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From: Michael “Mahitosh” 2121@yahoo
Subject: Simple Story, But Difficult to Realise
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:44:08
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Posting: Simple Story, But Difficult to Realise
(2) Trailer Quote: Unknowingly Parents Misguide Their Children
(3) Prabhat Samgiita #1391;

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

== SIMPLE STORY, BUT DIFFICULT TO REALISE ==

Namaskar,
Various gurus have always used stories to communicate important ideas to the common citizens.

Our human society is comprised of so many people, each with their own interests, talents, and abilities. Some are intellectuals, some are technicians, some are artists, and some are scientifically or mathematically inclined etc.

Everyone has their own specialty, bent of mind, interests, and understanding.

Hence when a guru wants to convey a teaching to the entire public, the guru will often give the teaching in the form of a story. Because regardless of one’s psychic inclination, everybody enjoys a story. All will listen and learn.

Baba, being the Taraka Brahma and Supreme Guru, has also told many stories. Embedded in those stories are the gems and jewels of Ananda Marga ideology. Hence, not only should we enjoy Baba’s wonderful stories, but we should understand them deeply and apply them in our practical lives.

MANGO GROVE STORY

One of the famous stories which Baba has repeated in numerous discourses is the story of the jinani and bhakta visiting a mango grove. Everyone in Ananda Marga is aware about this story because Baba has presented it again and again.

As we recall, both a jinani and a devotee go to a mango grove. Immediately the jinani (intellectual) becomes highly involved in counting the trees, measuring the length of the branches, checking out the leaves, and classifying the mangoes according to their genus type such as Mangitera Zeylanica, Valcarrie, Bombay Ratual, Aroemanis, and Nam Doc Mai etc. The jinani is fully immersed in researching and forming calculations about those mangoes. The bhakta, upon entering the mango grove, goes up to the first tree, grabs a ripe mango, sits down, and enjoys the sweet taste of that delicious mango. At the end of the day, the jinani is very hungry because he was busy in studying the mangoes, not eating them, while the devotee is feeling fulfilled and 100% satisfied.

This type of mango grove story Baba has recounted various times.

DADAJI MISUNDERSTOOD THE STORY:

ATE MANGOES TO BECOME A BHAKTA, BUT JUST GOT DYSENTERY

Unfortunately, here is one Dada who took Baba’s teaching in a very literal manner. He really thought that by eating mangoes he would become a first-class bhakta – as if eating mangoes was the hallmark of being a devotee. In result, he ingested a huge number of mangoes in one sitting and contracted dysentery. Dadaji fully recounted this incident in his book.

So no one should literally believe that eating mangoes will somehow magically transform one into a devotee. Certainly, all in Ananda Marga want to be top-grade bhaktas, but going to the grove and eating piles of mangoes or going to the supermarket and purchasing boxes of mangoes will not yield the desired result.

Baba’s story is not to be taken literally.

NOT SO SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND

Just because it sounds like a simple story, we should not therefore conclude that the meaning is also very simple. There is a deeper significance that all may not be aware about. Then there is also the matter of applying it to our own lives in a practical and tangible way.

Baba has told this story because He wants to convey its significance to everyone. That much we all know. The most basic idea of the story is that human life is very short – evening is going to fall, i.e. the twilight of their life will be upon them – so one should utilize this small window of time in doing sadhana and attaining Parama Purusa. One must not waste all their time in useless hypothesizing and intellectual extravaganza about God.

Beyond that, there is more to know, and that is why this story is a real treasure.

PRACTICALLY APPLYING THE STORY TO SPIRITUAL LIFE

When Baba says that jinanis enter the mango grove and start counting the trees and analyzing the leaves, but miss out on the fruit, Baba is guiding us that jinanis come into this world and study so many things, from lokas to microvita, from kosas to cakras, but they miss out on the real essence of life, i.e. engaging in real sadhana and getting Parama Purusa and His bliss. They do not take care in practicing all the lessons, following 16 points, adhering to conduct rules, doing asanas and making their body a perfect medium for performing sadhana, and practically engaging in spiritual pursuits. These dharmic codes jinanis do not follow – just they pass their days acquiring bookish knowledge. Thus they do not get Parama Purusa, nor enjoy His bliss. Only at the end of their life do they realise their folly, but by then it is too late. Their body is old, their ego is big, their glandular system is weak, and their mind is fickle: At that point it is too late to practice dharma sadhana. Only then does the jinani understand that their life passed in vain.

Here in the story, eating mangoes means engaging deeply in spiritual practices and endeavours, because only then can an aspirant get Him and bask in His bliss. While counting the leaves means only seeking out intellectual knowledge about spiritual life, samadhi, and philosophy. That is what is meant by counting the leaves and measuring the mangoes; it is all just theoretical. That is what jinanis spend their days doing.

Whereas bhaktas engage wholeheartedly in the practical side of eating the mangoes, i.e. gaining true spiritual attainment, by His grace.

Thus there is a world of difference between the empty, theoretical approach of the jinanis and the blissful, practical approach of the bhaktas. The jinani is just wasting his life in accumulating mounds of theoretical knowledge right up until death. In that case, evening falls – they are on the brink of death – and all they have done was measure mangoes; they never got to taste any of their sweetness. The could never realise or feel Parama Purusa in their life. In contrast, the bhakta is immersed in doing sadhana, cultivating a deeply personal relationship with Parama Purusa, following conduct rules, and feeling His grace. Bookworms waste their life: Neither they practice what they preach nor do they use their knowledge to help others, while bhaktas do sadhana and reach unto Him – their life becomes successful.

The devotee enters the mango grove and eats the mango and does not get sidetracked by anything else. The sense is: When a bhakta is born on this earth he aims for and attains Parama Purusa, and he does not waste his time in useless pursuits like name, fame, or the egoistic over-accumulation of knowledge in order to impress others etc.

PRACTICALLY APPLYING THE STORY TO SPIRITUAL LIFE (CONT)

When a devotee eats the mango, that presents a colorful and mouth-watering image for what it means to attain Parama Purusa. Thus getting Parama Purusa is not some abstract theoretical notion.

In our day to day practical lives, eating the mango, or getting Parama Purusa means getting bliss out of all the lessons, thinking of Him always, and feeling His love practically in your heart.

Just as all the taste buds of the devotee in the mango grove are immersed in the sweet sensation and taste of that mango, similarly a true bhakta in this quinquelemental world practically feels Baba’s divine vibration in sadhana and even when not in sadhana. One will practice all the lessons joyfully, doing them will not be burdensome. True bhaktas feel His inner sweet touch just by closing their eyes or by thinking of Him. They are always immersed in His flow and life passes blissfully in that way.

So being a bhakta is not some dry, theoretical experience. One cannot just say that, “Well I have so much knowledge, memorized all of Prout and have all the facts about microvita on the tip of my tongue and that is why I am a bhakta.” It does not work that way.

One can only say they are a bhakta if they tangibly feel Baba’s blissful presence in their heart night and day. Just like a bhakta in the mango grove can practically taste the juicy sweetness of that fruit. So one is only a bhakta if really they attend to sadhana with great sincerity and feel the only aim in their life is to serve and please Parama Purusa. Such persons are not harboring any other idea related with career goals, prestige, money, or spouse etc. They do not suffer from worldly attractions, asakti. They have only love for Parama Purusa, bhakti. Then only is one a bhakta – otherwise not.

DEVOTION IS HIGHLY IMPORTANT AND LIFE IS VERY SHORT

Baba has told the mango grove story because He wants us all to know that devotion is very important and life is very short. Best is to start sadhana early otherwise evening will fall, i.e. their life will pass and death will come. In that case, one will miss out on the cream of life.

Jinanis aim to read huge numbers of books, i.e. the vedas and tantras, and write some thesis on philosophy and become a great scholar. Those who pass their time in this way are jinanis. They claim to know all there is to know about spirituality, but in their heart they never experience or feel Parama Purusa’s love. So at the end of their life they repent about how they wasted their entire life and could not get an iota of sweetness. By then it is too late – they are frail and tired and completely unable to take up the proper path. Their body is old and diseased, their mind is distracted and they cannot do sadhana. For them, evening has fallen. So they just repent, awaiting their death.

Best is to become a devotee. And the way to do that is by wholly diving into the realm of sadhana. Getting bliss in sadhana and loving Him in dhyana. That is what it means to eat mangoes in the grove. There is no second or third meaning.

Thus we should understand the inner meaning of the devotee in the mango grove story and then honestly evaluate if we really satisfy that criteria or not. If not, then we should put forth sufficient effort in our kiirtan and sadhana to get the mind devotionally inspired and moving in that direction, by His grace.

MISUNDERSTANDING:

“I HAVE MEMORISED THE VEDAS…I MUST BE A GREAT DEVOTEE”

Unfortunately, there are some who call themselves as bhaktas, yet they are not really involved in tasting the mango. They are not involved in sadhana.

They may struggle to even sit in sadhana; they will not complete the lessons; and their mind just flickers in various directions when doing sadhana. Such a person then has no quality of being called a devotee.

But that same person may think that, “I have memorised all the vedas, studied all the holy texts, and I know everything about microvita and samadhi as I teach in all the seminars and classes, thus I must be a great devotee.” Sadly, some think in this way.

But their assertion is far, far from the truth. They are merely falling into self-deception.

Everyone wants to think of themselves as being a devotee, but no one should fall prey to a false notion of what a devotee is or who they are. That is why Baba has given the mango grove story. Because it practically teaches us who a devotee is, i.e. those fully engaged in sadhana and ensconced in the bliss of Parama Purusa. This mango grove story emphasizes that devotion is the only way human beings reach fulfillment and get Him.

IMPRACTICAL JINANI & PRACTICAL BHAKTA

The typical jinani thinks, “Well I have so much knowledge about spirituality, I know all Sanskrit terms and can speak on any philosophical topic and that is why I am a bhakta.” Such is the prideful yet misguided way of the jinani. The jinani is merely counting the leaves and measuring the branches in the mango grove until evening falls and his death approaches.

While the bhakta will always keep Parama Purusa in the forefront of their mind, and be immersed in His bliss. The bhakta is eating the mango – i.e. doing sadhana and feeling His grace – and ultimately becoming one with Him. That is what it means to eat the mango and that is what we are to do in this life.

“The devotee will pluck a ripe mango and eat it… the devotees will get real bliss…Devotees will come under the shelter of Parama Purus’a…and cross the Cosmic Cycle comfortably.” (1)

SUMMARY STATEMENT

Bhaktas and jinanis both reach the mango grove. Bhaktas eat sweet fruit and jinanis study the plants and analyse the mangoes. Ultimately evening falls.

The sense is that bhaktas and jinanis both come in human form and act according to a particular mentality or mind-set. Devotees practice sadhana and realise Parama Purusa in one life, and jinanis acquire a lot of knowledge about spirituality in order to win debates, earn praise, and get their name in the newspaper, yet the inside of their heart is dry like a desert. They do not feel at all connected to Parama Purusa and cannot do sadhana – mostly because of their vanity of knowledge, i.e. ego. At the end of life, when those jinanis realise what a big mistake they made and that sadhana is important, then it is too late. Ultimately, such jinanis repent how they passed their life but did not practice what they learned.

On the surface the mango grove story looks very simple, but it is hard to realise. Most people of the world do not realise this story in the true sense. When the time comes for sadhana and spiritual practices etc, then their procrastination and lethargy starts. They justify that, “Tomorrow, I will be very sincere.” But tomorrow passes in the same way – missed opportunity.

Those who do like this do not realise or understand this story in the true sense. If they realised it, then they would not have procrastinated and skipped their with spiritual routine, including all lessons of sadhana. In this way time passes, unfortunately.

The concluding idea is that theoretical understanding of this story is easy, but it is not easy in true understanding.

TERMS:

SANSKRIT BHAKTI VS ENGLISH DEVOTION

In practical usage and meaning, there is a grand difference between the Sanskrit word bhakti and the English term devotion.

In English, devotion means being committed to a certain idea or person. For instance, a person is devoted to their spouse, or devoted to their country etc, but in Ananda Marga being committed to one’s country or career does is not called bhakti. But commitment to the mundane is termed as devotion in English. Some more examples include: devotion to one’s business, devotion to one’s children, devotion to one’s land or hobby or sport etc. In all these ways devotion is used in English. But the term bhakti only means love for Parama Purusa, i.e. love for God.

Thus to make matters clear, it is better to use the terms bhakti and bhakta. Only due to a distinct lack of a proper term in English do I sometimes use the words devotion and devotee.

Finally, a bhakta is a devotee of God, not just a devotee.

BABA’S RELATED TEACHINGS

Here are two versions of this story from Baba’s teachings.

“Imagine a devotee and a philosopher being in a mango grove. The philosopher will start counting the trees, their branches, and the mangoes in the orchard. While he is thus wasting his time, the devotee is enjoying the sweet juice of the mangoes. The devotee says, “God is mine – I shall love Him and understand His will and act accordingly.”” (2)

“A jiṋánii and a devotee both reach a mango grove. The jiṋánii will count the number of trees, but the devotee will pluck a ripe mango and eat it. The former will hold lengthy discussions on [whey], but the latter will eat up the cream. The jiṋániis will repent, but the devotees will get real bliss. Devotees always act wisely. The jiṋániis tax their brains with different problems of logic of the scriptures, whereas the devotees eat butter churned from the scriptures.” (3)

Namaskar,
Mahitosh

REFERENCES:
1. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 1
2. 25 May 1969, Ranchi
3. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 1, “Máyámetáḿ Taranti Te” – 2 / The Nectar Beyond Máyá

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

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Unknowingly Parents Misguide Their Children

“The views established in our psychic world regarding the different trends of life have so unnaturally diverged from one another that the naturalness of the human mind has been spoiled. Human beings have lost the capacity to think anything, but somehow pass their days with a lot of hollow, mechanical mental objects. The caravan of our social life thus rolls on.”
“So today parents may rightly say, “We have almost no vital energy left after exchanging blows and counter-blows with life. We have no chance to mould the minds of our children with the care and tenderness of our hearts. All the sweetness and finer sensibilities of our minds have been sucked dry by the harsh realities of life. How can we take care of our children? We cannot even provide them with proper food and clothing. How can we know what they are thinking? Do we have the time to understand anything properly at all? We know children should be taught through the medium of play and entertainment, both at home and outside, but is it possible for us to do that? We even have to disturb our talented son at his studies to send him to the grocer’s to buy salt, cooking oil, spices, etc. We know it is wrong, but there is no alternative, for keeping a servant is beyond our means.””
“There may be some truth in this, but it is not the point at issue here. In order to develop a healthy outlook, the most important thing children need is robust idealism. To impart this, parents require only two virtues: self-restraint and good judgement. Let us discuss good judgement first.”
“When the parents are about to go on a trip or go to a show, or when they are invited to a pleasant function or a social outing, the children may start whining or nattering to accompany them. At such times many parents tell lies without a qualm; somehow they dupe their children and leave. When the children realize what has happened, they also learn to tell lies; and to hide their intentions or their actions from their parents, they gradually start lying more and more.” (Human Society – 1, Education)

Note: Without realising it, parents teach their children both good things and bad things. Being an ideal parent is not easy. Unknowingly parents often teach their children the ways of lies and deception.
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PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Toma’r katha’ bheve din ket’e ja’y, toma’r chavi mane bha’se…” (P.S. 1391)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, by Your sweet grace my days are passing in blissfully thinking about Your divine glory & Your wondrous tales. O’ my Lord, Your beautiful form is always floating in my mind.

O’ Divine Entity, O’ Baba, when I think about Your sweet smile, my mind gets inundated with waves of bliss – and I completely forget about my own existence in this mundane world. I forget all the days and dates. Baba, by Your grace when I think about You then I lose myself entirely in Your divine rhythm.

