Archive for February 14th, 2011

Date: Mon 14 Feb 2011 14:11:48 -0000 (GMT)

From: Pradiip Deva

Subject: Unfortunate Umbrella

To: am-global@earthlink.net






~ PART 1 ~



As sadhakas, one of the main things in life– or the main thing in life–

is to cultivate a sweet and intimate relation with Parama Purusa.


Because only He is our eternal Friend who remains along with us forever and

ever; and only He is that all-powerful Entity of this grand universe who

can save us from all kinds of troubles and difficulties; and only He is

that Bliss Personified Entity who can fill our hearts with unending love

and compassion.


So when Parama Purusa alone is that Divine One, naturally then it is most

advantageous and very intelligent to nurture an intimate relation with Him.


And in Baba’s below mentioned guideline, He uniquely shows us how in our

day to day existence we can establish such a devotional and intimate link

with Parama Purusa– one that will grow and flourish more and more by His






To do anything in this universe takes energy, and that energy comes from Him.


All of us are aware and it is indeed well known that the devotional

scriptures of A’nanda Ma’rga proclaim that everything happens due to the

supreme grace of Parama Purusa. There is not a single event or day to day

occurrence that transpires in this vast expressed universe that is not the

direct result of His divine grace– His krpa’.


Gurukrpa’ hi kevalam

“The Guru’s grace is everything.”


Baba says, “This alone is the supreme truth. This is the be-all and end-all

of life.” (AFPS-8)


Hence it is a universal truth and well accepted fact that Baba’s grace is

everything. All good things in life and all positive results are all due to

His causeless grace.


Even then, due to their vanity, in their heart of hearts various jinanis

have their own separate perspective on things.


The bhakta feels in his heart that Parama Purusa is gracious and doing

everything whereas jinanis feel that they themselves are doing everything.

And that is the big different in mind-set between the two.


Bhaktas give credit to Parama Purusa and that brings more feelings of

devotion while the jinanis give credit to themselves and that creates the

feeling of vanity, or the umbrella of vanity.





Once upon a time there were two disciples of the Supreme Guru.


One of the disciples was very simple in nature and he readily accepted the

fact that all the favourable developments in his life and all the successes

in his life were due to Guru’s Grace– the grace of Parama Purusa. This was

his regular way of thinking. And the more his mind thought like this, the

closer he felt with Parama Purusa.


By that way each and every moment he would say, “O’ Lord You are the Great

Doer behind my each and every action. You conceive of the work, You execute

the work, and You are the One who makes that work successful. Everything

sweet in my life– everything accomplished in my life– is a direct outcome

of Your divine grace. That is why I always repeat Your divine name.”


So in that way, all day and all night long that simple disciple was forever

involved in singing Kiirtan and repeating his Ista mantra and Guru mantra.

And naturally that same disciple felt closer and closer to Parama Purusa–

day by day.


The above disciple is a bhakta as he gives all credit to Parama Purusa and

realises that Parama Purusa is gracious.





In stark contrast, the other disciple had a more jinani bent of mind. He

was very proud of his own knowledge and capabilities, and accordingly he

felt that whatever good things he had achieved in this life were a direct

result of his own talents and his own efforts. This jinani was thinking

that he himself was doing all the hard labour and that Parama Purusa is

just keeping still– not doing anything.


This mentality is the notorious umbrella of vanity. When any simple or hard work is

accomplished then that work can be view in two distinctly different ways. One may

think that it is His grace or one may think that ‘I did this work’. By this way

one either goes close to or far from Parama Purusa. If one thinks that ‘I did

this work’ then that is the umbrella of vanity and that pushes the person away from

Parama Purusa. So this umbrella of vanity brings degeneration.


Let us always remember that Parama Purusa is equally gracious on everyone – whether

one understands this or not.


So when it came time to explain his own achievement, then this jinani

always harboured the idea that it was all due to his own hard work and

perseverance. This was his inner feeling. That was how he explained his own

successes in life. And he felt that nobody worked as hard as he did.


