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Subject: Unpublished Discourse About Weapons
Date: Thu, 26 May 2011 22:24:58
From: “Gaurishankar Agrawal”
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

“Toma’ke ceyechi a’mi jiivaner prati pale…” (P.S. 2106)

Purport:

Baba, I want You in each and every sphere of my life– all the time, every moment. Baba, please come in every honey-filled seed vessel of my hundred petal mental lotus. Baba, whatever beautiful things I have, whatever good things I have– I am offering everything unto You. Baba, please grace me by coming with Your most attractive form.

O’ my dearmost, Your everything is so very beautiful. You are that most resplendent divine Entity– perfectly effulgent. Just as the shining moon does not have any black spots; similarly, O’ Parama Purusa, You are resplendent and blemishless– perfectly pristine & pure. Baba, please shower Your causeless grace on me; please remove my fear and shyness from my unit mind. Please take away all those impurities that are accumulated in my mental plate. Baba, please grace me with the eternal gift of devotion.

Baba, I do not have any worldly desire– just I want Your closeness. That is why I go on searching You while doing all kinds of works, O’ my Lord of Lords. Baba, in each and every moment of my life, in all my deeds and in all my thoughts I want Your Presence– I want Your grace…

== UNPUBLISHED DISCOURSE ABOUT WEAPONS ==

Note: This posting is based on an unpublished Hindi discourse from Bombay where Baba talks about who should have weapons.

Namaskar,
Nuclear weapons, proliferation, and disarmament are hot topics these days. The recent nuclear security summit in Washington addressed these issues and more.

Certain leading imperialistic nations are eager to put a halt to nuclear proliferation, especially the US. However, these power-hungry, materialistic nations are not for universal welfare or global peace. They just want to keep nuclear weaponry exclusively for themselves. That is their interest.

As Ananda Margiis, we should clearly understand Baba’s guidelines and policies with regards to weapons and disarmament. Baba furthermore reveals the hidden agenda of those nations.

Let us also remember that there are all kinds of weapons such as chemical warfare, cyber-weapons, and more. So Baba’s stated policy is for the weapons of today and tomorrow.

Finally, weapons are not only for external battles but also for internal ones. Thus every individual must be armed with all kinds of sentient weaponry (yama and niyama, Prout, kiirtan, sadhana etc) so they can overcome degrading tendencies of mind and reach to Parama Purusa.

BABA’S MANDATE IN BRIEF

As a brief overview, Baba’s guideline is that moralists should have weapons in order to protect the people and deter anti-social elements, whereas terrorists and rogue parties should be condemned and their might and power should be snatched away.

Unfortunately, today the opposite is true. Moralists are not united and immoralists have banded together and gained access to all kinds of weapons for their various schemes. Thus bad people have weapons and good people do not. Needless to say this situation needs to be reversed.

In this complex, battle-torn world, we should arm ourselves with Baba’s divine teachings. We should know His stand on weapons.

THE ESSENCE OF THAT UNPUBLISHED DISCOURSE

Here is a summary of Baba’s discourse about weapons delivered in the 1960’s in Bombay.

Baba talks about how at the very beginning of human history, individuals would quarrel and physically fight by hitting, scratching, grinning, grunting, grimacing, biting and clawing. That was the socially acceptable manner to settle disputes. Everybody fought using these same basic techniques.

Then one day, one party got an idea. This alpha party discovered that they could attack their chosen target from afar by throwing fist-sized mounds of dirt, or dirt bombs. With this discovery, immediately the alpha party had a distinct advantage over his enemies, i.e the beta party. The alpha party could easily vanquish their foes.

In response the beta party became outraged, fearing that so many would get hurt and destroyed by these flying dirt bombs. The beta party exclaimed, “Come out and fight in a civilized way and meet me face to face – claw and punch. Do not resort to this dangerous method of throwing dirt bombs from your hidden position. Everyone will get killed.”

But the alpha party paid no mind to the pleas and logic of the beta team. And the alpha party continued to attack others using their dirt bomb technique. With no other recourse, the beta party decided that they too must use this dirt bomb approach. So they did research, study and practice and soon they were also using dirt bombs for their main way of fighting.

With dirt bombs flying in both directions, the alpha party became disturbed and thought that they had lost their advantage. So they looked around and found that rocks were harder and more potent than dirt bombs. The alpha team then began throwing rocks which easily bloodied and hurt other people.

Once again, the beta party became horrified by this increased level of intensity by the alpha team. The beta person demanded, “Do not throw rocks; they are too hard and dangerous. Too many people are getting hurt. This will destroy society. Only throw dirt bombs – that is our agreed upon fighting strategy. Give up this practice of throwing rocks. There should be disarmament or dis-rock-ament, i.e. no throwing rocks – no one should do this.”

But beta’s pleas fell on deaf ears. The alpha party was very satisfied with the effectiveness of rock throwing. In turn, the beta team began investigating and experimenting with throwing rocks and soon began employing that technique as well.

In this way the level of fighting increased. All this Baba relays in His unpublished discourse. But it does not stop there. Baba continues to explain the history of weaponry in human civilisation.

When the alpha party saw that team beta was also using rocks, then the alpha team looked around and came up with a new technique in order to gain an advantage. The alpha team began using big animals such as horses and elephants to attack their foes.

This was quite alarming for the beta party. They were rattled and complained bitterly that the alpha team would destroy all of humanity and kill everyone using this new method. The beta team pleaded that animals not be used for fighting as it was too dangerous and creating too many deaths.

Once again, the alpha party did not listen and they enjoyed their fighting supremacy. The beta party did their related research, trained animals and fighters, and also began using animals in their warfare. The two warring parties were again on equal ground.

Next, the alpha party invented spears and other sharp throwing devices. The beta team vigorously objected claiming that these spears were too dangerous – everyone will be killed and entire countries destroyed. The alpha party did not pay heed. With no other recourse, the beta team began developing their own spears and sharp fighting tools.

In this see-saw manner, the level of fighting increased.

The alpha team then invented the bow and arrow, and again the beta team exclaimed that this was too harmful and the alpha team should be civilised in their fighting. The alpha party ignored their plea so the beta party created their own bow and arrow.

Then around four hundred + years ago, explosive weapons came into vogue like guns and canons. The alpha team enjoyed unparalleled superiority and the beta team was aghast by the wreckage of such weapons, and petitioned that such weapons be banned. But instead the beta team was defeated and destroyed.

BABA TELLS A STORY

At this point in His Bombay discourse, Baba tells the real history of how King Babur invaded Delhi from the Middle East and at the battle of Panipat, King Babur used his advanced weaponry to defeat Abraham Lodi, the Sultan of Delhi. Actually Abraham Lodi had a much bigger army but because Babur’s troops had canons, firearms, and other weapons they were victorious. Abraham Lodi did not have canons – he only had standard, conventional weapons of the day as well as lots of foot soliders and animals. But because he did not have firearms his party suffered big losses and he was defeated.

Then Baba tells that this is the way history works. Those who invent new weapons are victorious.

BABA’S QUESTION

Baba then asks this rhetorical question: Do you want to be in the alpha party or beta party?

The margiis responded: Alpha party.

Baba replied: Yes, never be in the beta party – always be in the alpha team.

