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From: “Ramlal Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Colour Festival & Guru Puja Intrinsically Interlinked
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:26:08 +0530

Baba

This entire email is composed of 4 parts:
(1) Posting: Colour Festival & Guru Puja Intrinsically Interlinked;
(2) Reader Comment: Dada Threatens To Commit Suicide;
(3) Trailer Quote: Health Guideline: Sleeping Related;
(4) Prabhat Samgiita #1341.

== COLOUR FESTIVAL & GURU PUJA INTRINSICALLY INTERLINKED ==

Namaskar,
In the jagrti on the day of colour festival, I was there when the margii arrived and I heard him ask Dadaji the question.

Already Dada had told everyone how we would celebrate and what we would do and I could see that the margii was a bit disappointed. He asked the following question.

“Dadaji, today is spring festival. How can we make our offering to Baba during our puja without colours? We need some type of coloured powder or flower. But you have not brought any. Baba will be deprived because we do not have any colour to offer Him. He must be waiting for us as this is the day of the festival. Why is it that you did not supply coloured powder for us?”

Indeed, the margii felt that actual colours (powders, flowers, incense sticks, & even blowing conch shells etc) must be offered to Baba in our puja during colour festival, otherwise Baba would be deprived.

The margii recounted that for years and years always he used coloured powder in his puja on spring festival. He furthermore told that all the margiis he knows do like this as well.

We all watched Dadaji to see how he would respond. Dadaji told that physical colours like powder and flowers are not mandatory during our Guru Puja (offering of colours) in spring festival program.

BABA’S WORDS ABOUT THIS

Below are the quotes and citations which we found from Baba’s guidelines.

In Caryacarya, Baba says the following about the use of coloured powder during puja in our spring festival celebrations.

Baba says, “Then, in the afternoon, all will perform collective Iishvara Prańidhána and Varńárghyadána (using áviir [coloured powder] or flowers of colours of their own choice).” (1)

In that same chapter of Caryacarya Baba further clarifies the matter.

Baba says, “In relation to Guru Pújá, one should remember that both crude and subtle offerings have equal value. Therefore one should not do anything merely for show.” (2)

So here above Baba clarifies that both base (physical) and subtle (psychic) colours could be offered during spring festival. It is not that coloured powders are absolutely mandatory.

Hence no one should be disturbed if actual colours are not used. One may offer physical colours such as flowers or mental colours. No one should blame or harass anyone if someone prefers to only offer mental colours. There should not be any confusion about this.

MORE OF BABA’S TEACHINGS

Here are more of Baba’s teachings on this critical point:

[A] First in Ananda Sutram Baba says that ours is not the path of ritualistic worship wherein we only offer physical objects or engage in prayer etc

3-11. Prárthanárcaná mátraeva bhramamúlam.

[Prayer and ritualistic worship become a source of confusion.]

Purport: It is useless to pray to God for something, for He is sure to give what is necessary. Solicitation or importunity in the name of worship is nothing but toadyism and flattery. (3)

[B] Here below, in these next two quotes, Baba again explains the inner significance of spring festival.

“The inner significance of the Dolyátra of Shrii Krśńa is this: “By surrendering all the colours of my mind to You, I want to become colourless.” This surrender to the Supreme Consciousness propels human beings towards Him. So this colour festival is not merely an outward play; it is purely a psycho-spiritual phenomenon. This very psycho-spiritual phenomenon is operating behind the process of varńárghyadána [offering of colours]: “O Lord, make me colourless so that I may move towards You without any hesitation.”” (4)

“The significance of the Dol Liilá, the Spring Festival, is to surrender all one’s mental colour to Parama Puruśa, and thus free oneself from the bondage of colour.” (5)

GURU PUJA / VARNARGHYADAN / PRATYHARA YOGA ARE ONE AND THE SAME

In colour festival, we offer color to the Supreme Entity, who is in the form of Guru, by doing Guru Puja. Colour Festival then is nothing but the festival of Guru Puja.

Here, in the following paragraphs, colour means bondage, or the attachment of the mind. For example, anything & everything in the world has some sort of vibration, or colour. When attracted, the mind gets dyed with that colour. For instance, if someone is attracted to rasgolla and must eat tht sweet whenever he goes to the market, then the colour of rasgolla will stain his mind.

Likewise, humans get coloured colored by all kinds of colour. So here, colour means a stain on the mind. When the mind is stained, then that mind is in bondage. When mind is not attracted with any color and is just attracted towards Parama Purusa, then the mind is colourless.

That is why in Guru Puja, sadhakas offer their mental colour – all kinds of attractions, weaknesses, and attachments – to the Supreme Entity. If the offering is made with sincerity, that weakness or attachment will fade away, and the mind will become calm, serene, and blissful. That is the very close to the stage of colourlessnes. When the mind is completely coloured then one becomes one with Parama Purusa.

Ultimately,, the unit mind and the Cosmic Mind are the same, only due to one’s mental colour the unit mind is not becoming one with the Cosmic Entity. In order to become one with Him, we celebrate Colour Festival and offer our mental colours to the Divine Entity – Parama Purusa – and try to become one with Him.

“You must bring about a revolutionary change in the flow of your judgment and thought, and see how, after overcoming your fascination with external colour, your mind becomes tinged with the His glorious colour. In Ananda Marga Sadhana, the method of withdrawing the mind from degrading tendencies, and absorbing oneself in the colour of the Great, is called Pratyáhára Yoga (the yoga of withdrawal) or Varńárghyadána (Guru Puja: the offering of colours). All people have a particular attraction for one or another object or activity and as soon as they become attracted to an object, then their minds become coloured with the colour of that object. You can withdraw your mind from the colour of that object and dye yourself in His colour by offering Him the captivating colour of the object that has attracted you: this is the real Pratyáhára Yoga [Guru Puja]. The word Pratyáhára means “to withdraw” – to withdraw the mind from its object.”

“The main object of the Spring Colour Festival (Vasantotsava) is not playing with external colours; it is meant to offer Him the colours of different objects which have dyed the mind. When this practice of offering your own colours – your own attachments, becomes natural and easy, you will then merge in Him. Then you will have no need for any colour, for you will become colourless – you will go beyond the reach of any colour. Your unit-ego will become one with the Cosmic Ego. Whichever way you look you will see only Him in His ever-surging glory. There is no “I” nor “you”. By an everlasting, mutual pact the final curtain will have fallen on all clashes of “I” and “you”. At that stage, if you call Parama Brahma as “I”, you are right in calling Him so; if you call Him as “He”, you are equally right; and if you call Him as “you”, again you are correct. The extent of your attainment of Him will be proportionate to your self surrender.”

“Remember, you have to offer your own identity – not money, rice plantains or other crude objects. The give-and-take of crude things is a business transaction. If you want to attain the bliss of Brahma, you must offer your own self. If you want to have the Great “I”, you must give away your own little “I”. You have to give the full sixteen annas, (the full rupee). Giving fifteen annas and holding back one anna will not do. You must completely surrender. To attain that Infinite One with the help of your mental concentration and strength, you have to surrender yourselves. But, remember self-surrender does not mean suicide. On the contrary, your soul will have its full expression. Your existence will not become contracted, for contraction is inert in principle. Hence in the Sádhaná of self-surrender the ego is expanded, not contracted. In the Mahábhárata, when Duhshásana was pulling the sari of Draopadii, she was tightly holding the cloth to her body with one hand beseeching lord Krśńa with the other. “Oh! My lord, save me!” But the Lord did not then come forward to save her from shame. When Draopadii found no means of escape, she then released her hold on the cloth and appealed to the Lord most piteously with both hands out-stretched, crying, “O Lord, I surrender my all to you. Do what you think is best”. And the Lord immediately rescued her. That is why I say that you will have to dedicate yourselves to His feet wholly and unreservedly. You will earn godliness in proportion to the extent that you surrender yourselves, and finally, after merging that acquired godliness of yours in His Entity, you will attain eternal bliss.” (6)

By His above teaching the point is very clear. Our colour festival is not about coloured powders and flowers per se. Rather Baba guides us that the real import is the psycho-spiritual approach of offering the colours (i.e. attachments and obstacles) of one’s mind.

