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Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 12:25:44 -0000

To: AM-GLOBAL

Subject: Baba’s Special Approach on Sadhana

From: “Ishvara”

 

Baba

 

“Toma’kei bha’loba’si a’mara’…” (PS 3821)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You are our everything, our Heart of hearts. We love only You.

Baba, by Your grace we are moving ceaselessly along Your divine path; we

are treading on that very path which You have graciously shown to us. Baba,

day and night we sing Your boundless glories and dance according to Your

sweet rhythms. O’ Lord, we always propagate Your grand ideals. Baba, You

have created us: We are Your thought projection; we are Your progeny. Baba,

You are our Father– Our Ista.

Baba, by Your grace we love one and all equally; everyone’s existence is

treasured. We do not differentiate between high and low, small and big,

rich and poor, touchable and untouchable, sinner and virtuous, literate and

illiterate etc. All are kith and kin– all are family members. All are part

of that singular humanity. Baba, we are all bound together with Your divine

love. O’ Lord, with Your infinite compassion You always call us to come

close with Your beacon call, which pulls our heart close to You. By Your

grace we hear Your call and move towards You. Baba, You are the Goal. Our

each and every action and deed is aimed toward Your divine stance– toward

reaching up to You. Baba, You are our Aim and the Polestar of our life.

Baba, You have blessed us with the ideals of neo-humanism. Firstly, You

have graciously granted us individual freedom; secondly, You have infused

us with collective spirit; and thirdly, You have spiritualised our minds

with the dhyana of the Supreme One [1]. With these three attributions one

other quality unfolds: We wage a relentless fight against all the evils.

And by Your grace victory is sure. Baba, by these four noble qualities of

neo-humanism– individual freedom, collective spirit, spiritual outlook,

and fight against evil forces– we have created one big banyan tree of love

and affection which branches out and extends throughout this vast universe.

O’ Baba, by this approach we have made this dusty earth into a golden

paradise, by Your divine blessing.

Baba, we all love only You; You are our Goal. O’ our most Adored One…

 

 

NOTES ABOUT PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3821:

 

[1] “Vya’s’t’…amara’r”. In the third and final stanza of the above song,

Baba describes 4 special principles that are part and parcel of our

neo-humanistic philosophy: (a) individual freedom, (b) collective interest,

(c) spiritual ideation, (d) the fight against injustices. All are four are

needed to create a golden paradise on this earth and build a society in the

real sense of the term. For example, without proper dhyana, then individual

freedom can be twisted to exploit the masses. Such is the case in

capitalism since it is devoid of a spiritual approach. Communism does not

allow for individual freedom nor does it recognise spirituality: Both are

missing. For this reason, collective interest and a loving society could

not be attained in communism. So it is more murderous than capitalism.

 

Comparatively speaking, communists are worse than capitalists. Then in the

dogma-centered philosophy such as in the crude religions, individual

freedom and perfect spirituality are missing. So the religions are just

dogma-based. There is no true feeling of universal love. That is why

followers of same religion can kill each other. This history has witnessed

again and again. So religious society is also defective– fake. Baba guides

us that in an ideal society all 4 principles are needed: (a) individual

freedom, (b) collective interest, (c) spiritual ideation, (d) the fight

against injustices. Failing that, this world cannot become a golden

paradise. In the absence of any of these principles, groupism and

factionalism will erupt. So our neo-humanistic approach is entirely

revolutionary. In this God-centered approach, individual freedom is used

for virtuous deeds which bring collective welfare, and all the while there

is a pactless fight against all injustices. This is the speciality of our

neo-humanism and this is the grand ideal Baba is propagating in His above

song.

 

 

== BABA’S SPECIAL APPROACH ON SADHANA ==

 

Namaskar,

We all know Baba places great emphasis on spiritual life and doing sadhana.

And in not one but in numerous discourses Baba warns about being firm in

sadhana because often people fail to move ahead in their spiritual life due

to their own deficiencies like procrastination etc.

