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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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To: AM-GLOBAL 
From: 
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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