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Date: 30 Sep 2012 20:41:32 -0000
From: “Sudhakar Deva Rao”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Story: Baba’s Divine Reception

Baba

== STORY: BABA’S DIVINE RECEPTION ==

Namaskar,
Here is a story about the inherent beauty of Prabhat Samgiita and how Baba created the scene whereby Prabhat Samgiita was used for His divine reception.

Specifically, in my memory, I recall when Baba was living in Lake Gardens and Prabhat Samgiita was regularly sung to celebrate His arrival. Indeed, in those days, many times I went to see Baba in Lake Gardens. I remember that a few minutes before Baba was to come from His room, without delay the the singing of Prabhat Samgiita would start. We would all be outside, standing around His car, singing – waiting for Him. When finally Baba would exit the house to go on fieldwalk, all the Dadas and margiis were encircling that area to see Baba, singing Prabhat Samgiita. This was the usual routine.

Then Baba would graciously accept the mala and perform greetings with various margiis. Sometimes also He used to talk for a few minutes and give some guidelines. Of course all these customs He would do in a very charming manner. This was the normal scene when He was in the process to go out for His fieldwalk. Finally He would get into the car and take His seat, and the car would leave.

And after 15, 20, or sometimes 30 minutes later, Baba would to return back – after His fieldwalk was completed.

Then at that time, all the margiis and WTs who were busy in their work, sitting in the hall, or doing other duties, would immediately stop what they were doing as soon as they would hear the sound of Baba’s car returning. They would rush up along the driveway – waiting for the car to pull in to greet Baba. And the greeting used to be done with the singing of Prabhat Samgiita. Of course, sometimes, we all were ready five minutes ahead of time.

Those unforgettable memories still I keep alive in my heart. Sometimes those same visions and feelings come in my dhyana also. How Baba is coming, and greeting one and all, and blessing everyone with His folded hands. Then He was graciously accepting the mala, in a charming mood and with a smiling face. All the while everybody was singing Prabhat Samgiita for His divine reception. Baba was present with His folded hands and smiling face. Sometimes He used to talk or say something.

It was His causeless grace that He would create such a blissful atmosphere and allow me to be present and participate in His divine play.

Sometimes also I saw that in the evening after Baba used to return from His fieldwalk, then He would sit for a few minutes on the chair in the driveway, next to His car garage. And there all the devotees sang Prabhat Samgiita. The Lake Gardens Baba’s Quarter Madhuma’lainca was very crowded those days. Maximum people were attending. But the space next to the garage was perhaps a 100 square feet or so– no more than that, as I remember. Plus all around there were flower pots and so many plants. So in true sense, there was hardly any space. Even then Baba used to sit there and listen to Prabhat Samgiita. What a blissful scene.

EVERYONE WAS INSPIRED TO LEARN AND SING PRABHAT SAMGIITA

In this way, His liila was going on: Every day more and more new songs were being given by Baba. Baba would listen to those songs being sung by various margiis – as margiis were being called upon to sing those new songs. This gave the distinct feeling that Baba wants that the maximum number of sadhakas should learn Prabhat Samgiita and sing. Because He made Prabhat Samgiita for everyone. He did not like that just a few trained musicians should sing in a professional way and that everybody should just keep quiet. Baba did not like this type of approach.

That’s why every day, when in Baba’s presence, more and more margiis, from different corners & far distant places, were inspired to learn new songs. Then they would sing in front of Him. Or we can say, they were leading the song and others were following. This type of training was going on. The trend started in 1982 and it continued on up to ’90 itself.

THE SCENE BEFORE 1982:

RAISING THE JAI SLOGAN

Before 1982, when Baba would come from His room, the system was to raise the slogan: “Parama Pita Baba Ki Jai, Parama Pita Baba Ki– Jai, Parama Pita Baba Ki– Jai, Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji Ki– Jai, Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji– Ki Jai, Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji Ki– Jai, Ananda Marga Amar Hai, Ananda Marga Amar Hai, Ananda Marga Amar Hai, Parama Pita Baba Ki– Jai! etc”. This type of chanting and raising slogan was done those days.

Hearing the the slogans, margiis would rush from a distance to have a glance at Baba. It was like one signal for many of us. When the slogan would start, it meant Baba has come out or He is going in. That time margiis used to run and to have a glance of Baba. That was so beautiful and blissful.

Hence, since the very beginning, since the birth of AM, the system was in place to receive Baba by raising those slogans. And then the style changed in 1982 when Prabhat Samgiita came into being. (See Note 1.)

RECEIVING HIM WITH PRABHAT SAMGIITA IS SWEETER

And indeed the arrival of Prabhat Samgiita was something very charming. The singing of Prabhat Samgiita was done regularly for the reception of Baba. So Baba used to be received with the singing of Prabhat Samgiita. This was the very devotional way of reception for Guru.

Of course both the systems were charming and had their own unique appeal. But overall, receiving Him with the singing Prabhat Samgiita was more heart touching, soft, and sweetly vibrating. Whereas the previous system of raising the slogan of “Parama Pita Baba Ki Jai!” had a certain strength and boldness. Naturally because of Baba’s charming presence, that was also sweet.

But receiving Baba with the collective singing of Prabhat Samgiita was more sweet and beautiful. At least that was my experience. What a devotional reception!

RECEIVING BABA IN MADHUMALAINCA

As I recounted above, Baba used to come sometimes in the evening after fieldwalk, and sit next to His garage in Madhumalainca. There, devotees used to sing a few Prabhat Samgiita. Due to the lack of space, most of the time the place was so crowded that margiis were finding it difficult to find a place to sit, often sitting on one anothers’ lap. The air was charged with His magnificent Presence. Sometimes Baba used to listen to one song, and sometimes two or three songs. But always He used to sit quietly in very a gracious, charming mood and listen to Prabhat Samgiita.

“DO YOU ALL APPROVE THIS SONG”

I still feel the scene was as if heaven descended upon this earth. So blissful and charming, His presence was. Sometimes He would open His eyes and look around and then close His eyes and listen quietly.

When one song finished, if the song was new, then playing His divine liila Baba used to ask one and all: “Do you margiis all approve this song? Should I include it in Prabhat Samgiita?”.

Then Margiis used to respond, “Yes Baba, it must be included! It is very good!”.

Then, in smiling way, Baba used to say, “You are my guardians. If you don’t accept, then I will tear it apart and throw it away.”

Listening this, everyone used to smile. And Baba used to say, “Ok when you have approved this song, then it will be included in Prabhat Samgiita.”

He used to do this type of liila, divine play, regularly. I think He did this with each and every song. So gracious was His expression.

EVERYONE MUST SING

One day when a Prabhat Samgiita finished being sung, then Baba asked, “Who was not singing?”.

Hearing this, everybody became alert. When the next song started, everybody was very careful and VSS were watching. That very day I felt that Baba pointedly telling us that everybody should sing Prabhat Samgiita and nobody should think that Prabhat Samgiita is for Bengalis only or for a few professional musicians etc.

By this way, by encouraging and attracting us all to step forward and sing, Baba used to come and bless us. And we used to sing Prabhat Samgiita. Those memories are unforgettable. This whole entire scene of His coming out and His reception with Prabhat Samgiita was so blissful. In my heart also I feel that Prabhat Samgiita is a special devotional gift of Baba – which has no comparison.

SUMMARY

So this was the glorious scene those days as I remember – and how Prabhat Samgiita was the way by which we would receive Baba.

The conclusive idea then is that the reception of Baba is the greatest event. In the life of the devotee, the most cherished occasion, and most fortunate moment, is when they receive Parama Purusa. So when Baba Himself has transformed the process and specially designated Prabhat Samgiita as the chosen medium whereby devotees will receive Him, then that means Prabhat Samgiita itself has a special value. It has a sanctified role and unique stance.

So it is our duty to recognize this truth and uphold the sacred standard of Prabhat Samgiita – and not allow others to taint this holy & divine treasure.

Namaskar,
Sudhakar

Note 1: MORE ABOUT RECEIVING HIM ONCE PRABHAT SAMGIITA WAS GIVEN

AND WHAT WAS DONE AT THOSE LARGE DMC’s

So at all the gatherings whether big or small prior to 1982 then Baba was received with the strong force of the slogan, “Parama Pita Baba Ki– Jai!”.

After September of 1982 when Prabhat Samgiita was introduced, Baba was always received by the more devotional singing of Prabhat Samgiita.

Of course at the large annual DMC programs when thousands and thousands were attending, then surely all were raising the ‘Parama Pita Baba Ki- Jai!’ slogan in one thunderous voice when Baba arrived in the pandal. So at the global DMC’s that was the scene, even up to 1990.

But it should be remembered that at all such grand occasions, when leaving His room at the BQ (Baba Quarters) then those present were receiving Him with Prabhat Samgiita and then when He would arrive at the pandal for DMC, all the bhaktas would raise the Jai slogan. So both were being done. This was the case during His 1984 tour across India when He performed 16 DMC’s, as well as in 1987 for the Bhagalpur DMC. Plus this was the normal way when He was in Ranchi, or Ananda Shiila, or Diigha etc. At all these places where DMC was held after 1982, Baba was greeted and received with Prabhat Samgiita when He emerged from the BQ, and then the resounding Jai slogan was raised when He reached the pandal. That is how it was for DMC.

On all other countless occasions, whether coming or going from His house, or for general darshan, or field walk etc, in all those blissful moments of His divine arrival, then Baba was always received with the tender sweetness of Prabhat Samgiita. This was the standard approach after 1982.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi a’ma’r a’tma’ maner a’dha’r priyo sarva’dha’r…” P.S. 4588

Purport:

Baba, You are my soul; You are the base of my mind. O’ my Dearmost, You are the foundation of everything. Everything is depending upon You; everything is revolving around You. In life, in death, in both, You are existing all the time. In my life You are everything, and after my death also You are everything.

Baba, You are the sun of the day, and the moon of the night. Baba You are the stars, nebulae, & galaxies – You are everything. Days and nights come and go by Your order. Baba, You are the controller of everything.

The first time I experienced Your divine effulgence in my life, I lost myself completely. Baba, with Your divine effulgence, please remove all my samskaras, all my negativity, and make my life successful. Baba You are my Soul of souls, Heart of hearts – You are my everything. I surrender myself completely unto You…

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Date: 29 Sep 2012 21:32:18 -0000
From: “Chandra Shekhar”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Re: About That Famous Bogus Quote #6

Baba

== RE: ABOUT THAT FAMOUS BOGUS QUOTE ==

~ Part 6 ~

(Note: This is the 6th letter of this series. Link to the prior 5 letters are noted below. – Eds)

Namaskar.
First off, I wish to recognise brother Pandji’s excellent contribution to this discussion. A significant part of his letter has been reprinted below in note 1.

Here then is my reply to this bogus quote:

“I am not this physical body, this physical body is not me. If you want to know me, work for my mission, because I have merged myself with my mission.”

I applaud what others have already brought to the table regarding the afore-cited quote.

This quote is nothing but the brainchild of Ac Sarvatmanandji – after he manipulated what was printed in the unofficial book, Supreme Expression I. In either case, Baba never spoke such words, rather Sarvatmananda Dada hijacked this statement to accumulate as much power as possible and bring everyone under his control.

Another thing: Some say that in the above quote mission refers to organisation and some say it refers to ideology. Regardless, the quote is fake in either case.

SUPPOSE IT MEANS ORGANISATION

Parama Purusa is infinite and the mission as an organisation has a worldly structure and shape and boundary. So how could it be that an infinite Entity has merged into a small finite structure. Furthermore, now that organisation has been divided into three or parts, those who invented this quote do not like to use it anymore as it goes against their interest. Such is the hypocrisy.

Suffice to say that if mission is used to refer to an organisation – which was Sarvatmanandji’s intention – all along then the above is the reply.

SUPPOSE IT MEANS MISSION

And if mission is used for ideology then the below is the reply.

Ideology is not bigger than Ista – Ista is bigger. Ista does not merge into the ideology. You will not see this supported in any discourse.

IN EITHER CASE IT IS WRONG

So whether mission refers to organisation or ideology, it is wrong, misleading, and illogical.

The main thing is that this is a totally fake quote.

Namaskar,
Chandrashekhar

Note 1: CITATION FROM PANDAJI’S LETTER:

AC SARVATMANANDJI’S ROLE IN FABRICATING THIS BOGUS QUOTE

Dada Sarvatmanandji himself introduced / re-introduced this quote in October 1990 because at that time he was the organisation. He ruled over everything and he thought that by this quote everyone will be convinced fully to blindly follow and execute his order. This fake quote suited his needs well. Other Dadas who helped him in this regard included: Bhaveshanandji, Tadbhavanandji, Vratishvaranandji, Vijayanandji, Mantreshvaranandji, among others.

Some naive people may justify that the terms “mission” and “organisation” are two different things; but, practically speaking, they are not. In Bengal, mission means organisation such as the Ramakrishna Mission. And not just Bengal, the world over people talk about the Christian Missions. In these cases, they are talking about the Ramakrishna organisaton comprised of people and projects and the Christian mission comprised of people and projects. In common parlance mission means organisation.

And indeed if you read the propagandised quote it carries the same meaning – that mission is an organisation where people gather and work:

“If you want to know me, work for my mission, because I have merged myself with my mission.”

So it was in that spirit, whereby mission means organisation, that Sarvatmanandji created this fake quote. His intent was: Baba has merged in the mission (i.e. organisation) and the way to please Him is to work for the organisation and follow your higher authority. This was Sarvatmanandji’s plan for keeping all power concentrated in his hands. Remember, back in late October 1990, the whole of AMPS was very different – it was a monolithic structure under the dictatorship of one person. It was not fractured; there was one person the top seat. And indeed the plan worked; nobody opposed Dada Sarvatmananda.

Here is the proof: Just a few days later Central Committee unanimously declared the Mahaprayan Divas observance as an annual pilgrimmage to Tiljala – thereby making Kolkata the focal point. The mandate was for all to come to Tiljala to observe so-called Mahaprayan; it was not allowed to observe this anywhere else – only Tiljala (Kolkata.)

Hence, just as those Hindu priests fabricated one tale that Mahaprabhu merged into the Jagannath idol in order to appease and control all his disciples, similarly Sarvatmanandji concocted that false merge in mission quote and attributed it to Baba to eyewash legions of margiis and wts. Sarvatmanandji’s plan was that they should follow his every word because he (Dada Sarvatmananda) was the organisational head and Baba had merged Himself into the mission / organisation.

And we can see that Sarvatmanandji got success.

In the next few short years, he carried out so many dastardly deeds by his mere order: Mahaprayan dogma, Fake Ananda Vaniis, Expulsion as a weapon and so much more. Sarvatmanandji did so many things because he had harnessed the obedience of workers and margiis by concocting this single quote: “If you want to know me, work for my mission, because I have merged myself with my mission.” For this reason, so many listened to his every word and followed his command.

What then is the difference between Dada Sarvatmananda’s approach and that of those dogmatic priests of the Puri temple. Both fabricated outrageous tales in order to bring scores of followers under their control.

I think now the point is clear.

Namaskar,
N. Panda

Note 2: LINKS TO ALL PRIOR LETTERS ON THIS THREAD

#1: http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/about-that-famous-bogus-quote.html

#2: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-about-that-famous-bogus-quote-2.html

#3: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-about-that-famous-bogus-quote-3.html

#4: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-about-that-famous-bogus-quote-4.html

#5: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-about-that-famous-bogus-quote-5.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Ye pathe rath ca’liye chilo, se path a’ma’y dekhiye da’o…” (PS 4444)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Gracious One, please show me that very path which You Yourself have prepared and moved on. Baba, I want to follow that very path
which You have made for us. The path which You have graciously decorated for our forward movement, and filled with sweet fragrance and flowers. That very path I want to know. Baba, please grace me and show me that very path. I request that You to please bestow upon me Ista nista [1] – reverence towards Ista. Baba, please grace me with ragatmika [2] devotion and bring me close to You. Shower my whole existence with the intensity and deep love of ragatmika bhakti. By that way I can serve You with an intense proximity. Baba please grace me and show me Your path…

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #4444:

[1] Ista Nista: This is one very blessed and devotional state.

Baba says, “When people are established in devotion, they attain a state called ‘is’t’a nis’t’a’ – devotion for one’s goal. In that stage there is but one dominant thought : ‘Whatever I do, be it social, political or socio-economic service, the motivating thought in my mind will be to please Parama Purus’a’.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 8)

[2] Ragatmika: Here Baba describes that deeply devotional approach of ragatmika bhakti.

Baba says, “Here the devotee says, ‘I serve Him, I worship Him, because I want Him to get bliss from my devotion or service or worship. I don’t want
anything for myself. I want Him to enjoy the bliss.’ This type of devotion is called ra’ga’tmika’ bhakti.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 14)

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Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 20:21:10
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: GMO’s & Concern of Ananda Margiis
From:

Baba

== GMO’S & CONCERN OF ANANDA MARGIIS ==

Namaskar,
One of the most dangerous and disturbing elements in today’s food chain is the presence of GMO’s, or genetically modified organisms.