 

Nidra’ tandra’ bhayam’ krodha a’lasyam’ diirghasu’trata’;

S’ad’ados’a’h purus’en’eha ha’ntavya’h bhu’timicchata’.

 

Baba says, “Those who want to prosper in life must destroy these six

defects in themselves: nidra’ [sleep], tandra’ [drowsiness], a’lasya

[lethargy], bhaya [fear], krodha [anger], and diirghasu’trata’

[procrastination].” (AV)

 

Thereafter Baba describes that those who want to become great must shun

these negative habits. In particular one must not succumb to spiritual

procrastination. This is most harmful since one neglects their spiritual

practice– and they do not do sadhana.

 

And Baba furthermore explains that everyone has the potential to become

great, but often people do not tap into that potentiality– or that

potentiality does not blossom. Most of the time due to lethargy or laziness

in the spiritual sphere.

 

So those who want to become great must be conscious of all of this.

 

And to do proper sadhana, various tips are quick helpful– one of which is

doing sadhana outside. This is Baba’s guideline.

 

 

TEACHING BY EXAMPLE

 

Of course what Baba teaches He also does. By His example He shows the way.

And doing sadhana outside was Baba’s regular practice. Especially in the

early days, Baba used to regularly wander up to the hills of Jamalpur and

explore the countryside and do sadhana in remote isolated places. And then

come back in the evening time or even in the middle of the night. This was

the way of His usual outdoor sadhana program.

 

Of course there was no need for Baba to do sadhana at all but just to show

us that doing sadhana outside was good, He did like this.

 

Baba says, “He needs no sadhana, but just to set an example to others, He

performs sadhana.” (DT-2, p.92 / 1969, Ranchi)

 

 

BABA DESCRIBES DOING SADHANA IN THE MOUNTAINS

 

Baba says, “I used to go for a walk nearly every day in the mountains east

of Jamalpur. I used to sit on the second mountain. One after another,

several small and large mountains run parallel to each other. The summit of

the second mountain was the highest place among them. I used to arrive

there in the middle of the afternoon and stay there until about eight at

night.” (Shabda Cayanika-1, p.93)

 

Here Baba talks more about His experience of doing sadhana outside:

 

Baba says, “I was sitting on the peak. It was the bright lunar

fortnight…In front of me, that is to the west, on the slope of the

mountain, was a dense ga’b forest…The mountain in front of me was

completely bare…I was probably the only person for several miles,

completely alone…the peak that I was seated on…” (Shabda Cayanika-1, p.94)

 

 

BENEFITS OF OUTDOOR SADHANA

 

In His various discourses, Baba also talks about the innumerable benefits

of doing sadhana outside: Enhanced concentration, fresh air, mental

sharpness, good for pratyahara, less disturbances, positive microvita,

pointedness of mind. These are but a few of the many benefits.

 

 

MOVING AHEAD IN SADHANA

 

By Baba’s grace we should all realise our potential and following His

divine example by making it our regular practice to do sadhana outside.

This will be highly beneficial for our spiritual life and progression along

the path of sadhana.

 

Baba says, “It is desirable to practise various lessons of sadhana alone,

in a lonely place.” (GHC, final page)

 

Namaskar,

Ishvara

 

 

P.S. I hope all my margii brothers and sisters will write in with their

experiences and realisations of doing sadhana outside.

 

 

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Some Tips How to Save Oneself From Psychic Diseases

 

In this age scientific development has made significant progress, while in

comparison human psychic and spiritual growth is lagging far behind. In

result, mental tension has multiplied in geometrical progression. The final

outcome being that nerve, brain, and heart diseases have become quite

common; and nervousness and insanity are also prevalent, if not rampant, in

the society. And the remedy for all this is as follows:

 

Baba says, “While doing work one should ideate, ‘It is the work of Parama

Purusa; it is not mine. I am doing His work to please Him’. By following

this approach mental tension, nervousness, and psychic diseases will never

arise. And also samskaras will not be formed.” (08 April ’84, Tattanagar DMC)

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