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From: “Mirabai”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: From One Extreme to Another
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2010 11:17:43

Baba

“Ma’nus’ jeno ma’nus’er tare sab kichu kore ja’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.

Why do human beings remain crying, 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. Elevated human beings
come on this earth to serve everyone, all humanity plus the birds, animals,
plants, flora and fauna, & animate and inanimate objects– the entire
creation…

== FROM ONE EXTREME TO ANOTHER ==

Namaskar,
As we know the Tantra of AM is Madhyama Ma’rga, or ‘the middle path’.
Because with our rational approach, we can always find a balanced answer.
This is the beauty of our Marga.

Currently, right now around the globe, there are two extreme positions
being put forth with regards to certain women’s issue– in particular with
regards to dress.

On the one side there is the suffocating approach of Islam where females
are forced to be covered from head to toe in a “burka”; and in the opposite
corner there is the degrading approach of western capitalistic society
where females openly move around half-naked.

Needless to say, neither venue is doing the world an ounce of good– nor
are either of these approaches beneficial to the healthy growth and
development of our female population.

So let us take a look at the forces and mind-set behind these two divergent
ways as well as apply the balance of AM’s middle path. By that way we can
come up with a just solution: How females–and males– can present
themselves in public properly, i.e. in a comfortable yet sentient manner.

“THE MOST DIGNIFIED SECTION OF HUMAN SOCIETY”

First let us take at one of Baba’s famous guidelines. On 12 December 1979,
while addressing issues of women’s welfare, Baba beautifully expressed:

“You, as the most dignified section of human society
do something for the universal human beings”.

Here the point is that in our Tantra, ‘motherhood’ is regarded as something
very special and sacred. Because it is a mother’s great compassion that
instills love and warmth within the heart of each and every infant that is
born on this earth. Without that motherly love, children become drowned in
a sea of emptiness and rejection and their whole adult life turns into an
aimless search. Whereas those fortified with a mother’s tender love and
compassion develop into whole human beings who are ready to courageously
serve the society. Hence due to their motherly status, females hold a
special place in human society– and are deserving of tremendous respect.

Baba says, “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, chap 24)

THE TRAGEDY UNFOLDING IN THE WEST

Unfortunately, due to an array of negative propaganda, the dignified and
motherly status in the west is all but lost– it is hardly present
anywhere. Now the streets, homes, recreation areas, and workplaces are
filled with females showing off the curves and slopes of their bodies–
leaving themselves half or 3/4 naked for all to see. This is the regular
way females dress in the USA, Europe, South America, Australia etc.

Again, I will emphasize that this is degrading display is totally rampant
in the so-called free societies of the west. As a margii sister living in
the west I find the whole thing quite appalling and outrageous– totally
intolerable.

Because with Baba’s guidance, we have come to elevate the standard of women
yet all around us females are being more and more objectified as mere sex
symbols. Even highly educated females are falling into this trap: They
think their chief asset in life is to be a sensuous showpiece to the male
eye.

NEGATIVE FORCES: HOLLYWOOD & SO-CALLED OPEN MINDEDNESS

While there are any number of avenues we can point to that are the cause of
the sheer degradation of females in the west, two of the most prominent
are: Hollywood and the dogma of open-mindedness.

Here Hollywood refers to the whole film, advertising, and pseudo-culture
industries of the west that project women as the mere sex toys of men. They
have created the female icon as all legs and top– with no real mental
faculty. Just more and more skin is exposed as the competing firms dress up
females in increasingly provocative outfits.

And the worst part of it is that women have bought into this: Consciously
or unconsciously they have come to believe that this is where their real
worth lies– in their ability to awaken and attract the male appetite.
So the projected Hollywood image of the half-naked women has become an icon
of western life– deeply embedded in the female psyche.

Some might say that we women are at fault– but in truth we are victims.
Victims of the male dominated capitalist society that has projected the
female body as the ticket to selling anything: films, computers, shampoo,
automobiles or anything under the sun.

Side by side it has become proof of one’s “open-mindedness” to accept this
half-naked approach of female life. Because for years and years the
dogmatic churches put harsh restrictions on female expression in society.

So in response to that era of extreme suppression, a whole new era of
so-called open-mindedness has developed. This is an opposite extreme where
females can ‘do what they want’– including dress in a way that exposes all
their body parts. And this is wholeheartedly supported by various western
men and women who want to project themselves as being open-minded– so as
to prove that they are not shackled by church dogma.

About all this much more can be said but certainly these are the two main
operating factors with regards to the acceptance and support of female
nakedness in the society.

ISLAM STEPS IN TO “RECTIFY THE MATTER”

In Islam it is taught that females should cover themselves from head
to toe. If they do not do so it is much like displaying themselves like
a “piece of meat.”

In that situation men will be tempted to devour them. In order to
prevent this, women must fully cover themselves.

Of course what so-called solutions such Muslims are going to offer we
are all well aware.

Their answer is to push women back in the stone ages: Dressed head to toe
in a burka, locked in a dingy home, barred from education, and enslaved as
one of several wives of their Muslim man.

About the strict female dress advocated by Muslims, Baba has said the
following.

Baba says, “Females were forced to cover their whole body by using a
burka’, but this is not at all logical or rational. This burka has little
eye holes or slits, and by looking through these holes females have to see
and move carefully while walking on the street etc. These are some examples
of inhuman tortures– a kind of animalistic treatment. Those who are
civilised people of a civilised society or country should not accept such
type of negative dogmatic rules. These are all nothing but dogma. These are
all the naked examples of dogma.” (Nagpur, MGD, 16 Oct ’79)

So while Islam may be quick to point out the defects of the degrading style
of dress in the west, the Islamic answer is not at all the guiding light.
Rather it casts females into the dark.

JUST ONE BIG REACTION GOING ON

So from one side to the other, there is just an extreme reaction going on
with regards to female dress. Because when one suffocating approach has
been in vogue for ages and ages then people over-react and move to the
extreme in the opposite direction.

That is part of the mind-set why in the west females are flaunting their
new-found freedom and exposing their bellies to the world. All done as a
show of their ability to ‘do as they please’ and as a slap in the face to
centuries of religious dogma.

And such over-reactions happen in numerous aspects of life.

In India there is a long history of taking strictly sattvik food, but now
the many people of India have taken solace in the vast array of
fast-food and junk-food items. Meat consumption has increased multi-fold.
So they are eating to their hearts delight and inviting innumerable problems for themselves. Although sentient food is a positive attribution whereas religious dogma is negative, still the point is that when people break away from any type of rule then often they sway far in the opposite direction.

That is why we see in the west a growing number of atheists. In response to
the antiquated ways of the church the people have given up God entirely.
This is just an over-reaction to the suppressive mandates of the church.
So this is one mental weakness where people jump far in the opposite
direction in reaction to a particular set of illogical parameters.

WHO ARE THE TOP-MOST WINNERS AMIDST THE TRAGEDY

The question then arises as to who is the big-winner in this ordeal. Some
may say females, but this is not true. Their “freedom” of being able to
dress half-naked has not brought many rewards. Date rape and sexual assault
are on the rise as the society has become infested with sexual innuendos
and it is often the females who suffer the most from the half-naked appeal.

And even if they are not sexually attacked, still the female mind has
become entrenched in the idea that we are mere sex toys in the hands of
males. In that case all the sentientness and dignity of women has been
lost. Gone is our divine motherly status and gone is the compassion of the
female heart. All of that has been sold out to sexual allurement. This is
the price the common women of the west are paying.

So is it the male gender that has benefited. That is also not true. Now
countless males have been tagged for life as wife-beaters, sexual
assaulters, and rapists. Their names have been permanently printed on
public websites such that they can never get a decent job again. Plus they
are totally barred from so many social activities. Rather they are under
constant watch by the police. Plus for all the males who have not been
accused of rape etc, it is also sad to note that often their mind is just
engrossed in female fantasizing. This can be evidenced by the gossip heard
in any tavern, move theatre, restaurant, board meeting etc. Males too have
been plunged in this degeneration.

So then who are the big victors? It is those greedy capitalists who have
won the game by profitting from people’s indulgence in carnal pleasures.
Because by this way the common public is just drowned in sunken lustful
thoughts and they keep a blind eye to capitalist exploitation.

So it is a big topic that is multi-dimensional in nature because the
tragedy reaches to all sectors of society– and most of all to females.

BABA’S BLESSING

Yet Baba’s divine blessing upon all females is:

“You, as the most dignified section of human society
do something for the universal human beings”.
(12 December 1979)

Why are women the most dignified? Because of their important role as
Mother. Not because of being show pieces of men’s carnal pleasures.

We should all keep this above golden teaching in the inner casket of our
heart and make it a reality in our social life.

Namaskar,
Mirabai

Note 1: DRESS: WHAT IS THE MIDDLE PATH

Instead of getting stuck in the dogma of religion or being enticed by the
Hollywood pseudo-culture of the west, we should adopt that Madhyama Ma’rga,
or ‘the middle path’. That is what we are to preach to the humanity and
indeed that is what we are doing.

Baba advocates that the dress of both men and women should be neat and
clean, appropriate to the occasion, and ensure safety and welfare to
oneself and the society.

Baba says, “You should wear dress according to your own preference and
convenience. It is proper to always wear clean clothes so that others do
not unnecessarily form a poor impression about you. While going out of
their house, women should wear simple and decent clothes and cover their
bodies properly. Dress norms for women may be slightly relaxed during
festivals, or when they are accompanied by male guardians, or when good
security arrangements have been made.” (CC-1)

Here below Baba further gives His rational guidelines with regards to dress.
Baba says, “There should not be any prescribed national or international
dress. Selection of dress depends upon the climatic conditions of a
particular place. There should be complete freedom in the choice of dress.”
(PNS-4)

Plus we should not give in to any religious dogma with regards to dress.

Baba says, “In social life no father would wish to see his widowed daughter
forced to dress in an austere fashion, persecuted socially, or debarred
from attending social functions. You must not support these things. Rather,
you must provide equal opportunities for all.” (5 November 1978, Calcutta)

By all this and His other teachings we can say that males and females have
great freedom in the selection of their dress. May it be comfortable,
practical, and befitting of our human integrity.

Note 2: A RISING UP IS NEEDED

In all facets of life– including with respect to dress– we should rise up
against depraving forces and establish humanity in its glory. This is
Baba’s explicit directive.

Baba says, “This cycle is life and life is a struggle; life is a fight. You
come from the abode of peace and go to the abode of peace, but life is a
constant struggle to maintain an equilibrium. Life is a fight against
depraving forces and degenerating propensities. But you are not only to
fight against these depraving forces, you are also to encourage elevating
forces. If you try to keep at a safe distance from this fight, you cannot
say that you are a human being.” (‘The Great Universe’)

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– The Solution –

Baba says, “Whenever there is a conflict between the brain and the heart,
intelligent people should respond to the call of the heart. The books in
A’nanda Ma’rga philosophy are all absolute knowledge. The proper mark of
identity of absolute knowledge is that it must be universal, rational and
psychological. Certain instances of absolute knowledge are as follows —
the goal of human life is the attainment of Brahma; human beings are the
progeny of Parama Purus’a…by dint of sa’dhana’ or spiritual practices
human beings gradually become divine.” (PNS-18,
p.10)

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To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Baba Story: Baba Blesses All
Date: Sun 29 Aug 2010 11:46:53 +0500 (IST)
From: Ram Sahay Kulshresth

Baba

“Áma’ra jato malinatá soriye dáo prabhu ájike…” (1457)

Purport:


Baba, I do not have any strength of my own– just by Your grace I am
moving ahead on Your path; but it is very difficult because of all the
stains, dirt, and blemishes on my mind. O’ my Lord, please bless me by
removing all the impurities and stains from my mind; today make me pure.
Baba, please give me more capacity to do Your work and to do Your dhyana.

O’ my Lord please be gracious.
Baba, You are the Doer of everything. You have created me and brought me
on this earth and by Your grace I am moving on Your path. O’ Baba, I have
nothing to boast about; I have no quality of my own. Just I am the dust of
Your feet. I am Yours. Baba, whatever You wish is the way in which my life
proceeds. Please grace me by using me for Your work; make me Your machine.
Baba, please utilize me in all types of work– small or big, whichever You
wish.

Baba, by Your grace, I have come on this earth to do work for You. I
have come to obey Your command and follow Your order, and do whatever You
wish. Baba, I want to materialize, implement, & manifest Your every plan
and program. I want to bring all Your thoughts and ideas into form. O’ my
Lord, all these things I want to do. Baba, please be gracious on me. On my
own I do not have the strength or power to execute Your tasks. O’ my Lord,
please shower Your varabhaya mudra [1]— Your divine blessing– so I can
spread your ideas and teachings throughout each and every nook & corner of
this universe and make You pleased. O’ my Lord…


NOTES ABOUT PS 1457:

[1] Varabhaya Mudra: (vara= blessing; a= no; bhaya= fear. Both palms are
open. The left hand rests on the left thigh, i.e. vara mudra’, the right
hand is raised, i.e. abhaya mudra’.) This is Baba’s great blessing of
fearlessness that is bound in His eternal love and endless compassion. So
by Baba’s varabhaya mudra He is removing any & all fear by showering His
divine love. This is His special blessing upon each and every sadhaka–
upon the entire humanity.

Baba says, “Utilizing the vibrations created for eternal time by Shrii
Shrii Anandamurtiji through januspharsha and varabhaya mudras, take
yourself and the entire universe ahead along the path of welfare. Omn
Shanti!” (CC-1, ‘Concluding Words’)

Baba says, “Suppose the Sadguru is saying something, and the deaf or dumb
man wants to hear it but cannot. If one concentrates the mind on vara’bhaya
mudra’, there will be the direct effect of positive microvita on the
auricular or other nerve cells and also on the controlling cells, and it
may be that all of a sudden he may get back the power of hearing. One
should look towards these two mudras [vara & abhaya] and not to anything
else.” (MVNS)


== BABA STORY: BABA BLESSES ALL ==


Namaskar,
Baba has always given importance to sadhana. And as we know in human life
there are three spheres: physical, psychic, and the top-most level which is
spiritual. Because the spiritual controls the mental sphere directly and
the physical sphere indirectly. And the psychic sphere controls the physical arena.
So although all are important still the most important is the spiritual realm. And that is
the exact training we have directly received from our Guru.

As we drift in the bliss of Baba’s blessedness we should remember this
divine truth. In this regard, about the importance of spirituality one story is flashing
in my mind.

BABA STORY


When Baba was living in jail, during certain periods and on various
occasions He was not surrounded by so many margiis, rather only non-margiis
were there. And amongst them, He used to guide some of them on various
spiritual points.

That time His jail doctor was Dr. Kalwarji. Now Dr. Kalwar is not the
nasty jail doctor who later poisoned Baba. Rather Dr. Kalwarji was a
simple and innocent man who had deep reverence for Baba. And his mother
tongue was Maethillii and he was a non-margii. So when Kalwarji would get
time then he would go to meet Baba and Baba would invite him to enter into
his cell. And Baba would tell him tales and stories of different monks etc.

And the unique thing is that in the presence of Dr. Kalwarji, Baba would
sing some of the devotional songs written by Vidyapati, who of course was
one great devotee of Lord Shiva and also an accomplished poet. And as you
may be aware Baba has cited Vidyapati on numerous occasions in His
Subhasita Samgraha series of discourses. But here the point is that Baba
with full heart would sing Vidyapati’s devotional songs in order to show
how Vidyapati used to long for the Lord. So Baba would demonstrate this in
the presence of Dr. Kalwarji.

And in so doing most of the time he would sing this following song:

Vrtha’ janma goina’yaluin
hena Prabhu na’ bhojaluin
Khoya’yalu soha gun’anidhi,
Hama’r karama manda
na milala eka bunda
Premasindhu rasaka abadhi.

Meaning:

Fruitless, O Lord, hath been my life
That sang not, Oh, of glories Thine;
Lost in the worldly rueful strife
And Lost Thee, alas, Ye Treasure-Mine.

Fate’s long portentous hand
With compassion, cold and daft,
Strayed me out of Thy Love’s strand,
Deprived, alas of a single draught. (SS-3, p.63)


I wasted my entire life and did not meditate on my Prabhu
Running towards worldly things I lost You.
I was indulged in lowly and useless pursuits.
Alas, I could not get the beat of Your Grace,
Oh my most Beloved Parama Purusa.

And then years later Baba included some of these lines in Prabhat Samgiita
#340 also: ‘Vrtha’ janma gama’yalun, heno prabhu na’…”

So in the presence of Dr. Kalwarji, Baba would sing this above song. And
Dr. Kalwar had a devotional heart and later he would recount that “I was
so fortunate to hear Baba sing; the melody and sound was just like the
pouring of nectar. It was so charming and attractive and it had such a
divine vibration.”

Then with tears rolling down his cheeks, Kalwarji told that ‘Even for
someone who has a dry heart like me, this was very beautiful and I never
felt such a quivering feeling in my heart.’

So on a regular basis he would listen to Baba sing for 20 minutes or
half-an-hour. All the while Dr. Kalwarji would sit quiet and listen. Then
after that he would request to take leave of Baba and Baba would lovingly
bless him and permit him to attend to his other duties. And like that this
was happening a few times each week in the evening hours.

Then on one occasion Dr. Kalwar could not reach at the proper time. He
arrived a little late and he noticed that the door of Baba’s cell was
closed. Then after considering the situation for a moment, Kalwar thought
that, ‘Let me see what Baba is doing.’

With strong curiosity and with one finger he tried to remove the curtain
in front of Baba’s cell door and saw a huge flood of light emanating from Baba’s existence.
It was brilliant.

He could not keep his eyes open. And in that strong burst of light, and
by feeling overwhelmed by the whole atmosphere, he could not remain standing, so he
sat down. His whole body was shaking–in blissful state he could not understand
what was happening. And that effulgent light began shining inside his mind as well. Then
after 20 minutes or so, he regained his conscious state– still divinely intoxicated
by the experience. Then he did mental pranam and went away.

Then Kalwarji told me, ‘That day I saw Baba doing sadhana then He showered
His great blessing on me and the feeling I had that day continued on and on
for six months. Whenever I used to think about Baba then my whole body
used to begin to quiver and goosebumps would come and a deeply soothing
feeling would permeate deep into my heart and flood my entire existence.
And that light I could never forget. It was a blissful feeling which I
had never felt earlier in my heart. And still today these strong divine feelings come when I think of Baba’s sweetness.’

So this is one story how Baba blesses non-margiis also.

Namaskar,
Ram Sahay

Note: Baba does not just appreciate Vidyapati but so many great devotees
like Bhakta Surdas, Mirabai and others– Baba appreciates all. So this
gives one picture how with devotion one can bind Him, otherwise not. So devotion is
the top-most and if anyone has devotion, whether margii or non-margii, then
that is great because devotion is everything. And Baba recognises and
blesses all sadhakas who have a devotional heart.

Note 2: In a deeply melancholic mood, Vidyapati used to express remorse
that, ‘My life has become wasted as I did not worship Parama Purusa.’ In
this way he used to cry for the Lord.


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Why Have We Come on this Earth

Baba says “This Parama Purus’a is the ultimate goal of existence, and only
to attain Him have human beings come onto this earth. If they fail to do
so, then they do not deserve to be called human beings. Hence life
devoid of dharma is worse than animal life.” (SS-11, p.88)

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Date: 28 Aug 2010 13:19:25 -0000
From: “Manoj Shaha”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Question of Proximity with Baba

Baba

“Vrhat tumi, ks’udra a’mi, toma’r pa’ne nece ya’i…” (PS 1363)

Purport:

Baba, You are vast, infinite, & cosmic; and I am just one small unit–
meager. According to Your desire my whole existence revolves around You. By
Your grace I have only one longing– that is closeness at Your lotus feet.

Since eternity the loving relation between us has been continuing. Even
then You are cosmic and I am unit. Without me You can exist, but without
You my existence cannot remain. Without You, my whole existence is
meaningless. Except for You, I cannot think anything. You are my sadhana,
You are my Goal of life– my Polestar. Baba, please grace me, please bestow
the devotion so with that heart I will go on singing Your glory, Your
tales, and Your songs up to eternity….

== QUESTION OF PROXIMITY WITH BABA ==

Namaskar,
When Parama Purusa comes in the form of Mahasambhuti, whatever He does in
this form, that is called as “Naraliila of Parama Purusa”. And many things
which He does, usually people don’t understand the reason behind that.
That’s why those type of things are called as “liila”. The reasons of which
are known to Him only. So Parama Purusa is infinite and His liila is also
infinite.

This is also one of His liilas, that on one side, in the scripture He has
written that He lives with devotees. And that is true. Devotees can feel
also. But another side is also there.

HISTORY OF MAHASAMBHUTI

When Lord Shiva came and then Lord Krsna came. In each of those times
Mahasambhuti remained engaged with various types of people. Some were very
good, some were normal. And some were most normal people. But usually those
who working with Him thought that they have more realization and
proximity with the Lord. Such persons working around Mahasambhuti think
that despite the message of Baba’s writing and scripture, they are the most
close to Him. Because they are very close in physical proximity – living
side by side, traveling and working side by side. So they are close to
Parama Purusa.

WAYS HE GIVES HINT OF HIS LIILA

But as Baba’s way is His divine liila, sometimes He reveals His ways in some
by telling stories or telling some humor, giving some Prabhat Samgiita,
or giving discourses. In these ways, He reveals His inner things. But how
many persons can understand or are going to understand those things?

Please look into this following example about those who were working along with
Baba as a WT, or in any type of working relation. They were intoxicated
that they are most close. But to remove their illusion, one day Baba told
about the “Ringing Bell” story. (If you do not know this story then speak
with senior margiis or acaryas.)

THOSE PHYSICALLY CLOSE MAY BE SPIRITUALLY FAR

Baba has also given this following Prabhat Samgiita which reveals that
those who were physically living and working around Him. They were not so
close. But how many persons could understand this song. Still today we
all have to study and reflect.

The song is as follows. This is Prabhat Samgiita no. 3286.

“Keu ka’che peyeo cinate na’re, dure thekeo cene…” (PS 3286)

By getting physically close they do not recognize Him, whereas some from
even distance recognize His magnanimity. And some by getting His sweet
touch even, they drown in staticity. And some without knowing, they
unknowingly believe fully in His greatness. Oh my Lord You are doing so
many things for me. You are filling my heart with the nectar. I am so
unfortunate that after all this grace I do not recognize You and remain
oblivious. – PS #3286

By His grace devotees know that this PS #3286 “Keu ka’che peyeo”
gives this message that living physically to Parama Purusa is not the
whole picture – rather just a small part. It does not mean on is close. Many
physically live close but they are living far from Him. But many live
physically far but keep Him in their hearts.

Innumerable examples of this can be given. Those who were living physically
close to Lord Shiva or Krsna or Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. How far they were really
close, that was proved in their conduct and behaviour. To see this history
one need not look far back.

ABOUT THE JAMALPUR ERA

Earlier in the Jamalpur days, many persons had this type of vanity– that
they were close. And later on their glory became one with the dust.

One can cite the name of Pranay Kumar Chatterjee, the first GS. And then
Vishokananda, the first PA. Then Madhavananda, and so many such persons.
These type of events are not new. We don’t know so much history of Lord
Shiva, what happened around Him. But around Lord Krsna we know the history
of those in the lineage of Lord Krsna, His family the Jadu (Yadava)
dynasty. They killed themselves with their blindness. And they were all
proud, to belong to the same lineage. This every Margii knows

In Baba’s physical presence, those who were physically close. We have seen
their downfall. And we will go on seeing. Because, ego is the worst enemy.

Baba says, “Aham’ka’rah patanasya mu’lam” [“Pride goeth before a
fall”]. (NSS)

THE YADAVA DYNASTY

So at the time of Lord Krsna, the Yadavas drank.

Now we are seeing the similar scene: Those at the top are drunk with power. Both
the sides they are full of vanity. Whatever power and position they have,
they are trying to root out others. They are killing each other. Looking
back at the history of what happened to the Jadu dynasty — then I
feel scared and disturbed. That, in the same way these persons also will
kill each other?

We should do something lest history should not be repeated.

BABA’S BLESSING

I recognize that some difficult challenges may be on the horizon. But by
the following Baba’s blessing, I never feel pessimistic. I know that the
future is bright.

Baba says,”There are some people who are pessimistic. They say that the society
around us is very bleak, that it has no expression of vitality and that it
seems that everyone is in a deep slumber. Pessimists say this because they
have never made any detailed study of human history, nor do they care to.
Had they done so, they would certainly be optimistic, because if they had
looked carefully at the symptoms of pause, they would have realized that
significant preparations were being made for the subsequent phase of speed.
So under no circumstances should human beings be pessimistic. That is why
I am always an incorrigible optimist, because I know that optimism is
life.” (PNS-7, p.67)

Namaskar,
Manoj

Note: MORE ABOUT THE YADAVA DEMISE

The history is that after the Maha’bharat was over, these Yadavas– family
members and disciples of Krsna– they had nothing to do other than to drink
wine and enjoy materially. And one day under the spell of wine they started
attacking and killing each other. Civil war erupted. And it went on till
everyone got killed.

Here below Baba describes how the Yadavas killed each other.

