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To: am-global@earthlink.net

Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 11:18:21

From: “Hank Deva”

Subject: Unpublished Unique Handwriting of Baba

 

Baba

 

== UNPUBLISHED UNIQUE HANDWRITING OF BABA ==

 

Namaskar,

Our Ananda Marga is 100% rational in all respects – firmly based in the

ways of neo-humanism.

 

In 1961, Baba delivered one unique teaching – in the form of a

handwritten message – that ensures the well-being of all peoples and

protects the dignity of the entire humanity.

 

Till today, this special teaching has not been published in any of our

AM books, pamphlets or magazines.

 

 

BABA’S HANDWRITTEN MESSAGE

 

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.

 

In each and every era, various groups or communities have tried hard to

exploit and demean another people, and in that process the exploiters

have come up with all kinds of justifications and logic, but Baba’s

above guideline wholly rejects all such attempts.

 

In a phrase, Baba’s guideline does away with all kinds of stereotypes.

 

Let’s together investigate the full impact and scope of Baba’s above

handwritten guideline.

 

 

APPLYING BABA’S MESSAGE

 

Baba’s above guideline offers a strong response to all those who indulge

in stereotypes. As we all know, a “stereotype” is when a person or group

makes a blanket statement about another community based on their own

biased views.

 

For instance, a person might proclaim:

 

– Black people are dumb; or,

 

– Females are too weak to be leaders; or,

 

– Jewish people are stingy, i.e. not generous $$; or,

 

– Muslims are terrorists; or

 

– Hairjans are dirty and uncultured; or,

 

– Mexicans are thieves.

 

(Note: There are certain existing stereotypes in AMPS such as no matter how hard they try, females will never be smart enough to run their own organisation. They should always be controlled by Dadas. Likewise, some feel that overseas Wts are not and will never be devoted enough to become Sectorial Secretary. Then there are other stereotypes surrounding circumcision, Supreme Command, co-ed camping at retreats, and adolescents having boyfriends and girlfriends, and many more.)

 

These are the types of “stereotypical” statements that some proclaim.

And in many cases, they may even have the data, facts, and figures to

back up their claim. Yet Baba’s staunch guideline from His handwritten

message is that we should firmly reject such charges.

 

For instance, about black people, a white supremest will say that by

nature black people are stupid and do not finish school. To support

their claim, that white supremest might present data from Harvard

University that shows that many black people drop out of high school,

very few go to college, and that many black people in the US end up

impoverished or in jail. Based on these established facts, the supremest

concludes that black people are dumb. Such racists, like this white

supremest, use real facts to justify their view(s).

 

However, Baba’s guideline is that even if “their charges are properly

established”, we should never accept the ways of racism etc. That means,

it may be true that more black people in the US do drop out of high

school and end up in jail, but one must never indulge in the racist

belief that therefore black people are only “half-human” or dumb. That

is not the proper conclusion as there are many factors involved.

 

Proof being that the same high school dropout rate would apply to white

students if they faced similar circumstances like financial hardship,

neighborhood crime, and a slew of other issues that have been rampant in

black neighborhoods after centuries and decades of racial discrimination

and unfair treatment.

 

It is our duty to attune our minds to the myriad of social injustices

that forced black people into such a desperate position. That is the

direction we should look and then remedy the situation accordingly. The

answer is not to indulge in racism and wrongly conclude that black

people drop out of school because they are dumb.

 

Thus, in no way, shape or form, should we give credence to such

stereotypical statements that play into one community pushing down or

exploiting another. Whether those statements are about the nature of

women, the ways of people from a particular nation, or the behaviour of

those in a specific religion or caste etc, we are to firmly stand by our

principles and keep a neo-humanistic outlook, never giving way to crude

beliefs based on caste, group, religious, or national sentiment etc.

 

 

THE SITUATION IN AM

 

Unfortunately, there are similar things going on today in our Marga.

Because of the grand diversity of life in AM and Baba’s special system

of posting workers, the scene in AM is far, far better than that of the

general society, even then we can find hints of racism or lingualism etc.

 

For instance, if any group in AM tries to enhance their prestige by

promoting their language or their area as being the best and the most

unique in the world, then that stand cannot be at all appreciated. We

must wholly reject such views.

 

That means if certain Bengali Wts and margiis proclaim that Amra Bengali

is the most important or best samaj and therefore all others are “second

best”, then we should reject their claims. The Bengali speaking leaders

may argue that only their language is 92% Sanskrit, or that Baba wrote

thousands of Prabhat Samgiita songs in Bengali, or that their race is a

unique blending of the four races etc. They may present all these types

of facts to show that workers from Bengal are most venerable and great.

But it is totally wrong to say that Bengali wts are the best or that

Amra Bengali samaj is the top. Because such statements are based on

“isms” like racism and lingualism. In that case those people (i.e.

propagandists) should be dealt with strongly. That is Baba’s exact

teaching.

 

“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)

 

All stereotypes are baseless as they are based on some type of ism. We

should be vigilant when dealing with such type of propagandists. That is

Baba’s exact teaching.

 

 

MORE ABOUT THE SITUATION IN AM

 

If we look from a different perspective we can see that Hindi group

leaders proclaim that any worker from Bengal is a spy and not to be

trusted. Such groupists view people based on groupist affiliation and

geo-sentiment. Thus, the Hindi or EC leaders are no less guilty of this

disease than those workers from Bengal.

 

The striking point is that in AM, geo-sentiment is dominant internally. Openly

they may not preach this sentimeent as they intellectually know it goes against neo-humanism, but those in power got there based on this sentiment. They

feel more comfortable with people of their same clan.

 

All the various Wt groups have been formed on this basis. No doubt they have

their logic to support their racist views etc, but whatever logic they

give should be discarded. Because they are just manipulating certain

facts to support their own narrow-minded ism.

 

If we see critically, then most of the key posts of a particular group

are given to people of their area or to those who have surrendered their

faith to that particular geographical place.

 

It is just like if an Afghan man surrenders himself to US supremacy then

and only then can he get a high post – otherwise he will just be thought

of as a terrorist.

