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Date: 10 Jun 2011 20:58:34 -0000
From: “Indrajit Rai”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Story: Baba Sends Money to Devotee

Baba

== STORY: BABA SENDS MONEY TO DEVOTEE ==

Namaskar,
Here is one Baba story that speaks to how He always cares for the
welfare of His devotees and wishes to see AM pracara progress and flourish.

RUNNING THE ANGIKA PRESS

In those days, like today also, Baba wished to see AM ideas propagated
in all kinds of ways and in all the various languages. So back in the
1960’s, brother Karmeshvarji’s job of writing and printing the AM
newspaper in Angika was an important and valued job. Because Baba wanted
AM ideas printed in all local languages, including Angika.

By Baba’s grace, Karmeshvarji worked tirelessly toward this end – day
after day printing and distributing the Ananda Marga daily Angika paper
in Purnea.

Karmeshvarji was a family man with children, but he was also an LFT for
Ananda Marga. He had little money, spent most of his time in AM works,
and lived in a relatively simple area, surrounded by poor farmers.

All along he was doing an excellent job of running the newspaper and
then he began leasing a printing press to make things more dynamic. He
leased the press for RS 250 per month and then spent another RS 80 per
day on paying helpers and distributing the newspaper. Again this was
back in the 1960’s so you can understand that was a lot of money
than in today’s economy.

One other brother, Navalji used to help collect donations from local
farmers and circulate the newspaper.

Thus with extremely limited means, Karmeshvarji was doing a wonderful
work of running the paper and propagating AM ideals.

NO FOOD FOR THE FAMILY

One day while Karmeshvarji was busy with his newspaper work, one of his
small boys, who was just a student in primary school, came to him and
said, “Papa, ma says there is no food in the house and ma wants to know
what we are going to eat?”

Karmeshvar was absolutely silent. He thought for a moment to ponder the
situation; he really did not know how to respond.

Then in a quite manner he stated, “Go and tell your mother to fill a
glass with water, ideate and recite Guru mantra, and then drink the
water. In this manner, she should serve a glass of water to every member
of the family. Thereafter you will not feel any hunger.”

And then the father promised the boy that he would arrange proper food
tomorrow.

The small child returned back to the house and told his mother what the
father had said. The mother thought, “OK, let’s try and see how it works.”

One by one they all drank the water following this technique and by
Baba’s grace they all felt satisfied.

THE NEXT DAY

The next day while Rameshvar was vigorously working on printing his
paper, in his busyness he had forgotten about the incident of the
previous day. Then the idea flashed in his mind that he had not secured
any money to buy food for his family. He did not know what or how he
would feed them.

Then he thought for a while and closed his eyes.

He connected deep within the inner recesses of his mind and said, “Baba,
I can live for 3 to 4 days at a time without food. But I have a family –
my wife and small kids need to eat. And if I cannot earn the money to feed
them, then I will be unable to continue my work on the AM newspaper. I
think You are listening.”

Karmeshvar felt sad at the prospect of potentially having to stop his
work for the AM newspaper, but at the same time he had implicit faith in
Baba.

Then Karmeshvar printed and published the newspaper that day.

GAUNGA SHARMA’S ARRIVAL

The next morning a margii brother named Gaunga Sharma arrived at
Karmeshvar’s office and immediately gave Karmeshvar 200 rupees.

Karmeshvar felt Baba’s infinite grace within and without and asked, “You
are not from around here – how did you get here and how did you know
that I was in need of money?”

And then Gaunga Sharma recounted all that had transpired.

GAUNGA SHARMA’S STORY

Yesterday, I headed out from my home and went to go see Baba in Ranchi.
As soon as I got there Baba called me.

When I came before Baba, He told me:

“There is some very important work to do. Here is 200 rupees. Travel
immediately to Karmeshvar in Purnea. He needs money very badly. If he
does not get this money our Angika press will stop and his family will
go hungry. So take this money. Our Angika paper must continue and
Karmeshvar’s family must have a 1-month stock of food.”

With that Gaunga Sharmaji received the money from Baba and embarked on
the overnight journey from Ranchi to Purnea to go see Karmeshvar.

BACK TO THE PRESENT SCENE

That was the way in which Gaunga Sharma explained his visit with Baba to
Karmeshvar.

Gaunga Sharma was thinking that all the money will go for food for the
family.

But immediately, Karmeshvar looked at the 200 rupees in his own hand and
realised that he did not have any blank paper to print tomorrow’s news.
So Karmeshvar gave 100 rupees to one of his helpers and told him to go
get a supply of paper.

Seeing this, Gaunga Sharma became shocked and said, “This money is for
food for your family.”

