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Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:02:36 -0500
From: John Kanter
Subject: The Dogma Threatening Longevity of AM
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

“A’lor pathe je eseche a’ndha’re se hoy na’ ha’ra’…” (P.S. 996)

Purport:

Baba, those who are treading the divine path never get lost in the
oblivion of darkness and staticity. Those who are smiling sweetly, their
life can never be like hell– surrounded by the agony of suffering and
crying.
Baba, here along with me, You are and I am. And Your love has bound me.
In result I have lost everything else. Those who have ascended onto the
path of hope and optimism never get lost in hopelessness and pessimism.
Baba, You have come with a sweet smile while riding Your chariot of
panoramic colors. By getting You, the whole universe is purified;
everyone’s existence has become successful…

HOW THE DOGMA OF MAHAPRAYAN THREATENS

THE LONGEVITY OF ANANDA MARGA

Namaskar,
There have been so many societies that have come on this earth and all
wanted to survive– nay they all wanted to thrive. But the reality is
that, at some point in time, nearly each and every civilisation meets
its demise and falls into oblivion.

Such civilisations of the past included the Mayan, Incas, Roman,
Confucian, Greeks, Aztecs, Egyptian, Licchaviis, Vikings, Phoenicians–
and the list goes on and on.

Similarly, the societies currently active on this globe also have their
inherent flaws and weak links; they will not last long– let alone forever.

OUR ANANDA MARGA IS DIFFERENT

By His grace Baba has provided us with the key tenets that ensure the
survival of any society. This He has done with the elaboration of the
six spokes of the social cycle, or s’ad’ara’h sama’ja cakra. And by His
grace these six are all present in the of our AM family– so long as we
adhere to His guiding principles.

Baba clearly also points out how the existence of today’s dogmatic
Mahaprayan function severely violates these tenets, as it goes against
the point of ‘Preceptor’. In that case who can support such a groupist
agenda like Mahaprayan– which spells disaster for our Marga.

Thus so long as we adhere to our AM dharma, and reject the infusion of
any dogma like Mahaprayan, then our Ananda Marga will guide the society
up through the ages. Regarding this, there is not an iota of doubt.

Baba says, “A’nanda Ma’rga is that path of progress, and that is why
A’nanda Ma’rga is the only alternative for the preservation of human
existence and civilization.” (TK-1)

We will also examine how and why today’s so-called leading civilizations
will succumb due to their defective ways.

SIX SPOKES OF THE SOCIAL CYCLE

Before advancing any further, we should first identify what the six
spokes are that ensure the preservation and prosperity of any society.

Baba says, “The six factors which guide society, which make it vibrate
in bliss and dance in bliss when its different entities realize the
fullness of existence in every fibre of their existence, are the
s’ad’ara’h sama’ja cakra [six spokes of the social cycle]. The six are:
spiritual practice, spiritual ideology, social outlook, socio-economic
theory, scripture and preceptor.” (NKS, Disc: 26)

For any society to sustain itself, these six factors must be proper. And
Baba has placed all six in our AM society, including that of Preceptor;
thus we should not let any dogma like Mahaprayan– which declares that
the Preceptor (Baba) is gone– ruin our AM civilisation.

Here the point is that when any of the six points becomes weak then it
slowly, slowly causes the disintegration of that society like a cancer.
It has happened in the past and it will happen in the future– if one is
not careful.

A QUICK SURVEY WHY TODAY’S SOCIETY WILL FAIL

Here then also is a quick look around the world to see how today’s
so-called leading civilisations are prone to fall as they lack one or
more of the needed six spokes of society.

(A) Among its many demerits, US capitalism severely lacks a spiritual
ideology. Goaded by its grossly materialistic outlook– which breeds
slogans like ‘Whoever dies with the most toys wins’– is the Achilles
heel of American society. While US capitalism may be weak in other areas
as well, clearly the most threatening gap is that of not having a
spiritual ideology. In that case unhealthy competition, psychic
diseases, misplaced values, and the like are sure to destroy the society.

(B) Arguably the weakest link of Christianity is that it is devoid of a
proper spiritual cult– spiritual practice. They have their supposed
preceptor, and they have the glimpses of a social outlook etc, but the
most glaring weakness of Christianity is that they have no spiritual
practice– just it is based 100% on dogma and baseless rituals. For this
reason, Christianity is sure to meet its end.

(C) Back in the old days of India, the society built up by Shankaracarya
could not last due to the fact that he ignored the world– he failed to
even remotely develop any socio-economic theory by which people could
live on this earth. Devoid of that, Shankaracaryas theory of mayavada
(illusion theory) could not stand the test of time.

(D) The Muslims have a strong social outlook and that is why they were
able to take over and dominate many of the other lands and religions in
the Middle East.

