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This (see below) is done by the semitic religions. They do not think that an animal has a soul. There are other religions that may eat meat but they do not adhere to this philosophy. If you have any questions then please write.

“At one time people were told that this world is for human enjoyment only, so the existence of all the plants, of all the birds and animals, in the world is intended merely to provide objects of enjoyment for human beings. Their hopes and aspirations, their intense desire to live, their pains and pleasures, their affectionate family or community lives are simply without value. However much a baby goat may wish to live, the main consideration is how much meat that kid carries on its frame. This defective philosophy has made people ruthlessly violent – even more dangerous than blood-thirsty tigers. Tigers kill only to fill their stomachs, to preserve their physical existence; whereas human beings kill animals mostly out of greed. Generally people have resorted to hypocrisy to camouflage this instinct of greed; they have killed animals on the pretext of pleasing the gods, while actually their main motive in doing so was to please their own tongues. These are all the inevitable results of such defective philosophies.” (Namah Shiváya Shántáya, Disc: 14)

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Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 23:10:49 -0000
From: “Gurumurti”
Subject: Consequences of Earning by Harming Others
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
1) Posting: Consequences of Earning by Harming Others
(2) Reader Comment: re: B Group Selling Live Aquatic Animals to Kill & Eat
(3) Trailer Quote: Deceased Can’t Receive Your Offerings
(4) Prabhat Samgiita #3378

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

== CONSEQUENCES OF EARNING BY HARMING OTHERS ==

Namaskar,
When one’s goal is materialism, then people take big steps to move towards that end. And they ultimately reach there because they think matter is everything and that is what they are focusing on. That means for them money is regarded as the cream of life. Money is the most cherished thing. And that brings them to the abode of extreme materialism.

To achieve that, then through positive or negative ways – through right or wrong livelihood, people aim to earn money. Yet, in both cases, for those with good or harmful jobs, their situation is bad. Because in either case, they are accepting money as the goal of their life. And that degenerates their mind.

MORE OF BABA’S WARNINGS

All these following quotes also lead in the same direction. Namely that indiscriminately running after money will ruin one’s present life and destroy one’s future. This is Baba’s explicit warning.

Baba says, “You may know some people whose minds always run after money. You might have asked them to sit down for a while and have a chat, and been surprised by their excusing themselves, saying they were so busy and had to rush off to the stock exchange. If their pursuit of money is hampered in any way, if it eludes their grasp, if they are totally severed from it, their minds will lose their base and they will die.” (1)

Baba says, “Do not be extrovertial, do not go ahead towards your own destruction since once you have fallen into the grip of crudeness it is well-nigh impossible to get released from it. The abyss shall devour you and you shall miss the pole star of your life.” (2)

Baba says, “All crude objects on which people base their hopes and aspirations will certainly disappear one day, for the nature of this relative world is ‘ta agacchati sah gacchati’ – whatever comes goes. When people are deserted by their crude objects of desire they are eaten away by frustration and disappointment, and die a miserable death. (3)

Baba says, “I heard that once, when the currency was devalued, a wealthy jute merchant suddenly died because all the aspirations of his life were based on money. He could not face the prospect of having to part with his cherished object of desire.” (4)

Unfortunately around the globe all are running fast after the supposed glories of American materialism. Little do they know that already, much of the US population has become sunk in soot – in the pool of selfishness, where countless suffer from depression, anxiety, obesity, and so many physical and mental diseases. This is not to discredit the American people. There are many good US citizens leading honest and decent lives. The tragedy is how rampant materialism has led to the degradation and demise of so many. Wherever the seeds of materialism are sown this horrific outcome will manifest, regardless of the country or community.

So one should be critically aware and pay heed to Baba’s aforementioned warnings.

Because this is what we practically see. During the last big economic downturn in the US during 2008, many took their lives after they witnessed the extreme devaluation and melting of their financial wealth. Thus none should get allured by the horrific ways of materialism.

For money, people are willing to do anything and everything. This we see happening day in, day out. And this brings destruction – both on the individual and societal levels.

JUST INVITING THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION

Tragically & typically, common people think that by getting money they are paving their golden future. This is their misguided outlook. In reality they are thrusting themselves onto the path of death and destruction as they sink backwards into negative pratisaincara – converting themselves into beasts and ultimately into stone etc.

Ananda Marga philosophy says, “If a person continually gloats over crude material things, his entire existence will be converted into crude matter. In mythology the story goes that Ahalya’ was converted into a stone due to his constant crude ideation. So people who accept matter as their goal, totally denying the existence of Parama Purus’a, tread the path of degeneration and become prakrtiliina devayonis [negative microvita] after death.”
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Hence by rampantly moving headlong after money, people ruin their human existence and their future is bleak – torturous. Tragically, that is what the bulk of the population is doing nowadays. Even good and kind-hearted people are affected in this way.

THOSE HARMING SOCIETY BY THEIR EARNING WILL FACE THE CONSEQUENCES

And those who indulge is harmful ways of achieving their goal of money will have to suffer even more. They will have to undergo the negative consequences of their harmful deeds. And that is what is discussed below.

INDULGE IN HARMFUL DEALINGS

There are countless legal ways that have been invented where people sell their souls to make money. That means they indulge in harmful and lowly dealings to make money and they think it is ok since it is legal.

Now in so many places gambling has become legal and the latest projection is that in a few years legalised gambling will exceed $200 billion. Now there is legalised gambling on the internet, plus as various states and countries face financial hardship, more governments are turning to gambling to heighten revenue. Across the US, every year more states legalise and expand gambling. This is a growing issues that threatens to truly explode with the onset of increased gambling on the web.

Also in the US, some states have legalised marijuana in hopes of heightening revenue in the form of a big drug tax. In some countries prostitution has also become legal.

In the US, one of the biggest sectors of the economy remains the weapons industry. Agencies sell arms and promote wars in various “third-world” nations in order to make a strong economy. This is one of the favoured tactics of the US.

Then there are the usual array of various commodities such as cigarettes, meat, alcohol, harmful medical drugs etc – all of which are legal but have a very detrimental effect on the society. To turn a profit and increase their capital, businessmen, governments, and investors leave all scruples behind and look only at the bottom line.

“CONVERTED HUMAN BEINGS INTO ANIMALS”

Why has it become such the rage and so easy to make huge amounts of money doing indecent and degenerated things. Primarily because that is the path of least resistance. All have come from animal life and it is easy for people to submerge themselves in satisfying their base propensities. Because that path is familiar to them. Hence, there is a grand mass of consumers interested in satisfying their base propensities. Various businessmen capitalise on this opportunity.

So if someone puts pornography on the web, a huge sector of the population will seek out that site. Because their mind easily runs in that direction. The proliferation of such pornography leads to the further degeneration of the society – thus leading to a more grand industry of pornography.

That is why Baba has unleashed this following statement denouncing the ways of capitalism etc.

“Crude materialism has done much harm to human society during the last one century. It has misguided the entire human society, it has converted human beings into animals.” (6)

WE ANANDA MARGIIS SHOULD BE CAREFUL

MUST FOLLOW PATH OF RIGHT LIVELIHOOD

As Ananda Margiis, we should be extremely careful and conscientious on this matter. We should wholly ensure we do not adopt this same harmful path that is being followed by countless people around the globe.

That is why now more than ever we should pay strict adherence to Baba’s guideline of samyak ajiiva (right livelihood). Gaining money through any type of sinful or anti-social means is not at all good for one’s development.

Baba says, “So one must have a clean occupation, that is, one must not do anything antisocial, one must not encourage anything antisocial, anything that goes against collective interest. That is samyak a’jiiva in physical sphere. One may earn money by selling wine. One may earn money by stealing. These are not samyak a’jiiva. Your occupation should be neat and clean – not going against the interest of the society.” (7)

So Baba wants that we have a healthy and clean way of earning a living – and certainly most margiis are doing that.

Even then, the pressures to go counter to this mount each and every day as all around us people stoop to depraved levels in order to make a buck / dollar. But we should not be tempted or allured.

OUR LIVELIHOOD SHOULD BE PURE

As Ananda Margiis we should keep ourselves neat and clean and guide the society as well. All should earn a clean living and pass their days doing virtuous deeds like serving others, practicing sadhana, and inspiring others along the path of welfare.

By Baba’s grace this is what is going on in our Marga; many are progressing along this benevolent path. And none should step backwards into the mud of materialism – which is surrounding us in all directions.

Baba says, “Unscrupulous people earn a lot of money from actions which are by nature sinful and harmful for the world. Human beings should not earn their livelihood in this way. Their means of livelihood should be pure and sacred and should not harm anyone.” (8)

Here more of Baba’s further teachings of the consequences one must face by earning their living by harming others.

“MISGUIDE NOT ONLY THOUSANDS, BUT MILLIONS”

“Those who are demons in human structure are all in categorical forms [fall into various categories]. Although these structures, these frameworks, look like human beings, they are exceptionally clever and cunning. By inculcating various sentiments, they misguide not only thousands, but millions, of people to the path of malevolence, just for some petty social status or other temptation. Common people never think deeply about this; they have not been taught how to think deeply about it; they do not ponder over it even now. Until today this aspect of knowledge has been generally unknown to the world. That is why common people, not fully understanding these cunning people, are inclined to give them undue importance. They write voluminous books about these clever people and accept their words as authentic, thus bringing about considerable harm to the society, the state and the common masses. Simple ignorant people do not realize that they themselves are being harmed or that they, being misguided by those clever people, are harming others.” (9)

“HAVE TO SUFFER ENDLESSLY FOR THEIR MEAN-MINDEDNESS”

“Even if one does not harm anyone physically, but simply thinks of harming someone, sam’skáras will still be created. Whatever feelings one may have for a person, good or bad, will certainly cause a reaction. That reaction will remain in potential form in the subtle mental sphere until the opportune time arrives for its expression. This is why wise people look upon this universe with an attitude of equanimity and pray for the welfare of all. Sarvesám mauṋgalam káunkśe. People who fail to do this will have to suffer endlessly for their mean-mindedness.” (10)

“A BLACK SPOT ON SOCIETY”

“Who are duśkrtas [the wicked]? Those who cause harm to innocent people either out of self-interest or group-interest are called duśkrtas. Such antisocial people are a burden on a civilized society, a black spot on society. For such people there is only dehátmaváda and dehaparińámaváda [materialistic doctrines of Charvaka philosophy].” (11)

“GORGED THEMSELVES ON THE BLOOD OF MILLIONS”

“What a horror! Such false philosophies have taught, “Well, if we exploit the people with our intellect, what’s the harm? It is also a labour to apply the intellect, and we have the right to do so!” On the basis of this argument a handful of parasites have gorged themselves on the blood of millions of people, while countless people have been reduced to living skeletons. Such fraudulent philosophies have diverted many people from the path of morality and left them devoid of dharma, addicted to carnal pleasures – infernal creatures.” (12)

MUST NOT OVERLOOK SUCH PEOPLE

“If someone is engaged in unrighteous deeds, his neighbours should ignore his dark side, and should not repeatedly condemn him. One should say, “Well, I’m not bothered by what he says or does – that’s his own business.” But this attitude of tolerance can only be accepted to a certain extent. If the person’s sinful or wicked actions harm society and disrupt social life, one can no longer afford to be indifferent.” (13)

SUMMARY STATEMENT

If anyone harms other by their livelihood, they must face the consequences. Nobody can save them from their fate. They will have to undergo those harsh reactions for the hell they caused unto others. Whether their job was legal or not, if they created harm to individuals and the society, they will have to suffer the reactions.

The concluding idea is that one must not take on work that harms others.

Namaskar,
In Him,
Gurumurti

SEE WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO GET $$$

Sadly, for the sake of money, people will give up everything – every shred of decency and integrity that they have and stoop to the depths.

For example, they will make themselves or their spouse naked and sell the pictures; they will kill their wife; they will sue their children; they will sell their daughters; they will cheat anybody, anytime. In sum, in this havoc ridden era of materialism, people will do anything & everything to get money.

From heaven to hell people are willing to go to any extreme for the sake of the dollar: Prostitution, gambling, arms dealing, drug trafficking, junk bond selling etc. There are so many legal and illegal degenerating approaches that people adopt to make money. This is not an exaggeration – this is really going on.

Any day one can open the newspaper, go on the web, or take a look around town and see all these things going on. Some are legal and some are illegal, but much of what people are doing in the name of acquiring money is completely outrageous, ludicrous, and destructive, either to themselves or others. I personally know of many innocent people who pass their days earning big money working for drug companies. Such companies do not want to eliminate disease; rather they want everyone to remain sick so they can increase their profits. Nowadays, there are many reports by investigative journalists who have uncovered how drug companies operate. Yet to “get by and advance “in this materialistic era, many innocent and good people spend their entire lives working in this profession.

Of course, people certainly resort to innumerable illegal concoctions as well in order to make money: Drug trafficking, child pornography, gangs, extortion, stealing, smuggling, etc.

For their own desire to acquire monetary wealth, people resort to all kinds of harmful occupations. And they will have to face the harsh and sever consequences. There is no escape.

REFERENCES
1. Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 6, ‘Ekendriya-3’
2. Subhasita Samgraha – 1, p.20
3. Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 6
4. Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 6
5. Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell, ‘Ekendriya-1
6. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 2
7. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 30
8. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 7
9. The Liberation of Intellect: Neohumanism, Disc: 10
10. Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life, The Science of Action
11. Namámi Krśńasundaram, Disc: 16
12. Namah Shiváya Shántáya, Disc: 14
13. Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 8, The Acoustic Roots of the Indo-Aryan Alphabet

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Subject: B Group Selling Live Aquatic Animals to Kill & Eat (Candra Deva)
Date: Th, 4 Apr 2013 02:25:09 -0700 (PDT)
From: Nagaraja Rao To: AM-GLOBAL

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/04/b-group-selling-live-aquatic-animals-to.html

I enjoyed reading this article. You put it all so well . I am sure you and others know that w/t ‘s are selling lot other things too . Not mentionable here in writing due to legal reasons . Perhaps it is best to not allow w/t’ s to do any sort of business at all . when they change their orangerobes and go do the business in various markets and bring the loot and change the dress it’s no longer same dada etc. Dress has been changed for other purposes also like very personal business etc. On and off of wearing dress … robes has a strong negative impact on the person and other margiis also.
Nagaraja rao USA

The section below this mark is an entirely different topic and not related with the subject matter up above.

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Deceased Can’t Receive Your Offerings

“Haven’t we any social responsibility for dead persons? When the necessity arises, we should offer shraddhá for them, not barley or wheat or woollen clothes or wrappers or ghee or sesame. What can we do? As long as a man is here in our society we have a social responsibility for him. Human beings are social beings, we have a social responsibility for them. And when the leave this world and go to the other world, they go beyond the scope of our responsibility. We cannot render any service to them. Our social responsibility is over as soon as the cremation is done.”
“So what can we do? We can say “O Parama Puruśa, while that man was with us we tried our best to do whatever we could do. But now they are beyond our scope, they are beyond our jurisdiction, so please do take care of them.” This much of a request can be made by us, and nothing more than that. And the Ananda Marga shráddha is just like that. Here we require no edibles, no clothes or anything else. We offer our shraddhá, and we do nothing else, and we can do nothing else.” (Ánanda Vacanámrtam Part 3 – Shraddha)

Note: Baba’s above teaching is cent-per-cent clear and straightforward. When a loved one dies, then we do not offer any physical items – neither food, nor clothing, nor anything else – for their good keeping etc. All we can do is offer our reverence and surrender unto the sweet will of Parama Purusa.

Unfortunately, B group has founded their so-called mahaprayan programme and on that occasion they offer a grand array of edibles and clothing to locals. This is their tamasik approach. Firstly, Parama Purusa is that Eternal Divine Entity so there is no question of His mahaprayan (mpd), yet annually they host such a dogmatic event. Secondly, during their mpd observance, the organisers indulge in various dogmatic offerings – food items, clothes, etc. That is why every rationally-minded Ananda Margii says that the so-called mahaprayan function is pramatta – it is “completely bad from beginning to end.” It holds no redeeming quality whatsoever. Unfortunately, they treat Sadguru as a mortal human being.
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PRABHAT SAMGIITA

Baba

“A’ma’r e kat’hin hiya’y, a’sabe tumi ki na’ ja’ni na’…” (PS 3378)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, You are mine. By Your grace, I am calling Your divine Self again and again – day and night. I want Your close proximity. Whether or not You will grace me by coming to my dry heart, I do not know. If, by mistake, or by any means You come, then that does not matter – that does not count. In that case, You may not stay long. Baba, by Your grace I want You in a more close and intimate way. So that You can remain up to eternity.

O’ Supreme One, by Your grace I have decorated Your divine seat with countless lamps and with a display of light. And by Your grace with all my heart I go on singing Your song of arrival which I have composed in Your ideation, in Your tune, in Your language. Baba, please grace me by coming and taking Your seat in my heart.

O’ my Lord, by Your grace I have so many hopes and aspirations in my mind: I have so many desires and so much love for You. Among all these many desires – whether or not You will grace me and satisfy some of them – that I do not know. Only I request You to please come and satiate my eternal longing for You.

Baba, You are love Personified; I feel in my heart that You will come…

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Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Posting: B Group Selling Live Aquatic Animals to Kill & Eat
(2) Trailer Quote: Link Between Service & Sadhana
(3) Prabhat Samgiita #2329;

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

== B GROUP SELLING LIVE AQUATIC ANIMALS TO KILL & EAT ==

Namaskar,
You may know that in many Ananda Marga units in Bengal, many Wts maintain various ponds for cultivating and selling fish in order to earn money. West Bengal is a huge fish-eating region; eating fish is such a way of life that they simply refer to fish as “water fruit.” Just as a desert is filled with cactus plants, similarly all across Bengal there are man-made and natural ponds. They are a common phenomenon. The ponds are maintained to store live fish for this community of fish-eating people.

To capitalize on the situation, certain B group Wts thought they should join in and do this as a business. Those Wts thought that selling fish to the people would be a good way to make money. Here is how it works.

Wherever they have ample space, on various Ananda Marga units they maintain large ponds that are stocked with fish. Then those Wts get the word out that the people are welcome to come and fish those ponds for a fee. Essentially, Wts sell “fishing rights” to locals, and in turn those villagers etc can come and catch and eat the fish from the pond.

The rates may vary from pond to pond, and may vary based on how many fish a person catches etc. But all along the basic idea is one: Wts charge locals a particular amount of money to come and kill the fish. You may have heard about this.

Now it is our duty to consider how far this is consistent with our ideals of neo-humanism.

As Ananda Margiis, we know that we are to honour and respect all forms of life and that we do not condone the cruel killing of any being, including fish.

USE OF PISCICULTURE

Baba has given the program of pisciculture, a key system for creating ecological balance and averting and solving the water crisis. Here is how it works.

All kinds of aquatic animals like crabs, oysters, and fish etc should be cultivated in ponds and lakes. By their very presence in those water bodies, that water is cleaned and kept at an optimal level. Trees and other vegetation should be planted around those lakes and ponds. That brings shade to the area, attracts rain clouds, and very importantly, brings birds to the region. Those birds will prevent the over-population of fish, ensuring balance.

The establishment of lakes and ponds is Baba’s system for water conservation. The presence of aquatic animals is key for its success. So that is the right use of fish in the Ananda Marga model of pisciculture.

To kill and eat those fish for human consumption is a direct violation of Baba’s given system.

Prout philosophy says, “Fish should be cultivated in lakes, dams and ponds because they help conserve and purify the water. Small fish can also be cultivated in the paddy fields during the rainy season. Fish are the natural food of birds, so they are an essential part of a balanced ecology.” (1)

Prout philosophy says, “Pisciculture should also be developed in ponds and lakes. The fish help to keep the water clean and the level constant because their breathing creates water and carbon dioxide. The fish inhale oxygen along with water vapour from the atmosphere as well as dissolved oxygen from the water. They synthesize water which is exhaled into the lake. This helps to keep the water in the lake at a constant level. If many fish live in a lake, hundreds and even thousands of gallons of water will be added to the size of the lake in the course of time. Each lake should also have an attached bird sanctuary, because the fish provide food for the birds.” (2)

Thus there is no scope for Wts to sell and kill fish in the name of pisciculture. That is not Baba’s system.

