Then he saw that the driver of the jeep was grabbing onto the girl’s
hand and pulling her, and the young girl was struggling and trying
desperately to walk in the opposite direction.

Seeing this, Harihar began to run towards the jeep in order to save the
girl.

HARIHAR COMES TO THE SCENE

When he arrived at the scene, then he saw that the young girl was scared
and in tears, and that the driver of the jeep who was grabbing the girl
was none other than Hariharji’s boss, N. Bhattacarya, the 2nd company
commander.

Immediately, Harihar saluted his commander and then pleaded with him to
let the girl go.

Commander Bhattacarya was irritated by Harihar’s arrival and began to
scold him and then he dropped the girl’s hand as he smacked Harihar.

Harihar stood firm and told Commander Bhattacarya to leave the girl
alone. Bhattacarya replied, ‘No’.

Then Harihar said, ‘If you do not leave the girl alone, then I will drag
you to the ground, sit on your chest, and beat you’.

Hearing this and seeing Harihar’s strength of mind, then Bhattacarya
stood still, and the terrified girl left. After looking into each
other’s eyes, then Commander Bhattacarya and Harihar parted ways.

THAT AFTERNOON

Harihar decided to go directly home where he remained for some hours.
Then he received word that he was to perform guard duty that night in
front of Commmander Bhattacarya’s house. Immediately, Harihar knew that
this was trouble; it was some type of punishment or trick. Because
although he was in the military, Harihar worked in an office and rarely
did things like guard duty, let alone night guard duty in front of
Bhattacarya’s residence. So he knew that he had to be extremely careful.

NIGHT TIME ENCOUNTER

That night, Hariharji was vigilant as he attended his post. He was
keeping alert in all directions. Then sometime after midnight, Harihar
heard someone approaching him from behind.

Harihar turned around and yelled, ‘Stop! Halt!’.

Then Harihar saw that the person approaching him was his boss, Commander
Bhattacarya. So Harihar saluted him.

Then Commander Bhattacarya began his tirade, ‘Who do you think you are?
Why did you come running when I was with that girl? Do you think you are
some kind of moralist?! What is wrong with you!!’.

In this way Commander Bhattarcarya was abusing Harihar.

Then Commander Bhattacarya sneered and said, ‘You know, in the military
it is very easy to kill someone and cover it up’.

In his fury, Bhattacarya continued, ‘I am going to kill you now, bury
you, and then proclaim to one and all that you were trying to escape and
run from your duty. After that I will arrest your entire family.’

Then Bhattacarya took out his revolver and pressed the barrel of the gun
against Harihar’s chest. Bhattacarya’s eyes had the look of murder. The
situation was ugly and tense.

Harihar was standing there totally still, not knowing what to do. Then
from behind him he heard Baba’s voice: ‘Kill him, shoot him, don’t miss,
otherwise he is going to kill you!’.

Harihar wanted to turn around and look towards where the voice was
coming from, but he dare not look back.

Again Baba’s voice came: ‘Take action, kill him, he is going to kill
you, do not delay even one more second!’.

(Note: Decades and years later when Harihar would tell this story, then
when describing Baba’s voice, his body would become full of goosebumps
and his mind would run towards Parama Purusa.)

In that next instant, Harihar somehow reached for his own gun, and before
he could think anything, his own fingers just “pulled the trigger.”

He had shot Bhattacarya, and Commander Bhattacarya fell to the
ground.

Harihar saw his commander lying there and then pointed his gun again and
shot him a second time to ensure he was completely dead.

ALL SOLDIERS COME RUNNING

After the sound of the second gunshot, sirens and alarms were sounded in
that military compound and people came running from all directions. All
the soldiers reached to that place.

They all saw that Commander Bhattacarya had been killed.

Then Harihar crouched down in a fighting stance, loaded his gun, and
forcefully announced, ‘If anyone comes even one stop closer I will shoot!’.

All the soldiers stayed where they were– frozen.

They understood that when Harihar had already killed his commander then
he was capable of doing anything. And from Harihar’s side, he was
thinking that, ‘Already I am going to get capital punishment for killing
my superior, then killing more people will not make things any worse’.
He had nothing more to lose.

The entire situation was totally tense.

Then our margii brother Harihar shouted out, ‘I want your promise that
no one will torture or punish me. I want justice’.

Nobody knew what to do or what to say.

‘I WILL GIVE YOU JUSTICE’

Then the top commander, CF Warden arrived. He was very understanding and
intelligent. He said, ‘I will give you justice. If you are right, if you
are innocent in all of this, I will give you justice, just drop your gun’.

So Harihar put his gun down and was arrested.

He was taken to the military jail and then quickly brought to the judge,
just a few days later.

THE JUDGE’S QUESTION

The judge simply asked him, ‘Did you shoot your commander?’.

Harihar replied, ‘Yes’.

And the hearing with the judge was over.

This went on for weeks. Harihar would get called to the military court,
the judge would ask the same question, and Harihar would give the same
reply.

The whole thing appeared to be hopeless and Harihar began to get
frustrated and wondered why the judge was not asking him for any more
details.

In that desperate mood, Harihar sent one of the new margiis that he had
created, and told him to go to Baba. Harihar instructed Umashankar to
tell Baba that I am in jail and that the situation is not at all good.

GOING TO BABA

Umashankar set out on his journey and reached to where Baba was. As
Umashankar was a new margii, he had never been to see Baba before. This
was his first time and he did not know what to do. Many people were
around and he did not know how he would be able to see Baba.

Before Umashankar could even put forth his request, Baba had asked PS
Dada Satyananda if anyone had come from Panagar.

In that way Umashankar was brought before Baba.

Umshankar was thinking that he would tell Baba all the details and go
over the entire story, but before he could say anything, Baba told,
‘Tell Harihar to do sadhana and everything will be alright’.

Umashankar kept trying to tell Baba more of the details, but each time
Baba would interrupt him and say, ‘Tell Harihar to do sadhana and
everything will be alright’.

Umashankar then returned to Panagar in an unhappy mood. He felt he did
not get to tell Baba anything. Umashankar conveyed to Harihar all that
had transpired during his visit with Baba and Harihar smiled and said,
‘Baba understands everything’.

MORE ABOUT HARIHAR’S TIME IN JAIL

By this time, Harihar had been in jail for a while– a few months had
gone by. He had dreamed of Baba on numerous occasions. Plus every week
he was being called before the judge.

Harihar’s supervisors were telling him to change his statement, but
Harihar refused and insisted that he wanted justice.

FATEFUL MEETING WITH JUDGE

Finally, one day the judge called Harihar and again asked him, ‘Did you
shoot your commander?’.

Then Harihar replied, ‘Your Honor, I want to say something, but I wish
to tell you in a confidential way, not in front of this entire courtroom
crowd’.

The judge cleared the courthouse, and then in a calm, deliberate manner,
Harihar explained the entire course of events to the judge. He told how
he saw the girl, how someone was grabbing her, how that turned out to be
Commander Bhattacarya, how Bhattacarya then threatened him and gave him
night guard duty, and finally about the epic scene in the middle of the
night. All these things he carefully told to the judge.

The judge listened and took notes.

Afterwards, Harihar returned to his cell and the judge began to
investigate the case. Step by step, line by line, he was astonished to
discover that all that Harihar told was true. The judge talked to many
people who confirmed what had happened.

JUDGMENT DAY COMES

On one special day known as judgment day, all the offenders get dressed
in their normal clothes and are allowed to participate in a military
parade and then are brought forth before the judge for the final decision.

When Harihar stood before the judge, many thought that he would be
sentenced to death and hung for killing his supervising officer.

The judge asked all to rise as he spoke: ‘The decision of the court is
not Harihar Pandey is not guilty and he is to be set free under certain
conditions. He is not to have home leave for 5 years, he cannot stay in
any posting for more than 1 month, and he is not to be promoted for ten
years. Under these conditions he is set free’.

Hearing this, everyone cheered and celebrated on Harihar’s behalf.

A BLESSING IN DISGUISE

Even though he was set free, it was generally thought that Harihar would
have to live under a difficult set of rules.

But Harihar thought, ‘Although I may not get home leave for 5 years,
each and every month I will be transferred and in so doing I will be
granted ten days to reach my new post’.

And sure enough, after one month, Harihar received his transfer orders
and had ten days to reach his designation. In that ten day period,
Harihar went straight to Baba, and Baba showered Harihar with immense
love and grace.

During that sweet visit, Baba said, ‘It is duty of a margii to fight for
dharma and that is what you did.’

And so it was that during so many of his monthly transfers, Harihar was
blessed to be able to go see Baba.

Another point in all of this is that if Harihiar had not done this deed
then his jail samskara would have been fulfilled in some other way. So
by doing this act Harihar did two things: (1) He stood up for dharma by
saving a defenseless girl; and (2) he fulfilled his jail samskara.

CONCLUSION

If we follow dharma and fight against injustice then Baba will always
protect us. That is His divine decree. In his life, Harihar stood up for
dharma and protected a defenseless young lady, and by His grace Baba
saved Harihar from the jaws of death.

Baba says, “Men and women are human beings having equal dignity. As the
physical strength of women is less than that of men, the latter should
always endeavour to save the prestige of women. As the mothers of men,
women can claim this much as a right. Special attention should be paid
to the comforts of women during festivals, at spiritual conferences, and
on other occasions.” (CC-1, ‘Social Relationship Between Men and Women’)

Namaskar,
Gurucharan

Note 1: MY ELDER BROTHER

In his book, ‘My Elder Brother’, Manas Ranjan Sarkar, Baba’s younger
brother, tells how one day in his childhood he got into a fight at
school to protect someone, but in turn he himself was beaten up. When he
returned home everyone told him not to engage in fighting and that he
did wrong, but when Baba saw him, Baba praised his younger brother and
said, ‘You did a great job’. Manas Ranjan became so happy hearing this.

So always Baba supports those who uphold dharma– He always supports
those who protect the weak and the helpless.

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The Only Duty

Parama Purusa BABA says, “The only duty of a human being is to move along
the path of righteousness until he reaches the Supreme Entity, until he
touches the sweet feet of Supreme Entity.” (DMC, Ananda Nagar, 29 May 88)
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From: “Daniel Bromberg”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: How to Improve Sadhana: Part III
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 07:01:46 +0000

Baba

“A’mi toma’r na’me toma’r gane jiivan ka’t’a’bo…” (P.S. 2455)

Purport:

Baba, You are the be-all and end all of my life. You are my everything.
I will spend my whole life singing Your song and propagating Your glory, by
Your grace. I will satiate my heart, by pleasing You in all the ways: doing
Your sadhana and executing the work that You like.

Baba, it is the eternal law of this creation that whoever has taken
birth will go. Coming and going is the Cosmic rule. Nobody can take
anything along with them. Only one thing goes along with — Your love &
Your devotion. That remains always along with– in this world as well as
that. Baba, I will only get You when I move on Your path ceaselessly, by
Your grace.

Baba, I do not know where You reside. Wherever You are, close or
distant, please always keep me next to Your eyes. Baba, by Your grace, with
the pull of my longing and love, I will bring You close. And when You are
sitting next to me then I will sing the song for You to listen to, up to
Your heart’s content.

Baba, let every moment of my life pass in pleasing You. Baba, please
shower Your karuna on me so I can march forward on the path which reaches
to You…

== HOW TO IMPROVE SADHANA: PART 3 ==

Namaskar,
It is commonly known that Baba has given the Sixteen Points for the health,
hygiene, and welfare of the entire society. And by following His natural
teachings of Sixteen Points, sadhakas will live longer lives and the entire
humanity will flourish. All this is well understood and wholeheartedly
accepted by each and every Ananda Margii.

In that spirit of forward movement and sharing here following is a short,
exploratory look into the second component of our Sixteen Points. Hopefully
others will also contribute their reflections and thoughts on this
important topic.

WHERE CIRCUMCISION CAME FROM AND HOW IT GO SPREAD AROUND

First off, as a reminder, we should keep in mind that the practice of
circumcision is the invention of the Semitic religion(s). And that their
common followers became habituated to it. This is the basic history. And
Baba Himself says like that.

Yet in revolutionary fashion Baba also unveils how this dogmatic practice of
circumcision got spread around and absorbed from one religion to the next.

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)

Hence in the above quote Baba is revealing the fact how some prophets like
Mohammed etc just accepted this unnatural practice of circumcision in order
to establish their own teachings amongst the people. Otherwise they could
not have converted them.

Altogether then, this is one display of how a particular dogma gets
transferred from one religious community to the next. It is just like how
Shankaracarya incorporated numerous dogmatic Buddhist teachings into
Hinduism. (Reference: ‘Religious Dogmas’, PNS-16)

And not only that, here below Baba furthermore exposes the way in which
practices like circumcision become the common way in certain communities.

Baba says, “Human beings readily accept traditions without seeking the
reasons behind them. Since ancient days the semites have been observing the
practice of circumcision. Moses and Mohammed accepted this system which
today has become tradition.” (HS-1)

By all this we can begin to think and decide what way Baba is guiding us to
move ahead. And we should discuss what should be our approach.

Here are some further things for consideration.

THE NATURAL WAY OF CREATION

As sadhakas we should always remember that Parama Purusa Himself has
designed the human body and this entire creation in a particular way.
Accordingly, all His designs have a special benefit and satisfy an
important need. Then why should we disturb His creative process by
unnecessarily cutting part of the human body at the time birth– as is done
with the practice of circumcision. Rather cutting goes counter to the
natural process. Just like how Baba says that cutting the body as a means
of birth control is extremely dangerous as it goes against natural law.

OUR APPROACH IN AM

Thus we should consider whether at the time of birth if there is a need to
circumcise male offspring. Or is doing so unnatural. And not just then but
right up until adolescence the foreskin can remain attached as is and there
will not be any harm. The medical evidence suggests this very idea. So the
natural benefit is there that it will protect the glands and the entire
region from infection, plus other advantages.

And then when one reaches adolescence, then for reasons of hygiene and to
protect against germs one can keep the foreskin pulled back. So we should
think and consider what is Baba’s explicit direction in Sixteen points.
One distinct approach is:

(1) To allow the foreskin to remain as is from birth up until one reaches
puberty;
(2) At the start of adolescence the foreskin should be kept away-pulled back.

UNUSUAL CASES

Only in a few, rare cases whereby upon reaching adolescence the foreskin
will not pull back properly– and it will only come up partially– then in
that uncommon instance a small incision can be made to loosen the foreskin
and allow it to pick up.

So really speaking then only a small cut need be made; there is no need to
remove or cut away the entire section. Just a small incision is made, but
in common parlance some might say that a circumcision was done. But just
for lack of a more precise term they speak like that. But again all this
happens only in those rare occasions– less than 0.01% of the time.

MOST OF THE WORLD FOLLOWS THE NATURAL WAY

And indeed all around the globe countless civilisations and communities
follow this natural process of keeping the foreskin. From India to Africa
to the South Pacific and around the globe it is like that. Rather only
those limited subsections of society which got affected by the dogmatic
ways of the Semitic religions adopted this practice of performing
circumcisions at the time of birth.

MORE LETTERS ON THIS TOPIC

(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) This letter contains key points from Senior Acary Diary:

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace all Ananda Margiis are now understanding the value
and teaching of this point – we know that circumcision is not part of
Sixteen Points. The cloud of dogma surrounding this confusion has
been lifted.

Baba says, “The flame of a lamp lights up countless lamps. The touch of a great
personality wakes up innumerable sleeping hearts. In the same way, the eternal
glow of the boundless élan vital of Cosmic Consciousness has been illuminating
the life-lamp of universal humanism since time immemorial, is illuminating it,
and in future will do so even more intensely. That is why I say, the future
of the human race is not dark, rather it is strikingly resplendent. So proceed
on, ignoring the frowns of darkness.” (Ananda Vanii #49)

Namaskar,
Dharma

Note 1: SOCIETAL TRENDS

Now more and more in the general society people from all walks of life are
recognising the inherent value and beauty of keeping the body in its
natural state upon birth– and turning away from the old-fashioned, Semitic
practice of circumcision. And in their search for a natural way various
communities have begun making recommendations which are remarkably similar
to the teachings which Baba has given on this point. Hence, in this time of
grand transformation, even this point is not going overlooked. So we should
all keep our – sharp eyes, think deeply on Baba’s guidelines, and not lag
behind. Rather, by Baba’s grace, let us always remain a step ahead so that
we may guide and help the common masses in their search for a new way of
living.

Note 2: UNNATURAL CUTTING OF THE BODY YIELDS A NEGATIVE RESULT

Baba says, “Using birth control methods which deform the bodies of men and
women or destroy their reproductive powers forever cannot be supported,
because at any moment this may result in a violent mental reaction in
them.” (AFPS)

Similarly cutting the body unnecessarily in order to pursue the dogmatic
Semitic practice of circumcision is not supported by natural law.

Note 3: SOMETHING TO CONSIDER

A couple persons may be thinking that this second point is an open and shut
case– i.e. that there is nothing to discuss or ponder. Because either at
the time of birth males are circumcised, or, if not, one will have to pull
back the foreskin later on. As if both the options are equally fine and
good. This might easily be some people’s perspective.

Or even some may be working under the assumption that circumcision is the
favoured manner or ideal course; and that only if this procedure is not
done then, in consequence, one will have to manage by pulling the foreskin
back. A few may be adhering to this outlook.

After all circumcision is such a common practice in various parts of the
world. At the time of birth I was also circumcised, as my laokik parents
are not margiis.

So as Ananda Margiis we should take a look if really the matter is like
that and then explore what is the proper and natural way.

Kindly write your thoughts.

Note 4: SIXTEEN POINTS IS APTA VAKYA– ETERNAL TRUTH

It is our moral duty to follow each and every point as sincerely as possible.

Baba says, “What comes from Parama Purusa is Apta Vakya (eternal truth)…
You should follow only Apta Vakya. You should remember that the Sixteen
Points are your Apta Vakya.” (AV-2)

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Difference Between Literate & Educated

Those who have studied the books but did not bring those teachings into
practice may be termed literate but they are certainly not educated.

Baba says, “Educated are those who have learnt much, remembered much and
made use of their learning in practical life.” (PNS-18, p.38)
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Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2010 15:57:11 -0000
Subject: Shambuka Not Sudroka
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Satiish K Bhatia”

Baba

PS Intro: In this song, Parama Purusa Himself is directly talking with the
devotee, however He has appeared in the form of one ‘parii’– (angel).

“Rauniir parii elo jiivane, bha’loba’sa’ d’hele dilo bhuvane…” (P.S. 2757)

Purport:

The angel with panoramic colours has taken advent in the life: It has
saturated and inundated this whole universe with love. Now nobody is alien;
nobody is distant; everyone is close– my own kith and kin.

The new dawn has come. Now the vast and meagre are sitting together on
one seat. There is no difference between high and low. The divine angel has
captivated everyone’s heart. It has coloured everyone with its own divine
colour. The angel is showering its smile with boundless affection upon one
and all and narrating the tale of divinity.

The angel has inundated this entire universe with the flooding of divine
effulgence– wiping away all cimmerian darkness. And it proclaims that, ‘I
am watching over one and all with love and care. I am eternally along with
each and every one through my ota and prota yoga. I will always remain with
you.’ It also says, ‘Bear in mind that humanity will be victorious and the
staticity will be destroyed’.

The divine angel furthermore proclaims, ‘O human beings, keep your mind
free from all complexes. Do not consider who is “high” or who is “low”. Do
not think that any unit entity is lowly. Always remember that the
collection of all the units is the Cosmic. No one is outside; everyone is
part of the singular divine Entity. O human beings, throw away your heavy
load of samskaras, wipe away the stain of the past, and surrender your
heart to the Divine Entity– Parama Purusa. Victory is yours’…

Note: In the above Prabhat Samgiita, this parii– this divine angel– is
none other than Parama Purusa Himself.

== SHAMBUKA NOT SUDROKA ==

Namaskar,
There is one very important story from the Ramayana that is recounted in
our AM books, but due to human error it has been published incorrectly.

We should all take careful note, update our own personal editions, and
ensure that next time it is published correctly by contacting our AM
Publications Dept.

This story is of great significance to many, and non-margiis should not
think that we have the facts wrong – that will only lead them to doubt
other aspects of our AM teachings.

RAMA KILLS A SO-CALLED SHUDRA

Here is the key story from the mythological epic, the Ramayana, that was
wrongly printed in the “Suppression, Repression and Oppression” chapter
of Prout in a Nutshell Part 17.

In this below paragraph, Baba is giving the teaching that it was wrong
for Rama to kill a so-called shudra because he was performing worship.
And the name of that so-called shudra is “Shambuka”, but those who noted
down Baba’s discourse wrote “Sudroka”. That is the critical error that
is made. And that is how it got wrongly printed.

Baba says, “In the mythological epic the Ramayana, Ram is the apostle of
capitalism and Aryan supremacy while Ravana represents the non-Aryans.
Ram is called “Marya’da’ Pursus’ottama”. What is Marya’da’ Purus’ottama?
When Parama Purus’a comes into the world His actions and behaviour will
be just like that of Parama Purus’a although He is in human form. This
is the meaning of Marya’da’ Purus’ottama. However, Ram did not behave
like Parama Purus’a – he was not up to this standard. He killed Sudroka,
a non-Aryan, when he was performing worship, and he killed him out of a
sense of Aryan supremacy. At that time people believed that only Aryans
and not non-Aryans should perform worship, but this dogmatic view cannot
be supported.” (PNS-17)

So there are three things going on:
1) Baba is proving that Rama is mythological and that Rama’s actions
go against dharma. That is quite clear in the above paragraph.
2) Baba is taking a dharmic stand against casteism.

The above two points are correctly portrayed in the above quote.
It is this third point that is incorrect. And when any scholar,
historian, or interested party reads this following point, then
they may disregard all of Baba’s teachings’s therein.

3) Baba is stating that the name of the name of the shudra that
Rama killed is Shambuka, but this got wrongly printed as Sudroka.

So this is indeed a critical error because in this teaching Baba is
condemning the very caste system which the Ramayana advocates. Today,
there are many so-called harijans and members of the Dalit community who
regularly reference this story as proof that Rama and his teachings
about casteism are unjust.

Those students and scholars of the Ramayana will question that if the name
is wrong, then so many other points are probably wrong as well. In that
way they will be suspicious of Baba’s dharmic teachings.

That is why this story is of such significance and that is why we should
have every aspect of the story correct. Unfortunately, the name of the
slain so-called shudra was wrongly printed, and that error will
naturally cast doubt on the authenticity of the rest of the story.

WHY IT WAS WRONGLY PRINTED

The next question is how or why it got wrongly printed. One potential
reason is that Baba gave this discourse in Kolkata on 13 November 1989.
And the Ramayana is not well studied in Bengal. So the Dadas noting down
Baba’s discourse and / or the Dadas in the publication department were
not familiar with the name of so-called shudra. Nor did they go back and
ask Baba the exact name. Only they knew that the slain person was a
“shudra” and with that memory the name “Sudroka” was born.

The situation can be likened to if you met someone from France and
forgot their name and in trying to remember it you just started calling
them Frances.

Likewise those Dadas knew he was a shudra so they just printed his name
as Sudroka.

When the real name of that so-called shudra was Shambuka. And this
Shambuka character is well known in and around south India and
everywhere that the Ramayana is studied. Hence many scholars will be
quite skeptical of our version even though Baba is giving a dharmic
teaching.

SUCH A SIGNIFICANT STORY ~ MUST BE CORRECTED

Again, this is a significant story because many believe Rama to be the
incarnation of the Lord, yet in this account Baba is proving that Rama
is not the Lord but a figure of human imagination, and the proof is that
Rama’s actions are not befitting that of Taraka Brahma or Marya’da’
Pursus’ottama. No God in human form would follow caste dogma and kill a
“shudra” simply because that so-called shudra was engaging in worship.
No just or noble person can do like that – least of all Parama Purusa.

Hence Baba is demonstrating that Rama is not Parama Purusa incarnate.
And all those fighting against caste dogma use this story as the
critical evidence that Rama’s teachings on casteism are unjust and not
to be followed.

When our Marga upholds dharma and fights dogma in all spheres of life,
then this critical story must be printed properly, lest good people
become skeptical of all AM teachings.

The other side of the coin is that those in the Marga who are not
familiar with this story will verily think that the name “Shudroka” is
correct, in which case they may wrongly preach the story to others. And
learned people will think that we do not know we are talking about. They
will doubt us – and rightly so.

Finally, this wrong teaching about killing “shudras” in the Ramayana
undermines human unity. It totally goes against our movement of ek
manava samaj, or one human society.

Thus the proper name “Shambuka” must be updated in Prout in a Nutshell
Part 17 and all places where this discourse appears.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace all His teachings are pristine and pure and it is
our bounden duty to ensure our AM books perfectly reflect Baba’s
divine gospel.

Baba says, “The scriptures containing spiritual injunctions
must be totally flawless.” (NSS, Disc 14)

Namaskar,
Satiish

Note 1: HERE IS ONE REFERENCE

Here is one but reference of many on the web wherein they refer to
the slain “shudra” as Shambuka.

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Where We Are

Baba says, “Common domestic animals are individualistic by nature. They are
very self-centered. One animal does not usually come to the aid of another.
Domestic animals are neither sincere nor devoted to their masters. In fact,
they do not have the least sympathy for their masters’ interests. Wherever
they are, they live only for themselves.” (PNS-15, p.42)

Note 1: There are some who suffer from this dogma– thinking that their
pets are quite dedicated to them. Hence these persons are not aware of the
fact. Because the truth is that wherever pets get their food they become
theirs. One can witness this in the practical life if one has eyes to see.

