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Basic Characteristic

Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:54:49
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: V.J.K. Rajpurhit
Subject: Basic Characteristic

Baba

Intro to PS: In this following song, the loving Parama Purus’a, Tara’ka Brahma, is communicating directly with the devotee. Specifically, in a personal way, the divine Entity, Tara’ka Brahma, is asking the sadhaka various questions. In contrast, in most Prabhat Samgiita songs, the devotee is singing or expressing his own thoughts to Parama Purusa. But this entire song is different: It is expressed in the voice of Parama Purusa; He Himself is narrating the scene.

“Kende kende tava kavarii-bandha khuliya’ giya’che ka’r tare…” P.S. 1104

Purport:

For whom have been crying such that the braids in your hair have become loose and undone; now your hair is just falling in an unkempt manner. Who is responsible for causing you so much pain. Even then you are trying hard to conceal your grief-stricken & broken heart; but by seeing your pain-filled eyes anyone can understand how sorrowful you are.

Indeed, you are so upset that you cannot maintain the proper melody or tune of the song which you are singing. Why like this – whose longing has caused all these problems & distress in your life.

Now look, the whole day has passed and it is reaching up towards evening time. The brightness of the day is gone and now evening is falling. The sun is going to set; that time has come.

At this time in this lonely place, why are You sitting here by yourself in this isolated forest. Tell me, whose memory is churning your heart; why are you so heart-broken. The whole day you have been sitting here alone involved in contemplation and now evening has come and still you are remaining here. Who is the cause behind all this, how has this happened – please tell me.

Always remember that the balaka bird flies off to far distant places, but again and again it returns and comes back to its own nest. Similarly, if your Beloved has gone far away, then He too will return again and come back. So please do not cry.

O’ devotee, whose love has shaken your whole existence. Rest assured that He will come…

== BASIC CHARACTERISTIC ==

Baba says, “The present world is plagued with numerous problems. To solve these problems we need ideal men and women who are highly evolved from within; strong men and women whose lives are based on the solid foundation of spirituality. In the absence of such people the problems will remain unsolved.” (Ananda Marga Ideology – 10, p.759)

In this DMC discourse, Baba guides us that the problems troubling the globe nowadays can only be solved by spiritually minded soldiers – true sadhakas. Only those whose mind and heart have been dyed in the ocean of cosmic ideation can lead the society into that new era of peace and fulfillment. Such evolved spiritual revolutionaries have the unique ability, by His grace, to bring forth Prout.

Side by side Baba warns us that without such people at the helm, society will continue in its downward spiral.

Baba’s teaching is quite obvious so most in our Marga are understanding, but still a few are thinking that non-sadhakas can be leaders of Prout. But this is just their misunderstanding. Non-sadhakas can be sympathizers and helpers, but not leaders.

Baba’s golden guideline is that without spirituality no human being can solve even meagre problems what to say about grave problems.

Namaskar,
Vidyasagar

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Date: 31 Aug 2012 10:24:19 -0000
From: “Bhavanath Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Research Report: Harmful for Brain Development

Baba

== RESEARCH REPORT: HARMFUL FOR BRAIN DEVELOPMENT ==

Namaskar,
As many in Ananda Marga know, intoxicants of all kinds are not good for body or mind. If you know anybody who is indulged in this please try to save them.

Baba says, “Intoxicated by opium, people sit idle and doze off. Hemp (cannabis) destroys general intelligence and the faculty of understanding. None of these intoxicants are good for human beings…It is desirable that people keep themselves free from intoxicants and stimulants and move steadily towards the higher realms of physical, mental and spiritual development through all possible ways.” (Prout in a Nutshell – 21, Intoxicants)

The below research article from the BBC reports evidence how cannabis (marijuana) harms one’s ability to think and hinders their mental development, especially in youths.

This research is new to some parts of the world but already this is widely known in India where fake yogis smoke cannabis and lose their ability to think and ultimately die prematurely due to lung disease.

Unfortunately this type of drug use is becoming more widely available in parts of Europe and certainly in the US where some political leaders & libertarians are supporting the right to use cannabis etc. Furthermore with the rise of medical use of marijuana becoming a more common phenomenon, there are marijuana stores opening in the US as well. But all this is bad for social development.

Some think if a doctor gives his approval, then using cannabis (marijuana) is ok and that it will not cause any harm. We must properly educate such persons who suffer from this type of outlook. Then of course when parents use drugs or alcohol but bar the children then the children are even more tempted. So all in all, the use of intoxicants should be discouraged both by the state and the social order.

Baba says, “State control alone over the preparation and distribution of alcohol [and other intoxicants like drugs] is not enough. Strict social controls are also required. In fact, both the state and the society will have to work hard in this regard.” (Prout in a Nutshell – 21, Intoxicants)

So Baba wants that the legal and social bodies to have strict controls over the use of intoxicants. And indeed, by Baba’s grace this is an eventuality as many in the general society feel that alcohol and drugs are not good.

With regards to the below article, this type of critical research & intellectual analysis is good as it substantiates claims that many may have already made in day to day life, and it will discourage those who are not in the know.

Namaskar,
Bhavanath

Young cannabis smokers run risk of lower IQ, report claims

28 August 2012 Last updated at 08:35 ET By Dominic Hughes Health correspondent, BBC News

Young people who smoke cannabis for years run the risk of a significant and irreversible reduction in their IQ, research suggests.

The findings come from a study of around 1,000 people in New Zealand.

An international team found those who started using cannabis below the age of 18 – while their brains were still developing – suffered a drop in IQ.

A UK expert said the research might explain why people who use the drug often seem to under-achieve.

For more than 20 years researchers have followed the lives of a group of people from Dunedin in New Zealand.

They assessed them as children – before any of them had started using cannabis – and then re-interviewed them repeatedly, up to the age of 38.

Having taken into account other factors such as alcohol or tobacco dependency or other drug use, as well the number of years spent in education, they found that those who persistently used cannabis – smoking it at least four times a week year after year through their teens, 20s and, in some cases, their 30s – suffered a decline in their IQ.

The more that people smoked, the greater the loss in IQ…

Researchers found that individuals who started using cannabis in adolescence and then carried on using it for years showed an average eight-point IQ decline.

Stopping or reducing cannabis use failed to fully restore the lost IQ.

The researchers, writing in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that: “Persistent cannabis use over 20 years was associated with neuropsychological decline, and greater decline was evident for more persistent users.”

“Collectively, these findings are consistent with speculation that cannabis use in adolescence, when the brain is undergoing critical development, may have neurotoxic effects.”

One member of the team, Prof Terrie Moffitt of King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, said this study could have a significant impact on our understanding of the dangers posed by cannabis use.

“This work took an amazing scientific effort. We followed almost 1,000 participants, we tested their mental abilities as kids before they ever tried cannabis, and we tested them again 25 years later after some participants became chronic users.

“Participants were frank about their substance abuse habits because they trust our confidentiality guarantee, and 96% of the original participants stuck with the study from 1972 to today….

Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research, also at the King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry but not involved in the study, said this was an impressive piece of research.

“The Dunedin sample is probably the most intensively studied cohort in the world and therefore the data are very good.

“Although one should never be convinced by a single study, I take the findings very seriously.

“There are a lot of clinical and educational anecdotal reports that cannabis users tend to be less successful in their educational achievement, marriages and occupations.

“It is of course part of folk-lore among young people that some heavy users of cannabis – my daughter calls them stoners – seem to gradually lose their abilities and end up achieving much less than one would have anticipated. This study provides one explanation as to why this might be the case.

“I suspect that the findings are true. If and when they are replicated then it will be very important and public education campaigns should be initiated to let people know the risks.”

Prof Val Curran, from the British Association for Psychopharmacology and University College London, said: “What it shows is if you are a really heavy stoner there are going to be consequences, which I think most people would accept…

She also cautioned that there may be another explanation, such as depression, which could result in lower IQ and cannabis use.

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, said: “In a significant minority of people who are vulnerable the drug can act as a trigger to illnesses like schizophrenia which may last a lifetime.”

Illicit drug use by young people has been decreasing since the mid 1990s, but the rate of decline in cannabis use throughout most of the last decade has been slow, official statistics show. (Here is a link to the article on the BBC website.)

Note: ANANDA MARGA AND CANNABIS

Here is more about our AM way of life and why we do not support the use of cannabis in any way, shape or form.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-fad-in-west.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Toma’ri deoya’ sure toma’ri bha’s’a’ bhare…” – P.S. 3192

Purport:

Baba, O’ my lord, I go on singing Prabhat Samgiita for You. You have blessed me by teachings me the tune, melody, and rhythm as well as the language. By that way, I go on singing the divine song, it is Your grace.

Baba, I do not have anything to say; only this much I feel: Each and every thing in my life is just Your gift – nothing else. Due to the bondage of the ego, my mind gets stained. And when I forget You, then I drown in the staticity and bondage of crudity.

Baba, You came to me and You told me that I should not bother about anything because You will be taking care of everything. Baba, You have filled my life with good things. It is all like a flower garland of Your love divine. You have taught me 16 Points and so much more. This brings new melody and resonance in my life.

Baba You also told me that I should search for You within, not without. You also told me that Your grace is always showering on me. Baba, by Your grace I go on singing Prabhat Samgiita with the tune, melody, and language given by You. Baba, You are ever-gracious….

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Date: 30 Aug 2012 19:43:15 -0000
From: “T.Pattanaik”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: WT Steals Public Funds #8

Baba

== WT STEALS PUBLIC FUNDS #8 ==

(Note: The first five (5) letters of this series was titled, “Goenka’s Oil Was Stolen”. Links to those letters have been appended below. Starting with letter #6, this more relevant title has been used: Wt Steals Public Funds”. Links to those letters are also below. – Eds)

Namaskar,

“Didi Ananda Niitimaya is collecting donations directly and indirectly from both margiis and non-margiis and then diverting those resources to her lokaik home. What she is doing is against the law – it is theft; it is a crime. Plus she is betraying the public trust.” (From: WT Steals Public Funds #7, posted 8/28/12)

Seeing what Didi has done, it is evident that there is a great need for fiscal transparency in organisational dealings. If this type of thing continues, AMPS will suffer a lot as no one will have the trust to donate anything to the organisation.

Baba has warned wts about the misuse of funds and black money.

“No worker can keep unaccounted money (black money) with him.” (Wt Conduct: Six Additional Rules, pt# 1a)

“Each worker will separately maintain the clear account of receipt and expenditure of his personal allowance and organizational money.” (Wt Conduct: Six Additional Rules, pt# 1b)

“Whenever supervisory worker so desires, the worker is to give the proper account of expenditure tallying with the cash at their disposal.” (Wt Conduct: Six Additional Rules, pt# 1c)

“Each amount of collection should be deposited properly and drawn after submitting requisition..” (Wt Conduct: Six Additional Rules, pt# 1d)

“Proper vouchers are to be maintained for each item of expenditure.” (Wt Conduct: Six Additional Rules, pt# 1e)

Unfortunately, Didi Ananda Niitimaya has blatantly disregarded and contravened Baba’s stated conduct rules regarding fiscal responsibility and black money. Only by adopting a policy of transparency will we be able to put a halt to these types of misdeeds. Only then with AMPS be able to regain the public trust, which is critically necessary for the survival of the organisation.