Baba says, “In the Jadu dynasty during the time of the Mahabharata …
Balaram was the elder brother of Krs’n’a and the king of the Jadu
dynasty… Balaram was also an alcoholic. [And when Balaram and the Jadu
family drank at one gathering]. The resulting drunkenness caused people to
quarrel amongst themselves. Eventually they killed each other at Prabhash
Tiirtha and the Jadu dynasty was destroyed.” (PNS-15, p. 62)

Baba’s discourse continues:

Baba says, “People who follow a path which is devoid of ideology are bound
to meet the same fate. Eventually they will destroy themselves by their
infighting… Consequently different groups are formed. We see this
situation today.” (PNS-15, p.62)

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We should contemplate how this below teaching is related with the present
situation of our AMPS:

Taraka Brahma BABA says, “For example, in France no government has had the
opportunity to stabilize itself for a long time since the French
Revolution. That is why, in post-Revolution France, although regal
authority and governmental browbeating over the people have finished, the
greatest harm has been caused by the lack of a rigid social structure. In
the world-famous republic of the United States of America, there is a
flagrant lack of social system and discipline, although there is no dearth
of education nor is there any lack of the predisposition to social service
and unity amongst the general people. In the absence of any authoritative
check by the state or any group over people who lack spirituality or
spiritual ideal, it is quite unlikely that they will care much about
discipline.” (HS-2, ’87 edn, p. 21)

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To: AM-GLOBAL 
From: “Phoenix Chapman” 
Date: Thu 26 Aug 2010 22:34:08 -0700
Subject: Inner Secret of US Democracy

Baba

== INNER SECRET OF US DEMOCRACY ==

Namaskar,
As early as the 1950’s, Baba put forth the ideas of Prout and issued grave warnings about the dangers of capitalism. Now, more than 50 years later in this 21st century, look at what is going on within the capitalist framework. All that Baba told decades ago is now coming true in corporate America: The US democracy is run by big business.

This posting contains two parts:
1) A few paragraphs from Baba’s teachings about the vaeshyan mentality which detail how the capitalists purchase control of and mercilessly exploit the society;
2) An excellent investigative article of the mega-billionaire, libertarian Boch brothers, Charles and David, who have their reach deep into US politics in an effort to wipe out nearly all government controls so big business can run wild.

BABA’S WARNINGS ON VAESHYAN ERA

(The following are the final series of paragraphs of Baba’s discourse, “The Vipra Age”.)


The predominance of dishonest people over honest is far greater in the Vaeshya Age even than it was in the Vipra Age. The vaeshyas use most of their capital and privileged status to deprive others of the wealth they earn through their hard labour. (Here “labour” certainly includes intellectual labour.) Just as the vipras use their intellects to stupefy and manipulate the kśatriyas’ vitality, the vaeshyas still more ruthlessly turn the vipras, as well as everybody else, into beasts of burden. When the Vaeshya Age begins after the Vipra Age, and the vipras and kśatriyas helplessly sell themselves to the vaeshyas, the vipras and kśatriyas clearly understand that they are sold. They are like chickens that have just been sold to the hungry chicken-fancier.

Only the shúdras fail to realize that they are sold. Although the vipras and kśatriyas know what is happening, they nevertheless accept the dominance of the vaeshyas due to selfishness, infighting and a lack of economic knowledge. The vaeshyas are fully aware of the disunity and other weaknesses of the vipras and kśatriyas, and they use this knowledge to perpetuate their hold on power; they use their financial power to incite one group against another. The kśatriyas, out of obligation to the vaeshyas, lose their lives in needless battles and fracases of different kinds; while the vipras, similarly fed and sheltered by the vaeshyas, keep such factional conflicts permanently alive by creating various types of sentiment such as casteism, communalism, provincialism and nationalism, and by composing the necessary scriptures to accomplish this.

It should be clearly understood that the vaeshyas encourage all isms that divide people. Casteism, communalism, provincialism and nationalism are supported mainly by the money of the vaeshyas. They finance such isms to keep people divided so that they cannot unite and protest against their exploitation.

The funny thing is that the vaeshyas purchase the vital energy of the kśatriyas and the intellectual skills of the vipras with money and use that energy and those skills to perpetuate their hold on power and turn the kśatriyas and vipras into long-term slaves. The vaeshyas’ financial power carries more weight than the power of speech and intellectual power of the vipras, not to mention the physical power of the kśatriyas; therefore the vaeshyas have no trouble buying the vipras’ brains and the kśatriyas’ brawn with their money.

Among those who possess knowledge, intellect, great courage or physical strength, there is hardly anyone who has the courage, or sometimes even the intelligence, needed to take the financial risks necessary to earn money. The vaeshyas understand this weakness of the vipras and the kśatriyas. They lull their discrimination to sleep by praising the kśatriyas’ valour and the vipras’ intellect. Then afterwards they can easily buy them off. In a vaeshya state, poets, scientists, [[authors]] and great heroes are awarded prizes, medals and titles for this very reason. By participating in all this, the vipras and the kśatriyas surrender all their endowments at the feet of the vaeshyas for a little money or some name and fame; and at the same time feel they are fortunate. They fail to realize that they are digging their own graves.

(Human Society, The Vipra Age)

 

Covert Operations

The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama.

by Jane Mayer

On May 17th, a black-tie audience at the Metropolitan Opera House applauded as a tall, jovial-looking billionaire took the stage. It was the seventieth annual spring gala of American Ballet Theatre, and David H. Koch was being celebrated for his generosity as a member of the board of trustees; he had recently donated $2.5 million toward the company’s upcoming season, and had given many millions before that. Koch received an award while flanked by two of the gala’s co-chairs, Blaine Trump, in a peach-colored gown, and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, in emerald green. Kennedy’s mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, had been a patron of the ballet and, coincidentally, the previous owner of a Fifth Avenue apartment that Koch had bought, in 1995, and then sold, eleven years later, for thirty-two million dollars, having found it too small.

The gala marked the social ascent of Koch, who, at the age of seventy, has become one of the city’s most prominent philanthropists. In 2008, he donated a hundred million dollars to modernize Lincoln Center’s New York State Theatre building, which now bears his name. He has given twenty million to the American Museum of Natural History, whose dinosaur wing is named for him. This spring, after noticing the decrepit state of the fountains outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Koch pledged at least ten million dollars for their renovation. He is a trustee of the museum, perhaps the most coveted social prize in the city, and serves on the board of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where, after he donated more than forty million dollars, an endowed chair and a research center were named for him.

One dignitary was conspicuously absent from the gala: the event’s third honorary co-chair, Michelle Obama. Her office said that a scheduling conflict had prevented her from attending. Yet had the First Lady shared the stage with Koch it might have created an awkward tableau. In Washington, Koch is best known as part of a family that has repeatedly funded stealth attacks on the federal government, and on the Obama Administration in particular.

With his brother Charles, who is seventy-four, David Koch owns virtually all of Koch Industries, a conglomerate, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, whose annual revenues are estimated to be a hundred billion dollars. The company has grown spectacularly since their father, Fred, died, in 1967, and the brothers took charge. The Kochs operate oil refineries in Alaska, Texas, and Minnesota, and control some four thousand miles of pipeline. Koch Industries owns Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster carpet, and Lycra, among other products. Forbes ranks it as the second-largest private company in the country, after Cargill, and its consistent profitability has made David and Charles Koch—who, years ago, bought out two other brothers—among the richest men in America. Their combined fortune of thirty-five billion dollars is exceeded only by those of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests. In a study released this spring, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air polluters in the United States. And Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a “kingpin of climate science denial.” The report showed that, from 2005 to 2008, the Kochs vastly outdid ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus.

In a statement, Koch Industries said that the Greenpeace report “distorts the environmental record of our companies.” And David Koch, in a recent, admiring article about him in New York, protested that the “radical press” had turned his family into “whipping boys,” and had exaggerated its influence on American politics. But Charles Lewis, the founder of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan watchdog group, said, “The Kochs are on a whole different level. There’s no one else who has spent this much money. The sheer dimension of it is what sets them apart. They have a pattern of lawbreaking, political manipulation, and obfuscation. I’ve been in Washington since Watergate, and I’ve never seen anything like it. They are the Standard Oil of our times.”

A few weeks after the Lincoln Center gala, the advocacy wing of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation—an organization that David Koch started, in 2004—held a different kind of gathering. Over the July 4th weekend, a summit called Texas Defending the American Dream took place in a chilly hotel ballroom in Austin. Though Koch freely promotes his philanthropic ventures, he did not attend the summit, and his name was not in evidence. And on this occasion the audience was roused not by a dance performance but by a series of speakers denouncing President Barack Obama. Peggy Venable, the organizer of the summit, warned that Administration officials “have a socialist vision for this country.”

Five hundred people attended the summit, which served, in part, as a training session for Tea Party activists in Texas. An advertisement cast the event as a populist uprising against vested corporate power. “Today, the voices of average Americans are being drowned out by lobbyists and special interests,” it said. “But you can do something about it.” The pitch made no mention of its corporate funders. The White House has expressed frustration that such sponsors have largely eluded public notice. David Axelrod, Obama’s senior adviser, said, “What they don’t say is that, in part, this is a grassroots citizens’ movement brought to you by a bunch of oil billionaires.”

In April, 2009, Melissa Cohlmia, a company spokesperson, denied that the Kochs had direct links to the Tea Party, saying that Americans for Prosperity is “an independent organization and Koch companies do not in any way direct their activities.” Later, she issued a statement: “No funding has been provided by Koch companies, the Koch foundations, or Charles Koch or David Koch specifically to support the tea parties.” David Koch told New York, “I’ve never been to a tea-party event. No one representing the tea party has ever even approached me.”

At the lectern in Austin, however, Venable—a longtime political operative who draws a salary from Americans for Prosperity, and who has worked for Koch-funded political groups since 1994—spoke less warily. “We love what the Tea Parties are doing, because that’s how we’re going to take back America!” she declared, as the crowd cheered. In a subsequent interview, she described herself as an early member of the movement, joking, “I was part of the Tea Party before it was cool!” She explained that the role of Americans for Prosperity was to help “educate” Tea Party activists on policy details, and to give them “next-step training” after their rallies, so that their political energy could be channelled “more effectively.” And she noted that Americans for Prosperity had provided Tea Party activists with lists of elected officials to target. She said of the Kochs, “They’re certainly our people. David’s the chairman of our board. I’ve certainly met with them, and I’m very appreciative of what they do.”

Venable honored several Tea Party “citizen leaders” at the summit. The Texas branch of Americans for Prosperity gave its Blogger of the Year Award to a young woman named Sibyl West. On June 14th, West, writing on her site, described Obama as the “cokehead in chief.” In an online thread, West speculated that the President was exhibiting symptoms of “demonic possession (aka schizophrenia, etc.).” The summit featured several paid speakers, including Janine Turner, the actress best known for her role on the television series “Northern Exposure.” She declared, “They don’t want our children to know about their rights. They don’t want our children to know about a God!”

During a catered lunch, Venable introduced Ted Cruz, a former solicitor general of Texas, who told the crowd that Obama was “the most radical President ever to occupy the Oval Office,” and had hidden from voters a secret agenda—“the government taking over our economy and our lives.” Countering Obama, Cruz proclaimed, was “the epic fight of our generation!” As the crowd rose to its feet and cheered, he quoted the defiant words of a Texan at the Alamo: “Victory, or death!”

Americans for Prosperity has worked closely with the Tea Party since the movement’s inception. In the weeks before the first Tax Day protests, in April, 2009, Americans for Prosperity hosted a Web site offering supporters “Tea Party Talking Points.” The Arizona branch urged people to send tea bags to Obama; the Missouri branch urged members to sign up for “Taxpayer Tea Party Registration” and provided directions to nine protests. The group continues to stoke the rebellion. The North Carolina branch recently launched a “Tea Party Finder” Web site, advertised as “a hub for all the Tea Parties in North Carolina.”

The anti-government fervor infusing the 2010 elections represents a political triumph for the Kochs. By giving money to “educate,” fund, and organize Tea Party protesters, they have helped turn their private agenda into a mass movement. Bruce Bartlett, a conservative economist and a historian, who once worked at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas-based think tank that the Kochs fund, said, “The problem with the whole libertarian movement is that it’s been all chiefs and no Indians. There haven’t been any actual people, like voters, who give a crap about it. So the problem for the Kochs has been trying to create a movement.” With the emergence of the Tea Party, he said, “everyone suddenly sees that for the first time there are Indians out there—people who can provide real ideological power.” The Kochs, he said, are “trying to shape and control and channel the populist uprising into their own policies.”

A Republican campaign consultant who has done research on behalf of Charles and David Koch said of the Tea Party, “The Koch brothers gave the money that founded it. It’s like they put the seeds in the ground. Then the rainstorm comes, and the frogs come out of the mud—and they’re our candidates!”

The Kochs and their political operatives declined requests for interviews. Instead, a prominent New York public-relations executive who is close with the Kochs put forward two friends: George Pataki, the former governor of New York, and Mortimer Zuckerman, the publisher and real-estate magnate. Pataki, a Republican who received campaign donations from David Koch, called him “a patriot who cares deeply about his country.” Zuckerman praised David’s “gentle decency” and the “range of his public interests.”

The Republican campaign consultant said of the family’s political activities, “To call them under the radar is an understatement. They are underground!” Another former Koch adviser said, “They’re smart. This right-wing, redneck stuff works for them. They see this as a way to get things done without getting dirty themselves.” Rob Stein, a Democratic political strategist who has studied the conservative movement’s finances, said that the Kochs are “at the epicenter of the anti-Obama movement. But it’s not just about Obama. They would have done the same to Hillary Clinton. They did the same with Bill Clinton. They are out to destroy progressivism.”

Oddly enough, the fiercely capitalist Koch family owes part of its fortune to Joseph Stalin. Fred Koch was the son of a Dutch printer who settled in Texas and ran a weekly newspaper. Fred attended M.I.T., where he earned a degree in chemical engineering. In 1927, he invented a more efficient process for converting oil into gasoline, but, according to family lore, America’s major oil companies regarded him as a threat and shut him out of the industry. Unable to succeed at home, Koch found work in the Soviet Union. In the nineteen-thirties, his company trained Bolshevik engineers and helped Stalin’s regime set up fifteen modern oil refineries. Over time, however, Stalin brutally purged several of Koch’s Soviet colleagues. Koch was deeply affected by the experience, and regretted his collaboration. He returned to the U.S. In the headquarters of his company, Rock Island Oil & Refining, in Wichita, he kept photographs aimed at proving that some of those Soviet refineries had been destroyed in the Second World War. Gus diZerega, a former friend of Charles Koch, recalled, “As the Soviets became a stronger military power, Fred felt a certain amount of guilt at having helped build them up. I think it bothered him a lot.”

In 1958, Fred Koch became one of the original members of the John Birch Society, the arch-conservative group known, in part, for a highly skeptical view of governance and for spreading fears of a Communist takeover. Members considered President Dwight D. Eisenhower to be a Communist agent. In a self-published broadside, Koch claimed that “the Communists have infiltrated both the Democrat and Republican Parties.” He wrote admiringly of Benito Mussolini’s suppression of Communists in Italy, and disparagingly of the American civil-rights movement. “The colored man looms large in the Communist plan to take over America,” he warned. Welfare was a secret plot to attract rural blacks to cities, where they would foment “a vicious race war.” In a 1963 speech that prefigures the Tea Party’s talk of a secret socialist plot, Koch predicted that Communists would “infiltrate the highest offices of government in the U.S. until the President is a Communist, unknown to the rest of us.”

Koch married Mary Robinson, the daughter of a Missouri physician, and they had four sons: Freddie, Charles, and twins, David and William. John Damgard, the president of the Futures Industry Association, was David’s schoolmate and friend. He recalled that Fred Koch was “a real John Wayne type.” Koch emphasized rugged pursuits, taking his sons big-game hunting in Africa, and requiring them to do farm labor at the family ranch. The Kochs lived in a stone mansion on a large compound across from Wichita’s country club; in the summer, the boys could hear their friends splashing in the pool, but they were not allowed to join them. “By instilling a work ethic in me at an early age, my father did me a big favor, although it didn’t seem like a favor back then,” Charles has written. “By the time I was eight, he made sure work occupied most of my spare time.” David Koch recalled that his father also indoctrinated the boys politically. “He was constantly speaking to us children about what was wrong with government,” he told Brian Doherty, an editor of the libertarian magazine Reason, and the author of “Radicals for Capitalism,” a 2007 history of the libertarian movement. “It’s something I grew up with—a fundamental point of view that big government was bad, and imposition of government controls on our lives and economic fortunes was not good.”

David attended Deerfield Academy, in Massachusetts, and Charles was sent to military school. Charles, David, and William all earned engineering degrees at their father’s alma mater, M.I.T., and later joined the family company. Charles eventually assumed control, with David as his deputy; William’s career at the company was less successful. Freddie went to Harvard and studied playwriting at the Yale School of Drama. His father reportedly disapproved of him, and punished him financially. (Freddie, through a spokesperson, denied this.)

In 1967, after Fred Koch died, of a heart attack, Charles renamed the business Koch Industries, in honor of his father. Fred Koch’s will made his sons extraordinarily wealthy. David Koch joked about his good fortune in a 2003 speech to alumni at Deerfield, where, after pledging twenty-five million dollars, he was made the school’s sole “lifetime trustee.” He said, “You might ask: How does David Koch happen to have the wealth to be so generous? Well, let me tell you a story. It all started when I was a little boy. One day, my father gave me an apple. I soon sold it for five dollars and bought two apples and sold them for ten. Then I bought four apples and sold them for twenty. Well, this went on day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, until my father died and left me three hundred million dollars!”

David and Charles had absorbed their father’s conservative politics, but they did not share all his views, according to diZerega, who befriended Charles in the mid-sixties, after meeting him while browsing in a John Birch Society bookstore in Wichita. Charles eventually invited him to the Kochs’ mansion, to participate in an informal political-discussion group. “It was pretty clear that Charles thought some of the Birch Society was bullshit,” diZerega recalled.

DiZerega, who has lost touch with Charles, eventually abandoned right-wing views, and became a political-science professor. He credits Charles with opening his mind to political philosophy, which set him on the path to academia; Charles is one of three people to whom he dedicated his first book. But diZerega believes that the Koch brothers have followed a wayward intellectual trajectory, transferring their father’s paranoia about Soviet Communism to a distrust of the U.S. government, and seeing its expansion, beginning with the New Deal, as a tyrannical threat to freedom. In an essay, posted on Beliefnet, diZerega writes, “As state socialism failed . . . the target for many within these organizations shifted to any kind of regulation at all. ‘Socialism’ kept being defined downwards.”

Members of the John Birch Society developed an interest in a school of Austrian economists who promoted free-market ideals. Charles and David Koch were particularly influenced by the work of Friedrich von Hayek, the author of “The Road to Serfdom” (1944), which argued that centralized government planning led, inexorably, to totalitarianism. Hayek’s belief in unfettered capitalism has proved inspirational to many conservatives, and to anti-Soviet dissidents; lately, Tea Party supporters have championed his work. In June, the talk-radio host Glenn Beck, who has supported the Tea Party rebellion, promoted “The Road to Serfdom” on his show; the paperback soon became a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon. (Beck appears to be a fan of the Kochs; in the midst of a recent on-air parody of Al Gore, Beck said, without explanation, “I want to thank Charles Koch for this information.” Beck declined to elaborate on the relationship.)

Charles and David also became devotees of a more radical thinker, Robert LeFevre, who favored the abolition of the state but didn’t like the label “anarchist”; he called himself an “autarchist.” LeFevre liked to say that “government is a disease masquerading as its own cure.” In 1956, he opened an institution called the Freedom School, in Colorado Springs. Brian Doherty, of Reason, told me that “LeFevre was an anarchist figure who won Charles’s heart,” and that the school was “a tiny world of people who thought the New Deal was a horrible mistake.” According to diZerega, Charles supported the school financially, and even gave him money to take classes there.

Throughout the seventies, Charles and David continued to build Koch Industries. In 1980, William, with assistance from Freddie, attempted to take over the company from Charles, who, they felt, had assumed autocratic control. In retaliation, the company’s board, which answered to Charles, fired William. (“Charles runs it all with an iron hand,” Bruce Bartlett, the economist, told me.) Lawsuits were filed, with William and Freddie on one side and Charles and David on the other. In 1983, Charles and David bought out their brothers’ share in the company for nearly a billion dollars. But the antagonism remained, and litigation continued for seventeen more years, with the brothers hiring rival private investigators; in 1990, they walked past one another with stony expressions at their mother’s funeral. Eventually, Freddie moved to Monaco, which has no income tax. He bought historic estates in France, Austria, and elsewhere, filling them with art, antiques, opera scores, and literary manuscripts. William founded his own energy company, Oxbow, and turned to yachting; he spent an estimated sixty-five million dollars to win the America’s Cup, in 1992.

With Charles as the undisputed chairman and C.E.O., Koch Industries expanded rapidly. Roger Altman, who heads the investment-banking firm Evercore, told me that the company’s performance has been “beyond phenomenal.” Charles remained in Wichita, with his wife and two children, guarding his privacy while supporting community charities. David moved to New York City, where he is an executive vice-president of the company and the C.E.O. of its Chemical Technology Group. A financial expert who knows Koch Industries well told me, “Charles is the company. Charles runs it.” David, described by associates as “affable” and “a bit of a lunk,” enjoyed for years the life of a wealthy bachelor. He rented a yacht in the South of France and bought a waterfront home in Southampton, where he threw parties that the Web site New York Social Diary likened to an “East Coast version of Hugh Hefner’s soirées.” In 1996, he married Julia Flesher, a fashion assistant. They live in a nine-thousand-square-foot duplex at 740 Park Avenue, with their three children. Though David’s manner is more cosmopolitan, and more genial, than that of Charles, Brian Doherty, who has interviewed both brothers, couldn’t think of a single issue on which the brothers disagreed.

As their fortunes grew, Charles and David Koch became the primary underwriters of hard-line libertarian politics in America. Charles’s goal, as Doherty described it, was to tear the government “out at the root.” The brothers’ first major public step came in 1979, when Charles persuaded David, then thirty-nine, to run for public office. They had become supporters of the Libertarian Party, and were backing its Presidential candidate, Ed Clark, who was running against Ronald Reagan from the right. Frustrated by the legal limits on campaign donations, they contrived to place David on the ticket, in the Vice-Presidential slot; upon becoming a candidate, he could lavish as much of his personal fortune as he wished on the campaign. The ticket’s slogan was “The Libertarian Party has only one source of funds: You.” In fact, its primary source of funds was David Koch, who spent more than two million dollars on the effort.

Many of the ideas propounded in the 1980 campaign presaged the Tea Party movement. Ed Clark told The Nationthat libertarians were getting ready to stage “a very big tea party,” because people were “sick to death” of taxes. The Libertarian Party platform called for the abolition of the F.B.I. and the C.I.A., as well as of federal regulatory agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Energy. The Party wanted to end Social Security, minimum-wage laws, gun control, and all personal and corporate income taxes; it proposed the legalization of prostitution, recreational drugs, and suicide. Government should be reduced to only one function: the protection of individual rights. William F. Buckley, Jr., a more traditional conservative, called the movement “Anarcho-Totalitarianism.”

That November, the Libertarian ticket received only one per cent of the vote. The brothers realized that their brand of politics didn’t sell at the ballot box. Charles Koch became openly scornful of conventional politics. “It tends to be a nasty, corrupting business,” he told a reporter at the time. “I’m interested in advancing libertarian ideas.” According to Doherty’s book, the Kochs came to regard elected politicians as merely “actors playing out a script.” A longtime confidant of the Kochs told Doherty that the brothers wanted to “supply the themes and words for the scripts.” In order to alter the direction of America, they had to “influence the areas where policy ideas percolate from: academia and think tanks.”

After the 1980 election, Charles and David Koch receded from the public arena. But they poured more than a hundred million dollars into dozens of seemingly independent organizations. Tax records indicate that in 2008 the three main Koch family foundations gave money to thirty-four political and policy organizations, three of which they founded, and several of which they direct. The Kochs and their company have given additional millions to political campaigns, advocacy groups, and lobbyists. The family’s subterranean financial role has fuelled suspicion on the left; Lee Fang, of the liberal blog ThinkProgress, has called the Kochs “the billionaires behind the hate.”

Only the Kochs know precisely how much they have spent on politics. Public tax records show that between 1998 and 2008 the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation spent more than forty-eight million dollars. The Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation, which is controlled by Charles Koch and his wife, along with two company employees and an accountant, spent more than twenty-eight million. The David H. Koch Charitable Foundation spent more than a hundred and twenty million. Meanwhile, since 1998 Koch Industries has spent more than fifty million dollars on lobbying. Separately, the company’s political-action committee, KochPAC, has donated some eight million dollars to political campaigns, more than eighty per cent of it to Republicans. So far in 2010, Koch Industries leads all other energy companies in political contributions, as it has since 2006. In addition, during the past dozen years the Kochs and other family members have personally spent more than two million dollars on political contributions. In the second quarter of 2010, David Koch was the biggest individual contributor to the Republican Governors Association, with a million-dollar donation. Other gifts by the Kochs may be untraceable; federal tax law permits anonymous personal donations to politically active nonprofit groups.

In recent decades, members of several industrial dynasties have spent parts of their fortunes on a conservative agenda. In the nineteen-eighties, the Olin family, which owns a chemicals-and-manufacturing conglomerate, became known for funding right-leaning thinking in academia, particularly in law schools. And during the nineties Richard Mellon Scaife, a descendant of Andrew Mellon, spent millions attempting to discredit President Bill Clinton. Ari Rabin-Havt, a vice-president at the Democratic-leaning Web site Media Matters, said that the Kochs’ effort is unusual, in its marshalling of corporate and personal funds: “Their role, in terms of financial commitments, is staggering.”

Of course, Democrats give money, too. Their most prominent donor, the financier George Soros, runs a foundation, the Open Society Institute, that has spent as much as a hundred million dollars a year in America. Soros has also made generous private contributions to various Democratic campaigns, including Obama’s. But Michael Vachon, his spokesman, argued that Soros’s giving is transparent, and that “none of his contributions are in the service of his own economic interests.” The Kochs have given millions of dollars to nonprofit groups that criticize environmental regulation and support lower taxes for industry. Gus diZerega, the former friend, suggested that the Kochs’ youthful idealism about libertarianism had largely devolved into a rationale for corporate self-interest. He said of Charles, “Perhaps he has confused making money with freedom.”

