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Archive for December 2nd, 2011

Date: 02 Dec 2011 022:18:-4 -0000
From: “Shivadayal Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Who Makes Fake Ananda Vaniis

Baba

Prabhat Samgiita #1115

A’lokera’ oi jharn’adha’ra’y ke go ele tumi aja’na’
Dyylokera oi suvarn’a’bha’ya diye gele more preran’a

A’ma’ra atiita saba tumi ja’na, bhavis’yatera ja’l tumi bona
A’ma’ra manera saba katha’ bojha, a’mi ta’r kichu bujhi na’

Yata ka’ja kari tava kari, toma’ya krpa’ya tomarei sma’ri
Kabe tumi mora dhara’ debe prabhu, tumi ja’n a’mi na’

Purport:

O’ Unknown Entity [1], who are You who has come with the grand flow of effulgence and the golden radiance of the Divine world and given me inspiration.

You know my entire past, and You plan my entire future. You know all about me. You understand all my mental thoughts, but I know nothing about me [2].

Whatever I do, I do for You [3]. With Your grace I remember only You [4]. O’ my Lord, when will You come within my reach. You know, but I do not know… [5]

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1115:

[1] Unknown Entity: Here the devotee is talking with Parama Purusa and calling Him unknown because the bhakta thinks that, “Yes, I know Parama Purusa, but I do not know Him completely.” For this reason, the bhakta is addressing Him as “unknown.” When one knows Him 100% then that sadhaka actually becomes one with Him. Then one’s unit identity is no more. So long as one has their own individual unit consciousness, then one cannot claim that they know Parama Purusa completely. In that case, to some or more degree, He remains “unknown.”

[2] I know nothing about me (a’mi ta’r kichu bujhi na’): People generally think they know everything about themselves; but, in fact, there is much they do not know. A person cannot remember what they ate for lunch 10 days ago or what they were thinking in a particular place at a particular time. People cannot recall all their dreams or life experiences of this life, let alone events from past lives. Nor are they aware about what will occur in the future. That is why in a poetic way we can say, “I do not know anything myself.” Why? Because in truth people are hardly aware about themselves. Yet Parama Purusa knows everything. That is why Baba would constantly remind sadhakas about what they were doing and thinking at particular times in their life. In comparison to His knowledge about us, we do not know anything about ourselves.

[3] Whatever I do, I do for You (yata ka’ja kari tava kari) : This is the expression of devotion. In the worldly sphere, people commonly do everything for their own self-satisfaction and ego. This is what we see happening most of the time. People eat, drink, work, play, shop, and interact for their own unit gain and pleasure. This is the way most ordinary humans behave. And to be honest, animals also follow this pathway; they do for their own self.

Those who are bad people are motivated by self-interest but by their actions they inflict harm on others. For this reason they are worse than ordinary humans and worse than animals as well.

Elevated beings, i.e. devotees, do each and everything to please Parama Purusa, not for self-interest. True Ananda Margiis do not even want to even harm their enemies. Rather the aim is to rectify wrongdoers and not take vengeance against them. That too is a service to Parama Purusa because those depraved people are also expressions of Him.

Here the whole ideas is that only bhaktas are motivated by the aim of serving and pleasing Parama Purusa. Ordinary and crude people cannot think in this way – nor can animals.

[4] By Your grace, I only remember You (toma’ya krpa’ya tomarei sma’ri): When people read Baba’s books and Ananda Marga philosophy, or get inspired by attending a retreat etc, then they think, “I should remember always remember Him and repeat my ista mantra all the time.” Indeed people get all kinds of good ideas. But how easily they forget those good ideas as well. Their inner desire is to remember Him and always do mantra japa, but the next moment, hour or day they forget. That is why it is said that His grace is needed in order to remember Him all the time. Without His grace no one can get success in this endeavour.

