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Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:25:41 -0500
From: Jitendra Deva
Subject: Think on This
To: am-global@earthlink.net

== THINK ON THIS ==

Namaskar,

Baba says, “You are social beings. One cannot live in isolation. When
you feel thirsty, you can’t manufacture a spade, dig a well, and draw
water yourself. One person will make a spade, another will add the
wooden handle, and another will dig the well — this is how we work
collectively. This is the way for human beings to live. In all spheres
of human existence, in the aesthetic sphere as well, humanity should live
collectively. You should live in unison. You should vibrate together to
the same music. You should move in a common psychic flow. You should fight
collectively against your common enemies. Unitedly you should face all
problems, mundane and supra-mundane. In a word, you must reflect the
spirit of harmonious collective living in conformity with the spirit
of the Vedic mantra Sam’gacchadhvam’ sam’vadadhvam.” (5 April 1981)

Baba’s above teaching is the special guideline for arousing
social conscious– which is lacking these days in the society. It is also
commonly known that some top dadas have gone far off from this
above Baba’s teaching.

Namaskar,
Jitendra

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Date: 29 Apr 2012, 19:43:45

From: “Shivadayal Deva” 

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Re: A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ Celebrations: Baba’s Guidelines

Baba

== A’NANDA PU’RN’IMA’ CELEBRATIONS: BABA’S GUIDELINES ==

~ Part 2 ~

Note: This series of letters, “A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ Celebrations: Baba’s Guidelines”, has four parts. Each part, presented by a different margii, offers complementary ways and descriptions for celebrating Ananda Purnima. Together, these letters paint a picture for how to commemorate this grand festival. We wholeheartedly welcome your suggestions as well. – AM-GLOBAL Moderators

Namaskar,
Revered Baba has lovingly instilled within us all a vision for how to move ahead in life and He has graciously blessed us with the divine feeling of devotion, or bhakti. And indeed in each and every sphere of existence – whether physical, psychic, or spiritual– He has paved the way for humanity’s growth, generation, and enlightenment. Thus the divine and holy
advent of Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji is the most significant event this earth has ever seen. Naturally then the blessed day of Ananda Purnima is recognised as the greatest and most celebrated of all our AM social functions.

Here following are further suggestions and ways to celebrate this divine day.

As we all know, this year Ananda Purnima falls on 6 May.

CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE– IN EACH AND EVERY UNIT

Unlike centralised events like DMS etc, the occasion of Ananda Purnima is meant to be joyfully celebrated in each and every unit. It is a local function for one and all. Thus every unit is highly encouraged to host their own Ananda Purnima celebration. And, sure enough, many ideal units do everything – more than a full day program. Thus margiis and sympathizers
often arrive the evening before for initial programs and presentations and then continue the next day of Ananda Purnima with a special paincajanya and celebrate the whole day through with a varied array of activities and programs, culminating and concluding late that evening. Here the main point being that, to one or another degree, blissful Ananda Purnima programs should take place locally in each and every unit– this is Baba’s prescribed system. And more about this idea is also appended as note 2 at the end of this letter.

SPECIAL PRABHAT SAMGIITA PROGRAMS

As everyone may remember, Baba has beautifully given the system of making extended Prabhat Samgiita programs whereby gathered margiis to sing the blissful song: Several compositions of Prabhat Samgiita. Just like we often have our long akhanda kiirtan programs of 3, 6, or 12 hours – in the same way these programs of Prabhat Samgiita can also take place.

Many may recall how Baba used to sit on the dais and call for the beginning of Prabhat Samgiita programs for the grand celebration of our Ananda Purnima social function. And it would proceed step by step where first one purport was read out by a selected margii and then the singing of that same song would begin and small young children of 8 or 9 years of age would dance to that song. And then as soon as that song was completed then another would begin with the reading of the purport followed by the singing and dance performance of that very song. And in this grand fashion several songs were linked together – all the while maintaining a nicely formatted sequence where the first song celebrated Baba’s holy advent and then the next song depicts His divine blessings etc. And by that way several songs are linked together creating one panoramic, devotional picture.

INCULCATING THE SPIRIT OF COLLECTIVE SAM’GACCHADVAM’

Plus Ananda Purnima is a wonderful opportunity to bring forth one and all in collective harmony.

Baba says, “At the outset of any festival or social ceremony, the Sam’gacchadvam’ mantra is recited, the purpose is to impose the common ideal on all. The love for the entire humanity.” (Prout Nutshell – 4)

Thus on the festive occasions of Ananda Purnima small kids, youths, university students, parents, seniors and devotees of all walks of life – everyone moves together in one thread. So these social functions offer something for everyone, thus building the bridge of an ideal human society.

Indeed the joining and gathering for Ananda Purnima is a special event as it represents the union of everyone’s heart. This function is not like some crowd at the movie cinema, which is just a rag-tag collection of people with
their own individual agendas and separate thoughts. That is nothing but a crowd totally devoid of any family feeling. That is like one fake flower that is superficially colored yet carries no aroma. In contrast, our devotional, heart-felt gathering of Ananda Purnima reflects society in the deepest sense of the term where everyone is moving and smiling together as one integrated whole – ready to do each and everything for Baba and the humanity.

Thus at Ananda Purnima all are invited to sit together – money or other factors are not at all important. Everyone comes together regardless of one’s social status, career, educational background, or family history etc. It is a time for all grades of devotees to join together and gather for sweet celebrations, non-margiis are also invited – so long as they follow according to the sentient ways of the gathering. Only those anti-social elements, not at all interested in following the spirit of the program, should not be invited. Beyond that Ananda Purnima is a grand occasion for one and all.

ALL TYPES OF SOCIAL SERVICES

In addition, during Ananda Purnima all the trades and departments of AMPS partake in their respective social service programs. VSS optees do CSS, i.e collective social service such as public cleaning or repair work or other physical works for the security, safety, and welfare of the society etc. Side by side AMURT can operate their free medical clinics. In this way, Ananda Purnima is a day for doing all types of services because we Ananda Margiis are declassed and perform all the sevas.

A FRESH NEW START

Universal festivals like Ananda Purnima are also a time for forgetting about past differences and starting new relations. They are a time for a fresh new start where we bury old issues, forgive and forget, sit together, and invite a clean new beginning.

Baba guides us that in personal life it is best to forgive others with our full heart. Of course on matters of ideology or collective welfare we have no right to forgive anyone. But on personal affairs, forgiving others is the best course of action and what better time to do this than on the blissful occasion of Ananda Purnima.

THE IMPORTANCE OF FESTIVALS

Here following Baba is describing the great import that festive occasions like Ananda Purnima have on the human psyche. And that such social functions lead to the formation of a unified humanity.

Baba says, “When people become tired and uninspired, when they can no longer look towards the future with hope, when their colourful dreams are shattered, at that time the sweetness of a festival brings new joy and vigour in life. Thus in individual and collective life, the importance of festivals is tremendous. One should always remember that festivals should be such that all can take part in them without any ostentatious display of wealth, and with an upsurge of their life force. And these festivals should be conducted in such a way that people take part in them from a spontaneous inner urge. I hope that you will make such arrangements so that all are attracted towards your festivals which will be more and more charming – and this will bring about your collective welfare.” (A Few Problems Solved -5, p.18)

Namaskar,

Shivadayal Deva

Note 1: USE BABA’S ORIGINAL ANANDA VANIIS –

NOT FAKE ANANDA VANIIS

Baba’s original and true Ananda Vaniis are His divine gifts for one and all as they encapsulate the spirit of Ananda Marga and the spirit of humanity. Thus, they are truly timeless and eternal treasures of humanity.

However, since 1990 certain respected leaders have been creating their own vaniis. They cut and paste quotes from previously posted discourses and call them Ananda Vaniis; when in fact the sentences they select are nothing but a small part of a greater discourse. They are taken out of context.

Baba’s original and true Ananda Vaniis are discourses unto themselves – complete, pointed, and stand alone as eternal truths and as spirited messages for the humanity. They are not mere quotes from other discourses. Baba’s every Ananda Vanii is totally unique and original.

So what these leaders are doing is nothing but manufacturing Fake Ananda Vaniis. Yet they name these as Ananda Vaniis and read them on the occasion of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ etc. But again, these are nothing but Fake Ananda Vaniis.

What should we do?

While certain leaders continue creating Fake Ananda Vaniis, in each and every unit margiis should select one of Baba’s original timeless Ananda Vaniis and read that out at their Ananda Purnima celebrations.

Naturally, in due course, with circumstantial pressure, such persons will stop making Fake Ananda Vaniis. That day is fast approaching.

Note 2: LOCAL CELEBRATIONS ENCOURAGED

If any group is recommending that people come “to their place” – such as Tiljala, insinuating that theirs is best place for Ananda Purnima etc, then in our hearts and minds we should all know that Baba’s system is for Ananda Purnima to be celebrated locally in every unit, as His divine grace and presence is felt throughout this entire universe.

Note 3: THE ADVENT OF MAHASAMBHUTI

Baba says, “When He comes, after creating His own body with the help of the five fundamental factors– solid, liquid, luminous, aerial, ethereal – to create an ideological tidal wave, that is called as Maha’sambhu’ti. Maha’ means ‘great’, ‘having a form which is supra-natural’. And bhu plus ktin equals bhu’ti. Hence Maha’sambhuti means ‘The Great Creation’, ‘The Great Appearance’…[He comes] to push humans society forward, to resuscitate the half-dead human race, to awaken society– to create a wave in the field of ideology, in the social field, and in the field of humanity; [He comes] to
 create a tidal wave in every dimension and on every level.” (Discourses on Tantra – 1, p. 136)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Maneri gahane tumi a’cho, a’cho prabhu sada’ jege a’cho…” (Prabhata Samgiita 4380)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Divine Entity, You remain always in the depths of my mind – You never leave me. I am never alone. Baba, You are always awake. You go on working day and night, beyond time. You never tire or stop. Baba, whatever You want to do, You go on doing.

O Parama Purusa, this whole expressed universe is Your eternal game. You are ever-present: beginningless and endless. You are ever intoxicated in Your divine flow. You are the Goal of everyone – everyone wants You. You are remaining with one and all.

Baba, only those trying to come close to You by their virtuous deeds, shravan, manan, nididhyasana, & dhyana, are able to come to You. Only they are able to realise You and have Your grace and proximity.

