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Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2013 21:06:33 -0400
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Prabha’.BNK
Subject: Who Gets Frustrated & What is the Remedy

Baba

This entire email is composed of 2 parts:
(1) Posting: Who Gets Frustrated & What is the Remedy
(2) Trailer Quote: Answers on Pranayama

== WHO GETS FRUSTRATED & WHAT IS THE REMEDY ==

Namaskar,
Fatigue and frustration are common human ailments that most suffer from at some point or another. People even lose inspiration and energy for pursuits that were of great interest to them. This is the widespread malady.

As sadhakas, by His grace, we can escape this dual problem of fatigue and frustration, and invite a perennial source of energy and inspiration into our lives that will touch every facet of our existence.

It is our duty to theoretically and practically understand this matter so we can implement it in our own lives and guide others. Specifically, why do people lose energy and inspiration and become frustrated. Second, how can one overcome, nay eliminate, fatigue and feel inspired in all types of work and duties. That is what this letter is all about.

PART 1:

WORLDLY WORKS MAKES ONE TIRED

Most get tired during the course of their day. Those doing work daylong for someone else’s profit are generally the first ones to get tired. Their day will just drag almost from the moment it begins. Their muscles ache, their brain gets dull, and there is little motivation or stamina for them to continue. They just slog through their day.

In your comings and goings around town, you have surely seen such persons. Their mind is not connected with the work they are doing. This is the first category of people: They become tired almost immediately.

Ananda Marga philosophy states, “When people’s actions are supported by their physical energy and actional faculty but not by their spiritual energy, they become easily tired in the process of work.” (1)

Next, there are those who seem to truly like what they are doing – whether it be their job, hobby, sports, or family time. Most often, such persons are motivated by some type of psychic desire such as name and fame, money, spouse, family status, prestige, and so on. They will sacrifice much to achieve their worldly ends and material pleasures, and it looks like they can continue forever, but even they get tired – invariably. This is the common phenomenon.

When they do not receive the psychic-cum-material reward for what they are doing – such as recognition or money etc – then their attraction for that project will wane. And ultimately they will give up entirely. This is the normal course.

For instance, this often occurs in the general society with those who volunteer for mundane non-profit work. They may be psychically motivated to feed the poor or clean-up the environment, but when hurdles invariably come then at some point they lose inspiration. They feel that, “It is not worth it.” So they select a different course in life. Those volunteering for their own name and fame will give up the task even more quickly.

Unfortunately, we see examples of this in our Ananda Marga as well. Amongst our wts, some entered into uniform to travel the world, or to get respect, or for any number of reasons. And when the real challenges of their endeavour come to the fore, that longing for fame or prestige is not enough to carry them through. In that case, they may just take rest in the jagrti for house or days or months, or they may leave entirely. This happens in family margii life as well. A person formerly committed to Ananda Marga social service projects might become frustrated by the lack of results, or they may feel that no one else is helping, and think “Why should I be the one doing this.” Overcome by that angst, they divert their energies elsewhere and spend all their time exclusively doing for their unit self or family.

In both cases, frustration and fatigue gained the upper hand.

This happens with each and every worldly work – sooner or later. Why? Because those worldly pursuits, endeavours, and hobbies fail to provide eternal stamina and inspiration to continue. No matter how enthusiastically and seriously one is involved, tiredness consumes them. No material pursuit can provide ongoing energy. Naturally then, fatigue comes.

Ananda Marga philosophy states, “When people are engaged in intellectual activities, their work is bound to be temporary; likewise, when they perform action simply for the sake of action, this too is only temporary.” (2)

That is one end of the spectrum: Worldly pursuits buoyed by some or more degree of psychic motivation.

PART 2:

SPIRITUAL ENDEAVORS GIVE ETERNAL INSPIRATION

On the other end of the spectrum are those who derive their inspiration from the Supreme. For them, the aim is not any amount of name or fame, or material wealth or prestige, or any other mundane or relative factor. Nor are they solely motivated by an intellectual or social interest in a given issue like the environment or women’s rights. They are exclusively motivated by the idea of serving Parama Purusa.

