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THREE TYPES OF WHOLETIME WORKERS

& THEIR PRACTICE OF ASANAS

Namaskar
Unfortunately, in certain circles, some are lax in practicing asanas – this is especially true of some of our acaryas. More specifically, we can say that there are three groups of wts in this regard:

1. There are some Wts who are extremely sincere and regular in doing yoga asanas. They do their asanas in all circumstances – when alone, while in camps and at DMS, when traveling, always. This is the small minority of workers.

2. Next there are some workers who do their asanas only when they are around others. That means they do yoga asanas only for show, i.e. to impress others. They want those around them to think they are very sincere in following Sixteen Points etc. But, when there is no one around, then these same workers skip their asanas etc. Such types of workers suffer from hypocrisy.

3. Then there are those Wts who never do yoga asanas – neither when they are alone, nor when they are with others. Always they skip. Not only that, if they see others – especially Wts – sincerely practicing asanas, then they will ridicule them and make jokes. They will say things like, “Oh, look, here is such great yogi”, “You are going to get moksa anyway, so why are you doing these practices”, “Look at the mahayogi – he is going to get moksa this very moment”, etc. Such workers who mock others in this way move around together in a group. Their chief intent is to deter others from doing the asanas so that they themselves are not looked upon unfavourably for not doing them. Such types of workers suffer from double hypocrisy.

Tragically, this is the state of affairs in our Wt cadre.

In comparison, around the globe some non-margiis, although they may be deficient in various arenas, are very keen on practicing yoga asanas nowadays. Their intent is to retain their youthfulness and beauty, and age in a graceful manner. They often pay for yoga classes. They may or may not do the asanas correctly, and they may or may not follow a sattvika (sentient) diet, but they are eager to gain the physical benefits of the practice.

Strikingly, even this much interest some of our workers do not have. They are not even interested in doing asanas for their own physical health – yet these same workers want to be good-looking & shining etc. That is why we see a growing number of wholetimer Didis and Dadas going to beauty salons for cosmetic treatments etc, unfortunately. This is the trade-off they have made. This is their short-cut appproach. They want the benefits of yoga without practicing, so they go to the beauty parlor. Certain workers fall in this category, shockingly.

All told the situation is quite sad. The only way to bring about the needed change is to inspire others to practice, as well as create the requisite circumstantial pressure.

Namaskar,
Ramesh

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Baba

This entire posting is composed of 2 parts:
(1) Posting: Baba Story: That Dance;
(2) Prabhat Samgiita #2014;

== BABA STORY: THAT DANCE ==

Note: Only those who do sadhana sincerely and have a devotional connection with Sadguru Baba can understand this story – otherwise, for others, this below story is…

Namaskar,
As the Divine Father, Baba has come on this earth to give ultimate salvation by decreasing the distance between He and His children. He has come to create an intimate closeness with His devotees and encourage all to come even closer and still more close.

So despite being the Parama Purusa incarnate and the most Magnanimous One, Baba would always create a heart-felt link with His devotees which would automatically melt the gap between His supreme greatness and our ordinary selves.

And one of the wonderful ways He would accomplish this was by using humour and tender expressions with His devotees. By making everyone laugh and smile, then sadhakas would immediately feel more relaxed and closer with Baba. This was the very sweet and gracious way in which He would communicate with His bhaktas.

Each and every margii has their own personal experience of closeness with Him and by that way they could feel His sweet touch; and, those who could not get this feeling could not remain. So every margii has their own experience and realisation.

Following then is but one of the many highly memorable occasions when Baba would make us all smile and laugh and thereby bring us closer to Him. Despite our faults and despite our limitations, through His immense warmth and love, and yes, by making us laugh, we would feel that whatever we may be in this world, certainly we are His and He is mine. That was one of the very special ways in which Baba would make us all feel close.

Here then is one of the scenes which I recall and others should also share their memories also.

BABA’S ARRIVAL INTO THE PANDAL

At one particular DMC that I attended, the huge crowd of margiis and workers were anxiously awaiting Baba’s divine arrival. The pandal was completely full and everyone present was involved in singing and dancing kiirtan. All were in a blissful flow and the devotional feeling was
mounting more and more as they expected Baba to come any moment.

