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Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2010 22:21:37
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Pradiip
Subject: Baba Story: Margii Refused to Drink Wine & Faced Trouble

Baba

“Ankhi mele, ceye dekho aja’na’ pathik eseche…” (PS 1550)

Purport:

O’ human beings, behold, look, Baba, the Aja’na’ Pathik [1], has come. With His sweet, charming smile and infinite grace, He is pouring His endless compassion and love unto all. He is showering everyone with His divine blessing. All are getting bathed in His love. O’ brothers and sisters, come hither and see, Baba, the Aja’na’ Pathik has come and He is showering His causeless grace upon all.

Due to His divine arrival and august presence, the darkness which was in the mind has vanished somewhere– to one far distant place. In the past where there was darkness, one stream of effulgence has come and blossomed in the colour of one rose. By His grace, the mind has become devotional, calm, and peaceful. Baba, the Ajana Pathik has come and showered His grace.

By His causeless grace He is near and dear to everyone. With His infinite love, everyone has a sacred and beloved place in His heart. Parama Purusa graciously holds each and every being in His bosom. O’ brothers and sisters, do not waste your time running after name and fame, money, prestige, or any other transitory thing. Do not run after mundane longer. Come unto the path of bliss, and fulfill your hopes and aspirations by reaching unto Him. Baba is the Ista– He is the Goal. Only He can quench your infinite thirst with His boundless love. O’ human beings, your life and death– your coming and going– on this earth is dancing in His Cosmic rhythm. Everything is blissful; everyone revolves around Him- nobody is alone. All are an inseparable part of Him. This is His divine liila and ultimately everyone is sure to become one with Him, by His causeless grace…


NOTES TO PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1550:

[1] Aja’na’ Pathik= Aja’na’ means ‘unknown’ and Pathik means ‘divine traveler’. This is the word by word, literal translation. But the inner sense is that Parama Purusa is always moving throughout this vast cosmos and by His special grace He is constantly present with everyone all the time. He is in the Cosmic Nucleus yet at the same time through His ota and prota yoga He is everywhere– carefully watching & lovingly guiding everyone. This unique aspect of His grand Personality is treated as Aja’na’ Pathik. Because He is constantly traveling yet present everywhere. He is in the nucleus as well as throughout this entire expressed universe.

As the Ajana Pathik, Parama Purusa Baba moves and moves and moves. Thus in their devotional approach devotees feel that wherever they go then the Divine Aja’na’ Pathik will always be there to shower His blessing. By His grace, devotees can always get His intimate company & companionship. With this devotional link, by His grace sadhakas understand that Parama Purusa is present everywhere, yet side by side He travels on and on throughout this entire cosmos. Thus He is Aja’na’ Pathik.

Overall the name Aja’na’ Pathik has one special and unique meaning that goes far beyond its literal translation. And in our hearts we A’nanda Ma’rgiis know and feel that Baba is that Aja’na’ Pathik. Indeed in His discourses, in Dharma Samiiksa, and in reporting, in DMC, and in numerous ways Baba has revealed this very fact that He is ever-present and always along with us. Hence He is always moving and wherever we go then He will also be there. Parama Purusa has infinite attributions and one of them is this special quality where He always remains along with us wherever we are in this vast universe. In this way He is known as — Aja’na’ Pathik.

BABA STORY:
MARGII REFUSED TO DRINK WINE FACED TROUBLE

SUMMARY: This is the account of one devoted margii and what happens to him when he refuses to drink wine in celebration of a contractual agreement with the Russian Embassy. Read how Handaji’s office loses that lucrative contract, then got much more, as he experiences first-hand how dharma itself saves him. Dharma always protects those who uphold dharma.

Namaskar,
In the early days of Ananda Marga, one very devoted margii, L.P. Handa, was a sales manager for a private company in India.

Through his hard work and good fortune, he arranged a large contract for his company with the Russian embassy in India. This was a very lucrative and profitable job for his firm. After much trial and negotiation, all the paperwork was completed between the two parties – i.e. Handaji’s company and the Russian embassy.

Upon completion, various representatives from the Russian embassy wanted to celebrate the contractual agreement. In their “festive” – and somewhat debauched – mood, those Russian embassy agents requested Shrii Handa to drink vodka and dance with them. This was their normal style of celebration and they wanted Handaji to partake in their “party”.

Handaji replied, “With all due respect, thank you kindly but I never touch wine so please excuse me – I must decline your offer. I lead a principled life and do not drink alcohol. However I will gladly take fruit or juice.”

Hearing this, the Russians became furious. They were shocked that Handji refused their offer of wine and dance. They then threatened to tear up the contract if he did not drink with them.

Handaji remained steadfast in his approach; he did not compromise one inch. He again respectfully declined their offer.

In their fury, the Russians then ripped up the contract and totally voided the agreement with Handa’s company. So the company for which Handa worked had suddenly and unexpectedly lost a big contract.

