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Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 22:23:42 -0400

From: Donald_G

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Story: Horses of Three Barns

 

Baba

 

== STORY: HORSES OF THREE BARNS ==

 

Namaskar,

In the aftermath of the recent unity meeting in Tiljala, a listing was issued of all the new postholders and next to their name was a code (KA) or (TF) indicating their group affiliation.

 

This reminds me of one story.

 

 

STORY OF HORSES

 

Once there were many horses. They were all living together but after some time they began fighting visciously. So they were split up into different camps. They were groupified according to various geographical regions: Borough farm, Harmond farm, and Taffu farm. The fighting continued: When they would go to graze they would quarrel and then return to their separate farms. Then one day some of those horses decided once again to live together. They thought they would live as horses, and not as Borough horses and Taffu horses. So they held a conference and the two horse farms shifted themselves to the same pasture. The Borough farm and the Taffu farm joined together. Yet even though they now lived under “one roof”, each horse still identified themselves as being from Borough Farm or Taffu farm. So even though they were “living together”, those horses would only eat and talk with horses from particular region: Borough or Taffu. And they were only friends with other horses from their region. They harboured nothing but hatred and animosity for horses from other areas. In that way they were branded according to their geographical area, and they kept that brand even though they now all now “lived together” in one central barn. Plus they fought like crazy, unable to truly generate a feeling of oneness. Seeing their brands, farmers and other animals were just laughing at the hypocrisy of such horses. Those horses tried to proclaim that they were united as horses in a single barn; but, in truth, they retained their old factional identities and branded themselves as Borought horses, or Taffu horses etc. And the fierce fighting continued – with seemingly no end in sight. And still today it is like that. Those horses cannot give up their brands and live together peacefully.

 

 

ABOUT THE PARABLE

 

Regarding the above parable, is that not exactly what we are witnessing in the wake of the recent Tiljala unity meeting. Two warring groups had a meeting in order to unite themselves, yet afterwards they all kept their old group affiliation: “I am KA (Kolkata Administration)” or “I am TF (Third Front)”. So even though they held a “unity meeting”, they still identified with and branded themselves as a members of their own separate group camp, i.e. KA or TF.

 

That is why many are saying this was just a so-called unity meeting or a bogus unity meeting. Because in truth, not a shred of unity happened. Only those two groups reinforced their old factional alliances. It is all just a case of hypocrisy – nothing more. They are claiming unity with their tongues but in reality they are totally locked into their old group camps.

 

 

THEN AND NOW:

 

THE SITUATION AFTER THE RECENT UNITY MEETING

 

In the neo-humanistic outlook of Ananda Marga, all are human and no one should be identified as being from a certain group. But now look what has happened.

 

In the past all group affiliations were hidden. No one wanted to label themselves in any way. No one wanted to claim that they were part of a particular group. Rather all wanted to be thought of as being beyond all narrow sentiments. They were saying that others were making groups, but would deny that they themselves were part of any group.

 

Yet now we find that in the wake of the recent unity meeting, they are all openly recognising their groupist affiliations in front of all: KA (Kolkata Administration) and TF (Third Front). And of course we know that sitting in their own turf is the Ranchi faction.

 

 

JUST LIKE SHAMELESS ADDICTS

 

The situation is just like a person who at first does not want to smoke or drink in front of their elders. But then once that person becomes totally debauched and addicted to drugs and alcohol, then that same person will leave all their shame behind and openly drink and smoke in front of their esteemed family members.

 

A similar fall has occurred with today’s groupists. In the past they would never openly admit that they were part of a group. Yet now they have lost all shame and worry and they proudly state their group affiliation. Indeed, in the wake of the recent “unity meeting” they have branded themselves as being KA or TF.

 

That is why many say that the recent unity meeting in Tiljala is totally bogus and devoid of any ideological integrity. Those group leaders who actively participated in the unity meeting on 25 – 27 March do not treat themselves as being disciples of Baba. Rather they classify themselves according to their own geo-sentiment.

 

 

BABA’S GUIDELINE

 

For real unity, a distinct universal feeling is a must. Branding oneself as being KA or TF will never give rise to unity.

 

Baba says, “In this world we find different varieties of group sentiment and socio-sentiment. For example, a small group may be composed of only a very few people, which we call a family. There are still larger groups, such as castes, communities,(1) tribes and nationalities; and behind all those groups the same mental weakness, the same psychic disease, is operating. As a consequence of this disease, people confine themselves within a particular group, and due to this confinement, they suffer from different types of complexes…Within a gang of thieves, one of them says appreciatively, “Oh! The sleight-of-hand of such-and-such other thief is marvellous – he has made a fool of me!” Here one pickpocket is praising another, because they belong to the same group. But one who does not belong to that gang of pickpockets will never appreciate it.” (NH-LOI,

 

I anticipate that Baba will be gracious and those who have fallen in the quagmire of narrow sentiments will rise up and become true human beings and not just confine themselves to being KA and TF etc.

 

Namaskar,

Divyajyoti

 

 

Note: Of course it is obvious to all that those in the Ranchi camp are yet another group. They did not have a big part in the above story but that does not mean they are devoid of groupist feelings. To the contrary, they are drowned in that as well.

 

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Date: 31 Mar 2011 19:18:46 -0000

From: “Maya Devii”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Re: Why Didis Must Carry a Trishul

 

Baba

 

== WHY DIDIS MUST CARRY A TRISHUL ==

 

~ Part 2 ~

 

Namaskar,

After reading the letter about why Didis must carry a trishul (trident),

a few of us discussed the situation and came up with these points.

 

(Note: The original letter of this series is pasted below for your easy

reference.)

 

 

REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPT

 

Everything Baba has done was totally revolutionary at the time,

including the creation of female wholetimers. Back then, in India,

females were not allowed out of the house. So to have wholetimer Didis

moving openly around the society was quite revolutionary. Many crude and

dogmatic people did not like the idea that AM was creating female

wholetimers, hence our Didis needed a way to protect themselves. Many

say that is also why our Didis are required to carry a trishul. This was

a way for them to defend themselves against anti-social elements.

