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This entire posting is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Posting: Re: Prejudice Against One Of Our Spiritual Treatises;
(2) Trailer Quote: Questions & Answers on Microvita
(3) Prabhat Samgiita #1111;

Each section is demarcated by asterisks (*).

== PREJUDICE AGAINST ONE OF OUR SPIRITUAL TREATISES ==

~ Part 2 ~

Namaskar,
With Ananda Purnima just a few days away, we should embrace Baba’s original and true Ananda Vaniis as part of our eternal spiritual treatise.

(1) Baba chose to deliver His spiritual teachings directly to His disciples through venues like DMC (Dharma Maha Cakra), GD (General Darshan), and the reading and discussion of the Ananda Vanii etc. For instance, He conducted a DMC in Varanasi on 29 October in 1979. Every sadhaka clearly understands that that DMC discourse was not just for residents of Varanasi nor were the teachings only relegated for that particular day. Every rational Ananda Margii clearly understands how that DMC discourse is part of our dharmashastra. It is true across time and space and has been included in the Subhasita Samgraha series and stands as part of our spiritual teachings. This is indisputable.

(2) In the same way, Baba chose select days and places to put forth His teachings of Ananda Vanii Samgraha. Those He delivered primarily on the occasions of New Year’s Day & Ananda Purnima – as well as once or twice on Shravanii Purnima and Sharadotsava etc. And just like with His DMC discourses, those Ananda Vaniis are not at all limited in scope to the particular day and place of delivery. Those Ananda Vaniis are His timeless messages for all of humanity. That means that Ananda Vanii #27 given on Ánanda Púrńimá 1967 is as true and relevant today as the day it was given. No rational minded margii can think that Baba’s Ananda Vanii was for that day only or that place only.

(3) Here the point is that Sadguru Baba wanted to put forth Ananda Marga ideology in front of His disciples and He created the system by which to do so – i.e. by delivering public discourses and messages during DMC, GD, etc. In that case, place and date have no bearing on the value of the teaching. Those spiritual guidelines exist across time and space. On those occasions, Baba’s motive was to give teachings for all of universal humanity, and the actual venue was merely a tool for doing so.

(4) Just as we consider His DMC discourse to be part of the dharma shastra of Ananda Marga ideology; we should consider His Ananda Vanii Samgraha collection to be the same, i.e. an integral aspect of Ananda Marga dharma shastra. Why should one be prejudice against the Ananda Vanii series. One should not fall prey to such illogical and sentimental thinking. With a vast open mind, one should give Baba’s True Ananda Vaniis the same unquestioned status as His DMC discourses. There should not be any bias or favouritism. Both are inherent aspects of our spiritual treatise. None should sit back and think that the Ananda Vanii series is a social discourse or some historical teaching and hence subject to time, place, and person. Those Ananda Vaniis are bullets of inspirational truth for all people of all ages.

(5) Ananda Marga shastra is tri-shastra: dharma shástra (spiritual treatise), darshan shástra (philosophical treatise) and samája shástra (social treatise). Both dharma shastra and darshan shastra are eternal – and are not subject to change over time. The collection of True Ananda Vaniis is clearly part of our spiritual treatise; they are eternal; they are part of our dharma shastra, just like Ananda Sutram, Subhasita Samgraha, and Ananda Vacanamrtam are part of our spiritual treatise.

TRUE ANANDA VANIIS:

FACE PREJUDICE LIKE HARIJANS

(6) If anyone reads a DMC discourse and they see the date and place printed at the end then they feel that it is validated as the time when Baba graciously gave this universal, spiritual teaching. But when some read an Anana Vanii and see the date at the end, they think it is old, outdated, and without any charm. This is their dogmatic and irrational approach. This is their prejudice. It is no different than if one introduces a Harijan (so-called untouchable) to someone in India, then people in the general population will think that person is dirty. Likewise in the US, if someone introduces a black man to someone they will think that man is a thief or criminal. These kinds of stereotypes are the effect of a dogmatic mind and are inherently biased. No good person should fall prey to this outlook. Yet some in our Ananda Marga hold that very same stereotypical thinking with regards to Baba’s Ananda Vaniis. They read them and think those are old, just as some think that a harijan must be dirty or a black man must be a criminal. Now is the time to banish this stereotype from the mind and accept Ananda Vaniis as part and parcel of the dharma shastra of Ananda Marga ideology. The prejudice against Baba’s True Ananda Vanii must be stopped. These are timeless teachings of truth and their inherent glory must be recognised.

Fabricating Fake Ananda Vaniis as if that is the Ananda Vanii for this particular occasion is completely wrong and misleading. It is a direct attack on the veracity and greatness of Baba’s True Ananda Vaniis.