Namaskar,
Tapashii Pattanaik

Note 1: BABA’S WARNING TO ALL DONORS

We should all pay heed to Baba’s below guideline about tapah an serving others. If our donations do not reach the right person or party, then we ourselves are to be held accountable. If we fail to ensure that our donation is used to serve those in need, then that service or donation is meaningless. With a good heart many in the Marga wish to serve those in need, but unfortunately their efforts will be in vain if their donations do not reach suffering humanity. Verily those kind-hearted donors are responsible – in part – for this impropriety. That is Baba’s warning.

Baba says, “Tapah devoid of knowledge is bound to be misused. The opportunists will misuse your energy by extracting work from you to serve their selfish ends, and at the same time this will deprive the real sufferers of their due services from you. A rich miser approaches you with a tale of woe and entreats you to give him relief. Being moved with pity, if you do what is needed to relieve him of his suffering, the very purpose of tapah will be defeated, as it is without any knowledge or reasoning. The end result of your service will be that the rich man whom you have served will become more miserly and more selfish and will, in the future, try to deceive in a greater way people who dedicate themselves to the service of humanity. Secondly, as you will, to some extent, know his inner motive, you will become mentally depressed and you will also develop a hostile attitude towards him. Therefore, while following the principle of tapah you should ascertain fully well whether the person you are going to serve, really needs your service. Only then should you engage yourself in service…Therefore, you will have to ascertain with discrimination where your responsibility lies and to what extent; otherwise all your time, energy and labour employed in tapah will be in vain…because in such cases you do not make the proper use of objects.” (A Guide to Human Conduct, Tapah Chapter)

Note 2: LINKS TO EARLIER LETTERS IN THIS SERIES

(Note: The first five (5) letters of this series was titled, “Goenka’s Oil Was Stolen”. Links to those letters
have been appended below. For greater clarity the new title of this thread is: “Wt Steals Public Funds”. – Eds)

#1: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/goenkas-oil-was-stolen.html

#2: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/re-goenkas-oil-was-stolen-2.html

#3: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/re-goenkas-oil-was-stolen-3.html

#4: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/re-goenkas-oil-was-stolen-4.html

#5: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/08/re-goenkas-oil-was-stolen-5.html

#6: http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/08/wt-steals-public-funds-6.html

#7: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/08/re-wt-steals-public-funds-7.html

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Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:21:49 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From:
Subject: Unruly Free Mixing between Males and Females?

Baba

“Esechile tumi pra’n’e mane, toma’y ceyechilum a’mi mor jiivane…” (PS 2341)

Purport:

Baba, I had the deep yearning in my mind to have You close – to always keep You along with me in my life. Baba, You graced me and came in my heart
and mind, and inundated my whole existence with Your divine love.

Baba, You know how to love and with Your love You satiate the heart. Your love is incomparable. Except You nobody knows how to love. Baba, for the dry-desert heart, You are the effulgence of Love – Love Personified. You satiate the heart of the devotees with Your boundless love.

Baba, You go on immensely showering Your causeless grace without telling anyone. One need not ask anything from You. You shower Your grace
abundantly day and night, ceaselessly.

Baba, You are so gracious; You live in my heart. You do not remain distant. But due to my ignorance and the stains of my mind, I do not see You within.
Rather I think that You are distant and far, far away.

Baba, You have saturated my whole existence with Your divine being. Despite this cosmic truth, I do not always remember You; nor do I contemplate this eternal knowledge in my mind. Baba, my eyes are covered with the fog of spiritual ignorance so I do not feel and realise the divine truth that I am within You.

Baba, please grace me by always keeping me at Your lotus feet…

== UNRULY FREE MIXING BETWEEN MALES AND FEMALES? ==

Namaskar,
This following teaching is most appropriate for the present-day humanity.

Baba says, “It does not require the harnessing of any elaborate logic or reasoning to convince people that the final outcome of permissiveness is
not healthy. But it is also true that the result of free mixing in society, without self-control, is bad…Hence, along with the recognition of the freedom of the two sexes, a well-judged code of self-control will also have to be associated with their mutual mixing.” (Human Society – 1, p.35)

In His above teaching, Baba has given the dharmic code for how and when males and females may socialize.

Remembering that all females are the mothers of males, all women – irregardless of their age – are to be looked upon with utmost respect and reverence. At the same time males must be ever-ready to lend their physical strength to protect and uphold the prestige of women. These are some of the basic points.

Baba says, “Men and women are human beings having equal dignity. As the physical strength of women is less than that of men, the latter should always endeavour to save the prestige of women. As the mothers of men, women can claim this much as a right. Special attention should be paid to the comforts of women during festivals, at spiritual conferences, and on other occasions. (Caryacarya, Part 1: Social Relationship between Men and Women)

Needless to say loose gossiping between the sexes is not at all appreciated or supported by Baba’s teachings.

Baba says, ‘When necessary, men and women can mix together, sit next to one another and participate in meetings and conferences, but they should not engage in gossip as its results are not beneficial. It should be remembered that a woman’s friend is a woman and a man’s friend is a man. The more distant the relationship between men and women, the greater should be the courtesy maintained in mutual conversation and behaviour between them.” (Caryacarya, Part 1: Social Relationship between Men and Women)

Unfortunately still this loose or casual way of dealing is evident in various sectors of our AM society – and it seems to be spreading. Unmarried males & females are living together and carrying on relations and sometimes even producing children out of wedlock. And even at our retreats this looseness between the sexes is clearly evident. Even our Wt acaryas are guilty of this to some or more degree. They know who they are. Perhaps the worst aspect being that it is rampant amongst our youths – 13-18 year olds.

So all around this is a point of awareness. Because promiscuity is the undoing of any society. Now is the time we should rise to the occasion and step by step work to instill Baba’s dharmic guidelines on this important aspect of life. This will be beneficial to all – and provide a positive example for the society at large.

Namaskar,
Mukunda

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To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Ramdhan “Ramdhan@Indianet…”
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 21:11:45
Subject: Solution of Misery

Baba

PS Intro: This song depicts that initial time when Guru first comes into the life of any devotee. In that special moment, it often happens that one does not really understand the great importance and pure divinity of that charming Personality. But then later on, after further reflection and sadhana, one gradually develops an inner appreciation of the greatness of that Sadguru. Then the sadhaka wants Parama Purusa’s proximity more and more. With this feeling, the sadhaka will look back upon those old memories with repentance. Because when Parama Purusa first came to the sadhaka then he – the sadhaka – was not able to receive Parama Purusa properly in his heart. The sadhaka could not fully grasp the true value of Sadguru’s gracious visit. So now when the sadhaka has a more developed longing and yearning for Parama Purusa, then he feels that he foolishly wasted that earlier opportunity when Parama Purusa Himself came in his life. Because now at present it is not so easy to get Parama Purusa by oneself – by one’s own doing. That type of scene is expressed in this following Prabhat Samgiita.

“Path cine esechilo aja’na’ pathik, mor duya’re ks’an’ik da’nr’iyachilo…” (PS 2371)

Purport:

O’ how gracious that Divine Entity is. Ajana Pathik came to my home; He came intentionally and He stood directly in front of my door for a moment. Tragically, that time I was not aware about who He was so I did not invite Him to come inside. Thus with His sweet and gentle smile He slowly went away that time. Afterwards, the tender image of His sweet, charming face was floating in my mind again and again – I could not forget Him. A few moments passed like that.

After some time, I realised my blunder and I opened the door and desperately ran outside as fast as I could and looked around trying to find Him – hoping to find that divinely charming Entity. I searched for Him in near and far places but that was all in vain; He was not there. Alas, I could not find Him; only His mala was there. Where has He gone!

Today I feel deep repentance. In human life, so many mistakes happen; and people also feel repentant for those past mistakes. So today I am calling Him again and again with a very deep, heart-felt longing and with an upsurge of emotion. But I do not know if that call is reaching His ears or touching His heart. O’ my dearmost Baba, please hear me.

When I was not aware about who He was then at that time He came but I did not receive Him. And now, by His grace, I feel love for Him in the inner core of my heart, but He is not paying heed to my yearning for His proximity. O’ the Divine Entity, please do not play hide and seek with me any longer. Please come, You are my everything…

== SOLUTION OF MISERY ==

Namaskar,
Here below Baba gives us the solution to one very common human ailment. In our present era in particular, people suffer a lot from this problem. We should help relieve them of this malady.

Baba says, “Human misery originates from one’s imperfect thoughts. By ideating on the Great one can be relieved of misery forever.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life – 7)

Baba’s above guideline is very unique. He is explaining to us that pain is the result of improper thinking. The insinuation being: Pain is related with the mind only. When the mind is filled with higher thoughts – ideating on the Great – then it goes beyond pain and pleasure. That is the state of eternal bliss.

We can see in our day to day life how one life scenario can be very painful to one person yet quite fine for another. It depends completely on one’s psychic perception and state of mind.

We also see that just by thinking in a negative way people invite serious psychic tension and mental depression in their life. Whereas, if their thinking is proper then that brings bliss – but if it is improper then that causes sorrow. This is why in so-called developed nations the problem of depression and psychic diseases is more than in comparison to other places: Due to improper thinking.

As we all know, proper thinking means ideating on Parama Purusa. Sadhakas know this theorem yet under the spell of Avidya Maya they forget this most of the time.

Day long we should remind ourselves and involve our thoughts with Him through kiirtan, sadhana, 2nd lesson, half-sadhana, dhyana, manan, shravan, imbibing cosmic ideation, and more. And we should guide others onto the path as well.

By this way the age-old problem of misery will be kept in check.

Namaskar,
Ramdhan

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Date: 28 Aug 2012 07:45:12 -0000
From: “Laliita Mahatab”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Re: WT Steals Public Funds #7

Baba

== RE: WT STEALS PUBLIC FUNDS #7 ==

(Note: The first five (5) letters of this series was titled, “Goenka’s Oil Was Stolen”. Links to those letters have been appended below. Starting with letter #6, this more relevant title has been used: Wt Steals Public Funds”. – Eds)

Namaskar,

“And when Didiji is doing “organisational work” then that time is spent sorting through donations intended for our universal human family, and diverting the best things to her laokik home. This is the common fact – you can confirm this with anyone in the Sambalpur area. They all know this Didiji is trustless. Didiji spends huge amounts of time in Ambika Nagar (Sambalpur) in the house of her brother-in-law, and everyone sees what she does, i.e. diverts edible oil, clothes, shoes, blankets, cash and more to her worldly family.” (From: WT Steals Public Funds #6, posted 8/25/12)

I read the account of Didi Ananda Niitimaya’s fiscal impropriety and have these thoughts on how to classify this misdeed.

