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Baba

This posting contains 4 sections:
1. Posting: My Personal Contact with Baba
2. Comment from Reader: RE: Comparing with Dogmatic, Misguided, So-Called Guru
3. News Topic: Still Do You Trust Company Food
4. Trailer Quote: Humans Are Social Beings

Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:37:04 -0400
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Phanindra
Subject: My Personal Contact with Baba

== MY PERSONAL CONTACT WITH BABA ==

Namaskar,
In the 1950’s, I went to see Baba in Jamalpur for PC. Due to my Hindu religious upbringing, I thought that since I was going to meet my Guru, then I should not wear shoes as that would be disrespectful.

So I left my shoes at my home in Muzaffarpur to show my reverence for Guru, and boarded the train for Jamalpur. I was barefoot the entire journey to Jamalpur – and all the way from the station to the jagrti.

Once I arrived, I was very eager to see Baba so I waited to get called for PC. No one seemed to notice that I was not wearing shoes. Since my arrival in Jamalpur not even one person remarked that I did not have shoes; nor was I thinking that it was anything unusual. Of course, when inside the ashram or when going into Baba’s room, then every sadhaka would remove their shoes. But for moving around town and in between buildings, all were wearing shoes – except me.

None of this was in my mind. Only I was ideating on Baba and thinking about what everyone had told me. They said that, “Baba knows everything and He will brings up past incidents from your life and scold you.” So I was thinking again and again about what margiis had been telling me.

Most certainly I was feeling very inspired to see Him, but I also had some trepidation as well because everyone was warning me that Baba would point out my past mistakes and rebuke me. Thinking thus, the time passed.

Soon I was called and entered Baba’s room for PC. Immediately I did sastaunga pranam and lay prostrate before Baba. When I completed my salutation and looked at Baba, He asked, “What is your name.”

“Vaedyanath.”

Then Baba inquired, “Where are your shoes?”

I was completely in awe of Baba’s question. I had not discussed this with anyone nor was this in my mind when I entered. Not only that, everyone enters His room barefoot – without shoes. So then how would and how could Baba know.

I replied, “Out of reverence, I did not bring them. I left them at my house in Muzaffarpur.”

Then Baba sweetly replied in my mother tongue of Maethili: “In the future when you come to see Me, then you must wear your shoes.”

“Yes, Baba”, I responded.

Baba continued, “When you go to your house to see your parents, then do you follow all kinds of rules and regulations or do you just go and see them?”

I said, “I see them, Baba.”

Baba said, “Yes, even if your clothes are dirty you will go visit them – you will not wait outside.”

Baba continued, “Similarly when you come here to see Me, just come in your regular attire, wearing your shoes.”

“Yes, Baba.”

Thereafter, Baba began to explain so many other deeply personal aspects about my life – which no one else knew. In a very sweet and loving way, Baba spoke as if He was watching me all along. All I could think was how Baba knows everything and that He loves me very much. He recounted so many events of my life that I understood that He is with me always – whether I am sleeping or awake, always He is along with me and knows what I am thinking and how I am feeling.

That entire PC passed in a very blissful way.

That day Baba told that, “You and I are very close – we have a very personal and close relation.”

By His grace I also could feel in my heart how the Guru-disciple relationship is very close – just like a family relation. That was the main feeling in my mind after PC: That Baba loves me very much and we have a personal relationship.

(Here by His grace I understood Baba’s kind message that while taking the train and walking in town on my way to see Him, then I should wear my shoes. And certainly, when coming in His room for PC then I would enter in the same manner as every other sadhaka, i.e. without shoes.)

Namaskar,
In His service,
Vaedyanath

ABOUT THE ABOVE STORY

The above story was told by Ac Vaedyanath Jha – a family acarya from Muzaffarpur who was initiated in the 1950’s. In that story He is recounting a scene from his PC with Baba.

Here are other key points related with that story.

1. In the various religions, people often dress in a certain way and follow a particular code when visiting their temple, church, synagogue or mosque etc. Jews wear a yamaka and a shawl, Hindus go barefoot, Muslims have their particular dress, and Christians wear their Sunday-best etc. They all have their various rituals and attire.

However, Baba adamantly warns us that when one is just involved in such rituals then they forget Parama Purusa. That is Baba’s warning.

Ananda Marga says, “To count beads or practice ritualistic worship without directing one’s mind towards the Supreme Entity is of no use. To pretend to be virtuous outside while harbouring sinful thoughts within is absolutely meaningless. Such hypocrisy carries no value.” (1)

So that is His teaching. The most important point is to be sincere in one’s meditation on the Supreme and not get caught up in various dogmatic rituals as happens in the various religions.