“Not only can genes be transferred from one plant to another, but genes from non-plant organisms also can be used. The best known example of this is the use of Bt genes in corn and other crops. Bt, or Bacillus thuringiensis, is a naturally occurring bacterium that produces crystal proteins that are lethal to insect larvae. Bt crystal protein genes have been transferred into corn, enabling the corn to produce its own pesticides against insects such as the European corn borer.” (Dept of Plant and Soil Sciences, OSU)

Why are companies so interested in using genes in this way? Because by this process, they can make those crops resistant to herbicides and pesticides – and hence easily increase profits.

HOW THIS AFFECTS ANANDA MARGIIS

What does the presence of GMO’s in food mean for Ananda Margiis? It means that certain foods we consider to be “sentient” may in fact be tamasik.

Here are more concerns in bulleted format:

* This GMO approach is still quite new and has not been well-researched nor critically tested. There remains many unknowns along with the possibility of public health issues.

* Vegetarian foods made from transferring the genes of one plant to a separate plant’s gene pool should be avoided because those products may be a health hazard (carcinogenic etc) for the short and long term, and they may be tamasik.

* Foods and GMO crops made from a plant gene pool that contains threads from an animal gene pool(s) are outrightly tamasik, plus they may have other health hazards.

* For meat-eating communities all this may not be concern; for Ananda Margiis, this is a huge issue: If vegetable or grain crops have been formed from animal genes. So every margii should know about this.

THIS IS AN ALL-PERVASIVE ISSUE

Irrespective of which part of the globe you live, you must be critically aware about this hot issue. If the food you buy does not specifically say “Non-GMO”, or if you are not 100% sure about the origin of your grain and vegetable seeds, then it is possible that your food has been genetically affected. This is especially true with name-brand, “natural”, company food products. One of the below articles offers critical information about this.

BABA’S GUIDELINE:

SCIENCE AND CIVILISATION

Here is a clear-cut warning from Baba.

Baba says, “Where scientific progress supersedes civilization, there civilization meets its Waterloo.” (A Few Problems Solved Part 6, Civilization, Science and Spiritual Progress)

Today, with the use of GMO’s, we see the terrible misuse of science in our fruit, vegetable and grain food supply. Genetically modified crops are spreading around the globe in order to heighten corporate profits. Big food companies are eager to keep this fact hidden. They want to use science at the cost of human health and our overall well-being. We should all be aware and help force companies and the agro-business industry to openly state if they use GMO’s or not.

Now please see the below three articles about GMO’s.

Namaskar,
Shiva Kumar

Note 1: WHAT IS GMO?

AGRICULTURAL CROPS THAT HAVE A RISK OF BEING GMO
(From the Non-GMO Project website; link below)

For consumers, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on food ingredients that are at-risk of being genetically modified, as the list of at-risk agricultural ingredients is frequently changing. As part of the Non-GMO Project’s commitment to informed consumer choice, we work diligently to maintain an accurate list of risk ingredients.

Agricultural products are segmented into two groups: (1) those that are high-risk of being GMO because they are currently in commercial production, and (2) those that have a monitored risk because suspected or known incidents of contamination have occurred and/or the crops have genetically modified relatives in commercial production with which cross-pollination (and consequently contamination) is possible. For more information on the Non-GMO Project’s testing and verification of risk ingredients and processed foods, please see the Non-GMO Project Standard.

High-Risk Crops (in commercial production; ingredients derived from these must be tested every time prior to use in Non-GMO Project Verified products (as of December 2011):

Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

ALSO high-risk: animal products (milk, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) because of contamination in feed.

Monitored Crops (those for which suspected or known incidents of contamination have occurred, and those crops which have genetically modified relatives in commercial production with which cross-pollination is possible; we test regularly to assess risk, and move to “High-Risk” category for ongoing testing if we see contamination):

Beta vulgaris (e.g., chard, table beets)
Brassica napa (e.g., rutabaga, Siberian kale)
Brassica rapa (e.g., bok choy, mizuna, Chinese cabbage, turnip, rapini, tatsoi)
Curcubita (acorn squash, delicata squash, patty pan)
Flax
Rice

Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Risk Crops
Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.

You may also be wondering about…

Tomatoes: In 1994, genetically modified Flavr Savr tomatoes became the first commercially produced GMOs. They were brought out of production just a few years later, in 1997, due to problems with flavor and ability to hold up in shipping. There are no genetically engineered tomatoes in commercial production, and tomatoes are considered “low-risk” by the Non-GMO Project Standard.
Potatoes: Genetically modified NewLeaf potatoes were introduced by Monsanto in 1996. Due to consumer rejection several fast-food chains and chip makers, the product was never successful and was discontinued in the spring of 2001. There are no genetically engineered potatoes in commercial production, and potatoes are considered “low-risk” by the Non-GMO Project Standard.
Wheat: There is not currently, nor has there ever been, any genetically engineered wheat on the market. Of all “low-risk” crops, this is the one most commonly (and incorrectly) assumed to be GMO. It is a key commodity crop, and the biotech industry is pushing hard to bring GMO varieties to market. The Non-GMO Project closely watches all development on this front.
Salmon: A company called AquaBounty is currently petitioning the FDA to approve its genetically engineered variety of salmon, which has met with fierce consumer resistance. Find out more here.
Pigs: A genetically engineered variety of pig, called Enviropig was developed by scientists at the University of Guelph, with research starting in 1995 and government approval sought beginning in 2009. In 2012 the University announced an end to the Enviropig program, and the pigs themselves were euthanized in June 2012.

http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/what-is-gmo/

Note 2: PUTTING ANIMAL GENES IN PLANT FOODS

The enhancement of desired traits has traditionally been undertaken through breeding, but conventional plant breeding methods can be very time consuming and are often not very accurate. Genetic engineering, on the other hand, can create plants with the exact desired trait very rapidly and with great accuracy. For example, plant geneticists can isolate a gene responsible for drought tolerance and insert that gene into a different plant. The new genetically-modified plant will gain drought tolerance as well. Not only can genes be transferred from one plant to another, but genes from non-plant organisms also can be used. The best known example of this is the use of Bt genes in corn and other crops. Bt, or Bacillus thuringiensis, is a naturally occurring bacterium that produces crystal proteins that are lethal to insect larvae. Bt crystal protein genes have been transferred into corn, enabling the corn to produce its own pesticides against insects such as the European corn borer.

http://www.canola.okstate.edu/gmofacts

Note 3: HEALTH FOOD COMPANIES AND PROP #37

Boycott These Natural and Organic Food Companies

Published on August 24, 2012 by Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND

Right now, a debate is happening in California concerning Prop. 37, an initiative to be on the ballot in November 2012. Prop. 37 is an effort to mandate that foods containing genetically engineered ingredients are labeled as such. This is already required in Europe and, quite frankly, should be a no-brainer. The citizens of California, and, really, the entire country, should have the right to know exactly what they’re purchasing and subsequently putting into their bodies. You, personally, should have that right. Knowing what your food contains should not be a mystery.

There Should Be No Debate

Preliminary polls suggest that California voters agree, an overwhelming 70%+ are in favor of GE labeling. Who isn’t in favor? You guessed it, certain, unsavory, food industry corporations.

It probably goes without saying that if a company is producing “food” that essentially was derived from a lab experiment and is void of nutrition, they probably would prefer the sedated masses just continue to unknowingly and quietly consume their toxic wares. It’s not morally right, but is justified by the effect a warning label may have to the bottom line. Unfortunately, many large corporations will never be accused of doing what’s best for their customers.

Mainstream food industry corporations are fighting this initiative tooth and nail, well over $20 million has already been contributed by the food industry to defeat Prop. 37. That proverbial barrel of slime known as Monsanto is the largest contributor, over $4 million. It’s disappointing but it’s honestly not very surprising. What you might be surprised to learn though is that several brands whose images are “trusted,” “natural,” and “organic” are also trying to squash Prop. 37.

Disappointing Impostors

Who hasn’t seen the feel-good commercials from Kashi or seen their literally, and metaphorically, crunchy cereal product in the supermarket? They claim it’s great quality and their marketing and advertising looks very responsible, surely it must be, right? Wrong. Kashi cereals contain GMOs and the company is owned by Kellogg, who contributed $612,000 to defeat Prop. 37. Kellogg also owns the brands Gardenburger, Bear Naked and Morning Star.

Have you ever eaten a Larabar or bought from Cascadian Farms Organic? Unfortunately, what leaves a putrid taste in my mouth is the fact that their parent company, General Mills, contributed $520,000 to defeat Prop 37.

They aren’t the only ones to blame. Smuckers, which owns Santa Cruz Organic and R.W. Knudsen, kicked in $387,000.

Dean Foods, owners of Silk Soymilk and Horizon Organics, coughed up $253,000 to squash Prop. 37.

Pepsico which owns IZZE and Naked brands donated $1,716,300 to stop Prop. 37.

Coca Cola, who owns Odwalla and Honest Tea brands donated $1,164,400 to kill Prop. 37.

It is difficult for smaller, honest collectives, and certainly for the honest individual, to compete with a war chest like that. Just as the politician who spends the most during an election will often get elected, corporations that pump a pile of money into defeating measures like Prop. 37 are also able to purchase the outcome they prefer. Right now, GE labeling proponents have only raised about $3 million. Admittedly, this is quite small in comparison. Well, guess what, the fight isn’t over.

YOU Can Take Action

It’s time to fight back and tell these corporate clowns that we’ve had enough, that YOU have had enough, and we’re not going to sit back while nutritional labels are manipulated and corporate conglomerates view American citizens as walking cash registers. You need to speak up and join the fight, nobody is going to do it for you. Let these companies know you don’t appreciate what they’re doing. Let them know you’re officially boycotting their wares until they stop the dishonest behavior. We teach five year olds it’s wrong to lie; that foundation should not evaporate simply because someone grows up to become a corporate fat cat who explains away their bad behavior with flow charts and investment reports.

“Hiding the truth about our food is pervasive, unethical, and only done for money,” says Michael Potter, CEO of Eden Foods, an organic food manufacturer that financially contributed to support Proposition 37. I could not agree more. If you’re with us, get on board. Please make your voice heard and tell the corporate players opposing your right to know what’s in your food that if they want your business, they can’t sell-out organic values.

You can sign the petition here:
http://www.cornucopia.org/prop37-petition/

You can donate money to the cause here:
http://organicconsumersfund.org/donate/

Thank independent organic business that have put their money where their mouth is. Ask large organic brands and companies that are missing in action to pony up. Talk is cheap.

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/help-us-boycott-natural-and-organic-food-companies/

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi a’ndha’re esecho, alora enecho va’n…” P.S. 2669

Purport:

Baba, You have taken advent in the darkness. Because of Your arrival, the darkness has vanished and now a flood of effulgence has illumined this entire world. Nobody knew, understood, or imagined that this was going to happen – that You are going to take advent and make everything positive.

In their dark state of body, mind, and heart, human beings were sleeping in that cimmerian darkness. You have graciously showered the divine effulgence on everyone’s face, and awakened them from their deep sleep – their slumber of attachment. By Your grace, from the state of negativity, they became positive.

Baba, You have come with Your sweet, attractive, and charming appearance. You have vibrated everyone’s mind and heart with Your divine grace. Baba, You Yourself have come, shown the path, and given the permanent solution of all the problems – physical, psychic, and spiritual.

Baba, You have graced all with Your divine advent…

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Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 20:34:46
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: kalyan_deva@areana….
Subject: “Prabhat Samgiita has been written with the ink of the heart.” – Baba

Baba

== “PRABHAT SAMGIITA HAS BEEN WRITTEN WITH THE INK OF THE HEART” – BABA ==

~ Part 5 ~

(Note: This is the fifth letter of this series, but all five letters have different titles. The names and links to the prior four postings are appended below. – Eds)

Namaskar,
Those were wonderfully, devotional occasions when Baba was graciously explaining and elaborating upon the purports of Prabhat Samgiita. Many understood that this was a most unique and unusual time as Baba was openly speaking about the sweet relation between bhaktas and Parama Purusa.

Before then, everything was in discourse form. So it was more technical and philosophical in nature and did not address how and what devotees should say to Parama Purusa.

With Prabhat Samgiita, Baba lovingly guides us how we should express our inner-heart feelings towards Him. That is the special quality of Prabhat Samgiita, and that is what makes those compositions uniquely different from His divine discourses.

Below Baba Himself contrasts this difference by highlighting the beauty of Prabhat Samgiita.

Here then is the very sweet and devotional scene that took place at morning general darshan on 02 January 1983. At the time, Baba had just completed reviewing the purports of Prabhat Samgiita #42 – #45.

In one of those purports, the following meaning was expressed: “O’ my Dearmost Parama Purusa, You are with me in my pain, pleasure, and misery; You never leave me. By Your exquisite grace, I have gotten You close with love and affection. In my sweet dreams, You are always with me.”

Then Baba asked, “Do you like this description of Prabhat Samgiita?”

The margiis replied, “Yes, Baba.”

Baba said, “Intellectuals write philosophical books in very difficult and literary language. Is Prabhat Samgiita not sweeter than those philosophical books?”

“Yes, Baba, this is far sweeter”, was the reply from the margiis present.

Baba said, “Those who are intellectuals write those philosophical books, but Prabhat Samgiita is the feeling of the heart, and the expression of the heart, and it has been written with the ink of the heart.”

After this, Baba was smiling and looking at everyone.

Then those bhaktas present started laughing.

Then Baba spoke, “Why are My boys and girls laughing? Are they laughing because they like this idea?”

All the margiis responded, “Yes, Baba.”

Then Baba Himself started laughing.

Baba continued, “Let this whole year pass in laughter and enjoyment.”

Note: That day Baba was explaining Prabhat Samgiita purports in all three languages: Hindi, Bengali, and English. However, the above exchange between Baba and those sadhakas occurred exclusively in Hindi.

Namaskar,
Kalyan

Note 1: LINKS TO EARLIER LETTERS

#1: Why Prabhat Samgiita Started in 1982, posted 9/13/12

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/why-prabhat-samgiita-started-in-1982.html

#2: Difference Between Kiirtan and Prabhat Samgiita, posted 9/16/12

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/difference-between-kiirtan-and-prabhat.html

#3: To Enhance Devotion: Personal Communication with Him, posted 9/22/12

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/to-enhance-devotion-personal.html

#4: To Enhance Devotion: Complex-Free Relation #4

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/to-enhance-devotion-complex-free.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Toma’r ka’che ca’i na’ kono ma’n…” (P.S. 825)

Purport:

Baba, I am not asking for any name, fame, or prestige from You. Those types of desires I do not have. I do not want to plunge myself into the vanity of all those worldly things. By Your grace, I want to keep my mind exclusively focused upon Your lotus feet. This devotional longing I have. It is exclusively Your grace.

Baba, since the crimson rays of the early dawn, You have colored my days with rainbow colours. You have decorated everything – You are so gracious. When evening falls, then I feel Your proximity and Your divine dance. I see Your liila in the form of countless stars shining in the sky. Baba, all the time You are with me – in all the spheres of my life. You make everything charming and colourful.

Baba, O’ my Dearmost, all that You have graciously done for me is more than I could ever ask for. You have granted me everything. By hearing the chirping of the birds, I listen to Your songs. In this way, I feel Your blissful presence. And when the sky is covered with clouds, then with the dance of the peacock You create beauty in my life.

Baba, everywhere I feel Your sweet touch – Your eternal presence in this divine liila. You are behind each and every expression of this universe. You are in every form. Everywhere I feel Your presence. I am never alone. In my good days and bad times, always You are with me. In this way everything becomes meaningful and joyful. Baba, it is Your grace…

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Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:18:54
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: “Manoranjain Deva” manoranjain.here@servers….
Subject: To Enhance Devotion: Complex-Free Relation

Baba

== TO ENHANCE DEVOTION: COMPLEX-FREE RELATION ==

~ Part 4 ~

(Note: This is the fourth letter of this series, but all four letters have different titles. The names and links to all the postings are appended below. – Eds)

Namaskar,

“The human mind is filled with various devotional feelings and sentiments. Naturally then, the sadhaka likes to express themselves – their inner feeling. And it is only in Prabhat Samgiita that such feelings have been put into words. That is why in each and every devotee’s life Prabhat Samgiita has a special place…In the realm of devotion, Prabhat Samgiita helps cultivate that very close link between the sadhaka and Parama Purusa. When one selects a such song that beautifully portrays their inner-heart feeling with Him, then best is to sing that song in a lonely, quiet place.” (From: To Enhance Devotion: Personal Communication with Him #3, posted 9/22/12)

So in Prabhat Samgiita, Baba guides us that there should not be any barriers between devotees and Parama Purusa. Such barriers – like fear, shyness, or feelings of inferiority – are not good as they only create mahimnabodh, difference of duality, and feelings of high and low. In that case, it is impossible to go close to Him.

With His divine compositions of Prabhat Samgiita, Baba has blessed us a whole new way of thinking about and relating with Parama Purusa. With Parama Purusa we have a unique relation: He is our most close and intimate One.

HOW TANTRA DIFFERS FROM SOME RELIGIONS

In some religions it is sinful or next to impossible to harbour close, loving feelings towards God because they believe God lives high up in the sky. In that case how can the seeker have His proximity and hold Him. They cannot – always there is separation.

