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Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2012 07:11:04 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Mandal.Virendra@bharata.net…
Subject: Be Careful Who You Follow

Baba

== BE CAREFUL WHO YOU FOLLOW ==

Namaskar,
When a human being sees someone greater than themselves, then they admire that person, offer respect, and desire to become like that.

Thieves revere great criminals, players honor top athletes, students respect learned classmates, businessmen admire innovative entrepreneurs, and general aspirants respect highly devotional sadhakas.

This equation works in both directions – positive and negative.

The main point is that offering respect comes readily to all. People are eager to follow and emulate those whom they regard. There is a long history behind this as it is related with our fundamental human psychology.

Indeed no one can say that they are not involved in hero worship, in one form or another. Everyone is involved – and therein lies one’s failure or success. It is that critical a component towards a person’s development. Who you follow in life is everything.

Even then some may proudly declare that they do not adhere to any type of hero worship. So we should examine this issue at a deeper level.

Let’s see how hero worship began, how it changed through the ages, as well as what it means today – both for sadhakas and non-sadhakas.

THE EARLY HISTORY

Just as certain developed animals – like cows, horses, elephants, and birds – are gregarious in nature and live collectively in order to care for and protect themselves from predators, since the earliest times human beings have done the same.

When living in the wild, humans would group together in order to face their enemies. Following a particular leader was absolutely vital for survival: Food, safety, protection, shelter etc. People had to pay heed to the call of their chosen leader in order to carry on. Failing that, one was certain to face an early demise.

Thus the trait to follow someone became a basic component of human life. Over the centuries the style of leadership may have gone through changes, but all along people have always been quick to follow a respected person and emulate their characteristics.

This is a built-in human behavior and has a huge effect on one’s growth and development.

THE SPECIFICS OF EACH AGE

During the ksatriyan era, courage, valour and bravery were heralded as the top qualities and people naturally gravitated towards those who most personified such characteristics. In turn, those at the helm gained greater power and exploited others with their might.

When the era changed, then people valued something else.

With the rise of the vipran era, intellect and wisdom were seen as the greatest attributes and those at the helm were embodiments of those qualities. People naturally rallied around them and embraced that status in order to gain respect and be like their leader. To maintain their power, the leading vipras created all kinds of doctrines to keep themselves on top.

Over time, money became king and those at the helm were vaeshyas, i.e. capitalists. In this age people revered those with massive wealth, and overlooked all other qualities. Yet those ruling capitalists gobbled up all the land and material wealth to keep on top.

Now such vaeshyas are in power in most places. But anyone can identify the reigning era of a particular land or country by analysing who gets the most respect. Furthermore, one can assess the quality of the people by seeing who their leaders are. Crude heroes end up leading their followers into hell.

So be careful who you follow as it has a huge effect on the direction of your life.

WHO ONE SELECTS IS IMPORTANT

Who one selects to follow in life is critically important. For instance, if you follow a blind man and he falls into a well, then you too will fall into that same well. Likewise if you follow a dharmika who is moving towards Parama Purusa, then you too will come closer to the Supreme Entity. This is the way it works. Just see.

WHAT IS HAPPENING NOWADAYS

Nowadays in the capitalist era, where material gain and sex is everything and pseudo-culture is rampant, those with the most respect and glamour have huge money.

Pop stars like the late Michael Jackson, athletes like Michael Jordan, movie stars like Angelina Jolie, performers like Madonna, and certain politicians and vaeshyas have scooped up the imagination, hearts and minds of the the people. People run like mad after such stars.

If a pop star gets a certain type of haircut or tattoo, or if a movie icon wears a certain style of dress, then naturally people go chasing in that direction. That is why the big corporations recruit and pay huge money to pseudo-culture stars and icons to model their wares and products as it will boost sales into the millions and billions. In that way they lure and cheat the common people into buying their products. Because the public will do anything and everything to follow their
revered one.

People even become get emotionally attached with certain products and brands like Apple computers. Even intellectual get befooled and misguided thinking that everything that Apple does is great. Many companies have this kind of aura: Google, Nike etc. They have cultish followings.

Plus in this superficial era, even fake yoga stars in the west are gaining clout in the form of sponsorships and hero-worship etc.

According to our human psychology, people like to follow others but due to poor examples they get goaded in the wrong direction – they get herded like sheep.

By this way the general public gets drawn into all kinds of degrading activity. To get wealth, even good people will cheat and steal; to get beauty people resort to plastic surgery and skimpy clothing; to attract the opposite sex, people have literally begun to dress like prostitutes.

All because people blindly chase after the leaders of the day. And when the leaders are degenerated, the common populace will be too.

That is why it is so important to carefully choose who you follow in life.

SOME MAY WRONGLY DENY

Hearing all this, some may strongly claim that they are not prone to hero worship. They will proudly state that they follow no one and are independent thinkers. Many sophisticated and liberal people talk like this.

But truth be known, they are pawns of their chosen leader(s), unknowingly. Just walk into their house and it becomes very clear what they are and whom they revere. Everyone is a fan of someone. Everyone bows down to someone to get respect.

A millionaire prostrates himself to the billionaire; a beauty queen surrenders to some Hollywood goddess; a car enthusiast gives himself to those who own a Mercedes. Everyone in this world is fascinated by something or someone. That is the way of the world. None can claim that they are outside of this dynamic.

By this way, a person sinks or swims. Tragically, most sink as they get lulled into the crude operations and economics of the day. That is why it is critically important to carefully choose with whom you place your respect.

According to their chosen hero, common people will change their habits, tastes, likings – indeed their entire modus operendi is affected. Thus it is absolutely critical that people become aware of who they respect. A person must know who their heroes are – otherwise unknowingly they may fall into a black hole. Especially in this present era when people are fans of characterless individuals.

YOUTHS ARE MOST AFFECTED

Unfortunately, up till now, the masses have most often embraced “goats”, i.e. degraded persons, as leaders. This is especially true these days. And the ones who suffer the most are our impressionable youths. They are most prone to be misguided by crude idols. This even leads to their ruination.

As Ananda Margiis we cannot let the situation remain a standstill, where impressionable people get lulled into false hopes and degrading ways. We are to encourage such youths – and the entire society – to give respect to higher ideals like social service etc. Then things will start moving in the right direction.

Let’s then take a look at the workings in AM, that will give us ideas and inspiration for guiding the general society.

WHO SHOULD GET THE MOST RESPECT

Baba has designed Ananda Marga along a totally different concept. In AM, we do not offer our respect based on materials things, status, or other crude manners. In AM, respect is given based on one’s conduct.

Baba says, “Your ideal is represented by your conduct. Your learning, your social or economic status have nothing to do with your ideal.” (A’nanda Va’nii #13)

Baba says, “Aca’ran’a’t pa’t’hayati yah sah a’ca’ryah – One who teaches through one’s conduct is an a’ca’rya.” (AV-23)

And in AM, good conduct means adhering to dharmic principles: Godhood not crudity, selflessness not selfishness, benevolence not malevolence.

To instill this within all in AM, Baba would publicly honor those involved in doing dharmic works. With this type of healthy competition, Baba guided everyone towards righteous works. By this way we all understood that we would earn the respect and regard of others.

For instance Baba would reward the top bhukti with the title, “Jana Seva’ Sealed”. This bhukti that rendered the most social service won this award. And like that there were all kinds of healthy competitions to get our minds goaded in the right direction.

Competitions like: Sixteen Points, kaoshikii, tandava, dharma mitram (most pracar competition), conduct rules and so many other arenas. Prizes were often based on how much you followed bhagavad dharma and helped the downtrodden masses and the neglected peoples.

Baba says, “You are to purify [yourself] with the help of sa’dhana’ and jana seva’. These two factors, sa’dhana’ and jana seva’, will keep the mental mirror in proper condition, in good condition.” (AV-3)

This was all His entirely unique and revolutionary approach. And because we all followed Baba our minds, desires, and actions got goaded in this totally dharmic direction. It is His grace. By this way the whole society grows and there will not be any exploitation from one group to the next.

In the past vipras exploited ksattriyas and now vaeshyas are exploiting everyone. And in our Marga, because some have fallen away from AM ideals, there is group exploitation. Tragically, groupists revere crude power not jiivan dharma. So some are moving in this direction. But this phase will be short-lived.

By once again following His teachings and ways, prama will be restored and honor will be given to those involved in Sixteen Points etc.

Baba’s is the classic example of how by following someone great, i.e. Taraka Brahma, one will advance on the path towards liberation and salvation.

In a nutshell here is how it works in AM: Our Goal is Parama Purusa so if anyone follows those ideals that lead to Parama Purusa then they earn respect of others. Naturally then, all will move in this direction. It is His wish and hence inevitable.

HOW TO KNOW WHO GETS RESPECT

In the general society it is not like that. People are not familiar with dharma or Taraka Brahma so they get hitched up in another direction. To understand how any society is working, find out what the children want to be when they grow up. Then it will be clear who they follow and what they respect.

Tragically, today most follow a crude example. As Ananda Margiis we are to turn this negative into a positive.

When are are aware that people have a natural tendency to adore those they deem as beings great, then why not utilise this in the proper way and bring all onto the path of salvation. Let all be guided towards parama’rtha and not towards bondage or ruination.

