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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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Date: 23 Sep 2011 19:25:02 -0000
From: “Satyanarayan Mishra”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Janusparsha Mudra

Baba

== JANUSPARSHA MUDRA ==

Namaskar,
Animals come on this earth and are bound in their base propensities, just to follow the laws of nature– beyond that they cannot do anything; but, humans come for something more, for something infinite: To get a’nandam, bliss.

Without feeling drenched in that eternal bliss, humans will never be satisfied. And that bliss cannot be gotten without attaining Parama Purusa– without getting Him. So in essence, knowingly or unknowingly, everyone wants Him; because all want bliss, or a’nandam.

And verily, human beings have been seeking this a’nandam since the prehistoric era. Since that time, in their meditation, so many rishis and munis have intuitively received various guidelines from Parama Purusa. However, perfect knowledge only comes to humans when Parama Purusa comes in the form of Mahasambhuti and guides the humanity.

So we are fortunate that we have Baba’s guideline to move on the path of divinity. And, He has blessed us with two distinct mudras– Varabhaya Mudra & Janusparasha Mudra– by which to meditate on Him. And both have their special utility and value. Both propel humans along the path of bliss.

SOCIETY IS DIVERSE

We live in a colourful world: There are so many different types of people who come from various backgrounds, each with their own mental and physical make-up– each with their own life schedule and duties. Such is the diversity of life and range of people that is found on this earth.

And by Baba’s grace He has given something for all: Na’ma mantra, sadharana yoga, sahaja yoga, kapalik sadhana, and vishesh yoga etc. Which one is higher and which one is lower, nobody can challenge. Because all the lessons are important and success depends upon which sadhana is most suited to a particular individual, one’s own efforts therein, and Guru’s grace.

We should always keep in mind that even with na’ma mantra meditation one can get the highest realisation, if one earnestly practices with devotion and sincerity.

The overarching idea is that we can expect innumerable types of people– of various standards– to approach AM. Many of whom may be unable to follow 16 Points due to their own shortcomings, personal issues, or life circumstances. Yet in each and every case, Baba has given a level of practice specially suited for them.

VARIOUS LEVELS OF AM YOGA

As mentioned above, there are various levels of our AM yoga: There is na’ma mantra meditation, sadharana yoga sadhana, sahaja yoga, kapalik sadhana, and vishesha yoga etc. And then of course there are other practices as well like microvita sadhana etc.

Here the striking point is that there are degrees of practice. Thus when any new person approaches AM there are different levels available– this everyone is aware about. And to date, our acaryas and margii brothers and sisters have done well goading new people to the right practice for them.

For instance, if a new person comes to us who is particularly obese and long-habituated to eating meat etc, then we are to guide that person towards sadharana yoga. Because they cannot do difficult asanas– or any asanas– and their body is not ready to follow 16 points, all due to their own limitations and shortcomings, or life circumstances. In that case then, according to Baba’s system, they are to receive sadharana yoga meditation.

Hence, this new person will still be able to start doing dharma sadhana. Sadharana yoga does not offer all the six lessons which comprise sahaja yoga, but rather offers specific lessons that are suitable to the practitioner.

WHO IS TO RECEIVE SADHARANA YOGA

And indeed in His guidelines to acaryas, Baba clearly outlines who shall receive sadharana yoga meditation: aged or elderly persons, diseased persons, physically handicapped individuals, those with no place or time to do sadhana, those who work 24 / 7 in their job or service, those recommended by Baba for sadharana yoga.

So if one is eating meat and cannot sit in padmasana or siddhasana or for any of the above reasons, then sadharana yoga is the perfect way for them to begin.

And of course all along– as that new person becomes more suited to a sentient way of living– we can prepare them for entry into the more involved practices of sahaja yoga, such as when their situation changes or when they regain their health etc.

Here the point is that irregardless of anyone’s background, our AM has a way for each and every person, irregardless of their life history, to enter into the tantric cult of AM sadhana.

BABA’S SPECIAL MUDRAS

Consistent with this, it is Baba’s great blessing that He has graciously given two mudras available for doing His dhyana. And both have their special quality and margiis can use either one.

Of course, the two mudras being referred to here are: Varabhaya Mudra and Janusparsha Mudra.

Those doing sahaja yoga– the standard six lessons of AM sadhana– ideate on Baba in varabhaya mudra when doing dhyana.

And those people who are suited to doing sadharana yoga according to Baba’s recommended guidelines, they will do their dhyana using Janusparsha Mudra– wherein Baba is sitting with both hands on His knees, with His palms facing upwards. It is called as such because ‘janu’ means ‘knee’ and ‘sparsh’ means ‘touch’.

As we know, both these mudras are infused with Baba’s special grace and blessing, yet from a practitioner’s standpoint, for some it is comparatively easier to visualize Baba in janusparsha mudra than varabhaya mudra. And for others, varabhaya mudra is more appropriate.

Suffice to say here though, that if any person is not adjusted well with sahaja yoga– for the aforesaid reasons such as age, busyness of schedule, or physical handicap etc, or if sahaja yoga is temporarily beyond their reach– then they can ask their acarya and do sadharana yoga in which case they will do dhyana using janusparsha mudra. And verily it is the responsibility of the acarya to determine who should be given sadharana yoga meditation.

AN EXCELLENT TRANSITION POINT

It is important to know however that in certain cases the various practices of sadharana yoga serve as a great transition point for transforming non-margiis into margiis.

For example if at the time of initiation one is overly busy in their job, or if they do not have a place to live, or if they are quite sick, then in all these cases one can begin with sadharana yoga. That is Baba’s system.

Given that society is now sunk in this materialistic era when scores of people are not adjusted well for this or that reason, then it is only practical to think that many will first need the ways of sadharana yoga– in which case they can do their dhyana using janusparsha mudra.

It is the standard system for acarya to review the background of each of their diiksa bhais (initiated persons) and decide which system of meditation is best for them. That is duty of the acarya and if today any acarya is not doing this then they are not discharging their duty properly.

JANUSPARSHA ALSO USED IN VISHESHA YOGA

Here it should also be noted that my acarya has told me that janusparsha mudra is also used in one or more of the lessons of vishesha yoga. So it is not that for senior ananda margiis or purodhas that janusparsha mudra is something irrelevant.

Rather all should be encouraged to keep pristine images of both photos: Varabhaya mudra and janusparsha mudra. Of course one should not try and do their dhyana using both photos simultaneously. That will not be beneficial– rather it will bifurcate the mind.

If any margii does not have a photo then they should ask Centre to provide it so they can get the photo. That is the system.

A DOGMA OF SOME VISHESH YOGIS

As noted above, Baba has given various criteria for imparting sadharana yoga meditation, in which case the practitioner will be guided to do dhyana seeing Baba in janusparsha mudra. Hence this mudra photo is to be used by various sadhakas. There is no denying this fact.

However, since the janusparsha mudra is also used in vishesha yoga, some confused persons that think that this mudra is specially dedicated to vishesh yogis– and no one else. For that reason some do not like to give the janusparsha mudra photo to general margiis. This is their dogmatic viewpoint.

But we should not forget that according to Guru there are certain persons who need to use the janusparsha mudra in their dhyana. So our duty is to clear up this confusion. Margiis should approach Centre and request accordingly. Because it is their right and this point of janusparsha mudra should not get trapped in any type of dogma.

“PARAMA PURUSA IS WITH ME”

Here is another important aspect of the janusparsha mudra.

Each Ananda Margii understands– at least theoretically– that Baba is with them. But to realise this practically these two mudras, varabhaya & janusparsha, are very, very helpful.

Without these two mudras, the concept that ‘Parama Purusa is with me’ will remain in the philosophy only. This theory will not come in the domain of realisation. So we can understand that these two mudras are highly significant for each and every sadhaka.

Although Mahasambhuti is not physically present on this planet today, but through these two mudras, along with His expressed directive about how to reach to Him, then one can have Him in their close proximity and make their life successful. Those who practice dhyan and sadhana they understand this well.

Then they can touch Him and have Him with all the senses and inferences; and, in that case their heart becomes satiated by having Him. In that state, one’s spiritual desire will be permanently satiated and sadhakas can reach to the goal Parama Purusa, by His grace. Without this there is no way.

BOTH MUDRAS ARE IMPORTANT

Hence the spiritual and devotional meaning of both these mudras is highly significant as Baba has told us to take refuge in janusparsha mudra as well as in varabhaya mudra.

Baba says, “Utilizing the vibrations created for eternal time by Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji through januspharsha and varabhaya mudras, take yourself and the entire universe ahead along the path of welfare. Omn Shanti!” (CC-1, ‘Concluding Words’)

WHEN VARABHAYA MUDRA WAS GIVEN

We all know during that during DMC Baba would bless everyone by giving His varabhaya mudra. This was the case with each and every DMC, whether it was a large semi-annual DMC or a small DMC. On all such occasions, Baba would graciously give His varabhaya mudra. That was the culmination of the DMC.

And if for some reason varabhaya mudra was not given, then it would not be considered DMC, but rather DMS. Indeed there were many occasions when a DMC was announced but then for whatever reason varabhaya mudra was not given, so the occasion would be referred to as a DMS– even though beforehand it was announced as DMC.

This brings the point that DMS can occur with or without Guru’s physical presence. If He was there for an announced DMC but did not give varabhaya mudra then that occasion would be DMS. And if He was not present for a dharma gathering, He would send His representative and in that case it was also a DMS. That was the system in that pre-1990 era.

That distinction aside, in addition to the DMC, there were other occasions on which Baba would grace everyone with His varabhaya mudra such as during His birthday celebration of Ananda Purnima, Diipavali, Color Festival, Vijaya Dashami (Victory Day). According to His wish, He would give His varabhaya mudra on those occasions as well. Nobody knew beforehand if He would do it or not. It was all depending solely on His wish.

Plus, it was known, that sometimes He would give His varabhaya mudra in the acarya or avadhuta meetings and on some rare occasions during PC also. That is the basic overview of Baba giving His varabhaya mudra. Others should also contribute more about this.

IMPORTANT QUERY ABOUT JANUSPARSHA MUDRA

At the same time, it is not known to me if ever Baba has given janusparsha mudra at a DMC or Ananda Purnima etc, if anyone has information about that I want to know.

ABOUT THE MUDRA PHOTOS

Lastly, according to my knowledge, there are two versions of both the janusparsha and varabhaya mudra photos. And there is approximately a 5-10 yr gap between these photo sessions. That is to say, around 1955, at one photo session, pictures were taken of Baba both in varabhaya and janusparsha mudra. And then again it was done 5-10 yrs later. So there are proper negatives of Baba in both these mudras.

Those interested should find out who has these various photos and they should also get a copy. Finally, those sadhakas who do have these photos should show them to other interested sadhakas.

MUCH MORE TO SAY

Everyone should kindly use this letter as an introduction into the topic of janusparsha mudra. There are many aspects which remain untouched such as the meaning, history, etc. So others are welcome to write in with more on this important and devotional topic.

In the end, what we can say is that Baba would give His varabhaya and janusparsha mudras whenever He wished. It was His causeless grace on His devotees.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace every Ananda Margii is to take shelter in both of Baba’s mudras and spread that blessing to one and all.

Baba says, “Utilizing the vibrations created for eternal time by Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji through januspharsha and varabhaya mudras, take yourself and the entire universe ahead along the path of welfare. Omn Shanti!” (CC-1, ‘Concluding Words’)

Namaskar,
Satyanarayan

PRABAHATA SAMGIITA

PS Intro: In this song the devotee is addressing Parama Purus’a in a very indirect manner.

“Ba’ndhan jetha’y ceyechilum se ba’ndhan keno na’ elo…” (P.S. 3752)

Purport:

The Divine Bond– “Ba’ndhan”– which I was looking for, why has that Divine Bond not come. He, that Divine Bond, is the darkness of my nights as well as the effulgence of my days; He is my everything. Alas, He is remaining far.

By His grace I wanted my loving devotional link with Him to gradually grow closer & closer through the sweet ideation of my Ista mantra, different lessons, dhyana etc, all the ways which He shows up to samadhi– until ultimately becoming one with Him. I was also longing that by calling Him constantly with the repetition of my mantra & heartfelt feeling, then He will bless me by His august advent in His absolute and divine form in my Guru cakra. In that way, by His grace I will get His extreme proximity and oneness. Alas, He is remaining far.

I was also desiring that He will attract me close to Him by showering His divine love and infusing a sweet intimate relation. Thus by falling in love with Him, His divinity will descend in my unit existence. Naturally, my heart will feel love for His vast creation– as the neo-humanistic feeling will sprout in my heart, by His grace. And then each and every manifestation of this grand universe will emanate His effulgence. Alas, He is remaining far.

Those sadhakas who are blessed by Him and engaged in pointed, arduous meditation, by His grace, they surely love all beings. Baba, You are my divine bond, please grace me by keeping me deep within Your bosom…

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Jai Slogan Reveals

Date: 22 Sep 2011 21:38:41 -0000
From: NJK Deva
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Jai Slogan Reveals

Baba

“Tumi je path dhariya’ esechile ta’ha’r surabhi a’jao a’che…” (PS 756)

Purport:

Baba, the path on which You came still carries Your sweet fragrance even today. The divine love which You showered upon me with Your sweet and charming smile, its vibration is still dancing to this day. And it is blissfully charging my whole existence.

Baba You came with the aroma of sweet songs; You came with the melody and tune. And You graced me and became my nearest and dearest– You became one with my heart. It is Your grace.

Baba, at that time why did You look towards me in such a sweet, attractive way and take my heart away. That very loving gaze is still fresh in my mind. Just one single glance of Yours changed my whole existence. Baba You showered me with Your loving grace.