In tantra, since the time of Lord Krsna, this sweet & loving relation with Parama Purusa been practiced, among select sadhakas. With the introduction of Prabhat Samgiita, Baba has graciously made this loving approach more common. Across all lands, by Baba’s grace, devotees from far and wide are developing a more intimate and loving relation with the Lord.

But in some religions, there is no such a feeling of love. Rather people are afraid and fearful – otherwise God will be displeased. In such an environment, those followers cannot go close to their Lord. God is up in the sky so one cannot hug Him, as He is too distant.

Such is the contrast between Baba’s devotional teachings and the outlook of those religions.

HAVING LOVING RELATION WITH HIM

So, amongst bhaktas, this loving feeling towards Parama Purusa was introduced 3500 years ago and now it has matured. Now each and every Ananda Margii can appreciate this loving relation with Parama Purusa, to some or more degree. That is why in all the discourses Baba says that one should love Parama Purusa. Because that love is the ultimate way towards attaining Him – and that love is devotion. Through Prabhat Samgiita, sadhakas can cultivate a deeper devotional connection with Parama Purusa.

So Ananda Marga is the devotional path, the loving path, and this is the practical way He has given. By theory alone how much can one understand. By theory alone, the heart cannot become satiated nor satisfied.

Only when the devotional link touches the heart does one feel that bliss. This is the first step how one can make Parama Purusa their own and establish a personal relationship with Him. That is the beauty of Prabhat Samgiita – it opens up this devotional landscape, i.e. more closeness and more closeness develops. Through lessons of sadhana those feelings mature even more. But when this basic devotional link of Prabhag Samgiita is missing then everything is dry.

Just like when you sow a seed, if there is no water then that seed will never grow. Similarly Prabhat Samgiita shows the sadhaka how to develop that heart-felt, personal connection with Parama Purusa. Prabhat Samgiita inspires feelings of sweetness and feelings of closeness for Him. In that ideal circumstance, devotion can grow.

So Prabhat Samgiita is the missing link and with sadhana one’s feelings towards Him will grow. But there needs to be that link. One must feel: Parama Purusa is mine, and I can communicate with Him and I can open my heart to Him. And this is exactly what Baba openly guides us to do in His various compositions of Prabhat Samgiita.

EACH COMPOSITION IS UNIQUE

Each and every devotional song expresses a unique way for the bhakta to make a more intimate connection with Him. That is the special quality of the intimate songs of Prabhat Samgiia.

Those not familiar with Prabhat Samgiita may think that all the songs are the same, but it is not like that.

Just like some people think all cows or horses are the same – in this simplistic manner some think all songs of Prabhat Samgiita are the same. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.

Each and every song has its own way of expression, its own beauty, and its own charm. So Prabhat Samgiita is a unique gift of Parama Purusa and that day started in 1982.

DONE AT THE RIGHT TIME

With His divine compassion, Baba Himself has been preparing the sadhakas’ minds for a long time. When Baba thought it the opportune moment then He graciously introduced Prabhat Samgiita. By that way bhaktas could get that link to go closer and be more intimate with Him. It is His grace.

Everything which Baba has done is perfectly on time. So in 1982 when finally the time came, sadhakas were ready to understand those highly devotional songs. That was His perfect planning and execution. And these divine songs will continue to guide devotees and the entire humanity from now up to eternity.

Namaskar,
Manoranjain

Note 1: WHEN BABA FIRST DISCUSSED ABOUT VARIOUS BHAVAS

Baba first explained in great detail about mysticism and the various types of relations (bhavas) a devotee has with the Lord in the appendix of Namami Krsna Sundaram. And then He started teaching Prabhat Samgiita.

Note 2: LINKS TO EARLIER LETTERS

#1: Why Prabhat Samgiita Started in 1982, posted 9/13/12

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/why-prabhat-samgiita-started-in-1982.html

#2: Difference Between Kiirtan and Prabhat Samgiita, posted 9/16/12

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/difference-between-kiirtan-and-prabhat.html

#3: To Enhance Devotion: Personal Communication with Him, posted 9/22/12

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/to-enhance-devotion-personal.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’mi bhule gechi sei dine ks’an’ yabe toma’re dekechi anupam…” (PS 1147)

Purport:

O’ my most Dear, O’ my beloved One, You are anupam – You are the Incomparable One. I have forgotten the time and day when I first saw You, but the sweet memory and the vibration of Your love is still resonating in my mind. Even now when I think about You, that nectar of love is ever-present. Indeed that very loving vibration and sound is emanating from and floating in the vast, blue sky. That divine love permeates my whole existence and overpowers my entire being.

Baba, the love which You showered on the beings of this dusty earth, that love and sweet aroma resides eternally in the mind. And the song of Prabhat Samgiita which You have taught to the world, that tune devotees have started to sing about You. And in that way, You have come within the realm of the gunas. Baba, Your greatness, Your beauty, Your sweetness can be expressed through those songs because You have revealed Yourself through the world of Prabhat Samgiita. And by that way You became asuci, O’ my most pure Eternal Entity.

Baba, O’ my Beloved, I forgot that very special moment when You blessed me with Your sweet love. But when I think about You that love becomes alive
and my whole being gets vibrated; it saturates my heart. Baba You are so gracious– Your love is unforgettable…

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Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 22:37:02 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Ram Deva
Subject: Re: To Brothers and Sisters Who Feel Baba Left Them #4

Baba

== RE: TO BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO FEEL BABA LEFT THEM ==

~ Part 4 ~

(Note: This is the second letter in this series; a link to the first letter is appended below. – Eds)

Namaskar,
“In their naivete, many dogmatic idol worshipers wholeheartedly express, “What is wrong with idol worship, for me this is my god.” This is the manner of so many idol worshipers.

By this way, they become more and more emotionally and sentimentally attached with their form of worship and innocently; and, mistakenly, believe they will achieve salvation. This is their unfortunate circumstance hope.

The reality, however, is that such dogmatic worshippers degrade themselves. That is the sad reality of their approach.

Unfortunately in our AM family, some few emotional sadhakas express a similar idea: “What is wrong with mahaprayan, for me this is my feeling with god.”

This is the response of those few people who innocently adhere to the dogmatic MPD programme. In their simplicity, and also because of their group interest, they convince themselves and get emotionally and sentimentally bound to the function of so-called mahaprayan.”

Agreed. Those dogmatic proponents of so-called mahaprayan unfortunately justify their emotional ties to the MPD programme just like idol worshippers justify their reason for engaging in idol worship. So the mentality of so-called mahaprayan attendees is similar to that of idol worshippers. Both use their logic and emotional attachment to justify their dogmatic stance. And both invite an unenviable end.

OUTCOME OF IDOL WORSHIP AND MPD IS SAME

Here is Baba’s stern warning:

Baba says, “Why is idol worship faulty?”

“Ans.: An idol is nothing but the imaginative creation of the human mind, with a finite beginning and end. On the other hand Brahma is beginningless
and endless. This we can deduce through reason. This idol, this finite creation of the human imagination cannot, therefore, be the cause of emancipation of the living entities.”

“Moreover, the external idols of clay, stone and wood are composed of the five fundamental factors. Ideation on such crude objects lead human beings towards Non-qualified Consciousness; rather it will lead them towards degeneration.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy – 3)

Similarly, those who worship Mahaprayan trick themselves into believing that Baba is gone in which case their negative sadhana will hurl them into the depths of degeneration. How can they get salvation, when they do that which Baba warns not to do – they are doing the exact opposite of Guru’s wish. How then can they get salvation when they are treading the path of bondage.

OUR DUTY

Our bounden duty then is to help.

All are our brothers and sisters – so there is no question of outcasting anyone. Only we are to strive to bring the highest devotional expression in our Ananda Marga – that way all can get the benefit.

So we are to follow all those divine teachings which Baba has given: Madhuvidya (2nd lesson), Guru Puja, Guru Sakash, dhyana etc. All such practices enable us to realise and feel His close proximity in our heart. That is our approach – not any contrary ritual or manner.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, we realise in our hearts that Baba is always along with us. That is why the day is not far when this dogmatic MPD programme will be totally abandoned & finished. Because the sentient feeling of Ananda Marga is that Baba is always with us – in that case where is the scope to worship so-called mahaprayan.

“Vrnda’vanam parityajya pa’damekam na gaccha’mi…”

“I am always eternally present in Vrindavan, in the hearts of devotees. That is Guru cakra. I do not go even a little away from that. I am eternally present along with the devotees.” (Purport of PS #4425)

Namaskar,
Ram Deva

Note 1: EARLIER LETTERS ON THIS TOPIC

#1: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/to-brothers-and-sisters-who-feel-baba.html

#2: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-to-brothers-and-sisters-who-feel.html

#3: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-to-brothers-and-sisters-who-feel_23.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Phuler ma’la’y ei avela’y dhu’la’y jharite dio na’…” – PS 3270

Purport:

Baba, with deep longing and heart-felt love, I have threaded this flower garland [1] especially for You. Yet it just remains lying there untouched. Baba, please accept [2] this flower garland. Baba, so much time has passed; at least now in these late hours please accept it. Do not let it fall down in the dust and wither away.

Baba, by Your grace, the feeling of love which I have in my heart for You is incomparable – it far surpasses the love and beauty which I have felt for You in my life up till now. With this new and heightened love, I have prepared this garland for You. Baba, please do not forget to accept it. O’ my Dearmost, I have searched for You in all the nooks and corners of my mental garden and collected the sweetest flowers. With deep longing and much care, I have threaded this garland for You. Baba, please grace me by accepting it; do not let it go in vain.

Baba, being the Parama Purusa You are the divine Controller of this vast universe. Your abode is filled with gems and jewels [3]. Each and everything lies within You. I know that this garland is comparatively quite meagre. Please understand that my longing is completely saturated in this flower garland. Won’t You please accept it.

Baba I am surrendering myself at Your alter, please accept my everything….

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3270:

[1] Flower Garland (Ma’la’): Here the ma’la’ symbolically represents the sadhaka’s mind involved in satisfying Him by various spiritual pursuits and lessons. By that process the feeling of surrender comes. So it is the sadhaka’s mind that is being offered.

[2] ‘Accept the Garland’: In more personal devotional language, this phrase means: O’ Parama Purusa, please grace me by coming in my close proximity.

[3] Your abode is filled with gems and jewels: Parama Purusa does not need anything; only He is hungry for love from His devotees. All the worldly things He already has in abundance. He is the Creator and Controller so by externally offering and giving Him worldly things nobody can satisfy Him. This shows that external ritualistic worship is improper.

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Subject: Re: About That Famous Bogus Quote #5
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:49:50 +0800 (SGT)
From: narayan panda
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== RE: ABOUT THAT FAMOUS BOGUS QUOTE ==

~ Part 5 ~

(Note: This is the 5th letter of this series. Link to the prior 4 letters are noted below. – Eds)

Namaska’ram.

“I have merged myself with my mission.” [Both versions of the fake quote wrongly attributed to Baba contain this phrase.]

“About the above bogus quote – pages and pages can be written – but really I think no need. The reasoning is perfectly clear. That Divine Entity which is the Cosmic Nucleus and the shelter of all does not merge into any lesser entity like mission. That just does not happen. The Supreme Shelter does not Himself take shelter in anything else. No way – no how.” (About That Famous Bogus Quote, posted 9/6/12)

I support your view. Till now I was thinking it was Ba’ba’s written statement. Now, however, I understand that it simply cannot be Baba’s statment because it is illogical and contrary to the spiritual teachings of Ananda Marga.

Here I wish to raise two distinct matters.

#1: BABA’S TEACHING FROM NEO-HUMANISM

After reading your article, I remembered Baba’s teaching from His book “Neo-Humanism – The Liberation of Intellect”. In one section, Ba’ba’ explains that devotion shouldn’t be accepted as a cult but rather as the highest mission in life. Baba Himself is the highest mission in life. So it is illogical to say that He has merged Himself with mission. He Himself is the mission. So then how could He have merged into some separate entity called mission. It is impossible.

This quote – “If you want to know me, work for my mission, because I have merged myself with my mission” – is totally misleading, illogical & bogus.

#2: JUST LIKE DOGMATIC PRIESTS OF SHANKARACARYA

Next I want to recount one incident from history and parallel that with the situation in Ananda Marga.

500 years ago, the dogmatic followers of Shankaracarya (priests of the famous Puri temple) were totally against Caetanya Mahaprabhu because Caetanya was not adhering to their caste and untouchability sentiment. Plus Caetanya had many disciples who were Muslim – this also was a point of contention for those Hindu priests of the Puri temple. So they were furious with Caetanya Mahaprabhu and vowed to make amends.

Here is what they did.

Those dogmatic followers of Shankaracarya invited the great Mahaprabhu to the Puri temple, and in a dark moment they murdered him in cold blood. To hide their sinful deed, and placate and appease the disciples of Caetanya Mahaprabhu, those Hindu priests told those disciples that the great Mahaprabhu’s physical body actually entered into wooden idol of Lord Jagannath. Those conniving priests claimed the body disappeared totally inside the wooden idol and did not return. And indeed the body was never found.

Hearing this, most of the disciples felt gloried, awed, and proud that their guru Caetanya Mahaprabhu had become one with Lord Jagannath. Or, in a phrase, you can say that they were totally duped by the chicanery of those sinful Hindu priests.

Here we have to remember that it is not at all uncommon for the masses of India to believe such mythical tales. This is the land where they firmly believe that Hanuman jumped 30 miles across the sea to Sri Lanka, and that Hanuman ate the sun thinking it be a piece of fruit etc. There is no shortage of outrageous stories that are embraced as truth by such followers.

So when those faithful disciples heard that their revered Caetanya merged into the idol of Jagannath, they believed it wholeheartedly and felt that really he is great. Little did they suspect Caetanya Mahaprabhu had been murdered by those dogmatic Hindu priests. Only a few disciplies harbored such sucpicions and they were in the extreme minority.

By this way the Puri temple priests achieved three things: (1) They effectively eliminated their enemy; (2) they effectively appeased and satisfied Caetanya’s disciples; and (3) they effectively set the stage to further guide and lead Caetanya’s disciples in the future – those disciples would respect and follow their word. Such was the tactical victory made by those sinful Puri priests.

Similarly, this so-called quote – “If you want to know me, work for my mission, because I have merged myself with my mission” – has been propagandised with a similar agenda as what those crooked priests of the famed Puri temple (Orissa) propagandised after they murdered Caetanya Mahaprabhu.

HOW THE PURI TEMPLE STORY RELATES WITH SO-CALLED MERGE IN MISSION QUOTE

In the case of Ananda Marga, Dada Sarvatmanandji himself introduced / re-introduced this quote in October 1990 because at that time he was the organisation. He ruled over everything and he thought that by this quote everyone will be convinced fully to blindly follow and execute his order. This fake quote suited his needs well. Other Dadas who helped him in this regard included: Bhaveshanandji, Tadbhavanandji, Vratishvaranandji, Vijayanandji, Mantreshvaranandji, among others.

Some naive people may justify that the terms “mission” and “organisation” are two different things; but, practically speaking, they are not. In Bengal, mission means organisation such as the Ramakrishna Mission. And not just Bengal, the world over people talk about the Christian Missions. In these cases, they are talking about the Ramakrishna organisaton comprised of people and projects and the Christian mission comprised of people and projects. In common parlance mission means organisation.

And indeed if you read the propagandised quote it carries the same meaning – that mission is an organisation where people gather and work:

“If you want to know me, work for my mission, because I have merged myself with my mission.”

So it was in that spirit, whereby mission means organisation, that Sarvatmanandji created this fake quote. His intent was: Baba has merged in the mission (i.e. organisation) and the way to please Him is to work for the organisation and follow your higher authority. This was Sarvatmanandji’s plan for keeping all power concentrated in his hands. Remember, back in late October 1990, the whole of AMPS was very different – it was a monolithic structure under the dictatorship of one person. It was not fractured; there was one person the top seat. And indeed the plan worked; nobody opposed Dada Sarvatmananda.

Here is the proof: Just a few days later Central Committee unanimously declared the Mahaprayan Divas observance as an annual pilgrimmage to Tiljala – thereby making Kolkata the focal point. The mandate was for all to come to Tiljala to observe so-called Mahaprayan; it was not allowed to observe this anywhere else – only Tiljala (Kolkata.)

HOW THE PURI TEMPLE STORY RELATES WITH SO-CALLED MERGE IN MISSION QUOTE (cont)

Hence, just as those Hindu priests fabricated one tale that Mahaprabhu merged into the Jagannath idol in order to appease and control all his disciples, similarly Sarvatmanandji concocted that false merge in mission quote and attributed it to Baba to eyewash legions of margiis and wts. Sarvatmanandji’s plan was that they should follow his every word because he (Dada Sarvatmananda) was the organisational head and Baba had merged Himself into the mission / organisation.

And we can see that Sarvatmanandji got success.

In the next few short years, he carried out so many dastardly deeds by his mere order: Mahaprayan dogma, Fake Ananda Vaniis, Expulsion as a weapon and so much more. Sarvatmanandji did so many things because he had harnessed the obedience of workers and margiis by concocting this single quote: “If you want to know me, work for my mission, because I have merged myself with my mission.” For this reason, so many listened to his every word and followed his command.