RELATED ANANDA MARGA DEVOTIONAL TEACHINGS

2. Here following Baba reminds us that we have a close, family relationship with Him.

Ananda Marga philosophy says, “He is the Supreme Father. You have a family relation with that Supreme Entity, and not a relationship of external formality. He is yours, and you should also remember that nothing is external for Him. Everything is within, nothing is without. So you have been created by Him and you are in Him, and, because He is your supreme goal, finally you will be with Him, you will be one with Him. For this you require no special education, no knowledge of philosophy, and no other external attributions. Supreme love for the Supreme Universal Entity will make you one with Him.” (2)

“Iśt́a means the personal God with whom all unit beings can establish a relation of love and affection, to whom they can reveal their pains and pleasures, and surrender themselves and take the safest shelter in Him. That Parama Puruśa, that personal God is not the God of philosophy. Human beings cannot establish a very close relationship with something theoretical. If one closely follows Bhágavata dharma, the final result will be the realization of the Supreme, becoming one with one’s iśt́a.” (3)

“Human beings want a personal God who will understand their joys and sorrows, who will have love for them, and to whom they can express love and feel kinship. They certainly do not want a God who will only impart words of knowledge or punish them and not listen to their tales of sorrow in a sympathetic manner. They want an Entity who will sympathize with them cent per cent in their prosperity and adversity alike…Táraka Brahma is not only the liberator, the object of adoration, but also the loving Father. He is the eternal companion of unit beings in their joys and sorrows – not a God in the distant sky but an understanding Lord in the house where they dwell.” (4)

“The Entity whom you are trying to attain – Parama Puruśa – is your own innermost self. Your relation with Him is not external, to be defined by courts, laws, or society. It is a family relationship. The desire in your mind to meet God is only born when He is inclined towards you. It is the result of His desire to meet you. Your meeting with God is not a unilateral affair, it is a mutual thing. You walk one step towards Him and He will come twenty towards you. When an infant starts walking, the parent first asks it and goads it to walk a little. It tries to walk, but falls. Then the parent advances and lifts it up onto his or her lap. God does the same. Make the slightest effort, and He will pick you up and place you on His lap. Your relation with God is personal. No one can sever this relationship. It is part of your being, your birthright.” (5)

“The subtlest of this universe from which all waves, all expressions, emanate, is my Supreme Goal. And that Supreme Goal, that subtlest object, that perennial source of all inferences, is my goal, is my Parama Puruśa, is my Supreme Father. So a spiritual aspirant must always remember that his goal is not something physical or something psychic. His only goal is the hub of this universe, is the nucleus of this Cosmological order, is that Parama Puruśa, the Supreme Father.” (6)

Namaskar,
in Him,
Phanindra

REFERENCES:
1. Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life – 8, The Macrocosmic Stance and Human Life
2. Subhasita Samgraha-21, Human Life and Its Goal
3. Subhasita Samgraha – 12, Ádarsha and Iśt́a
4. SS-11, A Devotee’s Object of Ideation
5. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 23, Your Personal Relationship with God
6. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 34, He Thinks and We Perceive

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Subject: RE: Comparing with Dogmatic, Misguided, So-Called Guru
To: am-global@earthlink.net

== RE: Comparing with Dogmatic, Misguided, So-Called Guru ==

Namaskar to all!!

As you all know, I don’t write generally but I read here some thing about Devashis who wrote about the dogmatic Buddhist monk / guru Marpa and compared him (Marpa) with our Lord BABA.

This guy Devashis is doing all business with his book. He is not a writer of dharma, he does not know anything about the Ananda Marga philosophy of BABA.

Nowadays he became his own so-called guru of Brasilian margiis and is doing very very dirty politics against acharyas, especially Indian Acharyas and going against Guru, against the teaching of Guru and contrary to the Adarsha of Ananda Marga.

That is why he wrote in his book that the dogmatic guru Marpa is like Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji Baba. No true margii can write like that. And that is why he behaves the way he does.

The thinking of Devashis is one negative virus for the Ananda Marga; this mentality should be destroyed as soon as possible. The problem is that his mind-set is very negative; otherwise prakrti will not spare him. That is most unfortunate. As a person he is not bad, he is an initiated too but his thought is goaded by negative microvita.

Please my dear brothers and sisters help him to recover otherwise he will destroy himself and and badly affect on A.M. too.

In spite of all these things I sympathize with him as he is also a creation of Parama Purusa, so I want his welfare.

At HIS Lotus feet,
Narada Deva

Note: Here is a link to the original letter on this topic.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/02/comparing-with-dogmatic-misguided-so.html

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Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:37:22
From: Jagadiish
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Still Do You Trust Company Food

== Still Do You Trust Company Food ==

Namaskar,
You might have heard that horse meat has been found in packeged beef products. This growing scandal is affecting many countries. Below is a news article about this.

Specifically, it has been determined by genetic testing that meat products labeled as beef actually contained horse meat. As mentioned, the circle of this scandal is widening. Just today, it was discovered more major companies like IKEA were involved. Other brands already linked with this scandal include major corporations like Nestle and Bird’s Eye etc.

All this time, people were purchasing beef product yet unknowingly eating horse meat – all the while thinking they were eating beef. In that case, how can anyone trust food labels and food prepared by companies that are profit-oriented. For money, they can do and say anything; they are utterly trustless in this regard. No one can say for sure when this problem began or how many foods are affected.