“THOSE THEY HAD TRUSTED AS THEIR FRIENDS ARE ACTUALLY THEIR ENEMIES”

Next Baba points out the hypocritical and bogus way that some humans treat animals. They superficially treat animals as friends one moment and then butcher them the next – often to get a profit. Is this not what B group Wts are doing with their fish.

“Passing through many lives as worms, insects, birds, and animals, they have undergone countless pains, miseries, tortures and humiliations. Take for example the life of a goat. A goat spends its life eating grass, until the day comes when the butcher grabs it, kills it, skins it and sells its flesh piece by piece in the market. That goat at one time had to live such a miserable life. But today it has forgotten all this. Through a process of forward movement, today it may have attained a human life.”
“Human life is more secure than animal life. Many animals live in the jungle where there is something to fear every minute; where the weak are the prey of the strong. To escape this atmosphere of fear and insecurity, many wild animals have sought refuge with human beings. They have been fed grass, leaves and other types of fodder until the right moment came to kill them for their flesh. Even today, this is generally what happens. Animals fully trust human beings; they trust them even up to one minute before their death. But when they see a person approaching them with a weapon in hand, they realize that those they had trusted as their friends are actually their enemies. Although human beings feed their animals, the love or attachment which they have for them is purely external. There is no genuine love in humans. This is how wretched animal life can be.”
“Every human being has had to pass through that sort of painful animal life in the past. But that does not mean we should be the cause of misery for those animals who have taken shelter with us today. On the contrary, we should have a merciful attitude towards them. A woman who has been badly treated or humiliated by her mother-in-law should be careful that she does not treat her daughter-in-law in the same way. Human beings should carry out their duties properly in the external world and should always ensure that no being suffers unnecessarily from any undue mistreatment. In the physical sphere, the rights of all should be protected.” (3)

“I SHOULD NOT KILL, I SHOULD NOT GIVE THEM ANY TROUBLE…”

As responsible human beings and as sadhakas, we should abide by Baba’s following teachings.

“We should live with the policy of “Live and let others live”.” (4)

Ananda Marga philosophy says, “For each and every living entity one’s personal life is the dearest thing. One loves one’s personal life very much. This is the rule, this is the characteristic of all living beings. But those people who understand this sentiment of living beings and love others with the thought, “I should not kill, I should not give them any trouble because they love their life as much as I love my own life”, are true sádhus and those who lack this sentiment are not sádhus, they are asádhu. Preaching the gospels of peace, and at the same time slaughtering chickens, is not a proper thing for a sádhu because the one who kills the chickens loves his life and the chickens also love their own lives. So that man lacks the universal sentiment of love. He is not a sádhu. A sádhu must be vegetarian.” (5)

Thus it is very clear that we should allow other beings to joyously live their lives, and we should not needlessly harm or kill them. That is our ethic in Ananda Marga. And that is Baba’s teaching. Certainly every Ananda Margii understands this.

Even then many of those Wt’s in Bengal have their set justification. They say, “What is wrong; we are not killing the fish; we are just charging the local people to come and catch fish on our land. If they did not fish on our land, they would fish somewhere else.” This is their rationalisation.

By that reasoning then, a villager would be able to invites goondhas (rough criminals) to come to his area and rob the local people, and in return that villager would get a percentage of the looting or booty.

So the justification given by those Wts does not hold any value.

A CASE OF DECEPTION

That is not the only justification they give…

B group workers also give the false justification that by keeping such fish ponds they are following Baba’s system of pisciculture. But this is absolutely wrong. As noted above, Baba’s system of pisciculture is for ecological balance and water conservation – not the wanton killing and selling of fish. Today’s capitalistic fishing industries exploit the fish for profits etc. But that is not our way; and no one should be led to believe that is Baba’s system.

Baba’s given program of pisciculture is for ecological sustainability, animal welfare, and the benefit of all beings – bar none.

NO QUESTION OF OVER-POPULATION

Then there are some who think that the pond will be over-populated by fish, if people do not come and go fishing in those ponds. But at about this, there is no need to worry about that. Before humans were on the planet, there were all kinds of animals all over this earth. To such persons, Baba has given the ultimate reply.

Baba says “Some people argue that animals have been created by Parama Puruśa for our food. I knew a certain person who used to say that if people do not eat goats’ meat, the world would become populated only by goats. And others said that if people don’t eat chickens, there would not be even a single inch of space on this earth – it would be filled with chickens! Now my point is, even though human beings do not eat vultures, is there a crowd of vultures in the world? How foolish such people are! People don’t eat earthworms – has there been an uncontrollable growth of earthworms on earth? Only out of excessive greed, people eat chickens and goats and are simply searching for logic to support their actions and cover up their weakness. This sort of cunning will not do. In the mobility of the psychic world, there are certain defective thoughts prevailing – that we humans are destined to rule this earth, and the creatures are destined to be ruled by us. You will have to fight against this type of psychology with the help of your strong weapon. What is that weapon? Neohumanism. All have the equal right to live here: this universe is for all. It is not the patrimony of human beings only. This is also the duty of Renaissance people.” (6)

NOT SADHU BUT PSEUDO-CULTURE

Clearly, Baba has given the mandate that we are not to allow or encourage fishing as we are to safeguard the well-being of every animal in this creation. We should not exploit, directly or indirectly, any creature in order to make a profit etc. This is not our way.

That is why it is so shocking that our Wts are involved in the selling and killing of fish in various parts of West Bengal. Rather such Wts should stand on the moral principles of Ananda Marga and teach the people the right ideals of life through their own conduct.

But this much many B group Wts do not do. Rather than maintaining the neo-humanistic vision of Ananda Marga, and rather than living the life of a sadhu, many Wts just given in to local, pseudo-culture values, and sell fish in order to make a profit. They think that since the locals are already involved in eating fish then what is wrong.

However, what if the local population was involved in prostitution or harsh drugs like heroin etc. In those cases also, should Wts step into the business ring and try to make a profit? Should we allow or encourage that? Certainly not.

Yet that is the very attitude that is plaguing our Ananda Marga at present.

USING DIRTY MONEY TO PROCURE THEIR OWN FOOD

For all these reasons and more, many are saying that such Wts are using dirty money to procure their own food. They have plunged themselves into a business that is against the ethics of neo-humanism; they have adopted a profession that goes contrary to the ways of right livelihood (samyak ajiiva) since they are making money by harming and killing other beings; yet by that way their are profiting and using that dirty money to purchase their own food. This is veritably a filthy cycle.

Here are more of Baba’s teachings that guide us that no one in Ananda Marga, including our Wts, should be involved in the business of selling and killing fish etc.

“WHY SHOULD I KILL AN INNOCENT CREATURE JUST FOR THE SAKE OF…”

Práńáh yathátmano’bhiiśt́áh bhútánám api te tathá;
Atmaopamyena bhútánám dayáḿ kurvanti sádhavah.

“Just as your life is extremely dear to you, similarly the lives of others are equally dear to them. A person who thinks thus and shows mercy on other creatures is really a sádhu, or virtuous person.” In order to become a virtuous person one need not give up one’s worldly life. When this idea dawns on one’s mind one realizes, “Why should I kill an innocent creature just for the sake of the gratification of my palate.” But then one may suddenly discover a different kind of scriptural injunction – “Oh yes, you may sacrifice animals in a particular way and the sacrificed animal will attain salvation.” People follow the scriptural injunction helplessly but in their heart of hearts they realize that the whole thing is irrational. Yet they cannot gather sufficient courage to go against the “scripture”. This sort of idea which impedes the progress of the mind is called “dogma”. A dogma arises from either a defective philosophy or a “scripture”. This sort of dogma should be rejected forthwith.” (7)

“HUMAN BEINGS ARE MORE CRUEL THAN VULTURES”

Ananda Marga teachings state: “Vultures are carnivorous birds. Yet it is found that they are not cruel or heartless. Usually, like eagles, they do not attack living humans or animals. Their habit is to eat the flesh of dead bodies. There was an incident in my childhood that I can still vividly recall. On the west of our locality there was a large field which bordered on a tributary of the Ganges. As the soil was not fit for cultivation nothing could be grown there. On the upper side of that fallow land was a mound upon which stood a large tamarind tree. A vulture lived in a nest on the tree. Beside the mound was the site for the disposal of carcasses. Cows used to graze in the field as did a few horses and sheep. Once an old cow came there and fell flat on the ground due to utter exhaustion. The veterinary doctor came and said, “The cow has no chance of survival. She is likely to die in a few hours.” The owner of the cow was a very kind-hearted man. He tried to save the cow in various ways but in vain. I noticed that as long as the cow was alive, she gently wagged her tail, even when her eyes were half closed. There was no other symptom of life, at least that is what it seemed to me. I also noticed that while her tail was wagging, the vulture stayed patiently in the tree. It came to eat the cow’s flesh only an hour after her natural death. Human beings are more cruel than vultures. Their hearts don’t melt even at the sight of tears of innocent birds and animals. Just to gratify their sense of greed, they mercilessly slit the throats of animals with sharp knives and swords and thus deprive them of the right to live, even while preaching the hollow dictates of religion.” (8)

“THEY GET CONTAMINATED BY THESE SAME DEFECTS”

Baba says, “Fish eat all kinds of things. Because of this, the positive qualities of those foods which they eat they may or may not get; but, certainly they get the negative qualities or defects of those foods which they eat. In addition, fish quarrel so much among themselves; they are quarrel mongers. They eat each other; they feel jealous towards one another; and also they have the tendency to wander around aimlessly in an indisciplined, disorderly manner. Because of these negative qualities of fish, since ages there has been the feeling amongst the general public that those who are fish eaters, they get contaminated by these same defects.” (9)

Amongst all of India, the most densely populated fish-eating area is Bengal. Indeed, Baba says that the main population of Bengal are kaevarta (fisherman community). There are a huge number of lakes, ponds, rivers, and water sources in Bengal; that is why fish flourish there. Thus in Bengal fish are known as water fruit. Except for very strict devoted margiis, most of them like to eat fish.

SUMMARY

B group’s present-day manner of fishing for profits directly contravenes all Baba’s guidelines on pisciculture. His divine mandates for pisciculture stand as a broad-based ecological approach for balance and sustainability. Fish are needed for the keeping healthy and clean lakes and ponds. Those bodies of water should furthermore be surrounded by trees. Birds will naturally flock to those tress and naturally control the population of fish. This is the keen way and role of our fisheries / pisciculture system. Whereas, B group’s short-sighted, greedy and heartless way of selling and killing fish to make a profit neglects all neo-humanistic values and undermines the spirit and use of Baba’s dharmic guideline on pisciculture.

Namaskar,
at His lotus feet,
Candra Deva

REFERENCES
1. Ideal Farming, Integrated Farming
2. Ideal Farming, Lakeside and Riverside Plantations
3. 2 January 1979, Patna
4. Discourses on Prout, pt #1
5. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 2, Keep Company with the Virtuous
6. Prout in a Nutshell – 9, Renaissance in All the Strata of Life
7. Yoga Psychology, Instinct and Devotion
8. Neo-Humanism in a Nutshell – 2
9. Shabda Cayanika – 20, Bangla, Disc #156

The section below this mark is an entirely different topic and not related with the subject matter up above.

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Link Between Service and Sadhana

“When you reach the closest proximity to the Supreme Consciousness, your mental waves will come in contact with His mental waves. Then you will understand what is to be done, and what will be the destiny of humanity in the near and distant future. Because of your spiritual progress, you will come closer and closer to the Supreme Consciousness, you will come in contact with His psychic waves. And in that state you will be able to render still better service to human beings, animals and plants.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 16 (H), p. 10-11)

Note: Without good sadhana rendering real social service is impossible.
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Prabhat Samgiita

“Bha’loba’si toma’y a’mi, keno ta’ ja’ni na’…” P.S. 2329

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, O’ Supreme One, I love You; but, I do not know why I love You. You go on pulling my heart – but what is the mystery behind this, how and why You are attracting me, that I cannot say. Baba, all I know is that You are the divine effulgence of my dark heart. By Your grace, I will never allow that effulgence to get extinguished. Baba, I will always keep Your love in my heart. By Your grace, I will always hold Your divine image in my mind.

O’ Divine Entity, all the love I have in the deep core of my heart, and all the hopes and longings I have in my mind, all these desires and aspirations of mine are revolving around You. By Your grace, they get expressed through Your songs, dance, melody, and rhythms. O’ Parama Purusa, You are the focal point of my life; You are my everything.

Baba, by Your divine grace, I feel that You are guiding each and every aspect of my existence. There is not even a single ounce of confusion in my mind. Everything is very clear. Where am I, where will I go, and from where have I come: All these types of useless questions never creep into my mind. Baba, by Your grace, I do not even want to know these things. Just I am fully depending upon You: You know everything and that everything is in Your control. For me that is enough. Baba, You are my shelter, You are my anchor, and You are the Supreme Controller of this vast universe.

Baba, You are always ever gracious on me. I love You with all my heart; my whole existence is Yours…

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Date: Wed, Jan 23 Jan 2013 21:59:44 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Satyaki”
Subject: Some Examples of Imbalanced Behaviours

Baba

== SOME EXAMPLES OF IMBALANCED BEHAVIOURS ==

Namaskar,
Humans are basically dominated by emotion and they do imbalanced things – without using their capacity of logic and reasoning. Yet this tendency toward sentimentality does not bring greatness. There are distinct defects in the path of sentiment. According to Ananda Marga philosophy, humans should be rational; the intellect should be guided by rationality. Please read the following life examples bearing in mind the stark difference between sentiment and rationality.

“Recently in the US, there was a ghastly massacre in Newtown, CT. A gunman entered a school and killed 26 people – kids and school officials. The whole country mourned this horrific tragedy for days. Flags were put to half-mast, President Obama visited and spoke with families, and huge attention and energy was directed towards Newtown. And that was most appropriate for the nation and world to rally around the Newtown tragedy.

Yet side by side, in the US, upwards of 1173+ people (reference Slate magazine) have been gunned down since the Newtown tragedy on 14 Dec 2012. In the US, the population is 310 million (three hundred and ten million), and there are 350 million (three hundred and fifty million) registered guns, including military assault rifles like the AK-47, in the hands of common citizens. Plus there are countless other unregistered guns floating around the US population. (Note: here we are not counting guns owned and operated by police and military personnel.) And with this vast number of guns, innocent people are killed everyday.

Here the point is that so many nameless, faceless persons are gunned down on daily basis, yet those incidents often go unreported, flags are not dropped to half-mast, there are no presidential visits, and people never hear of such events. More than a thousand have been gunned down in the US since the Newtown tragedy. It would be rational to extend the same supportive and respectful measures to all homicide victims of gunfire, and other crimes.

Unfortunately the general populace is not rational and that is why such dichotomies are in vogue. If the people were guided by rationality the situation would be much different.”

Here are further examples:

LET THEM SUFFER

(A) In the US, “right-to-life” activists are against abortion – they do not want the living baby killed in the womb. That is to be appreciated. Yet those same activists do not want to care for the baby once it is born. If that child is born into a financially poor or needy family, those activists overlook the welfare of the baby. They 100% oppose programs which aim to care for and develop the child. They show no concern if the child receives the minimum requirements of life: Food, clothing, shelter, medical care and education. Rather they blame that innocent babe for being born unto a financially poor family; they are willing to let that child suffer. Such is their emotional slant on the issue. Caring for the baby while in the womb is admirable, but it is irrational to wholly disregard the needs of that child once it is born. The rational approach is to care for the babe from the time of conception up through its formative years.

Unfortunately, the general populace is prone to the path of sentiment, not rationality; that is why this type dichotomy is going on. That is why do imbalanced and mindless things. If they had been rational the situation would have been different.

FETUS HAS NO RIGHTS

(B) Then there is another contingency that is “pro-choice” (USA) that favours abortions; they feel it is ok to destroy that living baby while it is in the womb. Yet once that baby is born, those same activists are keenly aware to watch for the welfare and well-being of that child by passing legislation to make schools better and help needy families etc. They aim to ensure that every child has the basic necessities and minimum requirements of life: Food, clothing, shelter, medical care and education. Plus, if the child is abused by its parents, steps will be taken to put the parents in jail etc. Yet if that same child is still in the womb, they fully support a person’s choice to destroy that innocent babe. Such is their emotional manner and sentimentality. The rational approach is to properly care for and respect the life of all living babies, whether they be in the womb or delivered.

Unfortunately, the general populace is not rational and that is why so many dichotomies manifest in society. That is why do imbalanced and mindless things. If they had been rational the situation would have been different.

SACRIFICING BEFORE MOTHER

(C) In India, worshipers of various deviis (deities) sacrifice goats and other animals in order to please their divine mother goddess – jagatjananii (mother of the world). Due to their emotional manner, such worshipers fail to realise that their chosen deity is also the divine mother of those sacrificed animals. Which mother will be happy seeing her sons and daughters slaughtered and killed in this way? Answer: No mother. No mother will take delight in watching her progeny be destroyed. But those devii worshipers think they are pleasing their mother goddess by such animal sacrifices. Because of their emotional approach, these worshipers cannot put these two points together. Due to their sentimentality, they cannot understand that the divine mother will not be pleased by sacrificial offerings. The rational approach then is not to indulge in animal sacrifice.

Unfortunately, the general populace is not rational and that is why this dichotomy is occurring. That is why do imbalanced and mindless things. If they had been rational the situation would have been different.

HUMANE VS INHUMANE

(D) In many so-called advanced countries around the world euthanasia is illegal. If an elderly person is suffering from a lot of pain or if someone is diagnosed from a terminal illness and they want to die, it is against the law to put that person to death by injection or other means. That is rational. However, when that same family’s cat or dog is old and sick, then they will put that pet “to sleep.” They will intentionally end the life of that pet. That is treated as humane, but if they would do the same thing with their grandfather, then it would be thought of as ghastly or criminal and they would go to jail. All beings should be given the honour and right to live the natural course of their life. That is rational.

Unfortunately, the general populace is not rational and that is why all these dichotomies are going on. That is why do imbalanced and mindless things. If they had been rational the situation would have been different.

NEUTERING IS BARBAROUS

(E) If you ask ask any pet owner if they love their cat or dog and think for the welfare of their animal, they will be flabbergasted, “Are you kidding me – of course I love my dog – he is part of the family.” Yet it is often the case that such owners neuter their pets. By destroying the reproductive glands, the animal can never fully bloom nor realise its true potential or dharma. It is not a real dog or cat, just a eunuch. The personality is not developed. Neutering also leads to various health hazards such as bone cancer, osteoporosis, obesity, hypothyroidism, urinary tract infections, and premature death etc. Such persons do not think to neuter themselves or their loved ones, only their pets.

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/02/17/dangers-of-early-pet-spaying-or-neutering.aspx

So it is not rational to hinder and jeopardise the health of their pets in this way. But with their own emotional manner, they neuter their pets.

Unfortunately, the general populace is not rational and that is why this dichotomy is occurring. That is why do imbalanced and mindless things. If they had been rational the situation would have been different.

Baba says, “In the past many slaves were converted into eunuchs – known as khojas in Persian. If the ovaries of a female or the testes of a male are dissociated from the body, the person will become a eunuch. In a male, if the testes are separated from the body, there will be physical and psychological changes. The man will not die but he will lose the sense of dutifulness and responsibility. All the qualities associated with the testes, such as the sense of dutifulness and responsibility, will be wanting. A eunuch will not be able to grow any pubic hair or the pubic hairs will be few. Should the testes be cut off and a man made into a eunuch? Can it be considered civilized? In some countries men were changed into eunuchs, and as they did not have any sex feeling, they were posted as security guards in the harems of the rulers. This is a barbarous system and goes against fundamental human rights. It is extremely bad.” (1)

OVERALL MESSAGE

In day to day life, people engage in countless life choices based on sentiment and emotion alone, not rationality. This is not beneficial, rather harmful. It breeds double-standards, inequalities, and dogmas. It is only through the path of rationality that we can establish neo-humanistic values in our universal human society.

