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Archive for November 29th, 2012

Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:21:22 -0400
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Nagendra Deva
Subject: Story: Love is Mutual – Devotee & Parama Purusa

Baba

== STORY: LOVE IS MUTUAL – DEVOTEE & PARAMA PURUSA ==

Namaskar,
The life of the devotee is filled with love, longing, and sweet feeling for Baba. And Baba graciously responds to the call of the bhakta’s heart. This following story beautifully reflects this.

FAMILY ACARYA KISHUNJI’S REQUEST

The year was 1957, and Acarya Kishunji was stationed in Phulawa’risharif, working for the Bihar Military Police (BMP), when he got word that Baba would be coming to perform DMC in that very town.

Being a devotee, Ac Kishunji was very keen to attend – not only that, he was actively involved in making all arrangements for Baba’s arrival and DMC. So Ac Kushunji and put forth a request to his chief and supervisor, Birju Babu, the Subeda’r Major, or Assistant Major. He requested to have the days off to attend DMC.

Major Babu was not at all supportive of Ananda Marga but would never openly say anything against the organization.

Anyway, when Kishunji requested time off to attend Baba’s daytime DMC program at the local engineering college, then Major Babu replied, “You have your evenings free to attend General Darshan, so then what is the need to go during the daytime to attend DMC.”

Major Babu was very diplomatic yet firm in his response as he politely and tactfully rejected Kishunji’s request.

THE AGONY THAT ENSUED

As he was well aware about the militaristic ways of the BMP (Bihar Military Police), Kishunji understood clearly that there was little to be done to overturn his supervisor’s decision.

Internally though, Kishunji was in a state of agony.

He was tormented and wounded by the idea that, “My beloved Guru has come to the very place where I am stationed and I cannot attend His DMC program.”

Day long, this idea was burning in Kishunji’s mind & heart. He was completely upset that he would not be able to see Baba. He viewed the situation from a thousand different angles, but there seemed to be no hope in sight – he would miss DMC and miss Baba.

He was crying and thinking what a drama it is that, “Baba, You have come yet I am not going to be able to see You.”

In this desperate and melancholic frame of mind, Kishunji became drowsy after taking his midday meal. He fell into a sleepy stupor, with all those feelings of anguish swirling in his thoughts about having to miss DMC.

AN ABRUPT AWAKENING

How many minutes had passed it was hard to know, when suddenly the loud sound of a car horn brought Kishunji back to his worldly senses. Honk! Honk! Honk! The car sound was blowing again and again.

Kishunji was sure it must be some governmental vehicles out in the street. He got up and went to take a look….

BABA’S DIVINE ARRIVAL

…Behold, there was Baba!

PA was helping Baba out of the car and now Baba was walking towards the entrance of Kishunji’s quarters.

Kishunji, usually quite stoic in life, suddenly burst into uncontrollable tears. Tears were flowing and flowing as he saw Baba come towards his residence.

Kishunji was crying loudly and more loudly – the neighbors began thinking that something was wrong or that someone had died.

Never before in his life had Kishunji cried like this after his childhood; he was completely overcome with emotional-cum-devotional yearning for Baba.

His whole life he had served in the military police, so he was trained and accustomed to being quite reserved in his response. This outburst of crying was most unusual. The floodgates of sentimental feeling for Baba were overwhelming for him as he cried more loudly for Baba.

BABA’S GRACIOUS ENTRANCE

Baba majestically entered and said, “How are you, I have come to see you.”

Kishunji was completely enamoured with Baba and amazed and in awe that Baba had blessed him by coming to his governmental quarters.

Per the custom, Kishunji offered Baba some fruit. Baba just smiled.

Then Baba gently and compassionately consoled Kishunji for all the mental difficulty he had been going through about not being able to attend DMC.

Kishunji felt completely relieved – his heart was fully satiated by Baba’s sweet presence.

In all, Baba stayed at Kishunji’s house for 15 minutes, and over that time Baba showered much love and affection on him.

All of Kishunji’s psychic afflictions vanished and were washed away in the wake of Baba’s overflowing love.

