Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for June 9th, 2013

Date: Sun, 09 Jun 2013 01:51:57 -0400

Baba
== TWO BABA STORIES ==
Namaskar,
Parama Purusa showers His love and saves all devotees, regardless of whether they are good or bad, a hero or a villain. Always, Baba gives his loving shelter to His bhaktas.

BABA STORY #1:

THE CASE OF ONE SENIOR DADA

We all know that in the 70’s when the mass of Wts were called for reporting and RDS with Baba, then it was so crowded. The rooms were small and everyone had to squeeze into just a few rooms.

During one such occasion, Dada Sharana’nanda arrived and was told that all workers should place their bags and blankets into a particular room. There was hardly any space as hundreds of workers were putting their belongings in that same place.

Anyway, somehow Dada Sharana’nandaji found a tiny space. He spread his blanket halfway and placed his bag on top. Then he went off to attend his various meetings etc.

That evening when Sharana’nandaji returned, he saw that his belongings were not there. So he thought one other Dada had tossed his things aside and taken his spot. When Ac Sharana’nandaji awakened that Dada and told him of the problem, the Dada did not care at all.

Without thinking deeply and without asking others for help, Sharana’nandaji became extremely frustrated. In addition, it was a fasting day and that made his frustration grow even more. Internally he was thinking that many of these other Wts were just like monkeys, i.e. uncultured and uncivilised. He was thinking they were just worthless people and he felt hatred towards them.

He did not complain openly but those were the thoughts floating in his sad state of mind.

The next day Dada Sharana’nandaji was called before Baba for reporting.

Baba looked at him and in His loving liila He abused him openly. Baba feigned anger and strongly rebuked him and said that those who have come in Ananda Marga are not ordinary. They may have bad manners and their conduct may be irregular, but I have specially called them and they have come. So you must adjust with their behaviours. They have a special samskara. Do not superficially judge them by seeing their bad qualities or rude behaviour. Do not hate them.

While pretending to be angry, Baba lovingly scolded Dada Sharana’nandaji in this manner.

Dada was shocked to hear this. First because he had not complained to anyone about the incident; he had not shared his thoughts or feelings with anyone. Just Baba was peering into his mind. Secondly, he realised that he must reconsider his relations with other workers and adjust with their poor dealing.

Certainly in His supremely benevolent manner, Baba pretended to strongly scold the Dada who threw away Sharana’nandaji’s blanket, but Sharana’nandaji was unaware about this. All he knew was that he must have respect and love for all in Ananda Marga because of their link with Baba. That is Baba’s wish and explicit direction.

This above story shows how Baba never judges any of His disciples based on external affairs but rather looks at their inner essence and feeling. And when He Himself says that all in Ananda Marga have come because I have called them and that they have a special samskara, then we must always look favourably on everyone in Ananda Marga – and love them, whether they are playing the role of a hero or a villain.

That does not mean that we cannot point out their wrongdoing. Rather we must address those who contravene the social code; they absolutely must be reprimanded and rectified. So we must take a stand against those wrongdoers, but only with the sweet motive to clean them of their faults. One must not loathe or harbour hatred towards them. In our heart we must not have ill will toward them. Whether they do wrong or right, we must remember that they have come to serve Him in some capacity and they have Baba’s love.

BABA STORY #2:

THE CASE OF ONE YOUNG NEW WT IN GORAKHPUR

This next story leads in the same direction.

One family acarya from Gorakhpur came to Baba to complain about one young Wt. The family acarya was telling about the laziness of one junior worker.

Baba immediately interjected and with His divine countenance began feigning to scold the family acarya and told him to look upon that young worker as his own son. Then Baba pointed out that the family acarya’s own son had not become a WT and was not even a margii. And not only that, all-knowing Baba said that, “While you yourself were eating and enjoying at your house, this young worker was not even able to find any proper food in the jagrti.”

Baba continued, “But you never cared about that and never checked to see if he is alright. And now you are complaining to me about the behaviour and laziness of this young worker. Such is your audacity. You should be ashamed of yourself.”

Baba concluded, “I am His Father and I have to take care of Him. And you also should have love for him.”

