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From: Satiish K Bhatia”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Solution: “See The Bright Side”

Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 06:53:33 +0530

 

Baba

 

“Toma’r a’sa’-ja’oya’ hoy na’ kabhu, prabhu ekatha’ jeneo na’ ja’ni…” –

P.S. 274

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You always remain with me & with everyone eternally; that is why

it is said that Your arrival and departure never happens. I am aware about

this eternal truth, but even then I do not know and I remain forgetful. I

know this very thing but also I do not know.

Your welcoming and Your farewell are not possible because You are

eternally present. This is such a mysterious thing that I know and even

then I do not know. I do not like to believe. Sometimes I think You are

near and sometimes I think You are far. That is my misunderstanding.

Baba, You have created this world in such a way that when anything is

flourishing or blooming that very time the seed of destruction is hidden

within. In due course it perishes. This type of divine play is going on in

this cosmic cycle, eternally.

On the one side with Your two eyes You saturate everyone with Your love,

and on the other side from Your third eye the flame of fire is coming which

burns everything. In this creation of Yours the sweetness of effulgence is

always accompanied by the black shadow of death which falls gradually. But

in this entire divine play You are the black shadow and You are also the

effulgence; You are everything. Baba Your welcoming and farewell never

happens because You are omnipresent…

 

 

== SOLUTION: “SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE” ==

 

Namaskar,

With 2010 drawing to a close and our organisation now riddled by problems

for 2 long decades, as a family we must critically understand what we must

do to right our ship. This letter offers some thoughts: “We must see the

bright side.”

 

Every Ananda Margii is aware that Baba guides us to “see the bright side of

everything” (See Note 1). And while the phrase seems to be quite simple,

still there remains some basic misunderstanding about this by a few persons.

Let me explain further.

 

 

SEEING THE BRIGHT SIDE MEANS

 

ROOTING OUT ALL DOGMAS

 

In dharmic fashion Baba sets the tone that in our AM we are to see the

bright side of everything and side by side oppose all sorts of dogmas,

exploitation and wrongdoings in order to guide the society on the proper

path. However a few people in their confused & superficial way cannot grasp

how this is all working together. So instead they foolishly reason that

seeing the bright side means not pointing out the negativity in society, or

not fighting against injustice. But this is just their daydream.

 

For greater clarity then we should see Baba’s practical working style and

other related examples to best understand the inner sense of “see the

bright side”. And we must learn that by this very system we can clean

the organisation as well – ridding it from dogmas and groupism. That

is the need of the hour as 2011 is now upon us.

 

 

EXAMPLE OF RAISING CHILDREN

 

In one regard it is just like how parents view their children. Proper

parents always see the bright side with regards to their children’s growth

and development. With love and affection they see everything; they never

overlook the lesser qualities. And by this way they are seeing the bright

side and watching out for their child’s welfare.

 

For example a mother may think, ‘Okay my child has 80% very good things but

to help them improve and make them more bright certain aspects of their

life need correction.’ So the mother lovingly tells her child, “Don’t be

lazy. Study more. Go and prepare your lessons.” All those things she tells.

By this way she identifies and addresses the defective behaviours of the

child. All done with the benevolent motive to correct those wrong habits

and thus increase the brightness of her child. Means this is seeing the

bright side.

 

Whereas ‘seeing the negative side’ means if anybody does not want to make

someone else better, then they will only abuse others with the intention to

put them down. Many persons do like that. But this is very bad and this is

not at all working hand in hand with seeing the bright side. (See Note 2)

 

That’s why Baba guides us that we should have a sympathetic opinion

regarding the person to whom we are dealing. And then find out their

mistake, and remove that.

