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Baba

== UNKNOWINGLY MAKING COWARDS ==

Namaskar,
Fear is an extremely debilitating ailment. Yet we see this fear vrtti imposed on the minds of our youths through various festivals like Halloween as well as through the mega-pseudo culture industry of Hollywood movies, Disney’s Ghost House, scary stories, television programs, video games, and haunted houses etc. These points were discussed in a prior letter – see link below.

Here we must understand however that it is not just the entertainment business and common social festivals that are at fault. That is not the only way that fear is imposed on the impressionable minds of our children. The imposition of fear also comes directly from family members – and this can haunt a child their entire life.

ORDINARY FAMILIES IMPOSE

SCARE TACTICS AS DISCIPLINE

Here is Baba’s teaching – the transcription of Baba’s actual voice – where He warns how even family members impose a fear complex on young ones. This is from His 01 January 1986 discourse in Kolkata, “Existential Flow & Its Culminating Point”.

Ghrna’, shaunka’, bhaya, aet’a’ holo pa’pa, jab tumi jakhan chotto chile, tumi ka’uke ghrna’ korte na’. Oi pare toma’r prativeshiira’ bandhura’ ba’r’iir lokera’, toma’ke shikhiye chilo ki, “Aeta korte na’in, aeta ghrnya jinish.” To, toma’ke bhaya shikhiye che, lajja’ shikhiye che, a’r seit’a shes’a paryanta toma’r rauna [lege] geche. Choto chele du’dha kha’cche na’. Ba’r’iir lokera’ bolle, “Oi juju a’che, ta’la ga’che juju a’che, dhare nebe.” Tumi jujur bhaye khiye nile du’dha. Ta’r pare, sei tumi jakhane du vatsa’rer na’iny, tumi hoye gele ba’isa vatsa’rer, takhano sei maner jujuta’ roye gelo. Kakhano-kakhano svapnetei juju ke dekhbe. Ekla’ hote giye jujur bhaya buka kenpe ut’abe. Era holo ki? Na, ca’inpiye deoya ba’ndha’na. Ai, this type of bondage or these bondages are known as pa’shas.

“Hatred, doubt, fear are sin. When you were small, you did not hate anybody. After that your neighbors, friends and family members taught you, “This is what hate is, don’t do such a thing.” They taught you fear, they taught you shyness, and in the end those interactions stained your mind in that color. The small babe did not want to drink the milk. So in order to get the baby to drink the milk, the family members said, “Look a ghost is on the palm tree – it will come and get you if you do not drink your milk.” So you drank the milk out of fear of being caught by the ghost. After many years, when you were no longer two, but became twenty-two years of age, that mental ghost still existed in your mind. From time to time in your dreams you will still see that ghost. In consequence, while remaining in a lonely place your heart will become startled and frozen due to fear of that ghost. What is this? Imposed bondage. This type of bondage or these bondages are known as pa’shas.” (Existential Flow & Its Culminating Point)

SIMILAR EXAMPLES

And verily throughout His discourses, Baba discusses and points out examples where families and caretakers use a fear complex as a means to control or discipline children. Here are some similar examples:

[A] If the kids are playing and making too much noise when it is their bed time, then a parent or caretaker may say, “If you do not go to sleep this instant, then monsters will come and attack you.”

[B] Or they may say, “Naughty children are bound to get eaten by goblins.”

[C] Some even exclaim, “If you do not behave, Satan will punish you forever.”

[D] Various adult family members may tell children that, “Ghosts will come and strangle you if you do not sit still.”

[E] Plus, if a child is not eating its meal, then the grandmother may try to instill fear in that child’s mind. The grandma terrorizes the child by saying, “If you do not eat your meal, then a ghost will come and swallow you. So sit down and eat and do not run around.”

Tragically, this type of talk by a grandma, parent, or caretaker terrifies the child – to the very bone. The child’s mind becomes weak, fragile, and filled with the notion of their impending doom. The child thinks that at any moment they will be attacked by a goblin.

WHY IT IS SO SCARY FOR THE CHILD

For adults, such statements are not scary; but for the child, they are absolutely frightening. Because the child does not have experience in the world. What they are told by their parents, care-takers, and guardians, they take to be real. In that case, the child becomes truly terrified when told that they will be eaten by ghosts, or that when the lights get turned off then monsters will attack them etc.

Even worse, the fear does not begin and end there – it lingers and festers in the child’s mind for years and years. Even when that child grows to 22 years of age or even 78 years of age, they still have nightmares about a goblin coming and sitting on his chest. Baba explains this clearly in His discourse.

A COMMON AILMENT

To some or more degree, such imposed fear complexes are used in countless families around the world. It is a misguided parenting technique that is commonly employed, unfortunately. Think back to your own childhoods and see if you remember being told such events.

Why is this tactic used so pervasively from one land to the next? Because the parent or caregiver naively thinks that the problem is solved – that they got an easy fix. They think that the child has started to behave properly or that the child stopped making noise. So the parent thinks that the fear technique is a veritable method for disciplining a child and restoring order.

However, this is a very harmful approach. Both the short & long-term effects are disastrous. There is a breach of trust and even more than that the child’s mind is immediately and permanently scarred by that fear. It cannot be removed easily. That fear literlly paralyzes them in that very moment. But it does not stop at that point. Rather, that very fear hauntingly sits in the child’s mind for ages, and may even carry over into their next life. That is the depth to which the imposed fear invades their psyche.

So such unfounded fears that get imposed on a child’s mind ruin the child’s peace of mind in the present and become psychic baggage for the long haul.

Indeed, the consequences of terrifying the child in this way are ghastly. This is the wrong way to discipline a child. Yet certain parents and guardians repeat such threat again and again, thereby cementing the fear in the mind of the child and ultimately crippling them.

MORE ABOUT FEAR

Bhaya, or fear, is one of the four basic propensities – along with sleep (nidra), food (ahara), and procreation (maethuna) – of each and every human being. This sense of fear is actually a survival instinct. Animals have it; humans have it. So we already have a sense of fear built into our human personality.

But that innate sense of fear is based on reality – i.e. physical fear. Animals are fearful of their predators so they run away for safety. The fear is real and that fear preserves their existence.

Here the point is that the fundamental fear vrtti is already part of our constitution – it is a base instinct, not something noble or divine. But, at least, it is based on reality, i.e. physically dangerous situations. That helps prevent people from getting hurt etc.

In contrast, fears imposed on the human psyche are just a burden, i.e. imposed samskaras. Those multiply as people harbour those fears. As children, so many false or imaginary fears are imposed in the psychic realm. As those fears mount they severely shackle and even cripple the person.

As aspirants, we are to ultimately overcome all such fears, and aim all our psychic momentum unto Him. So these fear can be eliminated through deep, devotional sadhana.

HOW IMAGINARY FEARS BECOME REAL

Here below Baba further explains the nature of this phenomenon.

“You are the witnessing entity, you are the seer of the ghost, and a certain compartment of your mind went outside as an external projection and took the form of the ghost, that is, the very structure of the ghost is ectoplasmic in nature and that ectoplasm came from your source. You are the creator of that ghost. Actually there is no ghost. But you will see many a respectable man who will say, “Yes, I have seen it! Yes, I have seen it!” He is not incorrect in saying this. He saw it, but the ghost was of his creation. It was an outer or external objective reflection, or external objective projection, or external positive hallucination.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-12)

“Suppose in daytime you are in a lonely place. It may or may not be a lonely place. Suppose in daytime you are alone in a big house, and some people told you that there is a ghost – “Ghost, ghost, ghost.” You heard it. The acoustic wave touched your mind, touched the subconscious portion of your mind, and after that you are told, “You know, Mr. X, there is a ghost in this house.” And you are Mr. X. “There is a ghost in this house.” All the nerve fibres fail to function. What will happen then? Just touch the conscious level of your mind, and as an extro-objective creation, as an external reflection of your very ectoplasmic stuff, you will see a ghost. And what sort of ghost will you see? The description of a ghost that you read in your books or you heard from your granny, “A ghost is like this.” In broad daylight you will see the ghost.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-12)

So the human mind is very fragile and subject to all kinds of fears – even false ones that we hear in the form of ghost stories, etc.

No one should take this point lightly and think that scaring children is just one momentary incident. Any and all fear has a huge impact on their psyche. They will be terrified in that very moment and compromised even crippled for life. We should all pay heed. That is Baba’s warning.

FEAR VRTTI MULTIPLIES

What people may not realise is that when they impose a fear complex on a child, then they are multiplying the fear vrtti itself.