For tamasik it matters some, but not nearly as much for sadhakas, who strictly maintain a sattvika (sentient) diet.

After all, horse meat and beef are both tamasik items. Switching one for another is not going to have a huge impact as both negatively affect the human body and mind.

Labeling a food to be wholly sentient and vegetarian and putting something else inside that is non-vegetarian, like pork fat etc, is a very big deal. Then they are taking a sentient food item and making it tamasik.

In the US, food production companies have paid huge money to lobbyists in order to affect laws and codes in their favour so they need not label food very specifically. One of their most recent victories was the recent vote not to have to identify GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) in their products. Always they are spending millions and millions of dollars to affect food labeling for their own agenda.

For sadhakas who want to properly maintain their glands and cakras, and do strong sadhana by His grace, should be careful not to eat any company products. Reason being: It is an unknown as to what is truly inside. And the moment a company admits to scandal and issues an apology for adding meat to a sentient food item, then it is too late for a sadhaka to “undo” what they have already ingested.

For some it may be difficult, but one must choose between a human existence goaded toward life divine and one directed toward animal existence.

RELATED ANANDA MARGA TEACHINGS

“As a result of eating sentient food and performing spiritual practices, the cells of the human body become sentient.”

“If cells are affected by food and water, and if the nature of the cells affects the nature of the human mind, obviously human beings should eat the correct diet, because food and mind are closely related to each other. Any food item, whether good or bad, must not be taken indiscriminately because it may lead to mental degeneration. Sincere spiritual aspirants must follow the dictum: Áhárashuddhao sattvashudhih [“A sentient diet produces a sentient body”]. Only food which is helpful in keeping the body and mind sentient should be eaten.”

“Very often people eat food without knowing its intrinsic qualities. For example, the milk of a cow which has just given birth. Or white eggplant, khesárii pulse [horse gram], red puni [Basella rubra Linn.], or mustard leaves, all of which often grew out of rotten matter.”

“Every object of the world is dominated by one of the three principles – sentient, mutative, and static. Food is no exception, and according to its intrinsic nature, is divided into the same three categories.
(1) Sentient food: Food which produces sentient cells and is thus conducive to physical and mental well-being is sentient. Examples of sentient food are rice, wheat, barley, all kinds of pulses, fruit, milk and milk products.
(2) Mutative food: Food which is good for the body and may or may not be good for the mind, but certainly not harmful for the mind, is mutative.
(3) Static food: Food which is harmful for the mind and may or may not be good for the body is static. Onion, garlic, wine, stale and rotten food, meat of large animals such as cows and buffaloes, fish, eggs, etc., are static.”

“In order to have a balanced mind and to progress spiritually, human beings will have to pay attention to the qualities of the food they eat. The idea that “I will just do my sádhaná and eat any food, proper or improper” will not do.”

(All above quotes are from His discourse: Food, Cells, Physical and Mental Development)

NEWS ARTICLE AND LINK

Another big food producer was ensnared in the scandal over horse meat in beef products Friday when the company that owns the Iglo and Birds Eye brands withdrew a dozen types of prepared meals from stores in four European countries…

“As a precautionary measure, we will withdraw all other beef products produced for us by Frigilunch,” Iglo Foods said. “Whilst this is not a food safety issue, it is clearly unacceptable.”

In addition to the chili con carne, seven more Iglo products were removed from Belgian supermarkets, and one from stores in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, three Birds Eye meals — spaghetti Bolognese, shepherd’s pie and lasagne — were withdrawn in Britain and Ireland.

The announcement came as the Food Standards Agency in Britain released updated figures for tests conducted by the food industry in that country…

Note: here is the full article

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/23/business/global/23iht-horse23.html

Namaskar,
In Him,
Jagadiish

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Human Beings Are Social Beings

“Some animals are gregarious and others are not. The tiger is not a gregarious animal – it prefers to move alone. Goats are not gregarious, but sheep, elephants and lambs are. Human beings are social beings. They do not like to remain in isolation.” (AFPS-4, Plants, Animals and Human Beings)

“You know that humans are gregarious beings. There are some living beings who live in groups or clans, and some who live in isolation. In very olden days, human beings lived in clans” (NSS: Disc 8)

“You are social beings. One cannot live in isolation. When you feel thirsty, you can’t manufacture a spade, dig a well, and draw water yourself. One person will make a spade, another will add the wooden handle, and another will dig the well — this is how we work collectively. This is the way for human beings to live. In all spheres of human existence, in the aesthetic sphere as well, humanity should live collectively. You should live in unison. You should vibrate together to the same music. You should move in a common psychic flow. You should fight collectively against your common enemies. Unitedly you should face all problems, mundane and supra-mundane. In a word, you must reflect the spirit of harmonious collective living in conformity with the spirit of the Vedic mantra Sam’gacchadhvam’ sam’vadadhvam.” (5 April 1981)

Note: This is Baba’s special guideline which is lacking these days in the society. All should understand they do not exist alone, by themselves, in isolation. With collective spirit, all have to work together. By that way, many works can be done for the great cause, by His grace.
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