Baba, You are grace-Personified…

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From: Amriteshwar Deva 

To: AM-GLOBAL

Subject: A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ Celebrations: Baba’s Guidelines
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2012, 17:34:21

Baba

== A’NANDA PU’RN’IMA’ CELEBRATIONS: BABA’S GUIDELINES ==

~ Part 1 ~

Note: This series of letters, “A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ Celebrations: Baba’s Guidelines”, has four parts. Each part, presented by a different margii, offers complementary ways and descriptions for celebrating Ananda Purnima. Together, these letters paint a picture for how to commemorate this grand festival. We wholeheartedly welcome your suggestions as well. – AM-GLOBAL Moderators

Namaskar,

The auspicious and grand occasion of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ is coming soon.

The official day is Sunday, May 6 – though in many units celebrations start before then since A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ is the most significant social function in our Marga.

WE ALL KNOW…

Of course we all know that the holy day of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ means Baba’s Birthday in colloquial parlance. And that on this wonderful and blissful occasion there is a morning and evening dharmacakra, collective bath, all-round merrymaking, and a sentient feast etc.

Yet there are also other special components to the celebration of Ananda Pu’rn’ima which Baba has outlined. Some of these are listed and described below and other margiis and WT’s are kindly requested to contribute other plans and programs which they know about that are associated with the celebration Ananda Purnima .

INNER MEANING

Here first though is one of the special ideations linked to the holy festival of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’.

A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ signifies the advent of Mahasambhuti who has come to wipe away all the tears and fog from this dusty earth and infuse within all a sense of peace, hope, tranquility and bliss. But He has graciously come to establish the lost humanity in divinity – elevating everyone’s standard, and paving the way for the reign of dharma.

A FEW MORE WAYS TO CELEBRATE THIS DAY

Here below are a few of Baba’s many recommendations and guidelines for how to make the occasion of Ananda Purnima an even more memorable, joyful, and charming gathering for one and all.

(A) On the grand festival time of Ananda Purnima, all types of age groups should have their own programs that will be appealing to them. Certainly there will be one central place for the entire gathering, yet at the same time specialised plans and programs for the various age divisions should be organised.

For the younger children there should be games and sports and / or a drama production etc.

For adolescents & teenagers there should be competitions in the various realms from kaoshikii and tandava to music, art, and literature. And their day should also include sporting events etc.

And likewise for adults, there should be a range of activities and programs from the devotional singing of kiirtan to service projects, plus spiritual talks, dance competitions, and general socialising.

(B) In addition, on Ananda Purnima the head of household can utilise this as the time to arrange annual new clothes for all family members. Plus there should be toys for the children and the sharing of sweet treats. By this way one and all will know that something great is happening and that Ananda Purnima is a grand event.

(C) Ananda Purnima can also be made special by offering moderate gifts and presents or cards etc to those around you as a showing of love and affection.

(D) And like that many, many more points and suggestions are there in relation with the grand and blissful celebrations of Ananda Purnima.

THE KEY POINT

In this way social functions and festivals are a time for us all to move together in His divine flow, regardless of one’s standard or status. Where one and all gather round in the spirit of unity. And top of all our special duty as devotees is to propagate the greatness and grandeur of Sadguru Baba. In a phrase we can say that this is the key point behind the auspicious occasion of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’: To highlight Baba’s greatness.

Baba says, “The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma (Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living beings— That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone has revealed Brahmavidya (intuitional science) to us through the medium of the name and form of Anandamurtijii. Unit beings must be made to appreciate Its majesty.” (Caryacarya II, p.1)

Namaskar,

Amriteshwar Deva

Note 1: SPIRIT OF OUR AM SOCIAL FUNCTIONS

The magnificent characteristic of all our Marga social gathering is that they welcome one and all irrespective of age, colour, race, profession, educational standard, etc, all types from all places are welcome. Indeed everyone comes together for sadhana, games, a feast, and other celebratory activities and by this way one social flow is formed thus making way for a healthy, unified human society.

Note 2: BABA’S BLESSING

On the celebratory occasions of our AM festivals like Ananda Purnima, Baba has graced us with this special blessing.

Baba says, “That which renews human existence and makes it full to the brim and overflowing with the joy of living is termed a festival…Inspire all people to live with a new spirit like true human beings. Let it inspire them with the fact that all humanity is an indivisible entity. On this auspicious day this is my inner wish.” (Ananda Vanii #48)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’sha’r pasara’ sahasa’ elo, a’lor tupha’n nikat’e elo…” (PS #3644)

Purport:

Suddenly Baba, the Divine Effulgence, has taken advent. The cyclone of divine effulgence has come close. His divine effulgence is immense, like a huge mountain covering the entire world. The whole world is inundated with the flood of divinity.


Even in remote corners, not even an iota of darkness was left. Not even a tinge of darkness or dirt could remain in anyone’s mind. Everyone’s mind has become cleansed and purified. Parama Purusa Baba, with His divine effulgence, has taken advent and attracted everyone by the outpouring of love from His heart.


Everyone has received His special grace: Those bound in the cimmerian darkness and tied up in the deep, dark chasm, and those whose mind had accumulated dogma the size of a mountain. All are now basking in His divine grace. They have been blessed with the opportunity to look toward that divine effulgence. Their dogma and staticity vanished away with the advent of the new dawn.


Baba, the Parama Purusa, with His divine effulgence has come and showered His divine effulgence and graced everyone…

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From: Divyamshu Verma
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 21:12:32
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Re: News Sexual Crime

Baba

== Re: NEWS: SEXUAL CRIME ==

Namaskar,

My family and I have been following the news of this awful sexual crime perpetrated by this dada.

“The assailant was Mukunda’nanda, a senior dada 50+ years of age. He is hardcore cadre of Rudra’nanda…Mukunda’nanda sexually assault…In the aftermath, the girl was admitted to the hospital”

We made additional investigations and have posted that info below. We feel this is a case that we all should be concerned about as it potentially represents a more systemic problem.

Here is more about what we found out.

MORE ABOUT MUKUNDA’NANDA

Dada Mukunda’nanda has a sectorial level posting in VSS so he goes all around Delhi sector. Thus he has the freedom to roam everywhere. His exact posting is sectorial organizing secretary (VSS).

NAMES OF HIS SUPERVISORS

We found out that his immediate supervisor is Ac. Parma’nanda Avt, Chief Secretary (VSS) of Delhi sector. The next higher up is Ac Mantracetana’nanda Avt, SG (Secretary General). We should watch how they handle the situation, and not tolerate any delay or covering up. Per Baba’s system, these supervisory workers are to be held accountable.

Baba says, “Supervisory workers will have to take care of each of their supervised staff in all respects.” (WT Code of
Conduct, “Six Addition Rules”, pt #2)

Thus when Mukunda’nanda has done the unspeakable and sexually assaulted a minor, it is unacceptable for his supervisors to keep mum or try to sweep this under the rug. Merely sending Mukunda’nanda for retraining is also inappropriate given the gruesome and sinful nature of his crime.

WAS THIS THE FIRST TIME?

The sexual crime against this 7-year-old margii girl took place in Daltonganj District and in Chainpur block. We have come to know the name of the exact village but for the protection of the family and respect of their privacy, I refrain from including the village name here. Thank you for your understanding.

At this point the great fear is that this dada engaged in prior attacks that went unreported. That is a distinct concern as sexual criminals are most often repeat offenders.

Social scientists and psychologists have concluded that: “Compared to non-sex offenders released from State prisons, released sex offenders were 4 times more likely to be rearrested for a sex crime.”

We cannot definitively say that Mukunda’nanda committed more sexual crimes in the past, but evidence uncovered in this recent Daltonganj attack leads in that direction. We are dealing with a highly confident and seasoned assailant. Based on the ghastly details of this crime, it does not appear to be the work of a first-time perpetrator.

MORE REASONS WHY THIS HAPPENED

Another key reason behind this nefarious encounter is Dadaji’s ongoing lack of discipline. He is highly remiss in adhering to the daily code of conduct for acaryas and avadhutas.

For instance, this Dada keeps his hair and beard very short, which goes against points #1 & 2 of “32 Rules for Avadhu’tas.” Furthermore Mukunda’nanda Dada is not strict in sentient food, nor does he follow the fasting schedule properly. Verily there are so many ways how in his day to day life he is negligent in following Baba’s assigned codes of conduct.

To put it in a more graphic way, this Dada has been leading a dual life. In the daytime, he moves among margiis in saffron robes to be venerated as an acarya and avadhuta; and then in the nighttime, and sometimes during the day also, he roves the streets in civil dress. On more than one occasion this Dada has been seen entering raucous nightclubs and late-night hot-spots, among other places he frequents.

Here it should be understood that this dada is not alone in his poor, un-acarya-like conduct. Many dadas with short hair and well-trimmed beards, especially those in India, lead a dual existence where negative habits and tamasik indulgence are common. Dadas posted in India have no reason not to keep proper longer-length hair, a minimum of 13+ inches. And the beard should be at least 3 1/2 inches in length. That is the mandate.

So dadas must have longer hair and didis must have shorter hair. More about this has been written in note 1.

The overall point is that if any acarya’s presentation does not reflect that of a yogic monk, then they are often involved in dirty and degraded dealings. Such was certainly the case with Mukunda’nanda. All this and more contributed to his demise.

Baba says, “Bear in mind that people may be harmed or misled by even a small weakness or defect in the conduct of an ácárya. Just as it is the duty of a father to educate his children properly by his good conduct, an ácárya or ácáryá should always instruct by his or her exemplary actions and words.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31, The Conduct of an Ácárya)

By failing to follow our Ananda Marga conduct rules for wholetimers, this dada fell deep into the depths of self-destruction.

TERRIBLE IRONY

One of the disturbing ironies of this case / crime is that Mukunda’nanda himself is posted in VSS. His duty was to protect the common people from such attacks. He was to protect the defenseless; yet he himself became the perpetrator. This makes his case particularly vile.

WHY HE REMAINS

All this begs the question, “Why does Rudrananda keep him in the fold and in the cadre?”

The answer is quite straightforward. Criminals and characterless people are very easy to command. Such persons will obey all orders from their superiors because they know that their leaders will save them from all kinds of embarrassment, shame, and difficulties. Leaders like Rudrananda will ensure poorly behaved dadas do not get a bad name and refrain from reporting them to the police. That is the unspoken trade between fallen acaryas like Mukunda’nanda and leaders like Rudrananda.

Actually these days in Ananda Marga, the top leaders want their staff to commit crimes, because then they have “dirt” on that worker and can get them to do anything. In exchange for saving them from disgrace, those fallen workers become extremely obedient to their boss(es).