Then Baba indicated that it was time to go as He had to hold general darshan in a short while. In that way, Baba and His entourage took leave.

Kishunji felt blessed and thought the entire occasion was nothing but Baba’s causeless grace.

BABA’S BLESSING

Baba has graciousl brought us under His shelter. He knows our inner thoughts and worries. He is there to heal our wounds and soothe our pains. And He is always showering His love and compassion on us.

This above story of Ac Kishunji serves as a blissful reminder how Baba lovingly responds to our call.

It is He who has awakened our hearts, in that way we begin longing for Him, and in response He showers us in His overflowing love.

Baba says, “Parama Purus’a hears all your internal thoughts. Nothing is unknown to Him. He is like a tape recorder in your mind. You may be forgetful with the passage of time, but not Parama Purus’a.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life – 10)

Baba says, “Parama Purus’a is not an impersonal entity, or an entity moving far away in the boundless sky. He is your personal entity. One who doesn’t entertain any thought about past, present or future, but simply says, “I have come to take shelter in You,” is sure to get the shelter of Parama Purus’a and will certainly be lifted onto His lap.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 5)

Baba says, “Human beings love Parama Puruśa and He loves human beings: this love is always mutual, not unilateral.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 11, What Is the Way?)

Namaskar,
with full surrender,
Nagendra

Note 1: POINTS OF DEVOTION

Baba says, “So what should human beings offer to Him? He lacks nothing. When He is the creator of this entire universe, then He is the proprietor of all the wealth of the universe. So what can human beings offer Him? The only way to please Him is to serve the universe, to serve the entire living world, because everything is His creation. During the act of service, lower-grade devotees have the ideation, “I am serving Parama Puruśa in order to derive great satisfaction from my service.” But the higher grade sádhakas take the ideation, “I am serving Parama Puruśa not to derive pleasure, but because Parama Puruśa Himself will be pleased thereby. I am not serving Him for my own pleasure – my only desire is to give joy to Him.” Those whose very nature is to give joy to Parama Puruśa is gopii bháva in the Vaeśńava scriptures. According to the scriptures, those who are genuine devotees do not do anything for their own pleasure: they do everything for His satisfaction, and they get much more pleasure by serving Parama Puruśa than even He gets. You should always remember, Mahájano yena gatah sah panthá. You should emulate the example of those devotees who have genuine love for Parama Puruśa who are ever ready to do everything to give joy to Him. Oh spiritual aspirant, do not desire to be a philosopher, or an intellectual – become a devotee. Be one with Parama Puruśa, and make your existence meaningful in all respects through constant service and devotion to Him.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 11, What Is the Way?)

Note 2: MORE ABOUT RESPECTED ACARYA KISHUNJI

As many may be aware, Ac Kishunjii was one of the early margiis from the Jamalpur days. Revered Baba Himself initiated Kishunji before 1955, i.e. before the formation of AMPS. And it was in that early Jamalpur period, that Kishunjii stood strong on multiple occasions and bravely defended Ananda Marga in the public arena. So his contribution was immense in the early days of AM. Furthermore, after 1990, he refused to fall into the clutch of any group. Ac Kishunjii had a distinguished career as a highly posted police officer in the public sector. Acaryaji is from village Pratapsagar, Buxar in Bhojpuri area.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Sa’r’a’ yadi na’i va’ dile prabhu, a’mi toma’y d’eke ja’bo…” (PS 1813)

Purport:

Baba, whether You choose to respond or not, I will go on calling You through my kiirtan, sadhana, and dhya’na. To go on calling You is my duty –
it is my work. By this way, I will also be able to know what work You have.

O’ Parama Purusa, O’ Baba, the rush of the restless breeze and the humming of the swaying trees in the forest go on calling You always. Do You reply to their call or not? I will ask them secretly about this.

Baba, with deep yearning and longing, devotees make their garlands for You – in the burning heat of the flame and in the cold chill of the fog. Baba, are You understanding their pain and suffering. If You do not understand, then with the heartfelt composition of a song, I will explain their feelings to You.

O’ my dearmost Baba, I will call out to You again and again, please grace me by giving a response…

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