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Date: Mon, 09 July 2012, 22:43:52
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Vijaya.Deva@bharata.net…
Subject: Why Red Dress

Baba

== WHY RED DRESS ==

Namaskar,

Baba says, “Ta’n’d’ava is a heroic dance, showing the fight between life and death. The knife represents life, represents your vital stamina, and the skull represents the death that wants to destroy you. You are fighting against death with your weapon, be it a knife or a trishula (trident). And as per the rule, during the day, if one so desires, one may use a live snake in place of the skull; and at night one may use a fire masha’la [torch] or a d’ambaru [small drum]. This is the rule. So ta’n’d’ava represents the eternal fight, the fight for survival, the fight to maintain existence, the fight to establish oneself as a man in this world.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 6, The Cosmic Father Has a Special Responsibility)

MORE ABOUT TANDAVA

By Baba’s above guideline, we can delineate the system for doing tandava. During the daytime, in the left hand the tandava dancer may hold either (1) a skull, or (2) a live snake. When doing tandava during the nighttime, then in the left hand the dancer can hold either (3) a fire torch (masha’la) or (4) a d’ambaru, which is a small (approximately 1 litre in size), hand-held, double-sided drum. This type of drum has a string and two knots attached to it which twist around and create a beautiful sound when they strike against either face of the drum. Lord Shiva would use this type of drum.

So the point is that during tandava, depending on the time of day or night, any one of these four items (skull, live snake, fire torch, or d’ambaru) are held in the dancer’s left hand. And all four items symbolize the force of death and destruction.

Then in the dancer’s right hand he will hold a dagger or a trishula (trident). In AM, a dagger is a knife where both edges of the knife are perfectly straight and angle towards each other to create a distinct point at the end. So a dagger is a pin-pointed, dual-edged knife; not any ordinary type of knife is a dagger. The second option for the right hand is the trishul (trident). This is similar to the western “pitch-fork”. It is a three-pronged, pointed iron tool attached to a bamboo handle of variable length, 3 to 6 feet long.

AT DMC WITH BABA

By Baba’s grace, I was also present at that special darshan on 20 April 1979 in Kolkata where Baba revealed the secret why tandava dancers wear a red-coloured outfit. In Ananda Marga, it is a commonly known fact that tandava dancers always wear that unique red uniform when dancing. Everyone who attended DMC, DMS, or any of Baba’s darshans saw this. And on that special day in April ’79, Baba explained that red is the color of rajoguna (the mutative factor), and that by wearing red the tandava dancers are expressing the idea that they are above the mutative factor. Their red dress signifies that they are not controlled by rajoguna. Rather they are established in the sattvaguna (sentient sphere), by Baba’s grace. So the red uniform has this unique meaning which Baba Himself beautifully described in His darshan of 20 April 1979.

Baba says, “So the animal skin or the red garment means, “I am using it as my cloth by annihilating the brute force.” A red garment means that I am sitting on the mutative force and I am using the mutative quality as my outer clothing. The red colour is indicative of the mutative quality.” (Táńd́ava Dance – What and Why?, 20 April 1979, Kolkata)

Although that is how it was published in the English edition, this translation is off the mark. It does not properly convey Baba’s stated idea. The original Bengali – as spoken by Baba – carries a slightly different meaning: He clearly tells that the red dress signifies being “above” rajoguna (the mutative factor), not enmeshed in rajoguna . The translator then should have expressed this type of idea:

The red garment means, “I am established above rajoguna [the mutative factor];
rajoguna is my outer clothing; I am not rajogunii.” The red color is indicative of rajoguna.

This is the essence and overall thrust of what Baba is explaining in that discourse. Kindly make a note of it in your copies of this discourse – “Táńd́ava Dance – What and Why?” – which has been printed in Ananda Vacanartam part 10.

ABOUT KAPALIK SADHANA

Those doing kapalik sadhana also use a red mark on their forehead when practicing this meditation. And the meaning behind that red mark is the same as tandava. Namely, that red mark signifies that the kapalika is above the mutative sphere of life – above rajoguna.

