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Baba

This letter contains two parts:
1. Posting: Wt Beauty Competition: Dyeing Hair
2. Trailer Quote: Science Of Gender Allotment Of Some Gay & Bisexual Etc

== WT BEAUTY COMPETITION: DYEING HAIR ==

Note: This letter addressed to our Wts; they should not do like this. For family margiis, they have their own personal choice. But Wts do not; they must be strict and abide by their conduct rules.

Namaskar,
Some Wholetimers (WTs) are unfortunately coloring their hair to enhance their superficial beauty; one fine morning they will color their lips also. This is the tragic trend and way things are going. However, this is not the way out wholetime workers should conduct themselves. They should not become victims of materialism. Rather their outlook and actions should be radically different.

LIFE IS SHORT – I AM NOT COME HERE FOREVER

GRAY HAIR IS A HELPFUL REMINDER OF MY OWN MORTALITY

When the topic of having gray hair arises, they should think in this way:

“I am not worried about my gray hair; I am concerned about my entire existence. This world is temporary – those who have born are going to die. Everyone will die and one day I too will die – that day can come at any time. I have no control over this.”
“Although i am in good health, by Baba’s grace, even then this body is temporary – anytime I can die. That my hair is gray is a helpful reminder to me that this life is ephemeral – this body is very temporary. I may not see tomorrow’s sun rise. Yet I have many works to complete before I die. that is my main concern – not whether my hair is gray or not. Rather this gray hair helps me in my endeavor as it reminds me that I am not here permanently, forever.”

Those ignorant people who give so much importance to the external colours are preya + ashreyii (worshipers of preya).

With our wholetimer workers, there should not be any complex about having gray hair. They should not waste their valuable time worrying about this when they can instead vigorously involve themselves in dharmic work.

WHAT WILL BE NEXT? LIPS? BODY PIERCING? TATTOOS?

By seeing those wts colouring their hair, I become surprised and think, when will the day come when they colour their nails, lips, or other body parts. Or when will their pierce their nose, ears, or other parts beautify themselves; or when will they get a tattoo? These are the types of thoughts that arise by seeing our Wts succumb to the materialistic temptation of colouring their hair. Not only that, when will they get a face lift or starting using botox to “beautify” themselves.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF NEGATIVE MICROVITA

In future letters, we will post the names of those wts who are dyeing their hair – some of these Wts are male and some are female. Regardless of the gender, any Wt involved in this way are sadly under the influence of negative microvita:

(Note: Devayonis are microvita; they are not something great, rather degraded.)

“They prayed to Parama Puruśa for beauty instead of for Parama Puruśa Himself. Such people, after their demise, attain the status of kinnara devayonis.” (Microvita in a Nutshell)

“The third category of devayoni is called kinnara. People who have an extraordinary fascination for beauty become kinnaras after death. They have an immense weakness for fashionable clothes, expensive ornaments and so on for they believe that if they are well dressed they will be treated as gods.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 6)

“Kinnara. “Bábá has given me everything, but I am not good-looking. I want to be very good-looking, so that people will say – No, no, no, it is very bad.” Such good persons, good souls (and they are good people, not ordinary people) after death also acquire this type of three-elemented body. They are called kinnara.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 3, Ghosts & Evil Spirits)

WHY THEY WOULD DO LIKE THIS

& THE TERRIBLE DANGER AT HAND

The basic motivation behind dyeing one’s hair etc is to highlight and show oneself in a manner based on superficial beauty. But one should not forget that the mind is one. If anyone is highlighting themselves then their entire existence is focused on their own petty I-feeling and not Parama Purusa. By that way their mind becomes smaller and smaller. That will lead them along the path of negative pratisaincara – i.e. the path of degeneration.

As one thinks so one becomes. If one indulges in their own petty-I feeling, their mind will become narrower and still more narrow. That is the practical science and that is what happens to those engrossed in their own superficial beauty.

Giving importance to one’s own self on the path of spirituality is very bad. That is why such type of activities that make the mind self-engrossed are antithetical for spiritual progress. No right-minded person – let alone one of our Wts – should destroy their future in this way.

DRAMATIC CHANGES GOING ON

In the past, prior to 1990, our wholetimers were ensconced in the ideals of sadhana, service, and sacrifice. Our Wt monks were glorified in this way – that was their beauty and charm. Unfortunately now some workers have turned to cosmetics and beauty parlors to shine themselves. This is the height of superficiality. This is a shocking state of degeneration. Such is the dominance and allurement of materialism that even our Wts have gotten involved in this way. Their dharmic role is to bring others onto the path of spirituality, but instead the opposite has occurred.

Certainly there are many strong and dharmic Wts in our acarya cadre, so it is sad and tragic that a few have fallen in this way. It lowers the standard dramatically.

If you are hearing this for the first time you may not believe this but if you investigate this matter you will easily discover that all that is written here is true and verily going on.

In India and in many nations, a few decades back, gray hair was looked upon as being very respectful. People were respected for their longevity and knowledge. But now the era has changed; everything has been turned upside-down. In so many parts, hair dying has become common – even a national trend due to the extreme rise of materialism. It seems that the samaj gurus have become legally blind; then how can they help others from falling in the ditch of materialism. It is our duty to save them and show the right path that superficial beauty is not everything – only Parama Purusa is everything.

OUR DHARMIC DUTY

It is our dharmic duty to save those treading the path of ut’a yana (path of hell). We should try to swiftly rescue them from their terrible plight. Otherwise, after certain amount of time, it is virtually impossible to bring them back onto the path of immortality (amrta yana). The time to act is now.

SUMMARY AND WT CONDUCT RULES

On this topic of Wt beauty competitions, there are many avenues we will discuss such as as visiting the beauty parlor, using cosmetics, applying artificial scent, and other superficial approaches that are contrary to WT life. And we will release the names of those involved as well.

Our workers must not go against their WT conduct rules. Unfortunately, they are wasting hard-earned money that margiis made and donated as our Wts and spending that in the beauty parlor.

“Perfumed oil should not be used.” (32 Rules for Avadhutas, pt #3)

“Any medicates soap but not cosmetic or perfumed soap should be used. (32 Rules for Avadhutas, pt #8)

“The use of things which are naturally perfumed are not prohibited, but artificially perfumed things should not be used.” (32 Rules for Avadhutas, pt #12)

BABA’S RELATED TEACHINGS

“There are many people who are very fond of praising themselves by telling everyone what wonderful things they have done, but, as mentioned in this sloka, kiirtana is not for one’s own self but for Hari. Even though people are taught to do kiirtana for Hari, they still make the mistake of praising themselves too much. Sometimes their self-praise is so intense that others are obliged to say, “Please stop praising yourself so much.” They forget that their self-applause is rather boring for others. Human beings should realize that no one likes to hear the self-praise of others.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 8, The Lord Should Always Be Praised)

“Habitual exhibitionism is one of the mental diseases of humanity. The root cause of this disease is the psychology of inflating one’s personality so that others are confounded, stupefied and overawed – they become speechless and gape with wonder at that inflated personality. Leave aside the person who has some merit, some capacity – even those without the least wealth, from whom you cannot expect a single penny even if you do seven hundred sit-ups and push-ups before them – even such people seek to exhibit themselves like fools or pandits. They never even care to know whether anyone has detected them or not, or whether others are actually laughing at them behind their backs: they remain totally obsessed with themselves. They even tend to forget that the Operative Principle, which is responsible for all actions, big or small, benevolent or malevolent, is absolutely dependent on the witness-ship of the Cognitive Principle. Those who have meagre intelligence may not be able to grasp this philosophical idea, but those who claim to have some intelligence, although they understand it, want to forget it. And behind this, the same psychology predominates – the psychology of exhibitionism, the psychology of self-display.
“There is a story for children about a certain king who had an iron safe where he kept his gold coins. These coins, because of long disuse, became mouldy. One day the king spread the gold coins in the sun to dry, and a frog picked up one of the smallest pieces. At this its belly puffed up and its throat swelled up, and it began to announce in its characteristic rasping voice….[Why shouldn’t I sing – I’m as rich as a king!] At this, everyone came and asked the frog, “Well, sir, what wealth do you actually have?” Then the frog spun that little coin around at least seven hundred times, saying, “Am I less than the king?” This is an example of the psychology of exhibitionism….”

“People with this mental defect lose their power of discrimination. First, they think that since they are so great, there is no need for them to learn anything from others. As a result of this, their further progress comes to a halt. Secondly, the arrogant attitude of this asmitá banishes from their minds the humble psychology of the learner. They lose interest in learning anything useful; so not only in the world of knowledge, but also in the world of practicality, they become misfits in life because of their mountainous accumulated ignorance….”

“It is not that arrogance of this sort simply obstructs their progress. The human mind, like the human body, is dynamic. No one has come to remain here; everyone is moving – for movement is a must. Now, the mind whose further progress is blocked will also have to move this way or that; so when one must move, but the path of progress is blocked, one is compelled to move along the path of degradation. Thus the arrogance born of this asmitá will lead people towards their downfall. This arrogance, which makes them want to display themselves, forgetting all other things, is termed ahaḿkára [vanity]. The predominant vrtti behind it is aham [ego]: “I am everything, there is nothing beyond and outside me.”” (Namah Shiváya Shántáya, Disc: 10)

Namaskar,
In Him,
Prashanta

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Science Of Gender Allotment Of Some Gay & Bisexual Etc

“Jiivátmá is neither a male nor a female, nor a hermaphrodite. For the proper expression of one’s latent samskáras [reactive momenta] one gets reborn into the body of a woman or a man or sometimes a hermaphrodite. There is no question of high or low, superior or inferior, noble or ignoble because whatever might be the sex of the body, the jiivátmá is just the witnessing faculty of the mind it is attached to. It is unassailed by the sexual differences of the quinquelemental bodies. The unexpressed psychic reactions (samskáras) of the disembodied soul are guided by the Cosmic Mind and adjusted with a proper structure, at a proper time and a proper place, providing a congenial environment for the expression of the unrequited samskáras. Depending upon the nature of the samskáras there is either the predominance of the tendency to attract (samyojanii shakti) or the predominance of the tendency to be attracted (vibhájanii shakti). The nature of the force of attraction is to draw the object of enjoyment towards itself, and the nature of the force which is attracted is to move towards the object of enjoyment. When there is dominance of samyojanii shakti in one’s latent saḿskáras, the disembodied soul attains a female body for its outward expression, and conversely where there is a dominance of vibhájanii shakti, it attains a male body. Where there is an approximate balance between the two, the disembodied soul attains the body of a hermaphrodite. Of course, even in the hermaphrodite the balance between saḿyojanii and vibhájanii shaktis is not perfect; there is a slight tilt in favour of one or the other. That’s why some hermaphrodites are more inclined towards masculinity, and some, femininity.” (Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 7, Form and Formless)
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Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2012 19:33:49
From: Pradiip Deva
Subject: Why Some Do Not Feel Graced
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

== WHY SOME DO NOT FEEL GRACED ==

Namaskar,
As sadhakas, one of the main things in life – or the main thing in life – is to cultivate a sweet and intimate relation with Parama Purusa.

