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Date: Wed, 31 Nov 2011 21:04:35 -0400
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “J Ostrove” Vijaya@financialcorps…
Subject: To Margii Artists

Baba

“Toma’re khunjiya’ gechi vane vane maner kon’e khunjiya’ dekhini…” (2807)

Purport:

Baba I went on searching You in the external world, in the holy lands, in the forest, in the cave of the mountain, but I never tried to search You in the corner of my mind. I never looked there.
I observed many types of penance and took trouble to travel to the various holy lands in search of You and I remained engaged in external worship using the traditional paraphernalia with lots of ostentation. All the while I never understood that You are remaining so close to me– this I never thought. Oh Baba, oh divine Entity, You are always sitting in the mind and You love me very deeply and intimately. And You shower Your love on everyone day and night.
With my little intellect what I understood, I tried to execute that with my full strength and energy. I remained lost in various attachments. I also searched You through the exploration of knowledge– remaining busy with pen, paper and ink. By this way my time got wasted. And I could never catch hold of You. But by Your causeless grace now I understand that You are always hiding in my mind. Your divine flute is always resonating. Baba, You are always gracious…

== TO MARGII ARTISTS ==

Note: At present so many on this earth are looking for a way to connect with spirituality in a way that is meaningful for them. Film can be an excellent media in this regard.

Namaskar,
At the beginning of the film we can show a picture of a baby being born: An infant pure and innocent who comes into this world with no belongings and no possessions. Then the film can immediately flash to a person dying and how they leave this earth with no objects or earnings.

Thereafter graphic disparities of wealth can be depicted wherein some own mansions and airplanes while others have not a morsel of food to eat nor a piece of clothing to wear.

This 25 second sequence will set the stage and give the idea that we come into this world with nothing and leave with nothing, yet in the span in between so much exploitation and corruption occurs. All of which is avoidable if we learn to treat one another as brother and sister, as family members on this earth.

Already many in the world are moving towards this truth– to some or more degree– and our film can take it one step further.

A RADICAL PRACARA IDEA

In a film for AM pracara, we can highlight the idea that all the conflicts that occur on this earth are man-made. And that the singular solution to all these problems is found in a radical shift in thinking.

And what is that shift in thinking: That we all come from one God and that everything on this earth belongs to Him. All are kith and kin and all the objects in this world are meant to sustain one and all, and not be hoarded by a few.

Until that divine realisation occurs, the gross disparities and violent conflicts will not stop. Regardless of one’s religious or social outlook, the only practical way to bring peace in the social sphere is to adopt a spiritual outlook where there is one Parama Purusa and all are our brother and sisters.

To the degree that one falls fails to understand and realise this truth, is the degree to which one will be prone to falling into the trap of materialism, with all its greed and inhumane treatment of others.

In an artistic and visual way, our margiis cinematographers and film-makers can think how to present this in a short pracara film. Around the globe, people are looking for answers and it will not be long before they realise that an Obama presidency or such & such bailout are not the answer. The world is quickly running out of answers and possibilities.

Only the ideals of AM are the solution, and films are a wonderful way to plant the answer in people’s minds, in seed form.

IT IS JUST LIKE…

In one family, where a mother has 5 sons, then all are expected to treat each other in a brotherly way, with love and respect. This is not an unheard of notion. And if one brother is disabled or autistic and needs extra support, it would be looked upon as mean-minded and cruel to let that one brother suffer. No one would appreciate that behaviour. This analogy everyone on this planet can understand.

All that is needed is to project this same sense of caring and family feeling to the greater humanity.

JUST A FEW IDEALS ARE NEEDED

To get this that point, a few basic ideals are needed. An outlook that encompasses one and all as part of our own universal family as well as the idea that the resources on this earth are limited. Only through family feeling and rational distribution can we escape the torment and torture that now pervades this earth. The glue behind it all is a truly
God-centered and universal outlook.

All want happiness yet the present social order does not and will not satisfy that yearning for happiness. And people are looking for answers.

The above may sound basic; it may sound too far out there; this may sound so many things. But if we do not amplify this idea soon, others will beat us to to it. If they haven’t already.

And while we do not need to get the credit per se, the fact remains that only the teachings of AM really are the solution. There are many things that may sound like the solution, when in fact they will fail to give the right answer.

BABA’S BLESSING

Human life is short and if we can help instill the notion that we are all part of the same family then that will be a great boon for humanity. There are many ways to make such a film. Our margii artists will know the best way to proceed. Such films will help bring people together and open their eyes to the great wonder that really can manifest on this earth– if we truly realise we are all one, part of that same human family, living under the sweet shelter of One Supreme Entity. Look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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. All living beings can enjoy their rightful share of this property, like members of a joint family in the Da’yabha’ga system. As members of a joint family, human beings should safeguard this common property in a befitting manner and utilize it properly. They should also make proper arrangements so that everyone can enjoy it with equal rights, ensuring that all have the minimum requirements of life to enable them to live in a healthy body with a sound mind.”

“We must not forget, even for a single moment, that the entire animate world is a vast joint family. Nature has not assigned any portion of this property to any particular individual. Private ownership has been created by selfish opportunists, as the loopholes in this system provide them with ample scope for self-aggrandizement through exploitation.When the entire wealth of the universe is the common patrimony of all living being an the system in which some roll in luxury, while others, deprived of a morsel of food, shrivel up and starve to death bit by bit, be said to have the support of dharma?” (POD #1)

Namaskar,
Vijaya

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Health Guideline: Cause of Cancer

Remaining awake after midnight and sleeping after sunrise comes under the definition of being awake at night and sleeping during the day. And that very condition invites cancer:

Baba says “Persons… [who] sleep during the day and keep late nights are most likely to be attacked by cancer.” (YT, p. 19)

Note: Sleeping during the day does not just mean at taking a nap in the afternoon or in the late morning. Sleeping during the day also means not getting up in the early morning for paincajanya.
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To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Cinmay Deva
Subject: Save Oneself From Bad Memories
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 10:43:11 -0400

Baba

“Bhul kare du’re thekechi tumi bhul bheunge dio…” (1827)

Purport:

Baba, due to my own defects I am not able to get close to You. Because of not following Your dharmic guidelines, my progress is hindered and I am just keeping myself away from You. Baba, by Your grace, please remove all my shortcomings and weaknesses and bring me in Your closest proximity, take me in Your lap. In my life I have received an abundant amount of love from You; You have graced me so much. Baba, now I am offering my love to You– please grace me by accepting it.

Baba, in the sky there is a deep blueness and my tender heart is full of love for You. Baba, I do not want my love to remain hidden & secluded in my little heart. By Your grace please allow the reddish glow of my heart– i.e. my love– to merge in the vastness of the distant blue sky. Baba, please let my love reach up to the highest realm– reach up to You.

Baba, when I sing the song and ideate on You there is a deep feeling of longing in my heart. By Your grace You have given the tune and in that way I sing for You. Baba, may my heart’s inner longing be goaded & pointed exclusively toward You. Baba by Your grace, I should always contemplate and think of You; my life should revolve and dance around You. My life should be successful, please grace me…

== SAVE ONESELF FROM BAD MEMORIES ==

Namaskar,
Memory plays a huge role in the life of any sadhaka – in the life of any human being. People want to remember things but often are unable to remember all that we wish to recall.

Memory is not just about recalling facts and figures, passwords and PIN’s, but serves as a key aspect of our overall happiness. We should remember those sweet and dharmic points that keep us moving in the right direction, and we should forget those painful moments that weigh us down.

So memory plays a crucial life in the proper growth of every human being.

Unfortunately, the power of memory is often misused as people dwell on things that haunt them from the past and forget to recall those finer ideas that will bring love, momentum, and light into their life.

As sadhakas, we are in better position than the general public. Our sadhana and devotional practices reinforce sentient ideals and keep our psyche buoyant and free – not sunken and bogged down.

Even then, we all have room for growth and improvement; we should better understand memory and the functioning of mind in this regard.

Baba has outlined three distinct ways to enhance our memory and hence enhance the quality of life. We should learn and practice these points and share them with all we know.

#1: BE POINTED IN APPROACH

Baba’s first mandate for developing a strong memory recall is to be pointed and concentrated. If one is studying chemistry, one should not also be talking on the phone and listening to music at the time. Then one will not be able to remember the subject of chemistry. Because the mind cannot simultaneously involve in two things with full concentration. The mind will be bifurcated and the memory will be retarded.