ANANDA MARGA TEACHINGS:

SENTIMENTALITY WITHOUT RATIONALITY IS DISTORTION, DOGMA

Ananda Marga Philosophy says, “If someone moves along the path of sentiment instead of the path of rationality, there is a hundred percent probability of great danger. Those who move along the path of sentiment do not discriminate between the proper and the improper, but merely silently accept all superstitions surrounding the goal towards which they have been running. Even the least question regarding propriety or impropriety does not arise in their minds, because they are moving along the path of sentiment.” (2)

“When it [the mind] does not follow a particular method, when it moves haphazardly, swept away by whim, it is called “emotion”.” (3)

“Sentimentality based on rationality is the strongest force in the universe. And sentimentality without rationality takes the form of, or rather the distortion of, dogma.” (4)

About supporting communal ideas: “Those who are motivated by sentiment may earn temporary applause, but ultimately people realize, “No, they committed a mistake, they did not follow the path of rationality. They themselves were caught in the current of sentiment, and they drifted the society also in that current. As a result society has been destroyed.” (5)

“Dogma is fast being replaced by rationality and reason. Human beings with their developed brains, developed nerve systems and developed nerve-cells started thinking that we are not to do something for a particular tribe or a particular clan or a particular nationality; we are to do whatever we are to do, whatever we must do, for the entire humanity of the Cosmos.” (6)

“As a human being, what should one do? One should follow the path of rationality. Rationality is a treasure of humanity that no animal possesses. And those who possess the inner asset of devotion within their hearts and follow the path of rationality in dealing with the external world, must be victorious. They alone can accomplish worthy deeds in this world.” (7)

MORE OF BABA’S TEACHINGS ON SENTIMENT AND RATIONALITY

“In the case of developed animals, sentiment exceeds inborn instinct. And more-developed beings, such as human beings, possess sentiment and rationality and the faculty of discrimination as well.” (8)

Before the division of India: “The policy was divide and rule. One party said “Jai Hind” and another party said “Takasime Hind.” One party said “Victory to India;” another party said “Divide India.” These were the slogans of the time. It was not a healthy atmosphere. This sentiment was not even geo-sentiment. It was based on emotion and mean selfishness.” (9)

“To counteract the malevolent effect of dogma-centred philosophies, the two most important factors are the development of rationality and the spread of education. Merely attending school and university classes will not necessarily have the desired effect. Stress should be placed on education which produces a high degree of rationality in the human mind, and this type of education should be spread amongst the people.” (10)

“What is required now is the elevation of human existence, the elevation of human mind and human spirit. We require no dogma – we require more reasoning, more rationality – rationality moving unto the terminus of Parama Puruśa; the Supreme Desideratum is that Universal Nave.” (11)

“As a human being, what should one do? One should follow the path of rationality. Rationality is a treasure of humanity which no animal possesses. And those who possess the inner asset of devotion within their hearts and follow the path of rationality in dealing with the external world, must be victorious. They alone can accomplish worthy deeds in this world.” (12)

“The speciality of human beings is rationality.” (13)

Namaskar,
at His lotus feet,
Satyaki

Note 1: REFERENCES

1. Bio-Psychology
2. The Liberation of Intellect: Neohumanism
3. Yoga Psychology
4. Subháśita Saḿgraha Part 12
5. The Liberation of Intellect: Neohumanism
6. Humanity Is at the Threshold of a New Era
7. The Liberation of Intellect: Neohumanism
8. The Liberation of Intellect: Neohumanism
9. The Dangers of Communalism
10. Prout in a Nutshell Part 18
11. Humanity Is at the Threshold of a New Era
12. The Liberation of Intellect: Neohumanism
13. The Liberation of Intellect: Neohumanism

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When Left Hand is Used for Washing Your Backside…

Baba says, “There is a difference, however, between the cave-dwellers and the aboriginal human beings of the prehistoric period, and present day human beings. Human beings have brought more subtle beauty into the daily tasks and habitual behaviour, which they used to do in a crude way. Before eating, prehistoric human beings did not wash their hands, and they used both hands to eat. Today, we wash our hands, and use the right hand, or a spoon and fork. We enjoy eating in a more subtle fashion.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 19, The Supreme Aesthetic Science and the Cult of Devotion)

In some parts of the world people eat using both hands. That is not good aesthetically nor hygienically. Humans have two hands. One is used for cleaning the backside. So it is quite proper not to use that hand for eating purposes. The only exception can be on medical grounds or if one has only one hand. If one has two hands then only the right is for eating – not for the back side. The left hand will be for that purpose. Think of it this way: No matter how clean the bathroom sink is no one will like to use that as a bowl to hold your food and eat out of that sink.
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EXCERPTS FROM PRIOR LETTER

MOTHER BUFFALO

(A) Across India, people look upon and revere cows as mothers. There are organisations, welfare institutions, NGOs, and various plans and programs wholly dedicated to protecting the sanctity and status of cows. They associate and worship cows with Gopal, i.e. Lord Krsna (see note 1). In India, cows are held in special regard. Side by side, other animals like buffaloes and street dogs are not given the same care; rather people abuse them. In particular, Indian street dogs are just kicked around and ill-treated. yet, these are all animals: Cows, buffaloes, and street dogs. The rational approach would be to respect the lives of each as living beings. But due to their deep emotional attachment with cows, they regard cows as divine beings and harass and mistreat street dogs. This is the work of human emotion, not rationality.

Unfortunately the general populace is not rational and that is why this dichotomy is occurring. If they had been rational the situation would have been different.

BLIND SENTIMENTS

Here Baba point out how those who revere cows – but not other animals like buffaloes – are caught in the net of their own hypocrisy.

Baba says, “So blind were their sentiments that they refused to listen to rationality. Take the case of cows: Hindus worship cows as something holy, apparently because they give us milk. But if cows are revered as mothers for giving us milk, shouldn’t buffaloes be given a similar status? Actually, buffaloes give more milk than cows. Unfortunately, the blind religious followers refuse to listed to logic as their religious sentiment for cows has taken root deep in their minds.” (A Few Problems Solved – 2, Human Society Is One and Indivisible – 2)

WHY NOT COWS

(B) In the United States, people are enamoured with dogs. They pamper their dogs by giving them special cow meat and bones, fancy beds, toys, dog houses, and pay a lot of money for doggie massages, dog walks, and upscale therapies to keep their dog happy and well. They also spend tens of thousands of dollars on surgical procedures for their pets. Moreover, there are many laws that protect dogs from abuse and maltreatment. Yet, the US is primarily a meat-eating population. They slaughter and butcher cows on a mass-level to fill their bellies with the meat of those cows. Here again we see a dichotomy; both are animals yet they are treated much differently. With their emotion, humans treat their dogs as family members; that is positive as all animals should be treated well. That same regard should be extended to cows also. That would be rational.

Unfortunately the general populace is not rational; that is why this scene is taking place. If they had been rational the situation would have been different.

Baba’s following teaching is related with both points A and B:

“If you have great compassion for the world of living creatures (this is a very good quality and is indicative of tenderness of heart, it is very positive), then you can take a firm stand for the non-killing of every creature, ábramhastamba from the elephant to the ant. In this way you can encourage and inspire your fellow human beings. But if you persuade and exert pressure on people by saying that only cows should not be killed, then you will be guilty of one-sidedness. It means there is partiality in you. Why should you invite the criticism that you do not have as much love for the buffalo and goat, as you have for cows? This is certainly not correct.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 10, Chapter 10)

In India the cows are treated well while other animals are left to suffer whereas in the US dogs are treated lavishly while other animals are abused, tortured and butchered. So Baba’s teaching is applicable to both the US and India as both express favouritism towards a particular animal due to their emotional attachment.

The rational approach is to respect and honour the existential value of all beings, including all animals, not just dogs etc.

Most of the population, however, follows their own emotions, i.e. whim. See how one wealthy woman even bequeathed her entire estate – i.e. billions of dollars – to agencies caring for dogs, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/02/us/02gift.html?_r=1& ; She did not leave even one dollar for suffering humanity.

GENDER ISSUE

(D) If one gender enters an official public building like a government office, then they are allowed to wear clothing that puts them in compromised positions, both on the upper and middle portions of their body. It may be that when they wear a sleeveless dress or skirt their underwear and / or undergarment is showing when they sit or stand in a particular way. Or, when they have a lower-than-usual neckline, then aspects of their xxxxx are visible when they lean this way or that. It has become common for their arms, and even armpit, to be completely bare for show. With this gender, it is fully accepted, and even encouraged and applauded to wear such attire.

In stark contrast, if the other gender enters those same offices with a sleeveless shirt, their armpits exposed, or part of their underwear showing, then they will be ostracized, and maybe even arrested and put in jail for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. Such is the stark double-standard that exists across gender with regards to dress. That is not rational. The rational approach is that one’s dress in public spaces and official places should reflect a sense of decency and dignity – irrespective of one’s gender.

Again, let me emphasize that here we are not talking about how one dresses while walking casually down the street or in their own backyard; but, rather, how one presents oneself in important meetings, formal and official settings, and even on serious news broadcasts via TV and internet. In these venues, there is a wide gap of acceptable dress between genders.

Unfortunately the general populace is not rational and that is why such dichotomies are going on. If they had been rational the situation would have been different.

This same issue is expressed in this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-13362586

OVERALL MESSAGE

In day to day life, many incidents happen and numerous decisions are made based on sentiment / emotional manner. That approach is not at all laudable. Rather, it is an open invitation for inequality and dogma. In contrast, if we apply our sense of rationality then we can make heaven come on this earth.

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Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:48:02 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Giriish Deva ”
Subject: Baba Story: Caring For Animals

Baba

== BABA STORY: CARING FOR ANIMALS ==

Namaskar,
In 1988, during a WT reporting session for Kolkata region, Baba pointed out one worker: “After drinking coconut water why did you throw the coconut shell on somebody who was also eating?”

The Wt was shocked to hear this and wondered how could this be.

Baba reminded him of the situation: “A few days ago you were drinking coconut water. When you were done, then you carelessly threw that heavy green coconut towards the side of the road without looking to see who was there. That heavy coconut fell on one dog that was eating beside the road. But you did not care that the dog was hurt. The dog ran away crying.”

Hearing Baba’s narration, the entire scene flashed in the mind of that wt and he felt felt ashamed for what he had done. Baba rebuked him and the dada’s punishment was to beg apology by touching the feet of all the wts present. Then he promised never to commit such a sin ever again and to be kind to all creatures.

Namaskar,
Giriish

THREE OF BABA’S TEACHINGS

#1: MUST SHOW KINDNESS TO ALL

As sadhakas, we must have love and affection for the entire creation. We should be careful and respectful towards all beings. We must not hurt others, whether they be a human being, animal or plant.

#2 WHEN ONE MAKES A MISTAKE…

When one makes a mistake and feels repentance for their wrongdoing then Baba forgives their mistake because the person understands the problem and will not commit that same wrong in the future.

But when a person commits a mistake and (a) is unaware about their wrongdoing, or (b) thinks the mistake is justified because “I have a special status”, or (c) knows it is wrong but does it anyway as he thinks no one sees or knows about it, then in all those cases Baba will certainly point out, rebuke, or punish that person in order to rectify them.

The central idea is that if one has committed a mistake and has repentance then Baba forgives the matter.

#3: WHY ANANDA MARGIIS BURN THEIR SAMSKARAS QUICKLY

AND HOW THAT RELATES TO THE ABOVE STORY

Generally speaking, if a common person behaves in accordance with the accepted social norms they are not punished by society; however, they are creating samskaras and in due course will have to face the reaction.

For instance, if a person eats meat in a country where meat-eating is the norm, they will not be blamed or punished for their action by society, but they will have to face the repercussion and experience that samskara. So while the society will not hold them accountable, prakrti certainly will.

Similarly if a person engages in pre-marital sex when the whole society is doing the same, then once again that person will not be punished by society, but that individual will undergo the reaction of their misdeed.

It is just like when the white slave owners were abusing and torturing blacks in the US, then they were not punished by society because in that era slavery was legal, but certainly those slave masters created negative samskaras and had to undergo the reaction(s).

Here the point is that even though society accepts an action as acceptable or proper, that does not mean one will not have to undergo the reaction to that action. That person will have to face their samskaras – sooner or later. There is no escape.

We can also say that Ananda Margiis will experience (or burn) their samskaras far more quickly than non-margiis. Because in this very life every Ananda Margii is going to be granted mukti or moksa, by His grace. So in this life itself every Ananda Margii will have to undergo all their samskaras.

Story of Satyam’s Untimely Death

For instance, if any Ananda Margii (dada, didi or family person) eats meat then they are culpable by our AM standards and in addition they will invite all kinds of problems and suffering. Those following a sentient diet will get blood dysentery if they eat tamasik food like meat – and some may even die. I can never forget the story of Karuna Karan – the brother of Satyam. They lived together next to the Ranchi jagrti. One day, when he was 25 years of age, Karuna Karan attended a marriage reception and feast and he ate meat. In reaction, he suffered from terrible dysentery and ultimately met his tragic and untimely death. Our margii brother experienced the reaction very quickly; in contrast, many non-margiis ate meat at that reception and were totally fine. They had to wait to experience the reaction as their progress is very slow and they will be reborn again and again.

The whole situation can be likened to this analogy.

Urinating Dog Analogy

Suppose one dog enters your bedroom and urinates in one bowl or on the bed itself, then you will notice it immediately. But if that same dog urinates outside under the tree, then if will not be evident. Here the point is that if a sentient sadhaka of the Marga indulges in illicit or crude activities, then that will pollute their entire personality. And very quickly they will suffer the reaction. In contrast, if someone living a degrading existence does something bad – or if a drunkard has another drink – then they will certainly have to undergo the reaction, but it may occur over a long period of time – even lifetimes, as they are not on the spiritual path.

Must Burn All Samskaras In This Life

In this single lifetime, every Ananda Margii must exhaust all their samskaras – good and bad. For a sadhaka to plunge into lustful or illicit sexual dealings there is no benefit for humanity. It is purely selfish indulgence. Thus the sadhaka must undergo the negative reaction in the form of venereal disease, or other sexually transmitted diseases, or humiliation etc. There is no way to prolong or escape the reaction. Whereas non-margiis will experience the reaction – over time – in due course, over several lifetimes or more.

The point being that Ananda Margiis are the vanguards of a neo-humanistic social order. By Baba’s grace we have been blessed with all His teachings on dharma. So we cannot just abandon His guidelines and follow common social trends. The consequences for that will have to be experienced. Because in this very life, every Ananda Margii will have to exhaust all their samskaras and get moksa.

How It Relates With Above Story

In the above story, the dada was negligent in his dealing with one street dog. In India, street dogs are not treated well; everyone kicks them and pushes them around. Thus the dada’s action did not contravene the social norm of the day, but he did fail to live up to our AM code of neo-humanism. For that reason he had to undergo the reaction. Baba pointed out his misdeed and graciously removed that samskara.

No Ananda Margii can say or think that, “Well, this is done in the general society so I can also do that.” This is the wrong outlook. We always have to live up to our AM standard, not any other. This applies to each and every conduct rule and guideline. Otherwise we will have to undergo the reaction in this very life itself – whereas non-margiis committing those same acts will be reborn again and again – so they will face the reactions slowly over time.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Toma’y a’ma’y pratham dekha’ kon se atiite…” (PS 1544)

Purport:

Baba, You are so gracious, You and I first met long ago in the hoary past. But this intimate gathering of ours is not written about in the pages of history, nor in the books mathematics. It is not mentioned anywhere, nor is there any record of it. Only You and I know.

Baba, our closeness is not drawn in geometry, and it is not written in pen. Indeed, there is no brush mark or painting related with our first meeting anywhere in this expressed universe. Nay, there is no carving, sculpture, or drawing that describes our intimacy.

By Your infinite compassion, we are so close. Whenever I went away and got lost in the crudity of maya, You graciously lifted me with Your divine music and sweet rhythms and held me tightly in the deep recesses of Your heart. Baba, You never left me all alone. By Your causeless grace, I am in Your eternal shelter.

Baba, You are my eternal companion. I surrender to You– at Your lotus feet…

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Date: 09 Aug 2012 22:28:39 -0000
From: “Indradeva” imps@portp.mail
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Where Are We

Baba

“Toma’r raune raun mishiye cale, yete ca’i sumukhe…” (P.S. 2368)

Purport:

Baba, by surrendering all the colours of my mind – all the attractions and attachments of my mind – by surrendering everything unto You, I want to move on and on, by Your grace. Baba, I want to offer all my colours, vrttis, and longings at Your alter. My only desire is to move on the path, dancing according to Your rhythm, Your melody. But somehow always I am losing the
tune.

Baba, by Your grace, I am holding Your flag in my hand. You have given me the one-pointed desire, energy, and duty to follow and spread Your ideology, Your teachings. You have instilled within me the feeling that even if no one else is coming along, still I will go on marching ahead on Your path. Baba Your grace is ever-showering on my entire existence. Baba, You are always
along with me. And You are always giving me strength in my heart to march forward. By Your grace, You have filled my heart with Your inspiration and grace. For this reason, obstacles and hindrances are meaningless – they never obstruct my forward movement.

Baba, I was never alone in the past nor will I be alone in the future. By Your grace You are always along with me. And when You are along with me, then there is no question of fear. Baba, by doing Your work and singing Your song, I will go on moving on Your path of effulgence – keeping You in my heart. Baba You are always with me, You are eternally sweet and gracious…

== WHERE ARE WE ==

Namaskar,

Baba says, “Common domestic animals are individualistic by nature. They are very self-centered. One animal does not usually come to the aid of another. Domestic animals are neither sincere nor devoted to their masters. In fact, they do not have the least sympathy for their masters’ interests. Wherever they are, they live only for themselves.” (PNS-15, p.42)

There are some who suffer from this dogma – thinking that their pets are quite dedicated to them. Hence these persons are not aware of the above fact. The truth is that pets will attach themselves with whoever feeds them. You can test this theory anytime by observing any pet.

Baba’s above teaching is related not only with domestic animals but with all animals.

Actually, what to say about animals, unfortunately, these days under the negative influence of capitalism, human beings have degenerated to the level of such animals in that they are equally self-centered, living only for themselves, and not caring about others.

In (a) capitalist countries and (b) metropolitan cities around the globe, such types of people are commonly available. They are so self-centered that they never care about others – not even their own off-spring. Such crude and selfish people are worse than animals because they have been blessed with human life, but they are not living like human beings.

This entire scene is the negative outcome of capitalism – which itself converts humans into beggers of self-gratification. Capitalist-minded people are the epitome of that yet in this present era they may be regarded as common citizens. Such is the standard of society nowadays. This selfish mentality is the root cause of all the problems.

By Baba’s divine grace the tide is turning. He has infused this world with His divine vibration and quickly people are waking up and seeking to move toward the spiritual plane. This is nothing but Baba’s blessing upon humanity.

Namaskar,
Indradev

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Date: Sat, 31 2012 22:34:02 -0400
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Miguel
Subject: They Are Fish Eaters

== THEY ARE FISH EATERS ==

Namaskar,
Here Baba addresses the ways and habits of fish and how that might affect one’s mental make-up.

Baba says, “Fish eat all kinds of things. Because of this, the positive qualities of those foods which they eat they may or may not get; but, certainly they get the negative qualities or defects of those foods which they eat. In addition, fish quarrel so much among themselves; they are quarrel mongers. They eat each other; they feel jealous towards one another; and also they have the tendency to wander around aimlessly in an indisciplined, disorderly manner. Because of these negative qualities of fish, since ages there has been the feeling amongst the general public that those who are fish eaters, they get contaminated by these same defects.” (Shabda Cayanika, C-20, Bangla, Disc #156)

Amongst all of India, the most densely populated fish-eating area is Bengal. Indeed, Baba says that the main population of Bengal are kaevarta (fisherman community). In total there are a huge number of lakes, ponds, rivers, and water sources in Bengal; that is why fish flourish there. Thus in Bengal fish are known as water fruit. Except for very strict devoted margiis, most of them like to eat fish.

