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Sun, 30 Jun 2013 22:33:08

== Why So Much Police ==

Namaskar,
Here is one teaching from Baba that is highly related with the present-day humanity.

BABA’S SPECIAL TEACHING

“Give each person an aeroplane – very good. “I shall make efforts for each person to have an aeroplane.” Happiness in collective life is very good, but in personal life there should be sacrifice. If there is no sacrifice in personal life, there can never be joy and happiness in collective life. If one person possesses one crore (10 million) rupees and others do not have even sattu (1) there can never be universal well-being in that society or country. One should renounce all luxuries in personal life – all should live happily together. All are the children of the Supreme Father, all should live happily.” (Discourse: Swastika Flag)

(1) Sattu: Flour made from roasted gram (also called chick-pea or garbanzo) or sometimes roasted barley or maize (corn).

“हर मनुष्य को एक-एक aeroplane दे दो–बहुत अच्छा | “हर मनुष्य को ताकि एक-एक aeroplane मिले, मैं उसके लिए मैं चेष्टित रहूँगा”—- ख़ूब ठीक है | सामूहिक-जीवन में भोग, किन्तु वैयष्टिक-जीवन में त्याग | वैयष्टिक-जीवन जीवन में त्याग नहीं रहने से सामूहिक-जीवन में भोग नहीं होता है | एक आदमी के पास अगर एक करोड़ रुपया रह गया, और दूसरी जगह सत्तू-मिर्च नहीं मिलता है; तो उससे समाज का, देश का, राष्ट्र का, कल्याण नहीं है | वह वैयष्टिक-जीवन में वह छोड़ दे सब, त्याग कर दे | सब कोई मिलकर खाए, पिए,—परम पिता के सन्तान हैं, सब मज़े में रहें |” (Discourse: Swastika Jhanda)

APPLYING THIS TO TODAY’S WORLD

In His above guideline, Baba is teaching us that wherever there is great disparity of wealth, wherever there is economic exploitation, wherever there are haves and have-nots, and wherever some are rolling in luxury while others scrounge to get a morsel of food, there will never be peace and harmony in society. Rather there will be rampant thievery, robberies, and a high crime rate.

Nowadays in this era of extreme capitalism, security has increased multi-fold because people have lost trust in one another. There are cameras and surveillance systems on every corner, the police force has become huge, border agents secure all national boundaries, passports and identification are needed to go from place to place, and verily security has been heightened in all levels of society. There is always a camera watching what you are doing. In short, there is a blatant lack of trust in all directions. Everyone thinks the next person may harm them or steal from them.

In the past, perhaps 40 – 60 years ago, such steps were not necessary. Because in those days, the wealth disparity was not so huge.

But now when people think money and material wealth are everything, then they will do anything to accrue more wealth. That brings widespread distrust. What to think of the rich not trusting the poor, people do not trust their neighbors, and parents do not trust their children. Because when material wealth itself is finite and limited, then people become suspicious and fearful: They think that if they do not grab the wealth then someone else will. In this materialistic era, all other human values have become lost; they are but a distant memory. Money reigns supreme.

In such a condition where a privileged few hoard most of the wealth, and money is looked upon as everything, there can never be peace, safety, and security in society. Social harmony and happiness only comes when importance is given to human cardinal values – and only when the rich renounce their wealth and live along side the common people. Only when there is a rational distribution of wealth and the principles of Prout are in place will we have a true human society where all live cooperatively as children of the Supreme Father.

Namaskar,
In Him,
Nataraj

Note: The translation of Baba’s above teaching from the original Hindi to English was done by Dr. T.R. Sukul ji.

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30 Jun 2013 13:07:40 -0000

Baba

== HURLING STONE ON RELIGION ==

Namaskar,
Although some radical fundamentalists do exist in every religion – they are comparatively few in number. Here the term radical refers to those who blindly follow negative and detrimental theories based on irrational ideas devoid of logic and reasoning. Strictly following bhagavad dharma is not radical as it is based on rationality and for universal well-being. If someone is an adherent of harmful dogmatic teachings from the religions, then surely they are radical.

Here Baba points out the defective mind-set of such persons.

“It is very difficult to persuade religious bigots to follow the path of logic because according to them even to listen to others is a sinful act. This is nothing but mere sentiment. According to some religions beef eating is forbidden but the killing of deer and goats is permissible. This is totally irrational.” (1)

Thus in this age of reasoning, most are not convinced or drawn in by religious leaders. Because when those religious leaders themselves do not follow the path of logic, then the common people just think such priests etc are outdated. For this reason the various religions are shrinking.

RELIGION IS FADING

In comparison to a 100 years ago, religion on the whole is a much weaker force than it used to be. In the middle ages, millions were killed in the name of religion during the crusades. Today however, religion is no longer the dominating influence in peoples’ lives. Mostly it is just a namesake – i.e. something that people passively follow.

Most do not ardently adhere to the various religious rituals and mandates. People no longer base their lives on what the scriptures say. With the rise of science, people depend more on their logic and reasoning. They are no longer moved or swayed by irrational religious doctrines. Hence religion is fading away in most parts of the globe.

MUST NOT INCITE REVIVAL

However, if an overtly offensive attack is launched against those religions on the sentimental plane – such as by burning their holy books etc – then there will be tremendous backlash. There will be a major uprising as waves of those followers will staunchly line up behind their religion.

“Through such religions it is next to impossible to establish unity in the society. Religious differences should be minimized as much as possible, but it should be remembered that blind faith in a religion cannot be forcibly eliminated. To strike at any type of sentiment will only cause that sentiment to grow stronger.” (2)

Why do we see – from time to time – profane language used by one religious follower to another? Because of some political gain. This has happened time and again. It has happened in the past and will recur in the future. Intelligent people should always be alert and aware of such tactics. Those not in power incite tense situations to get the power and thereby create chaos in the society. This unfortunate maneuver occurs all around the globe. When we see such incidents it means some political gain is at stake. Those not in power want to come in power by escalating the situation and creating differences.

One political party did this in the USA in 2009 & 2011 – before the upcoming elections – whereby they spoke out against Muslims to ignite the Christian fundamentalists. That political party thought that by this way the can regain their political might. And a similar event occurred in India surrounding the Babri mosque whereby Hindus clashed with Muslims to rally people and regain power. For more about these incident see the link at the bottom of this letter.

The key point here is that if we allow people to create religious conflicts by such ploys then fissiparious tendencies and divisive forces will rise and society will be torn apart. All remnants of peace will be gone.

Thus to lambaste any religion on sentimental grounds will only make matters worse. That is Baba’s pointed warning. Religious leaders can only rely on sentiment and emotion to rally their people – they cannot say “use your brain” because the religions do not adhere to rational teachings.

So if we attack their religious sentiment by insulting their holy texts then that will only invite a dogmatic resurgence of that religion. Everyone, inside and outside of Ananda Marga, must be careful about this.

HOW MUST WE PROCEED

Here Baba outlines what our approach must be in order to create peace and harmony in the society.

“Psychological methods will have to be employed to make people realize the irrational nature of blind religious faith. This requires a rational interpretation of philosophy through enlightened intellect. When the human mind is gripped by the fear psychology it gives indulgence to blind faith rather than logic and reason. If human fear is removed through logic and reason, the very basis for blind faith will be weakened. That is why human beings will have to be taught philosophical doctrines in a rational way.” (3)

Thus we are to generate interest in logic and reasoning within the common people. Gradually those believers will begin to use their brain and that is the most opportune time to teach them. So logic and reasoning are our faithful tools to combat religious dogmas. Resorting to insulting behaviours and / or belittling their faith will not do.

Furthermore in His teachings on neo-humanism, Baba guides us to fight against isms and dogmas with our logic & reasoning. And that logic and reasoning can only be successful if one has inherent love for all of humanity. Such persons are sadvipras. They only can wipe away dogmas and isms.