What then is the difference between Dada Sarvatmananda’s approach and that of those dogmatic priests of the Puri temple. Both fabricated outrageous tales in order to bring scores of followers under their control.

I think now the point is clear.

Namaskar,
N. Panda

Note 1: THE TWO VERSIONS OF THIS BOGUS QUOTE

(1) Here is the version of the bogus quote propagated by Ac. Sarvatmanandji and other Dadas starting in Oct 1990:

“I am not this physical body, this physical body is not me. If you want to know me, work for my mission, because I have merged myself with my mission.”

(2) Here is the quote as it appears in the unofficial book – Supreme Expression I – which was published by an outside group / agency:

“If you want to see Me, do my Mission because I am merged with my Mission. I am not this physical body, this physical body is not me. I am in your hearts and you are in mine. Only devotion can demand my physical presence.” (Supreme Expression I, p. 57 (1978)

“Supreme Expression I is not an approved or official publication of AMPS. Rather it was published by an outside group. And this they readily acknowledge on the title page. There they write: “For a complete list of original books, please contact Ananda Marga publications as indicated on the following page.” This is the exact line from the title page of Supreme Expression I. So Supreme Expression is not an official book; rather it was published by an independent publishing house in the Netherlands. In that case, how could such a publication be relied on as the sole and trusted source of a supposed quote which is wholly against the ideological ethic of Ananda Marga.” (Re: About That Famous Bogus Quote #2, posted 9/15/12)

Note 2: LINKS TO ALL PRIOR LETTERS ON THIS THREAD

#1: http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/about-that-famous-bogus-quote.html

#2: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-about-that-famous-bogus-quote-2.html

#3: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-about-that-famous-bogus-quote-3.html

#4: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-about-that-famous-bogus-quote-4.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Jyoti-ujjval pra’n’occhal tumi priyo…” (P.S. 2229)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, You are the Divine Controller of this vast universe. You are the brilliant effulgence – full of vitality & saturated & with the love. Baba, You are my dearmost. By Your own glory You are glorified. O’ Parama Purusa, You are ever-adorable.

Baba, I do not have the strength to catch hold of You. With my little strength and with whatever means I have, I try to catch You – but it is impossible for me. Instead I remain engrossed in my own self – unit “I”. This ‘unit I’ is preventing me from coming close to You. Baba, please transform my ‘I-feeling’, make it Yours.

Baba, with my own strength I will not be able to get You. With the thread of the spider’s web I will not be able to bind You and hold You. Please grace me, and allow Yourself to get held. This is my only request to You. Please keep this open for Your consideration.

Baba, in my mind & in my heart, I have deep longing for You – to have You close. Please grant me this by Your causeless grace. Baba, please come in my shravan, manan, niddidhyasan, & dhyana and make me Yours…

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Subject: Re: To Brothers and Sisters Who Feel Baba Left Them
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2012 05:14:31 +0200
From: amrit.lalloo
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

== RE: TO BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO FEEL BABA LEFT THEM #3 ==

Namaskar,
The very idea of “mahaprayan diivasa” defeats the very purpose of Baba’s advent on this planet earth. Baba has come to destroy dogmas, narrowness, groupism and to replace these with rationality, neo-humanism and devotion.

Every year, 21 – 26 Oct., adherents are invited to to do kiirtan around BABA’S MAHASAMADII. Is this not tantamount to tomb worship?

Do the adherents truly believe that (like the shrine in Ajmer) they will get special grace by bowing and dancing around the tomb of Baba. Is this what Baba has taught his devotees? This is nothing short of a lunatic idea of a sick, depraved mind. They advocate that mahaprayan diivasa is a solemn (sad) occasion and yet they continue to blow conch shells.

When I google searched Mahaprayan, some very, very interesting things came up. The film- MAHAPRAYAN – the last journey Of Mahatma Gandhi-Can we equate this with Shrii Shrii Anandamurti jii ? Does Parama Purusa have a last journey?

Another pop up MAHAPRAYAN – Payment Ananda Dhiira. Very strange! Mahaprayan and fund raising. Indeed, this has become the main motive – to make money by exploiting sadhakas: Indoctrinate margiis into the mahaprayan dogma and get maximum donations and cash from them in the name of mahaprayan. That is the agenda of such organisers.

Please, fellow Margiis, read what Baba has said about tiirtha (places of pilgrimage) and Varanasii. Don’t be fooled by fakes, clad in saffron, hell-bent on infusing dogmas, narrowness and false hopes in the minds of devotees.

Follow the dictates of true Dharma. Baba is Dharma Guru. Follow and practice only what has been sanctioned by Him who is eternal. Baba is not Dead!! He is with you !

One last point. Is Mahaprayan Diivasa held for Lord Krishna or Lord Shiva or for the mythylogical Rama? Why then for Lord Anandamurtii? Devotees are wise. They don’t ever ideate that my lord is dead. Wisely they construct mandirs and not tombs and memorials.

Tomb worship is a terrible sin – see note 1 below…

In Him who is eternal,
Amrit

Note 1: TOMB AND IDOL WORSHIP ARE SINFUL

Baba says, “Not to call a thing what it is, but to call it something else, is known as slander. Therefore those who in the name of the beginningless, endless, formless Brahma worship idols, are indulging in deliberate slander. You must not give indulgence to this type of Mahapápa (great / terrible sin).” (Caryacarya -2, Sadhana, pt #18)

Those who follow dogma are also prone to indulging in contradictory notions. That is the case with the adherents of so-called mahaprayan as well. On the one side, they think that Baba is far, far away – gone; and, on the other side, they think that the tomb in Tiljala is a representation of Baba and that by going there and doing sastaunga pranam at the tomb and asking for boons, then He will satisfy your wishes and shower His blessings. This is their inherently dogmatic and contradictory approach.

Note 2: EARLIER LETTERS ON THIS TOPIC

#1: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/to-brothers-and-sisters-who-feel-baba.html

#2: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-to-brothers-and-sisters-who-feel.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Prabhu, toma’r na’mer bharasa’ niye aga’dh sa’gar pa’r’i dobo…” (PS 2350)

Purport:

Baba, surrendering in You has immense force. Trusting in Your name, I can do anything. Nothing is impossible in this universe. I can even cross the bottomless ocean by having faith on Your name, keeping You in my heart, and holding Your feet. Baba, I will go on singing Your name while pulverizing all the obstacles and hindrances of pebbles & stones which come on the pathway of my forward journey. Baba, with the stroke of my feet I will crush them and march ahead, by Your grace.

Baba, holding Your flag in my hand and singing Your name in my heart, I will go on marching forward with my head held high – it is Your grace. Baba, by Your ahetuki krpa’, I will bring the neo-humanistic era onto this dusty earth. The victory mark will be on my forehead.

Baba, by keeping You in the heart, there will not be any dilemmas or doubts in anyone’s mind. The mind will be pointed, straight-forward, and clear. Everyone’s longing will be satiated – permanently. Baba, by Your grace, I will shower my love and win over everyone’s heart by my selfless service and sacrifice. I will honor everyone’s right to live.

Baba, by keeping Your feet in the heart, one can do anything. Nothing remains difficult or impossible. Baba, please reside in my heart eternally…

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Date: 22 Sep 2012 21:44:58 -0000
From: “Mantreshwar”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: To Enhance Devotion: Personal Communication with Him

Baba

== TO ENHANCE DEVOTION: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION WITH HIM ==

~ Part 3 ~

(Note: This is the third letter of this series, but all three letters have different titles. The names of and links to all the postings are appended below. – Eds)

Namaskar,
“As we know, in devotional life a wide range of personal feelings come in the heart and mind of the bhakta and those need to be expressed and goaded towards Parama Purusa. Often it is difficult to express those sentimental feelings in a collective setting. Every sadhaka has their own way in which they wish to communicate their personal longing for Him. It depends upon a person’s devotional standard and relation with Him. Some devotees have a special intimate relation with Parama Purusa and some practice another type of bhava with Parama Purusa. It varies from one sadhaka to the next. And the various Prabhat Samgiita compositions enable one to express these different types of feelings towards the Lord – towards Baba. That is why Prabhat Samgiita stands as an ideal personal practice for each sadhaka – where kiirtan is more applicable to a collective flow.” (Difference Between Kiirtan and Prabhat Samgiita, posted 9/16/12)

That is very nicely stated…

Each and every song of Prabhat Samgiita has its own unique beauty. Another specialty is that the entire Ananda Marga philosophy is contained within these divine compositions. From devotional longing to neo-humanism to Prout, all aspects of Ananda Marga ideology exist – in seed form – in Prabhat Samgiita. The large majority of compositions, though, express the devotional link between bhakta and Parama Purusa.

In this way, each song carries a particular bhava, or personal manner in which the bhakta relates with Parama Purusa. The sadhaka may feel that Parama Purusa is their Father, Bandhu (intimate friend & close companion), Beloved, or Child. In this way every song is personalized.

INTIMATE SONGS ARE NOT SUNG COLLECTIVELY

In this devotional approach, Prabhat Samgiita is not meant to be sung collectively like kiirtan etc. The Prabhat Samgiita collection is comprised of personal songs that are completely intimate. They depict the inner sweet relation between the bhakta and Parama Purusa. These deeply devotional songs are not meant to be sung collectively.

There are, however, songs about social festivals, Prout, and general spiritual songs that are fine for collective programs. So it is not that Prabhat Samgiita should never be sung collectively. Here the central idea is that those very intimate songs are meant to be sung personally, not in a gathering with others around.

That is why Baba Himself has written songs such as #463 and #3189 which essentially say: O’ Parama Purusa, those songs which I sing with others in public, those songs are not my favourite; they do not carry the inner feeling of my heart. Only when I sing to You in a private and secluded place, only then in an intimate way can I express the true feeling of my heart to You, O’ my Dearmost. Only then can I sing my favourite and most intimate songs.

Those familiar with most of the Prabhat Samgiita compositions know that the large majority of songs are deeply intimate, devotional songs. So they are meant to be sung when one is all alone to express the very emotional, sentimental, and devotional longing of the sadhaka.

This type of inner talking and sharing of the heart with Parama Purusa is not present in kiirtan. So kiirtan is more suitable for collective programs.

SPECIAL IMPORTANCE OF PRABHAT SAMGIITA IN DEVOTIONAL LIFE

Yet the human mind is filled with various devotional feelings and sentiments. Naturally then, the sadhaka likes to express themselves – their inner feeling. And it is only in Prabhat Samgiita that such feelings have been put into words.

That is why in each and every devotee’s life Prabhat Samgiita has a special place. Of course each and every teaching of Baba has a special place. Some in the realm of philosophy, some in social science etc.

In the realm of devotion, Prabhat Samgiita helps cultivate that very close link between the sadhaka and Parama Purusa. When one selects a such song that beautifully portrays their inner-heart feeling with Him, then best is to sing that song in a lonely, quiet place.

WHO CAN UNDERSTAND

All these ideas about the value and specialty of Prabhat Samgiita come in mind only if one understands the full meaning of the song. If one does not know the full meaning of these deeply devotional compositions, or if one only knows one or two songs like the song of Shiva, Jaya shubhavajradhara shubhra kalevara, then one will not be able to understand the ideas expressed in this letter.

MORE DEVOTIONAL POINTS

Here are some concluding points about the sweetness of Prabhat Samgiita:

(1) Baba has graciously given Prabhat Samgiita so sadhakas may express their personal feelings towards Parama Purusa. But every song is not for everyone per se; people have different emotional and devotional relations with Parama Purusa. Everyone will have their own favourite song. Not all songs will appeal to every sadhaka.

(2) By learning and ideating on His divine Prabhat Samgiita compositions, as well as doing more and more sadhana, one can develop a more intimate relation with Parama Purusa. So Prabhat Samgiita is Baba’s special blessing upon every devotee. Those songs teach sadhakas how to get closer to Him.

(3) As we know devotion means serving Parama Purusa, yet one cannot serve by Him keeping distant. One must go close in order to serve Him. Through Prabhat Samgiita, one can cultivate more and more closeness – more and more emotional & devotional feelings for Him. As those feelings grow and become more intimate, sadhakas do not wish to express those thoughts in front of others. Rather they prefer to express those intimate feelings while alone.

(4) Those with a devotional heart surely understand all this; and those who do not have such feelings should try and cultivate a deeper devotional link with Parama Purusa. He will certainly be gracious.

(5) Without a strong devotional longing for Him, without the sharing of the heart and without Prabhat Samgiita, life is dry like the hot sand. Baba has specially graced us by giving this oasis of Prabhat Samgiita to soak our hearts with devotion.

Namaskar,
Mantreshvar

Note 1: LINKS TO EARLIER LETTERS ON THIS TOPIC

#1: Why Prabhat Samgiita Started in 1982, posted 9/13/12

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/why-prabhat-samgiita-started-in-1982.html

#2: Difference Between Kiirtan and Prabhat Samgiita, posted 9/16/12

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/difference-between-kiirtan-and-prabhat.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

This song offers a special type of devotional expression wherein the bhakta is communicating with Parama Purusa in a dramatic fashion – i.e. addressing Him in the third person yet lodging a loving complaint about Parama Purusa. So the beauty here is that the devotee is talking with Parama Purusa Baba, not with anyone else, yet addressing Him using indirect language.

“Tora’ balo go tora’ more balo, ja’r’ete keno na’hi phot’e kamal…” (PS 487)

Purport:

Please, tell me about this strange liila of Parama Purusa. He is doing many things in a peculiar and bizarre way. The lotus flower is very charming and full of fragrance, but with the arrival of winter season it withers; it does not bloom anymore. I am crying and crying in His love and longing; He is such a heartless One. He does not care and He does not like to come close to me. I do not know why He makes this type of strange liila. Why is it that for Whom I have love and cry in longing, and He does not care even a little about this.

Please explain this strange liila of Parama Purusa. In the summer months when there is a great need of water in the pond, at that time the pond is empty – all the water is dried up. So when there is a serious need, then there is no water; and, in the rainy season when there is not so much of a need, then it is full of water. I am singing the songs and kiirtan and I call and go on calling Him with the hope that He will come. But remaining distant He just smiles and does not like to come close. Even then I know that He loves me. Why like this.

Please tell me why this happens. The palash tree is covered by orange flowers and becomes so beautiful. There are countless flowers on this tree yet it is so strange that it never bears any fruit. For whom my life is, for Whom I have come on this earth – and also I am doing all sorts of things for Him and He is so close to me – even then He prefers to make me cry in His love and longing by keeping Himself distant.

O my Dearmost, please grace me by coming close…

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Subject: Those Who Hinder Others’ Sadhana
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 19:59:21 -0700 (PDT)
From: Nagaraja Rao
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== THOSE WHO HINDER OTHERS’ SADHANA ==

(Note: This letter by Nagaraj ji is in response to brother Turiiya’s letter appended below. – Eds)

Namaskar,
In ancient times in our history we read that rakshasas (bad people) came and disturbed the sadhu’s prayers, rituals, and meditation.

You are graced by BABA and please continue doing exactly what you have been doing. The rakshasas around you caused disturbances in an attempt to interrupt the flow of your sadhana. But their actions should only should encourage you to further to continue your dharma sadhana. By fulfilling your duty, you are bound to be victorious, by His grace.

BABA has come into this world to shower devotion upon all. According to the laws of prakrti, any and all rakshasas will certainly face the consequences of their negative deeds.

I recall that When BABA graced us with His arrival to Manila for the first time, there was continuous 24-hour sadhana by Baba’s room door. BABA loved that.

So keep up with flow of your dharma sadhana – do not be swayed by their attempts to disturb you – your approach is proper – Baba’s grace is with you.

Namaskar
Nagaraja Rao (USA)

On 09/20/2012 10:17 PM, AM-GLOBAL wrote:
From: Turiiya_Deva34@fitness.disc…..
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Re: About That Famous Bogus Quote #4
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:01:29 +0000

MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
I recall my own experiences from being in India for DMC and reporting with Baba. In those days, to best utilise my time and prepare my mind for His divine darshan, I would sit for 10 hours of sadhana so I might receive and see Him in a devotional way. This was my approach, by His grace. Because if the mind is fickle or extroverted then one cannot feel His true sweetness. But some did not think I should be doing 10 hours of dhyana daily because it was “unbalanced.” Those who spoke like this – primarily dadas – were mainly karmiis. When in fact, doing too much karma yoga and not enough dhyana was the real cause of any imbalance for many.

Yes, there are some in the world who not only do not want to realize Baba in every sitting, but they do not want others to know Him, either! They purposely scoff and mock!

I recall one time when I meditated many hours while waiting for Baba to come to the dais and I was told later that some Didis were laughing saying,”What is he sitting like that for?! Liberation?!” When I heard that I said to myself, ‘Why of course, what else would I be sitting like that for?! We must sit each time as if we want Him now, not later on. He is our priority, not just doing sadhana as if it is a chore to check off our list of things to do for the day!’

