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17 Jun 2013

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

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

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

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

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

SOMEONE ELSE WANTED TO MAKE ANOTHER DADHIICIIS DIVAS

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

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

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

BABA HIMSELF GAVE THE REPLY TO THIS SITUATION:

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

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

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

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

MUST NOT FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE JAINS

WE SHOULD BE COMMITTED TO CONSTRUCTIVE PROJECTS

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

BABA’S ORDER:

ALL DADHIICIS SHOULD BE HONOURED ON 05 MARCH

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

OURS IS A MAN-MAKING MISSION

MUST SERVE HUMANITY

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

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

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

Namaskar,
in Him,
Gomati

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

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== HAPPY A’NANDA PU’RN’IMA’!! ==

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Namaskar to all on this auspicious and blissful occasion of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ – Saturday, 25 May 2013!

Wishing you a very happy and blissful occasion of devotional celebrations & merriment!!

Baba Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji is the Polestar of life: He is the inspiration, He is the sustenance, and He is the Goal. This festival day of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ marks Baba’s divine advent onto this earth.

As we know, Parama Purusa is everywhere; He is the Divine Witnessing Entity. But when humanity cannot move ahead properly on its path, when people are bewildered and do not know what to do, when right things are deemed to be wrong and wrong things are glorified up to the sky, when exploitation is rampant and all are suffering, when humanity is desperate for guidance and solutions, then at that critical hour Parama Purusa manifests Himself as Mahasambhuti. The grand occasion of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ celebrates this holy advent.

This entire creation is the manifestation of Parama Purusa. Everyone and everything is part of our universal family. By Baba’s grace, we should always keep this sweet realisation ever alive in the heart and mind.

The final fulfillment comes when the sadhaka reaches that highest goal and feels that Baba – the Divine Entity – expresses Himself through each and everything. All are none other than the expression of the Supreme.

Wishing you, and all in your area, blissful A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ celebrations.

Here is one of Baba’s original A’nanda Va’niis that we wish to share with you – this is the one we are using in our unit.

“The fact that the fortune of every individual, not only of this earth but of the entire cosmos, has been wreathed together, will have to be admitted one day by people. The spiritual aspirant has to hasten that auspicious moment by pauseless effort, service and propagation of the great Ideology. This alone is the Supreme task for the present humanity.” (Ananda Vanii #30)

Namaskar,
Sastaunga Pranam to Baba,
Kalpatru Deva

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== RE: BABA’S GUIDELINE: CELEBRATION OF ANANDA PURNIMA ==

~ Part 3 ~

(Note: This is the third letter of this series. Links to the first two letters are appended below. – AM Universal Moderators)

Namaskar,
This year Ananda Purnima is on Saturday, 25 May. Here are more of Guru’s guidelines for how to celebrate this grand event – our most important festival.

As we know, Ananda Marga is the path of bliss. The systematic yogic lifestyle and the 360 degree spiritual-cum-social outlook leads the entire human family to march ahead in unison. Part and parcel of this collective movement is our participation in social functions because it is by these blissful gatherings like Ananda Purnima that we are able to glorify Baba, renew ourselves, and attract more people on the collective train of dharma – generating greater momentum to move ahead.

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS:

A GREAT UNIFYING FORCE

In His discourse “Social Psychology” Baba tells the following in the section on collective social functions.

“Many of the ills of society develop because people do not care to know other members of society. This may not only mean ignorance of the condition and difficulties of others, but also leads to intolerance and a lack of interest in the affairs of the other members of society. Common social functions bring different members of society together and are therefore a great unifying force. By performing certain functions collectively, all the members are engaged in doing the same thing for some time, and this brings about a feeling of unity and interest in others.”
“In Ananda Marga such common social functions are especially encouraged. Milita snána [collective bathing] and dharmacakra [collective meditation] provide grounds for common social functions in the physical, psychic and spiritual fields. Common participation in such functions is a very great unifying force. The participants in such functions will have no intolerance for each other, and will instead get more united. Such functions are, therefore, a great unifying force.” (1)

Verily social functions like the upcoming Ananda Purnima celebrations give society a tremendous boost to advance: Such programs help inspire people to grow together. Plus social functions generate more enthusiasm and propulsion on the collective pathway – with the result being that all types of good things suddenly become possible.

By such functions humans can solve various problems. Now the need of the day is to build a single human society. Naturally, social functions help; by this way, various people come together in a social and spiritual way, and in that process become far more accepting of one another. Social functions generate family-feeling, i.e. “a feeling of unity and interest in others.”

Here below are more of Baba’s teachings and guidelines on the celebration of Ananda Purnima and how social functions positively affect our Ananda Marga.

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS BASED IN SPIRITUALITY

Not only do Ananda Marga social functions give a huge injection of inspiration, but these grand gatherings – which Baba has designed – goad and guide everyone deeper into the spiritual realm. This in turn brings permanent peace. So although the name is a social function, but its base is spirituality.

In direct contrast, in the general society social parties end up being nothing but degenerative events that promote and satisfy animalistic desires & carnal pleasures. Just people are rushing madly after worldly pleasures and transient pursuits.

So a very unique aspect of our social functions and festivals – like Ananda Purnima – is that they goad the mind toward the Supreme Self – that apexed point of human realization.

INCORPORATING FOOD INTO THE CELEBRATION

Here are more guidelines on this grand celebration.

High quality meals should be made available to any and all who attend. The most practical and rational way to do this is for margiis to contribute to this program according to their liking and means.

Basically, donations should be requested from all the margiis – on a sliding scale. According to their capacity they can contribute. So there should not be a certain fixed fee for every margii. Rather, donations should be based on one’s financial condition. Those with more money can offer larger donations and those with financial constraints can give smaller amounts.

So everyone should contribute something and if a person has the feeling and ability to give a bigger financial donation, that is welcomed. Along these lines, it is okay to let wealthier margiis give more, if they wish.

However, the amount donated should not be revealed publicly. That would be insensitive and humiliating for those donating smaller amounts. One idea is to set-up a special, hidden donation box; then people can offer even the smallest of donations and still feel comfortable. May we always remember that it is the feeling behind the giving that is most important, not the amount.