Some critics have suggested that the Kochs’ approach has subverted the purpose of tax-exempt giving. By law, charitable foundations must conduct exclusively nonpartisan activities that promote the public welfare. A 2004 report by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, a watchdog group, described the Kochs’ foundations as being self-serving, concluding, “These foundations give money to nonprofit organizations that do research and advocacy on issues that impact the profit margin of Koch Industries.”

The Kochs have gone well beyond their immediate self-interest, however, funding organizations that aim to push the country in a libertarian direction. Among the institutions that they have subsidized are the Institute for Justice, which files lawsuits opposing state and federal regulations; the Institute for Humane Studies, which underwrites libertarian academics; and the Bill of Rights Institute, which promotes a conservative slant on the Constitution. Many of the organizations funded by the Kochs employ specialists who write position papers that are subsequently quoted by politicians and pundits. David Koch has acknowledged that the family exerts tight ideological control. “If we’re going to give a lot of money, we’ll make darn sure they spend it in a way that goes along with our intent,” he told Doherty. “And if they make a wrong turn and start doing things we don’t agree with, we withdraw funding.”

The Kochs’ subsidization of a pro-corporate movement fulfills, in many ways, the vision laid out in a secret 1971 memo that Lewis Powell, then a Virginia attorney, wrote two months before he was nominated to the Supreme Court. The antiwar movement had turned its anger on defense contractors, such as Dow Chemical, and Ralph Nader was leading a public-interest crusade against corporations. Powell, writing a report for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, urged American companies to fight back. The greatest threat to free enterprise, he warned, was not Communism or the New Left but, rather, “respectable elements of society”—intellectuals, journalists, and scientists. To defeat them, he wrote, business leaders needed to wage a long-term, unified campaign to change public opinion.

Charles Koch seems to have approached both business and politics with the deliberation of an engineer. “To bring about social change,” he told Doherty, requires “a strategy” that is “vertically and horizontally integrated,” spanning “from idea creation to policy development to education to grassroots organizations to lobbying to litigation to political action.” The project, he admitted, was extremely ambitious. “We have a radical philosophy,” he said.

In 1977, the Kochs provided the funds to launch the nation’s first libertarian think tank, the Cato Institute. According to the Center for Public Integrity, between 1986 and 1993 the Koch family gave eleven million dollars to the institute. Today, Cato has more than a hundred full-time employees, and its experts and policy papers are widely quoted and respected by the mainstream media. It describes itself as nonpartisan, and its scholars have at times been critical of both parties. But it has consistently pushed for corporate tax cuts, reductions in social services, and laissez-faire environmental policies.

When President Obama, in a 2008 speech, described the science on global warming as “beyond dispute,” the Cato Institute took out a full-page ad in the Times to contradict him. Cato’s resident scholars have relentlessly criticized political attempts to stop global warming as expensive, ineffective, and unnecessary. Ed Crane, the Cato Institute’s founder and president, told me that “global-warming theories give the government more control of the economy.”

Cato scholars have been particularly energetic in promoting the Climategate scandal. Last year, private e-mails of climate scientists at the University of East Anglia, in England, were mysteriously leaked, and their exchanges appeared to suggest a willingness to falsify data in order to buttress the idea that global warming is real. In the two weeks after the e-mails went public, one Cato scholar gave more than twenty media interviews trumpeting the alleged scandal. But five independent inquiries have since exonerated the researchers, and nothing was found in their e-mails or data to discredit the scientific consensus on global warming.

Nevertheless, the controversy succeeded in spreading skepticism about climate change. Even though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently issued a report concluding that the evidence for global warming is unequivocal, more Americans are convinced than at any time since 1997 that scientists have exaggerated the seriousness of global warming. The Kochs promote this statistic on their company’s Web site but do not mention the role that their funding has played in fostering such doubt.

In a 2002 memo, the Republican political consultant Frank Luntz wrote that so long as “voters believe there is no consensus about global warming within the scientific community” the status quo would prevail. The key for opponents of environmental reform, he said, was to question the science—a public-relations strategy that the tobacco industry used effectively for years to forestall regulation. The Kochs have funded many sources of environmental skepticism, such as the Heritage Foundation, which has argued that “scientific facts gathered in the past 10 years do not support the notion of catastrophic human-made warming.” The brothers have given money to more obscure groups, too, such as the Independent Women’s Forum, which opposes the presentation of global warming as a scientific fact in American public schools. Until 2008, the group was run by Nancy Pfotenhauer, a former lobbyist for Koch Industries. Mary Beth Jarvis, a vice-president of a Koch subsidiary, is on the group’s board.

Naomi Oreskes, a professor of history and science studies at the University of California, San Diego, is the co-author of “Merchants of Doubt,” a new book that chronicles various attempts by American industry to manipulate public opinion on science. She noted that the Kochs, as the heads of “a company with refineries and pipelines,” have “a lot at stake.” She added, “If the answer is to phase out fossil fuels, a different group of people are going to be making money, so we shouldn’t be surprised that they’re fighting tooth and nail.”

David Koch told New York that he was unconvinced that global warming has been caused by human activity. Even if it has been, he said, the heating of the planet will be beneficial, resulting in longer growing seasons in the Northern Hemisphere. “The Earth will be able to support enormously more people because far greater land area will be available to produce food,” he said.

In the mid-eighties, the Kochs provided millions of dollars to George Mason University, in Arlington, Virginia, to set up another think tank. Now known as the Mercatus Center, it promotes itself as “the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems.” Financial records show that the Koch family foundations have contributed more than thirty million dollars to George Mason, much of which has gone to the Mercatus Center, a nonprofit organization. “It’s ground zero for deregulation policy in Washington,” Rob Stein, the Democratic strategist, said. It is an unusual arrangement. “George Mason is a public university, and receives public funds,” Stein noted. “Virginia is hosting an institution that the Kochs practically control.”

The founder of the Mercatus Center is Richard Fink, formerly an economist. Fink heads Koch Industries’ lobbying operation in Washington. In addition, he is the president of the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, the president of the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation, a director of the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation, and a director and co-founder, with David Koch, of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

Fink, with his many titles, has become the central nervous system of the Kochtopus. He appears to have supplanted Ed Crane, the head of the Cato Institute, as the brothers’ main political lieutenant. Though David remains on the board at Cato, Charles Koch has fallen out with Crane. Associates suggested to me that Crane had been insufficiently respectful of Charles’s management philosophy, which he distilled into a book called “The Science of Success,” and trademarked under the name Market-Based Management, or M.B.M. In the book, Charles recommends instilling a company’s corporate culture with the competitiveness of the marketplace. Koch describes M.B.M. as a “holistic system” containing “five dimensions: vision, virtue and talents, knowledge processes, decision rights and incentives.” A top Cato Institute official told me that Charles “thinks he’s a genius. He’s the emperor, and he’s convinced he’s wearing clothes.” Fink, by contrast, has been far more embracing of Charles’s ideas. (Fink, like the Kochs, declined to be interviewed.)

At a 1995 conference for philanthropists, Fink adopted the language of economics when speaking about the Mercatus Center’s purpose. He said that grant-makers should use think tanks and political-action groups to convert intellectual raw materials into policy “products.”

The Wall Street Journal has called the Mercatus Center “the most important think tank you’ve never heard of,” and noted that fourteen of the twenty-three regulations that President George W. Bush placed on a “hit list” had been suggested first by Mercatus scholars. Fink told the paper that the Kochs have “other means of fighting [their] battles,” and that the Mercatus Center does not actively promote the company’s private interests. But Thomas McGarity, a law professor at the University of Texas, who specializes in environmental issues, told me that “Koch has been constantly in trouble with the E.P.A., and Mercatus has constantly hammered on the agency.” An environmental lawyer who has clashed with the Mercatus Center called it “a means of laundering economic aims.” The lawyer explained the strategy: “You take corporate money and give it to a neutral-sounding think tank,” which “hires people with pedigrees and academic degrees who put out credible-seeming studies. But they all coincide perfectly with the economic interests of their funders.”

In 1997, for instance, the E.P.A. moved to reduce surface ozone, a form of pollution caused, in part, by emissions from oil refineries. Susan Dudley, an economist who became a top official at the Mercatus Center, criticized the proposed rule. The E.P.A., she argued, had not taken into account that smog-free skies would result in more cases of skin cancer. She projected that if pollution were controlled it would cause up to eleven thousand additional cases of skin cancer each year.

In 1999, the District of Columbia Circuit Court took up Dudley’s smog argument. Evaluating the E.P.A. rule, the court found that the E.P.A. had “explicitly disregarded” the “possible health benefits of ozone.” In another part of the opinion, the court ruled, 2-1, that the E.P.A. had overstepped its authority in calibrating standards for ozone emissions. As the Constitutional Accountability Center, a think tank, revealed, the judges in the majority had previously attended legal junkets, on a Montana ranch, that were arranged by the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment—a group funded by Koch family foundations. The judges have claimed that the ruling was unaffected by their attendance.

“Ideas don’t happen on their own,” Matt Kibbe, the president of FreedomWorks, a Tea Party advocacy group, told me. “Throughout history, ideas need patrons.” The Koch brothers, after helping to create Cato and Mercatus, concluded that think tanks alone were not enough to effect change. They needed a mechanism to deliver those ideas to the street, and to attract the public’s support. In 1984, David Koch and Richard Fink created yet another organization, and Kibbe joined them. The group, Citizens for a Sound Economy, seemed like a grassroots movement, but according to the Center for Public Integrity it was sponsored principally by the Kochs, who provided $7.9 million between 1986 and 1993. Its mission, Kibbe said, “was to take these heavy ideas and translate them for mass America. . . . We read the same literature Obama did about nonviolent revolutions—Saul Alinsky, Gandhi, Martin Luther King. We studied the idea of the Boston Tea Party as an example of nonviolent social change. We learned we needed boots on the ground to sell ideas, not candidates.” Within a few years, the group had mobilized fifty paid field workers, in twenty-six states, to rally voters behind the Kochs’ agenda. David and Charles, according to one participant, were “very controlling, very top down. You can’t build an organization with them. They run it.”

Around this time, the brothers faced a political crisis. In 1989, the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs investigated their business and released a scathing report accusing Koch Oil of “a widespread and sophisticated scheme to steal crude oil from Indians and others through fraudulent mismeasuring.” The Kochs admitted that they had improperly taken thirty-one million dollars’ worth of crude oil, but said that it had been accidental. Charles Koch told committee investigators that oil measurement is “a very uncertain art.”

To defend its reputation, Koch Industries hired Robert Strauss, then a premier Washington lobbyist; the company soon opened an office in the city. A grand jury was convened to investigate the allegations, but it eventually disbanded, without issuing criminal charges. According to the Senate report, after the committee hearings Koch operatives delved into the personal lives of committee staffers, even questioning an ex-wife. Senate investigators were upset by the Kochs’ tactics. Kenneth Ballen, the counsel to the Senate committee, said, “These people have amassed such unaccountable power!”

By 1993, when Bill Clinton became President, Citizens for a Sound Economy had become a prototype for the kind of corporate-backed opposition campaigns that have proliferated during the Obama era. The group waged a successful assault on Clinton’s proposed B.T.U. tax on energy, for instance, running advertisements, staging media events, and targeting opponents. And it mobilized anti-tax rallies outside the Capitol—rallies that NPR described as “designed to strike fear into the hearts of wavering Democrats.” Dan Glickman, a former Democratic congressman from Wichita, who supported the B.T.U. tax, recalled, “I’d been in Congress eighteen years. The Kochs actually engaged against me and funded my opponent. They used a lot of resources and effort—their employees, too.” Glickman suffered a surprise defeat. “I can’t prove it, but I think I was probably their victim,” he said.

The Kochs continued to disperse their money, creating slippery organizations with generic-sounding names, and this made it difficult to ascertain the extent of their influence in Washington. In 1990, Citizens for a Sound Economy created a spinoff group, Citizens for the Environment, which called acid rain and other environmental problems “myths.” When the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette investigated the matter, it discovered that the spinoff group had “no citizen membership of its own.”

In 1997, another Senate investigation began looking into what a minority report called “an audacious plan to pour millions of dollars in contributions into Republican campaigns nationwide without disclosing the amount or source,” in order to evade campaign-finance laws. A shell corporation, Triad Management, had paid more than three million dollars for attack ads in twenty-six House races and three Senate races. More than half of the advertising money came from an obscure nonprofit group, the Economic Education Trust. The Senate committee’s minority report suggested that “the trust was financed in whole or in part by Charles and David Koch of Wichita, Kansas.” The brothers were suspected of having secretly paid for the attack ads, most of which aired in states where Koch Industries did business. In Kansas, where Triad Management was especially active, the funds may have played a decisive role in four of six federal races. The Kochs, when asked by reporters if they had given the money, refused to comment. In 1998, however, the Wall Street Journal confirmed that a consultant on the Kochs’ payroll had been involved in the scheme. Charles Lewis, of the Center for Public Integrity, described the scandal as “historic. Triad was the first time a major corporation used a cutout”—a front operation—“in a threatening way. Koch Industries was the poster child of a company run amok.”

During the Clinton Administration, the energy industry faced increased scrutiny and regulation. In the mid-nineties, the Justice Department filed two lawsuits against Koch Industries, claiming that it was responsible for more than three hundred oil spills, which had released an estimated three million gallons of oil into lakes and rivers. The penalty was potentially as high as two hundred and fourteen million dollars. In a settlement, Koch Industries paid a record thirty-million-dollar civil fine, and agreed to spend five million dollars on environmental projects.

In 1999, a jury found Koch Industries guilty of negligence and malice in the deaths of two Texas teen-agers in an explosion that resulted from a leaky underground butane pipeline. (In 2001, the company paid an undisclosed settlement.) And in the final months of the Clinton Presidency the Justice Department levelled a ninety-seven-count indictment against the company, for covering up the discharge of ninety-one tons of benzene, a carcinogen, from its refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas. The company was liable for three hundred and fifty million dollars in fines, and four Koch employees faced up to thirty-five years in prison. The Koch Petroleum Group eventually pleaded guilty to one criminal charge of covering up environmental violations, including the falsification of documents, and paid a twenty-million-dollar fine. David Uhlmann, a career prosecutor who, at the time, headed the environmental-crimes section at the Justice Department, described the suit as “one of the most significant cases ever brought under the Clean Air Act.” He added, “Environmental crimes are almost always motivated by economics and arrogance, and in the Koch case there was a healthy dose of both.”

During the 2000 election campaign, Koch Industries spent some nine hundred thousand dollars to support the candidacies of George W. Bush and other Republicans. During the Bush years, Koch Industries and other fossil-fuel companies enjoyed remarkable prosperity. The 2005 energy bill, which Hillary Clinton dubbed the Dick Cheney Lobbyist Energy Bill, offered enormous subsidies and tax breaks for energy companies. The Kochs have cast themselves as deficit hawks, but, according to a study by Media Matters, their companies have benefitted from nearly a hundred million dollars in government contracts since 2000.

In 2004, Citizens for a Sound Economy was accused of illegitimately throwing its weight behind Bush’s reëlection. The group’s Oregon branch had attempted to get Ralph Nader on the Presidential ballot, in order to dilute Democratic support for John Kerry. Critics argued that it was illegal for a tax-exempt nonprofit organization to donate its services for partisan political purposes. (A complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission; it was dismissed.)

That year, internal rivalries at Citizens for a Sound Economy caused the organization to split apart. David Koch and Fink started a new group, Americans for Prosperity, and they hired Tim Phillips to run it. Phillips was a political veteran who had worked with Ralph Reed, the evangelical leader and Republican activist, co-founding Century Strategies, a campaign-consulting company that became notorious for its ties to the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Phillips’s online biography describes him as an expert in “grasstops” and “grassroots” political organizing. The Kochs’ choice of Phillips signalled an even greater toughness. The conservative operative Grover Norquist, who is known for praising “throat slitters” in politics, called Phillips “a grownup who can make things happen.”

Last year, Phillips told the Financial Times that Americans for Prosperity had only eight thousand registered members. Currently, its Web site claims that the group has “1.2 million activists.” Whatever its size, the Kochs’ political involvement has been intense; a former employee of the Cato Institute told me that Americans for Prosperity “was micromanaged by the Kochs.” And the brothers’ investment may well have paid off: Americans for Prosperity, in concert with the family’s other organizations, has been instrumental in disrupting the Obama Presidency.

In January, 2008, Charles Koch wrote in his company newsletter that America could be on the verge of “the greatest loss of liberty and prosperity since the 1930s.” That October, Americans for Prosperity held a conference of conservative operatives at a Marriott hotel outside Washington. Erick Erickson, the editor-in-chief of the conservative blog RedState.com, took the lectern, thanked David Koch, and vowed to “unite and fight . . . the armies of the left!” Soon after Obama assumed office, Americans for Prosperity launched “Porkulus” rallies against Obama’s stimulus-spending measures. Then the Mercatus Center released a report claiming that stimulus funds had been directed disproportionately toward Democratic districts; eventually, the author was forced to correct the report, but not before Rush Limbaugh, citing the paper, had labelled Obama’s program “a slush fund,” and Fox News and other conservative outlets had echoed the sentiment. (Phil Kerpen, the vice-president for policy at Americans for Prosperity, is a contributor to the Fox News Web site. Another officer at Americans for Prosperity, Walter Williams, often guest-hosts for Limbaugh.)

Americans for Prosperity also created an offshoot, Patients United Now, which organized what Phillips has estimated to be more than three hundred rallies against health-care reform. At one rally, an effigy of a Democratic congressman was hung; at another, protesters unfurled a banner depicting corpses from Dachau. The group also helped organize the “Kill the Bill” protests outside the Capitol, in March, where Democratic supporters of health-care reform alleged that they were spat on and cursed at. Phillips was a featured speaker.

Americans for Prosperity has held at least eighty events targeting cap-and-trade legislation, which is aimed at making industries pay for the air pollution that they create. Speakers for the group claimed, with exaggeration, that even back-yard barbecues and kitchen stoves would be taxed. The group was also involved in the attacks on Obama’s “green jobs” czar, Van Jones, and waged a crusade against international climate talks. Casting his group as a champion of ordinary workers who would be hurt by environmentalists, Phillips went to Copenhagen last year and staged a protest outside the United Nations conference on climate change, declaring, “We’re a grassroots organization. . . . I think it’s unfortunate when wealthy children of wealthy families . . . want to send unemployment rates in the United States up to twenty per cent.”

Grover Norquist, who holds a weekly meeting for conservative leaders in Washington, including representatives from Americans for Prosperity, told me that last summer’s raucous rallies were pivotal in undermining Obama’s agenda. The Republican leadership in Congress, he said, “couldn’t have done it without August, when people went out on the streets. It discouraged deal-makers”—Republicans who might otherwise have worked constructively with Obama. Moreover, the appearance of growing public opposition to Obama affected corporate donors on K Street. “K Street is a three-billion-dollar weathervane,” Norquist said. “When Obama was strong, the Chamber of Commerce said, ‘We can work with the Obama Administration.’ But that changed when thousands of people went into the street and ‘terrorized’ congressmen. August is what changed it. Now that Obama is weak, people are getting tough.”

As the first anniversary of Obama’s election approached, David Koch came to the Washington area to attend a triumphant Americans for Prosperity gathering. Obama’s poll numbers were falling fast. Not a single Republican senator was working with the Administration on health care, or much else. Pundits were writing about Obama’s political ineptitude, and Tea Party groups were accusing the President of initiating “a government takeover.” In a speech, Koch said, “Days like today bring to reality the vision of our board of directors when we started this organization, five years ago.” He went on, “We envisioned a mass movement, a state-based one, but national in scope, of hundreds of thousands of American citizens from all walks of life standing up and fighting for the economic freedoms that made our nation the most prosperous society in history. . . . Thankfully, the stirrings from California to Virginia, and from Texas to Michigan, show that more and more of our fellow-citizens are beginning to see the same truths as we do.”

While Koch didn’t explicitly embrace the Tea Party movement that day, more recently he has come close to doing so, praising it for demonstrating the “powerful visceral hostility in the body politic against the massive increase in government power, the massive efforts to socialize this country.” Charles Koch, in a newsletter sent to his seventy thousand employees, compared the Obama Administration to the regime of the Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez. The Kochs’ sense of imperilment is somewhat puzzling. Income inequality in America is greater than it has been since the nineteen-twenties, and since the seventies the tax rates of the wealthiest have fallen more than those of the middle class. Yet the brothers’ message has evidently resonated with voters: a recent poll found that fifty-five per cent of Americans agreed that Obama is a socialist.

Americans for Prosperity, meanwhile, has announced that it will spend an additional forty-five million dollars before the midterm elections, in November. Although the group is legally prohibited from directly endorsing candidates, it nonetheless plans to target some fifty House races and half a dozen Senate races, staging rallies, organizing door-to-door canvassing, and running ads aimed at “educating voters about where candidates stand.”

Though the Kochs have slowed Obama’s momentum, their larger political battle is far from won. Richard Fink, interviewed by FrumForum.com this spring, said, “If you look at where we’ve gone from the year 2000 to now, with the expansion of government spending and a debt burden that threatens to bankrupt the country, it doesn’t look very good at all.” He went on, “It looks like the infrastructure that was built and nurtured has not carried the day.” He suggested that the Kochs needed “to get more into the practical, day-to-day issues of governing.”

In 1991, David Koch was badly injured in a plane crash in Los Angeles. He was the sole passenger in first class to survive. As he was recovering, a routine physical exam led to the discovery of prostate cancer. Koch received treatment, settled down, started a family, and reconsidered his life. As he told Portfolio, “When you’re the only one who survived in the front of the plane and everyone else died—yeah, you think, ‘My God, the good Lord spared me for some greater purpose.’ My joke is that I’ve been busy ever since, doing all the good work I can think of, so He can have confidence in me.”

Koch began giving spectacularly large donations to the arts and sciences. And he became a patron of cancer research, focussing on prostate cancer. In addition to his gifts to Sloan-Kettering, he gave fifteen million dollars to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a hundred and twenty-five million to M.I.T. for cancer research, twenty million to Johns Hopkins University, and twenty-five million to the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston. In response to his generosity, Sloan-Kettering gave Koch its Excellence in Corporate Leadership Award. In 2004, President Bush named him to the National Cancer Advisory Board, which guides the National Cancer Institute.

Koch’s corporate and political roles, however, may pose conflicts of interest. For example, at the same time that David Koch has been casting himself as a champion in the fight against cancer, Koch Industries has been lobbying to prevent the E.P.A. from classifying formaldehyde, which the company produces in great quantities, as a “known carcinogen” in humans.

Scientists have long known that formaldehyde causes cancer in rats, and several major scientific studies have concluded that formaldehyde causes cancer in human beings—including one published last year by the National Cancer Institute, on whose advisory board Koch sits. The study tracked twenty-five thousand patients for an average of forty years; subjects exposed to higher amounts of formaldehyde had significantly higher rates of leukemia. These results helped lead an expert panel within the National Institutes of Health to conclude that formaldehyde should be categorized as a known carcinogen, and be strictly controlled by the government. Corporations have resisted regulations on formaldehyde for decades, however, and Koch Industries has been a large funder of members of Congress who have stymied the E.P.A., requiring it to defer new regulations until more studies are completed.

Koch Industries became a major producer of the chemical in 2005, after it bought Georgia-Pacific, the paper and wood-products company, for twenty-one billion dollars. Georgia-Pacific manufactures formaldehyde in its chemical division, and uses it to produce various wood products, such as plywood and laminates. Its annual production capacity for formaldehyde is 2.2 billion pounds. Last December, Traylor Champion, Georgia-Pacific’s vice-president of environmental affairs, sent a formal letter of protest to federal health authorities. He wrote that the company “strongly disagrees” with the N.I.H. panel’s conclusion that formaldehyde should be treated as a known human carcinogen. David Koch did not recuse himself from the National Cancer Advisory Board, or divest himself of company stock, while his company was directly lobbying the government to keep formaldehyde on the market. (A board spokesperson said that the issue of formaldehyde had not come up.)

James Huff, an associate director at the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, a division of the N.I.H., told me that it was “disgusting” for Koch to be serving on the National Cancer Advisory Board: “It’s just not good for public health. Vested interests should not be on the board.” He went on, “Those boards are very important. They’re very influential as to whether N.C.I. goes into formaldehyde or not. Billions of dollars are involved in formaldehyde.”

Harold Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, knows David Koch from Memorial Sloan-Kettering, which he used to run. He said that, at Sloan-Kettering, “a lot of people who gave to us had large business interests. The one thing we wouldn’t tolerate in our board members is tobacco.” When told of Koch Industries’ stance on formaldehyde, Varmus said that he was “surprised.”

The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, is a multimedia exploration of the theory that mankind evolved in response to climate change. At the main entrance, viewers are confronted with a giant graph charting the Earth’s temperature over the past ten million years, which notes that it is far cooler now than it was ten thousand years ago. Overhead, the text reads, “HUMANS EVOLVED IN RESPONSE TO A CHANGING WORLD.” The message, as amplified by the exhibit’s Web site, is that “key human adaptations evolved in response to environmental instability.” Only at the end of the exhibit, under the headline “OUR SURVIVAL CHALLENGE,” is it noted that levels of carbon dioxide are higher now than they have ever been, and that they are projected to increase dramatically in the next century. No cause is given for this development; no mention is made of any possible role played by fossil fuels. The exhibit makes it seem part of a natural continuum. The accompanying text says, “During the period in which humans evolved, Earth’s temperature and the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere fluctuated together.” An interactive game in the exhibit suggests that humans will continue to adapt to climate change in the future. People may build “underground cities,” developing “short, compact bodies” or “curved spines,” so that “moving around in tight spaces will be no problem.”

