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From: “Shantatma Kerketta”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Devotee Story: Three Boons
Date: Fri 26 Nov 2010 07:46:32 +0530

Baba

“Diner a’lote a’so ni, ele tumi a’ndha’re…” P.S. 2073

Purport:

Baba You are so merciful, You are so divine. Earlier when my life was
full of happiness then that time You did not come; but now in this
period of darkness You have come. It is Your grace. During my good days
I wanted You to come and rejoice the occasion. But that did not happen–
in the effulgence of the day You did not come. But now in the darkness
of night You have come.* Baba, how You play Your liila.

Baba in the smile of the moon, You do not present Yourself. But when I
was suffering in pain, then with the soothing balm You came and relieved
me of my suffering. Baba, You have come in this cimmerian darkness when
I am crying. Baba, everyone knows that You are most-loving; and everyone
knows that You think about one and all. Even then they involve in
logically analysing and reasoning about Your ways in order to strengthen
their love for You– to love You in a deeper way.

O’ Baba, You are beginningless and Your abode is in infinity. In all the
twelve months You remain constantly along with me– in pain and
pleasure. Baba, You are the divine shelter of everyone; You are the
heart of everyone, the Soul of souls. And by Your grace You pull
everyone close to You. You never discard or ignore anyone– irrespective
of how high or how low they are. Baba You have only come in this time of
crying and suffering. In the good days when I was calling You then You
did not come. Baba, Your glory is unfathomable; Your liila is beyond
imagination; Baba, You are so gracious…

* Here Baba is using effulgence to represent those days of happiness and
darkness symbolizes those periods of tears and sorrow.

== DEVOTEE STORY: THREE BOONS ==

Namaskar,
Devotees have a special characteristic that separates them from ordinary
people. That is Baba’s explicit teaching.

Rregardless of a bhakta’s behavior, whether he commits a right or a
wrong, we must not think that thr devotee is therefore useless or worse
than common folk. Because still that bhakta has the special quality of
devotion. Baba Himself places tremendous importance on this.

Here below is one famous story about a devotee from long ago. The inner
meaning of the story lends itself well to life in Ananda Marga.

Thereafter are two dramatic Baba stories wherein He vigorously defends
the honor of even bad bhaktas after they were condemned by others for
their faults.

All these stories point in the direction that Parama Purusa holds a
special place in His heart for all devotees, even bad ones who commit
wrongs.

GAYA’SURA STORY: BAD DEVOTEE GOES ON CRUSADE

Baba tells the story of King Tripasur who was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu.
After launching a crusade, King Tripasura met his untimely death.

His son, Gaya’sura inherited the throne and followed in his footsteps.

King Gaya’sura too was an ardent worshiper of Lord Vishnu. He prayed
endlessly and finally achieved the gift of immortality, granted to him by
his chosen Lord Visnu. King Gaya’sura promptly launched a heinous offensive
wiping out innocent people in all lands. The wrath of Gaya’sura was terrible.
And no one could kill him.

King Gayasura even attacked the devotees of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu Himself
came to defend them, but the Lord too was defeated.

Lord Vishu’s followers pleaded with Him to do something.

Lord Vishnu then askeda boon of King Gayasura. The King agreed. Lord
Vishnu then asked that Gayasura be turned to stone.

Gaya’sura replied, “So be it”, but then made three pleas:

1) The Lord should put His feet in Gaya’sura’s heart;
2) All those with the Lord’s feet in their heart must be granted liberation;
3) If anyone with the Lord’s feet in their heart does not get
liberation, then King Gaya’sura will again be granted life on earth.

Here Baba describes these boons in full:

Baba says, “First, the Lord will seat Himself in the heart of the
devotee without bothering Himself about the nature of that person, good,
or bad. It is enough to be a devotee, in order to have the Lord inside.
Second, all those who have the Lord’s feet in their hearts are bound to
get liberation – liberation is a sure guarantee for them. Third, since
Gaya’sura had been turned to stone by the Lord, and since He would again
arise if anyone having the Lord inside failed to be liberated, the Lord
would have to grant liberation to all such persons for all time to
come.” (‘The Lord’s Feet)

By the above story – which Baba Himself has recounted on various
occasions – we can understand that Parama Purusa places great value on
devotion.

Baba says, ‘This devotion is a heavenly attribution.” (1 June 1986 DMC)

Even though King Gayasura was a ruthless warrior, due to his devotion
he was able to keep the Lord’s feet in his heart. Such is the quality of
devotion and such is the grace of the Lord.

Devotion then is enough to gain the favour of the Lord, despite what
other bad qualities a bhakta might have.

TRUE TO FORM IN ANANDA MARGA

With all the groupism, difficulties, power mongering and so forth, it is
very easy to think that certain people in AM are total garbage. But we
should never harbor such ideas.

Some may have made mistakes and committed gross sins, yet still all are
our brother and sisters. We must develop a relationship of love with them.

We must remember that all have come into Ananda Marga – and they have
come for a reason. In the the near or distant past, they established an
inner link with Parama Purusa, by His grace. They have a place for Him
in their heart – so they have come once again to sacrifice in some way
for Him – and they are going to be granted salvation.

So all in AM are not just our brothers and sisters, but they are
devotees of the Lord and that in itself has great meaning. They have a
special connection with Him.

Regardless of what faults they do or what hell they create, we must not
banish such persons from our minds or think ill of them. Rather we are
to love them.

No doubt such persons may have to undergo rectification in the social
sphere – they may have to stand before the court of justice – but their
spiritual well-being is safe and secure, just as was the case with King
Gaya’sura. Parama Purusa has saved a place in His heart for even bad
devotees.

So we must appreciate all who have come to do something for Baba,
despite whatever shortcomings they may have. Their arrival onto the path
of AM has great meaning – that is enough to make one’s life successful.

We should not just think this way about others but about ourselves as
well. Baba has graciously has blessed us with the special gift of devotion.

BABA STORY #1:
THE CASE OF SHARANA’NANDA

We all know that in the 70’s when the mass of Wts were called for reporting
and RDS with Baba, then it was so crowded. The rooms were small and
everyone had to squeeze into just a few rooms.

During one such occasion, Dada Sharana’nanda arrived and was told that
all workers should place their bags and blankets into a particular room.
There was hardly any space as hundreds of workers were putting their
belongings there.

Anyway, somehow Sharana’nandaji found a tiny space. He spread his
blanket halfway and placed his bag on top. Then he went off to attend
his various meetings etc.

That evening when Sharana’nandaji returned, he saw that one Dada had
tossed his things aside and taken his spot. When he awakened that Dada
and told him, the Dada did not care at all.

Sharana’nandaji was extremely frustrated. In addition, it was a fasting
day and that made his frustration grow even more. Internally he was
thinking that many of these other Wts were just like monkeys, totally
uncultured and uncivilised. He was thinking they were just worthless
people.

He did not complain openly but those were the thoughts floating in his
mind.

The next day Sharana’nandaji was called before Baba for reporting.

Baba looked at him and in His loving liila He abused him openly. Baba
strongly rebuked him and said that those who have come in AM are not
ordinary. They may have bad manners and their conduct may be irregular,
but I have specially called them and they have come. So you must adjust
with their behaviours. They have a special samskara. Do not
superficially judge them by seeing their bad qualities or rude behaviour.

Baba lovingly scolded Sharana’nandaji in this manner.

Dada was shocked to hear this. First because he had not complained to
anyone, just Baba was peering into his mind. Secondly, he realised that
he must reconsider his relations with other workers and adjust with
their poor dealing.

Certainly Baba must have strongly scolded the Dada who threw away
Sharana’nandaji’s blanket. Sharana’nandaji did not know. All he knew was that
he must have respect and love for all in the Marga because of their link
with Baba. That is Baba’s wish and explicit direction.

This above story shows how Baba never judges any of His disciples based
on external affairs but rather looks at their inner essence and feeling.
And when He Himself says that all in AM have come because I have called
them and that they have a special samskara, then we must always look
favourably on everyone in AM – and love them.

That does not mean that we cannot point out their wrongdoing. We can in
the social sphere, only with the sweet motive to clean them of their faults.
Good margiis do like this because they know that all in AM are part of their
kith and kin. So in our heart we must not have ill will toward them.
Whether they do wrong or right, we must remember that they come to serve
Him in some capacity and they have Baba’s love.

