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Archive for November 27th, 2010

Date: Nov 26 2010 19:34:09 -0000 (GMT)
From: Pradiip Bauer
Subject: Farce of Freedom
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

“Tandra na’ve ankhite manda’loke jadio…”  (1728)

Purport:

Baba, drowsiness falls on my eyes at the time of darkness and I lose the
path– surrounded only by dogma. So when I cannot see my Goal properly,
when I forget You, then by Your grace please wake me and bring me on the
proper path. O’ Baba, o’ my lord, please wake me with the call of Your
divine flute; please remove my slumber. You are my God of gods. I do not
have any other entity except you upon whom I have any hope. You are my
only hope. Please remove all the Cimmerian darkness which surrounds me.
Baba, by Your grace my bondage of attraction with these worldly things
is shattered. Now You have graced me the song of liberation– that is
the only tune I hear. Baba, when I feel drowsy and remain lethargic on
the path of movement, then please grace me and bring me back on right
track– bring me close to You…

== FARCE OF FREEDOM ==

Namaskar
We all know that democracy is not optimal, but until something better
comes along– that is, until Proutistic society is formed– the
democratic system stands as the best option thus far. This fact every
A’nanda Ma’rgii knows.

Nowadays in the present world there is one ruling democracy that claims
itself as the top, above all others. Even with their recent economic fallout,
this land thinks of itself as the most just and the embodiment human welfare.

Hence not only do they think democracy is the best system of all time,
but they also think that theirs is the greatest representation of a
democratic state.

In an attempt to put things into perspective, let us take a look and see
how far their claims are correct, or not.

ARROGANCE OF THE US

On many points the USA thinks itself to be better than other nations.
From economics to Hollywood, and from sports to medicine, the US thinks
itself to be far higher than others.

But there is one sphere of life in which the USA especially claims
itself to be head and shoulders above the rest– towering high, high
above. Namely, the US considers itself to be the ultimate democracy, or
the ‘Father of Modern Democracy’. With this egoistic concept in mind,
they brag that in their land the great principles of democracy shine
through in a unique way. This is the height of their audacity.

Note: Here the “they” & “their” refer not to the common people &
certainly not to the margiis but to those tall-talking US politicians
and political animals– and anyone else who is riding their “high horse”
about the so-called greatness of US democracy.

OTHERS INTIMIDATED (USUALLY)

And often is the case, that other countries & peoples cower down in
front of the “mighty” US, thinking themselves to be inferior. Although
this has become less of late – still it is a major trend. While
there are still others who silently or noisily oppose. But even then,
the common feeling around the globe is that on the point of democratic
freedom, the US is the golden land. Because this is what the US
propagates and this is what the other countries are led to believe.

Hence, side by side, with unflinching pride, the US tries to impose its
system on all other countries– as if their democratic way is the best &
unbeatable.

US DEMOCRACY: NOT UP TO PAR

But upon closer examination on any number of points & issues the US
approach to democracy is way off the mark.

For example if anyone commits a crime in the US– even a more or less
harmless crime where they made a mistake but did not necessarily hurt
anyone else– then that person automatically becomes scarred and even
stigmatized for life.

Even after completing the prescribed atonement and allotted punishment
for that crime, still that dark mark gets carried with them year after
year– all the way up to their death.

Of course rich persons or politically connected individuals who have no
feeling of repentance for their wrongdoing often can “buy” their back
their freedom. So this stands as yet another blatant loophole of US
democracy. That is another scenario.

But here the point is that in that “great democratic land” of the USA
where everyone is supposed to get social and economic justice, a
rectified person cannot even come close re-entering society. They cannot
get a proper job nor become a trusted member of society. Because their
record has become permanently stained. So living a normal humane life is
basically out of their reach. As they are denied so many basic rights
and opportunities. This is the common trial for those outcasted persons:
They are forever looked upon as being criminals.

Under such conditions, when their own country has turned their back on
them and they have no where else to go, then those struggling souls
inevitably then revert back to their life of crime. This is the regular
injustice that goes on night and day in the US. Where having been
deprived of good opportunities, those ex-cons lose hope and jump back
into their old habits just so they can survive. And in that way, with no
other direction to turn, they fall again in their downward spiral.