Such ideas uncannily echo the Koch message. The company’s January newsletter to employees, for instance, argues that “fluctuations in the earth’s climate predate humanity,” and concludes, “Since we can’t control Mother Nature, let’s figure out how to get along with her changes.” Joseph Romm, a physicist who runs the Web site ClimateProgress.org, is infuriated by the Smithsonian’s presentation. “The whole exhibit whitewashes the modern climate issue,” he said. “I think the Kochs wanted to be seen as some sort of high-minded company, associated with the greatest natural-history and science museum in the country. But the truth is, the exhibit is underwritten by big-time polluters, who are underground funders of action to stop efforts to deal with this threat to humanity. I think the Smithsonian should have drawn the line.”

Cristián Samper, the museum’s director, said that the exhibit is not about climate change, and described Koch as “one of the best donors we’ve had, in my tenure here, because he’s very interested in the content, but completely hands off.” He noted, “I don’t know all the details of his involvement in other issues.”

The Kochs have long depended on the public’s not knowing all the details about them. They have been content to operate what David Koch has called “the largest company that you’ve never heard of.” But with the growing prominence of the Tea Party, and with increased awareness of the Kochs’ ties to the movement, the brothers may find it harder to deflect scrutiny. Recently, President Obama took aim at the Kochs’ political network. Speaking at a Democratic National Committee fund-raiser, in Austin, he warned supporters that the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Citizens United case—which struck down laws prohibiting direct corporate spending on campaigns—had made it even easier for big companies to hide behind “groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity.” Obama said, “They don’t have to say who, exactly, Americans for Prosperity are. You don’t know if it’s a foreign-controlled corporation”—or even, he added, “a big oil company.” ♦

 

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Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:01:28 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Hariish Dev”
Subject: Danger of Having & Not Having…

Baba

“Esechile a’ma’r ghare kon se pu’rn’ima’y…” (PS 4075)

Purport:

Baba, by Your divine grace You came to my house on one full moon night.
It was such a memorable and unforgettable occasion. With Your infinite
grace, in song, in dance, and with the pull of the heart, You made me
lose myself in Your divine splendour. Baba, I became fully enthralled
and captivated by Your exquisite beauty.

Baba, by Your grace on that special full-moon night You compassionately
listened to all the inner feelings of my heart. You intimately
understood all my suffering. Baba, by Your grace You gently removed
whatever pain I had. With the august presence of Your sweetness, on that
very full moon night, You created one beautiful époque in my life. Baba,
it is beyond my understanding why You suddenly went away– leaving me
all alone. Since then so many seasons have passed in waiting for You.
Now after such a long time, that distant memory of Your divine arrival
to my house on that full moon night has become completely covered by the
thick fog of time.

Baba, please be gracious and come to me. Please do not forget that You
are mine and I am Yours…

== DANGER OF HAVING AND NOT HAVING KNOWLEDGE ==

Namaskar,
As we know, on the path of yoga, balance is the key. There must not be
too much nor too little of anything. Whether it be food, sadhana &
service, study, or any other endeavour, everything must be in balance.
That is our approach and that is why AM is madhya ma’rga, or the middle
path.

Baba is also careful to point out that this balance applies to the realm
of knowledge as well. Having too much or too little knowledge is
dangerous. That is Baba’s teaching.

DANGER OF TOO MUCH KNOWLEDGE

According to Baba, knowledge is to be attained only for arriving at the
proper path. And that proper path, of course, is the path of
spirituality, or sadhana. Beyond that, the the over-accumulation or
misuse of knowledge is a liability, a hazard. That is the problem with
having too much knowledge, or knowledge that is misdirected

Here is Baba’s brief story about this.

Baba says, “Physical [worldly] knowledge is like the leaf of a shala
tree [a tall evergreen with large leaves] on which people take meals. As
long as you have not eaten, there is a value in the leaf, but the moment
you have finished your meal, the leaf goes into the dust bin to be
licked by the street dogs. When you come to realize that this physical
knowledge of yours is only worth licking by a dog, then devotion will
arise in you. Then you will acquire true knowledge.” (SS-19)

In the above story:

(a) The person holding the leaf is a sadhaka;

(b) The leaf plate (pattal) is knowledge.

(c) The food on the leaf that gets eaten represents that knowledge which
we internalise and use in our practical spiritual life, i.e. sadhana.

(d) The food that remains on the leaf after the meal is that mundane
knowledge which has no utility in our spiritual practice.

(e) MORAL OF THE STORY: The leftover food on the leaf, i.e. that
knowledge which is not used for sadhana and spiritual life, is useless
and should be tossed aside and licked by dogs. It has no value in our
human growth and development.

APPLYING THIS IN LIFE

Baba’s basic teaching is that we should be careful not to fill our lives
with excess knowledge that has no practical value in. Rather all that we
learn should be internalised and used to enhance our own spiritual life
and serve others.

The classic example of over accumulation of knowledge is the proverbial
university professor who has all kinds of theoretical knowledge and can
speak Latin and Greek, but has no idea what food to eat, how to take
care of himself, or how to help others. All day long he wastes his time
in accumulating more and more knowledge that has no practical value nor
any use in life. This is not the proper way to live on this earth. That
is just like excess food that should be tossed aside and eaten by dogs.

CASES OF EXCESS KNOWLEDGE INSIDE AM

Unfortunately we do not just see this unfolding outside AM. This
over-accumulation or misutilsation of knowledge happens inside our Marga
as well. Please excuse me, but we see this occurring with some,
certainly not all, but with a few of our wholetimers, and even some
margii postholders etc.

For instance, every WT has expert theoretical understanding of yama and
niyama. They teach these tenets all day long. Yet a few of our
wholetimers engage in smuggling, living a luxurious lifestyle, or even
skipping their sadhana lessons. In that case, all that (excess)
knowledge that they acquired about yama and niyama is useless. It has no
practical value.

Instead it is a liability. Because those few wts think that they know
everything about yama and niyama, and hence they cannot be taught by
others. Such Wts have a vanity of knowledge. Yet what they “know”, they
do not follow in their daily life. In which case that “knowledge” is
nothing but an impediment to their growth.

And the worst part is that since they think they know something, then
they are neither able to listen to others, nor willing to learn from
others.

Then of course there is the case with those few Wts who follow groupism.
Each and every one of these workers (i.e. the few who indulge in
groupism) can give a beautiful two-hour lecture on neohumanism and
universalism, but in their own life they are confirmed groupists.

And in turn, they will use their knowledge in tricky ways, i.e. to
convince others with flowery language to also join their group, yet all
along they will speak of the virtues of universalism. Unfortunately,
this is how some WTs have lured unsuspecting margiis and field workers
into their group.

All this then is also just a clear-cut case of accumulating excess or
misused knowledge. Knowledge for knowledge sake, or just theoretical
understanding, is that which takes no proper expression in their own
life. Knowledge is to be internalised, not collected, nor used to
misguide others. That is Baba’s teaching, nay His strict warning.

Baba says, “If people have developed intellects which are not properly
directed, and there is no administration of the sadvipras, people become
polished satans and inflict sufferings on others.” (AFPS-6)

The worst outcome then is if people use knowledge to misguide and
deceive others. Baba terms such persons as “polished satans”. We should
be wary of such beings.

To the degree that we can bring theoretical knowledge into benevolent
practice is the degree to which our knowledge base is useful to us. One
should not thrust themselves onto the road to hell by using their
hard-earned knowledge to deceive others for selfish causes. Such persons
future is not bright.

WHY THEY DO THIS

The next question one might ask is why they do this.

Often people, and some WTs get allured into accumulating knowledge in
order to place themselves above others. They think having huge knowledge
will enhance their prestige and others will come up to them and say, “Oh
Sir, or Oh Dada, you are so knowledgeable and wise…” But this type of
false vanity or arrogance will just turn one into a beggar for others’
praise. Internally one will feel empty and dry and the so-called
knowledge that they do have will not help them progress in life.

Or they seek out excess knowledge in order to satisfy their selfish
agenda. They search for words and phrases that support their personal or
group interest, and skip over the greater meaning of the discourse.
People who justify fake Ananda Vaniis, dogmas, crude programs like
so-called Mahaprayan, and tirithas fall into this category. This type of
manipulation of knowledge also falls in the category of
over-accumulation or misutilisation of knowledge.

So one must not engage in this overaccumalation / misuse of knowledge.
That knowledge which helps one grow and serve others should be
internalised and practiced (such as sadhana, dhyana, kiirtan, science,
philosophy), and that knowledge which is superfluous to one’s life
should be tossed aside and licked by dogs.

THE OPPOSITE END OF THE SPECTRUM: LACK OF KNOWLEDGE

From all of the above, one should be careful of their use of knowledge,
but one must not then think that accumulating any kind of knowledge is
therefore a burden. Knowledge is necessary and needed: It should be
pursued wisely and with sincerity, not just to enhance one’s prestige or
to misguide others.

As we know, Baba considers study to be essential. Without study or
without knowledge, one will be prone to being exploited. That is His
other clear-cut warning.

This we see happening outside the Marga, as happened with so many native
populations or in the case of people with shudra mentality. Either they
sold their land for a song, or they got tricked into making a bad trade,
or they got duped into sending their children to schools that did not
recognise the local language etc. All these instances are cases of
exploitation where one party lacked the sufficient knowledge.

Unfortunately, once again we see this happening in our Marga. Of course
this does not apply to everyone and since 1990 things have been getting
better, but unfortunately due to a lack of knowledge a few continue to
get exploited.

As Baba warns us, this often happens due to a distinct lack of knowledge.

Baba says, “If there is a dearth of intellectual pabulum and the
intellectual standard of the people is not high, they can take “dos” to
be “don’ts” and vice versa.” (AFPS-6)

As Ananda Margiis it is essential that we study and review Baba’s
ideological teachings, then we will not be prone to getting misguided by
others. Then we will not get duped about the curtailment of BP rights,
or false money collecting, or whatever else some Dadas do behind their
tall talks.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of knowledge, some become duped into
fulfilling the agenda of certain crude Dadas, and in this way such
innocent people degenerate terribly.

Baba says, “Where the intellectual standard of the people is low, people
commit blunders – prompted by such leaders they become beasts.” (AFPS-6)

Tragically, when some Dadas get convinced to kill one of our own acaryas
as in the case of our dear brother Ac. Abhipremannda Avt, they got
convinced or blinded due to their own lack of knowledge. In this way
they got deceived into committing a heinous crime.

Hence the cultivation of right knowledge is essential.

Neither should we stuff ourselves with knowledge to create a sense of
false vanity or to dupe and deceive others, nor should we remain
ignorant about AM teachings and then get exploited at the hands of some
opportunistic factional leaders.

Regarding knowledge, we should find balance in life. That is Baba’s
teaching.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace we are to develop ourselves in the right way, along the
path of vidya, and be vigilant to expose and dethrone those who use
knowledge to strangle or misguide humanity.

Baba says, “When will the three causes of sin be removed? Only when the
sadvipras will be ready to fight against them with an iron hand. Today,
at this hour, it is my call to the sadvipras of the world not to delay
any longer. They should march ahead and save humanity and make the path
of humanity free of thorns.” (AFPS-6)

Namaskar
Hariish

Note 1: HOW TO USE OUR KNOWLEDGE

Baba says, “The duty of the sadvipras will be to hammer these stagnant
people who are a burden to society, who suffer from inertness in their
physico-psychic sphere, at the appropriate moment so that the path of
human progress becomes straight, clear and well-constructed.” (AFPS-6)

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Selection of Males and Females

Baba says, “It is very beneficial for society if people of sublime
intelligence and brilliance reproduce more off-spring. The
responsibility of rendering proper nourishment to the progeny of such
persons will have to be taken by society and the government itself.”
(PNS-13, p.47)

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From: “Malati”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Re: Should We Overlook This Nasty Situation
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 14:03:11 -0730

Baba

== SHOULD WE OVERLOOK THIS NASTY SITUATION ==

~ Part 3 ~

Note: The initial letter in this series is appended below for your easy
reference.

Namaskar,
Here is follow-up news and information, as well as the name of Dadas and
Didis involved, regarding the topic of Nigamanandji and his personal
relationship with one Didi.

This issue is of great importance for multiple reasons.

When a senior Wt and purodha like Nigamananda engages in conduct – i.e.
dealings with the opposite sex – that is blatantly contrary to Baba’s
teachings, then the horrible danger is that others will emulate his poor
behaviour. In a phrase, Nigamananda is a bad example and a bad role
model. Yet the whole aim in being an acarya is to set a proper example:

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

THE POWER OF AN EXAMPLE: POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE

Indeed, setting a positive example is so important in life.

For this reason Baba Himself would personally do sadhana when there was
no need for Him to do sadhana. Why? To set a good example.

Baba says, “He [Taraka Brahma] needs no sadhana, but just to set an
example to others, He performs sadhana with the masses.” (DT-2)

All human beings need to do sadhana for our growth and development, and
by His grace He has shown us the way. And indeed in AM, every single
Ananda Margii understands that sadhana must be done. Verily all the
conduct rules which He has given need to be strictly followed. This then
is the power of a positive example.

Now let’s look at the opposite end of the spectrum.

B group started doing an annual shraddha ceremony in the form of
Mahaprayan Divas, and now some naive margii are following this same
dogma with regards to their deceased relations. Each year they are
observing the death day of their relative with pomp and show etc. Even
though this is against AM conduct rules, they justify that what tare
doing is not different from what Tiljala camp is doing.

Here the point is that people follow what the leaders do. This is how
human beings behave. They do not think rationally or independently but
rather follow what the leaders do. That is why youths follow the star
actors and athletes etc. Every decade there are different stars and
hence different fads. That is Baba’s teaching.

BACK TO THE MAIN STORY

Thus when Nigamananda is going against Baba’s divine teachings then he
is going to create much harm. That is Baba’s warning and that is what is
going on. Indeed because of seeing Dada Nigamananda, so many Dadas
became overweight.

Furthermore, Baba’s clear-cut teaching is that Dadas must not indulge in
close relations with members of the opposite sex. (All these rules are
noted in the below cited letter.)

By his indulgence, Dada is showing that it is “OK” to disregard Baba’s
teachings. And when Dada compromises then younger, impressionable
workers will be led astray by his negative example.

For instance, most are aware that the Didi whom Nigamananda spends all
his time with one Didi. Dada basically trained her to be his companion.
And indeed due to Dada’s negative teaching she may think this is the
right thing to do.

Thus when she recently toured all throughout NY sector in order to drum
up support for Nigamananda, then she followed what he taught her. Didi
did not try and travel with other Didis, nor did she work alone, instead
she linked up with Dada Shubacetananda and the two of them moved all
over the sector as if they were permanently joined at the hip.

Yet this is not their fault per se….

This is a direct result of Nigamananda’s poor example. Didi got
indoctrinated into this type of life and then she justified this to
Shubacetanandaji. They were so confident in their dealing that they
traveled openly together in front of one and all as if they were husband
and wife. All margiis, lfts, acaryas, and the common public saw their
display. Dada S and Didi moved together in one car all day and stayed
together every night. Everyone saw this.

Hence Didi and Shubacetananda either thought:
1) This is the proper way of doing since this is what Nigamanandji does.
2) Or they thought that since Nigamananda does not follow Baba’s stated
conduct rules then I also need not follow.

So the root cause behind it all is Nigamananda’s negative behaviour.
That is why Baba warns us to severely that the misdealing of one Dada
will create a lot of problems.

Baba says, “Bear in mind that people may be harmed or misled by even a
small weakness or defect in the conduct of an a’ca’rya.” (AV-31)

Namaskar,
Malati

Note: TRANSGRESSORS BEWARE

Those blindly following Nigamananda and skipping all their conduct rules
regarding relations with opposite sex will bear the consequences of
their misdeeds. They will have to face the unenviable reaction.

It is the duty of each margii and wt not to blindly follow any human
being rather we are to follow the direct commands of Guru.

Certainly the key problem in all of this is Dada Nigamananda’s behaviour
yet nor can we 100% ignore or free from blame others who got involved.

Note 2: WHO IS THIS DIDI

I do not want to highlight any Didi’s name but without that the report
looks like some type of fairy tale. Hence the involved Didi is Ananda
Dyotana Avtk. She is the one who passes all her time with Nigamananda
and she is the one who recently toured with Shubacetanananda in NY.

HERE BELOW IS THE LINK TO THE INITIAL LETTER ON THIS TOPIC….

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From: “Amoghasiddhi Ray”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: June 1990: “I Was Present That Day…”
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2010 07:02:13 +0530

BABA

“Aja’na’ Pathik a’ja, tare ghare d’eke na’o…” P.S. 4342

Purport:

Today the Ajana Pathik Parama Purusa Baba has come! Don’t miss this grand
occasion. Receive Him with Your full heart and bring Him home without
delay. Let your heart be saturated with the divine effulgence which He has
spread all around. Now is not the time to waste in dogma, drowsiness, and
slumber.

Baba has come for you, for me, for everyone. He loves everyone– each
and every place, each and every country, all. He feels pain and cries
when seeing others’ pain. And He smiles when He sees others smile. He loves
all.

This is the time to surrender everything at His lotus feet. Missing
the opportunity is not intelligent. Baba has come! Receive Him and bring
Him close…

== JUNE 1990: “I WAS PRESENT THAT DAY…” ==

Namaskar,
That day in Madhu Korak Baba Quarter in Tiljala Kalkata June 1990, I was
there. Baba gave His discourse in Bengali. He revealed the secrecy of the
greatness of Guru. That very day BABA first told about Guru Sakash which
later on became very important practice in our regular spiritual life.

Presently each and every margii knows about this Guru Sakash. We feel that
Baba is in close proximity. Our day starts with the Guru Sakash.

Baba says, “Gurusaka’sha means ‘near the Guru, under the Guru’s umbrella,
under the Guru’s wings, in the Guru’s shelter’.” (Yoga Psy. p.146)

So we can see that Guru Sakash can only be done when the basic feeling or
ideation is there that: ‘I am under His shelter’ or ‘He is, that is why He
will give me the shelter’, & ‘He is not gone far’.

We are fortunate enough that Baba brought this feeling that, ‘Parama Purusa
is easily accessible, He is around us. Not only around us but very close,
intimate’. And that gives a lot. In my life I have realised that shelter has
deep value.

SCENE AT THE POLICE STATION

Once I visited one of my friends at the police station. I saw that during
the occasion of mela (festival), one lost baby had been brought by someone
and the baby was crying for its parents. Police officials were trying to help
the baby by giving some chocolate, fruits, sweets, candy. Everything was in
vain. Silently sitting I was thinking that why this baby is going on
non-stop crying. What really was lacking? What is it that baby needs?

Then idea came that this baby does not need anything other than its mother.
And why mother? Because the baby feels safe when it is under the shelter of
its mother. I have seen in my neighborhood that when 2 babies/young children of
different families are quarreling, then in their innocence when one get
hurt by the other they claim, ‘I will tell my mother and she will beat you’.
So those babies think their mother is going to solve all the problems and
with that trust they claim as such. So we can see that small babies are
care-free, their life is away from problem. No tension. Etc.

IMPORTANCE OF SHELTER

So shelter is very significant thing. Those thinking literally may
not be understanding this point – shelter of Guru. But this has a deep value
in the life of spiritual aspirants. Our life is surrounded by problems, and
I have seen that those who are more and more depending on Supreme Entity
(Baba), they are comparatively stress-free. And life is blissful. But
those who do not have that feeling of shelter to God, they live in a quagmire
of problems. In spite of even living with all worldly luxuries in true
sense they live in hell, in tension. To remove that they get addicted to
alcohol and many nasty things. So according to my feeling, this shelter of
Guru is meaningful in our day to day life.

Baba says in many discourses, “Mahat Krpaeva bhagavat krpaleshadva”. Grace
of Guru is everything.

I think that Baba graces when a devotee takes shelter in Him. And in
spiritual life His grace is everything. So when grace is everything and
grace is related with the feeling of shelter under the Guru. And the
feeling of shelter is associated or linked with the feeling of the Presence
of Guru. The meaning is, if His presence is questionable then what shelter.

And for the bhakta, Guru’s presence means eternal presence along with my
own existence. So to take shelter the existence of both Guru and devotee
are required.

DOGMA OF MAHAPRAYAN

But when the idea is injected that Guru is gone vis so-called Mahaprayan,
then one party is missing. The devotee is there and Guru is gone. By
that way, taking shelter is not possible because in whom one will take
shelter? In such case one’s heart will not be feeling comfortable to take
shelter of such an entity who is gone. Such is their dogma.

Baba says, “Parama’tma’ is seated in your heart.” (SS-19)

We all feel in our regular life and realise in our sadhana that Guru is
along with us. Baba says in His teachings when very early in the morning
one awakens then immediately we should put ourself under His shelter. Or
take His shelter. And this Guru Sakash is mandatory for each and every
Ananda Margii.

Or we can say, every Ananda Margi very early in the morning starts with
Guru’s closeness. And over the course of whole day, His closeness is there
by guru mantra, different lessons, Shravan, Manan, Nididhya’sana, thinking
about Him, doing His work, 4 times sadhana, and in the night time when
going to bed we remember His name and fall asleep in His lap. Such is
Baba’s divine grace and presence.

BABA’S BLESSING

So thinking on this line, I find no room about Mahaprayan. Baba is always
along with us. Baba says in Shabda Cayanika, discourse #223 which is also
printed in Yoga Psychology,

“Early in the morning one should meditate on the Guru in Vara’bhaya Mudra
with two hands and two eyes seated on a white lotus in Guru cakra, and
address Him with your most loving and affectionate epithet.

…In what state does the Guru, endowed with two eyes and two hands exist?
In the Vara’bhaya Mudra (in the posture of holding out the boon of
fearlessness) He is your well-wisher, and as a matter of fact, the doer of
your good.

The epithet with which you address the Guru or silently speak during your
dhya’na or Gurudhya’na should also be used by you at the time of this
Gurudhya’na. Always address the Guru at a stretch. This is Gurusaka’sha.”
(10 June 1990)

So in our practical life we are all feel and believe that Baba is with us.

Namaskar. At His feet,
Amoghasiddhi

Note: RELEVANT STORY

This following story about Shankaracarya & his Mayavada theory
(illusion theory) is highly related with the present scene.
Baba says, “One morning a wild bull suddenly started to charge that
maha’purus’a [Shankaracarya], so he ran away as fast as his legs could
carry him. A logician who happened to be standing nearby asked the
maha’purus’a, “Well sir, if you say that this world is unreal, then the
bull is also unreal, so why are you running in fear?” That maha’purus’a
would not accept any defeat in logic and replied, “My running away is also
unreal.” (NKS, ’97, p. 81)

Baba says, “This philosophical doctrine [of mayavada] had left the people
cynical and brought them to the brink of disaster.” (NKS, ’97, p. 81)

The above story which exposes the hypocrisy of Shankaracarya is more than
1000 years old but it still has much relevance in this present era. Because
these days B group leaders are once again organizing their hypocritical,
so-called mahaprayan function.

Point is that making their so-called Mahaprayan (MPD) program itself gives
the false message that Baba is gone and at the same time at MPD they are
propagating a kiirtan program in which everybody ideates that Baba is
present. So on the one hand Baba is gone forever and on the other side He
is along side us. Mahaprayan versus Kiirtan.

So the entire way of dealing of these B group leaders is self-contradictory
and submerged in the whirlpool of dogma. They are caught in the net of
their own self-created contradiction.

And this hypocrisy is for no other reason than the purpose of convincing
innocent people to come into their nasty group fold and donate money to
their “cause”. It is nothing but one negative, hypocritical ploy.

These days no one is befooled by such tactics, step by step nearly everyone
is understanding the dogma and extreme negativity of the so-called Mahaprayan
program and how this is just B group’s hypocrisy and groupist strategy.

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The Way Parama Purusa Evaluates

Baba says, “Do not think that those who are highly learned intellectuals
are elevated. In the realm of spirituality even illiterate persons can reach
the Goal, leaving those intellectuals behind. Parama Purusa does not
consider the intellectual qualification or intellect. He evaluates everyone
with the measuring scale of how much love one has for Parama Purusa.”
(SS-14, p. 91, Saharsa DMC, 27 June 1980)

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Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 21:47:26-0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Chatterjee_K
Subject: Misunderstanding of Who is Devotee

Baba

“Tumi tamisra’ ma’jhe u’s’a’, tumi shoka’ashrute sa’ntvana’…” (PS 4619)

Purport:

Baba, in the deep cimmerian darkness, You are the smiling dawn. Baba,
in the tears of sorrow, You are the controlling Entity. Baba, You always
grace me by removing all my sorrows and agonies. Baba, in what way can I
be useful for Your work. Why are You not telling me how I can be useful
in Your work. Please tell me.

Baba, You have given me abundant grace; my whole existence is filled
with the sweetness of flowers and honey. In my mental sky– in my
world– You are the incomparable moon. You are my Polestar. My mind is
clear now– there is no question of duality; I have no other desires. My
whole existence is revolving around You. O’ Baba, You are so charming
and so gracious– Your divine touch is like the soothing spring breeze,
refreshing and cool. Baba You have brought me on this divine path and
taught me sadhana. Baba You have given me everything. You are my Goal.

Baba, in Your thundering voice, You told me that, ‘you are not alone. I
(Baba) am with you through My ota-prota yoga. I am always with you.
Can’t you hear the sound of the wheels of My running chariot. Don’t You
hear its call. Always I am along with you.’

Baba, You are the divine Entity. And You always grace me in all the
conditions– whenever it is needed. And You are always giving me the
assurance that I am not alone. That You are constantly along with me…

== MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT WHO IS DEVOTEE ==

Namaskar,
In each and every era, society is ruled by one or another dominating
group that indulges in suppressing and exploiting all the other sectors
of the population. In such an atmosphere, everyone falls prey to the
unjust ways of the ruling group. This is the tragic trend and proven
history.