Note 2: This above Baba’s teaching is related not only with domestic
animals but with all animals. Actually, what to say about animals,
unfortunately, these days under the negative influence of capitalism, human
beings have degenerated to the level of such animals in that they are
equally self-centered, living only for themselves, and not caring about
others. In (a) capitalist countries and (b) metropolitan cities around the
globe, such people are commonly available. They are so self-centered that
they never care about others– not even their own off-spring. Such crude
and selfish people are worse than animals in human form. This entire scene
is the negative outcome of capitalism– which itself converts humans into
beasts. Capitalist-minded people are the epitome of that; and they may even
be regarded as common citizens. Then selfish mentality is the root cause of
all the problems.
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Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2010 14:15:56 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: NJK Majumdar
Subject: How to Improve Sadhana: Part II- ADDENDUM

Baba

“Bandhu a’ma’r, nikat’ a’ma’r, a’mi kii ga’ibo toma’r ga’n…” (P.S. 525)

Purport:

O’ my Bandhu, O’ my dearmost, You are my very close and intimate One.
What song should I sing to please You. You are aware about my longing.
Baba, You are my Love, You are the personification of hope, saturated in
sweetness.You are my heart of hearts– and my everything.

Baba, since that very first day when You blessed me by bringing me in
Your closeness under Your care, since then by Your grace I have
understood that You are my shelter; You are doing everything for me.
Also since that very day, with Your divine touch You have blessed me
with a new life, O my Bandhu and most intimate one. By Your causeless
grace my way of living got transformed from a worldly existence into
life divine. Since then everything has become blissful.

O’ my Lord, on that most blessed day You graciously caressed me with
Your soft lotus hand. In that atmosphere of the blissful early morning
dawn, the lotus flowers were blossoming in the pond and spreading their
aroma all around. Then by Your infinite grace You pulled me very close
to You and graciously placed me on Your Lap and loved me; and by placing
Your hand on top of my head, You bathed me with divine effulgence. And
You granted me ever thing. What You have done is unparalleled.

Baba, You are love personified; You are my most dear; You are my
everything…

Note 1: Usually people think that the term ‘Bandhu’ means ‘friend’ but
in AM devotional life it is not like that. Bandhu means something much
more.

Baba says, “‘Bandhu’ means ‘those within the bondage of love’. That is
when one can not tolerate the idea of separation it is called ‘Bandhu’.
Now you see in this world have you got any Bandhu? No. Even your friend,
your best friend– he also did not come at the same time as you and
after leaving the cremation ground, there is permanent separation. He
will be with you up to the cremation ground. After your cremation he
won’t be with you. So he is not Bandhu– he is not friend for he can
tolerate the idea of separation.” “So who is the real friend? Parama
Purusa. When you are in this physical framework– in this
quinquelemental framework, He is with you, with your body, with your
mind and with your spirit. After death, He will be with your mind, with
your soul. When the body will be lost, the body will become one with the
earth but mind and spirit will remain, He will be with you. So He is the
real friend, He is the real Bandhu. And there cannot be any mundane
friend, mundane Bandhu.” (AV-12)

== HOW TO IMPROVE SADHANA: Part II ADDENDUM ==

Namaskar,
Recently, two letters were posted on the first point of Sixteen Points:

I spoke to one acarya about point #1, “After urination, wash the urinary
organ with water”, and in addition to agreeing with all points in the
above two letters he had some other interesting knowledge to share. It
is that which I pass on to you here.

In addition he addressed the problem of life adjustment regarding the
amount of water after urination. This is also discussed in greater
detail below in this mail, however in a nutshell Dadaji stated that
while on tour/traveling he may just carry a 100ml bottle of water to use
after urination, but quickly added that whenever he is in a domicile or
jagrti then he most definitely switches over to a 1 litre container and
uses that entire amount after urination, as the benefits are quite clear
and readily apparent.

Now let’s get into the details.

PURPOSE OF POURING LOTS OF WATER

Here are some of the great benefits of pouring one full litre of water
or more over the genitals during and after urination.

1. It cools down the genitalia and that keeps the tamasik vrtti in
check. By keeping that area cool by using lots of water, then that
tamasik vrtti will not dominate the mind. This is one tremendous benefit
for any sadhaka, and verily every person.

2. Pouring large amounts of cold water over the pubic region creates an
exchange of blood in that area which bring freshness to both body and
mind. That circulation of blood nourishes all the glands, organs, nerves
and cells of that region.

3. The muscles, nerves and overall biological system get strengthened by
the use of adequate amounts (1 litre or more) of cold water.

4. It will prevent and eliminate bladder problems faced by older people
who cannot control the flow of urine during the nighttime. That happens
because the muscles and nerves weaken over time, but when cold water is
regularly used then those bodily systems remain strong and in tact, in
which case one will not suffer from that problem in old age.

5. One other great benefit of using 1 litre of water or more over the
entire genital area is that it will ensure that all excess urine is
removed from the urinary tract, as well as from the bladder. This keep
the body clean and disease free.

TRY IT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF

Then acaryaji told the we should all experiment because by doing it once
we would see a huge difference.

Indeed if anyone just pours one spoonful of water on the pinpoint of the
genital then there will be a little benefit and perhaps a touch more
urine will release; but then if you pour a minimum of one litre of cold
water over the entire pubis region and groin, then very soon all the
leftover urine that was in the bladder will easily empty. You will see
at minimum 100ml or 200ml of urine release from the bladder. Normally
that urine in the bladder will not release, but when a full litre of
water is used, then it will. Whereas if just a little water is used then
that urine remains in the bladder and even in the urinary tract itself –
in which case it will crytallise and block the flow of urine.

Everyone is encourage to try and experience this for themselves, and of
course many margiis may already be using this amount of water, i.e. 1
litre.

PROBLEMS AFTER 50 OR 60 YEARS OF AGE

If you pour a small mount of water, such as only one spoonful or even
just half a cup, then the entire pubic area remains warm. In that case
the blood just stagnates; it does not vigorously circulate as when a
full litre or more of cold ware is used. Hence the muscles will not get
nourished or strengthened.

After years of not getting adequate nourishment, those muscles and
nerves become weak. That is why when people reach 60 years of age, many
lose control over the flow of their urine. On an involuntary basis,
urine just releases. That is why older people have to use pads or
diapers in their undergarments. It is unfortunate that many have to face
this humiliation when it is so preventable by using an adequate amount
of water.

Of course this happens with kids too because they do not have the
requisite strength to control their urination; hence they do “bed
wetting” etc. But in later childhood that strength or ability to control
develops. Naturally then all adults have that control as well. Just they
lose it over time. However, this is not an eventuality or function of
age; it is a function of poor life practices. If one pours an adequate
amount of water over the entire publis region, then those nerves and
muscles will remain strong even into very late age. Then one will have
proper control over the flow or urine.

Unfortunately, most of the population is unaware about this so it has
turned into a serious problem with the elderly – then 99% of the people
seem to suffer in this way.

YOUR CHOICE

All in all this is a well proven formula: It is your choice whether you
want to use one spoonful or one litre of water during and after urination.

SIMILAR TO NATUROPATHY

In naturopathy, a similar cooling technique is used to heal and cure the
body of problems and Baba has given this as a tub bath (Reference CC-3,
‘Different Yogic Practices: Vistrta sna’na or vya’paka sna’na). In this
practice the corp is soaked, but the limbs remain outside the tub. This
water therapy is used to treat various diseases.

Here the whole point is that cool or cold water is needed to both
maintain and cure the body.

If a certain part is weak or diseased then the treatment is to pour cold
water over it and by that way the blood will rush all around. Due to
this exchange of blood, the diseased area gets properly nourished. If
cold water is not used, then there is no exchange of blood and hence no
nourishment – it is then that that gland becomes weak and susceptible to
disease.

So we should all be vigilant to use at least a litre of cold or cool
water after and during urination.

HALF BATH & BABA’S INSTRUCTIONS

So the technique of using a full litre or more of cold water after
urination has many, many benefits. This pouring of water around the
genital area is highly important when doing half-bath too; this is a
well-known practice in Ananda Marga.

When Baba first introduced the checking of 16 pts then during dharma
samiiksa He explained that when doing half bath then one must pour water
over the whole area from the low belly to the feet. That is the best way
to do half-bath and that is Baba’s system. It is not just that water is
sprinkled on the toes and the tip of the genital. Rather from the navel
all the way down, lots of water is to be poured in order to cool that
entire region. Then one will get the true benefits of half-bath. That is
Baba’s system.

UNIVERSAL APPLICATION OF AM TEACHINGS

Even after understanding all of the above, my acarya said that there are
a few wts who simply think that using 100ml of water is the way – since
that is how they do it while traveling.

But we should understand that the teachings of Ananda Marga are
universal in nature – they are for all. On this earth there are some
places that are extremely cold and other areas that are totally desert
and suffer from a scarcity of water, in that case Baba gave the common
solution that using even a little water is acceptable. Likewise when
acaryas are traveling by train or plane or bus, they may be carrying
just a small shaoca manjusa, in which case using a little water is
acceptable. It has some benefit – it is better than nothing.

But to get the full benefit, then one must pour one litre or more. Thus,
whenever circumstances permit we should use a full pitcher of water
after urination, not just that small shaoca manjusa we use when traveling.

We must remember that Baba’s teachings are to be practiced – they are
not merely rituals. And by practicing we get the realisation of what
works best. Thus although when traveling we may “adjust” and use a
smaller container of water, whenever possible we should use a full litre
of water, or more. Try it just once and see the benefit.

Like all His guidelines, we should follow Baba’s teachings of point #1
of Sixteen Points in a rational manner, and not as a ritual or rigid
format.

So that is the answer to some who think that since it is not practical
to use a lot of water when traveling then it is fine to not use a lot of
water when at home or in a jagrti.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace He has given us all the teachings for living a healthy life
– one which is disease-free. Point #1 of Sixteen Points has much value.
By following it and sharing it with others, to margiis and non-margiis
alike, then they too can get the benefit. On this matter, as with all
His teachings, we should guide and serve as many as we can.

Baba says, “…In order to march ahead on the road of human welfare, we
will have to strengthen ourselves in all the arena of life. The complete
seeds of welfare in all the spheres – physical, mental, moral, social
and spiritual – are embedded in the sixteen points. Hence be firm on the
sixteen points.” (A’nanda Va’nii #45)

Namaskar,
Nagendra

Note 1: COLD TUB BATH IN ANANDA MARGA

Baba says, “The practices given below are prescribed only for specific
diseases. Therefore, they are to be performed only after consultation
with an a’ca’rya.”

“(1) Vistrta sna’na or vya’paka sna’na: A bathtub is most convenient,
but if this is not available, an earthen trough will suffice. If this is
not available either, a wet towel can be used, soaking it repeatedly in
water. Fill the bathtub with cold water, and sit in it undressed so that
the area from the navel down remains submerged. Keep your feet dry and
out of the tub. The area from the neck to the navel should be kept
covered with a shirt or dry cloth. The crown of the head and the back of
the head should be kept covered with a wet towel.”

“Now take another towel and rub the area from the right side of the
abdomen to the groin seven or eight times. Do likewise on the left-hand
side and horizontally from right to left and left to right. You should
make sure that the towel on the head remains wet.”

“After this, wipe the abdomen, hands and thighs and take a full bath. If
this is not possible, then leave the tub wearing a shirt.”

“This should be practised behind closed doors. In the absence of a
bathtub or an earthen trough, a wet towel may be wrapped around the
areas to be bathed, but in order to compensate, cold water must be
poured constantly over the towel, and the towel which is to be used for
the massage must be kept wet. After vya’paka sna’na, the thighs, pubic
area and abdomen should be warmed with a dry towel.”

“Before and after this bath one should not eat, in order to allow the
stomach to rest.” (CC-3)

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Who Does Not Want

Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 21:26:47 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Hariish Dev”
Subject: Who Does Not Want

Baba

“(Tumi) a’lo jhalmal u’s’a’y ele, a’ndha’rer ja’l chinrile…” (PS 3983)

Purport:

Baba, You have come in my heart when the blissful dawn was glittering in
effulgence. By Your grace, You have wiped away the net of staticity and
crude darkness from my mind. In a flash You have also removed the dogma
which had accumulated since ages. Baba, You are so beautiful.

O’ my dearmost, You know how to make such a divine magical display. By
Your grace You have created a heavenly panorama– complete with the beauty
and grandeur of colour, by Your divine play. Baba, in the blink of the eye,
You bring lowly and depraved persons close to Your bosom, without making
any differentiation or disparity about who is virtuous and who is sinful.
Baba, You are my beginning as well as my end, my Goal, my everything.

Baba, my whereabouts, my name, my place, my address– everything has become
one with You, by Your grace. Baba I offer You my heartfelt surrender and
sastaunga pranam thousands, millions, crores, & an infinite number of
times– again & again.

Baba, by Your divine grace You have arrived in my heart and showered me
in Your supreme effulgence. You are my own; You are my everything…

== WHO DOES NOT WANT ==

Namaskar,
Every human being wants to be successful. Whether in the realm of art,
law, medicine, schooling, business, literature, science, or architecture
– or any other field or endeavor – everyone wants to be successful.

Knowing how to be successful then is an important recipe.

By Baba’s grace He has given us His special guideline. Because in one
Hindi discourse, Baba reveals that the ‘Seven Secrets of Success’ apply
not just to spiritual life, but to worldly life as well.

Let’s then investigate how these work.

UNIQUE ASPECT OF SHRADDHA’

Of course all the aspects of the Seven Secrets of Success have their own
unique utility. So we shall take a look at how they all apply in this
special circumstance. At the same time in His Hindi discourse Baba gives
marked importance to the point of shraddha’.

As He tells us, there is no direct English translation for the term
shraddha’, yet in its more traditional usage, Baba describes shraddha as
the following.

Baba says, “When one ascribes everything to one’s goal, or one’s object,
or to the Supreme Subjectivity appearing as one’s object, and moves, or
rather directs one’s everything towards Him, then that movement is
shraddha’.” (AV-3)

So in the spiritual realm, shraddha’ means pointing all one’s energy and
love towards Parama Purusa, and not toward any number two or number
three object. Everything is goaded towards Him. This we all know.

The interesting thing becomes, how does this apply to worldly life.

In His Hindi discourse, Baba neatly describes how shraddha’ manifests in
worldly life. Suppose there is a father and a son. The boy wants to
study engineering, but the father is pressuring him to study medicine.
Yet the boy has little or no interest in becoming a doctor. In that
case, if forced to pursue medicine, the boy will not get success.
Because Baba’s entire point is that to get success in worldly life, one
must have inner inspiration or inner motivation for what they are doing.
Then and only then can one get success. That is the key point.

TRAGEDY OF TODAY’S MODERN SOCIETY

Unfortunately, in today’s materialistic society, where money is the
be-all and end-all, so many people in so many lands engage in work or
jobs that they do not care about. They have little or no interest in
their day-to-day endeavour. But they do it to earn money, for prestige,
to please their parents, or to just survive etc. This is the way in
so-called first world and various so-called third world nations.

There are innumerable cases of this round peg in a square hole
phenomenon. That means, there are so many people who have a keen
interest in one realm, but spend all their time doing something else –
either to earn money, or due to family pressures etc. Haven’t we all
gone into a shop or office and noticed that the people working there
appear to be going through the motions like robots and have no real
interest in what they are doing. The same happens in student life as
well when children are pushed by their parents in a particular direction.

In that case, according to Baba, that worker or that student cannot get
success. Because as Baba guides us, one can only be successful if they
have inner motivation and inspiration for what they are doing. That is
the special point Baba is making in His Hindi discourse about how the
Seven Secrets of Success apply to worldly life.

THE OTHER POINTS ARE ALSO MEANINGFUL

Here then are how the other spiritual elements apply to achieving
success in the mundane sphere.

Vishva’s: In spiritual life this means have firm determination for one’s
Goal. Yet Baba guides us that in worldly life this is also needed. If
before studying for an exam, a student thinks that, “I will never be
able to pass”, then they are doomed. Certainly they will not be able to
get success. Similarly, if an adult walks into a job interview thinking
that, “I will not be able to get this job – it is beyond my
qualifications”, then they will have little or no chance of getting that
job. So vishva’s in worldly life is a big point. It refers to having
confidence and a positive outlook before pursuing any endevor.

Guru Puja: In spiritual life, Baba guides us that this means
surrendering to the will of the Guru. Then one can serve and attain Him.
And in worldly life this point of Guru Puja has great importance: It
means having respect or reverence for one’s teacher. Yet in the modern
world, there are so many loopholes and so much rampant hypocrisy that
students & citizens alike lose respect for their teachers and leaders.
Either their teachers punish them unduly or their teachers preach some
ideal such as abstinence or non-smoking, when they themselves are
indulged in that. Likewise, various social leaders preach noble values
yet they themselves are caught up in scandalous affairs. This is a daily
occurrence, and this undermines one’s ability to get success. Because
one loses faith in their teacher or societal leader, in which case they
cannot learn from them.

Samitabhava: In spiritual sphere, this means complete mental balance.
And this same type of psychic equanimity is needed in worldly life. For
instance, if a student or interviewee is very nervous or shy, then they
will not be able to perform well. A student may become so nervous that
they even get easy questions wrong, because they have lost their mental
composure. Likewise, a professional seeking employment or putting on a
presentation may be so shy that they are unable to convey their
skill-set or knowledge to others in the room. And there are so many
other examples. For instance, one’s marriage may end in misery, if one
constantly gets angry or acts in an erratic manner toward their spouse.
So mental balance is highly needed in all aspects of worldly life.

Indriyanigraha: We all know how control over the motor and sensory
organs is needed for success in spiritual life. And same is the case for
worldly life. If a student drinks too much whiskey or beer or wine at a
party, then they will be inattentive in class the next day. Or, they may
sleep through class entirely. Likewise, if a big business executive
indulges in too much gossipy talk, then they will not be prepared for
their meeting or they may underestimate their competition. Because loose
talk diverts the mind from important obligations. It is also commonly
seen how important politicians show sexual weakness and this can
undermine if not ruin their entire career. So having proper restraint
and control regarding the ten indriyas is highly needed to gain worldly
success.

Pramitahara: Just as proper attention to diet and food is needed in
spiritual life, it is also needed for mundane success. If a student
overeats then they will not be mentally sharp for their examination.
Similarly, if a person grossly overeats time and time again, they will
become obese, in which case they will suffer from all kinds of ailments
from shortness of breath to heart disease, and that will keep them from
discharging their duties properly. So food and drink must serve to keep
one healthy and fit. Then only can one get success in worldly endeavors.

No Seventh Factor: The same is true in worldly life as in spiritual life.

Baba says, “There is no seventh factor. That is, if you practise these
six factors, you require no seventh factor.” (AV-3)

LIVING IN TODAY’S ULTRA-COMPETITIVE WORLD

Today’s world is more competitive than ever. Getting success is not
easy. The standards are high and the competition is tough. Whether it be
the global economic market, the political arena, student life, or any
other realm, day by day the requirements for getting success get stiffer
and stiffer. There is no such thing as an easy victory anymore. There
are too many people gunning for the same thing. So if we are slack in
any of the above points, then someone with a more pointed vision will
come forward. In that case, success will not be ours. Because living in
today’s world is not a joke.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us all with great teachings which lead us
to success. And in His Hindi discourse, Baba has given us the way to
utilize the Seven Secrets of Success in our worldly endeavours. So we
should pay heed to this doctrine not just in spiritual life but in all
our worldly dealings as well.

Baba says, “You, boys and girls, should remember the points and do
accordingly. It will help you in your all-around success.” (AV-14)

Namaskar,
Hariish

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Desire For Money is Dangerous

Baba says, “Suppose there is a very elevated person who often ideates on
the Supreme Consciousness, but who has some greed for wealth. He does
not, however, express it openly to the Supreme, nor does he even think
of it directly. He thinks indirectly, “Oh, since I am a devotee of the
Supreme Consciousness, He will certainly give me enormous wealth and
make me immensely rich.” Those who harbour this sort of covert desire
are reborn asyaks’as.” (YP, p.78)

Note: Yaksas are one type of negative microvita. Those unfortunate
beings who got degenerated and took on a form less than human,
sub-human. Not only that but they got caught up in that bondage of
punishment for thousands of years. And only then after their extreme
punishment did they again get opportunity for human life.
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Date: Th, 24 Jun 2010 06:27:28 -0500
From: RJ Watkins
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: How to Improve Sadhana II

Baba

PS Intro: In this following song Parama Purusa is posing His questions &
speaking directly to the devotee.

“Kon aja’na’r buk theke ele, korn asiime bhese ja’o…” (PS 2222)

Purport:

From which unknown bosom have You come and what is your goal. In which
direction are you floating. You must know you are not meagre or
insignificant. You are the expression of Cosmic Consciousness. He has
created you according to His desire; You are within Him. Now tell me what
you want; what are your desires and longings. You should know that your
Goal is the Parama Purusa.

For ages You remained oblivious of your own existence; era after era
passed like that. You were seeking the answer to all your worries,
anxieties, and problems externally. You were trying to find happiness
outside; and, you were trying to quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger
from material things. You never tried to look within.

Everything is hidden within you. Look within and you will get
everything. Just you have to turn your eyes from outside to inside. Divert
your vision from external to internal.

The Divine Entity– who is your everything, who is your shelter– He
knows each and everything about you. He knows your past, present, and
future– everything. And He loves you too.

Your future is situated in Him up to eternity. Yet forgetting this
eternal and divine truth, what are you looking for. Do not waste your time.
The Divine Entity has bestowed you with human life. Utililse it to satisfy
Him. Do everything according to His wishes. By this way your coming on this
earth will be successful…

== HOW TO IMPROVE SADHANA: PART 2 ==

Namaskar,
Recently the discussion was raised about Sixteen Points. As a follow-up
reply, here are some further thoughts and reflections; and others are
requested to also share their insights and experiences. By that way we can
all grow in one harmonious manner.

SIXTEEN POINTS BRINGS FORCE IN THE LIFE

As we are all aware, Revered Baba graciously introduced Sixteen Points just
prior to the jail period and Emergency, as He wanted everyone to be
prepared and ready to deal with the dangers and difficulties to come. Or to
say more strongly, by this way we Ananda Margiis will be able to overcome
and annihilate the demonic forces.

And certainly who cannot recall that if anyone ever visited Baba in jail
and if they told Him about the problems and difficulties which sadhakas or
the organisation was facing, then always Baba’s reply was to be strict in
sixteen points– and by that way everything will be alright and you will be
victorious.

Baba says, “Be firm on sixteen points. Unite all the righteous forces. All
the tall talks of the evil forces will be silenced.” (Ananda Vanii #44)

This Baba story posting leads in this same direction:

So this is the special blessing which Baba has been given. And it applies
universally to each and every circumstance in life. Thus 16 Points
generates tremendous vitality and force.

Hence when 16 Points is such an essential part of our very existence, it is
helpful for us to know all the ‘ins and outs’ of these precious guidelines.
In that spirit, here below is some historical, social, and practical
aspects of the first point of 16 Points.

RISHIS FIRST INTRODUCED THE ‘USE OF WATER’

Long back in India, thousands and thousand of years ago, various rishis and
seers of the society introduced the idea that water plays an important role
in life– especially for health, hygiene, and proper maintenance of the
human body. And they introduced the idea to the old Indian society that
water should be used for washing before and after meals, before cooking,
and those rishis also told that one should wash with water after passing
stool as well as after urination etc. All these points they told.

And we have to remember that this was all given in that pre-historic era in
and around the ice-age when the general population around the globe was
hardly even aware about hygiene; rather they were more involved in
animalistic type of living. Yet in that historical context, those rishis
introduced certain sentient habits to the Indian populace.

So since long these things were happening in India. Yet over the course of
time some degeneration occurred and the general populace lost the idea of
using water after urination. But the practice of washing the body with
water after defecation did not get lost– primarily because people
understood that it was obviously dirty. So they were conscious about that
aspect at least. That was the case in India.

Yet in many of our so-called first world countries outside India, that
basic awareness of hygiene never developed. In which case water was not
even used for cleaning the anus after passing stool. Just dry paper was
used. And about this practice more is said down below, but here the point
is that still most of our first-world nations continue with this dirty
habit of using toilet paper. And even more tragic is that inhabitants of
some third world countries have begun emulating everything that the
so-called developed world does– including using toilet paper.

Indeed a report has come that certain Didis in India are also
resorting to the use of toilet paper. This is the new fad in WWD,
some say.

Yet this crude habit of using toiler paper is not at all hygienic or
healthy. Unfortunately on this point, an imbalance is growing all around.

Thus we are left with this following quagmire: Namely that when animals do
not wash their backside with water and when humans also are not doing, then
from the perspective of hygiene what is the practical difference between
the two. Unfortunately, this is the sad state of affairs in the general
society.

BABA RE-INTRODUCES THE POINT OF WATER

Thus during His Holy advent Baba has given the dharmic approach in each and
every sphere of life. And in that course, He has given the point that how
and when water should be used. And as we all know the following stands as
the first point of 16 Points:

“After urination, wash the urinary organ with water”.

Here below is a further look at the meaning of this simple yet
all-important guideline.

TELLING THE NEEDFUL

As we know Guru’s teaching is always concise and pointed. What was needed
to tell, He has beautifully revealed. And what was not needed, He did not
tell.

For example the Indian society was prone toward idol worship so Baba was
very strict and He has warned everyone that idol worship should not be
done. But never once did He warn people not to flap their arms and fly to
the sun since no one was ever going to do like that.