Here again is the critical line from Baba’s teaching.

Baba says, “The main object of the Spring Colour Festival (Vasantotsava) is not playing with external colours.” (7)

OUR ANANDA MARGA COLOUR FESTIVAL IS UNIQUE

Our Ananda Marga spring / colour festival – vasantaotsava – is highly unique and stands as a dharmic event. It is not a mere replication of the dogmatic Hindu colour festival. Baba has given distinct, dharmic reasons for the practice of our colour festival that makes it independent and different from the Hindu rituals performed in their colour festival.

SUMMARY

By all of Baba’s above teachings, our approach in colour festival is very clear. There should not be any confusion. Those who wish to use physical colours may do so, but they must offer the colours of their mind as well. And those who wish to only offer their mental colours, that is in perfect accordance with Baba’s teachings.

So no one should think that coloured dyes and powders are an absolute requirement for the celebration of our colour festival. On this point there should not be any confusion.

Namaskar,
Ramlal

REFERENCES
1. Caryacarya-1, Social Functions and Festivals
2. Caryacarya-1
3. Ananda Sutram
4. Liberation of Intellect: Neo-Humanism
5. Namámi Krśńasundaram, Disc: 19
6. Subhasita Samgraha – 3, Vibration, Form and Colour
7. Subhasita Samgraha – 3, Vibration, Form and Colour

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Subject: Re: Dada Threatens To Commit Suicide
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 04:18:55 GMT
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Namaskara Brothersji,

Good article.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/03/dada-threatens-to-commit-suicide.html

I work in the psych field and everyday there are people that come in from suicide attempts that were not successful. Many attempt because of physical or emotional pains.

I don’t know this Dada that was suicidal but I suspect he is putting on an act if indeed he threatened to do so to get the requested land. That is so non-sensical. Of course, suicide itself seems nonsense to the rational mind. I think he is bluffing. If I am wrong, O.K., but I don’t think so.

Namaskar
Vyasa

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.

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Health Guideline: Sleeping Related

“Do not sleep on a soft bed.” (Carycarya – 3, Chapter 6, Pt #4)

Note: Baba’s above guideline is key for wellness. Some ignorant people, however, who are unaware about health and hygiene, get swayed by pseudo-culture and use a spring-loaded bed with thick mattresses. But that is very detrimental for the various joints, muscles, & organs of the body; one will also suffer from incurable back pain and problems with the spine. Moreover, sleeping on a soft mattress adversely affects the body’s systems leading to digestive disorders & disease.

Conscious people know that soft beds lead to the onset of many diseases while hard beds massage the body.

So one should be aware. One should not fall in the pseudo-culture approach of using a soft bed and thereby invite more dangerous diseases.

Sincere sadhakas keep away from using a pillow also.

On the spiritual side, Baba guides us that those using a hard bed in day to day life develop a body that is capable for intense psycho-spiritual practice.

Keeping this view, including many more benefits, Baba has graciously introduced this above rule. Those who follow this guideline realise its value.

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Prabhat Samgiita

“A’mi ca’i na’ ei sabhyata’, a’mi ca’i na’ kut’ilata’…” (PS 1341)

Purport:

O’ Lord, my life is for You and Your ideals. I do not want this pseudo-civilization. I do not want hypocrisy and cunningness. I want to float in the open, vast, blue sky – in the boundless open air with the softness of the birds where there are no limitations or boundaries of dogma.

I want more and more effulgence and free air, and the great sky which is studded with stars. I want that very mind which is saturated in divine love and dharma – where there is no presence of the bondages of crookedness, religion, groupism, or narrowness.

I always keep Parama Purusa in my mind and my heart. His blessing and His grace is my everything. By His grace I will go on painting and covering the darkness with the fragrance of sandal paste. Whatever and wherever impurity is there, by His grace it will be removed. This superficial culture and civilization I do not appreciate. I want straightforwardness. I want to lead a life under His shelter…

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To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Why & How Only Ananda Marga is Dharma
Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 18:37:36 (00:00)

This entire email is composed of 4 parts:
(1) Posting: Why & How Only Ananda Marga is Dharma
(2) Follow-Up Letter: Story of Dadhiici
(3) Trailer Quote: The Four Root Languages Follow Identical Process
(4) Prabhat Samgiita: 2373

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

== WHY & HOW ONLY ANANDA MARGA IS DHARMA ==

Namaskar,
Here is a poignant letter of contrast how our Ananda Marga is universal dharma whereas all those religions are based on their own limited platform.

(1A) Religion is extroverted movement. Religions have many gods.

(1B) Dharma is introverted movement. Dharma has only one God, that too is the Self within.

(2A) Religion divides. Religion leads to bloodshed due to ignorance and dogma. The Babri Masjid is a case in example.

(2B) Dharma unites. Dharma united people by leading them to the path of knowledge.

(3A) Religion does not permit any scope of inquiry. The concepts in religion are purely theoretical not backed by experimental verification.

(3B) In dharma the theoretical concepts are derived out of experimental verification.

(4A) Religion postulates enhanced material enjoyment by placing God within an imaginary heaven.

(4B) The basic concept of dharma is that ‘HE’ exists and that HE is within us. The endeavor to search ‘HIM’ within is meditation and the culminating point of this endeavor is AHAM BRAHMASMI (I am Brahma). Dharma leads one towards realization of the self.

(5A) Religion involves parishram wherein action is guided without inspiration.

(5B) Dharma is perfectly internal wherein the soul inspires the mind to act and the mind inspires the body to act. Action guided by the soul is shrama (free from extroversial tendency).

(6A) Religion operates by creating fear in peoples minds of the fictitious concept of hell and alluring people towards the pleasures of heaven.

(6B) Dharma operates by inspiring people with love for the supreme being. Anandam Brahmmano vidvan maa vibheti kutasc`na (Fear not, God is bliss only).Teaches explicitly not to fear

(7A) Religion claims that all of ones past sins can be washed away if one goes on a pilgrimage or bathes in a holy river etc. (which is irrational).

(7B) Dharma says you have to undergo the requitals of your actions.

(8A) Religion says God is confined to holy places (for example, Mecca, Ayodhya, Jerusalem) and not to be found elsewhere.

(8B) Dharma says Ishavasyam idam sarvam yat kinc`a jagatyam jagat. (In every speck of dust in the universe God resides with equal density). People who go from place to place looking for God are like those who throw away the food in their hands and then go from door to door begging .

(9A) Religion believes dip in holy river (Ganga, Yamuna). It means God is only in these rivers and not in other rivers. If so, why the fishes after living many days inside the holy rivers end up in the mouth of greedy people.

(9B) In Dharma, the river or Tiirtha is the Atma (soul). And dip is going deep into ideation.

