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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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