If politicians try to crush, suppress or push aside the religions then they will fail. The communists tried that scheme but they could not smother those religions. Rather such religions flourished underground.

“It should be remembered that there are certain differences in the society which should be taken into proper consideration. These differences are usually removed through natural fusion. It is not possible to eradicate them by force. When human beings come close to each other with a genuine feeling of unity, when they share the common joys and sorrows of life, those external differences gradually vanish as a matter of course. In the human society there are four main types of external differences: food, dress, language and religion.” (4)

That is why Baba encourages inter-caste, inter-race & international marriages. And indeed we see that in any metropolitan city around the globe where there is a wide representation of diverse ethnic groups living and working together, such as in New York, Sao Paulo, or London, etc such types of heated social problems are much less.

We should rally around similarities not differences. We can also encourage rational philosophical discussions as that will clear up the minds of students.

IMPORTANCE OF FREE THINKING

The most detrimental aspect of religion is that people stop using their brain. In any era, or country or place where religion is very dominant, people are forced to blindly follow dogmatic edicts and keep away from rational analysis. In that way, they degrade themselves to near animals.

This is not just limited to religious affairs but in all spheres of life those believers become accustomed to blindly following certain politicians and radio show hosts. A leader declares: “Vote for this candidate”, “support this proposition”, “buy this product”, and the people respond – blindly. So their habit to passively follow and obey – without using their brain or critical intellect – applies to social, political, and economic life as well. Verily that habit of not using their brain in other spheres of life is the by-product of religion.

Everyone knows that the rational intellect is the unique quality of being human yet the religions mostly force people not to use their intellect – they stifle the entire method of free inquiry and open discussion. If we gradually encourage logic and reasoning – especially with youths – then gradually the hateful religions will be a relic of the past.

That is why Ananda Marga is working hard to establish educational and neo-humanistic institutions around the globe.

The rate at which religion is fading now is staggering; it is on a big downturn. We must raise the slogan of intellectual freedom and rational thinking. Then we can get success because religion does not allow such logic and reasoning.

In contrast, if we allow impulsive and fiery preachers to burn the Koran, Bible, Torah, Giita etc, then that will only ignite the flames of religious outcry and rebellion. That will be counter-productive.

RELIGIOUS DIALOG:

PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSION VERSUS ATTACK ON SENTIMENT

As margiis we should understand Baba’s guideline for discussing the religions.

In Ananda Marga, we appreciate healthy debates on philosophical grounds based on religious teaching and preachings. Hence we can respectfully speak about the loopholes of any of the religions in a very psychological manner. For instance in Christianity we can debate their positions on heaven, hell, and Satan etc, and with Hindus we can raise the point of idol worship etc. We can discuss why these things are right or wrong with regard to all the religions.

But these philosophical discussions must be carried out in a very respectful and dignified manner. There must not be one bit of hatred or disrespect towards any religion. On this very point Baba says in Caryacarya:

“Never attack the religious beliefs of anyone. Make the person understand gradually with logic. If you attack a person’s religious beliefs, it means you have attacked Ananda Marga.” (5)

So we do not appreciate any type of attack on one’s religious sentiments. That means no bible burning, no Koran burning, no destroying of idols, no cartoons about Mohammad, no wall writing about the religions using offensive language etc.

It is fine to politely discuss the defects of idol worship but we should not stand from afar and hurl rocks at those Hindu temples.

Debating the principles is very important, Baba says we should do that. But we must not hurt their emotional or sentimental feelings of their religion. That will only lead to social chaos and and rouse the followers behind those religions. Because at that time their rational brain is not functioning, rather their ego and emotions are dominating. That is why the problems will escalate.

IMPORTANCE OF FREE INQUIRY

The question comes: Why should we encourage philosophical debates? Because we believe in the liberation of intellect and free use of logic and reasoning. Before choosing any religion, one should use their brain as to how far it is logically meaningful.

We see in the society that when some people purchase anything they consider how they should spend their money. But when committing their entire heart and emotional feeling to a certain religion then they do not use their brain. They do not question its veracity.

For instance, Hindus believe that if you hold the tail of a cow on the bank of the Ganges in Varanasi and pay a priest 50 rupees to recite the rituals for “godana puja”, then you will go to eternal heaven and receive all kinds of luxuries and niceties.

Likewise in Catholicism, if a follower confesses their sin and gives money to the priest then their sin removed and a seat is reserved for them in heaven. And similar tactics are done in Islam and Judaism as well. Followers are led by tales and tall talks.

Such an approach is not good. Everyone should use their brain and logic and see how far it is rational to surrender to those religious beliefs and theories.

In any geographical region where education is prevalent, the grip of religious dogma is melting fast. But where people are not well educated, they are more prone to illogical beliefs, rituals and dogma. So education is very important. It should not be forgotten that even in America 14% of the population is illiterate – they cannot comprehend the newspaper. Thus we must work hard to raise the intellectual standard of all peoples in all countries – that will help promote an environment of all-round respect and cordiality.

WHAT TO BE DONE

With the rise of science, logic, and reasoning, the influence of religion is far less than it used to be. However, if anyone insults, taunts, and attacks any religion, then those blind religious followers will create an uproar. Unfortunately, some resort to desecrating and destroying religious symbols – as one religious preacher threatened & burned the Koran (Quran) etc – and that only creates more harm in society.

As in the case of all critical issues, as Ananda Margiis we should be crystal-clear about Baba’s teaching. We should know our stand – i.e. the stand of Ananda Marga. Thus if someone threatens to publicly burn the Bible or the Koran, or draws a caricature of Mohammed, or mocks Hindu idol worship etc, we should know how to respond and intervene.

Specifically, (a) what is our policy with regards to the burning of holy books from the various religions, (b) what are our weapons against such religions, and (c) on what level can we address religious claims.

To reach these answers, we must adhere to Baba’s, our Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji’s, aforementioned key guidelines about the various dogmatic religions.

THERE MUST BE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Baba has graciously given us all the teachings to form a harmonious human society. We must pay heed to His guideline of not hurting anyone’s religious sentiment nor should we try and forcefully root out any dogma by methods of suppression, repression, or terror. We are all one people – brother and sisters – united in under the loving shelter of one God. Whatever differences we have must be sorted out in a respectful, safe, and diplomatic manner.

“The more human beings live in unity, shoulder to shoulder, the greater the welfare of the human race will be. Let no one try to suppress others on the basis of nationality, language, religion or anything else in any sphere of life. Let the path of full expression of human intelligence be kept open forever.” (6)

Namaskar,
In Him,
Gagan

REFERENCES
1. Prout Nutshell – 7
2. A Few Problems Solved – 2
3. A Few Problems Solved – 2
4. Prout in a Nutshell – 7
5. CC-2, “Society”, pt #9
6. A Few Problems Solved – 3

Note: FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW MORE

For those who want to know more about how certain opportunists create rifts among the religions in order to gain power should read the below letter (click link.)

http://anandamargauniversal.blogspot.com/2013/06/igniting-religious-sentiment-for.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Nijer chanda ha’riye phelechi toma’r chande na’cite ca’i….” (1400)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, by Your grace I have lost my own individual rhythm. Now I want to dance in Your Cosmic rhythm. I do not have any language, tune, or proper voice by which I can sing Your glory. So I sing Your name completely depending on Your grace.

O’ my Lord, whatever known or unknown things I had, big or small, everything I am surrendering at Your lotus feet – by Your grace. And I am doing sastaunga pranam countless times. O’ Dear Lord, please grace me.

