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Archive for January 26th, 2012

From: “Karma Rasa Deva”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Known & Unknown Love
Date: Thu 26 Jan 2012 21:33:47 +0000

Baba

== KNOWN AND UNKNOWN LOVE ==

Namaskar,
Some people may think that only tried and true bhaktas have love for Parama Purusa – but it is not like that. According to Baba, everyone has love for Parama Purusa – only some realise it and some not.

Those who realise their longing for the Divine chase after Him; those who don’t realise it chase after mundane allurements in hopes of satisfying their unknown urge for the Divine.

IMPORTANT FOR US TO KNOW

For our own knowledge and awareness as well as for AM pracara activities, we should actively understand the difference – as well as the relationship – between a’sakti (mundane attraction) and bhakti (divine love).

By this way, we can help others steer their course towards the Supreme, by His grace. Because ultimately, all are seeking Him.

A’SAKTI VS. BHAKTI

In clear language, Baba lays down the difference between a’sakti and bhakti.

Baba says, “In philosophical terms the attraction for finite objects is called a’sakti and the attraction for the infinite is bhakti.” (SS-1)

Baba says, “Your attraction to the Supreme is called devotion [bhakti], whereas attraction to any finite objectivity is called a’sakti. Attraction to friends is a’sakti, attraction to God is bhakti. In the case of a’sakti the object is limited, in the case of bhakti it is unlimited.” (SS-24)

Running after the mundane or limited is a’sakti and running after the Divine is bhakti.

But even then there is a link between the two as Baba Himself says that a’sakti is nothing but misplaced or misdirected devotion. Please continue reading.

THOSE ON THE PATH OF A’SAKTI

ARE CHASING AFTER THE DIVINE

Here Baba points out how all have love for Him – all long for Parama Purusa.

Baba says, “Knowingly or unknowingly everyone is moving around Him. Everyone is bound to move, otherwise they will lose their permanent shelter, they will dissociate from their permanent nucleus. This movement is a natural propensity born out of love for Parama Purus’a. Love for the Supreme is a natural propensity.” (NKS)

So even those on the path of a’sakti, i.e. those running after mundane allurements, have an inner hidden urge for Him.

Some may have trouble believing how this is so – but by the following analogy it will all become quite clear.

BABY EXAMPLE: EATING PENS AND PAPER

We all know that babies are prone to putting all kinds of things in their mouth: dirt, stones, pens, plastic, etc. Whatever they can get their hands on, they will stick in their mouth. Is it because they like that object? No. It is because they are in search of something. They are in search of food. And the proof is that when the baby chews on that paper it will cry, spit out the paper, and throw it away. Only when it gets food will it be satisfied.

Naive people may think the the baby likes to eat pens and shoelaces etc, as again it will reach for one of those things, but that is of course not true. When that baby does get some proper food, then it will not grab after all those other things – then it will not try and put plastic and paper into its mouth.

Here the whole point is that the baby wants food but due to its own unawareness it puts so many other things in its mouth.

Similarly, human desires are infinite; that is the desire humans are trying to quench. So when attracted towards worldly things (money, material, name, fame) people think their desire will be satisfied by this approach. Just as a baby thinks that by putting plastic in their mouth they will satisfy their hunger. But soon they realise that is not the case. And adults too realise that mundane things (money, prestige) can satiate their eternal longing. They always want something more. It is like putting out a fire with petroleum; the desires escalate. People trying to satisfy their infinite desire with worldly lust but that lust only multiplies and life becomes more miserable. Just as the baby wants food but chews plastic, similarly human beings want Parama Purusa but because of their ignorance they run toward worldly things. In this case adults also behave like babies but they do not understand. When one comes on the path of sadhana or moves towards spirituality then one clearly realises this divine, eternal truth.

Thus we can say that all jiivas desire Parama Purusa. He is the desired Entity of everyone. But those who do not realise that they desire Him try to satisfy their longing with so many mundane things. They may chase after the opposite sex, or money, or name and fame, or so many things – all in hopes of satisfying their innate yet unknown longing for Parama Purusa.

Invariably, a person tires of those worldly things – or even suffers backlash from them. Their wife may beat them; their job may make them stressed out; liquor and drugs will make them sick. All kinds of adverse reactions will happen, sooner or later.

