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Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 19:42:48 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Pradiip Deva
Subject: Baba Story: True Ananda Margiis & Natural Calamities

Baba

== BABA STORY: TRUE ANANDA MARGIIS & NATURAL CALAMITIES ==

Namaskar,
Before the jail period, Baba was in Patna hospital. At that time my duty was to provide help in any way and ensure that Baba’s needs were properly managed.

During this period, I was blessed with the opportunity to be with Baba often. Here following is what transpired during one such occasion.

One day Baba looked at me and said, “There is one categorical assurance I can give you: Not a single true Ananda Margii will die in the forthcoming natural calamities and future natural catastrophes.”

Hearing this, immediately one idea came in my mind. I did not know what Baba meant by “true Ananda Margii.” I was not at all clear what a “true Ananda Margii” is.

I thought that since Baba knows all my thoughts then there is no need to ask Him about this.

While I was thinking thus, Baba explained, “Here is what I mean by a true Ananda Margii. For Me the definition is very simple.”

Then Baba gave these two following qualifications.

1. “One who sincerely tries to follow yama and niyama.”

2. “One who sits sincerely for sadhana twice a day regularly.”

Hearing Baba’s above two criteria, I started thinking that this is indeed very difficult.

Understanding my concern and confusion, Baba immediately qualified His two prior statements.

Baba spoke, “I am not talking about whether one is fully established in yama and niyama. Because if I am to consider who is truly established in yama and niyama, then I can say that would only be Lord Shiva.”

Baba continued, “Again I will say, I am not talking about perfection in yama and niyama. I am talking about those who sincerely try to follow these ten principles of morality. That is enough.”

“By sadhana I mean those who sincerely sit twice daily for meditation. Their meditation need not be perfect, but they should earnestly put forth the proper effort.”

Baba concluded, “For Me, these are the two criteria of true Ananda Margiis. Those who are sincere in these two points, I will save them from all kinds of natural calamities which are coming in the future.”

Namaskar,
Braj Bihari Sahay (Patna)

Note: All know that Braj Bihari Sahay to be a very active and senior margii. He is well known around the globe. He worked in Patna but his hometown was Bhagalpur.

FURTHER REFLECTION ON THIS BABA STORY

This is a very meaningful story and gives the teaching that sincerity in sadhana and yama and niyama are very important. Parama Purusa resides in the mind of devotees and He is watching everything. If you are not sincere then your approach will not be successful.

We should ask ourselves, why has Baba given these two criteria? The answer is very simple. Because He loves His progeny. He wants that His disciples – His children – should attain salvation and not come back onto this earth and face their samskaras again and again – undergoing “the tortures of animal lives for crores of years.”

He does not want us to be chained to this endless cycle of birth and death, and birth and death. He does not want that we should return to this world and create more negative samakaras. This is an endless cycle.

In His Supreme Command, Baba has given that those sincerely practicing sadhana will get salvation. Baba wants that all should attain moksa. That is why He has given these two criteria.

Let’s think of it in this way. Suppose a mother says that if you study sincerely then you will get some sweets. Here the mother’s intention is to make the child’s life better in the future. The child may or may not understand but that is the mother’s wish.

In this way Guru encourages us to do sadhana and get liberation from this serpentine noose, i.e. from this bundle of samskaras. Those who do not pay heed have to come again and again to face their samskaras; they will plunge themselves into more and more negative deeds and remain bound forever in “the tortures of animal lives for crores of years.”

So there is no question of Parama Purusa seeking praise or glory by having sadhakas sing His kiirtan or repeat His name in sadhana. It is not like that. Rather, when one silently chants His name then the mind expands; and this psychic expansion leads to moksa. That is why it is important to do mantra japa. This is all done for our welfare.

So this is Baba’s greatest assurance; this is the most gracious boon for human society. This makes salvation easily attainable. Without Baba’s grace, one has to face all the reactions of their past actions, and come again and again onto this earth to suffer. If one follows these two simple things – sincerity in meditation, and sincerity in yama and niyama – then one’s samskaras get exhausted, by His grace.

By following Baba’s two mandates, one easily attains salvation. So not only are sadhakas assured of surviving any and all natural calamities while living on this earth but one will attain moksa as well.

Namaskar,
Pradiip

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’ka’she a’loke bhese ja’y tava mahima’ri katha’…” (PS 3287)

Puport:

Baba, You are the most magnificent One. The tale of Your glory and grandeur is floating and permeating throughout each and every molecule of the vast, blue sky and in the effulgence– everywhere. Baba, Your story, the story of the ever-present, Ancient One, is glittering in all the realms: in both bhuloka and duloka– in the physical and spiritual worlds. Baba, You are so gracious.

O’ Ancient, Divine One, You are eternally, ever-new. Baba, by Your grace You are always, intrinsically with everyone– just like their vital force, just like their pra’na. Baba, You always remain present in my feeling, ideation, and intuition. For that reason this eternal longing of my heart is for You and You alone.

Baba, by Your grace with the flow of effulgence You color my mind and You are sitting in the depths of my ideation playing Your divine flute in the deep core of my heart. Baba You are so compassionate: You do not neglect or overlook anyone. You graciously goad everyone towards divinity, You show everyone the path which leads to immortality.

Baba, please shower Your causeless grace; I surrender at Your lotus feet…

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– The Solution –

Baba says, “Whenever there is a conflict between the brain and the heart, intelligent people should respond to the call of the heart. The books in A’nanda Ma’rga philosophy are all absolute knowledge. The proper mark of identity of absolute knowledge is that it must be universal, rational and psychological. Certain instances of absolute knowledge are as follows –the goal of human life is the attainment of Brahma; human beings are the progeny of Parama Purus’a…by dint of sa’dhana’ or spiritual practices human beings gradually become divine.” (PNS-18, p.10)
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Check Your Log Book

To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: wellsley29@markwebmail….
Subject: Check Your Log Book
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:04:06 -0700 (PDT)

Baba

== CHECK YOUR LOG BOOK ==

Namaskar,
When a cab driver wants to know how his day went, he checks his log book. Then he is able to review and see where he drove.

When a company needs to calculate their output, they view their log book so they can understand their position.

In that way, each and every person or institution consults their log book (electronic or otherwise) to find out their true status.

As sadhakas, our approach should not be any different. We too should have our “log book” – be it a diary, journal, or psychic memory – so we can understand our course in life.

Here below Baba guides us how to do it.

FROM BUGS TO BIRDS TO DOGS TO HUMANS

There are so many beings in this cosmological order and each has their own manner of operation.