When one has wholly adopted this outlook and, by His grace, imbibes each and every cell of their mind with this feeling, such persons will never ever experience frustration or fatigue.

Ananda Marga philosophy states, “Since devotion has awakened in them and they have been endowed with spiritual inspiration, they are sure to attain success in whatever action they undertake. Plunge into action and you will find that you will be able to do anything and everything.” (3)

With spiritual ideation, one will never grow tired and will always have ample energy to continue on in their noble endeavour. And they will do all sorts of great, lasting work for society, i.e. establishing His ideals.

Thus one must always cultivate the right outlook: “This is His work and He is giving me energy and I am doing to please Him.” With practice and perseverance, this outlook along with spiritual practice will give one the scope to perform all actions devoid of any feelings of frustration.

This is how Baba says we are to proceed.

When a person feeds their baby and thinks that they are serving Parama Purusa in the form of this child, then they will go on and on and never tire of their duty. Similarly, when one thinks of Him and raises the Prout slogan to please Him – and not for some unit psychic desire of getting elected to public office etc – then no matter the outcome one will not tire of doing Prout pracara.

Indeed, no matter the work, whether it be physical, psychic, or spiritual, if one moves ahead with true spiritual feeling, then one will never experience frustration or fatigue.

Ananda Marga philosophy states, “The momentum or attraction of the psychic realm is much more powerful than that of the physical world, and the momentum or attraction of the spiritual world is still more powerful. When people hesitate and doubt whether they can accomplish something, and if they start to work in that hesitant frame of mind, they can never accomplish that task. But if they plunge into action thinking of their goal with courage, imbued with spiritual inspiration, they are sure to be crowned with success. No action is greater than the human capacity to perform it. Of all the manifold entities in this expressed world, human beings are the most powerful.” (4)

PART 3:

BRAHMABHAVA AND LIVING IN THIS WORLD

At the beginning of this letter, we discussed those who work motivated by physical or psychic longing. Both of these types of people are bound to suffer from fatigue – quite quickly. There are no shortage of examples of this in our human society.

Whereas, the one who ideates on the Lord and is ensconced in Brahmabhava derives ongoing inspiration for their pursuits.

By taking spiritual ideation through second lesson and ideating on Parama Purusa, by His grace, one can spiritualise all their actions and pursuits. In that case fatigue and frustration will never knock on their door. Because that bhakta sees one and all as manifestations of the Supreme. In that case their mind is ensconced in the thought of the Divine, even though they are living and working in this world.

Here is a classic example.

Buddha used to beg but He always did so with the thought of the Divine in which case his life’s journey of begging was blissful and done for the great cause, whereas certain other monks begging for food felt as though they were just trying to get some scraps. So they were were miserable, for them life is a torment.

So the ideation behind the action is what determines whether that person is prone to fatigue or not. Those doing with the ideation of bhramabhava receive ongoing fuel from Parama Purusa for all their pursuits.

In our Ananda Marga, you may have seen some Wts who got frustrated in their dharma pracara or social service projects. Mentally, they were more involved in worldly measurements and completely missed out ideating on and serving Him. Such workers were easily frustrated & often left whereas those doing to please Him were always feeling buoyant, blissful and ready for life.

That is the stark difference between those involved in Brahmabhava versus those stuck in worldly gains and losses. Because of cosmic ideation one is tapping into His perennial inspiration.

If doing any service project or seva in order to please Parama Purusa, and not for name and fame etc, then one will get ongoing inspiration and never be drained of their energy and motivation by fatigue.

This should be our approach cent-per-cent of the time. For that, we must critically analyse our motivations as well as evaluate the nature of one’s work. Is this work solely for one’s individual or petty gain, or is this endeavour part of a broad-minded outlook for the welfare of all.

With this type of self-analysis – along with regular spiritual practices – one can properly maintain Brahmabhava, by His grace. Then one will never experience fatigue in any endeavour. One will receive eternal inspiration from Him to complete each and every task in a nice way.