And in due course- either in this life or the next – they are bound to understand those mundane things cannot permanently satisfy their inner quench for the Supreme. Then they will come more directly onto the path of devotion.

Till that time, they will continue to struggle with a’sakti, wrongly thinking that this is where their happiness lies.

ALL DESIRE THE SUPREME

Here is another of Baba’s divine teachings that guides us how everyone is in search of the Divine and it is only the Divine that can satisfy that the unlimited desires of the jiivatma.

2-5. Tasminnupalabdhe parama’ trs’n’a’nivrttih.

Purport: There is in the living being a thirst for limitlessness. It is not possible for limited objects to quench one’s thirst. Brahma is the only limitless entity, and so establishment in Brahma’s bearing alone puts an end to all thirsts or cravings. (A’nanda Sutram)

Those on the path of a’sakti may get temporary pleasure from crude allurements like the opposite sex and shiny cars etc, but such mundane allurements cannot satisfy them for long. Soon again, they will be on the lookout for something else to satisfy them.

Until, by His grace, they come onto the path of bhakti and attain Him. Then their desire for the limitless will be satisfied.

All along however, it is their desire and love for the Supreme that keeps them in the hunt. If they really only wanted a sports car then that sports car would satisfy them forever and ever. But that never happens – one day they tire of that car, toss it aside, and look for a new car or something else to satisfy their longing.

But what human beings desire, of course, is unlimited bliss, or Divine Love.

Just people embark on the path of a’sakti in order to quench their desire, as they are unaware that their true longing is for Parama Purusa, not mundane things.

WHY WORLDLY THINGS ARE ALLURING

Why is then that even though everyone’s innate desire is for the Divine, worldly attractions are quite alluring. The first reason is because those things are, after all, part of God’s creation so they have some temporary charm. Secondly, chasing after mundane things is easy to do. And thirdly, in their ignorance, people think those things will satisfy them.

They think, “I will be happy once I get a Mercedes-Benz”, or they think, “I will be satisfied when I get a bigger house or a higher post” etc. But none of those things can satisfy them for long.

They think it will give them bliss but all too often those things just give them heart-ache and pain. Because their real longing is for the Supreme – that is what is urging them on in their search.

UNKNOWN LOVE FOR THE DIVINE

STARTS IN ANIMAL LIFE

Even though many humans are on the path of a’sakti, it is their longing for the Divine that is the driving force in their hunt for happiness. And it is not just humans but developed animals also that have such an urge.

Monkeys, dogs, elephants and others also have an unknown urge for Parama Purusa. A dog’s desire to please his master is the seed form of love for Parama Purusa. Same is true for a monkey’s desire to please his trainer.

Such animals are just on the cusp of human life and certainly they will attain that in their next birth.

ONLY PARAMA PURUSA CAN QUENCH HUMAN LONGING

Because only the beginningless and endless Parama Brahma is infinite, only He can satisfy all human longing.

Baba says, “Brahma is the only limitless entity, and so establishment in Brahma’s bearing alone puts an end to all thirsts or cravings.” (Ananda Sutram)

Once human beings understand that they are in love with Parama Purusa, then they will chase after Him. It is then that they realise that their travels on the path of a’sakti are fruitless and they have to properly direct their devotion for Parama Purusa.

SUMMARY

This shows that humans unknowingly want Parama Purusa; they have infinite desires and want intimate satiation. Just as a small child wants food and not that plastic or paper; similarly humans want to satiate their infinite desire in some way and they run toward material things but actually they want Parama Purusa. That means that unknowingly all love Parama Purusa and want Him. Due to lack of awareness they get caught up in material pursuits like a small child.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, all love Him. This fact must be made common to all then it will be easy to goad everyone toward that Divine Entity. We should help everyone realise that they have innate love for Parama Purusa.

This is a great service as it will spare those on the path of a’sakti so much trouble and torment. Because those worldly things can never satisfy their innate longing for the Divine.

As sadhakas, in our pracara, we must help everyone to maximally utilise their human life. The cycle of birth and death is endless. Only those who develop samvit (spiritual awakening) can truly set their course toward the Divine, and attain Him by His grace. We should do this in our own lives and guide others as well. That is Baba’s order.