“The human propensities that operate in the mundane sphere are five in number: áhár [food], nidrá [sleep], bhaya [fear], maethuna [begetting progeny] and dharma sádhaná [spiritual practice]. Of these five, only the first four play a part in the lives of animals. The peculiar nature of these five propensities is this: if they are given indulgence, they increase. And they easily come under control with a slight effort; only in the initial stage, one must struggle a little to control them.” (Namah Shivaya Shantaya, Shiva’s Teachings – 2 (continued) (Discourse 16))

Thus, by encouraging fear in the young child, then that very fear vrtti gets stimulated and can consume a child’s entire existence. It will crop up in all kinds of ways, in countless situations. Because already on a regular basis the child is disciplined via the imposition of a fear complex. As that complex gets reinforced again and again, it takes up permanent residence in the mind of the child – and grows. It erodes the child’s existence in all aspect of life.

The child fearfully thinks, “I can’t do that”, “If I turn my back I will be attacked, “Ghosts will get me”, “I will be swallowed up in the darkness”, “Making a class presentation is too scary”, “I cannot go to that job interview”, etc etc. The child will literally be stricken with fear in all kinds of situations – from the fear of the dark to the fear of the unknown.

It is just like if a banyan tree is allowed to grow inside the courtyard of a mansion, then one day that tree will become so huge it will destroy the mansion itself. Same is the case with harmful vrttis like fear. If encouraged and given scope to grow, they will devour the entire human personality.

The end result is that instead of raising a fearless child that is ready to stand up to all kinds of difficulties, one raises a coward that is scared – nay terrified – in every aspect and encounter of life.

SOLUTION:

CREATING A FEARLESS MIND

Baba has graciously given us – at minimum – two pathways for creating and cultivating a fearless mind-set.

1) We must not pollute the minds of children by imposing fear sentiments.

“It is important that these lullabys should convey the inspiration for the development of heroism and knowledge, but there should be no frightening ideas in them.” (Prout in a Nutshell-10)

Thus our stories, films, festivals, disciplinary tactics, tales, holidays should be completely devoid of scary thoughts and images. Children should feel safe, secure, and loved – never burdened by any imposed or false fear.

That is the first method for raising a healthy child.

2) The second method is to read Baba’s short stories wherein He has graciously written various ghost stories where those ghosts are friendly and helpful. Sometimes the ghost sweetly drapes a mosquito net over a sleeping person so that they will be more comfortable. Or the ghost will bring a glass of water or offer shelter to a needy person. Basically, in so many of His stories, ghosts and other creatures are quite friendly and philanthropic. This helps create a positive mind-set wherein one will not fall prey to dogmatic fears about ghosts. Today’s filmmakers and story writers should also follow this path.

This is a second method for raising children free of fear complexes.

CONCLUSION

We should be 100% wary of introducing false fears into the mind-set of our children. Thus we must re-evaluate occasions like Halloween and other fear-based festivals, and we must be vigilant not to let our children be adversely affected by the entertainment industry which makes billions of dollars by scaring children etc. Also of critical importance is that we must ensure that our children are never exposed to fear tactics as a form of discipline. With the gift of a safe and happy childhood, that young one will grow up and live a courageous and dharmic life.

“One must move along the path of satya and one must have the satya as one’s only desideratum. And this is the only path, this is the path of fearlessness; that is, there is no fear in it, nothing to be afraid of.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 2)

Namaskar,
Varun

Note 1: PHYSICAL FEAR VS. PSYCHIC FEAR

The fear that grips animals is physical fear, not psychic fear. They do no suffer from nightmares or hallucinations, nor are they fearful about what will happen tomorrow etc. They are fearful for their life when confronted by predators etc. That is their fear.

Humans also harbour fears as survival instincts. “I am too scared to jump off of this bridge”; “I am scared and do not want to grab the snake; “I am too scared to walk into the fire.” These types of fears are ones we are born with as the are related with our very existence. Such as if an elephant is running towards you then you will run away to save your life.

In contrast, unlike animals, humans suffer from a multitude of psychic fears that are imposed. These fears do not protect one’s existence but rather hinder one’s growth. That is why imposed fears are a bondage as they shackle the psyche. Such fears include the fear of ghosts, goblins, fear of the future, fear of losing friends, fear of failure etc. People suffer from so many psychic fears that are imposed. And that is what this entire letter is about.

Note 2: LINK TO PRIOR LETTER

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/10/are-you-scaring-your-child.html

Prabhat Samgiita

“Tumi bhul pathe cale esecho…” (P.S. 2007)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, by mistake, anyhow You have lost the path and come to my home. I do not believe in fate or fortune. And this I also know: That I do not have any wealth or virtue. Your auspicious arrival is simply due to Your grace. You graced me by coming to my home – Your arrival has nothing to do with my quality.

O’ Parama Purusa, You have come here to change the burning desert into greenery. You have come to revitalise dried-up, half-dead plants and transform them into blossoming flowers and luscious fruits. O’ my Lord, with Your arrival, everyone has gotten new life. Those who were depressed and hopeless, You graciously brought a smile to their face and placed a song in their throat. By this way, You decorated them with a garland of jewels.

Baba, now I understand that only You are mine; I do not have anyone else. Except You, there is none that I can say is mine. What I have and what belongs to me, everything is Your causeless grace. I think You thought all these things and You deliberately made a mistake in order to come here to my little hut. You made this mistake knowingly and with full awareness.

Baba, You have come to my place; You have graced me. It is due to nothing else than Your causeless grace that You have come…

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Baba

== UNKNOWINGLY MAKING LOVED ONES COWARDS ==

Namaskar,
Fear is an extremely debilitating ailment. Yet we see this fear vrtti imposed on the minds of our youths through various festivals like Halloween as well as through the mega-pseudo culture industry of Hollywood movies, Disney’s Ghost House, scary stories, television programs, video games, and haunted houses etc. These points were discussed in a prior letter – see link below.

Here we must understand however that it is not just the entertainment business and common social festivals that are at fault. That is not the only way that fear is imposed on the impressionable minds of our children. The imposition of fear also comes directly from family members – and this can haunt a child their entire life.

ORDINARY FAMILIES IMPOSE

SCARE TACTICS AS DISCIPLINE

Here is Baba’s teaching – the transcription of Baba’s actual voice – where He warns how even family members impose a fear complex on young ones. This is from His 01 January 1986 discourse in Kolkata, “Existential Flow & Its Culminating Point”.

Ghrna’, shaunka’, bhaya, aet’a’ holo pa’pa, jab tumi jakhan chotto chile, tumi ka’uke ghrna’ korte na’. Oi pare toma’r prativeshiira’ bandhura’ ba’r’iir lokera’, toma’ke shikhiye chilo ki, “Aeta korte na’in, aeta ghrnya jinish.” To, toma’ke bhaya shikhiye che, lajja’ shikhiye che, a’r seit’a shes’a paryanta toma’r rauna [lege] geche. Choto chele du’dha kha’cche na’. Ba’r’iir lokera’ bolle, “Oi juju a’che, ta’la ga’che juju a’che, dhare nebe.” Tumi jujur bhaye khiye nile du’dha. Ta’r pare, sei tumi jakhane du vatsa’rer na’iny, tumi hoye gele ba’isa vatsa’rer, takhano sei maner jujuta’ roye gelo. Kakhano-kakhano svapnetei juju ke dekhbe. Ekla’ hote giye jujur bhaya buka kenpe ut’abe. Era holo ki? Na, ca’inpiye deoya ba’ndha’na. Ai, this type of bondage or these bondages are known as pa’shas.

“Hatred, doubt, fear are sin. When you were small, you did not hate anybody. After that your neighbors, friends and family members taught you, “This is what hate is, don’t do such a thing.” They taught you fear, they taught you shyness, and in the end those interactions stained your mind in that color. The small babe did not want to drink the milk. So in order to get the baby to drink the milk, the family members said, “Look a ghost is on the palm tree – it will come and get you if you do not drink your milk.” So you drank the milk out of fear of being caught by the ghost. After many years, when you were no longer two, but became twenty-two years of age, that mental ghost still existed in your mind. From time to time in your dreams you will still see that ghost. In consequence, while remaining in a lonely place your heart will become startled and frozen due to fear of that ghost. What is this? Imposed bondage. This type of bondage or these bondages are known as pa’shas.” (Existential Flow & Its Culminating Point)

SIMILAR EXAMPLES

And verily throughout His discourses, Baba discusses and points out examples where families and caretakers use a fear complex as a means to control or discipline children. Here are some similar examples:

[A] If the kids are playing and making too much noise when it is their bed time, then a parent or caretaker may say, “If you do not go to sleep this instant, then monsters will come and attack you.”

[B] Or they may say, “Naughty children are bound to get eaten by goblins.”

