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What is the News?

Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2010 05:36:11 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Mandal.Virendra@bharata.net…
Subject: What is the News?

Baba

“A’ka’shabhara’ a’jake ta’ra’…” (P.S. 2523)

Purport:

Baba, the sky of this amavasya night is filled with the stars. The
sweet, nectar-like breeze is blowing mildly. The mind is floating in
divine ecstasy from the known to the unknown world– towards its final
destination. Baba, ensconced in Your ideation, my mind is getting lost
in Your divine bliss. Baba, the lily flower is constantly looking
towards the sky; the aroma of flowers is emanating all around. They have
forgotten themselves and lost their awareness about their own unit
existence. They restlessly move in the attraction of one call. Baba in
Your longing I am sitting alone, counting the stars. I understand that
by Your grace I have lost myself in this beautiful atmosphere and the
attraction of Your love. Baba, You are ever-gracious and You are always
remaining by my side and guiding me. Baba, on this amavasya night my
heart is yearning and longing for You. Please grace me by coming closer
and still more close…

== WHAT IS THE NEWS ==

Namaskar,
Generally people live in this world without any definite plan or
program. Most are unaware about the greater meaning and aim of life.
They proceed onwards in a whimsical fashion. This is the common way of
human beings.

It was like this in the past and it is like this today also.

Certainly, people have short term material goals such as getting a job,
finding a spouse, buying a house, producing children, and purchasing a
car etc, but rarely do they think about getting old, and least of all
about death. These latter aspects people do not consider. Rather they
naively think they will remain on this earth forever. They think of this
place as their permanent abode.

Hence they remain basically oblivious of the reality: Just as one day we
have come onto this earth, one day we will also go. This fact no one
likes to consider. No one plans in this way – it is extremely rare.

BABA EMPHASIZES THE AIM OF HUMAN LIFE

Baba, being the Sadguru, has come to enlighten human beings and show us
the right path. And indeed in countless discourses, stories, and
analogies, Baba reminds us – time and again – about “What is the right
path.”

This idea He has given on so many occasions.

Why? Because it is the nature of human beings to get caught up in avidya
maya and take this world as their permanent residence and the entire
reality – when in fact it is just a relative truth. We’ve come here only
for a short while and nothing in this world is lasting. But people
forget about this fact. That is why Baba brings this point – i.e. that
human life is short – to the fore again and again.

He has given this teaching in Caryacarya (CC-II, ‘Sadhana’, point #8),
philosophical discourses, stories, shlokas, analogies, and in all kinds
of ways. Because we human beings constantly forget that this world is
not our permanent reality. People live as if they are going to remain on
this earth forever.

In contrast, Baba does not talk about the theory of gravity in dozens
and dozens of discourses. Why? Because already as a people we are aware
that gravity exists and we do not forget this fact. So there is no need
for Baba to remind us of this.

But about the greater meaning and temporary nature of life, people
regularly forget about this. Always we slip back into ignorance. Hence
Baba brings the point again and again.

Here following is one such unique teaching.

WHAT IS THE NEWS?

One day a yaks’a approached the great king Yudhisthira.

The yaks’a asked: “What is the news?”

(Note: The sense of his question was what is the real situation of this
material world.)

In reply king Yudhithira told: “The material world is like a frying pan.
The sun is the fire; the day and nights are the fuel. The passing
seasons are the stirring ladle and time is cook. All living entities are
being thus fried in this pan. This is the real news of what is happening
in the material world which is a miserable place full of ignorance.”

Such was Yudhisthira’s colourful and insightful reply and this is yet
one more way that Baba has brought this critical matter that we have
only come onto this earth for a short time. (Reference: AV(H)-29 chapter
14)

And certainly in so many ways Baba has discussed this point including
during one famous discourse in Bombay.

WHY THIS IS NEWS

The interesting thing about the Yudhithira’s above analogy is that the
yaks’a is asking “what is the news”. The yaks’a is not asking about
philosophy, ethics, nature of life or anything esoteric like that.

The yaks’a is asking the news, yet such was Yudhisthira’s reply.

Why? Because that really is the news. Whenever people are told something
that they do not know then it is news.

Due to avidya maya people commonly forget that they are moving towards
their death. They do not remember the transient nature of life on earth.
People take money, prestige, beauty, attraction and all their worldly
attachments to be of a permanent nature. All their plans and programs
are based on this idea.

They see new-borns come onto this earth, but they never think that one
day they will go.

So Yudhisthira’s reply that human beings are in a frying pan proceeding
towards death is indeed news.

It is just like if a coup happened years ago but just today more
revelations about the coup were reported then that would be news. Or
when archaeologists find new fossils. This is also news because human
beings were not aware about these events.

Thus the fact that slowly, slowly we are going towards death – that is
also news.

People think this place is their permanent abode. With that as their
reference point, their behavior, values, logic and reasoning becomes
skewed, even polluted. All of their priorities are based on the false
notion that they will remain here forever and ever. And indeed most live
their life in this way.

They collect cars, chase after the opposite sex, seek out fame and
fortune. They talk all these fleeting things to be the essence of life.