 

Right now, in almost whatever direction we look, we can see groupist

leaders justifying their case and placing greater importance on their

chosen area, at expense of other places and peoples. That is the current

situation in AM and it is this that we should oppose. That is Baba’s

guideline.

 

 

KEY POINT TO REMEMBER

 

One key point to remember is that each and every area has mix of good

and bad people – everywhere it is like this. In Bengal, there are many

good people as well as bad persons, i.e. criminals and thieves, etc.

 

So no area, race, caste or group can proclaim themselves as the revered

ones or the best above all others. If anyone does like this it means

that they are are adhering to groupism, racism or some other ism. No

matter what logic they give, we should treat that as straw and throw it

away.

 

Unfortunately, some people never tire of praising that their own group

and some dumb people feel fortunate or honoured to receive those ideas.

In that we they get totally duped and become groupist pawns. However, we

should never get caught up in the belief that a certain group, language,

or region is really blessed and better than others.

 

Everywhere there are those who are blessed and those who are sinners. It

is not a functions of race, birth, language background, or birth etc.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with all the teachings in life to

build up a healthy human society and overcome all racism, casteism, etc.

We are to take a firm stand against those who indulge in stereotypes.

That is Baba’s distinct teaching that He wrote down that day in 1961.

And it is as true today as it was then. We should all pay heed.

 

Namaskar,

Hitendra

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Tumi eso go, eso go, eso go, a’mi hrday-duya’r khule diyechi…” (P.S.

673)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, by Your grace I have so much longing in my heart. Baba, I am

anxiously waiting for You. By Your grace I have kept the door of my

heart open for You. Please come, please come, please come and reside in

the deep core of my heart. Baba, You have taken all the nectar from my

flower blossom which I had been saving for You. Baba, You have taken,

You have taken.

 

Baba, year after year has passed– so many sweet,

loving memories have been lost in the oblivion. But You did not come.

Time passes like this. Baba, so many divine songs that I have song for

You have been swept away into the vast expanse. But You did not come.

Even now, I am eagerly waiting and looking constantly towards the path

of Your arrival. Baba, I am desperately waiting and looking forward to

hearing Your footsteps.

 

Baba, by Your grace I am always moving forward

towards You. Sometimes my speed is fast, by Your grace. And sometimes

due to my lethargy, my speed is quite slow. But by Your grace always I

am moving ahead on Your path, singing Your song with deep longing for

You. Baba in Your divine tune and melody and with the rhythm of

devotional yearning, by Your grace I am always ideating on Your supreme

thoughts and blissful tales.

 

Baba, please be gracious and come; my heart is always open and longing for You. Baba, please grace me and reside eternally in the depths of my heart and become my own…

 

 

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Money and Peace

 

Baba says, “With the acquisition of money people still feel that they have

nothing; in spite of possessing a huge amount of money they often beat

their chests in despair. So it is not money they seek– what they truly

desire is peace, not happiness. But it is only rarely that people attain

peace in life…The answer [then] is that by attaining Parama Purus’a one

no longer has any unsatiated hunger or unqueched thirst.” And that is the

stage of perfect peace. (SS-12, p.38)

 

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Date: Sat 19 Feb 2011 21:23:42 -0400

From: Divyajyoti_Deva

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Pratiika: Adjustment between Two Cakras

 

Baba

 

== PRATIIKA: ADJUSTMENT BETWEEN TWO CAKRAS ==

 

Namaskar,

As we all know, Baba has placed great importance on the meaning and use of our Ananda Marga pratiika. Here below is a short explanation of how the pratiika is related with our cakras.

 

1. The two, perfectly-balanced equilateral triangles in our pratiika represent the manipura cakra (i.e. 3rd cakra) and the ajina cakra (i.e. 6th cakra).

 

2. The manipura cakra is the triangle pointed upward signifying service to society. This cakra gives the body energy and stamina to do action in the world.

 

3. The ajina cakra is the triangle pointed downward signifying spiritual sadhana and self-realisation. The ajina cakra is the seat of the mind.

 

4. We must practice and represent this symmetry in our day to day life by keeping perfect balance between our meditation (sadhana) and worldly work (social service).

 

5. Our mission is: Átmamokśárthaḿ jagaddhitáya ca.

 

A’tmamokśárthaḿ (self-realisation) is represented by the downward pointed triangle (i.e. ajina cakra) in our pratiika; jagaddhitáya ca (selfless service) is represented by the upward pointed triangle ( i.e. manipura cakra) in our pratiika.

 

6. Maintaining balance between these two triangles – representing spiritual practice for self-realisation & selfless service to humanity – is needed. As sadhakas, we should be in perfect balance just like our pratiika. That means we must do maximum sadhana without losing our adjustment with this world; and we must do maximum social service without forgetting our sadhana.

 

7. When we maintain perfect balance between our inner world (downward pointed triangle) and the outer world (upward pointed triangle) then we will get all-round progress (signified by the rising sun in our pratiika) and ultimately victory (signified by the swastika in our pratiika).

 

8. Achieving this state is not easy. All too often, as aspirants we fail to maintain proper balance in life. Most commonly, people get too caught up in their worldly work and their sadhana gets neglected. In some cases the opposite happens. So we must constantly assess our position and strive to keep a balance between our inner and outer worlds.

 

9. Here the point is that we must not just wear our pratiika around neck, but our daily life must be a proper representation of the pratiika, i.e. perfectly balance between service to society and self-realisation. That means our life must fully represent AM ideology.

 

Baba says, “What should a person do? Life is a mission. I have said that human life is an ideological flow. That is, human life is a mission; life itself is a mission; one’s very existence is a mission. Átmamokśárthaḿ jagaddhitáya ca – “Whatever one is to do one is to do for átmamokśa – for his or her own liberation – and for the elevation of the entire world, elevation of the entire human society.” One is to do both these things: that is, these two things are one’s mission.” (Ánanda Vacanámrtam Part 30)

 

10. In the notes below please read about (a) how we use the pratiika in our social and spiritual functions, (b) Baba’s description of the pratiika, as well as (c) how the pratiika is explained in the latest editions of our AM books.

 

Namaskar,

Divyajyoti

 

 

Note 1: HOW OUR PRATIIKA IS USED

 

At dharmacakra, we may display (a) the Ananda Marga pratiika, (b) Baba’s photo, or (c) both items.

