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From: “Marc Pele”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: They Were Trustless
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 22:07:12 +0000

Baba

== THEY WERE TRUSTLESS ==

Note: A sound file has been placed on the AM-GLOBAL blog that serves as an accompaniment to this below letter. That sound file is called, ‘One Oath Taking Ceremony’. Visit: http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/

Namaskar,
To prepare oneself for this entire topic, please consider the following.

Suppose there is one guru who knows that some of his disciples suffer from certain flaws. That guru calls those disciples near and says, “From tomorrow onwards, you will be given greater responsibility to run the ashram and its activities; promise me that you will not sell the ashram and destroy all the programs. Can I trust you that you will not ruin the ashram?”
By making this type of statement and posing this sort of query, it is very evident that the guru does not trust his disciples. Such a statement does not at all convey a sense faith in his disciples.

Keep the above idea in mind as you read the remainder of this mail.

THE CURRENT SCENE

The present scenario unfolding now in our organisation did not come out of nowhere. There was every indication that such a splintering could and would take place. Baba certainly knew; and if we all think a little bit, it should not have come as a surprise to us either. Please understand that I have full regard and respect for our dear Dadas, only I wish to bring something to the table for everyone to consider and review.

BABA WAS CALLING THEM TO TAKE OATHS

In 1990, as you may remember, Baba was calling Dadas– groups of Dadas, especially Central Workers and other top Dadas– to Him so that they could take an oath in His presence. There was no secret this was going on, as many have heard about this program.

Those days, Beloved Baba was calling several workers or more at a time and asking them, ‘Do you promise to work for the welfare of the mission? Can I trust you to spread my ideology? Are you committed to serving all peoples? Will you keep this organisation unified? Are you to be trusted?’.

To each of these types of questions, all the Dadas present– ie the top Dadas which Baba had called before Him– were required to take an oath to that they would solemnly swear to fulfill their duty to Baba and the Ananda Marga mission. This was the scene which was unfolding in 1990. And those respected Dadas were quite proud to have been called before Baba to take such an oath. They took this to be an honor and and indication of their high commitment to Baba.

WHAT IS THE INNER MEANING BEHIND SUCH AN OATH

With all due respect, however, we should apply a little bit of our own cognitive abilities– by way of analogy– to understand the real meaning of having to take such an oath in the first place.

Suppose there is one guru who knows that some of his disciples suffer from certain flaws. That calls those disciples near and says, “From tomorrow onwards, you will be given greater responsibility to run the ashram and its activities, promise me that you will not sell the ashram and destroy all the programs. Can I trust you that you will not ruin the ashram?” By making this type of statement and posing this sort of query, it is very evident that the guru does not trust his disciples. Such a statement does at all convey a sense faith in his disciples.

With respect to our dear Dadas, I think all readers are by now getting the idea why Baba requested such top WTs to take an oath before Him. Before discussing this further, let’s take a look at another analogy.

Suppose, one day when a father is about to retire from his business and he is going to pass the torch of ownership of all his entrepreneurial interests and land holdings to his son, and the father says, ‘Son, I have worked hard all my life, please promise me that you will honestly watch over my affairs and take care of the family’, then does this not indicate that the father does not have full faith in his son. Otherwise, what was the need for the father to ask such a thing of his son. Such a statement or oath only comes into play, when a father feels that the son cannot be entirely trusted– or not trusted at all.

Or it is just like if there are two friends, and if one says to the other, ‘Listen, I have to go out for a few minutes, please promise me that you will not steal my belongings while I am gone’, then who is going to really think they have any friendship at all, or that the other person can be trusted. And certainly we can all think of so many other such examples– all of which point to a blatant lack of trust for the other party. In essence one is saying, ‘You are not trustworthy’.

Yet this is the very same type of oath which our All-knowing Baba requested from those top Dadas.

Please excuse me for saying so, but this oath was done because Baba was well aware about their inherent tendencies of groupism, division, and power mongering etc. With such ideas floating in their mental plates, how is it that those top Dadas were going to be able to care for the AM mission. Hence, Baba requested them to take an oath– to help steer them away from their negative desires. Yet we all know what happened, we all know how far those our revered Dadas could live up to the oath or not.

OTHERS WERE HAPPY THAT BABA DID NOT ASK THEM

From another perspective, various other acaryas and senior margiis who were NOT asked to take such an oath in front of Baba were relieved, because they felt that having to take such an oath meant that such persons were not up to the proper standard. And indeed it looks like that is the case. There are so many decent acaryas and margiis who are truly committed to the ideals of AM, and Baba knowingly never asked them to take that oath in front of Him. Whereas those who were requested to take an oath back in 1990 are the very ones who have pillaged our AMPS and cracked it into pieces for their selfish ends.

TOP DADAS SAW IT IN THEIR OWN WAY

But as life would have it, those top Dadas who took the oath– ‘I can be trusted to watch over the mission’– had their own perspective of the matter. With all due respect, those esteemed acaryas felt that it meant that they were the ones who were true to Baba.

Hence, they told everyone they knew that Baba took a special oath from them as they thought this would impress others. Indeed they traveled all over Delhi Sector and the entire globe, describing how Baba had specially called them and asked, ‘Can I trust you’ etc. So through their own eyeglasses, they thought that this was Baba’s way of telling them that they are the great ones to run the organisation. But those with a balanced mind can understand the inner truth: That having to take such an oath means that they had a weakness or mental defect. That Baba was saying, ‘You are not trustworthy’. Otherwise Baba would not have been concerned about them in that way.

And indeed, seeing what these oath-taking Dadas have done to our organisation since 1990, it is quite apparent that the all-knowing Baba did not trust them from the outset. That is why He was again and again asking them, ‘Can I trust you, can I trust you’. Please excuse me for saying so, but that is what rationality says. Many of these Dadas are our friends, but that does not exclude us from taking a proper look at the situation. After all we have come to establish AM ideology and serve the humanity, not any other reason.

Note: In AM oaths are taken when a person gets diiksa of various types. We remember our oaths everyday, but this query – “Can I trust you” – is unusual and displays a lack of trust.

DADAS TOOK IT AS THEIR ENTITLEMENT

BUT IT IS JUST THEIR HYPOCRISY

Regardless, our esteemed top Dadas viewed that oath as their entitlement to running the organisation. And not only that, they thought that they should then take similar oaths from the margiis. And that is the very tradition that they started.

After 1990, thinking of themselves as the great ones, those top Dadas began calling all the margiis to their various dogmatic programs like Mahaprayan, and requested those arrivees to take an oath. Such is the grand hypocrisy that has been going on since 1990. See the irony of it all.

Those top Dadas have ruined Baba scriptures, broken the organisation into pieces, created dogmatic tiirthas, pilfered so much money, expelled so many innocent margiis, destroyed the BP system, and countless harm they have done to our Marga, yet they see themselves as being fit to insist that others be true to Baba’s teachings. As if they are the golden watch-bearers to ensure that everything is proper.

For your review, here is the oath which our revered Dadas have been taking from other general acaryas and margiis since 1990. They do this oath of ‘dedication’ or ‘rededication’ at their dogmatic Mahaprayan ceremonies and at other gatherings. The audio version of the oath has been put on the AM-GLOBAL blog:

http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/

So go to the blog and listen for yourself what they are doing, and for your convenience here below is the transcription of that very oath.

“We, say on oath, in the name of Parama Brahma and Marga Gurudeva, that we shall observe uncompromising strictness and faith regarding the sanctity of Ista, Adarsha, Supreme Command and Conduct Rules. We shall actively endeavour to promote, individual and collective well-being, to perform all sorts of actions as desired by Revered Marga Guru. We shall not allow the unity of Ananda Margiis to be jeopardised for any reason. We shall maintain the unity, even at the risk of our life. We shall not, under any circumstances, allow individual interest to stand in the way of collective interest. We shall protect, in all respects and all costs, the dignity of Margiya treasures: The sublime ideology, universal love, and unshakable unity, and the sanctity of our flag, our symbols, and the pratikrti [photo] of Marga Guru.” (Oath taken at dogmatic Mahaprayan programs)

Again there is nothing wrong with the above oath per se. Just it is painfully amusing that the ones administering this oath have utterly destroyed our Marga. They have made a mockery out of unity, they have tossed AM ideology in the dustbin, they have gone against Ista in countless ways, they have stepped on and torn up our flag, and they have time and again put their own selfish and individual interests ahead of the common good– ahead of collective interest.

Thus it is an absolute mockery for them to be administering this oath to well-intentioned margiis and acaryas. And again, the only reason Baba was asking them in 1990, ‘Can I count on you, can I trust you’ was because He was indirectly saying, ‘You are not trustworthy’. That is what He was telling those top Dadas.

Please excuse me as I know how this sounds. However, do not take my word for it, take a look at what has occurred in our organisation since 1990. All because of the lust, deceit, and selfishness of certain people whose names need not be mentioned here. You know who they are.

BABA’S WARNING

Here is Baba’s clear-cut warning that if the people responsible for implementing an ideology are not up to the mark, then there will be hell to pay– the society will suffer.