By and large though, money should not hinder anyone’s participation. Everyone should be encouraged to participate and bring their entire family, as well as their close friends. That will make for a joyous celebration and it will give us the opportunity to create new margiis.

All along, we have to find the right balance. That is why there should be a sliding scale, with no stated minimum amount. The main idea is that the food at programs like Ananda Purnima should be accessible to all. With a progressive donation arrangement that aim is entirely possible.

Actually what we have seen here in India is that often in Delhi Sector someone steps forward with great enthusiasm to cover the cost of the entire program. But this should only be accepted when the person has sincere feeling for Baba and the overall spirit of the celebration. If offered out of pomp or show, then such monies should be politely rejected.

“If a person wants to feed you out of genuine intimacy, you should take that food happily, even if it is just grains and vegetables. But if someone invites you only to make a show to people, never accept his/her food.” (2)

Finally, special food should be made available for all attendees. There will be one kitchen: The same type of food for all, which is of top quality, yet very simple and sentient.

SEE THAT ALL JOIN IN THE FESTIVAL OF ANANDA PURNIMA:

COLLECTIVE MEAL IS IMPORTANT

“Humans are social beings. So every human being likes utsava. It is the desire of all that they will rejoice unitedly. In Europe Puritanism failed in the end, only because the Puritans failed to care for the desires of the general public. They preached their theory only to a handful of devotees of knowledge.”
“Ananda Marga is for the general public. So, considering the necessity of the general mass, proper importance has to be given to the Utsava in social life. Enthusiasm in a utsava is the greatest in the children, in the tender aged boys, in the youths and last of all in grown ups. In the programmes of a Utsava, therefore, you shall think for the children first. Their sweet stammering noises ensure the success of the Utsava. But whatever arrangements you may make for the children, the youngsters, youths, or for the grown-ups, make that there is no dearth of discipline even to the minutest extent anywhere. Let there be complete harmony…”
“A grown up man does not like that others should call him grown up. An old man does not like that others should tell him old. Do you know, why they do not like to be said so? The adults or the aged are nearing death. This means that one is drawing nearer death as one grow up and this is why one does not like to be told grown up or old.”
“Taking this for granted regarding human psychology, you shall arrange for two or three items in the programme for the old to enjoy, so that they may think at least for a short time that they are not old, they have sufficient energy still left in them.”
“Take pains to see that all join in the Utsava. Give full opportunity to all the artists to make a display of their talents in art. Remember that taking food together is a special feature in a Utsava, without which half of the pleasure of a Utsava is marred.” (3)

THE MEANING OF UTSAVA:

FRESH INSPIRATION TO LIVE

“People often feel bored with their humdrum lives, with their mechanical routines; thus a fresh start must be created through festivals or utsava. The root verb su means “to be reborn.” Su plus -al suffix = sava. The substance which produces new vigour in the body is called a’shava, or wine. Similarly ut + su + al = utsava, which means “festival.” “Ut” means “towards up” and “sava” means “life” ; so utsava means “an occasion which gives human beings fresh inspiration to live a new life.” (4)

“I HOPE THAT YOU WILL MAKE SUCH ARRANGEMENTS” – BABA

“When people become tired and uninspired, when they can no longer look towards the future with hope, when their colourful dreams are shattered, at that time the sweetness of a festival brings new joy and vigour in life. Thus in individual and collective life, the importance of festivals is tremendous. One should always remember that festivals should be such that all can take part in them without any ostentatious display of wealth, and with an upsurge of their life force. And these festivals should be conducted in such a way that people take part in them from a spontaneous inner urge. I hope that you will make such arrangements so that all are attracted towards your festivals which will be more and more charming – and this will bring about your collective welfare.” (5)

MUST NOT USE FIRECRACKERS

Many units have stopped using firecrackers during our Ananda Marga festival celebrations. Baba’s expressed guideline is that firecrackers are a waste of money, create huge pollution, and invite serious injuries. Furthermore firecrackers are a carcinogen. Thus firecrackers are dangerous and wasteful on many levels. They should not be used at our programs. Instead the funds used for purchasing firecrackers should be directed toward enhancing our narayan seva & relief work that very day. More about this is noted below.

BABA’S GUIDELINE AND CONCERN FOR ALL

“Ensure that those who enjoy the celebrations also get thereby healthy opportunities for their physical growth, mental development, and spiritual progress.” (6)

“The humans of today are possessed of spirited intellect and accomplished wisdom. They are keen to advance with rapid step shattering the shackles of dogmas. They will no longer be entrapped by the illusion of opportunism. The rays of the crimson dawn of a new humanity on the eastern horizon have started weaving textures of colours on their eyelids and in the subtle recesses of their minds. As for those who have been dreaming of keeping humanity imprisoned by dogmas, their days are numbered; their blissful dreams are being shattered to pieces. I call upon all enlightened people and say: “Go ahead with courage. The humanity has been awaiting you. Establish it in the excellence and grandeur of glory.” (Ananda Vanii #53)

“Knowing oneself is the real knowledge; serving all with the ideation of Náráyańa, the real action, and the vow to please Parama Puruśa the real devotion.” (Ananda Vanii #25)

Namaskar,
in Him,
Manomaya

REFERENCES:
1. A Few Problems Solved – 7, Social Psychology
2. Caryacarya-2, Society, Pt #37
3. Táttvika Diipiká (Dvitiiya Parva)
4. A Few Problems Solved – 5, p.18
5. A Few Problems Solved – 5, p.18
6. Caryacarya – 1, p.42

Note 1: BABA CONDEMNS THE USE OF FIREWORKS

(A) In the below story Baba specifically warns us about the use of firecrackers – on multiple levels:

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/11/baba-story-teaching-on-fireworks.html

(B) Here is a more technical letter along with a human interest story about the dangers of firecrackers:

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/07/deadly-practice.html

Note 2: EARLIER POSTINGS FROM THIS ANANDA PURNIMA SERIES

#1: This first letter discusses:
Mahasambhuti’s Advent / Ways of Celebrating / Gift Giving / Sports Games / The Arts & more

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/05/babas-guideline-celebration-of-ananda.html

#2: This second letter discusses:
Celebrations in each unit / Samgacchadhvam spirit / Importance of Festivals & more

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/05/re-babas-guideline-celebration-of.html

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This entire posting is composed of 2 parts:
(1) Posting: Ananda Marga System of Collective Bath
(2) Prabhat Samgiita #3016;

== ANANDA MARGA SYSTEM OF COLLECTIVE BATH ==

Namaskar,
As we know, Baba guides us that collective bath is a key element of our social functions and festivals. Here are some critical points to ensure collective bath is done properly – in accordance with Baba’s teachings.