[C] Some even exclaim, “If you do not behave, Satan will punish you forever.”

[D] Various adult family members may tell children that, “Ghosts will come and strangle you if you do not sit still.”

[E] Plus, if a child is not eating its meal, then the grandmother may try to instill fear in that child’s mind. The grandma terrorizes the child by saying, “If you do not eat your meal, then a ghost will come and swallow you. So sit down and eat and do not run around.”

Tragically, this type of talk by a grandma, parent, or caretaker terrifies the child – to the very bone. The child’s mind becomes weak, fragile, and filled with the notion of their impending doom. The child thinks that at any moment they will be attacked by a goblin.

WHY IT IS SO SCARY FOR THE CHILD

For adults, such statements are not scary; but for the child, they are absolutely frightening. Because the child does not have experience in the world. What they are told by their parents, care-takers, and guardians, they take to be real. In that case, the child becomes truly terrified when told that they will be eaten by ghosts, or that when the lights get turned off then monsters will attack them etc.

Even worse, the fear does not begin and end there – it lingers and festers in the child’s mind for years and years. Even when that child grows to 22 years of age or even 78 years of age, they still have nightmares about a goblin coming and sitting on his chest. Baba explains this clearly in His discourse.

A COMMON AILMENT

To some or more degree, such imposed fear complexes are used in countless families around the world. It is a misguided parenting technique that is commonly employed, unfortunately. Think back to your own childhoods and see if you remember being told such events.

Why is this tactic used so pervasively from one land to the next? Because the parent or caregiver naively thinks that the problem is solved – that they got an easy fix. They think that the child has started to behave properly or that the child stopped making noise. So the parent thinks that the fear technique is a veritable method for disciplining a child and restoring order.

However, this is a very harmful approach. Both the short & long-term effects are disastrous. There is a breach of trust and even more than that the child’s mind is immediately and permanently scarred by that fear. It cannot be removed easily. That fear literlly paralyzes them in that very moment. But it does not stop at that point. Rather, that very fear hauntingly sits in the child’s mind for ages, and may even carry over into their next life. That is the depth to which the imposed fear invades their psyche.

So such unfounded fears that get imposed on a child’s mind ruin the child’s peace of mind in the present and become psychic baggage for the long haul.

Indeed, the consequences of terrifying the child in this way are ghastly. This is the wrong way to discipline a child. Yet certain parents and guardians repeat such threat again and again, thereby cementing the fear in the mind of the child and ultimately crippling them.

MORE ABOUT FEAR

Bhaya, or fear, is one of the four basic propensities – along with sleep (nidra), food (ahara), and procreation (maethuna) – of each and every human being. This sense of fear is actually a survival instinct. Animals have it; humans have it. So we already have a sense of fear built into our human personality.

But that innate sense of fear is based on reality – i.e. physical fear. Animals are fearful of their predators so they run away for safety. The fear is real and that fear preserves their existence.

Here the point is that the fundamental fear vrtti is already part of our constitution – it is a base instinct, not something noble or divine. But, at least, it is based on reality, i.e. physically dangerous situations. That helps prevent people from getting hurt etc.

In contrast, fears imposed on the human psyche are just a burden, i.e. imposed samskaras. Those multiply as people harbour those fears. As children, so many false or imaginary fears are imposed in the psychic realm. As those fears mount they severely shackle and even cripple the person.

As aspirants, we are to ultimately overcome all such fears, and aim all our psychic momentum unto Him. So these fear can be eliminated through deep, devotional sadhana.

HOW IMAGINARY FEARS BECOME REAL

Here below Baba further explains the nature of this phenomenon.

“You are the witnessing entity, you are the seer of the ghost, and a certain compartment of your mind went outside as an external projection and took the form of the ghost, that is, the very structure of the ghost is ectoplasmic in nature and that ectoplasm came from your source. You are the creator of that ghost. Actually there is no ghost. But you will see many a respectable man who will say, “Yes, I have seen it! Yes, I have seen it!” He is not incorrect in saying this. He saw it, but the ghost was of his creation. It was an outer or external objective reflection, or external objective projection, or external positive hallucination.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-12)

“Suppose in daytime you are in a lonely place. It may or may not be a lonely place. Suppose in daytime you are alone in a big house, and some people told you that there is a ghost – “Ghost, ghost, ghost.” You heard it. The acoustic wave touched your mind, touched the subconscious portion of your mind, and after that you are told, “You know, Mr. X, there is a ghost in this house.” And you are Mr. X. “There is a ghost in this house.” All the nerve fibres fail to function. What will happen then? Just touch the conscious level of your mind, and as an extro-objective creation, as an external reflection of your very ectoplasmic stuff, you will see a ghost. And what sort of ghost will you see? The description of a ghost that you read in your books or you heard from your granny, “A ghost is like this.” In broad daylight you will see the ghost.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-12)

So the human mind is very fragile and subject to all kinds of fears – even false ones that we hear in the form of ghost stories, etc.

No one should take this point lightly and think that scaring children is just one momentary incident. Any and all fear has a huge impact on their psyche. They will be terrified in that very moment and compromised even crippled for life. We should all pay heed. That is Baba’s warning.

FEAR VRTTI MULTIPLIES

What people may not realise is that when they impose a fear complex on a child, then they are multiplying the fear vrtti itself.

“The human propensities that operate in the mundane sphere are five in number: áhár [food], nidrá [sleep], bhaya [fear], maethuna [begetting progeny] and dharma sádhaná [spiritual practice]. Of these five, only the first four play a part in the lives of animals. The peculiar nature of these five propensities is this: if they are given indulgence, they increase. And they easily come under control with a slight effort; only in the initial stage, one must struggle a little to control them.” (Namah Shivaya Shantaya, Shiva’s Teachings – 2 (continued) (Discourse 16))

Thus, by encouraging fear in the young child, then that very fear vrtti gets stimulated and can consume a child’s entire existence. It will crop up in all kinds of ways, in countless situations. Because already on a regular basis the child is disciplined via the imposition of a fear complex. As that complex gets reinforced again and again, it takes up permanent residence in the mind of the child – and grows. It erodes the child’s existence in all aspect of life.

The child fearfully thinks, “I can’t do that”, “If I turn my back I will be attacked, “Ghosts will get me”, “I will be swallowed up in the darkness”, “Making a class presentation is too scary”, “I cannot go to that job interview”, etc etc. The child will literally be stricken with fear in all kinds of situations – from the fear of the dark to the fear of the unknown.

It is just like if a banyan tree is allowed to grow inside the courtyard of a mansion, then one day that tree will become so huge it will destroy the mansion itself. Same is the case with harmful vrttis like fear. If encouraged and given scope to grow, they will devour the entire human personality.

The end result is that instead of raising a fearless child that is ready to stand up to all kinds of difficulties, one raises a coward that is scared – nay terrified – in every aspect and encounter of life.

SOLUTION:

CREATING A FEARLESS MIND

Baba has graciously given us – at minimum – two pathways for creating and cultivating a fearless mind-set.

1) We must not pollute the minds of children by imposing fear sentiments.

“It is important that these lullabys should convey the inspiration for the development of heroism and knowledge, but there should be no frightening ideas in them.” (Prout in a Nutshell-10)

Thus our stories, films, festivals, disciplinary tactics, tales, holidays should be completely devoid of scary thoughts and images. Children should feel safe, secure, and loved – never burdened by any imposed or false fear.

That is the first method for raising a healthy child.

2) The second method is to read Baba’s short stories wherein He has graciously written various ghost stories where those ghosts are friendly and helpful. Sometimes the ghost sweetly drapes a mosquito net over a sleeping person so that they will be more comfortable. Or the ghost will bring a glass of water or offer shelter to a needy person. Basically, in so many of His stories, ghosts and other creatures are quite friendly and philanthropic. This helps create a positive mind-set wherein one will not fall prey to dogmatic fears about ghosts. Today’s filmmakers and story writers should also follow this path.

This is a second method for raising children free of fear complexes.

CONCLUSION

We should be 100% wary of introducing false fears into the mind-set of our children. Thus we must re-evaluate occasions like Halloween and other fear-based festivals, and we must be vigilant not to let our children be adversely affected by the entertainment industry which makes billions of dollars by scaring children etc. Also of critical importance is that we must ensure that our children are never exposed to fear tactics as a form of discipline. With the gift of a safe and happy childhood, that young one will grow up and live a courageous and dharmic life.

“One must move along the path of satya and one must have the satya as one’s only desideratum. And this is the only path, this is the path of fearlessness; that is, there is no fear in it, nothing to be afraid of.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 2)

Namaskar,
Varun

Note 1: PHYSICAL FEAR VS. PSYCHIC FEAR

The fear that grips animals is physical fear, not psychic fear. They do no suffer from nightmares or hallucinations, nor are they fearful about what will happen tomorrow etc. They are fearful for their life when confronted by predators etc. That is their fear.

