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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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