O’ Parama Purusa Baba, I did not come here on this earth with any attributions, qualities, or wealth. I came empty-handed and I will go empty-handed. I will not go back with a huge treasury. Whatever sin or negative deeds I performed, those reactive momenta should remain along with me and I am ready to suffer the consequences. But whatever good things I did, making the garland of those virtues, I offer You the mala. So I am ready to face my sin but my virtue You please take. Baba, I am offering all my virtues as a mala…

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Baba

IGNITING BLIND RELIGIOUS SENTIMENT

FOR POLITICAL GAIN

Namaskar
This post provides greater background into how on certain occasions those not in power create religious rifts to rile people in society just so that they can regain that power.

In every democracy, the party not in power wants to gain the power.

If any party not in power has a better policy to attract the common people in their favor, i.e. if they have a benevolent plan to resolve their miserable situation, then they will propagate their plan to attract the public and get their vote.

Whereas any party not in power that does not have any positive plans or programs then they will resort to negative and dirty sentiments to bring the public in their favour. That is why this Islamic mosque and Koran issues were brought forth in US recently.

Recent Case in The US:

Republicans Raise Anti-Muslim Sentiment

Why did they use this particular sentiment? Because Christians are in the majority in the US, so if they rallied people around the Christian sentiment so they may forget their economic anxiety. With unbridled emotion they will support their ploy. And that is what happened back in 2009.

And when the President’s name itself is Barack Hussein Obama, then they escalated the issue by saying that the ruling Democratic party is dominated my a Muslim leader.

The Republicans raised the banner: “Terrorists are Islamic; the President is Islamic; all the problems are related with Islam. Get rid of this president by voting in our favour and the problem will be solved.”

First Election Since Republicans Were in Power

Terrorists did not just attack the Twin Towers yesterday. The Twin Towers tragedy happened over a decade ago. In those years from 2001 – 2008, the mosque issue (i.e. proposal to build a mosque near ground zero) was not such a wild and nasty affair. Because earlier the Republicans were ruling. Since the Twin Towers attack, 2010 represented the first time an election was going to happen since those Republicans were in power. So republicans used this negative sentiment to stir the people.

In creating this negative sentiment while the Democrats were in power, the Republicans gained political clout and rattled the present administration. And in the 2010 mid-term elections they gain a lot of seats. However such a hate campaign spilled over into one pastor threatening to burn the Koran. It went beyond the boundaries of Republican control and riled people, like this pastor, to take harmful action.

Baba’s Warning

That is why Baba warns us that we should never rally people around a negative sentiment as it does not bode well for society.

More recently, such sentiments led to the Boston bombing whereby Islamic youths killed and injured innocent bystanders because of their own feeling that the western world was mistreating Muslims.

Even then Republicans remain pleased by their strategy – still today. Those in power never wish to disturb the peace, but the party not in power always tries to wreak havoc on the country – especially during an election year. In that sense the Republicans got what they wanted. By creating rifts between religious fronts, they were able to grab votes and carry more seats in Congress. This was their scheme.

In a democracy, the common public can be misguided by any sentiment. The above situation is the proof. That is why any democracy supported by adult franchise is foolocaracy. Because age alone does not give a person the requisite viveka to vote properly. Democracy, however, is OK if the voters have a socio-political consciousness.

And a similar tactic was employed in India surrounding the Babri mosque:

Demolition of Babri Masjid

(courtesy of Wikipedia)

The city of Ayodhya is regarded by Hindus to be the birthplace of the God-king Rama and is regarded as one of India’s most sacred and religious sites. In 1528, after the Mughal invasion, a mosque was built by Mughal general Mir Banki, who reportedly destroyed a pre-existing temple of Rama at the site, and named it after emperor Babur. For several years, the site was used for religious purposes by both Hindus and Muslims. After independence, several title suits were filed by opposing religious groups claiming possession of the site.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) used the Ayodhya debate as a major campaign issue in the 1989 elections. In September 1990, BJP leader L. K. Advani started Rath Yatra, a tour of the country to educate the masses about the Ayodhya struggle.

Demolition

On 6 December 1992, the BJP and other supporting organizations organized a religious ceremony to symbolically start the building of a temple at the sacred site. About 150,000 karsevaks had assembled to witness the ceremonies, including speeches by BJP leaders L. K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.

On that Sunday morning, LK Advani and others met at Vinay Katiyar’s residence. They then proceeded to the disputed structure, the report says. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Katiyar reached the puja platform where symbolic Kar Seva was to be performed, and Advani and Joshi checked arrangements for the next 20 minutes. The two senior leaders then moved 200 metre away to the Ram Katha Kunj. This was a building facing the disputed structure where a dais had been erected for senior leaders.

The report notes that at this time Advani, Joshi and Vijay Raje Scindia made “feeble requests to the Kar Sevaks to come down… either in earnest or for the media’s benefit”. No appeal was made to the Kar Sevaks not to enter the sanctum sanctorum or not to demolish the structure. The report notes: “This selected act of the leaders itself speaks of the hidden intentions of one and all being to accomplish demolition of the disputed structure.” The report holds that the “icons of the movement present at the Ram Katha Kunj… could just as easily have… prevented the demolition.”

Photographs and video of the event show that an angry crowd soon stormed the site and attacked the structure. At noon, youths were seen at the top of one of the domes, attaching a flag and beating on the structure with a stick, signaling the breaking of the outer cordon. Using only hand implements, the crowd reduced the substantial structure to rubble.

Demolition Planned in Advance

In a 2005 book former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Joint Director Maloy Krishna Dhar claimed that Babri mosque demolition was planned 10 months in advance by top leaders of RSS, BJP and VHP and raised questions over the way the then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao, had handled the issue. Dhar claimed that he was directed to arrange the coverage of a key meeting of the BJP/Sangh Parivar and that the meeting “proved beyond doubt that they (RSS, BJP, VHP) had drawn up the blueprint of the Hindutva assault in the coming months and choreographed the ‘pralaya nritya’ (dance of destruction) at Ayodhya in December 1992… The RSS, BJP, VHP and the Bajrang Dal leaders present in the meeting amply agreed to work in a well-orchestrated manner.” Claiming that the tapes of the meeting were personally handed over by him to his boss, he asserts that he has no doubts that his boss had shared the contents with the Prime Minister (Rao) and the Home Minister (S B Chavan). The author claimed that there was silent agreement that Ayodhya offered “a unique opportunity to take the Hindutva wave to the peak for deriving political benefit.”

Communal Riots And Terrorism

The destruction of the Mosque sparked Muslim outrage around the country, provoking several months of intercommunal rioting in which Hindus and Muslims attacked one another, burning and looting homes, shops and places of worship. The ensuing riots which spread to cities like Bombay, Surat, Ahmedabad, Kanpur, Delhi and several others, eventually resulted in 1,500 deaths. The Mumbai Riots alone, which occurred in December 1992 and January 1993, caused the death of around 900 people, and estimated property damage of around INR 9,000 crore ($3.6 billion). The demolition and the ensuing riots were among the major factors behind the 1993 Mumbai bombings and many successive riots in the coming decade. Banned jihadi outfits like Indian Mujahideen cited demolition of the Babri Mosque as an excuse for terrorist attacks.

Investigation

On 16 December 1992, the Union home ministry set up the Liberhan Commission to investigate the destruction of the Mosque, headed by retired High Court Judge M S Liberhan. Totalling 399 sittings over the span of sixteen years, the Commission finally submitted its the 1,029-page report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on June 30, 2009. According to the report, the events of December 6, 1992, in Ayodhya were “neither spontaneous nor unplanned”.
(courtesy of Wikipedia)

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== SADHANA: WHY TO CONTROL LOWER CAKRAS FIRST ==

Namaskar,
This letter focuses on the dynamic of sadhana and specifically our dhyana practice; various guidelines for dhyana are outlined below.