Then suddenly one Dada started shouting and the kiirtan came to a distinct halt. Then another Dada began raising the slogan, “Parama Pita Baba Ki!”, and everyone exclaimed “Jai”. Again and again the slogan was raised: “Parama Pita Baba Ki– Jai!”

The volume and vibration of the pandal was increasing and everyone knew that at any moment Baba would be coming. The slogan was raised one more time and then we could all see Baba entering onto the stage. Cries of “Baba, Baba” could be heard all around and still the slogan was going on,
“Parama Pita Baba Ki- Jai!!”.

The whole pandal was charged and vibrated by His presence.

As Baba walked slowly across the stage surrounded by His entourage, He passed His cane to one Dada and majestically sat down on the dais. Quickly another Dada came forward to remove Baba’s shoes.

As Baba moved onto the center point of the dais, one or two Dadas were involved in arranging the side pillows of His seat. Then, for a second time, Baba brought His hands together and gave His blessing across the entire Pandal.

Everyone was feeling waves of bliss as Baba looked in their direction. Then one Dada approached Baba with a mala and garlanded Baba and then did sastaung pranam. Everyone was completely focused on Baba– watching His every gesture and move.

Baba then began giving some directions to a few Dadas who were by His side and then they took leave and went from the dais.

Baba then looked out across the sea of margiis and in a smiling manner He said, “How are you– everything is alright?”.

Then everyone present simultaneously replied, “Yes Baba!”.

Baba looked to be in a very jolly mood and that heightened everyone’s happiness and joy.

Then in successive order Baba graciously performed blessings for newly married margiis and then distributed prizes to various workers and margiis.

BABA’S VERY HUMOROUS REVIEW

Immediately thereafter, per the system of DMC, there was a call for brothers kaoshikii. And Baba smiled and turned slightly towards His left and looked over in that direction.

One Dada could be heard saying, “Dhin dhin dhin, dhin dhin…” and on that count the brothers’ kaoshikii dance began.

Actually those brothers had not been practicing kaoshikii recently. They already thought that they were the best dancers of kaoshikii – better than others – so there was no need to practice. This was the unfortunate outlook they had cultivated. They felt a sense of entitlement. With this attitude they started dancing.

Since it was the time of DMC there was a big crowd. And those brothers were dancing as if they were already perfect at kaoshikii etc. This was their inner feeling.

Baba was smiling towards those brothers who were dancing. After a minute or two, the call came “Halt!”, and all the dancers immediately stopped, thinking they had done it flawlessly.

Normally, the sisters would then be signaled to start their kaoshikii. But on this particular occasion, Baba was smiling and still looking over towards those brothers who had just completed their dance. So everyone’s focus was in that direction.

Then in a jolly manner and in a smiling way Baba very reassuringly spoke the following:

“You know the kaoshikii dance displayed by the boys was very good – (Baba was still smiling)

“–with the exception of a few points.”

Then in a charming way Baba said:

“The teamwork was not so good; the angular bending was not so good; and, there was actually no rhythm.”

Then in a jovial mood, Baba concluded:

“With the exception of these three points, it was very good.”

Hearing Baba’s dramatic delivery and humorous words, we all laughed – everyone laughed – and this laughter continued for several seconds. We were all charmed by His manner. Side by side, in a very benevolent way, those dancers got the message that they were not exempt from practicing. In their heart of hearts, they understood that they should refine their movements and dance with a sense of surrender – not ego. This was the great benefit they received, by His grace.

By this way, by Baba’s humorous response, all felt loved and cared for, and everyone understood in the depths of their heart that, “I are His child and regardless of how my performance is, always He loves me and finds a way to help me progress.” We all felt very close to Baba.

WHAT WE CAN UNDERSTAND FROM THIS

There are a few things we can all understand from this.

1) Baba was giving the encouragement that no one should feel dejected by their performance and that He recognises the sincerity of their effort and gives everyone His love and affection.

2) Baba wanted that everyone present – whether they were dancing or not – should improve the standard of their kaoshikii.

