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Proof of Rebirth

To: am-global@earthlink.net

From: “Blissful Tide”

Subject: Proof of Rebirth

Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2011 19:00:45

Baba

== PROOF OF REBIRTH ==

Note: A new sound file has been uploaded to the blog that address the point of reincarnation wherein one western professor has done extensive research and presented case studies. This shows how specialists in various fields have unknowingly began putting forth the views and ways of Ananda Marga. The sound file is in the upper left corner of this blog. The below letter is also related with this entire topic of rebirth.

Namaskar,

As we all know our AM philosophy espouses the notion of rebirth. You must have read about this in our various our scriptures like Idea and Ideology and AM Elementary Philosophy.

In contrast, materialism does not believe in rebirth. That is why it is such a hollow life approach. They think that consciousness and mind are mere byproducts of the brain – i.e. beyond the brain there is nothing. Without any conception of rebirth, the unit consciousness need not become elevated and strive for moksa. So the concept of the human personality is completely different in materialsm.

THE SCIENCE OF REBIRTH

Here below Baba distinctingly discusses how rebirth is a part and parcel of our AM way of life.

Baba says, “One will have to reap the consequences of one’s past actions until one’s saḿskáras are exhausted. If one’s previous deeds were virtuous, life will be blessed, but if they were wicked, one will be branded as a sinner. Only when all good and bad reactions have been expressed do the bondages of vice and virtue snap open.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life-9, The Science of Action)

In this next quote, Baba furthermore describes how humans will reborn as animals if they lead a degraded life.

Baba says, “One acquires a physical body according to the nature of one’s samskaras. A human being who behaves like a goat or a dog may be born as a goat or a dog in the next life, because such an animal body is the proper base for the congenial expression of the latent saḿskáras. Hence it is not at all impossible for a human being to be reborn as a hog, a worm, a tree, or even a piece of stone. One’s destiny will be decided according to the nature of one’s karma – this is an infallible law.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life-7, Form and Formless)

Thus from top to bottom, rebirth is a well-known and accepted concept in our Marga.

WAYS TO VERIFY REBIRTH

The professor in the aforementioned sound file did excellent research in finding highly meaningful case studies related with rebirth. So one should really listen to that file – what the professor is telling is in harmony with our perspective, especially point #2 noted below.

Here are ways to verify one’s rebirth:

1. Before 1990, Baba would often do demonstrations and reveal a sadhaka’s past life. In particular, Baba often used Ac Dasarathji as a medium in these demonstrations. This is a famous and well-known aspect of our AM history. This alone is enough to prove one’s past life as Baba is all-knowing. So there is no question of one needing further evidence.

2. When a person dies and gets reborn as a human being on the same planet in a similar locale and time, then it is relatively easy to identify one’s rebirth. These are the types of cases the professor puts forth in his study. The main thing is that time, space, and jiiva must be similar.

For instance, if one’s prior birth was on a far distant planet or if one’s prior birth was 1000 years ago or if one’s prior birth was as an animal, then trying to verify their past-life stories is basically impossible for us. Whereas when all those factors are similar, it is much easier to put the pieces together and verify those accounts.

3. Actually in India, claims of rebirth are quite common as the general populace firmly believes in reincarnation and are therefore more attuned to this. In the US it is much lesson common but this professor did indeed come across some very convincing cases.

4. In India, many try to enhance their prestige by claiming to be the reincarnation of Shiva or Arjuna etc. This is extremely common as it is easier to try to become great by being an incarnation of a great soul from the past than to lead a great life right now. So in India there are a lot of false claims. That of course does not mean that the philosophy of reincarnation is defective, it just means that some self-serving people use it to satisfy their own agenda.

5. Baba has told how in the future when people’s minds are more developed they will easily remember and understand their past life and they will meet and greet people on the street who were their relations (family, friends etc) in prior births.

6. In this present juncture, people primarily remember their past lives in just the first few years of their current birth. Here below Baba explains this science:

Baba says, “After death the disembodied mind floats in the vast space with its unexpressed saḿskáras. Later on, with the cooperation of the mutative principle, the disembodied mind finds a suitable physical base. The memory of its past life remains awake for approximately the first five years of its new life. Although the child remains in a new physical environment, mentally it continues to live the joys and sorrows of its previous life. That is why children sometimes laugh and cry in their sleep, and their mothers often think they are talking with God. In colloquial Bengali this is called deola kathá. In actual fact this laughter and crying is nothing but the reappearance of past memories. To re-experience past events one does not need the cooperation of the old brain. The newly-born mind has not yet had time to build a close relationship with the new brain. The revival of experiences of past lives is what we call “extra-cerebral memory”, and is principally the task of the causal mind. The child’s mind being unacquainted with the outside world and the new-born brain being inexperienced, his crude mind does not function much.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell-4, Cerebral and Extra-Cerebral Memory)

CASE RESEARCH BY WESTERN PROFESSOR

One western university professor is talking about this subject. It is good that our AM ideas are being discussed in various circles. Do listen to his sound file in the upper left corner of our blogsite. The interview is quite interesting and matches will with our AM philosophy.

Namaskar,

Pradiip

Note: MORE ABOUT DEATH

For those who wish to read more about death and how one can realise Baba in this very life itself. They can check out this below letter.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/10/why-death.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Toma’y khunje khunje priyo, din je ket’e ja’y…” (P.S. 3982)

Purport:

Baba, my most adorable One, with deep longing in search of You my days are passing in vain. In the absence of getting You my whole life is gradually getting wasted. O’ my dearmost, where have I not looked for You. I have wandered around and searched in the seven oceans, on the mountain peaks, as well as on the earth, and also in the caves– in every nook and corner of this world, but alas I could not get You.

Baba, day and night, secretly I also searched You in the flower garden and in various holy lands and tiirthas– all done in hopes of getting a glance at You. Baba I searched everywhere with the hope that one day I will find You. But, in the end, all my efforts were for naught.

Baba, with deep longing in my heart, I have also searched You in the galaxies, meteors, nebulae, and in the stars– all around & everywhere. Also I searched for You in the dark, black coloured clouds on the rainy days, in the scorching heat of the summer season, as well as in the shade of the tree in springtime. Baba, I have searched for You with a deep yearning and longing in my heart; I have looked for You everywhere.

Baba, by Your grace on one colourful golden dawn saturated in the effulgence & aroma of a newly blossoming flower, You have taken advent in my heart. Your grand arrival came after a long, deep, dark, & painful night of searching for You. But in the end You graced me and came in my mind. Baba, You are so gracious…

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To Solve the Problem

Baba says, “All the urges and longings should be channelised and directed towards the Supreme. If this is done indomitable psychic force and invincible spiritual energy will grow from within. This will enable people to solve all the world’s problems–economic, social, cultural, big and small. Unless one develops oneself in this way, as an ideal human being, one will not be able to solve any problem, no matter how madly one beats one’s chest or how loudly one shouts slogans.” (AMI-10, p.758)

Note: In the above quote Baba guides us that spirituality is an indispensable quality to solve the world’s social problems, become a Prout leader. That means only with the great force of true spirituality and by serving others can one be an ideal Proutist and lead the society along the golden road of welfare.

However on & off again a few persons start thinking that non-spiritually oriented activists can be ideal Proutists. They get duped into thinking that any atheistic so-called social leader who shouts aloud their battle cry for public welfare in the street has all the requisite qualifications to be a Prout leader.

But Baba gives the reply to those harboring such an imbalanced idea by guiding us that devoid of spirituality a service mentality does not sprout in the mind.

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From: “Dinesh Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Two Types of Wts

Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2011 21:01:28 +0000

Baba

== TWO TYPES OF WTS ==

Namaskar,

We all know how important it is to have a strong cadre of Wts. This everyone in Ananda Marga values highly. And Baba has embedded the secret to this in His special guidelines and conduct rules.

In particular, Baba has graciously given this rule:

Baba says, “While observing the above rules (i.e. Avadhuta Conduct Rule #1 – #31), if any contravention of a rule occurs within a year from the start of the training, then the trainee shall have to undergo training for one more year from the day of the contravention of the rules.” (Rule #32 of 32 Avadhuta Rules).

After reviewing this, a few Wts began wondering about the meaning of this. Because they see on a day-to-day level that some of our senior workers are not careful in following the given Wt codes of conduct. In that case a few workers think that although such rules exist, nobody follows them.

At the same time we all know that Baba’s each and every guideline provides us the perfect manner to advance on the path and embody His teachings. Those who wish to become true Wts should view the aforementioned rule in the following manner.

SELF-DISCIPLINE IS THE KEY

First off we have to be clear that Baba’s conduct rules for Wts are a form of self-discipline. No one can possibly force anyone else to follow these rules. The desire must come from within. One must feel that, “Guru has given these rules for my welfare and by following this rule I will become a true avadhuta”. This type of inner feeling is the key point.

For example here are a few of those rules:

“No relationship should exist with worldly family.” (Rule no. 9)

“Avadhuta (WT) shall not touch food by a mean-minded person. He will also not take food in a hotel or a restaurant. Even sattvika food taken in a restaurant will be treated as tamasik.” (Rule no. 20)

“Under no circumstances should the purity of the body and mind be polluted.” (Rule no. 30)

And there are many more rules – all of which one should inculcate from within.

If one is thinking that I only need follow such rules when others are around then they will never be able to enjoy the sweetness and richness of Wt life. In that case such rules will only be seen as a headache and a burden – and ultimately such Wts will degrade and fall into problem or they will leave their Wt-ship entirely.

So again the key point is that the inspiration must come from within. If one feels that Baba has beautifully given all the do’s and don’ts to live the life of a true sadhu / Wt, then one will readily embrace all the conduct rules. And indeed one will become a true wholetimer of Ananda Marga.

And it all starts from within – with inner inspiration and self-discipline. Without that one will not be able to follow.

WHO IS BABA TALKING TO

Now that it is clear that these rules are codes of self-discipline, the next question is who is Baba addressing in this particular rule.

Baba says, “…The trainee shall have to undergo training for one year more from the day of the contravention of the rules.”

Specifically here, Baba is addressing all those who yearn to be ideal workers. That includes those in WT training centers, brahamacaris / brahmacarinis, and any and all acaryas who are not yet avadhutas, as well as all avadhutas & avadhutikas etc. Why? Because truly speaking all are trainees until they get moksa.

All who have a sincere desire to live the life of a true WT, that is whom Baba is addressing. By incorporating those conduct rules into their mode of living and daily practice, such aspirants will easily manage the duties and responsibilities of avadhuta diiksa. They will easily adjust to avadhuta life and have their mind ready for kapalika sadhana and all related spiritual practices. And those who know and practice kapalika sadhana, then their meditation will be proper, otherwise they will not be able to concentrate.

Indeed, such persons will truly enjoy and savor every living moment as a WT and they will discharge their duties effortlessly while their mind remains ensconced in Him. That is the great benefit of strictly adhering to Baba’s stated conduct rules. One’s entire personality becomes one with their WT life. There is no question of any distraction nor any frustration.

That is why it is so critical for all those in training and all those in uniform to strictly adhere to Baba’s above stated rule.

If one is unable to incorporate the WT conduct rules before becoming WT then they will certainly not be able to incorporate them upon becoming avadhuta. Or at the very least it will be extremely difficult.

But with the right effort one will get success. The entire application of those rules comes from an inner urge, not any imposed law etc. And what is that desire? To please Guru and manifest all Baba’s given codes of conduct in all spheres of life. That is the only way to become mature as a worker. That inner desire is key.

So it is a self-contained program for success.

THE OTHER OUTCOME

The other outcome is rather unfortunate. In this instance, various persons become Wts without ever incorporating those rules into their manner of living. In that case they will be living dangerously and inviting their downfall at any moment. Each and every day will be a sheer struggle.

On the one side they have all kinds of baser propensities and hidden desires that keep them from following Baba’s stated guidelines. And on the other side, they are walking around in that uniform and will have to adhere to at least some of the rules on certain occasions, such as during reporting or when surrounded by margiis and other workers. One cannot cheat on the rules in those times. In that case those rules will be nothing more than a burden. If one does them in a half-baked manner or just for show or due to pressure of circumstance, then those rules just become a headache, not blissful.

Ultimately such type of fake Wts will suffer from mental anguish and leave their wtship, or they will continue to remain in their saffron dress yet indulge in all kinds of petty and nonsense behaviours. They will increase the numbers of fallen Wts.

Being a Wt is a way of life; and it is based on strictly adhering to Baba’s stated conduct rules. That is why Baba has ordered that if one is not following the rules properly then they should extend their training one more year. So again this rule is for those preparing to become an avadhuta and as well as those already in WT dress who wish to be mature and ideal workers.

If one is already a Wt and not following the conduct rules, then they are bound to do something wrong. In which case they will harm themselves and those around them. It is essentially assumed that by the time one receives avadhuta diiksa, they are already well-grounded in these rules. That is the intention. At that point the rules are merely a reminder.

Whereas when one is aiming to become a mature Wt, that is the critical period to implement those points and develop right living practices.

Failing to follow those conduct rules will only make WT life a waste of time. It will be torture and torment for that so-called worker, and it will create scandals in the society.

APPLIES TO ALL PERSONS AND ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE

Once again, the operating factor here is that one have the requisite desire and discipline from within to follow Baba’s divine rules. This is how one inculcates all those Wt rules.

This inner inspiration relates to each and every endeavour in life. Imposition from without will never drive a person to success. If one wants to an artist, a parent, a lawyer, a chef, a mechanic or anything in this world, the inspiration must come from within. Then one will easily be able to assess the situation and do the needful in order to get success.

Whenever anyone does anything due to external pressure alone then failure is certain. Because when that external pressure is in absentia one will proceed in a different direction.

So whether one’s desire to become a Wt, or a student-athlete, or a businessman, the feeling and drive must be from within.

RECAP:

SECRET TO PROPER WT LIFE

In conclusion, we should all be aware that Baba’s Wts rules are indeed meant to be followed. Those rules are the baseline for having a joyous and productive existence as an avadhuta. So everyone wishing to become a true Wt must cultivate the yearning and develop that inner urge, by His grace. Then one will be a grand asset to society.

Tragically, those walking around in saffron and skimping on those rules are nothing but fakes. They should stand naked in front of the mirror seriously consider their existence. Such introspection is needed. A life of hypocrisy is no life at all.

Best is to bring all those points within the domain of one’s mind and lead an ideal life.

FINAL SUMMARY

Amongst our Wt cadres there are two groups: Some who are real and some who are fake.

The fake people only follow the conduct rules in the presence of others – otherwise not. They think these conduct rules are a headache.

Real Wts follow these rules always – everywhere. They think, “It is my bounden duty to please Baba and that since Baba is everywhere then I should always follow His stated rules.”

Fake Wts do not follow the conduct rules on a regular basis so when they are forced to follow, they do not enjoy as those rules are not their way of life; rather such rules are a burden. That is why they hate those rules.

In contrast, those who are ideal workers, their life becomes one with those rules. It becomes their nature. Their life is smooth and natural and they never veer from those rules – neither when alone nor with the collective. For them such codes of conduct are the golden rules. If someone says not to follow they will not appreciate that – rather they enjoy following.

Those who are fake Wts should start thinking that these rules are for their benefit and growth. They should give up their hypocrisy and try to follow the conduct rules strictly – whether alone or in the collective. They should ask for Baba’s grace, and aim to be a real Wt. When Baba is gracious then and they will realise that these rules are not a burden but rather a meaningful tool for transforming themselves from animal life to human life to divine life.

I close with those follow teaching from Baba

Baba says, “Acárańát páthayati yah sah ácáryah – “One who teaches through one’s conduct is an ácárya.” If one’s conduct is not exemplary, he or she is not an ácárya/á.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 23)

Namaskar,

Dinesh

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Lukiye tumi ka’j kare ja’o pratya’sha’ kichu rekhe…” (P.S. 2618)

Purport:

Baba, You are the Doer of all the work being done in this vast universe.

Secretly You go on doing and executing everything. Nobody can see You– but

You are doing everything. And You do not harbour any desire to receive

anything in return. Just You are deeply involved in managing all the work

secretly, O’ my Parama Purusa. And when You notice that somebody is

searching You, then that time You move ahead in Your grand liila of hide

and seek. Baba, You decorate the effulgence in darkness; and simultaneously You

flood the cimmerian darkness with the showering of Your divine effulgence.

Baba, You are the bridge between life and death; You are the crossing

point. Yet all the while You Yourself remain hidden behind the scenes.

Baba, You are the great hope of the hopeless hearts. In the end of the

night You are the colourful dawn. Baba, You show the direction to those who

have lost the path. And You spread Your divine love in all the ten

directions. Baba, You go on doing all the work of this entire universe secretly–

never desiring anything in return. Just You continue playing hide & seek.

Baba, Your liila is unfathomable…

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Special Formula of Tandava

Baba says, “Tandava: As long as a dancer remains above the ground, he

derives much benefit; when he touches the ground, then those benefits are

assimilated by the body. That is why in the tandava dance there is much

jumping, because jumping requires the practitioner to remain off the ground

for a fairly long period of time.” (NSS, p. 23)

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To: AM-GLOBAL

Subject: Alarm

Date: Fri Apr 29 12:38:09 +0500 (IST)

From: Ram Sahay Deva

Baba

== ALARM ==

Namaskar,

A health report (noted below) clearly indicates that Ac Kinshukji is suffering from a heart condition.

The thing is – no matter how much you try and hide it – it is very clear that Kinshukji is under huge stress. It is very unfortunate.

Why stress? Because he is forced to do adharmic things which he does not wish to do. That is why he is in such an uncomfortable situation. And now we see the outcome: Serious heart complications.

Kinshukji was OK before being PP – he was managing fine. But now that B group wants that Kinshuk should give his stamp of approval to every notorious activity B group does. So Kinshuk is under terrible strain. The problem is that Kinshuk has no option but to give his approval because B group keeps him under threat. In that sense, Kinshuk’s situation is pitiful.

Tragically, we may hear one day that Kinshuk has suffered a major heart attack. I even hate to say or think that, but the current conditions are leading in that direction.

SIMILAR TO LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI

Indeed that exact thing happend to the then prime minister of India – Lal Bahadur Shastri. Shastriji died after signing the treaty of Tashkent (former USSR city, now the capital of Uzbekistan). At that point Shastri was already under huge mental stress and experiencing heart problems – just like Kinshuk is today. And then at the treaty of Tashkent, Shastri signed an agreement wherein India would have to forgo all its military gains against Pakistan in the Kashmir region. After signing the treaty, Shastri suffered terrible strain thinking that he had done injustice and undermined his entire country. As history shows, Shastriji never even returned from Tashkent. That night he died of a massive heart attack.

Similarly, surrounded by Bengali Dadas and Kinfusk feels threatened to do things which undermine our Marga. Let us all pray Kinshuk does not meet a similar fate.

FURTHER REFLECTION

This is not a new phenomena. Those involved in uncomfortable & distressing situations, where they are forced to do the things they do not want to do, suffer from grave heart problems.

It is very very obvious that Kinshuk is pressured by B group to do things against his will. So his health is severely compromised.

As human beings and as Ananda Margiis, it is our personal and collective duty to relieve Kinshuk of such circumstantial pressure.

The fact that his heart conditions have gotten worse reveals the fact that B group is unnecessarily giving Kinshuk serious psychic tension, i.e. forcing him to do the things he does not want to do under the force of threat.

It is very obvious; this is not rocket science. Talk to any heart specialist about this.

I remember when my neighbor’s wife threatened him to kill if him; in that case the guy was hospitalised the next day for a heart condition. Because it was a very real threat. If you want to know more I will tell the whole story.

Similar is the case of Kinshuk. Some serious pressure has been created and it is unfortunate. Under such conditions, Kinshuk may not survive for a long time. That will be most ghastly – may God (Baba) forbid such a situation.

Namaskar,

Ram Sahay

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: amps central news <prs@anandamargacentral.org>

Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Subject: The United Ananda Marga

To: amps central news prs@anandamargacentral.org

About Purodha Pramukh Dada’s health.

On 26th April 2011, afternoon time, PP dada was feeling uneasiness and was taken to doctor. It was found that his BP is high and as such he was advised for thorough check up with some tests and complete rest. The next day the tests are done. ECG appears to have some complexities….

Ac. Kalyaneshvarananda Avadhuta

Public Relations Secretary,

AMPS Central

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From: “Shantatma Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: You Are Chained – You Need Freedom

Date: Thu 28 Apr 2011 20:08:11 +0530

Baba

== YOU ARE CHAINED – YOU NEED FREEDOM ==

Namaskar,

Every human being understands they are bound; they understand they are

not free.

A few ignorant people may believe they are free but if they think more

deeply then realise that they are not free.

Yatha’ laohamayaeh pa’shaeh…

Everyone is bound by samskaras and they have no choice but to face them:

Disease, old age, sickness, loneliness, death. Everyone tries to avoid

these afflictions but ultimately they are chained and shackled by those

samskaras. There is no other recourse – one must face such bondages.

That is what Baba is teaching in the above shloka.

But is there really no escape? Must one return again and again onto this

earth, thousands and millions of times, to face their karmaphala (fruits

of their actions)?

This letter explains both the science of bondage and the solution, as

given by Marga Guru in the Supreme Command. As the gracious Taraka

Brahma Baba has given the way out from this cycle of bondage of life and

death.

SAMSKARAS, SUPREME COMMAND & MORE

So long as one is alive, every sadhaka has samskaras. It is impossible

for a human being to walk this earth and not have any samskaras.

Samskaras and human life go hand in hand – one cannot exist without the

other.

In your life you surely have faced many things which you did not like

and will not like: Humiliation, disease, loss, and so many troubles.

These are all the karmic reactions of past samskaras.

The question then is: If up to the very minute of one’s death a person

is still bound by all these samskaras, then how can they achieve

liberation?

Specifically, how does the Supreme Command work? How can one attain

liberation when they are shackled by piles of samskaras waiting to take

expression.

We will explore the above conundrum as well as other critical aspects of

samskara theory & the Supreme Command – all done according to the

teachings and guidelines of Baba.

CREATING MORE & MORE SAMSKARAS

In more than a few discourses, Baba explains how in one life a typical

human being creates such a huge amount of samskaras that they cannot be

exhausted in the next 100 lifetimes. Compounding that by multiple lives

then makes for an enormous bundle of samskaras.

Baba says, “Human beings have been committing numerous crimes and sins

for lives together resulting in a huge pile of sins as high as the

Himalayas.” (AV-7)

From that perspective, human beings are creating huge numbers of

samskaras whereby we are totally bound, if not crippled by a mountain of

karmic reactions.

For instance, suppose in one second, a person harms someone and then

they may face the reaction of that misdeed for years or even lifetimes.

Or if a baby was sexually abused once by one adult, then that baby will

be scarred their entire life and the guilty party must undergo a whole

boatload of reactions for this single crime.

Or suppose in a fractions of a minute a person poisoned food and

subsequently killed one hundred people, then that samskara will be

reaped for hundreds of lifetimes.

Or what about those who kill animals for sport or food, and they are

totally oblivious that they are incurring sin. Indeed there are many

examples like that.

It happens in society too according to gender and race, such as with

slave owners etc. People feel they have the right to harrass others

because that is the social norm of the day, but they will face the

reaction for countless future lives.

All in all, the human mind is wrought with so many propensities and

inclinations and in their lifetime people chase after one desire after

another. Name, fame, sex, wealth, prestige, house, property, children,

food, dreams, vanity, fear etc. All day long your average human is fully

engrossed in these dealings. In a single day, a typical person might

create dozens or even hundreds of new samskaras.

Then Baba cites how most are involved in negative works. It is not like

the whole entire humanity is engulfed in benevolence. People are

thieving, looting, raping, grabbing etc. With their vanity ego they

harass others and do injustice and do not even realise how much they are

harming others.

So people acquire samskaras by the truckload day after day – even for

doing good actions.

But that is not all.

Finally, as soon as one creates a new samskara, then that samskara or

unexpressed reaction starts growing. It collects interest just like in

the case of a bank loan. So we have to pay back that samskara with

interest.

