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The Real Well-Wisher

From: “Karma Rasa”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: The Real Well-Wisher
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 22:56:11 +0000

Baba

“Egiye calo, egiye calo…” (PS 156)

Purport:

My brothers and sisters, we should move on towards our goal, Parama Purusa.
Today the glorious dawn has come. We should take everyone along with us; no
one should be left behind. Everyone is ours; Nobody is alien. We all belong
to one family– Our Father is Parama Purusa. We have to move together on
the path which He has shown us. Human society is one and indivisible, no
fissiparous tendencies should be allowed to divide it. Baba’s divine grace
is with us…

== THE REAL WELL-WISHER ==

Namaskar,

By now the news has spread far and wide about the attempted breakaway of NY
sector– where the “NY sector Board of Directors” has tried to kidnap
Ananda Marga Inc by changing the by-laws. In sum, these few “directors” are
trying to rule the sector all by themselves, wanting to make NY one
disparate island– totally separate from our Global Organisation (AMPS).
This is the planned schism being executed by certain so-called leaders of
NY sector.

Before going into more of the details of this highly illegal and
anti-dharmic maneuver, here is one story for all to ponder.

STORY:

‘TWO “MOTHERS”, A BABY, AND A COURT CASE’

In one village a dispute was going on between two women. The dispute was
about who was the true mother of one infant baby. One woman was claiming
the baby was hers, and the other woman was claiming that she herself was
the actual mother. The dispute reached to the judge in the courthouse. The
judge was intrigued by what he was hearing and how two women are
quarreling, both claiming to be the real mother of one infant baby.

The judge thought to himself, ‘How can we decide the answer when the baby
is still too young to speak and no witnesses have come forward’. In this
manner the judge was contemplating what is to be done; and he adjourned the
case.
The next day the case resumed and the judge heard in greater detail the
claims of both parties. Again the court took recess and then everyone
returned to the courthouse to hear the final verdict.

On that fateful day when the case had reached its culmination, then the
clever judge boldly announced that:

‘The court has come to a decision. Because the court is unable
to say with 100% certainty who is the true mother of the baby,
it has been decided that both parties should be satisfied. So
the ruling of this court is to divide the baby in half, and award
half of the baby to each of the mothers.’

Upon hearing the court’s decision, the fake mother immediately started
smiling. She was feeling quite satisfied & glad that at least the opposite
party was met with defeat. Because of course by chopping the baby in half
and essentially killing the child in that process, then at least that the
real mother cannot claim to be the victor in the case and get the baby. So
the fake mother was of the nasty mind-set that ‘If I am not going to get
the full baby as a whole then the other party also should not get it.’ So
with these crude thoughts revolving around in her mind, with a wry smile
she expressed her full approval & satisfaction with the judge’s decision.

In contrast, upon hearing the decision about chopping the baby into two
parts, the real mother became totally distraught and started crying
profusely. She was loudly lamenting that: ‘No, the baby must not be hurt or
killed, not under any circumstance. This is my baby and I cannot bear the
thought of killing this baby.’ And then again the true mother started
crying uncontrollably and she was pounding her hands on the table in sheer
anguish.

Then the judge became serious and pointing towards the distraught mother he
proclaimed, ‘The final verdict is that since you have true affection for
the baby and because you want to save the child, it is the ruling of this
court that you are the real mother.’

And then and there the judge awarded her the baby and the fake mother was
arrested by the police, hand-cuffed, and thrown in jail for cheating,
lying, and deception.

MORAL OF THE STORY

By the above story anyone can easily understand that the woman who wants to
see the baby healthy and whole is the real mother and in fact the true
well-wisher of the child. Whereas the so-called mother who was pleased to
see the baby get cut in half had no concern for the welfare of the baby.
Just this so-called mother was guided by her own evil intent. So those who
are the real caretakers and well-wishers are always concerned with the
well-being of the baby. They want to see the child, healthy, prosperous,
and whole.


