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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 08:06:43 -0000

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Subject: Even Small Things Help in Sadhana

Baba

“Bha’loba’si toma’y a’mi, keno ta’ ja’ni na’…” P.S. 2329

Purport:

Baba, I love You but I do not know why I love You. You go on pulling my

heart– but what is the mystery behind this, that I do not understand.

Baba, You are the divine effulgence of my dark heart. By Your grace I

will never allow that effulgence to get extinguished. Baba, I will

always keep Your love in my heart.

All the love I have in the deep core of my heart, and all the hopes and

longings I have in my mind, all my desires and aspirations are revolving

around You. And they get expressed through Your songs, dance, melody, and rhythms.

Baba, You are my everything.

Where I am, where I will go, and from where I have come, all these types of

useless questions never come in my mind, by Your grace. Baba, I do not even

want to know these things. Just I am fully depending on You– that You know

everything and that everything is in Your control.

Baba, You are always ever gracious on me. I love You; my whole existence is Yours…

== EVEN SMALL THINGS HELP IN SADHANA ==

Namaskar,

In recent times I have been struggling– more than usual– in sadhana. I

did not know which way to turn for help. Life was busy and it seemed

like sadhana was getting away from me.

Certainly there are so many high ideals to inspire us to move ahead, but

those all seemed quite elusive to me at the time.

After talking with one acarya, I thought I should try and work from the

ground up. So I took renewed interest in my asana practice as way to get

back into a proper sadhana flow. Here I do not mean asanas as in all

those postures that are currently part of the new yoga craze. Rather I

am referring to the three or four sadhana oriented asanas as given by

Beloved Baba.

By His grace, it has been these postures which have revived my sadhana

practice. Of course there are many things that create a good sadhana

flow including kiirtan, svadhyaya, satsaunga, second lesson, diet,

intermittent dhyana etc. All these contribute significantly to our

meditative state and success in sadhana.

At the same time, we should also not forget how seemingly small(er)

practices like asanas also play an important, if not invaluable, role.

WHAT ARE THOSE ASANAS

In a nutshell, we are talking about shashaungasana, viirasana,

padmasana, and siddhasana, all of which are featured and described in

Caryacaraya III as well as in the Acarya Diary.

* Shashaunga’sana (Hare Pose): The real beauty and spiritual use of this

asana is doing it before one’s sadhana practice. It helps calm the mind

and breath and awakens and stimulates the pineal gland. So doing 8

rounds of this asana just before starting one’s sadhana practice is

extremely useful.

Personally, I found this asana to be quite beneficial in focusing the

mind on my sadhana endeavour. Without that, I find that my mind runs

hither and thither.

* Viira’sana (Hero Pose): As we all know this is our 3rd lesson asana.

In the past I always used to kneel on my knees without curling the toes

underneath, because that was easier and more comfortable. But now I sit

in the posture correctly. My acarya told me that without doing so, then

3rd lesson will not be strong. And without a pointed approach in 3rd

lesson, then dhyana is basically a waste of time. So this viira’sana is

essential for sadhana.

In the beginning, curling my toes underneath caused me great pain. But

in just a short amount of time, the position became quite comfortable

for me and I can better understand how it enhances concentration. Now,

by Baba’s grace, when I am in this posture, my mind easily gets more

focused and I feel strong energy swirl through my entire body.

* Padma’sana (Lotus Posture): Baba has placed great emphasis on this

posture, especially in our practice of first lesson. In particular, it

is helpful for doing our shuddhis. Because the whole import of doing our

bhutashuddhi, asanashuddhi, and cittashuddhi is to withdraw the mind

from worldly things and situate our mental feeling at our Ista cakra.

And padma’sana helps goad the mind away from the physical realm. By

first placing the right foot on the left thigh and then bringing the

left foot over onto the right thigh, then that enhances concentration.

To complete the pose, we then place the right hand on top of the left.

Plus the tongue should be rolled back towards the roof of the mouth.

This we have all learned and know. Even then it is not easy. I was

having trouble with this, and my entire sadhana program was falling to

pieces.

By Baba’s grace, my acarya noticed that I was merely sitting in a lazy,

cross-legged position in sadhana, so he gently guided me to take up the

practice of sitting in padma’sana. In the beginning I could just barely

get into the position, but I could not remain there long. Within five

minutes, or even two minutes, I thought that my knees would explode.

Over time, my endurance in this pose has increased such that now by

Baba’s grace I can complete my entire first lesson in padmas’ana. And

yes, it has been helpful for controlling the mind and allowing me to go

deeper into my sadhana & mantra japa.

* Siddha’sana (Siddha posture): This asana looks relatively easy but is

extremely difficult. Sometimes people refer to this as half-lotus so

they think it is easier than padmasana. But in truth many find it much

more difficult.

As my acarya told me, siddha’sana is to be used primarily for dhyana.

That is the specialty of this pose because the heels are pressed in

towards the muladhara and svadishthana cakras, thereby controlling &

even numbing those lower points and their associated vrttis.

Once that area is suspended through this special process of siddhasana,

then it is quite certain that at the very least the mind will not

degrade, and with proper thought and psychic approach the mind will move

from its home at ajina cakra and rise up to sahasrara cakra.

Although a difficult pose, this one has also been extremely helpful for

me in getting back into a better sadhana flow.

Note: Due to the nature of this pose, it is not proper– due to

anatomical reasons– for sisters to sit in this posture. Rather they

should use a modified version thereof, or padmas’ana. Best will be to

talk to their Didi about this.

ONE IMPORTANT POINT ABOUT DHYA’NA

One other interesting thing is this.

My acarya told me that in trying to do dhyana many people in fact have

their mind in ajina cakra– not sahasrara cakra. Unbeknownst to them,

some sadhakas do like this. My acarya says this becomes quite evident

when he and other acaryas do lesson reviews– both of Dadas and margiis.

And in that case, one cannot do true dhyana.

To help ensure the mind reaches up to the sahasrara cakra, one can

lightly touch the very crown of the head as that will help goad the mind

in that direction. Of course, without strong spiritual ideation and deep

devotion, then the mind will not reach up to that pinnacled point. So

touching alone will not suffice, but it can help if the other factors

are alright.

TRY TO BECOME SIDDHA IN OUR SADHANA ASANA PRACTICE

Siddha means ‘accomplished’, ‘practiced’, ‘comfortable’, ‘established’

etc. We should become siddha in each of the four mentioned sadhana

asanas. Of course we are not hatha yogis who practice thousands of

asanas all day long. But these four above asanas are integral to a

spiritually-vibrated sadhana practice. Specifically, siddha means being

able to sit in postures like padmasana for 1, 2, or even 3 hours at a

time without feeling any discomfort. Once the physical body is

established in this pose, then the mental realm can truly delve deeper

into the practice and sanctity of sadhana.

So we should all try to achieve a state of ‘siddha’ in our spiritual

asana practice.

MANY FACTORS CONTRIBUTE TO PROPER SADHANA

There are many factors that contribute to a vibrant sadhana practice. By

Baba’s grace, that is why He has given us Sixteen Points and countless

other teachings and guidelines. All these enhance our sadhana practice.

That said, when I was really struggling, then I found the aspect of our

seated, meditative poses to be a helpful tool of rejuvenating my sadhana

career. It may be a small piece to the puzzle, but maybe others will

also find it helpful. That is why I decided to write this letter.

Others should also write in with their thoughts and reflections.

BABA’S GRACE

Baba says, “The relation between the physical body and the mind is very

close. Mental expression is brought about through the vrttis, and the

predominance of the vrttis depends on different glands of the body.

There are many glands in the body and from each there is a secretion of

a particular hormone. If there is any defect in the secretion of

hormones or any defect in a gland, certain vrttis become excited. For

this reason, we find that in spite of having a sincere desire to follow

the moral code, many persons cannot do so; they understand that they

should do meditation, but they cannot concentrate their minds because

their minds become extroverted due to the external excitement of this or

that propensity. If a person wants to control the excitement of these

propensities, he or she must rectify the defects of the glands. Ásanas

help the sádhaka to a large extent in this task, so ásanas are an

important part of sádhaná.” (CC-3)

Namaskar,

Mukunda

Note 1: A’SANA PICTURES ARE NOT ALWAYS PROPER

Everyone should be careful when studying or learning any new asana.

Because many of the drawings and displays of our asanas are not depicted

properly or accurately in our AM Publications. This is something that

will have to be fixed. Till then, always be sure to consult with an

appropriate acarya or senior margii regarding the practice of asanas–

i.e. consult with someone who himself is strict and established in their

asana practice.

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From: “Naval Sinha”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Many Wts Confused Baba’s Working Style

Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:26:41

Baba

MANY ANANDA MARGA WHOLETIMERS

CONFUSED ABOUT BABA SHRII SHRII ANANDAMURTI JI’S

WORKING STYLE

Namaskar,

As we all now know, from the very outset, Baba had a grand plan for the

humanity. And He presented it step by step in a very smooth and

practical manner – over the course of time.

On day 1 in 1955, He did not call everyone together for a seminar and

tell them to write down a list of His each and every plan for the entire

humanity. Nor did He do so in 1970.