Baba says, “Even if there is no defect in the philosophy but the person who takes the responsibility of implementing the philosophy is full of defects, then that high philosophy will remain confined to books only. The society will rush headlong to the depths of degradation, and no one will remain to save it. The people’s copious tears will drench their clothes, and they will die, banging their heads against the closed doors of human liberation. For them there will be no escape.” (NSS, Disc 14)

Because our revered top Dadas could not implement AM ideology in their own lives, our organisation has paid the price and indeed the greater society has suffered needlessly at the hands of so many exploiters– because our Marga could not come forward and save them.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace those true to Him have taken the internal vow to establish His ideology on this dusty earth. Such persons will always be strict in following His teachings. Whereas those who merely brag, that Baba asked them, ‘Can I count on you’, we now know their status. By His grace, a new era of ideology is coming in our Marga.

Baba says, “Where the question of benevolence and malevolence is concerned we will not deviate an inch from our ideology, nor will we allow others to do so.” (NSS, Disc: 14)

Namaskar,
Mahendra

Note: ONE MORE ANALOGY

If anybody is having difficult and still could not understand the essence of this posting then this analogy may help.

Let’s say a husband and wife were at the airport as the husband was about to go away on a business trip. When saying good-bye, just before he was to board the plane, if the concerned husband says to his wife, ‘Please promise that you will be true to me’, who is going to think that their marriage is based on trust and fidelity.

Rather, one gets the distinct idea that the husband knows well that his wife has loose behaviour, or that she has been untrue in the past, or that she has interest in someone else. It gives the distinct feeling that ‘You (i.e. the wife) are not trustworthy’. And it is for this reason, with this doubt and uncertainty in mind, that he is requesting her to promise to be faithful. All because the wife has a distinct tendency to be unfaithful. Otherwise what was the need for the wife to take such an oath when there is a deep & trusting commitment between the two parties, between the husband and wife.

In other words if trust each other and if husband says like that there will be huge disappointment. She will cry out and be angry why he is accusing me, rather than be happy.
PRABHAT SAMGIITA
“Maner ma’jhe kon se ka’je a’cho balo na’…” (P.S. #2033)

Purport:

Baba, You are hiding deep in the recesses of my mind. What You are actually doing there I cannot say. Just You are sitting in the depths of my mind– listening to all my thoughts. Baba You are everywhere: omnipresent. Nothing can remain hidden from You. Baba, it is impossible to hide anything from You — what a torture this is. Your liila, Your divine play, is very vast– verily immeasurable like the infinite ocean. To understand Your divine liila, is very difficult. When I go to measure the depth of Your liila, then my whole existence is lost. Only consciousness remains floating. Mind becomes one with You. And “I feeling” is lost. Baba, if You do not want to be held, please tell me what You want. Your desire is my desire, don’t you know this very fact? Baba, You are eternally hiding in my mind and heart. Nothing remains unknown to You…

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Wealth and Sin Live Side by Side

Here is something to keep in mind when viewing those capitalists who are now ruling this earth.
Baba says, “The person who cannot cheat others cannot become a millionaire overnight. You know as I told many times the goddess of wealth is established in sin. Only the person who is a terrible sinner and knows how to cheat others as quickly as possible, only they can be come a millionaire. The goddess of wealth is the goddess of sin.” (Discourse: ‘Introduction of Various local Gods and Goddesses’, AV-11 [H] pg 7)
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Date: Thu 01 Dec 2011 07:44:26 -0000 (GMT)
From: Pradiip Deva
Subject: Profit Motive vs Service Motive in Medicine
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

Yare jiivane prathama bandhuya’ eseche, bhuliya’ giya’cyhi se tithi a’ja
Takhana ka’nane kusuma bhara’ chilo, a’ra ha’site chilo se bidhu nila’ja

Malay a’siya’ kaye gelo ka’n’e, ye bandhu eseche chalana’ se ja’ne
A’ja bha’lo ba’se ka’l na’hi a’se, du’re theke ha’se se manora’ja

Ta’r khele ya’oya’ padarajah pare manera madhurii diva-nishi jhare
Ma’nasamu’kure sei citcora ba’re ba’re heri pa’shari la’ja (PS #938)

Purport of Prabhat Samgiita #938:

I have forgotten the day when my Beloved Lord first came in my life. At that time the garden was full of flowers and the moon was smiling unabashedly.

The malay [1] came and whispered, “The Beloved who has arrived is Manora’ja [2], and knows how to play liila, so beware. Today He loves but tomorrow He will not come; instead, He will simply remain far and smile, seeing your longing.”

With longing, my heart-felt love showers incessantly day and night on the dust of His feet [3]. Forgetting shyness, I behold that Cita Cor [4] in my mental mirror, again and again.

He is my everything…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #938:

[1] Malay: The sweet ocean breeze in the spring season that brings a gentle sense of tranquility and relief. It feels very comfortable and offers a soothing touch to all in its path.

[2] Manora’ja: In this role, Parama Purusa is the Lord of Mind and does according to His desire. Parama Purusa has infinite attributions one of which is Manora’ja where He exercises His own will. He acts according to His own feeling. He does according to His wish.

[3] Line Meaning: Here the sadhaka is expressing his full love and longing to attain Him. With that burgeoning love and yearning for His close proximity, the aspirant focuses all his energy towards Parama Purusa, and holds His lotus feet and cries. This deeply devotional urge represents the sadhaka’s melancholic longing to have Him close.

[4] Citcor: In His role as ‘Citcor’ (ciita = mind; cor = thief), Baba is the Thief or Stealer of the devotee’s mind. He captivates their mind and attracts the bhakta with His incomparable charm. Here the point is that when a person falls in love with someone then they automatically think of their beloved, whether they want to think about them or not. They have no control over it. The mind just rushes in that direction at every opportunity. Even if one tries to withdraw the mind and not think in that way, still the mind rushes towards their beloved. This happens both in worldly life and in devotional life. In both circumstances, in a poetic way, it is said that my beloved stole my mind – stole my heart. Why, because when a person falls in love, then their mind is no longer their own, it rushes cent per cent after their beloved. This is the way it works, both in crude, mundane infatuation as well as with deep, devotional yearning. Just as this happens with two worldly lovers, it also happens between the devotee and their Beloved Lord. That is what it is said that one of the roles of Parama Purusa is Citcor, because He steals the mind of His bhakta.

Stanza by Stanza Explanation of Prabhat Samgiita #938:

In first stanza of this song the devotee is reminiscing of the sweet memories of having come in close contact with His Beloved Lord. That time everything was very beautiful. The sky was a deep, rich blue, the air was fresh, the birds were chirping sweetly – everything was in perfect harmony and balance. The whole environment was drenched in His blissful vibration.

In the second stanza, the malay (sweet, spring, ocean breeze) is whispering and warning the devotee about the nature of His beloved Lord. The malay warns that today Your Beloved may be close but tomorrow He will go far. Such is His liila.

In the third stanza, the devotee is expressing his melancholic longing and wistfully thinks how his days are passing in agony, yearning for Him. The sadhaka sees Him in his mental mirror and that is quite natural. Because whenever anyone longs for something – whether it be food, an automobile, the opposite sex or anything else – then a picture of that object / being is created in the mind. So even though that person does not posses that item / person, they always see it in their mind. Same is the case in the field of devotion. The bhakta may not have Baba close, but due to extreme longing, each and every moment the bhakta sees Him in their mental plate. That is the way longing works; it creates an image in the mind.

Related Points of Prabhat Samgiita #938

(A) When a sadhaka is first initiated he often feels His grace and divine bliss, otherwise that aspirant will not continue on the path. But those early experiences may not always continue. Naturally, in the life of an Ananda Margii sometimes one feels that the flow is very good flow and that sadhana blissful, and sometimes the mind is dry and sadhana is difficult. In this way the mind fluctuates.

(B) In this song, the sadhaka recollects when the mind was very soft and filled with the blissful ideation of Parama Purusa. But at present the sadhaka’s mind is dry and longs for those golden days of old. Then the sadhakas recounts what the malay warned about earlier: “Your Dear One likes to play hide and seek and that is why He is not coming.” Now this warning has become true.

Even then it should be kept in mind that this type of longing is not indicative of a totally dry mind. To the contrary, the dry mind does not care about Parama Purusa. Whereas a mind that longs for Him is a mind that will soon have His close proximity. The

(C) Finally, in this song the sadhaka is communicating with Parama Purusa as a third person. He is telling his tales and reminiscences and the One listening is Parama Purusa Himself. The sadhaka is not talking to any third person. As we all know this same type of interaction was done both in general darshan and reporting. Sadhakas would often use the term Parama Purusa when in Baba’s presence as a ways of referring to Him. This occurred when explaining Prabhat Samgiita in the pandal during DMC and in so many other ways and occasions.

== PROFIT MOTIVE VS SERVICE MOTIVE IN MEDICINE ==

Namaskar,
In this peak season of capitalism, the profit motive is reigning supreme in all realms of life– including in the field of medicine where greed and stock-piling money has become the norm. That is why many say that the once noble field of ‘treating the sick’ has turned into nothing but a profit-seeking ‘medical industry’– where the chase for the dollar is
utmost.

Needless to say, this has spelled d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r for patients throughout the globe. Because doctors no longer focus on the needs of the patient but rather on how their own medical business can be more profitable– the outcome of which is most ugly.

Of course in our Proutistic model– which most definitely is going to take shape soon on this earth– is geared towards serving others. The motive will be ‘do where and when it is needed for the welfare of the patient’; not ‘do, whether it is needed or not, in order to make a profit’. Hence our Prout is based on service psychology. And we will discuss the ramifications of this in the field of medicine.