Suppose someone is working in the air force and they started diverting air force resources to their family by using monies or planes for their personal pleasure vacations, then that is a crime. It is blatant misuse of public funds and punishable by law.

What Didiji is doing is also a crime – no matter how much she tries to deny it publicly. Didi Ananda Niitimaya is collecting donations directly and indirectly from both margiis and non-margiis and then diverting those resources to her lokaik home. What she is doing is against the law – it is theft; it is a crime. Plus she is betraying the public trust. However, the nature of Didiji’s wrongdoing does not end there.

Didiji is furthermore doing sin as she is blatantly and intentionally going against Guru’s mandate and dharmic codes. She has taken the vow to serve the greater society; yet she is breaking that vow to Guru by allocating public resources to her worldly family. To go against dharma and Guru is veritably sin.

So Didi Ananda Niitimaya is plunged in both crime and sin – her situation is not at all good.

Namaskar,
Laliita Mahatab

Note 1: MORE OF BABA’S WARNINGS & REGULATIONS ON BLACK MONEY & FISCAL RESPONSBILITY FOR WTS

We should all be critically aware of the WT conduct rules related with black money. The writer of the first letter, Nandini ji, posted two and here are two more:

“Whenever supervisory worker so desires, the worker is to give the proper account of expenditure tallying with the cash at their disposal.” (Wt Conduct: Six Additional Rules, pt# 1c)

“Each amount of collection should be deposited properly and drawn after submitting requisition..” (Wt Conduct: Six Additional Rules, pt# 1d)

Note 2: LINKS TO EARLIER LETTERS IN THIS SERIES

(Note: The first five (5) letters of this series was titled, “Goenka’s Oil Was Stolen”. Links to those letters
have been appended below. For greater clarity the new title of this thread is: “Wt Steals Public Funds”. – Eds)

#1: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/goenkas-oil-was-stolen.html

#2: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/re-goenkas-oil-was-stolen-2.html

#3: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/re-goenkas-oil-was-stolen-3.html

#4: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/re-goenkas-oil-was-stolen-4.html

#5: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/08/re-goenkas-oil-was-stolen-5.html

#6: http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/08/wt-steals-public-funds-6.html

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Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:48:02 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Giriish Deva ”
Subject: Baba Story: Caring For Animals

Baba

== BABA STORY: CARING FOR ANIMALS ==

Namaskar,
In 1988, during a WT reporting session for Kolkata region, Baba pointed out one worker: “After drinking coconut water why did you throw the coconut shell on somebody who was also eating?”

The Wt was shocked to hear this and wondered how could this be.

Baba reminded him of the situation: “A few days ago you were drinking coconut water. When you were done, then you carelessly threw that heavy green coconut towards the side of the road without looking to see who was there. That heavy coconut fell on one dog that was eating beside the road. But you did not care that the dog was hurt. The dog ran away crying.”

Hearing Baba’s narration, the entire scene flashed in the mind of that wt and he felt felt ashamed for what he had done. Baba rebuked him and the dada’s punishment was to beg apology by touching the feet of all the wts present. Then he promised never to commit such a sin ever again and to be kind to all creatures.

Namaskar,
Giriish

THREE OF BABA’S TEACHINGS

#1: MUST SHOW KINDNESS TO ALL

As sadhakas, we must have love and affection for the entire creation. We should be careful and respectful towards all beings. We must not hurt others, whether they be a human being, animal or plant.

#2 WHEN ONE MAKES A MISTAKE…

When one makes a mistake and feels repentance for their wrongdoing then Baba forgives their mistake because the person understands the problem and will not commit that same wrong in the future.

But when a person commits a mistake and (a) is unaware about their wrongdoing, or (b) thinks the mistake is justified because “I have a special status”, or (c) knows it is wrong but does it anyway as he thinks no one sees or knows about it, then in all those cases Baba will certainly point out, rebuke, or punish that person in order to rectify them.

The central idea is that if one has committed a mistake and has repentance then Baba forgives the matter.

#3: WHY ANANDA MARGIIS BURN THEIR SAMSKARAS QUICKLY

AND HOW THAT RELATES TO THE ABOVE STORY

Generally speaking, if a common person behaves in accordance with the accepted social norms they are not punished by society; however, they are creating samskaras and in due course will have to face the reaction.

For instance, if a person eats meat in a country where meat-eating is the norm, they will not be blamed or punished for their action by society, but they will have to face the repercussion and experience that samskara. So while the society will not hold them accountable, prakrti certainly will.

Similarly if a person engages in pre-marital sex when the whole society is doing the same, then once again that person will not be punished by society, but that individual will undergo the reaction of their misdeed.

It is just like when the white slave owners were abusing and torturing blacks in the US, then they were not punished by society because in that era slavery was legal, but certainly those slave masters created negative samskaras and had to undergo the reaction(s).

Here the point is that even though society accepts an action as acceptable or proper, that does not mean one will not have to undergo the reaction to that action. That person will have to face their samskaras – sooner or later. There is no escape.

We can also say that Ananda Margiis will experience (or burn) their samskaras far more quickly than non-margiis. Because in this very life every Ananda Margii is going to be granted mukti or moksa, by His grace. So in this life itself every Ananda Margii will have to undergo all their samskaras.

Story of Satyam’s Untimely Death

For instance, if any Ananda Margii (dada, didi or family person) eats meat then they are culpable by our AM standards and in addition they will invite all kinds of problems and suffering. Those following a sentient diet will get blood dysentery if they eat tamasik food like meat – and some may even die. I can never forget the story of Karuna Karan – the brother of Satyam. They lived together next to the Ranchi jagrti. One day, when he was 25 years of age, Karuna Karan attended a marriage reception and feast and he ate meat. In reaction, he suffered from terrible dysentery and ultimately met his tragic and untimely death. Our margii brother experienced the reaction very quickly; in contrast, many non-margiis ate meat at that reception and were totally fine. They had to wait to experience the reaction as their progress is very slow and they will be reborn again and again.

The whole situation can be likened to this analogy.

Urinating Dog Analogy

Suppose one dog enters your bedroom and urinates in one bowl or on the bed itself, then you will notice it immediately. But if that same dog urinates outside under the tree, then if will not be evident. Here the point is that if a sentient sadhaka of the Marga indulges in illicit or crude activities, then that will pollute their entire personality. And very quickly they will suffer the reaction. In contrast, if someone living a degrading existence does something bad – or if a drunkard has another drink – then they will certainly have to undergo the reaction, but it may occur over a long period of time – even lifetimes, as they are not on the spiritual path.

Must Burn All Samskaras In This Life

In this single lifetime, every Ananda Margii must exhaust all their samskaras – good and bad. For a sadhaka to plunge into lustful or illicit sexual dealings there is no benefit for humanity. It is purely selfish indulgence. Thus the sadhaka must undergo the negative reaction in the form of venereal disease, or other sexually transmitted diseases, or humiliation etc. There is no way to prolong or escape the reaction. Whereas non-margiis will experience the reaction – over time – in due course, over several lifetimes or more.

The point being that Ananda Margiis are the vanguards of a neo-humanistic social order. By Baba’s grace we have been blessed with all His teachings on dharma. So we cannot just abandon His guidelines and follow common social trends. The consequences for that will have to be experienced. Because in this very life, every Ananda Margii will have to exhaust all their samskaras and get moksa.

How It Relates With Above Story

In the above story, the dada was negligent in his dealing with one street dog. In India, street dogs are not treated well; everyone kicks them and pushes them around. Thus the dada’s action did not contravene the social norm of the day, but he did fail to live up to our AM code of neo-humanism. For that reason he had to undergo the reaction. Baba pointed out his misdeed and graciously removed that samskara.

No Ananda Margii can say or think that, “Well, this is done in the general society so I can also do that.” This is the wrong outlook. We always have to live up to our AM standard, not any other. This applies to each and every conduct rule and guideline. Otherwise we will have to undergo the reaction in this very life itself – whereas non-margiis committing those same acts will be reborn again and again – so they will face the reactions slowly over time.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Toma’y a’ma’y pratham dekha’ kon se atiite…” (PS 1544)

Purport:

Baba, You are so gracious, You and I first met long ago in the hoary past. But this intimate gathering of ours is not written about in the pages of history, nor in the books mathematics. It is not mentioned anywhere, nor is there any record of it. Only You and I know.

Baba, our closeness is not drawn in geometry, and it is not written in pen. Indeed, there is no brush mark or painting related with our first meeting anywhere in this expressed universe. Nay, there is no carving, sculpture, or drawing that describes our intimacy.

By Your infinite compassion, we are so close. Whenever I went away and got lost in the crudity of maya, You graciously lifted me with Your divine music and sweet rhythms and held me tightly in the deep recesses of Your heart. Baba, You never left me all alone. By Your causeless grace, I am in Your eternal shelter.

Baba, You are my eternal companion. I surrender to You– at Your lotus feet…

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From: “Shantatma Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Conversation About Real Wealth
Date: Sun 26 Aug 2012 21:04:03

Baba

“Ga’ne ga’ne tumi esecho pra’n’e pra’n’e mishecho…” (PS 2800)

Purport:

Baba, when I sing Your blissful songs then You grace me by saturating my heart with more and more of Your divine presence. With Your infinite
compassion, You have come in the songs of my Prabhat Samgiita. My being has become full of devotion and love for You. Baba, You have come into my
heart, in my sadhana. Baba, You have blessed me by coming into my Guru cakra, in my mental plate. O’ my dearmost, You are so gracious.

Baba, You are incomparable. Your divine attributions are infinite. You are never limited or bound by the confines of this transitory physical world. You remain along with everyone always. Even then being the Taraka Brahma You also maintain Your divine stance beyond this world as well. Baba, Your liila is unfathomable.

Baba, You are the Ocean of Karuna’ – i.e. the Ocean of Divine Compassion – this everyone understands. Baba, when svarga [1] – i.e. good people – are in trouble, then You shower Your infinite compassion; and when bad people are in difficulty, then that time also You shower Your causeless grace. Baba, You are equally gracious on everyone. You help one and all in all circumstances – this divine truth everyone knows. Baba, in this mortal world selfish people perform actions in order to get something in return. Baba, You are beyond that. On the one side You do not desire anything from Your devotee – not their gold coins or anything; yet on the other side You want everything from them. Because You want more and more of their love until finally You take their whole existence – their entire mind and heart [2]. In that process they become one with You. This is Your divine liila.