 

Likewise, when our acaryas perform diiksa (initiation), they may use the AM pratiika and / or Baba’s photo.

 

During DMC when Baba was up on the stage then there would always be a pratiika on display behind Him. Still today at DMS we present Baba’s photo and behind His photo is the pratiika.

 

 

Note 2: BABA’S DESCRIPTION OF THE PRATIIKA IN CARYACARYA

 

Here is Baba’s pointed explanation of the pratiika.

 

Baba says, ‘Your Pratiika [Emblem]: A triangle with one vertex up superimposed on another triangle with one vertex down, with the rising sun having a swastika inside. These are symbols of energy, knowledge, advancement and permanent victory, respectively.” (Caryacarya, part 1, “Treasures of Ananda Marga”)

 

 

Note 3: HOW THE PRATIIIKA IS EXPLAINED IN OUR AM BOOKS

 

Here below is the dharmic way the publishers have explained the pratiika on the inside pages of the recently printed AM books.

 

The pratiika represents in a visual way the essence of Ananda Marga ideology. The six-pointed star is composed of two equilateral triangles. The triangle pointing upward represents action, or the outward flow of energy through selfless service to humanity. The triangle pointing downward represents knowledge, the inward search for spiritual realization through meditation. The sun in the center represents advancement, all-round human progress. The goal of the aspirant’s march through life is symbolized by the swastika, which means spiritual victory.

 

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From: “Seshagiri Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Short Stories About Naive People

Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2011 21:37:19 +0530

 

Baba

 

== SHORT STORIES ABOUT NAIVE PEOPLE ==

 

Namaskar,

Some friends went to the zoo and were very intrigued by the lion. There were big, thick iron bars all around the area and red warning signs stating “Alert – Dangerous Animal: Keep your hands and feet away”.

 

Seeing the magnificence of the lion, some of the people were very mesmerized and were tempted to extend their hands within the boundary line. The zoo keeper noticed what was going on and warned everyone not to place their hands. He told them all to go back.

 

Immediately, the naive visitors became quite angry with the zoo keeper. They said, “Why are you terrorizing us, why are you trying to scare us; everything is alright, nothing bad is going to happen.” This was their reaction to the zoo keeper’s guideline.

 

Of course, we all know that the zoo keeper was not trying to scare or curse anyone. The zoo keeper’s sole intention was to warn them of the dangers and keep everyone safe and happy. If those visitors to the zoo understood this then they would not have argued with the zoo-keeper. Instead they would have calmly accepted his guideline, knowing that the zoo keeper was watching for their well-being.

 

Here is another story.

 

Once a team of travelers were driving from the flat lands up into a hilly and mountainous region. Soon they began to see lots of road signs: “Winding Road, Drive Slow”; “Dangerous Roadway, Exercise Caution”; and, “Deadly Turn – 200 Foot Chasm” etc.

 

Seeing all the signs, the drivers became furious and started a court case against the department of transportation for trying to terrify and scare them.

 

But we all know that the highway authorities were not trying to frighten anyone. Their sole intention was to warn drivers of the very real dangers and keep everyone safe and happy.

 

So those are the two stories. Now let’s see how they relate with our AM way of life.

 

 

RELATING THIS TO OUR ANANDA MARGA

 

At present in our Marga, a few people are upset and want to change or delete certain words from our Supreme Command. In particular they do not like these lines:

 

“Those who perform sadhana twice a day regularly, the thought of Parama Purusa will certainly arise in their minds at the time of death…Disobedience to this command is nothing but to throw oneself into the tortures of animal life for crores of years…”.

 

They especially do not like the second half of the aforementioned quote, which is intrinsically inseparable from the first line.

 

These naive people contend that Baba is trying to scare and terrify them – hence they do not want to speak or repeat this line, nor the entire Supreme Command.

 

But we all know that Baba wants our welfare and as the Supreme Father He is merely alerting us of the dangers of not doing sadhana twice daily. It is similar to the zoo keeper warning those visitors not to extend their hand beyond the boundary line and the department of transportation warning about the deadly turn.

 

Baba wants our progress to hasten along the path of bliss. He does not want to see anyone fall into problem.

 

Due to their simplicity, some people do not realise this. For this reason they are no different from those naive visitors to the zoo or those ignorant travelers on that mountain road.

 

 

THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION

 

Here the critical problem is that some people are not aware about Baba’s teachings on brahmcakra, saincara, pratisaincara and negative pratisaincara. If they knew those points, they would understand that not doing sadhana and indulging only in materialistic thinking causes one to get turned into matter: stone, iron, wood and rock etc.

 

Unfortunately, such people do not realize that this line of the Supreme Command has been given to warn every aspirant about the dangers of materialistic and sensual pursuits. Baba wants everyone to make their life successful.

 

If those people were properly taught by their acaryas and understood Baba’s teachings about pratisaincara and the cycle of creation, they would have felt gratitude for Baba’s reminder in The Supreme Command.

 

Just like high-blood pressure patients feel gratitude towards their doctors for saving them by educating them about the dangers of a eating meat; in result, they can extend their life. Such patients feel grateful.

 

If those people understood how Baba’s guideline will help save them, they too would feel gratitude. But naive people cannot think in this way and instead become furious upon hearing Baba’s good advice.

 

Namaskar,

Seshagiri

 

 

Note: THE WORK OF OUR DADAS

 

My deepest respects to those wts doing pracara work in difficult fields. I appreciate their sacrifice and hard work. They have dedicated their life to propagate the gospel of neo-humanism and truth. My request is that they should do just that by educating these sympathizers who have newly come to the Marga. Such sympathizers do not understand Ananda Marga philosophy. Dadas should educate them. Then this type of problem will be eliminated permanently. And they will be grateful to those Dadas for saving them.

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Dhya’nete a’ji dekhechi a’sabe tumi a’ma’r ghare…” (P.S. 4594)

 

Purport:

 

O’ my dearmost Baba, by Your divine grace, today I have seen You in my dhya’na and You told me that You will be coming to my house. O’ my Lord, You are so gracious. And now everything is ready for Your grand arrival. The seat has been properly prepared and the colorful a’lpana’ decorations have been beautifully placed on the path of Your arrival. Baba, since then how many days and how many nights have passed– I have no calculation. Why is it that You did not come. You must have taken a strong vow not to come. But by Your grace today You have broken that vow– and that is why You are coming. It is Your grace.