Namaskar,
Mantreshvara

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Date: Wed, 08 Feb 2012 22:07:39 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: J. Erikkson
Subject: ANIMALS RIGHTS & ANIMAL PETS

Baba

== ANIMALS RIGHTS & ANIMAL PETS ==

Namaskar,
Right now on this planet we see so much suffering– it is pervasive
throughout the globe and not limited to human beings. Animals also undergo
terrible suffering, unnecessarily. We can say that cruelty to animals is
rampant and, tragically, often openly accepted.

This mistreatment and undue harm to animals occurs everywhere: From Hong
Kong to Buenos Aires and from New York to Cape Town. That is well known.
But it also has to be admitted that the mistreatment of animals is much
more prevalent in the west, i.e. in those lands guided by the Semitic
religions.

As our Marga aims to eradicate the suffering of all beings, we should
clearly identify and carefully analyse the root cause behind such animal
suffering. By that way we can quickly bring about a healthy, universalistic
order that ensures the welfare of not only humans, but also plants and
animals.

PHILOSOPHY IS THE CAUSE

Wherever people live and whatever land they call their home, the common
inhabitants become coloured by the philosophy of that place. This happens
to just about everyone. And as we shall see this is the root cause of the
mistreatment of animals in our western nations.

Baba says, “In this universe there are people whose thoughts, character and
behaviour are similar…Characteristics inherent in a particular group get
mixed with the internal thoughts and ideas of other groups within a
society. This leads to the development of national characteristics. In this
way an entire national psychology – its external behaviour, its social
outlook, and its philosophy of life – is developed.” (AFPS-6)

So each and every country has a particular way of living: A certain
mentality that projects a common mode of behaviour. This Baba terms as
prana dharma. And this shared outlook, or prana dharma, touches the very
core of the people of that land, region, or country.

ANIMAL (MIS)TREATMENT IN THE WEST:

HOW IT WORKS WITH THE SEMITIC RELIGIONS ETC

So in the west, where the guiding philosophy or prana dharma is highly
affected by the Semitic religions– Christian thought, Judaic beliefs, and
Muslim customs where animal cruelty is at its unnatural height & unholy peak.
Because the prevailing concept of all the these aforementioned religions is
that all the creatures exist on this planet solely for the exclusive
pleasure of human beings. In the name of their “God”, they think like this.

So according to these dogmatic religions, animals are for human enjoyment
only, and animals have no rights of their own. This is the crusty, age-old
Semitic way of thinking.

And indeed this defective approach has affected the preaching of so many
western thinkers from St Thomas Aquinas to Descartes to Kant, and various
others in between and after. None of these so-called great philosophers
recognise the rights of animals– not in the least.

In turn, the common people living in those nations get deluged by an
onslaught of religious and intellectual thought that teaches them: “Animals
are made for us”; “Animals are to be used for our human enjoyment”. This is
their selfish outlook. So, with this defective mentality sitting in the
forefront of their mental plate, the people use and abuse animals,
senselessly.

This crude and defective approach has done untold harm in the past, as well
as led to the rise of horrific factory farms in this present era– factory
farms that systematically and heartlessly bind & torture animals to keep up
with the ongoing demand of meats, poultry, mutton, and fish for human
consumption. This has been well-documented and anyone can view photos on
the web of the scandalous and cold-blooded treatment of the animals in such
factory farms. Even then that is not all.

Side by side, in those same western countries hunting laws are instituted
to ensure that there is ‘enough game’ so that humans can satisfy their
fancy and legally go out and shoot defenseless animals. And there are
numerous other examples and inhumane displays of animal mistreatment in the
western world that is fed and supported by the faulty Semitic views toward
animals.

All because, in the west, the common people have been flooded with the
religious propaganda that animals are merely a means to an end– and that
‘end’ is human enjoyment. This crude mentality has shaped and molded the
minds of the people.

Verily, this is the mentality of the common populace including the kids.
That is why children– without even thinking– may pull the legs off of
various insects, or pour gasoline on beehives and burn them, or senselessly
kill squirrels, rodents, and even cats etc.

And the root cause behind it all is that selfish and dogmatic belief that
all these animals have been placed on this earth solely for the crude
pleasure & enjoyment of humans. So “we can do what we want to those
animals– they are made for us”. This is what their religious dogma preaches.

Whereas our neohumanism beautifully states that all beings are the divine
expression of Parama Purusa and we humans are to act as guardians and
ensure the right and proper treatment of all– because all beings,
including animals, have their God-given rights and existential value. All
have the right to a healthy and happy life.

DON’T GET BEFOOLED BY THE ‘PET’ PSYCHOLOGY OF THE WEST

Those new to the western world or visiting for the first time may naively
think that animals have a high place in western society. Because in places
like the US, dog owners spare no expense for their pets. There are animal
hospitals which primarily treat dogs, plus there are doggie saloons, doggie
spas, dog groomers, doggie retreats, doggie vacations, doggie massages, and
even doggie yoga classes where pet owners bring their dogs to class and do
asanas with their cherished pets. So there are thousands of ways to pamper
your pet– and it all costs a pretty penny, i.e. lots of money.

Seeing all this one may think that dogs and all animals are revered and
given high-status in the west. But that is just a bunch of nonsense. The
prevailing ‘pet’ psychology in the west all falls in their selfish &
hypocritical perspective– that is all.

Those pet owners derive selfish pleasure from their doggie pets and praise
themselves for the grand way in which they care for their dogs, yet every
night their dinner plate is filled with the remnants of slaughtered animals
that suffered in misery before being sentenced to some painful and
deceitful death. And those same pet owners sport leather shoes & mink coats
that only further testify to the fact that they feel they can do anything
and everything with animals– because those “animals are made for us”. So
says their Christian doctrine and so says their conscience. And their
selfish & hypocritical behaviour perfectly reflects this very idea.
It should also be included that those very same pet owners have started
innumerable capitalist ventures that exploit animals to the bone in order
to maximize profits.

Hence, by seeing the conditions of ‘pets’, no one should hastily conclude
that those in the US people are very kind and sweet to animals. It is not
at all like that.

ECO-GROUPS & ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUPS HAVE THEIR AGENDA

Some might then say, ‘Well what about all those animal rights groups and
eco-groups in the US– doesn’t that show that they care for animal welfare’.
And the quick and pointed reply is that many of those conservation groups
still subscribe to eating meat etc, and with regards to the eco-oriented
animals rights organisations, they also have their limited agendas such as
wanting to secure their home on this earth and for that they got involved
in environmental problems caused by a meat-based diet. Thereby those people
can continue to live on the planet and enjoy, whether it be rock-n-roll
music or other pseudo-culture trends. So theirs is not a wholly benevolent
or conscious approach. Rather it is inherently tainted with some other
motive– whether they realise it or not.

And for those who few who may be internally sincere in their desire to help
animals, unfortunately they are not spiritually awakened enough to
understand that those animals are expressions of Parama Purusa and that we
are to serve Him by helping those animals.

So none of those groups are on par with AM and in 99% of the cases they
have a side-by agenda in mind. Yet they are all our brothers and sisters
and it is our bounden to guide them as best we can. And to guide them
properly, neither should we be in awe of their work nor should we despise
them as people. Rather ours should be a balanced approach where we
recognise their shortcomings so that we may best help them to advance.

Here the main idea is that the overall perspective of such advocacy
organisations is not one of seva. So although such groups may seemingly be
doing good work– they are not “one” with our Marga. Because only our
neo-humanistic philosophy imbibes the belief that all are the expression of
Parama Purusa we have come to this world to serve others– including plants
and animals– and watch for their welfare.

No eco or animal rights group has this God-centered, neo-humanistic ideal
in mind.

SHORT RECAP

So in the nutshell that is the picture of animal mistreatment in the west
and it is all fueled by the selfish, dogmatic outlook of the Semitic
religions which states, “Animals are made for us”.

THE SITUATION OF ANIMALS IN INDIA

The situation with regards to the treatment of animals in India is
comparatively better. No doubt there are some pitfalls, but at the same
time it has to be recognised that those early rishis of 15,000 years ago
preached the spiritual ideal that are all the expressions of Parama Purusa.
And this pure premise has filtered down to the Indian masses for generation
after generation.

Baba says, “The thoughts and ideals of India are quite different from the
other countries in the East. Since ancient times, India has been adhering
to her distinct pra’n’a dharma. Regarding life and the world, the Indian
people are certainly spiritually inclined. They look upon each and every
thought and deed as part of their spiritual practice.” (AFPS-6)

And it is with this prana dharma firmly in mind that so many proper
practices have been implemented in life such as a purely sattvik diet as
well as a long standing belief that animals have a right to live on this
earth. They have this inherent right.

And when things went overboard and the Aryans came from outside and started
doing huge animals sacrifices and turning the rivers into pools of blood,
then great souls like Buddha and Mahaviira Jain echoed the words of those
rishis of old and came forward and opposed those cruel sacrifices.

Here the point is not that our Marga should emulate the Indian standard. We
have our neo-humanistic standard to follow and using that as a guideline it
has to be recognised that the moral and ethical treatment in India is far
higher than in those Semitic oriented countries like the US that are
dominated by the crude belief that “animals are made for us– for human
enjoyment.”

This wasteland of an idea was never present in the Indian mentality. And
one great proof of this is that one of the names of Lord Shiva is
‘Pashupati’– i.e. that Shiva is not just the God of humans but of animals
also. It is not just that Shiva taught sadhana to animalistic humans– that
is not the only reason why He is called Pashupati; also He cared very
sweetly for animals and, being the Mahasambhuti, He preached this ideal as
well.

And since long in India it has been known that through the law of karma,
humans evolved out of animal life, which helps one recognise the value of
animal life. This is commonly understood within the Indian philosophical
tradition.

Here the point is not to glorify the Indian outlook. It has its defects and
has been certainly by infiltrated by the Aryans, Muslims, Britishers, and
Christians etc.

But at the same time we should recognise that those early Himalayan rishis
who preached Samgacchadhvam, the yoga ideal, and other great teachings were
also well aware that humans are to watch for the welfare of animals. And
this message filtered down to the masses.

And still today, the common people in India will readily say, ‘What right
do I have to hurt those animals, they are the expression of God’. How far
they follow this cent per cent in their life may vary– but this idea is
commonly in the mind. And that is a heck of a step higher than the typical
American mentality, where one thinks, “Animals are made for us– for my
enjoyment”.

So comparatively speaking, India’s treatment and regard for animals is
higher than the west has ever known.

CONTEMPORARY TRENDS

But in this ever-changing world, it is quite apparent that now the
unfortunate turn of events is going on where India has begun rushing
headlong after crude western ways. More and more they are slipping into the
capitalistic trap whereby animals are nothing but a means to an end. On
the plus side, however, more and more westerners are trying to leave
materialism and are harbouring a strong desire to fashion their life after
age-old eastern truths. This switchover is going on.

However, the tables have not turned yet– not completely anyway.
So comparatively speaking India’s view towards animals more closely
resembles the gold-bar standard of AM neo-humanism.

AM IS FAR ABOVE

In AM, our vision and perspective towards animals is pure and unblemished.
Baba has given all the ideal teachings and has pointed out the prevailing
dogmas.

Baba says, “Hindus worship cows as something holy, apparently because they
give us milk. But if cows are revered as mothers for giving us milk,
shouldn’t buffaloes be given a similar status? Actually, buffaloes give
more milk than cows. Unfortunately, the blind religious followers refuse to
listed to logic as their religious sentiment for cows has taken root deep
in their minds. People are fed these ideas since childhood, so later on it
becomes impossible for them to discard them.” (AFPS-2)

So our ideal is neither western, nor eastern– neither American, nor
Indian. Our ideal is the neo-humanistic vision which Baba has given. That
alone can save the fate of animals on this earth.

ONLY SOLUTION: NEO-HUMANISM

With Baba’s grand teaching of neo-humanism, then surely the future of
animals is bright and animal cruelty will be reduced, nay eradicated.

Baba says, “All molecules, atoms, electrons, protons, positrons and
neutrons are the veritable expressions of the same Supreme Consciousness.
Those who remember this reality, who keep this realization ever alive in
their hearts, are said to have attained perfection in life. They are the
real devotees, the real bhaktas. When the underlying spirit of humanism is
extended to everything, animate and inanimate, in this universe – I have
designated this as Neohumanism. This Neohumanism will elevate humanism to
universalism, the cult of love for all created beings of this universe.”
(NH-LOI, Disc: 1)

So in Baba’s divine teachings of neo-humanism, we are to immerse our mind
in His cosmic flow and realise the interconnectedness of all– that all are
but expressions of Him. Fueled by the fire of this neo-humanistic ideal,
then naturally one will act as a benevolent guardian– serving one and all
and watching for everyone’s welfare, be they human, animal, plant, brick,
or stone.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we will personify His teachings and spread the message of
animal welfare to all– thereby eliminating, once and for all, the crude
Semitic belief that “Animals are made for us– for human selfish enjoyment”.

Baba says, “The human race must attain glory by giving due recognition and
justice to all.” (HS-1)

Namaskar,
Jayanta

Note 1: THE EFFECT OF THE MONKEY GOD

The religions have a big effect on the mentality of the people. And in the
traditional Indian outlook, various animals like Hanuman are highly
regarded as being deities or mounts to the attainment of Brahmahood. And
the obvious plus point of such religious beliefs is that they have helped
infuse a certain respect towards the animal kingdom among the followers of
that faith. Because the people thereby truly believed that animals are not
just lowly creatures for human consumption, but rather expressions of
divinity etc. Whereas in the crude Semitic faiths, this type of high regard
for animals never takes expression, rather it is totally absent.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Nijer katha’ balate gele yug ye cale ya’y…” (P.S. 2610)

Purport:

Baba, my whole life is getting wasted in propagating my own greatness.
Since ages I have been involved in this foolish endeavour. Baba, please
fill my mind with Your divine tales. By listening them my whole heart, nay
my whole being, will be satiated. In order to listen to Your divine gospel,
I have remained awake since many lives– since ages. Baba, please grace me
with that very smile because by getting a flash of that my life will become
successful.
Baba today You have graced me and changed my heart; I will no longer
waste my time in self-glorification and bragging about my unit ‘I’, little
ego. Because now my mind is running constantly towards You. Baba, I wasted
my life in self-propaganda. Now by Your grace only I want to listen to Your
glory, Your sweet gospel…

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Cooking Tips

Baba says, “If the vegetables get a little burnt and [you think] that ‘Oh,
people can’t eat this.’ [Then] Quick- pour a lot of water onto them, and
add fifteen or twenty betel leaves. That will reduce the burnt effect.”
(NKS, ’97 Edn, p. 105)
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Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2011 22:33:28 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Hariish Dev”
Subject: They Can’t Do New Things

Baba

PS Intro: When the devotee progresses in sadhana then the mind moves upwards, one stage to the next. The sadhaka in a lower bhava – like sakhya bhava etc – gradually moves upwards, closer to Parama Purusa, and reaches a higher bhava like madhura bhava etc. When one enters into this higher bhava – which is a new, closer relation – then at first the sadhaka does not feel comfortable expressing this new feeling to His Lord due to fear and shyness. That mentality is beautifully expressed in the following song.

“Udvela hiya’ ka’re ca’ya, shayane svapane nide ja’garan’e…” (PS 708)

Purport:

My melancholic, restless heart longs for the Loving One during sleep and dreams, when drowsy, and while awake – always. Who is that unknown, divine, charming Entity calling me – I do not know.

In this peak spring season, the atmosphere is charming and intoxicating. Everything is so sweet. The soothing ocean breeze is gently blowing in all directions. My heart longs for that unknown loved One. The sky is very attractive: The clouds are floating and the sun’s rays peep through in between the clouds. The scene is very alluring; it is so beautiful. Who is that Divine Entity, drenched in the sweet aroma of flower nectar, sitting distant, singing such captivating songs. Listening to these melodic songs, my heart is very restless.

My mind is restless for Him. It rushes towards Him every moment – it is beyond my control. It does not know how to respond to the call of that Loved One. Without smashing the obstacles like shyness and fear etc, how can I tell Him all the accumulated feelings of my heart, I do not know.

O, my Dearmost, please do not remain distant. Come before me and grace me so I can surrender at Your lotus feet…

End Note for Prabhat Samgiita #708:

The sadhaka wants to express the feeling of their heart but it is difficult due to shyness. With this closer proximity to Ista everything feels very charming, but also very new. That is why the sadhaka feels shy. This song expresses the feeling of the arrival into that intimate stage when Parama Purusa is the Dearest One.

With a friend, one may not tell everything – but when one is very close then nothing is hidden. This song is close to that stage. This song will be realised by those doing regular dhyana and getting Baba’s grace. They can understand well.

The very subtle and intimate feelings of love cannot be written directly; that is why this song is given in an indirect manner.

To learn more about the various bhavas, please refer to Namami Krsnasundaram discourses 7 & 27.

== THEY CAN’T DO NEW THINGS ==

Namaskar,
In Ananda Marga, we make clear-cut distinctions between humans and animals. No one thinks that humans are animals.

Baba says, ‘The old idea of logicians that the human is a rational [animal] is not supported by us. We say the human is not a rational animal. If we say the human is a rational animal, then the human comes within the animal category. Yes, the human is a living being, but the human is not an animal.” (AV-30)

However, in the general society, there are many who equate humans with animals, and vice-versa. This is especially true in the west where some advocate that animals should have the same rights as humans, or that humans are part of the animal kingdom. For instance, they will treat their pets like royalty; or the will openly state that humans are animals.

No doubt in AM we respect the life of an animal, but we do not equate human life with animal life. There are distinct differences. If we are aware about these differences then we can best convince others of the unique value of human life.

Failing that, certain people will continue to think that humans may behave as animals – “because that is our natural way” – in which case they will plunge themselves into all kinds of crude activities and ruin their future. Or they will continue to pamper certain animals with all kinds of superfluous luxuries while their fellow human beings die of starvation.

So we should all be clear about the below logic and help elevate the standard of humanity.

WHY PEOPLE GOT CONFUSED IN THE WEST

At present in the west, there is a growing sentimental attachment for animals. Some of this is appropriate but most is just pure hypocrisy.

For instance, people now keep all kinds of pets such as cats, dogs, iguanas, birds, llamas, fish, chimpanzees, ferrets, and so much more. They give special care, expensive medical operations, elegant spas, special grooming, sumptuous food to their pets. They treat their pets like royalty and spend huge money on them. They consider their pets as members of their own families and think of themselves as animal lovers. Yet when the vast majority of those pet owners eat meat on a daily
basis, then we can see how misguided their approach is.

The issue gets further compounded when we consider the fact that huge numbers of humans die due to lack of care, yet so much special attention is given to these pets. Indeed, in the US, 41 billion dollars a year is spent on pet care, more than the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of dozens and dozens of countries. Some of the ultra rich even leave millions to their dog upon their death.

On the one side they share their homes with animals and treat them as family, and on the other side they blindly support animal slaughtering by eating meat at every meal. On the one side people spend huge money on pampering their pets and on the other side, gross numbers of humans go hungry every day.

This is the shocking hypocrisy and disparity going on these days.

KEY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HUMANS AND ANIMALS

Amidst all these shocking scenarios we should keep this key point in mind that clearly proves that humans and animals are of distinctly separate categories.

Let’s say an owner teaches their dog 10 tricks. Then that is all the dog will know. On its own the dog will not learn an 11th or 12th trick. Dogs do not have that type of psychic structure. When they are shown they will do, they do not have the creative power or urge to go beyond that.

In contrast, within each and every human being is the seed of expansion. So if a human being is taught something, then that human being will take that idea and expand upon it. They will make the idea or action their own and build upon it. Infants, students of all ages, professionals, retirees, everyone does like this. That is the nature of human beings.