That means if a person steals Rs100 then depending on how much time goes

by they will have to lose or payback 200, 1,000, or even 1,000,000

rupees. It all depends how much time goes by before they undergo the

reaction. Sometimes the payback is not for several lifetimes. In that

case, just imagine the interest. What was a simple misdeed can balloon

into a massive debacle.

If you punch someone unjustly just once, then ten years later you may

get get beaten by so many bandits or gang members at the same time,

getting punched again and again. One may think, “I did not do anything

wrong, why is this happening?”, but this is samskara from earlier.

In various phases people face either good samskaras and bad samskaras.

Even though one may be facing a good samskara today, in the future one

may face a whole pile of bad samsakras. It all depends on what is more

conducive at a particular time.

A young person may think that “I will never get sick”, yet all the while

they have samskara for a terrible sickness and that samskara is waiting

for the right time or conducive moment to take expression. Then in the

bad days of one’s old age that disease will manifest. It is all about

having a conducive environment. Just a seeds sprout in the spring and

not in winter, same is the case with both good and bad samskaras. The

right environment is needed.

The whole scenario then is quite serious. Getting bound by samskaras is

an inevitable and involved process. It happens to everyone – period,

whether one is a sadhaka or not.

How then are we to escape this web – this intricate and burdensome

bundle of samskaras.

BABA’S GRACIOUS BOON ON SADHAKAS

LIBERATION IS A SURE GUARANTEE

Enter the Supreme Command.

We all say it each and every week, if not more frequently, “Those who

perform sadhana twice a day regularly, the thought of Parama Purusa will

arise in mind at the time of death; their liberation is a sure guarantee.”

Thus, in the Supreme Command, Baba guarantees liberation to all sadhakas

– irrespective of the bundle of samskaras that they are carrying. And

here’ s how it works.

At the time of death, one witnesses a movie-like series of images that

flashes across one’s citta covering their life’s events. Typically that

produces a range of thoughts and the common person will get glued to one

of those worldly thoughts.

Things like: Yelling, thievery, stealing, harassment, killing, as well

as good thoughts like feeding others. But the dominant thought that

comes most strongly is usually something negative – not a benevolent ideal.

Then as soon as their body expires, the person will be in search of a

new body that matches up with their prevailing thought, or samskara. In

that way common people get reborn as dogs, bugs, mice, humans, stones etc.

It does not happen to just humans. In Jamalpur, Baba did a demonstration

where He made Dasrathji a medium to see a margii’s past life. There was

a yogi doing meditation who got bit by one wasp. The yogi then killed that

wasp – there was no reaction for the yogi – and the wasp died with the

thought of the yogi in mind and was reborn as that margii sadhaka.

Here the point is that one’e rebirth depends on one’s mental colour or

dominant thought.

Baba says, “One acquires a physical body according to the nature of

one’s sam’ska’ras. A human being who behaves like a goat or a dog may be

born as a goat or a dog in the next life, because such an animal body is

the proper base for the congenial expression of the latent sam’ska’ras.

Hence it is not at all impossible for a human being to be reborn as a

hog, a worm, a tree, or even a piece of stone. One’s destiny will be

decided according to the nature of one’s karma – this is an infallible

law.” (AMIWL-7)

Plus in so many discourses Baba tells that those who ideate on money

turn into coin or dollars etc.

But with sadhakas, however, the process is entirely different.

Baba guides us that if one is earnest in doing sadhana twice a day, then

they will get liberation. How? Because normally at the time of death the

mind seeks a new body according to karmic law. But if one is involved in

the thought of Parama Purusa at the time of death, then the rules of

karma do not apply. Then one is not bound by their past actions and

potential reactions. Then the movie reel of negative deeds will not

appear in their mind at the time of death – only the thought of Him will

come. That is His grace. Then one will think nothing other than the

thought of Parama Purusa. In that state all samskaras get burned and the

sadhaka becomes one with Parama Purusa.

For that Baba wants that you must fulfill the guidelines of the the

Supreme Command. You do your duty of sadhana and He fulfllls His

guarantee of liberation. If the first half (i.e. sadhana) is not done

then second half (i.e. liberation) does not happen. Then the sadhaka is

bound.

On this aspect margiis are forunate and we should bring others onto the

path so they can save themselves from the horrors of samskaras and get

liberation. That is also part of the supreme command.

By His grace, when we do sadhana twice daily, then liberation is sure.

That is His divine compassion. Human beings alone cannot overcome all

those samskaras by themselves – His grace is needed. So then Baba

graciously dissolves all the remaining samskaras, and the sadhaka merges

in Him.

That is the special formula. And for it to happen, the pre-requisite is

twice a day sadhana.

One must try earnestly to do sadhana for 30 minutes each sitting- it

need not be perfect sadhana – the mind might flicker and one’s

concentration on the mantra might waver, but one’s sincerity must be

proper. That is the key point: sincerity.

If this type of reverential approach is taken in sadhana twice daily,

then regardless if one’s sadhana is “good” or “bad”, the bhakta is sure

to attain liberation. That practice is enough to ensure that at the time

of death one will think of Him, by His grace, in which case He will take

away all remaining samskaras and grant liberation. That is Guru’s most

gracious promise and boon.

WHY MUKTI IS IMPORTANT

Even then, those in the dark, may think that, “I am not bound – I am

free – I need not seek liberation.” Such is a classic case of sheer

ignorance, sometimes even good sadhakas can think like this.

Here we should always remember that everyone on this earth is bound by

samsakras in one way or another. Every jiiva is bound – bound by death,

by old age, by hunger, by so many things. No one is free.

One can only get temporary satisfaction through worldly things like

food, sleep etc. But then soon again one will feel hungry or tired. It

happens.

Baba says, “To live in this physical world, to preserve our existence,

artha or money is essential. However, we also require parama’rtha.

Parama’rtha is that factor which brings about the permanent cessation of

the triple afflictions. Here permanent cessation means cessation of

those afflictions which, once removed, will never return again in the

future. That artha which brings permanent relief from the pangs of

hunger, which is the instrument of permanent cessation, is called

“parama’rtha”. It is important that you understand the true significance

of “parama’rtha”.” (AV-4)

Only the spiritual sphere can permanently satisfy all human hunger and

yearning.

Only by following the rules and guidelines in the Supreme Command can

one attain eternal peace. Till that time, one will always be engulfed in

some kind of limitation and ignorance.

When we adhere to the Supreme Command – when we do sadhana twice daily

with sincerity – then by His grace we will be relieved of all bondages

and suffering and be granted liberation.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace every Ananda Margii does sadhana twice daily. In that

case liberation is certain.

So no one should get caught up in worry or despair. Baba is controlling

everything. He can and will save us from each and every predicament.

There is no cause for hopelessness or helplessness.

With sincerity in sadhana, He will grace us with only His thought when

we die, ensuring liberation. That is His guarantee in the Supreme Command.

Baba says, ” If one dies while seeking the Supreme, one will surely

attain the Supreme after death. One who is totally absorbed in ideation

on the Supreme becomes one with the Supreme at the time of death. This

is certainly true in the case of devotees.” (AMIWL-9)

Namaskar,

Shantatma

Note 1: UNDERGOING SAMSKARAS

Here are two more points about undergoing samskaras.

(A) You may have noticed how people comment that once one gets initiated

then so many problems and difficulties start happening. That is because

the karmic cycle speeds up so one can undergo all their reactions. Even

then by His grace He will ensure that they get totally exhausted in the

end. So that is one phenomenon.

(B) Side by side, if the mind is high and vibrated then the

manifestation of bad samskaras does not cause mental anguish to the

sadhaka. If one is devotionally remembering Him, then one will feel

light and easy.

For instance, if Baba is coming and one sadhaka is rushing to go see

Baba and while running he cuts his foot. That sadhaka may not even know

that his foot is bleeding because his mind is so engrossed in the

thought of Baba.

That is the way it works. Other may think you are suffering a lot but if

the mind is high, then one does not experience any mental trouble while

undergoing those samskaras.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

PS Intro: In this following song the devotee is talking to Baba, all the

while indirectly referring about himself.

“Jeo na’, shon’o katha, bojha vytha’, abujha hoyo na’…” (PS 660)

Purport:

Baba, please be gracious, please do not leave me all alone, please do

not go far away; please keep me in Your shelter. Baba, please listen to

the tale of my aching heart; please understand my pain and suffering–

because of my deep longing for You. Baba, I beg You not to remain aloof

about my yearning and crying for You. Baba, You have graced me and have

made the flower of devotion blossom in my heart. And these flowers are

solely for making one beautiful garland for You– ultimately

surrendering them at Your lotus feet. Baba, please do not mercilessly

crush those flowers. Baba, please be gracious.

Baba, by Your infinite grace please keep me close. Please do not

permanently forget about that person who is under shelter day and night.

Baba, it seems You have removed him from Your memory. Baba, please

recall how in the past You loved him deeply up to his heart’s content.

That time You saturated his mind with bliss and filled his eyes with

Your loving gaze. You were so gracious those days. Baba, You know that

very person was with You in each and every rhythm of the song, he was

also with You in all kinds of works– always remaining by Your side.

Baba, please do not forget him.

Baba, by Your grace I never forget this eternal truth that You are

everything. You are the effulgence of the day as well as the darkness of

the night. Baba, in this life of mine I have loved only You. Baba, You

are the heart of my heart. Please shower Your divine grace on me day and

night, incessantly. Baba, even if You always remain forgetful of me,

that I can tolerate. Only I ask one thing of You. Baba, please do not

push me away from Your holy, lotus feet. Baba, You are my closest &

dearest One. You are my everything. Baba, please keep me in Your shelter…

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Who is blessed one?

Baba says, “The man who is intelligent should, from his very childhood,

move along the path of proto-spirituality. The sooner a man starts and

moves along this path of psycho-spirituality, the better it is. He is

the blessed one.” (AV-12, p.75)

Note: With the start of this happy new year we should once again reflect

how Baba has graced us by providing us all the tools and teachings for

moving along the path of spirituality. So again with renewed vigor we

should be more firm and more sincere in our adherence to Sixteen Points.

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Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:46:22 -0000

To: am-global@earthlink.net

From: “Deva”

Subject: Caught Up in Upadharma

Baba

== CAUGHT UP IN UPADHARMA ==

Namaskar,

As Ananda Margiis, we understand that surrender (prapatti) is one of the

most important aspects of spiritual life as it leads one to the height

of human glory. Yet there are many obstacles involved. Specifically, one

way or another, people get caught up in their secondary dharmas or

upadharmas– job, family life, earning money etc– and forget the real

goal of life, which is to serve and please Him all the 24hrs.

In theory, surrender may sound easy, but establishing oneself in this

practice demands full commitment and dedication. True surrender is to

have one-pointed ideation on Parama Pursua, in all circumstances. By

Baba’s grace we will all achieve this stance in life.

Here are some thoughts on this important topic.

SOCIETY INVOLVED IN MATERIALISTIC FLOW

Now all over the globe, each and every land is drowned in materialistic

pursuits. People are running after money, name, fame, property, sex,

food, fancy jobs etc. This is the common flow– everywhere. People’s

ambitions and aspirations are aimed toward mundane things. So it is very

easy to get caught up in that race.

Hence, the present-day society is one major blockade in developing a

more spiritual outlook in life wherein one is able to cultivate a strong

sense of surrender. Once a well-knit, Proutistic social order is

created, that will help tremendously.

Of course, still we will have our own internal enemies and bondages

(reference sa’dripus and as’t’apa’shas) to ovecome, but the development

of a health society order will be a boon for our individual and

collective spiritual lives.

Even then, we cannot wait for such a time to begin our own practice of

surrender. Rather we should develop a pin-pointed awareness of the

problem and know the solution.

THE IRONY OF IT ALL

To survive in this world we must attend to our secondary dharmas, our

upadharmas. That is, we must arrange our food, clothing, shelter,

medical care, education, and livelihood etc. All these things we must

do. But, according to Baba, we must never forget the main goal, our main

dharma of becoming one with Parama Purusa.

Although, in this present era, due to capitalism and materialism, people

have basically lost the goal of life and have become submerged in their

upadharmas, still there is hope we can turn all this around.

No doubt people are chasing after money, wealth, the opposite sex, etc,

but they are doing this with one hidden idea in mind: To find happiness.

As soon as they realise that a particular upadharma cannot give them

lasting happiness, then they chase after another upadharma. A person may

first get a corporate job and opt to buy a Mercedes Benz in order to

become happy, but that still will not satisfy him. So then he may buy a

yacht or a fancy new house in the mountains for his family. But still

that will not satiate his longing to find lasting happiness and peace.

So the irony is that people’s dharma is to find infinite happiness. They

want to find and get Parama Purusa. Unknowingly, that is what is driving

them in their daily pursuits. The problem is that in trying to find

eternal happiness, due to the effects of materialism, they get stuck

looking in all the wrong places. Instead of looking within for that

Divine Entity, they chase after every allurement in the material world.

In that way they have gotten caught up in their upadharmas.

Even then, behind it all, knowingly or unknowingly, it is their true

dharma that they are seeking. That is the irony of it all.

IDEATING ON UPADHARMA

According to AM ideology, full surrender means doing and pleasing for

Him. But when one gets caught up in chasing after new automobiles, the

latest cell-phone, and sexual relations etc, then those things get

projected onto one’s mental plate. Then one’s ideation is goaded toward

the material sphere. That is what it means to get caught up in one’s

upadharma. And by that way one can never become truly happy, because

those limited things can never satisfy the infinite longing of the human

mind.

Yet this is the problem, nay tragedy, that has befallen most of the

humanity. Instead of using mundane things like money, food, as merely

tools for serving others and living in this objective world, those crude

objects have become the goal of life. In that way, people are ideating

on those secondary dharmas– like name, fame, gold, and prestige– all

day long.

REQUIREMENT OF TRUE SURRENDER

Whereas our true dharma is to surrender to the Supreme One, not any

mundane object. That is Baba’s teaching, as we all know.

To achieve this, both second lesson (thinking of Him throughout the day)

and sadhana are key.

Firstly we are to be strict in doing all our meditation lessons

regularly. By this process of repeating our personal siddha mantra, the

mind becomes ensconced in His flow and directed towards Him. That is one

aspect.

The second part is to remember Him in all we do throughout the day.

Because while we may do sadhana for 1, 2 or 3 hours, we will be involved

in mundane works for many times more than that. So rather than thinking

that ‘I am earning money to serve my wife or for my own

self-satisfaction’, one should think that, ‘I am earning money because

He likes that I should serve others as they are also the children of

Parama Purusa and by this way I am serving and pleasing Him’.

And this type of ideation should be applied to each and every work,

duty, and responsibility throughout the day: Always think that this

action is for Him and that He is watching.

The tricky part is that this type of day-long ideation is basically

impossible without a strong sadhana practice. With theoretical knowledge

alone, one cannot do it.

Of course, everyone is aware about the importance and interconnected

nature of sadhana and service. These are not new concepts to anyone in

AM, but sometimes it is important to reflect upon how important these

practices are in cultivating a feeling of surrender for Him.

Again, these two above practices are complementary. The more established

we are in sadhana, the more natural it will be to ideate on Baba

throughout the course of the day; similarly, the more we think about Him

during the day, the easier the mind will slip into His ideation in

sadhana. So the two work hand in hand.

In contrast, if one side is lacking– either sadhana or brahmacarya

(ideating on Him throughout the day)– then that will be detrimental in

all regards and the result will be that we will be glued to those

upadharmas, i.e. those secondary mundane things, and not to Him.

THE BENEFIT OF TRUE SURRENDER

Finally, by this dual approach of achieving full surrender in life, one

great benefit results. When we attend to our upadharmas with the sole

idea of serving and pleasing Him, and not for our own material gain etc,

then we will be thinking of Him in which case the mind will be filled

with infinite bliss. That is the true benefit human beings will get.

Then and only then will our desire for lasting happiness be fulfilled.

So true surrender, one-pointed ideation on Him, is the only way to

achieve happiness in this world. All these teachings of Baba He has

given again and again throughout His innumerable discourses.

BABA’S BLESSING

Human life is very short and only blessed people come in the contact

with the Sadguru. We should follow His each and every guideline and

reach up to Him.

Baba says, “What then will sa’dhakas do? What steps will they take to

maintain the health of the society, to establish dharma, to maintain the

speed of social progress? It may be said here that there is just one

step to be taken, and that is a very simple and easy one. In the Giita’

it has been said:

Sarvadharma’n parityajya Ma’mekam’ sharan’am’ vraja

[“Set aside all other dharmas and take shelter in Me alone”].

One basic element of human beings is their own pra’n’a dharma. Some

people have one such quality, some two, and some twenty or twenty-five.

Fire possesses not only its essential quality, the power to burn, it has

some other qualities as well, such as keeping the environment clean,

etc. All these are the dharma of fire. A human too has certain

upadharmas [secondary properties or characteristics], as for instance

his articular style of eating, particular style of laughing, style of

bathing, etc. All these come within the category of upadharmas. Humans

bathe regularly – not that they bathe on one particular day of the week;

they bathe daily. All these are the especial qualities of human beings.

It is in reference to these secondary properties that is has been said”

Sarvadharma’n parityajya Ma’mekam’ sharan’am’ vraja

“In other words, whatever other qualities and properties humans may have

should all be considered secondary properties. That is, take your bath,

eat your food, go on with your daily work, but remember that these are

not your main vrtti [propensity]; do not take these to be your main

propensity, but secondary propensities. Learn to follow only one thing

as your main vrtti, your primary dharma, and that is Ma’mekam’

sharan’am’ vraja – “accept only Me as your refuge.””

“Ma’mekam’ sharan’am’ vraja – “take refuge in Me alone.” Why this

advice? The reason is simple. It is not possible to put one foot in one

boat and the other foot in another boat and to sail in that way. If you

try to do that, you will end up in the water, and perish. Worship the

non-dual Parama Purus’a with a single name. “Just as you move towards

the shelter of Parama Purus’a, I say from My side:”

Aham’ tva’m’ sarvapa’pebhyo moks’ayis’ya’mi ma’ shucah.

“Be you a sinner, lowly, fallen, a filthy mole, or even a worm from hell

– whatever you may be – I assure you that I will always be with you.

From your side you do your duty – take shelter in Me – and from My side

I assure you of your liberation.”” (DKG)

Namaskar,

Satyanarayan

Note 1: UPADHARMA, DHARMA, & PARAMA PURUSA

Baba says, “Sarvadharma’n parityajya [“Set aside all other dharmas”].

What is the meaning of dharma? It means “property” or “characteristic”.

Jiivas maintain their existence through the expression of their inner

characteristics in different spheres of creation. Every object in the

universe has its own inherent characteristic: the characteristic of

water is to make things wet, and that of fire is to burn. Centering

around this fundamental characteristic, there are many secondary

characteristics. For example, fire burns, but it does not burn the

entirety of an object in the same way. It may burn one part of an object

thoroughly and another part only partially. These different stages of

burning are the secondary characteristics of the primary characteristic

of fire, to burn. Water also has a number of secondary characteristics,

and the collection of all these secondary characteristics is known as

its dharma. To illustrate, when people eat, they do not mix all their

food together and gulp it down voraciously, but follow a system of

eating. For example, they may first eat bitter items, then semi-bitter

ones, then sour ones, and finally sweet things. Sweets come at the end.

The entire action of taking different items of food is called eating.”

“All dharmas have upadharmas [secondary characteristics]. Human life is

no exception. For example, to provide for your family you require some

sort of employment – be it agriculture, trading or business – you have

to keep the house clean, feed everyone, and so on. These are the

secondary characteristics included within the fundamental human dharma.

What normally happens in human life? People get caught up in the

secondary characteristics. For instance, when eating delicious food

people often say “How good it tastes! But if it only had a bit more

spice in it, then it would taste even better.” Being engrossed in the

secondary dharma, people all too easily deviate from their main dharma.

In ancient India, the usual custom was to offer a part of one’s meal to

God before eating it. The spirit was, “May I remember You with every bit

of food.” In Ananda Marga there is a system of applying guru mantra

before commencing any action. The psycho-philosophy behind guru mantra

is to transform the secondary dharma into the primary dharma at the

psychic level. If this were not done then one’s secondary dharma would

predominate. Much precious time is wasted by those who follow their

secondary dharmas.”

“Give up secondary dharmas and accept Me as your supreme goal. Do not

let your mind be diverted to those countless secondary dharmas, but

concentrate it on the fundamental primary dharma. Only then will every

moment of your life be properly utilized.” Now, what is this primary

dharma? Ma’mekam’ sharan’am’ vraja [“take shelter in Me alone”]. Earlier

I said that vraja means to move with Cosmic ideation in a state of bliss.

The movement of human beings in this universe is not movement for

movement’s sake, but is comparable to a vraja parikrama’ [joyous

pilgrimage]. No one moves even one step without any purpose. What does

vraja parikrama’ signify? We all know that just as the historical

Krs’n’a lived in the Vrindavana of this world, our spiritual Krs’n’a

lives in the Vrindavana of our heart. He is the nucleus around which

individuals move.

Ma’mekam’ sharan’am’ vraja

“Do not run after name, power, position or wealth. Try to become one

with Parama Purus’a.” (NKS, Disc: 18)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’ndha’ra sa’gara pa’re ke go ele…” (PS 1065)

Purport:

O’ the Supreme Entity, who are You who has come to me from the divine

world after crossing the dark ocean. You have come and done the

impossible: You have made those flowers blossom, which had never

blossomed before. Those whose minds were crude, You have made them

spiritual. You have showered Your divine effulgence and filled this

world with sweetness and love. O’ Divine One, by Your grace You have

come, broken the noose of death [1], taught Your sadhana, and shown the

path of liberation. You have released me from the endless cycle of birth

and death by granting me salvation. You have removed all my fear by

keeping me close and helping me in all circumstances. You have satiated

my heart with Your radiant love. You have showered Your causeless grace

and filled my mind with divine bliss. O’ Divine Entity after getting

You, what is the need to have anything else. By Your grace, in getting

You, I have gotten everything. All my longings have been quenched; I

desire nothing else. All that I wanted, I got, by Your grace. O’ the

Unfathomable Entity, who are You.

Baba, in my march from imperfection to perfection, in all the arenas of

life, You are always with me. You love me so much, that is why I do not

have any fear that You are going to leave me. In all times, day and

night, You are always with me– ever willing to help and guide me. Baba,

You have removed the dark curtain of avidya maya. You have opened my

eyes. By Your grace, after pulling me off the wrong path, You have

brought me onto the right path. That which was unthinkable for me, You

have given. I never thought I could get Parama Purusa; I could never

even dream of such a thing. But today, by Your grace, You have made this

possible and more than fulfilled all my hopes and aspirations.

Baba, by Your grace You have given me everything I need. You have given

me all of life’s requirements: Physical, psychic, and spiritual. O’ my

Dearmost, in my dhyana, in my sadhana, You always come and smile like

the crimson dawn. It is Your grace; it is Your grace. In the past, I was

longing for various mundane things. Now, by Your grace, my mind is

pointed and I only long for You, the Parama Purusa. You have aroused my

desire to attain You. And You have quenched that desire by remaining

eternally in my heart. When I am with You, then what else do I need?

Nothing. I do not have any other desire.

Baba, no matter how much I may know, in the true sense I do not know.

O’ Divine Entity, who is so loving and gracious, please tell me who You are…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1065:

[1] Noose of Death: Generally human beings are caught in the ongoing

cycle of birth and death. When one comes in contact with Parama Purusa

then that is the death of death, as by this way one escapes the endless

cycle of birth and death.

Baba says, ““Mrtyurmrtyuh nama’myaham.” “Mrtyurmrtyuh” means “death of

death”…Whenever a man dies, he comes back again in another form. Again

he undergoes death, again he comes back. This cyclic order goes on, and

on, and on. Birth after death, death after birth – the cyclic order goes

on. But what happens when one ensconces oneself in Him, when one becomes

one with Him? One will die, no doubt, but after death one won’t come

back. So when one is in deep love with Him, and death comes, that death

is the final death. After death there will be no rebirth. Along with

that death, death dies. So it is mrtyurmrtyuh – the death of death. So

He is mrtyurmrtyuh.” (AV-3)

Baba says, “Those who take the name of the Lord are really intelligent

and clever, because thereby they accelerate the speed of their spiritual

progress. Those who do not do so, continue to move in the vicious circle

of lives and deaths. This cyclical order of movement from life to death

to life again is called the sam’sa’ra cakra. What will be the fate of a

person who directs all his psychic propensities towards crude

materiality? He will be caught again and again in the serpentine noose

of death.” (SS-21)

Finally, the only way for one to escape the cycle of birth and death is

to do regular sadhana. Then one is sure to get salvation and go beyond

the noose of death.