Ananda Marga spiritual philosophy states, “The man who is intelligent should from his very childhood move along this path of psycho-spirituality. The sooner a man starts or moves along this path of psycho-spirituality, the better it is. He is the blessed one.” (1)

Ananda Marga spiritual philosophy states:
“With the practice of dhyana, the mind and the whole existence becomes one-pointed and ultimately becomes one with intuition. That is, the mind becomes completely pin-pointed and the entire personality becomes one. No longer will that jiiva have a balkanised personality.”
“With the practice of dhyana the memory power of a sadhaka increases, his courage also increases…if all the propensities of the human being become concentrated on one point and merge into the I-feeling, then that very human becomes a devata (god) in human form. This is not an impossible task. This is easily achieved with the practice of dhyana yoga.”
“You boys and you girls who have not yet learned dhyana yoga should learn as soon as possible from the acaryas. Because dhyana yoga contains many qualities. With the practice of dhyana yoga you can become one with Parama Purusa.” (2)

All of us are aware that sadhana is a very significant endeavor in life. In our day to day existence, we practice sadhana. Here following is some meaningful discussion which is directly related with our practice of sadhana– what to do and what not to do etc.

“I JUST DO 10 MINUTES OF DHYANA”

One time during a spiritual workshop with an acarya, one margii from the unit commented, ‘I do not have time for doing different lessons so I just do 10 minutes of dhyana. Because dhyana is the top most lesson. That is the best one. So I only do that lesson with what little time I have’.

We all looked towards Acaryaji to hear his response.

Acaryaji said, ‘In the Ananda Marga system of meditation, each and every lesson of sadhana has its own value and significance. Certain lessons focus on purifying the lower cakras while dhyana is related with the higher cakra, sahasra’ra. But one thing is sure: In order to do proper dhyana and progress spiritually it is necessary to practice all the lessons because they strengthen the lower cakras’.

Acaryaji continued, ‘On this point all sadhakas should be aware of Baba’s following direction’.

Ananda Marga spiritual philosophy states, “In order to advance spiritually, one has to first establish control over these lower cakras, then finally over the sahasra’ra cakra.” (3)

ANOTHER QUESTION ASKED

Then one other sadhaka in the unit asked, ‘Dadaji what will happen if someone only practices 6th lesson, dhyana, and neglects doing the other lessons of sadhana?’.

Acaryaji replied, ‘Remember the various lessons of Ananda Marga sadhana are important building blocks for doing 6th lesson. So if those lessons are neglected then the corresponding cakras remain dirty in which case dhyana will be adversely affected. The point is, if the lower cakras are not properly controlled then such an approach of only doing dhyana [sahasra’ra cakra] will be impeded’.

Acaryaji added, ‘Again here it is important to take serious note of Baba’s guideline’.

Baba says, “If one, conversely, tries to control the sahasra’ra first while the other cakras remain uncontrolled, spiritual practice on the sahasra’ra may be hampered.” (4)

WHAT ELSE SHOULD BE KNOWN

Another Margii asked, ‘Excuse me Acaryaji, but is there anything more we should know in this regard?’

Then respected Acaryaji replied, ‘One should not underestimate the importance of strengthening the lower cakras by sincerely practicing all the lessons of Ananda Marga sadhana. Because even if one can manage dhyana or 6th lesson and bring the mind to the sahasrara cakra, still if the lower cakras are not properly controlled the outcome will not be desirable’.

Again Acaryaji noted, ‘We should refer to Baba’s following teaching’.

Ananda Marga spiritual philosophy states, “Not only that, even if the sahasra’ra cakra can be brought under control, the final result will not be good if the subsidiary cakras are not brought under control.” (5)

Looking around I could see that everyone present was mentally absorbed in the discussion. Then our unit secretary, brother Pradiip asked, Acaryaji, ‘Can you share with us any other sadhana guidelines which Baba has given’.

Then Dadaji said, ‘Certainly, in the very same discourse Baba discusses the deep link between body and mind. And that keeping the body tranquil and still during meditation enables the mind to focus better’.

Ananda Marga spiritual philosophy states, “If the body is restless, the mind will also be restless. That is why during spiritual practice, the body should be kept motionless. One must practise seated in a certain posture, because if the body becomes calm and motionless the mind also tends to become calm and concentrated.” (6)

VARIOUS RELIGIONS:

THEY MOVE THEIR BODIES AND WORSHIP

Acaryaji added, ‘That is why in our Ananda Marga system sadhakas are taught to do sadhana in postures like padmasana or siddhasana. This very science is not known to the various religions. That is why in their prayers they move about: Sometimes standing, then kneeling, then sitting, then placing their hands on their head etc. On other occasions they talk the entire time so their jaw and tongue are moving, and other times they move up and down and all around. But all these movements are distracting to the mind. And that is what Baba is explaining here’.

“If someone is constantly thinking that he will have to sit down at a certain time, stand up at a certain time, catch hold of one’s nose or ears at a certain time, the mind will automatically tend to become restless. Such is the intimate relation between the body and the mind.” (7)

Acaryaji said, ‘In such type of ritualistic prayers when the body is moving hither and thither, then the mind also gets restless. So altogether the idea is that the body should be motionless while doing sadhana. And in that condition naturally sadhana will be better. Also bear in mind that there should not be any confusion about our movement in kiirtan. Kiirtan is not sadhana it is sadhanaunga – a helping tool of sadhana. That is why after doing kiirtan we alwyas sit for meditation. In contrast, the various religions just move and never sit still. The one religion that does sit for meditation is atheistic in nature. So that will not work. Only in Ananda Marga is there a God-centered meditation practice where one sits silently and brings the mind from low to high, by His grace.’

Acaryaji added, ‘During sadhana some margiis keep their cats or dogs or their pets on their lap and in that way they do sadhana – but that should not be treated as real sadhana, but rather as a show of sadhana. One of my known margiis was even keeping his two little monkeys on both his legs during meditation. But as I say this is not at all proper.’

HOW THAT DADA FEEL ASLEEP AND HIT ME

Acaryaji added, ‘I have seen in various units that in dharmacakra when sadhana starts some margiis start yawning and some in half sleep start waving back and forth. And others are hunched over and then they straighten their backs and then again they become hunched over. But all these types of movements are not good’.

Acaryaji also reminded us of one incident where in dharmacakra he was doing sadhana and all of a sudden the front side of one Dada’s head hit him squarely on the back. Acaryaji was startled by this and then he saw that the Dada whose head hit him woke up and again that Dada straightened himself and made his back straight.

BABA’S TEACHING

In conclusion Acaryaji said, ‘Sadhana is very important. And in the following teachings Baba is giving emphasis and importance to sadhana, our spiritual practice’.

Ananda Marga spiritual philosophy states, “Those human beings who do not perform spiritual practice are under the influence Prakrti…I have said before that there can be no progress either in the realm of physicality or in the realm of intellectuality. Those who are hankering for progress in these fields are indulging in a self-cheating business. Whether they admit it or not, they know that they know nothing. Ask them whether they are getting pleasure in the realm of physicality. They will admit that they are not. Ask a good business man whether he is earning good profits. His reply will be, ‘What profit? I am incurring losses’. This will be his reply whether you belong to Income Tax Department or not! To run after progress in the realm of physicality and intellectuality is utter foolishness, a waste of time, as there is no progress in these fields.” (8)

Ananda Marga spiritual philosophy states, “When you come in close contact with the Supreme Entity, you will find that you have no wealth superior to devotion. All worldly possessions will prove of no avail. Only devotion enables you to come into close contact with Him. This is the goal of human life. This is true progress. You have been wandering through the labyrinth of a myriad of lives. You have been ever advancing toward this stage. Knowingly or unknowingly, you are being drawn unto Him. This is the summum bonum of life. As long as you have not realized Him, there is no siddhi in your life.” (9)

SPECIAL GUIDELINES ON SADHANA

Here in this next series of quotes Baba guides us that we are do sadhana in the prime of our life.

