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21 Jun 2013

Baba

This entire posting is composed of 2 parts:
(2) Posting: Spirit Behind Ananda Marga’s Vivaha System;
(1) Prabhat Samgiita #886.

== SPIRIT BEHIND ANANDA MARGA’S VIVAHA SYSTEM ==

Namaskar,
To bring anyone on the path of dharma a proper environment is necessary and for that one human society is needed. Towards this end, Baba has taken numerous steps.

On the one hand He has involved deeply in repairing addressing and solving society’s ills. In this way And He has exposed and given the solutions to cure society from: religious dogmas, casteism, racism, communalism, sentiments, exploitation, untouchability, color, economic disparity, etc. Indeed Baba has addressed so many inequalities and injustices in the society.

Simultaneously Baba has infused one very positive feature for humanity – His revolutionary concept of society building: Which includes both the creation of WTs and the formation of revolutionary marriages.

Society building ensures a certain stability and dynamism as well as the love and compassion necessary for enabling people to grow in a healthy and proper way. So this is one key for developing one human society.

And indeed when that society is formed then there will be huge scope for people to grow in all sorts of ways and devote maximum time for spiritual pursuits and ultimately become one with Parama Purusa.

So society building has a special role.

REVOLUTIONARY MARRIAGES:

IDEAL TOOL FOR SOCIETY BUILDING

Revolutionary marriages (RM) are a special feature of our Ananda Marga way of life and come within the scope of the society building department of AMPS. Actually the main basis of marriage in Ananda Marga is society building.

In the past Lord Buddha also neglected this important social factor so he could not form the society properly. Lord Buddha’s teachings were deficient in this regard. And many religions also have not been able to create solid systems and ideals for marriage. The materialistic societies around the globe are also severely lacking on the point of marriage.

The tantric system of marriage is 7000 years old and holds a special meaning and practical presentation. We have seen this in our lives especially in DMC when Baba used to give blessings to marriage couples.

BABA’S MARRIAGE BLESSING

First the newly married couple would approach the dais and do sastaunga pranam to Baba. And then with both of their hands the couple would jointly offer a flower garland to Baba. Then Baba would then place His own hands around their hands and join them in holding the mala (flower garland).

Then Baba would graciously bless their marriage: “Be like Shiva and Parvati, go on doing your worldly duties along with your psychic and spiritual pursuits, be the assets of the entire civilisation, and by your service the whole society should be benefited.”

Baba also used to repeat the mantra ‘Shubamastu…’, meaning ‘May you be blessed’.

And then He would give the mala to the bride. To English speaking margiis Baba used to say, ‘little girl take this mala and keep it with you’. And when He spoke to margiis in Bengali or Hindi this was the translation: ‘mother keep this garland along with you’.

Hundreds of times during DMC we have witnessed how Baba used to give His marriage blessings. And always He would begin by saying, “Be like Shiva and Parvati…”

Here the special significance of ‘Be like Shiva and Parvati’ is that during Lord Shiva’s entire married life He took care of Parvati and watched over her physical, psychic, and spiritual development; and Parvati took care of Lord Shiva as well. Their marriage was ideal. It was not based on material satisfaction or gain, but rather a high ideal. It was starting point of building one human society.

NO SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE PAST

Prior to Lord Shiva’s advent society was not properly formed. One key reason for this was that there was not a proper system of marriage. Instead, most were involved in libertine type of relations – especially the males.

The ones who suffered most then were the children and their mothers, but especially the children. Basically males did not accept any responsibility. So the whole responsibility of the child’s physical, psychic, sentimental, and spiritual welfare rested upon the mother alone. And it was just not possible for a single mother to manage all aspects of raising and providing for the child. The condition of the baby and mother was terrible.

LORD SHIVA’S CONTRIBUTION

Then Lord Shiva took advent. For the first time in human history He graciously gave the system of marriage. And that marriage system was primarily for the welfare of the child. So that child could receive the requisite love and support to one day become a bonafide member of the civilized society.

In this same spirit, Baba has created the society building department in our Ananda Marga.

THE PRESENT SCENE:

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MATERIALISTIC AREAS & IN OUR ANANDA MARGA

Unfortunately in today’s materialistic countries, the true spirit of society building is not followed. Wherever materialism reigns, children are not properly cared for rather they are a by-product.

That is why we often see that children are not able or allowed to live along with their mothers, or sleep and get love and affection from their mothers even in nighttime. This results for any number of reasons: The parents might be divorced and the mother may have to work 3 jobs, or the parents are grossly involved in their careers and ignore their children, or there are other reasons. Unfortunately this is the common fashion these days: Children are often ignored and neglected whereby the child feels alienated from their surroundings.

In our Ananda Marga society the situation is improving a lot, but in the true sense society building has not yet taken proper shape. If we look back over the history we will find innumerable examples how the letter and the spirit of Baba’s given marriage system has been compromised.

But I have deep faith that with firm determination we will reach to the goal which Baba has established.

MUST PROPERLY PRESENT THE POINT OF VIVAHA

Baba has graciously given various special teachings for building up a spirited & singular human society. Each point has its own unique aspects and beneficial results – including His divine teaching on ‘vivaha’.

However, certain publishers have defined vivaha in an ordinary and mundane way. Yet we know Baba’s grand guideline of vivaha is not common and ordinary, but extraordinary.

POINT SOCIETY TOWARDS A SPIRITUAL GOAL

Since the very beginning in 1955, Baba’s has graciously guided us to form one human society. Because the whole aim of the Ananda Marga mission is Atmamok’s’a’rtham’ jagaddhita’ya ca – ‘self-realisation and service to humanity.’ But without building up one human society this can never be achieved. So Baba has taken strong steps to form a single human society whereby people can move towards their spiritual goal.

NEVER DONE BEFORE

In the past neither Lord Shiva nor Lord Krsna could do this. They were engaged in other ways and could not manage the strong planning necessary to bring the entire humanity within one thread. But Baba has indeed taken up this great endeavour.

BABA’S DIVINE TEACHING OF VIVAHA

Baba’s following teaching makes this subject more clear.

(A) LORD SHIVA INTRODUCED THE IDEAL

OF THE MARRIAGE SYSTEM

“Prior to Shiva, there was no system of marriage in human society. And as there was no recognized marriage system, the matrilineal order was in vogue, because it was easy to identify the mothers. In the case of the fathers, it was impossible to identify them. Shiva, for the first time, introduced the system of marriage which has continued until this day. The Sanskrit word for marriage, viváha (derived vi – vah + ghaiṋ), literally means “to follow a particular system”. This system of marriage is known as Shaeva viváha. According to this system, the bride and the bridegroom will equally share full responsibility for their marriage, without any consideration of caste or community.” (1)

(B) BABA PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF THOSE EARLY HUMANS:

FROM LIBERTINE WAY OF LIFE TO MARITAL FAMILY SYSTEM

“At the beginning of evolution, humans used to lead libertine lives without any consideration for family obligations, but they gradually developed a family instinct. However, that family instinct was no different from that of the elephants, lions, pigeons, etc. Due to this inborn instinct, males and females arrived at a loose but workable compromise regarding family life. But in that there was no sense of responsibility born out of a developed conscience; rather, due to their loose relationships with each other, one person used to desert another and go anywhere he or she liked. The number of such libertines was very high, and they used to disturb the peace and harmony of the so-called family members and become the cause of many serious quarrels.”

“The male libertines would not take responsibility for their offspring. They used to wander freely, and as a result, the entire responsibility for raising the children in their infancy would devolve on the mothers. But it was not possible for the mothers alone to bear the responsibility of maintaining the children, as a result of which many children died in early infancy. Those who survived felt themselves to be in a sea of troubles after they were weaned from their mother’s breast-milk. Then they would be deprived of their mother’s love, since she had to take care of the next baby. Those were the days of the prehistoric humans…The life of the libertines was just like that of the animals.”

“Shiva made the rule that regardless of whether women were capable or incapable of earning a livelihood, men would have to take on the responsibility of supporting them; thus the Sanskrit word for “husband” is bharttá. The word bharttá is derived from the root verb bhr + suffix trń; the root bhr means “to support” and bharttá (in the first case-ending) means “one who supports someone”.”

“As a result of this arrangement, it became easier for the women to maintain the children, since they were relieved of the onerous responsibility of providing their food and clothing. Not only that, when the children became a bit older the direct responsibility for their maintenance shifted from the mother to the father.”