Small bugs, beetles, worms, crabs, and lizards just function by their own instinct. They have no higher faculty of mind by which to direct their life. Such beings just walk or slide along engrossed by their own inborn desires.

Baba says, “In certain undeveloped creatures, instinct means only inborn instincts, and in such creatures the psychic waves cannot move beyond the arena of corporality.” (YP)

Then there are some higher animals like dogs, monkeys, cows, and horses etc. They are guided by instinct as well as by psychic urge and emotion. Such animals can be tamed and trained & by that way they develop bonding relationships with their masters. Instinct does not totally dominate their life, they also have higher functioning minds that allow them to act according to their psychic or sentimental feeling.

For instance, your dog may not defend your neighbor from an intruder but certainly if you are attacked then your dog will defend you with all its might. That is because your dog is emotionally attached with you – it has that psychic connection.

Likewise your horse or cattle will not respond to others but it will obey your direction. All higher animals have that capacity or psychic urge. They are not exclusively guided by instinct. They are a bit more developed.

Baba says, “Animals who have developed themselves to some extent, mentally, spiritually, just like monkeys, just like dogs, have got some intellect. Although they are also guided by instinct, [but] because of close association with human beings that intellect has been a bit developed. A dog can carry a hurricane lantern like this, can carry a stick like this. It can feel the pains and pleasures of its master.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-14)

So there is a world of difference between undeveloped and developed creatures.

Finally we come to human beings. We have instinct, psychic urge (sentiment and emotion) and ideology. However, we are only to be guided by ideology, not by instinct or emotion. That is Baba’s strict directive.

Baba says, “Human life, unlike animal life, is an ideological flow. Where there is no ideological flow, in that case, even if the physical structure is just like a man, he is not a man, but is an animal. So each and every human being must try his best to maintain the special status of humans. It is our first duty. It is our fundamental duty. This ideological flow must be maintained at any cost.”

MUST CONSULT OUR LOG BOOK

Thus it is our bounden duty to check our log book daily. This human body is a machine. It was not designed for carnal pleasures or sentimental delights. Ours is the path of ideology. Our minds are to be trained in that way and our bodies are to be used for that course of movement – not any other.

So we have to be vigilant and ensure that our every action is according to AM ideology. Failing that we will be involved in misusing our bodies and minds, in which case either in this life or the next, we will get a body that is only usable for more crude pursuits. We will become an animal or even worse.

The situation is serious and the best way to keep abreast of the matter is to consult your log book and review your course of actions. With an unbiased mind, one is to critically analyse their modus operendi in life. We should ask ourselves: Was that action guided by ideology?

If the answer is a “no” or partial no, then that is the degree to which we are going against our human dharma and becoming transformed into a beast.

So multiple times through the course of every day we should consult our log book and see how we are doing. When with co-workers, when with our family, when making decisions, when at the dinner table, and throughout all our movements in life, we should readily consult our logbook and ensure we are heading in the right direction. Because if we are not, then our fate it not good – we will become a beast.

That is the very serious matter at hand. That is one way to think of it.

CROSSING THE OCEAN TO PARAMA PURUSA

The other way to think of it is to view this life as an opportunity to reach Parama Purusa. In the former manner we are trying to refrain from being dragged into animality and in this outlook we clearly have our sights set on divinity.

In this approach we are to wholeheartedly embrace ideology and cross the ocean of maya. We are most fortunate to have such an opportunity. That is the proper use of this human machine or human body.

Baba says, “Then who can get Him? They say it is very, very easy. What to do? “O Lord, I am Your creation. I am Yours, I am at Your disposal. This body is a machine. Utilize it.”” (AV-14)

By surrendering one’s mind to Him and using this body to do His work, then one is sure to cross the ocean of maya and reach up to Him. That is what happens when one leads a life based on ideology, by His grace.

That is the best use of this human life.

BABA’S MANILA DISCOURSE

Furthermore, in His discourse, “Utilize All Your Potentialities” (21 April 1969 morning, Manila) Baba clearly tells us that if we have a tractor and a big lot of land then we are foolish and ignorant if we do not use the tractor and just let the land become totally wild and unusable. Our job is to use the tractor to make the land arable – that is the proper use of the tractor. That is what that machine (i.e. tractor) is for.

Similarly, this human body is a tool or a machine for attaining Him.

Yet all too often people misuse their bodies for other crude pursuits. Some get diverted towards sex and others towards all kinds of emotional cum sentimental attachments. In that case not only are they going to degenerate, but they are losing out on a great opportunity to attain godhood and sit on the divine lap of Parama Purusa.

So as sadhakas we should regularly review our code of conduct and ensure we are moving on the path of ideology. We should be swift to use our machine for attaining Him. Just sitting back and letting life go by is not enough. We are to utilise this life for reaching His divine lap, by His grace. And the way to do that is to check your log book. We are to see how far our intentions and actions are ideological or not. Are we doing what we should be doing or not. Then we can ensure our human machine is being used properly – then we will reach the Goal (Baba).

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has blessed us with a wonderful opportunity. We should not waste it and degrade back into animal life wherein we are just goaded by crude instincts. Ours is a human life that is meant for the expression of ideology. By consulting out log books on regular basis we can keep ourselves on track. That is the best utilisation of this human life. Then we will cross the noose of maya and get Him.

Baba says, “You have got a human body. Make the best utilization of it. Forget everything of the past from this very moment…Go on working in such a way that you give your proper worth to society, and you bring about the actual evolution of humanity. Be a devotee of humanity as well as a devotee of Parama Purus’a. Let victory be with you.” (YP)

Namaskar,
Jiivendra

Note: READ THIS RELATED LETTER

This below letter is related with the topic discussed above.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2010/02/known-unknown-love.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi na’ bale esechile, a’j na’ bale cale gele…” (P.S. 1327)

Purport:

Baba, without saying anything You came and appeared in my dhya’na, and now today without telling You just left– disappeared. Baba, I was lying in the dust on the path, but You just lifted me up and put me on Your lap. It is Your grace, O’ Parama Purus’a.

Baba, my dwelling was old and tattered– broken down. And not only that, I was also without intellect and conscience. Indeed, my condition was so pitiful that I did not have even one morsel to put into my mouth. But, by Your grace, You bestowed everything upon me and You taught me all the things. Baba, I was not understanding the dharma of human life– what human beings should do, what are the do’s and don’ts– about all these things I was not at all aware. To get You I did not do any sadhana. But even then by Your grace You have taught me sadhana and You have blessed me with perfection to move ahead on the path.

