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Date: 14 May 2011 06:27:02 -0000

From: “Bhavanath Rajpal”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: The Value of Purports

Baba

== THE VALUE OF PURPORTS ==

Note: With Ananda Purnima approaching (May 17) the various groups are readying to release their Fake Ananda Vaniis. Yet we all know only Baba’s original Ananda Vaniis should be used for such occasions. All should be alert about this.

Namaskar,

Of all Baba’s divine teachings, Ananda Vaniis are some of the most rare.

His discourses number in the thousands; His talks on dharma number in the

hundreds; even His sutras of Ananda Sutram top the century mark being 125

in total. However in this universe there are only 74 original and true

Ananda Vaniis. So they are something quite unique– yet also a bit overlooked.

Here below are some important points about the great significance of Ananda

Vaniis. And in particular why we should be vigilant to get the purports of

these magnificent and eternal guidelines.

This letter investigates why the various groups must stop creating their fake Ananda Vaniis.

ANANDA VANIIS HAVE PURPORTS

All along it has been the standard practice for Baba’s discourses to be

translated into as many languages as possible– but never was further

explanation given about a particular discourse by Baba Himself. Classes may

have been offered later on by this or that acarya, but Baba never would

deliver a discourse and then directly afterwards give further explanation

about that very discourse. This was not done. Reason being that His

discourses are already explanatory in nature and contain numerous stories,

analogies, and descriptions in order to make the matter perfectly clear and

understandable.

In contrast, with His Ananda Vaniis the case is totally different. They are

pointed, distilled teachings given in concentrated form– hence they demand

further elaboration and explanation. For this reason Baba Himself was

delivering purports for His Ananda Vaniis during DMC itself.

As many are aware, Baba’s Ananda Vaniis are only a few lines in length and

Baba Himself would write it down in His own handwriting. And then that very

Vanii was read aloud at DMC in all the languages. Directly afterwards Baba

Himself would give a line by line explanation of the Ananda Vanii. This

would happen for half-an-hour or more. So you can imagine how much He used

to say. So He Himself would give the initial explanation and thereafter

others were invited to speak and share their understanding of the Vanii–

and during that period Baba would often interject in order to lovingly

guide the Margii speaker.

But always the system was that first the Vanii would be read in the

various languages; second Baba would provide His own explanation or

purport; and then others were also called up to comment and say something.

This was the regular pattern.

All done in this fashion because Baba’s Ananda Vaniis are so dense and

intensely concise.

Altogether His Ananda Vaniis are similar to the Samgacchadhvam mantra, Guru

Puja, etc in that a discourse is needed to provide the meaning of the

mantra. Likewise Baba was giving extended purports of His Ananda Vaniis to

provide further insight about their meaning.

So by this way we can understand that Baba’s original and true Ananda

Vaniis are very concentrated and very pointed. Treating them as ordinary

discourses is not at alll appropriate since Baba used to give explanations

or purports for those very Ananda Vaniis.

ALSO SIMILAR TO PRABHATA SAMGIITA & ANANDA SUTRAM

In addition, Baba’s Ananda Vaniis are similar to the case of Prabhat Samgiita

and Ananda Sutram in that Baba has given purports for each of these three

genres. Baba’s original Ananda Vaniis are about inspiration and moving

ahead whereas Prabhat Samgiita comes within the scope of aesthetic &

supra-aesthetic science and Ananda Sutram is our philosophical treatise.

But all three are similar in that they all fall in the same unique

category– as they all demand further explanation such that Baba Himself

has given purports for all these three teachings.

FAKE ANNADA VANII

In contrast this quality or concentrated approach is not present in the

quotes of His regular discourses. Hence when groupist leaders take a few

lines from one of the standard discourses and falsely present that as an

Ananda Vanii then that is terribly degrading. Rather that is nothing but a

Fake Ananda Vanii. And those doing this are culprits since they are

degrading the real status of Baba’s true Ananda Vaniis.

More about this is written further below.

ALTERATION & DISTORTION

As we all know, Baba has given a title for all His discourses discourse.

Thus extracting lines from a particular discourse and retitling those

lines as Ananda Vanii is totally wrong. This is all non-sense as one

cannot give a quote as Ananda Vanii. Because Ananda Vanii’s are in a

totally different league. Calling such quotes as Ananda Vaniis is

violatingBaba’s system– and against Baba’s desire.

CONCLUSION

Baba is Parama Purusa and all He has given is apta vakya– eternal truth,

so why should some things be discarded or marked as being outdated or be

replaced by something entirely Fake. Rather we should celebrate the dharmic

quality and everlasting value of Baba’s original Ananda Vanii.

