Archive for October 6th, 2010

Date: 06 Oct 2010 07:28:51 -0000
From: “Subhash Dholakia”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Mahaprayan Came from Islam


“A’ndha’r periye a’pani esecho…” (PS #41)


“…You (Baba) came from beyond the veil of darkness, and You loved me
without caring for my qualifications and disqualifications. This is
nothing but Your mercy, and that is why I say that You are mine. And You
(Baba) have taught me how to love You…”


The so-called Mahaprayan programme was copied from Islam. Here is the
proof – read carefully.


It is a natural human tendency to copy what others around them are
doing. It is just like ape psychology. Apes imitate everything. Humans
also have this tendency: To copy others.

In day to day life, people copy new fashions, new ways of eating, new
ways of cheating as well as helping. Everything gets copied by others
for their own interest.

It is quite clear that the inventors of Mahaprayan copied their ways of
observing Mahaprayan from Islamic holy tomb worship.

Read below and you will find many striking similarities between (a) the
800 year old Islamic pilgrimage / gathering at Ajmer Sharif for the tomb
worship of their great Sufi saint and (b) the recently invented
Mahaprayan programme in Tiljala.

For instance, both programmes are exactly six days long and employ many
of the same rituals & tactics like tomb worship, prasad, money
collection, mass feeding, asking for boons etc. Only the language is
different: Arabic versus Bangla and Sanskrit.

I wonder who copied from whom? Seeing that the Muslim ceremony has been
going on since the 13th century, it is quite clear. Read below – it all
becomes self-evident.



It is unfortunate that despite Almighty Baba’s warnings about such
dogmatic ways of worshiping Him, now His own so-called disciples are
doing the very things He warned against. All His divine teachings of
sadhana have been pushed aside and in place of that tomb worship has

Reverence to Baba means following His guidelines and not following the
guidelines of the dogmatic religions in name of Baba.

Baba Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji has given thousands of discourses, but
nowhere will you find instructions for observing Mahaprayan as it is
going on now. Only in Islamic scriptures can you get such guidelines.

As a sincere devotees of Baba we should follow all the sadhana lessons
to meditate on Him, and read furthermore from Subhasita Samgraha. We
must not follow the dogma of Islam.




“The six-day Urs (death ceremony or Mahaprayan in Sanskrit) commemorates
the death anniversary of the prophet Moin-ud-din Chisti. It is held in
the Islamic month of Rajab, the time when the Khwaja (deceased saint)
became one with Allah and died. Muslims from all over India and even
abroad throng Ajmer during the festival.”

“Every year Urs (Mahaprayan) is held here for six days in his
remembrance. It is said that when he was 114 years old, the saint locked
himself in a room for six days to pray and left his mortal body in

“The Dargah (tomb) Sharif Ajmer, located at the foot of a barren hill,
is the place where the Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti mortal remains lie
buried. The Dargah (tomb) with a marble dome is situated in the center
of a courtyard and is surrounded by a silver platform. It’s believed
that the shrine is a place of wish fulfillment for those who pray with
devout and pure hearts.”

“The most important of all Muslim pilgrimage centers in India, the
dargah (tomb) of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti at Ajmer Sharif.”

“The shrine or tomb comes alive with activity when millions of devotees
throng the shrine during Urs (Mahaprayan) fair. Urs (Mahaprayan) is held
on the seventh lunar month according to Islamic calendar and is variable
according to the solar calendar. Sufis and believers converge from all
over India and abroad, as it is believed that those visiting during Urs
(Mahaprayan) receives special blessings of the saint.”

“The best time to visit is during the Dargah (tomb) Sharif of Ajmer in
Rajasthan, India. The dargah (tomb) becomes a hub of activity in the
seventh month of the lunar calendar when the Urs (Mahaprayan) is held to
mark the death anniversary of the divine saint.”

“Several thousand devotees throng to this place during this time of the
year and food is cooked in huge cauldrons and served to the devotees.”

“Upon arriving at the shrine, one has to make the entry from the Dargah
(tomb) Bazaar. This would lead to the first courtyard. There is a mosque
built by Emperor Akbar in this courtyard. There are also present two
cauldrons or degs, where donations could be made.”

“Devotees visit Ajmer Sharif to be blessed by the Khwaja (deceased
saint). When their prayers are answered, their wishes fulfilled, they
come again to offer the promised gilaf (velvet cloth), ittar (perfume),
etc. Besides these offerings, they also recite the holy Qur’an (holy
scripture), nafal namaz, milad and aayat-e-karima and khatam khawajgan.”