O’ my dearmost Baba, previously in my life I was not even getting the status of a human being. All the teachings I had been given were full of dogma. Baba, by Your grace You have poured the sweetness and given me a voice and lifted me onto Your Divine lap. Baba, You have done everything. Secretly You came and secretly You left– even then You have arranged everything for me. Baba, Your grace is unforgettable…

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Avoiding Junk

Baba says, “Now everywhere, in cent per cent of the cases, there is wastage of human psychic potentiality. The psychic potentialities of human beings are immense, but people do not utilize them because most of their valuable time is wasted in undesirable thoughts, in psychic extravaganza…wasted in petty or useless activities. How much time do people really get to devote to worthwhile tasks?”

“This psychic extravaganza should be checked either by physical approach, or psychic approach, or by spirituo-psychic approach…”

“I have already said that the scope of rationality and rationalization should be increased more and more, and for this, unnecessary waves should be removed from the plane of physicality. From the psychic sphere also, unnecessary waves are to be removed. This will remove many burdens from the mind. ‘I must not bother about petty things, because that will waste my time’ — people should remember this. This removal or rather withdrawal of unnecessary and undesirable thoughts emanated from the mind will help you in rationalizing the major portion of your mental faculty, so this must also be practised.” (Yoga Psychology, ’91, p.134-35)

Note: This wastage of mental potential which Baba is describing above is the common problem these days. Even contemporary researchers and scientists have also come to realise this. That is why nowadays such professionals advise people not to overburden the mind with mundane news broadcasts etc since these programs only invite tension. Various studies have been undertaken about the effect of the news media on people’s mental well-being. And they’ve come to the conclusion that these news broadcasts and movies just burden the mind– making people feel worried and hopeless etc.

That is why such researchers and sociologists recommend that people take a few days’ break from watching those various news broadcasts and popular movies etc. Because these things create multiple problems in people’s psyche. Not only are they not useful in our practical lives but the scenes are horrifying and terrible. Just sensationalistic reporting– nothing more.

Hence Baba’s above guideline is that we should think positive thoughts and not indulge or expose our minds to that type of junk. If one can avoid such things altogether then that is very good; that is the best solution. Otherwise minimizing one’s exposure to those negative elements will prove helpful. Along those lines, certainly do not waste those delicate early morning hours exposed to such radio, TV, and crude things. If one really wants to watch these programs then one should only schedule a specific amount of time after noon and then watch with a clear notion of when you will finish.

But of course better is to eliminate it totally and immerse oneself more in Baba’s dharmic teachings like Ananda Vacanamrtam or Subhasita Samgraha. His unique discourses will provide a soothing touch and fill the mind with inspiration. So we should be extremely careful and wise how we engage our psychic faculty as this has a profound effect on our overall well-being and health– as well as how useful and purposeful our lives become. On this topic all Marga brothers and sisters are encouraged to share their views and experiences.
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From: “Will Chaucey”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: A Case of Modern Blindness
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:17:28 +1000

Baba

“Toma’re khunjechi a’mi jina’ne, karme, darshanete…” (PS no. 4545)

Purport

Baba I have searched You on the path of knowledge, on the path of
action, and on the path of philosophy. While doing so my heart remained
dry like the desert. I could not get any feeling. But by Your grace You
have given me this much sense– You made me understand that You have
deep love for me. That is why You have brought me on this earth so that
I can love You. All these days I was not searching You in the world of
ideation and dhyana. I was searching You externally. But in the last I
started doing sadhana and dhyana with the bond of Your love. And since
then I am intoxicated by Your divine charm…

== A CASE OF MODERN BLINDNESS ==

Namaskar,
Many have deep faith that modern science, not religion, is based on the
search for truth and that it is modern science which is the greatest
tool of humanity. Science is often regarded as the god of modern day
society and that it is science which will solve all of our global problems.

However, science does not exist in a vacuum: The guiding force behind it
is the human mind. And son long as a capitalist mentality, or racist
mentality, or naive mind is pushing science forward, there are bound to
be loopholes, if not gaping holes, in scientific knowledge.

So the way science is used today is far from this ideal. And one of the
main problems is that in numerous cases science is manipulated to
promote so-called in-born racial differences.

WE VALUE SCIENCE WHEN….

Of course, as Ananda Margiis, we deeply respect the value of science.
Baba guides us to advocate for more and more scientific research. So in
our Marga, science is also highly honored– under one condition: So long
as it is guided by the rational & benevolent intellect.

Baba says, “Science is also for service and blessedness. Science should
always be utilized for the proper progress of human society.” (AFPS-7)

THE WAY SCIENCE IS USED TODAY:

A TOOL TO PROMOTE RACIAL DIVISION
Unfortunately, often the way science is used today does not meet up to
Baba’s ideal. Much of science is used by war mongers for crude weaponry
and and many scientific findings are for put forward which promote
racial differences.

There are innumerable studies released by scientists which give findings
based on race alone such as: Blacks do not live as long; Blacks have
higher cholesterol; blacks are less intelligent based on the shape of
their head; Hispanics have more difficulty learning; Lung Diseases
Disproportionately Affect Minorities; Whites have a higher IQ than
blacks; etc.

Especially in the western world where “scientific studies” are used to
measure each and every aspect of life, the idea creeps in– blatantly
and not so blatantly– that there are in-born differences between the
various races. That some races have a greater proclivity for certain
endeavours.

But such findings only promote racial divisiveness, impose an
inferiority complex on a particular race, and give the idea that ‘God’
created one race better than another.

A few decades back, such types of blind studies were the absolute norm.
They were trying to scientifically prove racial superiority, especially
of whites over blacks.

Yet even today– in this modern 21st century– there are studies which
point in this direction: As if there is an inborn qualitative difference
between one race and another.

SOCIAL & ECONOMIC FACTORS OVERLOOKED

OR NOT PROPERLY EMPHASIZED

So even in today’s modern era, studies might show that ‘blacks have a
75% greater chance of being arrested and put in jail’. And all too often
the how’s and the why’s are overlooked, or just given minor review.

Because in this era of white-bred capitalism, where the European races
have distinct control, then surely so many factors from schooling to
economic gain to social standing play a distinct role in differences of
human development. Those races that have less economic might, or less
opportunity to attend university etc will surely be more prone to
stealing and other crimes. But not because of race, but due to various
social and economic factors.

So although science has shown some signs of breaking out of this slump–
as compared with decades ago. Still it is lagging far behind.

And performing studies solely on the basis of race is bound to create
more and more division. Saying that blacks are more prone toward teenage
pregnancy and making it into a racial issue as a headline is as
ridiculous as saying that white overseas Margiis have a longer life span
that Margiis of Nairobi sector or that Indian born Margiis have a
greater rate of becoming acaryas etc.

