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Date: 22 Jun 2013 11:21:34 -0000
To: ananda-marga-universal-forum-3@yogasamsthanam.net
Subject: Story: My Repentance

Baba

== STORY: MY REPENTANCE ==

Namaskar,
After waiting three-and-a-half hours on the platform in the grueling sun, finally there was an announcement indicating that the train was coming. I gathered my bags and readied myself to board the train. To date, I had been an acarya for seven years and had learned how to “manage” acarya life. Everything had gone well with Rajuji and the rest of the margiis in this locale but now it was time to move on.

THE SOP (STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE) OF SOME WTS:

HOW THEY DECEIVE MARGIIS ON FASTING DAY

I was doing what had become a common practice of the day amongst some acaryas:

Leave town on the day of ekadashii and then arrive in the next place and announce to everyone that I had fasted the previous day, when in fact the night before the margiis had fed me a delicious “pre-fasting day” meal. This was the way things had developed in WT life, unfortunately. I learned this “fasting technique” from my supervisor and had seen this ploy successfully carried out by any number of workers. Certainly many workers are doing their dry fasting sincerely, yet there remain some Wts who do not observe Baba’s directive about regular fasting.

At first I was too nervous to do it – to deceive margiis about fasting. But over time I became accustomed to it – until finally it became no big deal. I was doing it all the time.

LEAVING RAJUJI’S

So the night prior I took full belly at Rajuji’s house and then headed off to my next destination. While on the train I slept some, read the parts of the newspaper that was circulating around our train car, and talked with some of the other travelers. In this way the time passed and my 4 hour journey was nearly complete.

ARRIVING AT VERMAJI’S

The train slowed as it approached the upcoming stop and finally the train came to a complete halt. I grabbed my bags and descended onto the platform. The margiis were expecting me. I looked up and down the platform – knowing that they were sure to come and greet me. I did not see anyone.

Then from behind I felt a few tiny hands grabbing onto my gown. I turned around to see the shining and smiling faces of three young boys. These were Vermaji’s sons. I knew them well and their joyous presence meant that Vermaji was also close by.

In a moment, Vermaji approached with folded hands and a warm look in his eye. I had been here just two months ago and it was good to be back. Immediately, Verma welcomed me and inquired about my health etc. And then the five of us went together to catch an auto-rickshaw in order to head to Vermaji’s house.

Along the way the boys were silently looking at me the whole time and Vermaji and I talk about the news of the day. Plus we discussed various plannings for his unit such as talks, pracar programs, the upcoming PMSA event, and he gave me a summary about how things at the school were going.

MY LIE:

“I FASTED YESTERDAY”

Finally, as we approached the house, Vermaji asked if I was fasting today or not. I told him that I had fasted the day prior. He was very happy to hear this as he said his wife was preparing a special meal for my arrival. And he said that he himself was fasting tomorrow, which I knew to be true. Because whenever, given the option between fasting on a Friday or a Saturday, then always Vermaji would choose Saturday. He had told me as such on earlier visits and I knew him to be sincere in this.

I ATE ON EKADASHII, WHILE VERMAJI FASTED

Anyway once he understood that I had fasted yesterday, then when we entered into the house he said I should attend to my evening duties and sadhana etc, because dinner would be ready in a short while.

So I arranged all my things accordingly and did whatever I did etc, and sure enough in a short while the call came for dinner.

And that night Vermaji and I ate and spoke about all sorts of organisational dealings, financial arrangements, and I gave him all the news about where I had just been. Like this the evening passed and soon we were off to bed.

The next day came and went quickly. As planned, Vermaji did his fasting and I arranged my own food and attended to various inspections at the school and dealt with other affairs. And the day after I left for my new destination. That was a Sunday.

My mind was feeling relaxed and I did not think twice about having played that fasting drama with Vermaji. I figured it was good he fasted and I justified that what I do is my business and that is all. I consoled myself and justified in my mind that Wt life is tough – often it is not even possible to get proper food – so what is the harm in eating on fasting days. That was my excuse or alibi for skipping fasting. So my mind was nonplussed or unaffected by the fasting drama as it had become a way of life.

AN UNEXPECTED EVENT

Tragically that next Tuesday, one of the very elderly and senior margiis from Vermaji’s bhukti passed away. And margiis from all around came for the shraddha ceremony, including Rajuji.

And that is when the whole thing leaked out.

HOW I GOT EXPOSED:

MY DUPLICITY ROSE TO THE SURFACE

Because in passing, Rajuji and Vermaji discussed about various happenings and they naturally talked about their recent visits with me, since it had only been a few days earlier that I had stayed with them both. And in their own way, it came to pass that Rajuji mentioned that his wife had prepared me a special pre-fasting day meal. And in response Vermaji said that that was impossible because his own wife had prepared me a special meal for my post-fasting day. And within one or two sentences my whole drama got exposed – 100%. They understood that neither I fasted at Rajuji’s house nor at Vermaji’s house. Rather I had lied outrightly about the whole affair.

CS DADA’S REACTION:

YOU CAN SKIP FASTING BUT DO NOT DECEIVE THE MARGIIS

I came to know about all this because both Rajuji and Vermaji are respected and senior margiis and in an effort to straighten the situation out they talked to my chief secretary – not my direct in-charge. Needless, to say CS Dada was very displeased with my behavior, and he scolded me that ‘If I wish to skip fasting then I should keep myself hidden in the jagrti and not play such dramas with the margii families’. Then he got even angrier at me as said that, ‘This ruins the reputation of all acaryas.’ Even though we both knew well that some Dadas – around 10-20% of the workers, depending upon the sector – regularly skip their fasting days.

Anyway, the difference being as CS Dada put it was that, ‘I had gotten caught and lost the faith of the margiis’.

Then CS Dada instructed me that as a point of rectification I was to tell my story to all – and by that way it would serve as a reminder for me not to do such things again. For that reason I have now written this entire chapter to all of you.

Here I wish to add that it must be duly noted that at least 10% to 20% of all workers sincerely do their dry fasting, although they may or may not follow the proper procedure for breaking fast. That is to say on breaking fast morning they may only drink 1 glass of water and then eat some bananas without every cleansing the digestive tract in the proper manner. But the actual fasting, these workers follow sincerely.

FEELINGS OF REPENTANCE:

I WANTED TO BECOME BETTER AND REPAIR MY TARNISHED IMAGE

Actually I did not have to do what my CS Dada told; I did not have to share my story with all. Because nowadays– since the last 4-5 years – no worker listens to their supervisors. Rather people do as they like. Some skip their departmental meetings entirely, others just engage in private business, and some are not very obedient or strict in conduct rules.

So in that atmosphere I did not have to write my story to all of you about how I cheated on my fasting day. Because after all, what could CS Dada do to me – next to nothing. In that way I was quite tempted to just overlook my punishment.

But in retrospect I figured that I should do it as a means to reaffirm myself to Baba’s ideals. Ultimately I want to follow 16 Points and I do not wish to deceive anyone. Rather I aspire to become an acarya in the true sense of the term. And I thought writing this letter would help in this regard.

So for this reason I have recounted this story and by Baba’s grace this will help me to rectify my misdealing as I want to be sincere in 16 Points and become a model wholetime worker of Ananda Marga.

Not only that, in hopes of repairing my tarnished image and bad name, for a long time after this transpired, I would ensure I was at a margii’s house at the time of fasting so I could fast in front of them. I wanted them to physically see that I was doing it properly. I could not live with them thinking that I just skipped all my fastings. So to prove myself, I always arranged to be with margiis on fasting day as a way of redeeming myself. This went on for months and months until I felt I had regained their trust and repaired my reputation.

Here following are some of Sadguru’s teachings related with this entire affair.

SOME OF THE MANY BENEFITS OF FASTING

By following the practice of regular fasting, one’s entire body gets a chance to recuperate, thereby inviting better health.

Baba says, “During fasting the body’s organs get a good rest, and the healing process is more rapid.” (1)

Plus in this next quote Baba advises us how by fasting we will decrease our dependence on food and develop ourselves in other arenas.

“You should not depend on food too much. This is why I have prescribed fasting on four days a month for some people and two days a month for others, and personally I have proved by fasting for five years and eight months at a stretch that if people try, they can remain without food. If one’s dependence on food decreases, one will gain more freedom in a particular aspect of life.” (2)

HYPOCRISY:

DECEIVING OTHERS ABOUT DRY FASTING

“To say, “I’m doing a dry fast” after having secretly drunk a glass of water is the height of hypocrisy.” (3)

DHARMIKAS NEVER GIVE WAY TO HYPOCRISY

“An honest person should never resort to hypocrisy in any sphere of life.” (4)

“There cannot be any hypocrisy in dhiiras. Hypocrites may be traders of religion, but the dharmic cannot be.” (5)

“There is no place in a devotee’s life for hypocrisy – the devotee’s thoughts, words and actions will never be contradictory. These simple and straightforward people will say what they think and do what they say.” (6)

“No indulgence should be given to hypocrisy.” (7)

HYPOCRISY IS THE WORST TYPE OF DEALING

“Activities harmful to the Marga, hypocrisy, theft and the persecution of women are the greatest crimes. Such criminals should be categorized as mahápátakiis (great sinners) and severe measures should be taken against them from the beginning.” (8)

RAMPANT PROBLEM NOWADAYS

“In all spheres of life these days, people think one thing, say another thing, and do something entirely different. That is, hypocrisy is now at its peak.” (9)

MUST OVERCOME HYPOCRISY

“Struggle is the essence of life. Yours should be a pauseless struggle against corruption, hypocrisy and animality.” (10)

“Spread out the sermons of amity amongst the humanity. Remind one and all that the establishment of human excellence does not lie in hypocrisy but in simplicity and sincerity…” (11)

REPENTANCE BRINGS RECTIFICATION

“One is seized by a feeling of repentance when one realizes (either from within or with the help of a second person) the impropriety of one’s action.” (12)

“Someone might have committed a pátaka [sin of commission], but after that wrong action feels repentance, and compensates for the harm his or her action caused. After such repentance and compensation, the action is no longer a sin. Suppose someone has stolen a thousand rupees from someone else. If after this theft the thief feels compunction and returns the money – better, however, with the inclusion of interest thereon – and begs forgiveness, that will mean that the person’s sin has been washed away. The person should no longer be called a sinner.” (13)

REPENTANCE AND KIIRTAN WILL SAVE YOU

“If, knowingly or unknowingly, you have committed any mistake or any sin, then your repentance and your singing kiirtana, wholeheartedly, will free you from all sins. So, your future is always bright, never dark, never dark.” (14)

PARAMA PURUSA IS AWARE:

HE KNOWS IF YOU ARE FASTING OR NOT

Anyone who thinks they can eat on fasting day and get away with it is a fool. Because even if one tricks the margiis and even if one justifies the situation to himself, even then it is a guarantee that Parama Purusa will know what you did.

“Parama Purus’a knows all the three phases of time: the past, the present and the future. Nothing is beyond the periphery of His supramundane knowledge…Suppose you eat something on the fasting day of Eka’dashii, thinking that perhaps Parama Purus’a will not know it. Certainly He will know about your secret eating, and He feels amused at what His little child is thinking. Not only the boys – the girls also make the same mistake. Perhaps on fasting day they eat chocolates and think, ‘I am eating secretly – no one can see it.’ This is defective thinking, because Parama Purus’a knows everything – nothing is hidden from Him.” (15)

THE IMPORTANCE OF CONDUCT

“Your ideal is represented by your conduct. Your learning, your social or economic status have nothing to do with your ideal.” (16)

Namaskar,
At His lotus feet,
Dada

REFERENCES
1. Yogic Treatments, Appendix
2. AV-7
3. AFPS-6, The Spirit of Society
4. Liberation of Intellect – Neo-Humanism, Disc: 7
5. SS-21, Nityánitya Viveka
6. AV-7, How Should a Devotee Behave?
7. AFPS-3, The Importance of Society
8. CC-2, Society, pt #29a
9. NSS, Disc: 10
10. Ananda Vanii #11
11. Ananda Vanii #57
12. APH-8, The Acoustic Roots of the Indo-Aryan Alphabet
13. AV-9, “Take Refuge in Parama Puruśa with Unswerving Attention”
14. AV-12, The Real Value of the Human Entity
15. Subhasita Samgraha – 12
16. A’nanda Va’nii #13

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Aja’na’y chile, ja’na’-ma’jhe ele, tabu katat’uku ja’niya’chi…” (PS 3544)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, in the past You were completely unknown to me. I could not conceive of You at all; You were remaining in Your fathomless state of Nirguna Brahma. I had no idea about You. O’ my Lord, today, with Your infinite beauty & charm You have come as the Taraka Brahma. You have loved me and placed me on Your Lap. You have entered into the stream of my mental consciousness. You have come in my proximity, in my awareness, in my dhyana. Even then how little I can understand of You; how little I can grasp of You. O’ Parama Purusa, the more I know You, the more I realise that I do not know. The amount of my ignorance goes on increasing. I always feel like there is a lot to know about You. O’ my Dearmost, You are beyond my mental conception; Your endless love knows no bounds.

O’ Divine One, this universe is filled with innumerable expressions. My mind goes on thinking again and again wondering why I like all these diverse manifestations, but I cannot come up with the answer. I cannot reach to the depth of the matter. O’ my Dearmost, the sweet flower fragrance, the blackness of the clouds, the grandeur of the mountain, everything, whether good or bad – all I like because of You. Your beauty and grandeur is expressed through the flora and fauna, through this entire creation. Everything in this universe is attractive and pleasing to me. O’ Parama Purusa Baba, because everything comes from You – because it is all a reflection of You– that is why I find all the expressions to be completely charming. O’ Divine One, You are the reason.

Baba, I have sat for sadhana thousands of times but still I have never had You in dhyana up to my heart’s content. I have not been able to hold You so close in the deep recesses of my heart. O’ my Dearmost, I always hope that You will reveal Yourself fully to me; but up till now I could not get You very, very close. Thus far I could not intimately serve You in my mental lotus, in my Guru cakra. That I could not do. Even then in hundreds and millions of ways, my mind rushes towards You, trying to pull You close to me, into the bosom of my heart.

Baba, please be gracious and eternally remain with me, as my most intimate and dearest One…

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== UPAVASA FASTING: WHY & HOW TO PREPARE & BREAK ==

~ PART 3 ~

(Note: This is the third letter of this series. Links to the first two postings have been linked below. Those letters outline many, many points on the benefit of fasting including step by step, detailed instructions on how to break fast. – Eds)

Namaskar,
Around the globe there is a growing interest in human health & wellness. To that end, people are trying innumerable types of tonics, diets, pills, surgeries, procedures, and remedies to increase their quality of life. But unfortunately, while many do progress, most fall in the wrong direction.

By Baba’s divine grace we Ananda Margiis are in a unique position. He has graciously bestowed on us all the inner secrets and special tips for living a long and prosperous life. Among these many wonderful guidelines, one very helpful process is Baba’s unique system of fasting & breaking fast – as it cleanses and purifies the entire body.

In the general society most have never even heard of fasting, or never tried it. And those who have done it often proceed via improper instructions, thus causing more harm than good. However, in Ananda Marga,
Baba has blessed us with the perfect and ultimate system.

BABA’S GOLDEN SYSTEM

As every Ananda Margiis is well aware, Baba’s expressed teaching is to fast from sunrise to sunrise – thus giving the body’s organs ample time for complete rest and rejuvenation. This is one unique aspect.

And another speciality of the Ananda Marga system of fasting is the special emphasis which Baba places on breaking fast properly. On numerous occasions Baba Himself has told that animals know how to fast but only humans know how to break fast. The point being that there is a definite and proper way to break fast – and this is how the toxins get removed. Thus a wrong technique such as haphazardly breaking fast or prematurely filling the body with food will ruin the entire detoxification process.

Hence Baba has put forth the idea that everyone should follow a rational and systematic approach for breaking fast. And as a review here are a few of those teachings.

OVER-EATING THE NIGHT BEFORE SPELLS TROUBLE

As a general rule, it is important not to overeat and stuff oneself the night before fasting. Certainly we have all seen how this is a common tendency; but, overeating is to be avoided as it delays or even disturbs the body’s cleansing process and makes it difficult, or even impossible, to break fast properly. So to maximize the benefits of a fast, one should take care about the quantity of food taken the evening prior.

A FEW OF BABA’S IMPORTANT GUIDELINES FOR BREAKING FAST

Note: The first letter in this series detailed a step-by-step process for breaking fast and cleansing the system. A link to that letter has been appended at the bottom of this posting. What follows directly below are general overall guidelines for the morning of breaking fast.

[A] Baba guides us that we should give ourselves plenty of time the morning of breaking fast to attend to our spiritual practices as well as for the actual process of breaking fast. Doing everything in a rushed or hurried manner and then running off to the office or catching a bus is not at all advisable. Instead, that will just create more problems as the body is in a very delicate state and needs proper time to re-hydrate and gain energy. Hence, as most require less sleep the night of fasting one should rise early the next morning to have a maximum amount of time for sadhana etc.

[B] Another invaluable guideline which Baba has given is the great emphasis He places on drinking water and hydrating the body.

“To maintain the internal functions of the body without hindrance and to maintain the internal liquid balance, everyone should drink a sufficient quantity of water.” (Yogic Treatment, Appendix A)

And Baba continues to explain that on normal day a healthy person should drink 3-4 liters as a baseline. So on breaking fast morning when the body is dehydrated it is obvious that we should also drink a very “generous” amount of water – and not just a single glass.

On the morning of breaking fast, drinking an ample amount of water fulfills two distinct purposes. Firstly, by ingesting a minimum of 2-3 liters of lemon salt water the body is able to cleanse itself from top to bottom. The toxins are pulled from the entire body and the entire length of the digestive tract is made sparkling clean.

Thereafter, by drinking fresh water, the second task is accomplished. And that is to re-hydrate the body because after a 36 hour dry fast the body is in need of water. Thus after cleaning the body with lemon salt
water one must drink another liter or two of fresh water to properly hydrate the body. As described in prior postins, this two-fold process of water drinking has to be completed prior to taking any solid food.

[C] When the body is cleansed and hydrated then one can eat a few ripe bananas by chewing them properly to promote smooth and easy digestion. This will give some calories to energize the body and when these bananas have properly settled in the stomach (approximately 20-25 minutes) one should again drink water before taking a light meal of well hydrated rice and vegetables or other food commonly available in your locale.

[D] So these are some of the key points yet no doubt there are various other detailed steps about breaking fast that others have already written about.

GREAT RESULTS

The grand outcome of all of this is a dynamic and wonderful cleansing process which consumes the entire body.

“As a result of fasting, the poisonous and unproductive waste of the body gets destroyed and expelled.” (Caryacarya – 3)

Thus by Baba’s complete system of fasting and breaking fast all the toxins get removed and the body becomes vibrant and pure.

WHAT ONE WT HAS PUBLISHED IN THEIR BOOK

In a book, one WT has published “tips” how to break fast, yet what is written in that book runs counter to Baba’s perfectly prescribed system and guidelines. For the awareness of all and to clear the matter entirely, we should all be aware about the defective approach being advocated by this WT.

THE ANANDA MARGA PRESCRIBED SYSTEM:

WATER DRINKING

Per the Ananda Marga system, one should drink 3 – 4 liters of water (or more if needed) on the morning of breaking fast. Initially, for the first two liters or so, that water will be heavily salted, lemon water, and the as one begins clearing and cleansing, the water will be less salted, until finally one will drink fresh water, i.e. without any salt.

Here the emphasis is on drinking sufficient quantity of water to both cleanse and then rehydrate the system. One lone glass of water will never be enough.

FAULTY RECOMMENDATION #1

But instead of follow Baba’s expressed guideline, that WT recommends: “Break the fast the next morning after sunrise with a glass of lemon juice (about 1/4 of a fresh lemon in a glass of water), with a little salt or honey.”

As we know, drinking only a single glass of lemon water on the morning of breaking fast will never ever suffice. That is like placing a tiny drop of water in the desert. A mere small glass of water is nothing compared to what the body really needs.

Furthermore, one cannot cleanse the body with that paltry amount of fluid. In which case, all the toxins, previously undigested food, and other waste material will just sit and linger in the body, when fasting is the time when those toxins etc should be evacuated. And that is what occurs when one follows the proper system for breaking fast, i.e. drinking a sufficient quantity of water (3 – 4 liters at minimum).

Unfortunately, if one adheres to what this Wt wrote in their book and drinks only 1 glass, then those dirty substances remain in the body and release their negative microvita, causing the degeneration and destruction of the various glands and organs.

Thus on multiple levels, this incorrect guideline of drinking only 1 glass of water is wrong and harmful as it goes against Baba’s expressed teachings. So no one should do like this; we should warn others also. Unfortunately one WT published this faulty suggestion in their book.

THE ANANDA MARGA PRESCRIBED SYSTEM:

EATING BANANAS

After one has fully cleansed the entire digestive tract whereby only clear fluid is released from the body, soon thereafter one will feel hungry. Please refer to the below citation:

“Within ten to fifteen minutes a slight feeling of hunger will come. At that point, you should eat 1 – 2 very ripe bananas – or 3 if they are very small. The bananas should be soft and ripe – not green and hard. Chew them slowly and thoroughly to generate and mix with the saliva.”

Here the point is that the first food after breaking fast will be soft, ripe bananas. This is very soothing for the body as these bananas also help coat the lining of the stomach. When eating the bananas, proper care should be taken to chew them thoroughly so the banana is sufficiently mixed with saliva. This is a key element for promoting proper digestion.

These are Baba’s expressed teachings about breaking fast

FAULTY RECOMMENDATION #2

But instead of follow Baba’s expressed guideline, that same WT recommends: “Then eat 1/2 or a whole banana slowly, biting off small pieces and swallowing them whole without chewing.”

So after drinking only 8 ounces or 1/4 liter of water, now this WT is recommending to eat a banana without chewing it.

Yet for sound health, Baba’s explicit teaching in Yogic Treatments book is that all the food taken into the body must be digested properly. And part and parcel of this process is chewing since this act of chewing awakens and stimulates the digestive enzymes and produces saliva in the mouth – thus allowing for proper digestion. That is why we must always chew our food.

But on this most sensitive time of taking the first solid food after a fast, our WT is putting in black and white that one must not chew their food, i.e. swallowing the banana pieces whole. So this is another negative guideline, given by this same WT, that is contrary to Baba’s teaching.

THE ANANDA MARGA PRESCRIBED SYSTEM:

WHEN TO TAKE FOOD

After one has fully cleansed their system and properly ingested a few ripe bananas, then after some time (20 – 30 min) one should again drink small amount of fresh water. This will temporarily quell any feelings of hunger, and, more importantly, help digest those bananas.