(Note: In actuality, the money Baba had given was for both the newspaper
and food.)

Karmeshvar replied, “Blank paper is absolutely needed and besides,
already my helper has gone to go buy the paper.”

Then Guanga Sharma said, “I am giving an additional 100 rupees from my
own pocket and I am taking the remaining 100 rupees that you have and I
am going directly to your house and will hand over 200 rupees to your
wife for food for the family.”

(Note: Baba had directed Gaunga Sharma that he must ensure that proper
food was supplied for 1 month and that if necessary he should speak with
Rameshvarji’s wife.)

Then the matter was resolved – Gaunga Sharma settled all matters and
concerns about food with the wife of Rameshvarji.

In the due course, Gaunga Sharma returned to Ranchi and gave full report
to Baba about what had transpired and Baba was extremely pleased by
hearing the news.

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STORY

All this goes to show that Baba is carefully watching each and every
minute detail. It was true then and it is still true today.

He has great interest that the ideas of AM should be propagated in all
ways to all corners of the globe & beyond. At the same time, He keeps
His eyes and ears attuned to the needs and cares of His devotees.

Baba neither wants the propagation of AM ideals to be hindered nor does
He want to see any of His bhaktas in trouble.

Thus our AM newspapers and electronic media must continue regularly.
That is His explicit desire. All should also know that He listens to our
worries and difficulties and that He is always there to help.

Such are the wonderful ways of His grace-compassion.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, in His below two declarations He sweetly assures us
that He listens to the words of each and every person and that He wants
that we should dedicate all our time and energy to building a great
society by spreading the ideals of AM.

Both of these concepts are not only explicitly stated in His below
teachings, but they are prevalent in one’s practical life as well. The
story of Karmeshvar gives proof of this. And indeed there are countless
other tales and experiences which show He cares for our every need and
inspires us to do the great work each and every moment.

Baba says, “Every jiiva, as part of its birthright under prota yoga,
enjoys His grace. So no one is small, no one is insignificant. If anyone
laments, “I am such a useless person, such a helpless sinner, that
Parama Purus’a can’t possibly wish to listen to me,” I will point out
that when He listens to the collective, then He naturally listens to the
individual too.” (NKS, Disc: 9)

Baba says, “The fact that the fortune of every individual, not only of
this earth but of the entire cosmos, has been wreathed together, will
have to be admitted one day by people. The spiritual aspirant has to
hasten that auspicious moment by pauseless effort, service and
propagation of the great Ideology. This alone is the Supreme task for
the present humanity.” (A’nanda Va’nii)

Namaskar,
Indrajit

Note 1: SAMAJ THEORY AND MOTHER TONGUE

Part and parcel of His Prout philosophy an samaj theory is that all
languages are important. None should be overlooked and that none should
harbor any kind of inferiority complex based on the language they speak.
Baba honors all tongues and the teachings of AM should be translated
into every local language.

Just as Baba highly encouraged in the above story that AM ideals must be
propagated in Angika, same is the case with all the world’s languages,
such as the language of the Inuits in Alaska, the Zulus in their area,
and the Maoris of Australia. Every language should have its place and
become a veritable medium of AM ideas.

Note 2: THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR OWN MEDIA

Here Baba writes of the importance of having our own press and media
outlets. Without that, we will never be able to propagate the great
ideology.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/08/should-we-trust-media.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Malay va’ta’se madhu nishva’se ke go ele mor phulavane…” P.S. 1801

Purport:

O the Divine Entity who are You who has come in my flower garden in this
spring season with a sweet and charming smile. When I saw You for the first
time I was surprised, and it was difficult to think that such an attractive
Entity would be here. I wanted to look towards You more intimately but I
ould not, that time I was sitting in the flower garden unmindfully.
I couldn’t even hear the footsteps of Your arrival, & You did not give
any hint or clue before coming to this garden. So I could not receive
You properly nor could I offer You a garland. You have graced me by
coming here but You have not cared about receiving an invitation. Please
tell me, O’ Divine Entity, who are You?
Understanding Your liila is impossible. Within a flash You become tough
and then in the next moment You are as tender as a flower– like a
garland of love –so sweet and charming. O divine Entity You cannot be
understood. You are Infinite–no beginning, & no end. Through the
practice of sadhana and dhyana I am surrendering myself at Your alter .
Baba You have graced me by coming to my mental flower garden…

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WT Conduct Rule: Who is who

Baba says, “Avadhuta [WTs] shall not engage his ears in any obscene
language or songs, touch any tamasik articles, see any depraving entity or
pictures, go through any story, novel, or fiction having even the slightest
bit of sexual importance, eat, drink, or smoke any rajasik or tamasik
things or use any article which is artificially scented.” (Point 32 of 32
workers rules)

Note: Only using saffron garb is not the criteria. If any Wt is not
following strictly the above Baba’s guideline and instead they are (a)
listening to obscene talk and music, (b) touching tamasik items, (c)
viewing any crude movies or pictures, (d) reading degrading books and
magazines, and (e) ingesting negative foods, then in that case they are
fake. Their situation is as follows.