(10A) Religion believes in physical strength (i.e., preponderance in numbers) and therefore, demands conversion.

(10B) Dharma believes in spiritual strength and therefore, does not require conversion. Therefore, dharma is the only path to and Ananda Marga is the only dharma. The practice of Yama (control over external expresssions) and Niyama (internal purification).

BABA’S RELATED TEACHINGS

“Ananda Marga alone is dharma and all the rest are sectisms.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 1, p. 63)

“A’nanda Ma’rga is that path of progress, and that is why A’nanda Ma’rga is the only alternative for the preservation of human existence and civilization.” (Tattva Kaomudii – 1)

“A correct spiritual ideology is the only solution to the problems confronting the world. From this perspective we can call Ananda Marga ideology the philosophers’ stone. Just as the philosophers’ stone is meant to transform everything into gold, Ananda Marga ideology can, most definitely, find a just and rational solution whenever it is applied to any problem.” (Problems of the Day, pt #36)

“The books in Ananda Marga philosophy are all absolute knowledge. The proper mark of identity of absolute knowledge is that it must be universal, rational and psychological.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 4, Prápta Vákya and Ápta Vákya)

Namaskar,
Bhaskar Deva

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Date: 06 Mar 2013 21:33:24 -0000
From: “Kalpatru Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Story of Dadhiici

== STORY OF DADHIICI ==

Namaskar,
We all know that March 5 was the sanctified day known as Dadhiici Divas– the occasion which commemorates those who valiantly sacrificed their lives for the great cause of dharma: Ananda Marga ideology.

Here is some further background and meaning about this great event– which is one of our Ananda Marga festivals.

STORY:

THE SACRIFICE OF THE GREAT SAGE DADHIICI

As the story goes, the elderly Mahars’i Dadhiici was a great rishi who stood for the cause of universal welfare. And ultimately he sacrificed his life for the human society.

In this mythological tale, it is told that when the devatas (pious people) and da’navas (demons) were fighting against one another, then in order to achieve permanent victory over the da’navas, the devatas went to Mahars’i Dadhiici for his blessing – and to get a boon from him.

Up until that point in the battle, the da’navas (wicked people) were winning the war. So the devatas (moralists) knew that something special needed to be done, otherwise they were sure to lose the war. And they also knew that Mahars’i Dadhiici had performed great penance in his life.

So the devatas approached Mahars’i Dadhiici knowing that if he gives one of the bones from his holy body then the vajra (mighty weapon like a lightening bolt) made from that bone will be enough to permanently annihilate the demonic forces. They knew t would take the bone of one great ascetic with lots of spiritual power in order to win the war. So only if Mahars’i Dadhiici sacrificed his life by giving one of his bones could the devatas be saved – otherwise not. With this in mind the devatas approached Mahars’i Dadhiici.

When they arrived at the doorstep of his ashram, the Mahars’i was deeply absorbed in sadhana. But knowing that they had come calling especially for him, he broke his meditation. And then after listening to the request of those devatas, Mahars’i Dadhiici agreed with their demand and he gave his approval for the plan.

Then the great Mahars’i Dadhiici permanently withdrew all the vital energy from his body through the practice of pranayama. And, by this way, the devatas (righteous forces) could make a weapon from the bones of his body and win the war. Thus Mahars’i Dadhiici gave up his existence for the great cause of universal welfare.

That is the spirit of our Dadhiici Divas festival – honouring those who sacrificed their lives for Ananda Marga ideology.

SPECIAL POINT ABOUT DADHIICI

As we know, often is the case in India that martyrs are known as ‘shahiid’, which is an Arabic word. The common Hindi or Sanskrit term – Dadhiici – is not usually used.

While giving a discourse Baba make this point quite clear.

“Those brave warriors who take part in the Islamic religious wars (jeha’dd) are called muja’hid in Arabic. Those muja’hids who give up their life in battle are called shahiid. Those who are victorious in battle are called ga’jii (if they live, ga’jii; if they die, shahiid). Similarly, those who give up their life in the Christian religious wars (crusades) are called “martyrs”. By what logic then do we call those brave progeny who give up their life for their country or for any other great cause shahiid? Instead, we can use the word dadhiici for them because Mahars’i Dadhiici sacrificed his life for the welfare of others. He did not lose his life in a jihad or crusade.” (Varna Vijiana, Disc 21)

In His above Baba commentary, Baba clarifies the meaning of the term shahiid and makes an explicit distinction between (a) those fanatics who die for the limited agenda of their dogmatic religion and (b) those great souls – Dadhiicis – who sacrifice their lives for that all-expansive cosmic ideology.

DADHIICI IS NOT THE SAME AS SHAHIID OR MARTYR

Since then the term ‘Dadahiici’ was born. It means sacrificing one’s life for the great cause– Bhagavata Dharma. Hence, according to Baba the term ‘Dadhiici’ is distinctly different from those other terms which denote one who has given their life for their narrow & dogmatic religion.

Baba says:
“When Christians die for Christendom, they are called martyrs;
When Muslims die for Islam they are called shahiids;
When My children sacrifice their live for the ideals of Bha’gavat Dharma,
I call them Dadhiicis.” – 5 March, 1967

Therefore it is every year on this day of 5 March that we remember all those great souls who have given their life for the establishment of AM ideology.

SPECIAL NOTE:

EVERY SACRIFICE IS SIGNIFICANT

Each and every sacrifice is important – each and every person who sacrifices their life to save Ananda Marga / bhagavad dharma has great importance. No sacrifice is of less significance than another.

Whether it be those who sacrificed that fateful day on 2nd April 1982, or those who were killed in the fight with the communists in Ananda Nagar, or those who did self-immolation, they have all sacrificed their life to save bhagavad dharma. So we should regard them all the in equal life, with great honour.

Baba has denoted 5th March as this day to recognise all those who sacrificed. Those who sacrifice in the future, they too will be honoured on Dadhiici Divas. It is Baba’s distinct guideline that all dadhiciis will be honoured on this very day.

HOW TO CELEBRATE

In addition to what was written in the prior letter, History and Observance of This Occasion (link below), Dadhiici Divas is to be observed with all kinds of collective and joyous programs that celebrate the honour and well-being of humanity.

Uplifting functions like akhanda kiirtan, dharmacakra, mass feeding, clothing distribution, sports and games are most appropriate for this day. Literary, athletic, and science competitions are also welcomed as well as unifying events like collective bhajans and collective meals. People also observe a day of half-fasting and feed those in need.

Please write in with how you and your unit observed this day.

Namaskar,
in Him,
Kalpatru Deva

Note: LINK TO EARLIER LETTER ON DADHIICI DIVAS

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/03/history-observance-of-this-occasion.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.

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The Four Root Languages Follow Identical Process

“When a swift horse runs its hooves make a turtur sound. That which makes a turtur sound as it moves is called turaga or turaunga or turaungama (that is, “horse”). That animal which makes a kurkur sound as it runs is called kuraga or kuraunga or kuraungama (that is, “deer”). In this way human beings have created many word forms and verb forms to express their mental ideas. This process of word formation is called “acoustic derivation” and the original verbal roots in all the world’s languages were created in this way.”