“It was not easy to know the fathers of children even in the case of the so-called householders, far less in that of the libertines. Children would know only their mothers. And after they were weaned, they would forget their mothers also. Thus being deprived of motherly love and affection at a very early age, they had no opportunity to develop the sweeter and finer sensibilities of the human mind. The human mind, the human intellect, was nipped in the bud; those people had no opportunity to blossom, to gladden the heart of the world with their sweet joy. By declaring the males to be bharttá [husbands] Shiva fulfilled a major portion of His task for human society.”

“But Shiva did more than that: He declared that women must be kalatra, which means that women must discharge their obligations to their husbands and their children in such a way that the latter will not have the least difficulty.”

“Those who accepted this new arrangement were declared married, and the other members of their society would be witnesses to the marriage ceremony, to bless the newly-married couple and pledge their cooperation to them. The Sanskrit equivalent for marriage is viváha (vi – vah + ghaiṋ): it means, after the ceremony, the man and woman can no longer live as libertines or as irresponsible so-called family people. They have to discharge their full obligations as bharttá and kalatra, responsible husband and responsible wife.” (2)

(C) VIVAH MEANS TO

LIVE LIFE IN A NEW WAY WITH A SPECIAL TYPE OF RESPONSIBILITY

“Vi – vah + ghaiṋ = viváha. The root verb vah means “to flow, to lead”. Viváha means “leading one’s life in a new way with a special type of responsibility” [in both Sanskrit and Bengali]. In the most correct Sanskrit, however, the word for “marriage” would be formed vi – úh. An alternative spelling is with u (not ú). Vyuh + kta = vyud́há (meaning “a married person”).”

“An unmarried person remains somewhat free from responsibilities. As a result they get the chance to discharge some greater duties outside their small family. Even though they go outside the house for other work, it is not against anyone’s interests. Vyud́há means a “married person who shoulders a greater family responsibility and begins a new style of life.””

“Hence, when an unmarried girl or boy gets married, his or her life begins to flow down a different channel. Various responsibilities devolve on them. They can no longer afford to take their responsibilities lightly.” (3)

Namaskar,
in Him
Diindayal

Note 1: MISTAKE MADE BY PUBLICATIONS DEPT:

OVER AND OVER AGAIN THEY WRONGLY DEFINE VIVAHA

So vivaha is one special way for developing the society; it is a revolutionary form of marriage that brings the fulfillment of human potential through responsibility, commitment and spiritual growth. Vivaha cannot merely be defined by a single mundane term, i.e. marriage. The Sanskrit word vivaha cannot merely be translated or defined as marriage. The ideal of vivaha is so much more than that. That is why Baba Himself takes several paragraphs to explain the meaning of vivaha. Baba never merely defines vivaha as marriage.

As we all know, nowadays marriage mostly means one mundane love marriage where males later divorce when their sensual desires get directed towards some younger female etc. A person might marry 2, or 3, or 4, or 5 times. That is the common way nowadays. And each time it is defined as marriage, but that is not at all what vivaha is all about.

Unfortunately if you search for a definition of vivaha in the note sections of various Ananda Marga books, you will find that certain members of the Publications Dept merely define vivaha as marriage. That means in certain specific sections like the glossary and the footnotes, the publishers themselves chose to define the ideal of vivaha as marriage:

For instance:

(a) In the book, “Sarkar’s Short Stories Part 1” – the publishers inserted a footnote in the story – “The Headmasters’ Contest”. Here is the entirety of that footnote: “Viváha is the Sanskrit word for marriage.” So they merely defined vivaha as marriage when in fact it is so much more than that. Remarkably, the publishers took special efforts to create a footnote for the term vivaha. In that situation they could have described vivaha in so many positive and practical ways according to Baba’s dharmic explanation. But instead they merely defined it as marriage. That is completely misleading to the reader and it undermines the ideal of vivaha.

It would have been far better if those in charge defined vivaha as ‘the special system of a dharmic marriages first introduced in Lord Shiva’s time’ or ‘a union between husband and wife based on fulfillment of an ideal’ etc. Any of these type of definitions would been much more appropriate. Because to only say ‘vivaha = marriage’ is very misleading.

(b) In the book, “The Awakening of Women”, the publishers inserted a glossary and in that glossary they merely defined vivaha as marriage. They wrote one word – that’s it. Here again the publishers created a special place to define and describe the term vivaha but they failed to use any of Baba’s dharmic tenets. Yet vivaha itself is such a key component for the upliftment of humanity and grants women and mothers an entirely new status. And in the book “The Awakening of Women” the publishers utterly neglected to put a proper definition of vivaha in the glossary. That undermines the very purpose of the book.

It would have been far better if those in charge referenced specific sections of Baba’s discourses and direct the reader to learn about vivaha in that manner. Or if they wanted a shorter definition for their glossary they could have defined vivaha as ‘the special system of a dharmic marriages first introduced in Lord Shiva’s time’ or ‘a union between husband and wife based on fulfillment of an ideal’ etc. Any of these type of definitions would been much more appropriate. Because to only say ‘vivaha = marriage’ is very misleading.

(c) The Ananda Marga Dictionary published in 2005 falls into this same problem. If you look up vivaha in the Ananda Marga Dictionary all you will find is the singular mundane term ‘marriage’– nothing more. By this way people will think that vivaha just means one mundane love marriage where males later divorce when their sensual desires get directed towards some younger female etc. It would have been far better if those in charge defined vivaha as ‘the special system of a dharmic marriages first introduced in Lord Shiva’s time’ or ‘a union between husband and wife based on fulfillment of an ideal’ etc. Any of these types of definitions would been much more appropriate. Because to only say ‘vivaha = marriage’ is very misleading.

Just imagine if in the dictionary someone defined dharma as ‘religion’ – without saying anything more. Then people would think dharma was just something dogmatic. How misleading and unjust that would be. Similarly to define vivaha using one simple mundane term like marriage is to do injustice to the ideal of vivaha because nowadays the marriage term is so commonly abused in as the divorce rate is 75% in some states and males regularly cheat on their wives, and vice-versa.

So in this materialistic era where the institution of marriage has nothing to do with the dharmic ideal of vivaha, the publishers of the Ananda Marga Dictionary must not define vivaha as ‘marriage’. The Dictionary definition must carry the inner spirit or dharmic quality of the term. Because Ananda Marga means dharma; so without that, the goal of making an Ananda Marga Dictionary remains unfulfilled, lacking, or faulty.

Note 2: NOT AN ISOLATED EXAMPLE – RATHER A PERVASIVE PROBLEM

The problems associated with the Ananda Marga Dictionary’s definition of vivaha do not exist in isolation. Verily there are dozens and dozens of terms – even hundreds – that are improperly defined in that Dictionary by those publishers. Unfortunately, many of the definitions do not reflect Baba’s given teachings of Ananda Marga. That is why the entire dictionary needs a critical review, not just one single definition.

Note 3: IDEA IS GOOD; PERFORMANCE WAS POOR

Overall, the idea of making an Ananda Marga dictionary is very good – if done properly. That means the dharmic definitions must be given according to the word and spirit of Ananda Marga ideology. Then surely it will be beneficial.

But when a Dictionary itself offers misleading, incomplete, and wrongful definitions, then that undermines the entire purpose of making a dictionary. Rather it is harmful. Best will be if stringent efforts are made to create a proper, well-referenced dictionary based purely on Ananda Marga ideals.

In conclusion, the term vivaha might also be defined in this way: A special union between a husband and a wife based on a dharmic ideal where both parties shoulder a great responsibility in raising a family while caring and watching for each others physical, mental, and spiritual development – plus we should always refer them to Baba’s discourses that offer a more explicit explanation.

REFERENCES
1. Namah Shivaya Shantaya, Disc: 2
2. Namah Shivaya Shantaya, Shivokti 3
3. Shabda Cayaniká Part 19

******** Prabhat Samgiita #886

“A’j toma’y pelum notun sa’je mor manoma’jhe…” (P.S. 886)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, by Your causeless grace, today I have gotten You in a more loving way in my mind. You have come in a new form in my dhya’na. It is Your grace. Earlier my mind was busy and involved in a variety of works – both positive and negative. But now there are no such distractions. My mind is one-pointed and only ensconced in Your love.