Baba says, “One mental flow is engaged in memorizing the subjects being studied, while another mental flow entertains various other thoughts such as: ‘What will my parents and seniors say if I fail in the examination? The juniors in my locality will cease to respect me, they will say all kinds of unpleasant things…’ and so on. Obviously that boy’s mental power has become bifurcated.” (APH-5, p.357)

So the mind should be completely fixed on what you want to remember. If the mind is in a fickle state or moving from one pabulum to another – from one thing to another – then remembering any point will be quite difficult, if not impossible. So fixed concentration is needed.

At the same time, one should not entertain other types of thoughts – such mental diversions should pushed aside.

Baba says, “What should a wise person do in such circumstances? He should think nothing else except: ‘I will memorize whatever I’m reading now, without bothering about my gains if I succeed or my losses if I fail in the task. I will not allow any portion of my mind to flow in an undesirable direction, and thus I will keep my mind exclusively engrossed in the task of learning’.” (APH-5, p. 357)

Accordingly, we should only think only about that thing that we wish to learn and remember. That is Baba’s teaching.

For instance, if one is walking down the street and remembering their ista mantra, then one should not also think about that when they get home they have to pay their taxes nor should they think about the fact that last year their business sales were low. If one wants to remember their ista mantra, then that sadhaka should think about their mantra – period. No active attention should be paid to any other thought, word or idea. By this process one will develop a stronger and stronger ability to remember their ista mantra.

One other critical component is that one can generally create pointed concentration only if the topic is of interest and value to them. If anyone thinks that something is useless or unimportant, then they will not be able to concentrate properly and hence will not remember that idea or teaching.

For instance, if one goes vegetable shopping then upon their return they will most certainly remember what they purchased and how much it cost, but they will not remember all the faces of the other customers or recall what other people purchased. Because those things are not important to them.

MEMORY CAN BE DISASTROUS

Embedded within this first point of pointed concentration is that we should have both keen awareness and vivek (discrimination) regarding those things that we are trying to remember.

Specifically, we should not remind ourselves again and again about memories that are harmful to us. This much understanding we should have.

Yet all too often, a distraught widow thinks again and again about the death of her spouse, or a man recalls the day his wife left him, or people think again and again about mistakes they made long ago in the past.

In short, people commonly think about the sadder or more shocking moments of their life. They cannot do anything to change those events, yet for months and years they bring those sorrowful memories into their mental plate on a daily basis. This in turn invites much anguish and pain in their life.

If one really cannot rid oneself of a negative or horrifying memory – if they are unable to free oneself of that terrible thought mentally – then changing one’s environment or taking away external reminders of that occasion can help remedy the situation. For instance, do not revisit the scene of a car crash that killed your baby. That physical reminder will immediately trigger that painful memory in the mind.

Side by side, equally detrimental though less painful, people may also spend much time remembering their past glories – such as how they scored three goals in a football match 40 years ago, or how they became class president in high school, or so many other useless things from days bygone. These also do not contribute to their growth as human beings or sadhakas. Yet people churn these events in their mind again and again.

Thus along with proper concentration, we must be careful about the types of things that we are remembering – are they helpful for our development of mind, or not.

#2: REPETITION NEEDED

Baba’s second mandate for developing a strong and proper memory is regular repetition.

For instance, if we want to remember a sutra or shloka or one of Baba’s discourses, then first we must follow point #1: Employ pointed concentration to the subject matter. But that in and of itself will not be enough. The human mind has its limitations and over time we will forget.

In that case, to keep the point alive in the mind regular repetition is needed. In the beginning we may need to review by reading or listening to the topic monthly or even weekly. Thereafter, the span of time between review sessions can increase to 3 months, 6 months or even yearly, until finally we reach a point when those ideas are fully rooted in the mind and we have them for life – they will not be forgotten.

So the above is an excellent way to remember good ideas.

In contrast, if there is a painful memory, then we should take the opposite approach. Above we are using books and cassettes as external stimuli to keep the mind fresh in the mind. Conversely, if there is a place – such as our deceased sons’s bedroom – that reminds of some horrific event etc, then we should be sure not to revisit that place as
it will only reinforce those painful memories in the mind.

So this point of reinforcement or review works in two directions and can be used to remember important things as well as free ourselves from old, painful memories.

#3: DO DHYANA

Baba’s third mandate on enhancing one’s memory is doing dhyana sadhana, i.e. sixth lesson.

Here is one of Baba’s unique teachings where He is indirectly referring to Himself. Some jinanis may not be able to understand Baba’s below teaching, but any devotee will certainly recognise that in the below citation Baba is talking the dhyana of Ananda Marga.

Baba says, “The psycho-spiritual approach which strengthens the memory, and makes the intellect omniscient. A good way to stabilize the memory is to meditate on someone you have seen or heard about who possesses a unique photographic memory. This will increase your own memory.” (Faculty of Knowledge-5)

By keeping Baba’s image in our mind – then our mind becomes like His mind – in which case there is nothing in this universe that we will not be able to remember.

KEEP THE MIND LIGHT

Here Baba reminds us of one important teaching from Lord Buddha. Namely, if one wishes to cross the ocean of samskara then one must make the mind light and free – one cannot cross that ocean if one is weighed down by all kinds of worries from the past of fears about the future. Such memories are an impediment and just shackle us.

So the mind should be pure and focused in the present.

Baba says, “When you are to move fast, your mind should be light; if the mind is heavy it will not be able to move fast. What makes the mind heavy? So many impurities of thought…

Muinca pure muinca pacchata majjhe muinca bhabassa pa’ragu’

[Remove all the water from the boat of your body;
being free from water, it will become very light.]

“You should make your mind light. You should give up all worldly thoughts, all base thoughts, all depraving thoughts, and make yourself light.” To make oneself light means to free oneself from impurities. A magnet can easily attract a piece of iron, but if that piece of iron is full of impurities, that very magnet may not be able to attract that iron. So the Supreme Self, Supreme Lord, is always attracting you, but because of your heaviness due to worldly impurities, you are not being attracted by Him.” (AV-31)

Thus, if one is bogged down by all kinds of crude thoughts then remembering Baba will be extremely difficult.

We are to get rid of those old, worn-out memories and think only about Him.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has blessed us with the realisation that He is the most venerable Entity in this universe and only He should be remembered. At the same time we should systematically remove those thoughts which we do not want to remember. This will help us immensely in life. Finally, when remembering Him becomes our fixed habit (dhruva’smrti) then our success and salvation are assured, by His grace.

Baba says, “Those who have developed a memory capable of retaining information do not forget anything any more. That is, they always mentally remember God. Then what happens in that condition? They get their memory firmly implanted – firmly based in a solid foundation – and they never forget. And that condition of never forgetting anything, is called dhruva’smrti. And memory then stands firm and sure. Then you have full control over your memory according to your wish. Such people are called dhruva’smrti – they can always remember God and thus feel a special kind of a’nanda or bliss in their minds.” (AV-6)

Namaskar,
Cinmay

Note 1: MORE TEACHINGS FROM BABA ON MEMORY

Here are a few more of Baba’s invaluable guidelines on enhancing one’s memory.

Baba says, “One whose mental power is weak, whose nerve-cells are feeble, who has little will-power, who cannot make his mind singularly pointed or concentrate sharply, has a short memory. He is unable to remember what has been seen or thought after a lapse of time.” (AV-6)

Baba says, “At the time of learning something, you should empty your mind of all other thoughts, giving full importance to what is being learnt…As a result, you will develop your thinking capacity.” (APH-5, p. 357)

Baba says, “The exact mental reproduction of what has been previously perceived is called smrti or memory. For instance, you once perceived an elephant by observing a real elephant and seeing its huge body, legs, eyes, ears, nose and trunk. The physical form of the elephant struck the retina of your eyes creating a vibration in your optical fluid, and was ultimately imprinted in your mind as the image of the elephant. Now some time later when you see an animal with the same type of limbs as those of your previously perceived elephant, you immediately conclude that this animal must also be an elephant. Your conclusion is based on your previous perception. This is memory.” (AFPS-7)

Baba says, “When the memory becomes established, unfailing and spontaneous, it is called dhruva’smrti, or constant memory. Dhruva’smrti, or constant memory, is an essential prerequisite for spiritual sama’dhi or bliss.” (AFPS-7)

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Importance of Sadhana

Baba says, “Numerous rich and beautiful cities of the historic past are now buried under the earth. Many splendid palaces and mansions, many churches, temples, mosques and synagogues, and many pyramids have been reduced to rubble. With the constant change in the flow of time, how many major changes have occurred in the universe? Similarly, with the change in time and space, people also change. A small two year old child becomes a smart and active twenty-five year old youth. And the same energetic youth becomes an infirm, inactive old person in due course. Thus, nothing in this universe is permanent. Many gigantic animals of the past have become totally extinct from the surface of the earth. Royal pomp and opulence, the pride of power, the vast knowledge of mighty scholars have become things of the past, thrown into the dustbin of history. Many objects emerged in the past, remained on earth for a short time, and then disappeared according to the inexorable law of nature.”

