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Date: 13 Sun Feb 2011 05:38:29 -0000

From: “Manoj”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: DMS News #7: Birth of One New Dogma

 

Baba

 

== DMS NEWS #7: BIRTH OF ONE NEW DOGMA ==

 

Namaskar,

This following first-hand account details one new dogma that took birth at last month’s January 2011 DMS in Ananda Nagar.

 

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When I went to the meditation hall in Baba’s Quarter on 1st January 2011, I thought I saw some coins thrown by some sadhakas just below the cot on which Baba’s photo was placed.

 

From a distance, I doubted what I saw so I stepped closer and went to the front side. Then I confirmed that it was indeed a coin. Upon further investigation I found that some margiis were throwing coins and rupees just in front of Baba’s photo. Those coins were landing at the same spot where the flowers, pots with coconuts and candles (pradiipa) were placed as decoration. All these coins were tossed just below the cot upon which Baba’s photo was placed.

 

Upon further investigation, it become clear that people were doing this in hopes of getting their selfish desires and requests fulfilled. They were essentially bribing Parama Purusa. In exchange of their monetary offering, they were seeking a daughter’s marriage, victory in their court case, getting their enemies destroyed, or a job promotion etc. These were some of the selfish requests they wanted fulfilled by dropping money in front of Baba’s photo.

 

Of course all those in-charges knew this was dogmatic, but because this offering was generating income, such Dadas were not telling them to stop.

 

I even asked one Dada about this and he said, “Yes, some might have done this.” But he did not say anything further.

 

However, many of us felt that an announcement should have been made this act of dropping coins by Baba’s photo was not good. Then margiis – new or old etc – would have gotten the message not to toss coins by Baba’s photo.

 

Instead those in-charges put this coin tossing dogma on open display by letting it continue. By that way more and more began to partake in this dogmatic manner. That was the lesson put forth: Others are doing and you can too.

 

And again, why was it allowed to be continued? Because ultimately there was an economic benefit involved. The more who participated increased the amount of money those Dadas will get. What else can be the reason why such Dadas did not openly denounce this dogmatic offering from the very beginning.

 

Of course every rational margiis knows that this type of (crude) offering – i.e. arcana – is an exact copy of the Hindu dogma – about which Baba has instructed us not to follow. Yet that is what I personally saw going on at last month’s DMS program at Ananda Nagar.

 

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BABA’S TEACHINGS ON ARCANA

 

Here are a few of Baba’s teachings on this topic.

 

(1) In this first below guideline, Baba clearly tells us that offering money at His photo has nothing to do with devotion.

 

Baba says, ‘Bhakti cannot be identified with árcaná either, which means to worship the deity with flowers, leaves, [holy] water or other articles [like money].” (Ananda Vacanamrtam, Part 33)

 

(2) Then in Ananda Sutram Baba warns us that those who ask for their selfish interests to be fulfilled by giving money to Parama Purusa are merely indulging in useless prayers.

 

3-11: Prárthanárcaná mátraeva bhramamúlam.

 

[Prayer and ritualistic worship become a source of confusion.]

 

Purport: It is useless to pray to God for something, for He is sure to give what is necessary. Solicitation or importunity in the name of worship is nothing but toadyism and flattery.” (Ananda Sutram, 3-11)

 

Baba’s teaching is that Parama Purusa will do what is required for the proper development of each and every person, so to ask for something – when He already knows what is best for you – is just one defective manner and undermines one’s relation with Parama Purusa.

 

(3) Next Baba differentiates between selfish and selfless puja. Clearly that type of puja where money is offered is nothing but arcana, i.e. that puja done with “selfish motive and external paraphernalia”.

 

Baba says, “Now, what is pu´ja´ or pu´jana? When a person, with or without any selfish motive, offers his or her deep reverence to an entity with undivided concentration, with or without external paraphernalia such as flowers, bel leaves, sandalwood paste, Ganges water, basil, bananas, rice, etc., that is called pu´ja´ or pu´jana. And the type of worship which is performed with selfish motive and external paraphernalia is called arca´ or arcana´. The type of worship which is performed with or without selfish motive, but certainly without any specific external paraphernalia, is called pra´rthana´. And the special type of pu´ja´ which is performed without any selfish motive or external paraphernalia is called Brahmasadbha´va [ideation of Brahma].” Shiva’s Teachings – 2 (continued) (Discourse 14)

 

(4) Here below Baba points out that those who pray to God to give them a job promotion or a husband for their daughter actually send the message to Parama Purusa that He is not fulfilling His duties properly and has forgotten what a person needs. That is what is implied by asking something of Parama Purusa – one is blaming God for failing to do the needful.