 

Of course, all Baba’s teachings have lasting significance. What was

needed 30 years ago is most applicable today as well. Perhaps today,

more Indian ladies are allowed out of the house, but there continues to

be more crimes against women – in the form of rape, domestic violence,

and street crimes. This has been a terrible issue as there is a dramatic

rise of educated, professional women in India getting sexually attacked

by young males villagers.

 

As materialism grows more and more in India, women are looked upon &

honoured less as mothers and viewed more as mere objects of sexual

enjoyment.

 

 

GREAT DETERRENT

 

Given the overall social and sexual environment, where Hollywood and

Bollywood portray women as thing for male gratification, it is quite

important for Didis all over the globe to carry a weapon. Because men

are constantly being bombarded with lustful images and they become prone

to committing sexual crimes. It happens – both inside and outside AMPS.

 

A trishul then is a weapon which can act as a deterrent.

 

Of course we do not want our Didis to have to stab anyone. But the

greater point is that when the public has knowledge that our Didis carry

a trishul, then crude people will be less inclined to attack our Didis.

Because those crude elements understand that our Didis are not just an

easy target – they move around with a trishul.

 

So this deterrent factor is solid reason why Didis must carry a trishul.

 

 

MATERIALISM IN VOGUE

 

As materialism spreads, females are looked upon more and more as sexual

objects. So even though women have more economic and social opportunity

than before, they are under greater threat of attack.

 

In such an environment, protection is needed. Everyone has the right to

protect themselves and our Didis should exercise this right. They should not

be easy targets or susceptible to an attack, whether it be a sexual

attacker or someone trying to grab their money.

 

Our Didis need to be prepared.

 

As stated in the first letter, we women are not as physically strong as

men. In other realms, we are certainly equal or even more developed and

mightier, but not in the crude physical sphere.

 

In that case we must be ready. Having a trishul is a great deterrent. It

will prevent many an attack. And of course if an attacker does strike,

then our Didis will be ready. They will not be defenseless or become

victims. With their tantric spirit they will retaliate.

 

I also like the idea (as stated in the first letter) of our Didis

learning judo or karate or some other form of self-defense. That is also

quite positive.

 

So those are the things I wished to add – look forward to hearing from

others.

 

Sincerely,

Maya Devii

 

Note: Here is the link to the first posting on this topic:

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/03/why-didis-must-carry-trishul.html

 

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Date: 30 Mar 2011 06:22:54

From: “Indrajit Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Story: When Logic Fails, Hypocrite Gurus…

 

Baba

 

== STORY: WHEN LOGIC FAILS, HYPOCRITE GURUS DO LIKE THIS ==

 

Namaskar,

We should all be critically aware about this piece of news / story that is floating around.

 

“As a result of continuous telephonic

pressures from Ranchi and also the ultimate legal threatening by Ranchi,

Kimshuk Da almost made up his mind to retrace his steps and disembark

himself from the arduous task ahead. But during meditation that morning,

Baba lovingly said to him: “When I wanted to adopt you as my laukik

son, you did not think for a moment and unhesitatingly left your

birth-parents in a fizzy. And when now Dharma needs you, the Dharmika

people want to ‘adopt’ you as their leader, why this hesitation?”

 

This type of thing has happened in all the religions. The preachers of Christian dogma, Islamic dogma, and today’s terrorists etc have all done the same thing. When they knew well that their words and ideas were garbage and that the public would not accept their false notions, then such religious preachers put forth the pitch that, “These are the words of God and I am merely the messenger”. This is the way that the dogmatic religions have functioned. Almost all dogmatic religions did like this. In the past and still today, such dogmatic preachers and fake gurus did not have the courage to claim those words as their own, so they said that they got such words directly from God. But no longer can rational people accept such dogma.

 

Baba says, “You know that religions are based on dogmas…They have always declared, “I am not speaking with my own voice, I am speaking with the voice of heaven. I am the messenger of God. Don’t take these words to be mine – they are the message of God, and so you will have to accept them. You must not question whether they are right or wrong; to question is a sin. If you question, your tongue will fall off!” They have tightened the noose of dogma around the people, so that they fear to take a single step over the line, thinking, “How terrible! If I do so I will be burnt in hellfire for eternity!”” (NH-LOI, Disc: 7)

 

When those fake gurus and religious opportunists have no logic or reasoning, then they proclaim that, “My God told me to do like this.” That is their special trick and now the handlers of Kinshukji are resorting to this same strategy.

 

Here I am not giving my judgment whether this PP election should have happened or not. I am only commenting on this particular type of claim and how this dogma was injected into some margiis’ minds. This type of thing will pave the way towards hell. No sane person should do like this.

 

The very idea that Baba came in Kinshukji’s dream and told like this runs 100% contrary to Baba’s written scriptures. No authority should resort to such a dogmatic and silly notion. All past and current dogmatic religious leaders have been exploiting the society with this very tool. We must not appreiciate this type of proclamation.

 

If we do not oppose this type of irrational approach, AM will surely turn into dogma. If this is allowed to go on, then tomorrow someone will claim: “Baba has come in my dhyana and he told that from now on avadhutas should get married.” Or he will tell that, “Baba told me that meat-eating should be allowed then more and more people will join AM.” Such opportunists will start this nasty method and then it will be very easy to do all kinds of nonsense.

 

Rudrananda is an A-grade hypocrite but even then he could not reach this top height of hypocrisy. Rudrananda never claimed that Baba told him to do what he is doing. And those criminal Dadas who were involved in the murder of Abhipremananda in Ananda Nagar, even they did not proclaim that, “Baba told us to kill him.”

 

Attached below is a top-notch reply to this situation. Dada Abhidevananda has done a wonderful job in attacking this dogma. He has nipped this dogma in the bud. So I appreciate his letter very much and have pasted it here for all to see.

 

If we do not oppose this dogma, then every Ram, Shyam, Tom, Dick and Harry will say, “Baba came and told me xyz and now we have to follow it – or else!”. If we allow this type of defective mentality to grow and fester then what about Baba’s teachings. Should they just be ignored and overruled.

 

Here is another example from Baba where He is warning against such type of nefarious activity.