Humans also harbour fears as survival instincts. “I am too scared to jump off of this bridge”; “I am scared and do not want to grab the snake; “I am too scared to walk into the fire.” These types of fears are ones we are born with as the are related with our very existence. Such as if an elephant is running towards you then you will run away to save your life.

In contrast, unlike animals, humans suffer from a multitude of psychic fears that are imposed. These fears do not protect one’s existence but rather hinder one’s growth. That is why imposed fears are a bondage as they shackle the psyche. Such fears include the fear of ghosts, goblins, fear of the future, fear of losing friends, fear of failure etc. People suffer from so many psychic fears that are imposed. And that is what this entire letter is about.

Note 2: LINK TO PRIOR LETTER

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/10/are-you-scaring-your-child.html

Prabhat Samgiita

“Tumi bhul pathe cale esecho…” (P.S. 2007)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, by mistake, anyhow You have lost the path and come to my home. I do not believe in fate or fortune. And this I also know: That I do not have any wealth or virtue. Your auspicious arrival is simply due to Your grace. You graced me by coming to my home – Your arrival has nothing to do with my quality.

O’ Parama Purusa, You have come here to change the burning desert into greenery. You have come to revitalise dried-up, half-dead plants and transform them into blossoming flowers and luscious fruits. O’ my Lord, with Your arrival, everyone has gotten new life. Those who were depressed and hopeless, You graciously brought a smile to their face and placed a song in their throat. By this way, You decorated them with a garland of jewels.

Baba, now I understand that only You are mine; I do not have anyone else. Except You, there is none that I can say is mine. What I have and what belongs to me, everything is Your causeless grace. I think You thought all these things and You deliberately made a mistake in order to come here to my little hut. You made this mistake knowingly and with full awareness.

Baba, You have come to my place; You have graced me. It is due to nothing else than Your causeless grace that You have come…

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To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: J_deva@markwebmail….
Subject: How To Remove Misery From Your Life
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:23:01 -0000

Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Posting: How To Remove Misery From Your Life ;
(2) Trailer Quote: True Colour Comes Out;
(3) Prabhat Samgiita #2239;

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

== HOW TO REMOVE MISERY FROM LIFE ==

Namaskar,
In the life of every person and in the history of every community and land, there are deeply dark aspects and painful memories, filled with despair, bloodshed, and untold suffering. One can spend a lifetime plunging themselves into those woes of misfortune and angst.

VERY COMMON ON THE PERSONAL LEVEL

YET BABA HAS GIVEN THE REMEDY

Actually, this act of looking to the past is such a common human phenomenon. On a daily basis, people tend to review past events – especially painful ones. They think how they lost their prestige at their job, or how their spouse left them, or about their parent who passed away. There are countless memories people bring into the mind which disturb their psyche. They actively do this – it becomes their habit. Yet it drastically undermines their well-being.

That is why Baba’s guideline is: Do not engage in looking into the past and recollecting those scenes which adversely affect the mind. To indulge in such type of dark thinking is not at all beneficial. It does not bear any fruit – neither for an individual nor the collective humanity.

On the personal level, Baba reminds us that we should suffuse the mind in spiritual thought and refrain from recounting past woes.

So, on the individual plane, one should strive to channelize the mind towards a pure and positive ideation, and not let the mind get caught up in the losses and pains of the past. By focusing the mind on Him, it will set the mind on the right course.

DARK MOMENTS:

BABA’S REMEDY ON COLLECTIVE LIFE

And on the collective level, in His revolutionary way, Baba has ensured that our Ananda Marga will always rise above the dark side of life.

In His discourse, ‘Our Social Treatise’, Baba says the following about our Ananda Marga social system and way of life.

“[That which is true] has been accepted, and the dark aspects of life have not been given any scope to flourish.” (1)

Let’s take a moment to investigate what Baba means by the above statement and see how this practically benefits both individuals and whole communities.

COLLECTIVE HISTORY:

DARK ASPECTS ARE FAR LEARNING NOT FOR RELIVING

When Baba discusses the division of India, Baba pointedly analyses the defects of Gandhi’s approach and warns how we should never fall prey to communal sentiments. That is the main emphasis and teaching point.

So on the point of history, Baba’s guideline is to briefly look back, learn from those past mistakes so that they are not repeated, and move ahead in the proper direction.

In contrast, so many groups and communities indulge in harping about the past such that they become crippled and unable to move ahead. Instead they just invite frustration, anger, and hate.

African American history is taught in such a way that nearly every hateful and gory incident involving slavery has been regurgitated and given new life wherein some submerge their mind with anger and even blame whites of today for crimes committed generations ago.

Such an approach undermines our African-American (i.e. Black American) community and hinders the growth of our brothers and sisters. By this way, those frustrations live on and on, racism increases, and the flames of hatred burn high into the sky.

Baba’s approach is this: Yes, slavery happened; yes, it was a slur on the humanity; and now a new era has come so we should learn from the past and move on, and not get caught up in drowning the mind in those dark moments.

Jewish history also often involves overturning each and every stone and analysing the exact degree to which Jews have suffered. They uncover every minute detail and relive it in such a way that all those torments get dug up and take on a life of their own – infesting the heart and minds of today’s people.

And indeed, this is the way nearly all peoples recount their history. In such cases, whole communities get submerged in the hurtful memories and dark aspects of life. That becomes their living reality for the present as they bear the grudges of generations ago.

But this fateful approach does not bode well for the humanity. Rather than learning from the past, people get caught up in it, thereby shackling themselves with those dark moments.

A DELICATE BALANCE

That is why Baba distinctly opposes this type of degrading outlook on life, and has instead given a whole new way for our Marga to march ahead where we learn from the past yet move forward with an optimistic outlook. This is the delicate and dharmic balance which we must maintain.

HISTORY WAS DISCARDED OUTRIGHT

In India – under the teachings of Shankaracarya – history was discarded outright. There was no record kept by the people. Because of this the same mistakes and errors were repeated over and over again. And ultimately, the history of India was recorded by outsiders. This is one extreme.

And the other extreme is what we see happening with the Jews and blacks in the US where there is a perpetual manner of recounting dark episodes of history over and over again, without rest. In that case, those communities get caught up in the horrors and sufferings of the past.

Hence a delicate balance is needed where we look back approximately 1% of the time, i.e. just enough to learn and track our course. Then the remaining 99% of the time should be aimed to forward movement. This is the ideal way to use history and foster a healthy outlook.

And that is neatly reflected in Baba’s below teaching.

Baba says, “[That which is true] has been accepted, and the dark aspects of life have not been given any scope to flourish.” (2)

WHY PEOPLE SUFFER IN PERSONAL LIFE

While in our social life or collective life, it is important to look back and learn from history.

One must be extremely careful not to drown in old memories. One must not indulge in this way – a human being must look forward.

For instance, if one loses $100 or $100,000, then one must not think back again and again on this loss. In that case, life will be terrible – miserable. Yet many people fall into this thought cycle – always reliving the difficulties past. That is not healthy in individual life.

This happens now just with the loss of money, but with any type of painful memory or unfortunate occurrence. People churn those thoughts again and again: “I messed up at work”, “My sister died in that accident”, “The storm destroyed my property”, and verily there are so many horrible memories that people harbour. This only invites more pain and compounds the difficulty.

REINFORCING THOSE PAINFUL MEMORIES

Yet in the west, entire schools of counseling, psycho-therapy, and support groups are based on reliving old habits and past harms. Whether the problem be child abuse, alcohol addiction, or any other malady or abuse, many western approaches indulge in talking about those pains – daily, weekly, monthly – thereby reinforcing those painful memories in the mind. Instead of moving beyond those tragic incidents by redirecting the mind towards a more positive or sentient engagement, those old horrors become the dominant aspect of one’s present existence. This should be avoided at all costs. Key steps should be taken to break that thought cycle and redirect the mind toward sentient and psycho-spiritual pursuits.

IN ANANDA MARGA LIFE MOVES FORWARD IN A BRIGHT WAY

Baba’s world view is wholly positive in nature.

“Ánandáddhyeva khalvimáni bhútáni jáyante. Ánandena játáni jiivanti. Ánandaḿ prayantyabhi saḿvishanti”

“This quinquelemental world has been born out of bliss, is being maintained in bliss and into sacred bliss it will melt.” (3)

By infusing this spirit into the life of each and every human being, people are then able to embrace a positive outlook on life.

Ananda Marga steers clear from the Christian dogma that this world was born out of sin, such that people become tied and bound by that sinful disease.