O’ my dearmost Baba, by singing Your glory and chanting Your kiirtan and moving around You, then my heart always dances in bliss. It is nothing but Your mercy and compassion how You have made me Your special medium. My situation is that of a musical instrument and You are the Musician. Or, I am a tiny drop of water and You are the vast, endless ocean. Baba, O’ my Lord, by Your grace now I realise I am within You, and You are infinite. Baba, there is only one thing that I ask: Please always remain in my each and every breath.

Baba, You are so gracious: I love You. You are my everything…

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Subject: Dadaji’s Unique Conclusion

Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Prabhat Samgiita #2562;
(2) Posting: Dadaji’s Unique Conclusion
(3) Posting: Slogan Tells What Type of Devotee You Are

== DADAJI’S UNIQUE CONCLUSION ==

Namaskar,
Often Dada Bhaskaranandji offers to guide others on points of Ananda Marga philosophy. While this may sound like a noble endeavour, everyone should beware because in his own book “Social Dynamics”, Dada Bhaskaranandji has written many things that are grossly inconsistent with Ananda Marga ideology.

In his own book there are huge errors. Of critical note is that Dada Bhaskarananda has written that Baba’s unique philosophy of neo-humanism is nothing but Hinduism.

Yet, we all know that Hinduism is full of countless dogmas: Caste system, idol worship, multiple gods and goddesses, belief in heaven and hell, etc.

While Baba’s divine teachings on neo-humanism are completely revolutionary and will lead the society into the a new era of universalism, thus crushing all dogmas. All margiis are aware of this divine truth. But in his book Dada Bhaskaranandji is making the opposite claim as he is equating neo-humanism with the dogmas of Hinduism.

SEE WHAT DADAJI HAS WRITTEN

On page 100 of his book, ‘Social Dynamics’, Dadaji Bhaskarananda has written that:

“Vivekananda unfortunately used the appelation ‘Hindu’ for all the most amazing understandings of the past 15,000 years and for all the findings of the sages of India … Shrii P.R. Sarkar gave this universal sentiment a beautiful new name – Neohumanism, or humanism newly interpreted.” (Bhaskarananda, Social Dynamics, p. 100)

So by Dada Bhaskaranandaji’s above statement, it is clear that he thinks that neo-humanism is just nothing but Hinduism.

Dada Bhaskaranandji’s publication is putting forth the false notion that neo-humanism did not come in 1955 or 1982. Rather Dadaji is telling that philosophy and ideals of neo-humanism have been present in full form since Vivekananda’s time or even thousands of years before that. Only a new name has been given in 1982. Such is Dadaji’s claim.

According to Dadaji, just as the city of Madras was present before and recently the name was changed to Chennai, and the name of Bombay was changed to Mumbai, in the same way Hinduism has been in existence for thousands of years and then in 1982 only Baba gave it a new name, neo-humanism. This is Dadaji’s logic.

So, according to Bhaskarananda Dada, neo-humanism is not a new philosophy, but rather a continuation of Hinduism.

This is the claim and theorem Dada Bhaskaranandji has put forth in his book. Everyone can decide for themselves how far Dada Bhaskarananda is properly representing Ananda Marga teachings.

VIVEKANANDA IS NOT A NEO-HUMANIST

Furthermore, Dada Bhaskarananda is equating Swami Vivekananda with our pure neo-humanistic ideals. However, most everybody knows that Swami Vivekananda ate fish. Eating fish itself is against our neohumanistic code of conduct. Not only that, Swami Vivekananda was a cigarette / cigar smoker also. The tamasik habit of smoking tobacco has nothing to do with leading a neo-humanistic life. Rather it is contrary to neo-humanism.

Not only that, Hinduism is filled with dogma, misguided rituals, and sentiments including the caste system etc. And Swami Vivekanada himself is from one dogmatic Hindu sect: Advaete vada, monism. If anyone wants to know more about monoism, they should read Baba’s chapter in Namami Krsna Sundaram. There Baba has clearly written that monism is just dogma.

All these points make it evident that Hinduism is grounded in illogical ideas, i.e. dogma. While we know Baba’s teaching are completely dharmic and entirely new – they have no comparison with Hinduism.

But Dada Bhaskaranandji claims that neo-humanism is merely the new name of Hinduism.

So many gross errors are there in Dada Bhaskarananda’s book. When I have more time other points can be raised, or anyone else can also bring forth the points. Because in so many places any good Margii will easily be able to recognize how Dada Bhaskarananda’s book strays far from that path of Ananda Marga.

WHY DID HE DO LIKE THAT

Why has Dada Bhaskarananda stated this publicly in his book – why would Dadaji make this absurd claim? By this ridiculous assertion it looks like Dada Bhaskaranandji wants to impose his own Hindu dogmatic beliefs onto our Marga Society. It seems that Dada Bhaskarananda himself is suffering from the disease of Hinduism. Otherwise what can be the reason why he would put such a declartion in print for everyone to see.

Or we can look at it this way.

Dada Bhaskaranandji is justifying that he said this about Hindus in order to make them feel close. But a book on Ananda Marga philosophy is not the medium for placating or appeasing Hindus. That can be done in a casual table-talk discussion, but not in a published book that is circulated around the globe. Otherwise, there is no end to what could be published in the name of Ananda Marga. For instance, to gain the sympathy of meat-eaters, someone could publish that in Ananda Marga we appreciate animal protein and eating meat. But such a statement should never appear in one of our books. Similarly, it is not appropriate to write that Ananda Marga and neo-humanism is the same as Hinduism. Such a statement should never be published in any book. So Dada Bhaskarananda has no grounds to stand on for justifying that he did this to make amends with the Hindu community.

In that case, other Dadas from other religious backgrounds might sing the praises of the religion of their birth. For instance, one Wt might write that, “Neo-humanism is like jihad, all the ideas of jihad are neo-humanistic, so neo-humanism is not new – it is as old as Islam. Or another Dada might proclaim that, “Neo-humanism is just like the crusades – this is a long-established ethic of Christianity. Baba has merely given it a new name.”

NEO-HUMANISM IS ENTIRELY NEW

To any sadhaka and right thinking person, it is obvious that Baba’s teachings of neo-humanism are something completely new. This is evident by the name itself – ‘neo’. This very name demonstrates that this philosophy is an entirely new concept, given by Baba for the first time in human history

Such a teaching was never given before. I was there when Baba Himself told neo-humanism is a new theory.

In the end we should all remember how neo-humanism is one golden tool for the humanity.

“Neo-Humanism will give new inspiration and provide a new interpretation for the very concept of human existence…This Neo-Humanism philosophy will liberate people from all inferiority feelings and defects and make them aware of their own importance; it will inspire them to build a new world.” (1)

Ultimately Neo-Humanism leads humanity unto the stance of divinity.

“According to Neohumanism, the final and supreme goal is to make one’s individual existential nucleus coincide with the Cosmic Existential Nucleus. As a result, the unit being’s entire existential order becomes one with the Controlling Nucleus of the existential order of the Supreme Entity of the Cosmological order, and that will be the highest expression of Neohumanism. That Neohumanistic status will save not only the human world but the plant and animal worlds also. In that supreme Neohumanistic status, the universal humanity will attain the consummation of its existence. Then nothing will be impossible for human beings; they will be able to do anything and everything.” (2)

Namaskar,
at His lotus feet,
Karun

REFERENCES
1. Liberatio of Intellect: Neo-Humanism
2. Liberation of Intellect: Neo-Humanism

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Baba

Subject: Slogan Tells What Type of Devotee You Are

== SLOGAN TELLS WHAT TYPE OF DEVOTEE YOU ARE ==

Namaskar,
As we know, the relation between Parama Purusa and the aspirant is based on devotion. And this link is dynamic as there are various grades of devotion.

As one feels closer to Parama Purusa, we say that their level of bhakti has increased. When one feels more distant from Parama Purusa, we say that they have lower devotion. Baba has clearly outlined this in His discourses.

ONE’S EXPRESSION TELLS THE WHOLE STORY

The closeness one feels and the level of devotion one has can be noted by their expression, just like with any other relation in life.

For instance, the way you address a local shopkeeper will be different from the way your address your mother. When introducing a shopkeeper, you will say in a more formal tone that, ‘This is Sam or Pashupati the grocer”; it is a very neutral or even distant statement that does not reflect a close sentimental link.

Whereas with your mother, you will say, “This is my mother.” You will not say this is “the mother”; or, if you have many siblings, you will not even say, “This is our mother.” You will use the phrase “my mother”. Why? Because of your great emotional attachment and high degree of closeness with your mother. You feel that your mother is yours, and that she belongs to you.

Similar variations happen with the relations between bhaktas and Parama Purusa. The expression will vary based on the degree of closeness, i.e. one’s level of devotion.

As you will see, this feeling even affects the way one raises the jai slogan.

THREE TYPES OF DEVOTEES

As we know, Baba has clearly defined three basic levels of devotion.

“Devotees of the highest category think, “Parama Purus’a is mine only and He belongs to no one else.” This is the sign of an excellent sa’dhaka, and the spiritual progress of this category is inevitable. “He is mine and mine alone and He does not belong to anyone else” – this assertion is undoubtedly true.” 1)

Per Baba’s teaching, in this top-most level of devotion, the bhakta feels that “Parama Purusa is mine – He only belongs to me – He is my personal property.” Baba guides us that this is the degree of devotion we should all strive for in life. Certainly many in our Marga have this type of feeling. Indeed this is the way we do dhyana. There is no third entity present, only the bhakta and Parama Purusa.

The situation can be likened to how even a child who has 6 brothers and sisters will still think of their mother as being “my very own.” There is no question of sharing mom with others.

According to Baba, this type of devotional outlook is the true nature or link between the bhakta and Parama Purusa.

Then there is the next tier of devotion – it is a notch below.

“The second category of devotees…They think, “Parama Purus’a is mine, and thus He must belong to others also.” That is, the devotees..have no hesitation in sharing Parama Purus’a with others.” (2)

Here due to a lack of closeness with Parama Purusa, the second-grade bhakta thinks in a more analytical way: Baba created this entire universe so naturally He belongs to all. In this phase, the 2nd grade bhakta feels that Parama Purusa belongs to me, but reasons that He must belong to others also. This type of outlook occurs when the emotional and devotional link with Parama Purusa is less, in which case the 2nd grade bhakta looks at the situation intellectually.

And finally, in the lowest stage, there is an even less personal link or more distant relation, where one feels that Parama Purusa is the collective property of all.

“The devotees of the lowest category think, “As Parama Purus’a belongs to all, so certainly He belongs to me as well because I am one of the multitude.” Thoughts of this type are not very congenial for one’s spiritual progress.” (3)

Thus the critical difference between 2nd & 3rd grade bhaktas is as follows. The 2nd grade bhakta thinks that Parama Purusa is mine, and then reasons that He must belong to others as well. The 3rd grade bhakta thinks that Baba belongs to all and then reasons that therefore He must also be mine. This third stage is comparable to one having 5 siblings and thinking that since mother loves my brothers and sisters then she must love me also. There is very little personal feeling or experience involved, just an analytical equation.

Hence Baba’s statement that these latter two stages are not very conducive for spiritual growth, i.e. coming close to Him.

Since we are all familiar with Baba’s teachings on this subject, we can wrap it up in one sentence. When one feels more close with Parama Purusa, the bhakta thinks that. “He is mine and mine alone.” There is no sharing or reasoning or intellectualization – just the deeply devotional feeling that, “Baba is mine – He belongs only to me.”

LEVELS OF JAI SLOGANS

The devotional feelings outlined above come into form in so many aspects of our lives: In our conversations, manan (thinking of Him), and in our reflections, stories etc, including the way in which we raise the Jai slogan.

For instance, the more intimate and devotional way of raising the Jai slogan is: Parama Pita Baba ki – jai! In this manner, the basic spirit is Victory to my Baba, my Father, my nearest, my own. The sense is that one’s mind is pointed on the Divine Father, Parama Purusa in a more personal way where He belongs to me.

The possessive pronoun – my – is understood as people always think of their father as “my father”. No one thinks our father.

The overall meaning is: Victory to My (personal) Divine Father Baba.

In other places – such as in parts of Bengal, Ananda Nagar, and other places – there is another way the jai slogan is raised. Bengali speaking Dadas always bring the slogan: Ama’der Baba ki – jai!

Ama’der means ‘Our’; Baba ki means ‘of Baba’; Jai means ‘victory’.

The overall meaning is: Victory to Our (collective) Baba.

The sense is that Parama Purusa belongs to all, He is the collective property of everyone and not the personal possession of a single bhakta. The overall meaning is: Victory to Our (collective) Baba.

In mundane ways of thinking this is ok, but in terms of spiritual life this type of ideation is not at all beneficial – rather it is detrimental and limiting.

The slogan – Ama’der Baba ki – Jai! – is a less personal expression and reflects 3rd grade devotion since one is thinking that Parama Purusa belongs to all.

“The devotees of the lowest category think, “Parama Purus’a belongs to all…Thoughts of this type are not very congenial for one’s spiritual progress.” (4)

In that case, Ama’der Baba ki – jai! , the main ingredient, i.e. Parama Purusa, is shared in a more collective manner. He is no longer one’s personal property and this type of thinking goes ultravarious to devotional closeness.

IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION

Here we should clarify that this does not mean that everyone who speaks Bengali is of lower devotion or that anyone who has ever raised this slogan is a lower tier bhakta. It is not like that at all.

Rather, we can say that those leading this slogan are more responsible. After all they are the ones who selected the slogan. The margiis and wts in attendance may or may not feel this way. After all, they are just responding to the call. They are not deciding the way in which the slogan is raised.

It is just like how you cannot blame an entire country for the actions and decision of a few governmental leaders. The mass of people cannot be held accountable, whereas surely the leaders are responsible for what the country does.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HEAR THIS SLOGAN

One very practical scenario is: What should one do if they are attending a spiritual function and someone starts raising this slogan: Ama’der Baba Ki Jai!. In that case, the best thing is to remain quite and just mentally repeat your own preferred Jai slogan. Remember, anyone can raise whatever slogan they prefer because it is one’s personal devotional practice based on one’s relation with Baba. Thus any sadhaka is free to choose a top-grade slogan. It is not that those 3rd class sadhakas can impose their ways on everyone else. In this regard, there is personal freedom to choose.

That said, the slogan – Ama’der Baba Ki Jai! – is primarily used in Bengal. This is their slogan of choice.

WHY BABA ALLOWED THIS

The next question one may ask is that why did Baba allow people to raise the slogan: Ama’der Baba ki – jai!

And the answer is very simple. In the kingdom of Parama Purusa there are various grades of devotees. After all, 3rd grade devotees are also His followers and He allows 3rd grade devotees to raise this type of slogan. Baba accepts 3rd grade bhaktas in the way they feel most comfortable approaching Him, even if that means sharing Him with others.

No doubt, Baba is attracting all to come very close, but due to lack of sadhana or samskaras, not all respond to His blessed call.

So if someone is enmeshed in 3rd grade devotion and could not develop a closer relation with Parama Purusa, then this Ama’der slogan is fine.

Being gracious, Baba then accepts everyone for who they are. He does not deprive anyone from expressing the feeling of their heart, even if their heartfelt feeling goads them to say, “Ama’der Baba ki – jai!”

In His gracious manner, Baba will accept their call and continue to draw them near.

In sum, 3rd grade devotees have further to travel because they are far from Parama Purusa. It may take them several lives to become A-grade bhaktas wherein they will feel more comfortable raising the slogan, “Parama Pita Baba ki- jai!.

MUST HAVE COMPASSION

Some of our brothers and sisters are lagging behind in the realm of devotion so we must have compassion for their situation. Our duty is to help them. They should also learn how to feel closer to Parama Purusa – after all, one day everyone has to reach up to Him.

