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Date: 30 Mon Apr 2013 22:45:18 -0000
From: “Yogendra” ydv.1965@par…net
To: anandamargaglobalnewsletter@gmail.com
Subject: Baba Story: Homosexuality is Anti-Dharma

Baba

This entire email is composed of 2 parts:

(1) Posting: Baba Story: Homosexuality is Anti-Dharma;
(2) Prabhat Samgiita #5015;

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

== BABA STORY: HOMOSEXUALITY IS ANTI-DHARMA ==

Namaskar,
The below Baba story clearly depicts how homosexual relations are sinful and against the ethic and code of conduct in Ananda Marga.

Following is a dramatic account how during dharma samiiksa all-knowing Baba revealed the fact how years ago one young male had indulged in homosexual activity.

Already many had come out from dharma samiiksa and told how Baba is aware about every sin and that it is impossible to conceal anything from Him. So the brother was aware that Baba is omniscient and that nothing can be hidden.

Hearing this from others, the young male was terrified to stand before Baba and feeling very repentant for his past sinful dealing.

When he entered for dharma samiiksa, Baba graciously pointed him out, reviewed the case, and consoled him. Baba furthermore warned not to ever do such things again. Baba graciously reassured him that it was done due to keeping bad company.

Here is that story as published by one Dada who witnessed the whole scene.

YOUNG MALE STANDS BEFORE BABA IN DHARMA SAMIIKSA

(The follow is an excerpt from one Dada’s book)

Brother G from the USA stood in front of Baba. After some personal talk, Baba said, “Your mind is unnecessarily disturbed about the past. You made some mistakes of a sexual nature.”

G’s face suddenly became very red. “Yeah…yes, Baba,” he mumbled.

“When you were younger you had some misunderstanding about the relationship between men and women.”

He stared at the floor, saying, “Yes, Baba.”

“But it was not your fault. As a little boy you were simply influenced by your environment.”

G looked up at Baba. He sighed deeply, smiled slightly and said, “Thank you, Baba.”

“No need of thanks,” Baba said. “I merely convey to you the unadulterated facts. You were unaware. Unaware.”

G approached me after the session, wanting to get something off his chest.

“I never told anyone, Dada,” he said, “but since you were present today, I want to tell you that…that before joining Ananda Marga, I had…homosexual relations.”

He watched for my reaction. Seeing none, he continued, “Even though I’ve been doing meditation for a number of years, it’s always bothered me; I’ve always felt guilty. But now Baba’s freed my mind. When He said it wasn’t my fault, something let go inside of me. I feel so light now; I wouldn’t be surprised if I started to fly!”

(Who’s Afraid of the Tantric Guru by Dada Dharmavedananda)

Note: In the above story, a male had sex with another male – that is the sinful dealing that Baba is pointing uotand this same sin applies to females who have sex another female. So this is a universal teaching that applies go all gays, lesbians, homosexuals etc.

Namaskar,
in His Service,
Yogendra

************ Prabhat Samgiita*****************

Baba

“Nutan jiivan labhiya’chi mora’ nutan us’a’r kiran’e…” (PS 5015)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, by Your divine grace we have all been blessed with new life – in this new light wave of the dawn. The new dawn has come and vibrated the body, mind, and soul.

O’ Divine Entity You have graciously shown us the path: The path of bliss, Ananda Marga. By Your grace, we have left all those outdated, rotten, old dogmas. Except Ista, except You, there is no charm in the life. Your love and grace is resonating in our entire existence.

Baba, we all belong to the same gotra, one family. This whole world lies within this same gotra. With the love of our heart we will awaken the entire world, by Your grace.

Baba, You have blessed us with new life in this new dawn. This is nothing but Your causeless grace…

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Baba

== BABA’S GUIDELINE: CELEBRATION OF ANANDA PURNIMA ==

~ Part 1 ~

Namaskar,
The auspicious and grand occasion of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ is coming soon.

The official day is Saturday, May 25 – though in many units celebrations start before then since A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ is the most significant social function in our Marga.

WE ALL KNOW…

Certainly, we all know that the holy occasion of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ signifies the day of advent of Taraka Brahma as Mahasambhuti Baba. And that on this wonderful and blissful occasion there is a morning and evening dharmacakra, collective bath, all-round merrymaking, and a sentient feast etc.

Yet there are also other special components to the celebration of Ananda Pu’rn’ima which Baba has outlined. Some of these are listed and described below and other margiis and WT’s are kindly requested to contribute other plans and programs which they know about that are associated with the celebration Ananda Purnima .

INNER MEANING

Here first though is one of the special ideations linked to the holy festival of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’.

A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’ signifies the advent of Mahasambhuti who has come to wipe away all the tears and fog from this dusty earth and infuse within all a sense of peace, hope, tranquility and bliss. He has graciously come to establish the lost humanity in divinity – elevating everyone’s standard, and paving the way for the reign of dharma.

WAYS TO CELEBRATE THIS DAY

Here below are a few of Baba’s many recommendations and guidelines for how to make the occasion of Ananda Purnima an even more memorable, joyful, and charming gathering for one and all.

(A) On the grand festival time of Ananda Purnima, all types of age groups should have their own programs that will be appealing to them. Certainly there will be one central place for the entire gathering, yet at the same time specialised plans and programs for the various age divisions should be organised.

For the younger children there should be games and sports and / or a drama production etc.

For adolescents & teenagers there should be competitions in the various realms from kaoshikii and tandava to music, art, and literature. And their day should also include sporting events etc.

And likewise for adults, there should be a range of activities and programs from the devotional singing of kiirtan to service projects, plus spiritual talks, dance competitions, and general socialising.

(B) In addition, on Ananda Purnima the head of household can utilise this as the time to arrange annual new clothes for all family members. Plus there should be toys for the children and the sharing of sweet treats. By this way one and all will know that something great is happening and that Ananda Purnima is a grand event.

(C) Ananda Purnima can also be made special by offering moderate gifts and presents or cards etc to those around you as a showing of love and affection.

(D) And like that many, many more points and suggestions are there in relation with the grand and blissful celebrations of Ananda Purnima.

SPIRIT OF OUR AM SOCIAL FUNCTIONS

The magnificent characteristic of all our Ananda Marga social gatherings is that they welcome one and all irrespective of age, colour, race, profession, educational standard, etc, all types from all places are welcome. Indeed everyone comes together for sadhana, games, a feast, and other celebratory activities and by this way one social flow is formed thus making way for a healthy, unified human society.

THE KEY POINT

In this way social functions and festivals are a time for us all to move together in His divine flow, regardless of one’s standard or status – where one and all gather round in the spirit of unity. And top of all our special duty as devotees is to propagate the greatness and grandeur of Sadguru Baba. In a phrase we can say that this is the key point behind the auspicious occasion of A’nanda Pu’rn’ima’: To highlight Baba’s greatness.

“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 Anandamurtijii. Unit beings must be made to appreciate Its majesty.” (1)

Here following are some of Baba’s special guidelines for our collective social functions and festivals like Ananda Purnima.

CARYACARYA GUIDELINES ON ANANDA PURNIMA

“Ánanda Púrńimá: Collective bath with snána mantra, twice collective Iishvara Prańidhána and Varńárghyadána, collective noon and night meals, merry celebrations, spiritual conferences, annual meetings of workers, children’s sports, and procession with táńd́ava dance. (2)

BRING NEW JOY AND VIGOUR

“When people become tired and uninspired, when they can no longer look towards the future with hope, when their colourful dreams are shattered, at that time the sweetness of a festival brings new joy and vigour in life. Thus in individual and collective life, the importance of festivals is tremendous. One should always remember that festivals should be such that all can take part in them without any ostentatious display of wealth, and with an upsurge of their life force. And these festivals should be conducted in such a way that people take part in them from a spontaneous inner urge. I hope that you will make such arrangements so that all are attracted towards your festivals which will be more and more charming – and this will bring about your collective welfare.” (3)

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS:

A GREAT UNIFYING FORCE

“Collective social functions: Many of the ills of society develop because people do not care to know other members of society. This may not only mean ignorance of the condition and difficulties of others, but also leads to intolerance and a lack of interest in the affairs of the other members of society. Common social functions bring different members of society together and are therefore a great unifying force. By performing certain functions collectively, all the members are engaged in doing the same thing for some time, and this brings about a feeling of unity and interest in others.”
“In Ananda Marga such common social functions are especially encouraged. Milita snána [collective bathing] and dharmacakra [collective meditation] provide grounds for common social functions in the physical, psychic and spiritual fields. Common participation in such functions is a very great unifying force. The participants in such functions will have no intolerance for each other, and will instead get more united. Such functions are, therefore, a great unifying force.” (4)

SEE THAT ALL JOIN IN THE FESTIVAL OF ANANDA PURNIMA:

COLLECTIVE MEAL IS IMPORTANT

“Humans are social beings. So every human being likes utsava. It is the desire of all that they will rejoice unitedly. In Europe Puritanism failed in the end, only because the Puritans failed to care for the desires of the general public. They preached their theory only to a handful of devotees of knowledge.”
“Ananda Marga is for the general public. So, considering the necessity of the general mass, proper importance has to be given to the Utsava in social life. Enthusiasm in a utsava is the greatest in the children, in the tender aged boys, in the youths and last of all in grown ups. In the programmes of a Utsava, therefore, you shall think for the children first. Their sweet stammering noises ensure the success of the Utsava. But whatever arrangements you may make for the children, the youngsters, youths, or for the grown-ups, make that there is no dearth of discipline even to the minutest extent anywhere. Let there be complete harmony…”
“A grown up man does not like that others should call him grown up. An old man does not like that others should tell him old. Do you know, why they do not like to be said so? The adults or the aged are nearing death. This means that one is drawing nearer death as one grow up and this is why one does not like to be told grown up or old.”
“Taking this for granted regarding human psychology, you shall arrange for two or three items in the programme for the old to enjoy, so that they may think at least for a short time that they are not old, they have sufficient energy still left in them.”
“Take pains to see that all join in the Utsava. Give full opportunity to all the artists to make a display of their talents in art. Remember that taking food together is a special feature in a Utsava, without which half of the pleasure of a Utsava is marred.” (5)

BABA’S INNER WISH

“That which renews human existence and makes it full to the brim and overflowing with the joy of living is termed a festival…Inspire all people to live with a new spirit like true human beings. Let it inspire them with the fact that all humanity is an indivisible entity. On this auspicious day this is my inner wish.” (6)

Namaskar,
in Him,
Amriteshwar Deva

REFERENCES:
1. Caryacarya II, p.1
2. Caryacarya – 1, Social Functions & Festivals
3. A Few Problems Solved – 5, p.18
4. Prout in a Nutshell – 2, Social Psychology
5. Táttvika Diipiká (Dvitiiya Parva)
6. Ananda Vanii #48

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From: Satiish K Bhatia”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Practical Approach of “See The Bright Side”
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:53:33 +0530

Baba

== PRACTICAL APPROACH OF “SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE” ==

Namaskar,
Every Ananda Margii is aware that Baba guides us to “see the bright side of everything”. And while at first glance the phrase seems quite simple, there is a greater meaning and application which we should explore. To date, some still have some fundamental misudnerstandings about this key guideline from Sadguru.

SEEING THE BRIGHT SIDE: HOW IT WORKS

In dharmic fashion, Baba sets the tone that in our Ananda Marga we are to see the bright side of everything and side by side oppose all sorts of dogmas, exploitation, and wrongdoings in order to guide the society on the proper path. However a few people do not understand how this is all working together. They reason that seeing the bright side means not pointing out the negativity in society, and / or not fighting against injustice – i.e. just remaining meek and passive etc.

For greater clarity we should see Baba’s practical working style and other related examples to best understand the inner sense of “see the bright side”. By this very system we can clean the organisation – ridding it from dogmas and groupism.

MOTHER ANALOGY

In one regard, it is just like how parents view their children. Proper parents always see the bright side with regards to their children’s growth and development. With love and affection they see everything; they never overlook the lesser qualities. And, by this way, they are seeing the bright side and watching out for their child’s welfare.

For example a mother may think, “Okay my child has 80% good qualities but to help them improve and make them more bright certain aspects of their life need correction.” So the mother lovingly tells her child, “Don’t be lazy. Study more. Go and prepare your lessons.” All those things she tells the child. By this way she identifies and addresses the defective behaviours of the child. All done with the benevolent motive to correct those wrong habits and thus increase the brightness of her child.

So the mother is seeing the bright side, and that means trying to make it more bright. The way to do that is to find the dark elements and have them corrected or removed. Then the bright side will become more brilliant. No one can accuse the mother of criticising the child or seeing the dark side. Who can blame that the mother is not seeing the bright side when addressing her child and only seeing the dark side.

Seeing the dark side occurs when a person does not want to make someone else better. In that case they will only abuse others with the intention of putting them down. Many persons do like that. But this is very bad and this is not at all working hand in hand with seeing the bright side.

That’s why Baba guides us that we should have a sympathetic opinion regarding the person to whom we are dealing. And then find out their mistake, and remove it.

POINTING OUT THE DEFECT AND SEEING THE BRIGHT SIDE GO HAND IN HAND

The whole spirit behind “seeing the bright side” is to rectify the defects in order to build up a seamless and vibrant society. The present humanity is suffering from many ailments. In dharmic fashion Baba exposes all the various problems and ailments that are present in the society. Such as dogma, negativity, exploitation by capitalism, crudity of communism, and many more things. Baba is highlighting the fact in bold letters that now society has very little on the good side. To rectify the situation, Baba guides us to think in a pointed way and remove the disparities and exploitation. Then society’s brightness will come forth and shine.

Hence, by seeing the bright side, the main intention is to fix the problem. To make others aware about the defect and address and repair it. And make the situation better and better. So in Ananda Marga our aim is to fix society’s various problems. Toward that end, Baba has also graciously given the solution to each and every problem as well. So ours is the practical approach.

In contrast, those who just criticize and abuse others without ever offering any solution– that approach is negative. And no well-intentioned person will do like this.

For example, a mother doesn’t only criticize her child. Rather the mother instructs, “Don’t be lethargic and negligent about your health & hygiene. Go and take a bath.” So here the mother’s basic point is: ‘don’t be lazy on the point of cleanliness’. So this is not mere criticism. Because immediately following comes the direction to go and take a bath. And by that way the child will be clean. So the intention of the mother is to improve the child’s condition. This is seeing the bright side.

Similarly if someone says that “My neighbor often gets drunk and may one day hurt himself. We should help him.” Out of a feeling of concern if someone talks this way about their neighbor, then that is not a negative action. Rather, it is positive. Because the person wants to make their neighbor better – he wants to see his brightness more shining. And in that way a solution has been given to help him.

Likewise people wash their clothes with the same positive motive – to remove the stain and make their clothes more fresh. So finding out the stain does not mean one is seeing the negative side or indulging in anything detrimental. Rather by taking the time to remove the dirt one is making everything brighter and cleaner.

DHARMA SAMIIKSA & REPORTING SESSIONS

ARE IDEAL EXAMPLES OF SEEING THE BRIGHT SIDE

The best example of all is Baba’s divine role during Dharma Samiiksa. There, in historic fashion, Baba goaded so many sadhakas unto the path of supreme beatitude by lovingly pointing out their defects and mistakes; by this way, He graciously rectified them and removed their ills. This allowed those bhaktas to move ahead with increasing speed toward their cherished Goal. If Baba had merely praised each person who came before Him for dharma samiiksa, those sadhakas would not have been able to progress. That would have been useless. So Baba lovingly pointed out the defects to help sadakhas become clean and pure, i.e. blemishless. No one can stand there and say that Baba only saw the dark side. One cannot blame Guru in this manner. He lovingly highlighted the wrongs so they could be removed, thereby allowing the sadhaka to feel pure, light, and bright. That was Baba’s magnificent approach during dharma samiiksa, and verily in every reporting session as well. This was how Babs practically showed us how to follow: See the bright side. Who can say Baba was seeing only the dark side and not seeing the bright side.

“SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE” IS DONE WITH BENEVOLENCE

So in this process of “Seeing the bright side”, the benevolent motive is the main factor. Whereas those seeing the dark side criticize without the intent to help. That is where their approach is wrong and completely poisonous.

For example, take the case of the communist’s approach. Communists always try to destroy capitalists, with that mindset they abuse capitalists.

A related approach happens with political parties in the democratic system as well. One party leader’s only aim is to sabotage the other party’s programs to make them look bad. This manner has nothing to do with “seeing the bright side.”

If one group endlessly involved in undermining and mudslinging,then that is not “see the bright side”. Because their only intention is to put the other group down and gain the power. Righting the organisation by following ideology is not their way.

EXAMPLE OF SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE

Whereas our true approach in Ananda Marga – Baba’s example – is not like that and the directive ‘See the bright side’ works in a completely different way.

Regarding the defects of capitalism Baba outrightly exposes the short-sighted, materialistic, and selfish nature of capitalism. And side by side He provides the Prout – the perfect solution. By implementing Prout everybody will become healthy, and everybody’s face will shine with joy. Step by step, the physical problems will vanish, the psychic ailments will be identified and solved, and people will be able to advance in the field of spirituality. They will thus build up a strong and healthy God-centered society.

No one can blame Baba that He Himself did not follow the teaching that He gave for others: See the bright side of everything. From the getgo Baba was seeing the bright side of human society and by pointing out the ills and defects of capitalism He best helped those capitalists and society.

So all around, Ananda Marga’s teaching is ensconced in the motive of welfare: By pointing out the injustices and negativity, fixing the problem, and leading the whole society along the path together to the final desideratum.

Thus, seeing the bright side goes hand in hand with pointing out the faults. Without pointing out the defects, the bright side will never be able to become more bright. Well-wishers never ignore the problem. When you go to the doctor then that doctor does tests to find the problem and make you healthy – i.e. brighter than before. Same is the case when you bring your scooter to the mechanic. In that moment, the mechanic does not praise all the good qualities of the scooter – rather he finds the problem and fixes it.

And that is what we must do in order to rid our Ananda Marga from groupism: Identify the problem and solve it by implementing Baba’s neo-humanistic teachings.

OUR DUTY

Hence the supreme spirit of “See the Bright Side” is imbibed in each and every moment of Baba’s working style and is embedded within the entire Ananda Marga ideology. Who can say Baba was seeing only the dark side of those He was point out and not seeing the bright side.

Thus as Ananda Margiis we are living in the world, and our duty is that we should help clean the society and make it better. Likewise we are living in this organization (AMPS) so our duty is to not overlook the wrongdoings.

Rather, we should find out the problems and fix them. If something is not going according to Baba’s teaching then we should rectify that. By this way our organization will be better and better.

By properly following the inner spirit of Baba’s divine guideline of “See the bright side” that is the only way to move ahead and build up a healthy and vibrant society free from exploitation.

SUMMARY

Well-wishers always point out the defect in order to remove it and enhance the bright side. Those who refrain from talking about the ills are not seeing the bright side. They may be meek; they may be cowardly; but they are definitely not seeing the bright side. Those who only talk about the negative side with the intent of suppressing others are followers of the dark side. Here is one such example:

Baba says, “There are many teachers who wound the sentiments of a student by ridiculing either his caste or his father’s profession saying, “The plough suits you better than the pen, my boy,” or “You had better join your father at the potters wheel.” Even today such utterances come out of the mouths of many teachers.” (1)

Such a teacher’s sole intention is the put the boy down. That is the dark side.

In Ananda Marga, we only see the bright side: The intention is to purify by removing the stain and making everything bright, shining, and brilliant.

WARNING: HOW BRIGHT SIDE IS MISUSED

Often the statement – “See the bright side” – is misused by selfish and opportunistic exploiters. They try to convince others not to point out the wrongdoings etc. They want people to overlook their defects and talk only of their good qualities. Hearing this, some very naive people are misled and they remain befooled. But this is not the way. So be alert if any immoral elements try to teach you not to oppose wrong wrongdoing.