Rather in Ananda Marga, we perpetually celebrate the finer moments of human existence and embrace the subtler aspects of human life. This is reflected by our view on history, our daily outlook, and by our festivals and holidays.

Each and every religion has days where they mourn for the hell that took place in the past, rekindling those dark and gory memories.

But Baba does not appreciate that humans should live life in such a bleak way, always plunging oneself in the misfortune of the past. That is why in Ananda Marga, each and every festival is based on merriment and joy.

“The sweetness of a festival brings new joy and vigour in life…’an occasion which gives human beings fresh inspiration to live a new life’.” (4)

Even on the point of remembering those who gave their life for dharma, we remember their glory and honor them all on the same day, once a year on Dadhicii Divas. Otherwise each and every day would become a time to mourn for the fallen and so many shrines would be erected, always reminding the people of that fateful or sad moment.

REMEMBERING THOSE WHO DIED

In our personal lives, we live on this earth with so many friends and family. And human beings are mortal. Naturally then we will know so many who die such that we can pass our days on this earth mourning those losses again and again, day in & day out.

To counteract this human tendency, Baba has given that the period of mourning should be for a limited number of days and then one should then move ahead in a bright new way.

He does not want that on the individual level we should also get stuck in the mire and sorrow of the past.

Unfortunately in today’s society, not only do people mourn the deceased year after year, reliving those sad moments. So many dark aspects get reported on over and over again and fill people’s mental plate.

SINKING ONESELF IN THE FALSE AND DARK NATURE

As margiis, our revolutionary approach is to fill the world with positive ideas and optimism.

Unfortunately some in our Marga have gone so far as to reduce Parama Purusa Himself to being an ordinary mortal and they are intent on mourning the occasion again and again on Oct 21, calling it “mahaprayan”. This is also an example of allowing the darkened aspects of life to flourish – which Baba does not approve.

When Baba Himself is the Parama Purusa and is that eternal entity who remain with us always in our hearts, then where is there meaning or value in sinking oneself in the false and dark nature of so-called mahaprayan. Our ideal is to remember how Baba is with us each and every moment and not get lost in the dogmatic notion that He is gone.

So those who give indulgence to mahaprayan dogma invite a personal tragedy. With their physical eye they fail to see Baba so they think He is no longer, but the proper method is to look with the inner, spiritual eye and remember that He is always eternally present. Those who fail to embrace this divine truth invite personal tragedy and loss in their lives. That is the real danger surrounding so-called mahaprayan.

SUMMARY

When Baba has come and graciously blessed us with all the guidelines for how to lead a dharmic life and when He Himself remains in the heart always, then truly we are fortunate. Baba has given the teaching how to regard and utilize history, both in collective life and individual life. By that way we can learn and grow – and not get caught up in the dark moments of the past. At the same time, He has given scope for setting the mind on the Supreme Goal, and moving ahead in life, always thinking of Him.

BABA’S TEACHINGS

““O mendicant, look and see. Water is entering the boat that you have boarded in the hopes of crossing to the other side of the river. So get rid of that water right away.” Sinca bhikkhu imaḿ návaḿ. If you get rid of the water your boat’s load will be lightened. Sittá te lahu messyati. A human being’s burden grows along with the past…For example, perhaps you are thinking: once you were eating rich, delicious and costly foods such as háluyápuri, murg-mashallam, namkiin poláo – this is all the burden of the past… Buddha warned his mendicants who were thirsty for liberation: O mendicants, lighten the burden that lies before you.”

Yassa pure ca paccha ca majjhe ca natthi kincanam’;
Akincanam’ ana’da’nam’ tamaham’ vru’mi Bra’hman’am’.

“That person who does not carry any burden…is a true bráhmańa.” (5)

DO NOT LOOK BACK

“I will call that person a Brahman whose mind does not run after any colour, who is neither obsessed by colour-laden thoughts of the past…One must free the mind from the influence of all colours.” (6)

“O sádhaka! You must forget all your past deeds, all your tales of glory or ignominy, from the memorable moment you start moving on the path of sádhaná or intuitional practice. Do not look back: you have eyes in the front of your head. As indispensable as it is to be cautious and careful, so that the self-created tornado propelling you forward does not dash you down to the ground to ensure your safe journey ahead, you may sometimes throw back a cursory glance and no more.” (7)

“Whatever be the consequence of your past deeds, your upliftment is guaranteed, if you have unflagging zeal to attain Brahma. Do not look back, look forward. Never take any limited material object for your worship. Accept only the loftiest entity for your contemplation. If your love for Him is genuine, you will ever remain in an Elysian exuberance. Pain will then mean nothing to you, nor will happiness either. When one’s movement is towards the Great, when one’s ardour is only for the Great, it is called Prema or Divine Love.” (8)

Namaskar,
At His lotus feet,
Jiivendra

REFERENCES:
1. Prout in a Nutshell – 16
2. Prout in a Nutshell – 16
3. Namami Krsnasundaram
4. A Few Problems Solved – 5
5. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 9, The Source of Internal Stamina
6. Namami Krsnasundaram, Disc #24
7. Subhasita Samgraha – 4, The Chariot and the Charioteer
8. Subhasita Samgraha – 3

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True Colour Comes Out

“The greatest quality of a person at a meeting or debate is the capacity to convince others. The highest quality in the battlefield is ‘yudhi vikramam’, or valor in the battle. While in danger, one’s great quality is patience.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 4)

When in danger, some become paranoid and some remain patient. Depending upon their reaction, they reveal their weakness or their greatness. If when danger arrives one becomes paranoid or loses their wits, they cannot do anything – they cannot solve the problem. Rather they become a liability. Then they are not a dharmika as they are missing even the first point of dharma – i.e. dhrti (patience).

In contrast, if when in grave danger one’s rational brain is still functioning then that person a is dharmika.

Note: Here it does not mean if someone else’s house burns down and you keep calm, then you are a dharmika. That is not the idea. Rather, the point is to keep your rational mind functioning when your own house is burning down. If you can manage to keep your own mind balanced in a dangerous situation, you can resolve that issue in the best way, according to circumstances.
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**** Here begins the Prabhat Samgiita ****

“Ya’ra’ toma’y bha’laba’se, toma’r tarei kande ha’se…” (PS 2239)

Purport:

Baba, those who are loving You, those who are smiling and crying and dancing in Your rhythm, in their ears may my message be heard.

In my mind I have deep reverence and honor for them. Their greatness and dedication I will always remember. For such great people I move around here and there to have their proximity.

Such great persons are my own. For them my life is for. My colorful dreams take shape by coming in the contact of such great personalities. Baba those who are dancing in Your cosmic rhythm and moving according to Your dictates, such great devotees are the vanguards. And they are venerable for me…

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Date: Mon 28 Jan 2013 22:47:31 -0000
From: “Liiladhar Deva”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: How An Ordinary Person Becomes An Intellectual Satan

Baba

== HOW AN ORDINARY PERSON BECOMES AN INTELLECTUAL SATAN ==

Namaskar,
Here following is one critical teaching from Baba about how those who accrue knowledge, without the spirit of welfare, pollute their own mind and endanger the greater society.

“The endeavour to assimilate things in the spiritual world is harmless and blameless. And the attempt to assimilate something in the psychic world, if it is directed towards the welfare of humanity, is also harmless. Otherwise, it pollutes the minds of people and makes them intolerant: it leads to conflicts between dogmas and theories and degrades people to the level of animality.”

“In the past, the world has witnessed many struggles between dogmas, which have caused much bloodshed; this was a regular occurrence in the Medieval Age. And in the present day also, we witness clashes between one theory and another, which cause no less bloodshed; rather the bloodshed is greater than before. The degree of intolerance has increased immeasurably. People have lost faith in their fellow human beings; one state has lost faith in other states. 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.”

“Now the question is: What is the motivation behind this? It is the tendency to assimilate ideas without the spirit of welfare – and, still more than this, the tendency to acquire the objects of material enjoyment in ever-increasing quantities.”

“So whether in the material world or in the intellectual world, the predominant tendency that makes today’s people, both individually and collectively, rush headlong without control, is the instinct of greed. The propensity of greed, if not controlled by rationality, or benevolent intellect, or spiritual practices, will lead to premature death. Nothing can save human beings from this. This instinct of greed has brought the present humanity to such a state that people no longer consider anything as sinful. Rather, they consider the “sin psychology” as a mental weakness, and the worst of sins are being glorified as the height of intellect, not only indirectly, but also openly.” (Shivas Teachings – 1 (continued) (Discourse 10))

CHIEF CAUSE:

ACQUIRING KNOWLEDGE DEVOID OF ANY WELFARE MOTIVE

In His above teaching, Baba clearly warns us that when people gain knowledge goaded by self-interest and not the motive of welfare, then the outcome is extremely harmful. That is the main guideline which Baba has expressed above. Tragically, that is what we see happening in this modern era.