HOW TO REMEDY THE SITUATION

Honesty in devotional life is key. So if one’s heart feeling is not expressed by the 3rd grade slogan, Ama’der Baba ki – jai!, that’s to say, if one is not inclined to share Parama Purusa or think that He belongs to all, then one may not like to use this slogan. In that case they can exclusively use, Parama Pita Baba ki – jai!

And if the Ama’der slogan does express one’s feeling of heart, and they feel comfortable with this meaning, then they can continue to raise the slogan in this manner. On this point all have personal choice. No one can tell anyone what to do.

At the same time we should all try and increase our standard of sadhana and feel more devotional closeness with Parama Purusa.

MAIN REASON FOR RAISING THIS MATTER

This is a significant matter because when some 3rd grade devotees are not understanding the deeper devotional feeling and if those same 3rd grade people get positions of leadership in our Marga, then due to their devotional deficit, guess what dogma they are going to invent.

That’s right. Because of their lower feeling of devotion they will create the dogma of mahaprayan which states that Baba is gone. In that case, due to their own lack of understanding and lack of closeness, they will misguide and inhibit the growth of others and taint the devotional expression within the Marga.

That is the very grave matter at hand.

It is very similar to what transpired with the various dogmatic religions wherein they wrongly proclaimed that god lives in the distant sky or 7th heaven. Such persons also might have been of the 3rd grade as they could not develop closeness with Parama Purusa. So they invented their religious dogma – placing god far, far away.

That is the way it works and we should be careful since that same defect has expressed itself in AM in the form of the mahaprayan dogma.

No doubt 3rd grade devotees are better than non-devotees, but they should not be in positions of leadership wherein they try to guide others and invent new “spiritual programs”, like the dogma of mahaprayan (i.e. Baba is gone).

Please pass this letter to your fellow sadhakas etc so this dogma can be removed. Why is this a dogma. Because whenever a person mindlessly raises a slogan without thinking more deeply about it etc then it is a dogma.

BHAKTI IS THE GREATEST QUALITY

Bhakti is the greatest attribute in life. We should all aim for the highest grade of devotion and not allow those with lower devotion – i.e. those chanting Ama’der Baba ki – jai! – to be in leadership positions wherein they can invent dogmas. And on the personal sphere, may every sadhaka feel that, “Baba is mine and mine alone.”

Baba says, “The devotees say, “No, no I can share all my belongings with others, but not my Parama Purus’a. He is mine and mine alone – He belongs to no one else. I cannot even think of sharing Him with anyone.”” (5)

THERE IS NO DEARTH OF JAI SLOGANS

There is no limit to how many Jai slogans can be created. For example:

(a) Parama Purusa Baba Ki – Jai!
(b) Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji Ki – Jai!
(c) My Baba Ki – Jai!
(d) My Parama Pursua Baba Ki – Jai!

And certainly you can create many more slogans in your own mother tongue. Thus, there are many possibilities.

I recall that when Baba toured the globe then He was received by so many different jai slogans. For instance, I remember when Baba went to Haifa, Israel, then those margiis raised the jai slogan in their local tongue. And when Baba visited Taiwa, then margiis raised the slogan in Taiwanese. And when Baba went to Bangalore, then margiis raised the slogan in Kannada, i.e. their local language.

So every margii can create their own jai slogan using their native language. But that Jai slogan should be A-grade, not C-grade like Ama’der Baba Ki – Jai.

Namaskar,
in Him,
Nagendra

REFERENCES:
1. Subhasita Samgraha-11
2. Subhasita Samgraha-11
3. Subhasita Samgraha-11
4. Subhasita Samgraha-11
5. A Few Problems Solved – 3

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Toma’ke bha’lo besechi, tumi shudhu mane a’cho…” (Prabhata Samgiita #2562)

Purport:

Baba, I love You; only You are in my mind. You are my dearmost; You alone are mine; You are the only moon in my mental sky– mental plate. Baba, except You, everything else in this entire universe is temporary. Everything comes for a short time and then get lost into thin air, into the oblivion. Baba, only You are beginningless and endless; only You remain permanently – eternally.

Baba, nothing lasts forever in this world. At the end of the day, night falls and the light of day gets engulfed by the darkness. Similarly, the darkness of the night vanishes with the advent of the brilliant new dawn. Thus everything in this world is changing, transient. But the constant pouring of Your divine effulgence continues on and on – it knows no limit; it knows no end.

Baba, I am loving You; You are always residing in my mind; You are my only polestar. Baba, You are my Goal; You are my everything…

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To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: J_deva@markwebmail….
Subject: How To Remove Misery From Your Life
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:23:01 -0000

Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Posting: How To Remove Misery From Your Life ;
(2) Trailer Quote: True Colour Comes Out;
(3) Prabhat Samgiita #2239;

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

== HOW TO REMOVE MISERY FROM LIFE ==

Namaskar,
In the life of every person and in the history of every community and land, there are deeply dark aspects and painful memories, filled with despair, bloodshed, and untold suffering. One can spend a lifetime plunging themselves into those woes of misfortune and angst.

VERY COMMON ON THE PERSONAL LEVEL

YET BABA HAS GIVEN THE REMEDY

Actually, this act of looking to the past is such a common human phenomenon. On a daily basis, people tend to review past events – especially painful ones. They think how they lost their prestige at their job, or how their spouse left them, or about their parent who passed away. There are countless memories people bring into the mind which disturb their psyche. They actively do this – it becomes their habit. Yet it drastically undermines their well-being.

That is why Baba’s guideline is: Do not engage in looking into the past and recollecting those scenes which adversely affect the mind. To indulge in such type of dark thinking is not at all beneficial. It does not bear any fruit – neither for an individual nor the collective humanity.

On the personal level, Baba reminds us that we should suffuse the mind in spiritual thought and refrain from recounting past woes.

So, on the individual plane, one should strive to channelize the mind towards a pure and positive ideation, and not let the mind get caught up in the losses and pains of the past. By focusing the mind on Him, it will set the mind on the right course.

DARK MOMENTS:

BABA’S REMEDY ON COLLECTIVE LIFE

And on the collective level, in His revolutionary way, Baba has ensured that our Ananda Marga will always rise above the dark side of life.

In His discourse, ‘Our Social Treatise’, Baba says the following about our Ananda Marga social system and way of life.

“[That which is true] has been accepted, and the dark aspects of life have not been given any scope to flourish.” (1)

Let’s take a moment to investigate what Baba means by the above statement and see how this practically benefits both individuals and whole communities.

COLLECTIVE HISTORY:

DARK ASPECTS ARE FAR LEARNING NOT FOR RELIVING

When Baba discusses the division of India, Baba pointedly analyses the defects of Gandhi’s approach and warns how we should never fall prey to communal sentiments. That is the main emphasis and teaching point.

So on the point of history, Baba’s guideline is to briefly look back, learn from those past mistakes so that they are not repeated, and move ahead in the proper direction.

In contrast, so many groups and communities indulge in harping about the past such that they become crippled and unable to move ahead. Instead they just invite frustration, anger, and hate.

African American history is taught in such a way that nearly every hateful and gory incident involving slavery has been regurgitated and given new life wherein some submerge their mind with anger and even blame whites of today for crimes committed generations ago.

Such an approach undermines our African-American (i.e. Black American) community and hinders the growth of our brothers and sisters. By this way, those frustrations live on and on, racism increases, and the flames of hatred burn high into the sky.

Baba’s approach is this: Yes, slavery happened; yes, it was a slur on the humanity; and now a new era has come so we should learn from the past and move on, and not get caught up in drowning the mind in those dark moments.

Jewish history also often involves overturning each and every stone and analysing the exact degree to which Jews have suffered. They uncover every minute detail and relive it in such a way that all those torments get dug up and take on a life of their own – infesting the heart and minds of today’s people.

And indeed, this is the way nearly all peoples recount their history. In such cases, whole communities get submerged in the hurtful memories and dark aspects of life. That becomes their living reality for the present as they bear the grudges of generations ago.

But this fateful approach does not bode well for the humanity. Rather than learning from the past, people get caught up in it, thereby shackling themselves with those dark moments.

A DELICATE BALANCE

That is why Baba distinctly opposes this type of degrading outlook on life, and has instead given a whole new way for our Marga to march ahead where we learn from the past yet move forward with an optimistic outlook. This is the delicate and dharmic balance which we must maintain.

HISTORY WAS DISCARDED OUTRIGHT

In India – under the teachings of Shankaracarya – history was discarded outright. There was no record kept by the people. Because of this the same mistakes and errors were repeated over and over again. And ultimately, the history of India was recorded by outsiders. This is one extreme.

And the other extreme is what we see happening with the Jews and blacks in the US where there is a perpetual manner of recounting dark episodes of history over and over again, without rest. In that case, those communities get caught up in the horrors and sufferings of the past.

Hence a delicate balance is needed where we look back approximately 1% of the time, i.e. just enough to learn and track our course. Then the remaining 99% of the time should be aimed to forward movement. This is the ideal way to use history and foster a healthy outlook.

And that is neatly reflected in Baba’s below teaching.

Baba says, “[That which is true] has been accepted, and the dark aspects of life have not been given any scope to flourish.” (2)

WHY PEOPLE SUFFER IN PERSONAL LIFE

While in our social life or collective life, it is important to look back and learn from history.

One must be extremely careful not to drown in old memories. One must not indulge in this way – a human being must look forward.

For instance, if one loses $100 or $100,000, then one must not think back again and again on this loss. In that case, life will be terrible – miserable. Yet many people fall into this thought cycle – always reliving the difficulties past. That is not healthy in individual life.

This happens now just with the loss of money, but with any type of painful memory or unfortunate occurrence. People churn those thoughts again and again: “I messed up at work”, “My sister died in that accident”, “The storm destroyed my property”, and verily there are so many horrible memories that people harbour. This only invites more pain and compounds the difficulty.

REINFORCING THOSE PAINFUL MEMORIES

Yet in the west, entire schools of counseling, psycho-therapy, and support groups are based on reliving old habits and past harms. Whether the problem be child abuse, alcohol addiction, or any other malady or abuse, many western approaches indulge in talking about those pains – daily, weekly, monthly – thereby reinforcing those painful memories in the mind. Instead of moving beyond those tragic incidents by redirecting the mind towards a more positive or sentient engagement, those old horrors become the dominant aspect of one’s present existence. This should be avoided at all costs. Key steps should be taken to break that thought cycle and redirect the mind toward sentient and psycho-spiritual pursuits.

IN ANANDA MARGA LIFE MOVES FORWARD IN A BRIGHT WAY

Baba’s world view is wholly positive in nature.

“Ánandáddhyeva khalvimáni bhútáni jáyante. Ánandena játáni jiivanti. Ánandaḿ prayantyabhi saḿvishanti”

“This quinquelemental world has been born out of bliss, is being maintained in bliss and into sacred bliss it will melt.” (3)

By infusing this spirit into the life of each and every human being, people are then able to embrace a positive outlook on life.

Ananda Marga steers clear from the Christian dogma that this world was born out of sin, such that people become tied and bound by that sinful disease.

Rather in Ananda Marga, we perpetually celebrate the finer moments of human existence and embrace the subtler aspects of human life. This is reflected by our view on history, our daily outlook, and by our festivals and holidays.

Each and every religion has days where they mourn for the hell that took place in the past, rekindling those dark and gory memories.

But Baba does not appreciate that humans should live life in such a bleak way, always plunging oneself in the misfortune of the past. That is why in Ananda Marga, each and every festival is based on merriment and joy.

“The sweetness of a festival brings new joy and vigour in life…’an occasion which gives human beings fresh inspiration to live a new life’.” (4)

Even on the point of remembering those who gave their life for dharma, we remember their glory and honor them all on the same day, once a year on Dadhicii Divas. Otherwise each and every day would become a time to mourn for the fallen and so many shrines would be erected, always reminding the people of that fateful or sad moment.

REMEMBERING THOSE WHO DIED

In our personal lives, we live on this earth with so many friends and family. And human beings are mortal. Naturally then we will know so many who die such that we can pass our days on this earth mourning those losses again and again, day in & day out.

To counteract this human tendency, Baba has given that the period of mourning should be for a limited number of days and then one should then move ahead in a bright new way.

He does not want that on the individual level we should also get stuck in the mire and sorrow of the past.

Unfortunately in today’s society, not only do people mourn the deceased year after year, reliving those sad moments. So many dark aspects get reported on over and over again and fill people’s mental plate.

SINKING ONESELF IN THE FALSE AND DARK NATURE

As margiis, our revolutionary approach is to fill the world with positive ideas and optimism.

Unfortunately some in our Marga have gone so far as to reduce Parama Purusa Himself to being an ordinary mortal and they are intent on mourning the occasion again and again on Oct 21, calling it “mahaprayan”. This is also an example of allowing the darkened aspects of life to flourish – which Baba does not approve.

When Baba Himself is the Parama Purusa and is that eternal entity who remain with us always in our hearts, then where is there meaning or value in sinking oneself in the false and dark nature of so-called mahaprayan. Our ideal is to remember how Baba is with us each and every moment and not get lost in the dogmatic notion that He is gone.

So those who give indulgence to mahaprayan dogma invite a personal tragedy. With their physical eye they fail to see Baba so they think He is no longer, but the proper method is to look with the inner, spiritual eye and remember that He is always eternally present. Those who fail to embrace this divine truth invite personal tragedy and loss in their lives. That is the real danger surrounding so-called mahaprayan.

SUMMARY

When Baba has come and graciously blessed us with all the guidelines for how to lead a dharmic life and when He Himself remains in the heart always, then truly we are fortunate. Baba has given the teaching how to regard and utilize history, both in collective life and individual life. By that way we can learn and grow – and not get caught up in the dark moments of the past. At the same time, He has given scope for setting the mind on the Supreme Goal, and moving ahead in life, always thinking of Him.

BABA’S TEACHINGS

““O mendicant, look and see. Water is entering the boat that you have boarded in the hopes of crossing to the other side of the river. So get rid of that water right away.” Sinca bhikkhu imaḿ návaḿ. If you get rid of the water your boat’s load will be lightened. Sittá te lahu messyati. A human being’s burden grows along with the past…For example, perhaps you are thinking: once you were eating rich, delicious and costly foods such as háluyápuri, murg-mashallam, namkiin poláo – this is all the burden of the past… Buddha warned his mendicants who were thirsty for liberation: O mendicants, lighten the burden that lies before you.”

Yassa pure ca paccha ca majjhe ca natthi kincanam’;
Akincanam’ ana’da’nam’ tamaham’ vru’mi Bra’hman’am’.

“That person who does not carry any burden…is a true bráhmańa.” (5)

DO NOT LOOK BACK

“I will call that person a Brahman whose mind does not run after any colour, who is neither obsessed by colour-laden thoughts of the past…One must free the mind from the influence of all colours.” (6)

“O sádhaka! You must forget all your past deeds, all your tales of glory or ignominy, from the memorable moment you start moving on the path of sádhaná or intuitional practice. Do not look back: you have eyes in the front of your head. As indispensable as it is to be cautious and careful, so that the self-created tornado propelling you forward does not dash you down to the ground to ensure your safe journey ahead, you may sometimes throw back a cursory glance and no more.” (7)

“Whatever be the consequence of your past deeds, your upliftment is guaranteed, if you have unflagging zeal to attain Brahma. Do not look back, look forward. Never take any limited material object for your worship. Accept only the loftiest entity for your contemplation. If your love for Him is genuine, you will ever remain in an Elysian exuberance. Pain will then mean nothing to you, nor will happiness either. When one’s movement is towards the Great, when one’s ardour is only for the Great, it is called Prema or Divine Love.” (8)

Namaskar,
At His lotus feet,
Jiivendra

REFERENCES:
1. Prout in a Nutshell – 16
2. Prout in a Nutshell – 16
3. Namami Krsnasundaram
4. A Few Problems Solved – 5
5. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 9, The Source of Internal Stamina
6. Namami Krsnasundaram, Disc #24
7. Subhasita Samgraha – 4, The Chariot and the Charioteer
8. Subhasita Samgraha – 3

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True Colour Comes Out

“The greatest quality of a person at a meeting or debate is the capacity to convince others. The highest quality in the battlefield is ‘yudhi vikramam’, or valor in the battle. While in danger, one’s great quality is patience.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 4)

When in danger, some become paranoid and some remain patient. Depending upon their reaction, they reveal their weakness or their greatness. If when danger arrives one becomes paranoid or loses their wits, they cannot do anything – they cannot solve the problem. Rather they become a liability. Then they are not a dharmika as they are missing even the first point of dharma – i.e. dhrti (patience).