Baba says, “Hazrat Mohammed offered a new way of life to the ignorant
and oppressed who were swirling endlessly round and round in the muddy
whirlpool of superstition. He clearly declared that all the people of
the world belonged to one caste.” (HS-2)

At the same time such Muslims lack a proper spiritual ideology and Islam
is sure to meet its end. Actually, on various occasions Baba has told
that Islam will meet a bloody death due to extreme infighting etc.

(E) When the Muslims arrived in India, even though they ruled for 500
years, they could not wipe out the existing Indian civilisation, because
those Hindus had strong faith in their Preceptors, Lord Shiva and Lord
Krsna. So the fact that those Hindus have strong faith in their
Preceptor they were able to maintain. They never feel that Lord Krsna or
Lord Shiva has died. They never even think to observe the so-called
Mahaprayan of their Preceptor. For that reason Hinduism could survive.

(F) Even then there is not any single society currently on this earth
that is perfect in all six components or all six spokes of the social
cycle. In that case no civilisation– except our Ananda Marga– can last
over the course of time.

AM HAS ALL THE POINTS…

Because for beginning to end our Marga is firmly grounded in all the six
spokes of society: (1) spiritual practice, (2) spiritual ideology, (3)
social outlook, (4) socio-economic theory, (5) scripture, and (6) preceptor.

(1) here below Baba clearly declares that we have a proper spiritual
cult or spiritual practice.

Baba says, “The practice of Ananda Marga has been formulated to enable
spiritual aspirants to search for the Supreme within their minds.” (SS-12)

(2) Here Baba clearly states that we have an proper spiritual ideology.

Baba says, “How can human hunger be satisfied in the subtlest realm? For
this Ananda Marga philosophy is there…Our ideology is a happy blending
of rationality and spirituality.” (PNS-17)

(3) Here below Baba clearly tells that we have a proper social outlook.

Baba says, “Ananda Marga is therefore not merely an organization of
idealists or moralists who preach a classless society, but a method, a
system or a dharma which leads to a classless society.” (PNS-11)

Baba says, “Ananda Marga has formulated a social treatise for the
establishment of a congenial social structure.” (TK-2, ‘Our Social
Treatise’)

(4) Here below Baba clearly guides us that we have a proper
socio-economic theory.

Baba says, “PROUT is the path of socio-economic emancipation for
humanity.” (PNS-17)

(5) Here below Baba states that we have a proper scripture or shastra.

Baba says, “The books in Ananda Marga philosophy are all absolute
knowledge.” (AMPH-4)

(6) And by Baba’s grace we have true Preceptor.

Baba says “Ta’raka Brahma is quite a different Entity, a unique Entity,
for He is spiritual preceptor, social preceptor, kaola and Maha’kaola
all in one.” (NKS, Disc: 7)

So in Ananda Marga, all the six spokes are perfectly met.

…BUT MAHAPRAYAN GOES AGAINST POINT OF PRECEPTOR

And Baba verily states that He– as the Guru, as the Preceptor– is an
eternal Entity who will guide us through the ages.

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)

Unfortunately, those top leaders who espouse the crude theory of
Mahaprayan go against Baba’s divine mandate by declaring Baba is gone.
For that is the meaning of Mahaprayan– Guru is no more.

Yet that seriously threatens our very existence.

That is why even the ritualistic Hindus never ever practice the
Mahaprayan of Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna– because they know well that
this would spell the end of their religion, of their civilisation.

Those group leaders who advocate Mahaprayan do not have this much sense.
Affected by their group and geo-sentiments, they plainly tell
that Baba is gone forever with the declaration of their dogmatic
Mahaprayan program.

In so doing, such leaders (un)knowingly yank one of the integral six
spokes out of our AM society– all because it satisfies their plan of
action. But by taking away our Preceptor– by declaring that Baba is gone
with their dogmatic Mahaprayan program– they are undermining the very
essence of Ananda Marga and threatening its survival.

But they will not get success. Because there are a large number of
devotional and rational minded margiis and acaryas in AM who will never
ever accept the dogma of Mahaprayan in their heart.

That is why it is sure that our AM will last forever; and that is why
the dogma of Mahaprayan is short-lived. It started in 1990 and has been
waning ever since and soon it will be gone entirely. Because it goes
against the dharma of Ananda Marga.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, all the six spokes are alive and well in our AM and
that is why our Marga will lead the humanity up to eternity. Our Marga
will live on and on…

Baba says, “There is no power in the universe, in the heaven or in the
underworld, which can annihilate Ananda Marga, because Ananda Marga is
established on the solid foundation of rationality and righteousness.”
(AFPS-4)

Baba says, “A’nanda Ma’rga is that path of progress, and that is why
A’nanda Ma’rga is the only alternative for the preservation of human
existence and civilization.” (TK-1)

Namaskar,
Jitendra

Note 1: WHY BUDDHISM AND JAINISM COULD NOT LAST

Here below Baba points out how societies like Buddhism and Jainism also
could not last as they severely lack a proper social outlook, a proper
society economic theory– nor could they give a proper spiritual
ideology etc.