“The only eternal truth is Parama Purus’a. He is ana’di, beginningless, endless, all-pervasive; an entity beyond the scope of time, place and person. He is the only eternal, undecaying, imperishable, immutable entity. He is the Supreme Source from which the inanimate, plant and animal worlds have emerged. He is the starting point and the culminating point of everything. Hence, wise people should utilise their physical, psychic and spiritual power to realise that supreme omnitelepathic entity, to become one with Him.” (PNS-18, p.6)

Note: Please read Baba’s above teaching again carefully. It explains everything.
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Date: 27 Aug 2011 14:03:08 -0000
From: “Shivadayal Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Positive Vibration to the Mind

Baba

Intro to PS: In the first line the Bengali pronoun ‘Se’ meaning ‘He’ is used to refer to Parama Purusa. Thus there are two ways this song can be understood. First, it can be that one devotee is talking to another devotee about Parama Purusa; or, it can be that the devotee is talking directly to Baba and just in drama form the sadhaka is indirectly referring to Baba as ‘He’. The below purport is done according to this latter approach.

“Anek diner pare se eseche, bhariya’ diyeche saba’ka’r pra’n’a…” (P.S. 3547)

Purport:

Baba, after so many days He has come. He has filled everyone’s heart. Today, after such a long time He has taken advent so everything is blissful. Indeed the whole creation is dancing in bliss. Today there is no other talk– no other story. Only there will be songs and more and more songs celebrating His grand arrival.

The reddish dancing buds are dancing and telling to the madhavii flower that, ‘O Madhavii flower, get up, your time has come. Do not remain drowsy and sleepy; listen to His call’.

And the bakul flower is telling the same thing to the vela and malatii flowers. And the gentle ocean breeze is also telling the same blissful story of His arrival. Everyone is enjoying His grace. Everyone has understood that He has come. So this is not the time to sit & cry– mourning old miserable days. Rather this is the time to dance and sing and smile and enjoy His cosmic grace…

== POSITIVE VIBRATION TO THE MIND ==

Namaskar,
After each and every dharmacakra, we always repeat the Supreme Command. And one of the very special teachings of our Supreme Command is: “Without yama and niyama sadhana is an impossiblity”.

About this people have their various perspectives. In a quick & superficial way some sadhakas think: “yama and niyama is very easy, I am certainly following that.” Or, in contrast, others think, “yama and niyama is impossible to follow; it is too vast.”

Whatever the case may be, here the main question is why Baba has given so much emphasis and importance to yama and niyama and given the warning that “Without yama and niyama sadhana is an impossibility”.

The question naturally arises, “What does yama and niyama have to do with sadhana?”

HOW YAMA AND NIYAMA ARE LINKED WITH SADHANA

Altogether, as we know, there are many points in yama and niyama, ten in total. But here we are primarily concerned with one central aspect. Namely, how is yama and niyama so deeply interlinked with success in sadhana.

As an experiment, let’s take the point of santos’a. This practice of santos’a (mental contentment) is very important for doing proper sadhana.

Why? Because when one starts their sadhana then the mind must be calm, quiet, and tranquil. The mind should have only one single desire: To reach Parama Purusa. So if prior to sadhana the mind is flickering here and there and the nerve cells and nerve fibres are conveying an unfavourable vibration to the mind and passing feelings of discontentment etc, then the mind will obviously be disturbed.

HOW MUNDANE DESIRES DISTURB THE MIND

For example, suppose the mind receives the message that you need something or that you do not have such and such thing, then in place of yearning for Parama Purusa adn getting Him, one gets stuck with thinking about that mundane object. Ironically, however, these “needs” which distract us from our sadhana are usually just superficial things.

For instance, a person who has a fully functional motorcycle may dream of getting a fancier motorcycle; and a person with a fully functional computer may long for getting the latest laptop etc. Why? Because in materialistic communities, stature and importance is given to matter and in turn people chase in that direction.

So often we do not really need those things – just they are allurements imposed from the society. People latch onto the desire to accumulate more and more. All this Baba has beautifully described at length in various darshans and discourses.

One other interesting feature is this: Those living in so-called poor countries “need” less than those living in so-called rich counties. Reason being that they are content with what little they have; whereas, people in so-called wealthy have what they need but side by side think they need 20 times more.

BABA’S SPECIAL TEACHING

To teach sadhakas Baba has given the following example of animals and insects.

Day and night bees collect honey, they do not need such a massive amount of honey– as the honey is just oozing out from where it is stored. There is a huge overflow but even then the honey bees are always restless and desperate to collect more and more honey.

In contrast, dogs are easily satisfied with what food they get and become quite happy. They do not spend their life collecting food which they will never use.

HUMAN BEINGS ALWAYS WANT MORE

As human beings, we need actually very few things to survive. After all how much can one eat? But people collect thousands of varieties of food items and those things just sit and get rotten.

Likewise on the point of living, just a small place is needed. The human body is 6 feet long and certainly not more than 7 feet tall. But people are restless to get bigger and bigger houses. For that they are willing to indulge in cheating, deception, and even murder. Or they just waste their whole life hankering for that big house and in the end they die.

The basic theorem is that in such cases the nerves send negative vibrations to the mind. Such as ‘I am hungry, I need more’. This type of unfavourable message gets sent to the mind– thus making the mind restless, uncomfortable, and unhappy.

Those who are not intuitive persons may not understand so easily how this happens. But one can look at those running after worldly objects like a mad dog. And by seeing their mental status one can easily comprehend how restless and uncomfortable their mental state is. In such a wavering & flighty condition, sadhana is completely impossible.

WHAT IS NEEDED TO BEGIN SADHANA

To start sadhana, the mind needs a basic level of tranquility and composure. It needs to be balanced. This is the prerequisite factor. The message from the nerves should be given to the mind: “I do not need anything, I have enough. What material things I have is enough– more than that I do not need. I need only Parama Purusa.”

When the mind gets this type of message from the nerves then the mind feels calm and quiet and it is ready to do sadhana. And in the opposite case, the mind remains restless & disjointed.

So to do proper sadhana the mind should be fed a positive message:

“I do not need anything, I have enough. What material things I have is enough– more than that I do not need. I need only Parama Purusa.”

And that positive message is only possible when one has santos’a.

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SANTOS’A & APARIGRAHA

One interesting thing which Baba tells us is that without aparigraha then achieving a state of santosa is just a dream– i.e. it is highly impossible. So we can say that aparigraha and santosa are intimately linked together.

If one wants to follow santos’a then they have to follow aparigraha strictly. And if one is already following aparigraha then maintaining santos’a is easy.

So one has to train their mind that, “I do not need useless things; my needs are limited.” Sadhakas should not blindly copy people from the general society on the point of mundane acquisition. If one keeps the Goal in the mind that we are human beings and that we have come here to reach Parama Purusa then success in sadhana is sure.

And to do that we must remember that (a) life is very short, (b) material possessions are not the aim of life, (c) there are two more fields: psychic and spiritual, (d) spiritual wealth is the most significant attribution, (e) only spiritual wealth remains with you life after life. That is the special nature of spiritual wealth.

If these types of ideas are fed to the mind by auto-suggestion then the practice of aparigraha becomes far easier. And when aparigraha is easy and attained, then that means one does not unnecessarily run to accumulate more and more useless worldly things at the cost of their spiritual practice. In that case naturally the feeling of santosa will arise and when there is santosa, then instantly the mind will receive the favourable message: “I am satisfied I do not need anything, I need only Parama Purusa.”

With this strength and pointedness the mind will then rush towards Parama Purusa and sadhana will be blissful.

UNIQUENESS OF SANTOSA

The conclusion is that to do proper sadhana, then yama and niyama is needed. And although all the points of yama and niyama are very important, santosa has its own special beauty.