Baba, we are so very close; we have been together since the dawn of creation. Your and my introduction did not only happen hundreds and thousands of years ago. O’ all-pervading Entity, all along– each and every moment– You have secretly been with me, since the beginning of time. Baba, always You have remained by my side.

Baba, today You blessed me in my dhyana and You told me that You are coming to my house. This is Your causeless grace…

 

 

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Slowly Moving Towards Cemetery

 

Baba says, “Human beings often attach less importance to the spiritual aspect of nitya karma and more importance to the physical aspect. This is detrimental because one should not forget that human life is short. From the moment of birth one slowly and steadily advances towards death with every passing second. This short period of time from birth to death is human life. Human beings have come from the world of invisibility and at the end of this short span of time will return to the world of invisibility. Those people can be called intelligent who utilize every moment of their short life engaged in spiritual practice.” (APH-4, p. 251)

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Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2011 12:37:06 -0000

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Subject: Unfortunate Umbrella: Part II

 

Baba

 

== UNFORTUNATE UMBRELLA: Part II ==

 

Namaskar,

This entire topic about the ‘Umbrella of Vanity’ is closely linked with

our devotional life and being able to feel His grace each and every

moment through the course of our days. All are encouraged to write in

with their own thoughts and experiences as well.

 

 

COMMON HUMAN LONGING

 

As diverse as human beings are in their various expressions from their

outward appearance to their intrinsic talents, even then there are

certain common points that are universal to all.

 

For example, as Baba Himself tells us, it is the innate desire of each

and every human being to develop a close, personal relation with God.

 

Baba says, “Human beings want a personal God who will understand their

joys and sorrows, who will have love for them, and to whom they can

express love and feel kinship. They certainly do not want a God who

will only impart words of knowledge or punish them and not listen to

their tales of sorrow in a sympathetic manner. They want an Entity who

will sympathize with them cent per cent in their prosperity and

adversity alike.” (SS-11)

 

So when this inherent desire of wanting a personal link with Parama

Purusa is such a universal characteristic of each and every human heart

then certainly we should understand how to best satisfy and satiate this

divine longing.

 

 

TWO DISTINCT OUTLOOKS

 

Looking at opposite ends of the spectrum there are two distinct outlooks

which have a vastly different effect upon one’s ability to form that

sweet, intimate, and personal relation with God.

 

 

DEVOTIONAL APPROACH:

 

CULTIVATING AN INNER LINK WITH HIM

 

On the one side there are the bhaktas who think that Parama Purusa is

always watching them and caring for them and deep inside they believe

that that He is in fact the doer of their good. By this way of thinking,

by this type of outlook, devotees naturally develop a closer link with Him.

Because closeness between any two beings develops when one party feels

that the next entity is helping them. So when bhaktas believe in the

core of their heart that Parama Purusa is there to do everything for

them, and that He is the most benevolent and gracious One, and that

indeed everything happens in this universe due to His divine grace, then

automatically those bhaktas become internally linked with Him in a most

intimate way. That is one end of the spectrum.

 

 

UMBRELLA OF VANITY:

 

OBSTRUCTING ONE’S LINK WITH HIM

 

And on the other end of the spectrum there are those jinanis who are

dominated by their own unit ego and in their arrogance they think that

they achieve everything in this world by virtue of their own individual

talent– by their own efforts.

 

In that case, they are not relying on Parama Purusa but rather giving

full credit to themselves. And this defective approach– egotistically

thinking that ‘I did and that it at all happened because of me’– is

itself the ‘umbrella of vanity’. In which case one cannot feel His grace.

 

By this defective outlook a distinct gap develops between those jinanis

and Parama Purusa. In which case, consciously or unconsciously, these

jinanis view Parama Purusa as being nothing but one theoretical God in

the far distant sky, not that personal God Who is deep inside their heart.

And this is all due to their umbrella of vanity– thinking that ‘I am

the cause and I did everything’. That very defective approach creates

the feeling that Parama Purusa is far away– non-existent. In which case

such jinanis never get to feel His sweet grace or divine bliss.

 

 

IDENTIFYING THIS UMBRELLA OF VANITY: ‘I DID’

 

So in a nutshell, bhaktas think that ‘Parama Purusa is doing’ and

therefore move closer to Him; and jinanis think that ‘I did’ and thereby

increase the distance between them and their Lord.

 

And again if we identify the root cause behind this grand difference, it

is this very defective outlook: ‘I did’.

 

That egoistic expression– ‘I did’– is the unfortunate umbrella of

vanity which separates those jinanis from Parama Purusa. That is the

dark umbrella which obstructs their relation with Parama Purusa. And

that is why they do not feel His eternally flowing grace.

 

So the whole thing is just a matter of one’s outlook.

 

When any small or big thing occurs in this universe there are two

different ways to view the situation. The devotional mind will think

that it is only due to His grace while the jinani oriented mentality

will immediately try to take the credit for that action.

 

By these divergent approaches, the bhakta goes closer to Parama Purusa

and feels His sweet grace more and more while and the jinani goes away

from Him and just gets caught up in the net of their own ego.

 

And this is the umbrella of vanity– giving credit to oneself– when

really it is due to the grace of Parama Purusa.

 

But, through it all, we should always remember that Parama Purusa is

equally gracious on all– whether one understands this or not.

 

 

BABA’S DIVINE TEACHING

 

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 by moving along the path of devotional sadhana one will easily be

able to remove that umbrella of vanity– it will disappear naturally. In

which case one will feel His boundless grace in each and every work, all

day long.

 

But for those crusty jinanis who again and again gloat about the fact

that they themselves are doing everything and that it is all due to

their own smartness, then they will permanently move around with the

umbrella of vanity over their head and in their life they will never

feel His divine grace. This is their unfortunate fate.

 

 

SPECIALITY OF DEVOTION

 

Here below Baba highlights the speciality of devotion.