Secondly, it was obvious that people had the negative tendency to create
tiirthas (pilgrimmages). That is why for fourteen long years Baba did not
go to Jamalpur. And from 1965 up to 1990 Baba never emphasized the
importance of Jamalpur or any such place. Rather on numerous occasions He
has guided us that external tiirthas are nothing but one nasty dogma,
because Parama Purusa is everywhere.

Similarly Baba has guided us to trim our fingernails but never did He tell
us to cut the horns on top of our head. Because when we do not have horns
then what was the need to tell anything about that.

Likewise human beings have the natural tendency to live outside of the
water, that is why there was no need for Baba to guide people to live
primarily on land. Because human beings are already doing like that.

The sense is that when people are naturally following any given point then
what is the need for Baba to give that as a rule.

Thus when 16 Points itself was first given in India and when at that time
the general populace was already using water for washing after defecation
then there was no need for Baba to tell that point. But since everyone had
lost the notion of washing with water after urination, then there was the
practical need for Baba to give that teaching.

Hence Guru’s instruction is very pointed and precise– perfect. And He
always gives what is needed.

SOME NOT AWARE

Thus Baba has given point #1 of sixteen points as: After urination wash the
urinary organ.

And by this way anyone can understand that included in this is the idea of
washing the backside after passing stool also.

Unfortunately, as mentioned above, all around the globe in most of the
so-called advanced societies the general people are only using toilet paper
or blotting paper as a means to “clean” themselves after defecation. But
this is not at all proper. Rather such persons are totally lacking any kind
of hygienic sense.

Because just see, here is the proof of their foolishness. When they want to
clean the stool or excrement out of their toilet bowl, then they use a huge
amount of water. And by that way they see & feel satisfied that indeed
their toilet bowl has become clean. So they never try to clean their toilet
bowl by only using dry papers. Because they know that such paper alone will
not rid the toilet of all that excrement. It just will not work. Thus they
understand that water is needed to clean the toilet.

Yet when the moment of truth comes to cleanse their own backside of fecal
matter, then they do not rely on that same fine logic. Rather they revert
to their dogmatic mind-set that toilet paper alone is sufficient. As if
toilet paper can do the job. But anyone with eyes to see– or any hygienic
sense– will understand that this is just not so.

So see the contradiction and poor hygienic sense of so many of our
so-called first world nations.

NOT THEIR FAULT

But actually those common people who are not aware about or not habituated
to using water are not to be blamed. It is never anyone’s fault for being
downtrodden, ignorant, or dirty. Rather it is our fault for not bringing
them onto the path of light.

Because Baba always guides us we should never blame those innocent people
from parts of the globe like our remote African jungles for their
“backwardness”. Because it is our wrongdoing for not helping them to develop.

Similarly our European & western nations that could not develop a proper
sense of hygiene should not be blamed. Just we should take care to show
everyone the proper way.

CONCENTRATED TEACHING

In all the realms Baba’ teachings are crystallized points of dharma– very
concise. So to properly understand any guideline or teaching, it demands a
little concentration or mental thought.

For example a group of fools may think that by walking together to
McDonalds for a hamburger then they are following Samgacchadvam since they
are all “moving together”. But that is nonsense. Their dealing has nothing
to do with samgacchadvam.

A literal interpretation of Guru’s teachings will never work. Rather more
and more explanation is needed to get the proper picture.

That is why when Baba has given the pin-pointed sutras of Ananda Sutram,
then side by side He also gives a purport so that those distilled
teachings, i.e. sutras, can be understood in the proper way.

Likewise this should be done with each and every aspect of Sixteen Points.
Because Guru’s teaching is distilled and given in seed form.

I hope everyone will contribute in this regard.

Namaskar,
Rasa Deva

NOTE 1: NEED I FOLLOW ALL THE POINTS OR JUST A FEW

Now some people may carelessly think that it is not needed to follow all
the points. But that is not correct. We should see it in this way:

If a boat is otherwise fine but whether there is one hole or 5 holes or 16
holes, under any of these conditions the ship is going to sink. So best is
that all the holes should be plugged and sealed.

Likewise we should not invite any problem by being loose or slack in any of
the Sixteen Points. Baba has graciously given each and every aspect of 16
Points for a particular reason and each one has its own specialty and use.
So step by step we should be more and more practiced in all the points.

NOTE 2: ALL THE POINTS HELP IN SADHANA

Each and every point of 16 Points is beneficial for our spiritual
development. And all points help a sadhaka do better sadhana. Because a
healthy body and a strong mind are needed to do sadhana. Without a
well-maintained body then sadhana will be disturbed. While a sentient body
will help the mind rush up towards Parama Purusa.

NOTE 3: WASH FULLY AFTER URINATION

As a reminder, for maximum benefit of point #1 it is absolutely necessary
to pour a sufficient amount of water over the entire pubic region. That
means using a full liter or more of cold water. So no one should cheat
themselves by applying a meagre amount and then start wrongly thinking that
they are following 16 Points. Because that is not the way.

NOTE 4: SIXTEEN POINTS GIVES TREMENDOUS STRENGTH

Baba says, “The more rigidly you follow the 16 Points, the more your mental
strength will increase. It will increase so much that it will be more
powerful than the collective mental strength of 100,000 people. In a
psychic clash they will have to concede victory to you…The more rigidly
you follow the 16 Points, the more psychic strength you will acquire. It
will not take you long…Such development will lead to not only 100,000
people surrendering before you, but the entire universe.” (AV-7, p. 80-81)

Baba says, “The mutative force is a hundred thousand times more powerful
than the static force, and the sentient force is a hundred thousand times
more powerful than the mutative force; hence you should not be afraid of
any force in the universe.” (CC-2, ’87 Edn, p.18)

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Not True Society

Baba says, “If going ahead in mutual adjustment only out of narrow
self-interest or temporary gain is called society, then in such a society,
no provision can be made for the disabled, the diseased or the helpless,
because in most cases nobody can benefit from them in any way. Hence it
will not suffice to say that all people marching ahead is only a collective
form of segregated psychic phenomena; for in that case there always remains
the possibility of some people getting isolated from the collective.”
(AFPS-6, ‘The Spirit of Society’)

Note: Unfortunately what Baba is describing above is the exact picture of
today’s so-called developed western nations where the entire social fabric
is based on people’s various self-interests. In the absence of true service
mentality, everything is done on a give and take basis– business relation.
So long as one has something valuable to give they will recieve something
from others– otherwise not. And in that setting, in that selfish scenario,
those who have strength invariably solidfy their stand by taking advantage
of the common people– BY committing crimes and exploiting them etc. And
simultaneously the weak and the helpless suffer a lot and get stepped on by
the rest of the society until finally they are completely aliented,
depressed, or placed in an insane asylum etc. In that awful circumstance,
people lose all hope in life and fall prey to feelings of insanity and
suicide etc. Unfortunately this is the lowly standard of today’s western
materialistic societies. Tragically these elements are increasing day by
day in our western so-called developeed nations and the people are
suffering terribly. That is why in those places the term ‘society’ is just
a namesake only. Even then all around the globe masses are madly rushing
ahead to copy and emulate the west in all regards. So we should be alert
because this is not some great ideal to be copied. Rather it will create
hell in communities around the globe. That is why Baba says that under such
conditions described above where selfishness and exploitation are the theme
of the day, then that is not at all a true society.
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Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 11:55:22 -0000
From: “Motilal Pandey”
Subject: News: Boxing
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

== NEWS: BOXING ==

Namaskar,
Since Pranavanandaji’s passing three months ago, a battle has been going
on here for control of the school, “Himalayan Institute of Integrated
Therapy”, in Kullu.

Ranchi, EC & B group have been trying to gain control of the school. And
each faction sent a few of their workers to Kullu just after
Pranavananda’s passing to take over the school.

Around that time, Dr Jitendra Singh of SUVA, representing EC group, also
came.

But, at that time, there was no resolution of who should get the school,
“Himalayan Institute of Integrated Therapy”.

(Note: Unfortunately the cowardly founders of the school did not use the
name of Ananda Marga in the title of the school, due to their ulterior
motive.)

Then just 2 weeks ago, we got the report that again Dr Singh came to
India, just for one week with the sole intention of visiting the Kullu
school & to convince local Margiis not to hand over the school to Ranchi
group.

As some may or may not know, Dr Jitendra Singh has put a lot of money
into the school, “Himalayan Institute of Integrated Therapy”, at Kullu –
as have his other Laukik family members. They all financially supported
the Kullu school.

Anyone who has come here and visited the school know there is a lot of
computer equipment & other other costly items on site. Dr Jitendra Singh
came to Kullu primarily because he is worried that he will lose his
investment in equipment at the school. He still harbors the bitter taste
of what happened with the hospital at Ananda Nagar which got captured
during the group clash.

To keep the school, Dr Jitendra Singh tried to convince one EC group
Dada to go there & take charge but that Dada wasn’t interested.

In the end, still today there is boxing going on for who will control
the school at Kullu.

Now is the time the general society needs neo-humanistic teaching of
Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, and these people are extremely busy in
infighting, wasting their precious time and resources which could have
been used for serving suffering humanity.

Let Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji give these people viveka and vaeragya
so that they can understand the truth that Baba wants samgacchadhvam in
true sense.

Namaskar,
Motilal

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From: “Omprakash.Rai”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Improving Sadhana
Date: 22 Jun 2010 05:13:18 +0530

BABA

“D’eke ja’i sa’r’a’ na’ pa’i, e ki kat’hin hrdaya…” (P.S. 3184)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace in my heart I konw You are my dearest One and I go
on calling You, but I never get any response. Your heart is tough. You do
not care about my longing; that is why You never respond. Sometimes You
grace me by coming close but usually You go on smiling, keeping Yourself
distant. What type of drama or divine play is this.

With the melody and rhythm of the dance, You go on floating like a tidal
wave in the ocean. In all the ups and downs of Your various vibrations I
always feel Your sweetness.

Baba, in all the ages You are; You remain all the time; You never get
lost. You are also present in those memories which have already faded away.
There also You are. You are ever-present in the nucleus of everything,
manifested or not manifested. Everything is saturated with Your love, Your
grace. Baba, You love me and You want to listen to my call again and again,
that is why You do not respond. This is one way of Your loving expression.

Baba, I surrender everything unto You…

== IMPROVING SADHANA ==

Namaskar,
In this cycle of creation known as brahmacakra or srsti cakra, we are
fortunate that we have been given the upper-most place: Human life. As we
know human life is completely unique. Only those whom Parama Purusa blesses
are granted human existence. Even the devatas are always trying and longing
to get human life, because without getting a human framework– without
achieving a human body– one cannot do sadhana.

MIND-BODY CONNECTION

Of course, it is the mind which does sadhana; yet the mind is situated
within the body. Hence there is a deep link between the two. If the body is
uncomfortable, sick, or plagued by some type of problem, then the mind
cannot function properly. Because the mind needs the support of a healthy
body in order to think or concentrate in a pointed manner. Thus for proper
sadhana a healthy body is an absolute necessity.

That is why in yoga, the first step is to keep the body pure and fit. And
as we know, in our Marga there are numerous teachings & guidelines that are
directly related with the upkeep, maintenance, and purification of the
physical body– as this is integral to our movement on the path.

Baba says, “Keep the body neat and clean like a temple.” (CC-2, ’87 Edn, p.7)

Baba says, “The physical body should be sanctified…by various physical
practices that affect the nerve fibres of the body; because through the
nerve fibres, through the afferent and efferent nerves, the first phase of
realization comes.” (YP, ’98 Edn, p.170)

EVERYTHING DONE TO REACH THE GOAL

And, in Ananda Marga, everything is done to reach the Goal– to come closer
to Parama Purusa. All the practices of AM aim to reduce the radius between
the jiiva and that Cosmic Nucleus, Baba. That is why from dawn to dusk &
from birth to death, all our activities and works– whether small or big,
mundane or spiritual, individual or collective– everything is done to come
closer to God. And this entire process, or collection of efforts, is a type
of sadhana.

And to improve that sadhana, or movement of life, it demands that we become
intimately familiar about every aspect of Baba’s teachings. And while we
are all aware about Sixteen Points, even then there may be some inner
aspects to ponder further.

POINT #1 OF SIXTEEN POINTS

Here following then are a few thoughts regarding this first point of 16
Points. I hope other sadhakas will also send in their experiences and
insights about this.

“After urination wash the urinary organ with water.”

Generally speaking, all margiis are certainly aware about this point. Even
then there may be a few aspects of this practice which are new for some
people. Since there are some lesser known health & hygiene facts associated
with the practice of this first point of 16 Points. So some sincere
practitioners may not be cognizant of all these things.

And then there are those who unfortunately, consciously or unconsciously,
have gotten habituated to doing this in more or less a ritualistic manner.
And in that way they just haphazardly put a couple drops of water on the
urinary organ after urination. But this type of half-hearted approach does
not give the real benefit.

Because the whole purpose behind this initial guideline of Sixteen Points
is to clear all the excess urine from the urinary track. And to achieve
this fully, one must pour plenty of cold water on the entire genital area.
In which case the bladder and the entire urinary track will contract thus
releasing all the urine from the system.

To produce this desired effect, one can pour as much as 1 full liter of
cold water or more on the urinary organ and pubic region at the time of
urination– such that the entire genital area gets properly splashed down
with water & hence cooled.

MANY BENEFITS ARE THERE

And by this cooling effect of the water and consequent re-heating by the
body, this exchange gives a long-term benefit and prevents many diseases
related with the urinary organ.

Firstly, by having the track clear of urine there is no possibility of
collecting any waste or sediment. And another benefit is that the entire
urinary system will become stronger.

Thus sadhakas will not suffer from that common problem or ailment that
adversely affects non-margiis at the age of 60 or so, whereby they cannot
control the flow of urine from the body. In which case they experience
drops or a drip from the urinary organ throughout the day. But such things
will not happen to sadhakas who sincerely observe this point #1 of 16 points.

And many other benefits will come from properly following this initial
guideline. And the key factor for deriving all these benefits is to apply
an ample amount of water on the entire genital region during the time of
urination. Putting one or two drops on the organ will not do– that will be
one superficial display only.

ALL THE REALMS OF LIFE

The culminating idea is that our practice of Sixteen Points then is related
with the development of the human structure and human personality in all
the realms– thus transforming our entire existence. So it is nothing but
His divine grace that we have access to these eternal and dharmic guidelines.

Baba says, “Human existence is trifarious. A sadhaka has got his spiritual
body, his psychic body and his quinquelemental body– this physical
structure–hands, legs, ears, nose, etc. When the flow is for the Supreme
Desideratum, there must be an adjustment amongst these three flows of human
spirit, human mind, and human entity. There must be parallelism between
spiritual flow and the psychic, and there must be parallelism between
psychic wave and the entitative wave. For progress in entitative flow, one
is to lead a pure life, a moralistic life, a life based on moral
principles…Follow a strict code of morality. Live a pure life, a neat and
clean life. Be strict in 16 Points. What will happen? Your entitative flow
will get purified and will be in parallelism with your psychic wave.” (Baba
in Taiwan, p.44)

Namaskar,
Omprakash

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Real Wealth

“Ya’jinavalkya asked, ‘What would you like?'”

“Maetreyii replied: ‘Yena’ham’ na’mrtasya’m’ tena’ham’ kim kurya’m'”

“‘What will I do with things which will not remain with me permanently? Of
what use are the objects which will not establish me in
immortality?…’Please give me that thing which will remain with me
permanently, which I’ll be able to preserve forever, which will establish
me in immortality. I don’t want anything else.'”

“Then Ya’jinavalkya gave her a number of instructions, upon which a major
part of Raja Yoga is based’.” (AV-7, p.44)

Note: As described in the above quote: Really, worldly things cannot remain
with us very long. That is why ideal people run towards Parama Purusa.
Being Parama Purusa and Guru, Baba Himself has guided us how to reach Him.
On this point, we are extremely fortunate to at least have gotten the path.
Now our main duty is to follow it.
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Baba

“Bandhu a’ma’r, nikat’ a’ma’r, a’mi kii ga’ibo toma’r ga’n…” (P.S. 525)

Purport:

O’ my Bandhu, O’ my dearmost, You are my very close and intimate One.
What song should I sing to please You. You know about my deep longing
for You. O’ Baba, You are my Love, You are the personification of hope,
saturated in sweetness. You are my heart of hearts– and my everything.

Baba, since that very first day when You blessed me by bringing me in
Your closeness under Your care since then by Your grace I have
understood that You are my shelter; You are doing everything for me. Also
since that very day, with Your divine touch, You have blessed me with a new
life, O’ my Bandhu and most intimate one. By Your causeless grace, my
way of living has been transformed from a worldly existence into life divine.
Since then everything has become blissful.

O’ my Lord, on that most blessed day You graciously caressed me with
Your soft lotus hand. In that atmosphere of the blissful early morning
dawn, the lotus flowers were blossoming in the pond and spreading their
sweet aroma all around. Then by Your infinite grace You pulled me very
close to You and graciously placed me on Your Lap and loved me; and by
placing Your hand on top of my head, You bathed me with Your divine
effulgence. You granted me everything. What You have done is unparalleled.
Baba, You are love personified; You are my most dear; You are my
everything…

== HISTORY OF MALUR CLASH ==

Namaskar,
Regarding the on-going issue surrounding the AM Polytechnic Institute at
Malur, each side involved is giving their own account. But without
knowing the history how can anyone really understand the current
situation. Please reference this below letter to gain a background of
this ongoing clash.

Brotherly,
Pankaj

Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2009 12:01:06 +0530
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From:
Subject: News: Loot & Booty Sharing

== NEWS: LOOT AND BOOTY SHARING ==

Namaskar,
Our AM schools and services projects are founded for the welfare of
society and to spread the divine gospel of Shrii Shrii Anandamurtijii.
This we all know.

To see any such project get misused or hijacked by selfish or group
interest is a direct front against Guru.

Thus Ananda Margiis across the globe should take direct and active
interest in the awful financial scandal that has taken place at our AM
Polytechnic College (Malur, Karnataka).

At present, as we speak, the groups involved are trying to keep
everything under the covers so they can continue to loot and keep their
booty. For the first time, the entire story is told here within this
letter.

Please read carefully and act according.

ABOUT THE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE
(KARNATAKA, INDIA)

All may know that we have our Ananda Marga Polytechnic College (Diploma
in Engineering) in Malur, near Bengalore, Karnataka.

Students get admission in this college on the basis of big capitation
fees (donation in lakhs of rupees), and large monthly tuition fees. In
this way this institution generates a huge amount of money, more than
one million US dollars per year.

That’s why all groups have their greedy eyes on this college.

SOME OF THE HISTORY

When the Kolkata administration divided AMPS, then they could not capture
this institution because all the margiis and the entire staff at the college
were against Kolkata.

The Rudrananda camp had full control over the college. It should be
noted that Parmehsvara’nanda and Vandana’nanda were also hardcore cadre
of H group those days.

But times change. When the EC group emerged under the leadership of
Parmeshvara’nanda and Vandana’nanda, then the situation at this college,
also changed.

The in-charge of the Polytechnic College was Animesha’nanda, who is
originally from Chattisgarah but he has only minimal Chattisgarhii
sentiment. He changed his loyalty to Vandana’nanda + Parmeshvara’nanda.
Plus margiis of those areas under the leadership of S.S. Goenka also
became supporters of this group.

THE COLLEGE GETS DIVIDED INTO TWO GROUPS

Because of this groupism one big tussle started in the college.

The college staff divided into two groups.

(#1) One group was of Animesha’nadna + Citshiva’nanda (who went there to
give muscle support to Animesha’nanda) and some staffs of the college
teaching section, who were supporter of EC.

(#2) Other group emerged in the leadership of Arun (from Gaya, Bihar)
the hostel in-charge who has been living in the college for years. He
has group ties with Vishvanath (from Bihar, he lives there to save the
college from outside criminals), Ravi (from Gaya), Pankaj (teaching staff from
Varanasi, relative of Ravii) and other staffs of the hostel.

WHO CONTROLS WHAT

After some days of tussle, finally both groups captured certain areas of
the college and shifted there accordingly.

The teaching department of the college came under the control of
Animesha’nanda. He receives tuition fees from the students, pays the
teaching staff and other college staff, and “manages” the money he gets
from tuition fees and capitation fees.

The other group captured the hostel. In turn, they collect hostel
charges from the students, and basically deal with all monies related
with the hostel and living accommodations & services etc.

Animesha’nanda never had control over the hostel.

HUGE LOOTING GOING ON:

HOW THEY DO IT

For the last 4 years, both of these two groups have been looting the
money they were getting, i.e. embezzlement. They’ve been stuffing their
pockets and personal bank accounts with the monies collected when in
fact those funds are the rightful property of the AM Polytechnic
College, not those greedy groupists.

In short, because there was no proper administration, there has been a
huge money scandal unfolding at the college. Still it is going on.

Animesha’nanda, who gets millions as capitation fees and tuition fees,
pays huge shares to his dons like Parmeshvara’nanda and Vandana’nanda,
and also to what some margiis call the “hi profile margiis” in the name
of margii meetings.

In return, all Animesha’nanda does is arrange one sadhana’ shivir per
year — that’s all, nothing more. Thus, he personally pockets huge piles
of money and tuition / capitation fees every year. This literally then
is a case of millions of dollars of embezzlement that he steals from our
AM Polytechnic College.

The other group embezzles a sizable amount from the hostel and they were
also happy with that huge amount they were saving per month. Arun is all in
all of the hostel. He has been living with his family there since years.

Here everyone should be clear that all money (after expenditure of
hostel) was being distributed to the members of group. Money was not used
for the development of college or organization.

Thus, both the parities involved are cheating the AM Polytechnic college
by grabbing hoards of monies for their personal and groupist desires.

LONG-STANDING COLD WAR

Since years there has been a cold war at the college. Both groups have had
their greedy eyes and insatiable appetites on each others holdings and
money.

Animesha’nanda and his goon Citshiva’nanda were always trying to capture
the hostel while the other group was always trying to capture the
teaching side of the college.

Because of this fight, there has not been a proper teaching or learning
environment at the college. Instead, our AM Polytechnic College has been
transformed into a place of cheap sentiments, politics, crookedness,
groupism and money looting.

MORE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Finally, Citshiva’nanda has started taking the hostel fees from the
Chattisgarhi students. In reply the other group started taking tuition
fees from the students of Bihar, Jharkhanda and UP.

Then Citshiva’nanda organized Chattisgarhi students living in hostel
against the hostel in-charge and his group. With the help of these students
and local hired goondas, Citshiva’nanda tried to capture the hostel.

Then the other group replied in the same manner. Hostel staffs,
Vishvanath, Ravi and students from Bihar, Jharkhanda, UP attacked on
Chattisgarhi group. After a physical fight (lathis, hockeysticks,
knives, local made guns were shown) Citshiva’nanda had to leave the
college.

In the end, the police also came to the college to manage the unruly scene.

TEAM RANCHI MOVES IN

The hostel group then called Ranchi administration for help and the
Rudrananda camp who has been keeping a greedy eye on the money, did not
delay a moment.

Svarupa’nanda and Dharmapra’n’a’nanda (Chennai DS) went to the college.
They stayed at the college to establish a presence and control the college.

The Rudrananda camp has declared Dharmapra’n’a’nanda as in-charge of the
college. So Dharmapra’n’a’nanda and Ranchi supporter hero Sushil from
Katihar are at the college.

Nigama’nanda from Ranchi and Parmeshvara’nanda from Patna have reached
Bengalore. They are involved in arm-wrestling match with each other at
the bargaining table.

Now situation is very tense.

WHY ALL ARE KEEPING MUM

Now we have to investigate why – despite all these antics and commotion
– both camps are keeping quiet about all this.

Because we have to remember that whenever any member of the Rudrananda
camp / H group enters even a small ashram operated by EC or intrudes on
any small and useless issue, then the EC personnel colour the whole
internet and make it a big issue. All their e-mailers become active.
They become totally vocal.

So it is very surprising that on this big issue about the AM Polytechnic
College, where Rudrananda camp is storming and capturing the college and
where a nasty physical fight has occurred, the entire EC team is keeping
mum.

Why? They are not telling a single word. Why?

Animesha’nanda is telling that he will solve the problems and he does
not need help of any margii. Why? Is it not a point of intrigue?

When H group kicked out Parmehsvara’nanda and Vandana’nanda and others
then EC went to all margiis and begged for help and still they are crying
for help.

But in the case of this Malur Polytechnic College issue, why is it that
they do not want margiis to interfere? Why is the EC leadership of
Parmeshvara’nanda going to sit with Nigma’nanda directly to solve the
problem? Is it not strange and out of character?

The answer of all these question is: To keep all the money they have
looted and keep the scandal secret.

For this single reason, neither group wants to highlight the situation.

If margiis are alerted and come forward and look into the matter then
all will know that for the last many years millions of dollars money
have been looted and embezzled from our AM Polytechnic College by these
very groupists.

EC does not want to to reveal this multi-million dollar scandal and the
Rudrananda camp wants either full control of the college or a maximum
share in the looted amount.

Hence both group leaders are in contact to solve this problem secretly
on a give-and-take basis at the bargaining table. They prefer to make a
black pact and keep their millions as opposed to letting the margiis
know what hell has happened.

That’s why Animesha’nadna is telling margiis not to come forward and EC
supporters & e-mailers are keeping mum.

MARGIIS MUST COME FORWARD

When our AM Polytechnic College is being ravaged by groupists and when
all the projects of AM are meant to be in the service of Gurudev and
humanity – not in the hands of greedy groups – then we should be alert,
ready to take action and apply pressure.

In that case it is the duty of all Ananda Margiis to unitedly rise up
and correct the situation. This much we owe our Beloved Baba. We must
not sit idle thinking others will do. It is our personal responsibility
to stand up and act.

