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Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2013 20:47:03
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Who Can Teach
From: Smita4466@Versanet…>

Baba

== WHO CAN TEACH ==

Namaskar,
In the various religions, only select leaders are authorised to teach and preach their edicts and codes. One must be a mullah, or priest, or reverend, or rabi, or minister, or cleric, or pundit, or some other religious official. There is no scope for the common people to openly teach others. One must be a recognised or appointed delegate of that religion.

WHO CAN TEACH AND WHO CANNOT TEACH

Unfortunately, one Dada who was born into such a tradition tried to be bring this same faulty notion into Ananda Marga.

Some in our unit were involved in teaching others about Ananda Marga, when that Dada intervened and stated that we should not do this as we were “not qualified”.

We were stunned to hear this and thought about what to do. We then consulted with one very senior acarya and this letter reflects their response. For those more prone towards philosophical dialog, here are the essential questions:

1. Should we start teaching others about Ananda Marga only when we get moksa, i.e. perfection?

2. Should we wait until we have been on the path 10 years before teaching others; or should we wait until we become a wholetimer before guiding others?

3. When can a general margii start teaching others about Ananda Marga? When should a margii begin preaching the gospel of Ananda Marga ideology?

Again, here it is not that anyone wants to be a “great” Ananda Margii and give high-sounding talks to big audiences. That is not the spirit of this inquiry. Merely with our own inner heart feeling, a few of us were quietly sitting and talking to others about Ananda Marga when that Dada came over and told us not to do like that.

WHAT ONE SHOULD TEACH

Only after consulting with a senior acarya, did everything become clear. Here are the key points raised:

The bottom line is that it is the duty of each and every Ananda Margii to start teaching others about Ananda Marga immediately. Even the day a person is initiated they can, nay must, start doing pracara with others.

Here is the support from Baba’s teachings:

(A) SIXTEEN POINTS: It is the duty of every Ananda Margii to follow 16 Points and embedded within 16 Points is service or seva. As we all know there are 4 types of seva in Ananda Marga: shudrocita seva, ksatriyocita seva, vaeshyocita seva, and viprocita seva. And Baba guides us that we, i.e. all margiis, are to perform all four types of seva, including viprocita seva, which includes preaching the ideals of Ananda Marga.

Baba says, “We can give joy to Parama Puruśa by serving His creations – human beings, animals and plants – and this service will be the best application of neo-humanism. This service can be done in four ways – viprocita sevá (intellectual service), kśatriyocita sevá (service of courage), vaeshyocita sevá (economic service) and shudrocita sevá (manual service). None of these is inferior: we cannot ignore any one of them. People should render service according to their capacity. Those who like intellectual service, can do that; those who like manual service, can do so. But it will be best if all the four types are performed.” (17 May 1982, Calcutta)

In His above directive, Baba clearly tells that everyone – new and senior margiis alike – are to engage in all kinds of seva including teaching others about Ananda Marga philosophy and lifestyle. Everyone must do this according to their capacity.

That means even a newly initiated margii can and should teach the general public about kiirtan, or yama and niyama etc. To the degree one is properly aware about Baba’s teachings is the degree to which they should teach others. Then they will be performing seva and following 16 Points. That is Baba’s mandate.

(B) THE ANANDA MARGA MISSION: Self-realisation & selfless service – concerns each and every Ananda Margii.

Baba says, “Átmamokśárthaḿ jagaddhitáya ca – “Whatever one is to do one is to do for átmamokśa – for his own liberation – and for the elevation of the entire world, elevation of the entire human society.” One is to do both these things” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-30)

Thus, here again Baba is directing each and every person in the Marga to perform service – i.e. helping to care for and elevate all beings. Upon entering into Ananda Marga, everyone must do this from day 1. Baba does not say that one should do sadhana for ten years – or after getting perfection, i.e. moksa – then one should start doing service. It is not like that.

Rather from the very beginning every margii is to do sadhana and perform service by preaching the ideals of dharma to others. So here again Baba is mandating that every Ananda Margii must do AM pracara and explain the tenets of Ananda Marga to others.

(C) IN ORDER TO GET MUKTI: In our Supreme Command too Baba tells each and every Ananda Margii to teach others about dharma and inspire them onto the path of spirituality.

“…It is the bounden duty of every Ananda Margii to endeavor to bring all to the path of bliss. Verily is this a part and parcel of sadhana, to lead others along the path of righteousness.” (Supreme Command)

Thus, by Baba’s teaching in the Supreme Command, it is clear that all margiis – young or old, male or female etc – must embark on teaching others about Ananda Marga ideals.

ALL MUST PREACH THE GOSPEL OF ANANDA MARGA

Through His mandates of Sixteen Points, by His mission statement (Átmamokśárthaḿ jagaddhitáya ca), and by the Supreme Command, it is quite clear that every Ananda Margii should teach others about Ananda Marga ideals from the very beginning. To delay this is to go against Guru’s teachings. No one should have any complex about this nor should this point be shrouded in confusion. All – I repeat all – are to teach others about the principles of Ananda Marga.

IGNORANT ACARYAS:

NO DADA CAN BAR YOU FROM TEACHING

Thus, if you or anyone in your unit is sincerely teaching others about Ananda Marga philosophy and a Dada tells you that you are “too new”, or “not senior enough”, or “not smart enough” etc, then just inform that Wt that Baba’s guideline is that, “I must perform all 4 sevas each and every day and that includes teaching others about Ananda Marga ideology, according to the level of my own knowledge base.”

So no Dada can give any lame excuse and prohibit any margii – new or old – from guiding others on spiritual life and Ananda Marga ideals.

Actually, it is the dogmatic religions that preach how lay / family people cannot teach the tenets. In Christianity only the priest can do; in Islam, only the mullah can do; and in Hinduism only the pundits can do. They are the only ones to preach the gospel of their religion – not the common people. So Ananda Marga is unique. Baba says that all can and should do.

Unfortunately some ignorant Wts want to introduce religious dogmas into our Ananda Marga society by stating that only the priest class can guide others. They just want to “copy & paste” such dogmas into our Ananda Marga.

But we must remember such dogmas are hellish.

Baba says, “These [common] people were deprived of the right to study the Vedas. The Antyaja Shúdras, if they even heard the Vedic chants, or the controlling Vedic mantra aum, or the “Savitr Rk” mantra, would be committing a great sin and molten lead would be poured into their ears so that their hearing would be destroyed forever. Nor were women, however educated, allowed to hear such sacred chants.” (Namah Shivaya Shantaya, Disc: 5)

HOW “DON’T TEACH” DOGMA STARTED

Indeed in those days of old, what to speak of not allowing the common people to preach the philosophy, they would not even allow the common people to learn it. If general citizens came in contact with those teachings they would be tortured and shunned – i.e. scarred for life. That was the way those dogmatic religions operated – and still today that is their modus operendi. They feel that mantras or prayers can only be solemnized when they are recited by priests etc. According to bhagavad dharma, there is no 3rd person between the devotee and God, but in such religions, the priest / mullah etc is the so-called intermediary. Here the point is that in the dogmatic religions, only the priest is able pass on religious knowledge, not anyone else.

Tragically, now some Dadas are leaning in this direction and not allowing margiis to teach the philosophy to others. We have to oppose such Dadas. When any Dada is forbidding a margii to propagate the gospel of Ananda Marga or neo-humanism, we should alarm everyone about that Dada and unmask their name and address.

THE SCENE AT DHARMACAKRA

In dharmacakra, many think that after meditation then only a wt should stand up and explain Baba’s teachings and Ananda Marga books. It happens that even a wt not familiar with a topic will speak about it anyway; yet, there may be a margii present in the room who knows far more on that subject. But the margii is overlooked because some think that only those in WT dress should speak to Baba’s teachings. A few dadas feel that this is their due honour: Since they have the dress then only they can speak in public. This dogma has been brought into Ananda Marga from the various religions.

Who does not know that in the black pages of history before the invention of the printing press, the bible was not allowed to be copied and given to anyone. The common people did not have access to it at all. Finally, when the printing press came along the pope did not permit the bible to be printed and distributed. This went on for some time. And still today the Koran (Quran) cannot be translated. It can only appear in Arabic. Those who want to know about it must consult a mullah. This is the way they keep their dogma in tact. Similarly, in Ananda Marga, some think that our scriptures should only be read by acaryas. This is the dogma they want to impose.

Ananda Marga is extremely different from the dogmatic religions. Baba has blessed us with a revolutionary approach where all have the moral duty to preach and teach the tenets of Ananda Marga.

Unfortunately, some Dadas puffed up with vanity feel that only they should talk about dharma. They want everyone to listen to them. That is what their ego tells them. So they feel threatened if a margii sincerely engages in talks about Ananda Marga philosophy with others.