Likewise, throughout the ages there have been strong, courageous people
who have risen up to oppose the wrongdoings of the ruling class. Yet,
time and again these brave bhaktas were tossed aside and labeled as
trouble-makers by the so-called leaders of the day.

And instead, fake type of meek people were touted as ‘great saints’ or
‘seers’ or ‘devotees’ by the leaders of that era– all because these
spineless goody-goody type of saints were keeping mum about injustices
and just raising the banner of the dominant group.

By this scenario, a totally wrong conception, or utter misconception,
was created about who is devotee and who is not.

SOME CONTEMPORARY EXAMPLES OF FAKE DEVOTEES

For example, in the 20th century itself, various “sages” were brought to
the fore and presented as being great devotees and top spiritualists
when in reality such people were just tools or agents of the ruling
elite. Immediately the case of Mahatma Gandhi comes to mind as well as
numerous Christian and Catholic priests, nuns, bishops, and even popes.

Of course Baba Himself has exposed these pseudo-saints such as Gandhi
etc, but within the general society Gandhi and one particular nun of the
20th century are often hailed as true saviours and God-realised souls.
Yet the reality is that Gandhi et al were so attached with their
reputation & prestige and so fearful of the rulers of the day that they
were scared to speak out against capitalist & political exploitation.

By this way, what it means to be saintly in the real sense, and what is
the true quality of a devotee gets totally misconstrued by the common
people.

BABA’S DHARMIC GUIDELINES: WHO IS DEVOTEE

In unambiguous, distinct language Baba has totally cleared up any and
all misconceptions about who is a true devotee and graciously given firm
guidelines as to who are the real bhaktas. Here below Baba pointedly
reveals how true devotees will act.

‘Samuaunmasrnito sava’nto mamatva’tishaya’nktah’.

Baba says, “Those who have Iishvaraprema – inner love for God – remove
the pebbles and stones from their path, making it smooth, neat and
clean. Non-indulgence in duplicity, hypocrisy and other base mental
propensities is the first sign of Iishvaraprema. Say things clearly:
‘No, I am unable to do it. I shall not support you’. Talk straight. Do
not say things like, ‘It’s good to see you again. Yes, of course I shall
think it over’. Say immediately, ‘No, I won’t support you. Your actions
are not proper. You are not following dharma. You are immoral,
unideological and inhuman. Why should I support a person like you? You
won’t get any support from me, you can be sure of that’. But do not say,
‘Come back tomorrow or the day after to give me a chance to think it
over.’ Close the chapter without delay. Do not linger. To do this, what
do you need? You need a little courage, that is all. Every devotee
possesses enough courage. Those who pursue the path of bhakti
automatically acquire such courage– they are not timid.” (AV-7, p.8)

By Baba’s above animated explanation anyone can easily understand that
devotees are brave souls ever-ready to step forward and uphold the call
of dharma.

And in this below teaching, Baba again clearly tells us that devotees
will always take a strong step against wrongdoing and exploitation.

Baba says, “By observing people’s conduct one will easily notice those
who are absorbed in divine love…Those who have attained Iishvaraprema
can never and will never exploit others. They will raise their voice
against all sorts of tyranny, injustice, and exploitation. Those who do
not possess that kind of honest courage to oppose all wrongs are nothing
but fakes– they are never genuine [devotees].” (AV-7, p.12)

MAKING THE MATTER PERFECTLY CLEAR

By Baba’s afore-cited guidelines, it is perfectly clear who is a devotee
and who is not. So no one should get confused or tricked into thinking
that a spine-less and meek type of person is a devotee. Those who keep
mum in the face of injustice cannot be hailed as a true devotee. Rather
they are a fake– hiding behind their own clown-like behaviour &
superficial smile. Such duplicitous souls should never be trusted.

DEVOTEES WILL ALWAYS STAND TALL IN THE FACE OF INJUSTICE

Baba shows us that: Guided by their neo-humanistic love, devotees feel
that all are part and parcel of their singular human family. So when
bhaktas see crooked leaders exploiting and hurting the common people,
then immediately those devotees will spring into action and oppose that
wrongdoing. This is the intrinsic quality of every devotee.

And furthermore Baba’s mandate is that as those bhaktas are ever
ensconced in the grand ideation of Parama Purusa, they will always get
more and more strength and courage to maintain their dharmic campaign.
Indeed, by His grace through their sadhana they will get more and more
energy to fight injustice– knocking down those exploiters,
simultaneously opening the eyes of the common people and clearing their
vision. And in the end bringing welfare to all by His grace.

By such qualities of courage & valour devotees are easily recognisable.
This is Baba’s eternal teaching.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s infinite grace and compassion may we all become great bhaktas
and wipe away all injustices from this earth and usher in that brilliant
pure era of peace and vitality.

Baba says, “Those who can dedicate their all to the thought of the Great
and the inspiration of the Supreme are verily the most heroic. Indeed,
they are the virtuous, and they alone are capable of taking human
history from darkness to light.” (A’nanda Va’nii, #22)

Namaskar,
Kalicharan

Note 1: SITUATION IN AMPS

Since 1990, in our AMPS there has also been confusion as to who is a
devotee. So this situation or misconception is not totally limited to
the general society alone. This distressing scenario has entered into
our AM family as well. Where sometimes people mistakenly think that
those who are quiet and walk around with half-closed eyes are the great
devotees of our AM family. When in the end we find that such so-called
saintly souls spend their days getting kicked around by the various
groupist forces– all because they are mentally weak or scared to lose
their post or both. Certainly there is no need to mention such names
here as everyday things are becoming more and more apparent. Actually,
now as a collective we are developing an understanding of who is who;
step by step that inner feeling is coming. And by sharpening our mind
and paying heed to Baba’s various guidelines, we will develop more and
more in this regard– thus enabling our AM society to grow in a proper way.

Note 2: DEVOTEES ARE NOT GOODY-GOODIES

Here Baba again clearly differentiates between fake devotees or
goody-goodies and the real dharmikas or bhaktas.

Baba says, “We cannot call people ‘good’ if they cannot lead people of
all walks of life towards welfare. We can call them ‘goody-goodies’ but not good
people. Those who are truly good people will move bravely forward and
provide inspiration and strength to those mute masses to fight against
all kinds of obstacles, and give a clarion call to them to march ahead.”
(May 17, 1982)

Baba says, “The characteristic of good people is to fight against
injustice, to firmly adhere to truth and righteousness, to protect the
helpless and fight against all evil persons. Those who are merely simple
and are of a meek and goody-goody nature are not good people.” (AFPS, pt
5, pg 28)

Note 3: BABA EXPOSES FAKE DEVOTEES

OUT OF THEIR OWN WEAKNESS THEY SUPPORT THE RULING ELITE

THUS RUINING THE LIVES OF MILLIONS

In these following passages, Baba exposes the weak and faulty character
of various fake devotees like Gandhi who led the people astray. And not
just Gandhi, there are many cheats who fall in this lowly category. So
we should crystalise our own understanding and never get befooled by
such fake saints in the future.

Baba says, “During the struggle for independence, a great blunder was
committed by Mahatma Gandhi. In order to show his innocence, he said
that he would not support the communal award, but nor would he vote
against it. That is, indirectly he supported it. What happened to the
country after this was due to the himalayan blunder committed by Mahatma
Gandhi. At that time he should have said, ‘No. I do not support the
communal award’. He did not say this because his party workers and party
leaders were eager to become ministers, so they pressed him for
provincial autonomy. But Mahatma Gandhi neither supported it nor opposed
it. He committed a great blunder. What has happened in the country after
this is the result of what Mahatma Gandhi did. At that time he should
have said that we can neither split the country nor disintegrate it. As
a result of the communal award, the country was trifurcated into
Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. This was the result of the blunder of
Mahatma Gandhi, and he did it under the pressure of his party leaders.”
(PNS-18, ‘The Dangers of Communalism’)

Here below Baba again points out how fake saints like Gandhi are just
the tools of the ruling class.

Baba says, “The post-independence period can be divided into three main
phases — the Nehru era, the Gandhi era and the Janata government. All
these eras came within the jurisdiction of the Vaeshya Era or capitalist
rule, and they all had one thing in common– they had a soft state
policy towards the capitalists.” (PE)

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Spiritual Progress in Future Humans & Animals

Baba says, “The human beings of that future age will be very
sensitive…The functional jurisdiction of the brain will also increase.
Similarly, many animals will become more sensitive and their vocabulary
will increase. With intellectual development vocabulary increases, and
the number of words in a language also increases. The functional
jurisdiction of the brain of animals will increase too. With the help of
spiritual practices, the human beings of the future will increase the
functional jurisdiction of their brains with accelerating speed.”
(PNS-17, p.36)

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From: “Karma Rasa”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: What is Most Beautiful
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 23:01:48 +0000

Baba

“A’ma’r katha’ d’her hoyeche, toma’r katha’i shudhu bolo…” (PS 1803)

Purport:

Baba, You are the most fascinating and dearest Entity of this entire
universe. Yet up till now, in my ignorance, I have just been focusing upon
my own self. I was just infatuated with my own unit ego– with my own
‘I-feeling’. My whole existence has only been revolving around me. The time
just passed in my own self-centered talk and gossip; my life passed in
vain. Baba, now please be gracious and reveal something about Your divine
Self. Baba, You are that Supreme One; with Your infinite compassion today
You have blessed me with the desire to realise You. Please grace me by
telling me Your intimate tales and make my life meaningful. Baba, after
bathing me in the flow of effulgence– after showering me with Your divine
truth– and blessing me with spiritual knowledge, please take me only on
Your path, the path of divinity, the path of eternal fulfillment. Baba, You
are the most gracious One.

Baba, previously I was just involved in myself– singing my own songs,
thinking about my own greatness and glory. I was just involved in my own
self-aggrandisement, again and again. My whole life got wasted in this way.
I was only busy in satisfying my own ego. Baba, by Your grace, today I have
floated the boat of Your name. By Your grace You have entered my life.
Without Your grace it was impossible. Baba, please set the sail of Your
divine melody so that by Your grace I can reach up to the Goal– up to You.

O’ Sundar, O’ Beautiful One, You are that singular eternal Entity. By
Your grace I now know everything else is transitory. Baba, You alone are
eternally emanating: This whole entire universe is Your divine expression.
Baba, whenever the tide comes You release the boat. This is Your eternal
way: When a unit being gets human life then You grace them by giving them
sadhana make their path straight towards divinity.

Baba, I surrender at Your lotus feet…

== WHAT IS MOST BEAUTIFUL ==

Namaskar,
In the above Prabhat Samgiita, Parama Purusa is addressed as ‘Sundar’– The
Most Beautiful One. So infinite beauty is one of the inherent qualities as
well as one of the countless attributions of Parama Purusa– of Baba. And
by His grace devotees realise this in their lives.

At the same time, often we see that people chase after “beauty” in the
mundane world. So we should investigate what that worldly beauty really is,
why one feels attracted to a particular thing, as well as how far those
objects are really able to quench and satisfy one’s inner desire.

SO MANY “BEAUTIES” IN THIS COLOURFUL CREATION

As we have all remarked, in this day to day world, people find beauty in so
many things. A mother finds beauty in her children; a man finds beauty in a
woman; climbers find beauty in the mountain; a shopper finds beauty in a
hat or a dress; and on and on it goes. So many people find beauty in so
many things.

Baba says, “Human beings look at the world, with its profusion of changing
forms, and become fascinated by them.” (NKS, Disc: 25, ‘Aesthetic Science’)

TASTE IN BEAUTY VARIES

However it is also certainly true that what is beautiful to one person may
not be perceived as being beautiful to the next.

For example: One good-looking young man might chase after one ugly girl. The
whole society views her as ugly. She has a hooked nose, gross body, rotten teeth,
bad smell, hairy fingers, and she is very short-tempered and mean etc.

Everyone thinks she is ugly.

The young man’s friends make all kinds of comments about her ugliness and mean
disposition.

Yet this handsome young man finds her to be the most beautiful and stunning
woman in this entire world. That fellow will become captivated and will be able
to talk all day long about her exquisite beauty and charm. Because to him,
she is very, very attractive etc.

So that is the unending specialty– and indeed controversy– of worldly
beauty: It varies from person to person. Some are totally enamoured
with certain things and find them to be completely beautiful; whereas,
others may find those very same objects to be totally quite ordinary, or
distasteful, or even repulsive. This is the way of the world.

Thus what is beautiful– and what is ugly– varies dramatically from one
person to the next. Certainly we have all witnessed this in our lives.
One person finds a particular painting worthy of being placed in the most
honoured art museum and another person wishes to hurl that same painting
into the trash bin. And like that, with each and every worldly expression,
the degree of its beauty or lack thereof, depends solely on the perceiver.

WHAT MAKES SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

Here in more specific language, Baba pointedly reveals to us the science
behind how and why people find beauty in a particular object.

Baba says, “Suppose I see something. The vibration radiating from that
object produces a sympathetic vibration in the mind. I begin to feel that I
should assimilate that vibration, that I should accept it as my own. This
is what is known as attraction.” (NKS, Disc: 25, ‘Aesthetic Science’)

So each and every expressed object in the vast universe emanates its own
specific vibration. Every jewel, every stone, every cloud, every river, and
every cockroach has a particular vibration. And accordingly one feels
attracted toward that object, or not.

And for those who do get attracted by a particular object, to the degree
that that object satisfies, satiates, and fulfills their heart is the
degree to which they will call that thing beautiful.

The mother is highly attracted to each and every aspect of her baby– the
smile, hair, eyes, fingers, and laugh. Thus for her, that baby is extremely
beautiful: she finds near unending beauty in that baby.

So to some or more degree people are attracted to so many objects in this
world: natural scenes like mountain springs and picturesque sunsets, music,
houses, automobiles etc. To them those things are beautiful. It all depends
on how far that object gives them a feeling of satiation in their heart.

Thus the vibration of the wavelengths from a particular object has a strong
capacity to attract someone– or repel them. Because not every vibration
may be soothing to every person.

Indeed a visiting neighbor may look at that same mother’s baby whom the
mother finds irresistibly charming, but internally the neighbor may think
that this is the ugliest infant ever to be born in the history of the
world. They may think it resembles a monkey or a chimpanzee– but not a
human.

So not everything creates a sympathetic vibration in everyone’s mind. It
depends on the object as well as one’s in born samskara and mental structure.

WANT TO REMAIN IN ITS PRESENCE

But one thing is sure, when anyone does find something beautiful in this
world then they want to remain in its contact.

Baba says, “Suppose you see something and take a fancy to it. ‘Ah, how fine
it is!’ you will exclaim in joy. Suppose you listen to a nice piece of
music and deeply enjoy it. Your friend may be sitting nearby, but you will
surely say, ‘Wait a bit, please. Let me listen to the music a little
longer’.” (NKS: Disc 27)

As Baba explains above, people want to remain near any object they find to
be beautiful– because it gives them a sense of satiation and fulfillment.
And not only do they want to remain close, invariably people try to get
more and more intimate with whatever they feel to beautiful. Because by
getting closer and closer they want to increase the amount of inner
satiation which they derive from that object. And since human longing is
infinite, human beings wish to derive maximum fulfillment from worldly
things up to eternity. This is their dream.

Whether it be a woman, a sports car, a house by the lake, or whatever, the
beholder wants to attain infinite happiness from that object which they
perceive to be beautiful.

So initially when people find something to be beautiful in this mundane
world then they rush up towards that thing and desire to remain its
contact– and get closer and closer to that– thinking that it will give
them unending fulfillment.

But actually in this mundane world, no object has that capacity to continue
to attract someone and fulfill their desire up to eternity. No mundane
expression has that charm; no mundane expression has that beauty.

HOW “BEAUTIFUL” THINGS BECOME UGLY

So from a distance, initially people may think that something is very, very
beautiful. But as they get closer or over time, they ultimately find that
they no longer get that deep satiation from that object which they were
initially feeling.

Driving that same sports car every Sunday little by little begins to lose
its appeal, until finally one day the owner is no longer attracted to that
car at all and he sells it. Likewise, one day the woman of one’s dreams no
longer seems so attractive to them. And when this occurs, whey they no
longer find her to be beautiful, then one goes to the court with divorce
papers in hand. Every day such things happen.

Likewise, women often lose their attraction for the man that they were
once in love with.

This is the way this universe unfolds: People lose their attraction for
various mundane objects. To them it no longer appears to be beautiful
because it fails to give that deep satiation in their heart.

And in that moment, when an object loses its appeal, then one begins to
feel– to some or more degree– that that object is ugly.

With that change of feeling, with that loss of attraction, Hollywood
marriages end in a flash, people sell their sports car, or people move from
one house to another. This is the common reality. Because when people lose
their attraction for a particular thing then they search elsewhere to find
that beauty which will lighten their heart.

But no worldly expression has that capacity to exude unending beauty for
time immemorial. Ultimately, at some point– sooner or later– that object
will fail to satiate their heart. And in that moment a sort of ugliness
appears that wasn’t there previously. It happens with everything of this
mundane world.

WHAT SHOULD BE SOUGHT AFTER

Everyone wants infinite beauty and until they come in contact with Parama Purusa
then they go on running after transient objects and then one day by His grace one
comes in His contact and the spiritual journey begins. And this is what should be
sought after in life– His Supreme Beauty. As long as this stage does not come they
go on running after one thing of beauty yet then again that beautiful things becomes
ugly to them and then they chase after another beauty. This type of never-ending
search and feeling of frustration happens until starts his march towards Parama Purusa.
Becuase in the relative sphere, which is most beautiful today becomes ugly tomorrow
and this journey goes on and on until one comes in contact with Baba the Most Beautiful One.

ONLY PARAMA PURUSA IS EVER BEAUTIFUL

So while people tire of mundane objects, the opposite is the case with Parama Purusa.

At first from a distance one may not feel that He is so beautiful. Due to
the pull of avidya maya, one may actually get attracted elsewhere. So until
one is graced to find beauty in Parama Purusa, then in their desperate
state they will frantically run from one mundane ‘beautiful thing’ to the
next. Because everyone is moving around trying to find that most beautiful
expression that can fulfill the yearning in their heart.

But by Baba’s divine grace and with their good samskara, sadhakas feel some
initial attraction for Parama Purusa. His vibration satisfies a yearning in
their heart and they find Him to be beautiful. This is His grace.

Naturally then, by feeling His sweet vibration, the sadhaka desires to go
more close. And because Parama Purusa is that infinite One, He can
continually emanate and exude a sweeter and sweeter vibration that
satisfies and satiates the infinite longing of the human heart. In that way
His beauty increases more and more.

So the closer one gets to Him the more satiation they feel, and the more
beautiful He becomes. And ultimately, attracted by that ever increasing
beauty, one moves closer and closer towards Parama Purusa– until finally
one day one merges in Him.

That is why only Parama Purusa is Sundar– only He is the most Beautiful
One. Only He can give that complete satiation to the infinite longing of
the human heart. By getting Him one feels so much fulfillment, that is why
only Baba is Sundar. And ultimately, by His grace, we reach that permanent
state of fulfillment– drifting endlessly in His bliss.

As sadhakas, our duty is to run after this real beauty– His eternally
beautiful Self, and not any illusory or transient thing which for a
fleeting moment in time appears to be beautiful.

Yashoda’-Nanda nandanam’ surendrapa’davandanam;
Suvarn’aratnaman’d’alam’ nama’mi Krs’n’asundaram.
Bhava’bdhikarn’adha’rakam’ bhaya’rttina’shaka’rakam;
Mumuks’umuktida’yakam nama’mi Krs’n’asundaram.

“Salutations to Parama Purusa the Beautiful…whose lotus feet were worshipped
by the gods, and whose body was adorned with precious gems. Salutations to
Parama Purusa the Beautiful, who was the most reliable helmsman on the ocean
of this universe, who removed the fear of annihilation, who granted
salvation to aspiring souls.” (NKS: Disc 4)

Indeed, in this vast universe, only Parama Purusa is that most Beautiful
Entity. By His grace may we all fully realise this divine truth.

Baba says, “The Supreme Reality is vibrant with blissful vibrations; He is
the greatest of all entities, the highest, above all, beyond all
comparison… His existence, His stance, His ever-blissful state, is the
highest stage of attainment.” (NSS)

Namaskar,
Karma Rasa

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Solution of Misery

Baba says, “Human misery originates from one’s imperfect thoughts. By
ideating on the Great one can be relieved of misery forever.” (AMIWL-7)

Note 1: Baba’s above guideline is very unique. He is explaining to us that
pain is the result of improper thinking. The insinuation being: Pain is
related with the mind only. Thus when the mind is filled with higher
thoughts– ideating on the Great– then it goes beyond pain and pleasure.
And that is the state of eternal bliss.

We can see in our day to day life how this type of problem can be very
painful to one person and to quite fine to another.. It depends completely
on one’s psychic perceptions and mental state of mind.

We also see that just by thinking in a negative way people invite serious
psychic tension and mental depression in their life. Whereas if their
thinking is proper then that brings bliss– but if it is improper then that
causes sorrow. This is why in so-called developed nations the problem of
depression and psychic diseases is more than in comparison to other places.
As we all know, proper thinking means ideating on Parama Purusa. Sadhakas
know this theorem but under the spell of Avidya Maya they forget this most
of the time.

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To: AM-GLOBAL
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 21:09:46 -0000
From: NJK Majumdar
Subject: Unique Foundation of AM

Baba

“Shra’van’ii pu’rn’ima’r katha’ a’j mane par’e…” (P.S. 4954)

Purport:

Baba, today the divine story of Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ is coming in my
mind, in my heart. O’ Bandhu, the memory of Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ is
floating in my mind. The glorious advent of that historical day is still
fresh in my mind when the divine play between the staticity and divinity
started happening*. That time the sweet fragrant air was saturated with the
aroma of the night jasmine; it was permeating the entire atmosphere. This
yuthika’ flower was full of sweetness & love. A sweet, mild breeze was
blowing and various creatures including frogs were singing the chorus with
great joy. On the crude mind, the grace of Supreme Consciousness happened
with the divine force of ista mantra shakti. On that very day of Shravanii
Purnima new vibrations of effulgence were created on this earth as the
radiant effulgence pierced through the fog & the darkness. The memory of
that Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ is still fresh in my mind, by Your grace…

*Here Baba is poetically narrating how when the first initiate Kalicharanji
got blessed by receiving initiation then he started repeating his Ista
mantra & with the incantative power of the mantra his sleeping divinity was
aroused.

== UNIQUE FOUNDATION OF AM ==

Namaskar,
Around the globe as we engage in our Shravanii Purnima (23, 24 August)
celebrations and festivities, it is a time for us reflect upon the
uniqueness and speciality of our AM.

Unlike other organisations, the starting part of our Marga is not just
based upon the filing of a court paper or government document, nor is it
based upon the construction of a building or the purchase of a piece of
land etc. The starting point of AM is based on sadhana and on no occasion
is this more evident than Shravanii Purnima– as that commemorates the
historic first sadhana initiation given by our Revered Guru, Lord Shrii
Shrii A’nandamu’rtijii.

So the starting point of our AM is sadhana.

Unfortunately now some in our Marga– especially the so-called leaders–
have forgotten their sadhana which is why we are witnessing the extreme
rise of groupism these days. Without the continual practice of sadhana,
then the mind degenerates and constricts; then people lose that sense of
universality and instead cling onto something else– something restrictive
and narrow like groupism. That is degenerating process we see happening to
the various factional leaders of the WT camps who have forgotten their
sadhana.

As we reflect on our Shravanii Purnima celebrations, may we remember to let
the spirit of our Shravanii Purnima Festival continue in our mind and
heart. May our sadhana grow and live on and on.

Because, as we know, sadhana has tremendous importance in life; it makes
everyone great. Now groupists are splitting our AM society but they too can
be rectified and make valuable contributions to the world, if they
sincerely take to the path of sadhana. But lip service alone will not do;
sadhana is a cult– that is, it must be practiced.

Thus while other organisations are based on the establishment of something
mundane like a building; and unlike various religious organisations where
membership is based on ritualistic activities like a baptism or bar mitzvah
etc; our AM is entirely unique.

On Shravanii Purnima the lowly thief Kalicharan Bandopadyay came to Revered
Baba’s feet and learned the practice of sadhana by His grace. And by that
endeavour that initiate started his release from the confines of human
bondage and began his march on the path of liberation and salvation.
So AM is that path which shatters the bondages and opens the door of
divinity. And the key point to it all is the practice of sadhana.

Thus on this magnificent occasion of Shravanii Purnima, may we again
remember and reflect upon the starting of our Marga and with renewed effort
undertake the practice of our sadhana. May we take the time to strengthen
our meditation practices and take bigger steps along the path of divinity.
May we realise our sadhana in our practical life.

BABA’S OWN ACCOUNT OF SHRAVANII PURNIMA

Here below Baba Himself recounts the scene of that auspicious Shra’van’ii
Pu’rn’ima’.

Baba says, “This is Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’. It is an important day. Then I
was very young, studying in Vidy’asagar College in Calcutta. One evening a
very interesting event took place. Suddenly a wicked person came near me. I
use the word ‘wicked’, but it is not a permanent state of human beings. A
person who is wicked today may be a noble person tomorrow, and one who is
dull or stupid today may be wise tomorrow. These are all relative matters
bound by the bondages of relativity. No one can be called permanently
wicked. It should always be borne in mind that one should always try to
develop the good and the subtle in a wicked person.”

“That evening a certain wicked person came to me. What could he expect from
me? But then he came. In accordance with natural human psychology, I asked
him, “What do you want? Why do you adopt this evil path?” In the course of
our conversation, he realized that he should change the course of his life,
and he took initiation. That was the first spiritual initiation I ever
imparted to anyone. And that same day, Shra’van’ii Pu’rnima, has again
returned.”