Baba, You thought about me and that is the greatest achievement of my life. What more do I need. The force of that Divine gift is not exhausted even today; it always gives me strength and inspiration to go on loving You. Even today, I am surviving on the hope that I will again get You as my intimate, as my close, as my own. Baba, Your sweet smile is still fresh in my mind and fills my heart with Your divine love…

== JAI SLOGAN REVEALS ==

Namaskar,
As we know, the relation between Parama Purusa and the aspirant is based on devotion. And this link is dynamic as there are various grades of devotion.

As one feels closer to Parama Purusa, we say that their level of bhakti has increased. When one feels more distant from Parama Purusa, we say that they have lower devotion. Baba has clearly outlined this in His discourses.

ONE’S EXPRESSION TELLS THE WHOLE STORY

The closeness one feels and the level of devotion one has can be noted by their expression, just like with any other relation in life.

For instance, the way you address a local shopkeeper will be different from the way your address your mother. When introducing a shopkeeper, you will say in a more formal tone that, ‘This is Sam or Pashupati the grocer”; it is a very neutral or even distant statement that does not reflect a close sentimental link.

Whereas with your mother, you will say, “This is my mother.” You will not say this is “the mother”; or, if you have many siblings, you will not even say, “This is our mother.” You will use the phrase “my mother”. Why? Because of your great emotional attachment and high degree of closeness with your mother. You feel that your mother is yours, and that
she belongs to you.

Similar variations happen with the relations between bhaktas and Parama Purusa. The expression will vary based on the degree of closeness, i.e. one’s level of devotion.

As you will see this feeling even affects the way one raises the jai slogan.

THREE TYPES OF DEVOTEES

As we know in our Ananda Marga, Baba has clearly defined three basic levels of devotion.

Baba says, “Devotees of the highest category think, “Parama Purus’a is mine only and He belongs to no one else.” This is the sign of an excellent sa’dhaka, and the spiritual progress of this category is inevitable. “He is mine and mine alone and He does not belong to anyone else” – this assertion is undoubtedly true.” (SS-11)

Per Baba’s teaching, in this top-most level of devotion, the bhakta feels that Parama Purusa is mine – He only belongs to me – He is my personal property. Baba guides us that this is the degree of devotion we should all strive for in life. Certainly many in our Marga have this type of feeling. Indeed this is the way we do dhyana. There is no third entity present, only the bhakta and Parama Purusa.

The situation can be likened to how even a child who has 6 brothers and sisters will still think of their mother as being “my very own.” There is no question of sharing mom with others.

According to Baba, this type of devotional outlook is the true nature or link between the bhakta and Parama Purusa.

Then there is the next tier of devotion – it is a notch below.

Baba says, “The second category of devotees…They think, “Parama Purus’a is mine, and thus He must belong to others also.” That is, the devotees..have no hesitation in sharing Parama Purus’a with others.” (SS-11)

Here due to a lack of closeness with Parama Purusa, the second-grade bhakta thinks in a more analytical way: Baba created this entire universe so naturally He belongs to all. In this phase, the 2nd grade bhakta feels that Parama Purusa belongs to me, but reasons that He must belong to others also. This type of outlook occurs when the emotional and devotional link with Parama Purusa is less, in which case the 2nd grade bhakta looks at the situation intellectually.

And finally, in the lowest stage, there is an even less personal link or more distant relation, where one feels that Parama Purusa is the collective property of all.

Baba says, “The devotees of the lowest category think, “As Parama Purus’a belongs to all, so certainly He belongs to me as well because I am one of the multitude.” Thoughts of this type are not very congenial for one’s spiritual progress.” (SS-11)

Thus the critical difference between 2nd & 3rd grade bhaktas is as follows. The 2nd grade bhakta thinks that Parama Purusa is mine, and then reasons that He must belong to others as well. The 3rd grade bhakta thinks that Baba belongs to all and then reasons that therefore He must also be mine. This third stage is comparable to one having 5 siblings and thinking that since mother loves my brothers and sisters then she must love me also. There is very little personal feeling or experience involved, just an analytical equation.

Hence Baba’s statement that these latter two stages are not very conducive for spiritual growth, i.e. coming close to Him.

Since we are all familiar with Baba’s teachings on this subject, we can wrap it up in one sentence. When one feels more close with Parama Purusa, the bhakta thinks that He is mine and mine alone. There is no sharing or reasoning or anything – just the deeply devotional feeling that Baba is mine – He belongs only to me.

LEVELS OF JAI SLOGANS

The devotional feelings outlined above come into form in so many aspects of our lives: In our conversations, manan (thinking of Him), and in our reflections, stories and so much more, including the way in which we raise the Jai slogan.

For instance, the more intimate and devotional way of raising the Jai slogan is: Parama Pita Baba ki – jai! In this manner, the basic spirit is Victory to my Baba, my Father, my nearest, my own. The sense is that one’s mind is pointed on the Divine Father, Parama Purusa in a more personal way where He belongs to me.

The possessive pronoun – my – is understood as people always think of their father as “my father”. No one thinks our father.

In other places – such as in parts of Bengal, Ananda Nagar, and other places – there is another way the jai slogan is raised. Bengali speaking Dadas always bring the slogan: Ama’der Baba ki – jai! This essentially means: Victory to our Baba. Ama’der in Bengali means “our”. This means that Parama Purusa belongs to all, He is the collective property of everyone and not the personal possession of a single bhakta.

In mundane ways of thinking this is ok, but in terms of spiritual life this type of ideation is not at all beneficial – rather it is detrimental and limiting.

The slogan – Ama’der Baba ki – jai! – is a less personal expression and reflects 3rd grade devotion since one is thinking that Parama Purusa belongs to all.

Baba says, “The devotees of the lowest category think, “Parama Purus’a belongs to all…Thoughts of this type are not very congenial for one’s spiritual progress.” (SS-11)

In the case of case, Ama’der Baba ki – jai! , the main ingredient, i.e. Parama Purusa, is shared in a more collective manner. He is no longer one’s personal property and this type of thinking goes ultravarious to devotional closeness.

IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION

Here of course we should clarify that this does not mean that everyone who speaks Bengali is of lower devotion or that anyone who has ever raised this slogan is a lower tier bhakta. It is not like that at all.

Rather, we can say that those leading this slogan are more responsible. After all they are the ones who selected the slogan. The margiis and wts in attendance may or may not feel this way. After all, they are just responding to the call. They are not deciding the way in which the slogan is raised.

It is just like how you cannot blame an entire country for the actions and decision of a few governmental leaders. The mass of people cannot be held accountable, whereas surely the leaders are responsible for what the country does.

WHY BABA ALLOWED THIS

The next question one may ask is that why did Baba allow people to raise the slogan: Ama’der Baba ki -jai!

And the answer is very simple. In the kingdom of Parama Purusa there are various grades of devotees. After all, 3rd grade devotees are also His followers and He allows 3rd grade devotees to raise this type of slogan. Baba accepts 3rd grade bhaktas in the way they feel most comfortable approaching Him, even if that means sharing Him with others.

No doubt, Baba is attracting all to come very close, but due to lack of sadhana or samskaras, not all respond to His blessed call.

So if someone is enmeshed in 3rd grade devotion and could not develop a closer relation with Parama Purusa, then this Ama’der slogan is fine.

Being gracious, Baba then accepts everyone for who they are. He does not deprive anyone from expressing the feeling of their heart, even if their heartfelt feeling goads them to say, “Ama’der Baba ki – jai!”

In His gracious manner, Baba will accept their call and continue to draw them near.

In sum, 3rd grade devotees have further to travel because they are far from Parama Purusa. It may take them several lives to become A-grade bhaktas wherein they will feel more comfortable raising the slogan, “Parama Pita Baba ki- jai!.

MUST HAVE COMPASSION

Some of our brothers and sisters are lagging behind in the realm of devotion so we must have compassion for their situation. Our duty is to help them. They should also learn how to feel closer to Parama Purusa – after all, one day everyone has to reach up to Him.

HOW TO REMEDY THE SITUATION

Honesty in devotional life is key. So if one’s heart feeling is not expressed by the 3rd grade slogan, Ama’der Baba ki – jai!, that’s to say if one is not inclined to share Parama Purusa or think that He belongs to all, then one may not like to use this slogan. In that case they can exclusively use, Parama Pita Baba ki – jai!

And if the Ama’der slogan does express one’s feeling of heart, and they feel comfortable with this meaning, then they can continue to raise the slogan in this manner. On this point all have personal choice. No one can tell anyone what to do.

At the same time we should all try and increase our standard of sadhana and feel more devotional closeness with Parama Purusa.

MAIN REASON FOR RAISING THIS MATTER

This is a significant matter because when some 3rd grade devotees are not understanding the deeper devotional feeling and if those same 3rd grade people get positions of leadership in our Marga, then due to their devotional deficit, guess what dogma they are going to invent.

That’s right. Because of their lower feeling of devotion they will create the dogma of mahaprayan which states that Baba is gone. In that case, due to their own lack of understanding and lack of closeness, they will misguide and inhibit the growth of others and taint the devotional expression within the Marga.

That is the very grave matter at hand.

It is very similar to what transpired with the various dogmatic religions wherein they wrongly proclaimed that god lives in the distant sky or 7th heaven. Such persons also might have been of the 3rd grade as they could not develop closeness with Parama Purusa. So they invented their religious dogma – placing god far, far away.

That is the way it works and we should be careful since that same defect has expressed itself in AM in the form of the mahaprayan dogma.

No doubt 3rd grade devotees are better than non-devotees, but they should not be in positions of leadership wherein they try to guide others and invent new “spiritual programs”, like the dogma of mahaprayan (i.e. Baba is gone).

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us bhakti – the greatest attribute in life. We should all aim for the highest grade of devotion and not allow those with lower devotion – i.e. those chanting Ama’der Baba ki – jai! – to be in leadership positions wherein they can invent crude dogmas. And on the personal sphere, may every sadhaka feel that, “Baba is mine and
mine alone.”

Baba says, “The devotees say, “No, no I can share all my belongings with others, but not my Parama Purus’a. He is mine and mine alone – He belongs to no one else. I cannot even think of sharing Him with anyone.”” (AFPS-3)

Namaskar,
Nagendra

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Who is Animal?

Baba says, “Spiritual thirst is the speciality, or rather the special characteristic of human beings. And there lies the difference between man and the other animals. Where there is no spiritual thirst in a man, physically he may be like a man, but actually, psychologically, he is not a man. So this special determination of human beings should always be encouraged so that a man may develop from an ordinary human being to a superman.” (AV-12, p. 69)
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Date: Thu 22, Sep 2011 08:49:37
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Praphulla Deva
Subject: Baba Story: How Baba Knows Everything

Baba

== BABA STORY: HOW BABA KNOWS EVERYTHING ==

Namaskar,
At the time I was working as an LFT in one of our Ananda Marga schools as a teacher. I had a strong desire to become a wholetimer, but had some hesitation as well.

In my life, by His grace I had gotten the opportunity to see Baba on various occasions. And always He told me so many things about my life: What mistakes I made in the past, where I had been, as well as what I was feeling and thinking during specific incidents. Baba even recounted my dreams. Indeed it was quite apparent that He knew everything about me.

After being a margii for about 4 – 5 years, I began to see how Baba knew everything about everybody. I used to talk with various margiis from all different areas and they told about their personal experiences with Baba and how He was aware about their every thought and dealing. Regardless of who I talked to, always the outcome was the same: Baba knew everything about everybody.

One day, I got another opportunity to see Baba. Then He said, “Do you have any questions to ask?”

I asked, “Baba, how do You know everything about everyone? How do you know everybody’s thoughts and deeds?”

Baba smiled, and answered, “I reside in the corner of everyone’s mind. I can see whatever they think or do. They may forget their thoughts, words and deeds, but I cannot forget.”

Namaskar,
Ac. Bhavashuddhananda Avt

ABOUT THE ABOVE STORY

The above story is courtesy of Ac Bhavashuddhananda Avt. My deepest thanks to Dadaji for sharing this. Following are some very inspiring guidelines and teachings from our dearmost Baba as we reflect on this devotional story.

Baba says, “He knows everything, He is omniscient, because He resides within your mind, and the things that you think or that you speak internally are all soliloquies, are then and there tape-recorded by Him. He knows everything, because He is within the mind.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-12, The Chance to Be One with Him)

Baba says, “He sees everything, He knows everything. And nothing of the past, nothing of the future is a secret for Him. There cannot be an iota of secrecy or an iota of confidentiality for Him.” (Subhasita Samgraha-21, Unit Spirit and Cosmic Spirit)

Baba says, “He is the witness of all the worlds, all the deeds done in this universe. Nothing is secret for Him. You cannot do anything nor think anything without being witnessed by Him. If anyone says, “I am not being witnessed by anybody,” He will be witnessing this utterance. So as the witnessing Entity He is always with you. This is the greatest assurance, because when you know that He is with you, your mental strength will increase a thousand-fold, because He is always with you to help you.” (Discourse in Istanbul, Turkey, 1979)

Namaskar,
Praphulla

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Date: 21 Sep 2011 21:43:01 -0000
From: “Subhash Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Everyone’s Concern

Baba

== EVERYONE’S CONCERN ==

Namaskar,
One time when we were returning from DMS, on the train so many persons were there– both margiis and non-margiis. And in many cases people were travelling together. So some persons had traveled to DMS as a single attendee whereas as others traveled to DMS with their entire family including their kids.

So in their natural way, on the train, those kids were quarreling and playing with the other children.

Then one new margii became quite agitated by their behavior and he passed some offensive remark that these small kids are very negative– they pollute the sanctity and turn the whole peaceful environment into chaos. Then he went so far to accuse that: ‘Why do you bring them to these spiritual gatherings’.

Then other persons jumped in and replied that in our Marga the system is that the whole family is welcome to attend our all functions.