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Date: 27 Apr 2011 06:24:10 -0000

From: “Gurucharan Deva”

To: AM-GLOBAL

Subject: Mahaprayan of a Ranchi Margii

== MAHAPRAYAN OF A RANCHI MARGII ==

Namaskar,

It is with great sadness that we report the mahaprayan(*) of Ac Kinshukji’s biological brother. So it is that the eldest son of RL Dutta has passed and ungone his mahaprayan. The shraddha ceremony was observed today itself in Ranchi as our dear brother’s mahaprayan took place just a few days ago. In his final days he was suffering from jaundice among other ailments.

We are also very sorry to announce these two mahaprayans which failed to be noted at the right time:

1. Dr Vidya Jain: Our respected elder sister underwent her mahaprayan a few years ago. As many may recall, Dr Vidya Jain was Baba’s personal doctor and in 1989-90, Dr Jain lived full-time in Tiljala to attend to Baba’s medical conditions everyday. Dr Jain was a very great devotee in many respects. She dedicated her whole life to the work of Ananda Marga. The tales of her activism and devotion are vast. Baba Himself called her an “ideal person”. So there is much to tell about her blessed life. Those who wish to know more should write us.

2. Khub Lal Jee of Bettiah (Bihar): The mahaprayan of our dear brother occurred a few years ago. He was a great bhakta and on numerous occasions he personally treated Baba with homeopathy. He as a very great devotee. Tragically he died a few years back but we could not announce his mahaprayan.

So we pay our humblest respects to our respected brothers and sisters who underwent their mahaprayan. If you know of any margii or acarya whose mahaprayan we have failed to report, kindly write us. We wish to give due respect to all who leave this earth and reach their eternal shelter on Baba’s lap.

Namaskar,

Gurucharan

* Mahaprayan (Death): Many are aware that mahaprayan (death) is the

common term used in India and especially in Bengal to describe the death

of an honoured or even ordinary person. In that way the newspapers of

Bengal are regularly citing the mahaprayan (death) of various persons of

society who died or passed away.

Some may get confused and wrongly think that the word ‘mahaprayan’

(death) is one extraordinarily devotional term to be used in association

with Parama Purusa. But that is not at all the case. Rather to do so is

only to undermine the eternal presence of Parama Purusa. That is why no

devotees ever use the word ‘mahaprayan’ in reference to Lord Shiva or

Lord Krsna. Because Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna exist eternally. Then

there is no question of Their mahaprayan (death).

Those who think that Baba is a mortal human being celebrate Mahaprayan on a

particular day of the year related with Baba, but in the true sense Baba is Parama Purusa so He is eternal and there is no question of His mahaprayan.

And for those who need still more technical proof then all this can

be clarified quite readily by referencing the dictionary. Specifically

in the Samsad Bengali-English dictionary on page 742. Checking there it

will be confirmed that the word ‘mahaprayan’ means death. Which is why

it used to refer to the passing away of even common citizens.

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Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 19:38:27 -0000

To: AM-GLOBAL

Subject: Baba Story About Serious Injustice

From: “Ishvara”

BABA

== BABA STORY ABOUT SERIOUS INJUSTICE ==

Namaskar,

Here is one key event from the 2011 DMS at Ananda Nagar (January) that we should collectively review. It is deeply related with one Baba story. First let’s tell the Baba story and then we will narrate the critical happening from the January 2011 DMS.

BABA STORY:

PRIZES WRONGLY AWARDED AT DMC

As per the custom, with pomp and show, prizes were awarded at the January 1983 DMC at Ananda Nagar. A committee comprised of Wts convened and selected the winners; and, accordingly those recipients received the award at DMC.

After finishing the program, Baba made His exit from the pandal and returned back to the BQ (Baba’s Quarters). Baba then called the various in-charges and questioned them about the prizes. Baba then appointed a team to further investigate the matter. The investigative team quickly reported back to Baba and confirmed that the selection process had been biased and that the prizes had been given to undeserving and unworthy candidates.

Baba immediately called all the workers to His room and He harshly scolded those Dadas on the selection committee for their partiality and favouritism. Baba told them that the work of a judge is an honourable duty yet they had denigrated the position by their sour dealings. What they had done was shameful and deplorable. Baba then ordered those guilty Dadas do get down on the ground and press their nose into the floor. They were then told to rub their nose across the carpet for 10 ft. This act was punishment to humiliate them so they could understand their sinful behaviour; there was no injury or physical pain involved as the carpet was soft. As those guilty committee members did like this, the rest of the Wts present chanted, “Shame, Shame…Shame, Shame.” Then those guilty Dadas promised those present never to commit such sin in the future.

The next day in the DMC pandal, it was announced to everyone that the prizes had been wrongly awarded. The selection committee had been partial. They had failed miserably in carrying out their duty as judge. Theirs was a kangaroo committee. Baba then made those guilty Dadas come up on the stage and beg apology and ask for forgiveness from all those assembled in the DMC pandal.

Baba said to all, “Should they be pardoned?”. All present that day approved.

But that was not the end of the situation.

Baba then rebuked those undeserving recipients for accepting the award. Baba demanded that such persons should never have accepted those prizes. Rather they should have stood up and said, “I am not worthy of this award.” In this manner Baba strongly blamed both parties involved: The selection committee and the recipients. Baba blamed both parties; all were culprits.

Baba went on to explain in front of everyone that this is not the way to build a healthy human society. The duty of a judge should be carried out responsibly; partiality has no place in our social life. In addition, incompetent persons should never be commended or awarded prizes. Rather deserving people should always be recognised.

In closing, Baba fully ensured that all those prizes were redistributed to worthy candidates.

Everyone who attended that DMC got a big lesson: In our Marga there is no place for partiality and favouritism. All prizes must be awarded in a conscientious manner to deserving people – otherwise both parties are to be blamed: Both the selection committee and the recipients. That is what we should all take away from this story.

YOU CAN ALSO PURCHASE ANY PRIZE IN AM THESE DAYS

Now let’s take a look at what occurred at the January 2011 DMS. At that DMS prizes were awarded by PP Dada Vishvadevananda. In particular, someone received the prize as “The Best Bhukti Pradhan”. Usually such prizes are given to those BP’s who have done great work such as extraordinary pracara or unparalleled social service etc. Otherwise how can they be named as the best bhukti pradhan in the world.

But here in this case, one margii who never attends DC, is slack in 16 Points, and involves in caste marriages was given the prize of best bhukti pradhan. In addition, this margii neither practices sadhana nor asanas regularly, and he indulges in poor food habits. The only qualification he has is money; he is rich. Because of this, he was able to purchase the 2011 January DMS prize: “The Best Bhukti Pradhan” of the entire planet.

Here is the story about that BP.

To keep control of the Hyderabad unit, Dada Savitananda has repeatedly requested Sanjay Goenkaji to serve as the BP of Hyderabad. No election takes place; just he is granted the position outrightly.

At the same time, if you ask Sanjay Goenka if he attends DC at the jagrti in Hyderabad, then he will reply negatively. Indeed it is commonly known that Sanjay Goenka does not regularly attend dharmacakra at the jagrti – plus many are aware that Sanjay Goenka is quite lax in 16 Pts and he follows casteism. All the marriages in his family are arranged within his own caste, i.e. the marwarai business community of India. One should not forget that this community is notorious for sucking the blood of others.

The question comes: Why is Goenkaji automatically granted the post of BP by Savitananda? Answer: Because Sanjay Goenka is a moneyed man. He has money and he gives big money to certain Dadas in the organisation. For that reason he is given the BP post year after year after year.

Now we come to the real issue.

At the January 2011 Ananda Nagar DMS, PP Dada (i.e. Vishvadevananda) awarded Sanjay Goenka the prize of “The Best Bhukti Pradhan” of the entire world – and Goenkaji accepted.

Yet we all know that Baba says that every bhukti pradhan must be very diligent in 16 Points. The BP must be sincere in sadhana, and follow all the personal points like asanas, fasting, use of water and much more. And the BP of course must attend dharmacakra and oppose dogmas like the caste system. Across Delhi sector and throughout the globe we have countless BP’s who are very sincere in attending to all of Sixteen Points; indeed there are so many deserving and qualified candidates. Yet “The Best Bhukti Pradhan” prize was awarded to Sanjay Goenka of Hyderabad, someone who does not even regularly attend the weekly dharmacakra at the jagrti.

Is this not shameful.

According to the teaching from the above Baba story, both the selection committee and the recipient should be rebuked harshly. They should be punished and made to rub their nose on the ground in front of all at dharmacakra and the next DMS. Otherwise they will have to face consequences for their sinful dealing life after life. If anyone is not punished for their adharmic misdeeds, they cannot escape from the Cosmic Operative Principle. So the selection committee must atone for their sin and beg apology in front of all and Goenka should stand up and say that he is not deserving of this prize. Then and only then will things be righted.

Unfortunately, the selection committee was partial and unjust, and the recipient was unworthy. It is as simple as that. It is tragic that those involved failed to learn from Baba’s divine example.

THE REAL DETERMINING FACTOR

Here Baba guides us that proper conduct – i.e. strict adherence to 16 Points – is the requisite factor for determining one’s worth. Then one is deserving of receiving a top prize like “Best Bhukti Pradhan” – otherwise not.

Baba says, “Your ideal is represented by your conduct. Your learning, your social or economic status have nothing to do with your ideal.” (Ananda Vanii #13)

Thus money and social status have nothing to do with being worthy of a prize. It must be based purely on one’s dharmic conduct. Yet Sanjay Goenka received the prize exclusively because of his financial wealth. There is no other reason.

BLACK PACT BETWEEN CAPITALISTS & PRIESTS

Why did this terrible injustice happen with the “Best BP “prize? Here following is the reason given by Baba.

Baba says, “Capitalism will never go against the priesthood nor will priests go against capitalism.” (PNS-15, Talks on Prout)

As Baba explains above there is a black pact between capitalists (Sanjay Goenka) and the priest class (our Acaryas etc). Here we should all remember that the term priest means acarya, avadhuta, and those attending to religious / dharmic duties.

Baba furthermore describes this problem.

Baba says, “Religious exploiters maintain an unholy alliance with the capitalistic exploiters. With hands upraised, a religious preceptor blesses the wealthy merchants for their future prosperity but refuses to see the faces of his poor disciples who fail to provide handsome prańámii (a fee for the priest’s blessing).” (AMIWL-7)

Similarly, PP Dada & Co were quick to recognise Sanjay Goenka because of his wealth while all those sincere margiis were skipped over by the prize committee.

HOW TO PREVENT THIS IN THE FUTURE

Those judges who select the recipients of the prizes are the main culprits as they plunged themselves into partiality. Here then Baba provides us with the key way to prevent such serious injustices in the future. Baba wants that judges should be ideal as noted below.

Baba says, “Judges should be carefully selected from among those whose strength of character is irrefutable.” (HS-1)

When this is done – when our judges are of sterling character – then we will not witness such sinful events like PP Dada bestowing a prestigious prize upon a totally undeserving candidate like Sanjay Goenka.

Namaskar,

Ishvara

Note: PLEASE FORWARD TO SANJAY GOENKA

Please send this letter to Sanjay Goenka and if you do not know his email address then send this letter to his relation, SS Goenka. This will help Sanjay Goenka to mend his ways and get the requital of his sins. Finally, if anyone has Sanjay Goenka’s email address please send that to me so I can serve him also.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’laker saurrathe saba’y nite tumi esecho…” – P.S. 1089

Purport:

Baba, You have come with the shining chariot of divine effulgence. You

have come to take everyone to the divine realm.

You do not differentiate between who is great, who is meagre, & who is

small etc. You listen to everyone’s tales– to everyone’s feeling of the

heart.

Baba, even without seeing You, I have loved You. I am always feeling

close & loving towards You. And even when I have not heard about You, I

have been attracted by Your divinity. Baba, You are so gracious. You

do not make judgements based on one’s merits or demerits. You love all,

unconditionally. And I understand that You are always present– across

all time and space.

O’ my dearmost, You have done so much for me, and in return You do

not want anything. In spite of knowing about hundreds of defects in me,

You have made me Yours and accepted me as Your own.

Baba, You have showered Your causeless grace on me. You have come here

on this dusty earth to take everyone onto the path of divinity. Baba,

You are so gracious…

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Physical Food and Future

Baba says, “Future generations will spend more of their time and energy on subtle psychic and psycho-spiritual activities, so their demand for physical food will decrease.” (PNS-13, p.47)

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From: “Laksmii Devii”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: My Beloved in “Madhupur”

Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 19:26:40 +0530

Baba

== MY BELOVED IN “MADHUPUR” ==

Namaskar,

Throughout the ages, great devotees and spiritualists – like Vidyapati,

Kabir, & Tagore – have employed metaphors in their songs and poetry to

describe the ecstasy of divine love.

Such metaphors – given in plain and simple language – help inspire

common people understand that there are higher aspects of devotional

life. In turn, a section of the population will seek out the deeper

meaning via inquiry and sadhana. Hence, there is great benefit to such

writings.

By His grace, our Sadguru Baba has also used indirect language, double

entendre, and metaphors to describe the more intimate relation that

develops in higher dhya’na. By this way, we are aware about and strive

to realise that type of mystical love and communion in our own sadhana.

At the same time, in the past with regards to the writings of Vidyapati

and Kabir as well as in the present with Prabhat Samgiita, there are

some leaders who have misinterpreted those metaphorical teachings and

led the common people astray.

By gaining a clearer insight as to the meaning of metaphors in

spiritually-oriented literature, we can all move more pointedly toward

out Goal, both individually and collectively.

WHY METAPHORS ARE NEEDED & THE LIMITATION OF LANGUAGE

Language is inherently limited – it cannot capture nor express the full

gamut of human emotions and feelings. Just as a young couple in love

cannot put into words the feelings they have for one another – let alone

try and explain it to others, the same is true on the path of sadhana.

Those more intimate thoughts and feelings of dhya’na like madhura bhava

are not easily expressed in words. Yet those feelings exist and are well

within the range of human experience. It is just that language is often

incapable of conveying those subtle devotional states.

Guru bob se shiis’a’ ka’l…

Baba says, “It has been said that when someone wants to tell another

about Parama Purus’a, at the time of speaking neither is the

symbolization of the words possible, nor is the symbolization of what is

heard by the listeners possible. That is, for both speaking and

listening the symbolization of words is difficult. It is indeed a

difficult state and the Guru becomes dumb and the disciple becomes deaf.

What can the Guru [do] except become dumb? Because of the limited scope

of language, He cannot express Himself. How can Parama Purus’a be

symbolized in words?” (AFPS-6)

Thus, given the inherent limitation of language, yet the very real need

to convey a particular idea, great poets have expressed their

realisation through metaphors, using common language and analogies to

hint at their main idea.

VIDYA’PATI’S WRITING

The great sadhaka Vidya’pati has written many poems about higher sadhana

experiences, one of which is “Hari gela’ Madhupura’ ha’ma kulaba’la'”.

In this poem Sri Vidya’pati is using very common words to convey a

sublime idea. That way the general population can at least get a glimpse

of what he is talking about. In the end, those with a little bit of

insight will understand that Vidya’pati is indirectly describing a very

high state of mind, whereas some will just take it as face value. And it

is the former who should and will educate the common people as to the

meaning of those writings.

Hari gela madhupur can be misinterpreted in two ways.

Hari is a boy’s name, Madhupur is a city in North Bihar, ha’ma means I

am, kula means prestigious family, and ba’la means daughter.

Thus the literal meaning is that, “I am a daughter of a prestigious

family and I am on my way to see my boyfriend Hari in the town of Madhupur.”

That is one way to understand – albeit a grossly literal one – and

interpret Vidyapa’tis poem.

Of course those with greater curiosity and insight will understand that

the meaning must be something more than that. After all, Viaya’pati was

a great sadhaka and poet – surely his intention was something more.

BABA’S PERFECT EXPLANATION

By Baba’s grace, He has given us the ideal explanation of the metaphor

which Vidya’pati has used in his poem.

Baba says, “The kulakun’d’alinii resides in the kula, that is, in the

last bone of the vertebral column. In Sanskrit kun’d’alinii means

“coiled”, “serpentine loop”, “serpentine coil”. Jilipii [a fried sweet]

is also called kun’d’alinii in Sanskrit because it is coiled. The poet

Vidya’pati has said: Hari gela’ Madhupura’ ha’ma kulaba’la’ [“The Lord

is in Madhupur, that is, in the sahasra’ra cakra; I am kulaba’la’”].”

“Where is Hari [the Lord]? He is in Madhupur. “Madhupur” means the

sahasra’ra cakra. In Vaes’n’ava Tantra, the sahasra’ra is “Madhupur”.

From “Madhupur”, “Madhura” and “Mathura” have been derived. So Mathura

is not only the town in Uttar Pradesh, it is also the sahasra’ra cakra.

Ha’ma kulaba’la’ – “I am kulaba’la’,” that is, “I am the jiivashakti

[divinity of the individual] sleeping in the last vertebra.” Kulaba’la’

does not here mean “the daughter of a [prestigious] family”.” (DKG)

Thus by Baba’s elaboration the meaning is perfectly clear. Hari refers

to Parama Purusa, Madhupur means the sahasrara cakra (madhu means nectar

and pur means place) or the place where nectar secretes, kul refers to

the base cakra, bala refers to the unit being. The overall meaning is

that, “I the jiivatma am restless to go see my Lord in Madhupur.” It

refers to a sadhaka’s deep desire to bring the mind from the lower most

point up to the crown cakra, the place of divine communion.

So Vidyapati’s poem is full of full spiritual meaning and significance

and he used such simple yet indirect language both to attract the common

people and because words in general fail to fully convey a sadhaka’s

sublime experience in dhya’na. Thus he had to resort to a metaphor which

even common people could begin to understand.

Verily, over the course of history, so many greats – from Jayadeva in

the Giita Govindum to Kabir in his poetry to Tagore in Ravindra Samgiita

– have described high spiritual experiences using metaphors in plain and

simple language.

Baba Himself has validated this approach.

BABA EXPLAINS THE CARVINGS

For instance, when Baba visited the famous Konark temple in Orissa, then

during that field walk He talked about the carvings on the walls of the

temple. Those carvings graphically display male and female bodies

engaged in a deep embrace and union. And Baba is telling to Ac

Raghunathji and others present on that field walk that this carving

depicts divine love.

Baba pointed out that if one looks at the facial expression and manner

of the eyes, then it is quite clear that those devotional artists are

not talking about crude sexual matters but rather highly spiritual love.

Just those artists used the metaphor of physical attraction to convey

the ecstasy that can be experienced in sadhana. They had no other words

nor images by which to communicate their intention to the common people.

But those citizens with just a little bit of insight and curiosity

understood well that those high-minded sages and artists had a more

subtle message to share.

THOSE WITH SADHANA MUST INTERPRET

Given the fairly widespread use of metaphors in spiritual songs, poetry

and literature, it then becomes the duty of those with more spiritual

insight to unravel that metaphor so all can understand at least a little

of what is being conveyed.

All in all it needs strong sadhana to understand and explain those

metaphors.

The same can be the said of Prabhat Samgiita. Deeper realisation is

needed to give a proper purport of Baba’s songs.

Unfortunately, unqualified or selfish people invariably put forth their

own interpretation that misguides the common people. We even see this

happening within our Marga.

If a person simply misunderstands a spiritual poem or passage, that can

be easily forgiven and corrected. But when a person of a certain post or

social status broadcasts their misguided interpretation to advance their

own agenda, then that obviously has to be addressed in a stronger manner.

BABA’S SUBTLE TEACHINGS IN PRABHAT SAMGIITA

We all know that Baba’s divine world of Prabhat Samgiita describes the

full range of realistions, emotions, and devotional states felt by

sadhakas. Through Prabhat Samgiita, Baba is communicating with us and

giving us a medium to express our most intimate feelings.

Of course, so many sincere sadhakas have developed a link with Baba’s

compositions of Prabhat Samgiita, and this has greatly enhanced their

sadhana and devotional feeling.

Yet there are some others who have severely misinterpreted Baba’s songs.

Here are a few examples of certain leaders who could not understand the

spirit of Baba’s Prabhat Samgiita. You can decide for yourself to what

degree they politicized their interpretation.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA MISUNDERSTANDING #1:

THESE SONGS ARE NOT ABOUT MAHAPRAYAN

There is an entire genre of Prabhat Samgiita that fall within the

category of melancholic songs. In such songs, the sadhaka is in a high

state of mind – a deeply devotional bhava – and feels the close

proximity of Parama Purusa, but not the extreme closeness that he yearns

to have with Baba.

Because of this, the sadhaka feels a sense of separation and pain, i.e.

melancholia. And in that deeply devotional state of melancholic longing,

the sadhaka may say, “Oh my dearmost Parama Purusa, where have You gone,

why have You left me.”

The inner meaning is that, “Baba even if you are one inch away from me

that is too far, or even if you are coming in my dhyana, still that is

not enough, I want you even more close. I want to lose myself in You

completely.”

So that is the direction in which those songs are moving. With a sadhana

oriented mind-set one can easily understand the deeply devotional nature

of these melancholic songs. They represent an intimate connection

between the bhakta and Parama Purusa.

In no way, shape or form is that meaning of the song that Parama Purusa

has really gone away somewhere – forever. Rather Baba is employing a

common, easy-to-understand metaphor to depict a sadhaka’s longing in

sadhana.

Yet some in the Tiljala camp have propagandized these melancholic songs

as Mahaprayan songs as a means to justify their dogmatic program that

Baba has left. Either they really think that Baba has gone so they feel

that these melancholic songs point in that direction, or they are so

infatuated with making the Kolkata Mahaprayan program into a huge event

that they are even willing to ruin Baba’s Prabhat Samgiita to suit their

groupist agenda. Which is the case, that is for others to decide.

The main idea is that in Prabhat Samgiita, Baba is not saying that He is

has really left. Dry minded people might interpret it that way. But

those with even a little spiritual wealth know that melancholic songs

describe the intimate longing between bhakta and Parama Purusa, and

there is no question that Baba has really left.

That is one area of misinterpretation of Prabhat Samgiita.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA MISUNDERSTANDING #2:

NOT JUST ABOUT “FEMALE DEVOTION” ETC

Then there is another type of song in Baba’s Prabhat Samgiita collection

that depict how a sadhaka is waiting desperately for Parama Purusa to

grace him by coming in dhyana. The sense is that the sadhaka has done

half-bath, sung bhajans and Prabhat Samgiita, performed shuddhis and the

various sadhana lessons, and is now yearning to have Baba in dhyana.

And in His Prabhat Samgiita lyrics, Baba may use the metaphor of a

female. The female has prepared her hair nicely with braids and flower

garlands and has done so much to attract her beloved, but alas He is not

coming.

In the above metaphor, Baba is employing an everyday common example that

everyone can relate with to express the universality of longing in

sadhana. He is teaching everyone the type yearning one should have and

cultivate in their devotional life. The above metaphor does not at all

imply that this is song exclusively for female sadhakas. No one should

take it in this way.

Rather Baba is teaching us all about a’kuti, strong spiritual longing.

Just as the female has anxiously prepared her hair and dress in excited

anticipation for her rendez-vous, a sadhaka has done so many

preparations like half-bath, kiirtan, 3rd lesson etc in order to get

Baba in dhyana.

So such Prabhat Samgiita songs like Toma’r ta’re nishi ja’ga’ (PS

#1068), are songs for all sadhakas, irregardless of one’s gender.

Yet in her book “Awakening of Women”, Didi A’nanda Rucira has grossly

misunderstood the inner meaning of Baba’s metaphorical language and

instead put forth the false notion that Baba has explicitly written such

songs for sisters / Didis.

