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Date: 06 Jun 2011 21:48:37 -0000
From: “Shivadayal Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Not Just A Ritual

Baba

== NOT JUST A RITUAL ==

Namaskar,
Each and every day after bathing we all recite our bath mantra,
“Pitrpurus’ebhyo namah…”.

The meaning of this mantra holds great value in our human life and
movement along the path of pratisaincara.

However, often we find that its meaning is misconstrued within our
Marga. It is not that people adopt the wrong meaning per se, but more
commonly they miss the greater meaning. Or even worse, many just treat
it as some type of ritual that does not have a lot of value.

So let’s take a look at its inner significance and see what our bath
mantra is all about – according to Baba’s divine precepts.

WHAT IS COMMONLY THOUGHT

Generally, if you ask an Ananda Margii what is the idea of the bath
mantra, they will often reply, “It is a salutation to our ancestors – a
way of paying respect to our forefathers and predecessors.”

This is how people commonly respond and this is how I and others in my
unit responded when asked this very same question.

Because after all the first two lines are:

Pitrpurus’ebhyo namah
Rs’idevebhyonamah

Baba says, ” You are in this world, but before you so many human beings
came…To all our forefathers who came into this world and left this
world. So many people, so many millions of people, came during the last
ten lakh years. So, Pitrpurus’ebhyo namah. “I do namah to those people,”
because I am a continuity of those people in the flow of the human
race…. During this long period so many things were invented by so many
great people. Great people are known as rs’is…So, rs’idevebhyo namah –
“I also do namah to those rs’is who invented so many things.” And the
collection of their inventions is modern human civilization.” (AV-30)

So honoring our forefather and sages is a distinct aspect of our bath
mantra. Plus we all know that pitr yajina, or service to ancestors, is a
part of our AM way of life.

Baba says, “Pitr Yajina means remembering the ancestors and the sages.
As long as a person possesses the physical body, he remains indebted to
his ancestors.” (AMIWL-2)

For all these reasons and more, some or more in AM commonly think that
the bath mantra is all about recognising and remembering our ancestors –
when in fact this is just a small part of what our bath mantra is all
about.

JUST A RITUAL

While the above is a partial understanding of bath mantra, even
more often the bath mantra gets treated in some ritualistic manner.
People might recited it mindlessly or internally think that this is just
some silly thing – not really part of our spiritual life. Then there are
some who just repeat it at rocket speed such that they do not even know
what they are saying – neither the meaning nor the actual words. In that
sense bath mantra is regarded no differently from one religious custom
such as putting ghee on the sacrificial fire etc.

Of course not everyone falls in this category, but it is not entirely
uncommon either.

Here then are Baba’a main teachings on bath mantra. Everyone should
evaluate for themselves how far they truly recite and ideate on bath
mantra in the proper way. Only you can be your own judge.

MADHUVIDYA: ASCRIBING GODHOOD

In His discourse, “Ascribe Brahma-hood to All”, Baba pointedly reviews
every line of the bath mantra.

He furthermore states that the essence of bath mantra is about linking
every action of life with the Supreme.

Baba says, “You should know its [bath mantra] meaning. It has closest
proximity to this ma’dhuvidya’, that is, this ascription of Brahma-hood
to worldly work.” (AV-30)

Because after the first two lines of the bath mantra, the entire mantra
focuses on Brahma.

Brahma’rpan’am’ Brahmahavir
Brahma’gnao Brahman’a’hutam;
Brahmaeva tena gantavyam’
Brahmakarma sama’dhina’.

As we know, the meaning of these lines is:

The act of offering is Brahma;
that which is offered is Brahma;
the one to whom the offering is made is Brahma;
and the person making the offering is Brahma.
One will merge in Brahma after completing the duty
assigned to him by Brahma.

For Baba’s full explanation of these lines, refer to the discourse,
“Ascribe Brahma-hood to All”.

The overarching import of this mantra is to be completely immersed in
madhuvidya, or second lesson. We are to see everything (the offering,
the action, the Receiver, the doer) as Brahma and we are to remember
this fact every day during each and every waking moment. That is the
greater meaning of our bath mantra.