Thereafter, a strong feeling of hunger will arise. This might take an additional 20 – 30 minutes or more. The main thing is to ensure one truly feels hungry. Then at the time, one should eat a very simple, and well hydrated meal.

“After strong hunger comes, take some easily digestible food such as cooked rice etc. Here are a few ore options as well.

(a) If one choose to take fruit then only eat fruit – and avoid taking citrus fruit.

(b) if one chooses hydrated rice and vegetables (kichuri) do not mix fruit with that rice dish.

(c) Top of all avoid heavily spiced or oily food, or processed food. Avoid eating too much dry food like bread, or acidic food like pasta. Aim for more simple food: like soups and kichuri.

(d) Later on in the day, after your second round of food is digested, then it is ok to take some citrus fruit if you wish.

Throughout the day, care should be taken to continue to drink plenty of fresh water in small amounts, but not at the same time as eating. This will help ensure the solid food gets digested properly and it will also keep the body hydrated.”

FAULTY RECOMMENDATION #3

But instead of follow Baba’s expressed guideline, that same WT recommends: “If possible, wait a 1/2 hour and then eat your breakfast.”

So lastly, after not cleaning the digesting tract and without properly hydrating the body, and after not chewing a banana, now the guideline has come from this WT to eat breakfast after just a short gap of time, or even right away if needed.

Without question, this type of approach will create a terrible “train-wreck” in the stomach. In that dehydrated condition, unchewed food is being mixed with a full meal of new food and that is all getting mixed into one mass along with the toxins and waste that never got released from the system. All of which spells disaster for any human being.

This is not the proper way to break fast. No one should do like this. Yet that is what one Wt wrote in their book.

MISREPRESENTING ANANDA MARGA ON THE PUBLIC PLATFORM

The greater tragedy is that what this Wt wrote was done on behalf of all of Ananda Marga. Guru’s name is cited in the text and it says Ananda Marga on the title page etc. That is 100% misleading. Because Baba has given all the best teachings for leading a healthy and sentient life, including all requisite points for diet and fasting. But now if anyone reads the book written by this WT, they will get the wrong impression; they will just see so many faulty guidelines – all done in the name of Baba and Ananda Marga. That reader will quickly conclude that Ananda Marga is not the path for them.

If this worker had written all these wrong guidelines in their own name that would have been bad, but manageable – in some sense. But they did not do like that. They put all those bogus guidelines in the name of Baba and Ananda Marga. That is the terrible tragedy. Because I personally have seen that this book is being sold around the world, in so many sectors, and at so many retreats etc.

MORE PROBLEMS WITH THE BOOK

It is highly unfortunate that the involved WT has written these misguided ideas in a published book that has been translated into multiple languages and circulated all around the globe. Hence the problem or tragedy is two-fold, at minimum.

Firstly, hundreds or even thousands of readers have already been misinformed and anyone following those printed suggestions has been taught the wrong technique for breaking fast – thus causing them harm and difficulty. The book was written to help others yet here the opposite effect is happening.

Next, when this point of breaking fast is wrong then simple readers may think that all the points in the book are wrong. This would be a natural conclusion to arrive at. In which case the common people may also blame that the book’s recommendation of a vegetarian diet is also harmful. Thus this is another negative outcome or possibility.

BABA’S WARNING

This WT erred from the path because they tried to invent their own way that was not at all consonant with Baba’s guidelines. Otherwise what can be the cause. And even worse is that they put those things in print – thus misguiding all. So before following anyone’s professed recommendations we should always evaluate how far those things are truly proper or not. This is Baba’s warning.

“Whatever people learn from the external world – be it from a book of facts or a learned discourse, or any source of knowledge – is ‘prapta vakya’ or ‘relative knowledge’. It is sometimes correct, sometimes incorrect.” (Prout in a Nutshell – 18, p. 6-7)

Thus in the world there a countless books full of wrong information like the section of the book about breaking fast written by our WT.

ONLY BABA’S TEACHINGS ARE BEST

Baba’s teachings are best. They are the Supreme Guideline. Thus whether in the realm of sadhana or fasting, by following His way we will always proceed along the road of progress and welfare.

“Knowledge directly from the Cosmic Mind is true and beneficial for all people in all ages and in all countries. It is called ‘apta vakya’ or absolute knowledge. The books in Ananda Marga [i.e. Baba’s books] are all absolute knowledge.” (Prout in a Nutshell – 18)

This then stands as a brief, corrective summary of Baba’s teachings on fasting and breaking fast. No one should fall prey to the faulty guidelines offered by that Wt, i.e. Didi Ananda Mitra in her book “Food For Thought.”

For more detailed guidelines of Baba’s prescribed system, please refer to the first two letters of this series. Links to those letters are appended below.

BABA’S RELATED TEACHINGS:

FASTING IS NATURE’S WAY OF HEALING AND BALANCING

“Since ancient times many non-human creatures have considered fasting or deliberate abstinence from food as their natural medicine. You will notice that dogs and certain other animals abstain from eating if they feel a little ill. You also often do not feel like eating when you feel somewhat physically out of sorts. Some contemporary physicians advise their patients, and even pressure them, to eat even when they do not have any appetite. This, however, goes against the laws of nature. It is natural for a sick creature to feel an aversion for food, unless they suffer from the disease of overeating. By not eating, certain organs of the body enjoy a temporary rest. As a result, after the fast the organs are rejuvenated and reenergized and a feeling of wellbeing returns to the physical body. So not only in the case of prehistoric humans, in the case of the prehistoric animals as well, the ancient, pure and chief medicine was fasting or voluntary abstention from food.”
“There is a basic distinction between voluntary abstention from food and upavása. Voluntary abstention from food (svecchá-anashana) means to not take food willingly in order to keeping the body healthy (an + ashana = anashana). Ashana means “eating”, so anashana means “not eating”. This abstention from food certainly helps to heal disease. However, imposed abstention from food does not have the same effect because forced abstention creates a suppressed agony in the mind which upsets the mental balance and at the same time also upsets the physical balance.”
“Upavása is undoubtedly a kind of voluntary abstention. However, at the same time there is to some extent a withdrawal of physical activity and a gradual directing of ones mental propensities towards closer proximity with Parama Puruśa. Upa means “near” and vása means “to stay”. Thus the etymological meaning of the word upavása is “to remain near the Lord”.”
“So as I was saying, upavása not only has the benefits of voluntary abstention from food. In addition, this practice is especially helpful for maintaining mental balance, that is, upavása is a medicine for both physical as well as mental maladies. There is no doubt whatsoever that a person’s mental strength is reinforced if he or she observes fast in a systematic fashion. This is a truth that has stood the test of time.” (Shabda Cayanika – 5, Kulya to Kuvela (Discourse 34))

MORE ABOUT UPAVASA

Here below Baba colorfully describes how we are to spend our fasting days.

“‘Upa’ means proximity. And va’sa means to live, to reside. So the upava’sa word means to live near the Lord. In these days of fasting, what the aspirants are to do? Mentally they should live near their Lord. On all other days there remains a balance between external objective adjustment, and subjective approach. An adjustment between objective adjustment and subjective approach. But on these fasting, or upava’sa, the aspirant remains more in proximity to the Lord than in other mundane duties. That’s why these days are known as “upava’sa”. The word ‘fasting’ doesn’t carry the proper sense or the proper spirit of the term ‘upava’sa’. To go without food, for this the proper word is anasan. ‘An’ means not, ‘asan’ means eating. And not upava’sa. So these ekadashii, amava’sya, and purnima they are, upava’sa. Do you follow?” (Ánanda Vacanámrtam Part 6)

And Baba’s next guideline further details how fasting days are perfect for an enhanced spiritual routine.

“These fixed [fasting] days are called upavasa since during these days people keeping their minds engaged in spiritual matters ‘live closer’ to God, and any possibility of mental degradation is averted: their humanity is not endangered by the lengthening shadows of annihilation.” (Namah Shivaya Shantaya, p.188)

By all this we an understand that on fasting days one can enjoy heightened spiritual awareness and thus deepen their devotional link with Parama Purusa– Baba.

Here following Baba says more about the process of upavasa.

Baba says, “Upavasa in the sense of fasting is also useless…if one does real upavasa that can do a lot. The scriptural meaning of uspavasa is– by derivation– upa which means “near”, and va’sa, which means “to stay”. Upa’vasa therefore means “to make the mind stay near Parama’tma'”. In other words, it means to withdraw the mind from thoughts of physicalities and keep it near Parama’tama’. The sanskrit word for fasting as such is anashana [remaining hungry / starving].” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 23, p. 36-7)

Namaskar,
In Him,
Satyanarayan Deva

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Date: Sat, 06 Apr 21:08:58 -0400
From: Donald_G
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Luna, Lunar, Lunatic, Fasting

Baba

This entire email is composed of 2 parts:
(1) Posting: Luna, Lunar, Lunatic, Fasting
(2) Prabhat Samgiita #126
Each section is demarcated by asterisks (***)

== LUNA, LUNAR, LUNATIC, FASTING ==

Namaskar,
With the coming of the new moon, we should once again reflect on the importance of our fasting system.

Baba has given all the practices of Ananda Marga for our health and well-being. His guidelines are beneficial for every human being. One reason for this is that our Ananda Marga practices abide by the laws of nature. Everything we do is consonant with the natural world.

And this applies to our fasting system as well – it is done according to the phases of the moon. By this way we are able to grow healthy and strong and avoid disturbances to our body and mind caused by the pull of the moon.

EFFECT OF THE MOON ON THE BODY

It is commonly known that the gravitational pull of the moon affects the human body. And in particular during the periods of the new and full moon, it adversely affects the human structure.

“On and around the times of new and full moon, one may observe that the gaseous and aqueous factors in the body rise up into the head and chest, creating an uncomfortable feeling.” (Carycarya – 3)

In essence, Baba guides us above that the moon pulls the liquid portion – or the water of the body – upwards and that creates undue pressure on the “head and chest”.

So just as it is scientifically proven that the tides of the ocean are dictated by the phases of the moon, similarly the liquid factor in the human body is also affected by the phases of the moon.

During the period of the new and full moon, the pull of the moon impairs the functioning of the human body by drawing the gas and liquid upwards.

That is the well-founded idea in Ananda Marga. That is Baba’s explicit teaching.

AS GOES THE BODY, SO GOES THE MIND

By our system of yoga, we also know that the mind and body are highly linked. Thoughts affect the health of the body, and the condition of the body affects the mind, positively or negatively.

For example, suppose you are sitting outside and involved in a deep discussion. Suddenly a poisonous ant bites you on your leg. Even though that bite occurred on the leg – and not the head, that bit will be a distraction to the mind, and you will lose your train of thought. This is the way it works.

Generally speaking, when the physical body is affected, then the flow of mind is altered as well.

So when the body is adversely affected by the moon – due to uneasy pressure etc – then the mind is also affected. This is the common theorem. Because if there is a problem in the body then the mind will be drawn to that pain or that discomfort, in which case the mind will not function in its normal manner.

This we all know and we have seen often in the case of people who suffer from most any physical disease or syndrome. General citizens suffer tremendously in the psychic sphere due to physical illness. This always happens – unless one is properly or even highly developed in the spiritual realm etc.

But even then, even if one is highly spiritually evolved, if the entire body is put under anesthesia then the mind becomes dysfunctional. Thus, there is a very clear and direct link between the body and mind

LUNACY AND LUNATICS

So now we come to the point of the full moon, our fasting, and irregular and abnormal behaviour. Because when it is sure that the moon affects the body, and the body affects the mind, then it is clear that the presence of the full moon changes one’s mental condition, and hence behaviour.

This is evident by the languages as well.

The Latin word for moon is ‘luna’. And not coincidentally, that ‘luna’ is the root of the words ‘lunacy’ and ‘lunatic’.

It has long been observed that abnormal behaviour – or lunacy – increases at the time of the full moon.

More extreme types of crimes are seen during the full moon; there are more visits to counselors & social workers; hospital visits are increased; and various types of unusual behaviour is more noticeable during times of the full moon. This is the commonly human experience.

The yogic response is that since the body is negatively affected by the full moon, the mind also gets negatively affected. That is why Baba recommends we fast during the periods of the full and new moon as that will counteract the harmful effect of the new and full moon.

Baba says, “On and around the times of new and full moon, one may observe that the gaseous and aqueous factors in the body rise up into the head and chest, creating an uncomfortable feeling. Therefore, if a person does not take food at these times, these factors will be drawn down from the higher portions of the body to the lower portions, thereby alleviating the uncomfortable feeling.” (Caryacarya – 3)

OUR ANANDA MARGA PRACTICE

So the moon certainly affects the body which then infringes upon the normal functioning of mind. Just as the affect of anesthesia on the body causes the mind to become dysfunctional.

To counteract the effect of the moon, Baba directs us to fast during the periods of the new and full moon.
By following Baba’s directive to fast during those lunar periods, we are rescued and saved from the harmful effects of the moon – both in the physical and psychic spheres.

One thing is also certain: When the physical body is adversely affected, such as during the time of the new and full moon, then sadhana is difficult. Because of undue pressure in the higher cakras etc.

Fasting alleviates the problem cent-per-cent. Because there is no excess water that can be pulled higher up in the body which creates an uncomfortable feeling in the chest and head. Hence, sadhana can easily be done.

And fasting also protects us from other ill effects of the moon such as indigestion, headaches, and, yes, lunacy.

Our Ananda Marga practice of fasting during the full and new moon periods, either 2 times monthly or 4 times monthly, keeps us physically healthy, mentally balanced, and spiritually inclined. The benefits occur in all three realms.

SADGURU’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, by following the guidelines of 16 Points, such as fasting etc, we can move smoothly and swiftly ahead towards our cherished Goal.

Baba says, “In order to march ahead on the road of human welfare, we will have to strengthen ourselves in all the arena of life. The complete seeds of welfare in all the spheres – physical, mental, moral, social and spiritual – are embedded in the sixteen points. Hence be firm on the sixteen points.” (Ananda Vanii #45)

Namaskar,
In His service,
Divyajyoti

Prabhat Samgiita

PS Introduction: This below song can be interpreted both literally as well as metaphorically. When taken literally it represent the passing of one calendar year. When view symbolically, it can be understood as moving from one phase into a whole new era: From one’s old life into a new life.

“Ek parikrama’r halo anta…” (PS 126)

Purport:

By the grace of Baba, the New Year is on the horizon; it is about to come. One cycle of the seasons is complete. The days are passing; the years are flying by. Time is moving on. So many flowers have wilted and fallen to the ground; so much fruit have ripened and fallen to the earth. So many things have happened; so many events have transpired; so many life experiences have come and gone. How the year has passed.

This year was enmeshed in the very marrow of my existence; it was part of who I am. The year passed with so many joys and so many sorrows, with so much laughter and so many tears, with so much song and dance, as well as with so much disappointment and heartache. So many positive and negative things have happened in my life. Alas, this year has passed to some unknown place, waning into the far-off oblivion – now today it is gone.

Those who come on this earth – those who have taken birth – one day pass away and go. And those who have departed from this mortal world, one day return. Everyone leaves only to come back again. Those who float in the distant blue sky, return in newer and newer forms, shapes, and ways, by Baba’s grace. The New Year is on the horizon; it is about to come. One cycle of the seasons is complete, by His grace…

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Date: 29 Mar 2013, 21:37:41
From: “Piyusa Deva” 


Baba

This letter contains two parts:
1. Posting: Re: Upavasa: Why & How to Prepare & Break #2
2. Prabhat Samgiita #4380

== UPAVASA: WHY & HOW TO PREPARE & BREAK ==

~ Part 2 ~

(Note: This is the second letter in this series. A link to the first letter has been appended below. – Eds)

Namaskar,
As we all know, fasting is a special practice whereby one’s entire system gets cleansed and purified. By allowing the organs to rest and collect the toxins, the body gets the opportunity to rejuvenate itself. Breaking the fast properly with a thorough cleansing process is an indispensable feature of fasting – otherwise much of the benefits are lost.

Each and every Ananda Margii understands that Baba has blessed us with the gifts for a fruitful life. He has graciously bestowed upon us the needed tools, guidelines, and “know-how” for a pristine and sweet existence. And while so many of His teachings lead us in this direction, certainly His divine guidelines about fasting are also an essential ingredient. It is by this wonderful process of regular fasting that our whole entire being gets cleansed and purified – in all the realms of life: physical, mental, and spiritual. And that propels us forward towards our cherished Goal.

So by doing the whole fasting and breaking process in a sincere and complete manner, an innumerable amount of “health and wealth” is aroused in the human structure such that the body and mind glisten with purity and lightness.

BABA WATCHES FOR OUR WELFARE

That is why we all know that Baba Himself is very strict with all margiis and acaryas on the point of fasting. He wants that we should derive all the many benefits from this great practice. Indeed, in multiple ways, He reminds us that always He is watching. This following teaching is leading in that exact manner.

“Suppose, a gentleman is undergoing fasting, and secretly in a closed room, he takes chocolate. ‘No one will know, nobody will know.’ But it is not so. His unit cognition will know that he has taken chocolate. And similarly, the Cosmic Father will know that in a particular room one unit body took chocolate very secretly, and that unit body is still thinking, that the fact that he took chocolate on a fast-day is not known to anybody. It is known to everybody. Nothing is a secret.” (1)

Hence, Baba is acutely aware of exactly what happens – as well as what does not happen – on our each and every fasting day. And He wants that we sincerely follow His guideline as this is for our welfare.

BABA POINTS OUT ON THE POINT OF FASTING

That is why in dharma samiiksa and in all types of reporting sessions, Baba used to point out sadhakas on the point of fasting in front of one and all. And if one person was pointed out it was understood that if others are also falling into this same category then they should also rectify themselves. That was the spirit. It was not just that Baba was speaking to only one individual on such occasions.

Some people would wonder why Baba was pointing out margiis or Wts in front of the collective, as opposed to informing them individually. The reason for this is that Baba did not have the time to speak to each and every individual on each and every particular point. So by highlighting a particular sadhaka’s mistake in front of the collective, then if 4 or 5 others were doing the same wrongdoing then naturally they would get also alarmed. And the feeling would come that they too should rectify themselves. As they understood that Baba is very concerned and strict on this point.

Plus, another reason is that naming the defects on the collective platform was a good way of reminding one and all. Because day after day or every few days if He was pointing out a different margii or Wt on the point of fasting, then it automatically became a reminder to all those present that this was something important. So if anyone was attending the reporting for an entire week or two week period, then they would get numerous reminders.

And invariably they would spread that idea to others who did not attend.

Here we should keep in mind that as Guru Baba was pointing out the defects of disciples from the very beginning, not just in later years. From the Jamalpur era up to the grand DMCs in the late 80’s, Baba would point out, benevolently scold, and His shower love. This was all done for our welfare. By this way we could grow and move on towards Supreme fulfillment. Baba is the dharma Guru and His special quality is to both love and punish.

“The preceptor must also be nigraha (capable of inflicting punishment) and anugraha (capable of bestowing grace). One who punishes only or who bestows grace only is not an ideal preceptor.” (2)

WHY POINT OUT IN COLLECTIVE SETTING

Hence overall there were at minimum two distinct reasons for pointing people out in front of the collective:

(a) A lack of time to speak to everyone on an individual basis and by this way it was a good reminder to one and all. Thus within a short period Baba could rectify and instill proper practices within countless sadhakas within the entire Marga. Overall we can say it was His special technique and blessing.

(b) Baba is very strict on the point of fasting. And He wants that we should all be sincere on this very point. As He tells us again and again in various ways that indeed He is always watching our each and every action to ensure our welfare.

Here then are more points about the great benefits of fasting.

UPAVASA PURIFIES THE PHYSICAL BODY

On the physical plane, fasting plays a direct and significant role. Because the whole health and balance of the physical body revolves around the stomach. Non-sadhakas may raise their eyebrows about such a statement, but those with just a little inner understanding about their bodily systems and functions recognise that the stomach is the nucleus and the most integral organ for maintaining human health on a day to day basis.

Because only in the case of the stomach does something from the external environment actually enter inside the body. And that “something” which enters is food which gets deposited directly into the stomach; and then in turn the various nutritional (and not-so-nutritional) components get distributed throughout the body via the bloodstream. But the stomach is the starting point.

So if the stomach is not in good working order and if it cannot do its job properly, then the immediate effect is that the limbs and the various body parts and organs get adversely affected and diseased.

And what results are problems like: Acidity, gout, rheumatism, obesity, skin diseases, and ultimately cancer, heart disease, and more. All of this starts with the initial onset of difficulties in the stomach. And in numerous chapter of Yogic Treatment book, Baba clearly describes this. Yet, as we may have experienced, the practice of regular fasting naturally controls all these problems. Because before any real difficulty develops the health of the human body is restored. That is why most sadhakas do not suffer from the aforementioned physical ailments and diseases. Instead we enjoy a strong state of health.

And if per chance any problem does arise, then in numerous chapters of His Yogic Treatment book, Baba prescribes fasting as a cure. Hence fasting is an excellent resource and remedy for various physical ailments and diseases as it helps purify the entire body

“Fasting is also included in the scope of Pramitaha’r, because it gives rest to the digestive organs and frees the body from so many ailments.” (3)

“During fasting the body’s organs get a good rest, and the healing process is more rapid.” (4)

Thus those who fast regularly maintain a healthy and vibrant existence and find that the body becomes completely habituated and adjusted to this cycle of fasting. Such that the body is anxious and ready for the next fasting as the day approaches. This is the common experience of many sadhakas. And by this way the body keeps itself neat and clean.

UPAVASA BRINGS MENTAL CLARITY AND SHARPNESS

In addition, on the mental plane also fasting has a tremendous effect. Because we have all experienced that after a big meal we tend to feel sleepy, tired, and even a bit dull. This is the common problem and the reason behind this is that when we ingest food then that blood has to race to the stomach to help in digestion. And in that way less fresh oxygenated blood goes to the brain.

So during fasting none of the body’s crucial resources get diverted towards the stomach. In which case the body can better support one’s mental functioning.

That is why on fasting day sadhakas experience a distinct clarity of thought and mental freshness. The mind is flexible and sharp as it is not dragged down by bodily functions such as digestion.

Another everyday example of this phenomenon is that just before an exam or important meeting or debate, then no student or professional person will eat a large meal. Otherwise their mental faculties will be significantly hampered.

That is why in numerous traditions people proclaim that a light stomach equals a light mind. And fasting is an exceptional method for enhancing mental concentration and energy.

UPAVASA INVITES BENEFITS IN SPIRITUAL LIFE

The benefits of fasting in spiritual life are well known to all. No doubt initially at the very beginning one may feel that it is difficult to do sadhana on fasting days. But with just a little effort many sadhakas experience very good sadhana on those days since all of the body’s energy can be utilised for spiritual pursuits. And Baba’s guideline below is pointing in this same direction.