That is the sole reason why Rudrananda keeps him in Wt dress.

WHAT WE SHOULD DO

As members of the Marga, we should take it upon ourselves to ensure justice is done on various levels:


a) The entire cost of the treatment for the victim and the victim’s family should be shared by the bhukti or the region; and if they cannot manage then other margins should help. The victim’s family should not bear the financial burden. In addition, margiis must offer support on the physical, emotional and psychic levels. The bhukti pradhan, or another responsible post holder, should go to the victim family’s village and beg apology and express concern for their for psychic healing.


b) Honoring their privacy and safety, the young girl and her family should be counseled and supported fully.


c) We should approach the concerned authorities and law enforcement agencies like the police to ensure more crimes of this nature do not recur. This is as severe as a murder case. If a murder is committed, top dadas cannot say, “Just keep quiet and send him to training center for a month.” Some wrongly want to keep things hidden in order to save a dada’s prestige. But that is what Catholic priest did and see what happened. The situation demands full exposure to the police. Otherwise this such attack will never be addressed and it will grow and be like that of the catholic priests. When it is reported to the police then sinners will be deterred.


d) Let me reiterate, merely sending this dada for re-training is not enough.

Namaskar,

Divyamshu Deva

Note 1: WARNING! DO NOT GIVE THEM DONATIONS

Those dadas posted in India who maintain a short beard and short hair are most probably involved in devious actions. Do not give them donations – rather, watch out. They are criminals dressed as monks. It is our mistake that we are feeding such hypocrites. Then those same hypocritical dads attack us. Our duty is to starve such hypocrites. Do not contribute any funds to those not following conduct rules regarding length of beard, mustache and hair. All male wts must keep long hair (13+ inches) and all female wts must keep short hair (1 centimeter). Those not following these parameters are of questionable character. The only exception is for those posted outside where for certain political reasons they have to adjust. But this does not apply to those posted in India. So watch out.

Note 2: PRIOR LETTERS ON THIS TRAGIC CRIME

The above letter is the fourth in this series. Below are links to the first three letters:

(#1) http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/04/news-sexual-crime.html

(#2) http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/04/re-news-sexual-crime.html

(#3) http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/04/re-news-sexual-crime_23.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Bhul kare du’re thekechi tumi bhul bheunge dio…” (Prabhata Samgiita #1827)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Divine One, due to my own defects I am not able to get close to You. Because of not following Your dharmic guidelines, my progress is hindered and I am just keeping myself away from You. Baba, please grace me and remove all my shortcomings and weaknesses, and bring me in Your closest proximity. Please be gracious and take me in Your lap. In my life I have received an abundant amount of love from You; You have graced me so much. Baba, now I am offering my love to You – please grace me by accepting it.

Baba, O’ my Lord, in the sky there is a deep blueness and my tender heart is full of love for You. Baba, I do not want my love to remain hidden & secluded in my little heart. Please allow the reddish glow of my heart – i.e. my love – to merge in the vastness of the distant blue sky. Baba, please let my love reach up to the highest realm – reach up to You.

Baba, when I sing the song and ideate on You there is a deep feeling of longing in my heart. You have graciously given the tune and in that way I sing for You. Baba, may my heart’s inner longing be goaded & pointed exclusively toward You. Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, by Your grace, I should always contemplate and think of You; my life should revolve and dance around You. My life should be successful, please grace me…

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From: Jagadnath Deva
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 21:44:12
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Highly Refined Language

Baba

“Toma’ri katha’ bheve ma’rmika anubhave…” (P.S. 3006)

Purport:

O’ Baba, by thinking of You with all the feelings of my heart, my ba’ndha-bha’unga’ mana [1] is ensconced in bliss and floats towards infinity. O’ Lord of the divine and mortal worlds, the Soul of the soulless, even a wee-bit of Your great love is enough to fill my heart with spiritual bliss and give me goose bumps, horripilation, throughout my being. Baba, is it You who brings that devotional surge within me.

Baba, O’ Divine Entity, thinking about You, my mind is ensconced in bliss.

Baba, You are incomparable in rhythm and most pleasant in aroma. You have no comparison. In all vibrations, in the quintessence, deep down, You are the Dearest One to all; You are the nucleus of all the vibrations. In the garland You are the flower. In the necklace You are the jewel. In everything You are the best. Remaining in viitara’ga [2], You smile with the beauty of divine love like flowers.

Baba, O’ Divine Entity, thinking about You, my mind is ensconced in bliss.

Baba, in the severe heat, You are those first, cool showers that bring relief and respite. In the space between the monsoon clouds, You are the effulgent pole star. In the darkness, You are the beauty of the moon’s enchantment. Under the hot sun, You are cool shade beneath the trees. In each and every circumstance, You are the Saviour. Baba, even staying afar, You stay in my mind’s divine haven.

Baba, O’ Divine Entity, thinking about You, my mind is ensconced in bliss.

O’ Parama Purusa, keep me eternally at Your lotus feet…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3006:

[1] Ba’ndha-bha’unga’ mana: This is when the mind is overwhelmed with joy. Such as when one is extremely happy and bursts into tears or when one jumps for joy or exclaims or dances. In actuality though it is more than the joy experienced in worldly circumstances. It is that inexpressible bliss from the spiritual flow. It happens in the spiritual realm when one’s mind is totally ensconced in His bliss and one starts crying uncontrollably. This is a state wherein one completely loses their composure.

[2] Viitara’ga: This is the state of being beyond any worldly attachment or attraction – i.e. perfect equanimity in all circumstances. One of the qualities of Parama Purus’a is vaera’gya. Baba has demonstrated this on countless occasions. Even when all kinds of serious and critical problems came in the organisation, then He remained totally unaffected, keeping perfect composure. For social reasons He may have showed sympathy or concern, but internally He was totally unaffected. Those bhaktas close to Baba understand this well.

For instance, before going to jail & whenever there was serious any catastrophe going on in organisational life, Baba had the divine ability to give discourses of eternal value. That can only happen when one’s mind is in viitaraga.If anyone reads that discourse they will not get any hint about the extreme upheaval going on in the organisation. Such composure ise not possible by human beings. Being human means being affected by the bondaage of maya.

Whereas in viitraga the mind remains 100% unassailed by any negativity, and is just the embodiment of universal welfare. Viitara’ga does not mean that the Entity in viitara’ga is unpetrubed by the suffering and tears of human beings. Everyone knows that Parama Purusa loves and cares so much.

== HIGHLY REFINED LANGUAGE ==

Namaskar,

Baba says, “Pra’krta was the language of the common people. The scholars of those days used to neglect this language and compose their literature in Sanskrit. For this reason this highly refined language was called “Sanskrit” which implies that it was not the people’s language; it was written by refining the people’s language…When Krs’n’a would speak with Duryodhana he would use Sanskrit but when he spoke with the Pandavas he would speak in Shaorasenii Pra’krta because he had a close relationship with the five Pandavas.” (Varna Vijiana, p.65)

In our Ananda Marga society, the Sanskrit language is part and parcel of our daily existence. Baba has infused the system where every initiated margii receives a Sanskrit name, most of the chants are in Sanskrit, many of His discourses are interwoven with Sanskrit shlokas, and the names of the various wings of our organisation are mostly in Sanskrit etc. In that way Sanskrit is part of the very pulsation of life in AM. Given this, we should understand why Baba has selected Sanskrit to have such a special place in our Marga. As Baba tells in the above quote the language is called Sankrit because it is highly refined. That is the meaning behind the name. And we can rationally conclude that Baba given this highly refined language a sacred spot in our Marga because it nicely reflects the subtle aspects of human existence and life divine.

The term ‘Shaorsen’ refers to an area outside Delhi near Mathura and the language from that area is known as ‘Shaorasenii’. So the linguistic relationship between Sharosen and Shaorasenii is the same as that between Italy and Italian, Japan and Japanese, Russia and Russian, Bengal and Bengali, Bhojpur and Bhojpuri, Spain and Spanish. The first term refers to the place and that latter term refers to the language.

Namaskar,
Jagadnath Deva

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Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:35:29 -0000
Subject: Practical Aspect of Mysticism
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Ram

Baba

“Toma’ke cena’ na’hi ja’y…” (P.S. 2089)

Purport:

Baba, You are so loving and close – even then it is not possible to recognize You. Just when I think that I have recognized You, then my consciousness gets completely enveloped by the Cimmerian darkness. Baba, Your divine Presence shifts from one extreme to the next. On the one side You are so tough and other times You are very soft and sweet.

Baba, sometimes You are vehemently sounding Your sermons by the beating of the marching drum and blowing of the military trumpets; and on other occasions You are smiling sweetly and showering Your causeless grace with the flower pollen. Baba, such is Your beauty. O’ Baba, in the end, in the lonely, isolated moment, I see that everything happens by Your grace. What You desire, that is what happens – that is the final truth.

O’ Parama Purusa Baba, in Your grand Kingdom, everything belongs to You. I cannot boast that anything is mine; indeed to think that something is mine is a crime. Because everything is created by You – this whole expressed universe is Your mental projection. Then how can I say that anything is mine.

Baba, only You are mine; everyone is Yours. Baba, everyone longs for Your karuna’ – divine compassion. Baba, to recognize You is not possible without Your grace. Baba only with the showering of Your grace can one realise You – otherwise not. Baba please grace me…

== PRACTICAL ASPECT OF MYSTICISM ==

Baba says, “Mysticism is a never-ending endeavour to find a link between finite and infinite.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 23, p.101)

Note: Here Baba is indirectly giving the guideline that in the realm of devotion one should have a particular personal relation with Parama Purusa. And these relations are known as “bhava” – whether they be sakhya bhava, dasya bhava, madhura bhava etc. So these various bhavas are that very “link between finite and infinite”. Because with the help of these relations devotees gradually come in closer and closer proximity with Parama Purusa. Until finally by linking up in this way the sadhaka becomes one with Him.

Namaskar,
Ram

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From: Mahendra
Date: Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 21:06
Subject: Re: Homosexuality and Ananda Marga
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== RE:HOMOSEXUALITY & ANANDA MARGA ==

Namaskar,
I appreciate the views expressed in the first letter and feel that the stand of our Ananda Marga on homosexuality is very clear.

>So homosexuality runs contrary to the aim of human life, according to our
>AM perspective. When sex is supposed to be only for procreation – that is
>the only time that sex is supported in our AM way of life – then there is
>no logical support whatsoever for the ways of homosexuality / lesbianism,
>where sex is just an “animalistic pleasure-seeking” tool. Ultimately, such
>relations will just lead to one’s degeneration and degradation.