It is is wonderful explanation of second lesson.

Since bathing is daily component of human life, then what better way to
remind us of our second lesson practice than with a bath mantra that
goads the mind in this very direction.

Thus bath mantra holds great significance and it should not just be
regarded as some useless ritual or merely a prayer to our ancestors etc.

STUCK IN THE CYCLE OF ACTION & REACTION

Here is more about how bath mantra can help us escape from the
serpentine noose of maya.

Typically, as human beings we are stuck in the endless cycle of action
and reaction, of life and death. We are but a toy within the cycle of
karma. We do actions, become bound, then have to undergo the reaction.
There is no seeming escape.

And as Baba remarked at one DMC, mostly people are involved in bad deeds.

Baba says, “Think about how many of the deeds you performed before
coming to the path of sa’dhana’ were good and how many were bad. To tell
the unpleasant truth, ninety-nine percent of your deeds were bad.” (AMIWL-8)

Thus we are bound by so many actions – many of which were degrading.
That is the tough reality.

And not only that, but when we do good actions and get good reactions,
then with that heightened sense of confidence or arrogance, one again
plunges in misdeeds. This is very, very common.

For instance, due to their good work in the past, one acquires wealth or
a position of importance, and then one uses that money for sensual
pleasure and that high post to satisfy their self-interest. This is the
case with so many – not just with Hollywood or Bollywood stars, but with
even the person next door.

For more about this phenomenon, please read:

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/07/boon-or-curse-depending.html

So the long and short of it is that – whether one does good or bad works
– one becomes bound to those actions, and most of the time one ends up
degrading themselves. That is why it is so difficult to escape the cycle
of karma. One can go round and round for ions.

Baba says, “The unit entities have been moving around the cosmic nucleus
throughout eternity…you will have to go round and round like the
bullocks in the oil-mill in the endless cycle of creation, life and
death.” (SS-2)

THE ONLY ESCAPE

The only way to escape this endless cycle of karma is to no longer
create samskaras. Of course with His divine grace He can do anything,
yet as human beings all we can do is lighten our karmic load.

That means we have to undergo the reactions of past actions and live in
this world without creating new samskaras.

That is why our second lesson and bath mantra are so important.

Because so long as we think that we are doing the actions, then a
samskara is created – either a good one or a bad one. And ultimately
those bind us. Plus, as noted above, when we reap the fruits of our good
actions, then we often abuse those benefits and again resort to
misdeeds. That only sets us further back on the path, hurling us in the
direction of negative pratisaincara.

So whenever our I-feeling is attached to an action, we are further
binding ourselves, to some or more degree.

But when we think that Brahma is the doer and we are merely serving His
will, then there is no attached samsakara. And that is the inner value
of second lesson and bath mantra. The bath mantra is a daily reminder of
how we should ideate and practice second lesson.

Because as we all know, this takes practice – constant vigilance and
reminders. Our bath mantra is one such reminder. Every day – or twice
daily – we chant and ideate that everything we are dong is for Brahma
and that ever manifested being and object in this universe is Brahma.

With practice – and with regular kiirtan and sadhana – then this mantra
will not just be a set of words, or some bogus ritual, and the inner
meaning – that everything is Brahma – will settle in the inner recesses
or our mind and heart.

Then, by His grace, we are sure to remember Him in all we do – always
wishing to serve and please Him.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace, He has given us all the tools to achieve liberation. We
should be vigilant to incorporate the right and true practice of bath
mantra into our daily life, lest we fall into demise or worse.

Baba says, “Success and fulfillment in life lie in the spiritual
pursuit. Only by pleasing one’s Lord through sincere spiritual practice
can one attain freedom from the cycle of birth and death. Those who do
not follow the spiritual path, even after being born on this earth in
human form, can be said to be misusing their vital force and
intellectual capacity. The wise say that such people are no better than
donkeys.” (AMIWL-7)

Namaskar,
Shivadayal

Note 1: SADHANA – KARMA – AND GURU’S GRACE

Our bath mantra helps us remember that everything is Brahma and Brahma
is everything. This will give us force in life to surrender to Him and
escape the clutches of karma, by His grace.