Then the new margiis replied that, ‘No, the kids are just one disturbance or nuisance. Let them grow because now they are so small and they do not understand anything. Just they are involved in their negative quarreling. They have no sense about what should be done and what should not be done. Those who are a bit older and well-behaved then they should come. Otherwise why should these other kids come and do negative things.’

A few margiis then together tried to convince him that our approach is different. Kids are innocent and just it is their nature to sometimes quarrel with one another.

So back and forth discussion was going and ultimately they could not reach on to the proper common point. And in due course the situation subsided.

But since that occasion it was in my mind to talk to other margiis and get their opinions and then write something for everyone to review.

ALL ARE FAMILY MEMBERS

Sincere margiis know well that in our Marga, everyone is considered as family member whether they be a new-born baby or a 110 year old person. All belong to our family and they have equal rights and we give importance to one and all.

And together our AM family is not only youths, or only elderly persons, but a grand mix of people from young to old and everything in between.

It is just like in a garden if only one type of flower is there then that is not quite proper or colorful. But rather all various types are there– just like in a bouquet that includes a wide variety of flowers. All get collected and that brings more charm. That is the way it works.

BABA’S GUIDELINE

So on this very point here are some of Baba’s guidelines about how we should be mindful of children:

Baba says, “Society must ensure that proper care is taken of human babies who are totally dependent on the care and protection of their parents for their existence. These helpless children can only convey their pain and discomfort through tears. To raise children from infancy to maturity is an immensely important task.” (AFPS-6)

So our Guru guides that in viewing the society, the requisite factor is a magnanimous mind which is full of graceful feeling and sweet expression for those innocent children who are under our care and protection. Means those who do not have that vast mind full of love, cannot view one and all as members of our neo-humanistic family. Because if the person
himself is narrow minded or frustrated, then in their outlook that frustration will appear.

The sense is that the sweet heart of one balanced person will never cast any negative, sarcastic remarks toward such tender age innocent babies / kids.

EVERYONE WAS ONCE A CHILD

Because everyone, whether young or old, was a baby in the past and the babies’ cry is very natural. Where babies are, surely they cry. And if inside one’s heart is pure and loving, then the cry of the babies is not suffocative or negative which can be called as demonic act. But if inside someone is frustrated then everything in this world looks dry, harsh,
parched, ugly, crude, negative, etc.

When such frustrated persons see birds chirping in the tree, they feel agitated and brand birds as ‘nuisance creator’. And in response they throw stones on those bushes to shoe those birds away.

A few days back my neighbor was doing like this. When I saw here I felt sad thinking the state of her mind. Actually he was in depressed and frustrated mood. That is why he was throwing stones in all the bushes around his house to get rid from the sweet chirping songs of the bird. Because he was irritated by that.

SOCIETY IS RESPONSIBLE

If the baby does anything wrong then discredit goes to the society, parents or to everyone. This discredit never goes to the baby because they are innocent. Sweet, kind, benevolent, motherly heart feels like this. Those who have that type of heart understand, or I should say, they only can understand my feeling. I have experience that those who have devotion they also can understand because of their feeling of divine love.

But those who are frustrated within, their expression and talk reflects that.

PURE AS SNOW

In contrast Baba guides us in the gospel of Bhagavad dharma.

“Kaomar….”

In this description Baba says that small babies are as pure as divine, because they do not have any negativity towards anyone. And it is working in 100% cases up to the age of 5. So in common society if anything right or wrong is done by small kids, then balanced people ignore that. And they will not pollute the environment by raucously blaming the children.

BABA’S DMC GATHERINGS: CHILDREN ATTENDED

Here is one reminder that we have seen even with Baba’s presence during DMC. At such an important event and gathering as DMC, that time mothers with infants and mothers with new-borns were always allowed to participate.

Often the babies were crying and Baba was just moving ahead with His program and continuing with His discourse. And if the crying became very loud, then politely it was suggested to take them temporarily outside. That is all. Nobody seriously believed the baby should be banned. They thought that in AM society the cry of baby is one beauty. Because this brings one color in DMC. And it gives the feeling that in our AM society everyone is the member. From infant to senior citizens. Everyone has right to participate
in spiritual gathering.

DHARMA IS FOR ALL

Ananda Marga also says that dharma is not only for polished so-called elite
people only. Dharma is for all.

Baba says, “I dedicate A’nanda Ma’rga in this DMC to all sections of society…from this DMC onwards I have become a man of the people because I believe that dharma is the property of the masses, not the exclusive monopoly of a handful of so-called educated middle class elite. Dharma belongs to one and all. From this DMC, I recognise it as the property of the common people.” (AV-7)

Namaskar,
Subhash

SOME IMPORTANT BABA’S GUIDELINES ABOUT CHILDREN

Note 1: Here below Baba sheds more insight into the nature of children.

Baba says, “Children are by nature most inclined towards play, so a thirst for knowledge will have to be awakened in children through the medium of play — children should be educated through play methods. Children are also by nature inclined to listen to fantasies and stories. Through stories children can easily be taught the history and geography of various countries, and they may also be taught the initial lessons of how to practise universalism in their lives. Children love play and stories almost equally, so in their case the two should be equally utilized.” (HS-1)

Note 2: Here Baba gives us one golden guideline about parenting and raising children.

Baba says, “In order to develop a healthy outlook, the most important thing children need is robust idealism. To impart this, parents require only two virtues: self-restraint and good judgement.” (HS-1)

Note 3: Baba guides in this below quote that children raise children in the proper manner because they are the future of society.

Baba says, “[It] is essential to sow the seeds of true development in the minds of children and to ensure that these seeds grow into small seedlings, flourish, and bring forth foliage, flowers and fruits” (HS-1)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

PS Intro: In this following song the devotee is talking to Baba, all the
while indirectly referring about himself.

“Jeo na’, shon’o katha, bojha vytha’, abujha hoyo na’…” (PS 660)

Purport:

Baba, please be gracious, please do not leave me all alone, please do not go far away; please keep me in Your shelter. Baba, please listen to the tale of my aching heart; please understand my pain and suffering– because of my deep longing for You. Baba, I beg You not to remain aloof about my yearning and crying for You. Baba, You have graced me and have made the flower of devotion blossom in my heart. And these flowers are solely for making one beautiful garland for You– ultimately surrendering them at Your lotus feet. Baba, please do not mercilessly crush those flowers. Baba, please be gracious.

Baba, by Your infinite grace please keep me close. Please do not permanently forget about that person who is under shelter day and night. Baba, it seems You have removed him from Your memory. Baba, please recall how in the past You loved him deeply up to his heart’s content. That time You saturated his mind with bliss and filled his eyes with Your loving gaze. You were so gracious those days. Baba, You know that very person was with You in each and every rhythm of the song, he was also with You in all kinds of works– always remaining by Your side. Baba, please do not forget him.

Baba, by Your grace I never forget this eternal truth that You are everything. You are the effulgence of the day as well as the darkness of the night. Baba, in this life of mine I have loved only You. Baba, You are the heart of my heart. Please shower Your divine grace on me day and night, incessantly. Baba, even if You always remain forgetful of me, that I can tolerate. Only I ask one thing of You. Baba, please do not push me away from Your holy, lotus feet. Baba, You are my closest & dearest One. You are my everything. Baba, please keep me in Your shelter…

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The Place of Occult Powers in AM

Baba says, “In spiritual life as well as in ordinary life, if one retains
simplicity it is helpful for the attainment of God; through this one’s life
and mind become filled with the effulgence of Parama Purusa. This is the
supreme attainment. Spying out every nook and cranny of the eight occult
powers is another name for stupidity.” (SC-2, p.149)

Note: Unfortunately in the general society people think that occult powers
themselves are the essence of spirituality. Indeed, devoid of occult
powers, such persons do not have any concept of spirituality. In AM however
it is different; it is not like that. In our Marga devotion gets utmost
importance.
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Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:54:06-0400
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Cheats In Medical Business / Female Issue
From: Yogendra Deva

Baba

== CHEATS IN MEDICAL BUSINESS ==

Namaskar,
One of the main tragedies that has befallen society in this era of extreme capitalism is that the practice of medicine has become a business.

Today, doctors are no longer doctors and patients are no longer patients. Instead, doctors have become businessmen trying to maximize their profit – no longer is the welfare of the patient their main interest; and patients have become targets of exploitation – no longer are they viewed as sick people in need of care.

Such is the sorry state of the medical profession these days. Certainly there are always exceptions but this is the overwhelming trend these days, as evidenced by the two articles appended below.

MEDICINE STARTED AS A SERVICE INDUSTRY

In earlier times doctors were revered for their compassion. To enter the field, doctors would take an oath to work for the welfare of humanity. In turn, people truly felt that they could trust their lives in the hands of doctors. The doctors looked upon patients with a compassionate eye; in turn, the common people viewed doctors with deep regard, deservedly so.

After all, a patient is not in a position to make their own decisions; they depended upon their doctor. And this worked fine because the doctors were guided by a service mentality.

Baba says, “Doctors: The convenience of the patient must be given more consideration than your own.” (CC-2, Society, Point #25a)

Now all that has changed. Doctors feel that they paid huge tuition to attend medical school and now it is their right to earn exponentially more money even at the cost of the well-being of the patient; and patients feel that they can no longer trust their doctor – let alone afford the treatment.

Baba says, “No matter what country you belong to, tell me honestly, how many doctors can you really trust and respect?” (Human Society-1, Various Occupations)

So the situation has really deteriorated wherein patients bear the terrible burden, both medically and financially. Surgeons recommend surgery that is not needed just to earn extra income; doctors perform and order far more tests than are needed in order to produce a bigger bill and earn a commission from the lab; medical professionals become paid advocates for drug companies and “push” particular medicines on their patients; indeed, there are many aspects of medicine that have become tainted.

This article addresses the procedure known as cesarean section.

C-SECTION:

A WAY TO MAKE MONEY AND MAKE LIFE EASY

(FOR THE DOCTOR)

To boost business, doctors are performing more and more cesarean sections – even when such procedures are not needed. The numbers are quite staggering and at all-time highs, 50% in China of all births are done via C-section and 30+% in the US. Indeed in all countries the numbers are rising.

The days of natural child birth are no longer practiced on a mass-level in today’s medical business. Rather doctors persuade and goad mothers into doing unnecessary C-sections, despite the health risks this poses to both mother and baby, in order to increase profits.

By performing C-sections doctors can maximize their time, fill the beds and not face the “delays” associated with natural deliveries. Now they schedule all births on a cost-effective timetable for maximizing profits. Not to mention that the procedure itself is costly / profitable. So even if a C-section is not needed they recommend and perform it anyway just to heighten sales. Once a mom has one C-section, then all her future pregnancies will end in a C-section as well. It is automatic business.

This what has become of the today’s medical system.

In addition, if they have a day off or a vacation planned, they can simply perform the C-section the day before so as not to interrupt their free time, golf game or vacation. Gone are the days when doctors dutifully go to the hospital in the middle of the night to deliver a baby.

No doubt, there are certain occasions when there is no option but to perform cesarean section; but to resort to this procedure as a matter of course or as the default is quite harmful. It truly jeopardizes the well-being of both mother and baby. Yet doctors do this to boost profits.

CURSE OF UNNATURAL BIRTH

Infants delivered by C-section are prone towards allergies, asthma, diabetes, and various infections, not to mention the baby does not get opportunity to mature fully in the womb. The fetus is generally removed prematurely and loses the built-in benefits of a natural birth such and the squeezing and clearing of the lungs.

TERRIBLE SIN

All in all this is the worst type of sin: Exploiting the helpless and betraying the trust patients who are in their hour of need. It is truly quite shocking to witness how greedy doctors have wrecked the field of medicine and health care.

If one has a good doctor whom they trust then they are really fortunate. Otherwise they will face the horror tales as described appended. They will just become a statistic.

SOLUTION

In an ideal society, in a Proutistic society, only those driven by a service mentality will go into the field of medicine and become doctors. The medical profession is not the place to start doing business. In exchange for their commitment, those medical students should be given financial help to pursue their education.

Such a shift is necessary because how can common people live peacefully in a society where they cannot trust doctors. If a doctor is going to continually perform C-sections when such a procedure is not necessary, then where is the trust.

Given the current situation, everyone must be extremely careful and not blindly trust doctors, on any issue. Fueled by their business mentality and cheating tactics, such doctors can can cheat, deceive, manipulate, and betray. This is a far cry from what doctors were in the past and will be in future.

BABA’S TEACHINGS

Here I close this letter with Baba’s divine teachings; be sure to read the two new articles pasted below.

Baba says, “Of all the doctors you have come across, how many are idealistic and dutiful? If you visit a doctor, he will prescribe strong medicines for a light illness. This will inevitably be the case if he owns his or her own dispensary. But the same will be the case if the doctor operates a “chamber practice” out of his home; he will force some patent medicine down the patient’s throat.” (Human Society-1, Various Occupations)

Baba then describes the ideal way to direct the medical establishment.

Baba says, “The medical profession as such has more to do with social service than with professionalism. Social service is the main aim of the medical profession…. it cannot be categorized as a business under any circumstances. A helpless person, no matter how great his financial, social or intellectual capacity, considers a doctor to be a ray of light in the darkness or a lifeboat which can save him from drowning.” (Human Society-1, Various Occupations)

Namaskar,
Yogendra

C-section rates around globe at ‘epidemic’ levels
Half moms in China have the surgery; rates high in other countries
1/12/2010 5:45:40 PM ET
HANOI, Vietnam — Nearly half of all births in China are delivered by cesarean section, the world’s highest rate, according to a survey by the World Health Organization — a shift toward modernization that isn’t necessarily a good thing.
The boom in unnecessary surgeries is jeopardizing women’s health, the U.N. health agency warned in the report published online Tuesday in the medical journal The Lancet.
Unnecessary C-sections are costlier than natural births and raise the risk of complications for the mother, said the report surveying nine Asian nations. It noted C-sections have reached “epidemic proportions” in many countries worldwide.
The most dramatic findings were in China, where 46 percent of births reviewed were C-sections — a quarter of them not medically necessary, the report said…
The WHO, which reviewed nearly 110,000 births across Asia in 2007-2008, found 27 percent were done under the knife, partially motivated by hospitals eager to make more money.