 

Baba says, “In the Middle Ages some selfish people proclaimed to the backward masses, “I am the messenger of God. Whatever I say is a revelation from God,” just to inject fear and terror into people’s minds. Was it beneficial for humanity to have such doctrines imposed on them in this way?” (HS-1)

 

Namaskar,

Indrajit

 

 

Note: Now please read this letter below from Dada Abhidevananda.

 

Subject: Kinshuk’s Sadhana?

Date:Mon, 28 Mar 2011 07:08:33 +0200

From: Acarya Abhidevananda Avadhuta

Reply-To: margiimail@googlegroups.com

Organization: Ananda Marga

To: Ananda Marga

CC: MargiiMail

 

BABA

 

Namaskar all,

 

Re: Kinshuk’s Sadhana

 

______________________________________________________________________

There are some people, particularly vocal revolutionaries, who glibly

speak many high-sounding words. Through these high-sounding words,

they sway the weak and sensitive parts of the mind. For instance, they

say: “My native land is like this, like that”… “We are such-and-such

race”… “We are a race of heroes and heroines.” This is how they

sentimentalize people. And, caught up in these geo-sentiments, the

people become devoid of rationality and also shout to the same tune.

At that time, they do not realize that their shouting is inspired by

false information.

 

Awakened Conscience (Discourse 9)

Published in: The Liberation of Intellect: Neohumanism

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Another story told by Kinshuk to his followers purports to be a

meeting with Baba during Kinshuk’s sadhana. The following story is

highly reminiscent of the stories that Muhammad used to tell his

followers – a combination of humble brag and manipulative sentiments.

 

______________________________________________________________________

*LIILA KATHA – NUMERO QUATRO*

 

As a result of continuous telephonic pressures from Ranchi and also

the ultimate legal threatening by Ranchi, Kimshuk Da almost made up

his mind to retrace his steps and disembark himself from the arduous

task ahead. But during meditation that morning, Baba lovingly said to

him: “When I wanted to adopt you as my laukik son, you did not think

for a moment and unhesitatingly left your birth-parents in a fizzy.

And when now Dharma needs you, the Dharmika people want to ‘*adopt*’

you as their leader, why this hesitation?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Pretending that it is Baba speaking, Kinshuk once again reminds his

followers that Baba selected him as His legal heir. And, as Kinshuk

tells it (pretending that it is Baba’s words), Kinshuk was kind enough

to accept Baba’s desire… in the froth of a carbonated drink. 🙂

 

Then this treacherous fellow announces that Baba declared his

undisciplined, anti-ideological and anti-organizational actions to be

dharma. And not only that, Kinshuk tells us that Baba also described

those who follow him – none of them Hindi and most of them completely

unknown to Kinshuk – as the “dharmika people”. What a hypocrite! What

a nasty chap!

 

 

Abhidevananda Avadhuta

 

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Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 15:37:16 -0000

To: am-global@earthlink.net

From:

Subject: Critical Point in Today’s World

 

“Ka’che na’hi a’so kabhu, e ki toma’r bha’laba’sa’…” (PS 486)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You are my dearest One. You have deeply linked Yourself with my

whole existence. By Your grace my each and every thought & movement is

centering around You. Baba, You are the focal point of my life. You are

my Goal. Baba, I love You so much. Even then You never come close to me.

You are always keeping Yourself far away and distant. Baba, what type of

love is this of Yours. I have so much heart-felt feeling for You, yet

You are not regularly manifesting Yourself to me. You are not even

occasionally visiting me.

Baba, by Your grace Your divine image immediately appears in my mind

whenever I come in contact with the sweet smell of flowers. When that

flower fragrance permeates the air I always feel Your presence. In that

blissful moment, I always think of You. It is Your grace. Baba, whenever

I feel happy, then suddenly You advent and shower Yourself in my mind

and heart. Baba, by Your grace in that instance You always come close.

Baba, You are the warmth of my heart– the vitality of my being. Baba,

all the hopes and aspirations of my life are revolving around You.

Baba, when I am not getting You in the deep core of my heart, then I

feel totally lost and restless. In that desperate situation, I just cry

& cry– weeping bitterly for hours on end. Baba, all my desires and

longings depend exclusively on You. Baba, You are so gracious; You are

my closest One. By Your grace You have filled my life and my whole

existence with Your divine effulgence & love. Baba, You are my

everything. Baba, I have only one longing: To be in Your close

proximity. Please be gracious…

 

 

== CRITICAL POINT IN TODAY’S WORLD ==

 

Namaskar,

As the global issues emerge in more serious ways, as technology

speeds up life, as so many things come to a head in this transitional

period, we have to be aware of Baba’s guidelines for keeping mental balance.

 

 

GAINING SUCCESS IN LIFE

 

In this world we have so many duties and responsibilities, so many

things to do. Especially being Ananda Margiis our works are countless–

endless, or so it seems. Society needs help in all the directions, in

all the realms, and by Baba’s grace He has given us the pathway how to

proceed. So there is much to be done.

 

But one thing for us all to remember is Baba’s timeless teaching that to

successfully do anything in this life it demands having a free mind– a

balanced mind. That is, the mind should be free from all complexes.

 

Baba says, “To attain complete success in life, the fourth principle is

samata’bha’va, that is, mental equipoise, mental balance. There must not

be any complex in the mind — neither superiority complex nor

inferiority complex.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam, part 30)

 

 

COMPLEXES ARE A PSYCHIC DISEASE

 

MENTAL EQUIPOISE IS A GREAT QUALITY

 

Here Baba further points out the negative nature of complexes and He

simultaneously directs us to keep samata’bha’va, mental balance.

 

Baba says, “Complex of any sort – superiority or inferiority – is a

psychic malady, a mental disease. You must maintain a psychic balance.”

(Kolkata Dec 2 ’79)

 

Thus mental balance is one central target in life. We should aim for

this in all circumstances. And once we have it, & by His grace can keep

it, then that is one of the best attributes a human being can have.

 

Baba says, “Maintaining a balanced mind is one of the greatest virtues.

There are no complexes in a balanced mind. One neither feels inferior

nor superior to others; one never fears anybody nor ever gets perturbed.