“The first word forms in all the world’s languages were the original verbal roots. By adding prefixes and suffixes many different words were derived. Among the established languages of the world, mainly four can be considered as the root languages. They are Vedic, Latin, Hebrew and old Chinese. If one examines the derivation of the vocabulary of these languages one will find that their method or process is identical. (Varn’a Vijina’na, Disc 19, p.270)

Here Baba is explaining that these 4 languages (Vedic, Latin, Hebrew and old Chinese) are root languages. The words and vocabulary of these languages are based on the natural sounds those inhabitants heard, such as when a horse runs. In that way those early people created root verbs.

Time passed; daughter and granddaughter languages were formed. And those languages were built upon the root verbs of those four original root languages.

For example, Sanskrit / Samskrta came from the Vedic language and from Sanskrit / Samskrta so many Indian languges were created: Hindi, Bengali, Gujurati, Malayalam and all the Indo-Aryan languages. They are all based on Sanskrit / Samskrta and follow the same root verb from the original Vedic. This is also happened with Latin, Hebrew and Old Chinese. So many languages were formed upon the root verbs of these 3 other root languages, just as happened with Vedic.

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Baba

“Toma’re ceyechi a’lo-chay’aya’…” (PS 2373)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, I long for You in the light and shade – in good days and bad – in the dawn as well as in the evening. I long for You always, each and every moment. Baba, I long for You in the effulgence of the earth – the beauty of creation. I have untold yearning for You in dormant love and in the depths of ideation – in my dhya’na. O’ my Beloved, I want You.

O’ Supreme Entity, my Dearmost and my eternal companion, You are the great ocean of churned nectar. You are eternal. Everyone exists because of You in newer and newer rhythm, names, and forms. Because of You this cycle of creation keeps moving.

Baba, please come very close and reside in my heart, grace me by dispelling the last vestige of asmita’ [1]. Along the flow of my life’s path – through the undulating waves of crest and troughs – the river of my citta wants Your essence of nectar. Baba in the journey of my life, in pain and pleasure, loss and gain, happiness and sorrow, my heart wants only You, O’ my Dearmost…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #2373:

[1] Asmita’: Here below Baba gives quite an elaborate and colourful explanation of the Sanskrit term, asmita’.

Drkdarshanashaktyoreka’tmateva’smita’

Baba says, “As asmita’ is devoid of any discrimination, people with this mental defect lose their power of discrimination. First, they think that since they are so great, there is no need for them to learn anything from others. As a result of this, their further progress comes to a halt. Secondly, the arrogant attitude of this asmita’ banishes from their minds the humble psychology of the learner. They lose interest in learning anything useful; so not only in the world of knowledge, but also in the world of practicality, they become misfits in life because of their mountainous accumulated ignorance.”
“It is not that arrogance of this sort simply obstructs their progress. The human mind, like the human body, is dynamic. No one has come to remain here; everyone is moving — for movement is a must. Now, the mind whose further progress is blocked will also have to move this way or that; so when one must move, but the path of progress is blocked, one is compelled to move along the path of degradation. Thus the arrogance born of this asmita’ will lead people towards their downfall.” (Namah Shivaya Shantaya, ‘Shivokti-6’)

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History & Observance of This Occasion
From: “Gurucharan Deva”

Baba

This entire email is composed of 4 parts:
(1) Posting: History & Observance of This Occasion
(2) Addendum: There Must Not Be Many Dadhiici Divas
(3) Comments from Readers: Two Letters
(4) Trailer Quote: Tamasik Leafy Vegetable: Red Puiṋ Shak

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

== HISTORY AND OBSERVANCE OF THIS OCCASION==

Namaskar,
The day of Dadhiici Divas is upon us: March 5. This occasion holds special significance as dharmic sadhakas laid down their lives for the great cause of Ananda Marga ideology. Hence this is a day to honor those who sacrificed and a time to remember the unprecedented dedication it took to build up and establish AM ideology. It is about the rise of bhagavad dharma on this earth.

As we all know prior to ’90 under Baba’s direction many great deeds were done. Along the way many gave their lives for the great cause of dharma. We should reflect upon those sacrifices done for the sake of ideology and take up the vow that once again we should protect and propagate this grand AM ideology.

As you read this full account, bear in mind that this letter addresses how a dadhiici differs from the Christian concept of martyr as well as the Muslim approach of shahiid. This letter also lists the names of those dadhiicis in Ananda Marga who sacrificed their lives for bhagavad dharma.

DADHIICI DIVAS IS ONLY CELEBRATED ON ONE DAY

Initially, Dadhiici Divas was declared in memory of those great souls who lost their lives in that tragic incident of 5 March 1967. As more struggles ensued and dedicated sadhakas sacrificed their lives for Ananda Marga ideology, Baba created the system and gave the idea that this day of March 5 will be the one single day to remember & honour all those who sacrificed their existence for the great call of dharma – AM ideology.

Initially the observation of Dadhiici Divas began with the historical sacrifice of 5 March 1967 wherein some dedicated workers and margiis were tragically and brutally murdered in a barbarous attack by the Communist Party (West Bengal). It happened in Ananda Nagar; and since then this day is held in their honour.

Yet over time Dadhiici Divas has become the day which marks the occasion to remember when any and all Margiis and WTs sacrificed their life for the great cause of AM ideology, i.e Bhagavad Dharma– irrespective of which date and in which particular manner their lives were actually sacrificed. Only one day is fixed to honor those who gave their life for the ideals of AM. And that day is Dadhiici Divas, 5 March.

THE DETAILS OF THAT FATEFUL DAY

Here is a more in-depth look back at the events which transpired on that fateful day of 5 March 1967 as well as the events leading up to it.

As is commonly known our Ananda Nagar was first started on over 1000 acres of land in Baglata, Purulia District West Bengal in 1964. And that time so many beautiful projects and programmes were started to materialise Baba’s vision. There were primary schools, a college, a medical clinic, a children’s home, etc. Many great projects were going on.

But by 1967 serious resistance started to come from the nefarious communist party – CPI(M). Those days the CPI controlled the entire local Purulia area and they had a wicked grip on the West Bengal Govt by controlling many high positions.

So now we can see how the tensions were mounting those days.Because on the one hand due to selfless service by our Marga wholetimers in & around Ananda Nagar, the local people / villagers were getting benefited and were coming close. And the villagers began to see how the CPI was exploiting them.

In reaction, the CPI(M) began to instigate local movements to conspire against AM. To that end, members plotted and convinced local BDO Ashok Chakravarty against our AN Ashram. Then in Aug 1966 this BDO (Block Development Officer) came to our Ashram saying he wanted to be a member of the controlling body of our AM Degree College.

When it was explained to him that unfortunately he did not meet our Ashram’s regulations for such a position, then he became quite furious and irate. Certainly, he was not acting on his own; rather he was just the front-man for the communist party. Then to counter-attack and get revenge BDO returned in Feb 1967 demanding for our Marga to support the local communist candidate in the General Elections. So our WT & Margii brothers and sisters humbly explained about our socio-spiritual approach and told that we do not support any political party, per se. In that circumstance this negative BDO was determined for revenge. In truth that BDO was but a pawn of the ruling communists.

The communists began an intensive campaign started to defame AM among Purulia locals. And one serious plot was hatched to attack our Ananda Nagar Ashram. No doubt local people had developed good relations with our Ashram due to the different service projects. But communist workers worked hard to undermine that.

And together with the BDO they sabotaged our relation with the villagers through numerous underhanded and grotesque scene.

