Archive for January, 2011

Date: 31 Jan 2011 09:15:32 -0000

From: “Mahesh Rastogi”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: For Optimal Health- II









As we know fasting is one special process for achieving and maintaining

optimum health. As Ananda Margiis, we have all realised, to some or more

degree, the various positive effects of fasting. And the initial mail on

this topic touched on some of these universal benefits such as ridding the

body of toxins, increased longevity, and enhanced quality of life etc.

Those points I collected from various family acaryas.


Certainly then fasting is a unique purification process and one most

significant aspect of this practice is the approach to breaking the fast.

So this mail will focus primarily on a gentle yet thorough system which was

told be senior sadhakas by which one can break the fast. Since we all have

experience in this, it will also be interesting to hear what others have to






Of course one important thing to be aware of is that by doing a 24-36 hour

dry fast– i.e. without water– then the body obviously becomes dehydrated.

Hence the body is in a very delicate and sensitive state. In that case, if

one breaks the fast in an abrasive or hasty manner then not only will they

be unable to derive the many benefits of the fast but it will create harm

to the body.





So one key point to keep in mind is that after a dry fast sufficient water

is needed to properly restore the body and help it reach that pristine

state. As we all know water is an indispensable part of the functioning of

the body and since the human body itself is comprised mostly of water,

naturally then an adequate amount of water must be taken. And multiple

reasons are there behind this.


First off, after fasting there remains undigested food & waste material

sitting in colon as well as in the large and small intestines. Often enough

this waste matter is collected on the linings of the intestine, thus

causing blockage. So on the one hand sufficient water is needed in order to

deliver a proper and thorough cleansing of the intestines– as well as the

entire digestive track. This is one point.


It is similar to if your kitchen floor gets dirty or stained and if you try

to clean it with only a few drops of water, that will never suffice. In

that case it will not get clean. Whereas if sufficient water is applied

then that floor can be properly cleaned– and it will regain its shine.

Now here is another point.


Additionally, it is well known that water is one of basic ingredients for

the functioning of all the organs. Thus after fasting a sufficient amount

must be taken to compensate for the deficit. Plus, as discussed, water is

needed in order to clean the waste from the body. So on both these

accounts, and for other reasons as well, the body needs an adequate amount

of water on the morning of breaking fast.





Before getting into the specifics of breaking fast, it should be mentioned

that one, two, or even three glasses of water is not nearly enough for the

breaking process. In their ignorance, some people might drink 1-2 glasses

of water and then immediately start eating varieties of foods etc, but that

way of doing is totally off base and should never be done.


Rather on breaking fast morning first the digestive system should be

cleaned thoroughly– from top to bottom– with water. And when that has

been done completely, then solid food can be taken, but not beforehand.





1. First mix 1/4 piece of lemon or lime with some salt in a dry container–

preferably a plastic or ceramic container, but not metal.


2. Then add 1/2 litre to 1 litre of warm water and stir.


3. The lemon salt water mixture should be distinctly salty to taste– but

not overly salty.


4. If your mixture is not sufficiently salty then little by little more can

be added. And if really it is already too salty then simply dilute your

mixture by adding more warm water.


5. Then one should begin to drink this lemon salt water. Not in one gulp

per se, but in a series of comfortable sips and swallows over the course of

a few minutes, without bloating the stomach. But one should not take too

much time either.


6. After finishing that initial round of salty lemon water then one can

walk nearby for a minute or two– either in the fresh air or indoors.


7. Plus you can gently stretch the upper body by raising the arms on the

inhale and then exhaling and gently bending to the side. And repeat by

bending to the opposite direction. This gently helps to hasten the

cleansing process.


8. Then as soon as one feels ready to again drink, then the next round of

lemon salt water should be taken. Note: It is important not to wait too

long in between rounds. As soon as the stomach feels comfortable one should

again drink.


9. And like this multiple rounds should be done of drinking lemon salt

water and then walking slowly. This process should be repeated until one

feels the need to go to the toilet. And overall upwards of 2-3 litres of

lemon salt water can be ingested in this way. (Note: But under no

circumstances should solid food be taken yet. Rather this will wreak havoc

on the system as fresh food will be sitting on top of waste material. So no

food should be taken at all until the entire system gets clear.)


10. By this process of drinking round after around, a strong urge will come

to go to the toilet– within 1/2 hour to one hour, depending. And initially

when in the toilet a very strong smelling brown waste matter will be

released. And thereafter progressively more and more liquids will be

released via the rectum. This will also be brown at the beginning. But one

should not worry that they have been stricken with a severe case of

diarrhea. It is not like that. Rather this is the initial stage of cleaning

out the digestive track.


11. Once one has begun the process of defecating & clearing the stomach and

bowels. Then you can switch over from drinking a salty mixture and instead

begin taking pure fresh water without any salt. This fresh water will help

hydrate the body and will also aid in the cleansing process.


12. In this process of cleaning one might have to visit the toilet anywhere

between 3-5 times, or more. And one important thing to remember is that

never should the urge be suppressed and “held in”. Rather as soon as the

impulse comes one should go straight to the toilet.


The waste material will go from brown and somewhat solid to being yellowish and

liquidy until finally being a completely clear liquid. And once completely clear

liquid comes then in this case one can feel assured that indeed the entire digestive

track has become clean– including the intestines, colon, and stomach. Everything has

become perfectly clean.


14. And by this entire process of cleansing a very light and healthy

feeling will consume the body. And one will fell very happy, fresh, and



15. Within ten to fifteen minutes a slight feeling of hunger will come. And

at that point one can eat 2-3 ripe bananas, depending on the size. But the

bananas should be soft and ripe– not green and hard.


16. And then after taking a few bananas– and do be careful not to overeat

and fill the stomach completely– then after waiting 25 minutes it is

important to again drink some fresh water. This will help in digesting the



17. And thereafter when stronger hunger comes one should take some easily

digestible food– like well-hydrated rice and vegetables, or whatever is

conveniently available in your area or locale. But neither strong food like

citrus fruit nor heavily spiced or oily food should be taken. These should

be avoided and instead more simple food should be eaten.


18. And throughout the day care should be taken to continue to drink fresh

water in small amounts, but not at the same time as eating. This will help

ensure the solid food gets digested properly and it will also keep the body






One should also keep in mind that breaking fast is a highly individualized

thing. And one should be gentle and listen to one’s own body when

undergoing this entire process.


So altogether, this is one very important and a delicate subject; it needs

personal interest and proper care to see what is good and working well for





I can never forget how in one general darshan, Baba has given the guideline

that although animals know how to fast, only humans know how to break their

fast properly. And those who are not aware about this technique then they

should be taught at the earliest. In that way Baba spoke





Baba says, “When you are in a mood of pleasure, you should distribute it

throughout the universe– let all the hearts of the entire created universe

dance in ecstasy. This is the goal of the day: you are for all, you are for

the Neo-Humanistic progress of the entire universe.” (AFPS-5)








In a follow-up email some further points about this important topic of

fasting, healthy, and wellness will be sent. At the same time others should

also share their insights and experiences





We know that our AM system of fasting is based upon the cycle or phases of

the moon. Yet Baba also guides us that when human beings move to other

planets then accordingly the system of fasting will be based on that

planetary system etc.





“A’loya bhara’ toma’r dhara’ saba’r tare, saba’r tare,

A’sa’ hetha’y toma’r krpa’y, toma’ri ka’j kariba’re…” (4767)




Baba, by Your grace, everyone comes on this earth to do Your work.

Everyone has come here to chant Your holy name. Baba, this earth, Your

land, is filled with Your divine effulgence. It is for everyone; it is for

everyone. Baba, since eternity You have been my Dearmost. Baba whatever way You

want to keep me in Your shelter, I accept– whether that be in tears or

smiles. Whatever You like, You give; that will be best for me. And from my

side, those things which I have lovingly prepared with my full heart to

offer (arghya*) at Your lotus feet, please accept them.