Because only He is our eternal Friend who remains along with us forever and ever; only He is that all-powerful Entity of this grand universe who can save us from all kinds of troubles and difficulties; only He is that Bliss Personified Entity who can fill our hearts with unending love and compassion.

So when Parama Purusa alone is that Divine One, naturally then it is most advantageous and very intelligent to nurture an intimate relation with Him.

In Baba’s below mentioned guideline, He uniquely shows us how in our day to day existence we can establish such a devotional and intimate link with Parama Purusa – one that will grow and flourish more and more by His grace.

BABA’S GRACE IS EVERYTHING

To do anything in this universe takes energy, and that energy comes from Him.

All of us are aware and it is indeed well known that the devotional scriptures of A’nanda Ma’rga proclaim that everything happens due to the supreme grace of Parama Purusa. There is not a single event or day to day occurrence that transpires in this vast expressed universe that is not the direct result of His divine grace – His krpa’.

Gurukrpa’ hi kevalam
“The Guru’s grace is everything.”

Baba says, “This alone is the supreme truth. This is the be-all and end-all of life.” (A Few Problems Solved – 8)

Hence it is a universal truth and well accepted fact that Baba’s grace is everything. All good things in life and all positive results are all due to His causeless grace.

Even then, due to their vanity, in their heart of hearts various jinanis have their own separate perspective.

The bhakta feels in his heart that Parama Purusa is gracious and doing everything whereas jinanis feel that they themselves are doing everything. And that is the big different in mind-set between the two.

Bhaktas give credit to Parama Purusa and that brings more feelings of devotion, while the jinanis give credit to themselves and that creates the feeling of vanity, i.e. the umbrella of vanity. That is why some do not feel graced.

WHO SHOULD BE GIVEN CREDIT

Let’s analyse who should be given credit when any work is done.

Suppose you performed an action. Someone fell down on the railroad tracks and you picked them up and saved their life and the next day it was reported in the newspaper. By reading the article, you become very happy and proud of your good deed. Others are appreciating you and you are pleased with yourself. From the viewpoint of the general society, this is all quite normal.

According to the dharmic dictates of Ananda Marga, we should see things completely differently. Because we have to see where the energy came from to do such an action.

The common people think that you did this work with your own energy, but when we think in spiritual way, then we can easily understand that you did not pull that person from the tracks with your own energy. You derived your energy from the air, sunlight, water, food, and from life itself. You are not your own source of energy. It is coming from somewhere else – from all these elements.

If we examine the issue more deeply, we can understand that the ultimate source of all energy and all vitality is Parama Purusa. So then who should get the credit? The Owner and Source of all energy, or should you get the credit. Certainly Parama Purusa. Not to understand this simple truth is foolishness. Those who live off other’s energy and strength yet are proud about their own accomplishments thinking they they have done this with their own energy are veritable fools.

Here is another way of thinking of things.

Suppose one master gave $30 to his servant to purchase medicine for a needy person. Thereafter, the servant feels proud that he himself contributed that money. And he starts boasting about his great act of giving. Naturally, everyone around thinks that servant is crazy. Because, in truth, all he did was spend the master’s money yet he (the servant) is bragging as if he gave the money for helping the needy.

The point is easy to understand. When all one’s energy comes from Parama Purusa naturally credit should be given to Him. That is what bhaktas do. Those who do not understand this think that they themselves are the doer. Such persons are are called jinanis – according to in AM philosophy. These jinanis do not just reside in the “underworld” or in “heaven” – they are among us. We should ask ourselves: “Am I a jinani? Do I give appreciation and credit to Parama Purusa? Or do I only appreciate myself, not Him.

That Divine Entity should be given all of the credit. Giving credit to Him is devotion.

Baba says, “The duty of human beings is only to continue their efforts to please Parama Purusa. Thus when any work is done, the concerning sadhaka is not to be given any credit; the credit should be given to Parama Purus’a.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 18, The Path unto the Abode of Beatitude)

STORY OF TWO DISCIPLES: TWO OPPOSITE PERSPECTIVES

Once upon a time there were two disciples of the Supreme Guru.

One of the disciples was very simple in nature and he readily accepted the fact that all the favourable developments in his life and all the successes in his life were due to Guru’s Grace – the grace of Parama Purusa. This was his regular way of thinking. And the more his mind thought like this, the closer he felt with Parama Purusa.

By that way each and every moment he would say, “O’ Lord You are the Great Doer behind my each and every action. You conceive of the work, You execute the work, and You are the One who makes that work successful. Everything sweet in my life – everything accomplished in my life – is a direct outcome of Your divine grace. That is why I always repeat Your divine name.”

So in that way, all day and all night long that simple disciple was forever involved in singing Kiirtan and repeating his Ista mantra and Guru mantra. And naturally that same disciple felt closer and closer to Parama Purusa – day by day.

The above disciple is a bhakta as he gives all credit to Parama Purusa and realises that Parama Purusa is gracious.

STORY OF TWO DISCIPLES: TWO OPPOSITE PERSPECTIVES (Part II)

In stark contrast, the other disciple had a more jinani bent of mind. He was very proud of his own knowledge and capabilities, and accordingly he felt that whatever good things he had achieved in this life were a direct result of his own talents and his own efforts. This jinani was thinking that he himself was doing all the hard labour and that Parama Purusa is just keeping still – not doing anything.

This mentality is the notorious umbrella of vanity. When any simple or hard work is accomplished then that work can be viewed in two distinctly different ways. One may think that it is His grace or one may think that ‘I did this work’. By this way one either goes closer to or farther from Parama Purusa. If one thinks that ‘I did this work’ then that is the umbrella of vanity and that pushes the person away from Parama Purusa. So this umbrella of vanity brings degeneration.

Let us always remember that Parama Purusa is equally gracious on everyone – whether one understands this or not.

So when it came time to explain his own achievement, then this jinani always harboured the idea that it was all due to his own hard work and perseverance. This was his inner feeling. That was how he explained his own successes in life. And he felt that nobody worked as hard as he did.

But when he saw anyone else getting any type of success in life, then out of extreme jealously and with his skewed intellectual understanding, that jinani would proclaim:

‘This person has no talent or ability, he cannot do anything, so it stands to reason that his success is only due to the grace of Parama Purusa. But in my life it is not like that; in my life I have worked hard to achieve everything I have gotten’.

This was the extreme type of vanity that clouded the jinani’s mind.

STORY OF TWO DISCIPLES: TWO OPPOSITE PERSPECTIVES (Part III)

In that case how was it possible for the jinani to develop a sweet feeling towards Parama Purusa. Unfortunately it was not. This very crude outlook – this type of umbrella of vanity – totally hindered his own ability to cultivate an intimate and devotional relation with Parama Purusa.

That is why this jinani would often proclaim, ‘I do not feel the grace of Parama Purusa – where is it, I do not feel it’. And when any problem would appear in his life then he would automatically start blaming Parama Purusa for placing this obstacle on his pathway. This was the unfortunate and low-minded perspective of that jinani.

Whereas the more simple devotee’s outlook was the exact opposite. This simple sadhaka attributed all good tidings as being a direct result of the fathomless grace of Parama Purusa. And he felt that if any problem ever came in his life then surely Parama Purusa is there to solve it. This was the natural feeling in his mind. And by thinking like this and by realising this divine and universal truth that Parama Purusa is always gracing and saving him, this simple devotee naturally began to feel a closer and more sentimental link with Parama Purusa.

BEGGAR EXAMPLE

At this point, still a few may be wondering how it is possible to develop a more intimate relation with Parama Purusa merely by thinking that everything is due to His grace. Some may be wondering how this works. Perhaps we can look at it this way.

Suppose one beggar arrives at the door of one householder. Upon seeing this ravenous beggar, the householder graciously feeds the beggar a variety of tasty and sumptuous dishes on and on until finally the hungry beggar has eaten up to his heart’s content.

Thereafter if the beggar has a sense of gratitude and thinks that he was fed due to the kindness and generosity of that particular householder, then naturally the beggar will develop a sweet feeling in his heart for that householder. And he will walk around town telling to one and all how that householder lovingly prepared so many tasty dishes to satisfy his hunger until finally he felt totally satiated. In this way that beggar will sing the good deeds of that householder. And he will automatically feel a close connection with that gracious householder.

In contrast, if the beggar feels that he got that tasty food only because he walked many miles to the householder’s residence. And if the beggar thinks that he got the meal only due to his own efforts, then he will not feel an iota of gratitude toward the householder. Rather he will contemptuously tell that the householder did not provide me with the food that I really wanted. And the beggar will complain that for dessert the householder only gave me 1 KG of rasagolla and I wanted 2 KG. In this way the beggar will remain totally dissatisfied and completely furious with that householder.

In reality, the householder gave the very food that he himself was going to eat and he gave the sweets that he usually reserves for special guests. But if in the street one tells that beggar that the householder feed you well, the beggar will be dissatisfied thinking that I should have gotten more.