“As a result of fasting, the poisonous and unproductive waste of the body gets destroyed and expelled. Moreover, the energy that is not expended in digesting food can be utilised for other purposes. Therefore, a fast day is an excellent time for sadhana.” (5)

FASTING IS NOT ONLY FASTING BUT UPAVASA

Here below Baba colorfully describes how we are to spend our fasting days.

“‘Upa’ means proximity. And va’sa means to live, to reside. So the upava’sa word means to live near the Lord. In these days of fasting, what the aspirants are to do? Mentally they should live near their Lord. On all other days there remains a balance between external objective adjustment, and subjective approach. An adjustment between objective adjustment and subjective approach. But on these fasting, or upava’sa, the aspirant remains more in proximity to the Lord than in other mundane duties. That’s why these days are known as “upava’sa”. The word ‘fasting’ doesn’t carry the proper sense or the proper spirit of the term ‘upava’sa’. To go without food, for this the proper word is anasan. ‘An’ means not, ‘asan’ means eating. And not upava’sa. So these ekadashii, amava’sya, and purnima they are, upava’sa. Do you follow?” (6)

And Baba’s next guideline further details how fasting days are perfect for an enhanced spiritual routine.

“These fixed [fasting] days are called upavasa since during these days people keeping their minds engaged in spiritual matters ‘live closer’ to God, and any possibility of mental degradation is averted: their humanity is not endangered by the lengthening shadows of annihilation.” (7)

By all this we an understand that on fasting days one can enjoy heightened spiritual awareness and thus deepen their devotional link with Parama Purusa– Baba.

Here following Baba says more about the process of upavasa.

“Upavasa in the sense of fasting is also useless…if one does real upavasa that can do a lot. The scriptural meaning of uspavasa is– by derivation– upa which means “near”, and va’sa, which means “to stay”. Upa’vasa therefore means “to make the mind stay near Parama’tma'”. In other words, it means to withdraw the mind from thoughts of physicalities and keep it near Parama’tama’. The sanskrit word for fasting as such is anashana [remaining hungry / starving].” (8)

Namaskar,
In Him,
Piyusa

REFERENCES
1. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 12
2. Ananda Marga Ideology Way of Life – 9
3. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 12
4. Yogic Treatments, p.95
5. Caryacarya – 3
6. Ánanda Vacanámrtam Part 6
7. Namah Shivaya Shantaya, p.188
8. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 23, p. 36-7

Note: LINK TO FIRST LETTER IN THIS SERIES

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“Maneri gahane tumi a’cho, a’cho prabhu sada’ jege a’cho…” (Prabhata Samgiita 4380)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Divine Entity, You remain always in the depths of my mind – You never leave me. I am never alone. Baba, You are always awake. You go on working day and night, beyond time. You never tire or stop. Baba, whatever You want to do, You go on doing.

O Parama Purusa, this whole expressed universe is Your eternal game. You are ever-present: beginningless and endless. You are ever intoxicated in Your divine flow. You are the Goal of everyone – everyone wants You. You are remaining with one and all.

Baba, only those trying to come close to You by their virtuous deeds, shravan, manan, nididhyasana, & dhyana, are able to come to You. Only they are able to realise You and have Your grace and proximity.

Baba, You are grace-Personified…

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Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:

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(3) Trailer Quote: Children Learn Deception In The Home
(3) Prabhat Samgiita #801;

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== UPAVASA: WHY & HOW TO PREPARE & BREAK ==

~ Part 1 ~

Namaskar,
As we all know, fasting is one of the significant and important gifts which Baba has graciously bestowed upon us for maintaining human health and leading a spiritual life. This entire letter discusses numerous aspects of the practice of fasting – including the all-important point & practical method of how to break fast.

Here following are many of the topics contained in this entire subject:

Universal and Natural Law ~ Animal Existence vs Human Life ~ Nature’s Perfect Remedy: Fasting ~ Animals follow Natural Law, Human Eat Mostly out of Greed ~ Fasting for Health: A Purification Process ~ AM’s Approach to fasting ~ Fasting and Longevity ~ Humans Know How to Break ~ System of Breaking ~ Wrong Breaking Invites Harm ~ Water Needed for Digestion & Whole Body System ~ Work of the Small and Large Intestine ~ Proper Cleaning Necessary ~ Use of Lemon Water ~ ‘Rounds’ for Breaking ~ Individual Needs ~ Gentle Process ~ Maintain Prama when Breaking ~ Warning and Guidelines ~ Stages of Cleaning ~ What and When to Eat ~ Taking Banana ~ Baba’s Special Blessing ~ Baba’s Complete System ~ Proper Interest and Care Needed ~ Optimal Health ~ Suggestions from Others ~ Healthy and Happy in All the Realms.

HUMANS ABUSE THEIR FREEDOM

Parama Purusa has created this world in a well-balanced way. And within this creation there is both animal existence and human life, with a unique difference separating the two.

Animals are fully bound by natural law. They have no option but to strictly adhere to the rules of prakrti; whereas human beings have been given freedom or dominion to make choices and exercise their will, within a certain degree.

Yet nature itself has been devised in such a perfect way that animals always advance and benefit from following natural law. In that sense, animals are comparatively more fit and healthy than common human beings because animals are forced to follow nature’s ways, while humans have some scope to go against natural law, should they desire. And this whole equation, with regards to animal life and human life, is especially true with regards to food and fasting.

FASTING: A NATURAL LAW

For example, when an animal gets sick, in their natural way they refrain from taking food until they regain their health. Refraining from ingesting food – i.e. fasting – is the very tool by which animals heal themselves and recover from their sickness. So animals do not eat food for taste per se, but as a means of survival and recovery according to the dictates or laws of nature.

So Parama Purusa has created this beautiful universe in such a way that everything goes on according to natural law. Within this, fasting is a special method for curing oneself if the body is not functioning properly.

HUMAN FOOD HABITS: IMPROPER & PROPER

Sometimes humans disobey natural law, and in this materialistic era especially, some persons eat food excessively out of greed. When they see food, they desire to eat it – whether it suits them or not.

Those human beings – who are sensitive and follow the codes of yogic life – develop an inner sense of when to take food and when not. When the body is sick then they do not like to eat food. And that is the natural system to cleanse the body, enhance its functioning and make it perfect and pure. For thousands of years yogis have been following this approach.

Through fasting, toxins and waste are removed; and the body is given opportunity to recover and ultimately reach to a higher state of functioning and wellness.

FASTING IN OUR ANANDA MARGA

Hence in our Ananda Marga yogic style of living, Baba has given the system of fasting (upava’sa) whereby He directs us to observe ekadashii as a fasting day. Some also fast on purnima and amavasya. In both cases, whether 2 or 4 times per month, fasting brings about a beneficial effect on the entire body.

By following this system of regular fasting the body becomes conditioned such that directly before the next ekadashii arrives one can internally feel that another fasting is needed.

Those who do not fast are deprived of the unique health benefits; their health breaks down, diseases crop up, and their health problems linger, and ultimately get multiplied.

In the end, they have no choice but to surrender themselves to a local doctor and begin the process of taking medicine on a regular basis.

Baba has given fasting as part of Sixteen Points and Baba has also said that by following 16 Points one will extend the length – and enhance the quality – of their life. So there is a vast difference between those who follow Sixteen Points and those who do not. Those strictly following points like fasting will get an extra 15, 20, or even 30 years of quality living. Thus, for optimal health fasting is a must.

DIFFERENCES IN FASTING: HUMANS & ANIMALS

In their own ways, both animals and proper human beings fast. But some vast differences exist between the two.

(a) Animals fast when the body is sick, but humans fast during sickness, as well as on amavasya, purnima and ekadashii in order to cleanse the body. As a matter of regimen, a person should not eat when sick or when not hungry.

(b) Animals do not know how to properly break their fast, whereas humans have been given the technique.

And it is by breaking fast properly that the body is able to maximize the benefits of the fast. Unfortunately some are not aware how to break fast.

HERE ARE MORE UPCOMING POINTS

~ System of Breaking ~ Wrong Breaking Invites Harm ~ Water Needed for Digestion & Whole Body System ~ Work of the Small and Large Intestine ~ Proper Cleaning Necessary ~ Use of Lemon / Lime Water ~ ‘Rounds’ for Breaking ~ Individual Needs ~ Gentle Process ~ Maintain Prama when Breaking ~ Warning and Guidelines ~ Stages of Cleaning ~ What and When to Eat ~ Taking Banana ~ Baba’s Special Blessing ~ Baba’s Complete System ~ Proper Interest and Care Needed ~ Optimal Health ~ Suggestions from Others ~ Healthy and Happy in All the Realms.

Indeed, fasting is one special process for achieving and maintaining optimum health. As Ananda Margiis, we have all realised the various positive effects of fasting, such as ridding the body of toxins, increased longevity, and enhanced quality of life etc.

Certainly then fasting is a unique purification process and one most significant aspect of this practice is the approach to breaking the fast.

HOW THE BODY IS AT THE END OF THE FAST

By doing a 24 hour dry fast – i.e. without water – and going 32 hrs without food, the body obviously becomes dehydrated. Hence the body is in a very delicate and sensitive state. In that case, if one breaks the fast in an abrasive or hasty manner then not only will they be unable to derive the many benefits of the fast but it will create harm to the body.

PREPARING FOR FASTING

If you are planning to fast the next day then eat a little less quantity for dinner / evening meal. If this approach is followed then cleaning will go more smoothly on breaking fast day.

Other preparations include:
1. Be sure to have 2 – 3 hours of time in order to complete the whole process
2. be sure to have a lemon or lime available for breaking fast
3. be sure to have salt available for breaking fast
4. Be sure to have a few (2 – 3) ripe bananas available.

A FEW POINTS OF AWARENESS

Before getting into the specifics of breaking fast, it should be mentioned that one, two, or even three glasses of water is not nearly enough for the breaking process. In their naivety, some people might drink 1 – 2 glasses of water and then immediately start eating varieties of foods etc, but that way of doing is off base and should never be done.

Rather on breaking fast morning first the digestive system should be cleaned thoroughly – from top to bottom – with water. And when that has been done completely, then solid food can be taken, but not beforehand.

BREAKING THE FAST ITSELF – A “HOW TO” PROCESS

1. Squeeze ¼ or ½ of a lemon or lime into a bowl (ceramic, wooden or glass or BPA-free plastic or anything thing – but not metal.

(The size of the bowl should be least 1 liter. Be sure that the individual cells of the lemon or lime are broken to maximize the juice. That will help bring more juice.)

2. Add 2 teaspoons (flat not heaping) of salt to the lemon / lime juice and mix.

3. Add 1 liter of warm water. (If you add hot water then leave room to add cold water from the sink.)

4. The lemon salt water mixture should be distinctly salty to taste – but not overly salty. If your mixture is not sufficiently salty then little by little more can be added. And if really it is already too salty then simply dilute your mixture by adding more warm water.

(Please be aware: Too much salt will invite nausea and even vomiting – you will be able to recognize this immediately by the taste; too little salt will not allow you to break the fast properly: The lemon-salt water mixture will be misdirected to the urethra, instead of cleansing the colon. Those with high blood pressure should be careful about the use of salt; for those in proper health, kindly know that this salt solution will be eliminated from the body in the next hour or two, so there will not be much of a lingering effect of all this sodium-chloride.)

5. Drink the lemon salt water mixture. Not in one gulp per se, but in a series of comfortable sips and swallows over the course of a few minutes or less, without bloating the stomach. Be careful not to take too much time.

6. After finishing this initial round of salty lemon water, walk around for a few minutes – either in the fresh air or indoors. Do not remain in a seated position. Either stand up or walk.

7. You may gently stretch the upper body by raising the arms on the inhale and then exhaling and gently bending to the side. And repeat by bending to the opposite direction. This gently helps to hasten the cleansing process. If you wish and it is comfortable you can bend fwd and back a little bit, but do not go extreme.

Do not sit down and remain still as that will severely hinder the process of clearing. Do not create pressure when you bend forward and back as the belly is full of water.

8. As soon as you feel ready drink the next round of lemon salt water: ¼ or ½ lemon or lime with 2 flat teaspoons of salt, mix, then add 1 liter of warm water.

(Note: It is important not to wait too long between rounds. As soon as the stomach feels comfortable one should again drink. Do not wait more than 10 minutes or so – if you can start drinking the next round before then that is fine.)

9. After the second round, be sure to walk around and bend the torso side to side – or a little front to back. Remember, do not sit down or remain still as that will severely hinder the process of digestion and clearing.

10. If you do not have a strong urge to go to the bathroom immediately, continue to walk and drink warm water with a lesser amount of salt. Lemon is not needed. (1 or 2 liters can be taken.)

11. By this process of drinking & walking, a strong urge will come to go to the toilet– within 1/2 hour to one hour, if you have not eaten too much on the eve of fasting (too much of normal food and or normal of “rich” (high protein and fat).

IF YOU FOLLOWED UP TO NOW AND STILL NOT BREAKING

Note: If the salt water mixture was misdirected to the urethra instead of cleansing the colon, it means that not a sufficient amount of salt was used or you ate too much rich food before the night before fasting. But really for most people 2 teaspoons of salt per liter of water for the first two rounds should work fine.

12. Initially, a very strong smelling brown waste matter will be released from the colon. Thereafter, more and more solids and liquids will be released via the. This will also be brown at the beginning. But do not worry thinking you have been stricken with a severe case of diarrhea. This is the initial stage of cleaning out the digestive track.

13. Once this process of clearing the digestive tract has begun, switch over from drinking a lightly salted mixture and begin taking pure fresh water without any salt. This fresh water will help hydrate the body and aid in the cleansing process. Drinking 1 or 2 liters is quite helpful – both for clearing and re-hydrating.

14. In this process of cleansing one might visit the toilet between 3-5 times, or more. Or you may go less frequently but sit for longer periods. Do not suppress the urge, when the impulse comes go straight to the toilet.

15. The waste material will turn from brown and somewhat solid to yellowish and liquidy until finally being a completely clear liquid. Once completely clear liquid comes, be assured the entire digestive tract is clean – including the intestines, colon, and stomach etc.

16. By this entire process of cleansing a very light and healthy feeling will consume the body. One will feel very happy, fresh, and energetic.

17. Within ten to fifteen minutes a slight feeling of hunger will come. At that point, you should eat 1 – 2 very ripe bananas – or 3 if they are very small. The bananas should be soft and ripe – not green and hard. Chew them slowly and thoroughly to generate and mix with the saliva.

18. After taking a few bananas – be careful not to overeat or fill the stomach – wait until the onset of a a strong feeling of thirst. Then drink a little bit of water, and when a strong feeling of thirst returns, drink a little more water. This will help in digesting the bananas.

19. After strong hunger comes, take some easily digestible food such as cooked rice etc. Here are a few other options as well.

(a) If one chooses to take fruit then only eat fruit – not grain or vegetables – and avoid taking citrus fruit.

(b) If one chooses hydrated rice and vegetables (kichuri) do not mix fruit with that rice dish.

(c) Avoid heavily spiced, oily food, or processed food. Avoid eating too much dry food like bread, or acidic food like pasta. Aim for more simple food: like soups and kichuri.

(d) Later on in the day, after your second round of food is digested, then it is ok to take some citrus fruit if you wish.

20. Throughout the day, care should be taken to continue to drink plenty of fresh water in small amounts, but not at the same time as eating. This will help ensure the solid food gets digested properly and it will also keep the body hydrated.

TAKING PROPER CARE

One should also keep in mind that breaking fast is a highly individualized thing. And one should be gentle and listen to one’s own body when undergoing this entire process.

So altogether, this is one very important and a delicate subject; it needs personal interest and proper care to see what is good and working well for you.

GREAT SIGNIFICANCE OF FASTING

Baba has included upava’sa (fasting) as its own exclusive point in Sixteen Points.

“Observe fast as prescribed.” (1)

And in His supreme ‘Secrets for a Long Life’, Baba lists upava’sa (fasting) as its own entry.

“upava’sa (fasting) at Intervals.” (2′)

And furthermore in Yogic Treatment pointedly remarks how upava’sa (fasting) helps restore the body to it balanced and natural condition.

“During upava’sa (fasting) the body’s organs get a good rest, and the healing process is more rapid.” (3)

UPAVASA IS MORE THAN JUST FASTING

Here below Baba colorfully describes how we are to spend our fasting days.

“‘Upa’ means proximity. And va’sa means to live, to reside. So the upava’sa word means to live near the Lord. In these days of fasting, what the aspirants are to do? Mentally they should live near their Lord. On all other days there remains a balance between external objective adjustment, and subjective approach. An adjustment between objective adjustment and subjective approach. But on these fasting, or upava’sa, the aspirant remains more in proximity to the Lord than in other mundane duties. That’s why these days are known as “upava’sa”. The word ‘fasting’ doesn’t carry the proper sense or the proper spirit of the term ‘upava’sa’. To go without food, for this the proper word is anasan. ‘An’ means not, ‘asan’ means eating. And not upava’sa. So these ekadashii, amava’sya, and purnima they are, upava’sa. Do you follow?” (4)

And Baba’s next guideline further details how fasting days are perfect for an enhanced spiritual routine.

“These fixed [fasting] days are called upavasa since during these days people keeping their minds engaged in spiritual matters ‘live closer’ to God, and any possibility of mental degradation is averted: their humanity is not endangered by the lengthening shadows of annihilation.” (5)

By all this we an understand that on upavasa days one can enjoy heightened spiritual awareness and thus deepen their devotional link with Parama Purusa – Baba.

In Ananda Marga, sometimes we may use the term ‘fasting’, but in reality one means upavasa. It is just that due to the lack of a proper English term that we may say ‘fasting’.

BABA’S BLESSING

I can never forget how in one general darshan, Baba has given the guideline that although animals know how to fast, only humans know how to break their fast properly. Those not aware about this technique should be taught at the earliest. That is Baba’s guideline.

ANOTHER BABA’S BLESSING

“When you are in a mood of pleasure, you should distribute it throughout the universe– let all the hearts of the entire created universe dance in ecstasy. This is the goal of the day: you are for all, you are for the Neo-Humanistic progress of the entire universe.” (6)

Namaskar,
In Him,
Prabhu Deva

Note 1: MORE POINTS COMING

In a follow-up email some further points about this important topic of upavasa, healthy, and wellness will be sent. At the same time others should also share their insights and experiences

Note 2: FASTING ON PLANET EARTH AND BEYOND

We know that our Ananda Marga system of fasting is based upon the cycle or phases of the moon. Yet Baba also guides us that when human beings move to other planets then accordingly the system of fasting will be based on that planetary system etc.

REFERENCES:
1. Point no. 8 of 16 Points
2. Caryacarya, Point no. 5, ‘Secrets Long Life”
3. Yogic Treatments, p.95
4. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 6, Upavása
5. Namah Shivaya Shantaya, p.188
6. A Few Problems Solve – 5

The section below demarcated by asterisks is an entirely different topic,
completely unrelated to the above material. It stands on its own as a point of interest.

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Children Learn Deception In The Home

“Parents deceive their children in many ways. By calling sweet things bitter and pleasant things unpleasant, they prevent their children from enjoying them. But by disregarding parental injunctions and prying inquisitively, as is the wont of human nature, children discover the truth. Then they realize that their parents have been deceiving them. As a result they start deceiving not only their parents, but their friends and classmates as well. So it is abundantly clear that children are taught the first lessons in the arts of lying and deception by their own parents at home.” (Human Society – 1, Education)

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Prabjat Samgiita

“Tumi a’ma’y bha’lo besechile, a’mi toma’r pa’ne ta’ka’i ni…” (PS 801)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, You have loved me and showered me in Your divine blessing, but I did not look towards You. I did not care or pay heed to Your love. Baba, You have graciously bestowed everything upon me. But I did not give You anything in return. Drowned in my own selfishness, I did not surrender at Your alter. In spite of that You love me. Baba, You are do gracious.

O’ Parama Purusa, in those deep, black foggy days of my life, when I was feeling helpless, isolated, and lonely, then You gently held my hand and consoled me and You lovingly kept me along with You. In bleak those foggy days, You got wounded on the thorny path, but I did not apply any ointment to ease the pain. I was so selfish.

O’ Divine Entity, You are so gracious, You always help me in each and every circumstance. In my sorrowful days, when in danger, and when my heart is broken, always You console me by filling my entire being with Your sweet nectar. Even then, in the grand universal arena of Your divine liila, I could not become useful in any work. Due to my own lethargy, my existence could not be utilised. Uselessly, I wasted my time. In spite of this, still You love me.

Baba, O’ my Dearest; You are my own; You are my everything; You have showered Your causeless grace and made me Yours…

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Date: Sat, 05 May 2012 22:56:09 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Hariish Deva
Subject: Ananda Margiis’ Status

Baba

== ANANDA MARGIIS’ STATUS ==

Namaskar,

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)

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.

Namaskar,
Hariish Deva

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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: 09 Sep 2011 21:07:45 -0000
From: “K Lingappa Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: The Way Baba Prepared for Struggle

Baba

== THE WAY BABA PREPARED FOR STRUGGLE ==

Namaskar,
We know, and Baba has told us again and again, that life is not always smooth. One’s progress and movement is systaltic in nature – up and down. So there will always be highs and lows. Everyone will experience such patterns in their life.

This below Baba story is not just the recounting of a very devotional and tantric period in our AM history, but also a practical method for how we are to proceed in day to day life.

THOSE DAYS IN 1971 IN PATNA

Those pre-emergency days in 1971 in Patna, Baba was vigorously preparing everyone for the difficulties that lay ahead. He was teaching so many do’s and don’ts and then checking those things as only a Sadguru can. The scene was both riveting and exciting, as well as full of love and bliss.

Baba, of course, did not say openly that the whole world would turn on Ananda Marga and that we would all be persecuted and put in jail. Only He hinted that there will be a time when the number of margiis will be few and Ananda Margiis will not be accepted etc. Baba was also telling margiis to start stocking extra food in the homes, schools, and jagrtis.

Hearing this though, no one was worried. We all knew that Baba was the Parama Purusa and we rightly felt that nothing could harm us. We heard Baba’s gentle warnings about the future but at the same time we did not really listen.

It is just like if the weather is perfect outside – the sun is shining, there is a gentle breeze, and there is not a cloud in the sky – then if someone says that a cyclone is coming, few, if any, will take it seriously.

Same was the case with us back in 1971. Baba was there and that was enough. We could not think that such difficult days were coming. Trouble was around no doubt, but so was He and that was enough to satisfy us and think that everything would be fine.

HOW BABA LOVINGLY PREPARED US

In the Jamalpur days, Baba graciously gave yama and niyama for our conduct and dealing – for our betterment. In that phase He, of course, also delivered so many philosophical gems like Elementary Philosophy, Idea and Ideology, Ananda Sutram, and so much more. Our do’s and don’ts in personal life though were essentially limited to yama and niyama.