But when he saw anyone else getting any type of success in life, then out

of extreme jealously and with his skewed intellectual understanding, that

jinani would proclaim:


‘This person has no talent or ability, he cannot do anything,

so it stands to reason that his success is only due to the grace

of Parama Purusa. But in my life it is not like that; in my life I

have worked hard to achieve everything I have gotten’.


This was the extreme type of vanity that clouded the jinani’s mind.





In that case how was it possible for the jinani to develop a sweet feeling

towards Parama Purusa. Unfortunately it was not. This very crude outlook–

this type of umbrella of vanity– totally hindered his own ability to

cultivate an intimate and devotional relation with Parama Purusa.


That is why this jinani would often proclaim, ‘I do not feel the grace of

Parama Purusa– where is it, I do not feel it’. And when any problem would

appear in his life then he would automatically start blaming Parama Purusa

for placing this obstacle on his pathway. This was the unfortunate and

low-minded perspective of that jinani.


Whereas the more simple devotee’s outlook was the exact opposite. This

simple sadhaka attributed all good tidings as being a direct result of the

fathomless grace of Parama Purusa. And he felt that if any problem ever

came in his life then surely Parama Purusa is there to solve it. This was

the natural feeling in his mind. And by thinking like this and by realising

this divine and universal truth that Parama Purusa is always gracing and

saving him, this simple devotee naturally began to feel a closer and more

sentimental link with Parama Purusa.





At this point, still a few may be wondering how it is possible to develop a

more intimate relation with Parama Purusa merely by thinking that

everything is due to His grace. Some may be wondering how this works.

Perhaps we can look at it this way.


Suppose one beggar arrives at the door of one householder. Upon seeing this

ravenous beggar, the householder graciously feeds the beggar a variety of

tasty and sumptuous dishes on and on until finally the hungry beggar has

eaten up to his heart’s content.


Thereafter if the beggar has a sense of gratitude and thinks that he was

fed due to the kindness and generosity of that particular householder, then

naturally the beggar will develop a sweet feeling in his heart for that

householder. And he will walk around town telling to one and all how that

householder lovingly prepared so many tasty dishes to satisfy his hunger

until finally he felt totally satiated. In this way that beggar will sing

the good deeds of that householder. And he will automatically feel a close

connection with that gracious householder.


In contrast, if the beggar feels that he got that tasty food only because

he walked many miles to the householder’s residence. And if the beggar

thinks that he got the meal only due to his own efforts, then he will not

feel an iota of gratitude toward the householder. Rather he will

contemptuously tell that the householder did not provide me with the food

that I really wanted. And the beggar will complain that for dessert the

householder only gave me 1 KG of rasagolla and I wanted 2 KG. In this way

the beggar will remain totally dissatisfied and completely furious with

that householder.


In reality, the householder gave the very food that he himself was

going to eat and that he gave the sweets that he usually reserves for

special guests. But if in the street one tells that beggar that the

householder feed you well, the beggar will be dissatisfied thinking

that he should have gotten more.


In that case in the beggar’s mind there will not be any sweet feeling

towards the householder– rather in that circumstance the relation between

them will seem cold and distant. The beggar will even feel angry and

inimical towards that kind householder.





Likewise with Parama Purusa, each and every sadhaka should think &

cultivate the idea in his mind that all the joys and all the smiles in his

life are due to His supreme grace.


And this is not just the world of make believe, this is the grand reality

of this divine universe. Because Parama Purusa really does do everything.

Everything is due to His grace and He is in controller of everything going

on in this vast universe.


So believing everything to be a result of His cosmic grace is not just

one’s own mental fabrication or one’s own imagination, this is indeed the

grand reality of this created universe: He is the one doing everything. All

credit and glory goes to Him.


And by realising this truth then automatically that sadhaka will feel more

love and affection for Parama Purusa. One will feel a deep sense of eternal

gratitude towards Him. And in that ideal psychic environment, a close and

intimate relation with surely blossom between the bhakta and Parama Purusa.