O’ Divine Entity, the path that I was moving on was a zig-zag path. There was no hope or relief. My life was covered in darkness, day and night. By the attraction of Your divine love I looked towards You. O’ my dearmost, my most loving One, by Your grace the wheel of my chariot has just turned. In my dead river, a flood of sparkling fresh water has come. Baba, now my life has become effulgent.

O’ Parama Pursusa Baba, in the past there was black darkness and after that it was even more black. The whole atmosphere was totally bleak; my whole life was shrouded in darkness. Baba, You are so gracious, You have come with Your divine effulgence. You have come with more and more divine effulgence. O’ my Lord, now in whichever direction I look, it feels very blissful and loving. I feel Your divine presence in my heart and all around me. Baba, You have stolen my mind and made my heart full. My heart has become full with Your love.

Baba, today You have blessed me by coming to me in a more intimate and loving way. You are so gracious. Baba, I love You…

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Date: 15 Jun 2013 23:05:16 -0000

Baba

== Special Privileges: Cause of Disunity ==

“A casteless society: Caste is another important factor which disrupts society. The evils of the caste system are nowhere better known than in India. For unity in society, there should not be any small groupings within the society claiming economic and social privileges.” (AFPS-7, Social Psychology)

Note: According to Baba’s above teaching, wherever a section of society gets special privileges and benefits then that will severely threaten unity. Because instead of the entire collective body living arm-in-arm according to the same rules and procedures, there is mounting tension between various human groups because one particular group is getting special advantages. Across history and throughout the present-day society, there are countless examples.

For instance, nowadays in Israel the ultra-orthodox Jews have been receiving special financial benefits in the form of welfare bonuses as well as preferential treatment regarding the military. Specifically, they have been given a special pardon and hence have not been required to participate in Israel’s military draft. The rules for them are different. This has led to resentment, protests, and heated debates within Israeli society – and unity has been hampered – even disabled.

For the reason we need look no further than Sadguru Baba’s guideline.

“For unity in society, there should not be any small groupings within the society claiming economic and social privileges.”

We see similar effects in the Indian caste system where harijains (dalits) are scheduled castes and have been granted special privileges in the form of economic gifts and job quotas, irrespective of financial need. That means if there is a harijan who is millionaire then still that harijan will be given special economic benefits from the central government, whereas a beggar from a higher caste will not receive economic support from the state. That type of preferential treatment leads to strained relations, hatred and even riots between members of society.

In contrast, if on an economic basis, poor people are getting financial support from the central government or state, then that is supported by Prout.

In today’s AMPS, PP dada has special privileges and those in Centre do not like to accept a lower post. It is this very sense of entitlement that causes opportunism and distrust. In result, tensions rise and the lines are drawn. Under such circumstance unity can never be achieved. Because there cannot be special rights based on one’s birth or social status.

Here again is Baba’s guideline:.

“For unity in society, there should not be any small groupings within the society claiming economic and social privileges.”
Namaskar,
in Him,
Rasadeva

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“Path ceye bose chinu dhare, ele a’ji ghan varasa’y…” (P.S. 3226)

Purport:

O’ Divine Entity, since ages I was sitting on the path of Your arrival waiting to have Your darshan. All the good days passed by, yet now, in the pouring rain You have taken a lot of trouble come to me. You are so gracious. In this rainy season, the misty pollen fragrance of my ketakii [1] flower is floating all around. Its aroma is permeating all over in this misty rainy season.

O’ Parama Purusa, with deep yearning in my heart, in the effulgence of the day, I have searched for You. I have looked for You also in the pitch dark night in the stars, planets, nebulae, everywhere. O’ my Lord, I have searched You in each and every nook and corner of the deep blue sky – in which unknown place were You hiding. I could not get You anywhere.

My hot days [2] of summer have passed away. In calling and longing of You the tired night passed away and dawn [3] has arisen – and You have come. O’ Parama Purusa Baba, in the course of waiting for You, in that long span, the garland which I prepared for You has become dry and withered away – now only the thread is in my hand.

Baba, O’ my dearmost One, now in this situation how will I receive and honor You. Now in this pouring rain You have advented next to me. Baba, You have showered infinite grace by coming close to me. I surrender at Your lotus feet…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3226:

[1] Ketakii flower: The screw-pine flower or tree is part of the Pandanaceae family or genus Pandanus. This tree has dagger-like leaves and is commonly found throughout SE Asia. This flower is known for its charming fragrance. It flowers especially in the rainy season and the strong aroma permeates the sair for miles around. In addition, the plant contains many thorns.

[2] Tapt divas: Literally meaning hot days and the inner sense is the terrible and difficult days of my life.

[3] Bhor: After a long span of life, when much time has passed then finally the awaited moment arrives. Hence the literal meaning is early morning or dawn, but the poetic idea is having passed a long time in waiting for the time to come.

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From: “Vidyasagar.Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Easy But Some Cannot Get It
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:19:53

Baba

== EASY BUT SOME CANNOT GET IT ==

Namaskar,
It is quite clear that Baba’s book – Problems of the Day – addresses many points across the entire gamut of Ananda Marga social philosophy. Yet sometimes this is misunderstood by some.

For instance, some years ago, one respected Dadaji publicly wrote: “the book [Problems of the Day] is focused on just one major problem – capitalism.”

Thus Dadaji claimed that the Problems of the Day book is dealing with just one problem. However, we know that this is simply not true. Problems of the Day examines a wide breadth of social issues. And I think that Dada came to understand this fact.

More recently, one “author” misrepresented Problems of the Day. Throughout his own publication, which was proof-read countless times, this person refers to the book as Problem of the Day – i.e. in singular form, not Problems of the Day. Indeed, he titled chapter 17 of his book, “Problem of the Day” and throughout that 9-page chapter refers to it over and over again on every page as Problem of the Day. Why Devashish (Deva’shiis’a / Devashish / Devashiisa) did like this in his book, The Jamalpur Years (2010), one can only surmise.

Suffice to say here that we should always present “Problems of the Day” to others in a way where they can understand that in this small booklet, Baba has graciously addressed all the major problems plaguing humanity. In seed form, He has addressed everything.

That much should always be conveyed to others – it will generate interest and curiosity – and people will be inclined to learn more. In this manner we can propagate Prout.

So everyone should be perfectly clear that Problems of the Day is not about one issue, rather all of them. Where this has been misrepresented in formal publications it should be corrected.

BEST WAY TO GET AN OVERVIEW OF PROUT

One of the best ways to get an overview of Baba’s teachings on Prout is to read these three short discourses:
(1) Discourses on Prout (initially titled “A Discussion”)
(2) Talks on Prout
(3) Problems of the Day

Each of the above three discourses has been published as a single chapter in the Prout in a Nutshell book series.

QUICK WAY TO KNOW ALMOST ALL POLICIES OF PROUT

Baba inaugurated the Renaissance Universal movement in Shrii Aniruddha Prasad Singh’s house (Trimohan, Bhagalpur) on 26 January 1958 by delivering the famed discourse that was printed in book form as “Problems of the Day”.

So Problems of the Day was given even before “Idea and Ideology”, and just after Baba delivered Tattvika Praveshika. In those early days, Baba had yet to put forth His teaching on social philosophy, so those margiis were unaware about those critical issues.

Today, we see Prout as a vast body of literature which contains around 200 discourses published in 21 volumes and related books. Now we know well that Baba’s Proutistic teachings cover every nook and corner of human experience. Prout is vast in scope and its entirety falls within the realm of the social philosophy of Ananda Marga.

But during those early days when Baba started Ananda Marga Pracarak Samgha, there was not so much written about our social philosophy. So margiis were not aware about Baba’s social viewpoints and perspectives. So it was essential to put forth a brief yet comprehensive overview of Ananda Marga’s social platform, i.e. the ideals and stand of Prout. And that is exactly what Baba did in this very discourse which HE delivered in Bhagalpur on 26 January 1958.

The ‘Problems of the Day’ discourse contains 37 points. All those points are independent issues. And these are not ordinary issues – they are burning issues. The whole globe is suffering from these problems. Baba, being the Taraka Brahma, even addressed points in 1958 that were not dire issues in those days, but were to become critical topics in the years to come. So with perfect knowledge and perfect foresight, Baba told everything on that occasion.