BABA STORY #2:
THE CASE YOUNG WT IN GORAKHPUR

This next story leads in the same direction.

One family acarya from Gorakhpur came to Baba to complain about one
young Wt. The family acarya was telling about all kinds of incidents.

Baba immediately interjected and began scolding the family acarya and
told him to look upon that young worker as his own son. Then Baba
pointed out that the family acarya’s own son did not become a WT and was
not even a margii. And not only that, Baba said that, “While you
yourself were eating and enjoying at your house, this young worker was
not even able to find any proper food in the jagrti.”

Baba continued, “But you never cared about that and never checked to see
if he is alright. And now you are complaining to me about the behaviour
of this young worker. Such is your audacity. You should be ashamed of
yourself.”

Baba concluded, “I am His Father and I have to take care of Him. And you
also should have love for him.”

After this incident, everyone stopped complaining about Wts – at least
on the external level.

Again, here the point is not that wrongful behaviours should be
overlooked entirely. We are to point out and seek the rectification of
those bad devotees. But at the same time we should not harbor any
negative feelings in the mind toward such bhaktas. Because all have come
because of His call. They are not ordinary people and we should love
them.

MOTHER-BABY ANALOGY
Just as a mother has inherent love for her progeny — regardless of what
harm their children might cause, same is the case with Parama Purusa. He
has innate and unconditional love for His children.

The mother may abuse and scold her children but she has love. Likewise
Parama Purusa also may scold but His quantum of love is always present.

In the spiritual sphere, love is not unilateral. The bhakta has love for Him
and in return Parama Purusa has much more love for His devotees.

Baba does not look at the qualities or conduct of bad devotees. His love
is based on seeing the feeling in their heart. We should do the same.

This explains why despite all the mischief caused by some Central Dadas,
even then Baba has blessed them and kept them close.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He loves, cares for, and looks after all His devotees,
whether they be good or bad. All have a special place in His heart.

Here we must remember the story of King Gayasura and how Lord
Vishnu granted him three boons – keeping His feet always in his heart.

And Baba Himself approves this story.

Although this is the story of King Gayasura and Lord Vishnu, yet in reporting
Baba Himself told and promised that He grants these same boons to all His
devotees.

Then when Lord Vishnu granted the boon that the Lord’s feet will always be
in the heart of the devotee, irregardless of their good and bad deeds, we must
know that Baba has promised and guaranteed the same. That is the first boon.

Secondly, Baba also promises that those who have the Lord’s feet
in their heart will get salvation. This is His second guarantee.

Lastly, if anyone with the Lords’ feet in their heart does not get liberation,
then the Lord’s prestige is at stake. Thus He is bound to fulfill them.

So Baba guarantees the above boons for all devotees up to eternity and
the only prerequisite for these boons is devotion. Then liberation is sure –
and the noose of maya will be shattered.

All this Baba has guaranteed and by His grace I was there that time in reporting
and by hearing Baba’s loving promise, then tears began flowing from all those
present. The room was completely vibrated; Baba’s immense love and grace
was emanating. We all felt especially graced by His infinite love and special
promise. And this guarantee Baba has granted to every devotee – for all who
have love for Him, irrespective of what wrongs and rights one commits in life.
Such His the nature of His loving and unconditional boon.

Thus when Baba does not judge bad devotees poorly, neither should we.
Their mistakes must be corrected in the social realm, but on the
spiritual plane, we must think of even bad devotees as our kith and kin
and love them, and know that Baba will take care for their salvation.

We should not judge any bhakta or even ourselves based on past sins. We
should think about Him and cultivate love for all.

So the lesson given in the Gaya’sura story of old applies equally well
today. That is why Baba has given this story again and again in His
discourses. Because all bhaktas – even bad ones – have earned a place in
His heart.

May we all focus not on the the poor behaviour of bad devotees but
instead adopt a high spiritual ideal.

Baba says, “Cherishing a strong desire to know and understand Him, think
of Him, ideate on Him, meditate on Him – You will certainly attain Him.”
(AMIWL-6)

Baba says, “…The wise and intelligent ideate less on their defects and
demerits and more on the Supreme desideratum.” (A’nanda Va’nii #66)

Namaskar,
Shantatma

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Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:01:28 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Hariish Dev”
Subject: Danger of Having & Not Having…

Baba

“Esechile a’ma’r ghare kon se pu’rn’ima’y…” (PS 4075)

Purport:

Baba, by Your divine grace You came to my house on one full moon night.
It was such a memorable and unforgettable occasion. With Your infinite
grace, in song, in dance, and with the pull of the heart, You made me
lose myself in Your divine splendour. Baba, I became fully enthralled
and captivated by Your exquisite beauty.

Baba, by Your grace on that special full-moon night You compassionately
listened to all the inner feelings of my heart. You intimately
understood all my suffering. Baba, by Your grace You gently removed
whatever pain I had. With the august presence of Your sweetness, on that
very full moon night, You created one beautiful époque in my life. Baba,
it is beyond my understanding why You suddenly went away– leaving me
all alone. Since then so many seasons have passed in waiting for You.
Now after such a long time, that distant memory of Your divine arrival
to my house on that full moon night has become completely covered by the
thick fog of time.

Baba, please be gracious and come to me. Please do not forget that You
are mine and I am Yours…

== DANGER OF HAVING AND NOT HAVING KNOWLEDGE ==

Namaskar,
As we know, on the path of yoga, balance is the key. There must not be
too much nor too little of anything. Whether it be food, sadhana &
service, study, or any other endeavour, everything must be in balance.
That is our approach and that is why AM is madhya ma’rga, or the middle
path.

Baba is also careful to point out that this balance applies to the realm
of knowledge as well. Having too much or too little knowledge is
dangerous. That is Baba’s teaching.

DANGER OF TOO MUCH KNOWLEDGE

According to Baba, knowledge is to be attained only for arriving at the
proper path. And that proper path, of course, is the path of
spirituality, or sadhana. Beyond that, the the over-accumulation or
misuse of knowledge is a liability, a hazard. That is the problem with
having too much knowledge, or knowledge that is misdirected

Here is Baba’s brief story about this.

Baba says, “Physical [worldly] knowledge is like the leaf of a shala
tree [a tall evergreen with large leaves] on which people take meals. As
long as you have not eaten, there is a value in the leaf, but the moment
you have finished your meal, the leaf goes into the dust bin to be
licked by the street dogs. When you come to realize that this physical
knowledge of yours is only worth licking by a dog, then devotion will
arise in you. Then you will acquire true knowledge.” (SS-19)

In the above story:

(a) The person holding the leaf is a sadhaka;

(b) The leaf plate (pattal) is knowledge.

(c) The food on the leaf that gets eaten represents that knowledge which
we internalise and use in our practical spiritual life, i.e. sadhana.

(d) The food that remains on the leaf after the meal is that mundane
knowledge which has no utility in our spiritual practice.

(e) MORAL OF THE STORY: The leftover food on the leaf, i.e. that
knowledge which is not used for sadhana and spiritual life, is useless
and should be tossed aside and licked by dogs. It has no value in our
human growth and development.

APPLYING THIS IN LIFE

Baba’s basic teaching is that we should be careful not to fill our lives
with excess knowledge that has no practical value in. Rather all that we
learn should be internalised and used to enhance our own spiritual life
and serve others.

The classic example of over accumulation of knowledge is the proverbial
university professor who has all kinds of theoretical knowledge and can
speak Latin and Greek, but has no idea what food to eat, how to take
care of himself, or how to help others. All day long he wastes his time
in accumulating more and more knowledge that has no practical value nor
any use in life. This is not the proper way to live on this earth. That
is just like excess food that should be tossed aside and eaten by dogs.

CASES OF EXCESS KNOWLEDGE INSIDE AM

Unfortunately we do not just see this unfolding outside AM. This
over-accumulation or misutilsation of knowledge happens inside our Marga
as well. Please excuse me, but we see this occurring with some,
certainly not all, but with a few of our wholetimers, and even some
margii postholders etc.

For instance, every WT has expert theoretical understanding of yama and
niyama. They teach these tenets all day long. Yet a few of our
wholetimers engage in smuggling, living a luxurious lifestyle, or even
skipping their sadhana lessons. In that case, all that (excess)
knowledge that they acquired about yama and niyama is useless. It has no
practical value.