Again, here the point is not that wrongful behaviours should be overlooked entirely. We are to point out and seek the rectification of those bad devotees. All wrongdoing must be checked, and those wrongdoers must be taken to task and verily changed. But at the same time we should not harbor any negative feelings in the mind toward such bhaktas. All have come because of His call. We should love them.

MOTHER-BABY ANALOGY

Just as a mother has inherent love for her progeny – regardless of what harm their children might cause, same is the case with Parama Purusa. He has innate and unconditional love for His children.

The mother may abuse and scold her children but she has love. Likewise Parama Purusa also may scold but His quantum of love is more than the amount He rebukes or punishes them.

In the spiritual sphere, love is not unilateral. The bhakta has love for Him and in return Parama Purusa has much more love for His devotees.

In His loving manner, Baba does not look at the qualities or conduct of bad devotees. His love is based on seeing the feeling in their heart. We should do the same.

REFLECTION

Baba graciously loves, cares for, and looks after all His devotees, whether they be good or bad. All have a special place in His heart.

Here we must remember the story of King Gayasura and how Lord Vishnu granted him three boons – keeping His feet always in his heart. And Baba Himself approves this story.

Here Baba describes these boons in full:

“First, the Lord will seat Himself in the heart of the devotee without bothering Himself about the nature of that person, good, or bad. It is enough to be a devotee, in order to have the Lord inside. Second, all those who have the Lord’s feet in their hearts are bound to get liberation – liberation is a sure guarantee for them. Third, since Gaya’sura had been turned to stone by the Lord, and since He would again arise if anyone having the Lord inside failed to be liberated, the Lord would have to grant liberation to all such persons for all time to come.” (1)

Although this is the story of King Gayasura and Lord Vishnu, yet in reporting Baba Himself told and promised that He grants these same boons to all His devotees.

Thus when Lord Vishnu granted the boon that the Lord’s feet will always be in the heart of the devotee, regardless of their good and bad deeds, regardless of whether that person is a hero or a villain, then we must know that Baba has promised and guaranteed the same. That is the first boon.

Secondly, Baba also promises that those who have the Lord’s feet in their heart will get salvation. This is His second guarantee.

Lastly, if anyone with the Lords’ feet in their heart does not get liberation, then the Lord’s prestige is at stake. Thus He is bound to fulfill them.

So Baba guarantees the above boons for all devotees up to eternity and the only prerequisite for these boons is devotion. Then liberation is sure – and the noose of maya will be shattered.

MORE ABOUT THAT SPECIAL REPORTING

& GAYA’SURA STORY

All this Baba has guaranteed and by His grace I was there that time in reporting and by hearing Baba’s loving promise, then tears began flowing from all those present. The room was completely vibrated; Baba’s immense love and grace was emanating. We all felt especially graced by His infinite love and special promise. And this guarantee Baba has granted to every devotee – for all who have love for Him, irrespective of what wrongs and rights one commits in life. Such is the nature of His loving and unconditional boon.

Thus when Baba does not judge bad devotees poorly, neither should we. Certainly their mistakes must be corrected in the social realm. But on the spiritual plane, we must think of every devotee – regardless of whether they are playing the role of a hero or a villain – as our own kith and kin and love them. And we must bear in mind that Baba will take care for their salvation.

We should not judge any bhakta or even ourselves based on past sins. We should think about Him and cultivate love for all.

So the lesson given in the Gaya’sura story of old applies equally well today. That is why Baba has given this story again and again in His discourses. Because all bhaktas – regardless of whether they are good or bad, hero or villain, they have all earned a place in His heart.

ANOTHER VERSION OF THE GAYASURA STORY

(From the discourse: “Even the Greatest Sinners)

The story of Gayasura is one such story. He was a terrible demon. Lord Viśńu had blessed Gayasura with a boon. Strengthened with the boon, he conquered heaven, earth and hell, and established a big empire. Ambitious of expanding his empire, he ultimately started to fight Lord Viśńu himself. The dethroned gods of heaven approached Viśńu and appealed to him plaintively: “O Lord, because of your boon Gayasura has become immeasurably powerful, irresistible. You please stop him.” So Viśńu went to fight Gayasura, but even he was defeated, because through the boon of Viśńu himself Gayasura was invincible.