Language is a great example. Animals can repeat a word (parrots) or respond to a verbal command (dog) or even use certain words to communicate (monkey) but no animal has the ability to create sentences on their own. That pattern or capability of original thought and expression is beyond their spectrum of knowing.

Here the whole point is that animals do not have the quality to do new things. They can only do the things they have been shown or taught. They lack the basic quality to discover anything beyond that.

Thus when the psychic faculty of human beings has this unique quality of making new things and when animals lack it, then who can claim that humans are animals or animals are humans.

PROPENSITIES IN ANIMALS AND HUMAN LIFE

Because animals utterly lack the aforementioned psychic quality, they spend their days just involved in satisfying their basic propensities or primal urges. When a physical desire comes then they act upon it. That is the basic quality of animal life.

In contrast, human beings are not slaves to their propensities. Either due to social pressure or by their own thinking, humans do not merely act upon their propensities.

For instance, if a dog is hungry and sees food then it will eat that food, not at all considering if that food is for them or not. In contrast, even when hungry a human being will refrain from eating food that is not theirs. Either they are concerned they will be punished (social pressure) or they do not feel comfortable eating what does not belong to them (moral conscience).

Thus physical propensities do not dominate human life, especially not with sadhakas. Whereas animals are totally dominated by materials pursuits and are content with those limited those. Humans are never satisfied completely by physical indulgences – always they want something more.

RARITY OF HUMAN LIFE

With our innate desire to discover something new, humans invariably turn to psychic growth and ultimately spirituality. Animals are not capable of contemplating new things, but humans have an innate urge for the infinite. And it is this quality of mind that is to guide us in our quest, not mere material enjoyment.

Unfortunately, many humans remain engrossed in worldly desires and that leads to their degradation. In that case they are on the path back to animal life. They will get the body appropriate for their desires.

As sadhakas, we always proceed guided by mind, not matter. Some respond to social pressure and others by benevolence of mind, but whatever may be, most humans live by using their mind and then deciding how to proceed. Animals never do like this. As humans though, we are to use the mind to control our corporeal structure and aim that mind toward Parama Purusa. That is our unique human dharma.

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with this human life which is so rare and so difficult to attain. We must be especially sure to goad the mind toward the spiritual realm and not get caught up in crude desires. We must remember we are mind oriented beings and never classify ourselves as beings animals and following that mode of living. We are to do sadhana and reach the Supreme Goal.

Baba says, “Human life is rare and is very precious.” Even the devata’s, if they want to do something good or great, will have to come in human frame to work. A devata’ as devata’ cannot do anything good; the devata’ requires a human framework. So human life is very precious, very rare; “and such life is still more rare, still more precious, if it has become successful by dint of bha’gavata dharma, or by dint of sa’dhana’.”” (SS-21)

Namaskar,
Hariish

Note 1: THE POINT OF FREE WILL

One other aspect of this discussion is free will. Animals do not have free will in which case they cannot create new samskaras – bad or good. All the can do is follow their inborn propensities – period. They cannot think or consider doing something different. Their desire is limited and they are content with material life.

Humans has free will and with that comes a huge spectrum of choices. Ideally we make those selections with a balanced mind. By this entire process, humans can easily go beyond materials pursuits and point the mind toward higher thought and realisation.

This notion of free will further distinguishes humans from animals.

Note 2: WHY THE MATERIAL WEST LOVES PETS

Some may wonder why those in the west and in particular Americans are so enthralled with having pets. The clear-cut answer is that the more selfish a person becomes, the less they are able to live with others. Many in US live alone because they cannot adjust with their family and friends. Yet they keep animals. Those animals will listen to them and never talk back. That is the only type of relationship a selfish person can handle. In that way so many get totally attached to their pets. They tell their pet all their worries and fears – that is much easier than having to deal with another human being. So due to selfishness some bond more with their pets than with other humans.

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Japa on Enemy

Baba says, “If anyone’s name is to be chanted in japa, it is the name of Parama Purus’a. What is japa? A word has a particular meaning; repeating the word inwardly again and again, after having understood its meaning, is what is termed japa. As a result of the prolonged repetition of a word, whose inner meaning is clearly understood, its ideation becomes permanently imprinted in one’s mind, and consequently there occurs a radical change in one’s mental arena. The extroversial tendencies of the mind gradually become introverted. This is the benefit of japa. And if anyone’s name is to be repeated, it is the name of the Lord.”

“Usually worldly people constantly repeat– do the japa of– their earthly joys and comforts, or do japa on the names of their enemies. But that is all useless. Only the name of Parama Purus’a should be repeated in the form of japa, for ultimately one will have to reach Him, to merge in Him. Ultimately one will have to reach Him. There is no other way. Hence wise persons take only the name of– do the japa of– the One and Supreme Lord, and never the name of any other entity.”
(12 November 1978 DMC, Kolkata)

Note: Usually people do not realise that they are doing japa of something which is meaningless, silly, or sometimes even harmful. But it happens because the general tendency of the mind is to degenerate towards crude thoughts. For example, if someone is plunged in worldly problems or court case or enemy, then in that case they are unknowingly doing japa of that problem or enemy etc.

Another feature of the mind is that when the mind is empty then it is the usual characteristic of the mind to start thinking of something which is meaningless, stupid, or harmful etc. Or it will think of something that will bring degeneration.

Hence, without even their own awareness, countless people are getting adversely affected and getting poisoned by doing the japa of crude things. In His above teaching Baba says that at any cost this should be avoided– averted. Repeated thinking or japa should only be done on the name of the Lord. That will bring ultimate salvation and bliss.
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Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2011 07:22:21 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Giriish Deva ”
Subject: Baba Story: Caring For Animals

Baba

== BABA STORY: CARING FOR ANIMALS ==

Namaskar,
In 1988, during a WT reporting session for Kolkata region, Baba pointed out one worker: “After drinking coconut water why did you throw the coconut shell on somebody who was also eating?”

The Wt was shocked to hear this and wondered how could this be.

Baba reminded him of the situation: “A few days ago you were drinking coconut water. When you were done, then you carelessly threw that heavy green coconut towards the side of the road without looking to see who was there. That heavy coconut fell on one dog that was eating beside the road. But you did not care that the dog was hurt. The dog ran away crying.”

Hearing Baba’s narration, the entire scene flashed in the mind of that wt and he felt felt ashamed for what he had done. Baba rebuked him and the dada’s punishment was to beg apology by touching the feet of all the wts present. Then he promised never to commit such a sin ever again and to be kind to all creatures.

Namaskar,
Giriish

THREE OF BABA’S TEACHINGS

#1: MUST SHOW KINDNESS TO ALL

As sadhakas, we must have love and affection for the entire creation. We should be careful and respectful towards all beings. We must not hurt others unnecessarily, whether that be a human being, animal or plant.

#2 WHEN ONE MAKES A MISTAKE…

When one makes a mistake and feels repentance for their wrongdoing then Baba ignores their mistake because the person understands the problem and will not commit that same wrong in the future.

But when a person commits a mistake and (a) is unaware about their wrongdoing, or (b) thinks the mistake is justified because “I have a special status”, or (c) knows it is wrong but does it anyway as he thinks no one sees or knows about it, then in all those cases Baba will certainly point out, rebuke, or punish that person in order to rectify them.

The central idea is that if one has committed a mistake and has repentance then Baba ignores the matter.

#3; MUST ADHERE TO OUR AM STANDARD

Generally speaking, if a common person behaves in accordance with the accepted societal norms of the day then they are not punished for their action. For instance, if a person eats meat in a country where meat-eating is the norm, then they are not to be blamed for their action. Similarly if a person engages in pre-marital sex when the whole society is doing the same, then once again that person is not blameworthy. Because they are acting in accordance with the accepted societal norms.

But in AM it is not like that. No dada, didi, or margii can follow the “existing social norms” and expect to escape punishment.

For instance, if any Ananda Margii (dada, didi or family person) eats meat then they are culpable and will face the consequences. Same if one engages in pre-marital sex; in that case too they will face the wrath of prakrti.

The point being that Ananda Margiis are the vanguards of a neo-humanistic social order. By Baba’s grace we have been blessed with all His teachings on dharma. So we cannot just give those up and follow common social trends. If we do that we are committing sin. And we will not be spared.

We have to follow the social code of Ananda Marga – in each and every circumstance regardless of what is accepted by the general society.

So in the above story, the dada was negligent in his dealing with one street dog. In India, street dogs are not treated well; everyone kicks them and pushes them around. Thus the dada’s action did not contravene the social norm of the day, but he did fail to live up to our AM code of neo-humanism. For that reason he was punished.

No Ananda Margii can say or think that, “Well this is done in the general society so I can also do that.” This is the wrong outlook. We always have to live up to our AM standard, not any other. This applies to each and every conduct rule and guideline.

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ate: Fri, 03 Jun 2011 20:01:42 -0400

To: am-global@earthlink.net

From: Dharmendra Deva

Subject: Fake Love Towards Their Pets

 

Baba

 

 

== FAKE LOVE TOWARDS THEIR PETS ==

 

Note: This short intro questions how humans behave towards their pets and then a critical essay is presented about the harmful and dangerous effects of neutering your cat, dog or other pet.

 

Namaskar,

In the west especially, pet owners display seemingly great affection for their pets. When we look a little more closely, we find something else to be the case.

 

The common trend is that pet owners have pets to satisfy their own personal desires. Often they leave the pet unattended to at home most of the day so that when they return from work then their pet will greet them when they return. So there is not much thought about the welfare of the dog. Rather their whole focus is on how their dog will give them company – even if that means the dog must stay home alone all day in one empty house.

 

Dogs and other animals must be allowed to live in natural surroundings and a comfortable environment – and not be forced to live in cramped quarters in a house fit for humans, not animals. When Baba says that animals benefit from human contact, His intention was not that animals should therefore be forced to live unnaturally in human surroundings. Rather humans should ensure that animals have a natural habitat in which to live.

 

That is why when Baba created a bird sanctuary in Ananda Nagar He designed it so the birds would be protected yet still live a very natural and free life. Those small birds could easily fly in and out whenever they liked as a portion of the roof was permanently open. So they could fly within the confines of the sanctuary to get food, nest and raise their young, or feel safe and secure, yet whenever they wished they could fly across the great sky spend the day in a local forest. Those birds could come and go as they wished. They could lead a perfectly natural life. That was the way in which Baba designed that special sanctuary.

 

Today’s pet owners do not do such things. Rather the shape their animals lives according to their own personal desire – and not for the welfare of that animal.

 

Here are but a few of the many things pet owners commonly do to their dogs and other domesticated animals like cats, birds etc:

 

1) Clipping of the nails or even de-clawing the animals entirely;

2) Cutting the flesh of the ears to a particular shape;

3) Breaking and butchering the tail to a particular style;

4) Forcing the animal to live in a cosmetically-scented home that is irritating to that animal’s keen sense of smell;

5) Neutering that animal;

6) And so many more things are done.

 

Again, all of the above steps are done not for the animal’s welfare but for the silly, if not cruel, desires of the pet owner.

 

So we have to think…

 

1) How would you like it if someone clipped your ears?

2) How would you like it if your finger nails were ripped off?

3) How would you like it if you were forcibly neutered?

4) How would you like it if you were bred for big bucks and separated from your children?

5) How would you like it if your nose was cut in a particular shape?

6) How would you like it if you were forced to live in an unnatural environment.

7) Would you feel happy if all of the above were imposed on you? Would you like to be somebody’s pet? Certainly not.

 

Yet tragically this is what “loving” pet owners do each and every day to their pets. All done for their own human selfishness.

 

In the first place, in today’s materialistic era humans cannot even live with their own progeny due to their self-centered manners. That is why they are living with their pets. But with pets also, such owners remain incredibly selfish and impose all kinds of harsh and thoughtless rules. If these owners were not so selfish then they could live with their whole extended family and have a wonderful life. Instead they will die in loneliness, living by themselves.

 

Here the whole point is that such pet owners should better consider the real needs of their pets and allow these animals to live in a more natural and healthy environment. These pets should not be forced to live according to the whims of their master where tails are cut, ears are trimmed, and reproductive organs forcibly removed.

 

Here is Baba’s sublime definition for how we should look upon all other beings – human or otherwise.

 

Baba says, ‘For each and every living being, one’s personal life is very dear, very costly. Each living being has love for their own life. A man who, knowing this fact, realizing this fact, loves others as he loves himself, is called a sádhu.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam, Part 12, Puńya All Twenty-Four Hours)

 

Here below is an excellent article about the harmful effects of neutering dogs, cats etc.

 

Namaskar,

Dharmendra

 

 

Long-Term Health Risks and Benefits

Associated with Spay / Neuter in Dogs

 

Laura J. Sanborn, M.S.

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Dog owners in America are frequently advised to spay/neuter their dogs for health reasons. A number of health benefits are cited, yet evidence is usually not cited to support the alleged health benefits. When discussing the health impacts of spay/neuter, health risks are often not mentioned. At times, some risks are mentioned, but the most severe risks usually are not.

 

This article is an attempt to summarize the long-term health risks associated with spay/neuter in dogs that can be found in the veterinary medical literature. Nearly all of the health risks in this article are findings from retrospective epidemiological research studies of dogs, which examine potential associations by looking backwards in

time. A few are from prospective research studies, which examine potential associations by looking forward in time.

 

 

SUMMARY

 

On balance, it appears that no compelling case can be made for neutering most male dogs, especially immature male dogs, in order to prevent future health problems. The number of health problems associated with neutering may exceed the associated health benefits in most cases.

 

On the negative side, neutering male dogs

• if done before 1 year of age, significantly increases the risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer); this is a common cancer in medium/large and larger breeds with a poor prognosis.

• increases the risk of cardiac hemangiosarcoma by a factor of 1.6

• triples the risk of hypothyroidism

• increases the risk of progressive geriatric cognitive impairment

• triples the risk of obesity, a common health problem in dogs with many associated health problems

• quadruples the small risk (<0.6%) of prostate cancer

• doubles the small risk (<1%) of urinary tract cancers

• increases the risk of orthopedic disorders

• increases the risk of adverse reactions to vaccinations

 

For female dogs, the situation is more complex. The number of health benefits associated with spaying may exceed the associated health problems in some (not all) cases. On balance, whether spaying improves the odds of overall good health or degrades them probably depends on the age of the female dog and the relative risk of various diseases in the different breeds.

 

On the negative side, spaying female dogs

• if done before 1 year of age, significantly increases the risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer); this is a common cancer in larger breeds with a poor prognosis

• increases the risk of splenic hemangiosarcoma by a factor of 2.2 and cardiac hemangiosarcoma by a factor of >5; this is a common cancer and major cause of death in some breeds

• triples the risk of hypothyroidism

• increases the risk of obesity by a factor of 1.6-2, a common health problem in dogs with many associated health problems

• causes urinary “spay incontinence” in 4-20% of female dogs

• increases the risk of persistent or recurring urinary tract infections by a factor of 3-4

• increases the risk of recessed vulva, vaginal dermatitis, and vaginitis, especially for female dogs spayed before puberty

• doubles the small risk (<1%) of urinary tract tumors

• increases the risk of orthopedic disorders

• increases the risk of adverse reactions to vaccinations

 

The traditional spay/neuter age of six months as well as the modern practice of pediatric spay/neuter appear to predispose dogs to health risks that could otherwise be avoided by waiting until the dog is physically mature, or perhaps in the case of many male dogs, foregoing it altogether unless medically necessary.

 

The balance of long-term health risks and benefits of spay/neuter will vary from one dog to the next. Breed, age, and gender are variables that must be taken into consideration in conjunction with non-medical factors for each individual dog. Across-the-board recommendations for all pet dogs do not appear to be supportable from findings in the veterinary medical literature.

 

 

FINDINGS FROM STUDIES

 

This section summarizes the diseases or conditions that have been studied with respect to spay/neuter in dogs.

 

 

Complications from Spay/Neuter Surgery

 

All surgery incurs some risk of complications, including adverse reactions to anesthesia, hemorrhage, inflammation, infection, etc. Complications include only immediate and near term impacts that are clearly linked to the surgery, not to longer term impacts that can only be assessed by research studies.

 

At one veterinary teaching hospital where complications were tracked, the rates of intraoperative, postoperative and total complications were 6.3%, 14.1% and 20.6%, respectively as a result of spaying female dogs . Other studies found a rate of total complications from spaying of 17.7% and 23% . A study of Canadian veterinary private practitioners found complication rates of 22% and 19% for spaying female dogs and neutering male dogs, respectively.

 

Serious complications such as infections, abscesses, rupture of the surgical wound, and chewed out sutures were reported at a 1- 4% frequency, with spay and castration surgeries accounting for 90% and 10% of these complications, respectively.

 

The death rate due to complications from spay/neuter is low, at around 0.1% .

 

 

Prostate Cancer

 

Much of the spay/neuter information available to the public asserts that neutering will reduce or eliminate the risk that male dogs develop prostate cancer. This would not be an unreasonable assumption, given that prostate cancer in humans is linked to testosterone. But the evidence in dogs does not support this claim. In fact, the strongest evidence suggests just the opposite.

 

There have been several conflicting epidemiological studies over the years that found either an increased risk or a decreased risk of prostate cancer in neutered dogs. These studies did not utilize control populations, rendering these results at best difficult to interpret. This may partially explain the conflicting results.

 

More recently, two retrospective studies were conducted that did utilize control populations. One of these studies involved a dog population in Europe and the other involved a dog population in America . Both studies found that neutered male dogs have a four times higher risk of prostate cancer than intact dogs.

 

Based on their results, the researchers suggest a cause-and-effect relationship: “this suggests that castration does not initiate the development of prostatic carcinoma in the dog, but does favor tumor progression” and also “Our study found that most canine prostate cancers are of ductal/urothelial origin….The relatively low incidence of prostate cancer in intact dogs may suggest that testicular hormones are in fact protective against ductal/urothelial prostatic carcinoma, or may have indirect effects on cancer development by changing the environment in the prostate.”

 

This needs to be put in perspective. Unlike the situation in humans, prostate cancer is uncommon in dogs.

 

Given an incidence of prostate cancer in dogs of less than 0.6% from necropsy studies, it is difficult to see that the risk of prostate cancer should factor heavily into most neutering decisions. There is evidence for an increased risk of prostate cancer in at least one breed (Bouviers) , though very little data so far to guide us in regards to other breeds.

 

 

Testicular Cancer

 

Since the testicles are removed with neutering, castration removes any risk of testicular cancer (assuming the castration is done before cancer develops). This needs to be compared to the risk of testicular cancer in intact dogs.

 

Testicular tumors are not uncommon in older intact dogs, with a reported incidence of 7% . However, the prognosis for treating testicular tumors is very good owing to a low rate of metastasis, so testicular cancer is an uncommon cause of death in intact dogs. For example, in a Purdue University breed health survey of Golden Retrievers , deaths due to testicular cancer were sufficiently infrequent that they did not appear on

list of significant causes of “Years of Potential Life Lost for Veterinary Confirmed Cause of Death” even though 40% of GR males were intact. Furthermore, the GRs who were treated for testicular tumors had a 90.9% cure rate. This agrees well with other work that found 6-14% rates of metastasis for testicular tumors in dogs.

 

The high cure rate of testicular tumors combined with their frequency suggests that fewer than 1% of intact male dogs will die of testicular cancer.

 

In summary, though it may be the most common reason why many advocate neutering young male dogs, the risk from life threatening testicular cancer is sufficiently low that neutering most male dogs to prevent it is difficult to justify.

 

An exception might be bilateral or unilateral cryptorchids, as testicles that are retained in the abdomen are 13.6 times more likely to develop tumors than descended testicles and it is also more difficult to detect tumors in undescended testicles by routine physical examination.

 

 

Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer)

 

A multi-breed case-control study of the risk factors for osteosarcoma found that spay/neutered dogs (males or females) had twice the risk of developing osteosarcoma as did intact dogs.