HERE IS THE KEY THEME

Here again I wish emphasize this idea.

Thus one must always cultivate the right outlook: “This is His work and He is giving me energy and I am doing to please Him.” With practice and perseverance, this outlook along with spiritual practice will give one the scope to perform all actions devoid of any feelings of frustration.

By cultivating spiritual outlook one will receive endless inspiration, while those involved in mundane thinking burn out quite quickly. Adopting a spiritual perspective is our strength.

This is how Baba says we are to proceed.

When a person feeds their baby and thinks that they are serving Parama Purusa in the form of this child, then they will go on and on and never tire of their duty. Similarly, when one thinks of Him and raises the Prout slogan to please Him – and not for some unit psychic desire of getting elected to public office etc – then no matter the outcome one will not tire of doing Prout pracara.

SPECIAL NOTE

Here we should be aware about one thing. People often move around in the general society and think that others are great and have boundless energy. They glorify their neighbors, friends, and acquaintances because they only see part of the picture. In contrast they know the problems that come in their own house, but they think others are immune to such issues. In that state of naiveté and unawareness, they place a gold ribbon around all kinds of people.

But this is all wrong. None should fall in this type of delusion. Someone who is very energetic at work and it looks like they have it all together, just know that is not the full picture. Those on the path of materialism are subject to fatigue, frustration, ignorance and despair. Keep that in mind the next time you see someone around town and think, “Wow, that person is really great in all respects.”

Never forget, materialists are prone to fatigue – period, no matter how grand their life may look from the outside.

Only those who truly take Cosmic ideation – by His grace – are above all sorts of frustration and fatigue.

Our approach then is to do sadhana and ideate when involved in worldly dealings. Only people become tired and frustrated because of a lack of Brahmabhava. By ideating on Him, gradually our fatigue will disappear and we will get renewed energy to do all kinds of good deeds and welfare projects for Him.

REVIEWING THE MAIN APPROACH

Let us again consider this grand approach.

One must always cultivate the right outlook: “This is His work and He is giving me energy and I am doing to please Him.” With practice and perseverance, this outlook along with spiritual practice will give one the scope to perform all actions devoid of any feelings of frustration. Frustration has an inverse relationship with spirituality. The more spiritually-based a person is, the less they will feel frustrated or mentally dejected.

This is how Baba says we are to proceed.

When a person feeds their baby and thinks that they are serving Parama Purusa in the form of this child, then they will go on and on and never tire of their duty. Similarly, when one thinks of Him and raises the Prout slogan to please Him – and not for some unit psychic desire of getting elected to public office etc – then no matter the outcome one will not tire of doing Prout pracara.

“WITHOUT INSPIRATION, THEY CANNOT ACHIEVE ANYTHING”

He has blessed us with a proper social-sum-spiritual outlook, dharma sadhana, and the way to ideate. We must realise practically and theoretically these gifts. Then we will never experience fatigue in life; we will always feel that we are at the lotus feet of Parama Purusa.

“When human beings seek to do something lasting, or build something new, or promote human welfare, or establish something valuable to society, they must establish themselves in spiritual life. Without devotion, without inspiration, they cannot achieve anything.” (5)

“Never think that you cannot do a certain work; just commit yourself to doing that work and you will see that you will certainly be able to do it. When you start working for the welfare of society, society can never remain backward; it is bound to progress, and through the advancement of society you will also achieve success in your life.” (6)

Again I wish to reiterate, that the only way to avoid feelings of hopeless is to do thinking of Him – and not for any selfish or worldly motivation.

Thus one must always cultivate the right outlook: “This is His work and He is giving me energy and I am doing to please Him.” With practice and perseverance, this outlook along with spiritual practice will give one the scope to perform all actions devoid of any feelings of frustration.

This is how Baba says we are to proceed.

When a person feeds their baby and thinks that they are serving Parama Purusa in the form of this child, then they will go on and on and never tire of their duty. Similarly, when one thinks of Him and raises the Prout slogan to please Him – and not for some unit psychic desire of getting elected to public office etc – then no matter the outcome one will not tire of doing Prout pracara.

