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His Magical Grace

Date: Sun 06 Mar 2011 15:31:42 -0000 (GMT)

From: Pradiip Bauer

Subject: His Magical Grace

To: am-global@earthlink.net

 

Baba

 

== HIS MAGICAL GRACE =

 

~ HOW THE WINDS ARE CHANGING ~

 

Namaskar,

As we look around this earth we see so many positive changes sprouting

up across the globe– all of which signify how the winds are blowing in

the favour of AM, due to His grace.

 

Many jiivas, totally unaware of AM ideology, are now thinking, speaking,

and implementing plans and programs that are in consonance with the

teachings of AM.

 

Because when Mahasambhuti arrives on this earth, He creates that special

vibration wherein all move according to His divine rhythm.

 

Baba says, “To deal a strong blow, a special manifestation known as

Maha’sambhuti becomes inevitable. Every unit is doing the work of

Parama’tman; everyone is the expression of God.” (Disc on the Mahabharata)

 

 

SEPARATE EDUCATION IN THE US:

 

NOT MIX BOYS & GIRLS

 

For example, just recently, major circles within US education are

promoting the idea of separate education: Separating post-pubescent boys

and girls in school. Because they have found the these tender youths

concentrate better when they are not mixed together in the same

classroom. This may sound like a simple idea, but it quite a giant step

for a country that is home to the land of Hollywood and the exporter of

so much sexually alluring pseudo-culture. So this concept of switching

to separate education is no small thing in that materialistic, sensuous

paradise — as all of a sudden the education system will neatly mirror

Baba’s ideals on this highly important point.

 

 

AND SO MANY CHANGES ARE HAPPENING

 

And verily so many positive changes are going on in so many places: From

diet to environmental awareness, from yoga and exercise to anti-smoking

statutes, from multi-culturalism to spirituality, from holistic health

to new economic paradigms. In all there are too many things to count.

 

That is not to say that everything is now perfect and pure on this

earth– far from it. But in practically no time, causes and ideas that

seemed totally distant and lost are now rapidly coming to the forefront

of society. Many grand ideas are now on the cusp of common human experience.

 

And side by side, more and more are fast realising the ills of many of

the current institutions like capitalism etc. People are looking for new

ways. This is even going on in the capitalistic monstrosity of the US.

So this is also a plus point.

 

In a nutshell, so many non-margiis are gravitating towards AM values,

even though they have never seen an AM book, nor even heard of Ananda

Marga.

 

People are interested in health and hygiene, social and economic justice,

animal well-being, and so much more.

 

 

HOW AND WHY IS ALL THIS HAPPENING

 

Why is all this happening? Is it merely the luck of the dice or a

fleeting trend?

 

Actually, as we all know, it is all due to Baba’s grace. Because when

Parama Purusa comes on this earth then He not only gives the philosophy

but also creates that special vibration wherein all His progeny–

margiis and non-margiis– get benefited and their mentality changes.

Suddenly, all are busy implementing Baba’s ideas.

 

Baba says, “Every unit is doing the work of Parama’tman.” (Disc MHB)

 

So when Mahasmbhuti comes, then He creates the situation wherein all

move according to His divine vibration– everyone’s heart and mind gets

touched by Him.

 

Baba says, “Whatever has taken place, is taking place or will take place

are all sustained in His existence, vibrated in His vibration, echoed

and re-echoed in a thousand and one in his sound. His voice is the

cosmic voice that establishes the beings of the mortal world

immortality. His voice surges as the seed of the world, as the germ of

the world, as the fruit bearing world-like tree.” (Subhasita Samgraha-3)

 

And verily we are seeing this unfold before our very eyes.

 

When materialists suddenly espouse the benefits of separate education;

when previously unheard voices suddenly have a way like the internet to

spread their cries and please to one and all; when good people take to

banding together to establish new ways of doing; when yoga becomes so

popular that is is being recommended by common people and professionals

on every street corner; when people suddenly recognise that the flow of

mind has a huge impact on human life; when all these things come to

light at the same time we can only say it is His grace.