[5] Overall Theme Song:

In the first stanza, the central idea is that when Parama Purusa comes in the life then He gives tremendous inspiration. Any and all feelings of frustration, depression, and dejection automatically slip away. When Parama Purusa comes in life then everything becomes blissful. One’s days become full of exuberance and inspiration.

The second and third stanzas of this song represent the feeling of prapatti vada, or surrender theory. Parama Purusa is controlling everything while the bhakta merely surrenders to His sweet will. Parama Purusa knows and manages everything. What He plans, that happens.

So the sadhaka thinks: “I should work according to the energy He has instilled within me. Whatever I do for the betterment of society is His work. With his energy I am completing my allotted tasks. The ultimate doer is He. My duty is to do sadhana and totally depend on Parama Purusa. It is up to Him when I reach the Goal. He will certainly be gracious.”

This is the high degree of surrender expressed in this song.

Here the main idea is that the sadhaka is doing sadhana with deep longing of getting Him but ultimately it all depends on the grace of Parama Purusa. Without His grace, nothing happens. When He showers His grace then people gain realisation, otherwise not. That is why it is said, “Guru krpa hi kevalam” and “Brahma krpa hi kevalam”, i.e the grace of Guru / Brahma is everything. Only Parama Purusa knows when the bhakta will reach the Goal. One must surrender to His will and follow His teachings; all the rest is up to Him.

== WHO MAKES FAKE ANANDA VANIIS ==

Namaskar,
This entire letter is about the situation regarding our A’nanda Va’niis

Because on this upcoming New Year’s Day of Jan 1, 2012, one or more of the leading factions will fabricate and distribute their own fake Ananda Vanii. And this is one dogma which should not be allowed to continue in our Marga. Only Baba’s original teachings are part of our AM shastra, not any groupist ploys such as the Fake Ananda Vaniis.

The New Year’s DMS is just four weeks away – all should vigorously engage in ensuring the name and manner of Baba’s original Ananda Vaniis remain true by objecting to all such Fake Ananda Vaniis.

WE ALL KNOW THAT…

Baba has graced us with a full and complete collection ofA’nanda Va’niis. Just as His teachings of A’nanda Sutram are complete, similarly His collection of A’nanda Va’nii is perfect unto itself. No more need be added in the post 1990 era — rather that would taint the collection.

So the tragedy is that since 1991 various groupist opportunists in Centre and certain factional leaders have injected their own Fake A’nanda Va’niis onto the scene. Obviously no real margii can accept these in their heart; that much is sure.

For everyone’s awareness here following is a little look at the psychological & mental make-up of those who are making these Fake Ananda Vaniis. And thereafter we will review the dharmic qualities of Baba’s authentic Ananda Vaniis.

THREE TYPES OF DISCIPLES

We all know that there are three types of disciples. And now we are going to see which type of disciple will abide by Baba’s teachings and protect the integrity of His Ananda Vaniis, as well as which type of disciple goes against the Guru by creating their own Fake Ananda Vaniis.

“A grade” disciples, learn all the things while they live at the lotus feet of Guru they . And when those “A Grade” disciples go away from the physical satsaunga of the Guru, then they keep all those teachings which they learned in their heart and they follow and propagate them accordingly. Such disciples maintain the integrity of Baba’s Ananda Vaniis.

Grade B Disciples learn some of the things from the Guru and when they leave His presence they may or may not follow those teachings, but they will not propagate anything that goes against Guru’s instructions.

Whereas those who are “C grade” disciples, for them the situation is entirely different. When they sit at the lotus feet of Guru, it appears as though those “C grade” disciples understand and are following whatever Guru tells. But when they go away from the company of the Guru then they leave all those things behind. Means they leave empty-handed; whatever Guru has taught them gets washed away from their mind. So such C-Grade disciples do not follow Guru’s teachings rather; they do something opposite. Such persons invent their own Fake Ananda Vaniis and distribute them around the globe.

This very type of phenomenon Baba has fully discussed in various discourses.