Baba, You are ever-gracious…

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #2800:

[1] Svarga: In the above Prabhat Samgiita Baba uses this term ‘svarga’ to refer to good people or virtuous people. Literally speaking, ‘svarga’ means
‘heaven’. But in AM we do not believe in the dogmatic concepts of heaven and hell. Rather Baba guides us that heaven and hell are states of mind –
nothing more than that.

2-20: Na svargo na rasa’talah

“Purport: There exists no such thing as heaven or hell. When a person does a virtuous act or enjoys the fruits thereof, the environment around him is
then called heaven; and when he does an evil act and endures the consequences thereof, then the environment around that person becomes a
hell for him.” (Ananda Sutram, Sutra 2-20)

[2] “Ca’ona’ kon kichu tabu, sabai niye niyecho…”: The central idea of this last line of the Prabhat Samgiita is best described by Baba’s below teaching.

Baba says, “When human beings ask for money they must send some application letters, but when Parama Purus’a wants something from you, He will not ask for it, He will demand it. What He will ask you for, you will hesitate to give; for He will ask for nothing less than your whole existence. Those who
are prepared to give their all, even though they may be the most degraded sinners, become the full responsibility of Parama Purus’a, because they
have surrendered themselves completely to Him. They have not given away fifteen annas, keeping one anna for themselves [there are sixteen annas in
one rupee.] Hence it is the moral responsibility of Parama Purus’a to care for such people…those who have completely surrendered themselves to Him,
will certainly be cared for by Him.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life – 11)

== CONVERSATION ABOUT REAL WEALTH ==

Namaskar,
Here is one very interesting conversation for every sadhaka.

“Ya’jinavalkya asked, ‘What would you like?'”

“Maetreyii replied: ‘Yena’ham’ na’mrtasya’m’ tena’ham’ kim kurya’m'”

“‘What will I do with things which will not remain with me permanently? Of what use are the objects which will not establish me in immortality?…’Please give me that thing which will remain with me permanently, which I’ll be able to preserve forever, which will establish me in immortality. I don’t want anything else.'”

“Then Ya’jinavalkya gave her a number of instructions, upon which a major part of Raja Yoga is based’.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 7, p.44)

As per the above teaching, worldly things cannot and do not remain with us very long. All those objects are transient.

That is why ideal people run towards Parama Purusa.

Being Parama Purusa and Guru, Baba Himself has clearly guided us how to reach Him. On this point, we are extremely fortunate to at least have gotten the path. Now our main duty is to follow it.

Namaskar,
Shantatma

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Date: 25 Aug 2012 21:08:39 -0000
From: “Nandini”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: WT Steals Public Funds #6

Baba

== WT STEALS PUBLIC FUNDS #6 ==

(Note: The first five (5) letters of this series was titled, “Goenka’s Oil Was Stolen”. Links to those letters have been appended below. For greater clarity the new title of this thread is: “Wt Steals Public Funds”. – Eds)

Namaskar,
“Here the main idea is that the majority of what Didi Ananda Niitimaya collects, she diverts to her laokik family. Didi rarely uses those donations for Ananda Marga service projects. The bulk of those collected items are either sold for a profit or given to her birth family.” (From: Re: Goenka’s Oil Was Stolen #5; posted 8/17/12)

LIKE ONE JACKAL

Just the other day, Didi Ananda Niitimaya emerged and declared on email to one and all that she is not guilty of any wrongdoing and that: “I will hang myself in front of public” if the allegations are true.

Little does she know that her claim of innocence is no different from one jackal that proclaims not to have eaten the cream in the kitchen, when the cream itself is all over its face.

DIDIJI’S PUBLIC LETTER

In her public email of 22 Aug 2012, Didi Ananda Niitimaya writes glowingly of her brother-in-law:

“My brother in law is a A class officer in State Bank of India in Bhavanipatna, Kalahandi Dist.” (written by Didi Ananda Niitimaya, 22/08/12)

Such is the way in which this avadhutika speaks about her worldly relations and laokik family members.

However, Baba’s given mandate is:

“No relationship should exist with worldly family.” (32 Rules for Avadhutikas, point #9)

Yet Didi is openly telling all kinds of details about her laokik family to one and all on the email. Not only that, it is well known that she spends more time at her loakik and ancestral home than at her organisational posting. Didiji is the Medical Dpt Global in Ranchi, yet passes her days with her worldly family.

And when Didiji is doing “organisational work” then that time is spent sorting through donations intended for our universal human family, and diverting the best things to her laokik home. This is the common fact – you can confirm this with anyone in the Sambalpur area. They all know this Didiji is trustless. Didiji spends huge amounts of time in Ambika Nagar (Sambalpur) in the house of her brother-in-law, and everyone sees what she does, i.e. diverts edible oil, clothes, shoes, blankets, cash and more to her worldly family.

NOT A SANNYASI – WEDDED TO LAOKIK FAMILY

Even then Didi Ananda Niitimaya made a public denial of all this. Yet everyone knows that her main interest is for her laokik family, not society or the universal humanity. For wts, however, there should be but one family – the universal family, not any worldly family.

Baba says, “Householders have to care for two families whereas the renunciates have to care for only one. The householders’ two families are their own small family consisting of father, mother, brothers, sisters, husband or wife, sons, daughters, etc. and the larger human family, that is, the entire universe. The householders will have to maintain a balance between both these families…Sannyasins do not have a small family of their own – their family is the entire universe.” (A Few Problems Solved – 4, Let History be Rewritten)

In her manner, Didi Ananda Niitimaya is talking as if she herself is family person not a sannyasi. See here again what she has written.

“My brother in law is a A class officer in State Bank of India in Bhavanipatna, Kalahandi Dist.” (written by Didi Ananda Niitimaya, 22/08/12)

Indeed her thinking, speech, and outlook are just like a family person – not a sannyasi. In Didiji’s subconscious mind she does not believe that she has only one family – the universal family. Rather Didi Ananda Niitimaya is 100% sentimentally attached with her mundane, worldly family. Didi’s expression is itself proof that she wholeheartedly supports her worldly relations and willingly diverts funds to them.

She can deny this to her grave, but her status of mind is quite apparent. She is veritably wedded to her laokik relations. She can and will do anything and everything for them, at the cost of the sanctity of her wt ship. Such is her deep attachment for her laokik family. She is not a true Wt – not by any stretch of the imagination.

MORE ABOUT DIDIJI’S DENIAL & HELPING DIDIJI IMPROVE

Finally, when asked about her public denial, one close person replied, “Didi Ananda Niitimaya’s denial is meaningless – this Didi has no shame – she can steal from under your nose and then deny it in front of your face – this is her way.”

Let us remember that the aim here is to help Didi Ananda Niitimayaji improve. Our organisation needs committed cadres. So the goal then is for her to overcome her shortcomings and remain in the ranks, and not behave as a social deviant. It will be the best news if Didiji is able to make the shift.

Namaskar,
Nandini Behara

Note 1: NOT AN ISOLATED INCIDENT

The aforementioned case is not an isolated incident – many more Wts are involved in similar financial messes. Gradually news of these other cases will be presented for public knowledge and review. But, at the same time, we should all remember not all wholetimers are thieves. There are many great Dadas and Didis who are doing dharmic work. With their strong efforts, many aspects and wings of the organisation are moving ahead in a very positive manner. Really it is just a comparatively few number of cheating wts that are hiding under the virtue of those good wts. Step by step, each of these fraudulent wts needs to be uncovered for all to see. This will be done in a systematic fashion to help bring integrity and honesty back as the pillars of AMPS life.

Note 2: BABA’S WARNING ON BLACK MONEY & FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR WTS

We should all be critically aware of the WT conduct rules related with black money.

“No worker can keep unaccounted money (black money) with him.” (Wt Conduct: Six Additional Rules, pt# 1a)

“Each worker will separately maintain the clear account of receipt and expenditure of his personal allowance and organizational money.” (Wt Conduct: Six Additional Rules, pt# 1b)

And there are more rules…

Note 3: LINKS TO EARLIER LETTERS IN THIS SERIES

(Note: The first five (5) letters of this series was titled, “Goenka’s Oil Was Stolen”. Links to those letters
have been appended below. For greater clarity the new title of this thread is: “Wt Steals Public Funds”. – Eds)

#1: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/goenkas-oil-was-stolen.html

#2: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/re-goenkas-oil-was-stolen-2.html

#3: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/re-goenkas-oil-was-stolen-3.html

#4: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/re-goenkas-oil-was-stolen-4.html

#5: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/08/re-goenkas-oil-was-stolen-5.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“He vishvajit he sarvabhrt namo namo namo namo…” (PS 4935)

Purport:

O’ Lord, You are omnipotent and omnipresent. O’ Vishvajit [1], O’ Sarvabhrt [2], with full reverence, I humbly pay my salutations to You again and again – thousands of times. Baba, O’ Virat [3], O’ Anupam [4], in Your divine way You go on swinging from the tiniest blade of grass up to Brahma the Creator – everywhere.

Baba, by Your grace You have sent me here on this earth to do Your work, to serve You, to please You – not just to waste my time in vain and lethargy. Baba, You have blessed me and sent me here so that each and every moment I should strengthen my vivek – so that by Your grace I can determine what is right and what is wrong, and follow the path of divinity. But that I did not do. O’ Baba, please be gracious and pardon me for this very blunder.

Baba, by Your grace I have understood why I have come onto this earth. And, by Your grace, I am searching You in the deep core of my heart. O’ my dearmost Icchamaya [5], I want to hold You in my lowly mind, eternally.

Baba, please be gracious and accept my prostration– sastaunga pranam…

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #4935:

[1] Vishvajit: This is one of the countless names of Parama Purusa. In this role He is executing His divine quality as ‘Controller of the Universe’.

[2] Sarvabhrt: Of His infinite attributions one of His heavenly characteristics is that of Supreme Helper. So it is in His role of Sarvhbhrt that He is the Helper of everyone– lovingly guiding all to progress in every sphere of life.

[3] Virat: Another of His innumerable epithets is that of Virat– the Greatest One who is absolutley boundless.

Baba says, “Anything big but having boundary lines is known as visha’la in Sanskrit; and anything big having no boundary lines is known as vira’t’a in Sanskrit. Parama Purus’a is vira’t’a, but this universe is visha’la, not vira’t’a.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 21, ‘Unit Spirit, Cosmic Spirit’)

[4] Anupam: In His role of Anupam He is the Incomparable One – He who is beyond all comparisons: Anupam tava caran’ phele.

Baba says, “When a bhakta begins to analyse Him, he finds that He is unique in gandha tanma’tra. He is extraordinary in rasa tanma’tra. He is unparalleled in ru’pa tanma’tra and He is exquisitely sweet in the softness of sparsha tanma’tra. Regarding shabda tanma’tra, the sound of His flute is beeyond our capacity to comprehend. Being overwhelmed by the musical resonance, devotees exclaim: Anupam tava caran’ phele.” (NKS, Disc 25)

[5] Icchmaya: (‘Iccha’ means ‘will power’; and ‘maya’ means ‘composed of’.) This is one of the names of Parama Purusa becuase He is made out of His own desire to create Himself. And accordingly He does whatever He wants.