Baba continues to explain that weapons should always be in hands of sadvipras and that such moralists should have the latest weapons. Indeed sadvipras should be ever vigilant to create more refined and powerful weapons in order to save the society. Side by side, never allow weapons to fall in the hands of the wrong people. Terrorists, imperialists, and other anti-social elements must not be armed with strong weapons.

Baba furthermore guides us that as society and civilisation develop, new types of problems come to the fore. For example, internet crime has now become an issue. In response, moralists must always have superior weapons to counteract and solve problems caused by rogue elements. Baba’s mandate is that moralists must have ultra-modern weapons in the external and internal worlds.

Our external weapons include bombs, internet security, scanners and so much more. And our internal weapons include Prout, kiirtan, yama and niyama and sadhana.


WORLD SCENE

If we look at the world history over the course of the 20th century, it becomes quite clear how having newer weapons is so important.

For instance, during World War II, the US dropped the atom bomb on Japan because the US knew that Japan did not have that weapon. Thus Japan suffered terribly. In contrast, during the cold war, the US did not drop the atom bomb on the USSR because the US knew that the Russians also had the bomb. In the latter case there was no actual war – just the cold war.

In a similar fashion, India and Pakistan have fought three wars since 1947, but there has not been a war since each got nuclear weapons. The teaching from all this is that wars happen when one party feels they can crush their weaker opponent without suffering much damage.

More recently, we see how Iraq was attacked because there was no fear that they could retaliate with strong weapons, whereas the western powers did not attack North Korea because there was the very real threat that North Korea would use their nuclear arsenal.

In the more distant past, India was negligent in developing weapons which is why the Indian subcontinent was often overrun by invaders – either moguls or Britishers.

That is the history and the teaching we should all get is that the weak get destroyed and ransacked by belligerent parties. Having the latest weapons maintains the peace.

In AM, our main point is that the moralists should always have the latest weapons because good people should never suffer at the hands of those exploiters, imperialists or terrorists. We never advocate that terrorists should also have weapons. Rather top weapons should be in the hands of moralists alone.

In order to bring world peace, moralists must have the best weapons and terrorists and imperialists must not be allowed to have weapons at all. But now the opposite is the case. Good citizens do not haven weapons while and terrorists have huge weapon supplies.

With regards to the recent summit in Washington, it is not a new thing. Always those who have been in power and possessed top weapons petition to not allow others to get weapons. Because they want to maintain their dominance. Same is the case with the US today. And that is the psychology since the prehistoric era: Always those with might have been keen to not allow others to get weapons.

All in all it looks like the race for arms is a dangerous game, but the truth is that it is only dangerous if weapons are only in the hands of negative people. To establish peace then, all moralists must play this game of armament in order to save humanity – there is no other option. Then there will be peace and security.

SPIRITUAL IMPORT

Finally, armament does not just mean guns and other external weapons.

Enemies exist externally and internally (in the form of negative propensities), and in both cases ultra-modern weapons are needed. Those following religious dogmas or idol worship will not be able to free their mind from narrow-mindedness and the baser propensities.

Thus Baba’s entire discourse serves as an analogy for spiritual growth and development. The aim is for every sadhaka to wage a war against all depraving tendencies of mind and reach to Parama Purusa. One must defeat all the internal enemies – i.e. kama (lust), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), mada (vanity), moha (blind attachment), matsarya (envy), and all other crude propensities.

In that case, ritualistic worship is totally impotent, that is the equivalent of fighting one’s inner battles with antiquated weapons like sticks and stones. Such weapons are impotent. Stronger weapons are needed, i.e. AM sadhana.

BABA’S BLESSING

Ananda Marga sadhana is the very logical and ultra-modern weapon that will lead one to His alter. Just as in the material plane, moralists must have the latest and greatest weapons in the form of bombs and lasers in order to maintain social order and keep the peace; similarly in the inner world, one must be armed with neo-humanism, Prout, kiirtan, sadhana, yama and niyama, and His ever-present grace. Then one is sure to get victory. That is what Baba is telling us in His unpublished discourse and a very similar idea is expressed in this following guideline.

Baba says, “In this fight against avidya shakti one must have sufficient weapons. You know, a soldier requires weapons, and sa’dhana’ is a fight. In your internal sphere, that is, in your mind, you should have ten weapons. Those ten weapons are five yama and five niyama [moral principles]. And similarly, while fighting against evil forces in this crude physicality, you should have ultra-modern physical weapons also. Those who want disarmament and those who want to ban the atom bomb are not friends of human society. They do not want to accelerate the speed of human society. Rather they want to retard its progress. Weapons you must have, but you should have control over your body and mind. There must not be any abuse or misuse of your weapons. Now, in this progress, that is, in the realm of intuitionalism, you should have ten internal weapons – yama and niyama – [for] your progress in sa’dhana’.” (AV-34)

Namaskar,
Gaurishankar

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Serious Matter

Baba says, “The system of education prevailing today was formulated or evolved long ago, mainly with a view to suit the needs of the capitalist class. For the last three to four thousand years, the same type of education is being imparted. The main purpose behind this sort of educational system is to create persons with a slavish mentality to fulfill need of those capitalist exploiters. This sort of education is fundamentally defective. It is certain that this type of education which serves the capitalists’ interests is not at all suitable. This sort of education creates obstacles in the evolution of humanity. We have to thoroughly revamp the entire educational system. A new educational system must evolve to produce sadvipras.” (11/29/70, transcribed from cassette)

Note: Those who are bragging about the standard of their education should know what type & what category of knowledge they have. In this regard, we should ponder Guru’s above guideline.
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To: AM-GLOBAL

Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 13:55:02 -0000

From: NJK Majumdar

Subject: Do You Know Why AM is Special

 

Baba

 

== DO YOU KNOW WHY AM IS SPECIAL ==

 

Namaskar,

We all know that in our A’nanda Ma’rga Baba places tremendous emphasis

on the dual approach of spiritual sadhana and social service. Both have

a huge role to play. For that reason some may be thinking that our

spiritual life and our social life are therefore equal in all regards.

 

Without going too deeply into the matter, this might be a logical

conclusion one would make: Estimating that both are 50-50– the same

size & of equal value etc. It is easy to surmise how someone might

conclude in that fashion.

 

However, Baba’s divine teaching is something else. As important as our

social life is, Baba here unveils and expresses the vastness &

unparalleled nature of our spiritual approach in A’nanda Ma’rga.

 

Baba says, “Our spiritual life is not a part of our social life; our

social life is a part of our spiritual life.” (Poona DMC, 26-11-79)

 

Thus, Baba’s above teaching establishes the supremacy of spirituality as

He tells that everything falls within the scope of our spiritual life.

That is, our spiritual life is not a subset of our social life; but our

social life is a part of our spiritual life.

 

With this is mind, that means that our entire social dealing comes under

that great umbrella of spirituality. Or, another way of saying it is

that nothing comes outside of our spiritual approach. Everything is part

and parcel of that. Hence in Ananda Marga we say that spirituality is

the top-most thing– the summum bonum of life.

 

Baba says, “Spirituality is the summum bonum of life in all its

aspects.” (Idea & Idealogy, p.77)

 

Here are more points which lead in this same direction– which highlight

the greatness of spiritual life in Ananda Marga. All brothers and

sisters should also write in with their perceptions and thoughts also.