 

This risk was further studied in Rottweilers, a breed with a relatively high risk of osteosarcoma. This retrospective cohort study broke the risk down by age at spay/neuter, and found that the elevated risk of osteosarcoma is associated with spay/neuter of young dogs . Rottweilers spayed/neutered before one year of age were 3.8 (males) or 3.1 (females) times more likely to develop osteosarcoma than intact dogs. Indeed, the combination of breed risk and early spay/neuter meant that Rottweilers spayed/neutered before one year of age had a 28.4% (males) and 25.1% (females) risk of developing osteosarcoma. These results are consistent with the earlier multi-breed study but have an advantage of assessing risk as a function of

age at neuter. A logical conclusion derived from combining the findings of these two studies is that spay/neuter of dogs before 1 year of age is associated with a significantly increased risk of osteosarcoma. The researchers suggest a cause-and-effect relationship, as sex hormones are known to influence the maintenance of skeletal structure and mass, and also because their findings showed an inverse relationship between time of exposure to sex hormones and risk of osteosarcoma.

 

The risk of osteosarcoma increases with increasing breed size and especially height . It is a common cause of death in medium/large, large, and giant breeds. Osteosarcoma is the third most common cause of death in Golden Retrievers and is even more common in larger breeds . Given the poor prognosis of osteosarcoma and its frequency in many breeds, spay/neuter of immature dogs in the medium/large, large, and giant breeds is apparently associated with a significant and elevated risk of

death due to osteosarcoma.

 

 

Mammary Cancer (Breast Cancer)

 

Mammary tumors are by far the most common tumors in intact female dogs, constituting some 53% of all malignant tumors in female dogs in a study of dogs in Norway where spaying is much less common than in the USA. 50-60% of mammary tumors are malignant, for which there is a significant risk of metastasis . Mammary

tumors in dogs have been found to have estrogen receptors, and the published research shows that the relative risk (odds ratio) that a female will develop mammary cancer compared to the risk in intact females is dependent on how many estrus cycles she experiences

 

 

Female Reproductive Tract Cancer (Uterine, Cervical, and Ovarian Cancers)

 

Uterine/cervical tumors are rare in dogs, constituting just 0.3% of tumors in dogs .

Spaying will remove the risk of ovarian tumors, but the risk is only 0.5% . While spaying will remove the risk of reproductive tract tumors, it is unlikely that surgery can be justified to prevent the risks of uterine, cervical, and ovarian cancers as the risks are so low.

 

 

Urinary Tract Cancer (Bladder and Urethra Cancers)

 

An age-matched retrospective study found that spay/neuter dogs were two times more likely to develop lower urinary tract tumors (bladder or urethra) compared to intact dogs . These tumors are nearly always malignant, but are infrequent, accounting for less than 1% of canine tumors. So this risk is unlikely to weigh

heavily on spay/neuter decisions. Airedales, Beagles, and Scottish Terriers are at elevated risk for urinary tract cancer while German Shepherds have a lower than average risk.

 

 

Hemangiosarcoma

 

Hemangiosarcoma is a common cancer in dogs. It is a major cause of death in some breeds, such as Salukis, French Bulldogs, Irish Water Spaniels, Flat Coated Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Boxers, Afghan Hounds, English Setters, Scottish Terriesr, Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, and German Shepherd Dogs. In an aged-matched case controlled study, spayed females were found to have a 2.2 times higher risk of splenic hemangiosarcoma compared to intact females .

 

A retrospective study of cardiac hemangiosarcoma risk factors found a >5 times greater risk in spayed female dogs compared to intact female dogs and a 1.6 times higher risk in neutered male dogs compared to others.

 

The authors suggest a protective effect of sex hormones against hemangiosarcoma,

intact male dogs. especially in females. In breeds where hermangiosarcoma is an important cause of death, the increased risk associated with spay/neuter is likely one that should factor into decisions on whether or when to sterilize a dog.

 

 

Hypothyroidism

 

Spay/neuter in dogs was found to be correlated with a three fold increased risk of hypothyroidism compared to intact dogs. .

The researchers suggest a cause-and-effect relationship: They wrote: “More important [than the mild direct impact on thyroid function] in the association between [spaying and] neutering and hypothyroidism may be the effect of sex hormones on the immune system. Castration increases the severity of autoimmune thyroiditis in mice” which may explain the link between spay/neuter and hypothyroidism in dogs.

 

Hypothyroidism in dogs causes obesity, lethargy, hair loss, and reproductive abnormalities.

 

The lifetime risk of hypothyroidism in breed health surveys was found to be 1 in 4 in Golden Retrievers , 1in 3 in Akitas , and 1 in 13 in Great Danes .

 

 

Obesity

 

Owing to changes in metabolism, spay/neuter dogs are more likely to be overweight or obese than intact dogs. One study found a two fold increased risk of obesity in spayed females compared to intact females .

 

Another study found that spay/neuter dogs were 1.6 (females) or 3.0 (males) times more likely to be obese than intact dogs, and 1.2 (females) or 1.5 (males) times more likely to be overweight than intact dogs .

 

A survey study of veterinary practices in the UK found that 21% of dogs were obese.

Being obese and/or overweight is associated with a host of health problems in dogs. Overweight dogs are more likely to be diagnosed with hyperadrenocorticism, ruptured cruciate ligament, hypothyroidism, lower urinary tract disease, and oral disease . Obese dogs are more likely to be diagnosed with hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, pancreatitis, ruptured cruciate ligament, and neoplasia (tumors) .

 

 

Diabetes

 

Some data indicate that neutering doubles the risk of diabetes in male dogs, but other data showed no significant change in diabetes risk with neutering . In the same studies, no association was found between spaying and the risk of diabetes.

 

 

Adverse Vaccine Reactions

 

A retrospective cohort study of adverse vaccine reactions in dogs was conducted, which included allergic reactions, hives, anaphylaxis, cardiac arrest, cardiovascular shock, and sudden death. Adverse reactions were 30% more likely in spayed females than intact females, and 27% more likely in neutered males than intact males .

The investigators discuss possible cause-and-effect mechanisms for this finding, including the roles that sex hormones play in body’s ability to mount an immune response to vaccination.

 

Toy breeds and smaller breeds are at elevated risk of adverse vaccine reactions, as are Boxers, English Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos, Weimaraners, American Eskimo Dogs, Golden Retrievers, Basset Hounds, Welsh Corgis, Siberian Huskies, Great Danes, Labrador Retrievers, Doberman Pinschers, American Pit Bull

 

Mixed breed dogs were found to be at lower risk, and the authors suggest genetic

Terriers, and Akitas. hetereogeneity (hybrid vigor) as the cause.

Urogenital Disorders Urinary incontinence is common in spayed female dogs, which can occur soon after spay surgery or after a delay of up to several years. The incidence rate in various studies is 4-20% , , for spayed females compared to only 0.3% in intact females . Urinary incontinence is so strongly linked to spaying that it is

commonly called “spay incontinence” and is caused by urethral sphincter incompetence , though the biological mechanism is unknown. Most (but not all) cases of urinary incontinence respond to medical treatment, and in many cases this treatment needs to be continued for the duration of the dog’s life. A retrospective study found that persistent or recurring urinary tract (bladder) infections (UTIs) were 3-4 times more likely in spayed females dogs than in intact females . Another retrospective study found that female dogs spayed before 5 1⁄2 months of age were 2.76 times more likely to develop UTIs compared to those spayed after 5 1⁄2 months of age.

 

Depending on the age of surgery, spaying causes abnormal development of the external genitalia. Spayed females were found to have an increased risk of recessed vulva, vaginal dermatitis, vaginitis, and UTIs.

 

The risk is higher still for female dogs spayed before puberty.

 

 

Pyometra (Infection of the Uterus)

 

Pet insurance data in Sweden (where spaying is very uncommon) found that 23% of all female dogs developed pyometra before 10 years of age . Bernese Mountain dogs, Rottweilers, rough-haired Collies, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Golden Retrievers were found to be high risk breeds . Female dogs that have not whelped puppies are at elevated risk for pyometra . Rarely, spayed female dogs can develop “stump pyometra” related to incomplete removal of the uterus.

 

Pyometra can usually be treated surgically or medically, but 4% of pyometra cases led to death . Combined with the incidence of pyometra, this suggests that about 1% of intact female dogs will die from pyometra.

 

 

Perianal Fistulas

 

Male dogs are twice as likely to develop perianal fistulas as females, and spay/neutered dogs have a decreased risk compared to intact dogs .

 

German Shepherd Dogs and Irish Setters are more likely to develop perianal fistulas than are other breeds.

 

 

Non-cancerous Disorders of the Prostate Gland

 

The incidence of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH, enlarged prostate) increases with age in intact male dogs, and occurs in more than 80% of intact male dogs older than the age of 5 years . Most cases of BPH cause no problems, but in some cases the dog will have difficulty defecating or urinating.

 

Neutering will prevent BPH. If neutering is done after the prostate has become enlarged, the enlarged prostate will shrink relatively quickly. BPH is linked to other problems of the prostate gland, including infections, abscesses, and cysts, which can

sometimes have serious consequences.

 

 

Orthopedic Disorders

 

In a study of beagles, surgical removal of the ovaries (as happens in spaying) caused an increase in the rate of remodeling of the ilium (pelvic bone) , suggesting an increased risk of hip dysplasia with spaying.

 

Spaying was also found to cause a net loss of bone mass in the spine .

 

Spay/neuter of immature dogs delays the closure of the growth plates in bones that are still growing, causing those bones to end up significantly longer than in intact dogs or those spay/neutered after maturity . Since the growth plates in various bones close at different times, spay/neuter that is done after some growth plates have closed but before other growth plates have closed might result in a dog with unnatural proportions, possibly impacting performance and long term durability of the joints.

 

Spay/neuter is associated with a two fold increased risk of cranial cruciate ligament rupture . Perhaps this is associated with the increased risk of obesity.

 

Spay/neuter before 5 1⁄2 months of age is associated with a 70% increased aged-adjusted risk of hip dysplasia compared to dogs spayed/neutered after 5 1⁄2 months of age, though there were some indications that the former may have had a lower severity manifestation of the disease . The researchers suggest “it

is possible that the increase in bone length that results from early-age gonadectomy results in changes in joint conformation, which could lead to a diagnosis of hip dysplasia.”

 

In a breed health survey study of Airedales, spay/neuter dogs were significantly more likely to suffer hip dysplasia as well as “any musculoskeletal disorder”, compared to intact dogs , however possible confounding factors were not controlled for, such as the possibility that some dogs might have been spayed/neutered because they had hip dysplasia or other musculoskeletal disorders. Compared to intact dogs, another study found that dogs neutered six months prior to a diagnosis of hip dysplasia were 1.5 times as likely to develop clinical hip dysplasia.

 

Compared to intact dogs, spayed/neutered dogs were found to have a 3.1 fold higher risk of patellar luxation.

 

Geriatric Cognitive Impairment

 

Neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs are at increased risk of progressing from mild to severe geriatric cognitive impairment compared to intact male dogs . There weren’t enough intact geriatric females available for the study to determine their risk.

 

Geriatric cognitive impairment includes disorientation in the house or outdoors, changes in social interactions with human family members, loss of house training, and changes in the sleep-wake cycle .

 

The investigators state “This finding is in line with current research on the neuro-protective roles of testosterone and estrogen at the cellular level and the role of estrogen in preventing Alzheimer’s disease in human females. One would predict that estrogens would have a similar protective role in the sexually intact female dogs; unfortunately too few sexually intact female dogs were available for inclusion in the present study to test the hypothesis”

 

 

CONCLUSIONS

 

An objective reading of the veterinary medical literature reveals a complex situation with respect to the long-term health risks and benefits associated with spay/neuter in dogs. The evidence shows that spay/neuter correlates with adverse health effects in dogs. It also suggests how much we really do not yet understand about this subject.

 

On balance, it appears that no compelling case can be made for neutering most male dogs to prevent future health problems, especially immature male dogs. The number of health problems associated with neutering may exceed the associated health benefits in most cases.

 

For female dogs, the situation is more complex. The number of health benefits associated with spaying may exceed the associated health problems in many (not all) cases. On balance, whether spaying improves the odds of overall good health or degrades them probably depends on the age of the dog and the relative risk

of various diseases in the different breeds.

 

The traditional spay/neuter age of six months as well as the modern practice of pediatric spay/neuter appear to predispose dogs to health risks that could otherwise be avoided by waiting until the dog is physically mature, or perhaps in the case of many male dogs, foregoing it altogether unless medically necessary.

 

The balance of long-term health risks and benefits of spay/neuter will vary from one dog to the next. Breed, age, and gender are variables that must be taken into consideration in conjunction with non-medical factors for each individual dog. Across-the-board recommendations for all dogs do not appear to be supportable from findings in the veterinary medical literature.

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From: “Vinay Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Our Festivities & Animal’s Doom

Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 23:48:17

Baba

== OUR FESTIVITIES ANIMAL’S DOOM ==

Namaskar,

Our humanity is no longer that slow, dull, lumbering mass, but rather a

sleek, new people full of sentient thoughts and refined ideas. By Baba’s

grace this sweet transformation is going on. And our holidays and

festivals should reflect this.

Unfortunately, our global human family is still littered by occasions &

festivals that feature harsh and cruel treatment to animals. We have

inherited these social functions from days-by-gone and the time has come

to rethink such events.

GOTTEN FROM THE AGES: ‘PUT TO DEATH’

Nearly all the religious and cultural traditions on this earth engage in

the gross mutilation and rampant killing of animals during times of

festivals.

During the Hindu Durga Puja, animals sacrifices are common. It is the

people’s way of “pleasing the gods”.

Plus the Aryan culture has a long history of such type of rampant

animal killing in their various yajinas, religious rituals, and

ceremonies of worship. Note 1 details how the Chambal river was but a

river of blood created by thousands of animals sacrifices.

Next the Islamic festival Eid must include the slaughtering of a goat.

This is a must for all Muslims. So here too we see that human

“celebrations” go hand in hand with the butchering of animals.

And Christianity and the west are also involved in this same destructive

pattern. In particular, during the American holiday, ‘Thanksgiving’

millions upon millions of turkeys and massacred. Each and every household

or family gathering celebrates this day by eating a murdered turkey.

Plus nearly all the Christian holiday revolve around meat-eating. That is

the tradition.

If we look further, we can find countless examples wherein our human

family indulges in the cruel treatment of animals as a means to honor

the gods and show our festive spirit during the holidays.

There is a long history of this, often stemming from times when the

people did not have the knowledge or capability to observe festivals in

other ways. Over the generations, these cruel and senseless traditions

have been kept alive. Still today, they are common.

‘CREATION IS FOR OUR ENJOYMENT’

In this modern era, wherein popular western values are spinning around

the globe at record pace, the archaic psychology, ‘this creation is for

our enjoyment’, needs to be put to rest.

The Christian doctrine preaches that God has put all these beings and

creatures on this earth for human enjoyment. This is the anthropocentric

vision that is grabbing hold of so many people. In the past, religious

Christians would preach this gospel and now pseudo-culture popularizes

this same approach via its ‘me-first’, self-indulgent manners. It has

become the fashion to ‘treat yourself right’, irregardless of the cost

to others.

All of the above contravenes our teachings of neo-humanism. And it is

time we lead the way more and more in putting these dogmas to rest.

Animal cruelty and torture is a remnant from humanity’s barbaric past.

However the picture is not all bleak. In pockets of human culture around

the globe, there are many raising the slogan of animal welfare and

animal rights.

OUR CHANGING HUMANITY

Today, then our humanity is going through so much growth and development

in so many respects, now is the time to deviate from past traditions and

rethink the way we celebrate during times of festivals.

After all, so many new outlooks are being born each and every day:

Multi-culturalism, women’s rights, minority rights, native rights,

rights of the accused etc. In each and every sphere of life we are

rethinking our relationships with other human groups. And this has

brought must respect and dignity to our human family.

Sadly, this trend has failed to come full circle with regards to animals

rights.

No doubt, there is some progress, but there is much work to be done.

In the past, humans were offered to the gods via sacrificial fires; that

has now stopped. Similarly, we have to put a stop to such things being

done to animals.

All around the globe during times of festivals, people heartily look

forward to “sumptuous meals” born from the ruthless killing and torture

of animals. ‘Thanksgiving’ is but one of many such occasions where

people blindly overlook the senseless destruction of animals for their

own silly pleasure.

We have to ask ourselves, ‘Is this the civiliisation we want to

perpetuate and pass down to our children?’.

Now then is the time to raise consciousness on this critical and dire

issue. Often times animals look to us for shelter and support and in

response we outrightly breach that trust and dupe them into walking into

their own death.

JUST HYPOCRITE’S PSYCHOLOGY

Here Baba points out how the the human psyche wrongly justifies the

slaughtering of animals. Deep inside people know it is not right, but

they cover it up will all kinds of false logic.

Baba says, “When people sacrifice a goat or buffalo in a religious

festival while chanting “Divine goddess, divine goddess!” before a

deity, they know that the animal is an irreplaceable part of creation,

but still they slaughter it. This is hypocrites’ dogma.” (PNS-16,

‘Religious Dogma- B’)

AGAINST NATURAL LAW FOR HUMANS TO EAT MEAT

Here below Baba clearly points out that it is against the law of nature

for humans to eat meat

Baba says, “According to the laws of nature, canine teeth are necessary for

chewing meat properly. Carnivorous animals such as cats, dogs, tigers and lions

possess canine teeth, but cows, monkeys, elephants, wild asses, etc. do

not possess canine teeth. Nature does not want them to eat meat. But what

do greedy human beings do? Even though they do not possess canine teeth,

they cook or boil meat so that they can eat it. This is done out of greed.

According to the laws of nature, human beings are not carnivorous. So, if

they eat meat they will catch numerous diseases. Vegetarians generally

suffer from fewer diseases than non-vegetarians because they are more

habituated to following natural laws. You must have noticed that those who

violate the laws of nature and become non-vegetarian, even though they do

not possess canine teeth, have peculiar eating habits. Sometimes it even

seems as if non-vegetarians eat like dogs. Non-vegetarians have trouble

chewing meat properly because of the absence of canine teeth.” (AFPS-4)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we will rethink our role on this earth and treat all

animals with dignity and respect, and not work towards their wanton

destruction.

Baba says, “Human beings are more cruel than vultures. Their hearts

don’t melt even at the sight of tears of innocent birds and animals.

Just to gratify their sense of greed, they mercilessly slit the throats

of animals with sharp knives and swords and thus deprive them of the

right to live, even while preaching the hollow dictates of religion.”

(NHNS-2)

Namaskar,

Vinay

Note 1: ANIMAL SACRIFICES & THE CHAMBAL RIVER

Baba says, “When the Aryans were living in the Rajasthan area in the

western part of India, they found many animals there, because there were

forests and sufficient rainfall. They used to perform sacrificial rites

by killing these animals. There is a story that once they performed a

sacrificial ritual killing hundreds of thousands of animals; the heaps

of those animals’ skins was as high as a mountain, and blood streamed

down unceasingly from that pile of skins. It looked as if a river was

flowing. After a long distance, this stream of blood flowed into the

Ganges River. As the stream of blood flowing from the pile of animal

skins took the form of a river, it was named Carman’vatii in Sanskrit.

The present name of the river is Chambal.” (NSS, Disc 7)

Note 2: DOGMA: PUTTING ANIMALS TO SLEEP

One other misconception these days is that people, especially in the

west, brag about how kind they are to their own pets, yet in the end put

their pets “to sleep”, when they think the animal is too old and frail.

People sympathetically boast of their compassion in doing such things.

But really is this a practice that can be supported. Under normal

circumstances, would we put elderly human beings to sleep as well at a

time we deem fit. Or do we honor them up to the last breath. Our way is

to respect their dignity and let them live out their days according to

nature’s design. We do not prematurely put them to death. But this same

respect we do not extend to animals. Rather we deceive ourselves into

thinking that we are doing proper by intentionally putting an animal to

sleep, when in fact we are rudely ending their life.