For example the communists and the BDO secretly slaughtered many cows and stealthily spread those remains around the villages in the middle of the night. And they told and spread the rumours that the Ananda Marga Ashramites were responsible for the nefarious work. In result, Hindus were furious since they worship the cow as a goddess. And the CPI(M) told the Muslim villagers that the AM sadhus had been driven out of Pakistan and settled in Purulia with deep hatred toward Muslims, and that they would surely be stealing all their land.

So after drumming up sufficient nasty hatred among villagers, the CPI & BDO held another meeting in Susundi village on March 3rd 1967. And they made all the Hindus and Muslims present that day to swear by oath on the Mahabarata and Koran to remove AM sadhus by any means, including murder.

And fifth March was decided to be the day to carry out their dark plot. It was known by all, including AN Ashram residents, all Purulia gov’t and police officials and West Bengal gov’t that the event was planned.

Certainly Ananda Marga sannyasis appealed to both the Purulia gov’t and to police multiple times for protection and security from the oncoming doom. But all of those appeals were ignored. And just one skeletal, paltry force of police was assigned to the ashram grounds. That was the night of March 4th but it was all only to make a show etc. Proof being that by three o’clock in the morning of 5th March, Ananda Nagar was declared as being safe by chief of police. So he left to go back to Purulia, leaving behind only a small show of around thirty men.

But that too was only in show, as in morning when attack came, not one policeman raised his hand. And that terrible day of 5 March 1967, thousands of armed villagers arrived on the scene goaded by the hatred inculcated by CPI workers. And in that fury the villages swept through our Ananda Nagar ashram, destroying everything in sight.

On their horror-stricken path, hundreds of Ananda Nagar residents were seriously wounded and five were struck dead with mortal wounds. And not just killed, but butchered & mauled. Among those victims who fought bravely to defend Ananda Nagar & AM way of life were Dadas Abhedananda and Sachidananda.

Altogether, 5th March 1967 is a day never to be forgotten in Ananda Marga history. A day to recognise those who died for the highest goal.

A DAY TO REMEMBER THE SACRIFICE OF ALL

Since that fateful occasion, many have come forward in our Marga and sacrificed their lives for the cause of bhagavad dharma including the terrible murder of 17 Wholetimers in broad day-light in the early 80’s, and after that also all such persons who sacrificed for the special cause of AM ideology are honourably called as Dadhiicis. March 5 is in their memory as well (see list in note 1).

OBSERVATION OF THE DAY

In this way, Dadhiici Divas is known as a day of great dedication and sacrifice for the high ideal of AM ideology. It can be celebrated with due respect and regard in the following way:
(A) Half-Day Fasting
(B) Dharmacakra
(C) Slide Show: History of Struggle for Dharma in Ananda Marga
(D) Story-telling for Children
(E) Debate
(F) Poetry Readings
(G) Dance – Drama: Teach and Educate New People
(H) Talk: Review of spread of bhagavad dharma and recounting the efforts of those who sacrificed.
(I) Exhibition

DADHIICI DOES NOT MEAN MARTYR

The terms ‘Dadhiici’ and ‘Martyr’ are not the same thing. That is why Baba has specially given the occasion as Dadhiici Divas and not ‘Martyrs Day’ or ‘Shahiids Day’ etc. Because the term dadhiici bears a unique & special significance. Baba says:

“When Christians die for Christendom, they are called martyrs;
When Muslims die for Islam they are called shahiids;
When My children sacrifice their live for the ideals of Bha’gavat Dharma,
I call them Dadhiicis.” – 5 March, 1967

Hence in Ananda Marga, our concept of dadhiici has absolutely no relation with the Christian term martyr. Because Christian martyrs are only fighting for their selfish and narrow-minded group interest such as in the Crusades and other religious wars. Those martyrs did not sacrifice their lives for the welfare of one and all. In contrast in our Ananda Marga, those Dahiicis who sacrificed their lives did something for the upliftment of the entire humanity. So none should be confused that the greatness of the term “dahiicis” is similar to the dogmatic Christian concept of “martyr.” Rather these two titles are worlds apart.

SPECIAL POINT ABOUT DADHIICI

As we know, often is the case in India that martyrs are known as ‘shahiid’, which is an Arabic word. The common Hindi or Sanskrit term – Dadhiici – is not usually used.

While giving a discourse Baba make this point quite clear.

“Those brave warriors who take part in the Islamic religious wars (jeha’dd) are called muja’hid in Arabic. Those muja’hids who give up their life in battle are called shahiid. Those who are victorious in battle are called ga’jii (if they live, ga’jii; if they die, shahiid). Similarly, those who give up their life in the Christian religious wars (crusades) are called “martyrs”. By what logic then do we call those brave progeny who give up their life for their country or for any other great cause shahiid? Instead, we can use the word dadhiici for them because Mahars’i Dadhiici sacrificed his life for the welfare of others. He did not lose his life in a jihad or crusade.” (1)

In His above Baba commentary, Baba clarifies the meaning of the term shahiid and makes an explicit distinction between (a) those fanatics who die for the limited agenda of their dogmatic religion and (b) those great souls – Dadhiicis – who selflessly sacrifice their lives for that all-expansive cosmic ideology.

BABA’S ETERNAL GUIDELINES

On the occasion of this coming Dadhiicii Divas, we should reflect on its special significance and adhere strictly to Baba’s dharmic codes and teachings and establish Ananda Marga ideology. Please see

“Fight for your Ideology. Be one with your Ideology. Live for your Ideology. Die for your ideology.” (2)

“Life represents Ideology. Life should be sacrificed for the Ideology.” (3)

Namaskar,
Surrendering to Him,
Gurucharan Deva

OUR SANSKRIT / SAMSKRTA NAMES

Little by little we should all be accustomed to following Baba’s below guideline and begin at least by using Deva when we sign our emails.

Baba says, “The word deva should be suffixed to the name…the more the usage of deva as a title, the better it is. The Sanskrit name should be used in all worldly dealings.” (Caryacarya-1)

Note 1: LIST OF DADHIICIS IN ANANDA MARGA

Here following is a list of some of the brave and courageous WTs and Margiis who have sacrificed their lives for the mission:

On 5th March 1967:
Ac Abhedananda Avt
Ac Saccidananda Avt
Ac Bharat Brc
Ac Prabhash Brc,
and Ac Avadhesh Brc sacrificed their life at Ananda Nagar.

Bhagawat Panday (Ghazipur) was killed by communists.

On 28th August 1969: Brother Ravi Sarkar sacrificed his life at Coochbehar.

LFT margii Ramdhan: Burned to death in Patna Ananda Marga school during communist attack in 1970.

Ac Tyageshvarananda Avt: Bhagalpur interrogation police killed him while in jail (1972).

Those who self-immolated and sacrificed their lives – including Ac Divyananda Avt, Ac Dineshvarananda Avt, Ac Atulananda Avt, and 5 others – during the struggle when Baba was in jail.

Massacre of 30th April, 1982 at Bijon Setu (Kolkata) in broad daylight. The following dedicated
workers were murdered by communist goondhas:
Avtk Ananda Praceta’ Ac
Ac Adhishivananda Avt
Ac Bhaveshvarananda Avt
Ac Krpashivananda Avt
Ac Artasevananda Avt
Ac Subashwarananda Avt
Ac Venketashwarananda Avt
Ac Kamaleshananda Avt
Ac Girishananda Avt
Ac Prashivananda Avt
Ac Shomnath Brc
Ac Mukul Brc
Ac Virendra Brc
Ac Subrat Brc
Ac Dhruvajyoti Brc
Ac Jagamohan Brc
Sri Ram Raghuvar at Jaipur.