Here the whole point is that making conclusive statements based on race
is the blindness of modern science. Social and economic and cultural
conditions must be taken into account. However still today the
differences found in socio-economic conditions is talked about in the
small print and the headlines of countless studies point towards in-born
racial differences.

Of course in our Marga we give no credence to such findings.

ALL RACES HAVE EQUAL MERIT AND VALUE

In all these following quotations Baba clearly advances the notions that
the existential value of all human beings is the same. And surely all in
AM hold this ideal in our heart. Yet this remains one point of serious
division in the general society. And until modern science wholly adopts
this idea, racist theories on the point of health, wealth, intelligence,
longevity etc will continue to pollute scientific findings, to some or
more degree.

Here then are the neo-humanistic ideals that must enter into the
thinking and vision of today’s scientists– then and only then can we
consider that science has entered the modern age. Till then it it will
still be hounded by racial and social blindness.

Baba says, “Let us consider the case of race. Many people identify
themselves with a particular race. If we look deeply into the subject we
come to the conclusion that the human race is one. Some people have
black skin, some people have yellow skin, and some people have white
skin. Does it make any difference to the inner human being? No, none
whatsoever.” (AFPS-3)

Baba says, “In our Ananda Marga the first step that a person takes is to
forget their race or sect and to no longer identify with their race,
caste, or sect, regardless of whether their race was superior or
inferior. Racial prejudices are very predominant…In our Ma’rga there
are no such considerations: these petty differences among human beings
are not given any importance. (TP)

Baba says, “Tantra does not recognize any racial, [or]
genealogical…differences among human beings.” (Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’
1959)

By all His above teachings, Baba clearly guides us that there are no
differences between human and human– all are one.

So until scientists– and those capitalists funding scientists– stop
looking for trends in racial qualities and instead look entirely at
social and economic factors, modern science will continue to suffer from
a certain degree of blindness– thereby promoting divisiveness in
today’s global society.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace our AM society will spread the sweet tune of
neo-humanistic feeling across the world and it will become embedded in
all the approaches of life, including “modern-day science”.

Baba says, “In our Ma’rga the seeds of an ideal humanity are sown from
the very beginning of life and humanity as a whole is considered as one
family belonging to the race of living beings. In such a society
injustice due to economic, sexual or racial considerations will be
unknown.” (PNS-3)

Namaskar,
Vinay

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Hankering For Knowledge Invites Degeneration

Baba says, “Those who have vanity of knowledge, although they do not
expressly beseech this from the Supreme, but rather think inwardly that
the Supreme should bestow an enormous wealth of knowledge upon them —
this type of person is reborn as vidya’dhara.” (YP, p.79)

Note: Vidya’dhara is one type of microvita that is under punishment.
Such type of unfortunate beings got degenerated and became microvita. So
they are suffering and they long to once again get human life. But this
will come only after they escape from the noose of the long-term bondage
and state of punishment etc.
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From: “Amoghasiddhi Ray”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: June 1990: “I Was Present That Day…”
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:33:46 +0530

BABA

“Aja’na’ Pathik a’ja, tare ghare d’eke na’o…” P.S. 4342

Purport:

Today the Ajana Pathik Parama Purusa Baba has come! Don’t miss this grand occasion. Receive Him with Your full heart and bring Him home without delay. Let your heart be saturated with the divine effulgence which He has spread all around. Now is not the time to waste in dogma, drowsiness, and slumber.

Baba has come for you, for me, for everyone. He loves everyone– each and every place, each and every country, all. He feels pain and cries when seeing others’ pain. And He smiles when He sees others smile. He loves all.

This is the time to surrender everything at His lotus feet. Missing the opportunity is not intelligent. Baba has come! Receive Him and bring Him close…

== JUNE 1990: “I WAS PRESENT THAT DAY…” ==

Namaskar,
That day in Madhu Korak Baba Quarter in Tiljala Kalkata June 1990, I was there. Baba gave His discourse in Bengali. He revealed the secrecy of the greatness of Guru. That very day BABA first told about Guru Sakash which later on became very important practice in our regular spiritual life.

Presently each and every margii knows about this Guru Sakash. We feel that Baba is in close proximity. Our day starts with the Guru Sakash.

Baba says, “Gurusaka’sha means ‘near the Guru, under the Guru’s umbrella, under the Guru’s wings, in the Guru’s shelter’.” (Yoga Psy. p.146)

So we can see that Guru Sakash can only be done when the basic feeling or ideation is there that: ‘I am under His shelter’ or ‘He is, that is why He will give me the shelter’, & ‘He is not gone far’.

We are fortunate enough that Baba brought this feeling that, ‘Parama Purusa is easily accessible, He is around us. Not only around us but very close, intimate’. And that gives a lot. In my life I have realised that shelter has deep value.

SCENE AT THE POLICE STATION

Once I visited one of my friends at the police station. I saw that during the occasion of mela (festival), one lost baby had been brought by someone and the baby was crying for its parents. Police officials were trying to help the baby by giving some chocolate, fruits, sweets, candy. Everything was in vain. Silently sitting I was thinking that why this baby is going on non-stop crying. What really was lacking? What is it that baby needs?

Then idea came that this baby does not need anything other than its mother. And why mother? Because the baby feels safe when it is under the shelter of its mother. I have seen in my neighborhood that when 2 babies/young children of different families are quarreling, then in their innocence when one gets hurt by the other they claim, ‘I will tell my mother and she will beat you’. So those babies think their mother is going to solve all the problems and with that trust they claim as such. So we can see that small babies are care-free, their life is away from problem. No tension. Etc.

IMPORTANCE OF SHELTER

So shelter is very significant thing. Those thinking literally may not be understanding this point – shelter of Guru. But this has a deep value in the life of spiritual aspirants. Our life is surrounded by problems, and I have seen that those who are more and more depending on Supreme Entity (Baba), they are comparatively stress-free. And life is blissful. But those who do not have that feeling of shelter to God, they live in a quagmire of problems. In spite of even living with all worldly luxuries in true sense they live in hell, in tension. To remove that they get addicted to alcohol and many nasty things. So according to my feeling, this shelter of Guru is meaningful in our day to day life.

Baba says in many discourses, “Mahat Krpaeva bhagavat krpaleshadva”. Grace of Guru is everything.

I think that Baba graces when a devotee takes shelter in Him. And in spiritual life His grace is everything. So when grace is everything and grace is related with the feeling of shelter under the Guru. And the feeling of shelter is associated or linked with the feeling of the Presence of Guru. The meaning is, if His presence is questionable then what shelter.

