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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


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


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.



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.


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

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.


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.


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.”

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.



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.


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.



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

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’)


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)


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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