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Archive for September 16th, 2011

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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