THE UNFOLDING EVENTS IN NY SECTOR

Thus, nowadays, when the “Board of Directors” of NY sector is unabashedly
changing the original by-laws and proclaiming that NY Sector will no longer
be part of the whole of Ananda Marga, then we can see what type of people
these are who are trying to breakaway and rule NY sector.

Because with utter disregard for the welfare of this organisation (AMPS)
which Baba Himself has created, the Board of Directors of NY want to
satisfy their own fancy and take control of the sector– and separate NY
from all the other sectors.

They– the Board of Directors led by the embattled Tiirthananda and his
sidekick & foreman Vishvadeva– are twisting and ripping apart the original
mandates of NY sector in order to bring the sector in their grip.

BABA WANTS UNITY

IN UNITY THERE IS WELFARE

When we all know and feel in our hearts that Baba Himself never supports
such divisive tendencies and that His own working style is based on
cohesion and unity.

Baba says, “The unity of A’nanda Ma’rgiis should not be allowed to be
jeopardised for any reason. Unity should be maintained even at the risk of
your life.” (CC, part II, ‘Society’ chapter, point #13)

And indeed adhering to Baba’s aforesaid teaching and keeping our AMPS as a
whole, under one roof, is the way to safeguard and protect this
organisation. And those who support this dharmic ideal of unity are the
real well-wishers of AMPS; whereas those who oppose Baba’s directive are
nothing but divisive elements.


BABA’S WARNING ABOUT DIVISION

Here is Baba’s strict warning about division where He openly exposes the
clouded mind-set of those wrongdoers who want to split the organisation.
Baba says, “One human society is divided into different nations, and one
nation is divided into different religions; religions also have different
castes, and castes also have different sub-castes — what kind of situation
is this? We have only learned how to divide and subdivide humanity, and we
never learned how to unite the people. This is all due to the defective
teachings of dogmas…Dogmas are psycho-physical diseases.” (PNS-9, p.46)

So when this clash is going on in NY sector and divisive elements like
Tiirthanandji and Vishvadeva are trying to misguide others along the path
of rebellion by cracking NY sector away from the rest of AMPS, then we know
that their minds are stuck in the depths of dogma. Veritably by their
harmful actions and proposed plannings and defective outlooks Tiirthanandji
and Vishvadeva have exposed themselves terribly.
And sure enough it is black actions like theirs that Baba is warning us
about.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace the divisive parties will never get success. Rather their
time will come and go and they will bury themselves in the mud. By this way
all will understand that such “directors” like Tiirthananda and Vishvadeva
are anti in nature– totally against the welfare of our AMPS and AM mission.

Here following is Baba’s divine blessing where He give His full-fledged
assurance that our AM family will thrive and remain as one.

Baba says, “The entire society of A’nanda Ma’rga is founded on a common
ideal, the goal of becoming one with Brahma…the unity in a society
founded on the ideal of Brahma will be everlasting.” (PNS-3)

Namaskar,
Karma Rasa

Note 1: MAKING THEMSELVES NAKED:

WHO ARE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NY SECTOR

By their false actions the former NY SS Tiirthananda and the long-time
opportunist Vishvadeva are trying to manhandle AM in NY sector and bring
everything under their belt. And this deceitful approach they have done all
under the veil of tip-top secrecy– neither telling the margiis of NY of
their negative intentions nor making any announcements to the other
sectors. Just in the warmth of their own feces these two have indulged in
their smelly tactics whereby they want to ruin and kidnap AMPS in NY. That
is why throughout NY sector and around the globe good margiis are totally
rejecting the inherently defective and selfish ways of ex-SS Tiirthananda
and the opportunistic Vishvadeva. Actually as we have seen, these two
persons have a long history of always wanting to grab more and more power
and control. This is one disease they both suffer from. Some are telling
they (Tiirtha and V’deva) do like this because their sadhana is extremely
low and devoid of a proper devotional outlook they divert their crude
energy to playing in the mud through subversive organisational politics. So
that is one theory floating around these days about why these two lost
souls are trying to wreck our organisation. Investigate the matter and
decide for yourself.