But again, Baba’s mandate is clear and pointed: Every initiated person in Ananda Marga must preach and teach others about our AM way of life.

WHAT ONE SHOULD NOT TEACH

Now that it is clear that it is the duty of every Ananda Margii to perform service and teach others about the philosophy and ideals of Ananda Marga, there are a few easy points to keep in mind.

1) One must not teach others about the lessons of sadhana unless one is a tattvika, or acarya etc.

2) One should not teach aspects of Baba’s teachings that they themselves are not adequately familiar with. If one does this then two negative results will arise. Firstly, one will spread faulty explanations and confuse others; and secondly, the person you are trying to teach will lose faith in you.

3) Certainly though, each and every Ananda Margii knows something about Ananda Mara ideals. It may be even the most basic of principles or something complex; regardless, what you know you should teach those ideas to others. That is how society grows.

So it is important to educate oneself about Ananda Marga ideals and consult Baba’s discourses by reading Ananda Marga books. And side by side one should practice.

Indeed, every Ananda Margii should be eager and ready to preach Baba’s gospel to any and all who are interested. And even if they are not interested, we should try and inspire them.

Margiis can teach our kiirtan mantra to anyone. We can teach them to sing internally or externally.

DESIRING PRAISE ETC IS ANTI-LIBERATION

Here is another dynamic to be aware of when preaching Ananda Marga ideals.

Some sincere margiis start doing pracara and mistakenly think that because they are doing dharmic work then people should appreciate them. This goes against our main spiritual ethic and the outcome is disastrous. If a person just thinks about their own self and their own quality, then their mind becomes smaller and smaller. In that case, the goal is not Parama Purusa, but their own unit self. This is the absolute wrong way to proceed – it is the path of degeneration.

Another distinct drawback is that if people are not appreciating you, then you feel there is no point in doing the work and you may drop it entirely. Furthermore, if anyone criticises you then you will feel crushed and dejected, whether or not that criticism is valid or not.

Plus, some opportunists might praise you to the sky in order to exploit you and get you to attend to their agenda. These are the pitfalls of getting caught up in praise and censure.

The best is for every sadhaka to serve other and propagate AM ideals, thinking that they are doing everything for Parama Purusa – to please Him.

Then if someone opposes or praises you it does not matter. Your mind will remain balanced and you will not veer from your course. Why? Because you are doing to serve Parama Purusa, not to garner praise etc. Here the whole idea is that one should not be a slave of praise or censure. Then one cannot fulfill their duty on this earth.

Those who do pracara dharma with idea that they are serving Parama Purusa never get frustrated by others’ negative comments. That is the expression of real devotion. And such persons do not anticipate that others should praise them because they are doing a great job.

Whenever a person believes in their heart that it is their duty to do a particular task then they do not expect that people should praise them. For example, when a mother is caring for her very small infant, then that mother does not care if the neighbor praises her or not.

Similarly, a good sadhaka will preach the gospel of Ananda Marga without any expectation of praise and without any concern for censure. One will fulfill this blessed duty to please Parama Purusa.

Baba says, “Nindantu niitinipuńáh yadi vá stuvantu: “If I am too concerned with those who praise or censure me, I will not find time to do my real work. As I have come to this world only for a short period, my only concern should be to keep on doing the duty the Lord has assigned to me. And while doing this allotted duty, I should remember that I belong to Parama Puruśa. I have come form Him, and I will have to return to Him – and to do that, I must complete my allotted duty.” (Subhasita Samgraha, part 12)

Baba says, “Regarding those who are likely to create obstacles in your path – let them do so. You should remember that those who are the actual pioneers, the real vanguard of the society, are always a microscopic minority, but it is they who are destined to be victorious. Those who once opposed, or are now opposing or will oppose in the future, will in the future admit: “Yes, we are now driving our vehicle safely and comfortably along the very path which that vanguard once opened by clearing the jungle.” This means that those who cleared the obstacles in the beginning will later be recognized as pioneers. The funny thing is this, that people do not give recognition at the time it is due. This is the natural law. And at the same time you should also remember this simple truth: that in a jungle the number of tigers and lions is always few; the jackals far outnumber them. Yet in the jungle the tigers and lions reign supreme, not the jackals. The jackals are sure to howl, that is their nature; but the tigers and lions will not be frightened.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-6)

Namaskar,
at lotus feet of the Divine Entity,
Smita

Note 1: IMPORTANT PROVERB

One should never forget that human life evolves gradually from animal life in the cosmic cycle of brahmacakra. Human beings were animals in the past and those propensities are still dominant in many of our fellow human beings. For this reason some people feel the need to oppose good work. If we all keep this in mind then one will not get affected when others are opposing your righteous deeds.

Always remember this proverb: No good deed goes unpunished. The sense is that certain notorious people want to abuse you because their own prestige is at stake. But pay no mind to them, go on propagating the ideals of dharma, always singing Baba’s name.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi ga’n go ka’ha’r tare badhir kare rekhe dhara’re…” (P.S. 1972)

Purport:

Baba, in this cosmic play of Yours, You go on singing Your divine songs to attract devotees. Even then I do not know for whom You are singing. Baba, Your divine songs are pervading throughout this entire vast cosmos; Your songs are permeating each and every loka. Baba, nothing else is audible except Your divine song. O’ Baba, by Your melodious call You have made everyone deaf. Baba, You come and go; and You smile and lovingly look upon one and all with Your infinite compassion. But unfortunately nobody can see You.

Baba, because of Your songs, the whole world is melodic. With Your tune, rhythm, & melody, You saturate this entire universe with divine nectar. Everyone is immersed in Your music. Baba, when You come close then You shower Your grace abundantly. In spite of that it is impossible for me to become one with You – because of my own faults & shortcomings.

Baba, You are completely captivating: Your coming and going in dhyana, Your sweet smile, and Your charming look – all this deeply touches my heart. Baba, You are most attractive. O’ Parama Purusa You are the universal mind (Vishvama’nas); You destroy and wipe away all cimmerian darkness and staticity; and You shower Your divine effulgence. Baba, You lovingly hold each and every atom and molecule in Your heart. Baba, everything resides within You.

Baba, with Your divine song You have captivated this entire universe. It is Your causeless grace…

Note: Parama Purusa attracts devotees in various ways – such as through the song of His divine flute, His Cosmic Grace and Sweet Charm. And that is what has been expressed in the above song.

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Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:38:44 -0000
To: am-global
From: Ram Sahay Deva
Subject: Baba’s Mandate on Margii & Wt Sadhana

Baba

== BABA’S MANDATE ON MARGII & WT SADHANA ==

Namaskar,
We all know Baba places great emphasis on our sadhana practice as it is only by properly doing sadhana that we can grow from crude animality to a human being, and from an ordinary human being to an ideal person, and from an ideal person to a divine being.

Just as an illiterate person can become a doctor, professor, or a lawyer through proper schooling and education, similarly…

…sadhana wholly transforms one’s mind and body, making an ordinary person an extraordinary one. The whole personality gets changed by proper sadhana. That is why our Guru has placed a tremendous importance on doing sadhana.

Unfortunately some haven’t been able to realise this basic fact in their practical life. As long as one has not realised the depth of sadhana, they should go on doing meditation with utmost sincerity. Let us not forget that sadhana is a scientific process and by right effort a result must come.

And not only must we practice sadhana, but we must tell those who are obsessed with materialism as well. They must understand that matter is not everything. Their eyes should be opened to the realm of spirituality. This truth must be understood by all.

For all these reasons, sadhana is very important and here is Baba’s Procedural Order for all workers and margiis on sadhana.

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“STANDARD OF SADHANA”

“(A) 4 Times Sadhana: Doing sadhana 4 times daily is compulsory for all wholetime workers. It will be the duty of all wt workers to maintain the record of their 4 time sadhana routine in their compulsory daily diary. All trade heads are also hereby instructed to see very particularly the sadhana routine of each and every individual worker of their concerning trade. Trade heads must check whether their workers do sadhana 4 times a day or not. DPS will be directly responsible for implementing this system very strictly. DPS is also to create his own method for collecting information every month regarding workers of different trades who do not or did not perform sadhana as per system in a particular month. Such names are to be recorded and immediate steps to be taken by the DPS against the concerning workers and the supervisory worker of that trade. A monthly statement regarding the irregularities in 4 times sadhana by the workers of different trades and disciplinary steps taken by the DPS against the worker must be submitted to the higher authority every month.”