If they thought otherwise, people would keep away from useless
activities like harassing others, fighting, looting, and material
pursuits etc. And they would do more sadhana and help others. But this
is not the case. Just look around and see for yourself.

Thus, Yudhisthira’s teaching of thousands of years ago is as relevant
today as it was then. That is why this is the news.

HOW WE SHOULD LIVE OUR LIFE

Baba’s divine guideline is that we are to complete all important works
(sadhana and service) very soon. There is no guarantee how long we will
survive on this earth. That is why Baba says do all good works
immediately because human life is short. No one decides when they will
come and no one decides when they will go.

Baba says, “The scriptures say, Grhiitvaeva keshes’u mrtyurn’a’
Dharma’caret: that is, during spiritual practice one should think that
the god of death has already started pulling one’s hair – that one’s
death is imminent. And accordingly one should work sincerely and
vigorously; one will have to do a great many noble deeds within a short
period.” (SS-11)

Thus we have not a moment to spare. None should get caught up in the
whirlpool of maya and think this world as permanent. None should chase
after frivolous things.

All should bear in mind that we have come here for a limited period and
we have a great many works to do. This is the main outlook of any sadhaka.

One should think: My life is for spiritual practice and serving others,
not carnal pleasures. All Baba’s teachings are my food for moving on the
path divine. I must not get swayed by the glitz and glamour of avidya
maya. I am to remember that I am being cooked in one frying pan and
moving towards my death. I utilise my energies for sadhana, not mundane
allurements, then I will achieve eternal life, by His grace.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He reminds us again and again that our human life is a
unique opportunity given to us by Parama Purusa. As human beings we are
to take advantage of our free will and do something great – attain Him.
That is what Baba is telling us in Yudhisthira’s analogy.

Most of the scriptures of old are filled with thousands of pages of
dogmatic teachings and one has to swift through all those things in
order to find an ounce of truth. Ananda Marga is not like that.

Baba has given us only the most pertinent guidelines to get success:
Remembering the Goal of life is one such guideline. May we always
following His teachings and never get caught up in the whirlpool of
maya, thinking this world to be our permanent abode and chasing after
fleeting fancies.

If we remember the news of the day, we are bound to move on the right
path, by His grace.

Baba says, “If you are asked by God, “What do you want?”, what should
you say?”

“You must say, “O Lord, I want your blessings so that my intellect may
move along the right path.” You know that the intellect is the cause of
your downfall or evolution. So when your mind gets proper direction,
what else would you require?” (AV-21)

Namaskar,
Virendra

Note: FURTHER READING ON THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/08/slowly-towards-cremation.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2008/06/noose.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/12/keep-skull.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2008/08/beauty-of-old-age-benefits-of-disease.html

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"I used to go for a walk nearly every day in the mountains east of Jamalpur. I used to sit on the second mountain. One after another, several small and large mountains run parallel to each other. The summit of the second mountain was the highest place among them. I used to arrive there in the middle of the afternoon and stay there until about eight at night." - Baba

From: “Girish Chandra Mitra”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Baba’s Special Sadhana Guideline
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 10:22:36 +0530

Baba

“Ba’ndhan chinr’e beriye elum kave keno ke ja’ne…” (PS 3526)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace You have done everything. You have shattered all
my bondages, brought me out of that magical net of maya, and lifted me
up onto Your divine lap. Amazingly, You released me from the otherwise
insurmountable grip of maya. Baba, it is impossible for me to understand
exactly how You did it. But by Your grace, You have smashed all the
bondages and brought me out. You graced me and attracted my entire
mental flow towards You so I did not get pulled towards the magical
allurement of avidya maya. Baba this is Your causeless grace on me. How
it happened I do not know– but now, by Your infinite compassion I am in
Your eternal shelter.

Baba, the moment You brought me under Your shelter and made me deeply
attracted towards You, then from that very time You became my
everything. After that no longer did I did pay heed to any obstacles–
or any crude worldly attraction. Instead by Your grace I moved swiftly
towards You. By seeing this situation, some concluded that I was
imbalanced, mad, and crazy. In their own way they tried to pull me back
into their negative way of living. But by Your divine attraction I did
not pay any heed to their call; nor did I get affected by the useless
comments of those ignorant people. Baba, by Your grace now I am safe
under Your shelter.

Baba, by Your Supreme direction You have taught me what is important
in this life. By Your fathomless grace, You changed my mind: by Your
grace You have made me a member of Hari Pari Mandal*. You graced me and
showed me how to offer my entire unit being at Your alter. In this
magnificent display, You brought me under Your divine shelter and I got
You. Baba, by Your grace, You made all those crude desires drift away
from my mind and by Your grace now I am blissfully floating in the high
tide of Your eternal form of divinity. Baba, each second of my life is
like a divine oblation– giving the flowers of my heart and mind. Each
and every moment I am offering everything to You in the form of Guru
Puja.

