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Archive for August 26th, 2011

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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