MALES AND FEMALES DO NOT BATHE TOGETHER;

AND, THE BODY IS DISCREETLY COVERED

In Ananda Marga, collective bath does not mean that males and females will bathe together. It is done very discreetly and separated by gender, unlike in materialistic societies where commonly males and females reveal a maximum degree of bare skin and go swimming together, i.e. half-naked or even fully-naked.

So the body is more covered during the collective bath in our Ananda Marga system, than when co-eds frolic and swim together in materialistic communities. Thus there is a stark contrast between the two. Our manner of collective bath is gender-separated and upholds the dignity and sanctity of our spiritual values, whereas the materialistic approach to collective swimming etc is sensual and degrades the mind.

PROPER FLOW OF MIND

Thus in our collective bath system, the spiritual flow is maintained as the mind may continue to rise from the muladhara cakra to the sahasrara cakra. In contrast, in materialistic swimming parties etc, the mind gets completely degraded – from the sahasrara cakra to the svadhisthan cakra – whether one wishes to admit this or not.

HOW IT IS ACTUALLY DONE

In conclusion, for collective bath, males and females will go to different sections of the building when doing collective bathing indoors. If the weather is warmer they may bathe outside by the river or lake. If done outside, males will go to one secluded part of the lake or river, and females will go to a completely different place that is hidden and out-of-sight. In either circumstance, in this gender-separated system, particular parts of the body will be discreetly covered. The covering will be loose enough so one may wash properly. By this way, females are neither naked nor exposed in their collective bathroom or outdoor bathing area, nor are males naked in their collective bathroom or outdoor bathing area. Both maintain proper dignity in their gender-separated settings.

If one is bathing alone in a private / locked bathroom, then one need not cover themselves. The covering is used for all avenues of gender-separated, collective bathing – whether indoors or outdoors.

THE OVER-ARCHING AIM

Why is the overall aim of this aspect of our collective bath system? To preserve the sanctity and keep the mind flowing from lower cakras to higher ones. That is the goal.

Here are more of Baba’s guidelines about collective bathing.

ANANDA MARGA ENCOURAGES THESE TYPES OF SOCIAL FUNCTIONS

“Collective social functions. Many social problems arise due to lack of magnanimity, such as not properly understanding or respecting the views of others. This not only keeps people apart, but also makes them hostile to each other. People come together in different festivals and social functions which foster mutual bonds of unity. When they participate in such activities and remain engaged in the same type of collective action, they develop the feeling of temporary affinity. Ananda Marga encourages these types of social functions. Collective bathing and collective meditation on special occasions are as good as common social functions.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 4, Our Social Treatise)

A GREAT UNIFYING FORCE

“Collective social functions: Many of the ills of society develop because people do not care to know other members of society. This may not only mean ignorance of the condition and difficulties of others, but also leads to intolerance and a lack of interest in the affairs of the other members of society. Common social functions bring different members of society together and are therefore a great unifying force. By performing certain functions collectively, all the members are engaged in doing the same thing for some time, and this brings about a feeling of unity and interest in others.”
“In Ananda Marga such common social functions are especially encouraged. Milita snána [collective bathing] and dharmacakra [collective meditation] provide grounds for common social functions in the physical, psychic and spiritual fields. Common participation in such functions is a very great unifying force. The participants in such functions will have no intolerance for each other, and will instead get more united. Such functions are, therefore, a great unifying force.” (Prout in A Nutshell – 2)

PART OF ANANDA PURNIMA CELEBRATIONS

“Ánanda Púrńimá: Collective bath with snána mantra, twice collective Iishvara Prańidhána and Varńárghyadána, collective noon and night meals, merry celebrations, spiritual conferences, annual meetings of workers, children’s sports, and procession with táńd́ava dance.” (Caryacarya – 1)

Namaskar,
Gunamaya Deva

Prabhat Samgiita #3016

“Jiivaner uts hote je srote bha’siya’chila’m…” (P.S. 3016)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, since the very origin of my life – since eternity – in which current I was floating, in that very flow, You were also present. But I did not see You.

O’ Divine One, You were with me day and night, ever-awake, holding the lamp of effulgence in Your hand. But that time I could not recognise You.

O’ my dearmost Baba, still today You remain along with me. Indeed each and every single moment You decorate this grand universe in hundreds of forms, shapes, and colors. Baba, You are always dancing in that divine vibration, but I did not see You because I was keeping my eyes closed.

O’ Parama Purusa, O’ Baba, since eternity You have been along with me. Today You have made me realise this very cosmic truth: I am surviving only due to Your boundless grace, affection, and love…

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== RE: BABA’S GUIDELINE: CELEBRATION OF ANANDA PURNIMA ==

~ Part 3 ~

(Note: This is the third letter of this series. Links to the first two letters are appended below. – AM Universal Moderators)

Namaskar,
This year Ananda Purnima is on Saturday, 25 May. Here are more of Guru’s guidelines for how to celebrate this grand event – our most important festival.

As we know, Ananda Marga is the path of bliss. The systematic yogic lifestyle and the 360 degree spiritual-cum-social outlook leads the entire human family to march ahead in unison. Part and parcel of this collective movement is our participation in social functions because it is by these blissful gatherings like Ananda Purnima that we are able to glorify Baba, renew ourselves, and attract more people on the collective train of dharma – generating greater momentum to move ahead.