 

 

SEEING THE BRIGHT SIDE MEANS RECTIFICATION

 

The whole spirit then behind “seeing the bright side” is to rectify the

defects in order to build up a seamless and vibrant society. And who is not

aware that the present humanity is suffering from many ailments. So in

dharmic fashion Baba exposes all the various problems and ailments that

are present in the society. Such as dogma, negativity, exploitation by

capitalism, crudity of communism, and many more things. Baba is

highlighting the fact in bold letters that now society has very little on

the good side. To rectify the situation, Baba guides us to think in a

pointed way and remove the disparities and exploitation. Then society’s

brightness will come and shine more and more.

 

Hence by seeing the bright side the main intention is to fix the problem.

To make others aware about the defect and address and repair it. And make

the situation better and better. So in AM our aim is to fix society’s

various problems. And toward that end Baba has also graciously given the

solution to each and every problem as well. So ours is the practical approach.

 

In contrast, those who just criticize and abuse others without ever

offering any solution– that approach is negative (See Note 3). And no

well-intentioned person will do like this.

 

For example, a mother doesn’t only criticize her child. Rather the mother

instructs, “Don’t be lethargic and negligent about your health & hygiene.

Go and take bath.” So here the mother’s basic point is: ‘don’t be lazy on

the point of cleanliness’. So this is not mere criticism. Because

immediately following comes the direction to go and take a bath. And by

that way the child will be clean. So the intention of the mother is to

improve the child’s condition. This is seeing the bright side.

 

Similarly if someone says that “My neighbor often gets himself drunk and

may one day hurt himself. We should help him.” Out of a feeling of concern

if someone talks this way about their neighbor, then that is not a negative

action. Rather, it is positive. Because the person wants to make their

neighbor better– he wants to see his brightness more shining. And in that

way a solution has been given to help him.

 

Likewise people wash their clothes with the same positive motive– to

remove the stain and make their clothes more fresh. So finding out the

stain does not mean one is seeing the negative side or indulging in

anything detrimental. Rather by taking the time to remove the dirt one is

making everything brighter and more clean.

 

 

BABA DURING DHARMA SAMIIKSA

 

And of course the top example of all is Baba’s role during Dharma Samiiksa.

There, in historic fashion, Baba goaded so many sadhakas unto the path of

supreme beatitude by lovingly pointing out their defects and mistakes.

And in this way those devotees moved ahead with increasing speed toward

their cherished Goal.

 

 

DONE WITH BENEVOLENCE, NOT LIKE COMMUNIST APPROACH

 

So in this process of “Seeing the bright side”, the benevolent motive is

the main factor. Whereas those seeing the dark side criticize without the

intent to help. That is where their approach is wrong and completely

poisonous.

 

For example, take the case of the communist’s approach (See Note 3).

Communists always try to blacken the name of the capitalists by telling

about their negative qualities like greed etc. But the communists’ approach

is completely wrong. These communists are a prime example of those who see

only the dark side. They see the negativity, abuse the capitalists, but

they don’t have any solution. They don’t have any solution or positive way

to fix the problem and elevate the standard of society. Just out of their

self-interest they are tall talking about other’s black spots. By this way

those who do not understand get befooled by those communists.

 

A related approach happens with political parties in the democratic system

as well. In the US, mostly Republicans but Democrats as well, such party

leaders only aim is to sabetage the other party’s programs to make them look

bad. This manner has nothing to do with “seeing the bright side.”

 

Likewise, nowadays the various group camps in the organisation are endlessly

involved in underming and and mudslinging one another. The reason their

manner is mudslinging and not “see the bright side” is because heir only intention

is to put the other group down and gain the power. Righting the organisation by

following ideology is not their way.

 

 

OUR AM APPROACH IS TOTALLY POSITIVE

 

Whereas our true approach in AM – Baba’s example – is not like that and the

directive ‘See the bright side’ works in a completely different way.

 

Regarding the defects of capitalism Baba outrightly exposes the

short-sighted, materialistic, and selfish nature of capitalism. And side by

side He provides the Prout– which is the perfect solution. Because by

implementing Prout everybody will become healthy, and everybody’s face will

be shining with joy. Because step by step the physical problems will

vanish, the psychic ailments will be identified and solved, and by this

will people will be able to advance in the field of spirituality. And thus

build up a strong and healthy God-centered society.