First let us see how this profit motive manifests itself in today’s medical industry.

DOCTORING FOR DOLLARS

From the US to Bali to Buenos Aires to Kolkata, the field of medicine has turned into a profit-making machine. And there are all kinds of tricks done in order to secure a greater margin of income.

For example in India, where the number of doctors far surpasses the number of paying patients, doctors have a shortage clients, i.e. the market is not big. In that case, doctors regularly perform operations and administer medicines that are not at all needed. Arm surgery or an open-heart operation will be performed solely for the doctor’s wallet and not because that is in the patient’s best interest. That is but one of the horrors going on in India.

Another ploy that is occurring is that quack doctors– those who are below average and cannot get patients– will give a commission to rickshaw wallahs and tour guides etc if they bring patients to their office. Thus when a person new in town gets sick or injured– whether they be a villager or an overseas tourist– then they will be led to this quack doctor. All because this doctor is resorting to seedy means in order to ‘drum up business’.

In the US, the scandals are occurring on a much larger level. Often times doctors themselves are just turned into laborers in the hands of hospital officials & business executives. That is one epidemic. The other is that doctors will order a myriad of expensive tests just to create a large bill– which will either go to the patient, insurance company, or both. And behind close doors, pharmaceutical giants are giving pressure and incentives to doctors who prescribe their drugs. These are but a few of the many ills occurring in the scandalous medical industry in the US.

Side by side, medical researchers will not investigate cures to diseases that are less commonly known for the sheer reason that there are less patients– i.e. less customers– suffering from that type of disease. Whereas, every pharmacy under the sun is inventing more and more high blood pressure medicines– that are essentially unneeded– because there is huge money to be made in arena. So that which is needed is not done and that is not needed is done. All because of the might dollar and profit-motive way of doctoring.

Thus we see a variety of schemes by today’s medical industry in order to maximise profits– and in all cases the one who suffers & pays the most is the patient.

BABA’S EXAMPLE OF DOCTOR PRACTICES

Here below Baba Himself points out what injustices doctors do to their patients in order to bankroll their medical business.

Baba says, “Of all the doctors you have come across, how many are idealistic and dutiful? If you visit a doctor, he will prescribe strong medicines for a light illness. This will inevitably be the case if he owns his own dispensary.” (HS-1)

By Baba’s own example, it is clear that the today’s medical industry is in a dire state, if not a pathetic condition.

PROUT IS COMING

But this negative state of affairs surrounding the medical industry will not last forever– things will get better as the greediness of capitalism fades away and the ideals of Prout are introduced.

Some Ananda Margiis may be thinking that this is a pipe dream only. Because when Prout net itself is on the fritz, and when our top Prout Dadas are enmeshed in economic shams, and when our Prout journals are a thing of the past, and when in so many ways our Prout movement is seemingly losing momentum, then some may be thinking that Prout will never make it onto the scene.

But actually great headway is being made.

Because, a shift is occurring with margiis and acaryas around the globe. In response to the groupism, now more than ever there is a call to bring Baba’s ideas to the forefront. And more and more are studying Baba’s writings and sharing His teachings with others. Plus the society is also suffering under the grip of capitalism and is ready for a new direction.

Due to all these reasons and more, the wave of Prout has started and it will not be long before its implementation occurs at a rate faster than we can maintain. So our Prout is most certainly on the way– about this there should not be any doubt.

WHAT SHAPE IT WILL TAKE

Then question then what are the types of changes we will see in the medical industry. Here Baba gives a glimpse of what lies ahead and what we can expect to see with regards to the practice of medicine and health care.

Baba says, “Doctors should start service cooperatives. These cooperatives may also be called physicians service cooperatives. Suppose a doctor is not able to open his own practice, he may form a service cooperative with five or ten other doctors. Such a cooperative is an intellectual service cooperative. Doctors who have less capital and cannot afford to establish their own practice can also work in this type of cooperative. Such a system will solve the unemployment problem of doctors. In addition, doctors can start research through these cooperatives.” (PNS-18)

Thus when doctors form cooperatives and are not at the mercy of the almighty dollar, then the field of medicine will embark into a new era. And not only doctors cooperatives, but there will be so many deep-seeded changes that will spell the end to the present-day profit-oriented medical businesses and give rise to community oriented health-care services where the welfare of the patient is first and foremost.

And verily that is the main difference between Prout and capitalism– the seed outlook of life. Irregardless of all the plans and programs, the basic vision of Prout and Capitalism differs in their most fundamental appeal. Prout mandates that the need of the day should be addressed in order to serve the people, whereas capitalism dictates that business should be done where there is the opportunity to make a profit. And these are wholly oppositional outlooks.

That is why as the Proutistic model presents in the social life, there will be widespread changes quite quickly. And these will become apparent in the field of medicine and health care as well.

BABA’S GRACE

By Baba’s grace our Prout system is going to come along. The public needs it; our Marga is destined to do it; and it is Baba’s will. So none should despair or adopt a capitalistic mentality. The vision of Prout is on the way. And with it today’s profit oriented medical industry will be revamped into a service-oriented approach that addresses the true needs
of the people.

Baba says, “PROUT is well-adjusted with human ideals and sentiments. Other socio-economic systems are ultravires to human existence and all-round elevation.” (AFPS-9)

Namaskar,
Pradiip

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Fate of Egotistical People

Baba says, “It is only when the human beings, become puffed up with vanity and misuse the power granted to them by Parama Purus’a, that He steals everything from them. Hence, He is called Darpaha’rii – the stealer of vanity…Vain people suffer a similar fate when their vanity is destroyed as the balloon faces when its air is let out. But, does Parama Purus’a snatch away everything from everyone? No, He takes away only when the unit beings try to create obstructions in the flow of His creation.” (APH-4, p. 247)
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Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 19:39:47 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: J.Deva
Subject: How You Can Save Money

Baba

== HOW YOU CAN SAVE MONEY ==

Namaskar,
In this day and age, people waste a lot of time trying to earn more and more money – laboring anywhere from 8 – 10 hours daily, or even 18 hours in a single day.

Plus most people are totally worried about money – so they think about earning money even when they are not working. They eat, sleep, and dream about it.

In this way their entire psyche and days are consumed.

The general psychology is to earn more and spend more. That becomes their entire life – that is the unfortunate truth. The tragedy is that this human life is about so much more than just collecting money. Human life is far larger than this.

To resolve this critical issue, Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji has given a beautiful way of living that is very easy for everyone to do. And by following His guidelines, you are sure to save huge amounts of money.

So if you are suffering from any sort of financial worry or fiscal need, then read this following letter.

THIS LETTER IS FOR EVERYONE

The guidelines in this letter are for everyone. If you are already an Ananda Margii or a sympathizer of the Marga, you will readily see how much you are saving by following AM practices. Plus you may get some new tips as well.

And if you are not yet an Ananda Margii, then by reading the below you will get a clear-cut vision how following our AM way of life will benefit you financially.

Hence this letter is for absolutely anyone and everyone who wishes to save money and live a financially secure life.

NO INTOXICANTS (Part 1)

In Ananda Marga, as we all know, or as new people will soon learn, we do not use any intoxicants – none. This is the first great way of saving money by leading life as an Ananda Margii.

Cigarettes, beer, wine, and hard alcohol are all getting taxed verily heavily by the city, state, provincial and federal government. So the prices of these substances is skyrocketing.

Indeed recently the tax on cigarettes in NY state went up $1.60 to a total of $4.35 on taxes alone, so a pack of cigarettes now costs $9.20 (on average) in NY, and more than that in New York City. Smoking a pack a day over the course of a year would add up to more than $3,650.00 at a minimum. And this type of increase is happening everywhere. The same thing is going on with regards to alcohol.

Since in Ananda Marga we have no interest in or use for cigarettes, or any of these other legal intoxicants like alcohol etc, we are saving a huge amount of money. Just ask any ex-smoker or ex-drinker and they will most assuredly tell you about all the money they are saving by quitting their dirty habit.

NO INTOXICANTS (Part 2)

Then of course there are the illegal drugs like marijuana, cocaine, heroine etc. These all cost a huge amount of money – it is big business – but for Ananda Margiis this is a non-issue entirely. Hence big $aving$.

Included in this topic are other health costs and legal fees. If one is using intoxicants of any kind they will certainly have to spend more money on doctors fees, health concerns, insurance premiums, hospital care and other medications etc, since those intoxicants will ruin their health.

In addition, drinking and driving is illegal so if one gets caught by the police they will incur big legal fees in order to clear their name and stay out of jail, if possible. Same is the case if they are caught using illegal drugs. Not only are the drugs expensive and addicting, but one have to spend huge money on attorney fees to clear their name in a
court of law.

So from multiple angles, our clean way of living that is free of any and all intoxicants saves us a lot of money. That is the first great savings for being an Ananda Margii.

FOOD

Our style of eating, i.e. our vegetarian diet, is also a big money saver. In most places, fresh fruit and vegetables are far less costly than meat – both on our wallet and our health. Our daily or weekly shopping is less expensive plus we will not face all the health issues that hinders meat-eaters. So we will not have to pay those big medical bills either.

