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Archive for April 28th, 2011

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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