BABA’S GUIDELINES FOR DEVOTEES

“We cannot call people “good” if they cannot lead people of all walks of life towards welfare. We can call them “goody-goodies” but not good people. Those who are truly good people will move bravely forward and provide inspiration and strength to those mute masses to fight against all kinds of obstacles, and give a clarion call to them to march ahead.” (2)

“Intelligent people should no longer remain silent…They must not act like goody-goodies, seeing evil but continuing to tolerate it. This is very bad.” (3)

“The establishment of an ideal society depends on the mutual help of the members and their cooperative behaviour. This cooperative behaviour depends on the practice of the principles of Yama and Niyama; so, spiritual practices, especially the practice of Yama and Niyama, are the sound foundation of an ideal society…All Ananda Margis, when they see other Margis acting against the principles of Yama and Niyama, must make them shun this habit either by sweet or harsh words or by dealing even more strictly. Thus they will have to make the society strong. Henceforth I direct every Ananda Margi to keep strict vigilance on other Ananda Margi to make them practise the principles of Yama and Niyama.” (4)

“The characteristic of good people is to fight against injustice, to firmly adhere to truth and righteousness, to protect the helpless and fight against all evil persons. Those who are merely simple and are of a meek and goody-goody nature are not good people.” (5)

“By observing people’s conduct one will easily notice those who are absorbed in divine love…Those who have attained Iishvaraprema can never and will never exploit others. They will raise their voice against all sorts of tyranny, injustice, and exploitation. Those who do not possess that kind of honest courage to oppose all wrongs are nothing but fakes – they are never genuine [devotees].” (6)

“I have already said that Ananda Marga is the first movement aimed at liberating spirituality from the unwholesome influences from dogma. Hence you must not in any way encourage dogma. Rather, you should carry on an endless fight against dogma. And while fighting against dogma, you will realize the actual truth, and when you will come in contact with truth, you will be established in real spirituality…human beings have got to be established in human excellence and carry on a ceaseless struggle against dogma.” (7)

BABA’S SPECIAL TEACHING FROM THE ORIGINAL HINDI DISCOURSE NOTED BELOW

If a family member or close person is doing something wrong then one must point out their defect. Never tolerate such things. Ironically, the general tendency is to overlook the faults of your close people etc. But that is very dangerous – it is more dangerous than if they were distant. If someone is insincere and does not have a sadhu mentality, then they must be pointed out, opposed, and rectified. Only then will that person be able to grow. This series of guidelines is especially critical if that person is close to you.

Think in this manner: A snake in the wild is not as dangerous as a snake that is in the house. Thus close persons must always be pointed out and corrected. That is the gist of Baba’s following teaching noted below in the original Hindi.

“साधना की जो मुख्य बात है, कि—सत्याश्रयी बनना | “सत्याश्रयी” माने यहाँ, sincere बनना | कहा गया कि आज के जीवन में मनुष्य में बहुत कुटिलता तथा जटिलता आ गई है | मनुष्य पहले के माफ़िक, सीधे नहीं रहे | यह बात आज से दस हज़ार साल पहले जितना सत्य था, आज उससे भी अधिक सत्य है | अर्थात्‌ दस हज़ार साल पहले भी देखा गया था कि—मनुष्य क्षणिक लोभ के लिए, क्षणिक सुख के लिए, धर्म से हट जाते हैं | और, तुलसी जी भी कहते थे कि—”कौन मनुष्य कितना perfect है, उसका प्रमाण मिलता है विपद के समय में | धैर्य, धर्म, नारी, और मित्र का परिचय मिलता है, विपद में |

छोटा-सा लोभ, ख़ूब छोटा-सा एक सामयिक लाभ के कारण मनुष्य धर्म के रास्ते से हट जाते हैं | प्राचीन काल में ऐसा नहीं था | क्रमशः मनुष्य के मन में जितनी जटिलता बढ़ रही है, मनुष्य उतना insincere बन रहा है | और इसके लिए मुख्य ज़िम्मेवारी है, so-called intellectual लोगों की | अपनी कमज़ोरी को ढाँकने के लिए, छिपाने के लिए, उन लोगों ने क्या किया ? बड़ी-बड़ी बात जनता को सुनाई है | मगर अपने ज्यों का त्यों रह गए |

मूड़ मुड़ाए जटा रखाए, मस्त फिरें जैसा भैंसा |
और खलड़ी ऊपर ख़ाक लगाए, मन जैसा तो तैसा ||

तो, यह जो intellectuals, यही आम जनता को विभ्रान्त किए हैं | और हम बोले, क्या ? sincerity first, sincerity second, sincerity always | साधनामार्ग में sincerity सबसे बड़ी चीज़ है | और, sincerity क्या है ? Sincerity is always सत्याश्रयी | Sincerity माने ही सत्य में रहना, मज़बूत रहना |

अपना आदमी हो, घर का आदमी हो | कोई सत्य से इधर-उधर हट गया, sincerity की कमी जिनमें है—उसका विरोध करो, बर्दाश्त मत करो | अपना आदमी है तो क्या है | अपना आदमी अगर असाधु है, insincere है, तो, और भी अधिक ख़तरनाक है | क्यों ? बाहर में अगर साँप रहा, वह जितना ख़तरनाक है, घर में अगर साँप घुस गया तो और भी अधिक ख़तरनाक है | इसलिए, और भी, उसका अधिक विरोध होना चाहिए |” (8)

Namaskar,
in Him,
Satiish

NOTE 1: NEGATIVE LEFTIST APPROACH

We have seen how communists only indulge criticism after criticism without any practical intention to remedy the situation.

Baba says, “Those who are leftists in the world are even more dangerous…they are deliberately seeking out the dark and dirty aspects of life and, like flies, growing fat on the secretions of society’s festering sores. It must be remembered that flies do not heal sores– rather they exacerbate them, because the very puss of these sores provides them with their vital juice. So the filthy aspects of society are the only wealth on which these [leftists] subsist.” (9)

Note 2: REFERENCES

1. Human Society – 1, p.8
2. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 22
3. Liberation of Intellect: Neo-Humanism, Disc: 2
4. A Guide to Human Conduct
5. A Few Problems Solved-5
6. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 7, p.12
7. Prout in a Nutshell – 18
8. EGD 25 November 1978 Bombay, NP,Taking Shelter in Satya is the Essence of Sadhana
9. Prout in a Nutshell – 10, p. 24

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Date: Wed 16 May 2012 13:27:38 -0000 (GMT)
From: Tanmay_Deva
Subject: Mahaprayan (Death) of Ac Dhruvananda Avt
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== MAHAPRAYAN (DEATH) OF AC DHRUVANANDA AVT ==

Namaskar,
It is with great sorrow that we share with you the mahaprayan of our respected Acarya Dhruvananda Avt. Dadaji’s mahaprayan occurred this evening (IST) – May 16 – in a hospital in Ranchi. Dhruvananda Dada had been suffering severe health issues these last few years, so his mahaprayan (death) comes after a long battle.

Perhaps above all else, Ac Dhruvanandji was known for his many years of service as Wt Trainer in Sweden. More recently, he was caught between the struggle for power amongst the different groups and that was no doubt hard on him.

It is a loss to our entire Marga family that Ac Dhruvananda Avt has encountered his mahaprayan (death). May we all take solace in the fact that Dada Dhruvanandji was a devotee of the Lord and was practicing sadhana regularly so certainly he will attain mukti or moksa, accordingly. Baba will certainly bestow His grace.

With deepest respects,
Yours brotherly,
Tanmaya Deva

Note 1: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL MAHAPRAYAN AND FAKE MPD

Here it should be qualified that there is both real mahaprayan and fake mahaprayan. Real mahaprayan marks the death of any ordinary human being. This is the proper use of the term: To note a person’s departure from this earth. That is the way mahaprayan is to be used.

Then there is the fake, or so-called, or dogmatic mahaprayan.That is when certain vested interests try to apply the mahaprayan term to Parama Purusa Himself. This is totally inappropriate because when Baba is that Divine Entity who is beginningless and endless and resides always in our heart, then it is totally wrong to proclaim that He is gone.

That is why rational margiis are protesting; because the Oct 21st program is so-called mahaprayan. So-called means that something is fake. Parama Purusa is eternal, thus for some vested interests to declare “mahaprayan of Parama Purusa” is nothing but so-called mahaprayan.

Mahaprayan only really happens in the case of human beings, not Parama Purusa.

Note 2: ASTERISK NOTE ABOUT MAHAPRAYAN

* Mahaprayan (Death): Many are aware that mahaprayan (death) is the common term used in India and especially in Bengal to describe the death of an honoured or even ordinary person. In that way, the obituary columns of the newspapers of Bengal regularly cite the mahaprayan (death) of various persons of society who died or passed away.

Some may get confused and wrongly think that the word ‘mahaprayan’ (death) is one extraordinarily devotional term to be used in association with Parama Purusa. But that is not at all the case. Rather to do so is only to undermine the eternal presence of Parama Purusa. That is why no devotees ever use the word ‘mahaprayan’ in reference to Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. Because Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna exist eternally. Then there is no question of Their mahaprayan (death).

Those who think that Baba is a mortal human being celebrate Mahaprayan on a particular day of the year related with Baba; but, in the true sense, Baba is Parama Purusa so He is eternal and there is no question of His mahaprayan.

And for those who need still more technical proof then all this can be clarified quite readily by referencing the dictionary. Specifically in the Samsad Bengali-English dictionary on page 742. Checking there it will be confirmed that the word ‘mahaprayan’ means death. Which is why it used to refer to the passing away of even common citizens.

Note 3: STORY- SITTING ON BABA’S LAP MEANS DIED?
(contributed by one margii)

Recently after dharmacakra, a senior margii was recounting his experiences of having dharma samiiksa with Baba.

He said, “After being punished by Baba, then He called me close and placed me on His lap – I remained there for some time soaking up His love – and He blessed me.”

We all enjoyed hearing about his personal account with Baba during dharma samiiksa. When he finished telling his story, there was a call for questions. Various people posed their queries.

QUESTION BY A NEW MARGII

Towards the end, one new margii raised his hand and asked, “How did Baba bring you back to life?”

Everyone stared at the new margii in amazement. There was a look of astonishment all around – people were really shocked to hear him say this.

The new sadhaka sensed that something was awry.

He said very matter-of-factly, “I thought that sitting on Baba’s Lap means that he (the margii) died – that is why I asked that question.”

This was totally eye-opening for those of us in the room: Through our language and expression we had unknowingly taught someone to think that being on Baba’s lap is the equivalent of death. Because it seems that nowadays people only use the phrase “Baba’s lap” when a person has died, such as “Let him rest peacefully in Baba’s lap”, as if all who have died have accumulated there. Many emails have been written this way.

MUST NOT ONLY REFER TO DEATH

At that moment I thought that everyone, new and old, should be clear about the real and devotional meaning of this phrase, “being on Baba’s lap.” It should not become stigmatized such that it only means death. Because in its true sense, the phrase “being on Baba’s lap” really does carry a highly devotional and sweet feeling.

It is just like how a small child sits on its parent’s lap. In a similar way, a spiritual child (human being) sits on the lap of Parama Purusa. By Baba’s grace this can happen anytime in one’s sadhana, especially in dhyana. Such a phrase then should not become stigmatized because too many people only use it at the time of death.

We should be careful that we do not relegate “Baba’s lap” only to the point of death. All these following terms and phrases also only refer to death:

ve bhagavan ko pya’re ho gaye
(he has been loved by God)

ve svarga sidhar gaye
(he has gone to heaven )

ve guzar gaye
(he passed away)

mahaprayan hoyeche
(he died)

We should ensure that the same death connotation does not get attached to, “being on Baba’s lap.” Because the phrase – “being on Baba’s lap” – is a devotional experience that can happen today itself in sadhana, and especially in dhyana. The phrase “being on Baba’s lap” should not lose this quality and only mean death. It should not meet the same dark fate as happened with the term harijan.

MUST NOT MEET SAME FATE AS HARIJAN

As we all know, these days in India nobody uses the term harijan to mean “a devotee”. Whereas 70 years ago it was used in that way. The term harijan did mean bhakta. But ever since the time of Gandhi when he glued the harijan term to the lowest so-called caste, i.e so-called untouchables, nobody uses the the harijan to mean devotee. Never. Because the term harijan has been stigmatized to mean “untouchable”. Nobody uses it to mean “devotee”, but that is the original and true meaning of the word.

The phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, should not meet a similar fate. It should not lose its devotional quality and just refer to one’s death. That will be very negative.

A VERY DEVOTIONAL EXPRESSION

There are thousands of recorded stories by sadhakas where they use the phrase, “on Baba’s lap”, when describing their experiences of being with Baba: He used to bless them and bring them on His lap. People should understand the deeply devotional value of this expression, and not just think that Baba’s lap means death, i.e. that you can only sit on His lap at the time of death. Still today there are thousands of margiis walking this earth who sat in Baba’s lap. And not only that, there are countless more sadhakas who were blessed by Baba in dreams and dhyana wherein they sat in His lap. And still today this deeply devotional experience is attainable by sadhakas, by His grace.

There are so many ways an aspirant can reach unto Baba’s lap including in sadhana and especially during dhyana. That is the main idea that should be preserved. Sadhana is a devotional practice and one can sit on Baba’s lap in dhyana. We should make it cent-per-cent clear to one and all that the phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, does not mean death.

RECENT EXAMPLES

Here are quoted lines from recently posted emails on various forums, wherein the writer uses the phrase – “in Baba’s lap” – with the occasion of death:

– “We are sure that Baba has taken him in His loving lap.”
(written by Dada Kalyaneshvarananda on 01 May 2012 in reference to the death of Ac Pratapaditya ji)

So the above line was just posted today by Dadaji. Here following are more examples related with the recent passing of a respected margii sister. Here too the phrase, “in Baba’s lap”, is used in conjunction with death.

– “May her soul rest in Baba’s lap for ever.”

– “Let her rest peacefully in Baba’s Lap – which she always desired.”

– “now she is in beloved Baba’s lap”

– “She is now in BÁBÁ’S loving lap”

All of the above lines were written at the time of death. And it is fine to write like this – only the point is that this same phrase “in Baba’s lap” should be used when describing one’s devotional practices and experiences as well.

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Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2012 19:18:33 +0530
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: RM SINGH
Subject: Baba Story: My Realisation in PC

Baba

== BABA STORY: MY REALISATION IN PC ==

Note: The following is the first-hand account of Shrii Vibhuti Narayan Singh, a long-time margii who worked as a district officer in the Indian government. He is a very active and important margii who arranged the land for the Samastipur jagrti – still today that jagrti sits on that lap. Everybody knows he is a good devotee of Baba.

Namaskar,
I was initiated in 1978 in Samastipur (Bihar) and on various occasions Baba blessed me. By His grace I had deep faith in Him.

In those days, I would only see Baba when He gave general darshan. I used to hear stories from various margiis that Baba knows everything and that when sadhakas go for personal contact (PC), dharma samiiksa, and reporting, then He punishes them for their mistakes in order to rectify them etc. I had so much fear about this that I dared not go and have PC with Baba.

FIRST TIME GOING FOR PC

Some of my close margii friends tried to get me to go for PC and I always refused their invitations and requests. Ultimately on one occasion, they dragged me into the line to get PC. I was standing in the queue to see Baba. I was extremely nervous and frightened about what might happen. Without telling anyone I Ieft.

When my margii friends heard this they tried to encourage and inspire me to go back for PC to get Baba’s blessing. They valiantly attempted to infuse me with the strength and courage, but I refused.

SECOND TIME GOING FOR PC

One day they again took me to see Baba. By that time I had the realisation that Baba is Parama Purusa because He appeared before me once in the form of Lord Shiva with His tiger skin, matted locks and trishul (trident). That story I will narrate another time.

So I had deep faith in Baba; it was only out of fear that I did not want to go close to Him in PC etc.

On this second occasion I was again in queue for PC. In total, there were 13 people in the line; and I was 7th. As those ahead of me came out from their PC with Baba, I carefully watched their facial expressions and acutely listened to their tales. I asked each of them about their experience.

There were a few themes that they all told:
1. Baba knows everything and one cannot hide anything from Him;
2. They got beaten by Baba for their past misdeeds and sins.

This much everybody told as they emerged from PC that day.

Hearing this I started repeating Baba’s name. I was standing in line for PC, yet mentally asking Him, “O’ Lord, You are God incarnate and my only desire is that my number should not be called this time for PC. That is my only request. Being the all powerful Divine Entity, please grace me.”

Actually I would have run away like I did last time, but my friends were keenly watching to ensure I did not leave. I could not run away this time. For this reason, I was mentally requesting Baba to relieve me and not call my number.

As I was getting closer to the front of the line, my fear multiplied exponentially. At the same time my request intensified: “Baba, please have mercy – do not call my number.”

The line was getting shorter. Then the person directly before me entered for PC. I was next in line. My fear had reached extreme heights. I was absolutely terrified and I was mentally requesting Baba again and again not to call me.

The person in front of me emerged from Baba’s room – his PC was over. The margii walked by me. I was next. PA Dada stood in front of me. I was certain he was going to grab me for PC. I continued my pleadings to Baba not to call me for PC.

Suddenly, PA Dada came directly to where I was waiting and announced, “Baba will not conduct any more PC’s today.”

Lo and behold, by His grace, my number never came! I was next in line and now suddenly I did not have to go in for PC. I was overjoyed and indebted to Baba.

I thought, “O’ Baba, You heard my request. You are so gracious.”

I was completely overwhelmed with emotion. I was so happy that Baba fulfilled my desire. That was the last day of the program so it was certain I would not get PC.

That moment my belief that Baba is Parama Purusa became even more strengthened. I became more dedicated. I thought everything was perfect. But that feeling did not remain with me forever.

STILL TODAY I AM REPENTANT

Now 25 years later, when I think about the past, I feel repentant. Why was I so ignorant that I did not go for PC and dharma samiiksa. I had the opportunity but I did not go.

I know my repentance will remain with me so long as I am on this earth – my whole life. Baba graced me in so many ways but this episode of PC is a big, empty vacuum in my mind. How was I too frightened to go for PC. This feeling comes again and again in my mind: Why did I not go? I missed the opportunity. Every morning and every evening I think about this – it plagues me.

At this very moment I repent.

In closing, please allow me to share that although you may not call this my story about PC, but I call it the story about my PC.

Namaskar,
Vibhuti Deva

REFLECTION

The above heart-felt story recounted by Shrii Vibhuti Narayan Singh contains many gems and jewels for us all.

First, Guru satisfies all requests. Best is that one should not ask for anything as only He knows what is best for us. If Parama Purusa asks us again and again, “What do you want?” Then the sadhaka should say, “I want You”, “I want parabhakti”, or “O Lord, please lead my intellect unto the path of Supreme Benevolence.”

Baba says, “It is better not to ask Parama Puruśa for anything. Without cherishing any desire in one’s mind, one should proceed towards Him. If at all one cannot do that, then one may pray to Parama Puruśa, “Oh Lord, lead my intellect along the path of benevolence. Keep my intellect united with the Supreme Benevolence.”” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 4, Remain United with the Supreme Benevolence)

Second, in contrast, if we ask Him for anything then He will certainly satisfy our request. In that case we will repent, as happened with Shrii Vibhuti Narayan Singh. No doubt the temptation comes to ask something but one must resist.

Third, if we ask for something then so much time gets spent in satisfying that request. That is the way it goes. That is what happened with Singhji. In the above case he was about to get PC but his whole longing was not to get PC. And that is what happened – his desire was fulfilled – he did not get PC. And now he is repentant and he realises his mistake.

Fourth, he should have asked: “O’ Lord, I want to come close to You. Please be gracious and remove all the fears and obstacles that are in the way.” With that request his concerns would have vanished and he would have gotten PC. But he chose differently and now he repents.