For everyone’s knowledge and awareness here is the full list of members of
the Board of Directors for NY sector. But again the top gunners are ex-SS
Tiirthananda (a.k.a. Nirgungananda) and V’deva. The rest are mostly passive
in their manner, i.e. more blind & stupid than anything else.

Board of Directors of Ananda Marga Inc. U.S.A:

Former-SS, Dada Tiirthananda
SOS, Dada Rainjitananda
Dada Phalashuddhananda
Vishvadeva (Eugene, OR)
Arjuna (Los Angeles, CA)
Vinay (Texas)
Valmiki (Asheville, North Carolina)

Some of the above members are suffering from serious medical ailments like
brain cancer while others are drowned in deep-seeded marital issues and
family problems etc. This is the personally tragic and unfortunate
circumstances a few of the above Board members are finding themselves in.
On the organisational side, one unnatural outcome of this being that
Tiirthananda and Vishvadeva have stuffed more control of the board into their
own selfish pockets. Without their greedy fingers in the pot, none of this
breakaway planning would have ever happened. Thus the amount of really
rotten eggs is primarily 2 in number: Tiirtha & Vishvadeva.

Note 2: BABA’S MANDATE: MAINTAINING UNITY IS A MUST

Here again is Baba firm direction and warning about maintaining unity
within the structure of our AMPS organisation.

Baba says, “Unity among the members of any society or social structure is
absolutely necessary otherwise the structure will start disintegrating.
Lack of unity among the members of society because of too much
self-interest in the individual members, the formation of groups for
economic or social advantage…not only brings about the downfall of
society but also completely wipes it off from the face of the earth.”
(PNS-3, p.42)

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Good Teaching

Baba says, “Those who wrongly worship Parama Purus’a in the form of clay,
iron, or other material substances, are ultimately transformed in
Prakrtiliina*. And those who run around externally in hopes of finding
Parama Purusa outside, they also be come Prakrtiliina.” (15 May 1982, Hindi
Section)

Note: Those who are searching Baba in one or another holy land, they should
be especially careful about this above teaching.

*Prakrtiliina= This is one type of microvita which is under punishment of
reaping of reaping its own negative samskaras.

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From: “Seshagiri Das” 
Subject: Ananda Marga: Plight of WT Trainees (Part 1)
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 05:37:12 +0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

“Jyoti-ujjval pra’n’occhal tumi priyo…” (P.S. 2229)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, You are the Divine Controller of this vast
universe. You are the brilliant effulgence– full of vitality & saturated
& with the love. Baba, You are my dearmost. By Your own glory You are glorified. O’ Parama Purusa You are ever-adorable.

Baba, I do not have the strength to catch hold of You. With my little
strength and with whatever means I have, I try to catch You– but it is
impossible for me. Instead I remain engrossed in my own self– unit “I”.
This ‘unit I’ is preventing me from coming close to You. Baba, please
transform my ‘I-feeling’, make it Yours.

Baba, with my own strength I will not be able to get You. With the
thread of the spider’s net I will not be able to bind You and hold You.
Because of this, please by Your causeless grace, allow Yourself to get
held. This is my only request to You. Please keep this open for Your
consideration.

Baba, in my mind & in my heart, I have deep longing for You– to have
You close. Please grant me this by Your causeless grace. Baba please
come in my shravan, manan, niddidhyasan, & dhyana and make me Yours…

== ANANDA MARGA: PLIGHT OF WT TRAINEES ==

~ AN OPEN LETTER TO GTS & CTS ~

Namaskar,
As we all know our WT Training Centres are a beacon of light for humanity. It is here where we train and equip spirited youths with the ability to lead, teach, and guide the people.

Our Wt cadre has a tremendous role to play in propagating the ideals of Ananda Marga and the gospel of neo-humanism all around the universe. They are assets in the development of society. Naturally then we want our training centres to be operating at an optimal standard: physically, psychically and spiritually.