Instead it is a liability. Because those few wts think that they know
everything about yama and niyama, and hence they cannot be taught by
others. Such Wts have a vanity of knowledge. Yet what they “know”, they
do not follow in their daily life. In which case that “knowledge” is
nothing but an impediment to their growth.

And the worst part is that since they think they know something, then
they are neither able to listen to others, nor willing to learn from
others.

Then of course there is the case with those few Wts who follow groupism.
Each and every one of these workers (i.e. the few who indulge in
groupism) can give a beautiful two-hour lecture on neohumanism and
universalism, but in their own life they are confirmed groupists.

And in turn, they will use their knowledge in tricky ways, i.e. to
convince others with flowery language to also join their group, yet all
along they will speak of the virtues of universalism. Unfortunately,
this is how some WTs have lured unsuspecting margiis and field workers
into their group.

All this then is also just a clear-cut case of accumulating excess or
misused knowledge. Knowledge for knowledge sake, or just theoretical
understanding, is that which takes no proper expression in their own
life. Knowledge is to be internalised, not collected, nor used to
misguide others. That is Baba’s teaching, nay His strict warning.

Baba says, “If people have developed intellects which are not properly
directed, and there is no administration of the sadvipras, people become
polished satans and inflict sufferings on others.” (AFPS-6)

The worst outcome then is if people use knowledge to misguide and
deceive others. Baba terms such persons as “polished satans”. We should
be wary of such beings.

To the degree that we can bring theoretical knowledge into benevolent
practice is the degree to which our knowledge base is useful to us. One
should not thrust themselves onto the road to hell by using their
hard-earned knowledge to deceive others for selfish causes. Such persons
future is not bright.

WHY THEY DO THIS

The next question one might ask is why they do this.

Often people, and some WTs get allured into accumulating knowledge in
order to place themselves above others. They think having huge knowledge
will enhance their prestige and others will come up to them and say, “Oh
Sir, or Oh Dada, you are so knowledgeable and wise…” But this type of
false vanity or arrogance will just turn one into a beggar for others’
praise. Internally one will feel empty and dry and the so-called
knowledge that they do have will not help them progress in life.

Or they seek out excess knowledge in order to satisfy their selfish
agenda. They search for words and phrases that support their personal or
group interest, and skip over the greater meaning of the discourse.
People who justify fake Ananda Vaniis, dogmas, crude programs like
so-called Mahaprayan, and tirithas fall into this category. This type of
manipulation of knowledge also falls in the category of
over-accumulation or misutilisation of knowledge.

So one must not engage in this overaccumalation / misuse of knowledge.
That knowledge which helps one grow and serve others should be
internalised and practiced (such as sadhana, dhyana, kiirtan, science,
philosophy), and that knowledge which is superfluous to one’s life
should be tossed aside and licked by dogs.

THE OPPOSITE END OF THE SPECTRUM: LACK OF KNOWLEDGE

From all of the above, one should be careful of their use of knowledge,
but one must not then think that accumulating any kind of knowledge is
therefore a burden. Knowledge is necessary and needed: It should be
pursued wisely and with sincerity, not just to enhance one’s prestige or
to misguide others.

As we know, Baba considers study to be essential. Without study or
without knowledge, one will be prone to being exploited. That is His
other clear-cut warning.

This we see happening outside the Marga, as happened with so many native
populations or in the case of people with shudra mentality. Either they
sold their land for a song, or they got tricked into making a bad trade,
or they got duped into sending their children to schools that did not
recognise the local language etc. All these instances are cases of
exploitation where one party lacked the sufficient knowledge.

Unfortunately, once again we see this happening in our Marga. Of course
this does not apply to everyone and since 1990 things have been getting
better, but unfortunately due to a lack of knowledge a few continue to
get exploited.

As Baba warns us, this often happens due to a distinct lack of knowledge.

Baba says, “If there is a dearth of intellectual pabulum and the
intellectual standard of the people is not high, they can take “dos” to
be “don’ts” and vice versa.” (AFPS-6)

As Ananda Margiis it is essential that we study and review Baba’s
ideological teachings, then we will not be prone to getting misguided by
others. Then we will not get duped about the curtailment of BP rights,
or false money collecting, or whatever else some Dadas do behind their
tall talks.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of knowledge, some become duped into
fulfilling the agenda of certain crude Dadas, and in this way such
innocent people degenerate terribly.

Baba says, “Where the intellectual standard of the people is low, people
commit blunders – prompted by such leaders they become beasts.” (AFPS-6)

Tragically, when some Dadas get convinced to kill one of our own acaryas
as in the case of our dear brother Ac. Abhipremannda Avt, they got
convinced or blinded due to their own lack of knowledge. In this way
they got deceived into committing a heinous crime.

Hence the cultivation of right knowledge is essential.

Neither should we stuff ourselves with knowledge to create a sense of
false vanity or to dupe and deceive others, nor should we remain
ignorant about AM teachings and then get exploited at the hands of some
opportunistic factional leaders.

Regarding knowledge, we should find balance in life. That is Baba’s
teaching.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace we are to develop ourselves in the right way, along the
path of vidya, and be vigilant to expose and dethrone those who use
knowledge to strangle or misguide humanity.

Baba says, “When will the three causes of sin be removed? Only when the
sadvipras will be ready to fight against them with an iron hand. Today,
at this hour, it is my call to the sadvipras of the world not to delay
any longer. They should march ahead and save humanity and make the path
of humanity free of thorns.” (AFPS-6)

Namaskar
Hariish

Note 1: HOW TO USE OUR KNOWLEDGE

Baba says, “The duty of the sadvipras will be to hammer these stagnant
people who are a burden to society, who suffer from inertness in their
physico-psychic sphere, at the appropriate moment so that the path of
human progress becomes straight, clear and well-constructed.” (AFPS-6)

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Selection of Males and Females

Baba says, “It is very beneficial for society if people of sublime
intelligence and brilliance reproduce more off-spring. The
responsibility of rendering proper nourishment to the progeny of such
persons will have to be taken by society and the government itself.”
(PNS-13, p.47)

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Date: 16 Aug 2010 22:41:08 -0000
From: “Subhash Dholakia”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Dog Analogy is Right One….

Baba

“Sukhe ele na’ko, shoke sa’ntvana’ dite ele…” (PS 3091)

Purport:

Baba, when I was feeling happy and content that time You did not come.
Those days I was so enamoured with myself and I was so involved in my
own glory that I did not even think to call You. So You did not come.
But when I lost all that happiness and when I become drowned in my
sorrows of self pity and when I was suffering and overwhelmed by various
problems, then by Your grace You immediately came and consoled me. Baba
in that desperate moment You graciously relieved me of my grief. Baba, I
did not ever feel that You are mine. In this life I was always suffering
from the vanity and ego of my own I-feeling. Those days I was thinking
that ‘I am everything’. Due to my ego I did not accept You as the
Supreme One– as my Goal. I did not take You as that most loving One who
can solve all my problems; I did not surrender at Your feet. Baba, even
then by Your grace You advented deep inside my heart and became mine.
And now I understand that You are ever helpful and that You remain with
me always.

Baba, those days when I was overwhelmed by that severe suffering, I did
not outrightly tell You about my problems. I did not openly say
anything. I did not express my pain to You. But because You are
ever-present in my heart and because You are my eternal shelter, with
Your infinite compassion You fully understood the desperated state of my
mind– You understood my sorrow. And by Your grace You instantly poured
Your eternal sweetness and love. By Your grace You filled my whole
existence with Your divine bliss.

Baba, due to my ego and vantiy I could not recognise you. You were
showering huge grace on me but I could not recognicse that. I thought
that due to my own qualities everything was happening. In those happpy
times I could not recognise You. Only did I begin to recognise You in my
sorrow. Baba, in my state of terrible suffering, when the mountain of
misery started falling on my head, then all my friends left me. I was
all alone. When I was happy then they were along with me but when I
became sunk in misery all those friends disappeared. Baba, You are the
exact opposite. When I was sunk in woe then by Your grace You
immediately came and removed all my pains and troubles. Baba You bathed
me in Your infinite love. Filling my I-feeling with Your bliss, You
surrounded me each and every second. Baba, You showereed Your grace and
saturated my heart.