The conclusion is that humans ask for all kinds of things and thereby invite so many problems. No matter the temptation, one should never ask anything from Him; rather use the time in singing His name.

Namaskar,
Ramdhan Deva

OUR SANSKRIT NAMES

Little by little we should all be accustomed to following Baba’s below guideline and begin at least by using Deva when we sign our emails.

Baba says, “The word deva should be suffixed to the name…the more the usage of deva as a title, the better it is. The Sanskrit name should be used in all worldly dealings.” (Caryacarya-1)

Note 1: WHAT TO ASK FOR

Here Baba guides us what we should ask for from Parama Purusa.

Baba says, “So the devotees with kevalá bhakti in their hearts do not ask Parama Puruśa for anything. Even if Parama Puruśa proposes to give them this or that, the aspirant will say, “No, Lord, I don’t want anything but You. I want to remain with you. What You are offering to me is a trivial thing; I want You and You alone, nothing else.”” (Subhasita Samgraha – 14, Yoga, Tantra, and Kevalá Bhakti)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

PS Intro: Progress occurs in waves, via periods of speed and pause. In the spiritual field, sometimes the mind is very lucid and sometimes quite dry. In Prabhat Samgiita, the dry mind is represented by the hot, barren summer and the lucid mind is expressed by the lush, rainy season. This following composition is the song of the rainy season.

In this rainy season, new plants and grasses have started growing. The lost beauty of the forest is slowly returning back; the barrenness of summer is gone. Now everything is getting decorated in a new way.

The sadhaka is asking that invisible, Divine Entity, “Who has come and changed the entire scene of the forest?”. By all these changes it is clear that someone has come – all these changes reflect the arrival of one Entity. The dress of that Entity is expressed by the lush green vegetation.

“Ta’l tama’liira vanero ma’jhe ke go ele nava sa’je…” (PS 3004)

Purport:

In the palm and tama’l woods, in this rainy season, Who are You Who has come in new dress and form? It is Your grace that You have allowed me to come close to You. You have captivated my heart. Opening the door of the mind, You have filled me with devotion and engaged me in Your work – in Your sadhana, in Your service.

The earth is inundated with rain. The puddles, small ponds, and lakes [1] have become one. There is water all around. The dust of summer is gone. My vibrated mind is filled with You – in Your ideation, in Your thought, in Your meditation – in the atmosphere of that nandan [2] aroma.

The sky and the underworld have become one in their vibration, both are dancing in the same rhythm. Now, the sky is no longer just the sky and the underworld is not simply the underworld – both have become divine. All are dancing in one rhythm – in the rhythm of Parama Purusa. All these expressions have become a vibrated necklace of that one effulgence – yearning for an iota of Your divine grace.

O’ Lord, please shower Your causeless grace on me…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3004:

[1] Lake: One of the terms in Samskrta for lake is hrd. Baba has clearly mentioned this in His grammar books. But those who are confused wrongly translate hrd as “heart”. In that case their attempt at translation only serves to mislead the reader.

[2] Nandan: In the above song nandan refers to that beautiful attracting aroma. When human beings come in contact with certain expressions they derive much happiness. It is because of that derived happiness that they seek out those objects.

That is why various tourists or nature-lovers visit various places: Because they feel attracted. In return, they wish to give pleasure as well. They donate money or work to protect and keep those places pristine. The goal is to derive and give back pleasure.

Those engaged in nandan vijiana are attracted to various worldly things, knowingly or unknowingly: Art, dance, drama, music, paintings – these are all expressions of nandan vijiana, or aesthetic science. Some other examples including decorating one’s hair, landscaping, beautifying the home or office, and sightseeing (going to museums and art galleries etc).

In the field of kiirtan also, nandan vijiana plays a role. In the initial stage, devotees do kiirtan to derive pleasure – that is nandan vijiana. When their mind becomes ensconced in Parama Purusa then their sole desire is to give pleasure to Him. Then their mind is above nandan vijiana and it is in mohan vijiana, or supra-aesthetic science.

So the idea is that in nandan vijiana the goal is to give and get pleasure whereas in mohan vijiana the sole desire is to give pleasure to Parama Purusa. Nandnan vijiana starts with worldly expressions and builds up to the entry into spiritual life.

Those running after purely physical things are in a lower state of mind. When their sentient factor is awakened and the mind is more elevated, they lose interest in physical crude pleasures and they seek out psychic pleasure such as creative writing (novels or plays), critical thinking (philosophy) , and reading etc.

Those interested in higher aspects nandan (art and music for spirituality), and mohan vijiana (pure kiirtan, sadhana) may overlook lower aspects of nandan vijana (crude movies, pseudo-culture fashion etc).

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Date: Tue 28 Feb 2012 15:46:06 -0400
From: Divyajyoti_Deva
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Sitting on Baba’s Lap Means Died?

Baba

“Ceye gechi toma’re, shato rupe shato ba’re…” (P.S. 2503)

Purport:

Baba You are mine; my everything is depending on You. You are my Ista; You are my Goal. Baba, I long to see You in hundreds of forms, hundreds of times – again and again. But, You only got held in name, song, melody, and tune. I only got You in those few ways. Baba, with my deep yearning, I search for You very near in the depths of my heart; I do not ever want for You to remain far away.

O’ the Devata of Divine Effulgence, please come more close – silently, please smile in my “I-feeling”, in the deep core of my heart. Baba, please fill my whole existence in Your divine effulgence, in Your undying love, with parabhakti.

Baba, by Your grace I have a deep longing and earnest desire to have You close, with the bond of love, in Your rhythmic expression and resonance. Baba, I want You close, in the land of the sweet resonance of the divine flute, in each and every blissful moment, in the world of the divine effulgence and beyond – eternally.

Baba, please shower Your ahetuki krpa’, Your causeless grace, and make my existence successful. O’ my dearmost…

== SITTING ON BABA’S LAP MEANS DIED? ==

Namaskar,
Recently after dharmacakra, a senior margii was recounting his experiences of having dharma samiiksa with Baba.

He said, “After being punished by Baba, then He called me close and placed me on His lap – I remained there for some time soaking up His love – and He blessed me.”

We all enjoyed hearing about his personal account with Baba during dharma samiiksa.
When he finished telling his story, there was a call for questions. Various people posed their queries.

QUESTION BY A NEW MARGII

Towards the end, one new margii raised his hand and asked, “How did Baba bring you back to life?”

Everyone stared at the new margii in amazement. There was a look of astonishment all around – people were really shocked to hear him say this

The new sadhaka sensed that something was awry.

He said very matter-of-factly, “I thought that sitting on Baba’s Lap means that he (the margii) died – that is why I asked that question.”

This was totally eye-opening for those of us in the room: Through our language and expression we had unknowingly taught someone to think that being on Baba’s lap is the equivalent of death. Because it seems that nowadays people on use the phrase “Baba’s lap” when a person has died, such as “Let him rest peacefully in Baba’s lap.” Many emails have been written this way.

MUST NOT ONLY REFER TO DEATH

At that moment I thought that everyone, new and old, should be clear about the real and devotional meaning of this phrase, “being on Baba’s lap.” It should not become stigmatized such that it only means death. Because in its true sense the phrase “being on Baba’s lap” really does carry a highly devotional and sweet feeling.

It is just like how a small child sits on its parent’s lap. In a similar way, a spiritual child (human being) sits on the lap of Parama Purusa. By Baba’s grace this can happen anytime in one sadhana, especially in dhyana. Such a phrase then should not become stigmatized because too many people only use it at the time of death.

We should be careful that we do not relegate “Baba’s lap” only to the point of death. All these following terms and phrases also only refer to death:

bhaotik dehtya’g (leaving physical body),
bhaotik shariir tya’g (leaving physical body)
ve bhagavan ko pya’re ho gaye (he has been loved by God)
ve svarga sidhar gaye (he has gone to heaven )
ve guzar gaye (he passed away)
mahaprayan hoyeche (he died)

We should ensure that the same death connotation does not get attached to, “being on Baba’s lap.” Because the phase “being on Baba’s lap” is a devotional experience that can happen today itself in sadhana, and especially in dhyana. The phrase “being on Baba’s lap” should not lose this quality and only mean death. It should not meet the same dark fate as happened with the term harijan.

MUST NOT MEET SAME FATE AS HARIJAN

As we all know, these days in India nobody uses the term harijan to mean “a devotee”. Whereas 70 years ago it was used in that way. The term harijan did mean bhakta. But ever since the time of Gandhi when he glued the harijan term to the lowest so-called caste, i.e so-called untouchables, nobody uses the the harijan to mean devotee. Never. Because the term harijan has been stigmatized to mean “untouchable”. Nobody uses it to mean “devotee” but that is the original and true meaning of the word.

The phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, should not meet a similar fate. It should not lose its devotional quality and just refer to one’s death. That will be very negative.

A VERY DEVOTIONAL EXPRESSION

There are thousands of recorded stories by sadhakas where they use the phrase, “on Baba’s lap”, when describing their experiences of being with Baba: He used to bless them and bring them on His lap. People should understand the deeply devotional value of this expression and not just think that Baba’s lap means death, i.e. that you can only sit on His lap at the time of death. Still today there are thousands of margiis walking this earth who sat in Baba’s lap. And not only that, there are countless more sadhakas who were blessed by Baba in dreams and dhyana wherein they sat in His lap. And still today this deeply devotional experience is attainable by sadhakas, by His grace.

There are so many ways an aspirant can reach unto Baba’s lap including in sadhana and especially during dhyana. That is the main idea that should be preserved. Sadhana is a devotional practice and one can sit on Baba’s lap in dhyana. We should make it cent-pet-cent clear to one and all that the phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, does not mean death.

Namaskar,
Divyajyoti

Note 1: RECENT EXAMPLES

Here are quoted lines from recently posted emails on various forums, wherein the writer uses “in Baba’s lap” with the occasion of death:

“May her soul rest in Baba’s lap for ever.”

“Let her rest peacefully in Baba’s Lap – which she always desired.”

“now she is in beloved Baba’s lap”

“She is now in BÁBÁ’S loving lap”

The above lines were written in response to the recent passing of a dear margii, Gayattrii Devii. And it is fine to write like this – only the point is that this same phrase “in Baba’s lap” should be used when describing one’s devotional practices and experiences as well.

Note 2: ON BABA’S LAP

We know that one can sit on the lap of Parama Purusa in dhyana and so many of our devotional practices. This is well accepted idea in our Marga.

Baba says, “Now if the same humans address Parama Puruśa with appropriate humility, saying, “Oh Lord, show us the way, take us to Your feet and allow us to sit on Your loving lap” – this is devotion. If this devotion is present, everything else will automatically take care of itself.” (SS-11, What Is the Way?)

Baba says, “Intelligent people who move firmly along the path of dharma and sit on the lap of Iśt́a are destined to be victorious.” (SS-12, Where There Is Dharma There Is Iśt́a, and Where There Is Iśt́a There Is Victory)

Baba says, “One who doesn’t entertain any thought about past, present or future, but simply says, “I have come to take shelter in You,” is sure to get the shelter of Parama Puruśa and will certainly be lifted onto His lap.” (AV-5, Taking Refuge Is the Final Word)

By Baba’s above teaching it is very clear that by surrendering to Him with love and devotion, one is sure to attain His lap. This may happen in dhyana or other spiritual practices. That is Baba’s expressed guideline.

The culminating portion of one’s dhya’na practice is sitting on His lap. Those who practice dhyana regularly understand this. In dhyana there are two parts. The first part is serving Him and the second part is sitting on His Lap and merging in Him.

Furthermore even those who could do proper sadhana during their lifetime, but if they at least attempted to sit twice daily, they too will get mukti and that symbolically means sitting on the lap of Parama Purusa.

If however, this phrase – “sitting on the lap of Parama Purusa” – is only used at the time of death, then new people will come to associate “sitting on Baba’s lap” with death (mahaprayan). This is the way slang (street talk) develops.

If some start thinking they can only attain the lap of Parama Purusa upon death and not in dhyana etc, then if someone reads that by dhyana one can sit on Baba’s lap, then they will think that dhyana means that “one is going to die”, i.e. mahaprayan.

It will be very similar to what happened with the the term harijan, which became exclusively associated with being an untouchable – not a child of God. People forgot the real meaning of the term harijan.

We should not let the phrase “sitting on the lap of Parama Purusa” meet a similar fate. None should mistakenly think that “sitting on the lap of Parama Purusa” can only occur at the time of death. The phrase should not be limited in this way.

Rather, as His disciples we should remember and think that when one is sincere in their devotional approach then anytime Parama Purusa can lift a sadhaka onto His lap. This is Baba’s stated teaching. Veritably, with proper effort and sincerity, during the culmination of dhyana one will always sit on His lap.

The conclusion is that people should use this phrase – “sitting on the lap of Parama Purusa” – on other occasions also. Now it has become the tradition to use it at the time of death (mahaprayan) and not at other times. By this way in the due course this phrase will become untouchable.

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Date: Tue 28 Feb 2012 15:46:06 -0400
From: Divyajyoti_Deva
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Sitting on Baba’s Lap Means Died?

Baba

“Ceye gechi toma’re, shato rupe shato ba’re…” (P.S. 2503)

Purport:

Baba You are mine; my everything is depending on You. You are my Ista; You are my Goal. Baba, I long to see You in hundreds of forms, hundreds of times – again and again. But, You only got held in name, song, melody, and tune. I only got You in those few ways. Baba, with my deep yearning, I search for You very near in the depths of my heart; I do not ever want for You to remain far away.

O’ the Devata of Divine Effulgence, please come more close – silently, please smile in my “I-feeling”, in the deep core of my heart. Baba, please fill my whole existence in Your divine effulgence, in Your undying love, with parabhakti.

Baba, by Your grace I have a deep longing and earnest desire to have You close, with the bond of love, in Your rhythmic expression and resonance. Baba, I want You close, in the land of the sweet resonance of the divine flute, in each and every blissful moment, in the world of the divine effulgence and beyond – eternally.

Baba, please shower Your ahetuki krpa’, Your causeless grace, and make my existence successful. O’ my dearmost…

== SITTING ON BABA’S LAP MEANS DIED? ==

Namaskar,
Recently after dharmacakra, a senior margii was recounting his experiences of having dharma samiiksa with Baba.

He said, “After being punished by Baba, then He called me close and placed me on His lap – I remained there for some time soaking up His love – and He blessed me.”

We all enjoyed hearing about his personal account with Baba during dharma samiiksa.
When he finished telling his story, there was a call for questions. Various people posed their queries.

QUESTION BY A NEW MARGII

Towards the end, one new margii raised his hand and asked, “How did Baba bring you back to life?”

Everyone stared at the new margii in amazement. There was a look of astonishment all around – people were really shocked to hear him say this

The new sadhaka sensed that something was awry.

He said very matter-of-factly, “I thought that sitting on Baba’s Lap means that he (the margii) died – that is why I asked that question.”

This was totally eye-opening for those of us in the room: Through our language and expression we had unknowingly taught someone to think that being on Baba’s lap is the equivalent of death. Because it seems that nowadays people on use the phrase “Baba’s lap” when a person has died, such as “Let him rest peacefully in Baba’s lap.” Many emails have been written this way.

MUST NOT ONLY REFER TO DEATH

At that moment I thought that everyone, new and old, should be clear about the real and devotional meaning of this phrase, “being on Baba’s lap.” It should not become stigmatized such that it only means death. Because in its true sense the phrase “being on Baba’s lap” really does carry a highly devotional and sweet feeling.

It is just like how a small child sits on its parent’s lap. In a similar way, a spiritual child (human being) sits on the lap of Parama Purusa. By Baba’s grace this can happen anytime in one sadhana, especially in dhyana. Such a phrase then should not become stigmatized because too many people only use it at the time of death.

We should be careful that we do not relegate “Baba’s lap” only to the point of death. All these following terms and phrases also only refer to death:

bhaotik dehtya’g (leaving physical body),
bhaotik shariir tya’g (leaving physical body)
ve bhagavan ko pya’re ho gaye (he has been loved by God)
ve svarga sidhar gaye (he has gone to heaven )
ve guzar gaye (he passed away)
mahaprayan hoyeche (he died)

We should ensure that the same death connotation does not get attached to, “being on Baba’s lap.” Because the phase “being on Baba’s lap” is a devotional experience that can happen today itself in sadhana, and especially in dhyana. The phrase “being on Baba’s lap” should not lose this quality and only mean death. It should not meet the same dark fate as happened with the term harijan.

MUST NOT MEET SAME FATE AS HARIJAN

As we all know, these days in India nobody uses the term harijan to mean “a devotee”. Whereas 70 years ago it was used in that way. The term harijan did mean bhakta. But ever since the time of Gandhi when he glued the harijan term to the lowest so-called caste, i.e so-called untouchables, nobody uses the the harijan to mean devotee. Never. Because the term harijan has been stigmatized to mean “untouchable”. Nobody uses it to mean “devotee” but that is the original and true meaning of the word.

The phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, should not meet a similar fate. It should not lose its devotional quality and just refer to one’s death. That will be very negative.

A VERY DEVOTIONAL EXPRESSION

There are thousands of recorded stories by sadhakas where they use the phrase, “on Baba’s lap”, when describing their experiences of being with Baba: He used to bless them and bring them on His lap. People should understand the deeply devotional value of this expression and not just think that Baba’s lap means death, i.e. that you can only sit on His lap at the time of death. Still today there are thousands of margiis walking this earth who sat in Baba’s lap. And not only that, there are countless more sadhakas who were blessed by Baba in dreams and dhyana wherein they sat in His lap. And still today this deeply devotional experience is attainable by sadhakas, by His grace.

There are so many ways an aspirant can reach unto Baba’s lap including in sadhana and especially during dhyana. That is the main idea that should be preserved. Sadhana is a devotional practice and one can sit on Baba’s lap in dhyana. We should make it cent-pet-cent clear to one and all that the phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, does not mean death.

Namaskar,
Divyajyoti

Note 1: RECENT EXAMPLES

Here are quoted lines from recently posted emails on various forums, wherein the writer uses “in Baba’s lap” with the occasion of death:

“May her soul rest in Baba’s lap for ever.”

“Let her rest peacefully in Baba’s Lap – which she always desired.”

“now she is in beloved Baba’s lap”

“She is now in BÁBÁ’S loving lap”

The above lines were written in response to the recent passing of a dear margii, Gayattrii Devii. And it is fine to write like this – only the point is that this same phrase “in Baba’s lap” should be used when describing one’s devotional practices and experiences as well.

Note 2: ON BABA’S LAP

We know that one can sit on the lap of Parama Purusa in dhyana and so many of our devotional practices. This is well accepted idea in our Marga.

Baba says, “Now if the same humans address Parama Puruśa with appropriate humility, saying, “Oh Lord, show us the way, take us to Your feet and allow us to sit on Your loving lap” – this is devotion. If this devotion is present, everything else will automatically take care of itself.” (SS-11, What Is the Way?)

Baba says, “Intelligent people who move firmly along the path of dharma and sit on the lap of Iśt́a are destined to be victorious.” (SS-12, Where There Is Dharma There Is Iśt́a, and Where There Is Iśt́a There Is Victory)

Baba says, “One who doesn’t entertain any thought about past, present or future, but simply says, “I have come to take shelter in You,” is sure to get the shelter of Parama Puruśa and will certainly be lifted onto His lap.” (AV-5, Taking Refuge Is the Final Word)

By Baba’s above teaching it is very clear that by surrendering to Him with love and devotion, one is sure to attain His lap. This may happen in dhyana or other spiritual practices. That is Baba’s expressed guideline.

The culminating portion of one’s dhya’na practice is sitting on His lap. Those who practice dhyana regularly understand this. In dhyana there are two parts. The first part is serving Him and the second part is sitting on His Lap and merging in Him.

