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This entire posting is composed of 2 parts:
(1) Posting: Human Thinking Power: Boon & Curse.
(2) Prabhat Samgiita #2523;

== HUMAN THINKING POWER: BOON & CURSE ==

Namaskar,
This letter offers a vital point that every new sadhaka should know. As we know, Ananda Marga ideology offers a dynamic, unique perspective to anyone coming onto the path. Since pracar is one of our first and foremost duties, we should also be aware of this teaching to best introduce it to others.

“AS YOU THINK, SO YOU BECOME”

Ya’drshii bha’vana’ yasya siddhirbhavati ta’drshii

Ananda Marga philosophy states, “As you think, so you become.” (1)

Baba has given this seemingly simple guideline in a number of discourses. Some new people may have heard or read this and think they understand. Other new people may not have yet come across it.

We should ensure that every new sadhaka understands the full import of this teaching because this is one of the very revolutionary aspects of Ananda Marga.

These days, with the great popularity of yoga, most yoga groups solely focus on the physical, or they may include their own interpretation of pranayama as well.

Only Ananda Marga offers the full system for transforming one’s person into godhood. And the above guideline, “as you think so you become”, is instrumental to our approach.

HOW IT WORKS:

DEGRADATION OF MIND

When Baba says, “as you think so you become”, He is telling us that we must have some control or restraint in our thinking.

If one thinks of something mundane or crude they will transform into that object – step by step. That is one part of the equation.

Ananda Marga philosophy states, “It is the natural wont of the mind to take the shape of its object of meditation. If the object of worship is crude, say money or any crude thing, the mind takes the shape of that crude thing in the course of time.” (2)

And not just money, in this materialistic era people’s minds are riddled by all kinds of thoughts: name, fame, jealousy, stress, anger, fear, enemies, disease etc. By thinking in this way, part, or even all of their mind, gets consumed in that manner. Thus problem festers and grows as the mind gets more degraded.

Wild or uncontrolled thinking is one of the main causes of both psychic and physical diseases in materialistic societies.

Those new to the path of sadhana – and even those not yet on the path – should be informed of the adverse effects of this equation, “As you think so you become.”

HOW IT WORKS:

ELEVATION OF MIND

Then there is the other side of the equation: If we refine our thoughts to focus in a spiritual manner we will move towards the Supreme.

This also we should preach and teach to every new sadhaka. By this way they can not only free the mind of so many fetters and distractions, but one can truly move ahead on the spiritual path.

In Ananda Marga, that is exactly what our system of sadhana is – a methodical manner of thinking wherein the mind focuses on the Ista.

“Concentrated thinking is called “meditation”… In spiritual parlance, when the mental flow is directed towards the goal, that is, the Supreme Entity, it is called “concentration”, but in metaphysical terms, it is a concept of dharma. Concentrated thinking leads to the development of positive ideas…in the process of constant mental flow towards the goal. In the process of meditation the following things are involved – brain cells, apexed or pinnacled psychology, concentrated thinking, Guru cakra and ultimate devotion.” (3)

Thus concentrated thinking is a integral part of our approach. By this way one can transform their entire existence. Even those who are terribly depressed and anxiety ridden can become stellar sadhakas through this method. And this is unique to AM. No one else other than Baba highlights the sublime importance of thinking.

So those new to Ananda Marga should understand that they will not get this teaching nor this practice on other paths and they should clearly understand and experience the dynamism of this practice.

Our mantra japa in first lesson or sixth lesson is the culminating practice of, “as you think so you become.” By bringing the mind back again and again to the idea of the mantra and training the mind to maintain that flow, then one’s entire physical, psychic and spiritual existence gets transformed. Then one veritably becomes divine. Then one becomes Parama Purusa. That is Baba’s teaching for every sadhaka to realise – new or old.

BABA’S MANDATE

Because this principle – as you think so you become – is such an important guideline Baba reminds us of this again and again.

“I told you, or I have been telling you, that a man takes the form of his psychic object; that is, your very existence will be converted into your psychic object. You should select your object very carefully.” (4)

So we should share the import of this concept with all new sadhakas. By this way we too may become more aware of the use of our mantra, either during and / or after sadhana.

As pracarakas, this equation – as you think so you become – is one important point of our approach. So many in the world nowadays are looking for something new. And our Ananda Marga has all the practices they need to transform their life.

So those being introduced to na’ma mantra meditation or first lesson or even just kiirtan, should be made aware of the profound effects of this subtle science.

BABA’S WARNING:

IDOL WORSHIP IS THE WORST

Here Baba points out the very negative effect of dogmatic idol worship. But none should think this adverse reaction is limited to idol worship. Any persistent engagement in crude thoughts (sex, money, greed, jealousy, etc) will turn one into negative microvita.

““If idols made of wood, clay, iron or any other metal are accepted as objects of meditation, then what will be the result?” It is said, Ya’drshii bha’vana’ yasya siddhirbhavati ta’drshii [“As you think, so you become”]. The aspirants’ own entitative existence will be turned into clay, metal or wood – a state which in the scriptures is called Prakrtiliina [negative microvita]. It is a dreadful state.” (5)

The above guideline is a clear warning about what happens to those who fail to understand the real import of Baba’s teaching – “As you think so you become.” In then end they are turned into inanimate objects and negative microvita. It is a frightening outcome.

THEY WILL REMAIN FAR AWAY FROM

THE ATTAINMENT OF THE SUPREME ENTITY

Baba has graciously blessed us with the practical method of how to ideate on Him. We should share this technique with one and all. We should never allow others to settle for any lesser approach. It is everyone’s birthright to get Him – by their thoughts alone, one can attain His eternal shelter, by His grace.

“It is also stated in Tantra that if a person wants only to attain limited progress, one may practise on certain limited ideas. But those who are genuine seekers of Brahma will never agree to worship any finite idea. Those who want the Supreme Entity will have to ideate on Parama Purus’a alone. People may attain limited achievement in terms of occult power through the grace of the gods and goddesses, but they will remain far away from the attainment of the Supreme Entity.” (6)

WILL TAKE THE PATH OF NEGATIVE PRATISAINCARA

“Now, the objectivated [human] mind may move from subtle towards crude or from crude towards subtle, unlike the movements of other entities of this universe. If the movement towards crude is encouraged, the mind – and at the same time the entire existence of the human being – will be converted into crude matter. That is, it will [take] the path of negative pratisaincara. And if the movement towards subtle is encouraged, then one’s entire existence will be converted into either Cosmic Mind or Cosmic Cognitive Faculty. This is the speciality of mind, and that is why it is said:”

[It is the mind that performs good actions and it is the mind that sins. For the mind that is immersed in the thought of God, there is no virtue, no vice.]

[The mind of a person in bondage is attached to his or her objects of enjoyment, whereas the mind of a person who has attained liberation has no mental object.]

““The mind is the cause of bondage, and this mind, this very mind, is the cause of liberation, is the cause of emancipation.” If the movement towards subtle is encouraged, and there is movement with proper acceleration, then what will happen? There will take place one of two different things: either one’s existence will be converted into the Cosmic Mind – that metamorphosis of unit mind into Cosmic Mind is known as the qualified stance – saguńásthiti – or, if the very “I” feeling is surrendered at the altar of Supreme Existence, then the alternative will be that the entire existential factor will become one with the Supreme Cognitive Faculty, with the Cognitive Principle – one will become omniscient, an all-knowing entity.” (7)

THIS RISE AND FALL OF ANTAGONISTIC PSYCHIC VIBRATIONS WILL GO ON

““It is the human mind which is the cause of bondage or liberation. If the mind is in bondage, the person is also in bondage. Similarly, if the mind is liberated the person is also liberated. After all, it is the human mind which engages in auspicious actions. Now, if this mind is kept engrossed in the ideation of Parama Puruśa, then it gets totally merged in Consciousness. In that case, where is the scope for virtue or vice for that person?””
“If an ordinary sinner or a confirmed sinner remains absorbed in the thought of Parama Puruśa to the exclusion of all other thoughts, then his or her mind becomes pointed. This is called agryábuddhi [pinnacled intellect] in Sanskrit. In that state of mind the spiritual aspirant gets well established in pinnacled intellect. Unless and until the ordinary human intellect is elevated to the level of pinnacled intellect or apexed intellect, the continuous rise and fall of innumerable vibrations within one’s existence continues. These psychic vibrations are sometimes the vibrations of virtue, sometimes the vibrations of vice, sometimes the vibrations of the reaction of sinful deeds, sometimes of virtuous deeds. Unless the human mind is pointed, this rise and fall of antagonistic psychic vibrations will go on. The moment the mind is centred on Parama Puruśa, then that mind will naturally become pointed. In that state there is no scope for the rise and fall of any wave – neither the wave of virtue nor the wave of vice. Thus it is said that when a spiritual aspirant is established in pinnacled intellect, there cannot be any question of virtue and vice. A person who has taken the Cosmic shelter goes far above the scope of virtue or vice. This is something very natural.” (8)

CONFRONTED WITH THIS GRIM REALITY ONE SHOULD BE VERY CAUTIOUS

Mana eva manuśyáńám káránaḿ bandhamokśayoh,
Bandhasya viśayásaungimuktonirviśayaḿ tathá.

““The mind is the cause of bondage or liberation of human beings. A person under bondage is attached to a mental or physical object, whereas the liberated one is free from all objects.” If the mind is confined to something physical or psychic it is bound to be assailed by either pleasure or pain – it is inevitable. However hard you may try you can not avoid it, because you are so inseparably bound to your objects.”

“It is also true that you will not remain associated with your object forever because the speed of movement of both cannot be equal forever. The person with whom you live with all the warmth of your life will ultimately desert you – it is a cruel game. Confronted with this grim reality one should be very cautious about selecting one’s goal. One thing is clear – the Supreme Entity alone should be accepted as one’s goal.” (9)

ALWAYS KEEPS HOPPING FROM ONE OBJECT TO ANOTHER

Mana eva mauśya nám kárańam bandha mokśayo”.

“In other words the unit attains salvation only when she/he empties her/his mind of all objects. Just as an iron sword can perform acts of cruelty or merely cut the rope tethering and animal, similarly, according to its objective tendencies, the mind can also be the cause of both bondage and liberation.”
“All unit objects are external. Love for such unit objects can never be lasting, for the mind always keeps hopping from one object to another. That is why I say, withdraw your love from the unit and merge yourself in the whole. Don’t mistake the unit for the soul or God. The attainment of one’s inner self is only possible through love for the Infinite. Dońt pretend to be inferior and as a result become lazy. Fill your heart with love of the Infinite, and your soul will be transformed into the Supreme Soul. No worldly happiness is limitless. Dedicate yourself completely to the blissful ocean of the Supreme Soul. Then alone will you realize what happiness really is. This path to attain happiness, this Sádhaná of self-surrender I call absolute devotion. Carry on performing your worldly duties with sincerity, and at the same time think about the pure self within you. Then alone will your Sádhaná be justified. The constant thought of your pure inner Self will certainly one day establish you in your original source, and this is the ultimate aim of Sádhaná.” (10)

ONE SERIOUS SHORTCOMING

“Thus, the mind is behind all our activities, whether we direct it towards worldly objects or towards Brahma. No action is possible without the mind. The mind has infinite potentialities and controlling these infinite potentialities is sádhaná.”
“Though the mind is very powerful it has one serious shortcoming. It cannot think of two objects concurrently.”
“Whenever it thinks it has one single object. Nevertheless the speed of the mind’s action is baffling. While concentrating on a particular work we may also hear others about us [[talking]]. This is due to the fast acting power of the mind, which leads us to believe that the thought currents of the mind are unbroken. For example, while witnessing the pictures in cinema, we also enjoy the dialogue. The activities of the mind can be understood by diligently applying the mind and we see that the mind can do only one thing at a time. Therefore worldly acts and meditation on Brahma cannot be done simultaneously. It is impossible that on one side humans will remain bound up with passion, anger, avarice etc. and on the other, will worship Brahma. The mind must be sanctified for the worship of Brahma.” (11)

WHERE IS THE SCOPE FOR VIRTUE OR VICE

“It is the human mind which performs action…”
““It is the human mind which is the cause of bondage or liberation. If the mind is in bondage, the person is also in bondage. Similarly, if the mind is liberated the person is also liberated. After all, it is the human mind which engages in auspicious actions. Now, if this mind is kept engrossed in the ideation of Parama Puruśa, then it gets totally merged in Consciousness. In that case, where is the scope for virtue or vice for that person?”” (12)

A PECULIAR ENTITY

“This human mind is a peculiar entity. It is the cause of all our sorrows and predicaments, and it is the cause of our supreme bliss. It is the cause of bondage, and it is the cause of liberation.” Now this mind, working within human framework, requires some pabulum for its maintenance. In the human mind there are fifty such pabula. And these are the human propensities, vrttis.” (13)

LIKE A BULLOCK CART WITHOUT A DRIVER

“It is said in Samskrta: Mana eva manuśyánáḿ kárańam bandha-mokśayoh.”
“Now let us analyse how the mind functions. In the physical sphere energy is essential for action. What is energy? Energy is the actional state within a material structure. This energy by itself is a blind force and for its activation intellect must exist: a driver is required to direct this blind force. The support of the intellect is a prime necessity for the operation of energy in this material world. If an useful thing is kept easily accessible to the common people in a country or society, in most cases it is misused or spoiled. Those who are considerate and have the power of judgement should be entrusted with the responsibility of controlling the physical power of common people with their intellectual power, otherwise everything will be spoiled. It is like a bullock which, without a driver, is unable to decide whether to pull its cart towards the right or the left. Only a discriminating driver can control everything efficiently.”
“As people, guided by their intellect, continue to gather practical experiences of the ups and downs of this world, they gradually start to realize that their psychic capacities are too inadequate to accomplish any great task. Then, faced with the stark realities of life, they realize that they have no alternative but to merge with the Supreme Consciousness. At that stage, whatever they do will have a cosmic support and will be genuine. That is why enlightened persons always prefer to remain unified with the Supreme Entity. This is considered the highest attainment of knowledge.” (14)

THERE WILL CONTINUE TO BE SORROWS

“It is the mind which carries the burden of pains and pleasures. In the mind is the gloomy black curtain of sorrow, and through this dark curtain pierces the silver light and golden glow of momentary happiness. As long as there are other entities outside the unit mind, there will continue to be sorrows and afflictions, desires, passions and pains. As a result of various types of physical or psychic clashes with other entities, the feelings of pain and pleasure rise and fall like bubbles in the mind. If, through sádhaná, people can merge their unit minds with the Cosmic Mind of Parama Puruśa, then the unit minds themselves become the Cosmic Mind: their individual identities are merged in that Cosmic “I”. In that condition, there remains nothing outside. Thus, there is no longer any possibility of physical or psychic clash with any external entity or object. All objects, all ideas, arise out of one’s mind. This is the state of liberation – a state of Cosmic bliss far above the domain of mundane pleasures and pains.” (15)

ACT ACCORDING TO THEIR WILL

“Mind alone is the cause of the bondage and liberation of human beings. Why is it the cause of bondage and liberation? It is because all the beings below human being are bereft of an independent mind. Their minds are guided by their natural instincts. But human beings have an independent mind. They can act according to their will. They can take the track either of bondage or of liberation. This is the fundamental difference between human beings and animals.”
“The mind must always have an object (viśaya). In scriptures, viśaya is known as “ábhoga.” “Ábhoga” means that object which feeds the mind – that is, mental pabulum. If this pabulum is limited, the mind also becomes limited. If the pabulum is infinite, by making an effort to obtain it, the mind becomes infinite. It depends entirely on the will of human beings which pabulum, limited or unlimited, is made their object. Whether a person becomes great or small completely depends on the person’s wish.”

Bandhastu viśayásaungii mukto nirvisáyaḿstathá.

““When the object of human beings is small and they remain fixed to it, they are in bondage. When the object of the mind is infinite, and we get merged into it, as it is not possible to hold it, we call it liberation.””

Páshabaddho bhavejjiivo páshamukto bhavet Shivah.

““The person whose object of mind is limited, is in bondage. When the object of mind is unlimited, it (the mind) cannot be kept within limitations. Then there is no bondage, but liberation.”” (16)

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

Purport:

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

REFERENCES:
1. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 12
2. Baba in Fiesch
3. Yoga Psychology
4. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 12
5. SS-11
6. Discourses on Tantra-1
7. Neo-Humanism in a Nutshell – 1, Existential Flow and Its Culminating Point
8. A Few Problems Solved Part 5, What is Dogma
9. Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 6, Ekendriya – 4
10. The Intuitional Science of the Vedas – 1
11. Subháśita Saḿgraha Part 1, The Form of Sadhana
12. A Few Problems Solved Part 5, What is Dogma
13. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 30, The Subtlest Propensity
14. Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life -10, The Cardinal Spirit of Action and the Supreme Stance of Devotion
15. Namah Shivaya Shantaya, Disc: 16
16. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 1, Leaving Bondage

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To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Ramdhan “Ramdhan@Indianet…”
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 21:11:45
Subject: Solution of Misery

Baba

PS Intro: This song depicts that initial time when Guru first comes into the life of any devotee. In that special moment, it often happens that one does not really understand the great importance and pure divinity of that charming Personality. But then later on, after further reflection and sadhana, one gradually develops an inner appreciation of the greatness of that Sadguru. Then the sadhaka wants Parama Purusa’s proximity more and more. With this feeling, the sadhaka will look back upon those old memories with repentance. Because when Parama Purusa first came to the sadhaka then he – the sadhaka – was not able to receive Parama Purusa properly in his heart. The sadhaka could not fully grasp the true value of Sadguru’s gracious visit. So now when the sadhaka has a more developed longing and yearning for Parama Purusa, then he feels that he foolishly wasted that earlier opportunity when Parama Purusa Himself came in his life. Because now at present it is not so easy to get Parama Purusa by oneself – by one’s own doing. That type of scene is expressed in this following Prabhat Samgiita.

“Path cine esechilo aja’na’ pathik, mor duya’re ks’an’ik da’nr’iyachilo…” (PS 2371)

Purport:

O’ how gracious that Divine Entity is. Ajana Pathik came to my home; He came intentionally and He stood directly in front of my door for a moment. Tragically, that time I was not aware about who He was so I did not invite Him to come inside. Thus with His sweet and gentle smile He slowly went away that time. Afterwards, the tender image of His sweet, charming face was floating in my mind again and again – I could not forget Him. A few moments passed like that.

After some time, I realised my blunder and I opened the door and desperately ran outside as fast as I could and looked around trying to find Him – hoping to find that divinely charming Entity. I searched for Him in near and far places but that was all in vain; He was not there. Alas, I could not find Him; only His mala was there. Where has He gone!