As margiis we should not wait for an invitation from any group.

Responsible margiis, those who are not puppets of any group, should come
forward and critically look into the matter. The account books should be
audited by independent auditors and the ongoing looting and money
scandal should be stopped.

All monies earned by the Polytechnic College in Malur should be used for
the development of the college, not sucked up by groupist tycoons for
their personal gain.

BABA’S WARNING:

SINFUL TO REMAIN IDLE

Now that the news is out, we should be swift to take action. Sitting
idle amounts to sin according to Baba – a sin of omission.

Baba says, “Those who shirk duties and responsibilities do commit a
great harm to society. It is this lack of dutifulness in our country
[India] today that has caused great retardation in different spheres of
life. It has also caused spiritual degeneration. One should perform good
actions regularly, should do sa’dhana’ properly – these are the dos
which everyone is expected to perform. Those who do not pay heed to
these responsibilities do indulge in pratyava’ya. Pa’taka is the
collective name of pa’pa and pratyava’ya.” (AV-23)

Thus we should not remain still a moment longer while such groupists
pillage and destroy our Polytechnic College in Malur.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has empowered us with the ability to take action and
change the course of events – turning bad situations into positive ones.
In this way, we must rally round and save our Polytechnic College from
the clutches of these groupist forces.

Baba says, “The very import of the history of human welfare is the
history of struggle and strife. Even the sweet gospels of peace could
not be preached in an environment of peace and composure. Devils did not
allow the apostle of peace to work peacefully – that is why I say that
peace is the outcome of fight.
“This endeavour at the well-being of the human race concerns everyone –
it is yours, mine and ours. We may afford to ignore our rights, but we
must not forget our responsibilities. Forgetting the responsibility
implies the humiliation of the human race…” (A’nanda Va’nii #45)

Namaskar,
Manjit

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Dangerous Yoga

Baba says, “Suppose, one is a great Yogii but if there is no love for his
goal, then those suspended propensities will finally be converted into
crude matter. That is, the subtle human existence becomes like iron; it
becomes like wood; it becomes like sand. What a deterioration! What a
downfall! This particular type of yoga where a yogii does not bear love for
the Supreme Entity is called ‘Hatha Yoga’ in Samskrta. It is dangerous for
human elevation.” (AV-2, p.18)

Note: Nowadays, especially in European countries, in the name of teaching
yoga certain pseudo-yoga-businessmen are busy selling their useless and
dirty things to the common public by opening various yoga and meditation
centres. But in those places citing the God’s name is untouchable. And not
only that but they teach all kinds of fake lessons such as misguided
pranayama and self-invented asanas etc. But when the Goal is not Parama
Purusa then that ultimately brings terrible degeneration. Neither is the
unassuming public aware nor are these culprits aware what hell they are
bringing upon innocent people. It is our duty as far as possible to warn
everyone for their welfare.
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Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2010 18:42:48 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
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Subject: Vampire’s Charity

Baba

“Madhur mohan tumi cita-rainjan a’cho sada’ sa’the sa’the…” (3580)

Purport:

Baba, You are very sweet, most attractive. You have coloured my mind in
Your colour. That is why You are Cita-Rainjan*. Always You are remaining
with me side by side. You have removed the despair and filled my heart
with Your love. All the darkness & hopelessness was removed by that light.

Baba, You are beyond the scriptures, intellect, logic, and reasoning,
You are above all these; You are Alakha-Nirainjain*, beyond description.
Infinite and unblemished. Only You can shatter the bondage of avidya
maya– the mirage of negative attraction– and grant salvation. Baba,
You are the most charming, the most sweet, my own…

ASTERISK NOTES (*):

*Cita-Rainjan: Baba guides us & we all know that devotion is that unique
ingredient which allows one to advance in the spiritual field. Without
innate love for Parama Purusa one can never succeed. By Baba’s divine
grace, in His role as Cit-Rainjan, He is that Divine Entity who colours
and saturates the mind of sadhakas in the fountain of devotion. Baba
says, “‘rainjana’, which means ‘the One who colours’ – that which
colours the mind.” (AV-1) So He is that Cosmic Being who graciously
showers devotional love into the heart and mind of the bhakta. And by
such overwhelming Cosmic grace, the devotee becomes immersed in Supreme
bliss and comes in the closest proximity with that Love Personified
Entity: Parama Purusa.

*Alakhanirainjan: (‘Alakh’ means ‘invisible’; ‘nir’ means ‘no’; ‘ainjan’
means ‘black spot’.) Of the infinite attributions of Parama Purusa, one
of which is that He is invisible and blemishless– totally pure and
perfect. That is why He is known as Alakhanirainjan. Because in this
world unit beings are bound by their past actions, by their samskaras;
and this creates a black mark in their mind. But being Alakhanirainjan,
being both invisible and blemishless, Parama Purusa is totally beyond
the realm of sense perception and beyond the realm of samskara. His mind
never gets stained. He remains eternally pure and spotless.

== VAMPIRE’S CHARITY ==

Namaskar,
Recently a few US capitalists began calling for charitable donations of
millions or even billions by their fellow industrialists. In the general
society, people are discussing and blogging about this, sharing their
view. Most are praising this act while some are more critical about the
exploitation perpetrated by such capitalists. This has become an issue
of debate. Mostly however, people are confused.

This is a very good topic for margiis to raise because Baba talks a lot
about capitalism and communism in His teachings on Prout. Communism has
almost died out but capitalism is still spreading.

As Proutists, we should investigate whether the charity of these
capitalists is something noble worthy of praise, or some type of scam
that should be pointed out. Or should it just be ignored and left alone.

We should review Baba’s guidelines about this. Then, based on His
teachings, we can can arrive at a conclusion about their approach.

ALL PROPERTY BELONGS TO PARAMA PURUSA

This world is full of riches. Let’s see who is real owner as well as who
has the right to this property. No doubt, the capitalists are telling
that they are giving away their wealth but who is the real owner.

One thing we have to remember is that the ultra-rich have merely
gathered all the wealth of this universe – they did not create it and it
is not theirs per se. Rather they have hoarded it by cheating and
exploiting others.

Our Proutistic perspective is that all the wealth of the universe is
the collective property of one and all because ultimately everything
belongs to Parama Purusa. Human beings cannot create anything. Parama
Purusa has created everything that is why it belongs to Him.

Baba says, “We must not forget, even for a single moment, that the
entire animate world is a vast joint family. Nature has not assigned any
portion of this property to any particular individual. Private ownership
has been created by selfish opportunists, as the loopholes in this
system provide them with ample scope for self-aggrandizement through
exploitation. When the entire wealth of the universe is the common
patrimony of all living beings, can the system in which some roll in
luxury, while others, deprived of a morsel of food, shrivel up and
starve to death bit by bit, be said to have the support of dharma?”
(POD, Point #1)

Baba says, “These capitalists are the unworthy sons and daughters of the
Cosmic Father because they go against the principle of cosmic
inheritance.” (PNS-15)

Thus when the rich have created all kinds of rules and regulations in
the form of tax codes, trade rules, and so much more that enhance their
ability to exploit others and gather all the wealth, then they are
cheating others out of their due. Because when everything is the
property of the Supreme Father and all are His children, it goes against
human dharma for some to hoard all the resources and wealth. That is a
fundamental point of our Prout philosophy.

Hence, each and every billionaire who has wealth to donate got that
wealth by their anti-social ways and greedy mentality. In that case who
can even think that such people are so generous.

LIMITED RESOURCES

A related point to this discussion is that this crude world is limited –
and the money of this world is also limited. So if in their voracious
thirst such capitalist accumulate all the wealth and property, then
others will not have any. There is limited amount of money, not everyone
can become a millionaire – what to say of a billionaire.

If even one person becomes a billionaire then that means they have
created a few million homeless people living under bridges, and in
slums, ghettos, and shanty towns. All billionaires create this social
problem because the money and resources of this world are limited.

When we think about these billionaires we should analyse with this
critical view in mind.

TRYING TO COOL DOWN THE PEOPLE

Right now in the west – especially in the US – there is a heightened
awareness about the extreme greed of Wall Street, top CEO’s, and big
capitalists. The recession, the rise in unemployment, the homeless
issue, and so many other social ills have created a growing sense of
frustration. The people are becoming keen to the woes of capitalism and
they have begun to express their angst. In some cases, the public has
gone so far as to protest and petition outside the mansions and gated
communities of such tycoons. That’s why these executives have begun
hiring security teams to protect their property. In the recent past,
this was never needed.

Considering all of the above, is it any wonder then some of the wealthy
are devising ways to quell the masses by calling press conferences about
their plans of great charity. How far these vaeshyas fall in this
category, we have to think – but certainly this is the motivation for
some capitalists.

Here Baba has outlined a case from history that neatly parallels the
present scene unfolding in the US.

After Indian Independence, many of the people demanded economic justice.
Thus in 1951, land reform movement was started by Acharya Vinoba Bhave –
a disciple of Gandhi’s. This movement became known as the Bhudan land
movement.

In collusion with other leaders, the aim of this movement was to calm
the people’s anger and quell the frustrations of poor people. Indeed,
propaganda set forth in advance of the Bhudan land movement, the public
became convinced that they would get their fair share & their economic
problems would be solved. But in reality they were duped as the whole
plan just a hoax – a sham.

The rich people donated useless, barren, dry, rocky land to the landless
laborers. In due course the whole plan was exposed and ultimately fell
apart. So the poor people got nothing and their call for revolution was
smothered.

Baba says, “The contemporary Bhu’da’n movement [in India where the rich
divided up and gave land to the poor]…As a result of this kind of
movement, efforts to fight the exploitation of the vaeshyas decline
because people think, “Why fight against rich people when they
voluntarily distribute their land and wealth to the poor?” This aversion
to fighting will somewhat lengthen the vaeshya age; because as the
vaeshyas know full well, most of their donations are not genuine, but
exist on paper only – and whenever they make genuine donations, they
realize double the amount as profits in some other way. In the vaeshya
age this type of rotten philosophy gets widely trumpeted in the
newspapers.” (HS-2)

Today it is well known that the Bhudan land movement gave nothing to the
poor – only they were duped. All were promised land, but 99.9% of the
people received nothing and the few who did get something just got
useless land.

The Bhudan land movement proved to be nothing but a show of giving away
useless land which the poor could never keep or harvest in order to
diffuse their call for economic justice in India decades ago.

Now, the same tactic is being employed in the US and other western
nations. The common people who were outraged the the wealth and
arrogance on Wall Street have become satisfied by seeing the apparent
generosity of the rich. Most have gotten duped just like in the Bhudan
land movement.

Because as Baba points out, those donations by the wealthy are just part
of one greater money-making scheme and along the way those vaeshyas
gather name and fame and are heralded in the papers. Is that not what
some of these top business tycoons are doing today.

Here again Baba points out the key point of their strategy: Subsiding
the frustration of the people and putting out their fire of revolution
and demands for economic justice.

Baba says, “These movements [like the Bhudan land movement] very
carefully avoid an anti-exploitation campaign. They will only be
advantageous to the capitalists because the fighting spirit of the
people is tactfully suppressed.” (TTP)

So here Baba is showing that the ultra-rich make a show of giving away
land, property and money in order to cool down the masses and avoid an
uprising. This is their favoured strategy.

For this reason alone then we should not stand back and say, “Oh these
capitalists are giving away billions – what a great idea – that is so
wonderful!”. Getting dazzled by their display of so-called giving only
diverts the minds of the people away from the day to day injustices that
are going on. That is Baba’s key warning and teaching about the Bhudan
land movement analogy.

We must carefully evaluate how far the same technique is being employed
today.

THEY SUFFER FROM A PSYCHIC DISEASE

One question that has to be asked is this: Why is it that the ultra-rich
desire more? How is it those multi-millionaires became
multi-billionaires. Here is the answer.

In His below teaching, Baba points out how such capitalists suffer from
a mental illness which expresses itself in the over-accumulation of wealth.

Baba says, “In capitalism the psychology of the acquisition of material
wealth, be it land, money, metal or other property, strongly
predominates. Such crude psychic urges and psychic pabula remain
unchecked and unbridled in capitalism and turn into a hungry profit
motive in the market system. As a result, traders, industrialists and
business people suffer from the psychic disease of accumulating more and
more wealth by any means, even to the point of depriving other human
beings of their basic requirements.” (AFPS-8)

Thus according to Prout, such wealthy moguls have gotten their wealth
due to their misguided outlook and unseemly ways.

THEIR GIVING IS NOT WORTH MUCH

Since certain billionaires a making such an expose of their proposed
giving. We should see if the rich are really doing any sacrifice and
service by their giving or not.

Here Baba points out how the value in giving lies not in how much you
give, but under what conditions the gift is given. By this way, a few
pennies donated by a blue-collar worker is worth far more than tens of
millions given by billionaires.

Baba says, “If a poor man thinks that he cannot render vaeshyocita type
of service because he is devoid of money he is wrong. The charity of a
few paise of the poor has the same value as a thousand rupees from a
millionaire. Indeed the charity of these few paise is greater. Lord
Krs’n’a attached greater importance to a handfuls of grains from Vidura
than to the sumptuous royal dishes of Duryodhana.” (SS-1)

Baba says, “The measure of sacrifice is not its quantity or its
grandeur. A sacrifice should always be measured in terms of the
circumstances in which it has been rendered.” (AV-31)

CHANAKYA’S VIEW ON THE WEALTHY

A very related view on this is that of Chanakya. Baba cites the early
philosopher / economist Chanakya of 2400 years ago. Chanakya warned
about the dangers of allowing business people to accumulate too much
wealth.

Baba says, “Chanakya said that a business person who becomes extremely
rich is harmful to the state. If a king finds that somebody has become
extremely wealthy, he should reduce the person’s wealth and property by
imposing direct and indirect taxes on them. If he does not do this, the
vaeshyas may destroy the structure of the government unless they can
make it the tool of their exploitation. Chanakya also said that if the
imposition of taxes fails to stop or control extremely wealthy vaeshyas,
the king should poison them to death through a secret agent. These are
indeed strong recommendations, but in that age of social darkness there
was no alternative. Vaeshyas received the good advice that their
responsibility was to earn money and undertake charity, not to hoard
wealth.” (HS-1)

Thus Chanakya’s guideline was to reduce the wealth of rich by either
taxing them or by inspiring them to do charitable works – or even by
harsher methods. But, with regards to his last suggestion, in our
present era we can resort to other measures as there is no need to kill
such capitalists. But as Baba Himself says, it was needed in those olden
times.

One thing note: Keeping billions for oneself and donating millions does
not comply with Chanakya’s teaching. Still the problem persists wherein
some have huge wealth in which case they use their influence to
interfere with the running of the state and harm society.

For more about Chanakya please read:

TRUE HUMANS OR JUST SCARECROWS

Baba Himself has given even more explicit guidelines about what the
wealthy should do.

Baba says, “In order to be sadvipras they will have to come down to the
level of the middle class (viks’ubdha shu’dras ), because they cannot
live in indolent luxury on capital acquired by sinful means. In order to
follow the principles of Prout, they will have to fight against sin and
injustice, and in order to conduct such a fight properly, they will not
be able to keep their wealth – they will have to become middle-class
(viks’ubdha shu’dras ).” (HS-2)

Here, Baba’s main point is that righteous persons cannot live far above
the standard of the common people and still work for the welfare of
humanity. It is not possible. They will have to give up their wealth.

In our AM, there are rich people. We have to measure them by Baba’s
above guideline. That is the scale by which to measure whether they are
true margiis or just scarecrows.

Those who over-accumulate wealth cannot be considered as dharmikas or
sadvipras. Such persons must not be placed on a pedestal.

ROLE OF BUSINESSMEN

In Carycarya, Baba gives fundamental guidelines about the various
professions. Here is what He has said about those involved in business.

Baba says, “Remember, for you the greatest opportunity lies in
vaeshyocita seva’ [i.e. financial service]. Specially ensure that the
stores of the disaster relief section of the Marga remain full.” (CC-2)

Here the point is that the dharma of businessmen and industrialists is
to use their wealth for the welfare of others – not hoard it for their
personal luxuries and show. Specifically they are to actively engage in
social service by ensuring the supply shelves of our relief teams are
full. That means the dharma of capitalists is to finance all aspects of
social relief programs. That is their social duty as given by Baba.

MORE ABOUT THEIR PHILANTHROPY

Here is another aspect to this discussion. Various business executives
give to charity for their own gain. For instance, BP (British Petroleum)
gave 1 billion dollars to various environmental watch-dog groups, and by
this way BP took control of the boards of those non-profit agencies. The
point is that when such capitalists give donations, they gain their
favour and people develop sympathy for them. And ultimately they get
more exploited. This happens everywhere.

Baba says, “Among these vicious vaeshyas there are some who project
themselves as philanthropic politicians. They also devour the people,
but they shed a few false tears. They too have not discovered any real
meaning in life. Their only aim is to fool the public in order to
prosper in business.” (HS-1)

There is a classic example in India about this as well. In India, the
Birla family has billions and billions of dollars and controls huge
enterprises. For their so-called service work, the family builds
extravagant temples and calls them Birla temples. They do not name the
temples after certain gods or goddesses. Rather the temples are given
the name Birla temple or Birla mandir. Such is their audacity.

But the ignorant masses think that the the Birla family is quite
generous. Now here comes the key point. The Birla family does not give
hardly any money for these elaborate temples. Rather they collect the
funs from their employees’ paychecks. They get the money from their
workers’ wages. Such as fee or tax is called dharmada’.

By this way they befool the public, gain their trust, and earn more
money. Can we then claim that they are donating money – rather they are
earning money.

OVERALL OUTLOOK

All in all, the idea of such capitalists giving money is nothing but
vampire’s charity. They are greedy blood-suckers who are giving money
away which that got by turning others into helpless beggars. That is
all. And by this way the common people continue to be ensnared in their
trap – economically destitute and unable to advance beyond the struggle
for their basic existence.

Baba says, “Capitalists create hindrances on the path of human beings to
prevent them from becoming one with the cosmos – to prevent them from
becoming great. So capitalism is anti-dharma and the actions of
capitalists are also anti-dharma.” (PNS-15)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He gives us the key way to solve this matter – proper
force is needed to change the ways of such capitalists.

Baba says, “Capitalists are immoral and are fighting a fratricidal war.
Their internal urge is meagre and does not function properly. We have to
apply external force to rectify their conduct. Nicely worded advice will
not do the job.” (PNS-15)

Our Proutistic perspective is not about permanently condemning anyone –
not even rapacious capitalists – rather our aim is to apply pressure
and give them scope to become proper human beings.

Baba says, “Each and every individual, whether they are a criminal or
not, can claim a chance to rectify their conduct from the society. So in
PROUT’s legal structure everybody should get ample scope for rectifying
their character and conduct.” (PNS-15)

Namaskar,
Mukunda

Note 1: MUST AVOID OVER-SIMPLIFICATION

Perhaps the greatest pitfall in this for Ananda Margiis is to rush to
judgment and label Gates and Buffet as conniving capitalists who have no
true feeling for humanity – just a crooked deceitful agenda in mind.

Because we all know that Baba has not an iota of good things to say
about these capitalists.

Baba says, “The capitalists of this modern world are anti-dharma, or
antisocial, creatures. To accumulate massive wealth, they reduce others
to skin and bones gnawed by hunger and force them to die of starvation;
to dazzle people with the glamour of their garments, they compel others
to wear rags; and to increase their own vital strength, they suck dry
the vital juice of others.” (POD, Point #1)

Thus, as Ananda Margiis, we do not hold capitalists in high regard –
rather we know what effect they have on society.

However, our analysis must not end there because after all Gates and
Buffet are choosing to give away lots of money to help others. They
themselves may not be willing to sacrifice their own way of life and
luxuries, but let’s for a moment assume that such capitalists do have
some decent feeling for humanity and are donating money to bring relief
to the suffering. In that case, their giving may not come within the
realm of tapah (sacrificing for others) but it does come within the
scope of shaoca, or mental purity.

Baba says, “A donation of ten rupees brings no physical discomfort for
millionaires. It is, therefore, not tapah for them but this gift helps
them in practising mental shaoca.” (GHC)

Here the “ten rupees” is just symbolic of any amount of money or
donation wherein those capitalists need not undergo any sacrifice or
hardship. So these big capitalists are not doing tapah.

Baba says, “There must be one and only one purpose behind the practice
of penance (tapah) and that is to shoulder sorrows and miseries of
others to make them happy, to free them from grief and to give them
comforts. ” (GHC)

However, Baba does acknowledge that so long as their giving is not
motivated by business interest or greed, and they are giving selflessly
out of a true concern for others, then they are practicing shaoca, i.e.
mental purity.

Baba says, “This gift helps them in practising mental shaoca.” (GHC)

So to be fair, we must at least keep this point in mind.

THESE PEOPLE ARE THE BAD AMONG THE WORST

Should we now stand back and honor Gates and Buffet as being great
adherents of mental shaoca – probably not. Nor however should we vilify
them up to the bone. At least they are giving something and trying to
champion certain causes. Not all do like this.

But the situation does have many angles to it. What we can say is moguls
like Gates and Buffet are merely the bad amongst the worst. They are not
good vaeshyas but nor are they as bad as those rapacious capitalists who
never give one penny.

Note 2: VERY PERTINENT TEACHING

The below teaching is highly related with the entire theme of this letter.

Baba says, “The aspiration to become rich by exploiting others is a sort
of mental malady. In fact, if the eternal hunger of the human soul does
not find the real path leading to mental and spiritual wealth, it
becomes engaged in the work of depriving other of their rights; it robs
them of their material resources. If any member of a family seizes food
from a store by application of mental or physical force, he certainly
becomes the cause of misery to others. Similar is the case when a
capitalist says, “We have seized wealth by intelligence and labour. If
others have mental and physical potentialities they may also do it. Who
objects to it?” They do not want to realize that the volume of
commodities is limited whereas requirements are common to all. In most
spheres, abundance for one individual takes the bread out of the mouths
of others. It is a mental ailment not to understand this common
necessity.” (POD #7)

Note 3: MORE ABOUT THIS LETTER

In other words, this week, two of the richest men – Bill Gates & Warren
Buffet – held a press conference and called upon billionaires to give
away half of their wealth to charity.

There has been a mixed reaction by the general public. Many are clapping
their hands and hailing this as a great show of generosity and
humanitarianism; some are giving moderate praise and nodding their
heads; and others are expressing their doubts, wondering if this is but
an act of self-glorification, prestige, and personal benefit in the form
of tax breaks etc. For the common person, it is not easy to know what
exactly is going on.

And indeed the situation is not so simple and straightforward as it may
seem; one should not err by just taking it at its superficial face value.

As Ananda Margiis, we can best understand this weighty issue by applying
our knowledge of Proutistic principles. In His teachings, Baba has
talked a lot about such acts by the wealthy. We should understand each
and every point of His Proutistic guidelines so we can generate a fair
analysis and teach the general populace.

Because, when someone says, “What’s wrong, I think it is great, let them
give away their money – that’s a fine solution”, and when another says,
“These greedy capitalists have no good will at all – they should just be
annihilated”, then we need to be able to rationally reply to these
radically divergent claims, as well as all points in between.

However, without a very clear, pointed understanding of Baba’s
teachings, it is not so easy. We will not be able to to convince people
of our Proutistic stand.

So we should all take to study and be vigilantly ready on this important
point. Not knowing the right answer means being unable to propagate the
ideals of Prout, extending the vaeshyan era, and being confused
ourselves about what is what and who is who.

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Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2010 19:57:48 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: NJK Majumdar
Subject: Maximizing our Time in Sadhana

Baba

“Ma’nus’ yeno ma’nus’er tare sab kichu kare ya’y…” (P.S. 2192)

Purport:

Great persons– proper human beings– do everything in their life for
the upliftment of other human beings. In their mind they also never forget
that animals, birds, and plants also belong in their vast family. For such
sadhakas, no one is alien because in their heart they understand that each
and every being wants to survive. They are true neo-humanists.

Why do human beings cry, feeling isolated in their own suffering after
losing their path in the Cimmerian darkness. Our love and care will bring
everyone close to us; nobody will be left behind– crying and suffering in
frustration. On this auspicious crimson occasion we will save everyone and
provide them shelter from the burning flame of illiteracy, starvation, and
all kinds of troubles. By taking Cosmic ideation elevated human beings have
come on this earth to serve everyone: The entire humanity plus the birds,
animals, plants, flora and fauna, & animate and inanimate objects– the
entire creation…

== MAXIMIZING OUR TIME IN SADHANA ==

Namaskar,
As sadhakas there are innumerable life circumstances that we find ourselves
in. There are a variety of mundane works and worldly duties that we must
attend to: Work, travel, meetings, family time, meals, etc. With it all,
Baba’s eternal guideline is that we are to spend a maximum amount of time
in spiritual pursuits: Sadhana etc.

Baba says, “If you have even only one minute’s time, do kiirtan for one
minute…your sa’dhana’ will attain the height of spiritual fulfillment.”
(17 May ’82)

So by this we can understand that Baba’s main emphasis is that despite our
worldly schedules a maximum amount of time should be allocated for our
spiritual practices. Basically we should do them whenever and wherever
possible. This is His mandate. And that propels us up to the height of
human glory.

Here following are some suggestions given by various sadhakas about how to
increase our time in meditation despite our busy and often unpredictable
routine.

Please kindly offer or add your own insights and recommendations also: That
will be beneficial for all.

RANDOM MOMENTS COME OUR WAY

Apart from our specially designated twice daily sadhana regimen, often we
get moments of free time throughout the day that can be well utilised for
spiritual endeavours. For example sometimes we might attend a conference or
meeting and before the speaker begins, we may have a free minute or two.