 

 

MUST TAKE A HARD LOOK AT OUR MARGA

 

So in these times of change, we must take a hard look at our Marga. By

His grace He has given us all the tools: He has blessed us with all the

details and insights for helping to accelerate this grand change that is

suddenly sweeping this earth.

 

And it is our duty to mirror those ideals.

 

 

A FEW OBSTACLES TO HURDLE

 

Thus we have some of our own obstacles to overcome.

 

Of course, the burning topic of groupism is in the forefront of

everyone’s mind. The whole world is trying tirelessly to overcome racial

divisions etc, and in our Marga we have the fire of community

factionalism burning up to the sky. But even then that is not the only

point.

 

We have room to grow in so many respects.

 

Now secular educational leaders are preaching the idea that keeping boys

and girls in the same classroom is not good. It is distracting; it is an

impediment to learning; it gives the wrong signal; it takes the child

away from their work. So many reasons are there for why it is not

beneficial for the social development and mental growth of the child.

This they are realising.

 

Yet in our own Marga, in almost all the overseas sectors, co-ed kiirtan

is practiced: Where brothers and sisters dance together in tight

quarters and sing. Whether anyone wants to accept the following or not:

But it hinders one’s ability to concentrate.

 

When the general society is confronting its drawbacks, we should be

open-minded enough to do the same.

 

Mixing the sexes in programs like akhanda kiirtan impedes the ability

for one’s mind to run in the direction of Parama Purusa. No doubt many

will blindly defend the issue and say that it is not true. But in

reality the mind is quite delicate and easily swayed. It gets swayed by

pseudo-culture, by the appeals of instant gratification, by the smell of

food, and by so many things, including the attraction to the opposite sex.

 

That is why Baba always insisted on the proper separation of the sexes

during kiirtan. Because the mind is trying to engage in a very sentient

and subtle ideation, and external hindrances must be minimized and

altogether eliminated– as far as possible.

 

So when the goal is to sing kiirtan and ideate on Him then we should

boldly create the best environment for achieving that goal, in the same

way that the materialistic west is doing in their own classrooms.

 

If they can make the jump so can we.

 

 

OUR MORAL DUTY

 

And verily it is our moral duty to be at the forefront of all these

changes. Baba has bestowed upon us special keys and tools to unlock and

break the shackles that currently bind human beings. In each and every

sphere of life we must lead the way.

 

The more we propagate Baba’s ideas and the more we exemplify His

teachings in our own lives, the faster His mission will spread. Already

it is spreading by His grace and He will utitlise us to make it go even

faster.

 

At present all the conditions are ripe. The world is ready. It is just

like the spring season when all that is needed is for the seed to be

planted and mother nature will do the rest.

 

Similarly, Baba has prepared the ground and has all the conditions

ready. Just we have our small yet highly important role to play. We must

propagate and emulate His ideals.

 

Because as ripe as the conditions are, there are many on this earth who

are losing hope; they think that nothing new is on the horizon. They

have not yet heard the gospel of AM. So it is our moral duty to spread

the word.

 

There are many pious people who in their heart of hearts want to see

something done– the society has the strong desire to move. Just they

need to be shown the way.

 

Baba has come and created the vibration and graciously placed His divine

philosophy in our hands. Now it is our turn to do our part. If we are

honest and brave and remember Him, we are sure to be victorious.

 

Baba says, “Such a figure or “Maha’sambhu’ti”, infuses dynamism in the

social body and accelerates the speed of movement. All the virtuous

people in the world respond to his call and rally around him. He creates

a polarization in the society: the virtuous versus the wicked. In the

clash between the two groups, the virtuous people emerge victorious by

dint of their special efforts coupled with the grace of that great

personality. His advent itself signifies victory in the war.” (Ananda

Vacanamrtam-7)

 

Thus today’s crude worldly leaders who are griping onto the status quo

are no match for the spiritual soldiers of Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. We

may be small in number but with His grace there is no stopping our

forward momentum. And verily He has created the situation where the

whole society is ready to respond to our call.

