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From: “Omprakash.Rai”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Re: Devashish Book: Misinformation
Date: 14 Dec 2011 21:09:44 +0530

Baba

“Sa’r’a’ yadi na’i va’ dile prabhu, a’mi toma’y d’eke ya’bo…” (PS 1813)

Purport:

Baba whether You choose to respond or not, but I will go on calling You through my kiirtan, sadhana, and dhya’na. To go on calling You is my duty– it is my work. And by this way I will also be able to know what work You have.

Baba, the rush of the restless breeze and the humming of the swaying trees in the forest go on calling You always. Do You reply to their call or not? I will ask them secretly about this.

Baba, with deep yearning and longing, devotees make their garlands for You– in the burning heat of the flame and in the cold chill of the fog. Baba, are you understanding their pain and suffering. If You do not understand then with the heartfelt composition of a song, I will explain their feelings to You.

O’ my dearmost Baba, I will call out to You again and again, please grace me by giving a response…

== Re: DEVASHISH BOOK: MISINFORMATION ==

Namaskar,
I agree wholeheartedly – there is no question of Baba ever ordering to ban or burn the book, “A Discussion”. Baba never did like this and indeed many of us have this publication, “A Discussion”, on our bookshelf.

So what Devashish has written in his book, Anandamurti: The Jamalpur Years, is totally false. Devashish’s assessment is completely incorrect.

FURTHER EVIDENCE

Here is further evidence that Baba did not ban or burn this book. Baba Himself ordered that this book – “A Discussion” – be republished and titled as “Discourses on Prout” and placed in the Prout Nutshell Series.

It only stands to reason then that if Baba gave the order to ban and burn the book – “A Discussion” – then He would have given the order to ban and burn “Discourses on Prout.” But that He did not do. Rather He purposely ordered that it be included and published in His Prout in a Nutshell series.

Indeed if you open Prout in a Nutshell (Part IV), you will see that “Discourses on Prout” is the first chapter – with the exact date and place as the book “A Discussion.” And every letter, word, and paragraph that is printed in “Discourses on Prout” is cent-per-cent the same as “A Discussion.” There is not a phrase or sentence from “Discourses on Prout” that does not appear in “A Discussion.”

So to think that Baba would have banned a book, burned it, and then republished it all over again under a separate title is absolutely ludicrous. Baba would not do like and and indeed Baba did not do like this. Baba never gave the order to ban and burn “A Discussion” – rather He wants that the ideas presented in this book be shared with one and all. Everyone should read this book.

So it seems brother Devashish needs to be a little more careful with His “facts” before publishing a book, Anandamurti: The Jamalpur Years, and distributing it all over the world for all to see. I sincerely question what other misnomers and falsehoods may in this book. I think there may be many.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we must all be active and not allow any wrong history or facts to be published in the name of Baba and Ananda Marga, whether those things were done intentionally or not. If someone does go to the extent of publishing and publicizing a book, the burden is on them to make sure it is accurate before it reaches the shelves. Too bad brother Devashish did not do this.

Baba says, “You are following the path of sádhaná. Always remember that you must establish yourself in pure devotion and not formal devotion. And to become established in pure devotion you must perform virtuous deeds, practise spiritual sádhaná regularly, render selfless service to the world, and wage a relentless fight against wrongs and injustice. There is no room for cowardice. May you be victorious.” (Ananda Marga & Way of Life, Vaedhii Bhakti and Shuddhá Bhakti)

Namaskar,
Omprakash

Note1: ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO BOOKS

Here is the only difference between “Discourses on Prout” and “A Discussion.”

In His book, “A Discussion” there is a short 11 or 12 line section on page 23 where Baba lists the 7 stages of physical revolution. This very brief listing is not printed in “Discourses on Prout.” Other than this 1/2 page section, the two books “A Discussion” and “Discourses on Prout” are exactly the same.

Regardless, in no way did Baba ever declare that the book should be “banned” or “burned.”

On 12/14/2011 11:34 AM, AM-GLOBAL wrote:
Date: 14 Dec 2011 11:58:23 -0000
From: “Vidya_Deva@Pendulum….”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Devashish Book: “Half Truth”

Baba

== DEVASHISH BOOK: “HALF-TRUTH” ==

Namaskar,
It is common human nature to trust what is in print to be correct. We assume the writer, editor and publisher have verified the accuracy of each and every word.

Though, this type of feeling is often exploited as well – dogmas and wrong ideas are also put in print and taken as true. This misguides both readers and the general society.

Unfortunately, Devashish’s book – Anandamurti: The Jamalpur Years – falls in this latter category. It is very laced with countless errors and mistakes that lead the reader astray.