Baba, by Your grace my whole existence surrenders at Your lotus feet…

* Hari Pari Mandal= Literally means ‘circle of devotees’. In the deeper
sense it is that highly devotional state of mind where all one’s longing
and desires are racing towards His Supreme Self, towards Baba. When by
His grace one has accepted Parama Purusa as the only Goal of their life
then each and everything they do is done to please Him. In that blissful
atmosphere, the bhakta is just closely revolving around His Cosmic
Nucleus– not at all distracted by anything else in this created
universe. So when one is in that deeply devotional flow of Hari Pari
Mandal by Baba’s grace they are totally ensconced in Him and moving in
His divine flow.

== BABA’S SPECIAL SADHANA GUIDELINE ==

Namaskar,
We all know that ours is the path of true realization and spiritual
attainment. This is Baba’s special grace on us. At the same Baba guides
us that we have to do something– nothing comes without effort.

So Baba specifically tells us about overcoming any type of spiritual
procrastination or laziness in the spiritual realm. On this point He has
given us countless teachings– plus His own golden example.

And one of the main things Baba has done is be ideal model for leading a
perfect spiritual life. And one key practice in all of this is outdoor
sadhana. Because Baba Himself describes in numerous instances how it was
His regular habit to practice dharma sadhana in the tranquility and
solitude of nature.

In the Jamalpur days, throughout His student life, and in other periods
of His life outdoor sadhana was a regular, daily event. And the benefits
of this practice are innumerable.

OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND

Often we may try to do sadhana in the house, but that often only invites
distractions. Because there we are surrounded by books, family members,
computers, phones, food, and numerous daily chores and responsibilities.

So with all these types of pabula around us, then naturally the sensory
organs get attracted to them. Whereas if those pubula are out of sight
and beyond the scope of the senses, then those thing do not drag us down
so much and our minds are much more free to do sadhana.

So just by escaping out of the house is a big boon for our spiritual
practices as this allows us to leave so many distractions behind.

And Baba Himself guides us in this same direction.

Baba says, “It cannot be denied that the noise of the bustling world is
a hindrance to intuitional practice and makes solitude very desirable.”
(AMEP, ’92, p.127)

And if we think a moment, we can see how ‘bustling world’ does not only
mean ‘on the city streets’ but also refers to ‘living in our own home’.
Because when we remain in the house then countless thoughts & mundane
things come in the mind which pull us away from our sadhana. In that
case it is difficult to do long peaceful, serene meditation. How many
times does it happen that on the point of food alone, that we quickly &
hastily conclude our sadhana as meal time approaches etc. And in this
way days, months, and years pass by.

But if we go outside in the natural environment, we have a much better
opportunity to delve into our sadhana practices and do sustained
sadhana. And if this becomes our regular practice then it can transform
our entire spiritual existence.

On this point it can also be said that we need not go so far from the
house. Often times in short walking distance we can find a good place
for sadhana. And by going just a little further we can find a top-notch
place.

WAITING FOR OLD AGE WILL NOT DUE

Yet if we just get routinized into always sacrificing our meditation and
just doing short, interrupted sadhana– constantly getting pulled away
by mundane distractions, then this is not good. Because by this way the
whole life will pass by. In which case it is not easy to concentrate in
sadhana in old age if one did not do proper sadhana their whole life.

Baba says, “There is no value in remembering God in old age, when it is
not possible to concentrate the mind due to the weakness and disease of
the body and its preoccupation with the reactions (sam’ska’ras) of the
deeds of this life. The mind then is caught up in the infirmities of the
body, in the diseases of old age, impending death, and most of all, in
memories of past incidents, and it is impossible to concentrate the
mind. For these reasons one is incapable of intuitional practice. (AMEP,
’92, p.135)

GREEN BAMBOO VS. OLD BAMBOO

Everyone knows that green bamboo bends easily and can be easily used to
make many useful things; but old bamboo is just unbendable, hard, and
stiff– basically useless. Likewise a fresh, supple mind from regular
sadhana practice can do many things; but a dry crusty mind devoid of
sadhana is not good for much. Without proper sadhana the mind becomes
dry & inflexible– static.

REACHING OUR POTENTIAL

Sadhana is important and outdoor sadhana has many benefits like: fresh
air & oxygen, peaceful vibration, less distractions etc. That is why
Baba recommends that this is one practice we should all try.

Because ultimately sadhana awakens our dormant & latent qualities, and
makes the ordinary person extraordinary.
Baba says, “When a person attains an exalted state of spirituality, they
can bring welfare to millions of people.” (SS part 18, p. 14)

Namaskar,
Girish

Note 1: AVADHUTA & MICROVITA SADHANA DONE OUTSIDE

We all know that Baba has made it compulsory for those doing avadhuta
(kapalik) sadhana and microvita sadhana to do their practices under the
open sky– not in an enclosed room. This is the rule.

Note 2: POSITIVE MICROVITA

By being outside then so many positive microvita from the stars,
planets, and distant galaxies can also help us in our sadhana. This fact
Baba reveals in His microvita discourses.

