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Archive for September 23rd, 2010

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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2010 22:48:01

From: “Hank & Rita Tomasson”

Subject: Are You Concerned About Beauty?

Baba

“Ba’dha’ eseche bheunegeche toma’r…hoyeche…” (PS 2647)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace all those obstacles which have come on the path are

pulverized. They got completely destroyed. Whatever horrifying things were

there– fog, dilemma, confusion– that all disappeared into thin air. This

happened only because of Your divine grace.

In its ghastly attempt, the bad days– the foggy weather– wanted to

swallow everything in its ghastly attempt. And it wanted to submerge

everything into cimmerian darkness. However the demons’ dance, and the days

of hellish creatures and their kingdom– these are gone forever by Your

grace, by Your karuna.

O’ Parama Purusa, the Charioteer of the chariot of effulgence, You have

come. All the confusion, illusion, and dilemmas have been wiped away from

everyone’s mind. It is Your grace.

Baba due to Your holy advent the bondage of ignorance and staticity and

the serpentine noose of maya have been destroyed. With the presence of Your

august advent, Your arrival, all the sins have gotten destroyed. Now

everything is saturated with divine effulgence. Baba, You are

ever-gracious…

== ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR BEAUTY ==

Namaskar,

Beauty…

This is one big trend all around the globe these days – now more than

ever. All want to become stunningly beautiful.

And there is nothing wrong with that…

…except that people are looking for beauty in all the wrong places –

i.e. externally – and it is wrecking their lives. Their misguided search

for beauty leads to anxiety, depression, divorce, trauma, frivolous

expenses, financial debt and all kinds of psychic complexes and afflictions.

We may even find traces of this ill-conceived quest for beauty in our

Marga, though in the general society it is much more rampant,

exponentially so.

We should all be aware, lest we fall into a similar pattern. Also with

awareness comes the ability to help others and convince them of the

truth in a compassionate way through logic and reasoning.

TRENDS, TRENDS, TRENDS

The trends about what is beautiful vary from place to place, but now in

this materialistic era, all parameters of beauty are based on the most

superficial aspect of the human experience.

In the US and Europe, white-skinned people generally think that “having

a tan” makes them more beautiful. Thus most everyone in those areas

wants a tan, or brown skin. To get that, they may lie in the sun, lie on

a tanning bed, or even have it sprayed on like paint.

In India, now it is more fashionable or beautiful to have light or white

skin. For this reason ladies may not even go outside in the sun for fear

that their skin will get too dark.

Yet these trends come and go like the wind. One day one wishes to look

dark, and the next white. It can flip-flop anytime. Yet on these

whimsical and fleeting styles, people form their crude judgments of a

person and formulate their own look as well.

Baba says, ‘The notion of what is beautiful or ugly, or good or bad in

human beings changes from age to age, and in different environments.

Those who are black-complexioned will say, “How beautiful black is. Why

is that man so white? Has he contracted leucoderma (white leprosy)? How

repulsive, how utterly repulsive!” That is, human judgement is relative;

it changes according to time, place and person.” (AV-8)

And not just skin colour, but each and every aspect of the physical body

has a trend, or look, or way that is deemed as beautiful. And people go

bonkers trying to achieve that.

They may spike their hair, expand their lips, paint their face, tattoo

their body, pluck their eyebrows, squeeze their feet into small shoes,

whiten their teeth, grow their nails, paint their toes, and the list

goes on and on.

We have all seen it.

They may even visit plastic surgeons to make their nose or breasts

“absolutely ideal”, i.e. beautiful. They may body pierce themselves all

over thinking that this makes them attractive. Or they may get a

liposuction or tummy tuck in order to make themselves look skinny.

In the past in India and other poor countries, being fat was a sign of

wealth and prosperity – they all wanted to be fat. That was desired and

beautiful. Now in those same places, all that has changed. Especially

where the internet is big – like in the Indian cities – all want to be

thin now, because that is the rage in the west.

No matter where one resides, to gain that look – of being beautiful –

people are willing to do anything.

Even in these tough economic times – when cash is sparse – people are

spending thousands and millions even billions of dollars on various

cosmetic medical procedures or beauty supplies in order to enhance their

look. It is a mega industry at present.

And the one who suffers most is the individual – they become a victim of

the times. They ruin their peace and composure by indulging in this

quest for beauty externally, which in truth is destined for failure.