 

 

AM SPIRITUALITY IS THE VERY PULSE OF OUR LIFE

 

The path which Baba has shown us– the path of Ananda Marga is totally

revolutionary since it is deeply ensconced in the nectar of

spirituality. From birth to death and from morning till night, the life

of an Ananda Margii is filled with spiritual practices and cosmic

ideation. When one emerges from the womb and enters this world then

immediately that infant is drenched in the singing Baba Nam Kevalam. And

it continues on from there. Hence in AM spirituality is our very heartbeat.

 

 

OUR DAYS AND NIGHT ARE FILLED WITH SPIRITUALITY

 

By Baba’s grace in AM our spiritual approach continues through the whole

life. In the morning we greet and start the day with our practices of

Guru Sakash and paincajanya etc, and the whole day follows in that flow:

Doing sadhana, reciting our bath mantra, taking second lesson before our

each and every work, ideating as we say namaskar, singing kiirtan etc.

Each and every activity through the day is linked with the Cosmic Hub–

Baba.

 

And then after dark we go for night sadhana and ultimately take rest

with His name on our lips– dreaming of Him.

 

About this holistic ideal, Baba has given one divine sloka:

 

‘Kuru punyam ahora’tram’

Meaning: Do virtuous deeds day and night

 

In Ananda Marga we are ideating on Brahma during the day and performing

our various works and duties and then when sleeping we are repeating our

Ista mantra or dhyana mantra during the night. In that way each and

every second of the life is drenched in the sweet flow of spirituality.

 

 

A’NANDA SUTRAM:

 

AM PHILOSOPHY IS SPIRITUALLY BASED

 

As we know, in Ananda Sutram Baba has outlined the whole of AM

philosophy in seed form. In sum there are 85 Sutras in these five

chapters. Yet the first four chapters– or the first 69 Sutras– deal

exclusively with points of spirituality. There is no hint of mention of

social life in these sections.

 

Then in His revolutionary approach in the final chapter of A’nanda

Sutram Baba incorporates our social life and Prout– all neatly woven

into the context of spirituality. Hence Prout is a sub-set of AM

spiritual ideology; Prout is a God-centered philosophy resting on the

dynamic force of AM spirituality.

 

By all this we can all easily understand that in AM spirituality is the

main thing. This is the divine flow of life in Ananda Marga.

 

 

A’NANDA MA’RGA IS A REVOLUTION

 

The path of Ananda Marga is the top as our Marga maintains its stance of

spirituality throughout all the realms of life. This is one of the

reasons why we say AM is a revolution– and far above the rest.

 

In comparison, the dogmatic religions fall way short of the mark. In

their most basic and fundamental sense, at best the religions

theoretically aim to be spiritual institutions; but in actuality just a

tiny partition or a small segment of religious life is for Godly

pursuits. And even that small piece has gotten infested with dogma.

 

Hinduism started with some aspects of meditation and other spiritual

points of yoga and Bhagavata dharma, but even then it was just a small

part of the life. The proof being that the great Shankaracarya himself

declared that people could not dedicate themselves towards spirituality

until after 75 years of age. And not just that, but step by step,

Hinduism has totally fallen away from any pointed spiritual approach.

Such that now, the touch of true spirituality is all gone from their

religious dealings and their followers just indulge in idol worship in

the temples and other dogmatic rituals.

 

To their own degree, Christians may even be less in this regard. They

have no meditative practice to speak of and their prayer etc is done on

Sundays only. So their religious life is extremely limited and tucked

away into a little corner.

 

So in this way each and every religion has partitioned its prayer

practices to a small part of life which is hardly even visible and which

barely touches the seed of their existence. Rather they are totally

governed by materialistic policies

 

Only in the dharma of Ananda Marga do we see that living aspect of true

spirituality ensconced into each and every cell of one’s existence.

 

 

WE MUST TAKE CARE

 

From top to bottom, spirituality is everything in AM. That is the be-all and

end-all of our existence.

 

Even then in this crude era of kali yuga, due to the enormous onslaughts

of materialism etc, from time to time we all get pulled and dragged into

mundane duties and worldly obligations. We all have huge quotas and lots

of pressures to attend to in this regard: Bills to pay, houses to

maintain, plus all the negative allurements of the general society to

combat. This is the harsh reality which we are facing nowadays.

 

Indeed, we can see that even our Dadas get caught up in this rush of

external living and mostly they just do sadhana so that they can eat.

Means sadhana is just a ticket to get into the dining hall– nothing

more in many cases. I think we have all seen such things.

 

So we all know that spirituality is everything yet the practical reality

is that whether we like it or not on various occasions we are all

getting dragged head first into mundane life. No doubt we are all

following 16 Points to the best of our ability etc, but the general flow

of the world is pulling us strongly in its crude direction. In the face

of mundane pressures our sadhana time gets reduced, asanas get skipped,

and so many things unfold. No need to list them here as we are all well

aware about what happens.

 

Hence even though in Ananda Marga, spirituality is the most treasured

aspect of life and as much as we practice it during our days and nights,

still the reality is that the mind tends to become extroverted due to

the extreme amount of mundane pressures.

 

Taken altogether, we should be extremely careful and take whatever

measures necessary to reverse this trend. Baba’s following teaching

leads in this same direction.

 

Baba says, “This element of devotion, the most precious treasure of

humanity, must be preserved most carefully. Because it is such a tender

inner asset, to preserve it from the onslaughts of materialism, one must

build a protective fence around it, just as people put up a guard-rail

around a small tender plant.” (NH-LOI)

 

So Baba’s divine direction is to safeguard this most precious thing:

Devotion, which is the seed of true spirituality.

 

In this regard we can take steps by singing more kiirtan, keeping strict

timing for our sadhana, encouraging ourselves and others to be vigilant

in 16 Points, and evaluating our lives every 15 minutes to see if we are

on the right path or not. On this aspect also, it will be highly

inspiring to hear everyone’s suggestions and recommendations.

 

By this way, and with Baba’s grace, we will be able to maintain and rise

above the challenges– delving deeper and deeper into spiritual life.

 

 

SPIRITUALITY IS BEYOND ALL RELATIVE BOUNDARIES

 

Here Baba once again highlights the supreme nature of spiritual life.

 

Baba says, “That ultimate and absolute ideal is the Cosmic ideal – an

ideal beyond the scope of time, place and person. It is the Absolute,

without and beyond relativity. It stands with its own lustre for all

times and for every factor of the Cosmos.” (I & I, p.76)

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

By Baba’s divine grace each and every margii will taste the supreme

sweetness of AM spirituality & reach unto Baba’s divine lap in this very

life.

 

Baba says, “The human being’s mission in life is movement towards

perfection– towards God. This is one’s dharma, or duty. In this

struggle, the forces of evil [materialism etc] are bound to be defeated.

That has been the case all along, and that will repeat itself.” (AV-23,

p.81)

 

Namaskar,

Nagendra

 

 

Note 1: SPIRITUALITY IS UNPARALLELED

 

OUR SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY IS A PART OF THAT

 

Here Baba reveals the awesome nature of spirituality and that taking

this as their base Neo-Humanism and Prout has been formulated etc.

 

Baba says, “Spirituality provides a human being and humanity at large

with that subtle and tremendous power with which no other power can be

compared. Therefore, with spirituality as the base, a rational

philosophy should be evolved to deal with the physical, psychological

and socio-philosophical problems of the day.” (‘The Cosmic Brotherhood’,

5 June 1959)

 

Keeping our spiritual ideal at the fore, Baba has given us the way to

identify, address, and solve each and every difficulty of our social

life. This is His great blessing on the humanity.