And other times we may be sitting in a car waiting for a friend or
associate. Like this invariably we get little pockets of time that can be
transformed in spiritual moments.

WHEN WE CAN’T SING OR AFTER A MEAL– WHAT TO DO

Yet not all these times are necessarily conducive for singing kiirtan or
Prabhat Samgiita– such as when we are in certain public venues or in areas
where we must be quiet etc. So engaging in devotional singing is not always
an option for us.

And other times we’ve recently finished a meal or light fare etc– which
may lead one to think that sadhana is not an option. Since we are all aware
that doing sadhana on an empty stomach is best– optimal. Nonetheless,
when we find ourselves with free time after having recently completed a
meal, even then there are a couple lessons that can be properly practiced,
given the circumstances.

IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES, THIRD AND FIFTH LESSONS ARE BEST

Despite having taken food third lesson (tattva dharana) and fifth lesson
(cakra shodhana) can still be practiced. That does not mean one should
therefore intentionally eat before doing sadhana and then do 3rd and 5th
lessons and think that now one of our required sadhana sessions has been
completed. That is not the spirit of the point at hand.

Rather, in our busy schedule, when free time arises after a meal, then a
very good option is to 3rd and 5th lesson to best utilise the time. By this
way the mind will feel refreshed and one will get in a better mood. Because
both third and fifth lesson will infuse some spiritual shakti within our
being.

Of course 1st and 6th lessons are the main mediation lessons of our AM
sahaja yoga system. But after taking food, it is not at all easy to
practice those lessons. Often will feel sleepy or groggy and will be unable
to concentrate properly. In that case the best option is to do 3rd or 5th
lesson. Because even with food in the stomach, one can do both 3rd and 5th
lessons to a reasonable degree. So despite the adverse circumstances, this
is one way to maximize one’s day for sadhana.

Of course if one is not encumbered by having recently taken food, then
naturally one can select any meditation lesson they like.

SA’DHANA’ & SA’DHANA’UNGA

As noted above, first lesson (Ishvara Pranidhana) & sixth lesson (dhya’na)
are our main lessons of sadhana. Since both bring us up to the Goal. By
first lesson one reaches up to savikalpa samadhi– liberation or mukti. And
with sixth lesson we can reach up to that apex point: nirvikalpa samadhi–
salvation or moksa. For that reason when the mind is pointed and vibrated
then maximum time should be allotted for this lessons– especially dhya’na.

As building blocks, however, there are so many practices that we engage in
to prepare the mind for meditation. Such as chanting kiirtan, singing
Prabhat Samgiita, or engaging in devotional talk etc. Plus within our
sahaja yoga system there are multiple lessons which are actually helping
lessons of sadhana, or limbs of sadhana. And these are known as:
sa’dhana’unga.

Both third and fifth lesson fall in this category of sa’dhana’unga, as does
pranayama. The reason being that these lessons support our practice of
first and sixth lesson. Indeed these helping lessons are an indispensable
part of doing higher meditation.

UNIQUE ASPECTS OF THIRD AND FIFTH LESSONS

So here the main point is that third and fifth lesson help charge the mind
and spiritualise one’s existence. So due to life circumstances– such as
having recently taken food etc, when one is unable to do one of our more
advanced lessons like Ishvara Pranidhan and Dhya’na, then doing 3rd or 5th
lesson is excellent use of the time. And of course when we get more time or
when the body is better prepared for meditation, then we can do other
lessons.

And of course, even if we do 3rd and 5th lesson multiple times throughout
the day, that is not a substitute for sitting down twice daily with a
tranquil mind and empty stomach and performing all our sadhana lessons.

The overall focus here is how to best spiritualize our life and fill it
with a maximal amount of time in sadhana practices despite our haphazard
schedules and busy lives.

Because, as Baba tells us again and again, spiritual sadhana is the main
endeavour & crowning glory of this human life.

LIFE IS A SPIRITUAL SADHANA

Baba says, “The wise practise Dharma Sa’dhana’ right from infancy because a
human life is rare and rarer still is the human life perfected through
sa’dhana’.” (SS-1, ‘Bhaktitattva’)

Baba says, “Human life is for sa’dhana’.” (CC-2, ‘Sadhana” chapter, point #4)

Baba says, “Those who realise Him in the form of onm’ka’ra’, advance along
the path of onm’ka’ra’ and finally become ensconced in Purus’ottama, the
source of onm’kara, the nucleus of all emanations. The unit entities in
which His divine expression are fully manifest are said to have attained
the height of fulfillment physically, psychically and spiritually. They
realise in the core of their hearts that the entire human life is a
‘sa’dhana’.” (AMIWL-6)

Baba says, “Life is a spiritual sa’dhana’ and the result of this sa’dhana’
is to be offered at the altar of the Supreme.” (A’nanda Va’nii, #12)

Namaskar,
Nagendra

NB 1. All sadhakas are most humbly requested to write in with their own
realisations and practices for increasing our time in sadhana– thus making
this human life successful.

NB 2. Here is another letter that details how to utlilise short spans of time
throughout the day for spiritual practice.

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Date: 18 Jun 2010 14:52:48 -0000
From: “Priyanath C Mittra”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Baba Story About Degenerated WT

Baba

Introduction to Prabhat Samgiita #3008: This song explains how Parama Purusa
plays His divine game of hide and seek, or maya, with His bhaktas.

Prabhat Samgiita #3008

Ma’-ya’loke- eso aja’na’pathi–k
Jene shune bhu’l kare- mor ghare—,

A’a’—-a’a’

Tandra’vija-r’ita mor a’nkhite—
Kua’sha’r a’varan’- bhed kare—
Jene shune bhu’l kare- mor ghare—,

Tumi cha’r’a’a’r kichu ca’oa’r je na’–i
A’————————————-a’
Tumi cha’r’a’a’r kichu ca’oa’r je na’–i
Dvitiiya kono kichute tripti na’pa’–i
Us’a’r uday hote prati pale ta’–i
Liila’y bhola’o shata- ru’pa dhare—
Jene shune bhu’l kare- mor ghare—,

Kichutei bhu’libo na’a’mio liila’–y
A’——————————–a’
Kichutei bhu’libo na’a’mio liila’–y
Mor man tava bha’ve sam’sthiti ca’-y-
A’loke a’ndha’re eki sure geye ja’–y
Ma’ne abhima’ne eso- pra’n’a bhare—
Jene shune bhu’l kare- mor ghare—,

Ma’-ya’loke- eso aja’na’pathi–k
Jene shune bhu’l kare- mor ghare—,

Purport:

O’ Ajana Pathik, please come into this world of maya. O’ Parama Purusa,
this universe is created by Your maya. Because of the influence of maya,
my mind has become clouded by the as’t’apa’shas [1] and sa’d’ripus [2].
My eyes too are clouded, I cannot see through the mist. Baba, at least
come to my abode by accident, piercing the veil of mist in my drowsy eyes
– as it seems You do not want to come on purpose. I have tried meditating
on You, but it is difficult – I can’t see You. Baba, please come in my eyes
after removing this bondage of avidya maya. Baba, please appear in my heart.

Baba, besides You, I do not long for anything else; I do not get
satiated by any other thing. Baba, when my mind runs towards various
worldly objects it never finds satisfaction. Everything in this world is
finite yet my desires are infinite. No matter how much I get materially,
I never feel satisfied. I long for more and more. Baba, only You are the
ultimate shelter. Besides You everything else is moving; only You are
permanent. Baba, I want only You – nothing else. Because I long only for
You, that is why You play Your divine liila of hide and seek and keep
Yourself covered. You put me in such a situation that I remain submerged
in all kinds of worldly allurements. By expressing Yourself in countless
shapes and forms, You try to delude me with the various displays of Your
divine liila. You want that I should remain forgetful about You.
Verily, from the dawn, from my very birth, each and every moment, You
distract me with Your liila in Your innumerable ways.

Baba, I try to remember You but I always forget. At any cost, I will
never be sidetracked by maya. But, by Your divine love You made me
understand that my mind only wants You. I want to be immersed in your
flow – always. O’Lord, at any cost please come close, to my heart’s
content. Please come in my dhya’na, sadhana, and shravan, manan, &
niddhidhyasana [3], so that each and every breath I can remember You and
only You. By Your grace, my mind yearns to be ensconced in Your ideation
always – all the 24hrs. In good times and bad, day or night, happiness
or sorrow, always my mind only sings Your name, Your tune. In light and
darkness, my mind sings only one tune – only Your ideation, Your name,
Your kiirtan. At any cost, please come filling my heart – allow me to
get You 100%. In getting You, I forget everything. This causeless grace
I want.

O’ Parama Purusa please come into mental abode, please grace me…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3008:

[1] As’t’a’pa’sha: Baba says, “As’t’apa’sha means the eight fetters.
Anyone bound by fetters will lose his capacity of movement. In the
creation we find the movement of human beings is from the crude to the
subtle. That is, human beings have to move towards the subtle, but by
their leaning towards the eight fetters such as lajja’, bhaya, and
ghrn’a’, they get absorbed in crude things only and their progress
towards the subtle is stopped. Bhaya (fear), lajja’ (shame), ghrn’a’
(hatred), shaunka’ (doubt), kula (high descent), shiila (complex of
culture), ma’na (vanity) and jugupsa’ (backbiting) are the eight
fetters.” (AMEP)

[2] Sa’d’ripu: Baba says, “S’at’ means ‘six’ and ripu means ‘enemies’.
These six faculties in human beings are termed as enemies, as they
absorb the mind in crudeness and stop its march towards the subtle. The
supreme rank for unit consciousness is subtle, and anything which holds
it back from reaching the supreme rank, is its enemy. These six
faculties are, therefore, termed as six enemies. Ka’ma (longing for
earthly objects), krodha (anger), lobha (avarice), moha (blind attachment)
, mada (vanity) and ma’tsarya (envy) are the six enemies.” (AMEP)

[3] Manan, Shravan, Nididya’snana: Here Baba explains both the special
meaning and intrinsic value of these devotional practices.

Baba says, “To attain Him human beings have to take recourse to shravana
(constantly hearing His name), manana (constantly ideating on Him) and
nididya’sana (constantly meditating on Him). The Supreme Entity is
Gurha, that is, He is lying hidden in the innermost recess of the human
entity. To attain Him one must penetrate deep within oneself, and for
that the development of an introversial outlook is essential.” (TK-3)

== BABA STORY ABOUT DEGENERATED WT ==

Namaskar,
In the April 1988 ERAWS LFT reporting session in front of Baba, everyone
was in a spirited mood. And as per the custom all the Lfts appeared before
Baba in their saffron gown; and later when only the male Lfts remained,
then we removed that upper garment for the concluding section of the
reporting with Baba. This was the regular way.

In that setting, Baba raised one point to an LFT who was the in-charge of
one block-level school. The matter was brought that why he, the
school-in-charge, had hired a teacher who had the negative habit of smoking
and why was this teacher still being allowed to smoke on the school
premises.

IN REPORTING BABA REVEALS THE SCENE TO ALL

Then in the due course of that memorable reporting session Baba revealed in
front of all that the school-in charge, i.e. the LFT, was suffering from
some misguided sentimental attachment for that teacher whom he had hired.
More than this Baba did not say at that moment. Just Baba told that it was
due to this weakness that the Lft had employed that teacher at his school.
Even though the Lft was fully aware that it is wrong to employ one smoker
as the teacher in our AM schools.

Then in dramatic fashion Baba step by step uncovered the entire history and
secrets. Such that by the end of the reporting session, all these following
points came to the surface.

First Baba revealed that the teacher who smoked was previously an acarya,
an avadhuta specifically. But then unfortunately that avadhuta got terribly
degenerated due to his own poor choices and actions. And he started
involving in all sorts of negative things. He was involved in one scandal
after another. Even then the possibility was there to rectify himself. But
ultimately this worker sealed his own fate by leaving his avadhutaship and
WT-ship. Thus he broke his oaths, and in a very short period he stopped
following 16 points and took on all sorts of disgusting habits like smoking
etc. Baba disclosed these facts in front of all.

Even then there is more to the story…

Because Baba furthermore told that this ex-Wt got involved with a
non-margii female and ultimately he got married after so many nonsense
affairs. This is the black history of that ex-WT. Not surprisingly then in
that degenerated condition this ex-avadhuta could not get any job either
and he was having serious financial problems. So then one day–even though
he had this crude smoking habit and was still engaging in all sorts of
anti-social behaviors– that degenerated ex-avadhuta shamelessly knocked
on the door of our AM school in hopes of getting employed as a school
teacher.

Now here comes the intriguing part…

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THAT EX-WT & THE LFT

That ex-avadhuta went to that particular school in search of a job because
in those days of old when he was still wearing an avadhuta uniform, then he
was the one who initiated the AM school-in-charge, i.e the LFT. So this
ex-avadhuta was the acarya of the that LFT. And by relying on that outdated
link, he cunningly got himself the position of teacher. How? By taking
advantage of the old, sentimental feelings of that LFT whom he had
initiated years earlier. That is how this whole negative scenario happened.

Because after all, right or wrong, the Lft still felt indebted to that
degenerated avadhuta since he had received his initiation from him. Means
in his own mind, the confused Lft was still holding a lot of respect for
that ex-WT. He felt some allegiance for him. And with his limited
understanding that LFT reasoned that: Good or bad, whatever his conduct may
be, still he is my acarya. This was the way that Lft school-in-charge was
thinking; and with that sentimental attachment he hired that degenerated
ex-WT as a school teacher.

Baba revealed all this in that ERAWS LFT reporting session.

Then Baba definitively told there was only one single cause behind this
entire negative affair. Baba explained that all this happened because the
LFT was wrongly thinking that this degenerated avadhuta was still his
acarya.

At that point, by getting Baba’s important guideline, we all understood how
the whole situation went sour. On the one hand the degenerated avadhuta
knew he could get success by capitalising on the Lft’s sentimental
attachment for him. And on the other hand, in his naivete, innocence, and
blind attachment, the Lft school-in-charge was living under the delusion
that this ex-wt was his acarya. So he was holding a lot of respect for the
ex-avadhuta and was still doing pranam to him etc. But by Baba’s way of
explaining and dealing, we understood how the school-in-charge was off the
mark.

DEGENERATED EX-WTS ARE NOT ACARYAS

The overall point was that we should not think that those degenerated
persons who left their WT ships are still the acaryas of those persons
whom they initiated. No one should think like this. Because those
degenerated ex-Wts have nothing to do with being acarya.

And in that very reporting session, BABA Himself told, “A’ca’ran’a’t
pa’thayati yah sah a’ca’ryah”, meaning : one who teaches through one’s own
conduct is an acarya.

Like this we understood that an acarya is one who lives by an ideal code of
conduct and who has not broken their acarya oaths by leaving their WT ship.
So those persons who left their WT-ship etc and all their practices and got
wrapped up in all sorts of negative dealings, they are not anybody’s acarya
anymore. This was one the main thing we all learned in that reporting
session.

BABA’S SPECIAL EDICT: “I AM YOUR ACARYA”

However Baba revealed one other very special point in that reporting
session. He told that for those persons whose acarya got degenerated and
left, then they should think that Guru is their acarya. Means those cases
where an acarya has left the mission, then for his initiates Guru will take
on the role of acarya for those sadhakas. Thus for them, Baba will act both
as Guru and Acarya.

So that was one special benefit or outcome in all of this.

FIRE THAT EX-WT FROM THE SCHOOL

At the end of the LFT reporting session, Baba also gave the immediate order
that the degenerated ex-avadhuta who was smoking & holding the position of
teacher, it was ordered that he should be removed from his job immediately.
Means that degenerated ex-WT was no longer allowed to work at the school.
And not only that, this ex-WT should be taken away from the school premises
as quickly as possible. Because such a degenerated person has no right to
teach in our AM schools. All this Baba told in fiery voice.

NO UNDUE RESPECT GIVEN TO EX-WORKERS

By this entire reporting session with Baba, many points became clear. The
main one being that undue respect and importance should not be given to
degenerated ex-Wts. None should think that these persons are still
something great or that they are still dedicated ones. Because in fact they
are not anybody’s acarya. Indeed Baba made this point crystal clear that
day in the reporting session.

Since then most people understand that no one should foolishly hold those
degenerated ex-Wts in high regard. Unfortunately around our Marga there
still seems to be widespread confusion about all this. So step by step we should
ensure that everyone gets clear on this point.

BABA’S BLESSING

With devotion to Baba and understanding who is who and what is what, we are
sure to build that new social order. That is Baba’s blessing.

Baba says, “The newly awakened humanity of today is anxious to herald the
advent of one universal society under the vast blue sky.” (PNS-7, p.9)

Namaskar,
Priyanath

Note 1: THE SEED OF CONFUSION

Throughout some recently published AM materials certain degenerated acaryas
have gotten top billing and been presented as still being something great
because for one or another reason the margii author etc has failed to
inform the readers that “such & such -ananda” is no longer in uniform and
instead is sunk in various crude activities. One name that comes up time
and again in this regard is the old Vimalananda. Not the current
Vimalananda but the one previous who came flying through NY sector in those
early days and initiated many persons before ultimately getting stuck up in
so many negative affairs and leaving his acaryaship. But still when certain
old margiis recount stories from the early days then with full blown glory
they talk about the greatness of that Vimalananda– when in reality that
Vimalananda is no more, just one faded figure of the history. This type of
thing has occurred on multiple pages of the book ‘I am Yours’ written by NY
sector margiis. So that is one instance of confusion. And this occurs with
various persons such as the old Vishokananda who became a traitor to Baba
etc. And there are others…

Then in another common case, some former Wts arrive with their female
partner & offspring or with their “special someone” at various AM retreats
and functions. And on some occasions our present acaryas start giving undue
respect and importance to this fallen person. True enough in all cases it
is not like that– especially if that ex-WT was imbalanced as an acarya.
But in other cases when those ex-Wts were deemed as someone great when they
were acarya and when after they left their acaryaship then to satisfy their
little ego they got one Ph.D. degree, then it is commonly seen that these
fallen souls are heralded as some type of saviour. And they are presented
as some prize-winning speaker or realised intellectual etc at the retreat.
When the truth is they are just one sorry fellow who broke their oath to
Baba, usually got ‘caught’ in some unseemly act, and in general could not
manage Sixteen Points etc.

But we see in many cases that even after all this, some fallen ex-Wts
stride around the campus with their new found initials– Ph.D.– and
pretend that they are leading personalities. And others in their confusion
or in attachment to the past think of that former WT as some sadvripra etc.
However that is not true. But unfortunately even some WTs and margiis blow
the bugle of that ex-WT, claiming that he is still something fantastic. So
this is their misperception and best will be if those fallen Wts themselves
come to the retreats with folded hands and just act as someone fortunate to
be allowed to attend. Or even better if they explain to one and all that
their example is not ideal, rather something lowly. How far such ex-Wts are
ready to do this is another matter but certainly strutting around the
retreat grounds as if they are some high-born Brahmin is just their delusion
and hypocritical way. Nor should their names appear in golden letters on
the retreat flier as if we are all blessed to hear them speak. On this
point we should all be clear and be firm on Baba’s dharmic policy.

Lastly, while there are a few names that can be pointed out about all this,
in general most know who they are so just presenting the overall scene is
sufficient in this instance.

NOTE 2: LIFE OF DEDICATED SERVICE IS EVERYTHING

Living acarya life in true sense is the great work; to live a life of 100%
service to Guru and to the humanity. And if one cannot follow this then
they should humbly accept their fate and not start touting themselves as a
genius in some other type of mundane field since they got a shiny, new
Ph.D. or fancy job title. These types of mundane achievements pale in
comparison to living acarya life and in most circumstances fallen Wts get
these titles in order to cover their bruised egos.

NOTE 3: THE MEANING OF DEGENERATED

In this entire topic, the term ‘degenerated’ has two meanings. First for
those who leave their WT ships, and second about those still in uniform yet
indulge in negative behaviors. Both cases are degenerated and in neither
instance should one be glorified or thought of as acarya. Those following
groupism etc also come in this second category of degeneration.

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This following example of Baba gives this direction: That we should give
first priority to honoring those whom nobody gives honor.

Baba says, “To those who think for all…
Who offer others seats of honour and respect…
Who venerate others, instead of waiting to be venerated–
To them I dedicate this book with humble esteem, and deepest salutations.”

(NH-LOI, Dedication)
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From: “gabriel jans”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 21:35:48
Subject: Examples of Useful & Harmful Emotion

Baba

“A’lo eseche ghum bheungeche, phuler vane raun legeche…” (P.S. 2253)

Purport:

With the arrival of effulgence, all drowsiness & sleepiness have been
vanquished. In the flower garden, new growth has come. The buds of those
flowers which were in hibernation have now all bloomed. And they have
filled the flowers with nectar; it is overflowing.

Each and everyone’s heart is vibrated with the new color. Each and
every movement in life is vibrated in His flow. The air, the water,
the earth, and the sky– everything is filled with His vibration and
charm. The advent of the new dawn has come; now there will not be any
more cries or laments due to the darkness. In the language and expression
there will no longer be any bitterness– rather it will be saturated
with sweetness and love. Love will be the source of all inspiration.

This transformation has all happened due to the causeless grace of
Parama Purusa; He created this momentum and changed the whole vibration
of this entire universe. He filled it with His own color. The new dawn
has come and the drowsiness of staticity and dogma has disappeared. The
sweetness and charm of spirituality has come…

== EXAMPLES OF USEFUL & HARMFUL EMOTION ==

Namaskar,
Emotion plays a huge part in our human life. Without emotion, human
beings do not take action, no matter how much knowledge they have.

For instance, a mother may have all the facts and figures about the
dangers of war, but she will not actively protest against it until her
own son is drafted into the army. Propelled by that emotional feeling,
she will engage in all kinds of activities in order to stop the war.

If you take a moment to think, I am sure you can come up with many
examples in your own life wherein you had the adequate knowledge but did
not act until you developed an emotional link with that particular issue
or practice.

So emotion has a huge impact in our human activity. And that emotion can
drive us in diametrically opposite directions.

Blind emotion will hasten one into all kinds of degrading vices and
harmful dogmas; whereas emotion supported by rationality will thrust one
forward onto the path of dharma.

There are so many present-day examples of how emotion shapes human
activity: Everything from the recent oil spill tragedy in the Gulf of
Mexico to taking tantric initiation, and everything in between. In all
such circumstances, emotion plays a critical role.

As Ananda Margiis, we should be pointedly aware of this, both in
analysing our own actions and in understanding those of others.

BLIND EMOTION IN THE WEST

Currently in the west, although, much of the population is literate and
educated in the worldly sense, many, many fall into various dogmas due
to their emotional attachment.

For instance, romance is a huge aspect of life in the materialistic
nations. With crude romance comes heartbreak – for any number of
reasons. Today, many of the people who have been heartbroken or hurt in
a romantic relationship are now sharing their woes with Juliet – as if
Juliet can empathize and solve their problems.

Now the first thing you may be thinking is: Who is Juliet?

Well, Juliet is one of the main fictitious characters in Shakespeare’s
tragedy: “Romeo and Juliet”. In that drama, written 450+ years ago, the
young couple in love are embattled by family disputes and ultimately die
a most tragic death, without ever being able to express their love for
one another. It is the quintessential tragedy of western literature. And
it is totally fictional – these characters are 100% imaginary – Mr
Shakespeare merely invented them in his own mind.

Yet today, a Juliet website has been devised, and people from far and
wide write in seeking solace about their romantic woes. Because of their
deep emotional link with the female character Juliet – who never even
existed in real life – people are writing to Juliet and pouring their
heart. If they deem their romance to be similar in any way to that of
Romeo and Juliet – i.e. if they are getting tormented by friends and
family – then they write to Juliet and ask for her grace and promise
that, “Just as you died for your lover, I shall do the same.” Juliet
does not even exist, yet they are taking this fictional character to be
their guide.

It is just like if Indian people started writing to Laela’.

Such is what happens when people are consumed by blind emotion. In this
way the educated elite in the west get caught up in praying to dogma,
revering the fictional icons of pseudo-culture.

It is not just limited to their fascination with Juliet, but also Harry
Potter, Luke Skywalker, Rocky Balboa and all kinds of fictional heroes
from the world of pop pseudo-culture. People are enthralled by such
characters and aim to emulate them in all kinds of ways. They dress,
talk, act, and behave like them; they idolize them. They think that such
characters will grant them strength, or fortune, or love, or whatever it
is that they desire. They even name their children after such fictional
characters.

Such are the ways of emotional attachment. The people have the knowledge
that such characters are purely fictional, but even then they are drawn
to them in such a poignant manner.

Now, we must recall that there are positive ways in which emotion can be
used – namely when it is guided by rationality – and that will be
discussed further down in this mailing.

BLIND EMOTION IN THE EAST

Although the east is quickly moving towards western pseudo-culture, and
even their own form of pseudo-culture, the classic example of blind
emotion in India is idol worship. Due to their blind emotional
attachment to various deities, worshipers pray to a piece of stone,
thinking it to be a god. This is the way it unfolds with so many
deities. People ask and pray to their chosen deity for everything, only
because, devoid of a rational outlook, their emotion draws them to this
dogmatic style of worship.

Then of course there is this example from the Sati temple. The imaginary
mother goddess Sati jumped on the funeral pyre of her husband. So
females pray to this goddess because they think that by this way they
will not lose their husband to an early death – rather due to the boon
of mother goddess Sati, they will love together forever with their spouse.

This, and many other examples like it in India, demonstrate how people
become totally blinded by their emotional fervor.