Note 3: A’NANDA MA’RGA IS UNIVERSAL DHARMA

The practices of Ananda Marga are human dharma and meant to be practiced
by all. Thus Baba has not made it mandatory for everyone to do all their
sadhana outside all the time. Because for particular reasons and in
specific cases one might not be able to go outside for sadhana due to
ill health etc. And the overall idea is that the rules should not be so
tough and arduous that not everyone in society cannot follow. Rather AM
is for all. So this is enough reason to think why Baba has not made
outdoor meditation an absolute requirement– always. At the same time
going outside regularly for sadhana is highly beneficial.

Note 4: BABA DOING SADHANA IN THE SOLITUDE OF NATURE

Here Baba describes His own outdoor sadhana practice.

Baba says, “I used to go for a walk nearly every day in the mountains
east of Jamalpur. I used to sit on the second mountain. One after
another, several small and large mountains run parallel to each other.
The summit of the second mountain was the highest place among them. I
used to arrive there in the middle of the afternoon and stay there until
about eight at night.” (SC-1, p. 93)

Here Baba talks more about His experience of doing sadhana outside:

Baba says, “I was sitting on the peak. It was the bright lunar
fortnight…In front of me, that is to the west, on the slope of the
mountain, was a dense ga’b forest…The mountain in front of me was
completely bare…I was probably the only person for several miles,
completely alone…the peak that I was seated on…” (SC-1, p.94)

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MAMMALS AND LOVE

Baba says, “There are fishes who carry something like a sack inside
their bodies and they carry their children in those sacks. There are
some snakes who also take their children with them. Not only have they
inborn instinct, but they have something more, that is, they have love
and affection for their children. This is also true of some species of
snakes, but love and affection for their children is more prominent in
mammals. Mammals are more developed than non-mammals because in the case
of mammals mothers feed the children with their breast-milk and
certainly they have got affection for their children — that is why they
do so.” (YP ’98, Edn, p.83)

Note: Mothers of financially poorer countries keep their babies along
with them and breast-feed their infants. But the case is different with
so-called advanced mothers from around the globe– especially in the
so-called developed nations. In those so-called developed places,
neither do those mothers want to breast-feed their infants nor do they
want to keep their infants along with them.

So in comparison to those animals we have to see how far the whole
situation is working. Because those mammals and animals do love and care
for their offspring; accordingly, then humans are more advanced so they
should express more love. And mothers of poor countries do like that.
But the strange thing is that mothers from the so-called advanced
countries…

With the scale of Baba’s above teaching, we have to judge whether such
mothers are really developed or moving in the opposite direction.

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If this type of reverential approach is taken in sadhana twice daily, then regardless if one's sadhana is "good" or "bad", the bhakta is sure to attain liberation. That practice is enough to ensure that at the time of death one will think of Him, by His grace, in which case He will take away all remaining samskaras and grant liberation. That is Guru's most gracious promise and boon.

From: “Shantatma Kerketta”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: You Are Chained – You Need Freedom
Date: Mon 09 Nov 2009 11:38:42 +0530

Baba

PS Intro: In this following song the devotee is talking to Baba, all the
while indirectly referring about himself.

“Jeo na’, shon’o katha, bojha vytha’, abujha hoyo na’…” (PS 660)

Purport:

Baba, please be gracious, please do not leave me all alone, please do
not go far away; please keep me in Your shelter. Baba, please listen to
the tale of my aching heart; please understand my pain and suffering–
because of my deep longing for You. Baba, I beg You not to remain aloof
about my yearning and crying for You. Baba, You have graced me and have
made the flower of devotion blossom in my heart. And these flowers are
solely for making one beautiful garland for You– ultimately
surrendering them at Your lotus feet. Baba, please do not mercilessly
crush those flowers. Baba, please be gracious.

Baba, by Your infinite grace please keep me close. Please do not
permanently forget about that person who is under shelter day and night.
Baba, it seems You have removed him from Your memory. Baba, please
recall how in the past You loved him deeply up to his heart’s content.
That time You saturated his mind with bliss and filled his eyes with
Your loving gaze. You were so gracious those days. Baba, You know that
very person was with You in each and every rhythm of the song, he was
also with You in all kinds of works– always remaining by Your side.
Baba, please do not forget him.

Baba, by Your grace I never forget this eternal truth that You are
everything. You are the effulgence of the day as well as the darkness of
the night. Baba, in this life of mine I have loved only You. Baba, You
are the heart of my heart. Please shower Your divine grace on me day and
night, incessantly. Baba, even if You always remain forgetful of me,
that I can tolerate. Only I ask one thing of You. Baba, please do not
push me away from Your holy, lotus feet. Baba, You are my closest &
dearest One. You are my everything. Baba, please keep me in Your shelter…

== YOU ARE CHAINED – YOU NEED FREEDOM ==

Namaskar,
Every human being understands they are bound; they understand they are
not free.

A few ignorant people may believe they are free but if they think more
deeply then realise that they are not free.

Yatha’ laohamayaeh pa’shaeh…

Everyone is bound by samskaras and they have no choice but to face them:
Disease, old age, sickness, loneliness, death. Everyone tries to avoid
these afflictions but ultimately they are chained and shackled by those
samskaras. There is no other recourse – one must face such bondages.
That is what Baba is teaching in the above shloka.

But is there really no escape? Must one return again and again onto this
earth, thousands and millions of times, to face their karmaphala (fruits
of their actions)?