BABA’S BLESSING

Baba says, “If you think that you are the child of Parama Purusa and have

come to this world to accomplish the job assigned by Parama Purusa, that

you are never alone and that you are a small baby always sitting on the lap

of Parama Purusa, why should you be afraid of anything? There is no reason

to be afraid of anything.” (PNS-7, p.63)

Namaskar,

Bhavanath

NOTE 1: VERY CONCENTRATED TEACHING

With Baba’s original and true Ananda Vaniis it is important to read

them several times in order to get the full meaning and value. Because they

are concentrated teachings of pure dharma. In contrast the present day fake

Ananda Vaniis are quite different. They are from an existing discourse and not

meant to stand alone. To understand those lines one must read the full discourse.

Whereas Baba’s true and original Ananda Vaniis are special messages that

are different from His teachings in the discourses. The main thing being

that they are very dense and full of unseen wisdom. That is why without proper

explanation many may not properly understand Baba’s true Ananda Vaniis.

NOTE 2: MAKING THE ANANDA VANII PURPORTS AVAILABLE TO MARGIIS

All know that Baba has given purports for Ananda Sutram & Prabhat

Samgiita– as those purports have made it into book form. But nowadays the

purports of Ananda Vaniis are not at all being recognised. Some got

recorded and some not. But none are being recognised or referred to. When

surely many years worth of Baba’s purports of Ananda Vaniis were recorded

and heard by one and all in the DMC pandal itself. So these explanations

should be accepted as discourses. A call then must be put forth to recover

and print those pristine purports which Baba has given for Ananda Vaniis.

NOTE 3: ANANDA VANIIS ARE OF ETERNAL VALUE

As Ananda Margiis, we know that Baba has always utilized each and every day

to bestow upon us innumerable new teachings and countless special

guidelines. Often that has come in the form of a discourse or Prabhat

Samgiita or field walk etc. In that way each and every discourse or Prabhat

Samgiita song is dated and marked where it has been given.

Of course, though, every bhakta clearly understands that the given

discourse or Prabhat Samgiita song has eternal and permanent value. No one

thinks that the discourse was only useful on that particular day when it

was given and that thereafter it has no relevance. None think in this manner.

Rather we all consider that the discourse which Baba has given is a

universal teaching that transcends time, space, and person– and that the

attached date is for record purposes only. In that way all Baba’s divine

teachings can be organised in chronological fashion yet retain their own

original integrity timeless quality.

Hence the matter is straightforward & clear.

Unfortunately, though, Baba’s original and true Ananda Vaniis are not

getting treated in that same dharmic fashion. Because although Ananda

Vaniis are eternal in nature and universal in application, some persons are

limiting the relevance of a given Ananda Vanii to a particular date and

year. They think that every Ananda Vanii is of January 1 of such-&-such

year or of Ananda Purnima of such-and-such year and that now it is

outdated. This is their misguided outlook.

So in that way Baba’s divine and timeless Ananda Vaniis are not getting

their duly deserved eternal status.

Yet just as Ananda Sutram is of a universal and timeless value, same is

that case with our Ananda Vaniis. They can be referred to and studied again

and again just like various sutras, but this is not being done.

Means Ananda Vaniis are not respected as being an eternal guidelines;

rather some off the mark people wrongly consider Ananda Vaniis to be

limited to a particular time and place.

Yet just as the sutras of Ananda Sutram are treated as key points of AM

philosophy, in the same way all the inspirational guidelines which Baba has

given as Ananda Vaniis deserve that same sanctified status. But instead

they are often treated as or reduced to something temporary or passing. As

if the Vanii of 1st January 1961 no longer applies to today’s world and

that that Vanii itself is just a point of history– nothing more. When true

devotees know that all Baba’s Ananda Vaniis are eternal guidelines,

applicable to numerous situations.

So that injustice has been done to our Ananda Vaniis.

Overall then we must work to restore the proper sanctity and reverence of

Ananda Vanii. Nobody tries to relegate Prabhat Samgiita or Baba’s

discourses to a specific place or person or date– thinking that they are

antiquated.

Similarly we cannot allow certain groupist to state / blame that Baba’s

original Ananda Vaniis have gotten old like one outdated crusty newspaper.

But some are doing like that– so that should be corrected.