That mirrors similar results reported by WHO in 2005 from Latin America, where 35 percent of pregnant women surveyed were delivering by C-section.

30 percent of U.S. births are C-sections

In the U.S., where C-sections are at an all-time high of 31 percent, the surgery is often performed on older expectant mothers, during multiple births or simply because patients request it or doctors fear malpractice lawsuits…

Women undergoing C-sections that are not medically necessary are more likely to die or be admitted into intensive care units, require blood transfusions or encounter complications that lead to hysterectomies, the WHO study found.

U.S. studies have shown babies born by cesarean have a greater chance for respiratory problems…

Some hospitals motivated by higher fees
The study did not discuss specific reasons for the high number of C-sections, but it noted that more than 60 percent of the hospitals studied were motivated by financial incentives to perform surgeries.

At Vietnam’s National Hospital of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Hanoi, about 40 percent of the 20,000 babies delivered there annually are by C-section, said Dr. Le Anh Tuan, the hospital’s vice director, who did not participate in the study.

Some expectant mothers in Latin America scheduled elective surgeries to avoid giving birth during holidays or even so they could attend parties, said Dr. Archana Shah, from the WHO in Geneva,

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34826186/ns/health-pregnancy/t/C-section-rates-around-globe-epidemic-levels/

For-profit hospitals performing more C-sections
September 11, 2010

For-profit hospitals across the state are performing cesarean sections at higher rates than nonprofit hospitals, a California Watch analysis has found.
A database compiled from state birthing records revealed that, all factors considered, women are at least 17 percent more likely to have a cesarean section at a for-profit hospital than at one that operates as a non-profit. A surgical birth can bring in twice the revenue of a natural delivery.
In addition, some hospitals appear to be performing more C-sections for non-medical reasons – including an individual doctor’s level of patience and the staffing schedules in maternity wards, according to interviews with health professionals….
At the for-profit Los Angeles Community Hospital, women had a 47 percent chance of undergoing a surgical birth. When you factor in moms who needed to have C-sections for medical reasons, the Los Angeles hospital’s rate jumps to 59 percent. In Riverside County, hospitals just miles apart had dramatically different rates, even though they serve essentially the same population.
The numbers provide ammunition to those who have long suspected that unnecessary C-sections are performed to help pad the bottom line.
“This data is compelling and strongly suggests, as many childbirth advocates currently suspect, that there may be a provable connection between profit and the cesarean rate,” said Desirre Andrews, president of the International Cesarean Awareness Network, a nonprofit group that would like to see C-sections only in cases of medical need.
To doctors and other health professionals, the results of the analysis were troubling…

Gene Declercq, professor of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health, agrees that hospitals would not explicitly push C-sections for profit. But subtle incentives to increase efficiency could have the same effect.
“There are factors that are attractive to hospitals in terms of training and staff and facilities,” he said. “It’s a lot easier if you can do all your births between seven and 10 in the morning and know exactly how many operating rooms and beds you need.” Natural births are unpredictable, creating inefficiencies that can hurt the bottom line…

For some, a C-section can have devastating consequences.
After Heather Kirwan had been in labor for a few hours her doctor at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta urged her to have a C-section, warning that the baby was too big for her birth canal. She reluctantly agreed to the procedure, but now questions that decision.
“She ended up being a 5-pound, 12-ounce baby,” said Kirwan, 26, a manager for The Home Depot who lives in Murrieta. “So that was obviously a lie.”
A year and a half later, Kirwan was pregnant again, but the doctors found that the embryo was developing outside the uterus. Before her C-section, Kirwan said no one had warned her that C-sections increase the risk of this life-threatening condition, called ectopic pregnancy. And if it were listed in her lengthy consent form at the time of her first delivery, Kirwan said, no one bothered to point it out….
http://californiawatch.org/health-and-welfare/profit-hospitals-performing-more-C-sections-4069

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Toma’ke peyeo pa’i na keno…” (P.S. #2056)

Purport:

Baba, I feel in my heart that You are along with me, but even then I do not feel satisfied. I want more and more of Your proximity and presence. So please come in my mind and heart. Please remain along with me in a very intimate way in all my works. Grace me so that I can feel your eternal presence always– with more & more closeness and proximity.

Baba You know that my existence is because of You. My life is proceeding on by Your grace; my everything is based on You. Day and night I am deeply engaged in the work which You have allotted me. I am divinely intoxicated in the ideation of the songs which I have made into a garland for You. So Baba please come closer and still more close. Indeed You know the language of my heart- my inner feeling & sentiments. O’ Baba, how much love I have for You.

Baba, please grace me and please do not play Your liila of hide and seek. Please do not remain inaccessible…

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WT Conduct Rule: Dealings

Baba says, “Supervisory workers will have to take proper care of each of their supervised staff in all respects.” (Pt #2 of ‘Six Additional Rules’)

Note: This is a very significant rule but in today’s Wt culture supervisory bosses are more focused on emptying the pockets of their subordinates and using them for their groupist schemes. This is the only “care” they do. In future when standard of devotion in supervisory workers is higher, these rules are likely to be followed in which case the situation will be better.
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Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 20:46:33 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Hariish Dev”
Subject: Who Does Not Want…

Baba

== WHO DOES NOT WANT… ==

Namaskar,
Every human being wants to be successful. Who does not want to be successful? Whether in the realm of art, law, medicine, schooling, business, literature, science, or architecture – or any other field or endeavor – everyone wants to be successful.

Knowing how to be successful then is an important recipe.

By Baba’s grace He has given us His special guideline. Because in one Hindi discourse, Baba reveals that the ‘Seven Secrets of Success’ apply not just to spiritual life, but to worldly life as well.

Let’s then investigate how these work.

UNIQUE ASPECT OF SHRADDHA’

Of course all the aspects of the Seven Secrets of Success have their own unique utility. So we shall take a look at how they all apply in this special circumstance. At the same time in His Hindi discourse Baba gives marked importance to the point of shraddha’.

As He tells us, there is no direct English translation for the term shraddha’, yet in its more traditional usage, Baba describes shraddha as the following.

Baba says, “When one ascribes everything to one’s goal, or one’s object, or to the Supreme Subjectivity appearing as one’s object, and moves, or rather directs one’s everything towards Him, then that movement is shraddha’.” (AV-3)

So in the spiritual realm, shraddha’ means pointing all one’s energy and love towards Parama Purusa, and not toward any number two or number three object. Everything is goaded towards Him. This we all know.

The interesting thing becomes, how does this apply to worldly life.

In His Hindi discourse, Baba neatly describes how shraddha’ manifests in worldly life. Suppose there is a father and a son. The boy wants to study engineering, but the father is pressuring him to study medicine. Yet the boy has little or no interest in becoming a doctor. In that case, if forced to pursue medicine, the boy will not get success. Because Baba’s entire point is that to get success in worldly life, one must have inner inspiration or inner motivation for what they are doing. Then and only then can one get success. That is the key point.

TRAGEDY OF TODAY’S MODERN SOCIETY

Unfortunately, in today’s materialistic society, where money is the be-all and end-all, so many people in so many lands engage in work or jobs that they do not care about. They have little or no interest in their day-to-day endeavour. But they do it to earn money, for prestige, to please their parents, or to just survive etc. This is the way in so-called first world and various so-called third world nations.

There are innumerable cases of this round peg in a square hole phenomenon. That means, there are so many people who have a keen interest in one realm, but spend all their time doing something else – either to earn money, or due to family pressures etc. Haven’t we all gone into a shop or office and noticed that the people working there appear to be going through the motions like robots and have no real interest in what they are doing. The same happens in student life as well when children are pushed by their parents in a particular direction.

In that case, according to Baba, that worker or that student cannot get success. Because as Baba guides us, one can only be successful if they have inner motivation and inspiration for what they are doing. That is the special point Baba is making in His Hindi discourse about how the Seven Secrets of Success apply to worldly life.

THE OTHER POINTS ARE ALSO MEANINGFUL

Here then are how the other spiritual elements apply to achieving success in the mundane sphere.

Vishva’s: In spiritual life this means have firm determination for one’s Goal. Yet Baba guides us that in worldly life this is also needed. If before studying for an exam, a student thinks that, “I will never be able to pass”, then they are doomed. Certainly they will not be able to get success. Similarly, if an adult walks into a job interview thinking that, “I will not be able to get this job – it is beyond my qualifications”, then they will have little or no chance of getting that job. So vishva’s in worldly life is a big point. It refers to having confidence and a positive outlook before pursuing any endevor.

Guru Puja: In spiritual life, Baba guides us that this means surrendering to the will of the Guru. Then one can serve and attain Him. And in worldly life this point of Guru Puja has great importance: It means having respect or reverence for one’s teacher. Yet in the modern world, there are so many loopholes and so much rampant hypocrisy that students & citizens alike lose respect for their teachers and leaders. Either their teachers punish them unduly or their teachers preach some ideal such as abstinence or non-smoking, when they themselves are indulged in that. Likewise, various social leaders preach noble values yet they themselves are caught up in scandalous affairs. This is a daily occurrence, and this undermines one’s ability to get success. Because one loses faith in their teacher or societal leader, in which case they cannot learn from them.

Samitabhava: In spiritual sphere, this means complete mental balance. And this same type of psychic equanimity is needed in worldly life. For instance, if a student or interviewee is very nervous or shy, then they will not be able to perform well. A student may become so nervous that they even get easy questions wrong, because they have lost their mental composure. Likewise, a professional seeking employment or putting on a presentation may be so shy that they are unable to convey their skill-set or knowledge to others in the room. And there are so many other examples. For instance, one’s marriage may end in misery, if one constantly gets angry or acts in an erratic manner toward their spouse. So mental balance is highly needed in all aspects of worldly life.

Indriyanigraha: We all know how control over the motor and sensory organs is needed for success in spiritual life. And same is the case for worldly life. If a student drinks too much whiskey or beer or wine at a party, then they will be inattentive in class the next day. Or, they may sleep through class entirely. Likewise, if a big business executive indulges in too much gossipy talk, then they will not be prepared for their meeting or they may underestimate their competition. Because loose talk diverts the mind from important obligations. It is also commonly seen how important politicians show sexual weakness and this can undermine if not ruin their entire career. So having proper restraint
and control regarding the ten indriyas is highly needed to gain worldly success.

Pramitahara: Just as proper attention to diet and food is needed in spiritual life, it is also needed for mundane success. If a student overeats then they will not be mentally sharp for their examination. Similarly, if a person grossly overeats time and time again, they will become obese, in which case they will suffer from all kinds of ailments from shortness of breath to heart disease, and that will keep them from discharging their duties properly. So food and drink must serve to keep one healthy and fit. Then only can one get success in worldly endeavors.

No Seventh Factor: The same is true in worldly life as in spiritual life.

Baba says, “There is no seventh factor. That is, if you practise these six factors, you require no seventh factor.” (AV-3)

LIVING IN TODAY’S ULTRA-COMPETITIVE WORLD

Today’s world is more competitive than ever. Getting success is not easy. The standards are high and the competition is tough. Whether it be the global economic market, the political arena, student life, or any other realm, day by day the requirements for getting success get stiffer and stiffer. There is no such thing as an easy victory anymore. There are too many people gunning for the same thing. So if we are slack in any of the above points, then someone with a more pointed vision will come forward. In that case, success will not be ours. Because living in today’s world is not a joke.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us all with great teachings which lead us to success. And in His Hindi discourse, Baba has given us the way to utilize the Seven Secrets of Success in our worldly endeavours. So we should pay heed to this doctrine not just in spiritual life but in all our worldly dealings as well.

Baba says, “You, boys and girls, should remember the points and do accordingly. It will help you in your all-around success.” (AV-14)

Namaskar,
Hariish

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“(Tumi) a’lo jhalmal u’s’a’y ele, a’ndha’rer ja’l chinrile…” (PS 3983)

Purport:

Baba, You have come in my heart when the blissful dawn was glittering in effulgence. By Your grace, You have wiped away the net of staticity and crude darkness from my mind. In a flash You have also removed the dogma which had accumulated since ages. Baba, You are so beautiful.

O’ my dearmost, You know how to make such a divine magical display. By Your grace You have created a heavenly panorama– complete with the beauty and grandeur of colour, by Your divine play. Baba, in the blink of the eye, You bring lowly and depraved persons close to Your bosom, without making any differentiation or disparity about who is virtuous and who is sinful. Baba, You are my beginning as well as my end, my Goal, my everything.

Baba, my whereabouts, my name, my place, my address– everything has become one with You, by Your grace. Baba I offer You my heartfelt surrender and sastaunga pranam thousands, millions, crores, & an infinite number of times– again & again.

Baba, by Your divine grace You have arrived in my heart and showered me in Your supreme effulgence. You are my own; You are my everything…

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Desire For Money is Dangerous

Baba says, “Suppose there is a very elevated person who often ideates on
the Supreme Consciousness, but who has some greed for wealth. He does
not, however, express it openly to the Supreme, nor does he even think
of it directly. He thinks indirectly, “Oh, since I am a devotee of the
Supreme Consciousness, He will certainly give me enormous wealth and
make me immensely rich.” Those who harbour this sort of covert desire
are reborn asyaks’as.” (YP, p.78)

Note: Yaksas are one type of negative microvita. Those unfortunate
beings who got degenerated and took on a form less than human,
sub-human. Not only that but they got caught up in that bondage of
punishment for thousands of years. And only then after their extreme
punishment did they again get opportunity for human life.
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From: “Vinay Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Prout: Antidote to Today’s Economics
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2011 21:16:13 +1000

Baba

== PROUT: ANTIDOTE TO TODAY’S ECONOMICS ==

Namaskar,
As we enter into the culminating phase of the vaeshyan era, there are many issues that abound. One is that the capitalist exploitation is becoming more & more intense; and a second matter is that capitalism has spread its web across the 7 seas such that now the strings of those top-level vaeshyas wrap around nearly each and every community across the globe.

