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Archive for December 16th, 2010

Date: 16 Dec 2010 06:19:58 -0000

From: “Subhash Dholakia”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Deep Meaning Behind Story

 

Baba

 

“Jhainjha’ jadi a’se jujhite shakati dio…” (P.S. #1783)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You are my Saviour. If in my life a hurricane or typhoon comes,

then You please provide me the strength to fight and face that negative

situation. And give me the strength to struggle and persevere.

Baba, if ever in my life lethargy and frustration comes, then please

provide me strength to hold onto Your feet. And to go on moving on Your

path. Baba, by Your grace I am treading on Your path. You please color

my mind with Your color in all situations. During both pleasure and pain.

With Your divine grace, if my mind becomes radiant then it cannot be

covered by staticity during times of cimmerian darkness. Please grant me

strength to follow Your dictates. Baba, please grace me and give me

the force to go on marching on the path of effulgence, in an undaunted

way moving ahead. And please give me strength by Your grace, to jump up

and take on ever-new tasks to serve the downtrodden people.

And please bless me by Your Varabhaya mudra. So in my life, I never

feel fear or cowardice to fight against demonic forces. Baba, in all the

circumstances I am completely depending on Your grace. Without Your

grace, nothing is possible…

 

 

== DEEP MEANING BEHIND STORY ==

 

Namaskar,

Various gurus have always used stories to communicate important ideas to

the common citizens.

 

Our human society is comprised of so many people, each with their own

interests, talents, and abilities. Some are intellectuals, some are

technicians, some are artists, and some are scientifically or

mathematically inclined etc.

 

Everyone has their own specialty, bent of mind, interests, and

understanding.

 

Hence when a guru wants to convey a teaching to the entire public, the

guru will often give the teaching in the form of a story. Because

regardless of one’s psychic inclination, everybody loves a story. All

will listen and learn.

 

Baba, being the Taraka Brahma and Supreme Guru, has also told many

stories. And embedded in those stories are the gems and jewels of AM

ideology. Hence not only should we enjoy Baba’s wonderful stories, but

we should understand them deeply and apply them in our practical lives.

 

 

MANGO GROVE STORY

 

One of the famous stories which Baba has repeated in numerous discourses

is the story of the jinani and bhakta visiting a mango grove. Everyone

in the Marga is aware about this story because Baba has used it again

and again.

 

As we recall, both a jinani and a devotee go to a mango grove.

Immediately the jinani (intellectual) becomes highly involved in

counting the trees, measuring the length of the branches, checking out

the leaves, and classifying the mangoes according to their genus type

such as Mangitera Zeylanica, Valcarrie, Bombay Ratual, Aroemanis, and

Nam Doc Mai etc. The jinani is involved in all kinds of research and

calculations regarding those mangos. In contrast, upon entering the

mango grove, the devotee goes up to the first tree, grabs a ripe mango,

sits down, and enjoys the sweet taste of that delicious mango. At the

end of the day, the jinani is very hungry and the devotee is totally

satisfied.

 

This type of mango grove story Baba has recounted various times.

 

 

IS IT SO SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND

 

Just because it sounds like a simple story, we should not therefore

conclude that the meaning is also so simple. There is a deeper meaning

that all may not be aware about. Then of course there is also the matter

of applying it to our own lives in a practical and tangible way.

 

Baba has told this story because He wants to convey its significance to

everyone. That much we all know. And the most basic idea He is giving is

that devotion is very important and we should all aim to become

devotees. This much also everyone understands.

 

Beyond that there is more to know, and that is why this story is a real

treasure.

 

 

PRACTICALLY APPLYING THE STORY HUMAN LIFE

 

When Baba says that jinanis enter the mango grove and start counting the

trees and analyzing the leaves, but miss out on the fruit, Baba is

guiding us that jinanis come into this world and study so many things,

from lokas to microvita, from kosas to cakras, but they miss out on the

real essence of life, i.e. engaging in sadhana and getting Parama Purusa

and His bliss.

 

Whereas when a devotee enters a mango grove then he eats the mango and

does not get sidetracked by anything else. Similarly, when a bhakta is

born on this earth he aims for and attains Parama Purusa, and he does

not get waste his time in other useless pursuits like name, fame, or

fortune etc.

 

Even then it is not so easy to understand.

