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Archive for December 15th, 2012

Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 22:43:06 +0530
From: “Divyapriya” inHim@porternet….
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Re: Widespread Nepotism & Theft in WT Cadre #3

Baba

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

~ Part 3 ~

Namaskar,
Everyone knows that the first and foremost point in Ananda Marga we are to follow Baba’s stated rules. One of Baba’s clear-cut rules for all workers is that they must not maintain contact with their laokik family.

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

This point is crystal-clear and very straightforward.

Yet, we must again address this matter because respected Didi Ananda Giita has a long and on-going history of living with her laokik father due to her deep attachment for him. To that end, she creates all kinds of justifications of why they are living together. By reading further down below, you will learn that her justifications are patently false. That is one point. Secondly, we are to follow Baba’s guideline that Wt’s must not have contact with their laokik family. That is the central point and we should not be swayed in any other direction.

Please understand that I have great sympathy and care for any elder member of our human society. Here, however, the focus is on the sanctity and integrity of being a respected acarya of Ananda Marga by adhering to Baba’s guideline.

FAKE WT:

AGAINST THEIR OATH TO GURU

“If any Wt is tending to the needs of their worldly family then that wt is fake. This may sound harsh but that is the reality. This is a fundamental aspect of renunciation: No contact with worldly family and instead dedicate everything to serving Parama Purusa and the universal family. When a worker goes against this fundamental oath to Guru then they are no longer a genuine wt; rather they are fake.

The solution is that the greater society should directly intervene and care for the father, and Didi Ananda Giita should attend to her Wt life and not engage herself in this way with her laokik relations.

Instead, Didi should adhere to Guru’s guideline and not incur sin. By indulging in sin, Didi sets an extremely bad example. That is why this entire problem has multiplied so drastically with so many Didis involving with their laokik families. Of course, not all Didis are guilty of this, but it is a growing problem.

Here the point is not that a particular family member is helpless and needs support. The main issue is that Wts must adhere to their oath – they no longer have relations with or responsibility for their laokik family. If they do like this, then donors will not feel comfortable giving to the organisation as they see money being secretly funneled to the laokik families of our acaryas – instead of going toward the allotted social service projects. After all, this is stealing. Plus, by doing this, other wts will be tempted to do the same.

All in all, the effect is absolutely disastrous – and that is what is manifesting right now. Everyone should be aware of the situation and be ready accordingly. Wts are to focus on their acarya life and not maintain relations with their worldly family.

Baba says, “These are all codes of discipline as prescribed by Bhágavata Dharma. You must follow these codes. There cannot be any concession in this respect, rather concession is dangerous.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 21, Jaeva Dharma and Bhágavata Dharma)”

This entire situation with respected Didi Ananda Giita and her esteemed laokik father Shrii Bhallaji is of critical importance. As we all know and has been well documented, Didiji has been living with him for years and years. Didiji’s manner stands as a very bad example and sets a poor precedent for all Wts.

Let us not overlook the fact that respected Didi Ananda Giita is the most senior Didi in the organisation, as well as the second Didi ever in the entire history of AMPS. Naturally, what she does will affect how others act.

It just cannot be denied that throughout her Wt life, Didi Ananda Giita has had extensive contact and interaction with her laokik father. This is a fact.

SETTING A NEGATIVE PRECEDENT

Here are two matters that we must consider.

(1) By Didi Ananda Giita’s example, many wts (both junior and senior) have been affected. They feel unmotivated to strictly adhere to Baba’s stated conduct rule for wholetimers. Here again is that rule:

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

Because when Ananda Giita herself disobeys this rule for years and decades, other workers may and do also feel that they need not follow – either this rule or any other rule. It can happen and indeed it has happened. They think, “When most respected Didi is not following, why should I.” Some, not all, adopt this mindset.

We must not ever forget that leadership is given utmost importance in Ananda Marga. And leadership means leading by example. So if our senior-most Didi is negligent on this matter of relations with her worldly family, then that is highly problematic. Setting a bad example creates a domino effect.

Baba Himself has issued this warning:

“Bear in mind that people may be harmed or misled by even a small weakness or defect in the conduct of an ácárya… an ácárya or ácáryá should always instruct by his or her exemplary actions and words.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31, The Conduct of an Ácárya)

Thus, there is no scope to overlook or pardon what Didi Ananda Giita Didi has done and continues to do. Her ongoing interactions and preferential treatment towards her laokik father cannot be supported. Such dealing is highly condemnable.

Now we come to the second point…

IDEALS WTS

AND A PERSONAL STORY OF ONE WORKER

(2) Let’s step back and remind ourselves that most of our Wts are very dedicated to the ideals of sannyasi life. They entered Wt life inspired by a high ideal and still that idealism is alive in their mind and heart.

Here is one personal account that is quite meaningful and highly related to this discussion.

There is one Didi posted in Berlin sector. As we all know, in comparison to India, Berlin sector is a financially wealthy area. Didiji had been there for years so she is in a “good” position to help others on money matters.

Recently, one margii visited Didiji’s laokik parents in their village home in north India. This margii was horrified to see that Didiji’s father suffered a bad accident where one of his limbs had become compromised – maybe even fully disabled. The father was a simple farmer who had no means for proper medical treatment. In that case, the injury was bound to become a permanent disability, perhaps even an amputation. He might lose the limb entirely.