 

“Bhaktira’nanda ru’pa’ca… Devotion is bliss incarnate.” (SS-18)

 

Devotion means feeling His sweet grace and divine in the seed vessels of

one’s mind, each and every moment.

 

So the degree to which one is tangibly feeling His grace and bliss in

their own mind is the degree to which they are a devotee.

 

And to the degree that one does not feel His grace and bliss is the

degree to which one is still holding that umbrella of vanity over their

head.

 

In this regard, when trying to calculate anyone’s standard, best is for

everyone to judge the matter for themselves. Only a tad bit of honesty

is needed, nothing more.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

By Baba’s grace, may we all move along the path of devotional sadhana

and feel His ever showering grace and divine bliss each and every moment

of our lives– and beyond.

 

Baba says, “By dint of sadhana, one is to arouse and exalt that sleeping

divinity. …But for this, one requires divine help and I know further

that one is getting divine help, and I know still further, that it is

for infinite time and infinite space, one is getting this divine help,

and you are all sadhakas, you will certainly attain the Supreme Stance

and enjoy that divine blessedness. You are sure to enjoy it my sons and

daughters.” (AV-23, p. 76)

 

Namaskar,

Mukunda

 

 

Note 1: ALL STRENGTH COMES FROM HIM

 

Here below Baba guides us that all our energy comes directly from Him.

 

Baba says, “Human beings also move on, but to move forward sometimes

they need energy. But where does this energy come from? The source of

all energy is Parama Purus’a. With His energy all entities are moving.

No living being has its own energy: endowed with the energy of Parama

Purus’a, it moves forward.” (SS-12, ‘Adarsha & Ista’)

 

Thus when all our strength comes from Him then naturally He is the one

behind our each and every work.

 

But jinanis again and again overlook this eternal truth and instead

proclaim themselves as the champion of their own deeds. And that

defective mentality is their umbrella of vanity.

 

 

Note 2: WHAT SHOULD BE OUR APPROACH

 

In this next guideline Baba clearly tells us what our approach should be.

 

Yato vishvam’…

 

Baba says, “Out of the grace of the supreme, the universe has emerged;

due to His grace, the universe preserves its existence; and because of

His grace, everything will finally dissolve in Him.”

 

“So the final word in the realm of spirituality is the supreme grace of

Parama Purus’a. Intelligent people will understand this supreme truth

and move accordingly. It is true not only in the physical level, nor in

the physico-psychic level, nor in the psychic, nor in the

psycho-spiritual level, but in all levels.”

 

“Finally, whatever you say or think, everything is finally embedded in

the grace of Parama Purus’a. The sooner this fundamental truth is

realised, the better it will be for all.” (SS-18, ‘Cult, Inference, &

Propensity’)

 

 

Note 3: THE FIRST LETTER IN THIS SERIES

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/02/unfortunate-umbrella.html

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Ceye gechi toma’re, shato rupe shato ba’re…” (P.S. 2503)

 

Purport:

 

Baba You are mine; my everything is depending on You. You are my Ista;

You are my Goal. Baba, I long to see You in hundreds of forms, hundreds

of times–again and again. But, You only got held in name, song, melody,

and tune. I only got You in those few ways. Baba, with my deep yearning,

I search for You very near in the depths of my heart; I do not ever want

for You to remain far away.

 

O’ the Devata of Divine Effulgence, please come more close–silently,

please smile in my “I-feeling”, in the deep core of my heart. Baba,

please fill my whole existence in Your divine effulgence, in Your

undying love, with parabhakti.

 

Baba, by Your grace I have a deep longing and earnest desire to have

You close, with the bond of love, in Your rhythmic expression and

resonance. Baba, I want You close, in the land of the sweet resonance of

the divine flute, in each and every blissful moment, in the world of the

divine effulgence and beyond– eternally. Baba, please shower Your

ahetuki krpa’ and make my existence successful. O’ my dearmost…

 

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Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 12:15:43 +0530

To: AM-GLOBAL

From: “Deva_Sudhakar”

Subject: Baba’s Guideline: Managing Tough Situations

 

Baba

 

BABA’S GUIDELINE:

 

MANAGING TOUGH SITUATIONS

 

Namaskar,

Life is full of ups and downs and unexpected situations. We all face

unexpected times and tough situations that make life overwhelming.

However, even then we will not be at a loss for how to proceed.

 

By Baba’s grace, He has given us all the right practices and solutions

and addressed every circumstance.

 

In one particular English discourse delivered in Patna (1971), Baba

graciously gives us an exact 4-step sequence for what to do when we are

in an extremely difficult moment.

 

By following His below guideline, we are sure to be successful and

maintain proper adjustment and equipoise even in the most challenging

and unexpected situations.

 

 

UNEXPECTED OR EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES

 

The baby is sick…my father-in-law has fallen…my son got in a car

accident…my best friend was robbed…my deadline at work…my wife is

giving birth…my car broke down…I lost my wallet…my plane was

delayed….grandfather is dying…

 

So many unexpected and extreme situations arise in life. So many things

occur that are beyond our ability to plan – that take us away from our

daily routine.

 

Now in this 21st century, life is extremely busy. People are on the go

all the 24hrs. So when one big, unexpected event occurs, then life

becomes beyond our ability to manage. We cannot attend to our regular

duties as we are fully focused on dealing with the task at hand –

whether it be a birth, death, or something critical in between.

 

It is in that very extreme circumstance that we are to strictly adhere

to Baba’s guideline. Then we will be in accordance with dharma and in

the best position to gain success and serve others.

 

 

MOST JUST EAT FIRST

 

When common citizens are overwhelmed with life, sleep deprived, and too

busy to take care of their basic duties such as eating and washing due

to a critical dire circumstance, then when they get a spare moment the

first thing they do is eat.

 

This is the common way most people proceed – or if they are really crude

they will have a smoke or a drink (i.e. alcohol).

 

In AM also, when submerged in a crises or tough situation – while none

of us will smoke or drink – some will indeed eat food the first moment

they get.

 

But this is not the proper approach. Baba’s guideline is something

altogether different.

 

 

BABA’S SYSTEM: HOW TO PRIORITIZE

 

In His highly unique discourse from Patna in 1971, Baba gives us the

following formula for how to proceed in such situations.