Today I feel deep repentance. In human life, so many mistakes happen; and people also feel repentant for those past mistakes. So today I am calling Him again and again with a very deep, heart-felt longing and with an upsurge of emotion. But I do not know if that call is reaching His ears or touching His heart. O’ my dearmost Baba, please hear me.

When I was not aware about who He was then at that time He came but I did not receive Him. And now, by His grace, I feel love for Him in the inner core of my heart, but He is not paying heed to my yearning for His proximity. O’ the Divine Entity, please do not play hide and seek with me any longer. Please come, You are my everything…

== SOLUTION OF MISERY ==

Namaskar,
Here below Baba gives us the solution to one very common human ailment. In our present era in particular, people suffer a lot from this problem. We should help relieve them of this malady.

Baba says, “Human misery originates from one’s imperfect thoughts. By ideating on the Great one can be relieved of misery forever.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life – 7)

Baba’s above guideline is very unique. He is explaining to us that pain is the result of improper thinking. The insinuation being: Pain is related with the mind only. When the mind is filled with higher thoughts – ideating on the Great – then it goes beyond pain and pleasure. That is the state of eternal bliss.

We can see in our day to day life how one life scenario can be very painful to one person yet quite fine for another. It depends completely on one’s psychic perception and state of mind.

We also see that just by thinking in a negative way people invite serious psychic tension and mental depression in their life. Whereas, if their thinking is proper then that brings bliss – but if it is improper then that causes sorrow. This is why in so-called developed nations the problem of depression and psychic diseases is more than in comparison to other places: Due to improper thinking.

As we all know, proper thinking means ideating on Parama Purusa. Sadhakas know this theorem yet under the spell of Avidya Maya they forget this most of the time.

Day long we should remind ourselves and involve our thoughts with Him through kiirtan, sadhana, 2nd lesson, half-sadhana, dhyana, manan, shravan, imbibing cosmic ideation, and more. And we should guide others onto the path as well.

By this way the age-old problem of misery will be kept in check.

Namaskar,
Ramdhan

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Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 21:54:33 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Nataraj Deva” N_deva.deva@Millenia.net…>”
Subject: Possible Scam by GS

Baba

== POSSIBLE SCAM BY GS ==

Namaskar,

I have heard this news which I am writing below. If any reader has more information, please write.

Current GS Dada (Ranchi), Ac. Citsvarupananda Avt, recently collected a huge sum of money (25 – 30 lakhs of rupees) from various Wts and margiis as a loan.

GS Dada promised to return back the money many-fold to lenders. But now he is not willing to return any of the money back to margiis and WTs.

Rather, GS Dada is abusing and scolding those workers and margiis who ask for their money back.

Dada Citsvarupananda is trying to convince everyone that he lost that huge sum of money, i.e. 25 – 30 lakhs. Dadaji’s claim is that he already lost all the money which he borrowed; all that loan money is gone.

So Citsvarupanandji is telling everyone that he cannot return the money to them; all those margiis and workers who lent him money have now lost their money. Dadaji says: Margiis & workers should console thus themselves that they donated to the organization. That is what Dadaji is telling everyone. He is also requesting everyone not to remind him of this matter because he cannot return the money since he lost it all.

Hearing this reply from Dada Citsvarupanandaji, WTs and margiis are frustrated and furious.

If any margii has come to know more about this incident please write.

Namaskar,
Nataraj

Note: HOW MUCH IS A LAKH

Most probably know that one lakh is equal to 100,000. So 25 – 30 lakhs is the equivalent of 2.5 – 3 million rupees. Thus GS Dada borrowed nearly 3 million rupees from margiis and workers; and now he is claiming that he lost all that money and people cannot get their money back.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi eso pra’n’e o pradiipe…” (PS no. 2535)

Purport:

Baba, please come in my heart, in the deep core of my mind. You are my everything– You are my dhya’na, You are my jinana, You are my Ista. You are most sacred, holy, and sweetness Personified. Baba, You are the controller of my entire existence. Keeping Your love and divine guidance in my heart I am moving on path which You have graciously shown me. By Your grace I go on remembering Your name constantly. That is my strength of forward movement. Baba, please grace me by coming in my heart…

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Date: Sun, 03 Jun 2012 21:02:38 -0700
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Manotosh Deva
Subject: For A Better Future

Baba

“A’ma’r e marmaviin’a’y sur bhare dey, ke go deradii…” (P.S. 4503)

Purport:

One Divine Entity is filling the viina of my heart with sweet blissful tunes – I do not know Him. Please tell me who is that most loving One. The bulbuli bird [1] of my mental rose garden constantly longs for Him, always. [2]

The loving spring month is still far; it has not come yet. It is in the inner most part of the divine kingdom. That Great Entity has made the river of divine love flow with the beha’g tune, with such charm and affection, and with the flower pollen of love. [3]

That Divine yet unknown Charming Entity, who is the very infinite ocean of nectar, resides in that far distant land. I do not know who is that. Please tell me who that is. He graciously takes advent in my mind and fills each and every moment with sweetness. In the charming flower lane, He is making me intoxicated with His divine flute. [4]

He is the Love Personified, the most charming, the ever-present – Baba…

END NOTES FOR PRABHATA SAMGIITA #4503:

[1] Bulbuli: In this song, the bhakta’s heart-felt feeling and mental longing for Parama Purusa is expressed by the sweet call of the bulbuli bird. (Bulbul: bird, common name for members of the family Pycnonotidae, comprising 119 species of medium-sized, dull-colored passerine birds with short necks and wings, native to Africa and South Asia. These are noisy, gregarious birds with often beautiful, striking songs.)

[2] First Stanza: When Parama Purusa showers His infinite grace He fills the hearts of devotees with longing for Him– He pulls their heart. In that case the bhakta’s mind becomes completely restless and just longs for Him. Except Him, their mind knows nothing else; just it constantly longs for Him. And that deep longing for Him is what is known as devotion. Through His poetic language of this first stanza, Baba is expressing this grand idea.

[3] Second Stanza: By His auspicious advent, Parama Purusa has brought the divine kingdom onto this dusty earth and flooded everyone with divine love. By His grace, everyone has very easily realised what divine love (prema) is and how sweet and blissful that Cosmic Entity is. This is the overall idea of the second stanza.

[4] Fourth Stanza: Although Parama Purusa resides in satyaloka – in that far distant land, but He has magnificently taken advent on this dusty earth and made spiritual life accessible to each and every human being. He has graciously filled everyone’s heart with bliss. By His august arrival everyone has come to know what divinity is. That is the essence of the third stanza.

== FOR A BETTER FUTURE ==

Namaskar,
Here Baba is guiding us – and warning us – to always cultivate a sweet and devotional idea in mind. The idea(s) one harbors in the mind seriously impacts their status in the future.

Baba says, “People according to their respective physical and psychic pabula, are provided in their next life with the requisite physical bodies. Those who want to eat and drink beyond all proportion may be provided with pigs’ bodies; in that case, they can eat as much as they like. Those who are very angry by disposition may be provided with buffaloes’ bodies, so they can be as angry as they like. And those who long for the close proximity to Parama Purus’a, will attain a developed human frame, a sentient human body.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 11, p.24)

Namaskar,
Manotosh

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Date: Mon, 14 May 2012 20:42:39 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: V. Rajpurhit
Subject: Japa on Enemy

Baba

“Tava path dhare, tava na’m kare, toma’r pa’nei cale thaki…” (P.S. 2180)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace I am treading on Your path by singing Your name and moving towards You. You are my Goal.
O’ my Dearmost, I am moving closer and closer towards You – to reach You. Baba, except You, in this universe who else is mine – no one. Because of this I am always calling You, seeking Your shelter.

O’ Lord, O’ Baba, in this decorated universe of Yours, You have provided me a special place according to Your liking. You have bestowed everything; and, You do not desire anything from anyone. Just You go on pouring Your divine grace eternally.
The demerits such as lethargy only come from my side. Plus all kinds of lame excuses I give in self-justification. Hence all the lacuna belong to me; whereas, You Yourself are ever-gracious.

Baba, You have situated my mind in the corner of Your vast cosmic mind. And from that corner it receives Your divine vibration. With the attraction and resonance of Your divine vibration, the lotus of the love, which has blossomed in my heart, is looking towards You with deep yearning.

Baba, singing Your Name, I am moving on Your path. For me, Your grace is everything…

== JAPA ON ENEMY ==

Namaskar,

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)

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 the mind often starts 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.

Namaskar,
Vidyasagar

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To: AM-GLOBAL
From: “Phanindra Deva”
Date: Sun, 13 May 2012 21:02:37 -0700
Subject: Baba’s Discourse on Moha Vrtti

Baba

“Keu a’lokei mishe ja’y, keu ha’ra’y va’ a’ndha’re…” (1278)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Supreme One, Your divine creation is very colorful. All kinds of people are there. Some get human life, do sadhana, and ultimately become one with divinity. And some people do various misdeeds and move along the path of negative pratisaincara until finally they get lost in oblivion – cimmerian darkness. Some want only You; while others do not want You, instead they want some boon or some gift from You. So this world is colorful.

Baba, some are rushing towards the allurements of glittering objects, shining stars, or superficial worldly attractions. And some are absorbed in crying over their old outdated memories, deserted flower gardens, and skeletons of the past. In that way they waste their time. While those who are great devotees have accepted You as the Supreme quintessence and they want only You.

Baba, O’ Divine Entity, some are busy in intellectualizing about Your karuna and grace – and they never get the real sweetness. Just they are jinanis involved in their own extravaganza. And some are dancing in the joy and happiness. Such devotees cannot be satiated by anything except You. You are everything for them. Those who surrendered at Your lotus feet they are the ones who pass their whole life dancing in the ecstasy of Your divine love.

Baba, Your entire creation has so many types of people and various colours. Only the life of the devotee is filled with happiness and bliss…

== BABA’S DISCOURSE ON MOHA VRTTI ==

Namaskar,
Here below is Baba’s original passage about blind attachment, or moha vrtti. The below is an excerpt from His discourse, ‘The Acoustic Roots of the Indo-Aryan Alphabet’.

Baba says, “Na is the acoustic root of moha vrtti [blind attachment or infatuation]. This propensity of blind attachment is usually divided into the four categories of time, space, idea and individuality. When one loses one’s rationality out of blind attachment for one’s country, it is called deshagata moha, “geo-sentiment”. People who live in a country where not even a blade of grass grows, where people die of starvation, and which imports huge quantities of food grains from other countries, become so infatuated with their country that they say it has an abundance of water, has a bountiful fruit harvest, and is a net exporter of food to other countries.”

“Ka’lagata moha is blind attachment for a particular period of time. One becomes so attached to a certain period of time that one is unable to discern its positive or negative aspects. Some people complain that the behaviour of the present generation of children is disappointing. They say that when they were young they could easily digest iron pans, but the present generation has trouble digesting even water! They lament the great misfortune that has befallen the present age.”

“When a particular idea has a strong impact on mind, the mind rushes towards it again and again. Thieves, in the shock of the moment, always make a quick getaway from the scene of the crime. Later, however, they brood repeatedly about the place, and often return, straight into the hands of the police! A person who uses an object for a long time develops a fascination for that object. This is called a’dha’ragata moha [fascination for an object]. There are many rich people who have a strange weakness for some old, battered object such as a rickety chair with one arm broken off. I know a story about how a pretty pot made of bell-metal was the cause of a bitter quarrel among the daughters-in-law of a certain family, so bitter that it led to the eventual break-up of the family. Na is the acoustic root of moha vrtti.”

“The only way to free oneself from the clutches of infatuation is to superimpose the ideation of indifference and divert one’s mental thoughts towards Parama Purus’a. It may be possible to control this propensity of wild fascination temporarily by intimidation or by enacting laws, but only temporarily. Those who believe in the equal distribution of the world’s wealth, naively underestimate the power of moha vrtti. The human mind can be sublimated only by spiritual ideation, not by any high-sounding philosophy. This utopian idea has proved ineffective in the past and in the present and will continue to prove so in the future.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy – 8)

Namaskar,
Phanindra Deva

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Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:33:04 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Deva”
Subject: Money and Peace

Baba

“A’ndha’ra sa’gara pa’re ke go ele…” (PS 1065)

Purport:

O’ the Supreme Entity, who are You who has come to me from the divine world after crossing the dark ocean. You have come and done the impossible: You have made those flowers blossom, which had never blossomed before. Those whose minds were crude, You have made them spiritual. You have showered Your divine effulgence and filled this world with sweetness and love. O’ Divine One, You have graciously come, broken the noose of death [1], taught Your sadhana, and shown the path of liberation. You have released me from the endless cycle of birth and death by granting me salvation. You have removed all my fear by keeping me close and helping me in all circumstances. You have satiated my heart with Your radiant love. You have showered Your causeless grace and filled my mind with divine bliss. O’ Divine Entity after getting You, what is the need to have anything else. By Your grace, in getting You, I have gotten everything. All my longings have been quenched; I desire nothing else. All that I wanted, I got, by Your grace. O’ the Unfathomable Entity, who are You.

Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, in my march from imperfection to perfection, in all the arenas of life, You are always with me. You love me so much, that is why I do not have any fear that You are going to leave me. In all times, day and night, You are always with me – ever willing to help and guide me. Baba, You have removed the dark curtain of avidya maya. You have opened my eyes. After pulling me off the wrong path, You have lovingly brought me onto the right path. That which was unthinkable for me, You have given. I never thought I could get Parama Purusa; I could never even dream of such a thing. But today, You have made this possible and more than fulfilled all my hopes and aspirations. Baba, You are so gracious.

Baba, You have given me everything I need. You have given me all of life’s requirements: Physical, psychic, and spiritual. O’ my Dearmost, in my dhyana, in my sadhana, You always come and smile like the crimson dawn. It is Your grace; it is Your grace. In the past, I was longing for various mundane things. Now, by Your grace, my mind is pointed and I only long for You, the Parama Purusa. You have aroused my desire to attain You. And You have quenched that desire by remaining eternally in my heart. When I am with You, then what else do I need? Nothing. I do not have any other desire.

Baba, no matter how much I may know, in the true sense I do not know. O’ Divine Entity, who is so loving and gracious, please tell me who You are…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1065:

[1] Noose of Death: Generally human beings are caught in the ongoing cycle of birth and death. When one comes in contact with Parama Purusa then that is the death of death, as by this way one escapes the endless cycle of birth and death.

Baba says, ““Mrtyurmrtyuh nama’myaham.” “Mrtyurmrtyuh” means “death of death”…Whenever a man dies, he comes back again in another form. Again he undergoes death, again he comes back. This cyclic order goes on, and on, and on. Birth after death, death after birth – the cyclic order goes on. But what happens when one ensconces oneself in Him, when one becomes one with Him? One will die, no doubt, but after death one won’t come back. So when one is in deep love with Him, and death comes, that death is the final death. After death there will be no rebirth. Along with that death, death dies. So it is mrtyurmrtyuh – the death of death. So He is mrtyurmrtyuh.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 3)

Baba says, “Those who take the name of the Lord are really intelligent and clever, because thereby they accelerate the speed of their spiritual progress. Those who do not do so, continue to move in the vicious circle of lives and deaths. This cyclical order of movement from life to death to life again is called the sam’sa’ra cakra. What will be the fate of a person who directs all his psychic propensities towards crude materiality? He will be caught again and again in the serpentine noose of death.” (Subhasita Samgraha -21)

Finally, the only way for one to escape the cycle of birth and death is to do regular sadhana. Then one is sure to get salvation and go beyond the noose of death.

== MONEY AND PEACE ==

Baba says, “With the acquisition of money people still feel that they have nothing; in spite of possessing a huge amount of money they often beat their chests in despair. So it is not money they seek– what they truly desire is peace, not happiness. But it is only rarely that people attain peace in life…The answer [then] is that by attaining Parama Purus’a one no longer has any unsatiated hunger or unqueched thirst.” And that is the stage of perfect peace. (Subhasita Samgraha – 12, p.38)

Namaskar,
M Deva

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Date: Th, 19 Apr 2012 20:27:28 -0500
From: Ramesh Deva
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Avoiding Junk

Baba

== AVOIDING JUNK ==

Namaskar,
Here following is a key teaching that is highly related with life in this modern, technological era.

Baba says, “Now everywhere, in cent per cent of the cases, there is wastage of human psychic potentiality. The psychic potentialities of human beings are immense, but people do not utilize them because most of their valuable time is wasted in undesirable thoughts, in psychic extravaganza…wasted in petty or useless activities. How much time do people really get to devote to worthwhile tasks?”

“This psychic extravaganza should be checked either by physical approach, or psychic approach, or by spirituo-psychic approach…”

“I have already said that the scope of rationality and rationalization should be increased more and more, and for this, unnecessary waves should be removed from the plane of physicality. From the psychic sphere also, unnecessary waves are to be removed. This will remove many burdens from the mind. ‘I must not bother about petty things, because that will waste my time’ — people should remember this. This removal or rather withdrawal of unnecessary and undesirable thoughts emanated from the mind will help you in rationalizing the major portion of your mental faculty, so this must also be practised.” (YP, ’91, p.134-35)

This wastage of mental potential which Baba is describing above is the common problem these days. Even contemporary researchers and scientists have also come to realise this. That is why nowadays such professionals advise people not to overburden the mind with mundane news broadcasts etc since these programs only invite tension. Various studies have been undertaken about the effect of the news media on people’s mental well-being. And they’ve come to the conclusion that these news broadcasts and movies just burden the mind– making people feel worried and hopeless etc.

That is why such researchers and sociologists recommend that people take a few days’ break from watching those various news broadcasts and popular movies etc. Because these things create multiple problems in people’s psyche. Not only are they not useful in one’s practical life but the scenes are horrifying and terrible. Just sensationalistic reporting– nothing more.

Hence Baba’s above guideline is that we should think positive thoughts and not indulge or expose our minds to that type of junk. If one can avoid such things altogether then that is very good; that is the best solution. Otherwise minimizing one’s exposure to those negative elements will prove helpful. Along those lines, certainly do not waste those delicate early morning hours exposed to such radio, TV, pop websites, and crude things. If one really wants to watch these programs then one should only schedule a specific amount of time after noon and then watch with a clear notion of when you will finish.

But of course better is to eliminate it totally and immerse oneself more in Baba’s dharmic teachings like Ananda Vacanamrtam or Subhasita Samgraha. His unique discourses will provide a soothing touch and fill the mind with inspiration. So we should be extremely careful and wise how we engage our psychic faculty as this has a profound effect on our overall well-being and health– as well as how useful and purposeful our lives become. On this topic all Marga brothers and sisters are encouraged to share their views and experiences.