And for the bhakta, Guru’s presence means eternal presence along with my own existence. So to take shelter the existence of both Guru and devotee are required.

DOGMA OF MAHAPRAYAN

But when the idea is injected that Guru is gone vis so-called Mahaprayan, then one party is missing. The devotee is there and Guru is gone. By that way, taking shelter is not possible because in whom one will take shelter? In such case one’s heart will not be feeling comfortable to take shelter of such an entity who is gone. Such is their dogma.

Baba says, “Parama’tma’ is seated in your heart.” (SS-19)

We all feel in our regular life and realise in our sadhana that Guru is along with us. Baba says in His teachings when very early in the morning one awakens then immediately we should put ourself under His shelter. Or take His shelter. And this Guru Sakash is mandatory for each and every Ananda Margii.

Or we can say, every Ananda Margi very early in the morning starts with Guru’s closeness. And over the course of whole day, His closeness is there by guru mantra, different lessons, Shravan, Manan, Nididhya’sana, thinking about Him, doing His work, 4 times sadhana, and in the night time when going to bed we remember His name and fall asleep in His lap. Such is Baba’s divine grace and presence.

BABA’S BLESSING

So thinking on this line, I find no room about Mahaprayan. Baba is always along with us. Baba says in Shabda Cayanika, discourse #223 which is also printed in Yoga Psychology,

“Early in the morning one should meditate on the Guru in Vara’bhaya Mudra with two hands and two eyes seated on a white lotus in Guru cakra, and address Him with your most loving and affectionate epithet.
…In what state does the Guru, endowed with two eyes and two hands exist? In the Vara’bhaya Mudra (in the posture of holding out the boon of fearlessness) He is your well-wisher, and as a matter of fact, the doer of your good.
The epithet with which you address the Guru or silently speak during your dhya’na or Gurudhya’na should also be used by you at the time of this Gurudhya’na. Always address the Guru at a stretch. This is Gurusaka’sha.” (10 June 1990)

So in our practical life we are all feel and believe that Baba is with us.

Namaskar.
At His feet,
Amoghasiddhi

Note: RELEVANT STORY

This following story about Shankaracarya & his Mayavada theory (illusion theory) is highly related with the present scene.
Baba says, “One morning a wild bull suddenly started to charge that maha’purus’a [Shankaracarya], so he ran away as fast as his legs could carry him. A logician who happened to be standing nearby asked the maha’purus’a, “Well sir, if you say that this world is unreal, then the bull is also unreal, so why are you running in fear?” That maha’purus’a would not accept any defeat in logic and replied, “My running away is also unreal.” (NKS, ’97, p. 81)

Baba says, “This philosophical doctrine [of mayavada] had left the people cynical and brought them to the brink of disaster.” (NKS, ’97, p. 81)

The above story which exposes the hypocrisy of Shankaracarya is more than 1000 years old but it still has much relevance in this present era. Because these days certain leaders are once again organizing their hypocritical, so-called mahaprayan function.

Point is that making their so-called Mahaprayan (MPD) program itself gives the false message that Baba is gone and at the same time at MPD they are propagating a kiirtan program in which everybody ideates that Baba is present. So on the one hand Baba is gone forever and on the other side He is along side us. Mahaprayan versus Kiirtan.

So the entire way of dealing of these group leaders is self-contradictory and submerged in the whirlpool of dogma. They are caught in the net of their own self-created contradiction.

And this hypocrisy is for no other reason than the purpose of convincing innocent people to come into their group fold and donate money to their “cause”. It is nothing but one negative, hypocritical ploy.

These days no one is befooled by such tactics, step by step nearly everyone is understanding the dogma and extreme negativity of the so-called Mahaprayan program and how this is just one group’s hypocrisy and groupist strategy.

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The Way Parama Purusa Evaluates

Baba says, “Do not think that those who are highly learned intellectuals are elevated. In the realm of spirituality even illiterate persons can reach the Goal, leaving those intellectuals behind. Parama Purusa does not consider the intellectual qualification or intellect. He evaluates everyone with the measuring scale of how much love one has for Parama Purusa.” (SS-14, p. 91, Saharsa DMC, 27 June 1980)
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From: “Ranjan Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Baba Story: Guiding in Sadhana
Date: Mon 26 Sep 2011 21:13:55 +0530

Baba

== BABA STORY: GUIDING IN SADHANA ==

Namaskar,
I went to Patna to attend to some family matters and while there I faced a lot of clash. When I came back to Jamalpur, I sat for my regular sadhana. But, in place of doing proper sadhana and japa, all the trouble and difficulties of the trip to Patna flooded my mind. I became totally immersed in those mundane thoughts. I completely forgot that I was supposed to be doing sadhana.

It was then that I clearly heard Baba’s voice. In a scolding tone Baba was saying: “Dasarth…Dasarth…Dasarth…”. Baba called my name three times.

Hearing this I was completely surprised. I broke my sadhana and started searching all around to find Baba. I went outside but I did not see Baba. I was thinking, “Where has Baba gone, how has He left so quickly, why is He not here.”

I wondered, “When Baba is not here then how did His voice reach me.”

I then returned to my seated posture and did my sadhana as usual. I also thought I should go see Baba that evening.

So that evening I made it over to Baba’s residence around the time that He would go for regular His field walk. I was standing outside His house with the plan that when He comes out then I will accompany Him on His walk.

In His usual way, Baba came out from the house and began walking. I started following Him, just keeping a few paces behind. I was thinking when I get the opportune moment I will ask Baba about His coming to my house and why did he leave so quickly without waiting for me. I wanted to know if He was angry with me for not doing meditation in the correct way. I wanted to ask Baba why He came to my house and called me and then left so quickly. While walking, I had these thoughts in my mind.

When the right moment arrived, I asked in a very humble manner, “Baba, did You become annoyed with me today when I was not doing sadhana properly – is that why You left so quickly?”

Hearing this, Baba smiled and He started talking on another matter.

Since that time I became very particular in my sadhana. If worldly thoughts ever intruded my spiritual practice, I did not entertain them at all. I just re-focused my mind on my meditation, by His grace.

Namaskar,
Ac. Dasarth (Jamalpur)

SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE ABOVE BABA STORY

1. In the above story, Baba smiled because Dasarthji understood the message that at the time of sadhana one should not think about other worldly matters, rather one is to focus on their meditation. Baba did not talk further on this point with Dasarthji because there was no need.

