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Archive for September 28th, 2010

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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