“A long time has elapsed since then. That was perhaps in 1939. This all
took place 41 years ago.” (AFPS-5, p.27-28)

SOME REFLECTION

In AM history then this day of Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ has deep importance,
not just physical history but psychic and spiritual history too. It has a
special significance because that day Parama Purusa infused His spiritual
power and energy which is working and will work in future also. So this
Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ has great value.

In true sense human beings come on this earth to reach and achieve this
goal– Parama Purus’a. And Parama Purusa Himself comes in the form of
Ta’raka Brahma to help and execute this task. And that is what was started
by Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji in 1939, when He performed His first initiation.

His advent itself is very meaningful; and, at the same time the day when He
started giving initiation is also a very significant date. We know that
Ta’raka Brahma comes on this earth to liberate one and all from all sorts
of bondages: physical, psychic and spiritual.

Baba says, “No one need harbour any doubt that Parama Purus’a exists to
promote the well-being of all created beings. If He was not concerned about
the welfare of the living unit beings, He would have remained in His
unqualified stance forever and would not have manifested Himself as Ta’raka
Brahma or Sagun’a Brahma. But He did manifest Himself in this way and has
just showed His intention of promoting the well-being of humanity. That is
why He has given the assurance:”

“Paritra’n’ya…”

“Now what is the necessity for His repeated advent into this world? To
ensure human welfare; about that there is no doubt. Human welfare primarily
means welfare in the spiritual stratum…” (PNS 11 pg 59-60)

So we are fortunate that Baba has taken us in His shelter. Because when He
has accepted us as His disciple, that means we are in His loving shelter.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His divine grace in these days in the wake of our Sharvanii Purnima we
may take special efforts in sadhana and realise His divine grace.

Baba says, “By dint of sadhana, one is to arouse and exalt that sleeping
divinity. …But for this, one requires divine help and I know further that
one is getting divine help, and I know still further, that it is for
infinite time and infinite space, one is getting this divine help, and you
are all sadhakas, you will certainly attain the Supreme Stance and enjoy
that divine blessedness. You are sure to enjoy it my sons and daughters.”
(AV-23, p.76)

Namaskar,
Nagendra

Note 1: GREAT IMPORTANCE OF REPENTANCE

When a sadhaka from his inner heart feels repentance for his sins or
crimes, then grace personified Parama Purusa takes away all those negative
samskaras. And He blesses that sadhaka with His unfathomable grace. That is
what happened with Kalicharanji. And here following Baba reveals the
importance of repentance.

Baba says, “Someone might have committed a pa’taka [sin of commission], but
after that wrong action feels repentance, and compensates for the harm his
action caused. After such repentance and compensation, the action is no
longer a sin…that person’s sin has been washed away.” (DKG, p. 176)
Baba says, “If, knowingly or unknowingly, you have committed any mistake or
any sin, then your repentance and your singing Kiirtana, wholeheartedly,
will free you from all sins. So, your future is always bright, never dark,
never dark.” (AV-12)

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Sarva’unga’sana and Vipariitakarani Mudra

“Question: What is the difference between sarva’unga’sana and
vipariitakarani mudra?”

“Answer: In sarva’unga’sana we have to fix the mind at the point of the
toes, whereas in vipariitakarani mudra we have to fix the citta or mind
stuff at the tip of the nose or at the navel point.” (YP, p.117-18)

Note: Sarva’unga’sana and vipariitakarani are very similar– they are
almost the same thing. Just a few little differences are there:

(1) In sarva’unga’sana the mind and eyes are fixed on the center point
between the two big toes while in vipariitakarani mudra the mind focuses on
the navel or the tip of the nose.

(2) When the body is very straight and it does not have to exert a
continuous effort to maintain that position– rather it is easy and
comfortable to hold that posture– then it is sarva’unga’sana. Whereas
mudras, such as vipariitakarani mudra, demand a constant and ongoing effort
to maintain the posture. Asanas, on the other hand require a little effort
to enter into the position and thereafter it is comfortable and easy to
maintain.

(3) In sarva’unga’sana and vipariitakarani mudra, although the postures
look the same but the effort exerted and way of approach are a little
different as explained earlier. And in addition they effect the body in
different ways. Sarva’unga’sana affects the glands & cakras, and the
secretion of the hormone; while mudras give strength to the muscles and
nevers. These ideas have been given by Baba in His various discourses.

(4) In WT reporting sessions, Baba used to sometimes give atonement by
demanding that some or all do vipariitakaranai for a long time. Sometimes
for 1/2 hr, 1 hou, 2 hrs, at a stretch. But that was quite beneficial
for everyone to do. And the underlying reason behind this was that the
majority of WT had acidity problems and this Vipariitakarani mudra was the
cure. So in the name of doing atonement it was actually Baba’s blessing.

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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 11:39:04
Subject: Baba’s Joke at Bettiah DMC

Baba

== BABA’S JOKE AT BETTIAH DMC ==

Namaskar,
The following humorous and loving interaction took place between our
Sadguru Baba and those blessed bhaktas who were graced to be able to
attend the DMC in Bettiah on 23 January 1984.

This particular DMC marked the first time that a tandava competition was
held in Bettiah, so it was a landmark occasion.

Here we should differentiate between the ceremonial dancing of tandava
at every DMC and a tandava competition wherein dancers would dance for a
long period maintaining proper form. Again this was the tandava
competition.

THE HUMOROUS SCENE THAT TOOK PLACE

At this point in the program, the margii – who himself was a bit obese
and going to call out the directions for tandava – is now addressing the
dancers in the DMC pandal. Baba Himself is sitting on the dais and the
pandal is full of thousands and thousands of margiis. Everyone can hear
what the margii announcer is saying. The atmosphere was quite blissful
and joyous.

MARGII ANNOUNCER: This is the start of our tandava competition. We
should all try. You know that Baba is all-knowing. We should all try and
everything will be fine.

(At that time Baba was smiling and in a happy mood.)

BABA: When you say “we”, that also includes you doesn’t it?

(Much laughter…

…while margiis were still laughing, Baba began smiling broadly and
slowly looked toward all the sadhakas from left to right, scanning the
pandal. Baba continued His divine joke.)

BABA: I will not dance – I cannot do.

(Hearing this, once again there was uproarious laughter inside the
pandal. Baba’s words were full of double entendre, or dual meaning. On
the one hand it meant that Baba is the Guru and therefore He is not
going to dance; on the other hand it indirectly meant that the obese
margii announcer is not going to dance.)

BABA’S BLESSING

Baba says, “You will have to build a society in which no one is forced
to weep, where everyone smiles joyfully all the time and gets ample
scope for laughter.” (AV-4)

Namaskar,
Parashram

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How to do Better Sadhana

Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2010 20:21:36 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Jawaharlal (Jawaharlal_T@banknet…>
Subject: How to do Better Sadhana

Baba

“Ka’che na’hi a’so kabhu, e ki toma’r bha’laba’sa’…” (PS 486)

Purport:

Baba, You are my dearest One. You have deeply linked Yourself with my
whole existence. By Your grace my each and every thought & movement is
centering around You. Baba, You are the focal point of my life. You are my
Goal. Baba, I love You so much. Even then You never come close to me. You
are always keeping Yourself far away and distant. Baba, what type of love
is this of Yours. I have so much heart-felt feeling for You, yet You are
not regularly manifesting Yourself to me. You are not even occasionally
visiting me.

Baba, by Your grace Your divine image immediately appears in my mind
whenever I come in contact with the sweet smell of flowers. When that
flower fragrance permeates the air I always feel Your presence. In that
blissful moment, I always think of You. It is Your grace. Baba, whenever I
feel happy, then suddenly You advent and shower Yourself in my mind and
heart. Baba, by Your grace in that instance You always come close. Baba,
You are the warmth of my heart– the vitality of my being. Baba, all the
hopes and aspirations of my life are revolving around You.

Baba, when I am not getting You in the deep core of my heart, then I
feel totally lost and restless. In that desperate situation, I just cry &
cry– weeping bitterly for hours on end. Baba, all my desires and longings
depend exclusively on You.

Baba, You are so gracious; You are my closest One. By Your grace You
have filled my life and my whole existence with Your divine effulgence &
love. Baba, You are my everything. Baba, I have only one longing: To be in
Your close proximity. Please be gracious…

== HOW TO DO BETTER SADHANA ==

Namaskar,
In this busy, fast-paced materialistic era, often common people pass their
days in a plethora of mundane activities from shopping in the mall to TV
watching to reading the newspaper etc. And then only when it is time to eat
food do they consider doing a few minutes of sadhana. But in that
condition, one can hardly even repeat their Ista Mantra because their mind
is latched up with an array of mundane thoughts and experiences.

GRADUAL ACCELERATION

JUST LIKE A CAR OR BICYCLE

The thing is that going into directly into high gear is just not possible.
Whether a bicycle, car, or airplane, all these vehicles accelerate
gradually, in stages. They never go from a complete stand-still to top
speed in a split second. Rather their rise and transition occurs over a
continuum. By that way they reach their top flight. And if one tries to go
directly into high gear then that vehicle will just stall; it will not
work. So it is a natural law that things accelerate in step-wise fashion.

Similarly, the human mind also rises gradually– step by step. One cannot
just try to directly throw oneself into a deep spiritual flow without
proper preparation. So if one passes the day in one after another mundane
engagements then it is not possible to then dive into the world of deep
spiritual meditation.

ALL WANT DEEP SADHANA

SPIRITUAL LIFE IS EVERYTHING

Ultimately each and every sadhaka wants to achieve higher and higher sadhana.

Indeed every disciple of Baba thinks that spirituality is the top most
jewel and that all mundane accomplishments are comparatively meaningless.
Only spiritual sadhana is the summum bonum of life.

Because only spiritual wealth is permanent– lasting; it remains with each
and every person even after their death. Whereas other things just fade
away into the oblivion.

For this reason we all think that having the mind ensconced in spiritual
thought is a blessed existence. And we all want to reach that stage.

Along those lines Baba has given us a simple formula.

MIND STICKS ON A PARTICULAR PABULUM

Baba tells us that the mind always sticks on a particular pabulum. What one
thinks about during the day will stick in the mind all the 24 hours. The
mind will stay in that track.

The point being that whichever way the mind is goaded it will remain moving
in that direction as it gets glued to those thoughts and activities. By
this sequence, depending on the nature of one’s mental occupation, the mind
will continue on and on in that direction.

Thus the mind will move in whichever way it is motivated.

BABA’S GUIDELINE: ENGAGE THE MIND IN SPIRITUAL PURSUITS

That is why Baba’s golden guideline in Senior Acarya Diary and in so many
other discourses is that one should engage the mind in spiritual thought
throughout the entire day.

Because to succeed in sadhana and to achieve realisation in dhyana, mental
preparation is needed. There has to be a base of thought; the proper
groundwork must be laid down.

So preparation is the key point. That is Baba’s teaching: Fill the mind
throughout the day with devotional ideas and let each and every cell
vibrate in the dance of spiritual ideation and then when one sits for
sadhana then naturally– with little effort– the mind will race in that
direction.

That is why throughout the day we are to engage in singing His name,
reading His books, doing second lesson, practicing asanas, learning Prabhat
Samgiita, engaging in satsaunga, telling Baba stories, ideating on Him.

As long as one does not adhere to this supreme guideline, then higher
realisations in sadhana will not come. This is Baba’s expressed teaching.

Sweet and blissful sadhana only comes when one engages in a spiritual way
of life all the 24 hours. When anyone, step by step, dedicates their days and
their time to spiritual life then they will reach up to the crowning glory
of human existence– divine bliss and realisation.

A FEW OF BABA’S TIMELESS TEACHINGS

Here Baba warns us what happens if we just fill the mind with mundane
thoughts.

Baba says, “The objects with which people frequently come in contact are
the objects that occupy their thinking. Even if they try to think of any
other object, their minds go back and again to those objects.” (DKG,
‘Spiritual Lessons of the Giita’)

Thus if the mind is goaded again and again toward worldly attachments then
sadhana is not possible.

Here following Baba again warns us of this very fact and He also tells us
that when we involve in a spiritual way of life by singing His name and
following 16 Points, then then one’s existence gets purified.

Baba says, “If the sensory and motor organs are not kept engaged in the
attainment of the divine, they may lead one astray. Kiirtana is therefore
most beneficial as it keeps all the organs fully engaged in a spiritual
pursuit.” (AV-8)

Baba says, “Good company, good books, good literature, good songs,
kiirtanas (devotional chanting) elevate the mind and the mind becomes
sanctified.” (‘Mobility and Movement’)

Here Baba assures that that ultimately by thinking of Him we achieve that
blissful, eternal, stance.

Baba says, “Earn your deathlessness by establishing yourself in Him. He is
the real Soul. If any condition is worth attaining at all then it is this
condition.. He is the summum bonum of all sa’dhana’ or intuitional
practice.” (SS-2)

BABA’S BLESSING

Baba says, “Never retreat. Keep advancing, and you will certainly attain
the highest fulfillment of your existence.” (SS-7, ‘Struggle & Progress)

Namaskar,
Jawaharlal

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Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2010 14:57:11 -0000
Subject: Re: Should We Overlook This Nasty Situation
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Satiish K Bhatia”

Baba

== SHOULD WE OVERLOOK THIS NASTY SITUATION ==

~ ANOTHER MYTH ~

Namaskar,
This is in reply to the sincere margii who is defending Nigamananda’s
conduct and close relation with one Didi by claiming that those with
black hair have sexual restraint.

1. To justify his point, the sincere margii states that Dada
Shraddhanandji had black hair late in life. But, all should know that
the late Shraddhanandji lived as a family person for many years and
fathered several children. This itself shows that just because one has
black hair in later age does not mean that they exercised full control
over their sexual actions. Plus there are countless aged actors in
Bollywood and Hollywood who have thick, black hair yet throughout their
lives they engaged in so much hanky-panky. So the illusion that black
hair in late age means celibacy is just a myth – nothing more. It is
unfortunate that the sincere margii got misguided on this point.

2. Secondly, Baba never said that those with black hair need not follow
conduct rules. And several of His rules for Wts mandate that avadhutas
must not spend time alone with the opposite sex. Yet that is exactly
what Dada Nigamananda is doing as he passes so much time with one Didi –
they are together almost 12 hours daily, on a regular basis. Should we
overlook this discretion because Dadaji has black hair.

3. Finally, we all know that the life of any revered wt is to set forth
a proper example. That is one of the great aspects of acarya life. Yet,
by skipping Baba’s conduct rules and spending all his time with a
younger Didi, Nigamanandji’s actions are a poor representation of Baba’s
teachings. But because of his seniority and post, various junior workers
have begun doing this same type of dealing. They think, “If Dadaji can
have a Didi friend, then so can I find a Didi for myself – what’s the
harm.” Thus his poor behaviour is having terrible domino effect on our
entire Wt cadre.

Thus in no way, shape or form can we accept any justifications about
Nigamananda’s poor dealing. Unfortunately, the sincere margii got
misguided by someone and ended up writing his letter (see below).

Namaskar,
Satiish

> Namaskar. Those who is writing this type of thing [about Nigamananda],
> they should know the bio-psychological effect of these things. If the
> person can maintain the mental purity regarding sex then naturally the
> lymph does not convert into seamen and then it helps to provide the
> food for all the glands and brain, and that person can have the black
> hair on the head even in old age. ie, you cou could have seen the
> black hair on the head of such dada´s, like resp.Vijayananda dada
> jee, resp. Shraddhananda dada jee, resp. Dhruvananda dada jee. And you
> can see the hair of Nigamananda dada jee too.
>
>

TO READ THE INITIAL POSTING ABOUT DADA NIGAMANANDA AND THAT DIDI, CLICK
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Date: 20 Aug 2010 20:06:08 -0000
From: “Divyacaksu Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net, dayal@igc.org
Subject: Are You Involved in This Dogma

Baba

“Kare ja’tra’ halo shuru, bhule gechi se katha’…” (699)

Baba, when my journey started I do not know; it is not in my mind. I
have completely forgotten the day when my journey towards You started.
Since many lives gradually You are attracting me. By Your grace I am moving
in that divine liila– reducing the radius gradually and coming close to You.

On the way how much I suffered, on the path how many thorns have pierced
my feet and created hindrance in my forward movement. Those memories
related with the problems and pain are not in my mind.

On the journey towards You by Your grace I came across the burning
desert, which was so much torture of fiery blaze and sometimes I also got
drenched with heavy rain– thunder and storm. But You always gave me the
strength and non-stop You are bringing me close to you.

So many spring seasons and its beauty has come and I got intoxicated
with that attraction. And in Your longing, in Your divine attraction You
filled my heart with devotion and I sang the song and kiirtan with
heartfelt yearning and longing. Like this in my life sometimes dark and
sometimes effulgent has come and gone. And gradually I have reached close
to You under Your shelter. Baba You are very much gracious. You are my
everything…

== ARE YOU INVOLVED IN THIS DOGMA ==

Namaskar,
Dogma is everywhere. The religions are full of dogma; and materialism
and capitalism are also sunk in dogmas. Plus dogma is prevalent in all
points in between as well.

Only Ananda Marga ideology is totally 100% dogma free.

Baba says, “Ananda Marga alone is dharma and all the rest are sectisms.”
(SS-1, p. 63)

So we usually believe that no Ananda Margii believes in any dogma– at
least in theory and philosophy. But if one looks at the personal life of
some in AM then there are a few dogmas they may be following.

Here is one such example: See if you fall in this group or not:

Some think that Prabhat Samgiita is Bengali. Many think like this.

But if we conduct a basic philological analysis we can easily reach the
conclusion that Baba’s gift of Prabhat Samgiita has been composed based
in Sanskrit language. Furthermore, there are many songs from Baba’s Prabhat
Samgiita collection which have been written in various local languages other
than Bengali. And, a few songs Baba has given in English also. So those who
think that Prabhat Samgiita is Bengali, they are in dogma.

FURTHER ANALYSIS

There are more critical facts are there which I will write here. And these
are related with Prabhat Samgiita and also with Baba’s other gifts. Such as
His work related with Sankrit grammar & philology. Which dogmatically people
believe that this is Baba’s work related with Bengali language. So on these
points here are some details.

(1) Mostly the words of Prabhat Samgiita are in Sanskrit. That is why those
who are aware about the Bengali language they do not know certain difficult
or particular terms. So even though the Bengali language is 92 percent
Sanskrit, it must be remembered that such type of similar percentage is
there in most of the Indian languages.

To understand Prabhat Samgiita is very easy for those who are well
versed in Sanskrit; but those who are only familiar with the Bengali language
do not know certain difficult terms of Sanskrit. They do not understand
Prabhat Samgiita fully. And at the same time Baba has used various terms related
with many other languages also. That is why Bengali-knowing people also get
confused.

(2) The same is the case with the Varna Vijiana literature. This is the
pointed review of the grammar and the history of most of the languages and
how they are linking with each other. Here Baba is proving this.
So we cannot label Varna Vijiana as being only Bengali. Those who are preaching
this false notion are suffering from narrow-mindedness.

(3) Baba’s Sanskrit Grammar Books (Varna Vijian’na) are not equal to
Bengali grammar. And any person who has reviewed even a tiny bit will
quickly understand that this is Sankrit grammar– not Bengali grammar.

(4) So here are some further points about Varna Vijiana:
(a) Actually this is the grammar of all the languages in a general, broad-based way.
(b) It is Sanskrit because it is linked with languages of entire globe.
(d) So this book Varna Vijia’na is not at all Bengali grammar.

(5) Also, if anybody reads Shabda Cayanika which is translated in
English or Hindi, surely with their conscience they will understand that it
is not a Bengali grammar book. But certainly a dogma free mind is needed to
reach to this point.

So these are some of the existing dogmas, surrounding the Bengali language
in our present AM society. Please write your opinion because this is
subject of concern and devotinal import to all.

Here I conclude with one blessing give by Divine BABA.

Baba says, “We have a bright future– the crimson light of that future is
breaking through the dark horizon of the present. We must welcome it–
there is no alternative but to welcome it.” (AFPS-5, p. 63)

Namaskar
Divyacaksu

Note 1: DADAJI’S FATEFUL ERROR

Some Bengali language knowing people get confused about Prabhat Samgiita:
For example, Dada Shamitananda – who is Bangla speaking – created a Prabhat
Samgiita dictionary that is stained by variou misunderstandings and
wrong meanings of Prabhat Samgiita terms. One such misunderstanding on
page 21 of his created Prabhat Samgiita Dictionary is about “Gulba’giica’y”.

Let me explain further on this point.

In Bangla areas, this is one colloquial item which is quite common amongst
the household. Females mix mud with coal dust and make a round
piece for burning in their open stove. When burned it creates a lot of smoke
initially and then becomes fire and on that they usually cook their food,
morning and evening. So that round little ball which is black, dirty and
very dusty and messy, and which is prepared with the hand is called gul.
Usually this is prepared in the kitchen garden just outside the house, on
the porch or under tree. It is too dirty to prepare inside the house.

Gul has a dramatically different meaning as well – but Dadaji did not
know that.

Hence, because Shamitananda Dada suffers from the dogma that Prabhat
Samgiita is Bengali, therefore he did not go in deeper aspect. And in his
dogmatic way Dada Shamitananda concluded that Gulba’giica’y means that dusty,
dirty pit full of burnt coal that is prevalent in the villages.

But in this PS #212, the term “Gul ba’ge” is uses – and if anybody will
read with their common sense they will understand that Baba is expressing the
beauty of that garden which is filled with roses. Because this gul is the
Persian term which composing gazal. And in Prabhat Samgiita, Baba uses some
Arabic and Persian terms. This Gulba’giica’y is one of those.

So because of narrowness using the opticals of Bengalism, this Dada
conceived this meaning in foolish way: That Gulba’gicya means none
else than coal dust garden. But that does not have any real sense. The whole
problem is the dogmatic outlook that Prabhat Samgiita is Bengali. That
is what brought this blunder. Plus there are countless other flaws in
Dada’s dictionary.

But Dada Shamitananda, in confused state of mind, mistranslated the word
“Gul ba’ge” as coal dust garden. Because coal dust is the basic raw
material and baggicay means garden. So in is his own way, confused way, he
wrote his ideas that ‘gul’= ‘coal dust’ and ‘ba’giica’y’= ‘garden so it is
coal dust garden’.

This way his whole book / dictionary has countless flops, all due to the
idea of thinking that Prabhat Samgiita is Bengali exclusively when in fact
this is not the case.

Let me say here that it is good that Dadaji wrote this dictionary, only
it could have been much better if he had realised that Prabhat Samgiita
is not exclusively Bengali, but also based in other languages, especially
Sanskrit.

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Who is Pashu (Animal in Human Form)

Sadguru BABA says, “In the case of pashus, that is, animal-in-human form,
the thought wawes are crude but the lips express something different, and
their actions are something still different. There is no adjustment among
these three expressions. The pashus are in the last stage of animality,
although their structure is like that of man. In society, these pashus are
in the majority.” (AV-1, p. 97)

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From: “Parahsakti Devii”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Should We Overlook This Nasty Situation
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 21:34:31 +0530

Baba

“Visa’de basudha’ chilo eka’ toma’r abhabe…” (P.S. no. 4863)

Purport:

Baba, prior to Your advent– in the absence of Your divine presence and
without and Your ideological guidelines, this whole earth was drowned in
misery. Everything was here, but Your divine teachings were not. Even
the little effulgence turned black because of the dominance of the pitch
dark Cimmerian night. Light was not even able to shine because of the
extreme dominance of staticity. So Your advent was highly needed. In the
past, in the sky of the human heart there was a moon, but it was covered
with the cloud of dogma– improper thinking, full of ignorance. In the
forest there were flowers but they had no fragrance. In the past, on the
branches of the tree the birds were there, but they were not chirping.
They were crying in agony sitting in their lonely way. In the corner of
my mind there was loneliness and longing, but not You. Baba, smashing
the Cimmerian darkness Your advent happened. Baba, You have
vibrated everyone’s existence with Your divine flow. It is Your grace,
Baba, only Your grace…

== SHOULD WE OVERLOOK THIS NASTY SITUATION ==

Namaskar,
Now it is commonly known that one top posted Dada spends so many of his
waking moments with a particular Didi.

Yet Baba has clearly given all Ananda Margiis – and especially Wts –
specific conduct rules which clearly mandate the separation of the sexes.

Indeed, everyone in our Marga knows that one Dada and one Didi are not
supposed to be traveling and living together. Nor are they supposed to
be gossiping on the phone for hours and hours about non-organisational
topics.

Unfortunately this is allegedly going in at least a select few cases.
Before mentioning the name of one highly posted Dada who is seemingly
indulged in this manner, we should once again review some of Baba’s
rules for Wts.

BABA’S STRICT GUIDELINES

These following conduct rules apply to all wearing Wt dress – none are
exempt. By this way the purity and strength of our devoted cadre is
maintained.

Baba says, “Avadhuta must not remain in a lonely place with any female.”
(32 Rules For Avadhutas, pt #13)

Baba says, “One should not look at the face of the opposite sex except
at the time of nursing.” (37 Workers Rules, pt #15)

Baba says, “You will protect yourself from sexual weakness and luxury.”
(Fourteen Points, pt #12)

It is Baba’s grace that He has blessed us with rules and regulations in
all realms of life, by this way our Marga can be of a high moral
standard and not fall prey to sexual lapses as has happened with so many
churches, temples, spiritual groups, and so-called great sadhus etc.

Hence, nobody in our Marga is above the rules; all must adhere to Baba’s
stated guidelines.

WHAT ONE SENIOR DADA IS DOING

For all of the above reasons and more, many are telling that Dada
Nigama’nandji must pay heed. Because he spends all his time with one
particular Didi.