Jan 24, 1988:
Ac Asitananda Avt lost his life at Gilliguchi.

April 2 1990:
Ac Asiimananda Avt (an agricultural specialist) along with four brothers were brutally butchered in broad-daylight by the CPM goondas at Ananda Nagar.

June 4 1990:
Ac Ajiitananda Avt lost his life at Pundag railway station by the attack by CPM strong arms.

September 18, 2003
Ac Abhipremananda Avt was murder by B group hitmen / assassins.

To these Dadhiicis I pay my deepest salutations.

REFERENCES:
1. Varna Vijiana, Disc 21
2. Ananda Vanii #14
3. Ananda Vanii #15

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THERE MUST NOT BE MANY DADHIICI DIVAS

Recently (03 feb 2013), margii T wrote with great anticipation about 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.

Margii T wrote: “I will further state that on April 9 will be the 40th anniversary of the Self-immolation of Mahadadhici Ac Divayananda Avt. I ask any those Ranchi margis who are angry at the programme being done by Tiljala margis to please organize a public programme near the old Legislative Building (Vidhan Sabha) to honour the self-immolation of this true disciple of our Baba.” (Margii T, 03 Feb 2013)

Actually this type of issue first came up after the 30th April massacre at Bijon Setu, Kolkata. That time many Bangla-speaking Wts requested 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 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.

The request by Dadas to change the date to 30th April is very similar to the situation with the Jains. 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 AM 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.

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.

Thus it is very curious why anyone would even think to observe other dates like April 9 etc. Ultimately, ours is a man-making mission. Our duty is to follow Ananda Marga ideology and follow 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.

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.

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LETTERS FROM READERS

Re: Ananda Marga Is Colourful

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/03/ananda-marga-is-colourful.html

Namaskar Gaunga,
Beautifully illustrated ! Yes, Baba has woven a beautiful garland with a huge variety of flowers having so many colors, textures and fragrances. Never before, in the history of mankind, has such a synthesis happened. Ananda marga is for all.

Thanks for the inspiration.
In Him,
Amrit Lalloo

Re: Story: Incurring Debt Ruins Mental Peace And Friendship

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/02/story-incurring-debt-ruins-mental-peace.html

I want to thank you all who contributed towards composing this Mail. Its was a real “eye opener ” for me and for every one who want to be away from all such problems.

THANKS. NAMASKAR. JAY BABA NAM KEVALAM

Gautam Kumar

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.

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Tamasik Leafy Vegetable: Red Puiṋ Shak

Here Baba guides us that the red, leafy puin shak (vegetable) is “bad for the mind” and hence tamasik.

“Some of you have possibly seen that there is a creeping leafy vegetable plant called puiṋ shák [Indian spinach] … slightly wild, and its leaves are small and blackish. This kind of puiṋ is called buno puiṋ [wild variety]. Although its nutritional value is as good as that of any other puiṋ, it is not good for patients suffering from acidity. Although all kinds of puiṋ have more or less the same qualities, it is the white puiṋ or puiṋ with light green large leaves that is relatively easy to digest. The wild puiṋ is bad for acidity, as the red puiṋ is bad for the mind.” (Shabda Cayanika – 4, Disc: 24, pt #33)

This red, leafy vegetable (puin shake) is found throughout Asia and is sold around the globe in Asian vegetable markets. However, as Ananda Margiis we should not ingest puiṋ shak as it is tamasik.

It should also be noted that in our Ananda Marga books, it is spelled two different ways:
(1) Puiṋ
(2) Puni

The first spelling is correct, i.e. puiṋ, and that is the way it is spelled in the above quote.

The second listing – i.e. puni – is not correct. That is not the proper spelling, yet it is written that way in some of our publications. See the below quote as an example.

The key point to keep in mind is that it grew ouy of rotten matter. So, although many communities treat this as a good vegetable, but for Ananda Margiis red puiṋ shak is tamasik and therefore avoided. This is commonly missed because sadhakas think that every leafy vegetable is sentient, but that is not true. Red puin shak is one such example.

“Static food: Food which is harmful for the mind and may or may not be good for the body is static. Onion, garlic, wine, stale and rotten food, meat of large animals such as cows and buffaloes, fish, eggs, etc., are static. Very often people eat food without knowing its intrinsic qualities. For example, the milk of a cow which has just given birth. Or white eggplant, khesárii pulse [horse gram], red puni [Basella rubra Linn.], or mustard leaves, all of which often grew out of rotten matter. In order to have a balanced mind and to progress spiritually, human beings will have to pay attention to the qualities of the food they eat. The idea that “I will just do my sádhaná and eat any food, proper or improper” will not do.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy In A Nutshell: Food, Cells, Physical and Mental Development)

For more information about this plant visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basella_alba

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Baba

== HAPPY NEW YEAR!! ==

Namaskar,
Happy New Year to all – to everyone – our entire universal family! [1]

We should read this following Ananda Vanii given by Baba, Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. This is His direct blessing – an original Ananda Vanii. Why should we settle for a fake Ananda Vanii. The following can be read on the grand occasion of this Happy New Year: 1 January 2013.

“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.””

– A’nanda Va’n’ii #53

Namaskar,
Sastaunga Pranam to Baba,
AM-GLOBAL Moderators

[1] Entire family: All of creation are His progeny. So our universal family refers not just to all human beings, but also the animal kingdom, the plant world, all animate beings and inanimate objects, and the expressed and unexpressed universe, i.e. this entire creation. All are part of our family.

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Date: 15 Nov 2012 20:10:43 -0000
From: “”Kalyan Sundaram “kalyan_s.1970@metro-pc
Subject: Why Do They Embrace Fake A’nanda Va’niis
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

== WHY DO THEY EMBRACE FAKE A’NANDA VA’NIIS ==

Namaskar,
Baba’s original and true A’nanda Va’niis stand as one of the great traditions of Ananda Marga. This we all know.

Twice annually on New Year’s & Ananda Purnima Baba would give a spirited message of a few lines that was entirely new in content, complete in expression, and eternal in nature. In that way, each Ananda Vanii is verily a discourse unto itself. So Baba’s original and true Ananda Vaniis are really something unique and incomparable.

However, now in this post 1990 era, certain party leaders have taken it upon themselves to invent and issue Fake Ananda Vaniis for their own interests & political ends. These fake Ananda Vaniis are nothing but their own claim for power and legitimacy.

As Ananda Margiis, as disciples of Baba, we should be strict in adhering to Baba’s divine system of Ananda Vaniis and use only those original Ananda Vaniis as our guiding light – not any fake version. Thus on the occasions of New Year’s & Ananda Purnima, we should select one of Baba’s original Ananda Vaniis. Already, this is what so many units are doing around the globe.

As 2013 is a mere 6 weeks away, we should get organised and prepare ourselves accordingly.

Here below is a general discussion of this topic. This is a vast subject so please write in your thoughts and comments. As disciples of Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji we are to be vigilant on this matter as it regards the authenticity and sanctity of His divine teachings.

MORE ABOUT THE BEAUTY OF BABA’S ORIGINAL A’NANDA VA’NIIS

Baba’s true Ananda Vanii messages are very precise and pointed like an arrow. They are complete discourses in and of themselves. They are not part of any larger discourse; and they are not just a quote or partial paragraph. Baba’s true Ananda Vaniis are 100% full & complete and stand as is. They are unique and new in their own special way.