For example, He did not give Prabhat Samgiita, or Gurukul or

neo-humanism in those early days. If He had done so, people would not

have been ready. However, that does not mean that Baba did not have the

idea or plan to put forth those projects – everything was in His cosmic

mind – but people were not ready for those teachings.

At that time, no one would have been able to learn that way – nor would

they have remembered because of the great extent of His teachings.

Already Baba was presenting so many new programs. And to remember and

learn anything totally new and revolutionary, human beings must engage

in that enterprise and repeat it again and again – practically with

their own hands. Then that experience gives a deep impression in the

mind. That way the mind gets saturated with that idea.

Hence, Baba took a divine approach, which we now may call His working or

teaching style in the pre-1990 period. As we all saw, those days – step

by step – Baba would present a new plan and program.

EVERYTHING DONE IN PHASES TO TEACH US

That means in one work phase, Baba might emphasize the need for a school

– i.e. that each village must have a primary school. To teach this

point, all workers and margiis got involved in securing funds to start a

school. There was huge momentum in that moment to focus on the

establishment of AM primary schools. That was the main thing Baba would

ask about in reporting.

In turn, some units created comparatively successful schools while many

did not – but everyone learned that a primary school was needed in order

to propagate the ideas of AM. That teaching everyone got. In each and

every reporting session, Baba would ask, praise, scold & punish about

this point of creating schools until He was satisfied that everyone

understood that a school was needed in every small or big town and

village throughout the entire globe. By that way from their very

childhood, children will learn AM ideals.

In some places, expensive buildings were purchased for schools but only

got used a few times, or maybe not at all. The main thing was that all

involved got the psychic understanding about the need for a school. That

was Baba’s aim all along.

HOW TRANSFERS WERE DONE

When this program was built up and some of the schools were going

strong, Baba might transfer the lead Dada from that project and post a

fresh new Dada from Training Center to that school who had little skill

or language knowledge of that area. The school would inevitably suffer

and ultimately close, but that new Dada got the needed training and the

prior Dada was freed up to learn a new aspect of Baba’s vast program

like Prout or dharma pracara or VSS work. That was the way things went.

Baba told Wts to create Lfts who can run the school and inform margiis

that they should oversee the operations of the school. Then the school

would be sustainable. But in many cases, margiis may not have been

active or were already too busy and there were no LFTs, in which case a

very reputable AM school eventually closed.

In such a situation some naive margiis started thinking to request Baba

not to transfer the Wt of that unit in hopes of saving the school. But

Baba did not listen to such pleas. And other central workers tried to

convince margiis that Baba had some divine plan.

Actually, it would have been impractical to keep one committed Dada

assigned to a single school for years and years. Baba was putting forth

His new and newer plan for the humanity and training wts.

Plus when workers were transferred to new posts and jobs, they developed

greater experience and learned new languages, psychologies, problem

solving skills etc. All along Baba was creating new and newer programs

in further succession. If those Dadas had been kept in those old

programs then who would have been available to learn the new programs.

TWO POINT REVIEW

So here Baba was trying to do two things. Firstly, the old programs

which He gave to serve society for thousands of years should continue

running operated by Lfts and margiis and then, secondly, those new

programs which were also for the humanity had to be started by Wts.

WHY THE NEED FOR NEW PROGRAMS

Imagine if Baba did not give new programs, then Ananda Marga would not

have been complete and after ’90 margiis would never have thought that

such programs should be done. For example, in various religions, social

service programs are not as vast and complete as those in AM. Our

programs serve each and every arena of individual and collective life of

the entire society.

For instance, the Hindu religion does not have any social service

programs and Christianity does not have a logical spiritual philosophy

let alone a socio-economic plan. And Buddhists do not have any real

approach for social service programs. But Ananda Marga has all that and

so much more.

Furthermore, if Baba kept one Wt as a teacher for decades and decades at

one school then who would have learned the new programs He was putting

forth. If the school could not be maintained by margiis and Lfts, then

Baba would scold everyone for the closure of the school – but He would

not stop His divine plan of presenting more and more new programs.

When Baba got a report that a school did close, then He scolded everyone

from top to bottom. He told Wts that it is the duty of Lfts to run the

school and that Wts should ensure that the school was operating well.

Whole-timers were to oversee those Lfts and get needed work done by

margiis. That was the system.

MORE ABOUT THE NEED FOR TRANSFERS

One thing to understand is that those days Wts were getting transferred

frequently because the number of Wts was not very high. We did not have

a lot of workers and Baba wanted to teach more and more programs to wts

and margiis. So when margiis and wts had learned that the school is an

important service project, then Baba added that a school must have a

children’s home also. And if some unit had many children in their home

then Baba might post a Wt for the home as well. That was the home

superintendent post. And when the home started running properly and was

respected, after some time the Wt got transferred then it was the duty

of the Lfts and margiis to run that home. But when this did not happen,

that children’s home would also collapse. This happened year after year.

Schools and childrens’ homes closed and opened while new programs were

always getting introduced. And of course many of those schools and

projects of old are still running to this very day.

Plus, more and more areas had to be covered around the globe and Wts

were needed to go to other district, regions and countries where pracara

was newly started. And Baba also created so many new organisations –

such as Prout, PBI (Proutist Block of India), VSS, SDM – and He needed

workers to staff those organisations.

By this way, people knew that Baba made all those organisations, but if

He had not posted workers to those organisations, we would not know that

such organisations existed or were needed. We would not know that we

were to manage those organisations in the due course.

BABA’S GRAND BLUEPRINT

So Baba was creating a blueprint of future organisational activities. It

is just like if you want to build a big mansion, then you may or may not

have money, but you must have building plans and / or a blueprint.

All along it was quite obvious that margiis and lfts were needed to help

with all new programs. So they were assigned to many projects but it was

not always possible for them to properly attend to them all.

On the top, Baba wanted to have personal communication with each and

every margii and wt that is why He would call them in reporting sessions

and give His divine blessing. By having His darshan everyone become

stronger devotionally. So each month, time passed in this way as well,

by His grace.

In other words, Baba had so many different programs to show us. That is

why, ultimately in a short span, Baba would add a new project. Baba

never stopped any project but told that it was the duty of wts Lfts and

margiis to manage old as well new works.

PRESS: ANOTHER WORK PHASE

Baba ordered that every diocese would have to have a press in order to

publish our newspapers because the media controlled by exploiters would

not propagate our news. So Baba created many daily newspapers and

margiis and wts were forced to execute this plan otherwise DMC would be

canceled. Thus in some places Baba did not take His breakfast until He

got that day’s daily paper. Under pressure, margiis collected

substantial amounts of money to purchase a press and give report to

Baba. Then Baba was happy.

In some cases the press was running for some time and in some cases it

did not run at all but everyone learned the lesson that “we must have

our own newspaper”. In this situation some naive margiis could not

understand why Baba was giving impossible types of work to do. Somewhere

a project is running well and then someone gets transferred or someone

leaves their wt ship and that project goes to zero. This way the

projects went up and down – this happened in many places. But sincere

margiis & wts could understand that Baba is teaching for today, tomorrow

and even for thousands and thousands of years into eternity. So many

things Baba had to give.

In AM only devotees were allowed to come close to Parama Purusa – so

there were not hundreds of millions of people. The number of margiis &

workers was rather small and His range of projects was immense –

presenting all the many plans and programs for His AM ideology. Thus

those few Wts were needed to learn many projects.

Hence it was the need of the day to transfer Wts quickly from one

project to the next.

The next project might be Master Units program. As mentioned, because

our resources – both in terms of money and people were few – then all

those Wts involved in the prior project of printing presses etc would be

switched over to the next new project. In that case naturally it was the

duty of margiis to maintain those presses and if they could not do so

then that paper would collapse. Because all workers would race full

steam ahead with Baba’s next plan. The new program could not be stopped.

In this way the wheel would spin and Baba would introduce one program

after another: Printing press, children’s homes, schools, AMURT,

pracara, master units, jagritis, Rawa, RU, GP, WWD Gurukul, Seva Dal,

Hari Pari Mandal, and UPYF etc.

BABA’S WAY & HOW SOME MISUNDERSTOOD

This was Baba’s practical plan for teaching everyone what was needed for

the humanity. Because by engaging in projects, making mistakes, and then

fixing those problems, all in AM learned a lot.

Some ignorant non- margiis would think- every project was a failure and

that our Marga was incapable of doing any concrete work, whereas other

non-margii organizations built huge schools and beautiful hospitals etc,

but they did not have a greater panoramic plan like Ananda Marga, nor

would they have in future.

Some naive, simple, new and ignorant margiis & workers – in their

confused state of mind – thought that Baba was giving impossible work

targets when we had limited capacity. In that manner such confused

margiis and Wts walked away and left the Marga.

But those doing deeper sadhana knew that this was all part of Baba’s

divine plan to teach what had to be done by putting forth a blue print.

CREATING CADRES

For this latter aspect, it was the need of the day to scare and struggle

with the unjust Indian government. So much opposition came yet without

that opposition AM would not have grown so quickly. By this way the

cadres got trained in how to deal with the exploiters and manage when

times were tough.