Every concerned Ananda Margii then should be aware of brother Devashish’s recent publication, Anandamurti: The Jamalpur Years (2010). Indeed, this book demands a closer look by our entire Marga family.

Click below to read this whole letter…

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/12/devashish-book-half-truth.html

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Date: 14 Dec 2011 11:58:23 -0000
From: “Vidya_Deva@Pendulum….”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Devashish Book: “Half Truth”

Baba

== DEVASHISH BOOK: “HALF-TRUTH” ==

Namaskar,
It is common human nature to trust what is in print to be correct. We assume the writer, editor and publisher have verified the accuracy of each and every word.

Though, this type of feeling is often exploited as well – dogmas and wrong ideas are also put in print and taken as true. This misguides both readers and the general society.

Unfortunately, Devashish’s book – Anandamurti: The Jamalpur Years – falls in this latter category. It is very laced with countless errors and mistakes that lead the reader astray.

Every concerned Ananda Margii then should be aware of brother Devashish’s recent publication, Anandamurti: The Jamalpur Years (2010). Indeed, this book demands a closer look by our entire Marga family.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Before raising the point from Devashish’s book, it will be helpful to review a few facts.

As most of us know, Baba’s own book, “A Discussion” (1959) is an elaboration of His Prout philosophy and the book is based on the six discourses He delivered from 17 Oct 1959 to 22 Oct 1959 at the first-ever Prout conference in Jamalpur. A link to Ac Sujiit jii’s first-hand account of this conference is appended below.

Hence the historic book, “A Discussion”, stands as Baba’s expanded account of His Proutistic teachings. It is indeed a seminal work that will last for the ages.

DEVASHISH WRONGLY CLAIMS

BABA BANNED AND BURNED HIS BOOK: “A DISCUSSION”

Unfortunately, in the book, Anandamurti: The Jamalpur Years, there are some erroneous and harmful statements made about Baba’s divine book, “A Discussion.” In Part Two, chapter XXI, on page 185, Devashish makes the following claim.

Devashish writes: “a separate booklet entitled, A Discussion, but Baba eventually banned the book and ordered existing copies to be burned.” (Anandamurti: The Jamalpur Years, p.185, para #6, lines 12 & 13)

(Note: For those who do not have Devashish’s book, we will scan that page for you if you so request.)

Thus Devashish clearly states that Baba ordered that His own book “A Discussion” (1959) should be banned and even burned. Such is the proclamation made in the book, Anandamurti: The Jamalpur Years.

But such a proclamation is nothing but Devashish’s own fabrication. There is not a shred of truth in such a statement.

Baba never ever banned His own printed publication titled “A Discussion” and He certainly never ordered that it should be burned. These are just erroneous, nay silly, statements put forth by brother Devashish.

THE WHOLE TRUTH

Here the point is that Baba never banned the book “A Discussion” nor did He give the order to have the existing copies burned. I personally have a copy of “A Discussion” directly in front of me. And I know of many senior and respected margiis who also have this book. Baba never told them, neither directly nor indirectly, to throw it away or burn it.

So there is no logic or reasoning, nor a shred of truth, to Devashish’s claim on page 185 that Baba ordered His book, “A Discussion”, to be banned and burned.

So it is a shame that in his attempt, Devashish gets this part entirely wrong and makes it look as though Baba banned and burned His own book, “A Discussion” – as if there was something wrong with it.

Devashish’s false claim does nothing but lead the reader astray.

SO MANY PROBLEMS WITH THE BOOK

Verily brother Devashish’s book is filled with countless errors, oversights, misleading statements and other problems that only serve to misguide the reader about our Beloved Baba.

I kindly request others to write in with their review of this book – as I do not have the time to point out all of the problems.

Plus there are certainly many other errors in the book which you will find that I did not.

Really then this must be a collective effort. After all, it is not everyday that someone publishes a 400+ page book about Baba that is littered with errors and so poorly reflects His True Self.

As Baba rightly warns us, we should be wary of such intellectuals.

Baba quote, “They [intellectuals] are very dangerous. Regarding such people Shiva has said, Lokavyamohaka´raka – they themselves are misguided people and they are always misguiding others. Vya´moha means psychic disease. Lokavya´mohaka´raka – they are very dangerous people…So, you boys and girls, be careful of the serpentine noose of those so-called intellectuals.” (Ánanda Vacanámrtam Part 5, Don’t Be Misguided)

Namaskar,
Vidya

Note 1: SCAN OF “A DISCUSSION”

We have scanned pages of the book “A Discussion” for those who do not have it or want further proof that this book exists and was not “banned” or “burned.”

Note 2: LINK TO SUJIIT JII’S FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/11/story-conversion.html

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