By propagating AM ideals people will follow true sadhakas and start moving in this direction.

Everyone should be fully warned that they need to be careful about who they follow. To achieve greatness one should follow a proper sadhaka, or even better yet, follow Ista. To fall into a mud puddle of crudity, then follow any pseudo-culture icon.

That is why everyone should be extremely careful about who they follow.

BABA’S BLESSING

Baba has blessed us with the ability understand that we are infinite and that we have the capacity to become one with Paramatma. But that can only happen if we are critically aware about whom we follow in life.

If society is misguided then even good people will be diverted to do negative things. – what to say what will happen to bad people.

As humans, ours is the journey from darkness to enlightenment. By following the true Ista and His ideals, heaven will come on this earth.

Baba says, “United you will have to remain, this is your duty. So that the people of the world may remain united, it is your duty to bring the mahavishva as soon as possible. There will be peace and happiness in the universe, and, established in one indivisible ideology, humanity will march ahead toward the Supreme Goal. Victory be with you!” (Disc MHB)

Namaskar,
Virendra

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’ma’y keno bha’laba’sile…” (P.S. 2283)

Puport:

Baba, You are so loving and so gracious – why do You love me so much. I do not have any quality, nor do I have any knowledge or learning. What then did You see in me that made You shower Your grace on me. You have saturated my heart with a strong feeling of devotion for You. You have bestowed upon me an intellect to serve the society. Knowing that I am shelterless, You have granted me everything. You have given me all that was needed. It is Your causeless grace. Baba, You brought me on this earth by providing me with a human body. And You filled my mind with devotion. And top of all, You infused a strong longing of paramartha for You. Even then, such is my miserable condition that I always remain forgetful about You and Your grace. Baba, why do You love me so much…

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Definition of “Real Discipline”

Baba says, “And what is discipline? The Sam’skrta term for ‘discipline’ is ‘anusha’sanam’. And what is anusha’sanam?

Hita’rthe sha’sanam ityarthe anusha’sanam

When the code of discipline is imposed with the spirit of welfare, with the spirit of development, it is called `anusha’sanam’ in Sam’skrta. There is no corresponding English word.” (AV-3 p.30)
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Other Side of Sadhana

Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2011 19:01:37 +0530
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: “Deva_Sudhakar”
Subject: Other Side of Sadhana

Baba

== OTHER SIDE OF SADHANA ==

Namaskar,
The goal of all sadhana is to reach Parama Purusa. This idea must be the propulsive force in our sadhana.

And we are most fortunate. By Baba’s grace, He has blessed us with the untainted spiritual approach of Ananda Marga. He is the Sadguru and He as given us siddha mantra and the path of pure spirituality. The sole goal of AM sadhana is to please and serve Him.

Naturally then, we all think our sadhana is cent-per-cent sentient – perfect.

Of course the teachings and the practices in AM are blemishless. But what many do not realise is that if not done in the right spirit, even AM sadhana can become pramatta, i.e. totally negative.

Tragically, this has become the case for some practitioners of AM sadhana.

To prevent this from happening to us, we should better understand how our AM sadhana can be pramatta – lest we also fall into this trap.

PRAMATTA & DOGMATIC WAYS

Baba says, “Pramatta means something which is completely bad – bad from beginning to end. Pramatta totally destroys human faculties.” (PNS-16)

Generally then, we think of pramatta as being associated only with pseudo-spiritual and dogmatic approaches like idol worship, hatha yoga tapasya, crude tiirthas, religious dogmas, and animal sacrifices etc.

Because all such approaches are based on a faulty premise, offer negative practices, and degrade the mind.

For example in the case of hatha yoga, the practitioner may be told to stand on one leg in a cold river for 6 hours. When doing this form of crude tapasya, that person is only focused on completing the practice. They are thinking, “I hope I am done soon – I hate doing this – I am so cold – I cannot feel my leg, it is totally numb – only 4 more hours and 2 minutes left – I can’t wait until this is over.”

In that case their hatha yoga tapasya is totally prammatta. There is no place or space in their mind for Parama Purusa. They are not thinking about Him nor are they going to get Him. Their entire goal is something mundane.

The same is the case with those who do idol worship and pray for their daughter’s marriage or a job promotion at work. Their mind is not filled with thoughts of Parama Purusa. Rather they have some other agenda in mind.

The situation is the same with those involved in going from one dogmatic tiirtha site to the next or those involved in sacrificing animals to the the gods.

All these are clear-cut instances of misguided or non-spiritual dealings. They are pramatta. Their goal is not Parama Purusa, but something transitory, if not selfish. They will not move ahead – rather theirs is that path of negative pratisaincara.

HOW AM SADHANA CAN BE PRAMATTA – Part 1

Pramatta however is not limited to the aforementioned dogmatic practices. Our AM sadhana can also be pramatta, if we are not careful. This may sound surprising but it is true.

Unfortunately, already many have fallen in this way. In fact, you have probably seen others turn their AM sadhana into pramatta – i.e. something totally bad.

Let us again remember that the goal of our sadhana is to attain Parama Purusa. So anytime when that is not front and center in our meditation, then that sadhana turns sour. Then it is pramatta.

For instance, if someone does AM sadhana with the sole intention to go eat dinner, or run to the office, then that sadhana is pramatta. It is bad from beginning to end.

Yet many do that. I do that, on occasion. I fail to plan properly and do not allot sufficient time for sadhana. And then, sadly, I just end up doing sadhana quickly in some ritualistic manner so that I may attend my next appointment – whether that me dinner or my job etc.

Likewise, if someone is doing sadhana with the desire that others will think that he is a great sadhaka, then that sadhana is also pramatta. And you may have seen this happening at our retreats. Or how about this. One Dada hardly does any sadhana when he is alone in the jagrti. But then when he goes to a margii house, then he sits like a stone statue for hours in the pre-dawn hours as if he is some great sadhaka. All done to heighten his prestige.

Have you never heard or seen such things – something similar. Probably you have.

Even then, some may be thinking – “Oh come on, it is really not that bad. Our AM sadhana can never become pramatta.”

But Baba is quite clear that performing sadhana in hopes of enhancing one’s prestige or for some mundane reward is totally off the mark.

Baba says, “What is pramatta? He who has committed mistakes, committed blunders, in the very beginning, and he who is committing mistakes throughout the phase of activity, and he who is committing mistakes even in the last stage, is called pramatta.” (AV-34)

HOW AM SADHANA CAN BE PRAMATTA – Part 2

We must never forget or fall from the idea that the real aim of sadhana is to serve and please Parama Purusa. He is the only goal of sadhana.

Hence, if one is doing sadhana with an ulterior motive in mind, then it really is pramatta. And that is not some type of joke but rather a serious if not dreadful circumstance. One will fall entirely and degrade themselves. They think they are doing sadhana when in fact they are not.

So just because we are initiated sadhakas on the path of AM, just because Taraka Brahma is our Guru, just because ours is the path of pure spirituality does not mean that our sadhana cannot become pramatta. It most certainly can, if we are not vigilant to keep Parama Purusa as the focus and aim of our sadhana.

Unfortunately, people do AM sadhana for all kinds of reasons: To show themselves to others as being great, to get respect, etc. Some also think that by doing sadhana, then Baba will reward them with a long life or a big bank account. Others think that they may become a great world leader or attain occult powers. Anyone doing sadhana with these types of things in mind has sadly turned their sadhana into pramatta.

SAME THING HAPPENS WITH KIIRTAN

And the same thing can happen with kiirtan as well. Some sing to show off their voice or musical abilities. This totally ruins their kiirtan turns it into pramatta.

Then they are not singing to please Him, but rather to glorify themselves.

Have you never heard of or seen such things happen in AM.

BABA’S GUIDELINE

Of course most in AM are totally focused on Baba and do their practices with Him in mind. We all know we should do like this and many are quite proper in their approach. Even then we should be vigilant.

Because ego is such a tricky thing. It is always trying to get the upper hand. In any relaxed moment, it can get the better of us and our sadhana may become tainted or become pramatta.

This has definitely happened to some.

That is why Baba warns us that we should be cent-per-cent careful to always keep Him as the goal in all our spiritual endeavours.

Baba says, “What is pramatta? He who has committed mistakes, committed blunders, in the very beginning, and he who is committing mistakes throughout the phase of activity, and he who is committing mistakes even in the last stage, is called pramatta. And a sa’dhaka, a spiritual soldier, should be apramatta. Only in that case will his “I” feeling reach, come in contact with, the Supreme Self. He will attain the stance of salvation.” (AV-34)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, if we immerse our mind in Him then we will certainly reach Him. Then we will not fall prey to vanity and worldly pressures and end up doing AM sadhana for the wrong reasons. Then our sadhana will not become pramatta.

Baba says, “One who has made it a mission to attain Parama’tma’ will assuredly attain Him. You are sa’dhakas, and you should always remember this. Your love for God, your devotion for God, should be of non-attributional, or spiritual, nature.” (AV_23, Mysticism and Spirituality)

Namaskar,
Sudhakar

Note 1: EVEN MICROVITA BEINGS DO SADHANA

Even good sadhakas with good intentions, but if they did sadhana with a crude objective then they became microvita – devayonis. Why? Because they did not do their sadhana to please Parama Purusa. So they had to suffer, even though they were not bad people. After millions of years of punishment they may get the opportunity to be human beings. Those who were bad people became pretayonis.