Keeping this in mind, here is a critical report about the life of our trainees at our WT Training Centre in Varanasi. This is something that every Ananda Margiis should know.

First, in order to understand this matter fully, please read this following Baba story

STORY OF DHARMA SAMIIKSA:

TEACHER NOT SHARING FOOD WITH SCHOOL KIDS

One very senior avadhuta Dada told the following Baba story about dharma samiiksa. It is highly relevant to the the points presented in this entire letter.

About dharma samiiksa in 1981, I remember one [story] that touched me in particular. A young man about twenty-one years old came for his review. He looked quiet, smart and educated. After asking his name Baba wanted to know what work he did for the mission. Modestly, the young man said that he was working in an Ananda Marga primary school and children’s home. His duty was to look after the four boys of the home.

After listening to what he had to say, Baba stared for a time straight at him. The analysis was thorough.

(Note: Baba witnesses all that goes on in this universe and beyond, that is why He is aware of each and every and every thought, word and deed. He is fully aware of all that transpires because this entire cosmos is within His mind.)

Baba said this little boy is a good chap; but after all, I (Baba) am sitting in my vyasasana. I have to keep watch over each disciple’s life and weigh impartially both the good and the bad. Then I will decide what steps have to be taken.”

Baba looked back to the young man, “So, my little boy, you are in charge of the children’s home, isn’t it? You teach some classes in the school. And if visitors arrive, you see they are well taken care of, I presume.”

“Yes, that’s so, Baba,” the young man replied confidently.

“Well, do you remember about a fortnight back when some visitors came to the children’s home in the morning?”

“Yes, Baba,” came the prompt reply.

“I know that you looked after them well — bought sweet and savory pastries from the market for them.”

The young man nodded his head happy that Baba knew of the visit. “What kind of sweets were they, my little boy? Was it rasagolla? And some vegetable cutlets and singara, I think.”

“Exactly, Baba.”

“You sent one of the little boys to the market to buy the food?”

“Yes, Baba.”

“You joined the guests while they were eating?”

“Yes, Baba.”

“I think the refreshments were very delicious and the few of you ate everything, isn’t it?”

“Yes, Baba,” he said softly. Now the young man was beginning to get a hint of something more in Baba’s line of questioning.

Baba continued, “Well were you aware that while you were enjoying the delicacies, the little boys were watching from behind the door? They were hoping that you would save a little for them after you had finished.”

The young man could not speak. Silently he stood, his head hanging down.

“When you finished, you told those children to wash your plates and cups. Do you care to know what was going on in the minds of those little children? They are innocent little boys. Unable to resist the temptation, they fell upon those plates and licked up the sweet rasagolla juice left on them. Are you aware of that?”

“No, Baba,” he said remorsefully.

Then the young man could only nod. He was stunned that Baba knew everything to the smallest detail.  The youth stood silently looking down.

Baba lovingly raised further points about defects in the young man’s character and actions.

“Yes, Baba.” Now he [the young man] was weeping. “Yes, I could, but I did not try to feel their misery. I am sorry for that.”

Annoyed, Baba said, “Don’t say ‘sorry’, say, ‘I have committed sin.”

After a little pause, Baba continued, His voice calm. “It was only a few days ago that you suddenly returned to the school at about ten at night, after spending some days away. You asked the boys for something to eat, and they immediately brought you food. You ate a good dinner. Did you care to find out how the boys had arranged that meal for you? That food, in fact, was meant for one of the boys who, for some reason, could not eat earlier. It was kept for him. They gave that food to you, and the boy had to pass the night without food. He could not sleep for hunger.”

“No, Baba, it did not come in my mind.”

“Do you mean to say you forgot. Are you not in charge of the home? Don’t you have the slightest love or affection for the boys? You failed to do your basic duty. Can you say that your conduct is highly commendable? It it? What does your conscience say?”

“It deserves condemnation, Baba.” The youth now started weeping, tears rolling down his cheeks. Baba had spoken gently. He had neither rebuked him nor threatened him in any way, only exposed the Margii’s past thoughtless acts one by one. Baba’s affectionate tone had left a deep impression on his mind. He now felt great remorse for his misdeeds and wept without restraint.”