Around 1971, Baba began systematically giving so many teachings related with our personal dealing and way of living – most notably 16 Points. Prior to that some wholetimers were still drinking tea etc, but in 1971 all that stopped.

No doubt, prior to 1971, some had gotten certain practices from Yogic Treatments so a few were doing fasting on occasion and / or wearing laungota etc. But in 1971, those practices and so many more became pervasive in our Marga and were made mandatory via 16 Points and other codes of conduct.

Many may remember that before 1971, in order to have Baba’s darshan, then VSS and in-charges would ensure all had perfectly memorized the Supreme Command. One had to repeat it perfectly either in Hindi, Bengali, or English. Then and only then would they be allowed to enter the darshan hall or room.

But in 1971, that changed. Then everyone had to perfectly recite 16 Points in their exact order. That time Baba also began delivering so many discourses on various aspects of Sixteen Points.

SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Thus it was in Patna that Baba graciously first checked our Sixteen Points in so many different ways to ensure that we were all moving and growing properly on the path. Reciting the mere list of 16 Points was not all that was expected – we also had to follow.

It went something like this.

In the 2nd half of 1971 after shifting the office from Ranchi to Patna due to extreme social tension and unrest, we would regularly arrive – almost daily – at Baba’s Quarters or the jagrti for darshan.

AM was still growing at a good clip, but not at the booming rate as months earlier because the government and newspapers were releasing and printing so much false propaganda about Baba and the Marga.

In that dramatic era, we would all file in to see Baba and when there were 20 or 30 of us, then He would graciously take His seat and we would all be inside the walled Patna compound seated in an open area focused on Him. It was all quite beautiful and charming.

And as I say, those were the days when Baba has strictly checking 16 Points as He was well aware that the Emergency was looming eerily on the horizon.

BABA’S SPECIAL WAY OF CHECKING

In His divine manner, Baba would look around at the margiis present and openly ask us about our practices.

But it would be done in a very special way.

Baba would say, “Gopal, show us your shaoca manjusa. You have such a beautiful shaoca manjusa. It is very nice. Show it to us so everyone may see – after all this is one of our 16 Points.”

Baba had intentionally called on Gopal because He knew that Gopal did not have a shaoca manjusa.

In response, in the course of this loving liila where Baba was watching out for the welfare of all, Gopal would feel a bit ashamed or humiliated or embarrassed, and internally understood that he would have to be more strict on the point of shaoca manjusa.

And in that way, all the other margiis present understood as well that they would have to be strict, lest they get called on in front of all.

Baba would do the same thing with the point of laungota. If anyone present was not wearing a laungota, then that was the person Baba would call upon.

Baba would say, “Oh, Chandra Mohan, I understand you are very sincere in wearing a laungota every day. Is that not so. Don’t you always wear your laungota. Tell us.”

Then everyone knew that Chandra Mohan was not wearing a laungota. Plus they all knew that if next time they did not wear one then they would get called on.

Once all the physical aspects were addressed in this way, from food to fasting to taking bath properly etc, Baba raised the standard to the psychic & psycho-spiritual planes. He would check to ensure all repeated Guru Mantra before entering the room and that everyone was doing sadhana – all lessons – as directed.

So by applying pressure, Baba was teaching and ensuring we were actively involved in 16 Points. None wanted to be pointed out so step by step, point by point, all began following. This was the way things were rolling those days. Baba was getting everyone prepared and ready.

And not only that, in His loving liila, Baba would harshly rebuke and scold in-charges and VSS for allowing margiis to enter without following 16 Points. So they in turn began vigilantly checking to ensure all margiis were wearing laungota, carrying shaocamanjusa, doing pracara and properly following all the various element of 16 Points.

By this way everyone became strong Ananda Margiis and could weather the storm that was about to come.

STILL RELEVANT TODAY

Now in this year of 2011, the same system applies. Sixteen Points will save us from all difficulties and keep us moving in the right direction.

Baba says, “For progress in entitative flow, one is to lead a pure life, a moralistic life, a life based on moral principles. Do not do anything bad. What is bad? Bad is that which depraves human existence. Follow a strict code of morality. Live a pure life, a neat and clean life. Be strict in 16 Points. What will happen? Your entitative flow will get
purified and will be in parallelism with your psychic wave.” (SS_12)

And here below Baba directly states that our strength and stamina will increase multi-fold by adhering to Sixteen Points.

Baba says, “The more rigidly you follow the 16 Points, the more your mental strength will increase. It will increase so much that it will be more powerful than the collective mental strength of 100,000 people. In a psychic clash they will have to concede victory to you. A person who is physically strong can fight against eight, ten or twenty people at
most, but no more than that. A psychically developed person, however, is able to fight against many more people. So you must endeavour to develop your psychic strength – this is your bounden duty. The more rigidly you follow the 16 Points, the more psychic strength you will acquire. It will not take you long.” (AV-7)

Thus in the same way that 16 Points gave Wts and margiis the strength to manage and thrive during the Emergency, today also 16 Points will fortify us in all the ways needed to spread His teachings and gain success.

Let us also not forget that Baba is watching and those who follow His teachings of Sixteen Points will be graced more and more to proceed onwards. That is also His expressed guideline.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace ours is not the path of preya (mundane pleasure), but rather the path of shreya (Supreme benevolence). Sixteen Points is the way forward. Our duty is to follow and make sure other margiis are also following. Then our Marga will be strong, on both the individual and collective level.

Baba says, “…In order to march ahead on the road of human welfare, we will have to strengthen ourselves in all the arena of life. The complete seeds of welfare in all the spheres – physical, mental, moral, social and spiritual – are embedded in the sixteen points. Hence be firm on the sixteen points.” (A’nanda Va’nii #45)

Namaskar
Karun

Note 1: MANY OF THE 16 PT TEACHINGS WERE PRESENT ALREADY

Although Sixteen Points was formally given during the above time period in 1970-71, many of those teachings were already present in the form of various worker and margii conduct rules, Yogic Treatments, and other teachings. By giving 16 Points, Baba codified and explicitly listed all these rules and regulations into one concerted list.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’va’r ki re a’lo elo dhu’lor e dhara’te…” (P.S. #615)

Purport:

O’ human being, behold! Ajana Pathik has come again on this dusty earth. The flood of effulgence has come. Through the medium of longing, You quench the thirst of the eyes. Look, the Lord of Effulgence has Himself come. All the minds and hearts which were crying in suffering and pain, are now dancing in joy. Because, He has come. He loves one and all, everyone. He has come here to remove the suffering, and establish dharma. Because of His advent, everything changed. The sweet breeze is blowing full of fragrance. On this dusty earth, Ajana Pathik has come…

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One Should Always Remember

Baba says, “However little one’s capacity might be, if one constantly remembers that Parama Purus’a is always with him, that they are in the closest contact with Parama Purus’a, they will be able to do everything. They are not as small as they think themselves to be. And as long as they remember this closest association with Him, they can do much more than ordinary human beings. When this idea becomes permanently established in their minds, they become great. This is why no one should be disappointed or depressed in any circumstances; let everyone constantly perform great deeds, remembering that the flow of their capacity is coming from Parama Purus’a, and thus they can do everything.” (AFPS-3, p. 62)
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From: “Dayananda Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Are You Fasting on Fake Days?
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2011 20:41:12 +0530

Baba

“Tumi bha’lo ba’so yadi, eso…” (P.S. 792)

Purport:

Baba, You are the most loving One. But I have hardly any devotion; that
is why sometimes I feel that You do not love me. Baba, when You love me so
much then please come close. Baba, if You are going to judge me by my
virtue and vice and based on that You will decide whether I am qualified or
not, then I do not have any hope because I only possess negative things. I
do not have any good qualities or virtues in my life. So without
considering my virtue and vice– good or bad things– please come.

Baba, the garden of my life is filled with thorns. There is not a single
flower; but, innumerable buds are there. So when You will come then those
buds will surely bloom, otherwise not– they will wither away. But on those
flowers which do bloom, then there You will remain seated. Baba, please sit
on those newly blossomed flowers.

Baba, in my heart neither I have any song nor I have longing to sing the
song. The pollen of my prana has dried up and is floating in the air. All
this happens because You are remaining distant. When I will get the
blessing of Your touch then my whole existence will be vibrated. And all
the negative things will turn into positive ones. And by that way I will be
able to serve You.

Baba, without seeing my virtue and vice please come…

== ARE YOU FASTING ON FAKE DAYS? ==

Note: It seems that some are fasting on fake days. They are taking great efforts of doing tapasya by fasting yet they may not be getting the best results. Following is a very simple process to calculate the proper day.

Namaskar,
There has been some discussion about how to select the proper Ananda Marga fasting day(s) with respect to the oriental moon calendar system. Since we all fast regularly, 2 or 4 times per month, we should understand which days are best to fast – that way we will adhere to Baba’s system correctly and derive the greatest benefit.

Following is clarification about selecting the proper tithi or lunar day, or fasting day in our AM system.

HOW ORIENTAL MOON CALENDAR IS DIFFERENT FROM OUR AM SYSTEM:

A FEW CASE SCENARIOS

Now we all know that in our Ananda Marga we fast according to the lunar calendar. That is Baba’s given system.

However, the Ananda Marga ekadashaii (11th lunar day) does not always coincide with the traditional oriental ekadashii (11th lunar day). So we have to know the difference between these two as well as how to select the proper day.

Let’s take a few scenarios:

(1) Suppose that ekadashii (11th lunar day) begins on a Tuesday at 4am, an hour or so before sunrise. And let’s say that that same lunar day or ekadashii ends at 3am on Wednesday, before sunrise. In that case the oriental lunar calendar will declare Tuesday, not Wednesday, as ekadashii. Why? Because ekadashii was in effect at the time of sunrise on Tuesday, not on Wednesday. In this particular scenario, according to our AM system, we will also mark Tuesday as being ekadashii. Why? Because the majority of the time of the ekadashii (i.e. 20 total hrs) occurred on Tuesday. So in that circumstance our AM ekadashii coincides with the ekadashii of the oriental lunar calendar.

(2) Suppose that ekadashii (11th lunar day) starts at Friday at 8am, just after sunrise. And let’s say that the ekadashii period extends to Saturday 7am, just after sunrise. In that case the oriental lunar calendar will declare Saturday – not Friday – as being ekadashii. Why? Because at the time of sunrise on Saturday ekadashii was in effect. In this particular scenario, however, according to our AM system, we will not announce Saturday as being ekadashii. We will name Friday as ekadashii. Why? Because the bulk of the hours of the ekadashii (i.e. 16 total hrs) occurred on Friday, not Saturday. In that circumstance our AM ekadsahii will be different from the ekadashii marked on the oriental lunar calendar.

The oriental lunar calendar is only concerned with which day ekadashii was in effect at the time of sunrise – then they call that day as the tithi or ekadashii etc. But in AM we select ekadashii based on which day has more hours of the ekadashii period. This same formula applies to ama’vasya’ (new or nil moon) and pu’rn’ima’ (full moon) as well.

Now let’s take yet another example.

(3) Suppose that ekadashii (11th lunar day) starts on Wednesday at 9am, after sunrise. And let’s say that lunar day extends to 4am on Thursday, before sunrise. Then for the oriental lunar calendar, they will not declare either day as ekadashii. Because ekadashii was neither in effect during sunrise on Wednesday nor during sunrise on Thursday. But in our Marga, there will be an ekadashii. We will name Wednesday as ekadashii since the bulk of the ekadashii hours occurred on Wednesday.

WHY THE PROPER DAY IS IMPORTANT

To some naive persons all this talk about one day or another may seem like hair-splitting. And to those who do not fast, certainly they will not find value in this topic. But for all sincere Ananda Margiis, this topc is extremely important.

Fasting on the correct day yields great benefits. We live in a well-ordered universe designed by Parama Purusa Himself. And it is He who has designated the fasting days with our welfare in mind. It is an exact science – we are supposed to fast on specific days for a distinct reason.

Baba tells us that the gravitational pull of the moon effects the oceans of the earth as well as the liquid portion of our body. On certain lunar days that force creates disturbance in the body and draws the fluids upwards creating undue pressure on the higher cakras, thereby inhibiting the mind. By fasting on the proper day we can offset this negative effect by keeping the stomach empty, in which case a vacuum results and the higher cakras are not adversesly affected.

For these reasons and more, we should all be vigilant to fast on the proper day – not some fake day. That means critically understanding when ekadashii is on our AM calendar as opposed to following the ekadashii or tithi on the oriental lunar calendar.

CONCLUSION

The conclusion is that according to the oriental moon calendar, whatever tithi (ekadashii etc) is active at sunrise, then that entire day is declared as that tithi.

In contrast, in our Ananda Marga, whatever ekadashii has more hours on a particular day is the proper tithi.

Those who are sincere followers of our Ananda Marga upavasa system should calculate the correct fasting day for themselves. One should not depend upon anyone else’s calculation. One should have access to a local lunar almanac or website which lists the starting and end times of the lunar days in your area.

Finally, if any sincere Ananda Margii says that dashamii (10th day) on the oriental lunar calendar is always ekadashii (11th day) in our AM system, then they should be careful because this may not always be correct. And it would be unfortunate to consistently fast on the wrong day.

All in all, if anyone does not understand this topic or has any questions, then let me know and I will write more. Finding the proper day of ekadashii is easy to calculate and highly important. Otherwise one is taking great efforts yet fasting on the wrong day in which case they do not get all the benefits.

Namaskar,
Dayananda

Note 1: PRACTICAL WAY OF DOING EKADASHII

The starting and ending times of ekadashii often occur at very odd times such as in the mid morning or evening or any other peculiar time during the day. For sadhakas, this is not the reasonable or rational time to start their fast. To follow the ekadashii fasting schedule in a very literal manner is totally impractical. For this reason, a system has been introduced by Baba to name a particular day (from sunrise to sunrise) as ekadashii. And that is what we follow for our fasting day, not the timings of the ekadashii per se. Baba’s system is most practical and effective for our human living patterns.

Of course, we all know that Baba has also stated that one may fast the day of ekadashii, the day before or the day after. That much flexibility He has given; same is the case with purnima and amavasya. Those doing 4 fastings per month should ensure there is always a 3-day gap between ekadashii and purnima fasting, and ekadashii and amavasya fasting.

Note 2: LUNAR DAYS AND LUNAR YEARS

Here one must know that the lunar day is not 24hrs in length – it varies always. Sometimes it is more than 24 hours and sometimes it is only 10hrs. Plus a lunar year is about 10 days shorter than a solar year; that is why after every 3 solar years approximately one lunar extra month needs to be plugged in.

Note 3: HOW ORIENTAL CALENDAR WORKS

One website has described this phenomenon as follows:

Lunar days in the oriental calendar are called tithis. They are calculated using the difference of the longitudinal angle between the position of the sun and moon. Because of this, tithis may vary in length. Consequently, the tithi may or may not have changed by the time the day has changed at sunrise. And that is why we find at certain times a tithi being omitted, and at certain times, two consecutive days sharing the same tithi.

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Steps of Civilisation

Baba says, “The first step forward in human civilization was the discovery
of fire. The second step forward was the discovery of iron. The third step
forward was the invention of the wheel. That human clan of the prehistoric
era which first discovered fire was considered the most civilized and
advanced clan of its time. Gradually the use of fire became prevalent in
all human communities. Thereafter, that community which first learned the
use of iron leapt over the boundary of the stone age, bone age and bronze
age, and was considered to have the most advanced civilization.” (SC-1, p. 86-7)
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Date: 13 Jul 2011 21:06:41 -0000
From: “Subhash Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Barely Known Point

Baba

“Tumi sudha’taraunge khelicho raunge saba’r saunge niyato…” (PS 700)

Purport:

Baba, since eternity You have been playing Your divine game. By Your
grace it is filled with the vibration of colour and nectar. You are
playing with one and all – blessing everyone. Baba, You never get tired;
You never stop; You go on working day and night. Your liila is eternal.
Baba, even when there was no creation, no planets, stars or galaxies,
and also when there was no existence of the vast sky, when there was
absolutely nothing, then in that great void You were ever-present,
remaining alone. Even before and prior to the beginning of the creation
You were there, emanating with Your divine vibration. Baba Your liila
cannot be expressed in words and language. Since eternity You have been
present and You will remain forever. You are the Supreme Nucleus of this
whole cosmic cycle…

== BARELY KNOWN POINT ==

Namaskar,
As we approach the full moon I felt this topic is most appropriate.

By Baba’s grace, I had His darshan on a few occasions – one of which was
in Patna during the year 1971. Usually when in His Presence, I would
just watch and listen intently, mesmerized by His divine aura.

On this particular occasion, the idea came in mind to note down Baba’s
words and ideas in my diary. So that is what I did.

ACCURATE NOTATION, BUT NOT TRANSCRIPTION

The following is not an actual transcription for publication, but it is
an accurate review of what Baba discussed on that day. Afterwards, my
notes were checked with those of two different Dadas and PA Dada gave
his approval.

I have discussed this below topic on numerous occasions with margiis in
my unit and then I began to think that in this electronic era, more
should have access to this information. After all, everything is due to
His grace and He has come for the upliftment of all. In that case, how
can I rightfully keep this to myself or to my village locale.

I will feel especially graced if any or all of the below helps others on
the path, coming closer to His lotus feet.

THE UNIQUE TOPIC FROM THAT DAY IN PATNA 1971

Specifically, that day was the unique occasion wherein Baba clearly
described why fasting is so important for our human growth and
development and how fasting counteracts the negative effects of the
celestial bodies during certain lunar days, or tithis.

What He told in this Patna darshan is not in any of the published
material (that I am aware of) about fasting. It is not in Caryacarya
part III nor in other publications.

I have since asked many acaryas about this and they too cannot tell if
or when Baba discussed this topic in other places. So this does seem to
be quite unique material.

PART 1:

UPWARD PULL BY CELESTIAL BODIES

In this darshan, Baba began by telling that due to the pull or
attraction of certain celestial bodies like the moon and the sun, the
liquid portion of the earth rises. Baba was detailing how the tides of
the ocean and sea levels are affected by the pull of the moon on
particular lunar days, ekadhashii, or the 11th lunar day, pu’rn’ima’,
and amavasya.

(Note: Of course, the modern day sciences of geology and physics have
verified this fact. The earth’s oceans and tides are primarily
affected by the moon etc and can result in tidal waves and other
dangerous conditions.)

Then Baba began to systemically explain how even the liquid section in
our human body also gets affected on such lunar days (tithis).
Specifically the liquid portion rises up and disturbs the regular
functioning of the brain and other primary organs in the upper regions
of the body. One’s thinking and sadhana are affected on these days.

(Note: As you may know, our bodies are 70% to 75% water / fluid, so when
the liquid portion of the body is affected, its affect is quite dramatic
and can even make people to do crazy things. That is why lunacy stems
from the root luna meaning moon. Due to the effect of the moon, people
lose their mental balance. This is also recognised in the common society)

PART 2:

THE EFFECT ON THE CAKRAS

In the next sequence, Baba began detailing the effects on the cakras.
Because when the liquid portion rises up then the upper cakras are
hampered.

Under normal conditions, the vishuddha cakra (5th cakra) to the
sahasra’ra cakra (7th cakra) are purely for subtle and sentient
pursuits. These cakras are totally sattvika or sentient.

The manipura cakra (3rd cakra) to anaha’ta cakra (4th cakra) deal with
both higher and lower works, both spiritual and physical activities.
Baba has classified these as being ra’jasik, a mixture of crude and subtle.

Then the two lower cakras – muladhara (1st cakra) and svadhisthana (2nd
cakra) – only deal with baser activities, as they are ta’masik in
nature. But as we all know certain crude works need to be attended to in
this life, so those lower cakras also have their purpose.

That is how Baba described it in this darshan.

Now here comes the key point:

On certain lunar days – tithis – like ekadhashii, or the 11th lunar day,
pu’rn’ima’ (full moon), and amavasya (new moon), the liquid portion of
the body rises up and disturbs the functioning of the upper cakras –
i.e. the ra’jasik and sentient cakras, which means the manipur cakra all
the way up to the sahasra’ra cakra are all affected.

(Note: Baba also differentiates between lunar days known as tithis and
solar days known as din in Sanskrit. And it is these lunar days or
tithis which create this disturbance in the body.)

On those aforementioned lunar days or tithis (ekadashii, purnima &
amavasya), due to the adverse effect of the moon’s pull and the ensuing
rise of the liquid portion of the human body, those higher cakras cannot
function normally. In turn, our entire existence is negatively affected.
Our regular and higher functioning of mind becomes impaired.

PART 3:

HOW YOGIS ADDRESSED THIS PROBLEM

The ancient yogis – being practical scientists and researchers – knew
well that the upper cakras could not carry out their normal manner of
functioning on those tithis, so they came up with a solution.

And that solution was: fasting.

Then Baba revealed one very interesting idea. He told us that when one
fasts, a vacuum is created in the stomach – because there is neither
water nor food in the belly – and that vacuum pulls the liquid back
down. That brings relief to our entire system on these lunar days.

(Note: Many Wts familiar with Baba’s discourses that this Patna
discourse is one of the few places, if not only place, where Baba
revealed this point about creating a vacuum in the stomach.)

In that case, when fasting during those lunar days like ekadashii, then
the higher organs are no longer hampered by the liquids which would
normally rise up on those lunar days. Hence, the lungs, heart, thyroid,
brain etc can work smoothly as usual.

That is the great benefit to the physical and mental body during fasting
days.

Baba also then gave proof of this theory. He told that those suffering
from arthritis and gout will experience worse conditions during
ekadashii and other tithis. They will not experience any remission on
these days. Because the liquid portions of the body rises up and creates
problems for such patients.

So for all these reasons and more, fasting is a necessity for human
health and vitality.

PART 4:

OUR PRACTICE IN ANANDA MARGA

Then in a very sweet manner Baba began to discuss about the fasting
system in Ananda Marga.

He explained that our fasting days occur on the following tithis:
eleventh moon (ekadashii), full moon (purnima), and new moon (amavasya).

Then He said how He did not prescribe four fastings to family people –
just two, i.e. the two fasting days of ekadashii. That will help them
greatly in their physical and spiritual life.

Wts are required to do four fastings as they need to engage in more
spiritual activities. Baba was careful to explain that Wts are not, by
definition, more spiritual or devotional than margiis, but clarified
that due to the nature of Wt life, they have more spiritually oriented
duties.

Finally, Baba added that all family people are welcome to fast 4 times
each month, but for them it is not a requirement. Should, however, any
family person adopt the practice of fasting on purnima and amavasya,
then they will not be questioned in any way. If they desire, they may
freely do.