At times, I used to do sadhana outside Baba’s Tiljala gates waiting for Him to go to Lake Gardens. So, my presence at that spot gave me a good vantage point. When He would leave I would get a front row seat to see Him. One time while doing long sadhana outside Baba’s gates in Tiljala, one Indian LFT shouted, “Baba’s coming, Baba’s coming!” I leaped up to see Him and saw that it was a false alarm. The brother was hooting and hollaring with laughter that he disturbed my sadhana in such a manner. Others laughed along with him, too. I sat down and resumed sadhana. Afterwards, I thought ‘Why would someone do that? Why would someone disturb another’s dhyana on Baba?’ I still do not have the answer except maybe they are jealous that they have not been graced by Him to sit long hours pining for Him. I don’t know.

In my home country of NY Sector, when anyone sat for long sadhanas, some margiis (mostly karmiis) thought that the sadhaka was “anti-social.” These karmiis would prefer to gossip, that is, talk about things other than Him. Or sometimes they were jealous and said the sadhaka was “showing off.”

SUCH THINGS ARE STILL GOING ON

And while many of these events occurred years ago, I have come to know these same types of things continue to go on in the organization today:

(1) In particular, one central didi becomes angry when anyone sings during paincjanya in the jagrti / Central office (Ranchi). She bitterly complains, “What are you doing! This is my time to sleep – do not make such noise! If you must sing then do it in a whisper – this is my time to sleep!” Then didiji promptly goes back to bed.
(2) Not only that, this same didi then wakes up at 7am – if she sees that others are still doing their sadhana lessons, she cries out, “Stop your sadhana, breakfast is needed, I have to be in Central Office by 8am – quick quick.” Didiji skips her sadhana and asanas entirely; she takes bath and then directly goes to take food – which others have prepared for her.
(3) The name of this Central Didi is Ananda Abhisambuddha. She is the one who sleeps late, does not allow others to practice paincajanya, and interrupts those doing longer sadhana.
(4) Many say that Ananda Niitimaya has similar habits.
(5) Then there is this point: As many know, for avadhutas, it is mandatory to do night sadhana one time per month. For tantrikas – i.e. for all Ananda Margiis – night sadhana is a very special practice. However, if any young and inspired dada or didi shows an inclination and deep interest in night sadhana, then top Wts harass and abuse that worker. They say, “This is not good – if you do more night sadhana then Baba will curse you!” So they do everything they can to discourage and mock those interested in deeper sadhana.
(6) What so speak of sadhana, even if one didi or dada is sincere in kaoshikii and tandava or half-bath, then they face abuse and ridicule from their seniors and supervisors.

Such is the “culture” that has developed in our organization. Those inclined toward spiritual practice are sidelined, abused, and alienated.

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Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:08:44 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Ganesh Deva
Subject: Re: To Brothers and Sisters Who Feel Baba Left Them #2

Baba

== RE: TO BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO FEEL BABA LEFT THEM ==

~ Part 2 ~

(Note: This is the second letter in this series; a link to the first letter is appended below. – Eds)

Namaskar,

“The entire programme of so-called mahaprayan goes against this very fundamental point of spirituality because the MPD programme dictates that Baba is gone. That is the extreme negativity of this “mahaprayan” programme: It rules out the existence of Parama Purusa…”

This is so true – the dogmatic mahaprayan programme touches the extreme point of negativity. We can even liken it to idol worship.

SO-CALLED MAHAPRAYAN DEGRADES THE MIND LIKE IDOL WORSHIP

In their naivete, many dogmatic idol worshipers wholeheartedly express, “What is wrong with idol worship, for me this is my god.” This is the manner of so many idol worshipers.

By this way, they become more and more emotionally and sentimentally attached with their form of worship and innocently; and, mistakenly, believe they will achieve salvation. This is their unfortunate circumstance hope.

The reality, however, is that such dogmatic worshippers degrade themselves. That is the sad reality of their approach. (See Note 1)

Unfortunately in our AM family, some few emotional sadhakas express a similar idea: “What is wrong with mahaprayan, for me this is my feeling with god.”

This is the response of those few people who innocently adhere to the dogmatic MPD programme. In their simplicity, and also because of their group interest, they convince themselves and get emotionally and sentimentally bound to the function of so-called mahaprayan.

Those Tiljala group leaders have indoctrinated various margii brothers and sisters into this programme of “mahaprayan”.

Of course most sadhakas in Ananda Marga wholeheartedly feel that, “Baba, is with me.” This is our common, fundamental approach. Only a few have fallen into the mind-set of so-called mahaprayan, i.e. Baba is far away or gone.

So it is our duty to respond to the call and help all brothers and sisters in this regard.

Because, in the end, this entire approach of so-called mahaprayan will degrade their mind. The first and final message of “mahaprayan” is that Baba is gone – away from me. This is the sorrowful outlook. In that case one will completely fall off the path of true spirituality and become a mere follower of dogma, tragically harmed by that diseased outlook. Verily such persons are inviting problems for themselves.

As we know, the truth for every devotee is: “My Parama Purusa remains with me always.” Indeed, Baba lives in the heart of His bhaktas.

So those few who think that, “What is wrong, I like mahaprayan”, sadly they are no different from idol worshippers who proclaim, “What is wrong with idol worship, I like praying to this piece of stone.”

In both cases, those brothers and sisters have unfortunately fallen into dogma; and, in both cases, such followers have allowed their mind to become emotionally attached with that unholy practice.

It then becomes very difficult to convince them to join a higher sentient approach. Because they have become wedded to their dogma and adopted the notion that Parama Purusa is not with me. It happens – that is the tragedy.

So we should help them.

OUR DUTY IS TO HELP

Let us never forget that the justification behind following so-called mahaprayan is the same as the one used by idol worshippers. Tragically the outcome will be the same as well. Both parties will suffer, becoming one with the dust of the earth – totally unable to realise the sweet flow of Parama Purusa in their lives. According to Baba, this is their circumstance. (Please again see note 1.)

Sadly, they do not believe in the heart that Parama Purusa Baba is along with them – their mind-set is below even the first stage of realisation, i.e. below sa’lokya. That is Baba’s teaching from His book, Namami Krsnasundaram.

It is our duty to help bring them back onto the right path. All brothers and sisters should be helped in this regard – none should be allowed to wallow any longer. It is a human concern; it is a psycho-spiritual concern.

All sincere sadhakas – all disciples of Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji – naturally feel that Baba is in their heart; that is why the so-called mahaprayan programme is on the wane and nearly extinct. Those few who do observe it are like idol worshipers – and it is our duty to help them.

Let us remember, spirituality means living along side one’s Lord, and that is our path in Ananda Marga.

Namaskar,
Ganesh

Note 1: LINK TO FIRST LETTER IN THIS SERIES

http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/to-brothers-and-sisters-who-feel-baba.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Khunjiya ber’a’i toma’re sada’i…ogo sakha’…” (PS 548)

Purport:

Baba, I am desperately searching You in my mind, in my mental graden, O’ my dearmost Sakha [1]. My eyes are saturated with tears of love in Your longing and waiting. My eyes are searching for You, oh my Dearmost.

All the creepers and shrubs are laden with flowers and fruit. Their heavy branches have come down to touch Your feet, in total surrender. Whatever good things I have in my life, all that sweetness I am offering at Your lotus feet. The flowers of my mind are divinely saturated in their aroma. They are waiting with nectar filled in their hearts – waiting to surrender that sweetness to You, oh my Dearmost.

The sandalwood forest is spreading its sweet fragrance all around. The whole atmosphere is charged with Your divine bliss. The nightingale is busy singing the song of Your reception. The beautiful peacock is dancing alone to the melody and rhythm of its ankle bells, spreading its colorful feathers all around.

Baba, my whole existence, my entire being is ready to receive You. I am searching You with devotion and longing in my heart, in my mind. So please grace me by coming…

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #548:

[1] Sakha: Baba says, “‘Samapranah sakha smrtah’. Where love and devotion are so overwhelming that it appears as if there is only one entity in two bodies, such a pair of is known as ‘sakha’. The bhakta, the devotee, is the sakha of Parama Purusa, because the bhakta can never think of Him as a separate entity from Him. Here he altogether forgets that he is separated from God. That is why Parama Purusa is also a sakha to His bhaktas and the bhakta is the sakha of Parama Purusa…You should also know– you should remember this truth – that the only well-wisher that you have in this universe…the only sakha is Parama Purusa.” (AV-6, p. 75-6)

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From: Turiiya_Deva34@fitness.disc…..
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Re: About That Famous Bogus Quote #4
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:01:29 +0000

Baba

== RE: ABOUT THAT FAMOUS BOGUS QUOTE #4 ==

~ Part 4 ~

(Includes News About Certain Workers)

(Note: This is the fourth letter in this series. Links to the first three letters on this topic are appended below. – Eds)

Namaskar,
I am so glad that you brought up this topic about this bogus merge-in-mission quote. I have wondered about this quote for years. It makes so much sense when you say that Baba would never merge Himself into His creation. We should merge into Him through dhyana, not karma yoga.

I believe that the person(s) behind fabricating this quote and making it quote public did so to get more people to do karma yoga as a primary way of being, compared to doing more introvertive means such as dhyana.

Why would someone want others to do more karma yoga than dhyana? I don’t really know for certain. Perhaps, by engaging in the work more and more, the prestige of one suborganization such as SDM over another like ERAWS might be the reason. The more work done for a particular group the more they can brag and say, ‘Look what we have done. See how much we have accomplished.’ Or maybe these group leaders were trying to use this as a way to gain maximum control over the margiis. Or maybe there are people out in the world that don’t want others to realize the Supreme Being?

MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCES ABOUT THIS

I recall my own experiences from being in India for DMC and reporting with Baba. In those days, to best utilise my time and prepare my mind for His divine darshan, I would sit for 10 hours of sadhana so I might receive and see Him in a devotional way. This was my approach, by His grace. Because if the mind is fickle or extroverted then one cannot feel His true sweetness. But some did not think I should be doing 10 hours of dhyana daily because it was “unbalanced.” Those who spoke like this – primarily dadas – were mainly karmiis. When in fact, doing too much karma yoga and not enough dhyana was the real cause of any imbalance for many.

Yes, there are some in the world who not only do not want to realize Baba in every sitting, but they do not want others to know Him, either! They purposely scoff and mock!

I recall one time when I meditated many hours while waiting for Baba to come to the dais and I was told later that some Didis were laughing saying,”What is he sitting like that for?! Liberation?!” When I heard that I said to myself, ‘Why of course, what else would I be sitting like that for?! We must sit each time as if we want Him now, not later on. He is our priority, not just doing sadhana as if it is a chore to check off our list of things to do for the day!’

At times, I used to do sadhana outside Baba’s Tiljala gates waiting for Him to go to Lake Gardens. So, my presence at that spot gave me a good vantage point. When He would leave I would get a front row seat to see Him. One time while doing long sadhana outside Baba’s gates in Tiljala, one Indian LFT shouted, “Baba’s coming, Baba’s coming!” I leaped up to see Him and saw that it was a false alarm. The brother was hooting and hollaring with laughter that he disturbed my sadhana in such a manner. Others laughed along with him, too. I sat down and resumed sadhana. Afterwards, I thought ‘Why would someone do that? Why would someone disturb another’s dhyana on Baba?’ I still do not have the answer except maybe they are jealous that they have not been graced by Him to sit long hours pining for Him. I don’t know.

In my home country of NY Sector, when anyone sat for long sadhanas, some margiis (mostly karmiis) thought that the sadhaka was “anti-social.” These karmiis would prefer to gossip, that is, talk about things other than Him. Or sometimes they were jealous and said the sadhaka was “showing off.”

SUCH THINGS ARE STILL GOING ON

And while many of these events occurred years ago, I have come to know these same types of things continue to go on in the organization today:

(1) In particular, one central didi becomes angry when anyone sings during paincjanya in the jagrti / Central office (Ranchi). She bitterly complains, “What are you doing! This is my time to sleep – do not make such noise! If you must sing then do it in a whisper – this is my time to sleep!” Then didiji promptly goes back to bed.
(2) Not only that, this same didi then wakes up at 7am – if she sees that others are still doing their sadhana lessons, she cries out, “Stop your sadhana, breakfast is needed, I have to be in Central Office by 8am – quick quick.” Didiji skips her sadhana and asanas entirely; she takes bath and then directly goes to take food – which others have prepared for her.
(3) The name of this Central Didi is Ananda Abhisambuddha. She is the one who sleeps late, does not allow others to practice paincajanya, and interrupts those doing longer sadhana.
(4) Many say that Ananda Niitimaya has similar habits.
(5) Then there is this point: As many know, for avadhutas, it is mandatory to do night sadhana one time per month. For tantrikas – i.e. for all Ananda Margiis – night sadhana is a very special practice. However, if any young and inspired dada or didi shows an inclination and deep interest in night sadhana, then top Wts harass and abuse that worker. They say, “This is not good – if you do more night sadhana then Baba will curse you!” So they do everything they can to discourage and mock those interested in deeper sadhana.
(6) What so speak of sadhana, even if one didi or dada is sincere in kaoshikii and tandava or half-bath, then they face abuse and ridicule from their seniors and supervisors.

Such is the “culture” that has developed in our organization. Those inclined toward spiritual practice are sidelined, abused, and alienated.

CONCLUSION

This goes hand in hand with the fabrication of the bogus quote about merge-in-mission. Top Dadas want to use this fake quote to bring all under their control. To do that, they tried to cultivate the devotional sentiment that Baba merged in the mission. But rational margins and workers can never accept such a preposterous proclamation. That bogus quote is illogical and irrational. I support those who have shown that this never appeared in any sanctioned Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha (AMPS) publication.

All in all, my thinking is this: If somebody does not want to attain Godhood, then so be it. But do not stop others along the way who want to become One with Him! Leave us alone!

Namaskar,
Turiiya

Note 1: IN REPLY TO…

“It is this next part that is of such a dubious nature:

“If you want to know me, work for my mission, because I have merged myself with my mission.”

This part of the quote proclaims that the Cosmic Entity Baba (Ista) has merged Himself into yet another lesser entity – i.e. mission.

Here we have to remember that all beings emanate from the Cosmic Entity (Ista) – so Ista is the Hub of the entire cosmological order. Thus, there is nothing greater or bigger than Ista because that Ista is Purusottoma or the Cosmic Hub. So it is impossible for that infinite, Divine Hub to wholly merge into yet another hub. This is a false and ludicrous notion to think that the Cosmic Entity is merging into something else which has been created by Him.

Here again we can think:

Parama Purusa is the Supreme Nucleus and all the jiivas are ultimately merging into Him. He is the Hub & He is infinite. So when He is that Universal Hub and the final abode of all unit beings, then how is He going to merge into something else that is smaller which He Himself created, i.e. mission. Parama Purusa is infinite so how can He merge in that which is finite (mission). This is a totally illogical notion that goes 100% against Baba’s teachings on brahmacakra, or the cycle of creation. Brahma is the Ultimate Entity and does not merge into something else. Ista does not merge into adarsha; rather, Ista is the creator of adarsha.”

Note 2: LINKS TO EARLIER LETTERS

#1: http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/about-that-famous-bogus-quote.html

#2: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-about-that-famous-bogus-quote-2.html

#3: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-about-that-famous-bogus-quote-3.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Jyotsna’-ra’te malay va’te a’mi toma’y kato khunjechi…” (PS 3870)

Purport:

Baba, O’ my Dearmost, by Your grace, my heart is aching and longing for You. With that restless heart, I have anxiously searched for You on this full moon night. Baba, in my good days I spent all my time trying to find You. I searched for You in the ocean breeze and in so many natural surroundings. Baba, I looked and went everywhere in search of You – but I could not find You anywhere. Baba, in the end I remained isolated and alone, and I resigned myself to accept that this is just my fate – not to get You.

Baba, I longed to have Your intimate companionship and company. But I could not meet You face to face in the flower garden. I could not get You all alone – all to myself. Baba, I searched You in so many rivers, mountains and forests. But never could I get success – not anywhere. After that I tried hard to find You inside my heart; I looked within. Yet I did not see You sitting there in the throne of my heart. There also I could not find You. Baba, after all that I shed so many tears wallowing in my hopelessness of not getting You. In my frustration and agony, I have cried so much, out of my heartfelt longing for You.

Baba, I only searched for You in the effulgence. By Your grace, now I understand that You alone are the effulgence – the divine One, the most pristine Entity. So I am trying to remove whatever blackness exists in the mind – which occurred due to my own mistakes. Even today my mind remains filled with darkness because I could not get You. Baba, the darkness of my mind will only be removed when You appear, because You are the effulgence. With the pain of this melancholic longing, I request You to please make me pure so I may hold You, O’ my Dearmost.

Baba, please be gracious and come into my heart…

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Date: Thu 20 Sep 2012 07:21:38
From: Rajendra Singh
Subject: Mahaprayan of Ac. Aksharananda Avt
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== MAHAPRAYAN (DEATH) OF AC AKSHARANANDA AVT ==

Namaskar,
It is with sadness and shock that we share with you news of the mahaprayan* (death) of Ac. Aksharananda Avt. Respected Dadaji died while working in Nairboi sector, in the country of Tanzania. This is a great loss to us all.

As many know, Ac. Aksharanand jii was a courageous and valiant worker who was blessed to sacrifice for the high ideal of dharma. During emergency, when Mrs. Indhira Gandhi’s wrath knew no limits, then while standing for righteousness of Ananda Marga, Ac Aksharananda jii was arrested in Jaipur. He was tortured and suffered much, yet all the while stood as a shining example of dedication to Guru.