Handaji was just mentally surrendering to Baba Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. He was thinking, “Baba, I am merely following the principles You graciously taught. You are managing everything, by Your grace I know you are taking care.”

Handa now had to be the bearer of bad news and report back to his boss.

Naturally, Handa’s boss was extremely disappointed and frustrated by losing the contract.

The news of the contract dissolution rose even higher. The Russian trade commissioner to India came to hear about the case. He was curious to know more about what transpired. So the Russian commissioner asked what happened and Handaji replied how he had certain life principles and could not accept their request of drinking wine and overall debauchery.

Normally in such situations, a trade commissioner will give 100% support to their subordinates in order to keep their loyalty. But in this case it was not like that. The trade commissioner did not take sides with his colleagues at the embassy. Instead the Russian trade commissioner was quite moved and impressed with Handaji’s stand. He appreciated how Handaji stood by his principles. With great concern, the commissioner then inquired, “Have you lost your job with the company?” Handaji replied that his boss had understood and that he still had his job.

Still worried about what had transpired, the trade commissioner offered his heart-felt apology to Handaji for the ordeal he underwent. Then he not only approved the contract but doubled the size of the contract, and from that day forward the trade commissioner had great respect for Handaji’s honourable way of living. So the commissioner began referring more lucrative jobs to Handaji’s firm – jobs that were far bigger than the original deal with the Russian embassy. Why? Because he trusted Handaji’s manner and ethic.

Actually, henceforth, the Russian trade commissioner and Handaji fostered a long and fruitful friendship. In personal life they were close and in professional life, the commissioner continued to refer big jobs to Handaji’s company.

REFLECTION

Here the point is that since Shrii Handa held firm to dharma, he ultimately became victorious, by Baba’s grace. Handa maintained his principles life – even though it created clash – and in the end gained victory.

So although it looked like that by following dharma, Handaji would lose his professional stature, actually by sticking to dharma, Handaji gained a far heightened position in the workplace. Whereas if he had compromised with his ethics and drunk wine, then Handa would have lost dharma as well as the opportunity of greater company contracts.

BABA’S BLESSING

By the above story we can easily understand that by the grace of Baba Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, those who follow dharma gain victory in each and every sphere of life and move ever onwards toward their cherished Goal.

Baba says” Ácárańát dharmah, that is, “Dharma is the assemblage of all your conduct” – the way you eat, the way you speak, the way you perform sádhaná. If your conduct is good, dharma is with you; if your conduct is not good, dharma is not with you.” (Subhasita Samgraha, part 21)

Baba says, “Dharma rakśati rakśitah – “One who protects dharma is protected by dharma.” Dharma saves the dhármika [the upholder of dharma] in the material sphere, in the subtle sphere and in the causal sphere. When dharma saves people in the material sphere, they experience it before their very eyes, they hear it with their ears, they feel it with the tenderness of touch. When dharma helps them in the causal sphere, they experience it by loving Parama Puruśa with all the sweetness of their hearts. This feeling has no external expression. When dharma saves people in the subtle sphere, they experience it through deep reflection.” (Namah Shivaya Shantaya, Disc: 11)

Baba says, “Human beings must live like human beings and human beings must die like human beings – not like undeveloped entities such as plants and animals. In no way should people surrender at the altar of animal dharma or plant dharma, but should stick to mánava dharma, to Bhágavata dharma, even if that results in death.” (Ánanda Vacanámrtam Part 16, 28 November 1979 morning, Pune)

Namaskar,
Pradiip

Note 1:           MORE OF BABA’S GUIDELINES

Here are more of Baba’s related teachings on this topic.

Baba says, “Your ideal is represented by your conduct. Your learning, your social or economic status have nothing to do with your ideal.” (Ananda Vanii #13)

Baba says, “Ananda Marga is a man-making mission.” (AV-31)

Baba says, “Where the question of benevolence and malevolence is concerned we will not deviate an inch from our ideology.” (NSS, Disc: 14)

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Mango Cake

Baba says, “In the days of old, when women folk used to prepare dried mango
cakes, the young boys used to sit by the side to keep the crows away with a
stick in the hand. Similarly you should be careful and alert always.”
(NHED, p.185)

Note: In His above noted discourse of ‘Victory Day’ (Vijay Dashami), via
one analogy Baba is guiding us how we should always be ready and very alert
about protecting all the precious gifts which He has bestowed upon us. Just
in the above analogy as the boy is alert using his stick to protect the
mango cakes from the crow. Similarly we should never allow any “crow” to
take away any of the nectar which Baba a graced as such as rights and
scripture and so many things etc.

As we know after ’90 such “elements” tried to infuse various dogmas, but by
Baba’s grace all margiis were alert so those parties could not get success.
In that same spirit, we should always be vigilant in this regard and
strictly follow Baba’s invaluable teaching.
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