Various studied show how eating home-prepared vegetarian meals foods is cheaper (and healthier!) than a meat-based diet. Also always look into buying foods in bulk – one can save huge money this way.

There is much more involved in this point of food, but I think most of us are aware about them. And already there is a lot of information out there about the extreme financial and health costs of a meat-based diet.

The only further point that is worth raising on the point of food is that as Ananda Margiis we do not dine in restaurants or hotels. Of course the reason we do not do this is because those places are not sentient: The dishes themselves are dirty, the ingredients are unknown, and the cooks are non-sadhakas. So that is why we do not dine in such establishments. But, on the top, eating in these restaurants is an expensive habit. By not frequenting such restaurants we save a lot of money. What average people spend on a single meal in a restaurant is enough funds for wise, vegetarian shoppers to eat for 1 or 2 weeks at home.

GAMBLING

So much of the world indulges in gambling – either in casinos, or on-line, or at sporting events, or in lotteries, etc. The tragedy with gambling is the the “house” always wins. People waste their time and hard-earned money and come home empty handed. Not only do they lose their money, but they lose their mental balance as well as gambling is
an addition. People go so far as to sell their most valued possessions in order to support their gambling habit. Indeed, even the great King Yudhisthira lost his entire wealth and property in a game of dice. Such are the ill effects of gaming and gambling.

Our Ananda Marga does not allow for this at all.

Baba says, “The habit of making wagers is extremely undesirable. You must avoid lotteries and gambling.” (CC-2, Society, pt#38)

When there is no gambling then there is no question of losing money or wasting away one’s time. This is an absolute money-saver.

LOANS

In our present era, this is a big, big point. So many people around the world, especially in the materialistic western nations, make it a hobby or even career in life to spend money which they do not have.

People incur debt by taking big loans to pay for things that they cannot afford: clothes, fancy meals, i-Phones, sports cars, gadgets, and so much more. By this way they lose money in two ways: Firstly by purchasing a costly item which they do not really need; secondly by having to pay the interest on the loan for that item. Hence it is a double loss.

Yet all “modern economies” around the globe are based on this faulty precept. Not only do individuals and families indulge in this, but entire cities, counties, states and even whole nations embark on this defective manner of taking loans to pay for things they cannot afford.

From beginning to end this is a totally costly and mentally taxing affair. People stay awake at night wondering and worrying about how they are going to pay back their loan. And countries even go totally bankrupt – that we are seeing today.

In Ananda Marga, Baba is entirely against the idea of taking a loan or incurring debt for superfluous items.

Baba says, “To purchase, by incurring debt, serge where tweed will do, or gaberdine where serge will do, is surely against the principle of aparigraha.” (GHC)

Indeed the entire spirit of aparigraha is to live in a simple manner, within one’s means. This is only possible if oe can to cultivate the requisite santosa (mental ease), such that a person will not senselessly run after material goods. As Baba points out in many discourses, the practices of aparigraha and santosa are closely linked.

Baba says, “Human desire knows no end. Millionaires want to become multimillionaires, because they are not satisfied with their million. Ask the millionaires if they are happy with their money. They will say, “Where is the money? I am somehow pulling on.” This answer indicates their ignorance of aparigraha. But such feelings have another adverse effect on body and mind.”

Here Baba continues His discourse.

Baba says, “Out of excessive fondness for physical or mental pleasures people become mad to earn money and amass wealth. As money becomes the be-all and end-all of life, the mind gets crudified. Constant hankering after money results in negligence of one’s health, and this makes the body unfit. Therefore, santos’a sa’dhana’ lies in being contented with the earnings of normal labour, without any undue pressure on the body and mind. To remain contented, one has to make a special type of mental effort to keep aloof from external allurements.” (GHC)

Hence by following yama and niyama and doing sadhana, one can easily become adept at the points of aparigraha and santosa. And this will lead to saving so much money – huge amounts.

Because without aparigraha and santosa, one will become a prisoner to the consumer mentality of “buy this” & “buy that” which is so infested within capitalism.

Hence this topic of loans in highly linked without our mental state and yama and niyama. When the mind is balanced one will steer clear of all kinds of unneeded purchases as well as unnecessary loans, thereby saving tremendous amounts of money.

OTHER WAYS OF SAVING MONEY

BY FOLLOWING OUR AM WAY OF LIFE

Here is a brief list of other ways any sadhaka of the Marga will certainly save money. Again, anyone can follow this approach and get the financial benefits. I invite others to comment and elaborate on these below points.

– Fasting: By fasting 2 or 4 times monthly, we save 1 – 2 months worth of food over the course of the entire year. Plus fasting purifies the body and keeps us disease-free, and away from expensive medical visits.

– Marriage: In some traditions huge money or dowries are paid to get one’s children married. We do not subscribe to such dogmas. Our social ceremonies are free.

– Tiirtha / Pilgrimage: Traveling to so-called holy lands like Mecca, Jerusalem or Varanasi each year is an expensive proposition. In AM, we do not have such destinations – the only tiirtha in AM is Guru cakra.

– Birth & Death: Here again these entail social ceremonies that do not cost any money in AM, whereas in the dogmatic churches and temples, moderate to large sums of money need to be paid. Plus without a large payment, one will not even find a spot in the cemetery or get a good casket, whereas in AM the body is burned at no expense to the deceased or their family.

– Hobbies: In AM, our only hobby is social service and helping others whereas in the so-called first-world nations average citizens spend enormous amounts of money on hobbies and recreational activities. Thus we save a lot in this department as well.

– Psychic Disease: Sadhana keeps the mind balanced and without sadhana people encounter so many mental problems: frustration, depression, angst, phobias etc. In that case they have to spend huge money on psychiatrists and psychologists.

– Inferiority Complex: Anyone with an inferiority is bound to be exploited. Sadhana will free the mind from such complexes.

– Religious Taxes: In most of the religions, the tax for the average member is 10% or so of their total income. In Ananda Marga it is only 2%. Thus we save 8%.

And there are a multitude of other ways in which we save money. Everyone should write in with their experience of how they save money by being an Ananda Margii

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has given us the perfect system for living in this era of economic struggle and strife. By following His life principles we are bound to save large sums of money and feel relaxed about our financial picture.

So if anyone is suffering from economic turmoil, just become an Ananda Margii or redouble one’s efforts in following 16 Pts. Then one will be worry-free and unencumbered by economic problems.

Let us remember that human life is short and it is meant for sadhana, not getting caught up in financial concerns.

Baba says, “One should not forget that human life is short. From the moment of birth one slowly and steadily advances towards death with every passing second. This short period of time from birth to death is human life. Human beings have come from the world of invisibility and at the end of this short span of time will return to the world of invisibility. Those people can be called intelligent who utilize every moment of their short life engaged in spiritual practice.” (APH-4)

Namaskar,
Jagatmitra

Note 1: BABA’S SPECIAL ORDER ABOUT LOANS

Here furthermore is another of Baba’s special guideline about taking loans.

Baba says, “I am also giving one more advice in regard to aparigraha. If any Margis have to spend on anything in addition to the fixed expenditure (for example, expensive clothing, ornaments, articles of furniture, marriage, building, etc.), they should, before incurring such expenditure, obtain a clear order from their a’ca’rya, unit secretary or district secretary, or any other person of responsible rank. Similarly, permission is to be obtained before taking loan from any businessman or money-lender.” (GHC)

Note 2: GOOD FOR ONE AND ALL

In this materialistic era, the mass of people weigh most of their decisions on money. People want to know what is most economical. This plays into our favour as this entire letter aims to show the innumerable ways how living life as an Ananda Margii is the best bank for your buck. So this is a good pracara strategy: Save money by becoming an Ananda Margii.

In addition, challenging or severe economic times are mounting, so as Ananda Margiis we need not worry so much since in a multitude of ways our way of life is the most economical. It is a better deal fiscally.

By the above listing of points, it is easy to see how and why our AM ways of life is great in all realms of life, including financially.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Ajuta chande esechile tumi nacite nacite ha’site ha’site…” (PS #146)

Purport:

O’ Baba, with the resonance of melody and in the manana [1] of my heart, and the jingling of the ankle bell [2], You came in countless rhythms, dancing and smiling, smiling and dancing.

You came with the resonance of melody; You came with the manana of my heart, You came with the jingling of the angel bell. O’ Lord you came, You came with the resonance of melody, O’ Lord You came.

You came with the manana of my heart, O’ Lord. You came with the jingling of the ankle bell. O’ Lord, with the resonance of melody, and in the manana of my heart, O’ Lord You came. In the manana of my heart, and the jingling of the ankle bell, O’ Lord You came.

If I blossom as a flower on the branch, then You become fragrance and fill me always. If I become the distant sky, then You become blue and fill me always. [3] O’ Lord, You fill me always. As a blue color You always envelop me.

If I become the distant sky, then You become blue and fill me always. O’ Lord, You fill me always. You surround me from all the directions, You came in countless rhythms, dancing and smiling, smiling and dancing.

O’ Baba, I am never alone. You are always with me, no matter what. You are ever gracious, I surrender at Your lotus feet…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #146:

[1] Manana: The contemplation or ideation of the Supreme Entity by repeating the Lord’s name in the mind. This special process Baba has described in-depthly in His various teachings of AM devotional and spiritual life.