It is our loss to that Ac. Aksharanand jii has encountered his mahaprayan (death). Acaryaji served for many years in our VSS department, and his mahaprayan is an untimely one – his life with us on this earth was too short.

May we all take solace in the fact that Ac. Aksharananda jii was a strong sadhaka and practicing sadhana regularly; certainly he will attain mukti or moksa, accordingly. Baba will lovingly bestow His grace.

With deepest regards,
Namaskar,
Rajendra Singh

Note 1: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL MAHAPRAYAN AND FAKE MPD

Here it should be qualified that there is both real mahaprayan and fake mahaprayan. Real mahaprayan marks the death of any ordinary human being. This is the proper use of the term: To note a person’s departure from this earth. That is the way mahaprayan is to be used.

Then there is the fake, or so-called, or dogmatic mahaprayan.That is when certain vested interests try to apply the mahaprayan term to Parama Purusa Himself. This is totally inappropriate because when Baba is that Divine Entity who is beginningless and endless and resides always in our heart, then it is totally wrong to proclaim that He is gone.

That is why rational margiis are protesting; because the Oct 21st program is so-called mahaprayan. So-called means that something is fake. Parama Purusa is eternal, thus for some vested interests to declare “mahaprayan of Parama Purusa” is nothing but so-called mahaprayan.

Mahaprayan only really happens in the case of human beings, not Parama Purusa.

Note 2: ASTERISK NOTE ABOUT MAHAPRAYAN

* Mahaprayan (Death): Many are aware that mahaprayan (death) is the common term used in India and especially in Bengal to describe the death of an honoured or even ordinary person. In that way, the obituary columns of the newspapers of Bengal regularly cite the mahaprayan (death) of various persons of society who died or passed away.

Some may get confused and wrongly think that the word ‘mahaprayan’ (death) is one extraordinarily devotional term to be used in association with Parama Purusa. But that is not at all the case. Rather to do so is only to undermine the eternal presence of Parama Purusa. That is why no devotees ever use the word ‘mahaprayan’ in reference to Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. Because Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna exist eternally. Then there is no question of Their mahaprayan (death).

Those who think that Baba is a mortal human being celebrate Mahaprayan on a particular day of the year related with Baba; but, in the true sense, Baba is Parama Purusa so He is eternal and there is no question of His mahaprayan.

And for those who need still more technical proof then all this can be clarified quite readily by referencing the dictionary. Specifically in the Samsad Bengali-English dictionary on page 742. Checking there it will be confirmed that the word ‘mahaprayan’ means death. Which is why it used to refer to the passing away of even common citizens.

Note 3: STORY- SITTING ON BABA’S LAP MEANS DIED?
(contributed by one margii)

Recently after dharmacakra, a senior margii was recounting his experiences of having dharma samiiksa with Baba.

He said, “After being punished by Baba, then He called me close and placed me on His lap – I remained there for some time soaking up His love – and He blessed me.”

We all enjoyed hearing about his personal account with Baba during dharma samiiksa. When he finished telling his story, there was a call for questions. Various people posed their queries.

QUESTION BY A NEW MARGII

Towards the end, one new margii raised his hand and asked, “How did Baba bring you back to life?”

Everyone stared at the new margii in amazement. There was a look of astonishment all around – people were really shocked to hear him say this.

The new sadhaka sensed that something was awry.

He said very matter-of-factly, “I thought that sitting on Baba’s Lap means that he (the margii) died – that is why I asked that question.”

This was totally eye-opening for those of us in the room: Through our language and expression we had unknowingly taught someone to think that being on Baba’s lap is the equivalent of death. Because it seems that nowadays people only use the phrase “Baba’s lap” when a person has died, such as “Let him rest peacefully in Baba’s lap”, as if all who have died have accumulated there. Many emails have been written this way.

MUST NOT ONLY REFER TO DEATH

At that moment I thought that everyone, new and old, should be clear about the real and devotional meaning of this phrase, “being on Baba’s lap.” It should not become stigmatized such that it only means death. Because in its true sense, the phrase “being on Baba’s lap” really does carry a highly devotional and sweet feeling.

It is just like how a small child sits on its parent’s lap. In a similar way, a spiritual child (human being) sits on the lap of Parama Purusa. By Baba’s grace this can happen anytime in one’s sadhana, especially in dhyana. Such a phrase then should not become stigmatized because too many people only use it at the time of death.

We should be careful that we do not relegate “Baba’s lap” only to the point of death. All these following terms and phrases also only refer to death:

ve bhagavan ko pya’re ho gaye
(he has been loved by God)

ve svarga sidhar gaye
(he has gone to heaven )

ve guzar gaye
(he passed away)

mahaprayan hoyeche
(he died)

We should ensure that the same death connotation does not get attached to, “being on Baba’s lap.” Because the phrase – “being on Baba’s lap” – is a devotional experience that can happen today itself in sadhana, and especially in dhyana. The phrase “being on Baba’s lap” should not lose this quality and only mean death. It should not meet the same dark fate as happened with the term harijan.

MUST NOT MEET SAME FATE AS HARIJAN

As we all know, these days in India nobody uses the term harijan to mean “a devotee”. Whereas 70 years ago it was used in that way. The term harijan did mean bhakta. But ever since the time of Gandhi when he glued the harijan term to the lowest so-called caste, i.e so-called untouchables, nobody uses the the harijan to mean devotee. Never. Because the term harijan has been stigmatized to mean “untouchable”. Nobody uses it to mean “devotee”, but that is the original and true meaning of the word.

The phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, should not meet a similar fate. It should not lose its devotional quality and just refer to one’s death. That will be very negative.

A VERY DEVOTIONAL EXPRESSION

There are thousands of recorded stories by sadhakas where they use the phrase, “on Baba’s lap”, when describing their experiences of being with Baba: He used to bless them and bring them on His lap. People should understand the deeply devotional value of this expression, and not just think that Baba’s lap means death, i.e. that you can only sit on His lap at the time of death. Still today there are thousands of margiis walking this earth who sat in Baba’s lap. And not only that, there are countless more sadhakas who were blessed by Baba in dreams and dhyana wherein they sat in His lap. And still today this deeply devotional experience is attainable by sadhakas, by His grace.

There are so many ways an aspirant can reach unto Baba’s lap including in sadhana and especially during dhyana. That is the main idea that should be preserved. Sadhana is a devotional practice and one can sit on Baba’s lap in dhyana. We should make it cent-per-cent clear to one and all that the phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, does not mean death.

RECENT EXAMPLES

Here are quoted lines from recently posted emails on various forums, wherein the writer uses the phrase – “in Baba’s lap” – with the occasion of death:

– “We are sure that Baba has taken him in His loving lap.”
(written by Dada Kalyaneshvarananda on 01 May 2012 in reference to the death of Ac Pratapaditya ji)

So the above line was just posted today by Dadaji. Here following are more examples related with the recent passing of a respected margii sister. Here too the phrase, “in Baba’s lap”, is used in conjunction with death.

– “May her soul rest in Baba’s lap for ever.”

– “Let her rest peacefully in Baba’s Lap – which she always desired.”

– “now she is in beloved Baba’s lap”

– “She is now in BÁBÁ’S loving lap”

All of the above lines were written at the time of death. And it is fine to write like this – only the point is that this same phrase “in Baba’s lap” should be used when describing one’s devotional practices and experiences as well.

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Date: Wed 19 Sep 2012 20:58:34 -0400
From: Nataraj Deva
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: To Brothers and Sisters Who Feel Baba Left Them

Baba

== TO BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO FEEL BABA LEFT THEM ==

Namaskar,
The dogmatic mahaprayan divasa (MPD) is around the corner and one group will be calling and cajoling sadhakas to attend.

Now, then, is the right time to evaluate this programme and better understand why more and more do not give an ounce of credence to it.

After all, our aim is to culivate a closeness with Parama Purusa and help others do the same – not push Him away

BABA IS ETERNALLY IN OUR HEART

As we all know, Baba is the Parama Purusa – Taraka Brahma. That means He Himself is that Divine Eternal Entity.

As sadhakas of Ananda Marga, we constantly remember Him throughout the day and feel His divine vibrations resonating in our hearts and minds.

Because our link with Him is internal and we always feel that He is along with us.

Baba says, “Parama Purus’a always remains with you, within the very core of your heart. So search within, O spiritual aspirant, not without, but within, within your very existence.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 12, p. 41)

Baba is our constant companion – benevolently watching our each and every action, ever-ready to help us in our time of need.

And every disciple feels like this. This is our spiritual approach in Ananda Marga.

MPD IS LOWER THAN SA’LOKYA

And while there are various levels or degrees of spiritual closeness, the so-called mahaprayan function undermines them all.

Because in His discourse ‘The Six Stages of Realisation’, Baba clearly outlines all the degrees of realising Him.

Baba says, “When people attain progress in the realm of spiritual realization, that progress is divided into six stages – sa’lokya, sa’miipya, sa’yujya, sa’ru’pya, sa’rs’t’hi and kaevalya.” (Namami Krsnasundaram, Disc: 3)

Thus according to Baba, there are six stages of realisation and, at the very least, all of them acknowledge the presence of Parama Purusa. Indeed this awareness is present in even the first stage of realisation, sa’lokya. (Reference: Namami Krsnasundaram, Disc: 3)

So even the initial stage of realisation brings the understanding that I and my Parama Purusa exist. And this is the basic foundational point of spirituality: My Lord exists and He is with me.

However, the entire programme of so-called mahaprayan goes against this very fundamental point of spirituality because the MPD programme dictates that Baba is gone. That is the extreme negativity of this “mahaprayan” programme: It rules out the existence of Parama Purusa.

Whereas, in Ananda Marga, we all readily acknowledge the idea that Baba is always with us. No matter where we go in this world, He remains our Eternal Guide and Companion. This every sadhaka feels.

So the entire programme of so-called mahaprayan is lower than even the first stage of realisation – and is therefore against the very essence of our Ananda Marga spiritual outlook.

LIKE SOME DOGMATIC RELIGIONS

Around the globe there are a few very dogmatic religions that suggest that Parama Purusa is away. In their closed-minded and static approach, such religions argue that God is not with us. We all know which religions those are and need not name them here.

But for us, in Ananda Marga, we always encourage all brothers and sisters to make a deeper, more personal, link with Parama Purusa. That is true bliss of being an Ananda Margii.

So it is tragic that the dogmatic mahaprayan programme goes in the opposite direction: rather, it supports the feeling that Parama Purusa is gone.

That is why many are telling that (a) the MPD programme is more in line with the dogmatic religions as they do not have the basic feeling of sa’lokya, (b) whereas this MPD programme is not at all appropriate for our dynamic spiritual movement of Ananda Marga.

We should not allow any of our brothers and sisters to fall in this way.

BABA’S BLESSING

Again the whole conclusive point here is that the entire programme of so-called mahaprayan is below even the first stage of realisation, sa’lokya.

Yet, we know and ideate always that Baba is with us. That is the teaching of Ananda Marga and that is our practical approach. Each and every moment, we feel that Baba is along with us. That is how we do second lesson, by His grace. And this brings a sweet vibration in the mind for every devotee.

We should always remember that Guru Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji always inculcated the idea in reporting, dharma samiiksa, personal contact etc: Never think that Parama Purusa is away from you – always think that He is with you.

Baba says, “One must not forget this fact – that the Supreme Entity is with you, and loves you.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 12, The Birthright of All)

Namaskar,
Nataraj

Note 1: OUR DEVOTIONAL STANDARD

Some sadhakas think in their own way that Baba is a mundane personality who came and went. This is their outlook; but it is not very devotional. It is not up to the standard of devotion associated with our Ananda Marga. We feel and realise that Baba is the Divine Entity and He remains with us always.

Note 2: BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF

Ask yourself: Do you really feel that Baba is gone? You never feel that Baba is with you & you never ask Him for any help? Really, you never do like this? If really you feel that Baba is gone – away from you – then yes, the dogmatic mahaprayan programme will be attractive for you. I do not feel that any of our margii brothers and sisters fall in this category.

Note 3: OTHER POSTINGS ON SO-CALLED MAHAPRAYAN

#1: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/so-called-mahaprayan-came-from-islam.html

#2: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-so-called-mahaprayan-came-from-islam.html

#3: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-so-called-mahaprayan-came-from-islam_11.html

#4: http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/this-is-time-to-think-about-this-story.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Asha’ni ulka’ upeks’a’ kari a’lokatiirthe calo cali…” (P.S. 744)

Purport:

Baba by Your grace I will go on marching ahead towards the effulgence, my Goal, by avoiding and overcoming all sorts of obstacles like lightening and thunderbolts & meteors. By Your grace I will not be afraid of the thorns and difficulties on the path. With Your strength, I will root them out, throw them away, and move on and on. Baba, all my energy is coming from You.

Baba, on the path of my forward movement, there so many insects & nuisances. Plus various types of demons, ghosts, witches, and goblins are trying to create disturbances and fear on my journey. But by Your divine grace when I have fixed the determination in my mind to move towards You, then until I will not rest until I reach the Goal.

Baba, by Your grace, with my feet I will go on crushing all the obstacles on the path, no matter how insurmountable they may seem. Baba. Your immense blessing is always with me. You are my Source and You are my Savior…

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From: “Ram Dayal” ram.dayal.deva@photo-lab….
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Re: About That Famous Bogus Quote #3
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:34:58 +0000

Baba

== RE: ABOUT THAT FAMOUS BOGUS QUOTE #3 ==

~ Part 3 ~

(Note: This is the third letter in this series. Links to the first two letters on this topic are appended below. – Eds)

Namaskar
“When Mrs Indhira Gandhi lost power and the new government came into power then many, many disciples came to see Baba – thousands went to see Him. Baba would say something and margiis used to come back happy. With good intentions, they would write and publish whatever they they could remember and make that into leaflets and magazine articles. In this way, all kinds of stories and inauthentic accounts were printed. No doubt they saw Baba and certainly Baba told them something, but what they remembered and wrote down hours later is not an accurate depiction of what Baba spoke. That is the main issue and that is what happened with this passage from the Supreme Expression book.”

Yes, I remember well those days when we could visit Baba in jail. Here are some of the details which I recall – and indeed it was impossible to note down or remember exactly what Baba said – and because of His fasting sometimes He did not speak at all and instead just wrote on one simple, small piece of slate.

So here is how it went…

WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO VISIT BABA THOSE DAYS IN JAIL

When margiis or workers would arrive at the jail to visit Baba, then, first of all, they were met and searched by a plain-clothes policeman. At that point, any visitors for Baba would have to leave behind any recording devices, pens, paper, and various other things. All those types of items were held by officials at the gate or the reception area of the jail. It was only after totally emptying your pockets and bags did the jail officials allow you to enter the facility to visit Baba.

Then once with Baba, the plain clothes policeman would remain just 4 feet away – very close. If you were fortunate to arrive on a day when Baba was talking, then His talk was extremely quiet – like a whisper. That was because He was extremely weak from undergoing that epic fast; and, because the policeman was close by and Baba did not want the policeman to hear what He was saying. Thus to hear Baba, you would have to go very close to Him and turn your head so your ear was lined up with His mouth. It was like He was just whispering in your ear – and it was very difficult to decipher all His words. Even if one could hear, one may have misunderstood the idea that Baba wished to convey. So there were multiple issues involved.

Then of course, on many occasions, Baba was not speaking at all. He was just too weak. In that case He would just give hand signals or use chalk and a small piece of slate. Really the slate was only big enough to write 1 or 2 words. Obviously then, His communication under such circumstances was extremely limited.

So there was just no way to receive a full discourses or even a short talk or teaching from Baba while He was in jail. The communication was extremely limited for all the aforesaid reasons.

Supposing one did arrive on a day when Baba spoke in greater length and in a more full voice – which rarely, if ever, happened – but supposing it did, then there was one more hurdle. The human mind is simply incapable of recounting each and every word of a sentence, let alone a paragraph or more. It is impossible. Remember, no pen or paper was available, so one would have had to perfectly memorize whatever Baba spoke and then keep that in mind until one could write it down. Forget about a page or a paragraph, humans could hardly remember even one sentence properly. So it was a struggle.

That is why no printed article based on jail visitations are official discourses or considered verified accounts. With their zeal and love, margiis tried hard, but those accounts are just not accurate. That is why the book – Supreme Expression I – is not at all credible nor accepted by our Publications Dept as legitimate.

I hope this helps people understand why the merge-in-mission quote is bogus and unsubstantiated.

Namaskar,
Ram Dayal

Note 1: LINKS TO EARLIER LETTERS ON THIS TOPIC

#1: http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/about-that-famous-bogus-quote.html

#2: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-about-that-famous-bogus-quote-2.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Kenoi va’ ele, dola’ diye gele, na’ bale gele cale, phele a’ma’y…” (PS 1995)

Purport:

Baba, You have been gone so long. Why did You come and stir my heart only to then go away without saying a word – thereby leaving me all alone. Baba, neither do You have any love for me, nor do You understand the aching pain of my heart. Baba, after coming and reciting one fairy tale, where did You go. Baba, I want You to remain here with me.