2. As Guru, Baba guides His devotees onto the right path, irrespective of where they are. Always He is present to benevolently guide them in all kinds of ways. Indeed there are countless stories recounted by sadhakas how Baba helped them in their time of need and brought them onto the path of dharma. Baba has blessed all His disciples in this way, directly and indirectly.

Baba says, “While doing anything, while doing any mundane duty or doing any spiritual practice – you should always remember that He is Subject, He is seeing what you are doing. He is hearing what you are thinking. You cannot do anything secretly. He is always with you…you are never alone; He is always with you. You are never helpless, you are never shelterless, you are never weak, you are the strongest personality of the universe, because the Supreme Entity is always with you.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam, part 12, The Only Cult)

Here the point is that Baba is with His disciples all the 24hrs. He is ever-ready to guide and protect you, and there are innumerable ways in which He might express His presence. This is nothing but His unfathomable grace.

3. Some think that keeping a worldly diary by their side during sadhana is a good idea so they can write down those mundane points and creative ideas. But this is a very bad thing to do. In that case, one cannot ever do sadhana they will just be caught up in crude thinking and when sadhana time comes then more and more of those thoughts will fill the mind and one will go on writing them down. This is a very negative and degrading approach. Rather when those thoughts come they should be immediately pushed aside and one should redirect their mind toward their spiritual practice and cherished Goal.

Namaskar,
Ranjan Deva

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi a’cho, a’mio a’chi, a’r keu nei e tribhuvane…” (P.S. 2027)

Purport:

Baba, You are my dearest One; by Your grace I love You so much. For me, in this entire universe– tribhuvan*– only You and I exist. There is nothing else in this whole creation except You and I. Baba, by Your grace You have brought me here. And with Your love and compassion You are nourishing me, always keeping me under Your shelter. Baba, by Your divine grace I always receive Your tender love and care– both in times of great joy as well as during times of intense suffering. Always, in each and every circumstance, I feel Your sweet and loving presence.

Baba, by Your grace You bless me with Your blissful touch in the effulgence of the new dawn. Baba, Your charming smile gets expressed in the blossom of the lily and in the flowering of the lotus. Baba, in the dry, burning desert You are the soothing balm. Baba, You are so gracious, in that unbearable heat You provide a cool oasis and lush verdant leaves. Baba, You saturate my dreams with Your divine love.

Baba, in the form and fragrance of the sweet flowers, You dance and emanate in the vast blue sky. Baba, You always manifest Your divine Self in each and every cell of my being– as well as in the most distant corner of my mind. Baba, by Your grace Your magnanimous effulgent smile shines like a blissful lightening bolt throughout my entire existence– inside and out, as well as in each and every pore of this vast, infinite cosmos.

Baba, You are that most effulgent and loving Personality– I surrender at Your alter…

*Tribhuvan: The prefix “Tri” means ‘three’ and the term “bhuvan” means ‘world’. And here Baba further clarifies what He exactly means by tribhuvan, or the three worlds:

Baba says, “Tribhuvana means the expressed world, the psychic world and the
astral world or, you may say, Causal World.” (AV-2)

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Three Dangers

Baba says, “We may say that intoxicants have three distinct characteristics. Firstly, if one addict does not receive that intoxicant at their regular, fixed time during the day then they will become anxious and restless– even agitated. In addition, when they do get it then their mind will not like to involve in any work. The second major point is that as long as one remains under the spell of that intoxicant, his intellect will be dysfunctional. And if one continues to take intoxicants on a regular, on-going basis, then their mental stupor will continue on and on. The third major danger is that intoxicants adversely affect the liver, throat, and kidney. And in the majority of cases, the user suffers from constipation also. In conclusion, all intoxicants are bad; opium and ganja (cannabis indica) extremely harmful.” (SC-15)

Note: As A’nanda Ma’rgiis, our duty is to propagate Baba’s above teaching and warn others about the harmful effects of intoxicants.
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From: “Ramlal Sharma”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Thought of the Day of One Elderly Margii
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 08:00:23

Baba

== THOUGHT OF THE DAY OF ONE ELDERLY MARGII ==

Namaskar,
Is it really true that when people become aged, they lose their common sense? By the looks of one email from an elderly margii, it certainly seems so.

Till today, I had great regard for our seniors. After all, Baba has given the direction that if any acarya is not present to lead a certain function, then an aged or senior margii can take charge.

So I had great respect for my elders – and was looking forward to becoming more senior myself – but now I am scared.

By reading SS Goenka Dada’s recent “Thought of the Day” email, I am thinking differently. It has become more clear to me that when a person ages, one may lose their common sense entirely.

SS Goenka is now aged and it seems that he has no idea what to share with margiis.

Please see his email below and decide for yourself.

As Ananda Margiis, we are interested to read Baba stories and other spiritually uplifting and inspiring ideas, but in his letter SS Goenka is sharing the exact opposite: Dull and ignorant quotes which I have appended below for your own review.

BABA’S GOLD BAR STANDARD

First we should get a taste of the sterling example of our Ananda Marga. The quotes we share with other margiis should be up to this gold-bar standard.

Baba says, “O human beings, build the social structure considering the needs of humanity. Do not try to do anything for your petty personal and group interests, because whatever little you want to do with your limited outlook cannot last. The cruel touch of time will annihilate your aspirations into an oblivion that you cannot comprehend…Through action mixed with devotion and knowledge you will find the meaning of your life, the supreme treasure of your heart. This treasure you have unknowingly kept carefully hidden in the golden casket of your heart.” (Subhasita Samgraha – Part 1, The Evolution of Society, 1 January 1955 DMC)

Namaskar,
Ramlal

Note: WHAT SS GOENKA DADA SHARED PUBLICLY

Here below please see the highlighted quotes which SS Goenka shared in his most recent “Thought of the Day” email. Goenka’s quotes are in purple and our comment is in black.

On 09/24/2011 07:19 AM, Sgoenka wrote:

We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

– Japanese Proverb

When people are drunk they talk like this. You might have heard someone say something like this after drinking lots of liquor. Or you might have heard those in a lunatic asylum talk like this.

It is childish and ignorant to talk of duality and non-duality; the enlightened ones laugh at all this. However, without such a discussion based on duality and non-duality, it is not possible to clean one’s consciousness of ignorance.

– Yoga Vasishta

This is useless extravaganza – just a waste of time.

I am not the real hero. Anna Hazaare is the real hero.

-Amir Khan, the most popular matinee idol of Bollywood.

The above is proof of his mental bankruptcy. As we know, our hero is Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji.

Those days in Jamalpur, Baba gave a demonstration of the Mahabharata era and He narrated the heroic actions of Arjuna and the Pandavas and He told about the great devotee Sudama as well.