POINTS TO NOTE

1. Although beauty varies from place to place and era to ear, people in

the same place and in the same era chase after the same look. They all

want to be thin, or have their hair in a particular way, and dress

according to the day’s fashion etc. In essence, they become mirror

images of one another – when in truth diversity is the spice of life.

Mother nature makes us all different, even if our parents are the same.

By this way the gene pool of our human society gets stronger and more

developed. To chase after the same look is to going against nature.

2. The beauty business corrupts people’s mind into thinking that beauty

only resides on the outside. They have so many tricks for brainwashing

people, especially young women and teenagers. This is their big market

and they spend huge money convincing them. In turn, the beauty industry

takes in billions. The entire situation is most unfortunate.

3. People naively think that by becoming more beautiful then all their

problems will be solved and everything will be alright – i.e. they will

be happy and all will adore them. This is their day-dream fantasy as

well as the reason why they chase relentlessly after external beauty.

4. Now more and more people are goaded toward external beauty at a

younger age. This imposes a terrible inferiority complex that “I am not

beautiful enough.” Generally self-conscious feelings about one’s looks

occur when one is going through adolesence. But today, in countries like

Brazil and India, girls of 3 or 4 years of age are being dressed up like

dolls and the children get the teaching early on that external beauty is

everything. This is a terrible tragedy and brings about the demise of

the human condition.

5. And there are more points, write us with your thoughts.

NO-WIN SITUATION FOR ANYONE

All in all, chasing after external beauty is a no-win situation for

anyone, neither for materialists nor for spiritual aspirants.

Materialists, or common people, bank all their happiness on external

beauty and allurements, which is itself fleeting. Most of the time

people are too self-conscious to delight in what beauty they do have,

and even if they do enjoy their “beauty” what they fail to realise is

that their beauty will not last. It is impermanent, temporary. It will

wane, wane, wane with the passage of tiem. Seeing this, people get

distressed and depressed. They worry about thinner hair, flabby thighs,

droopy skin, and so many other things. To make matters worse, people are

living longer now than ever before so while their “beauty” may begin to

decrease after the age of 30, 35, 40, or 45, they now live longer, up to

80, 90, or 100 and in that case they merely extend their days living in

that depressed state. Such is the fate of materialists.

And spiritual-minded people also run into trouble by chasing after

external beauty. They may have lived a most dharmic life and helped

others but because of their lust for external beauty all their good

efforts get wasted and instead of progressing on the path, at the time

of death they get turned into bodyless microvita. Such a horrible fate.

Baba says, “Though siddhas are elevated human beings, those who have

some aesthetic attraction for physical objects like money, ornaments,

etc., become kinnaras after their demise. As spiritual aspirants they

are elevated to some extent, and as human beings they are decent, but

they prayed to Parama Purus’a for beauty instead of for Parama Purus’a

Himself. Such people, after their demise, attain the status of kinnara

devayonis.” (MVNS)

So neither the common materialist nor the advanced sadhaka benefits by

chasing after external beauty – yet so many engage in this way.

WHY THEY DO IT

The next – or obvious – question then is why do they do it. Why do

people chase after external beauty?

The answer we all know.

When people do not seek peace within then their mind turns to the

external sphere for happiness, acceptance, and approval. And one of the

closest external qualities we have is our bodies. Thus people seek

attention and respect based on their external looks, i.e. “beauty”.

Their figure, hair, shape, softness etc.

But this leads them nowhere other than their demise.

And tragically the trend is only growing. Now more than ever people are

mentally imbalanced due to materialism, and in that precarious state

they invariably look more and more for external beauty as their great

value in life.

This then makes them more insecure and worried and ultimately sets them

up for “the big fall” when their beauty invariably wanes as the body

decays.

So it is a vicious cycle.

In contrast, if one is able to find peace within, then they are not so

concerned about their superficial looks. Already they have found beauty

and value in life. And that is the real beauty that will bring peace and

happiness.

WHERE THE REAL BEAUTY LIES

Here Baba graciously guides us where our real beauty lies.

Baba says, “Perhaps you know that mental beauty exercises some degree of

influence on the human body. A woman who is unattractive but is mentally

elevated or has a loving nature will look beautiful to others. You must

have heard that to a child, the most beautiful woman in the world is his

or her mother.” (MVNS)

Thus beauty – ie lasting beauty and attraction – lies in the benevolence

and sentientness of mind.

As a person gets to know your mind, then they will find you to be more

and more beautiful, so long as your mind is spiritually inclined. That

is why people who come close to you and become your friend value you for

your behaviour and conduct, not for your looks. So long as one’s mind is

vibrated, one’s conduct will be proper, and others will be attracted to

you. So the point of allurement is the mind not the body. That is where

lasting beauty exists. That is Baba’s guideline.