This relatively short discourse gives a pointed and dynamic overview of nearly every Proutistic teaching – in seed form. Those aware about Prout philosophy and the Problems of the Day book cannot deny this fact.

SOME OF THE POINTS ADDRESSED IN “PROBLEMS OF THE DAY”

Here are some critical examples what subjects have been addressed in this single discourse, Problems of the Day.

– Cosmic Fraternity and Ownership of Property vs Communism and Capitalism;
– Communism and Gandhism are not the Answer of Capitalism;
– Communistic approach of Accusing Capitalism is Negative;
– Policy of Distribution of Wealth vs. Capitalism and Communism;
– Spiritual Motivation vs. Communism and Capitalism;

The points do not end here. There are many more issues which Baba has addressed in this book, Problems of the Day:

– Issue of Casteism;
– Policy of Decentralization of Economy;
– Policy of Small and Large Scale Industry vs. Gandhism;
– Public Welfare, Mechanization, and Unemployment;
– Trade Union movement / Communism / Political leaders;

MORE OF THE POINTS ADDRESSED IN “PROBLEMS OF THE DAY”

Here are some more points which Baba has addressed in Problems of the Day:

– Policy of Cooperative Movement;
– Policy of Industry and Trade vs Capitalism and Communism;
– Women’s Rights;
– Dowry Problem;
– Establishment of World Peace;

And still here are other issues from Baba’s Problems of the Day discourse:

– World Citizenship;
– Policy of Forgiveness;
– Geo, Socio, Communal & Religious sentiment, Casteism and Universalism;
– Issue of World Government;
– World Language Issue;

FURTHER POINTS ADDRESSED IN “PROBLEMS OF THE DAY”

Also in the Problems of the Day discourse there are these points:

– World Script Issue;
– Problem of Imposing World Dress;
– Human Culture and Revolutionary Marriages;
– Population Management Issue and Birth Control;
– Control of Science & Laboratory Babes;

Here are some more points which Baba has addressed in Problems of the Day:

– Issue of Unity and Party Politics;
– Social Service and Party Politics and Universalism;
– Importance of Spirituality in Politics / Failure of Communism;
– Party politics and Communism & Capitalism;
– Classless Society and Communism;
– Issue of Education and Party Politics;

THESE POINTS AS WELL ARE PRESENT IN THE PROBLEMS OF THE DAY BOOK

And finally here are other issues from Baba’s Problems of the Day discourse:

– World Government / Social service / Sadvipra leadership;
– Failure of Democracy & Election Reforms; Education Policy & Universalism;
– Social Cycle and Sadvipra Leadership;
– Social Dynamics, Revolution and Counter-Revolution;
– Ananda Marga ideology is the Only Solution;
– Materialism (Capitalism and Communism) / Sadvipra Leadership / Human society is One and Indivisible / Samgacchadhvam Mantra.

And so many more points have been addressed in this Problems of the Day (POD) book. If any sincere margii will take efforts to read carefully they may find more issues as well.

“PROBLEMS OF THE DAY” IS COMPREHENSIVE

So in this Problems of the Day discourse, Baba has given one special, comprehensive vision in a compact format. That’s to say Baba has given the points in very small, form – smaller than mustard seeds yet those issues and solutions into gigantic banyan trees. So this single discourse gives pointed solutions to so many problems.

“PROBLEMS OF THE DAY” DISCOURSE ALONE IS ENOUGH FOR GENERAL PHILOSOPHICAL

OF THE VAST PROUT PHILOSOPHY

These points are very significant and of critical importance. For quick reference, this Problems of the Day discourse alone is enough for
general philosophical knowledge of the vast PROUT philosophy. With the help of this book those early margiis began their socio-political
awareness of Ananda Marga ideals and developed an understanding of the key concepts of Prout.

As we know Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji Baba has given Prout as a part of Ananda Marga philosophy, which is why the essentials of Prout stand in the 5th chapter of Ananda Sutram.

Baba has systematically addressed all the problems causing huge catastrophes and creating serious impediments to the formation of one human society. The whole globe is suffering and burning in these various problems. And Baba has given all those solutions.

Until these things are followed, the crisis is not going to finish. Rather it will escalate. So in conclusion we can say that this Problems of the Day discourse is basic and fundamental, yet dynamic and complex.

POINTS WERE ELABORATED UPON IN SUBSEQUENT PROUT DISCOURSES

Because the fact is that in this Problems of the Day discourse, Baba has given the solution to all the burning socio-economico-politico issues. Since then Baba has given one or more discourses and elaborated further upon all these points and given a more detailed solution. Yet, the foundation was all put forth on that occasion when He delivered, “Problems of th Day.”

The ideas Baba has expressed in His Problems of the Day lecture have been magnified in various discourses which are available in
Prout volumes.

Although Problems of the Day is one discourse, or just one booklet or book, whatever we may call it; but its existence is very meaningful. It is like a map which is small in size but represents a vast area. That is the way this Problems of the Day discourse works.

A GREAT WAY TO LEARN THE ESSENTIALS OF PROUT

Those who want to gain a basic understanding of Prout philosophy in seed form should read “Problems of the Day” – again and again. This book touches all the points and hence is an ideal publication to recommend to sympathizers and new persons. By this way they will easily understand our socio-economico-politico stand.

DEFECTIVE SOCIAL ORDER INJECTS AN INFERIORITY COMPLEX

“There cannot be any complex in the spiritual level or existential sphere. In spirituality there is no complex because every person has contact with Parama Puruśa on a purely personal level. There is no third existence between them. There are only two – the spiritualist and the Parama Pitá [Cosmic Father]. Spiritualists move towards the Cosmic Father and sit on His lap. To do this is every one’s birthright. Nobody can be debarred from doing so on the pretext of inferior caste, colour, education or poverty. Since this is everyone’s birthright there cannot be any complex in the arena of spirituality. The defective social order injects an inferiority complex in the mind which often persists even when people enter the spiritual field. They feel that as the Cosmic Father is so great, how can they, being of low caste or poor or uneducated, go to Him? This is called mahimnabodha in the shástras [scriptures]. But one should not forget that the relation of father and child exists. Even if the father is a great scholar, the uneducated child will go to him and ask for whatever he requires because he or she has affection for the father. Just now I said that in the field of spirituality there cannot be any complex, but there are complexes due to social defects. It is our spiritual duty to rectify the social order. If we fail, there may not be good spiritualists. Even those who have the potentiality to become good spiritualists may not progress. They may be like a flower that dies before it blossoms.
I cannot allow this to happen. For this reason the theory of Prout has been given so that every person can progress speedily in the field of spirituality without any complex.” (1)

ENTIRE THEORY OF PROUT STANDS UPON THIS VAEDIKA SERMON

“Suppose you have gathered sufficient money, and there is no dearth of food in your house, but the remaining portion of society, your neighbours, your friends, are suffering from a dearth of money, or food, or clothes. Then it means that you are not following the spirit of “samgacchadhvam”. “Samgacchadhvam” means to build a strong, well-knit society where there shall be no exploitation, no superiority complex or inferiority complex. Just to represent the spirit of “samgacchadhvam”, I propounded the theory of PROUT. So the entire theory of PROUT stands upon this Vaedika sermon of “samgacchadhvam”.” (2)

CREATIONS OF VESTED INTERESTS

“Just see the case of air, light, water, respirations and everything. The need for these things is the same for all individuals. There have been no differentiations. These differentiations that we see in society are creations of vested interests, creations of depraved persons, of degenerated, immoral people. So you should not support these actional defects of immoral persons. You should follow the divine vibrational system, that is, you must not try to find any differentiations among individuals. “Devábhágam yathápúrve saḿjánáná upásate.” It is the wont of divine expressions that there be no differentiations, no class of exploiters and exploited. That is, this wont of not creating any differentiations was not only their duty, it was their upásaná, the desideratum of their existential march.” (3)