Furthermore, Baba had to purge the organisation of unwanted persons.

Many worthless people came in AM for their own self-interest and

ulterior motives. They were not up to the mark to follow 16 pts and

become sadvipras. So when clash started these lower grade people left.

Such clash was needed to purge the Marga of these people and make it

strong. By this way, those who stayed become stronger.

Baba set the practical precedent to fight when in a difficult situation

and not to surrender to the exploiters.

Of great importance, He had to give a blueprint of all the plans and

programs, create cadres, and nurture devotional closeness with His

disciples. It was a busy time, but ultimately what Baba did all that He

wanted to accomplish.

BABA SHOWING US HIS DIVINE PLAN

OUR DUTY IS TO IMPLEMENT

And now it is our duty to implement His vast array of plans and programs– One by one.

His aim was not to establish big colleges and universities everywhere.

Because to establish any project like a college and university demands

huge time, resources (money and people), and ongoing involvement etc.

And Baba’s time on this earth was short and the resources of the Marga

limited. He gave philosophy and trained His disciples on all levels. So

in that pre ’90 era the aim was never to establish those projects to a

grand level, rather the aim was to create a blueprint and make cadres.

Then in due course every plan and program would flourish.

With His divine cosmic mind, this is the way He developed the Marga from

1955 – 90. In that short 35 year period He practically demonstrated all

the projects (in seed form, i.e. gave a blueprint) that were needed for

humanity for the next thousand(s) of years and into eternity. Only

Parama Purusa could direct such a pointed method.

Baba was creating projects in order to show us His grand plan for the

humanity. Had this not occurred, no one would really have understood

what Baba wanted for the all round progress of humanity. Simply taking

written notes in a meeting would not have gotten the job done. People

would have misunderstood, forgotten, and / or lost their notes. By

Baba’s practical method, all the projects got injected into everyone’s

blood stream through practical experience. Whether the project came to

fruition or not, all understood, that “Yes, this is what must be done.”

That was Baba’s special approach – without that it would have been

impossible to put forth His grand plan.

Baba was working at lightening speed in order to present all the needed

plans and programs for the humanity.

Schools gave our Wts the opportunity to develop a small financial base,

but even then a healthy school in AM was 50 children whereas Christian

schools had 500 or 1000 children or more. One reason for such low

enrollment was that reporting was every month and the Wt school

principal would spend half the month traveling to and from Calcutta

because of the need for Wts to come in devotional contact with the Guru.

Baba wanted His disciples to come in His close proximity to get

practical training and His blessing. In those monthly reporting

sessions, Baba took the time to bless and shower His grace. By this way,

all became linked with Him. That was also the need of the time.

AFTER ’90 IS A DIFFERENT ERA

Now the era (after 90) is totally different.

Immediately after ’90, some say that those in charge began posting and

reposting workers in a haphazard manner in a failed attempt to emulate

Baba’s seemingly whirlwind style. But remember Baba did all that to

create a blueprint and already we have a blueprint for all the needed

projects.

Now there is a real need to bring those blueprint designs into concrete

form in a meaningful manner in this world. That means those wts who are

qualified and interested in education should be posted to a school and

make that school top-notch so the whole town and city can see how great

our schools and education system really is. That type of high-quality

institutions we have to create.

Similarly those Wts who have a mind to do temporary relief work in

earthquake regions or other disaster areas should be posted in that

department to execute the task. Likewise is the case with GP and VSS

etc, everyone should be posted according to their interests and strengths.

Baba verily did this approach when creating Gurukul. Because in 1990

when the blueprint was created in full, then He put interested and

qualified people in charge of Gurukul to show us that this is how all

the projects should advance. And it became our job to emulate this

approach in all our social service projects.

If the education workers are transferred, then they should be

transferred from one school to another within the same dept of Education

and not to unrelated fields. Then only one can achieve real success in

the material sphere. In result the public will appreciate our work and

greater service could then be done.

It is just like if you recruit cowards in the military then you can

imagine what would happen. Or if you put people who are business-minded

in schools when they do not want to teach. Instead they should be put in

the commerce dept and not placed in schools.

MUST COMMIT TO A SPECIALTY

Human beings have a limited capacity, one cannot become perfect in all

subjects. Workers should have a basic idea of all the projects but may

only posses a special quality in one type of work or endeavor. That is

the point we should take seriously nowadays.

Now the era is different. Baba has laid down all the plans and programs

and we are to match up the right person with the right project. All

should be engaged in a project that meshes with their own personal

strengths and interests.

So if any worker is interested in education then they should fully

commit themselves to a school. And if another wt is interested in

pracara then they should do that. To do anything concrete and meaningful

in this world demands full dedication in one direction. We should

emulate Baba’s way of posting workers in various departments of Gurukul.

Now is the time to begin the establishment of said projects by

committing oneself fully in a specific direction.

At a the university student does not study all the subjects offered by

the school, but rather selects one as their area of specialization.

Likewise if one has deep interest in teaching in a college then do not

force them to do agricultural and animal husbandry work or manage

fisheries etc. In that situation you cannot hope that they will do

excellent work, rather they may be remiss in their duties and all the

animals or fish might escape from those projects.

So it is is the duty of in-charges to see the psychology of the worker

and put appropriate Wts in the right post. By this way all the projects

in Baba’s blueprint will be established in the due course.

Everyone is aware that if you are running 500 schools and none of them

are of a sufficient standard – i.e. below the standard of non-margii

schools – then it means you are lagging behind. But if you have one

A-grade institution then the wind will be in your favor and you can

create many new schools. Plus so many people will join in and support

that school.

So our working style should represent a great commitment to a particular

aspect of AM life, and of course we should pay proper mind to all of 16

Points and organisational rules. With this type of commitment the world

will begin to take notice. They will no longer think that our projects

are second rate or worse, they will see our commitment. And because

Baba’s teachings are unsurpassed, naturally our projects will be the

best ones on the planet.

KEEPING WTS ENGAGED

Supervisory workers are to ensure that all workers are deeply committed

to a particular project and they are to enforce this idea again and

again. Each Wt should fully concentrate on one work. By this way that

project will get established. One should not change the nature of their

work or projects unless there is a catastrophic need to change the

department.

At the same time, Baba’s rule is that no worker should stay in one place

for more than three years. After that time period if they have been

working in a school they should get transferred to another good school.

That is the way.

If Wts are kept in the same place then they will degenerate. It is

inevitable. So posting transfers from one school to the next – not

inter-departmental transfers – is what we should do.

BABA’S BLESSING

Taken altogether, if we understand Baba’s manner and working style, as

well as our allotted duties, then by His blessed grace we can make our

AMPS into a veritable dharmic force on this earth and bring peace and

well-being to all. So long as we fail to understand that we have to make

real concrete progress – not just token works for reporting’s sake – the

situation of today will continue.

I am very hopeful that people will understand Baba’s working style and

do accordingly.

Baba says, “I am always an optimist. And I want all my sons and

daughters to be optimists. And I want them to struggle against this

death signal of humanity, and come out successful. And I am sure that

you boys and you girls must be optimists; and it is your duty to save

humanity. And I hope you will be able to save humanity, because, just

like me, you are also optimistic. You should know that great, or good,

people are few in number, they are not many. They do not come within the

scope of millions or billions. They are always few in number. And these

few, they are the torchbearers of human society, they are the pioneers,

they are the vanguards of human society. So it is your duty to save

humanity. And those who are unable to shoulder their own bags and

baggages – their responsibilities are to be shouldered by you. You

should remember that the life of a spiritual aspirant is a mission.

One’s entire life is a mission, one’s entire existence is a mission. And

your mission is – what? To save humanity from this crisis. I hope you

will be successful. And I not only hope, I am sure that you will be

successful.” (AV-34)

Respectfully,

Naval

Note 1: MORE POINTS

Here are some other points to keep in mind as well:

1) Baba suggested that Didis should take over all the primary schools as

females are better at teaching kids than males. Baba actually spoke on

this point.

2) Through our schools and relief projects, our Marga will become

established. The common public becomes sentimentally linked with those

who do social service projects. This is the way to win over their heart

– by doing true social service, either of a temporary or more permanent

manner. Those who come in contact with our high-quality projects will

develop trust and confidence in us and they will emulate our way of

life. They will come close. So doing social service projects is a great

way to bring people onto the path of AM.

2a) Usually people do not like to change their way of life after they

reach the age of 16, 18, 20 and above etc. At that point, it is very

difficult to adopt new life practices. And since our AM is a disciplined

way of life, older persons have a hard time adapting. It is not like a

political organisation which is based on membership. So those kids who

study in AM schools and follow AM curriculum, gradually they will become

Ananda Margiis or at least sympathizers. By this way the number of

margiis will increase rapidly.

By following this methodology the Christian missionaries propagated

their doctrine all around the world: Do service and win over the mind.

That is how Christianity became the biggest religion.

Children will always adapt to what you teach. They will accept and

follow everything without argument or questioning. By running AM schools

we will be able to impart our AM way of life to living, breathing human

beings.