“For General Margiis: Doing sadhana 2 times daily is compulsory for all margiis in general. DPS is to keep candour eye through his RDPS and DDPS on each and every margii regarding their performance of individual sadhana 2 times a day. Any slackness in this respect is to be pointed out by the concerning RDPS and DDPS to the margiis concerned and the margii is to be made to understand that by not doing sadhana he is committing sin and that he must be very very strict in 2 times sadhana. RPDS and DDPS are to keep a regular record of the margiis of their respective areas regarding two times sadhana. DPS must keep a regular watch on the records.”

“B) Asana and Ekadashii: In order to help in regularity and improvement in sadhana, every worker will have to follow very strictly the rules of asanas (daily compulsory) and ekadashii and they will maintain this record in their daily diary. The DPS will keep very close watch on this and necessary steps must be immediately taken.”

“C) In order to improve the sadhana of the WT workers and increase their attachment to it, the 7th lesson (Sahaj Pranayama) may be made available for practice to maximum wt workers. This will immediately increase their inclination towards sadhana.”

(Procedural Order on Sadhana as given by Baba)

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Most senior Wts have this above Procedural Order but they do not like to share with their junior wts and margiis, otherwise those seniors themselves will be pointed out for not following this order. Or what could be the reason why this order is not made more widely available.

BABA’S BLESSING

Baba has graciously blessed us with this great sadhana practice of Ananda Marga and we should realise this quest in our daily life.

Baba says, “The worship of Brahma should be done scrupulously, or else you will later regret and bemoan the futility of your life with the last drop of your tears at your last hour. You should make your life worthwhile through your sa’dhana’. How much can your worldly friends and relations do for you? After your death your relatives may perhaps ask, “How much money has he left behind?” Your friends may go to the crematorium and indulge in flattering reminiscences about you. Your husband or wife may cry for you for about ten or twelve days and then regain their normal composure. Your lot will be only a profound sigh – a record of the futility and frustration of your life. So do not waste your time lest you later have to repent…That is why I say that you will have to dedicate yourselves to His feet wholly and unreservedly. You will earn godliness in proportion to the extent that you surrender yourselves, and finally, after merging that acquired godliness of yours in His Entity, you will attain eternal bliss.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 3)

Namaskar,
Ram Sahay Deva

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi a’ndha’r ghare jva’lo a’lo, vyatha’hate ba’so bha’lo…” (2018)

Purport:

Baba, You grace everyone. You shower Your divine effulgence even in the deep, dark abode (1) and make it resplendent. Those who are stricken with grief, You love them and remove their misery. Baba, with Your two hands, You wipe away (2) the stains of sin from the body(3).

Baba, in this mortal world, except for You nobody has anyone else. Worldly relations are transitory – today they are and tomorrow they vanish. Because of this, everyone looks towards You for Your eternal shelter and divine grace. Baba, by Your infinite grace, I am always in Your shelter. My life is always revolving around You. And You eternally shower Your love.

Baba, nobody is ever alone or weak, never – always Your varabhaya mudra is present. Baba, by the divine blessing of Your varabhaya mudra, the impossible becomes possible. Even the highest mountains bow (4) their heads. In the deep, black cimmerian darkness (5), the colorful panorama and grandeur of the light (6) can happen in a flash.

Baba, You always shower Your causeless grace on one and all. Baba, You are karuna sindhu – the infinite ocean of divine grace…

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #2018:

(1) Abode: Human mind.
(2) Wipe away: The removal of negative samskaras by His grace.
(3) Body: In this case, it means the human mind.
(4) Mountains bow down: By the grace of Baba’s varabhaya mudra, nobody can harm that devotee. Even the most arrogant person will bow their head down to the devotee and accept their mistakes.
(5) Darkness: In the sinner’s depraved mind.
(6) Light: When one becomes devotional.

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Date: 24 Dec 2012 21:19:57 -0000
From: “Shivadayal Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Baba Story: Eating Sweets Is Not Good For Health

Baba

== BABA STORY: EATING SWEETS IS NOT GOOD FOR HEALTH ==

Namaskar,
After holding DMC in Kullu (HP) in November 1979, Baba returned back to Delhi where He was staying. Many dadas were also in Delhi as Baba was doing reporting and related works.

Upon His return, some margiis offered sweets to Baba. Baba Himself was not eating sweets those days, so He graciously blessed those sweets and told that they should be distributed among all His children as prasad.

SES DADA WAS VERY BUSY

SES dada Krpadhiishananda was extremely busy that morning and late in completing his routine. He was not ready yet to eat. So when the cook brought out the tray of sweets / prasad, dadaji was eying them with greed. Dadaji thought that all the sweets would all be gone by the time he completed his personal duties. So SES dada took a large bagful of prasad – 50% of the total – and stashed it away for himself. Because SES dada was the in-charge, the cook did not say anything. But Dadaji took so much that many of the margiis who had gathered there did not get to have any sweets at all.

Later on when he finished his duties etc, Krpadhiishananda ate some of the prasad which he had put away, and then he kept the remainder in a secret place for later.

MIDDAY REPORTING WITH BABA

Baba knows everything so He was aware of the whole situation. Certainly, He knew that SES took so much sweets / prasad that many margiis did not get any prasad at all. Dadaji took so much that he would eat it in stages over the course of several days or even longer. Because of all this, Baba addressed the issue to the fore.

At midday reporting, Baba inquire to SES dada, “Where are those sweets? Have you had some prasad?”

Dada replied, “Yes Baba, I have eaten some.”

“Is there more?”, Baba inquired.

Dada answered, “Yes.”

Then Baba started talking about the health problems that arise from eating sweets and sugar products. In total, Baba spoke for approximately 10 minutes about this.

BABA SAYS: SWEETS ARE HARMFUL

Baba’s main point was that sweets are especially bad for those above the age of 25. No matter how careful one is, Baba explained, sweets are bad for one’s entire system as they invite diseases like the early onset of aging, diabetes, digestive disorders, brain diseases, and so many other serious health problems like boils, acidity etc. In addition, sweets make the blood impure and increase mental lethargy and dullness. Indeed, Baba was very adamant about the ill-effects of eating sweets.

BABA MAKES INQUIRY WITH DADAS:

ALL HAD THEIR PRIVATE STOCK OF SWEETS

Then Baba asked all the dadas, “Who is eating sweets on a regular basis?”

It was then found that they were all keeping various amounts of gur (refined molasses) in their personal bags. Some dadas were keeping 1kg, others had 1.5kg, and still others had 2kg. The common thread was that they were eating gur regularly. Some even proclaimed that gur was “an instant energy booster” so they would eat that first upon breaking fast.

Baba told everyone present that the various array of sweets like sugar, molasses (gur), and any other type of sweetener is not good for the human body, especially if one is over 25 years of age.

Baba warned them, “You are dedicated wholetimer workers. You must keep your body fit and your mind sharp to serve the society. If you are eating harmful foods like sweets then how are you going to fulfill your duties properly.”

Hearing this, all those dadas gave their stock of gur to local needy children and vowed to keep away from all kinds of sweets.

Baba says, “One must reduce the use of raw and refined sugar.” (Yogic Treatments)

WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THIS

By this story we can take home two key points:

1. Sweets are harmful for general health, especially for those above the age of 25. Sugar consumption invites many diseases including arthritis, obesity, the acceleration of old age, and other harmful sicknesses.

2. In collective life and at social functions, one should care for the well-being of others and not be selfish. When sweets are distributed then, one should ensure that everyone receives an ample portion. One should not just grab the whole tray for themselves.

SWEETS ON SELECT OCCASION SUCH AS DURING FESTIVALS

As we know, on particular festival days, sweets are available and distributed at our Ananda Marga gatherings. Those sweets are primarily for children – for them to eat in moderate amounts under adult supervision. For those above the age of 25, sweets are quite harmful. If one does not eat sweets regularly then to have a small amount on a festival date is ok. If you are healthy then the body can tolerate a small amount of sweets on those special occasions. If one has a medical issue or is suffering from any disease, then they should avoid all sweets entirely. Best is for all sadhakas to refrain from consuming sweets completely.

The main problem is that when you eat sweets, then that excess sugar goes directly into the blood. The body treats it as poison. So the pancreas gland secretes insulin and works hard to clean the blood. If one continues to eat sweets then slowly over time – and sometimes very quickly – the person may suffer from diabetes. At some point, the pancreas may completely fail to produce and secrete any insulin. In that dire state, the patient may become very sick or even die.

Unfortunately, many of our wts are terminally ill and suffer from diabetes – primarily because they ate a lot of sweets. We are losing many dadas. Some of you may know that Dada Keshavanandji suffers in this way. Margiis would bring sweets to Baba and Baba would only very little. Then PA Dada Keshavananda would take and eat the majority of sweet(s). That has given him terrible health concerns. Tragically, we lost two dadas in their younger years due to this disease: Ac Liilamaya Brc, and Ac Gurukrpananda Avt.