PART 5:

UPA’VASA NOT ANANSA

Baba then clarified that our fasting days are more than just days where
we refrain from taking food. Not eating is known as anashana in Sanskrit.

But that is now our approach.

We call our fasting days as upa’va’sa. Then Baba explained the meaning
several times using various examples and definitions from the realm of
linguistics, and we all repeated and replied.

Upa’ means “near”, and va’sa means “sitting”. Hence upa’va’sa means to
sit or reside or live near the Lord.

Here below is a quote from one of Baba’s published discourses on
upa’vas’sa.

Baba says, “Upa” is a Sam’skrta prefix. In Sam’skrta there are twenty
recognized prefixes, and one of these prefixes is “upa”. “Upa” means
“proximity”. And “Va’sa” means “to live”, “to reside”. The word
“upava’sa” means then, “to live near the Lord”. “Upava’sa” – on these
days of fasting, what are all spiritual aspirants to do? Mentally they
should live near their Lord. On all other days they are to remain
balanced between objective adjustment and subjective approach. On these
days of fasting, however, on these days of upava’sa, one remains in
closer proximity to the Lord than to one’s mundane duties. That is why
these days are known as “upava’sa”. The word “fasting” does not
represent the proper sense or proper spirit. The Sam’skrta term for
going without food is “anashana” – “ana” means not, “ashana” means
eating – not “upava’sa”. But these eka’dashii, amavasya and pu’rn’ima’
days are days of upava’sa.” (AV-6)

The above passage was given in a discourse from 1978. It nicely
complements what Baba told us that day in 1971 about upa’va’sa so I have
included it here.

Let’s now return to what Baba told us in Patna (1971).

He told us that during fasting, one may encounter difficulty in doing
intense physical labour on that day. Some people may not experience any
hardship, but for others doing tough physical tasks may be beyond their
reach. It varies person to person.

In that case on upa’vasa’, one should engage in more intellectual and
spiritual pursuits, and less in physical duties. One should goad the
mind toward higher echelons of philosophy, ideology, and devotional
life. On these days, one should sit near Parama Purusa. That is what
Baba repeats again and again.

Thus our fasting days are not just anashana (not eating), but upavasa as
we are to pursue maximally in the spiritual realm and remain with the Lord.

BABA’S BLESSING

So these are the chief notations that were in my diary from that day.
Because this posting is written in letter format and because it is an
email etc, I have adjusted my notes accordingly, but all the facts and
points are included.

Again I will say that perhaps the two unique points from that darshan are:
(1) A main function of fasting is to free the upper cakras from the
negative effects of liquids rising up in the human body.
(2) The way this happens is that a vacuum is created in the stomach due
to a dearth of food and water and that vacuum pulls those liquids back
downward.

The principles – both physical and spiritual – of our fasting days allow
us all to progress, despite the inherent difficulties of living on this
earth. It is truly Baba’s grace that He has given a method and solution
for overcoming every problem.

By Baba’s grace He has given us all the opportunity and practices to
live eternally at His lotus feet.

Namaskar,
Subhash

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Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 07:22:36 +0530

To: AM-GLOBAL

From: “Deva_Sudhakar”

Subject: Realisation From a Train Journey

Baba

== REALISATION FROM A TRAIN JOURNEY ==

Namaskar,

Here I want to tell my own personal story with Sixteen Points.

Although I struggle here and there in trying to follow all of Baba’s guidelines, I

have immense respect for those margiis and wt’s who properly adhere to

these points. And certainly I try each and every day to implement as many

points as I can. By Baba’s grace sadhana, asanas, fasting and many of the

points have become regular aspects of my life. In this regard, many thanks

to all A’nanda Ma’rgiis for your support and satsaunga.

Ultimately, on a larger scale, I feel following 16 Points does not just

bring welfare to the individual, but to the society at large also; in that

sense Sixteen Points is not just an individual affair, and I think many

feel this way as well.

Anyway here then is my story– or one of my stories– about Sixteen Points.

OVERCOMING SHYNESS IN SADHANA

By Baba’s grace, in the confines of my own home, I have long been

habituated to doing my sadhana twice daily– just as every Ananda Margii

does. My problem would arise when I would leave the house.

For instance, it would often happen that when traveling– either for

business or for AM retreats etc– then I would refrain from doing sadhana

in public. Because I did not feel comfortable sitting and closing my eyes

in the train, or airport, or bus terminal and doing sadhana. It was not so

much that I was physically uncomfortable, but mostly I felt uneasy

mentally– always worried about what others would think of me.

So in this state of shyness and fear, I would sit there and try to do my

meditation with my eyes open– staring out into space. But of course it did

not work. Or I would bend forward as if I was tying my shoe when really

this was my half-hearted attempt to do one of my yoga asanas. And just

forget about doing my dances like kaoshikii & tandava– never!!

In this way I was nearly paralysed when trying to do my AM practices in public.

All because of my shyness (lajja) vrtti, and similar types of psychic complexes.

And the problem is that extreme shyness continued not for one day or one

week– but rather for months and years on end.

HOW IT ALL GOT TURNED AROUND

Then one day the assignment came to travel with another margii to do some

business and then the two of us were going to go together to one of our

AMURT camps. This was the proposed agenda. And I was quite happy and

excited about it.

As we started the first leg of our journey, we got slightly delayed and

sure enough we found ourselves on the train with mealtime approaching.

I hadn’t shared my hesitations about doing sadhana in public with my margii

companion, so I just acted normal as I saw him preparing to do his evening

program.

First I saw him go to the bathroom in his business attire with his shoes

and socks on, and then a few minutes later I saw him return wearing thongs

(sandals) with his shins, ankles, and feet dripping of water. I noticed

that his pants were rolled up nearly to his knees. And when I looked at his

face and saw that there were water droplets accumulated all throughout his

beard, mustache, and on his eyelashes. In addition, beads of water were

dripping down his cheeks and disappearing into his beard. Plus his sleeves

were rolled up past his elbows and I could see that the hair on his forearms

was totally matted down and stuck to his skin since that area was still

quite wet. In sum, he had done half-bath– on the train!

Little by little, I could see he was now preparing to sit for sadhana–

right there in the compartment with everyone watching. With much

trepidation, I also began to notice that other passengers were beginning to

take notice of him and were watching him– some strangely and others in

amusement. Or so it seemed to me.

With my heart beating fast, pretending that everything was 100% normal, I

looked over at my margii brother and I also got up and walked towards the

washroom on the train. I wetted myself down as best I could and found

myself also leaving the washroom totally dripping with water, as I had not

brought a towel with me. Nor did I have sandals. So I walked back to my

seat with my bare feet on top of my shoes– not inside. And I was using my

toes to grip my shoes with each step so that I could advance ahead. Step by

step I slid forward. The whole ordeal was quite awkward and I nearly fell

multiple times, but somehow– by Baba’s grace– I made it back to my seat

without falling on anyone.

By that time, my margii companion was deep into his sadhana lessons– eyes

closed, face serene, oblivious to the world around him.

With much nervousness I began to get seated in padmasana and slyly took a

look around the compartment. It seemed to me that everyone was watching

me– looking on in disbelief that a second person (dripping with water) was

also now going to start the esoteric practice of meditation. I was

completely worried.

But with little alternative– as I did not want to skip my sadhana since I

was traveling with a fellow margii, and because my fear of skipping sadhana

in front of him was greater than my shyness of doing sadhana in public– I

took Baba’s name and closed my eyes and quickly began the mandatory

repetition of my Ista mantra, before delving into bhuta shuddhi.

At first I was quite self-conscious and was wondering if all the

passengers were still looking at me. But then to my amazement, as I focused

on my mantra, a deep serenity overcame my being and I could feel Baba’s

divine presence. With each mantra japa, the anxiety and nervousness drifted

away; by His grace, with each and every second that went by I became more

immersed in His flow.

With that sweet feeling, I calmly proceeded through all my sadhana

lessons– one by one– feeling totally ensconced in His love. I even did

pranayama before my final session of dhyana. Finally, as I got myself out

of my kneeling position after completing Guru Puja, I discreetly took a

look at my wristwatch and noticed that it was far past my usual dinner time.

Then I looked over at my margii brother and I saw that he too had just

completed his sadhana, and he had just begun putting his shoes and socks

back on. In that moment, when our eyes met, he greeted me with a warm smile.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT…

With sadhana properly completed, I was just about to inquire about

proceeding with our normal evening routine when I noticed another passenger

coming towards us.

At this time my nervousness suddenly overcame me and I looked over at my

margii brother. He seemed quite calm and composed. When the passenger came

closer he greeted us in a very gentle and respectful way and asked if he

could join us. We of course agreed.

And then the passenger began to say that he was deeply intrigued with

meditation and that he really admired us for being so dedicated to our

practice that we did our meditation on the train. Then that passenger

called two of his friends over and suddenly there were five of us. And it

was quite apparent how these other three gentlemen were highly impressed by

seeing us do our practices and they wanted to know all about sadhana and

meditation.

Thereafter in a very open way, my margii companion and I shared many things

about spirituality with them. Soon the three gentlemen were listening with

great interest about vegetarianism, meditation, health, channelizing the

mind, and all sorts of topics. Their questions seemed endless and with each

moment their admiration for us grew.

Then to my astonishment, my margii companion revealed to them that we were

actually Ananda Margiis. One of three did not seem to know Ananda Marga at

all. But the other two gentlemen told that they had read some unfavourable

things about Ananda Marga in the newspaper, but that after this inspiring

meeting they would now hold Ananda Marga in an entirely new light– with

new respect. They also said they were interested in getting initiated.

We past the rest of the journey sharing our packed vegetarian meals with

them and spoke at length about the joys and sweetness of our spiritual

path– our AM path of bliss.

REACHING OUR DESTINATION: ‘I MUST ADMIT…’

When we reached our destination we all did namaskar to one another and then

the three gentlemen went in their direction with the address and phone

number of a local jagrti in hand. And the margii brother and I went in our

direction.

When we got to the street, we hailed a taxi and got in. Once inside– in

the privacy of our own taxi– I expressed to my margii companion what a

wonderful journey it had been. We had done our full routine, did lots of AM

pracara, and spent the whole train ride in His sweet flow.

And then I admitted that regrettably I generally forgo my yoga and sadhana

practices when traveling. And I told my margii companion that when I saw

him go for half-bath and come back dripping wet, then that gave me the

courage– or provided me with the circumstantial pressure– to do the same

and also begin my sadhana. Otherwise, I admitted, I would just have skipped

it all.

So I thanked him wholeheartedly for his dharmic example and sadvipra-like

conduct.

AN UNEXPECTED REPLY

With a smile, my margii companion told me that he also had something to say.

He explained that he was totally unsure of himself as he approached the

washroom to wet down his legs, arms, face etc. And he said he was equally

nervous about starting sadhana. Because he said he had never done this

before and that he too skips his practices when traveling alone.

But he figured that since he was traveling with a dedicated Ananda Margii

(that is to say me!), then he felt should move ahead by following Sixteen

Points– because he was thinking that I would do that!

He said that was why he had started his routine by doing half-bath etc and

that if he had been travelling alone he would never have done such a thing

and also would probably have skipped his full yoga and meditation program.

SMILES– AND OUR VOW FOR THE FUTURE

At that point we both broke down in laughter and gradually that laughter

turned to warm smiles. We both felt deeply indebted to Baba for providing

us with the beauty of our AM practices. We also both repented for having

skipped sadhana so many times in the past when traveling alone– all due to

shyness in public. Because on this fantastic journey, Baba had shown us

some of the beautiful things that can happen when one is strict in

following 16 Points.

So we both took the firm determination to adhere to all our sadhana

practices when traveling in the future– no matter what the public venue

might be, and irregardless of whether we were alone or not.

And thus far, by Baba’s grace I can say we have been successful– all due

to His loving countenance.

SIXTEEN POINTS IS WHAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR

All around the globe the vibration has changed: The consciousness of the

people is rising. People are interested in spiritual ideas, in social

change, in health and well-being. In all kinds of sentient things. And in

each and every sphere our AM has the answer.

And one of the best ways to share this with others is simply to be strict

in all our practices: Sixteen Points. Because by this way we can be an

example to the world of what AM is about.

So following 16 Points– in all circumstances– really is Baba’s special

boon on us to be a medium in the establishment of His divine mission.

BABA’S BLESSING

It is Baba’s great blessing that He has showered us in His love and given

us all the secrets for moving ahead in life– unto His divine Lap.

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

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

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

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

sixteen points.” (A’nanda Va’nii #45)

Namaskar,

Sudhakar

Note 1: WHO FEELS SHY TO FOLLOW 16 POINTS IN PUBLIC

Baba says, “Those who are reared in the cradle of materialistic ideologies,

feel shy or ashamed at first to sit in meditation in the presence of others.”

(Subhasita Samgraha, part 3, p.86)

NOTE 2: FOLLOW DHARMA ALWAYS– NOT JUST DURING MAHABHARATA

Baba says, “Those who protect dharma, dharma protects them. One should always

protect dharma, in both big and small ways. If one thinks that they will only

follow dharma in some big events, and not in small ones, then those big events

may not ever come in their entire life. It may be that in their whole life,

besides their birth and death, not a single big event happens. Yet at the time

of birth how can one protect dharma. At that time one is just a small infant

and cannot do anything. That infant is totally unaware about the events going

on around them. Then how can they protect dharma. And at the time of death, a

person is senseless. In that case also how can they protect dharma. For this

reason, dharma should be protected always. In small and big ways– even in

jokes and humor dharma should be protected. Those who protect dharma, dharma

protects them: Dharma raksati raksitah.” (AV-32 (H), p.86-7)

Sometimes in our day to day habits we forget to follow dharma in small ways

such as not using water after urination or not doing bhuta yajina (feeding

animals and plants) etc, and we think that when the next Mahabharata happens

or when there is a battle to establish Prout or neo-humanism, then at that

time we will come forward wholeheartedly and fight. But we should remember that

in the beginning it is needed to follow dharma in small ways. Such as by doing

proper half-bath etc. Yet often we see that we overlook and neglect various small

points then we justify to ourselves that is fine. Because we mistakenly think

that when the big battle for dharma happens then we will be prepared. But we

should remember that such a battle may never happen in our lifetime and if it

does then only those who follow the small points of dharma will really be prepared.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’loker a’nanda tumi dhara’te nebe esecho…” – P.S. 3104

O’ Baba, the blissful Entity, the embodiment divine effulgence, You have

incarnated Yourself on this dusty Earth. This is Your grace. You have

saturated everything with Your divine flow of love and sweetness. You have

changed the dry and rocky heart into something very soft and loving. Baba,

Your sweet smile is unforgettable; Your voice is charming and attractive.

Baba, everyone says that they love You and that You love all. So why

then are You keeping me away. Whether You like me or not, please do not

continue to ignore me– please do not forget me.

Baba, O’ my Dearmost, You are very close. Only You make me aware how You

go on playing Your liila with my mind. Baba You are bliss Personified. You

have come on this Earth to inundate love and devotion. Baba, You have come

in my heart and mind and blessed me with the highest devotion– parabhakti…

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Baba’s Mudra Photo is a Unique Gift…

Baba says, “The Sadguru is saying something, and the deaf or dumb man wants

to hear it but cannot. If one concentrates the mind on Vara’bhaya Mudra’,

there will be the direct effect of positive microvita on the auricular or

other nerve cells and also on the controlling cells, and it may be that all

of a sudden he may get back the power of hearing. One should look towards

this mudra’ and not to anything else. Microvita are radiated through this

mudra’. This is the inner secret.” (MVNS, p.65)

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Date: Wed, 02 Mar 2011 14:37:42 -0400

From: Donald_G

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Lunatic

 

Baba

 

== LUNATIC ==

 

Namaskar,

With the recent passing cycle of the recent new moon, we should

once again reflect on the importance of our fasting system.

 

Baba has given all the practices of Ananda Marga for the health and

well-being of all. So what Baba has given is good for every human being.

One reason for this is that our AM practices abide by the laws of nature.

Everything we do is consonant with the natural world.

 

And this applies to our fasting system as well– it is done according to

the phases of the moon. By this way we are able to grow healthy and strong

and avoid disturbances to our body and mind caused by the pull of the moon.

 

 

EFFECT OF THE MOON ON THE BODY

 

It is commonly know that the gravitional pull of the moon affects the human

body. And in particular during the periods of the new and full moon, it

adversely affects the human structure.

 

Baba says, “On and around the times of new and full moon, one may observe

that the gaseous and aqueous factors in the body rise up into the head and

chest, creating an uncomfortable feeling.” (CC-3)

 

In essence, Baba guides us above that the moon pulls the liquid portion–

or the water of the body– upwards and that creates undue pressure on the

“head and chest”.

 

So just as it is scientifically proven that the tides of the ocean are

dictated by the phases of the moon, similarly the liquid factor in the

human body is also affected by the phases of the moon.

 

And during the period of the new and full moon, the pull of the moon

impairs the functioning of the human body by pulling the gas and liquid

upwards.

 

That is our well founded idea in Ananda Marga. That is Baba’s explicit

teaching.

 

 

AS GOES THE BODY, SO GOES THE MIND

 

In our yoga we also know that the mind and body are highly linked. Thoughts

affect the health of the body, and the condition of the body affects the

mind, postively or negatively.

 

So when the body is adversely affected by the moon– due to uneasy pressure

etc– then the mind is also affected. This is the common theorem. Because

if there is a problem in the body then the mind will be drawn to that pain

or that discomfort, in which case the mind will be not functiong in its

normal manner.

 

This we all know and we have seen often in the case of people who suffer

from most any physical disease or syndrome. General citizens suffer

tremendously in the psychic sphere due to physical illness. This always

happens– unless one is properly or even highly developed in the spiritual

realm etc.

 

 

LUNACY AND LUNATICS

 

So now we come to the point of the full moon, our fasting, and crazy

behaviour. Because when it is sure that the moon affects the body, and the

body affects the mind, then it stands to reason that the full moon and

imbalanced behaviour go hand in hand. Let’s take a closer look.

 

The latin word for moon is ‘luna’. And not coincidentally, that ‘luna’ is

the root of the words ‘lunacy’ and ‘lunatic’.

 

Reason being that it has long been noticed, that people’s crazy behaviour–

or lunacy– increases at the time of the full moon.

 

More extreme types of crimes are seen in this time; there are more visits

to counselors & social workers; hospital visits are increased; and various

types of unusual behaviour is more noticeable during times of the full

moon. This is the commonly held belief.

 

And the yogic response to this is that since the body is negatively

affected by the full moon then the mind also gets negatively affected.

That is why Baba recommends we fast during the periods of the full and new

moon as that will counteract the harmful effect of the new and full moon.

 

Baba says, “On and around the times of new and full moon, one may observe

that the gaseous and aqueous factors in the body rise up into the head and

chest, creating an uncomfortable feeling. Therefore, if a person does not

take food at these times, these factors will be drawn down from the higher

portions of the body to the lower portions, thereby alleviating the

uncomfortable feeling.” (CC-3)

 

 

NOT JUST MYTH

 

The western scientific machine has mixed views on this point. They

mockingly write off the effect of the moon on the human mind and body– or

at the very least they say it is unproven that the full moon leads to

irregular behaviour and crazier antics by human beings.

 

Such scientists write off the luna and lunatic theory as being: An old,

unfounded belief by indigenous cultures; a cognitive bias; a general

misconception; and, a result of the indulgence of the mass media.

 

Thus various, so-called upstanding scientists claim that there is no real

link between the moon and human behaviour, between ‘luna’ and ‘lunacy’.

 

They mosty write it off as myth for the reasons mentioned above.

 

However, this is the same scientific guild that does not recognise the

importance of fasting, the benefits of vegetarianism, the presence of

microvita, the existence of mind, and so many other well known truths of

yoga.

 

Because their body of knowledge is limited to empirical, scientific

proofs– that are often tainted by who funds the study– and not based on

intuition or practical experience, nor the teachings of Taraka Brahma.

For that reason, the traditional western scientific world will always be a

few steps behind the ways of yoga. At least until AM ideals are fully

embraced by science– but that may take a while.

 

 

OUR AM PRACTICE

 

Suffice to say here that the moon certainly affects both the mind and body.

And in our AM, the proof is that for this very reason Baba directs us to

fast during the periods of the new and full moon.

 

And by following Baba’s directive to fast during those lunar periods, we

are rescued and saved from the harmful effects of the moon– both in the

physical and psychic spheres.

 

And one thing is also sure, when the physical body is adversely affected,

such as during the time of the new and full moon, then sadhana is

difficult. Because of undue pressure in the higher cakras etc.

 

But when we fast, that alleviates the problem cent-per-cent. Because there

is no excess water that can be pulled higher up which creates an

uncomfortable feeling in the chest and head. Hence, sadhana can easily be

done.

 

So in the three realms, our AM practice of fasting during the full and new

moon periods, either 2 times monthly or 4 times monthly, keeps us physically

healthy, mentally balanced, and spiritually inclined.

 

And fasting also protects us from the ill effects of the moon such as

indigestion, headaches, and, yes, lunacy.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

By Baba’s grace, by following the guidelines of 16 Points, such as fasting

etc, we can move smoothly and swiftly ahead towards our cherished Goal.

 

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

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

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

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

sixteen points.” (Ananda Vanii #45)

 

Namaskar,

Divyajyoti

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Kare ja’tra’ halo shuru, bhule gechi se katha’…” (699)

 

Baba, when exactly my journey started I do not know; it is not in my

mind. I have completely forgotten the day when my journey towards You

started. Since many lives, by Your grace You have been attracting me– step

by step. By Your causeless compassion I am moving in that divine liila–

reducing the radius gradually and coming closer & closer to You.

How much I suffered on the way and, how many thorns pierced my feet and

hindered my forward movement on the path– that I do not remember. Those

memories are not in my mind.

On the journey towards You by Your grace I crossed the torturous fiery

blaze of the burning desert. And other times I got totally drenched from

the pouring rains of the thunderstorms. But, no matter what the obstacle,

by Your grace You always gave me the strength and perseverance to move on.

Baba, by Your grace You are always bringing me close to You.

So many spring seasons and their beauty have come and I got intoxicated

by that attraction. And in Your longing, in Your divine attraction, You

filled my heart with devotion. And by Your grace I sang Prabhat Samgiita

songs and kiirtan with heartfelt yearning and longing. In this way my life

has passed– sometimes in dark moments and sometimes in effulgent ones. But

through it is, by Your grace gradually I have reached close to You, under

Your shelter. Baba You are so gracious. Baba, You are my everything…

 

 

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Relations with Others

 

Baba says, “Bear in mind that you have a duty towards– indeed, you owe a

debt to– every creature of this Universe, but towards you, no one has any

duty; from others, nothing is due.” (CC-II, ‘Sadhana Section, pt #3)

 

Note: In the dogmatic religions this idea is taught God has created this

whole universe solely for the enjoyment of human beings. That is why they

kill animals and exploit downtrodden people up to the bone without any

qualms.