This letter explains both the science of bondage and the solution, as
given by Marga Guru in the Supreme Command. As the gracious Taraka
Brahma Baba has given the way out from this cycle of bondage of life and
death.

SAMSKARAS, SUPREME COMMAND & MORE

So long as one is alive, every sadhaka has samskaras. It is impossible
for a human being to walk this earth and not have any samskaras.
Samskaras and human life go hand in hand – one cannot exist without the
other.

In your life you surely have faced many things which you did not like
and will not like: Humiliation, disease, loss, and so many troubles.
These are all the karmic reactions of past samskaras.

The question then is: If up to the very minute of one’s death a person
is still bound by all these samskaras, then how can they achieve
liberation?

Specifically, how does the Supreme Command work? How can one attain
liberation when they are shackled by piles of samskaras waiting to take
expression.

We will explore the above conundrum as well as other critical aspects of
samskara theory & the Supreme Command – all done according to the
teachings and guidelines of Baba.

CREATING MORE & MORE SAMSKARAS

In more than a few discourses, Baba explains how in one life a typical
human being creates such a huge amount of samskaras that they cannot be
exhausted in the next 100 lifetimes. Compounding that by multiple lives
then makes for an enormous bundle of samskaras.

Baba says, “Human beings have been committing numerous crimes and sins
for lives together resulting in a huge pile of sins as high as the
Himalayas.” (AV-7)

From that perspective, human beings are creating huge numbers of
samskaras whereby we are totally bound, if not crippled by a mountain of
karmic reactions.

For instance, suppose in one second, a person harms someone and then
they may face the reaction of that misdeed for years or even lifetimes.
Or if a baby was sexually abused once by one adult, then that baby will
be scarred their entire life and the guilty party must undergo a whole
boatload of reactions for this single crime.

Or suppose in a fractions of a minute a person poisoned food and
subsequently killed one hundred people, then that samskara will be
reaped for hundreds of lifetimes.

Or what about those who kill animals for sport or food, and they are
totally oblivious that they are incurring sin. Indeed there are many
examples like that.

It happens in society too according to gender and race, such as with
slave owners etc. People feel they have the right to harrass others
because that is the social norm of the day, but they will face the
reaction for countless future lives.

All in all, the human mind is wrought with so many propensities and
inclinations and in their lifetime people chase after one desire after
another. Name, fame, sex, wealth, prestige, house, property, children,
food, dreams, vanity, fear etc. All day long your average human is fully
engrossed in these dealings. In a single day, a typical person might
create dozens or even hundreds of new samskaras.

Then Baba cites how most are involved in negative works. It is not like
the whole entire humanity is engulfed in benevolence. People are
thieving, looting, raping, grabbing etc. With their vanity ego they
harass others and do injustice and do not even realise how much they are
harming others.

So people acquire samskaras by the truckload day after day – even for
doing good actions.

But that is not all.

Finally, as soon as one creates a new samskara, then that samskara or
unexpressed reaction starts growing. It collects interest just like in
the case of a bank loan. So we have to pay back that samskara with
interest.

That means if a person steals Rs100 then depending on how much time goes
by they will have to lose or payback 200, 1,000, or even 1,000,000
rupees. It all depends how much time goes by before they undergo the
reaction. Sometimes the payback is not for several lifetimes. In that
case, just imagine the interest. What was a simple misdeed can balloon
into a massive debacle.

If you punch someone unjustly just once, then ten years later you may
get get beaten by so many bandits or gang members at the same time,
getting punched again and again. One may think, “I did not do anything
wrong, why is this happening?”, but this is samskara from earlier.

In various phases people face either good samskaras and bad samskaras.
Even though one may be facing a good samskara today, in the future one
may face a whole pile of bad samsakras. It all depends on what is more
conducive at a particular time.

A young person may think that “I will never get sick”, yet all the while
they have samskara for a terrible sickness and that samskara is waiting
for the right time or conducive moment to take expression. Then in the
bad days of one’s old age that disease will manifest. It is all about
having a conducive environment. Just a seed sprouts in the spring and
not in winter, same is the case with both good and bad samskaras. The
right environment is needed.

The whole scenario then is quite serious. Getting bound by samskaras is
an inevitable and involved process. It happens to everyone – period,
whether one is a sadhaka or not.

How then are we to escape this web – this intricate and burdensome
bundle of samskaras.

BABA’S GRACIOUS BOON ON SADHAKASLIBERATION IS A SURE GUARANTEE

Enter the Supreme Command.

We all say it each and every week, if not more frequently, “Those who
perform sadhana twice a day regularly, the thought of Parama Purusa will
arise in mind at the time of death; their liberation is a sure guarantee.”

Thus, in the Supreme Command, Baba guarantees liberation to all sadhakas
– irrespective of the bundle of samskaras that they are carrying. And
here’ s how it works.

At the time of death, one witnesses a movie-like series of images that
flashes across one’s citta covering their life’s events. Typically that
produces a range of thoughts and the common person will get glued to one
of those worldly thoughts.