GRADE “C” DISCIPLES: NO SHORTAGE

SEE WHAT THEY DO

There is no scarcity of examples of such C grade disciples. We have seen them in our life and we will see them in future also. About such C grade disciples, when they were physically close with Guru it looked like they are A grade & neo-humanistic. But now their color has been exposed; their true color came and they forgot all those things what our Guru taught. Instead, groupism is rampant; and factionalism, lingualism, and so many isms are raising their ugly head and spreading poison all around– thus polluting the entire margii society.

They want to capture even simple margiis and tie them up in the serpentine noose of groupism. Only almighty Baba is saving the situation.

Furthermore such C grade disciples ruin the Prabhat Samgiita by putting various filmy dancers and female heroines’ pictures on His divine Prabhat Samgiita cassette covers. Indeed such C grade disciples have made so many nuisances. They created dogmatic tiirthas and holy lands, memorial, and dogma after dogma. Not only that, they are seriously involved in curtailing margiis’ rights.

Plus we will see in future how they will collect certain shlokas from Baba’s various books like Shabda Cayanika, A Few Problems Solved, Prout, and Namah Shivaya Shantaya etc, and issue those things as Ananda Sutram. And this they will do in the interest of their own faction or group.

The above are all the tainted works of C Grade disciples. Plus these lowly disciples also invent Fake Ananda Vaniis.

FAKE ANANDA VANII: GROUPISTS AND SUB-GROUPISTS AT WORK

In the case of fake Ananda Vaniis groupist people are collecting various quotes in the favour of their group interest and wrongly labeling them as Ananda Vaniis. This we have seen since 1991.

BABA’S TRUE ANANDA VANIIS ARE COMPLETE

But those who are A grade disciples, they know that Baba’s each and every thing is unique in its own way. Thus for us as human beings who have comparatively very little capacity, how much can one understand about Guru’s greatness. So what right do we have to manipulate His writings and teachings. Because He Himself specially designated a select number of His teachings as Ananda Vaniis. He Himself has made His Ananda Vaniis as one bright sparkling entity like a shiny star. Then we do not have right to interchange those them. Means some teachings He has given as Ananda Sutram, some as Prout, and some as Shabda Cayanika etc. So true disciples will respect and abide by Guru’s instructions. And only lesser or fake disciples will mix those things according to their own selfish convenience.

ANANDA VANIIS: HAND-WRITTEN BY BABA HIMSELF

Here is another point. History bears this testimony that Baba himself wrote all those Ananda Vaniis in His own handwriting. And he did not do just one like this; but time after time for many years Baba continued to write those Ananda Vaniis with His own hand. All senior margiis are aware about those things. But in the case of discourses, Baba never did like this. Countless discourse He has given and always He was speaking and devotees were writing. Whereas Ananda Vaniis are relatively few in number and written by hand. So discourses are discourses and Ananda Vaniis are Ananda Vaniis. Each have their own specialty and distinction.

So there is not only 1 reason but so many reasons that make Ananda Vaniis as something unique unto themselves. Any sincere devotee will certainly not ruin or manipulate them. But about the present situation here are some more facts.

GURU IS BRAHMA & BRAHMA IS GURU

Our Guru is Brahma Himself– an ordinary human being. His teachings should be taken seriously. This is one of the major characteristics of the proper disciple. Means what Guru says, we should follow. And in due course of time you will understand that what Baba says, that is truth, meaningful. So we should see what is the validity of the so-called Ananda Vaniis on this very point. That will make it more clear.

ANANDA VANIIS ARE FULL DISCOURSES

There are many points to say, but here is the central point. The true Ananda Vanii which is given by Baba, is complete in itself. It is a full discourse.

For example, this following true Ananda Vanii is just a couple of lines.

BABA says, “Struggle against evil forces is life. We have to remember this fact once again on this threshold of a happy New Year.” -Ananda Vanii #9 So the above Ananda Vanii is one entire and complete discourse which was given on 1 January 1959. And it has eternal value; it is timeless.