BELONGS TO THE SAME BIG HUMAN FAMILY

““Samáni va ákuti”. When everything cometh from the same source, from the same Progenitor, and when finally everything goeth back to the same desideratum, there must be the same aspirations, the same longing, in the heart of each and every individual. But due to the depraving actions of immoral people, those exploited, those downtrodden people are forced to forget their goal. They are drifted away from the desideratum of their life. This should not be done. Everybody should get the chance to develop their natural longings for Him.
“Samánáhrdayánivah”. When everything comes from the same Progenitor and moves along the same path towards the supreme culminating point, then should there be any cordial difference between man and man? No, there must not be. Everybody should be given the scope, or circumstances should be created, such that nobody gets the scope to feel that their future is sealed forever, is blocked. So let everybody feel that everybody in this expressed universe belongs to the same big human family. “Ek caoká, ek culhá, ek hyay mánav samáj”.” (4)

ENEMIES OF THE BIG HUMAN SOCIETY

““Samánamastu vo mano.” All microcosms come from the same Macrocosm, and finally, all microcosms will become one with the same Singular Macrocosm. So, while they are in society, while they are in the phenomenal world, they should remember this Supreme truth: that actually they are one, one Entity expressing itself through so many different corporeal structures. And when this is done – and it is not at all a difficult job to do it – then what will it be? It will be a society in the proper spirit of the term. And this is the loftiest, it is the highest mission of all human beings. Those who do not recognize this fact, or those who want to forget this fact, are actually enemies of human society. Those who support casteism, racialism, provincialism, parochialism, nationalism, even internationalism, are enemies of the big human society. Human society is, rather should be, based on only one ism, and that ism is universalism.” (5)

Namaskar,
in Him
Vidyasagar

Note 1: WHAT IS PROUT

PROUT: Progressive Utilization Theory; Shrii P.R. Sarkar’s socio-economic theory for the all-round development of society. Proutists are adherents of PROUT. To His bhaktas, Shrii P.R. Sarkar is known as Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji, or simply Baba.

Note 2: REFERENCES

1. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 5, The Social Order and Superiority and Inferiority Complexes
2. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 3, Saḿgacchadhvaḿ
3. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 3, Saḿgacchadhvaḿ
4. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 3, Saḿgacchadhvaḿ
5. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 3, Saḿgacchadhvaḿ

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From: “Chandra Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 08:36:29 +0500
Subject: Baba’s Humorous Joke On Communist Slogan

Baba

== BABA’S HUMOROUS JOKE ON COMMUNIST SLOGAN ==

Namaskar,
In 1988, in one of Baba’s regularly held LFT reporting sessions He focused on how to conduct street corner meetings in A’mara’ Bengali (AB) samaj.

Baba advised those Bengali LFTs that it is very important to interweave philosophical teachings with jokes. Baba explained that if you just preach one philosophical point after another, the people will get bored. So the way to be successful in gathering a crowd for a street corner meeting is to get people to laugh.

Baba began, “Everybody knows the communist leaders of Bengal have some favourite slogans, “Those who work in the factory are the owners of the factory and those who plow the field are the owners of the land”.”

Then, in His magnificent and charming manner, Baba presented one joke that those LFTs in AB samaj could use for their street corner meetings in Bengal.

With a grand smile, Baba told: “If the worker in the factory is the owner of the factory, and if the farmer who wields the plough is the owner of the land, then the barber who wields the scissors is the owner of head.”

So in that unforgettable LFT reporting session Baba, in His divine and unique manner, made the above humorous remark.

Hearing Baba’s dramatic delivery and colourful analogy, everyone present immediately erupted into laughter. The room was full of laughter.

After all, if the worker in the factory is the owner of the factory and the farmer who wields the plow is the owner of the land, then the masseuse who gives the massage is the owner of the body, and the chef who prepares the food is the owner of the meal, and the street-sweeper who cleans the street is the owner of the road.

Here again is Baba’s marvelous joke: “If the worker in the factory is the owner of the factory, and if the farmer who wields the plow is the owner of the land, then the barber who wields the scissors is the owner of head.”

Indeed, just as it is ludicrous to think that the barber owns the person’s head whose hair he (the barber) is cutting, similarly Baba is pointing out the ridiculous and hypocritical ways of communism: Working in a factory does not make one the factory owner and plowing the field does not transfer ownership to the farmer. No right-thinking person can think like this.

So that is the humorous joke Baba told to those LFTs doing pracara in Bengal. As everyone knows West Bengal itself is riddled with communism.

The overall idea is that Baba is teaching us that when giving a lecture then we should employ humor that will be easily understood by the local people.

Namaskar,
at His lotus feet,
Chandra Deva

Note 1: MORE OF THE HYPOCRISY OF COMMUNISM

Here it should be understood that the above slogans, which are used by communists to rouse the sentiment of the people, are actually diametrically opposed to the philosophy expressed in the Communist Manifesto which states that all the land belongs to the state. The communists use the slogan – “Those who wield the plough are the owners of the land” – in countries where the government is not communist and they want to gain the sympathy of the people; and when in a fully controlled communist country then they resort to the latter slogan of the Communist Manifesto which states that all land belongs to the state. This is their devious & hypocritical manner.

Note 2: WHY FAMILY NAMES SHOULD BE DISCARDED

Baba says, “Casteism is a burden on the Hindu society. All the year round they preach casteism but on the polling days they decry it. This is wholly undesirable. It is better to avoid all titles. Titles signify the caste. If casteism is to be wiped out, it is incumbent to discard the titles. It is commendable if everyone adopts uniformity on title – Deva. Persons using a particular word more often will influence their minds with the meaning of that word. People are reluctant to use the word dása because this word signifies slavery. Whenever the so-called low caste people catch an opportunity, they declare themselves as belonging to the so-called elevated caste, etc. It is an ideal to become deva and for this reason Deva title should be adopted.”

“Titles of the present society have undergone considerable changes during the past fifty years, the cause being that everyone aspires to pertain to an elevated caste. The so-called Shúdras also use the sacred thread. This is only an effort towards the concealment of one’s identity. By this means, they conceal only their disregarded status. This is to be regretted. It is consequent on social debility that they harbour the desire for changes in their situations. It is out and out purposeless to convene All-India Conferences or particular castes. All of them desire to assert and establish their rights. This is simply misuses of energy and money.”

“The consent of those embraced must be sought for before renaming them in Saḿskrta. Language has got nothing to do with religion and as such, there is no reason for anybody depreciating the use of Saḿskrta. In this connection it may be added that the great emperor Aurangzeb used the term sudhárasa (juice of nectar) for mango (original Saḿskrta term for mango is ámra) and saddharma for Islam.” (Tattvika Diipika, 5th part, Ánanda Púrńimá 1957)

So many areas of the globe are affected by caste and communal feeling. From the British lords to India’s brahmins and so many points in between, and here above Baba gives the perfect antidote and solution to such narrow-minded and harmful thinking.

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Baba
Respected Readers,

Namaskar. The following Ananda Marga Questionnaire comes to us by way of Shrii Amrit Laloo – a longtime and dedicated Ananda Margii.
Respectfully,
AM-GLOBAL Moderators
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ANANDA MARGA QUESTIONAIRE – Read on! If you find the questionnaire funny, laugh out loud. If not, laugh anyway.
Several possible options are given to the questions below. Choose the option/s that you think are the correct one/s.

Who is the boss ? At present there are 2 PPs. Which of the two PPs, Calcutta or Ranchi PP, was elected / selected in accordance with the Caryacarya guidelines given by Baba ?
a) Ranchi PP
b) Calcutta PP
c) Who’s the boss ?

How many AM factions have come into being after 1990?
a) two
b) three
c) too many to count

As per Neo-Humanism, which is now the new super race ?
a) Bengalii
b) Hindii
c) German
d) Neo-humanism- what is this ?