Real satisfaction in life comes with the wealth of santosa. Devoid of this wealth even a king becomes like a beggar: Always terribly hungry, desiring more and more material things.

So this is the secret. That is why Baba says, “Who is rich? Those who have santos’a. And who is poor? Those who do not have santosa.” That is the real definition. But those who are confused do not think in this way; rather they calculate this matter based on their bank balance.

But the spiritual manner for determining who is wealthy is based on who needs how much. If you do not need anything then you are the most wealthy person. And if you need more and more things then you are a beggar. That is a beautiful definition. It has nothing to do with how much actual money you have. It depend on one’s psychic outlook and spiritual realisation.

So we should never forget Baba’s special teaching that santosa and aparigraha are inextricably linked together and both are highly needed for doing better sadhana.

Namaskar,
Shivadayal

Note 1: THE EQUATION FOR TRUE SANTOS’A

When one is truly established in santosa, then all mundane things become like the dust of the earth. One must not forget this guideline from Baba. By this way one can really understand if one has a deep sense of santosa or not. If one has true santosa then this idea must come.

Note 2: SOME OF BABA’S TEACHINGS ON SANTOSA

Here Baba says that without santosa – if one is recklessly running after crude desires – then one cannot have a peaceful or balanced mind.

Baba says, “Santos’a, therefore, means a state of proper ease. Contentment is not at all possible if the individual is running after carnal pleasures like a beast. As a result of extroversal analysis, the objects of enjoyments go on increasing both in number and abstraction and that is why one’s mental flow never gets any rest. Under such circumstances how can one attain perfect peace of mind?” (GHC)

In the next quote Baba shows how without aparigraha one cannot achieve a state of mental ease and satisfaction.

Baba says, “Millionaires want to become multimillionaires, because they are not satisfied with their million. Ask the millionaires if they are happy with their money. They will say, ‘Where is the money? I am somehow pulling on’. This answer indicates their ignorance of aparigraha. But such feelings have another adverse effect on body and mind.” (GHC)

And if anyone reads ‘A Guide to Human Conduct”, they will find countless quotes on the importance of both santosa and aparigraha.

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We Should Take Lesson

Baba says, “If one stays away from objects of attraction, one has no chance of using them and they may thus gradually lose their attraction; while if one is near them one may be attracted towards them more.” (AMEP, 98 Edn, p.126)

Note: Reading negative articles, crude books & literature, filthy magazines and watching crude movies invites degeneration.
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Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 20:58:36 +0530
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: “Deva_Sudhakar”
Subject: Story of Worthless Son

Baba

“Tava path dhare, tava na’m kare, toma’r pa’nei cale thaki…” (P.S. 2180)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace I am treading on Your path by singing Your name and moving towards You. You are my Goal.

By Your grace I am moving closer and closer towards You– to reach You. Baba, except You, in this universe who else is mine– no one. Because of this I am always calling You for Your shelter.

O’ Lord, in this decorated universe of Yours, You have provided me a special place according to Your liking. You have bestowed everything; and, You do not desire anything from anyone. Just You go on pouring Your divine grace eternally.

The demerits such as lethargy only come from my side. Plus all kinds of lame excuses I give in self-justification. Hence all the lacuna belong to me; whereas, You Yourself are ever-gracious.

Baba, You have situated my mind in the corner of Your vast cosmic mind. And from that corner it receives Your divine vibration.

With the attraction and resonance of Your divine vibration, the lotus of the love, which has blossomed in my heart, is looking towards You with deep yearning.

Baba, singing Your Name, I am moving on Your path. For me, Your grace is everything…

== STORY OF WORTHLESS SON ==

Namaskar,
In late 2009, AM Publications released a new book. It is a collection of essays about Baba’s contributions written by members of the academic community. Perhaps by now you have seen it.

However, for any Ananda Margii, reading the cover itself is enough to know that there are serious issues with this publication.

This is an important topic for it reflects how Baba, the Guru of Ananda Marga, is presented to the general public. As His disciples, it is exclusively our duty to safeguard His excellence.

Anyone with basic devotion will understand the proper way to address Baba on the public platform, let us see what was done in this particular book. Any potential errors made should not be repeated in the future – neither in this publication nor any other. That is the key point at hand.

STORY OF WORTHLESS SON

Before discussing the details of the aforementioned book, here is one related story.

There was a village family in Sheohar (Shivahar) district of Bihar and the father – though illiterate himself – had a great desire that his son should be properly educated. The father toiled in the fields night and day in order to send his son to the finest schools. The father sacrificed much and used 100% of his limited financial means to send his son to college. After showering his paternal affection and giving all the family funds to his son’s study for years and years, his son completed his schooling and became a professor.

All along, to ensure his son would have a great opportunity in life, the father labored hard in the hot sun day after day. But to him, it was all worth it to see his son succeed.

On the occasion of one festival, the father made the big excursion and traveled from his remote village to visit his son, the professor, at college. The father was extremely proud and told all his friends and neighbors about the upcoming trip.

The momentous day arrived and his father arrived smiling with gifts in hand for his son. His best clothes and jubilant expression however could not hide his weathered features from his many years of working outside in the fields.

The son greeted his father at the station and brought him to the college to show him around. As it was a festival day, the son was not thinking that any of his colleagues would be there.

Father and son walked and talked from building to building and the father was very impressed by what he saw. It was all that he expected and much, much more. But mostly, he was so pleased to be with his son.

After much walking, they took a seat in the shade. They sat and talked for some time when from behind them a man approached. When they could hear the footsteps directly behind them, the son turned around and much to his surprise saw that it was the chairman from his department. The son was shocked and his whole expression changed.

Immediately he stood up to greet his senior colleague. He took on a serious demeanor and spoke eye to eye with the chairman. The father sat there quietly watching, waiting to be introduced. But the two kept talking.

At one point, in the conversation, the chairman motioned inquisitively towards the father, and the proud father was ready to stand up and meet the chairman. But the son just brushed his hand in a rather brusque manner and attempted to redirect the conversation.

But this did not resolve the situation, he could sense the the department chairman was still curious as to who this person was.

So the the son said, “Yaha mera’ servant hai.” (Yaha means “this”, mera’ means “my”, servant means servant, and hai means “is”.)

The chairman nodded – paid no attention to the father – and continued his dialog with the son.

The father only knew Hindi – not a single word of English – so the father only understood the Hindi words: “Yaha mera’ _______ hai”, meaning, “This is my _______”.

But he heard the sound “servant” and kept it in his memory.

A few minutes later, the chairman and the son finished their conversation and the chairman walked off without even acknowledging the father. The son looked visibly affected – he had not expected to see any colleagues at the college on this festival day. This disappointment was not lost on his father.

The rest of their visit went uneventfully – though the father felt perplexed by his son’s behavior. The father returned back to his village with one burning question in mind. What did the English word “servant” mean.

He immediately asked one of the literary people in his village what the English word “servant” meant. When the father got the answer, he immediately understood the situation.

The father felt saddened that his son was so ashamed of him.

Apparently during his years of study, the son had created his own history and background and told many stories of how he was born into a literate, well-to-do family to all his colleagues. He thought this would boost his prestige.

So when he and his illiterate and simple father unexpectedly met up with the chairman of the department, the son introduced his father as his servant.

That occasion turned out to be one of the last times the father and son ever spoke. The arrogant son had not an iota of gratitude for the father’s sacrifice of putting him through school. The son wanted to disassociate himself from his village roots entirely. In turn, the father was despondent that he had lost his son – the very person to whom he had given so much. He had given everything for the growth of his son and now his son was essentially disowning him. The father lived out his days with a heavy heart.

This very tragic story is highly related with the recently published book noted above.

SHRII SHRII A’NANDAMU’RTIJII

As we know, when speaking about our Sadguru Baba, as His disciples we are always to use words that reflect only the highest respect.

Baba says, “The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma (Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living beings – That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone has revealed Brahmavidya’
(intuitional science) to us through the medium of the name and form of Anandamu’rtijii. Unit beings must be made to appreciate Its majesty.” (CC-2, ‘Sadhana’, pt 1a)

Baba is our spiritual Preceptor, and in that role He is known as Shrii Shrii A’nandamu’rtijii. Thus we are to use this name with the greatest reverence. Every A’nanda Ma’rgii is aware about this.

We should not be like the worthless son in the above story who fails to give proper regard to his father.