Baba says, “When people with many demerits die, they become pretayonis according to their defective mentality.” (MVNS, Disembodied Souls and Microvita – Excerpt A)

Here are a few examples of what happens to those good people who did sadhana with an improper goal in mind.

Baba says, “Prakrtiliina. Those who want Parama Puruśa but worship crude matter out of misguided devotion attain the state of prakrtiliina after they die. These disembodied minds are transformed into bricks, stone, wood, etc. Those who pray to the idols made of clay, metal or wood out of misguided devotion can never attain Parama Puruśa because one can never attain supreme knowledge through this type of worship. The state of prakrtiliina is very miserable indeed because human beings who are endowed with a developed consciousness get transformed into crude matter like stone, wood, etc.” (MVNS, Disembodied Souls and Microvita – Excerpt B)

Baba says, “Videhaliina. Those who continue their spiritual practices and at the same time seek liberation from the bondages of the solid and liquid factors pray, “O God, I am fed up with all these mundane problems, please grant me liberation. So many problems come and distract my mind. Why do I experience so many misfortunes? My son failed his examinations; my daughter fell seriously ill; the bank where I kept my savings closed down. How many more misfortunes are waiting for me? Enough of all this. Please grant me emancipation.” People with this type of psychology attain the state of videhaliina after their demise – an unbearable condition.” (MVNS, Disembodied Souls and Microvita – Excerpt B)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

PS Intro: This below song is related with spring and how the whole entire atmosphere is charged with exuberance for the arrival of Parama Purusa. Here the devotee is talking with Parama Purusa using metaphors and indirect language. The bhakta raises the queries: Why is the wind blowing like this? Why has so much beauty come? What does this spring breeze want to say? O’ Parama Purusa all this is going on because You have come. That is why the whole atmosphere is dancing in bliss. That is the scene of this below song.

“Vasante a’nu alute dola’ diye gele kisera srote…” (PS #1129)

Purport:

In spring season, You have vibrated each and every atom of this creation. Why? What for? [1] With which divine maya have You filled the inner core of everything with Your tunes and melodies.

On this sweet and loving night the frenzied wind came silently and secretly. With its touch, what yearning does it want to convey? Which loss and which gain does it want to express. [2]

I have forgotten what I have lost, I am satiated with what I have received. I cannot conceal the exuberance of my life. [3]

In spring season, You have vibrated each and every atom of this creation. Why? What for? Because You have come Parama Purusa, O’ Parama Purusa…

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1129:

[1] Why? What for?: Here the devotee is posing this rhetorical question to highlight the fact that all these developments of spring season are happening to please You for Your divine arrival. Because Parama Purusa is coming, that is why all this is going on.

[2] Second Stanza: In this second stanza, the wind is telling that Parama Purusa has come. That is the overall meaning of this stanza; that is what the wind wishes to convey. At the same time it is very important to understand that here the devotee is indirectly talking with Parama Purusa and narrating all the changes in the environment.

[3] Third Stanza: When a sadhaka moves ahead on the path of enlightenment then they lose many things on the mundane plane. That might be money, prestige, friends or various other things. But such losses are of no consequence to the aspirant. They are not adversely affected by such losses. On this grand journey of divinity, the sadhaka has gained many deep realisations and experienced tremendous bliss. So they are totally satisfied and content with what they have received and not at all concerned about petty mundane losses, That is the deep satisfaction and contentment that is expressed in this song.

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Date: 31 Jul 2011 20:57:22 -0600
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: “Punya’tman Deva”
Subject: Idiot Orator Ruined Prout Conference

Baba

== IDIOT ORATOR RUINED PROUT CONFERENCE ==

Namaskar,
Here is a critical example of why our Prout philosophy is not being effectively propagated to the masses in this present era.

Specifically, at the recent Prout conference in Lucknow, one of the heralded speakers refused to pay respect to our Revered Guru, Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, the Propounder of Prout. In that case how could such a speaker properly put forth the ideals and aims of Prout – indeed, he could not.

Thus there was a double-loss. Firstly, the audience witnessed that the chief orator did not have respect for Baba, in which case they wondered why should they have respect for Baba; secondly, the audience listened as the chief orator spoke against Prout by putting forth his own philosophy, in which case they wondered why should they have interest in Prout. Hence it was a double loss.

Please read more about this fateful incident and review what we can do differently to ensure such a blunder never happens again.

COMMON HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY

It is the common human psychology that if you want to learn something or if you think a particular idea or book is good, then you will have respect for the teacher, thinker, or author. That is the way it works.

This is not a religious edict or a dogmatic sermon, but rather an expression of human feeling. Just see these example from popular culture:

a) Michael Jackson: He had fans all over the globe who enjoyed his music that is why at the time of his passing 2 years ago, his memorial service exceeded 2.5 billion viewers via the internet, and 31.1. million people watched it live. Because they like his music they continue to adore him to this very day as hoards of people from all over the world just recently congregated to honour the 2nd anniversary of his death.

b) Harry Potter: The Harry Potter book series and movies have become legendary in the general society. The recently released movie passed the 1 billion dollar mark in just two weeks. All the characters are stars. Because people are so captivated by these books and movies, they totally adore the author JK Rowling. They hold her in the highest regard.

c) Lady Gaga & U2: Both Lady Gaga and U2 are extremely celebrated in the pop music industry. Their tours attract hundreds of millions of dollars. The people really like their music. And indeed if Lady Gaga or the the member of U2 go out in public, then immediately huge crowds of people want to see and touch them.

Here the entire point is that when people like your body of work, then they will revere you as well. That is the very common human tendency. Here are more examples.

d) Michael Jordan: Everyone wanted to see him play basketball and still today he remains a world-famous celebrity. People want to take his picture and shake his hand wherever he goes.

e) Amy Winehouse: The 27 year-old British singer died last week and a huge crowd gathered outside her house and were singing in her courtyard. Because they liked her music they adored her as well.

This is not to say that I appreciate the pop music or books created by these icons etc. Just it is important to emphasize that when people appreciate someone’s work or contributions, then they will adore that person as well. That is the rule.

Thus if you appreciate crude things then you will adore crude people and if you appreciate sentient things then you will adore good people. That is the human way. This happens in all fields of life: Pop music, sports, academics, politics, and more.

If anyone admires the work, teachings, or achievements of a particular artist or athlete etc, then they must have respect and adoration for that person as well. Because of this well-known and proven formula, advertisers pay huge money and use those famous people to sell their wares. The common people revere them so much that they will buy products endorsed by those famous pop icons as well.

This formula works in every sphere of life: If a person likes the design of an automobile, then they will have regard for that automotive engineer. If a person likes a particular film, they will have regard for the producer. And if a person has regard for a physics experiment, they will have respect for the physicist. That is the common human tendency.

How does all this relate with the recent Prout conference? Well, one of the chosen speakers did not have respect for Baba and would not offer Baba a flower, thus it is clear that this same speaker did not have appreciation for Baba’s Prout teachings. For if he liked the teachings of Prout he would have adored Baba as well.

SECRETS OF SUCCESS

We must also keep in mind Baba’s teachings on the “Seven Secrets of Success”. In the second and third principles – shraddha’ & guru pujanam – Baba emphasizes the importance of having the highest regard and reverence for the teacher or Preceptor – on all levels of life.

If one is a student getting a university degree then they must have regard for their professors otherwise they will not be able to learn. If one is an athlete on a team then they must have regard for their coach, otherwise they will not be able to develop as a player. And if one is a sadhaka, then one must have utmost reverence for their Guru, otherwise they will never be able to progress on the path.

In any and all spheres of life, to gain success there must be deep reverence for the teacher or propounder.

In contrast, if there is a blatant lack of respect, then one cannot learn or advance in that arena – whether it be law school, basketball, engineering, or sadhana.

WHAT HAPPENED IN LUCKNOW

At a recent Prout conference in Lucknow, one of the invited speakers refused to offer a flower to Baba during the opening ceremony. All of the other esteemed orators gladly garlanded Baba’s photo, but this particular orator refused. Yet here he was to speak on the point of Prout to one and all – and Baba Himself is the Propounder of Prout – so it was only natural to pay respect to Baba. But this idiot orator refused.

Here it should be pointed out that in India’s tantric tradition, offering a flower or garland to a revered person or host is very common. This is not a radical gesture. It is as common as offering a handshake in the west or offering applause by clapping. So it was not like the conference organisers were asking that orator to do sastaunga pranam and accept Baba as Parama Purusa incarnate. All that was requested was a very ordinary gesture of respect or appreciation – nothing more. And that idiot speaker refused.

That should have been enough of a clue to the organisers (i.e. our Dadas etc) that this so-called orator was unfit to speak on the platform of Prout. Because if he does not respect Baba then certainly he cannot appreciate Prout. Or we can say, if he liked the teachings of Prout then certainly he would have had admiration for Baba and would have offered a flower.