 

 

Note 2: SPIRITUALITY IS THAT UNIFYING FORCE

 

In His below teaching Baba pointedly guides us that it is the golden

thread of spirituality which will bring together all the various beings

of this universe.

 

Baba says, “The Cosmic ideal alone can be the unifying force which shall

strengthen humanity to smash the bondages and abolish all narrow

domestic walls of fissiparous tendencies.” (‘The Cosmic Brotherhood’, 5

June 1959)

 

 

PRABHATA SAMGIITA

 

“Tumi ya’ke bha’loba’so se kena a’r’a’le tha’ke…” (PS 3333)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, one thing I do not understand. Please tell me why Your great

devotees like to keep themselves far away from name, fame praise etc.

Always they keep themselves hidden.

You keep Your devotees very close to You. But You do not grant them

wealth, money, higher social status, name or fame. Rather You take away

all these worldly things from devotees and You saturate their heart with

the devotion. Devotees are always hidden in the society as ordinary

persons. And as to those who are not A-grade devotees, You glorify[1]

them with the high status. Why like this? Please tell me.

Baba, only You can control and utilise occult powers. Except You,

those others who acquire occult powers lose their conscience and do all

kinds of negative things. Ultimately they degenerate and follow the path

of negative pratisaincara– they become one with the crude matter.

Devotees get You all the time in their heart and in that way they

always remain in bliss. Having You their whole existence gets filled and

all their deep longing and desires get satisfied.

Baba to those whom You are loving, to them You always keep them hidden…

 

 

[1] Devotees do not ask anything from Parama Purusa other than HE

Himself. Whereas those who are ordinary people ask for name, fame,

money, power, post etc. So accordingly Baba grants them those things and

fulfills their desire.

 

 

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Brave Persons

 

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

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

burdens of others. Then alone are you brave. Be dagdhabiija. Everyone

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

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

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

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Date: 24 May 2011 18:24:10 -0000

From: “Gurucharan Deva”

To: AM-GLOBAL

Subject: Mahaprayan of Ac Nigamananda Avt

 

Baba

 

== MAHAPRAYAN OF AC NIGAMANANDA AVT ==

 

Namaskar,

It is with sadness and respect that we share the news of the mahaprayan* of our respected Dada, Ac Nigamananda Avt. Our esteemed elder brother underwent his mahaprayan just a few hours ago, at approx 9:30PM IST, Tuesday 24 May 2011, at Akash nursing home, Malviya Nagar, Delhi.

 

Dadaji was well known for his boundless energy and enthusiasm, as well as for his many years of dedicated service to the Marga and humanity. He inspired many onto the path of bliss. He became WT in 1960’s, hence he was a worker for 40+years.

 

All in all, Dadaji worked in many departments, but most notably in VSS for a long time. Actually he led a very colourful life. He was a very important person who will be remembered for his many good activities as well as for his notorious dealings.

 

Initially, after 1990, Nigamananda was the “hit man” for Sarvatmananda; and later on he became the “hit man” or “strong arm” for Rudrananda. And in the later years, he was the “hit man” for his own position.

 

Recently Nigamananda secretly sold one large organisational property at Asansol. That is but one of his many nefarious activities of which the list is very long. Indeed Dada tortured and terrorised so many innocent people. He will long be remembered for that – so many good and bad things.

 

That is why on this fateful day, surely some are sad while many others are breathing a sigh of relief. Dadaji was the cause of so many unjust and negative activities – as well as various good deeds.

 

When Dada became seriously ill and incapacitated due to his brain hemorrhage on 07 Feb 2011, many workers felt relief and happiness. Dadaji was notorious for his abuse of power. Of course one should not feel happy by seeing another’s misery, but back in February numerous wts could not control themselves because of all the torture Nigamananda had inflicted upon them.

 

Baba has given one very good teaching about what happens when an ideal person passes. Let’s see how far Dada Nigamananda fits this description.

 

Baba says, “You should live such a benevolent life and do such glorious deeds that when you leave this world, smiles will blossom on your face while the people mourn your departure with copious tears. The people will feel bereaved at the loss of a person who truly helped them in their hour of need. All of you should take such a vow to do noble deeds as long as you are alive, and thus leave this world with a smiling face.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam, part 8, What Should Human Beings Do?)

 

So we can all think and ponder this.

 

Even then, given his years of service, it is totally disrespectful to say Nigamananda died – when the higher, more respectful term of mahaprayan is available. Of course Parama Purusa is eternal and never dies so there is no question of using the mahaprayan term with Him. But in the case of a respected avadhuta like Ac Nigamananda it is probably appropriate and deserved to use the term mahaprayan. Irrespective of his unseemly activities, after all Nigamananda Dada was an avadhuta and disciple of Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. On that ground, I call his death as mahaprayan.

 

So I have deep regard for him. After all, for those who came close to Baba and dedicated everything, I have great respect and reverence.

 

Tragically, for the last 3 1/2 months Dadaji was in a coma due to a brain hemorrhage.

With his mahaprayan, we pray that our dear brother Ac Nigamananda Avt has found

eternal peace on Baba’s lap.

 

Namaskar,

Gurucharan

 

Note: If you want to know more about his personality, please write me.

 

* Mahaprayan: Many are aware that mahaprayan 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 of respected persons of society who died or passed away.

 

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

 

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 of a respected person.

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Date: 23 May 2011 22:53:02-0000

From: “Liiladhar Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Early Catching is Good

 

Baba

 

 

== EARLY CATCHING IS GOOD ==

 

Namaskar,

Each and every one of us is prone to falling into bad habits or bad

ways. This is a fact of life – not just some theory but the practical

reality for everyone.

 

That is Baba’s stated warning.

 

The bad habit might be something like overeating or oversleeping, or it

might be something like deceit or theft. Everybody has something. We all

face it – in one way or another.

 

So we should learn Baba’s direct remedy for curing ourselves of such

tendencies or ills, lest they grow and consume us.

 

 

THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF RA’VAN’A IN ALL OF US

 

To bring this point to light, Baba makes a clear-cut analogy from the

Ra’ma’yan’a to show how every human being is prone to depraving

propensities.

 

Baba says, “And what is Ra’van’a? In the Ra’ma’yan’a there is something

regarding Ra’van’a. (The Ra’ma’yan’a is a mythological book, it is not

history.) Ra’van’a means a ten-faced demon. That is, Ra’van’a represents

the extroverted human mind moving, functioning, in ten directions –

moving towards crudeness, away from the Nucleus – being drifted away by

the centrifugal force.” (AV-1)

 

Thus whenever the mind loses its internal flow and allows things like

lethargy, jealousy, greed, or other degenerating forces to grab hold of

us, it means that we have been influenced by our inner Ravana, that

degrading tendency of mind.

 

Here Baba explains the situation in greater detail:

 

Baba says, “What is Ra’van’a? You know human mind has got both the

subtle and debasing propensities. As subtler propensities are directed

towards the Self, there is no question of their extroversial

expressions. Only the debasing propensities of human mind are expressed

in ten directions – east, west, north, south, north-east, north-west,

south-east, south-west, above and below. The pu’rva, pashcima, uttar,

daks’in’a, urdhva, and adhah are known as “Pradisha” in Sanskrit and

Isha’na, Va’yu. Agni and Naert – these four corners are known as

An’udisha. Six Pradisha and four An’udisha taken together are the ten

directions in which microcosms express debasing propensities. As they

are directed towards the mundane objects, the microcosm goaded with

debasing propensities is called Ra’van’a.” (SS-18)

 

Thus within us we have both Rama – i.e. uplifting tendencies – and

Ravana – i.e. debasing propensities. The aspect of Rama guides us within

towards our internal Goal, whereas the degrading tendencies of Ravana

lead us astray toward so many mundane attractions and bad habits.