Around the globe, people eat a lot of sweets and suffer. But in place like Gujurat they eat even more. They add sweets to all their dishes and those harmful diseases – like diabetes and skin diseases – are pervasive across the population.

The conclusion is that one should be very careful when taking sweets, and seriously consider abstaining from all sugar products.

Namaskar,
at His feet
Shivadayal

Note 1: FURTHER READING ON THIS TOPIC

The below letter contains more of Baba’s teachings about reducing or eliminating one’s sugar / sweets intake. Plus, it lists 141 health problems – researched by medical experts – related with eating sweets. Here are the first ten entries of that list. Thereafter there is a link to the blog post containing the entire list.

1. Sugar can suppress your immune system.
2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.
3. Sugar can cause juvenile delinquency in children.
4. Sugar eaten during pregnancy and lactation can influence muscle force production in offspring, which can affect an individual’s ability to exercise.
5. Sugar in soda, when consumed by children, results in the children drinking less milk.
6. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses and return them to fasting levels slower in oral contraceptive users.
7. Sugar can increase reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can damage cells and tissues.
8. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, inability to concentrate and crankiness in children.
9. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
10. Sugar reduces the body’s ability to defend against bacterial infection.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/07/healthy-habits.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Esechile Prabhu ghare…varas’a’y…” (P.S. 298)

Purport:

O’ Lord since ages this dry and barren earth has been waiting for Your Divine arrival. And now in the form of the roaring of the clouds and the pouring rain You have come. The heat-stricken earth has received You today with new hope.

Baba, the wings of my mind go on dancing in hundreds of tunes and melodies. The dumb have gotten the language to express themselves; and now they are running towards divinity.

Baba, by getting You today, my heart is overflowing – all the directions are swaying in Your divine effulgence. The ten directions are swaying with the effulgence of Parama Purusa.

Baba, today for me there is nothing more to do. Becoming ensconced in You, I go on seeing Your form. Baba the hunger of these three worlds, the nectar of the three worlds, all these have mingled into one.

Baba it is Your grace, today You have come and showered devotion…

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Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 22:49:28 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Ramesh Dev”
Subject: Some Wts Are Like Purohitas (Priests)

Baba

== SOME WT’S ARE LIKE PUROHITAS (PRIESTS) ==

Namaskar,
In the 5th part of Tattvika Diipika published in 1957, Baba puts forth a very unique definition of an acarya. Every Ananda Margii will take great interest in seeing what Baba has told about the role of acaryas.

ABOUT THE BELOW QUOTES

First, I share with you an updated version of the passage. Senior margiis gathered and made this updated, yet unofficial version, in the hope that it will be easier to read and understand.

Following that is how it was originally printed / published in 1957. Keep in mind that those days Baba’s talks were not recorded. Margiis were taking notes on what Baba spoke.

The key point in all this is that Baba brings forth many unique ideas in this passage. Please read the below passages and the commentary that follows.

Note: The actual subheading in the book is “Ácárya”.

Ácárya [UPDATED QUOTE]

The literal meaning of purohits [i.e. priests] are those who primarily contribute to others’ benefit and well-being, but if we see how such purohits conduct themselves in day to day life, it is clear that they give more priority to their own interests.

The purohit-dom centres round vested interest. Priestdom exploits the public in the name of religion. In contrast, the ácáryas are social workers. The social services rendered by the ácáryas constitute a voluntary duty. Ácáryas are those who teach what and how to do; and acarya means what not to do. When there are no monetary considerations, there can be no vested interest.

Ceremonies provide the chief opportunity for exploitation. Unlike in the various religions, in Ananda Marga, in absence of the ácárya, ceremonies can be conducted by the senior man present. The presence of the ácárya is desirable since he enjoys considerable esteem. Ácárya is also more conversant. He combines esteem with efficiency.

Here is then is the original version as it appears in Tattvika Diipika part 5:

Ácárya [ORIGINAL QUOTE]

“Purohits are those who primarily contribute to others’ benefits, but as a matter of fact, they give priority to their own interests.”

“The purohit-dom centres round vested interest. Priestdom exploits the public in the name of religion. The ácáryas are social workers. The social services rendered by the ácáryas constitute a voluntary duty. Ácáryas are those who teach what and how to do and what to do and acarya means what not to do. When there is no monetary considerations, there can be no vested interest.”

“Ceremonies provide the opportunity for exploitation. In absence of the ácárya the ceremonies can be conducted by the senior man present. The presence of the ácárya is desirable since he enjoys considerable esteem. Ácárya is also more conversant. He combines esteem with efficiency.” (Tattvika Diipika, Part 5)

RELIGIOUS PUROHITAS vs. ANANDA MARGA ACARYAS

In the above passage, Baba clearly guides and warns us that the main way that religious traders and purohits exploit the common people is by charging exorbitant fees for social ceremonies. Whereas in Ananda Marga, there is no remuneration to acaryas for such ceremonies. In Ananda Marga, Baba mandates that these ceremonies can even be performed without the presence of an acarya. That is unheard of in the various religions.

EXAMPLES OF WRONGDOINGS

Unfortunately, nowadays in AMPS, some of the top acaryas are not abiding by Baba’s guideline. Many are charging large fees for presiding over social ceremonies.

Certainly we have many, many sincere workers in Ananda Marga – there is no question about that. Nonetheless it is our duty to identify and solve the problem cases and disturbing trends.

For instance, see how top Dadas are collecting big money on these occasions and works:

(1) To get Purodha Pramukha Dada’s so-called marriage blessing, the family must pay a large fee of thousands of rupees. Failing that, they will not receive PP Dada’s so-called marriage blessing.

Here I use the term so-called because top Dadas just created this dogma that Purodha Pramukha has the ability to bless marriages, when in fact he has no such power. It is just their bogus invention. And then they started charging margiis big money for this fake blessing. So this is a double negative: First they invented the dogma of PP Dada’s marriage blessing and then they turned it into a money-making venture by exploiting the sentiments of innocent margiis.

(2) Various acaryas also take in maximum dollars for performing marriage ceremonies. This is big business and a lucrative enterprise for some of our dadas – and perhaps some didis too. In that sense, they are carbon copies of those opportunistic purohitas.

But that is not all that our acaryas do. Unlike those religious purohitas, various Ananda Marga acaryas involve deeply in arranging marriages, i.e. finding a good match for people of marriageable age. This too they have turned into a business. They charge high fees and take commissions. Here again they completely exploit the sentiments of margii families. It is a shame and a sham.

Even then the story does not end there. Such acaryas involve so deeply in arranging marriages – carrying around photos of eligible candidates and whispering and talking etc – that their mind gets fully coloured in that desire. Until finally, they end up in some sexual escapade or get married themselves. This is an ongoing problem.

That is why Baba’s expressed system is that during reporting He would ask Wts how many marriages could they inspire family margiis to arrange. That is to say, Baba’s approach is that family acaryas and family margiis should handle all aspects of arranging marriages and performing the ceremonies. Dadas only had to ensure that family margiis were actively engaged in this endeavour. Beyond that, dadas were not to get involved in the particulars. That was Baba’s system. And that was for the protection and well-being of all: acaryas, family people, and the bride and groom.

(3) Some Dadas are also collecting large fees from margiis is those margiis want them to come to akhanda kiirtan programs. Here we are not just talking about paying for a dada’s travel arrangements etc. Rather those Dadas collect a grand fee just for showing up.

(4) In addition, acaryas are charging big money for conducting baby naming ceremonies, house blessing / house entrance ceremonies, and for all kinds of normal social functions like shraddha (death) ceremonies, birthday ceremonies, even the tree planting ceremony.

Such acaryas have became grand exploiters surrounding social ceremonies. In that case, what is the difference between some of our acaryas and those purohitas (religious priests)? They both seem to be operating in the same way.

This is clearly in opposition to Baba’s mandate for acarya life.

It is duty of margiis and sincere wts to put a stop to this – if you see such things going on (i.e. taking money for marriage blessings etc) then please report the matter.

Namaskar,
Sastaunga Pranam to Baba,
Ramesh Deva

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’loker utsava eso sabe…” (PS 2218)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace I am inviting all family members for this occasion. O’ my brothers and sisters, of the Great Family, come one, come all to this grand festival of light. Baba, by Your grace, I am awakening all with the divine knowledge. On this great occasion, let us all work collectively. By His grace, we will bring heaven on this dusty earth.

No one is distant: All belong to one family; all are my own. In the absence of this divine truth – unaware of this ideological understanding – even close people go distant and far away and try to destroy each other. Let human beings know who they are; they should know they have come from Parama Purusa. They are the divine children of Parama Purusa. All are kith and kin. Baba, by Your grace, on this grand festival, I am preparing and arranging everything so that everyone will know who they are – that all have come from Parama Purusa. O’ my Dearmost, I am making everyone aware of their divine relation. It is your grace.