“It is revered by people of all faiths. It is situated 135 km from
Jaipur and is renowned for fulfilling the wishes of the followers. Apart
from the devout Muslims, people of other religions throng the holy
dargah (tomb) and pray for the fulfillment of their desires. The
devotees also offer flowers, velvet cloth, perfume (non-alcoholic) and
sandalwood at the shrine or tomb.”

“The dargah is the tomb of the sublime Sufi saint who came to Ajmer from
Persia and died in 1236. It was built by emperor Humayun. Later, rulers
like Shahjahan, Jahangir and Akbar also constructed mosques here.”

“Khidmat is the cleaning of the mazar (tomb) and offering fresh flowers
to it. The ceremony is performed twice a day. In the early morning at
4.00 a.m., the main entrance of the tomb is opened with the call of azan
(call of prayer). It is performed for about half an hour before the
fajar prayer. Only khadims are allowed to perform the khidmat. The same
ritual is performed at 3 p.m., though somewhat differently.”

“At this auspicious time, all the pilgrims are allowed inside except the
ladies. Along with the offering of flowers, the khadims recite fateha
and offer sandalwood, which is later distributed among the pilgrims.”

“The Urs (Mahaprayan) begins with flag hoisting at the Buland Darwaza.
The main entrance to the holy tomb remains open throughout the day and
night, and the entire place is decked up with the special shops, lights
and festoons.”

“The closing ceremony of the tomb is known as karka. It takes place an
hour after the isha prayer. The custom is that 20 minutes before closing
the door, as the fifth part of the night passes, a person calls to ring
five and the clock sounds five times. The devotees present inside the
tomb are asked to leave and three khadims clean and sweep the tomb. When
the bell rings six times, the qawwals sing a special karka song. The
doorways of the tomb are closed after the ceremony.”

“Qawwali (bhajan, kiirtan, Prabhat Samgiita) is an integral part of the
rituals here. A qawwali is a song in the praise of Allah. They are sung
by the qawwals (devotional singer) at the Mehfil-e-Sama in front of the
mazar (tomb) after the fajar namaz, magrib namaz, and isha namaz are
over Qur’an Recital. The Qur’an recital takes place everyday at Jama
Masjid (main jagrti) and Alamgir Masjid.”

“The dargah (tomb) has a special daily ceremony called the langar (free
food of death ceremony) in which devotees are served wheat porridge
cooked in a special grass. It is said that the same porridge was eaten
by the Khwaja (deceased saint) himself. Even emperor Akbar used to stand
in queue to take the langar (free food of death ceremony) along with
other commoners. Devotees can go for the langar (free food of death
ceremony) after commencing the isha prayer.”

“The Urs (Mahaprayan) culminates with the Qul ceremony, which takes
place on the last day. It is an extremely important day. The day
commences with prayer in the morning, followed by the gathering of
people at the holy tomb. A series of activities like the recital of the
Qur’an (holy scripture like Subhasita Samgraha), Darood,
Shijra-e-Chishtia and other verses follows this. Afterwards, people tie
small turbans on each other’s head and pray for welfare of the entire

“Hazrat Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti (deceased saint) was the founder of
Islam in India. He was one of the greatest preachers in the world. The
revered prophet undertook to propagate Islam in India by the most
peaceful means and with great forbearance. When Khwaja (deceased saint)
arrived, the Muslim community in India was not as large as it is now.
The Khwaja (deceased saint), by his noble teaching, touched the hearts
of everyone who came his way.”


Now compare both: The tomb worship in Ajmer and in Kolkata.

They (1) both have tomb worships; (2) both are 6-day program of chanting
and kiirtan; (3) both offer free shraddha food; (4) both are annual
gatherings; (5) both entail requesting boons; and much more.

Plus in both the worshipers think a great saint died.

Although Parama Purusa, Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji, does not die but
those who attend think He has died. This point is both similar because
they feel He is gone forever.

So the Muslim saint died and those followers think he died so that is
fine. With regards to Baba, Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji, He did not die
but Mahaprayan participants think He died. So from participants
perspective it is 100% same. Both are death ceremonies. Both are places
where people go and cry.

Thus the Islamic program in Ajmer and the Mahaprayan program in Tiljala
are strikingly familiar. The latter is an exact copy of the former.