Then of course there is the use of the immigrant work-force as well as corporations which outsource all their work to China and the third-world nations etc.

So many tricks and imbalances are in vogue. Everything has been hitched and stitched together. A problem in one place leads to a problem in another. That is in part why today’s economy is in such a precarious position.

Here is a Proutistic look to a variety of these key issues.

CAPITALIST EXPLOITATION: WORKERS SUFFER

As we all see, capitalists are infamous for creating industry wherever they can get the facilities. This is one black trait of their exploitative ways. Because in their avarice they are only concerned with cheap labor and low costs in order to maximize their own profit– regardless of what kind of effect this has on the rest of the region. One of the negative off-shoots is that capitalists mercilessly force innocent and hungry workers to go where the industry is, thus leaving particular areas desolate and creating unrest all around.

Hence in their imbalanced and opportunistic methods capitalist exploitation paints a bleak picture in multiple ways. Here is one such example as it relates to our topic of immigration.

Baba says, “Where there is no proper economic development, surplus labour develops. In fact all undeveloped economic regions suffer from surplus labour, and when the surplus labour migrates to other regions the region remains undeveloped forever.” (PE, p.17)

And this is what we see happening today. A few such examples are the undeveloped economies of Central America (i.e. El Salvador & Honduras where unemployment abounds and surplus labour /workers head to the US for work. Once there, they receive low wages & (naturally) capitalists delight in their arrival. Plus, worker migration is at an all-time high throughout Asia.

Greedy capitalists, intoxicated with the prospect of making money, should not get scope to disrupt the whole economy and railroad all the profits and resources into their own bank accounts. All the while pressuring workers to migrate from place to place for their daily bread.

All in all, amongst other reasons, in capitalism big business swallows up smaller ones and things are cheap but the money is tied up in the hands of a few; so the common people cannot afford the commodities. Thus money gets centralised in one area and the gap between rich and poor is huge, almost insurmountable. This we see heightening each and every day.

In contrast, Prout creates an active economy with money rolling in local areas. So that workers need not be subject to all sorts of tortures and trials by having to move all around in search of work, leaving their families behind. Rather a strong economy should be created in each and every samaj and the various samajas should have relationships characterized by coordinated cooperation. In that way, Prout is concerned with the holistic development of the entire community.

SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROTECTS THE PEOPLE & INVITES GROWTH

Thus in grand fashion Baba has introduced His samaj theory based on self-sufficient socio-economic units. In this system, industry gets developed where there are raw materials and an existing labour force. Where those living in an area get ample scope to work in that area, at the same time keeping an open door policy to others interested in residing in that samaj.

Hence in the Prout system raw materials are not wrongfully sent out from the samaj so that other more powerful regions can get rich off those resources. And secondly workers are not dragged out from their homes and forced to travel hundreds of miles away. Rather the buildup of the samaj system guarantees that people will get jobs locally close to home and that others may freely immigrate to that very samaj– or any other area according to their liking, so long as they have become linked with the socio-economic ways of that place. That is our policy.

Hence Prout is concerned with the needs of an area and is geared towards making communities self-sufficient and the whole Prout philosophy is working in the favour of the exploited mass– so that the common people can rise up and develop themselves.

About these above points Baba has given the following guideline.

Baba says, “Local people are those who have merged their individual socio-economic interests with the socio-economic interests of the socio-economic unit they live in…Those who have not done so should be branded as outsiders.”

“No outsider should be allowed to interfere in local economic affairs or in the system of production and distribution, otherwise a floating population will develop, causing outflow of economic wealth from the area. If this occurs the area will become vulnerable to outside economic exploitation and decentralized economy will be undermined.” (PE, p.214-15)

THE PROTECTION OF LOCAL RESOURCES

Prout further advocates that goods should be produced and sold locally. What is produced is for the local public to utilise.

However if export businesses do develop, then only finished products can be sold directly in those markets. It is not that local raw materials should get sucked up by an exploiting state or country such that they can reap the benefit of that.

That means that natural resources should not be shipped out. The refinement process should be handled in the locale. They should benefit from their own local resources. All these things should be cared for. In that way, with a healthy economic base, people will be able to freely choose where they wish to work and be provided opportunity to stay in their home area.

Hence side by side the problems of immigration due to capitalist exploitation which is now so common not only between countries but within each and every state, province, and township– all such negative effects will be eliminated.

Baba says, “Howrah district, for example, produces sufficient crops in a season to feed the local people for seventeen months, but due to immigrant labour the produce is consumed in six and a half months. The elimination of the floating population will also protect the social life of the cooperative from the possibility of adverse social influences.” (PNS-14, p.49)

ECONOMIC FREEDOM PROVIDED TO ALL

Taken altogether then, everything should be provided within. In that way there will be guaranteed employment for all. Laborers and workers should not have to scour the earth in order to find employment. Hungry, starving workers should not be pushed out from their own homes– separated from their loved ones– and forced to go far away in search of a measly paying job.

Nor should laborers have to take extreme trouble to drive hours and hours in order to get to work.

Jobs should be available locally so that people can live with their families and make a proper income. And of course if anyone has an honest desire to move to another area then they are welcome to do so. Prout supports all these things.

However if greedy persons are trying to fill their own wallets by going outside their area in order to exploit another samaj then that will not be permitted.

Because Baba’s Prout philosophy is for the welfare of all, especially the common people, who for centuries have been exploited.

Baba says, “Local people must be given preference in employment, and all local people should be locally employed. If this policy is followed, there will be no surplus or deficit labour among the local people, and if many people do come from outside areas, they will not find a place in the local economy. Where a floating population exists in a particular region, the outflow of capital remains unchecked and the economic development of the area is undermined.” (PE, p.221)

CONCLUSION

Hence Baba has given beautiful solutions to all sorts of socio-economic problems in the form of self-sufficient samajas. Where production is geared towards local consumption and where people get scope to live and work in the comfort of their own area as well as have the option to move to a new place should they so desire. These are all important aspects of Prout’s policy on the point of immigration.

Overall, Baba has given numerous clear-cut policies on this significant matter of immigration. Which Baba has explained beautifully in so many discourses. Please reference: ‘Some Specialities of Prout’s Economic System’, ‘Decentralized Economy 1 & 2’, ‘Principles of Balanced Economy’, ‘Economic Dynamics’, ‘Cooperatives’, ‘Agrarian Revolution’ and more. All these discourses are filled with Baba’s golden Prout policies for building up a great human society.

BABA’S BLESSING

Here following Baba guides us that Prout is the way of forward movement.

Baba says, “PROUT is dedicated to the service and welfare of one and all. You should immediately build a one and indivisible human society without further delay by popularising PROUT.” (AFPS-8, p.50)

Baba says, “PROUT equips human beings with their own Prana Dharma and thereby reinforces and strengthens their march along the path of progress.” (PNS-18, p.30)

Baba says, “PROUT is the panacea.” (PNS-18, p.53)

Namaskar,
Vinay

Note 1: WHO CAN MOVE

It should also be understood that in the Prout system, people are entirely free to move from one country to the next, from one samaj to another. In this regard, personal freedom and individual choice stand at the forefront; people may travel & live where they desire. Indeed, so long as one has merged their socio-economic interest with a particular samaj, then that is enough to take up residence in that locale. In that way people may live and work where they like.

Note 2: GUIDANCE FOR ALL REALMS OF LIFE

We know that Baba is the dharma Guru and that in each and every sphere of life He has graciously bestowed upon us clear-cut guidelines for how to proceed. And in our social life those guidelines have taken shape in the form of Prout philosophy. Hence not just on the point of immigration and labor issues, but from birth to death, from village life to global government, from unit to collective, and from start to finish, Baba has beautifully given us the way how to advance and move ahead. Hence there is no question that Prout does not have any policies. Rather Baba’s precise, diamond-like strategies and pin-pointed teachings are our polices. Indeed, it is by these very crystal clear policies that Prout will be established and the entire humanity will grow and prosper.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi eso, tumi eso a’ma’r ghare…” – P.S. 3190

Purport:

Baba, please grace me by coming to my abode. I go on waiting for You on and on, constantly– all the while keeping the lamp of hope lit in my heart. Baba, You are always gracious. I get You in my dreams. By Your grace, I get You in those blissful dreams. And when I wake up then I go on thinking of Your sweet tales and divine presence. On my each and everything, the sketch of Your love is painted. Baba, I always remember You; even if I want to forget I cannot. By Your grace, always each and every second I remember You. When I yearn for You so strongly, then in my heart I feel pain in longing for You. It is then that the thought comes that I should forget You– because by that way at least life will be peaceful. But it is difficult for me; I cannot forget You. Baba, in the deep core of my heart You are always residing there. The whole universe is saturated with Your divine love. You shower Your causeless grace on everyone. Baba, please come in my mental abode; You are my everything…

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Suda’ma’ and Arjuna

Baba says, “Arjuna and Suda’ma’ were great devotees. But while comparing their devotion by this yardstick, we have got to say that Suda’ma’ was a greater devotee than was Arjuna. You know the story in the Maha’bha’rata – Arjuna refused to fight when Shrii Krs’n’a asked him to do so. This shows that Arjuna did not have full faith in and complete surrender to Shrii Krs’n’a. Had there been complete surrender, Arjuna would have done as directed by Shrii Krs’n’a. On the other hand, we notice a complete surrender by Suda’ma’. He never desired anything from Krs’n’a, his sakha’ [friend], who could have given him anything and everything. Howsoever he was, he remained content. Even when his wife forced him to go to Shrii Krs’n’a to request Him to remove his poverty, he went to him but didn’t ask for a thing. Suda’ma’ was a greater devotee than was Arjuna.” (AV-31)
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Subject: Re: Flying Currency Note (Vishvanath)
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2011 14:45:21 +0530
From: tr sukul
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

Namaskar,

True. It happens if we surrender 100 per cent to the Lord.

Namaskar,
Dr T R Sukul

(a.k.a. Dr T R Shukla)

On Sun, Sep 18, 2011 at 6:27 AM, AM-GLOBAL wrote:

Date: 17 Sep 2011 19:14:26 -0000
From: “Ram Chandra Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Flying Currency Note

BABA STORY:

FLYING CURRENCY NOTE

Preview: This is the story of how I found a 100 rupee note floating in the air and that was the exact amount needed for my urgent work.

Namaskar,
The program was arranged that on 30 March 1984 Baba would come to Medininagar (Daltonganj)…

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Date: 17 Sep 2011 19:14:26 -0000
From: “Ram Chandra Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Flying Currency Note

Baba

“Maneri gahane tumi a’cho, a’cho prabhu sada’ jege a’cho…” (4380)

Purport:

Baba, You always remain in the depths of my mind– You never leave me. You always remain awake. You work day and night, across time & space. You never stop. Baba, whatever You want to do, You go on doing. Your liila is constantly unfolding.

Baba, this whole expressed universe is Your eternal game. You are ever-present: Beginningless and endless. You are ever-intoxicated in Your divine flow. You are the Goal of everyone– everyone wants You. You remain with one and all, always.

Baba, those trying to come close to You by their virtuous deeds, those involved in shravan, manan, nididhyasana, & dhyana, only they are able to come to You. Only they are able to realise You and have Your grace and proximity.

Baba, You are grace-Personified…

BABA STORY:

FLYING CURRENCY NOTE

Preview: This is the story of how I found a 100 rupee note floating in the air and that was the exact amount needed for my urgent work.

Namaskar,
The program was arranged that on 30 March 1984 Baba would come to Medininagar (Daltonganj).

Baba also gave the condition that if there is no Marga Guru quarters, there will not be DMC. Hearing this, all the margiis became committed to construct an MG quarters, complete with a place for Baba to stay and a meeting hall. My duty was to collect the requisite funds, arrange the labour, and supervise the construction.

The work was going on “full-steam ahead.”

SERIOUS PROBLEM ARISES

But on 28 March, just two days before Baba’s intended arrival, we ran out of building materials, like cement. All along I had been getting the materials on credit from one shop. This time, however, when I went to get more cement for that day’s work, the shop owner would not give me more supplies on credit. He demanded that I first give him RS1000 and then and only then would he consider giving me more building materials on credit.

I was in a fix – the situation was not good. I had only a little time before Baba’s arrival; in two days Baba would come. And the MG quarters was not completed; plus I did not have the materials to finish that day’s job. The situation was dire.

I needed to gather 1,000 rupees – fast.

GOING DOOR-TO-DOOR:

NO HOPE IN SIGHT

After paincajanya, I got on my bicycle and went door to door to margiis’ houses to collect money. I spent the entire morning and I got 900 rupees, but no matter how hard I tried, I could not collect the full amount needed. I was 100 rupees short. It was around 11:30am and it was very hot.

I reviewed the situation in my mind: The labourers were waiting on-site; the shopkeeper was not giving me the cement. I was short RS100 and my financial sources had dried up. Plus since morning I had not had anything to eat or drink and my health was not good. All morning I was bicycling everywhere in order to collect funds for the materials and I was exhausted as well as hungry and thirsty.

I was suffering from terrible anxiety: (a) I was short on money; (b) I could not get the building materials; (c) the MG quarters would not be finished; and (d), Baba would not conduct DMC. Thinking all this, I felt very sad.