When in reality, our AM does not differentiate between male and female

sadhakas. The devotional teachings are for all, irregardless of one’s

gender. Anyone with a bit of devotional insight will easily understand

that Baba is employing a common metaphor to teach the people that this

same type of yearning is also present in the spiritual realm – except it

is much deeper.

That is the idea that Baba is conveying in His Prabhat Samgiita. Yet

because this intimate feeling is not easy to put into words, He employs

the analogy of a young maiden in love. That way people can easily

connect with the feeling of the song and cultivate the notion that such

strong longing is an essential facet of deep sadhana.

So none should get swayed into thinking that Baba has written this

Prabhat Samgiita exclusively for sisters or that Baba is describing

goddess worship – both of which Didi Ananda Rucira advocates in her book.

Of course Baba has done so much for women’s welfare, women’s rights, and

the dignity of women. That cannot be denied – we are all familiar with

Baba’s vast selection of works and teachings in this regard.

Yet at the same time, in their confusion, no one should believe or

propagandize certain Prabhat Samgiita as beings songs for women due to

the gross misunderstanding of a simple metaphor.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA MISUNDERSTANDING #3:

NOT ABOUT BOYFRIEND OR GIRLFRIEND RELATION

In nearly all of Baba’s songs, especially the devotional order of

Prabhat Samgiita as opposed to the social songs for occasions like

birthdays etc, there is a distinct longing and attraction involved –

i.e. the desire to get Parama Purusa. This simple message every sadhaka

in AM understands.

Yet so-called performers like Jyotsna (SUVA) sing Prabhat Samgiita in

night clubs and pubs to wild crowds of drunken youths who are bound up

in lustful desires and Jyotsna is teaching and guiding them that these

songs describe what they are feeling.

This obviously is gross injustice to Prabhat Samgiita and if Jyotsna has

recently stopped this approach of hers then that is great and a public

apology will be delivered. But tragically for years and years, Jyotsna

has been using Prabhat Samgiita for her own fame as a nightclub

superstar and sending the wrong message to the people.

We have to remember that in the days of old – especially in India –

people were very strict in sexual matters so those poets would use the

analogy or metaphor of worldly love without fear that people would

indulge or misunderstand the message. But now in this present era of

extreme materialism, everything gets twisted in a sensual and sexual

manner- from songs to movies to advertisements etc. So people easily

think any type of attraction must refer to sexual attraction.

Such things happened with the misunderstanding of tantra, the Krsna –

Radha metaphor and so many others. These things got twisted in a sexual

manner.

That is why Baba is very careful and explicit that His Prabhat Samgiita

must not be played on the radio or be used as filmy songs. Because He

knows the common mass would misunderstand in this materialistic era.

Thus when anyone is promoting Prabhat Samgiita in nightclubs or any

other type of venue, then they are directly going against Baba’s wish

and we must oppose such things.

SADHANA IS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND

In order to understand Prabhat Samgiita or any of Baba’s devotional

teachings, strong sadhana is needed. Practical experience is required to

understand the devotional theory or philosophy.

It is just like how one cannot understand the taste of something sweet

until it is eaten. Likewise in the realm of devotion, theory alone is

not enough.

We must sincerely practice sadhana to understand Baba’s

spiritual-cum-devotional guidelines. When sadhana is high then one can

see and understand different aspects of AM literature, including Prabhat

Samgiita.

Because during sadhana, Baba gives higher feelings in the mind. And with

that higher mind, one can understand His indirect teachings in the

proper way.

Those who do not practice sadhana properly and cannot appreciate the

idea of bhava, they cannot understand all the subtle points and

metaphors used in Prabhat Samgiita.

If anyone is a layman and they make a mistake due to their own blindness

then that is excusable. Whereas if a public official is openly promoting

a misguided idea like pornography then the situation is very serious and

must be addressed strongly.

Thus when certain people – i.e. a few people – in AM are promoting wrong

ideas, and when such people are long-time acaryas, famous performers, or

leaders of a group etc, then the situation is serious and those matters

must be met head on, lest common sadhakas get misguided and swayed by

those wrong things.

Here the overall aim is to clarify Baba’s use of indirect language and

metaphors for everyone’s benefit. We should all work together in this

regard and identify and reject any and all wrong interpretations.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace when we practice sadhana sincerely and understand all

His teachings properly, then we are sure to reach the Goal.

Baba says, “Human beings have been aspiring for this final liberation

since time immemorial and those who have understood it should know that

they do not have to wait for it endlessly form one life to another. In

this very life convert your psychic symbolization into psycho-spiritual

symbolization and become and emancipated being.” (AFPS-6)

Namaskar,

Laksmii

Note 1: KABIR’S USE OF METAPHOR

In the great poet’s Kabir’s songs and writings, He often employs

metaphors, indirect language, and double-entendre, something that can be

interpreted in two ways.

In one particular song, it is stated: My blanket is raining and the

water is drenching.

This of course does not make much sense.

With a more devotional application of mind though, we can understand the

meaning as, “I am crying for the Lord, my tears are raining down into my

palms, my palms are drenched in those tears of love.”

One of the main sources of confusion stems from the fact that the word

for hand and water is the same. Yet those who have done sadhana and

understand Kabir’s intention can properly understand and translate his

poems. They will be linked with the spiritual message of Kabir’s writings.

Note #2: OTHER THINGS ABOUT PRABHAT SAMGIITA

Here are some other points & misunderstandings about Prabhat Samgiita.

1) Not everyone in AM understands that the songs about Lord Shiva and

Lord Krsna are NOT meant to be sung by margiis. These are not our

devotional songs. Baba has given those songs for devotees of those other

two Taraka Brahmas. In His kindness, Baba does not want overlook any

bhatka. He has given something for all, even bhaktas of Lord Shiva and

Lord Krsna. A few margiis seem to think that songs of Lord Shiva and

Lord Krsna are for our devotional practices and they sing them at

paincajanya and dharmacakra etc, but this is not the proper approach. We

should keep a strict, one-pointed devotional approach and only sing for

Baba.

2) In many, many songs, Baba makes use of indirect language such as

words like Bandhu (Friend), Sakha (Friend), Priyo (Dear), Priyatama

(Dearmost) etc. But we understand that these words have dual meanings

and apply the right one in our ideation. We do not think that the song

is for our friend at work, but rather Baba is goading the mind to create

a more intimate relation with Parama Purusa like that of friend or

dearmost.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Toma’re smariya’ supath dhariya’ kariya’ ya’bo a’mi toma’ri ka’j…”

(P.S. 2181)

Purport:

Baba remembering You, I will move on the righteous path. By this way I

will go on serving You– fulfilling Your desire. O’ the dearmost Jewel of

my mind, by Your grace always I will move towards You– forgetting the

past, removing the staticity, and avoiding all sorts of dogma. By Your

grace, with the stroke of my feet I will crush my selfishness. And by

Your grace I will look towards everyone’s needs and requirements. I will

engage myself in everyone’s service.

Everyone’s happiness is my happiness. This very idea I will contemplate

in a new way from today onwards. Baba, by Your grace, and thinking about

Your love, Your greatness, & ideating on You– I will become one with

You. All my narrowness will be destroyed and my whole existence will be

transformed into vastness, by Your grace. Baba, with Your divine touch,

my whole existence will be vibrated in ecstasy. And what way You bless

me, You will qualify me according to Your liking & I will be transformed

into that. And having all those things I

will serve You according to Your desire…

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From: “Shantatma Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Story: When Baba was 12 Yrs Old

Date: Sun 24 Apr 2011 14:33:02 +0530

Baba

== STORY: WHEN BABA WAS 12 YEARS OLD ==

Namaskar,

One day when Baba was around 12 years old, He was sitting in front of

His house

when one middle-aged man appeared on the road. The man was standing

silently on one leg with his palms together.

(Note: This is one-legged stance is a particular body posture or mudra

used by so-called brahmins to show deep reverence when they pray to

their god. However, this person in the road was not a “brahmin”, but

rather a so-called harijan or untouchable. The man was standing in this

position to show his own lowly status and express great respect to the

landowners.)

The place where Baba was sitting was slightly higher than the level of

the road, as the front yard of the house and entryway were raised up.

The man looked at Baba and said, “Where is the respected master of the

house?”. The man was referring to Baba’s esteemed father.

The young Baba eagerly called to the man and asked why he was standing

in the road.

Baba then graciously invited the man to come up and sit next to Him on a

mat that had been placed on the ground.

The man replied, “That higher ground is not my place. I am a harijan so

I cannot sit up there – on a mat on higher ground.”

Baba politely responded, “I am inviting you. As long as I am here there

is no problem. You are welcome to come sit here. Please come.”

The man became very scared and said, “I am not going to do that.”

Baba gently pleaded, “What is going to happen (wrong) if you come and

sit here – it is my request.”

The man replied, “If I sit there I will be beaten.”

Baba kept insisting and pleading for the man to come up and take a seat

and He promised that He would not allow any harm to come to the man.

Baba said that my father will be back in one hour and you are welcome to

wait here with me.

Ultimately, the man refused and left the scene.

BABA TAKES THE VOW

The young Baba was unhappy seeing how this aged man was totally bound

and shackled by caste dogma. The caste system had made the man believe

that he was sub-human, inferior, low, and worthless.

It was on that day that Baba took the strong vow to remedy the situation

and create a human society based on universality where all are treated

as equal human beings. That moment Baba decided to eradicate all caste

distinctions.

HORRORS OF CASTE SYSTEM

As we all know there are so many horrors, injustices, and humiliating

aspects of the caste system that have been entrenched in Indian society

for thousands of years. Today, by Baba’s grace, things have improved a lot.

But in that pre-World War II era when Baba was still a boy, most caste

distinctions were thriving.

Baba says, “The evils of the caste are nowhere better known than in

India.” (AFPS-7)

Note: We all know that similar evils exist in the form of racism,

communalism, and overall hatred in all parts of the globe, whether it be

genocide in Africa, gang rapes in Los Angeles, or street violence in

France etc.

Some examples of caste denigration in India include:

So-called low caste people would wear a degrading cow-bell around their

neck so as to warn others that an “untouchable” was coming down the

street. Then general citizens would be sure not to touch that low caste

being and not even let their shadow touch them.

So-called low caste people were also made to wear a broom attached to

their backside so that the dirt or mud road would not be polluted by the

feet of those so-called untouchables.

And here Baba points out other horrors about the caste system:

(A) In this below quote, the so-called low caste people were brutally

punished and tortured if they heard vedic chants.

Baba says, “The Antyaja Shu’dras, if they even heard the Vedic chants,

or the controlling Vedic mantra aum, or the Savitr Rk mantra, would be

committing a great sin and molten lead would be poured into their ears

so that their hearing would be destroyed forever.” (NSS, Disc: 5)

It goes without saying that it was absolutely forbidden for such

so-called lower caste people to go to any temple and worship etc.

(B) Here Baba points out how the caste system deemed shudras to be the

lowest of the low.

Baba says, “Even the Supreme Entity, that formless omnipresent Parama

Brahma who equally belongs to all, who is the light of all light, the

dearest and nearest One, is also denied. It has been said in the above

shloka that the Vipras [Brahmans, intellectuals] have been born out of

the mouth of Brahma’ [the Creator]; the valorous Ks’atriyas [warriors]

have emerged out of His hands; the Vaeshyas [capitalists] out of His

thighs; and the Shuudras [labourers] out of His feet.” (APH-5)

(C) In this below paragraph, it is shown how low caste people were not

even allowed to get their own water from the well if they were thirsty,

for fear that they would pollute the water. They had to wait and hope to

be given water by others.

Baba says, “The prince alighted from his horse and, saluting him, asked,

“O Brother! Are you in difficulty”? Before the man could answer, the

prince understood from his countenance that he was thirsty and, as he

had not drawn water even though he has a bucket and rope by his side, he

must be a so-called “untouchable”. So that prince himself raised a

bucket of water and said to him, “Methinks you are thirsty. Drink this

water and then tell me of your needs”. The man drank water to his

heart’s content.” (GL)

(D) Here below Baba further points out the humiliation thrust upon the

so-called lower caste people.

Baba says, “Hundreds of dogma were imposed on people: “Do not do this,

it is prohibited. If you do it you will go to hell.” The effect of such

a statement was to inject a fear complex into people’s minds. According

to mythology, the so-called upper castes were born from the mouth of

god. It was stated that the so-called low caste people were not entitled

to wear shoes on their feet or carry umbrellas over their heads in upper

caste neighbourhoods.” (APH-5)

More about cast distinctions have been cited in the notes after the

signature. Suffice to say here that casteism struck deep into the psyche

of the people.

Baba says, “For centuries so-called low caste people have lived a life

of humiliation and insult, and consequently their minds have become

inert. Tragically, they accept this condition as the result of their

fate.” (PNS-17)

By Baba’s grace He has taken the vow to remove all caste distinctions,

and this has been a tremendous boon for our human society.

THE FIRST PA IN ANANDA MARGA

As one might recall, the first PA in Ananda Marga was PK Chatterjee and

he was a brahmin by birth. Those days Baba was still living in his

mother’s house and when PK Chatterjee would arrive then all the members

of the house would come and touch PA’s feet, because he was born of

higher caste than Baba’s loakik family.

Then in secret, in that same house, PK Chatterjee would massage Baba’s

feet, recognising Baba as the Sadguru. Such is the liila of Parama Purusa.

Here the point is that casteism touched all aspects of Indian society,

even within Baba’s own house.

Then that fateful day Baba told His mother that casteism was totally

unjust and that He would wipe it out entirely.

She replied, “Oh my son, in the past so many people have made similar

declarations but nobody could change it. In that case what can You

really do.”

Baba’s mother was not aware of Who He is, so that was another part of

the liila.

As Ananda Margiis we understand well who Baba is and how He has

graciously set the wheels in motion to eliminate casteism and so many

harmful isms from this earth.

BABA’S REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH

Baba step by step tore down the caste system through two distinct

methods: His practical programs and by illuminating this world with His

spiritual vibration.

On the practical side, here are a few things Baba has done.

1. He gave tantric diiksa (spiritual initiation) to all people,

irrespective of their birth etc, and made acaryas out of both so-called

untouchables and so-called brahmins. Our acarya culture is a mix of all

peoples, wherein even so-called untouchables who became acarya receive

pranam from others.

2. Baba insisted that no one (i.e. so-called brahmins) entering AM could

keep their sacred thread and sacred hair. Those things had to be cut off.

3. Baba instituted inter-caste and inter-race marriages, i.e.

revolutionary marriages. This was a huge change because in India even

the Muslims adhered to the caste system, whereas throughout the Islamic

world caste system is not followed.

So by the above programs and more, Baba graced this earth by undoing

thousands of years of caste distinctions and injustices. And with His

neo-humanism, He has set the stage to wipe out similar injustices all

over the globe. Because each and every land has their own issues of

hatred and exploitation.

Of course the brahmin priests were furious with Baba as they felt He was

making attacks on their Hindu way of life. They felt severely

threatened, yet Baba did not yield. By His grace He has spread the ways

of manav dharma and one human society to all.

Thus both through His practical programs and all encompassing grace, He

has cleared the pathway to wipe out casteism and all isms and hatred

from this earth entirely.

And it all began on the fateful day when the simple man stood out in

front of Baba’s house. That was the way Baba chose to unfold His liila.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace our Ananda Marga is based on the universal sentiment of

one human society where are all treated with equal love and respect.

This grand idea is reaching every aspect of human life, by His grace.

Baba says, “In our Ananda Marga, the entire human race is considered one

family, bound by the common bonds of love. In A’nanda Ma’rga, one

introduces oneself as a mere living being, so here it is impossible to

establish anything but a caste-less society.” (TK-2)

Namaskar,

Shantatma

Note 1: CASTEISM RUINS ONE’S MENTAL STRUCTURE

Baba’s below example graphically displays how caste distinctions seep

deep into the mind and ruin the human intellect.

Baba says, “Repression directly affects the subconscious mind. Gradually

the psychic structure is severely damaged, and finally the mind is

totally changed. The result is that people are inflicted with a

defeatist psychology and an inferiority complex. Let me give you an

example. The headmaster of a Harijan school once asked a student to

fetch him some drinking water, but the boy did not move. Instead he

asked a non-Harijan friend in a low voice to do as the headmaster

requested. But the headmaster intervened and asked the boy why he would

not comply with the request. The student replied, “Sir, I am an

untouchable by caste. How can you drink water touched by me?” This is an

example of how repression can bring about a change in the psychic

structure.” (PNS-17)

Note 2: DO NOT GET POLLUTED BY THEIR SHADOW

Here Baba is showing how even the great Shankaracarya was prone to caste

distinctions as he did not want to be touched or polluted by a so-called

untouchable.

Baba says, “Lord Shankaracharya was an erudite scholar. He has

over-thrown Buddhism and revived Brahmanya religion, but there was a

lack of full harmony between his principles and practices. Once after

having a dip in the Ganges at Kashii, he was returning towards the road

and he saw an untouchable walking with a number of dogs. For fear of his

body being touched he attempted to bypass them. Then the untouchable

said: “O Lord! Is this the result of your principle that there is only

Brahma and nothing else? You are known by the name Brahmajina’ni. The

feeling of differentiation is developed even by treating a pariah as

mean.” (SS-1)

Note 3: DISRESPECT TO SENIORS

In this below example, even small kids were indoctrinated into the

superiority of the caste system and older people were forced to bow down.

Baba says, “Even a five- or six-year-old boy from the so-called upper

caste would extend his feet to accept pran’a’m from an eighty-year-old

man of a lower caste. Those young boys did not feel the slightest prick

of conscience or humanity. This was the ill result of caste

distinctions. But today that opportunistic structure of casteism has

already been destroyed, it can collapse at any moment.” (SC-11)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Ke ghumiye a’che tumi ja’n, d’a’k diye ya’o…” (P.S. 2179)

Purport:

Baba, as the Savior and Controller of the whole universe, You are well

aware about who is sleepy and drowsy, and who has lost the path of divine

effulgence. Baba, You know everything.

Those who have lost the Goal, You always call them and show them the

right path. Those who are crying bitterly after facing their defeat, with

Your divine compassion You graciously show them the proper path for their

forward journey– and help them move ahead. Baba, You are the Sadguru.

Hence those who remain forgetful about You as well as those who are

always calling You with deep adoration full of longing and tears, with both

these two opposite types of people, You shower Your divine grace on all–

without any differentiation.

Baba, Your grace is for everyone. But crude people are not realising that

You are gracious on them also. Whereas devotees realise. That is the

difference. Baba, You grace everyone; Your greatness & glory is beyond

explanation…

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About the Wealthy

Baba says, “It must always be remembered that the value of money lies in

its proper use. If more money is accumulated than what is necessary, it

becomes valueless for want of use. To the extent that you keep idle and

valueless money with you, to that extent you become responsible for the

injustices done to the hungry and the naked. Your valueless hoard will

have to be made valuable by providing opportunities for use by others.

Those who do not know the right use of money on the basis of the

exchange of mundane resources are in fact the enemies of society.”

(HS-1, p.41)

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From: “Shantatma Deva”

Subject: When Road Signs Are Wrong

Date: 23 Apr 2011 20:33:11

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

== WHEN ROAD SIGNS ARE WRONG ==

Namaskar,

““I am that Vireshvijay Vasumallik,” he replied. Saying this, he threw

himself into the water. The rapids flung his body around violently and

carried him off towards a deep cavern. After that his body sank and

disappeared from sight. A sudden strong gust of wind blew at my back

from the direction of the forest. Then the gust of wind started blowing

towards the mountain in front of me. All around me I could hear the

sound; son, son, son. If someone else had been there they would not have

heard anything else, but in the middle of this son-son sound I could

hear Vireshvijay’s last words ma’-ma’-ma’ go [mother, mother, oh my dear

mother]. With steadfast eyes I looked at the rapids. Unknowingly, my

eyes lighted on a few drops of water. In all directions one could hear

the hills reverberating with the sound – ma’-ma’-ma’ go.” (SC-1, Disc: 4)

The above is the concluding paragraph of Baba’s dramatic story about the

great revolutionary Vireshvijay Vasumallik in Shabda Cayanika part 1.

Baba, being the supreme storyteller extraordinaire, narrates this

history about Vireshvijay’s epic confrontation with the British invaders

in riveting fashion.

Anyone not familiar with the story should certainly take time to read it.

“SON, SON, SON”

Unfortunately there is one serious mistake in the translation and

publication of this story, and in particular in the last paragraph,

noted above.

At one point, Baba is describing how the wind is blowing.

The publishers wrote: “A sudden strong gust of wind blew at my back from

the direction of the forest. Then the gust of wind started blowing

towards the mountain in front of me.”

Baba narrates the scene further.

And the publishers wrote, “All around me I could hear the sound; son,

son, son.”

According to this translation, it appears to the reader that the sound

or word reverberating in the wind is “son, son, son”, which of course

would refer to the male child of a mother or the cherished son of one’s

homeland.

And since Vireshvijay is the courageous native son of that land, and

since Vireshvijay is about to meet his tragic death, and since in that

final moment Vireshvijay himself calls out, ma’-ma’-ma’ [mother, mother,

oh my dear mother], then it certainly seems like someone or something is

crying out for her son – whether it be some type of spirit, a ghost or

goddess of that land, or mother nature; and in response, our tragic hero

is replying back: Mother, mother, oh my dear mother. It might even seem

to the reader that Vireshvijay leaped to his death in response to the

call of some ghostly or ethereal motherly figure. That is the way the

story reads.

But that is not at all what is going on. Due to a critical error in

translation / publication, the entire meaning is skewed, altered and the

reader is led astray.

WHAT IT REALLY MEANS

In that culminating scene of this most dramatic story, Baba is artfully

describing the sound of the wind.

The publishers wrote: “A sudden strong gust of wind blew at my back from

the direction of the forest. Then the gust of wind started blowing

towards the mountain in front of me.”

That part is ok.

But then the publishers wrote: “All around me I could hear the sound;

son, son, son.”

This is where the problem lies.

When the publishers wrote, “son, son, son,” it seems that a ghost or

mother nature or some ethereal mother is calling out to her native son,

Vireshvijay. That is the impression that any reader would get based on

what the publishers printed.

But in reality, something entirely different is going on.

In His colourful manner of narration, Baba is making and describing the

sound of the wind itself.

In Hindi or Bengali, the phonetic spelling of the sound a large gust of

wind makes when it is rushing through the mountains or forest is: shon’,

shon’, shon’ (with a nasal “n” at the end).

Or there may be a better way to write it, perhaps shoun’, but the sense

is that Baba is actually making the sound of the wind as one would do in

Hindi or Bengali. That is what is meant and indeed stated.

In which case the translators / publishers should have written:

“Whoosshh, whoooshh, whooshh”, or some other term or phrasing in English

that would denote that Baba is describing or emulating the sound of the

wind as it rushes through the forest. And then the word could be

italicised as well, further indicating that Baba is describing an actual

sound.

But the translators missed this point entirely. They misunderstood

Baba’s divine way of storytelling. And they took it literally that the

wind was speaking the English word “son, son, son”, as in the case of a

male child of one mother.

Thus any reader will be terribly confused and led astray.

Because again, in reality, Baba is describing the way the fast blowing

wind is howling through the forest landscape, rustling all the leaves.

We have all heard such sounds before. And the phonetic way of writing

that sound in Hindi would be something like: shon’, shon’, shon’, with

nasal sounding “n” at the end.

So that sound is not at all the English word “son”, as in “son” or

“daughter” or “male offspring”.

Unfortunately, our publishers – albeit their intentions were innocent in

contrast to certain blatant and manipulated distortions that have been

made in the past – could not properly nor accurately depict

what Baba was telling.

In result, this great story from Shabda Cayanika about the revolutionary

hero Vireshvijay is tainted and ends in confusion as if some ghost or

other-worldly being is crying out for her lost native son to commit

suicide etc. And that Baba is glorifying such acts.

Such is the extent of the misportrayal of the current English edition of

this book, Shabda Cayanika part 1.

A truly dharmic and unique history has been severely tainted.

CORRECTING THE WRONG

Needless to say, this error in translation or publication should be

corrected at the earliest. If those publishers wait for the publication

of the next edition of Shabda Cayanika part 1 in order to correct the

error, then that may take decades and over that time the correction will

ultimately be forgotten. And the book will be reprinted in its current

faulty state – leading readers astray.