Baba’s original and true Ananda Vaniis are times and should be contemplated

and read again and again.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Toma’r liila’ tumii bojha, a’ro keu ta’ha’ bujhite ki pa’re…” (P.S. 722)

Purport:

Baba, You are so loving and unique. Only You can understand Your divine

liila. No one except You can know the way You are playing liila. Who can

understand Your liila? Before understanding the liila of Liilamaya (Liila

Personified), I will have to realise You, the Liilamaya. In order to

understand the divine play I will have to realise You, the Controller.

Baba, You are my Heart of hearts.

Why does the sun rise in the east. And why does it always set in the

west. And why does it make a purple coloured sunset. Why do all these

things happen? Baba only You know. And why only one moon is floating in the

sky, yet by that way the night becomes effulgent with the moonlight. Why do

such things occur? Who arranges all these affairs? Why this liila? Who is

behind these things? Baba, only You know.

To know Your liila is impossible. Why snow forms on the high peaks of

the mountains; and why the color of the sky is blue; and why pearls have a

brilliant white colour. Why each and everything has its own inherent

qualities. Who can understand all this– only You Baba.

Baba, please grace me to understand and realise You. Baba to understand

Your liila is very difficult. That is why I have only one desire– to

understand You. And without Your grace it is not possible. Please grace me,

O’ Liilamaya….

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Fight Against Death

Baba says, “The inner motivation of ta’n’d’ava is the following:

‘Destruction is inevitable, but I will continue to fight against

destruction through struggle’. So there is a skull in one hand and a dagger

in the other. The skull represents destruction, and the dagger represents

fight. The underlying feeling is ‘I will not surrender to destruction or

death. I will continue the struggle with this dagger’.” (9 Nov 1978 Calcutta)

1. In the aforesaid guideline, Baba is teaching the inner spirit of tandava.

2. Usually in this materialistic world, people fear death immensely.

Tandava is the solution.

3. During the daytime tandava must always be done with a skull and dagger,

as they are visible then.

4. But when it is dark, then a lit fire torch or flame (masha’la) should be

used. And the spirit of tandava should be remembered so that fear of death

will be eliminated from the mind.

5. This tandava dance is the only physical exercise of the brain.

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Date: Sat, 14 May 2011 20:42:37 -0000

To: am-global@earthlink.net

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Subject: Celebrating A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’

Baba

== CELEBRATING A’NANDA PU’RN’IMA’ ==

Note: At the bottom of this letter are links to 4 in-depth letters about wonderful ways to honour and celebrate the grand occasion of Ananda Purnima. In addition this letter provided us with a spiritual outlook for this festival. Please write in with your thoughts.

Namaskar,

One of the most wonderful days of the year for Ananda Margiis all across the globe is Ananda Purnima. This is perhaps the most joyous and charming festival that we have. For this is the time when our Beloved Baba has taken the vow to come on this earth as Mahasambhuti and shower us in His divine love. Ananda Purnima marks the occasion when He has taken the firm determination to infuse dynamism into our individual and

collective bodies. It is the time when He has graciously come and made the world new all over again by bestowing upon us a new ideology and a new way of living.

In turn, it is also a time – a day – when we should remember His divine teachings of Átmamokśárthaḿ jagaddhitáya ca, liberation of self and service to society.

We should all strive to serve and please Him and incorporate more of Ananda Marga values and practices into our own lives. Whatever shortcomings we may have in personal life, we should aim to weed out those faults and take the samkalpa to become more strict in 16 Points etc.

Our philosophy is not to wait for certain days to start doing good work, so whenever the desire comes one should move ahead. But on this auspicious day we must do self-analysis and think what is lagging in our personal conduct and spiritual life and pointedly decide to improve our adherence to spiritual ideals and practices.

On Ananda Purnima we should take this blessed task upon ourselves. Human life is short so we should not be slack in any respects about yama and niyama and 16 Points.

These are some of the very blissful and practical ways to think about our Ananda Purnima festival. And as we all know this most charming festival is now upon us,

Tuesday, May 17.

A TIME TO SHAKE OFF THE OLD

As we live our lives, there is a tendency for things to become dreary and boring. It can happen to anyone. Because as colouful and exciting as this world is, still we get bogged down in our daily routines: Go to work; come home from work; wash the clothes; fold the clothes; pay the bills; check the email; attend to our appointments etc. Indeed, if we are not careful even our sadhana can become rote and mechanical. In that way, it can seem like we are doing the same thing day in and day out.

Firstly then this magnificent festival day of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima is a time to rid life of any dreary quality and invite a sense of wonder and vitality. That is one of main characteristics of our festivals (utsava) in Ananda Marga.

