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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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