Baba said, “Do you know, every tinniest detail of a person’s life — both external and internal — are at my fingertips. I know completely both the dark and the light side of a person’s life. That does not mean, however, that I focus only on the dark side in order just to humiliate him or her in the eyes of others. Rather, it is the good qualities that should be
appreciate wholeheartedly.

“I (Baba) point out only those faults and evils which are absolutely necessary for one to be aware of for one’s own good. When one sincerely becomes aware of those faults, repents for his or her misdeeds and the desire to change himself or herself is genuine, no other punishment is necessary.”

The Margi was now sincerely repentant, and Baba’s mood became very tender. Otherwise He might have continued exposing the youth’s faults in public. Baba was very gentle with him and only did what was necessary to awaken his conscience.

He called the youth near. Affectionately, He asked, “Well, my son, who do you think these boys are? These children of our homes are only helpless orphans. Perhaps it does not matter if they are not dressed or fed well? The youth could only shake his head with tears running down his face. Now he wept not from remorse but from the touch of love. Baba had graciously blessed him by this whole experience.

Dharma Samiiksa was over. Prostrating himself before Baba, he left the room beaming. The divine inspiration he had received would remain an ever-burning lamp to guide him on this life’s journey.

LIFE AS A TRAINEE IN VARANASI WT TRAINING CENTRE

Now please read further for news about our Varanasi WT Training Centre: standard of food for trainees, imposed silence, lack of training, and so much more.

OLD SOILED CLOTHES FOR TRAINEES

Let’s begin by taking a look at a trainee’s first interaction at the Varanasi Training Centre. Upon arrival a new trainee is given clothing to wear.

Of course, as we all know, in AM, our style is not to wear fancy clothes but certainly one’s clothing should be clean. That is Baba’s guideline.

Baba says, “One should always use clean but not aristocratic dress.” (37 Workers Rules, pt #7)

When they arrive all their possessions are taken away; the in-charges commandeer all their personal belongings and money etc.

Tragically, our new trainees – who have come to dedicate their life to Ananda Marga are put in a depraved condition. First the Trainer Dada first takes away their money and those trainees are given dirty, used & soiled clothing.

As we know, used & soiled clothing is an invitation for skin diseases, rashes, and contagious viruses. Hence those trainees are put in a helpless position, as they are being  forced to wear clothing that is unhygienic.

Let me reiterate that our trainees are wearing old, torn laungotas and undergarments that were worn by prior trainees and / or items that were tossed away by wts. It is both shocking and disgraceful. Let us also keep in mind that Varanasi is of a warm climate. Only simple clothing is needed so it would not be a big investment to give them fresh clothes.

In addition the WT Trainer Dada gets both cash donations and clothing donations (bundles of fresh clothes) for our trainees so they can have proper garments. But the cash donations Dada receives he spends elsewhere and he sells the bundles of new clothes on the black market. In the end, the trainees are forced to wear nothing more than dirty rags.

TRAINER DADA’S JUSTIFICATION

The in-charges justify that WT Training Centre is the place of tapasya (sacrifice). That is their logic for not giving proper clothing. But that is not what tapasya means. Just they give this justification in order to save money.

Trainees get the indirect teaching that anyone can wear anyone’s old used clothes. That is why at DMS some steal gowns, turbans, laungotas and lungis from others. This is quite rampant.

Many feel however that this is not a civilised way to behave. Proper hygiene and clean clothes are needed for our trainees. It is not our way in AM to give old, raggedy clothes to our trainees. That is just inviting a recurring problem: disease, sickness, and the misappropriation of money etc. When money is donated by margiis for this very purpose then that money gets diverted by the Trainer Dada to the upper kitchen – to his personal kitchen. Thus not one rupee of that donated money gets spent on clean garments for our trainees. Rather those trainees are forced to wear unhygienic clothing. So this manner of giving soiled clothes to new trainees at the WT Training Centre in Varanasi must be stopped.