Namaskar,
Ramesh

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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: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:58:43 -0400
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Parama’tma.Devan
Subject: …Karmic Reaction

Baba

“A’mi toma’y bhule kiser chale ka’l ka’t’a’lum dhara’r buke…” (PS 2140)

Purport:

Baba, remaining forgetful about You, because of one excuse or another, I wasted my time on this earth. I became completely captivated by one magical display: maya. And because of that, I did not hear the call of my supreme well-wisher: Parama Purusa.

O’ Baba, when those dark days descended in my life, then nobody was there to give me hope; I was shelterless. Baba, then I started asking You to please come and save me. In that very terrible situation, I started calling to You, ‘Baba, please come, and save me! O’ Prabhu, save me from this ghastly danger’.

Earlier, when the proper opportune moment was there, then I was intoxicated in the magical display of maya. In those days I was in a deep slumber; I was not able to understand. So I did not call You until the situation became disastrous. Baba, even then, now I know in my heart that, ‘O Parama Purusa, You belong to everyone, You belong to me’. Baba, please attract me & make me Your own. Please remain with me always, in my pleasure and my pain– all the time.

Baba, I wasted the long span of my life by indulging in negative deeds and remaining oblivious of You. Remaining distant, I wasted my life. But now in the end, You have lovingly lifted me from the dust and gently placed me on Your divine lap. Baba, You are so gracious. You are love Personified…

== MATERIALISM & ITS KARMIC REACTION ==

Namaskar,
Sometimes when looking at the present day world, the crude thought may come into the mind to have what those materialists have – and to do what they do. This type of desire can befall anyone, if they are not careful.

As Ananda Margiis though we should be vigilant not to fall into such a trap. Because these materialists have not a clue what type of serious harm & destruction they are inviting for themselves by running senselessly after material allurements. They do not understand how the ways of karma will strike them down. But such is their fate.

So no Ananda Margii should become spell-bound by the ways of materialism– not even temporarily so.

LAW OF KARMA IN A NUTSHELL

Because we all know that there is a great law of cause & effect which governs this vast cosmological order, i.e. the law of karma: Where for every action (karma) there is a reaction (karmaphala). In this principle, good actions beget positive reactions and bad actions bring negative reactions. This is Baba’s stated teaching and everyone in AM is well aware about this.

Baba says, “Human beings themselves are answerable for their fate as it is their actions alone which create it. They alone will have to bear the consequences of all their actions. No one else can substitute for them. Their good deeds beget good results, while bad ones beget bad results, and they will have to experience both without any exception. This is the law of Prakrti and no one can change this law.” (AMEP)

BLIND WAYS OF MATERIALISM

But materialists are utterly clueless about this. They do not know or understand about the workings of karma; nor are they aware that good actions are those deeds which decrease the distance between oneself and Parama Purusa. This entire outlook totally escapes them.

Rather they think that material things are the be-all and end-all of life. Their life revolves around material attachment, sexual lust, and crude desires. This is what motivates them.

Hence all day long they are running after one or another mundane allurement. And internally they think that this is fine and acceptable. Even they will openly state that making money itself justifies a particular action, no matter what hell it creates in the lives of others. This is their selfish and harmful attitude. And such materialists think that it is all fine and well.

However, little do they know what their terrible fate will be.

BABA’S STERN WARNING

Because in countless discourses, Baba warns us that those who blindly chase after crude materials pleasures will become one with the dust. Their future is totally bleak. They will be converted into stone or iron or end up trapped as some kind of negative microvita like prakrtiliina for crores & crores of years.

Here following is Baba’s very strict warning about what will befall those who rampantly chase after the lustful ways of materialism.

Baba 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 after death.” (APH-6, ‘Ekendriya-1’)

THERE IS NO ESCAPE

So those materialists have a very grim and dark future. They will not be able to escape the karmic reaction of their selfish and crude desires and their fate is sealed. They are sure to become seriously degenerated in the near future. This is Baba’s warning, because no one can escape the cycle of karma.

Baba says, “Reactions of actions (karmaphala) have to be experienced. No one is spared from experiencing them; the reactions of all one’s actions will have to be borne by oneself alone.” (AMEP)

Therefore, in the case of materialists who greedily chase after crude allurements and harm others in that process, they will surely have to undergo piles and piles of negative reactions. Because their only so-called ethic is material gain, and they do not care one iota about the welfare of others. Thus each and every day they create mounds & mounds of negative samskaras by indulging in selfish misdeeds and those negative samskaras will certainly take shape in the form of unenviable & harsh reactions. Thus from top to bottom and inside and out the fate of such materialists is sealed.

OUR APPROACH: THE GOLDEN BALANCE

In AM, we follow the path of balance.

Baba guides us that neither are we to headlong rush after material objects nor are we to reject the world as mere illusion by adopting the ways of Shankaracarya. Neither of these approaches will bring welfare to oneself nor to the world around them. Rather it will just invite trouble.

That is why Baba has given us that pathway of perfect prama. In AM we recognise the existence of this material world yet goad all our mental longings toward Parama Purusa. So ours is the path of perfect balance. Because in AM we realise that we need the material sphere in order to maintain our physical existence and then we goad our psychic yearning toward the spiritual realm. By this way we can utilise this human life to reach up to God.

Such is the perfectness of our path of ‘Subjective Approach & Objective Adjustment’. In thus dual formula, we keep our mental eye & vision focused toward Parama Purusa and utilise the physical world as a platform for meeting our existential needs or basic living requirements.

By this way we can create a healthy human society and ensure the spiritual emancipation of all, by Baba’s grace.

BABA’S FINAL WARNING ON MATERIALISM

So none should get allured or attracted by the clutches of materialism. There is no redeeming factor in this crude pathway. Just it will lead one into the depths of despair and degeneration.

Here below is Baba’s very severe warning about the ills of materialism.

Baba says, “This type of crude material knowledge concerned with the 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.” (AV-2)

So those who base their lives solely on material objects will be reborn as pashus (animals) or even spend countless time trapped as negative microvita. In either case it is a hellish fate.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we should all remember our internal link with Baba and goad all our thoughts and actions unto Him. Then by living in this material world, our lives will be fruitful. Those who get allured by the ways of materialism will only experience pain and misery– nothing more. By Baba’s grace He was bestowed upon us all the ingredients for a happy and blissful life and a bright future.

Baba says, “You should always remember that you do not belong to an ordinary family, to an ordinary lineage. Those who are the sons and daughters of Parama Purus´a certainly cannot belong to an ordinary lineage. You have a personal relationship with Parama Purus´a, and because of that intimate relation you can say to Him, “Oh Parama Purus´a, you know me very well; so if You think it proper, You may bestow Your grace upon me. But it depends on You.” Parama Purus´a certainly has great love and affection for His children; He will certainly want His sons and daughters to reach their ultimate goal. And whatever bliss human beings may attain by reaching that Supreme Stance, I know that in Parama Purus´a’s mind the happiness will be even more. Victory to you all.” (SS-18. ‘Propensities and Prama’)

Namaskar,
Parama’tma

Note 1: HORRIBLE FATE OF MATERIALISTS

Each and every day in the world around us or by looking in the newspaper we can practically see the karmic reactions that happen to some many people due to their constant involvement in materialistic ways of living. So many things happen: Either their misdeeds get exposed in front of all, or they lose their psychic balance and have to become hospitalized, or who knows what. Day in and day out everyday people and pop stars undergo such things. It happens to the neighbor next door as well as to so many pop-cultures icons. In any event, persons lead a miserable life and experience a terrible fate. All because they got sucked into the dark hole of materialism. This should not befall any Ananda Margii.

Note 2: THE PERFECT PATHWAY OF AM

Here Baba clearly outlines how we are to live in this world– by maintining perfect balance or adjustment and ultimately reach up to Him. This is His divine formula.

Baba says, “Subjective approach through objective adjustment. Movement is towards Parama Purus´a, but at the same time maintaining objective adjustment. You have to move giving proper treatment to the objects of the external world. There must be subjective approach, but at the same time objective adjustment; that is, adjustment with the objective world is essential though one’s movement is towards supreme subjectivity.” (AV-30)

Note 3: PARADOX

The interesting thing is that in material societies there is a distinct dearth of material things. That is, most do not get what they need to survive due to extreme greed. This is the regular occurance.

That is why in places like the US there is a huge number of homeless people as well as tens of millions of people without access to proper health care. So it is not that in materialistic countries people get their physical needs met. It never works out this way and on the top the people are depressed and miserable and suffer from so many psychic afflictions.

In contrast in our Proutistic society, everyone will get exactly what they need through the magical formula of subjective approach and objective adjustment. All will have plenty of material goods to live comfortably on this earth and in addition all will get the opportunity to advance in the psycho-spiritual realms of life.

So our Proutistic approach is a win-win situation. There is no question of any loss. Whereas in the materialistic model, everyone loses always. There is no winner.

By Baba’s grace may we create that Proutistic society at the earliest. Parama Pita Baba Ki-Jai!!

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WT Conduct Rule: Dealings

Baba says, “Supervisory workers will have to take proper care of each of their supervised staff in all respects.” (Pt #2 of ‘Six Additional Rules’)

Note: This is a very significant rule but these days supervisory bosses are more focused on emptying the pockets of their subordinates. This is the only “care” they do. In future when standard of devotion in supervisory workers is higher, these rules are likely to be followed in which case the situation will be better.
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To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Cinmay Deva
Subject: Smell Coming from the Bag
Date: Mon 19 Dec 2011 20:44:03 -0400

Baba

“A’jake sa’njhe madhur sa’jhe ke else go, ke ele…” (P.S. 5006)

Purport:

In this sweet and intoxicated evening, Who has come, Who has come? Who is that Entity Who has created this new wave in everyone’s life and in everyone’s heart. Those who are sitting with their doors and windows closed, please come out and forget about the differences of own and other. That divine Entity Who is always sitting in the mind has come in front of us. We should enjoy His august arrival all together…

== SMELL COMING FROM THE BAG ==

Note: This entire letter is related with one senior Dada and a letter he recently wrote.

Namaskar,
The more people think about themselves, the smaller and smaller their mind becomes. We all know the yogic theorem – “as you think so you become.” Thus if one is thinking only about their unit self, and not thinking about the Cosmic Self, then naturally their mind will become narrow, selfish, and crude.

Those with such an ego become immersed in their own petty “I'” and develop a superiority complex. They think that they are so great. And when this continues for years and years, major problems emerge.

The main cause of an inflated ego is when people give you respect due to your post, power, dress, or stature. Such as if people respect you just because of being a wt or purodha etc – not because of your conduct, but just your post.

Then the crude ego develops and it becomes so big like puffed rice or styrofoam. In that case, the personality gets more and more hollow. At that point people start thinking that they are the greatest among all. Not because of high sadhana or samadhi or some deep realisation, just they are intoxicated with their own petty ego.

This is not anything new. In every era, in every society, there are those who lose their sense due to a grossly inflated ego. Then their ruination comes.

HUGE EGO CASES

Here are come examples of those who had out-sized egos and what became of them.

(1) The mythological king Hiranyakashipu gave the order in his kingdom that no one should sing the Lord’s name; only his own name was to be sung. Such was the king’s crude edict. Because of this psychic disease of an inflated ego, he was destroyed in the worst way imaginable.

There are countless examples and here is another one.

(2) The former Prime Minister of India, Mrs Indhira Gandhi, had this same disease. She hired artists, writers, and musicians to compose songs of her glory. She claimed herself as the incarnation of the divine goddess Durga, and demanded that people sing kiirtan in her name. Then she openly challenged in the mass media that she will root out Ananda Marga. Due to this outrageous ego, she faced her annihilation.

(3) In our Marga there are countless cases of those who suffered from an inflated ego.
The defectors like Madhavananda who challenged Parama Purusa are but some of many. In all cases they faced their demise. There are many like this – if you want a list please write me.

In all these instances and more, the ego grows to varying degrees. It starts relatively small and gets bigger until it gets completely overblown which brings one’s annihilation.

MORE ABOUT HOW IT HAPPENS

Those who get huge respect are prime candidates for developing an over-sized ego. In ascending order we can cite family acaryas, wts, post-holders, purodhas, and so on. The higher up, the bigger the ego.

Of course this does not apply to all wts, acaryas and purodhas. Just we find that those posts tend to be fertile ground for developing a huge ego. But all do not fall into this manner.

For those who do succumb to pride, ego and vanity, it happens to varying degrees. If one’s ego is relatively small then it will be present to some degree in one’s speech. If their egoistic way of thinking gets bigger and bigger then it results in their complete delirium. It seems that the Dada K falls in this latter category, unfortunately.

OUR DUTY

What is our duty? Of course we should help and lend our support. To do that we must know more.

When a person suffers from a physical problem such as getting into minor a motor vehicle accident, then one can help a lot by treating their cuts and wounds and bringing that person to the hospital for a check-up. The pathway is quite clear-cut.

Treating psychic ailments is far more difficult. They are hard to diagnose and it is a tough job to cure people of their problem. Even then, Baba has graciously given all the needed tools and guidelines in His chapter, The Faculty of Knowledge – 3, and related discourses.

We should try to help and one of the best ways is to simply save ourselves from the contamination of a psychic disease. If you are getting respect from others then be aware. It is contagious but those suffering will not notice whereas others will notice. The disease grows and others do not say anything because the diseased person does not want to hear about the problem. So it is a very tricky situation. One develops a certain degree of audacity.

The main difficulty with psychic diseases, and, in particular, an inflated ego is that when a person really thinks that they themselves are great then by their outlook God is not great – only the person is great. So long as there is ego one cannot go close to Parama Purusa. It is the ego that stands between a person and the Lord.

Baba says, “Vanity harms the mind in three ways: abhimána or inflated ego, gaorava or self-aggrandizement, and pratiśt́ha or prestige…towards the Entity who is so close to you, is it proper for you to entertain such false feelings of abhimána, gaorava and pratiśt́há?” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life, Part 11, Taking the Opposite Stance in Battle)

That is why Baba says that after giving up abhimána (inflated ego), gaorava
(self-aggrandizement), and pratiśt́ha (prestige) one should sing the Lord’s name. Then He will be gracious on you.

After all, Parama Purusa is Darpaharii – the destroyer of ego. For the welfare of human beings He destroys the ego.

WAKE-UP CALL

This – i.e. Dada K’s below letter – is a wake-up call for everyone.

Suppose a horrible drunk-driving accident happens in your area wherein the driver drove his vehicle off a bridge and plunged into the river below and drowned. When such a terrible tragedy happens nearby then everyone around becomes alert not to drink alcohol and drive their car. That is the wake-up call they get.

Similarly we should take Dadaji’s below letter as a wake-up call. No one should fall prey to this type of ego and accuse Guru. To prevent this from happening to us, we should watch out and see how far, “I have an ego and think I am great.”

SEE WHAT HAPPENED

Following is the sample of what happens when the ego is so big and people express their mental feeling. Look what has happened to one of our Dadas. If we are blind we may not understand.

Namaskar,
Cinmay

Note 1: SMELL COMING FROM THE BAG

When a bag is full or garbage then the smell of garbaged is emitted from the bag, not the sweet smell of sandalwood.

Similarly, by reading Dada Krtashivananda’s letter below you can understand what is in his mind.

Note 2: DADA K’S LETTER

If you see a well-to-do person on the street and suddenly they start moving naked and claiming that they are president of universe and challenging everyone, then you understand that this person has a screw loose. That is the type of transformation that took place with Dada Krtashivananda by the letter he wrote on Sunday 18 Dec 2011. If you have not seen it, please write.

Note 3: WHICH IS TRUE

Seeing Dadaji’s expression one can only wonder how did he even stayed in the organisation and did not become defector like Madhavananda.

We can think of it this way.

During a cyclone, all the trees without strong root systems fall while some with disease roots remain standing, only to fall some time later, maybe even after decades.

That seems to be the case with Dada Krtashivananda. It is surprising that he even continued in AM up until this time. We can only wonder why did he not defect back in 1970 with the others.

If he believes that Ananda Marga is really junk then why he has he misguided so many onto the path of AM for so long.

Which is the truth: Either what he was doing before was a lie by bringing so many people into AM when in truth he thought it was junk; or what he is telling now is junk and the path of AM is really great.

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From: “Gagan Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Negative Dhya’na Unknowingly
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 20:09:18 +0000

Baba

== NEGATIVE DHYA’NA UNKNOWINGLY ==

Namaskar,
This is a topic that applies to everyone: margiis & non-margiis alike.

Because everyone – every human being – thinks. If one is not thinking then the mind will essentially disintegrate and die. So, by definition, we all think.

People think about their boss, their girlfriend, their enemy, their lost love, their money, their house, their pet dog, their misdeeds etc. People think about so many things. And when they think about that thing they invariably apply various tanmatras or inferences: touch, form, sound etc. In essence they are doing dhya’na, or more precisely negative dhya’na.

But what people fail to understand is that their thinking – or negative dhya’na – totally dictates their future to the degree that one will actually become or be reborn as what they were thinking about.

This has an absolutely dramatic, if not disastrous, effect. Let’s take this entire topic step by step.

“AS YOU THINK SO YOU BECOME”

In AM, we have all heard the proverb, “As you think so you become.” And we all know that we should ideate on our is’t’a mantra cent-per-cent of the time. All these things we know. This theory is not new to anyone in AM.

But how seriously we truly consider the consequences of not doing this is another matter.

Baba says, “If the mental force is directed towards finite and crude objects, then the person is ultimately converted into crudeness. As you think so you become.” (AMIWL-1)

Even then some of us may be thinking that, “This cannot happen to me – I will not be changed into crudity.”

Yet that is exactly what happens.

WHO BECOMES WHAT

As stated in the beginning everyone thinks; everyone holds an idea and image in their mind. The irony is that often times – due to human weakness – people do not hold their highest ideal in mind, but rather something else.

For instance, many Muslims are often thinking day-long about their hatred of Hindus. Likewise, many Jews think of their enemies in the Muslim world. They think intensely in this manner, with vivid imagery and with strong emotion.

And do you know what happens? Such Muslims actually are reborn as Hindus and such Jews are verily reborn as Muslims. This is the way it works.

Same is the case with Ku Klux Klan members who despise black people as well as with certain Frenchmen who hate Algerians etc.