“Some people consider that one should start intuitional practice in old age when a person has more leisure.” (10)

“Whoever is born is bound to die and one is constantly approaching death, not knowing when it will come. It is never certain if one will live to grow old. Yet people reserve the most important work of practising sa’dhana’ for the time when the body has become completely enfeebled and the fatuous mind of old age.” (11)

“There is no value in remembering God in old age, when it is not possible to concentrate the mind due to the weakness and disease of the body and its preoccupation with the reactions (sam’ska’ras) of the deeds of this life. The mind then is caught up in the infirmities of the body, in the diseases of old age, impending death, and most of all, in memories of past incidents, and it is impossible to concentrate the mind. For these reasons one is incapable of intuitional practice. (12)

At His lotus feet,
Bhavanath

Note 1: MORE ABOUT THOSE RELIGIONS

For more about those religions that move about when they pray and workshop, read more about them here.

http://anandamargauniversal.blogspot.com/2013/06/which-religions-move-in-prayer.html

REFERENCES
1. AV-34, p.73
2. 26 July 1980, Udaipur
3. AV-17, 14 Jan 1980
4. AV-17: 14 Jan 1980
5. AV-17
6. AV-17
7. AV-17
8. SS part 10
9. SS part 10
10. AMEP ’92, p. 134
11. AMEP
12. AMEP

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

Baba

“A’ka’she a’loke bhese ja’y tava mahima’ri katha’…” (PS 3287)

Puport:

O’ Parama Purusa, You are the most magnificent One. The tale of Your glory and grandeur is floating and permeating throughout each and every molecule of the vast, blue sky and in the effulgence – everywhere. O’ my Lord, Your story, the story of the ever-present, Ancient One, is glittering in all the realms: in both bhuloka and duloka – in the physical and spiritual worlds. Baba, You are so gracious.

O’ Ancient, Divine One, You are eternally, ever-new. Baba, You are always, intrinsically with everyone – just like their vital force, just like their pra’na. Baba, You always remain present in my feeling, ideation, and intuition. For that reason this eternal longing of my heart is for You and You alone.

O’ Parama Puruas Baba, with the flow of effulgence You color my mind, and You are sitting in the depths of my ideation playing Your divine flute in the deep core of my heart. Baba, You are so compassionate: You do not neglect or overlook anyone. You graciously goad everyone towards divinity; You show everyone the path which leads to immortality.

Baba, please shower Your causeless grace; I surrender at Your lotus feet…

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Baba

Namaskar,
In the letter – Sadhana: Why To Control Lower Cakras First – there is reference to certain religions where the followers move about when doing their prayer or worship, in which case the mind cannot concentrate properly.

Below we identify some of those religions:

1. Christians: In their approach to prayer, Christians kneel and then stand up and then kneel again. So they move when doing their worship. And in other Christian worship sessions they talk the whole time. So that is another way that they move their physical frame instead of remaining still.

2. Muslims: In their call to prayer, the Muslims also move their body and limbs in various directions – upwards and backwards. Then they place their forehead to the ground and then come up again etc. So there is a lot of movement in namaz.

3. Hindus: In their various forms of idol worship, such Hindus get up and down and may even feed their chosen deity. Or sometimes they lie down in prostration and then get up – and in then drag themselves foward – rise up – and then go down in prostration again. And there are many other ways that Hindus move their bodies when worshiping their deity.

All of the above three religions move their physical bodies in worship; they do not engage in silent, motionless meditation

4. Buddhism: Some of the various Buddhists sects do remain silent and still, but their approach to meditation involves emptying the mind. Theirs is an atheistic approach devoid of devotion.

So the only answer then is to seek out a path that engages in sustained, quiet, God-centered meditation. That is the Ananda Marga method of sadhana.

Here below are some quotes from the main letter…

Ananda Marga philosophy states, “If someone is constantly thinking that he will have to sit down at a certain time, stand up at a certain time, catch hold of one’s nose or ears at a certain time, the mind will automatically tend to become restless. Such is the intimate relation between the body and the mind.” (AV-17)

Acaryaji added, ‘That is why in our Ananda Marga system sadhakas are taught to do sadhana in postures like padmasana or siddhasana. This very science is not known to the various religions. That is why in their prayers they move about: Sometimes standing, then kneeling, then sitting, then placing their hands on their head etc. On other occasions they talk the entire time so their jaw and tongue are moving, and other times they move up and down and all around. But all these movements are distracting to the mind. And that is what Baba is explaining here’.

“If someone is constantly thinking that he will have to sit down at a certain time, stand up at a certain time, catch hold of one’s nose or ears at a certain time, the mind will automatically tend to become restless. Such is the intimate relation between the body and the mind.” (AV-17)

Acaryaji said, ‘In such type of ritualistic prayers when the body is moving hither and thither, then the mind also gets restless. So altogether the idea is that the body should be motionless while doing sadhana. And in that condition naturally sadhana will be better. Also bear in mind that there should not be any confusion about our movement in kiirtan. Kiirtan is not sadhana it is sadhanaunga – a helping tool of sadhana. That is why after doing kiirtan we alwyas sit for meditation. In contrast, the various religions just move and never sit still. The one religion that does sit for meditation is atheistic in nature. So that will not work. Only in Ananda Marga is there a God-centered meditation practice where one sits silently and brings the mind from low to high, by His grace.’

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Wed, 26 June 2013 23:13:53

Baba

== HOW TO AVOID INCONTINENCE IN OLD AGE ==

Namaskar,
When I asked, Dadaji stated that while on tour / traveling he may just carry a 100ml bottle of water to use after urination. Then he quickly added that whenever he is in a domicile or
jagrti then he most definitely switches over to a 1 litre container and uses that entire amount after urination, as the benefits are quite clear and readily apparent.

Now let’s get into the details.

PURPOSE OF POURING LOTS OF WATER

Here are some of the great benefits of pouring one full litre of water or more over the genitals during and after urination.

1. It cools down the genitalia and that keeps the tamasik vrtti in check. By keeping that area cool by using lots of water, then that tamasik vrtti will not dominate the mind. This is one tremendous benefit for any sadhaka, and verily every person.

2. Pouring large amounts of cold water over the pubic region creates an exchange of blood in that area which bring freshness to both body and mind. That circulation of blood nourishes all the glands, organs, nerves and cells of that region.

3. The muscles, nerves and overall biological system get strengthened by the use of adequate amounts (1 litre or more) of cold water.

4. It will prevent and eliminate bladder problems faced by older people who cannot control the flow of urine during the nighttime. That happens because the muscles and nerves weaken over time, but when cold water is regularly used then those bodily systems remain strong and in tact, in which case one will not suffer from that problem in old age.

5. One other great benefit of using 1 litre of water or more over the entire genital area is that it will ensure that all excess urine is removed from the urinary tract, as well as from the bladder. This keeps the body clean and disease free.

TRY IT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF

Then acaryaji said to experiment with this because by following point #1 of Sixteen Points proper even one time, we would see a huge difference.

Indeed if anyone just pours one spoonful of water on the genital then there will be a little benefit and perhaps a touch more urine will release; but then if you pour a minimum of one litre of cold water slowly over the entire pubis region and groin, then very soon all the leftover urine that was in the bladder will easily empty. You will see at minimum 100ml or 200ml of urine release from the bladder. Normally that urine in the bladder will not release, but when a full litre of water is poured slowly, then it will. Whereas if just a little water is used then that urine remains in the bladder and even in the urinary tract itself – in which case it will crytallise and block the flow of urine.