 

Baba says, “Prayer is the act of asking for a favour with earnestness. It also means a solemn petition addressed to the Supreme Being for certain benefits. One prays to God for something which one does not possess or thinks one does not possess. One asks God for these favours with the faith that He alone can bestow everything and by His mere wish all wants can be satisfied. By prayer or by begging one wants to awaken His wish so that one may be granted the things one lacks. Does not one’s attempt to rouse the wish of God to fulfil these needs, upon careful and rational thinking, appear to be a reminder to God to give one something of which God has kept one deprived? It would otherwise not be necessary to remind Him in prayer of that thing or to try to arouse His wish to give. For instance, if one is in need of money, one would, with the faith that God alone can give, pray to Him for the favour of giving one money. Does not this request show God’s fault in keeping one in want of money, when He alone can give it? God alone is blamed for it, and by praying to Him for money one is precisely pointing out to Him His partiality in not giving one the money one needed. Therefore, prayer or asking for favours from God is only pointing out to the Sole Giver His mistakes in the distribution of His favours. It only presumes lack of impartiality in Him, and that is why He is blamed for making some very rich and others very poor. Praying to God for favours is only to bring to His notice the charge of partiality levelled against Him. When prayer leads to such a conclusion, it is only ignorance to ask for favours. One who performs actions will also bear the consequences, and blaming God for it as His partiality is not going to save one from bearing the consequences.” (Ananda Marga Elementary Philosophy)

 

 

REFLECTION

 

Tragically the scene of giving money at DMS was nothing but a dogmatic case of arcana, i.e. praying and bribing Parama Purusa with external objects (i.e. money) in order to get His favour and one’s selfish desires met. This type of offering is just dogma and has nothing to do with devotion. It is shameful that out of greed certain Dadas allowed this act to go on at our very own DMS gatherings. That is the new dogma that took birth.

 

 

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE

 

Here Baba clearly tells us what we should offer to Parama Purusa. We are to offer our own selves – i.e. our minds, not external objects like money.

 

Baba says, ““Tava dravyaḿ Jagatguro Tubhyameva samarpaye.” “Everything of mine, along with my mind, is offered at Your altar. Please oblige and accept it.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam, part 3)

 

Namaskar,

Manoj

 

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Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2011 16:39:57
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Pavitra” p.dedva@springnet…
Subject: Sinner’s Psychology

Baba

== SINNER’S PSYCHOLOGY ==

Namaskar,
Nowadays in this present era we are seeing a drastic rise in top-down
security measures, especially in the “developed” western nations. As each
and every day passes, the so-called leaders muster more and more suspicion
toward the common people.

Indeed this type of in-bred distrust has been growing exponentially since
the materialistic philosophies “came of age” in the back-half of the 20th
century. And now today in the height of this vaeshyan era it is step by
step becoming intolerable.

So this big commotion is going on– especially in the west– where
political leaders are getting more and more nervous and paranoid; and the
regular citizens are feeling more and more frustrated and suffocated. Hence
neither side is happy; neither side has peace of mind. Both are suffering.

Yet no one knows the root cause behind this tragic scenario development.
Nor do they have an alternative.

By Baba’s causeless grace He has both identified the problem and given the
solution. Thus the magic answers and their clear explanations are all
within the easy grasp of each and every Margii. And by this way– by
understanding Baba’s teachings– our AM will lead the society forward.

MATERIALISM– A NASTY DISEASE

As Baba guides us the root cause behind the negative suspicion which is
spreading around the globe is– Materialism.

In any materialistic or matter-centered philosophy– whether that be
communism or capitalism– there will always be terrible distrust and
suspicion. The point being that matter itself is limited and the greedy
leaders are intent on hoarding that finite supply of wealth. Thus in their
avarice, the leaders become more and more restless since their gobbling up
of all the physical resources creates tension and shortage among the
masses. By that way, sooner or later they– the innocent and suffering
masses– are bound to rise up in revolt. To prevent such an occurrence, the
crafty & worried leaders tighten down the hatches by applying more and more
deceitful and invasive security measures.

So nowadays hypocrite leaders all over the world illegally and secretly
spy on all innocent people– and when caught he justifies his nefarious
ploys like wire tapping in front of everyone. This is the wicked mind-set
which takes root in the minds of those capitalistic leaders.

