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Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2012 18:43:28 +0530
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Ravindra Deva” @ecosphere…..
Subject: How People Remember Their Loved One: Baba – part 2

Baba

== RE: HOW PEOPLE REMEMBER THEIR LOVED ONE: BABA ==

~ PART 2 ~

Namaskar,
“For Ananda Margiis the most desirable idea in this universe is that ‘Baba is with me’. So this idea should be inculcated again and again. A bhakta’s thinking should be: ‘Baba is watching me, He cares for me, and He loves me…’ For Ananda Margiis this is our routine remembrance. From morning till night, all our practices and thoughts revolve around this pinnacled idea – that He is with me.

Whereas the fake or so-called mahaprayan program enforces the false or negative notion that Baba has left this earth and is no longer with me. That is why at so-called mahaprayan it is regularly seen that people are distraught and crying. Their mind gets confused as they recall that day in Oct 1990. Such misguided ideas race through the mind. So many sadhakas have experienced this.” (How People Remember Their Loved One- part 1, posted 03 Oct 2012)

In follow-up, here are more points on this key topic. Namely, why the so-called mahaprayan program is ultravarious to Ananda Marga ideology and against the devotional sentiment with Ista (Baba).

ONLY 12-DAY PERIOD OF MOURNING – NOT ANNUAL PROGRAM

1. Baba lovingly teaches us never to engage the mind in any pessimistic thoughts. That is why Baba forbids us from celebrating the death of any worldly family member – year after year.

Rather Baba has granted a 12-day period of mourning to show respect and that is all. (Reference Caryacarya – 1, ’95 Edn, p.65)

Baba has written that such death day occasions should not be celebrated year after year as this bring sadness and pessimism in the mind. Rather He has concluded our shraddha ceremony with the sweet idea, “Let everybody be happy…let everybody see the bright side…”. This is the blessing He has given.

2. But tragically, the dogmatic & sorrowful so-called mahaprayan program is being observed year after year, going against the devotional and social tenets of our Ananda Marga. Some innocent and well-intentioned margiis attend – this letter is meant to help bring them onto the right path.

IN ANANDA MARGA EVERYTHING IS BLISSFUL

MAYAPRAYAN IS THE OPPOSITE

3. In our Ananda Marga everything is blissful:

“A’nanda’ddhyeva….a’nandam’ prayantyabhisam’vishanti.”

Baba says, “This quinquelemental world has been born out of bliss, is being maintained in bliss and into sacred bliss it will merge.” (Namami Krsnasundaram)

Thus where is there scope to indulge in sad ceremonies like the dogmatic mahaprayan program. This outrightly goes against the spirit of our Marga.

4. The positive idea in Ananda Marga is that ‘Baba is with me’ and this brings courage, dynamism, and spiritedness. With that idea in mind, the bhakta feels that they can do anything and everything.

5. In the opposite direction, those attending so-called mahaprayan knowingly or unknowingly cultivate the idea in mind that Baba is gone. Because the whole nature of the so-called mahaprayan program is based on an inherently faulty concept – that my Lord is away from me, forever. So in either the front or back of their mind, those attending the so-called mahaprayan program are involved in a serious dilemma that ultimately pushes Parama Purusa away from their mental plate.

So that is the tragedy at hand. All are our brothers and sisters and it is the bounden duty of every Ananda Margii to help others progress on the path towards Him. Let us all try and help guide those few who still attend so-called mahaprayan. They have good hearts, just they need a little direction to get back onto the right path.

THE SCIENCE OF MEMORY

& THE NEGATIVE CYCLE OF “MAHAPRAYAN”

6. What we think about or remember again and again stays in the mind. For example if one is disciplined in their sadhana practice then they will effortlessly know how to do all their lessons whereas if one is half-hearted in sadhana then they will forget their third lesson mantra – or even all their mantras. That is what happens. Those things just become a faint memory.

7. We should cultivate positive remembrances. If we remember that Baba is with us – if this is our main ideation in life – then that sweet reality will be permanently part of our mental structure. That idea will always be in our heart.

8. Whereas if one goes to so-called mahaprayan and spends 10 days thinking again and again about the cremation, this type of negative memory will destroy one’s inner link with Him. And not just during those ten days but before and after the trip, for weeks and months, one will be absorbed in this defective approach. Until finally one will not be able to rid that defective idea from the mind. Such is the effect of the so-called mahaprayan prgoram. No sadhaka should let such a catastrophe befall them. Nor should we allow others to fall into this misery either.

Indeed the very idea of so-called mahaprayan is sinful when its main effect is to cause the mind to degenerate in such a stark manner. Let us concentrate our energies in alerting those who are unaware about the dangers and dogmas associated with so-called mahaprayan.