 

When totally overwhelmed by a life circumstance and when thrown from our

daily routine, then Baba guides us that the first thing we should do is

sadhana.

 

So sadhana is #1.

 

In His divine discourse of 1971 Patna, Baba instructs us that even if we

have not eaten or bathed or done any of our regular duties because of

unforseen circumstances, then as soon as we get even as little as 5

minutes free, then we should do sadhana.

 

Because we are mental beings, and by doing sadhana even for just 5

minutes our mental equipoise will be restored. So Baba’s gives top

priority to doing sadhana.

 

Then if we have a little more time then we should bathe.

 

So taking a bath is #2.

 

With the mental stamina attained from sa’dhana’, then we next address

our physical body and attend to basic human hygiene. Taking a bath,

according to the AM system, will allow us to further revitalise ourselves.

 

Thereafter, when we have done 5 minutes of sadhana and taken a bath,

then Baba says we should take some time to relax.

 

So relaxation is #3.

 

Here relaxation does not mean rest or sleep. Actually in the discourse

Baba makes a joke that one should only take rest when they reach the

funeral pyre – not before. Everyone in attendance laughed.

 

The main point is that rest and relaxation are two different things. By

relaxation, Baba means taking a few minutes to calm the body and settle

the mind. It allows a person come back to their normal flow – reach a

state of balance. This period of relaxation might just be for a few

minutes, but it is very important to do.

 

Finally, after doing short sadhana, taking bath, and relaxing, then one

should eat.

 

So eating is #4.

 

Taking food is the final step of this unique sequence which Baba has

given in this 1971 English discourse in Patna. And by eating Baba of

course means taking sentient food in a calm manner, chewing thoroughly

and keeping the mind in a positive mode.

 

So these are Baba’s step-wise guidelines for how to proceed when

encumbered by difficult life circumstances wherein one is thrown from

their normal routine.

 

 

MOST PEOPLE ARE UNAWARE

 

Of course most of the world’s population is totally unaware of Baba’s

teachings so when they get embroiled in a difficult situation, then they

do not know how to proceed and their whole life falls into turmoil. In

that case, it is not just a single event, but rather their entire course

of life gets negatively affected. In addition to the problem at hand

like an accident or family death etc, they may get sick, suffer from

exhaustion, or fall prey to depression. Or not knowing what to do they

may even get in a fight, injure someone, or unnecessarily abuse a loved

one. All these things may happen in the heat of the moment.

 

If we follow Baba’s above mandate, however, we will always keep the mind

in proper flow whereby everything will turn out as best as possible. The

situation will not get compounded by other problems due to our own

negligence.

 

 

IMPORTANCE OF SADHANA

 

By His system of prioiritization, it is quite clear that Baba gives

great importance to sadhana. And of course in so many discourses Baba

tells us that sadhana is the main thing in life.

 

Baba says, “The main purpose of human beings coming here to this earth

is to do spiritual practice…Sa’dhana’ is the main theme of life.

Whatever you do in the world, you should do it with a view to promote

your sa’dhana’ and help the sa’dhana’ of others. Human beings come to

earth to practise sa’dhana’, to move closer to Iishvara, the Supreme

Goal – to come closer to Parama Purus’a [Supreme Consciousness]. Thus,

the deeds of human beings will not be like the deeds of animals.

Whatever human beings will do, they will do in such a manner that the

progress in their sa’dhana’ will go on accelerating.” (YP)

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

By Baba’s grace our lives are most blessed. He has given us the exact

procedure to deal with every event in life – even unexpected ones. By

this way we can get success in every circumstance and always abide by

the tenets of dharma.

 

So always remember: First is sadhana, second is bath, third is

relaxation, and fourth is food. If we keep this system in mind and

follow it, then we will be in the best position to handle every and any

situation that comes in life.

 

Namaskar,

Sudhakar

 

 

PS Intro: In the life of a sadhaka sometimes sadhana is good and one

feels very close proximity to Parama Purusa– Baba. Then everything in

life is pleasing & charming: Blissful. Naturally though, over the course

of their systaltic movement, sadhakas inevitably experiences a phase of

pause in their sadhana. In that time deep, devotional spiritual ideation

and strong sadhana are almost impossible; instead the mind becomes dry.

One’s surroundings become tasteless and in the heart the sadhaka starts

to feel that ‘something is missing’. Because in the absence of the

Divine Entity– Baba– one’s surroundings become bland & mundane. Even

then in the hearts of good sadhakas, they still have deep longing for

Parama Purusa– Baba. And that blissful, devotional yearning is known as

melancholic longing. In the following song, this entire idea has been

expressed through the metaphor of the bakul flower garden etc.

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Jabe ei path diye esechile, viithika’ pus’pe bhara’ chilo…” (PS 2141)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, when You came to my home by this path, that time the garden lane

was full of sweet, fragrant flowers. By Your divine presence, my mind

became spiritually intoxicated with the divine aroma of those flowers.

On that occasion also the flow of songs was floating in the air. Baba,

since You did not come, even today that bakul flower lane is just lying

there vacant– unused. Innumerable flowers have fallen and become one

with the dust. Where has that sweet flower fragrance of the bakul flower

gone. Now all its aroma is completely dried up. O’ my dearmost, since

You have not come to this lane for so long, everyone has forgotten how

beautiful and charming that garden was. Because of Your presence.

Baba, anyhow still today the flowers on the trees are surviving, but due

to Your absence, the garden lane has lost all its charm. So those trees

are just weeping thinking how the days of old were so charming and

blissful in Your presence. Because in those days You showered Your grace

by coming down that garden lane. Those days were so magnificent and

blissful. But now You are not coming. So by remembering Your august

visit those trees are very unhappy. Their melancholic tears have totally

drenched the garden lane. And those trees repeat again and again that

despite having everything: The flower, the lane, the atmosphere, and

greenery– despite all these things, in the absence of the One, i.e. You

Baba, this entire world becomes utterly meaningless and empty.