They talk together, smile together, walk together, talk together, travel
together, eat together, gossip together, joke together, and plan
together – among other things. Everything is done together; that is the
way Dada Nigamananda is reportedly conducting his life in connection
with one Didi.

Indeed they are so much like two peas in a pod, that if you have seen
Dada Nigamanandji in the last year or two, then most likely you know
exactly which Didi it is. Because they are always together.

What they do or don’t do physically is one matter, but they are so
mentally involved with one another that they can hardly tolerate being
separated. Such is the degree to which they are linked and attached.

The most common complaint about Dadaji is that it looks like he is
totally unable to exist without that Didi as his consort. They seem
inseparable – period.

Nigamananda recently brought that Didi with him all the way to Berlin
sector. The idea of being there without her was apparently more than his
heart could bear. So he arranged to bring her along.

The only question left to ask: Is Dada Nigamanandji bigger than Baba’s
conduct rules? Are we to simply overlook this nasty situation?

This is definitely a matter for us to carefully consider. One of the
most pressing matters is that our senior Dada Nigamanandji seems to have
indoctrinated his favoured Didi into behaving poorly wherever she goes.
Some of her latest ventures are recounted below.

Perhaps the biggest issue of all is that Dada’s example sets a poor
precedent for younger workers. It gives them the idea that they too need
not follow the AM conduct rules as given by Baba.

HOW DIDI HAS BEEN AFFECTED

Now let’s see some of the ways the unnamed Didi has been affected.

When in Delhi sector, this Didi spends cent-per-cent of her time with
Dada Nigamanandji, or entertaining other Dadas. Because that is what
Nigamanandji taught her to do.

And now she is spreading those “teachings” in other sectors.

Didi is so attached to Dada N that in order to be with him in Berlin
sector she pretended to have work in NY sector – that was the only way
she could manage to get to Berlin sector to be with Nigamananda. Didi
pretended her time in Europe was a mere stopover before going to NY.
Hence after the Berlin DMS Didiji toured NY – and here is what she did.

Upon arriving to NY, Didiji immediately glued herself to one Dada. She
went everywhere with this Dada. Because that is what Nigamanandji
trained her to do.

So right away she and one not-to-be-named Dada traveled together alone
in a car all over the USA and then they toured through Mexico as well.
And the entire time it was just the two of them in a car and then they
were together wherever they stayed at night.

It seems Baba’s divine conduct rules were just let in the dust as this
Didi and Dada traveled together, as though they were man and wife.

Didi acted as though the whole thing was quite natural since this is
what she does with Nigamanandji when in India and in fact she was in NY
to champion his cause. So she felt very “at home” moving around with
this new Dada – always at his hip.

However, most of the margiis were very uncomfortable seeing this.
Because the whole affair was very un-sannyasi-like. It was weird to be
watching this Dada and Didi go all over the place, confiding in each
other, and sharing each and every moment together. Everyone started
whispering and wondering about them – and rightly so.

Because all margiis understand this type of behaviour is totally against
Baba’s conduct rules. Yet Didi was quite casual about the whole affair.
Some say she encourages Dadas to go against wt conduct rules – all
because she has been an ongoing victim of Nigamananda’s ways.

Thus the poor dealing that Nigamananda taught her is spreading around
the globe – luring in other persons. That is the terrible harm.

All this has very serious ramifications – which we shall discuss.

DIDI CANNOT RELATE WITH DIDIS

First, one other point that must be added: Because of the wrong teaching
delivered by Nigamanandji, his favoured Didi is unable to develop
sisterly bonds or even manage normal conversations with other Didis.
Always she feels she must be with the Dadas – entertaining them in some
way or another.

That is why when in Delhi sector or any other land, this Didi keeps her
distance from other Didis. She neither works with them, nor travels with
them, nor speaks with them, nor eats with them. She is not friends with
the Didis.

Thus her entire approach is 100% polar opposite of Baba’s mandate.

Baba says, “It should be remembered that a woman’s friend is a woman and
a man’s friend is a man.” (CC-1)

All in all the plight of this Didi is a bit sad and unfortunate – and no
doubt the brunt of the blame rests on Nigamanandji’s shoulders.

THE RAMIFICATIONS

Here are some of the harmful repercussions of Nigamananda’s actions:

1) If a leader or group controller like Nigamananda is not following
Baba’s teachings in his personal life, then it becomes the trend amongst
junior workers to follow that misguided manner as well. And that is what
we see unfolding today.

2) Nowadays, there are a growing number of wts who follow this “loose
style” of living. It has begun spreading like cancer. To remedy the
situation a plan is underway to contact all such workers involved in
sketchy or questionable dealings and give them the opportunity to
rectify their behaviour. If they do not, the only option is to bring the
matter to one and all in hopes that circumstantial pressure will help
such workers to mend their ways. The main aim is to stop the loose
behaviour – not to expose a particular worker or pool of workers.

3) The vast majority of Wts are very good. They adhere to Sixteen Points
and they know how some Wts are behaving. Indeed it sickens them to see
such things. So they know what is going on but they do not want to
openly oppose such events, like Nigamananda’s manner, because that will
only invite unbearable victimisation. So they keep quiet.

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE

While at the outset, the tactic may not be to “go public” when we see
Dadas and Didis unusually close, what we can all do is softly and gently
approach those doing wrong and ask them to rectify their behavior. They
should not become one bad example such that in their old age they lose
sight of dharma, as happened with Nigamananda. That makes for their own
degradation and sends a poor message to new and younger workers. Thus we
should all help our workers adhere to the tenets of AM – this is first
and foremost for their welfare.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, we can bring our Marga back to its glory by setting an
example of pristine behaviour and inspiring or pressurizing others to do
the same. We cannot allow some Wts to slide in this way. Overlooking the
matter is not the answer, rather that only invites more problems.

Baba says, ‘Hence, all Ananda Margis, when they see other Margis acting
against the principles of yama and niyama, must make them shun this
habit either by sweet or harsh words or by dealing even more strictly.
Thus they will have to make the society strong.” (GHC)

Namaskar,
Parashakti

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What Every Intelligent Person Should Do

Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji says, “Each and every intelligent person of
the world, everyone who has an iota of intelligence, should try to goad all
their energies, all their propensities unto Him. He is the Supreme Shelter.
There is no alternative.” (AV-3, p.33)

Note: In today’s crude capitalist society where the degenerated ways of
materialism run rampant, the common people rush head-long into negative
activities. But we Ananda Margiis must not get affected or swayed by
this mass movement– where people run without thinking and ruin
themselves. Rather as sadhakas, we should do what is intelligent. We
should be intelligent. And per Baba’s above guideline the most
intelligent people are those sadhakas direct their energies toward Him
and surrender everything unto His lotus feet.

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From: Amriteshwar Verma
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 21:58:06
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Sweet Family Feeling

Baba

“Ogo priyo bolate pa’ro lukiye keno tha’ko…” (PS 2355)

Purport:

Baba, O’ my dearmost, You are so charming and attractive; I want Your
closeness. Baba, You are keeping Yourself hidden, can You please tell me
why You are doing this. This world is shining in the divine effulgence of
Your countless forms and expressions. Why then do You envelop Yourself in
the thick fog– keeping Yourself out of sight. Baba, please be gracious and
present Yourself.

Baba, those who desire to have You in dhyana want to secretly and
intimately express their feelings of the heart to You. Baba You are fully
aware about this desire of theirs; their thoughts and talks are all in Your
Cosmic mind. Why then don’t You satisfy their desire by coming close.

Baba, by Your causeless grace You are everyone’s Beloved; You are
everyone’s own. You are that nearest and dearest Entity to one and all.
Baba, You are beyond time; You are ever-new up to eternity. Nothing becomes
old with You; by Your grace You call everyone with newer and newer
expressions of love and affection.

Baba, You are the most charming Entity of this vast universe, please
grace me by coming close– deep within my heart…

== SWEET FAMILY FEELING ==

Namaskar,
Being the Parama Purusa, Baba Himself has created this entire universe and
He is attracting one and all with His divine force.

So His special force is attracting everything– animate and inanimate. And
on the human plane, all the jiivas are dancing around Him.

By His grace He has revealed that the most attractive feature is devotion.
For example whoever does sadhana then automatically they feel linked and
drawn towards one another. Whereas even laokika brothers may torture and
harass each other due to lack of proper sadhana.

THOSE PRE-1970 YEARS

Prior to 1970, Baba introduced sadhana year and all were involved in
devotional practices and by this way all felt connected with one and
another. All were helping each other.

So now we must revive that inner connection where it is missing yet at the
same time remember that in numerous places around that globe it is going
on– to some or more degree. And where sadhakas are engaged in sadhana and
then whether they are known to each other or not, but if they see one
another then naturally they will feel close.

So in any unit or any land where people do sadhana then they get the
attraction of Parama Purusa and by that way they start feeling oneness with
each other and help one another. And that is the real human family.

Indeed that is our family and that is our AM; by that way if we will follow
the 16 points and meditation system which Baba has given then there will
not be need for external pressure to unite, rather already unity will be a
natural resultant. Because devotion is the main attractive phenomena.

POSITIVE VIBRATION CREATED

In this way positive microvita gets created along with a soothing,
psycho-spiritual vibration. And everything worked out by His grace.
Here also is one of Baba’s teaching which He has given in Caryacarya.

Baba says, “One who does not come forward to help others when seeing a
person in distress is unworthy to be called a human being– he is a slur on
Ananda Marga”. (CC pt 2, p.9)

So what guideline Baba has given, margiis followed accordingly. Not out of
fear of the Guru, but because of their genuine, heart-felt loving feeling
to provide ‘service to others’.

Baba says, “All the beings of this universe are the kith and kin of one
another…Every problem is to be considered as the collective problem of
the universal humanity and it is to be resolved collectively…” (Ananda
Vanii #58)

MUST CHANGE THE PRESENT COURSE

So in this critical juncture where society is fragmented into thousands of
pieces, and people are thirsty of others’ blood. When huge clash is there
between different countries, & race and communal feelings, and bloodshed
are going on all around. In this critical juncture Baba advented Himself as
Mahasambhuti. We realise or not; we can see or not. But fact is fact, truth
is truth.

Some, because of their ignorance, think that this time Baba left His
physical body without establishing dharma. But true margiis feel that the
reality is something else: Mahasambhuti advents to establish dharma. So
when He advents then dharma gets established.

BABA’S ADVENT

If a certain individual is unable to see the existence of God then it does
not mean that God does not exist. Because we know that Baba has established
dharma on this earth. Many persons can see; many may not. But it does not
mean that it is not established.

Baba tells us in His discourse titled ‘Advent of the Lord’,

Yada Yada hi Dharmasya glanirbhavati Bharata…

Baba says, “That is whenever there is glani or downfall of Dharma, God appears on the
scene.”

The clear meaning is that Baba is Mahasambhuti and He advented Himself to
establish dharma. And when this work is finished, when dharma is
established, then HE left His physical body. And He is remaining with us in
Liila and Nityananda, eternally present.

So when the establishment of dharma is done, then only HE leaves this
physical body. Atheists may think that dharma is not established because in
their sight it is not visible. But those who have eyes to see, they are
already visualising that dharma is established.

SIMILAR TO LORD KRSNA’S TIME

No doubt it is a similar thing as what happened in Mahabharata period. Even
before starting the battle of Mahabharata, Lord Krsna showed to Arjuna the
whole scene. The grand victory of the Pandavas and the defeat of Kauravas.

But in the crude world it became manifest three weeks later.

Similar thing these days with Baba. Dharma got established in 1990 and
gradually according to our understanding we will realise.

So, Baba has created the vibration which is taking its shape and gradually
it is going to be visible to one and all. In very near future, everyone is
going to realise Baba’s following teaching from His discourse ‘Human
Society is One and Indivisble’,

“Sab tha’in mor ghar a’che a’mi sei ghar mari khujiya’, Deshe deshe mor
desh a’che a’mi…”

“My house is everywhere. How desperately I search for that house of mine.
Every country is my country. I shall surely discover that country of mine.
I may be a foreigner, but to whichever house I go, I find my own abode. I
will find the right door to enter the house. In every house live my dearest
relations. I am desperately searching for them.” (AFPS-2)

BABA’S BLESSING

We are fortunate and blessed ones. Because we are treading on the very path
which HE showed. So it is our duty to guide others and bring everyone on
the path of blessedness.

We all know that AM ideology is the solution of all the problems. And the
first and formost duty of we Ananda Margiis is to strictly follow Baba’s
guideline. And help others to also move on the path HE has shown– with the
only goal of pleasing HIM.

Thinking along these lines, I always feel deep hope about our future.
Because, after all, Baba has given us HIS assurance and blessing.

Baba says, “The night of cimmerian darkness is bound to disappear seeing the advent of
the dawn. That which is ever-true, which is eternal, is destined to be
illuminated with the rise of the crimson dawn. Be ready for the grand
ovation to that new crimson dawn in every house…” (AV #69).

Namaskar,
Amriteshwar

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Highly Refined Language

Baba says, “Pra’krta was the language of the common people. The scholars of
those days used to neglect this language and compose their literature in
Sanskrit. For this reason this highly refined language was called
“Sanskrit” which implies that it was not the people’s language; it was
written by refining the people’s language…When Krs’n’a would speak with
Duryodhana he would use Sanskrit but when he spoke with the Pandavas he
would speak in Shaorasenii Pra’krta because he had a close relationship
with the five Pandavas.” (Varna Vijiana, p.65)

In our AM society, the Sanskrit language is part and parcel of our
daily existence. Baba has infused the system where every initiated margii
receives a Sanskrit name, most of the chants are in Sanskrit, many of His
discourses are interwoven with Sanskrit shlokas, and the names of the
various wings of our organisation are mostly in Sanskrit etc. In that way
Sanskrit is part of the very pulsation of life in AM. Given this, we should
understand why Baba has selected Sanskrit to have such a special place in
our Marga. As Baba tells in the above quote the language is called Sankrit
because it is highly refined. That is the meaning behind the name. And we
can rationally conclude that Baba given this highly refined language a
sacred spot in our Marga because it nicely reflects the subtle aspects of
human existence and life divine.

The term ‘Shaorsen’ refers to an area outside Delhi near Mathura
and the language from that area is known as ‘Shaorasenii’. So the
linguistic relationship between Sharosen and Shaorasenii is the same as
that between Italy and Italian, Japan and Japanese, Russia and Russian,
Bengal and Bengali, Bhojpur and Bhojpuri, Spain and Spanish. The first term

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Date: 17 Aug 2010 22:41:55 -0000
From: “Subhash Dholakia”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Shravanii Purnima: Journey from Pre-historic Era

Baba

“Shra’van’ii pu’rn’ima’r katha’ a’j mane par’e…” (P.S. 4954)

Purport:

Baba, today the divine story of Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ is coming in my
mind, in my heart. O’ Bandhu, the memory of Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ is
floating in my mind. The glorious advent of that historical day is still
fresh in my mind when the divine play between the staticity and divinity
started happening [1]. That time the sweet fragrant air was saturated
with the aroma of the night jasmine; it was permeating the entire
atmosphere.This yuthika’ flower was full of sweetness & love. A sweet,
mild breeze was blowing and various creatures including frogs were
singing the chorus with great joy. On the crude mind, the grace of
Supreme Consciousness happened with the divine force of ista mantra
shakti. On that very day of Shravanii Purnima new vibrations of
effulgence were created on this earth as the radiant effulgence pierced
through the fog & the darkness. O’ Baba, the memory of that Shra’van’ii
Pu’rn’ima’ is still fresh in my mind, by Your grace…

[1] Here Baba is poetically referring to when the first initiate
Kalicharanji was blessed by receiving initiation then he started
repeating his Ista mantra & with the incantative power of the mantra his
sleeping divinity was aroused.

== SHRAVANII PURNIMA ==

~ JOURNEY FROM PRE-HISTORIC ERA TO PRESENT DAY ~

Namaskar,
With our AM festival of Shravanii Purnima (23 Aug 2010) up and coming,
as a family this is a perfect time to contemplate the great significance
of this most blessed day. For it was on this very occasion, in 1939,
that the Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji began the holy mission of Ananda
Marga. And it is this very mission that will lead the entire humanity up
to its unparalleled glory.

THAT PRE-HISTORIC ERA

The human race has had an arduous and long journey up to this present
era. Verily, it was ions and ions ago that humans first came onto this
earth.

Baba says, “Human beings were born onto this earth about one million
years ago.” (AV-5)

Yet those early humans were quite undeveloped in their ways. Due to so
many hardships and the struggle for survival, those early human could
not advance.

Baba says, “In prehistoric times people were no better than animals.
There was no difference between primitive humans living in caves and
ape-men and proto-apes living in caves.” (APH-6)

So for tens and even hundreds of thousands of years, humans were just
wallowing in animalistic ways, unable to develop mentally or live in a
remotely civilised way.

THE FIRST SIGNS OF PROGRESS

Considering that humans came on this earth so very long ago, it was only
relatively recently that they could progress.

Baba says, “Humanity’s journey on the path of civilization started only
15,000 years ago. This can be inferred from the fact that human beings
began evolving language about this time.” (AFPS-9)

So it was around 15,000 years ago, that those few early rishis and munis
first propounded the vedas and began asking existential questions such
as ‘who am I’, ‘from where have I come’, and ‘what is the goal of life’.
Thus began the human quest for truth and divine realisation.

THE ADVENT OF TWO MAHASAMBHUTIS

However, it would still take thousands of more years for the general
society to also begin its advancement.

Baba says, “A full-fledged civilization, with the four symbols of
advancement – agriculture, the wheel, dress and script – started only
about 7000 years ago. Human beings had grasped the rudimentals of these
four inventions by this time. Pictorial letters were invented less than
7000 years ago, and philosophy was discovered about 4000 years ago.”
(AFPS-9)

Thus it was only 7000 years ago with the advent of Lord Shiva that human
beings could live in a more organised and civilised way. It needed the
advent of a Mahasambhuti to pull human beings up to this respectable
level where they could formulate the basis of a civilised society.

And that progress continued for some time but then stalled again. At
that point, 3500 years later, the next Mahasambhuti took advent on this
earth. With Sri Krsna’s advent, humans progressed in many ways,
including how to make a more personal link with God. But even then the
progress was slow as it took the humanity hundreds and thousands of
years to realise Sri Krsna’s teachings. Not until the birth of great
devotees like Mirabai and Caetanya Mahaprabhu could people get a glimpse
of Krnsa’s intimate guidelines– and even then many of His teachings
were lost. And once again the society fell into stagnancy.

BABA’S DIVINE ADVENT, SHRAVANII PURNIMA,

AND THE START OF THE ANANDA MARGA MISSION

And that stagnancy continued, or even worsened, right up until this
ultra-modern era of the 20th century. Materialism, communism,
atheism,and religious dogmas had covered the earth. There was no light
in any direction and even the good people could not find the way to pull
society forward. In that desperate and bleak circumstance where people
were sunk in gloom, ignorance, and suffering, there was the dire need
for the advent of a Great Personality.

Baba says, “At the transitional point, human beings become confused:
they lose the ability to discriminate between dharma and adharma, what
they should and what they should not do. At that moment, the advent of a
great personality becomes an imperative necessity… to teach people
what dharma is and what adharma is, what to do and what not to do, and
which path would bring the highest fulfilment in their lives. He arrived
at the right time, the transitional period in history.” (NKS, Disc: 16)

Baba graciously took advent and manifested Himself in 1921, this divine
truth we all know. And it was only a short 18 years later, on the day of
Shravanii Purnima in 1939, that He graciously began the great mission of
Ananda Marga by initiating His first disciple into AM sadhana.

Baba says, “This is Shra’van’ii Purnima. It is an important day….That
was the first spiritual initiation I ever imparted to anyone. And that
same day, Shra’van’ii Purnima, has again returned.” (AFPS-5, ‘Shravanii
Purnima’ Discourse)

So although the organisation AMPS was not formed until 1955, the great
ideological and devotional mission of Ananda Marga formally began years
earlier in 1939 with the first initiation on Shravanii Purnima.

HUMANITY HAS A NEW PATHWAY

Hence the day of Shravanii Purnima bears great significance because it
is this very initiation into AM sadhana that marks the beginning of a
new era for the humanity.

Baba says, “…The light of sa’dhana’ shall dispel the thick darkness,
notwithstanding the night of the pangs of humanity. Sunshine is destined
in human life.” (A’nanda Va’nii #39)

So on Shravanii Purnima (1939), Baba graced the humanity by founding His
ideological mission and beginning the devotional cult of AM sadhana. We
can say this day truly marks the inception of Ananda Marga. And each
year we observe this special occasion as one of our AM festivals.

And it is not just a festival of Ananda Marga, it is a day that bears
significance to all. Because Baba’s teachings are for everyone– the
entire humanity. None will be left behind; all will be served and
respected; and all will be given the opportunity and scope to advance on
the path of spirituality.

By His divine advent and with the teaching of sadhana, Baba has given a
pathway for all to move ahead and establish themselves in the highest
glory and drift in His bliss.

PRESENT AND FUTURE VANGUARDS

OF THE SOCIETY

Thus Shravanii Purnima is the occasion that celebrates how the Lord and
has come with a mission and showed the path to all.

And since 1939, those who have come onto the path of AM sadhana and
taught that dharma to others, they are the veritable vanguards of the
society. They are the venerable ones. And those who are now following
the ideological mission and devotional cult of AM today will one day be
venerated by others.

Because Baba has given the pathway and those humans who share that with
others and watch over society’s growth and development are the true
vanguards.

Baba says, “Yours should be a glorious march towards the Supreme Goal,
and you should remember that you are not to pause a moment during this
movement. The entire human society is anxiously waiting for you, for
your service. You will have to shoulder a great responsibility for this
suffering humanity. You know that humanity is bleeding, and you will
have to save it. You should remember that if you do not help humanity,
who else will come and shoulder the responsibility? It is you, you are
to do everything. You are the torch bearers of human civilization. You
are the pioneers of the human march, you are the vanguards of the new
civilization.” (Baba, ‘Social Discourses’)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we are fortunate to have come on the path of AM. It is
this very path that will lead us and the entire humanity to the apex our
human existence– life divine. And it is this very path which began on
Shravanii Purnima day in 1939. As the festival of this day is again upon
us, may we all experience His bliss and blessing on this most momentous
and memorable occasion and share that love with one and all.

Baba says, “Oh! the followers of Ananda Marga, march along the path of
satya and awaken the satya hidden in you. Develop the cosmic
consciousness that is latent in you. In the same manner as Bhagiratha
through his sagacious powers summoned the holy currents of the
Gangottarii through the dark mountain-chasms. Through those currents of
satya, enliven your society and carry it along on the path of the
infinite ocean of inseparable souls which are awakening on the road to
the Supreme Union – the holy confluence of the sea. When this is
attained, there will be no mean wanderings or the externalized struggle
for existence. There will be one Universal “You” who will forget is own
self in the serenity of the serene, the serene, the exaltation of
Consciousness and the holy touch of the supremely blessed.” (SS-1)

Namaskar,
Subhash

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Eternal Truth

Baba says, “The fact is that human ability, human capability and human
efficiency are almost nil. Nothing really belongs to a human. He gets
everything from the Supreme Entity. If he does not take food for
three or four days continuously – of for three, four or five years –
then nothing will be left of him. He will not be able to speak or
move. Thus, nothing belongs to humans. A bhakta knows that what
belongs to him is His, because he is His.” (AV-2, p.6)

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Date: 16 Aug 2010 22:41:08 -0000
From: “Subhash Dholakia”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Dog Analogy is Right One….

Baba

“Sukhe ele na’ko, shoke sa’ntvana’ dite ele…” (PS 3091)

Purport:

Baba, when I was feeling happy and content that time You did not come.
Those days I was so enamoured with myself and I was so involved in my
own glory that I did not even think to call You. So You did not come.
But when I lost all that happiness and when I become drowned in my
sorrows of self pity and when I was suffering and overwhelmed by various
problems, then by Your grace You immediately came and consoled me. Baba
in that desperate moment You graciously relieved me of my grief. Baba, I
did not ever feel that You are mine. In this life I was always suffering
from the vanity and ego of my own I-feeling. Those days I was thinking
that ‘I am everything’. Due to my ego I did not accept You as the
Supreme One– as my Goal. I did not take You as that most loving One who
can solve all my problems; I did not surrender at Your feet. Baba, even
then by Your grace You advented deep inside my heart and became mine.
And now I understand that You are ever helpful and that You remain with
me always.

Baba, those days when I was overwhelmed by that severe suffering, I did
not outrightly tell You about my problems. I did not openly say
anything. I did not express my pain to You. But because You are
ever-present in my heart and because You are my eternal shelter, with
Your infinite compassion You fully understood the desperated state of my
mind– You understood my sorrow. And by Your grace You instantly poured
Your eternal sweetness and love. By Your grace You filled my whole
existence with Your divine bliss.

Baba, due to my ego and vantiy I could not recognise you. You were
showering huge grace on me but I could not recognicse that. I thought
that due to my own qualities everything was happening. In those happpy
times I could not recognise You. Only did I begin to recognise You in my
sorrow. Baba, in my state of terrible suffering, when the mountain of
misery started falling on my head, then all my friends left me. I was
all alone. When I was happy then they were along with me but when I
became sunk in misery all those friends disappeared. Baba, You are the
exact opposite. When I was sunk in woe then by Your grace You
immediately came and removed all my pains and troubles. Baba You bathed
me in Your infinite love. Filling my I-feeling with Your bliss, You
surrounded me each and every second. Baba, You showereed Your grace and
saturated my heart.

Baba, You are so gracious. You are love Personified. You have done
everything for me. Baba, I surrender at Your alter…

DOG CHEWING BONE ANALOGY IS THE RIGHT ONE

FOR CHASING AFTER WORLDLY PLEASURES

Namaskar,
Throughout His teachings Baba has presented us with various analogies
that shed light onto our journey on the spiritual path.