Unfortunately, this is only a small part of the many injustices now going on in TC. Please read further for news about food, imposed silence, lack of training and so much more.

But we must not forget that fresh, new clothing must be given to our WT trainees in Varanasi. The clothing can be simple, but it must be clean and new. So this is one serious issue that is going on.

TWO KITCHENS

Another critical matter for review is the food situation at the Varanasi WT Training Centre. Here is what is happening in the trainees’ kitchen.

Our trainees just get rice or gruel. (Note: gruel is just one cheap mixture of food thrown into one pot that is often given to have-nots.) If they are fortunate our trainees might get potatoes. They have to eat their gruel with hot chillies, or sometimes a small quantity of vegetables is given to trainees. Rarely are pulses and milk given. Yet in a vegetarian diet, pulses and milk are the main sources of protein. Both are missing in TC yet are critically needed in that young age. Gruel and chilis are what they are eating on a daily basis.

They are allotted around 900 calories per day: That means just getting a half-belly of food or less. The quantity is fixed. That is why those trainees fight for dry chapatis or plane rice.

And they have no right to complain – so says Trainer Dada.

THE “SAND” LECTURE

This famous “sand” lecture is given to all trainees to keep them in line.

The trainer Dada and other big Dadas tell the trainees how when they were in training then the system was to put sand in the food of trainees. That is one tall tale they tell.

Then they also lecture how when they were trainees then they would eat once a week. Plus other extreme jargon is told.

Then those big Dadas conclude by telling, “So you are fortunate that you are eating rice-gruel and a few potatoes. What more do you need? We are doing a lot for you. You have not come here for enjoyment. This is penance. Do not think about what we (Trainer Dadas) are eating. We passed this test long ago. That is why our kitchen is different and our food is different.”

If the trainer was a real sadvipra, he would have given the lecture of family feeling and displayed that by keeping one kitchen in TC. Then the whole atmosphere would have been very cordial and respectful. But this he did not do. So he is shirking his responsibility and providing poor and defective “leadership”. Trainer Dada is not living up to Baba’s mandate – not even close. Rather he is going against.

Baba says, “Supervisory workers will have to take proper care of each of their supervised staff in all respects.” (Six Additional WT Rules, pt #2)

Baba says, “Before sitting down for a meal, invite whatever persons are present around you and share your food with them. If they do not want to share, enquire whether they have enough food with them or not.” (Caryacarya-3, “Procedure for Eating”)

The trainer Dada must be the embodiment of AM ideals, but sadly in this case the trainer Dada totally overlooks Baba’s above teachings.

Instead the above type of lecture is given by the Trainer Dada (CTS) and those obese Wts who are visiting. That is what they tell to those half-starved trainees. They give that lecture to hungry trainees after they themselves just ate a full belly of delicious foods like curd, fried tasties, delicacies, & sweets at a separate royal kitchen in TC etc. And while lecturing about the greatness of being food deprived they themselves are belching due to indigestion and overeating. Is this not shameful.

THE REALITY OF THAT SAND STORY

Here are the real facts behind the so-called sand story:

1) This incident of putting sand in the food happened on one day for one meal. By accident some dust fell into the food. It was an open kitchen in a dusty place when the pre-storm winds were blowing. And that was at a VSS camp in the 1960’s – not WT training centre. And it was never repeated again. Indeed at the next meal at the VSS camp everyone ate very well.

2) When those big Dadas did their Wt training then they were in TC for 7 – 10 days. And the food was good. There is no comparison between the food they ate and what is served nowadays. Now trainees are in Varanasi training centre for upwards of three to five years or longer. Over such a long period of time, many suffer from serious malnutrition and weight loss. They are emaciated and look anorexic. Tragically, that is what we see happening with our trainees.

Plus they do 4 times fast without water when on the previous day they did not get proper food. You can imagine the state of their health.