What we must avoid is opening a school that does not adhere to our AM

way of life. That would be useless. Students may read and study general

subjects, but certain AM related practices that are provided by AMBE

(Ananda Marga Board of Education) or Gurukul must be included in the

curriculum.

3) Plus when people see our social service projects then they will

donate money in order to sustain those projects.

4) The key point in all of this is that those in AM rendering social

service must keep strict conduct – if the public sees any hypocrisy then

that will undermine everything. Thus, so long as our projects are

maintained and our conduct is proper, things will progress quickly and

our Marga will grow.

5) The way to bring people onto the path of bliss is to attract them by

our service works.

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Date: 29 Sep 2010 22:58:06 -0000

From: “Manoj”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Ananda Marga Functions & Pseudo-Culture Expose

Baba

“Sandhya’ bela’y ba’luka’ bela’y bose bose bha’vi tava katha’…” (PS 2671)

Purport:

O’ my dearmost Baba, You Yourself are that infinite, Supreme One. By

Your grace, in the evening time on the sandy shore, I was sitting

contemplating Your grandeur and glory. O’ my Lord, what an amazing image

You have made by manifesting this panoramic universe. By Your grace all

this was coming in my mind during my sadhana.

Baba, by Your grace, everything is residing within Your mind; You are

the Creator of everything. In this vast universe, You have manifested so

many shooting stars that are racing across the sky, as well as so many

mountains that are crumbling to the ground. Every single expression is

part and parcel of Your grand creation. Baba, by Your grace there are

innumerable galaxies that are floating in space all by themselves–

singing the tales of Your glory. Baba, You are the Supreme Progenitor.

Everything is happening within Your mental plate– within Your Cosmic

Citta. Baba, whatever happens in this material world is Your thought

projection. What You imagine is reality for us. O’ Baba, You are the

Creator as well as that Witnessing Entity. Everything is residing within

Your vast mind.

Baba, by Your grace You think about one and all. You care for and

nurture each and every entity of this infinite universe. No matter how

big or small, large or tiny, You look upon all with equal love and

affection. Everyone and everything is significant for You. You think

about those huge, tremendous elephants which demonstrate their power by

forcefully stomping through the wild jungles. Plus You listen to the

little stories of the those tiny honey bees which gently hover and buzz

around the delicate flowers. Baba, by Your grace, You look after each

and everything being. For You, all have equal importance and equal

significance. Baba, by Your causeless compassion You look after one and

all. You are that Benevolent Witnessing Entity and everything is

happening within Your mind.

Baba, by Your grace, in my dhya’na when I see You then I feel so close

and loving. And sometimes I go on thinking about Your magnanimity and

vastness, as Controller of this entire vast universe…

Note 1: Entire Universe is His Thought-Projection

Baba says, “We may say that universe is the manifestation of the Cosmic

Citta, born out of psychic vibrations. All the tanma’tras of sound,

touch, form, taste and smell that are composed of different kinds of

vibrational currents resulting from the gradually crudifying expressions

of the Cosmic Consciousness under the influence of the static principle

of Prakrti. They are the analytic expressions of those universal rhythms

or vibrations. Thus the visible world is created through the gradual

crudifications of His thought-projection. The thought-waves,

metamorphosing from subtle to the crude manifestations and then, on

their way back to their nuclear origin from the crude to the subtle,

assuming the mentally developed human form, are indeed guiding the

thought-wave cycles towards their ultimate fulfillment. Since the world

is His thought-projection, it may be said that this visible world is

only His act of thinking and abides only in His imagination. Due to the

vibration of Cosmic Citta these variegated forms have blossomed forth

through newer and newer thoughts, forms and waves, following one another

in succession.” (SS-3, p.40)

Note 2: Supreme Witnessing Entity

Baba says, “He is witnessing everyone and everything. Whatever is being

created is a different stage of creation. He is the subject and all

other entities are His objects. He is the Witnessing Entity because He

is the Supreme controller.” (AMIWL-10)

Note 3: Equal Love and Affection for All

Sama plus’in’a’ sa’ma mashakena

Sama na’gena sama ebhistribhih lakaeh.

Baba says, “He looks upon a tiny white ant with as much love and

affection as on a mosquito. Nor does He think of a large mammoth more

than other entities, for a mammoth has a mind just as an ant has. So He

thinks equally of all: He thinks of a white ant or a mosquito with the

same seriousness as of a mammoth or an elephant, and He attaches same

importance to each individual creature as to all the three worlds.”

(SS-18, p.22)

== ANANDA MARGA FUNCTIONS & PSEUDO-CULTURE EXPOSE ==

Namaskar,

As Ananda Margiis, we are aware that during some grand function like VSS

camp, ETC camp, DMS, retreats and other big occasions, cultural programs

are always held.

Of late, these presentations have been called cultural programs but we

have to examine if really they are cultural programs or something else.

BABA’S STATED GUIDELINE

On this point – before calculating things with our own brain – let’s see

what our Guru says.

“RAWA by its sentient vibration will create a taste for spirituality in

the society. RAWA persons can function in their units.”

Baba’s guideline is that when dance or music goads the mind to a

devotional outlook and the mind starts thinking about Parama Purusa, His

divine love, and parabhakti, then that type of dance and song is called

a cultural program.

If any dance, music or song does not goad the mind toward divinity and

instead goads the mind towards the lower cakras, i.e. carnal and worldly

attractions or animal propensities, then that is not at all a cultural

program.

We must always keep this standard in mind.

WE MUST CRITICALLY EVALUATE THE SCENE

MUST NOT BE LIKE IDOL WORSHIPERS

In various occasions, we Ananda Margiis must arrange proper cultural

programs. So we must think critically whether such dance and music

programs are up to the mark. Or are we merely befooling ourselves – just

as idol worshipers befool themselves and degenerate, ultimately turning

to stone. They think they are worshiping God but because they are

concentrating on a piece of stone their mind gets degenerated.

In their heart of hearts no idol worshiper wants to become stone, but

ultimately it happens. Similarly no Ananda Margii wants to degenerate

themselves by participating in some “cultural program”. But something

like that is happening. How?

Please keep reading and you will know what I mean.

CULTURAL PROGRAMS MUST BE FOR PLEASING BABA

MUST MAINTAIN A STRICT STANDARD

In many parts of the world, devotees sacrifice animals in front of their

chosen idol / deity and think that Parama Purusa is pleased by their

action. But the opposite is true; Parama Purusa is not pleased by such

heinous acts.

Similarly, we must evaluate how far today’s “cultural programs” are

pleasing to Baba.

In Baba’s time cultural programs were going on but that does not mean

that we should therefore continue them irregardless of their quality. It

is not the case that automatically He will be pleased by presenting any

type of degrading display as a cultural program. That type of simplistic

is outlook is not enough. We have to critically evaluate whether our

cultural programs are according to His strict standard.

We must recall that in Baba’s time the girls dancing in cultural

programs were below puberty. That was one very dramatic point to keep in

mind. There was not the slightest bit of provocative display. Plus the

style of music was always sentient. That is why those days the mind was

not directed towards the lower cakras.

So today, certain organisers of cultural programs,who are giving the

logic that the programs these days are in accordance with the standard

in Baba’s time, are not being truthful with themselves. Because it is

quite apparent what is going on these days.

Top of all, a cultural program means goading mind towards divinity

otherwise it is nothing but an expose of pseudo culture.

YOUR HONESTY AND SUPPORT IS NEEDED

Think about a recent cultural program in AM. Undoubtedly you have seen

or heard about a program at DMS wherein 14 – 25 year old girls and boys

dance together. Then honestly ask yourself if seeing that dance – you

can ask yourself, no need to tell anybody – goaded your mind towards

Parama Purusa or somewhere else.

If it was going somewhere else, then do not attend or support such

programs. Otherwise you are merely befooling yourself.

Not only that, even if your mind was ensconced in Parama Purusa by His

grace, then even then you should come forward and join those who oppose

such so-called cultural programs. Because right now many are complaining

about thses so-called cultural programs and how they do not goad the

mind towards divinity but rather push the mind in the other direction.

Many people are not elevated like you, so you should be sympathetic and

support their cause.

In Baba’s presence cultural programs were done regularly. But then the

girls were below 8 years of age and all aspects of the program were very

sentient. So the programs achieved the goal: The mind was led in proper

direction, not a negative one.

So we should be honest with ourselves. We go to DMS not for carnal

satiation or to satisfy our lower propensities, nor for all kinds of TV

channel delights or Holly / Bollywood movie scenes. Going to a dharmic

ceremony should entail strict adherence to a code of discipline and not

any negative encouragement of the mind.

MUST NOT DEGENERATE THE MIND

Girls below puberty should dance for a co-ed audience whereas those

girls above puberty can dance to an all female audience.

When any drama or dance occurs that requires boys and girls to dance

together, then similar aged girls should play the role of boys. And they

too should be below puberty.

Even then small girls should not wear revealing or Hollywood type of

dress. And the music must be sentient. The music itself also carries a

vibration, positive or negative microvita.

Baba says, “If someone makes a sound like ‘ra, ra, ra — cha, cha, cha’ or

if someone sings, ‘Follow my song! Let us sing and dance our way to hell’,

these are sound inferences, but they carry a very crude idea.” (MVNS, p.