In result, this earth has become “poisonous”, where people have lost faith in their fellow humans. The root cause is one: Assimilating ideas without the spirit of welfare, i.e. acquiring knowledge for a selfish agenda, devoid of concern for others.

In their persistent quest for expansion, people are gaining more and more knowledge. Yet when that knowledge is not fortified with a benevolent outlook and a welfare motive, it is misused. People are employing their brains and intellect for harming, cheating, and deceiving others. They engage in clashes over one theory and another which cause tremendous bloodshed. In result, this earth has become unlivable for the common person.

The chief cause: Acquiring knowledge devoid of any welfare motive, just for selfish ends.

Most are increasing their intellectual capacity so they can gain the upper hand to achieve their selfish agenda. With their insatiable hunger for acquisition, people are hoarding psychic and physical wealth. Out of greed, they are willing to harm and hurt innocent people. This leads to conflicts over various dogmas and theories. There is a blatant lack of concern for others – what to speak of those high ideals of selflessness and sacrifice. Those ideals are essentially absent.

For these reasons, people have literally lost their regard for their fellow human beings. They look upon others with suspicion, fear, ambivalence, hatred, jealousy, and skepticism. All trust is gone. That is the unfortunate trend of this modern era.

And again the chief cause is one: Acquiring knowledge devoid of welfare motive and using that for selfish endeavors.

Bear in mind, knowledge is very important. One should learn. When accompanied by a benevolent intention, that knowledge can be used to help others and do great things on this earth. Goaded by self-interest, that knowledge will only harm society. In that case, knowledge is dangerous. Those who thirst after knowledge for selfish reasons are deadly. That is the main problem on this globe nowadays – knowledge for selfish pursuits leads to conflicts between dogmas and theories in the form of war, exploitation, and the imposition of harmful doctrines. These poisons are engineered by demons who have a lot of knowledge but are extremely selfish and crooked. They are the cause of countless massacres, and much bloodshed and infighting.

Beware of intellectuals who acquire knowledge without any service mentality – they are very dangerous. That is Baba’s explicit warning. We should be careful.

Namaskar,
Liiladhar Deva

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

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Common People, Who Through Their Sweat And Blood,

Provide Vitality To Human Society – We Can’t Ignore

“Social progress is not and can never be achieved by individual effort. Some people lend their brains, others their hands, and others their legs. If we consider things carefully, to say that the legs are inferior and that the brain is superior, or that the brain has no value – that intellectuals are always exploiters and manual labourers are all that count – are both equally dangerous ways of thinking. The most important point to consider is who has utilized his or her ability and to what extent. Hanuman [the mighty monkey, a devotee of Rama in the mythological epic the Rámáyańa] fetched huge boulders to build a bridge across the sea, while the squirrels collected small pebbles. Yet intrinsically both these actions have the same value. We have no right to question anybody’s sincerity, nor can we scoff at it. We cannot give more appreciation to those who have not utilized their potentialities properly but have done more work than to those who have fully utilized their talents.”

“Days roll on. Empires, wealth and valorous human deeds ride on the wings of time, creating only brief flashes of brilliance. Against this panorama the efforts of common people, like those of the squirrels, do not receive recognition – they are like stones lost in the shadows of towering mountains. The leaders of society perform outstanding feats which are recorded in glowing letters in the annals of history. The students of later ages do research on them. But the common people, who carried the golden banners of these heroes, disappear into oblivion. If we try to think of all of them, we will never finish. Is it possible to print everyone’s obituaries in the newspaper? Is it possible to arrange commemoration services or to build shrines in memory of everybody? But in my opinion there is no use thinking about whether it is possible or not. Those who are magnanimous will openly recognize the greatness in the outstanding achievements of those who lived in the past, regardless of their intellect, education or rank. Those who through their sweat and blood provide vitality to human society do not need our approbation; but even so, why should we commit a social injustice by ignoring the work they have done, their karma sádhaná?” (Human Society – part 1, Social Justice)

Note: Baba’s above teaching and guideline applies to all realms of life, including the struggle, growth, development, propagation, and establishment of our own Ananda Marga. There are countless nameless, faceless devotees who underwent tremendous hardship in order to propagate the ideals of Ananda Marga. They never came in the spotlight; their names were never in the newspaper; and their addresses may never be known; but, they sacrificed much for the great cause of dharma and universal well-being.

Here they are:

1. The widow whose only son or daughter became a wholetimer in Ananda Marga. In her old age, she suffered because no one was there to take care of her. Her progeny left to serve the greater humanity and due to a lack of governmental or other support, she could not get proper care. The latter years of that widow’s life were filled with emotional challenges, loneliness, and physical hardship. To that widow, we pay our regards. Who can forget her sacrifice.

2. The mother whose children became LFT’s to valiantly serve humanity. Instead of earning and bringing home funds for their laokik family, those idealistic youths sacrificed for the greater good of humanity. Yet their mother was faced with the prospect of “losing” her children – the very ones she raised. To see this unfold before her very eyes was painful and disheartening. No one can understand that woman’s pain. Even then she held on – amidst the struggle and hardship. Who can forget her sacrifice.

3. Those sadhakas (male and female) who faced victimisation, humiliation, and torture by standing up to organised and non-organised religious and social dogmas like caste marriages, racial hatred, and women’s rights etc. Who can forget their sacrifice.

4. The hundreds and thousands – wts and margiis alike – who were unjustly jailed by one tyrant trying to wipe out Ananda Marga. Such innocent sadhakas were arrested, put in isolation, and deprived of the basic necessities like proper food. Some were sentenced to grueling chores and work detail, while others were tortured outrightly. Their sacrifice cannot be forgotten. Who can forget their sacrifice.

5. Those sadhakas who held firm to Ananda Marga ideals in the face of huge backlash and oppression from the government, communists, local social pressure, and the various dogmatic religions. Through no fault of their own, they were sidelined, attacked, and rejected by the status quo. Yet these great sadhakas never bent – they maintained their ideological vision and standard. They sacrificed everything for Ananda Marga. We cannot ignore the work they have done – their karma sadhana. Who can forget their sacrifice.

6. Those brave Wts & Ananda Margiis who lost their lives in massacres and barbarous attacks by the communists. Their grand contributions for the cause of dharma will never be forgotten. Who can forget their sacrifice.

7. Those wives who shouldered more of the domestic responsibilities while their husbands were deeply involved in spreading the name of Ananda Marga and the glory of Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. Their husbands were unable to properly attend to their domestic responsibilities. Those margii wives had to maintain the home without proper support from their spouse. Yet they carried on, endured the hardship, and managed well. Their determination and hard work continues to stand. Their sacrifice can never be forgotten.

8. Those children who grew up only with their mother because their father was involved in the callings of Ananda Marga dharma pracara and service projects. Due to a lack of paternal guidance and support, their emotional needs were not adequately fulfilled. Yet they tried as best they could – many becoming strong sadhakas and devotees of Marga Guru. We cannot overlook their hardships and how they continued to strive. Who can forget the sacrifice of those young children.

10. All those who faced opposition – whether they be educated or illiterate, rich or poor, or ordinary or not – we should recognise everyone’s contribution. That is what Baba’s teaching tells us. Because of their dedication to the aims, disciplines and tenets of Ananda Marga, they faced so much trouble and animosity, yet they remained firm and spread the teachings of Ananda Marga by their own conduct and sacrifice. No matter how unimportant they may be in the eyes of the public – they are honoured and regarded by sadhakas around the globe. Those brave souls have put forth unparalleled contributions to establish Ananda Marga. Who can forget their dharmic efforts – who can forget their sacrifice. We cannot.

11. Those Wts who left worldly attachments to spread Ananda Marga ideology and the gospel of neo-humanism. Such workers experienced tremendous hardship – a number were jailed and killed. They all faced difficulties, and in some cases life-threatening, problems. Yet they remained true to the dharmic ideals of Ananda Marga as given by Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji. Their efforts will live on and on in the hearts of sadhakas – all over. We cannot ignore the work they have done – their karma sadhana. Who can forget their sacrifice.

How can we forget the hardships, sacrifice, and tenacity of all those who endured struggle for the sake of propagating and establishing a great ideology. Forever they remain in our hearts and minds. Parama Pita Baba Kii – Jay!
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From: jytoirmaya4Him@horizons…
Date: 16 Nov 2012 18:27:49 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: 30 Day Kiirtan By Ranchi: Be Prepared

Baba

==30 DAY KIIRTAN BY RANCHI: BE PREPARED ==

Namaskar,
As you may have heard, there is going to be a 30-day Vishva Shanti (world peace) kiirtan in Ananda Nagar starting 02 Dec 2012 to quell any and all calamities. That is how they are advertising the program.