 

So all around, Ananda Marga’s teaching is ensconced in the motive of

welfare: By pointing out the injustices and negativity, fixing the problem,

and leading the whole society along the path together to the final

desideratum.

 

And that is what we must do in order to rid our Marga from groupism: Identify

the problem and solve it by implementing Baba’s neo-humanistic teachings.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

Hence the supreme spirit of “See the Bright Side” is imbibed in each and

every moment of Baba’s working style and is embedded within the entire AM

ideology.

 

Thus as Ananda Margiis we are living in the world, and our duty is that we

should help clean the society and make it better. Likewise we are living in

this organization (AMPS) so our duty is to not overlook the wrongdoings.

 

Rather, we should find out the problems and fix them. If something is not

going according to Baba’s teaching then we should rectify that. By this way

our organization will be better and better.

 

By properly following the inner spirit of Baba’s divine guideline of “See

the bright side” that is the only way to move ahead and build up a healthy

and vibrant society free from exploitation.

 

Namaskar,

Satiish

 

 

NOTE 1: SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE

 

During countless DMC gatherings and on other auspicious occasions

Baba graciously recites the following Sanskrit shloka in giving His

blessing– the central idea being: “See the bright side of everything”.

 

“Sarve’tra sukhinah bhavantu sarve santu nira’maya’h;

Sarve bhadra’n’i pashyantu na kashcid duhkhama’pnuya’t.

Onm’ sha’ntih onm’ sha’ntih onm’ shantih.”

 

 

NOTE 2: BENEVEOLENT INTENTION IS A MUST

 

Here below Baba points out that if someone only indulges in

pointing out the negativity in others without any benevolent intention to

build up their character then that is very harmful and wrong. That is 100%

against the spirit of seeing the bright side. Please read the below examples.

 

Baba says, “In many cases the behaviour of teachers is far more despicable.

Even after studying volumes of books on psychology teachers deliberately

hurt the sentiments of their students with offensive remarks. Instead of

trying to reform the bad habits of their students, they assail their minds

with caustic language.” (HS-1, p.8)

 

Baba says, “There are many teachers who wound the sentiments of a student

by ridiculing either his caste or his father’s profession saying, “The

plough suits you better than the pen, my boy,” or “You had better join your

father at the potters wheel.” Even today such utterances come out of the

mouths of many teachers.” (HS-1, p.8)

 

Baba says, “If a student is ugly there are teachers who will grimace and

say, “Your intelligence is like your appearance.” In addition to all these

offensive remarks, many teachers adopt other methods of torture and

intimidation while presenting their lessons.” (HS-1, p.8)

 

So in these above examples those misguided teachers are not acting

according to the spirit of welfare. Hence their ways have nothing to do

with seeing the bright side.

 

 

NOTE 3: NEGATIVE LEFTIST APPROACH

 

We have seen how communists only indulge criticism after criticism

without any practical intention to remedy the situation.

 

Baba says, “Those who are leftists in the world are even more

dangerous…they are deliberately seeking out the dark and dirty aspects

of life and, like flies, growing fat on the secretions of society’s

festering sores. It must be remembered that flies do not heal sores–

rather they exacerbate them, because the very puss of these sores provides

them with their vital juice. So the filthy aspects of society are the only

wealth on which these [leftists] subsist.” (PNS-10, p. 24)

 

 

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Uniqueness of Ta’raka Brahma

 

Baba says, “A Maha’kaola is one who makes others kaola by his infallible

spiritual guidance. But Ta’raka Brahma is a different Entity, a unique

Entity for He is the spiritual preceptor, social preceptor, Kaola, and

Maha’kaola, all in one. He is also something more: He acts as a compass in

every stratum of society.” (NKS, ’97 Edn, p.50)

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