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS:

A GREAT UNIFYING FORCE

In His discourse “Social Psychology” Baba tells the following in the section on collective social functions.

“Many of the ills of society develop because people do not care to know other members of society. This may not only mean ignorance of the condition and difficulties of others, but also leads to intolerance and a lack of interest in the affairs of the other members of society. Common social functions bring different members of society together and are therefore a great unifying force. By performing certain functions collectively, all the members are engaged in doing the same thing for some time, and this brings about a feeling of unity and interest in others.”
“In Ananda Marga such common social functions are especially encouraged. Milita snána [collective bathing] and dharmacakra [collective meditation] provide grounds for common social functions in the physical, psychic and spiritual fields. Common participation in such functions is a very great unifying force. The participants in such functions will have no intolerance for each other, and will instead get more united. Such functions are, therefore, a great unifying force.” (1)

Verily social functions like the upcoming Ananda Purnima celebrations give society a tremendous boost to advance: Such programs help inspire people to grow together. Plus social functions generate more enthusiasm and propulsion on the collective pathway – with the result being that all types of good things suddenly become possible.

By such functions humans can solve various problems. Now the need of the day is to build a single human society. Naturally, social functions help; by this way, various people come together in a social and spiritual way, and in that process become far more accepting of one another. Social functions generate family-feeling, i.e. “a feeling of unity and interest in others.”

Here below are more of Baba’s teachings and guidelines on the celebration of Ananda Purnima and how social functions positively affect our Ananda Marga.

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS BASED IN SPIRITUALITY

Not only do Ananda Marga social functions give a huge injection of inspiration, but these grand gatherings – which Baba has designed – goad and guide everyone deeper into the spiritual realm. This in turn brings permanent peace. So although the name is a social function, but its base is spirituality.

In direct contrast, in the general society social parties end up being nothing but degenerative events that promote and satisfy animalistic desires & carnal pleasures. Just people are rushing madly after worldly pleasures and transient pursuits.

So a very unique aspect of our social functions and festivals – like Ananda Purnima – is that they goad the mind toward the Supreme Self – that apexed point of human realization.

INCORPORATING FOOD INTO THE CELEBRATION

Here are more guidelines on this grand celebration.

High quality meals should be made available to any and all who attend. The most practical and rational way to do this is for margiis to contribute to this program according to their liking and means.

Basically, donations should be requested from all the margiis – on a sliding scale. According to their capacity they can contribute. So there should not be a certain fixed fee for every margii. Rather, donations should be based on one’s financial condition. Those with more money can offer larger donations and those with financial constraints can give smaller amounts.

So everyone should contribute something and if a person has the feeling and ability to give a bigger financial donation, that is welcomed. Along these lines, it is okay to let wealthier margiis give more, if they wish.

However, the amount donated should not be revealed publicly. That would be insensitive and humiliating for those donating smaller amounts. One idea is to set-up a special, hidden donation box; then people can offer even the smallest of donations and still feel comfortable. May we always remember that it is the feeling behind the giving that is most important, not the amount.

By and large though, money should not hinder anyone’s participation. Everyone should be encouraged to participate and bring their entire family, as well as their close friends. That will make for a joyous celebration and it will give us the opportunity to create new margiis.

All along, we have to find the right balance. That is why there should be a sliding scale, with no stated minimum amount. The main idea is that the food at programs like Ananda Purnima should be accessible to all. With a progressive donation arrangement that aim is entirely possible.

Actually what we have seen here in India is that often in Delhi Sector someone steps forward with great enthusiasm to cover the cost of the entire program. But this should only be accepted when the person has sincere feeling for Baba and the overall spirit of the celebration. If offered out of pomp or show, then such monies should be politely rejected.

“If a person wants to feed you out of genuine intimacy, you should take that food happily, even if it is just grains and vegetables. But if someone invites you only to make a show to people, never accept his/her food.” (2)

Finally, special food should be made available for all attendees. There will be one kitchen: The same type of food for all, which is of top quality, yet very simple and sentient.

SEE THAT ALL JOIN IN THE FESTIVAL OF ANANDA PURNIMA:

COLLECTIVE MEAL IS IMPORTANT

“Humans are social beings. So every human being likes utsava. It is the desire of all that they will rejoice unitedly. In Europe Puritanism failed in the end, only because the Puritans failed to care for the desires of the general public. They preached their theory only to a handful of devotees of knowledge.”
“Ananda Marga is for the general public. So, considering the necessity of the general mass, proper importance has to be given to the Utsava in social life. Enthusiasm in a utsava is the greatest in the children, in the tender aged boys, in the youths and last of all in grown ups. In the programmes of a Utsava, therefore, you shall think for the children first. Their sweet stammering noises ensure the success of the Utsava. But whatever arrangements you may make for the children, the youngsters, youths, or for the grown-ups, make that there is no dearth of discipline even to the minutest extent anywhere. Let there be complete harmony…”
“A grown up man does not like that others should call him grown up. An old man does not like that others should tell him old. Do you know, why they do not like to be said so? The adults or the aged are nearing death. This means that one is drawing nearer death as one grow up and this is why one does not like to be told grown up or old.”
“Taking this for granted regarding human psychology, you shall arrange for two or three items in the programme for the old to enjoy, so that they may think at least for a short time that they are not old, they have sufficient energy still left in them.”
“Take pains to see that all join in the Utsava. Give full opportunity to all the artists to make a display of their talents in art. Remember that taking food together is a special feature in a Utsava, without which half of the pleasure of a Utsava is marred.” (3)

THE MEANING OF UTSAVA:

FRESH INSPIRATION TO LIVE

“People often feel bored with their humdrum lives, with their mechanical routines; thus a fresh start must be created through festivals or utsava. The root verb su means “to be reborn.” Su plus -al suffix = sava. The substance which produces new vigour in the body is called a’shava, or wine. Similarly ut + su + al = utsava, which means “festival.” “Ut” means “towards up” and “sava” means “life” ; so utsava means “an occasion which gives human beings fresh inspiration to live a new life.” (4)