But he refused.

Unfortunately the organisers let him speak, and the whole affair became even more sour as this idiot orator propagated his own philosophy at our own Prout conference.

If a similar sort of scene had unfolded in any other host’s meeting whether it be the Catholic church, the Divine Life Society, or the Republican party (USA), then the organisers would have yanked that person off of the stage – immediately. Unfortunately, that did not happen during the recent Prout conference in Lucknow. The idiot orator was allowed to remain on stage lecture, thereby insulting Baba, and going against Prout. The whole affair was ugly.

When such events take place, it should come as no surprise that our Prout movement is in state of stagnancy. Or we can say if our Prout conferences were up to the proper standard, then our Proutist Universal movement would be growing far more quickly.

Suffice to say here that the invited orator is an idiot and those organisers who allowed him to remain on the stage and speak are also idiots.

Note: For more about what transpired see the eye-witness account posted below in note 1.

PROPER CRITERIA NEEDED

Here we should set down clear-cut guidelines for who is entitled to speak publicly on the platform of Prout. In essence, there are two fundamental criteria:

1. The speaker should be an active proponent of Prout;
2. The speaker should have deep regard for Baba as a great social thinker. (Note: This reverence should come from within the core of their heart and not just be imposed externally.)

These are the two minimum requirements for anyone to be allowed to speak publicly on the stage for Prout. And indeed these two points are inter-linked. Those who propagate Prout will naturally have respect for Baba; and those who revere Baba will naturally embrace His teachings like Prout. We should ensure that those speaking on behalf of Prout have both of these qualities. Then certainly every Prout conference will be a success.

And if for some reason we cannot find a good candidate from the general society, then let any Ananda Margii prepare a talk and come up and speak. That is also proper.

One other point to keep in mind. The speaker need not be famous; rather they should know Prout and have regard for Baba. Inviting a famous person who is not an advocate of Prout will undermine our entire Prout conference.

REMEMBER THOSE JUBILEES

Indeed back in the 1990’s (1991 – 1999) when the various groups were regularly hosting “Jubilees” then this same nonsense was going on. They were inviting famous professors and orators up on the stage without properly considering their background.

All those groupists were looking for was fame & popularity, not whether the speakers had interest in Prout and AM ideals nor whether those speakers had respect for Baba. Needless to say, those groupist jubilees became a total mess. The “honoured guests” would get up on stage and say all kinds things that were contrary to Baba’s teachings and in the process they would insult Baba as well. This was the common trend.

But because those groupists were infatuated with selecting famous scholars who in truth had no feeling or interest for AM, this jubilee program was going on. We can all breathe a sigh of relief that such Jubilees have since been discontinued. If you know of one going on please let us know.

No one should forget the history of this jubliee program. Those who are 25 years-old and strong margiis today should also be aware of this fact.

Tragically, it seems that the organisers of the Lucknow Prout conference did not learn their lesson from these awful jubilee programs.

JUST LIKE STIRRING YOUR FOOD WITH POISON OAK

Bringing an idiot orator who has no interest in Prout and no respect for Baba onto the Prout platform is akin to going camping and using a twig of poison oak to stir your dinner. The meal will get totally spoiled. And that is exactly happened with the Prout conference in Lucknow by using an idiot orator. The conference was ruined. Really those who invited such an orator are also idiots.

Who will such organisers invite next time to speak about Prout – the ghost of Stalin? Best will be if all learn their lesson now and keep the stage of our Prout conferences proper.

The point being that when embarking on any endeavour one should know have proper knowledge and move in the right direction.

BABA’S BLESSING

By selecting persons, who truly revere Baba and have interest in Prout, to speak at our Prout conferences, the propagation of Prout will rapidly increase. So we should all be vigilant on this point.

Baba says, “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 Nutshell – 17, Suppression, Repression and Oppression)

Namaskar,
Punya’tman

Note 1: EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE LUCKNOW PROUT CONFERENCE

Here is the eye-witness report of the events which transpired at the Prout conference in Lucknow – June 26, 2011 – when that idiot was invited to be a guest speaker.

Recently, one PROUT seminar was organized at Lucknow on 26th June where Shri SARPV Chaturvedi Swamy (Trustee Shri Ramanuj mission) was invited as Chief Orator on PROUT. He – along with a few eminent guests – was invited to be on the dais. In the beginning of seminar, all guests (sitting on dais) were requested to come and offer flowers to Baba.

When Shri Chaturvedi was requested to offer a flower to Baba, he did not move and ignored the request. He was once again requested. Shri Chaturvedi Swamy ignored the third request as well. The offer was meant as just formality for guests – they were not requested to do sastaunga pranam and accept Baba as the Sadguru. Just they were requested to offer a flower to Baba. This is the common tradition here in India. It is no different from clapping or standing up to greet a person in other regions. At every conference or convention – regardless of the organisation hosting the event – it is the norm for the invited speakers to pay their respects to the propounder or founder.

But Shri Chaturvedi did not offer a flower to Baba. He refused and remained seated. The audience clearly understood the intention of Shri Swamy. It was the height of humiliation. Shri Chaturvedi Swamy then delivered a lecture which was against PROUT. He propagated his own strategy and termed his philosophy as being better than PROUT.

Note: We should never let such a debacle occur at one of our Prout conferences or at any Ananda Marga function ever again.

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Date: Mon, 03 May 2010 23:56:19
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Really Progressive?
From: CJ Phillips

Baba
“(Tumi) esechile mor bakul-bita’ne na’ baliya’ ka’r ghare…” (PS 4320)

Purport:

Baba, that time the place was surrounded by innumerable bakul flowers
which were blooming and You graced me by coming to my cottage during that
verdant spring season. With Your divine grace, You brought devotional
horripilation (goose bumps) throughout my entire existence and You also
vibrated the very pulsation of my blood. Baba, by having You in such an
intimate and close way, my life has become meaningful. It is Your grace.

Baba, soon after that golden dawn, Your liila moved into a different
phase. Because then You went away leaving me crying all alone. O’ my
dearmost where did You go that time.

Baba, since then I have spent countless days and nights waiting–
sitting by my window threading heaps of flower garlands for You. But that
was all in vain because You did not come. It is painful that now I no
longer see that attractive & charming smile because You are keeping
Yourself distant. Now I no longer see that radiant smile which I used to
see on Your lips when You were with me.

Baba in longing for You, ages have passed since You came close.
Springtime has finished and now summer has come. My entire garden of those
sweet, fragrant bakul flowers has dried up and withered away in this hot
season*. Now that same window– where I used to sit and make garlands for
You and wait– is full of spider webs. Baba, it is so painful and
heartbreaking how You have gone so far away. And my mind is completely dry
in the absence of Your divine presence.

O’ my dearmost, please shower Your causeless grace and appear in my
heart in a very intimate and charming way…

*Hot Season= In the absence of His presence, the sadhaka feels a distinct
dryness in his heart. Summer season– or hot season– has been used as a
metaphor to express that dryness in the devotees heart, where one’s
devotional feeling is lower. And this happens with each and every sadhaka.
Sometimes when one feels dry and out of the spiritual flow then that is
summer season; and when one’s flow of sadhana is good then that can be
compared with springtime because in their dhya’na they feel greater
proximity with Parama Purusa. But when one is experiencing the dryness of
summer, the best thing a devotee can do is to sincerely request Baba to
grace them by coming in their meditation.

== REALLY PROGRESSIVE? ==

Namaskar,
We know that both ‘The East’ and ‘The West’ have their own special
strengths and strong points. That is why Baba guides us that the inherent
attitudes of both the east and west should be utilised in building up our
golden AM society.

Here the key point is attitude or tendency of mind. AM is not a mix of east
and west per se, but rather a unqiue blending of those inherent attitudes
to create something totally new. That is our Ananda Marga.

Unfortunately nowadays in the height of this vaeshyan era a lopsided effect
is going on. When money and material wealth has become king & when the west
is clearly more “rich”, then in the general society of the east the common
people are thinking that ‘everything of the west is great’. This is the
common misperception.

ESPECIALLY HAPPENING WITH YOUTHS

Everyone is aware that so-called third world countries do not have the
hoards of material wealth of the west– not even close. Rather many of
these eastern nations suffer from economic hardships or are just beginning
to get the taste of materialism. In that case, seeing the glittering
display of the west, innumerable youths have become totally attracted &
infatuated by everything in the west. They think that the west has
everything they need. And in that state, they blindly accept each and every
aspect of western life as top notch. Those unsuspecting youths are willing
to do and die to become western– sadly it becomes the goal of their life
as they use all their energy to emulate each and every sphere of the
western existence.

COPYING THAT GARBAGE

So tragically, in the east many youths– & adults also– have begun
stuffing their lives with whatever western habits they can grab. And the
ones they are unable to grab they dream about endlessly. And in that
desperate state they soak up whatever they can, which is primarily all the
garbage of the west.

Because the thing is that aside from material wealth the west is full of
poor living habits and pseudo-culture. Even then those eastern youths are
rampantly mad for anything western and they copy all the points: fast food,
coca-cola drinks, superficial living style, girlfriend & boyfriend
relations, crude love marriages, pre-marital relations, ‘night on the
town’, ‘loose dress’, less respect for one’s parents and elders, TV talk,
western Hollywood movies, open sex– all of it. These impressionable youths
of the east think all these things of the west are ‘Top Dog’– i.e. the
best. Because material wealth is given the highest standing.