Baba, You are so gracious. You are love Personified. You have done
everything for me. Baba, I surrender at Your alter…

DOG CHEWING BONE ANALOGY IS THE RIGHT ONE

FOR CHASING AFTER WORLDLY PLEASURES

Namaskar,
Throughout His teachings Baba has presented us with various analogies
that shed light onto our journey on the spiritual path.

These following two analogies– about the musk deer and the dog chewing
the bone– contain golden nuggets of guidelines about how we should
proceed in our spiritual life as well as how we can avoid the missteps
of material cravings.

ANALOGY OF MUSK DEER

Baba tells again and again that we must not seek Him in the external
world, rather we are to seek Him within. In His discourses and in
Prabhat Samgiita He emphasizes this point repeatedly.

Always He warns us of the danger of looking for Him externally.

Dura’t sudure…

By looking for Him externally, the sadhaka only pushes Parama Purusa
further and further away, beyond the grasp. Even then, in their dogmatic
worship, so many seekers and religious fanatics fall into this negative
cycle.

By worshiping idols, taking pilgrimages, declaring jihad, and following
so-called Mahaprayan, various people think they are doing things that
will enable them to attain Him. But this is not just not so. He is
within and they are going without. Their pitiful plight is just like
this analogy about the musk deer.

Baba says, “The other meaning of gandhacelika’ is “sweet scented musk
accumulated in and around the navel portion of the musk deer.” The musk
deer lives in cold countries and looks ugly, but the hormone secreted
from its glands gradually accumulates in the navel. Eventually the
liquid portion evaporates and the remainder becomes hard, and the harder
it gets, the stronger its fragrance becomes. The female deer does not
have this musk scent. The male deer becomes so intoxicated with its own
fragrance that it goes berserk searching for the source of the smell. It
fails to realize that the source of the smell is its own navel.
Ultimately, after much running, the exhausted musk deer falls down
dead.” (MVNS)

Just as the musk deer falls down tired and ultimately dead after its
failed pursuit of trying to find that aromatic smell in the external
world, the same is true of those idol worshipers and jihadists who seek
their god through external objects and displays. In the end they do not
get Him, and instead fall down tired or dead. Then in their next life
they get transmuted into rock, iron, or even stone.

So we should be sure that our approach is introversial and
psycho-spiritual, where we seek Him within. We must not run around
senselessly like the musk deer, as those religious fanatics do, not
knowing that that what we ultimately seek lies within. That is Baba’s
teachings about the musk deer analogy.

ANALOGY OF DOG CHEWING BONE

In this next analogy, Baba shows us how chasing after temporary or
worldly enjoyments occurs at the expense of our own self, of our own
vital energy.

Baba says, “The situation is likened to that of a dog when it chews a
dry bone. The bone contains nothing – no marrow, no flesh, nothing.
While chewing that dry bone, its lips get cut and blood oozes out, and
when the poor dog tastes the blood, it thinks that it is tasting blood
from the bone, and licks even more. If you forcibly snatch the dry bone
from the dog, the dog will whimper, because it will feel that its food
is being taken away.” (SS-21)

In the above analogy the dog is chewing its bone and getting nothing in
return. Rather it is depriving itself of its own life force– its own
blood– yet thinking that it is getting something very tasty in return.

Such is the fate of so many who chase after material things.

Those who drink liquor think that they are drinking the nectar of life
and getting so much happiness. But in fact they are not getting
anything, and their drunkenness is coming at the expense of their own
liver. That organ is getting destroyed by alcohol, yet the drinker
thinks that the alcohol is giving him so much joy.

Such a person is no different from the dog that is merely sucking on its
own blood when chewing the dry bone.

Then of course there are those who think that sensual / sexual pleasures
are giving them so much happiness in the world. But those escapades are
merely depriving a person of their own lymph which is the seed of
spiritual knowledge and bliss.

So again it is a losing scenario. The person thinks that in having sex
they are getting everything, when in fact nothing is gotten, rather one
is losing their own vital force.

And same is the case with so many things including sumptuous food,
money, prestige, automobiles etc. People mistakenly think that they are
getting an abundance of pleasure from this mundane world when in fact
they are getting fleeting joy, i.e. nothing at all, at the expense of
their own inner vitality.

The basic ideas is that in the mundane sphere we are always spending
something to get nothing. That is what dog and the dry bone analogy is
all about. That is what Baba is teaching us.

CAN ONLY GAIN FROM SPIRITUAL SPHERE

It is only in the spiritual sphere that we can get something. Only
through spiritual practice can we get lasting happiness. When the mind
rises up and feels His touch then nectar secretes from the pineal gland
and we feel a’nandam, or bliss.

In worldly spheres, our “happiness” comes from depleting our own
energies. In the spiritual sphere, our happiness comes by enhancing our
energy by receiving spiritual nectar.

That is the dramatic difference between mundane pleasures and spiritual
bliss.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace He has given us graphic analogies whereby we can clearly
understand His important life teachings and progress along the path of
Supreme Benevolence by seeking Him within and not wasting our time with
chasing after mundane pleasures.

Namaskar,
Subhash

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Allopathic Medicines Not Good

Baba says, “When people take allopathic medicine to cure a disease, the
medicine disturbs the ecological balance of the body because more
negative microvita get concentrated at the point of the disease.
Allopathic medicines do not kill diseases — diseases die by their own
natural death. Although the medicine may check the disease, the
increased concentration of negative microvita can overcome the effect of
the medicine. In fact, the increased concentration of negative microvita
caused by allopathic medicines creates many new types of diseases, and
due to this, two or three new diseases are presently being created every
decade. So what is the solution to this problem? Our approach should be
two fold– external and internal. Externally we should take medicines to
check diseases, but internally we should perform spiritual practice.”
(MVNS, p.136)

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What is the News?

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

Baba

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

Purport:

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

== WHAT IS THE NEWS ==

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

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

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

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

BABA EMPHASIZES THE AIM OF HUMAN LIFE

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

This idea He has given on so many occasions.

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

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

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

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

Here following is one such unique teaching.

WHAT IS THE NEWS?

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

The yaks’a asked: “What is the news?”

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

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

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

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

WHY THIS IS NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOW WE SHOULD LIVE OUR LIFE

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

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

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

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

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

BABA’S BLESSING

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

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

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

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

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

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

Namaskar,
Virendra

Note: FURTHER READING ON THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC

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

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

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

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

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From: “Manindra Singh”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: 14 Dec 2009 11:49:38 -0000
Subject: Feeding From Distance

Baba

“Sukhe ele na’ko, shoke sa’ntvana’ dite ele…” (PS 3091)

Purport:

Baba, when I was feeling happy and content that time You did not come.
Those days I was so enamoured with myself and I was so involved in my own
glory that I did not even think to call You. So You did not come. But when
I lost all that happiness and when I become drowned in my sorrows of self
pity and when I was suffering and overwhelmed by various problems, then by
Your grace You immediately came and consoled me. Baba in that desperate
moment You graciously relieved me of my grief. Baba, I did not ever feel
that You are mine. In this life I was always suffering from the vanity and
ego of my own I-feeling. Those days I was thinking that ‘I am everything’.
Due to my ego I did not accept You as the Supreme One– as my Goal. I did
not take You as that most loving One who can solve all my problems; I did
not surrender at Your feet. Baba, even then by Your grace You advented deep
inside my heart and became mine. And now I understand that You are ever
helpful and that You remain with me always.

Baba, those days when I was overwhelmed by that severe suffering, I did
not outrightly tell You about my problems. I did not openly say anything. I
did not express my pain to You. But because You are ever-present in my
heart and because You are my eternal shelter, with Your infinite compassion
You fully understood the desperated state of my mind– You understood my
sorrow. And by Your grace You instantly poured Your eternal sweetness and
love. By Your grace You filled my whole existence with Your divine bliss.
Baba, due to my ego and vantiy I could not recognise you. You were
showering huge grace on me but I could not recognicse that. I thought that
due to my own qualities everything was happening. In those happpy times I
could not recognise You. Only did I begin to recognise You in my sorrow.

Baba, in my state of terrible suffering, when the mountain of misery
started falling on my head, then all my friends left me. I was all alone.
When I was happy then they were along with me but when I became sunk in
misery all those friends disappeared. Baba, You are the exact opposite.
When I was sunk in woe then by Your grace You immediately came and removed
all my pains and troubles. Baba You bathed me in Your infinite love.
Filling my I-feeling with Your bliss, You surrounded me each and every
second. Baba, You showereed Your grace and saturated my heart.