[2] Jingling of the Ankle Bell: This song carries great symbolic and is the poetic expression of what the sadhaka feels in dhyana. So the “ankle bell” is not a physical bell attached to one’s ankle nor does it refer to some type of bell that Parama Purusa is wearing around His foot. Rather when the sadhaka realises and feels the proximity of Parama Purusa in deep dhyana, then one hears this ankle bell sound within. That is the meaning of this metaphor in the song. One hears this ankle bell sound when in His close proximity. The phrase – Parama Purusa has come with His ankle bell – is just a poetic expression that holds greater symbolic meaning.

[3] Two More Metaphors: The metaphor of the sky and its blue color indicates how they are inseparable. The sky and blueness cannot be made distinct from one another. The two are inextricably inter-linked. In the same way the devotee and Parama Purusa are inseparable. Similarly, the flower cannot be separated from its fragrance; where there is a the flower there is fragrance and where there is flower fragrance there is the flower. The two are completely part and parcel of each other. Here again this refers to the inherent link between the Lord and the bhakta. Parama Purusa is always with the devotee – one cannot remain separate from the other. Parama Purusa comes with His omnkara dhvani (eternal sound) the bhakta gets attracted and merges in Him.

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Date: Wed, 09 Nov 2011 2011 22:312:02 -0400
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: dharma@eco-net…
Subject: Prout: Save Money with Psycho-Economy

Baba

“Aja’na’ Pathik eseche…” – P.S. 4490

Purport:

The Parama Purusa Ajana Pathik has come. He has filled this mortal
world with the love of flowers and fruits. For Him no one is distant, no
one is alien, everyone is His own– close and intimate. He has wiped
away all the tears and removed the suffering of everyone. Baba has come
riding on the chariot of effulgence. He is associated with one and all
through His ota and prota yoga. He is pulling everyone with His divine
attraction and with the blessing of His varabhaya mudra. Today Baba has
come. The whole world is inundated with His love– His grace….

== PROUT: SAVE MONEY WITH PSYCHO-ECONOMY ==

Namaskar,
This letter contains something for everybody– how to save money and be
healthy by paying heed to Baba’s Proutistic teachings of psycho-economy.
And yes this letter relates well to those in certain countries where
“year-end, holiday shopping” is an all-out offensive for capitalists.

AN ONGOING, UNDETECTED, BALLOONING ISSUE

The ills of capitalism are fast rising to the surface: Inflation, energy
costs, mortgage lending, collapsed banks, ‘bear market’, corporate
buyouts etc, etc. These terms make the headlines every day.

However, there is one aspect of this materialistic, free market economy
that is causing great harm yet going largely unnoticed– or at least is
going mostly undiscussed. Probably because it is accepted as being
‘alright’ by most of the people, by the general public.

Namely, as we know, today’s capitalistic system is based on the
profit-motive, not on consumer needs. In result, corporations or
businesses make piles of money by convincing susceptible consumers of
buying products which they do not need. And the chief outcome is that
that business is praised, honoured, and heavily rewarded $$$, what to
speak of rebuked and rectified. That is one side of the story.

The other is that countless consumers waste what little money they have
by purchasing those uneeded & often harmful products, such as
cigarettes, alcohol, junk food, coffee, pornographic videos, gambling
etc. Or in countries like the USA, people buy more of what they already
have in order to keep up with the rage of fashion. That is why people
have 50 or even 100 expensive, name-brand shirts in their closet, when
really only a few cheaper, yet high-quality varieties are needed.

Or sometimes like with computer parts, they are all manufactured in the
same place, and then various companies put their own labels on those
items. But consumers– do not see this– only they chase after that
company label, and pay two or three times the price for the very same item.

So in one way or another people are lured into buying, buying and buying
things which they do not need– or pay more for what they could really
buy for less. Nearly everyone is ensnared in this debacle. All because
companies take extreme measures to convince the innocent public that to
get ahead in life or to enjoy living then xyz product is a “must-have”
item, or be left out in the cold.

This is the awful environment in today’s capitalist system. And most are
unaware about it or too helpless or stuck to do anything.

TEENS ARE MOST AFFECTED

Tragically, this is the on-going issue in today’s economy: Consumers get
duped into buying products either which they do not need or that will
not be beneficial for them, either mentally or physically or both. But
because of massive advertising, good citizens have been brain-washed
into purchasing those things. Sadly, it is most often our youths– our
teenagers– who fall prey to this.

Teens buy sexually-laced movies and videos, designer clothing,
extraneous gadgets, and so many things which they think they need in
order to look ‘cool’, ‘hip’, ‘modern’ etc. And while for years and years
this practice was going on primarily in the US, now because of the
internet and the growing Asian economy, this negative trend has spread
all around the world.

Outside of teens in general, the second most affected population is
probably women, with teenage women being the most victimised, overall.
But in one way or another everyone is affected. Most certainly even you
and I, to some or more degree.

Below please read more about this systemic problem as well as Baba’s
perfect solution: Psycho-economy.

HOW IT HAPPENS

In the dizzying array of today’s advertising battlegrounds, general
citizens are bombarded with thousands and thousands of advertisements
each and every day. Of course, the more television one watches, the more
newspapers one reads, the more internet surfing one does, the more one
is prone to getting exploited. Because those advertisements and media
messages goad a person to look or act in certain way; and, the general
people get lulled in that direction, knowingly or unknowingly.

And this pull is only further emphasized by countless movies, books,
billboards, and subtle and not-so-subtle messages from fellow consumers
etc. Verily it is everywhere and nearly everyone is caught up in this
mess, whether they wish to admit it or not. Some people may not have the
money to purchase what they desire, and they are also caught up–
because they will suffer from an inferiority complex, thinking that they
are a low-life for not having that expensive car or costly home or
expensive shoe etc. So nearly everyone gets caught up– one way or another.

But again, our teenagers are often hit the hardest. In fact, one
sexually provocative novel for teens recently sold 20 million copies–
and this is in an era when hardly anyone ever reads anymore or buys
books. Just imagine how many more are reading those same passages online.

Because teenagers are such an impressionable and innocent group, they
are regularly targeted by corporate advertising departments as well as
by individual scammers trying to make a big sell.

The problem with all of this is that families end up spending whatever
little money they have on items that they really do not need for their
survival, or on things that are harmful for them. Because people
purchase things which they have the psychic urge to buy based on crafty
advertising etc. And most of the time, such purchases lead to the
degeneration of mind as well as degrading habits & life practices like
on-line pornography, crude cosmetics, skimpy clothing, etc. And this may
even force a family to go into debt or forgo the purchasing of basic
essentials of life like food, rent etc.

This is the very grave and real problem which burdens hundreds of
millions– if not billions of people– on a daily basis.

HOW PROUT CAN HELP: PSYCHO-ECONOMY

So what is to be done in the face of all of this.

By Baba’s grace Prout philosophy has the exact answer: consumer
education– true consumer education. Not just issuing a cheezy Q & A
pamphlet about how to shop like many consumer advocacy groups publish,
but rather giving a pointed analysis with graphic demonstrations and
protests that will awaken the masses as to what is going on and how they
are getting exploited, befooled, and duped. This highly important aspect
of the Proutistic enterprise is known as psycho-economy.

Baba says, “Psycho-economy…endeavours to eradicate exploitative and
unjust economic practices, behaviours and structures. It will counter
all economic and psycho-economic exploitation and make people aware of
how capitalists, in their singular or collective roles, exploit society
and create unhealthy, artificial demands which not only poison the mind
but encourage dangerous habits detrimental to psychic sanctity and
expansion. The first and foremost duty of psycho-economics is to wage a
tireless fight against all degenerating and dehumanizing economic trends
in society.” (PNS-12)

Only psycho-economy can start to open the eyes of the people as to how
they are getting ‘taken for a ride’ day in and day out by cunning,
ruthless capitalist exploiters.

A PROBLEM WITH OUR VALUE SYSTEM

Right now, in all the materialistic-oriented countries, which are
growing in number day by day, the whole concept of what it means to be
human is getting lost. People measure themselves based on how their hair
looks, what they own, how they look, what brand of clothing they wear,
and so many other useless and superficial measuring rods. The whole
society is falling in this direction because of living under a
mass-media blitz, 24/7. This creates the desire of buying useless items
and going into debt by overspending, or it creates in people the
inferiority complex that they are not as good as others simply because
the name-brand of their shirt is different.

Here below Baba warns us of what happens when there is this degree of
psychic bankruptcy on the planet.

Baba says, “If there is a lack of prama’ in the psychic sphere, then
many omissional and commissional mistakes and defects are bound to enter
into their art, architecture, literature, philosophy, science and other
branches of human knowledge. Dance may lose its rhythm, painting may
lack proportion, music may lose the harmony of its melody and rhythm,
and in the various branches of literature there may be an overgrowth of
the parasitic weeds of immature expression.” (Prama-1)

And that is exactly what we are seeing now. Each and every aspect of
human life is infested with crude ways of living and being, and
capitalist exploiters are making billions by selling these degrading
things to the public.

HUMAN VALUES MUST NOT GET LOST

So perhaps the first policy of our psycho-economic statutes that needs
to come forth is teaching everyone what it means to be human. Humanness
is not based on what you wear or what type of soap you use, but is based
rather on sadhana, service, and sacrifice. It is these qualities that
create a true human being.