 

We should be ready in all respects and move on bravely– ridding

ourselves from any dogmas and groupism– and spread His words to one and

all. Because He has already created the vibration to make the ideals of

AM come to life on this earth. That great work He has done, by His

magical grace.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

Baba says, “The newly awakened humanity of today is anxious to herald

the advent of one universal society under the vast blue sky. The noble

and righteous persons of all countries, bound by fraternal ties, are

eager to assert in one voice, with one mind, and in the same tune that

human society is one and indivisible. In this voice of total unity and

magnanimity lies the value and message of eternal humanism.” (AFPS-2)

 

Namaskar,

Pradiip

 

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Diner a’lote a’so ni, ele tumi a’ndha’re…” P.S. 2073

 

Purport:

 

Baba You are so merciful, You are so divine. Earlier when my life was

full of happiness then that time You did not come; but now in this

period of darkness You have come. It is Your grace.

 

During my good days I wanted You to come and rejoice the occasion. But

that did not happen– in the effulgence of the day You did not come. But

now in the darkness of night You have come. Baba, how You play Your liila.

 

Baba in the smile of the moon, You do not present Yourself. But when I

was suffering in pain, then with the soothing balm You came and relieved

me of my suffering. Baba, You have come in this cimmerian darkness when

I am crying.

 

Baba, everyone knows that You are most-loving; and everyone knows that

You think about one and all. Even then they involve in logically

analysing and reasoning about Your ways in order to strengthen their

love for You– to love You in a deeper way.

 

O’ Baba, You are beginningless and Your abode is in infinity. In all the

twelve months You remain constantly along with me– in pain and

pleasure. Baba, You are the divine shelter of everyone; You are the

heart of everyone, the Soul of souls. And by Your grace You pull

everyone close

to You. You never discard or ignore anyone– irrespective of how high or

how low they are.

 

Baba You have only come in this time of crying and suffering. In the

good days when I was calling You then You did not come. Baba, Your glory

is unfathomable; Your liila is beyond imagination; Baba, You are so

gracious…

 

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Lust For Beauty Brings Crudification and Degeneration

 

Baba says, “Those who are vain about their physical beauty, or those who

pray to the Supreme to give them more and more physical charm, are

reborn as kinnaras. They are also luminous bodies.” (YP, p.79)

 

Note: Kinnara is one variety of microvita that is under punishment. Such

type of unfortunate beings got degenerated and became microvita. So they

are suffering and they long to once again get human life. But this will

come only after they escape from the noose of the long-term bondage and

state of punishment etc.

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Date: Sun, 06 Mar 2011 18:12:23 -0000

To: AM-GLOBAL

From: “Jawaharlal Deva”

Subject: “Master Glossary” Blunder: The Term Acarya

 

Baba

 

 

== “MASTER GLOSSARY” BLUNDER: THE TERM ACARYA ==

 

Namaskar,

In our ongoing investigation of the “Master Glossary” from the “The Electronic Edition (English) of the Works of P.R. Sarkar” (version 7.5), we examine the term: acarya.

 

 

BABA’S DEFINITION:

 

ACARYAS TEACH BY THEIR CONDUCT

 

As we all know, Baba has given a very clear and pointed definition of the term acarya.

 

Baba says, “‘Acárańát pát́hayati yah sah ácáryah – “One who teaches through one’s conduct is an ácárya.” If you cannot learn anything from the conduct and behaviour of a certain person, why should you accept that person as an ácárya/á?” (Ananda Vacanamrtam, part 23, “Silent Action)

 

Thus, by His above definition, it is very clear that conduct is an integral aspect of being an acarya. Indeed, if one’s conduct is improper, they are not an acarya.

 

Here below Baba emphasizes this very same notion that one’s conduct – i.e. speech and deeds – is the central component of acarya life.

 

Baba says, “An ácárya or ácáryá should always instruct by his or her exemplary actions and words.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam, part 31)

 

And in His next guideline, because conduct is the main theme of being an acarya, Baba once again stress this point.

 

Baba says, “I have already explained in the definition of ácárya, Acárańát páthayati yah sah ácáryah – “One who teaches through one’s conduct is an ácárya.” If one’s conduct is not exemplary, he is not an ácárya/á.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam, part 23, “Silent Action)

 

So by all of the above it is quite clear that according to Baba, an acarya is one who teaches by their conduct and if one’s actions are not proper then they are not an acarya. It is a very straightforward definition.