Baba, please be gracious. Do not remain distant– always remain inside

my heart. Baba, please grace me so that I always feel Your divine

presence…

 

 

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In Real Sense Everyone’s Language is Same

 

Baba says, “Either from the psycho-physical or theoretical viewpoint, all

the people of the world have the same language. This is because the essence

of language, that is idea, is one and the same for all languages. Phonetics

may differ amongst languages because of differences in geographical

environment, which causes differences in racial and ethnic factors and

results in variations in the biological structure of the vocal chord. Thus

when the idea to drink water appears in the mind, then human beings may

express this idea differently. Some say, A’mi jal kha’ba while others say,

Mu jala pivu, and others say I want to drink water. Behind these different

expressions is the same idea.” (AFPS-9)

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From: “Padma Sharma”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Women’s Issue

Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 07:14:22 +0530

 

Baba

 

== WOMEN’S ISSUE ==

 

Namaskar,

Our local Dada after dharmacakra and svadhyaya, he gave one simple talk

which is as follows.

 

We have all come from animal life. Thus nobody needs any training on the

point of using basic propensities: Food, sleep, sex, fear, etc. Baba says

in Ananda Vacanamrtam, “A’ha’r nidra’…pashu bhih samana’…” On these

four basic propensities, human beings and animals are the same. Since

thousands and thousands of years, animals were involved in food, sex etc,

and then by gradual progress people get a human body in this higher stage of

pratisaincara.

 

So it is an inherent desire which people have about sex. Means people are

prone to fall in sexual thoughts. And the whole yoga practice is the

process of bringing human existence from animal level up to the divine.

 

 

MUST NOT DEGRADE BACK TOWARDS ANIMALITY

 

Baba does not appreciate any degradation towards animality. Even in our

sadhana of pashavacar one is fighting against animal instincts in order to

become vira.

 

Baba says, “This first phase of struggle in tantra Sadhana is called pashvácár

in Saḿskrta, for here the spiritual aspirants are to some extent like animals;

and so the fight against all those nooses of páshas and ripus is known as the

fight of an animal – the pashvácára in Saḿskrta.” (Subháśita Saḿgraha Part 11)

 

And in viracar sadhana there is more control and by that way after more progress

one becomes deva in divyacar sadhana. And this divyacara sadhana is nothing

but our dhyana process. So it is quite clear that external sexual

attraction and higher meditation like dhyana cannot work together. The two

cannot co-exist.

 

 

APPLYING THEORY TO SOCIETY:

 

FEMALES PORTRAYED AS OBJECTS OF DESIRE

 

Later I asked my RS Dada about this very same issue and how it manifests

itself in the general society.

 

RS Dada replied, ‘You see, this is a materialistic era. You must not forget

this fact. So for earning money the general trend of the present society is

to exploit women on the point of sexuality. Means in dogmatic way the

ruling capitalist agents are portraying females as being just tools of

sexual enjoyment for the males.’

 

‘For example, if you see carefully and check any advertisement in the

television, newspaper, radio, internet, billboards, magazines, company

brochures, they put a female’s picture which is not related with their

subject. For example on even male garments they put a picture of a female

on the top. Or in cigarette advertisements they put a lady’s picture; or

anywhere you will hardly see any male picture as they are showing females.

So they feel women are needed to exhibit those products. If you move in the

market you can see this very clearly.’

 

‘Furthermore to exploit the females, Miss ‘India’, Miss ‘Pakistan’, Miss

‘Australia’, ‘Miss World’ etc competitions happen. (If you want to have

more picture, then whatever country you like you put the name, Miss ….)

But you might not have heard that “Mister India” or “Mister USA” or “Mister

World” competitions are going on. And some boys selected as most beautiful

in beauty competition and their picture is shown everywhere. Even in

various advertisements this is not happening. But in the future society if

female domination occurs then possibility is there that females will

exploit males. Then everything will be done for the sake of females’

enjoyment. But now the wind is blowing in the opposite direction. That is,

the domination by males. And females are just one sexual enjoyment. This

unfortunate dogma is dominating.”

 

‘By all this it is clear that males do not have as much allurement in the

eyes of advertising companies in comparison to females. So the ‘Mister’ word

does not have value for the companies. That’s why companies think that no

need to organize such beauty competitions amongst males. Because customers

are more attracted by seeing pictures of females.’

 

 

FEMALES GET NEGATIVE TEACHING:

 

BEAUTIFY ONESELF

 

RS Dada continued, ‘For all these reasons, females are negatively trained

from their childhood in that way. It is very unfortunate. Because the

result is an imposed samskara has been implanted deeply within the females’

psychic structure. Thus they feel that they have to paint their faces or

different parts and use different make-up & perfume. The fact is that this

whole business of beauty cosmetics & company products are working on this

very theme: To beautify females for males’ enjoyment. And everybody knows

that females are not beautifying themselves for other females. They are

beautifying for males.’

 

‘So on the one hand around the globe, the women’s liberation movement is

going on. But they could not understand this very fact that the whole

theory of ‘beautifying females’ is based on a male-dominated society.’

 

RS Dada added, ‘Women are made to think they should paint their faces and

their nails, shave their legs, wear exposing clothing. All these practices

were designed by males for the crude pleasure of males.’

 

‘Unfortunately most of the females are not aware about this exploitation of

male domination and beautifying for males. But that dogma has entered deep

inside females’ minds. All are not like that, but the majority are. There

is no dearth of rational females who discard all these crude practices. But

they are rare. And for that reason most females have accepted that this is

the way of life. Beautifying and painting their faces and doing all sorts

of artificial things has become their way of life. Since their birth up to

their death they are involved in this way. And this problem is not limited

with any particular country or race or age. This is a universal problem.’

 

‘Because this is a male dominated society and males have attraction for the

opposite sex/females, so to sell their products companies are putting

negative and revealing images of females on their packaging and

advertisements etc. Since males have most of the money, capitalist

companies have to convince males to purchase those things.’

 

 

EVEN DRIFTED INTO OUR MARGA

 

Further my RS Dada told that, ‘With regards to Prabhat Samgiita, one group

is very cunning and capitalist-minded. Because they are putting

pictures of sensually alluring females on the Prabhat Samgiita cassette

covers. So many cassettes being issued since 1990 are like this. Because one

group is controlling the sales of Prabhat Samgiita cassettes and they want

to make maximum money. So in their mind they think that if they will not

put sexy females pictures on the cassette cover then no one will purchase

them. Then how are they going to earn money. They think that if they will

not put pictures of females then nobody will purchase it. So to make money

the only way is to put the female’s picture. This is one group’s ploy. Of

course other groups have their own negative strategies but this manipulative,

capitalist trick is the work of a group in order to sell PS cassettes &

increase their profits’.