PRABHATA SAMGIITA

“Toma’r madhur ha’si niye eseche…” (P.S. 328)

Purport:

Baba, Your sweet smile has such a strong attraction that it has

attracted everything of this created world close to You. Everyone is

rushing towards You. Your sweet smile has incomparable charm. It has

filled everything with nectar– from the throbbing sensation of the

heart up to the existence of each and every entity of this created

world. Everything and everyone You have filled with Your divine nectar.

Baba, by Your sweet grace please come with the rhythm and melody of song

and dance. You have filled all the wonderful memories with Your divine

nectar. Everything is so beautiful. Baba please come in my Guru cakra in

dhyana with Your sweet, attractive, & charming form. Your love saturated

eyes have filled my heart with full content. Baba, Your sweet,

attractive, & charming form has attracted everything close to You…

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Colourful Future

Baba says, “As life becomes increasingly easy, there will be greater

opportunities for intellectual pursuits. A day will come when there will

be hardly any need for human beings to work. This may sound strange

today and perhaps we might not like to hear such a thing, but that day

will surely come. Physicality will be transformed into more and more

intellectuality, and intellectuality will be transformed into the

culminating point of spirituality.” (PNS-17, p.36)

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From: “Geoffrey Young”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Food in Capitalist Era

Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2011 02:08:10 +0000

 

Baba

 

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

 

Purport:

 

Baba, in this cosmic play of Yours, You go on singing Your divine songs

to attract devotees. Even then I do not know for whom You are singing.

Baba, Your divine songs are pervading throughout this entire vastg cosmos;

Your songs are permeating each and every loka. Baba, nothing else is audible

except Your divine song. O’ Baba, by Your melodious call You have made

everyone deaf. Baba, You come and go; and You smile and lovingly look upon

one and all with Your infinite compassion. But unfortunately nobody can see

You.

Baba, because of Your songs, the whole world is melodic. With Your tune,

rhythm & melody, You saturate this entire universe with divine nectar.

Everyone is immersed in Your music. Baba, when You come close then You

shower Your grace abundantly. In spite of that it is impossible for me to

become one with You– because of my own faults & shortcomings.

Baba, You are completely captivating: Your coming and going in dhyana,

Your sweet smile, and Your charming look– all this deeply touches my

heart. Baba, You are most attractive. O’ Parama Purusa You are the

universal mind (Vishvama’nas); You destroy and wipe away all cimmerian

darkness and staticity; and You shower Your divine effulgence. Baba, You

lovingly hold each and every atom and molecule in Your heart. Baba,

everything resides within You.

Baba, with Your divine song You have captivated this entire universe. It

is Your causeless grace…

 

 

Note: Parama Purusa attracts devotees in various ways– such as through the

song of His divine flute. And that is what has been expressed in the above

song.

 

 

== FOOD IN THE CAPITALIST ERA ==

 

Namaskar,

By Baba’s divine grace, in Ananda Marga we aim to develop ourselves in all

the three realms: physical, psychic, & spiritual. In our AM everyone is

aware of this common fact and everyone takes proper care to follow it to

the best of their ability.

 

On and off again the point comes about the negative qualities of company

food products: I.e. Processed foods that come in a box and or “natural foods”

injected with steroids and chemicals etc.

 

This is an ongoing matter as more and more of the world’s population becomes

engrossed in the capitalistic lifestyle of running hither and thither all day

and then eating something pre-packaged from a box when hunger calls. Many,

even females in India, are losing the basic skill of how to cook and prepare

one’s own food.

 

For this reason, all the areas of our diet & food which we generally

consider as sentient needs careful evaluation. Due to the negative practices of

capitalist companies who are only interested in selfish profits, one must be very

cautious about consuming genetically impaired foods which are commonly

sold in the market..

 

As a general guideline Margis know that the more processed a food is, the

greater the influence of the company on altering the food. However even

direct farm-grown products such as fruits and vegetables are also likely to

have been treated with poisonous and in some cases, structure-altering

substances. And all this is described below.

 

First though, one area of great concern is with dairy products as today’s cows

are given all kinds of bovine hormones.

 

Dairy farmers use an array of chemicals and antibiotics on their cows.

This is for two reasons: (1) the overcrowded and poor living conditions of the cows in

the dairy cause frequent widespread disease among the herd (flock of cows);

and (2) the farmers’ desire to produce huge amounts of milk to get more

money. The motive is capitalism — to earn more money. So cows are given

bovine growth hormones to multiply their milk production.

 

More about all this is written in Note 2 below.

 

About twenty different antibiotics/poisons and over thirty other

drugs/poisons and chemicals are legal for use on dairy cows in Western

countries. And because of capitalistic influence in the society, those

chemicals got approved by their democratic governments of whichever

respective country.

 

This very above point Baba addresses in Prout. That, capitalist exploitation

occurs mostly in democratic countries. Democratic rule is the

best suited for capitalist exploitation. In democratic countries,

capitalists can purchase the leaders with their money. And get the laws

passed in their favor for their business. This it the way lobbying works.

Those with the most money get their interests met.

 

So regarding cow milk, these capitalists have passed such rules where all

around more than 50 types of chemicals are approved to add. And they are

really poisonous for human consumption.

 

Unfortunately, the general public is not aware about this fact. And on the

milk packaging or container it is also not mentioned. They only write as –

“government board approved”. By seeing that disguising and misleading

label, nobody can understand what is inside the milk product. But if

anybody has more interest, then they will find out from different

laboratory tests. And then they will have the same picture which I

described above.

 

My only intention here is to write the fact and put forth the situation as

it is, so interested sadhakas can follow their pramitahara/proper diet. For

their all-round development and final success. I do not want to impose any

idea that such type of milk / company product should be taken or not.

That each person will have to decide, by their own vivek or conscience.

 

I appreciate that milk can and should be taken. Because Baba has given so in Yogic

Treatments and different discourses. But that type of milk which Baba is

talking about, where is it available? Generally, such type of milk only one can get

when one is living in a far remote place, and the cows are living in

natural condition in the open sky, grazing directly from the ground, and

not eating chemicals, but rather leading a good and healthy life. With

proper care and comforts, then that type of milk is the real milk which

Baba is talking about. And if anybody drinks that it will give a different

effect. But unfortunately, because of capitalistic influence, the milk and

milk products that are mass produced get completely poisoned.

 

We should not forget that Baba has warned in Prout discourses that,

essential commodities — food etc — must not be allowed to be produced by

capitalist enterprises. Otherwise they will create a huge problem. And we

can see these days, such a problem is on our head. And so we should be

careful.

 

Here I conclude with Baba’s divine teaching.

 

Baba says,

 

“Physical food is not simply for the physical body. It has got its effect

on the spiritual body. The cells of your physical body are created from the

cells that you receive from your physical food, and your psychic body is

also influenced by these cells. So while taking food, you should be very

careful. You should always try to take sentient food…” (AV-14)

 

Namaskar,

Jiivan Mukta

 

 

Note: In recent years, companies in various countries have begun the

practice of food irradiation. With the goal, to prevent food poisoning. By

exposing food to high doses of radiation, companies can prevent or delay

the growth of bacteria and mold. The doses of irradiation applied to food

exceed that in chest x-rays by 10 million to 100 million times. And in many

cases, the companies are not required to state on the package even, that

the food has been irradiated. This is the under-handedness of capitalism.

To protect the moneyed interests of large companies, they are allowed to

irradiate the public food — including fruits and vegetables — under the

table without informing people what they are eating. And irradiating food

changes the basic structure of the food. It is completely negative.

 

 

 

Note 2: Cows Used for Their Milk

(Article on the condition of cows etc)

 

==> We should all read the following and consider how far this type of

treatment is consistent with neo-humanism as well as what effect such

products have on our human health.

 

Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do: to nourish their young.

In order to force the animals to continue giving milk, factory farm operators

typically impregnate them using artificial insemination every year. Calves are

generally taken from their mothers within a day of being born—males are destined

for veal crates or barren lots where they will be fattened for beef, and females

are sentenced to the same fate as their mothers.

 

After their calves are taken from them, mother cows are hooked up, several

times a day, to milking machines. Using genetic manipulation, powerful hormones,

and intensive milking, factory farmers force cows to produce about 10 times as

much milk as they would naturally.

 

Animals are often dosed with bovine growth hormone (BGH), which contributes to a

painful inflammation of the udder known as “mastitis.” (BGH is used widely in the

U.S. but has been banned in Europe and Canada because of concerns over human health

and animal welfare.) According to the industry’s own figures, between 30 and 50

percent of dairy cows suffer from mastitis, an extremely painful condition.

 

A cow’s natural lifespan is about 25 years, but cows used by the dairy industry

are killed after only four or five years. An industry study reports that by the

time they are killed, nearly 40 percent of dairy cows are lame because of the

intensive confinement, the filth, and the strain of being almost constantly

pregnant and giving milk. Dairy cows’ bodies are turned into soup, companion a

nimal food, or low-grade hamburger meat because their bodies are too “spent” to

be used for anything else.

 

 

 

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Health Guideline: Body Pain

 

Baba says, “Rheumatism occurs when the vayu bodily air is disturbed due to

excess of poisonous acids in the body…When a person’s system becomes

acid-dominated rheumatism is the consequence. Hence the more a patient

takes alkaline types of food, the better. If three-fourths of the food is

alkaline, it will cure rheumatism completely within a very short time. All

kinds of sweet and sour fruits and roots, are good for a rheumatism

patient. Fasting with lemon juice and water on Ekadashi, Purnima and

Amavasya days must be observed.” (YT, p.44)

 

Note: For those who are not aware, here below is what rheumatism is.

 

Baba says, “Swelling and contractures of the muscles or of different

joints, acute pain or deformity of the swollen parts, etc., are the

symptoms of this disease.” (YT, p. 43)

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Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2010 05:38:28 -0000

To: AM-GLOBAL

From: J. Erikkson

Subject: Animal Rights & Animal Pets

 

Baba

 

“Nijer katha’ balate gele yug ye cale ya’y…” (P.S. 2610)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, my whole life is getting wasted in propagating my own greatness.

Since ages I have been involved in this foolish endeavour. Baba, please

fill my mind with Your divine tales & by listening them my whole heart and

my whole being will be satiated. In order to listen to Your divine gospel,

I have remained awake since many lives– since ages. Baba, please grace me

with that very smile because by getting a flash of that my life will become

successful.

Baba today You have graced me and changed my heart; I will no longer

waste my time in self-glorification and bragging about my unit ‘I’, little

ego. Because now my mind is running constantly towards You. Baba, I wasted

my life in self-propaganda. Now by Your grace only I want to listen to Your

glory, Your sweet gospel…

 

 

== ANIMALS RIGHTS & ANIMAL PETS ==

 

Namaskar,

Right now on this planet we see so much suffering– it is pervasive

throughout the globe and not limited to human beings. Animals also undergo

terrible suffering, unnecessarily. We can say that cruelty to animals is

rampant and, tragically, often openly accepted.

 

This mistreatment and undue harm to animals occurs everywhere: From Hong

Kong to Buenos Aires and from New York to Cape Town. That is well known.

But it also has to be admitted that the mistreatment of animals is much

more prevalent in the west, i.e. in those lands guided by the Semitic

religions.

 

As our Marga aims to eradicate the suffering of all beings, we should

clearly identify and carefully analyse the root cause behind such animal

suffering. By that way we can quickly bring about a healthy, universalistic

order that ensures the welfare of not only humans, but also plants and

animals.

 

 

PHILOSOPHY IS THE CAUSE

 

Wherever people live and whatever land they call their home, the common

inhabitants become coloured by the philosophy of that place. This happens

to just about everyone. And as we shall see this is the root cause of the

mistreatment of animals in our western nations.

 

Baba says, “In this universe there are people whose thoughts, character and

behaviour are similar…Characteristics inherent in a particular group get

mixed with the internal thoughts and ideas of other groups within a

society. This leads to the development of national characteristics. In this

way an entire national psychology – its external behaviour, its social

outlook, and its philosophy of life – is developed.” (AFPS-6)

 

So each and every country has a particular way of living: A certain

mentality that projects a common mode of behaviour. This Baba terms as

prana dharma. And this shared outlook, or prana dharma, touches the very

core of the people of that land, region, or country.

 

 

ANIMAL (MIS)TREATMENT IN THE WEST:

 

HOW IT WORKS WITH THE SEMITIC RELIGIONS ETC

 

So in the west, where the guiding philosophy or prana dharma is highly

affected by the Semitic religions– Christian thought, Judaic beliefs, and

Muslim customs, animal cruelty is at its unnatural height & unholy peak.

Because the prevailing concept of all the these aforementioned religions is

that all the creatures exist on this planet solely for the exclusive

pleasure of human beings. In the name of their “God”, they think like this.

 

So according to these dogmatic religions, animals are for human enjoyment

only, and animals have no rights of their own. This is the crusty, age-old

Semitic way of thinking.

 

And indeed this defective approach has affected the preaching of so many

western thinkers from St Thomas Aquinas to Descartes to Kant, and various

others in between and after. None of these so-called great philosophers

recognise the rights of animals– not in the least.

 

In turn, the common people living in those nations get deluged by an

onslaught of religious and intellectual thought that teaches them: “Animals

are made for us”; “Animals are to be used for our human enjoyment”. This is

their selfish outlook. So, with this defective mentality sitting in the

forefront of their mental plate, the people use and abuse animals,

senselessly.

 

This crude and defective approach has done untold harm in the past, as well

as led to the rise of horrific factory farms in this present era– factory

farms that systematically and heartlessly bind & torture animals to keep up

with the ongoing demand of meats, poultry, mutton, and fish for human

consumption. This has been well-documented and anyone can view photos on

the web of the scandalous and cold-blooded treatment of the animals in such

factory farms. Even then that is not all.

 

Side by side, in those same western countries hunting laws are instituted

to ensure that there is ‘enough game’ so that humans can satisfy their

fancy and legally go out and shoot defenseless animals. And there are

numerous other examples and inhumane displays of animal mistreatment in the

western world that is fed and supported by the faulty Semitic views toward

animals.

 

All because, in the west, the common people have been flooded with the

religious propaganda that animals are merely a means to an end– and that

‘end’ is human enjoyment. This crude mentality has shaped and molded the

minds of the people.

 

Verily, this is the mentality of the common populace including the kids.

That is why children– without even thinking– may pull the legs off of

various insects, or pour gasoline on beehives and burn them, or senselessly

kill squirrels, rodents, and even cats etc.

 

And the root cause behind it all is that selfish and dogmatic belief that

all these animals have been placed on this earth solely for the crude

pleasure & enjoyment of humans. So “we can do what we want to those

animals– they are made for us”. This is what their religious dogma preaches.

 

Whereas our neohumanism beautifully states that all beings are the divine

expression of Parama Purusa and we humans are to act as guardians and

ensure the right and proper treatment of all– because all beings,

including animals, have their God-given rights and existential value. All

have the right to a healthy and happy life.

 

 

DON’T GET BEFOOLED BY THE ‘PET’ PSYCHOLOGY OF THE WEST

 

Those new to the western world or visiting for the first time may naively

think that animals have a high place in western society. Because in places

like the US, dog owners spare no expense for their pets. There are animal

hospitals which primarily treat dogs, plus there are doggie saloons, doggie

spas, dog groomers, doggie retreats, doggie vacations, doggie massages, and

even doggie yoga classes where pet owners bring their dogs to class and do

asanas with their cherished pets. So there are thousands of ways to pamper

your pet– and it all costs a pretty penny, i.e. lots of money.

 

Seeing all this one may think that dogs and all animals are revered and

given high-status in the west. But that is just a bunch of nonsense. The

prevailing ‘pet’ psychology in the west all falls in their selfish &

hypocritical perspective– that is all.

 

Those pet owners derive selfish pleasure from their doggie pets and praise

themselves for the grand way in which they care for their dogs, yet every

night their dinner plate is filled with the remnants of slaughtered animals

that suffered in misery before being sentenced to some painful and

deceitful death. And those same pet owners sport leather shoes & mink coats

that only further testify to the fact that they feel they can do anything

and everything with animals– because those “animals are made for us”. So

says their Christian doctrine and so says their conscience. And their

selfish & hypocritical behaviour perfectly reflects this very idea.

It should also be included that those very same pet owners have started

innumerable capitalist ventures that exploit animals to the bone in order

to maximize profits.

 

Hence, by seeing the conditions of ‘pets’, no one should hastily conclude

that those in the US people are very kind and sweet to animals. It is not

at all like that.

 

 

ECO-GROUPS & ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUPS HAVE THEIR AGENDA

 

Some might then say, ‘Well what about all those animal rights groups and

eco-groups in the US– doesn’t that show that they care for animal welfare’.

And the quick and pointed reply is that many of those conservation groups

still subscribe to eating meat etc, and with regards to the eco-oriented

animals rights organisations, they also have their limited agendas such as

wanting to secure their home on this earth and for that they got involved

in environmental problems caused by a meat-based diet. Thereby those people

can continue to live on the planet and enjoy, whether it be rock-n-roll

music or other pseudo-culture trends. So theirs is not a wholly benevolent

or conscious approach. Rather it is inherently tainted with some other

motive– whether they realise it or not.

 

And for those who few who may be internally sincere in their desire to help

animals, unfortunately they are not spiritually awakened enough to

understand that those animals are expressions of Parama Purusa and that we

are to serve Him by helping those animals.

 

So none of those groups are on par with AM and in 99% of the cases they

have a side-by agenda in mind. Yet they are all our brothers and sisters

and it is our bounden to guide them as best we can. And to guide them

properly, neither should we be in awe of their work nor should we despise

them as people. Rather ours should be a balanced approach where we

recognise their shortcomings so that we may best help them to advance.

 

Here the main idea is that the overall perspective of such advocacy

organisations is not one of seva. So although such groups may seemingly be

doing good work– they are not “one” with our Marga. Because only our

neo-humanistic philosophy imbibes the belief that all are the expression of

Parama Purusa we have come to this world to serve others– including plants

and animals– and watch for their welfare.

 

No eco or animal rights group has this God-centered, neo-humanistic ideal

in mind.

 

 

SHORT RECAP

 

So in the nutshell that is the picture of animal mistreatment in the west

and it is all fueled by the selfish, dogmatic outlook of the Semitic

religions which states, “Animals are made for us”.

 

 

THE SITUATION OF ANIMALS IN INDIA

 

The situation with regards to the treatment of animals in India is

comparatively better. No doubt there are some pitfalls, but at the same

time it has to be recognised that those early rishis of 15,000 years ago

preached the spiritual ideal that are all the expressions of Parama Purusa.

And this pure premise has filtered down to the Indian masses for generation

after generation.

 

Baba says, “The thoughts and ideals of India are quite different from the

other countries in the East. Since ancient times, India has been adhering

to her distinct pra’n’a dharma. Regarding life and the world, the Indian

people are certainly spiritually inclined. They look upon each and every

thought and deed as part of their spiritual practice.” (AFPS-6)

 

And it is with this prana dharma firmly in mind that so many proper

practices have been implemented in life such as a purely sattvik diet as

well as a long standing belief that animals have a right to live on this

earth. They have this inherent right.

 

And when things went overboard and the Aryans came from outside and started

doing huge animals sacrifices and turning the rivers into pools of blood,

then great souls like Buddha and Mahaviira Jain echoed the words of those

rishis of old and came forward and opposed those cruel sacrifices.

 

Here the point is not that our Marga should emulate the Indian standard. We

have our neo-humanistic standard to follow and using that as a guideline it

has to be recognised that the moral and ethical treatment in India is far

higher than in those Semitic oriented countries like the US that are

dominated by the crude belief that “animals are made for us– for human

enjoyment.”

 

This wasteland of an idea was never present in the Indian mentality. And

one great proof of this is that one of the names of Lord Shiva is

‘Pashupati’– i.e. that Shiva is not just the God of humans but of animals

also. It is not just that Shiva taught sadhana to animalistic humans– that

is not the only reason why He is called Pashupati; also He cared very

sweetly for animals and, being the Mahasambhuti, He preached this ideal as

well.

 

And since long in India it has been known that through the law of karma,

humans evolved out of animal life, which helps one recognise the value of

animal life. This is commonly understood within the Indian philosophical

tradition.