And one should not forget that according to AM ideology the trainer is the guardian of all trainees. It is his distinct responsibility to look after them. These trainees are mostly aged 17 to 20. When living in their laokik house their parents cared for them and now they are forced to live in such a pathetic situation at TC. That is painful.

Why do they stay? Love for Baba. They think that irrespective of the torture they receive they should persevere.

From now on, we will photograph and weigh each trainee when they enter into as well as when they graduate from TC. By that way we can document what is going on and keep watch on the situation.

EVEN NO JAIL DOES LIKE THIS

It is a fact that even no jail in a civilised country treats their criminals the way we treat our WT trainees. No one in jail suffers from malnutrition – there are laws and regulations in place to ensure all are given proper and nutritional food. Perhaps some may refuse to eat, but that is another matter.

Hence, see the shameful and sorrowful state of our WT training centre in Varanasi.

Without food and proper nutrition, how can we expect our trainees to be able to think and study. That is one of the reasons trainees could not learn anything about AM philosophy in training centre. After all, if one is always hungry how will the brain function. Baba says this body is a biological machine it is most obvious that it needs fuel, i.e. food, in order to function properly.

RESOLUTION ON FOOD ISSUE

This food deprivation issue is quite serious and needs to be resolved. One basic formula is that a specific and adequate amount of food must be served to each and every trainee based on their body type and medical needs.

Unfortunately, what is is given now is half of what is commonly needed to be healthy. Yet those big Dadas justify this treatment: They give misleading lectures how taking only 900 calories food, which is less than half of the daily bodily need to keep the mind alert.

The truth is that those trainees are terribly deprived of food. What to speak of being psychically or spiritually alert, due to a lack of food they fight over dry chapatis, i.e. flat bread. Such is the pathetic way our trainees are treated. They are reduced to being scavengers, totally gnawed by hunger.

Again, here our cry is not that all trainees should be fed dainties and delicacies befitting of some aristocratic diplomat. We are not insisting that trainees be served fancy sweets and tasty cakes on a daily basis etc.

The demand is that our trainees cannot live off of half a scoop of rice-gruel. That is what our fight is about. To starve our trainees is an injustice and inhumane.

REFLECTION

Since some time this has been going on. Has no one ever thought about this in the past? When some wts and margiis go to visit TC they see the plight of the trainees’ kitchen and those half-starving trainees. They fell moved and complain. But the trainer replies that he has no money. So margiis donate money to arrange proper food for all the trainees for several months, but the trainer’s greed obstructs this from happening. All money goes to the trainer’s kitchen. This is the ongoing problem.

TRAINER’S ROYAL KITCHEN

The WT trainer has his own special, private kitchen for himself and his guest avadhutas etc, while all the trainees are part of the general kitchen.

In the royal kitchen one trainee serves as cook but he cannot eat the dainties and sumptuous dishes he makes for the trainer and his guests etc. That starving trainee must eat in the general kitchen. You can imagine the mental state of that poor trainee. Does this not remind you of the dharma samiiksa incident narrated above.

In the Avadhuta kitchen, they eat all kinds of dainties and delicacies with clarified butter etc. They enjoy spices, condiments, company products, as well as tasty rajasik items with lots of oil.

Our big-bellied Dadas eat rich, oily food. Our half-naked and hungry trainees serve them their delicacies. This is the painful story. Our trainees are starving and suffering from malnutrition yet those big Dadas have no qualms about eating like royalty in front of those trainees. These Dadas have the responsibility to care for their trainees – physically, mentally & spiritually – but they are shirking that responsibility. They are heartless.

The unfortunate scene is that the resident and guest avadhutas are eating like kings and have no sympathy for plight of our trainees. This is not the way to build up a brilliant AM society – nor is this the example we should project to the greater humanity.

Tragically the misery does not end here. The problems in TC are not limited to the physical sphere, i.e. soiled clothes and malnutrition. The problems run deeper than that. In the next letter more will be told.

Namaskar,
Seshagiri

Note 1: EXCERPT FROM “THE GOLDEN LOTUS OF THE BLUE SEA”

Baba’s stories always carry a poignant meaning. His below story is quite meaningful to the above discussion.