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Date: 24 Aug 2012 21:41:33 -0000
From: Liilamaya@artec….
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Materialism is not the Panacea

Baba

“Ke go tumi ele man ma’ta’te manorathe…” (PS 412)

Purport:

O’ Divine Entity, on this auspicious morning You have come and stirred my consciousness. You have come on a mental chariot and divinely intoxicated my mind. O’ Baba, You are so gracious, please tell me Who You are. O’ Gracious One, please grace me by revealing Yourself fully.

O’ Supreme One, You have come moving along the path of effulgence. You have taken away everyone’s unit feelings and removed their personal desire. You satiated their heart and mind by pouring Your infinite cosmic bliss.

O’ Baba, You have reached me by moving long the path of melody and tune. Baba, by Your grace You have taken away everyone’s unit rhythm and infused everyone by pouring Your divine cadence. You have come to sing the divine song to everyone and satiate their heart.

Baba, with Your divine song You have inundated the entire universe; You are ever-gracious…

== MATERIALISM IS NOT THE PANACEA ==

Namaskar,
Baba’s following message is more pertinent for this present age.

Baba says, “Those who believe that the pursuit of crude matter is the path leading to the cessation of misery, and thus remain oblivious of Him, are entirely mistaken.” (Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 7)

In their confused state of mind, some ordinary human beings think that achieving some worldly status and collecting some material wealth will give them bliss and solve all their problems. But, in truth, by this course of action they only plunge themselves deeper and deeper into troubles and torments. This continues on and on until they finally understand the above guideline of Sadguru. That is why in Ananda Sutram it is said:

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

[That (Brahma) having been attained, all thirst is permanently quenched.]

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

Certainly most sadhakas are well aware about Baba’s above guidelines but because of being under the spell of avidya maya some forget them most of the time. We should all be vigilant and honest on this matter and do self-analysis regularly. Then, by His grace, we can keep on the proper path of true spirituality.

Namaskar,
Liilamaya

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Donkey Food

Donkey Food
Date: 23 Aug 2012 21:46:33 -0000
From: “Subhash Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Donkey Food

Baba

“Tava bha’loba’sa’ keno ashru ma’kha’, he devata’…” (PS 1781

Purport:

O’ my Lord, those who love You desperately want to get You more and more close; they long for You and cry for You but You do not come. Baba, You are the Divine One then why is Your love drenched in tears. Baba, sometimes You come close and smile sweetly in my mind and other times You remain far and my mind is just involved in worldly thoughts and crude desires. Baba, why is Your coming and going shrouded in mystery; please tell Your tales – Your ways. O’ my dearmost, please tell me why You do like this.

Baba, various jinana sadhakas try to know You through their intellectual pursuits. But by this way their heart cannot get drenched in Your divine love. Baba, You do not allow Yourself to be held by the philosophy or material science. Rather You remain far, far away; You do not come close to such jinanis. One cannot get You with the vanity of darshan (mundane theory) or with the pride of vijinana (worldly knowledge). Baba, I want to have You close, but in spite of my repeated asking and requests You do not tell me what You want. You do not reveal to me how I can hold You in my heart. You do not tell me the answer; You just keep quiet – smiling. Baba, even then how sweet You are: You love me so much and You come close to shower me in Your love. Such sweetness! Baba, You are Love Personified. You have bound me in the bond of Your love; this is nothing but Your causeless grace, O’ my Dearmost.

Baba, You do not give shelter to vain persons. Those who are arrogant and egotistical do not surrender themselves at Your alter; they are unable to realise You. Baba, You graciously remove all the ailments from the mind, including vanity and ego. Jinanis drown themselves in the psychic disease of ahamkara [1] (ego), but You dispel the fog of arrogance from their mind after pulverizing their ego. Baba, You are so gracious. You understand the upsurge of devotional love, and You are radiant with that soft and tender love. O my dearmost, with Your ever-flowing grace You saturate everything with Your love and sweetness.

Baba, You Yourself are divine and Your beauty is unfathomable. Baba, please come in my heart…

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1781:

[1] “A’hamka’re prashreya na’hi da’o, rucivika’re sudu’re sara’o…”: This is the first line of the third stanza of the above Prabhat Samgiita (PS #1781) where Baba is warning us about the hazards of ego and vanity etc. By this way we can understand so many of Baba’s teachings, nay the whole of AM philosophy, is represented in a concentrated manner in Prabhat Samgiita. So Baba’s divine discourses elaborate on those seed form ideas which He has given in Prabhat Samgiita.

Here below, in one of His discourses, Baba warns sadhakas in detail about the dangers of aham’ka’ra and explains how it comes in three various forms. And side by side He also gives the solution.

Baba says, “The aham’ka’ra [pride] that creeps into a person due to the acquisition of jina’na has very serious repercussions in human life. It can lead to the complete downfall of the individual. Aham’ka’ra falls into three basic types, and each of the types brings disastrous results:

“The first type of aham’ka’ra is called abhima’nam, which means that a person thinks that he deserves more than what he is getting; and consequently develops an overbearing attitude towards everyone.”

“Gaorava is the second type of aham’ka’ra. It means ‘self-aggrandizement’. Puffed up with vanity, a person will want to project his image in an exaggerated manner.Often we hear somebody say, for example, that they have a rose the size of a balloon in their garden – whereas actually the rose may be the size of a ping-pong ball. Constant indulgence in this type of activity converts the mind into matter.”

“The third type of aham’ka’ra is [the desire for] pratis’t’ha’ – the desire to make oneself known. A person influenced by [the desire for] pratis’t’ha’ expects respect from everyone, and hankers after name and fame.” “After having analysed the various types of aham’ka’ra and their evil effects, we need to examine the ways and means of getting rid of these defects.”

“In order to get rid of abhima’na, one will have to cultivate the habit of being polite and humble. Just as a [blade of grass] may lie on the ground [underfoot], but does not, through its remaining humble, lose its importance, so a person will never become insignificant by being humble. Humility such as that of the [blade of grass] can alone save a person from abhima’na.”

“A person who is always engaged in the thought of his pratis’t’ha’ must learn how to care about the respect and prestige of others. Such a person must never forget that respect begets respect, and that he should always honour those who are not honoured by anyone. A constant practice of this type will remove the evil effects of the desire for pratis’t’ha’.”

“And finally, a person who moves about puffed up with vanity and arrogance, and is always engaged in gaorava, self-aggrandizement, will be able to improve only by utilizing his time in kiirtana. If a person keeps himself engaged in kiirtana, that person will not have time to criticize and slander anyone in order to project his own image by comparison and contrast.”

“Therefore spiritual aspirants who have set their eyes on Parama Purus’a as their goal must always strive to get rid of aham’ka’ra, and gain the full benefits of jina’na and karma, so as to arouse and enliven bhakti, which is the only road to the journey’s end.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 23, p.104-110)

So we should always remember how Baba has given His entire philosophy in Prabhat Samgiita and that it is His usual way to give long discourse about a single Prabhat Samgiita. You may remember that in one DMC the purport of one Prabhat Samgiita became an entire RU discourse: ‘Humanity on the Threshold of a New Era’.

By all this it is quite evident that Baba’s Prabhat Samgiita compositions hold great meaning and contain innumerable eternal truths. So we should cultivate the practice of learning Prabhat Samgiita more and more. Baba has given the tradition that during our DMS gatherings, dharmacakra, social functions, and spiritual retreats etc, the organisers should not give their own silly lectures but rather utilise the time in giving the purports of Baba’s divine Prabhat Samgiita. By this way each and every A’nanda Ma’rgii will learn the entire social and spiritual philosophy of the vast AM ideology.

== DONKEY FOOD ==

Namaskar,
The following is a summary of Baba’s teaching from the Shabda Cayanika series.

(a) Donkey food (Gardabha’nna) is that food purchased with ill-begotten money or sinfully earned money.

(b) If someone feeds you with deep love, respect, and affection and that feeling is conveyed through their expression, talk and conduct, and by feeding you they feel blissful (“Toma’ke kha’iae a’nandit hobe”) and very content, and if you do not eat then they will feel pain, in this situation whatever food you eat in their house – even if it is just boiled grass – will be treated as priityanna (proper & sentient food). Any meal or food not prepared under such ideal conditions is donkey food.

(c) So if food is not given with that heart-felt feeling and if one’s own life is not in danger due to starvation, in that condition then any food offered is donkey food, Gardabha’nna. So one must not eat that food.

Note: In western society that food which is not fit for human consumption is typically labeled as ‘dog food’. And a similar idea Baba has conveyed above by the term donkey food– “Gardabha’nna”. (Summary of Shabda Cayanika – 20, p.163-64 [Bangla])

Namaskar,
Subhash

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From: “A. Roy”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Same Disparity
Date: Wed Aug 22 2012, 22:01

Baba

PS Intro: In this following song the devotee is lying at Baba’s lotus feet, ensconced in a’nanda. And in that deeply devotional atmosphere, the sadhaka is desperately calling to all the jiivas to also come close to Baba, the Parama Purusa incarnate, and have His darshan and get His blessing.

“Ba’n’sga’rii bahiye ja’y, saha’s nayane ca’y
Goloker hari a’ji gokule liila’ raca’y…” (P.S. 3658)

Purport:

Today, the Hari of the divine world has manifested His liila in the land of devotees. With His sweet grace He is moving all around playing His divine flute– showering His charming smile and gracious eyes upon all. With reddish lips, He is beckoning each and everyone. He is telling: ‘Come close, come to Me– quickly, as soon as possible, come running, so we can be together up to eternity’. Today that Hari of the divine world is showering bliss on everyone. We are so graced.

Everyone is His kith and kin; all are His own; nobody is alien. No one is far; everyone is close. All are His most intimate ones. By His grace everyone gets Him in their thinking, japa, and meditation. Everyone resides in His mind; everyone has a place in His heart. By His causeless grace, now the river of devotion is flowing at high current. His divine rasa is dancing, overflowing, & splashing in ecstasy. With His fathomless grace the garland of waves is swaying to and fro. All are ensconced in His bliss.

For crushing the dus’t’a (demonic people) and for saving & nurturing the virtuous & dharmic people and for destroying the nefarious and deadly demons, He comes again and again on this earth with the rumble, twang, and beating of His kettle drum. There is no one else on this earth who has such infinite and countless qualities. That Hari of the divine world is the abode of all heavenly attributions.