Proof of this is that these days so many marriages are made based on

purely external beauty and sexual attraction. But then, as they get to

know one another and see how the other thinks and behaves, then they

develop distaste for one another until finally they fight, beat each

other, and ultimately divorce. Countless high-profile, glamorous

marriages have destructed in this way. And it happens to common people

as well.

The point is that if you do not like the way a person thinks and

behaves, then they will not be beautiful to you, irregardless of how

physically attractive they are. And vice-versa.

Whereas, if one’s behavior and dealing are benevolent and charming, then

everyone will be attracted to you and find you to be beautiful.

That is Baba’s magic formula.

Thus if one is concerned about beauty – they should ensure they are

concerned about their psychic beauty, not the physical one. Only the

beauty of the mind can bring about happiness and welfare to oneself and

others. Only then can on be truly beautiful in the eyes of others.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace here again is His divine teaching. By adhering go 16

Points, doing sadhana, singing kiirtan, and being strict in yama and

niyama, then one’s beauty will increase more and more.

Baba says, “Perhaps you know that mental beauty exercises some degree of

influence on the human body. A woman who is unattractive but is mentally

elevated or has a loving nature will look beautiful to others. You must

have heard that to a child, the most beautiful woman in the world is his

or her mother.” (MVNS)

Namaskar,

Hitendra

Note 1: BABA’S COLOURFUL DESCRIPTION:

HOW THE NOTION OF BEAUTY CHANGES

Baba says, ” Just imagine the situation that will arise in the future as

a result of humanity’s ever increasing thirst for knowledge. To meet

these developments the nerve cells and nerve fibres will have to become

more complex. Consequently, the human cranium will become larger and the

size of the head will increase. The hands and feet will become weaker

and weaker and human beings may even lose the ability to walk…Today we

think that such people will look very strange, but in the future one may

hear people commenting, “Oh, how handsome he looks with eyes as small as

little peas and arms as thin as jute sticks. He can’t hear anything with

his ears. In fact, he hasn’t got any ears at all! What an attractive

man.” Although it seems slightly repulsive to us, this will become the

standard of beauty in future. People will judge beauty according to the

standards of the day, saying, “Oh, those stick-like arms of his make him

look so handsome. The fellow can’t walk properly. How wonderful.” And if

someone can walk, people will say, “How indecent that fellow looks

hobbling around on two legs!” But if he crawls along the ground they

will say, “How wonderful, how beautiful!” If we were to see this sort of

scene today, however, we would say, “How unsightly. That fellow is

uglier than an owl.”” (AV-8)

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Samaj is Based on Neo-Humanism, not Groupism

Parama Purusa BABA says, “If each samaj [socio-economic unit] is inspired

by a comprehensive ideology and a universal outlook, human society will

move ahead with accelerating speed towards a sublime ideal.” (PNS-13, p.

23)

Note: Nowadays some group leaders are singing the song of samaj as they try

to forge ahead with their narrow-minded agendas. But margiis can smell this

from a mile away and are keeping distance from such talk. Means other than

a select few, no one is falling into the trap that the spectacle of such

and such WT group is part of samaj theory.

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Date: Thu 23 Sep 2010 21:46:38 -0000

To: AM-GLOBAL

From: “Jawaharlal Thakur”

Subject: Our Marga is Colourful

Baba

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

Purport:

Baba, You have come in my heart when the blissful dawn was glittering

in effulgence. By Your grace, You have wiped away the net of staticity

and crude darkness from my mind. In a flash You have also removed the

dogma which had accumulated since ages. Baba, You are so beautiful.

O’ my dearmost, You know how to make such a divine magical display. By

Your grace You have created a heavenly panorama– complete with the

beauty and grandeur of colour, by Your divine play. Baba, in the blink

of the eye, You bring lowly and depraved persons close to Your bosom,

without making any differentiation or disparity about who is virtuous

and who is sinful.

Baba, You are my beginning as well as my end, my Goal, my everything.

Baba, my whereabouts, my name, my place, my address– everything has

become one with You, by Your grace. Baba I offer You my heartfelt

surrender and sastaunga pranam thousands, millions, crores, & an

infinite number of times– again & again.