One maintains a mental balance.” (AV-5)

 

So by striving for and achieving mental balance, then so many other plus

points come along with it. Then the mind will be complex-free, enabling

us to generate positive relations with one and all. Because when we do

not feel that we are better or worse than the next person, then it

becomes easy to establish a heart-felt connection. So that is one

distinct benefit.

 

In addition, Baba tell us that when one is in a state of samata’bha’va,

they will neither be fearful nor full of anxiety. They will remain in a

natural state of ease and contentment– not burdened by any negative

tendencies of the mind.

 

All these positive outcomes are a tremendous boon for human existence.

 

 

LEADING A LIFE OF SEVA

 

Without question, one of the top-most results of having a balanced mind

is that then one will be able to maximally help and serve others.

Because when we can feel their joys and sorrows and understand their

problems then we can also present them with the solutions. In that case,

by Baba’s grace, they can progress.

 

So with a balanced mind– with samata’bha’va– we can best lead a life

of seva, i.e. helping one and all to advance. And that is the dharma of

human beings: To make one’s own self great and make others great also–

“…to lead others along the path of righteousness”.

 

 

WHEN SAMATA’BHA’VA IS LOST

 

In contrast when due to lack of sadhana we are unable to attain a state

of equipoise or if we lose that stance of mental balance, then that

invites numerous problems for oneself and for others also.

 

In that case we are unable to weigh the pros and cons of life and end up

making poor decisions– lowering our own position and misleading others

as well.

 

For example suppose Ram or Shyam prematurely forms an opinion about

others, a conclusion which is totally wrong or off-base. Then that

invariably leads to problems and harms others. In that case, in the

future nobody will want to listen to Ram or Shyam’s words. Then that Ram

or Shyam will lose all their social prestige and respect. All these

pitfalls come from lack of mental balance.

 

That is why– among other things– Baba warns to stay balanced and not

proceed hastily.

 

Baba says, “Do not judge anyone to be good or bad hastily, nor express your

opinion.” (CC-2, ‘Society’ chapter, pt #41)

 

As we can feel, Baba’s specific guideline is that with a cool mind– a

balanced mind– we should view all the things in life, otherwise

countless problems will crop up.

 

 

BABA’S FINAL WORD

 

Considering all the angles, by Baba’s grace it is clear that

samata’bha’va is one key point for human existence because with a

balanced mind we can help ourselves and help others. And that is the

greatest utilisation of this human life.

Hence as long as we are alive this should be our approach. Here

following is Baba’s dharmic mandate.

 

Baba says, “You should remain in this world and do your duty with a

balanced mind.” (SS-21, ‘Jaeva Dharma & Bhagavata Dharma’)

 

By Baba’s grace may we all get success in this grand endeavour.

 

Namaskar,

Mahesh

 

 

Note 1: HOW TO OVERCOME SUPERIORITY COMPLEX

 

Here Baba supplies us with the special formula for keeping mental

balance and not succumbing to any type of superiority complex.

 

Baba says, “People must always bear in mind that ‘Whatever I have

acquired is all by the grace of Parama Purus’a. If He decides that I

should not possess wealth [or any other quality etc], He will take it

away at any moment He wishes.’ So no one should feel pride about

anything under any circumstances.” (AV-16)

 

By seeing everything as Baba’s fathomless grace then we will not get

puffed up with vanity and instead will be able to maintain mental

balance at all times.

 

 

Note 2: HOW TO OVERCOME INFERIORITY COMPLEX

 

In His below teaching Baba teaches us how to keep mental balance and not

fall into the depths of an inferiority complex.

 

Baba says, “What about the inferiority complex, that makes you think of

yourself as inferior to others? You must have noticed that the minds of

those who are less educated become a bit diffident: ‘We don’t have much

learning.’ Again, those who are poor suffer from a similar diffidence.

‘We are so poor, and have no one to turn to.’ But what causes such

diffidence? [They forget that] everyone on this earth is a child of

Parama Purus’a; no one is big or small. All are related as brothers and

sisters.’ (DKG)

 

By remembering we are all the beautiful expressions of that Divine

Entity Parama Purusa, then no inferiority complex can creep into the

mind. Then we will keep our mental balance.

 

 

Note 3: BABA’S STERN WARNING FOR ALL SADHAKAS

 

Baba says, “When samata’bha’va is lost, then one begins feeling that

there is a group of people far inferior to oneself. Such a pattern is to

be observed in the case of people who have come to the city from the

village. They say that they don’t feel like returning to the village, as

the villagers are illiterate and under-developed. This feeling is very

dangerous. And if such feelings creep into the mind as a result of

having acquired a little intellectual knowledge, the chances of

developing this complex are much greater in the realm of spirituality,

when a sa’dhaka begins feeling somewhat elevated with the development of

some occult powers and the feeling of a little bliss. In the second

stage of spiritual practice every sa’dhaka faces this test. One must be

very, very cautious, so that vanity may not develop.” (‘Dialogue of

Shiva and Parvatii- 3’)

 

 

Note 4: BALANCED MIND NEEDED TO TEACH AND TO LEARN

 

Baba says, “The third fundamental of education is that teachers and

students should have a balanced mind.” (PNS-18, ‘Talks On Education’)

 

In His above teaching Baba guides us that mental balance is needed in

order to both guide and learn from others.

 

 

Note 5: A SPECIAL TIP FOR KEEPING A BALANCED MIND

 

Baba says, “In order to have a balanced mind and to progress

spiritually, human beings will have to pay attention to the qualities of

the food they eat. The idea that ‘I will just do my sa’dhana’ and eat

any food, proper or improper’ will not do.” (YP)

 

 

Note 6: BABA’S BLESSING

 

Baba says, “Your duty is to utilise totally and properly this physical

body and mind. By thinking always of Him and talking of Him psychic

elevation takes place. Go on moving towards Him. In Him alone lies Your

individual good and social good. You have come with human body, human

intellect. Your human life will become fruitful. By His grace you have a

human body and human mind and you should also bear in mind that by His

grace alone you have to move ahead in life. By His grace alone He is to

be attained. You will attain Him — certainly you will attain Him.” (AV-22)

 

 

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Brave Persons

 

Baba says, “Do not remain worried about your individual problems at all.