Motivated by this dogmatic teaching, selfish people’s mind works in that

way. Such lowly people think that, ‘Others have the duty to take care of my

situation and their own situation as well. And they should not bother me

about their own problems’. This is the way such selfish persons think.

 

And if due to some reason that same lowly person helps others then that

selfish person thinks that in the near future they want full return plus

interest of their so-called service. Thus there is no question of duty and

service; these ideals have no place in their mind.

 

Because of all this present day society’s condition is unfavourable–

bleak. All around the west these things are quite common as well as in the

big metropolitan cities of the east. The same problem is there also.

But Baba’s teaching leads in a different direction. In His above mandate

from Caryacarya, Baba is very beautifully guiding that our duty is to serve

everybody– without any expectation from anyone in return.

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From: “Mirabai _Devii”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: For Optimal Health– Part V

Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2011 19:44:25

 

Baba

 

NATURAL WAY OF LIVING– PART V:

 

CLEANSING TOXINS FROM THE BODY

 

Namaskar,

Note: One WT has published “tips” how to break fast and those are reviewed

in this below posting.

 

 

ALL WANT TO BE HEALTHY

 

All around the globe there is a growing interest, and even fascination, in

human health & wellness. People are trying innumerable types of tonics,

diets, pills, surgeries, procedures, and remedies to increase their quality

of life. But unfortunately most of the public guidelines are improper and

push innocent people in the wrong direction.

 

By Baba’s divine grace we Ananda Margiis are in a unique position. Because

He has graciously bestowed on us all the inner secrets and special tips for

living a long and prosperous life. Among these many wonderful guidelines,

one very helpful process is Baba’s unique system of fasting & breaking

fast– as it cleanses and purifies the entire body.

 

In the general society most have never even heard of fasting, or never

tried it. And those who have done it often proceed via improper

instructions, thus causing more harm than good. However in Ananda Marga

Baba has blessed us with the perfect and ultimate system.

 

 

BABA’S GOLDEN SYSTEM

 

As every Ananda Margiis is well aware, Baba’s expressed teaching is to fast

from sunrise to sunrise– thus giving the body’s organs ample time for

complete rest and rejuvenation. This is one unique aspect.

 

And another speciality of the AM system of fasting is the special emphasis

which Baba places on breaking fast properly. On numerous occasions Baba

Himself has told that animals know how to fast but only humans know how to

break fast. The point being that there is a definite and proper way to

break fast– and this is how the toxins get removed. Thus a wrong technique

such as haphazardly breaking fast or prematurely filling the body with food

will ruin the entire detoxification process.

 

Hence Baba has put forth the idea that everyone should follow a rational

and systematic approach for breaking fast. And as a review here are a few

of those teachings.

 

 

A FEW OF BABA’S GUIDELINES FOR BREAKING FAST

 

[A] Baba guides us that we should give ourselves plenty of time the morning

of breaking fast to attend to our spiritual practices as well as for

the actual process of breaking fast. Doing everything in a rushed or

hurried manner and then running off to the office or catching a bus is not

at all advisable. Instead that will just create more problems as the body

is in a very delicate state and needs proper time to be re-hydrated and

energized. Hence as most of us require less sleep the night of fasting we

should rise early the next morning to give ourselves a maximum amount of

time.

 

[B] Another invaluable guideline which Baba has given us is the great

emphasis He places on drinking water and hydrating the body.

 

Baba says, “To maintain the internal functions of the body without

hindrance and to maintain the internal liquid balance, everyone should

drink a sufficient quantity of water.” (YT, Appendix A)

 

And Baba continues to explain that on normal day a healthy person should

drink 3-4 liters as a baseline. So on breaking fast morning when the body

is dehydrated it is obvious that we should also drink a very “generous”

amount of water– and not just a single glass.

 

And, as we have all experienced, on the morning of breaking fast drinking

an ample amount of water fulfills two distinct purposes. Firstly by

ingesting a minimum of 2-3 liters of lemon salt water then the body is able

to cleanse itself from top to bottom. The toxins are pulled from the

entire body and the entire length of the digestive track is made sparkling

clean.

 

Thereafter by drinking fresh water the second task is accomplished.

And that is to re-hydrate the body because after a 36 hour dry fast the

body is in need of water. Thus after cleaning the body with lemon salt

water one must drink another liter or two of fresh water to properly

hydrate the body. As others have described before, this two-fold process of

water drinking has to be completed prior to taking any solid food.

 

[C] When the body is cleansed and hydrated then one can eat a few ripe

bananas by chewing them properly to promote smooth and easy digestion. This

will give some calories to energize the body and when these bananas have

properly settled in the stomach (approximately 20-25 minutes) one should

again drink water before taking a light meal of well hydrated rice and

vegetables or other food commonly available in your locale.

 

[D] So these are some of the key points yet no doubt there are various

other detailed steps about breaking fast that others have already written

about.

 

 

GREAT RESULTS

 

The grand outcome of all of this is a dynamic and wonderful cleansing

process which consumes the entire body.

 

Baba says, “As a result of fasting, the poisonous and unproductive waste of

the body gets destroyed and expelled.” (CC-3)

 

Thus by Baba’s complete system of fasting and breaking fast all the toxins

get removed and the body becomes vibrant and pure.

 

 

ONE BLACK SPOT

 

Unfortunately in one small corner of our present day AM society, one WT is

preaching and publishing something different which runs counter to Baba’s

perfectly prescribed system and guidelines. For the awareness of all and to

clear the matter entirely, we should all be aware about the defective

approach being advocated by this WT.

 

 

FAULTY RECOMMENDATION #1

 

Our WT wrote: “Break the fast the next morning after sunrise with a glass of lemon juice

(about 1/4 of a fresh lemon in a glass of water), with a little salt or honey.”

 

Needless to say drinking only a single glass of lemon water on the morning

of breaking fast will never ever suffice. That is like placing a tiny drop

of water in the desert. Because a mere small glass of water is nothing

compared to what the body really needs. Not to mention that one cannot

cleanse the body with that paltry amount of fluid either. In which case all

the toxins, previously undigested food, and other waste material will just

sit and linger in the body. And those dirty substances will release their

negative microvita throughout the entire body since they could not get

expelled from the body. Thus on multiple accounts this incorrect guideline

of drinking only 1 glass of water is totally wrong and harmful as it goes

against Baba’s expressed teachings. So no one should do like this and we

should warn others also. Because unfortunately one WT published this faulty

suggestion in their book.

 

 

FAULTY RECOMMENDATION #2

 

Then that same WT wrote: “Then eat 1/2 or a whole banana slowly, biting off

small pieces and swallowing them whole without chewing.”

 

So after drinking only 8 ounces or 1/4 liter of water, now this WT is

recommending to eat a banana without chewing it.

 

Yet for sound health, Baba’s explicit teaching in Yogic Treatments book is

that all the food taken into the body must be digested properly. And part

and parcel of this process is chewing since this act of chewing awakens and

stimulates the digestive enzymes and produces saliva in the mouth– thus

allowing for proper digestion.

 

But on this most sensitive time of taking the first solid food after a

fast, our WT is putting in black and white that one must not chew their

food. So this is another “faux pas” or negative guideline given that is

contrary to Baba’s teaching.

 

 

FAULTY RECOMMENDATION #3

 

The WT writer then recommends: “If possible, wait a 1/2 hour and then eat your

breakfast.”

 

So lastly, after not cleaning or hydrating at all, and after not chewing a

banana, now the guideline has come to eat breakfast after just a short gap

of time, or even right away if one does not have an adequate amount of

time. Without question, this type of thing will create one “train-wreck” in

the stomach. Because in that dehydrated state unchewed food is being mixed

with a full meal of new food and that is all getting mixed into one mass

along with the toxins and waste that never got released from the system.

All of which spells disaster for any human being. No doubt this is not what

Baba means when He says that we should break fast in a proper way.

 

 

BABA’S WARNING

 

This WT erred from the path because they tried to invent their own way that

was not at all consonant with Baba’s guidelines. Otherwise what can be the

cause. And even worse is that they put those things in print– thus

misguiding all. So before following anyone’s professed recommendations we

should always evaluate how far those things are truly proper or not. This

is Baba’s warning.

 

Baba says, “Whatever people learn from the external world– be it from a

book of facts or a learned discourse, or any source of knowledge– is

‘prapta vakya’ or ‘relative knowledge’. It is sometimes correct, sometimes

incorrect.” (PNS-18, p. 6-7)

 

Thus in the world there a countless books full of wrong information like

the section of that book about breaking fast written by our WT.

 

 

ONLY BABA’S TEACHINGS ARE BEST

 

Baba’s teachings are best. They are the Supreme Guideline. Thus whether in

the realm of sadhana or fasting, by following His way we will always

proceed along the road of progress and welfare.

 

Baba says, “Knowledge directly from the Cosmic Mind is true and beneficial

for all people in all ages and in all countries. It is called ‘apta vakya’

or absolute knowledge. The books in Ananda Marga [i.e. Baba’s books] are

all absolute knowledge.” (PNS-18)

 

Namaskar,

Mirabai

 

 

Note 1: OVER-EATING THE NIGHT BEFORE SPELLS TROUBLE

 

As a general rule, it is important not to overeat and stuff oneself the

night before fasting. Certainly we have all seen how this is a common

tendency; but this type of overeating is to be avoided as it delays or even

disturbs the body’s cleansing process and makes it difficult or even

impossible to break fast properly. So to maximize the benefits of a fast

one should take care about the quantity of food taken the evening prior.

 

 

Note 2: MISREPRESENTING ANANDA MARGA ON THE PUBLIC PLATFORM

 

It is highly unfortunate that the involved WT has written these misguided

ideas in a published book that has been translated into multiple languages

and circulated all around the globe. Hence the problem or tragedy is

two-fold, at minimum.

 

Firstly, hundreds or even thousands of readers have already been

misinformed and anyone following those printed suggestions has been taught

the wrong technique for breaking fast– thus causing them harm and

difficulty. So the book was written to help others yet here the opposite

effect is happening.

 

Next, when this point of breaking fast is wrong then simple readers may

think that all the points in the book are wrong. This would be a natural

conclusion to arrive at. In which case the common people may also blame

that the book’s recommendation of a vegetarian diet is also harmful. Thus

this is another negative outcome or possibility.

 

And worst of all is that these mistakes committed by this WT were done in

the name of Ananda Marga. Because the book itself was printed by AM

Publications; and not only that but Baba’s name appears in countless places

throughout the book. So naive readers will be misled to believe that the

faulty recommendation given by the WT for breaking fast is consistent with

or part of Baba’s divine teachings of AM. Thus the public will form a poor

opinion in that regard also. Means the sloppy and misguided work of this WT

reflects negatively on our Marga. This is the yet another tragedy.

 

When in fact in all the spheres from relief work to meditation to human

health we are trying to project Baba’s Supreme and seamless teachings to the

general society in the best way possible yet this WT’s book is going against.

 

 

Note 3: WHICH WT IS WRITING LIKE THIS

 

The WT who has given these “recommendations” for breaking fast is Didi

Ananda Mitra. She is the one who is misguiding others on this sensitive

issue of breaking fast. Because it is in her book “Food for Thought” (’91

Edn, pp. 78-9) that contains all these wrongful and indeed harmful directives.

 

 

 

 

Note 4: EARLIER LETTERS ON THIS TOPIC: PARTS 1 – 4

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/01/for-optimal-health.html

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/01/for-optimal-health-ii.html

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/02/for-optimal-health-iii.html

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/02/for-optimal-health-iv.html

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Iisha’n toma’r vis’a’n’ bejeche, alasata’ dure sare geche…” (P.S. 2496)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, Your divine call and thundering voice is resonating all around &

has removed the staticity, dogma, and lethargy from everyone’s mind. Those

negative things which were impeding the path of human progress have

disappeared into the far distant horizon. Now the degenerated state of

dogma cannot remain any longer. Living beings have gotten new life, smiles,

and joy due to the rejuvenating spirit of Neo-Humanism.

The world which was sleeping in the past is getting awakened. New leaves

and flowers are beautifying the green vegetation and trees. Everything has

been filled with the colours of flowers & fruits– ensconced in the feeling

of service to one and all.

Now there are no narrow sentiments or dogmatic thoughts which can hinder

our forward movement. Now there is no one to create obstacles on our path

towards our cherished Goal.

The time has come that, under this free sky and beautiful environment, I

should go on marching forward undauntedly towards You. O’ Parama Purusa…

 

 

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Need of the Day

 

Baba says, “The newly awakened humanity of today is anxious to herald the

advent of one universal society under the vast blue sky. The noble and

righteous persons of all countries, bound by fraternal ties, are eager to

assert in one voice, with one mind, and in the same tune that human society

is one and indivisible.” (AFPS, pt 2 p.25)

 

Note: Nowadays in our Marga society, a few are forgetting this truth. They

should understand that this is not in the favour of dharma. Rather the call

of dharma is to form one human society.

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Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2011 12:57:41 +0530

To: am-global@earthlink.net

From:

Subject: For Optimal Health IV

 

Baba

 

== FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH PART IV ==

 

Namaskar,

Each and every Ananda Margii understands that Baba has blessed us with all

the gifts for a fruitful life. He has graciously bestowed upon us the

needed tools, guidelines, and “know-how” for a pristine and sweet

existence. And while so many of His teachings lead us in this direction,

certainly His divine guidelines about fasting are also an essential

ingredient. For it is by this wonderful process of regular fasting that our

whole entire being gets cleansed and purified– in all the realms of life:

physical, mental, and spiritual. And that propels us forward towards our

cherished Goal.

 

 

PURIFYING THE PHYSICAL BODY

 

On the physical plane, fasting plays a direct and significant role. Because

the whole health and balance of the physical body revolves around the

stomach. Non-sadhakas may raise their eyebrows about such a statement, but

those with just a little inner understanding about their bodily systems and

functions recognise that the stomach is the nucleus and the most integral

organ for maintaining human health on a day to day basis.

 

Because only in the case of the stomach does something from the external

environment actually enter inside the body. And that “something” which

enters is of course food which gets deposited directly into the stomach;

and then in turn the various nutritional (and not-so-nutritional)

components get distributed throughout the body via the bloodstream. But the

stomach is the starting point.

 

So if the stomach is not in good working order and if it cannot do its job

properly, then the immediate effect is that the limbs and the various body

parts and organs get adversely affected and diseased.

 

And what results are problems like: Acidity, gout, rheumatism, obesity,

skin diseases, and ultimately cancer, heart disease, and more. All of this

starts with the initial onset of difficulties in the stomach. And in

numerous chapter of Yogic Treatment book, Baba clearly describes this.

Yet, as we may have experienced, the practice of regular fasting naturally

controls all these problems. Because before any real difficulty develops

the health of the human body is restored. That is why most sadhakas do not

suffer from the aforementioned physical ailments and diseases. Instead we

enjoy a strong state of health.

 

And if per chance any problem does arise, then in numerous chapters of His

Yogic Treatment book, Baba prescribes fasting as a cure. Hence fasting is

an excellent resource and remedy for various physical ailments and diseases

as it helps purify the entire body.

 

Baba says, “Fasting is also included in the scope of Pramitaha’r, because

it gives rest to the digestive organs and frees the body from so many

ailments.” (AV-14)

 

Baba says, “During fasting the body’s organs get a good rest, and the

healing process is more rapid.” (YT, p.95)

 

Thus those who fast regularly maintain a healthy and vibrant existence and

find that the body becomes completely habituated and adjusted to this cycle

of fasting. Such that the body is anxious and ready for the next fasting as

the day approaches. This is the common experience of many sadhakas. And by

this way the body keeps itself neat and clean.

 

 

MENTAL CLARITY AND SHARPNESS

 

In addition, on the mental plane also fasting has a tremendous effect.

Because we have all experienced that after a big meal we tend to feel

sleepy, tired, and even a bit dull. This is the common problem and the

reason behind this is that when we ingest food then that blood has to race

to the stomach to help in digestion. And in that way less fresh oxygenated

blood goes to the brain.

 

So during fasting none of the body’s crucial resources get diverted towards

the stomach. In which case the body can better support one’s mental

functioning.

 

That is why on fasting day sadhakas experience a distinct clarity of

thought and mental freshness. The mind is flexible and sharp as it is not

dragged down by the comparatively crude bodily functions such as digestion.

 

Another everyday example of this phenomenon is that just before an exam or

important meeting or debate, then no student or professional person will

eat a large meal. Otherwise their mental faculties will be significantly

hampered.

 

That is why in numerous traditions people proclaim that a light stomach

equals a light mind. And fasting is an exceptional method for enhancing

mental concentration and energy.

 

 

BENEFITS IN SPIRITUAL LIFE

 

And of course the benefits of fasting in spiritual life are well known to

all. No doubt initially at the very beginning one may feel that it is

difficult to do sadhana on fasting days. But with just a little effort many

sadhakas experience very good sadhana on those days since all of the body’s

energy can be utilised for spiritual pursuits. And Baba’s guideline below

is pointing in this same direction.

 

Baba says, “As a result of fasting, the poisonous and unproductive waste of

the body gets destroyed and expelled. Moreover, the energy that is not

expended in digesting food can be utilised for other purposes. Therefore, a

fast day is an excellent time for sadhana.” (CC-3)

 

 

FASTING IS NOT JUST FASTING BUT UPAVASA

 

Here below Baba colorfully describes how we are to spend our fasting days.

 

BABA says, “‘Upa’ means proximity. And va’sa means to live, to reside. So

the upava’sa word means to live near the Lord. In these days of fasting,

what the aspirants are to do? Mentally they should live near their Lord. On

all other days there remains a balance between external objective

adjustment, and subjective approach. An adjustment between objective

adjustment and subjective approach. But on these fasting, or upava’sa, the

aspirant remains more in proximity to the Lord than in other mundane

duties. That’s why these days are known as “upava’sa”. The word ‘fasting’

doesn’t carry the proper sense or the proper spirit of the term ‘upava’sa’.

To go without food, for this the proper word is anasan. ‘An’ means not,

‘asan’ means eating. And not upava’sa. So these ekadashii, amava’sya, and

purnima they are, upava’sa. Do you follow?” (BABA)

 

And Baba’s next guideline further details how fasting days are perfect for

an enhanced spiritual routine.

 

Baba says, “These fixed [fasting] days are called upavasa since during

these days people keeping their minds engaged in spiritual matters ‘live

closer’ to God, and any possibility of mental degradation is averted: their

humanity is not endangered by the lengthening shadows of annihilation.”

(NSS, p.188)

 

By all this we an understand that on fasting days one can enjoy heightened

spiritual awareness and thus deepen their devotional link with Parama

Purusa– Baba.

 

 

CLOSING AND REQUEST

 

We have all experienced how our AM practices produce a beneficial effect.

Thus when fasting itself has such a direct link with one’s physical,

mental, spiritual development, then others are encouraged to share some of

the things they have experienced by this important practice. It will be

inspiring to hear other’s stories and reflections.

 

Namaskar,

Manjit

 

 

Note 1: LINKS TO OTHER LETTERS ON THIS TOPIC

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/02/for-optimal-health-iii.html

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/01/for-optimal-health-ii.html

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/01/for-optimal-health.html

 

 

Note 2: Here following Baba says more about the process of upavasa.

Baba says, “Upavasa in the sense of fasting is also useless…if one does

real upavasa that can do a lot. The scriptural meaning of uspavasa is– by

derivation– upa which means “near”, and va’sa, which means “to stay”.

Upa’vasa therefore means “to make the mind stay near Parama’tma'”. In other

words, it means to withdraw the mind from thoughts of physicalities and

keep it near Parama’tama’. The sanskrit word for fasting as such is

anashana [remaining hungry / starving].” (AVM 23, p. 36-7)

 

 

Note 3: THERE ARE MANY IMPORTANT POINTS REGARDING FASTING

 

This is the fourth part of this series on the benefits and importance of

fasting and how to break fast. Because as we know fasting itself is not

enough; as sadhakas it is essential that fast be broken in a complete yet

gentle manner. Otherwise the health benefits of the fasting will be lost.

Thus for a complete view of fasting please also reference the other

postings on this topic noted above

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Toma’y khunje khunje priyo, din je ket’e ja’y…” (P.S. 3982)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, my most adorable One, with deep longing in search of You my days

are passing in vain. In the absence of getting You my whole life is

gradually getting wasted. O’ my dearmost, where have I not looked for You.

I have wandered around and searched in the seven oceans, on the mountain

peaks, as well as on the earth, and also in the caves– in every nook and

corner of this world, but alas I could not get You.

 

Baba, day and night, secretly I also searched You in the flower garden

and in various holy lands and tiirthas– all done in hopes of getting a

glance at You. Baba I searched everywhere with the hope that one day I will

find You. But, in the end, all my efforts were for naught.

 

Baba, with deep longing in my heart, I have also searched You in the

galaxies, meteors, nebulae, and in the stars– all around & everywhere.

Also I searched for You in the dark, black coloured clouds on the rainy

days, in the scorching heat of the summer season, as well as in the shade

of the tree in springtime. Baba, I have searched for You with a deep

yearning and longing in my heart; I have looked for You everywhere.

 

Baba, by Your grace on one colourful golden dawn saturated in the

effulgence & aroma of a newly blossoming flower, You advented in my heart.

Your grand arrival came after a long, deep, dark, & painful night of

searching for You. But in the end You graced me and advented in my mind.

Baba, You are so gracious…

 

 

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Life is For Baba

 

“This life is for Him…”

“… His universe we will serve in coordination team…”

(PS 5009)

 

Note: In Baba’s above divine teaching, He is guiding us that we should work

unitedly. However, demonic groupist leaders are trying to ruin this. To

please Baba, our collective duty is to save this situation in a united way.

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Date: Thu 04 Feb 2011 11:55:42 -0000

To: am-global@earthlink.net

From: “Mishra”

Subject: For Optimal Health– III

 

Baba

 

== FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH– III ==

 

Namaskar,

As we all know fasting is special practice whereby one’s entire system gets

cleansed and purified. Because by allowing the organs to rest and collect

the toxins, the body gets the opportunity to rejuvenate itself. And of

course, breaking the fast properly with a thorough cleansing process is an

indispensable feature of fasting– otherwise much of the benefits are lost.

 

So by doing the whole fasting and breaking in a sincere and complete manner

then an innumerable amount of “health and wealth” is aroused in the human

structure such that the body and mind glisten with purity and lightness.