 

After listening this I was shocked. That where we are going?

 

 

“WHERE ARE WE GOING”

 

I raised the point that Prout has a movement to protect women and not

expose females in any products. Means as Proutist we are opposing this

psychology on females exploitation and exposing females in advertisements.

 

Then Dada said, ‘That’s true but these days with all the narrow-minded

group agendas then neither of the groups care about this. Just a group is

selfishly planning for their own pocket. And if you say anything directly

then they will try to appease you and give their various logic.

 

And some will openly say that ‘Don’t preach me about Prout. Prout is for

non-Margiis, not for us. In which part of Tiljala there is Prout? Everyone

has their own kitchen, and way of living. Enjoying their own way of life.

Own black money, bank account. Where is Prout society?’

 

I did not say anything. I started thinking, that ‘Where we are going?’

 

Later, reflecting back, all these insights shared by RS Dada held deep

meaning for me.

 

 

ONE MIND

 

Then that respected one acarya also told, that human beings have only one

mind. And if that very mind is diverted towards some worldly attachments or

animal propensities, then how that mind will go towards Parama Purusha. It

is impossible. And sex is one of the most dominating propensities which, if

it is not controlled, it drives the human beings crazy.

 

Then this respected Acarya told that ‘This is not my own theory. Baba

always explains this fact in our reporting. And there are many evidences

when Baba has clearly written in Subhasita Samgraha by citing this sloka

“Jaha’n ka’m vaha’n nahi ra’m”. That means where sexual attraction is

there, there is no existence of God. Means, into same mind we cannot put

two things. Sexual feelings and Godly love. Devotion.

 

 

SOCIETAL MOVEMENT IS NEEDED

 

In this transitional period when society is in crisis and needs our help

and Baba has given the unique philosophy. And there are good number of

dedicated WTs and Margiis working day and night to establish this. In this

situation we should not allow any sort of negative things which goes

against the teachings of our beloved Baba. Whether it is small or big, we

should not allow anything which goes against Baba.

 

Now in this below teaching Baba says it is the duty of men only to come

forward, and solve this problem.

 

Baba says, “Candidly when there is no question of women’s rights having

been snatched away, it hardly calls for an agitation reminiscent of the

trade union movement. Whatever responsibility there be on this account, it

is entirely men’s own. If any agitation is called for at all, the

initiative must come from the men themselves. Today, having realised the

necessity of women, it is now the responsibility of men to gradually

restore rights to women, which one day women surrendered to men in a weak

moment of helplessness or in response to their heart felt sentiments.” (HS

I ’87 ed., p.30)

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

Here Baba’s blessing is with us.

 

Baba says, “Moralists, though in a minority today, have no reason to worry.

Once society is led by people who are intellectually and intuitionally

developed, there will certainly be no scope for exploitation and

injustice.” (AFPS-2, p. 15)

 

Sisterly yours,

Namaskar,

Padma

 

 

NOTE 1: IN THE CALCUTTA MARKETPLACE

 

Various PS cassettes are still being published like this. I have

seen in Calcutta in the market, it is still being sold like this. So this

negativity is still going on. And the common public is looking upon this

Prabhat Samgiita as their tool of crude enjoyment, just like common film

cassettes. So Prabhat Samgiita is getting propagated, but in very negative

way.

 

Means it is very unfortunate that B group Dadas are putting the picture of

females on Prabhat Samgiita cassette which is absurd. On some of the covers

appears the photo of one filmy actress etc. By looking that cassette you

can see that it is odd.

 

No true Margii likes to keep that cassette in sadhana place. Nobody likes

to keep such type of negative cassettes along with their musical

instruments etc in their sadhana area. This trend of putting females photo

on Prabhat Samgiita cassette is condemnable. On this very point I talked

with more than one dozen WT’s and half a dozen family acaryas. All were

agree that Baba’s teaching must be followed about – “Caks’una’ Sam’varo

Sa’dhu”. Baba does not appreciate that His disciple should have weakness

for such animal propensities.

 

 

NOTE 2: BABA IS VERY FIRM ON THIS POINT

 

Further my Acarya narrated, ‘I have clear remembrance of different

reportings and dharma samiksa when I saw clearly that those Margiis or WT’s

who had even a little weakness towards the sex, Baba could not tolerate.

And Baba dealt with firm hand.’

 

He recalled one incident when he asked to one senior Dada that ‘Baba

was very serious and tough during dealing with the cases of sexual affairs.’

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“(Toma’ke) ka’che peye tabu cena’ da’y…” – P.S. 4792

 

Purport:

 

Baba, even when having You close it is hard to recognise You. You are

surrounding me in different colors and shapes in the form of this entire

creation; but it is difficult to recognise You.

Wherever You live– in the divine world or in the spiritual world or in

the psychic world, what can I do. Nothing comes and goes in my life.

When I face the scorching heat of the burning desert or when I see the

pouring rain of the rainy season, then I do not understand how they are

telling the tales of Your greatness.

Similarly when I see the softness of the winter season and the sweet

fragrant breeze of the spring season that time also I do not understand how

they are spreading the tales of Your glory. In the extremely cold season

when staticity surrounds, it is hard to maintain proper movement in the

life. That time I feel in the mind that behind this entire the creation You

are hiding.

The tender, colorful leaves of the spring season and the sweet fragrance

of the flowers which are full of nectar, they are pouring Your love. Baba

having You in close proximity, even then it is hard to recognise You. Baba

Your liila is incomparable. Baba, You are all around me but I do not

recognise You…

 

 

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All Are Equal

 

Baba says, “Parama Purusa desires the spiritual progress of all…His

daughters are as worthy of love as His sons. When a father plays with his

children he does not differentiate between his son and his daughter. He

takes both on his lap. Both are treated equally. But today’s society is a

villain which continues to exploit women. In the eyes of Parama Purusa all

are equal. ” (AV-8, p. 96)

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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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