Baba, by Your divine grace You have taken advent in my heart and showered me

in Your supreme effulgence. You are my own; You are my everything…

== OUR MARGA IS COLOURFUL ==

Namaskar,

Our Ananda Marga is colourful. People have entered into AM with all

kinds of mentalities, with all types of psychic tendencies, and with a

diverse range of mental constitutions. To accommodate all, Baba has

graciously given something for everyone. In turn, we have the

opportunity to choose which approach suits us best.

Some are oriented toward the path of jinana and some towards bhakti.

Some prefer intellectual explanations whereas other tend towards

devotional understanding. Some like to sing kiirtan thinking, ‘I am

overcoming all internal and external obstacles’, while others may prefer

simply to ideate only on Baba.

Different minds prefer different thought ideations– and that makes the

world colourful.

None should therefore think that any particular approach is the

be-all, end-all. Because Baba has given and approved them all: From

sadhana to microvita theory, from kiirtan to kaoshikii, from Prabhat

Samgiita to sristi cakra, Baba has provided diverse explanations to

appeal to the wide array of people & mentalities in AM.

Hence, no one should feel pressured to adopt or limit oneself to a

particular style, explanation, or reasoning. Because Ananda Margiis come

in all shapes and sizes.

A FEW PRACTICAL EXAMPLES

Below are some clear-cut examples of how various AM practices can be

pursued in different ways.

(A) DHYANA: In dhyana, Baba has given various bhavas: Madhura bhava

(lover relation), dasya bhava (Master-slave relation), vatsalya bhava

(Parama Purusa a as child), sakhya bhava (friend relation), and

Father-son relation etc. These are all approved methods, given by Baba,

for doing dhyana. However that does not mean that every devotee must

follow all of the above. Those involved in sakhya bhava may not have an

iota of interest in vatsalya bhava, and vice versa. Thus every sadhaks

has the power of choice: To experiment and see which one is most

appropriate for their mental make-up, for their link with Parama Purusa.

(B) PRABHAT SAMGIITA: With regards to Prabhat Samgiita, some prefer to

analyse and study the style of music such as the type of raga or ragini,

yet side by side Baba has also said that, ‘Prabhat Samgiita is written

with the ink of the love of the heart of the devotees to make link or communicate

with Parama Purusa’. So it is not just music only. So these are two

vastly different ways of relating with Prabhat Samgiita. And it will

depend upon one’s mental characteristics as to which they prefer. Some

opt for a more jinani approach whereas others prefer the more personal

and intimate manner. Everyone can choose for themselves.

(C) MICROVITA: About microvita, Baba has given vast and complex theories

about this smallest energy form– the ultimate building block of this

universe. Chapters and chapters can be read and studied about this

scientific phenomenon. And many jinanis may spend years immersed in that

approach. At the same time, in His RU discourse, ‘Microvitum and Its

Effect on Human Body and Human Mind’, Baba says, ‘After all microvita is

nothing but Cosmic grace, I just use the term microvita to make you

laugh’. This He has said in Hindi part of His discourse, which was not

printed. But if anyone listens to the cassette of His RU discourse, they

will hear Baba say like this. So again, based on one’s mentality, there

are a variety of ways of thinking about microvita.

(D) CREATION THEORY (Srsti Cakra): Similarly, one can think of creation

theory using terms like jadasphota, pratisaincara, various tattvas, and

other technical terminology, or one can simply think that, ‘He was all

alone, all by Himself, so He created this vast universe’.

Thus depending on one’s mental framework, there are varieties of ways of

interacting with our AM practices and philosophy.

KAOSHIKII AND AVARTA KIIRTAN ALSO

And the same can be said with regards to kaoshikii and avarta kiirtan also.

There is a very technical explanation of kaoshikii where one takes on a

different ideation for each direction, and side by side one can simply

think of pleasing Baba while doing their kaoshikii dance.

In avarta kiirtan also there are two diverse approaches. In a more

jinani style, the aspirant can adopt different ideations for each

direction. And these ideations generally focus on oneself, ‘I am

cleansing myself with fire, I am controlling this universe, I am

unstoppable’, etc etc, or one can simply think of Baba and ideate on

loving and pleasing Him.

Some sadhakas may like a more technical & analytical explanation and

some prefer the more simple approach of pleasing Him. Personally I

prefer the latter way. I do not like to engage in all kinds of

sophisticated or lengthy descriptions when dancing avarta kiirtan.

Rather I prefer Baba’s simple method of bringing the mind to sahasrara

cakra and thinking of Him. But if others prefer to think, ‘I am cleaning

this entire universe etc’ then that is also fine.