Baba, thinking of You, I will not lag behind – not even for one second; I will never look back. I will keep my eyes fixed on the Goal, on You. Baba, I will not allow even a single person to fall back – to lag behind. By Your grace, this is my sadhana – along with the entire humanity. This grand effulgence will destroy all accumulated dirt and stains. We will enlighten the entire universe, by Your grace.

Baba, with Your causeless blessing, the impossible becomes possible. You are my Goal; You are my everything…

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Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:04:02
From: Rukmini Verma rhk.verma@bank.trust….
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Re: Widespread Nepotism & Theft in WT Cadre

Baba

== RE: WIDESPREAD NEPOTISM & THEFT IN WT CADRE ==

~ PART 4 ~

Note: I have great respect and admiration for dear Didi Ananda Giita ji. I write today so she may resolve this issue at the earliest and be regarded with dignity and honour.

Namaskar,
The on-going affair of respected Ananda Giita Didi having long-term relations with her laokik father – Shrii KC Bhalla ji – while she herself remains in WT dress has grave repercussions.

STORY – BABA’S MESSAGE IN REPORTING:

NO COMPROMISE IN WT LIFE

I appreciated the analogy in the prior letter that just as an avadhuta cannot marry a female and remain in WT dress, and just as an avadhutika cannot marry a male and remain in WT dress, similarly no wholetimer can maintain relations with their loakik father / family and remain in WT dress. The overall point being that there is no compromise ever with Wt conduct rules.

I can never forget the scene from one reporting session with Baba. There was one Dada who had great sentimental feeling for one Didi and he went to the Didi’s jagrti to see her on the pretext of her being sick. She was not sick and all-knowing Baba was certainly aware about that fact. He punished that Dada for his misdeed.

In that very reporting session, Baba declared that at any cost no Dada is allowed to visit or stay in a Didi’s jagrti or MU. Such events must not ever happen.

Baba told, “Even if the Didi’s jagrti is on fire or under attack, no Dada should go there to put out the fire or defend the building etc. Instead, Dadas should contact local family margiis near the Didi’s jagrti, and those family margiis will go and help.”

By this way, we can easily understand that Baba clearly wants that there be no compromise on Wt conduct rules.

For instance, no Ananda Margii should eat meat. However, to spare their lives, general margiis may eat meat, but not Wts. Better they should die than eat meat. That is Baba’s expressed direction. This again shows that for Wts there is no compromising their given conduct rules – not even to save their very life.

WT’S: NO RELATION WITH WORLDLY FAMILY

Here I wish to raise some new points concerning how to care for the parents of our Wts as well as Bhalla’s financial history. Some are wrongly claiming that he has donated all mundane wealth and property to Ananda Marga. But that is not true. Shrii Bhalla ji (i.e. Ananda Giita Didi’s laokik father) maintains a healthy, independent, and robust fiscal (financial) life. Some of those details I wish to review in this mailing so everyone has a clear picture of what is going on.

First though, let us keep the ideological fundamentals at the forefront as this is the real heart and soul of this issue: WT’s are not to maintain relations with their laokik parents / families.

“Before receiving their Wt-ship, every candidate has to take an oath that they will not maintain relations with their worldly family.

“No relationship should exist with worldly family.” (32 Rules for Avadhutas / Avadhutikas, point #9)

So for wts, they only have one family – the universal family. To further emphasize this, each worker is given a new name to reflect their full, 100% dedication to humanity. They are no longer bound by ties to their laokik family.

THE FATHER OF EVERY WT IS SHRII SHRII ANANDAMURTI JI

For instance, suppose there is a Didi named Ananda Bhakti, and when she was born into this world her laokik father was Ram Lakhan Chaturvedi and he named her Bhavana Devii. But the moment that Bhavana Devii took her oath to become a wt, then her Father became Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji. That is the oath she has taken. No longer is her father Ram Lakhan Chaturvedi. That prior connection is gone.

Those workers who, after taking this oath, still think that someone is their laokik father, laokik mother, or laokik brother etc are fake avadhutas and fake avadhutikas.

Similarly, those workers who depend upon their laokik family for financial or emotional support are misguided and a black spot on Ananda Marga. Internally, they should not feel any type of special link with their worldly relations, nor depend upon them in any way – nor provide support.

FAKE AVADHUTIKAS PREACH WITH THEIR TONGUE – NOT BY THEIR ACTION

Proper acaryas follow the right code of conduct and by this way they set a sterling example and teach others. Fake acaryas preach to others with their mouth, but do not back up those words with their actions. Rather they go against. When junior wts see what is going on with those senior acaryas, then they (junior wts) make jokes about their (senior acaryas) hypocritical dealing. This sets the tone that one need not really follow the rules – just one should tell others to follow. This is not the right ethic to build a healthy and vibrant Wt cadre.” (Widespread Nepotism & Theft in WT Cadre, posted 9/9/12)

Regarding the case of Didi Ananda Giita and her long-term treatment of her laokik father KC Bhalla, we have to establish some fundamental facts to gain a clarity of understanding.

The first question is: Who is Bhalla ji. The immediate answer would be the laokik father of Ananda Giita didi. But in fact he is a dedicated, senior, and respected margii.

Now if with love and respect the greater society is watching over Bhalla ji’s health – then that is to be appreciated. At his senior age of 90 years, his care, safety, and comfort should be a high priority. But Giita Didi herself must not take her laokik father under her care and custody. That is wrong.

LAME EXCUSES FOR BREAKING AVADHUTIKA RULE

Unfortunately, two points are being entangled in the situation the way it is unfolding now:
(1) Some say that Bhalla ji is worthy of care because he donated all his financial wealth and property – which we now know is not true. But even if it were true, that is not reason for any Wt to break the rules and keep relations with their laokik father.
(2) Why is it that only Giita Didi’s father is being cared for – why are not all such parents of Wts given special care and attention. To only look after Giita Didi’s father because she herself has the highest post and seniority looks to be a form of cronyism or nepotism.

EXAMPLE OF FAVOURTISM AND NEPOTISM

Let’s address the second question first:

Why only Bhalla ji? Why should we not take care of all such parents of wholetimer workers. Is it not a fact that all parents of Wts have donated their most precious possessions and loving property – i.e. their children.

If WWD had created a system in the greater society where the parents of all Wts are taken care of, then that would be rational, otherwise not. But just to allow one very senior Didi – i.e. Ananda Giita Didi – to bring her laokik father under her supervision (directly or indirectly), while so many other Wt parents remain uncared for is unjust. This smacks of favouritism and nepotism, not to mention it contravenes Baba’s given code of conduct for Wts.

Since Ananda Giita Didi is the head of WWD and has good relations with many workers and senior margiis, she should discuss among them and evolve a proper system where no Wt is inclined to break the rules to care of their laukik family member.

That is the clear and rational solution. Those aged parents of Wts should be cared for within the context of the greater society. The solution is not for this or that didi to secretly or openly care for their individual laokik family members on a case by case basis.

So Ananda Giita Didi is reaching in the wrong direction. She should renounce her ties to her laokik father and spearhead a committee and devise a system where the parents of all Wts are cared for by the greater society. This might not be formulated overnight, but that is the direction to move in. A greater system must be devised and no Wt should apply a band-aid response by breaking their oaths and caring for their laokik parents etc.

FALSE PROPAGANDA BY DIDI ANANDA GIITA

Now let’s examine the claim that Bhalla ji gave all his financial and mundane wealth to the organisation. Already, others have disputed this claim stating that Bhalla ji receives a monthly pension from the government.

Here are more details about his current financial status. Because no one should fall prey to the rumour enacted by Ananda Giita & Co that the only reason her laokik father (Bhalla) is under her care is because he has valiantly renounced all his wealth and signed it over to Ananda Marga. This is just not true.

EXAMPLE OF FALSEHOOD

Let’s take a simple evaluation of the matter:

(A) MONEY: As a freedom fighter in the Indian Independence movement, Ananda Giita’s laokik father Bhallaji has been receiving a pension of Rs 6000 every month from the Indian government. Still he receives this money on a monthly basis. I do not denounce Didiji’s laokik father for accepting his pension. He is legally and morally entitled to it. The smell of this is bad because respected Ananda Giita Didi and others in her camp claim that her laokik father has given everything to AMPS. Didi Ananda Giita justifies, “That is why I (Ananda Giita) am sheltering my laokik father.” To set the record straight, Didiji’s father has not donated all his economic wealth to AMPS. Rather he has a steady income, plenty of money, and perhaps much more in the bank. So Giita Didid need not live with him. Best will be if Didiji gives up her bogus claims about this – it is not befitting her stature to make up such cock and bull stories.