Baba says, “When, due to the grace of Parama Brahma, techniques of
intuitional practice (sa’dhana’) are imparted to the unit mind through
the medium of a Guru, the way to emancipation from bondages is opened,
and the unit mind begins to transcend all sorrows and miseries. By
virtue of this sa’dhana’ one can also free oneself from the vicious
cycle of karma, resulting in the a’tman getting immediate liberation
from all mental bondages. Having relinquished the desire for finite
objects in different places, in different forms, and in different ways,
and having embraced the Supreme Original Entity, one attains the highest
fulfillment. This attainment is achieved with the grace of Parama
Purus’a in the form of a Guru. Hence there is only one Guru: the Supreme
Entity alone is the Universal Guru.” (AMIWL-7)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

PS Intro: This following song can be taught to non-margiis as it belongs
in the ‘Krsnaliila’ series. As we know, in Baba’s Prabhat Samgiita
collection, there are a number of songs about Lord Krsna. So when any
program is organised related with Krsnaliila, then these songs are most
useful to attract non-margii devotees who have love for Krsna. So this
song is not for our regular devotional chanting. This is not a
devotional song for Ananda Margiis. If anyone has any doubt or confusion
about this, please refer to Baba’s discourse: “Onm’kara and Is’t’a Mantra”.

“Giitir ka’n’u priitir vrajer ka’n’u e anunay…” (3655)

Purport:

O’ Divine Entity, O’ Lord Krsna of the song, O’ Lord Krsna of Love, O’
Lord Krsna of Braj*, I have one request of You: O’ Mohan, the divine
Entity who is attracting everyone, please be gracious and shower Your
infinite grace on me with Your radiant smile. O’ Entity who can only be
known through the realisation of divine Love, please come in the sweet
grove of my mind, in my madhukanan.

O’ Lord Krsna, please be gracious. Please come with Your divinely
attractive & most venerable appearance and grace me by residing on the
lotus petals of my citta. O’ Liiila’may, please grace me and come in my
close proximity so that I need not wander around this vast earth in
search of You– seeking You in various tiirthas (holy lands) or in the
distant dense forest or in the caves and caverns of the insurmountable
mountains.

O’ Divine Entity who eternally resides in my heart, please shower Your
grace-compassion on me with the heavenly waves of Your ocean of nectar.
So that by Your grace I can sing the glory of Your blissful tales and
spread the supreme effulgence of Your divine name. O’ Lord, please be
gracious and come deep inside my heart…

*Braj= When the aspirant is withdrawing his mind from all worldly
objects and desires and is instead goading all his psychic propensities
towards Parama Purusa, then the sadhaka is no longer chasing after name,
fame, money, post, power, position or other worldly things. Only the
aspirant is trying to cultivate more and more spiritual longing: To
accept Parama Purusa as their only Goal in life; to accept Him as their
sole object of adoration. This type of mental state is braj– where the
devotees is playing with the Lord in that divine land, in the mind. That
is the land of braj.

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Know Your Rights in AM

Baba says, “Regarding the Sixteen Points, it was said that a’ca’rya/a’s
or senior persons would see if you were observing them properly or not.
Similarly, I gave a directive to all that they should keep watch on one
another. No one will exempt anyone else regarding the Sixteen
Points…It is a question of human rights ” (AV-23)

Note: Pointing out and evaluating the behaviour of others is part of the
self-cleaning system of Ananda Marga. All are Ananda Margiis – family
people and Wts – but unfortunately pointing out is not allowed these
days. If anyone speaks up they get victimised and outcasted. In that
case the whole system of pointing out is disables and in result our AM
society gets polluted. This is one of our fundamental human rights that
must be granted to all Ananda Margiis, otherwise the wrong things will
flourish in AM, such as groupism, power mongering and the like
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Date: Sun, 05 Jun 2011 20:02:11
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: The Worst Job Ever
From: CJ Deva

Baba

== THE WORST JOB EVER ==

Namaskar,
These days in this vaeshyan era, everyone has to work – a lot.