But if out of one’s own silly vanity any jinani fails to recognise this

divine truth, then in their own mental laboratory they will build up their

own superiority complex and think that all good things are due to their own

greatness. Because of this vain and self-centered approach, mentally such

jinanis remain far away from Parama Purusa and they cannot make that sweet

relation with Him. And step by step this feeling of isolation permeates

each and every aspect of their life until finally their whole existence is

sunk in woe and frustration.





Ultimately human beings want someone who is very close– someone who will

be their grand companion through each and every moment in their life. Human

beings want that type of intimate relation and eternal Friend. And such a

companion, such a relation, such a Friend, can only be Parama Purusa– not

any human being.


So if in their life anyone has been blessed to have that type of close link

with Parama Purusa then in their life there will always be a sweet flow of

love and devotion and they will always feel happy, content, and internally

satisfied. Because their life is drenched in His divine love and they feel

His grace working each and every moment.





But if due to their own unit ego and vanity anyone is unable to cultivate a

sweet feeling with that most loving and divine Entity, then that type of

jinani will always feel sad, lonely, and depressed. Their life will always

feel empty. And the root cause behind it all is that unfortunate umbrella

of vanity.


Here below Baba describes this situation.


Baba says, “He has got equal love for each and every creature of this

universe, for all animate and inanimate objects. His krpa’ and His

compassion is being equally showered upon each and every individual, upon

each and every object. He bestows His compassion equally on each and every

object. Equally on pa’piis [sinners] and pun’yava’nas [the virtuous].”

“But common people do not feel it, they do not feel that they are getting

His krpa’. Why do they not feel it? That krpa’, that water of compassion,

is being showered on each and every creature equally, but ordinary people

do not feel that they are being drenched by those sacred waters. Why?

Because they are holding the umbrella of vanity over their heads, that’s

why they are not being drenched.”


“And what is sa’dhana’? You will have to remove that umbrella from above

your head and get yourself drenched by the sacred water. You will have to

remove that umbrella of vanity…and get yourself drenched by that water;

and then you will feel that you are being graced by Him. This is what is

called krpa’. Krpa’ is there, but you will have to come to feel it by your

sa’dhana’. And when you will remove that umbrella, you will get proper

direction, and then you will be guided by hla’dinii shakti, by Ra’dhika’

shakti. Here you will come in contact with His nu’pura dhvani [Divine

Sound].” (AV-33, ‘Brahmacakra’)







Thus as Baba guides us in His above teaching, the devotional cult of

sadhana enables one to feel the sweet presence of His divine grace. Because

when one does sadhana then naturally the mind becomes soft, serene, and

peaceful. And in that way, the sadhaka instinctively feels that everything

is due to the divine grace of Parama Purusa.


However, without that, without the practice of sadhana, such jinanis just

develop a gross superiority complex and in their mind vanity is the

dominant factor. In which case they go on harbouring the idea that they

themselves are the only doer in this universe. And they give all credit

unto themselves.


And giving credit to oneself instead of Parama Purusa is the umbrella of vanity.


When one recognises that Parama Purusa is doing then that is devotion.


By holding such an unfortunate umbrella of vanity over their head, these

jinanis remain far, far away from the charming and loving presence of

Parama Purusa– they do not feel the continuous flow of His sweet grace.

This is their unfortunate state– all because of the umbrella of vanity.





By His infinite mercy and compassion may we all develop that intimate link

with Parama Purusa and thereby swim in the devotional waters of His sweet



Baba says, “When you are enjoying the Grace, what will happen? The radius

will be shortened, and in this very life you will become one with your

Goal, your Nucleus. This Nucleus knows no artificial barrier, nor isms,

countries or philosophies. This Nucleus knows that the moving entities are

My children – they want to come and sit on My lap.” (AV-12, ‘The Only Cult’)








Here Baba describes how vanity affects people.