Unfortunately, in the recently published book, the situation is not very favourable. See for your yourself how the publishers did.

HOW THEY PUBLISHED THE BOOK

Now, let’s get to the book itself. The title is “He Lived Among Us” and it is 300+ pages long; but one need look no further than the cover to see how the publishers represented Baba.

Remember, this book is a collection of essays written by various intellectuals and researchers. But it was published by Ananda Marga Publications.

The subtitle of the book is printed on the cover: “Contributions of Shrii Shrii A’nandamu’rti in the eyes of his contemporaries”.

PROBLEM #1: “contemporaries”

The first and most glaring problem on the cover is the use of the word “contemporaries” in the subtitle. Using this word – “contemporaries” – puts all those jinani intellectuals on par with Baba. Because as we all know, contemporaries refers to both time and stature. For instance, even though a normal citizen was born during the same time period as Barack Obama or Hugo Chavez, that person is not considered to be their contemporary since he is not a world or country leader. To be a contemporary one must be of a similar social stature etc.

So it is abominable that our publishers used such a word in the subtitle to refer to these jinani authors, thereby placing them on equal footing as Sadguru Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. This book is supposed to glory Baba’s Divine status but unfortunately it merely equates Him with these intellectuals, calling them His “contemporaries”.

Some naive readers may think nothing is wrong with this, but every devotee will take strong exception to what these publishers have done. Indeed every bhakta will be quite alarmed and think that the AMPS publishers of this book have behaved like the worthless son in the above story.

PROBLEM #2: “his contemporaries”

The next major problem on the book’s cover is this: The publishers did not capitalize the letter “h” when they wrote “his contemporaries” in the subtitle. This does two things. It fails to show the we, His followers, believe Him to be Divine; and it further equates those “contemporaries” as being on par with Baba. They are human beings and “he” is also a human being. There is no difference in stature.

Such is the tragedy that occurs by not capitalising the word “his”. And again, this gross negligence was not carried out by some distant jinani writers but rather by our very own AMPS publications team. That is another reason why many are saying that those publishers are no better than the worthless son in the aforementioned story.

PROBLEM #3: Missing “ji”

We are to always the suffix “jii” when using His name. So it should be Shrii Shrii Anandamurtijii. That is how it is written in Caryacarya: “the name and form of Anandamu’rtijii.” (cited above)

Yet, on the very of the cover of the book that is supposed to be in the honour of Baba, the respectful suffix “jii” is conspicuously missing. They merely wrote Shrii Shrii Anandamurti.

So this is yet another gross injustice. We are trying to propagate Baba’s Divine Personality yet the publishers fail to give Him basic measures of respected and neglect to use the suffix “ji”.

How then can we think that this book glorifies Baba when so many basic elements of respect are lacking. Even the followers of the crude dogmatic religions never fail to laud their preceptor of leader in public – i.e. they will always, always, always state “His Holiness the Dalai Lama” and never just “Dalai” or “Lama” etc – but in this AM book, the publishers did not give Baba the level of respect that even human beings get. After all, there are many people in society who are referred to with the suffix “ji”, yet this was not donned upon Baba and He is Divine.

Thus time and again this publication presents Baba in a most lackluster and disrespectful manner, thereby leading good sadhakas to conclude that the publishers of this book are just as bad as the worthless son discussed above.

PROBLEM #4: The Main Title

Finally there is the main title: “HE LIVED AMONG US”. No doubt the capitalised “H” but that has little value since ALL the letters are capitalised.

The main issue is that the title conveys the feeling that the book is about someone who has come and gone from this earth – that he was here and is now gone.

The title, “HE LIVED AMONG US”, carries all kinds of finite and fleeting meanings.

It does not convey the idea that the subject of this book is an Eternal Entity who exists across time and space.

Thus on the cover of the book there are any number of cases of negligence and neglect. And it all speaks to the standard of the publishers. No one else is to blame. Those jinani writers may have written all kinds of nonsense on those 300+ pages, but what has happened on the cover is enough to turn the stomach of any right-thinking devotee.

That is why many sadhakas think that those publishers are just like the worthless son in the above story.

HOW IT WORKS WITH OTHER RELIGIONS

The various religions may be dogmatic and may be corrupt but at least they have the requisite courage and awareness to glorify their chosen Deity. In contrast, the publishers of AM books are either cowards or blind, or both.

Just see: Buddhists around the globe always refer to their leader as “His Holiness the Dalai Lama.” This phrase gets repeated with every action and word of the Dalai Lama. And by this way they effectively promote their perceived greatness of their leader. Plus, they have taught the rest of the world to do the same – ie treat their Buddhist leader with respect.

Here is the proof – see this statement printed in a top western newspaper.

“Statement from the Press Secretary on the President’ s meeting Thursday with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama:”The President met this morning at the White House with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama…” (Washington Post, Feb 18 2010)

This newspaper has emulated the titled that the followers use for the Dalai Lama, ie. His Holiness. If we fail to refer to Baba in a proper way, then we will miss the opportunity to teach the rest of the world about Baba’s Divine stature, and we will be blamed – and rightly so.

Because indeed this is something that all the dogmatic religions and sects do: They treat their leader with utmost respect in the public arena. Whether it be “Lord Jesus Christ”, “The Honourable Elijah Mohammed”, “Maharishi Patanjali Ji”, “Sri or Saint Shankaracarya Ji”, “Saint Francis of Assisi” or any other religious leader, always the followers have the foresight and courage to give their leader respect.

But in AM, when our Guru truly is the Parama Purusa incarnate, the publishers could not live up to the standard that the dogmatic followers of other religions do. That is why many say that the cowardly publishers are just like the worthless son from the above story.

BABA SCOLDED ONE DADA

Who can forget that dramatic reporting session in front of Baba when one Dada mentioned Ramakrsna. Then immediately Baba scolded that Dada and told him not to refer to any great person in such a disrespectful manner. Baba said that one should use “Thakur Ramakrsna Paramahansa” as that gives the proper respect.

Here Baba is teaching us to use proper language and feeling when referencing a revered person. Naturally then, we are to apply the spirit of this teaching when referencing Baba also.

That means we are to say, “Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, or “Revered Baba”, or “Sadguru” or any term that conveys the proper respect. By this way we not only share the feeling of our heart but we show others how they should refer to Him as well.

So we should pay heed to Baba’s guideline from this reporting session.

Tragically, those publishers fell short of the mark, which is why many just call them worthless. About this you can decide for yourself by seeing the quality of their work.

JUST LIKE A PIG LICKING YOU

Here is one analogy that is appropriate to this situation.

If a dog or pig gets close to you then it may lick you out of love and respect. Because that is all that dog or pig knows to do. Likewise when any unqualified person tries to glorify Baba then due to their limited understanding they will create a mess, dripping their saliva all over the place. In trying to love and glorify Him something else will happen. And that is exactly what occurred when the AMPS publishing team made this book, “HE LIVED AMONG US”. In that case are they any different from the local street dog or domesticated pig.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has revealed to us whom He is and it is our duty to share and spread His greatness with one and all. But when certain publishers shy away from this divine truth, either due to their cowardly nature or lack of realisation, then that is nothing but an ugly failure. That is why they and their book become “worthless”, like the useless son in the above story. Baba is our Supreme Father and we must always convey this feeling of love and respect when raising His name, especially when done in public in the form of a book. As His sons and daughters, that is our inherent responsibility. None should fail and become worthless.

Baba says, “The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma (Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living beings – That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone has revealed Brahmavidya’
(intuitional science) to us through the medium of the name and form of Anandamu’rtijii. Unit beings must be made to appreciate Its majesty.” (CC-2, ‘Sadhana’, pt 1a)

Namaskar,
Sudhakar

Note 1: THIS DADA DID THIS

I have great friendship and respect for Dada Sarvatmanandaji, so when it is his name that is listed on the inside cover as the Publications Secretary and when his Publications team is also involved, then I feel great pain as many may lose trust and faith in Dadaji. They may think he and his team are “worthless”.

Here I just want to say I have great feeling for Dadaji and I truly hope he is able to repair this error – and fast, otherwise I fear others may lose respect for Dadaji.

Note 2: WHAT UGLINESS IS ON THE INSIDE

When the cover of the book is such an utter mess, then we can only imagine how many gross errors appear on the 300+ printed pages of this book. When the publishers themselves are unable to properly present Baba and His ideas, then they will be in no position to correct the many wrongs potentially made by these jinani authors. So we should all be ready. At this point, who knows what dirt might lie inside the front cover.