Baba, You were mine and You will be mine up to eternity; I am also

Yours– forever, trika’l*. Baba, in this universe we all dance around You

by Your grace. Baba, You are the focal point; in the end everyone will

finally merge into You.

Baba, Your world is for all– for all. Your shelter is for all…





*Trika’l= The prefix ‘tri’ means ‘three’; and the stem ‘ka’l’ means

‘time’. Hence trika’l refers to the three phases of time: Past, present,

and future.


*Arghya= The term arghya means ‘offering’ though more specifically it

refers to that offering which is purely psychic or mental in nature– the

offerings of the mind. In contrast to offer those things which are physical

in nature is nirma’ly. Hence in the above song since the term arghya is

used, the sadhaka is offering all his mental colours and longings at the

lotus feet of Guru. The sadhaka is offering all the love of his heart to

his Lord. Thus the devotee’s offering is purely psychic or psycho-spiritual

in nature. Whereas the offering done to various gods and goddesses in the

dogmatic religions is called nirma’ly since on those occasions those

followers are offering physical objects like food, incense, animals etc.

Baba has outlined this distinct difference between arghya and nirma’ly in a

few different discourses.




Present Day Music


Baba says, “The world of music today is like a person without a proper guru

or proper training. People want to show they can play without having paid

their dues. They are selling themselves for gold without realizing that the

real value of music is being lost thereby. Gold is becoming even cheaper

than glass. Whenever a ra’gin’ii is a little difficult they only show that

they can play the notes without going deep into the music. There is no way

of doing this with sindhubhaeravii, the same with mu’lta’nii vasanta (not

vasantaba’ha’r), so you no longer hear either one of them.” (SC-2, p.129)



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Date: 28 Jan 2011 10:04:29 -0000
From: “Mahesh  Rastogi”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: For Optimal Health


“Toma’r raune raun mishiye cale, yete ca’i sumukhe…”  (P.S. 2368)


Baba, by surrendering all the colours of my mind– all the attractions and
attachments of my mind– by surrendering everything to You, I want to move
on and on, by Your grace. Baba, I want to offer all my colours, desires,
and longings at Your alter. My only desire is to move on the path, dancing
according to Your rhythm, Your melody. But somehow always I am losing its
Baba, by Your grace, I am holding Your flag in my hand. You have given
me the desire, energy, and duty to follow and spread Your ideology, Your
teachings. You have instilled the feeling within me that even if no one
else is coming along, still I will go on marching ahead on Your path. Baba
Your grace is ever-showering on my entire existence. Baba, You are always
along with me. And You are always giving me strength in my heart to march
forward. By Your grace, You have filled my heart with Your inspiration and
grace. For this reason, obstacles and hindrances are meaningless– they
never obstruct my forward movement.
Baba, I was never alone in the past nor will I be alone in the future.
By Your grace You are always along with me. And when You are along with me,
then there is no question of fear. Baba, by doing Your work and singing
Your song, I will go on moving on Your path of effulgence– keeping You in
my heart. Baba You are always with me, You are eternally sweet and


As we all know, fasting, or upava’sa, is one of the significant and
important gifts which Baba has graciously bestowed upon us for maintaining
human health and leading a spiritual life. This entire letter discusses
numerous aspects of the practice of fasting– including the all-important
point & practical method of how to break fast.

Here following are many of the topics contained in this entire subject:

Universal and Natural Law ~ Animal Existence vs Human Life ~ Nature’s
Perfect Remedy: Fasting ~ Animals follow Natural Law, Human Eat Mostly out
of Greed ~ Fasting for Health: A Purifcation Process ~ AM’s Approach to
Fasting ~ Fasting and Longevity ~ Humans Know How to Break ~ System of
Breaking ~ Wrong Breaking Invites Harm ~ Water Needed for Digestion & Whole
Body System ~ Work of the Small and Large Intestine ~ Proper Cleaning
Necessary ~ Use of Lemon Water ~ ‘Rounds’ for Breaking ~ Individual Needs ~
Gentle Process ~ Maintain Prama when Breaking ~ Warning and Guidelines ~
Stages of Cleaning ~ What and When to Eat ~ Taking Banana ~ Baba’s Special
Blessing ~ Baba’s Complete System ~ Proper Interest and Care Needed ~
Optimal Health ~ Suggestions from Others ~ Healthy and Happy in All the


Parama Purusa has created this world in a well-balanced way. And within
this creation there is both animal existence and human life, with a unique
difference separating the two.

Animals are fully bound by natural law. They have no option but to strictly
adhere to the rules of prakrti; whereas human beings have been given
freedom or dominion to make choices and exercise their will, within a
certain degree.

Yet nature itself has been made in such a perfect way that animals always
advance and benefit from following natural law. In that sense animals are
comparatively more fit and healthy than common human beings because animals
are forced to follow nature’s ways, while humans have some scope to go
against natural law, should they desire. And this whole equation, with
regards to animal life and human life, is especially true with regards to
food and fasting.


For example, when an animal gets sick, then in their natural way they
refrain from taking food until they regain their health. And this
refraining from ingesting food– or fasting– is the very tool by which
animals heal themselves and recover from their sickness. So animals do not
eat food for taste per se, but as a means of survival and recovery
according to the dictates or laws of nature.

So Parama Purusa has created this beautiful universe in such a way that
everything goes on according to natural law. And within all this one system
is there that if the body is not functioning properly then to cure oneself
one special method is there known as fasting.


However humans are not bound by natural law, and in this materialistic era
especially, common persons eat food excessively out of greed. When they see
food, they like to eat it– whether it suits them or not.

But those human beings who are sensitive and following the codes of yogic
life then they develop an inner sense of when to take food and when not. So
when the body is sick then they do not like to eat food. And that is the
natural system to cleanse the body, enhance its functioning and make it
perfect and pure. And for thousands of years yogis have been following this

So by fasting, toxins and waste are removed; and the body is given
opportunity to recover and ultimately reach to a higher state of
functioning and wellness.


Hence in our AM yogic style of living, Baba has given the system of fasting
whereby He directs us to observe ekadashii fasting. And some also fast on
purnima and amavasya as well. And in both cases, whether 2 or 4 times per
month, fasting creates a beneficial effect on the entire body.

And by following this system of regular fasting the body gets conditioned
to it. And then just before the next ekadashii arrives one can internally
feel that another fasting is needed.

But those who do not do fasting are deprived of the unique health benefits
and instead their health breaks down and diseases crop up and their
health problems get multiplied.

So in the end they have no choice but to submit themselves to a local
doctor and begin the process of taking medicine on a regular basis.
So Baba has given fasting as part of Sixteen Points and Baba has also said
that by following 16 Points one will increase the length– and quality– of
their life. So there is a big difference between those who follow Sixteen
Points and those who do not. Those strictly following points like fasting
will get an extra 15, 20, or even 30 years of quality living. Thus, for
optimal health fasting is needed.


So in their own ways, both animals and proper human beings do fasting. But
one vast difference exists between the two on this topic. And that is that
animals do not know how to properly break their fast whereas humans have
been given the technique.

And it is by breaking fast properly that the body is able to maximize the
benefits of the fast. Unfortunately some are not aware how to break fast.
Here the letter is getting long and the hour is late so this topic of how
to break fast shall be taken up and emphasized in the very near future.
Along with that these other points will also be raised:

~ System of Breaking ~ Wrong Breaking Invites Harm ~ Water Needed for
Digestion & Whole Body System ~ Work of the Small and Large Intestine ~
Proper Cleaning Necessary ~ Use of Lemon Water ~ ‘Rounds’ for Breaking ~
Individual Needs ~ Gentle Process ~ Maintain Prama when Breaking ~ Warning
and Guidelines ~ Stages of Cleaning ~ What and When to Eat ~ Taking Banana
~ Baba’s Special Blessing ~ Baba’s Complete System ~ Proper Interest and
Care Needed ~  Optimal Health ~ Suggestions from Others ~ Healthy and Happy
in All the Realms.


Baba has included fasting as its own exclusive point in Sixteen Points.