HERE ARE SOME MORE THOUGHTS ON THIS TOPIC

1. SCIENCE OF VRTTIS: We have various propensities such as greed, sleep, hunger, and so many more. If a person increases the number of hours they sleep to the point of indulgence, then their desire for more sleep escalates.

For instance, if a person sleeps 8 hours and increases that to 10 hours, then their desire for sleep will grow more. They may desire to sleep 12 hours. In one discourse, Baba states that a person might increase their sleep so much that they sleep all 24 hrs. The same is the case with food, fear, drinking and all propensities. The more any vritti is encouraged then the more active that vrtti becomes. That is the science of vrttis in Ananda Marga. That is why we must control and channelise lowly propensities like fear and sleep – otherwise those vrittis will envelop us and we will be scared of our own shadow and sleep 24 hrs a day.

Similarly, with regards to sex, one must never encourage this base propensity. That will lead to one’s utter degradation. So when homosexuals again and again give way to their crude animalistic, sexual desires, then that sex vrtti will multiply more and more until it totally consumes one’s entire existence and mental framework. To indulge in this way is to only increase one’s crude desires and degrade the mind.

This applies to heterosexuals as well. If anyone indulges in sex it will bring about their degradation and their mind will be sunk in crudity. That is why Baba guides us that everyone should practice restraint. With that viewpoint in mind, married persons should only engage for society building purposes; while there is no logic or reason for anyone to ever indulge in homosexual behaviours. Rather their glandular system should be rectified through asanas, sadhana and other treatment as needed

2. HOMOSEXUAL LUST CANNOT FULFILL HUMAN DESIRE: Human desires are infinite and they can only be truly satiated through sadhana and reaching Parama Purusa. So even if one indulges in sex 24 hrs a day, then they cannot satisfy their inner human longing. Rather they will smother it and become frustrated and crude. If one wants bliss then sex is the wrong path because you cannot satisfy your infinite desire for spiritual bliss through crude, mundane indulgence like sex.

That is why only fake Ananda Margiis indulge in the sex-centered ways of homosexuality. And it is good that true Ananda Margiis do not at all appreciate homosexuality. Here it should be perfectly clear that sexual indulgence is never the solution – neither for homosexuals nor heterosexuals. All should be encouraged to follow Sixteen Points and strive for spiritual bliss.

3. SUB-HUMANS: Please excuse me for saying this but only those sub-humans who are dominated by animal propensities can lead the life of a homosexual.

4. STRAIGHT FROM ANIMAL LIFE: By viewing the activities, of any human being, you can get an idea how subtle and refined they are and even surmise if they have been through multiple human lives and been on the path of sadhana.

In the case of homosexuality, where one is indulged in sexual indulgence just for satisfying animalistic desires, without the responsibility of society building, we can also make a calculation. Such homosexuals are worse than animals since animals only indulge for purposes of procreation, not due to crude lust. Whereas homosexuals have sex only for carnal pleasure.

For theses reasons and more, this could be their first time in human form. Hence they misutilise the opportunity. Instead of focusing on morality and the Divine, they fall prey to the baser propensities. That is the unfortunate circumstance. We should work hard to help such persons onto the path of true spirituality.

5. NOT APPRECIATED IN AM: There are some homosexuals and lesbians hiding in AMPS, yet in our Ananda Marga the way of life which leads to negative pratisaincara is not accepted. No true Ananda Margii appreciates this lifestyle rather it is totally discouraged.

Here is one of Baba’s all-important teachings on this critical matter.

Baba says, “The essence of blood, when transformed, becomes shukra, and this shukra is food for the brain. In the absence of shukra, or in case of its impaired functioning, the entire constitution may be impaired, the body may become susceptible to disease, and mental and spiritual sa’dhana’ may be impaired. Therefore, [sexual] restraint is a must for every man and woman, because only self-control helps achieve the maximum preservation of shukra.” (Caryacarya-3)

Namaskar,
Mahendra Deva

Note 1: EARLIER LETTER

Here is a link to the earlier letter in this series.

http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/04/homosexuality-and-ananda-marga.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi esecho, bha’lo besecho, bhola’ye sakal vyatha’ sab ha’ha’ka’r…” (PS 980)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, my heart was sunk in sorrow and woe; I was forlorn and had lost all hope. I was crying, thinking I am all alone and that in this world no one is mine. Baba, You have graced me by coming and blessed me with Your love. You have made my heart and mind overflowing in Your divine bliss. By Your causeless grace, all my pains, lamentations, and tragedies have been wiped away. You have filled my life with bliss.

O’ my Lord, You are so gracious. You have responded and come to me with Your sweet smile. Baba, with Your infinite beauty and charm You have won over everyone’s heart. Baba, my love knows only You. You are everything for me. There is no one else; nothing else can attract me; I only love You. Baba, it is Your grace: I am always ensconced in Your tune, melody, and Your divine attraction – in pleasure, in pain, and also when my pride is wounded. Baba, You belong to everyone, even then in my heart I know that You are only mine. You belong to me and me alone.

Baba, Your presence is everywhere. The mark of Your love is found on the flower and the leaves – on every spot in this panoramic world. Even then the black bee of my mind wants You alone. Baba on my worst days, when all hope was gone, when I had lost everything, in that desperate circumstance when no one else was there to help me, You always came and resolved all my troubles, pains, and problems. Baba, You are the sweetest of the sweet. You are only mine; You are only mine.

Baba, You have graced me by coming. It is Your grace; it is Your grace…

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Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:08:45 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Raviindra Deva”
Subject: Re: News Sexual Crime

Baba

== Re: NEWS: SEXUAL CRIME ==

Namaskar,
I cannot forget how in 1970, one of the monks in the Ramakrishna Mission committed this type of devious sexual crime in rural Jaipur. The outraged villagers took matters into their own hands.

Villagers caught the monk and removed his saffron robe and put him in civil dress. Then they painted his face black, forced him to sit on a donkey, and paraded him through the town with a placard hanging from his neck which read, “I am a child molester.”

But it did not stop there.

More and more villagers joined in and they physically detained that monk and forcibly removed his reproductive organ in such a manner that the monk had to be hospitalized. News of this spread around the whole of India. The monk was shamed by his criminal dealing and will remember his misdeed his entire life.

The sexual crime by Mukunda’nanda must also be taken seriously and addressed accordingly. Thus far the villagers of Daltonganj in 2012 have not dealt with the aggressor the way those villagers of Jaipur did in 1970. How and what the villagers do is for them to decide. But allowing the crime to go unpunished is not acceptable. The culprit must be taken to task.

Namaskar,
Raviindra Deva

Note: LINKS TO FIRST TWO LETTERS

Below are the links to the first two letters from this series. In these letters you can get the details of the case.

News: Sexual Crime, Letter #1

News: Sexual Crime, Letter #2

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Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:33:04 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Deva”
Subject: Money and Peace

Baba

“A’ndha’ra sa’gara pa’re ke go ele…” (PS 1065)

Purport:

O’ the Supreme Entity, who are You who has come to me from the divine world after crossing the dark ocean. You have come and done the impossible: You have made those flowers blossom, which had never blossomed before. Those whose minds were crude, You have made them spiritual. You have showered Your divine effulgence and filled this world with sweetness and love. O’ Divine One, You have graciously come, broken the noose of death [1], taught Your sadhana, and shown the path of liberation. You have released me from the endless cycle of birth and death by granting me salvation. You have removed all my fear by keeping me close and helping me in all circumstances. You have satiated my heart with Your radiant love. You have showered Your causeless grace and filled my mind with divine bliss. O’ Divine Entity after getting You, what is the need to have anything else. By Your grace, in getting You, I have gotten everything. All my longings have been quenched; I desire nothing else. All that I wanted, I got, by Your grace. O’ the Unfathomable Entity, who are You.

Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, in my march from imperfection to perfection, in all the arenas of life, You are always with me. You love me so much, that is why I do not have any fear that You are going to leave me. In all times, day and night, You are always with me – ever willing to help and guide me. Baba, You have removed the dark curtain of avidya maya. You have opened my eyes. After pulling me off the wrong path, You have lovingly brought me onto the right path. That which was unthinkable for me, You have given. I never thought I could get Parama Purusa; I could never even dream of such a thing. But today, You have made this possible and more than fulfilled all my hopes and aspirations. Baba, You are so gracious.

Baba, You have given me everything I need. You have given me all of life’s requirements: Physical, psychic, and spiritual. O’ my Dearmost, in my dhyana, in my sadhana, You always come and smile like the crimson dawn. It is Your grace; it is Your grace. In the past, I was longing for various mundane things. Now, by Your grace, my mind is pointed and I only long for You, the Parama Purusa. You have aroused my desire to attain You. And You have quenched that desire by remaining eternally in my heart. When I am with You, then what else do I need? Nothing. I do not have any other desire.

Baba, no matter how much I may know, in the true sense I do not know. O’ Divine Entity, who is so loving and gracious, please tell me who You are…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1065:

[1] Noose of Death: Generally human beings are caught in the ongoing cycle of birth and death. When one comes in contact with Parama Purusa then that is the death of death, as by this way one escapes the endless cycle of birth and death.

Baba says, ““Mrtyurmrtyuh nama’myaham.” “Mrtyurmrtyuh” means “death of death”…Whenever a man dies, he comes back again in another form. Again he undergoes death, again he comes back. This cyclic order goes on, and on, and on. Birth after death, death after birth – the cyclic order goes on. But what happens when one ensconces oneself in Him, when one becomes one with Him? One will die, no doubt, but after death one won’t come back. So when one is in deep love with Him, and death comes, that death is the final death. After death there will be no rebirth. Along with that death, death dies. So it is mrtyurmrtyuh – the death of death. So He is mrtyurmrtyuh.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 3)

Baba says, “Those who take the name of the Lord are really intelligent and clever, because thereby they accelerate the speed of their spiritual progress. Those who do not do so, continue to move in the vicious circle of lives and deaths. This cyclical order of movement from life to death to life again is called the sam’sa’ra cakra. What will be the fate of a person who directs all his psychic propensities towards crude materiality? He will be caught again and again in the serpentine noose of death.” (Subhasita Samgraha -21)

Finally, the only way for one to escape the cycle of birth and death is to do regular sadhana. Then one is sure to get salvation and go beyond the noose of death.