Everyone is encouraged to try and experience this for themselves, and surely many margiis may already be using this amount of water, i.e. 1 litre. For those new to this, if one day they slowly pour extra water, they will see and experience the difference first hand. If they use more water, the remaining urine will be expelled.

ELIMINATE THE POSSIBILITY OF BLADDER STONES

Bladder Stones: When excess urine remains in the bladder then there is the possibility for that to crystallize and form stones that can completely block the urinary tract. By pouring sufficient cold water after urination, then all the urine is released from the body and there is no possibly for the formation of bladder stones.

More over, if due to any disease like BPH the urine remains in the urinary tract then one is prone to stones. And the root cause or main problem is that one not emptying their bladder regularly. So bladder stones are 100% preventable. The process of pour water slowy ensures the bladder is empty.

PROBLEMS AFTER 50 OR 60 YEARS OF AGE

If you pour a small mount of water, such as only one spoonful or even just half a cup, then the entire pubic area remains warm. In that case the blood just stagnates; it does not vigorously circulate as when a full litre or more of cold ware is used. Hence the muscles will not get nourished or strengthened.

After years of not getting adequate nourishment, those muscles and nerves become weak. That is why when people reach 60 years of age, many lose control over the flow of their urine. On an involuntary basis, urine just releases. That is why older people have to use pads or diapers in their undergarments – because anytime in any 24hr period they may suffer from incontinence. Thye have an ongoing drip. It is unfortunate that many have to face this humiliation when it is so preventable by using an adequate amount of water.

Certainly, this happens with kids too because they do not have the requisite strength to control their urination; hence they do “bed wetting” etc. But in later childhood that strength or ability to control develops. Naturally then all adults have that control as well. Just they lose it over time. However, this is not an eventuality or function of age; it is a function of poor life practices. If one slowy pours an adequate amount of water over the entire publis region, then those nerves and muscles will remain strong even into very late age. Then one will have proper control over the flow or urine.

Unfortunately, most of the population is unaware about this so this has turned into a serious problem with the elderly – 99% of the people seem to suffer in this way.

YOUR CHOICE

All in all this is a well proven formula: It is your choice whether you want to (a) do not want to use any water, (b) you want to use one spoonful or one litre of water during and after urination.

SIMILAR TO NATUROPATHY

In naturopathy, a similar cooling technique is used to heal and cure the body of problems and Baba has given this as a tub bath (Reference CC-3, ‘Different Yogic Practices: Vistrta sna’na or vya’paka sna’na). In this practice the corp is soaked, but the limbs remain outside the tub. This water therapy is used to treat various diseases.

Here the whole point is that cool or cold water is needed to both maintain and cure the body.

If a certain part is weak or diseased then the treatment is to pour cold water over it and by that way the blood will rush all around. Due to this exchange of blood, the diseased area gets properly nourished. If cold water is not used, then there is no exchange of blood and hence no nourishment – it is then that that gland becomes weak and susceptible to disease.

So we should all be vigilant to use at least a litre of cold or cool water after and during urination.

HALF BATH & BABA’S INSTRUCTIONS

So the technique of using a full litre or more of cold water after urination has many, many benefits. This pouring of water around the genital area is highly important when doing half-bath too; this is a well-known practice in Ananda Marga.

When Baba first introduced the checking of 16 pts then during dharma samiiksa He explained that when doing half bath then one must pour water over the whole area from the low belly to the feet. That is the best way to do half-bath and that is Baba’s system. It is not just that water is sprinkled on the toes and the tip of the genital. Rather from the navel all the way down, lots of water is to be poured in order to cool that entire region. Then one will get the true benefits of half-bath. That is Baba’s system.

UNIVERSAL APPLICATION OF ANANDA MARGA TEACHINGS

Even after understanding all of the above, my acarya said that there are a few wts who simply think that using 100ml of water is the way – since that is how they do it while traveling.

But we should understand that the teachings of Ananda Marga are universal in nature – they are for all. On this earth there are some places that are extremely cold and other areas that are arid and dry like a desert and suffer from a scarcity of water, in that case Baba has given the common solution that using even a little water is acceptable. Likewise when acaryas are traveling by train or plane or bus, they may be carrying just a small shaoca manjusa, in which case using a little water is acceptable. It has some benefit – it is better than nothing.

But to get the full benefit, then one must pour one litre or more. Thus, whenever circumstances permit we should use a full pitcher of water after urination, not just that small shaoca manjusa we use when traveling.

We must remember that Baba’s teachings are to be practiced – they are not merely rituals. And by practicing we get the realisation of what works best. Thus although when traveling we may “adjust” and use a smaller container of water, whenever possible we should use a full litre of water, or more. Try it just once and see the benefit.

Like all His guidelines, we should follow Baba’s teachings of point #1 of Sixteen Points in a rational manner, and not as a ritual or rigid format.

So that is the answer to some who think that since it is not practical to use a lot of water when traveling then it is fine to not use a lot of water when at home or in a jagrti.

COLD TUB BATH IN ANANDA MARGA

Baba says, “The practices given below are prescribed only for specific diseases. Therefore, they are to be performed only after consultation with an a’ca’rya.”

“Vistrta sna’na or vya’paka sna’na: A bathtub is most convenient, but if this is not available, an earthen trough will suffice. If this is not available either, a wet towel can be used, soaking it repeatedly in water. Fill the bathtub with cold water, and sit in it undressed so that the area from the navel down remains submerged. Keep your feet dry and out of the tub. The area from the neck to the navel should be kept covered with a shirt or dry cloth. The crown of the head and the back of the head should be kept covered with a wet towel.”
“Now take another towel and rub the area from the right side of the abdomen to the groin seven or eight times. Do likewise on the left-hand side and horizontally from right to left and left to right. You should make sure that the towel on the head remains wet.”
“After this, wipe the abdomen, hands and thighs and take a full bath. If this is not possible, then leave the tub wearing a shirt.”
“This should be practised behind closed doors. In the absence of a bathtub or an earthen trough, a wet towel may be wrapped around the areas to be bathed, but in order to compensate, cold water must be poured constantly over the towel, and the towel which is to be used for the massage must be kept wet. After vya’paka sna’na, the thighs, pubic area and abdomen should be warmed with a dry towel.”
“Before and after this bath one should not eat, in order to allow the stomach to rest.” (Caryacarya – 3)

“COMPLETE SEEDS OF WELFARE ARE EMBEDDED IN SIXTEEN POINTS”

Baba has graciously given us all the teachings for living a healthy life – one which is disease-free. Point #1 of Sixteen Points has much value. By following it and sharing it with others, to margiis and non-margiis alike, then they too can get the benefit. On this matter, as with all His teachings, we should guide and serve as many as we can.

“…In order to march ahead on the road of human welfare, we will have to strengthen ourselves in all the arena of life. The complete seeds of welfare in all the spheres – physical, mental, moral, social and spiritual – are embedded in the sixteen points. Hence be firm on the sixteen points.” (A’nanda Va’nii #45)

Namaskar,
In Him,
Sudama

Note 1: FIRST POINT OF SIXTEEN POINTS

“After urination wash the urinary organ with water.” (Sixteen Points, pt #1)

may or may not put quotes from prior letter on this topic

Note 2: LINKS TO PRIOR LETTERS ON THIS TOPIC

The above is the third letter about point #1 of Sixteen Points. Here are links to the earlier two letters.

1. posted on 6/24/12: Sixteen Points: The Hows and Whys of Point #1

http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/06/16-points-hows-whys-of-point-1.html

2. posted on 6/18/13: WHO IS CLEAN AND WHO IS DIRTY

http://anandamargauniversal.blogspot.com/2013/06/who-is-clean-who-is-dirty.html

Prabhat Samgiita #2205

“Pra’n’er pradiip saunge niye ke go ele ei dhara’y…” (P.S. 2205)

Purport:

Who are You who has taken advent on this earth – with the effulgence of Divine attraction – carrying the lamp of warmth and love. O’ Divine One, it is impossible to forget You; You have captivated my mind. Because of Your august arrival, with each and every expression, in every rhythm, You are exuding beauty and sweetness in all directions – everywhere.