In contrast, if when in grave danger one’s rational brain is still functioning then that person a is dharmika.

Note: Here it does not mean if someone else’s house burns down and you keep calm, then you are a dharmika. That is not the idea. Rather, the point is to keep your rational mind functioning when your own house is burning down. If you can manage to keep your own mind balanced in a dangerous situation, you can resolve that issue in the best way, according to circumstances.
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**** Here begins the Prabhat Samgiita ****

“Ya’ra’ toma’y bha’laba’se, toma’r tarei kande ha’se…” (PS 2239)

Purport:

Baba, those who are loving You, those who are smiling and crying and dancing in Your rhythm, in their ears may my message be heard.

In my mind I have deep reverence and honor for them. Their greatness and dedication I will always remember. For such great people I move around here and there to have their proximity.

Such great persons are my own. For them my life is for. My colorful dreams take shape by coming in the contact of such great personalities. Baba those who are dancing in Your cosmic rhythm and moving according to Your dictates, such great devotees are the vanguards. And they are venerable for me…

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Date: Sat, 02 Mar 2013 22:35:43
Subject: Ananda Marga Is Colourful

Baba

== ANANDA MARGA IS COLOURFUL ==

Namaskar,
Our Ananda Marga is colourful. People have entered into Ananda Marga with all kinds of mentalities, with all types of psychic tendencies, and with a diverse range of mental constitutions. To accommodate all, Baba has graciously given something for everyone. In turn, we have the opportunity to choose which approach and engagement suits us best.

Some are oriented toward the path of jinana, and some towards bhakti. Some prefer intellectual explanations, whereas other tend towards devotional understanding. Some like to sing kiirtan thinking, ‘I am overcoming all internal and external obstacles’, while others may prefer simply to ideate only on Baba.

Different minds prefer different thought ideations – and that makes the world colourful.

None should therefore think that any particular approach is the be-all, end-all. Because Baba has given and approved them all: From sadhana to microvita theory, from kiirtan to kaoshikii, from Prabhat Samgiita to sristi cakra, Baba has provided diverse explanations to appeal to the wide array of people & mentalities in our universal human family.

Hence, no one should feel pressured to adopt or limit oneself to a particular style, explanation, or reasoning. Because Ananda Margiis come in all shapes and sizes with different mental colours.

A FEW PRACTICAL EXAMPLES

Below are some clear-cut examples of how various Ananda Marga practices can be pursued in different ways.

(A) DHYANA: In dhyana, Baba has given various bhavas: Madhura bhava (lover relation), dasya bhava (Master-slave relation), vatsalya bhava (Parama Purusa as child), sakhya bhava (friend relation), and Father-son relation etc. These are all approved methods, given by Baba, for doing dhyana. However, that does not mean that every devotee must follow all of the above. Those involved in sakhya bhava may not have an iota of interest in vatsalya bhava, and vice versa. Thus every sadhaka has the power of choice: To experiment and see which one is most appropriate for their mental make-up, for their link with Parama Purusa.

(B) PRABHAT SAMGIITA: With regards to Prabhat Samgiita, some prefer to analyse and study the style of music such as the type of raga or ragini, and side by side Baba has also said that, “Prabhat Samgiita is the feeling of the heart, and the expression of the heart, and it has been written with the ink of the heart.” (1)

So it is not just music only. So these are two vastly different ways of relating with Prabhat Samgiita. And it will depend upon one’s mental characteristics as to which they prefer. Some opt for a more jinani approach, whereas others prefer the more personal and intimate manner. Everyone can choose for themselves.

(C) MICROVITA: About microvita, Baba has given vast and complex theories about this smallest energy form – the ultimate building block of this universe. Chapters and chapters can be read and studied about this scientific phenomenon. And many jinanis may spend years immersed in that approach. At the same time, in His discourse 1988 discourse, Propensities and Pramá, Baba spoke as follows:

हम जिसको “positive microvitum” कहते हैं, दरअसल यह क्या है जी ? यह तो परमपुरुष की कृपा है | हम तुम लोगों को हँसाने के लिए बोलते हैं “positive microvitum” |

Baba says, “That which I call “positive microvitum”, in reality what is it? Nothing but the grace of Parama Purus’a. I use the term “positive microvitum” to make you laugh.” (2)

So it is very clear that for the jinanis and intellectuals of Ananda Marga, they should preach the philosophy of microvita. It is a veritable science and course of study. At the same time, Baba has given devotees a different outlook. Both are important and valuable. So again, based on one’s mentality, there are a variety of ways of thinking about microvita.

(D) CREATION THEORY (Srsti Cakra): Similarly, one can think of creation theory using terms like jadasphota, pratisaincara, various tattvas, and other technical terminology, or one can simply think that, ‘He was all alone, all by Himself, so He created this vast universe’.

Thus depending on one’s mental framework, there are varieties of ways of interacting with our Ananda Marga practices and philosophy.

KAOSHIKII AND AVARTA KIIRTAN ALSO

The same can be said with regards to kaoshikii and avarta kiirtan also.

There is a very technical explanation of kaoshikii where one takes on a different ideation for each direction, and side by side one can simply think of pleasing Baba while doing their kaoshikii dance.

In avarta kiirtan also there are two diverse approaches. In a more jinani style, the aspirant can adopt different ideations for each direction. And these ideations generally focus on oneself, ‘I have purified my mind with the fire of devotion, I am the embodiment of sincerity’, etc or one can simply think of Baba and ideate on loving and pleasing Him.

Some sadhakas may like a more technical & analytical explanation and some prefer the more simple approach of pleasing Him. Personally, I prefer the latter way. I do not like to engage in all kinds of sophisticated or lengthy descriptions when dancing avarta kiirtan. Rather, I prefer Baba’s simple method of bringing the mind to sahasrara cakra and thinking of Him. But if others prefer to think, ‘I am the embodiment of sincerity’ then that is also fine. More about these technical explanations appears further down in this email.

Here, the chief point is that we should always keep in mind that Baba has given something for everyone in Ananda Marga. And we should be accepting and tolerant of all the different styles and at the same time choose a way that is most appropriate for us.

PEOPLE HAVE COME INTO ANANDA MARGA FOR DIFFERENT REASONS

After all, we have to remember that people have entered into Ananda Marga for a vast array of reasons. Some have come because they wanted to travel overseas, some have come because they could not get a job in the private sector, some have come to escape their jail sentences, some have come to find a wife or husband, some have come to get away from their wife or husband, some have come to do karma yoga, some have come to get a high post, some have come to be regarded as a high yogi, some have come to fulfill His mission (A’tma moks’a’rtham’ jagaddhita’ya ca), and some have come to please Him.

And some were born into Ananda Marga. Since their birth they have been attending Ananda Marga functions. By this way they become accustomed to Ananda Marga as a way of life, and as they grow they hold fond memories and a very sympathetic feeling to Ananda Marga.

So people enter into Ananda Marga from all kinds of backgrounds and interests. Not only that, once in Ananda Marga, people behave differently. Some are very strict to attend all organisational activities, and some come once or twice a year for big feasts and social programs. Some are very strict in sadhana, and some less so. Thus there are gradations, yet all are Ananda Margiis.

The common thread being that all hold Baba dearly as their Ista.

Thus, all are our brothers and sisters, we should embrace all, and help everyone become successful in their human life. There are various grades and we appreciate everyone.

Baba has graciously given various trades and department to appeal to the various mental colours of this grand humanity. Those with political interest can work in Prout once they enter Ananda Marga. Those with more physical stamina might involve in VSS. Those wishing to do dharma pracar will be active in SDM and HPMG (Hari Parimańd́ala Gośt́hi), and those wanting to educate and serve will be in ERAWS. And there are other departments as well ranging from the Farm department to Industry to AMURT – as well as, in many cases, their sister organisations in WWD.

Hence, there is vast scope for engagement – all depending on one’s mental tendency and proclivity.

At the same time, we know that every Ananda Margii should be ready to do everything and engage in all the sevas. This quality one gains by following 16 Points. Ultimately, sadvipras will have all the qualities. Upon entering into Ananda Marga one may not be like this, but gradually over time one grows in this way, by His grace.

PEOPLE DO SADHANA FOR VARIOUS REASONS

As there are various grades of sadhakas in Ananda Marga, people do sadhana for various reasons. Some do sadhana to impress others, some do sadhana as one requirement so that they can take their meal, some only do sadhana in public, some engage less in their sadhana program, some do sadhana for mental peace, some do sadhana for self-realisation, some do sadhana to serve and please Him. So there are various grades of sadhakas in our Marga.

Furthermore, Some like to sing kiirtan thinking that they are becoming clean and becoming a force in this universe, and some like to sing for the sole reason of loving and pleasing Parama Purusa.

Some bhaktas do not feel comfortable relying on their own unit ego. They do not like to think that ‘I am doing everything’, because they know that unit beings cannot do anything, Parama Purusa does everything.

It all depends on one’s quality of mind as Baba has created something for everyone.

Yet all along, the unifying point – regardless of one’s mental colour is that they hold Baba as their Ista. This is the binding property.

TECHNICAL DESCRIPTIONS OF AVARTA KIIRTAN & KAOSHIKII

Below, are the technical descriptions of Avarta Kiirtan & Kaoshikii. And if one wishes to pursue their practice in that way they can. At the same time, no sadhaka should feel burdened that they must do their kiirtan and kaoshikii like that. Remember that Baba has explained His AM practices and philosophies in various ways to appeal to various grades of people, various standards of mind. Some are jinan oriented and some are bhakti oriented. Everyone should do what feels most comfortable for them. Baba has approved multiple ways for this very purpose: To appeal to one and all.

Here are two technical descriptions of our avarta kiirtan and kaoshikii practices. These may appeal to some whereas others may not like to be bothered by these more intricate approaches. In that case they may adopt a more simple, devotional outlook.

Then there is also the notion that as these two below descriptions are not printed in any book, then they may not be entirely accurate. If anyone has the original cassette(s) where Baba discusses these below approaches then they are requested to write this network immediately.

AVARTA KIIRTAN

1. I am the embodiment of sincerity.
2. I have innate love for Paramapurusa.
3. I have purified my mind with the fire of devotion.
4. I am overcoming all internal and external obstacles.
5. O lord, take me onto your lap.
6. I surrender my everything to you.

KAOSHIKII

VERTICAL — I am now trying to establish a link with Paramapurusa.
RIGHT– I know the right way of making request to you, Paramapurus’a.
LEFT— I know how to carry out your command
FRONT– I know how to surrender completely to you.
BACK– I am ready to undergo discomfort when trouble comes.
STEPS—Oh, lord, I am now imitating your rhythm, brining your subtle Consciousness into manifestation, into practical forms.
OVERALL IDEATION:- I, the microcosm, am establishing a link with my lord, the Nucleus of the Macrocosm.

SIMPLE DEVOTIONAL APPROACH

Some bhaktas may just prefer to sing kiirtan and dance kaoshikii with their mind immersed in Him – to serve, please, and love Him. Trying to follow all the above technical operations may verily take the mind away from being with Baba. So adopting a purely devotional stance is also alright if that is what you prefer. That freedom everyone has.

BABA HAS GIVEN ANANDA MARGA FOR ALL

Baba has graciously designed this Ananda Marga for everyone – and verily all must come under the banner of AM. For this reason Baba has given diverse ways of explaining AM practices and AM ideology. Because everyone belongs in Ananda Marga.

“Remember, until every person in the universe accepts the Ananda Marga ideology, you have no opportunity to rest.” (3)

“Now, these created beings, they being the progeny of the same father, are members of the same Universal Family. We must not forget this supreme fact.” (4)

“LOOK UPON EACH AND EVERY HUMAN BEING AS THEIR OWN KITH AND KIN”

“I have been saying for a long time that human society is a singular entity, that human society is indivisible. Human beings, because of their petty interests, prefer to remain oblivious to this truth. But one should remember that to forget altogether and to remain forgetful are not the same. So many near and dear ones, so many kith and kin, whom you had loved so dearly in the past are no longer in the world. Have you forgotten them? No, you have not. You remain forgetful of them.” (5)

“All the beings of this universe are the kith and kin of one another. No one is despicable. All are equally respectable and entitled to equal love and affection. No problem is to be ignored as an individual or group affair. Every problem is to be considered as the collective problem of universal humanity and is to be resolved collectively and resolved it must be. Let it be the vocal panorama of the newer world of today – the continuous musical notes behind the movement of Neohumanism.” (6)

“Parama Puruśa looks deep into the inner thoughts and feelings of human beings. He is omniscient, forever watching throughout the creation those who are meditating upon Him with undivided attention, and those who have been patiently waiting with an unwavering mind to realize Him. These are expressions of those with an integral outlook. Only such people, irrespective of caste, colour, creed, community, national or geographical barrier, etc. can look upon each and every human being as their own kith and kin. They are free of all discrimination. They even treat the animals and plants as being intimately related to themselves.” (7)

“Those who want to promote the welfare of all human beings, remaining above all sorts of parochial sentiments, have no alternative but to embrace universalism with their heart and soul – there is no other way. As universalism is totally devoid of any characteristic of ism, it is not proper to depict universalism as an ism. If everyone is looked upon as one’s own, no one remains beyond the periphery of one’s kith and kin. Naturally, then, there is no scope for violence, envy, narrowness, etc.” (8)

PROGENY OF PARAMA PURUŚA

“I have also said that sins are just like the dust that settles on our clothes. By shaking the clothing, the dust will vanish. This simple action can be done by everyone. Ananda Marga has clarified that human beings are the progeny of Parama Puruśa and are thus the objects of His love and affection. Whatever might be the nature of the sins they commit, they will never be deprived of His affection. Parama Puruśa may scold them, but He can never hate them. He will simply shake the dust off their clothes and take them onto His lap. So the most important thing is complete surrender. People should always remember that they are the progeny of Parama Puruśa. That is enough.” (9)

FORMATION OF UNIVERSAL HUMAN SOCIETY

“It is not proper for one particular class to dominate society. If one class is dominant, it will surely continue to exploit the other classes. Hence Ananda Marga wants a society without divisions or discrimination, where everyone will be entitled to equal opportunities and equal rights.” (10)

“Remember, Ananda Marga is a man-making mission. Both quantity and quality are important. Everyone should be free to join Ananda Marga, to take part in social functions, etc., but only those established in Yama and Niyama may be given any position to work in society.” (11)

“Social philosophy of Ananda Marga advocates the development of the integrated personality of the individual, and also the establishment of world fraternity, inculcating in human psychology a Cosmic sentiment. The Marga advocates progressive utilization of mundane and supramundane factors of the Cosmos. The society needs a stir for life, vigour and progress, and for this Ananda Marga advocates the Progressive Utilization Theory (Prout), meaning thereby progressive utilization of all factors. Those who support this principle may be termed “Proutists”. (12)