Furthermore even those who could do proper sadhana during their lifetime, but if they at least attempted to sit twice daily, they too will get mukti and that symbolically means sitting on the lap of Parama Purusa.

If however, this phrase – “sitting on the lap of Parama Purusa” – is only used at the time of death, then new people will come to associate “sitting on Baba’s lap” with death (mahaprayan). This is the way slang (street talk) develops.

If some start thinking they can only attain the lap of Parama Purusa upon death and not in dhyana etc, then if someone reads that by dhyana one can sit on Baba’s lap, then they will think that dhyana means that “one is going to die”, i.e. mahaprayan.

It will be very similar to what happened with the the term harijan, which became exclusively associated with being an untouchable – not a child of God. People forgot the real meaning of the term harijan.

We should not let the phrase “sitting on the lap of Parama Purusa” meet a similar fate. None should mistakenly think that “sitting on the lap of Parama Purusa” can only occur at the time of death. The phrase should not be limited in this way.

Rather, as His disciples we should remember and think that when one is sincere in their devotional approach then anytime Parama Purusa can lift a sadhaka onto His lap. This is Baba’s stated teaching. Veritably, with proper effort and sincerity, during the culmination of dhyana one will always sit on His lap.

The conclusion is that people should use this phrase – “sitting on the lap of Parama Purusa” – on other occasions also. Now it has become the tradition to use it at the time of death (mahaprayan) and not at other times. By this way in the due course this phrase will become untouchable.

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From: “Ramanuj Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Story: Baba Told, “Baba has Gone in Your Heart”
Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2011 17:43:08

Baba

== STORY: BABA TOLD, “BABA HAS GONE IN YOUR HEART” ==

Namaskar,
As every A’nanda Ma’rgii knows, when Baba was living in Madhu Malainca, i.e. the Baba’s Quarter (BQ) residence in Lake Gardens, Kolkata, then He would occasionally go to the Tiljala compound and remain there for a day, 3 days, or however long He wished. This was part of Baba’s regular program those days.

Furthermore, at each and every BQ, one Dada is posted as the caretaker and he attends to the various duties regarding the maintenance and upkeep of the BQ.

Once, what happened, one time in the late 1980’s, Baba went to Tiljala and after a few days He came back. And according to the system or protocol, many margiis, including the caretaker Dada, received Baba by singing Prabhat Samgiita when He returned back to Madhu Malainca (Lake Gardens).

When coming out from His car, after receiving a mala from the caretaker, in a very gracious and jolly mood, Baba smiled and softly asked, “While I was away, when anyone asked you, ‘Where has Baba gone’, what did you tell them?”.

“Baba, I told them that, ‘Baba has gone to Tiljala'”, the caretaker replied.

“And when I go to Ananda Nagar then what do you say when anyone asks you, ‘Where has Baba gone'”, Baba asked.

“Then I tell them that, ‘Baba has gone to Ananda Nagar'”, the caretaker responded.

Hearing this Baba started smiling and asked another question.

“What if I go somewhere and I do not tell you where I have gone, in that situation what will you say to people when they ask you, ‘Where has Baba gone?'”.

Then the caretaker kept quiet. He was now in a fix as he had no idea how to respond to Baba’s query. Rather he was thinking that he would reply, ‘I do not know’.

Seeing this, Baba Himself gave the answer, “If I go somewhere and I do not tell you where I have gone, in that situation when anyone asks you, ‘Where has Baba gone?, in that case you should tell them that, ‘Baba has gone in your heart'”.

Baba then inquired, “Do you understand?”.

“Yes Baba”, the caretaker said.

ABOUT THE STORY

Although it is a very simple story, but at the same time it is very mysterious also. This story is quite popular, but some understand and some not– still today even. That is why it is mysterious.

But the matter became quite real after 1990 when Baba did not tell where He was going – and then people understood its value.

On the one hand, some non-margiis take it lightly and think that Baba was just making a joke and there is nothing more to the story than that.

Whereas true bhaktas know that Guru’s every word has a very deep meaning. And especially since this above story happened in the late 80’s, they understood that through this story Baba was giving a hint about the forthcoming situation. Afterwards some understood in this way. But at the time nobody could fathom what was to come.

Here the point is that later on some people understood that Baba’s comment– “If I go somewhere and I do not tell you where I have gone, in that situation when anyone asks you, ‘Where has Baba gone?, in that case you should tell them that, ‘Baba has gone in your heart'”– was related with the fact that on 21 October 1990 Baba did not tell where He was going.

The meaning is then that since Baba did not tell where He was going on that very occasion of 21 Oct 1990, then margiis understood that the answer to the question, ‘Where has Baba gone’, is that Baba has gone in your heart.

PEOPLE TOOK IT SERIOUSLY

Those days, in the late 1980’s, it was commonly understood within the entire Marga that Baba sees and watches everything. Because on a daily basis in reporting or dharma samiiksa or in general darshan etc, Baba would reveal each and every moment of what a sadhaka was thinking and doing. And Baba would constantly remind us that we cannot hide anything from Him. At any time He could reveal the entire course of events. Nothing was outside of His divine vision.

So when people heard the above story, they took it seriously. Everyone thought, “Yes it is true that Baba is in the heart”, and the proof is that He sees and knows everything. If He was not in the heart, then how could He know what is
going on. So this was everyone’s understanding.

For any human to say, “I remain in your heart”, then it is indeed an outlandish type of statement.

But when Baba says it, it has deep meaning. And everyone understood it as true. The pointed was accepted quite readily and taken very seriously.

Now you are reading this story – and you may or may not know, but Baba is in your heart and watching you. If you feel this way then that is best.

ABOUT MAHASAMBHUTI

When Baba as the Mahasambhuti was in physical form, then He was living both inside the heart of His devotees as well as in external physical world. He was residing in both places.

And when He withdrew His physical manifestation, then still He continues to remain in the heart– to this very day. That is the way to look at the situation. So all along He was in the heart of His devotees and still He remains there, only now He no longer is in external form.

CONCLUSION

Once again, the mystery is that Baba was giving the hint that He is not going anywhere other than, “residing in your heart”. But those not understanding took it very lightly and thought that it was a joke.

Unfortunately, by this way they drowned themselves in the dungeon of dogma. And they forcibly closed their own eyes to this very simple and divine teaching: That Baba always remains in the heart.

It is rightly said that to understand Guru’s word is not easy. It can only happen with His grace alone. Baba your liila is unfathomable.

All bhaktas of the Marga know and feel that Baba remains always in the heart – watching and showering his blessing.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace, in Prabhat Samgiita #4425, Baba has given the line,

“Vrnda’vanam parityajya pa’damekam na gaccha’mi…”

“I am always eternally present in Vrindavan, in the hearts of devotees. That is Guru cakra. I do not go even a little away from that. I am eternally present along with my devotees in their heart.”

Namaskar,
Ramanuj

Note 1: WHAT SOME DID

By all of the above, we can easily understand that Baba was foreshadowing what we should say and think when He is no longer physically present on this earth.

That time Baba was graciously infusing the idea that when we do not know where He has gone then we should think that Baba has gone our heart. That is Baba’s meaningful guideline. And indeed it applies perfectly to His physical disappearance from this earth.

Unfortunately, some could not understand Baba’s above teaching– even today. In that way, each year on 21 October they organise their dogmatic program of Mahaprayan– ‘the so-called great departure’, which means that Baba is gone forever.

But from Baba’s above story, we can understand that there is no such thing as Mahaprayan. Rather, October 1990 signifies the time when Baba remains exclusively in the hearts of His devotees.

However, various self-serving groupists are determined to make their so-called Mahaprayan festival as one great gathering in hopes of bringing huge money into their pocket. Basically, their intention is to turn Kolkata into one dogmatic tiirtha on the basis of “Mahaprayan”. This has been their self-serving plan.

But little by little that plan is eroding more and more.

Because Ananda Margiis– the devotees of Baba– are not at all attracted to the Mahaprayan program as it unceremoniously declares that ‘Baba is gone– forever’. And no devotee likes to think in this way. Nor is it true. By Baba’s grace, in the above story, He has given the perfect response:

“If I go somewhere and I do not tell you where I have gone, in that situation when anyone asks you, ‘Where has Baba gone?, in that case you should tell them that, ‘Baba has gone in your heart'”.

That is His divine guideline and that is what we should follow and realise in this life.

Note 2: STORY THIEVES

It is the accepted international standard and our way in AM not to copy another’s work and publish it in your own name. Baba Himself has given a very strict rule on plagiarism.

Baba says, “It is not possible to guide others merely with cheap, superficial knowledge, like a half-baked pandit who reads a half-a-dozen books and then spouts a few mouthfuls of grandiloquence, and who has obtained a doctorate degree by plagiarising others’ works.” (PNS-10)

Our goal is to follow Baba’s teachings on plagiarism. That means the author’s name must not be deleted so someone else can post the story in their own name. That is wrong and unethical and dishonest – and against Baba’s system.

Here the point is about authenticity and accountability. It is not about getting personal credit per se. When a story can be verified by the proper sources then that story will be deemed as authentic and trusted. That is why a proper citation is needed along with the original author’s name.

Some complain about this and say that stories cannot be patented. It seems their inner desire is to disregard Baba’s teaching and steal stories according to their own whim. This is the reply to such persons.

If there is a serious car accident or a presidential debate in the town hall or any other incident or happening, then all kinds of reporters are welcome to come onto the scene and write their account. There is no monopoly or patent on the situation itself. All are welcome to report on it. But what is not tolerated is if one writer steals another reporter’s story and prints it in their own name. That is unethical and indeed a crime.

Similarly all are welcome to write their own account of an incident like DMC or a demonstration. 5, 10 or 100 sadhakas are welcome to write their story. But that does not mean that one person can steal the account written by one bhakta and then post it in their own name. That is what is called plagiarising. And Baba is totally 100% against this.

So those who steal and justify by saying there is no patent on that Baba story are totally, totally wrong. Theirs is just a senseless approach. Indeed they are shameless.

Again here the matter is that Baba stories are indeed universal. There is no limit to the number of people who can write their own account of a particular event. But what is expected is that their contribution will be original and not a stolen copy of the hard work of someone else.

That is Baba’s exact teaching and we should all honor and abide by this ethic. This is the standard in our Marga as well as in the international community of writers, educators and journalists etc. So no one should steal another’s story. If anyone wishes to cross-post a Baba story then they must include the original writer’s name, the full email header, as well as that entire story and all notes. That is Baba system. – Eds.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tamasa’ ka’t’iche bihag d’akiche, purva toran’e khuliche dva’r…” (P.S. 4647)

Purport:

By His grace, today in the eastern horizon the sun has come, the birds are chirping with full joy, the darkness has gone. The crimson dawn is rising– everything is beautiful; everything is charming. The door of a new era has opened.

O’ my brothers and sisters, everyone get ready. Do not remain drowsy and in a state of slumber– Arise, awake. O’ children, boys, and girls of the world, break the jail of dogma and staticity and come out.

Now it is our duty to fulfill those great tasks which were started by sages in the past. We have to remain vigilant and keep the lamp of neo-humanism effulgent forever. By Baba’s grace today all the darkness and staticity has gone; a new brilliant era has come…

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Remedy

Baba says, “On imbibing cosmic ideation all kinds of ailments will be cured.” (PNS-8, p.19)
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Date: 31 May 2011 16:26:43 -0000

From: “Chandramohan Deva”

To: AM-GLOBAL

Subject: Baba Taught only 1 Thing

 

Baba

 

== BABA TAUGHT ONLY 1 THING IN COUNTLESS WAYS ==

 

Namaskar,

The top-most ideal in the life of any sadhaka is to realise that,

‘Parama Purusa is always with me’. To live with this feeling firmly

established in the mind is to be a true spiritualist. That is Baba’s

teaching.

 

As we know, devotion is everything for an aspirant; and devotion means

always feeling that ‘Parama Purusa is with me’.

 

Baba says, “When devotion is there, Parama Purus’a is there.” (SS-20

‘Astitva and Shivatva’)

 

So cultivating devotion and feeling His loving internal presence is the

central theme of our life. That is what we are to strive for.

 

 

BABA’S MAIN TEACHING ON THIS EARTH

 

If we take a moment to review Baba’s physical presence on this earth, we

can easily see that this is also one of the main things He wanted to

teach us– that He is always with us.

 

Behind His reporting sessions, behind His scoldings, behind His pointing

out, behind His Dharma Samiiksa, and behind His so many demonstrations

was the inherent idea that, ‘I (Baba) am always with you’. That was what

He was showing us.

 

Because in all those circumstances, Baba was practically teaching us

that even when He was not physically next to us, even then He was aware

of our each and every thought, word, and deed.

 

How many times would a margii arrive from Brazil or Hong Kong, or how

often would a WT come from their posting in Bombay etc, and in step-wise fashion

Baba would recount all the details of their long and arduous journey, or

some other event in their life.

 

This was Baba’s unique way of saying, ‘I am not just this physical body,

always I reside in your heart & mind. I am always with you– caring for

you’.

 

This idea Baba has repeated in hundreds of discourses. And in His

practical life, in countless ways Baba has taught this ideal: That He

remains with us– wherever we go, in whatever circumstance we are in.

 

Baba says, “Pure shete yah sah purus’ah, that is, ‘The witness-ship that

lies quiescent in every entity is the purus’a’.” (AS, 1-1)

 

 

SOME REALISE & SOME NOT

 

Those who, by His grace, realise this ideal, to some or more degree,

feel Baba’s presence in sadhana and understand that His physical

presence was just an external manifestation, and not the whole of who

Baba is.

 

Naturally then when they sit for sadhana then they feel internally

linked with Baba, by His grace.

 

Unfortunately, today there are some who claim, directly or indirectly,

that Baba is gone. This is a result of their thinking that Baba was just

a physical person on this earth, like so many others; and since 1990

Baba is gone, just like every other person who left this earth.

 

But we must not in any way, shape, or form support or encourage this

false notion that Baba is gone, as that undermines Baba’s magnanimous

presence and is detrimental to our own spiritual progress.

 

 

NOT JUST PHYSICAL

 

While Baba’s physical advent on this earth was so historic and

meaningful, it was never meant that we should take His physical body as

the totality of His personality. That is why from the very beginning,

sadhana was a mandatory practice. Baba’s ongoing guidance was that we

should seek Him and serve Him within.

 

For that reason He has given kiirtan, dhyana, first lesson, madhuvidya

and so many other teachings and practices. To realise His presence inside.

 

Plus in Prabhat Samgiita Baba has described the sheer futility of trying

to find Parama Purusa in the external world.

 

Vane upavane khu’nijiya’ khu’nijiya’

Kona kha’ne tava dekha’ na’ pa’i…

A’ja bujila’ma manete rayecho…

Ba’hira vishve khunjiya’ khunjiya’

Ka’chera du’re pa’t’ha’te ca’i (PS #1082)

 

O’ Baba I am searching for You in the forest and in the gardens

I could not see you anywhere

Today I understand that You are remaining in my mind

Those searching You in the external world

Want to send You from close to far

 

So even when in physical form, Baba was describing that the only way to

truly get Him was to seek Him within.

 

Furthermore, He put forth the warning those seeking Him externally would

not only not find Him, but would push Him far, far away.

 

Baba says, “Du’r’a’t sudure: if people think that Parama Purus’a is far

from them, then He is very, very far. Du’ra means far and sudu’ra means

so far that the human mind cannot even imagine it.” (SS-11, p. 65)

 

 

NOTHING HAS CHANGED SINCE 1990

 

Hence for those involved in sadhana, then nothing has changed since

1990, because the way to get Him has remained the same. He remains

eternally in our hearts and mind. In AM, by His grace, we understand

that it was just His liila that He physically manifested Himself on this

earth. But always He is with us– in our minds and heart.

 

That is why in AM there is not a new Guru. On most paths a successor is

named to be the new guru. But in AM when Parama Purusa Himself is the

Guru, and when He is always with us, then there is no question of there

being any second or third Guru.

 

Thus the same inner link that was present before 1990 is the same as

today and will be tomorrow. And it is this link– the devotional reality

that He is always with us– that we should cultivate each and every

breath, each and every moment we are alive. That is how we are to find Him.

 

Across so many discourses, reporting sessions, songs, and PC’s, there is

one main thing that Baba wants to teach us: That He is always with us

and the path of devotion means to realise Him and live with the

awareness that He resides eternally in our mind and heart.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

Baba says, “Parama Purus’a, the Supreme Father, is always with you and

you are never alone.” (AV-12)

 

Namaskar,

Chandramohan Deva

 

 

OUR SANSKRIT NAMES

 

Baba says, “At the time of initiation or shortly afterwards, those who do not

have a Sanskrit name should be given one by the ácárya/á. The word deva should

be suffixed to the name…the more the usage of deva as a title, the better it

is. The Sanskrit name should be used in all worldly dealings.” (Caryacarya-1)

 

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Jakhani bha’vi kichu cini bujhi, dekhi a’mi kichu ja’ni na’…” (PS 3225)

 

Purport:

 

When my little ego dominates then I think that I know and understand

everything. It is only later that I realize that I do not know

anything– I know not. When I try to move on the path with my own

strength, then it is difficult for me to decide what I want to do and

what is my goal. From the origin of which unknown source am I floating

and floating, from far to the farthest place, in the search of that

unknown divine Entity. Day and night I am searching and wandering; why I

wander around I do not understand.

O’ karunamaya, what type of divine play do You do with me. What type of

liila do You go on playing with this unit entity. How can this divine

play between unit and cosmic continue without Your grace. Baba, You are

everything, only by Your grace is anything possible…

 

 

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Health Guideline

 

Baba says, “In order to digest starches and carbohydrates, the saliva of

the mouth must help at the preliminary stage. Chewing food brings an

adequate quantity of saliva into the mouth. No sooner does the food

mixed with saliva enter the stomach than the liver and the pancreas are

enabled to start secreting their bile and digestive fluids. So unless

food is chewed well, the liver can never function properly.” (YT, p.1)

 

Note: In the fast-paced life of this 21st century, people no longer give

themselves proper time to attend to their basic life duties, such as

eating food. Instead people just rush off from one appointment to

another and “grab a bite to eat” along the way at any number of

drive-thru, fast-food places. In their hectic pace, instead of chewing

their food they just inhale their meal, nearly swallowing it whole. But

this way of “eating” is terribly hazardous to the health and invites

many diseases. As Ananda Margiis we should spread Baba’s above teaching

to the members of the general society so that they may be benefited.

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Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 08:37:23 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Baba’s Flying Messenger
From: RB_DEVA@ecectronic…

Baba

== BABA’S FLYING MESSENGER ==

Namaskar,
As Ananda Margiis, the best memories and most beautiful experiences in
our life revolve around being with Baba– either through our dreams, in
our sadhana, or being in His physical proximity. All these remembrances
bring a wave of sweetness and bliss. And truly we are blessed to have
His personal touch in this life. That is nothing but His divine grace.

One of the greatest things about Baba is that everything He does is
aimed towards bringing us closer to Him. His teachings, His stories, His
affection, His scolding, His directives, and His humour are all done for
one special reason: So that we may be drawn closer to Him and realise
His infinite love.

In that way, everything He does is for our betterment and growth and
this following story leads in this very same direction.

       “A FLYING BUFFALO HAS TOLD ME…”

We have all heard the line, ‘A flying buffalo or camel or lizard or
various other types of animals have come and whispered in my ear’. This
extremely humorous explanation was Baba’s way of telling us that He is
aware about each and every thing and that He is always with us– caring
and watching.

STORY ABOUT KAOSHIKII COMPETITION AT DMC

One time at DMC in April in Daltonganj, all the margiis and acaryas had
assembled and were excitedly waiting for Baba’s divine arrival into the
Pandal. The year was 1984. There was so much anticipation and so much
electricity in the air and our Marga was on the rise. Everyday Baba was
giving new teachings and every week more and more devotees were coming
from around the globe to be with Baba. The days of Emergency were now
long behind us and everything in AM was thriving. New people were
swarming into the Marga.