Then Baba asked all those present, “Who is your ideal? To whom do you want to follow”?

Some said “Sudama” and others responded “Arjuna.”

However both of these answers were incorrect. Only Parama Purusa can be your ideal – to ideate on any human being is to invite one’s degeneration. One’s ideal must be perfect.

Baba says, “Now whom should you take to be your ideal? Neither of the two – neither Sudámá nor Arjuna. You do know that neither of the two is perfect – so how to take anything imperfect as the ideal of life? Your ideal has to be perfect – so your ideal is to be the Lord and the Lord alone. No one else should be your ideal.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31, Your Ideal in Life)

I think Baba’s teaching properly addresses the defective quote shared above.

Complete surrender does require that you have no desire of your own. You must be satisfied with whatever God gives you and that means having no desires of your own.

– Ramana Maharshi.

If one does not have any desire as Buddha or these defective yogis like Maharishi preach, they will become videhaliina microvita. They will not have a human body and they will not become one with Parama Purusa. Because Parama Purusa was not the Goal. One must have an innate desire to please Parama Purusa to become one with Parama Purusa. Without longing for Him how can one attain Him? This is the biggest defect of Buddhism and what these fake yogis like Maharishi preach. They try to concentrate the mind but have no goal. All those following this approach are just going to become negative microvita.

Baba says, “A spiritual aspirant attains the state of videhaliina as a result of shunya dhyána or ideation on nothingness. Through such ideation a sádhaka develops a psychic pabulum of nothingness. Yet even in this state there remains the possibility of rebirth. Those who embrace nothingness as their absolute goal develop a void in their citta in the absence of Cognitive Faculty. As a result they are unable to establish themselves in the Supreme Cognitive Stance and attain salvation. The spiritual cult which encourages this practice is certainly defective.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life in a Nutshell – Part 9, Psychic Assimilation in Psycho-Spiritual Practice)

FINAL REFLECTIONS

When I again consider Goenka Dada’s email, all I can think is that this is scary and shocking to see. We will all age and is this what we have to look forward to: We will lose our common sense? Can anyone please reply on this point.

By seeing and reading his recent email, it really looks like SS Goenka has lost his mental balance and equipoise. He has become so self-centered that he cannot understand what people might like or dislike.

What could be the cause of his sharing such things with our AM community. Does it not seem that due to being aged he has lost his grip and mental balance.

Otherwise why would he share these aforementioned quotes which are filled with pseudo-culture, dogma and ignorance.

Our best wishes to SS Goenka Dada. By Baba’s grace may he again recover his faculties.

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To: AM-GLOBAL
From:
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 22:38:23 -0000
Subject: Baba’s Plan: Key Female Issue…

Baba

BABA’S PLAN: KEY FEMALE ISSUE –

START ONE GRAND PROCESSION

Note: This entire letter exemplifies our key stand against the exploitation of women. This is critical in the dharmic fight against today’s pseudo-culture. We should all take aim on this issue.

Namaskar,
Here is one beautiful memory many others may also recall. It is related with our most beloved Sadguru Baba and how He has infused the needed dynamism to build up a society based on dharma.

THOSE DAYS IN PATNA…

All are aware that Baba used to live in Patna. During the time of His residence there, various types of Prout organisations were made active with the inspiration of His sweet will whereby He would encourage, prod and lovingly scold us into action. This was all going on just after His Jail period.

That time, under His guidance, the Proutist federations like UPSF, UPYF, UPLF, UPFF, UPIF became quite active. And by His grace the moment came to activate our Didis’ side. As we know we have the GP Department.

BABA’S SPECIAL PLAN

Baba gave one special program that was really unique. The plan was that sisters should protest against the exploitation of females. And the creative part of the program was that the Didis / sisters should organise one big procession. And that was exactly what was done. So many margii sisters and Didis made one huge public march to uphold the dignity of women.

And it was a grand success. It was a consciousness raising event where countless people became active on the issue. Some youths were even holding sticks in their hands and tearing away crude advertisements by the roadside which had negative pictures of females. All in all many good things came in result. And when the report of the procession was given to Baba then He became very happy.

Some special details about this program I will also recount further down in this email. But that time the whole event was held because of the on-going exploitation against women.

HOW FEMALES ARE EXPLOITED IN TODAY’S DEGENERATED SOCIETY

In our lives we regularly come across different media such as the internet, newspapers, magazines, as well as posters and bill boards on the roadside which depict females in crude way. People are making big, big banners and posters in this way to sell their articles and wares.

The crude depticion of women is used when advertising for many products. Surely we all may have seen such things. Around the globe irrespective of any country, male domination is prevalent. Of course for males, the opposite sex is females. And it is a basic yet crude instinct to be attracted to the opposite sex, especially if one’s mind is impure. Because of this male domination, advertisers use females to attract males and thereby sell their products.

Most likely, if society was dominated by females, then crude business people would have painted males’ photos and they might have used males to attract females to sell their products. And thus empty the pocket of female customers.

But now things are opposite. Advertisements are based on the exploitation of females because of the currently male dominated society. The motivation is to attract males for purchasing their goods by showing the picture of elaborately decorated and exposed females. This very cunning and devious type of exploitation is going on. Some people are aware but most are oblivious.

…THE STORY OF BABA’S REVOLUTIONARY PLAN CONTINUES

Now, as told above, I am coming back to the story of what occurred during that grand procession in Patna as per Baba’s guideline.

We know our AM and Prout fight against all sorts of exploitation. So that time in Patna the procession was organised to raise the awareness of the public against the exploitation of females. And as is seen all around, female exploitation is going on by businessmen by placing females photos in their advertisements in ‘negative way’.

That grand procession created a huge stir. Young sister youths and students had buckets of black paint and so many brushes. And wherever they saw negative pictures of females, they were just destroying those negative advertisements with the black paint. All along the city streets this was going on. Both on the main road and also on so many side avenues also. In that was this procession had a huge effect. The news was published in the newspapers and the common mass appreciated the work done by our procession. Plus, Baba was extremely pleased.

VICTORY ACHIEVED

The effect was very great: For some time thereafter many negative advertisements were reduced and or eliminated completely. So that was one point of success. Of course, though, to completely wipe out any such exploitation then indeed constant hammering is needed. So this is our ongoing work of both AM and Prout.

Previously in our programs, we were raising the slogans and opposing the negative societal trends. We were bringing the banner and protesting that females should not be negatively portrayed in advertisements. Means our Marga was upholding Baba’s dharmic guideline that as Proutists and Margiis our duty is to fight against female exploitation and uphold the dignity of women.