Why did Sarvatmananda ji copy it? The answer is very simple. Several
thousand Muslim priests enjoy their material life by the generous
offerings of devotees who come each year for the death ceremony
programme. It is lucrative programme for those priests. And
Saravatmananda wanted the same. So financial capital is one reason
behind the current Mahaprayan program.

Secondly, hosting a Mahapryan programme in Tilajala is supportive of
their crude desire of geo-sentiment. They know Bengal must have
something to attract such naive margiis who do not read Baba’s books

Their goal is to portray Tiljala as a tiirtha (pilgrimage) to attract
money and people.


By Baba’s grace we should strictly follow His below teaching and not
turn any crude physical spot into a place of worship. Mahaprayan is just
one copy of Islamic dogma – we must not fall in this trap. By His grace
we are to realise Him within.

“Vya’pitvm ca…dine”

Baba says, “The Supreme Being is omnipresent, all-pervading and witness
to everything, everywhere. It is not proper to confine Him to a
particular place and say that He has eaten butter at this place or taken
a dip in the Ganges at that particular place, thus limiting Him to a
particular region or a particular country or the glorification of a
particular sacred place, and thereby limit His all-pervasiveness”
(AV-11, p.29)



This type of death ceremony of Mahaprayan is only done in India by Muslims.

Lord Krsna, Lord Shiva, the mythological Rama, and all kinds of gods and
goddesses from Hindu religion never die. Nobody reaches to some spot to
celebrate Lord Buddha’s passing.

Hence Mahaprayan can only be a copy of Islamic dogma. It is quite
obvious that Sarvatmananda ji wanted such a tiirtha related with the
death so he copied Islam.

It is very disgracefull that when Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji does not
die, even then the inventors and participants of Mahaprayan treat Him as
ordinary mortal who dies.

I request participants to please consider and think about what you are
doing. If you are not following Baba, He will not harm you, but nature
will not spare you.

– The Solution –

Baba says, “Whenever there is a conflict between the brain and the
heart, intelligent people should respond to the call of the heart. The
books in A’nanda Ma’rga philosophy are all absolute knowledge. The
proper mark of identity of absolute knowledge is that it must be
universal, rational and psychological. Certain instances of absolute
knowledge are as follows –the goal of human life is the attainment of
Brahma; human beings are the progeny of Parama Purus’a…by dint of
sa’dhana’ or spiritual practices human beings gradually become divine.”
(PNS-18, p.10)


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From: “Girish Nath Biswas”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Story: Baba Told Not To Do Fake Mahaprayan
Date: Wed 06 Oct 2010 14:28:37 +0530


“Toma’rei ma’ni ka’che a’cho ja’ni, Tumi a’ma’r devata’…” (4235)


By Your grace, I have understood this fact, that You are remaining always
very close to me. You are my devata’, You are my everything. Knowingly or
unknowingly, I am remaining in Your mind. You are my eternal saviour. Baba,
You are always living with me. It is Your grace…



The story starts here, which I received.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

I was with Baba in Delhi those days. Once He blessed me the opportunity to
go in His room and personally see Him, to serve Him. And then He started
telling many things about Lord Krishna and the whole incident of Lord
Krishna’s leaving His physical body. And in the end part of Lord Krishna’s
leaving His physical body Baba told that some poisonous arrow pierced into
Lord Krishna’s foot and that was the last…

And by listening to this long story from Baba I was feeling pain. Then
Baba asked, “Why are you feeling pain? I also have to leave My physical
body and you people must not be unhappy.” While Baba was speaking like
this I just put my hand on His mouth and with full pain I requested Him not
to say such things. “I don’t want to hear such painful things about when
You are going to leave Your physical body. Please do not say such things.”

Then Baba started smiling and took my hand away from His mouth and with
love He started convincing me. “First stop crying and then I will tell you

When I stopped crying He started saying, “All the rules of nature are made
by Parama Purusa and under that rule, one day I have to leave this physical
body. And that day will come when I have finished the work I have decided to
do with this physical body. Try to understand that when Lord Krishna
wanted to make the Great India, the Mahabharata, He made the Pandavas His
medium. And when His work was finished, with His own desire, He left His
physical body. You all are my mini-Babas. When you become like this and
are able to execute My samkalpa, then I will understand that you can
fulfill My work, and so what will be the use of My physical body? When the
work of this physical body is finished then I will leave My physical body, and
I am remain always with you in your heart.”