Baba, You are so gracious. You are love Personified. You have done
everything for me. Baba, I surrender at Your alter…

== FEEDING FROM DISTANCE ==

Namaskar,
In light of the ongoing muddle of groupism, many are turning towards
their service projects as their main interaction with the organisation.
This is true for both margiis and wts. Of course we all know that we must
not ignore the rage of groupism and just resort to some goody-goody life.
So the troubles of groupism must be tackled by one and all. At the same
time as we engage in our service projects, here are a few things for us to
think about.

We all know that service projects are an integral part of AM life. Yet how
they are to be built up and how they are to be maintained is not always
easy to know. Should the money come from afar or locally? Plus to what
degree are financial donors responsible for ensuring their money reaches
the mark. These are but a few of the many important questions and
considerations. Here following then are Baba’s important guidelines
regarding how to build and maintain service projects.

INITIAL QUERY

How far is external monetary support helpful in any project where local
people are not involved? Or what happens when a project is totally
dependent upon donations from outsiders? We can gain insight into this by
looking at the history of Ananda Marga and the general society also.

HUMAN BODY AND MEDICINE ANALOGY

In one discourse Baba says that no structure can survive only depending on
external help. Baba gives the example that if anybody is sick and you go on
medicating him by external medicine injection, and if the body does not
have its own vitality to pick itself up, then that external medicine is not
going to work. External medicine is only helpful when the body is responding.

Or in other words, to give strength to the internal system of the body,
some external medicine is needed sometimes. And that medicine does not do
anything on its own; it just helps the internal system to pick itself up.
In the case of a dead body where the internal system is completely defunct,
then external medicine cannot help. If you go on giving medicines to one
dead body, it will be useless.

100% EXTERNAL SUPPORT WILL NOT WORK

It is well known in the Indian history that there was a very big university
in Nalanda’. The name was – Nalanda’ Vishvavidya’lay. It was situated in
Bihar. As long as the area was ruled by Buddhists, then that university
worked fine. Means, that university was completely dependent upon donation
from outsiders and from the King. The local public was not involved. So
when the kingdom changed rulers, then antisocial elements set the
university on fire. And in the library, hundreds of thousands of books were
there. Nobody cared about those things and the whole campus and buildings
were burned one after another. It took several months to go on burning.
Local people were apathetic. So this is one factual history.

So in India we can see hundreds of abandoned mosques and churches which are
lying uncared for, since ages. They were running well when they were
getting donations from the Mogul King, or Britishers. But when the kingdom
changed and donations stopped, then the places became abandoned.

LOCAL SUPPORT NEEDED

And other side, those mosques and churches which were supported by the
public, they are still running fine. Or even better is that the Ashram
system did not get rooted out during the Moghul or British rule because all
the while the public supported the ashram system. So the conclusive idea is
that if any project is run by or dependent on external support, then their
fate is dark.

Thus on this very point, Baba’s policy is not to take support from outside.
Local people should be inspired to contribute and help the local projects.
Otherwise they will not feel oneness with the project. And in most of the
cases they will feel irritation. Or they will try to take away or root out
the projects.’

WHEN THE PUBLIC IDENTIFIES WITH A PROJECT OR NOT

Another important example is that within Bihar there are thousands of
schools situated in the small villages. And initially the government was
granting money for the construction of their buildings. Thus with total
help from the government, school buildings were made.

But villagers did not feel closeness with the project. They were thinking
that “This is an outsider project”, or that “this is a government building.
This is not my building.”

Keeping this view in their mind, they did not like to protect that
building. Not only that, after some time it was found that those windows
from the buildings disappeared. Some villagers had stolen them and were
using in their house. After some time, the roof was also taken away, and
used somewhere. This is not the tale of one or two places– Hundreds of
places are like that.

The overall theme being that when the local public thinks of something as a
government building, then at first they don’t feel closeness. They think it
is others’, not mine. And they misuse it or destroy it.

So this problem was going on for a long time. Then under pressure of
circumstances the local government changed the plan. That, the building
will be constructed by the villagers. And teachers will be supplied by the
government. 50% share villagers should give. So when villagers with their
own contribution made their house, then they protected that. And the
program was successful.

BABA’S SPECIAL TEACHING:

LOCAL DONATION IS A PLEDGE OF THE HEART

On the point of external vs local help for AM projects, once Baba was
giving guideline to all WTs. He told that “You must collect donation from
the local public for the jagriti. Whatever money they are giving, that does
not have only monetary value. But something more they are giving. If some
person gives you donation of one paisa/penny, then with that one paisa that
very poor person gives the sympathy of his heart to you/to your project or
jagriti, childrens home etc. And if antisocial elements will try to destroy
that project or jagriti or school, those who have given their donation,
they will protest. And if donation has come exclusively from outside, and
if the jagriti is set on fire by antisocial elements, then the villagers
will not be so much affected.”

Baba further told, “But if the villagers’ money is also involved as a
donation in constructing that jagriti, then they will think in their heart
that THEIR property is getting destroyed. And they will immediately come
forward and protect the property of the jagriti and protest against the
negative people.”‘

Thus the basic fact is that to erect some building or project, local
support is highly essential. Otherwise the fate of that project is in dark
in the future. Suppose if money has come from outside, and local people are
not feeling oneness with the project, then in most of the cases, they will
feel detached. They will not save the building. And in many special cases,
they will destroy that building– Or hut, or whatever it may be.

That’s why we have seen, in the case of our jagriti or any such
construction, where local people did not contribute and money came from
outside, then that project could not flourish.’

WHEN TO TAKE HELP FROM OUTSIDE AREAS

The question can also be raised that is there any occasion when we should
get or accept help from outside– from other countries?

And Baba’s guideline is that in the case of a big disaster like an
earthquake, cyclone, flood etc, when a huge population is highly affected,
that is a special case. That time external help is highly needed. But for
making a local project or some jagriti building or a school, external help
is not needed.

DO PRACARA AND SERVICE SIMULTANEOUSLY

Next scenario: If local people are not there, or if they are all
non-margiis, then what should we do?

Baba says that first we should create margiis. And then immediately start
the project. Side by side both the works will go. Without taking help from
local people, if anyone does anything that will prove to be hopeless. One
will not have any sentimental support from local people. Rather they will
think that he is an outsider, or that he doesn’t belong to them.

Because of all these reasons, Baba always emphasizes to do pracar among the
local people. And one more related point is there. Doing pracar only among
the outsider communities or migrant people, is not going to serve the
purpose of Ananda Marga.

SERVE THE LOCAL PEOPLE

A critical case is that of Africa, where mostly Indian businessmen are
occupying the money and political sources. And some WTs because of their
ignorance or selfish interest, they focus on propagating AM among Indian
businessmen who are living in Africa. But Baba was not happy in this
situation. Baba used to emphasize and always take report about how many
local people have been created.

One Dada was once telling in Africa at an Orange Farm, initially the
project was made with external help, and it was a serious problem. Local people
used to always come and take away/steal all the materials. And such example
is not one or two. Hundreds of cases happened. We should take lesson.

THE SPECIAL CASE OF ANANDA NAGAR

External help was needed only, to build up Ananda Nagar. Because Ananda
Nagar is our global headquarters. To make Baba’s Quarter or road or
rotunda, the local public is not going to help. Because they do not have
direct interest in that. That’s why Baba inspires one and all, all around
the globe, to contribute for Ananda Nagar. That was the special case.

MUST GET LOCAL HELP

But in all the reportings which various workers attended since 1978 to ’90,
it became clear that Baba used to emphasize getting anything and everything
done using the local help.– Margiis and non-margiis are needed: Both.
And then only, AM will flourish and school or any medical unit, projects,
will be established. Permanently. Otherwise, feeding from the long distance
is not going to help. We should take lesson from the past history.

WHAT SOME REVIEW

There are two points here. First thing, each and every sector has their own
problems and according to Baba’s system, it is the duty of the margiis that
they should take care about the local unit and their own sector. And that
is their foremost duty. Neglecting one’s own unit and helping others for
the sake of name and fame, this is not a good tradition. And the second
point is that taking external help is not going to solve the problem
permanently. For making a school building, local people must come forward.