== MONEY AND PEACE ==

Baba says, “With the acquisition of money people still feel that they have nothing; in spite of possessing a huge amount of money they often beat their chests in despair. So it is not money they seek– what they truly desire is peace, not happiness. But it is only rarely that people attain peace in life…The answer [then] is that by attaining Parama Purus’a one no longer has any unsatiated hunger or unqueched thirst.” And that is the stage of perfect peace. (Subhasita Samgraha – 12, p.38)

Namaskar,
M Deva

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Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 15:57:11 -0000
Subject: We Should Understand
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Satiish K Bhatia”

Baba

PS Intro: In this song, Parama Purusa Himself is directly talking with the devotee, however He has appeared in the form of one ‘parii’– (angel).

“Rauniir parii elo jiivane, bha’loba’sa’ d’hele dilo bhuvane…” (P.S. 2757)

Purport:

The Angel with panoramic colours has graciously taken advent in life: It has saturated and inundated this whole universe with love. Now nobody is alien; nobody is distant; everyone is close– my own kith and kin.

The new dawn has come. Now the vast and meagre are sitting together on one seat. There is no difference between high and low. The divine Angel has captivated everyone’s heart. It has coloured everyone with its own divine colour. The Angel is showering its smile with boundless affection upon one and all and narrating the tale of divinity.

The Angel has inundated this entire universe with the flooding of divine effulgence – wiping away all cimmerian darkness. And it proclaims that, ‘I am watching over one and all with love and care. I am eternally along with each and every one through my ota and prota yoga. I will always remain with you.’ It also says, ‘Bear in mind that humanity will be victorious and the staticity will be destroyed’.

The divine Angel furthermore proclaims, ‘O human beings, keep your mind free from all complexes. Do not consider who is “high” or who is “low”. Do not think that any unit entity is lowly. Always remember that the collection of all the units is the Cosmic. No one is outside; everyone is part of the singular divine Entity. O human beings, throw away your heavy load of samskaras, wipe away the stain of the past, and surrender your heart to the Divine Entity– Parama Purusa. Victory is yours’…

Note: In the above Prabhat Samgiita, this parii – this divine angel – is none other than Parama Purusa Himself.

== WE SHOULD UNDERSTAND ==

Namaskar,

Baba says, “Human life is a mission; life itself is a mission; one’s very existence is a mission. A’tmamoks’a’rtham’ jagaddhita’ya ca: ‘Whatever one is to do, one is to do for a’tmamoks’a– for their own liberation– and for the elevation of the entire world, elevation of the entire human society’. One is to do both of these things; that is, these two things are one’s mission.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 30, p. 28)

By Baba’s above teaching it is clear that AMPS is not the mission. But for their selfish reasons, certain opportunist or dogmatic type of people try to misguide or take advantage of the margiis by making them think that AMPS is the mission. So this is all done for their selfish interests. Yet in Baba’s aforementioned guideline He explicitly tells us what is the mission.

Namaskar,
Satiish

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Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 14:54:29
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Ram Kumar Deva
Subject: Re: News: Sexual Crime

Baba

== RE: NEWS: SEXUAL CRIME ==

Namaskar,
Yesterday’s email reported:

>Recently one Dada sexually attacked a young girl from Daltonganj.
>The assailant is a sectorial-level VSS worker of Delhi sector.
>This attack was carried out in a most violent and gruesome manner.
>We are calling upon those with details of this ghastly incident to
>come forward with more information.

I inquired and confirmed this news with my own sources. It is true; I talked with Daltonganj margiis. They attested to the veracity of this tragic incident.

Unfortunately, one margii was more concerned with hiding the bad name of this culprit, Dada Mukunda’nanda, rather than help the victim and reporting this to the police.

In total, this is indeed nothing short of a tragedy. With a heavy heart – yet knowing it is the right thing to do, otherwise repeated issues will arise in future – I list more of the facts below about this case

1. This unfortunate incident took place in a village about 30 kilometers from Daltonganj town. It is in Daltonganj District. The diocese is Palamu, with the headquarters being Daltonganj.

2. The assailant was Mukunda’nanda, a senior dada 50+ years of age. He is hardcore cadre of Rudra’nanda.

3. Mukunda’nanda sexually assaulted and forced himself on the 7-year-old daughter of one respected margii.

4. This dada was staying in the house of one margii when he called the child to him and started teaching her. Everything seemed fine. Dada then sent the girl’s mother to cook food for him. This gave Dada the opportunity to violently assault the girl sexually.

5. In the aftermath, the girl was admitted to the hospital with profuse bleeding. Medical experts confirmed the gory details and the horrors that this innocent 7-year old girl suffered.

6. The Dada who did this is Ac Mukunda’nanda, sectorial organising secretary (VSS) of Delhi sector.

7. For more information contact the bhukti pradhan of Daltonganj.

8. As members of the Marga, we should take it upon ourselves to ensure justice is done on various levels.

Namaskar,
Ram Kumar Deva

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Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:38:22 -0500
From: Jitendra Deva
Subject: Solution
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

PS Intro: This is one special type of song where Parama Purusa explains to the devotees what He does – how He carries out His liila.

“A’gun jva’la’te a’si niko a’mi, diipa’valii jva’li man ma’jhe…” (Prabhata Samgiita #421)

Purport:

I, Baba, do not come to light a burning fire in the heart. I come to light the lamp of devotion in the heart– for that I come. I fill the mind with divine effulgence – devotion, not fire [1]. Even on the rough & jagged path I pour divine sweetness – I make even the dry heart full of devotion. In those trees that do not flowers, I decorate them with flowers.

I change the crude personality into a divine one. I fill them with the beauty of devotion. To the dry heart I bring the warmth of love and devotion. I give them inspiration to move towards divinity. In this way I bless. Through the melody and rhythm of song and dance, silently I fill the remote corner of the heart with love. Indeed I fill the entire universe with devotion through song, dance and music – Prabhat Samgiita. I do not come to ignite the heart with yearning; rather I fill the heart with devotion.

To those hearts that are frustrated, sunken, and lost, I give them the strength for their forward movement. I fill them with bliss so they can forget their pain and misery and become ensconced in divinity. I remain with everyone through ota and prota yoga. I make everyone aware of this by My actions. I express this truth in all my work so that human beings can realise that Parama Purus’a is with them.

I take advent of this earth to fill up the heart with devotion…

End Notes For Prabhat Samgiita #421:

[1] Fire: Here fire means that devotees always lovingly accuse Parama Purusa that ‘I am crying for You yet You just set my heart on fire, with no relief in sight’. But Parama Purus’a explains that it is not like that; rather He comes with the explicit motive to fill the mind with devotion…

== SOLUTION ==

Namaskar,

Baba says, “This has been our failing: that we neglected the spiritual faculties of human life, we neglected the cardinal spiritual points of life. If we are interested today in the welfare of this beautiful universe, we should try more and more to accelerate the speed of spiritual progress. If the acceleration of spiritual progress becomes tremendous, then not only in the human world, but also in the physical, psychic and spiritual spheres of the entire world — and not only of the entire animate world, but of both the animate and inanimate worlds — there will be tremendous progress. And this is what we want. Now we are anxiously waiting for that crimson dawn on the eastern horizon.” (A Few Problems Solved – 5)

Generally people do not realise this very point which Baba has explained above. To understand this fully it needs agraya’ buddhi (pointed intellect). Only those who are blessed sadhaka can understand that sadhana is the panacea.

Namaskar,
Jitendra Deva

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To: AM-GLOBAL
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 16:55:02 -0000
From: NJK Deva
Subject: News: Sexual Crime

Baba

== NEWS: SEXUAL CRIME ==

Namaskar,
Recently one Dada sexually attacked a young girl from Daltonganj. The assailant is a sectorial-level VSS worker of Delhi sector. This attack was carried out in a most violent and gruesome manner.

We are calling upon those with details of this ghastly incident to come forward with more information.

At present, the Rudrananda group is trying hard to cover up this crime.

We should not become like the Catholic church whose priests are infamous for their sexual crimes, yet all along the church systemically engaged in denial and cover ups. Now they are facing the consequences and paying heavily for their systemic and insidious problem. Our Marga should not march down a similar road.

An assertive, pro-active response is the need of the hour. If anyone knows about this tragic occurrence please let us know.

Namaskar,
Nagendra Deva

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Date: Th, 19 Apr 2012 20:27:28 -0500
From: Ramesh Deva
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Avoiding Junk

Baba

== AVOIDING JUNK ==

Namaskar,
Here following is a key teaching that is highly related with life in this modern, technological era.

Baba says, “Now everywhere, in cent per cent of the cases, there is wastage of human psychic potentiality. The psychic potentialities of human beings are immense, but people do not utilize them because most of their valuable time is wasted in undesirable thoughts, in psychic extravaganza…wasted in petty or useless activities. How much time do people really get to devote to worthwhile tasks?”

“This psychic extravaganza should be checked either by physical approach, or psychic approach, or by spirituo-psychic approach…”

“I have already said that the scope of rationality and rationalization should be increased more and more, and for this, unnecessary waves should be removed from the plane of physicality. From the psychic sphere also, unnecessary waves are to be removed. This will remove many burdens from the mind. ‘I must not bother about petty things, because that will waste my time’ — people should remember this. This removal or rather withdrawal of unnecessary and undesirable thoughts emanated from the mind will help you in rationalizing the major portion of your mental faculty, so this must also be practised.” (YP, ’91, p.134-35)

This wastage of mental potential which Baba is describing above is the common problem these days. Even contemporary researchers and scientists have also come to realise this. That is why nowadays such professionals advise people not to overburden the mind with mundane news broadcasts etc since these programs only invite tension. Various studies have been undertaken about the effect of the news media on people’s mental well-being. And they’ve come to the conclusion that these news broadcasts and movies just burden the mind– making people feel worried and hopeless etc.

That is why such researchers and sociologists recommend that people take a few days’ break from watching those various news broadcasts and popular movies etc. Because these things create multiple problems in people’s psyche. Not only are they not useful in one’s practical life but the scenes are horrifying and terrible. Just sensationalistic reporting– nothing more.

Hence Baba’s above guideline is that we should think positive thoughts and not indulge or expose our minds to that type of junk. If one can avoid such things altogether then that is very good; that is the best solution. Otherwise minimizing one’s exposure to those negative elements will prove helpful. Along those lines, certainly do not waste those delicate early morning hours exposed to such radio, TV, pop websites, and crude things. If one really wants to watch these programs then one should only schedule a specific amount of time after noon and then watch with a clear notion of when you will finish.