And not just political leaders, the top heads of various corporations
spy on the public via the internet so they can learn people’s habits
and ways – all done in order to exploit them for more profits. Certainly
Google and Facebook are at the top of this list.

CAPITALISM STILL REARING ITS UGLY HEAD

So while communism has basically already crumbled, capitalism is reaching
more and more to its peak (i.e. demise)– in which case we will witness how the sick capitalist vaeshyas will far outdo the chaos and harm caused by communism.
Now they are wire tapping the phones and frisking everyone in the airports,
and soon one will need an I.D. card just to leave their house to go to
work. And indeed the suspicions in society will become so extreme that
cameras will be planted all around until finally even while urinating
everyone will be “on film”. This type of extreme distrust is an inevitable
outcome of the nasty capitalistic frame of mind.

Hence as bad and as evil as communism was, and as much terror as it
unleashed on the innocent people, this destruction will pale in comparison
to the disastrous net which capitalism is spreading.

Because of all this– i.e. the paranoia of the leaders, the exploitation of
resources, and the hoarding of wealth– we see a horrible distrust growing
more and more wherever capitalism exists.

THE EQUATION:

CAPITALISM BREEDS SUSPICION & DISCONTENT

So the overall equation is quite simple: Where materialistic philosophies
like capitalism exist there is an increase in suspicion & mistrust; and
where the grip of capitalism is less then there greater trust and
good-feeling among the people.

And this awful capitalistic scenario exists not just between the political
leaders and the common people but also within each and every family,
marriage, and relation. Where even blood brothers bicker and fight over
inheritances and where husband and wife keep separate bank accounts–
hiding their money from one another. Indeed the human spirit gets totally
distorted by the grip of capitalism.

That is why the selfish materialistic ways of capitalism spells disaster
for the entire society. Unfortunately it is only spreading more and more
around the entire globe.

NO ONE IS EXEMPT

Even so-called monks are not out of the picture. Because if their mind is
stained with materialism then without any second thought they will fight
over property and kill members of the opposite party. Lost in that fog of
suspicion and greed, they will forget their dedication and ideology–
because their mind is totally affected by the disease of materialism.

WHAT GOODY-GOODIES SAY

A few goody-goodies will still stand up and claim that capitalism and
materialism is okay and that the grave problems causing suspicion will all
get healed. They will tell, ‘Just let capitalism continue’. But this is
nothing but their insanity.

It is just like allowing sheep and wolves to live together in the same
house. One will swallow the other whole. Of course someone will come
forward and say that from now on everything will be alright and there will
not be any further problems– let the wolves and sheep live together. And
they will just try to appease and pacify the matter. But we know that that
is just their nonsense and that anyone speaking like that is either totally
foolish or they have their hidden agenda in mind. That is, they are one of
those wolves.

Likewise capitalists will try to console others but none should get taken
by their tall talk.

BABA GRAPHICALLY UNCOVERS THE DEVILISH MENTALITY

BEHIND IT ALL: SINNER’S PSYCHOLOGY

Here Baba perfectly tells all– showing how cheating, distrust, and
sinner’s psychology have taken root in the minds of those capitalist
exploiters.

Baba says, “All created beings have a natural tendency to move along a
straight path. Out of cowardice, selfishness or sinful propensities, humans
and other creatures may resort to a crooked path, not only in the material
world, but also in the mental world. That is, cowardliness, selfishness and
sinful tendencies bring about curvatures in the world of thoughts. These
curvatures breed mutual suspicion. Even innocent people are taught to think
wrongly.”

“Sometimes people grow suspicious of innocent people and mistreat them.
Those who still have some amount of benevolent intellect feel pained and
ashamed when they realize that they should not have suspected those
innocent people. But those who are devoid of benevolent intellect do not
feel at all ashamed of their conduct. Rather they think and also say
publicly that it is better to suspect others first, and then gradually
remove those suspicions later. This is the main characteristic of a
sinner’s psychology.”

“Individuals or groups or communities guided by this sinner’s psychology,
become involved in various inhuman activities out of unjustified suspicion.
Ultimately there comes a time when they no longer repent. Those doctrines
and philosophies which teach people to suspect their fellow citizens, which
teach people to treat their fellow humans as enemies, have done enormous
harm to the world in the past, and if not restrained and controlled, will
do so in the future also.”

“The situation may come to such a pass that detectives may be employed
against every person. Again, another set of detective personnel may be
employed to watch whether each detective is functioning properly or not.
Thus a vicious atmosphere of intelligence and counter-intelligence will be
rampant in the society. And the dangerous consequence is this — that all
human treasures having been poisoned, human existence itself will become
meaningless. People will grow cynical, or will be forced to leave their
country or their society to escape this venomous atmosphere.”