A POINT FOR COMMON CONSIDERATION

Ananda Marga itself is a proof, at present we have several hundred Ananda
Marga schools in India, and 99.9% of them have been made by local
contribution. And there are also many examples of Bengal where a school
building has been made by external donation. And common people destroyed it
and set it on fire. But many places in Bengal are also there, where local
people were inspired to help and they are donating and protecting those
things. Surely it is the duty of we margiis that we should think carefully,
how far their money can be utilized in a better way.

Baba says, “O human beings, frame the social structure considering the
needs of humanity. Do not try to do anything for your petty personal and
group interests…” (SS-1, Ch.1)

Namaskar,
Manindra

Note 1: WHAT WE SHOULD DO — OUR RESPONSIBILITY

And another point is that if we are the ones donating to a far distant
service project and if due to mishandling of funds our money does not reach
there, then according to Baba’s teaching about tapah we are also to blame–
not just the crooked thief who captured our money. We also will incur
negative samskara. Of course this is just a hypothetical situation, yet the
point remains that the responsibility also lies with the donor. That is why
intelligent margiis give to local projects where they can ensure that
everything is proper and the money is going in the right direction. Then of
course by this way the common public will also get inspired to donate
because everyone likes to be part of a winning project. At the same time we
should demand that there be transparency of the financial books– ie proper
accounting. And like this there are numerous points regarding service
projects and financial contributions etc. Please also share your ideas on
this important topic.

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Solution

Baba says, “This has been our failing: that we neglected the spiritual
faculties of human life, we neglected the cardinal spiritual points of
life. If we are interested today in the welfare of this beautiful universe,
we should try more and more to accelerate the speed of spiritual progress.
If the acceleration of spiritual progress becomes tremendous, then not only
in the human world, but also in the physical, psychic and spiritual spheres
of the entire world — and not only of the entire animate world, but of
both the animate and inanimate worlds — there will be tremendous progress.
And this is what we want. Now we are anxiously waiting for that crimson
dawn on the eastern horizon.” (AFPS-5)

Note: Generally people do not realise this very thing which Baba has
explained above. To understand this fully it needs agraya’ buddhi (pointed
intellect). Only those who are blessed sadhaka can understand that sadhana
is the panacea.

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Likewise if before eating a sweet one mechanically recites second lesson, but the whole time one's mind is engrossed in the thought of that sweet delicacy and thinking "this sweet is so tasty", then that also is not the right practice of second lesson. In that case one is incurring sam'skara. One must think that this is Parama Purusa in the form of that sweet.

... if before eating a sweet one mechanically recites second lesson, but the whole time one's mind is engrossed in the thought of that sweet delicacy and thinking "this sweet is so tasty", then that also is not the right practice of second lesson. In that case one is incurring sam'skara. One must think that this is Parama Purusa in the form of that sweet.

From: “Virendra Mandal”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Do You Eat Sweets?
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009 12:41:37 +0530

Baba

Intro to PS: This song is to be used in concerts organized for the general
public because Baba has written this song for non-margiis. Everyone knows
that Baba is for all.

“Shivashankarah he shubhankar vishvabiijah prabhuh karun’a’-a’karah…”
(P.S. 3653)

Purport:

O’ Lord Shiva, Shiva Shankar, O’ welfare and grace Personified, You are
the Controller of everything. You are origin of the universe. O’ Prabhu,
You are the Ocean of grace.

With the beauty of divine effulgence, Your body is shining like the
mountain of silver. The Moon* is beautifying above Your head. Your whole
existence is like the most precious jewel and it is shining in its own
glory. O’ Kalyan Sundaram, Lord Shiva, You bless everyone.

Please grace me with both Your hands in varabhaya mudra. I surrender at
Your alter. Please grace me always.

You are always established in sama-samaj-tattva. No scripture has the
capacity to express Your glory. You have infinite attributions. Please
grace me with a wee-bit of the dust of Your lotus feet. I surrender at
Your alter….

*moon= Here the idea is that Lord Shiva is always ensconced in the divine
nectar (soma dha’ra’ / rasa ) of the pineal gland. That is why the moon is
symbolic. Because of this reason in mythology Lord Shiva’s picture is made
keeping the moon above His head. General people do not know the reason
behind this.

Baba says, “The hormone secretion of the pineal gland (pineal plexus or
sahasra’ra cakra ) is partly controlled by the moon, hence its nectar is
called somarasa or somadha’ra’ (soma means moon). This pineal secretion
invigorates the lower glands of the human body and intoxicates the
spiritual aspirant with divine joy.” (SS-8)

PS Note 1: Most songs of Prabhat Samgiita are based on Sanskrit vocabulary
and word meaning, but in this song the case endings & verb endings are in
Sanskrit also.

PS Note 2: About one-pointedness in Ista see the ‘Shriinathe…’ shloka
from AMIWL-11, p. 801

PS Note 3: This song has value for understanding the philosophy & greatness
of Mahasambhuti. Same way Baba has written the Namah Shivaya Shantaya and
Nama’mi Krsna Sundaram books– for philosophical teachings and also to
indirectly tell about Himself without making exact reference. Of course in
the realm of personal spiritual practices we Ananda Margiis only refer to
Baba.

== DO YOU EAT SWEETS? ==

Namaskar,
One time at DMC Baba was giving a discourse about dhruvasmrti, or fixed
memory on Brahma.

Baba was explaining that dhruvamsmrti means remembering Parama Purusa
always and that when not doing sadhana then one must use Guru mantra in
order to keep the mind ensconced in the thought of the Supreme. Then one
will be established in dhruvasmrti.

Baba then looked at everyone in attendance – there were a a few hundred
present that day – and Baba lovingly said, “When coming into the hall
today, not one person repeated Guru mantra.”

Everyone fell silent – awed by Baba’s statement.

Then Baba explained further, “When taking food or eating rice, if one is
thinking that this is rice etc, then one’s mind is not fixed on Brahma.
In that case the person is not established in dhruvasmrti. One should
instead think that this rice is Brahma. Then one will be properly
practicing 2nd lesson and become established in dhruvasmrti.”

In that same DMC discourse, Baba also told that if you love your son or
daughter as a son or daughter, then that is not consistent with the
practice of 2nd lesson. Rather one must think that that the person
before me is Brahma in the form of my son / daughter. One must view all
as expressions of Parama Purusa. Then that is second lesson, otherwise not.

Baba says, “Do you love your son? No, no you don’t love your son. You
love Brahma in the form of your son. By loving your son as a son, you
cannot love the Lord. Where there is the feeling of son, there is no
Lord and where there is the Lord, there is no son. Where you exist He
does not and where He exists you are no more.” (SS-1)

Baba’s guideline and discourse that day was all about how we should see
Brahma in each and every object. That is the right practice of second
lesson and leads to dhruvasmrti. Merely repeating the mantra itself is
not enough. Side by side one must ideate on the idea that all is Brahma.
Then one’s practice of second lesson is proper.

That was the very meaningful teaching Baba was emphasizing that day.

VALUE OF SECOND LESSON

We all know that all thoughts and actions in this world are binding. For
that reason people take birth on this earth again and again, from one
life to the next. That is the way of karma and samskara theory.

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with the process of second lesson
whereby we can live in this world yet not incur further samskaras. In
that case we can live a reaction-free existence and attain liberation,
by His grace.

Such is the great value of second lesson.

At the same time we must remember that second lesson must be practiced
properly, otherwise it will not have any effect.

BABA’S DIVINE EXPLANATION: Part 1

As Baba has explained, merely repeating Guru mantra is not enough.
Second lesson must not be repeated mechanically like one parrot. It must
be accompanied by the feeling and idea that everything and everyone is a
manifestation of the Divine.

If one hastily recites second lesson and feeds a poor person thinking
that the person before me is one helpless beggar, then that second
lesson is not proper and that action will be binding.

Likewise if before eating a sweet one mechanically recites second
lesson, but the whole time one’s mind is engrossed in the thought of
that sweet delicacy and thinking “this sweet is so tasty”, then that
also is not the right practice of second lesson. In that case one is
incurring sam’skara. One must think that this is Parama Purusa in the
form of that sweet.

Here Baba explains how we should interact with the world and perform our
service.