In that case in the beggar’s mind there will not be any sweet feeling towards the householder – rather in that circumstance the relation between them will seem cold and distant. The beggar will even feel angry and inimical towards that kind householder.

LIKEWISE WITH PARAMA PURUSA…

Likewise with Parama Purusa, each and every sadhaka should think & cultivate the idea in his mind that all the joys and all the smiles in his life are due to His supreme grace.

And this is not just the world of make believe, this is the grand reality of this divine universe. Because Parama Purusa really does do everything. Everything is due to His grace and He is in controller of everything going on in this vast universe.

So believing everything to be a result of His cosmic grace is not just one’s own mental fabrication or one’s own imagination, this is indeed the grand truth of this created universe: He is the one doing everything. All credit and glory goes to Him.

By realising this truth, automatically that sadhaka will feel more love and affection for Parama Purusa. One will feel a deep sense of eternal gratitude towards Him. In that ideal psychic environment, a close and intimate relation with surely blossom between the bhakta and Parama Purusa. Then one will feel His grace, always.

WHAT VAIN JINANIS DO

But if out of one’s own silly vanity any jinani fails to recognise this divine truth, then in their own mental laboratory they will build up their own superiority complex and think that all good things are due to their own greatness. Because of this vain and self-centered approach, mentally such jinanis remain far away from Parama Purusa and they cannot make that sweet relation with Him. And step by step this feeling of isolation permeates each and every aspect of their life until finally their whole existence is sunk in woe and frustration. Such persons never feel His grace.

HUMAN DESIRE AND LONGING

Ultimately human beings want someone who is very close – someone who will be their grand companion each and every moment in life. Human beings want that type of intimate relation and eternal Friend. And such a companion, such a relation, such a Friend, can only be Parama Purusa – not any human being.

So if in their life anyone has been blessed to have that type of close link with Parama Purusa then in their life there will always be a sweet flow of love and devotion and they will always feel happy, content, and internally satisfied. Because their life is drenched in His divine love and they feel His grace working each and every moment.

UNFORTUNATE UMBRELLA OF VANITY

But if due to their own unit ego and vanity anyone is unable to cultivate a sweet feeling with that most loving and divine Entity, then that type of jinani will always feel sad, lonely, and depressed. Their life will always feel empty. And the root cause behind it all is that unfortunate umbrella of vanity – not realising that He is the real Doer.

Here below Baba describes this situation.

Baba says, “He has got equal love for each and every creature of this universe, for all animate and inanimate objects. His krpa’ and His compassion is being equally showered upon each and every individual, upon each and every object. He bestows His compassion equally on each and every object. Equally on pa’piis [sinners] and pun’yava’nas [the virtuous].”

“But common people do not feel it, they do not feel that they are getting His krpa’. Why do they not feel it? That krpa’, that water of compassion, is being showered on each and every creature equally, but ordinary people do not feel that they are being drenched by those sacred waters. Why? Because they are holding the umbrella of vanity over their heads, that’s why they are not being drenched.”

“And what is sa’dhana’? You will have to remove that umbrella from above your head and get yourself drenched by the sacred water. You will have to remove that umbrella of vanity…and get yourself drenched by that water; and then you will feel that you are being graced by Him. This is what is called krpa’. Krpa’ is there, but you will have to come to feel it by your sa’dhana’. And when you will remove that umbrella, you will get proper direction, and then you will be guided by hla’dinii shakti, by Ra’dhika’ shakti. Here you will come in contact with His nu’pura dhvani [Divine Sound].” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 33, ‘Brahmacakra’)

SADHANA AND HIS GRACE REMOVES THE UMBRELLA,

OTHERWISE…

Thus as Baba guides us in His above teaching, the devotional cult of sadhana enables one to feel the sweet presence of His divine grace. Because when one does sadhana then naturally the mind becomes soft, serene, and peaceful. And in that way, the sadhaka instinctively feels that everything is due to the divine grace of Parama Purusa.

However, without that, without the practice of sadhana, such jinanis just develop a gross superiority complex and in their mind vanity is the dominant factor. In which case they go on harbouring the idea that they themselves are the only doer in this universe. And they give all credit unto themselves.

And giving credit to oneself instead of Parama Purusa is the umbrella of vanity.

When one recognises that Parama Purusa is doing then that is devotion.

By holding such an unfortunate umbrella of vanity over their head, these jinanis remain far, far away from the charming and loving presence of Parama Purusa – they do not feel the continuous flow of His sweet grace. This is their unfortunate state – all because of the umbrella of vanity.

SELF-INQUIRY

If you do not feel graced then look in the depths of your heart. Think: In your life do you feel that everything is done by Parama Purusa, or do you feel that you are doing everything and people should appreciate your efforts. Therein lies the answer. This is an internal topic – as one thinks that is how the mind works. And that is why one will feel His grace, or not.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His infinite mercy and compassion may we all develop that intimate link with Parama Purusa and thereby swim in the devotional waters of His sweet grace.

Baba says, “When you are enjoying the Grace, what will happen? The radius will be shortened, and in this very life you will become one with your Goal, your Nucleus. This Nucleus knows no artificial barrier, nor isms, countries or philosophies. This Nucleus knows that the moving entities are My children – they want to come and sit on My lap.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 12, ‘The Only Cult’)

Namskar,
Pradiip

Note 1: PROBLEM OF VANITY

Here Baba describes how vanity affects people.

Baba says, “‘I did this, I did that – I built this road when I was a minister I constructed this bridge when I was in the Public Works Department’ – this is how people become mad for their little ‘I’.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life-11)

Thus when people suffer from this type of vanity it is impossible to develop an intimate and sweet relation with Parama Purusa. Because when they get any success then they proudly think that they are doing everything and that Parama Purusa is not doing anything. And when anything bad occurs then those same jinanis vehemently blame Parama Purusa for causing such a disaster. By this type of demented outlook, ultimately such jinanis create an inimical relation with Parama Purusa. By this way any balanced person can see how vanity is a huge hindrance on the path of spirituality.

Note 2: MORE ABOUT THE UMBRELLA OF VANITY

Here Baba explains more how due to their vanity jinanis feel that only others get His divine grace – but not themselves.

Baba says, “Now, you can say, ‘This gentleman has got the grace of the Supreme and I do not get the grace. What am I to do?’ No, He is omnipotent, omniscient, and all-loving. His grace is for all without any exception. But because of your individual vanity, you do not realize it.”

“Suppose there is a heavy rain of His grace. If you hold an umbrella of vanity over your head, you will not get drenched with the rain. So, if you remove the umbrella of vanity from your head, you will be drenched with His grace.” (17 August 1979 DMC, Taipei)

The only solution for such jinanis is to remove their unfortunate umbrella then only will they get relief and mental peace – otherwise their life will pass in frustration.

Note 3: OUR ETERNAL FRIEND AND HIS EVER-FLOWING GRACE

Baba says, “He constantly showers His grace without reservation even on those persons who make no effort for salvation and who gradually degrade themselves. Even though you calumniate Brahma and deny His existence, yet He will not be displeased with you. He will not thrust you on the path of destruction. His imposing countenance of forgiveness will for ever remain, and He will forever go on directing you to the ways of salvation. Who else is your genuine friend and compassionate companion?” (Subhasita Samgraha – 1, ‘Brahma Krpa Hi Kevalam’)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi manera katha’ shune tha’ko…” (PS 4488)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa Baba, O’ my most intimate One, You always listen to my tales. My feeling and my sentiment, everything You know. You are always filling my heart with Your most attractive form of madhura bhava. In the dark negative days, in the new moon night, You are the brightest effulgence which removes the blackness. In the burning desert, You are the cool water. In the rainy, cloudy night when people have lost the path, at that time You are the Savior Who shows the proper path towards the Goal. Baba, I am desperately searching You, but You are hiding Yourself with the covering of maya. In the spring season You are the most charming fragrance flower. In the pain and agonies You provide that sweet loving touch. Baba, my only desire is that You eternally remain along with me showering Your love, affection, and infinite grace – without caring about my imperfection and shortcomings. Baba, You are ever-gracious, O’ my Dearmost…

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Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2012 20:54:42 -0400
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Satyadeva
Subject: One Can’t Hide

Baba

== ONE CAN’T HIDE ==

Namaskar,
Baba’s following teaching is highly relevant to a recent and ironic downfall of one general who wrote the handbook on counter-terrorism.

NOWHERE TO HIDE – MUST UNDERGO THE CONSEQUENCES

Na antalikkhe na samuddamajjhe
Na pabbatanam vivaram pavissa
Na vijjati so jagatippadeso
Yatthatthitam nappasaheyya maccu.

Baba says, “Suppose a person commits a wrong by accepting a bribe. While receiving the bribe he thinks that no one is watching, but that is impossible. A third entity is watching everything. No one can do anything secretly in this universe. But the bribe-taker thinks the opposite because avidyá shakti has placed a veil between him and the Supreme Being. This is a very dangerous situation. It is just like a hare being chased by a hunter: the hare sits down and covers its eyes with its ears and, thinks, “I cannot see anything, so the hunter cannot see anything either. Hence he won’t be able to kill me.” This is a deadly mistake! Wherever one commits a wrong, be it in the depths of the ocean or in a high mountain cave, one cannot escape the consequences: one will certainly be detected one day or another.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 18)

In His above teaching, Baba guides us that no deed goes unseen in this universe. Some people mistakenly think that they can commit wrongful crimes and atrocities and keep those ills hidden. But, as Baba says, that is impossible. Parama Purusa sees everything. One will have to face the consequences – there is no way out, nowhere to hide. For every misdeed, there is a corresponding consequence. It is inevitable; there is no escape. That is Baba’s explicit warning.

RECENT DOWNFALL OF ONE GENERAL & COUNTER-TERRORISM SPECIALIST

Last month, General David Petraeus, the head of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), was taken down in scandal, the irony of which cannot be overlooked.

Over the course of his lengthy, multi-decade career as a military officer, strategist, and counter-terrorism leader, General Petraeus has engaged in numerous types of dealings. Here is a short bio of his career:

– He was the Director of the CIA from June 30, 2011 to December 2012.