SURRENDERING TO BABA

While I was bicycling along Panki road, I began reflecting mentally: “Baba, without Your grace this is impossible for me; I cannot complete Your job; if You wish then it will be done; if You choose not to shower Your grace, I am going to give this money and duty to the bhukti pradhan and let him do it – it is impossible for me without Your grace.”

I surrendered fully to Baba thinking, “This is only possible by Your grace; I am helpless.”

I went on thinking how nobody is giving me RS100 and the shopkeeper is not going to give me the cement and the laborers are sitting there unable to work. I thought: “I cannot go on like this.” I was very disturbed psychically. All these thoughts were arising in my mind as I was slowly bicycling along. It was broad daylight, but all around me it was dark. I was in a quandary as to what to do. Chanting Baba’s name I was moving along slowly.

BABA SHOWERS HIS GRACE

Suddenly, what’s this I see! A 100 rupee note is floating towards me from the opposite direction. Although the road is a quite crowded, I see that the note is coming directly towards me. When it came closer, I loudly cried out to the money, “Stop I need you. Stop, I need you.”

By Baba’s grace the rupee note fell to the ground and I got down from my bicycle and I picked up the money.

I became so happy that tears began rolling down my face. I quickly pedaled to the shopkeeper’s store and gave him the 100 rupee note along with the other RS900 and I got the cement. I told him my purchase was delayed because there was shortage of money – to resolve the matter I had to ask my Gurudeva for a contribution.

I do not know what the shopkeeper understood by my words. But when I reached the ashram I told everybody that I was 100 rupees short when Baba made the final contribution Himself. I then filled out the donation receipt in Baba’s name and handed over the cement to the laborers. They did the job. And ultimately Baba came: He was very happy and conducted DMC

And it all happened solely because of Baba’s grace.

Namaskar,
Vishvanath

p.s. Some may be thinking that 100 rupees is not a lot of money. But you must recall this was 1984. But even then that does not explain the matter fully. Think of it this way:
If you are very hungry and you do not have any food then even one bite of food is very tasty and rejuvenating. Similarly, if you need to buy something but are a little bit short of funds, then that amount of money is very precious, regardless of how little it may be.

There are two essential factors contributing to the intensity of my experience: The urgency of the work (i.e. Baba’s impending arrival) and the materials needed to to the work. The solution to both of these matters was RS100. So you can imagine how I felt.

Note: ABOUT THE ABOVE STORY

The above story, narrated by brother Vishvanathji of Medininagar (Daltonganj), teaches us that when one surrenders fully to Guru and feels helpless, then Guru will certainly shower His grace. When Vishvanathji was thinking that he could manage the situation by his own doing then he was not successful. But when he surrendered to Baba then everything changed and the work was beautifully managed. So surrender is the key point.

Following are some of Baba’s many teachings on surrender. As we know this is a deeply spiritual concept far beyond the realm of any selfishness. I find reviewing Baba’s teachings on this topic is always helpful and inspiring.

First is one of Baba’s famous guidelines from the Mahabharata era when the Pandava Queen Draopadi was being disrobed in the Kaurava court for all to see. Yet because she surrendered fully, she was saved.

Baba says, “The story goes [in the Mahábhárata] that so long as Draopadi kept even a grain of dependence on her own strength, she remained constantly under the threat of being exposed before the congregation. The moment she found herself completely helpless and reposed all faith in the Lord, Náráyańa, she got the divine help. So one who feels this attraction and surrenders oneself completely to Him is bound to get His help. One, on the other hand, who keeps even one paisa with oneself, fails to get that help.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 23, Mysticism and Spirituality)

Here we should keep in mind that surrender to Guru is unconditional. If one thinks, “I am surrendering to You Baba and by this way I will get the money” etc, then that so-called surrender is totally useless. As we know, in surrender we are surrendering our petty egoistic feelings to Baba. Then and only then we can become His medium, otherwise not.

Baba says, “One needs to surrender oneself completely. Until and unless there is cent percent surrender, it is naive to think in terms of accomplishing the task.” (AV-23, Mysticism and Spirituality)

Baba says, “What you must do is simply surrender to the Lord and leave everything else to Him and Him alone. Your ideal should be the Lord, and your effort should be towards a complete self-surrender. You should ask the Lord to make you what He wants. You should ask the Lord to take that work from You which He desires.” (AV-31)

Baba says, “Prapatti means complete surrender. The inner spirit of prapatti is that whatever is taking place in the universe is all due to the Cosmic will. Had Parama Puruśa willed otherwise, things would have been different. Hence the Cosmic will is at the root of each and every action. Thus we should say, “O Lord, Thy will be done. I am but a machine. Utilize this machine in any way You like. I am nothing but a mere tool in your hands.” This is the spirit of prapattiváda.” (NKS, Disc: 4)

Baba says, “However little one’s capacity might be, if one constantly remembers that Parama Purus’a is always with him, that they are in the closest contact with Parama Purus’a, they will be able to do everything. They are not as small as they think themselves to be. And as long as they remember this closest association with Him, they can do much more than ordinary human beings. When this idea becomes permanently established in their minds, they become great. This is why no one should be disappointed or depressed in any circumstances; let everyone constantly perform great deeds, remembering that the flow of their capacity is coming from Parama Purus’a, and thus they can do everything.” (AFPS-3, p. 62)

Namaskar,
Ram Chandra

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Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2011 07:22:21 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Giriish Deva ”
Subject: Baba Story: Caring For Animals

Baba

== BABA STORY: CARING FOR ANIMALS ==

Namaskar,
In 1988, during a WT reporting session for Kolkata region, Baba pointed out one worker: “After drinking coconut water why did you throw the coconut shell on somebody who was also eating?”

The Wt was shocked to hear this and wondered how could this be.

Baba reminded him of the situation: “A few days ago you were drinking coconut water. When you were done, then you carelessly threw that heavy green coconut towards the side of the road without looking to see who was there. That heavy coconut fell on one dog that was eating beside the road. But you did not care that the dog was hurt. The dog ran away crying.”

Hearing Baba’s narration, the entire scene flashed in the mind of that wt and he felt felt ashamed for what he had done. Baba rebuked him and the dada’s punishment was to beg apology by touching the feet of all the wts present. Then he promised never to commit such a sin ever again and to be kind to all creatures.

Namaskar,
Giriish

THREE OF BABA’S TEACHINGS

#1: MUST SHOW KINDNESS TO ALL

As sadhakas, we must have love and affection for the entire creation. We should be careful and respectful towards all beings. We must not hurt others unnecessarily, whether that be a human being, animal or plant.

#2 WHEN ONE MAKES A MISTAKE…

When one makes a mistake and feels repentance for their wrongdoing then Baba ignores their mistake because the person understands the problem and will not commit that same wrong in the future.

But when a person commits a mistake and (a) is unaware about their wrongdoing, or (b) thinks the mistake is justified because “I have a special status”, or (c) knows it is wrong but does it anyway as he thinks no one sees or knows about it, then in all those cases Baba will certainly point out, rebuke, or punish that person in order to rectify them.

The central idea is that if one has committed a mistake and has repentance then Baba ignores the matter.

#3; MUST ADHERE TO OUR AM STANDARD

Generally speaking, if a common person behaves in accordance with the accepted societal norms of the day then they are not punished for their action. For instance, if a person eats meat in a country where meat-eating is the norm, then they are not to be blamed for their action. Similarly if a person engages in pre-marital sex when the whole society is doing the same, then once again that person is not blameworthy. Because they are acting in accordance with the accepted societal norms.

But in AM it is not like that. No dada, didi, or margii can follow the “existing social norms” and expect to escape punishment.

For instance, if any Ananda Margii (dada, didi or family person) eats meat then they are culpable and will face the consequences. Same if one engages in pre-marital sex; in that case too they will face the wrath of prakrti.

The point being that Ananda Margiis are the vanguards of a neo-humanistic social order. By Baba’s grace we have been blessed with all His teachings on dharma. So we cannot just give those up and follow common social trends. If we do that we are committing sin. And we will not be spared.

We have to follow the social code of Ananda Marga – in each and every circumstance regardless of what is accepted by the general society.

So in the above story, the dada was negligent in his dealing with one street dog. In India, street dogs are not treated well; everyone kicks them and pushes them around. Thus the dada’s action did not contravene the social norm of the day, but he did fail to live up to our AM code of neo-humanism. For that reason he was punished.

No Ananda Margii can say or think that, “Well this is done in the general society so I can also do that.” This is the wrong outlook. We always have to live up to our AM standard, not any other. This applies to each and every conduct rule and guideline.

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Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2011 18:27:04
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: How to Deal with Dark Aspects…
From: Jiivendra

Baba

HOW TO DEAL WITH DARK ASPECTS

OF PERSONAL AND SOCIAL LIFE

Namaskar,
In the life of every person and in the history of every community and land, there are deeply dark aspects and painful memories, filled with despair, bloodshed, and untold suffering. One can spend a lifetime plunging themselves into those woes of misfortune and angst.

Yet to indulge in such type of dark thinking of thinking is not at all beneficial. It does not bear any fruit– neither for an individual nor the collective humanity.

That is why in His revolutionary way, Baba has ensured that our Marga will always rise above the dark side of life.

In His discourse, ‘Our Social Treatise’, Baba says the following about our AM social system and way of life.

Baba says, “[That which is true] has been accepted, and the dark aspects of life have not been given any scope to flourish.” (PNS-16)

Let’s take a moment to investigate what Baba means by the above statement and see how this practically benefits both individuals and whole communities.

COLLECTIVE HISTORY:

DARK ASPECTS ARE FAR LEARNING NOT FOR RELIVING

When Baba discusses the division of India, being the Parama Purusa, He could have indulged in countless tales about the butchering, devastation, bloodshed, and gory incidents that took place.

Instead, Baba pointedly analyzes the defects of Gandhi’s approach and warns how we should never fall prey to communal sentiments. That is the main emphasis and teaching point. He does not go on and on about the various horrors.

So on the point of history, Baba’s guideline is to briefly look back, learn from those past mistakes so that they are not repeated, and move ahead in the proper direction.

In contrast, so many groups and communities indulge in harping about the past such that they become crippled and are unable to move ahead. Instead they just invite frustration, anger, and hate.

African American history is taught in such a way that nearly every hateful and gory incident involving slavery has been regurgitated and given new life wherein blacks infest their mind with anger and even blame whites of today for crimes committed generations ago.

Such an approach undermines our African American community and hinders the growth of our brothers and sisters. By this way, those frustrations live on and on, racism increases, and the flames of hatred burn high into the sky.

Baba’s approach is this: Yes slavery happened; yes it was a slur on the humanity; and yes we should learn from it and move on, and not get caught up in drowning the mind in those dark moments.

Jewish history also often involves overturning each and every stone and analyzing the exact degree to which Jews have suffered. They uncover every minute detail and relive it in such a way that all those torments get dug up and take on a life of their own– infesting the heart and minds of today’s people.

And indeed, this is the way nearly all peoples recount their history. In such cases, whole communities get submerged in the hurtful memories and dark aspects of life. That becomes their living reality for the present as they bear the grudges of generations ago.

But this fateful approach does not bode well for the humanity. Rather than learning from the past, people get caught up in it, thereby shackling themselves with those dark moments.

That is why Baba distinctly opposes this type of degrading outlook on life, and has instead have given a whole new way for our Marga to march ahead where in we learn from the past yet move forward with a optimistic outlook.

Baba says, “[That which is true] has been accepted, and the dark aspects of life have not been given any scope to flourish.” (PNS-16)

IN AM LIFE MOVES FORWARD IN A BRIGHT WAY

Baba’s world view is wholly positive in nature.

“A’nanda’ddhyeva….a’nandam’ prayantyabhisam’vishanti.”

Baba says, “This quinquelemental world has been born out of bliss, is being maintained in bliss and into sacred bliss it will melt.” (NKS)

By infusing this spirit into the life of each and every human being, people are then able to embrace a positive outlook on life.

AM steers clear from the Christian dogma that this world was born out of sin and such that people become tied and bound by that sinful disease.

Rather in AM, we perpetually celebrate the finer moments of human existence and embrace the subtler aspects of human life. This is reflected by our view on history, our daily outlook, and by our festivals and holidays.

Each and every religion has days where they mourn for the hell that took place in the past, rekindling those dark and gory memories.

But Baba does not appreciate that humans should live life in such a bleak way, always plunging oneself in the misfortune of the past. That is why in AM, each and every festival is based on merriment and joy.

Baba says, “The sweetness of a festival brings new joy and vigour in life…’an occasion which gives human beings fresh inspiration to live a new life’.” (AFPS-5)

Even on the point of remembering those who gave their life for dharma, we remember their glory and honor them all on the same day, once a year on Dadhicii Divas. Otherwise each and every day would become a time to mourn for the fallen and so many shrines would be erected, always reminding the people of that fateful or sad moment. Just like one opportunistic group leader did by erecting a gate or shrine in Ananda Nagar in the name of our dear Dada Abhipremanada who was murdered. But this is not what Baba wants, nor is that His teaching. The past should not be used to divide people or rekindle harsh memories.

REMEMBERING THOSE WHO DIED

In our personal lives, we live on this earth with so many friends and family. And human beings are mortal. Naturally then we will know so many who die such that we can pass our days on this earth mourning those losses again and again, day in & day out.

To counteract this human tendency, Baba has given that the period of mourning should be for a limited number of days and then one should then move ahead in a bright new way.

He does not want that on the individual level we should also get stuck in the mire and sorrow of the past.

Unfortunately in today’s society, not only do people mourn the deceased year after year, reliving those sad moments again and again, but society on the whole gets engrossed in sensational news where a mother drowns her child, or a person dressed as Santa Claus kills his family, or whatever the case may be. These dark aspects get reported again and again and fill people’s mental plate.

SOME INTENT ON FOLLOWING MAHAPRAYAN

As margiis, our revolutionary approach is to fill the world with positive ideas and optimism.