 

 

PRACTICALLY APPLYING THE STORY TO OUR OWN LIFE

 

When a devotee eats the mango, that presents a colorful and

mouth-watering image for what it means to attain Parama Purusa. Thus

getting Parama Purusa is not some abstract theoretical notion.

 

In our day to day practical lives, eating the mango, or getting Parama

Purusa means getting bliss out of all the lessons, thinking of Him

always, and feeling His love practically in your heart.

 

Just as all the taste buds of the devotee in the mango grove are

immersed in the sweet sensation and taste of that mango, similarly a

true bhakta in this quiquelemental world practically feels Baba’s divine

vibration in sadhana and even when not in sadhana. One will practice all

the lessons joyfully, doing them will not be burdensome. True bhaktas

feel His inner sweet touch just by closing their eyes or by thinking of

Him. They are always immersed in His flow and life passes blissfully in

that way.

 

So being a bhakta is not some dry, theoretical experience. One cannot

just say that, “well I have been in AM a long time so I am therefore a

devotee of Baba.” It does not work that way.

 

One can only say they are a bhakta if they tangibly feel Baba’s blissful

presence in their heart night and day. Just like a bhakta in the mango

grove can practically taste the juicy sweetness of that fruit. So one is

only a bhakta if really attend to sadhana with great sincerity and feel

the only aim in their life is to serve and please Parama Purusa. Such

persons are not harboring any other idea related with career goals,

prestige, money, or spouse etc. Then one is a bhakta otherwise not.

 

Baba has told the mango grove story because He wants us all to know the

devotion is the most important element in human life. And He wants that

we should become devotees. And the way to do that is by wholly diving

into the realm of sadhana. Getting bliss in sadhana and loving Him in

dhyana is what it means to eat mangoes in the grove. There is no second

or third meaning.

 

Thus we should understand the inner meaning of the devotee in the mango

grove and then honestly evaluate if we really satisfy that criteria or

not. And if not, then we should put forth sufficient effort in our

kiirtan and sadhana to get our mind moving in that direction.

 

 

HOW SOME MISUNDERSTAND

 

Unfortunately, it is highly possible, or even probable, that there are

some who call themselves as bhaktas, yet they are not really involved in

tasting the mango. They are not involved in sadhana.

 

They may struggle to even sit in sadhana; they will not complete the

lessons; and their mind just flickers in various directions when doing

sadhana. Such a person then has no quality of being called a devotee.

 

But that same person may think that, “I have a good reputation in AMPS

and I have started many projects, built so many schools, and my name is

printed on the newsletter or Prout magazine”, and for that reason they

think that they are a bhakta.

 

When in fact nothing could be farther from the truth. Instead they are

merely falling into self-deception.

 

Because everyone wants to think of themselves as being a devotee, but we

should not fall prey to false notions of what a devotee is or who we

are. That is why Baba has given the mango grove story. Because it

practically teaches us who a devotee is, i.e. those fully engaged in

sadhana, and emphasizes that devotion is the only way human beings reach

fulfillment and get Him.

 

 

THE FATE OF SUCH JINANIS, WHILE BHAKTAS GET HIM

 

The jinani who is puffed up with the pride of his knowledge will never

be satisfied within, rather he will always be looking outwardly to get

some praise etc. And in the end of life they will not get Parama Purusa,

but will instead get thrust back into the cycle of life and death or

float around the universe as some kind of microvita, like vidyadhara

etc. Such is their empty fate.

 

While the bhakta will always keep Parama Purusa in the forefront of

their mind, be immersed in His bliss, and ultimately become one with

Him. That is what it means to eat the mango and that is what we are to

do in this life.

 

Baba says, “The devotee will pluck a ripe mango and eat it… the

devotees will get real bliss…Devotees will come under the shelter of

Parama Purus’a…and cross the Cosmic Cycle comfortably.” (AV-1)

 

Namaskar,

Subhash

 

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Unruly Free Mixing between Males and Females?

 

Parama Purusa Baba says, “It does not require the harnessing of any

elaborate logic or reasoning to convince people that the final outcome

of permissiveness is not healthy. But it is also true that the result of

free mixing in society, without self-control, is bad…Hence, along with

the recognition of the freedom of the two sexes, a well-judged code of

self-control will also have to be associated with their mutual mixing.”

(HS-1, p. 35)

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