Baba, amongst all the dear ones, You are my Dearmost. Why then do You not reside eternally in my heart. Baba, You are my Dearmost and Innermost, then how can You justify going so far away from me. Is it proper to leave me isolated and all alone. Please tell me.

Baba, You are so dear to me, no matter what I will never forget You; Baba, I will never leave You. Not at any cost will I ever wipe You away from my mental plate – from the memories of my mind. That I will never do. Baba, even if You do not desire to remain with me – even if You want to hide – I shall always keep You in the golden casket of my heart.

Baba, You are eternally mine; my everything is surrendered at Your lotus feet…

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Date: Mon 17, Sep 2012 21:38:54
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Praphulla Deva
Subject: Baba Story: When I Asked Baba

Baba

== BABA STORY: WHEN I ASKED BABA ==

Namaskar,
At the time, I was working as an LFT in one of our Ananda Marga schools as a teacher. I had a strong desire to become a wholetimer, but had some hesitation as well.

On various occasions, by His grace, I had gotten the opportunity to see Baba. Always He told me so many things about my life: What mistakes I had made in the past, where I had been, as well as what I was feeling and thinking during specific incidents. Baba even recounted my dreams. It was quite apparent that He knew everything about me.

After being a margii for about 4 – 5 years, I began to see how Baba knew everything – not just about me, but about everybody. I used to talk with various margiis from all different areas and they told about their personal experiences with Baba. Time and again, sadhakas from diverse lands expressed how He was aware about their every thought and dealing. Regardless with whom I spoke, always the outcome was the same: Baba knew everything about everybody. That was everyone’s experience.

One day, I was blessed to have another opportunity to see Baba. During that occasion, He looked at me and said, “Do you have any questions to ask?”

I asked, “Baba, how do You know everything about everyone? How do you know everybody’s thoughts and deeds?”

Baba replied: “Parama Purusa is infinite – Everything is in His mind. At the same time Parama Purus is smallest of the small. He resides in the corner of everyone’s mind. He can see whatever they think or do. They may forget their thoughts, words and deeds, but He can never forget.”

Baba spoke, “I remain in the corner of everyone’s mind.”

Namaskar,
Ac. Bhavashuddhananda Avt

ABOUT THE ABOVE STORY

The above story is courtesy of Ac Bhavashuddhananda Avt. My deepest thanks to Dadaji for sharing this. Following are some very inspiring guidelines and teachings from our dearmost Baba as we reflect on this devotional story.

Baba says, “He knows everything, He is omniscient, because He resides within your mind, and the things that you think or that you speak internally are all soliloquies, are then and there tape-recorded by Him. He knows everything, because He is within the mind.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 12, The Chance to Be One with Him)

Baba says, “He sees everything, He knows everything. And nothing of the past, nothing of the future is a secret for Him. There cannot be an iota of secrecy or an iota of confidentiality for Him.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 21, Unit Spirit and Cosmic Spirit)

Baba says, “He is the witness of all the worlds, all the deeds done in this universe. Nothing is secret for Him. You cannot do anything nor think anything without being witnessed by Him. If anyone says, “I am not being witnessed by anybody,” He will be witnessing this utterance. So as the witnessing Entity He is always with you. This is the greatest assurance, because when you know that He is with you, your mental strength will increase a thousand-fold, because He is always with you to help you.” (Discourse in Istanbul, Turkey, 1979)

Namaskar,
Praphulla Deva

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’loker ei ja’tra’pathe prabhu tumi saunge theko…” (PS 3396)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, on the path of this journey [1] of divine effulgence, please grace me by remaining with me all along. If, while moving ahead on the path, I stop, then please don’t leave me behind. Baba, keep me along with You, in Your close proximity.

Baba, since eternity You were with me & You colored me in Your color. Now, even in these odd hours, please do not forget this very thing: That You will remain with me all the time.

Baba, at the end of the journey only You are there because You are the Goal. And according to Your playful liila, You go on pulling everyone close to You by showering Your grace. Baba, due to Your blessing, in sadhana my mind becomes ensconced in You – I become drenched in Your divine nectar. Then my ‘I-feeling’ gets lost in You, merged in You. [2]

O’ my dearmost Baba, on this path of forward movement towards You – in all my duties and practices – please keep me at Your lotus feet. Baba, this whole entire life is a spiritual journey towards You. Baba, please keep me in Your divine shelter always…

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA ##3396:

[1] Journey: This refers to our spiritual way of living such as asana, pranayama, dhyana, sadhana and all our devotional practices related with Sixteen Points.

[2] Where one’s unit I-feeling ends, then only Parama Purusa is there. Then one will dissolve or merge into Him. So when a person becomes completely ensconced in the deepest samadhi, then in the sahasrara cakra one will taste that divine nectar, and their whole existence will be inundated with His infinite cosmic grace.

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Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:48:59 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Dharmaviira Deva
Subject: Difference Between Kiirtan and Prabhat Samgiita

Baba

== THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KIIRTAN AND PRABHAT SAMGIITA ==

(Note: This is the second letter in this series. A link to the initial letter on this topic is appended below. – Eds)

Namaskar,
“When Baba began composing songs He beautifully brought forth the true devotional expressions of our Ananda Marga sadhana. That is the inherent charm of Prabhat Samgiita. They purely reflect a bhakta’s heart-felt feeling with Parama Purusa.”

Yes, I agree wholeheartedly; and, with the recent observance of Prabhat Samgiita Day (14 Sep) here are some further reflections about Baba’s divine compositions. Please share your thoughts as well.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA: THE MISSING LINK

By giving Prabhat Samgiita, Baba has beautifully filled one missing link in our devotional approach and sadhana program.

After half-bath and preparing oneself in the physico-psychic way, then one link is needed before starting kiirtan. The intimate sharing of one’s personal devotional feeling is needed. And that link is Prabhat Samgiita.

CONTRASTING KIIRTAN AND PRABHAT SAMGIITA

As we all know, kiirtan itself is the expression of one idea: Highlighting the glory of Parama Purus’a. And true kiirtan is to be sung out loud – collectively, or at least loud enough so others can hear. Of course, all Ananda Margiis yearn to sing His name and dance kiirtan. And our kiirtan mantra is itself a siddha mantra. Certainly, we are blessed to have our Baba-Nam-Kevalam kiirtan.

At the same time, as sadhakas we are not wholly satisfied with just the singing of kiirtan. Because every devotee also wants to express some personal, devotional, sentimental feeling of the heart to their most loving Parama Purusa. Because He is the Dearest One of the heart, the Heart of hearts, and the Soul of souls.

So it is natural that a sadhaka wants to pour or open their whole heart. And this can only be done by sitting in a lonely place and singing to Him directly and talking to Him. And in this way Prabhat Samgiita is the perfect medium.

Kiirtan is more of a collective approach, or we can say that it is even a little higher because there is only one idea: Baba’s glory is everything. That is the one central theme of our kiirtan.

But, as we know, in devotional life a wide range of personal feelings come in the heart and mind of the bhakta and those need to be expressed and goaded towards Parama Purusa. Often it is difficult to express those sentimental feelings in a collective setting. Every sadhaka has their own way in which they wish to communicate their personal longing for Him. It depends upon a person’s devotional standard and relation with Him. Some devotees have a special intimate relation with Parama Purusa and some practice another type of bhava with Parama Purusa. It varies from one sadhaka to the next.

And the various Prabhat Samgiita compositions enable on to express these different types of feelings towards the Lord – towards Baba. That is why Prabhat Samgiita stands as an ideal personal practice for each sadhaka – where kiirtan is more applicable to a collective flow.

This is the essential difference between bhajans (i.e. Prabhat Samgiita) and kiirtan. So many sentimental feelings and so many tales of the heart cannot get expressed in the collective flow.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA: AN INTIMATE EXPERIENCE

So Baba has given Prabhat Samgiita as that intimate link between the bhakta and Parama Purusa. It is the ideal practice for sadhakas to express their unique personal feelings for Him. It is a way for devotees to feel Him more close.

Although philosophically, every devotee will admit that ‘Parama Purusa, You are infinite’; but at the same time, in their heart, they will speak “Toma’re ca’i ye ekante…”: O my Dearmost, I want to have Your closeness in an isolated place. O’ infinite Parama Purusa, I want to have You in a very personal way – in a secluded place – so I can open my heart, and share y feelings with You. O ‘ Baba, You are mine and mine alone.

Hence although Parama Purusa is infinite, but true devotees do not feel that He is infinite. They feel that: ‘He is mine and mine alone’.

In that case, there is a deep need to communicate their inner feeling with Him, otherwise how can there be intimacy. Without intimacy, one cannot grow in sadhana. Such a feeling is devotion. And that only comes with the pouring of the heart to Him – He who is most close.

In that case without bhajan type of songs, and especially without Prabhat Samgiita, there is no way to express the feeling fo the heart. So that is why Prabhat Samgiita is that much needed missing link. Sadhakas have always had an inner-heart felt feeling for Him, Baba fulfilled that gap by giving expression to those feeling with His compositions of Prabhat Samgiita. That is indeed His special gift which He began on 14 September 1982.

Namaskar,
Dharmaviira

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Toma’re khunjiya’ gechi vane vane maner kon’e khunjiya’ dekhini…” (2807)

Purport:

Baba I went on searching You in the external world, in the so-called holy lands, in the forest, in the cave of the mountain, and so many places, but I never tried to search You in the corner of my mind. I never looked there.

I observed many types of penance and took trouble to travel to the various “holy lands” in search of You; and I remained engaged in external worship using the traditional paraphernalia with lots of ostentation. All the while, I never understood that You are remaining so close to me – this I never thought. O’ Baba, O’ Divine Entity, You are always sitting in the mind and You love me very deeply and intimately. You shower Your love on me day and night.

What I understood based on my little intellect, I tried to execute with my full strength and vigour. I remained lost in various attachments. I also searched You through exploration of knowledge – remaining busy with pen, paper and ink. By this way, my time was wasted. And I could never catch hold of You. Now, by Your causeless grace, I understand that You are always hiding in my mind. Your divine flute is always resonating. Baba, You are always gracious…

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To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 21:13:22 -0800
From: “Satiish Reynolds”
Subject: Re: About That Famous Bogus Quote #2

Baba

== RE: ABOUT THAT FAMOUS BOGUS QUOTE ==

~ Part 2 ~

(Note: This is the second letter in this series. A link to the initial letter on this topic is appended below. – Eds)

Namaskar,

“It is this next part that is of such a dubious nature:

“If you want to know me, work for my mission, because I have merged myself with my mission.”

This part of the quote proclaims that the Cosmic Entity Baba (Ista) has merged Himself into yet another lesser entity – i.e. mission.

Here we have to remember that all beings emanate from the Cosmic Entity (Ista) – so Ista is the Hub of the entire cosmological order. Thus, there is nothing greater or bigger than Ista because that Ista is Purusottoma or the Cosmic Hub. So it is impossible for that infinite, Divine Hub to wholly merge into yet another hub. This is a false and ludicrous notion to think that the Cosmic Entity is merging into something else which has been created by Him.

Here again we can think:

Parama Purusa is the Supreme Nucleus and all the jiivas are ultimately merging into Him. He is the Hub & He is infinite. So when He is that Universal Hub and the final abode of all unit beings, then how is He going to merge into something else that is smaller which He Himself created, i.e. mission. Parama Purusa is infinite so how can He merge in that which is finite (mission). This is a totally illogical notion that goes 100% against Baba’s teachings on brahmacakra, or the cycle of creation. Brahma is the Ultimate Entity and does not merge into something else. Ista does not merge into adarsha; rather, Ista is the creator of adarsha.” (posted 9/6/12)

Yes, I appreciate this rational approach – that quote is philosophically wrong.

Rather this merge-in-mission quote has been notoriously grafted. Even then, some still think it is a genuine quote and are citing the unofficial book – Supreme Expression I – as if that is proof of the quote’s legitimacy. But how could a book like that be proof when it was not published by Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha.

For their understanding, here is more logic and reasoning why this quote is wrong.

1. Supreme Expression I is not an approved or official publication of AMPS. Rather it was published by an outside group. And this they readily acknowledge on the title page. There they write: “For a complete list of original books, please contact Ananda Marga publications as indicated on the following page.” This is the exact line from the title page of Supreme Expression I. So Supreme Expression is not an unofficial book; rather it was published by an independent publishing house in the Netherlands. In that case, how could such a publication be relied on as the sole and trusted source of a supposed quote which is wholly against the ideological ethic of Ananda Marga.

2. When Mrs. Indhira Gandhi lost power and the new government came into power then many, many disciples came to see Baba – thousands went to see Him. Baba would say something and margiis used to come back happy. With good intentions, they would write and publish whatever they they could remember and make that into leaflets and magazine articles. In this way, all kinds of stories and inauthentic accounts were printed. No doubt they saw Baba and certainly Baba told them something, but what they remembered and wrote down hours later is not an accurate depiction of what Baba spoke. That is the main issue and that is what happened with this passage from the Supreme Expression book.

If anyone has any more to add, please write in.

Namaskar,
Satiish

Note 1: THE TWO VERSIONS OF THIS BOGUS QUOTE

(1) Here is the version of the bogus quote propagated by Ac. Sarvatmanandji and other Dadas starting in Oct 1990:

“I am not this physical body, this physical body is not me. If you want to know me, work for my mission, because I have merged myself with my mission.”

(2) Here is the quote as it appears in the unofficial book – Supreme Expression I – which was published by an outside group / agency:

“If you want to see Me, do my Mission because I am merged with my Mission. I am not this physical body, this physical body is not me. I am in your hearts and you are in mine. Only devotion can demand my physical presence.” (Supreme Expression I, p. 57 (1978)

Note 2: LINK TO EARLIER LETTER

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/about-that-famous-bogus-quote.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Adrira ma’jhe tumi himagiri, pus’per ma’jhe pa’rija’ta…” (P.S. 1685)

Purport:

Baba, You are the Greatest among the great, the Sweetest among the sweet. Amongst all the mountains, Your status is like the towering Himalayas. Amongst all the flowers, You are like the most brilliant parijata flower.

Baba, with Your own hand You are touching and playing the strings of the viina of my inner core – which is situated in the depths of my heart. With Your soft, loving touch, You are arousing the divine ecstasy in my mind.

Baba, You have brought me on this earth again and again. You have inspired me to love You in infinite ways. My whole existence has always revolved around You; but even then I could never be satiated to my heart’s full content.

Now You have brought me again on this earth. And, by Your grace, I have brought a basketful of love for You. It is in my heart. O’ my Lord, please remain along with me always – day and night, always.

Among all the things which are dear, You are the Dearest. You are my Priyatama, the innermost One of my heart. Of all the things which I love, You are the most dear. You always reside inside my heart.

Baba, what way You are, it is impossible to explain through language. I do not have any words to express Your glory. So I do sastaunga pranam to You – thousands of times, infinite times, again and again.

Baba, please keep me at Your lotus feet..

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Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 21:09:31 +0530
From: “Divyapriya” inHim@porternet….
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Re: Widespread Nepotism & Theft in WT Cadre #2

Baba

== RE: WIDESPREAD NEPOTISM & THEFT IN WT CADRE ==

~ Part 2 ~

(Note: This is the second letter in this series; a link to the initial letter on this topic is appended below. – Eds. )

Namaskar,

“Didi Ananda Giita has been looking after her own laokik father and keeps him in a Didi’s jagrti. Specifically, Ananda Gita didi’s father is K.C. Bhalla and he lives in the Ren’uka’ master unit (Didis MU) in Umariya village of Raipur District. Needless to say, this sets a very poor example. Our dedicated Wt Didis are not to have contact with their laokik family. To stop their missionary work and address worldly family matters is not at all appropriate for our Wts. If really, the laokik family is unable to care for their father then they should take help from the local unit; Didi Ananda Giita must not get involved in the life affairs of her worldly father. That runs contrary to our wt code of conduct.”

The Ananda Giita faction is currently riddled by turmoil. The leader herself – respected Didi Ananda Giita – ignores Baba’s rule and now all the junior Didis are following her poor example.

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

Yet, Didi Ananda Giita gives special treatment to her laokik father by having him live on a didi’s master unit. She arranged this specially for him. Yet it is known by all that males are not to live or be treated in a Didi’s jagrti or MU. But Ananda Giita imposed this and crossed the gender boundary because of her deep attachment to her laokik father.

And this created a cascading effect.

HER NEGATIVE EXAMPLE BECAME SYSTEMIC PROBLEM

Seeing the top Didi compromise in this manner, all junior Didis have begun doing similar types of things to support their laokik parents. Mostly they visit and give money to their worldly parents etc. Internally they think, “When my esteemed supervisor is partial to her worldly father, then I too should take care of my worldly relations.” In that way, the problem has become systemic in the Ananda Giita group.

RAMPANT SUBFACTIONALISM IN “ANANDA GIITA GROUP”:

FAVOURITISM RULES

Furthermore, this top Didi Ananda Giita ji gives preference to those wt didis who were born in her own home area of Chatisgarh. That is why Ananda Giita’s team is the Chatisgarhii subfaction. Seeing this, Didi Ananda Kaoshikii thought that she should do the same – she favours those didis who were born in Orissa. Within the greater Ananda Giita group, Kaoshikii Didi has created her own sub-faction consisting of the Oriya didis. Because that is where Ananda Kaoshikii is from and she gives preference to those Oriya didis.