Come one, come all. The Lord of the universe has come today with gracious splendour, and He is showering His divine liila upon all devotees. He is most loving and ever-gracious…

== SAME DISPARITY ==

Namaskar,

Baba says, “Dignity is attached to post or rank. A station master will take great pains to prepare the railway minister’s visit, but will never trouble himself with the inconveniences faced by the ordinary passengers. Luxurious houses are built for high-ranking officers while the poor live in shanty towns, barely protected from the elements.” (PNS-18, p.56)

Unfortunately a similar disparity is also continuing in our AM. Where so-called high post holding Dadas get the cream of the cake but rarely does anybody bother about juniors and subordinates. Some so-called margiis do not treat common WTs in the same grand way that they treat high-ranking Dadas. Unfortunately where there is post there is prestige. If anyone has a low post then they do not get any prestige. Hence, the same cancerous diseases that the general society is suffering from, AM is also suffering from these days. But our duty is to follow Baba’s guideline.

Namaskar,
A. Roy

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Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 22 :05:20 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Baba’s Golden Guideline
From: “Iishvara”

Baba

“Aungane mor na’hi ele yadi, maner mukure bha’sio…” (PS 3019)

Purport:

Baba, since You have not come in my courtyard – my home, then please be gracious and blossom in my mental mirror. Baba, since You have not come within the scope of my perception, then please come in my ideation. Baba, please come in the depths of my sadhana. O’ my dearmost You are ever-gracious; You have come. For me, You are everything; whatever You want to do is blissful for me. Baba, if You do not want to say anything, then just remain here with me smiling sweetly. Your sweet smile satiates my heart. O’ my dearmost You are so gracious.

Baba, in search of You, I spent so much time doing so many practices – shravan, manan, and nidhidhyasana – but alas I could not get You. O’ Baba, so many ages passed doing tapasya – trying to get You. Finally, by Your sweet touch the long, dark amavasya night has finished. Gone are the days when sadhana was just an ongoing struggle and it was difficult to move ahead. Now, by Your grace, I am advancing on the path of divinity – the long, dark night of amavasya has finished. Baba, today in this effulgent crimson morning, please grace me by removing that final layer of cimmerian darkness from my mind. Baba, please remove the shadows of avidya maya from my inner abode and shower me in Your divine effulgence and make me Yours. Baba, now all that is left is this one final request that You shower Your grace me on so I can attain that eternal stance of divine enlightenment.

Baba, I have a deep desire to have You. You are so gracious: You have made me understand that by singing and chanting Your name, and by ideating on You, I can get You. You have told me that sadhana, kiirtan, japa, dhyana, and ideating on You is not futile. As one thinks, so one becomes. By thinking about You I will get You. That is why I go on doing all these devotional practices – in order to get You and quench my eternal thirst. Baba, please shower Your causeless grace and sweet flow of Your divine compassion, and keep me eternally under Your loving shelter. Since eternity I have yearned for that divine love; please fulfill my eternal longing.

Baba, with my own merits and qualities I cannot get You. Please shower Your grace, keeping me always at Your lotus feet…

== BABA’S GOLDEN GUIDELINE ==

Namaskar,

Baba says, “You know human beings engage in worldly work. Because of this when they sit in sadhana then worldly thoughts come in their mind. It is quite natural. That is why I have given the the rule that everyone should do sadhana twice daily. First sadhana should be done in the morning and thereafter people can involve in their worldly work– until invariable they are so much caught up in the worldly work that so many mundane worries an anxieties enter their mind. After this, it is needed to again sit in sadhana. Through this effort of doing sadhana the mind gets elevated. So human beings should do sadhana as much as possible on a day to day basis. But at minimum one must do sadhana twice daily…Do not worry you have learned sadhana and I am always ready to help and serve you.” (22 Nov 1971,
Purnea, Bihar)

In the above quote Baba is teaching us that worldly works crudify the mind– making it dirty, sad, depressed, and dry. So to cleanse the mind and make it proper again one should do sadhana more frequently. But those who cannot do increase the frequency of their sadhana must at least adhere to the quota of 2 times daily at minimum. By this way the mind will become clean and spotless.

But those who want to maximise the speed of their spriitual progress prefer to do sadhana more than twice daily. They might do sadhana 3, 4, 5, or even 10 times over the course of the entire 24hrs. Some of their sadhana sessions might be very short such as for only 2 min or 5 min etc. Yet these frequent sittings make the mind more concentrated. The reason being that worldly thoughts quickly make the mind dirty. So as soon as one gets even a little opportunity, if they do even a few minutes sadhana then the mind gets quickly cleaned again. By this way the quality and quantity of sadhana will be improved and life will be blissful. Everyone should try from this very moment.

When any sadhaka sits for one of their main sadhana sessions then that session should be of sufficient length to properly do all the lessons.

Another thing is that one should have Baba’s mudra photo with them and utilise it when doing sadhana.

Namaskar,
Iishvara

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Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:06:11 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Mishra
Subject: Gay Wt’s

Baba

== GAY WT’S ==

Namaskar,

“So if someone by birth has attraction for the same sex, they can be an Ananda Margii so long as they do not engage in sexual relations with the same sex. Because no matter what, that sexual interaction will not be for procreation. Those of the same sex cannot produce children. So if one has attraction for the same sex, they must refrain from sexual activity and divert the mind toward Parama Purusa. Just as unmarried margiis who have attraction for the opposite sex must refrain from sexual activity and goad their thought to the Supreme; or just as widowers or divorcees must overcome their attraction for the opposite sex and refrain from sexual activity by diverting their mind toward Parama Purusa; or just as those who take the vow to remain celibate refrain from sexual engagement by ensconcing their mind in dhyana sadhana. Because in Ananda Marga sex is not for enjoyment or bliss as materialists believe; rather, in our Ananda Marga, sex is only for procreation.” (Subject: Those Confused About Gay, posted: 7/29/12)

Unfortunately a few of our Dadas are not living up to this standard. Specifically, there are two Wts that come to mind: Dada R and Dada H.

(Note: Throughout this letter I will refer to them as Dada R & Dada H; those who want to know their full avadhuta names can read note 1 at the bottom of this letter.)

ABOUT THESE TWO DADAS

Here then are some of the points about Dada R & Dada H:

1) They themselves are gay lovers with each other. And as we all know, our wts and avadhutas are not to engage in sexual relations – of any kind. Baba has strictly forbidden this.

Baba says, “You will protect yourself from sexual weakness and luxury.” (WT Conduct Rules: Fourteen Points, pt #12)

So their homosexual dealings are a contravention of our Ananda Marga conduct rules. There is no doubt about it.

2) Recently, these two Dadas were caught red-handed while involved in homosexual activity in Patna; so they were temporarily sent back to WT training centre as punishment.

3) Not only are Dada R and Dada H gay lovers, but they are both suspected pedophiles, i.e. they are inclined towards young boys.

WHAT DID THEY DO WITH CHILDREN’S HOME BOYS

4) Recently, Dada Hariyuktananda (Note: This is not the Dada H being referred to in this letter) brought some of his children’s home boys to Ananda Nagar. While they were there, Dada R and Dada H took the charge of overseeing those small kids. They voluntarily took the duty to bath and stay with those young boys. Those two Dadas were spotted taking those young boys for bathing every day in a remote part of Ananda Nagar. They would stay with those young boys day-long, throughout all their activities: bathing, dressing, walking, talking, eating, playing etc. Our duty now is to interview those kids and find out if they were inappropriately touched or not. This matter must be addressed immediately.

STILL GOING ON

5) Still today, both Dada R and Dada H are involved in, at minimum, three basic areas of sexual misconduct:
(a) Together they watch blue (naked) movies on their mobile;
(b) They are still involved in homosexual dealings with each other;
(c) They are both still suspected pedophiles.

6) Some readers may be wondering why Centre allows Dada R and Dada H to continue as Wts. The answer is straight-forward mathematics. It is simply a numbers game. Centre is in need of workers – i.e. almost anyone willing to wear the uniform. That is why Centre overlooks such blatant misconduct. On this matter, be sure to read note 2 that offers an overview of our Wt cadre.

A CALL TO ACTION

7) As we know, most of our Wts are well-intentioned, pious sadhakas. Most want to serve Guru and spread His ideals. Dadas like R & H are mere bad apples amongst a good lot. They are aberrations. Nonetheless, such Dadas of loose character and suspected pedophiles will do much harm if they are not checked. A thorough examination and conduct review must be done of such acaryas.

Namaskar,
Mishra

Note 1: WHO ARE THESE TWO DADAS

In the above letter, Dada R refers to Ac Ragatiitananda Avt, and Dada H refers to Ac Hiteshananda Avt. These are the two avadhutas involved in all the aforementioned behaviours like homosexuality with each other, watching sex movies, and suspected acts of pedophilia.

Note 2: MORE ABOUT OUR WT CADRE

MUST NOT BE NAIVE

Some may be wondering or even astonished by how such Dadas became Wts in the first place – but really it is not all that surprising. Whenever anyone in the regular society has a desire to do something good for humanity, then they might join our AM wt cadre – but that does not mean they are wholly free of other defects. It does not mean that they will lead a charmed and perfect existence. It means that somewhere in their mind they have the desire to do something great.

Think of it this way. So many from the general society enter the ranks of the police, military, or fire department. And once they join then they are bound to follow all related codes of conduct. Some follow and gain success; and some fall and are subject to disciplinary measures etc. That is the way it works. Just because they joined the police force or the fire department is no guarantee that their conduct will then perfectly reflect the code of discipline of the police or fire department. It only means that somewhere in their mind they had a desire to do that type of work. The police agents must follow their code of discipline; if they start engaging in robberies and committing theft, they will be disciplined and taken to task according to departmental rules and regulations.

Same is the case then with those who enter the ranks of Wt life. Our workers come from the general society; they are not second gods who descended from heaven. They are normal people trying to become godly; they are trying to become sadvipras – just like every Ananda Margii. Just because Dadas are in uniform does not mean that indeed they are already second gods – far from it. Our workers come from the general society and are by definition burdened by all kinds of dogmas and weaknesses. If any of our workers fall from the code of conduct and indulges in sexual dealings, then they will be charge-sheeted and disciplinary action will be taken. No doubt, many high-calibre people become AM monks and nuns. At the same time we must understand that not all are like that: Both good and bad people become Wts. That is the way it goes.

Furthermore, we cannot check this flow. There will always be an in-flow of people into AM: Some good and some bad. Any organisation will die if there is not a constant in-flux of new members. Accordingly, the standard of new members will vary. No matter how much pre-screening we attempt to do – always there will be a range: Good and bad. By Baba’s grace those of lesser quality can become stellar by adhering to Sixteen Points. That is also the beauty of our Ananda Marga. At the same time other workers will be prone to fall.

We should adjust our perspective accordingly. We should not think that every WT is by definition a divine being and veritable god. It is not like that. They are normal human beings who may sometimes fail – it happens. And when they do, then disciplinary measures are in order.