DECEPTIVE PROPAGANDA

(B) PROPERTY: In essence, Didi Ananad Giita’s laokik father owned four properties. Three parcels or plots in Umariya totaling 10 acres, and a 2-story house in Raipur. Still, to this very day, the 2-story Raipur house is in Bhalla’s name. That itself is further proof that Ananda Giita Didi’s laokik father did not donate all his moveable and immoveable property to Ananda Marga. They continue to claim that one day he will donate the Raipur property, but at the age of 90, he still owns that house in Raipur.

With regards to the Umariya land parcels, here again there is no proof that Didiji’s laokik father signed those properties to AMPS. To prove this, Didiji has to present the land deeds and other official papers. But this she has not done. No one has seen such papers in any Ananda Marga office.

Even then, Ananda Giita tells her supporters to repeat again and again that her laokik father has renounced all his property and given it all to AMPS. It seems Ananda Giita Didi carries out this plan merely so she can remain with her father. She wrongly justifies that if he has donated everything then she can keep him on her master unit etc.

But the facts themselves do not stand in her favour. Firstly, her laokik father clearly did not donate all his wealth and property; it is just deceptive to say that he did. Second, regardless of whether he donated or not, there is no compromising any WT rule, including the rule that states that workers must not keep relations with their laokik family / father etc.

“No relationship should exist with worldly family.” (32 Rules for Avadhutas / Avadhutikas, point #9)

BY THE WAY

Here I wish to make it clear that this letter has been written in the spirit of following Baba’s teachings and helping dear Didiji. Baba tells us:

“Hence, all Ananda Margis, when they see other Margis acting against the principles of Yama and Niyama, must make them shun this habit either by sweet or harsh words or by dealing even more strictly. Thus they will have to make the society strong. Henceforth I direct every Ananda Margi to keep strict vigilance on other Ananda Margiis to make them practise the principles of Yama and Niyama.” (A Guide to Human Conduct, How to live in Society)

“From the social or human viewpoint, everybody has the right to correct the behaviour of everyone else. This is the birthright of every human being. No scholar can dispute the right of people to correct the shortcomings of those with whom they come in contact. The recognition of this right is indispensable for the health of society.” (Human Society – 1, Justice)

So with good intentions I raise this matter with respected Didi Ananda Giita. Baba wants for margiis to point out respected seniors because the wrongs those top Wts do will be emulated by others. That is the danger. For this reason, I kindly bring this matter to the fore.

As respected Didi Ananda Giita mends her ways, she will not incur papa and pratyavaya. I want her welfare – that is all. Just as with present day political leaders, those acaryas in question should rectify their conduct or step down from the post. Those are the two options.

With all sincerity, I know and expect that Didi Ananda Giita Acarya will do right by this.

Namaskar,
In His love,
Rukmini Verma

Note 1: MORE ABOUT THE UMARIYA LAND

Actually, some margiis recount how Baba Himself ordered Bhallaji (Ananda Giita’s laokik father) to keep the Umariya land in his own name and use it in his old age. Some Ananda Giita Didi supporters proclaim that her laokik father disobeyed Baba and donated half that land (5 acres) to AMPS prior to 1990. They furthermore tell that in 2003, he donated the remaining 5 acres to WWD. But again, this is all just hearsay until the actual documents are presented. To date, no legal document of registration has been put forth that shows that Didi’s laokik father has donated any land at all to AMPS.

Note 2: LINK TO PREVIOUS LETTER ON THIS TOPIC

#3: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/12/re-widespread-nepotism-theft-in-wt.html

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To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Baladeva
Subject: Sadhana Points: Mantra, Meaning, Cakra Etc
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2012 22:36:41 -0400

Baba

== SADHANA POINTS: MANTRA, MEANING, CAKRA ETC ==

Namaskar,
Every sincere sadhaka of Ananda Marga is aware about first lesson, i.e. iishvara pranidhana. It is comprised of three essential sections:

(a) Diipanii – which means ‘showing the path with the torch’.

(b) Mantra caetanya – which has two sub-sections:
1. The mantra must be a siddha mantra; and,
2. the practitioner must know the meaning and channelise that devotional feeling towards Parama Purusa, coordinating and chanting the mantra with the breath.

(c) Mantra’gha’ta – refers to when one knows the meaning of their mantra and repeats it sincerely with devotion then that mantra repetition will automatically strike the kundalinii. This is a natural outcome if the above points are followed with sincerity.

These are all key for doing better sadhana. If any aspect is missing, the mantra will not produce the desired effect.

MANTRA CAETANYA

Specifically, this letter is related with the second stage: Mantra caetanya. As sadhakas and disciples of Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji we should have proper clarity on this important spiritual topic.

Baba says, “Mantra caetanya: Unless the kulakuńd́alinii is raised upwards in the process of spiritual practice, repetition of mantra becomes meaningless. The system of raising the kulakuńd́alinii upwards is called purashcarańa kriyá. Mantra caetanya literally means to imbibe the proper spirit of a mantra. If a mantra is repeated with the understanding of the inner spirit, mantra caetanya will be an easier task. To repeat the mantra without understanding its spirit is a waste of time. In this connection Sadáshiva said in the Rudrayámala Tantra.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life – 9, Tantra and Sadhana)

Caetanyarahitáh mantráh proktáh varńástu kevalam
Phalam naeva prayachanti lakśakot́ijapaerapi.

A key aspect of Baba’s above teaching is that every sadhaka should know the meaning of their mantra and repeat it with proper ideation, otherwise their approach will be futile. Those who do not know the meaning will lack the requisite shakti in their mantra japa. For them, that mantra is almost dead. Knowing the meaning is very important; only then will one be able to ideate properly.

We should all be vigilant on this matter as it is related with sadhana and spiritual life.

Here following are more points that everyone should know.

MUST KNOW THE MEANING OF THE MANTRA

1. Without knowing the meaning of one’s ista mantra, mantra caetanya (awakening of the mantra) will not be achieved. That means one’s mantra will not vibrate their being or become “live”.

2. In that case, proper ideation will not come.

3. Instead, the mantra will remain dry – as if one is just involved in some parrot type of repetition.

4. For example, if English speaking people who do not know Hindi are told to repeat niibu’, then saliva will not be generated in their mouth. But if the same English speaking person is told to think about eating a lemon, automatically their mouth will produce saliva. Because they know the meaning of that particular word: lemon. The Hindi term niibu’ and the English term lemon are the same; but their effect is different. The overall point is that knowing the meaning of a word or phrase is necessary to achieve the desired result.

5. In our Ananda Marga sadhana system, there are many different ista mantras, and the meaning varies from one to another.

6. Each and every sadhaka must know the meaning of their own ista mantra.

PARTICULARS OF FIRST LESSON MANTRAS

7. In our system of sadhana, certain ista mantras are repeated in their original order, while some mantras are repeated in reverse order. So sadhakas should know from their acaryas how their personal mantra works. One should know the meaning of their own mantra and its style of repetition: standard way or reverse order. Otherwise it will not work.

8. To get the proper result, one must know all the specific details related with their own mantra.

9. The selection of the mantra is done depending upon a sadhaka’s samskara and according to a particular formula given by Baba.

THE FOUR ISTA CAKRAS

10. Similarly there are various ista cakras so that must also be assigned. And everyone must know their own ista cakra. In His historic discourse from 1984 Agra DMC, Baba told to all that there are 4 ista cakras: (a) anahata, (b) vishuddha, (c) lalana’ (tip of the nose), (d) ajina. According to one’s own samskara, one should keep the mantra at any one particular cakra. These are for first lesson. Baba told like this to all.

10a. Thus in first lesson there is no ista cakra that is above ajina cakra or below anahata cakra.

11. And not only is there a mantra with first lesson, but in the lesson of dhyana there is also a mantra.

12. So all this should be known to each sadhaka regarding their own personal meditation practice.

BETTER NOT TO LEARN FROM SOME ACARYAS

13. Unfortunately, there are many acaryas who themselves are unaware about all these points because they give more emphasis and importance to earning money than doing sadhana. Not only that, they do not like to admit or accept their deficit, so they just continue to misguide others by giving false answers and wrong teachings. In this regard, margiis should be careful and alert.

At the same time, when you see an acarya sincerely involved in sadhana and spiritual life then you should learn from them.

It is just like if you want to win a court case, then you do not hire xyz persons like a potato-seller or fruit seller etc. Rather one should seek out a trained attorney. And if you want to be cured of a disease, then do not consult a bicycle mechanic; rather one should find a doctor. Same is the case with learning sadhana: Seek out an acarya deeply involved in meditation.

Note: If anyone has any confusion about their ista cakra or ista mantra then they should not start haphazardly guessing and practicing it in the wrong way. Because that will be harmful. In that case, best is to communicate with a proper acarya.