“There are fears and rumours that world may face enormous natural calamities at the end of 2012 as per “Mayan” Predictions and also as per scientist’s Pole Shift conception. Hence SEVA’ DHARMA MISSION is organising in ANANDANAGAR Kiirtan Mandap, Pundag, Purulia, W. B., 30 days non stop every day all 24 hours singing the mantra “BA’BA’ NA’M KEVALAM” starting on 2nd December 2012 and will conclude on 1st January 2013.” (Ranchi AMPS Team Email)

By the above published statement, there are a few things to be aware about.

1. The 30-day kiirtan has been arranged to save the earth from shattering into pieces etc;
2. The organisers of the kiirtan give way to the Hindu doomsday dogma of pralaya – or destruction of the earth;
3. The organisers of the kiirtan give credence to the “Mayan prophesy” of the end of the world;
4. The organisers of the kiirtan seem to be exploiting public sentiment, by introducing fear and paranoia in order to maximise margii attendance at their kiirtan function.

The above points are quite apparent just by reading their invitation.

Even then that is not all. Behind the scenes something else is happening. First read this excerpt from Baba’s story about the kingdom of ghosts.

EXCERPT FROM GHOST KINGDOM STORY

The chief ghost replied, “My dear brother, have you already forgotten the name of this kingdom? This is the Kingdom of Hypocrisy.”

That evening Tarun Kumar and the chief ghost decided to stay in the leader’s house to observe his behaviour. You must have realized that he was not a man but a ghost, like all the others. His feet were twisted around like any other ghost.

During the evening some visitors arrived at the house to conduct a secret meeting. Before starting they closed their eyes and chanted the name of “bhut” (“ghost”) with deep reverence and then smoked some intoxicating herbs.

The first visitor said, “Sir, the speech you delivered today was truly unique and has created considerable agitation and unrest among the students.”

The second visitor said, “I’ve never heard such a speech before in my entire life. It will certainly ensure your election victory. Moreover, the students will organize your publicity campaign.”

The third visitor said, “I think we should have called the election by now to take advantage of the students’ present sentiments.”

The leader said, “Don’t worry about that. We shall organize a huge procession a few days before the election. After exciting the students with rousing speeches we shall put them with the ladies at the front of the procession. If the police start using force to control the unruly mob, we shall announce that our opponents have killed women. And even if the ladies flee away in fear of the police, all those students who were roused by my speech will remain. They will surely not run away. If one or two students die at the hands of the police, we shall raise the slogan that the police have killed innocent students. This slogan will help our work; the students will labour heartily for our cause.”

Tarun said to the chief ghost, “Friend, what are all these terrible things I’m hearing?”

The chief ghost replied, “There’s no need to be so alarmed. Always remember the name of this kingdom, brother, always keep it in mind.”

“We couldn’t even imagine such atrocities in our Kingdom of Light,” said Tarun. “By the way, those leader ghosts also have sons and daughters. Won’t they also be killed by the bullets?”

“Don’t you know,” said the chief ghost, “that those with children studying in schools and colleges would never excite the students in such a way. And even if they did, they would keep them safely at home.”

Tarun muttered, “Oh, I see…” (Under the Fathomless Depths of the Blue Sea)

RANCHI’S TACTIC – JUST LIKE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS

Ranchi wanted to have their DMS at Ananda Nagar on Dec 30, 31, & Jan 1.

But the local government administration ruled that there will be two sets of dates for winter DMS: (a) Dec 28 – 30, and (b) Jan 1 – 3. It was further ruled that no one will use Dec 31. That will be a day of transition.

The Ranchi group countered that if they are not awarded Dec 30 – Jan 1, there will be a civil problem and public unrest. The local governmental administration told that, “If so, we will be ready to tackle the situation.”

All along B group has chosen Jan 1 – 3, 2013 for their DMS.

Seeing that the Ranchi organised kiirtan ends on 01 January 2013, there is bound to be overlap between the two factions. Not only that, insiders say that the Ranchi faction is hoping there will be fighting with the Kolkata faction. Some top Ranchi dadas have strategized that it would be good for their cause if a few margiis are killed in the clash with B group. Ranchi organisers think that will sway the situation in their favour.

How then is Ranchi’s approach different from that of the ghosts in the kingdom of darkness? The ghosts hope for some innocent students to be killed by the police as that will aide their cause. Similarly, Ranchi is plotting that if a few margiis are killed at the hands of B group (or the police) then that will bring things in their favour. See then how Ranchi’s outlook is a mirror image of what those ghosts planned in the kingdom of darkness.

B GROUP IS CAPABLE OF COMMITTING MURDER: HISTORY SPEAKS

Here none should think that B group is wholly innocent. Who can forget how B group cadres mercilessly murdered and attacked our own avadhutas on the fateful afternoon in Ananda Nagar on 18 September 2003 at 5:30pm.

That was the horrific and unforgettable moment when Ac. Abhipremananda Avt was murdered by Kolkata group workers. Not only did B group cadres murder Ac Abhipremananda in cold blood with lathis & sticks, but they also brutally beat many unarmed dadas, who were just attending to their normal duties at the time.

Here are the names of those who were badly beaten and tortured in that attack by B group.

Ac. Shyamananda Avt.: is paralysed; Ac. Raganugananda Avt.: lost one eye; Ac. Jyotiprakashananda Avt.: both arms and legs broken;
Ac. Susmitananda Avt.: broken arms and legs; Ac. Dayashekharananda Avt., Ac. Ciradiipananda Avt., Ac. Punyadhiishananda Avt., Ac. Raghavananda Avt.: multiple fractures.

Some of these dadas were so petrified and terrified that they literally jumped out of the building to “save” themselves. There was blood and screaming going on as B group dadas savagely stormed the building and carried out their ruthless attack.

Once again, this incident took place on 18 September 2003 at 5:30 pm at Ananda Marga Institute of Technology (AMIT) in Ananda Nagar. These below listed persons are considered to have been involved in that crime:

Dada Mahidevananda, Dada Devapranananda, Dada Krtamayananda, Dada Krteshananda, Dada Mahidevananda, Dada Mayatiitananda, Dada
Satyasvarupananda, Dada Sucirananda, Dada Sunandananda, Dada Sureshananda, Dada Raviishananda, Dada Tapasnigdhananda, Dada Vasudevananda, and Dada Viitamohananda.

None should think that such a ghastly scene could never be repeated. At present, Ac Vratiishvarananda is a B group in-charge. This dada is a hardened criminal and has a brutal history of attacks and killings. With him as an in-charge, a murder could easily be carried out at the coming winter DMS in Ananda Nagar. Do not forget that this dada is a long-time offender and was VSS chief during the 1995 Arms Drop. So he knows what to do and how to do it – should he wish to authorise an attack.

MUST NOT GIVE IN TO GROUP SENTIMENT – ENCOURAGE POINTS OF UNITY

Everyone should be aware of the situation ahead of time. There should not be any loss of life and this group clash must be resolved – permanently. One should not fall prey to any fear tactics nor group sentiment.

Baba says, “The various differences which split society must be removed in the interest of collective welfare. In order to do that, one must look for the common link, the points of affinity, in the multifarious lifestyles and diverse expressions of life. The points of affinity have got to be encouraged by all means and the differences must be discouraged. If the various differences such as customs, manners, food, dress, language etc. are given undue importance, the clashes and conflicts will increase. And if those differences are made to unite forcibly, that involves risk. That’s why we will have to adopt a positive approach rather than a negative one. Thus, our policy should be, “Aspects of unity should be encouraged and aspects of disunity should be discouraged.” If this principle is strictly followed there will be an increase in human unity and a corresponding decrease in the degree of disunity. I have already said that no difference lasts long. So if the aspects of disunity are discouraged, the human society will gradually find a universally acceptable link through mutual association and attraction. One should always remember that in the interest of social welfare and unity, fissiparous tendencies should never be encouraged.” (A Few Problems Solved – 2, Human Society Is One and Indivisible – 2)

So we should encourage points of unity and not give way to factional interest. As we all know, unity in Ananda Marga means ideological unity, nothing else.