Here again the point is that if people exercise their sense of
rationality, they will easily understand that such deities are imaginary
and cannot help them, however, members of the public become blinded by
their emotion and will even cry at the feet of such deities.

EMOTION AND ITS ROLE IN ATROCITIES AGAINST HUMANITY

AND THE ENVIRONMENT (Part 1)

The field of emotional attachment is not limited to fictional
pseudo-culture characters and / or dogmatic deities.

In real life events, people are swayed or apathetic due to their
emotional attachment to the topic. That covers up their sense of
rationality.

For example, people have knowledge about so many atrocities on this
earth. Years ago in the Vietnam war, American forces used “agent orange”
or dioxin as a means of chemical warfare. Some reports estimate 19
millions gallons was airdropped. Decades later still innocent Vietnamese
families are suffering the effects of those past misdeeds, and the land
became barren and dead. See the images for yourself on-line: Babies are
born with two heads and no legs, the landscape has been permanently
damaged- indeed thousands and thousands of gruesome tales can be told
about the ill-effects of agent orange.

Yet the American public is mostly unmoved. They have the knowledge that
this was going on, but they are not emotionally attached with those
events. Hence those tragedies remain mostly ignored. Those sufferers
needed medical attention but the US government did not even consider
that any injustice was done. So there was no question of compensation –
neither in the form of medical care nor money.

Today however, when a huge oil spill has taken place off the southern
shores of the USA, in the gulf of Mexico, the entire American populace
is in an uproar. Because they are emotionally attached with their
beaches, waters and natural wildlife. While far worse environmental
tragedies have happened elsewhere but due to a lack of emotional
attachment those things go quietly.

No doubt it is good that the US populace is taking a stand against the
oil spill, the irony is that had they taken an equally strong stand
against such disasters elsewhere, then this tragedy could verily have
been averted.

The key point to remember in all of this is that: When emotion is moving
in a haphazard manner – i.e. devoid of rationality – then so many
degrading and dogmatic things will occur, and so many good opportunities
will be missed. Whereas when it is supported by rationality then great
works can be done.

EMOTION AND ITS ROLE IN ATROCITIES AGAINST HUMANITY

AND THE ENVIRONMENT (Part 2)

Here are many more examples of how emotion gets misused in society – it
becomes a blind force that allows people to both unleash terror and
overlook horror.

Here it should be noted that, there are positive ways that emotion is
used and that will be outlined further down in this letter.

1. At present, all the terrorists groups rely on blind emotion to
recruit youths and blind supporter to commit all sorts of crimes like
car bombings, machine gun attacks, and other heinous crimes. The youths
lose all sense of rationality and are just stirred up into an emotional
fervor wherein they will do anything, totally blinded by their emotions.

2. In the west, bound by their blind emotion, people spend huge money on
their pets and will even kiss their cat or dog; they talk and share
their feelings with their dog. they are totally emotionally attached.
Yet they will overlook the cries of starving humanity. Devoid of any
rational approach, people can overlook the pain of a suffering child or
fallen man, but they will give their wholehearted love and attention to
their cat.

3. Similarly, people will watch after their pets with extreme care yet
when it comes time to sit down for dinner, they will cut into a steak
(slaughtered cow) without thinking a second thought. Their lack of
rationality and huge emotional attachment allows them to indulge in such
duplicitous behaviour.

4. And of course in our Marga there are numerous ways in which emotion
blinds people – especially in the case of our present group clashes.
People get attached with a particular group or leader and then justify
all the misdeeds of that group. Most recently this happened with SS
Goenka. On the one hand blinded by his own attachment Goenkaji is
calling B group the Pandavas, and side by side this is the same group
that struck down Abhipremanandji to his bloody death. Plus there are
so many instances wherein people express their support for H group
or EC – once again we know that this is just their emotional blindness,
nothing more, since these groups are also guided by selfishness etc.
Ours is the path of rationality and dharma, not any group sentiment.

Thus, emotion by itself is a blind force and is bound to lead humanity
down the wrong road. When emotion is moving in haphazard way – i.e.
devoid of rationality – then so many degrading and dogmatic things will
occur.

EMOTION AS A POSITIVE FORCE

By Baba’s grace, emotion can also be used in a positive manner when in
coordination with rationality.

When a person thinks, “I should do something – I should follow dharma”,
and when this is done with their emotional force, then good things happen.

For instance, many have entered AM and taken diiksa based on this
emotional propulsion guided by rationality. In the same way, others have
served as LFT’s, WT’s, etc. Without that emotional-cum-rational feeling
they would not have been moved into action. They may have had knowledge
of Ananda Marga and dharma, but without that close emotional and
rational link they would not have done anything.

So in these positive cases, one’s emotional flow is not haphazard,
rather it is guided by rationality.

Similarly, with their emotional and rational attachment to Baba, i.e.
devotion to Baba, many have given their lives for the great cause and
others have stood up to fight dogma and oppose injustice. Even they have
given up all their friends and faced all kinds of opposition due to
their emotional-cum-rational attachment to Baba’s teachings.

So emotion need not always be a liability. When linked with rationality
it can lift one onto the field of dharma.

SUMMARY

So long as one’s emotions are not guided by rationality, regardless of
how well educated they are, there are bound to problems – problems of
epic proportions. This is one idea.

Secondly, if people have knowledge, they will not do anything until they
have an emotional link to the situation at hand. If that emotional link
is blind they will fall prey to dogma and misdeeds and if combinded with
rationality that person can do great things for humanity.

Thirdly, emotion should always be guided by a mind open in 360 degrees,
and not be linked with any selfishness or group agenda.

Fourthly, because of emotion, people often do not do what they should
do, or do what they should not do. So it is a tricky force. Even
educated people commonly fall into this trap.

Fifth, the only answer is neo-humanistic education and AM spiritual
practices. Buoyed by these rational and devotional forces, one emotional
feeling will be used in solely for positive endeavours.

Finally, when standing alone the emotional mind moves towards dogma and
when guided by rationality that mind becomes a strong and dharmic force.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with all the proper teachings to
succeed in life and not be blinded by the haphazard flow of emotion. The
Juliet story – wherein people share their heartfelt feelings due to
their emotional link with a fictitious character – is but an example of
how blind the human personae can become when goaded haphazardly by emotion.

We should all take proper care to ensure we are always moving along the
methodical path of emotion known as devotion. Then great works can and
will be done on this earth and the sadhaka will attain the Supreme stance.

Baba says, “Now, even those who are advocates of devotional or emotional
faculties say that people get propensive propulsion from devotion or
emotion. When the mind moves along a particular track or follows a
particular discipline in a methodical way, this is called “devotion” or
bhakti; but when it does not follow a particular method, when it moves
haphazardly, swept away by whim, it is called “emotion”. This is the
fundamental difference between devotion and emotion. You must know this
clear-cut silver line of demarcation between devotion and emotion.” (YP)

Baba says, “Those who adhere to this cult of pinnacled order know that
there must be a happy blending amongst intellectual-cum-intuitional
faculty, actional faculty and devotional-cum-emotional faculty. None of
these is unimportant, all are of equal importance, but the finality
comes in devotion. That is, the final outcome or resultant of
intellectual-cum-intuitional faculty and actional faculty is devotion,
not emotion.” (YP)

Baba says, “If one wants to realize an entity, does one realize it only
through knowledge? No, certainly not. To realize an entity, one must
possess a loving heart, a sweet intellect, and a free flow of emotion…
I said a little earlier that by merging one’s individual sweetness into
the sweetest entity, the realization, “You exist, only You exist,”
becomes firmly established. One becomes finally ensconced in that
Supreme Entity. There is no other way. And this self-knowledge is the
sweetest essence of the devotional feeling of one’s heart.” (NSS, Disc: 12)

Namaskar,
Gautam

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Like New Born Baby and Mother

Baba says, “It is a law of nature that nature provides a mother with
sufficient breast milk to feed her newly-born baby. In the same way, nature
provides sufficient resources like food and other essential requirements
for all human beings. Human beings need only utilize these resources in a
proper way. Shortages of food and space cannot be blamed on nature. These
problems have been artificially created by the folly of human beings.”
(PNS-13, p.45)
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Subject: New Definition of Pandavas
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 9:55:28 -0400
From: “Gaurishankar Agrawal”
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

Introduction to Prabhat Samgiita #3008: This song explains how Parama Purusa
plays His divine game of hide and seek, or maya, with His bhaktas.

Prabhat Samgiita #3008

Ma’-ya’loke- eso aja’na’pathi–k
Jene shune bhu’l kare- mor ghare—,

A’a’—-a’a’

Tandra’vija-r’ita mor a’nkhite—
Kua’sha’r a’varan’- bhed kare—
Jene shune bhu’l kare- mor ghare—,

Tumi cha’r’a’a’r kichu ca’oa’r je na’–i
A’————————————-a’
Tumi cha’r’a’a’r kichu ca’oa’r je na’–i
Dvitiiya kono kichute tripti na’pa’–i
Us’a’r uday hote prati pale ta’–i
Liila’y bhola’o shata- ru’pa dhare—
Jene shune bhu’l kare- mor ghare—,

Kichutei bhu’libo na’a’mio liila’–y
A’——————————–a’
Kichutei bhu’libo na’a’mio liila’–y
Mor man tava bha’ve sam’sthiti ca’-y-
A’loke a’ndha’re eki sure geye ja’–y
Ma’ne abhima’ne eso- pra’n’a bhare—
Jene shune bhu’l kare- mor ghare—,

Ma’-ya’loke- eso aja’na’pathi–k
Jene shune bhu’l kare- mor ghare—,

Purport:

O’ Ajana Pathik, please come into this world of maya. At least come
to my abode by accident, piercing the veil of mist in my drowsy eyes –
as it seems You do not want to come on purpose.

Baba, besides You, I do not long for anything else; I do not get
satiated by any other thing. Because of this, from the dawn, from my
very birth, each and every moment You distract me with Your liila in
Your innumerable forms.

Baba, at any cost, I will never be sidetracked by maya. By Your
grace, my mind yearns to be ensconced in Your ideation always. In light
and darkness, my mind sings only one tune – only Your ideation. At any
cost, please come filling my heart.

O’ Parama Purusa please come into mental abode, please grace me…

== NEW DEFINITION OF PANDAVAS ==

Namaskar,
Just the other day a certain “leader” are called out from his public
platform announcing that so-and-so groupists are the Pandavas.

See for yourself if this invites a whole new definition of Pandavas or not.

EQUATING THEM WITH VANGUARDS

Heralding some as “the Pandavas” is essentially branding them as
the vanguard of dharma & AM ideology. Thus this is not something to be taken
lightly. As we know greatness does not lie in grandiose words alone.
Rather it must be reflected in one’s practical approach– i.e. in one’s
conduct.

So to verify the present matter, to see if such persons are really Pandavas
or not, we should check the concrete actions of those involved and see how
far that statement is correct– or not.

THE PROCLAMATION

Specifically, in his recent mailing of 12 June 2010, one email list holder
made the following statement.

“The five Pandavas are Kolkata…”

These are the words of one e-mailer.

Yet these “proclaimed Pandavas” are the very persons who in so many arenas
have tried to destroy or manipulate Baba’s treasures for their own selfish
group agenda.

However, do not just take my word for it, let’s examine the facts and
then decide.

THEIR NASTY TRACK RECORD

As the history tells us just after 1990 B group snatched up all the power.
There was no second party those days. There was Sarvatmanandaji and his
hardcore crew of B group personnel like Pranavatmakananda. And all together
they created one serious ring of terror in our AMPS.

THEY TOOK AWAY MARGII RIGHTS

In rapid-succession this systematically took away all the margii
rights. Because those days Sarvatmanandaji already had all the H group
Dadas in his pocket. So the only thing left in order to have unchallenged
authority of AMPS was the margiis. And rather than try to appease the
Margiis, B group kingpin Sarvatmanandaji opted to reduce margiis to skin
and bones by stripping us of our natural rights as bestowed upon us by Baba.
So B group had one nefarious plan and they executed it step by step. Here
are some of they things they did.

ALTERATION OF BABA’S AM REVOLUTION DISCOURSE

B group took away an entire paragraph, which was very significant, from
Baba’s discourse AM A Revolution. And many more rights they curtailed just
like Bhukti Pradhan rights were taken away. And so many more injustices
were done such as victimisation & expulsion of innocent margiis. Because
those days if anyone complained or spoke out about B group’s deviousness,
then that individual margii was black-balled by B group’s special team.

DESTRUCTION OF BP POST AND BP MANUAL

And it was under B group’s negative rule that the Bhukti Pradhan (BP)
system itself got ruined. The BP rules have been changed, & the rights of
BPs have been minimized. Not only that, the BP election procedure has also
been changed drastically. So in consequence, good margiis will be filtered
far away. They will not be allowed to vote. So in conclusion, this BP
structure turned into something very different from what Baba made in the
pre-1990 stage.

We should not forget that the altered BP Manual published in 1997 was
dictated & published by Sarvatmanandaji and that this altered BP Manual
was written and signed by Sambhutyanandaji– both of whom key B group
personnel.

MORE ACCOUNTS OF SCRIPTURAL DISTORTION

And here is another example of how those same fndamentalists altered
Baba’s AM scripture. If you open Ananda Vacanamrtam (AVM), Subhasita Samgraha
(SS) or so many other books which were printed after 1990, then you will see that
in most of the books on the publisher’s page it is written “Translated from
the original Bengali”.

ALL THE GROUPS ARE NEGATIVE

Certainly B group was so stern in their governance and left behind a huge
laundry list of misdeeds and exploitative acts. Now H group is desperately
trying to cash in on mostof those dastardly tricks that B group invented.
Because if H group desired they could rectify some of the dogmas which B
group invented. But instead of that H group is satisfied to take advantage
of those things for their own group agenda.

So, like this, the stage has been set and even though B group is not
officially in power these days, it is they who still create much terror.

THE AUTHOR OF COLD BLOODED MURDER

Because who can forget that in addition to curtailing and eradicating
margii rights, and using expulsion as a weapon, B group strong arms are
also the direct culprits behind the murder of one of our own avadhutas.

So although they may like to claim in their speech that they themselves are
the leaders of dharma it is quite clear that they regularly use their
muscle power to stain the grounds of our Ananda Nagar with blood. Because
they are the ones who murdered of Acarya Abhipremananda with crude hand
tools. And they also gouged out the eyes of another of our acaryas. So when
seeing such actions who can believe B group’s duplicitous words that they
are the incarnates of dharma. Who can believe such empty claims.

Hence from A to Z, from the curtailment of Margii rights to the execution
of our Dadas, B group has been the author of untold negativity and harm to
our Marga. And while H group is also doing numerous things for their own
group interest, it is B group who are the more terrible culprits. And
perhaps the worse part is that B group does not have even an ounce of
repentance for what nastiness they did.

THE AUDACITY OF GROUPIST MENTALITY

Just they go on justifying everything through the tainted eyes of their own
groupism. In this regard we deeply understand Baba’s following guideline.

Baba says “Ism [groupism] overshadows human intelligence in such a way that
even if one has been defeated through logic or reason one refuses to accept
the defeat. Therefore, human beings have to extricate their minds from the
supreme shackles of ism.” (PNS 16, p.4)

BABA’S BLESSING

Thus when one emailer writes that B group is the Pandava side, then the only
conclusion that can be drawn is that thieves, criminals, liars and cheats
can be Pandavas. Or what else are we to think.

Ultimately this groupism is on the way out– gone. Their mask of has been
torn off by their own misdeeds and their true colour revealed.

No margii or good wt can possible think that B group are the present
day Pandavas, and it is surprising that this email would make such a
proclamation.

The days of true peace are await us on the near horizon. In this regard
Baba’s blessing is with us.

Baba says, “Your final destination is extremely glorious, it is crowned
with supreme effulgence. So, where is the scope for you to be afraid of
defeat of any sort?” (AFPS-4, p.24)

Namaskar,
Gaurishankar

Note 1: HOW IDEAL SADHAKAS CONDUCT THEMSELVES

Here below Baba is describing to us the proper approach how sadhakas should
behave.

Baba says, “Trn’ddapi….”

Meaning: “One should be as humble as the grass”

Baba warns us, “Vanity harms the mind, [it creates] an inflated ego, and
self-aggrandizement.”

Baba concludes, “Humans should always be free from ego, free from any
superiority complex. Each complex is a type of psychic disease…They are
most detrimental to human progress. A person seeking all-round welfare
should not allow any complex to take root in the mind.” (AMIWL)

Hence none should follow in the arrogant, self-engrossed footsteps of B
group or any other group.

Note 2: THE HYPOCRITICAL STATEMENT & BABA’S DIVINE DIRECTIVE

See here again how in their recently email of 12/6/10 written by
SS Goenka.

“The five Pandavas are Kolkata…”

Baba says, “Do not be misled by anyone’s tall talk. Judge merit by seeing
the performance.” (CC-2, p.14)

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Real Prapatti / Surrender

Lord says, “Without Cosmic desire, nothing can exist, nothing can move, not
even a blade of grass. So in accordance with the spirit of prapatti, that
the body is a machine, we can say that He has been kind enough to provide
the body and mind, to be utilized for work only. Hence I follow the spirit
of prapatti in using them…So a boy or a girl who does work is surely
following the path of prapatti.” (NKS ’97, p.40)
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Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 06:37:06 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Ram Sahay Kulshresth
Subject: Answer: Because there is Bliss

Baba

“A’sha’r a’loke ele, bha’s’a’r atiit tumi, a’ma’r duhkh-klesh bhula’ite…”
(PS-1754)

Purport:

Baba, You are the embodiment of hope, inspiration, and bliss. Language
is wholly incapable of expressing Your greatness. Baba, in this poignant
moment, You have come here to remove my agony and sufferings, and to wipe
away my tears in these dark days. Whatever accumulated degeneration and
negative things were there in my mind, You removed everything in one blink
of the eye. Baba, this is Your grace.

Baba, nobody except You is mine– to whom I can relate my pain. You are
the only entity in this universe who is mine, to whom I open my heart and
express everything. Indeed there is no one else in this entire universe
except You, to whom I can tell the inner feelings of my heart within these
three worlds, tribhuvan.

O’ my dearmost Baba, You are the nucleus of all effulgence. Please grace
me by singing the song of divinity in my ears. Baba please come close to
me. I have prepared one freshly blossomed flower garland for You which is
full of fragrance. And I am waiting for that auspicious moment when You
will come, and then in a lonely place I will offer that garland to You.
Baba, You are my everything. And with Your arrival all my sufferings have
gone, because I have gotten You. This is exclusively Your grace…

== ANSWER: BECAUSE THERE IS BLISS ==

Note: The Trailer Quoter (TQ) at the bottom of this letter offers a
clear resolution to the recent outbreak of violence in hot-spots
around the globe such as in southern Kyrgyzstan and upon the Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community in Pakistan.

Namaskar,
Invariably on one of our Marga networks the question gets raised, “Who is
an A’nanda Ma’rgii?”. And veritably speaking, the question is certainly an
important one which holds deep significance. Since, after all, our two-fold
duty is both to be Ananda Margiis and also to create more Ananda Margiis.

Given this, we should all hold an agreed upon, clear-cut idea of what
constitutes being an A’nanda Ma’rgii. On this point everyone is encouraged
to write in with their thoughts and realisations. And side by side as a
community we should investigate and collectively reflect upon Baba’s divine
teachings on this all-important matter.

BABA HAS CREATED THE ‘STRAIGHT’ PATHWAY

As we all know Baba has magnificently taken advent and clearly
presented the spiritual cult for all to follow. This is His great boon upon
us all.

As some may remember, initially Baba called the path as ‘the straight path’
or Rju Ma’rga:

Baba says, “The meaning of the word rju is ‘one who moves straight ahead’
or ‘that which is straightforward’…Rju path means ‘straight path’, one
that does not bend right and left.” (SC-2)

So at the outset, those who followed Baba’s tenants were the adherents of
the straight path or Rju Ma’rga.

However, being that omniscient Cosmic Entity, Baba knows that
“straightness” alone does not satisfy the infinite longings of the human
heart. Human beings want something more– humans want bliss, eternal bliss.

A’NANDA MA’RGA: ‘THE PATH OF BLISS’

Hence, to appease that special a’kuti (longing) of human beings, Baba has
graciously created A’nanda Ma’rga– literally meaning, the ‘path of bliss’.
And by His grace, AM is that blissful movement to the Cosmic Hub, to
Supreme blessedness.

Baba says, “The path which leads to supreme bliss is a singular one; there
is no second path. The path is one, and only one. If this universe is
considered as a circle, its nucleus is the blissful Purus’ottama to which
every point on the circumference is connected. If any microcosm located on
any point of the circumference wants to reach the Nucleus, he will have to
move with Cosmic ideation, floating on the divine waves of bliss. From no
matter what point on the circumference one measures the distance to the
Nucleus, that radius will always be the same. This radius is termed the
a’nanda ma’rga– the path of bliss.” (DT-2, ‘Sadhana’)

Thus this movement on the path of A’nanda Ma’rga starts with human life and
culminates in eternal bliss. And along the way, along that radius while
moving on the path, one is “floating on the divine waves of bliss”. This is
Baba’s expressed teaching.

A’NANDA MA’RGII: ONE WHO FEELS THAT BLISS

So, per Baba’s guideline, feeling and receiving bliss is part and parcel of
the movement on the path of A’nanda Ma’rga. Indeed it is an essential
element of that journey. It is just like when one moves towards the sun
then step by step one feels progressively warmer and warmer. Similarly
those moving on the path of A’nanda Ma’rga naturally feel more and more
bliss as they progress along the path toward the Supreme One. This ‘bliss’
is a natural outcome of one’s movement on the path of A’nanda Ma’rga. Thus
each and every A’nanda Ma’rgii feels a blissful vibration as they journey
forward.

AM PRACTICES ARE THE TOOLS FOR GETTING MORE BLISS

By Baba’s grace, within the practical cult of AM He has given all the
particulars for moving ahead on the path. And by following Baba’s selected
teachings of do’s and don’ts, one is able to move with ever-accelerating
speed– thereby feeling more and more bliss.

Baba says, “In A’nanda Ma’rga this divine flow of Brahma is embedded in
different lessons of spiritual meditation. Thus, those who practice this
meditation, whether in the present or the future, whether within time or
beyond time, will certainly cry, sing and dance with exquisitive spiritual
joy, and advance steadily towards the blissful Macrocosmic stance.”
“Advancing thus, establishing oneself in yama and niyama, and becoming a
true sadvipra, one will attain oneness with the Supreme Entity. Developed
human beings will have to move along this Macrocosmic flow of Brahma. One
who tries to remain aloof from this divine flow does not deserve to be
called a human being. One should bear in mind that the highest fulfillment
in life lies in movement in the Cosmic flow. The path along which this
movement takes place is called the path of bliss, the path of A’nanda
Ma’rga.” (AMIWL-8, ‘The Macrocosmic Stance & Human Life’)

Following Baba’s teachings of yama and niyama and Sixteen Points etc are
requirements for advancing on the path. Keeping away from these practices
only means inviting one’s degeneration. And by incorporating those AM
practices into our life we will enable one to move ahead– in a speedier
and speedier fashion, feeling an ever-increasing amount of bliss.

WE SHOULD GAUGE OUR MOVEMENT

By all this we can understand that an Ananda Margii is one who actively
feels that bliss which is an inherent quality of traveling the path of
A’nanda Ma’rga. By this way we should gauge ourselves.

Because entering onto the path and plumping oneself down and sitting still
is not enough. That stagnant position does not qualify one as an A’nanda
Ma’rgii. Rather one will have to move and by that movement one will receive
bliss– one will be “floating on the divine waves of bliss”. This is Baba’s
clear-cut guarantee and part and parcel of being an A’nanda Margii

So once again we should gauge ourselves. We should see if we are moving
fast or slow. The speed of one’s movement is measured by the amount of
bliss one feels.

In this way we should frankly question ourselves: ‘Am I really an Ananda
Margii– am I feeling that bliss which Baba says is an inherent aspect of
moving on the path. Or am I just a margii in namesake only– just calling
oneself an A’nanda Ma’rgii but not tangibly feeling that bliss which is the
cornerstone or defining point of one’s movement along the path of AM.

Person to person we should all ask ourselves in our heart and truthfully
evaluate how far we are A’nanda Ma’rgiis. The answer lies within each and
every one.

FEELING THAT BLISS IS OUR MEASURING ROD

BABA HAS GIVEN THE METHOD AS WELL AS THE SOLUTION

So A’nanda means bliss and the degree to which one is feeling that bliss in
their life is that degree to which one is an Ananda Margii. Some lazy
persons may say that ‘Oh, there is no need to feel bliss just I am an
A’nanda Margii’. But this is nothing but their own stagnant quality.

Instead those who are ardent followers will zealously ask themselves how
far they are really getting bliss and simultaneously desire to receive more
and more bliss. And by Baba’s grace He has given the perfect formula: By
following His teachings one will get bliss.

So if one is not feeling any bliss or if one wants to feel more bliss then
there is tremendous hope as well as a practical approach. Because as we
engage more and more in His devotional cum spiritual practices and
incorporate these divine ideals into our heart then naturally bliss and
nectar pours throughout one’s entire being– until one is totally drenched
in that supreme bliss. This is Baba’s expressed formula. And by this way we
can all joyously move ahead by His grace.

BABA’S BLESSING:

BECOMING ONE WITH THAT BLISS

Here below is Baba’s great assurance that the path of Ananda Marga is for
one and all and that by His grace we will get success and progressively
become one with that divine bliss– and reach unto Him.