Baba says, “…It is the bounden duty to bring all to the path of bliss. Verily is this a part and parcel of sadhana – to lead others along the path of righteousness.” (Supreme Command)

Namaskar,
Karma Rasa

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Vinati ja’i kare tava caran’ dhare…” (P.S. 3687)

Purport:

Baba with folded hands & holding Your lotus feet, I am requesting You again and again: Please come to my home. Please grace me again and again by coming. Baba, You have countless abodes to visit and stay that may be according to Your liking; even then You should not forget that this little hut of mine is Your creation. Baba I always dance in Your rhythm and sing in Your melody, in Your tune. I feel that You are the tune, melody, and lyrics– everything. I play Your viina.

Baba, I am Yours, and everyone is Yours. Your divine play is our world. The way You play Your liila is my entire existence. I am always ensconced in Your ideation, in Your dhyana. I always speak and sing of Your ideology, Your tales, Your teachings. Baba, I move accordingly by Your grace.

Baba, when You play Your divine flute, with that attraction You pull me close to You. That is my vital energy for forward movement. Baba You are the base of everything. You are the quintessence. Your glory is unfathomable which cannot be expressed. You are everyone’s soul – everyone’s heart. Baba with my folded hands I do sastaunga pranam at Your alter: Please come to my little hut. Please grace me by coming…

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To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:00:36
From: “Hitendra Deva”
Subject: Are You Concerned About Beauty?

Baba

“Ba’dha’ eseche bheunegeche toma’r…hoyeche…” (PS 2647)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace all those obstacles which have come on the path have been pulverized. They got completely destroyed. Whatever horrifying things were there – fog, dilemma, confusion – all disappeared into thin air. This happened only because of Your divine grace.

In a ghastly attempt, the bad days – the foggy weather – wanted to swallow everything. They tried to submerge everything into cimmerian darkness. However the demons’ dances, and the days of hellish creatures and their kingdom of doom, are gone forever by Your grace, by Your karuna.

O’ Parama Purusa, the Charioteer of the chariot of effulgence, You have come. All the confusion, illusion, and dilemmas have been wiped away from everyone’s mind. It is Your grace.

Baba due to Your holy advent the bondage of ignorance and staticity, and the serpentine noose of maya have been destroyed. With the presence of Your august advent, Your arrival, all the sins have gotten destroyed. Now everything is saturated with divine effulgence. Baba, You are ever-gracious…

== ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR BEAUTY ==

Namaskar,
Beauty…

This is one big trend all around the globe these days – now more than ever. All want to become stunningly beautiful.

And there is nothing wrong with that…

…except that people are looking for beauty in all the wrong places – i.e. externally – and it is wrecking their lives. Their misguided search for beauty leads to anxiety, depression, divorce, trauma, frivolous expenses, financial debt and all kinds of psychic complexes and afflictions.

We may even find traces of this ill-conceived quest for beauty in our Marga, though in the general society it is much more rampant, exponentially so.

We should all be aware, lest we fall into a similar pattern. Also with awareness comes the ability to help others and convince them of the truth in a compassionate way through logic and reasoning.

TRENDS, TRENDS, TRENDS

The trends about what is beautiful vary from place to place, but now in this materialistic era, all parameters of beauty are based on the most superficial aspect of the human experience.

In the US and Europe, white-skinned people generally think that “having a tan” makes them more beautiful. Thus most everyone in those areas wants a tan, or brown skin. To get that, they may lie in the sun, lie on a tanning bed, or even have it sprayed on like paint.

In India, now it is more fashionable or beautiful to have light or white skin. For this reason ladies may not even go outside in the sun for fear that their skin will get too dark.

Yet these trends come and go like the wind. One day one wishes to look dark, and the next white. It can flip-flop anytime. Yet on these whimsical and fleeting styles, people form their crude judgments of a person and formulate their own look as well.

Baba says, “The notion of what is beautiful or ugly, or good or bad in human beings changes from age to age, and in different environments. Those who are black-complexioned will say, “How beautiful black is. Why is that man so white? Has he contracted leucoderma (white leprosy)? How repulsive, how utterly repulsive!” That is, human judgement is relative; it changes according to time, place and person.” (AV-8)

And not just skin colour, but each and every aspect of the physical body has a trend, or look, or way that is deemed as beautiful. And people go bonkers trying to achieve that.

They may spike their hair, expand their lips, paint their face, tattoo their body, pluck their eyebrows, squeeze their feet into small shoes, whiten their teeth, grow their nails, paint their toes, and the list goes on and on.