Things like: Yelling, thievery, stealing, harassment, killing, as well
as good thoughts like feeding others. But the dominant thought that
comes most strongly is usually something negative – not a benevolent ideal.

Then as soon as their body expires, the person will be in search of a
new body that matches up with their prevailing thought, or samskara. In
that way common people get reborn as dogs, bugs, mice, humans, stones etc.

It does not happen to just humans. In Jamalpur, Baba did a demonstration
where He made Dasrathji a medium to see a margii’s past life. There was
a yogi doing meditation who got bit by one wasp. The yogi he killed that
wasp – there was no reaction for the yogi – and the wasp died with the
thought of the yogi in mind and was reborn as that margii sadhaka.

Here the point is that one’e rebirth depends on one’s mental colour or
dominant thought.

Baba says, “One acquires a physical body according to the nature of
one’s sam’ska’ras. A human being who behaves like a goat or a dog may be
born as a goat or a dog in the next life, because such an animal body is
the proper base for the congenial expression of the latent sam’ska’ras.
Hence it is not at all impossible for a human being to be reborn as a
hog, a worm, a tree, or even a piece of stone. One’s destiny will be
decided according to the nature of one’s karma – this is an infallible
law.” (AMIWL-7)

Plus in so many discourses Baba tells that those who ideate on money
turn into coin or dollars etc.

But with sadhakas, however, the process is entirely different.

Baba guides us that if one is earnest in doing sadhana twice a day, then
they will get liberation. How? Because normally at the time of death the
mind seeks a new body according to karmic law. But if one is involved in
the thought of Parama Purusa at the time of death, then the rules of
karma do not apply. Then one is not bound by their past actions and
potential reactions. Then the movie reel of negative deeds will not
appear in their mind at the time of death – only the thought of Him will
come. That is His grace. Then one will think nothing other than the
thought of Parama Purusa. In that state all samskaras get burned and the
sadhaka becomes one with Parama Purusa.

For that Baba wants that you must fulfill the guidelines of the the
Supreme Command. You do your duty of sadhana and He fulfllls His
guarantee of liberation. If the first half (i.e. sadhana) is not done
then second half (i.e. liberation) does not happen. Then the sadhaka is
bound.

On this aspect margiis are forunate and we should bring others onto the
path so they can save themselves from the horrors of samskaras and get
liberation. That is also part of the supreme command.

By His grace, when we do sadhana twice daily, then liberation is sure.
That is His divine compassion. Human beings alone cannot overcome all
those samskaras by themselves – His grace is needed. So then Baba
graciously dissolves all the remaining samskaras, and the sadhaka merges
in Him.

That is the special formula. And for it to happen, the pre-requisite is
twice a day sadhana.

One must try earnestly to do sadhana for 30 minutes each sitting- it
need not be perfect sadhana – the mind might flicker and one’s
concentration on the mantra might waver, but one’s sincerity must be
proper. That is the key point: sincerity.

If this type of reverential approach is taken in sadhana twice daily,
then regardless if one’s sadhana is “good” or “bad”, the bhakta is sure
to attain liberation. That practice is enough to ensure that at the time
of death one will think of Him, by His grace, in which case He will take
away all remaining samskaras and grant liberation. That is Guru’s most
gracious promise and boon.

WHY MUKTI IS IMPORTANT

Even then, those in the dark, may think that, “I am not bound – I am
free – I need not seek liberation.” Such is a classic case of sheer
ignorance, sometimes even good sadhakas can think like this.

Here we should always remember that everyone on this earth is bound by
samsakras in one way or another. Every jiiva is bound – bound by death,
by old age, by hunger, by so many things. No one is free.

One can only get temporary satisfaction through worldly things like
food, sleep etc. But then soon again one will feel hungry or tired. It
happens.

Baba says, “To live in this physical world, to preserve our existence,
artha or money is essential. However, we also require parama’rtha.
Parama’rtha is that factor which brings about the permanent cessation of
the triple afflictions. Here permanent cessation means cessation of
those afflictions which, once removed, will never return again in the
future. That artha which brings permanent relief from the pangs of
hunger, which is the instrument of permanent cessation, is called
“parama’rtha”. It is important that you understand the true significance
of “parama’rtha”.” (AV-4)

Only the spiritual sphere can permanently satisfy all human hunger and
yearning.

Only by following the rules and guidelines in the Supreme Command can
one attain eternal peace. Till that time, one will always be engulfed in
some kind of limitation and ignorance.

When we adhere to the Supreme Command – when we do sadhana twice daily
with sincerity – then by His grace we will be relieved of all bondages
and suffering and be granted liberation.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace every Ananda Margii does sadhana twice daily. In that
case liberation is certain.

So no one should get caught up in worry or despair. Baba is controlling
everything. He can and will save us from each and every predicament.
There is no cause for hopelessness or helplessness.

With sincerity in sadhana, He will grace us with only His thought when
we die, ensuring liberation. That is His guarantee in the Supreme Command.