It is a well known fact that Ac. Rudrananda Avt. is power mad and Ac. Sarvatmananda Avt. has influenced the Bengalization of AM. After their demise (mahaprayan), which of the two will have have a longer lasting negative effect on AM ?
a) Rudrananda
b) Sarvatmananda
c) both

All the existing factions have posted SS’s to all the sectors to influence the activities, capture projects and also to create divisions among the margiis. At this moment which Sector has the most number of SS’s?
a) New York Sector –US$$$$$
b) Nairobi sector (too poor)
c) Berlin Sector
d) Delhi sector

After 1990, which narrow sentiment has surfaced within the ranks of AM with serious consequences?
a) language sentiment ( Bengalii group and Hindii Group) very funny
b) geo- sentiment ( Bangla samaj –most important samaj in the world)
c) socio-sentiment
d) all of the above

The slogan “one human society” does not apply to groupist members of AMPS because
a) Present groupist AM members do not constitute a society
b) Present groupist members are not Ananda Margiis as they don’t follow 16 points
c) The present leadership in AM do not belong the human society
d) The leadership are not human- they are demigods
e) none of the above

In India for which of the guru’s “Mahaprayan ” is celebrated annually?
a) Lord Krishna
b) Lord Shiva
c) Shrii Shrii Anandamurtii- Ananda Marga
d) Guru Nanak- Sikhism
e) Shrila Prabhupadha -ISCON
f ) Ramakrishna Paramhansa- Rama-Krishna Mission

Who is the greatest pseudo-intellectual in AM ?
a)Ac. Bhaskarananda Avdt.
b)Ac. Kritiishivananda Avdt. (new entry)
c)Ac. Abhidevananda Avdt.
d)Ac Narada from Suva Sector
e)All of the above

The “Mahaprayan” festival is held every year in Tiljala because
a) Tiljala is an important Tiirtha – liberation is a sure gaurantee- no need for sadhana
b)Baba has given “Mahaprayan” as an official function in CaryaCarya
c) The big-wigs want to re- affirm annually that Parama Purusa is dead
d) We can do whatever we please because Baba is not watching us -Mahaprayan confirms this to be the case.

Which function is most prestigious ?
a) Ananda Purnima (Baba’s advent on earth)
b) DMS
c) “Mahaprayan”

Who is the major decision maker in AM affairs?
a) “AMPS –Calcutta”
b) “AMPS –Ranchi”
c) The Legal Court

Which Ananda Vanii should be taken as the authentic Vanii?
a) Calcutta Vanii
b) Ranchi Vanii
c) Baba’s original vaniis
d) anyone can create a vanii-just extract one from Baba’s books-it’s official

Ananda Marga has a solution to curb unemployment in the world. By the division of AMPS, they created more vacancies: Like two PPs instead of one, and more than 18 sectorial secretaries instead of nine.
a) this is ground-breaking- in accordance with PROUT
b) it has been done before by other organisations
c) More divisions of AMPS would create more vacancies
d) a ridiculous situation

Which DMS has the larger attendance ? The competition is on. Power is the name of the game.
a) Ranchi DMS
b) Calcutta DMS
c) Joke (sooo funny)

In which sector are the board members being sued for the sum of US$ 400,000?
a) Nairobi sector ( too poor)
b) Berlin Sector
c) New York Sector USD $$$$$$$$$

Are some or our power-drunk, so-called leaders behaving like
a) capitalists
b) communists
c) definitely not Proutists
d) All of the above

The last rites for Ac. Nigimananda Avdt. was given high profile coverage. Avadhutas should be given a state funeral because
a) they are renunciates
b) they have surrendered their all to Baba
c) they do not subscribe to pomp
d) they don’t seek glory
e) they will be recognised by the greater civil society after their demise

Memorials must not be constructed for Baba because
a) it is a waste of resources
b) Baba did not approve of memorials
c) Baba is not “dead”
d) Memorials are done for human beings, not for God
e) All of the above

Which is the most important tiirtha (place of pilgrimage) for Ananda Margiis? Visit the tiirtha at least once in your life-time –no need for meditation
a) Jamalpur
b) Ranchi
c) Cremation place (Tiljala) liberation is a sure guarantee
d) All of the above
e) Baba did not approve of any tiirtha

Which of the following best describes the Ranchi Adm ?
a) self-righteous
b) hard-headed
c) Conceited
d) arrogant
e) open-minded but anti-Bengalii

What is the driving force behind the Calcutta Adm ?
a) superiority complex- Bengaliis are spiritually elevated and organisationally advanced
b) Bengali sentiment
c) Baba chose them to lead
d) Bihariis (housekeepers of Bengaliis) and other language groups are inferior
e) Groupism – all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.

If you think this questionaire is funny laugh out loud. If you think it has substance ponder deeply. Enjoy.
If you have more jokes please share with us.

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To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Cinmay Deva
Subject: To Those Who Came From Semitic Religions
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 20:43:58 -0400

Baba

== TO THOSE ANANDA MARGIIS WHO CAME FROM SEMITIC RELIGION ==

Note: This letter is based on one of Baba’s special teachings from the Senior Acarya Diary.

Namaskar,
It is not at all uncommon for people to drug habits, customs, and formalities from their own religious & cultural background into Ananda Marga. It happens regularly.

Priest-class superiority. Caste differences. Female suppression. This or that holy day. Serving & eating food at shraddha (death) ceremonies. At one point or another, all these things & more got dragged into our AMPS society by our own family members due to their own religious & cultural background.

Yet Baba is adamant that such things should not occur. That is why He has logically and systematically disproved and kicked out all such dogmas.

As we know, Baba made it a rule that no one could get initiated into AM without cutting their sacred hair (shikha) and removing their sacred thread (upavita). Plus eating meat & idol worship were forbidden; so many gods and goddesses were eliminated; and heaven and hell were proven to be totally illogical & archaic.

In that way, Baba has eliminated all the dogmas. Those illogical and baseless ideas from the various religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, & Christianity have no place in our Ananda Marga. Indeed the teachings of AM are 100% dogma-free.

Even then, various people, intentionally or not, drag their dogmas into AM, including things like circumcision. Believe it or not, still this is happening to margii children whose parents come from those lands where the Semitic religions (Islam, Judaism & Christianity) are dominant.

So we should clarify this matter and dispel any myths from people’s minds.

POINT FROM SENIOR ACARYA DIARY:

NO CIRCUMCISION IN AM

While there are innumerable reasons why circumcision does not belong in AM, perhaps the clearest wording has been given by Baba in Senior Acarya Diary. In that very Diary, Baba has denoted a special heading or chapter to ‘circumcision’.

In that section, Baba states that health and hygiene is the key point. The male urinary organ must remain clean as well as disease & infection-free, and that the best way to achieve this is to simply pull back the foreskin, upon reaching puberty. That is the main practice in AM as given by Baba.

By this way, those in their tender young years need not be cut; they can avoid that painful experience entirely. Plus the foreskin offers protection from disease. That is one type of protection that nature is providing. So there are multiple beneifts in not cutting or removing the foreskin as is done during circumcision.

Then Baba further stipulates that in those rare cases where the foreskin is too tight and unable to be pulled back, then a very slight incision may be made to enable the foreskin to be pulled back. Yet, Baba clearly states that this type of incision is “not circumcision”.

That is Baba’s clear-cut directive from Senior Acarya Diary. My Dada has been kind enough to have explained this to me on multiple occasions.

In that same chapter, Baba goes on to explain that if that male area gets dirty then (a) diseases arise or (b) the organ becomes irritated, causing the mind to become preoccupied with sexual thoughts etc. That is why it is so important to pull back the foreskin and keep that area clean.

For reasons best known to them, the semitic people started their practice of circumcision, but that this is not our way. Most margiis in the west understand this fact and follow the dharma of AM, but even then a few are not aware.

Suffice to say that in Senior Acarya Diary, Baba pointedly clarifies that circumcision is merely one dogmatic, Semitic tradition that is not meant to be practiced in AM.

MARGIIS FROM THOSE LANDS SHOULD KNOW

Unfortunately, some Ananda Margiis (family margiis & acaryas) around the globe are still living under the Semitic gospel about circumcision.

In those regions where Judaism, Islam, and Christianity are dominant, then the whole society has been saturated in the notion that circumcision is the ‘modern’ or ‘upstanding’ thing to do. There is very little discussion about it. Hence a few or certain margiis from those areas fall into that trap. In my own unit this has also been happening, and most probably in so many other units also.

Thus a concerted effort should be made to clarify the matter. Ananda Margiis everywhere should be made aware that circumcision is not condoned by Baba. Our approach is to simply pull back the foreskin upon reaching puberty, or to make a tiny incision so that the foreskin may be pulled back. There is no third approach.

UNIVERSAL APPROACH OF AM

Baba has graciously given the rational teachings of AM for all to practice– they are beneficial in all regions. It is not that kiirtan need only be done in some areas, or that half-bath is only appropriate for other regions. The whole of AM should be practiced universally in all countries.

Hence Baba’s teaching on male hygiene should be followed by all. In that way, there is no need for any Ananda Margii to be circumcised. Rather by doing so one is going against the dictates of Ananda Marga.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace, Baba has given everything for the health and welfare of all. By following His teachings– such as pulling back the foreskin and not being circumcised– then all in our Marga, nay the whole world, will be firmly seated on the path of welfare.