– CIA carries out signature drone strikes that have killed countless, innocent citizens in various countries.

– Plus the CIA is arguably the most covert, clandestine organisation in the world that oversees countless operatives, secret alliances and investigations, undercover attacks, and a vast array of operations.

– And Petraeus is “in” on all of this, because he was the head of the CIA.

AS A TOP MILITARY COMMANDER:

– As a top general in the military, Petraeus did so many operations, including arranging the sales of arms to various governments so big capitalists could profit.

– The US sells arms and weapons to those governments around the world which they want to keep in power. Even if the government is crushing their own people, such as in Bahrain, the US will continue to provide arms to those corrupt leaders in exchange for their loyalty and / or resources. The US has done this all over the world – they have supported debased, despotic leaders across the Middle & Far East to throughout Latin / Central America, and on every continent from Africa to Europe.

– In those areas where the US is not in favour of the regime, then the US military will arrange for the selling of arms to various combatants and militia groups in order to topple the regime such as in Iran. The US has been giving arms to various militants around the world and even drug lords like Manuel Noriega of Panama. Often the US supports militia groups and helps them gain power; once in power they embark in so many hostilities and the US often has to invade to bring them down. In this way, the US military creates so many problems. And General Petraeus has been part of all this for decades.

– There are many more tales to tell of power and corruption.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/11/covert-war-iran-cia-israel_n_1417764.html

Here is how Petraeus was caught…

Through an unusual chain of events, an investigative team came across a secret email account that General Petraeus shared with one woman where they talked in detail of their illicit relationship etc. Both were already married. Their secret affair was further examined and ultimately exposed, thereby forcing General Petraeus to step down from his position as head of the CIA and retire. He lost his post and stature, after it was uncovered that he was involved with two females.

Interestingly, he was using the same email trick that terrorists use: Never send the actual email; just write a letter and place it in the ‘drafts’ folder, then the other person logs into that same account and reads the message in the drafts folder. That way there is no email transmission and everything is “secret.” This is what terrorists do and this is what Petraeus did.

Yet, he was exposed. How ironic is it that the one man who was hailed as the greatest expert in secret intelligence – and had all resources, technology, and techniques at his finger tips – was brought down by his own tactics.

Indeed, in this universe it is impossible to hide. Those involved in wrongdoing will be exposed.

PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCE

While the events leading to the downfall of General Petraeus are quite dramatic, and depict how even the most sophisticated agent of secret intelligence can be caught and exposed, Baba’s teaching is not limited to such decorated leaders alone.

In each and every place, big or small, wherever people reside there are some who misuse their power. Blinded by ego they think, “nothing can harm me, I may do as I please.” In that way they cheat and harm others. It may be between husband and wife, boss and employee, neighbor to neighbor, group to group, or whomever. Wherever one person or group grabs the upper hand then they generally fall under the false notion that they are unbeatable.

But in all such circumstances, they will one day meet their fate and undergo the consequences of their misdeeds. There is nowhere to run or hide. Everyone must be accountable to their each and every action. That is divine law.

So none should think that only highly posted government agents are prone to being exposed. No one should think, “This does not apply to me.”

As Baba guides us, this rule applies universally for everyone. Where there is sin – where there is injustice – where there is corruption etc, there will be consequences to follow. The remarkable response is that one’s ego does not allow them to think that they too will meet their fate. No one thinks that they will be caught.

All should be alert and know that there is no place to hide – all one’s actions are seen by Parama Purusa.

BABA’S TEACHING

We should all live by the tenets of yama and niyama and inspire others to do that same. In that way we can march forward onto the path of spirituality. Then our reactions will just be sweet and blissful.

We should be cent-per-cent vigilant that our actions are just. When, cent per cent of the time we can remember that Parama Purusa is watching us – and that there is no place to hide – then we will save ourselves from all kinds of troubles and hardship.

Baba says, “In an attempt to escape from one’s sins and misdeeds you may retire to the Himalayas from Kanpur, but you cannot go beyond that. So the question arises, where will you escape to? Suppose you commit some wrong, and to escape the evil outcome of those misdeeds and avoid punishment you try to hide yourself in the sky or in an unknown place or at the bottom of the sea or in a mountain cave. But can you really hide yourself anywhere? In fact in this universe there is not an inch of space where one can conceal oneself.” (Subháśita Saḿgraha Part 11)

Namaskar,
at His feet,
Satyadeva

Note 1: HERE AGAIN IS BABA’S TEACHING

Baba says, “Nothing is hidden from Him. Humans cannot conceal anything they do from Him. If you say to somebody, “Don’t tell anyone about this,” Parama Puruśa hears you saying privately not to tell anyone. Therefore it is said that He has a separate face for each unit being, with which He sees everyone. Na antariikśe na samudramajjhe – “Neither in the sky, nor in the ocean,” nor in a cave, can you hide yourself. Nowhere in the Cosmos can you hide from Him.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 21)
PRABHAT SAMGIITA
“Bhulo kare eso priyo a’ma’r ei kut’ire…” P.S. 1808

Purport:

O’ my Dearmost Baba, it seems that knowingly You do not want to come in my hut. Please, at least, come once – if only by mistake. It is true that I do
not have any quality or attribution – nor do I have devotion. Then by which force can I call You. To call You and request You to come to my home, devotion is needed. And that I do not have. That is why I request You to please come by Your causeless grace. Baba, You know that I am not the ocean of knowledge; nor do I have a huge quantity of intellect. I am completely loaded with imperfections and impurities. Nobody likes to look toward me; everyone avoids me thinking that I am a most ordinary type of being. Baba, please grace me. Baba, I have full faith and trust. You are my hope – of my hopeless heart; You are my colourful dream. My entire longing and my entire thirst and whole love is revolving around You. Baba, You are my everything. Please keep me close or away, it is up to You…

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From: “A. Roy”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Same Disparity
Date: Wed Aug 22 2012, 22:01

Baba

PS Intro: In this following song the devotee is lying at Baba’s lotus feet, ensconced in a’nanda. And in that deeply devotional atmosphere, the sadhaka is desperately calling to all the jiivas to also come close to Baba, the Parama Purusa incarnate, and have His darshan and get His blessing.

“Ba’n’sga’rii bahiye ja’y, saha’s nayane ca’y
Goloker hari a’ji gokule liila’ raca’y…” (P.S. 3658)

Purport:

Today, the Hari of the divine world has manifested His liila in the land of devotees. With His sweet grace He is moving all around playing His divine flute– showering His charming smile and gracious eyes upon all. With reddish lips, He is beckoning each and everyone. He is telling: ‘Come close, come to Me– quickly, as soon as possible, come running, so we can be together up to eternity’. Today that Hari of the divine world is showering bliss on everyone. We are so graced.

Everyone is His kith and kin; all are His own; nobody is alien. No one is far; everyone is close. All are His most intimate ones. By His grace everyone gets Him in their thinking, japa, and meditation. Everyone resides in His mind; everyone has a place in His heart. By His causeless grace, now the river of devotion is flowing at high current. His divine rasa is dancing, overflowing, & splashing in ecstasy. With His fathomless grace the garland of waves is swaying to and fro. All are ensconced in His bliss.

For crushing the dus’t’a (demonic people) and for saving & nurturing the virtuous & dharmic people and for destroying the nefarious and deadly demons, He comes again and again on this earth with the rumble, twang, and beating of His kettle drum. There is no one else on this earth who has such infinite and countless qualities. That Hari of the divine world is the abode of all heavenly attributions.

Come one, come all. The Lord of the universe has come today with gracious splendour, and He is showering His divine liila upon all devotees. He is most loving and ever-gracious…

== SAME DISPARITY ==

Namaskar,

Baba says, “Dignity is attached to post or rank. A station master will take great pains to prepare the railway minister’s visit, but will never trouble himself with the inconveniences faced by the ordinary passengers. Luxurious houses are built for high-ranking officers while the poor live in shanty towns, barely protected from the elements.” (PNS-18, p.56)

Unfortunately a similar disparity is also continuing in our AM. Where so-called high post holding Dadas get the cream of the cake but rarely does anybody bother about juniors and subordinates. Some so-called margiis do not treat common WTs in the same grand way that they treat high-ranking Dadas. Unfortunately where there is post there is prestige. If anyone has a low post then they do not get any prestige. Hence, the same cancerous diseases that the general society is suffering from, AM is also suffering from these days. But our duty is to follow Baba’s guideline.

Namaskar,
A. Roy

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Date: Tue 20 Mar 2012 19:22:37 -0400
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Dharmendra Deva
Subject: Wt Beauty Competition

Baba

== WT BEAUTY COMPETITION ==

Namaskar,
These days there is a beauty competition going on amongst certain Dadas and Didis. Let’s see how far this type of thing has been approved by Baba.

WHY THE NEED TO PHYSICALLY BEAUTIFY ONESELF

The use of cosmetics amongst our wholetime workers has increased exponentially in recent years. Of course, prior to 1990, no worker would dare use cosmetics or perfumes etc. Indeed, no one felt the need to use beauty products as everyone was deeply involved in manifesting Baba’s teachings.

Unfortunately, now a number of workers – both Dadas and Didis – are resorting to these beauty products. It seems they have been affected by today’s grossly materialistic values.

The question naturally arises: Why do some feel the need to beautify their faces? What is the psychic cause. We will address this question and more in this letter.

ALL COME FROM ANIMAL LIFE

Every human being – every human mind – has evolved from animal life and those animalistic samskaras are still present in the human personality, to some or more degree.

The human personality is tri-fold: Physical, psychic and spiritual.

Some fall prey to the psychic ailment known as self-aggrandizement or gaorava. This is when people feel a need to present themselves as being bigger or better than what they truly are.

Baba says, “Gaorava is the second type of aham’ka’ra [ego]. It means “self-aggrandizement”. Puffed up with vanity, a person will want to project his image in an exaggerated manner. Often we hear somebody say, for example, that they have a rose he size of a balloon in their garden – whereas actually the rose may be the size of a ping-pong ball. Constant indulgence in this type of activity converts the mind into matter.”