“I HOPE THAT YOU WILL MAKE SUCH ARRANGEMENTS” – BABA

“When people become tired and uninspired, when they can no longer look towards the future with hope, when their colourful dreams are shattered, at that time the sweetness of a festival brings new joy and vigour in life. Thus in individual and collective life, the importance of festivals is tremendous. One should always remember that festivals should be such that all can take part in them without any ostentatious display of wealth, and with an upsurge of their life force. And these festivals should be conducted in such a way that people take part in them from a spontaneous inner urge. I hope that you will make such arrangements so that all are attracted towards your festivals which will be more and more charming – and this will bring about your collective welfare.” (5)

MUST NOT USE FIRECRACKERS

Many units have stopped using firecrackers during our Ananda Marga festival celebrations. Baba’s expressed guideline is that firecrackers are a waste of money, create huge pollution, and invite serious injuries. Furthermore firecrackers are a carcinogen. Thus firecrackers are dangerous and wasteful on many levels. They should not be used at our programs. Instead the funds used for purchasing firecrackers should be directed toward enhancing our narayan seva & relief work that very day. More about this is noted below.

BABA’S GUIDELINE AND CONCERN FOR ALL

“Ensure that those who enjoy the celebrations also get thereby healthy opportunities for their physical growth, mental development, and spiritual progress.” (6)

“The humans of today are possessed of spirited intellect and accomplished wisdom. They are keen to advance with rapid step shattering the shackles of dogmas. They will no longer be entrapped by the illusion of opportunism. The rays of the crimson dawn of a new humanity on the eastern horizon have started weaving textures of colours on their eyelids and in the subtle recesses of their minds. As for those who have been dreaming of keeping humanity imprisoned by dogmas, their days are numbered; their blissful dreams are being shattered to pieces. I call upon all enlightened people and say: “Go ahead with courage. The humanity has been awaiting you. Establish it in the excellence and grandeur of glory.” (Ananda Vanii #53)

“Knowing oneself is the real knowledge; serving all with the ideation of Náráyańa, the real action, and the vow to please Parama Puruśa the real devotion.” (Ananda Vanii #25)

Namaskar,
in Him,
Manomaya

REFERENCES:
1. A Few Problems Solved – 7, Social Psychology
2. Caryacarya-2, Society, Pt #37
3. Táttvika Diipiká (Dvitiiya Parva)
4. A Few Problems Solved – 5, p.18
5. A Few Problems Solved – 5, p.18
6. Caryacarya – 1, p.42

Note 1: BABA CONDEMNS THE USE OF FIREWORKS

(A) In the below story Baba specifically warns us about the use of firecrackers – on multiple levels:

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/11/baba-story-teaching-on-fireworks.html

(B) Here is a more technical letter along with a human interest story about the dangers of firecrackers:

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/07/deadly-practice.html

Note 2: EARLIER POSTINGS FROM THIS ANANDA PURNIMA SERIES

#1: This first letter discusses:
Mahasambhuti’s Advent / Ways of Celebrating / Gift Giving / Sports Games / The Arts & more

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/05/babas-guideline-celebration-of-ananda.html

#2: This second letter discusses:
Celebrations in each unit / Samgacchadhvam spirit / Importance of Festivals & more

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/05/re-babas-guideline-celebration-of.html

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From: “Rainjiita L'”
To: anandamargauniversal1@yogasamathanam.net
Subject: Re: Baba’s Guideline: Celebration of Ananda Purnima #2
Date: Mon, 06 May 2013 19:21:09

Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Posting: Re: Baba’s Guideline: Celebration of Ananda Purnima #2;
(2) Trailer Quote: For Mothers;
(3) Prabhat Samgiita #1168;

Each section is demarcated by asterisks (***).

== BABA’S GUIDELINE: CELEBRATION OF ANANDA PURNIMA ==

~ Part 2 ~

Note: This is the second letter in this ongoing series on the Ananda Purnima celebrations. A link to the first letter has been appended below. – AM Universal Moderators

Namaskar,
In each and every sphere of existence – physical, psychic, social, moral, and spiritual – Baba has paved the way for humanity’s growth, generation, and enlightenment. Thus the divine and holy advent of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji is the most significant event this earth has ever seen. Naturally, the blessed day of Ananda Purnima is recognised as the greatest and most celebrated of all our Ananda Marga social functions and festivals.

Here following are further suggestions and ways to celebrate this divine day.

As we all know, this year Ananda Purnima falls on Saturday, 25 May.

CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE– IN EACH AND EVERY UNIT

Unlike centralised events like DMS etc, the occasion of Ananda Purnima is meant to be joyfully celebrated in each and every unit. It is a local function for one and all. Thus every unit is highly encouraged to host their own Ananda Purnima celebration. And, sure enough, many ideal units do everything – more than a full-day program. Thus margiis and sympathizers often arrive the evening before to participate in opening ceremonies and presentations. This continues into the day of Ananda Purnima itself with a special paincajanya and day-long celebrations including avaried array of activities and programs, culminating and concluding late that evening.

Here the main point is that, to one or another degree, blissful Ananda Purnima programs should take place locally in each and every unit. This is Baba’s prescribed system. More about this idea is also appended as note 2 at the end of this letter.

SPECIAL PRABHAT SAMGIITA PROGRAMS

As everyone may remember, Baba has beautifully given the system of making extended Prabhat Samgiita programs whereby gathered margiis to sing the blissful songs: Several compositions of Prabhat Samgiita. Just like we often have our long akhanda kiirtan programs of 3, 6, or 12 hours – in the same way these programs of Prabhat Samgiita can also take place.

Many may recall how Baba used to sit on the dais and call for the beginning of Prabhat Samgiita programs for the grand celebration of our Ananda Purnima social function. And it would proceed step-by-step where first one purport was read out by a selected margii and then the singing of that same song would begin and small young children of 8 or 9 years of age would dance to that song. As soon as one song was completed then another would begin with the reading of the purport followed by the singing and dance performance of that very song. And in this grand fashion several songs were linked together – all the while maintaining a nicely formatted sequence where the first song celebrated Baba’s holy advent and then the next song depicts His divine blessings etc. By that way several songs are linked together creating one panoramic, devotional picture.