Baba says, “Observe fast as prescribed.” (Point no. 8 of 16 Points)

And in His supreme ‘Secrets for a Long Life’, Baba lists fasting as its own

Baba says, “Fasting at Intervals.” (Point no. 5, ‘Secrets Long Life’)

And furthermore in Yogic Treatment pointedly remarks how fasting helps
restore the body to it balanced and natural condition.

Baba says, “During fasting the body’s organs get a good rest,
and the healing process is more rapid.” (YT, p.95)


Value of Nation

Baba says, “Preach the theory of one spiritual inheritance– that every
living being is the child of the Supreme Entity and that all the people of
the world belong to the same family. This will have to be explained to
all– that there will be a clash between different nations so long as the
feeing of nationalism exists.” (PNS-4, p. 45)

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From: “Girish Chandra Mitra”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Baba Story: Reporting Sessions

Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 06:00:01 +0530







Many may recall that in 1978, after the Jail Period, then by His fathomless

grace Baba used to check the Sixteen Points of various workers and Lft’s

while taking report. Actually, this became His regular approach during all

reporting sessions. Because while this ‘corrective style’ transformed into

His grand program of Dharma Samiiksa (’79-80), even then this way of

reporting continued right up through 1990– where He was regularly checking

how workers etc were following 16 Points, & especially the point of sadhana.







Once on one particular day while taking report from a supervisory worker

Baba suddenly became quite serious and demanded that a specific worker be

brought before Him. Right away that worker came forward and did sastaunga

pranam to Baba. Then GS Dada told the worker to give report. And as this

Dada began giving his report then Baba started pointing out and punishing

this worker for not properly following various aspects of 16 Points.

Specifically, Baba was telling that this worker is not practicing all the

lessons of sadhana.


That time many in attendance were feeling surprised that Baba was only

pointing out this Dada. Because those days a number of workers were not

properly doing all their lessons of sadhana. Due to their extreme busyness,

many were falling in this category. Yet here on this occasion in front of

all Baba was only pointing out and scolding just this one Dada. No one else

was getting punishment for this– that day. Naturally, everyone was

wondering why this was going on in this fashion.





Thereafter it was found out that the worker being punished was previously

suffering from a serious disease and that since receiving punishment from

Baba, all signs and symptoms of that disease had completely disappeared.

This was the amazing development. By that way everyone understood that

Baba’s punishment was in reality nothing but His special blessing on that

particular sadhaka. Because by that way the worker was permanently cured of

his ailment.


And, of course, side by side, everyone got the clear-cut message that it

was mandatory and very much needed to practice all the lessons of sadhana–

in each and every sitting. This was Baba’s universal teaching that day. And

veritably speaking this was a regular theme in countless sessions of

reporting with Baba: That all sadhana lessons are to be done properly.





In this magical and unique way those reporting sessions were going on.

Where, by punishing workers, Baba was showering His divine grace yet

simultaneously He was giving an eternal teaching for all to follow. And

ultimately all we can really say is that Baba’s way of giving punishment to

sadhakas is His divine liila since Baba is Parama Purusa and as human

beings we cannot perfectly explain how or why He was doing everything.





But one thing is sure, that this was Baba’s standard approach to take

report from workers and if their social service activities or sadhana was

not up to the proper standard, then Baba would reveal how that particular

wt was not following 16 points properly. And very commonly it was the case

that Baba would tell that the wt was not doing all the lessons of sadhana.

And that was the reason why the person could not get the necessary

inspiration or sufficient energy to fulfill his social service



Because Baba was telling again and again that by doing all the lessons of

sadhana– especially dhyana– then one will always receive the requisite

strength and inspiration to fulfill all their duties in life and serve the



This much we all understood from Baba’s reporting style those days.





So today when we see our organisation in a crisis situation it can be

easily concluded that a major factor behind this downfall is that people,

and especially workers, are not properly following 16 points. Most notably

certain top Dadas are not correctly doing their sadhana– either skipping

lessons entirely or doing them in a faulty or haphazard manner. Otherwise

what can be the cause of all this disarray and chaos in the upper echelons

of our organisation.


Consequently, when the standard of sadhana is down then everything goes in

he wrong direction– both in individual and collective life. This is the

clear cut outcome and today we can see the poor results.







At the same time if Sixteen Points and sadhana again becomes a dominant

factor in anyone’s life then automatically everything will become better

and better in each and every sphere of one’s existence. In all regards, in

all circumstances, that sadhaka will be met with success– on all the

levels from their personal careers to their dharma pracara activities etc.

Then their whole existence will grow and shine in a positive and sparkling

way. This is Baba’s grand blessing and ultimate guarantee.


Baba says, “…In order to march ahead on the road of human welfare, we

will have to strengthen ourselves in all the arena of life. The complete

seeds of welfare in all the spheres– physical, mental, moral, social and

spiritual– are embedded in the sixteen points. Hence be firm on the

sixteen points.” (A’nanda Va’nii, #45)








Here again Baba demonstrates that by doing sadhana properly and adhering to

His tenants of 16 Points, then by His grace one will gather the necessary

strength to do His work and become a perfect medium for carrying out His

divine mission.


Baba says, “What is the best way to strengthen the mind? The best and

proper way is to strictly observe the 16 Points. The more rigidly you

follow the 16 Points, the more your mental strength will increase. It will

increase so much that it will be more powerful than the collective mental

strength of 100,000 people. In a psychic clash they will have to concede

victory to you… So you must endeavour to develop your psychic strength –

this is your bounden duty. The more rigidly you follow the 16 Points, the

more psychic strength you will acquire. It will not take you long.” (AV-7,






PS Intro: This is a neo-humanistic song as it expresses love and affection

for those shelterless, homeless, and downtrodden people. We know that Baba

has made songs which reflect all aspects of AM ideology. This song

expresses empathy and compassion towards the suffering humanity and

propagates neo-humanistic ideals. This is the unique quality of this song.


“A’siya’che sedin ogo a’shrayahiin…” (PS 1222)




The golden era has come; sadavrata [1] has started. Now everywhere the

divine flow is spreading all around. In this human family, no one will be

downtrodden; no one will suffer. Those who are without shelter, I am

calling you. The day has come when His door has opened for you. By Baba’s

causeless grace, He has come to save the suffering humanity– to turn your

tears into smiles. It is His infinite compassion. For those who have

neither food, nor clothing, nor shelter, everyone will be served. Now no

one need suffer from any want in this world.


In this golden, new era, no one in our human family needs to go under

the tree in search of shelter. Everyone will have their own hearth and

home– their own abode. Nobody will be homeless. We are all kith and kin;

we are all one family; Parama Purusa is our Divine Father. Not a single

human being shall remain as an orphan or distressed any longer. Those dark

days are gone by His grace. All will equally receive His love and

affection. Everyone will get His sweet touch; everyone will feel His divine

blessing and infinite love.


By Baba’s grace there will be plenty for one and all; no one need

undergo the pangs of hunger and thirst. The loud lamentations of the

suffering humanity will be gone forever. Everyone will have the opportunity

to live life in a new way; all will feel content in their heart and mind

and move towards Parama Purusa, the Goal. The cimmerian darkness of avidya’

maya will vanish forever. Now, by His grace, divinity has awakened in the

minds of human beings.

The golden dawn has descended on this earth. It is His grace; it is His






[1] Sada’vrata: ‘Sada’ literally means ‘always’ as in to do every day;

‘vrat’ literally means ‘vow’ as in to always remain committed to helping

others. So sada’vrata means always ready to serve whenever the opportunity

comes. It is not that if one did sadavrata on Monday then one need not to

do it on Tuesday. Always one is to be ready and willing to serve others.

Whatever those people need, then one must help them fulfill that need.

Hence helping poor and seeing them as expressions of Parama Purusa is

called sada’vrata. As we all know, our AM social service endeavours include

sada’vrata– the mass distribution of food, clothing, medicine, and all

sorts of requirements and amenities.