Baba says, “If people have a healthy body and mind their glandular system will remain balanced and they can easily channelise their physical energy into psychic and spiritual activities. This process of channelisation is the only way to check the mental flow towards crude propensities.” (AFPS-9, p.35)

Namaskar,
Cinmay

Note 1: FURTHER PROOF THAT CIRCUMCISION IS AN ARCHAIC DOGMA

In these following quotes, Baba clearly expresses how circumcision is merely a dogmatic idea from long ago that has been held onto by certain religious groups. There is no rational or scientific reason for it.

Baba says, “Human beings readily accept traditions without seeking the reasons behind them. Since ancient days the semitic people have been observing the practice of circumcision. Moses and Mohammed accepted this system which today has become tradition.” (A Few Problems Solved, part 2)

Baba says, “Certain practices were not originally religious rituals, but traditions or customs. Long ago the Jews started practising circumcision. When Moses converted some of his contemporaries to Judaism, and later when Mohammed converted some local people to Islam, neither prophet dared to instruct their new followers to discard the old customs they followed, consequently the old customs continued after their conversion…These are expressions of traditional beliefs which have been passed down from one generation to another.” (PNS-21)

Note 2: CIRCUMCISION GOES AGAINST GOD’S PERFECTION

Everything in this universe has its inherent dharma and natural way. Every being and every object has been made in a perfect and particular way to fulfill its dharma. Birds have wings so they can fly through the sky, and fish have gills so they can breathe under the sea. Every being has been given exactly what they need. Nothing has been created by God in a faulty or imperfect manner. Nature’s order is quite proper. It is not that adjustments need to be made on some beings. It is not that at the time of birth, an operation needs to be performed on male babies in order to make them fit for this world. It is not that they have been wrongly or poorly designed. Parama Purusa has made everything perfectly. Thus, by this reasoning also, the entire premise of circumcision does not make sense as it means that God’s creation is inherently flawed.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Maner kon’e samgopane ke go tumi base ekela’…” (P.S. 3529)

Purport:

O’ Divine Entity, by secretly sitting alone in the remote corner of my mind, You are vibrating my mind and heart – my whole existence – in divine ecstasy. Please tell me who are You. You do not share the feelings of Your heart with me so I do not know what is Your desire. And when I ask You what You want, then You tell that You do not want anything. Just with Your charming smile You shower sweet nectar like a garland of pearls.

O’ Supreme Personality, please tell me, are You alone? Have You no companion? Are You searching for someone? Is that the reason why You are always wandering around this entire universe in all the ten directions – because You are searching for some companionship. Is that why You are busy enjoying Your divine liila in this bottomless and endless, mobile and immobile world – i.e. in Your entire creation.

O’ Divine Entity, of all the bhavas You are Mahabhava. You are the quintessence of all thoughts and ideations – the ultimate Goal of all the samadhis. O’ Supreme One You are complete unto Yourself and infinite. You do not have any shortage or dearth of anything; You have everything. You control the unit as well as the vast – everything. You go on creating Your liila in hundreds of ways and flows. Your grandeur is infinite & endless.

O’ Divine One, who is most charming and attractive, please grace me by revealing Your identity. You have captivated me by Your causeless grace and by the infinite bond of Your divine love…

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Fake Devotion

Baba says, “Oh Lord, I am your devotee, help me to pass my examination; Oh Lord, my daughter has attained marriageable age— help me to find a worthy suitor; Let the bridegroom be ideal, let me not spend much on the wedding. This type of showy devotion that simply asks for mundane objects, is no devotion at all. Because such persons always say, “I want
this, I want that.”

“What news can you report to a person who already knows all the intimate details of your life? Is it not ludicrous to retell the stories of your grandfather’s house to your mother, for certainly she knows them better than you!”

“Parama Purus’a knows more than you whether you are a sinner or not, so what is the necessity of telling Him?” (Ananda Marga Ideology Way of Life p.820 & 824)
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Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 21:48:11 -0500
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Why Unity Fails
From: Cinmay Deva

Baba

Prabahata Samgiita #3002

Cir ka’le-r bandhu———
Nikat’e- ese— ghu-m bha’ungio—,

Ghu-m bha’ungio—
Jad’eri bha’vana’y yadi mete-
Tha’ki-, ja’gie di-o
Nikat’e- ese— ghu-m bha’ungio—,

Ghu-m bha’ungio—
Kichui toma’r aja’-na’ na’i,
A’—————————————a’
Kichui tomar a’ja-na’ na’i,
Randhre ra’ndhre a’cho- sa’dai
Toma’y bhu’le- jad’e- harai,
T’ene- pa-the a’-nio—
Nikat’e- ese— ghu-m bha’ungio—,

Ghu-m bha’ungio—
Ana’di ashes’a e- liila’-y,
A’———————————–a’
Ana’di ashes’a e- liila’-y,
Toma’y khonja’- hoye ut’he da’y
Bhra’nti kichu- dekhate na’ dey,
Tumi- diipak jva’-lio—
Nikat’e- ese— ghu-m bha’ungio—,

Ghu-m bha’ungio—
Cir ka’le-r bandhu———
Nikat’e- ese— ghu-m bha’ungio—,
Ghu-m bha’ungio—

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, You are my Bandhu [1]. Your and my relation is not just of this life. Since the dawn of creation, You were with me when I was in various shapes and forms. How far I was aware or not, but You were with me. Since the beginning of this life also, You have been with me – whether I always realised it or not. My and your relation is beyond time – You are my eternal companion. O’ my eternal Bandhu, by coming close, please break my slumber. By Your grace awaken me from any psychic or spiritual stupor. If I am intoxicated in crude, mundane thoughts, please arouse me. If I give up sadhana and get attracted to the material world, please wake me up and bring me at Your feet.

By coming close please break my slumber, O’ my eternal Bandhu.

Baba, You are omniscient and omnipresent. Nothing is unknown to You. Past, present, and future all lie within You. Baba, You are ever-present in each and every pore – You are everywhere throughout this entire universe and the expressed and unexpressed worlds – everywhere. What I do and don’t do, You always see. You witness everything. O’ my Dearmost, You are my Polestar, if ever I am oblivious of You, and get lost in this crude world, please pull me back onto the path of dharma. If I give up my Sixteen Points and get drowned in sensual pleasures, then please pull me back to the path of Ananda Marga.

By coming close, please break my slumber, O’ my eternal Bandhu.

Baba, in this beginningless and endless divine liila, searching for You becomes hard and painful. Doing sadhana and completing all the lessons is not easy. Following dharma is very difficult. All kinds of avidya maya come and disturb me.

The illusion created by maya obscures the vision. There are so many material allurements that divert me from the Goal – that draw me away from You. O my Dearmost, please grace me by lighting the lamp – diipak jva’lio [2] – of divine knowledge, filling my heart with devotion, and bringing me at Your alter.

By coming close please break my slumber, O’ my eternal Bandhu, arouse me and bring me at Your lotus feet…

NOTE FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3002:

[1] Bandhu: Usually people think that the term ‘Bandhu’ means ‘friend’, but in our AM devotional life the term Bandhu means something much more.

Baba says, “‘Bandhu’ means ‘those within the bondage of love’. That is when one can not tolerate the idea of separation it is called ‘Bandhu’. Now you see in this world have you got any Bandhu? No. Even your friend, your best friend– he also did not come at the same time as you and after leaving the cremation ground, there is permanent separation. He will be with you up to the cremation ground. After your cremation he won’t be with you. So he is not Bandhu– he is not friend for he can tolerate the idea of separation.”

“So who is the real friend? Parama Purusa. When you are in this physical framework– in this quinquelemental framework, He is with you, with your body, with your mind and with your spirit. After death, He will be with your mind, with your soul. When the body will be lost, the body will become one with the earth but mind and spirit will remain, He will be with you. So He is the real friend, He is the real Bandhu. And there cannot be any mundane friend, mundane Bandhu.” (AV-12)

[2] Diipak Jva’lio: ‘Please light the lamp of divinity and remove the darkness of ignorance’. As a Sadguru Baba graces us with true, inner knowledge by lighting our lamp within by bringing us onto the path of spirituality. By this way we are able to overcome the hindrances of staticity and crudity. That is one of the main messages of this particular Prabhat Samgiita, lighting the lamp within and removing the darkness of ignorance. This is also expressed in our Guru Puja. About this I think most are aware.