 

 

BABA WATCHES FOR OUR WELFARE

 

That is why we all know that Baba Himself is very strict with all margiis

and acaryas on the point of fasting. He wants that we should derive all the

many benefits from this great practice. Indeed, in multiple ways He reminds us

that always He is watching. This following teaching is leading in that

exact manner.

 

Baba says, “Suppose, a gentleman is undergoing fasting, and secretly in a

closed room, he takes chocolate. ‘No one will know, nobody will know.’ But

it is not so. His unit cognition will know that he has taken chocolate. And

similarly, the Cosmic Father will know that in a particular room one unit

body took chocolate very secretly, and that unit body is still thinking,

that the fact that he took chocolate on a fast-day is not known to anybody.

It is known to everybody. Nothing is a secret.” (AV-12)

 

Hence Baba is acutely aware of exactly what happens– as well as what does

not happen– on our each and every fasting day. And He wants that we

sincerely follow His guideline as this is for our welfare.

 

 

BABA POINTS OUT

 

That is why in dharma samiiksa and in all types of reporting sessions, Baba

used to point out sadhakas on the point of fasting in front of one and all.

And if one person got pointed out it was understood that if others are also

falling into this same category then they should also rectify themselves.

That was the spirit. It was not just that Baba was speaking to only one

individual on such occasions.

 

Some people would wonder why Baba was pointing out margiis or Wts in front

of the collective, as opposed to informing them individually. And surely

the reason for this is that Baba did not have the time to speak to each and

every individual on each and every particular point. So by highlighting a

particular sadhaka’s mistake in public, then if 4 or 5 others were doing

the same wrongdoing then naturally they would get also alarmed. And the

feeling would come that they too should rectify themselves. As they

understood that Baba is very concerned and strict on this point.

 

Plus, another reason is that naming the defects on the public platform was

a good way of reminding one and all. Because day after day or every few

days if He was pointing out a different margii or Wt on the point of

fasting, then it automatically became a reminder to all those present that

this was something important. So if anyone was attending the reporting for

an entire week or two week period, then numerous reminders they would get.

 

And invariably they would spread that idea to others who did not attend.

 

Here we should keep in ming that as Guru Baba was pointing out the defects

of disciples from the very beginning, not just in later years. From the Jamalpur

era up to the grand DMCs in the late 80’s, Babe would point out, beat, and His

shower love. This was all done for our welfare. By this way we could grow and move on

towrards Suprem fulfillment. Baba is the dharma Guru and His special quality is to

both love and punish.

 

Baba says, “The preceptor must also be nigraha (capable of inflicting punishment)

and anugraha (capable of bestowing grace). One who punishes only or who bestows

grace only is not an ideal preceptor.” (ANIWL-9)

 

 

WHY POINT OUT IN PUBLIC

 

Hence overall there were at minimum two distinct reasons for pointing

people out in front of the collective: lack of time to speak to everyone on

an individual basis and by this way it was a good reminder to one and all.

Thus within a short period Baba could rectify and instill proper practices

within countless sadhakas within the entire Marga. Overall we can say it

was His special technique and blessing.

 

And surely every Margii and Wt will readily admit that Baba is very strict

on the point of fasting. And He wants that we should all be sincere on this

very point. As He tells us again and again in various ways that indeed He

is always watching our each and every action to ensure our welfare.

 

I hope others will also come forward and share their experiences on this

very topic.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

Here following is Baba’s Blessing:

 

Baba says, “You boys and you girls do you realise why you were born? You

were born to do something to please Parama Purusa. Always move towards

Parama Purusa through your actions, through your thoughts, through your

contemplation, and your goal will be attained, your purpose in coming to

this world will be fulfilled.” (SS-18)

 

Namaskar,

Satyanarayan Deva

 

 

OUR SANSKRIT NAMES

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Note 1: LINKS TO OTHER LETTERS ON THIS TOPIC

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/01/for-optimal-health.html

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/01/for-optimal-health-ii.html

 

 

BREAKING THE FAST ITSELF– A “HOW TO” PROCESS

 

1. First mix 1/4 piece of lemon or lime with some salt in a dry container–

preferably a plastic or ceramic container, but not metal.

 

2. Then add 1/2 litre to 1 litre of warm water and stir.

 

3. The lemon salt water mixture should be distinctly salty to taste– but

not overly salty.

 

4. If your mixture is not sufficiently salty then little by little more can

be added. And if really it is already too salty then simply dilute your

mixture by adding more warm water.

 

5. Then one should begin to drink this lemon salt water. Not in one gulp

per se, but in a series of comfortable sips and swallows over the course of

a few minutes, without bloating the stomach. But one should not take too

much time either.

 

6. After finishing that initial round of salty lemon water then one can

walk nearby for a minute or two– either in the fresh air or indoors.

 

7. Plus you can gently stretch the upper body by raising the arms on the

inhale and then exhaling and gently bending to the side. And repeat by

bending to the opposite direction. This gently helps to hasten the

cleansing process.

 

8. Then as soon as one feels ready to again drink, then the next round of

lemon salt water should be taken. Note: It is important not to wait too

long in between rounds. As soon as the stomach feels comfortable one should

again drink.

 

9. And like this multiple rounds should be done of drinking lemon salt

water and then walking slowly. This process should be repeated until one

feels the need to go to the toilet. And overall upwards of 2-3 litres of

lemon salt water can be ingested in this way. (Note: But under no

circumstances should solid food be taken yet. Rather this will wreak havoc

on the system as fresh food will be sitting on top of waste material. So no

food should be taken at all until the entire system gets clear.)

 

10. By this process of drinking round after around, a strong urge will come

to go to the toilet– within 1/2 hour to one hour, depending. And initially

when in the toilet a very strong smelling brown waste matter will be

released. And thereafter progressively more and more liquids will be

released via the rectum. This will also be brown at the beginning. But one

should not worry that they have been stricken with a severe case of

diarrhea. It is not like that. Rather this is the initial stage of cleaning

out the digestive track.

 

11. Once one has begun the process of defecating & clearing the stomach and

bowels. Then you can switch over from drinking a salty mixture and instead

begin taking pure fresh water without any salt. This fresh water will help

hydrate the body and will also aid in the cleansing process.

 

12. In this process of cleaning one might have to visit the toilet anywhere

between 3-5 times, or more. And one important thing to remember is that

never should the urge be suppressed and “held in”. Rather as soon as the

impulse comes one should go straight to the toilet.

 

The waste material will go from brown and somewhat solid to being yellowish and

liquidy until finally being a completely clear liquid. And once completely clear

liquid comes then in this case one can feel assured that indeed the entire digestive

track has become clean– including the intestines, colon, and stomach. Everything has

become perfectly clean.

 

14. And by this entire process of cleansing a very light and healthy

feeling will consume the body. And one will fell very happy, fresh, and

energetic.

 

15. Within ten to fifteen minutes a slight feeling of hunger will come. And

at that point one can eat 2-3 ripe bananas, depending on the size. But the

bananas should be soft and ripe– not green and hard.

 

16. And then after taking a few bananas– and do be careful not to overeat

and fill the stomach completely– then after waiting 25 minutes it is

important to again drink some fresh water. This will help in digesting the

banana.

 

17. And thereafter when stronger hunger comes one should take some easily

digestible food– like well-hydrated rice and vegetables, or whatever is

conveniently available in your area or locale. But neither strong food like

citrus fruit nor heavily spiced or oily food should be taken. These should

be avoided and instead more simple food should be eaten.

 

18. And throughout the day care should be taken to continue to drink fresh

water in small amounts, but not at the same time as eating. This will help

ensure the solid food gets digested properly and it will also keep the body

hydrated.

 

Attention: One should also keep in mind that breaking fast is a highly

individualized thing. Everyone should be gentle and listen to their own

body when undergoing this entire process.

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Tumi a’ma’y hrdaya ma’jhe eso go priyo madhurata’ ma’khi…” (P.S. 747)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, please come in my heart and saturate my entire being with the

showering of Your sweetness, O’ my dear most.

Baba please remove my all impurities and negative samskaras– and

whatever other things I have that got accumulated over the ages. Please

inundate my entire existence with the showering of Your love and divine

grace. Baba, this entire universe, these seven lokas, nothing is beyond Your

reach. Everything is within You. And because everything resides in You,

that is why You know all my merits and demerits– whatever I have. By Your

Grace today I am surrendering whatever that is mine unto You. With the only

desire that You please look towards me with Your compassionate eye, eyes

full of karuna’. This wee-bit of grace I long from You.

Baba, since ages, since many lives, I have been crossing through the

negative path, path of dogma. But today by Your grace, this is the first

time in my entire life when You awakened my samvit and now I understood my

mistakes. And I rectified them by Your grace.

Baba, all my actions, my entire being, my whole heart, everything I

offer at Your lotus feet. I do not want to keep anything as my own from

henceforth onward. With this pointed mind I am doing sastaunga pranam to

You. Please accept it…

 

 

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ROOT LANGUAGES

 

Baba says, “When a swift horse runs its hooves make a turtur sound. That

which makes a turtur sound as it moves is called turaga or turaunga or

turaungama (that is, “horse”). That animal which makes a kurkur sound as it

runs is called kuraga or kuraunga or kuraungama (that is, “deer”). In this

way human beings have created many word forms and verb forms to express

their mental ideas. This process of word formation is called “acoustic

derivation” and the original verbal roots in all the world’s languages were

created in this way.”

“The first word forms in all the world’s languages were the original

verbal roots. By adding prefixes and suffixes many different words were

derived. Among the established languages of the world, mainly four can be

considered as the root languages. They are Vedic, Latin, Hebrew and old

Chinese. If one examines the derivation of the vocabulary of these

languages one will find that their method or process is identical. (Varn’a

Vijina’na, Disc 19, p. 270)

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Date: 31 Jan 2011 09:15:32 -0000

From: “Mahesh Rastogi”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: For Optimal Health- II

 

Baba

 

== FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH, PART II ==

 

“A STEP-BY-STEP METHOD”

 

Namaskar,

As we know fasting is one special process for achieving and maintaining

optimum health. As Ananda Margiis, we have all realised, to some or more

degree, the various positive effects of fasting. And the initial mail on

this topic touched on some of these universal benefits such as ridding the

body of toxins, increased longevity, and enhanced quality of life etc.

Those points I collected from various family acaryas.

 

Certainly then fasting is a unique purification process and one most

significant aspect of this practice is the approach to breaking the fast.

So this mail will focus primarily on a gentle yet thorough system which was

told be senior sadhakas by which one can break the fast. Since we all have

experience in this, it will also be interesting to hear what others have to

say.

 

 

HOW THE BODY IS AT THE END OF THE FAST

 

Of course one important thing to be aware of is that by doing a 24-36 hour

dry fast– i.e. without water– then the body obviously becomes dehydrated.

Hence the body is in a very delicate and sensitive state. In that case, if

one breaks the fast in an abrasive or hasty manner then not only will they

be unable to derive the many benefits of the fast but it will create harm

to the body.

 

 

THE NEED FOR WATER

 

So one key point to keep in mind is that after a dry fast sufficient water

is needed to properly restore the body and help it reach that pristine

state. As we all know water is an indispensable part of the functioning of

the body and since the human body itself is comprised mostly of water,

naturally then an adequate amount of water must be taken. And multiple

reasons are there behind this.

 

First off, after fasting there remains undigested food & waste material

sitting in colon as well as in the large and small intestines. Often enough

this waste matter is collected on the linings of the intestine, thus

causing blockage. So on the one hand sufficient water is needed in order to

deliver a proper and thorough cleansing of the intestines– as well as the

entire digestive track. This is one point.

 

It is similar to if your kitchen floor gets dirty or stained and if you try

to clean it with only a few drops of water, that will never suffice. In

that case it will not get clean. Whereas if sufficient water is applied

then that floor can be properly cleaned– and it will regain its shine.

Now here is another point.

 

Additionally, it is well known that water is one of basic ingredients for

the functioning of all the organs. Thus after fasting a sufficient amount

must be taken to compensate for the deficit. Plus, as discussed, water is

needed in order to clean the waste from the body. So on both these

accounts, and for other reasons as well, the body needs an adequate amount

of water on the morning of breaking fast.

 

 

A FEW POINTS OF AWARENESS

 

Before getting into the specifics of breaking fast, it should be mentioned

that one, two, or even three glasses of water is not nearly enough for the

breaking process. In their ignorance, some people might drink 1-2 glasses

of water and then immediately start eating varieties of foods etc, but that

way of doing is totally off base and should never be done.

 

Rather on breaking fast morning first the digestive system should be

cleaned thoroughly– from top to bottom– with water. And when that has

been done completely, then solid food can be taken, but not beforehand.

 

 

BREAKING THE FAST ITSELF– A “HOW TO” PROCESS

 

1. First mix 1/4 piece of lemon or lime with some salt in a dry container–

preferably a plastic or ceramic container, but not metal.

 

2. Then add 1/2 litre to 1 litre of warm water and stir.

 

3. The lemon salt water mixture should be distinctly salty to taste– but

not overly salty.

 

4. If your mixture is not sufficiently salty then little by little more can

be added. And if really it is already too salty then simply dilute your

mixture by adding more warm water.

 

5. Then one should begin to drink this lemon salt water. Not in one gulp

per se, but in a series of comfortable sips and swallows over the course of

a few minutes, without bloating the stomach. But one should not take too

much time either.

 

6. After finishing that initial round of salty lemon water then one can

walk nearby for a minute or two– either in the fresh air or indoors.

 

7. Plus you can gently stretch the upper body by raising the arms on the

inhale and then exhaling and gently bending to the side. And repeat by

bending to the opposite direction. This gently helps to hasten the

cleansing process.

 

8. Then as soon as one feels ready to again drink, then the next round of

lemon salt water should be taken. Note: It is important not to wait too

long in between rounds. As soon as the stomach feels comfortable one should

again drink.

 

9. And like this multiple rounds should be done of drinking lemon salt

water and then walking slowly. This process should be repeated until one

feels the need to go to the toilet. And overall upwards of 2-3 litres of

lemon salt water can be ingested in this way. (Note: But under no

circumstances should solid food be taken yet. Rather this will wreak havoc

on the system as fresh food will be sitting on top of waste material. So no

food should be taken at all until the entire system gets clear.)

 

10. By this process of drinking round after around, a strong urge will come

to go to the toilet– within 1/2 hour to one hour, depending. And initially

when in the toilet a very strong smelling brown waste matter will be

released. And thereafter progressively more and more liquids will be

released via the rectum. This will also be brown at the beginning. But one

should not worry that they have been stricken with a severe case of

diarrhea. It is not like that. Rather this is the initial stage of cleaning

out the digestive track.

 

11. Once one has begun the process of defecating & clearing the stomach and

bowels. Then you can switch over from drinking a salty mixture and instead

begin taking pure fresh water without any salt. This fresh water will help

hydrate the body and will also aid in the cleansing process.

 

12. In this process of cleaning one might have to visit the toilet anywhere

between 3-5 times, or more. And one important thing to remember is that

never should the urge be suppressed and “held in”. Rather as soon as the

impulse comes one should go straight to the toilet.

 

The waste material will go from brown and somewhat solid to being yellowish and

liquidy until finally being a completely clear liquid. And once completely clear

liquid comes then in this case one can feel assured that indeed the entire digestive

track has become clean– including the intestines, colon, and stomach. Everything has

become perfectly clean.

 

14. And by this entire process of cleansing a very light and healthy

feeling will consume the body. And one will fell very happy, fresh, and

energetic.

 

15. Within ten to fifteen minutes a slight feeling of hunger will come. And

at that point one can eat 2-3 ripe bananas, depending on the size. But the

bananas should be soft and ripe– not green and hard.

 

16. And then after taking a few bananas– and do be careful not to overeat

and fill the stomach completely– then after waiting 25 minutes it is

important to again drink some fresh water. This will help in digesting the

banana.

 

17. And thereafter when stronger hunger comes one should take some easily

digestible food– like well-hydrated rice and vegetables, or whatever is

conveniently available in your area or locale. But neither strong food like

citrus fruit nor heavily spiced or oily food should be taken. These should

be avoided and instead more simple food should be eaten.

 

18. And throughout the day care should be taken to continue to drink fresh

water in small amounts, but not at the same time as eating. This will help

ensure the solid food gets digested properly and it will also keep the body

hydrated.

 

 

TAKING PROPER CARE

 

One should also keep in mind that breaking fast is a highly individualized

thing. And one should be gentle and listen to one’s own body when

undergoing this entire process.

 

So altogether, this is one very important and a delicate subject; it needs

personal interest and proper care to see what is good and working well for

you.

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

I can never forget how in one general darshan, Baba has given the guideline

that although animals know how to fast, only humans know how to break their

fast properly. And those who are not aware about this technique then they

should be taught at the earliest. In that way Baba spoke

 

 

ANOTHER BABA’S BLESSING

 

Baba says, “When you are in a mood of pleasure, you should distribute it

throughout the universe– let all the hearts of the entire created universe

dance in ecstasy. This is the goal of the day: you are for all, you are for

the Neo-Humanistic progress of the entire universe.” (AFPS-5)

 

Namaskar,

Mahesh

 

 

Note 1: A FEW MORE POINTS COMING

 

In a follow-up email some further points about this important topic of

fasting, healthy, and wellness will be sent. At the same time others should

also share their insights and experiences

 

 

Note 2: FASTING ON PLANET EARTH AND BEYOND

 

We know that our AM system of fasting is based upon the cycle or phases of

the moon. Yet Baba also guides us that when human beings move to other

planets then accordingly the system of fasting will be based on that

planetary system etc.

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“A’loya bhara’ toma’r dhara’ saba’r tare, saba’r tare,

A’sa’ hetha’y toma’r krpa’y, toma’ri ka’j kariba’re…” (4767)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, by Your grace, everyone comes on this earth to do Your work.

Everyone has come here to chant Your holy name. Baba, this earth, Your

land, is filled with Your divine effulgence. It is for everyone; it is for

everyone. Baba, since eternity You have been my Dearmost. Baba whatever way You

want to keep me in Your shelter, I accept– whether that be in tears or

smiles. Whatever You like, You give; that will be best for me. And from my

side, those things which I have lovingly prepared with my full heart to

offer (arghya*) at Your lotus feet, please accept them.

Baba, You were mine and You will be mine up to eternity; I am also

Yours– forever, trika’l*. Baba, in this universe we all dance around You

by Your grace. Baba, You are the focal point; in the end everyone will

finally merge into You.

Baba, Your world is for all– for all. Your shelter is for all…

 

 

ASTERISK NOTES (*)

 

*Trika’l= The prefix ‘tri’ means ‘three’; and the stem ‘ka’l’ means

‘time’. Hence trika’l refers to the three phases of time: Past, present,

and future.

 

*Arghya= The term arghya means ‘offering’ though more specifically it

refers to that offering which is purely psychic or mental in nature– the

offerings of the mind. In contrast to offer those things which are physical

in nature is nirma’ly. Hence in the above song since the term arghya is

used, the sadhaka is offering all his mental colours and longings at the

lotus feet of Guru. The sadhaka is offering all the love of his heart to

his Lord. Thus the devotee’s offering is purely psychic or psycho-spiritual

in nature. Whereas the offering done to various gods and goddesses in the

dogmatic religions is called nirma’ly since on those occasions those

followers are offering physical objects like food, incense, animals etc.

Baba has outlined this distinct difference between arghya and nirma’ly in a

few different discourses.

 

 

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Present Day Music

 

Baba says, “The world of music today is like a person without a proper guru

or proper training. People want to show they can play without having paid

their dues. They are selling themselves for gold without realizing that the

real value of music is being lost thereby. Gold is becoming even cheaper

than glass. Whenever a ra’gin’ii is a little difficult they only show that

they can play the notes without going deep into the music. There is no way

of doing this with sindhubhaeravii, the same with mu’lta’nii vasanta (not

vasantaba’ha’r), so you no longer hear either one of them.” (SC-2, p.129)

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Date: 28 Jan 2011 10:04:29 -0000
From: “Mahesh  Rastogi”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: For Optimal Health

Baba

“Toma’r raune raun mishiye cale, yete ca’i sumukhe…”  (P.S. 2368)

Purport:

Baba, by surrendering all the colours of my mind– all the attractions and
attachments of my mind– by surrendering everything to You, I want to move
on and on, by Your grace. Baba, I want to offer all my colours, desires,
and longings at Your alter. My only desire is to move on the path, dancing
according to Your rhythm, Your melody. But somehow always I am losing its
tune.
Baba, by Your grace, I am holding Your flag in my hand. You have given
me the desire, energy, and duty to follow and spread Your ideology, Your
teachings. You have instilled the feeling within me that even if no one
else is coming along, still I will go on marching ahead on Your path. Baba
Your grace is ever-showering on my entire existence. Baba, You are always
along with me. And You are always giving me strength in my heart to march
forward. By Your grace, You have filled my heart with Your inspiration and
grace. For this reason, obstacles and hindrances are meaningless– they
never obstruct my forward movement.
Baba, I was never alone in the past nor will I be alone in the future.
By Your grace You are always along with me. And when You are along with me,
then there is no question of fear. Baba, by doing Your work and singing
Your song, I will go on moving on Your path of effulgence– keeping You in
my heart. Baba You are always with me, You are eternally sweet and
gracious…

== FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH ==

Namaskar,
As we all know, fasting, or upava’sa, is one of the significant and
important gifts which Baba has graciously bestowed upon us for maintaining
human health and leading a spiritual life. This entire letter discusses
numerous aspects of the practice of fasting– including the all-important
point & practical method of how to break fast.

Here following are many of the topics contained in this entire subject:

Universal and Natural Law ~ Animal Existence vs Human Life ~ Nature’s
Perfect Remedy: Fasting ~ Animals follow Natural Law, Human Eat Mostly out
of Greed ~ Fasting for Health: A Purifcation Process ~ AM’s Approach to
Fasting ~ Fasting and Longevity ~ Humans Know How to Break ~ System of
Breaking ~ Wrong Breaking Invites Harm ~ Water Needed for Digestion & Whole
Body System ~ Work of the Small and Large Intestine ~ Proper Cleaning
Necessary ~ Use of Lemon Water ~ ‘Rounds’ for Breaking ~ Individual Needs ~
Gentle Process ~ Maintain Prama when Breaking ~ Warning and Guidelines ~
Stages of Cleaning ~ What and When to Eat ~ Taking Banana ~ Baba’s Special
Blessing ~ Baba’s Complete System ~ Proper Interest and Care Needed ~
Optimal Health ~ Suggestions from Others ~ Healthy and Happy in All the
Realms.

A WELL-ORDERED UNIVERSE

Parama Purusa has created this world in a well-balanced way. And within
this creation there is both animal existence and human life, with a unique
difference separating the two.

Animals are fully bound by natural law. They have no option but to strictly
adhere to the rules of prakrti; whereas human beings have been given
freedom or dominion to make choices and exercise their will, within a
certain degree.