ÁNANDA MÁRGA IS THAT PATH OF PROGRESS

“There is no other alternative except Ánanda Márga to sustain human beings in their joint endeavours. Why?”
“Ans.: – A united human society is the prerequisite for the development of civilization. The collective desire for survival ensures society’s meaningful existence. The society is a dynamic entity and its survival indicates its inherent dynamism. When a group of people bound by the ties of a common ideology move together along a particular path, inviting fellow humans to join them to share their common joys and sorrows, theirs is a real movement; they are destined to be successful.”
“In this universe of rapid temporal, spatial and personal change, no specific economic, political, or religious structure can be the permanent aim of humanity. This is because theories are born in a particular temporal, spatial and economic context. People can move along the path of eternal progress only (a) by accepting the Cosmic Entity, who is beyond time, place and person, as the aim of life and (b) by continuing to do all their worldly actions while moving along that path towards Him.”
“Ánanda Márga is that path of progress, and that is why Ánanda Márga is the only alternative for the preservation of human existence and civilization. The external rituals, the so-called dharmas, are not dharma but mere religion. They are subject to change depending on time, place and person. By manifesting distinctions within themselves and outside themselves (such as the differences like vijatiya bheda, svajátiya bheda and svagáta bheda), religions, like other relative factors have invited the repression of humanity by creating dogmas, bloodshed and similar evils. Thus religion cannot bring peace to humanity.” (13)

WE WILL BIND EVERYBODY WITH THE THREAD OF LOVE

“We will dye each and every bud with the light of knowledge. No one will stay away. We will bind everybody with the thread of love and create a garland of incomparable beauty. No one will stay behind, none will be thrown at the bottom. All will exist with kith and kin with their minds full of sweetness and tenderness for all.” (14)

Namaskar,
in Him
Gaunga

REFERENCES:
1. 02 Jan ’83
2. 1 January 1988 DMC, Anandanagar
3. Caryacarya – 2
4. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 14
5. A few Problems Solved – 3, Human Society Is One and Indivisible – 3
6. Ananda Vanii #58
7. Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 5, Integral and Non-Integral Outlook
8. Problems of the Day #18
9. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 5, A Few of Tantra’s Special Characteristics
10. Subhasita Samgraha – 1, The Evolution of Society
11. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31, The Conduct of an Ácárya
12. Idea & Ideology, The Cosmic Brotherhood
13. Tattva Kaomudii -1, Questions and Answers on Ananda Marga Philosophy, #53
14. Prabhat Samgiita #5018, Gurukul Song

Baba

“Aungane mor na’hi ele jadi, maner mukure bha’sio…” (PS 3019)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, if You do not come in my courtyard – my home, then please be gracious and blossom in my mental mirror. Since You have not come within the scope of my perception, then please come in my ideation. Baba, please come in the depths of my sadhana – dhyana. O’ my dearmost, You are ever-gracious; so please come. For me, You are everything; whatever You want to do is blissful for me. Baba, if You do not want to say anything, then just remain here with me smiling sweetly. Your sweet smile satiates my heart. O’ my dearmost, please be gracious and blossom in my mind.

O’ Divine Entity, in search of You, so many ages passed doing tapasya – trying to get You. So much of my time was spent doing so many practices – shravan, manan, and nidhidhyasana. But alas, I could not get You. Finally, by Your sweet touch the long, dark amavasya night has finished. Gone are the days when sadhana was just an ongoing struggle and it was difficult to move ahead. Now, by Your grace, I am advancing on the path of divinity. Baba, today, at this dawn, please dispel that cimmerian darkness from my mind with Your crimson light. Please be gracious and blossom in my heart.

Baba, in the realm of ideation, every thought is meaningful. One becomes what one thinks. That is why with firm determination I want to get You. I want You, O’ Parama Purusa, I have a deep desire to have You. You are so gracious: You have made me understand that by singing and chanting Your name, and by ideating on You, I can get You. You have told me that sadhana, kiirtan, japa, dhyana, and ideating on You is not futile. As one thinks, so one becomes. By thinking about You I will get You. That is why I go on doing all these devotional practices – in order to get You and quench my eternal thirst. Sanctifying me with the streams of Your karuna (1), shower Your causeless love upon me. O’ Parama Purusa, please be gracious and come in my mind. Baba, please remove the shadows of avidya maya from my inner abode and make me Yours. Baba, now all that is left is this one final request: Please shower Your causeless grace and sweet flow of Your divine compassion, and keep me eternally under Your loving shelter. Since eternity I have yearned for that divine love; please fulfill my eternal longing.

Baba, with my own merits and qualities I cannot get You. Please shower Your grace, keeping me always at Your lotus feet…

NOTE FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3019:

[1] Karuna: (Literally: ‘Divine Compassion’); When Parama Purus’a sees the suffering of devotees, He feels pained by their inability to move ahead because of so many problems and difficulties. In such circumstances, Parama Purusa cannot bear to watch His bhaktas go through so much struggle and strife. When devotees are helpless and trying hard to progress but their pathway is completely obstructed and they cannot advance in their sadhana or any sphere of life – overcome by various complexes, bondages, and obstacles – then a feeling of deep, deep empathy develops in the mind of Parama Purusa. This feeling or mind-set is karun’a bha’va. He feels He must rescue them immediately. And when He steps in and helps that is His showering of His karun’a. In that way, Parama Purus’a comes. With His immense feeling of karuna’, He blesses His devotees and relieves them of their pain and suffering. This is nothing but His divine karuna’: Wherein Parama Purus’a cares for the devotees and removes their troubles and hindrances so that once again they can move ahead. Whereas, with krpa (grace), the bhakta is not suffering but even then Parama Purusa is bestowing His blessing. It is just like if a baby is sick and with great empathy the mother brings the sick baby on her lap and feeds the baby; that is karuna. And if that same baby is not at all sick, and mother still brings that baby on her lap and for feeding, then that is krpa. When out of empathy Parama Purusa lovingly comes to the aid of His suffering devotee that is karuna, and if that same devotee is not suffering yet Baba still bestows His blessing that is krpa. So there is a distinct difference between krpa (grace) and karuna (compassion). Finally, there is more to say about this topic of karun’a so kindly consider this an ongoing topic.

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

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For Mothers

“When the foetus in the mother’s womb becomes somewhat developed, its hair starts to grow. The mother may develop nausea. Sometimes she develops a special fascination with certain edibles and inedibles, and some peculiar distastes as well. In ancient Bengal there was a social custom to provide an opportunity to a pregnant woman to eat foods of her choice. This was known as sádhbhakśań.”

“Normally, in the advanced stage of pregnancy, women are not permitted to do physical labour. This is wrong. Women in that condition should be allowed to do a little work. (The same principle applies to pregnant animals.) Otherwise, there remains a risk during labour. Pregnant women and female animals may work half of what they usually do at other times; but under no circumstances should they be allowed to do strenuous work, as it may lead to premature delivery or stillbirth.”

“Foods which are highly acidic, such as acidic citrus fruits, overripe pineapples, overripe jám, cottonseed flour and spicy pickles, should be carefully avoided as they may harm the fetus. Bending over in a stooping posture to lift anything heavy is strictly forbidden for pregnant women. Although there is no objection to carrying loads for those who are accustomed to it, they must not stoop over to lift a heavy load onto their heads. It is better if others will help them to lift it up. In this stage of pregnancy a daily bath is a rule, but one must not bathe after sunset. It is better to lie down on a hard bed.”

“It is desirable that the best room in the house should be used for the confinement. In certain parts of rural Bengal, the worst room or the cowshed is used for confinement out of superstition. This practice is certainly wrong – more than that, it is a crime.”

“There are many people who affect respect, loudly praising women as a race of mothers, but who in practical life suppress them underfoot, sending them into the jaws of premature death by depriving them of happiness and the comforts of life. The conscientious should be vocal against these heinous acts. We must pay due honour to women as mothers and help them to live long lives.”

“The family should see to it that the woman is not forced to walk to the outhouse on foot for at least twenty-four hours after delivery. The delivery room should be fitted with a bathtub and commode. If a girl is born no one in the family is to point an accusing finger, either directly or indirectly, at the mother. It may create undue pressure on her heart. There was one lady of my acquaintance who was unable to bear the humiliation brought down by her family just after the birth of her seventh daughter. She cried out, “Again a daughter, again a daughter, again a daughter!” and immediately expired.”

“A pregnant woman must certainly be provided with nutritious food. No constipation-creating foods should be supplied to her. (This is as applicable to animal mothers as to human mothers.) Sweet-pea leaves, or if not available, then spinach, nat́e shák or gourd leaves should be taken daily in small amounts. Puṋi shák should be strictly avoided.”

“All that I have said in the above is as applicable to pregnant animals as it is to human mothers. In the case of the first delivery one should consult a physician or experienced midwife after one month. If one follows the above instructions, death during delivery will become a rare phenomenon.”

(Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31, Devotees Moving around the Cosmic Nucleus)
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Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:04:39
Subject: Threatens The Longevity of Ananda Marga
From: Jitendra
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Prabhat Samgiita #3233;
(2) Posting: Threatens The Longevity of Ananda Marga
(3) Trailer Quote: Kettle Drum Is Not Sentient Kiirtan – How Kiirtan Controls the Mind

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

**** Here begins the Prabhat Samgiita ****

Baba

“Esecho a’ma’r ghare, krpa’r pasara’ ha’te kare…” (PS 3233)

Purport:

Baba, by Your own mercy and compassion, You have come to my abode holding a basket of grace. Baba, Your divine advent in my home is not due to my calling – it is solely due to Your infinite love. O’ My Lord, You have taken so much trouble to come to me. You are so gracious. O’ Parama Purusa, I do not have any quality of my own – nor have I done any good work, nor do I do proper sadhana. Even then with a deep yearning in my heart I go on remembering and calling You. Baba, today You have come to my abode.

Baba, the brilliant stars of the vast, expansive sky are chanting Your divine name and singing that: ‘You are the Divine Lord, the Divine Saviour, You help everyone’. Baba, everywhere, all the time, You shower Your causeless grace on one and all. O’ Supreme Entity, You are the Controller of this entire universe. In the blue sky, the meteor and galaxies are showering their effulgence for You – to serve You, to please You. Baba, today You have come to my abode.

O’ Parama Purusa, whatever I have achieved in life is because of Your grace. I do not have any merit of my own. You have graciously showered me with Your abundant compassion and filled my entire existence with Your fathomless love. Unfortunately I did not give You anything. Baba, by Your grace, today I have placed fresh flower blossoms along with my entire being at Your lotus feet. Baba, today You have come to my abode. I am surrendering myself at Your alter…

== THREATENS THE LONGEVITY OF ANANDA MARGA ==

Namaskar,
The so-called mahaprayan gathering is not an innocuous program; rather by definition it threatens the very survival of Ananda Marga society.

EVERY SOCIETY WANTS TO SURVIVE

BUT ALL SUCCUMB OVER TIME

There have been so many societies that have come on this earth and all wanted to survive – nay they all wanted to thrive and last forever on this earth. But the reality is that, at some point in time, each and every civilisation meets its demise and falls into oblivion.

Such civilisations of the past included the Mayan, Incas, Roman, Confucian, Greeks, Aztecs, Egyptian, Licchaviis, Vikings, Phoenicians – and the list goes on and on.

Similarly, the societies currently active on this globe also have their inherent flaws and weak links; they will not last long – let alone forever. Yet all hold the aspiration to stand the test of time.

OUR ANANDA MARGA IS DIFFERENT

Baba has graciously provided us with the key tenets that ensure the survival of any society. This He has done with the elaboration of the six spokes of the social cycle, or s’ad’ara’h sama’ja cakra. And these six are all present in Ananda Marga. As His disciples, we are to adhere to His guiding principles.

SIX SPOKES OF THE SOCIAL CYCLE

Before advancing any further, we should first identify what the six spokes are that ensure the preservation and prosperity of any society.

Baba says, “The six factors which guide society, which make it vibrate in bliss and dance in bliss when its different entities realize the fullness of existence in every fibre of their existence, are the s’ad’ara’h sama’ja cakra [six spokes of the social cycle]. The six are: spiritual practice, spiritual ideology, social outlook, socio-economic theory, scripture and preceptor.” (1)

Here Baba outlines the six spokes.

“Numerous factors are needed for the development of a group of people. But the following six are the most important of them.”

“There should be a spiritual ideology in the life of both the individual and the collective body. Much of your energy is misused due to the ignorance of your own self and the destination towards which you are moving. This misuse of energy is bound to cause destruction.”

“The second factor for the progress of society is spiritual cult, a Sádhaná process. Everyone has got a physical structure. The problem with every individual is to produce more and more ectoplasmic stuff by the body and then to convert it into consciousness. There should be a proper process for this conversion. Spiritual cult consists of the conversion of the five rudimental factors into ectoplasmic stuff and then into consciousness through a special scientific process. This is a process of metamorphosis. Spiritual cult therefore, is indispensable. But only spiritual ideology and spiritual philosophy will not do.”

“The third factor which is a blending of Asti (existence) and Bhati (growth) is a socio-economic theory. There should be a priori knowledge regarding the social structure, the distribution of wealth and its growth. For want of this knowledge there can’t be a solid ground for the construction of the social edifice.”

“The fourth one is social outlook. All living creatures in this manifest universe are the children of the same Cosmic Entity. They are the progeny of the same Supreme Progenitor. Naturally they are bound in a thread of fraternal relations. This is the central spirit. A socio-economic theory is of no use but for this fraternal feeling. The implementation of this theory is an impossibility without Sádhaná.”

“The fifth factor for the progress of society is for it to have its own scripture. There is a need for the company of elevated persons (satsaunga) in all spheres of life.”

“The authority whose contact means satsaunga for you is the shástra. That which elevates society by dint of sháśana is called [[shástra]]. We should have a shástra of our own. The last but not the least important factor for the progress of society is for it to have its own preceptor.”

“The entire social structure is dependent on these six factors. Bhati (growth) is meaningless without them. The weakness of one among them may jeopardize the very existence of Bhati.”

“From ancient times many groups of people came into existence. Some of them somehow managed to drag on, some became extinct and some continued to exist in a metamorphosed form. About one thousand five hundred years ago, Arabs were very developed in science. But they were defeated by the Islamic wave, for they were lacking in the six aforesaid factors, while the latter had at least five of them. The same is the case with Egypt. It was fully developed in the spheres of art, architecture and science. It is the Egyptians who made the pyramids which needed subtle geometrical knowledge. Moreover, they were also very advanced in the sphere of civilization. Despite this, they could not prevent their defeat. Today’s Egypt is the Egyptian form of Arab civilization. The cause of the death of its older form was the lack of the aforesaid six factors.”

“The Christian or Roman civilization was also considerably higher on the ladder of development. Yet they were lacking in social outlook. There were no feelings of fraternity and equality. The slave system was rampant and human feelings were on the wane. Furthermore, the lack of a proper socio-economic theory generated a kind of fascist mentality in them. Those rolling in luxury and adverse to labour became indolent. Naturally they were defeated by a stronger and more strenuous force. The destruction of the Greek and Chinese civilizations was also caused by the lack of the factors of Bhati. The Aryans could defeat the indigenous Indians only due to the latter’s lacking in the factors of Bhati (growth). They had several factors of Bhati but there was no preceptor and hence they were defeated.”

“In the future also, for want of the six factors of Bhati (growth), the extinction of a concerned group of people is sure to happen. But where these factors are present, there the movement is towards Ananda or divine bliss, and due to this movement the chance of their elimination becomes nil. Such groups which have the six factors in their possession will be able to produce Sadvipras. Sadvipras are those whose all efforts are directed towards the attainment of Ananda. They are also conscious of Asti (existence) and don’t lack in the six factors of Bhati (growth). They are strong in morality and are always ready to wage war against immoral activities.” (2)

ANANDA MARGA HAS ALL THE POINTS…

From beginning to end, our Ananda Marga is firmly grounded in all the six spokes of society: (I) spiritual practice, (II) spiritual ideology, (III) social outlook, (IV) socio-economic theory, (V) scripture, and (VI) preceptor.

(I) here below Baba clearly declares that we have a proper spiritual cult or spiritual practice.

“The practice of Ananda Marga has been formulated to enable spiritual aspirants to search for the Supreme within their minds.” (3)

(II) Here Baba clearly states that we have an proper spiritual ideology.