ALL WAITING FOR HIS ARRIVAL

So in that anxious moment when all were waiting for Baba’s august
presence, the pandal was filled with the devotional chanting of kiirtan.
And after every round as the kiirtan was sung, we are were sure that at
this moment Baba would make His arrival. But alas it was not to be. And
again the devotional longing would mount in kiirtan until the thought of
Him still not coming was unbearable. We were all lost in His thought and
His rhythm.

Then just as it seemed that the kiirtan would go on forever, there was a
massive call from the front of the pandal, ‘Parama Pita Baba Ki!’ and we
all shouted ‘Jai!”.

Still there was no physical sign of Baba’s arrival but we could feel
that any second He would come forth. Then again came the call ‘Parama
Pita Baba Ki’ and in unison everyone responded ‘Jai!’. This went on for
4 or 5 more rounds until the sound reached its peak and every cell of
everyone’s existence was totally focused on His coming.

BABA’S DIVINE ARRIVAL

And in that electrifying moment, Baba emerged from behind the stage and
did His folded hand blessing to all. A wave of bliss spread through the
mass of devotees who had gathered. And in a majestic way Baba walked
across the stage, using His cane in the most regal manner. Cries of,
‘Baba, Baba, Baba’ filled the air. And all the while there were Dadas
surrounding Him watching His each and every step.

When Baba reached the dais and turned to sit down, then immediately PA
Dada came forward and removed Baba’s shoes and helped get Baba
comfortably situated on His seat. Pillows were arranged and everything
was made neat and clean. A glass of water was offered to Baba and He
sipped gently from the glass taking a small amount of water.

Little by little, the sound in the Pandal began to lessen as all eyes
became fixed on Baba. Everyone was watching Him intently to see what
would happen next. Then in a joyful mood, Baba asked, ‘How is everyone?
Have you had enough to eat? Are you alright?’. And everyone responded,
‘Yes Baba’.

BABA’S FLYING MESSENGER & KAOSHIKII COMPETITION

Then came the call for brothers kaoshikii. Still at that time, kaoshikii
was relatively new, and everyone was learning to improve their rhythm
and form. So in that spirit, a kaoshikii competition was to be done in
front of Baba. So many brothers participated and Baba gently nodded
approvingly as they did their dance.

At that time, many of the margii sisters were thinking to themselves
that they would not have to dance kaoshikii today as they were not prepared.

So after the brothers finished their dance, then Baba look around and
everyone was waiting for the inevitable– for Him to request the sisters
to dance kaoshikii. But it did not happen. Baba delayed and the room was
quiet.

And then in the next moment, in Hindi Baba said, ‘A flying camel has
come and told me that the girls do not want to participate in the
kaoshikii competition’.

After saying this, then Baba was smiling and looking all around the
pandal and in response everyone started smiling and laughing.

Seeing this whole scene, then the sisters quickly came forward and said,
‘We want to participate in the kaoshikii competition’.

Then Baba replied, ‘As you like’.

And accordingly those sisters did their competition in kaoshikii and
Baba gave His approval.

BABA’S SPECIAL WAY IS ONE BOON FOR DEVOTEES

So during reporting and dharma samiiksa etc, and in various
circumstances, Baba would tell that, ‘A flying buffalo has told me…’.
This was His charming & sweet way of telling us that He is always with us.
In countless reportings He did like this.

By this expression, we are to understand that we are not alone and that
we cannot do anything in hidden or secret. We should always think that
He is watching. Through this approach, then the sadhaka will become pure
and sanctified as one will not indulge in negative things because they
will think that Baba is always watching.

And certainly, if one cultivates this habit and thinks that Baba is
always watching, then their real spiritual life starts. Furthermore,
when they start thinking in this manner all the 24 hrs, then they are
established in Brahmahood. In that stage they cannot do anything wrong.

Verily this entire process is one practical way of doing second lesson.
This process is also used in dhyana as well. Because a devotee serves
Parama Purusa then they should feel that He is watching.

WATCH OUT FOR AVIDYA MAYA

We know that human life is for sadhana but obstacles invariably come
from avidya maya. One or another trick of maya keeps the sadhaka blinded
and gives them the feeling that materialism is everything. And another
form of avidya maya pulls them away still further by giving them the
false notion that spirituality is meaningless and garbage. Indeed we all
have to be very careful about these two negative forms of avidya maya.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace when a sadhaka moves one step closer to Parama Purusa,
then one feels the presence of vidyamaya and inspiration comes in the
mind that, ‘human life is very short and my goal is Parama Purusa and I
want Him’.

When this feeling comes then the sadhaka rushes headlong to Parama
Purusa and in a very short span reaches Him. Then only does human life
become successful. In this entire approach, Guru’s grace is everything
so we should always beg for His grace. O’ Lord please be gracious.

Baba says, “The greatest human treasure is devotional sentiment,
devotional wonts. This devotional wealth must be preserved; otherwise
humanity will lose its most valuable possession. The people of the
present-day world have made considerable progress, so now they must not
permit this highest human treasure to be destroyed. Whenever we see that
the pressure of external circumstances threatens this life essence, we
should pray to the Supreme: ‘O Lord, please be kind enough to protect
our inner vitality from total destruction. Save us from the agony of
total loss’.” (NH-LOI)

Namaskar,
Rambabu

Note 1:        UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE FLYING MESSENGER

First and foremost, it is the unquestioned truth that Parama Purusa knows everything.

And sure enough, there was one way for Baba to come forward and say, ‘I
know everything’. But this He did not like to do as it sounds a bit
arrogant in this present era. In the past however, Lord Krsna did
proclaim as such because the society was ready to listen. But in this
present era, Baba chose not to say like this.

Instead, Baba opted for a more indirect approach. So He employed the use
of one ‘messenger’ who would tell Him everything. Sometimes that
messenger was a flying camel, or a flying buffalo, or a flying lizard
etc. There were so many animals who ‘came to Baba as messengers’. This
was Baba’s chosen style.

Yet internally we all know that Baba knows everything and no one really
believes that the messenger– such as a flying camel– is something
real. So this is not something to take literally. It is just Baba’s
sweet way of telling us that He knows everything.

In the past however, people have taken things literally such as when
Veda Vyasa Deo told his stories and in turn the common people built
statues based on those tales. Obviously, this type of misunderstanding
should not occur in this present era. We should clarify the point now
that Baba was just joking and those flying camel messengers were not
real. Otherwise in the future people will take it seriously and make
statues of those flying buffaloes etc. So this dogma should not be
allowed to happen.

And it won’t so long as we all know and propagate that those flying
animals were not real, just it was Baba’s sweet way of telling us that
He knows everything and that always He is watching for our welfare.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Sukhe dukhe a’mi toma’y bha’loba’si, toma’r tare ka’ndi ha’si…”
(P.S. 2679)

Purport:

Baba, in both my pleasure and pain I love You. I cry as well as laugh
for You. My entire existence is revolving around You. You are my
everything. You are the jewel of my heart– the most precious and
attractive thing. In my mental sky You are the only shining Entity, like
the full moon. You are my everything.
Baba, I do not know since which hoary past You came in my life. And
when You made everything effulgent. You created this world and since the
dawn of this creation You are. Since that time the divine effulgence is
still shining as it is–unchanged. It did not become faint. It does not
obey the time factor. It is eternal.
Baba, You are One but You are expressing Yourself in infinite ways.
You are that Singular Entity but also You have created many. This whole
creation is also Your form. So You are always playing Your divine liila
with this world which You have created. This divine liila is a mix of
darkness and effulgence. By this way and with the attraction of Your
love, sometimes You keep me close and sometimes You keep Yourself at a
distance.
Baba I am singing Your name and keeping Your warm feeling in my
heart– all the time, day and night. 24hrs. It is Your grace…

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Definition of “Real Discipline”

Lord says, “And what is discipline? The Sam’skrta term for `discipline’
is ‘anusha’sanam’. And what is anusha’sanam? `Hita’rthe sha’sanam
ityarthe anusha’sanam.’ When the code of discipline is imposed with the
spirit of welfare, with the spirit of development, it is called
‘anusha’sanam’ in Sam’skrta. There is no corresponding English word.”
(AV-3 p.30)
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From: “Seshagiri Deva”

Subject: Exploited Trainees of Varanasi TC (Part 1)

Date: Sat, 02 Apr 2011 17:11:47 +0000

To: am-global@earthlink.net

 

Baba

 

== EXPLOITED TRAINEES AT VARANASI TC ==

 

Note: This is a critical update about those young, idealistic youths in

WT Training Centre (Varanasi) and the conditions in which they live. Anyone

interested in the growth and development of our Marga must keep a close

eye on this situation.

 

Namaskar,

As we all know our WT Training Centres are a beacon of light for humanity. It is here where we train and equip spirited youths with the ability to lead, teach, and guide the people.

 

Our Wt cadre has a tremendous role to play in propagating the ideals of Ananda Marga and the gospel of neo-humanism all around the universe. They are assets in the development of society. Naturally then we want our training centres to be operating at an optimal standard: physically, psychically and spiritually.

 

Keeping this in mind, here is a critical report about the life of our trainees at our WT Training Centre in Varanasi. This is something that every Ananda Margiis should know. At present there are six trainees in Varanasi. And this two-part series of letters gives an up-close look at their living conditions.

 

First, in order to understand this matter fully, please read this following Baba story

 

 

STORY OF DHARMA SAMIIKSA:

 

TEACHER NOT SHARING FOOD WITH SCHOOL KIDS

 

One very senior avadhuta Dada told the following Baba story about dharma samiiksa. It is highly relevant to the the points presented in this entire letter.

 

About dharma samiiksa in 1981, I remember one [story] that touched me in particular. A young man about twenty-one years old came for his review. He looked quiet, smart and educated. After asking his name Baba wanted to know what work he did for the mission. Modestly, the young man said that he was working in an Ananda Marga primary school and children’s home. His duty was to look after the four boys of the home.

 

After listening to what he had to say, Baba stared for a time straight at him. The analysis was thorough.

 

(Note: Baba witnesses all that goes on in this universe and beyond, that is why He is aware of each and every and every thought, word and deed. He is fully aware of all that transpires because this entire cosmos is within His mind.)

 

Baba said this little boy is a good chap; but after all, I (Baba) am sitting in my vyasasana. I have to keep watch over each disciple’s life and weigh impartially both the good and the bad. Then I will decide what steps have to be taken.”

 

Baba looked back to the young man, “So, my little boy, you are in charge of the children’s home, isn’t it? You teach some classes in the school. And if visitors arrive, you see they are well taken care of, I presume.”

 

“Yes, that’s so, Baba,” the young man replied confidently.

 

“Well, do you remember about a fortnight back when some visitors came to the children’s home in the morning?”

 

“Yes, Baba,” came the prompt reply.

 

“I know that you looked after them well — bought sweet and savory pastries from the market for them.”

 

The young man nodded his head happy that Baba knew of the visit. “What kind of sweets were they, my little boy? Was it rasagolla? And some vegetable cutlets and singara, I think.”

 

“Exactly, Baba.”

 

“You sent one of the little boys to the market to buy the food?”

 

“Yes, Baba.”

 

“You joined the guests while they were eating?”

 

“Yes, Baba.”

 

“I think the refreshments were very delicious and the few of you ate everything, isn’t it?”

 

“Yes, Baba,” he said softly. Now the young man was beginning to get a hint of something more in Baba’s line of questioning.

 

Baba continued, “Well were you aware that while you were enjoying the delicacies, the little boys were watching from behind the door? They were hoping that you would save a little for them after you had finished.”

 

The young man could not speak. Silently he stood, his head hanging down.

 

“When you finished, you told those children to wash your plates and cups. Do you care to know what was going on in the minds of those little children? They are innocent little boys. Unable to resist the temptation, they fell upon those plates and licked up the sweet rasagolla juice left on them. Are you aware of that?”

 

“No, Baba,” he said remorsefully.

 

Then the young man could only nod. He was stunned that Baba knew everything to the smallest detail. The youth stood silently looking down.

 

Baba lovingly raised further points about defects in the young man’s character and actions.

 

“Yes, Baba.” Now he [the young man] was weeping. “Yes, I could, but I did not try to feel their misery. I am sorry for that.”

 

Annoyed, Baba said, “Don’t say ‘sorry’, say, ‘I have committed sin.”

 

After a little pause, Baba continued, His voice calm. “It was only a few days ago that you suddenly returned to the school at about ten at night, after spending some days away. You asked the boys for something to eat, and they immediately brought you food. You ate a good dinner. Did you care to find out how the boys had arranged that meal for you? That food, in fact, was meant for one of the boys who, for some reason, could not eat earlier. It was kept for him. They gave that food to you, and the boy had to pass the night without food. He could not sleep for hunger.”

 

“No, Baba, it did not come in my mind.”

 

“Do you mean to say you forgot. Are you not in charge of the home? Don’t you have the slightest love or affection for the boys? You failed to do your basic duty. Can you say that your conduct is highly commendable? It it? What does your conscience say?”

 

“It deserves condemnation, Baba.” The youth now started weeping, tears rolling down his cheeks. Baba had spoken gently. He had neither rebuked him nor threatened him in any way, only exposed the Margii’s past thoughtless acts one by one. Baba’s affectionate tone had left a deep impression on his mind. He now felt great remorse for his misdeeds and wept without restraint.”

 

Baba said, “Do you know, every tinniest detail of a person’s life — both external and internal — are at my fingertips. I know completely both the dark and the light side of a person’s life. That does not mean, however, that I focus only on the dark side in order just to humiliate him or her in the eyes of others. Rather, it is the good qualities that should be

appreciate wholeheartedly.

 

“I (Baba) point out only those faults and evils which are absolutely necessary for one to be aware of for one’s own good. When one sincerely becomes aware of those faults, repents for his or her misdeeds and the desire to change himself or herself is genuine, no other punishment is necessary.”

 

The Margi was now sincerely repentant, and Baba’s mood became very tender. Otherwise He might have continued exposing the youth’s faults in public. Baba was very gentle with him and only did what was necessary to awaken his conscience.

 

He called the youth near. Affectionately, He asked, “Well, my son, who do you think these boys are? These children of our homes are only helpless orphans. Perhaps it does not matter if they are not dressed or fed well? The youth could only shake his head with tears running down his face. Now he wept not from remorse but from the touch of love. Baba had graciously blessed him by this whole experience.

 

Dharma Samiiksa was over. Prostrating himself before Baba, he left the room beaming. The divine inspiration he had received would remain an ever-burning lamp to guide him on this life’s journey.

 

 

LIFE AS A TRAINEE IN VARANASI WT TRAINING CENTRE

 

Now please read further for news about our Varanasi WT Training Centre: standard of food for trainees, imposed silence, lack of training, and so much more.

 

 

OLD SOILED CLOTHES FOR TRAINEES

 

Let’s begin by taking a look at a trainee’s first interaction at the Varanasi Training Centre. Upon arrival a new trainee is given clothing to wear.

 

Of course, as we all know, in AM, our style is not to wear fancy clothes but certainly one’s clothing should be clean. That is Baba’s guideline.

 

Baba says, “One should always use clean but not aristocratic dress.” (37 Workers Rules, pt #7)

 

When they arrive all their possessions are taken away; the in-charges commandeer all their personal belongings and money etc.

 

Tragically, our new trainees – who have come to dedicate their life to Ananda Marga are put in a depraved condition. First the Trainer Dada first takes away their money and those trainees are given dirty, used & soiled clothing.

 

As we know, used & soiled clothing is an invitation for skin diseases, rashes, and contagious viruses. Hence those trainees are put in a helpless position, as they are being forced to wear clothing that is unhygienic.

 

Let me reiterate that our trainees are wearing old, torn laungotas and undergarments that were worn by prior trainees and / or items that were tossed away by wts. It is both shocking and disgraceful. Let us also keep in mind that Varanasi is of a warm climate. Only simple clothing is needed so it would not be a big investment to give them fresh clothes.

 

In addition the WT Trainer Dada gets both cash donations and clothing donations (bundles of fresh clothes) for our trainees so they can have proper garments. But the cash donations Dada receives he spends elsewhere and he sells the bundles of new clothes on the black market. In the end, the trainees are forced to wear nothing more than dirty rags. This puts their health at risk as they are prone to infection and disease.

 

This only makes me think that if we were to treat our trainees humanely, then we might have more than six persons in training. For a world-wide organisation, a mere six trainees is not all that impressive. Certainly people talk about the conditions and that keeps some prospective trainees away.

 

 

TRAINER DADA’S JUSTIFICATION

 

The in-charges justify that WT Training Centre is the place of tapasya (sacrifice). That is their logic for not giving proper clothing. But that is not what tapasya means. Just they give this justification in order to save money.

 

Trainees get the indirect teaching that anyone can wear anyone’s old used clothes. That is why at DMS some steal gowns, turbans, laungotas and lungis from others. This is quite rampant.

 

Many feel however that this is not a civilised way to behave. Proper hygiene and clean clothes are needed for our trainees. It is not our way in AM to give old, raggedy clothes to our trainees. That is just inviting a recurring problem: disease, sickness, and the misappropriation of money etc. When money is donated by margiis for this very purpose then that money gets diverted by the Trainer Dada to the upper kitchen – to his personal kitchen. Thus not one rupee of that donated money gets spent on clean garments for our trainees. Rather those trainees are forced to wear unhygienic clothing. So this manner of giving soiled clothes to new trainees at the WT Training Centre in Varanasi must be stopped.

 

Unfortunately, this is only a small part of the many injustices now going on in TC. Please read further for news about food, imposed silence, lack of training and so much more.

 

But we must not forget that fresh, new clothing must be given to our WT trainees in Varanasi. The clothing can be simple, but it must be clean and new. So this is one serious issue that is going on. Again this is not a recent phenomenon. Such conditions have been going on at the Varanasi TC for months & months, even years. It has become the so-called culture or “ethic” of WT TC in Varanasi.

 

 

INADEQUATE & MAL-NUTRITIOUS DIET FOR TRAINEES

 

Another critical matter for review is the food situation at the Varanasi WT Training Centre. Here is what is happening in the trainees’ kitchen. This too is a long-time, on-going problem,

 

Our trainees just get rice or gruel. (Note: gruel is just one cheap mixture of food thrown into one pot that is often given to have-nots.) If they are fortunate our trainees might get potatoes. They have to eat their gruel with hot chillies, or sometimes a small quantity of vegetables is given to trainees. Rarely are pulses and milk given. Yet in a vegetarian diet, pulses and milk are the main sources of protein. Both are missing in TC yet are critically needed in that young age. Gruel and chilis are what our young trainees are eating on a daily basis.

 

They are allotted around 900 calories per day: That means just getting a half-belly of food or less. The quantity is fixed. That is why those trainees fight for dry chapatis or plane rice when available.

 

And they have no right to complain – so says Trainer Dada. They must bear the conditions silently.

 

 

THE “SAND” LECTURE

 

This famous “sand” lecture is given to all trainees to keep them in line.

 

The trainer Dada and other big Dadas tell the trainees how when they were in training then the system was to put sand in the food of trainees. That is one tall tale they tell.

 

Then they also lecture how when they were trainees then they would eat once a week. Plus other tall tales are told.

 

Then those big Dadas conclude by telling, “So you are fortunate that you are eating rice-gruel and a few potatoes. What more do you need? We are doing a lot for you. You have not come here for enjoyment. This is penance. Do not think about what we (Trainer Dadas) are eating. We passed this test long ago. That is why our kitchen is different and our food is different.”

 

If the trainer was a real sadvipra, he would have given the lecture of family feeling and displayed that by keeping one kitchen in TC. Then the whole atmosphere would have been very cordial and respectful. But this he did not do. So he is shirking his responsibility and providing poor and defective “leadership”. Trainer Dada is not living up to Baba’s mandate – not even close. Rather he is going against.