Unfortunately some in our Marga have gone so far as to reduce Parama Purusa Himself to being an ordinary mortal and they are intent on mourning the so-called solemn occasion again and again on Oct 21, calling it Mahaprayan.

This is also an example of allowing the darkened aspects of life to flourish– which Baba does not approve.

When Baba Himself is the Parama Purusa and is that eternal entity who remain with us always in our hearts, then where is there meaning or value in sinking oneself in the false and dark nature of Mahaprayan.

Our ideal is to remember how Baba is with us each and every moment and not get lost in the dogmatic notion that He is gone.

No doubt, the groupist organisers of Mahaprayan will have their selfish logic and reasoning, but those who are true sadhakas should not be tainted by that.

BABA’S BLESSING

BY His grace we should embrace the blissful approach of AM and live in the present knowing that He is always with us.

Baba says, “Parama Purus’a, the Supreme Father, is always with you and you are never alone…So my advice to you all, my direction to you all, my instruction to you all, is that you should move along the path of spirituality fearlessly, and you should remember that as Parama Purus’a, the Supreme Father, is your Father, [and He is always with you].” (AV-12)

Namaskar,
Jiivendra

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Korn aja’na’r buk theke ele, korn asiime bhese ja’o…” (PS 2222)

PS Intro: In this following song Parama Purusa is posing His questions & speaking directly to the devotee.

Purport:

From which unknown bosom have You come and what is your goal. In which direction are you floating. You must know you are not meagre or insignificant. You are the expression of Cosmic Consciousness. He has created you according to His desire; You are within Him. Now tell me what you want; what are your desires and longings. You should know that your Goal is the Parama Purusa.

For ages You remained oblivious of your own existence; era afer era passed like that. You were seeking the answer to all your worries, anxieties, and problems externally. You were trying to find happiness outside; and, you were trying to quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger from material things. You never tried to look within.

Everything is hidden within you. Look within and you will get everything. Just you have to turn your eyes from outside to inside. Divert your vision from external to internal. The Divine Entity– who is your everything, who is your shelter– He knows each and everything about you. He knows your past, present, and future– everything. And He loves you too.

Your future is situated in Him up to eternity. Yet forgetting this eternal and divine truth, what are you looking for. Do not waste your time. The Divine Entity has bestowed you with human life. Utililse it to satisfy Him. Do everything according to His wishes. By this way your coming on this earth will be successful…

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WT Conduct Rule: 360 Degrees

Baba says, “Always remain united and organised. Solve all problems big and small in a united way. Advise every Ananda Margii to remain united at all times.”
(Point #31 of ’32 Rules for Avadhu’tas’)

Note: Alas where are those workers whose mind is saturated with this Baba’s golden teaching. They exist, but they are not in the top posts. Because of such margiis and Wts the earth is saved.
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Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 20:48:22
From: Dharmaviira
Subject: Why Boring Sadhana
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

== WHY BORING SADHANA ==

Namaskar,
Every sadhaka is aware that the repetition of our ista manta is based on the divine idea that the individual mind of the unit being can become one with the vast ocean of that Cosmic mind. So our mantra japa has tremendous meaning and is part and parcel of our spiritual cult.

Here and there however, some lose sight of the greater meaning of their ista mantra and instead get stuck up in a literal meaning. This below story where one of our esteemed acaryas was doing a lesson review with one margii follows this pattern.

STORY: ‘THE SMILING SADHAKA’

At dharmacakra, one acarya told this following story about his own experience when doing a lesson review with on youth.

One time a margii university student approached this acaryaji and requested him to do a lesson review. As that is one of the chief duties of our wts, the acarya wholeheartedly attended to this request.

So the acarya reviewed various aspects of that sadhaka’s meditation, including his ista mantra. And everything seemed fine so then they both sad down for sadhana, sitting a short distance from one another.

After some time, the acarya opened his eyes and looked over at the young sadhaka to see how everything was going. And he noticed that the student was broadly smiling while doing sadhana.

Gently the acarya walked over to inquire about the student’s meditation. And the acarya said, ‘I noticed that you are smiling in your sadhana, are you repeating your ista mantra’.

Then the student very sincerely told, ‘Yes I am repeating my ista mantra, and I am smiling because that is the meaning of the mantra’.

Then the acaryaji requested, ‘Tell me what mantra you are repeating’.

Then in quick fashion the student told his mantra. And the fast way in which he spoke it, the mantra sounded just like the Hindi word for smiling. Then the student very sincerely told, ‘So I am just doing what the mantra says to do– that is why I am smiling in my meditation’.

And then at that point acaryaji understood exactly what the student’s problem was. Instead of understanding that the devotional meaning of the mantra is related with the divine idea of calling out to Parama Purusa, instead of that the boy was just taking the mantra too literally. And in his innocence the student was repeating the mantra and literally taking it to be one Hindi word meaning ‘smiling’.

So he could not link up with the proper ideation of the mantra.

Instead with this overly literal meaning, the boy was just following what the mantra said to do. That is why he was smiling doing sadhana.

At that point the acarayaji gently guided the youth in the proper direction. He told, ‘Do not think of the mantra in such a literal way that it just turns into one common Hindi word meaning smiling. Literally repeating the mantra in that parrot-like fashion will not work. Rather when you do your sadhana then when you inhale repeat the first syllable of the
mantra and think about yourself. And then when you exhale with full devotional feeling repeat the second syllable of the mantra and ideate on merging into Parama Purusa. This of ideation must be followed when repeating your mantra– this is the of proper ideation. And when sincerely following this approach then your sadhana will be successful.’

Thereafter, when the youth returned to his meditation he properly followed this approach and his sadhana naturally flowed in a deeply devotional rhythm– as he repeated his mantra and linked with Parama Purusa each and every breath.

BABA’S SPECIAL EXPLANATION

In His unique discourse, ‘The Stance of Salvation and How to Attain It’, Baba guides us about what can happen when one takes the meaning of their mantra too literally.

On page 84 of SS-18 (1992 Edn), Baba explains how one sadhaka was repeating the mantra ‘Rama’. The first syllable was ‘Ra’ and the second was ‘Ma’. But the meditator was thinking too literally about each of the syllables. So instead of ideating on the divine concept of merging in the vastness of Parama Purusa, i.e. Rama, instead of that the sadhaka just became bored with the literal sound of each syllable of their mantra– Ra & ma. In that boredom, the sadhaka could not keep their mind fixed on the syllables of the mantra. So when repeating ‘Ra’, the sadhaka was thinking about ‘ma’ and when repeating ‘ma’ he was thinking about ‘ra’. In that way the sadhaka totally reversed the entire mantra. And instead of thinking about the divine idea of ‘Rama’, the sadhaka reversed the syllables and was literally repeating ‘mara’– which means death.

This all happened because the sadhaka took the process of repeating the mantra too literally. And in that way the mind could not sustain any psychic or devotional flow. Just it got stuck in the literal repetition of each of the syllables.

WHAT SHOULD BE OUR APPROACH

We should not allow such things to happen to us in our meditation. Sometimes we see in sadhana shivir programs that some sadhakas get bored or start falling asleep in their meditation. Sometimes this happens at our various AMPS functions. In most of these cases, the sadhaka is unable to link up with the expansive idea of their mantra. Rather than getting bored and literally repeating each syllable of the mantra, we should just repeat the mantra with the full thought of Parama Purusa in our mental plate.

It is just like when one baby repeats ‘mama’. The whole time the baby is yearning for its mother. It is not thinking of the literal meaning of ‘ma’ on the first syllable and then the literal meaning of ‘ma’ on the second syllable. This is not the way the baby’s mind is working– not in that literal fashion. Rather with wholehearted love and yearning the baby is ensconced in the idea of mother and crying out ‘mama…mama…mama’. And by that way the baby gets its mother.

Similarly, in our sadhana we should devotionally ensconce the mind in Parama Purusa and use the mantra as a means to call out to Him. This is our devotional approach in sadhana– thus permanently ending the problem of boredom in sadhana. This is Baba’s divine teaching.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s divine grace and by ideating on Him when we do our mantra japa, then one will reach that pinnacled point.

Baba says, “Be established in Parama Purusa…come in contact with the universal flow of divine nectar…for a sa’dhaka, the most valuable thing is his ista mantra. With the help of the ista mantra and his personal incantation, a sa’dhaka will attain enlightenment.” (SS-18, p.95)

Namaksar,
Dharmaviira

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

PS Intro: This following song can be taught to non-margiis as it belongs in the ‘Krsnaliila’ series. As we know, in Baba’s Prabhat Samgiita collection, there are a number of songs about Lord Krsna. So when any program is organised related with Krsnaliila, then these songs are most useful to attract non-margii devotees who have love for Krsna. So this song is not for our regular devotional chanting. This is not a devotional song for Ananda Margiis. If anyone has any doubt or confusion about this, please refer to Baba’s discourse: “Onm’kara and Is’t’a Mantra”.

“Ka’j kare yete esechi dhara’te, kuruks’etra ei dhara’…” (PS 1307)

Purport:

O’ Lord, by Your grace, I have come in this world to do work and serve You; this world is kuruks’etra [1]. O’ my dearmost, with Your divine compassion I have come here to engage in positive work and serve the humanity. Remaining idle and inert, and wasting time in lethargy is not the flow of life. This is not how human beings should live. O’ Prabhu, by Your divine grace You have blessed me with the energy and motivation to involve in work– to do something for the great cause of dharma.

O’ Lord Krsna, everything You have done with Your cakra [2] and Your bow and arrow. Everyone is aware about Your epic adventures. That immortal tale and everlasting story remains flowing in everyone’s memory– in everyone’s mental plate.

O’ Prabhu, everyone is moving forward by Your divine pull; there is no scope for anyone to pause or stop. No one can lag behind; all are moving ahead. O’ Lord Krsna, that divine story of the Mahabharat led by You Yourself which took place on Kuruksetra is filled with song and has been beautifully written by the great sage, Dvaepa’yan [3].

O’ my Lord, by Your grace I have come on this earth to serve You and work for the welfare of all..

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1307:

[1] Kuruks’etra: Everyone knows that the meaning of dharmaks’etra is one’s human body whereas kuruks’etra has two meanings. The first meaning of Kuruks’etra is that area of land near Delhi in the state of Haryana where the Mahabharta battle was fought around 3500 years ago. And the second meaning of Kuruks’etra refers to the grand idea that everyone has come into this world to so some work– because this world is known as kuruks’etra. Here following is Baba’s special explanation.

Baba says, “The real name of this world is kuruks’etra, because it is always telling you Kuru, kuru, kuru – ‘Go on working and working and working. Don’t sit idle. Don’t let your existence fall under a curse due to your indolence. Move towards success through your works.’ So the real name of that ks’etra [field] which constantly advises you in this way is kuruks’etra. Kuruks´etra thus stands for the manifested world around us, the sam’sa’ra, where you exist in your physical body, dharmaks’etra.” (DKG)

Indeed Baba has graciously given so many discourses on the meaning of Kuruks’etra and by listening to His Prabhat Samgiita people can refresh their mind of the real meaning of Kuruks’etra.

Here the overarching idea is that all the various aspects of Baba’s expansive AM ideology are present in seed form in His collection of Prabhat Samgiita. Baba has written His Prabhat Samgiita very indirectly and those with a pointed mind understand how each song links with in-depth explanations which He has given in His AM philosophical discourses.

[2] Cakra: This term has a variety of meanings and in this song Baba is referring to one of the weapons of Lord Krsna. Because during the Mahabharat battle, there were times when Lord Krsna unveiled His divine cakra.

Here below Baba Himself describes the historic scene in the Mahabharat where the people thought Lord Krsna covered the sun with His cakra so that Arjuna could fufill his great vow of slaying the immoral Jayadrath.

Baba says, “You know what happened at the time of Jayadratha’s death. Arjuna, as per his vow, was supposed to go to the funeral pyre immediately after sunset in order to keep his promise. Suddenly people observed that the sun was no longer in the sky and that it had become dark all around. Everyone thought that the sun had already set. Those who were devotees, not philosophers, commented that Lord Krs’n’a had covered the sun with His Sudarshana Cakra…and people thought that the sun had gone down. Soon Arjuna was able to keep his promise and kill Jayadratha. ” (NKS, Disc: 24)

[3] Dvaepa’yan: This is another name for the great poet Vedavyasa Deva who recorded the Mahabharat in written form.

Baba says, “Krs’n’advaepa’yan’a Vya’sa is renowned as Vedavya’sa for having divided the Vedas into three main portions (Rk, Yajuh, and Atharva)…He was born in a fisherman’s family (Kaevarta [a fishing caste]) on a blackish island that rose out of the waters of the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamuna at Prayag, and for this reason the people gave him the name Krs’n’advaepa’yan’a. This Krs’n’advaepa’yan’a or Vedavya’sa was the composer of the Mahabharata. The Mahabharata was composed long, long, long after the Vedas, but nonetheless it is undoubtedly more than three thousand years old.” (SC-2, Disc: 11)

Final Note: Baba composed the above Prabhat Samgiita #1307 on 29 Feb 1984 when He Himself was touring through Kuruks’etra, thus giving credence to the idea that indeed the historical account of the Mahabharat is itiha’sa.

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From: “Manindra Singh”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: 14 Sep 2011 21:47:08 -0000
Subject: The Divine Communication

Baba

== DEVOTIONAL HISTORY OF PRABHAT SAMGIITA ==

Namaskar,
As every Ananda Margii knows, Baba first began composing Prabhat Samgiita
in Deoghar on September 14, 1982. That was when His divine songs first took
expression. Today is once again a celebration and remembrance of that occasion. It marks a deeply devotional gift for all sadhakas of the Marga

MILK-MAN STORY

And actually that time a few people asked Baba why this was not done
earlier. That it would have been good if Prabhat Samgiita had been given
sooner. Then Baba gave His reply via analogy. He told that just as the
milkman does not milch the cow prematurely, similarly in order to give
Prabhat Samgiita first He had to wait for sadhakas to reach the proper
standard. Thus it took many years and when Ananda Margiis were finally
ready, then Prabhat Samgiita was given. So as soon as the moment was ripe,
as soon as that auspicious time arrived, then Baba graciously started
composing Prabhat Samgiita.

