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To: AM-GLOBAL
From: “Phanindra Deva”
Date: Mon, Sep 05 2011 22:39:11 -0700
Subject: If Getting Abused by Non-Margiis

Baba

== IF GETTING ABUSED BY NON-MARGIIS ==

Namaskar,
When doing the dharma pracara of Ananda Marga, we must expect to receive criticism and abuse from non-margiis. It is going to happen.

Here’s the story of what happened when I forgot this above truth.

The other day, a margii brother in my unit came over and then we went to our program to present the views of AM. There was a lot of backlash from various attendees. People from different backgrounds vociferously opposed us. It was now what we expected.

The program concluded and we were not sure what to think – did we do something wrong?

We did sadhana for about 40 minutes and then referred to Baba’s divine discourses in order to gain some clarity and understanding.

Then we came upon the shloka, “Nindantu…”. It was then that all our frustration and confusion melted and we understood why we faced so much heated opposition.

Please take this as a reminder. All of us in AM should keep Baba’s below teaching in mind. Then we will be able to move ahead without hesitation and do His work – without this understanding we are bound to get frustrated.

Baba’s words act as a panacea that clearly alerts to what lies ahead and keeps us inspired to move forward courageously on the path to dharma.

BABA’S TEACHING ON “NINDANTU…”

Nindantu niitinpun’a’h yadi va’ stuvantu….

The following are a selection of Baba’s divine explanations of the above shloka.

Baba says, “Let those well-versed in ethics criticize me or praise me, as they so desire; let Laks’mii, the goddess of wealth, either be gracious enough (because of my activities) to reside in my house, or, if she prefers, go elsewhere; let death visit me today or decades later. It makes little difference to me. Wise people will never withdraw from the path of ideology, the path which they accept as their ideal.” (NKS, Disc: 2)

Baba says, “The sha’stras say that a person must stick to his ideals irrespective of whether he receives praise or abuse, whether wealth comes or wealth goes, whether he lives a thousand years or suffers death the next moment. Such a person is called “dhiira”. My direction to you is to be dhiira. You must stick to your ideals in spite to everything. In this lies your spiritual growth.” (AV-1)

Baba says, “If I am too concerned with those who praise or censure me, I will not find time to do my real work. As I have come to this world only for a short period, my only concern should be to keep on doing the duty the Lord has assigned to me. And while doing this allotted duty, I should remember that I belong to Parama Purus’a. I have come from Him, and I will have to return to Him – and to do that, I must complete my allotted duty.” (SS-12)

Baba says, “What am I going to do regarding the mission of life? If logicians and philosophers condemn me, saying, “That is a very bad man,” let them say this. Or if, due to my movement towards my goal, a certain portion of society appreciates my action, let them appreciate it – it won’t affect me. I won’t be assailed by such appreciations. And if, due to my action, Laks’mii (Laks’mii is the mythological goddess of riches) comes and resides in my house, it is good. If Laks’mii says, “No, I will quit you forever, I won’t remain with you.” that is, you will have to suffer from poverty, let Laks’mii quit my house: And if, due to my course of action, due to my ideology, Pluto, that is, the god of death, comes and says, “I’ll take you,” let Pluto do it! I don’t care! Or if, due to my course of action, due to my ideology, I am forced to live here for an indefinite period, I am ready to live here. You know life becomes boring if one lives for a long period, but I am ready to undergo that boredom, that monotony, for the sake of my ideology.” (AV-12)

Thus we should all strive to inculcate His above teachings into our own lives. Then we will always hold firm to ideology and not be deterred when confronted by problems and troubles. We will have the strength and awareness to proceed on – irregardless of the consequences.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace, those adhering to the path of dharma are always victorious. And in the end the world realises their great contributions, regardless of how much they were vilified earlier. That is the natural law and Baba’s divine proclamation. Hence, we should never be deterred or feel frustrated when facing abuse from non-margiis, just we should move ahead sticking to our ideal, knowing that victory is assured.

Baba says, “You should build a new human society at the earliest possible moment. Regarding those who are likely to create obstacles in your path – let them do so. You should remember that those who are the actual pioneers, the real vanguard of the society, are always a microscopic minority, but it is they who are destined to be victorious. Those who once opposed, or are now opposing or will oppose in the future, will in the future admit: “Yes, we are now driving our vehicle safely and comfortably along the very path which that vanguard once opened by clearing the jungle.” This means that those who cleared the obstacles in the beginning will later be recognized as pioneers. The funny thing is this, that people do not give recognition at the time it is due. This is the natural law. And at the same time you should also remember this simple truth: that in a jungle the number of tigers and lions is always few; the jackals far outnumber them. Yet in the jungle the tigers and lions reign supreme, not the jackals. The jackals are sure to howl, that is their nature; but the tigers and lions will not be frightened.” (AV-6)

Namaskar,
Phanindra

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Para’n’ bhare varan’a kari, eso a’ji a’ma’r ghare…” P.S. 438

Purport:

Baba, please come in my mental abode, on my Guru Cakra. O my dearmost, I want to receive You with my heart content. After receiving You, I will go on gazing toward You with my full heart satisfaction. –Until my eyes get satiated. Baba, I will hold both Your lotus feet, and always keep You in my heart.