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Baba’s Mudra Photo is a Unique Gift…

Baba says, “The Sadguru is saying something, and the deaf or dumb man wants to hear it but cannot. If one concentrates the mind on Vara’bhaya Mudra’, there will be the direct effect of positive microvita on the auricular or other nerve cells and also on the controlling cells, and it may be that all of a sudden he may get back the power of hearing. One should look towards this mudra’ and not to anything else. Microvita are radiated through this mudra’. This is the inner secret.” (Microvita Nutshell, p.65)
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From: “Karma Rasa Deva”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Save Our Scripture
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 21:04:36 +0000

Baba

“Toma’y a’mi bha’loba’si, Toma’r na’me toma’r dhya’ne…” (1382)

Purport:

Baba, I love You. In the beauty of Your Name and in the sweetness of Your
dhyana, all my mental darkness vanishes. When I sing about Your loving
glory, my mind races high into the distant sky– breaking all my
attachments and bondages. Baba, Your Presence charms my whole life. By Your
auspicious arrival, by Your coming in ever-new form, You go on pouring Your
grace. Baba, I love You…

== SAVE OUR SCRIPTURE ==

Namaskar,
All know the great significance of our AM scripture and the importance of keeping Baba’s divine words “as is”.

Attached please find Baba’s original discourse of 23 October 1978 as transcribed from the tape– as well as delineations how the printed book differs from His actual words.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace His each and every word is apta vakya and certainly soon we will ensure that all our printed AM books ring true to His each and every spoken word. Then they will be scripture in the true sense of the word.

Baba says, “When the sole purpose of scripture, i.e. dharmasha’stra is to establish the human beings in the stable, exalted position of spiritual ideation, it must be practical, rational, infallible and universal. It must be based on deep eternal truths. It must be a’ptava’kya. A scripture is a guided entity.” (TK-2)

Yours in Him,
Karma Rasa

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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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From: Ramdhan “Ramdhan@Indianet…”
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 08:57:21 +0530
Subject: Dhobiya’ Pa’t

BABA

== DHOBIYA’ PA’T ==

Namaskar,
In His AM ideology, Baba scientifically shows what befalls those who chase after name and fame.

STICK TO OLD WAYS

In Brahmacakra, human beings have a special place. Before attaining a human body, one has to cross innumerable steps. Every one of us is blessed by Parama Purusa, in getting a human body. And each if us also crossed similar steps in passing through plant life, to animal life, and finally reaching human life.

When people make one journey, then that part of the journey’s path which they already crossed, they are acquainted with. And even if that part which they crossed was more difficult than the part which is yet to come, still people will not be so enthusiastic about ascending onto the new path. Rather they will like to remain along the old and familiar path.

Two examples can be given:

(1) People don’t like to remove even the difficult dogma which they are used to or adapted to. With this mentality, they go on observing those difficult to follow dogmatic beliefs and rituals because in the past, they did so.

(2) Human beings came from animal life. And there, in animal life only the senses were dominating. Eat, sleep, and sex. By this way, life after life they passed. So all are acquainted with those things. And they do not like to go ahead in following the path of spirituality, which they are not acquainted with. Rather they easily adapt the path of animality.

So the conclusion of these two points is, that the old path is more easy in spite of having big difficulty in that path. People don’t like to ascend and march ahead on a new path. Even if it is more glorious, easy, and charming.

The root cause is, attachment of the previous path. And, fear about the future path.

DEVELOPMENT OF MIND

About the development of human mind and animal and plant mind, Baba is revealing the truth in Ananda Sutram. And there He says, that in the plants, creepers, and shrubs only citta (“done I”) is there. And when living beings develop and progress from plant into animal life, then aham (ego/doer I) is also there. And aham is dominating in their existence. And finally in human beings, the three parts of mind are manifest: mahat, aham, and citta.

So in plant life, citta was dominating. And in animal life, aham or “doer I” was strong. And in human form, i.e. in those who are new to human form — as with animals, “doer I” or ego dominates. And when humans get more advanced, then mind gets more developed, and mahat develops. Which gives the sense of “pure I feeling”. And with the effect of mahat, intuition develops.

So in ordinary human beings, aham or “doer I” is stronger than mahat. And those who are developed human beings, mahat or intuition is developed. If the amount of mahat is more than the amount of aham, then that excess part will be intuition. So when intuition develops, then all great qualities come in that person. Devoid of dominance of mahat, ordinary human beings are easily controlled by their aham (“doer I”).

And with the dominating effect of aham, generally human beings are involved in their name, fame, power, prestige, respect, personal glory, etc. So such type of people’s standard is between elevated humans, and animals. This created world is nothing but the outcome of the divine play of Parama Purusa. So in His cosmic cycle, He made the rule as follows.

Baba says, “Ya’drshii bha’vana’…– As one thinks, so one becomes.” (NKS, Edn.’97, p.195)

CHASE AFTER NAME AND FAME

People give a lot of value of prestige, name, fame, self-glory. And they constantly engage in this. The goal of such persons is their own unit existence, not Parama Purusa. Then in that case what they want, Parama Purusa gives them. In Ananda Vacanamrtam, Baba says, “Ye yatha’ mam pradyante”. What people want, Lord grants them.

HOW IT RELATES WITH THOSE COMING INTO AM

So when Baba blessed the living beings with AM philosophy and created Ananda Margis, then all kinds of people joined. And everyone has their own psychic pabulum. So due to that some of those who joined AM, wanted name and fame. And Baba blessed them.

Those WTs who wanted name and fame, this type of samskara they made for themselves. And Baba blessed them accordingly. A similar thing happened with Margis also, in their worldly life.

But in the journey towards enlightenment/Anandam, one has to move far beyond the dominance of aham (“doer I) — name, fame, self-glory. Because where the dominance of self is there, then cosmic ideation is impossible. That’s why in scripture it is said, “Yahan kam vahan nari ram”. Where there is “I” feeling or worldly thoughts, then ideation on the Supreme is not possible.

So on one side, what disciples want Baba granted. Those who wanted name and fame, they got that. And on the other side, engaging in one’s glory or name and fame, is detrimental for sadhana. So Baba graces also, to remove the attachment from these fetters of name, fame, and self-glory.

Baba says, “Abhima’nam’ sura’pa’nam’…”

“An inflated ego is like drinking wine, self-aggrandizement leads one into the deepest hell, and social status is like the excrement of a pig. Give up all three of these and only sing the glories of the Lord.” (AV-23, p.105)

So Baba says that to engage in one’s own self is not at all good– rather it is negative.

That is why Baba guides us that name, fame, such mundane glory is just like feces of the swine. So those disciples who desired, they got name and fame from Him. And as a Guru, He has to help everyone for their spiritual development. So in due course when such persons make some progress in spirituality, then they get a blow by their self-created samskara of the past. At that moment their prestige, name, and fame pulverizes in front of their own eyes.

THE CASE OF NON-MARGIIS

Whereas in the case of non-Margis, usually the loss of respect happens only in a future life. Just like in the case of Stalin, Gandhi, and present day so-called very respected political leaders, etc. When after their demise people evaluated their work, then their reputation went from heaven to hell. During their own lifetime they had their glory. But later on after their death, people understand who they really were.

DADAS SITUATION

But in the case of Ananda Marg, the panoramic picture is completely different. Because when people start doing sadhana, then the exhaustation of samskaras is quicker than for non-Margis. Those Dadas who have big name, fame, and prestige, when they move one or two steps ahead in their forward movement, then all their prestige smashes and is ground to dust. Countless examples can be given. Every one of us is aware about that.

Most of those Dadas and Didis who got huge honor and respect in AMPS in the past, now in light of the current situation one can see how their prestige became one with the dust. Madhavananda in his own time, was a magnified / glorified personality. Now he is treated as a veritable demon.

Similar is the case of Vishokananda, Prakashananda, Vimuktananda, Tadagatananda, Nirmalananda, Avtk Ananda Maetreyii, and so many such people who once stood in the limelight. But are now part of the blackest history. Many Dadas and Didis names can be found in old AM books, as publications secretary. Most of them now you may not find anywhere in this mortal world. Either they became defectors, or they left and started leading degenerated lives. But those days when their name got printed in Ananda Marga books as the publisher, then they were feeling very great.