One of the most recognisable and special attributes of Baba’s original Ananda Vaniis is that they infuse prana (positive life-force) into even half-dead persons and give strength and vigor to all sadhakas. Infused with courageous spirit and indomitable nature, Baba’s original Ananda Vaniis are 100% unique and stand apart from His other discourses. Only His original and true Ananda Vaniis have that unbridled energy to inspire one and all to move ahead.

History bears testimony that Baba Himself wrote all those Ananda Vaniis in His own handwriting. And He did not just do one like this; but, time after time, for many years Baba continued to write His original Ananda Vaniis with His own hand. All senior margiis are aware about this. In contrast, with other discourses and book chapters, Baba never did like this. Countless discourses He has given and always He was speaking, and devotees were writing. Whereas Ananda Vaniis were written by His hand. This shows the personal and special quality of Ananda Vaniis.

Here is one of His true and eternal Ananda Vaniis.

Baba says, “After millions of animal lives, a created being attains the human form. That is why all the sacred books speak of the rarity of human life. The wise properly utilize all objects and this utilization alone makes the existence of the object worthy. You have achieved the human frame. You must make it meaningful by your sádhaná, service and sacrifice. Engage yourself in such useful pursuits that even your worst enemies have hardly any chance to despise you. Utilize yourself in such a manner so as to satisfy yourself mentally, that you never wasted your time uselessly on this earth.” (Ananda Vanii #33)

In all, Baba has blessed us with 74 of these divine guidelines known as Ananda Vaniis. Each with their own inherent beauty; each with their own timeless message. And Baba has Himself specially collected them all together and marked them in His publication: Ananda Vanii Samgraha. These alone stand as those unparalleled and dharmic messages which Baba has so graciously blessed us with during the time of New Year’s Day and Ananda Purnima gatherings. These alone are Ananda Vaniis.

WHAT THE GROUP CAMPS ARE DOING

However, nowadays various Fake A’nanda Vaniis are being created and passed around by the various groups.

Certainly, most margiis and field workers understand that any so-called Ananda Vanii created by one of the factions is a Fake A’nanda Va’nii.

Even then it is important for us to recognise and review how & why these Fake Ananda Vaniis came into existence so that we can eliminate this dogma permanently.

Baba says, “The despondent humanity, in the monumental task of searching for veracity, sees the beacon leading to the path of effulgence. This immense task makes humanity’s existence resplendent and illumines its path of movement with the blazing tenderness of humanism. You are the blessed travellers on that effulgent path. Let the unique blending of your profound wisdom and intense urge for action rend asunder the mists of sinful deeds and smash to dust the jagged rocks of hypocrisy, and establish you in the realm of supreme fulfilment. This is my wish for you on this auspicious New Year’s day.” (Ananda Vanii #71)

Namaskar,
in Him,
Kalyan Sundaram

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi eso a’ma’r ghare krpa’ kare, vedii sa’ja’yechi toma’r tare…” (P.S. 589)

Purport:

Baba, please grace me by coming to my home. For You I have decorated the vedii (dais). I have prepared the garland of sweet malati flowers for You.

Baba, I am sitting in meditation and waiting for Your divine arrival. My ears are ready and waiting in anticipation of Your soft footsteps.

Baba, my mind is not in my control; with the flow of this sweet breeze it is rushing towards You. Everything is vibrating in Your love. Baba please grace me by coming and sitting in my heart in that most intimate & loving way…

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Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2012 21:02:28 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Sutreshvara Deva
Subject: The How’s & Why’s of Light Festival

Baba

“Diipa’valii sa’ja’yechi prabhu…” (PS #63)

Purport:

Baba, my Beloved, by Your divine grace I have arranged a row of lamps in Your reception. Please grace me and come inside my heart always with in ever new form and dress. Please come inside my heart with Your gentle footsteps. Please come inside my mind with more song and dance. Baba, please be gracious and radiate Your sweet and tender smile – illumine my entire existence. Baba, by Your causeless grace please come in my world of ideation with rhythm and new effulgence – exuding Your charming vibration…

== THE WHY’S & HOW’S OF LIGHT FESTIVAL DIIPAVALI ==

Namaskar,
All are aware that the ‘festival of lights’ – Diipa’vali – is very soon. This day is marked by joyous and blissful celebrations for one and all. The actual day is Tuesday, 13 November 2012.

This day of Diipavali carries a sublime devotional significance and is also a deeply meaningful event in the social sphere.

Here below are ideas how to celebrate Diipavali in our own units as well as some of Baba’s dharmic teachings about the inner meaning of Diipavali.

FESTIVALS ARE A SPECIAL TIME

In our A’nanda Ma’rga Baba places great emphasis on the celebration of our various festivals. They are a time of rejoicing in all the spheres of life.

Baba says, “You should make arrangements for different types of festivity on the occasions of the ceremonial functions of the Marga. Ensure that those who enjoy the celebrations also get thereby healthy opportunities for their physical growth, mental development and spiritual progress.” (Caryacarya-1, ’95 Edn, p.42)

Thus we should ensure that in all our Marga units, there is a specially-designed program for Diipavali.

WAYS TO CELEBRATE DIIPAVALI

Here Baba gives His ultimately guideline for the starting point of any festival such as Diipavali.

Baba says, “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.” (Prout Nutshell-4)

Furthermore, Baba has laid down a specific guidelines for observing the wonderful occasion of Diipavali.

Baba says, “Diipa’valii: Once collective Iishvara Pran’idha’na and Varn’a’rghyada’na, illumination, collective merry celebrations, entertaining visitors at one’s residence, and procession with ta’n’d’ava dance.” (Caryacarya-1, chapter 21)

Thus Diipavali is a wonderful occasion for all kinds of heart-warming activities. Certainly as Baba says we will perform our collective meditation and Guru Puja, i.e. dharmacakra. And that will be accompanied by a wide arrange of social arrangements: hosting friends and family, display of lights, spiritual dances, and so much more.

Festivals like Diipavali are also a perfect time for collective meals, collective bath, games & sports competitions, distribution of toys & sweets, writing contests, art presentations, musical concerts, social talks, spiritual discourses, kiirtan, and all types of other unifying events.

Because our social functions offer something for everyone – from young to old where every person from every corner of society can participate, whether they be margii or non-margii. Thus our Ananda Marga festivals cater to a wide-audience with a diverse array of interests and liking. So all types of socially-uplifting activities may be held.

FESTIVALS HAVE A SPECIAL ROLE IN THE SOCIETY

In Ananda Marga, festivals or social functions serve a particular purpose. They satisfy a special need for the society. They bring one and all together. They help cultivate family feeling, cosmic brotherhood, and serve as a reminder that we are all one.

Hence festivals strengthen the social fabric and bring social harmony and good feeling to all. They are a special way to help cultivate the feeling of ‘one human society’ and bring everyone close.

Baba says, “Common social functions bring different members of society together and are, therefore, a great unifying force.” (Tattvika Praveshika)

In His ‘Social Psychology’ discourse, Baba further describes the unique role and special purpose which social functions like Diipavali serve:

Baba says, “Preservation of unity in society. If it is possible to enthuse the members of society with the following they will ensure unity in society – a common ideal, a casteless society, collective social functions and no capital punishment.” (Prout Nutshell – 3)

Thus festivals, or collective social functions, are one of three or four specific recommendations which Baba gives for establishing and maintaining unity in the society.