 

Here the point is not to glorify the Indian outlook. It has its defects and

has been certainly by infiltrated by the Aryans, Muslims, Britishers, and

Christians etc.

 

But at the same time we should recognise that those early Himilayan rishis

who preached Samgacchadhvam, the yoga ideal, and other great teachings were

also well aware that humans are to watch for the welfare of animals. And

this message filtered down to the masses.

 

And still today, the common people in India will readily say, ‘What right

do I have to hurt those animals, they are the expression of God’. How far

they follow this cent per cent in their life may vary– but this idea is

commonly in the mind. And that is a heck of a step higher than the typical

American mentality, where one thinks, “Animals are made for us– for my

enjoyment”.

 

So comparatively speaking, India’s treatment and regard for animals is

higher than the west has ever known.

 

 

CONTEMPORARY TRENDS

 

But in this ever-changing world, it is quite apparent that now the

unfortunate turn of events is going on where India has begun rushing

headlong after crude western ways. More and more they are slipping into the

capitalistic trap whereby animals are nothing but a means to an end. On

the plus side, however, more and more westerners are trying to leave

materialism and are harbouring a strong desire to fashion their life after

age-old eastern truths. This switchover is going on.

 

However, the tables have not turned yet– not completely anyway.

So comparatively speaking India’s view towards animals more closely

resembles the gold-bar standard of AM neo-humanism.

 

 

AM IS FAR ABOVE

 

In AM, our vision and perspective towards animals is pure and unblemished.

Baba has given all the ideal teachings and has pointed out the prevailing

dogmas.

 

Baba says, “Hindus worship cows as something holy, apparently because they

give us milk. But if cows are revered as mothers for giving us milk,

shouldn’t buffaloes be given a similar status? Actually, buffaloes give

more milk than cows. Unfortunately, the blind religious followers refuse to

listed to logic as their religious sentiment for cows has taken root deep

in their minds. People are fed these ideas since childhood, so later on it

becomes impossible for them to discard them.” (AFPS-2)

 

So our ideal is neither western, nor eastern– neither American, nor

Indian. Our ideal is the neo-humanistic vision which Baba has given. That

alone can save the fate of animals on this earth.

 

 

ONLY SOLUTION: NEO-HUMANISM

 

With Baba’s grand teaching of neo-humanism, then surely the future of

animals is bright and animal cruelty will be reduced, nay eradicated.

 

Baba says, “All molecules, atoms, electrons, protons, positrons and

neutrons are the veritable expressions of the same Supreme Consciousness.

Those who remember this reality, who keep this realization ever alive in

their hearts, are said to have attained perfection in life. They are the

real devotees, the real bhaktas. When the underlying spirit of humanism is

extended to everything, animate and inanimate, in this universe – I have

designated this as Neohumanism. This Neohumanism will elevate humanism to

universalism, the cult of love for all created beings of this universe.”

(NH-LOI, Disc: 1)

 

So in Baba’s divine teachings of neo-humanism, we are to immerse our mind

in His cosmic flow and realise the interconnectedness of all– that all are

but expressions of Him. Fueled by the fire of this neo-humanistic ideal,

then naturally one will act as a benevolent guardian– serving one and all

and watching for everyone’s welfare, be they human, animal, plant, brick,

or stone.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

By Baba’s grace we will personify His teachings and spread the message of

animal welfare to all– thereby eliminating, once and for all, the crude

Semitic belief that “Animals are made for us– for human selfish enjoyment”.

 

Baba says, “The human race must attain glory by giving due recognition and

justice to all.” (HS-1)

 

Namaskar,

Jayanta

 

 

Note 1: THE EFFECT OF THE MONKEY GOD

 

The religions have a big effect on the mentality of the people. And in the

traditional Indian outlook, various animals like Hanuman are highly

regarded as being deities or mounts to the attainment of Brahmahood. And

the obvious plus point of such religious beliefs is that they have helped

infuse a certain respect towards the animal kingdom among the followers of

that faith. Because the people thereby truly believed that animals are not

just lowly creatures for human consumption, but rather expressions of

divinity etc. Whereas in the crude Semitic faiths, this type of high regard

for animals never takes expression, rather it is totally absent.

 

 

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Cooking Tips

 

Baba says, “If the vegetables get a little burnt and [you think] that ‘Oh,

people can’t eat this.’ [Then] Quick- pour a lot of water onto them, and

add fifteen or twenty betel leaves. That will reduce the burnt effect.”

(NKS, ’97 Edn, p. 105)

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Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2010 07:58:49 -0000

To: am-global@earthlink.net

From: Mukunda

Subject: Organisational Order Related with Food Distribution

 

Baba

 

BABA’S ORGANISATIONAL / PROCEDURAL ORDER

 

RELATED WITH FOOD DISTRIBUTION

 

Namaskar,

Here is one important guideline from Baba related with our various food distribution programs. As many are aware, Baba’s procedural / organisational orders are His explicit edicts for how we are to carry our Marga activities and run the AMPS structure.

 

 

PROCEDURAL / ORGANISATIONAL ORDER: 168,164 (JULY 1969)

 

FOOD FOR ALL, PAINCA SEVA, NARAYAN SEVA

 

AND PACKAGE PROGRAM of R3 OF ERAWS

 

In Baba’s organisational order (168, 164) He clearly says that all Ananda Marga offices, jagrtis, units etc which run any type of soup kitchen, cheap kitchen, food distribution center, or food related relief project must not use tamasik food items to feed others.

 

Here is the exact line quoted from Baba’s organisational / procedural order of R-3 ERAWS of July 1969:

 

“No tamasik diet will be served from such kitchens.”

 

Thus when operating any such kitchen of Ananda Marga where we are serving food to those in need, we must not use any tamasik food items. That is Baba’s explicit mandate

 

 

WE MUST NOT DISPLEASE BABA

 

Of course no sincere margii wants to displease Baba by going against His guideline. If one is not aware about the above mandate and doing something contrary, then that will yield an unfavourable result.

 

Just as an unknowing child will get burned if he puts his hand in the fire as the fire will not spare him, similarly every sadhaka should follow dharmic guidelines and not serve tamasik food to others, otherwise prakrti will not spare them.

 

One should not forget that in all AM service projects you are serving is Baba Himself. If you do not remember this fact then your “service” is no service at all. Because to whom you are serving, you must impose the ideation that you are serving Parama Purusa Himself.

 

Thus under no circumstances should you serve tamasik food to Baba (Guru) who is in the form of a poor, homeless, sick, or needy person. This must never be done as it will produce a bad result.

 

Finally, may we all remember this following teaching: If you make God unhappy then Guru will save you, but if you make Guru unhappy no one can save you.

 

Shiva ruśt́e gurustrátá;

Gururuśt́ao na kaschana.

 

Baba says, “If Shiva [Parama Purusa] gets angry, the Guru will save you, but if the Guru gets angry, no one can save you.” (AV-5)

 

Namaskar,

Mukunda

 

Note: Nobody should become emotional in this critical dharmic issue. This guideline is taken directly from Baba’s organisational mandate. So we should view His teaching with our with rational mind; we must not become emotive. That will save us from us from all kinds of troubles and predicaments.

 

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Date: 20 Dec 2010 05:28:18 -0000

From: “G Bhaskaran Reddy”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Extreme “Sadavrata” in USA

 

Baba

 

== EXTREME “SADAVRATA” IN USA ==

 

Namaskar,

Recently an event took place in our Marga that causes us to stop and think about the way some in AM are doing “service”. Read about this below event and see what you think.

 

 

WHAT TRANSPIRED

 

On December 4th, it was reported that one Dada in California organised a food distribution program in the end of November during the “Thanksgiving” holiday in the USA.

 

Note: During Thanksgiving, many Americans sit down and eat turkey, i.e. the name of one big, wild bird that is similar in size and look to the turkey vulture. A turkey is two or three times the size of a chicken and can weigh up to 14kg (30lbs). And these wild birds are eaten during the Thanksgiving holiday in the USA. That is the dogmatic tradition. As Ananda Margiis we categorically reject this tradition of eating meat and slaughtering animals.

 

Anyway, in doing his food distribution, this Dadaji got 7 Turkeys (i.e. big, dead, feathered birds). That means Dadaji collected 98kg (215.6 lbs) from the market and donated that meat on the occasion of Thanksgiving.

 

So we should all think how appropriate this is. Should one serve tamasik slaughtered birds, i.e. turkeys, to those in need. Is this the way we do service?

 

 

SIMILAR FUTURE EVENTS

 

Collecting and distributing 98kg / 215lbs of turkey meat by one Dada for food distribution is extreme. Some say Dadaji has these future plans as well:

 

1. Distribute violent video games on Christmas to poor kids struggling in school.

2. Donate guns and ammunition to poor hunters;

3. Distribute cigarettes to poor & distressed tobacco addicts;

4. Distribute heroin to poor & distressed drug addicts;

5. Give arms to poor & distressed criminals / terrorists;

6. Distribute poison to the elderly for their assisted suicide;

7. Serve alcohol to poor people on New Year’s Eve & other festival days;

8. Distribute machine guns to thugs and gang members;

9. Give high-fat sweets filled with hydogentated oil to poor & distressed heart patients;

10. Give foods loaded with sugar to poor diabetics;

11. Distribute sharp blades to poor & distressed pickpockets or robbers.

 

Please see the email appended below for further information.

 

Namaskar,

Bhaskaran

 

 

Note 1: GOOD SPIRIT IS NOT ENOUGH

 

Here the point is that doing something with a good heart or with a good spirit is not enough. The overall effect of the action or service also counts.

 

With full sincerity if you offer poison to someone then they will still be harmed.

 

Those who do not have any idea of bhagavad dharma may say that Dadaji donated all those things with a good mind-set and we should not chase him. But one should know that doing sinful things with a good heart will not make that action virtuous.

 

Prakrti does not overlook such wrongs but rather punishes those going against bhagvad dharma. Here we should not only think by the angle of a greedy human; as neo-humanists we should think by the angle of those birds as well. Then it will not take time to understand this entire issue.

 

Dada should have given things for the people’s weflare. That is the effect of AM service. He should have only given plant and grain-based foods, i.e. sentient foods. Because our approach is never to give away harmful or tamasik foods in the name of service. Not only that, birds have their own existential value, they are not to be slaughtered for human consumption.

 

But in Dadaji’s case he gave something that is harmful – harmful both to them and the bird. So Dadaji’s dealing caused the death of so many birds and he has to face the consequences. Such type of activity is sinful – not service.

 

All around the world there are margiis surrounded by so many meat-eaters, but we do not therefore sacrifice animals and birds and feed meat to others. No true Ananda Margii does like this.

 

 

Note 2: HERE IS THE EMAIL WITH ALL THE INFORMATION

 

To: das.kiyoga@yahoo.com

From: das.kiyoga@yahoo.com

Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2010 22:48:47 -0800

Subject: [AM-nCal] Service to Homeless, Service to DEER nor more, Service by Seminars, Service to Professionals [4 Attachments]

 

Service to Homeless Food Distribution

 

Thanksgiving is over and lots of Food is donated and under the direction of Dada Jiivapremananda, Mixed rice and Dal, 2 big containers of oil and 7 turkeys were given to the homeless.

 

Brotherly in His Service,

 

Ragu Das, SDM-LFT, 408-338-6495

 

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Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 16:49:28 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Hariish Dev”
Subject: They Can’t Do New Things

Baba

“A’loker utsava eso sabe…” (PS 2218)

Purport:

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

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

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

Baba, by Your grace the impossible becomes possible. You are my Goal;
You are my everything…

== THEY CAN’T DO NEW THINGS ==

Namaskar,
In Ananda Marga, we make clear-cut distinctions between humans and
animals. No one thinks that humans are animals.

Baba says, ‘The old idea of logicians that the human is a rational
[animal] is not supported by us. We say the human is not a rational
animal. If we say the human is a rational animal, then the human comes
within the animal category. Yes, the human is a living being, but the
human is not an animal.” (AV-30)

However, in the general society, there are many who equate humans with
animals, and vice-versa. This is especially true in the west where some
advocate that animals should have the same rights as humans or that
humans are part of the animals kingdom.

No doubt in AM we respect the life of an animal, but we do not equate
human life with animal life. There are distinct differences. If we are
aware about these differences then we can best convince others of the
unique value of human life.

Failing that, certain people will continue to think that humans may
behave as animals – “because that is our natural way” – in which case
they will plunge themselves into all kinds of crude activities and ruin
their future. Or they will continue to pamper certain animals with all
kinds of superfluous luxuries while their fellow human beings die of
starvation.

So we should all be clear about the below logic and help elevate the
standard of humanity.

WHY PEOPLE GOT CONFUSED IN THE WEST

At present in the west, there is a growing sentimental attachment for
animals. Some of this is appropriate but most is just pure hypocrisy.

For instance, people now keep all kinds of pets such as cats, dogs,
iguanas, birds, llamas, fish, chimpanzees, ferrets, and so much more.
They give special care, expensive medical operations, elegant spas,
special grooming, sumptuous food to their pets. They treat their pets
like royalty and spend huge money on them. They consider their pets as
members of their own families and think of themselves as animal lovers.
Yet when the vast majority of those pet owners eat meat on a daily
basis, then we can see how misguided their approach is.

The issue gets further compounded when we consider the fact that huge
numbers of humans die due to lack of care, yet so much special attention
is given to these pets. Indeed, in the US, 41 billion dollars a year is
spent on pet care, more than the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of dozens
and dozens of countries. Some of the ultra rich even leave millions to
their dog upon their death.

On the one side they share their homes with animals and treat them as
family, and on the other side they blindly support animal slaughtering
by eating meat at every meal. On the one side people spend huge money on
pampering their pets and on the other side, gross numbers of humans go
hungry every day.

This is the shocking hypocrisy and disparity going on these days.

KEY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HUMANS AND ANIMALS

Amidst all these shocking scenarios we should keep this key point in
mind that clearly proves that humans and animals are of distinctly
separate categories.

Let’s say an owner teaches their dog 10 tricks. Then that is all the dog
will know. On its own the dog will not learn an 11th or 12th trick. Dogs
do not have that type of psychic structure. When they are shown they
will do, they do not have the creative power or urge to go beyond that.

In contrast, within each and every human being is the seed of expansion.
So if a human being is taught something, then that human being will take
that idea and expand upon it. They will make the idea or action their
own and build upon it. Infants, students of all ages, professionals,
retirees, everyone does like this. That is the nature of human beings.

Language is a great example. Animals can repeat a word (parrots) or
respond to a verbal command (dog) or even use certain words to
communicate (monkey) but no animal has the ability to create sentences
on their own. That pattern or capability of original thought and
expression is beyond their spectrum of knowing.

Here the whole point is that animals do not have the quality to do new
things. They can only do the things they have been shown or taught. They
lack the basic quality to discover anything beyond that.

Thus when the psychic faculty of human beings has this unique quality of
making new things and when animals lack it, then who can claim that
humans are animals or animals are humans.

PROPENSITIES IN ANIMALS AND HUMAN LIFE

Because animals utterly lack the aforementioned psychic quality, they
spend their days just involved in satisfying their basic propensities or
primal urges. When a physical desire comes then they act upon it. That
is the basic quality of animal life.

In contrast, human beings are not slaves to their propensities. Either
due to social pressure or by their own thinking, humans do not merely
act upon their propensities.

For instance, if a dog is hungry and sees food then it will eat that
food, not at all considering if that food is for them or not. In
contrast, even when hungry a human being will refrain from eating food
that is not theirs. Either they are concerned they will be punished
(social pressure) or they do not feel comfortable eating what does not
belong to them (moral conscience).

Thus physical propensities do not dominate human life, especially not
with sadhakas. Whereas animals are totally dominated by materials
pursuits and are content with those limited those. Humans are never
satisfied completely by physical indulgences – always they want
something more.

RARITY OF HUMAN LIFE

With our innate desire to discover something new, humans invariably turn
to psychic growth and ultimately spirituality. Animals are not capable
of contemplating new things, but humans have an innate urge for the
infinite. And it is this quality of mind that is to guide us in our
quest, not mere material enjoyment.

Unfortunately, many humans remain engrossed in worldly desires and that
leads to their degradation. In that case they are on the path back to
animal life. They will get the body appropriate for their desires.

As sadhakas, we always proceed guided by mind, not matter. Some respond
to social pressure and others by benevolence of mind, but whatever may
be, most humans live by using their mind and then deciding how to
proceed. Animals never do like this. As humans though, we are to use the
mind to control our corporeal structure and aim that mind toward Parama
Purusa. That is our unique human dharma.

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with this human life which is so rare
and so difficult to attain. We must be especially sure to goad the mind
toward the spiritual realm and not get caught up in crude desires. We
must remember we are mind oriented beings and never classify ourselves
as beings animals and following that mode of living. We are to do
sadhana and reach the Supreme Goal.

Baba says, “Human life is rare and is very precious.” Even the devata’s,
if they want to do something good or great, will have to come in human
frame to work. A devata’ as devata’ cannot do anything good; the devata’
requires a human framework. So human life is very precious, very rare;
“and such life is still more rare, still more precious, if it has become
successful by dint of bha’gavata dharma, or by dint of sa’dhana’.”” (SS-21)

Namaskar,
Hariish

Note 1: THE POINT OF FREE WILL

One other aspect of this discussion is free will. Animals do not have
free will in which case they cannot create new samskaras – bad or good.
All the can do is follow their inborn propensities – period. They cannot
think or consider doing something different. Their desire is limited and
they are content with material life.

Humans has free will and with that comes a huge spectrum of choices.
Ideally we make those selections with a balanced mind. By this entire
process, humans can easily go beyond materials pursuits and point the
mind toward higher thought and realisation.

This notion of free will further distinguishes humans from animals.

Note 2: WHY THE MATERIAL WEST LOVES PETS

Some may wonder why those in the west and in particular Americans are so
enthralled with having pets. The clear-cut answer is that the more
selfish a person becomes, the less they are able to live with others.
Many in US live alone because they cannot adjust with their family and
friends. Yet they keep animals. Those animals will listen to them and
never talk back. That is the only type of relationship a selfish person
can handle. In that way so many get totally attached to their pets. They
tell their pet all their worries and fears – that is much easier than
having to deal with another human being. So due to selfishness some bond
more with their pets than with other humans.

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Japa on Enemy

Baba says, “If anyone’s name is to be chanted in japa, it is the name of
Parama Purus’a. What is japa? A word has a particular meaning; repeating
the word inwardly again and again, after having understood its meaning,
is what is termed japa. As a result of the prolonged repetition of a
word, whose inner meaning is clearly understood, its ideation becomes
permanently imprinted in one’s mind, and consequently there occurs a
radical change in one’s mental arena. The extroversial tendencies of the
mind gradually become introverted. This is the benefit of japa. And if
anyone’s name is to be repeated, it is the name of the Lord.”
“Usually worldly people constantly repeat– do the japa of– their
earthly joys and comforts, or do japa on the names of their enemies. But
that is all useless. Only the name of Parama Purus’a should be repeated
in the form of japa, for ultimately one will have to reach Him, to merge
in Him. Ultimately one will have to reach Him. There is no other way.
Hence wise persons take only the name of– do the japa of– the One and
Supreme Lord, and never the name of any other entity.” (12 November 1978
DMC, Kolkata)

Note: Usually people do not realise that they are doing japa of
something which is meaningless, silly, or sometimes even harmful. But it
happens because the general tendency of the mind is to degenerate
towards crude thoughts. For example, if someone is plunged in worldly
problems or court case or enemy, then in that case they are unknowingly
doing japa of that problem or enemy etc.

Another feature of the mind is that when the mind is empty then it is
the usual characteristic of the mind to start thinking of something
which is meaningless, stupid, or harmful etc. Or it will think of
something that will bring degeneration.

Hence, without even their own awareness, countless people are getting
adversely affected and getting poisoned by doing the japa of crude
things. In His above teaching Baba says that at any cost this should be
avoided– averted. Repeated thinking or japa should only be done on the
name of the Lord. That will bring ultimate salvation and bliss.

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