So our east is totally attracted to they west and they are ready to accept
each and every thing that is western. Yet the west hardly has anything to
offer than material wealth. And that “material wealth” is usually used in such
a way that leads to psychic degeneration. This is the on-going tragedy nowadays.

NEGATIVE RESULTS OF THE WEST

So unfortunately, what most of the simple people of the east do not realise
is that all these things which they are copying have created huge problems
in the west. The large majority of the western population is suffering from
depression and countless other psychic diseases like melancholia etc. Plus
the divorce rate is sky high and sexually contracted diseases are rampant.

Children are suffering from attention deficit syndrome and various other
learning and behavioral problems. Countless citizens are taking harmful
medicines on daily basis to offset their crude living habits. And physical
health problems like obesity, cancer and heart disease are commonplace.

These are the hazardous & proven results in the west. And unbeknownst to
them the eastern youths are running in this same scary direction.

So our young brothers and sisters in the east should be made aware and not
blindly follow those things of the west. And it is an achievable result yet
due to their inferiority complex– on the point of finances– it is
difficult for people in the east to see the immense drawbacks of modern
western living.

GOOD POINTS OF THE WEST

Here it should also be said that indeed the general western society does
carry a few solid qualities. In the west most of the population is
‘hard-working’ and there is scientific development of the west. These are
the obvious plus points about western life which most are aware about.

But in the east, the people are hardly copying these few positive points.

Instead they are primarily running blindly after all the pseudo-culture and
diseased ways of western living. So the negative things they are copying
but the good things they do not follow. This is the common way things are
taking shape.

WEST IS ALSO COPYING THE EAST

At the same time– although to a much lesser degree– the west is also
copying the east. And instead of getting that pure and blessed approach of
spiritual life, most westerners are falling into various religious dogmas
of the east or just emulating cheap spiritual life. Fake yoga is a hot item
these days in our west. But on the whole many western youths and adults
just superficially pick and choose which eastern habits they want to
incorporate into their western luxurious lifestyle. They are not blindly
running after everything of the east.

SIMILAR SO-CALLED PROGRESSIVE RESULT

But in either direction, the result is similar. Both east and west are
chasing after each others’ negative points, and missing what good things
the other has to offer. This is the chief tragedy that is befalling our
eastern and western societies. And the ironic thing is that each is
thinking that by copying those negative things they are becoming
‘progressive’.

Our eastern youths wearing jeans, smoking cigarettes, eating McDonalds, and
having girlfriends see themselves as being progressive. And in our west,
people are grabbing their superficial yoga mats and paying high prices to
go on dogmatic tiirthas and crude religious trips in search of
enlightenment. And by that way they also are seeing themselves as
‘progressive’.

So both the sides are thinking that they are doing something great. When in
fact they are basically missing the boat. And seeing the scene now, it is
our eastern brothers and sisters who will suffer more from all this. Since
they are more rapidly soaking up the poisons of the west.

BABA’S TEACHING ABOUT EAST AND WEST:

THERE SHOULD BE A PROPER SYNTHESIS OF ATTITUDES

Baba’s teaching is that there should be proper synthesis of east and west–
each borrowing or adopting the other’s good points. And that means to
incorporate each others attitudes– not to blindly accept and copy each
others’ dogmas and crude life practices.

We should emulate the hard working style and reduce laziness in physical
realm as in the west. But instead people are just copying the crude art,
cinema and all the pseudo-culture.

Likewise we should adopt the introversive science of the east, but instead
people are just following crude dogmas like Hare Krishna type of movements
etc.

So the entire approach needs to be straightened out.

Here Baba warns us that ultimately we should neither rely too heavily on
the eastern approach nor too much on the western approach.

Baba says, “The East, throughout its development, has maintained a
subjective approach, whereas western countries put great stress on
objective development. Too much emphasis on either one of these approaches
is not conducive to the all-round growth of the society.” (PNS-18, p.30)

By this we can understand that the attitude of the west is toward
materialistic development (objective) and the attitude of the east aims at
spiritual development (subjective). So this should be synthesized and then
a good outcome will result. Below Baba guides us what our approach should be:

Baba says, “We can build up an ideal society only on the basis of a happy
adjustment between the subjective and the objective approaches. Here is the
greatness of A’nanda Ma’rga ideology.” (PNS-18, p.30)

Hence subjective approach and objective adjustment is the special synthesis
which Baba is talking about when He references the idea of combining east
and west. And from this very synthesis, He has graciously bestowed
something entirely new and unique to the humanity. And that new and unique
thing is– the Ananda Marga ideology.

ANANDA MARGA IS TOTALLY NEW AND REVOLUTIONARY

So in the present era it is neither the west nor the east that is
progressive. Only our Ananda Marga holds the key to all that is great in
life. Our AM has the best of everything and it is totally new. In a
distinctly revolutionary way Baba has beautifully given that which is
lagging in the west and that which is missing in the east and created our
Ananda Marga.

So only our Ananda Marga is progressive– not the current trends of the
west or the east.

Baba says, “Ananda Marga is a revolution. It is not only a spiritual
revolution but also an economic, social and mental revolution. The economic
system, the social structure, the trend of thinking, and the spiritual
practices prescribed in our Ananda Marga are not only new but something
quite different from the established ideas and practices in these spheres
of life.” (AFPS-7, p. 1)

Namaskar,
Cinmay

Note 1: Here Baba talks more about the differences and synthesis needed
between east and west:

Baba says, “The West is completely obsessed with physical development.
It has made spectacular progress in the fields of politics, economics,
science, warfare, etc. In fact, it has made so much material progress that
it seems to be the sovereign master of the water, land and air. But for all
that, it is not socially content and miserably lacks spiritual wealth.
Unlike the East, in the West plenty of wealth has created a crisis.
Therefore, it is abundantly clear that no country can progress harmoniously
with only one-sided development.”
“Therefore, it behooves both the East and the West to accept a synthetic
ideology that stands for a happy synthesis between the two. Here, the East
can help the west spiritually, whereas the materialistic West can extend
its material help to the East. Both will be mutually benefited if they
accept this golden policy of give and take.” (PNS-18)

And our AM ideology is that “synthetic ideology” which perfectly combines
the inherent tendencies of east and west.

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Divine Play

Lord Baba says, “There is a fight between bhakta and Bhagava’n, as you
know. It was started in — when? Beginningless time. And we don’t know
whether it will go on up to endless time. The fight is about what?
Bhagava’n says: “O bhaktas, O devotees, I am here because you are here. My
name, Bhagava’n, would become meaningless if the bhaktas were not present,
because a name becomes meaningless if that name is not used by anybody as a
mode of address.” Suppose a man, a particular gentleman, is Nirmal. But if
there is no one in the universe to call him Nirmal, then that name “Nirmal”
becomes meaningless. “And so you are superior to me,” says Bhagava’n. “O
bhaktas, You are superior to me.” And the bhaktas say: “O Parama Purus’a,
Thou art the very fundament of my life, very base of my life. I exist
because you exist.” (AV-34, p.62)
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Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 22:48:13 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Mandal.Virendra@bharata.net…
Subject: Be Careful Who You Follow

Baba

“A’ma’y keno bha’laba’sile…” (P.S. 2283)

Puport:

Baba, You are so loving, so gracious, why do You love me so much. I do
not have any quality, nor do I have any knowledge or learning. What then
did You see in me that made You shower Your grace on me. You have
saturated my heart with a strong feeling of devotion for You. You have
bestowed upon me an intellect to serve the society. Knowing that I am
shelterless, You have granted me everything. You have given me all sorts
of things which were needed. It is Your causeless grace. Baba, You
brought me on this earth by providing me with a human body. And You
filled my mind with devotion. And on the top You infused a strong
longing for Paramartha for You. But now this is the miserable condition
of mine that I always remain forgetful about You and Your grace. Baba,
why do You love me so much…

== BE CAREFUL WHO YOU FOLLOW ==

Namaskar,
When a human being sees someone greater than themselves, then they
admire that person, offer respect, and desire to become like that.

Thieves revere great criminals, players honor top athletes, students
respect learned classmates, businessmen admire innovative entrepreneurs,
and general aspirants respect highly devotional sadhakas.

This equation works in both directions – positive and negative.

The main point is that offering respect comes readily to all. People are
eager to follow and emulate those whom they regard. There is a long
history behind this as it is related with our fundamental human psychology.

Indeed no one can say that they are not involved in hero worship, in one
form or another. Everyone is involved – and therein lies one’s failure
or success. It is that critical a component towards a person’s
development. Who you follow in life is everything.

Even then some may proudly declare that they do not adhere to any type
of hero worship. So we should examine this issue at a deeper level.

Let’s see how hero worship began, how it changed through the ages, as
well as what it means today – both for sadhakas and non-sadhakas.

THE EARLY HISTORY

Just as certain developed animals – like cows, horses, elephants, and
birds – are gregarious in nature and live collectively in order to care
for and protect themselves from predators, since the earliest times
human beings have done the same.