Because of all these reasons, sincere Ananda Margis do not give any credence to the post-holding people. Rather, they give more value and respect to those Dadas, Didis, or Margis who have ideal conduct.

Because the situation in our AM is unlike the general society, where post-holders get large respect. Our tantric AM society is unique. Baba has given the scale of character with which one can measure who is who. On the basis of conduct, one should treat others in course to give respect. The concluding idea then, is that, conduct is the ideal scale.

SUMMARY

So this whole history gives a few teachings teachings.

(1) In the spiritual journey, name and fame is not a good thing.
(2) Those who got name and fame, their prestige got smashed to dust in front of their eyes.
(3) Those who have respect today, they should be careful.
(4) Better one should not have yearning for name, fame, and respect in the Ananda Marga tantric system. Otherwise, it will yield the same fate.

Namaskar,
Ramdhan

* THE MEANING OF DHOBIYA’ PA’T:

Dhobiya’ Pa’t: This is the Sanskrt phrase used to describe the process how washermen clean and dry the clothes. First they submerge the clothes in the river water and then lift those clothes out of the water and raise them overhead to quickly air dry. And while in this position the clothes feel as though they are flying high in the sky. And then the next moment, in order to dry them, the washerman sharply smacks those clothes down on the massive hard rocks– whereby a loud cracking noise can be heard. And this entire process culminating in the harsh smacking of the clothes onto the rocks is known as dhobiya’ pa’t. Likewise when self-serving people gain huge public prestige then they feel like they are flying high in the sky; yet invariably the next moment their misdeeds get exposed and their whole public image gets smashed into the dust. In that sense their position or their fate is no different from those clothes which the washerman vigorously whips down onto the hard, unforgiving earth.

Note 1: BABA’S TEACHING FROM NEO-HUMANISM

Certain Dadas/Didis names who are still visible around us on the world map have been mentioned in the below notes & referenced indirectly in this entire letter. Because such Dadas themselves have witnessed their glory reach up to the heaven only in the next moment to find it burning in the hell. And now common Margis are realizing and feeling repentence about the way they were giving honor to those Dadas. So this Baba’s teaching became true:

Baba says, “…People realize, “My God, what a great mistake I made! I worshipped a monkey taking it to be a god! What a great misfortune I have brought upon myself!” (LOI, ed.’87, p.84)

Such Dadas were getting praised by one and all yet later it was discovered that they were the ones who actually ruined the scriptures, took away the Margis’ rights, and so much other nonsense they did. And now they lost all their prestige and all their respect. This is the case with Sarvatmananda & Pranavatmakananda and certainly Rudrananda etc.

Note 2: DEFECTORS OF THE PAST

Tadgatananda and Nirmalananda, Krsnananda, and Prajinananda were treated as great in those days, around the ’70’s. And they used to hold big seminar lectures, and were talking on philosophy etc. They were treated as unparalleled intellectuals. Even today you can see their names in old Seminar Notes. But now people read those names with different feeling. Because, they became defectors.

Note 3: NOT JUST ONE OR TWO CASES

These types of examples are not one, two, or three. There are more than a hundred. But the central idea in each case is the same. That because of their domination of aham tattva – I feeling – they wanted name and fame, and they got it. Everything is changeable in this world. And in sadhakas’ life, change comes quickly. So these dadas’ and didis’ fame turned to infamy. Their saintliness became proved as notoriousness. But by this way, society got benefit and they did too.

Note 4: MORE ABOUT THE PRESENT SCENE

Sarvatmananda and Pranavatmakananda tried to push their names as being the saviours of the archives etc, and especially Pranavatmakananda wanted to bind his name with stories about Baba known as Samsmaran, but all their negative dealings got expoesed how they distorted the scripture and ruined Baba’s various discourses. All these negative deeds these Dadas did so now their name has just sunk.

Note 5: EXPLANATIONS FROM ANANDA SUTRAM

See the following slokas in Ananda Sutram, which explain the evolution of mind as living beings progress from plants to animals to humans.

Here below in sloka 1-14, Baba reveals that as rajogun’a comes to dominate over tamogun’a, the aham or sense of doer-ship, evolves out of the citta.

“1-14. Citta’t gun’a’vaks’aye rajogun’apra’balye aham.” (AS, ed.’96, p.12)

And then in the following sloka, Baba explains that with further evolution towards the subtle, mahat or “pure I feeling” evolves out of the aham, or “doer I”.

“1-15. Su’ks’ma’bhimukhinii gatirudaye aham’tattva’nmahat.” (AS, ed.’96, p.12)

Then in the following three slokas, Baba explains that in plants, citta dominates, in animals, aham or “doer I” dominates, and in highly developed beings, mahat dominates.

“1-18. Mahadaham’varjite anagrasare jiivadehe lata’gulme kevalam’ cittam.”

“[In undeveloped living organisms, creepers and shrubs where aham and mahat have not yet evolved, there is only citta.]”

“1-19. Mahadvarjite anagrasare jiivadehe lata’gulme cittayukta’ham.”

“[In undeveloped organisms, creepers and shrubs where mahat has not yet evolved, there is aham as well as citta.]”

“1-20. Pra’grasare jiive lata’gulme ma’nus’e mahadaham’ citta’ni.”

“[In developed organisms, creepers and shrubs, as well as in humans, there is mahat, aham and citta.]” (AS, ed.’96, pp.13-14)

Note 6: MORE FROM ANANDA SUTRAM

Here in the following sloka, Baba explains that when mahat or “knower I” exceeds aham or “doer I”/ego, then intuition emerges.

1-17 “Aham’tattva mahadpra’balye bodhih.”

“[When the mahat is greater than the aham, the bodhi (intuition) evolves.]”

“Purport: If the dimension of the mahattattva be greater than that of the aham’tattva, the surplus part of the mahat is called the bodhi [intuition].”

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Maner ma’jhere base gopan kotha’ shon’o, kichui luka’no ja’y na’…” (P.S.
583)

Purport:

Baba You are sitting in the mind. You listen to all the talks & tales and feelings of the heart. Nobody can hide anything from You. What anyone thinks, You know. Baba, You are everywhere– in each and every iota of this entire universe. Indeed You are so vast & You have manifested Yourself in such a grand way, that beyond You there is no existence of anything.

Baba, You even listen to the very small talks of the mind; You take care of even the most meagre and ordinary matters– just like dust particles. You cannot forget or ignore anyone, and You do not remain oblivious of anything. You take care of everyone. You love one and all. The galaxies & stars which are floating in far away distant places, even those objects are not beyond Your touch. For You everything is close by; nothing is far. And You take care of everything.

The spring which has lost its beauty & the flower which has just bloomed, nothing gets forgotten. Everything has equal importance to You. You are everywhere. There is no place where You do not remain. Except You, there is nothing.

Baba, You are sitting inside the mind and listening to all the feelings and longings of the heart. Nobody can hide anything from You. Baba You are infinite; Baba, You are everywhere…

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Future Achievements of Prout

Baba says, “In 100,000 years, human beings will conceive of things which are beyond the conception of the human beings of today. These types of changes will occur within the social and economic jurisdiction of PROUT.” (PNS-17, p. 37)
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From: “Karma Rasa”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Widespread Myth about Jobs
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 08:33:49 +0000

Baba

== WIDESPREAD MYTH ABOUT JOBS ==

Namaskar,
In today’s capitalistic economy, jobs are becoming more and more scarce.

Indeed, in the USA – the most capitalistic nations on the planet – the unemployment rate reached as high as 9.9% in April 2010 and well over a year later it is still hovering around that extremely high rate of over 9%. In Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, the unemployment rate as been around up and down since 2010, while the rest of the European Union truly suffers with Spain’s unemployment at an astounding 21% in June 2011, Portugal at 12.2% in June 2011, and France at 9.7%.

These numbers are way too high to have a productive economy and a healthy society, yet this is what capitalism breeds: A more and more static economy.

HERE’S WHY: IN A NUTSHELL

Most of the population has been reduced to laborers – either physical laborers (blue-collar) or mental laborers (white-collar). Plus with the increase in mechanization and the profit-oriented culture, executives are hiring less and less people and instead resorting to machines and / or cheaper labor markets elsewhere. In short, those with jobs are losing
them; and those without jobs are not finding them.

And this problem is only mounting, even with Obama’s hands-on approach in comparison’s to Bush’s radical laissez-faire manner.