Baba says, “It is the natural wont of the mind to take the shape of its object of meditation. If the object of worship is crude, say money or any crude thing, the mind takes the shape of that crude thing in the course of time. Hence the proverb “As you think so you become.” For instance, when someone constantly thinks of a ghost, he actually becomes a ghost one day. One then starts behaving in an abnormal way. Again, someone concentrates upon two hundred dollars, one day the person will become an actual dollar. Hence human beings should be very, very cautious in what they ideate upon, in their objects of contemplation.” (AV-12)

Baba says, “One acquires a physical body according to the nature of one’s sam’ska’ras [unmanifested mental reactions]. Hence it is not at all impossible for a human being to be reborn as a hog, a worm, a tree, or even a piece of stone.” (AMIWL-7)

So it is not just limited to a Muslim turning into a Hindu or a Jew turning into a Muslim. A person will turn into whatever they ideate on – and again everyone ideates. Indeed, at present so many people on this earth are sunk in the practice of negative dhya’na. Yet they are totally unaware of the severe ramifications.

In the above teachings, Baba pointedly warns us and categorically states that a person will become a ghost or crude money, or verily anything, even a hog, a worm, or a spittoon – if that is what they think about. So everyone should be made aware of the horrors of doing negative dhya’na.

There are so who intently think about their pet dog will be reborn a dog. Indeed whatever it is that we love or hate – or whatever we think about – that is what we will become, either in this life or the next.

Those who mentally curse their boss and think about their boss when not at the job will be transformed into that negative boss. They will be that one day.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT HOW IT WORKS

One other thing should be said. This entire phenomenon is not like one magic show, as in “poof” all of a sudden one becomes a frog. It happens gradually.

For instance, if one thinks about their boss and their boss is someone who gets angry easily, then that negative vrtti of anger will soon take shape in their mind as well. And then due to that continued thought, or negative dhyana, in that very life or the next, they may become exactly like that boss, in all the ways – physically, mentally, everything.

So little by little we acquire the samskaras or properties of whatever we are thinking about.

Here is another example that people should be aware about.

In the west, people may not be afraid of ghosts, but they may be scared of so many other imaginary things. They may be paranoid that nobody loves them, and then sadly over time that becomes their living reality. They truly think and feel that really nobody loves them. This becomes their reality, even when others really do love them.

This approach or negative dhyana probably accounts for a huge number of the cases of depression and related mental diseases in the more so-called developed nations like the USA. People harbor a negative thought in mind and ultimately they become a living representation of that thought or fear.

As far as possible we should warn and teach those in the general society about this entire process. They must know about it, lest they destroy not only this life but the next one also.

ANANDA MARGIIS ARE NOT EXEMPT

All of the above applies to all Ananda Margiis as well. Just because we have been initiated into tantra does not mean we cannot fall onto that path of negative pratisaincara. Indeed so many sadhakas have fallen. We must be cent-per-cent involved in our sadhana. We must ideate and do dhyana on Him.

Unfortunately, by the looks of things, it seems that some Dadas may be doing negative dhya’na on their “groupist enemies”. They may pass their days planning and plotting against their rivals. In that case, they will acquire those very samskaras and be reborn as a Bengali etc.

Then there are some Dadas who are so fascinated with their new car. Such was the case of one Amurt worker in the USA. This Wt was enamoured with his sports car. Hopefully by now he has given up that negative ideation. If not, surely he will be reborn as a piece of metal or as a steering wheel.

Whatever may be, if we just do our mantra japa for a few minutes during sadhana, and then the entire rest of the 24hrs we are involved in all kinds of mundane thoughts and longings, then that most certainly will affect our future.

Because whatever direction in which the mind is colored is the direction in which we will grow. Whether it be money, fame, prestige, land, etc, whatever we ideate on will become our living reality, sooner or later. This is the natural law.

Thus we also should not get caught in the trappings of doing negative dhya’na.

WHAT IS THE WAY OUT

The question that invariably arises is how are we to proceed. Here Baba gives the answer.

Baba says, “Whenever any thought arises in the mind, it should be immediately channelled towards Parama Purus’a. You should say: “O Parama Purus’a, Thy will be done“.” (NKS, Disc: 23)

The only way then is to direct all our thoughts and energies towards Parama Purusa and serve Him in all respects, always. This demands strong sadhana and proper use of Guru mantra. Then we will be cent-per-cent safe.

Even then, as human beings we have so many emotions running through the mind. How are we to deal with all of these.

Here again, Baba has given us the answer and best tool: Prabhat Samgiita.

In His Prabhat Samgiita, the full range of human emotions are expressed and in each song those emotions are goaded towards the Supreme. So whenever we feel angry, then we should direct that anger towards Baba, not to our spouse, or boss, or whomever we are angry with. When we direct our anger towards Baba then we are thinking of Him and that is proper dhyana.

And that is the way all our emotions are to be addressed. Our love, our infatuation, our desires, our longings, our sadness, our loneliness etc. Each and every emotion is to be goaded towards Baba. Then our success is sure.

That is what Baba has taught us in Prabhat Samgiita.

BABA’S BLESSING

This entire topic of doing negative dhya’na is a slippery slope. People the world over, non-margiis certainly and some margiis too, get verily caught in this negative approach and it ruins their future. All should be warned accordingly and all should then be extremely cautious and careful about how they ideate in life. No one should allow mundane or crude thinking – i.e. negative dhya’na – to be part of their mental flow, lest they wish to destroy their future.

Here is Baba’s warning.

Baba says, “They say, “Why should I bother about such subtle things. I’m quite happy as I am.” Such people, engrossed as they are in materialism, are bound to be reborn in crude material bodies [like pigs, feces, and wood etc].” (PNS-11)

Human life is rare and we have all been blessed with the power of cognition. We are to utilise this in the best way possible and realise Him.

Baba says, “When one’s goal of ideation is Parama’tma’, one attain absolute progress. As one’s psychic object is subtle and expansive, one’s psychic body becomes subtle and expansive, too, and finally becomes one with the Macrocosm.” (AMIWL-8)

Namaskar,
Gagan

Note 1: GURU MANTRA AND PROPER MEMORY

This below teaching of Baba is also related to this entire topic.

Baba says, “You should remember to use guru mantra regularly before every action. One attains success in the field of action by the right application of guru mantra. Some of you, I do not say all, often forget to use guru mantra before starting an activity. If you do forget, repeat it after completing the action. When one no longer makes such a mistake, that is, when one always remembers to use guru mantra before starting any activity, one is said to have attained “dhruva smrti” or “fixed memory”. Dhruva means “fixed”, “stationary”. When, by dint of sa’dhana’, one establishes oneself in dhruva smrti, one experiences an unbroken flow of bliss in one’s mind. In the scriptures, this intense spiritual bliss is termed “dharma megha’nanda”. Whenever you develop that sort of fixed memory, you will experience dharma megha’nanda’.” (AV-7)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Diner pare din cale ja’y, toma’r path ceye a’ma’r yu’g ye ja’y…” (2640)

Purport:

Baba, my days after days are passing waiting for You. Since ages and ages I have been looking anxiously towards the path of Your arrival. But all that time has passed in vain. Baba, nobody is understanding my mental anguish; I am completely helplessly in love with You. So many tears have been shed waiting for You arrival, yet You are not coming.

Baba, in the daytime I imagine that in the night You will be coming carrying the lantern of hope, thus fulfilling all my deepest desires. I imagine that in my sleepless nights You will come and shower Your divine grace and my troubled eyes will be completely satiated by having Your blissful darshan.

Baba, when the night passes and You have not come then with deep hope I go on ideating that You will be coming in the morning, with the advent of the bright red crimson dawn. And like the effulgence of the rising sun You will wipe away the cimmerian darkness.

Baba, since ages my days are passing in longing for You. Baba please come…

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WT Conduct Rules

“We are all the children of the same Father, we are all the members of the same family. By fighting against all kinds of evil forces, we will establish the glory of our Father and the glory of our family.” (Point #13 of ’14 Points’, WT Conduct Rules)

Note: A few so-called senior, degenerated and disgraceful Wts are going astray from this fundamental rule by spreading the poison of groupism and by creating division in the society– all of which is completely against neo-humanism. This is all happening due to greed, lust of power, desire for prestige etc. Unfortunately such persons are still in the uniform of Wts so we have to recognise them. As they have tainted the glory of Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji by their sinful, power-hungry ways. Indeed by all this they have destroyed the sanctity & unity of the family.

Note 2: Those who are sincere margiis adhere to this above cited rule since the spirit of this conduct rule is common to one and all.
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Date: 15 Jul 2011 06:55:31 -0000
From: “Gurucharan Deva”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Why Political & Filmy Heroes Are Famous…

Baba

“Saba’re kari a’hva’n saba’i a’ma’r pra’n’…” (P.S. 2945)

Purport:

The clarion call to one and all. Everyone is my own; everyone is my
pra’n’a; everyone is close to my heart. We are all collectively singing
the song in unison and moving towards the Goal– Parama Purus’a. Nobody
should remain left behind. We should carefully see that nobody should
cry in the society, remaining as downtrodden or as neglected one. We are
all singing the marching song of life collectively, with one tune and
one melody. There is no difference between one human being and another.
Everyone’s desires, hopes, and inspirations are the same. We are all
moving on one path with the inspiration of the great ideology, which
will lead towards greatness…

WHY POLITICAL, SPORTS & FILMY HEROES ARE FAMOUS,

NOT ANANDA MARGIIS

Namaskar,
In our human society, there is no dearth of “celebrities”. In politics,
Hollywood / Bollywood, and sports etc, there are all kinds of heroes who
are famous throughout the globe. They are thought of as being great –
magnificent. They are revered all over and receive huge attention.

People like: Lady Gaga, the late Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan,
Kate Middleton, etc. And not just in the pop industry, rock star politicians
like Prince William and Obama and top capitalists like Bill Gates fall in this
category as well. Then of course there are others like the late Princess
Diana.

All the aforementioned stars are in the limelight and receive tremendous
public adulation 24 / 7, irregardless of what they are doing.

Yet hardly anyone knows of Baba and A’nanda Ma’rga. Taraka Brahma lived
on this earth for nearly 70 years, and hardly anyone is aware of His
arrival.

Our esteemed acaryas and margii brothers and sisters are working
tirelessly to uplift humanity yet they too are basically unknown to the
general public.

What is the reason behind this? Why are self-engrossed stars embraced by
the general public whereas selfless, well-wishers of humanity are
overlooked by society.

THE FORMULA FOR ADULATION

The operative factor at work here is the level of the public
consciousness and the common psyche. People can only appreciate what
they are able to understand. And understanding demands closeness.

For instance, one can only speak fervently of the greatness of Parama
Purusa if and only if one has come close to Him. Without coming mentally
close, then one cannot recognise His grandeur.

But to come mentally close one must be somewhat elevated – and at
present the common public is low. This is not a criticism of society,
just the fact.

That is why we see people expressing unbridled adulation towards stars
dominated by crude, animalistic propensities. Because when the general
public themselves are enthralled with sex, money, alcohol and lowly
desires then their heroes are going to be those (a) who either personify
those tendencies (Lady Gaga, Bill Gates, & Britney Spears etc) or (b) who
present themselves as being slightly higher than the public mentality
(leaders like Obama etc).

Those who more elevated will never be appreciated by the common people.
That is Baba’s explicit teaching (12 Dec ’78)

The entire situation can be likened to 4 of our acaryas going to the
zoo. Then those animals are not going to revere those Wts because they
are meditation teachers and performing all kinds of service and welfare
activities for both humans and animals alike. Those animals – due to
their lower mental standard – are totally unable to conceive of what
those acaryas are. Hence they are not going to become excited when those
acaryas arrive on site. Whereas when the zoo keeper comes with food then
those animals will become quite enthralled.

Or look at it this way: Simple village folk do not revere those who
invented the micro-chip or the space rocket.

Why? Because it demands a certain calibre of mind to recognise real
greatness.

Thus when the public mentality is relatively low – i.e. tamasik in this
materialistic era – then the people whom they revere as being great are
not really great. Just those famous people happen to appeal to the
public standard.

Alluring people onto the path of animality is relatively easy and one
can become an instant celebrity overnight, whereas benevolently bringing
people onto the path of divinity is difficult work and few will be
interested.

NOT GREAT PEOPLE

All too often those people who bask in public recognition and fame
hanker after such praise. In the case of politicians they say what the
public wants to hear and in the case of pop stars they represent the
glamor that the public also desires. Such so-called personalities drink
up public adulation, seek of ways to garner more, and think of
themselves as great.

Here though, Baba clearly says that such famous people are not at all
great.

Baba says, “The person develops a lustful attachment for some external
words of praise, and thus becomes a slave to those words and can never
be a truly great person…They can never become great people. It is bad
to be a slave to worldly words of praise.” (AV-5)

Indeed we see time and again how Hollywood heroes, sports stars and
politicians simply dance to the tune of public approval. Everything they
do is geared toward achieving more fame and notoriety. But this is
nothing but their weakness of mind, not their greatness.

Whereas the true well-wishers of society will always do what is right
and never concern themselves with public opinion.

Baba says, “Those people are great who harbour no biases and who behave
rationally both with those who abuse them give them pain and with those
who give them happiness. Such people don’t harbour any feelings of
enmity towards anybody and take no-one as their enemy. They remain the
same in pleasure or pain whether they have a positive reputation or
negative reputation. They are unaffected and unassailed in all
circumstances of praise or criticism, pain or pleasure. They attach no
importance whatsoever to any of these things. They are meaningless for
such people.” (AV-5)

Thus real greatness lies in living for a high ideal; it is not and
indeed cannot be measured by public approval or fame.

Rather Baba points out that what the common people deem to be great is
not at all great. That is half the story. The other half is that the
general society does not have the requisite quality of mind to see real
greatness – even when it is standing right there in front of them.

Baba says, “The common people misunderstand great people who act on
their behalf and for their welfare, or even if they understand them,
they do not give them their support.” (HS-2)

Hence what the common people think to be great is not great and when
greatness is right next to them then they are totally oblivious that it
is there.

MUST NOT GET DISCOURAGED

Knowing the formula then for achieving fame and social recognition, no
one in AM should then get frustrated because the the public does not
recognise or support us. Our duty is to please Baba and serve Him –
living according to His mandates.

100,000 might attend a rock concert or a sporting event, and only 3 people
may show up to attend one of our talks on meditatio. Even then we should
not be concerned and think that we have failed in some way. The fact
that a few people attend our AM event is not indicative of our ability
or quality, but rather reflects the interest and mindset of the people.

We must always remember that the ideal and message of our Ananda Marga
is far above the public standard. They are unable to recognise it for
what it is. That is why so few attend our programs – there is no second
or third explanation.

Indeed it would be of concern if suddenly we were embraced by the public
and written up in magazines and honoured etc. That would mean we had
fallen from our ideal and had somehow gotten wrapped up in lesser
activities.

In this day and age, people only run after crude Hollywood movies,
liquor, tall talkers, McDonald’s and sensual pleasures – not the dharmic
teachings of sadvipras or Mahasambhuti. Thus it would be of concern if
we were suddenly part of that craze.

The standard of AM is high – far above. The proof being that even though
yoga has become so popular with the masses as tens of millions attend
classes everyday, yet still that is not translating into huge numbers of
new people in AM. If we get even a few new people who are serious about
Baba and Ananda Marga then that is a lot.

So we must not be concerned with numbers or popularity. That is not
where our value lies. Our worth to society lies in upholding the tenets
of AM.

Baba says, “The characteristic of good people is to fight against
injustice, to firmly adhere to truth and righteousness, to protect the
helpless and fight against all evil persons.” (AFPS-5)

We should always remember that life is not a popularity contest – a
competition to garner the praise of others.

BABA’S PERSONAL EXAMPLE

As Baba Himself has said on numerous occasions, we should not bend and
sway according to public reaction. The public is generally low-minded
and fickle.

Again this is not meant as a snub against the common people. Just it is
His liila that He has designed it that way.

So we must always bear in mind that public acceptance and fame is not
our aim and indeed Baba Himself placed little, if any, value on that.

Baba says, “You see now that Ananda Marga’s fame is on the rise. What
should we do? We must maintain our mental balance and remain indifferent
to both praise and slander, to both joy and sorrow. A rich person once
abused Lord Buddha. He remained unperturbed. By refusing to accept the
abuse, he returned the slander. When I was in jail, I was subjected to a
lot of calumny by some people and these very people now praise me. But I
was indifferent to all their slander, and now I do not want their
adulation.” (AV-1)

Always the public barometer is going up and down. Because the public
standard is low and they become easily swayed in either direction.

And the overarching idea is that the public can express appreciation
only according to their own understanding. So when the public is
low-minded we should not expect them to start singing our praises.
Rather we should know ahead of time that they are going to worship the
likes Britney Spears, Obama, and Tom Cruise etc.

Then there is no chance we will become dejected, deluded, or frustrated
– rather unaffected by public praise and censure we will move ahead in
our dharmic works and devotional practices.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with eyes to see. We should not care
about public opinion and look only towards Him. Then we will keep a
balanced mind and be ready to carry out His orders and dharmic teachings.

Focusing on Him will lead us to greatness and the Goal. We are to serve
and please Him. That will bring welfare to all. And while we may not get
the respect and praise of the common people, in the due course everyone
will pay heed to what we have done on this earth, by His grace. That is
also His teaching.

Baba says, ‘You should remember that those who are the actual pioneers,
the real vanguard of the society, are always a microscopic minority, but
it is they who are destined to be victorious. Those who once opposed, or
are now opposing or will oppose in the future, will in the future admit:
“Yes, we are now driving our vehicle safely and comfortably along the
very path which that vanguard once opened by clearing the jungle.” This
means that those who cleared the obstacles in the beginning will later
be recognized as pioneers. The funny thing is this, that people do not
give recognition at the time it is due. This is the natural law.” (12
Dec ’78)

Namaskar,
Gurucharan

Note 1: THIS TREND ALSO PRESENT IN AM

Just as the common people are unable to comprehend the greatness of
Ananda Marga etc. It also has to be noted that we have a similar problem
in AM. Many half-margiis or pseudo margiis cannot recognise the calibre
of those who really do follow Sixteen Points. Such half-margiis
complain, “Why are you so radical in your approach – you should be more
moderate and not so strict in following Baba.” Such half-margiis who
complain like this are the same ones who watch pop movies etc. They were
sleeping when margiis rights were stripped away and when Baba’s books
were being distorted and they tossed stones on true margiis who pointed
out these wrongdoings. Finally such half-margiis try to turn AM into a
pseudo-progressive organisation by advocating gay rights and other
social issues that run contraty to the ideals of AM. All because they do
not have the mind to understand Baba’s teachings. So the phnomenon
prevalent in the general society is also present in AMPS, to some or
more degree.