Baba says, “Nothing will result from dyeing one’s clothes with saffron
colour only for show. Dye yourself within. People of some particular
religious creeds think that dyeing their clothes or bodies with a
particular colour is a part of spiritual Sa’dhana’. But remember that is
all useless, unless you are dyed within as well.” (SS part 3)

Baba further says,

“Mana na’ ra’inga’ile ra’inga’ile yogi ka’par’a.

Saffron and red do not a yogiis make
With mind undyed he remains a fake.”

“Dye your mind with His colour. Those who have not done so cannot attain
Him, for this very coloration is Prema or Divine Love…No external sign
of Sa’dhuta’ or virtue is necessary. Become sa’dhu within. Behind the
external show of virtuousness of many so-called sa’dhus exists a
pharisaic state of mind. Preserve the true dignity of the word, Sa’dhu.”

“Mu’d’ha mu’ra’ye jata’ v’ar’aye….

With shaven head or matted locks
And ashen body a Sadhu walks
With the swaggering gait of a well-fed buffalo.
And crude mind filled with thoughts mean and low.”

“That is why I say that you must bring about a revolutionary change in
the flow of your judgment and thought, and see how, after overcoming your
fascination with external colour, your mind becomes tinged with the His
glorious colour.” (SS part 3)

Note 2: Unfortunately, at present there is no dearth of fake sadhus in our Marg.
Senior margiis are aware about this fact.
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From: “Vinay Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Lowly Mentality that Gets Attracted to Ramdevji
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:33:44 +1000

Baba

== LOWLY MENTALITY THAT GETS ATTRACTED TO RAMDEVJI ==

Namaskar,
Much is being made in the press and the general populace about the tactics currently employed by Swami Ramdevji. Just to avoid any possible confusion we should review this scene according to Baba’s ideological standard.

THIS PHILOSOPHY DIED LONG AGO

As is evident, Ramdev is employing Gandhian philosophy and Gandhian techniques – both of which never bear fruit. Indeed Baba has declared how the efficacy of Gandhi’s teachings died long ago.

Baba says, “The philosophy of Gandhi died before India got independence – it died long before Gandhi died.” (Prout Nutshell- Part 15, Defects of Communism – Section C)

Thus, as margiis we should propagate Baba’s ideals and not get sidetracked by these silly methods used by Ramdev.

EVERYTHING HAS SOME VALUE

Baba has plainly said that everything in this universe has got at least some redeeming value. Everything has at least a minimal amount of sentient properties or sattvaguna. After all even garbage can be converted into compost or energy. But that does not mean that one should go around collecting garbage and stuffing it into their car or house.

Similarly, Ramdev’s ideas have at least a little value. As Ananda Margiis however, we should not get swayed by that slight glimmer – we should not start following those things. Because we know that Baba’s divine teachings are perfect in all respects. In that case why should we be even remotely moved by this noted swami.

Here we have can only conclude that only those not familiar with Baba’s teachings and only those lacking in devotional sadhana could get attracted by any such fake type of movement. So with open arms we should try and bring them onto the proper path. That is our sacred duty.

As Ananda Margiis we are firmly rooted in our AM way of life and do not peer for answers or inspiration in any other direction.

BABA STORY:

WHEN SOME GOT ATTRACTED TO JAYA PRAKASH NARAYAN

Here is a very relevant and meaningful story that relates well with some of the events unfolding these days in India.

As many may recall, back in 1975 Jaya Prakash Narayan – a disciple of Gandhi – started an anti-corruption movement that became extremely popular with students across India. The movement was called Sampurn’ Kranti (Sampoorna Kranti) or Total Revolution. People flocked to his meetings.

That time certain Wt and margii Proutists also became attracted to JP Narayan’s Sampurn’ Kranti or Total Revolution movement. And they attended that meeting etc.

Upon hearing this Baba called those Proutists and became furious. They were brought before Baba and beaten. Baba scolded them, “You are sheep just following herd psychology; Better is that you should propagate Prout / AM ideology. Do not be attracted by silly movements. That philosophy is dead.”

In this way Baba harshly rebuked those margiis for their interest and support in JP Narayan’s Sampurn’ Kranti movement.