 

 

RAMA AND RAVANA ARE EVIDENT IN EVERYDAY LIFE

 

Again, this dramatic rift between Ra’ma and Ra’van’a is an everyday

reality for us all.

 

When we get inspiration to quickly rise from our bed and do spiritual

practice, that is due to the helping force of Rama. And when we decide

to turn off our alarm clock and go back to sleep, that is the crudifying

tendency of Ravana.

 

And if we think further we can see how this applies to so many daily

events in our life.

 

For instance, do we express patience with others or do we quickly become

frustrated any angry? Do we take time everyday to do svadhyaya or just

spend time watching pop-culture youtube videos etc?

 

Nearly each and every moment we are either being goaded in one direction

or another. And unfortunately, much of the time for most people, Ravana

is the dominant force.

 

In this era of kali yuga – extreme materialism – much of our human

population is rushing headlong towards crudity, and as Ananda Margiis we

also get affected by that flow.

 

Then of course there is the matter that even within our Marga

population, within each and everyone one of us Ravana can grow and strike.

 

So vigilance and awareness is needed.

 

 

RAVANA WILL MULTIPLY – CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE

 

When we witness one involved in dark deeds, often we think, “That can’t

happen to me.”

 

Yet we must remember that those in jail and those who have fallen were

not born into such a condition. It happened to them little by little, as

the tendencies of Ra’van’a were further encouraged within their own self.

 

Similarly, we are constantly faced with troubling tendencies of mind,

and if we do not recognise them and be vigilant to fend them off, then

those things will grow.

 

In the beginning Ravana is small – only we know about it. Only we know

what lesser thoughts crop up in our mind, others do not know. And it is

at this initial period that we must face and conquer those aspects of

Ravana. We must have that much honesty and strength.

 

Plus we must know the technique of how to destroy Ravana.

 

Because if we do not catch it and destroy it early on, then what was

once our little personal secret will become a whole pile of dirty

laundry for the entire society to see. Any bad thought or tendency can

and will multiply into a publicly humiliating event if we do not catch

it early on. Once we become captured by Ravana then everyone will know

about it.

 

No business executive thinks that one day his name will be splashed all

over the front page of the Wall Street Journal for fraud. Yet it happens

daily.

 

No store manager thinks that one day he will be fired from his job for

looking at porn sites. Yet it happens daily.

 

No politician thinks that one day he will be holding a news conference

with the whole world watching as he admits to have fallen into utter

disgrace. But it happens every day.

 

Similarly, none of our Wts think that one day they may fall or be forced

to hide in shame due to cases of misconduct etc. Yet, tragically, this

too happens.

 

What was once a seemingly innocuous thought within – unnoticed by anyone

else – can erupt into a volcano of scandal if we are not vigilant and do

not use Baba’s technique.

 

And it is not just these “big examples” – Ravana comes in all sorts of

shapes and sizes.

 

If we are not vigilant we will turn into the “margii” who is the last

one to wake up at the retreat, or who gained 15 lbs in the past year, or

who regularly skips their asanas and dances, or who does not raise their

arms in kiirtan, or who no longer volunteers for service projects, or

who has lost faith in Baba etc.

 

There are so many ways that Ra’van’a sprouts and ultimately destroys us.

One lapse or one moment of Ra’van’a is enough to ruin one’s life.

 

So we must recognise the issue, be vigilant in addressing the matter,

and know the proper technique for gaining victory.

 

 

MUST KNOW THE REMEDY

 

No matter how big or how small Ra’van’a is in our life, there is one and

only one solution. There is a singular way to escape from the ill

effects of Ra’van’a.

 

Baba says, “Now how can you kill, how can you destroy this Ra’van’a?

This depraving force, this degenerating force is “Ra’van’a.” How can you

destroy the Ra’van’a? You can destroy this Ra’van’a only when you take

shelter in Parama Purus’a. So “Ra’van’asya maran’am Ra’mah” here “Ra’ma”

means “Parama Purus’a”. Without the help of Parama Purus’a one cannot

destroy this ten-faced demon.” (AV-12)

 

Baba says, “How can one be saved from crudification? Ra’van’a can be

defeated, can be destroyed, only when one takes shelter in Ra’ma. That’s

why He is Ra’van’asya maran’am: when one takes shelter in Parama

Purus’a, Ra’van’a automatically dies.” (AV-1)

 

So the only real solution to overcoming the degrading and harmful ways

of Ra’van’a is to wholeheartedly ideate on Baba. As soon as any crude

idea comes in the mind, by His grace we should have the presence of mind

to think of Him. Then everything will be fine. Then the problem will not

manifest in the physical sphere, and we will avoid exposing ourselves in

front of all.

 

If however, one tries to defeat Ra’van’a by analysing that particular

defect, then that will not help – rather it may hurt because by this way

one is further reinforcing that negative idea.

 

It is only when we think of Baba, then by His grace, all crude ways of

thinking get eliminated totally as the mind is cent-per-cent involved in

Him.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

By Baba’s grace, He has given the solutions to all problems – including

the solution to overcoming the degrading aspects of mind known a

Ra’van’a. The sooner we recognise a negative tendency in the mind and

eliminate it by thinking of Him, then we will always be saved from all

kinds of difficulties and ruination. So catching the problem early is

good. And then we will certainly reach up to Him, by His grace.

 

Baba says, ‘Now, what is the duty of a sa’dhaka for spiritual

enlightenment. The sa’dhaka will have to fight against Ra’van’a, against

those debasing propensities which are the causes of illusion and cloud

the spiritual vision of mankind. So to be established in Parama Purus’a,

one will have to crucify Ra’van’a.” (SS-18)

 

Namaskar,

Liiladhar

 

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Saba’re kari a’hva’n saba’i a’ma’r pra’n’…” – P.S. 2945

 

Purport:

 

Here goes the clarion call to one and all. Everyone is my own; everyone

is my pra’n’a; everyone is close to my heart. We are all collectively singing the song in unison and moving towards the Goal– Parama Purus’a. Nobody should remain left behind. We should carefully see that nobody should cry in the society, remaining as downtrodden or as neglected one. We are all singing the marching song of life collectively, with one tune and one melody. There is no difference between one human being and another. Everyone’s desires, hopes, and inspirations are the same. We are all moving on one path with the inspiration of the great ideology, which will lead towards greatness…

 

 

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Kiirtan and Gandharva Loka

 

Baba says, “The following describes how and to what degree human beings

are aware about their own unit consciousness (Shiva’tma). As well as how

they come in contact with their shiva’tma.”

 

“For example, it is just like when one looks in the mirror then one does

not see their real self, but rather a reflection of that. Or it is

similar to when one awakens from a deep sleep then they can recall only

part of their dream, and some aspects of their dream they cannot

remember. Or perhaps, more precisely, they can only remember a

reflection of their dream– and not the dream itself.”

 

“In contrast, there are other occasions where one looks at their own

reflection in the water and they can clearly see their reflected image.

