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Archive for February 22nd, 2011

Date: 22 Feb 201 07:53:21 -0000

From: “Liiladhar Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Re: Unpublished Unique Handwriting of Baba

 

Baba

 

== RE: UNPUBLISHED UNIQUE HANDWRITING OF BABA ==

 

Namaskar,

Yes, I read yesterday’s letter about stereotypes and have more to add – especially about certain stereotypes in our Ananda Marga.

 

 

BABA’S HAND-WRITTEN GUIDELINE

 

Here is the hand-written message which Baba has written in both English and Hindi:

 

“Propagandists of communalism, provincialism, casteism, lingualism and any other ism should be strongly dealt with even if it is found that their charges are properly established.” – Baba (8 Jan 1961)

 

Such are the words Baba Himself penned on that day. It is a great teaching for all, especially those who are the vanguards of society.

 

 

A FEW OF THE STEREOTYPES IN OUR MARGA

 

In addition to the various stereotypes in the general society, there are certain stereotypes in AMPS also.

 

For instance, some feel that no matter how hard they try, females will never be smart enough to run their own organisation. They should always be controlled by Dadas. This is one of the prevailing stereotypes.

 

Secondly, some feel that overseas Wts are not and will never be devoted enough to become worthy of high posts like that of Sectorial Secretary. They feel this shortcoming is inherent to their being overseas and as proof they cite how Baba never posted any overseas Wt as SS. This is the logic and reasoning they give for essentially ruling out the possibility of making an overseas Dada SS. This is what they say to validate their stereotype.

 

But if we examine the situation more closely, we can better understand the situation.

 

 

WHY BABA DID LIKE THAT

 

We know that before 1990, there was a distinct dearth of qualified overseas Wts. That is why Baba did not choose those overseas workers Wts as SS, otherwise certainly He would have done so. Hence it was not because Baba thought that overseas Wts were inherently less capable. It was because at that juncture in time, the existing pool of overseas Wts were not of the proper standard.

 

 

A CRITICAL EXAMPLE: CO-ED KIIRTAN

 

Here is one example of many that shows how they were not qualified. Most overseas Wts in those days supported co-ed kiirtan where males and females dance together, even though this is distraction as males and female unintentionally bump into each other while dancing. This ruins the spiritual flow. Yet still today many of those same overseas Wts continue to support this dogma.

 

Whereas in AM, Baba has clearly mandated that there be strict separation of the sexes in all activities, including kiirtan. But those overseas Wts could not follow this guideline and instead allowed and even encouraged male and females to dance together.

 

 

AFFECTED BY WESTERN SO-CALLED PROGRESSIVISM

 

So we have to think what was holding them back.

 

The answer is very simple: In the Catholic / Christian church everything is separate – schools and education etc. Still today it is like this. The popular movement in the west – back in the 60’s up to the present – was that males and females should be together in all social settings. That was deemed as progressive; whereas everything related with the church was looked upon as old-fashioned and dogmatic.

 

So the general society in those overseas areas thought that the separation of the sexes was not good; i.e. that separate was outdated.

 

Our overseas Wts became affected in this way and supported this popular movement. After all, that was deemed as “progressive”. Such workers did not use their sense of rationality and still today they are not using – not on this point. That is why some overseas Wts continue to uphold mixed-gender kiirtan. This isa all due to their weak mentality. They could not follow Baba on this point because their mind got stained by local pseudo-culture.

 

 

MUST FOLLOW THE PATH OF RATIONALITY

 

Many irrational things are gaining in popular support – both in the east and the west – but as disciples of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji we have to support that which is rational. For more on this critical point about mixed gender kiirtan where males and females dance together read here:

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2008/07/excuse-of-kiirtan.html

 

 

BABA CONDEMNS ALL STEREOTYPES

 

So this but one example of how many where overeas Wts got caught up in their local dogma. Other examples include points like circumcision and the Supreme Command where overseas workers did not understand the spirit of Baba’s teachings. For this reason, at that time Baba thought it best that such workers not hold higher posts like that of SS.

 

But that does not mean that overseas workers are inherently adharmic or aspiritual and will never be devoted enough to be SS etc. That is just one false stereotype or racist belief that a few are broadcasting today.

 

Hence we do not support this defective notion that our overseas Wts are incapable of being SS. Rather we adhere to Baba’s stated call.

 

“Propagandists of communalism, provincialism, casteism, lingualism and any other ism should be strongly dealt with even if it is found that their charges are properly established.” – Baba (8 Jan 1961)

 

Namaskar,

Liiladhar Deva

 

 

OUR SANSKRIT NAMES

 

Baba says, “At the time of initiation or shortly afterwards, those who do not

have a Sanskrit name should be given one by the ácárya/á. The word deva should

be suffixed to the name…the more the usage of deva as a title, the better it

is. The Sanskrit name should be used in all worldly dealings.” (Caryacarya-1)

 

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