We have all seen it.

They may even visit plastic surgeons to make their nose or other parts “absolutely ideal”, i.e. beautiful. They may body pierce themselves all over thinking that this makes them attractive. Or they may get a liposuction or tummy tuck in order to make themselves look skinny.

In the past in India and other poor countries, being fat was a sign of wealth and prosperity – they all wanted to be fat. That was desired and beautiful. Now in those same places, all that has changed. Especially where the internet is big – like in the Indian cities – all want to be thin now, because that is the rage in the west.

No matter where one resides, to gain that look – of being beautiful – people are willing to do anything.

Even in these tough economic times – when cash is sparse – people are spending thousands and millions even billions of dollars on various cosmetic medical procedures or beauty supplies in order to enhance their look. It is a mega industry at present.

And the one who suffers most is the individual – they become a victim of the times. They ruin their peace and composure by indulging in this quest for beauty externally, which in truth is destined for failure.

POINTS TO NOTE

1. Although beauty varies from place to place and era to ear, people in the same place and in the same era chase after the same look. They all want to be thin, or have their hair in a particular way, and dress according to the day’s fashion etc. In essence, they become mirror images of one another – when in truth diversity is the spice of life. Mother nature makes us all different, even if our parents are the same. By this way the gene pool of our human society gets stronger and more developed. To chase after the same look is to going against nature.

2. The beauty business corrupts people’s mind into thinking that beauty only resides on the outside. They have so many tricks for brainwashing people, especially young women and teenagers. This is their big market and they spend huge money convincing them. In turn, the beauty industry takes in billions. The entire situation is most unfortunate.

3. People naively think that by becoming more beautiful then all their problems will be solved and everything will be alright – i.e. they will be happy and all will adore them. This is their day-dream fantasy as well as the reason why they chase relentlessly after external beauty.

4. Now more and more people are goaded toward external beauty at a younger age. This imposes a terrible inferiority complex that “I am not beautiful enough.” Generally self-conscious feelings about one’s looks occur when one is going through adolescence. But today, in countries like Brazil and India, girls of 3 or 4 years of age are being dressed up like
dolls and the children get the teaching early on that external beauty is everything. This is a terrible tragedy and brings about the demise of the human condition.

5. And there are more points, write us with your thoughts.

NO-WIN SITUATION FOR ANYONE

All in all, chasing after external beauty is a no-win situation for anyone, neither for materialists nor for spiritual aspirants.

Materialists, or common people, bank all their happiness on external beauty and allurements, which is itself fleeting. Most of the time people are too self-conscious to delight in what beauty they do have, and even if they do enjoy their “beauty” what they fail to realise is that their beauty will not last. It is impermanent, temporary. It will wane, wane, wane with the passage of tiem. Seeing this, people get distressed and depressed. They worry about thinner hair, flabby thighs, droopy skin, and so many other things. To make matters worse, people are living longer now than ever before so while their “beauty” may begin to decrease after the age of 30, 35, 40, or 45, they now live longer, up to 80, 90, or 100 and in that case they merely extend their days living in that depressed state. Such is the fate of materialists.

And spiritual-minded people also run into trouble by chasing after external beauty. They may have lived a most dharmic life and helped others but because of their lust for external beauty all their good efforts get wasted and instead of progressing on the path, at the time of death they get turned into bodyless microvita. Such a horrible fate.

Baba says, “Though siddhas are elevated human beings, those who have some aesthetic attraction for physical objects like money, ornaments, etc., become kinnaras after their demise. As spiritual aspirants they are elevated to some extent, and as human beings they are decent, but they prayed to Parama Purus’a for beauty instead of for Parama Purus’a Himself. Such people, after their demise, attain the status of kinnara devayonis.” (MVNS)

So neither the common materialist nor the advanced sadhaka benefits by chasing after external beauty – yet so many engage in this way.

WHY THEY DO IT

The next – or obvious – question then is why do they do it. Why do people chase after external beauty?

The answer we all know.

When people do not seek peace within then their mind turns to the external sphere for happiness, acceptance, and approval. And one of the closest external qualities we have is our bodies. Thus people seek attention and respect based on their external looks, i.e. “beauty”. Their figure, hair, shape, softness etc.

But this leads them nowhere other than their demise.