These following two analogies– about the musk deer and the dog chewing
the bone– contain golden nuggets of guidelines about how we should
proceed in our spiritual life as well as how we can avoid the missteps
of material cravings.

ANALOGY OF MUSK DEER

Baba tells again and again that we must not seek Him in the external
world, rather we are to seek Him within. In His discourses and in
Prabhat Samgiita He emphasizes this point repeatedly.

Always He warns us of the danger of looking for Him externally.

Dura’t sudure…

By looking for Him externally, the sadhaka only pushes Parama Purusa
further and further away, beyond the grasp. Even then, in their dogmatic
worship, so many seekers and religious fanatics fall into this negative
cycle.

By worshiping idols, taking pilgrimages, declaring jihad, and following
so-called Mahaprayan, various people think they are doing things that
will enable them to attain Him. But this is not just not so. He is
within and they are going without. Their pitiful plight is just like
this analogy about the musk deer.

Baba says, “The other meaning of gandhacelika’ is “sweet scented musk
accumulated in and around the navel portion of the musk deer.” The musk
deer lives in cold countries and looks ugly, but the hormone secreted
from its glands gradually accumulates in the navel. Eventually the
liquid portion evaporates and the remainder becomes hard, and the harder
it gets, the stronger its fragrance becomes. The female deer does not
have this musk scent. The male deer becomes so intoxicated with its own
fragrance that it goes berserk searching for the source of the smell. It
fails to realize that the source of the smell is its own navel.
Ultimately, after much running, the exhausted musk deer falls down
dead.” (MVNS)

Just as the musk deer falls down tired and ultimately dead after its
failed pursuit of trying to find that aromatic smell in the external
world, the same is true of those idol worshipers and jihadists who seek
their god through external objects and displays. In the end they do not
get Him, and instead fall down tired or dead. Then in their next life
they get transmuted into rock, iron, or even stone.

So we should be sure that our approach is introversial and
psycho-spiritual, where we seek Him within. We must not run around
senselessly like the musk deer, as those religious fanatics do, not
knowing that that what we ultimately seek lies within. That is Baba’s
teachings about the musk deer analogy.

ANALOGY OF DOG CHEWING BONE

In this next analogy, Baba shows us how chasing after temporary or
worldly enjoyments occurs at the expense of our own self, of our own
vital energy.

Baba says, “The situation is likened to that of a dog when it chews a
dry bone. The bone contains nothing – no marrow, no flesh, nothing.
While chewing that dry bone, its lips get cut and blood oozes out, and
when the poor dog tastes the blood, it thinks that it is tasting blood
from the bone, and licks even more. If you forcibly snatch the dry bone
from the dog, the dog will whimper, because it will feel that its food
is being taken away.” (SS-21)

In the above analogy the dog is chewing its bone and getting nothing in
return. Rather it is depriving itself of its own life force– its own
blood– yet thinking that it is getting something very tasty in return.

Such is the fate of so many who chase after material things.

Those who drink liquor think that they are drinking the nectar of life
and getting so much happiness. But in fact they are not getting
anything, and their drunkenness is coming at the expense of their own
liver. That organ is getting destroyed by alcohol, yet the drinker
thinks that the alcohol is giving him so much joy.

Such a person is no different from the dog that is merely sucking on its
own blood when chewing the dry bone.

Then of course there are those who think that sensual / sexual pleasures
are giving them so much happiness in the world. But those escapades are
merely depriving a person of their own lymph which is the seed of
spiritual knowledge and bliss.

So again it is a losing scenario. The person thinks that in having sex
they are getting everything, when in fact nothing is gotten, rather one
is losing their own vital force.

And same is the case with so many things including sumptuous food,
money, prestige, automobiles etc. People mistakenly think that they are
getting an abundance of pleasure from this mundane world when in fact
they are getting fleeting joy, i.e. nothing at all, at the expense of
their own inner vitality.

The basic ideas is that in the mundane sphere we are always spending
something to get nothing. That is what dog and the dry bone analogy is
all about. That is what Baba is teaching us.

CAN ONLY GAIN FROM SPIRITUAL SPHERE

It is only in the spiritual sphere that we can get something. Only
through spiritual practice can we get lasting happiness. When the mind
rises up and feels His touch then nectar secretes from the pineal gland
and we feel a’nandam, or bliss.

In worldly spheres, our “happiness” comes from depleting our own
energies. In the spiritual sphere, our happiness comes by enhancing our
energy by receiving spiritual nectar.

That is the dramatic difference between mundane pleasures and spiritual
bliss.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace He has given us graphic analogies whereby we can clearly
understand His important life teachings and progress along the path of
Supreme Benevolence by seeking Him within and not wasting our time with
chasing after mundane pleasures.

Namaskar,
Subhash

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Allopathic Medicines Not Good

Baba says, “When people take allopathic medicine to cure a disease, the
medicine disturbs the ecological balance of the body because more
negative microvita get concentrated at the point of the disease.
Allopathic medicines do not kill diseases — diseases die by their own
natural death. Although the medicine may check the disease, the
increased concentration of negative microvita can overcome the effect of
the medicine. In fact, the increased concentration of negative microvita
caused by allopathic medicines creates many new types of diseases, and
due to this, two or three new diseases are presently being created every
decade. So what is the solution to this problem? Our approach should be
two fold– external and internal. Externally we should take medicines to
check diseases, but internally we should perform spiritual practice.”
(MVNS, p.136)

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Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2010 22:23:07 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: News: Fight btwn R & N from Ranchi to Berlin
From: RB_MAURYA@ecectronic…

Baba

“Sukhe dukhe a’mi toma’y bha’loba’si, toma’r tare ka’ndi ha’si…” (P.S.
2679)

Purport:

Baba, in both my pleasure and pain I love You. I cry as well as laugh
for You. My entire existence is revolving around You. You are my
everything. You are the jewel of my heart– the most precious and
attractive thing. In my mental sky You are the only shining Entity, like
the full moon. You are my everything.

Baba, I do not know since which hoary past You came in my life. And
when You made everything effulgent. You created this world and since the
dawn of this creation You are. Since that time the divine effulgence is
still shining as it is–unchanged. It did not become faint. It does not
obey the time factor. It is eternal.

Baba, You are One but You are expressing Yourself in infinite ways.
You are that Singular Entity but also You have created many. This whole
creation is also Your form. So You are always playing Your divine liila
with this world which You have created. This divine liila is a mix of
darkness and effulgence. By this way and with the attraction of Your
love, sometimes You keep me close and sometimes You keep Yourself at a
distance.

Baba I am singing Your name and keeping Your warm feeling in my
heart– all the time, day and night. 24hrs. It is Your grace…

NEWS:

FIGHT BETWEEN RUDRANANDA & NIGAMANANDA

FROM RANCHI TO BERLIN

Namaskar,
Here is a behind-the-scenes account of the drama within H group
regarding the planning and preparation of the recently held summer 2010
DMS in Berlin sector.

INCREASING TENSIONS OVER THE LAST YEAR

For the last 6 months, 1 year or even longer, H group Dadas Rudrananda
and Nigamananda have been harsh rivals – never speaking to each other in
a personal way and just leg-pulling and backbiting each other, as well
as criticizing one another behind the back. Their entire rivalry is
based on grabbing power and trying to gain support from other workers in
an effort to increase their own strength and political position.

Rudrananda and Nigamananda share a common room in Ranchi to show to the
margiis that they are united, but they never go there at the same time.
They never talk to each other either. On certain occasions they talk in
official meetings, but on a personal level, or one-on-one, they never
talk. They have come to hate each other.

Thus their struggle as to who would accompany PP Dada to Berlin sector
for the DMS was quite bitter.

PLANNING FOR SUMMER DMS 2010 IN BERLIN SECTOR:

PP’S SURPRISING SELECTION

For some time, H group personnel had their sights set on holding a DMS
in Berlin sector for the summer of 2010. All kinds of plannings and
preparations were in place, but in the critical hour, the so-called PP
Dada Vishvadevananda rejected the plan for Rudrananda to attend. Instead
Nigamananda got the green light to go.

This was a shocking turn of events. Rudrananda became totally frustrated
and furious and vowed to fight back – in his own sweet-talking sort of
way. Before going into all the details of Rudrananda’s state of affairs,
it has to be explained why PP selected Nigamananda to accompany him.

In a nutshell, Nigamananda has GS Dada Dhruvananda in his pocket. As you
probably know, GS Dada is very ill right now and basically incapacitated
– his brain is not working. In the name of GS, Nigamananda had it
ordered that he (Dada N) should be the representative to accompany PP to
Berlin sector. Because whatever Nigamananda suggests is what GS
approves. In that way, Nigamananda got the vote to go.

PP Dada – who is supposed to be a neutral pawn of both Nigamananda &
Rudrananda – sided with GS Dada’s so-called decision. Why? Because PP
Vishvadevananda is not the legal head and has no power in the eyes of
the law; GS Dada is the legal head. Thus when Nigamananda’s name was put
forth by GS, then PP did not want to challenge that as he did not want
to risk his own stature should it go to the courts. In sum, PP felt he
could not reject GS Dada’s proposal of appointing Nigamananda to go to
Berlin as the special envoy.

This set off a fire in Rudrananda’s mind.

Here it should be noted that both Chitpavanananda & Ranjneshwarananda –
both of whom are cadre of Nigamananda – helped reject Rudrananda’s
application. After all, somebody had to be rejected – Nigamananda or
Rudrananda – because when they are such fierce rivals and not on
speaking terms, then it would not have been possible for them both to
accompany PP Dada to Berlin sector for DMS.

So PP rejected Rudrananda so as not to deviate from the desk of GS.

RUDRANANDA GOES ANYWAY

& CARRIES OUT HIS OWN PLAN

But Rudrannadaji, well known to all for his rigidness, secretly went to
Sweden and stayed there for a month. This was done out of reaction, but
also with a plan in mind.

By going to Sweden, Rudrananda prepared the field so he could increase
his own power. He held many meetings with different groups of people –
he even had a conference meeting with a few didis from different
sectors: Didi Tapasuddha (GT Sector), Didi Rupadhara (NY sector), Didi
Danvrata (Berlin sector), and Didi Manika (Berlin Sector). Rudrananda
gave them assurance that in near future that he, as the H group leader,
will give them high posts and make them SWWS of their respective sectors.

By this tactic Rudrananda won the trust of such Didis. He promised that
he would throw out those few top Didis who sided with Nigamananda’s party.

MORE ABOUT HIS WORKING STYLE:

HOW RUDRANANDA HAS TAKEN THE DIDIS

In essence Rudrananda is employing the same strategy as Tirthanand (EC)
did: Take Didis in hand. So by now, Rudrananda has almost taken almost
all the H group / Ranchi camp Didis in his hand with help of his gunda
dadas. Rudrananda told them to establish sentimental links with all the
Didis – and at the same time Rudrananda has promised them that they will
become SWWS of their sectors, respectively. In addition, some of the top
central Didis also are in Rudrananda’s palm.

The H group Didis are basically led by Ananda Dyotona and Ananda
Abhisambuddha. But Rudrananda has captured all of them in his
sentimental grip – all except Ananda Dyotona who has a soft spot for
Nigamananda.

**By this way Rudrananda is creating big problems for the present SWWS
of Berlin sector, Didi Ananda Praveda, because she is also one of the
few followers of Nigamananda and Ananda Dyotana. So Rudrananda is very
cleverly trying to throw her out from the Berlin sector and install
Ananda Danvrata (presently in Norway) as the head Didi of the sector.

Basically Rudrananda is bringing more Didis into his fold and throwing
out those who support his rival. This is what he plotted during his
recent trip to Berlin sector.

MORE ABOUT RUDRANANDA’S CONTROL

Almost all the main workers of Ranchi group are in the hand of
Rudrananda. Indeed Rudrananada is gearing up to throw out Nigamananda.
Rudrananda is merely waiting for right time. The recent DMS debacle has
only hastened that moment. With this view, Rudrananda went to Europe/
Sweden and contacted many wts.

Everyone should know that Rudrananda is a sweet talker and a shrewd
diplomat. He has the knack to win over the support of other workers.
Rudrananda tells various wts: “I am the guardian of Baba; I will not
allow any wrong person to come inside and go against Baba’s guidelines.”

With his seemingly charming nature and so-called promises, Rudrananda is
able to bring people under his spell.

Verily, by this point, Dada Nigamananda has basically lost this battle.
So now Rudrananda is merely waiting for the most opportune moment to
take over the entire faction and push Nigamananda aside.

Rudrananda’s main fear is that Nigamananda still has GS Dada Dhruvananda
in his pocket. Plus Rudrananda is slightly concerned about how difficult
it will be to collect money for their legal cases once Nigamananda is gone.

WHERE THINGS ARE NOW:

RUDRANANDA WANTS TO JETTISON PP DADA

With the recent DMS debacle in his rear-view mirror, Rudrananda has set
his course of action.

Rudrananda thinks that he should throw PP Dada away and have all the
power. This DMS incident is the first time when PP took a stand against
him. This “PP” was supposed to behave equally to both Rudrananda and
Nigamananda; that is why he was selected.

Actually when the election for the new so-called PP was going on, then
both Rudrananda and Nigamananda wanted to become PP themselves. But this
could not happen because it is not possible to have two PPs and they
could not trust each other to become PP. So they had to compromise and
go with a third party candidate, i.e. Dada Vishvadevananda. In
Vishvadevananda they found a donkey that both of them could ride.
Vishvadevananda accept both equally as owners.

The idea was that practically speaking the PP post would be split
half-half between Nigamananda and Rudrananda, and that it would be
executed by their spoon, Vishvadevananda.

But now that PP has openly supported Nigamananda on this point of Berlin
DMS, Rudrananda got very frustrated and he is going to take revenge soon.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace if we all pay heed to His below teaching, we will be
able to know who is who and not allow our Marga to fall into the hands
of any group leader.

Baba says, “Those guided by group psychology are like ravenous tigers. Of
all the different types of flesh, human flesh is said to be the most
delicious. That’s why the tiger that has once tasted human flesh will raid
a village if it cannot get human flesh in the jungles. If it happens to see
human beings nearby, it will immediately attack them without bothering for
domestic cattle. Where the analytical [groupist] approach is engraved in
people’s social psychology, separatist tendencies flow through their bones, blood
and marrow. Such people become extremely avaricious for human flesh.”
(AFPS-8, p. 49-50)

Namaskar,
Rambabu

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The Place of Occult Powers in AM

Baba says, “In spiritual life as well as in ordinary life, if one retains
simplicity it is helpful for the attainment of God; through this one’s life
and mind become filled with the effulgence of Parama Purusa. This is the
supreme attainment. Spying out every nook and cranny of the eight occult
powers is another name for stupidity.” (SC-2, p.149)

Note: Unfortunately in the general society people think that occult powers
themselves are the essence of spirituality. Indeed, devoid of occult
powers, such persons do not have any concept of spirituality. In AM however
it is different; it is not like that. In our Marga devotion gets utmost
importance.

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Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2010 22:01:14 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: J.Young
Subject: My Letharginess

Baba

PS Intro: This song is the expression of a one great devotee who is crying
in yearning and longing for Parama Purusa. But because Parama Purusa does
not respond with the degree of closeness that the devotee wants to get Him,
then in that state of mind the devotee starts accusing Parama Purusa of
being heartless.

“Toma’r ka’che a’ma’r prashna, shono ogo bedaradii… (P.S. 726)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa I have a few questions for You. Please listen:

What a liila You have made. When infants are born, why do they cry? And
why do they suffer throughout their entire life. When You create everything
by Your mere thought, then why don’t You make it such that everyone is
always laughing, full of smiles, and feeling happy. Please tell me O’
heartless One.

The tender new flower blossom gets bitten by insects and destroyed. Such
a cruel liila You play. You fill the heart of the sweet, tender flower with
nectar but that very nectar is eaten away by the ugly black bumble bee. Why
like this?

When smiles and laughter brings new charm & rejuvenation into the life,
then why is it not available in the market? Why is it that the small little
baby, which is as tender as a flower, cries bitterly all the 24 hrs. Such a
painful liila You do. O’ Parama Purusa some more questions are there.

You have created this entire creation then why all this disparity. That
a small few are enjoying with their dainties and delicacies and other are
starving without even a plain meal. Why like this.

At the time of evening sunset, everything is very beautiful, charming
and so attractive and then within a short time it is lost in deep darkness.
Why do You not allow this sweetness to last longer.

O’ Parama Purusa, it is eternal truth that You are constantly living
with each and everyone through Your ota and prota yoga. In spite of this
why does the mind often go in a negative direction. Why like this? Why
don’t You control the situation.

O Parama Purusa, O’ my dearmost, O’ heartless One, please reply all
these questions and come close to me. I am crying day and night for You but
You never pay heed…

Note: There are two types of persons accuse Parama Purusa. One is those who
are atheist types of people and another is those whose devotion is above
normal. They feel so close to Him that they feel in their heart that they
have the right to accuse Parama Purusa. It is just like how small little
babies who accuse their mother for being away. So this type of accusation
is just one of the sweet expressions of life because everybody knows that
babies have such a loving relation with their mother. The same then is the
case of those devotees who accuse Parama Purusa.

== MY LETHARGINESS ==

Namaskar,
Following is a personal account based on my own journey in sadhana. Of
course, Baba’s grace is behind our each and every breath, so I cannot
really say that this is “my own journey in sadhana”. The sense, however,
that I wish to convey is that this letter tells the story of my personal
ups and downs as a sadhaka.

At times, by Baba’s grace there were days when sadhana was quite a strong
and vital force that shaped my life in countless ways. Those days were
really special and I cherish those moments dearly– as the most wonderful
part of my life.

In contrast, due to my own ineptitude & laziness, on other occasions my
life has also become a barren wasteland of lost spiritual opportunities. I
understand now that this happens due to what Baba terms as ‘spiritual
lethargy’.

Baba says, “Of all the different types of lethargy, spiritual lethargy is
the worst. Spiritual lethargy means not to sit for meditation regularly.
Those with spiritual lethargy have time for all other actions, but for
spiritual practice there seems to be no time. They say, ‘It’s already late
today – I’ll do a short meditation right now, and devote more time to
sa’dhana’ tomorrow.’ They sit attentively inside the cinema hall, but in
dharma sa’dhana’ they feel sleepy.” (1 January 1971 DMC, Patna)

Perhaps others have also experienced sort of thing, I cannot say. But I do
know that this has happened to me. And if my writing about this helps
others to avoid this problem, then that will be the greatest outcome of
this otherwise most unfortunate period of my life.

SADHANA IS THE MAIN THING

In our Ananda Marga, Baba places maximum emphasis on sadhana and encourages
us to progress on this blessed path. This we all know well.

Baba says, “The only aim of life is spiritual practice– the realization of
the Supreme. Thus people will have to continue their spiritual practice as
the primary mission in life.” (NSS, Disc: 13)

So our entire human existence must be aimed towards spiritual growth and
development. We are to dedicate ourselves to divine realisation– and not
towards any other secondary thing.

Here again is Baba’s reminder about the importance of our spiritual
practices.

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)

WHAT HAPPENED TO ME

Thus it is clear that sadhana is the main endevour of our lives. And in my
younger days, by Baba’s grace sadhana was a regular and active part of my
life. My sadhana times were set and even more important than that was that
throughout the day the yearning was present to do more sadhana. So when it
was time to start sadhana, my mind was ready and there was psychic
momentum. By Baba’s grace, my mind longed to chant His name and come in
contact with His blissful presence. For some time, my life passed in this
sweet way. Sadhana was everything for me those days. And I thought that it
would last like this up till eternity– little did I know, however, what
lied ahead.

Where & when the switchover took place I cannot say. But little by little
sadhana began to take less of a precedence in my life. It is entirely my
fault. Because step by step I began to give greater emphasis to other
pursuits. How and what those things were I cannot say. Just I can tell that
as my interest in sadhana waned– then all of a sudden anything and
everything became more important than sadhana.

Indeed this grew to such a degree, that now today I can hardly even start
sadhana. It just gets delayed and delayed: Either I will go get a drink of
water, or write one last email, or move things around in my room, or browse
one more web site, or make one final phone call, or write something down on
my ‘to do’ list. Really the array of things I place ahead of sadhana are
endless. Such that when I finally sit down for meditation then all my
energy is gone, totally depleted. In that state, sadhana is little more
than a passive way of remaining in a slouched position.

There is no devotional yearning, there is no mantraghat, and there hardly
is even the smallest amount of concentration. Plus in the end I think, ‘Ok,
that is fine and well for today, but next time will be different.’ Sadly
enough, the next day the same exact thing happens– the same problems
occurs. I cannot seem to break the cycle.

When my acarya came to my house recently and saw my condition then he
showed me this following quote. It did not take much for me to realize that
this is exactly what has happened to me.

Baba says, “Spiritual lethargy means not to sit for meditation regularly.
Those with spiritual lethargy have time for all other actions, but for
spiritual practice there seems to be no time. They say, ‘It’s already late
today – I’ll do a short meditation right now, and devote more time to
sa’dhana’ tomorrow.’ They sit attentively inside the cinema hall, but in
dharma sa’dhana’ they feel sleepy.” (1 January 1971 DMC, Patna)

This is exactly my condition. In the intellectual sphere, in the social
sphere, in the physical sphere, I have a huge amount of energy. My life is
busier than ever before. My days pass in a vast array of activities. So it
is not that I am physically ill or mentally handicapped. I cannot lay the
blame in that direction.

The only problem is that I have become very, very lazy in sadhana. And that
Baba specifically names as spiritual lethargy. And He furthermore says that
this is the worst type of problem that can befall any human being.
Baba says, “Of all the different types of lethargy, spiritual lethargy is
the worst.” (1 January 1971 DMC, Patna)

JUST MUNDANE & ORDINARY

Coming into the Marga, I had so many hopeful and grand aspirations of
becoming as asset to Baba’s mission. In the most tender moments of my
devotional life, I came to feel how He lovingly cares for me in every way
imaginable. He guides and protects me in all circumstances, with His
infinite grace. So the feeling aroused to dedicate my all for Baba. I
sincerely wanted to make my life exemplary– a reflection of AM teachings.
This was my internal desire.

But the way things are going now in my life, all I can say is, ‘What has
become of me– I am so far from that initial dream’. Just I am floundering
along and sadhana is completely missing.

Here in His below teaching Baba pointedly describes what happens to people
such as myself. Instead of realising one’s potential, due to spiritual
lethargy, life just passes in a most mundane and common manner.

Baba says, “Every human being, from the age of fourteen or fifteen, has an
innate desire to ideate on Parama Purus’a. With cosmic ideation one will
attain vast expansion of mind, one will become great in all respects. No
one can check the all-round growth of such a person. People realize this
and yet ignore it and thus waste their time getting old for nothing. That
is, they waste their time in non-spiritual pursuits. This is called
‘spiritual lethargy’. It causes the greatest harm to human life because it
results in only a very small percentage of the human potentiality – maybe
one or two percent – being utilized by humans…Due to spiritual lethargy
people are unable to grow, and thus remain very ordinary. They come to the
world, live, decay and die as ordinary human beings.” (AV-8)

THE GREATNESS OF TANTRA

Baba has come onto this earth and blessed us with all tools and practices
to overcome obstacles and difficulties. And even more specifically, the
tantra of Taraka Brahma crushes and elimintes all kinds of spiritual
letharginess.

Baba says, “‘Tan’ means ‘dullness’, ‘lethargy’ and ‘tra’ means liberator.
That which liberates you from spiritual dullness, spiritual lethargy is
Tantra.” (AV-2, A’gama and Nigama)

So as we sincerely follow His guidelines and involve in AM intuitional
practices (sadhana), then it is sure that all spiritual letharginess will
vanish from the life. In which case we will become proper mediums to serve
Him and establish His mission, by His grace.

BABA’S FINAL WARNING

Here Baba severely warns us about what will happen if one gives greater
priority worldly pursuits and forgets their sadhana.

Baba says, “Some people think early in life, even at the age of twelve or
fourteen, about how they can utilize cent percent of their psychic power
and perfect themselves through spiritual practices. Unfortunately, due to
lethargy, they fail to utilize their capacity and thus their potentiality
gradually diminishes.” (AV-7)

Unfortunately, due to forgetting my priorities in life, I have fallen from
the spiritual flow– my mind has gone down. By placing too much emphasis on
mundane things, my sadhana has become a mere afterthought. I do meditation
so I can eat my meal– that is all.

Only at this point I can ask him for His grace and try step by step to give
greater emphasis on sadhana and spend less time surfing the web, thinking
about by business, and letting the time go by uselessly.

Because all this has happened to me and I became so unresponsive to the
task of doing sadhana, I decided to call this letter, ‘My Letharginess’. It
is my deep hope that things will turn around for me and I hope no one
undergoes what has happened to me. May my downfall– my spiritual
letharginess– serve as a warning to all.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has given all in AM the unique opportunity to make
sadhana a deeply devotional experience where we fall more and more in love
with Him. May we make our human live bereft of any spiritual letharginess
and become deeply ensconced in His blissful flow– loving and serving Him.

Baba says, “When spiritual aspirants advance towards Parama Purus’a by dint
of the practice of yoga or Tantra, they develop an exclusive devotion
towards Parama Purus’a.”

Ananyamamata’ Vis’n’ormamata’ premasaungata’

“‘Spiritual aspirants withdraw their minds from all mundane objectivities,
and with the same intention direct all their physical, psychic and
spiritual propensities towards Parama Purus’a.’ They remove their
individualities, and accept Parama Purus’a as their nearest and dearest
one. This is what is called exclusive love for God. This is called kevala’
bhakti. And only in this stage does devotion reach its fruition or
culmination.” (SS-14, ‘Yoga, Tantra, and Kevala’ Bhakti’)

Namaskar,
Jagatmitra

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