MUST NOT REPEAT LIKE PARROT

Here below Baba gives some key guidelines about mantra repetition and doing sadhana with devotion.

Baba says, “Some people do japa kriyá in a very crude manner. It can be said that their method of incantation is like the talk of a parrot. Parrots talk, parrot say so many things, without understanding the meaning, without understanding the spirit of what is meant. Japa kriyá becomes as meaningless as the talk of a parrot for those who do it without love or emotion. It even loses the value of internal suggestion, intro-psychic suggestion. Sadhana is withdrawing the mental propensities from all extroversive entities, and then collecting those withdrawn mental forces, mental propensities, and urging them towards the Supreme Entity. If there is no love for the Supreme Entity, this movement cannot be done. Where there is no love, the mind will not run after Him. So sadhana also becomes meaningless.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 1, Who Is Gopa?)

Namaskar,
at His feet,
Baladeva

Note 1: WHY FAMILY NAMES SHOULD BE DISCARDED

Baba says, “Casteism is a burden on the Hindu society. All the year round they preach casteism but on the polling days they decry it. This is wholly undesirable. It is better to avoid all titles. Titles signify the caste. If casteism is to be wiped out, it is incumbent to discard the titles. It is commendable if everyone adopts uniformity on title – Deva. Persons using a particular word more often will influence their minds with the meaning of that word. People are reluctant to use the word dása because this word signifies slavery. Whenever the so-called low caste people catch an opportunity, they declare themselves as belonging to the so-called elevated caste, etc. It is an ideal to become deva and for this reason Deva title should be adopted.”

“Titles of the present society have undergone considerable changes during the past fifty years, the cause being that everyone aspires to pertain to an elevated caste. The so-called Shúdras also use the sacred thread. This is only an effort towards the concealment of one’s identity. By this means, they conceal only their disregarded status. This is to be regretted. It is consequent on social debility that they harbour the desire for changes in their situations. It is out and out purposeless to convene All-India Conferences or particular castes. All of them desire to assert and establish their rights. This is simply misuses of energy and money.”

“The consent of those embraced must be sought for before renaming them in Saḿskrta. Language has got nothing to do with religion and as such, there is no reason for anybody depreciating the use of Saḿskrta. In this connection it may be added that the great emperor Aurangzeb used the term sudhárasa (juice of nectar) for mango (original Saḿskrta term for mango is ámra) and saddharma for Islam.” (Tattvika Diipika, 5th part, Ánanda Púrńimá 1957)

So many areas of the globe are affected by caste and communal feeling. From the British lords to India’s brahmins and so many points in between, and here above Baba gives the perfect antidote and solution to such narrow-minded and harmful thinking.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

PS Intro: This song is the expression of the divine play wherein Parama Purusa – without exposing His identity – asks various questions to the devotee.

“Ka’r katha’ sada’ bha’ra sunayana’, ka’r path pa’ne a’nkhi rekhe…” (P.S. 1570)

Purport:

O’ devotee, about whom are you thinking constantly – always. For whom are you looking towards the path with deep longing, keeping your eyes fixed. Who is your beloved who has stolen your heart. Who is that citcor [1], who took away your heart by remaining sitting in distance.

O’ devotee, you do not want anything; you wanted to offer yourself and that is what happened to you. What you desired that you got. You desired to offer your heart & mind and that is what happened. He took away your heart – to some distant loka.

Today, with your heart full of devotion go on singing the loving songs of your heart. In those songs your heartfelt feeling of longing is saturated therein. With the tears of your longing, your songs will inundate the entire universe with the devotional flow.

O’ devotee in whose longing are you saturated. For whom are you doing your sadhana, dhyana and japa.

O’ devotee who is your dearmost one who has taken away your mind. Who is that divine Entity to whom you are loving so much. Who is He that He has taken away your everything: your mind and your heart. O’ devotee for whom are you longing constantly – day and night…

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1570:

[1] Citcor: In His role as ‘Citcor’ Baba is the Thief or Stealer of the devotee’s mind. How does He steal the mind? He captivates their mind and attracts the bhakta by His exquisite beauty and charm whereby the sadhaka cannot think of anything or anyone else. The sadhaka has lost control of his own mind: It incessantly and unknowingly rushes towards Parama Purusa. The One who makes this happen is Citcora – the Stealer of the mind.

And this happens in the mundane realm as well. There are numerous worldly examples where a person’s mind is stolen. If they lost money, if they are infatuated with the opposite sex, if they are anxious about getting a new job – in all such cases when the person’s mind runs again and again in that direction, then it means their mind was stolen. The person’s mind is no longer their own – they do not have control over it. Over and over, their mind is thinking of that lost money or the opposite sex. So their mind has been stolen. And the person or entity that causes someone to lose control of their mind is citcor – the stealer of the mind.

In the devotional sphere, only Parama Purusa is Citcor. The bhakta thinks of Him, unknowingly. Always the mind is goaded in that direction. Even if the bhakta intentionally tries not to think in this way, still his mind becomes ensconced in the thought of Parama Purusa.

Ultimately, when this condition climaxes, in that culminating state the unit mind – the jiiva’tma – becomes one with Supreme Consciousness.

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Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 22:43:06 +0530
From: “Divyapriya” inHim@porternet….
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Re: Widespread Nepotism & Theft in WT Cadre #3

Baba

== RE: WIDESPREAD NEPOTISM & THEFT IN WT CADRE ==

~ Part 3 ~

Namaskar,
Everyone knows that the first and foremost point in Ananda Marga we are to follow Baba’s stated rules. One of Baba’s clear-cut rules for all workers is that they must not maintain contact with their laokik family.

“No relation should exist with worldly family.” (32 Rules for Avadhutikas, pt #9)

This point is crystal-clear and very straightforward.

Yet, we must again address this matter because respected Didi Ananda Giita has a long and on-going history of living with her laokik father due to her deep attachment for him. To that end, she creates all kinds of justifications of why they are living together. By reading further down below, you will learn that her justifications are patently false. That is one point. Secondly, we are to follow Baba’s guideline that Wt’s must not have contact with their laokik family. That is the central point and we should not be swayed in any other direction.

Please understand that I have great sympathy and care for any elder member of our human society. Here, however, the focus is on the sanctity and integrity of being a respected acarya of Ananda Marga by adhering to Baba’s guideline.

FAKE WT:

AGAINST THEIR OATH TO GURU

“If any Wt is tending to the needs of their worldly family then that wt is fake. This may sound harsh but that is the reality. This is a fundamental aspect of renunciation: No contact with worldly family and instead dedicate everything to serving Parama Purusa and the universal family. When a worker goes against this fundamental oath to Guru then they are no longer a genuine wt; rather they are fake.

The solution is that the greater society should directly intervene and care for the father, and Didi Ananda Giita should attend to her Wt life and not engage herself in this way with her laokik relations.

Instead, Didi should adhere to Guru’s guideline and not incur sin. By indulging in sin, Didi sets an extremely bad example. That is why this entire problem has multiplied so drastically with so many Didis involving with their laokik families. Of course, not all Didis are guilty of this, but it is a growing problem.

Here the point is not that a particular family member is helpless and needs support. The main issue is that Wts must adhere to their oath – they no longer have relations with or responsibility for their laokik family. If they do like this, then donors will not feel comfortable giving to the organisation as they see money being secretly funneled to the laokik families of our acaryas – instead of going toward the allotted social service projects. After all, this is stealing. Plus, by doing this, other wts will be tempted to do the same.

All in all, the effect is absolutely disastrous – and that is what is manifesting right now. Everyone should be aware of the situation and be ready accordingly. Wts are to focus on their acarya life and not maintain relations with their worldly family.

Baba says, “These are all codes of discipline as prescribed by Bhágavata Dharma. You must follow these codes. There cannot be any concession in this respect, rather concession is dangerous.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 21, Jaeva Dharma and Bhágavata Dharma)”

This entire situation with respected Didi Ananda Giita and her esteemed laokik father Shrii Bhallaji is of critical importance. As we all know and has been well documented, Didiji has been living with him for years and years. Didiji’s manner stands as a very bad example and sets a poor precedent for all Wts.

Let us not overlook the fact that respected Didi Ananda Giita is the most senior Didi in the organisation, as well as the second Didi ever in the entire history of AMPS. Naturally, what she does will affect how others act.

It just cannot be denied that throughout her Wt life, Didi Ananda Giita has had extensive contact and interaction with her laokik father. This is a fact.

SETTING A NEGATIVE PRECEDENT

Here are two matters that we must consider.