94)

We should not let such scenes unfold in our own Ananda Marga cultural

programs.

KEY FACTOR

One thing we should never forget is that the purpose of such cultural

programs is to elevate the mind of the entire audience toward the

thought of the Supreme and drench the mind in devotion.

If any such program fails to do so it is not worth being called a

cultural program; rather it should be called a pseudo-culture expose.

We should be honest with ourselves. Baba is our greatest Self. He is our

greater “I”. We should not try and hide behind any hypocrisy. We should

goad the mind toward our inner “I”. And He knows if that is happening or

not. He knows the truth.

If you watch something that is degrading to the mind – and you know it

is wrong – but you have a stake or personal interest in the program and

you do not want to admit it is wrong, then you should be honest and not

lie to yourself. Otherwise Baba will know as He is your Inner true self.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we are to ensure that all our cultural programs are done

with the right idea in mind and goad the mind unto His Divine stance.

Baba says, “One must not forget this fact – that the Supreme Entity is

with you, and loves you like anything. And the only goal of one’s

propensities must be Him. That is, all the propensities of the human

mind should be goaded unto the Supreme Existence.” (AV-12)

Namaskar,

Manoj

Note 1: GIVING A VOICE TO THE VOICELESS

This letter is not based on a single ETC or DMS or ERAWS or other such

cultural programs. This is a general trend and this comment is related

with all recent cultural programs. It is wide-spread issue related with

all cultural programs.

I have personally talked with so many margiis and wts and I am writing

with their voice in mind. Because they are not in direct control of the

program so they do not have a voice per se. So this is their voice – I

am speaking on their behalf. That is why when such programs being held

many sadhakas of the Marga do not like to participate. They wish to keep

their mind pure.

Note 2: THE MORE CULTURAL PROGRAMS THE BETTER

RAWA programs and cultural programs can be held for all kinds of venues

not just huge occasions. They are also appropriate for any local or unit

gatherings, functions or festivals etc.

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Revolutionary Angle of Vision

Baba says, “The people who have committed some misdeeds driven by want

(be that want of food or clothes or of physical or mental gratification)

make society responsible for it. They want to convey to us that their

want was created due to flaws in the social system, which is, however,

substantially true.” (HS-1, ’87, p.77)

Note: Here following are some observations about Baba’s above teaching.

1. This tragic scene which Baba is describing is happening throughout

the globe. In “third-world” countries and in so-called advanced nations,

often the common mass is denied getting their basic necessities– in

which case, with no other option, they are pressured into committing

crimes.

2. And then, in turn, the “powers-that-be” wrongly blame that individual

as label them as a thief or criminal.

3. However, in His dharmic & revolutionary approach, Baba views the

situation completely differently. He holds that the society is at fault

for putting its own citizens in such a dire position wherein they cannot

even get their minimum requirements.

4. We should pay heed to Baba’s guideline and also make it known that

the real culprits are those who are hoarding all the material wealth and

not allowing general society members to get their basic needs met.

5. Parama Purusa has given an enormous amount of wealth for maintaining the

human society, but due terribly improper distribution drastic

inequalities have emerged and so many problems have erupted around the

globe.

6. Everyone should remember Prout’s unique approach that 100% of

the wealth belongs to Parama Purusa. He is the owner. All can and have

the right to utilise this wealth in a rational way, but He is the

Creator and the Owner.

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Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 12:57:09 -0000

To: am-global@earthlink.net

From: “Bhavanath Rajpal”

Subject: Fake Mahaprayan Issue: Don’t Lump Together

Baba

== FAKE MAHAPRAYAN ISSUE: DON’T LUMP TOGETHER ==

Namaskar

These days many in AM understand that mahaprayan is one dogma. However

in criticizing the dogma of MPD, we must not abuse our Ananda Marga

practice of kiirtan. Rather we are to point out the hypocrisy of

mahaprayan.

1. In order to sell cigarettes, advertisers in some countries picture

healthy soldiers and famous athletes, as if by smoking such soldiers and

athletes became victors and champions in their field. While the message

and approach of that advertising campaign is faulty, it does not mean

that soldiers and athletes should be abused. Rather those tobacco

companies should be lambasted for their hypocrisy and deceitfulness.

2. Similarly, Hitler used the swastika to promote his nefarious misdeeds

and still today some use this symbol for their harmful agenda. We are to

oppose their ways, methods and outlook – not the swastika itself.

3. As we all know, Baba’s form and photo is very important. We meditate

on His image and if someone is abusing that sentiment to legitimize

their dogma then we should not discard or abuse Baba’s form and

image/photo. Rather we are to address that dogma. Our duty is to unmask

that dogma and abuse those culprits who are trying to legitimize their

false agenda and befool innocent people.

4. When criticizing idol worship we do not abuse or blame God Himself,

we attack those priests who invented that dogma of idol worship. We do

not abuse and break those idols nor do we blame God Himself. The dogma

of idol worship and God are two different things. They should not be

lumped together.

It is not hard to differentiate between these two facets. Every devotee

can understand such matters.

Similearly, we criticize the dogmatic tiirthas of various religions but

we never criticize the God that is related with that dogmatic tiirtha.

We abuse those who invented and propagandize about that tiirtha dogma.

5. In addressing the dogma of Mahaprayan, we should not abuse our

kiirtan mantra or practice. We should only describe how dogmatic people

want to legitimize their belief and dogma by attracting others with

kiirtan. We should criticize their approach but not the kiirtan itself.

6. This following example brings greater clarity to the issue. In a

pro-gay parade if they start chanting kiirtan to attract margiis to

join, we should not abuse kiirtan but rather the strategy by gay people.

Likewise, if to attract margiis certain bars play kiirtan to lure us to

drink alchol, then should margiis rush to that place. The bar should be

criticized, but not the kiirtan itself.

7. Fake MPD is like that. Certain powerful, greedy avadhutas created

this kiirtan programme to allure innocent and naive margiis to their

invented dogma of mahaprayan.

It is just like how people put sweet glue to attract flies and kill

them. Or how carnivorous plants emit a sweet arome attract bugs and eat

them.

8. Here some naive margiis get attracted by kiirtan and get caught in

dogma of MPD and then they become permanent recruits of that dogma. In

that case, kiirtan should not be blamed, rather the crafty priests.

9. Furthermore, to promote their dogma of MPD, they have made a tomb and

collected Baba’s personal belongings in hopes of generating money by

showing Baba’s collection of walking sticks etc that are part of the

museum. We must not abuse Baba & HIs belongings for the misguided

actions or some opportunistic Dadas, rather we are to point out those

introducing such dogmas. Those belongings have their historical

importance in the museum. But we do not think that Baba is tied up in

that place or limited to the walking cane or tomb itself. All these

materials things are important for history. We must have respectful

feelings for those items but we cannot think that those physical

belongings represent Baba as a whole Personality.

10. It is similar to your grandfather’s photo. You have respect for

picture so if someone spits on it you will feel hurt because you have

feeling for your grandfather but at the same tim you know that the photo

is not your grandfather himself. Similarly margiis have respect for

those walking canes etc but it does not mean that we think that those

walking canes are Baba or that He is bound to that material thing.

11. Baba is omnipresent yet certain conniving groupists try to convince

others through their rituals that Baba is there in Tilajla. In such a

case, in our response those rituals should be abused not Taraka Brahma

Baba, nor His articles which are in the museum.

Baba knew beforehand what would happen that is why in various discourses

He already gave the answer. And that is that Parama Purusa is not bound

to any place or material article; He is everywhere, especially in the

hearts of devotees. He has repeated this idea in countless discourses.

12. We should not drown ourselves in atma samaj tattva – principle of

selfishness. We should not glue ourselves to the things which match the

self-interest of a group, clan, geographical area, community, or

financial program etc. No one should get stuck in this way and overlook

what Baba wants. That is selfishness.

As sadhakas, we should aim for sama samaj tattva – the principle of

social equality – and follow Baba’s guidelines and ideal that He

presides in hearts of devotees – not in a particular city or groupist

headquarters etc. We must not tie Him to a particular place.

Namaskar,

Bhavanath

Note: SIDE EFFECTS OF FAKE MPD

Firstly, in order to legitimize their hypocrisy, some crooked people are

trying to use kiirtan on that very occasion of the death fo their father

& deceased relatives etc. They arrange similar programs on the

anniversary of those yearly shraddha ceremony of their deceased

relatives. They know well that shraddha is not an annual ceremony so

they mask their anniversary shraddha ceremony under the guise of

kiirtan. And they invite people on the point of kiirtan not for

anniversary of the death.

Secondly, some dogmatic wts wanted to make Baba Quarters around the

world as tiirtha sites. In that way they started various rituals as if

Baba exists there itself. So here we should be careful to oppose that

dogma yet we should not oppose Baba Himself and / or the materials and

belongings which He used. We should not confuse those materials as being

Baba. They are two different things. The shoe which He used is not Baba

Himself.