But capitalist blood-suckers have imposed their will on the public in a
totally different way. Such that a person is someone who has a new
i-phone, mercedes-benz, swimming pool, etc etc. This foresaken,
materialistic recipe leads to the degeneration of mind and the gross and
vicious cycle of selling one’s soul by investing more and more in
superficial, material ornaments.

MASS EDUCATION NEEDED

Only through Baba’s teachings on psycho-economy can humanity escape from
this harmful loop.

Baba says, “Human society today has reached the stage of degeneration
and, as a result, is lost in the wilderness of economic bankruptcy,
social unrest, cultural degeneration and religious superstition.” (Prama-1)

Thus only by becoming aware and awakened to the capitalistic strategies
can we lift out of this crude era. Only by breaking this bondage of
slavery and regaining our purchasing capacity can we fight this
capitalist onslaught.

So we should all understand and teach others about it means to be a
victim of capitalism and the consumer society– i.e. purchasing things
we do not need and basing the value of life on material gains. All this
is nonsense.

As Ananda Margiis, we have a far greater ability than the common people
to slip out of this trap. But even for us it may not be easy. We have to
take an honest look at how we are living.

So the whole process of education is two-fold. People need to be taught
the real value of human life and spiritual practices as well as be
guided as to how to avoid the psychic trappings of those capitalist
exploiters. Both aspects are needed.

MORE MONEY IN THE POCKET

As soon as one opens their eyes even a wee-bit, then the first thing
they will realise is that they have a lot more money in their pocket
than they did before. And secondly, they will feel mentally free from
the oppressive wave of capitalist advertising.

This is an absolutely huge topic so cooperation amongst all is needed.
All should write in with their thoughts, comments and experiences. I
could not possibly write it all here, now.

BABA’S BLESSING

By His grace we will burst this false bubble of capitalism and provide
real socio-economic values that promote the true fulfillment of human
life– the realisation of a spiritual ideal.

Baba says, “By propagating spirituality, implementing PROUT and
rendering selfless service to suffering humanity, you will be able to
elevate the standard of human beings in a very short time.” (PNS-18)

Namaskar,
Dharma

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Fate of Egotistical People

Baba says, “It is only when the human beings, become puffed up with
vanity and misuse the power granted to them by Parama Purus’a, that He
steals everything from them. Hence, He is called Darpaha’rii – the
stealer of vanity…Vain people suffer a similar fate when their vanity
is destroyed as the balloon faces when its air is let out. But, does
Parama Purus’a snatch away everything from everyone? No, He takes away
only when the unit beings try to create obstructions in the flow of
His creation.” (APH-4, p.247)

Note: In the above teaching Baba warns us about the fate of arrogant
people. As we know the ultimate antidote is developing a devotional link
in life and surrendering to the sweet will of Parama Purusa. Then in
that case arrogance will not get the scope to crop up. Unfortunately
some in our Marga overlook their devotional practices and instead get
wrapped up in their own plans and programs. Such persons can be easily
recognised as all day long they tell, ‘I did this or I did that… I
delivered one lecture and all were amazed… I created one project… or
I should be the ruler…’ and on and on they go about their own unit
deeds & desires– intoxicated by their little accomplishments and
imposing their will on others. To lovingly rectify such persons, Parama
Purusa describes above what dramatic intervention He takes. Looking
around today, we can see how some in our Marga have already undergone
this thing and others are going to experience the same similar fate.
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Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 18:34:55 -0600
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: “Punyatman Deva”
Subject: The Dream is Over

Baba

== THE DREAM IS OVER ==

Namaskar,
Since World War II if not earlier, the American Dream was 100% alive – all Americans believed in it, as did most of the rest of the world. Even up until ten years ago, a large majority of the US population believed in capitalism and the American Dream.

Now that dream is gone. Today large segments of the population are fed-up with capitalism. They think their situation is bleak with little or no hope for the future. They are looking for something different – they are looking for a new way.

CHANGE IN CONSCIOUSNESS

A shift in consciousness is taking place. One such manifestation of this is the “Occupy Wall St” protests. While they may not possess the answers, the youths involved are quite disenchanted with capitalism. Such youths need direction.

Indeed with the loss of faith in capitalism, a vacuum has been created. Many will try and fill that space with their own ideas and agendas, including the socialists etc. This way the suffering of society will continue. Because these other theories are but a utopia; they will only invite for trouble and torment for the people.

Now is the very moment we must further advance our propagation of Prout. The intensive efforts margiis and acaryas have put forth in the past will yield tremendous results in this current environment. The youths are looking for a glimmer of hope – a practical way to proceed. And Prout is that philosophy and socio-economic system.

BABA STORY:

JUST PROPAGATE THE NAME PROUT

Many may recall how in certain reporting sessions and Prout meetings, Baba told that: Our duty is to propagate Prout, if people merely recognise the name Prout – then the work is done. That is enough. It needs name recognition, nothing more. Then the needful will be done.

So none should feel that we must have manifestos and edicts and strategic plans etc. If we merely tell people that there is a socio-economic philosophy called Prout, then naturally they will research further. As we know all Baba’s teachings are perfectly psychological and suited to the human mind. Prout will appeal to people and they will rally around it.

In this phase, our aim is to make Prout a “household name”.

REPORT:

AMERICAN YOUTHS DISENCHANTED WITH CAPITALISM

Here following is an interesting, expressive report that shows how youths are fed-up capitalism.

On Point Radio Show: “Occupy Wall Street”: While the entire show is quite interesting, if your time is limited simple scroll to the 6min 10sec mark and listen to what the young sister named Bre has to say.

And indeed there are many such reports. And only reports, the unemployment rate is very high for young people and the youths are also burdened by debt. There is a growing outcry against the capitalist system. To give voice to this the Occupy Wall St movement started and now it has spread to 150+ cities across the US and has generated interest across the entire globe.

NOW IS THE TIME…

Now is the time to heighten our efforts to spread the name and teachings of Prout. When people hear about it, interest will grow quickly.

Already for decades so many dedicated and sincere margiis and Wts have worked tirelessly spreading the teachings of Prout. And as we all know, new ideas are best taught in a fertile environment. Now in capitalistic nations, and in particular the US, the ground has indeed become fertile. The youths are looking for something other than corporate capitalism.

This is the time to fill the vacuum with Prout – before there was no vacuum in the US – people were pleased with capitalism – now that has changed. A vacuum has been created and now is the time for Prout.

Baba says, “This vacuum has to be immediately filled with a strong guiding and controlling force. You should fill it with your intellectuo-intuitional strength. If you sit idle some other demonic non-spiritual theories can become active and occupy that vacuum, so do not encourage lethargy and procrastination. You must leave the six defects of sleep, drowsiness, fear, anger, lethargy and procrastination if you want to work for the Self and for the society.”

“PROUT is the only panacea. If the God-centred philosophy of PROUT does not come forward immediately to fill this vacuum, some other ideology will, because it is a law of nature that something will fill a vacuum once it has been created. If this ideological vacuum is not filled by PROUT, a great catastrophe will take place in the future because other defective philosophies will come forward. Some dogma-centred, matter-centred or self-centred theories will occupy the space. We cannot allow this to happen…The ideas of PROUT are spreading throughout the world. This new day is yours.” (Prout in a Nutshell-18, The Excellence of God-Centred Philosophy)

Namaskar,
Punya’tman

Note: 1: MORE OF BABA’S TEACHINGS

Baba says, “Human beings, universal humans, have had to undergo tremendous struggle due to suppression, repression and oppression and the catastrophes created by capitalism and communism. Wherever there is suppression, repression and oppression human beings are forced to follow the path of dogma. Communism preaches dogma, capitalism preaches dogma, and so-called religions based on the scriptures also preach dogma. Now is the time for the emergence for the third psychic force where there will be no more suppression, repression and oppression. Let the mind develop according to its longings; let the mind be free. Let there be a human society of coordination and cooperation. This is the last stage. We are waiting for the rising sun with crimson rays. Even now the crimson rays are a bit visible. These crimson rays are the rays of PROUT.” (Prout in a Nutshell-17, Suppression, Repression and Oppression)

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From: “Vinay Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Prout: Antidote to Today’s Economics
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2011 21:16:13 +1000

Baba

== PROUT: ANTIDOTE TO TODAY’S ECONOMICS ==

Namaskar,
As we enter into the culminating phase of the vaeshyan era, there are many issues that abound. One is that the capitalist exploitation is becoming more & more intense; and a second matter is that capitalism has spread its web across the 7 seas such that now the strings of those top-level vaeshyas wrap around nearly each and every community across the globe.

Then of course there is the use of the immigrant work-force as well as corporations which outsource all their work to China and the third-world nations etc.

So many tricks and imbalances are in vogue. Everything has been hitched and stitched together. A problem in one place leads to a problem in another. That is in part why today’s economy is in such a precarious position.

Here is a Proutistic look to a variety of these key issues.

CAPITALIST EXPLOITATION: WORKERS SUFFER

As we all see, capitalists are infamous for creating industry wherever they can get the facilities. This is one black trait of their exploitative ways. Because in their avarice they are only concerned with cheap labor and low costs in order to maximize their own profit– regardless of what kind of effect this has on the rest of the region. One of the negative off-shoots is that capitalists mercilessly force innocent and hungry workers to go where the industry is, thus leaving particular areas desolate and creating unrest all around.