Here in His below guideline Baba describes how sada’vrata is related with

our sadhana practice.


Baba says, “In the third stage of sa’dhana’ sa’dhakas accepts the cognitive

faculty as their goal. They wish to advance along the spiritual path while

simultaneously serving the subtler expressions of Parama Purus’a. This is

the true dharma of human beings. The sada’vrata (mass feeding & clothing

distribution etc) which you organize comes within the scope of this

practice. While performing sa’dhana’ in this stage the human mind attains a

greater proximity to Parama Purus’a and sees the entire universe as a

divine expression of Parama Purus’a. Through this realization one enjoys

pure unblemished bliss. When people served good food during sadavrata smile

happily, you feel inner joy.” (APH-6)





Here are the first two Bengali Bengali lines of this Prabhat Samgiita:


A’siyeche sedin ogo a’shrayahiin

Tave tare ta’r dva’r khule geche, khuleche


And here below is a basic translation & fundamental idea of those lines:


O’ my brothers and sisters, those who are without shelter,

the day has come when His door has opened for you.


So in the above stanza the bhakta is telling the humanity that no one will

be shelterless any longer. Parama Purusa is bringing all unto Him and

everyone will be served.


Now look how these very same lines were translated on one of our sanctioned

Prabha’t Samgiita websites:


O’ Lord, the one needing no shelter, the day has come when for you their doors have opened.


Please excuse me, but by reading the above anyone can see how this latter

translation has gone a bit astray.


Here the entire point is that Prabhat Samgiita is Baba’s divine gift to the

humanity, so we should be careful and diligent in its presentation.

Otherwise, we can see how it may get translated.




Treatment For Hunch-Back and Stiffness


Baba says:

“When calcium builds up and gets deposited in the back it becomes hard.

That is why when people are very young then their backbone is quite

flexible but due to an accumulation of calcium over just a few years then

by the time they are teen-agers already their spinal column has become

stiff and rigid.” (SC-8)


“Doing noakasana, utkata paschimottanasana, and shalabasana etc eliminates

the possibility of developing a hunched back. So those doing hard manual

labor that demands bending the back for extended periods of time should do

these aforementioned asanas on a regular basis. That will prevent them from

suffering from hunch-back in the future.” (SC-8)



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From: “Marc Pele”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: A Little Courage Needed

Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2010 12:11:36 +0000



Note: The divine and auspicious advent of Taraka Brahma onto the planet is

one holy and magnificent event. In the entire world population, only Ananda

Margiis are aware about His great arrival. As His disciples, we are then

responsible for referring to Baba in the proper way– using the proper name

according to our AM system. And by this way the entire globe will learn

correctly what to do. This below letter revolves around this key point

regarding reverence to Guru.


When anybody opens the book of our Prout series, then we see Baba’s photo

there. And if one looks carefully at that photo, they will notice Baba’s

signature is in the Bangla language. And it is clearly written, — “Shrii

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar”. This is Baba’s pristine example. By this way anyone

can understand that Baba is the writer, and His full name is Shrii Prabhat

Ranjan Sarkar. Not just ‘P.R. Sarkar’.

However, those who are totally ignorant may not know these things. Their

undesirable position is somewhat understandable– since in their blind

ignorance they do not know what to write.

Whereas those who suffer do not have adoration or reverence for Guru, or

those don’t care about Guru’s teaching, their despicable condition far, far,

worse– intolerable. Because they know the proper way but to follow their

own dogmatic beliefs and mundane styles, they fail to follow Baba’s prescribed


On and off again a few “top” AM writers fall into this negative and dirty category.


As we know our Baba – Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji – is not only Bhagawan,

but furthermore He is Taraka Brahma.

While explaining the term Bhagawan, Baba has told that the Personality who has

bhaga is called Bhagawan. And the term Bhaga means the collection of six

attributes. These attributes are: (1) Aeshvara, (2) Viryam, (3) Yasa, (4) Shrii,

(5) Jinanam, and (6) Vairagya. In ‘Jaeva Dharma and Bhagavata Dharma’ reveals this fact.

Baba says, “The meaning of the word Bhaga is ‘Aeshvarayamca samagram

viiryamca yashasah shriyah Jinana-vaergyamca sanaam bhagaiti smrta’. Bhaga is

the collection of six attributes.” (SS part 21)

We can see then that bhaga is just the collection of six attributes or qualities.

And one of the qualities is ‘Shrii’. Indeed, ‘Shrii’ is the 4th attribution of

the Lord. And the meaning of Shrii is “attraction” or “charm”.

That is why we have always seen that Baba uses the term ‘Shrii’ before His name.

Two times. While writing His name He writes Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, not

just Anandamurtiji or Shrii Anandamurtiji. He prefers Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji.

Or double ‘Shrii’ before His name.

And it is our duty as disciples to follow His guideline– to follow Baba’s example.

Thus we must emulate His given system and use the preface Baba’s names with ‘Shrii”:

Such as Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji or Shrii PR Sarkar, whichever is needed.


Plus we all should put at least one Shrii before our own name.

Baba says, “Those, who want to make themselves the attraction or the ideal of the world,

add a “Shrii” before their names.” (SS part 19)

Certainly, in so-called modern society, it may be uncommon to use ‘Shrii’ before the

name, but because this is AM culture that is why we should use it.


As we have seen in the past that when Sanskrit names were introduced into

our AM society, then in the beginning many were feeling uncomfortable or

reluctant to use their Sanskrit names in public. And some still today in

their day to day worldly dealings do not like to use their Sanskrit name.

I think all this happened because of a weakness of the mind and lack of

proper moral strength. In Subhasita Samgraha part 3, Baba explains that

those who suffer from such a weakness of mind due to materialism or other

negative philosophies get such psychic complexes.

Baba says, “Those who are reared in the cradle of materialistic ideologies,

feel shy or ashamed at first to sit in meditation in the presence of others.”

(SS pt 3, p.86)

Likewise, those who do not like to use their own Sanskrit name are not

doing something great or praiseworthy etc. Rather their faulty manner is

the expression of a weak mind. It is clear by Baba’s above guideline.

Pseudo-culture is such a prevalent thing, and using non-Sanskrit name

is a “gift” of pseudo-culture. In current times pseudo-culture permeates

nearly every aspect of life, so sometimes it is hard to recognize easily.



In His ‘Exploitation and Pseudo-Culture’ chapter of Neo-Humanism, Baba

explains that via the medium of theatre & cinema, rich people impose

their low and degraded styles of art and dance on other societies. And

because of their inferiority complex, innocent people start copying that

and fall into pseudo-culture. Unfortunately they adopt it quickly. And

even worse is that they feel honored. It is such a pity that they leave

their beautiful customs and culture and adopt pseudo-culture and feel

glorified by that. This problem is rampant these days.

This very stage is very detrimental. Those whose backbone is broken by

the heavy weight of pseudo-culture are a burden and cannot do anything.

Baba says, “If their cultural backbone is broken, then all their struggles

will end in nothing–like offering clarified butter to a sacrificial fire

which has been reduced to ashes. If one’s spine is shattered, it is

impossible to hold one’s head erect. Can those whose necks and backs are

crushed under the weight of pseudoculture, be expected to hold their

heads high in any sphere of life?” (NH-LOI)

Unfortunately some in our AM have fallen into this position.

Here we should remember that Baba has taught us that in our AM culture

we are to use ‘Shrii’ before the name. This is the given system.

Unfortunately, some of are obsessed with various dogma and with that psychic

disease they don’t want to leave that dirty, negative path or tradition

which is going on in outdated local social ethics. Because of this, in our

European countries, usually a few people don’t understand the value of

the term “Shrii” writing before the name.


Similarly, in India religious dogmatic people are attached with the dogma of

‘Holy Land’. And in which environment people are reared, they are negatively

affected by those local dogmatic beliefs of their areas. And that becomes

their ingrained habit. And they don’t like to leave those outdated ideas and

mend their path. That is why the India population is swayed toward crude

dogmatic tiirthas etc.