Baba says, “‘I did this, I did that–I built this road when I was a

minister I constructed this bridge when I was in the Public Works

Department’–this is how people become mad for their little ‘I’.” (AMIWL-11)


Thus when people suffer from this type of vanity it is impossible to

develop an intimate and sweet relation with Parama Purusa. Because when

they get any success then they proudly think that they are doing everything

and that Parama Purusa is not doing anything. And when anything bad occurs

then those same jinanis vehemently blame Parama Purusa for causing such a

disaster. By this type of demented outlook, ultimately such jinanis create

an inimical relation with Parama Purusa. By this way any balanced person

can see how vanity is a huge hindrance on the path of spirituality.





Here Baba explains more how due to their vanity jinanis feel that only

others get His divine grace– but not themselves.


Baba says, “Now, you can say, ‘This gentleman has got the grace of the

Supreme and I do not get the grace. What am I to do?’ No, He is omnipotent,

omniscient, and all-loving. His grace is for all without any exception. But

because of your individual vanity, you do not realize it.”


“Suppose there is a heavy rain of His grace. If you hold an umbrella of

vanity over your head, you will not get drenched with the rain. So, if you

remove the umbrella of vanity from your head, you will be drenched with His

grace.” (17 August 1979 DMC, Taipei)


The only solution for such jinanis is to remove their unfortunate umbrella

then only will they get relief and mental peace– otherwise their life will

pass in frustration.





Baba says, “He constantly showers His grace without reservation even on

those persons who make no effort for salvation and who gradually degrade

themselves. Even though you calumniate Brahma and deny His existence, yet

He will not be displeased with you. He will not thrust you on the path of

destruction. His imposing countenance of forgiveness will for ever remain,

and He will forever go on directing you to the ways of salvation. Who else

is your genuine friend and compassionate companion?” (SS-1, ‘Brahma Krpa Hi






“Kabhu shuye base kakhano da’nr’iye upal kur’iye bhariyechi ghar…” (PS





Baba, You are my Goal, You are my everything, but thus far I have wasted

my life. Sometimes by lying in lethargy, and sometimes by sitting idle, and

sometimes by standing still, and sometimes by collecting pebbles, I have

just filled my house– my life– with useless things. Baba, I have just

passed my days filling my life with so many crude activities and mundane

objects. Holding onto the bank of the river of life, I did not try to

search out its destination– the Great Ocean, i.e. Parama Purusa. Baba,

because I was so plunged in mundane attachments I did not even try to look

into deeper aspects of the life: From where I have come, what is my Goal,

where do I have to go, what is my destination etc. Because I was so

immersed in the fleeting pleasures of this crude world, these meaningful

queries did not arise in my mind. Baba, like this my days passed without You.

Baba, due to the negative attraction of avidya maya, my entire life is

moving in a tamasik way. Because of the high tide of staticity, the river

of my life is flowing in the reverse direction– away from Parama Purusa.

Baba, my mind is somewhat aware that the high tide of avidya maya has come.

By Your grace I realise that I am swayed by and in the grip of avidya maya;

I am aware that I am unable to move towards that Great Ocean– towards You.

Baba, I did not even get the opportunity to know whether the ocean is far

or near. Due to the onslaught of staticity, I never even tried to discover

whether Parama Purusa is close or distant. Baba, I never looked in Your

divine direction due to the upsurge of avidya maya.

Baba, today by Your magnificent grace, with the divine pull of the low

tide, the thought of the ocean– the thought of You– has appeared in my

mind. It is Your grace. Baba, due to the attraction of the Great, all the

negative allurements of avidya maya have faded from my mind. No longer am I

caught up in and attracted by those crude things. Baba, after forgetting

the attraction of friend and foe, now by Your divine grace the sincere

longing has awakened in my mind to merge into that Divine Entity– into

You. Baba, by Your grace You have brought me onto the path of sadhana and

by Your mercy I moving towards Your divine Self.

Baba, please be gracious and make my life successful under Your shelter…


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