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Sign of Devotees

Baba says, “When undergoing any trouble then some human beings think
that they are shelterless. But you should always remember that in this
world at any given moment you are never shelterless. Because when Parama
Purusa is with you then how can you be shelterless. So there is no
reason for any feeling of helplessness or fear in any circumstances.
Because when He is with you the strongest and mightiest force of this
universe is with you. Then what is there to be afraid of? If you
encourage fear complex it means you have the forgotten the fact that
Parama Purusa is with you. So those who are sadhakas, those who are
devotees, those who are adherents of the path of dharma, they will
always be fearless. This is the quality of a sadhaka: That he is
fearless. Why is he fearless? Because he knows that the most powerful
entity, Parama Purusa, is with him. So there is a loving relation
between devotees and Parama Purusa– their relation is based on love.
Because of this truth the devotee is never afraid. He will never be
afraid of anyone and under no circumstances will he be perturbed.
Becoming paranoid is not the sign of devotees. Parama Purusa always
remains with you and HE always watches over His devotees. He is always
seeing how He can save devotees from any and all difficulties. So when
in this loving way Parama Purusa is concerned about you, then why will
you be disturbed. You should be fearless. There is no reason for any
sort of paranoia in the mind of devotees.” [SS-16 (H), p. 83, DMC Agra
19 Feb 84]
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Date: Sun, 05 Jun 2011 20:02:11
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: The Worst Job Ever
From: CJ Deva

Baba

== THE WORST JOB EVER ==

Namaskar,
These days in this vaeshyan era, everyone has to work – a lot.

When Prout is firmly established then a person might work as little as 5
minutes a week and devote the rest of their time to more subtle pursuits.

Baba says, “In a collective economic system the benevolent use of
science will bring about human welfare. It is possible that as a result
of mechanization no one will be required to work for more than five
minutes a week. Not always being preoccupied with the problems of
acquiring food, clothing, etc., people’s psychic and spiritual
potentialities will no longer be wasted. They will be able to devote
ample time to such activities as sports, literary pursuits and spiritual
practices.” (POD, pt#9)

We obviously have not yet reached the aforementioned stage.

Full-time work is an absolute necessity for most adults these days –
i.e. 40 – 50 hours per week. It is a huge part of one’s life.

It also has to be recognized that not all jobs are the same. There is
one type of job that is worse than all others. Some might think it is
based on pay rate, occupational hazards, travel time, or job security.
But that is not the case – at least not in this survey.

The worst job of all time is the one which goes against our essential
dharma of spirituality.

“I AM THAT”

As sadhakas, we understand that the entire aim of spirituality is to
realise that “I am that Parama Brahma.” That is the goal.

Baba says, “Before crossing the bridge of devotion one feels like “You
are that”. But while crossing the bridge one feels “I am that”.” (SS-18)

Baba says, “Concentration of mind is only savikalpa sama’dhi, where the
only feeling that remains is “I am That.”” (AMIWL-1)

Baba says, “The unit consciousness that wants to return to Cosmic
Consciousness quickly has to become devoted to Cosmic Consciousness, and
this is bhakti. “I am That” is the idea to which the unit consciousness
has to be completely devoted in order to become That one day. Bhakti,
devotion, or calling Cosmic Consciousness, thus leads one to become like
That.” (AMEP)

Indeed in one form of another, every ista mantra in AM sadhana aims at
the ideal of unifying one’s unit existence with Parama Purusa, i.e.
becoming That.

So a sadhaka spends hours in meditation to train the mind that I am not
this tiny unit existence but rather “I am that Great Personality.” With
practice, devotion and love for the Supreme is generated until finally,
by Baba’s grace, the sadhaka becomes linked with that Divine Cosmic
Personality.

This, we all know, is our sadhana practice and spiritual ideal, in a
nutshell.

So whether in seated meditation or not, we always aim to do our mantra
japa and think, “I am That, I am That, I am That…” This is how we are
to pass our days on this dusty earth. And no job should drastically
interfere with this ethic.

WHAT IS THE WORST JOB EVER

Now we come to the point. What is the worst job ever? A stock broker, a
street sweeper, a mechanic, a plastic surgeon – maybe, maybe, maybe.

According to our view, the worst job ever is that which interferes and
contradicts one’s ista mantra.

Any job where one has to state again and again, “Hello, I am John
Smith…” or “Greetings, this is Luis Rodriguez”, or “Hi, my name is
Paula Barcolli…”, is the worst job ever. Such jobs run directly
contrary to the meaning of one’s true identity. Because one has to
repeat such a crude phrase again and again, all day long: “Hello, I am
John Smith…”, “Hello, I am John Smith…”, “Hello, I am John Smith…”

This is really awful and impacts the mind in a negative way.

Indeed any job where one has to answer the phone or always introduce
oneself to new people or anything like that is the worst job – whether
one is on the radio, meeting clients or who knows what.

In other jobs, one may knowing or unknowingly believe that “I am
so-and-so”, but at least the person need not repeat it ad nauseum all
day long.

By repeating “I am John Smith…” orally again and again it further
substantiates the false idea in mind that I really am this tiny unit
being. The mind really believes it. When in fact we should be thinking,
repeating, and realising that I am that vast Great Entity.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

There was time in my life where I had a desk job and whenever anyone
called, I am to pick up and say, “Hello, this is Charlie…”

At first I did not mind it, but over time the whole notion of having to
pick up the phone and repeat that phrase – “Hello, this is Charlie…”,
“Hello, this is Charlie…”, “Hello, this is Charlie…” – became
suffocating and repulsive to me.

I did not like it at all.

Once that feeling came in mind, then within 2 weeks I was gone from that
job, due to circumstances beyond my control.

So I thank Baba for saving the day and relieving me of that awful job
experience.

Since then, by His grace, I have not had to work under such conditions.
I have been very careful not to accept a job where I would have to
repeat my unit name all day long.

MUST REPEAT ISTA MANTRA ALL DAY LONG

In this vaeshyan era, we have to make certain adjustments to survive.
But those adjustments must not contravene our subjective approach. We
should always have the mental freedom to ideate that Baba is the
everything and that I am moving towards Him.

Any job which transgresses this idea should be thought of as the worst
job. So if again and again – each and every minute – one has to repeat
and ideate on the false notion that “I am John Smith” – i.e. I am this
unit being – then that is not at all good.

Baba says, “In order to do japa, sufficient mental strength and mental
equilibrium or equipoise is required. In the midst of wordily squabbles
and intrigues, the repetition of one’s Is’t’a mantra is not all
possible.” (SS-12)

Whatever job we have, we should at least be able to internally recite
our mantra and not be hindered by again and again obtrusive repetition
that falsely claims, “I am John Smith”. This goes directly against our
spiritual approach.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, no matter what job or occupation we have, it must not
so graphically interfere with our knowledge and realisation of who we
are. We must always inculcate the idea that “I am That, “I am Parama
Purusa”, and then by His grace we will realise that within our little
I-feeling is the greater I-feeling of the Cosmic Entity. Those jobs
which so crudely contravene this tenet are the worst jobs of all time.

Baba says, ‘One who has acquired inner vision – the capacity to look
within, to experience or realize something by introverting the optical
nerve – by dint of sa’dhana’ is a blessed person indeed. What is that
“I”-feeling in each and every entity? What is the “I” of “I shall eat”,
“I shall speak”, or “I shall do”? It is that Supreme “I” which lies
hidden in the small “I”. So let people repeat the is’t’a mantra,
meditate and sing kiirtan for their Supreme “I” which remains hidden in
their small “I”…The actual truth is that the Supreme Entity lies
covert in the small “I” feeling of all living creatures. So He is not
far from anything; rather, He is the very “I” of each and every
microcosm. With this idea or feeling in mind, spiritual aspirants should
start their spiritual practice. To be ensconced in this supreme idea is
the culminating point of all sadhana.” (AV-4)

Namaskar,
Cinmay

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“(Tumi) esechile mor bakul-bita’ne na’ baliya’ ka’r ghare…” (PS 4320)

Purport:

Baba, that time the place was surrounded by innumerable bakul flowers
which were blooming and You graced me by coming to my cottage during
that verdant spring season. With Your divine grace, You brought
devotional horripilation (goose bumps) throughout my entire existence
and You also vibrated the very pulsation of my blood. Baba, by having
You in such an intimate and close way, my life has become meaningful. It
is Your grace.
Baba, soon after that golden dawn, Your liila moved into a different
phase. Because then You went away leaving me crying all alone. O’ my
dearmost where did You go that time.
Baba, since then I have spent countless days and nights waiting–
sitting by my window threading heaps of flower garlands for You. But
that was all in vain because You did not come. It is painful that now I
no longer see that attractive & charming smile because You are keeping
Yourself distant. Now I no longer see that radiant smile which I used to
see on Your lips when You were with me. Baba in longing for You, ages
have passed since You came close. Springtime has finished and now summer
has come. My entire garden of those sweet, fragrant bakul flowers has
dried up and withered away in this hot season*. Now that same window–
where I used to sit and make garlands for You and wait– is full of
spider webs. Baba, it is so painful and heartbreaking how You have gone
so far away. And my mind is completely dry in the absence of Your divine
presence. O’ my dearmost, please shower Your causeless grace and appear
in my heart in a very intimate and charming way…

*Hot Season= In the absence of His presence, the sadhaka feels a
distinct dryness in his heart. Summer season– or hot season– has been
used as a metaphor to express that dryness in the devotees heart, where
one’s devotional feeling is lower. And this happens with each and every
sadhaka. Sometimes when one feels dry and out of the spiritual flow then
that is summer season; and when one’s flow of sadhana is good then that
can be compared with springtime because in their dhya’na they feel
greater proximity with Parama Purusa. But when one is experiencing the
dryness of summer, the best thing a devotee can do is to sincerely
request Baba to grace them by coming in their meditation.

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Priceless Guideline

Baba says:

Akkodhena jine kodham’ asa’dhum’ sa’dhuna’ jine
Jine kadariyam’ da’nena saccena aliikava’dinam.

“You defeat another’s anger through your non-anger; you defeat another’s
wickedness through your piousness; you defeat another’s miserliness through
your generosity; you defeat another’s dishonesty through your honesty.”
(SC-3, p.68)
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From: “Gagan”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Desperately Searching For Love…
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 12:06:05 -0000

Baba

== DESPERATELY SEARCHING FOR LOVE WITH DOGS ==

Namaskar,
Here below are a few articles depicting the scene of pet care and, in
particular dog care, in the US nowadays. The rich and wealthy are
spending $43 billion annually catering to their pets accessing services
like pet resorts, spas, & personal trainers etc. Yet side by side, in
the US there remain 2 million homeless people, 15 million jobless and
unable to get the minimum requirements needed for life, and millions of
children go to bed every night hungry.

In addition people have become totally emotionally linked with their
pets such that they kiss their dogs and have their dogs sleep with them
in the same bed at night. Tragically in this materialistic, techno-age
society, people have become alienated from one another and from
spirituality and instead invest all their emotional attachments and love
unto their pet, i.e. dog. In a nutshell, that is the situation these
days in the US.

So on the one side dogs are treated lavishly and given top-grade care,
and on the other side there are millions of homeless people in the US
who have nowhere to live and no food to eat. Such is the growing dichotomy.

Our first and foremost duty is to take care of humans and then animals;
indeed when our fellow brothers and sisters are hungry and dogs are
treated like kings then what kind of society is that. Certainly we are
to love all beings, including dogs, but not at the expense of or instead
of human care. Such are the parameters of our AM ideology.

Baba says, “In many countries the cost of the monthly meat ration for
the dog of a rich person exceeds the salary of a teacher.” (HS-1)

Here the point is that we are to care for our fellow human beings first
– humans should not be second-class citizens in favour of dogs etc. We
should first ensure all humans are properly housed, fed, cared for,
clothed, and educated.

Unfortunately, nowadays, billions and billions of dollars are spent on
luxury items for dogs while around the globe there are at minimum 2
billion people living in ghettos, slums (jhuggi-jhopari), and shanty
towns etc. Such people live without clean running water while
innumerable dogs in the US drink filtered water out of silver bowls.

The situation has really become over the top. This is how capitalism
works: The rich become richer and the poor become poorer. Those with
excess money become degraded.

Baba says, “Where there is over-accumulation people tend to misutilize
wealth by indulging in their baser propensities rather than their finer
ones.” (“Three Causes of Sin)

The wealthy in the US spend more on indulgences for themselves and
extravagances for their pets than helping the suffering humanity. Such
people are involved in sin, according to Baba.

Indeed, the amount of money ($43 billion) spent on pets in the US is
more than the gross domestic product of 110 nations around the globe,
including countries like Sri Lanka ($41 billion), Guatemala ($37
billion), Kenya (32 billion), El Salvador (21 billion), Iceland (12
billion), and Nepal ($12 billion). Or how about this: what the entire
country of Mongolia spends in ten years is equal to what rich pet owners
spend in a single year.

Please read below to learn how pampered dogs have become in the US,
whereas people shun other humans who are in need.

Namaskar,
Gagan

Michael Schaffer: America’s Going To The Dogs

“Pet fashion shows, Chihuahua social networking, veterinary
antidepressants [and] ambulance-chasing animal lawyers” are just the tip
of what Philadelphia-based journalist Michael Schaffer says is a kind of
pet-obsession iceberg in the lives of the American middle class.

When Philadelphia-based journalist Michael Schaffer’s dog started
messing the house and barking non-stop while he and his wife were at
work, he went to his veterinarian for help.

“It’s called separation anxiety,” his vet said. “There’s a drug for that.”

And while Schaffer and his wife had promised themselves they wouldn’t be
like those pet owners who spend a fortune on their pets, they sprung for
the antidepressants anyway — and then he wrote a book about it.

In //One Nation Under Dog,// Schaffer explores the $43 billion industry
that’s grown around our obsession with our pets and how that booming
market reflects our evolving ideas of consumerism, family, politics and
domesticity.

But One Nation Under Dog is no dry industry analysis: It’s a book, as
Schaffer explains on his Web site, that’s meant “to say as much about
how contemporary humans live as it does about the modern lives of dogs
and cats.”

Schaffer has worked as a writer and an editor at the Washington City
Paper, U.S. News and World Report and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

~ FROM DOGHOUSE TO OUR HOUSE ~

By the time we finally saw Murphy, we’d driven the two hours of highway
from our house in Philadelphia to what felt like the last rural place in
all of New Jersey. We’d nosed through the town— over a pair of railroad
tracks, past a warehouse, down a short road. And we’d gingerly tiptoed
past the chain-link fence that held Boss, the massive Saint Bernard at
the shotgun-style home opposite the town’s small-scale animal shelter.
My wife spotted him first, an oddly undersized example of the same breed
running around the muddy melting snow in the kennel’s yard: “It’s
Murphy!” she exclaimed.

We’d spotted the pup a few days earlier on Petfinder, the Web site that
lets prospective adopters eye hundreds of thousands of potential
adoptees from shelters all over the United States. For a long time, we’d
visited the site as a diversion, a way to kill time at work staring at
snapshots of wet noses and wagging tails and drooling jowls. We’d e-mail
links back and forth, each of them attached to a heartbreaking story of
how this particular dog was a sweetheart who really needed a place in
some family’s happy home. Eventually, we got to thinking that it was
about time we became that happy family.

And then we stumbled across the page that featured Murphy, his tongue
drooping, his watery eyes staring cluelessly from inside a cage that
turned out to be only two hours away. When we arrived that morning, we’d
been talking about him long enough to feel like he was already part of
our household. The woman who ran the shelter mashed a 100-length
cigarette into an old tin of dog food as she led him over. As they got
close enough for us to see the matted dreadlocks on Murphy’s back, Boss
began growling. “Don’t mind him,” the woman said, as the guard dog’s
growls turned to angry barks. “Boss don’t like other dogs.”

Murphy, though, was another story. He was sweet and cuddly and goofy,
exactly as we’d wanted. Of course, we tried to stay skeptical. Knowing
little about dogs when we started thinking about getting one, we’d
searched for wisdom in a book on how to adopt an animal. Don’t let those
heartbreaking shelter stories trick you into getting an animal you can’t
handle, it warned. Put them through the paces now, or suffer later. So
in the ensuing half hour, we tried the book’s suggested tests as best we
could. We put food in front of him and then snatched it away. No
growling. A good sign. We put more food in front of him and then pushed
his face away as he ate. No nipping. An even better sign. The shelter
manager gazed with dismay at this spectacle of anxious yuppiehood: one
of us reading reverently from the book, the other vaguely executing its
tests on the befuddled dog, neither of us quite sure what to do next.

Following the book’s instructions as if they were holy writ, we asked
how Murphy had wound up in the shelter— and then steeled ourselves
against what we’d been warned would be a maudlin spiel designed to
undercut doubts about a potentially troublesome pooch. The dog, we were
told, had been brought to her kennel twice. First he was turned in by
someone who the manager suspected hadn’t been able to unload this
especially runty runt of his litter: Murphy was eighteen months old and
63 pounds at the time; ordinary male Saint Bernards can weigh in at 180.
Next he was returned by a woman who couldn’t housebreak him.

“But she was some kind of backcountry hick,” said the shelter manager.
“She didn’t even know what she was doing.” Ever since, Murphy had been
waiting in a cage next to Boss’s yard, staring up at people like us.
“Look,” she said. “I don’t much care about you, but I do care about him.
And if he goes and bites someone, someone like you will put him down,
right? Since I don’t want that to happen, I’m telling you: He don’t bite.”

The logic was pretty good.

The dog was pretty sweet.

The time was pretty right.

And so we said yes, signing some not quite official-looking paperwork
the adoption document identified the dog as “Murfy”— before forking over
one hundred dollars and agreeing to take into our lives a Saint Bernard
with fleas and dreadlocks and a stench somewhere between warm bunion and
rotten tripe. The shelter manager whipped out a syringe, planted what
was purported to be a kennel cough shot into Murfy/Murphy’s snout, and
wished us well. We coaxed the dog into the backseat of our Honda, where
he promptly fell fast asleep.

As we began the drive home, we felt a bit proud of ourselves. Not for us
the fancy breeders sought out by so many in our sweetly gentrified
corner of upscale America. Not for us the genetically perfect beagles
and bassets and Bernese mountain dogs whose poop is sanctimoniously
plucked from city sidewalks in recycled blue New York Times
home-delivery bags. We’d gotten a dog, yeah, but we weren’t going to
become, like, those people— the ones who shell out for the spa days and
agility training and homeopathic medicine for their animals, the ones
who laugh it off when their puppies frighten children away from the
neighborhood playground, the ones who give up vacations and promotions
and transfers in order to save pooches with names like Sonoma and
Hamilton and Mordecai from having their lives disrupted. No, not us.

That’s what we were telling ourselves, anyway, when the PetSmart came
into view along the edge of the highway. “We should go in— get some food
and stuff,” said my wife. “It’ll just take a sec.” Thus began our
unwitting journey into the $41-billion-a-year world of the modern
American pet.

It didn’t take long to realize that the line between sober pet owner and
spendthrift overindulger wasn’t as clear as I’d imagined.