Baba says, “Why have Buddhism and Jainism not stood the test of time?
Both these religions suffer from two main defects which have undermined
their popularity. Gaotam Buddha failed to propound any clear idea about
God and the ultimate goal of human life, and he did not try to build a
human society based on his teachings. Mahaviira Jain, first of all, gave
too much stress to nirgrantha vada or going about naked. Primitive
people did not wear clothes, but they began to cover their bodies due to
changing climatic conditions. After they grew accustomed to covering
their bodies, they began to feel ashamed if they went about without
clothes. Hence, Mahaviira’s philosophy of nirgrantha vada never gained
mass support. Secondly, he placed too much emphasis on forgiveness and
mercy. He taught people to forgive their worst enemies, even if they
were as deadly as scorpions and snakes. As a result of this teaching,
people lost the will to fight against the enemies of society. So,
although the teachings of Buddha and Mahaviira Jain were not based on
dogma and did not deliberately mislead people, they failed in the course
of time because they were not sufficiently comprehensive and
well-balanced.” (PNS-16, ‘Religious Dogma’)

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Think on This

Baba says, “You are social beings. One cannot live in isolation. When
you feel thirsty, you can’t manufacture a spade, dig a well, and draw
water yourself. One person will make a spade, another will add the
wooden handle, and another will dig the well — this is how we work
collectively. This is the way for human beings to live. In all spheres
of human existence, in the aesthetic sphere as well, humanity should live
collectively. You should live in unison. You should vibrate together to
the same music. You should move in a common psychic flow. You should fight
collectively against your common enemies. Unitedly you should face all
problems, mundane and supra-mundane. In a word, you must reflect the
spirit of harmonious collective living in conformity with the spirit
of the Vedic mantra Sam’gacchadhvam’ sam’vadadhvam.” (5 April 1981)

Note: This above Baba’s teaching is the special guideline for arousing
social conscious– which is lacking these days in the society. It is
commonly known that some margiis and wts have gone far off from this
above Baba’s teaching.
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Date: 15 Aug 2011 16:19:57 -0000
From: “Shivadayal Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Baba Story: Eating Sweets

Baba

== BABA STORY: EATING SWEETS ==

Namaskar
After holding DMC in Kullu (HP) in November 1979, Baba returned back to Delhi where He was staying at the time. Many dadas were also in Delhi as Baba was doing reporting and related works.

Upon His return, some margiis offered sweets to Baba. Baba Himself was not eating sweets those days, so He graciously blessed those sweets and ordered that they should be distributed among all His children as prasad.

SES DADA WAS VERY BUSY

SES dada Krpadhiishananda was extremely busy that morning and late in completing his routine. He was not ready yet to eat. So when the cook brought out the tray of sweets / prasad, dadaji thought that they would all be gone by the time he had completed his personal duties. So SES dada took a large handful of prasad and stashed it away for himself.

Later on when he finished his duties etc, Krpadhiishananda ate some of the prasad which he had put away and kept the remainder in a safe place for later.

MIDDAY REPORTING WITH BABA

At midday reporting, Baba inquire to SES dada, “Where are those sweets? Have you had some prasad?”

Dada replied, “Yes Baba, I have eaten some.”

“Is there more?”, Baba inquired.

Dada answered, “Yes.”

Then Baba started talking about the health problems that arise from eating sweets and sugar products. This went on for around 10 minutes.

BABA SAYS: SWEETS ARE HARMFUL

Baba’s main point was that sweets are especially bad for those above the age of 25. No matter how careful one is, Baba explained, sweets are bad for entire system as they invite diseases like diabetes, digestive disorders, brain disease, and so many other serious health problems like boils, acidity etc. Finally sweets make the blood impure and increase mental lethargy and dullness. Indeed, Baba was very adamant about the ill-effects of eating sweets.

BABA MAKES INQUIRY WITH DADAS:

ALL HAD THEIR PRIVATE STOCK OF SWEETS

Then Baba asked all the dadas, “Who is eating sweets on a regular basis?”

It was then found that they were all keeping various amounts of gur (refined molasses) in their personal bags. Some dadas were keeping 1kg, others had 1.5kg, and still others had 2kg. The common thread was that they were eating it regularly. Some even proclaimed that gur was “an instant energy booster” and would eat that first upon breaking fast.

Baba told everyone present that that the various array of sweets like sugar, molasses (gur), and any other type of sweet is not good for the human body, especially if one is over 25 years of age.

Baba warned them, “You are dedicated wholetimer workers. You must keep your body fit and your mind sharp to serve the society. If you are eating negative things like sweets then how are you going to fulfill your duties properly.”

Hearing all this, the dadas present gave their stock of gur to local needy children and vowed to keep away from all kinds of sweets.

Namaskar,
Shivadayal

Note 1: FURTHER READING ON THIS TOPIC

The below letter contains more of Baba’s teachings about reducing or eliminating one’s sugar / sweets intake. Plus it lists 141 health problems related with eating sweets.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/07/healthy-habits.html

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