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From: “Chandra Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:28:34 +0500
Subject: Baba’s Humorous Joke & Prout Pracara

Baba

== BABA’S HUMOROUS JOKE & PROUT PRACARA ==

Namaskar,
In 1988, in one of Baba’s regularly held LFT reporting sessions He focused on how to conduct street corner meetings in A’mara’ Bengali (AB) samaj.

Baba advised those Bengali LFTs that it is very important to interweave philosophical teachings with jokes. Baba explained that if you just preach one philosophical point after another, the people will get bored. So the way to be successful in gathering a crowd for a street corner meeting is to get people to laugh.

Baba began, “Everybody knows the communist leaders of Bengal have some favourite slogans, “Those who work in the factory are the owners of the factory and those who plough the field are the owners of the land”.”

Then, in His magnificent and charming manner, Baba presented one joke that those LFTs in AB samaj could use for their street corner meetings in Bengal.

With a grand smile, Baba told: “If the worker in the factory is the owner of the factory, and if the farmer who wields the plough is the owner of the land, then the barber who wields the scissors is the owner of head.”

So in that unforgettable LFT reporting session Baba, in His divine and unique manner, made the above humorous remark.

Hearing Baba’s dramatic delivery and colouful analogy, everyone present immediately erupted into laughter. The room was full of laughter.

After all, if the worker in the factory is the owner of the factory and the farmer who wields the plow is the owner of the land, then the masseuse who gives the massage is the owner of the body, and the chef who prepares the food is the owner of the meal, and the street-sweeper who cleans the street is the owner of the road.

Here again is Baba’s marvelous joke: “If the worker in the factory is the owner of the factory, and if the farmer who wields the plough is the owner of the land, then the barber who wields the scissors is the owner of head.”

Indeed, just as it is ludicrous to think that the barber owns the person’s head whose hair he (the barber) is cutting, similarly Baba is pointing out the ridiculous and hypocritical ways of communism: Working in a factory does not make one the factory owner and ploughing the field does not transfer ownership to the farmer. No right-thinking person can think like this.

So that is the humorous joke Baba told to those LFTs doing pracara in Bengal. As everyone knows West Bengal itself is riddled with communism.

The overall idea is that Baba is teaching us that when giving a lecture then we should employ humor that will be easily understood by the local people.

Namaskar,
Chandra Deva

Note: MORE OF THE HYPOCRISY OF COMMUNISM

Here it should be understood that the above slogans, which are used by communists to rouse the sentiment of the people, are actually diametrically opposed to the philosophy expressed in the Communist Manifesto which states that all the land belongs to the state. The communists use the slogan – “Those who wield the plough are the owners of the land” – in countries where the government is not communist and they want to gain the sympathy of the people; and when in a fully controlled communist country then they resort to the latter slogan of the Communist Manifesto which states that all land belongs to the state. This is their devious & hypocritical manner.

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Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2011 07:58:11
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: “Deva_Sudhakar”
Subject: Anti-Devotional

Baba

“Toma’ke ca’i a’mi jiivane, a’loke a’ndha’re sabkha’ne…” (PS 3238)

Purport:

Baba, You are my everything. In the effulgence as well as in the
darkness, all the time, in all the places– everywhere, in my life I
only desire You. Baba, by Your grace You are mine; You are mine and mine
alone. I want to keep You with me always. Baba, please be gracious and
remain in my heart eternally.
Baba, I long for You in the depths of my heart. Baba, except You, I
do not have any other desire. By Your grace You are my shelter & You are
my base. Baba, You and I– the two of us– will remain in one corner of
my deserted heart forever and ever. By Your grace, we will be there
together, always. That is my longing; that is my desire. Baba, by
Your grace nobody is lowly or insignificant, everyone is Yours. We are
all part of one divine family. Baba, those who went away in the past and
those who will come in future, I go on telling the tale of their heart:
No one is downtrodden and all belong to You.
O’ my dearmost Baba, Your qualities are endless and You have infinite
forms. Baba, all the flora and fauna, all that is moible and immobile–
everything is Your divine expression. By Your grace, You are manifesting
Yourself in countless ways. Baba, whatever right or wrong I do, by Your
grace I always keep You in my mind, in my heart. I always surrender unto
You. Baba, in my shravan and in my manan, I go on singing Your song–
Your glory. It is Your grace.
Baba, You are the Polestar of my life; You are my everything. Baba,
please keep me under Your shelter…