I started thinking about that very subject an hour or so after Murphy
nosed his way into the PetSmart— at around the time the
exhausted-looking staff at the in-store grooming salon told us there was
no way they could attend to our filthy new pet today; we ought to have
made reservations a couple of weeks in advance. My wife, who’d grown up
with a dog and had roughed out a budget when we started thinking about
adopting one of our own, hadn’t been aware that salon grooming was such
a standard piece of contemporary pet owning that chain stores had
weeks-long waiting lists. Still, without having to shell out for a wash,
we made it out of the store that day for under $200. Murphy had a new
bed, a pair of collars, an extend-o-leash that expands up to twenty-five
feet, a variety of chew toys— that he’s never used— and other goodies.
The spending seemed like basic, ordinary stuff.

But as anyone who’s read one of the dog-owner memoirs that seem to
occupy about half of the weekly New York Times best-seller list could
confirm, it was no onetime expense. It’s a basic law of pet
storytelling: Just as the romantic comedy vixen must wind up with the
guy she’d vowed not to marry if he were the last man on earth, so too
must the beloved dog stomp and scratch and poop on your very last nerve—
and chow down on your shrinking wallet— before weaseling his way into
your newly receptive heart. No surprise, then, that four years later
Murphy has gone through a variety of ever newer beds (he seemed not to
like the old ones) and redesigned collars and leashes (we wanted to try
the special ones that are said to keep dogs from pulling too hard) and
still more chew toys (we have a PetSmart discount card now and live in
the eternal hope of finding one he likes). He also owns Halloween
costumes (too adorable to resist), reindeer antlers (ditto), and a
picture of himself with Santa (alas, ditto once more).

He has been implanted with a LoJack-style microchip that will help us
find him if he gets lost.

His food— or should I say “foods”— comes from that burgeoning market
sector known as “superpremium.”

He’s stayed at an array of upscale local kennels— sorry, pet hotels—
when we’ve gone out of town.

On other trips, when we took him along, he got to stay in our hotel
room. One place left a doggie biscuit on his doggie bed and sent up a
babysitter when we went out.

Did I mention he’s on antidepressants? The vet diagnosed his anxious
howling when left alone as “separation anxiety,” and it turned out there
was a pill for it.

Or that he has a professional dog walker? In fact, the current one is
his second; the first dropped him because she had too many clients.

Or that when we tote up the numbers, he’s proven responsible for an
eerily large portion of our social life? Dragging us into the
neighborhood park on a daily basis, he’s introduced a wealth of new
neighborhood characters into our life. One of them was a cat whom
Murphy— to his lasting regret— found shivering in a hollow tree. We
brought her home and named her Amelia. And then there were two.

Then we decided to add a human baby to our flock. We’d known this would
mean prenatal treatments for my wife. It was a bit of a surprise,
though, when other prenatal attention focused on treating Murphy.
Worries about how the dog would react to that new child sent us
scurrying into the pricey orbit of one of our city’s best-known dog
trainers for six weeks of private lessons. Unfortunately, her take on
canine behavior was so different from that of the guy whose classes we’d
first taken upon adopting Murphy that we went scrambling to the massive
pet-care section of our local book superstore, where we have purchased a
veritable library of books about how better to raise pets.

In fact, both pets hover around all sorts of other spending decisions,
poking their snouts into our deliberations on things like furniture (“I
like it, but Amelia would rip it to shreds”) and— most painful of all—
our purchase of an SUV (between a new baby, a Saint Bernard, and a Honda
Civic, something had to give).

Despite all those early vows of pet frugality, I’ve not felt especially
strange about any of the choices we have made. At the time, each of them
seemed mundane and obvious: A dog needs walking when his owners stay
late at work; furniture and cars ought to match a household’s needs;
and, particularly with a baby in the mix, it makes eminent sense to work
on a large animal’s behavior. I would say that the story of Murphy and
us isn’t the story of a couple whose priorities were upended by a
heart-meltingly adorable animal but, rather, the tale of a household
engaged in what has become the normal way to raise a four-legged member
of the family. And yet when I tote it all up, the truth stares at me
with its own big, wet eyes: I’ve seen those people, and I’m one of ’em.
If you have pets in contemporary America, you probably are, too. Pleased
to meet you.

There are an awful lot of stories about pets in the media these days,
but nearly all of them fit into two basic categories.

Category number one is that old standard: the tearjerker, the tale of
the abused and the abandoned, the victims of indifferent owners or dire
shelters or youthful sociopaths or simply the cruel hand of fate. The
years I spent researching this book were a big period for such stories.
In Pennsylvania, a high-profile political campaign focused national
attention on puppy mills, the high-volume, low-standards facilities
where dogs are often kept in gruesome conditions as they churn out
litter after litter of merchandise for the nation’s pet stores. In
Virginia, the indictment and imprisonment of Atlanta Falcons quarterback
Michael Vick on federal dogfighting charges turned into a full-blown
media circus as reports detailed the dozens of pit bulls brutalized at
Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels. And all across the country, the deaths of
hundreds of cats and dogs who ate tainted pet food pulled back the
curtain on an ill-regulated multibillion-dollar industry that happened
to feature some of the world’s biggest corporate names.

The sob stories stand in dramatic contrast to the second, and possibly
even bigger, category of pet reportage: the pampered pet tale, the
gape-jawed peek at the animal kingdom’s most coddled critters— and the
masseuses, chauffeurs, and pet-set fashionistas who cater to them.
Whether they take the form of a local newspaper detailing the opening
of, say, Duluth’s first luxury doggie spa, or of a sober national
magazine like BusinessWeek dedicating its cover story to the booming
U.S. pet industry, the pampered pet tales feature amazement— and hints
of disdain— at what many pet owners now see as ho-hum basics of life
with an animal. Yet while there’s a small army of activist groups, and
no shortage of scholars and reporters, who have dedicated themselves to
uncovering the root causes behind the sad and often criminal stories in
category one, there’s far less material examining the dramatic cultural
and economic changes that underlie the zany stories in category two.

This is a book about those changes. It’s a story about how America’s
housepets have worked their way into a new place in the hearts, homes,
and wallets of their owners. In a relatively short period of time, the
United States has become a land of doggie yoga and kitty acupuncture and
frequent-flier miles for traveling pets, a society where your inability
to find a pet sitter has become an acceptable excuse to beg off a dinner
invitation, a country where political candidates pander to pet owners
and dog show champions are feted like Oscar winners. Sure, some tales of
pampered pets still have the occasional ability to amaze us. Take
hotelier Leona Helmsley’s will, for instance, in which the “Queen of
Mean” left $12 million to a lapdog named Trouble while giving nothing to
several of her own grandchildren. Such far-fetched stories are part of
what scholar James Serpell calls the roi s’amuse tradition of pet tales:
The king amuses himself. But for the country’s 70 million non-Helmsley
pet-owning households, other examples of everyday luxury, once
unimaginable, seem de rigueur. Yesteryear’s table scraps have been
replaced by this year’s home-delivered doggie dinners.

What happened? It’s not like the animals have changed much. As any
nostalgic pet-owning memoir will illustrate, the party in the
relationship that changes is inevitably the human. Historians tell us
that we’ve always been suckers for that doggie in the window. But
exactly how that love manifests itself, and just who gets to go to the
barnyard dance, has evolved dramatically. Compared to our
subsistence-farming ancestors, we’re all kings now. So compared to their
ancestors, our pets live like princes.

Tales of pet keeping can be traced back to ancient societies. Tales of
animal pampering are nearly as old. In China, the Han emperor Ling was
so enamored of his pets that he elevated them to the rank of senior
officials in his court. Ling’s dogs got the best foods, slept on ornate
carpets, and were given personal bodyguards. For most of history,
though, ordinary people had to be spectators for such amusements. They
always had animals around, of course, like cows or chickens. But for the
most part, even the animals who weren’t there to be eaten had work to
do, herding sheep or pulling carts. Until recently, few people could
afford the variety of animal classified as a petthe one with no
productive job whatsoever.

And so it was up to the blue bloods. Members of the Athenian aristocracy
were said to pay twenty times the price of a human slave to buy
especially esteemed dogs. In Japan, the seventeenth-century shogun
Tsunayoshi so loved dogs that he made it illegal to speak of them in
impolite terms; he instituted unpopular new taxes to pay for his own
collection of one hundred thousand canine friends. In Uganda, the
despotic nineteenth-century king M’Tesa’s love for dogs prompted
courtiers to curry favor by keeping their own pets. In Britain, the
lapdogs in the entourage of Mary, Queen of Scots were clad in blue
velvet suits; she snuck one of her beloved brood to her own execution,
where it was discovered after Mary was beheaded. King Charles II, whose
passion for dogs was such that he once placed a newspaper ad after one
of his pets went missing, became the namesake of his own line of
Cavalier spaniels. After the Glorious Revolution placed William and Mary
on the throne, the couple sparked a new fancy for pugs from William’s
native Holland. The British Empire has waxed and waned over the
centuries, but Queen Elizabeth II still travels with her pack of corgis.

The connection between pet keeping and power remained true even as
royals gave way to tycoons atop society’s pecking order, and as pets
began to prowl the fault lines of class conflict. Nineteenth-century
Parisian pet-keeping fashions, with a proliferation of books, coats,
collars, bathing outfits, and the like, might have put even contemporary
Manhattan’s pet scene to shame: Could fancy doggie day cares compete
with wealthy flaneurs walking pet turtles through public arcades? But
even as Europe’s newly rich were embracing an ever-changing set of
pet-keeping fashions, there were great concerns over the supposedly
dangerous animals that belonged to the urban under-class. Moneyed types
worried that the blue-collar dogs had picked up what they saw as the
violent, unclean customs of their human companions. The solution to this
alleged problem: exorbitant animal taxes intended to put the squeeze on
proletarian pets. Only rich pet owners would do.

Well-tended animals also became standard upper-crust accoutrements in
the new nation across the Atlantic, where all people were supposed to be
able to reach the top, and to bring their animals with them. As early as
1899, Thorstein Veblen, the great student of American pageantry and
pomposity, sussed the secret meaning of pet ownership for the Gilded
Age’s elite: Pets were living emblems of conspicuous consumption. “As he
is also an item of expense, and commonly serves no industrial purpose,
he holds a well-assured place in men’s regard as a thing of good
repute,” Veblen wrote in his celebrated Theory of the Leisure Class, the
book that brought us the term conspicuous consumption. I’m so rich, the
industrial dandy’s logic went, that I can afford to feed— and house, and
bathe, and clean the tumbleweeds of shedding fur from— this totally
unproductive creature. In an age when many people still forced their
children to sing for their supper, or at least work in a factory for it,
this was quite a concept.

This is not to say that pet keeping was limited to such consumers, or
that it could always be ascribed to such cynical motivations. American
pet keeping existed, often in fairly elaborate forms and at spots up and
down the social ladder, well before Veblen took on the pet-owning
leisure class. The inhabitants of pre-Columbian America hunted or
domesticated a variety of animals, but what we now understand as pets
came across the Atlantic with the Spaniards. Diaries that predate the
Constitution tell of beloved family cats. In the mid-nineteenth century,
there was a craze for imported caged birds. By the twentieth century,
pets were a way for powerful politicians to make themselves look more
down-to-earth— the exact opposite of Veblen’s notion. President Franklin
Delano Roosevelt’s Scottie, Fala, was a national celebrity, traveling
with him to war conferences and visiting defense plants; the dog’s
breeder published his own book in 1942. Presidents ever since have
deployed pets the same way— although FDR was probably the only one
threatened with congressional investigation over pet pampering, the
result of false rumors that he had dispatched a destroyer to retrieve
the dog after Fala was accidentally left behind in the Aleutian Islands.

Pet keeping continued to evolve with the country, following each era’s
ideas about kindness, domesticity, and comfort. The lapdog in the
millionaire’s mansion became the golden retriever in the suburban
backyard; the kitten from the litter of your neighbor’s tabby became the
kitten you took straight from the SPCA adoption center to the
veterinarian’s spaying practice. Everyone knows dogs are supposed to
teach you about love and loyalty and fun. But I found something I had
never expected when I first glimpsed my dog’s sweet, dopey face: the
story of modern America. In the chapters that follow, I travel to
diverse corners of our pet kingdom to experience the often surprising
ways that pets like Murphy serve as a fun-house-mirror reflection of our
changing notions about such universal subjects as family, health, and
friendship— and more historically specific topics like bureaucracy,
justice, consumerism, and the culture wars.

Maybe the most telling change involved a very small piece of
architecture, once ubiquitous, which I saw very little of as I journeyed
around the new world of America’s pets, pet owners, and pet businesses:
the doghouse. Yes, one firm makes a $5,390 structure modeled after a
Swiss chalet. But for the most part, though we still talk of people
being sent to the doghouse, the physical structures have disappeared
from our landscape. Their occupants have moved indoors, to be with their
families, in far bigger doghouses: ours.

From ONE NATION UNDER DOG by Michael Schaffer. Copyright (c) 2009 by
Michael Schaffer. Reprinted by permission of Henry Holt and Company.

====

NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2007
The High Cost Of Pet Care

Pets may be wonderful companions, but owning one is a big responsibility
that includes a financial commitment.

According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association
(APPMA), Americans spent $38.4 billion on pets. The association says
that 63 percent of American households own at least one pet and there
are almost 74 million dogs and 90 million cats living in the country.

Food is one of the greatest expenses for dog owners, costing an average
of about $241 per year. The Early Show veterinary correspondent Dr.
Debbye Turner said people can also cut costs on food. Although premium
brands are usually more digestible for pets, if you can’t afford them,
no-name brands are fine.

Visits to the veterinarian are also pricey. A regular visit for a dog
costs about $211 and for a cat, it costs $179. Dr. Turner said you don’t
have to be rich to afford owning a pet.

The most efficient way to avoid extra costs is prevention. Having your
pet vaccinated, spayed, neutered and getting their teeth cleaned will
prevent a host of health-related problems down the road that will cost a
lot more than the cost of the preventative care.

“The first year is most expensive,” she said. “You have all those
full-time costs. You buy the food bowl. The litter pan, the leash, plus
initial vet visit for de-worming vaccinations. They are more extensive
the first year, they get better after that.”

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, the average cost
of neutering a cat in 2002 was $62 and $106 for a dog. The average cost
of spaying a cat was $99 and $142 for a dog.

Some veterinary clinics offer wellness or preventive care programs for a
monthly or yearly flat rate that covers the cost of a yearly exam,
vaccination boosters, maybe even test for intestinal parasites. For
example, The Banfield Hospitals at PetsMart offers a plan that ranges
from $15.95 to 34.95 a month and covers routine exams, vaccinations, and
heartworm test. A premium plan covers X-rays, blood work and teeth cleaning.

Comparing the cost of preventive care to the cost of treating a
preventable disease, it is clear that the upfront cost worth preventing
the pain and suffering to your pet, and your wallet.

Here Are Some Estimates:
# Cost of a kidney transplant: $7,000 or more
# Cost of canine cataract surgery: $2,000 – $3,000
# Cost of cancer treatment: $5,000 or more
# Cost of chemotherapy: $2,000
# Cost of surgery after animal is hit by a car: $3,000
# Cost of diabetes maintenance: $600 – $1,000 a year

Some companies provide pet insurance. Most policies cover accidents,
like being hit by a car, other injuries, diagnostics like MRI’s, CT
Scans, Ultrasound, plus radiation treatment, chemotherapy, and surgery.
Policies can cost anywhere from $9 to $200 a month, depending on the
coverage you’d like, the breed, age and health condition of the pet.

Most policies carry a deductible — usually $50 — and have maximum
amounts that the company will pay for particular procedures. Some
companies even require that you take your pet to one of the approved
veterinarians on their list. Many policies will not cover an old pet,
certain breeds, or a pet with a previous condition. Only 2 percent of
pet owners currently utilize pet insurance, but Dr. Turner said it is
worth exploring, especially if you have a new pet.

The APPMA says that boarding a dog usually costs about $202 and boarding
a cat costs $119. At least for dogs, miscellaneous costs for things like
toys, training, grooming and vitamins and nutritional supplements, are
the most costly, averages about $380. Miscellaneous costs for cats
average about $149.

“It’s going to be $1,000 a year for a dog, $700 a year for a cat,” Dr.
Turner said.

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Date: 21 Mar 2010 14:49:01 -0000
From: “Chandramohan Jha”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: What Every New Sadhaka Should Know: Part 1

Baba

“Toma’ri katha’ bheve ma’rmika anubhave…” (P.S. 3006)

Purport:

O’ Baba, by thinking of You with all the feelings of my heart, my
ba’ndha-bha’unga’ mana [1] is ensconced in bliss and floats towards
infinity. O’ Lord of the divine and mortal worlds, the Soul of the
soulless, even a wee-bit of Your great love is enough to fill my heart
with spiritual bliss and give me goose bumps, horripilation, throughout
my being. Baba, is it You who brings that devotional surge within me.
Baba, thinking about You, my mind is ensconced in bliss.

Baba, You are incomparable in rhythm and most pleasant in aroma. You
have no comparison. In all vibrations, in the quintessence, deep down,
You are the Dearest One to all; You are the nucleus of all the
vibrations. In the garland You are the flower. In the necklace You are
the jewel. In everything You are the best. Remaining in viitara’ga [2],
You smile with the beauty of divine love like flowers. Baba, thinking
about You, my is mind ensconced in bliss.

Baba, in the severe heat, You are those first, cool showers that bring
relief and respite. In the space between the monsoon clouds, You are the
effulgent pole star. In the darkness, You are the beauty of the moon’s
enchantment. Under the hot sun, You are cool shade beneath the trees. In
each and every circumstance, You are the Saviour. Baba, even staying
afar, You stay in my mind’s divine haven. Baba, thinking about You, is
my mind ensconced in bliss.

O’ Parama Purusa, keep me eternally at Your lotus feet…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3006:

[1] Ba’ndha-bha’unga’ mana: This is when the mind is overwhelmed with
joy. Such as when one is extremely happy and bursts into tears or when
one jumps for joy or exclaims or dances. In actuality though it is more
than the joy experienced in worldly circumstances. It is that
inexpressible bliss from the spiritual flow. It happens in the spiritual
realm when one’s mind is totally ensconced in His bliss and one starts
crying uncontrollably. This is a state wherein one completely loses
their composure.

[2] Viitara’ga: This is the state of being beyond any worldly attachment
or attraction – i.e. perfect equanimity in all circumstances. One of the
qualities of Parama Purus’a is vaera’gya. Baba has demonstrated this on
countless occasions. Even when all kinds of serious and critical
problems came in the organisation, then He remained totally unaffected,
keeping perfect composure. For social reasons He may have showed
sympathy or concern, but internally He was totally unaffected. Those
bhaktas close to Baba understand this well.

