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Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:12:23 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: “Jawaharlal Deva”
Subject: Baba Story: I Don’t Know How to Surrender

Baba

== BABA STORY: I DON’T KNOW HOW TO SURRENDER ==

Note: The following story has been recounted by our margii brother, Shrii Nishikant Laghate.

Namaskar,
When I came in contact with Baba in 1966, I went to Jamalpur and He graced me by giving me personal contact (PC). In that personal encounter, Baba pointed out my mistakes and punished me.

Then He ordered me to surrender.

But I had no idea how to surrender. I was totally unaware about what to do.

Mentally I was asking Baba, “How do I surrender? What should I do?”

I was in a quandary as to what to do, i.e. how to surrender. Mentally I was pleading with Him to show me the way.

Then Baba said, “Just become like a very small infant.”

Hearing this I understood what to do and I fell at His lotus feet, giving everything of myself, by His grace, and losing myself in Him.

And Baba blessed me.

REFLECTION

Shrii Nishikant Laghate’s above story brings an important point to light…

Many people think that simply lying in sastaunga pranam is surrender or mentally thinking, “I surrendered” is actually surrendering to Guru. But that does not work; that is not the operative factor. Because when one keeps something for oneself, one’s ego or I-feeling is still active, and that type of “surrender” is meaningless.

Then there are still others who think that surrendering is like a military or police arrest where you just surrender physically, and hold onto your ego, pride, vanity and other mental baggage. This also is a point of confusion. In spirituality there must be cent per cent surrender in the psycho-spiritual realm.

So Baba’s teaching of being like an infant is ideal.

One must think that, “I have nothing – nothing belongs to me – everything is of Parama Purusa.” Then the true feeling of surrender comes.

The infant does not have anything of its own. A small baby does not fall prey to ego, vanity, intellect, or fortune etc, whereas grown-ups often think that they have something (career, house, car, name, fame etc) and then after doing some type of show or drama of surrender, they cannot get success. It does not work.

In the case of an infant, that baby literally has nothing – it surrenders unconditionally to mother, whereby the mother is forced to come to the baby’s rescue. When a sadhaka surrenders with that same psychology (i.e. unconditionally) then Guru is sure to accept.

BABA’S BLESSING

So that is what a sadhak must emulate in their spiritual life when surrendering to Guru. A sadhaka must give everything of themselves, without holding back anything. Then that will be surrender in the real sense of the term.

Baba says, “Prańipáta means complete surrender to the Eternal Entity, Parama Puruśa. The mental attitude that “whatever is, is from Parama Puruśa and nothing is mine” is prańipáta. One who has ego, one who thinks that one’s intellect, wealth and other things are one’s own, is the greatest fool. A person boasts of learning, intellect and fortune. But nothing is eternal. Therefore one who boasts of anything of this world is a fool. The worst psychic knot is the false vanity of intellect. Whatever is, is of Parama Puruśa; nothing is yours. Hence there should be complete surrender to Parama Puruśa. This is the first indispensable factor for mental development. If you really want to serve the world, complete surrender at the feet of Parama Puruśa is a must.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-1, The Three Factors for Spiritual Elevation)

Baba says, ‘If you want to attain the bliss of Brahma, you must offer your own self. If you want to have the Great “I”, you must give away your own little “I”. You have to give the full sixteen annas, (the full rupee). Giving fifteen annas and holding back one anna will not do. You must completely surrender.” (Subhasita Samgraha-3, Vibration, Form and Colour)

Baba says, “If human beings cannot surrender themselves at the altar of Parama Puruśa they can never attain spiritual progress in life. Without total surrender, Macrocosmic grace is not attained, and without Macrocosmic grace nothing is attained. Besides this there is no other way, (Nányah Panthá Vidyateyanáya).” (Tattva Kaomudi -3, Bhakti and Krpá)

Namaskar,
Jawaharlal

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Subject: RE: Can we call it Dharmashastra
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:03:11 -0800
From: Paul Taylor
To: ‘AM-GLOBAL’

Baba

== Re: CAN WE CALL IT DHARMASHASTRA ==

Namaskar dear reader(s)

It’s enlightening to read that the impressions left here (Vancouver Region) by several Dadas are not isolated cases. The travel stories seemed okay at first, the thought/hope being that such would lead quickly to something.. an example of Dharma, or a set of circumstances mirroring something in AM Ideology, or…

After 20 minutes or more of self-congratulatory rhetoric, Margiis in attendance would begin to interrupt the a’carya with questions about Central, about the organisational disarray (about almost anything to get the Dada to talk about what we were hoping to hear – about Baba and the Ideology and His Mission).

The trailing emotion after several of such ‘a’carya-present’ Dharmacakras was disappointment; inherent respect for A’caryas in general would usually produce self-deprecation or rationalisation – we’re an ‘isolated’ unit, the dada’s work/focus is with more dynamic units/trades/regions etc.

Disappointment degenerated into disillusion when a senior a’carya (an avadhuta) arrived from Suva Sector, very intense on raising money to aid in the defense of wts and margiis at a Master Unit somewhere in Delhi Sector. He’d said nothing about his travels but a coincidental communication between a sister here and one in Suva Sector revealed that the senior wt had been “thrown out” of the previous sector by its Sectorial Secretary, for allegedly misrepresenting what he was fundraising for.

This was revealed at the DC following the one the wt had attended, before carrying on (with a substantial donation from a brother known to many wholetimers as a ready source of cash). While he had been here and during the collective meal following DC, he’d been asked what his particular sub-section of ERAWS did. His self-introduction as a “global worker for _____” was meant to impress but no one had heard of the acronym he’d used. When asked to enlighten us on the work of his grouping there was a one-word response: “Service.” The question was posed 3 different ways but ‘service’ was the whole reply each time. The Dada had such little respect for us that his status as an avadhuta was supposed to be quite enough to mandate each margii giving him money.

After a couple of days he’d only gotten enough to continue travelling (I think). The sour taste of his arrogance was another matter. It had three or four of the regular attendees at DC recalling, remarking, rubbing together that instance with other instances of getting little but travel stories, ‘news’ of the current organisational situation and pleas for as much money as possible from visiting wts. Actually hearing Dharmashastra and conversing about same became the exception, rather than the rule. Attendance at regular DC dropped off after a spate of different wts travelling through and three in a row matching the behaviour of those on the ‘low road’.

It did and does help firm up ideation, with everything from Parama Purusa and our need to practice discrimination between the darkness and the light.

Respectfully submitted,

Pra’n’ava

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