Baba says, “Action performed for the sake of action is bondage…As
explained earlier the ideation that whatever I do, I do only to please
Parama’tma’ is called devotion – Bhaktirbhagavato Seva’. Devotion is
service to God. When devotees serve the universe they do it with the
feeling that they are serving the manifestation of Na’ra’yan’a only to
please Him.” (SS-19)

Thus whether we are eating or helping the poor or doing anything on this
earth, then one’s mind must be suffused with the idea that everything is
Parama Purusa – the person doing the action is Parama Purusa, the item
offered is Parama Purusa, and the person being served is Parama Purusa.

Then one’s action comes within the domain of second lesson. Then one
will not incur new samsakra.

So again the key point is that mechanically repeating Guru mantra is not
enough. In addition, the mind must be suffused with the sweet feeling
that everything is Parama Purusa. That is Baba’s divine teaching.

It should be noted that even though there are various Guru mantras, the
meaning behind them all is the same: Everything is Brahma. That is the
singular meaning of second lesson.

BABA’S DIVINE EXPLANATION: Part 2

Here Baba explains further how we are to interact in the world. This is
how we should do second lesson and view the world.

Baba says, “Thus the mind of one, who has established himself in real
vaera’gya (the renunciation of all sensual pleasures) can never become
attached to finite objects. Even in their midst he remains beyond the
reach of their attraction and gains eternal peace after death.”

“No truck with water while I bathe
With hairs flowing free
Nor woes nor griefs shall ever scathe
Unwet I dip in sea.
Dedicated to God, night and day
Awake, asleep or dreaming be
No lures of world or desires gay
Dare ever come between He and me.”

“Do your work, but do not be caught up with it. A great man said, –”

“Grind spices or be a cook
Touch not the pan you ever
Dance a frog ’fore serpent’s hook
But let it not devour,
In the sea of nectar shall you bathe
Unwet shall remain your hair
Tie the elephant to a spider’s web
Love awaits you there.”

“Here the spider represents the little unit, the sa’dhaka. A sa’dhaka
will realize what divine love is like only when he prepares the cobweb
of devotion and ties the elephant, the Supreme Entity to it.” (SS-2)

Thus in both of the above poems, Baba is beautifully explaining to us
how with the help of second lesson we can remain permanently linked with
Him, never getting attached to any mundane allurement on this earth. In
that case we will view all as His divine expression and our second
lesson will be perfect. We will live in this world, serving one and all,
totally free of any samskara.

Baba says, “Life is intimately bound up with work. If people do their
work ascribing divinity to each object they are involved with, then,
because of their non-attachment to material pleasure, they cannot be
bound by the reactions of their actions. Life also cannot be the cause
of such bondage, nor for that matter can the reactions of one’s actions
be the cause of future lives. Otherwise a person who lives a long life
will perform many actions, thus creating many reactions of greater
sorrow to be experienced, and one will be a victim of the actional cycle
life after life. (SS-2)

By His grace, the proper application of second lesson allows us to feel
and view one and all as divine expressions. That is the right
application of second lesson. Then there is no question of any worldly
bondage.

In contrast, if one merely repeats Guru mantra like a parrot and fails
to ideate properly, then one will be forever bound in the cycle of
karma, living and dying on this earth again and again and again.

LIFE IS SWEET

One final point to remember in this discussion is that by doing second
lesson properly, then one will be forever floating in His bliss. The
sadhaka will think that everything is Brahma and that all day long he is
interacting with and seeing Baba. Then life is so blissful and sweet.

That is why another name for second lesson is madhuvidya, that practice
or knowledge which brings the sweetness of the Lord’s love into each and
every interaction.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we should make second lesson perfect. We should see Him
in each and every thing. Even when eating sweets we should think this is
Parama Purusa, we should not think that right now I am eating one sweet.
In that case, our life will pass blissfully on this earth and we will
not be bound by any action. We will feel each and every moment that
everything is Brahma. Each cell will be vibrated by this divine idea.
Then life really is blissful.

Baba says “Whatever you speak or do,
Forget Him never;
Keeping His name in your heart,
Work, remembering it is for Him,
And, endlessly active, drift in bliss.”
(CC-2, ‘Sadhana’, pt#10)

Namaskar,
Virendra

Note 1: MORE POSTINGS ABOUT SECOND LESSON

Here are two posting that are intimately related with this topic of
second lesson.

A) This is one special Baba story how second lesson protects sadhakas
from danger and disaster.

B) This below shows how closely related bath mantra is to second lesson.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/08/not-just-ritual.html

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From: “Shantatma Kerketta”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Devotee Story: Three Boons
Date: Sun 13 Sep 2009 14:13:55 +0530

Baba

“Diner a’lote a’so ni, ele tumi a’ndha’re…” P.S. 2073

Purport:

Baba You are so merciful, You are so divine. Earlier when my life was
full of happiness then that time You did not come; but now in this
period of darkness You have come. It is Your grace. During my good days
I wanted You to come and rejoice the occasion. But that did not happen–
in the effulgence of the day You did not come. But now in the darkness
of night You have come.* Baba, how You play Your liila.

Baba in the smile of the moon, You do not present Yourself. But when I
was suffering in pain, then with the soothing balm You came and relieved
me of my suffering. Baba, You have come in this cimmerian darkness when
I am crying. Baba, everyone knows that You are most-loving; and everyone
knows that You think about one and all. Even then they involve in
logically analysing and reasoning about Your ways in order to strengthen
their love for You– to love You in a deeper way.

O’ Baba, You are beginningless and Your abode is in infinity. In all the
twelve months You remain constantly along with me– in pain and
pleasure. Baba, You are the divine shelter of everyone; You are the
heart of everyone, the Soul of souls. And by Your grace You pull
everyone close to You. You never discard or ignore anyone– irrespective
of how high or how low they are. Baba You have only come in this time of
crying and suffering. In the good days when I was calling You then You
did not come. Baba, Your glory is unfathomable; Your liila is beyond
imagination; Baba, You are so gracious…

* Here Baba is using effulgence to represent those days of happiness and
darkness symbolizes those periods of tears and sorrow.

== DEVOTEE STORY: THREE BOONS ==

Namaskar,
Devotees have a special characteristic that separates them from ordinary
people. That is Baba’s explicit teaching.

Irregardless of a bhakta’s behavior, whether he commits a right or a
wrong, we must not think that thr devotee is therefore useless or worse
than common folk. Because still that bhakta has the special quality of
devotion. Baba Himself places tremendous importance on this.

Here below is one famous story about a devotee from long ago. The inner
meaning of the story lends itself well to life in Ananda Marga.

Thereafter are two dramatic Baba stories wherein He vigorously defends
the honor of even bad bhaktas after they were condemned by others for
their faults.

All these stories point in the direction that Parama Purusa holds a
special place in His heart for all devotees, even bad ones who commit
wrongs.

GAYA’SURA STORY: BAD DEVOTEE GOES ON CRUSADE

Baba tells the story of King Tripasura who was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu.
After launching a crusade, King Tripasura met his untimely death.

His son, Gaya’sura inherited the throne and followed in his footsteps.

King Gaya’sura too was an ardent worshiper of Lord Vishnu. He prayed
endlessly and finally achieved the gift of immortality, granted to him by
his chosen Lord Visnu. King Gaya’sura promptly launched a heinous offensive
wiping out innocent people in all lands. The wrath of Gaya’sura was terrible.
And no one could kill him.

King Gayasura even attacked the devotees of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu Himself
came to defend them, but the Lord too was defeated.

Lord Vishnu’s followers pleaded with Him to do something.

Lord Vishnu then asked a boon of King Gayasura. The King agreed. Lord
Vishnu then asked that Gayasura be turned to stone.

Gaya’sura replied, “So be it”, but then made three pleas:

1) The Lord should put His feet in Gaya’sura’s heart;
2) All those with the Lord’s feet in their heart must be granted liberation;
3) If anyone with the Lord’s feet in their heart does not get
liberation, then King Gaya’sura will again be granted life on earth.

Here Baba describes these boons in full:

Baba says, “First, the Lord will seat Himself in the heart of the
devotee without bothering Himself about the nature of that person, good,
or bad. It is enough to be a devotee, in order to have the Lord inside.
Second, all those who have the Lord’s feet in their hearts are bound to
get liberation – liberation is a sure guarantee for them. Third, since
Gaya’sura had been turned to stone by the Lord, and since He would again
arise if anyone having the Lord inside failed to be liberated, the Lord
would have to grant liberation to all such persons for all time to
come.” (‘The Lord’s Feet)

By the above story – which Baba Himself has recounted on various
occasions – we can understand that Parama Purusa places great value on
devotion.