Hence in their imbalanced and opportunistic methods capitalist exploitation paints a bleak picture in multiple ways. Here is one such example as it relates to our topic of immigration.

Baba says, “Where there is no proper economic development, surplus labour develops. In fact all undeveloped economic regions suffer from surplus labour, and when the surplus labour migrates to other regions the region remains undeveloped forever.” (PE, p.17)

And this is what we see happening today. A few such examples are the undeveloped economies of Central America (i.e. El Salvador & Honduras where unemployment abounds and surplus labour /workers head to the US for work. Once there, they receive low wages & (naturally) capitalists delight in their arrival. Plus, worker migration is at an all-time high throughout Asia.

Greedy capitalists, intoxicated with the prospect of making money, should not get scope to disrupt the whole economy and railroad all the profits and resources into their own bank accounts. All the while pressuring workers to migrate from place to place for their daily bread.

All in all, amongst other reasons, in capitalism big business swallows up smaller ones and things are cheap but the money is tied up in the hands of a few; so the common people cannot afford the commodities. Thus money gets centralised in one area and the gap between rich and poor is huge, almost insurmountable. This we see heightening each and every day.

In contrast, Prout creates an active economy with money rolling in local areas. So that workers need not be subject to all sorts of tortures and trials by having to move all around in search of work, leaving their families behind. Rather a strong economy should be created in each and every samaj and the various samajas should have relationships characterized by coordinated cooperation. In that way, Prout is concerned with the holistic development of the entire community.

SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROTECTS THE PEOPLE & INVITES GROWTH

Thus in grand fashion Baba has introduced His samaj theory based on self-sufficient socio-economic units. In this system, industry gets developed where there are raw materials and an existing labour force. Where those living in an area get ample scope to work in that area, at the same time keeping an open door policy to others interested in residing in that samaj.

Hence in the Prout system raw materials are not wrongfully sent out from the samaj so that other more powerful regions can get rich off those resources. And secondly workers are not dragged out from their homes and forced to travel hundreds of miles away. Rather the buildup of the samaj system guarantees that people will get jobs locally close to home and that others may freely immigrate to that very samaj– or any other area according to their liking, so long as they have become linked with the socio-economic ways of that place. That is our policy.

Hence Prout is concerned with the needs of an area and is geared towards making communities self-sufficient and the whole Prout philosophy is working in the favour of the exploited mass– so that the common people can rise up and develop themselves.

About these above points Baba has given the following guideline.

Baba says, “Local people are those who have merged their individual socio-economic interests with the socio-economic interests of the socio-economic unit they live in…Those who have not done so should be branded as outsiders.”

“No outsider should be allowed to interfere in local economic affairs or in the system of production and distribution, otherwise a floating population will develop, causing outflow of economic wealth from the area. If this occurs the area will become vulnerable to outside economic exploitation and decentralized economy will be undermined.” (PE, p.214-15)

THE PROTECTION OF LOCAL RESOURCES

Prout further advocates that goods should be produced and sold locally. What is produced is for the local public to utilise.

However if export businesses do develop, then only finished products can be sold directly in those markets. It is not that local raw materials should get sucked up by an exploiting state or country such that they can reap the benefit of that.

That means that natural resources should not be shipped out. The refinement process should be handled in the locale. They should benefit from their own local resources. All these things should be cared for. In that way, with a healthy economic base, people will be able to freely choose where they wish to work and be provided opportunity to stay in their home area.

Hence side by side the problems of immigration due to capitalist exploitation which is now so common not only between countries but within each and every state, province, and township– all such negative effects will be eliminated.

Baba says, “Howrah district, for example, produces sufficient crops in a season to feed the local people for seventeen months, but due to immigrant labour the produce is consumed in six and a half months. The elimination of the floating population will also protect the social life of the cooperative from the possibility of adverse social influences.” (PNS-14, p.49)

ECONOMIC FREEDOM PROVIDED TO ALL

Taken altogether then, everything should be provided within. In that way there will be guaranteed employment for all. Laborers and workers should not have to scour the earth in order to find employment. Hungry, starving workers should not be pushed out from their own homes– separated from their loved ones– and forced to go far away in search of a measly paying job.

Nor should laborers have to take extreme trouble to drive hours and hours in order to get to work.

Jobs should be available locally so that people can live with their families and make a proper income. And of course if anyone has an honest desire to move to another area then they are welcome to do so. Prout supports all these things.

However if greedy persons are trying to fill their own wallets by going outside their area in order to exploit another samaj then that will not be permitted.

Because Baba’s Prout philosophy is for the welfare of all, especially the common people, who for centuries have been exploited.

Baba says, “Local people must be given preference in employment, and all local people should be locally employed. If this policy is followed, there will be no surplus or deficit labour among the local people, and if many people do come from outside areas, they will not find a place in the local economy. Where a floating population exists in a particular region, the outflow of capital remains unchecked and the economic development of the area is undermined.” (PE, p.221)

CONCLUSION

Hence Baba has given beautiful solutions to all sorts of socio-economic problems in the form of self-sufficient samajas. Where production is geared towards local consumption and where people get scope to live and work in the comfort of their own area as well as have the option to move to a new place should they so desire. These are all important aspects of Prout’s policy on the point of immigration.

Overall, Baba has given numerous clear-cut policies on this significant matter of immigration. Which Baba has explained beautifully in so many discourses. Please reference: ‘Some Specialities of Prout’s Economic System’, ‘Decentralized Economy 1 & 2’, ‘Principles of Balanced Economy’, ‘Economic Dynamics’, ‘Cooperatives’, ‘Agrarian Revolution’ and more. All these discourses are filled with Baba’s golden Prout policies for building up a great human society.

BABA’S BLESSING

Here following Baba guides us that Prout is the way of forward movement.

Baba says, “PROUT is dedicated to the service and welfare of one and all. You should immediately build a one and indivisible human society without further delay by popularising PROUT.” (AFPS-8, p.50)

Baba says, “PROUT equips human beings with their own Prana Dharma and thereby reinforces and strengthens their march along the path of progress.” (PNS-18, p.30)

Baba says, “PROUT is the panacea.” (PNS-18, p.53)

Namaskar,
Vinay

Note 1: WHO CAN MOVE

It should also be understood that in the Prout system, people are entirely free to move from one country to the next, from one samaj to another. In this regard, personal freedom and individual choice stand at the forefront; people may travel & live where they desire. Indeed, so long as one has merged their socio-economic interest with a particular samaj, then that is enough to take up residence in that locale. In that way people may live and work where they like.

Note 2: GUIDANCE FOR ALL REALMS OF LIFE

We know that Baba is the dharma Guru and that in each and every sphere of life He has graciously bestowed upon us clear-cut guidelines for how to proceed. And in our social life those guidelines have taken shape in the form of Prout philosophy. Hence not just on the point of immigration and labor issues, but from birth to death, from village life to global government, from unit to collective, and from start to finish, Baba has beautifully given us the way how to advance and move ahead. Hence there is no question that Prout does not have any policies. Rather Baba’s precise, diamond-like strategies and pin-pointed teachings are our polices. Indeed, it is by these very crystal clear policies that Prout will be established and the entire humanity will grow and prosper.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi eso, tumi eso a’ma’r ghare…” – P.S. 3190

Purport:

Baba, please grace me by coming to my abode. I go on waiting for You on and on, constantly– all the while keeping the lamp of hope lit in my heart. Baba, You are always gracious. I get You in my dreams. By Your grace, I get You in those blissful dreams. And when I wake up then I go on thinking of Your sweet tales and divine presence. On my each and everything, the sketch of Your love is painted. Baba, I always remember You; even if I want to forget I cannot. By Your grace, always each and every second I remember You. When I yearn for You so strongly, then in my heart I feel pain in longing for You. It is then that the thought comes that I should forget You– because by that way at least life will be peaceful. But it is difficult for me; I cannot forget You. Baba, in the deep core of my heart You are always residing there. The whole universe is saturated with Your divine love. You shower Your causeless grace on everyone. Baba, please come in my mental abode; You are my everything…

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Suda’ma’ and Arjuna

Baba says, “Arjuna and Suda’ma’ were great devotees. But while comparing their devotion by this yardstick, we have got to say that Suda’ma’ was a greater devotee than was Arjuna. You know the story in the Maha’bha’rata – Arjuna refused to fight when Shrii Krs’n’a asked him to do so. This shows that Arjuna did not have full faith in and complete surrender to Shrii Krs’n’a. Had there been complete surrender, Arjuna would have done as directed by Shrii Krs’n’a. On the other hand, we notice a complete surrender by Suda’ma’. He never desired anything from Krs’n’a, his sakha’ [friend], who could have given him anything and everything. Howsoever he was, he remained content. Even when his wife forced him to go to Shrii Krs’n’a to request Him to remove his poverty, he went to him but didn’t ask for a thing. Suda’ma’ was a greater devotee than was Arjuna.” (AV-31)
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From: “Karma Rasa”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Widespread Myth about Jobs
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 08:33:49 +0000

Baba

== WIDESPREAD MYTH ABOUT JOBS ==

Namaskar,
In today’s capitalistic economy, jobs are becoming more and more scarce.

