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Archive for October 23rd, 2011

To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Tapan Deva”
Subject: We Should Find Out True Avadhuta
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 20:17:54

Baba

“Ka’che o du’re na’-ja’na’ sure toma’ri ga’n ami shun’echi…” (PS 232)

Purport:

Baba, from all distances and directions, from both near and far, I have heard Your divine song, with its unknown melody. It is Your grace. In the sweet, euphoric breeze across the soothing and charming sky, I have seen Your exquisite beauty. Baba, this entire manifested universe reflects Your grand and magnificent Self.

In the external world, through rhythms and songs, in my happiness and sorrow, nobody was there with me to rejoice in my good days nor wipe away the tears and comfort me in my suffering. Through all the ups and downs of life, I was all alone. Baba, on a dark night, on a lonely pathway, You were there along with me as my eternal companion. Baba, only You were there to love and care for me.

Baba, when times were wrought with tragedy and I did not know what to do, everyone went away, leaving me all alone. Their false love vanished into the oblivion. Baba, through all my suffering and in the midst of danger, only You remained with me. That is why I always hold You in my heart and keep You in my mind. Baba, You are my everything.

Baba, You always reside in heart…

== WE SHOULD FIND OUT THE TRUE AVADHUTA ==

Namaskar,
We should search and seek out avadhutas / avadhutikas according to this definition which Baba has given in His renowned discourse, “Kashi Avadhuta Sabha”.

Baba says, “Sincerity means they [avadhutas / avadhutikas] should be one in thinking, saying, and in action. There will be no difference in their thinking, saying, and action. There will be no hypocrisy. Their saying and action will be clear, concrete, and conclusive. In our day to day life, we meet some persons – those who are thinking one thing, saying another, and doing some other thing. The avadhutas should not do this thing. Their heart should be clean and simple. The simple heart is the only qualification of the sadhakas.” (Kashi Avadhuta Sabha, May 1980)

In reading Baba’s above teachings we can easily understand that merely having the title of avadhuta and the suffix -ananda attached to the end of the name does not make one an avadhuta. Dress and name alone are simply not enough. Everybody and anybody can get that.

In order to become a true avadhuta, sincerity is needed. Without that one will never be a true avadhuta.

Those who have the dress and name of an avadhuta but lack the requisite sincerity should still try and pursue this endeavor of becoming a true avadhuta.

In fact, everyone should aspire to this ideal. For that type of sincerity which Baba describes above is the sign of an ideal sadhaka.

We should all seek out and find such persons who are true avadhutas. And we should aim for that ourselves by achieving perfect symmetry between thought, word, and deed.

Baba says, “There must not be any gap between your thinking and your actions. If there is any gap, that gap should be minimized step by step, and finally thought and action should coincide.” (YP)

Baba says, “In the final stage, that is, when one attains the stage of devatá, then what one thinks, one says; and what one says, one does. There is no difference amongst thinking, saying, and doing. And that is the best stage of human structure or human existence. You should all try to be like this, and I want the number of such persons, who have attained the stratum of devatá, to increase. And you have become workers, or wholetimers, just to increase the number of these devatás in human society.” (Ánanda Vacanámrtam Part 1, From Animality to Divinity)

Namaskar,
Tapan

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To: “AM-GLOBAL”
Sent: Sun, Oct 23, 2011 09:36 AM
Subject: Baba Story: Warning About Firecrackers

Baba

== BABA STORY: WARNING ABOUT FIRECRACKERS ==

Namaskar,
Here is a story from the 1960’s as recounted by senior margii, DR P.D. Singh, an orthopedic surgeon from Ranchi.

The quoted lines below are direct, exact words from our dear margii brother, Dr Singh. That is why this story is told in the first-person using “I”.

Here begins the story….

MY VISIT WITH BABA

During the 1960’s I was a student and I would go and visit Baba often; He was always very gracious would give guidelines and speak on various topics. I had a close and respectful relation with Baba.

On this particular occasion, in late October, during the time of vijaya dashami or deshahara day, all kinds of festivities were going on, including fireworks / firecrackers.
I was sitting with Baba, attending to Him, in His quarters.

In celebration of this festival, many in our local neighborhood were also shooting off firecrackers. I decided to raise this matter with Baba.

I said, “Baba, people misuse crores of rupees (tens of millions) in erecting huge, multi-story paper temples on the road for this festival, and these temples only last 3 – 5 days.”

“Baba, in this festival people also spend crores of rupees on useless festivities like firecrackers. These firecrackers cause hearing loss and bodily injuries etc. It is very painful that people misuse so much money in this way, while on the other side the common masses are suffering terribly.”

Baba replied, “Yes you are right, the poor people are suffering; they do not have food, shelter, clothing, medical care and education. They lack the basic requirements. It would be far better if they served those impoverished people with that money. That would be great social service.”

Baba continued, “These firecrackers are a total misuse and abuse of funds; they also create lots of pollution. The money should be used for social service. Those who love humanity will not misuse their hard earned wealth for such negative pursuits like firecrackers.”

That concludes the story as told by Dr P.D. Singh.

REFLECTION

I think this above story of PD Singh gives a very good and meaninful guideline to us all.

Unfortunately, nowadays in our Marga there is also a competition of lighting fireworks. Tragically, that negative trend has been adopted by some in AM, during both vijaya dashamai and diipavali, and on select other festival days.

We should all be more conscious about this. Those who purchased fireworks should sell them back to shopkeepers in order to follow Baba’s stated guideline.

It is just like if someone purchased poison for their own personal use and later realised that life itself is very important, then they will not ingest it. Rather they will throw it away.

Similarly those who purchased fireworks should not use those firecrackers.

I also used to shoot off fireworks but after hearing this story I stopped immediately. This is a very practical and meaningful guideline. After all, money should not be used and abused but rather spent in a proper way, i.e. for the service of those in need.

Finally, this story of Dr PD Singh was told to me and it is my shortcoming that I could not post it earlier at the proper time before everyone purchased their fireworks for these festival days.

Namaskar,
AM Correspondent

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