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Date: 18 Jan 2013 22:09:16 -0000
From: “Jitendra Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Baba Story: How Problem Can Be Resolved

Baba

== BABA STORY: HOW PROBLEM CAN BE RESOLVED ==

Note: Ac Ramtanuk jii of Begu Sarai (Bihar) is a founding member of AMPS as well as a family acarya. As a lawyer, he worked assiduously throughout his life for Ananda Marga court cases and defending Baba. That was one of his great contributions. Here following is his first-hand account of one of his experiences in the courtroom.

Namaskar,
“As a lawyer, I was quite involved in Baba’s court case during the Emergency period in India when He was unjustly incarcerated.”

“In that case the prosecuting attorney – i.e the CBI lawyer representing Mrs Gandhi’s regime – was Mahadeva Babu. When the case opened and witnesses were being called, then Mahadeva Babu used to guide his witnesses while they were on the witness stand itself, right in front of the judge.”

“As the designated Ananda Marga lawyer, I vehemently made objection to this tactic, as it was against the ethic.”

“After one such objection, Mahadeva told the judge, “Ramtanuk is a margii – not a lawyer – that is why he is objecting. He has special interest in Ananda Marga.””

“Mahadeva was insinuating that I did not understand the nature of these legal proceedings and that I was just a lay person in a court of law. This was the meaning behind his comment. That was his justification for why my objection was meaningless.”

“Hearing and reflecting upon his comment I became very disturbed.”

“At the first opportunity, I went to see Baba to inform Him of what was going on.”

“(Aside: During the Emergency I used to get approval from the court to go and see Baba in jail in my capacity as a lawyer.)”

“I recounted to Baba all that was going on in the courtroom and in particular told Him of this the problem with attorney Mahadeva. Mentally I was thinking that Baba will give His solution.”

“Baba replied, “The CBI agents are externally very polite but internally they focus on their agenda. You should also be externally polite but internally dedicated to your cause. That is the way to deal with these people.””

“Baba furthermore told, “When any problem arises then remember your mantra and the proper answer will come.””

“I understood Baba’s message and guidance. Thereafter, externally I maintained good relations with CBI personnel, and internally kept strict vigilance to our Ananda Marga discipline. And I kept focused on my ista mantra.”

“One day when the court was in session, the CBI lawyer, Mahadeva Babu, was again giving explicit hints to his witnesses while they were on the stand.”

“Seeing this I felt completely disturbed and started repeating my mantra as per Baba’s guideline. Then one idea came to mind.”

“I objected and told, “Your Honour, Mahadeva Babu was an Ananda Margii but he left and now he is a CBI man. That is why he has special interest in this case and that is why he is coaxing his witnesses in front of you.””

“The judge smiled and nodded in affirmation.”

“The judge replied, “A new convert to Islam usually eats more onions to prove himself worthy.” (Note: Everyone knows that muslims in India must eat onions with every meal.)”

“Hearing this everyone in the courthouse started laughing. They understood that Mahadeva was formerly in Ananda Marga and now as a new convert in the CBI, he has to prove his loyalty. So he is doing extra, going beyond, and coaxing his witness in the court itself to show his allegiance to the government. Everyone clearly understood the joke that the judge was making.”

“Mahadeva Babu kept quiet and drowned in shame.”

“From the moment forward, the problem was permanently solved and Mahadava never hinted or coaxed his witnesses again while they were on the stand and he never lodged a complaint against me, Ramtanuk, for being a margii.”

REFLECTION

There are many things to be learned from Ac Ramtanukji’s above story. The main guideline is that when encountering any tough and difficult situation, where the odds are stacked against you, then repeat your mantra and surrender to Baba. Then one is sure to receive Cosmic help and get His guidance about what to do. That will come in the mind, by His grace. That is what every sadhaka should take away from this story.

We should also keep Baba’s below teaching in mind.

Vicaeti cánte vishvamádaya sa deva
Sa no budhyá shubhayá saḿyunaktu.

Baba says, “And if you are to say anything you should say – what? You may use only one sentence. “O Supreme Father, guide my intellect unto the path of bliss. I want nothing else, nothing more.” (1)

We should follow this in our practical life and use our inner devotional treasure to link our unit mind with His Divine Cosmic Mind. Then one is sure to get the proper guideline at the proper time.