But true Ananda Margiis are not like that.

Likewise, respect and reverence to Guru is not very common in present crude

society. That’s why certain imbalanced margiis, they don’t like to give reverence

to Guru in their writing. They fail to preface Baba’s name with Shrii etc. Just

in casual way, they refer to Baba as “P.R. Sarkar”. That is highly disrespectful.


Also, 40-50 years ago in European countries, meditation or yoga asanas were

looked upon as something very negative, like witchcraft. The general people

were scared to practice– or at the very least embarrassed. But with the efforts

of courageous people it became common and now Yoga is well respected– indeed it

is the latest rage; everyone is doing it. And all capitalist companies show people

doing meditation in their advertisements. Similarly if we start using ‘Shrii’

before the name, then without any delay, it will become common and well-respected.

Just like we are follow many Sanskrit terms in our general talking style,

and we are using those as we have become habituated to them. Such as the term

jagrti, we do not call it a temple, mosque or church. Likewise we use the

term Dharmacakra; we do not call it prayer or namaj or yajina.

And, we do not call AM a religion, rather we use the word dharma. Also we use

‘namaskar’ and not “Hi” or “hello” or namaste or Salaam Vale Kum. Or Ram Ram.

Rather we use namaskar as our salutation–with folded hands not shaking hands.

All these dharmic approaches have been incorporated into AM life.


Similarly it is our duty as Ananda Margiis to not fall prey to pseudo-culture.

The whole society is waiting for our guideline. Baba has given everything. Our

duty is to first practice in our life, and then help to guide others and

bring them in the proper path. Due to a lack of proper guidelines and due to

faulty theories the whole society is moving in a confused state, misguided

direction. We should not allow this to continue– nor introduce any negative ways.


Back to the original point about using the word ‘Shrii’. A few AM “writers”

should remove the inferiority complex from their mind. And they should throw

away their affinity towards pseudo-culture and instead follow Baba’s guideline —

and use the word ‘Shrii’ before Baba’s name. That will be very helpful for

them and the entire society.

It is Baba’s system that He prefers that His name should prefixed with Shrii.

That’s why He signs in this way. So what way He prefers, we should address

Him like that.


Here below Baba is guiding us that all sadhakas of the Marga ensconced in

Supreme Benevolence are sure to build up that pristine, unified human society.

Baba says, “Moving together with the people they will continue to sing their

marching song– they will go on filling the human mind with the sweet nectar of

eternal life.” (Prout-10, p. 5)




In this photo in our Prout PNS series Baba is young looking. Although the photo

has been placed there in the Prout series in 1987, but Baba’s photo is from the

50’s. The reason is, that revolutionary cadres like to see their preceptors or

nucleus leader to be young looking. So that’s why this photo of Baba has been

kept in the social philosophy book in Prout in a Nutshell.


Casual and crude way of referring to Sadguru is not only objectionable but absolutely

abominable. Nobody should do such sin. In the scripture it is said, “Shive rusto…”

The meaning is that if Guru is displeased, then nobody can save that person.

Reverence and pleasing Guru is very important. To do this, Baba taught us many

things including how to address Parama Purusa, Mahasambhuti, Taraka Brahma.

To teach us Baba has given very clear example while writing the books about

Shiva and Krsna. The names of these two books themselves are very honorable

and respectful.

For example Lord Shiva’s book is “Namah Shivaya Shantaya”. And the meaning is,

“Salutations to Lord Shiva who is the Ever-Tranquil Divine Entity.” And similar

way about Lord Krsna Baba has titled the book as “Namami Krsna Sundaram”. That

is, “Salutations to Lord Krsna Who is the Ever Beautiful and Charming Divine Entity”.

By this way Baba has given one glorious example. And the motive was only to

teach us, how we should address Guru. He does not address Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna

in a casual manner.

So when we refer to Baba it should be done in the most reverential and respectful terms.



The mention of PR Sarkar without putting “Shrii” in front is most disrespect to our

Guru Baba, who is Taraka Brahma.

Even then due to their extreme naiveté or foolishness, some persons may be imagining in

their brains that this is just a “small thing”. So for those who may be thinking in

this misguided fashion, please consider these following examples:

Suppose, for instance, if one is walking in a dry, dirty area, and gets covered with

dust. That may not be bothersome to the person. But if one tiny grain of dust gets

in the eye. Then it will be a big problem. So something small may create chaos.

Depending upon how critical it is.

Suppose someone puts their shoes on their head instead of on their feet. It may seem

like a small mistake, but it will create a big problem.

Suppose a person tries to walk upside down, with their head on the ground. This may seem

like a simple thing, but it will create huge difficulties.

Or suppose if someone cuts off their nose. The nose may be something small, but cutting

off the nose will derange their entire face.

So by these above examples it becomes clear that “small things” can create huge

errors and much harm. And as such one can hardly call those things as small,

inconsequential errors. Rather they become serious problems which need to be

addressed and corrected.

Because on the top, we all are aware about Lord Shiva’s teachings on the

‘Secrets of Success’. And two of those secrets are:

(1) Shraddha’ (deep reverence for the Goal (Ista); and

(2) Guru Puja, (respectful offering and surrender to the Guru).

So these are two of the Secrets of Success which Baba Himself highlights in so

many discourses. So see then how essential it is to have deep respect for the Guru.

And to express that properly. And in AM that is our way– to give maximum respect to

BABA, Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, the Granter of salvation.

So consider that something supposedly small like putting “Shrii” before Baba’s

name, it has tremendous importance. And not doing so creates huge negativity by

its being most extremely disrespectful to that divine Entity.


Unfortunately some of our most “prolific” writers in AM nowadays ahve fallen into

the extremely negative habit of just writing ‘PR Sarkar’– and in some cases

they just write ‘Sarkar’. By quickly surveying the books, articles, and emails

of “writers” then we can see this unfortunate form of expression.

And overall this has a negative effect across the entire society.

Because then non-margii writers adopt this same ungainly approach and they just

write ‘PR Sarkar’. Whereas if such mundane writers were aware that our “top”

writers and margiis always respectfully refer to Revered Baba as ‘Shrii

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar’ or ‘Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji’ then they would get

a good teaching and follow our example.

It is just like how mundane or non-British reporters always refer to ‘Prince

Charles’ using the reference of ‘Prince’. Never do they just write ‘Charles’

or ‘Charlie’. And if they did then the public would object. Because everyone has

become taught and trained that ‘Prince Charles’ is the proper way.

Although we are not trying to emulate the British monarchy etc, but this

particular point is meaningful. The idea being that if we ourselves are

perfectly consistent in always giving proper reference to Baba as ‘Shrii

PR Sarkar’ or ‘Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji’ then people of the general

society will also follow suit. It will become natural for them. And that

will be the proper way to introduce non-sadhakas to Baba as well as the

proper way for Ananda Margiis to refer to the social and spiritual names–

Shrii PR Sarkar & Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, respectively– of our Revered Guru.


“A’mi pather hadish pa’i ni, ta’i toma’r pa’ne cali ni…” (PS 1338)


Baba, in the past I did not get the direction of the proper path. Because of

that I could not come close to You. Your and my relation was hidden in dark.

I was not aware about You. In that past I could not get Your introduction.

And I could not link up in our close intimate relation which, in reality,

has been going on since a very long time.

In my misunderstanding, I was thinking that nobody is mine, and that to feel

love and affection is not my fate. I was thinking that my life does not have

any value. That I will not get respect in my life, just it will be filled

with disrespect and neglect.

Baba, today You have blessed me and changed everything. Now I feel that

my life has become meaningful, because You are mine. My heart is filled with

Your love. Baba, by Your grace I surrender at Your lotus feet, O’ Baba…



Baba says, “Whatever a man is to do in his spiritual life he is to do–

why? Because he is in love with the Supreme Entity. Love is the first word,

love is the starting point, and love is the last point.” (AV-12, p. 13)

Note: Baba’s above guideline is very beneficial for sadhana. However these

days some innocent or simple people just do meditation for “mental peace”.