“How can human hunger be satisfied in the subtlest realm? For this Ananda Marga philosophy is there…Our ideology is a happy blending of rationality and spirituality.” (4)

(III) Here below Baba clearly tells that we have a proper social outlook.

“Ananda Marga is therefore not merely an organization of idealists or moralists who preach a classless society, but a method, a system or a dharma which leads to a classless society.” (5)

“Ananda Marga has formulated a social treatise for the establishment of a congenial social structure.” (6)

(IV) Here below Baba clearly guides us that we have a proper socio-economic theory.

“PROUT is the path of socio-economic emancipation for humanity.” (7)

(V) Here below Baba states that we have a proper scripture or shastra.

“The books in Ananda Marga philosophy are all absolute knowledge.” (8)

(VI) And we have true Preceptor, our Guru Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji.

“Ta’raka Brahma is quite a different Entity, a unique Entity, for He is spiritual preceptor, social preceptor, kaola and Maha’kaola all in one.” (9)

So in Ananda Marga, all the six spokes are perfectly met.

…BUT MAHAPRAYAN GOES AGAINST POINT OF PRECEPTOR

In addition, Baba – as the Guru, as the Preceptor – is an eternal Entity who will guide us through the ages.

“The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma (Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living beings – That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone has revealed Brahmavidya’ (intuitional science) to us through the medium of the name and form of Anandamu’rtijii. Unit beings must be made to appreciate Its majesty.” (10)

Unfortunately, those who espouse the program of so-called mahaprayan go against this divine mandate by declaring Baba is gone. That is the meaning of mahaprayan – Guru is no more.

Such an approach seriously threatens our very existence.

That is why even ritualistic Hindus never ever practice the mahaprayan of Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna – because they know well that this would spell the end of their religion, of their civilisation.

Those who advocate mahaprayan plainly tell, directly and indirectly, that Baba is gone forever with the declaration of their dogmatic mahaprayan program.

Such leaders verily remove one of the integral six spokes out of our Ananda Marga society. By taking away the Preceptor – by declaring that Baba is gone with their dogmatic mahaprayan program – they are undermining the very essence of Ananda Marga and threatening its survival.

Devotional and rational-minded margiis and acaryas can never accept such a dogmatic edict; they will never ever accept the dogma of mahaprayan in their heart.

That is why it is sure that our Ananda Marga will last forever; and that is why the dogma of mahaprayan is short-lived. It started in 1990 and has been waning ever since and soon it will be gone entirely. Rational margiis and wts will make the proper ideological stand, by His grace.

“ANANDA MARGA AMAR HAI” – ANANDA MARGA IS ETERNAL

All the six spokes are alive and well in our Ananda Marga and that is why our Marga will lead humanity up to eternity. Our Marga will live on and on, so long as we safeguard each of the six spokes of the social cycle, including that of Preceptor.

“There is no power in the universe, in the heaven or in the underworld, which can annihilate Ananda Marga, because Ananda Marga is established on the solid foundation of rationality and righteousness.” (11)

“A’nanda Ma’rga is that path of progress, and that is why A’nanda Ma’rga is the only alternative for the preservation of human existence and civilization.” (12)

“Ananda Marga Amar Hai – Ananda Marga is eternal!

MAHAPRAYAN:

DETRIMENTAL TO SURVIVAL

It is very evident however that the dogmatic mahaprayan function severely violates the six spokes of the social cycle, as it goes against the point of ‘Preceptor’. For any society to survive there must be the presence of a Preceptor, yet so-called mahaprayan proclaims that Baba is gone. That is why the dogma of mahaprayan is so detrimental to the survival of Ananda Marga.

So long as we adhere to our Ananda Marga dharma, and maintain the integrity of each of the six spokes of the social cycle, then our Ananda Marga will guide the society up through the ages. Regarding this, there is not an iota of doubt.

Baba says, “A’nanda Ma’rga is that path of progress, and that is why A’nanda Ma’rga is the only alternative for the preservation of human existence and civilization.” (13)

For any society to sustain itself, these six factors must be proper. And Baba has placed all six in our Ananda Marga society, including that of Preceptor; thus we should not let any dogma like mahaprayan – which declares that the Preceptor (Baba) is gone – undermine the very survival our AM civilisation.

Here the point is that when any of the six points becomes weak then it slowly, slowly causes the disintegration of that society like a cancer. It has happened in the past and it will happen in the future – if one is not careful.

Namaskar,
In His love,
Jitendra

REFERENCES:
1. Namami Krsna Sundaram, Disc: 26
2. A Few Problems Solved – 6, The Future of Civilization
3. Subhasita Samgraha – 12
4. Prout Nutshell – 17
5. Prout in a Nutshell – 11
6. Tattva Kaomudii – 2, ‘Our Social Treatise’
7. Prout in a Nutshell – 17
8. Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 4
9. Namami Krsnasundaram, Disc: 7
10. Caryacarya – 2
11. A Few Problems Solved – 4
12. Tattva Kaomudii – 1
13. Tattva Kaomudii – 1

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

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Kettle Drum Is Not Sentient Kiirtan

How Kiirtan Controls the Mind

Baba says, “It is advisable to play some instrument during kiirtana. A mrdanga [a kind of drum] or some similar instrument should be used , but one should not play any heavysounding instrument like a dhak [a large drum played with sticks], a dol [a loud drum] or a gong. The mind prefers to hear a sweet sound, like that of the mrdanga, than a harsh sound. Some time ago I mentioned that Bhola Mayra said that when the cawing of crows and the beating of drums stop, human ears get some relief. People do not like to hear such harsh, unpleasant sounds. The sound of the mrdanga may not be perfect, but it has one quality: it is very sweet. Thus, whenever a distracted mind hears the sweet music of a mrdanga, it returns to the proper place. A remarkable science lies in kiirtana.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 8, p. 13-14)

Note: Here are two points regarding Baba’s above teaching:

(a) During kiirtan, the mind becomes sentient and does not appreciate rajasik sounds.

(b) During kiirtan, sometimes many indriyas are involved: The mouth, ears, hands, feet, nose, eyes, and tongue. When the indriyas are involved in this way, they help keep the mind focused and bring the mind back when it runs away. Here is the philosophical and practical explanation.

In general, the mind runs towards external physicality via the indriyas, i.e. 10 motor and sensory organs. So when those indriyas are fully involved in a spiritual endeavour like kiirtan, then the mind is forced to engage in kiirtan via one or another organ.

The mind always wants to run – either by thinking a disparate thought or by stimulus received via the organs. As Baba explains above, when the organs are positively involved in a devotional practice like kiirtan, then if the mind wanders away from the kiirtan those organs will help bring the mind back to a spiritual flow.

For instance, let’s say someone doing kiirtan starts thinking about the market and what they will purchase there. Yet when the sweet sound of the mrdangam is received via the senory organs, i.e. the ears, then that sound will bring the mind back the devotional ideation of the kiirtan.

The mind can think any stray thought at any time but if the indriyas are engaged in a spiritual manner, then that will help bring the mind back. That is the special import of singing and dancing kiirtan, along with the sounds of the mrdangam and other sentient musical instruments.
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Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:06:39 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Subhas Deva
Subject: The Way One Must Start The Day

Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Prabhat Samgiita #1104;
(2) Posting: The Way One Must Start The Day;
(3) Trailer Quote: Why Some Sadhakas Can’t Do Sadhana Properly

Each section is demarcated by asterisks (*).

**** Here begins the Prabhat Samgiita ****

Intro to PS: In this following song, the loving Parama Purus’a, Tara’ka Brahma, is communicating directly with the devotee. Specifically, in a personal way, the divine Entity, Tara’ka Brahma, is asking the sadhaka various questions. In contrast, in most Prabhat Samgiita songs, the devotee is singing or expressing his own thoughts to Parama Purusa. But this entire song is different: It is expressed in the voice of Parama Purusa; He Himself is narrating the scene. That is the unique aspect of this song. Here the devotee is unaware that for whom he/she has yearning, that Parama Purusa is right there in front of them. This is the liila.

“Kende kende tava kavarii-bandha khuliya’ giya’che ka’r tare…” P.S. 1104

Purport:

O’ devotee, for whom have been crying incessantly, such that the braids in your hair have become loose and undone; now your hair is just falling in an unkempt manner. Who is responsible for causing you so much pain. You can no longer hide the yearnings of your pain-filled eyes through tunes and melodies. Even then you are trying hard to conceal your grief-stricken & broken heart; but by seeing your pain-filled eyes, anyone can understand how sorrowful you are. Indeed, you are so upset that you cannot maintain the proper melody or tune of the song which you are singing. What is wrong – who has caused so much suffering and distress in your life.

Now look, the whole day has passed and it is reaching up towards evening time. The brightness of the day is gone and now evening is falling. The sun is going to set; that time has come. Why are you sitting here by yourself in this isolated forest. Tell me, whose memory is churning your heart; why are you so heart-broken. The whole day you have been sitting here alone – involved in contemplation – and now evening has come and still you are remaining here. Who is the cause behind all this, how has this happened – please tell me.

Always remember that the balaka bird flies off to far, far distant places. The flying goose flies far, far away, but again and again it returns back to its own nest. Similarly, if your Beloved has gone far away, then He too will return again and come back. So please do not cry.

O’ devotee, whose love has shaken your whole existence. He will surely return. Rest assured that He will come…

== THE WAY ONE MUST START THE DAY ==

Namaskar,
Every so often the point comes about the practice of Guru Sakash and two divergent opinions get expressed. One side some are telling that the full shloka– “Pra’tah shirasi…”– needs to be repeated when doing Guru Sakash. And others say that this is not at all necessary, rather Baba’s name should be repeated.

This question is very interesting as Guru Sakash is highly significant. It is the way we begin the day. When done properly, the whole day feels quite different and infinitely more charming than when Guru Sakash is not properly done.

Here again is the question at hand:

Some believe that the shloka should be literally repeated while others give more credence to the idea that there is no need to repeat the shloka since in Guru Sakash one should just call out to Baba by repeating His name. Because that is what the shloka guides us to do.

This is a very important and interesting topic: Do we repeat the shloka literally or adhere to what the shloka directs us to do.

Here following are points about this very practice of Guru Sakash.

THE INSTRUCTIONS HOW TO DO GURU SAKASH

Here below is that special section of the discourse where Baba speaks specifically about Guru Sakash and how to ideate upon Him.

‘”Pra’tah shirasi shuukle’abje dvinetram’ dvibhujam’ gurum’…”

“Early in the morning one should meditate on the Guru in Vara’bhaya Mudra with two hands and two eyes seated on a white lotus in Guru cakra, and address Him with your most loving and affectionate epithet…”

“In what state does the Guru, endowed with two eyes and two hands exist? In the Vara’bhaya Mudra (in the posture of holding out the boon of fearlessness) He is your well-wisher, and as a matter of fact, the doer of your good.”

“The epithet with which you address the Guru or silently speak during your dhya’na or Gurudhya’na should also be used by you at the time of this Gurudhya’na. Always address the Guru at a stretch. This is Gurusaka’sha.” (1)

ONLY BABA’S NAME SHOULD BE REPEATED;

THE SHLOKA IS THE INSTRUCTION, NOT THE MANTRA

So, in this shloka, ‘pratah…’, Baba has graciously given us instructions how to do Guru Sakash.

By reading the purport of the shloka, it is understood that this is just one direction outlining how to do Guru Sakash. These are the guidelines telling what to do. The shloka itself is akin to an instruction manual.

At the exact time of practicing Guru Sakash, we should not repeat that instruction manual, i.e. we should not recite the shloka.

At that time, Baba’s name should be repeated – that is what is so blissful and meaningful. That is our practice: To lovingly call Him and see Him and feel His Presence in the mind, in Guru cakra. This is the special occasion early in the morning to call Baba. That is our devotional approach in Ananda Marga.

Thus during Guru Sakash we are to repeat His name, not these directions in the form of this shloka.

Repeating this shloka during Guru Sakash is the wrong thing to do. It is a misuse and abuse of the time – a waste of energy. And it goes against the entire spirit of Guru Sakash; because during Guru Sakash the mind should be fully focused on the form of Ista, exclusively repeating His name only – not the shloka or poem or song.

MIND IS ONE

As sadhakas we must remember that the mind is one. If during Guru sakash, a bhakta is repeating the shloka then they are not calling Him. Because the mind can only do one thing at one time. And the operative factor in Guru sakash is calling Him – repeating His name. Without that it is not Guru sakash.

So one must call Him while doing Guru sakash. Merely repeating the shloka diverts the mind from the actual practice of Guru sakash. In that case, critical time is lost and one is delayed in their early morning practice. Those precious few moments upon awakening are the key time to link with Him devotionally. Yet that special time will be wasted if one is just sitting there repeating the shloka and not calling Him. That is the critical loss involved.

Best is to plan ahead and be focused on calling Him in Guru sakash, as soon as one awakens. One should chant His name and visualise Him in Guru cakra. That is the ideal, nay only, way of practicing Guru sakash. Doing anything else is a sheer waste of time.

“BEFORE HAVING ANY OTHER THOUGHT”

“[One] should remember the Guru in the Guru cakra. This they should do sitting in siddhásana [perfect posture] or any other convenient ásana [posture], on the same blanket, skin, seat or bed as they had used for sleeping, immediately after waking up and before doing any other work or before having any other thought – even before performing their morning duties or any other task. This will be a high category of Gurusakásha. If it cannot always be done immediately after sleep, it is essential to remember the Guru early in the morning after overcoming sleepiness. If this is done, they will meet with success or illumination in each and every subtle and spiritual task that they perform in the course of the whole day.” (2)

AN ANALOGY: HALF-BATH

Here is another important reason why we do not repeat the shloka during the practice of Guru sakash.

Repeating the “Pratah…” shloka during the practice of Guru sakash is like reading the instructions for half-bath when really one is supposed to be doing half-bath. But instead of doing half-bath, the sadhaka just reads the explanation of half-bath as it is written in Caryacarya. And he never goes close to the water nor applies it to his body. This is the entirely wrong approach. Rather one should do half-bath per those instructions.

Here is another example.

If instead of bathing, a person just starts reciting the bathing rules from Caryacarya: ‘First pour water over the naval, then pour from the backside and then from the top of the head…’ If anyone reads like this and then returns from the riverside or the bathroom without even touching the water, then that is ridiculous. Because just reading those instructions without actually taking a bath is useless – and the purpose will not be solved.

Baba has given the instructions so people can follow and do those guidelines accordingly – not just read those things from Caryacarya and do nothing. The ideal way is to read and study the instructions ahead of time, and then follow this instructions during the time of practice.

Thus one should study the guidelines about Guru Sakash in the afternoon or the evening before, and then in the early morning when it is time to do Guru Sakash, one should do as per those guidelines.

If one reads those instructions and follows them at the same time, then that is also a waste. For example if while taking bath one reads or listens to the bathing instructions, then that is a waste of time as it is better to sing kiirtan while bathing. What is the need to repeat the rules about the bath system while taking a bath.

Same is the case with Guru Sakash. There is no need to repeat those instructions while doing Guru Sakash – rather it is a waste of time – one should repeat His name. Verily that is what He guides us to do. So we should abide by and follow what the shloka guides us to do – i.e. call and ideate on Baba in Guru Cakra – and not recite the shloka per se.

CONCLUSION

The Ananda Marga guideline is for His name to be repeated during Guru Sakash – not the shloka itself.

“Address Him with your most loving and affectionate epithet…The epithet with which you address the Guru or silently speak during your dhya’na or Gurudhya’na should also be used by you at the time of this Gurudhya’na…This is Gurusaka’sha.” (3)

FURTHER EXPLANATION

And one acarya further presented and elaborated about Baba’s divine teaching of Guru Sakash.