But of course better is to eliminate it totally and immerse oneself more in Baba’s dharmic teachings like Ananda Vacanamrtam or Subhasita Samgraha. His unique discourses will provide a soothing touch and fill the mind with inspiration. So we should be extremely careful and wise how we engage our psychic faculty as this has a profound effect on our overall well-being and health– as well as how useful and purposeful our lives become. On this topic all Marga brothers and sisters are encouraged to share their views and experiences.

Namaskar,
Ramesh

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Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 21:33:29
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Oslo Crime & Neo-Humanism
From: Jiivendra Deva

Baba

OSLO CRIME & NEO-HUMANISM:

TWO-PRONGED APPROACH IS THE SOLUTION

Namaskar,
Due to the lack of pracara of neo-humanism, so many solvable problems remain unsolved. It has been 30 years since Baba propounded neo-humanism, but still the general populace is unaware. Because of this, humanity is not moving forward, rather backward.

RACIST RAMPAGE

For instance, last summer one white supremacist, motivated by racial hatred, killed 77 innocent teenagers at a political camp in Norway. At present, this mass-murder trial is underway in Oslo. At the same time, throughout the west, and especially in Europe, there is a rise in extremist, right-wing rhetoric – and even political parties.

PUNISHMENT ALONE IS NOT THE ANSWER

The current leaders are unable to address and solve this matter in a comprehensive way that will lead to the growth of society. Such leaders think they can control the situation only through punishment. But that alone is not the solution.

Those who commit racial hate crimes are tried in court, punished, and given hefty sentences. But this does not solve the problem; it merely heightens the hatred of those anti-social elements. It is like adding gasoline to a fire.

OUR TWO-PRONGED APPROACH

A new approach is needed. And that approach has already been given by Baba:
(1) punishment to criminals and (2) education about the defects and horrors of racism, in conjunction with the beauty and charm of neo-humanism. This is the only practical way to proceed. That is Baba’s two-pronged method.

And we must propagate this widely.

Because some think that harsh punishment alone will deter and scare people from committing hate crimes. But that is not true. A shift of heart and mind are needed. And for that, the teachings of neo-humanism are a must.

HUMANS NEED RATIONAL ANSWERS

Human beings are not animals and cannot be controlled only by punishment. Humans are sentimental, emotional, rational and logical beings. We need to be given teachings that satiate the heart and satisfy the mind. Every human being has a mind, and that mind needs answers.

PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF NEO-HUMANISM

When addressing matters of hate crimes and racial attacks – which are quite common nowadays in the west – then as outlined above the two-pronged approach is needed. Punishment should be meted out to the wrongdoer, and, side by side, the teachings of neo-humanism should be given to counteract racism in the greater society. The world is ready to go beyond the narrow boundaries of race, ethnicity, caste and gender etc.

In a psychological way we should discuss the origin of humanity and explain how we are all connected to one another. With that groundwork, this problem of racial hatred will be resolved.

All along, the divisive, fissiparous tendencies (i.e. the path of analysis) of humanity should be discouraged. And those unifying principles (i.e. the path of synthesis) should be encouraged.

When people are aware of their origin and understand that we call come from the same source, Parama Purusa, then all superficial differences (race, caste, gender etc) will vanish.

CONCLUSION

Only the two-pronged approach of Ananda Marga – punishment and neo-humanistic education – can lead the world away from hatred and racism, and build a loving feeling toward all to form one universal human family.

Namaskar,
Jiivendra Deva

Note: A CLARIFICATION

That does not mean that we should give a “free pass” to those preaching dogmatic, illogical, and outdated ideas. This applies to the activities of both fundamentalist Muslims, and Christians, among others.

Note: TOLERANCE IS NOT SOMETHING GREAT

People often talk about the term tolerance as being something great. They say, “Have tolerance for others.” But, in truth, tolerance is not at all a lofty sentiment. People can harbor very negative feelings towards others, yet still “tolerate” them. And anytime they may erupt and attack. So tolerance itself is not a high ideal; it does not reach the inner portions of one’s heart and mind. Our approach is not that people should merely be tolerant of each other.

For example, if in your kitchen a mouse or raccoon enters then you may say that, “I can tolerate this so long as it does not eat my food.” That gives the message that you do not like the situation but you can tolerate it. This means you have a negetive feeling toward what you are tolerating. Such a senitment should not be used toward human beings. This word – tolerate – is not appreciated in family life or with friends. If it is used, then others know that you hate that person, and by exercising tolerance you refrain from attacking them. Or it means that someone is doing bad things and irritating you but you control your anger and do not attack them. That is also tolerance. That type of feeling is not at all ideal. No one should preach: “We should tolerate others.” In Ananda Marga we do not support such an lowly outlook.

According to the tenets of neo-humanism, we should strive to cultivate a truly loving feeling towards all, and see them as brother and sister. Then all feels of hatred and aversion will completely dissipate; that is the effect of love. Whereas with tolerance, that does not happen. So neo-humanism extends far beyond the rather static meaning of tolerance.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

PS Intro: This song describes the feeling of one higher stage of devotional
realization.

“Prabhu, toma’y kii kahibo a’ro…” P.S. 447

Purport:

Baba, oh Prabhu, I love You so much. How can I express the deep love of my heart to You. Words alone fail to describe the feeling. With my vocal chords I cannot express the grace which You have showered on me. Baba, You have permanently drenched me in Your ahetuki krpa’. Since I have gotten You in my life, my life has become meaningful. I do not have any other type of longing in my mind except You. Baba, by Your grace, my mind is running always towards You & You alone. Baba, You have made my life blissful, in all the ways. It is just as if my whole existence is full of nectar.

O’ my Dearmost, the cimmerian darkness has vanished from my life; those black days have gone far, far away. There is no longer any trace of them. This has all happened since the divine effulgence descended in my life by Your grace.

Baba, according to Your tune, melody, and rhythm, I am dancing. My days and nights, and my entire life, have become just like one bouquet of songs. Not even a wee-bit of dilemma or confusion is existing in my life. By Your infinite grace my mind is perfectly straight. This is all because of Your boundless karuna’ (divine compassion).

Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, my whole existence – my body, mind, and prana – is vibrating with the spiritual waves which You have generated by Your sweet touch. Baba, I have gotten You by Your grace. You have graced me immensely. Baba, I fully surrender myself at Your lotus feet…

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Date: Tue Apr 17 2012 15:38:11 -0000
From: P. Deva
Subject: Religious Dogma And Females
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== RELIGIOUS DOGMA AND FEMALES ==

Namaskar
Baba says, “In the past it was the practice in India that if a woman heard the recitation of the Vedas even by accident, molten lead was poured into her ears. This was done because if women were not suppressed they could not be easily exploited and ordered about to do menial work, like maid servants.” (PNS-16)

Note: Religions have always suppressed and exploited various sections of society in order to impose their dogmatic ideas. Weaker, minority groups always suffered terribly at the hands of religion. And always it was always the all-powerful clergy who soaked up the benefits. That is, all the rules and regulations were bent in favour of the dominant class, i.e. the male clergy etc.

So since the birth of religion on this globe, various anti-social and harmful activities have been done in the name any particular religion. In that circumstance, in order to protect the downtrodden masses, the state or government has had to intercede and declare those religious decrees to be unlawful.

For instance, in the US, the state has stepped forward and opposed the false rule that black and whites should not marry. Yet for years and years the dominant white churches opposed these inter-racial marriages. But, in the due course of things, the US government has declared such inter-racial unions, i.e white-black marriages to be legal. Likewise in India the government has come forward to make ordinances against the Hindu tradition that the wife must burn herself to death by throwing herself on the husband’s funeral pyre. Now this dogmatic religious tradition is basically outlawed and not done anymore. Plus in the US, the government has declared that polygamy is illegal– a man can no longer keep multiple wives. So the Mormon religion and others like it in the US can no longer impose rule that a man can have as many wives as he likes.

In all these circumstances when religion has imposed hateful and harmful rules against the weaker sections of society, at some point the government was forced to take a stand against those religious dogmas by declaring them illegal. This we have witnessed in nearly every country around the globe.

So today when the various Muslim communities impose the idea that women must wear a veil in public, then soon we are going to see this reversed by various governments. And in some places this has already begun.

Especially so because, at present, radical Muslims use the veil as a way to hide the face of their terrorist attackers. In that case, it is the duty of the government to intercede and declare such veils as illegal. Because in the present moment, in the name of wearing a veil, both male and female Muslim terrorist bombers sneak into public places to carry out their attacks. Because in many countries, male policeman are prohibited to ask females to lift their veil. Then that veil becomes a special tactic of Muslim religious radicals to sneak their attackers– either male or female– into public events and carry out their destructive plans. Because anyone can hide behind that veil and go where they like. All because of their dogmatic religious rule that females must cover their face with a veil in public.

Given this, states and governments have no other recourse than to outlaw the dogmatic provision that females must always move in public wearing a veil. And soon we will see this law come into effect pervasively. Because at present, dogmatic Muslim leaders are imposing this illogical rule on females and side by side using this as a means to carry out their heinous activities.

Namaskar,
Prakash

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

PS Intro: This following Prabhat Samgiita works in two ways. (1) Baba is depicting the idea behind the advent of Parama Purusa as Mahasambhuti in the play of His divine liila. And (2) this song refers to Baba’s divine appearance in dhyana.

“Na’m na’-ja’na’ ma’na’ na’-ma’na’ rauniin parii ese pa’she…” (P.S. 2983)

Purport:

One shining, colorful angel of unknown name has come close to me. This angel was not concerned about getting respect or not. Just it came to me. Its eyes were glowing with golden effulgence, and this divine angel told something to me.

The angel told: “My abode is in the divine world yet to accomplish the work & for the welfare of all, I move around this entire universe. And all those who love me, I pull them close.”

“Without stopping I move continuously around this entire universe.” The angel furthermore spoke, “In the bond of love, I get caught also. And I float in the flow of divine songs.”

From the divine world one angel has come, graced me, and told me all the secrets of its advent…

Note: In this song Baba is using the allegory of an angel, yet in true sense He is talking about Himself. Thus, although the word – parii – literally means ‘angel’, but in Prabhat Samgiita the real meaning of the term parii is: Baba the Parama Purusa.

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From: Candra Deva
Date: Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Subject: Homosexuality and Ananda Marga
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== HOMOSEXUALITY AND ANANDA MARGA ==

Namaskar,
These days homosexuality is a critical and high-profile social issue. As Ananda Margiis we should know our stand on this poignant matter. By this way we can stand together in one voice and best counsel and educate others.