The demon asked to the prince-

“You have suffered a great deal in my kingdom during these few days. I heartily wish that you should taste the delicious food of my kingdom tomorrow. I hope you realize that this country is famous for its fine foods.”

“The prince said, ‘Is it so?'”

“The demon answered, ‘Yes, you know little about the pleasures of eating good food in this kingdom.'”

‘Do you know what our daily menu is? We eat golden cakes fried in clarified butter, Pearl water mixed with coconut kernel, spiced Parble curry with salmon fish made of platinum and in the morning we brush our teeth with diamond powder.’

Baba furthermore writes very critically. And here the teaching of AM Ideology is embedded within the story.

“The prince asked, ‘Is there such an arrangement for everyone here?'”

“The demon said, ‘This arrangement is for us only–that is, for those who are learned, intellectual, rich, highborn and aristocratic. Those with whom you associate due to your ignorance–those poor, mean and illiterate people–where would they get such things? They neither know how to cook nor eat. They eat stale rice and scorched eggfruit and they brush their teeth with ash.”

In a planned way, the demon arranged thousands of varieties of foods from far places, in the royal feast to please the prince and enhance his (the demon’s) prestige. And the prince came to the demons palace on special invitation to attend the feast. Upon his arrival he saw the huge array of foods. The prince tasted some of them reluctantly.

Continuing this idea, Baba says:

“The prince began to taste a little of each item; but his stomach was full after tasting only some of these dishes. Thinking that over-eating was bad for his health and moreover, that as he was supposed to leave early the next morning, eating too much at night would not be good, he quickly finished his meal and got up from the table.”

Baba gives some further, great ideological teaching in this children’s story.

After finishing his food, while all around it was dark, at that time one idea came in the mind of the prince. And he thought that ‘I should go and see how the cooks are getting treated.’ The prince thought-

“‘Let me see those cooks, servants and pages who prepared such delicious dishes and served them so elegantly’, he thought. While passing by the servants’ quarters, he suddenly reached the place where the kitchen staff were eating together after the day’s hard labour. They were quite exhausted. Those who had cooked so wonderfully and served so carefully were eating only stale rice, scorched eggfruit and the sour sauce of some leaves, perhaps tamarind.”

So in the above paragraph, Baba described fully that serious disparity or injustice, exploitation is a regular phenomenon in the life of servants. What way they got treated. When the prince came to know all these things, he was feeling deep repentance for having eaten any food at the demon king’s feast.

Baba further continues,

“The prince returned to his cottage with a heavy heart. So many thoughts were running in his brain. He was thinking that he had made a great mistake to eat and drink such delicious food and drink cooked and served by those poor people. The beautiful eyes of the prince were deprived of sleep that night.”

So Baba further continues the story, that in disturbed state of mind by seeing the pitiful condition of the poor people, the prince’s heart was feeling uneasy, restless. And the prince took a vow to free the humanity.

The story follows like this below,

“He [the prince] was thinking continuously, “If I cannot free humanity from such meanness, what is the use of my education, my intellect? My coming to this earth as a human being bears no value.”

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This is the end of the excerpt from “The Golden Lotus of the Blue Sea”.

In this entire section of the above story, first of all Baba has given the teaching that:

(A) The demon king was enjoying alone and bragging about his high status. That time the prince wanted to know whether the common people get to eat the food which the demon is eating, or not.

(B) In the demon king’s feast, reluctantly the prince tasted very little of some of the items/recipes.

(C) When the prince came to know that the common people or cooks are not getting the same type of food, then the prince felt extremely repentant for tasting some of the dishes of the “royal feast”.

(D) Feeling quite sad with a heavy heart, the prince took a vow to free the humanity from the exploitation of blood-sucking demons who do not provide the very food to the common public. Rather such demons enjoy tasty dishes off of the back & sweat of the labour of have-nots and others whom they (the demons) exploit.

Note 2: OTHER REPORTS ABOUT WT TRAINING CENTRE

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