BABA’S RELATED TEACHINGS

“While feeding your son, you should contemplate that you are not feeding your son, but you are doing your duty to the manifestation of the Supreme Consciousness in the shape of your son. When you plough your land, you ought to contemplate that you are doing the proper action to the manifestation of the Supreme Consciousness in the form of your land. If you properly follow this Cosmic Ideation you can keep yourself aloof from the shackles of actions even though you perform actions. This practice will pervade your exterior and interior with the ecstasy of Cosmic Bliss, and will alleviate permanently all your afflictions. Then the force of ignorance (avidyá) cannot devour you in its ferocious jaws. The glory of the One and only One benign Entity will shine forth to you from one and all objects.” (7)

“Everything is the manifestation of God. Whether it is land, home, river, mountain, respect, insult, day or night – everything is He and His manifestation as a unit. Make proper use of all objects thinking that they are His gifts to us. To enjoy or endure anything is to enjoy or endure Him. Avoid the attraction of the unit and make contact with the integral whole. When you are able to live this way, the desire to steal the property of others will completely disappear. In Ananda Marga there is a special process through which one can dedicate everything to God. The ascription of divinity to objects means the pursuit of the Infinite, leaving the finite behind. Are you feeding your son? No, no, you are feeding the son-like manifestation of Brahma. Are you tilling the field? No, no you are serving the finite manifestation of Brahma with your plough.” (8)

“In life one can never escape from the need for action. If they do not understand which action is beneficial for them, they should consult others; but they will have to work continuously. Since devotion has awakened in them and they have been endowed with spiritual inspiration, they are sure to attain success in whatever action they undertake. Plunge into action and you will find that you will be able to do anything and everything. Never think that you cannot do a certain work; just commit yourself to doing that work and you will see that you will certainly be able to do it. When you start working for the welfare of society, society can never remain backward; it is bound to progress, and through the advancement of society you will also achieve success in your life.” (9)

“Whenever performing any action, you must analyse to what extent the action about to be undertaken will ensure physical, psychic, spiritual, social and economic progress, and you must also consider whether your action will truly bring welfare to the world. When you are certain that your actions are truly benevolent, you must immediately throw yourselves into those actions. The inspiration behind your righteous intellect comes from Parama Puruśa, and thus it is He who will provide you with the requisite strength to accomplish the task. When your conscience dictates that the action to be performed is benevolent, you should realize that if the discriminating intellect behind your conscience is convincing you of the righteousness of your action, then that intellect will also surely provide you with the requisite courage to translate that idea into action. Thus when you are convinced that a certain action is good, then you should have no hesitation in your mind whatsoever. Such hesitation will be absolutely useless.” (10)

“In this way it becomes easy to perform righteous deeds. What is important is to move towards Parama Puruśa, the only permanent Entity, along with one’s knowledge and action, which we collectively call devotion. Without the inspiration of devotion, nothing lasting can be achieved. Thus conscientious people, whatever actions they may perform, must not deviate from the Supreme Goal in life. Ours is a subjective approach with objective adjustment: our main purpose is to continue with our mundane activities while placing our minds at the feet of Parama Puruśa. You must accept Him as the ultimate Goal of your lives, and then move on. If impediments arise in your movement towards the Goal, they must be removed from the path; and those circumstances which are beneficial to your progress must be encouraged. In this way you will individually progress, and that individual progress will also advance the collective life.” (11)

“You have no right to hate even a single living creature. The best you can do is only to serve. Remember, you are to serve bearing in mind that every creature is verily the living manifestation of the Supreme Consciousness. Remember also that the credit of service is not yours; it is due to the Supreme and the Supreme alone, whose ideation has inspired you to acquire the capability of rendering service.” (12)

“Inspiration and the thought of universal welfare are inseparable. The spiritually inspired mind should apply its power on the material world so that matter can be used benevolently for human progress. Trees, stones and earth are not easily moved by spiritual inspiration; nor are people of static nature.” (13)

