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17 Jun 2013

== 2ND, 3RD, OR 4TH DADHIICI DIVAS? ==

Namaskar,
A few days ago someone raised the point of Didi Asitiimaji’s great sacrifice:

“June 14th is the thirty-fifth anniversary of Didi Asitiima’s self-immolation.”

Most certainly, Didiji did a heroic act for the sake of Guru Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji and Ananda Marga ideology. That is why her sacrifice comes under the banner of Dadhiici Divas; so she is already a dadhiici. On 05 March, all are already paying homage to her. So there is no need to create another day.

Those who sacrificed for the great cause are remembered on that day, Mar 5. That is the single day to recollect the courageous and dharmic acts of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for Ananda Marga ideology.

SOMEONE ELSE WANTED TO MAKE ANOTHER DADHIICIIS DIVAS

A few months ago someone else raised a similar call with respect to Dada Divyanandji:

“setting up an observance on April 9 of this year in memory of the 40th anniversary of Dadhiici Ac Divyananda Avt who self-immolated on that day in 1973.”

So this seems to be a trend – to create multiple days to pay tribute. And while we certainly want to honour the great sacrifice of such dedicated disciples, our first and foremost duty is to Guru. And He says that all such remembrances should be made on 05 March.

BABA HIMSELF GAVE THE REPLY TO THIS SITUATION:

ALL DADHIICIS’S TO BE REMEMBER ON 05 MARCH – ONLY

Actually this type of issue first came up after the 30th April massacre at Bijon Setu, Kolkata. That time many Bangla-speaking Wts requested Parama Purusa Baba to change Dadhiici Divas from 5th March to 30th April. They reasoned that only 5 were killed on 5th March, whereas 17 were murdered on 30th April.

Baba – the all-knowing Parama Purusa – gave His reply. He told that keeping Dadhiici Divas on 5th March is proper – all will be honoured on that date. So everyone understood the spirit and letter of Baba’s response. There were no more questions. 5th of March is the fixed date for observing Dadhiici Divas, regardless of any other past or future events.

The only thing that does happen on 30th April is a protest. But that is not a remembrance or honouring of the murdered Wts, nor is it called as Dadhiici Divas or Dadhiici Divas #2. That protest is done because still the case has not been resolved.

MUST NOT FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE JAINS

WE SHOULD BE COMMITTED TO CONSTRUCTIVE PROJECTS

The request by Dadas to change the date to 30th April is very similar to the situation with the Jains (i.e. followers of the Jain religion). The Jains did not have any social service projects so they misdirected their entire wealth, time, energy, and resources in constructing temples because they did not know what to do other than that. Similarly, when some in Ananda Marga do not have any committed work or social service project in mind, then they think every single sacrifice should be observed independently. Then there will be a maximum days for Dadhiici Divas programs.

BABA’S ORDER:

ALL DADHIICIS SHOULD BE HONOURED ON 05 MARCH

We all know that Baba has graciously given 05 March as the singular day to honour and recognise the sacrifice of all Dadhiicis. Baba wants all Dadhiicis to be celebrated and honoured on the same day. So many have sacrificed and given their lives for the growth and prosperity of Ananda Marga, i.e. for the great cause of bhagavad dharma, and all should be remembered each year on 05 March. That is the official day of Dadhiici Divas as given by Baba.

OURS IS A MAN-MAKING MISSION

MUST SERVE HUMANITY

Thus it is very curious why anyone would even think to observe other dates like April 9, June 14 etc. Ultimately, ours is a man-making mission. Our duty is to follow Ananda Marga ideology and follow Parama Purusa Baba. To this end, there are diverse and dynamic plans and programs to manifest. We must serve suffering humanity in so many ways. That will all be put on hold if we start observing multiple Dadhiici Divas celebrations each year; that would start a trend whereby soon there will be 365 days of Dadhiici Divas celebrations. Clearly, this is not what we should do.

It is highly appreciated that the point was brought forth concerning respected Didi Asitiimaji’s sacrifice and her honoured remembrance as a dadhiici should be done on March 5.

Best is to follow Baba’s stated declaration to remember all who sacrificed for the great cause of ideology on 05 March – that is our singular occasion to honour those who gave their lives for bhagavata dharma.

Namaskar,
in Him,
Gomati

> From: Niiti Gannon
> Sender: anandamarg@googlegroups.com
> Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:56:35 +0000
> To: anandamarg@googlegroups.com
> Subject: [AnandaMarg] Didi Asitiima’s self-immoliation
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> June 14th is the thirty-fifth anniversary of Didi Asitiima’s self-immoliation. In rememberance please excuse me for reviving an old memory of being with her when I formerly was an acarya. Didi Asitiima’ Ac. originally was from Switzerland and had at that time recently been posted to Manila DSL after her Acarya training. She had come to relieve me in this post as I took on the posting of Sectorial HPMG(L). At this time with Baba still in jail, Didi and I had both not physically met him.
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> One night before I was about to leave for a brief tour to Digos, Davao Del Sur to help a kindergarten, we sat together outside on the backdoor steps of the Didi’s rental quarters in Mandaluyong. It was a warm tropical night and we were looking at the stars and the night coated surroundings, chatting like two young women do. As we sat there suddenly she began to cry softly. “What’s wrong?” I repeatedly asked. She said, “Nothing really, I am feeling sentimental. Can I put my head in your lap?” I felt moved and agreed, patting her back as she cried softly for a little while. We just sat comfortably together like that for awhile. I thought to myself: “When I get back from Digos, I’ll try to find out more why she is crying.”
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> While I was in Digos, on June 13 1978 at 8:00 p.m., Didi went to the busiest central park in Manila, Luneta Park. She handed out leaflets to hundreds of people around her. The leaflet was a personal message that she had written saying:
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> “When immorality is dominating all corners of the planet, when righteous human beings become victims of arbitrary misuses, maybe the sacrifice of the innocent human life will burn the seeds and roots of corruption, exploitation and injustice – the cause of the suffering and degradation of mankind.”
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> When the leaflets were gone, she calmly sat down as if to meditate in that public park, poured gasoline over her body, and while reciting a mantra self-immolated herself. She died instantly in the early morning hours on June 14th. The Bhukti Pradhan then, Sister Nandarani, identified her body for the authorities. She told, “I couldn’t believe it. Her whole body was burned except her face.”
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> As soon as the phone call came and told me of her self-immolation, I realized her soft crying just a few days earlier was due to the sweet sadness she must have felt knowing that soon she would die. Likely while she was looking at the beauty of the stars and the night landscape, she felt the poignancy of giving up the sweetness of life. How to appreciate the wind, the moon, the stars, a friend, knowing it is one of the last times you will see, feel and hear them.
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> Some months later while I stayed in Manila helping to cover the vacant post with Didi Asitiima being deceased, I tried to think of ways of doing HPMG (L) there. A group of Margii sisters and brothers and I did weekly public kiirtans and group meditations on the spot in Luneta park where Didi Asitiima had self-immolated as a tribute to her sacrifice while making the public aware of Baba’s imprisonment in jail and about His mission. SS Dada when reporting in India told this to Baba and Baba gave us back this message: “Be more bold and human.” The weekly public kirtans there continued for over a year and hundreds became acquainted with Ananda Marga.
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> Niiti —

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