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Date: 26 Sep 2010 22:12:46 -0000

From: “Acintya Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Most Families Follow Prout

Baba

“A’loker ya’tra’ pathe, tumi prabhu theko sa’the…” (P.S. 2779)

Purport:

O’ Baba, please remain along with me on the path of this effulgent

journey. By Your grace, do not allow me to lag behind and get caught in

the crest & troughs of my forward movement. Let my pathway be smooth by

Your grace.

Baba, I do not care about any bondages or samskaras. My only request is

that You please give me strength to do Your work and serve Your mission.

This single request I humbly make at Your lotus feet.

O’ my Dearmost Baba, this whole entire creation is revolving round and

round– propelled by the laws of karma. The great Cosmic Entity and the

unit being exist in this system of brahmacakra. The divine Entity is

that nucleus that the jiivas rotate around. So now Baba, in this very

cycle of brahmacakra, please also include me. Make it so that I shall

always remain as Your designated machine (yantra). In that way I will go

on executing Your task. Let my life be completely devoted unto You.

Baba, by Your grace, please remain with me on this journey of

effulgence– all the while keeping me moving ahead in an unhindered way…

== IDEAL FAMILIES FOLLOW PROUT IN THEIR DOMESTIC AFFAIRS ==

Namaskar,

In this age of extreme capitalistic greed & avarice where materialism

and the profit motive are king, some may wonder how is it possible that

the service-oriented society of Prout will come into existence. Is Prout

just some utopian theory that has no practical expression on this earth?

How then will it be brought into the picture.

These are all natural thoughts, doubts, and queries.

However, the truth is that Prout is very much a practical philosophy

that is already on display on this earth. Already the major tenets of

Prout are being practiced by ideal families across the globe.

A true family functions off of the dual approach of service and

consumption. Things are done and goods are purchased for the welfare and

utilisation of those family members– not for profit. If someone is

sick, the right medicine is procured– period. And if someone is hungry

then food is offered etc. There is no question of deliberating if a

particular action will be profitable or not. According to their means,

family members provide for everyone in their family.

Furthermore, no true family will ever bring vices into their home that

are not needed or harmful like cigarettes, toxins etc.

So the manifestation of Prout as a pillar of society is not something

beyond our grasp or beyond human conception. All that is needed is to

apply those same Proutistic principles that are already present in our

family lives to the greater society.

Now let’s take a closer look at this entire situation.

WHY PROUT SEEMS LIKE AN IMPOSSIBILITY

One reason that Prout may seem like a far off fantasy or a distant dream

is because, at present, the world is working off of the crude

capitalistic model. Businesses, industries, and economies all over the

globe are based solely on the profit motive. That is the be-all &

end-all of capitalism: So long as a business is able to make money then

its presence is justified in the society.

For that reason, businesses do not care about what is needed in the

society, nor they do care what is beneficial for the society. Only they

are concerned with turning a profit. That is the golden ticket. With

that in mind, an industry may produce all kinds of useless or even

harmful products, so long as they think they can make a profit.

For instance, chemical cosmetics & beauty aids, fast-food, gadgets,

video games, high-heeled shoes, SUV’s, alcohol, and so many things that

are the hallmark of today’s capitalistic society are totally useless or

even detrimental for the growth and development for the society. But

they are produced because they are profitable.

In contrast, there are many things that are needed but are not produced

because they are not profitable or marketable in society: Solar cars,

cheap medicines, well-insulated homes, locally grown foods, and so many

things. I am sure everyone can easily generate their own list of things.

Here the entire concept is that the diseased approach of capitalism does

not consider human interest and welfare, rather it just imposes its will

on society by convincing people to buy things that they do not need or

those industries make poor-quality things so that they make a bigger

profit.

In that environment, sure, it may seem like a mere fantasy that Prout

will take shape on this earth.

But, in truth, we are much closer than we think.

ALL IDEAL FAMILIES ARE PROUTISTIC

As we know, our Proutistic philosophy mandates that every person be

given food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and education and this is

what we see happening in our ideal families across the globe.

Baba says, “In a joint family every member is provided with adequate

food, clothing, education and medical treatment, and amenities, as per

their individual needs, according to the financial capacity of the

entire family.” (POD #1)

Here the whole point is that the family is not governed by profit

motive. Rather, everyone’s needs are assessed and ultimately met, as far

as possible. To that end, the children’s education is emphasized, the

elderly are cared for, the parents provide food to everyone in the

house, and indeed so many things are done.

Hence on a practical level, on a day-to-day basis, our Prout philosophy

is alive and well in our ideal family households…

…whereas the ways of crude capitalism are not at all tolerated in

our family lives.

Baba says, “If, however, any member of the family appropriates more

grains, clothes, books or medicines than he requires, will that person

not be the cause of distress to other members of the family? In such

circumstances his actions will be certainly against dharma – certainly

antisocial.” (POD-1)

Thus, as Baba points out, there may be some very crude fellows that do

not follow these principles, but they cannot be called true family

members. Rather they are anti-social beings who need severe

rectification. Because the ways of over-accumulation and cheating are

not tolerated in our family life.

And the day is soon to come when it will not be tolerated in our

collective life either. The days of capitalism are numbered.

Here, the point is that in each and every region, we will find proper

families who neatly adhere to our code of Proutistic living, whether

they are aware of the term ‘Prout’ or not.

CREATING A PROUTISTIC SOCIETY

So creating a fully Proutistic society is only a hop, skip, and a jump

away. It is quite close by.

We need not look deep into our AM ideology to find that those very

tenets already present in ideal family life are to be applied to make a

Proutistic human society. It is just a matter of extension, nothing more.

On the very first pages of “Problems of the Day”, Baba gives this very

solution.

Baba says, “We must not forget, even for a single moment, that the

entire animate world is a vast joint family…All living beings can

enjoy their rightful share of this property, like members of a joint

family in the Da’yabha’ga system. As members of a joint family, human

beings should safeguard this common property in a befitting manner and

utilize it properly. They should also make proper arrangements so that

everyone can enjoy it with equal rights, ensuring that all have the

minimum requirements of life to enable them to live in a healthy body

with a sound mind.” (POD #1)

So the building of a Prout society is nothing more than the application

of our ideal family values to one and all.

That is not to say that in the blink of an eye Prout will flourish on

this earth. It will take trial, ingenuity, and, most importantly, a

spiritual outlook, but, nonetheless, in its micro form already Prout is

being practiced on this globe.

Plus, as the ills of capitalism continue to create more and more

problems on this earth– from poverty to environmental destruction, from

economic depressions to cheating, unemployment, and theft etc– then the

humanity will be desperately searching for a solution.

Indeed such type of catastrophe is needed to establish new ideas and

new habits; otherwise people do not like to change unless they are forced

to change.

And it will be our duty to highlight the ideals of Prout in a simple,

positive, and practical manner to convince the people to move in this

directions. And what better way to do this than to demonstrate how

already Prout is functioning on this globe– in our very family lives.

So none should lose hoping thinking that Prout will never be seen. It is

present all around us, and in a much shorter time than we think, it will

flourish on a grander scale on this earth.

The key point to it all is extending our inherent family feeling to one

and all on this earth. And verily this is natural for us.

OUR NATURAL SOCIAL WAY

In but a few lines Baba explains how it is the dharma of all to live

together in a Proutistic manner– with deep affinity for one and all–

and that by going against this, one is transgressing their social

dharma. Hence if anyone adopts any greedy, capitalistic methods, then

theirs will not be tolerated as a proper way of living.

Baba says, “A member of a joint family cannot be called a social being

if he does not possess the sentiment of oneness with the other members,

or if he does not want to accept the lofty ideal of joint rights and the

principle of rationality. According to true spiritual ideology the

system of private ownership cannot be accepted as absolute and final,

and hence capitalism cannot be supported either.” (POD #1)

Thus through our spiritual values we will be able to easily make Prout a

pervasive approach in our society. That is our natural dharma.

Already Prout is the way in our ideal family households and soon that

clean extension will take place to bring our entire human family under

the banner of Prout.

BABA’S BLESSING

Baba says, “For a healthy society, for a healthy social

structure…Today or tomorrow the entire world will accept PROUT as the

only panacea for all the world’s mundane and supramundane ailments.

There is no alternative.” (PNS-17)

Namaskar,

Acintya

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Steps of Civilisation

Baba says, “The first step forward in human civilization was the discovery

of fire. The second step forward was the discovery of iron. The third step

forward was the invention of the wheel. That human clan of the prehistoric

era which first discovered fire was considered the most civilized and

advanced clan of its time. Gradually the use of fire became prevalent in

all human communities. Thereafter, that community which first learned the

use of iron leapt over the boundary of the stone age, bone age and bronze

age, and was considered to have the most advanced civilization.” (SC-1, p. 86-7)

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From: “Phoenix Chapman”

Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2010 21:43:06 -0700

Subject: Blind Attachment & Controlling…

Baba

“Keu a’lokei mishe ja’y, keu ha’ra’y va’ a’ndha’re…” (1278)

Purport:

Baba, Your divine creation is very colorful. All kinds of people are

there. Some get human life, do sadhana, and ultimately become one with

divinity. And some people do various misdeeds and move along the path of

negative pratisaincara until finally they get lost in oblivion–

cimmerian darkness. Some want only You; while others do not want You,

instead they want some boon or some gift from You. So this world is

colorful. Baba, some are rushing towards the allurements of glittering

objects, shining stars, or superficial worldly attractions. And some are

absorbed in crying over their old outdated memories, deserted flower

gardens, and skeletons of the past. In that way they waste their time.