Indeed, in the USA – the most capitalistic nations on the planet – the unemployment rate reached as high as 9.9% in April 2010 and well over a year later it is still hovering around that extremely high rate of over 9%. In Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, the unemployment rate as been around up and down since 2010, while the rest of the European Union truly suffers with Spain’s unemployment at an astounding 21% in June 2011, Portugal at 12.2% in June 2011, and France at 9.7%.

These numbers are way too high to have a productive economy and a healthy society, yet this is what capitalism breeds: A more and more static economy.

HERE’S WHY: IN A NUTSHELL

Most of the population has been reduced to laborers – either physical laborers (blue-collar) or mental laborers (white-collar). Plus with the increase in mechanization and the profit-oriented culture, executives are hiring less and less people and instead resorting to machines and / or cheaper labor markets elsewhere. In short, those with jobs are losing
them; and those without jobs are not finding them.

And this problem is only mounting, even with Obama’s hands-on approach in comparison’s to Bush’s radical laissez-faire manner.

CAPITALISTIC MYTH:

INDIVIDUAL’S RESPONSIBILITY TO GET A JOB

Over the decades, capitalists have successfully brainwashed the public into believing that it is the individual’s responsibility to get and maintain a job. And if one is not getting a job, then, well, that is just too bad– try harder. That is the capitalistic maxim– the myth that capitalists propagate. So that is what everybody thinks, ‘That it
is the duty of each and every person to find their own job, and if they lose their job it is their responsibility to find another one’.

And still that is in vogue. As things continue to tailspin the public is bound to think that they are in a no-win situation. But that extreme disgust with capitalism has not yet come. Most are still thinking that capitalism needs to be fixed, not replaced. Though this is slowly changing.

HUMANS ARE JUST COMMODITIES

For these reasons and more, human beings have just been turned into mere commodities wherein they have to shine and polish themselves – like apples or potatoes – in order be attractive in the marketplace. To that end,common citizens try tirelessly to get more and more qualifications in order to assure themselves of a job. But it is an uphill battle. Because due to increased mechanization, less and less jobs are being done by humans. With the development of more refined computers and fancier machines, a work that used to take 300 people now takes only 5. In that case 295 are suddenly out of a job.

And then, since top capitalists are only interested in increasing their profit, then at any time they can and do move their entire factory or business to another land or country where labor is cheaper. In that case, an entire sector of the workforce may suddenly lose their job.

And in the end, it is the common citizen that gets blamed for not making themselves marketable.

That is the ugly predicament in capitalism.

But it is continuing on since everyone has gotten duped into thinking that every individual is responsible for securing their own job, while the government bears little or no responsibility.

Today, more and more college graduates are in the hunt for a job and it is becoming harder and harder to get one. However, the theme remains the same: Make yourself more marketable. The realisation has not yet come to change the system.

Similarly with older adults who have lost their corporate jobs, one result is that more and more are starting their own businesses. The big protest against the market economy has not entered the people’s psyche just yet. So they suffer and try harder in these desperate times.

Soon the time will come to rise up and we should be ready to feed them the answer as well as hasten that moment by preaching the gospel of Prout.

PROUT’S RESPONSE

To combat this nasty, capitalistic spiral and bleak outlook, Baba has put forth one very special socio-political principle: No one should lose their job without first have been offered and given a different job, of a comparable of higher standard.

Baba says, “Cardinal socio-political principles should never be violated. First, people should not be retrenched from their occupations unless alternative employment has been arranged for them.” (PNS-16)

Unfortunately all around the globe this important principle is not be fulfilled. People are being released from their jobs and are not being replaced. From stock-brokers to shoe salesmen, so many are out of jobs, and every week this is increasing, leading to a totally unhealthy situation in society.

Here Baba describes further about what happens when people lose their jobs and are not given a different job.

Baba says, “There are many instances where these three cardinal principles have been violated, causing much suffering and disturbance in individual and collective life. Let us discuss what happens when people lose their livelihood. Take the example of rickshaw pullers in India. The work of rickshaw pullers is exhausting and poorly paid, but if it is declared illegal, many rickshaw pullers will become unemployed and their lives will become more miserable. Those who cannot find alternative employment will either die of starvation or become criminals in an effort to survive. In either case, society will be adversely affected. So, before this occupation is prohibited, rickshaw pullers should be provided with suitable alternative employment.” (PNS-16)

Because of losing their jobs and not being given other employment, people are suffering from depression, abusing their spouse, developing health problems, dying early, even committing suicide. Such reports are commonplace in the news these days.

Or look at it this way: Since 1964, the U.S. crime rate has increased by as much as 350%.

Unemployment plays a huge role in crime – it is one of the fallouts of job loss.

APPLYING THE SOLUTION

So the myth that the individual is 100% responsible for getting a job and the government need not play any role in this is totally harmful and stands as one of the worst aspects of capitalism.

Even though Obama’s government is getting very involved in economic reform, still being part of the sinking ship of capitalism, they cannot control unemployment which is going through the roof.

Still that is the myth that big vaeshyas have successfully instilled in the minds of the people: People are responsible for finding their own job.

So the whole affair is awful. Everyone is trying to increase their stature and skills in order to get a job, yet those jobs are being sucked up elsewhere or getting totally eliminated.

Hence it is an uphill battle; the cards are stacked against the common person. Jobs are disappearing left and right and there is no replacement in sight – for all kinds of reasons including mechanization>

Baba says, “Such mechanization within a capitalistic structure inevitably brings more misery, in the form of unemployment, to the common people.” (Problems of the Day #9)

When in reality, in the case of jobs being reduced due to mechanization, and then firing 100 or 200 people, instead everyone in the factory or plant should simply work less hours– allowing everyone to keep their job.

That is how it works in family life. If a new stove is purchased which dramatically decreases the amount of cooking time, then the wife or daughter is not kicked out of the house because they are no longer needed. Rather, everyone works less in the kitchen and people get time to spend in other pursuits.

Same should be the case with regards to mechanization in the workforce. All should work less and then devote more time to psychic and spiritual pursuits. Then everyone is benefited because even though people are working less their purchasing capacity remains high. In Prout, it works that way.

Baba says, “The proper use of science under a collective economic system will only bring about human welfare. It may well be possible that due to mechanization no one will have to labour for more than five minutes a week! Being not always engrossed in anxiety about food and clothes, humanity will not misuse its mental and spiritual wealth. People will be able to devote more time to sports, literary discourses and spiritual pursuits.” (Problems of the Day #13)

Now however, many jobs are subject to furlough, because companies and the government do not have the money to pay workers, yet the cost of living is higher. That only leads to more crime, not the upliftment of society.

The capitalist model just creates more and more problems, whereas Prout’s local and cooperative economic model solves the problem.

As for the second problem– i.e. the outsourcing of jobs to cheaper labor markets– the answer is creating a local economy. Capitalists should not be allowed to exploit human labor all over the globe. Rather the cooperative system should be developed wherein all in a locale are guaranteed work as well as a proper purchasing capacity. This can happen if the natural and human resources of an areas stay within that samaj.

So there are lots of Proutistic solutions. And among them all, it has to be fully recognised that governments must be held responsible and they must ensure a job to each and every member of society. There is no other way.

The current capitalistic myth that an individual must find their own job must be eradicated. Then and only then can society progress.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace the myopia of capitalists is being exposed and soon all will be aware of the pitfalls of this vaeshyan age, thereby allowing society to make that step forward into that bright, new era.

By Baba’s grace the overall climate and environment are changing. People will soon awaken to the crude reality of capitalism and they will be looking for answers. The era of Prout will come – we should be ready to do our part

Baba says, “If any group tries to violate any of these three cardinal socio-political principles, you should immediately oppose them with a thundering voice and sufficient force. Victory will be yours, because you are supporting the collective psychology. But before launching any movement, you should make sure that the masses are conscious of their exploitation, otherwise the movement will not be successful. Although it may take some time to raise the consciousness of the masses, ultimately you will be victorious.” (PNS-16)

Namaskar,
Karma Rasa

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Kenoi va’ ele, dola’ diye gele, na’ bale gele cale, phele a’ma’y…” (PS 1995)

Purport:

Baba, You have been gone so long, why did You come and stir my heart only to then go away without saying a word– thereby leaving me all alone. Baba, neither do You have any love for me nor do You understand the aching pain of my heart. Baba, after coming and reciting one fairy tale, where did You go. Baba, I want You to remain here with me.

Baba, amongst all the dear ones, You are my dearmost. Why then do You not reside eternally in my heart. Baba, You are my dearmost and innermost, then how can You justify going so far away from me. Is it proper to leave me isolated and all alone. Please tell me.

Baba, You are so dear to me, no matter what I will never forget You; Baba, I will never leave You. Not at any cost will I ever wipe You away from my mental plate– from the memories of my mind. That I will never do. Baba, even if You do not desire to remain with me– even if You want to hide– I shall always keep You in the golden casket of my heart.

Baba, You are eternally mine; my everything is surrendered at Your lotus feet…

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Deserts Needed

Baba says, “Ecologists claim that some deserts are essential for keeping the global ecology in a balanced state. The high day temperatures and the cold night temperatures that occur in desert regions create a useful effect. The hot, dry desert air rises and creates a vacuum which sucks in cool air, generating a chain reaction. Moist air is sucked in from the sea and formed into clouds which then rain on the land. If deserts vanish entirely, the overall rainfall will be reduced.” (PNS-16, p.37)
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