Namaskar,
Vijaya

Note: OVERCOME FEAR OF DEATH

Baba says, “The inner motivation of ta’n’d’ava is the following: ‘Destruction is inevitable, but I will continue to fight against destruction through struggle’. So there is a skull [snake, torch or dambaru] in one hand and a dagger [or trident] in the other. The skull represents destruction, and the dagger represents fight. The underlying feeling is ‘I will not surrender to destruction or death. I will continue the struggle with this dagger’.” (9 Nov 1978 Kolkata)

Usually in this materialistic world, people are terrified of death. Tandava, and other tantric practices of Ananda Marga, are the solution.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Ma’nus’ saba’i a’, Ekai marme gentha’ saba’r hiya…” (PS #1090)

Purport:

All human beings are my own. We are all part of the same human family. Nobody can be regarded as an outsider. All our heart’s are threaded together with His divine love. We all share that single common goal. Indeed, all human beings are my own; all are my brothers and sisters. Marching together in unison we are collectively singing the tune of His divine glory…

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From: “Satyendra Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Re: Painful Story of One Wt #2
Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2012 08:01:38

Baba

== RE: PAINFUL STORY OF ONE WT #2 ==

Namaskar,

On 06 July 2012, Manorainjan Deva wrote:

“when GS Dada Citsvarupanandji heard that Umeshvarananda had accepted 500 rupees from a local Ranchi margii, then GS became furious and ordered Umeshvarananda to come before him. Next, GS Dada sternly told Umeshvarananda to remove all his clothes. GS gave the duty to Ac Dharman Brahmacari to make sure that Umeshvarananda undressed; then GS told Dharman Brc to bring a big, big stick. Without any other recourse, Ac Dharman followed GS’s orders and brought one giant, strong stick.

In his full fury, GS furthermore demanded: “First give me that 500 rupees! That is my money. Where is that money!”

They searched Umeshvarananda’s clothing and belongings and found some money. They counted it and saw that it was less than 500 rupees.

In his rage, GS ordered: “Vomit whatever food you ate with that money.”

Umeshvarananda stood still.

GS Dada then proceeded to mercilessly beat and whip Umeshvarananda’s naked body 11 times with that big stick on his buttocks. Huge marks and welts immediately erupted on Umeshvarananda’s body. It was a vicious beating and a hideous sight.

Then GS Dada said, “If you ever accept money from Ranchi margiis again, I will kill you and bury you here in this Baba Quarters; then I will do sadhana on the very ground where you are buried. The police will never know anything.”

My reply:

I read this and was absolutely horrified…

Because of their strong dedication and love for Baba, youths (boys and girls) join AM and become wts. They want to spend their life serving Him and spreading His ideals.

But top Dadas think that because these idealistic young workers can’t leave that is why we should suck their blood and make them half-dead. This is their vampire psychology: The next person cannot run away so you suck their vital energy by beating, abusing and threatening them.

It is just like when tantrikas go to do sadhana then mosquitoes are happy and suck their blood because the tantrikas cannot run from the cemetery. Their commitment to sadhana is exploited by the mosquitoes.

Similarly, our dedicated monks and nuns have love for Baba and feel inspired to serve Him forever; they cannot think of leaving the organization. In turn, these Wt bosses capitalise on their dedication and whip them. These people in Centre exploit the devotion and dedication of junior workers for their own selfish agenda.

Namaskar,
Satyendra Deva

Note: For more about this entire story see the full-length posting directly below…

On 07/06/2012 11:27 PM, AM-GLOBAL wrote:
From: “Manorainjan Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Painful Story of One Wt
Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2012 23:19:17 +1000

Baba

== PAINFUL STORY OF ONE WT ==

Namaskar,
These days in our Marga, the vast majority of our field workers are not treated fairly by their supervisory in-charges etc. Those Dadas sitting in the top posts repeatedly inflict all kinds of harm and injustices on general field workers.

CASE STUDY:

HOW GS ABUSED AND BEAT UMESHVARANANDA

For example, Dada Umeshvarananda – posted in Ranchi as the cook in Centre – was not allowed to eat any of the food that he cooks – or use any of the ingredients. This same type of crude treatment happened in the hoary past when nasty masters mistreated their helpless servants in those dark ages; yet, this is still going on today in Ananda Marga.

Unfortunately, the situation became so bad that Umeshvarananda began suffering from malnutrition. The adverse effects were noticeable enough that when local margiis of Ranchi visited they were horrified by his emaciated state and felt deep compassion for his condition. One margii gave him 500 rupees so he could purchase some nutritious food to eat.

Unfortunately, that did not go over well with his superiors. Those fat-bellied, big Dadas consider the wallets and purses of Ranchi margiis to belong to them, not to any lower worker like Umeshvarananda, who was “just a cook.” Central Dadas feel only they should get margii donations for their food and sweets.

Thus, when GS Dada Citsvarupanandji heard that Umeshvarananda had accepted 500 rupees from a local Ranchi margii, then GS became furious and ordered Umeshvarananda to come before him. Next, GS Dada sternly told Umeshvarananda to remove all his clothes. GS gave the duty to Ac Dharman Brahmacari to make sure that Umeshvarananda undressed; then GS told Dharman Brc to bring a big, big stick. Without any other recourse, Ac Dharman followed GS’s orders and brought one giant, strong stick.

In his full fury, GS furthermore demanded: “First give me that 500 rupees! That is my money. Where is that money!”

