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Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 20:57:22 +0530
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Subject: Your Likings Are Not Fixed

Baba

== YOUR LIKINGS ARE NOT FIXED ==

Namaskar,
Some people think that their mental tendencies or liking is not at all related with any philosophy. They think they like something simply because they were born with that liking and that liking is thus permanent. Because of that belief they do not try to change their liking.

They do not at all realise that the mind is dynamic and that it can go up or down depending on one’s physical and mental engagement.

Rather non-sadhakas think that whatever they like is fixed and permanent – such as their attachment to meat-eating, pop music, sexual relations etc. They think that these are part of their permanent way of living and that they will like these things forever and ever.

But with just a little reflection anyone can see how their liking changes according to the status of mind. Which is why no grown adult likes to pass their days playing in the sandbox, even though when they were 6 of 7 years of age playing in the sandbox was the greatest thing.

Indeed, one’s liking is so flexible and so changeable: One can even learn to appreciate something that they do not initially like. For instance, one may get transfer orders to a new location and they may not even want to go to that new place. Yet after moving and being there for some time they may come to cherish that new place. And when their their job or posting is again transferred, they may be angry and upset that they have to leave that spot.

Such is the way the mind works. As sadhakas we understand this and should use it to our advantage. And side by side we should teach this idea to non-margiis so they can also grow and develop.

MORE ABOUT THAT SPECIAL QUALITY:

CAN WORK IN EITHER DIRECTION

Baba has blessed us with a human mind that has a very special quality. And it is this very quality that allows each and everyone of us to achieve success in sadhana.

And what is that quality? As stated above, the mind will gradually adjust with and develop an affinity for anything in which it is involved.

That means that even if sadhana is difficult – even if sadhana seems impossible – if one tries and perseveres just a little bit, then gradually the mind will become quite adept at doing sadhana. In fact, with just a little effort, the mind will become so immersed in sadhana that it will not wish to do anything else.

Of course, the whole process can work in the opposite direction as well if one is constantly submerged in crude affairs. So one must be careful and pay heed to their mental occupation and daily activities.

Unfortunately, materialists do not at all understand this philosophy of mind, but in AM, our entire philosophy revolves around this practical science.

ENTIRE GIST OF OUR AM PHILOSOPHY

In innumerable discourses and throughout our entire Ananda Marga ideology, Baba is teaching us about the philosophy of mind: That mind is dynamic and it must be channelised towards the spiritual realm.

Mano karoti karma’n’i mano lipyate pa’tako;
Manashca tanmana’ buddhaya’ na pun’yam’ na ca pa’tako

Baba says, “It is the human mind which is the cause of bondage or liberation. If the mind is in bondage, the person is also in bondage. Similarly, if the mind is liberated the person is also liberated. After all, it is the human mind which engages in auspicious actions. Now, if this mind is kept engrossed in the ideation of Parama Purus’a, then it gets totally merged in Consciousness.” (NHNS-1)

So the main emphasis of our spiritual philosophy is to goad the mind towards Him and then automatically one will reach the goal. One can find this idea is nearly every AM discourse.

Verily the whole of 16 Points and all our life practices are geared towards making the mind more subtle, spiritual, and devotional. Baba has blessed us with this special way of living.

And He furthermore assures us that this plan – this approach of goading the mind towards higher pursuits – will work, cent per cent, with each and every human being, regardless of their background.

Baba says, “If an ordinary sinner or a confirmed sinner remains absorbed in the thought of Parama Purus’a to the exclusion of all other thoughts, then his mind becomes pointed.” (Neo-Humanism in a Nutshell – 1)

IMPORTANCE OF THEORETICAL UNDERSTANDING

So it is extremely important for each and every sadhaka to theoretically understand how this science of mind works. Because doing sadhana in this present era is not at all easy. But if one understands that if the mind is goaded – even a wee-bit – towards the devotional sphere, then little by little the mind will yearn to do sadhana.

That is why if one is having trouble in sadhana, one should not worry. Only one should take this as a sign that they need to goad the mind a little bit more towards that way of life. That means doing a few more minutes of kiirtan, svadhyaya, mantra japa, etc, and then soon the mind will adjust and move in that direction.

And side by side one must also understand that engaging in mundane affairs or debased practices will obviously divert their mind farther and farther away from sadhana.

To gain success, one must have this theoretical understanding about the philosophy of mind, then one can certainly move ahead.

And again the underlying idea is: The mind will learn to like whatever it is engaged in, whether that thing is good or bad – accordingly the mind will adjust and flow in that direction.

A FEW REAL-LIFE EXAMPLES

Suppose a new margii is immersed in mundane affairs like their job, non-margii social relations, and various other non-spiritual pursuits, but internally he wants to do sadhana. Then all he has to do is follow the precepts of manan (thinking about Him), shravan (singing & listening His name), and niddhidhyasana (ideating on Him) and then certainly in a very short time that new margii will be infused with tremendous speed in sadhana as the mind will like to do more and more meditation.

And this will not just work with new margiis – but with any Ananda Margii, even one who has been on the path for 50 years.

Because the theory always applies universally that the mind will adjust with whatever it is given to do. If we involve in dhyana, japa, kiirtan, satsaunga, prabhat samgiita, brahmacarya, and so many of our other AM practices, then naturally the mind will swiftly move in that direction – towards that sublime ideal.

So there is hope for each and everyone – and we should always be wary not to slip in the opposite direction.