And ever worse some wts do sadhana for show– to pose themselves as someone

great. Such workers do hardly an ounce of sadhana when they are alone; but

when they go to margiis’ houses then in Hollywood style they sit in meditation

for a long time. All done in order to put themselves on display and create

one show that they are highly elevated sadhakas. Certain margiis do a similar

thing when they attend retreats. But by looking at the on-going conduct of

such margiis one can understand how far they are really doing sadhana or not.

It is just like if you are approaching one animal at night. At first you may

think that it is a tiger or a lion, but when that animal makes its weird

‘Huan, Huan’ sound, then you know that it is just a jackal. Same is the case

when being around those types of few margiis and wts who put on a show of

sadhana. By their conduct and dealing they just expose themselves etc.


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From: Arati

Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2010 09:42:25 -0000

Subject: Social Issue: Inherent Contradiction









Our job as Ananda Margiis is to keep abreast of all the issues of the

day and formulate our stand based on dharma. Ours is not the voice of

any political party, of any church, of any group agenda, of any business

enterprise, or any lobbyist agency. Our stand is that of Lord Shrii

Shrii Anandamurti ji.


Thus on each and every current social trend and issue of debate, we are

to formulate our view based on His teaching. We are to overlook who is

saying what and instead delve into the very heart of the matter and

understand that issue for what it is– and then give a response based on

the golden teachings of AM.


That is our duty and that is how the society will grow in a dharmic way,

by His grace.





By now the point is quite clear: Over the months and years, numerous

letters have clearly shown how abortion is totally against human dharma

and against Ananda Marga.


We respect the inherent and God-given rights of each and every being in

this universe. And when that unborn fetus is a living, breathing entity,

then naturally we are to respect its right to come into form and take

birth on this earth. That unborn soul also has its dharma to become

great. And as we all know, without a human body, a soul cannot progress

on the path of spirituality. Even the devas must take birth in order to

advance and contribute something lasting.


Baba has expressed all of the above in His various discourses and

teachings, including Senior Acarya Diary.


So human birth is something sacred and not to be denied to anyone–

including that unborn fetus. That is Baba’s divine stand that we should

honor and preach.





Those so-called pro-choicers, or proponents of the so-called right to an

abortion, make all sorts of lame claims.


They say that a woman’s body is her own and she can do with it what she

likes, yet as we all know that is false as each and every thing in this

universe is the property of Parama Purusa and it must be treated

according to His will.


They say that an unborn fetus is not yet a human being– it is not

developed and not alive. They say it only comes to be alive once it

emerges from the mother’s womb. That is another of their false claims.

And that is what is going to be addressed here.


As we know, that living being in the form of the unborn fetus thinks,

eats, sleeps, and breathes while inside the mother’s womb. It is totally

alive. And here is proof of the hypocrisy of abortion.


Medical science has proven that if a baby emerges from the womb

prematurely, say at 22 weeks or so, then doctors and medical

professionals are capable of keeping that human baby alive. Although

that premature babe only weighs one pound and is very small, when it is

put in an incubator and given life-support mechanisms in the form of

oxygen and nutrition, then that baby can not only survive but grow into

a healthy, fully-developed human being.


Yet side by side, in their full-blown hypocrisy, certain abortion

specialists are aborting babies at 24 weeks– two weeks after premature

babies are being born and surviving. And those medical associates are

laying claim that since the baby is not born it is not alive and

therefore it can be aborted. This is the sheer hypocrisy about the issue

of abortion.


On the one side medical science is clearly showing that a 22-week old

baby can emerge from the womb as a living, breathing entity and grow

into a healthy human being, and on the other side medical staffers are

aborting unborn babies at 24 weeks and giving the false logic that the

baby is not yet alive as it has not been born.


In that case, who can believe or have any faith on those abortion

agencies– whose only aim is to justify their faulty stand and make

money by taking the life away from unborn souls.


Of course, no baby at any stage should be aborted– since as soon as the

egg is fertilised then human life starts, at that very instant. That is

Baba’s clear-cut guideline.


But as clear proof of the hypocrisy of abortion, doctors are saving 22

week old new borns, and side by side aborting 24 week old fetuses.





For society to grow, for humanity to awaken from its slumber, the word

of dharma must vibrate throughout our human culture. So long as it does

not, humanity will remain as a mere shadow of what it can be.


So on this issue of abortion our stand must be clear and it must be

heard, and we must not worry if our stand is similar to certain

right-wing church activists, nor should we be concerned if our stand is

opposed to so-called progressives. Our only aim is that our stand should

be consonant with dharma.


Hence on the issue of abortion our view is quite clear: Abortions are

anti-dharmic measures that rob a living, breathing unborn fetus of its



So no matter the social circumstances, whether a teen becomes pregnant

or whether it happens to a nun, or whatever the case may be, in no way,

shape or form are we ever to condone the killing of that defenseless,

helpless human babe. It too has a God-given right to live.





Baba says, “Modern, educated people must be liberated from all sources

of dogma and petty isms. They should reject the worn out shackles of the

past and welcome the new, crimson dawn with an open mind. This will

prepare the way for all-round success in human life, and the attainment

of the highest fulfillment.” (PNS-16)



























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“A’ma’r sakal dukher ma’jhe ele tumi dukhaharan’…” (PS 1421)




O’ Baba, You are Dukhaharan’. I was surrounded by sorrows & suffering;

I was in big problem; my life was unbearable. I was completely

miserable. But now, by Your grace, to save me, You have come with Your

gazing eyes, silent footsteps, loving smile, and sweet face. Baba, by

Your divine advent You have blessed me and rescued me by wiping away all

my troubles and suffering. Baba, completely depending upon You with

full surrender, in that very distressed and helpless condition, I was

calling You and looking towards You. Raising both my hands in surrender

I told, ‘Baba, please save me; You are my only shelter. If You will not

save me then who will.’ Then at that moment You rescued me by showering

Your grace. Baba, when I look around I see that because of Your

gracious presence this entire universe has become vibrated & charged.

The whole sky is enveloped in Your divine effulgence and my mind and

heart is drenched in Your love. Baba, holding Your lotus feet, I sing

Your glory in my heart and surrender to You…




Health Guideline: Knowing the Root Cause


Baba says, “Due to weakness of the digestive fluids, the blood gets

contaminated by acids, or if one is suffering from constipation, then

different organs of the body also become weak. In such a condition, due

to weakness of the lungs, the nervous system controlling the lungs also

suffers from debility and finally the bronchial tubes as well become

weak. That is the time when asthma becomes fully manifest.” (YT, p.62)


1. In the above quote Baba is revealing the fact that the root cause of

asthma is poor and improper digestion.


2. Unfortunately nowadays the only commonly available pathy is

allopathy. But allopathic knowledge is so shallow that such doctors do

not know about the real cause; hence they treat the patient in a very

superficial way. With asthma they only address it as it presents itself

on the bronchial tubes. By this way asthma never gets cured from the

root– i.e. from the manipura cakra. 3. So health conscious people

should choose the pathy very carefully. We have to evaluate to what

degree allopathic science is trustworthy, suitable, and helpful.



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Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2011 08:09:27 -0500

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Beauty of Old Age & Benefits of Disease

From: CJ Phillips







Sometimes humans may moan and groan and exclaim in frustration, ‘Why did

such & such problem have to happen’.


Or in exasperation, one may cry out, ‘Why must this world be riddled with

so many infections & diseases’.


These types of queries often plague the human mind.





Through it all, the question stands: How to explain such events? Why is it

that old age must befall us? What is the need for disease? What should be

our outlook with regards to these inevitabilities.





Of course, there is our samskara theory which dictates that one must

undergo the reactions of their actions. This is part and parcel of our

yogic outlook. So that is one way– a logician’s way– to explain the onset

of disease & difficulties in life etc.







Side by side there is another way to explain the hardships which make our

human existence seem so fragile.