When Prout is firmly established then a person might work as little as 5
minutes a week and devote the rest of their time to more subtle pursuits.

Baba says, “In a collective economic system the benevolent use of
science will bring about human welfare. It is possible that as a result
of mechanization no one will be required to work for more than five
minutes a week. Not always being preoccupied with the problems of
acquiring food, clothing, etc., people’s psychic and spiritual
potentialities will no longer be wasted. They will be able to devote
ample time to such activities as sports, literary pursuits and spiritual
practices.” (POD, pt#9)

We obviously have not yet reached the aforementioned stage.

Full-time work is an absolute necessity for most adults these days –
i.e. 40 – 50 hours per week. It is a huge part of one’s life.

It also has to be recognized that not all jobs are the same. There is
one type of job that is worse than all others. Some might think it is
based on pay rate, occupational hazards, travel time, or job security.
But that is not the case – at least not in this survey.

The worst job of all time is the one which goes against our essential
dharma of spirituality.

“I AM THAT”

As sadhakas, we understand that the entire aim of spirituality is to
realise that “I am that Parama Brahma.” That is the goal.

Baba says, “Before crossing the bridge of devotion one feels like “You
are that”. But while crossing the bridge one feels “I am that”.” (SS-18)

Baba says, “Concentration of mind is only savikalpa sama’dhi, where the
only feeling that remains is “I am That.”” (AMIWL-1)

Baba says, “The unit consciousness that wants to return to Cosmic
Consciousness quickly has to become devoted to Cosmic Consciousness, and
this is bhakti. “I am That” is the idea to which the unit consciousness
has to be completely devoted in order to become That one day. Bhakti,
devotion, or calling Cosmic Consciousness, thus leads one to become like
That.” (AMEP)

Indeed in one form of another, every ista mantra in AM sadhana aims at
the ideal of unifying one’s unit existence with Parama Purusa, i.e.
becoming That.

So a sadhaka spends hours in meditation to train the mind that I am not
this tiny unit existence but rather “I am that Great Personality.” With
practice, devotion and love for the Supreme is generated until finally,
by Baba’s grace, the sadhaka becomes linked with that Divine Cosmic
Personality.

This, we all know, is our sadhana practice and spiritual ideal, in a
nutshell.

So whether in seated meditation or not, we always aim to do our mantra
japa and think, “I am That, I am That, I am That…” This is how we are
to pass our days on this dusty earth. And no job should drastically
interfere with this ethic.

WHAT IS THE WORST JOB EVER

Now we come to the point. What is the worst job ever? A stock broker, a
street sweeper, a mechanic, a plastic surgeon – maybe, maybe, maybe.

According to our view, the worst job ever is that which interferes and
contradicts one’s ista mantra.

Any job where one has to state again and again, “Hello, I am John
Smith…” or “Greetings, this is Luis Rodriguez”, or “Hi, my name is
Paula Barcolli…”, is the worst job ever. Such jobs run directly
contrary to the meaning of one’s true identity. Because one has to
repeat such a crude phrase again and again, all day long: “Hello, I am
John Smith…”, “Hello, I am John Smith…”, “Hello, I am John Smith…”

This is really awful and impacts the mind in a negative way.

Indeed any job where one has to answer the phone or always introduce
oneself to new people or anything like that is the worst job – whether
one is on the radio, meeting clients or who knows what.

In other jobs, one may knowing or unknowingly believe that “I am
so-and-so”, but at least the person need not repeat it ad nauseum all
day long.

By repeating “I am John Smith…” orally again and again it further
substantiates the false idea in mind that I really am this tiny unit
being. The mind really believes it. When in fact we should be thinking,
repeating, and realising that I am that vast Great Entity.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

There was time in my life where I had a desk job and whenever anyone
called, I am to pick up and say, “Hello, this is Charlie…”

At first I did not mind it, but over time the whole notion of having to
pick up the phone and repeat that phrase – “Hello, this is Charlie…”,
“Hello, this is Charlie…”, “Hello, this is Charlie…” – became
suffocating and repulsive to me.

I did not like it at all.

Once that feeling came in mind, then within 2 weeks I was gone from that
job, due to circumstances beyond my control.