“We have seen bulls moving about in the streets with an air of arrogance. Such a bull creates a sound expressing the idea that it is big – Ham bar’a’. But when the bull dies and ta’nt [vina string] is made out of its intestines and musicians start playing on it, the sound which is then emitted expresses the idea Tun bar’a’ – meaning thereby that the bull realizes that others are big, and realizes that he has arrived at this condition because of his arrogance.”

“In fact the inculcation of gaorava leads one to the worst hell. Just as there are six layers, or lokas, of the Cosmic Mind above the crude world, so are there six types of hell, six narakas, below the physical world. The names of these hells are tala, atala, tala’tala, pa’ta’la, atipa’ta’la and rasa’tala. Another term for rasa’tala is raorava naraka – and a person indulging in gaorava will certainly go to raorava [crudest state of mind].” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-23)

Baba says, “The seventh hell is rasa’tala, the very crudest of all stages of existence. Obviously in that state human beings are no longer human beings: their minds, their intellects are reduced to extreme crudity, a stage of no return. Similarly when people start becoming degraded, a stage comes when they can no longer elevate themselves;
rasa’tala is such a state.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way Life-11)

Why does this happen? This happens when the mind is not focused on Parama Purusa, but on one’s own unit ego. Gaorava then is a defect in mind which may express itself physically and psychically.

To take advantage of this mental ailment, capitalists exploit this weakness by marketing more and more beauty products. It is a multi-billion dollar industry. Because of their psychic ailment, people easily get scooped up into this capitalist trap and spend huge money on cosmetics, beauty aids, perfume, cosmetic surgery, etc.

Decades ago it was unheard of for our Wts to get pulled in this direction, but tragically nowadays some of our workers have gotten trapped just like the common public. That is the main problem: Some Wts now use beauty products. Essentially it is a psychic problem that needs to be addressed.

WHY THEY FALL IN THIS TRAP

Why do people fall in that trap of gaorava or self-aggrandizement?

The first reason is that all come from animal life and fall prey to certain lower expressions of mind. This has been described up above.

Secondly, the trend of the general society is towards materialism. That means people are involved in their own external beauty and wish to project themselves as being something great, i.e. superior to who they are. This is all due to their materialistic way of living.

When general flow of society is towards materialism then the mass of people fall in that trap. They get caught in things like self-beautification and self-glorification. Then we know they have fallen into gaorava marga (path of hell) and lost their Goal.

MUST BE CAREFUL

Indulging in gaorava (self-aggrandizement) means falling onto the path of negative pratisaincara. Why? Because the person is not focusing their mind towards Ista, i.e. Parama Purusa. Instead they are just involved in their own personal ego. In that case the mind will become smaller and smaller and gradually they will not be a normal human being. They will become degraded.

What to say of mukti and moksa, such a person is sinking deep into the clutches of animal life. Why? Because the goal was just their own unit self – i.e. not Parama Purusa but their own little ego. In that case they are sure to degrade. Hence the path of gaorava is a very dangerous path.

ATTRACTING THE OPPOSITE SEX

Another reason behind the use of beauty products is the crude, tamasik desire to attract the opposite sex. That is also one of the expressions of gaorava.

If any Wt, either male or female, is doing this they are in the wrong place. They should just throw away their dress and choose a different way of life. They should not pollute our Ananda Marga.

Entering Wt life means focusing on Parama Purusa not the opposite sex. So if any worker is using cosmetics with the goal of attracting the opposite sex, their situation is akin to some drug addict that walked into one of our AM jagrtis.

Hence if any worker has gotten confused or led astray and fallen into this trap they should wake up and realise that this is not the path. The goal of a wt is not the opposite sex – it is Parama Purusa.

HOW DO WE KNOW THIS COMPETITION IS GOING ON IN AM

It is true that usually our AM competitions occur in seminars and DMS, dharma maha sammelan. At such venues we hold tandava competitions, kaoshikii competitions, and prizes are awarded for the best social service projects also.

So some may be asking where does the Wt beauty competition fit in.

And the answer is that the Wt beauty competition is an unspoken competition. They do not talk openly about it, but in a silent manner many workers are competing and taking note of one another. They apply all kinds of chemicals and tonics to their face and hair to look their best – and hope others notice. Various Didis do this and some Dadas too.

They talk about their beauty secrets with their friends but not openly in public because such things not openly supported in AM. So if you raise the point and say, “Oh Dadaji, you look so stunning and shiny today, what is your secret?”, then Dadaji will not tell all the various cosmetics that he is using. He will simply say, “Sixteen Points”. But internally he will be thinking that his fake beauty chemicals are very good.

So the only way to know if xyz Didi or Dada is involved in using beauty aids and cosmetics is to check their bags. There you may find an entire case full of their beauty essentials such as: Dyes, creams, and all kinds of superficial beauty things.

Here Baba clearly guides us that this pursuit of physical beauty is nothing but to fall prey to negative microvita – kinnara.

Baba says, “Kinnara microvita is that category of microvita which creates a thirst for beauty – a strong desire for beautification and decoration. The word kinnara means “receptacle of beauty” or “a beautiful and graceful structure”. This category of microvita creates a tendency in the human mind to make the human body as beautiful as the many forms and figures it observes in the external world. This tendency or propensity is called “kinnari vrtti”. If the kinnaras direct the mind towards crude matter instead of leading it towards the subtler layers, they are considered to be enemy microvita or negative microvita.” (Microvita in a Nutshell, Crude and Subtle Microvita)

WT CONDUCT RULES:

BABA OPPOSES SUCH COSMETIC BEAUTY AIDS

However Baba does not support the use of all these fake beauty ointments etc by our Wts.

Baba says, “…Artificially perfumed things should not be used.” (32 Rules for Avadhuta, pt #12)

Baba says, “Perfumed oil should not be used” (32 Rules for Avadhuta, pt #3)

Baba says, “Any medicated soap, but not cosmetic or perfumed, should be used” (32 Rules for Avadhuta, pt #8)

Baba says, “…Avadhuta shall not…use any article which is artificially scented, (32 Rules for Avadhuta, pt #32)

Thus it is quite clear that in various ways Baba wholly condemns the use of fake beauty paraphernalia. No Didi or Dada is to use such beauty aids.

Naturally, since it is detrimental to one’s spiritual progress, sincere margiis and devotees do not feel comfortable using cosmetic beauty products because the goal of life is Parama Purusa – not superficial looks.

Finally, we should all keep in mind that females are more prone to use such cosmetics. That is a fact. The proof being that the entire beauty industry is directed towards females. But these days more males have begun this game as well.

JUST TRYING TO COPY THE GREAT SAGES

Amongst our Wt ranks, such participants want to make their face shine so they look more vibrated and attractive – as if they are on the doorstep of moksa.

Everyone knows that all truly great personalities – those rishis, yogis and true sadhakas – have a glow or psychic lustre (ojah / ojas) because of their high spiritual attainment. Due to their sincerity in sadhana, their face changes and they naturally exude a deep sense of sentient peace and divine love. That is depicted in various images of such great
personalities. Baba has describe this in discourses like, “Pa’rthasa’rathi Krs’n’a and Aesthetic Science”.

Some fake Wts want that same lustre for their own prestige. When they understood that they cannot get it naturally because they are not involved in sadhana, they began to arrange it artificially. By this way they could (try and) befool others that they are great.

All the while one should remember: Focusing on oneself, i.e. one’s own greatness, leads to degeneration. And that is what happened to some of our workers.

OUR DUTY

Now it is the duty of every disciple of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji to watch and see if anyone is choosing this wrong path of raorava marga, i.e. seventh hell. We should try to protect them by pointing them out.

Baba says, “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.” (A Guide to Human Conduct)

Thus it is our duty to open the eyes of those involved in this fake beauty competition. If we do not wake them from their stupor, they will continue to fall deeper into the dungeon of materialism.

Baba says, “It is the innate characteristic of the human mind to become as it thinks – Ya’drshii bha’vana’ yasya siddhirbhavati ta’drshii [“As you think, so you become.”]” (AV-4)

Thus those who are just thinking about their own so-called beauty are bound to fall and ruin themselves. We should help them climb back onto the path of spirituality and think of Baba. Then they will truly become great.

Baba says, “To associate oneself with Parama Purus’a, the Supreme Entity, is the actual sa’dhana’. There is no one greater than Parama Purus’a, and so, when the mind ideates on Him, it expands.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-4)

BABA’S BLESSING

The concluding idea is that in our AM way of life there is no room for beauty products for physical “enhancement”, psychic bragging, or fake spirituality. All these are highly detrimental – especially so when our Wts are involved. That sets a bad example for the society.

By Baba’s grace we should all think of Him and not get drowned by the lowly ways of self-aggrandizement and self-beautification etc. We should not become the selected pawns of the capitalist beauty industry.

Baba says, “An inflated ego is like drinking wine, self-aggrandizement leads one into the deepest hell, and social status is like the excrement of a pig. Give up all three of these and only sing the glories of the Lord.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-23)

Namaskar,
Dharmendra Deva

Note 1: WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED

In the upcoming letters we will announce the participants and winners of this beauty competition. Then you will know which Wt won.

Of course there are many good Wts who have nothing to do with this. By Baba’s grace they have dedicated themselves to self-realisation and service to humanity.

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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In Old Age

Baba says, “Over the age of fifty both the body and the mind start their decline. The power of memory diminishes and people start to forget things. This is the rule. But through the practice of vista’ra sadhana, this decline checks. Even an eighty year old person is able to keep the memory as fresh as a twenty five year old person. In the mental sphere, the result may be much more evident than in the physical sphere. Normally people hear, learn, and forget. But by the practice of sadhana, when the nerve cells get strengthened, dhruva smrti comes. Then one does not forget easily. In exactly the same way, by the dint of higher spiritual practice, one can bring about the expansion of oneself…Human beings become omniscient, become one with Parama Purusa. Nothing is impossible through the practice of sadhana.” (Discourse on Krsna and the Giita)
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Date:Tue, 06 Mar 2012 15:24:08
From: Pradiip Deva
Subject: Why Some Do Not Feel Graced
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

== WHY SOME DO NOT FEEL GRACED ==

~ PART 1 ~

Namaskar,
As sadhakas, one of the main things in life – or the main thing in life – is to cultivate a sweet and intimate relation with Parama Purusa.