So we should remember that Baba has guided us to build up all the sectors of society and, in that same spirit, He has warned us to be careful not to sacrifice the sanctity of women.

A FEW OF BABA’S TEACHINGS ON THE DIGNITY OF WOMEN

Here are a few of the many teachings of Baba that lead in that direction.

Baba says, “Men…should always endeavor to save the prestige of women. As the mothers of men, women can claim this much as a right.” (CC, ’95, pt 1, p.49)

Baba says, “Special attention should be paid to the comforts of women during festivals, at spiritual conferences, and on other occasions.” (Caryacarya)

And here Baba emphasizes the need to elevate and safeguard women’s place in society thus ensuring a bright future of humanity.

Baba says, “We stand to create a powerful, dynamic and upsurging social consciousness, especially among women, so that they are inspired to rise, abolish dogma and annihilate all symbols of slavery, and usher in a new era of coordinated cooperation and glorious achievement.” (PNS-13, p.49)

But now what is going on in some of our AM public programs is against the word and spirit of Baba’s mandates. A few people are making public programs these days that are moving in their own direction, against the dignity of women. Please refer to the notes further down.

BABA’S BLESSING

These following words of Baba stand as great inspiration for one and all.

Baba says, “The significance of life does not lie only in living. Animals also live. But life to us means something more — rather something much more. To us life means living for a great cause.” (AFPS-9)

Namaskar,
Parashram

Note 1: HOW THEY ARE GOING AGAINST THE CODE

Since 1990 and up till today, the on-going negative trend by leading groups in their public Prabhat Samgiita & RAWA programs is quite apparent and, on the whole, rather degrading. These days they are using various alluring female dancers who are in the peak age of their physical attraction– i.e. 20-25 years old. So by seeing the body, look, and dress of the female dancers it is clear how they are being negatively projected as tools of allurement. Just so that these group draw in the public and thus sell their cassettes and gain more profit, and / or attract crowds at the RAWA programs.

Unfortunately these programs are going on all around on our very own platform of Prabhat Samgiita & RAWA programs. They have shockingly become the scene of female exploitation. A few are simple and they may not understand how they get exploited. So this is one group’s special tactic to use those 22 year old alluring girls to stockpile profits for their Prabhat Samgiita sales. And this has been going on in DMS and programs all along since 1990. So this is the common malady. And recently another group has been continuing this tragic trend.

At the DMS of 2011 January & June they were putting the women of Delhi sector up for show, the director also included females from Brazil who were 20+ years of age, girls from Taiwan who were 14+ years of age and women from Bengal who were 30 years of age.

So there was a wide array of women on display for this “cultural program” at DMS. And all were dancing and swinging on that stage on stage in a way that was not befitting of our dharmic code.

That is why many people say that director of these programs – Mrinal Pathak of Ranchi – is just a perverted man doing injustice to the status of females and going agains the dharmic cause of the dignity of women. Because despite the many complaints about such degrading displays recently with our youths and young ladies, he does this again and again to our RAWA cultural programs. Many have therefore concludes that Mr Pathak has suffers from a weakness of mind, i.e. perversion. Worst of all, he goads our youths in the wrong direction on the public stage no less, as if this is our stand in AM.

No Ananda Margii wants to degenerate themselves by attending such a “cultural program”. But those at DMS and RAWA programs are often forced to watch. Many of our younger Dadas complain about this. As a new acarya they want to support all programs at DMS, yet this type of pseudo-cultural program seriously compromises their position and discipline as it contravenes Baba’s conduct rules.

BABA’S DHARMIC APPROACH

Of course we know that this was never Baba’s approach. And I myself remember when I personally attended the Shravanii Purnima program in 1990 then that time just a young girl of 5 or 6 years of age was dancing Prabhat Samgiita. And that was Baba’s strict rule and we all witnessed this. That only those pre-adolescent girls should be on the public stage dancing
Prabhat Samgiita.

MORE ABOUT THE CURRENT SCENE

But now something completely different is going on. People should understand that Prabhat Samgiita should not be used to satisfy the crude instincts of certain negative people. And women of any age should also not get exploited on any stage – let alone that of our Ananda Marga. But I have full faith that by our collective effort we will not allow such negative affairs to go on much longer.

NOTE 2: ABOUT OUR PROUT FEDERATIONS

The Universal Proutist Federations known as UPSF, UPYF, UPLF, UPFF, and UPIF accordingly refer to the (a) Student, (b) Youth, (c) Laborers, (d) Farmers, and (e) Intellectuals, Universal Proutist Federations.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Ei anurodh prabhu tava caran’e, manake a’ma’r shubh pathe calio…” (P.S. 2098)

Purport:

Baba, I place this request at Your lotus feet: Please guide me and goad my mind towards the path of welfare and divinity. If ever I am surrounded by hopelessness, then please light my heart with the lamp of hope and lead me unto the path of effulgence.

Baba, I ask for your Your divine grace: Do not allow fear, shyness, hatred, and all these pashas (bondages) and ripus (enemies) to block the path of my forward movement towards You.

Baba, please grace me with Your thundering voice of the samvit shakti– “awareness”*. If ever my mind gets negatively affected with attachment of materialism and indulges in crude worldly enjoyments, then that time please awaken the tender human qualities which are sleeping in my heart.

When in my heart, my human feelings become drowsy and sleepy, that time my mind degenerates and I get attached towards those mundane, worldly things. And I get involved and start indulging in those crude affairs. So that time, please grace me and awaken my human feelings.

Baba, please give me strength so I can march ahead on Your path, in a very straight direct way. Make it so that I will never lose the track; make it so taht I wiol never fall onto that negative path. Baba, please remain along with me, all the time. Always keeping Yourself as my guide on this journey of forward movement.

Baba at Your lotus feet, this much request I have: Please lead me from the darkness to the effulgence…

* Samvit = “The popular meaning of sam’vit shakti is “awareness” – awakening from slumber. With the help of sam’vit shakti, unit beings become aware of their existence. They realise that they are the crown of creation, the most evolved beings whose goal is to attain the supreme rank and dispel the darkness of the avaran’ii shakti of avidyamaya.” (Baba)

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Importance of Padma’sana

Baba says, “Padma’sana [lotus posture] is just like a lotus in full bloom. Just as the roots and stem of the lotus remain under the water and only the leaves and flowers float about it– and although it is born in the mind it sustains its love for the stars– in the same way people sitting in this lotus posture and remaining in the world, can keep their minds above their mundane environment. That is why on the path of sa’dhana’ this posture has tremendous importance.” (NSS, ’85, p.241)
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