So I thank Baba for saving the day and relieving me of that awful job
experience.

Since then, by His grace, I have not had to work under such conditions.
I have been very careful not to accept a job where I would have to
repeat my unit name all day long.

MUST REPEAT ISTA MANTRA ALL DAY LONG

In this vaeshyan era, we have to make certain adjustments to survive.
But those adjustments must not contravene our subjective approach. We
should always have the mental freedom to ideate that Baba is the
everything and that I am moving towards Him.

Any job which transgresses this idea should be thought of as the worst
job. So if again and again – each and every minute – one has to repeat
and ideate on the false notion that “I am John Smith” – i.e. I am this
unit being – then that is not at all good.

Baba says, “In order to do japa, sufficient mental strength and mental
equilibrium or equipoise is required. In the midst of wordily squabbles
and intrigues, the repetition of one’s Is’t’a mantra is not all
possible.” (SS-12)

Whatever job we have, we should at least be able to internally recite
our mantra and not be hindered by again and again obtrusive repetition
that falsely claims, “I am John Smith”. This goes directly against our
spiritual approach.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, no matter what job or occupation we have, it must not
so graphically interfere with our knowledge and realisation of who we
are. We must always inculcate the idea that “I am That, “I am Parama
Purusa”, and then by His grace we will realise that within our little
I-feeling is the greater I-feeling of the Cosmic Entity. Those jobs
which so crudely contravene this tenet are the worst jobs of all time.

Baba says, ‘One who has acquired inner vision – the capacity to look
within, to experience or realize something by introverting the optical
nerve – by dint of sa’dhana’ is a blessed person indeed. What is that
“I”-feeling in each and every entity? What is the “I” of “I shall eat”,
“I shall speak”, or “I shall do”? It is that Supreme “I” which lies
hidden in the small “I”. So let people repeat the is’t’a mantra,
meditate and sing kiirtan for their Supreme “I” which remains hidden in
their small “I”…The actual truth is that the Supreme Entity lies
covert in the small “I” feeling of all living creatures. So He is not
far from anything; rather, He is the very “I” of each and every
microcosm. With this idea or feeling in mind, spiritual aspirants should
start their spiritual practice. To be ensconced in this supreme idea is
the culminating point of all sadhana.” (AV-4)

Namaskar,
Cinmay

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“(Tumi) esechile mor bakul-bita’ne na’ baliya’ ka’r ghare…” (PS 4320)

Purport:

Baba, that time the place was surrounded by innumerable bakul flowers
which were blooming and You graced me by coming to my cottage during
that verdant spring season. With Your divine grace, You brought
devotional horripilation (goose bumps) throughout my entire existence
and You also vibrated the very pulsation of my blood. Baba, by having
You in such an intimate and close way, my life has become meaningful. It
is Your grace.
Baba, soon after that golden dawn, Your liila moved into a different
phase. Because then You went away leaving me crying all alone. O’ my
dearmost where did You go that time.
Baba, since then I have spent countless days and nights waiting–
sitting by my window threading heaps of flower garlands for You. But
that was all in vain because You did not come. It is painful that now I
no longer see that attractive & charming smile because You are keeping
Yourself distant. Now I no longer see that radiant smile which I used to
see on Your lips when You were with me. Baba in longing for You, ages
have passed since You came close. Springtime has finished and now summer
has come. My entire garden of those sweet, fragrant bakul flowers has
dried up and withered away in this hot season*. Now that same window–
where I used to sit and make garlands for You and wait– is full of
spider webs. Baba, it is so painful and heartbreaking how You have gone
so far away. And my mind is completely dry in the absence of Your divine
presence. O’ my dearmost, please shower Your causeless grace and appear
in my heart in a very intimate and charming way…

*Hot Season= In the absence of His presence, the sadhaka feels a
distinct dryness in his heart. Summer season– or hot season– has been
used as a metaphor to express that dryness in the devotees heart, where
one’s devotional feeling is lower. And this happens with each and every
sadhaka. Sometimes when one feels dry and out of the spiritual flow then
that is summer season; and when one’s flow of sadhana is good then that
can be compared with springtime because in their dhya’na they feel
greater proximity with Parama Purusa. But when one is experiencing the
dryness of summer, the best thing a devotee can do is to sincerely
request Baba to grace them by coming in their meditation.