The main issue is that nowadays due to an overall shortage of workers and due to groupist politics, those at the helm are not reprimanding those involved in wrongdoing. This has two negative outcomes. First, those bad apples continue on in their degraded ways and cause a lot of harm; secondly, their behaviour reflects poorly on those good, dedicated Wts. So it is a double loss.

In conclusion, our workers come from the general society and represent a wide-range of goodness and badness. Depending upon how sincere they are in adhering to sadhana practices and AM conduct rules, the more (or less) their good qualities will shine forth. So we should always be ready and always be vigilant. Those not up to the standard must be pointed out and rectified. Then our Marga can grow strong and our acarya cadre will continually improve.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Toma’re smariya’ supath dhariya’ kariya’ ya’bo a’mi toma’ri ka’j…” (P.S. 2181)

Purport:

Baba remembering You, I will move on the righteous path. By this way I will go on serving You – fulfilling Your desire. O’ the dearmost Jewel of my mind, by Your grace always I will move towards You – forgetting the past, removing the staticity, and avoiding all sorts of dogma.

By Your grace, with the stroke of my feet, I will crush my selfishness. And, by Your grace, I will look towards everyone’s needs and requirements. I will engage myself in everyone’s service. Everyone’s happiness is my happiness. This very idea I will contemplate in a new way from today onwards.

Baba, by Your grace, and thinking about Your love, Your greatness, & ideating on You – I will become one with You. All my narrowness will be destroyed and my whole existence will be transformed into vastness, by Your grace.

Baba, with Your divine touch, my whole existence will be vibrated in ecstasy. You will graciously qualify me according to Your liking & I will be transformed into that. By this way, I will serve You according to Your desire. That is your special blessing…

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To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Must Avoid This Financial Pitfall
Date: Sun 19 Aug 2012 16:38:25
From: Madhusudan Deva

Baba

“Nisha’r avsa’n halo, pu’rva’ka’she raun elo…” (P.S. 4614)

Purport:

In the eastern horizon the crimson colour is clearly visible. The night has passed away; the black darkness has vanished. Now the rising sun is calling and telling everyone, ‘Open the closed doors and windows of your house. Open the door, open the door, open the door of your heart’.

Indeed the night has vanished. The bondage of dogma and narrowness has disappeared from the mind. That which was unrecognizable and unknown in the past due to the cloak of darkness, has become familiar and know in the presence of effulgence. All the expressions are part of my family feeling.

I can see now that all are brothers and sisters; whereas in the past I was thinking that they are distant – part of some other group. But now it is clear that everyone is mine. The dogmas of the mind have faded away. The birds of distant places are spreading their wings and coming close. The people who were distant in the past have become close, my own. Now in the advent of this crimson dawn, the darkness has faded away and the door of each and every house is open; each and every heart is open. There remains no dogma, no darkness, no bondage any more. A new era has come.

Now the human heart has gotten saturated with the divine love. All are feeling close to one another as kith and kin. The cimmerian darkness has faded away; Baba, by Your grace, the age of neo-humanism has come today…

== MUST AVOID THIS FINANCIAL PITFALL ==

Namaskar,
Here is one special guideline to keep in mind.

Baba says, “For the celebration of a ceremony the arrangements of a social feast depends entirely on the desire and the financial position of the guardians concerned. Taking a loan or incurring a debt for this purpose is forbidden.” (Caryacarya – 1, p. 4)

This point is related with all kinds of social functions in our Ananda Marga. Because of their misundertanding, some are finding it difficult to follow this important rule. In that case people unnecessarily take loans, go into debt, and suffer terribly, even for the rest of their life.

And not just for social functions, some go into debt due to excessive, individual expenditure – and this goes wholly against our moral code.

Baba says, “It is often noticed that individuals incur debt because of their violating the principles of yama and niyama, especially due to their extravagance…To purchase, by incurring debt, serge where tweed will do, or gaberdine where serge will do, is surely against the principle of aparigraha.” (Guide to Human Conduct – How to Live in Society)

Going into debt due to indulgence then is strictly forbidden in our Marga.

Furthermore, in numerous discourses, Baba has given the specific mandate that living without any debt is the key to leading a happy life.

Unfortunately, this ailment, or social evil, of purchasing on credit or taking a loan is more or less present in each and every nook and corner of this globe – especially where capitalism is in vogue and materialism reigns supreme. Where people run after materials riches, there is debt.

For example some indulge in extravagantly dining with their friends in hotels or restaurants; some are sunk in purchasing automobiles or houses that are beyond their means; and countless other cases spend above and beyond what they can afford on a day-to-day basis- usually due to temptation. But this approach must be condemned: Taking loans and going into debt due to greed or indisciplined spending is not at all good.

So we should all bear this key guideline from Baba in mind.

Namaskar,
Madhusudan

NOTE: WHEN LOANS CAN BE TAKEN

In our Ananda Marga way of thinking, there are only a few occasions where one may take loans:

(1) In individual life after consulting with a revered acarya, unit secrtary or other responsible person(S) in the Marga. For instance, if one needs to buy a house then they must consult with their acarya or a responsible Ananda Margii. Only after rational review should that loan be taken.

(2) In business life, but only to expand production and not for any superficial reason or extravagance.

Baba says, “Economics teaches that loans taken for business investment should always be utilized for productive purposes, and should never be utilized in any unproductive venture.” (Proutist Economics)

Thus only under these stipulated conditions should one consider taking a loan – otherwise not.

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From: “Yuktatman Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Real Wealth: One Should Ponder, Assimilate, and Practice
Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2012 21:59:34

Baba

Introduction: This following Prabhat Samgiita is the heart-felt expression of an above-average devotee:

“Bha’lo ba’si a’mi priya, ja’ni tumi bha’lo ba’so na’…” (1822)

Purport:

Baba, even after knowing that You do not love me, still I love You. Why I love You, about that I cannot say – I do not know. Only this much I feel, that without loving You I cannot remain, I cannot survive. Without loving You, I feel unsatisfied.

The fragrant flower does not know why the black bee is strongly attracted to it. And the black bee does not know why the fragrance of the flower is calling that black bee. Similarly, in our relation, You do not understand my longing.

Baba, I have innumerable feelings of deep longing for You inside my heart – countless questions remain unanswered. Whatever little I do know about You, accordingly I go on thinking and ideating in that way. But I do not recognise You fully. So I am always searching to get You.

Baba, with clear-cut and straight language please make me understand why my heart knows no bounds and why I am always busy in searching for You. Baba, in this divine liila of Yours, please do not play games with my loving feeling towards You. Please grace me by satisfying my longing for You…

REAL WEALTH:

ONE SHOULD PONDER, ASSIMILATE, AND PRACTICE

Namaskar,
In this present era we should all consider this point on a daily basis as an important reminder for our devotional life.

Baba says, “Those who seek to attain the permanent cessation of afflictions in their lives, have no other way than to follow this path of sadhana. Imagine that a certain person had accumulated vast wealth due to his life long’s diligent labor. It may be that the person, in the days of his prosperity, was a central figure in the society. But at the end of his life he may suffered a wretched existence, bemoaning his losses in the arid desert of his heart. The reason is that the person had an insatiable thirst for material objects and never tried to identify his individual flow with the cosmic flow. On the other hand, a person living in a thatched hut may not forget Parama Purus’a even in the midst of abject poverty and never deviates from the goal of his life. Such a person’s life can never lose its charm. Every dust particle of this earth will seem to be as sweet as honey to him. Likewise, his existence will acquire the sweetness of honey.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy in Nutshell – 4, pg 290)

Namaskar,
Yuktatman

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From: Satyajiita Deva satya42@social…
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Two Types of Drunkards
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 20:29:35 +0000

Baba

“Prabhu toma’ri liila’ tumi bojha’o…” (P.S. 271)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Prabhu, Your liila is beyond my understanding, please make me understand. You are hiding in the deep core of my heart, yet You do not want to be held. This is the divine play of Your hide and seek.

Baba, when I see Your sweet charming smile, and listen to Your heart-rendering, attractive flute, then my mind floats in some divine world. Baba, please pull me more close, please grace me by pulling me closer.

O my Lord, my mind always thinks about You – again and again. In the absence of getting You, I suffer in the pain of Your longing. Even I want to forget about You, but that is impossible – I cannot forget. Instead I go on thinking about You and tears roll down from my eyes.

Baba, why have You tied me in the bond of Your love. What do You want, please tell me. Baba, I want to get You more close. Baba, please grace me by coming closer…

== TWO TYPES OF DRUNKARDS ==

Namaskar,
Here is one of Baba’s stories about drunkards.

Baba says, “Once a few drunkards were sauntering along the road towards Krishnanagar railway station from Gori at midnight. Some policemen appeared all of a sudden. The drunkards, after deliberating how to escape, stood in a line along the drain beside the road. The policemen came up and shook them, asking, ‘Why are you loitering here so late at night?’ They replied, ‘Why are you disturbing us, young men? We are innocent creatures. Are you blind? Can’t you see, we are lampposts! We never meddle in anyone’s affairs. Can’t you see the lights shining above our heads?’– The drunkards were holding torches over their heads.” (Sarkar’s English Grammar)

‘Getting drunk’ is of two types. One get physically drunk due to the over-consumption of liquor / alcohol. Then the mind ceases to function properly. That is what has happened in the above story.

A similar type of drunkenness happens in the psychic sphere. Abhiman is that type of psychic disease where one suffers from extreme vanity – where one is drunk on their own ego. This second type of drunkenness – i.e. psychic drunkenness – results in the same type of problem as in the above story: Where such drunkards lose their conscience or thinking capacity. That is why in our AM scripture, vanity (abhiman) is equated with sura’pa’n (drinking liquor).

Baba’s teaching is very meaningful for everyone. We see how those suffering from vanity behave just like one drunkard. This is all due to their extreme superiority complex. Such types of people have created innumerable problems in this world. We should be careful about this in our individual and collective life.

Altogether, such a state of mind is similar to drinking wine. That is why in this below shloka the term sura’pa’n (drinking liquor) has been used and Baba explains that vanity is like sura’pa’n.

“Abhima’nam’ sura’pa’nam’…”

Baba says, “Abhima’na has been compared with drinking: anyone who indulges in it loses his discriminating judgment, just as a drunkard does. A human is different from an animal only because he possesses viveka [faculty of discrimination] and buddhi [intellect]. And just as a drunkard gradually loses these priceless faculties, an abhima’nii also becomes bereft of them.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam -23)

Baba says, “Abhima’na is no better than drinking wine” (Subhasita Samgraha – 10)

Namaskar,
Satyajiita Deva

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Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:39:12
From: “Sulekha Margii”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Re: Goenka’s Oil Was Stolen #5

Baba

== RE: GOENKA’S OIL WAS STOLEN ==

~ Part 5 ~

(Note: This is the 5th letter in this series; links to the prior 4 letters are below. – Eds)

Namaskar,

“[Didi] Ananda Niitimaya is quite blunt about her plans. She has the mind-set of a veritable daredevil. She is like a thief who breaks into a house and then starts singing loudly while stealing everything inside. Such a thief has no fear and wants everyone to know that he has no shame or care. Similarly, Diidiiji absolutely revels in her role. She boldly delights in the idea of diverting hundreds of kilograms of donations to her laokika home. Otherwise, how could she carry on in this way: Flaunting her ways for all to see.” (From: Re: Goenka’s Oil Was Stolen #4; posted 7/27/12)

As others have recounted, the theft of Seema Goenka’s large donation of oil by Didi Ananda Niitimaya is not an isolated incident.