“…Jina’na’injana shala’kaya’…”

Baba says, “You know that an eye ointment is applied with a stick (‘Shala’ka’ means stick). Now, all the microcosms are parts of that Noumenal Entity, all are actually parts and particles of that Supreme Entity, but due to ignorance, due to the darkness of ignorance, they cannot see what is what and which is which. That is why they require the ointment of spiritual knowledge. Guru (with a stick) applies the ointment of spiritual knowledge to their eyes.” (AV-3)

== WHY UNITY FAILS ==

Namaskar,
As we embark on this new year, there is struggle and strife everywhere and the theme in so many circles is unity, unity, unity.

Political parties in the general society have been chanting unity; various groups in AMPS have also been singing the unity song, and indeed, this unity slogan is prevalent in so many spheres of life.

But, it never works; their call to unity is never achieved; it always fails. That is the reality. We should understand why.

Ay the same time, we all know Baba Himself has given the key ingredients for forming true and lasting unity. In His discourse “Social Psychology”, Baba guides that the central components for achieving unity are: a common ideal, a casteless society, collective social functions, and no capital punishment.

We should familiarize ourselves with His practical teachings and gain the essentials for creating real unity, both in our Marga and the general society.

UNITY IN THE GENERAL SOCIETY

Unfortunately, nowadays, unity is nowhere to been seen in the general society, nor in the Marga. We see semblances of it only to later realise that it was just so-called unity where the rallying point was self-interest, nothing more.

Two smaller businesses merge to form a unified bigger enterprise. Two politicians join forces in order to unify their party. Countries join the United Nations or EU as a show of unity.

Indeed there are so many examples of unity. But invariably they break apart.

Because up till now in this world, “unity” has always been grounded in the selfishness of two different people or groups. So long as it is profitable for them, they remain unified, and the moment that “unity” is not meeting their agenda, they split apart.

Whereas Baba guides us that a healthy, broad-based approach is needed to create unity, and that must include: a common ideal, a casteless society, collective social functions, and no capital punishment. Then that will be real and lasting unity.

Yet we see how so many corporations have unified and divided; so many regions of the world have reached a temporary unity, only to again split; and so many political alliances have been made to gain unity, only to fall apart a day or year later.

Whether it be the USSR, AOL-Time-Warner, Czechoslovakia, the Catholic Church, or some political movement in your locale, time and again we see “unified entities” break apart into pieces.

And the reason is always the same: The small-minded ideal of selfishness can never stand the test of time– it can never create a true bond.

Rather as a humanity we must adhere to Baba’s pointed and practical guidelines for achieving unity. There is no other way.

THAT SAME UNITY IS SURFACING IN AMPS

The greater tragedy is that since 1990, that same type of so-called unity has been surfacing in AM. Our Marga is meant to be the model for guiding the rest of society but since 1990 our AMPS has been a near mirror image of the crude, materialistic patterns prevalent in the world today.

Whether it be in the name of one group or some new faction, various teams have been “uniting.” It is not at all uncommon. And they then call for others to join them.

But this also never works.

Because when some group or faction is the basis of unity, and not Baba’s stated ideals, then that group’s self-interest is the operating agenda. Certain leaders are desperately trying to gain an upper-hand on the power, and for that they start chanting, “unity, unity, unity’ in hopes of gathering people to support their selfish agenda.

That is why we constantly see splits and fissures in our Marga. At first after 1990 all were united under Sarvatmananda. Then the Rudrananda group came into being. Then NIA. Then EC. Then United Administration.

That is the way it goes. Because no group is operating according to Baba’s recipe for unity given in “Social Psychology”, where Baba outlines that our common ideal is practically based on Brahma sadhana, samgacchadhvam, and universal fraternity.

Instead, the various factions just chase after their own unit agenda where others either join in or break apart based on whether that agenda meets their selfish needs. That is why there has not been any lasting unity in AM since 1990.

Through it all, so many good margiis and field workers have the sincere feeling in their heart to see a united AMPS based on Baba’s teachings.

ONLY BABA HAS GIVEN REAL UNITY

To date, unity then has just been a fleeting dream on this earth. Baba has come to change all that. He has graciously given teachings on unity that are completely new and revolutionary.

When Baba speaks of unity it is totally different from the way corporations, countries, groups or even other gurus speak of unity.

Baba talks of unity in very practical terms and uses words like ‘ideology’, ‘cosmic inheritance, ‘common patrimony’, ‘universal welfare’, ‘cosmic brotherhood’, ‘service motive’ etc.

Here again are Baba’s key ingredients for bringing unity: a common ideal, a casteless society, collective social functions, and no capital punishment. Those interested should read the entire discourse, “Social Psychology”.

Never will you see or hear mundane words like ‘power’, ‘profit’, ‘control’, ‘money’, or ‘popularity’, be associated with Baba’s ideal of unity.

Yet these latter words (‘power’, ‘profit’, ‘control’, etc) are the driving force behind most, if not all, so-called unity movements on this earth. Because thus far, unity has always been just a euphemism for satisfying someone’s selfish agenda. That is why it always fails.

Here Baba warns us that the failure to bring real unity leads to the utter destruction of that community, country or society – verily it can lead to extinction of humanity.

Baba says, “Lack of unity among the members of society because of too much self-interest in the individual members, the formation of groups for economic or social advantage, and the lack of understanding of others, act not only to bring about the downfall of society, but also can wipe it out completely from the face of the earth. Instances of many groups and empires disappearing altogether are not rare in the little-known history of this world.” (AFPS-7, Social Psychology)

MORE OF BABA’S GUIDELINES ON UNITY

Baba’s warnings and guidelines on unity are totally unique– never before have they been put forth on this earth. For your review here are some more of Baba’s given teachings on unity.

Baba says, “For the unity of the entire humanity, the indispensable factor is spirituality. This supreme treasure teaches human beings that Parama Purus’a is the Supreme Father, Parama Prakrti [the Supreme Operative Principle] is their Supreme Mother, and the entire universe is their homeland.” (AFPS-2)

Baba says, “Human unity is purely an ideological unity, which means unity in the psychic sphere. Where there is psychic unity, physical unity will also occur. In the realm of unity, unity is always psychic – ideological unity means unity in the subtlest level of the mind. However, psychic or ideological unity may be affected if we encourage the exploitation of one group by another. So to avoid this there should not be any scope for exploitation in society. And to ensure this we have to start a new order to safeguard the interests of the exploited masses. So for a proper social synthesis what we require is a common philosophy of life; that is, ideological unity.” (PNS-15)

Baba says, “Along with the theory of spiritual inheritance, one Cosmic ideology will have to be propagated too, and that ideology is that one Supreme Entity the Cosmic Entity is the goal of all living beings. This spiritual sentiment will keep human beings united for all time to come. No other theory can save the human race.” (TTP)

BABA’S BLESSING

Only Baba has given the practical teachings on unity wherein groupism, dogma, and exploitation are eradicated and instead the time-tested ideals of cosmic inheritance, ideology, spirituality, and one human society are encouraged.

All other types of so-called unity based on selfish interest and the profit motive are doomed for failure.

That is why to date, attempts at unity have failed again and again and again. Any groupist platform for unity will also fail. Only unity based on the spiritual teachings of AM ideology can bring lasting peace and welfare to society. Only then will we have true unity.

Namaskar,
Cinmay

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Who is Greatest Fool

Baba says, “How one person sings melodious songs, how another dances beautiful rhythmic dances, how another delivers wonderful discourses, etc. But we cannot see the entity who pulls the strings from behind and runs the show. And the funniest thing is this: the speaker, the singer, the dancer thinks that he is the agent, the doer, and takes the entire credit for the performance. People do not care to think of the entity that pulls the strings from behind, or if they are even more foolish, they think that others see them alone, not the entity who pulls the strings from behind.” (NKS, 97 Edn, p.181)

Note: Under the spell of avidya maya many persons think that all credit goes to them for their great deeds. The number of such persons is huge. But according to Baba’s above guideline in the spiritual way of thinking they are fools. We should be careful and save ourselves from falling into this category of fools.
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