Baba says, ” If one dies while seeking the Supreme, one will surely
attain the Supreme after death. One who is totally absorbed in ideation
on the Supreme becomes one with the Supreme at the time of death. This
is certainly true in the case of devotees.” (AMIWL-9)

Namaskar,
Shantatma

Note 1: UNDERGOING SAMSKARAS

Here are two more points about undergoing samskaras.

(A) You may have noticed how people comment that once one gets initiated
then so many problems and difficulties start happening. That is because
the karmic cycle speeds up so one can undergo all their reactions. Even
then by His grace He will ensure that they get totally exhausted in the
end. So that is one phenomenon.

(B) Side by side, if the mind is high and vibrated then the
manifestation of bad samskaras does not cause mental anguish to the
sadhaka. If one is devotionally remembering Him, then one will feel
light and easy.

For instance, if Baba is coming and one sadhaka is rushing to go see
Baba and while running he cuts his foot. That sadhaka may not even know
that his foot is bleeding because his mind is so engrossed in the
thought of Baba.

That is the way it works. Other may think you are suffering a lot but if
the mind is high, then one does not experience any mental trouble while
undergoing those samskaras.

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Who is blessed one?

Baba says, “The man who is intelligent should, from his very childhood,
move along the path of proto-spirituality. The sooner a man starts and
moves along this path of psycho-spirituality, the better it is. He is
the blessed one.” (AV-12, p.75)

Note: With the start of this happy new year we should once again reflect
how Baba has graced us by providing us all the tools and teachings for
moving along the path of spirituality. So again with renewed vigor we
should be more firm and more sincere in our adherence to Sixteen Points.

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Date: Sun 04 Oct 2009 08:57:21 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: “Jawaharlal Thakur”
Subject: Why Death

Baba

“Toma’r katha’ bheve bheve din ye cale ja’y…” – P.S. 1703

Purport:

Baba, my days are passing thinking about You. In Your ideation, in Your
sadhana, in Your dhyana. In that deep contemplation, my mind goes on
floating towards its origin. But I never reach to the shore– the
terminus. In this vast cosmic creation, my value is just like one tiny
drop in the huge ocean. In spite of this, I have longing for You and I
have the full conviction that I will get You. By Your grace I will
always be ensconced in Your longing. I do not know when the culmination
of my dhyana is going to happen. And when You will accept me; or when
Your divine form will become effulgent in the core of my heart. This
only can happen when You grace me. Baba, in Your longing, my days are
passing– thinking and ideating about You…

== WHY DEATH ==

Namaskar,
In many communities and religions, death is looked upon as one dark,
looming cloud that is hovering over us. For many, death is totally
horrifying.

It is “the end”, “judgment day”, “doomsday”, and so many frightening things.

But in AM, it is not at all like that.

Baba has graciously removed all the fear from the prospect of dying.
Below are His rational and loving explanations about the role of death.

Plus Baba clearly states that in just 15 or 20 years, every sadhaka in
AM can realise Him – thus gaining an eternal place on His Lap.

OUR VIEW OF DEATH

In simple language, Baba clearly explains what is death.

Baba says, “Do you know what death is? Death means a change of form. A
boy of five years became a young man – now, the body of that boy
underwent death. That young man became old – the body of that young man
underwent death. That old man died and he again came here in the form of
a little boy – the body of that old man underwent death. Death means a
change of form.

Va’sa’m’si jiirn’ani yatha’ viha’ya nava’ni grhn’a’ti naro’para’n’i;
Tatha’ shariira’ni viha’ya jiirn’a’nya’ni sam’ya’ti nava’ni dehii.

“Just as you change the old cloth for a new cloth, similarly you change
the old body and you reappear in this world in a new body.” This is what
death is.” (SS-24)

Thus death is nothing but a change in shape or form where one exchanges
their old body for a new one. Death then is not the end, but rather a
bridge to a new beginning. It is a needed avenue for continued growth.

We can also think of it this way.

It is just like if we have a radio that we use for a long time and then
one day it breaks. Then any sensible person will go and purchase a new
radio. That is the way it works.

Similarly, we are His tools – we are His hands and feet. And when our
bodies become too old and broken down to execute their tasks, then He
simply exchanges our physical body for a new one. It is as simple as that.

It is just like if we are operating a bicycle renting business. When one
bicycle can no longer function then we just exchange it for a new one.

In His divine liila, Parama Purusa is doing the same thing. There is no
difference.

DEATH IS JUST CHANGE, NOTHING MORE

Here Baba explains further about the nature of death.

Baba says, “We should explain what maran’a [mortality, death] is.
Maran’a means change. Death is nothing but a change. A five-year-old
child is transformed in due course into a fifteen-year-old boy. In ten
years the child becomes the boy. Thereafter you will never be able to
find the body of the five-year-old child. So the child’s body has
certainly died. So maran’a means change.”

“Because of the physical transformation, the earlier body has become
difficult to trace. Likewise, after another ten years, the boy will be
transformed into a youth; after some time more, the same youth will
become a middle-aged man. And still later he will become an old, infirm
man. The same one entity has moved through a series of transformations,
and in the process every earlier form has undergone change,
metamorphosis, some kind of death. When finally the physical body of the
old man undergoes a still more radical transformation, he will be reborn
as a new baby. This stage of radical transformation we call death.”