WHY DIDI ANANDA NIITIMAYA WEARS OLD, BROKEN CHAPELS

Please be aware of other schemes carried out by this didi. Here is one such tactic:

First, Didi Ananda Niitimaya sets aside her good chapels (sandals) and puts on old broken ones and goes to a margii’s house. Upon seeing the horrible condition of Didiji’s chapels, those margiis feel they must do something. In their heart they feel very badly that a respected avadhutika does not have proper shoes. The family is not aware of Didu’s corrupt manner. So they insist on taking Didi to the market for new chapels. And they purchase them for her – but all along Didi already had new chapels hidden in her storage place etc.

But her scheming does not end there.

Next Didi goes to another margii’s house – again wearing those old chapels!! This family also is heart-broken seeing Didi’s condition. So they give her money to purchase new chapels when she goes to the market. Didi accepts their financial contribution and readies to visit yet another margii family wearing those same old chapels.

In this way, Didi exploits the margiis sentiment and gathers a stock of both new chapels and money. What does she do with those new chapels and financial donations? Didi Ananda Niitimaya sends them to her laokik family. Or if she has collected a whole, big bag of chapels she will sell them on the street and send the money to her worldly relations.

Here the main idea is that the majority of what she collects, she diverts to her laokik family. Didi rarely uses those donations for Ananda Marga service projects. The bulk of those collected items are either sold for a profit or given to her birth family.

HOW DIDI DOES THIS WITH CLOTHING TOO

Even then, that is not all. Just like the tactic she uses with for the chapels, Didiji does a similar maneuver with her clothing and garments. She hides her good clothes and intentionally wears tattered and torn gowns when she visits margiis; margiis are moved by seeing the poor condition of her dress; and they give her money to order new clothes. Why do they give her money only and not new clothes? Because ready-made clothes for our Wts are not available in the store. The Wt uniform is not commonly made; those garments are not mass-produced and sold in stores. Rather they have to special order everything and have it made. By this way, in the name of buying new clothes, Didi Ananda Niitimaya collects funds – all of which she sends to her laokik family.

So this is the way Didi schemes – and sometimes she gets caught as well, but she has no such conscience to care.

SEE WHAT UNFOLDS AT DMS TIME

Sometimes those margiis see Didi at DMS wearing those same old chapels and dress. They inquire about this. They say, “Didiji, why are you still wearning those old chapels – what happened to those new chapels that we bought for you?” Didi Ananda Niitimaya responds by, “Unfortunately, I lost those new chapels while traveling on the train.” This is one type of common excuse that she gives – but of course it is a lie.

Because the margiis understand the truth of the matter when they see Didi’s laokik family moving around DMS with the new chapels which they themselves had purchased for Didi. Needless to say, they feel betrayed and cheated. Because they donated their hard-earned money to someone they thought was wholeheartedly dedicated to Baba’s work. With that devotional sentiment they gave Didi money and new shoes etc. So when they see Didiji’s laokik family using those donated items, it is quite disheartening.

One family remarked, “Didiji came to our house twice for chapels. We got her new chapels on both occasions. Later on we saw her [Didi Ananda Niitimaya’s] laokik family wearing those shoes. We really feel as though we were violated – it is a distinct breach of trust.”

Even then, with her thick skin, Didi Ananda Niitimaya continues on her course – never caring what others think or say.

WRAP-UP

So this is the way Didi Ananda Niitimaya carries out her schemes and this is the way she gets caught as well. But she never feels shamed or repentant. Rather she does not care at all when margiis find out; only she looks for other unsuspecting margiis to befool next time. That is her mentality and modus operendii.

Namaskar,
Sulekha

Note 1: LINKS TO EARLIER LETTERS ON THIS THREAD

#1: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/goenkas-oil-was-stolen.html

#2: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/re-goenkas-oil-was-stolen-2.html

#3: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/re-goenkas-oil-was-stolen-3.html

#4: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/07/re-goenkas-oil-was-stolen-4.html

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Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 22:12:36 -0000
From: “S Pandey”
Subject: Not True Society
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

“Dakhin’a’ va’ta’se malay suba’se mrdu, hese hese esechile…” (PS 358)

Purport:

Baba, You have graced me by coming in the deep core of my heart with a gentle smile – in the refreshing fragrance of a sweet, southern breeze. Baba, You are the most divine One; I cannot forget You and I do not want to forget You. By Your grace, by pouring sweet love, I shall keep Your divine memory ever alive in my mind – in my heart.

O’ Supreme Entity, O’ my Lord, O’ the Beloved of my mind, O’ the most adorable One of my mind, I will do puja to You in my inner sanctum of my mind and spread Your nectar of devotion across this vast, expansive universe. Baba, in Your sweet fragrance of Your divine liila, please be merciful and eternally reside in my mind – graciously intoxicate me in the spiritual realm with Your divine flow.

O’ Lord of divinity, please take me to Your great abode – the land of divinity – by holding my hand, by holding my mind. Baba, after forgetting all fear and shyness, and after remembering You and keeping You in my heart, I surrender at Your lotus feet, remembering You.

Baba, please do not forget me I am Yours…

== NOT TRUE SOCIETY ==

Namaskar,

Baba says, “If going ahead in mutual adjustment only out of narrow self-interest or temporary gain is called society, then in such a society, no provision can be made for the disabled, the diseased or the helpless, because in most cases nobody can benefit from them in any way. Hence it will not suffice to say that all people marching ahead is only a collective form of segregated psychic phenomena; for in that case there always remains the possibility of some people getting isolated from the collective.” (AFPS-6, ‘The Spirit of Society’)

Unfortunately what Baba is describing above is the exact picture of today’s so-called developed western nations where the entire social fabric is based on self-interest. In the absence of a true service mentality, everything is done on a give and take basis – business relation. So long as one has something valuable to give they will receive something from others – otherwise not. In that setting, in that selfish scenario, those who have strength invariably solidfy their stand by taking advantage of the common people – by committing crimes and exploiting them etc.

Simultaneously the weak and the helpless suffer a lot and get stepped on by the rest of the society until finally they are completely aliented, depressed, or placed in an insane asylum etc. In that awful circumstance, people lose all hope in life and fall prey to feelings of insanity and suicide etc.

Unfortunately this is the lowly standard of today’s western materialistic societies.

Tragically these elements are increasing day by day in our western so-called developeed nations and the people are suffering terribly. And not just in the west, wherever materialism is in vogue, then this horrible outcome is inevitable.

That is why in those places the term ‘society’ is just a namesake only. Even then all around the globe masses are madly rushing ahead to copy and emulate the west in all regards.

So we should be alert because this is not some great ideal to be copied. Rather it will create hell in communities around the globe. That is why Baba says that under such conditions – as described above – where selfishness and exploitation are the themes of the day, then that is not at all a true society.

Namaskar,
S Pandey

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To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Sanjaydeva snjd123@resnt-com…
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:21:46
Subject: Psychic Disease: False Health Problem

Baba

PS Intro: This below song demonstrates how Parama Purusa can only be attained with the loving feeling of the heart– through one’s inner, pointed, devotional longing. Because Parama Purusa only understands the feeling of the heart. That is why searching Him externally in various dogmatic tiirthas or putting on a false display of sadhana are utterly useless; such empty attempts will just end in vain. One cannot get Parama Purusa in those defective ways because He can only be held with the love of one’s heart.

“Tumi bolo kii va’ ca’o…” (PS 688)

Purport:

Baba, this entire expressed universe is nothing but Your divine manifestation. Please reveal how one can satisfy You and how one get You. Baba, why do You go on making this grand liila of Yours while You Yourself only watch from afar – keeping totally quiet. You never disclose what You want; You never divulge how one can please You and get You. Baba, please tell me what You want. Baba, tell me why You are making this liila.

Baba, all these years I was so misguided in my approach. Baba, instead of doing sadhana I tried to get You by searching You externally in the dogmatic tiirthas of Jamalpur and Tiljala etc. I thought I could hold You by journeying to those so-called holy lands. Baba, in place of doing meditation, I tried to reach You by studying all the shastras such as by reading the various editions of Subhasita Samgraha and Ananda Sutram etc. I thought that by virtue of just reading those scriptures I could get You. Baba, on innumerable occasions I foolishly thought I could get You through those avenues – without doing sadhana. Baba, all my efforts went in vain and I utterly failed to get You. Baba, You remained far. And not only that but other many times I put on a fake display of doing sadhana in order to show off my so-called greatness and to satisfy my ego of being a great sadhaka. And other times I also pretended to do pranayama, dhyana, and all the sadhanas – without ever cultivating any inner devotional feeling for You. Baba, all those false attempts also ended in vain. Baba, You did not look towards me.

Baba, by Your causeless grace, today I understand that only when one offers the effulgence of their heart – after leaving behind all hypocrisy – can they hold You. Baba, and only when one surrenders oneself fully at Your lotus feet, and, only when one decorates their mind with the flowers of love and devotion can they get You. Baba, only when a sadhaka feels deep love for You in their heart – the aroma of sweet sandalwood – can one attain You. Baba, only when one a devotee develops strong yearning and pointed devotion, and only when one offers oneself with no other desire than to get You, only then do You graciously take them on Your divine lap and make their life meaningful.

Baba, Your grand liila is unfathomable. Please make my mind pure and keep me in Your loving arms forever. O’ Love Personified Entity…

== PSYCHIC DISEASE: FALSE HEALTH PROBLEM ==

Namaskar,
Here is something we should all be aware about.

Even if they do not have any physical problem, psychically diseased people mentally suffer and cry and complain about different imagined physical ailments. Such types of psychic diseases are called mania. Following is one example:

Baba says, “There was another person I knew who was quite healthy and carried out his daily activities with ease, and yet he was under the impression, for no particular reason, that there was some trouble in his stomach. Actually there was no disease; he was in good health. Yet occasionally he used to come to me and complain that there was some disorder in his stomach. This was his [psychic disease] of mania.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy – 5, p. 347)

Herein lies the solution:

Baba says, “One of the numerous benefits of sa’dhana’ is that it keeps the mind free from psychic disease.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy – 5, p. 348)

Namaskar,
Sanjay

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