By Your melodious voice and heart-felt attraction, with love You are graciously drawing everyone near you, with Your mamata’ – “one’s own”, “mine-ness.” [1]. You are vibrating in Your glory yet remain hidden in the deep core of my mind – always.

O’ my Innermost, in that era long back from the unknown past when You came, You saturated me by showering Your divine love. You created a big stir – a revolution – in the world of ideas and thinking. And after that You hid Yourself in this world. You were not visible anywhere. You came as Mahasambhuti and then went back to your oringinal state in nitya bhava – where You are ever-present with everyone in their heart and mind.

O’ Parama Purusa, O’ Baba, You have come to shower Your infinite love. I surrender at Your lotus feet…

NOTE FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #2205:

[1] Mamata’: “What is the meaning of “mamatá”? Mama + tá = mamatá. Mama means “mine” and thus mamatá is the inner idea of being mine, the feeling that something is my own.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 7, The True Nature of Bhakti)

““Mamatá” means “mine-ness” – “Mama” means “one’s own”, and the abstract noun derived from it is “mamatá” – meaning, thereby “mine-ness.”” (AV-1, Pleasing the Lord)

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Mon, 24 June 2013 22:37:14

Baba

== SO-CALLED DICHOTOMY ==
Namaskar,
Here is one question that was perplexing for me and I was not sure how to respond. On the one hand we say that God is very close, not far, so there is no need for calling Him loudly:

“Those who call out loud to attain Him wrongly believe that He is far away from them. However loudly they might call, their call will never reach Him.” (1)

That is one side of the conundrum: Baba’s above guideline is that if you call Him loudly thinking that He is away then He will go even further away.

And, on the other hand, we are instructed that we must sing kiirtan loudly.

In our Ananda Marga, everything is logical and rational, then why this apparent dichotomy.

Actually, I was not confused about this myself. I was not even aware about this matter. It was only brought to my attention when a new person posed this question to me. Then I found I had no logical reply. That is when I became perplexed. I knew there had to be a rational explanation, but I was not sure what that was.

HERE IS THAT SEEMING DICHOTOMY
I spoke with with many people: Acaryas, senior margiis, new and old people, and they told many things. But here is the key point that I share with you now.

For clarity here again is the question at hand.

On the one side, Baba guides us that yelling and hollering the name of the Lord will not bring one any closer to Him. Thus we should not emulate the faulty approach of certain religious followers who yell for the Lord.

Then in so many other discourses He guides us that we Ananda Margiis are to sing kiirtan loudly.

“If anyone is to be praised in this world, if anyone’s virtues are to be extolled loudly through kiirtana, it should be Parama Puruśa. Kiirtana means to utter good words loudly; not mentally, nor in a whisper, but loud enough for everyone to hear.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 7, How Should a Devotee Behave?)

In that case what is the difference between the loud singing done by those dogmatic religious followers and our loudly sung kiirtan programs? That is the query the new person posed to me. And at the time I was unable to give a rational convincing response.

But after consulting with others, here is essence of the reply that was given.

HERE IS THE RATIONAL REPLY
When the dogmatic religious followers loudly yell and cry out for their Lord, then their intention is that by this way they should gain His favour or His blessing in the form of material goods etc. And because they think their God is far away – up in the seventh sky – they call for Him very loudly. That is why they use such a booming voice.

Think of it this way. Suppose you and a friend are sitting side by side talking. Then one will not use a loud voice. Rather you will just talk quietly and you may even whisper. Because you understand that your friend is right next to you. Whereas, if you saw your friend all the way down the road, 1/2 a kilometer away – then you would yell loudly, so that he could hear you.

That same modality is functioning with dogmatic worshipers who feel that their Lord is far away. To communicate their requests to Him – to make sure they are heard – they call for Him loudly. But according to Ananda Marga philosophy, loudly yelling will only increase the distance between them and their Lord. That is what happens when they call for Him loudly.

In contrast, when Ananda Margiis sing kiirtan loudly, that is not done because we feel that Parama Purusa is far away – i.e. across the planet or up in the sky etc. We do not feel that He is far and that is now why we sing kiirtan loudly. We sing kiirtan loudly so others can hear the glorious name of the Lord. That is why we sing kiirtan loudly: To propagate the Lord’s glory to others.

“It is said, “Kiirttaniiyah sadáharih”. What do we mean by “kiirttaniiyah”? When someone’s qualities are sung aloud and highly praised, it is called “kiirttaniiyah”. In Saḿskrta, the root verb “kiirt” means “to utter something loudly in praise of someone”. It is something that is uttered loudly enough to be audible to others. If uttered very softly, it will be audible to oneself, and if uttered mentally, it will be audible to one’s own mind, but will not be audible to others. Kiirtana should be sung loudly enough to be heard by others.” (2)

By Baba’s above explanation it is very clear that we are to sing kiirtan loudly so that others may hear. That is the key reason for singing loudly: That way others can listen to the glories of the Lord.

NOT DONE SO THE LORD CAN HEAR
We do not sing loudly because we think that by singing loudly then Parama Purusa can hear us – whereas if we sing softly then He will not be able to hear. We do not take part in such dogma. Because we know that volume is not the operating factor in communicating with Parama Purusa. He is with us always and knows all our thoughts. In that case one need not use one’s voice box at all. In sadhana and in dhyana we communicate silently with Him.

Thus there is no question of singing kiirtan loudly so He can hear it. Even if we silently repeat the kiirtan mantra in the mind, then also He will know about it. Then also He will hear it.

So when we use a loudspeaker in our kiirtan programs that is not so God will hear. Some of the dogmatic religions feel that if the voice does not reach a certain decibel then the Lord cannot hear them. But that is not our approach. We use the PA system or loudspeaker system to share the kiirtan with those around us – so they can hear the Lord’s glories.

JUST LIKE IF YOU FOUND GOLD IN YOUR BASEMENT
Singing kiirtan loudly so others can hear the glories of the Lord is a very natural thing to do.

It is just like if you found a solid gold brick in your basement, then immediately you would cry out and tell all your friends and family about what you found. Here the point is that when anyone finds or discovers something special then they have a strong desire to share that news with others. People have an inherent inclination to share good news with others.

This is what is commonly done. When scientists discover a new star or planet then they have a big press conference and announce it to the world. And when a sports team wins a championship then they broadcast that so all can hear about it. Similarly, when a politician wins an election then they do not just repeat the victory slogan to themselves silently – rather they spread that news far and wide so all can hear it.

This is the common psychology.

In a related manner, when as bhaktas we know that Taraka Brahma has come then we are inclined to share that news with everyone. For that reason, we loudly sing the glories of Parama Purusa so all can hear about it.

We want others to realise that only His name is the divine truth – not any material possession like money, fancy cars, social status, or other mundane quality. These things are transient: Here today, gone tomorrow. Anyone running after material wants is sure to be disappointed as those things just do not last. As Ananda Margiis, we hold dear only His name. That is why we sing Baba Nam Kevalam. Only His name is meaningful – everything else is temporary and transient. So we sing His name loudly to share that the glory or the name of Parama Purusa as that is what is most meaningful. We want to communicate this with everybody.

Thus our main reason for singing kiirtan loudly is so others may be benefited by hearing His divine name – they should hear the glories of the Lord.

“Kiirtaniiyah sadá harih. One should always do the kiirtana of the Lord. What does kiirtana mean? To sing in a loud voice the qualities of the Lord.” (3)

And this is done so that others may hear our call – i.e. the name of the Lord.