But still that is not one’s entire being. It remains but a reflection.

Just like if one sees a reflection of a mango in the water then that is

just a reflection and not the real mango.”

 

“In reality only we come in contact with our unit consciousness when we

sing kiirtan and some bliss comes. Then we come in contact with our

shiva’tma.”

 

“So in the spiritual field one comes in contact with their own unit

consciousness after singing spiritually vibrated music like kiirtan or

bhajans. For this reason, such type of devotional chanting or singing is

highly essential in the life of a sadhaka. And when one comes in

momentary contact with their own unit consciousness while singing

kiirtan this is known as Ghandharva loka. One can only feel the bliss of

kiirtan when their mind reaches into Ghandharva loka.” (SC-26)

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Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 18:53:48 -0000

To: AM-GLOBAL

From: J.Deva

Subject: Not Commonly Known Dangers of Sports

 

Baba

 

 

== NOT COMMONLY KNOWN DANGERS OF SPORTS ==

 

Note: This entire topic is related with a news article that is appended below.

 

Namaskar,

It is very unfortunate that mostly the “glorious” aspects of sports are highly touted – things like rewards, championships, fame, money, and star power etc. Yet very little is said about the vast numbers of athletes who are broken, left behind, overlooked and left for dead – even killed.

 

Children and students today only hear about the glorified tales of those superstars. In this way they get a one-sided portrait; they do not get the facts. So they blindly chase after that stardom, not aware of the overwhelming odds against them and the many pitfalls along the way.

 

To youths, indeed the rewards of being a star athlete are seemingly grand. That is why they become so enamoured. Yet they do not know about the millions who got hurt and looked over in trying to become a star. For every single all-star there are hundreds of thousands who were left behind and destroyed.

 

In that process their lives got ruined: Their bodies are destroyed; their dreams are shattered; their psychic faculty remain undeveloped (lack of schooling) or harmed (concussion etc).

 

So the main objection is that common people are not aware about the gross, everyday tales of athletes getting hurt, abused, and used. It happens on the field and off it.

 

So many gift athletes who committed a large part of their schooling to sports could not get success. Rather they were disregarded by teachers in school, promised the rainbow by coaches in the gym, and cheated by opportunistic agents on the street. Their lives became a seething mess and in the end they were left with an ailing body, no education, and zero self-esteem. This is the common tale – the one that nobody hears.

 

Instead people only think of the accolades given to stars.

 

Businesses and top capitalists earn huge money off of the talents of one player. In trying to find that star, those same capitalists destroy the lives of countless hopefuls. That is the bigger picture that everyone needs to be aware about.

 

 

WOMEN ALSO SUFFER

 

Then there is the matter of gender: Up until the time of puberty girls and boys have quite similar physical capacities. Upon reaching puberty, females undergo changes that are vastly different from their male counterparts. Their physical prowess decreases and they can no longer run as fast as they once could.

 

Baba describes this phenomenon in His discourses on bio-psychology.

 

Yet still women aim to compete in sports designed for men. That is why in sports like basketball, football (soccer), and hockey etc, females experience a huge number of injuries. Even though they are competing against other women – not men – their bodies cannot endure the punishment of those games. In particular, women suffer from an excessive number of broken bones, as well as a high degree of ligament damage.

 

Yet in this capitalist, male-dominated system, young females are encouraged and pushed to excel in sports, leaving many young ladies with life compromising injuries and scars.

 

 

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE

 

Parents and guardians should understand the situation and what is at stake; furthermore they should educate and warn impressionable youths. Everyone – especially students – should be poignantly aware of the vast numbers of people who get seriously hurt in athletics. They become physically disabled and even mentally compromised such as when a concussion ruins a person’s ability to concentrate.

 

Once people are fully aware of all the ramifications, then they can make more educated and responsible choices with regards to athletics.

 

It is when people ignore this problem and the mass media only propagates the glories that youths get a terribly skewed impression about sports and athletics. Then they think it is only about making money and being a star.

 

The advertisers and corporate giants feed into this frenzy in order to make millions and billions from sports. At present in the US, sports is a mega-billion dollar enterprise where TV rights and contracts are astronomical. There is huge, huge money to be made. So the powers-that-be cover up the dark side in order to breed more star athletes. Yet in that process so many innocent and idealistic youths crash and burn – left to fend for themselves with no one cheering them on.

 

It is like the lottery. On TV they only announce the lottery winner and do not tell the story of the many masses of people who waste their money on the lottery. They do not depict those losers, disappointments, and suicides. That dark tale is not told. Sports follows this same pattern.

 

So a lot of education is needed so youths can learn the many pitfalls, dangers, and deaths that occur when common people compete in sports and competitive games.

 

Finally, for safe exercises, Baba has given kaoshikii, tandava and asanas. In those exercises there is little chance of injury, and huge expression for physical, psychic and spiritual development.

 

Please read the following article about the dangers of sports – we should all be aware.

 

Namaskar,

Jagadmitra

 

 

Note 1: THE STEROID STORY

 

The only dark tale that does come to the fore is that of steroid. But even then they only label those users as cheaters. Rarely do they highlight the health issues. Thus, many a person takes steroids in hopes of never getting caught, totally unaware of the many health hazards and risks involved.

 

 

 

Sport Injuries

 

http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/sport_injuries.html

 

Note: The article appears in full below but if you visit the above link then you can see all kinds of pictures and photos that graphically display the risks involved in sports.

 

We are all urged to exercise in order to keep fit and to avoid getting fat. Sports seem like a fun way of burning extra calories to lose weight, but according to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report, sports injuries among baby boomers increased by 33 percent from 1991 to 1998.[1] There were about 276,000 hospital emergency room-treated injuries to persons 35 to 54 in 1991 compared to more than 365,000 sports injuries to persons of these ages in 1998. The number of injuries keeps increasing every year. In 2006, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) reported over half a million injuries just for basketball. Another two million injuries were associated with bicycling, football, other sports.[2] The increase in injuries has also made doctors and RN’s much busier which has sparked an increase in the need for CNA training across the country.

 

Baby boomers suffered more that 1 million sports injuries which cost over $18.7 billion Dollars in medical expenses in 1998. The highest numbers of sports-related injuries came from bicycling, basketball, baseball, and running.

 

The largest number of deaths were associated with head injuries while riding a bicycle. Most of these injuries resulted from accidents with motor vehicles due to heavy traffic, poor visibility, or failure to obey traffic regulations. Drowning while swimming was the next most common cause of death, followed by skiing accidents. Swimming where there is no lifeguard increases the risk of drowning if a person should get a cramp, or have some other serious problem. Deaths from skiing accidents occur because of the high speeds involved and the inability to maneuver to avoid obstacles like trees or rocks. Sonny Bono, of Sonny and Cher fame, died of injuries after hitting a tree while skiing near Lake Tahoe, California. His death came just days after Michael Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, died in a similar accident.

 

The prevalence of sport injuries in professional sports can be seen by just reading the sports pages of any newspaper, especially after the weekend games. Here is a sampling of the Washington Post for Tuesday, March 13, 2007:

Basketball:

 

Caron Butler’s value to the Washington Wizards was made obvious late last season when the team lost five straight games while he was out with a thumb injury on his right (shooting) hand and again after this season’s all-star break when the team went 0-3 while he was out with lower back spasms.