9. Our margii brothers and sisters who attend so-called mahaprayan inevitably suffer the drawbacks and pessimism associated with this dogmatic function. And it takes the other 11 months of the year for them to regain their balance. Only to again go to so-called mahaprayan and again be adversely affected by thinking that Baba is gone. This is the negative cycle of attending the dogmatic mahaprayan program. We should help them break this cycle.

HE IS WITH US – ALWAYS

Here is Baba’s divine reminder that He is always with us. And this sweet teaching is the most advantageous thing to remember in this vast universe.

Baba says, “Parama Purus’a, that Supreme Father, is with each and every entity. No man, no expression, is ever alone in this world. He is always with you. Science says this, philosophy says this. And under no circumstances should a man suffer from a complex of helplessness or hopelessness or fear. You are the dignified children of Parama Purus’a, and He is always with you.”

“He is with the universe, that is, the entire universe is His object. And not only that, He is with each and every expressed unit entity, with each and every individual also. That is, collectively He is attached to the world, to that expressed world; and singularly He is with you. You are never alone.”

“…Parama Purus´a, the Supreme Father, is always with you and you are never alone…

“And the main advantage is – the advantage is a very great advantage, and that is – you are never alone. And because He is with you, you are the strongest person in the universe. He is with you. You are never alone. It is the greatest advantage.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 12)

Thus no one should suffer and fall into the dark abyss of so-called mahaprayan and get lost in the faulty notion that Baba has left. No one should impose that false memory on their mental plate again and again. This tragedy should not happen to anyone.

Yet unconsciously, unbeknownst to the attendee of so-called mahaprayan, this happens. It is just like if one visits a bar then they invariably have at least one drink, even if they are not a drinker per se; similarly, if anyone goes to Tiljala to participate in the dogmatic mahaprayan program, then in at least one corner of their mind they are bound to think that ‘Baba is gone’. Such is the negative effect of participating in so-called mahaprayan.

Thus those types of dogmatic remembrances such as so-called mahaprayan, which go against the spirit of Ananda Marga, should be discarded – eliminated. Such occasions only push the mind in the opposite direction.

Most of those attending so-called mahaprayan are well-intentioned sadhakas who were goaded by certain organisers to attend. So they are good devotees who were simply misled. We should help bring them into awareness about the negative message and effect of so-called mahaprayan. They are our brothers and sisters and we should patiently help them.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His fathomless compassion His divine grace is with us each and every moment – now and up to eternity.

Baba says, “I know one is sure to get divine help. And I know further that one is getting divine help. And I know still further that in future, for infinite time and infinite space, one will be getting this divine favour. And you are all sa’dhakas. You will certainly attain that supreme stance and enjoy that divine blessedness. You are sure to enjoy it, my sons and my daughters.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 23)

Namaskar,
Ravindra

Note 1: WHY SO-CALLED MAHAPRAYAN

Mahaprayan means death. The term then can only be applied to jiivas, unit beings, and never to Parama Purusa Baba. He is eternal and timeless. He never leaves His devotees. He is the permanent shelter of all. That is why it is completely wrong, illogical, and inappropriate to use the term mahapryan in association with Him. Yet that is the “name” of the program that is held each year in Tiljala. Since Baba is the Parama Purusa who exists across time and space and always resides in the heart of each and every bhakta, rational sadhakas refer to this program as so-called mahaprayan. The term so-called indicates that that thing is fake or wrong. And indeed this program is fake or dogmatic – as Parama Purusa never dies- hence so-called mahaprayan.

Baba says, “The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma (Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living beings – That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone has revealed Brahmavidyá (intuitional science) to us through the medium of the name and form of Anandamúrtijii. Unit beings must be made to appreciate Its majesty.” (Caryacarya-2, Sadhana, pt #1a)

PRABHATA SAMGIITA

“Eso eso prabhu mor mana’ne…” (P.S. 4941)

Purport:

O’ Lord, O’ my dearmost Baba, please grace me by coming in the depths of my ideation. By Your sweet attraction, I am always looking towards the path of Your arrival. Always I am waiting for Your blissful presence in dhyana.

Baba, O’ Divine Entity, You have lovingly infused my whole existence with devotion. By Your grace I do not want any prestige, money, wealth, boons or any kinds of mundane allurements. Baba, I only want Your compassion. So please appear again and again in my dhyana and bless me with Your sweet smile and close proximity.

Baba, ages have passed, so much time has gone by. So many dawns and evenings have come and gone – where I was crying in longing for You. Baba, now my eyes are floating in the tears of yearning for You. Baba please grace me by coming.

Baba, You are my everything. Please come in my contemplation, ideation, meditation and dhyana. Baba, please be gracious and make me Yours. Baba, I love You…

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