Best then is if an errata page is made today itself and a formal

statement issued by the Publications Dept in order to clarify the error.

Then everyone will be properly informed and there will no longer be

confusion about this wonderful passage.

AM SCRIPTURE IS OUR ROAD SIGN

We must remember that our AM sha’stra or scripture is like a divine road

sign, clearly indicating to us where to go and how to proceed in life.

In our AM books, Baba tells us so many things: How to take a bath, what

food to eat, the cycle of brahmacakra, what is sin and what is virtue,

the history of so many lands, and yes, so many beautiful stories like

that of the great ideological revolutionary Vireshvijay.

In turn, we believe and follow those divine precepts: Paragraph by

paragraph, sentence by sentence, and word by word, thinking them to be

true to Baba’s spoken discourse.

His printed teachings – the books of A’nanda Ma’rga – are our road sign

in life. By following the word and spirit of His every teaching we are

able to progress.

Baba says, “Do this, don’t do this – to prescribe these dos and don’ts

of life is the duty of sha’stra. And why does the sha’stra prescribe

those things? For salvation and liberation sha’stras prescribe these dos

and don’ts of life.” (SS-21)

It is Baba’s boundless grace on us that He has given us the pathway to

success in the form of a written scripture. Now it is the duty of those

at the helm to ensure our AM publications are done properly. Because

when our AM books are not proper, then our entire Marga society will get

the wrong road sign in life and be led astray, even harmed.

In the notes below the signature are further examples where those in

charge have wrongly printed our AM scripture, thereby misguiding readers

and sadhakas alike.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has beautifully recounted the life and history of the

spirited revolutionary Vireshvijaya. That epic story is told with so

much passion and force – the reader can tangibly feel the efforts,

trials, and courage of this great young man who bravely gave his life

for ideology. It is a great story for us all.

Yet it is undermined by the fact that in the culminating last paragraph,

the story is wrongly printed thereby sending a confusing if not

misguiding message to the reader. This mistake must be corrected at the

earliest.

Baba says, “The scriptures containing spiritual injunctions must be

totally flawless.” (NSS, Disc: 14)

Namaskar,

Shantatma

Note 1: MUST TRANSLATE FROM THE ORIGINAL TEXT

Each and every AM discourse must be perfectly transcribed from the

original audio file into the original language and from there translated

into other languages. So a discourse originally delivered by Baba in

Hindi should be perfectly transcribed into Hindi directly and then from

that source document be translated into other languages.

At present, often times the English edition is looked upon as source

material for translation work. And that is fine when the original

discourse has been given by Baba in English. But when when the original

is in Hindi, Bengali, Telgu, or Spanish, then English should not be used

as the source. But it happens. This might be because no one is able to

translate directly from Hindi to Japanese or Swahili etc. Thus the

English edition is used as a stepping stone. So the English edition has

a big role to play at present. Unfortunately, when the English version

is incorrect, distorted or wrong, then that error will be transferred to

so many other editions. That is a major problem.

Again, the ideal manner is to have every book translated directly from

the original language. That should be our aim. Otherwise when there are

mistakes in translation into English, then those mistakes will multiply

and grow when other translations are made from the English text.

Note 2: OTHER MISTAKES IN THE AM BOOKS

Tragically, there are countless publication mistakes and errors in our

AM books. The above problem with the last paragraph about the story of

Vireshvijay is not at isolated incident. Here are other grave problems

to be aware of:

SCARED TO PRINT THAT AM IS 1ST PHILOSOPHY OF YOGA

1) Baba has clearly stated in English that AM is the first time that the

philosophy of yoga has been given. But this historic proclamation was

deleted from the printed discoruse.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2008/05/yoga-phil-was-first-propounded-by-am.html

FALSE CLAIMS OF WAR

2) Baba has clearly guided us that we are to be involved in all kinds of

noble deeds and high-minded work, yet the Publication department wrongly

printed that we are to be engaged in war, not work.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2008/10/be-engaged-in-war.html

4) And like this there are dozens and dozens, or more correctly,

hundreds and hundreds, of critical errors in our AM scripture. Proper

effort needs to be made to catalog these errors and then those in

Publications must sincerely work to correct them, not falsely justify

their wrongdoing as in the case of the AM Revolution discourse.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Sakal bha’ver a’dha’r tumi, toma’r na’me ja’i go mete…” – P.S. no. 787

Purport:

Baba, You are the base of all ideations. By Your grace I am divinely

intoxicated in Your name and song. Within my lonely eyelids I have an

incessant desire to get You.

Baba, the whole universe is filled with Your form. My mind is

resonating in Your tune and melody. In fact, all the rhythms and

all the songs have come on this earth to sing Your glory.

Baba, the whole sky is filled with Your effulgence. Your august arrival

has changed darkness into effulgence. And the iron door of the jail is

pulverized into dust. All the dogma has disappeared. The whole universe

is filled with Your divine effulgence.

Baba, everyone is ensconced in singing Your name…

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Unique Quality of Human Beings

Baba says, “The human mind has two functions–thinking and memorizing.

The more the thinking capacity increases the more the power of memory

develops. The nerve cells also change, leading to a corresponding change

in the nerve fibres. These changes create a stir and a revolution in the

world of thought.” (PNS-8, p.17)

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From: Terri Deva

To: AM-GLOBAL

Subject: Disconnected Children

Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2011 14:01:19 -0400

Baba

== DISCONNECTED CHILDREN ==

Note: Just this week a six-year old in Houston Texas (USA) brought a gun

to school which fired and three young children were injured. Sadly this

tale is but one of many as each and every day mounting horror stories

emerge about child related catastrophes in the west, most notably in the USA.

This below letter examines the root cause of such issues.

Namaskar,

As we know children represent something very special: They are the hope and

future of humanity. That is why the raising of our children is so very

important.

Because it is in those early years during childhood that so much tangible

and intangible growth occurs, in one’s mind and heart. And this remains

with children and fuels them throughout their life.

That is why Baba Himself places tremendous importance on the caring and

raising of our children.

Tragically, in this modern, materialistic era, in certain countries a

distinct gap has occurred in children’s development.

MIRAGE ABOUT “FIRST-WORLD” NATIONS LIKE THE USA

It is the common phenomenon around the globe that people automatically

assume that each and every aspect of human life in the so-called

first-world nations is the absolute best. From popular music to automobiles

and from food to education etc, people think that the Americana way of

doing is the greatest. Citizens of the materially impoverished

“third-world” nations are especially inclined to think like this. They are

most susceptible to this false outlook.

When in fact the truth stands that in so many aspects of life the western

nations are faltering terribly. Homelessness, psychic depression,

pollution, crime, inequality, sexual harassment, and poor health are but a

few of the things which hound and plague the materialistic societies of the

west– especially the USA.

In addition, one other problem is rampant in US life: Namely, the raising

of our children.

HOW CHILDREN GROUP UP IN THE WEST

In a very brief nutshell, let us take a look at how children are commonly

raised in the US. Following are just a few points and others can write in

with their observations as well.

– Starting from that very tender moment when they are just a few months

old– or even less, often are children are separated from their mothers.

Either due to the pressure of their mundane job and professional life or

due to family instability like divorce etc, mothers are often not involved

in the direct care of their babies. This is the common phenomenon.

– In that case, toddlers, infants, and crawling babies are shuttled off to

day-care centers where they are but one of dozens of children being watched

over by a single, under-paid attendant. At these “day-care” centers,

children are often neglected if not outrightly abused. Instead of getting

that needed motherly love and affection, they grow up in the cold,

factory-like environment of a commercial day-care center. Where they are

but one of dozens of crying children looking for some love and support, but

hours and days and months go by and they never get that compassionate touch.

– And in other situations, due to divorce or other family problems,

children may be forced to grow up in a house that is different from their

mother’s residence. That is their mother may be living in California and

those tiny infants may be living in some far away place– thousands of

miles away from their mother– such as in Atlanta, Georgia etc. For

whatever reason such as financial strife etc, the children may have been

sent there to live with a distant relative.

– While in other scenarios, due to the fast-paced modern way of living,

children may grow up as a mere ghost in their own house. That is, due to

their business and hectic lives, parents may not give hardly any attention

to their children. They may not give them any personal care. Such parents

do not have time to listen to their children’s stories; they do not have

time to ease their children’s worries and concerns; they do not have time

to sit and laugh and play with their children. Just with a blank face such

parents frantically roam from one activity to the next– not giving any

attention to their children. Instead they try to appease their kids with

mundane gifts such as video games and movie players etc, but that does not

satisfy a child’s inner heart and longing for parental love and affection.

– These are some of the very regular events in the life of so many children

growing up in various so-called first world nations.

By all this even the common observer can immediately see that there is a

lot of instability and lack of love in the life of many “first-world”

children– American kids.

OPPOSITE IS THE CASE WITH MANY “THIRD-WORLD” CHILDREN

Whereas we see that children growing up in many of our so-called

third-world nations are often given a lot of attention, love, and affection.

Especially in India, it is understood that children are never separated

from their mothers. Rather those infants are in their mothers arms all day

long– and all night long as well.

In that case those children always feel cared for and sheltered. Of course

there are always exceptions to the rule, but this is the common scene in

much of the “developing world”.

And this is further evidenced by the fact that children growing up in those

areas and turn into well-behaved students and ultimately become responsible

members of society who are concerned with the world around them. This

happens most of the time.

WHAT IS THE OUTCOME

But as described up above, children in “first-world” nations face an

entirely different situation while growing up and subsequently the outcome

is totally different also.

Due to on-going neglect, being left all alone, and a distinct lack of love

and affection, children often grow up disconnected from themselves,

separated from their parents, and alienated from the world around them.

And this is evidenced by highly disruptive behaviours both at home and at

school– as well as in their social life.

And when they grow up such children become adults who are engrossed in

their own troubles and not at all connected with the society or the world

around them.

This is the on-going and disturbing scene unfolding in contemporary

American life etc. About this hundreds and hundreds of scholarly articles

have been published and in addition millions and million of first-hand

human stories about this are available on the street. Indeed so many have

their tales to tell about this Americana syndrome– where people grow up

haunted by their own childhood.

BABA’S TEACHING: MATERNAL LOVE IS NEEDED

Here Baba warns us about what happens when children are raised in an

atmosphere of neglect and abandonment etc. And side by side Baba guides us

how important it is for children to grow up in a well-balanced, stable

environment where they get an ample amount of motherly love and affection–

all day long.

Baba says, “At the beginning of evolution, humans used to lead libertine

lives without any consideration for family obligations, but they gradually

developed a family instinct. However, that family instinct was no different

from that of the elephants, lions, pigeons, etc. Due to this inborn

instinct, males and females arrived at a loose but workable compromise

regarding family life. But in that there was no sense of responsibility

born out of a developed conscience; rather, due to their loose

relationships with each other, one person used to desert another and go

anywhere he or she liked. The number of such libertines was very high, and

they used to disturb the peace and harmony of the so-called family members

and become the cause of many serious quarrels.”

“The male libertines would not take responsibility for their offspring.

They used to wander freely, and as a result, the entire responsibility for

raising the children in their infancy would devolve on the mothers. But it

was not possible for the mothers alone to bear the responsibility of

maintaining the children, as a result of which many children died in early

infancy. Those who survived felt themselves to be in a sea of troubles

after they were weaned from their mother’s breast milk. Then they would be

deprived of their mother’s love, since she had to take care of the next

baby. Those were the days of the prehistoric humans. One should remember

that even in those prehistoric days, some portion of the Vedas was

composed, chiefly by the so-called family people. The life of the

libertines was just like that of the animals…”

“It was not easy to know the fathers of children even in the case of the

so-called householders, far less in that of the libertines. Children would

know only their mothers. And after they were weaned, they would forget

their mothers also. Thus being deprived of motherly love and affection at a

very early age, they had no opportunity to develop the sweeter and finer

sensibilities of the human mind. The human mind, the human intellect, was

nipped in the bud; those people had no opportunity to blossom, to gladden

the heart of the world with their sweet joy.” (NSS, Disc# 9, Shivokti-2)

Unfortunately this very situation from the days of old is also rampant now

in this modern world, most notably in our so-called first world nations.

That is the tragedy in this modern era.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s divine grace the day is sure to come when all children will grow

up in a loving environment and become great human beings.

Baba says, “Children will become assets of society in the future to the

extent that their parents or guardians discharge their duties properly.”

(Human Society-1)

Namaskar,

Tapeshvar

Note 1: MORE ABOUT THE TRAGEDIES OF CHILDREN IN THE “FIRST-WORLD”

Here Baba describes more about the tragedies children face in this modern

era in “first-world” nations like America.

Baba says, “If the mother or those with whom the children spend most of

their time is obstinate, the neglected children will, in most cases, become

noticeably obstinate, and they will have to carry this psychic ailment

around with them for a long time…”

“In some families the parents have lost their peace of mind due to

poverty or some other cause and oppress their children with or without

reason. Naturally the children lose respect for their parents, which

further aggravates family indiscipline. The parents have to put up with

more unrest, adding to their lack of peace…”

“Some parents may claim that it is impossible to maintain a balanced

life in an age full of problems, where they are extremely busy with

numerous activities. I maintain, however, that it is possible for an

intelligent parent to avoid the mistakes I have discussed. If parents fail

to carry out their basic duties, I am compelled to say that, although they

live in society, they are guilty of encouraging an antisocial mentality…”

“The main point is this: for want of a little care, children are

deprived of the opportunity to become complete human beings, even though

they have a human structure.”

(Human Society-I, ‘Education’)

Note 2: BABA’S DIVINE BLESSING: ALL ARE HIS CHILDREN

By His divine grace everyone’s future is bright and guaranteed as all are

His divine children.

Baba says, “You are all human beings. You are all dignified human beings.

Forget all fissiparous tendencies that sometimes function within the human

mind. Remember, you are the loving children of Parama Purus’a, and your

goal is Parama Purus’a. Your goal is the Supreme Entity.” (AV-14)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

PS Intro: In the below song, the flower garland stands as a metaphor for

superficial worldly achievements such as prestige, money, wealth, name and

fame etc. And the thorns on that garland represent a bewildered and chaotic

state of mind– devoid of any peace. That is the ongoing metaphor

throughout the song. In addition this song also teaches us that one should

not ask anything from Parama Purusa; one should only say, ‘O Parama Purusa,

what is best for me You know better than I, that is why I request You to

utilise me per Your desire.’

“Toma’r deoya’ jayer ma’la’ jayer ma’la’…” (PS 4840)

Purport:

Baba, the garland which You have given is filled with sharp, piercing

thorns that burn and sting. Baba, in this relative world human beings long

for and desire name, fame, and prestige. Those worldly enticements are the

flower garland. Yet side by side when You give those very worldly gains and

enticements, i.e. when they receive that flower garland, then invariably

that creates huge angst and frustration in their life. That is those angsts

and frustrations act as sharp thorns that scratch and cut them. This is the

way it all works; this is the natural law.

Baba, whatever You give with the right hand, You take back with the left

hand. That means with one hand You give wealth, prestige, and power,

according to people’s desire and with the other hand You grab their peace,

tranquility and happiness. That means when human beings ask You for money,

name and fame, and occult powers etc, then You grant those things. But then

their mind becomes intoxicated with that and they become completely

restless and lose all their mental peace. They become mad and insane and

invite their own destruction.

All around we see that high dignitaries and heads of state have to give up

their freedom and instead live like jail birds– surrounded 24hrs by

parliamentary bodyguards. Such persons of high social standing cannot go

anywhere. So on the one side they receive a high post, yet on the other

side their entire existence is like living in one jail. That is what it

means that He gives with one hand and takes back with the other. And that

is why those with huge wealth and social status have terrible tension in

their lives and all day long they suffer from so many psychic diseases.

Mental peace and contentment are beyond their imagination. Baba, in

exchange for worldly gains they lose their inner peace. Even then due to

the magical spell of maya people chase after those things. This is the

eternal liila of Parama Purusa.

Baba, Your liila is unfathomable, You entice and appease people with

khelana’*, i.e. toys; and You dress them in King’s garments etc– that is

You present them with prestige, post, and power. And in their ignorance

those common people become satisfied with those toys and they believe that

they are really a King. They actually think that their worldly empire will

last up to eternity. This is their false assumption. Baba, in this

transitory world You make everyone dance in tune, melody, and rhythm.

According to Your direction You make everyone move. Yet in their egoistic

way they think they are doing everything. Baba, this liila of Yours is

beyond human understanding.

Baba, please remove all the ignorance from my mind so that I will not

run after transitory worldly gains. Make my mind straight so I only cry and

long for You– for You alone…

ASTERISK NOTES (*):

* “Bholao kata khelana’ diye”= This line depicts how He tries to appease

devotees with various toys– i.e. worldly enticement– instead of giving

them Himself. In the following quote Baba explains more about all this.

Baba says, “A mother tries to coax and cajole her crying son, and offers

him some toys to divert his attention, so that she can work in the kitchen.

The child stops crying and forgets his mother for the time being. But if he

is a bit naughty, he will again resume his effort to reach the breast of

his mother. He will throw away the toys and cry for Mother only. And the

mother ultimately has to come and take the child on her lap. A devoted

sa’dhaka is like this child. He or she will say, “O Father, this world that

I see all around is a plethora of toys. This world took its birth at a

certain time, so it will also come to an end at some time or other. This

world has not been given permanently to anybody.” If God is asked whether

He has given this world-toy to anybody forever, He will not be able to

answer, for He does not give things forever. He gives with the right hand

and takes away with the left.”

Konuha’sa kiimananda nittam pajjalite sate.

“This means that Parama’tman has given you a rope, one end of which you are

holding, and on the other end of which He has lit a fire. Sooner or later

the fire will burn all of the rope and your hand as well. Hence one should

not ask anything from Parama’tman.” (SS-21)

Note 1: BABA’S PRAVACAN ON THIS SONG

There was a General Darshan given on June 3, 1990 during the time of DMC–

sometime after Baba had already delivered His RU address. And at that

General Darshan, Sadguru Baba graciously gave the purport of the above

Prabhat Samgiita, song #4840. In giving this purport, Baba spoke in both

Bengali and Hindi. Printed below is the transcription of the original Hindi

section followed by the English translation of both the Hindi and Bengali

sections.

Here is the original Hindi Section as spoken by Baba:

“Param Purus se kuch ma’ngnii nahiin hai…Ma’ngne se uska’ natiija’ akhir

tak accha’ nahiin hota’ hai. Tum tuma’re ba’re men jitana’ ja’nte ho,

tuma’re ba’re men jitanii ja’nka’rii hai, Param Purus usse adhik ja’nte

haen. Isliye tumha’re liye kya’ hona’ ca’hiye, kya’ nahiin hona’ ca’hiye,

kya’ tumha’rii sahii ca’h hae, tumse Param Purus acchii tarah se ja’nte haen.”

“Param Puruse ke bolte habe, ‘Tumha’ri jo khva’his ho, vahii karo jii. Tum

jo ca’hate ho, vahii karo jii. Mae kuch nahiin kahana’ ca’hata’ hun’.”

(June 3, 1990)

Here is the English translation of both the Hindi & Bengali sections:

“One should not ask anything from Parama Purusa. Why should you invite

trouble by asking. Ultimately the result of making such a request will not

be good.”

“With the left hand He is giving something and with the right hand He is

taking back. He is giving money and wealth and You have to give back Your

mental peace. Do not start making requests of Him. Do not move on that path.”

“What you know about yourself, and how much you are aware about yourself,

Parama Purusa knows more than you. So, what is good for you, what is not

good for you, what is your real need, Parama Purusa knows better than you.”

“You should say to Parama Purusa, ‘Do according to Your desire, do whatever

You like, I do not want to ask anything from You’.” (June 3, 1990)

Note 2: DO NOT ASK ANYTHING FROM PARAMA PURUSA,

IF SO YOU WILL LOSE YOUR PEACE

In this entire song– Prabhat Samgiita #4840– the key point that Baba is

gracing us with is that we are not to ask anything from Parama Purusa. That

is the golden guideline which He has given in this song. However, around

the globe, it is the common custom of human beings to ask something from

Parama Purusa. Irrespective of their nationality and religion etc, those

who believe in God often want some worldly thing from their Lord– rather

than desiring the Lord Himself. And in that case they ask for Him for

mundane things like money, prestige, etc. Most religions are sunk in this

faulty approach. But Baba’s dharmic teaching is the exact opposite. He

guides us that we are not to ask anything from Parama Purusa. That is why

in Ananda Sutram He has given, “Pra’rthana’rcana’… bhramamu’lam” (Sutra

no. 3-11). In that sutra, Baba is pointedly warning us not to engage in

such requests. One should not ask for any worldly things from Parama Purusa

as that will invite one’s demise– i.e. one will lose their peace and

tranquility. This is His divine teaching.

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The Bright Future of Sadhakas

Baba says, “Degradation is impossible for those who have accepted the

Supreme Being as the ideal of their life. Indulging in mean thoughts only

engenders crude vibrations in the citta, as the result of which you will

have to take rebirth in lower species in order to suffer the lowly

samskaras created by those crude vibrations.” (SS-3, p.63)

Note: In His above guideline Baba is warning us about what happens to those

who fail to follow the path of sadhana. Thus sincerely doing twice daily

meditation is a must for one and all. Otherwise they will suffer the fate

which Baba describes above.

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Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 08:37:23 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Baba’s Flying Messenger
From: RB_DEVA@ecectronic…

Baba

== BABA’S FLYING MESSENGER ==

Namaskar,
As Ananda Margiis, the best memories and most beautiful experiences in
our life revolve around being with Baba– either through our dreams, in
our sadhana, or being in His physical proximity. All these remembrances
bring a wave of sweetness and bliss. And truly we are blessed to have
His personal touch in this life. That is nothing but His divine grace.

One of the greatest things about Baba is that everything He does is
aimed towards bringing us closer to Him. His teachings, His stories, His
affection, His scolding, His directives, and His humour are all done for
one special reason: So that we may be drawn closer to Him and realise
His infinite love.

In that way, everything He does is for our betterment and growth and
this following story leads in this very same direction.

       “A FLYING BUFFALO HAS TOLD ME…”

We have all heard the line, ‘A flying buffalo or camel or lizard or
various other types of animals have come and whispered in my ear’. This
extremely humorous explanation was Baba’s way of telling us that He is
aware about each and every thing and that He is always with us– caring
and watching.

STORY ABOUT KAOSHIKII COMPETITION AT DMC

One time at DMC in April in Daltonganj, all the margiis and acaryas had
assembled and were excitedly waiting for Baba’s divine arrival into the
Pandal. The year was 1984. There was so much anticipation and so much
electricity in the air and our Marga was on the rise. Everyday Baba was
giving new teachings and every week more and more devotees were coming
from around the globe to be with Baba. The days of Emergency were now
long behind us and everything in AM was thriving. New people were
swarming into the Marga.

ALL WAITING FOR HIS ARRIVAL

So in that anxious moment when all were waiting for Baba’s august
presence, the pandal was filled with the devotional chanting of kiirtan.
And after every round as the kiirtan was sung, we are were sure that at
this moment Baba would make His arrival. But alas it was not to be. And
again the devotional longing would mount in kiirtan until the thought of
Him still not coming was unbearable. We were all lost in His thought and
His rhythm.

Then just as it seemed that the kiirtan would go on forever, there was a
massive call from the front of the pandal, ‘Parama Pita Baba Ki!’ and we
all shouted ‘Jai!”.

Still there was no physical sign of Baba’s arrival but we could feel
that any second He would come forth. Then again came the call ‘Parama
Pita Baba Ki’ and in unison everyone responded ‘Jai!’. This went on for
4 or 5 more rounds until the sound reached its peak and every cell of
everyone’s existence was totally focused on His coming.

BABA’S DIVINE ARRIVAL

And in that electrifying moment, Baba emerged from behind the stage and
did His folded hand blessing to all. A wave of bliss spread through the
mass of devotees who had gathered. And in a majestic way Baba walked
across the stage, using His cane in the most regal manner. Cries of,
‘Baba, Baba, Baba’ filled the air. And all the while there were Dadas
surrounding Him watching His each and every step.