Be prepared to carry your own burden and be prepared also to carry the

burdens f others. Then alone are you brave. Be dagdhabiija. Everyone has

their own individual problems. Do not try to pass them on to others. On

the contrary, bear the burdens of others. No one is your enemy. Be ready

to bear the burdens of others.” (AV-30, p.4)

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Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:37:12 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Tara@mymail…
Subject: Why Didis Must Carry a Trishul

BABA

“A’ka’shabhara’ a’jake ta’ra’…” (P.S. 2523)

Purport:

Baba, the sky of this amavasya night is filled with the stars. The
sweet, nectar-like breeze is blowing mildly. The mind is floating in
divine ecstasy from the known to the unknown world– towards its final
destination. Baba, ensconced in Your ideation, my mind is getting lost
in Your divine bliss. Baba, the lily flower is constantly looking
towards the sky; the aroma of flowers is emanating all around. They have
forgotten themselves and lost their awareness about their own unit
existence. They restlessly move in the attraction of one call. Baba in
Your longing I am sitting alone, counting the stars. I understand that
by Your grace I have lost myself in this beautiful
atmosphere and the attraction of Your love. Baba, You are ever-gracious
and You are always remaining by my side and guiding me. Baba, on this
amavasya night my heart is yearning and longing for You. Please grace me
by coming closer and still more close…

== WHY DIDIS MUST CARRY A TRISHUL ==

Namaskar,
Most everyone has heard that Didis are required by Baba to carry a
trishul (trident). It is part of their uniform.

Everyone also knows that Baba’s each and every order bears great
significance.

To what degree all our Didis are following this code – only they can
truly say. I do know that my Didi does indeed carry hers. She and I have
discussed why and then I did more research by talking to others and here
is a summary for your review.

I would appreciate if others – especially more Didis – would share their
comments on this subject.

EQUAL IN ALL RESPECTS, BUT…

As we know, women have been enjoying greater social equality around the
globe, but still there remains lots of work to be done in this arena.

Regarding, in-born or innate qualities and potential, women and men are
equal in the more subtle spheres. We know that males and females can
equally progress on the spiritual path. A person’s progress is more a
function of an individual’s commitment to sadhana than any biological
difference. So in the more subtle spheres, there is no real gender
difference. And that is Baba’s teaching.

Baba says, “According to Ananda Marga, women have equal rights in each
and every sphere, so why shouldn’t they also have the right to attain
salvation?…So on behalf of the philosophy of Ananda Marga, and also on
behalf of the cult of Tantra, I hereby announce that males and females,
who are the boys and girls of Parama Purus’a, the sons and daughters of
Parama Purus’a, have an equal birthright to attain salvation.” (“An
Equal Birthright’)

However, we also know that Baba does indeed point out differences
between men and women. In some respects men are more developed and in
other regards women are more developed.

Baba says, “The number of cells in a female body is a little smaller
than the number in a male body. Again, from the viewpoint of
sentimentality, the number of nerve cells in a woman’s body is a little
greater than that in a man’s. That is why in areas needing intelligence,
knowledge and rationality men progress rapidly, and in areas where
success depends on sentimentality, women progress very swiftly. Through
the dispensation of God, men’s deficiency is balanced by women’s
sentimentality, and women’s deficiency is balanced by men’s resoluteness
and subtle propensive propulsion. And this is why in the sphere of
education, both men and women must be afforded equal opportunities.
Otherwise society will become crippled, and its all-round well-being
cannot be achieved.” (YP)

So clearly according to Baba there is a some difference between men and
women in the psychic sphere. Each have different strengths and taken
together, society is balanced.

Perhaps the most notable difference though comes in the more crude
sphere – on the physical plane – as the glandular system of men and
women are quite different. In particular Baba points out how the
physical might of men is more.

Baba says, “As the physical strength of women is less than that of men,
the latter should always endeavour to save the prestige of women.”
(CC-1, ‘The Social Relationship Between Men and Women’)

Baba says, “Generally, males have got much more stamina, courage…than
females. Females have less courage, stamina.” (YP)

So while in the most subtle sphere men and women enjoy an equal
birthright, in the more crude spheres there are stark differences
between men and women. And one certain difference is that men are
physically stronger.

SITUATION OF WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD

Not only are men physically stronger, they are also more domineering and
more brutal. Tragically, much of this brutality is aimed toward women –
and much of it due to misguided sexual energy.

Domestic violence as well as rape continue to be a huge, if not growing,
issues around the globe. So many women become victims both in and out of
their own homes – in the west and in the east. Although women enjoy more
social freedom in the west, still abuse against women runs rampant.
Mostly because we are physically weaken than men. And in the east, each
and every day we hear of more and more cases of abuse. Plus in the
Muslim world, the violence against women has become well documented.

Much of this is also due to women being projected as objects of sexual
gratification in this male-dominate world. The movies, the media, the
advertising all point in this direction. Women are grossly objectified.
And in this era of extreme materialism, males’ sexual energy and
frustration leads to so many attacks against women – both inside and
outside their home.

This is all quite commonly known and accepted – no footnotes or
citations are needed.

Tragically, or even most surprisingly, women are not entirely safe
within the walls of AMPS. Certain males wt’s as well as margiis have
been known to create problems. More can be told about this by others.

POINT OF TRIDENT

My main point is this use of trident. None should think that it is some
outdated teaching like that of Sikhs who walk around with a sword and
hair piled on top of their head which was originally meant to safeguard
men from being hit over the head with a club.

Baba’s directive that Didis carry a trident bears great significance in
today’s world and is probably related with the fact that Didis are
supposed to travel in pairs, at least most of the time.

Women are susceptible in this world – due to our limited physical
strength. If all the men were enlightened the world would be much safer
for us. But that is not the case. Many men are still grossly dominated
by physical propensities and that leads to so much abuse against women.

Point being, our esteemed Didis must not fall prey to this and become
victims. Baba’s clear-cut message is that Didis should be prepared and
one such step of preparation is carrying a trident.