Hence it cannot be altered, nor can its title be changed. And you will not find these above two lines, in any of the discourses. You will not get it anywhere. Because, this true Ananda Vanii given by BABA is complete unto itself. Nowhere you will find it in Baba’s other discourses.

So the whole message here is that true Ananda Vaniis are not the part of any discourse. They are a discourse unto themselves.

And Baba titled such types of discourses as “Ananda Vaniis”. So we cannot call Ananda Vaniis as any other thing. They are full and complete discourses- per Baba’s design.

So when Baba has named Ananda Vaniis as individual discourses, as true disciples our duty is to accept that. In contrast, if anybody thinks that they can make and fabricate their own Ananda Vaniis and haphasardly grabbing parts of other discourses, then such infamous characters are C grade disciples, or worse.

The sole point is that when Baba has beautifully named these as “Ananda Vanii”, then we should accept that and keep it as it is. We should respect Baba’s view and guideline and no C grade disciple should create their own Fake Ananda Vanii.

Baba’s style of discourse has its own importance. Usually discourses are fairly long explanations on certain subjects. In contrast, the “Ananda Vanii” collection has a different aim and charm. It is short and striking like an arrow. It is one discourse unto itself. It is not the part of any discourse.

EVERY TEACHING HAS ITS OWN BEAUTY

In true course, each and every thing which Baba has given, has its own inherent charm, beauty, and attraction. Its own uniqueness. Just like, some of Baba’s poetry is available in children’s stories also. And He named it as children’s stories. That will be a blunder if we will include those things in Prabhat Samgiita. And thereby try to increase the number of Prabhat Samgiita from 5018 to something more than that. Indeed that would not be good.

Likewise, we know that each and every literature like Namah Shivaya Shantaya, Namami Krsna Sundaram, Ananda Vacanamrtam, etc, it has its own beauty and importance. We do not have the right to alter it. Some ignorant persons, those who do not understand, if they are trying to ruin something, then we should try to correct them.

The point at hand of course is clear: that the fake Ananda Vaniis which Centre is issuing is not Ananda Vanii. Rather they are a quote, a section of a pre-existing discourse. But those in Centre have painted such quotes of various discourses as “Ananda Vanii”. This is the manipulation that is going on and has been going on since 1991 in the name of Ananda Vanii.

NOT EVERY QUOTE CAN BE CALLED AS ANANDA VANII

One related point is when one well known Didi collected hundreds of quotes from Baba’s books, and she printed them as “Light Comes”. As a very small pocket book type. And I was in that reporting session where Baba supported that work.

But can you imagine if that Didi foolishly would have given the name of that “Light Comes” pocket book as “Ananda Vanii Collection”. That means the “Light Comes” book would have been projected as “Collection of Ananda Vaniis”, then what would have been the situation?

So when Centre and various sub-groups are issuing a few paragraphs according to their choice, if we call it as “Ananda Vanii” — if this very approach of Centre is accepted, then why not the book “Light Comes” should be treated as “Collection of Ananda Vanii”. Why not? So the question is serious. But those who are dogmatic, they don’t like to think on this very point.

Perhaps because of lack of devotional heart, such people do not understand that as a devotee, our duty is to keep Guru’s things intact. We should not allow anybody– like C Grade disciples– to ruin it.

BABA’S DHARMIC GUIDELINE

We should take guideline from this following Baba’s teaching.

BABA says, “The characteristic of good people is to fight against injustice, to firmly adhere to truth and righteousness, to protect the helpless and fight against all evil persons. Those who are merely simple and are of a meek and goody-goody nature are not good people.” (A Few Problems Solved part 5, p.28)

So we should all stand firm and uphold the ideal that Baba’s teachings should not be misrepresented. So Ananda Vaniis and quotes are two different things. They cannot be interchanged.

Namaskar,
Shivadayal

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