INCULCATING THE SPIRIT OF COLLECTIVE SAM’GACCHADVAM’

Plus Ananda Purnima is a wonderful opportunity to bring forth one and all in collective harmony.

“At the outset of any festival or social ceremony, the Sam’gacchadvam’ mantra is recited, the purpose is to impose the common ideal on all. The love for the entire humanity.” (1)

Thus on the festive occasions of Ananda Purnima small kids, youths, university students, parents, seniors and devotees of all walks of life – everyone moves together in one thread. So these social functions offer something for everyone, thus building the bridge of an ideal human society.

Indeed the joining and gathering for Ananda Purnima is a special event as it represents the union of everyone’s heart. This function is not like some crowd at the movie cinema, which is just a random collection of people with their own individual agendas and separate thoughts. That is nothing but a crowd wholly devoid of any family feeling. That is like one fake flower that is superficially colored yet carries no aroma. In contrast, our devotional, heart-felt gathering of Ananda Purnima reflects society in the deepest sense of the term, where everyone is moving and smiling together as one integrated whole – ready to do each and everything for Baba and the humanity.

Thus at Ananda Purnima all are invited to sit together – money or other factors are not at all important. Everyone comes together regardless of one’s social status, career, educational background, or family history etc. It is a time for all grades of devotees to join together and gather for sweet celebrations, non-margiis are also invited – so long as they follow according to the sentient ways of the gathering. Only those anti-social elements, not at all interested in following the spirit of the program, should not be invited. Beyond that Ananda Purnima is a grand occasion for one and all.

ALL TYPES OF SOCIAL SERVICES

In addition, during Ananda Purnima all the trades and departments of AMPS partake in their respective social service programs. VSS optees do CSS, i.e collective social service such as public cleaning or repair work or other physical works for the security, safety, and welfare of the society etc. Side by side, AMURT can operate their free medical clinics. In this way, Ananda Purnima is a day for doing all types of services because we Ananda Margiis are declassed and perform all the sevas.

A FRESH NEW START

Universal festivals like Ananda Purnima are also a time for forgetting about past differences and starting new relations. They are a time for a fresh new start where we bury old issues, forgive and forget, sit together, and invite a clean new beginning.

Baba guides us that in personal life it is best to forgive others with our full heart. Though on matters of ideology or collective welfare we have no right to forgive anyone. But on personal affairs, forgiving others is the best course of action and what better time to do this than on the blissful occasion of Ananda Purnima.

BABA’S DIRECTIVE FROM CARYACARYA

“Ánanda Púrńimá: Collective bath with snána mantra, twice collective Iishvara Prańidhána and Varńárghyadána, collective noon and night meals, merry celebrations, spiritual conferences, annual meetings of workers, children’s sports, and procession with táńd́ava dance. (2)

THE IMPORTANCE OF FESTIVALS

Here following Baba is describing the great import that festive occasions like Ananda Purnima have on the human psyche. And that such social functions lead to the formation of a unified humanity.

“When people become tired and uninspired, when they can no longer look towards the future with hope, when their colourful dreams are shattered, at that time the sweetness of a festival brings new joy and vigour in life. Thus in individual and collective life, the importance of festivals is tremendous. One should always remember that festivals should be such that all can take part in them without any ostentatious display of wealth, and with an upsurge of their life force. And these festivals should be conducted in such a way that people take part in them from a spontaneous inner urge. I hope that you will make such arrangements so that all are attracted towards your festivals which will be more and more charming – and this will bring about your collective welfare.” (3)

SEE THAT ALL JOIN IN THE FESTIVAL OF ANANDA PURNIMA:

COLLECTIVE MEAL IS IMPORTANT

“Humans are social beings. So every human being likes utsava. It is the desire of all that they will rejoice unitedly. In Europe Puritanism failed in the end, only because the Puritans failed to care for the desires of the general public. They preached their theory only to a handful of devotees of knowledge.”
“Ananda Marga is for the general public. So, considering the necessity of the general mass, proper importance has to be given to the Utsava in social life. Enthusiasm in a utsava is the greatest in the children, in the tender aged boys, in the youths and last of all in grown ups. In the programmes of a Utsava, therefore, you shall think for the children first. Their sweet stammering noises ensure the success of the Utsava. But whatever arrangements you may make for the children, the youngsters, youths, or for the grown-ups, make that there is no dearth of discipline even to the minutest extent anywhere. Let there be complete harmony…”
“A grown up man does not like that others should call him grown up. An old man does not like that others should tell him old. Do you know, why they do not like to be said so? The adults or the aged are nearing death. This means that one is drawing nearer death as one grow up and this is why one does not like to be told grown up or old.”
“Taking this for granted regarding human psychology, you shall arrange for two or three items in the programme for the old to enjoy, so that they may think at least for a short time that they are not old, they have sufficient energy still left in them.”
“Take pains to see that all join in the Utsava. Give full opportunity to all the artists to make a display of their talents in art. Remember that taking food together is a special feature in a Utsava, without which half of the pleasure of a Utsava is marred.” (4)

THE ADVENT OF MAHASAMBHUTI

“When He comes, after creating His own body with the help of the five fundamental factors– solid, liquid, luminous, aerial, ethereal – to create an ideological tidal wave, that is called as Maha’sambhu’ti. Maha’ means ‘great’, ‘having a form which is supra-natural’. And bhu plus ktin equals bhu’ti. Hence Maha’sambhuti means ‘The Great Creation’, ‘The Great Appearance’…[He comes] to push humans society forward, to resuscitate the half-dead human race, to awaken society– to create a wave in the field of ideology, in the social field, and in the field of humanity; [He comes] to create a tidal wave in every dimension and on every level.” (5)

Namaskar,
at His lotus feet,
Rainjiita’

REFERENCES:
1. Prout Nutshell – 4
2. Caryacarya – 1
3. A Few Problems Solved – 5, p.18
4. Táttvika Diipiká (Dvitiiya Parva)
5. Discourses on Tantra – 1, p. 136

Note 1: LINK TO EARLIER LETTER

Here below is a link to the first letter in this series on how to celebrate Ananda Purnima.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/05/babas-guideline-celebration-of-ananda.html

The section below demarcated by asterisks is an entirely different topic,
completely unrelated to the above material. It stands on its own as a point of interest.