OTHER STEPS DIDIS CAN TAKE

If we use our rational minds, we can think of other steps that Didis and
margii women can take. When sexual crimes and domestic violence are
occurring at such high levels, then every female must always be alert
and take precautions. We always have to think if we are in a safe
position or not. This precautionary measure will help prevent so many
cases of abuse and rape.

Even then our Didis are always traveling and they may get caught in a
bad situation, or at the very least one that is unenviable. So they
should be ready and prepared.

Beyond carrying a trishul, it is not a bad idea for our Didis and margii
sisters and all women to learn basic elements of self-defense. Martial
arts like judo and karate will help reduce the susceptibility of women.
We will no longer feel like victims.

To be honest, this is not yet a step that I personally have taken
directly in my own life, but as a mother I have enrolled my 10 and 12
year old daughters in Tae Kwon Do classes. Such classes not only improve
their agility but help them develop self-confidence and courage.
Basically, I wish them to feel prepared without scaring them into
thinking they live in a violent world. So we emphasize the positive side.

Of course martial arts are not a replacement for sadhana. Our aim is not
to become a black belt. We are sadhakas. But given today’s topsy-turvy
world, we have to be prepared.

And I feel that preparation extends to our Didis as well. And that is
what I have been told about why Baba has included the trident as a
mandatory aspect of a Didi’s uniform. It is a tool for safeguarding our
lady acaryas. Then it is their own prerogative if they wish to learn
some type of systematic method of self-defense as well. I would highly
recommend it.

Men are physically stronger and because in this present era the mass of
men are physically and sexually oriented, self-defense has become a need
for all women. And Baba Himself recognises this by requiring Didis to
carry a trishal.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace I feel in my heart that He deeply cares for all His
children. He is watching and guiding us. His every teaching is important
and bears significance, including that of Didis being required to carry
a trishul. I hope this matter is not being neglected. Rather we should
use it as rallying point to prepare our margii sisters (including Didis)
for how to live in this world. No one should be susceptible or victimised.

Namaskar,
Tara

Note 1:        From the World Health Organization

Revised November 2008

Violence against women

Key facts:

* Violence against women is a major public health problem and a
violation of human rights.
* A lack of access to education and opportunity, and low social
status in communities are linked to violence against women.
* Violence by an intimate partner is one of the most common forms of
violence against women.
* A wide range of physical, mental, sexual and reproductive, and
maternal health problems can result from violence against women.
* Many women do not seek help or report their experiences when
violence occurs.

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Baba Loves All

Baba says, “Bihar is rich in natural resources; and its human resources are
also sufficient. Yet poverty is rampant. Without any delay, one healthy
socio-economic planning needs to be prepared urgently for this land. It is
the need to start this work. We cannot push Bihar, the golden crown of
history, into the mouth of darkness.” (Varna Vicitra, Pt-1 (H), p.66-67)

Note: Baba is the universal Father and He loves all. That is why He
encourages each and every local area and land. In the above quotation Baba
is speaking specifically about Bihar– yet Baba has told similar things
about Rarh and numerous other lands. But a few narrow minded people get
caught up in their groupist agenda. Thus when Rarh is mentioned then
certain groupist leaders brag up and down as if Rarh is the top-most place.
And they never get tired of singing the glory of Rarh. As if Baba only
talks about Rarh and that Rahr is the greatest place. And on that account
they propagate only those things which Baba has told about Rahr– as if
Baba did not speak about other places. Hence this is nothing but their
narrow outlook or psychic disease. Because Baba encourages each and every
area and Baba loves all.
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From: “Shantatma Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Unique Practice to Enhance Sadhana

Date: Mon 28 Mar 2011 07:13:55 +0530

 

Baba

 

== KIIRTAN IS OUR UNIQUE PRACTICE TO ENHANCE SADHANA ==

 

Namaskar,

In the life of each and every sadhaka– in the life of each and every

A’nanda Ma’rgii– there is an inherent desire to make sadhana better and

better. This is the common feeling amongst all devotees.

 

To that end we follow Baba’s various do’s and don’ts. Before sadhana we do

half-bath, find a quiet place, do sastaunga pranam, and then sing and dance

kiirtan before sitting for meditation.

 

However in this ultra-modern and technological era, where machines and

gadgets often dominate our lives, there is the tendency just to listen to

kiirtan via a stereo etc– and not sing ourselves. This can happen. Because

that reliance upon technology can enter into every sector of our existence,

including our devotional practices like kiirtan. So while living in this

modern era we should be aware.

 

Because Baba’s guideline is that to get the real benefit of kiirtan then

one must sing– loudly.

 

Baba says, “To proclaim the glories of Parama purus’a, the Supreme

Consciousness, in a loud voice is termed ‘kiirtana’. The Sam’skrta root

verb kirtt means to ‘utter something loudly so that others may also hear

it’; thus kiirtana means to proclaim the glories of the Lord loudly for all

to hear.” (AFPS-4)

 

And here again Baba delivers the same message, in slightly different language.

 

Baba says, “Kiirtana means to utter good words loudly; not mentally, nor in

a whisper, but loud enough for everyone to hear. It is never done secretly,

but always openly…So devotees will openly sing praises to Parama Purus’a.

Kiirtana means, as I said a little earlier, to sing the Lord’s glory in a

loud voice.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-7, p.36)

 

As Baba explains above, part and parcel of “doing kiirtan” means singing

kiirtan– not just listening to kiirtan. And best is to dance as well. And

then in this way one can get 100% benefit: A unique devotional feeling

overcomes one’s entire existence and one feels a deep sense of peace

within. This we have all surely experienced.

 

 

THE SCIENCE BEHIND SINGING

 

As we know there is an underlying science behind all our

spiritual-cum-devotional practices. And in this respect Baba guides us that

by singing kiirtan we are engaging more of the body’s organs than if we

just simply listen. By singing the mouth, throat, tongue, and vocal chords

are also involved. And this enhances one’s ability to focus on the kiirtan.