Yet nature itself has been made in such a perfect way that animals always
advance and benefit from following natural law. In that sense animals are
comparatively more fit and healthy than common human beings because animals
are forced to follow nature’s ways, while humans have some scope to go
against natural law, should they desire. And this whole equation, with
regards to animal life and human life, is especially true with regards to
food and fasting.

FASTING: A NATURAL LAW

For example, when an animal gets sick, then in their natural way they
refrain from taking food until they regain their health. And this
refraining from ingesting food– or fasting– is the very tool by which
animals heal themselves and recover from their sickness. So animals do not
eat food for taste per se, but as a means of survival and recovery
according to the dictates or laws of nature.

So Parama Purusa has created this beautiful universe in such a way that
everything goes on according to natural law. And within all this one system
is there that if the body is not functioning properly then to cure oneself
one special method is there known as fasting.

HOW HUMANS DO– IMPROPER AS WELL AS PROPER

However humans are not bound by natural law, and in this materialistic era
especially, common persons eat food excessively out of greed. When they see
food, they like to eat it– whether it suits them or not.

But those human beings who are sensitive and following the codes of yogic
life then they develop an inner sense of when to take food and when not. So
when the body is sick then they do not like to eat food. And that is the
natural system to cleanse the body, enhance its functioning and make it
perfect and pure. And for thousands of years yogis have been following this
approach.

So by fasting, toxins and waste are removed; and the body is given
opportunity to recover and ultimately reach to a higher state of
functioning and wellness.

FASTING IN OUR MARGA

Hence in our AM yogic style of living, Baba has given the system of fasting
whereby He directs us to observe ekadashii fasting. And some also fast on
purnima and amavasya as well. And in both cases, whether 2 or 4 times per
month, fasting creates a beneficial effect on the entire body.

And by following this system of regular fasting the body gets conditioned
to it. And then just before the next ekadashii arrives one can internally
feel that another fasting is needed.

But those who do not do fasting are deprived of the unique health benefits
and instead their health breaks down and diseases crop up and their
health problems get multiplied.

So in the end they have no choice but to submit themselves to a local
doctor and begin the process of taking medicine on a regular basis.
So Baba has given fasting as part of Sixteen Points and Baba has also said
that by following 16 Points one will increase the length– and quality– of
their life. So there is a big difference between those who follow Sixteen
Points and those who do not. Those strictly following points like fasting
will get an extra 15, 20, or even 30 years of quality living. Thus, for
optimal health fasting is needed.

ONE FINAL DIFFERENCE

So in their own ways, both animals and proper human beings do fasting. But
one vast difference exists between the two on this topic. And that is that
animals do not know how to properly break their fast whereas humans have
been given the technique.

And it is by breaking fast properly that the body is able to maximize the
benefits of the fast. Unfortunately some are not aware how to break fast.
Here the letter is getting long and the hour is late so this topic of how
to break fast shall be taken up and emphasized in the very near future.
Along with that these other points will also be raised:

~ System of Breaking ~ Wrong Breaking Invites Harm ~ Water Needed for
Digestion & Whole Body System ~ Work of the Small and Large Intestine ~
Proper Cleaning Necessary ~ Use of Lemon Water ~ ‘Rounds’ for Breaking ~
Individual Needs ~ Gentle Process ~ Maintain Prama when Breaking ~ Warning
and Guidelines ~ Stages of Cleaning ~ What and When to Eat ~ Taking Banana
~ Baba’s Special Blessing ~ Baba’s Complete System ~ Proper Interest and
Care Needed ~  Optimal Health ~ Suggestions from Others ~ Healthy and Happy
in All the Realms.

GREAT SIGNIFICANCE OF FASTING

Baba has included fasting as its own exclusive point in Sixteen Points.

Baba says, “Observe fast as prescribed.” (Point no. 8 of 16 Points)

And in His supreme ‘Secrets for a Long Life’, Baba lists fasting as its own
entry.

Baba says, “Fasting at Intervals.” (Point no. 5, ‘Secrets Long Life’)

And furthermore in Yogic Treatment pointedly remarks how fasting helps
restore the body to it balanced and natural condition.

Baba says, “During fasting the body’s organs get a good rest,
and the healing process is more rapid.” (YT, p.95)

Namaskar,
Mahesh

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Value of Nation

Baba says, “Preach the theory of one spiritual inheritance– that every
living being is the child of the Supreme Entity and that all the people of
the world belong to the same family. This will have to be explained to
all– that there will be a clash between different nations so long as the
feeing of nationalism exists.” (PNS-4, p. 45)
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Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2010 23:43:46 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Ram Sahay Kulshresth
Subject: Baba’s Procedural Order About Sadhana

Baba

“Sakal duya’r khule dile prabhu, Va’ta’yan-pathe a’lo elo…” (P.S. 2429)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace You have come and opened all the doors and windows,
and a huge effulgence has started pouring in. From the eastern horizon
the crimson dawn is visible. The darkness is fast fading away.

Baba, in the past there was a domination of dogma and groupism all
around. Countless superstitions and negative samskaras were doing their
naked dance. But now, with the presence of Your divine effulgence, in
the blink of an eye those dogmas and negative things have disappeared.
And the  beings of darkness have dissolved into thin air. I do not know
where  they have gone– just they disappeared.

Baba, with Your love and punishment You are keeping everyone in Your
shelter. O’ Baba, You are caring for everyone…

== BABA’S PROCEDURAL ORDER ABOUT SADHANA ==

Namaskar,
We all know Baba places great emphasis on our sadhana practice as it is
only by properly doing sadhana that we can grow from crude animality to
human, and from human to ideal human being, and from ideal human to divine.

Just as an illiterate person can become a doctor, professor, or
a lawyer through proper schooling and education.

Similarly…

Sadhana wholly transforms one’s mind, body, and consciousness. The whole
personality gets changed by proper sadhana. That is why our Guru has
given a huge importance to doing sadhana.

Unfortunately many of us haven’t been able to realise this basic fact in
our practical life. As long as we have not realised the depth of
sadhana, we should go on doing our meditation with utmost sincerity. Let
us not forget that sadhana is a scientific process and by right effort a
result must come.

And not only must we practice sadhana, but we must tell those who are
obsessed with materialism as well. They must understand that materialism
is not everything. This truth must be understood by all.

For all these reasons, sadhana is very important and here is Baba’s
Procedural Order on sadhana.

—-
“STANDARD OF SADHANA”

“(A) 4 Times Sadhana: Doing sadhana 4 times daily is compulsory for all
wholetime workers. It will be the duty of all wt workers to maintain the
record of their 4 time sadhana routine in their compulsory daily diary.
All trade heads are also hereby instructed to see very particularly the
sadhana routine of each and every individual worker of their concerning
trade. Trade heads must check whether their workers do sadhana 4 times a
day or not. DPS will be directly responsible for implementing this
system very strictly. DPS is also to create his own method for
collecting information every month regarding workers of different trades
who do not or did not perform sadhana as per system in a particular
month. Such names are to be recorded and immediate steps to be taken by
the DPS against the concerning workers and the supervisory worker of
that trade. A monthly statement regarding the irregularities in 4 times
sadhana by the workers of different trades and disciplinary steps taken
by the DPS against the worker must be submitted to the higher authority
every month.”

“General Margiis: Doing sadhana 2 times daily is compulsory for all
margiis in general. DPS is to keep candour eye through his RDPS and DDPS
on each and every margii regarding their performance of individual
sadhana 2 times a day. Any slackness in this respect is to be pointed
out by the concerning RDPS and DDPS to the margiis concerned and the
margii is to be made to understand that by not doing sadhana he is
committing sin and that he must be very very strict in 2 times sadhana.
RPDS and DDPS are to keep a regular record of the margiis of their
respective areas regarding two times sadhana. DPS must keep a regular
watch on the records.”

“B) Asana and Ekadashii: In order to help in regularity and improvement
in sadhana, every worker will have to follow very strictly the rules of
asanas (daily compulsory) and ekadashii and they will maintain this
record in their daily diary. The DPS will keep very close watch on this
and necessary steps must be immediately taken.”

“C) In order to improve the sadhana of the WT workers and increase their
attachment to it, the 7th lesson (Sahaj Pranayama) may be made available
for practice to maximum wt workers. This will immediately increase their
inclination towards sadhana.”

(Procedural Order on Sadhana as given by Baba)
—-

Most senior Wts have this above Procedural Order but they do not like
share with their junior wts and margiis, otherwise those seniors
themselves will be pointed out for not following this order.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with this great sadhana practice of
Ananda Marga and we should realise this quest in our daily life.

Baba says, “The worship of Brahma should be done scrupulously, or else
you will later regret and bemoan the futility of your life with the last
drop of your tears at your last hour. You should make your life
worthwhile through your sa’dhana’. How much can your worldly friends and
relations do for you? After your death your relatives may perhaps ask,
“How much money has he left behind?” Your friends may go to the
crematorium and indulge in flattering reminiscences about you. Your
husband or wife may cry for you for about ten or twelve days and then
regain their normal composure. Your lot will be only a profound sigh – a
record of the futility and frustration of your life. So do not waste
your time lest you later have to repent…That is why I say that you
will have to dedicate yourselves to His feet wholly and unreservedly.
You will earn godliness in proportion to the extent that you surrender
yourselves, and finally, after merging that acquired godliness of yours
in His Entity, you will attain eternal bliss.” (SS-3)

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Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 20:39:47 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: J.Young
Subject: How You Can Save Money

Baba

“Phuler ha’site chile, manoma’jhe a’ji ele…” (P.S. 1898)

Purport:

Baba, You came in my mind today and You were smiling like a magnificent
flower blossom. You know that I love You even then why do You remain
distant. Baba, I do not call anyone other than You. In my mind, nothing
else has any place; You are my Goal. You are my everything. And I do not
think about anything else besides You. In spite of all these things, why
do You remain forgetful about my existence. Baba, I understand this
heart-breaking and difficult liila of Yours. You take my mind and play
Your painful game of hide and seek. Sometimes You make me laugh; and
sometimes You make me dance; and sometimes You make me float in the
tears. Baba, after a long time You have graced me and come in my mind
today…

== 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 just this past month 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. Smoking a pack a day over the course of
a year would add up to more than $3,650.00. 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 studies 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 like Greece go totally
bankrupt.

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 one 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.

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Date: 02 Jun 2010 13:19:37 -0400
From: Donald_G
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Sixteen Points in Personal Life

Baba

PS Intro: Here Baba is describing what happens in the severe summer
season. It can also be equated with bad or difficult times in one’s
spiritual life. When the sadhaka is feeling out of their devotional flow
then the mind is dry like a desert. The softness and fulfillment of the
mind withers away. Everything becomes drab and lifeless. The sadhaka’s
heart of that dark time is reflected in this song. Here summer season
means that state of mind devoid of devotion.

Prabhat Samgiita #3003

A’mra vaner madhu jhare ja’—-y

Vasanteri haoa’ digante ha’-ra’y
Vasanteri haoa’ digante ha’-ra’y
Vasanteri haoa’ digante ha’-ra’y
Nida’gher ta’pe a’j kokil bhuleche ga’n
A’———————————–a’

Nida’gher ta’pe a’j kokil bhuleche ga’n
Nida’gher ta’pe a’j kokil bhuleche ga’n
Nida’gher ta’pe a’j kokil bhuleche ga’n
Shya’malima’ ha’-ra’no ven’u vane nei ta’n
Ba’dal meghe na’ dekhe mayuro nis’pra’n’
Na’ phot’a’ mukul a’tape shuka’—-y

Amra vaner madhu jhare ja’—-y
Harit trin’e legeche haridra’- cha’–p
A————————————a’
Harit trin’e legeche haridra’- cha’–p
Harit trin’e legeche haridra’- cha’–p
Harit trin’e legeche haridra’- cha’–p

Jeno se baye ja’y dustar anuta’p
Cepe ra’kha’ marmer jata chilo santa’p
Us’n’a ma’rava a’nkhite mila’—-y
A’mra vaner madhu jhare ja’—-y

Purport:

The nectar of the mango grove has dried up. The vernal breeze has gotten
lost in the horizon. The nectar of the mango grove has dried up.

The burning heat of summer makes the cuckoo bird forget its song. It has
stopped singing. In the greenless flute groves [1], there is no resonance. Not
seeing the monsoon clouds, the peacock is half-dead and lifeless. The
unbloomed flower buds have withered away in summer’s scorching heat. The
nectar of the mango grove has dried up.

Because of the intense summer heat, the green grass has become yellow –
as if it is facing a terrible ordeal. Whatever suppressed and painful
feeling was in the heart became one with the hot desert storm. The
nectar of the mango grove has dried up…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3003

[1] The flute is made from the cane plant, that is why cane plants are
also known as flute groves.

End Note: One key point to be aware of in this ongoing translation work
is the danger of being overly literal. For instance, in Bengali it is
said, “jal kha’bo” literally meaning “Will eat water”; whereas the
better translation is “I will drink water.” Whenever and wherever
possible, a good translation will aim for the spirit of what is being
said, and not the bare, literal meaning.

== SIXTEEN POINTS IN PERSONAL LIFE ==

Namaskar,
Here are some of our personal experiences my family and margii friends have
had regarding our Sixteen Points and related guidelines on hygiene.

EACH POINT HAS DEEP VALUE

Our Sixteen Points, as we all know, stand as Baba’s precise guidelines for
how to advance on the path of spirituality. So for us, each and every point
has immense value and great significance. Because there are potentially
millions of rules and regulations in our human life, yet Baba has
beautifully selected the most important ones to be included in our Sixteen
Points. So we are certainly blessed.

Even then it remains challenging for us to follow them all.

Perhaps the points outlined below are easy for you, in which case you can
help by offering tips and solutions. But to date, these below points have
been difficult for my family (wife and three children) and / or margiis in
my unit to follow.

TWICE DAILY PRACTICE OF ASANAS

We know our yoga postures or asanas are important, but this point remains
difficult for us. Because after doing sadhana in the morning often we are
in a hurry to go to work. And likewise in the evening after doing sadhana
we are hungry from the long day and want to have something to eat. So
getting asanas done twice daily is not an easy job– at least in our
household.

Please excuse me, but I notice that some others in our unit also have that
same difficulty. Because often at dharmacakra all of us skip asanas before
taking food. And in general we have an open relationship with all the
margiis in our area and we always talk about what things are difficult for
us to maintain. And most agree that doing asanas regularly is difficult.
Side by side, some of us only do our dances on dharmacakra days– and never
any other time. So this is another problem. Yet all of these things are
included in Sixteen Points. And ultimately I enjoy doing them when it
happens, but on a daily basis I remain incomplete in my approach.

For instance, on the point of asanas, sometimes I think that since I did
them in the morning then I can skip in evening. And other days I think I
can skip in the morning because I will do them in the evening. All these
types of justifications get built up in my mind.

Of course the reality is that when I skip one time then the tendency is to
skip again the next time.

Whereas on those days when I do attend to my asana practice in full then
invariably I feel better. Though I have not yet reached the point where I
do both my asanas sessions using a stop-watch so that I can properly time
each asana. This was recommended to me by two different family acaryas. And
I can certainly see now it would be beneficial– but to date I have not
incorporated this practice, hopefully soon.

FINGERNAILS: CUT SHORT AND NEAT AND CLEAN

Baba is very strict, as we know, on personal hygiene and about cleanliness
of the hand and fingernails etc.

This point about keeping the fingernails neat and clean is one of Baba’s
health guidelines. Perhaps you might think this point is an easy one, but
with our children we face nothing but struggle.

Because our kids attend the local public school and at school many of the
children like to keep their finger nails long, even the boys. And by this
way a deep dark line of dirt forms underneath each nail. And even days go
by and still the children will have this line of dirt underneath their
nails. It becomes like one permanent design there. Even with the older kids
this is a problem.

And with these very same dirty fingers and nails the children eat their
food and touch one another. Altogether it is unhygienic.

And oddly enough, here in the west it is not limited to children alone. In
my daily travels I come across various non-margii adults who also have dark
lines of dirt underneath their nails. Even when I was in the doctor’s
office the other day, then the doctor himself had some nails that were
caked with dirt. The whole scene is so ironic. Because the doctor’s office
itself is quite clean and sterile looking but underneath the doctor’s
fingernails there is a dark collection of dust and dirt.

As I recall this type of thing is not so much of a problem in India and
some other countries. But in Berlin, NY, and GT sectors, I have seen– and
others have commented as well– that keeping long, dirty fingernails is not
uncommon. But I have heard that regular asanas and fasting are challenging
for those in Delhi sector as well. But those living there can best comment
on this.

Back to the point of unkept fingernails, unfortunately this trend has taken
with my children as well. Ultimately my wife and I struggle and trim the
children’s nails and clean out the dirt. So to some degree the problem is
addressed, but not entirely as we want the children to cultivate the habit
of keeping their hands, fingers, and nails clean on their own.

NO NAIL BITING

Along a similar theme, Baba has given this related guideline:

“Do not put your fingers in your mouth and take them out repeatedly,
and never cut your fingernails with your teeth.”
(‘Social Norms’, pt #23)

This also has been a challenge as many of our children’s friends are
constantly chewing on the ends of their fingernails. So this also our
youngest child has begun to emulate.

And once again this unhygienic habit of nail biting is not limited up to
children. There are two colleagues in my workplace who are submerged in
this unhealthy problem also. In general, this does not seem to be an issue
with most margiis though.

SOME OTHER AREAS OF DIFFICULTY

There are a variety of other aspect of 16 Points that can be difficult to
follow as well such as (1) regular fasting and (2) proper use of water. My
wife and I are mostly adjusted with both of these points whereas we have
had less success with the children. And other margiis have expressed
similar concerns.

And still there are some margiis who hold dharmacakra in their house yet
fail to have a shaocamanjusa in the bathroom, just there is toilet paper.
This leads us all to think that this family also is not habituated to the
proper use of water.

So these are some of the points that challenge us in our daily living. No
doubt if I thought more then more points would come. But at present this is
all I have time to write so I will stop here.

Others should write in with their contributions as well. Because the more
we recognise areas that need improvement and the more we can inspire one
another, then the better off we all will be.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, through 16 Points our capacities can increase thousands of
times. And Baba says below, Sixteen Points is our right exercise.

Baba says, “There should also be proper exercise for mental development and
spiritual elevation – one should not neglect the mind or the soul. What is
the best way to strengthen the mind? The best and proper way is to strictly
observe the 16 Points. The more rigidly you follow the 16 Points, the more
your mental strength will increase. It will increase so much that it will
be more powerful than the collective mental strength of 100,000 people. In
a psychic clash they will have to concede victory to you. A person who is
physically strong can fight against eight, ten or twenty people at most,
but no more than that. A psychically developed person, however, is able to
fight against many more people. So you must endeavour to develop your
psychic strength – this is your bounden duty. The more rigidly you follow
the 16 Points, the more psychic strength you will acquire. It will not take
you long. The only way to develop spiritual strength is to surrender
everything to Him – the more you surrender yourself to Him, the more you
will develop your soul. Such development will lead to not only 10,000
people surrendering before you, but the entire universe. This is right
exercise. Exercise is necessary, not only in the physical sphere, but also
in the psychic and spiritual spheres.” (AV-7)

Namaskar,
Divyajyoti

Note: ANOTHER BENEFIT

Here is another benefit of Sixteen Points.

Baba says, “Of course, if you follow Sixteen Points, your longevity will be
greater.” (AV-5)

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Stages of Human Life

Note 1: Here following are the Sanskrit terms demarcating the various
stages of human life. Accompanying them are corollary English terms.
However since the English language does not formally divide human life
in the exact systematic way as in Sanskrit, then everyone should give
their further suggestions for how to best express the English counterpart.

Note 2: Baba has formed these categories of life based upon changes that
come as a result of changes in: age, psychological outlook, physical &
psychic development, etc.

Baba says, “Human life is composed various stages. And the collection of
all the stages encompasses the entire human life. And just as human
beings have these ten stages, similarly the life of each and every
living being is composed of these ten stages. So depending upon the type
of living being and environmental conditions such as climate and
temperature etc, the duration of each of these stages varies, either
increasing or decreasing. Following are the stages of life for a human
being living in a tropical country.”

1) Ma’trgarbha: anuma’nika 10 ma’s (Mother’s Womb; approx 10 months)

2) Shaeshav: 0 to 5 (Infancy)

3) Balyaka’l: 5 to 14 (Childhood)

4) Kaeshora: 14 to 16 (Youth)

5) Paogan’d’a: 16 to 18 (Teenage / Adolescence)

6) Yauban: 18 to 39 (Early adult life)

7) Praor’hatva: 39 to 50 (Middle age)

8) Ba’rdhakya: 50 to 72 (Older adult life / senior citizen)

9) Jara’: 72 to 100 (Elderly)

10) Atharva: 100 + (Centenarian)

(Laghu Nirukta p.349)

Note 3: Ma’trgarbha: In Varna Vicitra part 1, Baba comments that the
duration of this first stage is ideally 10 months & 10 days. That is how
long the fetus remains inside the womb, in the best of circumstances. If
however, the fetus is born before this time, then the new born will not
be properly mature. In that case its physical and mental development has
not occurred up to the optimal degree. This stands as yet another proof
how human life begins in the mother’s womb and therefore the act
of abortion is not accepted in A’nanda Ma’rga.

Note 4: Jara’ means those whose bodies has begun shrinking. (Stage 9)

Note 5: Atharava means those who are almost immobile. (Stage 10)

Note 6: Due to the excess in-take of protein and fat and due to
chemicals in the food, the age of puberty in so-called developed
countries is rapidly decreasing. Now some young girls reach puberty at
the tender age of 8 and some boys begin puberty at the age of 9. The
extremely early onset of adolescence is the result of terrible
imbalances in lifestyle and ultimately this creates serious problems in
the society. Because suddenly 10 year old girls are getting pregnant and
producing their own babies, yet they themselves are still young children
and completely unable to take care of their offspring. This is the
tragedy unfolding in various so-called developed countries.

Note 7: This entire cycle of life is the divine liila of Parama Purusa.
A baby is born and blooms up to its full development and then gradually
it shrinks in its old age. This is the divine play of “Hari & Hara”.
That is why this world is called Jagat– because everything is mobile.
Everything is changing; nothing is stationary. Those who have come will
one day go. Those who have gone, they have gone in order to return
again. This infinite liila of Parama Purusa is going on from
beginninglessness up to eternity. In reality, this liila is miserable
for jinanis; but for bhaktas it is blissful. In this cosmic liila
everyone has their own particular role to play. And those who remember
that they are part of a divine drama, they enjoy; and those who forget,
they cry. But in the real sense everything is blissful because everyone
is dancing around Parama Purusa.
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