Butler said persistent stiffness in the left knee — the same knee that required arthroscopic surgery in October 2003 and forced him to miss 13 games as a member of the Miami Heat season — has robbed him of quickness and explosiveness and led him to play with uncharacteristic hesitancy.

 

Hockey:

 

Washington Capitals’ goaltender Brent Johnson left after the second period with a right knee injury. Johnson hurt himself while sprawling to stop Tkachuk’s shot and was replaced by Frederic Cassivi at the start of the third period. Johnson will be reevaluated Tuesday. The Capitals don’t play again until Thursday in Boston, where Olie Kolzig hopes to return from a sprained left knee.

 

Baseball:

 

Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was hit in the head by a pitch and taken to a hospital during the Rangers’ 11-7 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday in Phoenix.

Cruz was batting with the bases loaded in the sixth inning when he was hit on the helmet near an ear by a fastball from Yovani Gallardo.

Cruz stayed on the ground for several minutes, then walked off on his own power. He had an indentation on the side of his face where his helmet had been and looked dazed as he walked to the visitor’s clubhouse. He was coherent when he got in a car and was taken to the hospital.

 

– Yankees: Carl Pavano last pitched in the majors on June 27, 2005, before being sidelined by shoulder, back, buttocks, elbow, and rib injuries.

– Cardinals: Jason Isringhausen is set to make his spring training debut Thursday, right on schedule. The right-handed closer missed the World Series after hip surgery in September.

– Padres: Greg Maddux was scratched from a scheduled start against the White Sox because of a mild lower abdominal strain.

 

As far as injuries are concerned, basketball is near the top of the list. The large number of injuries is due in part to the popularity of basketball, but the jumping and competitive aspects of the game cause the most damage. Players collide, hit (foul) each other, or fall and land improperly after jumping and they get hurt. Attempts to block the ball under the basket put the players in direct conflict without any protective equipment. Experienced players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar used goggles to avoid eye injuries.

 

The 2009 season was particularly disastrous for the Portland Trail Blazers who had many players sidelined with serious injuries. Greg Oden broke his left kneecap after jumping to block a play. The rookie Patrick Mills injured a foot during training right after he was drafted. Nicolas Batum suffered a shoulder injury the previous year, and then re-injured it during the summer. When he started playing again, the cartilage in his shoulder tore and he had to have surgery. Travis Outlaw was lost for the year while recovering from a stress fracture in his foot. Martell Webster had a similar injury the previous year, and he re-broke the foot when he returned to play. Even the head coach, Nate McMillan, ruptured his Achilles’ tendon during practice when he stepped in to fill gaps due to the shortage of players.

 

The following table of injuries is based on 2006 data compiled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS).

 

 

Estimated Number

of Injuries Sport and Type of Injury

529,837 Basketball – Cut hands, sprained ankles, broken legs, eye and forehead injuries.

490,434 Bicycling – Feet caught in spokes, head injuries from falls, slipping while carrying bicycles, collisions with cars.

460,210 Football – Fractured wrists, chipped teeth, neck strains, head lacerations, dislocated hips and jammed fingers.

275,123 ATVs, Mopeds, Minibikes – Riders of ATVs were frequently injured when they were thrown from vehicles. There were also fractured wrists, dislocated hands, shoulder sprains, head cuts and lumbar strains.

274,867 Baseball, Softball – Head injuries from bats and balls. Ankle injuries from running bases or sliding into them.

269,249 Exercise, Exercise Equipment – Twisted ankles and cut chins from tripping on treadmills. Head injuries from falling backward from exercise balls, ankle sprains from jumping rope.

186,544 Soccer – Twisted ankles or knees after falls, fractured arms during games.

164,607 Swimming – Head injuries from hitting the bottom of pools, and leg injuries from accidentally falling into pools.

96,119 Skiing, Snowboarding – Head injuries from falling, cut legs and faces, sprained knees or shoulders.

85,580 Lacrosse, Rugby, & other Ball Games – Head and facial cuts from getting hit by balls and sticks, injured ankles from falls.

Head Injuries can have long-term effects. Brain damage caused by concussions may result in strokes, paralysis, headaches or reduced concentration and mental clarity. A 2009 study commissioned by the National Football League reported that Alzheimer’s disease or other similar memory-related diseases appear in the league’s former players at 19 times the normal rate for men ages 30 through 49. Other studies have found that football players who suffered concussions were more likely to suffer from depression. In general, it is a good idea to avoid sports that expose the head to repeated impacts, such as boxing, soccer, and football.

 

http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/sport_injuries.html

 

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Subject: Re: Meeting with Bha’skara’nanda

Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 12:37:33 +0200

From: Amrit Lalloo

To: AM-GLOBAL

 

Baba

 

== RE: MEETING WITH BHA’SKARA’NANDA ==

 

Namaskar,

The propagation of narrow Bengali sentiment is one of the root causes of the pathetic state of Ananda Marga globally. Bhaskarananda is one of the biggest pseudo-intellectuals propagating such narrowness. It is clear that he hasn’t a clue about what neo-humanism is. All his years of meditation seems to have had no effect – the concept of vistara (expansion of mind) has alluded him. To subscribe to the idea that Baba (Parama Purusa) has a preference for Bangla and Bengal is food for small minds that cannot see the bigger picture. These people need help. In the meantime, Ananda Marga suffers.

 

In Him who is above narrowness,

Amrit

(South Africa)

 

Note: ORIGINAL LETTER

 

Here is the original letter on this topic:

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/05/meeting-with-bhaskarananda.html

 

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Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 19:36:42 -0000

To: am-global@earthlink.net

From:

Subject: Why Part of Sixteen Points

 

Baba

 

 

== WHY IS MOTHER TONGUE PART OF 16 POINTS ==

 

Namaskar,

In our AM ideology and in our 16 Points, Baba has given importance to

and placed emphasis on all that is needed for the well-being and

development of humanity. As we all know, one of the four tenets of

C.S.D.K. (Pt #16 of 16 Pts) is ‘seminar’; and one of the sub-points of

‘seminar’ is knowledge of one’s mother tongue. Obviously then, knowing &

using one’s mother tongue is an integral element for building a proper

society. The only question then is what is the logic and reasoning

behind this.

 

 

LANGUAGES OF THE WORLD

 

Before getting started, we should recognise that in today’s world there

are more than 7000 living languages in use on this earth. And they all

carry certain unique qualities, traditions, and specialties; yet, at

present– with the rapid-fire process of globalisation and all its

mono-culture leanings– many of these languages are threatened for their

very survival.

 

Thus we should take a proper look at what the grand, variety of

languages bring to the humanity as well as why Baba places such a great

significance on knowing and using one’s mother tongue.

 

 

METHOD OF EXPLOITATION

 

One of the main reasons that certain mother tongues are taken ‘out of

circulation’ is because one so-called higher culture wants to dominate

another so-called lower culture. And one of the best ways to break down

another culture is to render their mother tongue as valueless or rogue

etc. Because then those innocent persons are forced to give up or

abandon their mother tongue and instead learn the language of the

exploiters. This invariably creates a huge inferiority complex in

the minds of those who have lost their mother tongue. Because – out of

nowhere – they now have to learn a new language and function with that

new linguistic tool– ie. the language of the exploiters, which is not

at all comfortable for them.

 

Those in this present era who grew-up speaking English can hardly fathom

what it means to have to live in a society where one’s mother

tongue is not respected or accepted. It creates a huge shock to one’s

psyche and places one at an extreme disadvantage in every social setting

imaginable – from one’s work opportunities to one’s schooling ventures.