Baba then said, “I only took this physical body to teach you all
practically and to establish Ideology. If Parama Purusa so desires He can
do anything and everything and when He created this physical world He also
made the rules to control this physical world. Prakrti is controlling
everything and so His physical body also has to follow nature’s rules that
He Himself created. Otherwise how will Nature follow its rule properly?”

“Parama Purusa has given certain rules and authority to Nature, to the
Operative Principle to follow, so He is also obeying that rule when He
comes in physical form. If Lord Krishna had so desired, dharma would have
been established even without the complete destruction of the Kaoravas but
it would not have been inspiring history. Actually, Lord Krishna wanted to
teach the public that they should come forward to save dharma and that

After Baba’s talk I was again crying and I put my hand on Baba’s mouth and
requested Him, “Baba please do not say such painful things. Listening to
those things, has made me cry so do not say such things. If you so desire
You may leave Your physical body, but promise me that You will not go
before me. You must not leave me.”

After listening to my pain Baba assured me. He said, “What you are
thinking will happen like this. I was in your Guru Cakra, I am in your
Guru Cakra and I always will remain in your Guru Cakra. You people are the
image of My ideology, and the world will know Me by your actions.”

Before leaving the room I asked Baba if He would answer some questions.

On this point, Baba smiled and said, “Whatever you want, you can ask without any




I (Parasattananda) asked Baba, “Why is it that people do not celebrate the
death day of Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna yet people celebrate the birth
ceremony of Lord Krishna?” When I asked Baba this question He became
furious and in a loud voice, Baba scolded me. “Does Parama Purusa die any
time? He is an eternal entity, He never dies.”

When I saw His furious face I started trembling and sweating and I felt
strong repentance for asking such a question. Then Baba said, “Lord
Krishna as well as Lord Shiva is Parama Purusa and for doing great work and
to establish dharma, He comes in physical form and when dharma has been
established, then He leaves His physical body – but I will remain always with you”.
For permanent relief to sadhus, and the complete destruction of bad people,
the Lord comes in human form. And when His work is over, when dharma is
established, He leaves His physical body, but I shall always remain with
you – in your heart.”

“Lord Krishna did the same thing and with His desire, He left His physical
body when His work was finished. Because He is Parama Purusa and eternally
present all the time, then how one can celebrate His death day. He is
Omni-Present. He is Parama Purusa. So there is no question of celebrating
the death day of Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna.”

In the last Baba with strong voice asked me, “When I (Baba) leave My
physical body will you people want to celebrate My death day?”

Listening the commanding voice of Baba I was scared and replied slowly, “No, Baba. ”

After that Baba became mild and He told me “It is getting late at night,
you go and take rest.”

And after I did sastaunga pranam and I quickly escaped from His room and
took a deep breath, and started pondering that how Baba is furious about my
question. Constant idea was hovering in my mind that how HE was furious.

Because of that still I remember the whole episode that His so-called
Mahaprayan must not be celebrated. That is why in my personal life I never
participated. How I can participate and disobey His command and make Him
unhappy. Since a long time I am telling this story to all who I see on
different occasions. That is why since the beginning I have strongly
opposed this so-called Mahaprayan.


Here I am quoting some Baba’s direct lines which are highly significant.

Baba says, “Guru rus’te na kaschan….”

‘The meaning of the whole sloka is that when Guru is unhappy then nobody
in this universe can save the person.’

That is why it is also said,

“Mantra mulam…
‘Guru’s words are mantra…’

This is the same reason that happened that Sarvatmanananda disobeyed
Baba on this above said story and look what is going on with his fate.

Note: This story is translated from Dada Parasattanandaji’s book
‘Manavrata ka Sunahala Bhavishya’, which means “The Golden Future of Humanity”.

Dada Parasattanandji is posted in India most of the time. These
days postings and transfers are so common in our Marga but as far as my
awareness in the recent past Dadaji was posted in Bihar. He is a very
respected and good Dada and he is WT since 1967.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Lord Baba says:

“The person who is engaged in service, if in his mind this ideation is there,
‘I have served him. Then he should also do something for me. It will be
better.’ That is not good. But rather the one who is serving, in his mind
this feeling should be there: ‘I have come on this earth to serve others.
It is my duty. But no one has any duty towards me.'” (AV-9, Ch 11 [Hindi])


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