OTHER BENEFITS OF SINGING KIIRTAN LOUDLY
One side reason for singing kiirtan loudly is that it satisfies a fundamental emotional quality of being human – i.e. expressing one’s heart-felt feelings.

First and foremost, we sing kiirtan loudly so others can hear not because our aim is to communicate directly with Parama Purusa. That can happen internally – there is no need to sing loudly to achieve that.

MUST CALL HIM WITH AN INTROVERTED MIND – NOT WITH THE VOICE
“Those who call out loud to attain Him wrongly believe that He is far away from them. However loudly they might call, their call will never reach Him. To call that Supreme Entity the mind must be introverted with proper ideation. The scriptures describe three types of incantation: vácanik (verbal repetition), upáḿshu (muttering repetition), mánasik (mental repetition). Verbal repetition means to call Parama Puruśa loudly on the supposition that He is far, far away. In muttering repetition there is a slight movement of the lips causing the incantation to be audible to oneself only. In the third category of incantation it is the mind which utters and listens to the incantation; no one even gets the least hint that you are engaged in iishvara prańidhána (cosmic ideation – a vital part of the spiritual cult).” (4)

ANOTHER REASON
“Why does kiirtana have to be vocalized? The science behind it is that when you do kiirtana loudly your mind remains engaged. It cannot do anything else. At that time it is not possible to abuse someone or to have a worldly conversation. The mind is busy vocalizing, rather I will say that it is given over to the vocalization. The vocal cords are busy in that, the mind is employed in that thought, and the ears are hearing it, they don’t have any chance to go here and there. For this reason the rule of vocalizing kiirtana loudly makes it both heard and sung. Kiirtan is not done softly.” (5)

PERVASIVE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF KIIRTANA

“The easiest way to do this is to sing the glories of the Supreme Entity whose very thought automatically elevates the mind. Chanting the name of Parama Puruśa aloud is called kiirtana; For, the vibration created in the atmosphere by kiirtana will influence others also. But if one’s mental ideation is conveyed only to Parama Puruśa without affecting other human beings, this is called bhajana. So bhajana is purely personal; it has no collective aspect. Kiirtana is more beneficial than bhajana, and hence it is said kiirtaniiyah sadá harih: whenever you find time, do kiirtana loudly and you will never become degenerated because by chanting the Lord’s holy name the mind remains elevated. Mudslinging and criticizing is thereby stopped forever, and hence kiirtana averts the degradation of the human mind. You should always remember that in every sphere of life – social, political, economic, psychic, and spiritual – you should always follow the principle of “taking the opposite stance”: there is no exception to this rule. Victory will surely be yours. ” (6)

THE INNER FEELING IS THE KEY POINT – NOT THE VOLUME OF THE VOICE
“Perhaps you know that japa is of three kinds – vácanika, upáḿshu, and mánasika. Vácanika japa, the attempt to attract His attention by reciting prayers in a loud voice, is absolutely meaningless. Respect, affection, sincerity and devotion are attributes of the inner heart and are not to be expressed loudly in the language of flatterers. Vácanika japa, therefore, serves no purpose. However when a desire for vocal expression of an internal feeling is aroused, the divine touch can be expressed in sweet language in the form of a verse or song…but they cannot serve the purpose of auto-suggestion of Iishvara prańidhána.” (7)

IDEATION IS EVERYTHING

DON’T JUST SHOUT YOUR FEELINGS TO HIM
“Iishvara prańidhána means to move with accelerated speed towards that Supreme Shelter, God. Therefore, Iishvara prańidhána is absolutely based on bháva, or ideation – it is a mental effort in its entirety. Shouting at the top of one’s voice for a big crowd to assemble, or showing devotion by beating drums, etc., has got no place in it. Your Iishvara is not deaf. Don’t shout to convey your mental feelings to Him.” (8)

HE LIES COVERT WITHIN

IF YOU THINK HE IS FAR – YOU WILL CRY YOURSELF HOARSE
“Those who don’t have this feeling and think that Parama Puruśa is far away, may cry themselves hoarse, yet their sobs will not be heard by Him. The actual truth is that the Supreme Entity lies covert in the small “I” feeling of all living creatures. So He is not far from anything; rather, He is the very “I” of each and every microcosm. With this idea or feeling in mind, spiritual aspirants should start their spiritual practice. To be ensconced in this supreme idea is the culminating point of all sadhana.” (9)

HE IS CLOSE OR AS FAR AS YOU DEEM HIM TO BE
“He is far, far away from the one who thinks Him to be remote, and He is nearer than the near to the one who thinks Him to be close. The one who has eyes to see who has known Him even a wee bit, knows that He abides in his or her very sense of existence – in his or her very heart’s desire as the Supreme Radiance. To seek Him – to attain Him – it is not at all necessary to run from one place to another. “He is not elsewhere but right within.”” (10)

HOW SOME HAVE FALLEN IN THIS WAY WITH MPD
In a related manner it is terribly unfortunate that some of our brothers have gotten confused and think that Baba is far, far away, and has left to some other world. Their very use of the term -prayan (gone far away) gives this very idea. That is why they observe mahaprayan divas (MPD). Such persons cannot think or feel that Parama Purusa lies within, so they started their dogma of mahaprayan. Observing this is a veritable dichotomy. Parama Purusa resides eternally in the heart, and the propagators and supporters of MPD proclaim that Baba has journeyed far, far away. Such is their misunderstanding. It is a sad and tragic situation. For their well-being it is our collective responsibility to guide them and bring them onto the right path.

SUMMARY
Thus there is a stark and vast difference between those religious followers who sing loudly to reach the God who is up in the heaven and want bonds and our approach of singing kiirtan loudly with the intent that others should hear. Those are two polar-opposite avenues.

It is just like if a mother and daughter are sitting near each other than they speak softly, and if they are very far apart physically, they will yell to convey their message to one another. Same is the case of those shouting to Parama Purusa in hopes of getting His favour or boons etc. Tragically, they do not feel He is near.

Every true bhakta has realised that they can communicate with Him silently in dhyana – or anytime. Because always Parama Purusa is present – He is aware of one’s every thought.

So our kiirtan is not sung to communicate directly with Him. Kiirtan is done so others may hear about the glory of the Lord.

Namaskar,
At His lotus feet,
Purusottama

REFERENCES
1. Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life – 6, Microcosm and Macrocosm
2. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 8, The Lord Should Always Be Praised
3. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 9, “Always Do the Kiirtana of the Lord”
4. AMIWL-6, Microcosm and Macrocosm
5. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 9, “Always Do the Kiirtana of the Lord”
6. AMIWL-11, Taking the Opposite Stance in Battle
7. A Guide to Human Conduct
8. A Guide to Human Conduct
9. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 4, He Is Even Nearer Than You Think
10. SS-2, The Intuitional Science of the Vedas – 2

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

PS Intro: In this following song the devotee is expressing His inner heart to Baba in an indirect manner.

“A’j saka’le ghum bha’una’le, ke tumi priyo cinmay, Abhinava tumi abhinava…” (P.S. 4651)

Purport:

O’ the Divine Entity, who are You who is so effulgent and charming. In the very early dawn, You have come and awakened me this morning. Who are You who is so sweet and benevolent.

By Your own efforts, You have graciously opened my doors of bondage and removed all the attachments from my mind. O’ Divine Entity, You have made me Yours. Who are You who is so beautiful.

Since You came in my life, everything has taken on a new colour. The Controller of the operative principle has Himself taken advent – in the most colourful rainbow form.

O’ Divine Entity, You have coloured my mind; You are the brightest jewel. With Your divine Presence You have vibrated all the lokas. The most effulgent Divine Entity has come and made my life colorful…

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