WHO STARTED THE FAKE ANANDA VANIIS

As most know, Ac Sarvatmanandji started the Fake Ananda Vanii dogma. It is his brainchild. And since 1990, the prevailing factions have all – at some time or another – adopted this Fake Ananda Vanii tradition. More recently, some of the groups have quietly chosen one of Baba’s original and true Ananda Vaniis instead. What cannot be denied however is that no group has come forward and publicly denounced the Fake Ananda Vanii dogma. What they are feeling inside their hearts is another matter, but none have stood up on the public platform and categorically rejected the Fake Anand Vanii dogma.

Each year, however, more and more margiis and field workers are insisting that one of Baba’s original Ananda Vaniis be read.

HOW THEY MAKE THEIR FAKE ANANDA VANIIS

Yet that is exactly what we see happening. In the name of Ananda Vanii, certain group leaders are going against Baba by infusing their own dogma and creating their own Fake Ananda Vaniis.

How do they do it?

They pull some quote out of context – that is obviously incomplete as it is a small part of a greater discourse – and then label that as an Ananda Vanii, as if that was meant to stand all along, by itself. This is their method.

Not only that, they cut and paste words according to their own need and desire – according to their agenda.

Their entire manner is just their dogmatic approach that has nothing to do with the letter or spirit of Baba’s sacred and divine messages of Ananda Vanii.

SELECTING AN ANANDA VANII

In our unit we have chosen to select one of Baba’s original A’nanda Va’niis which we feel is quite fitting for today’s world. And other units and sectors have also selected one of Baba’s original and true Ananda Vaniis. And this is the best way: To select one of His original Ananda Vaniis and highlight that for the day and the next six months.

Certainly in the future, our united AMPS will select one of Baba’s true Ananda Vaniis.

Until that time, so long as everyone is choosing an original Vanii and rejecting the Fake Ananda Vaniis that are being created, then on this point dharma will be on the rise in our Ananda Marga.

Naturally, if we keep His divine teaching in the forefront of our minds, this will give us the stamina and strength to move ahead on the path of Supreme fulfillment. This is Baba’s blessing upon one and all.

MORE ABOUT WHY CHOOSE YOUR OWN TRUE ANANDA VANII

Certainly, the time will arrive when our organisation is united and following all points of dharma. Naturally then only True Ananda Vaniis will be used by organisational leaders, and Fake Ananda Vaniis will have been eradicated.

But we have not reached that point yet. Still our organisation is struggling on points of righteousness and power mongering. That is why it is important for those in the various units to select one of Baba’s True Ananda Vaniis for the occasions of Ananda Purnima and New Year’s Day etc.

As mentioned, our unit we have taken to choosing one of Baba’s true Ananda Va’niis for this blissful occasion of A’nanda Pu’rnima’. Other units are encouraged to select and read an original A’nanda Va’nii given by Baba. On this point, there is complete freedom to choose and select one which you wish.

This is important because not selecting one of Baba’s True Ananda Vaniis means accepting one of the Fake Ananda Vaniis fabricated by those at the helm.

DOGMAS SHOULD BE ROOTED OUT

Just like the dogma of mahaprayan, the dogma of Fake Ananda Vanii should also be eradicated by rationlly-minded Ananda Margiis. Baba is the dharma Guru and it is a mockery for some so-called leaders to invent and drag dogmas into this holy Ananda Marga mission. Hence, the sooner such dogmas can be rooted out the better.

All in all, the days of the Fake Ananda Vanii are numbered. More and more realise that the only real Ananda Vaniis are the ones which Baba Himself has given. That is why some sectorial offices are now selecting an original Ananda Vanii to celebrate Ananda Purnima. After years and years of following the dogma of Fake Ananda Vanii, various regional and sectorial offices have turned over a new leaf and chosen one of Baba’s original Vaniis. That is indeed a good and welcome turn of events.

LOCAL CELEBRATIONS ENCOURAGED

If any group is recommending that people come “to their place” – such as Tiljala or Ananda Nagar, insinuating that theirs is best place for Ananda Purnima etc, then in our hearts and minds we should all know that Baba’s system is for Ananda Purnima to be celebrated locally in every unit, as His divine grace and presence is felt throughout this entire universe.