So the Ananda Giita group is riddled by all kinds of problems and is crumbling from the top down.

Here following are more of the details.

Although everyone calls it the “Ananda Giita Group”, that faction is not controlled solely by respected Didi Ananda Giitaji. Actually there is a split in leadership.

Respected Ananda Giita comes from Chatisgarh and watches over and favours all the Chatisgarhii Didis – i.e. those didis born in Chatisgarh; only those Wts will obey Didi Ananda Giita. Simply put, Didi Ananda Giita runs the Chatisgarhii subfaction.

While Didi Ananda Kaoshikii who comes from Orissa has the respect of all the Oriya Didis – i.e. those Didis born in Orissa; and she is partial towards them. Didi Ananda Kaoshikii controls the Oriya subfaction.

So you can say that within the “Ananda Giita Group” or “WWD faction” there are two distinct hierarchies – or two sub-factions: One sub-faction led by Didi Ananda Giita, i.e. the Chatisgarhii subfaction; and the other sub-faction led by Didi Ananda Kaoshikii, i.e. the Oriya subfaction.

Furthermore, both Ananda Giita and Ananda Kaoshikii play favorites with their respective follower, or sub-factions. That means that Ananda Giita Didi will not transfer workers native to Chattisgarh as she wants to please her sub-faction and keep the main jagrtis and most important fields in their control. There are many examples wherein Didis born in Chatisgarh get preferential treatment from Ananda Giita in this way.

And, side by side, Didi Ananda Kaoshikii allows her wt didis to remain in the same place as she wants to protect her subfaction. That means those didis born in Orissa get favoured treatment by Ananda Kaoshikii Didi. Such Didis do not get transferred because they were born in Orissa and get preferential treatment from Ananda Kaoshikii.

And verily there are plenty more examples from both groups.

JUST GEO-SENTIMENT – NOWHERE NEAR NEO-HUMANISM

AND THE EXISTENCE OF “STEP” DIDIS

This is all nothing but geo-cum-socio sentiment. Neither Ananda Giita nor Ananda Kaoshikii are guided by a neo-humanistic outlook. Rather they are both plagued by geo-cum-socio sentiment, i.e. blind preference for those who were born in their locale. That is why Ananda Giita will never transfer or go against the feelings of Chatisgarhii didis; and that is why Ananda Kaoshikii will never transfer or go against the feelings of Oriya didis.

Thus, the only Didis who get transferred in the Ananda Giita group are those leftover or step-didis who do not hail from Chatisgarh or Orissa. These step-didis are neither part of the Chatisgarhii subfaction nor part of the Oriya subfaction. And they are transferred to units that are no economically self-sufficient, i.e. tough fields.

In this situation also, there are many examples of Didis who are transferred and treated in this way because of their birth – i.e. they were not born in Chatisgarh nor Orissa.

Here we refer to them as step-didis because just as a typical step-mother does not favour her step-children, but rather does injustice with them; in the same way, these leftover didis are the step-children or step-didis of Ananda Giita. Ananda Giita can never look upon them as her own due to her geo-cum-socio sentiment. Hence these didis do not have a “goddess mother”. Neither they are cared for by Ananda Giita nor by Ananda Kaoshikii. So those workers are just step-didis and get transferred – and moved here and there.

MORE RELEVANT POINTS

That is the way things work in the Ananda Giita group – and there are other notable points as well.

1) As you might imagine after reading the above, Didi Ananda Giita does not have total respect and attention of all the didis in the “Ananda Giita Group.” She is not the leader per se; if she does something that some of the didis do not like then their entire WWD / Ananda Giita Group will break. There will be mutiny and chaos. Always they are on the brink of complete dissolution. In contrast, if Didi Ananda Giita was looked upon by one and all as the leader of that entire group, then the “Ananda Giita Group” would perform as one monolithic structure. But it is not like: They are riddle by subfactionalism and can completely split apart at any moment – breaking into 2 distinct subgroups with many more Didis scattering in other directions as well.

2) Another black-spot is that the “Ananda Giita Group” is not all bound together financially. They are not fiscally centralised. Rather almost all senior workers of the Didi Ananda Giita group as well as junior Chatisgarhii and Oriya workers Giita didi have their own PERSONAL bank account and ATM card. So from a financial perspective, they all function as their own separate entities – each trying to secure as much money for their personal interest as possible. This then is another cause of alarm that there is no unity or trust within this “Didi Ananda Giita” group.

Here I wish to clarify that those didis should have ATM cards etc, but those cards should be in the name of the organisation – not their personal accounts. We must fully support the fact that our Didis and wts have access to money; however, that money is to be regulated through organisational channels and fully accounted for. It should be centralised, not individualised. Such Didis should not be encouraged to build up their own personal bank accounts – for their own personal affairs. That is totally against Baba’s system and contrary to the spirit of being a WT.

All this gives a little bit of a look into the Ananda Giita group and how it functions. Others can write in with more thoughts and news.

FINAL THOUGHT:

BE CAREFUL WHEN DONATING MONEY

Note: In this critical situation, margiis should help correct this situation and be careful before donating money to our Wts. First margiis should watch and check to ensure fiscal transparency. If that worker is not ready to give an account and receipt, then margiis should refrain from donating. Certainly not all workers are bad and the organisation definitely needs money. Here the simple point is that all donations should be used justly and appropriately – they should go in the right direction. One should never donate money to Didis who funnel money to their laokik parents for their retirement or who divert money to their laokik brothers and sisters so they can buy real estate or houses etc. All allocated monies should be used exclusively for the welfare of humanity.

“No worker can keep unaccounted money (black money) with him.” (WT Conduct Code, Six Addition Rules, Pt #1a)

Namaskar,
Divyapriya

Note 1: SHOULD WE GRANT THEM LICENSE TO GO AGAINST ANANDA MARGA IDEALS

There are a few who believe that since Ananda Gita didi’s father K.C. Bhalla gave up all his moveable and immoveable property and donated it to Ananda Marga when his daughter became wt, therefore we should support this family regardless of their actions. Simply, because family has donated everything to Ananda Marga.

But life in our Marga is not like that. We support ideology – not any human being. Such a donation does not give them the right to go against the standards of Ananda Marga. Such a donation was made with their heart-felt feeling to serve – not as a plea-bargaining chip for going against Ananda Marga conduct rules later in life.

Here the ideological point is two-fold:
1) Didi Ananda Giita should not have contact with her father and should not be treating him with partiality;
2) Males should not be brought onto Didis master units.

No matter the circumstance, we are to abide by these point. Failure to do so only invites the doorway to degeneration as evidenced above.

Note 2: MUST NOT FALL IN PRATYAVAYA – IT IS MARGII’S DUTY TO HELP

The solution – as expressed in the first letter on this topic – is that margiis are to attend to the well being of aged people like K.C. Bhalla jii. To not help those in need is pratyavaya (sin of omission). So there is no question of leaving K.C. Bhalla unattended to – he is very aged and senior and needs support. That support must come from family margiis of that bhukti and neighboring areas. If laokik family members were in position to help then fine. But that is not the case. So it is the duty of margiis to provide care – but as he is a male that care should not be given on a Didi’s master unit. So help must be given in whatever way is needed and in an appropriate manner and place as well. This is our social dharma. This is not Didi Ananda Giita jii’s personal responsibility as she has dedicated herself for the greater humanity.

Note 3: MUST NOT BE PARTIAL TO ANY GROUP

As Ananda Margiis, we should not think that if one group is plunged in wrongdoing then it is fine and can be overlooked whereas if another person or group is doing wrong then it should be pointed out. As sadhakas and as well-wishers of society, any wrongdoing should be pointed out and properly resolved. With this type of genuine helping attitude, this letter has been written. I remember one general darshan in Mumbai: Baba told that if in your family someone is doing something wrong, then do not ignore that misdeed, and only point out if others are doing wrong. This is not the way. Rather it is most essential to save your close family member from moving in a negative direction. With that motive I am writing this.

Note 4: WT’S ARE NOT LIKE CORPORATE EMPLOYEES

There following lines are from a previous letter yet I feel they are helpful for review:

“In case there was any doubt or confusion in anyone’s mind, let us remember that our respected wholetimers of Ananda Marga have dedicated themselves to a high ideal – in service to Gurudev and suffering humanity. Their lives are for the welfare of others. So none should think that our workers can be thought of as selfish corporate executives or business employees who reap profits and benefits and use those funds for their selfish ends. In materialistic enterprises, people do like that. That is the common way. But as we know our Ananda Marga is a social service organisation. Our wts are not “on salary” and all donations are to be used for helping those in need. Workers are not to abscond with money & goods designated for service projects. Funneling those resources to their worldly families breaches their sannyasi vow as well as the code of asteya (non-stealing). So we can say it is a double sin: First, our workers are not to be selfishly hoarding wealth and stealing from society; second, our esteemed wt acaryas are not to maintain contact with their laokik family.” (Posted 7/27/12)

Note 5: LINK TO EARLIER LETTER IN THIS SERIES

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/widespread-nepotism-theft-in-wt-cadre.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Saba’r saunge tumi a’cho, tumi a’cho, Prabhu tumi a’cho…” (PS 1111)

Purport:

O’ my Lord, You so gracious, You are with all; O’ Prabhu, You are ever-present, You know not any barriers of relativity. You always remain with everyone. Baba, by showering Your infinite love & compassion, You have graciously captivated and attracted my mind. Baba You are ever present – ever present.

Baba, in the fast, ferocious winds of the cyclone, and in the deadly grip of the cobra, at the time of death when the god of death comes near, or when in the jaws of enemy, in all these terrifying circumstances You shower Your sweet grace by smiling and dancing. Baba, even in the fire of the unbearable inferno, You shower Your causeless grace and turn everything into the cool balm of sandalwood. Baba, You are ever-gracious.

Baba, You are present eternally. Even before anything existed and before there was even the hint of creation, You were present then also. Baba, You are the Creator. You are the origin; You are omnipresent. Even when there were no seconds, minutes, hours, days, dates, months, or years, and there was no way to count the time, then also You were present. Baba, in that moment You were alone. There was no divine play of hope and hopelessness between the Lord and His devotees; just You were all alone. Baba, today You are ever-present along with Your creation. You are vibrating in Your liila’rasa, dancing with divine ecstasy in the bond of love, showering Your grace to all the jiivas, and attracting everyone close to you. Baba, You are ever-present, omnipotent. Baba, Your liila is unfathomable.

Baba, You are the beginning and You are the only desideratum, the Goal…

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From: “Anand Sharan”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Why Prabhat Samgiita Started in 1982
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:44:03

Baba

== WHY PRABHAT SAMGIITA STARTED IN 1982 ==

Namaskar,
As every Ananda Margii knows, Baba first began composing Prabhat Samgiita in Deoghar on 14 September 1982. That was when His divine songs first took expression. Today is once again a celebration and remembrance of that occasion. It marks a deeply devotional gift for all sadhakas in Ananda Marga.

MILK-MAN STORY

Actually in 1982 a few margiis & wts asked Baba why Prabhat Samgiita had not been given earlier. They expressed that it would have been good if Prabhat Samgiita had been given sooner.

Then Baba gave His reply via analogy.

He told that just as the milkman does not milch the cow prematurely, similarly in order to give Prabhat Samgiita first He had to wait for sadhakas to reach the proper standard.

It took many years for this to occur. When Ananda Margiis were finally ready, then Prabhat Samgiita was given. So, as soon as the moment was ripe, as soon as that auspicious time arrived, Baba graciously started composing Prabhat Samgiita.

Here is more about that history.

BEFORE PRABHAT SAMGIITA STARTED

Prior to Prabhat Samgiita, all Ananda Margiis were encouraged to write and sing their own bhajans. So some sadhakas were writing songs, while others were searching for songs in various other traditions. With full sincerity, all were moving ahead in this endeavour in order to please Beloved Baba.

Unfortunately, this dual approach usually did not turn out well.

With His love, Baba was encouraging all, yet He was often be displeased by many of these bhajans, as they did not reflect the true devotional expression of Ananda Marga.

Of course, no one was singing or writing those songs to displease Him; bu,t often the meaning of those songs was inconsistent with our devotional cult. Such bhajans were sometimes far off the mark.

For example in the common society at various religious gatherings they sing songs about dogmatic themes like “heaven and hell”, or “Oh Lord I am sinner and You are great…” etc.

And in those earlier days margiis directly came from those very religions. So they innocently brought those dogmatic bhajans and were singing those songs in their mother tongue at Ananda Marga programs.

In particular at one DMC, it may have been Patna 1st January DMC, one religious-based negative bhajan was going on. The song was like this:

“Majadha’r me par’a’ hu’n…Koii nahiin saha’ra'”.

Meaning: “Baba, I am in a wild whirlpool. And caught up in that. Huge
amount of uncontrolled water. And floating away. Going to die. I do not
have any hope, that anyone will save me. I am shelterless….” Etc, etc

When Baba heard this, then with His ever-loving kindness and grace, He pointed out that such lyrics should not be sung, “You are not shelterless! Stop this song.” Immediately then Dadas interrupted and the song was stopped. Baba then sweetly explained how all reside under the loving shelter of Parama Purusa. In this manner the situation was neatly resolved and margiis started singing a different song.

All along Baba had made everyone understand that Ananda Marga teachings should be exemplified in all the ways – including our bhajans or devotional songs. So with full sincerity margiis, dadas, and didis were trying to write or find songs that were properly linking with Baba’s teachings, but they could not get success.

This was going on for the months and years prior to September 1982 – so Prabhat Samgiita did not just suddenly appear out thin air. There was an ongoing approach in Ananda Marga until finally bhaktas of were ready for Baba’s divine compositions of Prabhat Samgiita.

Baba had graciously given all sorts of opportunities until the stage was set. When the moment was right, He blessed us by starting His Prabhat Samgiita compositions.

BABA’S FIRST SONGS

When Baba began composing songs He beautifully brought forth the true devotional expressions of our Ananda Marga sadhana. That is the inherent charm of Prabhat Samgiita. They purely reflect a bhakta’s heart-felt feeling with Parama Purusa.

As we all know initially Baba started with the song:

“Bandhu he niye calo…”

Meaning: O’ Parama Purusa, lead me on towards the fountain of effulgence.
O’ my Bandhu, please grace me and take me along with You – on Your path.
I want to move along with You…

As we know, the term Bandhu signifies a very close relation with Parama Purusa – where one cannot bear separation from Him. Those bhaktas who feel in their heart that Parama Purusa is their Bandhu, or intimate friend, are indeed blessed. They feel that, “Without my dear Bandhu I myself cannot exist.” Such is the depth of the relation of Bandhu – one of the four main bhavas or ways of personally relating with the Lord.

This first song is the embodiment of pure devotional expression and uniquely shows how to relate and interact with the Lord.

Then in the second song – “E ga’n a’ma’r a’lor jharn’a’ dha’ra’ – the devotee is saying that this is my song of effulgence.

And on and on they go…

This was the start of something great – a Prabhat Samgiita collection of 5,018 songs that expresses the true devotional approach in Ananda Marga.

So Baba’s holy creation of Prabhat Samgiita is from darkness to effulgence. Where the devotee says, O’ Baba lead me on this very path.

About this grand topic – there is much to say. Others should write in with their thoughts and reflections about Prabhat Samgiita.

Namaskar,
Anand Sharan

Note 1: PRABHAT SAMGIITA: HOW TO EXPRESS DEVOTIONAL LONGING

Before Prabhat Samgiita, sadhakas were unaware how they could proceed in their devotional relation with Baba. They were unsure how to express their melancholic longing: Whether they should accuse Parama Purusa about His heartlessness – that He is not responding to their calling, or whether they should tell Him that, O’ Parama Purusa, You are so unkind and You do not care about me that how I am crying’. And in so many other ways they were not sure how to proceed.

But in Prabhat Samgiita, Baba has addressed all these matters and given the answer. We are truly blessed to have this complete and perfect collection of devotional songs known as Prabhat Samgiita.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“(Toma’ke) ka’che peye tabu cena’ da’y…” – P.S. 4792

Purport:

Baba, even when having You close it is hard to recognise You. You are surrounding me in different colors and shapes in the form of this entire creation; but, it is difficult to recognise You. Wherever You live – in the divine world or in the spiritual world or in the psychic world, what can I do. Nothing comes and goes in my life.

When I face the scorching heat of the burning desert or when I see the pouring rain of the rainy season, then I do not understand how they are telling the tales of Your greatness. Similarly when I see the softness of the winter season and the sweet fragrant breeze of the spring season, that time also I do not understand how they are spreading the tales of Your glory.

In the extremely cold season when staticity surrounds, it is hard to maintain proper movement in the life. That time I feel in my mind that You are hiding behind this entire the creation. The tender, colorful leaves of the spring season, and the sweet fragrance of the flowers full of nectar are pouring Your love. Baba, By Your grace I am having You in close proximity, even then it is hard to recognise You. Baba, Your divine liila is incomparable. Baba, You are all around me, but I do not recognise You…

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