Hence there is a flagrant duplicity in US democratic life. Because
instead of being a land for all people, the “powers-that-be” that run
this democracy mercilessly turn their backs on those who erred in the
past. Such persons are deprived of the  little help & encouragement they
need. This is the inhumane way in which the US democracy works inside
its borders.

What hell they have done in Iraq, Afghanistan, and countless other
places in the name of promoting democracy– that everyone already knows.
Yet within the US borders this democracy is also just a namesake. That
is the point of this letter.

In contrast many other countries around the globe do a wonderful job of
rehabilitating ex-cons and criminals. Those who have truly rectified
their behaviour really do get a proper opportunity to re-enter mainline
society and become contributing members.

But in the so-called great democracy of the US, this is rarely ever the
case. Rather those past criminals are left to sink on their own.

BABA’S WARNING

Here below Baba warns us about such awful outcomes where people become
crushed by crude systems like US democracy.

Baba says, “Having been subjected to much social injustice and
criticism, some people think, ‘Now that I have stepped onto the path of
vice, now that I have fallen down, I will not stop until I reach the
deepest hell’.” (AV-7)

So in His above teaching, Baba shows how even well-intentioned people
lose all hope and revert back to their “old ways” when they do not get
proper scope to become participating members of the society.

Hence in their anti-humanistic manner, the US recklessly pushes so many
back onto the path of crime and misfortune– until they reach the
deepest depths.

THE WAY IT SHOULD BE DONE

BABA’S NEO-HUMANISTIC APPROACH
In our Marga, Baba guides us to take a totally different approach– one
that is reflective of neo-humanism and encourages the positive
development of the individual– no matter who they are.

Baba says, “Social pressure does not mean declaring anyone an outcast or
ostracizing anyone or stopping the supply of anyone’s basic needs. This
is not proper social pressure; rather it is a useless approach, having
no positive effect on people. On the contrary, it merely strengthens the
determination of the sinner to sin. What is proper social pressure? It
is to find the good side, the noble aspects, of a person’s character,
and help bring about a change in his life.” (NHNS-1, p.20)

So Baba’s guideline is that we should always seek out the bright spots
of any individual and help them to cultivate those qualities more and
more. By this way even depraved persons can become totally transformed.
This is the neo-humanistic way of AM.

In contrast the US democratic system pushes people in the opposite
direction by permanently labeling them as being “unfit” for the society.
And that produces a horrible result– both for the individual and the
society.

Whereas Baba’s neo-humanistic perspective serves to uplift the people
whereby they can become not just normal citizens but even wonderful
assets of the society.

MOVING TOGETHER

The main point being that in Baba’s holistic approach all get the scope
to move ahead. None are left behind. Everyone remains part of the
collective flow.

‘Samanam ejati iti sama’jah’

Baba says, “‘Moving together’ means that all portions of society, all
portions of the collective body, should have the spirit to move ahead.”
(AV-3)

Thus Baba’s ideal is to always encourage and help one and all to partake
in the collective flow whereby all can realise their potential.

And while Prout has yet to be established in any country, there are a
variety of nations which do quite good work of rectifying persons who
committed a wrong and help them to get back on their feet and advance.
So this is quite admirable.

Far below that is the US approach which gives up on its prisoners and
wrongdoers and permanently marks their fate keeps them on the fringe and
ostracized. And on so many other point US democracy utterly fails to
live up to its name.

BABA’S BLESSING
By His infinite grace & compassion Baba guides us to help everyone to
continually grow & develop.

Baba says, “Encourage everyone to build their career in a nice way. Let
none get the opportunity to think that their life has become useless.”
(Ananda Vanii #19)

Namaskar,
Pradiip

Note 1:         AM JUSTICE FAR SURPASSES US DEMOCRACY

By Baba’s below guideline anyone can see how benevolent and rational our
AM system of justice is.

Baba says, “In our A’nanda Ma’rga capital punishment, whether social or
physical, is not permitted anywhere. The only punishment in our Ma’rga
is disallowing offenders from taking part in social functions for a
fixed period. After the period is over the person starts taking in all
social functions as usual.” (PNS-3, p.45)

So everyone gets scope to re-enter society and become full-fledged
participants once they have undergone their punishment and rectified
themselves. But in the beleaguered and dusty ways of US democracy,
countless people are left to rot and are pushed back onto the path of
destruction. All because they are not given a chance nor encouraged to
show their goodness.

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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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