Because only He is our eternal Friend who remains along with us forever and ever; only He is that all-powerful Entity of this grand universe who can save us from all kinds of troubles and difficulties; only He is that Bliss Personified Entity who can fill our hearts with unending love and compassion.

So when Parama Purusa alone is that Divine One, naturally then it is most advantageous and very intelligent to nurture an intimate relation with Him.

In Baba’s below mentioned guideline, He uniquely shows us how in our day to day existence we can establish such a devotional and intimate link with Parama Purusa – one that will grow and flourish more and more by His grace.

BABA’S GRACE IS EVERYTHING

To do anything in this universe takes energy, and that energy comes from Him.

All of us are aware and it is indeed well known that the devotional scriptures of A’nanda Ma’rga proclaim that everything happens due to the supreme grace of Parama Purusa. There is not a single event or day to day occurrence that transpires in this vast expressed universe that is not the direct result of His divine grace – His krpa’.

Gurukrpa’ hi kevalam
“The Guru’s grace is everything.”

Baba says, “This alone is the supreme truth. This is the be-all and end-all of life.” (A Few Problems Solved – 8)

Hence it is a universal truth and well accepted fact that Baba’s grace is everything. All good things in life and all positive results are all due to His causeless grace.

Even then, due to their vanity, in their heart of hearts various jinanis have their own separate perspective.

The bhakta feels in his heart that Parama Purusa is gracious and doing everything whereas jinanis feel that they themselves are doing everything. And that is the big different in mind-set between the two.

Bhaktas give credit to Parama Purusa and that brings more feelings of devotion, while the jinanis give credit to themselves and that creates the feeling of vanity, i.e. the umbrella of vanity. That is why some do not feel graced.

WHO SHOULD BE GIVEN CREDIT

Let’s analyse who should be given credit when any work is done.

Suppose you performed an action. Someone fell down on the railroad tracks and you picked them up and saved their life and the next day it was reported in the newspaper. By reading the article, you become very happy and proud of your good deed. Others are appreciating you and you are pleased with yourself. From the viewpoint of the general society, this is all quite normal.

According to the dharmic dictates of Ananda Marga, we should see things completely differently. Because we have to see where the energy came from to do such an action.

The common people think that you did this work with your own energy, but when we think in spiritual way, then we can easily understand that you did not pull that person from the tracks with your own energy. You derived your energy from the air, sunlight, water, food, and from life itself. You are not your own source of energy. It is coming from somewhere else – from all these elements.

If we examine the issue more deeply, we can understand that the ultimate source of all energy and all vitality is Parama Purusa. So then who should get the credit? The Owner and Source of all energy, or should you get the credit. Certainly Parama Purusa. Not to understand this simple truth is foolishness. Those who live off other’s energy and strength yet are proud about their own accomplishments thinking they they have done this with their own energy are veritable fools.

Here is another way of thinking of things.

Suppose one master gave $30 to his servant to purchase medicine for a needy person. Thereafter the servant feels proud that he himself contributed that money. And he starts boasting about his great act of giving. Naturally, everyone around thinks that servant is crazy. Because in truth all he did was spend the master’s money yet he (the servant) is bragging as if he gave the money for helping the needy.

The point is easy to understand. When all one’s energy comes from Parama Purusa naturally credit should be given to Him. That is what bhaktas do. Those who do not understand this think that they themselves are the doer. Such persons are are called jinanis – according to in AM philosophy. These jinanis do not just reside in the “underworld” or in “heaven” – they are among us. We should ask ourselves: “Am I a jinani? Do i give appreciation and credit to Parama Purusa? Or do I only appreciate myself, not Him.

That Divine Entity should be given all of the credit. Giving credit to Him is devotion.

Baba says, “The duty of human beings is only to continue their efforts to please Parama Purusa. Thus when any work is done, the concerning sadhaka is not to be given any credit; the credit should be given to Parama Purus’a.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 18, The Path unto the Abode of Beatitude)

STORY OF TWO DISCIPLES: TWO OPPOSITE PERSPECTIVES

Once upon a time there were two disciples of the Supreme Guru.

One of the disciples was very simple in nature and he readily accepted the fact that all the favourable developments in his life and all the successes in his life were due to Guru’s Grace – the grace of Parama Purusa. This was his regular way of thinking. And the more his mind thought like this, the closer he felt with Parama Purusa.

By that way each and every moment he would say, “O’ Lord You are the Great Doer behind my each and every action. You conceive of the work, You execute the work, and You are the One who makes that work successful. Everything sweet in my life – everything accomplished in my life – is a direct outcome of Your divine grace. That is why I always repeat Your divine name.”

So in that way, all day and all night long that simple disciple was forever involved in singing Kiirtan and repeating his Ista mantra and Guru mantra. And naturally that same disciple felt closer and closer to Parama Purusa – day by day.

The above disciple is a bhakta as he gives all credit to Parama Purusa and realises that Parama Purusa is gracious.

STORY OF TWO DISCIPLES: TWO OPPOSITE PERSPECTIVES (Part II)

In stark contrast, the other disciple had a more jinani bent of mind. He was very proud of his own knowledge and capabilities, and accordingly he felt that whatever good things he had achieved in this life were a direct result of his own talents and his own efforts. This jinani was thinking that he himself was doing all the hard labour and that Parama Purusa is just keeping still – not doing anything.

This mentality is the notorious umbrella of vanity. When any simple or hard work is accomplished then that work can be viewed in two distinctly different ways. One may think that it is His grace or one may think that ‘I did this work’. By this way one either goes closer to or farther from Parama Purusa. If one thinks that ‘I did this work’ then that is the umbrella of vanity and that pushes the person away from Parama Purusa. So this umbrella of vanity brings degeneration.

Let us always remember that Parama Purusa is equally gracious on everyone – whether one understands this or not.

So when it came time to explain his own achievement, then this jinani always harboured the idea that it was all due to his own hard work and perseverance. This was his inner feeling. That was how he explained his own successes in life. And he felt that nobody worked as hard as he did.

But when he saw anyone else getting any type of success in life, then out of extreme jealously and with his skewed intellectual understanding, that jinani would proclaim:

‘This person has no talent or ability, he cannot do anything, so it stands to reason that his success is only due to the grace of Parama Purusa. But in my life it is not like that; in my life I have worked hard to achieve everything I have gotten’.

This was the extreme type of vanity that clouded the jinani’s mind.

STORY OF TWO DISCIPLES: TWO OPPOSITE PERSPECTIVES (Part III)

In that case how was it possible for the jinani to develop a sweet feeling towards Parama Purusa. Unfortunately it was not. This very crude outlook – this type of umbrella of vanity – totally hindered his own ability to cultivate an intimate and devotional relation with Parama Purusa.

That is why this jinani would often proclaim, ‘I do not feel the grace of Parama Purusa – where is it, I do not feel it’. And when any problem would appear in his life then he would automatically start blaming Parama Purusa for placing this obstacle on his pathway. This was the unfortunate and low-minded perspective of that jinani.

Whereas the more simple devotee’s outlook was the exact opposite. This simple sadhaka attributed all good tidings as being a direct result of the fathomless grace of Parama Purusa. And he felt that if any problem ever came in his life then surely Parama Purusa is there to solve it. This was the natural feeling in his mind. And by thinking like this and by realising this divine and universal truth that Parama Purusa is always gracing and saving him, this simple devotee naturally began to feel a closer and more sentimental link with Parama Purusa.

BEGGAR EXAMPLE

At this point, still a few may be wondering how it is possible to develop a more intimate relation with Parama Purusa merely by thinking that everything is due to His grace. Some may be wondering how this works. Perhaps we can look at it this way.

Suppose one beggar arrives at the door of one householder. Upon seeing this ravenous beggar, the householder graciously feeds the beggar a variety of tasty and sumptuous dishes on and on until finally the hungry beggar has eaten up to his heart’s content.

Thereafter if the beggar has a sense of gratitude and thinks that he was fed due to the kindness and generosity of that particular householder, then naturally the beggar will develop a sweet feeling in his heart for that householder. And he will walk around town telling to one and all how that householder lovingly prepared so many tasty dishes to satisfy his hunger until finally he felt totally satiated. In this way that beggar will sing the good deeds of that householder. And he will automatically feel a close connection with that gracious householder.

In contrast, if the beggar feels that he got that tasty food only because he walked many miles to the householder’s residence. And if the beggar thinks that he got the meal only due to his own efforts, then he will not feel an iota of gratitude toward the householder. Rather he will contemptuously tell that the householder did not provide me with the food that I really wanted. And the beggar will complain that for dessert the householder only gave me 1 KG of rasagolla and I wanted 2 KG. In this way the beggar will remain totally dissatisfied and completely furious with that householder.

In reality, the householder gave the very food that he himself was going to eat and he gave the sweets that he usually reserves for special guests. But if in the street one tells that beggar that the householder feed you well, the beggar will be dissatisfied thinking that I should have gotten more.

In that case in the beggar’s mind there will not be any sweet feeling towards the householder – rather in that circumstance the relation between them will seem cold and distant. The beggar will even feel angry and inimical towards that kind householder.

LIKEWISE WITH PARAMA PURUSA…

Likewise with Parama Purusa, each and every sadhaka should think & cultivate the idea in his mind that all the joys and all the smiles in his life are due to His supreme grace.

And this is not just the world of make believe, this is the grand reality of this divine universe. Because Parama Purusa really does do everything. Everything is due to His grace and He is in controller of everything going on in this vast universe.