CAPITALISTIC MYTH:

INDIVIDUAL’S RESPONSIBILITY TO GET A JOB

Over the decades, capitalists have successfully brainwashed the public into believing that it is the individual’s responsibility to get and maintain a job. And if one is not getting a job, then, well, that is just too bad– try harder. That is the capitalistic maxim– the myth that capitalists propagate. So that is what everybody thinks, ‘That it
is the duty of each and every person to find their own job, and if they lose their job it is their responsibility to find another one’.

And still that is in vogue. As things continue to tailspin the public is bound to think that they are in a no-win situation. But that extreme disgust with capitalism has not yet come. Most are still thinking that capitalism needs to be fixed, not replaced. Though this is slowly changing.

HUMANS ARE JUST COMMODITIES

For these reasons and more, human beings have just been turned into mere commodities wherein they have to shine and polish themselves – like apples or potatoes – in order be attractive in the marketplace. To that end,common citizens try tirelessly to get more and more qualifications in order to assure themselves of a job. But it is an uphill battle. Because due to increased mechanization, less and less jobs are being done by humans. With the development of more refined computers and fancier machines, a work that used to take 300 people now takes only 5. In that case 295 are suddenly out of a job.

And then, since top capitalists are only interested in increasing their profit, then at any time they can and do move their entire factory or business to another land or country where labor is cheaper. In that case, an entire sector of the workforce may suddenly lose their job.

And in the end, it is the common citizen that gets blamed for not making themselves marketable.

That is the ugly predicament in capitalism.

But it is continuing on since everyone has gotten duped into thinking that every individual is responsible for securing their own job, while the government bears little or no responsibility.

Today, more and more college graduates are in the hunt for a job and it is becoming harder and harder to get one. However, the theme remains the same: Make yourself more marketable. The realisation has not yet come to change the system.

Similarly with older adults who have lost their corporate jobs, one result is that more and more are starting their own businesses. The big protest against the market economy has not entered the people’s psyche just yet. So they suffer and try harder in these desperate times.

Soon the time will come to rise up and we should be ready to feed them the answer as well as hasten that moment by preaching the gospel of Prout.

PROUT’S RESPONSE

To combat this nasty, capitalistic spiral and bleak outlook, Baba has put forth one very special socio-political principle: No one should lose their job without first have been offered and given a different job, of a comparable of higher standard.

Baba says, “Cardinal socio-political principles should never be violated. First, people should not be retrenched from their occupations unless alternative employment has been arranged for them.” (PNS-16)

Unfortunately all around the globe this important principle is not be fulfilled. People are being released from their jobs and are not being replaced. From stock-brokers to shoe salesmen, so many are out of jobs, and every week this is increasing, leading to a totally unhealthy situation in society.

Here Baba describes further about what happens when people lose their jobs and are not given a different job.

Baba says, “There are many instances where these three cardinal principles have been violated, causing much suffering and disturbance in individual and collective life. Let us discuss what happens when people lose their livelihood. Take the example of rickshaw pullers in India. The work of rickshaw pullers is exhausting and poorly paid, but if it is declared illegal, many rickshaw pullers will become unemployed and their lives will become more miserable. Those who cannot find alternative employment will either die of starvation or become criminals in an effort to survive. In either case, society will be adversely affected. So, before this occupation is prohibited, rickshaw pullers should be provided with suitable alternative employment.” (PNS-16)

Because of losing their jobs and not being given other employment, people are suffering from depression, abusing their spouse, developing health problems, dying early, even committing suicide. Such reports are commonplace in the news these days.

Or look at it this way: Since 1964, the U.S. crime rate has increased by as much as 350%.

Unemployment plays a huge role in crime – it is one of the fallouts of job loss.

APPLYING THE SOLUTION

So the myth that the individual is 100% responsible for getting a job and the government need not play any role in this is totally harmful and stands as one of the worst aspects of capitalism.

Even though Obama’s government is getting very involved in economic reform, still being part of the sinking ship of capitalism, they cannot control unemployment which is going through the roof.

Still that is the myth that big vaeshyas have successfully instilled in the minds of the people: People are responsible for finding their own job.

So the whole affair is awful. Everyone is trying to increase their stature and skills in order to get a job, yet those jobs are being sucked up elsewhere or getting totally eliminated.

Hence it is an uphill battle; the cards are stacked against the common person. Jobs are disappearing left and right and there is no replacement in sight – for all kinds of reasons including mechanization>

Baba says, “Such mechanization within a capitalistic structure inevitably brings more misery, in the form of unemployment, to the common people.” (Problems of the Day #9)

When in reality, in the case of jobs being reduced due to mechanization, and then firing 100 or 200 people, instead everyone in the factory or plant should simply work less hours– allowing everyone to keep their job.

That is how it works in family life. If a new stove is purchased which dramatically decreases the amount of cooking time, then the wife or daughter is not kicked out of the house because they are no longer needed. Rather, everyone works less in the kitchen and people get time to spend in other pursuits.

Same should be the case with regards to mechanization in the workforce. All should work less and then devote more time to psychic and spiritual pursuits. Then everyone is benefited because even though people are working less their purchasing capacity remains high. In Prout, it works that way.

Baba says, “The proper use of science under a collective economic system will only bring about human welfare. It may well be possible that due to mechanization no one will have to labour for more than five minutes a week! Being not always engrossed in anxiety about food and clothes, humanity will not misuse its mental and spiritual wealth. People will be able to devote more time to sports, literary discourses and spiritual pursuits.” (Problems of the Day #13)

Now however, many jobs are subject to furlough, because companies and the government do not have the money to pay workers, yet the cost of living is higher. That only leads to more crime, not the upliftment of society.

The capitalist model just creates more and more problems, whereas Prout’s local and cooperative economic model solves the problem.

As for the second problem– i.e. the outsourcing of jobs to cheaper labor markets– the answer is creating a local economy. Capitalists should not be allowed to exploit human labor all over the globe. Rather the cooperative system should be developed wherein all in a locale are guaranteed work as well as a proper purchasing capacity. This can happen if the natural and human resources of an areas stay within that samaj.

So there are lots of Proutistic solutions. And among them all, it has to be fully recognised that governments must be held responsible and they must ensure a job to each and every member of society. There is no other way.

The current capitalistic myth that an individual must find their own job must be eradicated. Then and only then can society progress.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace the myopia of capitalists is being exposed and soon all will be aware of the pitfalls of this vaeshyan age, thereby allowing society to make that step forward into that bright, new era.

By Baba’s grace the overall climate and environment are changing. People will soon awaken to the crude reality of capitalism and they will be looking for answers. The era of Prout will come – we should be ready to do our part

Baba says, “If any group tries to violate any of these three cardinal socio-political principles, you should immediately oppose them with a thundering voice and sufficient force. Victory will be yours, because you are supporting the collective psychology. But before launching any movement, you should make sure that the masses are conscious of their exploitation, otherwise the movement will not be successful. Although it may take some time to raise the consciousness of the masses, ultimately you will be victorious.” (PNS-16)

Namaskar,
Karma Rasa

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Kenoi va’ ele, dola’ diye gele, na’ bale gele cale, phele a’ma’y…” (PS 1995)

Purport:

Baba, You have been gone so long, why did You come and stir my heart only to then go away without saying a word– thereby leaving me all alone. Baba, neither do You have any love for me nor do You understand the aching pain of my heart. Baba, after coming and reciting one fairy tale, where did You go. Baba, I want You to remain here with me.

Baba, amongst all the dear ones, You are my dearmost. Why then do You not reside eternally in my heart. Baba, You are my dearmost and innermost, then how can You justify going so far away from me. Is it proper to leave me isolated and all alone. Please tell me.

Baba, You are so dear to me, no matter what I will never forget You; Baba, I will never leave You. Not at any cost will I ever wipe You away from my mental plate– from the memories of my mind. That I will never do. Baba, even if You do not desire to remain with me– even if You want to hide– I shall always keep You in the golden casket of my heart.

Baba, You are eternally mine; my everything is surrendered at Your lotus feet…

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Deserts Needed

Baba says, “Ecologists claim that some deserts are essential for keeping the global ecology in a balanced state. The high day temperatures and the cold night temperatures that occur in desert regions create a useful effect. The hot, dry desert air rises and creates a vacuum which sucks in cool air, generating a chain reaction. Moist air is sucked in from the sea and formed into clouds which then rain on the land. If deserts vanish entirely, the overall rainfall will be reduced.” (PNS-16, p.37)
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