When living in the wild, humans would group together in order to face
their enemies. Following a particular leader was absolutely vital for
survival: Food, safety, protection, shelter etc. People had to pay heed
to the call of their chosen leader in order to carry on. Failing that,
one was certain to face an early demise.

Thus the trait to follow someone became a basic component of human life.
Over the centuries the style of leadership may have gone through
changes, but all along people have always been quick to follow a
respected person and emulate their characteristics.

This is a built-in human behavior and has a huge effect on one’s growth
and development.

THE SPECIFICS OF EACH AGE

During the ksatriyan era, courage, valour and bravery were heralded as
the top qualities and people naturally gravitated towards those who most
personified such characteristics. In turn, those at the helm gained
greater power and exploited others with their might.

When the era changed, then people valued something else.

With the rise of the vipran era, intellect and wisdom were seen as the
greatest attributes and those at the helm were embodiments of those
qualities. People naturally rallied around them and embraced that status
in order to gain respect and be like their leader. To maintain their
power, the leading vipras created all kinds of doctrines to keep
themselves on top.

Over time, money became king and those at the helm were vaeshyas, ie
capitalists. In this age people revered those with massive wealth, and
overlooked all other qualities. Yet those ruling capitalists gobbled up
all the land and material wealth to keep on top.

Now such vaeshyas are in power in most places. But anyone can understand
the reigning era of a particular land or country by analysing who gets
the most respect. Furthermore, one can assess the quality of the people
by seeing who their leaders are. Crude heroes end up leading their
followers into hell.

So be careful who you follow as it has a huge effect on the direction of
your life.

WHO ONE SELECTS IS IMPORTANT

Who one selects to follow in life is critically important. For instance,
if you follow a blind man and he falls into a well, then you too will
fall into that same well. Likewise if follow a dharmika who is moving
towards Parama Purusa, then you too will come closer to the Supreme
Entity. This is the way it works. Just see.

WHAT IS HAPPENING NOWADAYS

Nowadays in the capitalist era, where material gain and sex is
everything and pseudo-culture is rampant, those with the most respect
and glamour have huge money.

Pop stars like the late Michael Jackson, athletes like Michael Jordan,
movie stars like Angelina Jolie, performers like Madonna, and certain
politicians and vaeshyas have scooped up the imagination, hearts and
minds of the the people. People run like mad after such stars.

If a pop star gets a certain type of haircut or tattoo, or if a movie
icon wears a certain style of dress, then naturally people go chasing in
that direction. That is why the big corporations recruit and pay huge
money to pseudo-culture stars and icons to model their wares and
products as it will boost sales into the millions and billions. In that
way they lure and cheat the common people into buying their products.
Because the public will do anything and everything to follow their
revered one.

People even become  emotionally attached with certain products and
brands like Apple computers. Even intellectual get befooled and
misguided thinking that everything that Apple does is great. Many
companies have this kind of aura: Google, Nike etc. They have cultish
followings.

Plus in this superficial era, even fake yoga stars in the west are
gaining clout in the form of sponsorships and hero-worship etc.

According to our human psychology, people like to follow others but due
to poor examples they get goaded in the wrong direction – they get
herded like sheep.

By this way the general public gets drawn into all kinds of degrading
activity. To get wealth, even good people will cheat and steal; to get
beauty people resort to plastic surgery and skimpy clothing; to attract
the opposite sex, people have literally begun to dress like prostitutes.

All because people blindly chase after the leaders of the day. And when
the leaders are degenerated, the common populace will be too.

That is why it is so important to carefully choose who you follow in life.

SOME MAY WRONGLY DENY

Hearing all this, some may strongly claim that they are not prone to
hero worship. They will proudly state that they follow no one and are
independent thinkers. Many sophisticated and liberal people talk like this.

But truth be known, they are pawns of their chosen leader(s),
unknowingly. Just walk into their house and it becomes very clear what
they are and whom they revere. Everyone is a fan of someone. Everyone
bows down to someone to get respect.

A millionaire prostrates himself to the billionaire; a beauty queen
surrenders to some Hollywood goddess; a car enthusiast gives himself to
those who own Mercedes. Everyone in this world is fascinated by
something or someone. That is the way of the world. None can claim that
they are outside of this dynamic.

By this way, a person sinks or swims. Tragically, most sink as they get
lulled into the crude operations and economics of the day. That is why
it is critically important to carefully choose with whom you place your
respect.

According to their chosen hero, common people will change their habits,
tastes, likings – indeed their entire modus operendi is affected. Thus
it is absolutely critical that people become aware of who they respect.
A person must know who their heroes are – otherwise unknowingly they may
fall into a black hole. Especially in this present era when people are
fans of characterless individuals.

YOUTHS ARE MOST AFFECTED

Unfortunately, up till now, the masses have most often embraced “goats”
as leaders. This is especially true these days. And the ones who suffer
the most are our impressionable youths. They are most prone to be
misguided by crude idols. This even leads to their ruination.

As Ananda Margiis we cannot let the situation remain as standstill,
where impressionable people get lulled into false hopes and degrading
ways. We are to encourage such youths – and the entire society – to give
respect to higher ideals like social service etc. Then things will start
moving in the right direction.

Let’s then take a look at the workings in AM, that will give us ideas
and inspiration for guiding the general society.

WHO SHOULD GET THE MOST RESPECT

Baba has designed Ananda Marga along a totally different concept. In AM,
we do not offer our respect based on materials things, status, or other
crude manners. In AM, respect is given based on one’s conduct.

Baba says, “Your ideal is represented by your conduct. Your learning,
your social or economic status have nothing to do with your ideal.”
(A’nanda Va’nii #13)

Baba says, “Aca’ran’a’t pa’t’hayati yah sah a’ca’ryah – One who teaches
through one’s conduct is an a’ca’rya.” (AV-23)

And in AM, good conduct means adhering to dharmic principles: Godhood
not crudity, selflessness not selfishness, benevolence not malevolence.

To instill this within all in AM, Baba would publicly honor those
involved in doing dharmic works. With this type of healthy competition,
Baba guided everyone towards righteous works. By this way we all
understood that we would earn the respect and regard of others.

For instance Baba would reward the top bhukti with the title, “Jana
Seva’ Sealed”. This bhukti that rendered the most social service won
this award. And like that there were all kinds of healthy competitions
to get our minds goaded in the right direction.

Competitions like: Sixteen Points, kaoshikii, tandava, dharma mitram
(most pracar competition), conduct rules and so many other arenas.
Prizes were often based on how much you followed bhagavad dharma and
helped the downtrodden masses and the neglected peoples.

Baba says, “You are to purify [yourself] with the help of sa’dhana’ and
jana seva’. These two factors, sa’dhana’ and jana seva’, will keep the
mental mirror in proper condition, in good condition.” (AV-3)

This was all His entirely unique and revolutionary approach. And because
we all followed Baba our minds, desires, and actions got goaded in this
totally dharmic direction. It is His grace. By this way the whole
society grows and there will not be any exploitation from one group to
the next.

In the past vipras exploited ksattriyas and now vaeshyas are exploiting
everyone. And in our Marga, because some have fallen away from AM
ideals, there is group exploitation. Tragically, groupists revere crude
power not jiivan dharma. So some are moving in this direction. But this
phase will be short-lived.

By once again following His teachings and ways, prama will be restored
and honor will be given to those involved in Sixteen Points etc.

Baba’s is the classic example of how by following someone great, i.e.
Taraka Brahma, one will advance on the path towards liberation and
salvation.

In a nutshell here is how it works in AM: Our Goal is Parama Purusa so
if anyone follows those ideals that lead to Parama Purusa then they earn
respect of others. Naturally then, all will move in this direction. It
is His wish and hence inevitable.

HOW TO KNOW WHO GETS RESPECT

In the general society it is not like that. People are not familiar with
dharma or Taraka Brahma so they get hitched up in another direction. To
understand how any society is working, find out what the children want
to be when they grow up. Then it will be clear who they follow and what
they respect.

Tragically, today most follow a crude example. As Ananda Margiis we are
to turn this negative into a positive.

When are are aware that people have a natural tendency to adore those
they deem as beings great, then why not utilise this in the proper way
and bring all onto the path of salvation. Let all be guided towards
parama’rtha and not towards bondage or ruination.

By propagating AM ideals people will follow true sadhakas and start
moving in this direction.

Everyone should be fully warned that they need to be careful about who
they follow. To achieve greatness one should follow a proper sadhaka, or
even better yet, follow Ista. To fall into a mud puddle of crudity, then
follow any pseudo-culture icon.

That is why everyone should be extremely careful about who they follow.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace it is important to understand that you are infinite and
that you have the capacity to become one with Paramatma. But that can
only happen if one critically is aware about who they follow in life.

If society is misguided then even good people will be diverted to do
negative things. – what to say what will happen to bad people.

As humans, ours is the journey from darkness to enlightenment. By
following the true Ista and His ideals, heaven will come on this earth.