When you awaken, then immediately sit on your bed in an upright position. Then place your finger on top of your head. And then you will have some touching sensation there on the crown / top of your head. And then try to visualize BABA there. Although Guru cakra is a little below. But when the mind will start going from the lower cakras to the upper cakras, then at least the mind will reach a little closer to Guru Cakra or at the Guru Cakra itself.

Otherwise it is not easy. And if for a few seconds your mind reaches to the Guru Cakra and there you will visualize Baba, then you will feel tremendous bliss. And if the same Baba’s image you are seeing somewhere else in another lower cakra, i.e. not in Guru Cakra, then you will not realize such bliss. So by that way you can feel that if you felt extreme bliss on certain point then you should consider that was Guru Cakra.

RELATED TEACHINGS

“Gurusakásha: gur + un + sa + kash + ghain.”

“Gurusakásha means “near the Guru”, “under the Guru’s umbrella”, “under the Guru’s wings”, “under the Guru’s shelter”. The word Gurusakásha has two other yoga-related meanings: one of them is Guru dhyána [meditation on the Guru] in Guru cakra, the other is a particular kind of Gurusmarańa [Guru’s remembrance] or Gurusharańa [Guru’s shelter] after sleep.” (Yoga Psychology, Under the Shelter of the Guru)

“The recognized cakras for japa [repetition of mantra] are the anáhata cakra, vishuddha cakra and ájiṋá cakra and a few other cakras and upacakras of the upper region. The Guru cakra is the highest cakra. The Guru cakra is used as the place of dhyána.” (4)

GURU CAKRA: THE ASPIRANT MEDITATES

“Now, there is a regulating point or práńakendra for each of the innumerable nerve cells in the brain. Over and above these many práńakendras or regulating points of the brain, there is one regulating point which controls the many práńakendras. This point resembles, to some extent, the tip of a blade of kusha [a type of grass]. In this point is the Guru cakra. From this point human beings receive a thousand and one kinds of inspiration and propulsion. The humanity of human beings and the animality of lesser creatures all depend on this point. In this point is ensconced the Guru, Parama Guru, Parápara Guru, Paramesti Guru. It is the loftiest point for the purposes of meditation and contemplation. It is at this point that the meditation on Guru has to be undertaken. That which I call the sahasrára cakra is an ideational point – without any realistic existence based on the nerve cells – but this is not the case with the Guru cakra. So human beings must take recourse to the Guru Cakra – they must take shelter under it: Nányapanthá vidyate-ayanáyá [“There is no other way than this”].”
“In this Guru cakra, the aspirant meditates on the Guru – on that ennobling Entity – channelizing his or her mundane bondages into the non-mundane realm, and elevating his or her non-mundane psychic bondages to the realm of the supramental entity, the source of supra-cognitive power. Hence, dhyána yoga [meditational Yoga] is the best yoga for sádhaná. Dhyána yoga is acknowledged by hat́ha yoga, Rája Yoga and Rájádhirája Yoga; it is also acknowledged by Buddhist Tantra and Jain Tantra, and by Bhágavata dharma. Well, Guru dhyána in the Guru cakra is called Gurusakásha.” (5)

AUTO-SUGGESTION DURING THE TIME OF SLEEP

“If a person constantly chants his or her japa mantra or meditates ceaselessly, then the rhythm of this japa, the rhythm that adores the Guru during dhyána, will act as auto-suggestion during the time of sleep, although the person will not remember it. After waking up, the person may wonder what the state of his or her mind was while he or she was asleep. He or she will feel that the state of sleep is the lack of any idea or thing – a sense of vacuum.” (6)

DHYÁNA AND JAPA EVEN IN SLEEP

“The pulsation that is caused by the action of japa or dhyána links the jiiva [unit being] with the higher realms, and establishes it in the cognitive properties for the time being. The pulsation that is caused by some physical condition is an unreal dream and connected with the mundane realm, and has no value. So when, through the symphony of meditation and japa, the rhythm of life persists, it is called dharmamegha samádhi. Moreover, if the symphony of meditation or japa persists for some time, and if in the natural course of events the jiiva does not forsake the meditation or japa, then loss of memory does not occur. This state is called dhruvásmrti, or “infallible, eternal memory”. A sádhaka with this capacity continues his or her dhyána and japa even in sleep. This kind of japa is called ajapá japa – which is to say, without one actually performing japa, japa is going on – or adhyáná dhyána – which is to say, without one actually meditating, meditation is going on.” (7)

“BEFORE HAVING ANY OTHER THOUGHT”

“[One] should remember the Guru in the Guru cakra. This they should do sitting in siddhásana [perfect posture] or any other convenient ásana [posture], on the same blanket, skin, seat or bed as they had used for sleeping, immediately after waking up and before doing any other work or before having any other thought – even before performing their morning duties or any other task. This will be a high category of Gurusakásha. If it cannot always be done immediately after sleep, it is essential to remember the Guru early in the morning after overcoming sleepiness. If this is done, they will meet with success or illumination in each and every subtle and spiritual task that they perform in the course of the whole day. It is said:”

Prátah shirasi shukle’bje dvinetraḿ dvibhujaḿ gurum;
Varábhayakrtahastaḿ smarettaḿ námapúrvakam.

[Early in the morning one should meditate on the Guru in varábhaya mudrá with two hands and two eyes seated on a white lotus in Guru cakra, and remember Him by chanting His holy name (through a mantra).]

“Prátah means “in the morning”. Understand that prátah is indeclinable. So the first, second, fourth, fifth and all other case endings are not needed – there is no inflection or declension. Prátah, prátam, prátena, prátáya, prátát, prátasya and similar forms of declension will be out of place, since with an indeclinable word no suffix is added. Shirasi means “at the topmost point” – that is to say, in the Guru cakra. Shukle means “in a white”; abje means “in the lotus”; shuklébje means “in or on a white lotus”. And you have to meditate on the Guru who is dvinetra [endowed with two eyes] and dvibhuja [endowed with two hands]. In what posture is this Guru endowed with two eyes and two hands? In varábhaya mudrá [the gesture imparting fearlessness and bestowing grace]. He is your well-wisher and your benefactor.”

“Whatever words you use mentally to address the Guru at the time of dhyána or Guru dhyána, should also be used at the time of this Guru dhyána. You should always address the Guru for an extended period. This is Gurusakásha.” (8)

Namaskar,
In Him
Subhash Deva

REFERENCES
1-8: Yoga Psychology, Under the Shelter of the Guru

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

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Why Some Sadhakas Can’t Do Sadhana Properly

“A Parrot says so many things, without understanding the meaning, without understanding the spirit of what is meant. Japa kriyá becomes as meaningless as the talk of a parrot for those who do it without love or emotion. It even loses the value of internal suggestion, intro-psychic suggestion…Where the Supreme Cognition is not loved, where the Supreme Cognition has not been accepted as the only object of adoration, withdrawing one’s propensities becomes meaningless, because they are not guided unto Him.”

“Where there is no love, the mind will not run after Him. So dhyána also becomes meaningless…So, if people practice all these things without having love for the Supreme, they won’t be able to get anything. But, if there is an iota of love, if there is a wee bit of love, they gain everything.” (Ánanda Vacanámrtam Part 1, Who Is Gopa?)

When a sadhakha does sadhana and repeats their mantra, then it happens that the mind goes somewhere else. When the sadhaka realises that their mind has run far away, then they bring it back and again start repeating their mantra. Then again, the mind runs away. In this way, the mind runs away unknowingly – again and again – and time passes. This is a very bad situation, yet not uncommon.

The crucial point is that when there is love for Parama Purusa the bhakta’s mind naturally runs in that direction – i.e. towards Him – and one’s mantra japa flows smoothly. Otherwise, without love for Parama Purusa, one’s mind runs hither and thither. In that case, the sadhaka’s mantra japa is like a parrot’s talk. The parrot does not have any feeling for what it says. It just repeats those words meaninglessly, and when a problem comes that parrot cries out. Such is the situation of a sadhaka whose mind wanders in sadhana. The key point for keeping the mind focused is love for Parama Purusa.

That love or devotion can be cultivated if one tries to engage in more and more spiritual endeavours. Then the mind will become accustomed in that way.

For example, initially on the first day when parents attempt to send their child to school, the child does not want to go. After much pain and effort the child goes. And once the child is habituated to going to school, then it likes school more than staying at home.

The same is the case with sadhakas. When the mind is crude then it does not like to do sadhana. Rather the mind just runs away. Yet as the mind engages more and more in spiritual endeavours, it is more attracted in that manner and likes to do sadhana. It is just like the child who gets accustomed to being in school. Likewise, the mind becomes accustomed to being in a spiritual flow.

That liking or attraction towards Parama Purusa is devotion. While the allurement towards worldly things is asakti.

If, when not doing sadhana, one tries to do some sadhana-related engagements like svadhyaya, kiirtan, sadhanaunga, japa, and thinks about Him off and on throughout the day, then the mind will develop a greater and greater proclivity towards spiritual life. Then more attraction towards Parama Purusa will develop. That is love or bhakti.

When that happens, the mind will not run away unknowingly and uncontrollably during sadhana and engage elsewhere. Rather it will stay fixed towards that spiritual endeavor. That is the key ingredient and solution. Then this disease of absent-mindedness in sadhana will be resolved. That is the stage when the mind will not run away in sadhana but rather become fixed to Parama Purusa.
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To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Vidyabhusan
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:48:11
Subject: 5 Years, 4 Months, & 1 Day

Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Prabhat Samgiita #1370;
(2) Posting: 5 Years, 4 Months, & 1 Day;
(3) Trailer Quote: Sometimes Democracy is Harmful.

Each section is demarcated by asterisks (*).

****Here begins the Prabhat Samgiita.

“Nayaneri ainjan ma’nasranjain tumi janame maran’e sa’thii mor…” (PS 1370)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, You are so gracious. You are the ainjan (ointment of knowledge) of my eyes; You are Manasrainjan [1], the One who saturates my mind with devotion; You are with me life after life, in birth and in death, always – up to eternity. O’ Divine Entity, in the vast sky of my mind, in my mental horizon, Your attractive and charming form is vibrating and shining. Seeing Your exquisite beauty & divine vibration, I have become completely captivated and devotionally ensconced in You.

O’ Parama Purusa, this expressed universe is situated in the mirror of Your maya. Everything is resonating in Your divine sound – omnkara (shinjit o nu’pure) [2]. Please grace me, by looking towards me; please shower me in Your divine compassion. O’ Citta-cor / Chit-chor [3], O’ Parama Purusa, You are captivating my mind in all the ways.

Baba, O’ my Dearmost, I want You and You alone. I do not want anything from You. I only have one desire: Please grant me parabhakti [4] and keep me at Your lotus feet, always. I want to surrender my entire being unto You. O’ Lord, please grace me and allow me to concentrate all my feelings and surrender my whole existence at Your feet. You are my Goal; You are my Ista. Baba, You are like the moon and I am the like the cakor / chakor [5] bird, always involved in Your ideation.

O’ Divine Entity. O’ Baba, You are my everything; You are the Goal of my life. My only desire is that You please grace me and give me a place eternally at Your lotus feet by granting me parabhakti…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1370:

[1] Ma’nasrainjan: The mind is affected or coloured by whatever one thinks about in day to day life. Every thought has a particular colour and that colour varies based on one’s object of contemplation. If a businessman is thinking primarily about his business, then his mind is coloured in that way. A drunkard’s mind is coloured with the thought of wine. When the mind is completely obsessed with a particular thought, the mind becomes fully coloured in that manner, whether it be tamasik, sentient, or spiritual etc.

When Parama Purusa graciously colours a sadhaka’s mind with devotion, they remain wholly ensconed in the thought of Parama Purusa. If a new sadhaka cannot do sadhana at all, then we can understand that their mind is not coloured with devotion. And if someone longs to do more and more meditation, we can understand that their mind is deeply coloured with with divinity.

Depending on the nature of one’s thought, their mental colour changes. It may be black, red, yellow or white etc. Those bhaktas who think of Parama Pursua exclusively will have a white-coloured mind; it will be white effulgence. A violent person’s mind will be red in colour. Remember, this colour is not their skin colour, nor any other external colour. Here we are only talking about the colour of their mind – nothing else.

Baba has given countless demonstrations on this. He used to make two sadhakas sit facing one another. Then He would bestow upon one the power to see into the other’s mind. Then that devotee would be able to clearly see the colour of the other sadhaka’s mental plate. Still today this is possible. When one advances in sadhana, they can easily see another’s mental colour. Immediately, they can understand what type of person they are. In that case, nobody can hide. There is no scope for hypocrisy.

Parama Purusa, in His role as Ma’nasrainjan, is that Divine Entity who colours and saturates the mind of sadhakas in the fountain of devotion.

Baba says, “‘rainjana’, which means ‘the One who colours’ – that which colours the mind.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 1)

So He is that Cosmic Being who graciously showers devotional love into the heart and mind of the bhakta. And by such overwhelming Cosmic grace, the devotee becomes immersed in Supreme bliss and comes in the closest proximity with that Love Personified Entity: Parama Purusa.

We all know that devotion is that unique ingredient which allows one to advance in the spiritual field. Without innate love for Parama Purusa one can never succeed.

[2] Shinjit O Nu’pure: In the process of creation, the universal sound of omnkara is generated. There is a variety of such sounds: The roar of the ocean, the sweet melody of the flute, the chirping of the crickets etc. At different stages of realisation the sadhaka can hear these sounds. In this song, all these sounds are symbolically represented by the ankle bell – shinjit o nu’pure – Parama Purusa.

[3] Citta-cor / Chit-chor: In His role as ‘Citta-cor’ Baba is the Thief or Stealer of the devotee’s mind. How does He steal the mind? He captivates their mind and attracts the bhakta by His exquisite beauty and charm whereby the sadhaka cannot think of anything or anyone else. The sadhaka has lost control of his own mind: It incessantly and unknowingly rushes towards Parama Purusa. The One who makes this happen is Citta-cor – the Stealer of the mind.

And this happens in the mundane realm as well. There are numerous worldly examples where a person’s mind is stolen. If they lost money, if they are infatuated with the opposite sex, if they are anxious about getting a new job – in all such cases when the person’s mind runs again and again in that direction, then it means their mind was stolen. The person’s mind is no longer their own – they do not have control over it. Over and over, their mind is thinking of that lost money or the opposite sex. So their mind has been stolen. And the person or entity that causes someone to lose control of their mind is citcor – the stealer of the mind.

In the devotional sphere, only Parama Purusa is Citta-cor. The sadhaka thinks of Him, unknowingly. Always the mind is goaded in that direction. Even if the bhakta intentionally tries not to think in this way, still his mind becomes ensconced in the thought of Parama Purusa.

Ultimately, when this condition climaxes, in that culminating state the unit mind – the jiiva’tma – becomes one with Supreme Consciousness.

[4] Parabhakti: Par means divine; and apara means worldly. The feminine is para and when combined with bhakti, it is parabhakti. That is the highest devotion. In that blessed state, devotees want to do each and everything for Parama Purusa and give Him pleasure. In return, they do not want anything. Those sadhakas who got Parama Purusa, by His grace, have gotten everything.

Baba says, “When one wants Parama Purus’a from Parama Purus’a, then that bhakti is para’bhakti…And what is para’bhakti? ‘O Parama Purus’a, You know whether I am Your devotee or not. It is You who are to judge whether I am Your devotee or not — but I want You…I want You. And why do I want You? Because I want to serve You’.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 24, p.97)

[5] Cakor / Chakor Bird: The red-legged Bartavelle bird or Greek Partridge that seems to subsist on moonlight alone. All night long the cakor bird looks and stares at the moon – wanting to soak up and drink each and every ounce of moonlight. It is completely linked with the moon (vidhu). That is why it is said that the cakor bird has a deeply loving relation with the moon. In Baba’s above devotional song, the bhakta is compared to the cakor and Parama Purusa is likened to the moon.