Of course our way is to support everyone’s growth and development – not to malign homosexuals (i.e. gays and lesbians) as human beings. We respect the existential and human value of everyone. Here the point is to gain clarity on this issue by reviewing the topic in a rational way. Then we can truly help society advance.

ANANDA MARGA’S VIEW OF HOMOSEXUALITY

Each and every action of our human existence is geared towards reaching Parama Purusa. So all our thoughts, words, and deeds are for attaining that Supreme stance. This is what AM ideology preaches and teaches. Those actions which support this ideal are in consonance with AM teaching while those actions which inhibit this ideal we discourage.

POINT OF BIO-PSYCHOLOGY

In His teachings of bio-psychology, Baba specifically guides us how the human body is but a vehicle for moving along the path of spirituality. That is how it is to be used. To support and enhance this process we are not to allow lymph to be converted into semen due to crude sexual allurement, lust, activity etc. Rather we are to maintain a maximum amount of shukra as this aids us in our spiritual journey.

IMPORTANCE OF RESTRAINT

So Ananda Margiis follow this clear-cut pathway by exercising control over these base propensities. That is what Baba guides us to do.

When advising and guiding us on human sexuality, Baba has given the following guideline.

Baba says, “As regards the question of restraint and lack of restraint, the more one practises restraint, the greater will be their well-being.” (Caryacarya-3)

In a nutshell, it can be said that ‘sex for carnal pleasure’ or ‘sex to satisfy one’s animalistic desire’– i.e. just out of lust – is not at all supported by AM. This has no place in our Marga. Even animals do not behave in this way: They indulge in sex only to procreate, not for any other reason.

HOMOSEXUALITY: SEX FOR ANIMAL PLEASURE

But in homosexual & lesbian relations, their entire platform is ‘sex for the sake of sex’– just falling into lust and giving way to one’s animalistic propensities. When there is no possibility of procreation, then there is no rational support for that type of lifestyle. That is the teaching of Ananda Marga philosophy. Seeking true pleasure in this way is like searching for healthy, sentient food in the sewer.

So homosexuality runs contrary to the aim of human life, according to our AM perspective. When sex is supposed to be only for procreation – that is the only time that sex is supported in our AM way of life – then there is no logical support whatsoever for the ways of homosexuality / lesbianism, where sex is just an “animalistic pleasure-seeking” tool. Ultimately, such relations will just lead to one’s degeneration and degradation.

So the entire so-called culture of homosexuality runs directly contrary to the lofty tenets of our AM ideological stand. Because homosexual and lesbian relations are just based on sexual expression.

SELF-DISCIPLINE IS NEEDED

Some confused persons may try to justify homosexuality by preaching the gospel of western “open-mindedness”. They may say that everyone is allowed to indulge in any way they please. However, that does not hold any ground in AM; homosexual relations cannot be supported in our Marga. Ananda Marga stands for discipline and self-control, not indulgence and promiscuity. That is why the golden teachings of yama and niyama are given utmost importance and brought into the limelight. The literal meaning of yama is control. The practice and path of Ananda Marga begins with control. If anyone does not have the requisite control, they are in the wrong place.

That is we should neither encourage nor support the practice of homosexuality; but we will certainly aim to help those involved to overcome this manner of living by introducing them to 16 Points and working for their overall growth and development.

Namaskar,
Candra Deva

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’mi pather hadish pa’i ni, ta’i toma’r pa’ne cali ni…” (Prabhata Samgiita #1338)

Purport:

Baba, O’ my Lord, in the past I did not get the direction of the proper path. Because of that I could not come close to You. Your and my relation was hidden in darkness. I was not aware about You. In the past I did not know about You. I could not realise our close and intimate relation, which, in reality, has been going on for a very long time.,

O’ Divine One, in my misunderstanding, I was thinking that nobody is mine, and that to feel love and affection is not my fate. I was thinking that my life does not have any value: That I will not get respect in my life, just it will be filled with disrespect and neglect.

Baba, You are so gracious; today You have blessed me and changed everything. Now I feel that my life has become meaningful, because You are mine. My heart is filled with Your love. Baba, by Your grace I surrender at Your lotus feet, O’ Baba…

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Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:30:12 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Bengali New Year For All?
From: Gopal_Mukharjee@security-net…

Baba

== BENGALI NEW YEAR FOR ALL? ==

Namaskar,

On 14 April, respected Dada Kalyaneshvarananda of Tiljala announced to one and all the coming of the Bengali New Year. With due diligence and respect, let’s take a moment to think and consider this announcement.

SPRING FESTIVAL ANALOGY

1) Our Caryacarya scripture is to be applied rationally across time, space, and person. For instance, one of our Ananda Marga festivals is Spring Festival, yet who can think that those in the southern hemisphere should observe spring festival the same day as those in the northern hemisphere. Because when spring is starting in the northern hemisphere then fall is starting in the southern hemisphere. Thus it would be silly and irrational for countries in the the southern hemisphere like Australia, Brazil, South Africa, and Argentina to celebrate spring according to the calendar date of countries in the northern hemisphere like Norway, Canada, Russia, and India. By this we can understand that the whole globe cannot follow one particular day for spring festival etc.

SHOULD BE CELEBRATED ONLY IN BENGAL

2) Similarly, the Bengali new year is for our Bengal – only. It is not meant for those other areas, regions, states, or countries. No one in the Tiljala faction should have the idea that the rest of the globe should also celebrate our Bengali new year.

3) Think about it. How would we feel here in Bengal if we were asked to celebrate the Cuban new year or the Greek new year. Probably we would not be inspired to celebrate that day. Similarly those outside our Bengal have little or no interest in celebrating the Bengali new year. Because it is a regional festival, not a universal one.

4) The situation is just like if someone living in a cold country in wintertime declared that everyone on the earth must wear heavy jackets. Then those living in tropical areas would laugh at such a suggestion. Because where they live the temperature is quite hot. So why should they wear an insulated snow jacket simply because someone in the depths of winter in a cold country makes such a proclamation.

5) The occasion of the Bengali new year is for Bengal – period.

BABA HAS GIVEN 1ST JANUARY AS NEW YEAR’S

6) Baba has already declared the international date of 1st January as the day of New Year’s celebration for our universal AM society. On that day, Baba would give the Ananda Vanii and hold DMC. So that is our New Year’s Day.

7) In Baba’s below Ananda Vanii it is quite clear that January 1st is our day of celebration for New Year’s:

“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, 1 January 1959)

ANANDA PURNIMA AS NEW YEAR’S

8) As you may know, one approach in our Marga has been to select Ananda Purnima as New Year’s Day and construct the calendar around the date of the advent of Mahasambhuti Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji in human form. To that end, some of the early magazines published in the Marga featured this approach. Such magazines were dated using the day of Mahasambhuti Baba’s advent as the starting point of the calendar year. That was called Ananda Yuga. This was the regular style for some of those early magazines. By this approach of making Ananda Purnima as New Year’s Day, the New Year marks the date of Mahasambhuti’s advent on this earth. That gives everyone a constant reminder of Baba’s eternal and divine presence. As the teachings of Ananda Marga spread, this approach may gain widespread popularity.

SUMMARY

9) The overall idea is that ours is a rational society and we are to apply Baba’s teachings in a rational way. Here in Bengal, we will most certainly celebrate the Bengali New Year. But to expect that the rest of the world should also rejoice is not only unrealistic but against the sentiments of the people. No doubt Dadaji means well, but it should be clear to all that the Bengali New Year is for the people of Bengal – and should not be imposed on others. Naturally all brothers and sisters from our universal AM family should have full freedom to celebrate New Year’s accordingly.

10) Please write in with your thoughts.

Namaskar,
Gopal Mukharjee

Note 1: UNIVERSAL IN SPIRIT, REGIONAL IN APPROACH

Although not stated explicitly, the underlying message of Kalyaneshvaranandji’s email was that all should celebrate the Bengali New Year. The proof is that his email incited an involved discussion on one margii email forum about how around the world everyone should celebrate the Bengali New Year.

I have great regard for Dadaji on an individual level, yet feel that in our universal AM society each area should celebrate and honor their own local and regional customs, so long as they are consistent with AM ideals. Keeping this in mind, it does not make sense for margiis around the world to celebrate our Bengali New Year, just as it does not make sense for members of the various samajas to sing our A’mara’ Bengali songs. Rather they should sing songs of their own samaj, and they should be allowed to celebrate the New Year according to their region.

Let us never forget Baba’s Proutistic guideline, “universal in spirit but regional in approach.” (A Few Problems Solved – 9, Socio-Economic Groupifications)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’laker saurrathe saba’y nite tumi esecho…” – P.S. 1089

Purport:

Baba, O’ my Parama Purusa, You have come with the shining chariot of divine effulgence. You have come to take everyone to the divine realm. You do not differentiate between who is great, who is meagre, & who is small etc. You listen to everyone’s tales – to everyone’s feeling of the heart.

Baba, O’ Divine Entity, even without seeing You, I have loved You. By Your grace, I am always feeling close & loving towards You. And even when I have not heard about You, I have been attracted by Your divinity. Baba, You are so gracious. You do not make judgments based on one’s merits or demerits. You love all, unconditionally. And I understand that You are always present – across all time and space.

O’ my Dearmost, You have done so much for me, and in return You do not want anything. In spite of knowing about the hundreds of defects in me, You have made me Yours and accepted me as Your own.

Baba, You have showered Your causeless grace on me. You have come here on this dusty earth to bring everyone onto the path of divinity. Baba, You are so gracious…

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Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:30:12 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Bengali New Year For All?
From: Gopal_Mukharjee@security-net…

Baba

== BENGALI NEW YEAR FOR ALL? ==

Namaskar,

On 14 April, respected Dada Kalyaneshvarananda of Tiljala announced to one and all the coming of the Bengali New Year. With due diligence and respect, let’s take a moment to think and consider this announcement.

SPRING FESTIVAL ANALOGY

1) Our Caryacarya scripture is to be applied rationally across time, space, and person. For instance, one of our Ananda Marga festivals is Spring Festival, yet who can think that those in the southern hemisphere should observe spring festival the same day as those in the northern hemisphere. Because when spring is starting in the northern hemisphere then fall is starting in the southern hemisphere. Thus it would be silly and irrational for countries in the the southern hemisphere like Australia, Brazil, South Africa, and Argentina to celebrate spring according to the calendar date of countries in the northern hemisphere like Norway, Canada, Russia, and India. By this we can understand that the whole globe cannot follow one particular day for spring festival etc.