== ANTI-DEVOTIONAL ==

Namaskar,
Here we are talking about Prabhat Samgiita and which songs are best for
Ananda Margiis to sing – from a purely devotional perspective. Nowadays,
in their innocence, a few are singing songs which go against the
devotional feeling of AM. We should therefore take a deeper look at the
matter.

ALL HAVE DEVOTION

As we know, Baba has explained that every being in this cosmos has
devotion. Even animals have their animal devotion and desire to be
great. When they see something or someone bigger and stronger than they
are, then they revere that being.

Similarly, every human being also has devotion and an innate longing to
become great. Plus, everyone has the very sincere desire to satisfy that
longing. Unfortunately, along the way, some get caught up in undesirable
activities.

For instance, take the case of Hindus sacrificing goats to the gods.
They do this as a sincere expression of their devotion. Of course, we
know that this is just a dogmatic ritual that will not get them any
closer to God. Rather their harmful ways lead them in the opposite
direction. Even then these worshipers think that their practice of
sacrificing goats is good and will allow them to reach God. So they are
sincere, but misguided.

Such static rituals and traditional forms of worship are present in all
the dogmatic religions.

Thus even though all have devotion, vivek and knowledge are needed to
express that devotion in a proper way.

RELATING THIS WITH AM AND PRABHAT SAMGIITA

Now let’s see how these above ideas relate with our devotional life and
Prabhat Samgiita.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA IS FOR ALL

First off, we have to remember that Baba has given His teachings not
just for Ananda Margiis but for the entire humanity. Soon the whole
world will be following the ways of Prout, whether they be margii or
not. Likewise, Baba’s remedies in Yogic Treatments are for all types of
people and His various grammar books are to be studied in all schools.
In the same way, Baba has graciously given His Prabhat Samgiita
collected for the whole humanity – not just to those small collection of
people who are Ananda Margiis.

Here then comes the crux of the matter.

Those intimate dhyana songs about Parama Purusa (i..e. Baba) are for
Ananda Margiis whereas songs about Lord Krsna and Lord Shiva are for the
general public. That does not mean we should discard those songs about
Lord Krsna and Lord Shiva entirely, rather we are to learn them so we
can teach others.

But for us, in our devotional life, we are not to sing or use songs
about Lord Krsna and Lord Shiva.

Unfortunately, at present, many have fallen into this trap. With full
sincerity they sing those songs like Shivagiiti and follow the meaning,
yet they do not realise that their approach undermines and decreases
their attraction and longing for Baba – i.e. their true Goal. In that
case their situation is quite similar to those who sacrifice goats and
worship idols: They are unaware that their practice diverts them from
their Goal.

So althought Baba has given 5,018 Prabhat Samgiita songs, one must have
the required vivek to use the songs in the right way.

ONE POINTED DEVOTION

We must remember that to achieve or attain anything in the spiritual
sphere, one-pointed devotion towards Parama Purusa is needed. Even if
one sincerely worships a stone idol they will not reach to God, rather
that person will be converted into stone. Because the practitioner is
worshiping that stone idol not God.

Baba says, “The mind is extroverted by idol worship and is attracted
towards finite objects. If the mental force is directed towards finite
and crude objects, then the person is ultimately converted into
crudeness.” (SS-1)

Their mind is diverted in the wrong direction, so their approach is
defective.

Likewise if one sings for and ideates on Lord Krsna or Lord Shiva before
doing sadhana and Baba dhyana, then they are goading their mind in the
wrong direction – not towards Ista – and they will not reach the Goal.