Baba says, “United you will have to remain, this is your duty. So that
the people of the world may remain united, it is your duty to bring the
mahavishva as soon as possible. There will be peace and happiness in the
universe, and, established in one indivisible ideology, humanity will
march ahead toward the Supreme Goal. Victory be with you!” (Disc MHB)

Namaskar,
Virendra

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Definition of “Real Discipline”

Baba says, “And what is discipline? The Sam’skrta term for ‘discipline’
is ‘anusha’sanam’. And what is anusha’sanam?

Hita’rthe sha’sanam ityarthe anusha’sanam

When the code of discipline is imposed with the spirit of welfare, with
the spirit of development, it is called `anusha’sanam’ in Sam’skrta.
There is no corresponding English word.” (AV-3 p.30)
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Date: 02 Mar 2010 05:38:27 +0530
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: “Pandit_Sudhakar”
Subject: Which Style is Correct

Intro to PS: This following song is unique in its own special way. Here
Baba, in disguised fashion, is talking to the devotee and asking him
various questions.

“Caran’e a’j kiser dvidha’, shayan keno ka’nt’a’-bhara’…” (PS 627)

Purport:

O’ devotee, for whom are you deeply yearning and longing for? In this
state of dilemma, even your walking has gotten affected. In these late
hours of midnight, you do not have sleep in your eyes– just you remain
crying on the bed in someone’s longing. It is as though your bed is
filled with thorns, one sleepless night after another.

In whose love do you have such intoxication; why are your eyes
showering tears. The One whom you love, has He forgotten you? Is that
why you are crying in longing. Because of this, all these devotional
feelings have saturated in your heart, is that why you are sleepless.

O’ sadhaka, your situation is like one person who is floating in tears
due to the loss of the most precious jewel of his heart. You should
understand that in love these feelings are quite natural. Go on serving
and immerse yourself completely in that very work which He desires. For
whom you love, go on acting according to His direction.

O’ devotee, in whose longing is your heart so restless, such that your
eyes cannot sleep on this lonely night. To whom you love, He cannot keep
Himself away– because true love is mutual. He has to come to you…

== WHICH STYLE IS CORRECT ==

Namaskar,
The world over, people have different ways of pronouncing the same word.

Yet Baba gives great emphasis on which way is actually correct,
especially with respect to Sanskrit words – though certainly He has
commented on the proper pronunciation of words in French, English,
Hindi, Japanese, and so many other languages.

Within India, there are crucial differences in the way many Sanskrit
words are pronounced. This gap is greatest with respect to languages of
North India vs languages of South India.

The word r’si is one such word that is often contested. And in one
discourse, Baba clearly tells which style of pronunciation is correct –
the style of North India or that of South India. The answer to this
debate is presented in this letter.

Baba’s unique style of discourse and the inherent beauty of the Sanskrit
language are all discussed. Please read the below – get the answer to
the debate – and share your thoughts.

BABA’S UNIQUE DELIVERY

We have all experienced how Baba’s way of delivering discourses is
completely unique. Here I am not referring to the manner in which His
discourses often get published, but rather the way in which He gave it
originally.

In each discourse, Baba presents a totally new philosophy for humanity.
Yet to do that He had to use established constructs, in particular
language. He could not both present a new language and a new philosophy.
That would make things too difficult for us.

So He has used languages that were already established, including
Sanskrit. With that came outdated and misunderstandings about certain
words. Because our understanding, presentation, and usage of language is
not perfect.

Thus in nearly every discourse, Baba begins by clarifying what He means
by the words – often Sanskrit ones – which He is going to discuss. In
this way He would teach us the proper grammatical usage of a particular
word, its pronunciation, as well as the correct definition.

In was in this manner that Baba could then propound His revolutionary,
neo-humanistic philosophy. Without that it would have been impossible.

Thus His teachings on philology are critical to the proper understanding
of His divine discourses and sublime ideology.

In addition, so many of His discourses like, “The Acoustic Roots of the
Indo-Aryan Alphabet”, as well as His books like “Varna Vijiana”, “Varna
Vicitra” and the “Shabda Cayanika” series, place tremendous emphasis on
the importance of language.

Further proof that spelling and pronunciation are important is that He
has mandated that the Roman Sam’skrta alphabet be placed in the preface
of each and every AM book.

Thus, everyone on the path of AM – all who sincerely wish to understand
AM teachings – must pay heed to Baba’s guidelines on language, grammar,
and pronunciation.

Yet, even many Indian Dadas indulge in wrong pronunciation of certain
Sankrist words like r’si, and certainly outside of AM, the fake yoga
movement has begun butchering the Sam’skrta language.

Care should be taken as Baba gives great emphasis on its proper
pronunciation.

THE PRONUNCIATION ISSUE: R’SI

Now let us come to the debate at hand. What is the proper pronunciation
of the word r’si. In North India it is pronounced one way and in South
India it is pronounced a second way. Which one is correct.

In North India, Devanagari script is used to write Sanskrit, and most
often the word is correctly written as r’si, yet when translated into
English it is often written as rishi, and although it is written
correctly in Devanagari script, North Indians generally pronounce r’si
as the way in which they write it in English, rishi or really ris’i.
They pronounce the r as in the English words “rim” or “riddle”, and that
is not correct.

In South India, the Tamil script is often used to write Sanskrit, and
when South Indians speak the word r’si they often say it as rus’i. In
that case, the South Indians pronounce the r as in the English word,
“rule”, and that is not correct.

According to Baba, neither the North Indian style is correct nor the
South Indian style. Both are wrong. The irony is that both think that
they are correct and the other is wrong. But, according to Baba, neither
are correct.

BABA’S AUDIO FILE ON AM-GLOBAL BLOG

For the proper pronunciation of the word r’si, please listen to the
newly posted sound file on the AM-GLOBAL blog.

In that file, Baba points out the defects of both the North and South
Indian pronunciation styles, and gives the proper way. Anyone can listen
and get the correct answer.

There is also an English translation of the sound file for everyone’s
ease and convenience. Although Baba’s sound file is in Hindi, He does
employ a number of English words so non-Hindi speakers can get the sense
by listening to the sound file.

And most importantly, on that sound file, Baba gives the correct
pronunciation of r’si. And that is of interest to all – so everyone
should listen.

SIGNIFICANCE OF SOUND

The pronunciation of a word is of course related with its sound. And in
discourses like, “The Acoustic Roots of the Indo-Aryan Alphabet”, Baba
talks of the great import of sound – both with regards to language and
the development of the human mind.

Here Baba speaks in particular about how sound comes to be expressed by
human beings.

Baba says, “Every vibration in this universe has colour and sound. Every
vibration also represents a particular idea, and hence each idea has a
vibrational sound and vibrational colour….To externalize an idea one
has to apply physical energy (philosophically, this energy is called
indra). We can call this stage the first expression of the sound
tanma’tra…The vocal cord lies in the area of the vishuddha cakra. It
is the organ responsible for transforming abstract idea into vocal
expression…Even after an idea gets metamorphosed into language, if
there is the slightest defect in the uvula, vocal expression will be
disturbed.” (APH-8)

Note: “The uvula is the conic projection from the posterior edge of the
middle of the soft palate,The uvula plays a key role in the articulation
of the sound of the human voice to form the sounds of speech.” (Wikipedia)

Furthermore, in that discourse, Baba gives proof how sounds are linked
to different human vrttis, or propensities of mind. And there are so
many other significant revelations Baba makes in that discourse about
words, pronunciation and mind. It is a long discourse filled with
interesting points. We should all review this discourse regularly.

Suffice to say then that the sound or correct pronunciation of a word is
very important. This obviously also applies to the pronunciation of the
mantras used in our sadhana practice.

So we should all learn the proper pronunciation of the word r’si as well
as all the Sam’skrta words. By learning where to place the tongue and
how to angle it, one can speak Sam’skrit correctly. No one should get
discouraged and give up the hope that they can do it. Irregardless of
where one was born, everyone can learn the correct style of
pronunciation of Sam’skrta.

BEAUTY OF SANSKRIT

In our Ananda Marga, Sanskrit is used to propound our neo-humanistic
philosophy. Plus we use Sanskrit for all our names. Baba has also given
the idea that Sam’skrta is composed of very sweet sounds so people enjoy
hearing the Sam’skrta language. It creates a pleasant vibration in the mind.

All Indians use Sanskrit irregardless of which religion they follow even
Indians who are Christian. And now – with the immense popularity of yoga
– we are witnessing how around the globe Sanskrit is getting more and
more popular. So we should refine our understanding of this beautiful
and ancient language as it has great bearing on our modern world.

Baba says, “India is one and indivisible…Let Sam’skrta be the national
language, as this will provide equal opportunity to all.” (PNS-17)

Baba says “If Sam’skrta is used human unity will be encouraged and human
beings will move closer together… So you should encourage the study of
Sam’skrta.” (PNS-17)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has given us all the teachings needed to create a
healthy human society. Nothing has been forgotten or overlooked – not
even the style of pronunciation of certain words.

Till now we often think we know the right way or pronunciation – but
often we are off the mark. Such is the case with both North and South
Indians with respect to the word, r’si.

Now, by Baba’s grace we can all learn the proper pronunciation and use
of r’si, as well as the entire Sanskrit language. This will help unite
our human family.