 

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

 

Baba says, “Before sitting down for a meal, invite whatever persons are present around you and share your food with them. If they do not want to share, enquire whether they have enough food with them or not.” (Caryacarya-3, “Procedure for Eating”)

 

The trainer Dada must be the embodiment of AM ideals, but sadly in this case the trainer Dada totally overlooks Baba’s above teachings.

 

Instead the above type of lecture is given by the Trainer Dada (CTS). And when big-bellied Dadas visit, they give the same story. That is what they tell to those half-starved trainees. They give that lecture to hungry trainees after they (Trainer Dada etc) themselves just ate a full belly of delicious foods like curd, fried tasties, delicacies, & sweets at a separate royal kitchen in TC etc. And while lecturing about the greatness of being food deprived they themselves are belching due to indigestion and overeating. Is this not shameful.

 

 

THE REALITY OF THAT SAND STORY

 

Here are the real facts behind the so-called sand story:

 

1) This incident of putting sand in the food happened on one day for one meal. By accident some dust fell into the food. It was an open kitchen in a dusty place when the pre-storm winds were blowing. And that was at a VSS camp in the 1960’s – not WT training centre. And it was never repeated again. Indeed at the next meal at the VSS camp everyone ate very well.

 

2) When those big Dadas did their Wt training then they were in TC for 7 – 10 days. And the food was good. There is no comparison between the food they ate and what is served nowadays. Now trainees remain in Varanasi training centre for upwards of three to five years or longer. Over such a long period of time, many suffer from serious malnutrition and weight loss. They are emaciated and look anorexic. Tragically, that is what we see happening with our trainees.

 

Plus they do 4 times fast without water when on the previous day they did not get proper food. You can imagine the state of their health.

 

And one should not forget that according to AM ideology the trainer is the guardian of all trainees. It is his distinct responsibility to look after them. These trainees are mostly aged 17 to 20. When living in their laokik house their parents cared for them and now they are forced to live in such a pathetic situation at TC. That is painful.

 

Why do they stay? Love for Baba. They think that irrespective of the torture they receive they should persevere.

 

From now on, we will photograph and weigh each trainee when they enter into as well as when they graduate from TC. By that way we can document what is going on and keep watch on the situation.

 

 

EVEN NO JAIL DOES LIKE THIS

 

It is a fact that even no jail in a civilised country treats their criminals the way we treat our WT trainees. No one in jail suffers from malnutrition – there are laws and regulations in place to ensure all are given proper and nutritional food. Perhaps some may refuse to eat, but that is another matter.

 

Hence, see the shameful and sorrowful state of our WT training centre in Varanasi.

 

Without food and proper nutrition, how can we expect our trainees to be able to think and study. That is one of the reasons trainees could not learn anything about AM philosophy in training centre. After all, if one is always hungry how will the brain function. Baba says this body is a biological machine it is most obvious that it needs fuel, i.e. food, in order to function properly.

 

 

RESOLUTION ON FOOD ISSUE

 

This food deprivation issue is quite serious and needs to be resolved. One basic formula is that a specific and adequate amount of food must be served to each and every trainee based on their body type and medical needs.

 

Unfortunately, what is is given now is half of what is commonly needed to be healthy. Yet those big Dadas justify this treatment: They give misleading lectures how taking only 900 calories food, which is less than half of the daily bodily need to keep the mind alert.

 

The truth is that those trainees are terribly deprived of food. What to speak of being psychically or spiritually alert, due to a lack of food they fight over dry chapatis, i.e. flat bread. Such is the pathetic way our trainees are treated. They are reduced to being scavengers, totally gnawed by hunger.

 

Again, here our cry is not that all trainees should be fed dainties and delicacies befitting of some aristocratic diplomat. We are not insisting that trainees be served fancy sweets and tasty cakes on a daily basis etc.

 

The demand is that our trainees cannot live off of half a scoop of rice-gruel. That is what our fight is about. To starve our trainees is an injustice and inhumane.

 

Note: The only recent change is that the trainee who laboriously prepares all the special food for Trainer Dada and his guests now receives some leftovers from that meal. Whereas in the past, the trainee would carefully prepare a feast for Trainer Dada Ragamayananda and then leave empty handed with an empty belly. This is the way it was for the trainee cook for years. But of late, that has changed and now the cook eats some of those leftovers. The Trainer Dada is not so “generous” with the other trainees however as they never see even one morsel of those savory dishes.

 

 

REFLECTION

 

Since some time this has been going on. Has no one ever thought about this in the past? When some wts and margiis go to visit TC they see the plight of the trainees’ kitchen and those half-starving trainees. They fell moved and complain. But the trainer replies that he has no money. So margiis donate money to arrange proper food for all the trainees for several months, but the trainer’s greed obstructs this from happening. All money goes to the trainer’s kitchen. This is the ongoing problem.

 

 

TRAINER’S ROYAL KITCHEN

 

The WT trainer has his own special, private kitchen for himself and his guest avadhutas etc, while all the trainees are part of the general kitchen. The only exception being the trainee-cook who is given leftovers of what the Trainer Dada does not eat. Some days it is more and some days less.

 

In the royal kitchen one trainee serves as cook and he makes dainties and sumptuous dishes for the trainer and his guests etc. But all those starving trainees must eat in the general kitchen. They can smell and mentally taste what their Trainer Dada is eating, but they themselves must eat nothing but gruel. You can imagine the mental state of our poor trainees. Does this not remind you of the dharma samiiksa incident narrated above.

 

In the Avadhuta kitchen, they eat all kinds of dainties and delicacies with clarified butter etc. They enjoy spices, condiments, company products, as well as tasty rajasik items with lots of oil.

 

Our big-bellied Dadas eat rich, oily food. Our half-naked and hungry trainees serve them their delicacies. This is the painful story. Our trainees are starving and suffering from malnutrition yet those big Dadas have no qualms about eating like royalty in front of those trainees. These Dadas have the responsibility to care for their trainees – physically, mentally & spiritually – but they are shirking that responsibility. They are heartless.

 

The unfortunate scene is that the resident and guest avadhutas are eating like kings and have no sympathy for plight of our trainees. This is not the way to build up a brilliant AM society – nor is this the example we should project to the greater humanity.

 

Tragically the misery does not end here. The problems in TC are not limited to the physical sphere, i.e. soiled clothes and malnutrition. The problems run deeper than that. In the next letter more will be told.

 

Namaskar.

 

 

Note 1: EXCERPT FROM “THE GOLDEN LOTUS OF THE BLUE SEA”

 

Baba’s stories always carry a poignant meaning. His below story is quite meaningful to the above discussion.

 

The demon asked to the prince-

 

“You have suffered a great deal in my kingdom during these few days. I heartily wish that you should taste the delicious food of my kingdom tomorrow. I hope you realize that this country is famous for its fine foods.”

 

“The prince said, ‘Is it so?'”

 

“The demon answered, ‘Yes, you know little about the pleasures of eating good food in this kingdom.'”

 

‘Do you know what our daily menu is? We eat golden cakes fried in clarified butter, Pearl water mixed with coconut kernel, spiced Parble curry with salmon fish made of platinum and in the morning we brush our teeth with diamond powder.’

 

Baba furthermore writes very critically. And here the teaching of AM Ideology is embedded within the story.

 

“The prince asked, ‘Is there such an arrangement for everyone here?'”

 

“The demon said, ‘This arrangement is for us only–that is, for those who are learned, intellectual, rich, highborn and aristocratic. Those with whom you associate due to your ignorance–those poor, mean and illiterate people–where would they get such things? They neither know how to cook nor eat. They eat stale rice and scorched eggfruit and they brush their teeth with ash.”

 

In a planned way, the demon arranged thousands of varieties of foods from far places, in the royal feast to please the prince and enhance his (the demon’s) prestige. And the prince came to the demons palace on special invitation to attend the feast. Upon his arrival he saw the huge array of foods. The prince tasted some of them reluctantly.

 

Continuing this idea, Baba says:

 

“The prince began to taste a little of each item; but his stomach was full after tasting only some of these dishes. Thinking that over-eating was bad for his health and moreover, that as he was supposed to leave early the next morning, eating too much at night would not be good, he quickly finished his meal and got up from the table.”

 

Baba gives some further, great ideological teaching in this children’s story.

 

After finishing his food, while all around it was dark, at that time one idea came in the mind of the prince. And he thought that ‘I should go and see how the cooks are getting treated.’ The prince thought-

 

“‘Let me see those cooks, servants and pages who prepared such delicious dishes and served them so elegantly’, he thought. While passing by the servants’ quarters, he suddenly reached the place where the kitchen staff were eating together after the day’s hard labour. They were quite exhausted. Those who had cooked so wonderfully and served so carefully were eating only stale rice, scorched eggfruit and the sour sauce of some leaves, perhaps tamarind.”

 

So in the above paragraph, Baba described fully that serious disparity or injustice, exploitation is a regular phenomenon in the life of servants. What way they got treated. When the prince came to know all these things, he was feeling deep repentance for having eaten any food at the demon king’s feast.

 

Baba further continues,

 

“The prince returned to his cottage with a heavy heart. So many thoughts were running in his brain. He was thinking that he had made a great mistake to eat and drink such delicious food and drink cooked and served by those poor people. The beautiful eyes of the prince were deprived of sleep that night.”

 

So Baba further continues the story, that in disturbed state of mind by seeing the pitiful condition of the poor people, the prince’s heart was feeling uneasy, restless. And the prince took a vow to free the humanity.

 

The story follows like this below,

 

“He [the prince] was thinking continuously, “If I cannot free humanity from such meanness, what is the

use of my education, my intellect? My coming to this earth as a human being bears no value.”

 

 

* * *

 

 

This is the end of the excerpt from “The Golden Lotus of the Blue Sea”.

 

In this entire section of the above story, first of all Baba has given the teaching that:

 

(A) The demon king was enjoying alone and bragging about his high status. That time the prince wanted to know whether the common people get to eat the food which the demon is eating, or not.

 

(B) In the demon king’s feast, reluctantly the prince tasted very little of some of the items/recipes.

 

(C) When the prince came to know that the common people or cooks are not getting the same type of food, then the prince felt extremely repentant for tasting some of the dishes of the “royal feast”.

 

(D) Feeling quite sad with a heavy heart, the prince took a vow to free the humanity from the exploitation of blood-sucking demons who do not provide the very food to the common public. Rather such demons enjoy tasty dishes off of the back & sweat of the labour of have-nots and others whom they (the demons) exploit.

 

 

Note 2: OTHER REPORTS ABOUT WT TRAINING CENTRE

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2007/05/gtc-eye-witness-report.html

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2007/03/training-centre-is-also-responsible.html

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Jyoti-ujjval pra’n’occhal tumi priyo…” (P.S. 2229)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, You are the Divine Controller of this vast

universe. You are the brilliant effulgence– full of vitality & saturated

& with the love. Baba, You are my dearmost. By Your own glory You are glorified.

O’ Parama Purusa You are ever-adorable.

Baba, I do not have the strength to catch hold of You. With my little

strength and with whatever means I have, I try to catch You– but it is

impossible for me. Instead I remain engrossed in my own self– unit “I”.

This ‘unit I’ is preventing me from coming close to You. Baba, please

transform my ‘I-feeling’, make it Yours.

Baba, with my own strength I will not be able to get You. With the

thread of the spider’s net I will not be able to bind You and hold You.

Because of this, please by Your causeless grace, allow Yourself to get

held. This is my only request to You. Please keep this open for Your

consideration.

Baba, in my mind & in my heart, I have deep longing for You– to have

You close. Please grant me this by Your causeless grace. Baba please

come in my shravan, manan, niddidhyasan, & dhyana and make me Yours…

 

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From: “Girish Chandra Mitra”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Baba Story: Reporting Sessions

Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 06:00:01 +0530

 

Baba

 

== BABA STORY: REPORTING SESSIONS ==

 

Namaskar,

Many may recall that in 1978, after the Jail Period, then by His fathomless

grace Baba used to check the Sixteen Points of various workers and Lft’s

while taking report. Actually, this became His regular approach during all

reporting sessions. Because while this ‘corrective style’ transformed into

His grand program of Dharma Samiiksa (’79-80), even then this way of

reporting continued right up through 1990– where He was regularly checking

how workers etc were following 16 Points, & especially the point of sadhana.

 

 

BABA’S DIVINE DECREE:

 

“ALL LESSONS OF SADHANA MUST BE DONE”

 

Once on one particular day while taking report from a supervisory worker

Baba suddenly became quite serious and demanded that a specific worker be

brought before Him. Right away that worker came forward and did sastaunga

pranam to Baba. Then GS Dada told the worker to give report. And as this

Dada began giving his report then Baba started pointing out and punishing

this worker for not properly following various aspects of 16 Points.

Specifically, Baba was telling that this worker is not practicing all the

lessons of sadhana.

 

That time many in attendance were feeling surprised that Baba was only

pointing out this Dada. Because those days a number of workers were not

properly doing all their lessons of sadhana. Due to their extreme busyness,

many were falling in this category. Yet here on this occasion in front of

all Baba was only pointing out and scolding just this one Dada. No one else

was getting punishment for this– that day. Naturally, everyone was

wondering why this was going on in this fashion.

 

 

BABA’S PUNISHMENT IS HIS SPECIAL BLESSING

 

Thereafter it was found out that the worker being punished was previously

suffering from a serious disease and that since receiving punishment from

Baba, all signs and symptoms of that disease had completely disappeared.

This was the amazing development. By that way everyone understood that

Baba’s punishment was in reality nothing but His special blessing on that

particular sadhaka. Because by that way the worker was permanently cured of

his ailment.

 

And, of course, side by side, everyone got the clear-cut message that it

was mandatory and very much needed to practice all the lessons of sadhana–

in each and every sitting. This was Baba’s universal teaching that day. And

veritably speaking this was a regular theme in countless sessions of

reporting with Baba: That all sadhana lessons are to be done properly.

 

 

BABA’S LIILA

 

In this magical and unique way those reporting sessions were going on.

Where, by punishing workers, Baba was showering His divine grace yet

simultaneously He was giving an eternal teaching for all to follow. And

ultimately all we can really say is that Baba’s way of giving punishment to

sadhakas is His divine liila since Baba is Parama Purusa and as human

beings we cannot perfectly explain how or why He was doing everything.

 

 

BABA’S PROVEN AND STANDARD APPROACH

 

But one thing is sure, that this was Baba’s standard approach to take

report from workers and if their social service activities or sadhana was

not up to the proper standard, then Baba would reveal how that particular

wt was not following 16 points properly. And very commonly it was the case

that Baba would tell that the wt was not doing all the lessons of sadhana.

And that was the reason why the person could not get the necessary

inspiration or sufficient energy to fulfill his social service

responsibilities.

 

Because Baba was telling again and again that by doing all the lessons of

sadhana– especially dhyana– then one will always receive the requisite

strength and inspiration to fulfill all their duties in life and serve the

society.

 

This much we all understood from Baba’s reporting style those days.

 

 

PRESENT DAY CIRCUMSTANCES

 

So today when we see our organisation in a crisis situation it can be

easily concluded that a major factor behind this downfall is that people,

and especially workers, are not properly following 16 points. Most notably

certain top Dadas are not correctly doing their sadhana– either skipping

lessons entirely or doing them in a faulty or haphazard manner. Otherwise

what can be the cause of all this disarray and chaos in the upper echelons

of our organisation.

 

Consequently, when the standard of sadhana is down then everything goes in

he wrong direction– both in individual and collective life. This is the

clear cut outcome and today we can see the poor results.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING:

 

SIXTEEN POINTS BRINGS WELFARE IN ALL THE SPHERES

 

At the same time if Sixteen Points and sadhana again becomes a dominant

factor in anyone’s life then automatically everything will become better

and better in each and every sphere of one’s existence. In all regards, in

all circumstances, that sadhaka will be met with success– on all the

levels from their personal careers to their dharma pracara activities etc.

Then their whole existence will grow and shine in a positive and sparkling

way. This is Baba’s grand blessing and ultimate guarantee.

 

Baba says, “…In order to march ahead on the road of human welfare, we

will have to strengthen ourselves in all the arena of life. The complete

seeds of welfare in all the spheres– physical, mental, moral, social and

spiritual– are embedded in the sixteen points. Hence be firm on the

sixteen points.” (A’nanda Va’nii, #45)

 

Namaskar,

Girish

 

 

Note 1: SIXTEEN POINTS IS RIGHT EXERCISE

 

Here again Baba demonstrates that by doing sadhana properly and adhering to

His tenants of 16 Points, then by His grace one will gather the necessary

strength to do His work and become a perfect medium for carrying out His

divine mission.

 

Baba says, “What is the best way to strengthen the mind? The best and

proper way is to strictly observe the 16 Points. The more rigidly you

follow the 16 Points, the more your mental strength will increase. It will

increase so much that it will be more powerful than the collective mental

strength of 100,000 people. In a psychic clash they will have to concede

victory to you… So you must endeavour to develop your psychic strength –

this is your bounden duty. The more rigidly you follow the 16 Points, the

more psychic strength you will acquire. It will not take you long.” (AV-7,

p.80)

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

PS Intro: This is a neo-humanistic song as it expresses love and affection

for those shelterless, homeless, and downtrodden people. We know that Baba

has made songs which reflect all aspects of AM ideology. This song

expresses empathy and compassion towards the suffering humanity and

propagates neo-humanistic ideals. This is the unique quality of this song.

 

“A’siya’che sedin ogo a’shrayahiin…” (PS 1222)

 

Purport:

 

The golden era has come; sadavrata [1] has started. Now everywhere the

divine flow is spreading all around. In this human family, no one will be

downtrodden; no one will suffer. Those who are without shelter, I am

calling you. The day has come when His door has opened for you. By Baba’s

causeless grace, He has come to save the suffering humanity– to turn your

tears into smiles. It is His infinite compassion. For those who have

neither food, nor clothing, nor shelter, everyone will be served. Now no

one need suffer from any want in this world.

 

In this golden, new era, no one in our human family needs to go under

the tree in search of shelter. Everyone will have their own hearth and

home– their own abode. Nobody will be homeless. We are all kith and kin;

we are all one family; Parama Purusa is our Divine Father. Not a single

human being shall remain as an orphan or distressed any longer. Those dark

days are gone by His grace. All will equally receive His love and

affection. Everyone will get His sweet touch; everyone will feel His divine

blessing and infinite love.

 

By Baba’s grace there will be plenty for one and all; no one need

undergo the pangs of hunger and thirst. The loud lamentations of the

suffering humanity will be gone forever. Everyone will have the opportunity

to live life in a new way; all will feel content in their heart and mind

and move towards Parama Purusa, the Goal. The cimmerian darkness of avidya’

maya will vanish forever. Now, by His grace, divinity has awakened in the

minds of human beings.

The golden dawn has descended on this earth. It is His grace; it is His

grace…

 

 

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1222:

 

[1] Sada’vrata: ‘Sada’ literally means ‘always’ as in to do every day;

‘vrat’ literally means ‘vow’ as in to always remain committed to helping

others. So sada’vrata means always ready to serve whenever the opportunity

comes. It is not that if one did sadavrata on Monday then one need not to

do it on Tuesday. Always one is to be ready and willing to serve others.

Whatever those people need, then one must help them fulfill that need.

Hence helping poor and seeing them as expressions of Parama Purusa is

called sada’vrata. As we all know, our AM social service endeavours include

sada’vrata– the mass distribution of food, clothing, medicine, and all

sorts of requirements and amenities.

 

Here in His below guideline Baba describes how sada’vrata is related with

our sadhana practice.