Immediately, that margii became alarmed and contacted Didiji in Berlin sector, as they had grown up together and gone to school together. They were close.

When Didiji received the call and got the news about her own laokik father, she said, “This is not my personal responsibility; it is the duty of the greater society. From my side, there is nothing to be done – neither directly nor indirectly. It is completely out of my hands.”

The margii knew that Didi was dealing with large monies from overseas areas. Didi could easily have flown back to India to care for her laokik father or arranged payment from Berlin sector itself for the needed medical care for her laokik father.

But on the point of ideological commitment, Didi stayed true to her Wts vows. She followed the code of discipline and refused to engage in relations with her laokik father / family – even under such a distressing circumstance as her father’s accident and disability.

Verily, there are many heroic and dharmic accounts of how various workers have refrained from helping and financially supporting their laokik family members. Such workers stood on their ideological principles and abided by their Wt conduct rules. It is these workers who are setting the proper precedent for Wt life. They are making a dharmic stand; and they are the true leaders.

Baba says, “Those who have the responsibility to show the path to others should be of superlative character with the most refined conduct…Persons who teach such well-regulated behaviour to others by their own conduct are called ácáryas.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31, The Conduct of an Ácárya)

Hearing these stories, and seeing how so many unknown workers are strict in their conduct and dealing, it is quite evident that Didi Ananda Giita is in the wrong by going against the code of discipline. Didiji is not adhering to her Wt dharma. That is bad enough, but the worst part is that if others follow her lead, then what will be left of our WT cadre. It will be in shambles. Every conduct rule will be violated.

Didi Ananda Giita has chosen to overlook and bypass the code of Wt life. This has all happened because of her degraded state of mind. Please excuse me for saying so, but there really is no other explanation. If her mind was sterling and pointed, then Didiji would have firmly separated herself from her laokik father long ago. But this she has never done.

SHOULD WE GRANT THEM LICENSE TO GO AGAINST ANANDA MARGA IDEALS

There are a few who (mistakenly) 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 this is all a hoax. Again and again, Didi Ananda Giita and her supporters repeat that K.C. Bhalla has donated everything to Ananda Marga. But this is just not true.

K.C. Bhalla to this day receives a big pension from the Indian government – thousands of rupees per month. He is financially independent, plus they still have property in the name of their laokik family.

So it is just a rumour by Ananda Giita Didi and her cohorts that her loakik father / family donated everything. If anyone has any doubt about this, I can give all the details and uncover all that is going on.

So there are two central issues:
(1) Didi Ananda Giita and her spokespeople are deceiving others into thinking that Bhallaji has donated everything when this is not true; Bhallaji receives a large government pension monthly and the family still holds property in their name.
(2) Didi Ananda Giita is not following Baba’s given rule for Wts. That means she is going against her oaths, her vows, and violating her code of dharma. The situation is not at all good.

ANALOGY OF FAKE WT

Even then, some confused persons say, “But what will become of Bhallaji if Didi Ananga Giita does not watch him. Bhallaji is just sitting there by himself.”

To such persons, I invite them to consider the following:

Suppose there is one monk, i.e. an avadhuta of Ananda Marga. And suppose that in his area there are many unmarried females who are not able to find a spouse. Seeing the situation, if this Wt decides to marry one of these females and side by side wishes to remain as a Wt, then this is totally wrong. That avadhuta cannot say, “I will remain as a Wt and keep this woman as my wife as well.” It does not work like that. Being a Wholetimer of Ananda Marga means refraining from marriage. One cannot get married and still continue to be a Wt.

Similarly, one cannot remain in avadhutika dress and keep ongoing relations with their own laokik father. That wholly violates what it means to be a Wt of Ananda Marga. On this matter there is no scope for compromise. One cannot simultaneously live as a Wt and have close and personal contact with their laokik father. That is wrong. Just as it is wrong for an avadhuta to marry an unwed female and remain as a Wt.

I think the matter is clear.

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.

WT’S ARE NOT LIKE CORPORATE EMPLOYEES

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.

Namaskar,
In the Lord’s Name,
Divyapriaya

Note: RELATED INFORMATION

In addition to the two earlier letters from this series, for those interested in knowing more about this entire situation should read this letter:

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/11/news-liilabodhanandji-nityashivanandji.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’mi toma’y bhule giyechinu, tumi nije mor pa’ne…” (P.S. 629)

Purport:

Baba, I was lost in my self-created world of maya. You are so gracious. You Yourself came forward and looked toward me in a very loving way. I was not going to respond to You, even then with affection You lifted me up and put me on Your divine lap. Baba, it is Your grace, only Your grace.

The path which You showed me, I lost that in the past. Again You lovingly brought me back onto the proper path. Planets try to drift far away from their sun’s nucleus, yet the sun attracts them incessantly and pulls those planets back close. Then again the planets dance around their sun. In the same way, You are always pulling me so that my existence is revolving around You.

The waves of the ocean always try to go outside the ocean but those waves cannot leave the domain of the ocean. Again & again they come back because the ocean attracts them. With my ignorance I always lose You from my sight. Baba You are so gracious: Constantly You remind me and pull me back into Your flow. This is nothing but Your mercy, Your grace…

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