Namaskar,
Sudhakar

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PROPER THINKING

Baba says, “Sadhakas should always maintain the spirit of prapatti
(surrender) and they will never develop any sort of pride in their
minds…’Whatever qualities I possess is all due to the His grace.
Parama Purusa is the Lord of everything; He is the machineman and I am
simply a machine’.” (31/05/87, AN-DMC)

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Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 12:46:41 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Tapan Prabhu
Subject: Missed the Point on Devotion

Baba

“Toma’r tare, jiivane bhare, sedhe gechi jato ga’n…” (P.S. 3747)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace throughout my entire life I have been singing Your
blissful songs of divine love– Prabhat Samgiita– in order to satisfy
You. O’ Prabhu, now, however, I do not know which particular song to sing
in order to please & satiate You.

Baba, all the time– from the middle of the night up to the morning
dawn– I go on practicing and singing those tunes and melodies according to
Your direction with deep longing in my heart, hoping to bring You close.
And I have also sung Prabhat Samgiita in the scorching heat and in the tune
of the evening sunset. All the time I sing for You, with only one motive to
please You and bring You in my close proximity– O’ my dearmost.

Baba, when I sing for You and repeat Your name in Your divine ideation
then by Your grace a very special feeling comes in my heart, and tears roll
down in love for You. Baba, that intense love I am unable to express in
words, You know. Those blissful feelings cannot be conveyed by language.
Because of that blissful feeling for You, my mind always longs to sing the
song to call You.

And also I have sung the song in the spring season along with the
flowers and sweet breeze of the effulgent purnima night. Baba, with the
strong feeling of yearning in my heart, I have also sung Your songs in the
terrible whirlwind of the hurricane of the pitch dark amavasya night. Baba,
by Your grace You have made me understand that everything is Your divine
blessing and I go on singing Your song, irrespective of the time, season,
hours, and days.

Baba, by Your grace I have only one longing in life: To satisfy You and
bring You close. Baba, please be gracious on me…

== MISSED THE POINT ON DEVOTION ==

Namaskar,
As we all know on the spiritual path, devotion is one precious gem. And in
so many discourses & in various ways Baba beautifully outlines the
speciality of different stages of bhakti. And it is this unique quality of
bhakti that established devotees in the Supreme rank. Unfortunately one or
two are taking the matter in their own way Here first are some of Baba’s
guidelines.

Baba teaches us that in lower devotion, a particular complex remains within
the mind of the devotee. This complex is termed as: ‘Mahimnajinana’. And
that means, the devotee thinks that Parama Purusa is too great to be
attained. In this stage the devotee feels ‘How I can go close to Him? I am
full of imperfections and He is so high.’ This feeling of lowliness is
Mahimnabodha.

MAHIMNABODHA CANNOT CO-EXIST WITH PARABHAKTI

Baba is further then explaining that when one attains the higher devotional
state of Parabhakti or absolute devotion, then there is no chance of
degeneration. Furthermore Baba guides us that Mahimnabodha cannot exist
once Parabhakti is reached.

Means Baba outrightly states that when one is established in higher devotion
or Parabhakti, then the devotee does not feel any kind of inferiority
complex. Thus when one comes within the close proximity of Parama Purusa
and the devotee is established in the realm of parabhakti, then all
feelings of lowliness & inferiority completely disappear. This is all
explained quite clearly in the discourse, “The Path of Salvation”,
(Reference Subhasita Samgraha Part-11, page 39).

Plus in a separate discourse Baba makes the point perfectly clear.

Baba says, “Those who possess parabhakti or kevala’bhakti are free
from Mahimajinana– the notion that God is too perfect to be attained
by a mere mortal.” (AMIWL-7)

The fundamental point is that Baba pointedly tells us in this discourse that
the negative complex of Mahimnajinana cannot exist side by side with
Parabhakti. If the feeling of mahimnajinana or lowliness exists in the mind
of devotees, then it is clear that they are not established in the highest
level of devotion– Parabhakti. Likewise, Baba guides that those who have
reached the status of Parabhakti cannot feel mahimnajinana.

ONE DADA IS CONFUSED: HIS BOOK IS WRONG

However one respected Dada is explaining this matter quite differently from
Baba. Means he has given his own version that is not consistent with Baba’s
teaching.

Specifically in his book “Glimpses of a Mystery” (p. 87), this Dada writes:
“When Parabhakti (absolute devotion) is granted, there is a risk that the
devotee can suffer from a special ideation called Mahimnabodha. This causes
the aspirant to feel so petty, so small, so insignificant that he or she
feels unworthy of the endless, vast, incomprehensible…Brahma.” — end of
quote from Dadaji’s book.

So here above this Dada is telling that when sadhakas reach to the highest
realm of devotion, then still they feel that that they are inferior and
low. Hence what his “preaching” goes directly opposite to Baba’s eternal
guideline.

Means Baba’s 100% perfect spiritual guideline is that when parabhakti
(absolute devotion) is reached then there is not any iota of scope for
mahimnabodha to remain. So this Dada’s published writing is going against
Baba’s teaching and is misguiding the situation by writing the direct
opposite. Means Dadaji is telling that mahimnabodha does remain with
Parabhakti.

By comparing Baba’s pure guideline on the one side and then seeing
Dadaji’s explanation, it becomes apparent that the latter has gone off the
track. Means that he has gone awry.

VERY IMPORTANT MATTER

So the whole matter is quite serious and demands our attention– because
nowadays there is so much fake yoga floating around and what distinguishes
Ananda Marga from these other so-called paths is the uniquely devotional
approach given by Baba. So devotion is one special point in AM but when our
own Dada’s undermine the speciality of all this by misunderstanding this
essential point of devotion, then that will bring question and confusion in
the minds of readers and new people. And they will question what is so
great about AM’s devotional approach when in the top stage still one
suffers from basic weaknesses. So all these types of doubts are cast due to
Dadaji’s misunderstanding.

Here following are some deeply inspiring words from our Beloved Baba on the
point of Parabhakti.

Baba says, “Para’bhakti (pure devotion) liberates spiritual aspirants from
the bondage of ‘I’- feeling permanently. One should bear in mind that
Parabhakti is not a state of inaction; rather a tremendous vital faculty
lies behind Parabhakti.” (AMIWL)

Baba says, “One who has attained Para’bhakti will be a great worker. The
strength of their devotion will establish them in action, and this will
benefit the world.” (Karma-Sannyasa)

Baba says, “Spiritual aspirants with developed parabhakti can proclaim that
the universe is all Brahma – that Brahma alone is the Supreme desideratumLinkof all microcosms.” (AMIWL-7)

Namaskar,
Tapan

Note 1: Central to this entire topic discussed in this letter is this
following guideline of Baba.

BABA says, “The scriptures should always be interpreted by qualified
scholars, competent philosophers, and penetrating thinkers. If one tries to
interpret a profound scripture with superficial knowledge, the interpreter
appears ridiculous and the audience is confused.”

“There are some people who are neither scholars, nor philosophers,
nor penetrating thinkers, but merely wander about interpreting scriptures
as a means of livelihood. They utterly fail to present the proper matter in
the correct perspective before the audience…[and] do more harm than good
to the society.”

“[They] interpret the scriptures just to exhibit their intellect–to
procure for themselves a certificate of erudition. They remain far from the
living spirit of the scriptures.” (NSS)

Note 2: I think all are aware that Dada Bhaskaranandji is the author of
“Glimpses of a Mystery”– so he is the one who is confused about
Parabhakti, or at least he was at the time of writing. If his understanding
has indeed changed then best is for him to issue a statement so readers can
correct their books. Beyond that everyone should be careful when reading
Dadaji’s book because when he has made such a fundamental error about the
all-important point of devotion, then there may be numerous other problems
in the book as well. Others should also come forward and share their
insights about this. Indeed there are other errors.

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Margiis’ Status

Baba says, “Most people spend their lives on this planet eating and
drinking. Sometimes they contract diseases, their stomachs become
distended, and they die. But there are certain exceptional people who say,
‘No, we have not come to eat, drink and make merry.’ Those who lead
licentious lives foolishly get involved in brawls and fights, but the
exceptional people say, ‘No, we don’t want to live such a life, we have to
lead an ideological life on the path of “A’tmamoks’a’rtham’
jagaddhita’ya ca.”

“Those people who are society’s exceptions are extraordinary people.
They alone will build human history. Others cannot and will not do it.”

“These exceptional people are sometimes seen as lunatics by the naive
public, but the fact is that these exceptional people do something new and
constructive for society.”

“You should also know that you are exceptions. You too will do something
great, will build up something historical.” (9th January ’79)

Note: The life of each and every good margii is looked upon as something
peculiar in the eyes of the common people. The reason is A-grade margiis
are not involved in the religious dogma or materialistic ways of common
people; plus all margiis are practicing yoga, kiirtan, sadhana, eating only
sentient food, and following progressive ideas. So margiis’ thinking and
living and socializing are quite different from the common public. That is
why the common public thinks margiis are peculiar people. But sincere
margiis are not worried about this; rather they know that this is one
merit. Such margiis are great exceptions and they are also the vanguards of
the entire society. All sincere margiis are making the path which the
common public will tread in the very near future.

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