This morning I said, regarding the question “Who is more intelligent, the devotee or God?” that the devotee is more intelligent. But if you put the question before a devotee, the devotee will reply: “I am; but I got my intelligence from Paramátmá.” Similarly, Gayasura acquired his power as a boon from Paramátmá. Anyway, Viśńu was defeated, and Gayasura bound him tightly to a big tree. A devotee of course has the right to bind his Bhagaván. Bound thus, Viśńu said: “Look, Gayasura! Before I granted you a boon. Now you grant me a boon.”

Gayasura said, “My Lord, I am yours, so whatever you want I will give you.”

Then Viśńu said, “You see, I want you to turn to stone.” Gayasura fell prostrate on the ground. Starting from the lower parts of his body, he began to turn to stone. Gradually Gayasura’s whole body was turning to stone. Then Gayasura said: “I am ready to grant you the boon you are asking for, but on three conditions. The first is that you put your divine feet on my chest – you must put them there.” Viśńu said: “So be it.” The meaning is that Viśńu was installed in Gayasura’s heart. “The second condition is that whoever worships you will certainly attain mukti [liberation] and mokśa [non-qualified liberation]. To anyone in the world – even a sinner or a durácárii – who worships you, you must give mukti and mokśa.” Lord Viśńu agreed to this also: “So be it.” “The third condition is, if anyone worships you and does not attain mukti and mokśa, then Gayasura will rise again.” Viśńu said: “So be it.” Now see the beautiful way Gayasura has been characterized here!

(From the discourse: “Even the Greatest Sinners)

IDEATE ON THE DIVINE

May we all focus not on the the poor behaviour of bad devotees but instead adopt a high spiritual ideal.

“Cherishing a strong desire to know and understand Him, think of Him, ideate on Him, meditate on Him – You will certainly attain Him.” (2)

“Parama Puruśa, Parama Pitá, says that even if you are the worst type of sinner, that is, he whom the sinners hate as a sinner, what will happen? Bhajate mám ananyabhák. If you take the shelter of Parama Puruśa, then what will happen? Parama Puruśa will save you from all those serpentine nooses of sin. (You know “serpentine noose”, a noose which catches a snake like this? It is called a “serpentine noose”.) And for those who take shelter, those who resort to Parama Puruśa, what will happen? Parama Puruśa will save them from this serpentine noose of sin. So a person must not be afraid of sin, he should be free from all worries and anxieties regarding sin. Parama Puruśa will help him. Parama Puruśa is always with him.” (3)

Namaskar,
in Him,
Caetanyadeva

REFERENCES
1. ‘The Lord’s Feet’
2. AMIWL-6
3. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 12, The Real Value of the Human Entity

Note 1: LINK TO ANOTHER LETTER ON THIS TOPIC

http://anandamargauniversal.blogspot.com/2013/06/devotee-story-good-or-bad-bhakta-1.html

*****************
Prabhat Samghiita

“Bole tha’ko bha’loba’si, ka’je prama’n na’ pa’oya ja’y…” (PS 1984)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, You are Love Personified and You are the Creator of this universe, this I can feel in my heart. But why then are there thorns in the beautiful flower garden. And why are those tender, succulent flower petals withering away into the oblivion. O’ Divine Entity, You keep telling me that You love one and all, but Your actions do not show this.

O, You have made the moonlight so brilliant, enchanting, soothing, and attractive. Why then do You take away that beauty by enveloping it with the deep, black clouds. Its charm does not last long. In the forest there are so many wild deer and You have given them such captivating, attractive, and beautiful eyes, why then do cruel hunters stalk and kill them. On the one side You made this universe so attractive, charming, and wonderful, and on the other side You are destroying it. O’ my Lord, You keep telling me that You love one and all, but Your actions do not show this.

O’ Parama Purusa Baba, You have created such a charming and colorful world. The rainbow which You created is so alluring to the mind and so attractive to the eyes, then why do You make it vanish into the void. O’ my Lord, the expression of everyone’s life is such a grand and sweet experience. The vitality of life is such an incredible gift. Why then is the shadow of death’s dance on the head of every being and threaten their existence. O’ Lord, You keep telling me that You love one and all, but Your actions do not show this.

Baba, Your divine liila is unfathomable. Please love and protect me and shower Your grace on me…

Advertisements

Read Full Post »