For instance, before going to jail & whenever there was serious any
catastrophe going on in organisational life, Baba had the divine ability
to give discourses of eternal value. That can only happen when one’s
mind is in viitaraga.If anyone reads that discourse they will not get
any hint about the extreme upheaval going on in the organisation. Such
composure ise not possible by human beings. Being human means being
affected by the bondaage of maya.

Whereas in viitraga the mind remains 100% unassailed by any negativity,
and is just the embodiment of universal welfare. Viitara’ga does not
mean that the Entity in viitara’ga is unpetrubed by the suffering and
tears of human beings. Everyone knows that Parama Purusa loves and cares
so much.

== WHAT EVERY NEW SADHAKA SHOULD KNOW ==

Namsakar,
This letter, the first in a series, focuses on an array of important
points for new sadhakas to know. After all. AM pracar is one of our
first and foremost duties.

Baba says, “…It is the bounden duty of every Ananda Margiis to
endeavour to bring all to the path of bliss…” (Supreme Command)

To this end, a few senior margiis gathered and came up with a few points
– intellectual and devotional – that will be helpful for us to propagate
to new people as they come onto the path. These points will be presented
in an ongoing series of letters.

Please do share your experiences and thoughts as well – because we all
have taken the duty and responsibility under Guru to do pracar and
everyone has their own particular talents, skills and knowledge in this
important arena.

“AS YOU THINK, SO YOU BECOME”

Ya’drshii bha’vana’ yasya siddhirbhavati ta’drshii

Baba says, “As you think, so you become.” (AV-12)

Baba has given this seemingly simple guideline in a number of
discourses. Some new people may have heard or read this and think they
understand. Other new people may not have yet come across it.

We should ensure that every new sadhaka understands the full import of
this teaching because this is one of the very revolutionary aspects of
Ananda Marga.

These days, with the great popularity of yoga, most yoga groups solely
focus on the physical, or they may include their own interpretation of
pranayama as well.

Only AM offers the full system for transforming one’s person into
godhood. And the above guideline, “as you think so you become”, is
instrumental to our approach.

HOW IT WORKS: Part 1

When Baba says, “as you think so you become”, He is telling us that we
must have some control or restraint in our thinking.

If one thinks of something mundane or crude they will transform into
that object – step by step. That is one part of the equation.

Baba says, “It is the natural wont of the mind to take the shape of its
object of meditation. If the object of worship is crude, say money or
any crude thing, the mind takes the shape of that crude thing in the
course of time.” (Baba in Fiesch)

And not just money, in this materialistic era people’s minds are riddled
by all kinds of thoughts: name, fame, jealousy, stress, anger, sex,
fear, enemies, disease and so much more. And by thinking in this way,
part, or even all of their mind, gets consumed in that thing. By that
way, the problem festers and grows.

Wild or uncontrolled thinking is one of the main causes of both psychic
and physical diseases in materialistic societies.

Those new to the path of sadhana – and even those not yet on the path –
should be informed of the adverse effects of this equation, “As you
think so you become.”

HOW IT WORKS: Part 2

Then there is the other side of the equation: If we refine our thoughts
to focus in a spiritual manner we will move towards the Supreme.

This also we should preach and teach to every new sadhaka. By this way
they can not only free the mind of so many fetters and distractions, but
one can truly move ahead on the spiritual path.

In AM, that is exactly what our system of sadhana is – a methodical
manner of thinking wherein the mind focuses on the Ista.

Baba says, “Concentrated thinking is called “meditation”… In spiritual
parlance, when the mental flow is directed towards the goal, that is,
the Supreme Entity, it is called “concentration”, but in metaphysical
terms, it is a concept of dharma. Concentrated thinking leads to the
development of positive ideas…in the process of constant mental flow
towards the goal. In the process of meditation the following things are
involved – brain cells, apexed or pinnacled psychology, concentrated
thinking, Guru cakra and ultimate devotion.” (YP)

Thus concentrated thinking is a integral part of our approach. By this
way one can transform their entire existence. Even those who are
terribly depressed and anxiety ridden can become stellar sadhakas
through this method. And this is unique to AM. No one else other than
Baba highlights the sublime importance of thinking.

So those new to AM should understand that they will not get this
teaching nor this practice on other paths and they should clearly
understand and experience the dynamism of this practice.

Our mantra japa in first lesson or sixth lesson is the culminating
practice of, “as you think so you become.” By bringing the mind back
again and again to the idea of the mantra and training the mind to
maintain that flow, then one’s entire physical, psychic and spiritual
existence gets transformed. Then one veritably becomes divine. Then one
becomes Parama Purusa. That is Baba’s teaching for every sadhaka to
realise – new or old.

BABA’S MANDATE

Because this principle – as you think so you become – is such an
important guideline Baba reminds us of this again and again.

Baba says, “I told you, or I have been telling you, that a man takes the
form of his psychic object; that is, your very existence will be
converted into your psychic object. You should select your psychic
object very carefully.” (AV-12)

Really then, we should share the import of this concept with all new
sadhakas. By this way we too may become more aware of the use of our
mantra, either during and / or after sadhana.

As pracarakas, this equation – as you think so you become – is one
important point of our approach. So many in the world nowadays are
looking for something new. And our Marga has all the practices they need
to transform their life.

So those being introduced to na’ma mantra meditation or first lesson or
even just kiirtan, should be made aware of the profound effects of this
subtle science.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with the practical method of how to
ideate on Him. We should share this technique with one and all. We
should never allow others to settle for any lesser approach. It is
everyone’s birthright to get Him – by their thoughts alone, one can
attain His eternal shelter, by His grace.

Baba says, ‘It is also stated in Tantra that if a person wants only to
attain limited progress, one may practise on certain limited ideas. But
those who are genuine seekers of Brahma will never agree to worship any
finite idea. Those who want the Supreme Entity will have to ideate on
Parama Purus’a alone. People may attain limited achievement in terms of
occult power through the grace of the gods and goddesses, but they will
remain far away from the attainment of the Supreme Entity.” (DT-1)

Namaskar,
Chandramohan

Note 1: IDOL WORSHIP IS THE WORST

Here Baba points out the very negative effect of dogmatic idol worship.
But none should think this adverse reaction is limited to idol worship.
Any persistent engagement in crude thoughts (sex, money, greed,
jealousy, etc) will turn one into negative microvita.

Baba says, ““If idols made of wood, clay, iron or any other metal are
accepted as objects of meditation, then what will be the result?” It is
said, Ya’drshii bha’vana’ yasya siddhirbhavati ta’drshii [“As you think,
so you become”]. The aspirants’ own entitative existence will be turned
into clay, metal or wood – a state which in the scriptures is called
Prakrtiliina [negative microvita]. It is a dreadful state.” (SS-11)

Note 2: SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

Please write in with your thoughts regarding what you feel is very
important to impart to new people on the path.

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Date: Mon 23 Nov 2009 11:46:24 +0530
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Priyanath C Mittra”
Subject: Unique & Unknown Power of Human Beings

Baba

PS Intro: This following song was written in the Urdu language.

“Karata’ra ha’ma’re, tumhare liye yaha’n a’na’…” (P.S. 4165)

Purport:

Baba, O’ my lord, by Your grace I have come on this earth for You.
Baba, whether You love me or not is Your choice, but please do not
play hide and seek with me. Baba, please remain in my close proximity
so I can see and feel Your always. Baba, I also want that You should
love me always. Baba, You are the star of my eye– You are the charm
of my life. Baba, without You my existence is meaningless.

Baba, You are the most attractive and divine Entity– brilliant in Your
divine effulgence. Baba, Your infinite love is expressed in each and
everything of this world: In the flowers’ fragrance, the children’s
smiles, the beauty of the rainbow. All the sweetness comes from You. All
the beauty of the entire expressed world–including the flora and
fauna– everything expresses Your love. Baba, You have saturated this
entire creation with Your grace-compassion. Your love resonates within
each and every thing. The inherent beauty of every entity is the
expression of Your love, the reflection of Your love.

Baba, whether I like it or not, but I am residing in Your heart. I am
within You. Baba, You are the nucleus of this entire creation. My
everything is revolving around You. I do not know which form You are but
the entire universe is within You. Baba, You are surrounding everything.
You are within and without each and every created being. Baba, You are
my Lord; You are my everything. And my only duty is to serve You, to
please You– and do all those things which You like. Baba, You are my
ultimate Goal.

Baba, my Lord, You have brought me on this earth for You– to serve You…

Note: The Urdu language originally started around Delhi when outside or
overseas soldiers were not aware how to speak Hindi. But they were going
to the market and speaking in their broken version of the local
language. In this way they started interacting with the common people.
Subsequently, the Urdu language first sprang up and it became known as
the market language. So when Hindi and Arabic were mixed then this new
language took shape. And since this language was spoken by a group of
soldiers using a military uniform (wardi), that is why the name of the
language became known as ‘wardi’. Over time and due to a similarity in
pronunciation, ‘wardi’ became ‘Urdu’. This historical and linguistic
guideline Baba has given in His grammar book.

== UNIQUE & UNKNOWN POWER OF HUMAN BEINGS ==

Namaskar,
As Baba tells us, human beings are born with a very special capacity,
but most of the time that special capacity goes unnoticed or even misused.

This capacity allows us full control over our future, yet so often
things go awry.

All because this unique and unknown power which we have, we are not
aware about or unable to use properly.

Just imagine, the greatness all human beings can achieve – and how many
pains and troubles can be averted – if we become more aware about this
innate gift.

JUST ANIMALS, NOTHING MORE

In our western hemisphere, what to speak of not being aware of what
human capacity we have, all too often researchers and scientists are
keen on labeling human beings as beings just animals – nothing more than
a cousin of monkeys and chimpanzees. This only further diminishes our
stature and keeps our unknown capacity even more hidden.

WHAT IS OUR UNKNOWN POWER

Of course, in the eyes of Ananda Marga, human beings are completely
distinct from animals and what distinguishes us from animals is: Free will.

Parama Purusa has given us free will – the power to think, choose, and
decide.

Baba says, “Human beings have a fully-reflected consciousness which makes
them capable of independent action and also of distinguishing between good
and bad.” (AMEP)

And indeed it is our capacity of free will which is our unique and
unknown power. With our free will, we can control our destiny entirely.

Yet in one discourse, Baba has famously declared that 99% of human
beings misuse their free will and invite negative samskaras.

But it does not have to be like that. We can avert all these problems.
This free will can also lead us unto His divine lap.

Thus this concept of free will is like a double edged sword – it can
lead us to the heights of bliss or the depths of hell. It all depends
upon how it is used.

HOW IT WORKS

In so many discourses, Baba guides us that human beings get whatever
they desire. Being the Parama Purusa, He merely nods His approval and
grants our wish.

Of course He is goading us onto the path of beatitude, but ultimately He
give us whatever things we wish for. This in turn totally affects not
only our present but our future as well.

Baba says, “Suppose a person is obsessed with the thought of doing this
or that, to harm another person. They will receive the body of a pig or
a dog. One who desires to do something good and noble will receive a
good physical body accordingly. ” (AV-10, p.182)

Thus whatever good or bad things we desire in this life affect our next
birth also. Here below Baba gives even more examples of this phenomenon.

Baba says, “Suppose someone has a desire to eat delicious food. Parama
Purus’a will grant that wish, and the person may be reborn in the next
life as a wolf or wild boar, to eat to his or her heart’s content. A
woman who wishes to adorn herself with ornaments may be reborn as a
colourfully-marked peacock. One day, however, a hunter may shoot the
beautiful peacock with an arrow. As one desires, so one attains…So
before wishing to attain something, one must be extra-cautious. Suppose
a man wants to be a king. In the next life he may be born into the
household of a poor man whose surname is “Raja” [“King”]. He wanted to
be a Raja and he became one! One must be very cautious before wishing
for anything.” (AV-4)

Thus the blessing which Baba has bestowed upon us – i.e. the gift of
free will – is a double edged sword. If we desire Him we will get Him.
But tragically, all too often human beings are not aware how powerful
their desires are nor where those desires will lead them. In our
shortsighted manner, we humans long for so many things – house, car,
money, name, fame, job, prestige, opposite sex – which bind us more and
more to the crust of this earth.

Indeed, we think we want those things but when we undergo the reaction
to get those things, then our fickle minds have already flip-flopped and
we get stuck with something we no longer want. Such is the way it works.

NEGATIVE PRATISAINCARA ONLY HAPPENS TO HUMANS

Animals are animals and follow their nature – they never get degraded
and slowly move along the path of pratisaincara. In contrast, with our
free will, human beings may rocket ahead toward Him by His grace, or
fall back into the depths of animal life or even be reborn as inanimate
objects.

Baba says, “A human being in this life may well be reborn as an animal,
plant or even a rock in the next life.” (AFPS-8)

It is due to free will that we may get caught up in negative
pratisaincara. No other beings falls in this way – only humans. We get a
body according to our psychic tendency. Here below Baba explains that
quite graphically.

Baba says, “Which animal is the greediest among the animals with which
we are all very familiar? It does not like to give up greed in spite of
ill treatment and humiliations. It is the cat. Yes, after moving a few
steps ahead, the cat forgets that it was beaten. So that particular
person is reborn as a cat after death, because that body affords an
opportunity for the satiation of their greed. When the housewife looks
around inattentively, the cat sneaks into the kitchen through the small
opening in order to reach the milk or fish in the kitchen.” (AV-10, p.184)

So the progress of living beings is quite plotted until one attains the
human framework. Then, depending upon one’s use of their free will and
the nature of one’s desires, a person may bounce between human and
animal life hundreds and thousands of times, or more. As Baba tells
above, one may be reborn as a cat in order to fulfill their greed. All
because when in human form one does not exercise their free will
properly. They mental desires revolve around crude things. Yet, most of
the time people are not aware of the ramifications of this, nor are they
aware that they are fully in control of their own fate.

When in fact by their free will they are either (a) making an original
action or (b) undergoing the reaction of their past action. Every event
and incident in life is either one or the other. And both of
inextricably linked to our use of free will. There is no other outside
agency other than our free will that determines our fate in life. We
have our desire and Parama Purusa approves it. That is how it goes.

WHAT SHOULD ONE DO

At this point the whole escapade may seem like unwinable situation.
Human beings have so many desires and at the same time one is not aware
about how powerful free will is, so end over end one somersaults time
and again from one life to the next, suffering all the pains and agonies
of crude worldly life.

One rushes after wealth, sexual satisfaction, revenge, greed and so many
things and accordingly one gets another crude body or even worse
inanimate existence.

However it does not have to be like this.

By Baba’s grace, there is an easy exit. There is an easy escape route
from this harsh cycle of karma and karmaphala. He has blessed us with
human life and given us an aspiration for the divine. With our free will
then we should just think and ask for parama’rtha.

Baba says, “Parama’rtha is that factor which brings about the permanent
cessation of the triple afflictions. Here permanent cessation means
cessation of those afflictions which, once removed, will never return
again in the future. That artha which brings permanent relief from the
pangs of hunger, which is the instrument of permanent cessation, is
called “parama’rtha”.” (AV-4)

By desiring salvation, even a notorious sinner like the robber Valmiki
can become a great saint. So when ordinary human beings seek paramartha
then naturally they will be blessed and escape this horrible cycle of
birth, death, and rebirth, which leads to so much suffering and unrest.
By His grace, one will walk this earth as the divine embodiment of
Parama Purusa.

That is the proper use of free will – that is the proper use of our
unique and unknown power.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has also given us one other remedy. There is one
other escape. Suppose one does not have any concept of parama’rtha or
anything like that. And suppose one does not know how to use their free
will correctly. Even then an ordinary person can achieve the highest
stance. The way is to simply tell Baba to do according to His wish. With
Him being the Sadguru, one should merely request, “Let your desire be
fulfilled.” That is the essence of His below blessing.

Baba says, “Created beings, will have to move according to the Cosmic
will; there is no other way. Learning, intellect and personal status
become meaningless [and will goad one into bondaage] unless they are
directed towards Parama Purus’a. After realizing the Supreme truth
intelligent people start moving according to Parama Purus’a’s desire,
saying, “Oh Parama Purus’a. I have nothing to ask of you. Let thy will
be fulfilled. I want nothing else.”” (AMIWL-10)

Namaskar,
Priyanath

Note 1: MORE POSTINGS ON TOPIC OF FREE WILL

 

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For Avadhutas/ikas and NE Indian Population

Baba says, “Married ladies may use vermilion in shape of decoration.
This does not constitute a kusam’ska’ra. This forms a part of the dress.
Vermilion, if one so desires may not be used at all. In ancient Shavara
and Kira’ta societies, the bridegroom’s party would first launch an
attack and abduct the bride. The bride also sustained injuries in the
turmoil that would ensue. They would handcuff the bride and snatch her
away. The iron bracelets (noya’) are their remnants and the vermilion
that of the blood. The sha’stras do not anywhere give any place to
vermilion.”

“Lead sindu’r is prepared with a mixture of lead and oxygen. This leaves
room for lead poisoning. Vermilion is mercuric sulphide. It is said that
mercury maintains blackness of the hair. This is incredible. At time
dermatitis of the scalp occurs on the vermilion applied areas. With the
advancement of science the use of vermilion shall gradually come to an
end.” (Tattvika Diipika – 5)

Note: Regarding the use of vermilion, everyone should be aware that it
is dangerous. If one must use that type of colour, then best is to find
a different type of red mark. Some avadhutas / avadhutikas might be
using vermilion in which case they should find some safe substitutes or
alternatives. One good options might be food colouring.

Secondly, for females although vermilion is not a kusamskar, that is not
something one should copntinue. It is better to give it up slowly.
Earlier it was a serious dogma and now it is used primarily for cosmetic
beauty or social needs etc. But according to logic and reasoning the use
of vermilion has lost its value.

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Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 06:11:05 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: J. Erikkson
Subject: Disastrous Effect of Buddhist Meditation

Baba

“Toma’r pathe cali a’mi, kon ba’dha’y pechoba na’…” (P.S. 1390)

Purport:

Baba by Your infinite grace I am moving forward on Your divine path. By
Your grace I do not care about any types of obstacles. I will never look
behind in frustrated mood. You are my everything; You are my Goal; You
are my sadhana. Baba, fortified with the strength of Your divine name my
life is moving. Your name is like the lamp on my path of forward
movement. By Your grace You have made me realise that there is no
comparison to the strength which is residing in Your holy name.