3) If Baba would have just appreciated the performance and not pointed out the defect in their dance, then no one would have been aware of their mistake and by that way those dancing and those watching would continue their poor way of dancing in the future.

4) If Baba had only scolded these new margiis then they might think that doing kaoshikii was beyond their reach and they also would not feel close to Him.

5) But by Baba’s special way, He appreciated their effort and guided them for their improvement.

BABA MAKES THE WHOLE ENVIRONMENT BLISSFUL

Really in that moment everyone felt loved, cared for, and close to Baba. Such was the effect of His radiant Presence and special words.

Thereafter, the DMC program took its course and the sisters danced kaoshikii and the brothers tandava and after that Baba announced, “The subject of today’s discourse…”.

And always we will remember that in spite of how poor the kaoshikii dance was, Baba found a way to appreciate their effort and everyone laughed and felt close. So Baba has a unique way of making the entire atmosphere blissful.

SOME MORE REFLECTION

Baba is not only Guru but He is our Father and in His each and every expression He is very close and sweet. How can we forget those moments. And to this very day, whenever I close my eyes then I remember that special time and I feel His close proximity. And that gives me the energy to move
forward.

DO NOT LEAVE IT FOR TOMORROW

By Baba’s sweet grace we will all realise the height of human glory and live life divine and reach up to Him.

Baba says, “Do not forget your life; do not forget the path; the path is very noble, very beautiful, and it is for you to know that, it is for you to realize that, so do it from today. Do not leave it for tomorrow, tomorrow may not come for you. Who knows? The sun may not rise for you tomorrow. No one can say who is going to live from today till tomorrow. It is up to Him to decide. So as long as we are here today, let us try to take [advantage] of this opportunity and do sa’dhana’ and follow dharma; thereby you will know Him, [you will complete] the beautiful journey of knowing Him. So let us know Him today. In this way we will be able to provide paths for human beings to come. Animals also are marching ahead to know that Supreme Entity. So it is our duty to make the way, to pave the way, in order for everyone to come on this path. Realize Him. Realize that Supreme Being within you. This is your dharma, this is your path; and let this path be yours, and victory will surely be yours.” (1)

Namaskar,
Sastaunga Pranam to Baba,
Karmendra

REFERENCES:
1. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31

Prabhat Samgiita #2014
“Bha’lo besechile keno bolo…” (PS 2014)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, You have graced me and brought me in Your close proximity and showered me in Your divine love. So it is Your liila that now I have deep longing for You yet You are not coming close. O’ my Lord, please tell me why You loved me. What was the use, if today You do not allow me to hold You. Internally You are not moved or touched by my tears. You remain impassioned and distant.

O’ Divine Entity, I have decorated my humble abode exclusively for You. By Your grace I am trying to follow 16 Points and Your many do’s and don’ts to prepare my mind for Your divine arrival. I have forgotten who is close and who is distant; in my heart there is no differentiation from one human being to another. Everyone is mine. O’ my Lord, after crying profusely for You, I became miserable, and in this way my whole night passed in Your longing. Because You did not come.

O’ Parama Purusa, O’ Baba, in the end the flowers dried up and withered away. And all my tears just dried up in the air. The pain and suffering of my longing floated away in the sky and ultimately got lost in the oblivion.

Baba, I am crying in Your longing but You are not coming. Then why are You attracting me and why have You bound me in Your divine love. Baba, my heart and mind have become so restless – yet You are not coming close. Why are You doing like this. Baba, please grace me and come close…

End Note: This is a deeply devotional song where the sadhaka is blessed with intense love for the Lord. It is only with the deep feeling of longing that the mind rushes towards Parama Purusa. Without that sense of ‘longing’ in the heart then one cannot get Parama Purusa. So in order to move ahead on the spiritual path, one must long to attain Him. Indeed this yearning to have Him is one essential factor in getting His closeness. So in this song, by Baba’s grace, the devotee has a deep sense of longing in his heart. And by that way the sadhaka becomes more and more close until finally merging in Him. Altogether, it is similar to how one baby starts crying and wants to be held by the mother, and then that mother comes rushing to get her baby. Likewise, the feeling of longing is absolutely necessary in devotional life, because in that way one gets Him and reaches the Goal, by His grace.

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