And tragically the trend is only growing. Now more than ever people are mentally imbalanced due to materialism, and in that precarious state they invariably look more and more for external beauty as their great value in life.

This then makes them more insecure and worried and ultimately sets them up for “the big fall” when their beauty invariably wanes as the body decays.

So it is a vicious cycle.

In contrast, if one is able to find peace within, then they are not so concerned about their superficial looks. Already they have found beauty and value in life. And that is the real beauty that will bring peace and happiness.

WHERE THE REAL BEAUTY LIES

Here Baba graciously guides us where our real beauty lies.

Baba says, “Perhaps you know that mental beauty exercises some degree of influence on the human body. A woman who is unattractive but is mentally elevated or has a loving nature will look beautiful to others. You must have heard that to a child, the most beautiful woman in the world is his or her mother.” (MVNS)

Thus beauty – ie lasting beauty and attraction – lies in the benevolence and sentientness of mind.

As a person gets to know your mind, then they will find you to be more and more beautiful, so long as your mind is spiritually inclined. That is why people who come close to you and become your friend value you for your behaviour and conduct, not for your looks. So long as one’s mind is vibrated, one’s conduct will be proper, and others will be attracted to you. So the point of allurement is the mind not the body. That is where lasting beauty exists. That is Baba’s guideline.

Proof of this is that these days so many marriages are made based on purely external beauty and sexual attraction. But then, as they get to know one another and see how the other thinks and behaves, then they develop distaste for one another until finally they fight, beat each other, and ultimately divorce. Countless high-profile, glamorous marriages have destructed in this way. And it happens to common people as well.

The point is that if you do not like the way a person thinks and behaves, then they will not be beautiful to you, irregardless of how physically attractive they are. And vice-versa.

Whereas, if one’s behavior and dealing are benevolent and charming, then everyone will be attracted to you and find you to be beautiful.

That is Baba’s magic formula.

Thus if one is concerned about beauty – they should ensure they are concerned about their psychic beauty, not the physical one. Only the beauty of the mind can bring about happiness and welfare to oneself and others. Only then can on be truly beautiful in the eyes of others.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace here again is His divine teaching. By adhering go 16 Points, doing sadhana, singing kiirtan, and being strict in yama and niyama, then one’s beauty will increase more and more.

Baba says, “Perhaps you know that mental beauty exercises some degree of influence on the human body. A woman who is unattractive but is mentally elevated or has a loving nature will look beautiful to others. You must have heard that to a child, the most beautiful woman in the world is his or her mother.” (MVNS)

Namaskar,
Hitendra

Note 1: BABA’S COLOURFUL DESCRIPTION:

HOW THE NOTION OF BEAUTY CHANGES

Baba says, ” Just imagine the situation that will arise in the future as a result of humanity’s ever increasing thirst for knowledge. To meet these developments the nerve cells and nerve fibres will have to become more complex. Consequently, the human cranium will become larger and the size of the head will increase. The hands and feet will become weaker and weaker and human beings may even lose the ability to walk…Today we think that such people will look very strange, but in the future one may hear people commenting, “Oh, how handsome he looks with eyes as small as little peas and arms as thin as jute sticks. He can’t hear anything with his ears. In fact, he hasn’t got any ears at all! What an attractive man.” Although it seems slightly repulsive to us, this will become the standard of beauty in future. People will judge beauty according to the standards of the day, saying, “Oh, those stick-like arms of his make him look so handsome. The fellow can’t walk properly. How wonderful.” And if someone can walk, people will say, “How indecent that fellow looks hobbling around on two legs!” But if he crawls along the ground they will say, “How wonderful, how beautiful!” If we were to see this sort of scene today, however, we would say, “How unsightly. That fellow is uglier than an owl.”” (AV-8)

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Samaj is Based on Neo-Humanism, not Groupism

Parama Purusa BABA says, “If each samaj [socio-economic unit] is inspired by a comprehensive ideology and a universal outlook, human society will move ahead with accelerating speed towards a sublime ideal.” (PNS-13, p. 23)

Note: Nowadays some group leaders are singing the song of samaj as they try to forge ahead with their narrow-minded agendas. But margiis can smell this from a mile away and are keeping distance from such talk. Means other than a select few, no one is falling into the trap that the spectacle of such and such WT group is part of samaj theory.
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