So believing everything to be a result of His cosmic grace is not just one’s own mental fabrication or one’s own imagination, this is indeed the grand truth of this created universe: He is the one doing everything. All credit and glory goes to Him.

By realising this truth, automatically that sadhaka will feel more love and affection for Parama Purusa. One will feel a deep sense of eternal gratitude towards Him. In that ideal psychic environment, a close and intimate relation with surely blossom between the bhakta and Parama Purusa. Then one will feel His grace, always.

WHAT VAIN JINANIS DO

But if out of one’s own silly vanity any jinani fails to recognise this divine truth, then in their own mental laboratory they will build up their own superiority complex and think that all good things are due to their own greatness. Because of this vain and self-centered approach, mentally such jinanis remain far away from Parama Purusa and they cannot make that sweet relation with Him. And step by step this feeling of isolation permeates each and every aspect of their life until finally their whole existence is sunk in woe and frustration. Such persons never feel His grace.

HUMAN DESIRE AND LONGING

Ultimately human beings want someone who is very close – someone who will be their grand companion each and every moment in life. Human beings want that type of intimate relation and eternal Friend. And such a companion, such a relation, such a Friend, can only be Parama Purusa – not any human being.

So if in their life anyone has been blessed to have that type of close link with Parama Purusa then in their life there will always be a sweet flow of love and devotion and they will always feel happy, content, and internally satisfied. Because their life is drenched in His divine love and they feel His grace working each and every moment.

UNFORTUNATE UMBRELLA OF VANITY

But if due to their own unit ego and vanity anyone is unable to cultivate a sweet feeling with that most loving and divine Entity, then that type of jinani will always feel sad, lonely, and depressed. Their life will always feel empty. And the root cause behind it all is that unfortunate umbrella of vanity – not realising that He is the real Doer.

Here below Baba describes this situation.

Baba says, “He has got equal love for each and every creature of this universe, for all animate and inanimate objects. His krpa’ and His compassion is being equally showered upon each and every individual, upon each and every object. He bestows His compassion equally on each and every object. Equally on pa’piis [sinners] and pun’yava’nas [the virtuous].”

“But common people do not feel it, they do not feel that they are getting His krpa’. Why do they not feel it? That krpa’, that water of compassion, is being showered on each and every creature equally, but ordinary people do not feel that they are being drenched by those sacred waters. Why? Because they are holding the umbrella of vanity over their heads, that’s why they are not being drenched.”

“And what is sa’dhana’? You will have to remove that umbrella from above your head and get yourself drenched by the sacred water. You will have to remove that umbrella of vanity…and get yourself drenched by that water; and then you will feel that you are being graced by Him. This is what is called krpa’. Krpa’ is there, but you will have to come to feel it by your sa’dhana’. And when you will remove that umbrella, you will get proper direction, and then you will be guided by hla’dinii shakti, by Ra’dhika’ shakti. Here you will come in contact with His nu’pura dhvani [Divine Sound].” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 33, ‘Brahmacakra’)

SADHANA AND HIS GRACE REMOVES THE UMBRELLA,

OTHERWISE…

Thus as Baba guides us in His above teaching, the devotional cult of sadhana enables one to feel the sweet presence of His divine grace. Because when one does sadhana then naturally the mind becomes soft, serene, and peaceful. And in that way, the sadhaka instinctively feels that everything is due to the divine grace of Parama Purusa.

However, without that, without the practice of sadhana, such jinanis just develop a gross superiority complex and in their mind vanity is the dominant factor. In which case they go on harbouring the idea that they themselves are the only doer in this universe. And they give all credit unto themselves.

And giving credit to oneself instead of Parama Purusa is the umbrella of vanity.

When one recognises that Parama Purusa is doing then that is devotion.

By holding such an unfortunate umbrella of vanity over their head, these jinanis remain far, far away from the charming and loving presence of Parama Purusa – they do not feel the continuous flow of His sweet grace. This is their unfortunate state – all because of the umbrella of vanity.

SELF-INQUIRY

If you do not feel graced then look in the depths of your heart. Think: In your life do you feel that everything is done by Parama Purusa, or do you feel that you are doing everything and people should appreciate your efforts. Therein lies the answer. This is an internal topic – as one thinks that is how the mind works. And that is why one will feel His grace, or not.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His infinite mercy and compassion may we all develop that intimate link with Parama Purusa and thereby swim in the devotional waters of His sweet grace.

Baba says, “When you are enjoying the Grace, what will happen? The radius will be shortened, and in this very life you will become one with your Goal, your Nucleus. This Nucleus knows no artificial barrier, nor isms, countries or philosophies. This Nucleus knows that the moving entities are My children – they want to come and sit on My lap.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 12, ‘The Only Cult’)

Namskar,
Pradiip

Note 1: PROBLEM OF VANITY

Here Baba describes how vanity affects people.

Baba says, “‘I did this, I did that – I built this road when I was a minister I constructed this bridge when I was in the Public Works Department’ – this is how people become mad for their little ‘I’.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life-11)

Thus when people suffer from this type of vanity it is impossible to develop an intimate and sweet relation with Parama Purusa. Because when they get any success then they proudly think that they are doing everything and that Parama Purusa is not doing anything. And when anything bad occurs then those same jinanis vehemently blame Parama Purusa for causing such a disaster. By this type of demented outlook, ultimately such jinanis create an inimical relation with Parama Purusa. By this way any balanced person can see how vanity is a huge hindrance on the path of spirituality.

Note 2: MORE ABOUT THE UMBRELLA OF VANITY

Here Baba explains more how due to their vanity jinanis feel that only others get His divine grace – but not themselves.

Baba says, “Now, you can say, ‘This gentleman has got the grace of the Supreme and I do not get the grace. What am I to do?’ No, He is omnipotent, omniscient, and all-loving. His grace is for all without any exception. But because of your individual vanity, you do not realize it.”

“Suppose there is a heavy rain of His grace. If you hold an umbrella of vanity over your head, you will not get drenched with the rain. So, if you remove the umbrella of vanity from your head, you will be drenched with His grace.” (17 August 1979 DMC, Taipei)

The only solution for such jinanis is to remove their unfortunate umbrella then only will they get relief and mental peace – otherwise their life will pass in frustration.

Note 3: OUR ETERNAL FRIEND AND HIS EVER-FLOWING GRACE

Baba says, “He constantly showers His grace without reservation even on those persons who make no effort for salvation and who gradually degrade themselves. Even though you calumniate Brahma and deny His existence, yet He will not be displeased with you. He will not thrust you on the path of destruction. His imposing countenance of forgiveness will for ever remain, and He will forever go on directing you to the ways of salvation. Who else is your genuine friend and compassionate companion?” (Subhasita Samgraha – 1, ‘Brahma Krpa Hi Kevalam’)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Kabhu shuye base kakhano da’nr’iye upal kur’iye bhariyechi ghar…” (P.S. 2826)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, You are my Goal, You are my everything, but thus far I have wasted my life: Sometimes lying in lethargy, and sometimes sitting idle, and sometimes standing still, and sometimes collecting pebbles [1]. I have just filled my house – my life – with useless things. I have passed my days filling my life with so many crude activities and mundane objects. Holding onto the bank of the river of life, I did not try to search out its destination – the Great Ocean, i.e. Parama Purusa. O’ Divine One, because I was so plunged in mundane attachments I did not even try to look into the deeper aspects of the life: From where I have come, what is my Goal, where do I have to go, what is my destination etc. Because I was so immersed in the fleeting pleasures of this crude world, these meaningful queries did not arise in my mind. O’ Parama Purusa, like this my days passed without You.

Baba, O’ Gracious One, due to the negative attraction of avidya maya, my entire life is moving in a tamasik way. Because of the high tide of staticity, the river of my life is flowing in the reverse direction – away from You, the Parama Purusa. O’ My Dearmost, my mind is now aware that the high tide of avidya maya has come. By Your grace I realise now that I am swayed by and in the grip of avidya maya; I am aware that I am unable to move towards that Great Ocean – towards You. Baba, all this time I did not even get the opportunity to know whether the ocean is far or near. Due to the onslaught of staticity, I never even tried to discover whether Parama Purusa is close or distant. I never looked in Your divine direction due to the upsurge of avidya maya.

Baba, today by Your magnificent grace, with the divine pull of the low tide, the thought of the ocean – the thought of You – has appeared in my mind. It is Your grace. O’ my Lord, due to the attraction of the Great, all the negative allurements of avidya maya have faded from my mind. No longer am I caught up in and attracted by those crude things. O’ most Benevolent One, after forgetting the attraction of friend and foe, now by Your divine grace the sincere longing has awakened in my mind to merge into that Divine Entity – into You. O’ my Lord, by Your grace You have brought me onto the path of sadhana and by Your mercy I moving towards Your divine Self.

Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, please be gracious and make my life successful by keeping me under Your shelter always…

END NOTES FOR PS #2826:

[1] Collecting Pebbles: This refers to running after and gathering wealth, money, name, fame and post. Collecting pebbles means passing one’s days in involved in all those fleeting, temporary allurements that have no lasting or spiritual value. When one expends their life in this way by chasing after fancy garments, lustful ways, or other worldly attractions, then they have wasted their time on this earth. They were just collecting pebbles and did not realise their true purpose of their birth, i.e. spiritual attainment and selfless service.

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Date: 04 Feb 2012 22:09:51 -0000
From: “Acintya Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Our Divyacara Sadhana

Baba

“Toma’re satata nandita kari…” (1279)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace by giving You pleasure I move forward on Your divine path– towards You. Other than Your ideation and Your consciousness, I do not have any other fuel for moving ahead on the path. Baba, by Your grace I always remain devotionally intoxicated in Your name and song. In my dhyana I ask for just a wee-bit of Your grace. In my shravan, manan, and nididhyasana You have blessed me with the realisation that except You there is nothing. In dance, song, and bliss; in grief, pain and joy; from the desert heat to the mountain’s chill, by Your grace in each and every circumstance I receive You. Baba, You are so gracious; I get You in all…

== OUR DIVYACARA SADHANA ==

Namaskar,
In one historic discourse Baba has graciously proclaimed Himself as the Guru of the common people. And as proof, He has given His highest lessons of yoga– Sahaja Yoga (our six lessons)– for all to practice.