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Priceless Guideline

Baba says:

Akkodhena jine kodham’ asa’dhum’ sa’dhuna’ jine
Jine kadariyam’ da’nena saccena aliikava’dinam.

“You defeat another’s anger through your non-anger; you defeat another’s
wickedness through your piousness; you defeat another’s miserliness through
your generosity; you defeat another’s dishonesty through your honesty.”
(SC-3, p.68)
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Date: 06 Jun 2011 14:17:26 -0000
From: “Ramanuj Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Confusion About The Universe

Baba

== CONFUSION ABOUT UNIVERSE ==

Namaskar,
Some ignorant people believe that the universe is infinite. That is what they are propagating. Here is their message:

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity…” (sent on 4 June 2011 by one margii)

So this person is telling that the universe is infinite – that is an essential part of his message.

BABA’S DIVINE TEACHING

Now we should compare this with Baba’s divine teaching.

Baba says, “According to some persons, this universe is infinite, but this is not true. As this universe also is a created manifestation of the Supreme Consciousness, due to the influence of the static principle of Prakrti it is bound to have a particular shape and form. And since it is under the static principle, it must be under bondage and limitations. Hence the universe is certainly finite, although it is very vast; it is not infinite or ananta.” (Subhasita Samgraha-11, The Hub of Universal Activities)

It is quite clear then that Baba’s divine guideline is that this universe is not infinite. It is distinctly finite.

So the margii writer is proclaiming one thing and Baba’s divine teaching is something else. The margii is 100% opposite from our Sadguru Baba.

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE?

NEVER COMPROMISE ON ADARSHA

When I read the margiis aforementioned quote, then I wondered whether I should keep quiet or not. Then I was reminded about Baba’s teachings of Sixteen Points. We should not compromise or remain silent when someone is propagating anti-AM ideas to margiis. That is what Baba says in point #11 of Sixteen Points.

Thus, according to Baba’s guideline I thought I should say something and not let this go unaddressed. Otherwise, new margiis will get confused and think that the universe is finite.

THE HARM DONE

Does this person not know that he is confusing innocent margiis. Does he not know that he is leading others astray with his “thought of the day”.

Please excuse me but all I can think is that this person is thick-skinned. When he himself does not know and is ignorant, then why is he preaching about AM philosophy.

What he is doing is shameful and not at all befitting of an Ananda Margii.

BABA’S DIVINE TEACHING

Once again let us reflect on Baba’s teaching.

Baba says, “This universe is a very small finite island.” (AV-4)

Baba says, “Observe uncompromising strictness and faith regarding the sanctity of the Ádarsha (Ideology).” (Sixteen Points, pt #11)

Namaskar,
Ramanuj

Note1 : WHO IS SENDING SUCH MESSAGES

You probably know that the person propagating this anti AM message is SS Goenka. This new and tragic psychic ailment has overcome him in this late age. A similar thing happened with the late Shraddhananda, the former PP Dada. At the end of his days he was restless to propagate his own silly rhymes – Shraddha Shuman – thereby competing with Baba’s divine creation of Prabhat Samgiita. If you want to know more about this then please write me.

Here the conclusion is that the universe is finite not infinite.

Note 2: BY THE WAY HERE IS ANOTHER MESSAGE

In the above quote posted by Goenka he claims that humans are very, very stupid – infinitely stupid. Yet Baba never addresses humanity in such a dark and derogatory manner. Instead Baba always speak in a very positive and uplifting way about human beings.

Baba says, “Unity and benevolent intellect lead human beings towards supreme fulfilment.” (POD #37)

Baba says, “Humans have been blessed.” (AV-30, Human Expressions and Human Movements)

Note 3: SILLY JOKES

If we ignore this situation then this person will write tomorrow that, “God does not exist, but money certainly exists, about the former I cannot say.”

This type of silly thing we should not appreciate as it is going against the fundamentals of dharma.

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