And by that way one can be easily put down, manipulated, and ultimately

exploited.

 

That is what happened to the black slaves that were brought to the US;

that is what happened to many of the North Africans that relocated to

southern Europe; that is what happened to the Eskimos in Alaska as well

as the native people in so many lands from Australia to Indonesia. Plus

this was also the case with the aborigines of Central America. In all

these instances a certain group lost their local language due to the

pressures placed on them by a more dominant group. And by that way, the

weaker group just got exploited, pushed to the fringe, and used as a

menial labor force in that society. This is what commonly happens to

those who lose their mother tongue.

 

So here the point is that to give every human being the proper right of

passage and due respect, it is highly important that all languages be

honored. That means in their family life people should not be looked

down upon for what language they speak. And every person should have the

opportunity to do their primary schooling in their mother tongue as well

as get the opportunity to learn the vishva bha’sa (world language) of

the day.

 

Without that there will always be one or more segments of the population

that are exploited.

 

 

THE SOURCE OF SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE

 

One other crucial aspect of keeping all the languages of the world

‘alive’ is that a language serves as the abode of knowledge of a

particular people or community. What people learn about the world and

human understanding gets incorporated into their language. That is why

each and every language– everyone’s mother tongue– carries with it

unique knowledge of the world.

 

Just as the Inuit (Eskimo) language has all the perfect phrases for

describing snow, so many languages carry unique insights about the

world. We have to remember much of what people know is not written

down – especially in those cultures versed in the oral tradition – in

which case their language is literally an encyclopedia of knowledge. It

may contain important facts about what leaves are medicinal in value or

what the role is of certain bugs or how the moon moves across the sky in

the summer season. So much information and knowledge is contained in the

various languages of the world.

 

For example, imagine how much knowledge would be lost about yoga,

devotion, and spirituality if the Sanskrit language were to die. And

indeed every language has its own special arena of knowledge.

 

So keeping languages alive is one very important manner of protecting

humanity’s wealth of knowledge.

 

 

HOW BABA PRACTICALLY KEEPS ALL LANGUAGES LIVING

 

In His ideological teachings of Prout and cardinal human values, Baba

always stresses the importance of one’s mother tongue. Yet as we know,

AM is not just a theoretical endeavour. Side by side Baba implements the

practical programs to keep languages alive.

 

One way He did this was by having the Ananda Vaniis read in all the

languages. This was one of His special ways of respecting and honouring

all languages.

 

And another special measure He adopted was to always ensure all Wts

remembered and gave value to their mother tongue. This is a unique

point. Because, Wts were basically supposed to forget everything about

their former worldly life from their parents to their habits etc, but on

the point of their mother tongue Baba was very keen that even Wts must

remember their mother tongue.

 

 

MOTHER TONGUE: LANGUAGE OF THE HEART

 

One of the reasons for this is that each and every person’s mother

tongue is the language of their heart. It is by this way that people

express their finer sentiments and feelings in the form of oral history,

poetry, songs, drama, etc.

 

Thus one’s mother tongue is a key point of human expression.

 

 

SUMMARY

 

So for financial gain or economic power, one community must not be

allowed to exploit another by rendering their mother tongue as

irrelevant. This is commonly done in this present era: Sideline their

language, infuse inferiority complex, and force them to live as second

class citizens etc. But this should not be allowed to continue as it

robs people of their human rights and dignity and it stands as the

death-bed for so much human knowledge and erudition.

 

All in all this is a vast topic and what is written here is a mere

sprinkling. So others should also come forward and relay their practical

experiences and understanding about this most important issue of one’s

mother tongue.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

By Baba’s grace, our AM will bring justice in all realms of life

including the preservation of everyone’s mother tongue.

 

That is why Baba has included ‘mother tongue’ as one of the aspects of Sixteen Points.

 

Baba says, “The best means of communicating human expressions is through

one’s mother tongue, as this is most natural. If people’s natural

expression through their mother tongue is suppressed, inferiority

complexes will grow in their minds, encouraging a defeatist mentality

and ultimately leading to psycho-economic exploitation. Thus, no mother

tongue should be suppressed.” (PNS-15)

 

Namaskar,

Mukunda

 

 

Note 1: FALSE DISCOVERIES OF RESEARCHERS

 

Nowadays, many researchers in so-called first-world nations claim to

have discovered new knowledge or invented new ideas etc, when in reality

these things have been known for centuries by various native peoples.

This is the case with so many herbs and remedies in India, China, and

Philippines etc. And indeed all over the world the native populations

have deep insights into the natural world and often times scientists are

merely re-discovering or outrightly stealing knowledge that has been

known for a long time by certain native peoples. And that knowledge was

keep in tact by their language.

 

 

Note 2: NOT GIVE WAY TO CULTURAL IMPERIALISM

 

By preserving and protecting all the languages of the world and keeping

everyone’s mother tongue alive, it prevents hegemony of one group over

another. This is perhaps the most important element of this issue.

 

Baba says, “All languages must be encouraged, but this does not mean

opposing the languages spoken by others. In this context, language in

itself is of secondary importance. Of primary importance is the negative

cultural and socio-economic consequences of linguistic imperialism.” (PE)

 

 

PRABHATA SAMGIITA

 

PS Intro: This following song is about the establishment of a

neohumanistic society. It describes how sadvipra samaj gets formed and

what it will look like. Overall this song paints a picture of the

upcoming dharma ra’j.

 

“Jay jay jay toma’ri huk jaya…” (P.S. 4764)

 

Purport:

 

O’ Divine Entity, O’ Cinmay, O’ Consciousness Personified who has

graced me by coming in this brilliant, golden, effulgent dawn: Victory,

victory, victory; victory unto You. Baba, You are everything.

 

On this earth, we all are witnessing the magic that has happened; by

Your divine grace our dream has come true today. Behold, this earth has

been filled with sweetness, charm, and beauty. By Your grace there is no

longer any dukha (sorrow) or santa’p (misery and suffering) anymore on

this earth. There is only the incessant flow of a’nanda (bliss); it is

flowing on and on continuously. Baba, by Your grace with the surge of

devotion, the new blood & vigour has awakened; the paranoia, threat, and

terror of exploitation is now completely gone. A new era of sentient

peace has ultimately arrived, by Your grace.

 

Baba, in the past by Your grace we planned that we will create a new

heaven. And now that day has come. So according to Your direction we

will go on doing Your work– all the while singing Your song to please

You. Our hands will do Your work and our heart will sing Your glory. In

that way we will move. Baba, by Your grace we will pour abundant love on

each and every unit being– on all our brothers and sisters, on all the

flaura and fauna. Baba, You have showered Your grace. That splendid day

which we were dreaming about has arrived; all the cimmerian darkness has

been dispelled. Now, by Your grace, the eastern horizon is filled with

Your brilliant, divine effulgence. Baba, we will move on in the chorus

of samgacchadhvam spirit– keeping You in our heart and singing about

Your glory…

 

 

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Misutilisation of Science

 

Baba says, “The crises faced by society today indicates that humanity is not

encouraging the maximum utilization and rational distribution of the

mundane, supramundane and spiritual potentialities of the world. Science is

being used to develop more deadly weapons for war rather than being

channelised for benevolent and constructive purposes.” (PNS-13, p.47)

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