**************************************
For Mothers

“It was a secret before. Tell our girls that during the time of giving birth they should repeat their particular guru mantra in their particular Iśt́a cakra (from profile, Bábá indicated the various Iśt́a cakras). If they do so, there will be minimum haemorrhaging and the birth will be safe.”
Again Bábá spoke, “Do you know the naming ceremony (of Ananda Marga)? Until the age of six months, the mother should give only her milk, and at the time of nursing, she should sing (the kiirtana mantra) Bábá nám kevalam in a low voice so that only she and the baby can hear it. If she does so, the baby will have a spiritual start, and at the time of singing kiirtana, her milk will become divine nectar.”
**************************************

Prabhat Samgiita 1168

“A’ma’ra e ga’n divase nishiithe raciya’chi Prabhu tava tare…” (PS #1168)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, day and night I composed this very song for You. By Your grace, I have decorated this song with the feeling of my heart.

O’ Supreme Entity, the light has smiled before me, leaving Your sweetness behind. The flowers, leaves, and petals, through sweet shapes and forms, only tell me of Your tales and stories. By this way I hear of Your glories and greatness.

O’ my Lord, the soft, gentle breeze has come with its sweet tender touch, and it passes the message that You are graciously showering Your eternal, boundless and sweet love.

O’ Parama Puruasa, I surrender at Your lotus feet…

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Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Posting: Re: Baba’s Guideline: Celebration of Ananda Purnima #2;
(2) Trailer Quote: For Mothers;
(3) Prabhat Samgiita #1168;

Each section is demarcated by asterisks (***).

== BABA’S GUIDELINE: CELEBRATION OF ANANDA PURNIMA ==

~ Part 2 ~

Note: This is the second letter in this ongoing series on the Ananda Purnima celebrations. A link to the first letter has been appended below. – AM Universal Moderators

Namaskar,
In each and every sphere of existence – physical, psychic, social, moral, and spiritual – Baba has paved the way for humanity’s growth, generation, and enlightenment. Thus the divine and holy advent of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji is the most significant event this earth has ever seen. Naturally, the blessed day of Ananda Purnima is recognised as the greatest and most celebrated of all our Ananda Marga social functions and festivals.

Here following are further suggestions and ways to celebrate this divine day.

As we all know, this year Ananda Purnima falls on Saturday, 25 May.

CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE– IN EACH AND EVERY UNIT

Unlike centralised events like DMS etc, the occasion of Ananda Purnima is meant to be joyfully celebrated in each and every unit. It is a local function for one and all. Thus every unit is highly encouraged to host their own Ananda Purnima celebration. And, sure enough, many ideal units do everything – more than a full-day program. Thus margiis and sympathizers often arrive the evening before to participate in opening ceremonies and presentations. This continues into the day of Ananda Purnima itself with a special paincajanya and day-long celebrations including avaried array of activities and programs, culminating and concluding late that evening.

Here the main point is that, to one or another degree, blissful Ananda Purnima programs should take place locally in each and every unit. This is Baba’s prescribed system. More about this idea is also appended as note 2 at the end of this letter.

SPECIAL PRABHAT SAMGIITA PROGRAMS

As everyone may remember, Baba has beautifully given the system of making extended Prabhat Samgiita programs whereby gathered margiis to sing the blissful songs: Several compositions of Prabhat Samgiita. Just like we often have our long akhanda kiirtan programs of 3, 6, or 12 hours – in the same way these programs of Prabhat Samgiita can also take place.

Many may recall how Baba used to sit on the dais and call for the beginning of Prabhat Samgiita programs for the grand celebration of our Ananda Purnima social function. And it would proceed step-by-step where first one purport was read out by a selected margii and then the singing of that same song would begin and small young children of 8 or 9 years of age would dance to that song. As soon as one song was completed then another would begin with the reading of the purport followed by the singing and dance performance of that very song. And in this grand fashion several songs were linked together – all the while maintaining a nicely formatted sequence where the first song celebrated Baba’s holy advent and then the next song depicts His divine blessings etc. By that way several songs are linked together creating one panoramic, devotional picture.

INCULCATING THE SPIRIT OF COLLECTIVE SAM’GACCHADVAM’

Plus Ananda Purnima is a wonderful opportunity to bring forth one and all in collective harmony.

“At the outset of any festival or social ceremony, the Sam’gacchadvam’ mantra is recited, the purpose is to impose the common ideal on all. The love for the entire humanity.” (1)

Thus on the festive occasions of Ananda Purnima small kids, youths, university students, parents, seniors and devotees of all walks of life – everyone moves together in one thread. So these social functions offer something for everyone, thus building the bridge of an ideal human society.

Indeed the joining and gathering for Ananda Purnima is a special event as it represents the union of everyone’s heart. This function is not like some crowd at the movie cinema, which is just a random collection of people with their own individual agendas and separate thoughts. That is nothing but a crowd wholly devoid of any family feeling. That is like one fake flower that is superficially colored yet carries no aroma. In contrast, our devotional, heart-felt gathering of Ananda Purnima reflects society in the deepest sense of the term, where everyone is moving and smiling together as one integrated whole – ready to do each and everything for Baba and the humanity.

Thus at Ananda Purnima all are invited to sit together – money or other factors are not at all important. Everyone comes together regardless of one’s social status, career, educational background, or family history etc. It is a time for all grades of devotees to join together and gather for sweet celebrations, non-margiis are also invited – so long as they follow according to the sentient ways of the gathering. Only those anti-social elements, not at all interested in following the spirit of the program, should not be invited. Beyond that Ananda Purnima is a grand occasion for one and all.