However one common belief circulating around is that avadhuta sadhana is great sadhana. Such that some of our Avadhuta WTs, Dadas, & Didis whom I know personally, unfortunately think that just by getting avadhuta diiksa & initiation into kapalik sadhana then they became great. And in this way these workers develop false vanity and a terrbile superiority complex.

So we should all – family margiis and Wts – have a crystal-clear undertanding of all this.

OPEN COMMUNICATION ON SPIRITUAL TOPICS

First off there is one thing I would like to make clear. That my intention is not to pull down the status of kapalik diiksa. Just on philosophical grounds, all have the right to talk about the various kinds of sadhana which Baba has given us. Such as the jurisdiction of each type of sadhana, and how that sadhana works in the life of sadhakas.

For example we are all free to discuss how pashvacara sadhana works, how viiracara sadhana system functions, as well as where divyacara meditation starts and what is its culminating point.

When Baba has given this system of meditation, by this way He is encouraging us to talk and explore these ideas. And we can share the ideas on the basis of His teachings from different General Darshan or DMC discourses. Means these things Baba has given publicly in His discourses.

It gives also the feeling and supports the logic that Baba Himself encourages this type of healthy discussion. Where we talk about the various methods of spiritual practices and what way they affect the human mind. This is one practical science, the science of metaphysics. And finally it comes in the scope of higher aspects of psychology.

While talking in 1990 DMC Baba has told clearly that methodical knowledge of sadhana is highly needed. If aspirants do not know the proper system of sadhana then their result of sadhana may be futile, or not up to the mark. Or if sadhana is done incorrectly then there may be a negative outcome. So talking and discussing about the various methods of sadhana is very
important.

Plus if we review in pointed way, then we can say this is the theoretical aspect of the practical sadhana which we practice.

So on this point we have full right to talk about the qualities of pashvacara, viiracara, or divyacara– as well as which one is very practical for all. And which one brings up to ultimate salvation.

NO COMPLEX OR PRIDE

As well all know one basic spiritual guideline is that vanity should not be encouraged. But because of inherent samskaras and due to crude motivation or crude interest, then generally people fall prey to this vanity. And once this vanity takes root then in any direction it can go. Here is some example.

Surely those who do kapalik sadhana or viiracara sadhana have the opportunity to get benefited by this type of sadhana. Because, if done properly, then the mind will be elevated– there is no question of superiority or inferiority complex. But, unfortunately, as I told above many workers only fall into a superiority complex of kapalik-sadhana. So by analyzing the situation it gives the feeling that somewhere along the line there is a defect. Here I do not think any defect in the system of sadhana, but in the person there is something.

SAHAJA YOGA IS THE TOP-MOST

Here we should all remember that viiracara or kapalik sadhana is lower than divyacara or sahaja yoga sadhana. This is not my personal opinion, rather Baba Himself says this.

Baba says, “The first style, from animality to humanity, is known as pashva’ca’ra. The second stage, or the second style, is viira’ca’ra…the final stage, divya’ca’ra is for all who want to elevate themselves to the supreme excellence of Parama Purusa.” (AV-14)

So those who have kapalik sadhana are not allowed to give up the practice of sahaja yoga. But those not practicing or who are not initiated into kapalik sadhana, for them there is no question or need of doing kapalik sadhana. Means they need not worry because already they have the highest stage, divyacara sadhana, i.e. the six lessons. And that is higher than kapalik sadhana which comes under the banner of viira’ca’ra sadhana, i.e the second level.

So the sense is that those who are doing kapalik sadhana cannot live without divyacara or sahaja yoga sadhana. But those who are doing sahaja yoga sadhana are practicing the complete system of meditation, and that sadhana alone is enough to carry them to the stage of complete salvation (moksa).

Surely kapalik-sadhana does not have that type of capacity or quality to lead to the highest Goal. If that was the case, then Baba would not have ordered kapalik sadhakas to continue practicing sahaja yoga sadhana. This logic is enough to prove that the periphery, quality, reach and standard of kapalika is less than divyacara sadhana.

Conclusion: Divyacarara or Sahaja is very high in comparison to the other two sadhanas:
(1) Pashvacara and (2) Viiracara / Kapalik.

EVERYONE GETS BENEFITED

Some readers may wonder what is the need to compare all these. The answer is to help all sadhakas.

(a) Those who learned kapalik sadhana and are feeling superiority complex, by the encouragement of that complex they are widening the path of their degeneration. So if they will analyze that viiracara is not as great as they are thinking, then their ego will be controlled and they will be benefited.

(b) Those suffering from inferiority complex and mentally they think that they tried to learn kapalik sadhana but in the present atmosphere of politics they could not get teaching. And in consequence they started feeling inferiority complex of their lowly standard on the basis of dogmatic belief. And this type of wrong belief is nothing– just simple belief that viiracara sadhana is great. So those suffering inferiority complex due to this dogma, their complex will get cured. And their mind will become balanced. That means spiritual flow will come and the pathway of their progress will be widened.

c) And those who do not have such type of complexes with regard to kapalik sadhana– here is a reminder that they can help others in curing their problems.

WHO DOES PARAMA PURUSA FAVOUR?

In the last part of my letter I want to say that whatever our Guru has given is enough for attaining our ultimate Goal. The only need is to sincerely practice those things.

Here in AM the condition of Guru is like one benevolent most loving mother. Such a mother loves the child most which is most dependent on her. But at the same time the mother does not like to show the eldest sons and daughters that she has less love for them in comparison to her youngest child.

The problem reaches to the predicament where the elder son or daughter of 18 years asks the mother, ‘who do you love more?’ Then the mother just smiles and says ‘you’. But internally mother is loving the younger most dependent child the most.

In the same way the divine truth is that Parama Purusa favours those who long for HIM, those who depend on HIM.

Baba says, “Parama’tma’ only considers the inner thoughts and devotional sentiments of people. The intense desire to know Him, the deep urge to attain Him, the intense longing for Him–these are the qualities which Parama Purus’a values.” (APH, p. 295)

So it is clear that Baba loves according to the standard of devotion. But at the same time on the organisational aspect BABA likes that those doing dexterous work should feel they are the most significant ones. Because with this feeling they will do more social service. In this manner Baba has given various posts, power and positions to such people etc.

If you see on the point of devotion then you can understand this point very well. That Baba gives most significant things to devotees. That is why in innumerable places Baba says that ‘just nama mantra is enough to reach to Parama Purusa’.

Once Baba told that vishesh yogis will be sitting there again and again while devotees with the help of nama mantra will reach the Supreme goal.

We know that the best thing or best sadhana system Baba wants to give to devotees. That is why HE has made divyacara sadhana/sahaja yoga sadhana, for one and all.

And to please workers, and those who are post holders HE has given something which, if you say in strong language, is a sadhana that has less importance. The sense is Baba gas given those sadhana on the basis of post-power etc to impress them and make them happy to do greater social service.

SURRENDER TO BABA

Excuse me this is very critical and pointed subject. Those who do not have pointed understanding or devotion, this is not easy to understand. Because all together it is His divine liila the way He expresses.

In the end I conclude my letter with this mantra of Guru Puja:

‘Tava dravyam jagatguru tubhyameva samarpaye.’

Oh my dearest Baba, my everything which is in true sense Yours, I surrender and offer at Your lotus feet.

Also here BABA says, “O Lord, Thy will be done. I am but a machine. Utilize this machine in any way You like. I am nothing but a mere tool in Your hands.” (NKS pg 31)

Namaskar,
Acintya

Note 1: GURU DHYAN IS THE HIGHEST LESSON

Viracara or kapalik sadhana is not the highest one. No it is not. The sahaja yoga, especially dhyana is the highest lesson. So those who are practicing sahaja yoga, why they should not go to cemetery for sadhana? There is no question of this.

Because Kapalik sadhana is viiracara, so it is below sahaja yoga / the six lessons. It is the second grade of sadhana in this system of Pashvacara, Viiracara, and Divyacara. While Divyacara is the final or highest. So dhyana is the highest lesson. Nobody should have inferior or superior complex on this matter of spiritual practices.’

BABA says, “The first style, from animality to humanity, is known as pashva’ca’ra. The second stage, or the second style, is viira’ca’ra…the final stage, divya’ca’ra is for all who want to elevate themselves to the supreme excellence of Parama Purusa.” (AV-14)

So ultimately, dhyana, which is the last lesson of sahaja yoga sadhana, is the highest lesson. Because by practicing dhyan one attains salvation and becomes one with the Supreme Entity.

Note 2: GROUP POLITICS RULING KAPALIK

Nowadays in this extreme atmosphere of groupism, getting kapalik sadhana is almost nothing more than a political maneuver. Because without politics one cannot get. Whereas before 1990 when Baba was controlling everything this was not the case. He was doing according to His own desire. And it was perfect. So to whom Baba taught the things that was fine– and everyone accepted the matter. But now the situation has become politicized. So no one should pray into the hands of group politics and get exploited.

Note 3: DEVOTION IS THE BE-ALL & END-ALL

The goal of each and every sadhana is to reach to Parama Purusa. That is the hidden point or secret behind any sadhana. That is the way by which to see which is great. So all are great. Means all are claiming be the road to Parama Purusa. But above all, according to Baba devotion is the main thing.

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Link Between English and Sanskrit

Baba says, “Sanskrit is a language about 15,000 years old and it is no longer a spoken language. Furthermore in Sanskrit each and every word is created from a root verb.” (AV-14)

Baba furthermore explains, “The word jina’na (knowledge) is derived from the Sanskrit root verb jina’ (to know)…. The verb jina’ was changed into keno in old Latin language. In Sanskrit the pronunciation is jina’, in Bengali jina, in the Rgvedic language jina, in Old Latin keno, and in Modern English “know”– as the original spelling of the word was “kenow”, we still spell the word with a “k” at the beginning without actually pronouncing it.” (YP)
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