Then Baba ordered Ac Raghunathji to address the matter. So Ac Raghunath published a book aimed at educating margiis so that they would not get befooled by or attracted to JP Narayan’s movement. Raghunathji’s book was called: Sampurn’ Kranti Kii A’dha’rshila’ (Foundation of Sampurna Kranti or Total Revolution).

By this way everyone in the Marga clearly understood that our job is to propagate Prout / AM ideology and not get allured by other types of movements based on faulty teachings. And indeed as it turned out, JP Nararyan’s movement came into power in 1977 via Parliamentary elections. But in a short 2 1/2 year period that government became wrought with cheating, scandals, corruption and worse. By 1980 that party was voted out of office and they lost all their power.

So again, Baba’s entire teaching is that do not run off and join other half-baked movements just because they have become popular etc, rather one should propagate the divine ideals of AM.

It is unfortunate that a few people do not know the above history because at present some of our dear and respected brothers and sisters of the Marga are seemly committing the same exact problem. A few margiis & Wts are quite enamoured with the likes of Anna Hazare or Swami Ramdevji. Like JP Narayan, these two are also “anti-exploitation” fighters and adherent of Gandhism etc. And some margiis are anxious to praise Anna Hazare or Ramdevji up to the sky, paint him as a great social leader, and support his cause etc. I cannot fault those margiis – all I can do is blame myself for having not educated them to follow Baba and not these Gandhian preachers.

So again I will offer: Back in the 1970’s this exact situation was addressed by Baba. Today’s Anna Hazare episode is nothing but a repeat of the JP Narayan ordeal from 1974. And Baba did not want any margii or wt to support him. And those who did were severely rebuked and punished by Baba. But because margiis do not know this important history, a few may be defending and rallying around Hazare or Ramdev.

I feel confident that any margii temporarily swayed in such a direction will immediately right their course after hearing the above story about Baba’s viewpoint towards JP Narayan.

THIS ANALOGY IS ALSO GOOD:

BUFFALOES DRINKING WATER

Here is an analogy that is also pertinent to today’s events.

There was a person drinking sweet, purified water. But, as fate would have it, he also suffered from an inferiority complex and was therefore easily swayed when he saw what others were doing.

One day he saw 100 buffaloes drinking muddy pond water. By seeing so many buffaloes slurping up all that water – influenced by their sheer numbers – the man became attracted and joined them in drinking that muddy water.

The man thought that this muddy water must be better than what he was drinking because 100 buffaloes were drinking pond water and he was drinking his pure water all by himself.

This man wrongly concluded that the “better product or plan” was determined by the vast number of followers. That is why this foolish man walked away from his pure, sweet water and started drinking the dirty pond water with those herds of buffaloes.

On this earth, there are many who could not come close to Baba, i.e. Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, the Taraka Brahma. Yet these very same persons began hovering around fake gurus like Rajneesh and Satya Sai Baba etc. That was the unfortunate fate of such people. They could not realise the Divine Personality of Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji and instead got allured by the hoards following these lesser gurus.

When I think about that I feel pity on them. Actually they do not have experience in devotion and AM ideology that is why they are easily affected by crowds in other camps. Such persons do not like to come to small, dharmic, devotional gatherings like dharmacakra, and instead are attracted to major dogmatic happenings like the khumba mela etc.

Baba describes this lowly mentality in His discourse, Shreya and Preya from Subhasita Samghraha-3. We should gently educate such people who follow dogmatic gurus simply because they are popular. By employing psychological pracara methods, we may positively affect their forward movement, by Baba’s grace.

When their devotion grows and their mind gets clear then those same people will not run towards the crowd. Rather, with their devotional heart and increased viveka they see through the fog and march on the path of dharma.

I think now this entire matter is clear.

Namaskar,
Vinay

Note: SHADES OF THE SAME COLOUR

Of course the vast majority of Ananda Margiis are true bhaktas of the Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, and are not swayed by any sideshow or scene. Only a very small few do get goaded by the glitz and glamour of these lesser gurus, and they may argue that Ramdev is better than Anna Hazare or vice-versa. In truth however Ramdev and Anna Hazare are merely shades of the same color.

In the same way that capitalism and communism are basically the same kind of dogma in contrast to Prout.

Baba says, “Communism is state capitalism…capitalism and communism are the same internally.” (Prout Nutshell -Part 16, Decentralized Economy – 2)

Similarly Anna Hazare and Ramdev get lumped in the same pile in contrast to the Divinity of Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. Every true Ananda Margii recognises this fact.

Some may expound all night long on the great differences between Hazare and Ramdev but for true Ananda Margiis these two are basically one and same – i.e. adherents of Gandhi’s defective ways.

Whereas we follow the divine Guru Shrii Shrii Anandamurthi and His eternal teachings of Ananda Marga.

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