SHOULD BE CELEBRATED ONLY IN BENGAL

2) Similarly, the Bengali new year is for our Bengal – only. It is not meant for those other areas, regions, states, or countries. No one in the Tiljala faction should have the idea that the rest of the globe should also celebrate our Bengali new year.

3) Think about it. How would we feel here in Bengal if we were asked to celebrate the Cuban new year or the Greek new year. Probably we would not be inspired to celebrate that day. Similarly those outside our Bengal have little or no interest in celebrating the Bengali new year. Because it is a regional festival, not a universal one.

4) The situation is just like if someone living in a cold country in wintertime declared that everyone on the earth must wear heavy jackets. Then those living in tropical areas would laugh at such a suggestion. Because where they live the temperature is quite hot. So why should they wear an insulated snow jacket simply because someone in the depths of winter in a cold country makes such a proclamation.

5) The occasion of the Bengali new year is for Bengal – period.

BABA HAS GIVEN 1ST JANUARY AS NEW YEAR’S

6) Baba has already declared the international date of 1st January as the day of New Year’s celebration for our universal AM society. On that day, Baba would give the Ananda Vanii and hold DMC. So that is our New Year’s Day.

7) In Baba’s below Ananda Vanii it is quite clear that January 1st is our day of celebration for New Year’s:

“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, 1 January 1959)

ANANDA PURNIMA AS NEW YEAR’S

8) As you may know, one approach in our Marga has been to select Ananda Purnima as New Year’s Day and construct the calendar around the date of the advent of Mahasambhuti Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji in human form. To that end, some of the early magazines published in the Marga featured this approach. Such magazines were dated using the day of Mahasambhuti Baba’s advent as the starting point of the calendar year. That was called Ananda Yuga. This was the regular style for some of those early magazines. By this approach of making Ananda Purnima as New Year’s Day, the New Year marks the date of Mahasambhuti’s advent on this earth. That gives everyone a constant reminder of Baba’s eternal and divine presence. As the teachings of Ananda Marga spread, this approach may gain widespread popularity.

SUMMARY

9) The overall idea is that ours is a rational society and we are to apply Baba’s teachings in a rational way. Here in Bengal, we will most certainly celebrate the Bengali New Year. But to expect that the rest of the world should also rejoice is not only unrealistic but against the sentiments of the people. No doubt Dadaji means well, but it should be clear to all that the Bengali New Year is for the people of Bengal – and should not be imposed on others. Naturally all brothers and sisters from our universal AM family should have full freedom to celebrate New Year’s accordingly.

10) Please write in with your thoughts.

Namaskar,
Gopal Mukharjee

Note 1: UNIVERSAL IN SPIRIT, REGIONAL IN APPROACH

Although not stated explicitly, the underlying message of Kalyaneshvaranandji’s email was that all should celebrate the Bengali New Year. The proof is that his email incited an involved discussion on one margii email forum about how around the world everyone should celebrate the Bengali New Year.

I have great regard for Dadaji on an individual level, yet feel that in our universal AM society each area should celebrate and honor their own local and regional customs, so long as they are consistent with AM ideals. Keeping this in mind, it does not make sense for margiis around the world to celebrate our Bengali New Year, just as it does not make sense for members of the various samajas to sing our A’mara’ Bengali songs. Rather they should sing songs of their own samaj, and they should be allowed to celebrate the New Year according to their region.

Let us never forget Baba’s Proutistic guideline, “universal in spirit but regional in approach.” (A Few Problems Solved – 9, Socio-Economic Groupifications)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’laker saurrathe saba’y nite tumi esecho…” – P.S. 1089

Purport:

Baba, O’ my Parama Purusa, You have come with the shining chariot of divine effulgence. You have come to take everyone to the divine realm. You do not differentiate between who is great, who is meagre, & who is small etc. You listen to everyone’s tales – to everyone’s feeling of the heart.

Baba, O’ Divine Entity, even without seeing You, I have loved You. By Your grace, I am always feeling close & loving towards You. And even when I have not heard about You, I have been attracted by Your divinity. Baba, You are so gracious. You do not make judgments based on one’s merits or demerits. You love all, unconditionally. And I understand that You are always present – across all time and space.

O’ my Dearmost, You have done so much for me, and in return You do not want anything. In spite of knowing about the hundreds of defects in me, You have made me Yours and accepted me as Your own.

Baba, You have showered Your causeless grace on me. You have come here on this dusty earth to bring everyone onto the path of divinity. Baba, You are so gracious…

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How Culture is One

Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 21:27:44 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Hariish Deva
Subject: How Culture is One

Baba

== HOW CULTURE IS ONE ==

Namaskar,
Commonly people think there are so many cultures: African, western, Native American, Chinese, Russian, Indian etc. Indeed, in the last two decades, various terms like multi-cultural, plurality of cultures, bi-cultural etc have come into vogue. People think humans differ according to their own “separate culture”. Hence it is often thought that there are many different cultures on this planet. In that case there is no question of one human family.

But according to Baba’s teachings, human culture is one – not many. This letter is an effort to better understand Baba’s sublime teachings on culture, and why culture is one.

WHAT IS CULTURE

First and foremost, according to Baba Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji, culture is the collective name of various human expressions.

Baba says, “Culture is the collective name of various expressions of human life.” (A Few Problems Solved – 6)

APPLYING THE AFORESAID DEFINITION

Let’s examine a few practical examples to better understand what is culture.

HUMAN CULTURE IS ONE: GREETINGS

As we know, when people meet then they greet each other. This practice of humans greeting each other when they meet is pervasive. It happens everywhere. A person in the hills of North Korea greets their friend; and a person from a valley in California greets their friend. In both cases, in some way they greet their relations. This is a common practice. This is culture. And because it is everywhere, that is why culture is one.

Of course, people from different lands may express their greetings differently.

For instance, in Ananda Marga we do namaskar or pranam; in some lands, people bow to one another; in other countries people wave their hand and say hello; in some places people say shalom; in other lands people embrace one another or kiss; and many resort to handshaking also. Thus there are many ways that people greet each other. But these various types of greetings are not cultures, but rather demi-culture.

Culture is the act of greeting, irrespective of how it is done. On this point, all human beings share a common thread; they all greet one another.

Some may try and bifurcate the society by dividing people into this culture or that culture. But in truth there is a common thread that is shared among all. Greetings is one such common point. Again, there may be various ways of greeting a friend, but in reality people from all various places are all doing the same thing, i.e. greeting.

It should be very clear that the greeting itself culture, while the way people greet one another is a cultural expression or demiculture. Demiculture may be innumerable but culture is one. That is why all humans are one.

To some it may look like culture is many. However, the very act of greeting another person is itself our human culture. The practice of greeting a friend or neighbor etc is shared by all peoples in all lands.

HUMAN CULTURE IS ONE: EXPRESSING ONE’S HAPPINESS

All over the world people express their joy or happiness. This expression of happiness is common to all. This is culture. If someone is happy in Thailand then they express their happiness, and if someone is happy in Alaska or Siberia then they too express their happiness. Expressing happiness is the culture of human beings: When they are happy then they express themselves in some way.

It may be through art, dance, laughter, drama, music and so many ways. That is a common point everywhere. That is why human beings are one, irrespective of their geographical area. Because their culture is one, i.e. when they are happy they express their joy.

And they may do this in various ways: Some may laugh loudly; others might just smile; some might dance naked in the street; while still other might decorate their dress with flowers. Around the globe, people express themselves differently.

People of Thailand may dance in a way different from residents of Alaska or Siberia. But that difference in style is their demi-culture, or the cultural expression of that area. Human culture is one: To express happiness.

One should not confuse culture and demi-culture. Culture is the trunk of the tree and the demiculture refers to all those branches, and twigs.

So human culture is one, i.e. expressing happiness when they are happy.

In other words in different lands, people express their joy or happiness in various ways. Some sing, some dance, some clap, some whistle, some smile, some laugh, some slap hands, and others hug. There are so many ways how people express their happiness. These are not culture, but rather demi-culture. Demi-culture is different in various lands. The main theme is that when they are happy and they express their happiness. That is common everywhere. That is culture and that is one.

CONCLUSION

All human beings are one: (a) everyone greets, (b) everyone expresses happiness, and (c) many similar practices can be included in this list.

Irrespective of their so-called caste, language, so-called race or geographical areas, literate or educated, all have these common qualities. That is why inherently human culture is one. By superficial review, it may seem like people live in different ways and express themselves according to different cultural tenets, but these are just local variations of our singular human culture that we term as demi-culture.

The conclusion is that fundamentally human culture is one and there are various local differences and those differences are not cultural distinctions but rather expressions of demi-culture.

WHY ANANDA MARGA PROPAGATES THAT CULTURE IS ONE

Ananda Marga wants to unite all and form one human society. This is one of our main themes: To unite all human beings.

Human culture is, by definition, one. It is singular. As Ananda Margiis, we propagate this divine truth – i.e. that human culture is one – to bring about one human society.

When people start thinking human culture to be one it will be very easy to unite all humans. Then peace can be brought on this earth. Disunity invites violence. People divide humanity on the basis of various platforms including culture. By that way so many problems surface. By propagating the truth that human culture is one we can unite everyone and bring peace.
Baba says, “The more human beings live in unity, shoulder to shoulder, the greater the welfare of the human race will be.” (A Few Problems Solved Part 3 – Human Society Is One and Indivisible – 3)

Namaskar,
Hariish
PRABHATA SAMGIITA #4091

“A’mi toma’re bhuliya’ chinu katodin…” (Prabhata Samgiita #4091)

Purport:

Baba, I was remaining forgetful and was oblivious of You for such a long span of time. My life passed like this. I traveled on the rugged, jagged path. Sometimes I fell down in the ocean current.

O’ Parama Purusa, my days, full of stains, were wasted in hopelessness– without any achievement, without any genuine progress. So many lonely, isolated nights passed in crying in utter despair with no pra’na– just frustration.

Baba, sometimes I suffered and got hit by the cold northern breeze. And sometimes that northern breeze took away all my hopes, inspiration, and gains. Just I drowned in staticity and crudeness.

Now, by Your grace, today spring has come. All the surroundings are filled with the colourful flowers and sweet aroma. The dark night has changed into a glittering moonlight, shining in the sky. Peacocks are dancing in happiness and expressing their joy by extending their feathers.

O’ Divine Entity, the sweet breeze has come. It is shaking my whole existence and making me quiver in the divine vibration. That sweet breeze is giving me the hint and telling me, ‘Listen! the divine flute, which is resonating, it is calling you…”

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