 

Baba says, “In the third stage of sa’dhana’ sa’dhakas accepts the cognitive

faculty as their goal. They wish to advance along the spiritual path while

simultaneously serving the subtler expressions of Parama Purus’a. This is

the true dharma of human beings. The sada’vrata (mass feeding & clothing

distribution etc) which you organize comes within the scope of this

practice. While performing sa’dhana’ in this stage the human mind attains a

greater proximity to Parama Purus’a and sees the entire universe as a

divine expression of Parama Purus’a. Through this realization one enjoys

pure unblemished bliss. When people served good food during sadavrata smile

happily, you feel inner joy.” (APH-6)

 

 

[2] TRANSLATIONS OF PRABHA’T SAMGIITA #1222:

 

Here are the first two Bengali Bengali lines of this Prabhat Samgiita:

 

A’siyeche sedin ogo a’shrayahiin

Tave tare ta’r dva’r khule geche, khuleche

 

And here below is a basic translation & fundamental idea of those lines:

 

O’ my brothers and sisters, those who are without shelter,

the day has come when His door has opened for you.

 

So in the above stanza the bhakta is telling the humanity that no one will

be shelterless any longer. Parama Purusa is bringing all unto Him and

everyone will be served.

 

Now look how these very same lines were translated on one of our sanctioned

Prabha’t Samgiita websites:

 

O’ Lord, the one needing no shelter, the day has come when for you their doors have opened.

 

Please excuse me, but by reading the above anyone can see how this latter

translation has gone a bit astray.

 

Here the entire point is that Prabhat Samgiita is Baba’s divine gift to the

humanity, so we should be careful and diligent in its presentation.

Otherwise, we can see how it may get translated.

 

 

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Treatment For Hunch-Back and Stiffness

 

Baba says:

“When calcium builds up and gets deposited in the back it becomes hard.

That is why when people are very young then their backbone is quite

flexible but due to an accumulation of calcium over just a few years then

by the time they are teen-agers already their spinal column has become

stiff and rigid.” (SC-8)

 

“Doing noakasana, utkata paschimottanasana, and shalabasana etc eliminates

the possibility of developing a hunched back. So those doing hard manual

labor that demands bending the back for extended periods of time should do

these aforementioned asanas on a regular basis. That will prevent them from

suffering from hunch-back in the future.” (SC-8)

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From: Satiish K Bhatia”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Solution: “See The Bright Side”

Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 06:53:33 +0530

 

Baba

 

“Toma’r a’sa’-ja’oya’ hoy na’ kabhu, prabhu ekatha’ jeneo na’ ja’ni…” –

P.S. 274

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You always remain with me & with everyone eternally; that is why

it is said that Your arrival and departure never happens. I am aware about

this eternal truth, but even then I do not know and I remain forgetful. I

know this very thing but also I do not know.

Your welcoming and Your farewell are not possible because You are

eternally present. This is such a mysterious thing that I know and even

then I do not know. I do not like to believe. Sometimes I think You are

near and sometimes I think You are far. That is my misunderstanding.

Baba, You have created this world in such a way that when anything is

flourishing or blooming that very time the seed of destruction is hidden

within. In due course it perishes. This type of divine play is going on in

this cosmic cycle, eternally.

On the one side with Your two eyes You saturate everyone with Your love,

and on the other side from Your third eye the flame of fire is coming which

burns everything. In this creation of Yours the sweetness of effulgence is

always accompanied by the black shadow of death which falls gradually. But

in this entire divine play You are the black shadow and You are also the

effulgence; You are everything. Baba Your welcoming and farewell never

happens because You are omnipresent…

 

 

== SOLUTION: “SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE” ==

 

Namaskar,

With 2010 drawing to a close and our organisation now riddled by problems

for 2 long decades, as a family we must critically understand what we must

do to right our ship. This letter offers some thoughts: “We must see the

bright side.”

 

Every Ananda Margii is aware that Baba guides us to “see the bright side of

everything” (See Note 1). And while the phrase seems to be quite simple,

still there remains some basic misunderstanding about this by a few persons.

Let me explain further.

 

 

SEEING THE BRIGHT SIDE MEANS

 

ROOTING OUT ALL DOGMAS

 

In dharmic fashion Baba sets the tone that in our AM we are to see the

bright side of everything and side by side oppose all sorts of dogmas,

exploitation and wrongdoings in order to guide the society on the proper

path. However a few people in their confused & superficial way cannot grasp

how this is all working together. So instead they foolishly reason that

seeing the bright side means not pointing out the negativity in society, or

not fighting against injustice. But this is just their daydream.

 

For greater clarity then we should see Baba’s practical working style and

other related examples to best understand the inner sense of “see the

bright side”. And we must learn that by this very system we can clean

the organisation as well – ridding it from dogmas and groupism. That

is the need of the hour as 2011 is now upon us.

 

 

EXAMPLE OF RAISING CHILDREN

 

In one regard it is just like how parents view their children. Proper

parents always see the bright side with regards to their children’s growth

and development. With love and affection they see everything; they never

overlook the lesser qualities. And by this way they are seeing the bright

side and watching out for their child’s welfare.

 

For example a mother may think, ‘Okay my child has 80% very good things but

to help them improve and make them more bright certain aspects of their

life need correction.’ So the mother lovingly tells her child, “Don’t be

lazy. Study more. Go and prepare your lessons.” All those things she tells.

By this way she identifies and addresses the defective behaviours of the

child. All done with the benevolent motive to correct those wrong habits

and thus increase the brightness of her child. Means this is seeing the

bright side.

 

Whereas ‘seeing the negative side’ means if anybody does not want to make

someone else better, then they will only abuse others with the intention to

put them down. Many persons do like that. But this is very bad and this is

not at all working hand in hand with seeing the bright side. (See Note 2)

 

That’s why Baba guides us that we should have a sympathetic opinion

regarding the person to whom we are dealing. And then find out their

mistake, and remove that.

 

 

SEEING THE BRIGHT SIDE MEANS RECTIFICATION

 

The whole spirit then behind “seeing the bright side” is to rectify the

defects in order to build up a seamless and vibrant society. And who is not

aware that the present humanity is suffering from many ailments. So in

dharmic fashion Baba exposes all the various problems and ailments that

are present in the society. Such as dogma, negativity, exploitation by

capitalism, crudity of communism, and many more things. Baba is

highlighting the fact in bold letters that now society has very little on

the good side. To rectify the situation, Baba guides us to think in a

pointed way and remove the disparities and exploitation. Then society’s

brightness will come and shine more and more.

 

Hence by seeing the bright side the main intention is to fix the problem.

To make others aware about the defect and address and repair it. And make

the situation better and better. So in AM our aim is to fix society’s

various problems. And toward that end Baba has also graciously given the

solution to each and every problem as well. So ours is the practical approach.

 

In contrast, those who just criticize and abuse others without ever

offering any solution– that approach is negative (See Note 3). And no

well-intentioned person will do like this.

 

For example, a mother doesn’t only criticize her child. Rather the mother

instructs, “Don’t be lethargic and negligent about your health & hygiene.

Go and take bath.” So here the mother’s basic point is: ‘don’t be lazy on

the point of cleanliness’. So this is not mere criticism. Because

immediately following comes the direction to go and take a bath. And by

that way the child will be clean. So the intention of the mother is to

improve the child’s condition. This is seeing the bright side.

 

Similarly if someone says that “My neighbor often gets himself drunk and

may one day hurt himself. We should help him.” Out of a feeling of concern

if someone talks this way about their neighbor, then that is not a negative

action. Rather, it is positive. Because the person wants to make their

neighbor better– he wants to see his brightness more shining. And in that

way a solution has been given to help him.

 

Likewise people wash their clothes with the same positive motive– to

remove the stain and make their clothes more fresh. So finding out the

stain does not mean one is seeing the negative side or indulging in

anything detrimental. Rather by taking the time to remove the dirt one is

making everything brighter and more clean.

 

 

BABA DURING DHARMA SAMIIKSA

 

And of course the top example of all is Baba’s role during Dharma Samiiksa.

There, in historic fashion, Baba goaded so many sadhakas unto the path of

supreme beatitude by lovingly pointing out their defects and mistakes.

And in this way those devotees moved ahead with increasing speed toward

their cherished Goal.

 

 

DONE WITH BENEVOLENCE, NOT LIKE COMMUNIST APPROACH

 

So in this process of “Seeing the bright side”, the benevolent motive is

the main factor. Whereas those seeing the dark side criticize without the

intent to help. That is where their approach is wrong and completely

poisonous.

 

For example, take the case of the communist’s approach (See Note 3).

Communists always try to blacken the name of the capitalists by telling

about their negative qualities like greed etc. But the communists’ approach

is completely wrong. These communists are a prime example of those who see

only the dark side. They see the negativity, abuse the capitalists, but

they don’t have any solution. They don’t have any solution or positive way

to fix the problem and elevate the standard of society. Just out of their

self-interest they are tall talking about other’s black spots. By this way

those who do not understand get befooled by those communists.

 

A related approach happens with political parties in the democratic system

as well. In the US, mostly Republicans but Democrats as well, such party

leaders only aim is to sabetage the other party’s programs to make them look

bad. This manner has nothing to do with “seeing the bright side.”

 

Likewise, nowadays the various group camps in the organisation are endlessly

involved in underming and and mudslinging one another. The reason their

manner is mudslinging and not “see the bright side” is because heir only intention

is to put the other group down and gain the power. Righting the organisation by

following ideology is not their way.

 

 

OUR AM APPROACH IS TOTALLY POSITIVE

 

Whereas our true approach in AM – Baba’s example – is not like that and the

directive ‘See the bright side’ works in a completely different way.

 

Regarding the defects of capitalism Baba outrightly exposes the

short-sighted, materialistic, and selfish nature of capitalism. And side by

side He provides the Prout– which is the perfect solution. Because by

implementing Prout everybody will become healthy, and everybody’s face will

be shining with joy. Because step by step the physical problems will

vanish, the psychic ailments will be identified and solved, and by this

will people will be able to advance in the field of spirituality. And thus

build up a strong and healthy God-centered society.

 

So all around, Ananda Marga’s teaching is ensconced in the motive of

welfare: By pointing out the injustices and negativity, fixing the problem,

and leading the whole society along the path together to the final

desideratum.

 

And that is what we must do in order to rid our Marga from groupism: Identify

the problem and solve it by implementing Baba’s neo-humanistic teachings.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

Hence the supreme spirit of “See the Bright Side” is imbibed in each and

every moment of Baba’s working style and is embedded within the entire AM

ideology.

 

Thus as Ananda Margiis we are living in the world, and our duty is that we

should help clean the society and make it better. Likewise we are living in

this organization (AMPS) so our duty is to not overlook the wrongdoings.

 

Rather, we should find out the problems and fix them. If something is not

going according to Baba’s teaching then we should rectify that. By this way

our organization will be better and better.

 

By properly following the inner spirit of Baba’s divine guideline of “See

the bright side” that is the only way to move ahead and build up a healthy

and vibrant society free from exploitation.

 

Namaskar,

Satiish

 

 

NOTE 1: SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE

 

During countless DMC gatherings and on other auspicious occasions

Baba graciously recites the following Sanskrit shloka in giving His

blessing– the central idea being: “See the bright side of everything”.

 

“Sarve’tra sukhinah bhavantu sarve santu nira’maya’h;

Sarve bhadra’n’i pashyantu na kashcid duhkhama’pnuya’t.

Onm’ sha’ntih onm’ sha’ntih onm’ shantih.”

 

 

NOTE 2: BENEVEOLENT INTENTION IS A MUST

 

Here below Baba points out that if someone only indulges in

pointing out the negativity in others without any benevolent intention to

build up their character then that is very harmful and wrong. That is 100%

against the spirit of seeing the bright side. Please read the below examples.

 

Baba says, “In many cases the behaviour of teachers is far more despicable.

Even after studying volumes of books on psychology teachers deliberately

hurt the sentiments of their students with offensive remarks. Instead of

trying to reform the bad habits of their students, they assail their minds

with caustic language.” (HS-1, p.8)

 

Baba says, “There are many teachers who wound the sentiments of a student

by ridiculing either his caste or his father’s profession saying, “The

plough suits you better than the pen, my boy,” or “You had better join your

father at the potters wheel.” Even today such utterances come out of the

mouths of many teachers.” (HS-1, p.8)

 

Baba says, “If a student is ugly there are teachers who will grimace and

say, “Your intelligence is like your appearance.” In addition to all these

offensive remarks, many teachers adopt other methods of torture and

intimidation while presenting their lessons.” (HS-1, p.8)

 

So in these above examples those misguided teachers are not acting

according to the spirit of welfare. Hence their ways have nothing to do

with seeing the bright side.

 

 

NOTE 3: NEGATIVE LEFTIST APPROACH

 

We have seen how communists only indulge criticism after criticism

without any practical intention to remedy the situation.

 

Baba says, “Those who are leftists in the world are even more

dangerous…they are deliberately seeking out the dark and dirty aspects

of life and, like flies, growing fat on the secretions of society’s

festering sores. It must be remembered that flies do not heal sores–

rather they exacerbate them, because the very puss of these sores provides

them with their vital juice. So the filthy aspects of society are the only

wealth on which these [leftists] subsist.” (PNS-10, p. 24)

 

 

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Uniqueness of Ta’raka Brahma

 

Baba says, “A Maha’kaola is one who makes others kaola by his infallible

spiritual guidance. But Ta’raka Brahma is a different Entity, a unique

Entity for He is the spiritual preceptor, social preceptor, Kaola, and

Maha’kaola, all in one. He is also something more: He acts as a compass in

every stratum of society.” (NKS, ’97 Edn, p.50)

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To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Blissful Tide”
Subject: Those Who Love AMPS
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2010 21:00:45

Baba

“Toma’y khunje khunje priyo, din je ket’e ja’y…” (P.S. 3982)

Purport:

Baba, my most adorable One, with deep longing in search of You my days
are passing in vain. In the absence of getting You my whole life is
gradually getting wasted. O’ my dearmost, where have I not looked for
You. I have wandered around and searched in the seven oceans, on the
mountain peaks, as well as on the earth, and also in the caves– in
every nook and corner of this world, but alas I could not get You. Baba,
day and night, secretly I also searched You in the flower garden and in
various holy lands and tiirthas– all done in hopes of getting a glance
at You. Baba I searched everywhere with the hope that one day I will
find You. But, in the end, all my efforts were for naught. Baba, with
deep longing in my heart, I have also searched You in the galaxies,
meteors, nebulae, and in the stars– all around & everywhere. Also I
searched for You in the dark, black coloured clouds on the rainy days,
in the scorching heat of the summer season, as well as in the shade of
the tree in springtime. Baba, I have searched for You with a deep
yearning and longing in my heart; I have looked for You everywhere.
Baba, by Your grace on one colourful golden dawn saturated in the
effulgence & aroma of a newly blossoming flower, You advented in my
heart. Your grand arrival came after a long, deep, dark, & painful night
of searching for You. But in the end You graced me and advented in my
mind. Baba, You are so gracious…

== THOSE WHO LOVE AMPS ==

Namaskar,
By following Baba’s example, and even by looking at the general society,
we can clearly understand who really loves and cares for our AMPS.

Recently, one or two people on the email were complaining about and
accusing certain people why they never write about the good things going
on in AMPS. Why aren’t those things good deeds – school openings or mass
feeding programs etc – reported about with more consistency. Why are all
the defects – like groupism, scriptural distortion, money scandals, &
dogmas like Mahaprayan and Fake Ananda Vanii – always pointed out. This
was their chief gripe. They were accusing that those who write about the
black spots in AMPS are enemies of the organisation.

Using our rational minds, let’s examine the situation.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE GENERAL SOCIETY

Perhaps one of the more telling scenarios about love is this example
with the mother and baby.

If a baby is growing and developing in the right way, then that mother
will not inform all the people in town each and every day about how well
her baby is doing. But if her baby becomes sick or is diagnosed with a
serious disease, then in an instant that mother will tell all her
relatives, inform the school system, and quickly bring her baby to the
hospital and tell the details of her baby’s health problems to all the
nurses and doctors. The mother does this not because she hates the baby,
but because she has deep concern and love for the welfare of the baby.
So when the baby falls into problem them immediately she brings the
matter to the attention of one and all.

Here the point is that when things are going well or as expected, then
one does not go all around town talking about those things again and
again. But when a problem comes, then those who care about correcting
the problem will raise the matter with everyone.

Let’s take another example.

If in a town, a shoe factory successfully meets its daily quota of
producing 10,000 pairs of shoes, then the local newspaper will not write
a story about that good news. Because that is the expectation – everyday
that factory meets its quota. However, if there is an explosion in that
same factory and 20 workers die, then that newspaper will immediately
send a reporter to the scene and they will print a big article about
that disaster and include photos as well.

One cannot then blame the newspaper for only highlighting negative
things. Rather that newspaper’s role is to alert the townspeople about
the calamity and help initiate an investigation so that another
explosion will not happen in the future.

These examples all denote how those people who are responsible and care
about a situation, they will be the first to alert others if there is a
problem.

In contrast, those who do not care will keep mum. They may not even
recognise that there is a problem.

BABA’S DHARMIC WAY – Part 1

Now let’s see Baba’s dharmic way of leading the society.

In His Prout teachings, Baba points out countless defects in the
society. He talks about the missteps in so many fields: Science,
religion, education, politics, agriculture, and in almost every walk of
life. Baba has so concerned Himself with the society’s demerits that He
even wrote an entire series of books titled, “A Few Problems Solved”.
Then there is another book titled, “Problems of the Day”.

At the same time so many good things have happened in our society:
Excellent hospitals, good roads, a man was sent to the moon, great
inventions etc. But Baba does not spend huge time in His discourses
highlighting and praising all of society’s achievements.

Instead He has invested thousands and thousands of pages to talking
about society’s ills: Religious dogma, crooked politics, faulty economic
programs, disease, sickness, crimes and war etc.

But who can then accuse Baba of being an enemy of society. Rather He is
the loving Father of all – this is His creation – and it is out of deep
love and caring that He was spoken about the problems in society.

By Baba pointing out the defects, gradually everyone can understand what
needs to be fixed, and then society will grow in the proper way. That is
Baba’s dharmic method. And it is all based out out deep, deep love.


BABA’S DHARMIC WAY – Part 2

Another clear-cut example of Baba’s dharmic method is dharma samiiksa.

All know that Baba called thousands and thousands of people for dharma
samiiksa. This was one great boon for the society.

And in dharma samiiksa, Baba would apply His psychic magnifying glass to
a person’s weaknesses and shortcomings. He would point out a person’s
most serious demerits such a lying, hypocrisy, cheating, laziness etc.

Often times, Baba would have never even seen that person before and then
in this 8 – 10 minute interaction, Baba would harshly review that
person’s character. Of course that individual also had so many good
qualities, yet Baba would not spend His precious time talking about
those things. Instead He would strongly rebuke that person for their
misdeeds.

And we all know that Baba is our greatest well-wisher. Due to His grace
and kindness we are all moving on the path of benevolence. Hence, no
right-thinking person can accuse Baba of being unjust or negative
because He has pointed out our defects.

Instead, every true sadhaka recognises that out of His great love, Baba
has painstakingly reviewed our conduct so we may grow in the best way
possible.

This all clearly shows that those who love someone or something will
always be the first to point out the errors and problems.


PRESENT SITUATION IN AMPS

We all know our AMPS is filled with so many good people and so many
excellent projects. We know that and we expect it to be that way.

Hence when something is awry – such as when power mongers & cheaters
have grabbed control of the organisation – then the need of the hour is
to first point out that wrong thing. Those who seek the welfare of AMPS
will always do like this.

Likewise, when dogmas like Mahaprayan and Fake Ananda Vaniis abound,
when certain key groupists are ruining AMPS, when certain WT trainers
are creating hell in TC, when those in Publications are misprinting
Baba’s books, and when some are intentionally distorting Baba’s
discourses then those who care about AMPS will raise these issues with one and all.