For this reason, Baba has carefully given the teachings that Ista much
be one, i.e. singular in nature.

In the discourse ‘Onmkara and Ista Mantra’, Baba tells the highly
significant story about the great mythological devotee, Hanuman. One
day, many other sadhakas were asking Hanuman why he only repeats the
name ‘Ram’ and not ‘Narayan’ when both the words mean the same thing.
Both names refer to Parama Purusa. Hanuman’s reply was that
“philosophically speaking they may be the same, but for me these other
names have no value, I only know Ram.”

Baba’s teaching then in this story is that all our devotional feeling
must be linked with one Divine Entity, otherwise one cannot reach the Goal.

Thus, when we are Ananda Margiis and Baba is our Guru, then when He is
our Goal (Ista) then we should not sing those few Prabhat Samgiita that
focus on Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna. Those songs are not for our
devotional practice. They are for others.

Out of their nativity and sincerity, some margiis and acaryas always
sing Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna songs before sadhana. When in fact this
diverts their mind away from the Goal. In that case, those songs weaken
their devotion for Baba. Please excuse me, but those songs are
anti-devotional for true Ananda Margiis.

During cultural programs we might sing such songs when members of the
general public are in attendance, but such songs are not for our own
personal sadhana practice.

THE LANGUAGE ISSUE

When those songs about Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna devalue our devotional
longing towards Baba, then the natural question is why people get caught
up singing those songs.

One reason is due to language and region.

For instance, in South India, the people are most often followers of
Lord Shiva and most of the people know English and Sanskrit, not Hindi
and Bangla. So when the songs about Lord Shiva have been given in
Sanskrit, then naturally those margiis from South India gravitate
towards the Prabhat Samgiita written in Sanskrit about Lord Shiva. In
their innocence they do not realise that this is undermining their love
for Baba and their sadhana.

In North India, the worship of Lord Krsna is much more prevalent and the
people speak Hindi and Angika etc, so some margiis from those areas are
prone to singing those songs about Lord Krsna. In their sincerity they
do like this. But again this only diminishes and bifurcates their
attraction for Baba.

We must remember: One cannot sing and divert all their energy towards
Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna and then expect to get success in AM sadhana
and Baba dhyana. It just does not work. For successful sadhana and
dhyana, one must goad the mind towards Baba the entire day. That is His
teaching.

WTS ARE MAIN CULPRITS

Many margiis and wts have innocently fallen into this wrong practice of
singing those Prabhat Samgiitas about Lord Krsna and Lord Shiva. They
sing these songs during paincjanya, at dharmacakra, in devotional
programs, or anytime, but this is not at all good. Such songs should
never be linked with our devotional life. But in their simplicity some
do like this.

Then there are some Wts who are committing a double-sin. Why? They are
doing this faulty practice of singing Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna songs
before sadhana etc, and to make matters worse they are teaching this
faulty approach to others. That is why they are committing a double-sin
and their future is not bright. They should change their ways
immediately, otherwise they will not be spared.

Ultimately, this is a big topic and there are many points to discuss.
But if one understands nothing else from this letter than they should
know that singing Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna Prabhat Samgiita songs is
anti-devotional for true Ananda Margiis.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has given the teaching that we are to have
one-pointed devotion for Him and not divert the mind toward any other
deity, not even Lord Krsna and Lord Shiva.

Baba says, “Non-compromising strictness and faith regarding the sanctity
of Ista.” (Sixteen Points)

Baba says, “If people constantly think of their Is’t’a with undivided
attention and repeat their Is’t’a Mantra with conceptual understanding,
their future is certainly glorious.” (NKS)

Namaskar,
Sudhakar

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Food Problems and Their Solution

Baba says, “In the event of shortages in the food and accommodation of
the population of the world, people will convert uncultivated land into
new arable land, increase the productivity of the soil by scientific
methods, produce food by chemical processes with earth, water and air,
and if this earth decreases in its productivity, then land seeking human
beings will migrate to different planets and satellites and settle
there.” (PNS-13, p.45)
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