We should always keep in mind that Baba has given something for everyone

in Ananda Marga. And we should be accepting and tolerant of all the

different styles and at the same time choose a way that is most

appropriate for us.

PEOPLE HAVE COME INTO AM FOR DIFFERENT REASONS

After all, we have to remember that people have entered into AM for a

vast array of reasons. Some have come because they wanted to travel

overseas, some have come because they could not get a job in the private

sector, some have come to escape their jail sentences, some have come to

find a wife or husband, some have come to get away from their wife or

husband, some have come to do karma yoga, some have come to get a high

post, some have come to be regarded as a high yogi, some have come to

fulfill His mission (A’tma moks’a’rtham’ jagaddhita’ya ca), and some

have come to please Him.

Regardless, all are our brothers and sisters, we should embrace all, and

help everyone become successful in their human life. There are various

grades and we appreciate everyone.

Some like to sing kiirtan thinking that they are becoming clean and

becoming a force in this universe, and some like to sing for the sole

reason of loving and pleasing Parama Purusa.

Some bhaktas do not feel comfortable relying on their own

unit ego. They do not like to think that ‘I am doing everything’,

because they know that unit beings cannot do anything, Parama Purusa

does everything.

It all depends on one’s quality of mind as Baba has created something

for everyone.

IN THE NOTES BELOW

Below, in the notes, are the technical descriptions of Avarta Kiirtan &

Kaoshikii. And if one wishes to pursue their practice in that way they

can. At the same time, no sadhaka should feel burdened that they must do

their kiirtan and kaoshikii like that. Remember that Baba has explained

His AM practices and philosophies in various ways to appeal to various

grades of people, various standards of mind. Some are jinan oriented and

some are bhakti oriented. Everyone should do what feels most comfortable

for them. Baba has approved multiple ways for this very purpose: To

appeal to one and all.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has designed this Ananda Marga for everyone– and

verily all must come under the banner of AM. For this reason Baba has

given diverse ways of explaining AM practices and AM ideology. Because

everyone belongs in AM.

Baba says, “Remember, until every person in the universe accepts the

Ananda Marga ideology, you have no opportunity to rest.” (CC-2)

Baba says, “Now, these created beings, they being the progeny of the

same father, are members of the same Universal Family. We must not

forget this supreme fact.” (AV-14)

Namaskar,

Jawaharlal

Note 1: PEOPLE DO SADHANA FOR VARIOUS REASONS

As there are various grades of sadhakas in AM, people do sadhana for

various reasons. Some do sadhana to impress others, some do sadhana as

one requirement so that they can take their meal, some only do sadhana

in public, some fake their entire sadhana program, some do sadhana for

mental peace, some do sadhana for self-realisation, some do sadhana to

serve and please Him. So there are various grades of sadhakas in our Marga.

Note 2: TECHNICAL DESCRIPTIONS OF AVARTA KIIRTAN & KAOSHIKII

Here are two technical descriptions of our avarta kiirtan and kaoshikii

practices. These may appeal to some whereas others may not like to be

bothered by these more intricate approaches. In that case they may adopt

a more simple, devotional outlook.

Then there is also the notion that as these two below descriptions are

not printed in any book, then they may not be entirely accurate. If

anyone has the original cassette(s) where Baba discusses these below

approaches then they are requested to write this network immediately.

AVARTA KIIRTAN

1. I am the embodiment of sincerity.

2. I have the innate love for Paramapurusa.

3. I have purify my mind with the fire of devotion.

4. I am overcoming all internal and external obstacles.

5. O lord, take me onto your lap.

6. I surrender my everything to you.

KAOSHIKII

VERTICAL –I am now trying to establish a link with Paramapurusa.

RIGHT– I know the right way of making request to you, Paramapurus’a.

LEFT— I know how to carry out your command

FRONT– I know how to surrender completely to you.

BACK– I am ready to undergo discomfort when trouble comes.

STEPS—Oh, lord, I am now imitating your rhythm, brining your subtle

Consciouness into manifestation, into pratical forms.

OVERALL IDEATION:-

I, the microcosm, am establishing a link with my lord, the Nucleus of

the Macrocosm.

Note 3: SIMPLE DEVOTIONAL APPROACH

Some bhaktas may just prefer to sing kiirtan and dance kaoshikii with

their mind immersed in Him– to serve, please, and love Him. Trying to

follow all the above technical operations may verily take the mind away

from being with Baba. So adopting a purely devotional stance is also

alright if that is what you prefer. That freedom everyone has.

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