== 5 YEARS, 4 MONTHS, & 1 DAY ==

Namaskar,
Everyone is aware that after being poisoned Baba took to fasting for 5 years, 4 months, and 1 day. He was poisoned on 12th February 1973. After being refused a judicial hearing, Baba began His fast in April 1973. And He did not break His fast until after His release from jail in early August 1978.

This entire episode stands as the basis of our “Niilkantha Divas” – when the whole society was transformed, by His grace.

MORE ABOUT THIS SIGNIFICANT OBSERVANCE

As we all know, the important Ananda Marga observance Niilakantha Divas was on Feb 12. Now, here is more about the significance of this remarkable moment in history.

Specifically, how has the name been born & why do we call Baba as “Niilakantha”. What is the meaning, and how did it happen. These are the questions addressed in this letter, as well as the grand mythological tale surrounding Lord Shiva.

MEANING OF THE NAME

There is a reason behind the name, and why we call 12th February as a Niilakantha Divas. The reason behind that very day is well known. This was the day Baba Himself swallowed the poison while in jail.

But there is also a reason behind the term “Niilakantha”. Why the name Niilakantha? Niilakantha is a Sanskrit / Samskrta term. “Niila” means blue; “Kantha” means throat. The literal meaning of Niilakantha is Blue throat; and, the common meaning in everyday parlance is Lord Shiva. And divas means day. So the entire meaning of Niilakantha Divas is “blue throat day”.

SIGNIFICANT MYTHOLOGICAL STORY

There is one mythological story related with this term “Niilakantha”. To save the society from the poisonous effect of deadly poison or “Kal Ku’t'”, Lord Shiva Himself swallowed all that entire poison.

In that magical story, the churning of the mythological divine ocean was arranged. The ocean took the form of a bowl or mortar, as from ‘mortar and pestle’. And in the ocean one big mountain was placed as a pestle to churn the ocean. And the mythological cobra, Shes’ Na’g, was tied as a rope around the mountain. On one side of the mountain a party of demons was holding one end of the rope-like cobra. And on the other side of the mountain a party of devatas was holding the other end of the cobra. By this way they could move the mountain back and forth. These two parties used the mountain to churn the ocean. Then various things emerged from the ocean in the course of that churning. One thing that emerged from the ocean was the deadly poison “Kal Kut'”.

That poison was so deadly, if it had remained there, it would have spread all around and destroyed everything. To save the society, Lord Shiva swallowed all the poison.

Although we don’t believe these mythological stories, there is one meaningful teaching behind this mythological tale. Namely, to save the society, Lord Shiva swallowed the poison and counteracted its negative effect. This is one great example: Serving the society even by swallowing poison. That is the great meaning of this mythological story.

ADDITION TO THE STORY

Here I will add something further in connection with the story about Lord Shiva. For that lends also deeper understanding about what occurred with Baba.

Seeing the situation with the deadly poison, Lord Shiva took it upon Himself to swallow it. Otherwise, that very ‘vish’ (poison, or “Kal Ku’t'”) would have annihilated a huge population. So Lord Shiva saved the society by swallowing poison. He swallowed it and with His divine play, the poison remained in Lord Shiva’s throat permanently. And with its effect, the poison created a blue mark all around Lord Shiva’s neck. His neck became blue permanently. Yet it did not affect Lord Shiva more than that. That’s why one of the names of Lord Shiva is “Niilakantha” – Blue throat.

This was the greatness of Lord Shiva: He swallowed the deadly poison, with the sole purpose to save the society from the disastrous effect of that deadly poison, “Kal Ku’t'”. Saving the society was His only motive – nothing else.

For this reason, Baba has chosen the term “Niilakantha” and declared 12th February as “Niilakantha Divas”. There is a literal meaning and an inner meaning. The literal meaning is blue throat day. The inner meaning is, ‘The day of ingesting poison to save the humanity’.

THE DAY WHEN BABA TOOK THE POISON

AND SAVED THE UNIVERSE

FROM ITS GHASTLY EFFECT

A similar thing happened with Baba.

We know that when Taraka Brahma descends on this earth as Mahasambhuti it seemingly looks like He is human, but the truth is something else. Mahasambhuti is not just one human being that is full of shortcomings and limitations. Mahasambhuti is capable of doing anything He likes.

So it is with Baba.

To save the society from the disastrous effect of much deadly poison or many deadly and destructive weapons, He Himself knowingly, deliberately swallowed the poison. Why? To save humanity from the demonic and destructive forces. That is what happened symbolically in the jail. AMPS was not yet banned, most of the WTs and Margis were outside the jail. Then Baba took upon Himself the trouble of the entire organization, nay the entire society.

PLUS…

Not only the demon Indira Gandhi, but all demonic political groups like communists were spreading their claws to grip the entire society in their hold. Just as serpents do. Communism was most ghastly in those days. Such demonic leaders turned their full attention towards Shrii Shrii Anandamurtijii. By that way, they gave poison in the jail. And Baba swallowed that.

OTHERWISE…

If Baba would not have done so, Indira Gandhi and communist Russia would have done more heinous crimes and killings – both to Ananda Marga and the general society. They would have wreaked even more havoc on this earth. Baba graciously defused their negative plan. In that way, their negative intentions were neutralised: Everything was controlled and everyone was saved – and Indira Gandhi was destroyed.

Those aware about Baba’s divine play know if Baba would not have taken the poison, Indira Gandhi would have brought more disaster on the country. And communists would have ruined many more lives on this earth.

And Indira Gandhi would have poisoned or killed many WTs and Margis. But she could not do anything. Rather every one of us, those in jail, saw that Baba controlled the situation. He transformed thorns into flowers. All trouble He took upon Himself. And digested everything to save us.

So those who do not have deeper understanding, they think that Baba was poisoned in the jail, etc. And those who know the inner truth, and Baba’s way of playing His divine play, they know that by swallowing poison, He saved Ananda Marga and the entire society from the deadly effect of various negative events. Baba disclosed all this to many devotees while in jail. On that very basis, I wrote here the above section related with poisoning and saving the society.

CONCLUSION

So this “Niila Kantha” term and “Niilakantha Divas”, has deep meaning. And as we know that “Niilakantha” means blue throat, and the ‘blue throat’ appeared because of swallowing the poison. And this name Niilakantha was related with Lord Shiva. And a similar thing happened with Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji. That’s why one of the names of Lord Anandamurtiji is also Niilakantha. On 12 February day, Baba became “Niilakantha”: He swallowed the poison and saved the earth.

RELATED TEACHINGS:

“It has been seen that whenever the Divine Entity has descended on the earth, one group of human beings has stood in its favour, while an opposite group has opposed it. Kansa was against Krśńa; Ravana was against Rama.” (1)

” when Parama Puruśa brings about social welfare by speaking truthfully and unambiguously and performing many good deeds, good people, common people, derive the benefit and speak highly of His deeds. They are full of praise for Him. They love Him and they revere Him…Much time has passed since Krśńa left the earth, but still today thousands of people praise Him, and at the same time many people continue to slander Him. I will not call them wicked; let the people pronounce judgement. Thus yashasah implies both yasha [fame] and apayasha [infamy]. Positive and negative go hand in hand. Interestingly, a clear polarization emerges in the minds of people. Two unmistakable lines are drawn; two opposing camps are formed – the Kaoravas and the Pandavas. This is yasha.” (2)

“Yasha: One who is praised by the world for his or her uncommon virtues or else is continually slandered by those blinded by jealousy, is called yashasvii. His or her essential quality is known by the name yasha (yashas).” (3)

“Lord Shiva came to this world about 7000 years ago; even now there are many who are His admirers, there are many others who are His opponents. The Iyers in South India will say, “Oh! Lord Shiva was great;” the Iyengars will say, “No, Lord Shiva was not great.” Lord Krśńa came about 3500 years ago; even now you will see there are so many admirers and so many opponents of Krśńa. That is, when Táraka Brahma comes, the entire intellect of the world gets polarized – one north pole, another south pole; one admirer, another opponent. There were the gopabálákas [cowherds] of Vrindavana who loved Krśńa very much, and there were Kansa, Putana Raksasi, Bakasur and Aghasur who were His deadly enemies. So during Krśńa’s time there was polarization.” (4)

“Yasha: By His advent two things happen simultaneously. On the one hand, He gets staunch supporters, and on the other, sworn enemies. The whole human society gets clearly divided into two camps – moralists and immoralists, the bad elements. Everyone has to join either of the two camps, and complete polarization takes place. If one is the North Pole, the other one is the South Pole. He is crowned with success and glory and at the same time faces bitter criticism and infamy. This happened to Lord Shiva and Lord Krśńa also. During their time also the whole society got divided into two camps – the moralists and the immoralists. Remember always dhármic people are ultimately bound to be victorious.” (5)

“Suppose an evil force says, “I, the lord of a certain country, will destroy Ananda Marga from the very root.” A dhármika should maintain patience, should be patient. Because the day is soon to come when that evil force is going to be destroyed. Its weapon will serve as a boomerang for its own death. And this happened in the near past, as you all know.” (6)

“Those who misuse their faculties are also doomed to destruction. The misuse of one’s qualities not only brings harm to the world, but it also exhausts one’s own inherent strength. You have seen with your own eyes that in the past certain powerful persons thought, in their extreme vanity, that they could make or break anything. They perpetrated indescribable tortures and atrocities on Ananda Marga. But even in the face of such torments, Ananda Marga held its head high. There is no power in the universe, in the heaven or in the underworld, which can annihilate Ananda Marga, because Ananda Marga is established on the solid foundation of rationality and righteousness. If those wicked forces engage in fight with Ananda Marga, they will themselves be pulverized: they will be crushed like ants.” (7)

Namaskar,
in Him,
Vidyabhusan Deva

Note 1: EARLIER LETTER ON THIS TOPIC

In preparation of this significant observance, a few days ago there was a posting about Baba’s famous darshan of that day.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/02/discourse-transcription-niilakantha.html

REFERENCES
1. Discourses on Krsna & The Giita, The Significance of the Word “Bhagaván”
2. Namami Krsnasundaram: Párthasárathi Krśńa and Pariprashna (Discourse 24)
3. Shabda Cayanika – 2, Disc: 8
4. Subhasita Samgraha – 21, Jaeva Dharma and Bhágavata Dharma
5. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 1, Devotion
6. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 6, Ten Wonts of Dharma
7. A Few Problems Solved – 4, Forward Movement Is the Essence of Life

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

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SOMETIMES DEMOCRACY IS HARMFUL

“There are occasions when majority decisions do not create unity in society because people are more or less divided on an issue. In such circumstances, the leaders should be very cautious when making their decisions, and take special care to safeguard the interests of everybody. In particular, they should select a course of action which does not harm the sentiments of any group. For example, suppose there are seven brothers in a joint family, and these brothers are divided on an issue. Four brothers may be on one side and three brothers on another. If the head of the family takes a decision based on the wishes of the majority, the family will be divided into two groups. Therefore, a decision should be taken which safeguards the interests of all the brothers.” (Prout in a Nutshell – 16, Three Cardinal Socio-Political Principles)

Note: Up till now, amongst the various political systems, democracy is the best of a bad lot. The ideal system will come in the future. Until that time, we must stick with democracy, despite its pitfalls and limitations.

On certain occasions, the democratic approach works well, but in many circumstances the result of majority rule is harmful. There are many delicate issues that should not be decided by the democratic process because such majority decisions harm the sentiments of the people, thereby leading to disunity and division. That is Baba’s above warning.

Here are a few practical examples from the greater society.

EXAMPLE OF BLOODSHED ON NATIONAL LANGUAGE

(A) After Indian Independence, using the democratic process, a majority decision was taken to make Hindi the national language. Ten of millions of people were extremely displeased and angered by this decision, especially in South India. That led to chaos and bloodshed within the country, and national unity was lost. This was clearly a case where a majority-based decision went against the well-being of the country, and failed to protect the interest of all. Thus, on sensitive issues a democratic, majority decision sparks anger, alienation, and disunity.

EXAMPLE DIVISION OF COUNTRY

(B) In certain Middle Eastern nations, the majority Muslims made Islam the national religion, thereby alienating those citizens who followed a different religion. This too led to infighting, socio-religious tensions, and disunity among the populace. Here again we see that a majority decision led to the fragmentation of society. Thus, on sensitive issues a democratic, majority decision sparks anger, alienation, and disunity.

EXAMPLE OF LANGUAGE SUPPRESSION

(C) For decades Pakistan and Bangladesh were one nation. But majority leaders of Pakistan suppressed the mother tongue (Bengali) of Bangladesh. In addition, those Pakistani leaders imposed various rules and laws. The people of East Pakistan felt suffocated and in result broke away and formed their own nation, i.e. Bangladesh. This also shows how a majority vote by Pakistani leaders led to a divisive outcome. Thus, on sensitive issues a democratic, majority decision sparks anger, alienation, and disunity.

TWO EXAMPLES OF FAMILY DIVISION

(D) As Baba points out above, majority decisions can lead to disunity and divisions within a family as well. Suppose there are 6 grown siblings who share a house together. Four are smokers and wish to smoke inside the house. The two non-smokers object. A voted is taken and by a 4 to 2 majority it is decided that smoking is acceptable in the house. This greatly annoys and disturbs the non-smokers and they move out, thereby dividing the family. Thus, on sensitive issues a democratic, majority decision sparks anger, alienation, and disunity.

In such a circumstance, the rational approach for these six siblings would be to consider the wishes of everyone and ban smoking in the house but allow for people to smoke outside on the porches. By this way, all can still peacefully and practically co-exist.

(E) A similar type of example can be raised regarding loud music. Suppose there are 6 people living together and 4 wish to play loud music at night while the remaining two prefer a quiet house. If a majority decision is made to allow loud music, then the remaining two will leave. Here again, majority decisions leads to the breakdown of a family or social unity. That is why on sensitive issues, other means need to be employed to protect the comfort and interests of all.

The above are all cases where a majority decision alienated and infuriated a section of the population. In result, there was serious social discord, violent uprisings, and division.

TWO EXAMPLES OF HOW UNITY WAS HEIGHTENED

BY FORGOING MAJORITY BASED DECISIONS

There is another way to examine this issue.

(F) There are occasions where majority rule was not followed and in result there was greater unity in society. When the black slaves were freed in the US, that was not a majority decision. If it had gone to a democratic vote or referendum, their freedom would not have been granted. In response, there would have been a revolt, and that would have led to more struggle and strife and tremendous bloodshed. Those in power understood well that a majority decision to keep black enslaved would be tantamount to pouring gasoline on a fire. Thus, a proclamation was made to set blacks free; this issue was never sent for a referendum. In result, the blacks were freed and society was far better off than if they voted and the majority decided not to free the black slaves. Thus, on sensitive issues a democratic, majority decision sparks anger, alienation, and disunity.

(G) A similar event occurred with granting women the right to vote. In various countries around the world, the ruling males could have taken a majority decision not to grant voting rights to women. Had they done so, there would have been terrible discord and tension in society. Due to social pressure and circumstance, those at the helm came to the conclusion that women must be given franchise. A similar event occurred with granting women the right to vote. In various countries around the world, the ruling males could have taken a majority decision not to grant voting rights to women. Had they done so, there would have been terrible discord and tension in society. Due to social pressure and circumstance, those at the helm came to the conclusion that women must be given franchise. They understood that in so doing there would be greater peace and harmony in society. Thus, on sensitive issues a democratic, majority decision sparks anger, alienation, and disunity.

The overall point which Baba has given is that the democratic approach does not bring social harmony if a majority decision is made on certain sensitive issues. On certain occasions, the rule by majority is fine. Yet there remain numerous instances on delicate topic where a majority decision only serves to alienate and anger many people ultimately cause division and disunity.

Thus care and caution are needed to build a unified society. Simply resorting to majority rule will not do. That is Baba’s guideline.
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