They searched Umeshvarananda’s clothing and belongings and found some money. They counted it and saw that it was less than 500 rupees.

In his rage, GS ordered: “Vomit whatever food you ate with that money.”

Umeshvarananda stood still.

GS Dada then proceeded to mercilessly beat and whip Umeshvarananda’s naked body 11 times with that big stick on his buttocks. Huge marks and welts immediately erupted on Umeshvarananda’s body. It was a vicious beating and a hideous sight.

Then GS Dada said, “If you ever accept money from Ranchi margiis again, I will kill you and bury you here in this Baba Quarters; then I will do sadhana on the very ground where you are buried. The police will never know anything.”

Since the time of that harsh beating and terrible threat, Umeshvarananda has been terrified. Indeed at the most recent May 2012 DMS at Ananda Nagar, he was still noticeably affected by this incident. He was moving around AN telling everyone about how he was whipped and that he does not want to go back to Ranchi. Dada was both tormented and frightened – understandably so.

Such is the condition of those field workers. They live in constant fear of being expelled, abused, or beaten by their superiors. Always they cite what happened to EC workers and other wts who were expelled and then defeated in the courts. As a result of these “victories”, those top Wts in Ranchi have their ego and vanity up to the sky itself. Such Ranchi thugs think they are impregnable. With that type of arrogance, they rule over all their “subordinate” workers.

GS DADA FINANCIAL SCANDAL

Let’s briefly visit another case in point:

Nowadays, in the recent financial scam by GS Dada Citsvarupananda, we see that he clearly exploited lower-posted wts and got their money. Yet those Wts remain mostly silent. Why? Because if they speak up then they will be attacked, whipped, or even killed for speaking the truth. So they just keep mum; or, out of fear, they may even say that they willingly gave the money for GS Dada to keep. When in fact this was not true.

Our respected junior workers have been put in a very difficult situation and need our help and support; otherwise, they will be left to suffer at the hands of elite, supervisory workers.

NO DIFFERENT FROM A MOLESTED CHILD

The state of affairs is so bad that the condition of our field wts is no different from that of a molested child. An innocent child gets brutally abused by some criminal sex offender, and then that child is utterly helpless to speak out against that molester. Even in the court of law that child keeps quiet as the sex offender is there threatening him.

Same is the case of our lower-posted workers; they are innocent, yet terribly victimised and tortured by top Dadas.

Those wts who were exploited by GS dada in the financial scandal cannot come forward and speak out against GS Citsvarupananda. That will be their death. Under tremendous pressure, those innocent Dadas say that they willingly gave money to GS. When that is not at all the case. But they say that because they do not want to face further abuse, torture, and humiliation by their bosses.

The situation of our dear wholetime workers is just like that of a sexually abused boy who tells the judge that he willingly offered his body to be molested. Such type of talk makes no sense. But victims say like this because they are terrified of getting abused again and again.

We should support all our workers who face such abuse, exploitation, and inhumane treatment from supervisory workers. We should help them overcome this struggle – indeed this must be our collective effort.

BABA’S GUIDELINE

There are many issues at hand. The first is that our top Dadas must adhere to Baba’s conduct rules, and that can only happen when they start doing proper sadhana. Here Baba guides us about the great concern top Dadas should have for lower level workers.

Baba says, “Supervisory workers will have to take proper care of each of their supervised staff in all respects.” (Six Additional Rules, Pt #2)

Unfortunately, that is not the scene we find unfolding nowadays in our Marga. We should double-up our efforts and make this a reality by pointing out the defects and fixing the problem.

Namaskar,
Manorainjan

Note 1: LIKE MASTER-SLAVE RELATION

These days life in AMPS within the acarya cadre is just like the master – slave relation. Those masters control those slaves and there is no scope for the slaves to free themselves. They are pushed into submission, until they even feel indebted to their masters. So even if those slaves are beaten, still they will speak good words on the behalf of their masters. Or their masters will simply publish praise about themselves in the name of those beaten slaves.

Such is what we see happening within the ranks of our Wt cadre as well. The situation of such slave wts is painful.

Those who want to cover-up and conceal the GS money scandal are trying to hide the truth as if nothing happened. Their situation is like when night creatures have the light shined on them, then those night creatures become terrified and furious. In darkness they have a lot of freedom and can do as they please. Not so though when the light is on them. When the light shines on them, they squirm and react and try to attack the sun. In their frustration they even try to spit on the sun, but that spit lands back on their face.

Same is the plight of our big Dadas who are trying to conceal the GS Dada money scandal.

Soon the day will come when things in our Marga will be different – i.e. dharmic. If we all work collectively, we can get things moving in the right direction, by Baba’s grace.

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