 

Baba says, “At the time of kiirtana, the vocal cord sings, the ears hear,

and the hands and feet dance, and thus all the organs are kept preoccupied

with the divine. They are not allowed to move wherever they want but are

kept engaged. There is a popular Indian superstition that when ghosts are

not kept busy they break the necks of their prey. Similarly, if the sensory

and motor organs are not kept engaged in the attainment of the divine, they

may lead one astray. Kiirtana is therefore most beneficial as it keeps all

the organs fully engaged in a spiritual pursuit.” (AV-8, p.13)

 

Thus by singing kiirtan the mind is more engaged in the devotional practice

of kiirtan than if one is just listening. And best is to dance also. And by

this way our sadhana will be improved.

 

 

DOES NOT TAKE EXTRA TIME

 

Some may say or think that they do not have time to stop and sing kiirtan.

But the reply is that singing kiirtan itself need not take any extra time.

One can sing kiirtan while doing their mundane duties such as when cleaning

the kitchen or when bathing etc. So singing kiirtan itself can be done

frequently throughout the day. It is a way to spiritualise all our daily

activities and then when we sit for sadhana we will automatically feel the

difference. So while driving or walking or when preparing lunch, we can

sing kiiran. Actually, if we look carefully, we will come across some many

moments in our day where we can sing kiirtan in a loud voice– thereby

enhancing our devotional life.

 

 

NO SHYNESS OR COMPLEX

 

And last but not least none should consider whether they have a “beautiful

voice” or not. Doing proper kiirtan is not a matter of singing in tune or

in a particular pitch. That is the important characteristic of kiirtan.

Because when we sing kiirtan Parama Purusa only thinks about the sweetness

and sincerity of the devotee’s heart– not the tune or melody. So no one

should suffer from any type of complex about whether they have a good voice

or not. That is not the point.

 

Rather we should always remember that we are only singing to please Parama

Purusa. And for this we simply need to awaken that devotional feeling that

is naturally inside us all.

 

Ultimately between Parama Purusa and the bhakta there is an inherent

relation of love– that is based solely on the heart. And with this feeling

we should sing and sing our kiirtan.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

By Baba’s grace singing and dancing kiirtan brings tremendous bliss in the

life and enhances our sadhana. We should always remember that no matter

what circumstance we may find ourselves in, always He is listening to our

kiirtan. This is His unfathomable blessing upon us.

 

Baba says, “Everywhere you are with Parama Purus’a, and never in this

universe, nowhere in this universe, are you alone. So you are never

helpless. Wherever you may be, do your Kiirtana, ‘Ba’ba’ Na’ma Kevalam.’ He

is with you. You are never alone. Your are never weak. You are never

helpless.” (AV-12)

 

Namaskar,

Shantatma

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Tumi a’cho, a’mio a’chi, a’r keu nei e tribhuvane…” (P.S. 2027)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You are my dearest One; by Your grace I love You so much. For me,

in this entire universe– tribhuvan*– only You and I exist. There is

nothing else in this whole creation except You and I. Baba, by Your grace

You have brought me here. And with Your love and compassion You are

nourishing me, always keeping me under Your shelter. Baba, by Your divine

grace I always receive Your tender love and care– both in times of great

joy and as well as during times of intense suffering. Always, in each and

every circumstance, I feel Your sweet and loving presence.

Baba, by Your grace You bless me with Your blissful touch in the

effulgence of the new dawn. Baba, Your charming smile gets expressed in the

blossom of the lily and in the flowering of the lotus. Baba, in the dry,

burning desert You are the soothing balm. By Your grace in that unbearable

heat You provide a cool oasis and lush verdant leaves. You are ever

gracious. Baba, You saturate my dreams with Your divine love.

Baba, in the form and fragrance of the sweet flowers, You dance and

emanate in the vast blue sky. Baba, You always manifest Your divine Self in

each and every cell of my being– as well as in the most distant corner of

my mind. Baba, by Your grace Your magnanimous effulgent smile shines like a

blissful lightening bolt throughout my entire existence– inside and out,

as well as in each and every pore of this vast, infinite cosmos.

Baba, You are that most effulgent and loving Personality– I surrender

at Your alter…

 

 

*Tribhuvan: The prefix “Tri” means ‘three’ and the term “bhuvan” means

‘world’. And here Baba further clarifies what He exactly means by

tribhuvan, or the three worlds:

 

Baba says, “Tribhuvana means the expressed world, the psychic world and the

astral world or, you may say, Causal World.” (AV-2)

 

 

 

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Process of Channlisation

 

Baba says, “If people have a healthy body and mind their glandular system

will remain balanced and they can easily channelise their physical energy

into psychic and spiritual activities. This process of channelisation is

the only way to check the mental flow towards crude propensities.” (AFPS-9,

p. 35)

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The Brahmana

From: “Ramlal Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: The Brahmana

Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:32:28

 

Baba

 

== THE BRAHAMANA ==

 

Namaskar,

Here is one story which contains one important teaching for

all sadhakas.

 

 

STORY: VILLAGER IN SEARCH OF HIS HORSE

 

One sunny day a man left his house in search of his horse. His mind was

totally filled and burdened with thoughts about his missing horse. In

his long & arduous effort the man searched far and wide as he crossed

many villages, hills, rivers, streams and valleys– all in search of his

horse. Along the way there were countless wonderful and fascinating

sights, yet in his mind’s eye all he could see was his horse– nothing

else. His mind was consumed with that notion.

 

When the man finally returned home from his tiring journey his close

friends were amazed by how far he had traveled; and they asked him

numerous questions about what he saw on his fabled and remarkable

journey. They wanted to hear his observations about the vastness of the

earth and the beauty of the sky, as well as all the various other sights

he saw along the way. Yet the man could not comment on any of that; all

he could reply was, ‘I could not find my horse’.

 

 

MORAL OF THE STORY

 

As, we can all see, the man in the story got caught up in his own little

burdens. His mind became totally fused with thoughts about his horse to

such an extent that he could not even begin to conceive of anything

else. His whole reality was sunk in that.

 

Being sadhakas, we must never allow such things to happen to us.

 

 

MISSING THE BOAT

 

In life so many things happen so if one is not careful then the mind

will just get caught up in that whirlpool of those events. Indeed it is

the common malady that step by step people burden themselves and allow

theirs minds to get preoccupied with family problems, job issues,

financial matters, health concerns etc. But in that troubled state of

mind one cannot move ahead.