Baba, by this way days and months are passing. Our closeness is getting
more and more intimate, by Your grace. In my heart I realise that You are my
everything. Baba because You are and I am. Except this I do not know
anyone. By Your grace I am moving on Your path without bothering about
any sorts of hindrances. It is Your grace…

== DISASTROUS EFFECT OF BUDDHIST MEDITATION ==

Namaskar,
As the title suggests, Buddhist meditation is more than a little
problematic. Here is the underlying logic.

Manaeva manus’ya’n’a’m’

Baba says, “This human mind is a peculiar entity. It is the cause of all
our sorrows and predicaments, and it is the cause of our supreme bliss.
It is the cause of bondage, and it is the cause of liberation.” (AV-30)

So our mind is the determining factor of our movement in life – either
towards liberation or bondage. Here is another way of thinking about it.

Ya’drshii bha’vana’ yasya’ siddhirbhavati ta’drshii
“As you think, so you become.” (DT-1)

In a nutshell, since Buddhist meditation focuses on “nothingness” or
“emptiness” then the practitioner will become one with nothingness. Or
in a phrase, they will get turned into microvita like vidhealiina.

Baba says, “A spiritual aspirant attains the state of videhaliina as a
result of shunya dhya’na or ideation on nothingness. Through such
ideation a sa’dhaka develops a psychic pabulum of nothingness. Yet even
in this state there remains the possibility of rebirth. Those who
embrace nothingness as their absolute goal develop a void in their citta
in the absence of Cognitive Faculty. As a result they are unable to
establish themselves in the Supreme Cognitive Stance and attain
salvation. The spiritual cult which encourages this practice is
certainly defective.” (AMIWL-9)

So the practitioner of Buddhist meditation is marching straight toward
the unfavourable destiny of becoming videhaliina – inviting all kinds of
pain and suffering.

Baba says, “People with this type of psychology attain the state of
videhaliina after their demise – an unbearable condition.” (MVNS)

The entire outcome of Buddhist meditation is not at all good.

WHY SUCH A CRITICAL POINT RIGHT NOW

The question then is why raise the point here and now. As Ananda
Margiis, in our sadhana, we channelise the mind toward the Supreme in
which case there is no question of falling into the trappings of
Buddhist meditation or becoming microvita.

However the point hold great relevance for us.

A growing phenomenon seems to be on the move these days. The world over
people are resorting to yoga to stretch and tone their bodies yet they
are turning toward Buddhist meditation to calm and steady their minds.

In the popular culture, many do not seem to equate yoga with meditation
– they see it only as a form of exercise and they then turn to Buddhist
and pseudo-Buddhist principles for their psychic thirst.

One clear cut proof of this is that a famous so-called yoga teacher
wrote a book titled, “Yoga Body – Buddha Mind.”

And indeed all over the contemporary yoga movement or fake yoga movement
that is attracting millions and millions of people around the world,
there is a fascination toward Buddhist meditation and its related themes
like watching the breath and “mindfulness” etc.

Thus, as ineffective and as harmful as it is, Buddhist meditation has
become the fashion these days. As quickly as the population is turning
towards yoga asanas, at a similar rate they are turning toward Buddhist
meditation.

As Ananda Margiis, we should be aware of this trend – have our logic
firmly in mind – and be ready to steer this hungry mass toward AM sadhana.

ONE OTHER POINT OF CONCERN

Here is one other point to keep in mind. Nowadays, so many margiis are
teaching yoga and meditation in the general society. This manifests in
all kinds of ways. Some do it openly under the banner of AM, some not.

Since much of the general population may not be ready for tantric
diiksa, then some may be teaching other techniques of meditation and
relaxation etc. What we’re getting at here is that some in AM, knowingly
or unknowingly, may be using the principles of Buddhist meditation in
their yoga classes with the general public.

Some margiis may be saying, ‘Become one with your breath’, or ‘Empty the
mind of all thoughts’, or ‘Still the mind’, or ‘Be mindful’ etc. These
are all related with the defective approach of Buddhist meditation.

Yet this is what is popular these days and some margiis might be doing
this as well in order to skirt the issue of mantra, or Parama Purusa, or
God.

Here then is just a reminder that no one in our Marga should resort to
the misguided ways of Buddhist meditation in their yoga preachings or
classes with the general public.

FREE WILL: PROS & CONS

We must remember that every human being has the freedom to do what they
will on this earth. All have the power to choose. Most live life in an
ordinary way and are subject to inchworm like progress along the path of
pratisaincara, staying far from the Cosmic hub.

Those who pointedly goad the mind in a particular direction, move in one
of two ways: Toward the Supreme or toward degradation.

As Ananda Margiis we are speeding toward Parama Purusa, but those
practicing Buddhists are not. With their practiced and pointed mind,
they are moving toward nothingness, nihilism, and degradation. They will
become microvita. That is Baba’s exact teaching.

In this regard, having free will becomes a liability if one acutely
guides the mind in the wrong direction. Of course we all know that
thievery is bad and that such bandits & hardened criminals will suffer
the consequences. But what people often fail to realise is that Buddhist
meditation will also lead one in the wrong direction. It is not a joke –
that is the reality.

Yet right now, hoards of people are innocently embarking on this dark
pathway thinking it will bring them into the light.

Once this point is crystal clear in our own minds, we will best be able
to help and serve the general populace. We must not watch idly as they
transform themselves into microvita – suffering endlessly in that way.

BEAUTY OF MANTRA MEDITATION

In Ananda Marga, our approach is to positively goad the mind toward
Parama Purusa and the main technique is the use of mantra.

Baba says, “You cannot call all the sounds of the world mantras. Why?
Because they do not possess the capacity to liberate a person from
bondage. There are so many sounds, so many syllables and so many words
in this universe…but only that sound whose acoustic expressions or
acoustic waves have the stamina to goad the subtlest portion of the
human mind unto the supreme stance can be a mantra.” (SS-24)

We do not subscribe to the theory of nothingness, rather we knowingly
fill the mind with a divine thought in the form of our ista mantra or
dhyana mantra.

And by His grace with that mantra we can become one with Ista. Buddhists
have no Supreme Ista. Their meditation leads to a total void. But in AM
we move towards our Ists with love and sincerity by His grace. That is
our Goal and that is what clearly separates AM sadhana from the
trappings of Buddhist meditation.

Baba says, “You are all spiritual aspirants. You are yogiis and you
should know that the only interpretation of yoga is “Samyoga yoga
Ityukto Jiiva’tma’ Parama’tmanah”. All other interpretations are
baseless. And you should also remember that for your movement toward
your Is’t’a, you have only to practise, your unification with your
Is’t’a is your only goal.” (SS-12)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has given us the correct approach in meditation and
He has also directed that “it is the bounden duty of every Ananda Margii
to being all onto the path of bliss.” Thus we should be cent per cent
involved in not allowing the general people to fall prey to the
nothingness of Buddhist meditation. We should guide and teach them to
move towards the Supreme, lest they become microvita.

Baba says, “As a yogic practice, pratya’ha’ra means “withdrawal of the
mind from external objectivity and goading the withdrawn mind toward
Parama Purus’a”.” (YP)

Namaskar,
Jayanta

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Crow and Cuckoo

Baba says, “It is said that there is a particular species of the cuckoo
bird that is incapable of nesting and raising its own offspring. So to
protect and save her babies, the mother cukoo gently places her own eggs
in the crow’s nest, even though the crow is her dreaded enemy. But since
the eggs of both the birds looks the same, the crow carefully cares for
those cuckoo eggs which were placed in her nest– thinking them to be
her own. At the time of birth, the newborn birds of both species are
black; so seeing the baby cuckoos, the mother crow does not initially
realise that the baby cuckoos are not her own offspring. It is only when
the baby birds become a little bigger and start to call out and cry,
that the crow realises those are not her babies. Then and there the
mother crow becomes very angry, suddenly understanding that it has
gotten duped. But because of having given long-term care and developed
sincere love for the baby cuckoo, the mother crow gives up the idea of
attacking and killing the cuckoo. And instead the mother crow raises the
baby cuckoo as one of her own.” (SC-10)

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From: “Geoff Turnham”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Negative Dhya’na Unknowingly
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2009 07:09:18 +0000

Baba

“Diner pare din cale ja’y, toma’r path ceye a’ma’r yu’g ye ja’y…” (2640)

Purport:

Baba, my days after days are passing waiting for You. Since ages and
ages I have been looking anxiously towards the path of Your arrival. But
all that time has passed in vain. Baba, nobody is understanding my mental
anguish; I am completely helplessly in love with You. So many tears have
been shed waiting for You arrival, yet You are not coming.

Baba, in the daytime I imagine that in the night You will be coming
carrying the lantern of hope, thus fulfilling all my deepest desires. I
imagine that in my sleepless nights You will come and shower Your divine
grace and my troubled eyes will be completely satiated by having Your
blissful darshan.

Baba, when the night passes and You have not come then with deep hope I
go on ideating that You will be coming in the morning, with the advent of
the bright red crimson dawn. And like the effulgence of the rising sun You
will wipe away the cimmerian darkness.

Baba, since ages my days are passing in longing for You. Baba please
come…

== NEGATIVE DHYA’NA UNKNOWINGLY ==

Namaskar,
This is a topic that applies to everyone: margiis & non-margiis alike.

Because everyone – every human being – thinks. If one is not thinking
then the mind will essentially disintegrate and die. So, by definition,
we all think.

People think about their boss, their girlfriend, their enemy, their lost
love, their money, their house, their pet dog, their misdeeds etc.
People think about so many things. And when they think about that thing
they invariably apply various tanmatras or inferences: touch, form,
sound etc. In essence they are doing dhya’na, or more precisely negative
dhya’na.

But what people fail to understand is that their thinking – or negative
dhya’na – totally dictates their future to the degree that one will
actually become or be reborn as what they were thinking about.

This has an absolutely dramatic, if not disastrous, effect. Let’s take
this entire topic step by step.

“AS YOU THINK SO YOU BECOME”

In AM, we have all heard the proverb, “As you think so you become.” And
we all know that we should ideate on our is’t’a mantra cent-per-cent of
the time. All these things we know. This theory is not new to anyone in AM.

But how seriously we truly consider the consequences of not doing this
is another matter.

Baba says, “If the mental force is directed towards finite and crude
objects, then the person is ultimately converted into crudeness. As you
think so you become.” (AMIWL-1)

Even then some of us may be thinking that, “This cannot happen to me – I
will not be changed into crudity.”

Yet that is exactly what happens.

WHO BECOMES WHAT

As stated in the beginning everyone thinks; everyone holds an idea and
image in their mind. The irony is that often times – due to human
weakness – people do not hold their highest ideal in mind, but rather
something else.

For instance, many Muslims are often thinking day-long about their
hatred of Hindus. Likewise, many Jews think of their enemies in the
Muslim world. They think intensely in this manner, with vivid imagery
and with strong emotion.

And do you know what happens? Such Muslims actually are reborn as Hindus
and such Jews are verily reborn as Muslims. This is the way it works.

Same is the case with Ku Klux Klan members who despise black people as
well as with certain Frenchmen who hate Algerians etc.

Baba says, “It is the natural wont of the mind to take the shape of its
object of meditation. If the object of worship is crude, say money or
any crude thing, the mind takes the shape of that crude thing in the
course of time. Hence the proverb “As you think so you become.” For
instance, when someone constantly thinks of a ghost, he actually becomes
a ghost one day. One then starts behaving in an abnormal way. Again,
someone concentrates upon two hundred dollars, one day the person will
become an actual dollar. Hence human beings should be very, very
cautious in what they ideate upon, in their objects of contemplation.”
(AV-12)

Baba says, “One acquires a physical body according to the nature of
one’s sam’ska’ras [unmanifested mental reactions]. Hence it is not at
all impossible for a human being to be reborn as a hog, a worm, a tree,
or even a piece of stone.” (AMIWL-7)

So it is not just limited to a Muslim turning into a Hindu or a Jew
turning into a Muslim. A person will turn into whatever they ideate on –
and again everyone ideates. Indeed, at present so many people on this
earth are sunk in the practice of negative dhya’na. Yet they are totally
unaware of the severe ramifications.

In the above teachings, Baba pointedly warns us and categorically states
that a person will become a ghost or crude money, or verily anything,
even a hog, a worm, or a spittoon – if that is what they think about. So
everyone should be made aware of the horrors of doing negative dhya’na.

There are so who intently think about their pet dog will be reborn a
dog. Indeed whatever it is that we love or hate – or whatever we think
about – that is what we will become, either in this life or the next.

Those who mentally curse their boss and think about their boss when not
at the job will be transformed into that negative boss. They will be
that one day.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT HOW IT WORKS

One other thing should be said. This entire phenomenon is not like one
magic show, as in “poof” all of a sudden one becomes a frog. It happens
gradually.

For instance, if one thinks about their boss and their boss is someone
who gets angry easily, then that negative vrtti of anger will soon take
shape in their mind as well. And then due to that continued thought, or
negative dhyana, in that very life or the next, they may become exactly
like that boss, in all the ways – physically, mentally, everything.

So little by little we acquire the samskaras or properties of whatever
we are thinking about.

Here is another example that people should be aware about.

In the west, people may not be afraid of ghosts, but they may be scared
of so many other imaginary things. They may be paranoid that nobody
loves them, and then sadly over time that becomes their living reality.
They truly think and feel that really nobody loves them. This becomes
their reality, even when others really do love them.

This approach or negative dhyana probably accounts for a huge number of
the cases of depression and related mental diseases in the more
so-called developed nations like the USA. People harbor a negative
thought in mind and ultimately they become a living representation of
that thought or fear.

As far as possible we should warn and teach those in the general society
about this entire process. They must know about it, lest they destroy
not only this life but the next one also.

ANANDA MARGIIS ARE NOT EXEMPT

All of the above applies to all Ananda Margiis as well. Just because we
have been initiated into tantra does not mean we cannot fall onto that
path of negative pratisaincara. Indeed so many sadhakas have fallen. We
must be cent-per-cent involved in our sadhana. We must ideate and do
dhyana on Him.

Unfortunately, by the looks of things, it seems that some Dadas may be
doing negative dhya’na on their “groupist enemies”. They may pass their
days planning and plotting against their rivals. In that case, they will
acquire those very samskaras and be reborn as a Bengali etc.

Then there are some Dadas who are so fascinated with their new car. Such
was the case of one Amurt worker in the USA. This Wt was enamoured with
his sports car. Hopefully by now he has given up that negative ideation.
If not, surely he will be reborn as a piece of metal or as a steering
wheel.

Whatever may be, if we just do our mantra japa for a few minutes during
sadhana, and then the entire rest of the 24hrs we are involved in all
kinds of mundane thoughts and longings, then that most certainly will
affect our future.

Because whatever direction in which the mind is colored is the direction
in which we will grow. Whether it be money, fame, prestige, land, etc,
whatever we ideate on will become our living reality, sooner or later.
This is the natural law.

Thus we also should not get caught in the trappings of doing negative
dhya’na.

WHAT IS THE WAY OUT

The question that invariably arises is how are we to proceed. Here Baba
gives the answer.

Baba says, “Whenever any thought arises in the mind, it should be
immediately channelled towards Parama Purus’a. You should say: “O Parama
Purus’a, Thy will be done“.” (NKS, Disc: 23)

The only way then is to direct all our thoughts and energies towards
Parama Purusa and serve Him in all respects, always. This demands strong
sadhana and proper use of Guru mantra. Then we will be cent-per-cent safe.

Even then, as human beings we have so many emotions running through the
mind. How are we to deal with all of these.

Here again, Baba has given us the answer and best tool: Prabhat Samgiita.

In His Prabhat Samgiita, the full range of human emotions are expressed
and in each song those emotions are goaded towards the Supreme. So
whenever we feel angry, then we should direct that anger towards Baba,
not to our spouse, or boss, or whomever we are angry with. When we
direct our anger towards Baba then we are thinking of Him and that is
proper dhyana.

And that is the way all our emotions are to be addressed. Our love, our
infatuation, our desires, our longings, our sadness, our loneliness etc.
Each and every emotion is to be goaded towards Baba. Then our success is
sure.

That is what Baba has taught us in Prabhat Samgiita.

BABA’S BLESSING

This entire topic of doing negative dhya’na is a slippery slope. People
the world over, non-margiis certainly and some margiis too, get verily
caught in this negative approach and it ruins their future. All should
be warned accordingly and all should then be extremely cautious and
careful about how they ideate in life. No one should allow mundane or
crude thinking – i.e. negative dhya’na – to be part of their mental
flow, lest they wish to destroy their future.

Here is Baba’s warning.

Baba says, “They say, “Why should I bother about such subtle things. I’m
quite happy as I am.” Such people, engrossed as they are in materialism,
are bound to be reborn in crude material bodies [like pigs, feces, and
wood etc].” (PNS-11)

Human life is rare and we have all been blessed with the power of
cognition. We are to utilise this in the best way possible and realise Him.

Baba says, “When one’s goal of ideation is Parama’tma’, one attains
absolute progress. As one’s psychic object is subtle and expansive,
one’s psychic body becomes subtle and expansive, too, and finally
becomes one with the Macrocosm.” (AMIWL-8)

Namaskar,
Gagan

Note 1: GURU MANTRA AND PROPER MEMORY

This below teaching of Baba is also related to this entire topic.

Baba says, “You should remember to use guru mantra regularly before
every action. One attains success in the field of action by the right
application of guru mantra. Some of you, I do not say all, often forget
to use guru mantra before starting an activity. If you do forget, repeat
it after completing the action. When one no longer makes such a mistake,
that is, when one always remembers to use guru mantra before starting
any activity, one is said to have attained “dhruva smrti” or “fixed
memory”. Dhruva means “fixed”, “stationary”. When, by dint of sa’dhana’,
one establishes oneself in dhruva smrti, one experiences an unbroken
flow of bliss in one’s mind. In the scriptures, this intense spiritual
bliss is termed “dharma megha’nanda”. Whenever you develop that sort of
fixed memory, you will experience dharma megha’nanda’.” (AV-7)

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WT Conduct Rules

“We are all the children of the same Father, we are all the members of the
same family. By fighting against all kinds of evil forces, we will
establish the glory of our Father and the glory of our family.” (Point #13
of ’14 Points’, WT Conduct Rules)

Note: A few so-called senior, degenerated and disgraceful Wts are going
astray from this fundamental rule by spreading the poison of groupism and
by creating division in the society– all of which is completely against
neo-humanism. This is all happening due to greed, lust of power, desire for
prestige etc. Unfortunately such persons are still in the uniform of Wts so
we have to recognise them. As they have tainted the glory of Lord Shrii
Shrii Anandamurtiji by their sinful, power-hungry ways. Indeed by all this
they have destroyed the sanctity & unity of the family.

Note 2: Those who are sincere margiis adhere to this above cited rule since
the spirit of this conduct rule is common to one and all.

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