When Baba reached the dais and turned to sit down, then immediately PA
Dada came forward and removed Baba’s shoes and helped get Baba
comfortably situated on His seat. Pillows were arranged and everything
was made neat and clean. A glass of water was offered to Baba and He
sipped gently from the glass taking a small amount of water.

Little by little, the sound in the Pandal began to lessen as all eyes
became fixed on Baba. Everyone was watching Him intently to see what
would happen next. Then in a joyful mood, Baba asked, ‘How is everyone?
Have you had enough to eat? Are you alright?’. And everyone responded,
‘Yes Baba’.

BABA’S FLYING MESSENGER & KAOSHIKII COMPETITION

Then came the call for brothers kaoshikii. Still at that time, kaoshikii
was relatively new, and everyone was learning to improve their rhythm
and form. So in that spirit, a kaoshikii competition was to be done in
front of Baba. So many brothers participated and Baba gently nodded
approvingly as they did their dance.

At that time, many of the margii sisters were thinking to themselves
that they would not have to dance kaoshikii today as they were not prepared.

So after the brothers finished their dance, then Baba look around and
everyone was waiting for the inevitable– for Him to request the sisters
to dance kaoshikii. But it did not happen. Baba delayed and the room was
quiet.

And then in the next moment, in Hindi Baba said, ‘A flying camel has
come and told me that the girls do not want to participate in the
kaoshikii competition’.

After saying this, then Baba was smiling and looking all around the
pandal and in response everyone started smiling and laughing.

Seeing this whole scene, then the sisters quickly came forward and said,
‘We want to participate in the kaoshikii competition’.

Then Baba replied, ‘As you like’.

And accordingly those sisters did their competition in kaoshikii and
Baba gave His approval.

BABA’S SPECIAL WAY IS ONE BOON FOR DEVOTEES

So during reporting and dharma samiiksa etc, and in various
circumstances, Baba would tell that, ‘A flying buffalo has told me…’.
This was His charming & sweet way of telling us that He is always with us.
In countless reportings He did like this.

By this expression, we are to understand that we are not alone and that
we cannot do anything in hidden or secret. We should always think that
He is watching. Through this approach, then the sadhaka will become pure
and sanctified as one will not indulge in negative things because they
will think that Baba is always watching.

And certainly, if one cultivates this habit and thinks that Baba is
always watching, then their real spiritual life starts. Furthermore,
when they start thinking in this manner all the 24 hrs, then they are
established in Brahmahood. In that stage they cannot do anything wrong.

Verily this entire process is one practical way of doing second lesson.
This process is also used in dhyana as well. Because a devotee serves
Parama Purusa then they should feel that He is watching.

WATCH OUT FOR AVIDYA MAYA

We know that human life is for sadhana but obstacles invariably come
from avidya maya. One or another trick of maya keeps the sadhaka blinded
and gives them the feeling that materialism is everything. And another
form of avidya maya pulls them away still further by giving them the
false notion that spirituality is meaningless and garbage. Indeed we all
have to be very careful about these two negative forms of avidya maya.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace when a sadhaka moves one step closer to Parama Purusa,
then one feels the presence of vidyamaya and inspiration comes in the
mind that, ‘human life is very short and my goal is Parama Purusa and I
want Him’.

When this feeling comes then the sadhaka rushes headlong to Parama
Purusa and in a very short span reaches Him. Then only does human life
become successful. In this entire approach, Guru’s grace is everything
so we should always beg for His grace. O’ Lord please be gracious.

Baba says, “The greatest human treasure is devotional sentiment,
devotional wonts. This devotional wealth must be preserved; otherwise
humanity will lose its most valuable possession. The people of the
present-day world have made considerable progress, so now they must not
permit this highest human treasure to be destroyed. Whenever we see that
the pressure of external circumstances threatens this life essence, we
should pray to the Supreme: ‘O Lord, please be kind enough to protect
our inner vitality from total destruction. Save us from the agony of
total loss’.” (NH-LOI)

Namaskar,
Rambabu

Note 1:        UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE FLYING MESSENGER

First and foremost, it is the unquestioned truth that Parama Purusa knows everything.

And sure enough, there was one way for Baba to come forward and say, ‘I
know everything’. But this He did not like to do as it sounds a bit
arrogant in this present era. In the past however, Lord Krsna did
proclaim as such because the society was ready to listen. But in this
present era, Baba chose not to say like this.

Instead, Baba opted for a more indirect approach. So He employed the use
of one ‘messenger’ who would tell Him everything. Sometimes that
messenger was a flying camel, or a flying buffalo, or a flying lizard
etc. There were so many animals who ‘came to Baba as messengers’. This
was Baba’s chosen style.

Yet internally we all know that Baba knows everything and no one really
believes that the messenger– such as a flying camel– is something
real. So this is not something to take literally. It is just Baba’s
sweet way of telling us that He knows everything.

In the past however, people have taken things literally such as when
Veda Vyasa Deo told his stories and in turn the common people built
statues based on those tales. Obviously, this type of misunderstanding
should not occur in this present era. We should clarify the point now
that Baba was just joking and those flying camel messengers were not
real. Otherwise in the future people will take it seriously and make
statues of those flying buffaloes etc. So this dogma should not be
allowed to happen.

And it won’t so long as we all know and propagate that those flying
animals were not real, just it was Baba’s sweet way of telling us that
He knows everything and that always He is watching for our welfare.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Sukhe dukhe a’mi toma’y bha’loba’si, toma’r tare ka’ndi ha’si…”
(P.S. 2679)

Purport:

Baba, in both my pleasure and pain I love You. I cry as well as laugh
for You. My entire existence is revolving around You. You are my
everything. You are the jewel of my heart– the most precious and
attractive thing. In my mental sky You are the only shining Entity, like
the full moon. You are my everything.
Baba, I do not know since which hoary past You came in my life. And
when You made everything effulgent. You created this world and since the
dawn of this creation You are. Since that time the divine effulgence is
still shining as it is–unchanged. It did not become faint. It does not
obey the time factor. It is eternal.
Baba, You are One but You are expressing Yourself in infinite ways.
You are that Singular Entity but also You have created many. This whole
creation is also Your form. So You are always playing Your divine liila
with this world which You have created. This divine liila is a mix of
darkness and effulgence. By this way and with the attraction of Your
love, sometimes You keep me close and sometimes You keep Yourself at a
distance.
Baba I am singing Your name and keeping Your warm feeling in my
heart– all the time, day and night. 24hrs. It is Your grace…

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Definition of “Real Discipline”

Lord says, “And what is discipline? The Sam’skrta term for `discipline’
is ‘anusha’sanam’. And what is anusha’sanam? `Hita’rthe sha’sanam
ityarthe anusha’sanam.’ When the code of discipline is imposed with the
spirit of welfare, with the spirit of development, it is called
‘anusha’sanam’ in Sam’skrta. There is no corresponding English word.”
(AV-3 p.30)
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To: AM-GLOBAL

Subject: Avadhutas With Girly Hair-Cut

Date: Wed 20 Apr 2011 08:29:36 +0500 (IST)

From: Ram Sahay Deva

Baba

== AVADHUTAS WITH GIRLY HAIR CUTS ==

Namaskar,

These days some Dadas are not following one of Baba’s standard rules for avadhuta dress / presentation. A list of such Dadas is appended at the bottom of this email.

Here we are talking about the length of Dadas’ hair as well as the length of the beard. First let’s address the length of the hair on the head.

Baba says, “The minimum length of hair on the head should be half of the length of the hand, from elbow to the palm.” (32 Rules for Avadhuta, pt#2)

According to the system the length of the hair of the head should be half the distance from the elbow to the end of the palm. The average distance for an adult male is 14 inches and when divided in half the minimum length of hair should be around 7 inches, on average. The means at minimum the hair should fall well below the bottom of the ear and nearly to the shoulders. That is the minimum length as ordered by Baba.

But many of our Dadas are keeping aloof from Baba’s rule by cutting their hair at the top of the ear, or even shorter than that.

Such avadhutas have their own logic and justification about this. They say silly things like, “The length of the hair rule pertains only to the front, but not the sides, top or back.”

But no one is amused by such responses as everyone understands that according to Baba’s rule, all hair on the head must be at least 7 inches in length, irrespective of which portion of the head it is.

LENGTH OF THE BEARD

Regarding the length of the beard for our avadhutas, Baba has given the following:

Baba says, “Beard should be kept up to a handful in length [at minimum].” (32 Rules for Avadhuta, pt#1)

By Baba’s above regulation, every avadhuta must be able to grab hold of their beard with their hand / fist, and that beard must be as long as the hand. As Baba says, it must be a “handful” at least. That portion of the beard which has grown down past the hand may grown longer or trimmed. Every Dada can choose; but the beard must not be less than an entire handful. In general, the beard should be at least 3 – 4 inches in length.

Nowadays there are Dadas keeping their beard very short, far less than Baba’s requires.

And in this case also they give their various justifications.

WHY THEY DO IT (Part 1)

No doubt, you may be wondering: Why do such Dadas do this? Why do they not abide by Baba’s rules and keep their hair and beard of sufficient length. After all, they are dedicated workers and it would seem to be a fairly simple rule to follow. Just let the hair grow – that is all. Then why is it that more and more Dadas are failing in this regard.

Well, here’s your answer.

Some of avadhutas – it seems – do not wish to be viewed as a monk 24/7. By keeping their hair short, they can easily change their dress and mingle in with the general public. That’s to say they can easily masquerade their true identity by having short hair.

In that case they can indulge in nefarious and anti-social activities without the public really noticing who they really are. Just by taking off their saffron robes they can blend in with the rest society and look like a husband or a business man etc. Then if they gossip with someone from the opposite sex, or involve in big-money dealings, or smuggle this or that, or indulge in any other type of under-world activities like theft etc, no one will be shocked and question why a sannyasi is doing such things. They will just think it is some crude fellow and they should continue on in their day.

Whereas if those same Dadas kept their long hair and a full-length beard, they will be easily recognisable and they would still look like a monk even without the orange dress. Hence such Dadas prefer to keep their hair and beard short. It allows them to disguise themselves.

Then all they have to do is remove their dress and they can plunge into crude, worldly dealings without anyone questioning why a yogic monk is doing such things. Just they are viewed as a general person since their beard and hair remains short.

As we all know, the sannyasi sentiment in India is very strong. People expect great things from sannyasis. Even people who are not in AM give generous donations to our Dadas because those people revere anyone who dresses and looks like a sannyasi. They think that monk must be doing great things in the society. General citizens give respect to all sannyasis because they are “higher”.

Hence if they see someone who looks like a monk with long hair and a long beard indulging in nonsense activities, then they will be furious with that so-called monk. Then they will call the authorities or more likely alert all the townspeople. They will vent their fury.

To escape all this, some of our esteemed Dadas keep their beard and hair short so no one will think they are a sannyasi. In that case they can do all kinds of baser activities without anyone thinking they are dong something wrong.

That is why some of our Dadas do not like to keep longer hair and a longer beard. They can plunge into subterranean dealings without drawing attention unto themselves. By this way so many activities are done “in the dark” by certain Dadas – i.e. without proper length hair and beard.

For this reason, margiis are always suspicious when they see avadhutas with very short hair.

WHY THEY DO IT (Part 2)

Then there is another reason why some of our Dadas prefer not to keep long hair and a full beard.

High school girls in India keep their hair quite short – i.e. to the ear, no longer. Our Dadas emulate this style. It seems they want to be like those girls, otherwise what could be the reason.

Let me explain further. Those stuck in the clutch of powerful animal propensities do all kinds of things to follow the opposite sex such as copying their dress etc. When one has intense attraction for the opposite sex then the mind craves to become like and look like that. Men and women in the west – with their strong sexual urge – are constantly copying the fashion of the opposite sex. Males get earrings and long hair while females dress in a suit and pants like a man. This is what happens. Why? Because if you have any attraction towards something then you want to emulate that manner in your own life – according to the fashion and style etc.

Males in India used to wear only white dhoti and white lungi. Females would wear colourful saris, while the male clothing would be plain. Out of their sexual longing males adopted female styles and now so many males wear colourful, even flowery, lungis and dress. All born out of their urge to be like those whom they desire: i.e. women.

Our avadhutas seem to be trapped in the same flow. Firmly in the clutch of animal propensities, they are copying the style of those teenage girls by keeping their hair short.

This is just one way to satisfy their baser propensities. If anyone knows any further reasons why our Dadas prefer short hair, please tell.

HOW CAN WE CALL THEM AVADHUTAS

How can we call those who do not follow avadhuta rules as avadhutas? We cannot.

Baba says, “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)

It is the duty of each and every margii to follow Baba’s guideline and not regard such Dadas as avadhutas.

Do not treat or entertain such people as avadhutas, otherwise in the eyes of Baba you are encouraging their nasty behaviour. In that case, they, as well as you, will be responsible for their negative behaviour. That is what bhagavad dharma explains. So do not encourage adharmic activities. Do not accept or allow such Dadas who keep their beard and hair short. Those avadhutas must follow Baba’s guideline.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND

We all know that no rule in AM is dogmatic; every rule is based on science. And here is the science behind the length of hair for males and females.

Generally females are more emotional than males and it serves society well. Females need that emotion to care for their offspring otherwise they will not be able to manage. For instance, if a child is urinating all around and making a mess, then a mother may not be frustrated whereas the father will quickly become irritated. Why? Because females have greater emotional feeling towards others and can therefore tolerate the various behaviours of their progeny. So this is very good.

But females / Didis not bearing children they need not keep long hair. Rather they should have short hair. This will help curb their emotional feeling and make them more rational and less sentimental. That is why Didis have short hair.

In contrast, our Dadas must develop more empathy for the common people – good or bad – otherwise they cannot serve the society. So they need to develop more emotion. That is why Baba has said our Dadas must keep their hair long. This produces a glandualr effect. And there are other reasons to be explained in future letters.

So this is the general science why our Dadas should have longer hair and our Didis should keep shorter hair.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we have been given us all the needed rules and regulations to gain success in life. All such rules must be followed by all – that means our Dadas (& Didis) must adhere to Baba’s mandates on length of the hair. We must not allow any slackness in this regard. That is Baba’s mandate.

Baba says, “You are to follow the code of discipline…These are all codes of discipline as prescribed by Bhágavata Dharma. You must follow these codes. There cannot be any concession in this respect, rather concession is dangerous. Atha yogánushásanam. “One must follow anushásanam. One must follow the code of discipline.” One may be a king or may be a very poor man, but the code of dharma is equally applicable to all. In this matter, nobody can claim any special concession or favour.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 21, Jaeva Dharma and Bhágavata Dharma)

Namaskar,

Ram Sahay

Note 1: WHICH DADAS ARE INVOLVED

Here is a basic list of Dadas keeping shorter hair and shorter beard. They are not following Baba’s system – for reasons best known to them.

Citsvarupananda

Nityasundarananda

Purnadeva

Rudrayamala

Mantracetana

Aksarananda

Krpamayananda

Devakripananda

Sampurnananda

Purnadhiishananda

Ranadhiishananda

Mahitoshananda

Ramendrananda

Dayashekarananda

Ratindrananda

Purnabrtananda

Actually the list is longer than this. The aforesaid persons move in avadhuta dress by day and then in nighttime go out in civil dress. In that case, the length of their hair does not make them look like a sannyasi so they can indulge in all kinds of anti-social dealings like smuggling, theft, robbery etc.

Note 2: NO LONGER LIKE DAYS OF OLD

In the past, when some of our Dadas were posted internationally, then various governments were acting as Indian spy agencies. Those days AM was growing very quickly and the Indian government was totally against of AM. They felt severely threatened. So Baba allowed some workers to dress in undercover ways and He allowed for shorter hair and shorter beard. Otherwise our Dadas would be recognised and held in customs etc. But that was just a temporary measure and not meant as a permanent rule. Now, the aforementioned Dadas are not traveling internationally – plus AM is not demonized in the news these days etc – so there is no reason for our Dadas not to have long hair.

Note 3: DIDIS ARE NOT EXEMPT

Just as some of our avadhutas are attracted to baser propensities, some of our Didis are the same. So this issue is not limited to male Wts alone. Certain female workers are not less in this regard. There are a growing number of Didis who do not follow Baba’s rule that they keep short hair. Instead a few Didis are keeping longer hair. But this is not Baba’s system.

At present we are giving those Didis the opportunity to cut their hair otherwise next time in a few weeks we will mention their names just as we have given the list of Dadas up above.

Now we will give such Didis opportunity to make their hair according to avadhutika rules, i.e. just a centimeter or so long. Those Didis who do not follow Baba’s rule and instead keep their hair 6 or 8 inches in length will be brought forth on the public forum.

Indeed, Baba’s rules must be followed by all.

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Date: 19 Apr 2011 14:48:32 -0000

From: “Acintya Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Unpleasant Truth

Baba

== UNPLEASANT TRUTH ==

Namaskar,

Along with His infinite love, Baba has graciously given all the

requisite guidelines and mandates– including how to translate His

discourses.

All should be aware then that Baba Himself has verily dictated a list of

key points for how to do translations of our AM books. And, for your

review, here are a few of those directives.

ONE OF BABA’S KEY DIRECTIVES

DIRECTIVE FROM BABA: ‘In the interim period until it is possible to

translate directly from the original language into all other languages

of the world, then English should be used as a middle step, i.e.

Original language of Discourse to English to Language of Publication.’

That means if Baba delivers a discourse in Hindi then if, at the time of

translation, it is not possible to translate directly from the Hindi

into a particular language like Chinese or Portuguese etc, then one

should translate from Hindi into English and then from English into

Chinese or Portuguese etc. That is the essence of Baba’s expressed

guideline which He has dictated to Publications Dept.

UNPLEASANT TRUTH- PART 1

Unfortunately, right now, the unpleasant truth is that the faction most

involved in doing translations regularly transgresses His guideline.

This may be unpleasant to B group’s ears, but the fact remains that they

translate nearly every discourse into Bengali first and then into the

targeted language. And that is not what Baba wants.

For instance, if a discourse was first given in English or Hindi, B

group’s regular way is to put the discourse into Bengali and then

convert that into whatever the printed language will be. They will even

translate a Hindi discourse into Bengali and then back into Hindi–

thereby ruining the originality and integrity of Baba’s expression.

Such is the case with the 1979 SAMBAPUR DMC PRAVACAN. It was given

originally in Hindi by Baba, yet the Tiljala faction translated it into

Bengali and then retranslated it back into Hindi. And then it was

printed in Hindi based on that faulty translation pattern. So even

though Baba has given the discourse in Hindi, the printed Hindi version

in no way resembles Baba’s original spoken discourse. That is the shame

of it all.

And the same nonsense they do if Baba has originally given the discourse

in English.

That is the faulty way in which the Tiljala camp has done nearly all of

their translations. So they are (knowingly) going against Baba’s system,

because they are well aware about Baba’s directives in this regard. But

they overlook them. And, even worse, they are (mis)training all their

supporters to do the same.

That is why the more recent publication of Ananda Vacanamrtam part 9 – 10

and 11 – 12 are totally off the mark. Baba has given a particular guideline

and the B team went against it.

Of course other factions are also disobeying Baba’s guidelines, but even worse

B group is making faulty publications- knowingly – and that is mahapapa (terrible

sin) as they are altering Guru’s scripture. Yet they broadcast that they are

the only ones who are faithful to Baba. Such is their hypocrisy.

ANOTHER OF BABA’S KEY DIRECTIVES

Now let us take a look at another of Baba’s directives about how to do

translation work.

DIRECTIVE FROM BABA: ‘Never dilute the original by adding an extra step

of translation such as going from Hindi to Bangla to English to Spanish.

That means, if the discourse was given originally in Hindi and due to

limitations it cannot be translated directly into Spanish directly then

only English should be used as an intermediary step– not any other

language like Bangla. There must not be TWO intermediary steps. That is

Baba’s explicit dictum.

UNPLEASANT TRUTH- PART 2

Yet once again, although it may be unpleasant to their ears, this is the

faulty manner in which the Tiljala camp pursues all its translation

work. They continually insert extra steps into the translation process,

because they are only satisfied when Bengali gets used– whether it is

needed or not. Thus, they totally overlook Baba’s guidelines and warnings.

BABA’S FURTHERMORE WARNING

Baba has explicitly stated, in His translation mandates, that 20% of the

original essence of a discourse is lost when it gets translated. So we

should not add steps into that translation process. That is Baba’s warning.

But time and again, the Tiljala crew transgresses Baba’s mandate by

automatically translating everything first into Bangla. They know they

point about losing 20%– as Baba told them directly. Even then, they do

not care. Or what else are we supposed to think.

Only if the original has been given in Bengali do they remotely follow

Baba’s directives– other than that they always betray His orders.

The B team has a deep penchant for putting all Baba’s discourses into

Bangla, regardless. Plus in the case of Baba’s original DMC discourses

which have been given in three languages, then the Tiljala heads

totally ignore the English and Hindi sections of Baba’s discourse and

only translate the Bengali section, as if that is the whole. In that

case huge portions of the discourse are just lost– never ever seeing the

printed page.

So these are some of the innumerable errors that are occurring on a

daily basis with regards to B group and their publications endeavors.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we must never lose hope. He has given all the necessary

guidelines and in the due course good devotees will ensure that Baba’s

mandates are being followed. And verily, even now there are margiis and

wts who are keeping an active eye.

So it will not be long before all our AM Publications are done in the

proper way– according to His guidelines. Right now, although it may

be unpleasant for them to hear, the B brigade only gives lip service to

this. Yet very soon, inevitably by His grace the good people in the

Marga will rise up and ensure that all His discourses are proper.

Because that is what Baba wants.

Baba says, “The scriptures containing spiritual injunctions must be

totally flawless.” (NSS)

Namaskar,

Acintya

Note: Those aware about more of Baba’s actual guidelines for

how to translate His books should write with more points. I have

heard that these guidelines are well known to the Tiljala faction so

for them this is but a reminder. And those who know more should

come forward so we can put forth a comprehensive list of

these directives. That is a necessary part of saving His

scripture.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Eso eso prabhu mor mana’ne…” (P.S. 4941)

Purport:

O’ Lord, please come in my ideation, I am always looking towards the

path of Your divine arrival. Baba, I do not want prestige, money,

wealth, boon or any sorts of mundane gifts. I only want Your compassion.

So please appear in my dhyana and bless me with Your sweet smile.

Baba, ages have passed, so much time has gone by. So many dawns and

evenings have come and gone– crying in Your longing. My eyes are

floating in the tears of yearning for You. Baba, please come in my

contemplation, ideation, meditation and dhyana…

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Futility of Materialism

Baba says, “Materialism is the sign of shallow knowledge. Due to lack of

proper understanding and ignorance people become materialists. Human

beings should study more and acquire sufficient knowledge. Then they

will understand that in materialism there is nothing.” (DMC 84 Delhi,

SS-16 (H))

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From: “Shantatma Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Baba is Not One, But Three

Date: Mon 18 Apr 2011 08:27:55

Baba

== BABA IS NOT ONE, BUT THREE ==

Namaskar,

These days one negative trend has started. Some are going to the jagrti thinking that there are three Babas. They do sastuanga pranam separately to each one and ask for boons.

WHERE ARE THOSE THREE BABAS

First they go to the dharmacakra hall and see Baba #1 and do sastuanga pranam to the Baba who resides only on the puja table.

Then they go to the pot of holy ashes and see Baba #2 who resides only in those ashes and do sastuanga pranam and ask for some worldly blessing from that #2 Baba.

Later on they go to Baba #3 who resides only in Baba’s room and do sastuanga pranam to that Baba.

This is the way that some people think:

(a) They feel there is one Baba who resides permanently in the DC hall, so one must go to the puja table in the DC hall and do sastaunga pranam to Baba #1.

(b) And then there is the Baba who resides inside the pot of holy ashes. This Baba never comes out from that pot so one must go very close to that pot and offer their sastaunga pranam to Baba #2.

(c) Finally they think there is another Baba in the bedroom who never comes out. He remains there always. So one must go to the bedroom / Baba’s room and pay salutations to Baba #3.

This is way one can pay respect to all three Babas. Otherwise they feel it is not complete.