(1) By Didi Ananda Giita’s example, many wts (both junior and senior) have been affected. They feel unmotivated to strictly adhere to Baba’s stated conduct rule for wholetimers. Here again is that rule:

“No relationship should exist with worldly family.” (32 Rules for Avadhutas / Avadhutikas, pt #9)

Because when Ananda Giita herself disobeys this rule for years and decades, other workers may and do also feel that they need not follow – either this rule or any other rule. It can happen and indeed it has happened. They think, “When most respected Didi is not following, why should I.” Some, not all, adopt this mindset.

We must not ever forget that leadership is given utmost importance in Ananda Marga. And leadership means leading by example. So if our senior-most Didi is negligent on this matter of relations with her worldly family, then that is highly problematic. Setting a bad example creates a domino effect.

Baba Himself has issued this warning:

“Bear in mind that people may be harmed or misled by even a small weakness or defect in the conduct of an ácárya… an ácárya or ácáryá should always instruct by his or her exemplary actions and words.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31, The Conduct of an Ácárya)

Thus, there is no scope to overlook or pardon what Didi Ananda Giita Didi has done and continues to do. Her ongoing interactions and preferential treatment towards her laokik father cannot be supported. Such dealing is highly condemnable.

Now we come to the second point…

IDEALS WTS

AND A PERSONAL STORY OF ONE WORKER

(2) Let’s step back and remind ourselves that most of our Wts are very dedicated to the ideals of sannyasi life. They entered Wt life inspired by a high ideal and still that idealism is alive in their mind and heart.

Here is one personal account that is quite meaningful and highly related to this discussion.

There is one Didi posted in Berlin sector. As we all know, in comparison to India, Berlin sector is a financially wealthy area. Didiji had been there for years so she is in a “good” position to help others on money matters.

Recently, one margii visited Didiji’s laokik parents in their village home in north India. This margii was horrified to see that Didiji’s father suffered a bad accident where one of his limbs had become compromised – maybe even fully disabled. The father was a simple farmer who had no means for proper medical treatment. In that case, the injury was bound to become a permanent disability, perhaps even an amputation. He might lose the limb entirely.

Immediately, that margii became alarmed and contacted Didiji in Berlin sector, as they had grown up together and gone to school together. They were close.

When Didiji received the call and got the news about her own laokik father, she said, “This is not my personal responsibility; it is the duty of the greater society. From my side, there is nothing to be done – neither directly nor indirectly. It is completely out of my hands.”

The margii knew that Didi was dealing with large monies from overseas areas. Didi could easily have flown back to India to care for her laokik father or arranged payment from Berlin sector itself for the needed medical care for her laokik father.

But on the point of ideological commitment, Didi stayed true to her Wts vows. She followed the code of discipline and refused to engage in relations with her laokik father / family – even under such a distressing circumstance as her father’s accident and disability.

Verily, there are many heroic and dharmic accounts of how various workers have refrained from helping and financially supporting their laokik family members. Such workers stood on their ideological principles and abided by their Wt conduct rules. It is these workers who are setting the proper precedent for Wt life. They are making a dharmic stand; and they are the true leaders.

Baba says, “Those who have the responsibility to show the path to others should be of superlative character with the most refined conduct…Persons who teach such well-regulated behaviour to others by their own conduct are called ácáryas.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31, The Conduct of an Ácárya)

Hearing these stories, and seeing how so many unknown workers are strict in their conduct and dealing, it is quite evident that Didi Ananda Giita is in the wrong by going against the code of discipline. Didiji is not adhering to her Wt dharma. That is bad enough, but the worst part is that if others follow her lead, then what will be left of our WT cadre. It will be in shambles. Every conduct rule will be violated.

Didi Ananda Giita has chosen to overlook and bypass the code of Wt life. This has all happened because of her degraded state of mind. Please excuse me for saying so, but there really is no other explanation. If her mind was sterling and pointed, then Didiji would have firmly separated herself from her laokik father long ago. But this she has never done.

SHOULD WE GRANT THEM LICENSE TO GO AGAINST ANANDA MARGA IDEALS

There are a few who (mistakenly) believe that since Ananda Gita didi’s father K.C. Bhalla gave up all his moveable and immoveable property and donated it to Ananda Marga when his daughter became wt, therefore we should support this family regardless of their actions. Simply, because family has donated everything to Ananda Marga.

But this is all a hoax. Again and again, Didi Ananda Giita and her supporters repeat that K.C. Bhalla has donated everything to Ananda Marga. But this is just not true.

K.C. Bhalla to this day receives a big pension from the Indian government – thousands of rupees per month. He is financially independent, plus they still have property in the name of their laokik family.

So it is just a rumour by Ananda Giita Didi and her cohorts that her loakik father / family donated everything. If anyone has any doubt about this, I can give all the details and uncover all that is going on.

So there are two central issues:
(1) Didi Ananda Giita and her spokespeople are deceiving others into thinking that Bhallaji has donated everything when this is not true; Bhallaji receives a large government pension monthly and the family still holds property in their name.
(2) Didi Ananda Giita is not following Baba’s given rule for Wts. That means she is going against her oaths, her vows, and violating her code of dharma. The situation is not at all good.

ANALOGY OF FAKE WT

Even then, some confused persons say, “But what will become of Bhallaji if Didi Ananga Giita does not watch him. Bhallaji is just sitting there by himself.”

To such persons, I invite them to consider the following:

Suppose there is one monk, i.e. an avadhuta of Ananda Marga. And suppose that in his area there are many unmarried females who are not able to find a spouse. Seeing the situation, if this Wt decides to marry one of these females and side by side wishes to remain as a Wt, then this is totally wrong. That avadhuta cannot say, “I will remain as a Wt and keep this woman as my wife as well.” It does not work like that. Being a Wholetimer of Ananda Marga means refraining from marriage. One cannot get married and still continue to be a Wt.

Similarly, one cannot remain in avadhutika dress and keep ongoing relations with their own laokik father. That wholly violates what it means to be a Wt of Ananda Marga. On this matter there is no scope for compromise. One cannot simultaneously live as a Wt and have close and personal contact with their laokik father. That is wrong. Just as it is wrong for an avadhuta to marry an unwed female and remain as a Wt.

I think the matter is clear.

MUST NOT BE PARTIAL TO ANY GROUP

As Ananda Margiis, we should not think that if one group is plunged in wrongdoing then it is fine and can be overlooked whereas if another person or group is doing wrong then it should be pointed out. As sadhakas and as well-wishers of society, any wrongdoing should be pointed out and properly resolved. With this type of genuine helping attitude, this letter has been written. I remember one general darshan in Mumbai: Baba told that if in your family someone is doing something wrong, then do not ignore that misdeed, and only point out if others are doing wrong. This is not the way. Rather it is most essential to save your close family member from moving in a negative direction. With that motive I am writing this.

WT’S ARE NOT LIKE CORPORATE EMPLOYEES

In case there was any doubt or confusion in anyone’s mind, let us remember that our respected wholetimers of Ananda Marga have dedicated themselves to a high ideal – in service to Gurudev and suffering humanity. Their lives are for the welfare of others. So none should think that our workers can be thought of as selfish corporate executives or business employees who reap profits and benefits and use those funds for their selfish ends. In materialistic enterprises, people do like that. That is the common way.

But as we know our Ananda Marga is a social service organisation. Our wts are not “on salary” and all donations are to be used for helping those in need. Workers are not to abscond with money & goods designated for service projects. Funneling those resources to their worldly families breaches their sannyasi vow as well as the code of asteya (non-stealing).

So we can say it is a double sin: First, our workers are not to be selfishly hoarding wealth and stealing from society; second, our esteemed wt acaryas are not to maintain contact with their laokik family.

Namaskar,
In the Lord’s Name,
Divyapriaya

Note: RELATED INFORMATION

In addition to the two earlier letters from this series, for those interested in knowing more about this entire situation should read this letter:

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/11/news-liilabodhanandji-nityashivanandji.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’mi toma’y bhule giyechinu, tumi nije mor pa’ne…” (P.S. 629)

Purport:

Baba, I was lost in my self-created world of maya. You are so gracious. You Yourself came forward and looked toward me in a very loving way. I was not going to respond to You, even then with affection You lifted me up and put me on Your divine lap. Baba, it is Your grace, only Your grace.

The path which You showed me, I lost that in the past. Again You lovingly brought me back onto the proper path. Planets try to drift far away from their sun’s nucleus, yet the sun attracts them incessantly and pulls those planets back close. Then again the planets dance around their sun. In the same way, You are always pulling me so that my existence is revolving around You.

The waves of the ocean always try to go outside the ocean but those waves cannot leave the domain of the ocean. Again & again they come back because the ocean attracts them. With my ignorance I always lose You from my sight. Baba You are so gracious: Constantly You remind me and pull me back into Your flow. This is nothing but Your mercy, Your grace…

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