We can say that such problems are Parama Purusa’s way of reminding us that

our human life is for something great– something divine. The onset of

old-age & disease forces us to seek a pathway out of this material world

which is otherwise riddled with trouble and torment. Failing that– without

any longing or desire to find something better– then one would be

satisfied to live forever and ever in this crude mundane world. But this is

not our way; this is not our human dharma.


So diseases and problems help, nay, force humans to seek something greater.

Because by seeing how this earth is wrought with innumerable difficulties

and tragedies, it awakens within human beings a thirst– a longing– to

find something better, something divine: Permanent peace at His lotus feet.





Actually all want a better life. Animals are not satisfied with their

animal existence. Some may think that animals are happy and perfectly

content, but this is not at all the case. Animal life is full of fear and

torment and they want something more.


In His 1969 DMC discourse, Baba describes how the bull attached to the

bullock cart longs to become a human being. Because all day & night that

bull is pulling human beings from place to place; so that bull internally

thinks that one fine afternoon it should escape its fate and become a human

being. Because that bull is not satisfied with its lowly existence as an

animal; it is not satisfied with its lot in life. It wants something better.

Because as was already stated, animal life is not ‘a basket of roses’.

Proof being that in our very own Supreme Command, Baba warns us that animal

life is torturous and that humans must not plunge themselves into such

horrific suffering.


So animal life is not something blissful & wonderful; those animals do not

enjoy their condition. They desire something more.


In a similar manner, we humans also long for something higher. We are not

content with our human existence. All are looking for something better. But

even then, the human mind is somewhat fickle. It can be tricked into

thinking that what it has is the best.


For example, if one has a fancy car, a big house, a swimming pool, and a

lot of social prestige, then one may think that ‘I need nothing more in

life– I have all there is to get’. Some materialists may think like this,

especially here in the west. Some blind persons may think they are the king

of this mundane world and their desire is to remain here forever.


So when disease comes along– or when old age invariably sneaks up on

them– then such materially minded persons are forced to re-evaluate what

is important in life. Because those diseases and that old age factor

undermines their entire existential value. They think their material

existence is no longer something great. In which case, they again embark on

a search to improve their plight.


Thus disease and old age pressurises even complacent human beings into

looking beyond this material world for some type of higher existence. The

ups and downs of life invariably forces one to think that this world is not

their final destination.





By this entire picture we can realise that disease, difficulties, and old

age help human beings reach up to that sacred stance.


Members of the general public pray up to the heavens or to their favoured

god, ‘Please relieve me of my earthly sufferings and allow me to drink from

the pot of divine nectar– let me experience peace’. This is the way some

members of the general society may think when their life is overwrought

with the hard realities of this ephemeral world.


And with Ananda Margiis, our standard approach is to request Baba for His

divine blessing, ‘Baba, do with me what You will in this life– I do not

care for it, just please be gracious on me and bring me under Your divine

shelter at lotus feet’.


This type of plea is our way of requesting Baba to spare us from the

sufferings of this relative world. Because we understand that although we

have come here to establish His mission, this is not our final resting

grounds. This relative world is not the destination. Rather this mundane

world is just a train station for going to our final abode– unto His

divine Lap.


And it is things like difficulties, disease, and old age which stand as a

constant reminder to us that this world is not our permanent domicile. This

is not our eternal home. This human life is limited and our dharma is to

find unlimited bliss in His divine shelter.





And this entire point is well known in those spiritual societies of the

east. They know that old age brings wisdom and those elderly people have

their eyes fixed on the other world. That is why in places like Japan,

India, and various other lands, the elderly people of those societies

command huge respect.


In contrast in the US– where materialism runs rampant– then elderly and

diseased persons are pushed aside to the outskirts & fringe of society.

Tragically, wherever materialism spreads it has this same effect. Thus

today, even in parts of India and Japan where materalism is taking root,

in those pockets – little by little – the elderly are marginalised.


Because in the materialistic model, old age and disease have no value.


Whereas those societies that honor spiritual values, such communities place

tremendous import on age and greatly value the advice and teachings of

their seniors. Because those societies recognise the beauty of old age and

benefits of disease and what wisdom spiritual thirst they bring.





By Baba’s grace, He has given us the teachings and pathway to reach unto

Him. We have gotten Him as the Sadguru and the sadhana of AM to lift us up

to that final abode– by His grace. This is His great blessing upon all

Ananda Margiis. So none should think that this material world is their

final resting place.


Baba says, “The worship of Brahma should be done scrupulously, or else you

will later regret and bemoan the futility of your life with the last drop

of your tears at your last hour. You should make your life worthwhile

through your Sa´dhana´. How much can your worldly friends and relations do

for you? After your death your relatives may perhaps ask, “How much money

has he left behind?” Your friends may go to the crematorium and indulge in

flattering reminiscences about you. Your husband or wife may cry for you

for about ten or twelve days and then regain their normal composure. Your

lot will be only a profound sigh – a record of the futility and frustration

of your life. So do not waste your time lest you later have to repent.”

(Subhasita Samgraha, part 3)








In numerous discourses Baba guides us how our human life is just a part

life. All the various births we take as we progress through the cycle of

Brahmacakra– through saincara and pratisaincara– are mere part lives.

Each and every birth is but a piece. And the culmination of our journey

arises when we reach unto Him. So none can think that this world is our

permanent residence. No Ananda Margii can think like that. And for those

who do think that this world is our permanent abode, then disease,

struggle, and strife will awaken their yearning to fine something more–

something divine. In that way– one way or another– all will come onto the

path of sadhana to seek that eternal connection with Him.




Special Formula of Tandava


Baba says, “Tandava: As long as a dancer remains above the ground, he

derives much benefit; when he touches the ground, then those benefits are

assimilated by the body. That is why in the tandava dance there is much

jumping, because jumping requires the practitioner to remain off the ground

for a fairly long period of time.” (NSS, p. 23)




“A’mi pather hadish pa’i ni, ta’i toma’r pa’ne cali ni…” (PS 1338)




Baba, in the past I could not get the direction of the proper path.

Because ofthat I could not come close to You. Your and my relation was hidden in

dark. I was not aware about You. In that past I could not get Your

introduction. And I could not link up in our close intimate relation which,

in reality, has been going on since a very long time.

In my misunderstanding, I was thinking that nobody is mine, and that

to feel love and affection is not my fate. I was thinking that my life does

not have any value. That I will not get respect in my life, just it will be

filled with disrespect and neglect.


Baba, today You have blessed me and changed everything. Now I feel

that my life has become meaningful, because You are mine. My heart is

filled with Your love.


Baba, by Your grace I surrender at Your lotus feet, O’ Baba…


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From: “Mirabai _”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Competing on the Wrong Front

Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 02:37:46







These days in the west there has been talk of the women’s role in the military. Currently women do serve in the military, but today’s heated debate revolves around whether women should be fighting on the front lines of the battlefield – or not. In many western nations like the UK and US, this has become a critical issue. Some women state that women should not be put in harm’s way on the front lines while a very vocal group of women is demanding that women must be given the right to fight on the front lines and battle the enemy face to face.


In our Marga we have our stand based on Baba’s teachings. As we know, males and females have different physical characteristics and capacities. In particular, males are also physically stronger than females.


Baba says, “As the physical strength of women is less than that of men, the latter should always endeavour to save the prestige of women…Special attention should be paid to the comforts of women during festivals, at spiritual conferences, and on other occasions.” (Caryacarya 1, “Social Relationship between Men and Women”)


Because males are stronger that is why games and sports are done separately: Women compete against women and men compete against men.


So this is one critical reason why in our Marga we do not support the demand of some women to be able to fight on the front lines.





In our Marga we believe that one’s inherent capacity should be used for the welfare of society. Among their qualities, men possess physical might so they be the ones involved in strenuous activities like fighting on the front lines. In contrast, women posses their own set of strengths that can be applied for the betterment of society.