While those who are great devotees have accepted You as the Supreme

quintessence and they want only You. Some are busy in intellectualizing

about Your karuna and grace– and they never get the real sweetness.

Just they are jinanis involved in their own extravaganza. And some are

dancing in the joy and happiness. Such devotees cannot be satiated by

anything except You. You are everything for them. Those who surrendered

at Your lotus feet they are the ones who pass their whole life dancing

in the ecstasy of Your divine love. Baba, Your entire creation has so

many types of people and various colours. Only the life of the devotee

is filled with happiness and bliss…

== BLIND ATTACHMENT & CONTROLLING MOHA VRTTI ==

Namaskar,

A modern man of this scientific age travels across the world to attend a

mela in Varanasi in hopes of getting salvation. A young mother drowns

her two children in order to entice her lover. Some of our esteemed

Dadas murder one of their fellow avadhutas.

A young professional sleeps with his best-friend’s wife. A

multi-millionaire is unwilling to help his elderly mother purchase a

simple lamp to place by her bed. An AM sannyasi does all sorts of

shenanigans to gain the post of SS.

A teen-age boy kills his own father for taking away his computer. A

Bhukti Pradhan forbids certain innocent margiis from attending

dharmacakra and calls the police on them. A schoolteacher molests one of

her young, tender students.

A retired, university-educated man laments how the world has gone to

hell and that things were better in his day when women and blacks were

not allowed to vote.

All these things & more happen each and every day around the world–

both inside and outside of our AM.

WHAT IS THE CAUSE?

Why do such things occur? As Baba tells us, a person’s sense of right

and wrong gets tainted, clouded, or becomes totally lost due to their

blind attachment for a particular (a) land, (b) era, (c) person, or (d)

idea.

So many aches and pains, so many tears and sorrows, so many heartaches

and fights result from these types of blind attachment. As we know, this

tendency of mind, this mental vrtti, this blind attachment is termed

‘moha’ in Sanskrit.

And Baba says, of all the bondages and fetters, this ‘moha’ vrtii is the

worst type of attachment.

Baba says, “Of all bonds, the bond of duty is the strongest, and the

bond of moha [blind attachment or infatuation] is the worst. Humanity

will have to break the bonds of moha and increase the bonds of duty

willingly and consciously. This is the law.” (NKS: Disc 13)

MOHA VRTTI SPOILS HUMAN INTELLECT

As human beings, one of our greatest gifts– one of our most precious

treasures– is our rational mind, our sense of vivek, our logic and

reasoning. For it is this aspect of our intellect that enables us to

decipher what to do and what not to do in this world. If nothing else,

our aim should be to always keep the mind in a balanced state– not

swayed in any direction– so that our sense of rationality remains

pristine and pure. Then and only then will we be truly able to serve

humanity and follow Baba.

Unfortunately, day in and day out, this ‘moha’ vrtii affects our

judgment and we act in ways that are unbecoming of a human being, of an

Ananda Margii. To some or more degree it happens to everyone, because

this moha vrtti is extremely difficult to control. Some vrttis are

easier to manage, but the ‘moha’ vrtti is quite tough.

MOHA VRTTI EXPRESSES IN FOUR WAYS

As already noted above, according to Baba, the ‘moha’ vrtti, or blind

attachment, takes hold of us in one of four ways.

(1) BLIND ATTACHMENT TO PLACE / DESHAGATA MOHA:

A person becomes attached to a particular place or land and this leads

them to declare that place as holy, or bar others from entering their

land, or so many things can happen. Each and every day blood spills in

the Middle East due to this type of blind attachment. And in our Marga,

also due to this deshagat moha vrtti, some have declared the dogmatic

program of mahaprayan to be something sacred– all because they want to

glorify Kolkata. Thus due to their blind attachment for a particular

land, i.e. deshagata moha, people lose their sense of rationality and do

all kinds of senseless things. If they were to see others doing these

same things they would condemn that person. But when they themselves do

such actions it is justified in their own minds. That is what happens

when one suffers from any type of blind attachment.

(2) BLIND ATTACHMENT TO TIME / KA’LAGATA MOHA:

Many people become attached to a particular span of time or a specific

era. When thinking about that period they lose their sense of logic and

reasoning and they just glorify each and every aspect of that era.

For example, one might say that, ‘During the days of the British empire,

everyone always had a full plate to eat every evening’, or one might

say, ‘Back when I was in high school, everyone scored 100% on all the

tests’. These are examples of illogical and false statements that people

make because they are infatuated with a particular span of time. For

that reason they totally lose their sense of rationality and vivek. When

evaluating another span of time they may have all their cognitive

faculties in tact, but if they are attached to the era of the British

raj or their own high school career, then when speaking about those

eras, their entire sense of discrimination is gone.

For example, someone in a particular group might declare that in the

days when Sarvatmananda was in power, then everything in our Marga was

perfect and no one was expelled and no AM book was distorted. Certain

people may speak in this ridiculous & false manner. All because they are

blindly attached to that particular time when their favoured group was

at the helm.

(3) BLIND ATTACHMENT TO PERSON

The blind attachment for a particular person is quite common all around

the globe. Most often it presents itself as lustful desires. For

example, when anyone is infatuated with a member of the opposite sex,

then they may think that even that person’s crude mannerisms are sweet

and joyful. Or one might even excuse being beaten or cheated by that

person because they are so sexually allured with that individual. This

happens both in and out of AM. Due to sexual lust, people lose their

rationality. For crude sex, various AM sannyasis have blatantly gone

against their oath to Baba.

Then of course, this vrtti can express in other ways also. Army soldiers

may commit heinous crimes because of their attachment to their commander

who has given them the crude order.

Basically, this aspect of moha vrtti results whenever someone loses

their sense of judgment due to their blind attachment for a particular

person. It is a common occurrence.

(4) BLIND ATTACHMENT TO IDEA / A’DHA’RAGATA MOHA

The attachment to idea is broader in scope. A Dada may be attached to

the idea of holding a particular post; a schoolboy may be attached to

the idea of having an internet connection in his room; a businessman may

be attached to the idea that he should be the wealthiest landowner in

the area; a woman may be attached to the idea that all men must be

attracted to her etc.

Then in order to satisfy that blind attachment: A Dada will knowingly go

against the tenets of neo-humanism to get that post at any cost; or a

schoolboy might steal money out of his mother’s purse to install an

internet connection in his room; or a businessman might strong-arm poor

families in order to capture their property; or a woman may walk around

town half-naked in order to get all the men to stare at her.

In sum, whatever idea one may blindly harbor– whatever a’dha’ragata

moha one may suffer from– then one will do all kinds of crude or

mean-minded acts in order to fulfill their desire.

And verily Baba outlines all of the above quite clearly in one of His

discourses– and the relevant section of that very discourse has been

appended below in the note following the signature.

BABA’S SOLUTION

Now that we know and can easily recognise how this moha vrtti freezes

our human intellect and causes people to act in irrational ways on a

daily basis, then it becomes all the more urgent to overcome this

negative tendency of mind– to free oneself from any and all blind

attachments.

Here let us go directly to Baba’s words for the answer.

Baba says, “The only way to free oneself from the clutches of

infatuation is to superimpose the ideation of indifference and divert

one’s mental thoughts towards Parama Purus’a. It may be possible to

control this propensity of wild fascination temporarily by intimidation

or by enacting laws, but only temporarily. Those who believe in the

equal distribution of the world’s wealth, naively underestimate the

power of moha vrtti. The human mind can be sublimated only by spiritual

ideation, not by any high-sounding philosophy. This utopian idea has

proved ineffective in the past and in the present and will continue to

prove so in the future.” (APH-8)

Thus as Baba guides us, the only way to overcome the moha vrtti is to be

very sincere in sadhana and spiritual practices. Because only when the

mind is pointed on Parama Purusa will one forget about their blind

attachments. So sadhana alone is the answer.

Unfortunately, in the name of sadhana, sometimes people just succumb to

thinking about their blind attachments when sitting for meditation. When

practicing their so-called shuddhis, they may be thinking about the girl

they want to marry, or the job they want to get, or the money they want

to accumulate, or whatever their blind attachment may be. In that case,

their blind attachment only binds them further.

That is why Baba warns us so severely about moha. Because it is the

toughest vrtti to overcome as it takes over one’s entire mental plate

and robs a person of their vivek & rational thinking.

Sometimes, as Baba points out, people try to overcome moha through

mandates, laws, and regulations. One camp may declare, ‘That no group

should fight over the post’, or ‘No innocent margii should be expelled ,

or ‘BP rights should be upheld’ etc, but all such declarations just blow

away in the wind. Because rules alone cannot help one to overcome their

own blind attachment for power and control.