So if someone does not get the opportunity to see one of the Baba’s because the room is locked etc, then they are saddened. They feel that one Baba remains unaddressed and they will be unhappy.

DOGMA OF HINDUISM IS GROWING IN AM:

EACH BABA GRANTS DIFFERENT BOONS

So the polytheistic, multi-god phenomena which is a widespread dogma of Hinduism is now creeping into AM.

Such worshipers do not have any discomfort with what is happening, rather they appreciate that Baba is three now. They think one must please and salute each Baba to get His grace.

In the next phase they will delineate which Baba offers which boon. For instance:

(a) The Baba #1 who resides in DC hall grants the power of intellect.

(b) The Baba #2 who resides in the ashes grants the boon of worldly wealth and money. (c) The Baba #3 who resides in Baba’s room / bedroom grants good health + the solutions to all other problems.

In that way, pilgrims choose and select which Baba they will worship depending upon which problem is most acute in their life. Accordingly, they will go and visit the corresponding Baba: Baba #1, Baba #2, or Baba #3.

This type of bizarre outcome is unfolding and now our duty is to save the situation.

Tragically, this is the way the dogma of a polytheistic, multi-god approach has come into AM. This type of dogma is getting propagated.

GIVES MORE POWER TO TOP WTS

Those dogmatic in-charges and avadhutas appreciate this 3-Baba dogma because by this way their own importance is enhanced. Since those Dadas control the jagrtis and have the lock and key to the various rooms etc, their status has been raised. In order to see all three Babas, margiis have to please such Dadas by offering gifts, respect etc.

In so many places in India and in overseas countries this dogma is becoming more popular in our Ananda Marga. Indeed this is most unfortunate; it is a shame.

GOOD SADHAKAS ATTACKED

There is a growing backlash that sadhakas face as well. Wherever this dogma has taken root, then good sadhakas who do not appreciate this 3-Baba dogma get blamed and labeled as crude and devotion-less. That is another unfortunate outcome.

In that case, in order to keep their prestige and because of mounting fear & social pressure, everyone wants to salute Baba #1, #2, & #3 – whether they like it or not. This is the way things are going.

BABA’S GUIDELINE

To understand how harmful all this is for one’s spiritual progress, we have to consider Baba’s below teaching. In the following quote, Baba is guiding us that God is one. Wherever you are He resides in your heart He never leaves you.

Baba says, “The second type of viveka paiṋcaka is dvaetádvaeta viveka. Through dvaetádvaeta viveka one gains the capacity to analyse whether the eternal entity is one or more than one and come to a conclusion accordingly (dvaeta means dualistic and advaeta means non-dualistic). There cannot remain any svagata, svajátiiya and vijátiiya differentiation in the entity which is beyond time, space and person. So it is not possible for the Eternal Entity to be more than one. Various beliefs about the so-called gods – that one god defeated another in battle, but was later harmed enormously by his adversary’s wrathful vengeance; that a certain god spreads or cures a certain disease; and that another god distributes wealth or learning – are contrary to Dvaetádvaeta Viveka. In spiritual practice nityánitya viveka is not enough, Dvaetádvaeta viveka is also necessary. For success in spiritual practice both nityánitya viveka and dvaetádvaeta viveka are indispensable. They enable people to realize that all the objects bound by time, space and individuality are transient while the Entity beyond the periphery of time, space and individuality is permanent; It is one without a second.” (Ananda Marga Ideology Way of Life – 7)

Clearly then, in our AM spiritual approach, God is one. That is Baba’s distinct teaching. So this 3-Baba ritual is a clear-cut contravention of our AM ideals. Baba is one.

BABA’S BLESSING

As bhaktas we must never forget Baba’s divine teaching that He resides in guha, core of the mind.

Baba says, “One has to search for Him in one’s guhá. Guhá has a couple of meanings – “cave”, and the “I”. Here the second meaning applies. One has to search for Him in one’s “I”. The one who is inside your “I” is you yourself. Search for your self – you will find Him. As long as the [real] you is there, the Lord is also there.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-23)

Thus, that singular divine Entity resides in the inner recesses of one’s own mind. That is Baba’s divine teaching. Parama Purusa resides within. Baba is within the mind.

So the three-Baba dogma that is unfolding today is nothing but a black spot on the pure spirituality of Ananda Marga. We must oppose this dogma and uphold Baba’s divine stance: That He resides in your mind.

Namaskar,

Shantatma

Note 1: SHORTCUT WAY IS EASIER

Generally human beings like such types of shortcuts that is why this 3-Baba dogma is growing. Sixteen Points is hard to follow and yama and niyama is also difficult. This 3-Baba dogma makes it “easier” to get Baba since He is divided into three. It is encouraged by our priests.

Note 2: HISTORICAL VALUE VS RELIGIOUS DOGMA

Valuing a place for its historical significance is totally different from going there and paying salutations and thinking that God is limited to that spot. When we visit the Taj Mahal we go for historical reasons not for any other reason. We do not think that Baba is stuck inside the Taj Mahal etc. The proof being that we do not bring garlands and do sastaunga pranam to Him there and ask for boons. Likewise when visiting the jagrti we should not think that Baba is limited or confined to the DC hall, a pot of ashes, or Baba’s room etc. Baba resides in the mind. One can pay their salutations to Baba anywhere and everywhere because Baba resides within. There should not be any confusion about this.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Ogo prabhu tava la’gi ga’ntha’ ma’la’ shuka’ye ja’y…” (P.S. 1935)

Purport:

Baba, Oh my Prabhu, the garland which I prepared for You is gradually getting dry and wilted. Day by day my longing for You is increasing. My waiting for You has been in vain. Neither did You come, nor did You accept my garland. These days even the red sun is unpleasant for me – and it was very blissful for me in earlier times. But now it’s brilliance is no longer shining for me. Passing the days in longing for You, my heart is restless. Everything is unpleasant for me these days. Even the gentle sweet breeze is no longer alluring for me. Due to my mind’s restless state, my mental darkness has become more deep and more dense. Indeed in my mind, the blackness which was present increased. Day and night is passing this way, in Your longing. Baba, I do not mind if I cannot hold You. Also I do not mind if You do not look towards me with Your sweet, loving smile. One thing You can do though – since I am very low, please grace me. By Your ahetuki krpa, come close to me. Baba, in Your absence, everything in my life has lost its charm. My existence has become totally dry. Time is passing like this. Baba, please grace me and give me Your darshan…

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Remedy

Baba says, “On imbibing cosmic ideation all kinds of ailments will be cured.” (PNS-8, p.19)

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From: “Ramlal Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Confusion About Colour Festival

Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2011 10:41:19 +0530

Baba

== CONFUSION ABOUT COLOUR FESTIVAL ==

Namaskar,

In the jagrti on the day of colour festival, I was there when the margii arrived and I heard him ask Dadaji the question.

Already Dada had told everyone how we would celebrate and what we would do and I could see that the margii was a bit disappointed. When that margii could no longer contain his frustration, he asked the following question.

“Dadaji, today is spring festival. How can we make our offering to Baba during our puja without colours? We need some type of coloured powder or flower. But you have not brought any. Baba will be deprived because we do not have any colour to offer Him. He must be waiting for us as this is the day of the festival. Why is it that you did not supply coloured powder for us?”

Indeed, the margii was quite disappointed. He felt that actual colours (powders, flowers, incense sticks, & even blowing conch shells etc) must be offered to Baba in our puja during colour festival, otherwise Baba would be deprived.

The margii recounted that for years and years always he used coloured powder in his puja on spring festival. He furthermore told that all the margiis he knows do like this as well.

We all watched Dadaji to see how he would respond. With full sincerity, Dadaji told that colours were not a mandatory part of the program, but the margii was not convinced.

Later on, Dada and I went inside and read Baba’s discourses on this topic and Dada asked that I write and share our findings with one and all on the email.

The critical point at hand is: Are physical colours like powder and flowers mandatory during our Guru Puja (offering of colours) in spring festival?

BABA’S WORDS ABOUT THIS

Below are the quotes and citations which we found from Baba’s guidelines.

In Caryacarya, Baba says the following about the use of coloured powder during puja in our spring festival celebrations.

Baba says, “Then, in the afternoon, all will perform collective Iishvara Prańidhána and Varńárghyadána (using áviir [coloured powder] or flowers of colours of their own choice).” (Caryacarya-1, Social Functions and Festivals)

In that same chapter of Caryacarya Baba further clarifies the matter.

Baba says, “In relation to Guru Pújá, one should remember that both crude and subtle offerings have equal value. Therefore one should not do anything merely for show.” (CC-1)

So here above Baba clarifies that bother crude (physical) and subtle (psychic) colours could be offered during spring festival. It is not that coloured powders are absolutely mandatory.

Hence no one should be disturbed if actual colours are not used. One may offer physical colours such as flowers or mental colours. No one should blame or harass anyone if someone prefers to only offer mental colours. There should not be any confusion about this.

BABA’S CLEARCUT GUIDELINE

Baba’s next guideline offers great insight into the significance of our AM colour festival.

Baba says, “The main object of the Spring Colour Festival (Vasantotsava) is not playing with external colours; it is meant to offer Him the colours of different objects which have dyed the mind. When this practice of offering your own colours – your own attachments, becomes natural and easy, you will then merge in Him. Then you will have no need for any colour, for you will become colourless – you will go beyond the reach of any colour. Your unit-ego will become one with the Cosmic Ego.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 3, ‘Vibration Form & Colour’)

By His above teaching the point is very clear. Our colour festival is not about coloured powders and flowers per se. Rather Baba guides us that the real import is the psycho-spiritual approach of offering the colours (i.e. attachments and obstacles) of one’s mind.

Here again is the critical line from Baba’s teaching.

Baba says, “The main object of the Spring Colour Festival (Vasantotsava) is not playing with external colours.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 3, ‘Vibration, Form & Colour’)

SUMMARY

By all of Baba’s above teachings, our approach in colour festival is very clear. There should not be any confusion. Those who wish to use physical colours may do so, but they must offer the colours of their mind as well. And those who wish to only offer their mental colours, that is in perfect accordance with Baba’s teachings.

So no one should think that coloured dyes and powders are an absolute requirement for the celebration of our colour festival. On this point there should not be any confusion.

Namaskar,

Ramlal

Note 1: MORE OF BABA’S TEACHINGS

Here are more of Baba’s teachings on this critical point:

[A] First in Ananda Sutram Baba says that ours is not the path of ritualistic worship wherein we only offer physical objects or engage in prayer etc

3-11. Prárthanárcaná mátraeva bhramamúlam.

[Prayer and ritualistic worship become a source of confusion.]

Purport: It is useless to pray to God for something, for He is sure to give what is necessary. Solicitation or importunity in the name of worship is nothing but toadyism and flattery.

[B] Here below, in these next two quotes, Baba again explains the inner significance of spring festival.

Baba says, “The inner significance of the Dolyátra of Shrii Krśńa is this: “By surrendering all the colours of my mind to You, I want to become colourless.” This surrender to the Supreme Consciousness propels human beings towards Him. So this colour festival is not merely an outward play; it is purely a psycho-spiritual phenomenon. This very psycho-spiritual phenomenon is operating behind the process of varńárghyadána [offering of colours]:(2) “O Lord, make me colourless so that I may move towards You without any hesitation.”” (NH-LOI)

Baba says, “The significance of the Dol Liilá, the Spring Festival, is to surrender all one’s mental colour to Parama Puruśa, and thus free oneself from the bondage of colour.” (Namámi Krśńasundaram, Disc: 19)

Note 2: OUR AM COLOUR FESTIVAL IS UNIQUE

Our AM spring / colour festival – vasantaotsava – is totally unique. It is not a carbon copy of the dogmatic Hindu colour festival. Baba has given distinct dharmic reasons for the practice of our colour festival that is totally independent and different from the dogmatic Hindu rituals performed in their colour festival.

Note 3: MORE ABOUT SPRING FESTIVAL

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/03/special-significance-of-dolyatra.html

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From: “Seshagiri Das”

Subject: News: Modern Sikhandi & Chaos in Group Fight

Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2011 14:46:28 +0000

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

== MODERN SIKHANDI & CHAOS IN GROUP FIGHT ==

Namaskar,

In the short span of time since the “Tiljala unity council” (Mar 25 – 27), disarray has mounted in this newly constructed tent faction. All know that this “tent” was made by piecing together various factions.

Just as a tent can be sewn together using different colour pieces, likewise the new tent faction has been formed by gluing together different groups. Those groups maintain their own prior identity – they do not lose or forgo their individual existence like B and EC etc.

Here are some key points that all should know:

1. Giita Didi’s group has not joined this tent. They have been fence-sitters from the very beginning because they felt they could not trust this tent coalition.

2. The NY faction joined only superficially. They have no real commitment towards the Tiljala unity tent. The NY SS has no desire to surrender to B group, but he did accept the post of SS NY. But he has kept NY legally separate from India / Tiljala etc. He has not even the faintest desire to change and come under their leadership. NY is separate and remains as such.

3. The EC / Third Front faction of India is split:

(a) Parmeshvarananda has joined the Tiljala group but in return he only got scraps from underneath the dinner table to chew on, i.e. the post of HPMG. That is why even his supporters are dissatisfied that their boss did not get the respect they anticipated and hoped for.

(b) Vandanananda, Karunanada, & Vishodgatananda (& many others), on the other hand, have no intention of joining. Rather they are quite furious and do not like the Tiljala unity tent at all. So they did not join.

(c) The scene amongst most of the third front workers is that of dissent. They feel that the in-charges are treating them like step-children – i.e. unwanted and uncared for. Why? Because all key posts and top chairs were grabbed up by B group.

4. Many family margiis reached there with the high hope that they would get included in various committees and boards. They thought they would get due representation, but they were not included so they are very disappointed & frustrated. Their only utility in the eyes of Tiljala was as a “head count”, i.e. building up the numbers.

ACCUSATION: “KINSHUKJI IS NOT A MARGII”

Now here is one thing that is very surprising, if not shocking. Many voices are now accusing Kinshukji of not even being a margii because for years and years no one saw him attending DC or DMS / seminar. Yet both of these programs are basic margii duties. For this reason they claim that he is not even a margii. Thus, because they claim he is not a basic margii, they feel it is unjust for him to have the top post.

IS KINSHUK REALLY IN CHARGE?

Indeed, just by the mere distribution of posts – with B group getting the large majority of posts (i.e. 32 out of 46 Central posts including mostly all the top posts), then anyone can understand that Kinshuk is not really in-charge. And if he is in-charge then he is not just. That is why the former is correct, i.e. that he is not really in-charge someone else is pulling the strings from behind. You can gusess who.

So these are some of the the bulleted points to consider. The tent faction was born just a few weeks ago amidst the big hoopla of unity, and now it is shrouded in disarray.

KINSHUK IS LIKE SIKHANDI:

B GROUP’S FRONT MAN IN TIME OF BATTLE

Today, people are telling that Kinshuk is like Sikhandhi (ie the impotent “warrior” from the Mahabharata era).

As we all know, back in the day, Sikhandi was used so Bheeshma would not kill and attack the soldiers. Bheeshma was a man of principle and he would not fight a eunuch. Hence the Pandavas placed Sikhandi in the front in order to ward off any attack by Bheeshma.

Similarly, B group has put Kinshuk as their top man in order to deflect any possible attacks. Just as the Pandavas knew that Bheesma would not attack them if Sikhandi was at the front, B group knows that if they put Kinshuk at the front then they will not be attacked. They can sit behind and do what they wish.

Here it should be perfectly clear that the analogy is only about Kinshuk as Sikhandi. No one should foolishly try to equate B group as being the Pandavas – that would be utterly ridiculous.

Only the point is that just as Sikhandi was used by the Pandavas to protect the army, likewise, Kinshukji is being used by B group to protect their tent faction.

My only concern is that while in the past Sikhandi was not attacked, it worries me to think that Kinshukji, a.k.a modern day Sikhandi, may be attacked. Indeed he is already getting attacked as people are accusing him of not being a margii. That is my chief concern. Beyond that the analogy fits like a glove.

Nowadays, people have begun accusing Sikhandi (i.e. Kinshukji) of putting his signature on all the postings, but in truth that was not Sikhandi’s order. Sikhandi does not know all those Dadas etc. That was not his idea.

So Sikhandi is harmless in all of this. His post was used and he was but a rubber stamp for the B group agenda. So while Sikhandi may have signed those posting orders or given his approval, certainly that order was crafted by someone else. Sikhandi could never have done such a thing. Rather Sikhandi’s duty is simply to protect those hiding behind him, just like the Sikhandi of old was used to protect Arjuna and the Pandava army.

But again here the analogy begins and ends with Kinshuk as Sikhandi. No one should wrongly think that B group is the Pandavas. That would be totally silly.

Here Sikhandi does not mean that anyone is physically impotent. That is not the sense. Sikhandi is merely a shield for the protection of others.

Even then we all have to think & wonder how far it will be successful. Many are doubtful as already people have started abusing Sikhandi.

In spite of this, those who masterminded this present day episode of Sikhandi have an incredible brain. They must be given due credit.

Namaskar,

Seshagiri

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’mi toma’r pathei cali go a’r tava sure ga’n ga’i…” (PS 1756)

Purport:

O’ Baba, by Your grace I move only on Your path: I sing in Your tune and

dance to Your rhythm. My whole existence is moving in Your divine flow–

ensconced in Your sweet bliss. Baba, O’ my dearmost, You are the most

attractive One. I think and ideate only on You and I meditate only on Your

glory. Baba, 24hrs a day I am looking towards You; I want only You. Baba,

only You are my Goal; only You are my Desideratum. Baba, You are the

shining star of my life.

Baba, by Your grace we are so close. We are tied up in a bond of love.

Baba, You are the ray of hope & happiness in my life. Baba, I am like the

dark evening of the rainy season– my life is full of problems and

difficulties; and You are like the soft night-queen flower (rajaniigandha’

[1])– You are the Personification of all that is sweet. Baba, by Your

fragrant touch, my whole life becomes fragrant. Baba, by Your grace my life

is saturated with Your heavenly aroma– my existence is saturated with Your

grace.

Baba, I am jiiva and You are Shiva. I am wrought with imperfections and

defects and You are blemishless and pure. Baba, I am like the winter sky

that is enveloped by the fog. My life is filled with problems. Baba, You

are like the crimson effulgence of the morning’s new dawn. With the

brilliance of Your presence all my problems disappear. Baba, You bring

charm and bliss into my life. You make everything beautiful. Baba, without

You my life is meaningless– unbearable. Baba, by dyeing my mind in Your

color, my whole existence rushes towards Your divine land– towards You.

Baba, because of Your grace-compassion, I am marching only towards You.

Baba, You have done everything for me…

NOTE FOR ABOVE PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1756:

[1] Rajaniigandha’: (Night Queen Flower) This is one of the most fragrant

and aromatic flowers; it emanates a delicious, sweet smell all around for

miles and miles. The wonderful scent of the rajaniigandha’ makes any

environment charming. For this reason in the above song the sadhaka is

saying that Parama Purusa is like the rajaniigandha– because He emanates

unending sweetness all around. In contrast, the sadhaka compares himself to

the suffocating, humid evening in the rainy season. Because that humid

evening has so many negative characteristics such as heavy air and the

onslaught of buzzing mosquitoes and pestering insects. Thus the torturous

humid evening represents the sadhaka’s problem-filled life. But when the

sweet aroma rajaniigandha’ comes in contact with the sticky, humid evening,

then everything becomes sweet and charming. Then that humid evening gets

transformed into something wonderful. Similarly even though a sadhaka’s

life might be filled with countless problems and obstacles, but with the

divine arrival of Parama Purusa, everything becomes charming and blissful.

All of one’s problems immediately disappear– vanish, because of His sweet

presence. That is why in the above song the sadhaka compares Baba with the

rajaniigandha’ flower.

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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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Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 14:42:33 -0000

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From:

Subject: It Is Happening Everywhere

Baba

== IT IS HAPPENING EVERYWHERE ==

Namaskar,

With the rise of materialism, all kinds of social diseases spill out into the society. Where materialism is more extreme then things are even worse.

Unfortunately this disease of materialism is becoming more and more pervasive; it is nearly everywhere. And, as we all know, the goal of materialism is the path of selfish pleasure – by any means, everywhere. People are willing to do anything and everything to satisfy their crude desires.

For some, this below story may be very surprising. But for those who understand the underpinnings of materialistic life it is not surprising. Just it is very sad.

Here is the basic equation: When people just think about their own unit self then they want to exploit others. That is the theme of materialism. It creates a toxic environment. The way these young girls are being treated is but one example.

This poisonous disease of materialism can be eradicated only when we bring such topics into the limelight and make others aware. Then innocent young girls and others will not be exploited.

We should also keep in mind that on these points Baba has said it is an economic issue.

Please read the below and help bring others into the know.

Respectfully,

Mukunda

REUTERS.

ATLANTA | Wed Feb 2, 2011 2:55pm EST

Up to 300,000 girls between 11 and 17 are lured into the U.S. sex industry annually, according to a 2007 report sponsored by the Department of Justice and written by the nonprofit group Shared Hope International.

Some 90 percent of runaways and children whose parents force them to leave home fall into the trade and are often beaten, drugged, raped or imprisoned to force compliance, said a section of the report.

Pimps tattoo girls with “$” signs or the word “Daddy” and take them to unfamiliar cities where they are more vulnerable. They are forced to have sex with men 15 times a day. There’s a high volume of pedophiles who come in just for the day” to seek sex with underage girls.

“We tell women who are abused to run, but when girls run, they become vulnerable to the pimps,” Saar said. “We don’t put the trafficker or the pimp behind bars. When you go and talk to survivors of trafficking, they talk about how they are the ones who were arrested.”

Typically, pimps recruit unwitting girls at shopping centers, mall events and on the Internet. Once ensnared, shame, fear and psychological manipulation by pimps make it hard to break free.

Clients, often called “Johns”, hook up with girls via the Internet, through hotels, massage parlors, strip clubs and escort services, the report said.

“At previous Super Bowls [and other high-profile events], pimps hired cab drivers to turn their vehicles into mobile brothels,” said Deena Graves, executive director of child advocacy group Traffick911.

“We are expecting thousands of underage domestic minors to be trafficked to the Super Bowl,” says Nancy Rivard, founder of non-profit Airline Ambassadors International. Non-profit groups working at the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami supplied the figure, she said.

RESCUE

Law enforcement agencies and advocacy groups rescued around 50 girls during the previous two Super Bowls, said Graves. Six were registered on the Center for Missing and Exploited Children website. One had been trafficked from Hawaii.

“Even one rescue is considered a success,” said Frundt who now advocates for exploited girls and has founded a girls’ treatment center and a safe house for girls in Washington D.C.

To fight the trade, authorities, child welfare advocates and the airline industry are collaborating.

Representatives from American Airlines, Delta, United, Quantas and American Eagle are holding a training session to help them spot signs of trafficking. Rivard will also work with another 100 flight crews to distribute materials on flights.

Some 67,000 people signed a petition opposing sex trafficking as part of a campaign by Traffick911 called “I’m Not Buying It!” that is supported by 60 nonprofits and faith-based groups.

That campaign has also attracted heavy hitters like Dallas Cowboy Jay Ratliff, a three-time Pro Bowler, who made a public service announcement entitled “Real men don’t buy children. They don’t buy sex.”

“You hear of sex trafficking overseas, but you never imagine it is happening in the United States or you own home area.”

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Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 18:54:29
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Miguel
Subject: In the Name of Bhakti, People…

Baba

== IN THE NAME OF BHAKTI, PEOPLE DO A’SAKTI ==

Namaskar,
In our Marga, the term ‘bhakti’ is well–known and commonly used in our
daily talk and interactions.

We say things like, ‘He has a lot of bhakti’, or ‘Bhakti is the greatest
attribution’, or ‘I only follow the path of bhakti’ etc.

Then of course some think, ‘I am an acarya so I must have a lot of
bhakti’, while others contemplate, ‘I am the bhukti pradhan so I have a
lot of bhakti’.

We have all seen and heard how the term bhakti gets used in the above
ways, when in fact such things may have little or even nothing to do
with true bhakti.

So we should take a moment to reflect on what is real bhakti, especially
since it is only bhakti that can lead us to our cherished Goal.