BEFORE PRABHAT SAMGIITA STARTED

Prior to Prabhat Samgiita, among other things all Ananda Margiis were
encouraged to write and sing their own bhajans. So people were doing just
that; & others were searching for songs in various places. At the same time
though it was a regular occurrence for Baba to be displeased by many of
these bhajans, as they were of dogmatic type. Of course no one was singing
or writing those songs to displease Him, but often the meaning of those
songs were inconsistent with our AM devotional cult. Even such bhajans were
negative style.

For example in the common society at various religious gatherings they sing
songs about dogmatic themes like “heaven and hell”, or “Oh Lord I am
sinner and You are great…” etc. And in those earlier days margiis
directly came from those very religions. So they innocently brought those
dogmatic bhajans and they were singing those songs in their mother tongue
at AM programs.

In particular at one DMC, it may have been Patna 1st January DMC, one
religious-based negative bhajan was going on. The song was like this–

“Majadha’r me par’a’ hu’m…Koii nahin saha’ra'”.

Meaning: “Baba, I am in a wild whirlpool. And caught up in that. Huge
amount of uncontrolled water. And floating away. Going to die. I do not
have any hope, that anyone will save me. I am shelterless….” Etc, etc

So when Baba heard this, then He became furious and He sharply interjected
& loudly spoke, “You are not shelterless! Stop this song.” Immediately then
Dadas interrupted and the song was stopped. So like that the situation got
managed and other margiis started singing.

So all this was going on for the months and years prior to September 1982–
so Prabhat Samgiita did not just suddenly appear out of the blue.

Because all along Baba had made everyone understand that AM teachings
should be exemplified in all the ways– including our bhajans or devotional
songs. So with full sincerity margiis, dadas, and didis were trying write
or find songs that were properly linking with Baba’s teachings, but they
could not manage.

So Baba had given all sorts of opportunities until finally when the stage
was set, and the moment was right then by Baba’s grace Prabhat Samgiita was
started.

GUIDING IN THE REALM OF AESTHETIC SCIENCE

And being the Taraka Brahma Baba has to make such a contribution. Because
from Prout to Neo-Humanism to Microvita to spiritual science to Dhya’na
etc, and from subjective approach to objective adjustment in all the realms
everything He has given. So in that case how He can lag behind and overlook
the field of aesthetic science. How can He not guide in that realm when it
was the very need to establish a perfect example in aesthetic science–
when this is the linking point from the subtler mind to higher self.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA IS THE MISSING LINK

As we know crude people do not appreciate finer things; and that is why
Muslims and other such types do not participate in devotional songs. But
when the sweetness of the heart is there and devotees are singing and
dancing etc then that is everything.

Thus by giving Prabhat Samgiita, Baba has beautifully filled one missing
link. Because after half-bath and preparing oneself in the physico-psychic
way, then one link is needed before starting kiirtan. The intimate sharing
of one’s personal devotional feeling is needed.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KIIRTAN AND PRABHAT SAMGIITA

Kiirtan itself is the expression of one idea: Highlighting the glory of
Parama Purus’a. So we are blessed to have our Baba-Nam-Kevalam kiirtan.

But sadhakas are not satisfied with just the singing of kiirtan. Because
every devotee also wants to express some personal, devotional, sentimental
feeling of the heart to their most loving Parama Purusa. Because He is the
Dearest One of the heart, the Heart of hearts, and the Soul of souls.

So it is natural that a sadhaka wants to pour or open their whole heart.
And this can only be done by sitting in a lonely place and singing to Him
directly and talking to Him. And in this way Prabhat Samgiita is the
perfect medium.

Because Kiirtan is more of a collective approach, or we can say that it is
even a little higher because only one idea is there– that Baba’s glory is
everything. That is the one central idea of our kiirtan.

But, as we know, in devotional life all kinds of personal ideas are there
and the mind needs to be able to goad those feelings towards Him. So this
is the essential difference between bhajans and kiirtan. Because so many
sentimental feelings and so many tales of the heart cannot get expressed in
the collective flow. Because everybody has their own feeling; all the
devotees like to share in their own way; and it depends on everyone’s
standard. Some devotees have a special type of relation with Parama Purusa
and some have a different type of relation with Parama Purusa.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA: AN INTIMATE EXPERIENCE

So Baba has given Prabhat Samgiita as it is an intimate link. Although
every devotee will admit that ‘Parama Purusa, You are infinite’; but at the
same time they will say “Toma’re ca’i ye ekante…”, I want to have You in
an isolated place. O’ infinite Parama Purusa I want to have You in a very
personal way. In an isolated place so I can open my heart, and You are mine
and mine alone.

Hence although Parama Purusa is infinite, but true devotees do not feel
that He is infinite. They feel that: ‘He is mine and mine alone’.

So in that case there is a deep need to communicate their inner feeling,
otherwise how can there be intimacy. And without intimacy, nobody can
develop in sadhana, because that is devotion. And that only comes with the
pouring of the heart to Him– He who is most close.

In that case without bhajan type of songs, and especially without
Prabhat Samgiita, there is nothing like that. So that is why this missing
link of heart-felt intimacy was there but Baba has fulfilled that gap in
1982 with the birth of Prabhat Samgiita.

BABA’S FIRST SONGS

Thus as Baba began composing songs that intimacy got expressed. And that
depth of personal feeling has gotten deeper and deeper since that starting
point.

As we all know initially Baba started with the song: “Bandhu he niye calo…”
Meaning: O’ Parama Purusa, lead me on towards the fountain of effulgence.
O’ my Lord, please grace me and take me along with You–on Your path. I want
to move along with You…

So Baba’s holy creation of Prabhat Samgiita is from darkness to effulgence.
Where the devotee says, O’ Baba lead me on this very path.
Then in the second song– “E ga’n a’ma’r a’lor jharn’a’ dha’ra’– the
devotee is saying that this is my song of effulgence.

And on and on they go…

EACH AND EVERY PRABHAT SAMGIITA HAS ITS OWN BEAUTY

So each and every song of Prabhat Samgiita has its own unique beauty. And
the speciality is that the entire philosophy is contained within this plus
the feeling of the heart is expressed directly to Parama Purusa. In this
way they are all very personalized.

Thus in true sense Prabhat Samgiita is not for collective singing like
kiirtan etc. Certainly there are a few songs like that no doubt. But all in
all mostly they are personal songs that are completely intimate. And that
is why Baba Himself has written songs such as #463 and #3189 which
essentially say that– O’ Parama Purusa, those songs which I sing with
others in public, those songs are not my favourite; they do not carry the
inner feeling of my heart. Only when I sing in a private and secluded
place, only then in an intimate way can I express the true feeling of my
heart. Only then can I sing my favourite and most intimate songs.

In contrast, that type of inner talking and sharing of the heart with
Parama Purusa is not there in the kiirtan. When in fact the human mind
itself is dominated with various devotional sentiments. It likes to say
something– listen something and have some special feeling. And except for
Prabhat Samgiita, this cannot get expressed in any other way.

So that is why in each and every devotee’s life Prabhat Samgiita has a
special place. Of course each and every teaching of Baba has a special
place. Some in the realm of philosophy, some in social science, etc– but
Prabhat Samgiita this is a very close affair that is between me and Parama
Purusa. And like this Baba has guided that in this way you can say all
these things.

SHOWING THE WAY

So before Prabhat Samgiita, people were unaware how they could proceed
in their devotional relation with Baba. They were unsure as to whether they
should accuse Parama Purusa about His heartlessness– that He is not
responding to my calling. Or whether they should tell Him that, O’ Parama
Purusa, You are so cruel and You do not care about me that how I am crying’.
And not just now but all these feelings were coming earlier also. But
devotees were unaware whether this is proper or improper to say like that.

But in Prabhat Samgiita, Baba has addressed all these things and given the
answer.

NO BARRIERS OR COMPLEXES

So in Prabhat Samgiita, Baba guides us that between Parama Purus’a and
devotees there should not be any barriers. Barriers are not good as they
only create nahimnabodh, difference of duality, and feelings of high and low.

Whereas with Parama Purusa we have a unique relation as He is our most
close One. In that manner, Baba has given a new way of thinking about
Parama Purusa that to what extent He can be close.

Because in all those dogmatic religions, like Christianity etc, it is even
a sin to have some sort of loving feeling towards Parama Purusa. Rather one
has to keep distance from the God as He is very cold and distant like some
judge.

HOW THE SWEET RELATION STARTED

But since the time of Lord Krsna this sweet & loving relation with Parama
Purusa has started. And across all the lands devotees from far and wide are
moving ahead in this way. Plus in certain countries it is there. For
example in India certainly it is there– because in general people have
love for Parama Purusa. But in Christianity and Islam, there is no such a
feeling of love. Rather people are afraid and fearful that otherwise God
will not tolerate and we will be beaten. So two different feelings are
there side by side.

According to Baba, this loving feeling was introduced 3500 years ago and
now it has matured, since all these years. So for those who have that very
good samskara or for the common general public– about which the standard
is far higher now– now each and every Ananda Margii can understand that
loving relation with Parama Purus’a, to some or more degree. That is why in
all the discourses Baba says that one should love Parama Purusa. Because
that love is the ultimate way towards realisation– and that love is devotion.

AM IS THE DEVOTIONAL PATH

So Ananda Marga is the devotional path, the loving path, and this is the
way & all the steps. The practical way He has given. Because by theory
alone how much can one understand. By theory alone the heart does not get
satisfied.

Thus the heart does not get fulfilled or satiated by theory. But when the
devotional link is there then the heart gets satiated. Indeed this is the
first step that how one can make Parama Purusa their own and establish a
personal link with Him.

And in that way more closeness and more closeness and then higher lessons
and other things come. But when this basic link is missing then everything
is dry.

Just like when you sow the seed if moisture is not there then in spite of
all the qualities, that seed will never grow. Similarly Prabhat Samgiita
infuses moisture in the heart; it infuses sweetness, so that devotion can
grow.

LINKING WITH PARAMA PURUSA

So this is the beginning link that by infusing the Ista mantra, this will
make more closeness. But for all this there needs to be one link. That who
is Parama Purusa, who is mine, what type of relation do I have, what way I
can express to Him, how far I can open my heart to Him– how far I have the
liberty to do all these things.

And about this Baba openly talks in various songs. So each and every
Prabhat Samgiita expresses its own unique qualities. Those who are not
understanding Prabhat Samgiita think that all these songs are common– that
all are the same. But it is not like that. Each and every song has its own
way of expression and its own beauty. It needs that those understanding
should deeply know this very thing. So Prabhat Samgiita is a unique gift of
Parama Purusa and that day started in 1982.

LONG TERM PREPARATION GOING ON

So by His divine grace Baba Himself has been preparing the sadhaka’s minds
for a long time. And this was the need; thus when Baba thought that it was
the opportune time to impart this lesson then He gave it. And when He did
that that was the right time.

So nobody should think that it took too long to make Prabhat Samgiita or
that it got very delayed, or it got started late. It is not at all like that.

BABA’S DIVINE WAY

Everything which Baba has done is perfectly on time. So in 1982 when
finally the time came and people became qualified; or Baba made it that
this is the time when people will be ready to understand those highly
devotional things. All that is perfect planning and execution.
Because if Baba had given it earlier then many people would not have
understood the internal beauty of Prabhat Samgiita. And for the common
people He has brought this very gift.

In the individual existence all these things can take shape because Parama
Purusa sits in the heart of each and every devotee and He guides them in
His own way. But in the collective life it is comparatively more difficult.
The timing has to be right. Thus in 1982 the conditions were ripe for the
delivery or divine gift of Prabhat Samgiita and those divine songs will
continue to guide devotees and the entire humanity from now up to eternity.

BABA’S BLESSING

Baba says, “All are bound by the ties of fraternity. We will have to move
forward, shoulder to shoulder, together with all.” (PNS-21)

Namaskar,
Manindra

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Ke go tumi a’ji bhare nile sa’ji na’ baliya’ mor phulavane…” (PS 2111)

Purport:

O’ Divine Entity, who are You who has come today in the flower garden of
my mind & without my awareness filled up Your basket by plucking all my
flowers. Which Divine Personality are You who has done like this.
Baba, neither did I ask You to come, nor did I ask You to please sit–
indeed I could not receive You properly in the canopy of my mental flower
garden.
O’ Baba, Your grace is unimaginable. When I call You, then You do not
come; and now without any invitation You have blessed me by coming– it is
Your grace. And You are silently looking at everything in the flower garden
of my mind and You are not telling anything– just You smiled and got
involved in plucking the flowers. Baba, Your liila is unique.
O Parama Purusa, I do not have the capacity to understand what type of
liila’ You are playing. Why do You go on playing with my mind. In my mental
garden, without my awareness, You go on swaying Your love. And You go on
creating vibrations there without my awareness. And You fill my mind with
Your divine attraction and love. Baba, O’ the Divine Entity, You have
graced me by coming…

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Wealth and Sin Live Side by Side

Baba says, “The person who cannot cheat others cannot become a millionaire
overnight. You know as I told many times the goddess of wealth is
established in sin. Only the person who is a terrible sinner and knows how
to cheat others as quickly as possible, only they can be come a
millionaire. The goddess of wealth is the goddess of sin.” (Discourse:
‘Introduction of Various local Gods and Goddesses’, AV-11 [H] pg 7)
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