“You cannot be inspired by others all the time, you have got to be inspired by yourself. That means you have to follow dharma; you have to follow the path. Because He is always inside of you; He is always outside of you also. The Supreme Truth is hiding; you are chasing Him and He is hiding behind you. And again you are chasing Him and again He is hiding. It is like a hide-and-seek game. And He is happy about that. You are chasing Him and chasing Him and chasing Him and He is hiding [from] you, and you want to chase Him again.” (14)

“Only a life thus inspired is the true life. Others may have human bodies, but the minds residing in those bodies are not truly human. You boys and girls have come onto this earth as human beings with human bodies and minds – you should never forget this. Humanity is the criterion of judgment for truth in this universe. When human beings are established in the false glamour of humanity, then truth stands victorious. So in the practical world, the greatest entities are human beings – they are the highest expressions of Parama Puruśa, the Supreme Consciousness. Only they have the capacity to understand the significance of the numerous forms, colours, smells, etc., in which Parama Puruśa is constantly metamorphosing His creation.” 15)

“Inspiration comes from inside. [Sometimes] we need inspiration from outside; but that inspiration is not lasting. It is momentary. But in order to inspire yourself you have got to know yourself; by knowing yourself you are inspired always. Inspiration from inside will stand for all time; it will inspire you for all time. That alone is going to help you. And by inspiring yourself you are inspiring others. So be an example. Be a true aspirant by becoming yourself what you are; [and by becoming what you are,] you show others what they have to be. So in order to know everything you know one thing. That one thing is dharma. That one thing is the supreme truth, and that truth is hiding in your heart. You have got to know that truth inside yourself. That is why sádhaná has to be performed.” (16 )

OVERALL THEME

The overarching idea of this entire letter is that those motivated by mundane longing and worldly attainment invariably experience frustration and other psychic ailments. While those who take His name and work ideating on Him receive perennial inspiration to move ahead and and never feel an ounce of frustration. That is the remedy: Harboring a spiritual outlook.

Namaskar,
in Him,
Prabha’

REFERENCES:
1. Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 11, Momentum and Attraction
2. Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 11, Momentum and Attraction
3. Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 11, Momentum and Attraction
4. Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 11, Momentum and Attraction
5. Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 11, Momentum and Attraction
6. Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 11, Momentum and Attraction
7. SS-1, Spiritual Practice and the Cosmic Science
8. SS-2, The Intuitional Science of the Vedas – 1
9. Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 11, Momentum and Attraction
10. Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 11, Momentum and Attraction
11. Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 11, Momentum and Attraction
12. Ananda Vanii #23
13. Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 9, Shakti and Its Proper Application
14. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31, Dharma Sádhaná
15. Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 11, Momentum and Attraction
16. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31, Dharma Sádhaná

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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Answers on Pranayama

11 Question: What is práńáyáma?

Answer: Práńáyáma is defined as: Tasmin sati shvása prashvásayoh gativicchedah práńáyáma. That is, “Práńáyáma is the process of breath control along with the imposition of the ideation of Supreme Consciousness.” It helps the mind in concentration and meditation.

12 Question: What is the spirit of práńáyáma?

Answer: Pránán yamayati eśah práńáyámah. That is, the word práńáyáma literally means “controlling the práńáh [vital energy]”. The psycho-philosophy behind the practice of práńáyáma is that the spiritual aspirant tries to let the práńendriya [ten vital-energy currents] remain in a state of pause so that the paused unit mind will merge into the ocean of consciousness.

13 Question: How many types of práńáyáma are there?

Answer: There are two main types of práńáyáma: hat́ha yaogika práńáyáma and Yudhiśt́hira práńáyáma. When práńáyáma is done without fixing the mind on a particular point of concentration, and without imbibing Cosmic ideation, it is called hat́ha yaogika práńáyáma. But when práńáyáma is performed with the mind fixed at a particular point along with Cosmic ideation, it is called Yudhiśt́hira práńáyáma. [The eldest Pandava, Yudhisthira, was the first person to popularize práńáyáma according to this method.] (Yoga Psychology, Questions and Answers on Meditation)
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