ROOT OUT DOGMA

“All dogma must be rooted out. You should start a revolution against dogma. But to start a revolution you need courage. So gather that courage and start a revolution against dogma.” (1)

SAMPLE OF ANANDA VANII

“The humans of today are possessed of spirited intellect and accomplished wisdom. They are keen to advance with rapid step shattering the shackles of dogmas. They will no longer be entrapped by the illusion of opportunism. The rays of the crimson dawn of a new humanity on the eastern horizon have started weaving textures of colours on their eyelids and in the subtle recesses of their minds. As for those who have been dreaming of keeping humanity imprisoned by dogmas, their days are numbered; their blissful dreams are being shattered to pieces. I call upon all enlightened people and say: “Go ahead with courage. The humanity has been awaiting you. Establish it in the excellence and grandeur of glory.”” (2)

CLEAR-CUT INJUNCTIONS

“In the realm of dharma, the only true guide and controller, motivating force and protector of the people, is an excellent and comprehensive ideology which provides definite, clear-cut and bold directions for all aspects of human life – from one’s personal daily routine, to one’s social activities and collective motivation, to the spiritual inspiration which brings one closer and closer to God. A scripture which does not fulfil these conditions is not worthy of being called a scripture at all. Such a scripture does not contain the light of consciousness according to the definition Shásanát tárayet yastu sah shástrah parikiirttitah [“That which liberates through discipline is called shástra, scripture”]. We should also remember that in the realm of dharma there must be clear-cut injunctions in the form of dharma shástra [scriptural treatises].” (3)

FINAL REFLECTION

Baba’s original and true Ananda Vaniis are His divine gifts for one and all as they encapsulate the spirit of Ananda Marga and the spirit of humanity. Thus, they are truly timeless and eternal treasures of humanity. Baba’s original and true Ananda Vaniis are discourses unto themselves – complete, pointed, and stand alone as eternal truths and as spirited messages for the humanity. They are not mere quotes, adaptations, cut-and-paste jobs from some other place. Baba’s every Ananda Vanii is veritably unique and original.

Just as fake medicines will not cure an illness or disease, but rather create more harm, similarly, the Fake Ananda Vanii will not quench the dharmic thirst of sadhakas – nor will it guide them properly. It will not lead towards immortality rather it will lead them elsewhere. So keep away from such Fake Ananda Vaniis and embrace Baba’s original and true Ananda Vaniis.

Happy Preparations for A’nanda Pu’rnima!!

Namaskar,
In Him,
Ashiis’a

REFERENCES:
1. Prout in a Nutshell – 16, Religious Dogma – B
2. Ananda Vanii #53
3. Namah Shivaya Shantaya, Disc: 14

Note: LINK TO EARLIER LETTER

Here is a link to the first letter in this series.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/04/prejudice-against-one-of-our-spiritual.html

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

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Questions & Answers on Microvita

“Question: What is the difference between the effect of microvita on developed creatures and the effect of microvita on undeveloped creatures?”

“Answer: Microvita make no difference or find no difference amongst different living beings. In living beings with complex structures there are different glands and sub-glands which secrete different types of hormones. Microvita develop, invigorate, increase or decrease the hormone secretions of these glands and sub-glands, therefore developed beings – physically and psychologically complex beings – have greater scope to progress through the aid of microvita than undeveloped creatures. This is the difference between the effect of microvita on developed creatures and the effect on undeveloped creatures. Let us take an example. On a moonlit night light is showered equally on one and all, but not everyone can utilize that light properly. The moon cannot be blamed for this. Similarly, microvita emanating from the cosmic factor are for one and all.” (Microvita in a Nutshell, Questions & Answers on Microvita – Excerpt G, #20)
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Prabhat Samgiita #1111

“Saba’r saunge tumi a’cho, tumi a’cho, Prabhu tumi a’cho…” (PS 1111)

Purport:

O’ my Lord, You so gracious, You are with all; O’ Prabhu, You are ever-present, You know not any barriers of relativity. You always remain with everyone. By showering Your infinite love & compassion, You have graciously captivated and attracted my mind. Baba You are ever present – ever present.

O’ Parama Purusa, in the fast, ferocious winds of the cyclone, and in the deadly grip of the cobra, at the time of death when the god of death comes near, or when in the jaws of enemy, in all these terrifying circumstances You shower Your sweet grace by smiling and dancing. Even in the fire of the unbearable inferno, You shower Your causeless grace and turn everything into the cool balm of sandalwood. O’ my Lord, You are ever-gracious.

O’ Parama Purusa Baba, You are present eternally. Even before anything existed and before there was even the hint of creation, You were present then also. Baba, You are the Creator. You are the origin; You are omnipresent. Even when there were no seconds, minutes, hours, days, dates, months, or years, and there was no way to count the time, then also You were present. In that moment You were alone. There was no divine play of hope and hopelessness between the Lord and His devotees; just You were all alone. O’ Parama Purusa, today You are ever-present along with Your creation. You are vibrating in Your liila’rasa, dancing with divine ecstasy in the bond of love, showering Your grace to all the jiivas, and attracting everyone close to you. Baba, You are ever-present, omnipotent. Your liila is unfathomable.

Baba, You are the beginning and You are the only desideratum, the Goal…

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