They will not keep quiet. Rather they will fill the air with reports
about all those problems until those things are known to one and all. By
that way the problems can be fixed – permanently. Thereafter, those
well-wishers will not talk about that situation again.

So here the whole point is that there are indeed so many good things
going on in AMPS. But talking about those things will not help our
society grow. Especially when at present there are numerous grave issues
halting and undermining the progress of our Marga.

In that case the order of the day is to bring those harmful defects to
the fore and get them solved. For this awareness is needed. The problems
need to be brought out in the open, not stay stuffed behind closed doors.

Thus when anyone accuses someone of being an enemy of the Marga for
pointing out the defects, we can understand that those accusations are
totally baseless. Because those pointing out the defects are on that
pathway to rectifying the situation in the Marga. Their heart and mind
are aimed toward helping our Marga Such persons love AMPS.

And most often, those accusing others of pointing out the defects are
themselves the problem creators and they want others to keep quiet so
that they themselves are not exposed in front of all. This is one other
dynamic at play.


BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace the whole approach of neo-humanism is to look upon all
with love and help them to grow by pointing out their defects. And that
same approach when applied to AMPS will lead to a brilliant and shining
organisation, free from dogma and exploitation. Hence those who love
AMPS will always point out the problems and difficulties. That is our
dharma – there is no other way.

Baba says, “So then, what is Neohumanism? Humanism newly-explained and
newly-sermonized is Neohumanism – the philosophy which will make people
understand that they are not merely ordinary creatures. This philosophy
will liberate them from all inferiority feelings and defects and make
them aware of their own importance; it will inspire them to build a new
world.” (NH-LOI: Disc 11)

Namaskar,
Pradiip

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To Improve Sadhana

Baba says, “Abhya’sa is the creation of a particular continuous psychic
vibration. It is the most essential factor in the spiritual sphere. The
continuous endeavour to maintain the state of equilibrium of citta leads
to the attainment of sama’dhi. …Sama’dhi becomes a natural phenomenon
as a result of continuous spiritual practice. Procrastination is
something undesirable on the spiritual path. If ever spiritual practice
is discontinued endless desirable and undesirable waves of thoughts
occupy the mind. Spiritual practice should be continued uninterruptedly
and with proper sincerity and veneration, otherwise sama’dhi will
forever remain a theoretical subject of philosophy, never entering the
periphery of practical realization. One must not adopt the psychology,
‘I’m practising spirituality because my a’ca’rya (spiritual teacher)
told me to’. Rather one should think, ‘I want to attain spiritual
realization. My a’ca’rya is merely guiding me along the path’. Only when
one takes full responsibility for one’s own spiritual life can one
attain the peak of spiritual progress and become fully established on
the solid ground of spirituality.” (AMIWL-9)

Note: By Baba’s above significant teaching it is clear that regular and
consistent practice of sadhana is a must– that is the only way to move
towards the Goal and heighten one’s spiritual realisation. And side by
side sadhana must be done with a sincere heart and with the right motive
in mind. By Baba’s grace every Ananda Margiis is involved in this grand
endeavour.

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From: “Alex Hufnagel”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: About Those Who Got Dharma Samiiksa
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 11:23:04 +0000

BABA

“Bha’loba’so jadi tave eso priyatama diiner e kut’iire…” (P.S. 2619)

Purport:

O’ my dearmost Baba, if You really love me then please come to the hut
of this lowly person. I want to make You listen to my love songs up to Your
full heart’s content; that’s why in my mental viina I have practiced many
tunes and melodies for You.

Baba, I do not have any knowledge or intellect. Nor do I have any
virtue, name & fame, or the weight of those things. I have only one thing:
Love for You in my mind. My whole heart is completely filled with love for
You. And by offering that love I will satisfy You, by Your grace.

Baba, I do not have any prestige nor do I get any respect or honor. None
of these do I have. Nor do I have such devotion that I feel my ego getting
wounded by Your not coming. Baba, I have only gratitude in my heart for all
those things which You have graciously bestowed upon me. Please shower me
in Your ahetuki krpa.

Baba, I know in my heart that You love me, but if You really love me
then please come close in my heart. For You I have prepared and decorated
my mind in Guru cakra. Baba, please come close and grace me…

== A FEW THINGS ABOUT THOSE WHO GOT DHARMA SAMIIKSA ==

Namaskar,
In order to get our organisation moving in the best way possible we need to
understand who is who and be able to recognise everyone’s standard.

Some people are thinking those who got dharma samiiksa do not have any more
samskaras. So we should take a closer look at this intriguing perspective.

Certainly, because Baba is Taraka Brahma then His grace does not have any
limit. It is beyond time, place, and person. So it is infinite and
never-ending.

But when some people are thinking that those who got dharma samiiksa had
all their samskaras burned, then we have to think again.

Because in this mode initially some persons started doing all
kinds of wrong things also. And we can see that after dharma samiiksa many
WTs left; and they did various negative misdeeds. Not only that, but
various communal and group clashes occurred, thus separating Baba’s
organisation. And some who received dharma samiiksa distorted margiis
rights also. And some negative type of people created off-shoot organisations.

So there is a huge array of things which those who received dharma samiiksa
involved in. And a huge number of those WTs left; and some betrayed. So it
is not that all got liberated by receiving dharma samiiksa.

Let us analyse what Baba says about this. Because Baba’s grace does not
have any limit.

WHEN I GOT DHARMA SAMIIKSA

I remember that during dharma samiiksa then we all came to know that it
does not mean that those who got Dharma Samiiksa automatically finished all
their samskaras.

This is a serious confusion amongst many margiis and Wts. They think that
those who got Dharma Samiiksa exhausted all their samskaras.

But let us see here from Baba Himself whether He has taken the entire load
of samskaras during dharma samiiksa.

Baba says “So if Parama Purusa should take away some of the sins from the unit
beings, they will feel relieved of the heavy load and feel lightened”. (AV
part 23, p.166)

Please see here Baba says “some” not “all” the samskara.

NOT ALL SAMSKARAS EXHAUSTED

That means that those Margis and WT’s who got Dharma Samiiksa, a certain
part of their heavy load of bundle of samskara was removed, by His grace.

Baba burned some part with His grace. And so now those sadhakas need not to
carry their entire burden. But it does not mean that they are entirely
liberated. Liberated means complete exhaustion of all the entire load of
samskara– 100%.

And according to AM philosophy if one does not have any samskara they
cannot keep their body. And top of all Baba is not claiming that HE took
away all the samskara of those who got Dharma Samiiksa. Surely He is
telling that some part HE took by His grace. Again please read the Baba
quotation here below.

Baba says, “So if Parama Purusa should take away some of the sins from the
unit beings, they will feel relieved of the heavy load and feel lightened”.
(AV part 23, p.166)

PEOPLE CREATING NEW SAMSKARAS

But everybody must know that since the event of Dharma Samiiksa in 1982,
most everyone is creating fresh and fresh samskara. Because of all this
many Wt’s and margiis did many sinful activities also. Some got involved in
sexual misconduct etc

So all those who got Dharma Samiiksa that whatever samskara they have left
over from before 1982 and whatever they created new after Dharma Samiiksa,
they have to suffer those leftover as well as all the newly created samskara.

Because those who got Dharma Samiiksa, some of their samskara is burned by
Baba, and some leftover remained. That leftover may be in some cases, it may
be more heavier than any other persons leftover. That means all those who got
Dharma Samiiksa they are not in equalization of samskara. But one point is
there that everyone got some part burned . But what quantity of samskara is
burned and what remained is known only to Baba only, and that is varying.

And I also think that those who got Dharma Samiiksa their leftover or
remaining samskara may be in some cases heavier than those who did not even
get Dharma Samiiksa. Because who knows what was the quantity of their
accumulated samskara in comparison to others.

Or we can say that without Baba’s grace, they cannot get salvation. In
order words, ultimately those who got Dharma Samiiksa also need Baba’s
grace to get liberation for all these rest of heavy load of samskara. So it
does not mean that their some part Baba burned in Dharma Samiiksa so they
do not need Baba’s help now. Those who have physical body they need.
Without His grace nothing can happen.

As Baba says we have to please Parama Purusa according to our capacity. And
it is His causeless grace that when He will be happy, HE will do His grace.
So here critical point is that if Baba is pleased then whatever samskara
anybody has He can finish – it will not take any time for the sinner or for
the devotee both.

BABA’S BLESSING

And Baba also further says that His grace is beyond time, space, & person.

Baba says “And I know one is sure to get divine help. And I know further
that one is getting divine help. And I know still further that in future,
for infinite time and infinite space, one will be getting this divine
favour.” (AV, part 23, p.76)

Namaskar,
Arisudan

Note 1: DEPENDING UPON HIS GRACE

For Him as a Mahasambhuti, it is a great occasion that He did dharma
samiiksa. But the question remains whether those who got it could keep
themselves pristine or not. It is like if you got something but then it got
spoiled. So during dharma samiiksa some samskaras got exhausted but then
many of those persons just created more and more new samskaras. So you can
imagine that those responsible for killing an Avadhuta in Ananda Nagar
during the communal crisis, then they created the sin and in future they
will reap the benefits of that. Then how can one think that such persons
are all liberated souls and that we should adore them. There should not be
any such feeling in anyone’s mind about this. In spiritual field everything
is depending on His liila. Those who got dharma samiiksa should not feel
that now whatever they like they can do. Rather everyone is depending on
Baba’s grace.

Note 2: VISHESH YOGIS VS. THOSE WHO GOT DHARMA SAMIIKSA

Initially people had a very high regard and special feeling for vishesh
yogis also; but since Madhavanadna, PK Chatterjee and all kinds of
defectors like Vishokananda etc, all these Vishesh yogis betrayed Baba. But
before that we were thinking that these persons are completely realised
souls. However when they betrayed Baba then people understood what kind of
scoundrels these persons were.

About vishesh yoga, now people do not have any such feeling about them
because vishesh yogis / purodhas are in a miserable condition. They have
created and are involved in all sorts of negative things. So people lost
their blind respect for them.

Similarly after seeing everything carefully, people have lost the feeling
that those who got dharma samiiksa are liberated. Now there is no question
about that.

Anything can happen with anyone– only Baba’s liila is there. Everything
depends completely on His grace. So no one should boast about anything so
long as they are under the bondage of maya.

Note 3: ABOUT THE DEALINGS WITH NEW PERSONS

Baba is our Guru and always He is gracing us. Through His ota and prota
yoga, Baba is along with us and ultimately to whom He grants final
liberation that is the final thing; otherwise such types of dharma samiiksa
demonstrations He graced but people do not have the capacity to keep all
those things and they ruined those things.

When a person gets initiated then people think that what a great thing to
get initiated and link with the Parama Purusa. But how many people
sincerely keep those things in such a precious way. Rather in day to day
life they assault those things by not following His teachings and instead
doing negative things. And they stray from the Guru-disciple relation.
So Baba is gracious in all kinds of ways. But common people are not keeping
those things. In this new year may we re-double our efforts to follow His
each and every guideline.

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Look How Even the Deaf can Hear, by Dhyana

Baba says, “A deaf man sincerely wants to hear what the Sadguru is saying, the
positive microvita radiated through these two mudra’s are sure to help him
— they will certainly help him.” (Questions & Answers on Microvita, Answer
#17)

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homosexuality

In Dharma Samiiksa...Baba clearly opposed all gay and homosexual type of dealing. Never did He accept it or praise it. Rather He offered strong punishment to rectify that individual and bring them onto the path of welfare.

From: “Marc Pele”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Homosexuals & AM
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 12:39:28 +0000

Baba

“Tumi ekat’u ka’che eso, a’r ekat’ukha’ni heso…” (PS 1909)

Purport:

Baba, please grace me by coming a little more close, and please smile
a little softly. Baba, by Your grace, my penance to get You will remove
the cimmerian darkness of my mind. That I know. And please shower your
sweet and charming smile like a full moon.
I know this cimmerian darkness of my mind is not eternal. So much mental
blackness and stains, hundreds of times comes and goes from my mind. Yet
this deep, all around pitch darkness, pervading everywhere, will leave
while keeping its head low in defeat. Baba, You love the divine
effulgence– not the darkness. By Your grace, I will not accept defeat
at any cost. I will remain holding only Your lotus feet. Whatever people
may say, whatever may happen, I will remain pure and blemishless, by
Your grace. Baba, You are my beginning and my end– You are my Goal.
Baba, please come close and grace me by Your divine love…

== HOMOSEXUALS & AM ==

Namaskar,
In the general society – especially in the west and certainly in the US
– the gay / homosexual movement is gaining momentum. They are marching
on the capital, getting the attention of the US President, lobbying to
make gay marriages legal in so various states, and various other things
are going on.

Naturally then, those homosexuals hiding in AM may be thinking that soon
their time is going to come. They may be thinking that their star is
going to rise and that soon the momentum about the gay / lesbian
platform will swing in AM as well. Surely some homosexually-oriented
people who’ve been biding their time in the Marga are making plans to
mobilise and turn things in their favour.

So we have to think: Is this perspective correct? Is AM going to also
“turn the corner” on the gay issue?

WHY MANY FEEL IT IS PROGRESSIVE

In the general society, taking a stand in support of the termed
“gay-rights” issue is viewed as progressive and broad-minded. Now it has
become the fashion to “accept all people without judgment”, embrace all
religions, and be open to all ways of doing. Today this type of outlook
is highly appreciated and if one embraces such a perspective they are
viewed as being “cosmopolitan” and “open-minded”.

Why is it the case?

Because for centuries there has been a lot of dogma and hatred stemming
from both the general society and the various religions. Such harshness
made life extremely difficult for many people. There was blatant racism,
gender inequality, and so much intolerance of others that life was quite
unbearable.

Now that is less so – there is widespread & growing acceptance of all
peoples. And for the most part this has been a big improvement because
earlier the general society and the various religions were littered with
so many stigmas and dogmas. People were being senselessly alienated and
attacked.

Thus, in the general society, this has been a progressive period in many
respects – and the label of “progressiveness” has been expanded to
include the homosexual way of living as well.

So those gay oriented people hiding in AM are thinking that soon their
sun will rise in AM as well.

ANANDA MARGA IS DHARMA

Before deciding one way or the other about the future of homosexuality
in AM, we must remember that AM is dharma. That is the first thing to
keep in mind.

Baba says, “Ananda Marga alone is dharma and all the rest are sectisms.”
(SS-1, p.63)

That means that from its very inception Ananda Marga has been filled
with truth and righteousness. The teachings of AM are perfect in all
respects – they need not be improved upon. Nothing more needs to be
added in order for it to become “progressive”. Only human beings need to
come to realise such teachings.

In stark contrast the various religions are founded in dogma.

Baba says, “All religions are based on dogma – they are not based on
logic – and they propagate their dogma through stories, myths and
parables.” (PNS-18)

Thus there is a heaven and hell difference between AM and the various
religions.

Ours is based on proper and right-minded teachings given by Parama
Purusa Himself and the various religions are based on crude, degrading
mandates issued by selfish priests. And those misguided religious tenets
have hounded society for centuries.

So when AM is dharma then we should maintain its pristine form whereas
the religions should be modified and cleaned-up.

It is just like if there is pure food then putting any chemical in that
food “to clean it up” will pollute it whereas if food has dirt in food
from the very beginning then steps must be taken to remove the soil and
make the food proper.

Likewise if someone is 100% healthy then there is no need to operate on
that person – and indeed operating will cause harm – whereas if one is
diseased then an operation is needed.

Our Marga is like the pure food and the healthy person while the
dogmatic religions are like the soiled food and the diseased person.

Baba’s guidelines need not / must not be changed whereas the religions
need huge modifications and changes. That is the central operative
principle.

Now let’s see how this formula applies to the issue of homosexuality in
Ananda Marga, remembering that AM is 100% dharma and straying from that
only invites degeneration.

BABA IN DHARMA SAMIIKSA

During dharma samiiksa, Baba took a strong stand against all wrongdoing
in order to set society on the proper course and bring welfare to the
people. We all saw this.

For the sake of righteousness, Baba openly exposed those involved in
extra-marital affairs, pre-marital sex, pedophilia, and, here it comes,
lesbian and gay interactions. All these things Baba openly addressed
during the time of dharma samiiksa.

Baba clearly opposed all gay and homosexual type of dealing. Never did
He accept it or praise it. Rather He offered strong punishment to
rectify that individual and bring them onto the path of welfare.

So when AM is dharma and when Baba’s stand is in opposition to gay
relations, then we must not deviate from that way. Because whatever may
be the trend in the general society today, already the teachings of AM
represents the right approach. We need not bend to what is viewed as
being “broadminded” according to the general society. Rather deviating
from the stand of AM is to fall from the path of dharma. So we must not
bend.

Baba says, “We will not deviate an inch from our ideology, nor will we
allow others to do so. One cannot promote human welfare if one bothers
too much about public criticism, about the reaction in the papers or
among the voters.” (NSS, Disc: 14)

Thus when Baba’s stand and the stand of AM is against the practice of
homosexuality, then that is our approach – period.

EMPATHY NEEDED

This in no way means that we should persecute gay people or allow any
hate crimes or violence towards gay people. That is not our way. They
are our brothers and sisters and part of this grand human family. We
must have maximum empathy for them as human beings and respect as
individuals.

It is only their mode of living that we do not appreciate, not their
personae.

Furthermore we should work to get them treatment for their glandular
defects etc. Just like anyone suffering from a malady, we should help
them to recover in both the physical and / or psychic fields. In
addition, we are to show them that if they want to find and express
love, then they should learn to love Parama Purusa.

Thus although we strongly oppose the practice of homosexuality, we will
never launch a personal campaign against those individuals per se.
Rather we will always defend and ensure their cardinal human rights as
we attempt to educate them about and rectify their lifestyle.

WHY SEX

In AM, we all know that sex is purely for procreation purposes. It is
basically has no other value or real use. Baba advises maximum
restraint, i.e. “the more the better”.

Those familiar with AM and Baba’s mandates understand this point well.

So when homosexuality offers no recourse for producing children then
what is the use of such relations. It is just lust and / or misguided
attraction. Nothing more.

There is no existential value or utility in homosexual relations.

IT WILL ONLY BE POSSIBLE WHEN…

So although this is a seemingly controversial topic, our approach is
quite clear. There need not be any debate or countless forums about this
topic.

Those who think that just as gay relations are gaining support in
general society then the same will occur in AM are misguided. This is
not what the future holds for Ananda Marga.

Gay relations – as a human practice – will only be possible in Ananda
Marga when things like pre-marital sex, prostitution, easy-as-pie
divorce, fatherless children, and child pornography are also accepted in
AM. I.e. Never.

The day such things are embraced by AM society is the day it is no
longer Ananda Marga. It will be something else.

AM ideals are based on Baba’s teachings and our AM society is meant to
follow those ideals – none other.

That is why only naive people carry the false hope that one day
homosexuality will become an accepted and honoured life choice in AM.

SYMPATHY AND UNDERSTANDING NEEDED

Once again sympathy and understanding is needed in all respects – all
should be valued and loved.

Here we are condemning the practice of homosexuality and not homosexuals
per se. We are against the practice – not the person.

Rather we are to extend all sympathies and therapies to guide the person
in the proper manner, away from such pursuits.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has given us all the teachings for dharmic life.
Whatever is popular or not popular in the general society has no bearing
on the way things develop in AM. Ours is the path of pure spirituality
and the social representation thereof according to Baba.

Thus when the issue of homosexuality comes to the table, we know exactly
where we stand, irrespective of the current protests and / or proposals
being made in the general society.

Namaskar,
Mahendra

Note 1: FURTHER READING

Here is further reading on this topic of homosexuality.

 

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BABA SAYS

“Along with the theory of spiritual inheritance one Cosmic Ideology will
have to be adopted 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.” (To The Patriots)

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