 

 

MORE OF BABA’S TEACHINGS ON ACARYA

 

Baba furthermore states that in addition to maintaining an exemplary code of conduct, our acaryas should possess the following qualities.

 

Baba says, “Only those persons who are sincere, spirited and endowed with sharp intellect, and who understand and can make others understand the philosophy, will be considered eligible to become a´ca´rya/a´s.” (Caryacarya, part 1, “Táttvika, Ácárya/á, and Purodhá”)

 

Here below in this following descriptive explanation of an acarya, Baba emphasizes that one’s dealing and conduct must be proper in order to be an acarya.

 

Baba says, “Those who have the responsibility to show the path to others should be of superlative character with the most refined conduct. They and their followers must move constantly towards all-round development and shreya [ultimate spiritual attainment]. Persons who teach such well-regulated behaviour to others by their own conduct are called ácáryas.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam, part 31)

 

All in all, Baba’s definition of an acarya is very clear: The main thing is exemplary conduct based on AM ideals.

 

Indeed, Baba’s mandate is quite revolutionary and drastically different from the trends in other arenas of contemporary life.

 

 

TODAY’S SOCIETAL TRENDS

 

In the so-called modern civilization, especially in the west, conduct has little or no meaning.

Dancers, singers, writers, politicians, movie stars, businessmen and athletes are often plagued by crude, if not lewd, behaviour; but since they say the right things, speak “high” words, and pledge promises etc, the common people have no objections. It is all fine and well. That is way things happen today in the general society.

 

So when we see that good conduct is distinctly lacking in the general society, that is why we should be even more vigilant to highlight the proper definition of what an acarya is. Otherwise it looks like we too are ignoring this critical aspect of life: conduct.

 

Hence any true definition of an acarya must include Baba’s Sanskrit shloka, or at the very least reflect its meaning.

 

Acárańát páthayati yah sah ácáryah

 

In AM, conduct is everything – especially for our acaryas. On this point, Baba does not accept any compromise. The conduct of an acarya must be sterling – period. In countless reporting sessions, Baba expressed this very same ideal and always pointed out and corrected one’s defects and character flaws – especially those of our acaryas.

 

 

WHAT THE “MASTER GLOSSARY” SAYS

 

Keeping all of the above in mind, it is unfortunate that in the “Master Glossary” from the electronic edition of Baba’s books, the definition of acarya is missing this all-important aspect of conduct.

 

Here is how the term acarya is defined in the so-called Master Glossary:

 

“Acarya: Spiritual teacher qualified to teach all lessons of meditation.”

 

(“Master Glossary” from the “The Electronic Edition (English) of the Works of P.R. Sarkar” – version 7.5)

 

Thus in the above definition the publishers totally omitted the very essence, i.e. conduct. There is no mention of this in the above noted definition.

 

Yet the reality is that if one teaches “all lessons of meditation” but their conduct is not good then they are not an acarya according to Baba. So the definition given in the “Master Glossary” is wrong, or at the very least misleading and incomplete.

 

 

SUMMARY

 

The matter is very clear. Baba says that a key defining element of being an acarya is possessing proper conduct. That is Baba’s definition of acarya. So when that element is totally absent from the definition in the “Master Glossary”, that is cause for concern. Then new readers will get the wrong idea and so many others will be misled. And still another segment of the society will be left unimpressed whereas they would have been duly impressed if they knew our Wt cadre is defined by their sterling conduct.

 

The main problem is that the “Master Glossary” fails to properly express Baba’s real definition of acarya. For this reason this letter has been written. Because when our own publishers are unable to provide a proper definition of our AM terms, then how are non-margiis going to learn about AM ideology.

 

Namaskar,

Jawaharlal

 

 

Note 1: READ THE FIRST POSTING

 

To view and read the first posting in this series about the term “gopa” click below.

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/02/master-glossary-blunder-term-gopa.html

 

Please watch for more entries in this series and write in with your own thoughts.

 

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