 

The mind will just get burdened and one will be walking around carrying

a heavy load of thoughts or concerns. In which case– just like in the

above story– one will not be able to function. The real charm and

beauty of life will pass one by.

 

 

NO BURDEN OF THE PAST, PRESENT, OR FUTURE

 

That is why Baba guides us that we should make it our strict policy to

keep our mind free from any burdens. We must not carry any burden of the

past, nor any burden of the future, nor any burden of the present. Our

minds must be totally free from these three burdens. That is Baba’s

directive.

 

Yassa pure ca paccha ca majjhe ca natthi kincanam’;

Akincanam’ ana’da’nam’ tamaham’ vru’mi Bra’hman’am’.

 

Baba says, “I will call that person a Brahman whose mind does not run

after any colour, who is neither obsessed by colour-laden thoughts of

the past nor influenced by such thoughts of the present…One must free

the mind from the influence of all colours.” (NKS, Disc #24)

 

In His above teaching Baba directs us to keep the mind cleansed of all

past, present, and future problems. That is the first half of his

teaching and the culminating idea of the shloka is that one must only

focus on the Goal– on Him. Then one will be able to do great things.

This is Baba’s eternal guideline.

 

 

KEEP THE MIND LIGHT

 

So as sadhakas, our duty is to keep the mind light– to keep our mind

focused on Parama Purusa.

 

Baba says, “When you are to move fast, your mind should be light; if the

mind is heavy it will not be able to move fast.” (AV-31)

 

So Baba’s guideline is to keep the mind free, empty, and light. And the

only way to do that is to remember Parama Purusa.

 

Baba says, “You must always think of the goal. Always look to your

ideal.” (AV-1)

 

 

TRAINING THE MIND

 

Thus in our day to day practical life one must take up the task to keep

the mind fixed on Him– and not entertain the three burdens of the past,

present, and future.

 

Baba guides us that if one is careful in this endeavour then little by

little the mind will always wipe away any burdens and move towards Him.

With practice this will become one’s habit until finally it becomes one

nature.

 

But if one does not take proper care then things will go in the opposite

direction and the mind will always be burdened.

 

So in our busy lives whenever we can, during each and every moment, we

should clean the mind. That means we must not get drowned by past,

present, or future events but rather must ensconce oneself in the Goal–

in the thought of the Great. And, amazingly enough, the more we attempt

this grand endeavour the easier it becomes until finally it is just

automatic, and always we feel His divine presence.

 

By such training and practice, our minds will always be clean, empty,

and free– i.e. fully absorbed in His thought, in His ideation.

 

 

ASSETS OF SOCIETY

 

So Baba’s grace and by our careful approach our mind will be unburdened

and free. And in that state one will surely become a tremendous asset of

the society– one will do something great.

 

Hence, as sadhakas, we should make it our regular habit to routinely

check and cleanse the mind by thinking exclusively about Him. May we

make this our regular endeavour as this is the inner secret for becoming

great.

 

Baba says, “People who command reverence from society…admit: ‘We know

nothing. We only think upon Parama Purus’a and work by His grace’.”

(NKS, Disc #23)

 

Namaskar,

Parashram

 

 

Note 1: MUST NOT HAVE TOO MANY PROGRAMS OPEN

 

Keeping the burdens of the past, present, and future in one’s mind

causes their entire existence to malfunction. One loses one’s own

abilities because of being overrun by too many useless thoughts and

worries.

 

It is just like when too many programs on a computer are open then the

computer can no longer function at even a basic level. The computer just

gets totally stuck and cross-wired by all those electrical impulses

running in different directions.

 

Similarly we should never allow such things to happen to us. Always may

we remain focused on the Goal. That is the quality of a real sadhaka.

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“A’lo jhariye madhu ks’ariye a’ndha’r sa’riye tumi esecho…” (P.S. 1233)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You have come and by Your divine advent You are showering

effulgence, exuding nectar, and wiping away all darkness. Baba, You have

come– making the flowers blossom & graciously spreading happiness and

bliss to one and all. Baba, by Your august arrival everyone’s hopes and

longings have been fulfilled.

 

Baba, living beings were awakened by the deep yearning and pain of

longing in their heart. And with this feeling, in the anticipation &

hope of Your coming, they were awake, watching for Your arrival–

constantly looking towards Your path. Baba, this pain and longing of

devotees resonated in Your heart and You could no longer remain distant.

Baba, You have come and You are graciously pouring the basket of love–

satisfying everyone’s heart. The sleeping humanity has gotten new life

by Your grace.

 

Baba– that river which dried up and evaporated, and that song which

was lost in the oblivion– the current of that very river and the tune

of those songs You have graciously brought along with You.*

 

Baba due to Your august advent You have inundated each and every heart

with the nectar of devotion. This is Your causeless grace…

 

 

* The inner idea is that when Parama Purusa comes and He saturates the

heart with deep devotion, then all those feelings of love and which had

dried up start to blossom. In the above song, the river signifies the

flow of devotion and the song and melody refers to that subtler

expression of devotional feeling.

 

 

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Not Easy To Bring Into Practice

 

Baba says, “While helping the poor people your vanity may increase. You

may think: ‘I have done this, I have done that. I am not an ordinary man.’

This is a psychic disease. Actually, vanity is a psychic disease, a psychic

ailment. But if, while helping a man, a poor man, or a diseased person, you

ascribe Godhood to him, that is, if you think, ‘I am not helping a man, I am

helping God in human structure,’ then vanity will not be encouraged. What

will be the reaction within the person? ‘This body, this mind, this wealth

has been given to me by Parama Purus’a, and Parama Purus’a has come before

me, God has come before me, as a suffering person, and I am paying back

that thing to Him. That is, the actual owner of this body, the actual

owner of this mind is He, and His wealth I am paying back to Him.’ So

there will be no vanity.” (DKG, p.197-98)

 

Note: Despite that fact that we are all aware about Baba’s above

teaching, nonetheless it is the common human weakness that we forget

about this point. Yet we all know His above guideline has great and

eternal benefits. For that reason we need to be reminded about this

divine guideline again and again. Adherence to this principle helps

establish one in the stance of divinity & immortality.

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