“The previous changes we did not consider death, because we could link
the earlier stages to the later stages. We could say that the
fifteen-year-old adolescent had grown up into a twenty-five-year-old
youth. We could find the link. But when an old, infirm gentleman becomes
reborn as a child, we cannot find the link. That is why we give the last
change of the body of the old man the name “death”. The rest of the
changes we do not call death; but in fact all the changes qualify as
death.” (SS-21)

In His above teachings, Baba explains how death happens all the time.
But we do not consider those changes death because we can trace the
continuum of one’s human growth. We only consider it death when one
gives up their physical body entirely. But in the true sense, what we
call death happens all the time. It is only because we lose the link
from one body to the next that people feel so frightened by physical
death and feel it is something permanent.

But in AM, we know it is all His loving liila, so we understand that
death is merely one process that is needed for one’s continued growth
and development. It allows human beings to take new birth and continue
their journey towards Him.

At the same time, as AM sadhakas, for us this one life is enough to
attain Him. More about this is written further down in this letter.

DEATH OCCURS ALL THE TIME

Here again, Baba explains how death is a most ordinary and common
phenomenon.

Baba says, “In every post-exhalation pause, there occurs the death of
the unit being. But after gathering vitality for the second time from
this death or state of pause, the unit being comes alive again during
the next inhalation. If, after the full cycle of inhalation and
exhalation, the physical mechanism is unable to gather vital force from
the state of pause, further inhalation becomes impossible and what we
commonly call death occurs. Actually, the unit structure dies thousands
of times every day, after every exhalation.” (HS-2)

So death is as commonplace as breathing. It is only when one cannot
trace the link from the final exhale in one body to the first inhale in
the next body that makes death so scary for some people.

REACH THE GOAL IN THIS LIFE

So, death is really nothing but a change – from one body to the next.
And in various discourses Baba has revealed that it does not take long
for the body to be reborn. It can happen relatively quickly within just
a few years, or even less. It is His wish.

In the past, the yogis of old would string together two or three
lifetimes to complete their mission. By His grace they would receive the
same mantra in their next birth by one siddha microvita. And their
journey would continue from one life to the next.

No longer is it so difficult.

Baba says, “The people of today do not have to labour quite as hard as
Vaishishta and Vishvamitra had to do in order to discover the way to
move ahead, because modern science and philosophy today are valuable
aids to human progress. The people of today are able to realize the
Supreme Entity in one life, or maybe in 15 to 20 years, for which they
had to practice penance for lives together in the past.” (AFPS-3)

By His grace, every initiated and practicing Ananda Margii can reach the
Supreme Goal in just a short span of time. Thus there is no question of
death and rebirth to complete the journey. By His grace the sadhaka can
bask in eternal bliss in a short period of time, eternally remaining on
His lap.

DEATH IS NEEDED, NOT SCARY

To review, most find death to be a scary phenomenon because they lose
the link from one life to the next. Or they think that death is the end.
Materialists fall in this category.

With our AM spiritual outlook, death is something most ordinary, no
different from breathing or getting older. It is just a point of
transition, where one continues their spiritual journey. It is one
needed element because the body has become too old and a new one is
needed by the sadhaka to fulfill their essential duties. That is all.
Death then is nothing but a special opportunity to gain new form and
complete the journey.

Even then, even more special, is that with AM sadhana, one need not see
death as a change in form. Rather it is a time to remain eternally one
with Baba.

Because with the highly specialized practices of Ananda Marga, one is
sure to reach the Divine Goal in a short span of time. By doing service
and sadhana we can complete the journey. That is Baba’s supreme edict
and divine guarantee.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace, Baba has removed all the mystery and fear surrounding
death and at the same time given us the key to reaching Him in this very
life.

Baba says, “So the very purpose of our human creation is to follow the
true dharma; is to maintain spiritual practices in this very life, and
to become one in Him. So dharma sa’dhana’ [means that] by following
dharma we follow our sa’dhana’, we follow our spiritual practices. By
following the spiritual practices we become one with Him. That is the
final victory… Realize that Supreme Being within you. This is your
dharma, this is your path; and let this path be yours, and victory will
surely be yours.” (AV-31)

Namaskar,
Jawaharlal

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Special Creation

Baba says, “There is one defect in jinanis. Two jinanis cannot agree on any
point. Among them, many jinanis believe that agreeing means accepting one’s
defeat. Indeed there are some godly qualities in jinanis. Such as they can
speak in flowery language. Or that with their grandiloguence they can prove
day as night, and night as day. If in daytime one jinani tells to anyone
that it is night, or if during the night they tell that it is day, and if
the next person does not accept what the jinani is telling, then the jinani
will use the their logic and reasoning to prove that person as a top-grade
fool. And he (the jinani) will make it look like this one simple thing the
next person could not understand. Because of this in the sciptures is it
said, ‘Mathitva…’ Meaning, that if an unfathomable amoung of milk is
turned into butter and whey, then jinanis argue and quarel about the whey
and in so doing the butter gets rotten and destroyed.” (Varna Vicitra (H),
p. 49-50)

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