ALL TYPES OF SOCIAL SERVICES

In addition, during Ananda Purnima all the trades and departments of AMPS partake in their respective social service programs. VSS optees do CSS, i.e collective social service such as public cleaning or repair work or other physical works for the security, safety, and welfare of the society etc. Side by side, AMURT can operate their free medical clinics. In this way, Ananda Purnima is a day for doing all types of services because we Ananda Margiis are declassed and perform all the sevas.

A FRESH NEW START

Universal festivals like Ananda Purnima are also a time for forgetting about past differences and starting new relations. They are a time for a fresh new start where we bury old issues, forgive and forget, sit together, and invite a clean new beginning.

Baba guides us that in personal life it is best to forgive others with our full heart. Though on matters of ideology or collective welfare we have no right to forgive anyone. But on personal affairs, forgiving others is the best course of action and what better time to do this than on the blissful occasion of Ananda Purnima.

BABA’S DIRECTIVE FROM CARYACARYA

“Ánanda Púrńimá: Collective bath with snána mantra, twice collective Iishvara Prańidhána and Varńárghyadána, collective noon and night meals, merry celebrations, spiritual conferences, annual meetings of workers, children’s sports, and procession with táńd́ava dance. (2)

THE IMPORTANCE OF FESTIVALS

Here following Baba is describing the great import that festive occasions like Ananda Purnima have on the human psyche. And that such social functions lead to the formation of a unified humanity.

“When people become tired and uninspired, when they can no longer look towards the future with hope, when their colourful dreams are shattered, at that time the sweetness of a festival brings new joy and vigour in life. Thus in individual and collective life, the importance of festivals is tremendous. One should always remember that festivals should be such that all can take part in them without any ostentatious display of wealth, and with an upsurge of their life force. And these festivals should be conducted in such a way that people take part in them from a spontaneous inner urge. I hope that you will make such arrangements so that all are attracted towards your festivals which will be more and more charming – and this will bring about your collective welfare.” (3)

SEE THAT ALL JOIN IN THE FESTIVAL OF ANANDA PURNIMA:

COLLECTIVE MEAL IS IMPORTANT

“Humans are social beings. So every human being likes utsava. It is the desire of all that they will rejoice unitedly. In Europe Puritanism failed in the end, only because the Puritans failed to care for the desires of the general public. They preached their theory only to a handful of devotees of knowledge.”
“Ananda Marga is for the general public. So, considering the necessity of the general mass, proper importance has to be given to the Utsava in social life. Enthusiasm in a utsava is the greatest in the children, in the tender aged boys, in the youths and last of all in grown ups. In the programmes of a Utsava, therefore, you shall think for the children first. Their sweet stammering noises ensure the success of the Utsava. But whatever arrangements you may make for the children, the youngsters, youths, or for the grown-ups, make that there is no dearth of discipline even to the minutest extent anywhere. Let there be complete harmony…”
“A grown up man does not like that others should call him grown up. An old man does not like that others should tell him old. Do you know, why they do not like to be said so? The adults or the aged are nearing death. This means that one is drawing nearer death as one grow up and this is why one does not like to be told grown up or old.”
“Taking this for granted regarding human psychology, you shall arrange for two or three items in the programme for the old to enjoy, so that they may think at least for a short time that they are not old, they have sufficient energy still left in them.”
“Take pains to see that all join in the Utsava. Give full opportunity to all the artists to make a display of their talents in art. Remember that taking food together is a special feature in a Utsava, without which half of the pleasure of a Utsava is marred.” (4)

THE ADVENT OF MAHASAMBHUTI

“When He comes, after creating His own body with the help of the five fundamental factors– solid, liquid, luminous, aerial, ethereal – to create an ideological tidal wave, that is called as Maha’sambhu’ti. Maha’ means ‘great’, ‘having a form which is supra-natural’. And bhu plus ktin equals bhu’ti. Hence Maha’sambhuti means ‘The Great Creation’, ‘The Great Appearance’…[He comes] to push humans society forward, to resuscitate the half-dead human race, to awaken society– to create a wave in the field of ideology, in the social field, and in the field of humanity; [He comes] to create a tidal wave in every dimension and on every level.” (5)

Namaskar,
at His lotus feet,
Rainjiita’

REFERENCES:
1. Prout Nutshell – 4
2. Caryacarya – 1
3. A Few Problems Solved – 5, p.18
4. Táttvika Diipiká (Dvitiiya Parva)
5. Discourses on Tantra – 1, p. 136

Note 1: LINK TO EARLIER LETTER

Here below is a link to the first letter in this series on how to celebrate Ananda Purnima.
http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/05/babas-guideline-celebration-of-ananda.html

The section below demarcated by asterisks is an entirely different topic,
completely unrelated to the above material. It stands on its own as a point of interest.

**************************************
For Mothers

“It was a secret before. Tell our girls that during the time of giving birth they should repeat their particular guru mantra in their particular Iśt́a cakra (from profile, Bábá indicated the various Iśt́a cakras). If they do so, there will be minimum haemorrhaging and the birth will be safe.”
Again Bábá spoke, “Do you know the naming ceremony (of Ananda Marga)? Until the age of six months, the mother should give only her milk, and at the time of nursing, she should sing (the kiirtana mantra) Bábá nám kevalam in a low voice so that only she and the baby can hear it. If she does so, the baby will have a spiritual start, and at the time of singing kiirtana, her milk will become divine nectar.”
**************************************

Prabhat Samgiita 1168

“A’ma’ra e ga’n divase nishiithe raciya’chi Prabhu tava tare…” (PS #1168)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, day and night I composed this very song for You. By Your grace, I have decorated this song with the feeling of my heart.

O’ Supreme Entity, the light has smiled before me, leaving Your sweetness behind. The flowers, leaves, and petals, through sweet shapes and forms, only tell me of Your tales and stories. By this way I hear of Your glories and greatness.

O’ my Lord, the soft, gentle breeze has come with its sweet tender touch, and it passes the message that You are graciously showering Your eternal, boundless and sweet love.

O’ Parama Puruasa, I surrender at Your lotus feet…

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