Baba says, “In Ananda Marga, this wave of the Supreme Consciousness is to
be attained in the process of meditation (sa’dhana’). That is why, in
present or future, if anybody does this sa’dhana’ with great determination,
they will also dance, sing, laugh and weep, and thus they will move on
towards that Supreme. In this way, by moving and moving, establishing
themselves in morality, becoming ‘sadvipras’ (spiritual moralists), in the
true sense of the word, they will become one with that Supreme form of
Bliss. Human beings will have to dive into this wave of the Supreme. This
is the true success in life. The is the A’nanda Ma’rga– Path of Bliss.”
(“Brahmabhava and Human Life”)

Namaskar,
Ram Sahay

Note 1: WHO IS AN ANANDA MA’RGII

Question: Who is an Ananda Margii?

Answer: One who feels the divine bliss that naturally comes from travelling
on the path of AM.

By this way we can easily understand that a simple farmer who sincerely
does his sadhana practices etc may be feeling tremendous bliss in his life
and qualify as a top-grade Ananda Margii; whereas, someone else may be
holding the top post of Purodha Pramukha or GS etc but they may be drowned
in their own ego and ignorance, thus having a dry mind devoid of any bliss.
In that case we cannot call that post-holder an A’nanda Ma’rgii.

So it varies from person to person depending on what they feel in their
heart. And the best judge of this is oneself.

Note 2: FIRST CAME A’NANDA MA’RGA AND THEN CAME AMPS

All are aware that Baba began teaching the blissful practice of AM sadhana
before creating AMPS. So first He began initiating aspirants into the cult
of Ananda Marga; and those who followed this path of bliss became known as
Ananda Margiis. And then per His desire in 1955, Baba formed the
organisation– AMPS (A’nanda Ma’rga Pracaraka Samgha). So Ananda Marga is
not a structure per se but rather a way of life. Therefore A’nanda Ma’rgiis
are adherents of the path of bliss and living according to those ideals and
the organisation AMPS has been made to further propagate the teachings of AM.

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Current Affairs & Neo-Humanism

Baba says, “Dogmas have taken root in the human mind. People cannot get rid
of these false ideas because they have been injected into their minds since
childhood. As a result, one human society is divided into different nations,
and one nation is divided into different religions; religions also have different
castes, and caste also have different sub-castes – what kind of situation
is this? We have only learned how to divide and subdivide humanity, and
we never learned how to unite the people. This is all due to the defective
teachings of dogmas.” (PNS-9)

Note: You might have heard of the outbreak of extreme violence and ethnic
cleansing in southern Kyrgyzstan as well as the attacks on the Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community in Pakistan.

All of this killing and bloodshed is going on because people view others
as being different – different in ethnicity, beliefs, race etc. The solution
is not to calm down the rioting with police and army personnel. The real
solution is to spread the gospel and teaching of neo-humanism.

As we know, neo-humanism fosters the idea that there is one Parama Purusa.
He is the source of everyone and everything; we are all His progeny, i.e.
brothers and sisters. In that case, how can we view anyone as being different,
foreign, alien or outside of our universal human family.

Tragically, out of their ignorance, people see differences due to religion,
ethnicity, color or race etc. In both southern Kyrgyzstan and in the
Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan, terrible violence has erupted. In both
cases Muslims are attacking Muslims due to differences in ethnicity and creed.

There is no solution other than neo-humanism. All these superficial
differences – which are the cause of so much fighting – are external;
internally we are all linked. We have all been created by Parama Purusa.

When people continue to look upon humanity as being composed of so many
divisive groups, then of course one day there is going to be a huge explosion.
What are small problems today will reach catastrophic proportions tomorrow.

The only way out is to harbor a broad outlook based on neo-humanism.

Even then a few think that it is an impossibility, i.e. neo-humanism will
never become the theme of the day. We should never fall prey to this type
of defective mentality.

Rather we should always remember that any philosophy popular today was
unknown long ago. Over time, it became popular due to continued propagation.

Similarly neo-humanism may not be popular today but tomorrow it will be
widely accepted and embraced because it is only panacea for the rampant
troubles plaguing humanity. With full zeal we should propagate the gospel
of neo-humanism, otherwise these clashes and riots between various human
groups will go on and on. They will never end. Only neo-humanism is the
real and permanent solution.
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From: “Ramanuj Subramanyan”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Story: Baba Told, “Baba has Gone in Your Heart”
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 14:18:22

Baba

“Tamasa’ ka’t’iche bihag d’akiche, purva toran’e khuliche dva’r…” (P.S.
4647)

Purport:

By His grace, today in the eastern horizon the sun has come, the birds
are chirping with full joy, the darkness has gone. The crimson dawn is
rising– everything is beautiful; everything is charming. The door of a new
era has opened.

O’ my brothers and sisters, everyone get ready. Do not remain drowsy and
in a state of slumber– Arise, awake. O’ children, boys, and girls of the
world, break the jail of dogma and staticity and come out.

Now it is our duty to fulfill those great tasks which were started by
sages in the past. We have to remain vigilant and keep the lamp of
neo-humanism effulgent forever. By Baba’s grace today all the darkness and
staticity has gone; a new brilliant era has come….

== STORY: BABA TOLD, “BABA HAS GONE IN YOUR HEART” ==

Namaskar,
As every A’nanda Ma’rgii knows, when Baba was living in Madhu Malainca,
i.e. the Baba’s Quarter (BQ) residence in Lake Gardens, Kolkata, then He
would occasionally go to the Tiljala compound and remain there for a day, 3
days, or however long He wished. This was part of Baba’s regular program
those days.

Furthermore, at each and every BQ, one Dada is posted as the caretaker and
he attends to the various duties regarding the maintenance and upkeep of
the BQ.

Once, what happened, one time in the late 1980’s, Baba went to Tiljala and
after a few days He came back. And according to the system or protocol,
many margiis, including the caretaker Dada, received Baba by singing
Prabhat Samgiita when He returned back to Madhu Malainca (Lake Gardens).

When coming out from His car, after receiving a mala from the caretaker, in
a very gracious and jolly mood, Baba smiled and softly asked, “While I was
away, when anyone asked you, ‘Where has Baba gone’, what did you tell
them?”.

“Baba, I told them that, ‘Baba has gone to Tiljala'”, the caretaker replied.

“And when I go to Ananda Nagar then what do you say when anyone asks you,
‘Where has Baba gone'”, Baba asked.

“Then I tell them that, ‘Baba has gone to Ananda Nagar'”, the caretaker
responded.

Hearing this Baba started smiling and asked another question.

“What if I go somewhere and I do not tell you where I have gone, in that
situation what will you say to people when they ask you, ‘Where has Baba
gone?'”.

Then the caretaker kept quiet. He was now in a fix as he had no idea how to
respond to Baba’s query. Rather he was thinking that he would reply, ‘I do
not know’.

Seeing this, Baba Himself gave the answer, “If I go somewhere and I do not
tell you where I have gone, in that situation when anyone asks you, ‘Where
has Baba gone?, in that case you should tell them that, ‘Baba has gone in
your heart'”.

Baba then inquired, “Do you understand?”.

“Yes Baba”, the caretaker said.

ABOUT THE STORY

Although it is a very simple story, but at the same time it is very
mysterious also. This story is quite popular, but some understand and some
not– still today even. That is why it is mysterious.

But the matter became quite real after 1990 when Baba did not tell where He
was going – and then people understood its value.

On the one hand, some non-margiis take it lightly and think that Baba was
just making a joke and there is nothing more to the story than that.

Whereas true bhaktas know that Guru’s every word has a very deep meaning.
And especially since this above story happened in the late 80’s, they
understood that through this story Baba was giving a hint about the
forthcoming situation. Afterwards some understood in this way. But at the
time nobody could fathom what was to come.

Here the point is that later on some people understood that Baba’s
comment– “If I go somewhere and I do not tell you where I have gone, in
that situation when anyone asks you, ‘Where has Baba gone?, in that case
you should tell them that, ‘Baba has gone in your heart'”– was related
with the fact that on 21 October 1990 Baba did not tell where He was going.

The meaning is then that since Baba did not tell where He was going on that
very occasion of 21 Oct 1990, then margiis understood that the answer to
the question, ‘Where has Baba gone’, is that Baba has gone in your heart.

PEOPLE TOOK IT SERIOUSLY

Those days, in the late 1980’s, it was commonly understood within the entire
Marga that Baba sees and watches everything. Because on a daily basis in
reporting or dharma samiiksa or in general darshan etc, Baba would reveal
each and every moment of what a sadhaka was thinking and doing. And Baba
would constantly remind us that we cannot hide anything from Him. At any
time He could reveal the entire course of events. Nothing was outside of His
divine vision.

So when people heard the above story, they took it seriously. Everyone
thought, “Yes it is true that Baba is in the heart”, and the proof is that He
sees and knows everything. If He was not in the heart, then how could He know what is
going on. So this was everyone’s understanding.

For any human to say, “I remain in your heart”, then it is indeed an
outlandish type of statement.

But when Baba says it, it has deep meaning. And everyone understood it
as true. The pointed was accepted quite readily and taken very seriously.

Now you are reading this story – and you may or may not know, but Baba is
in your heart and watching you. If you feel this way then that is best.

ABOUT MAHASAMBHUTI

When Baba as the Mahasambhuti was in physical form, then He was living both
inside the heart of His devotees as well as in external physical world. He
was residing in both of the places.

And when He withdrew His physical manifestation, then still He continues to
remain in the heart– to this very day. That is the way to look at the
situation. So all along He was in the heart of His devotees and still He
remains there, only now He no longer is in external form.

CONCLUSION

Once again, the mystery is that Baba was giving the hint that He is not
going anywhere other than, “residing in your heart”. But those not
understanding took it very lightly and thought that it is a joke.

Unfortunately, by this way they drowned themselves in the dungeon of dogma.
And they forcibly closed their own eyes to this very simple and divine
teaching: That Baba always remains in the heart.

It is rightly said that to understand Guru’s word is not easy. It can only
happen with His grace alone. Baba your liila is unfathomable.

All bhaktas of the Marga know and feel that Baba remains always in the
heart – watching and showering his blessing.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace, in Prabhat Samgiita #4425, Baba has given the line,

“Vrnda’vanam parityajya pa’damekam na gaccha’mi…”

“I am always eternally present in Vrindavan, in the hearts of devotees.
That is Guru cakra. I do not go even a little away from that. I am
eternally present along with my devotees in their heart.”

Namaskar,
Ramanuj

Note 1: This above story was told by Dada Keshavananda, a longtime PA
(Personal Attendant) to Baba.

Note 2: WHAT SOME DID

By all of the above, we can easily understand that Baba was foreshadowing
what we should say and think when He is no longer physically present on
this earth.

That time Baba was graciously infusing the idea that when we do not know
where He has gone then we should think that Baba has gone our heart. That
is Baba’s meaningful guideline. And indeed it applies perfectly to His
physical disappearance from this earth.

Unfortunately, some could not understand Baba’s above teaching– even
today. In that way, each year on 21 October 1990 they organise their
dogmatic program of Mahaprayan– ‘the so-called great departure’, which
means that Baba is gone forever.

But from Baba’s above story, we can understand that there is no such thing
as Mahaprayan. Rather, October 1990 signifies the time when Baba remains
exclusively in the hearts of His devotees.

However, various self-serving groupists are determined to make their
so-called Mahaprayan festival as one great gathering in hopes of bringing
huge money into their pocket. Basically, their intention is to turn Kolkata
into one dogmatic tiirtha on the basis of “Mahaprayan”. This has been their
self-serving plan.

But little by little that plan is eroding more and more.

Because Ananda Margiis– the devotees of Baba– are not at all attracted to
the Mahaprayan program as it unceremoniously declares that ‘Baba is gone–
forever’. And no devotee likes to think in this way. Nor is it true.
By Baba’s grace, in the above story, He has given the perfect response:

“If I go somewhere and I do not tell you where I have gone, in that
situation when anyone asks you, ‘Where has Baba gone?, in that case you
should tell them that, ‘Baba has gone in your heart'”.

That is His divine guideline and that is what we should follow and realise
in this life.

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Remedy

Baba says, “On imbibing cosmic ideation all kinds of ailments will be
cured.” (PNS-8, p.19)
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From: “Daniel Guttirez”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: In Support of our Youths
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 11:28:48 +0000

Baba

“Toma’r bha’laba’sa’ bu’jhe nijeke khunje peyechi…” (P.S. 4504)

Purport:

Baba You are so gracious. By enabling me to understand Your love I could
search for my true self. Earlier I was confused about who I am and I was
always feeling sad and pessimistic about my future. But now, by Your grace,
in my heart I feel Your love– I feel that I am under Your shelter at Your
lotus feet. Baba, now, by Your grace, I understand where I am; my life has
become meaningful. Baba, You are the polestar of my life. By Your arrival,
my whole existence is just moving towards You. It is so blissful.

Baba, when I get fatigued & tired by involving in the work, and when
negative thoughts ruin my peace and tranquility, and when the clouds of
hopelessness come– in that dark hour I take shelter in Your divine love.

Baba, my mental sky, my air, my breath, my entire existence, my
everything is dancing according to Your sweet melody. My hopes get
fulfilled by Your samvit (force of awakening). From the divine land, one
unknown angel is beckoning me; O’ my dearmost Parama Purusa, You are that
very apsera’ (angel). I have understood this truth in my meditation by Your
grace. Baba, by Your grace, I am completely ensconced in Your love and now I
understand that I am completely sheltered in Your lap…

== IN SUPPORT OF OUR YOUTHS ==

Namaskar,
Getting stuck harmful in habits is a common problem these days with many
people, but especially so with teenagers because they are more impressionable. That
is to say, they are more susceptible to falling prey to the negative
aspects of their surroundings.

THE BASIC FORMULA

Generally speaking the formula is, ‘If one’s company is good then people
are involved in good works; and, if one’s company is bad then the tendency
is for many bad habits to develop’. And because the present social
environment is filled with so many degenerative behaviors, that is why many
people get negatively affected.

CANNOT REMAIN AS AN ISLAND

In this circumstance Margii parents, family members, and friends may not
know exactly how to solve the problem. Many of the cases may happen like
that. That is why Baba’s direction is that at the earliest possible moment
a proper human society should be formed. Because if only a single house is
clean, and all the surrounding houses are dirty and filled with flies, then
the foul smell from those flea-infested houses will certainly reach to the
clean house also.

So until a proper human society is not formed, it is our duty to solve the
problem to the best of our ability and thus help our youth, young members
of the family, and one and all. And we should guide them and goad their
minds in the proper direction.

We know that in the natural course of evolution, human beings have come
step by step progressing from animal life. So animal tendencies are still
active in many people. That is why ordinary human beings easily get
attracted to negative practices. Actually it does not need any special
training to do negative works. You will not find many educational
institutions which teach about robbery. Even then in the present society
robbery or theft is quite common– because of people’s natural tendency
towards degeneration. So in this condition it is the duty of those who have
a more developed mind to help others progress.

POSITIVE SOLUTION NEEDED

To solve this problem of negative habits and addictive behaviors, Baba’s
teaching is to guide and engage the mind in positive activities.

So simply trying to solve the problem by singing the chorus of negativity
such as inviting the patient to watch pseudo-culture movies or adopt “less
negative habits” like cigarettes in the place of cocaine– these types of
“solutions” will not do. Rather it will create more temptation. Instead the
best approach is to engage people in positive things like music, art,
discussion groups, sports, and healthy competitions in social service.
These are the the types of activities that can help in such circumstances.
And this is Baba’s explicit teaching as well.

MEDITATION A KEYPOINT

Baba also guides us that at the same time if a person does sadhana then a
positive result will come very soon. Because even inborn criminals can be
changed to positive with the help of sadhana and asanas.

So if any guardian is facing such a problem then this is the solution.
Because diversity is the law of nature; all are not the same. And by
following Baba’s guidelines, then everyone will get the opportunity to
progress rapidly and not get caught up in negative habits.

BABA’S BLESSING

Here I conclude with this Ananda Vanii from our Beloved Guru.

Baba says, “…So no human being should ever belittle or slight themselves,
rather they should make rigorous efforts to become worthy mediums (media).
The wise and intelligent ideate less on their defects and demerits and more
on the Supreme desideratum.” (Ananda Vanii #66)

brotherly yours,
Dinesh

Note 1: A RAMPANT PROBLEM

On and off again various margiis have raised the question of how to care
for and hopefully cure a laokik family member or non-margii friend from one
or another addictive behaviors such as drug use or gambling etc.
Unfortunately these problems are not isolated incidents; but rather are
common ailments of the present society.

Note 2: IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENT

In this following teaching from the discourse ‘Vya’tireka-1’, Baba is
guiding us that the best way to cure addicts from their negative behaviors
is not to remind them directly of their addiction but to engage their mind
in healthier and higher pursuits. Please read the following quotation:

Baba says, “The best psychological cure for addicts is to put them in an
environment where they will be unable to think of their object of addiction
for any length of time. To proclaim, “Don’t do this, it’s bad,” is futile,
for it is a negative approach. If you say, “Don’t drink wine”, you are
still injecting the concept of wine into the alcoholic’s mind, thus making
it impossible for him to forget it and kick (quit) his bad habits. You are
giving alcohol negative publicity, and it again becomes his mental object.
Thus whenever he gets the opportunity he will certainly drink it again. And
it may be that this negative approach encourages the alcoholic to become
even more addicted. It is a defective approach.”

“These days the sign “No smoking please” is placed in many public
places, but it will not reduce the amount of smoking. If society wants
people to stop smoking, its approach should be to divert the smoker’s mind
to other objects. A chain smoker should be encouraged to get involved in
various pursuits such as music, dance, songs, culture of fine arts, etc.,
for if the mind remains engaged in these things it will forget its object
of addiction. But the person who thinks, “I’ll stop drinking wine the day
after tomorrow– no, let me see, why not tomorrow”, can never kick the
habit, for wine remains the mental object. The mind will try to materialise
whatever it thinks about in the external world – this is its nature.”
(APH-6, p.373-74)

Note 3: WHY THE EYES ARE IN THE FRONT

One other important point to be aware of is that Baba tells us not to think
about past misdeeds. We should forget about them. That is why HE has
designed human beings to have both eyes in the front– so that we may look
forward and march towards the Goal.

Thinking about past negative events will cause those things to come again
and again; this is the concept of AM.

So to think over and over that “I am sinner — I am sinner”, this
psychology is not good. If any negative habit is there then one should try
to avoid that and engage in higher pursuits. That is why we have seen in
Dharma Samiiksa that if anyone committed something negative then always
Baba first gave atonement. And then guided their mind toward different
social service activities. Only if HE found that after this still people
also went on thinking and engaging in those same negative things, then He
became very furious.

Because according to AM philosophy the human mind has tremendous quality:
What way the mind thinks, the whole personality can metamorphose in that
direction. So if an honest person thinks about his past misdeeds like
stealing then that negative habit will again appear. That is why Baba has
given the system of pratyaha’r, ‘offering of one’s mental colors’. And this
is exactly what we do in Guru Puja, so this also one of the important
practices.

All along His teaching in countless places BABA has guided the entire
society on this very point because in certain religions like Christianity
they give a lot of preference to remind about their past sins. And most of
the time that sin is unknown– what they did they do not know. This thing
is present in small or big form in most of the religions. Because of this
also AM has given completely new ideas.

So our way in AM is not to condemn people for their sins or wrong actions.
Baba says, “In ancient times people were made outcastes on trivial charges
of social crimes. We do not subscribe to such beliefs.” (AV-5)

Rather our viewpoint is to rectify people and free them of their old habits
so they may progress.

Note 4: BRINGING A NEW ERA

In the following quotation Baba shows the path how we may overcome various
social ills and guide people along the path of welfare.

Baba says, “There are certain common and natural tendencies in human life.
Those tendencies are of either a degenerating or an exalting nature, that
is, they are either of a depraving or an elevating nature. We should
encourage the elevating tendencies and discourage the depraving tendencies.
In certain portions of this world, depraving tendencies such as pornography
exist. Protesting will not stop or check it unless we also do something
positive to check it. If we do something positive, it will create a new
stir in the human mind. Pornography and other depraving tendencies will be
completely discouraged and checked. That will be our course of action. We
have to create new literature, new books, new music, new songs…we have to
create a cultural stir. These are our immediate duties. We have to chalk
out a programme and act accordingly.” (‘Rule of Rationality’, PNS-12)

End note: Baba has given the solutions to all the problems, so if ever
anyone wants solve any problem they should refer to AM teachings and see
what Baba says.

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Special Formula of Tandava

Baba says, “Tandava: 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 the tandava dance there is much
jumping, because jumping requires the practitioner to remain off the ground
for a fairly long period of time.” (NSS, p. 23)
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Levels of Our Sadhanas

Date: 12 Jun 2010 11:06:48 -0000
From: “Priyanath C Mittra”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Levels of Our Sadhanas

Baba

Introduction to Prabhat Samgiita #3007:

In this song, Baba explains how even though some sadhakas are aware
about sadhana, the do’s and don’ts of life, and the disciplined system
of practice, they can’t follow the cult properly because of the various
pashas [bondages] and ripus [internal enemies]. However, by Baba’s
grace, if in the corner of their heart there is devotion, then they will
feel in their heart that the Lord will help them reach the final Goal.

In this song, Baba has come to the sadhaka and the sadhaka is
communicating with Him. During the first few minutes, i.e. the first
stanza, the sadhaka is speaking indirectly to Him and telling: You
promised me in dhyana that You would come, and now You have come so
please grace me.

Prabhat Samgiita #3007:

Ke jeno a’sia’ marme pashiya’,
Bolilo- madhu ma’se a’sibe-

Mor jata dos’a mane ca’pa’ ros’a,
S’amiya’- karun’a’- karibe-,
Bolilo- madhu ma’se a’sibe-

Path dekha’yecho path bujhiya’chi
A’——————————–a’
Path dekha’yecho path bujhiya’chi
A’lasye upeks’a’ karechi—
Jene shune bhu’l pathe caliya’chi
Bharosa’- holo smita ha’sibe-,
Bolilo- madhu ma’se a’sibe-

Ja’ni mor bolite- kichu na’i,
A’—————————————a’
Ja’ni mor bolite- kichu na’i,
Toma’r jinise mor bole ja’i
E moha chalana’ shra’nti ya’tana’
Bolo nirasan karibe- kabe,
Bolilo- madhu ma’se a’sibe-

Ke jeno a’sia’ marme pashiya’,
Bolilo- madhu ma’se a’sibe-

Purport (Longer Version):

(Note: Here the sadhaka is indirectly addressing Parama Purusa as He,
but the sadhaka is talking to Parama Purusa.)

One day in my sadhana someone (Baba) appeared in my mind, in my heart,
and said He would come in the vernal month. He also told me He will wipe
away all the sins which I committed – knowingly and unknowingly – by his
karuna of dharma samiksa. He told He would forgive me for my suppressed
frustration and all my shortcomings, and shower His karuna’.

(Note: Now in their conversation the sadhaka is directly addressing
Parama Purusa as You.)

O’ Lord now You have come to me. You have shown me the path and
taught me sadhana, 16pts, all the do’s and don’ts, and conduct rules. I
understood everything theoretically and memorized it all. By Your grace
I understood Your guideline; yet because of my lethargy, I neglected to
follow that path. I always thought I would do dharma sadhana tomorrow
but never did it in the proper way. I went on living an improper life.
Knowingly, I treaded the wrong path, but because of Your love and
compassion towards me, I always feel in my heart that You will gently
smile [1] when You come and shower Your grace and clean me. Now You have
come, so please grace me, O lord.

Baba, You have created me. This entire universe is Yours. I know I
have nothing to call my own; nothing belongs to me. Even this physical
body which is giving me shelter, this also is not mine. Even then I
think of Your objects as mine. [2] Because of my inflated ego and false
vanity, I wrongly think that all these worldly possessions which I have
are mine. This infatuative deception, this agony of illusion, O my Lord,
please tell me when You will dispel it.

Baba, I do not have strength to follow your path, now You have come
by Your causeless grace pull me towards You on my Lord…

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3007:

[1]: When you have deep, deep love for someone, then you know in your
heart that when you see them, they will not think about your past
mistakes but will instead express their kindness and affection. It is
just like how a small child never thinks: “My mother will only calculate
about my wrongdoings when she sees me after school. Instead, with her
love my mom will warmly embrace me and serve me something sweet to eat.”
In stark contrast, in the case of the judge and a convict, that never
happens: The judge will always look upon the convict with consternation.
Whereas in the loving relation between Parama Purusa and the sadhaka,
when they meet He always showers His grace and kindness because at that
time both feel truly happy just by seeing one another.

[2]: Commonly human beings think that the material possessions that they
have are their own and they brag about that to others. People think, “I
have this property and this mansion and this prestige etc.” But they do
not know that what they think is theirs does not actually belong to
them. The real owner is Parama Purusa. What to say about one’s property,
their first shelter,. i.e. their body, also belongs to Him.

Baba says, “This body, this mind, this wealth has been given to me by
Parama Purus’a…That is, the actual owner of this body, the actual
owner of this mind is He.” (AV-14)

== LEVELS OF OUR SADHANAS ==

Namaskar,
In our AM there are various types of sadhanas. By Baba’s grace He has
supplied us with the ultimate system.

Yet not everyone necessarily understands the relation or levels of our
different sadhanas.

Here below is a discussion which took some time ago while a few of us
were sitting in the cemetery. We were talking with a senior acarya about
the standard of some of our sadhanas.

This is quite relevant and valuable information for all Ananda Margiis,
I feel. After reading, everyone within our AM community is welcome to
write their thoughts.

* * *

Brother Sudarshan inquired, “Since Avadhutas are doing kapalik sadhana
so their sadhana is great. They can manage the strong vibration of the
cemetery in the dead of night. But the sadhana of general margiis is of
a lower quality. So how it will be possible for regular margiis to go to
the cemetery during the night to do sadhana?’