Because let’s say there is an established margii who is involved in sadhana but little by little starts engaging in more and more mundane affairs like his business, or crude games, or excess gossip, or useless email conversations etc, then the mind will steadily drift away from sadhana until finally that sadhaka will lose their spiritual flow entirely. In fact, I can see in my own life how that has happened so everyone should pay heed and be adamant in this regard.

This philosophy of mind is so powerful that if even an ideal man starts associating with winos and drunks then over time he himself will start to yearn for their company and begin swigging from the bottle.

Because mind will always run after and learn to like whatever activity in which it is engaged. That is the key theme.

SATSAUNGA IS ALSO A FACTOR

The mind also changes according to the company one keeps. Many ate onion and garlic or smoked before entering the Marga. Upon being surrounded by sadhakas (i.e. good company or satsaunga) then their mind changed and they gradually gave up those tamasik habits. SO the mind changes according to one’s company as well.

Baba says, “So while selecting company, you should be careful whether its discourses, its activities, its plans or programmes are to decrease the distance between you and your Lord. This is Satsauṋga, good company. Otherwise it is Asatsauṋga.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam -14, Auto-Suggestion and Outer Suggestion)

PRACTICALLY APPLYING THIS TO OUR SADHANA

Thus as sadhakas living in this crude era, we should make a strict sadhana routine & devotional program and stick to that. We should make a sadhana quota whereby we do all our lessons two times daily as well as involve in Guru Sakash, proper ideation before sleep, and as much shravan, manan, niddhidhyasana as we can during the day.

Verily we should spiritualise the mind each and every moment of our lives through constant japa and ideation. By this way we can and will expedite our movement on the path– making sadhana an effortless and blissful love affair.

We should utilise this philosophical aspect and tendency of mind to our maximum advantage.

ALERT!! WARNING!! BEWARE!!

Let us never forget that each and every human being has come from past animal lives so those old, crude propensities are still in effect – to some or more degree. And people are well familiar with those crude enjoyments. That is why it all so easy and quite common for the masses to move in this negative direction – i.e. negative pratisaincara. And the mind will learn to like that making one’s descent very swift and harsh.

As sadhakas we must never fall prey to such degradation – rather we are to keep ourselves moving in the sentient flow and pull others in that current as well.

SUMMARY

By this entire theory & topic, we should understand that the human mind has a unique & special quality: the mind will gradually adjust with and develop an affinity for anything in which it is involved. And we should apply this in our practical lives.

As sadhakas we generally want to do sadhana and reach the Goal. Unfortunately sometimes the mind does not like to cooperate. In that case, one must try and bring the mind in a more spiritual flow by doing svadhaya, japa, kiirtan, and dhyana etc. Whether the mind likes all this or not, gradually the mind will adjust and learn to like it – thereby accelerating one’s movement on the path.

After reading this letter if you still think that liking does not change, then test it. Look back 5 or 10 and check out what you were doing and who your friends were. Most probably you will see quite a bit of change. All should utlise this for developing more and more positive likings.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace, as margiis we have the theoretical understanding as well as the practices to get success and reach the goal whereas crude people will become one with matter. We should proceed along the path and inspire others as well.

Baba says, “Human beings should not be anxious under any circumstances, Parama Purus’a is always with everyone. If one has love for Parama Purus’a, the door of liberation or salvation will immediately open.” (16 May 1980, Varanasi)

Namaskar,
Manjiit Deva

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Ghum bha’ungiye na’ ja’niye ja’o niye se keno sudu’re…” P.S. 2336

Purport:

Baba, You have broken my slumber and blessed me with samvit [1]. Without my awareness, to which unknown divine world are You taking me in my dhyana. I do not know about my present, past, or future. I am unaware completely. Only this much I know: That You love me. Baba, by Your grace I have full faith and trust on You. You always do what is best for me. Please be gracious and continue in this way. My whole existence is at Your disposal; I surrender unto You.

Baba You have colored and filled my mind and made me divinely intoxicated with the songs, rhythm, & melodies of Prabhat Samgiita. Baba by Your grace my mind is filled with the bliss. You have made the flowers of love blossom in my heart. You have made my heart soft. I love You so much. In Your longing my eyes get filled with the tears.

Baba You are the formless jewel of the ocean of form [2]. By Your grace I feel in my heart that indeed You love me. My whole life is floating in Your divine flow, in the unknown melody and tune of the divine world – devotional songs & Prabhat Samgiita. Baba, You have blessed me with samvit and You have changed my whole life by Your grace, by Your love…

NOTES FOR PS 2336:

[1] Samvit: Baba says, “The popular meaning of sam’vit shakti is “awareness” – awakening from slumber. With the help of sam’vit shakti, unit beings become aware of their existence. They realise that they are the crown of creation, the most evolved beings whose goal is to attain the supreme rank and dispel the darkness of the avaran’ii shakti of avidyamaya.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 4)

[2] Rupe sa’gare (ocean of the form); arupa man’i (formless jewel): The poetic language which Baba has used in this Prabhat Samgiita indicates that Parama Purusa is formless yet when He comes in the devotees’ heart in the form of Sadguru He is the ocean of the form of that formless jewel. That means He has come in form because one cannot have a personal relation with a formless entity. So the Parama Purusa of philosophy is impersonal, and the Parama Purusa of devotees’ heart is a Personal Entity who comes in form.

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