For instance, males do not have the right temperament or sentiment to raise infants. That is why in the west we see a rash of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS): “Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is a form of physical child abuse that occurs when an abuser [predominantly male] violently shakes an infant or small child, creating a whiplash-type motion that results permanent brain damage and even death.” So it is the males that feel emotionally overwhelmed and challenged by the prospect of caring for infants.


In contrast, females have greater sentimental feeling and more attraction toward the baby. Naturally women are more suited to raising young babies and infants. In addition, Baba has furthermore said that Didis should demand running all the primary schools of Ananda Marga. Here the point is that wherever emotion and sentiment are paramount, then females will do that work better than males.


Whereas physically tough jobs like using a bulldozer or working on a garbage truck, or managing a chain saw should be for men.


Of course anybody can do anything – there are always exceptions – but generally women will harm themselves doing hard physical labor. So the basic rule is that males should do physically demanding work and females should attend to sentimental jobs. When these roles are switched – i.e. when men involve in things that demand sentiment or when women attend to duties that demand physical might – then problems invariably arise.


This letter is not intended for fault-finding with or accusing any gender. This is for everyone’s welfare. We all have our limitations. Indeed humans cannot glide or fly like birds without a machine so sane people do not jump out of tall buildings and try to fly in the sky. Likewise, regardless of our gender, we should all be aware of our inherent strengths and limitations.


In the west, in the general society females have been exploited so much that there has developed a certain competition between the sexes. Rather than being complementary to one another, there is the feeling of competition to outdo the other. Hence, many women have turned to trying to outgun their male counterparts in traditionally male areas of ability. This is an unfortunate development born out of years and generations of the exploitation and suppression of women.





Physical strength is not the only physical difference between males and females.


For instance, the female cranium is smaller than the male cranium. That is one basic physical difference. Generally speaking, a bigger cranium means more brain power. We see that in any species where the brain is smaller then it is less developed. And when the brain is bigger it is more developed.


However, humans are unique in this regard. Much of the brain capacity of humans goes unused. The human brain has a tremendous capacity. So regardless of whether one is a male or female, much of their brain power is unused. So there is very little practical difference between males and females in this regard. You will find foolish males and intelligent female and vice versa.


Here is Baba’s teaching about the size of the cranium.


Baba says, “Generally the cranium of a female is smaller than that of a male. If you see the skull of a female skeleton, you will notice that the upper portion of the skull is smaller. Those who are eunuchs by birth have still smaller craniums…If a male becomes a female by biological processes, he will not suffer from headaches as such; he will have no difficulty. But if a female becomes a male, she will suffer difficulties because the cranium is smaller; that is, the brain is smaller.” (Yoga Psychology)


Here the overall all point is that Baba clearly points out that there are distinct physical differences between males and females. But there is no need to develop a complex about why males and females are not equal in the physical might. Those trying to rebuff this idea are harming themselves.


It only stands to reason then that in our armies and combat troops, women should not fight on the front lines. That type of hand-to-hand combat should be done by males only.


Males and females are both the creation of Parama Purusa. Parama Purusa has made those physical bodies so we should not destroy them needlessly by competing with one another on the wrong front.








Here are some of the stated reasons being championed by women who feel women should NOT be on the front lines:


The female skeletal system is less dense, and more prone to breakages. There is also concern that, in aviation, the female body is not as adept at handling the increased g-forces experienced by combat pilots. Furthermore, health issues regarding women are argued as the reason that the some submarine services avoid accepting women, although mixed-gender accommodations in a small space is also an issue, as is explained in more depth below. The traditionalist Center for Military Readiness stated that “Female soldiers [are], on average, shorter and smaller than men, with 45-50% less upper body strength and 25-30% less aerobic capacity, which is essential for endurance”.


Another argument against the inclusion of women in combat units is that placing women in combat where they are at risk of being captured and tortured and possibly sexually assaulted is unacceptable. In a Presidential Commission report it was found that male POWs, while being subject to physical abuse, were never subject to sexual abuse, and women were almost always subject to sexual abuse.





Why women should not be on the front line, by Major Judith Webb




07 April 2007


Major Judith Webb no longer believes women should be at the front line. Major Judith Webb was the first woman to command an all-male field force squadron in the British Army. She retired in 1986 and became headmistress of an independent girls’ school in Somerset. She now runs a children’s nursery.


As the person who in 1982 became the first female army officer to lead men into the field, you might think I would be the last to say the front line is no place for women. But my views have changed since the 19 years I spent in the Army, first as an ambitious second lieutenant and later as a squadron commander.


So even though I was as pleased as anyone to see the pictures of Faye Turney reunited with her small daughter and husband, my first thought was that she should never have been put in the position from which she was captured in the first place.


I no longer believe that we should send women to the front line – by which I mean somewhere they might find themselves in hand-to-hand combat, or cast as aggressors.


Why not? Well, it may not be fashionable but it’s time that society accepted the simple fact that women are different.


Not, please note, inferior, but different physiologically, mentally and emotionally to men and there are some roles for which we are simply not suited. Yes, we may be capable of incredible mental and physical toughness, but there is no getting away from the fact that we are the more compassionate sex; instinctively more nurturing and lacking the thirst for aggression that drives our male counterparts.


During my army days (serving in Germany and Cyprus with the 1st Squadron, 28th Signal Regiment), soldiers would frequently tell me they were keen to go to a war zone – that’s what they’d joined up for.


They were desperate to serve in Northern Ireland and relished the prospect of a skirmish. Not, they would always add, that they would ever admit such sentiments to their wives. By contrast, the women I encountered seemed to enjoy their job despite, rather than because of, the possibility that they might be put in danger.


As the Ministry of Defence pointed out in a document on women in the Armed Forces, their “capacity for aggression was generally lower” and they “required more provocation and were more likely to fear consequences of aggressive behaviour”.


It’s my belief that women with children find it difficult to operate as soldiers in dangerous circumstances. Their priority is all too often for the son or daughter they will leave motherless if they are killed.


Fortunately for me, I deliberately waited until I had left the Army at the age of 37 to have my first child, so I was never placed in the difficult situation.


But the strong emotional ties of motherhood cannot be underestimated. All this makes women less effective than the men with whom they stand on the battlefield.


And the consequences to a fighting unit which must be tightly focused are potentially catastrophic. The mere presence of women also has a dramatic effect on the ability of men to be combat soldiers, as has been proved in those situations around the world where female soldiers serve on the front line.


For example, when a soldier sees a female colleague lying injured, he immediately feels his first duty must be to protect her rather than to stick to the military plan.


We must also accept, as we do in the world of sport, that women’s bodies are engineered differently and this puts us at a disadvantage in a situation which can test you to the limit of your physical endurance.


Even in Israel, where they have conscription for single women, female soldiers rarely serve in front line units. A medical study carried out in 2003 showed that they could carry less weight than men and it’s not physically possible for them to march as far.


Contrast that with the way our armed forces have responded to the introduction of women. An officer I knew told me he was horrified when, for the sake of gender “equality”, the physical demands on men entering the Army were actually reduced.


Just imagine the impact on a unit in the field, which can only ever be as strong as its weakest link.


There is another vital consideration, one that has been demonstrated dramatically over the course of this week, and that is the propaganda advantage we hand our enemies when we place young British women in a vulnerable position.


The response of the public to the news that there was a mother of a three-year-old child among the 15 hostages showed that however much we pretend otherwise, we are not capable of viewing a vulnerable female in the same way as her male counterparts.


Our reaction to her plight handed the Iranians enormous leverage for pressing home their publicity victory.


So what role can women fulfil? Despite the death of two women in Basra on Thursday, there is still room for women in a war zone, but it should always be in a place where they are not likely to be engaged in combat.


Women are particularly suited to work in intelligence positions. It’s a field that comes with its own set of dangers but we are well-suited to it.


I worked in intelligence for seven years and think women have more patience and can be better at analysing fine details.


They can be incredibly useful working as nurses with a support unit, delivering supplies, and in other logistics roles – much as the Wrens did during World War II.


The Army is a great career for many women. But let’s not pretend that it should treat them in exactly the same way as men.


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