Archive for July 14th, 2011

Subject: Same Goal But 2 Opposite Approaches
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2011 21:05:28 -0400
From: “Gaurishankar Deva”


“A’ma’r pran’a’m na’o tumi prabhu, toma’y a’mi bha’laba’si…” (2692)


Baba, O’ Prabhu, please grace me by accepting my pranam & surrender at Your lotus feet. Baba, I love You. Your divine flute goes on calling me continuously– in my sleep, in my dreams, and in my awakened state.
Baba, by Your grace I long for and search You in each and every activity. Keeping Your name in my heart I go on fighting against all difficulties & dangers of my life. Baba, in this entire universe only You are most adorable for me. Baba, by Your grace, my body, mind, and heart have become one with You. My whole existence is saturated in You.
Baba, with a smiling face You always shower Your grace on me. Whatever are my needs, You go on fulfilling them. Baba, You have removed all the cimmerian darkness from my mind. By Your causeless grace You are doing everything for me.
Baba, I love You, please accept my sastaunga pranam…


In an LFT meeting in 1988, Baba revealed the reason why communist leaders do not leave their political post until they die. For them their position is lifelong. But that is not at all the case in capitalism. Capitalists do not want to sit in the chair and hold a political post. Thus, communists and capitalists harbor two opposite approaches, yet their goal remains the same.

The question stands, “Why is it that communist leaders are unwilling to leave their post?” The answer – which Baba gave in the LFT session (1988) – is below.


To begin, let’s explore the basic nature of capitalism and communism.

Firstly Baba states that capitalism is totally rooted in materialism where people do anything and everything to gain material wealth.

Baba says, “In capitalism the psychology of the acquisition of material wealth, be it land, money, metal or other property, strongly predominates. Such crude psychic urges and psychic pabula remain unchecked and unbridled in capitalism and turn into a hungry profit motive in the market system.” (A Few Problems Solved – 8, The Transformation of Psychic Pabula into Psycho-spiritual Pabulum)

Next Baba says that communism is also based on crude materialism.

Baba says, “Communism is also a socio-economic-political theory based on materialism. In communist society people’s psychic urges and psychic pabula instinctively run after material acquisition and crude enjoyment.” (A Few Problems Solved – 8, The Transformation of Psychic Pabula into Psycho-spiritual Pabulum)

Thus, in both capitalism and communism, the main goal of life is 100% materialistic: To chase after and acquire crude wealth and ultimately hold onto that wealth for one’s personal enjoyment for as long as possible.

Baba concludes then that both capitalism and communism are born of the same seed.

Baba says, “Capitalism and communism are the same internally. Fruits of the same variety may have different colour skins, but their seeds are the same. Capitalism and communism are fruits of the same variety.” (Prout Nutshell – 16, Decentralized Economy – 2)



As we all know capitalists acquire their economic empire by exploiting the masses – by riding the backs of the common people. Capitalists use their massive, ill-begotten wealth to finance and send their chosen people (stooges) into the political fray. With their millions and billions of dollars they purchase all kinds of politicians and even entire political parties. By this way those capitalists bend the rules of the land in their favour. Thus such capitalists hoard material wealth without occupying any political post.

In contrast, in communism, those political leaders hold onto the post for as long as they possibly can – right up until their death. They never leave their position.

So the question is: Why do they not leave their post?

In one LFT meeting, Baba told the answer. He explained that the reason communist leaders do not want to leave the post is that they do not want to part with their wealth. And the only way they can keep their wealth is to be a leader of the state. In communism there is no “personal wealth”; the state owns everything; Baba calls it “state capitalism”.

So when those communist leaders leave the post they will have to give up their luxurious lifestyle. Because in communism all the wealth is the property of the state. Thus to be wealthy and live in the lap of luxury one must be controlling the state. The common people do not have anything in communism.

So when in communism the goal is material wealth, then naturally those greedy leaders will hold onto their post to satisfy their desires – to hoard all the resources. It is for this reason that they occupy the chair right up till their death.

That is the answer given by Baba in that LFT meeting of 1988.


Here the central idea is that neither capitalism nor communism has any higher ideal in life. For them, matter is everything. In order to acquire material wealth, capitalists follow one approach and communists adopt another. They are diametrically opposite in their style. Yet both share the exact same goal: Crude wealth.

Unfortunately some naive and foolish people think that capitalism and communism are two totally different philosophies. When in reality, they are different in only the most superficial of ways. Truly speaking they both share the same aim; their ultimate goal is the same.



Now let’s just take a comparative look.

(A) In capitalism, the basic concept is that the wealth belongs to individuals; capitalists own all the movable and immovable property.

(B) In communism, all the material wealth belongs to the state. All the gold, all the food, all the luxuries – it is all in the hands of the state.

(C) In our Proutistic approach we see things in a whole different light. We think that everything belongs to Parama Purusa – the Cosmic Father.

Baba says, “None of the movable or immovable property of this universe belongs to any particular individual; everything is the common patrimony of all, and the Father of all is Brahma.” (Problems of the Day, pt #1)

Why Red Dress

Baba says, “Ta’n’d’ava is a heroic dance, showing the fight between life and death. The knife represents life, represents your vital stamina, and the skull represents the death that wants to destroy you. You are fighting against death with your weapon, be it a knife or a trishula (trident). And as per the rule, during the day, if one so desires, one may use a live snake in place of the skull; and at night one may use a fire masha’la [torch] or a d’amaru [small drum]. This is the rule. So ta’n’d’ava represents the eternal fight, the fight for survival, the fight to maintain existence, the fight to establish oneself as a man in this world.”

Note 1: By Baba’s above guideline we can outline the system for doing Tandava like this. During daytime in the left hand the tandava dancer may hold either (1) a skull, or (2) a live snake. And when doing tandava during the nighttime then in the left hand the dancer can hold either (3) a fire torch or (4) a d’amaru, which is a small, one liter size, hand-held, double-sided drum that has a string and two knots attached which twist around and create a beautiful sound when they strike against either face of the drum. Lord Shiva was using one of these.

So the point is that during tandava, depending on the time of day etc, any one of these four items (skull, live snake, fire torch, or d’amaru) are held in the dancer’s left hand. And all four items symbolize the force of death and destruction.

Then in the dancer’s right hand he will hold a dagger or a trishula (trident). In AM, a dagger is a knife where both edges of the knife are perfectly straight and angle towards each other to create a distinct point at the end. So a dagger is a pin-pointed, dual-edged knife; thus not just any ordinary type of knife is a dagger. And the second option for the right hand is the trishul (trident). This is similar to the western “pitch-fork”. It is a three pronged, pointed iron tool attached onto a bamboo handle of variable length from 3 to 6 feet long.

Note 2: By Baba’s grace I was also present at that special darshan on 20 April 1979 in Kolkata where Baba revealed the secret why tandava dancers wear a red-coloured outfit. Because in AM it is a commonly known fact that tandava dancers always wear that unique red uniform when dancing. Everyone who attended DMC, DMS, or any of Baba’s darshans saw this thing. And on that special day in April ’79 Baba explained that red is the color of rajoguna (the mutative factor) and that by wearing red the tandava dancers are expressing the idea that they are above the mutative factor. It is a representation that they are not controlled by rajoguna. Rather they are established in the sattvaguna (sentient sphere), by Baba’s grace. So the red uniform has this unique meaning which Baba Himself beautifully described in His darshan of 20 April 1979.

Note 3: Those doing kapalik sadhana also use a red mark on their forehead when practicing this meditation. And the meaning behind that red mark is the same as tandava. Namely, red mark signifies that the kapalika is above the mutative sphere of life– above rajoguna.

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