PURITY OF BHAKTI

Baba is quite clear that bhakti means having one’s mind directed only
towards God, and not towards any other object or desire.

Baba says, “Bhakti means to withdraw one’s attractions from all objects
and channelize them towards Parama Purus’a. When the unit self is
associated with the cosmic it is called “bhakti” or “devotion”, but when
it is associated with the mundane it is called “attachment”. You must
withdraw your mental propensities from all external objects – no matter
what they might be – and channelize them only towards Parama Purus’a.
Only when you direct them towards Him, can it be called bhakti. If you
allow your mind to become fascinated by any other object, it is called
“a’sakti” or “attachment”.” (AV-7)

Thus no external qualification or mundane desire has even one iota to do
with bhakti.

If anyone thinks, ‘I am an acarya so therefore I am a devotee’, or if
one thinks, ‘I organise many service projects so I must be a great
devotee’, this is all nothing but self-befoolery. Because using external
things to build a case for one’s internal amount of bhakti is meaningless.

The operative phrase in the above quote is, “only towards Parama
Purus’a”. If the mind is goaded only towards Parama Purusa, then it is
bhakti.

That is the real meaning of bhakti. If one’s mind is only involved in
serving and pleasing Parama Purusa.

That is not to say we should forgo or abandon all worldly activities,
that is not our way. Rather we should ensure we are doing those worldly
activities for pleasing him, and not out of our own unit desire for
worldly prestige etc.

As Baba points out, if the mind is separately or simultaneously involved
in any other longing then it is known as a’sakti or attachment, i.e. the
path of degradation.

Baba says, “When the attraction is for the non-integral entity, for
money, for family, for land, it is called ka’ma; when it is for integral
entity it is called prema and the mental tendency during ka’ma i.e., the
mental tendency during attraction for a non-integral entity is called
a’sakti in Sam’skrta and the mental tendency during attraction for that
Integral Entity is called bhakti. (SS-18)

Hence the degree to which we are attracted by or infatuated with money,
name, fame, respect, position, is the degree to which we are off the
path of bhakti.

Bhakti, then is a very pure and internal desire to attain Parama Purusa.
And for this tremendous honesty and love are needed.

We may be able to masquerade ourselves in front of others so they think
we are great bhaktas; but we cannot fool Parama Purusa in this way. He
sees our inner-most desire and knows how far we have pure bhakti or not.

BHAKTI & A’SAKTI CANNOT CO-EXIST

The main thing we should keep in mind is that bhakti (love for God) and
a’sakti (mundane longing) cannot co-exist. The degree to which we harbor
one is the degree to which we are remiss in the other.

Baba says, “The attachment for a finite thing is an expression of
extroverted energy, whereas the attraction for the Infinite is an
expression of the introverted energy. That is why these two can never
co-exist.” (SS-1)

And Baba points out that even our most worldly intimate dealings can
take us away from the path of bhakti.

Baba says, “Do you love your son? No, no you don’t love your son. You
love Brahma in the form of your son. By loving your son as a son, you
cannot love the Lord. Where there is the feeling of son, there is no
Lord and where there is the Lord, there is no son.” (SS-1)

So even harboring seemingly tender feelings for our loved ones drags us
on the path of temporality, and away from God-hood.

CANNOT OVERLOOK WORLDLY DUTIES

Neither should one get caught up in the misconception or dogma that to
become a true bhakta I should give up my sons, or renounce my parents,
or become some type of hermit etc. Rather, we have been given various
responsibilities, and they are to be managed. As we know, performing
worldly duties is not antithetical to the path of devotion. It is only
when we get infatuated by those worldly expressions that it infringes on
our devotional experience. So that is what we must be careful about.

MUST SEE ALL AS BRAHMA

The answer given by Baba is that we must view all as the manifestation
of Parama Purusa. That is the way to live in this world without
sacrificing our devotional longing for Him.

Baba says, “The ascription of divinity to objects means the pursuit of
the Infinite, leaving the finite behind. Are you feeding your son? No,
no, you are feeding the son-like manifestation of Brahma. Are you
tilling the field? No, no you are serving the finite manifestation of
Brahma with your plough. Really speaking, the ascription of divinity to
objects precludes their material enjoyment, as the objects then merge in
the non-material Supreme Brahma.” (AMIWL-2)

To do this we must be very honest and clear. Material Indulgence and
bhakti have no place together.

Seeing all as Him means seeing all as an opportunity to do service, not
satisfy worldly passions such as post, power, lust etc. Thus thinking of
making more money, garnering huge respect, or even becoming PP have
nothing to do with getting devotion.

Only by truly following brahmacaraya, are we perfectly consonant with
the path of devotion.

ONLY BHAKTAS CAN SERVE ALL

This all leads to the point that only true bhaktas can serve the humanity.

Invariably, non-bhaktas, or degraded bhaktas get attached to one worldly
expression or another– either their wife, or their country, or their
job, or their community etc, in which case they will view the rest of
the world in a biased manner. There are countless examples of this
happening nowadays.

That is why only the bhaktas of Parama Purusa can promote the cause of
universal welfare on this earth and throughout the universe. See Him in
everyone, the sadhaka can then maintain equanimity and serve others
without favouring one person or another.

VERY CRUDE APPROACH

We can say that there are three basic approaches. The top most is to
love only Parama Purusa all the time. Then one is truly established in
bhakti.

Second is when one loves Parama Purusa sometimes, and then on other
occasions love towards mundane things is dominant. This is quite common.
Many of us may find ourselves in this position. In that case, more
kiirtan and sadhana are needed.

The next lowest phase occurs when in their ritualistic worship of Parama
Purusa, one prays for something mundane. That is very crude and must be
avoided entirely.

Baba says, “If a man wants to become a devotee of the lord but in the
mind of his mind, if he thinks that God will make him pass his
examination – here the esana (longing) is not one but two…When
something is demanded from God the esana becomes two. Hence the time is
completely wasted…When the esana (longing) is not [only] for
Paramatman but [also] for something else, it is known as asakti
(attachment) and not bhakti.” (SS-20)

There is no scope for this type of approach in AM; we should all keep
the mind a thousand miles from such a crude and dogmatic way.

WHY IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW BHAKTI

Lastly, what is the logic or rational for following bhakti. How should
we convince ourselves when the mind is down or how can we convince others.

Well, we can say that the path of bhakti is the blissful way to live and
that only should be followed. even then that might not always do the
trick of convincing ourselves. In that case another route is needed.

And that route is: Other than the path of bhakti there is no other path.
Every other entity in this universe will leave you one day. Every other
longing will create a samskara. Every other longing is ephemeral.

Baba says, “Under the influence of avidya’ people believe that the
finite objects created by static Prakrti are their own. They think, “my
horse, my son, my daughter, my wealth,” and believe that with these
objects they will live eternally. But the fact is, all these limited
objects will desert them after sometime. Nothing that can be called
one’s own will remain.” (AMIWL-8)

We have come onto this earth for a very short period; our window of
opportunity is small. So we must utilise our time in the right pursuit–
that pursuit which will free us from the suffering and bondage of maya.
That is the only way. In that case, only the path of bhakti is the answer.

Whether we like it or not, that is the only avenue for advancement.

BABA’S BLESSING

Everyone in AM likes to think they are bhaktas because we know this is
something great, but only those who really have internal longing for
Him– and no other desire– truly qualify as real bhaktas. Thus it is
for each and every sadhaka to estimate for themselves how far they are
on the path of bhakti.

By Baba’s grace, by remembering Him we are all sure to attain this most
blessed stance. When we think, ‘I want only You, then Baba cannot keep
us away’.

Baba says, “Therefore, O devotees remember the Lord’s name, else all
your efforts will be reduced to cipher [zero]. Under all circumstances
and during all activities, cling firmly to His name.” (SS-1)

Namaskar,
Mantreshvar

Note 1:            BHAKTI VERSUS A’SAKTI

Baba says, “The meaning of the word bhakti is “attraction to the
Supreme”. When the attraction is to something limited, it is called
a’sakti, and when the attraction is to the Supreme, it is devotion,
bhakti. There is no compromise, no meeting point, between a’sakti and
bhakti, between attraction to the Supreme and attraction to the objects
of the world. In a’sakti, the feeling is that I get the object. In
bhakti, the feeling is that I merge myself in Him. Where there is no
desire, there the Lord lives. The Lord and the desire for the world,
like the sun and the night, cannot coexist.” (AV-23)

Baba says, “In philosophical terms the attraction for finite objects is
called a’sakti and the attraction for the infinite is Bhakti. Ra’ga or
rakti means both the attraction for the infinite and attraction for the
finite objects.” (SS-1)

Baba says, “One may have attachment towards physical objects as well as
towards Parama Purus’a. The attachment to physicality is called a’sakti
or vis’aya’nurakti, while the deep attachment to Parama Purusa is called
para’nurakti or bhakti.” (AV-33)

Baba says, “The meaning of the word “para’nurakti” should be considered.
Rakti denotes raga or attachment. Anurakti means maintaining attachment
with or being attracted by a particular entity after having understood
its meaning. Anurakti is of two kinds. The anurakti for the Supreme
Brahma or Infinite Cosmic Consciousness is para’nurakti. The Anurakti
for Brahma under the sway of prakrti or the anurakti for the crude
manifestations is termed apara’nurakti. God is an object for
para’nurakti. When the aspirant considers the Supreme Brahma to be his
own, it is termed bhajana’ or bhakti.” (SS-1)

Note 2:         SEEING ALL AS PARAMA PURUSA

Baba says, “Do you love your son? It is perfectly right that you should,
however, when the son dies, you will experience great pain. Is it not
so? The son is preya, a finite entity. He cannot live till eternity. He
will depart and make you weep. But if you treat your son as the
expression of Brahma in the form of your son, then you will never fear
losing him because Brahma cannot be lost in any span of time. He is
present around you in all the ten directions.” (AMIWL-2)

Note 3:   RELYING ON WORLDLY THINGS INVITES MISERY

Baba says, “Take, for instance, an unstable or transient thing, such as
your son. He is constantly progressing through changes, and so you are.
Neither of your two entities will remain forever. If you regard him as
the only support in your life, it will certainly not be wise, for your
son may leave the world any day, and you will moan his loss with bitter
tears; or you yourself may leave the world, making him an orphan. This
applies in the same way to wealth, power, etc.” (Matter & Spirit)

Note 4:          WHAT IS DEVOTION

Bhaktirbhagavad bha’vana’ na stutirna’rcana’

Baba says, “Being merged in the constant thought of God is devotion.
Devotion is not related to the chanting of hymns or ritualistic worship
with different paraphernalia. A devotee may perform these, but they are
not an indispensable part of devotional sa’dhana’. (AS, 3-12)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Nabiina Pra’te ei arun’ a’lote…” (P.S. #19)

Purport:

Baba, by You grace the new dawn has come. In this new crimson dawn, with
the rhythm of form, You have entered my mind. Baba You are so gracious:
You know how to make us laugh and weep, You know how to play
hide-and-seek. Baba by Your grace You have filled my life with Your
radiant light. You know how to play the lyre, to weave endless melodies,
to make the world dance in Your melodies and rhythms. And You know how
to love the world with all its pains and pleasures. Baba You are so
gracious, You are that most loving One…

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This Must Be Averted

Baba says, “‘Andham tamah pravishanti mudha ye ke catmahano janah.’ What
happens to the person who runs after the external mundane things instead of
the Self within? One day he finds himself surrounded by the blinding
darkness (Andhatamasa). All around he finds nothing. When a person whose
self has miserably degenerated, whose spiritual progress is altogether
stopped, rushes towards matter, his whole existence starts getting
crudified, his mind and Self get crudified, he forfeits the right even to
be called a human being. This is indeed a miserable condition, an
unimaginable circumstance.” (Calcutta, 1980)
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Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 18:54:29
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Miguel
Subject: In the Name of Bhakti, People…

Baba

== IN THE NAME OF BHAKTI, PEOPLE DO A’SAKTI ==

Namaskar,
In our Marga, the term ‘bhakti’ is well–known and commonly used in our
daily talk and interactions.

We say things like, ‘He has a lot of bhakti’, or ‘Bhakti is the greatest
attribution’, or ‘I only follow the path of bhakti’ etc.

Then of course some think, ‘I am an acarya so I must have a lot of
bhakti’, while others contemplate, ‘I am the bhukti pradhan so I have a
lot of bhakti’.

We have all seen and heard how the term bhakti gets used in the above
ways, when in fact such things may have little or even nothing to do
with true bhakti.

So we should take a moment to reflect on what is real bhakti, especially
since it is only bhakti that can lead us to our cherished Goal.

PURITY OF BHAKTI

Baba is quite clear that bhakti means having one’s mind directed only
towards God, and not towards any other object or desire.

Baba says, “Bhakti means to withdraw one’s attractions from all objects
and channelize them towards Parama Purus’a. When the unit self is
associated with the cosmic it is called “bhakti” or “devotion”, but when
it is associated with the mundane it is called “attachment”. You must
withdraw your mental propensities from all external objects – no matter
what they might be – and channelize them only towards Parama Purus’a.
Only when you direct them towards Him, can it be called bhakti. If you
allow your mind to become fascinated by any other object, it is called
“a’sakti” or “attachment”.” (AV-7)

Thus no external qualification or mundane desire has even one iota to do
with bhakti.

If anyone thinks, ‘I am an acarya so therefore I am a devotee’, or if
one thinks, ‘I organise many service projects so I must be a great
devotee’, this is all nothing but self-befoolery. Because using external
things to build a case for one’s internal amount of bhakti is meaningless.

The operative phrase in the above quote is, “only towards Parama
Purus’a”. If the mind is goaded only towards Parama Purusa, then it is
bhakti.

That is the real meaning of bhakti. If one’s mind is only involved in
serving and pleasing Parama Purusa.

That is not to say we should forgo or abandon all worldly activities,
that is not our way. Rather we should ensure we are doing those worldly
activities for pleasing him, and not out of our own unit desire for
worldly prestige etc.

As Baba points out, if the mind is separately or simultaneously involved
in any other longing then it is known as a’sakti or attachment, i.e. the
path of degradation.

Baba says, “When the attraction is for the non-integral entity, for
money, for family, for land, it is called ka’ma; when it is for integral
entity it is called prema and the mental tendency during ka’ma i.e., the
mental tendency during attraction for a non-integral entity is called
a’sakti in Sam’skrta and the mental tendency during attraction for that
Integral Entity is called bhakti. (SS-18)

Hence the degree to which we are attracted by or infatuated with money,
name, fame, respect, position, is the degree to which we are off the
path of bhakti.

Bhakti, then is a very pure and internal desire to attain Parama Purusa.
And for this tremendous honesty and love are needed.

We may be able to masquerade ourselves in front of others so they think
we are great bhaktas; but we cannot fool Parama Purusa in this way. He
sees our inner-most desire and knows how far we have pure bhakti or not.

BHAKTI & A’SAKTI CANNOT CO-EXIST

The main thing we should keep in mind is that bhakti (love for God) and
a’sakti (mundane longing) cannot co-exist. The degree to which we harbor
one is the degree to which we are remiss in the other.

Baba says, “The attachment for a finite thing is an expression of
extroverted energy, whereas the attraction for the Infinite is an
expression of the introverted energy. That is why these two can never
co-exist.” (SS-1)

And Baba points out that even our most worldly intimate dealings can
take us away from the path of bhakti.

Baba says, “Do you love your son? No, no you don’t love your son. You
love Brahma in the form of your son. By loving your son as a son, you
cannot love the Lord. Where there is the feeling of son, there is no
Lord and where there is the Lord, there is no son.” (SS-1)

So even harboring seemingly tender feelings for our loved ones drags us
on the path of temporality, and away from God-hood.

CANNOT OVERLOOK WORLDLY DUTIES

Neither should one get caught up in the misconception or dogma that to
become a true bhakta I should give up my sons, or renounce my parents,
or become some type of hermit etc. Rather, we have been given various
responsibilities, and they are to be managed. As we know, performing
worldly duties is not antithetical to the path of devotion. It is only
when we get infatuated by those worldly expressions that it infringes on
our devotional experience. So that is what we must be careful about.

MUST SEE ALL AS BRAHMA

The answer given by Baba is that we must view all as the manifestation
of Parama Purusa. That is the way to live in this world without
sacrificing our devotional longing for Him.

Baba says, “The ascription of divinity to objects means the pursuit of
the Infinite, leaving the finite behind. Are you feeding your son? No,
no, you are feeding the son-like manifestation of Brahma. Are you
tilling the field? No, no you are serving the finite manifestation of
Brahma with your plough. Really speaking, the ascription of divinity to
objects precludes their material enjoyment, as the objects then merge in
the non-material Supreme Brahma.” (AMIWL-2)

To do this we must be very honest and clear. Material Indulgence and
bhakti have no place together.

Seeing all as Him means seeing all as an opportunity to do service, not
satisfy worldly passions such as post, power, lust etc. Thus thinking of
making more money, garnering huge respect, or even becoming PP have
nothing to do with getting devotion.

Only by truly following brahmacaraya, are we perfectly consonant with
the path of devotion.

ONLY BHAKTAS CAN SERVE ALL

This all leads to the point that only true bhaktas can serve the humanity.

Invariably, non-bhaktas, or degraded bhaktas get attached to one worldly
expression or another– either their wife, or their country, or their
job, or their community etc, in which case they will view the rest of
the world in a biased manner. There are countless examples of this
happening nowadays.

That is why only the bhaktas of Parama Purusa can promote the cause of
universal welfare on this earth and throughout the universe. See Him in
everyone, the sadhaka can them maintain equanimity and serve others
without favouring one person or another.

VERY CRUDE APPROACH

We can say that there are three basic approaches. The top most is to
love only Parama Purusa all the time. Then one is truly established in
bhakti.

Second is when one loves Parama Purusa sometimes, and then on other
occasions love towards mundane things is dominant. This is quite common.
Many of us may find ourselves in this position. In that case, more
kiirtan and sadhana are needed.

The next lowest phase occurs when in their ritualistic worship of Parama
Purusa, one prays for something mundane. That is very crude and must be
avoided entirely.

Baba says, “If a man wants to become a devotee of the lord but in the
mind of his mind, if he thinks that God will make him pass his
examination – here the esana (longing) is not one but two…When
something is demanded from God the esana becomes two. Hence the time is
completely wasted…When the esana (longing) is not [only] for
Paramatman but [also] for something else, it is known as asakti
(attachment) and not bhakti.” (SS-20)

There is no scope for this type of approach in AM; we should all keep
the mind a thousand miles from such a crude and dogmatic way.

WHY IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW BHAKTI

Lastly, what is the logic or rational for following bhakti. How should
we convince ourselves when the mind is down or how can we convince others.

Well, we can say that the path of bhakti is the blissful way to live and
that only should be followed. even then that might not always do the
trick of convincing ourselves. In that case another route is needed.

And that route is: Other than the path of bhakti there is no other path.
Every other entity in this universe will leave you one day. Every other
longing will create a samskara. Every other longing is ephemeral.

Baba says, “Under the influence of avidya’ people believe that the
finite objects created by static Prakrti are their own. They think, “my
horse, my son, my daughter, my wealth,” and believe that with these
objects they will live eternally. But the fact is, all these limited
objects will desert them after sometime. Nothing that can be called
one’s own will remain.” (AMIWL-8)

We have come onto this earth for a very short period; our window of
opportunity is small. So we must utilise our time in the right pursuit–
that pursuit which will free us from the suffering and bondage of maya.
That is the only way. In that case, only the path of bhakti is the answer.

Whether we like it or not, that is the only avenue for advancement.

BABA’S BLESSING

Everyone in AM likes to think they are bhaktas because we know this is
something great, but only those who really have internal longing for
Him– and no other desire– truly qualify as real bhaktas. Thus it is
for each and every sadhaka to estimate for themselves how far they are
on the path of bhakti.

By Baba’s grace, by remembering Him we are all sure to attain this most
blessed stance. When we think, ‘I want only You, then Baba cannot keep
us away’.

Baba says, “Therefore, O devotees remember the Lord’s name, else all
your efforts will be reduced to cipher [zero]. Under all circumstances
and during all activities, cling firmly to His name.” (SS-1)

Namaskar,
Mantreshvar

Note 1:            BHAKTI VERSUS A’SAKTI

Baba says, “The meaning of the word bhakti is “attraction to the
Supreme”. When the attraction is to something limited, it is called
a’sakti, and when the attraction is to the Supreme, it is devotion,
bhakti. There is no compromise, no meeting point, between a’sakti and
bhakti, between attraction to the Supreme and attraction to the objects
of the world. In a’sakti, the feeling is that I get the object. In
bhakti, the feeling is that I merge myself in Him. Where there is no
desire, there the Lord lives. The Lord and the desire for the world,
like the sun and the night, cannot coexist.” (AV-23)

Baba says, “In philosophical terms the attraction for finite objects is
called a’sakti and the attraction for the infinite is Bhakti. Ra’ga or
rakti means both the attraction for the infinite and attraction for the
finite objects.” (SS-1)

Baba says, “One may have attachment towards physical objects as well as
towards Parama Purus’a. The attachment to physicality is called a’sakti
or vis’aya’nurakti, while the deep attachment to Parama Purusa is called
para’nurakti or bhakti.” (AV-33)

Baba says, “The meaning of the word “para’nurakti” should be considered.
Rakti denotes raga or attachment. Anurakti means maintaining attachment
with or being attracted by a particular entity after having understood
its meaning. Anurakti is of two kinds. The anurakti for the Supreme
Brahma or Infinite Cosmic Consciousness is para’nurakti. The Anurakti
for Brahma under the sway of prakrti or the anurakti for the crude
manifestations is termed apara’nurakti. God is an object for
para’nurakti. When the aspirant considers the Supreme Brahma to be his
own, it is termed bhajana’ or bhakti.” (SS-1)

Note 2:         SEEING ALL AS PARAMA PURUSA

Baba says, “Do you love your son? It is perfectly right that you should,
however, when the son dies, you will experience great pain. Is it not
so? The son is preya, a finite entity. He cannot live till eternity. He
will depart and make you weep. But if you treat your son as the
expression of Brahma in the form of your son, then you will never fear
losing him because Brahma cannot be lost in any span of time. He is
present around you in all the ten directions.” (AMIWL-2)

Note 3:   RELYING ON WORLDLY THINGS INVITES MISERY

Baba says, “Take, for instance, an unstable or transient thing, such as
your son. He is constantly progressing through changes, and so you are.
Neither of your two entities will remain forever. If you regard him as
the only support in your life, it will certainly not be wise, for your
son may leave the world any day, and you will moan his loss with bitter
tears; or you yourself may leave the world, making him an orphan. This
applies in the same way to wealth, power, etc.” (Matter & Spirit)

Note 4:          WHAT IS DEVOTION

Bhaktirbhagavad bha’vana’ na stutirna’rcana’

Baba says, “Being merged in the constant thought of God is devotion.
Devotion is not related to the chanting of hymns or ritualistic worship
with different paraphernalia. A devotee may perform these, but they are
not an indispensable part of devotional sa’dhana’. (AS, 3-12)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Nabiina Pra’te ei arun’ a’lote…” (P.S. #19)

Purport:

Baba, by You grace the new dawn has come. In this new crimson dawn, with
the rhythm of form, You have entered my mind. Baba You are so gracious:
You know how to make us laugh and weep, You know how to play
hide-and-seek. Baba by Your grace You have filled my life with Your
radiant light. You know how to play the lyre, to weave endless melodies,
to make the world dance in Your melodies and rhythms. And You know how
to love the world with all its pains and pleasures. Baba You are so
gracious, You are that most loving One…

**********************************************
This Must Be Averted

Baba says, “‘Andham tamah pravishanti mudha ye ke catmahano janah.’ What
happens to the person who runs after the external mundane things instead of
the Self within? One day he finds himself surrounded by the blinding
darkness (Andhatamasa). All around he finds nothing. When a person whose
self has miserably degenerated, whose spiritual progress is altogether
stopped, rushes towards matter, his whole existence starts getting
crudified, his mind and Self get crudified, he forfeits the right even to
be called a human being. This is indeed a miserable condition, an
unimaginable circumstance.” (Calcutta, 1980)
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