I have arranged a reception basket filled with flowers and fruits. And it has been saturated with my heart-felt love. In the corner of my mind, with heart full of sweetness, I want to have You up to eternity. Baba, today You please sit in the lotus of my heart. I am calling You with the practice of shravan, manan, and niddidhyasan. Please come. With a longing which has been hidden in the depths of my heart, since a long time, I am waiting for You. Please grant success, by Your coming. Please come and fulfill my desire, which was rising in the deep corner of my mind since ages. Today, when You will come, then that desire will be quenched. Baba, You please grace me by coming…

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Subject: Re: Story: Baba Told Not To Do Fake Mahaprayan
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2011 03:58:39 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ananda Mayii
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== LETTER FROM A DEVOTEE ==

Namaskar,
Dear devotees of Beloved Baba,

This is in response to the recently posted letter, Story: Baba Told Not To Do Fake Mahaprayan.

It is time again to re-tell these stories once again to convince people of the disrespect they do to Parama Purusa in participating in the so-called mahaprayan programmes in October. The story you have just recounted has again spurred me into writing something on this.

UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO LISTEN

Over and over again, I have noticed that even when rational counter arguments to so-called mahaprayan are respectfully made, it is clear that most margiis are hesitant to think too deeply about this faulty concept of MPD. Indeed it has taken hold in margiis’ minds, and has become so strong a dogma, that I can see people would rather follow the orders of Central, or the prevalent thinking on this, and be considered “true” margiis.

They do not want to allow themselves to think that remembering Baba’s time with them physically in this negative manner of “mahaprayan”, actually connects them to the idea that He is now “gone”, and thus it is only one small step mentally to thinking that He has actually died, in the same way we will all die. I have actually heard acaryas utter the words that He has died. Each time I have heard these words spoken it feels like a stab in my heart, but some others do not even react.

Last time this happened, I did not feel good so I quietly left with tears in my eyes wondering why these people could not understand. A few others joined me as well. We could not appreciate the the so-called mahaprayan program and the negative style of expression and thinking it creates. I have seen that thinking this way is having a negative psychological effect on people’s minds.

STOCK MARKET ANALOGY

Consider this:

Suppose someone made the false claim that the stock market crashed and this news spread all over. In reality the market did not crash but people were told the wrong news that it did crash. With this false news in the mind, many cried out in woe and some actually died from the shock. Yet this all happened for naught because in reality there was no stock market crash.

Similarly, in the case of so-called mahaprayan, some are putting forth the false idea that Baba the Parama Purusa is gone forever. In reality Baba is in our hearts, but people were told that Baba has left, gone, even died. In that state, many became totally sad, depressed, and sunken. They fell into crisis and began worshiping His passing. Yet this all happened needlessly because in reality Baba did not go away, He remains in the heart.

BABA TEACHING:

“I AM WITH YOU”

All His divine discourses on the subject are ignored if we allow our minds to be overly sentimental and (a) not work in deep devotional flow, or (b) take the rational approach that Baba can never leave us as we are in His mind and heart always as He has repeatedly told. So logically, if He is always in our hearts then we never need fear that He is away from us – now or in the future. He repeated this message over and over in His personal contact with His devotees and in His general darshans.

QUESTION TO ALL:

SHOULD WE THINK THAT BABA IS GONE?

It is, unfortunately, some people’s own minds that are demanding that this practice of observing the so-called ahaprayan programme continue. It is up to margiis to question whether it is proper to come together and ideate that Baba left us forever on this day – leaving us shelterless here – and he is now gone.

If they are truly, deeply honest and have really developed a personal relationship with Baba, I am sure the answer will be NO, it is not at all appropriate or helpful to one’s ongoing relationship to Divine Baba to think that He is gone permanently.

BLISS

Thinking that Baba now resides forever in my heart and there is no need to search Him anywhere else, I became lost in the flow of kiirtan, sadahana, and Prabhat Samgiita. This is like a soothing supra aesthetic balm which carries me into the most Blissful ideation on His Liila and that in turn takes me away from the physical surroundings and into the bhava that He and I are in Vrindavan together. I become ecstatic as I dance His Holy kiirtan and feel I am dancing with Him and realised His Bliss only.

Namaskar,
Ananda Mayii

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