Baba says, “People often feel bored with their humdrum lives, with their mechanical routines; thus a fresh start must be created through [utsava] festivals…“Ut” means “above” and “sava” means “[[to take]] birth”; so utsava means “an occasion which gives human beings fresh inspiration to live a new life.” When people become tired and uninspired, when they can no longer look towards the future with hope, when their colourful dreams are shattered, at that time the sweetness of a festival brings new joy

and vigour in life. Thus in individual and collective life, the importance of festivals is tremendous. One should always remember that festivals should be such that all can take part in them without any ostentatious display of wealth, and with an upsurge of their life force. And these festivals should be conducted in such a way that people take

part in them from a spontaneous inner urge. I hope that you will make such arrangements so that all are attracted towards your festivals which will be more and more charming – and this will bring about your collective welfare.” (AFPS-5)

Thus, this coming day of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ is a time to break the cyclic repetition of mundane life and bring in an entire new freshness to our existence.

OUR SAMKALPA ON A’NANDA PU’RNIMA’

Second, we can think of this day of Ananda Pu’rn’ima’ as a time to take a firm commitment to move ahead in our spiritual lives. Just as Baba has blessed us by taking the firm determination of coming into this world as Mahasambhuti; similarly, we should commit to doing something more – i.e. increasing our adherence – for our spiritual lives and His mission. Let this be our samkalpa on this day of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’.

Because as we know, human life is an on going endeavour from imperfection to perfection. It is the fight between avidya maya and vidya maya– both in our individual and collective lives. So we have to expedite our speed.

Being on the spiritual path, this fight becomes even more stark. Either we are falling prey to the allurements of this quinquelemental world or we are advancing on the path of spiritual realisation. Each and every moment of our lives this is happening.

So this festival of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ is a time for us to evaluate our course and commit to incorporating more of His divine ideas into our lives. This is the duty of each and every sadhaka. It is a time for us to leave our shortcomings behind and move forward on the divine path.

That is another way to think of this wonderful occasion of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has lovingly brought us onto the path of realisation and service; He has infused within us the desire to do something great in life. As His disciples, on this holy day of A’nanda Pu’rnima’, we should take the samkalpa to live a life that is full of His Sixteen Points– overcoming all degrading tendencies– and become true mediums of His teachings.

Here is one Ananda Vanii to reflect upon on this most blissful day of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’

Baba says, “The more the honest people are firm on morality, the more the evil forces will be active against them. So all the moralists of the universe should remain organized and confront the evil forces unitedly.” (Ananda Vanii #59)

Happy Ananda Pu’rn’ima’ to all my brothers and sisters of the Marga!

Baba is so gracious!

Namaskar,

Mahesh

Note 1: WHAT TYPE OF SAMKALPA SHOULD I TAKE

On this coming A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ day, we may ask ourselves, ‘What type of samkalpa should I take?’. I discussed this with my Dada and this is how he explained it to me:

Our samkalpas will be based on blessedness and benevolence– on how to bring

more of His teachings of Sixteen Points into our lives. So the overall theme of all of our vows will be the same, yet they may take different from one sadhaka to the next. For some who are not so strict in fasting, then this may be a time to commit to that practice. For those who need to be more regular in their asana practice, they might commit more to that. Depending on the person, the vow may take a different shape– a different form. But in spirit, the vow will be the same: To please Baba by further advancing along the path of spirituality, by His grace and His grace alone. Surely we will be successful.

Note 2: MORE ABOUT PLANS AND PROGRAMS FOR ANANDA PURNIMA

See these letters for more ideas and ways for how to celebrate:

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2010/05/celebrating-his-advent-ananda-purnima.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2010/05/celebrating-his-advent-ananda-purnima_12.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2010/05/celebrating-his-advent-ananda-purnima_18.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2010/05/celebrating-his-advent-ananda-purnima_20.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Maneri gahane tumi a’cho, a’cho prabhu sada’ jege a’cho…” (4380)

Purport:

Baba, You are always remaining in the depths of my mind– You never

leave me. You always remain awake. You go on working day and night,

beyond the time. You never stop. Baba, whatever You want to do, You go

on doing. This whole expressed universe is Your eternal game. You are

ever-present: beginningless and endless. You are ever intoxicated in

Your divine flow. You are the Goal of everyone– everyone wants You. You

are remaining with one and all. Those who are trying to come close to

You by their virtuous deeds and shravan, manan, nididhyasana, & dhyana,

only they are able to come to You. Only they are able to realise You and

have Your grace and proximity. Baba, You are grace-Personified…

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