“The matter does not end here. The wickedness, the deceit, that pollutes
human society first moves along a crooked path like its masters, and
finally ends up by annihilating its masters themselves. The wicked persons
at the helm of affairs, who are now out to liquidate others, will one day
themselves be liquidated and erased from history by their own followers.
Sinful persons, by following the crooked path, contaminate the atmosphere
of the universe, but ultimately that sinful conduct, in a similar crooked
way, will recoil like a boomerang on the sinners themselves.” (NSS,
Shivokti-10)

WHAT IS THE ANSWER

So what is the way out? What is the answer?  Only spirituality can provide
that soothing balm to humanity where once again friendliness, trust, and
amity emanates from the human mind and heart. But such a benevolent,
humane, and healthy environment cannot grow in the dastardly fields of
capitalism.

As A’nanda Ma’rgiis, by His grace we can understand what Baba wants for the
humanity and that it is time to bring forth a new system to the people. It
is our duty to make the common public aware about the situation.
And in this way by Baba’s grace we can bring forth the socio-spiritual
philosophy of Prout.

BABA’S BLESSING

Baba says, “Today or tomorrow the entire world will accept PROUT as the
only panacea for all of the world’s mundane and supramundane ailments.
There is no alternative.” (PNS-17, p.30)

Namaskar,
Pavitra

Note 1:          MORE ABOUT SINNER’S PSYCHOLOGY

Various people may cast their own awkward guess or hazy idea about what
sinner’s psychology is, but they will surely fall off the mark. In His own
divinely unique way Baba pointedly reveals the dark mind-set behind
sinner’s psychology and clearly demonstrates how that is unfolding more and
more in this present vaeshyan era.

Once again, according to Baba, sinner’s psychology occurs when crooked
leaders falsely rationalise that they are correct in first accusing and
being suspicious of others– and that this is that natural flow of human
life. Such corrupt leaders and liars never worry one second about all their
own cheating and misdealings. Just they try to befool others and justify
their nasty, distrustful outlook. Such capitalistic heathens have no
remorse and they are drowned in sinner’s psychology.

Note 2:             A NEW DAWN IS COMING

The days of capitalism are numbered and a great new awakening is on the
near horizon.

Baba says, “Neo-humanism will be permanently established and human beings
will be ensconced in the joy of freedom forever.” (NH-LOI, ’87, p. 102)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi ga’n go ka’ha’r tare badhir kare rekhe dhara’re…” (P.S. 1972)

Purport:

Baba, in this cosmic play of Yours, You go on singing Your divine songs
to attract devotees. Even then I do not know for whom You are singing.
Baba, Your divine songs are pervading throughout this entire vast cosmos;
Your songs are permeating each and every loka. Baba, nothing else is
audible except Your divine song. O’ Baba, by Your melodious call You have
made everyone deaf. Baba, You come and go; and You smile and lovingly look
upon one and all with Your infinite compassion. But unfortunately nobody
can see You.

Baba, because of Your songs, the whole world is melodic. With Your tune,
rhythm, & melody, You saturate this entire universe with divine nectar.
Everyone is immersed in Your music. Baba, when You come close then You
shower Your grace abundantly. In spite of that it is impossible for me to
become one with You– because of my own faults & shortcomings.
Baba, You are completely captivating: Your coming and going in dhyana,
Your sweet smile, and Your charming look– all this deeply touches my
heart. Baba, You are most attractive. O’ Parama Purusa You are the
universal mind (Vishvama’nas); You destroy and wipe away all cimmerian
darkness and staticity; and You shower Your divine effulgence. Baba, You
lovingly hold each and every atom and molecule in Your heart. Baba,
everything resides within You.

Baba, with Your divine song You have captivated this entire universe. It
is Your causeless grace…

Note: Parama Purusa attracts devotees in various ways– such as through the
song of His divine flute. And that is what has been expressed in the above
song.

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MISUNDERSTANDING WIPED AWAY

Baba says, “When they [sadhakas] reach a very subtle stage of elevation,
their concentrated mind-stuff speeds towards Him with the one-pointedness
of an arrow. Such a mentality is called Ra’dha’.” (NKS, ’97 Edn, p. 53-4)

Note: Some ignorant people think that Radha is a female of Vrindaban. But
that is not true. ‘A-grade’ devotees are Radha.

For more about this read:

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/01/news-hindu-dogmatic-movie-shown-sold-at.html

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