Baba says, ‘This devotion is a heavenly attribution.” (1 June 1986 DMC)

Even though King Gayasura was a ruthless warrior, due to his devotion
he was able to keep the Lord’s feet in his heart. Such is the quality of
devotion and such is the grace of the Lord.

Devotion then is enough to gain the favour of the Lord, despite what
other bad qualities a bhakta might have.

TRUE TO FORM IN ANANDA MARGA

With all the groupism, difficulties, power mongering and so forth, it is
very easy to think that certain people in AM are total garbage. But we
should never harbor such ideas.

Some may have made mistakes and committed gross sins, yet still all are
our brother and sisters. We must develop a relationship of love with them.

We must remember that all have come into Ananda Marga – and they have
come for a reason. In the the near or distant past, they established an
inner link with Parama Purusa, by His grace. They have a place for Him
in their heart – so they have come once again to sacrifice in some way
for Him – and they are going to be granted salvation.

So all in AM are not just our brothers and sisters, but they are
devotees of the Lord and that in itself has great meaning. They have a
special connection with Him.

Regardless of what faults they do or what hell they create, we must not
banish such persons from our minds or think ill of them. Rather we are
to love them.

No doubt such persons may have to undergo rectification in the social
sphere – they may have to stand before the court of justice – but their
spiritual well-being is safe and secure, just as was the case with King
Gaya’sura. Parama Purusa has saved a place in His heart for even bad
devotees.

So we must appreciate all who have come to do something for Baba,
despite whatever shortcomings they may have. Their arrival onto the path
of AM has great meaning – that is enough to make one’s life successful.

We should not just think this way about others but about ourselves as
well. Baba has graciously has blessed us with the special gift of devotion.

BABA STORY #1:

THE CASE OF SHARANA’NANDA

We all know that in the 70’s when the mass of Wts were called for reporting
and RDS with Baba, then it was so crowded. The rooms were small and
everyone had to squeeze into just a few rooms.

During one such occasion, Dada Sharana’nanda arrived and was told that
all workers should place their bags and blankets into a particular room.
There was hardly any space as hundreds of workers were putting their
belongings there.

Anyway, somehow Sharana’nandaji found a tiny space. He spread his
blanket halfway and placed his bag on top. Then he went off to attend
his various meetings etc.

That evening when Sharana’nandaji returned, he saw that one Dada had
tossed his things aside and taken his spot. When he awakened that Dada
and told him, the Dada did not care at all.

Sharana’nandaji was extremely frustrated. In addition, it was a fasting
day and that made his frustration grow even more. Internally he was
thinking that many of these other Wts were just like monkeys, totally
uncultured and uncivilised. He was thinking they were just worthless
people.

He did not complain openly but those were the thoughts floating in his
mind.

The next day Sharana’nandaji was called before Baba for reporting.

Baba looked at him and in His loving liila He abused him openly. Baba
strongly rebuked him and said that those who have come in AM are not
ordinary. They may have bad manners and their conduct may be irregular,
but I have specially called them and they have come. So you must adjust
with their behaviours. They have a special samskara. Do not
superficially judge them by seeing their bad qualities or rude behaviour.

Baba lovingly scolded Sharana’nandaji in this manner.

Dada was shocked to hear this. First because he had not complained to
anyone, just Baba was peering into his mind. Secondly, he realised that
he must reconsider his relations with other workers and adjust with
their poor dealing.

Certainly Baba must have strongly scolded the Dada who threw away
Sharana’nandaji’s blanket. Sharana’nandaji did not know. All he knew was that
he must have respect and love for all in the Marga because of their link
with Baba. That is Baba’s wish and explicit direction.

This above story shows how Baba never judges any of His disciples based
on external affairs but rather looks at their inner essence and feeling.
And when He Himself says that all in AM have come because I have called
them and that they have a special samskara, then we must always look
favourably on everyone in AM – and love them.

That does not mean that we cannot point out their wrongdoing. We can in
the social sphere, only with the sweet motive to clean them of their faults.
Good margiis do like this because they know that all in AM are part of their
kith and kin. So in our heart we must not have ill will toward them.
Whether they do wrong or right, we must remember that they come to serve
Him in some capacity and they have Baba’s love.

BABA STORY #2:

THE CASE YOUNG WT IN GORAKHPUR

This next story leads in the same direction.

One family acarya from Gorakhpur came to Baba to complain about one
young Wt. The family acarya was telling about all kinds of incidents.

Baba immediately interjected and began scolding the family acarya and
told him to look upon that young worker as his own son. Then Baba
pointed out that the family acarya’s own son did not become a WT and was
not even a margii. And not only that, Baba said that, “While you
yourself were eating and enjoying at your house, this young worker was
not even able to find any proper food in the jagrti.”

Baba continued, “But you never cared about that and never checked to see
if he is alright. And now you are complaining to me about the behaviour
of this young worker. Such is your audacity. You should be ashamed of
yourself.”

Baba concluded, “I am His Father and I have to take care of Him. And you
also should have love for him.”

After this incident, everyone stopped complaining about Wts – at least
on the external level.

Again, here the point is not that wrongful behaviours should be
overlooked entirely. We are to point out and seek the rectification of
those bad devotees. But at the same time we should not harbor any
negative feelings in the mind toward such bhaktas. Because all have come
because of His call. They are not ordinary people and we should love
them.

MOTHER-BABY ANALOGY

Just as a mother has inherent love for her progeny — regardless of what
harm their children might cause, same is the case with Parama Purusa. He
has innate and unconditional love for His children.

The mother may abuse and scold her children but she has love. Likewise
Parama Purusa also may scold but His quantum of love is always present.

In the spiritual sphere, love is not unilateral. The bhakta has love for Him
and in return Parama Purusa has much more love for His devotees.

Baba does not look at the qualities or conduct of bad devotees. His love
is based on seeing the feeling in their heart. We should do the same.

This explains why despite all the mischief caused by some Central Dadas,
even then Baba has blessed them and kept them close.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He loves, cares for, and looks after all His devotees,
whether they be good or bad. All have a special place in His heart.

Here we must remember the story of King Gayasura and how Lord
Vishnu granted him three boons – keeping His feet always in his heart.

And Baba Himself approves this story.

Although this is the story of King Gayasura and Lord Vishnu, yet in reporting
Baba Himself told and promised that He grants these same boons to all His
devotees.

Then when Lord Vishnu granted the boon that the Lord’s feet will always be
in the heart of the devotee, irregardless of their good and bad deeds, we must
know that Baba has promised and guaranteed the same. That is the first boon.

Secondly, Baba also promises that those who have the Lord’s feet
in their heart will get salvation. This is His second guarantee.

Lastly, if anyone with the Lords’ feet in their heart does not get liberation,
then the Lord’s prestige is at stake. Thus He is bound to fulfill them.

So Baba guarantees the above boons for all devotees up to eternity and
the only prerequisite for these boons is devotion. Then liberation is sure –
and the noose of maya will be shattered.

All this Baba has guaranteed and by His grace I was there that time in reporting
and by hearing Baba’s loving promise, then tears began flowing from all those
present. The room was completely vibrated; Baba’s immense love and grace
was emanating. We all felt especially graced by His infinite love and special
promise. And this guarantee Baba has granted to every devotee – for all who
have love for Him, irrespective of what wrongs and rights one commits in life.
Such His the nature of His loving and unconditional boon.

Thus when Baba does not judge bad devotees poorly, neither should we.
Their mistakes must be corrected in the social realm, but on the
spiritual plane, we must think of even bad devotees as our kith and kin
and love them, and know that Baba will take care for their salvation.

We should not judge any bhakta or even ourselves based on past sins. We
should think about Him and cultivate love for all.

So the lesson given in the Gaya’sura story of old applies equally well
today. That is why Baba has given this story again and again in His
discourses. Because all bhaktas – even bad ones – have earned a place in
His heart.

May we all focus not on the the poor behaviour of bad devotees but
instead adopt a high spiritual ideal.

Baba says, “Cherishing a strong desire to know and understand Him, think
of Him, ideate on Him, meditate on Him – You will certainly attain Him.”
(AMIWL-6)

Baba says, “…The wise and intelligent ideate less on their defects and
demerits and more on the Supreme desideratum.” (A’nanda Va’nii #66)

Namaskar,
Shantatma

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