Lastly, Baba is not far. He is always sitting in your heart. He has not gone away as some dogmatic people believe. He is in the heart. With ideation, one make that inner link with Him, by His grace. Devoid of that one is lonely, weak, and helpless.

When a person thinks of themselves as a unit entity then they are weak, and when a person is linked with the Cosmic Entity then they are powerful.

Namaskar,
in Him,
Jitendra Deva

Note 1: ABOUT LAWYERING

Usually lawyers coach their witness before the trial, or before they take the stand. But Mahadeva was coaching and coaxing his witnesses while they were on the stand itself, directly in front of the judge. The only reason this was allowed to happen was that this case was being held during the period of martial law / Emergency in India.

Note 2: SIMPLE BUT INTELLIGENT, BUT NOT FOOLISH

Here below in this Hindi discourse, Baba is guide us that: As sadhakas you should be simple and intelligent, but not foolish.

“साधना से, मानसिक-आध्यात्मिक तरक्की तो होती ही है शारीरिक तरक्की भी होती है | वह तरक्की क्या है ? न, बुद्धि बढ़ जाती है | हाँ! यह बात तो ठीक है कि साधक लोग सीधे-साधे सरल होते हैं | मगर निर्बोध नहीं होते हैं | बुद्धि उनमें रहती है | और मैं भी बार-बार हज़ार बार कहता हूँ कि बुद्धिमान बनो | बुद्धू मत बनो; मगर सीधा-साधा बनो |” (2)

Note 3: REFERENCES

1. Ananda Vacanamrtam, Part 12, He Knows His Duty
2. Ananda Vacanamrtam, Part 21 Hindi Edition, Importance of Sa’dhana’ and its Goal (प्रातःकालीन जनरल दर्शन, 30 दिसम्बर 1980, आनन्दनगर)

The section below demarcated by asterisks is an entirely different topic, completely unrelated to the above letter.
It stands on its own as a point of interest.

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In Human Life Only Doing Good Deeds Is Not Enough

“To realize Parama Puruśa, one will have to come in contact with a Sadguru, a competent spiritual preceptor; for such persons alone can impart suitable lessons regarding spiritual practice. Through the study of books, one can never attain or realize the Supreme Consciousness.”
“Some people say, “Keep on doing good deeds – that is sufficient.” No, that is not enough. Suppose some people perform good deeds, but they have no definite goal before them: this will not produce any good result, their effort will be futile. Suppose you want to move forward: you should also know which way to move, otherwise your entire movement will be meaningless. All your time, your hard effort, and your sincerity will go in vain. Hence it is not enough to simply say, “Keep on doing good deeds.” Even those good deeds should have a clear goal. Why should I do good deeds? I should have a clear idea in which direction to move while doing those good deeds.”
“…Now, if one wants to do some good deed excluding Paramátmá that may or may not be a good deed. This will be sheer selfishness on your part, and nothing good can come from it. This is why great and realized people not only perform good deeds, but they also do something more than that.”(Subhasita Samgraha – 11, p.66)

Note: In the general society, there are some who think that doing good deeds is enough – as if that is the height of human understanding and expression. They think that there is no need for spiritual practice or sadhana or dharma. Just one should do as many good deeds as possible. This is one common mentality found amongst materialists, some Buddhists, and various do-gooders etc.

But Baba Himself says that doing good deeds alone is not enough – rather it is an inherently faulty and futile approach. One must have a goal for all one’s actions, and that goal must be spiritual. One should do each and every thing to please Parama Purusa.

So those who simply perform good deeds without having any higher goal invariably bind themselves. Either they are bound up in the reaction of their good actions, or they are bound by their own petty satisfaction for having performed a “good deed” – or something else.

Without dharma sadhana, people do not know how to act or what to do. For instance, a do-gooder may give money to a beggar and in turn that beggar may use it to buy alcohol and get drunk. In that case, who can think that the person who gave the money to the beggar did a good deed. Such do-gooders make these types of mistakes always. Because they do not perform spiritual practice, they lack the requisite insight to know how to proceed. So their good deeds become binding – or go in the wrong direction entirely.

Often times we find that do-gooders are adverse to spiritual practice and use good deeds as an excuse or justification for avoiding dharma sadhana. This though is just their defective approach.

We must always remember that without sadhana, human life can never be successful. One must try and go close to Parama Purusa – then one can be a real asset to society and their service will be meaningful and selfless, not binding and off the mark like the deeds of those do-gooders.
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