As Baba rightly says, only ideation on Parama Purusa is the answer. That

is the only cure from freeing oneself from any blind attachment.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we will get success in life and not fall prey to any

blind attachment. As prevalent and as strong as the moha vrtti may be,

due to His cosmic pull, we will not get trapped or blinded by any crude

desire, and instead we will march bravely and benevolently towards Him.

Baba says, “The very wont of the microcosms is to attain liberation by

snapping all their fetters. The only way to do that is to come within

the shelter of Parama Purus’a. There is no other way – Na’nya pantha’

vidyate yana’ya.” (AMIWL-11)

Namaskar,

Phanindra

Note: BABA’S DISCOURSE ON MOHA VRTII

Here below is Baba’s original passage about blind attachment, or moha

vrtti. The below is an excerpt from His discourse, ‘The Acoustic Roots

of the Indo-Aryan Alphabet’.

Baba says, “Na is the acoustic root of moha vrtti [blind attachment or

infatuation]. This propensity of blind attachment is usually divided

into the four categories of time, space, idea and individuality. When

one loses one’s rationality out of blind attachment for one’s country,

it is called deshagata moha, “geo-sentiment”. People who live in a

country where not even a blade of grass grows, where people die of

starvation, and which imports huge quantities of food grains from other

countries, become so infatuated with their country that they say it has

an abundance of water, has a bountiful fruit harvest, and is a net

exporter of food to other countries.”

“Ka’lagata moha is blind attachment for a particular period of time.

One becomes so attached to a certain period of time that one is unable

to discern its positive or negative aspects. Some people complain that

the behaviour of the present generation of children is disappointing.

They say that when they were young they could easily digest iron pans,

but the present generation has trouble digesting even water! They lament

the great misfortune that has befallen the present age.”

“When a particular idea has a strong impact on mind, the mind rushes

towards it again and again. Thieves, in the shock of the moment, always

make a quick getaway from the scene of the crime. Later, however, they

brood repeatedly about the place, and often return, straight into the

hands of the police! A person who uses an object for a long time

develops a fascination for that object. This is called a’dha’ragata moha

[fascination for an object]. There are many rich people who have a

strange weakness for some old, battered object such as a rickety chair

with one arm broken off. I know a story about how a pretty pot made of

bell-metal was the cause of a bitter quarrel among the daughters-in-law

of a certain family, so bitter that it led to the eventual break-up of

the family. Na is the acoustic root of moha vrtti.”

“The only way to free oneself from the clutches of infatuation is to

superimpose the ideation of indifference and divert one’s mental

thoughts towards Parama Purus’a. It may be possible to control this

propensity of wild fascination temporarily by intimidation or by

enacting laws, but only temporarily. Those who believe in the equal

distribution of the world’s wealth, naively underestimate the power of

moha vrtti. The human mind can be sublimated only by spiritual ideation,

not by any high-sounding philosophy. This utopian idea has proved

ineffective in the past and in the present and will continue to prove so

in the future.” (APH-8)

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From: “Girish Chandra Mitra”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Quickest Approach to Gain Virtue & Moksa

Date: Fri 24 Sep 2010 22:05:14 +0530

Baba

“Maner kon’e samgopane ke go tumi base ekela’…” (P.S. 3529)

Purport:

O’ divine Entity, by secretly sitting alone in the remote corner of my

mind, You are vibrating my mind and heart– my whole existence– in

divine ecstasy. Please tell me who are You. Neither do You share the

feelings of Your heart with me so I do not know what is Your desire. And

when I ask You what You want, then You tell that You do not want

anything. Just with Your charming smile You are showering sweet nectar

like a garland of pearls.

O’ Supreme Personality, please tell me, are You alone? Have You no

companion? Are You searching for someone? Is that the reason why You are

always wandering around this entire universe in all the ten directions–

because You are searching for some companionship. Is that why You are

busy enjoying Your divine liila in this bottomless and endless, mobile

and immobile world– i.e. in Your entire creation.

O’ Divine Entity, of all the bhavas You are Mahabhava. You are the

quintessence of all thoughts and ideations– the ultimate Goal of all

the samadhis. O’ Supreme One You are complete unto Yourself and

infinite. You do not have any shortage or dearth of anything; You have

everything. You control the unit as well as the vast– everything. You

go on creating Your liila in hundreds of ways and flows. Your grandeur

is infinite & endless.

O’ divine One, who is most charming and attractive, please grace me by

revealing Your identity. You have captivated me by Your causeless grace

and by the infinite bond of Your divine love…

== QUICKEST APPROACH TO GAIN VIRTUE & MOKSA ==

Namaskar,

Adhering to 16 Points is very difficult; but there is no need to pay

heed to them to get moksa.

If you have money, then each year for Baba’s birthday you should

purchase a huge quantity of firecrackers – that will bring you to your

cherished Goal. And if you do not have sufficient funds then collect

money from others and purchase fireworks. Thus on Ananda Purnima, you

can create a huge noise and pollute the whole area.

If any margii does not want to give you money then demoralise them. Tell

them that they do not have love for Baba and that they are non-margiis

or secret agents.

Utterly disregard whatever is written in Caryacarya part 1 regarding

Ananda Purnima such as feeding the poor, hosting a medical camp, helping

patients, or serving the needy. One need not do those things. Those are

all outdated ideas.

Plus, if anybody is trying to do those things then discourage them.

Inspire all that shooting off fireworks is the easiest, quickest and

smartest way to gain access to Baba’s grace and virtue.

Regarding the purchase of such firecrackers, do not worry about how much

you spend- spend as much as you can and take loan if necessary.

Let there be a competition between dadas, margiis avadhutas and acaryas

about who can put on the the biggest fireworks show. Inspire everyone to

purchase at least $50,000 for their unit.

Any other social service project like a children’s home, school or

relief, is totally secondary. The fireworks show will be the top project

– that will get top billing. And if anybody does not cooperate, then

punish them.

It is not a joke – this is exactly what is going on in so many units –

especially in Ranchi HQ and other places.

According to Baba’s teachings, our AM slogan stands for: Liberation of

self and service to humanity.

Liberation of self means doing sadhana and following 16 Pts; and service

to humanity means rendering selfless service.

But unfortunately that is not the priority these days. Group leaders are

instead copying the dogmatic religions. Shooting off fireworks is a

mirror image of Islamic namaz. While performing namaz they create as

much noise as they can. Hindu priests also make huge noise in their puja.

Ranchi leaders and others have made the system that on Baba’s upcoming

birthday on 90th birthday that is coming one has to shoot off

firecrackers – and with each passing year, the number of fireworks and

noise increases. Just add one more every year or more. Some now purchase

firecrackers in large groups – by this way it will grow and grow and

grow. After 2000 years, margiis will be forced to explode 2000

firecrackers or more.

And when millions will be Ananda Margiis then you can imagine the

situation on this planet. Everywhere there will be firecrackers and the

pollution (air and land) they make.

In the future, some radical margiis will explode bombs in order to make

a huge sound and gain quick grace and moksa. As a result, unfortunately

many will lose their hearing, be exposed to fires & even undergo death.

Indeed at the last Ananda Purnima celebration in Ranchi, the pandal

caught fire. The whole area was so polluted it was hard to breath.

During the last Ananda Purnima celebration, one big firecracker cost

4000RS which is the amount one laborer while working full-time for six

months. DPS Dada did not do social service rather he spent all the

money on firecracker. That is why the food prepared in daytime was eaten

in the evening as well, because no money for fresh food in evening due

to the high cost of the fireworks. And this is in the summer season

where the food gets stale very quickly.

THE CURRENT SITUATION – RESOLUTION NEEDED

At present, the whole society is suffering from air pollution and on the

other side the vanguards of humanity are polluting and encouraging

others to pollute by their grandiose fireworks displays on Ananda

Purnima. There is a veritable competition between one group and the

next, one jagrti and the next, one wt and the next etc.

In place of this type of dogmatic and stupid competition, there should

be competition for following 16 Points, serving society and doing

sadhana. That is how to celebrate Ananda Purnima.

Now we have to think how we can solve this problem.

Namaskar,

Girish

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Health Guideline: Sleeping Related

“Do not sleep on a soft bed.” (CC-3, Chap 6, Pt #4)

Note: This above point that Baba is describing has deep meaning. Some

ignorant people however who are unaware about health and hygiene get

swayed by pseudo-culture and they use a spring-loaded bed with thick

mattresses. But that is very detrimental for the various joints,

muscles, & organs of the body and it creates an ill-effect on the body

systems such as digestive disorders & diseases. Mostly because of

hunchback syndrome and because the stomach is pressed. Keeping this

view, including many more benefits, Baba has graciously introduced this

above rule. Everyone should follow this and then they will realise the

deeper aspect of its value.

Amongst conscious people it is commonly known that soft beds lead to the

onset of many diseases including incurable backaches and joint pain.

So one should be aware. One should not fall in the trap of momentary

pleasure and invite more dangerous diseases.

Note 2: Revealing the spiritual significance of this point, Baba guides

us that those who are using a hard bed in day to day life, their body

becomes more and more capable for intense psycho-spiritual practice.

Such sincere sadhakas keep away from using a pillow also.

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