GENERAL MEANING OF DIIPAVALI

In India, & throughout the northern hemisphere, Diipavali is the darkest night of the year since it is the ama’vasya’ (new moon or nil moon) night of the autumn season.

And the term ‘diipa’ itself means lamp in Samskrta. So the Diipavali function is a display which signifies the victory of light over darkness. Thus citizens and hosts create a show of lights in the sky to signify the triumph of the sentient forces. And this basic idea is outlined in Caryacarya also.

Baba says, “Diipa’valii / Ka’rttikii Ama’vasya’. [The new moon of Ka’rttika. As that night is the darkest night of the year, the celebration with fireworks and illumination symbolizes the forces of light or vidya’ (knowledge) overcoming the forces of darkness or avidya’ (ignorance).] (Caryacarya – 1, chapter 21)

Baba’s above teaching is also that the overall way to overcome negativity is by positivity: Overcome darkness by light.

INNER SIGNIFICANCE OF DIIPAVALI:

‘LIGHT THE LAMP OF THE HEART’

In His historic 1990 discourse, Baba guides us that the external show of lights in Diipavali is the outer presentation of the internal idea that we are to ‘illumine the inner heart with the divine effulgence of Parama Purusa’.

So the external show of lights done at our social functions is just to display the inner feeling of the heart – ‘to light the lamp of our heart with His divine love’.

Because ultimately anyone can engage in the external show of Diipavali by lighting candles and shooting off firecrackers etc. And that is fine and well– but not the main goal.

Rather it is the inner heart of devotion which should be lit. So the real spirit of Diipavali – the inner Diipavali of the heart – depends exclusively on His divine grace. And that is the unique aspect of this Ananda Marga festival.

Otherwise just to engage in an external show of lights is not the way of Ananda Marga. Our Marga is based on the most sublime spiritual ideal. So we practice everything in a spiritual way – lighting the internal lamp of devotion by His grace. This is Diipavali in our Ananda Marga system.

Namaskar,
Sutreshvara Deva

Note: OUR SAMSKRTA NAMES

Baba says, “At the time of initiation or shortly afterwards, those who do not have a Sanskrit name should be given one by the ácárya/á. The word deva should be suffixed to the name…the more the usage of deva as a title, the better it is. The Sanskrit name should be used in all worldly dealings.” (Caryacarya-1)

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Date: Sat, 03 Nov 2012 20:36:02 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Naresh Singh”
Subject: Baba Story: Teaching on Fireworks

Baba

== BABA STORY: TEACHING ON FIREWORKS ==

Namaskar,
Here is a story from the 1960’s as recounted by senior margii, DR P.D. Singh, an orthopedic surgeon from Ranchi.

The quoted lines below are direct, exact words from our dear margii brother, Dr Singh. That is why this story is told in the first-person using “I”.

Here begins the story….

MY VISIT WITH BABA

During the 1960’s I was a medical student and I would go and visit Baba often; He was always very gracious would give guidelines and speak on various topics. I had a close and respectful relation with Baba.

On this particular occasion, in late October, during the time of Diipavali / Deepawali, all kinds of festivities were going on, including fireworks / firecrackers. In celebration of this festival, many in our local neighborhood were also shooting off firecrackers.

At the time, I was sitting with Baba, attending to Him, in His quarters. Baba was speaking on various subjects, but He was interrupted again and again by the loud and disturbing noise of those firecrackers. Finally, He stopped talking entirely.

After a few moments, I said, “Baba, people spend crores of rupees on firecrackers. These firecrackers cause hearing loss and bodily injuries – they are so dangerous.”

Baba replied, “Yes you are right, people misuse crores of rupees (tens of millions) on fireworks and erecting huge, multi-story paper temples on the road for this festival, and these temples only last 3 – 5 days. Yet the common masses and poor people are suffering; they do not have proper food, shelter, clothing, medical care and education. They lack the basic requirements. It would be far better if they served those impoverished people with that money – instead of wasting it on firecrackers and other dogma. That would be great social service.”

Baba continued, “Not only are these firecrackers a drastic misuse and abuse of funds; they also create lots of noise and air pollution.”

Baba added, “The money misused on dogma should be used for social service. Those who love humanity will not misuse their hard earned wealth in this way.”

That concludes the story as told by Dr P.D. Singh.

REFLECTION

I think this above story of PD Singh gives a very good and meaningful guideline to us all.

Unfortunately, nowadays in our Ananda Marga there is also a competition of shooting off fireworks. Tragically, that negative trend has been adopted by some during diipavali / deepawali, as well as Ananda Purnima, and on select other festival days.

In the general society, firecrackers / fireworks are commonly used for marriage celebrations, New Year’s festivities, and during Durga Puja, Deepawali – among other times. In the western world like the US, firecrackers are used to celebrate Independence Day.

As Ananda Margiis, we should all be more conscious about this. We should not fall into trends of the general society. Those who purchased fireworks for the upcoming Diipavali festival (Nov 13, 2012) should sell them back to shopkeepers. That is the best thing to do; that will be in keeping with Baba’s stated guideline.

It is just like if someone purchased poison for their own personal use and later realised that life itself is very important, then they will not ingest it. Rather they will throw it away.

Similarly, those who purchased fireworks should not use those firecrackers.

I also used to shoot off fireworks but after hearing this story I stopped immediately. This is a very practical and meaningful guideline. After all, money should not be used and abused but rather spent in a proper way, i.e. for the service of those in need.

Namaskar,
Naresh Singh

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Esechile prabhu surer máyáy…” (P.S. 1274)

Purport:

Baba, You have graced me by coming with the magical tunes and melodies of Prabhat Samgiita. You Yourself have taken advent here, & on the pathway You are singing Your blissful songs.

Baba, in the early dawn everybody was sleeping so there was no one there to receive You, even then that time You came by singing the song on the path – resonating all around the divine vibrations of those loving, charming, and sweet songs.

Baba, You are so gracious. You are not concerned about any getting type of special reception. You do not have the longing that everyone should come to receive You. Nor do You desire to be garlanded – that also You do not care about. And on Your blissful arrival, the hari pari mandal, the circle of devotees also were not there to receive You.

O’ my Dearmost, on Your face there was a sweet smile, and side by side You were keeping the flute of omnkara. You came step by step, taking one after another divine form.

Baba, You have taken advent Yourself in the depths of my mind, in the deep core of my heart the omnkara dhvani – eternal sound – of the ankle bell is resonating. O’ Baba You have taken Your place in my heart.

In my mental Vrindaban, secretly and surprisingly, You have come and in Your eyes there is anjana. Baba, You have graciously saturated the heart of all those who wanted to be loved. Everyone got drenched in Your love.

Baba, You have come on this dusty earth and filled the whole universe with Your divine music. The whole creation is vibrated by Your aura…

END NOTES ON PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1274:

Note 1: In the above song, the flute is not literally a flute but rather one of the eternal sounds that signifies the Presence and divine advent of Parama Purusa. His Presence brings the sound of om’ka’ra.

Note 2: This song also represents the unfolding of the cycle of Brahmacakra as step by step from the eternal stance of Nirguna Brahma He is manifesting Himself in different forms and colors. And in this way the created universe has come into being.

Note 3: In various discourses Baba describes how the om’ka’ra dhvani, or divine sounds of realisation, has different expressions such as the sound of the ankle bell or the roaring of the ocean etc. And according to their samskaras, sadhakas hear these different sounds. (Reference: ‘Six Stages of Realisation’ in Namami Krsnasundaram.)

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