Dadaji replied, ‘In the AM system, Baba has taught that there are three
types of sadhana in Tantra’:
(a) Pashvacara
(b) Viiracara
(c) Divyacara

Dada said, “Pashvacara sadhana is very primitive. Usually in AM there is
not much recognition of Pashavacara. Just like prayer, eulogizing worship,
idol worship. This all comes in Pashvacara sadhana. The Gayattrii mantra or
prayer type also comes in Pashvacara.”

“The next higher grade is viiracara. Kapalik sadhana comes in this degree.”

“And the highest stage is Divyacara sadhana. Because when you reach to the
culmination of Divyacara sadhana, then in the final stage Divaycara sadhana
helps direct the mind. In that way one can attain final liberation and
become
one with Parama Purusa, by His grace.”

Dadaji further explained, “In this highest sadhana or in divyacara
sadhana our higher lessons are iishvara pranidhan and dhyana. So in
sahaja yoga (ie the six lessons), the sadhana of kundalini has been
taught. Sahaja yoga starts with the first lesson and goes to the
highest, dhyana – i.s. that which involves rising the kundalini to
sahasara cakra and merge with Parama Purusa.”

“So the sadhana of sahaja yoga is divyacara sadhana. And dhyana is the
highest lesson among all types of spiritual practices and lessons.”

Dada went on, ‘So you should not think that viiracara or kapalik sadhana
is the highest one. No it is not. The sahaja yoga, especially dhyana is
the highest lesson. So those who are practicing sahaja yoga, why they
should not go to cemetery? There is no question of this. Kapalik sadhana
is viiracara. It is second grade of sadhana in this system of
pashvacara, viiracara, and divyacara. Divyacara is the final or highest.
And within this system dhyana is the highest lesson. Thus no margii or
family person should suffer from an inferior or superior complex on this
matter of spiritual practices.”

Dada went on, ‘If you read certain spiritual discourses of Baba, then
you will get the idea that kalapik sadhana is just one system of
viiracara sadhana – it is not divyacara sadhana.”

When we returned back from the cemetery then Sudarshan and I looked through
different books and found these following Baba’s teachings. I think
these are what Dadaji was referring to.

Baba says:

(1) “Pashvacara sadhana is vaedika’cara which is merely a set of
ritualistic observances and practices.” (p.665 AMIWL)

(2) “Those who are humans both in mind and body, the style of practice is
called viira’ca’ra. Our avadhu’tas and avadhu’tika’s practise viira’ca’ra.”
(AVM 14)

(3) “In divya’ca’ra sadhana they attain a still loftier state of mind and
establish themselves in the realm of divinity.” (AV-33)

The summary then is as follows.

Baba says, “The first style, from animality to humanity, is known as
pashva’ca’ra. The second stage, or the second style, is viira’ca’ra…the
final stage, divya’ca’ra is for all who want to elevate themselves to the
supreme excellence of Parama Purusa.” (AV-14)

So ultimately, dhyan, which is the last lesson of sahaja yoga sadhana, is
the highest lesson. Because by practicing dhyan one attains salvation and
becomes one with the Supreme Entity.

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
Priyanath

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To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: It is Not a Joke
Date: Fri 11 Jun 2010 13:37:49 +0500 (IST)
From: Ram Sahay Kulshresth

Baba

Introduction to Prabhat Samgiita #3007:

In this song, Baba explains how even though some sadhakas are aware
about sadhana, the do’s and don’ts of life, and the disciplined system
of practice, they can’t follow the cult properly because of the various
pashas [bondages] and ripus [internal enemies]. However, by Baba’s
grace, if in the corner of their heart there is devotion, then they will
feel in their heart that the Lord will help them reach the final Goal.

In this song, Baba has come to the sadhaka and the sadhaka is
communicating with Him. During the first few minutes, i.e. the first
stanza, the sadhaka is speaking indirectly to Him and telling: You
promised me in dhyana that You would come, and now You have come so
please grace me.

Prabhat Samgiita #3007:

Ke jeno a’sia’ marme pashiya’,
Bolilo- madhu ma’se a’sibe-

Mor jata dos’a mane ca’pa’ ros’a,
S’amiya’- karun’a’- karibe-,
Bolilo- madhu ma’se a’sibe-

Path dekha’yecho path bujhiya’chi
A’——————————–a’
Path dekha’yecho path bujhiya’chi
A’lasye upeks’a’ karechi—
Jene shune bhu’l pathe caliya’chi
Bharosa’- holo smita ha’sibe-,
Bolilo- madhu ma’se a’sibe-

Ja’ni mor bolite- kichu na’i,
A’—————————————a’
Ja’ni mor bolite- kichu na’i,
Toma’r jinise mor bole ja’i
E moha chalana’ shra’nti ya’tana’
Bolo nirasan karibe- kabe,
Bolilo- madhu ma’se a’sibe-

Ke jeno a’sia’ marme pashiya’,
Bolilo- madhu ma’se a’sibe-

Purport:

(Note: Here the sadhaka is indirectly addressing Parama Purusa as He,
but the sadhaka is talking to Parama Purusa.)

Someone came, entered my heart, and said He would come in the vernal
month. He also told that He would forgive me for my suppressed
frustration and all my shortcomings, and shower His karuna’.

(Note: Now in their conversation the sadhaka is directly addressing
Parama Purusa as You.)

You showed me the path, and by Your grace I understood Your guideline;
yet because of my lethargy, I neglected to follow that path. Knowingly,
I treaded the wrong path; but because of Your love, I felt in my heart
that You would gently smile [1] when You come.

I know I have nothing to call my own, nothing belongs to me, even then I
think of Your objects as mine. [2] This infatuative deception, this
agony of illusion, O my Lord, please tell me when You will dispel it.

Baba, I do not have strength to follow your path, now You have come by
Your causeless grace pull me towards You on my Lord…

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3007:

[1]: When you have deep, deep love for someone, then you know in your
heart that when you see them, they will not think about your past
mistakes but will instead express their kindness and affection. It is
just like how a small child never thinks: “My mother will only calculate
about my wrongdoings when she sees me after school. Instead, with her
love my mom will warmly embrace me and serve me something sweet to eat.”
In stark contrast, in the case of the judge and a convict, that never
happens: The judge will always look upon the convict with consternation.
Whereas in the loving relation between Parama Purusa and the sadhaka,
when they meet He always showers His grace and kindness because at that
time both feel truly happy just by seeing one another.

[2]: Commonly human beings think that the material possessions that they
have are their own and they brag about that to others. People think, “I
have this property and this mansion and this prestige etc.” But they do
not know that what they think is theirs does not actually belong to
them. The real owner is Parama Purusa. What to say about one’s property,
their first shelter,. i.e. their body, also belongs to Him.

Baba says, “This body, this mind, this wealth has been given to me by
Parama Purus’a…That is, the actual owner of this body, the actual
owner of this mind is He.” (AV-14)

== IT IS NOT A JOKE ==

Namaskar,
By Baba’s grace, He has blessed us with all the practices and ways to
build up a healthy human society. One unique facet of this is our baby
naming ceremony, ja’takarma.

None should think then that our AM baby naming ceremony is just a casual
afternoon affair. It is not just a time to eat, drink and be merry.

Rather the occasion of ja’takarma is an integral and revolutionary part
of how we are to create a single universal family based on love,
affection and mutual respect. As we know, it demands our lifelong
commitment and dedication.

As a refresher, let’s take a closer look then at this program of
ja’takarma and examine just exactly what it entails.

HOW MANY HAVE YOU ATTENDED

Before beginning, we might ask ourselves: In my life, how many baby
naming ceremonies have I attended – either as a margii, acarya, mother,
father etc? Have I attended 1, 6, 25 or more? How many?

We should take a moment to reflect on each and every one.

After all, in our AM units and at our regional and sectorial retreats,
baby naming ceremonies are commonly held. Over the years, we might have
attended dozens of such programs.

NOT JUST A RITUAL

The first and foremost point to keep in mind is that our AM baby naming
ceremony is not just a ritual. It is not just a token celebration.
Everyone who participates – i.e. each and every attendee – is taking an
oath to be an active force in the proper development and growth of that
child.

Baba says, “The mantra of ja’takarma is the first step of human approach
in rousing the sense of responsibility and affection in man. Those, who
will be present on the occasion of the child’s ja’takarma, must also
indirectly have to bear the responsibility of bringing up the child. In
other words it will not do to sit inactive saying that the direct
responsibility in this connection is on its parents.” (TD-4)

Thus all participants – all attendees – of the baby naming ceremony are
bound under oath to take an active role in ensuring the welfare of that
child – from its first feeding up till adulthood and beyond.

We must also remember that oaths are taken extremely seriously in AM and
like all our oaths, the oath taken by every attendee present at the
ja’takarma program is done in the name of Gurudeva. So it is a most
serious commitment and not something to be taken lightly.

So long as we are living on this earth we must consider and fulfill this
responsibility. Indeed, as Baba says, this is part of our sadhana.

Baba says, “The oath taken on the occasion of ja’takarma will reawaken
the sense of that duty again and again. Any grown-up person or any
father shall not forget his duty when he has once looked at the helpless
face of the child. It does not end here. In pursuance of the mantra of
ja’takarma in A’nanda Ma’rga, a child has not simply been regarded as a
child only but also a manifestation of Brahma in the child. So, serving
the child, shall be a part of sa’dhana’ (Brahma-Sa’dhana’) to him.” (TD-4)

Hence our oath to watch for the welfare of the newborn is not just a
commitment to a particular person, but an oath to watch over that baby
as a manifestation of Brahma. Thus our oath is to Parama Purusa and
comes within the scope of our dharma sadhana.

WHAT PEOPLE COMMONLY THINK

People in the general society commonly think that when a married couple
has a newborn then that child is the sole responsibility of the parents.
Most of the communities and countries of the world function under this
paradigm. Because of this, some in AM may also be thinking in this manner.

A person, even a new margii, might think that it is solely the duty of
the parents to bathe, clothe, feed, educate and look after the newborn
up to adulthood.

But in AM this is not our approach. Nowadays society is suffering
terribly and one of the reasons is that parents are overwhelmed and
challenged socially, economically, spiritually and in so many ways.
Under such pressure, they cannot raise children by themselves.
Especially those who suffer economic hardship, which is most of the
society these days. To eradicate all such problems and bring relief to
those parents in need, Baba has given this special system of ja’takarma.

Here again is Baba’s passage.

Baba says, “It will not do to sit inactive saying that the direct
responsibility in this connection is on its parents.” (TD-4)

Rather in our unique system, that child is society’s responsibility and
in particular those in attendance at the ja’takarma ceremony are taking
an oath to care for and ensure the proper growth of that babe.

A few may be thinking: “Oh my, already my life is too busy – I will
never attend a ja’takarma program ever again.” But it is not like that.
As we all know, bearing the responsibility and taking oaths are part of
our debt and service to Guru. We are most fortunate to have been graced
with such an opportunity.

Baba says, “…The best you can do is only to serve. Remember, you are
to serve bearing in mind that every creature is verily the living
manifestation of the Supreme Consciousness. Remember also that the
credit of service is not yours; it is due to the Supreme and the Supreme
alone, whose ideation has inspired you to acquire the capability of
rendering service.” (A’nanda Va’nii #23)

Thus we should all be eager to attend the baby naming ceremonies in our
Marga and ready to fulfill our moral, social and spiritual duties with
regards to the raising of that child. And by taking an active role and
attending to our oath in a serious manner, then Baba will surely grace
us with the energy, understanding, and ability to be successful.

THE MANTRA OF JA’TAKARMA

Now, let us take a closer look at the baby naming ceremony itself as
well as the oaths involved.

Baba says, “When an infant is six months old (or any time between six
months and one year of age), at least five members of Ananda Marga will
gather together on a convenient day, and the infant will be laid before
them.” (CC-1)

In Caryacarya Baba further guides us about the program and also presents
the oaths to be taken by all attendees – i.e. all A’nanda Margiis
attending the program.

First we are under oath to watch for the physical well being of the child.

“O gracious Brahma, may we unitedly be able to arrange for the upkeep,
medical care and physical growth of this infant who has entered our
society today.”

Thereafter we take an oath to ensure the proper psychic growth of the
newborn.

“O gracious Brahma, may we be able to provide adequate education for the
mental development of this infant who has entered our society today.”

Then we take an oath to care for the spiritual development of the child.

“O gracious Brahma, may we succeed, through proper education, in
effecting the spiritual elevation of this infant who has entered our
society today.”

Finally, we take the oath to always remember that the child is but a
manifestation of the Supreme.

“O gracious Brahma, may we be able to see Your pervasive manifestation
in this infant, in the form of which You have appeared to us today. We
collectively give this baby the name . . . . . . .”

Upon the completion of this oath the new born is given its Sanskrit name.

NOT JUST SOME MUNDANE OATH

By all respects then, the oaths administered in the ja’takarma program
are most comprehensive and serious. It is verily a strict commitment by
every Ananda Margii present. To go against any of the oaths is to break
our vow to Guru.

Thus we should all take particular attention as to how we are to fulfill
this oath. We must not sit back and watch the parents struggle to raise
the child on their own. No one should be so slack in their oath to Guru.

Rather by taking the oath seriously, Baba will surely gives us the
courage, ability, insight, and opportunity to properly fulfill that
oath. Certainly He will bless us in this way. First, however, we must
each sincerely consider and internalise the oath, then He will provide
us the way.

Of course, many in our Marga are aware about all this and have taken
(in)direct responsibility for many newborns and babes in our Marga
society. And for others, perhaps there is scope for improvement.

Whatever the case may be, let’s us take this as a moment to re-evaluate
the content and responsibility associated with our jata’kjarma ceremony.

In the mundane society, thieves, politicians, lawyers, and all kinds of
people take oaths, only to soon break those oaths in a matter of days or
weeks. Our system – wherein each member of society must strive to become
a sadvipra – is not like that. An oath means a strict commitment to
Guru; it is a lifelong responsibility.

GREAT BENEFIT FOR SOCIETY

Here Baba neatly describes how the ja’takarma program helps create a
human society based on love and fraternity.

Baba says, ‘In this occasion no covering of the child has been
prescribed so that such a fine picture of the occasion may be stamped in
the minds of those present in the ceremony, as will not fade even when
the child will be full-grown. In later years, when the child will come
to him dressed as a gentleman, he will look on him as the self-same
child of the past ja’takarma ceremony and not as a gentleman of the
present day and will express signs of tenderness and responsibility in
his dealings. The fact that he had taken oath regarding the child will
rise afresh in his mind. When the child also, thus dressed as a
gentleman, will learn that he is one among those who took part in his
ja’takarma ceremony, he will respect and regard him as a father and this
will result in a sweet social relation.” (TD-4)

Thus we must must carry this forward; by this way so many good results
will occur in the society. Through this unique ja’takarma system, no one
will feel isolated – all will feel cared for – no one will be left
behind. Gradually the whole society will purified. Through these oaths,
all are seen as family members and those elders rightly earn the respect
of the youths. Indeed, when the baby grows then there is a sweet and
blissful relation amongst all. That is Baba’s teaching.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with a most unique baby-naming
ceremony. Such a system is not present anywhere else.

It is our bounden duty to take this seriously – we must keep our oaths,
otherwise we will just be hypocrites and doing an injustice to Guru.

In our sadvipra led society, we must all aim for that high ideal and
carry out all oaths accordingly. It is not just a joke. By properly
fulfilling the oaths related with ja’takarma, a great new society will
flourish on this earth, by His grace.

Baba says, “Society must ensure that proper care is taken of human
babies who are totally dependent on the care and protection of their
parents for their existence. These helpless children can only convey
their pain and discomfort through tears. To raise children from infancy
to maturity is an immensely important task. I have said before that the
members of society must advance in unison. The newborn babe is another
traveller on the path. To adopt a child as our companion, as one
included in the society, is called the “ja’takarma” of the child.” (AFPS-6)

Namaskar,
Ram Sahay

******************************************
To Those Who Can’t Concentrate

Baba says, “Most people are well acquainted with the fourth state of
mind (eka’gra). In this state the human mind sometimes becomes exalted
with divine sweetness; and sometimes becomes as debased as an infernal
creature. Sometimes it keeps company with good people and takes a
resolve never to tell lies, accept bribes, get intoxicated, or become
characterless; and sometimes it thinks that honesty and virtue are sheer
folly, for happiness lies in falsehood, taking bribes, stealing,
promiscuity, and the like. The mind is continuously tossed between good
and bad. But when the practice of sa’dhana’ inspires one to accept
shreya (path of benevolence) as one’s ideology, one attains the true
state of eka’gra bhu’mi. In this state waves upon waves of citta emerge.”

Sha’ntaditao tulyapratyayao cittasyaeka’girata’parin’a’ma

“Every newcomer to the path of sa’dhana’ suffers from a lack of
concentration of mind. After repeating the is’t’a mantra a couple of
times hundreds of undesirable thoughts flood the mind. The newcomer
thinks, “I am unable to attain the One on whom I meditate, and instead
am pestered by those objects I do not want.” The hand counts the beads,
the lips mutter the name of the is’t’a, but the mind roams in the filth
of hell. When all the undesirable waves are removed from the mind, one
blissful wave begins to flow, and the sa’dhaka attains the state of
eka’gra bhu’mi.” (AMIWL-9)

Note: If in your sadhana you are not one pointed (eka’gra means “one
pointed”) it means you are not repeating your mantra in a proper manner
– it means you are lacking sincerity and regularity of practice.
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Date: Thu 10 Jun 2010 05:50:29 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Hariish Dev”
Subject: DMS News: Fastest Way to Moksa

Baba

“A’mi toma’kei ja’ni, shudhu toma’kei ja’ni…” (PS 907)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace I only know You; only You I know. I was with You, I
am with You, and I know I will remain with You. This eternal truth I
accept in the deep core of my heart. I accept, I accept. Even then, I
start running after the degrading attractions of maya. In this mad dash
for mundane pleasures, I get swept off my feet by the river crude
attractions– going towards who knows where. But by Your grace, in the
corner of my mind, always I am singing Your songs. And now today, I am
rowing my boat with a strong hand on the path of dharma. Baba, Your
ideological teachings are my fuel for moving towards the Goal…

== DMS NEWS: FASTEST WAY TO MOKSA ==

Namaskar
As everyone knows, the Ananda Purnima / summer DMS was recently held in
Ananda Nagar. As has been the style of late, the two main factional
camps held their own version of DMS on different dates.

Before going over the numbers and other aspects, here is an overview of
the lecture which headlined the main DMS.

THE MAIN DMS LECTURE:

“COME HERE TO GET MOKSA”

The topic of so-called PP Dada’s (i.e. Vishvadevananda’s) talk was Jiiva
aor Shiva Ka’ Maha’milan, or the Great Union of Jiiva and Shiva.

Vishvadevananda proclaimed that this physical land is the place where
jiivas from around the globe gather in order to make their union with
the Lord. Dadaji further told that all sins from the last 6 months will
be eradicated by attending this DMS, i.e the one administered by Ranchi
as this is the “original DMS”. All one has to do is attend this DMS in
order to rid themselves of sin. He also told that if one dies here then
salvation is sure.

All of this adds up to his conceived notion that this is a holy place.
Even though as Ananda Margiis we do not believe in the dogmatic holy
land belief – as it runs 100% contrary to Baba’s teachings – Dadaji made
this the central theme of his talk.

Here are a few of Baba’s divine teachings about the tiirtha (i.e.
dogmatic holy land) theory.

A’tmatiirtham’ na ja’nanti katham’ moks’a vara’nane

Baba says, “Such people move from one place to another in search of
tiirtham. A’tmatiirtham’ na ja’nanti – “they do not know that the actual
tiirtham lies within the a’tman”…katham’ moks’a vara’nane – “They can
never attain salvation.”” (AV-6)

Baba says, “They are all persons dominated by the static principle,
whose wandering from one holy place to another is simply of no use. All
this wandering results in a waste of money and energy.” (AV-23)

Baba says, “When the final goal, the Supreme Desideratum is
metamorphosed into the Supreme knowing Entity, the Supreme “I” that is
the best Tiirtha, rather, the only Tiirtha, that lies covered within
your “I” feeling. Each and every man has the feeling that “I exist”.
This feeling of “I exist” is the final form of the expressed world.
Behind that final form of the expressed world, there lies covered the
Supreme Consciousness, the a’tma’. So, a’tma’ is the best tiirtha.
A’tma’ is the Supreme Tiirtha. Rather a’tma’ is the only tiirtha.” (AFPS-4)

Hence, in clear-cut language Baba guides us that the true tiirtha lies
within and that all those external tiirthas – i.e. dogmatic holy lands –
are of no use. Never will one get moks’a by visiting such places. Every
true Ananda Margii is fully aware about this point of dharma.

So this may sound surprising to you, that the so-called PP Dada focused
his entire lecture on making the land of DMS into one tiirtha wherein by
visiting one will be purged of all sins and be granted salvation. This
may sound surprising, but then again, Vishvadevananda has a habit of
making such dogmatic proclamations. You might remember how at the recent
Jamalpur DMS, Dadaji specifically also named Jamalpur as a tiirtha
(pilgrimage site) – as if by reaching there also then salvation is sure.

So it is a tragedy – nay an embarrassment – that the so-called PP Dada
is following in the footsteps of dogmatic religious priests and pulling
AM in that fateful direction. By this way our dharmic AM is getting
painted in the dogma of religion. He follows their crude blueprint exactly:

1. First such dogmatic priests impose the belief upon their followers
that: “You are all are sinners” and then such priests issue the warning
that, “You will have to face the consequences”;

2. Thereafter such priests proclaim, “I can solve your problem, so do
not worry”;

3. In the past people wanted an easy way to salavation and in this
modern day, quick-fix era also, it is tantalizing to offer something
fast and easy to the people;

4. Hence, the so-called PP Dada grabbed the style of dogmatic priests
and at the recent summer DMS he said, “Come here [to DMS] every six
months and all your sins will automatically be washed away – they will
vanish”;

5. So just as all the religions preach this such type of dogmatic
tiirtha – the Islamic Haz of going to Mecca, the Catholic who go to
Rome, the Buddhists who trek to Bodh Gaya, and the Hindus who travel to
Varanasi (Benares) & Prayag (Allahbad) etc – now also this same style is
being featured in AM.

Just as Hindus & others have a very simple process of getting salvation
by taking a dip in the water, our so-called PP has his own simple
recipe: Just reach DMS. Those unfortunate sould who cannot attend will
be in limbo, just like those Hindu, Buddhist, Christian & Islamic
followers who fail to reach their favoured pilgrimage site.

6. Thus, by administering the dogmatic tiirtha recipe, AM is getting
“religionized”.

Such is the work of the so-called PP Dada. He is fully involved in
submerging our Marga in the creation of dogmatic tiirthas. Otherwise
what is the explanation for his recent and ongoing behaviour.

All Baba’s many dharmic teachings delivered over decades were wiped away
by one evening lecture by our so-called PP Dada. This is why Baba warns
us that negative people can create so many problems in a very short period.

Should we keep quiet and wait?

DMS BY THE NUMBERS

Here are the numbers for your review.

* At the Ranchi group DMS, there were 3500 participants (coming from
various locations) and 150 wts. During the DMS talk there were 75 wts
inside and the rest were moving around.

* At the B group DMS, there are 100 participants (50 of which were local
villagers and 50 came from elsewhere) and 250 wts. During DMS itself,
100 workers were inside the pandal and the rest were wandering around.

Thus, both DMS gatherings were small, though B group’s was very small.

MAIN VENTURE OF DMS: COLLECT MONEY

Regardless of the size, the main theme of each DMS was money collection.
The group leaders selected a course to collect maximum donations for
their court cases, lawyer fees, property disputes etc.

Finally, to reserve private rooms at DMS Prout House, the rate is
10,000RS for 2 DMS, winter and summer. The fee is enormous and in return
all one gets is a 10×15 room with no facilities, i.e. no heat, no A/C,
no food, etc. This is yet another way the organizers are trying to turn
this event into a profit-making enterprise.

ABOUT THAT WATER SHORTAGE

As you may recall, before the DMS there was a severe water shortage. It
did rain some before the DMS – enough to get by. So water was a bit
scarce but somewhat manageable.

Beyond that the DMS was as usual.

MORE DMS NEWS COMING

In the coming days there will be full reports about the recent DMS
programs including updates about the ETC and WRC camps, RAWA programs,
and much, much more.

Please tell your experiences.

ONE FINAL NOTE

This time if anyone could not reach there to get moksa then at least in
the future one should try, according to so-called PP Dada.

BABA’S BLESSING
A’tmatiirtham’ na ja’nanti katham’ moks’a vara’nane

Baba says, ““People of static nature wander about, bathing in places of
pilgrimage in the hope of attaining merit.”

“Perhaps the places of pilgrimage are full of polluted, murky water,
infested with poisonous insects and worms. A dip in that water may cause
skin disease. In that case a visit to a place of pilgrimage ultimately
causes disease and suffering.”

“What should be done by those who are virtuous at heart? They should
take a holy bath in their own mind and discover the inner Place of
pilgrimage, instead of wasting time and energy in bathing in external
places of pilgrimage.” (AMIWL-10)

Namaskar,
Hariish

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“The Only Path for You”

Baba says, “Regardless of what you are at present or what you may
possibly become in the future, do not digress from the ideal of the
Great in any circumstances: do not stray even a step away from the path
of realisation of Absolute Bliss. Ananda Marga or the path to eternal
bliss is the only path for you.” (SS-3, p. 65)
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