Baba says, “Human unity is purely an ideological unity, which means unity in the psychic sphere. Where there is psychic unity, physical unity will also occur. In the realm of unity, unity is always psychic – ideological unity means unity in the subtlest level of the mind. However, psychic or ideological unity may be affected if we encourage the exploitation of one group by another. So to avoid this there should not be any scope for exploitation in society. And to ensure this we have to start a new order to safeguard the interests of the exploited masses.” (Prout Nutshell – 15, Talks on Prout)

Namaskar,
Jyotirmaya Deva

Note 1: WE DO NOT BELIEVE IN DOOMSDAY

Baba says, “Some philosophers, quoting the scriptures, say that a day of final doom will darken the Earth when the dead will rise from the grave. Others predict that a doomsday (pralayá in Saḿskrta – “pra” means “complete” and thus pralaya means “complete destruction”) will obliterate all forms of life. One should laugh at such illogical doctrines. According to Ánanda Márga philosophy, this doomsday or pralaya will never occur. On the one hand, the flow of creation will continue and on the other, there will be jadasphota [gradual or instantaneous disintegration]. There will never be a complete thermal death of the universe. Thus, predictions of an imminent doomsday should be of no concern to you. It is nonsense; pralaya will never occur.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 7, The Divine Drama)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi saba’r pra’n’era priyo, toma’r na’hi tulana’…” (PS 905)

Purport:

Baba, You are so gracious: You are the dearest One of everyone’s heart. Baba, You Yourself have no comparison; Your divine love has no parallel. Baba, Your grace knows no logic or reasoning. You do not differentiate between the virtuous and the sinners; You do not consider the righteous from the wrongdoers. Baba, You shower Your grace equally on one and all. Baba, You love each and every being of this expressed universe; You pour Your infinite compassion on all. Baba, Your unending grace is causeless.

Baba, You are so sweet. You are hiding in the depths of everyone’s mind – everyone’s heart. By Your cosmic grace, whatever is best to be done for others You do. You take care of everything for everyone. Baba, You have given everything without anyone even asking. Baba, still today You are constantly drenching everyone with Your divine inspiration so they can move on the path of divinity– on the path towards You.

Baba, in the sky of my heart You are ever sparkling; Baba, You are the hope of effulgence in my hopeless heart. You fill my entire being with Your sweet smile. Baba, on the path of this journey towards divinity You go on pouring the white, brilliant effulgence of Your divine grace and upon all You ceaselessly shower Your blessing– Your varabhaya mudra.

Baba You are Kalyansundaram…

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Are You Scaring Your Child

From: Linda Jordan
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: 31 Oct 2012 22:38:16 -0000
Subject: Are You Scaring Your Child

Baba

== ARE YOU SCARING YOUR CHILD ==

Namaskar,
Every parent wishes to raise a healthy, vibrant child who grows up to be physically able, mentally sharp, and spiritually awakened.

Yet, in nearly each and every land, community, and even family, concerned parents and / or social norms undermine the right and proper growth of the child.

The mind is our greatest treasure – and the child’s mind is so tender and impressionable – yet commonly a child’s mind is stricken by fears needlessly, which hamper their growth and development. Such undue fears ruin the psychic peace of the child, today and far into the future.

As parents, as well-wishers of society, as educators, and as sadhakas, we should all be critically aware of this issue.

FESTIVALS, FEAR, HALLOWEEN

In North America and parts of Europe, the holiday of Halloween is celebrated, generally around Oct 30, 31, & Nov 1. Kids dress up in scary costumes, participate in haunted houses, hear ghost stories, and engage in other fear-based activities. The underlying theme is fear.

Today’s filmmakers and authors play off a similar sentiment: excitement through fear. There is an entire corporate business model centered around this. All geared toward instilling the thrill of fear into the mind – in order to turn a profit.

There are so many ways that the entertainment industry and social festivals introduce the fear factor into a child’s mind: ghosts, serial killers, scary creatures from outer space, spooky noises, and in other ways. People even get a sort of sadistic happiness from scaring young kids. Fear gets imposed in so many ways.

As adults we may say, “What’s the big deal, they’re just kids, they’re having fun, let them be, they’ll grow up and understand the truth.”

But it is not like that. The human psyche and mind are very fragile. In various discourses, Baba points out when a child experiences fear then they are scared at that initial moment, and far into the future as well. When they are young and become scared, they suffer from paranoia, nightmares, and other psychic ailments such as crying out in the middle of the night, or being scared to walk alone even in daylight. All because the child was terrified. But it does not end there. That child’s mind will be riddled and encumbered by those unfounded fears for their entire life.

This happens to nearly everyone – to some or more degree.

Because the child thinks those monsters, ghosts, and goblins are real. For them it is not something imaginary or temporary. Children are unable remove those fears. Those fears – based on imposed false ideas – make a deep impression on the child’s psyche, and remain with them for ages and ages. That is Baba’s distinct warning.

Thus we should think a thousand times before exposing our children to horror films, ghost stories, and even seemingly innocuous, kid-centered festivals like Halloween. All these things are bound to burden, or even ruin, a child’s psyche.

LIFELONG PROBLEMS

The accumulation of fears debilitates the human mind – not just in youth but lifelong. Baba tells us that fear – caused by family, social and religious dogmas – will stick with a person for life.

A person may suffer from a lack of courage and become afraid of the dark – forever, far into their adult years. Or a person may not even like to remain in the house alone, even as an adult.

And not only that, but due to imposed fear, a person suffer from a low self-esteem and lack the necessary courage to confidently answer questions in a job interview. Before the interview they may even hide in the bathroom – too scared to walk inside. This is not just a matter of being nervous, rather a deep-seated fear that shakes their bones.

Thus the fears that get imposed on a child’s psyche are baggage they carry for life – in all sorts of shape and sizes, in all kinds of ways. They suffer as a child and become permanently shackled and never grow properly. So we should be extremely careful never to impose such fears on a child.

YOU WILL SEE A GHOST

Here Baba scientifically shows how the fear complex takes root in the human mind and becomes part of a person’s living reality.

Baba says, “Suppose in daytime you are in a lonely place. It may or may not be a lonely place. Suppose in daytime you are alone in a big house, and some people told you that there is a ghost – “Ghost… ghost… ghost.” You heard it. The acoustic wave touched your mind, touched the subconscious portion of your mind, and after that you are told, “You know, Mr. X, there is a ghost in this house.” And you are Mr. X. “There is a ghost in this house.” All the nerve fibres fail to function. What will happen then? Just touch the conscious level of your mind, and as an extro-objective creation, as an external reflection of your very ectoplasmic stuff, you will see a ghost. And what sort of ghost will you see? The description of a ghost that you read in your books or you heard from your granny, “A ghost is like this.” In broad daylight you will see the ghost.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-12)

Thus what to speak of even small children, an adult’s mind can also be polluted by fear such that those false and imagined fears come to life for them.

Namaskar,
Liila

Note 1: BABA SOUND FILE

At the top of the left side-bar of the blogsite, http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/, there is an audio file titled, “Baba’s Warning About Infusing Fear in Children”. Please visit the site and listen to it. Here is the transcription and translation of that sound file.

BABA SPOKE:

Ghrna’, shaunka’, bhaya, aet’a’ holo pa’pa, jab tumi jakhan chotto chile, tumi ka’uke ghrna’ korte na’. Oi pare toma’r prativeshiira’ bandhura’ ba’r’iir lokera’, toma’ke shikhiye chilo ki, “Aeta korte na’in, aeta ghrnya jinish.” To, toma’ke bhaya shikhiye che, lajja’ shikhiye che, a’r seit’a shes’a paryanta toma’r rauna [lege] geche. Choto chele du’dha kha’cche na’. Ba’r’iir lokera’ bolle, “Oi juju a’che, ta’la ga’che juju a’che, dhare nebe.” Tumi jujur bhaye khiye nile du’dha. Ta’r pare, sei tumi jakhane du vatsa’rer na’iny, tumi hoye gele ba’isa vatsa’rer, takhano sei maner jujuta’ roye gelo. Kakhano-kakhano svapnetei juju ke dekhbe. Ekla’ hote giye jujur bhaya buka kenpe ut’abe. Era holo ki? Na, ca’inpiye deoya ba’ndha’na. Ai, this type of bondage or these bondages are known as pa’shas.

TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH:

Hatred, doubt, fear are sin. When you were small, you did not hate anybody. After that your neighbors, friends and family members taught you, “This is what hate is, don’t do such a thing.” They taught you fear, they taught you shyness, and in the end those interactions stained your mind in that color. The small babe did not want to drink the milk. So in order to get the baby to drink the milk, the family members said, “Look a ghost is on the palm tree – it will come and get you if you do not drink your milk.” So you drank the milk out of fear of being caught by the ghost. After many years, when you were no longer two, but became twenty-two years of age, that mental ghost still existed in your mind. From time to time in your dreams you will still see that ghost. In consequence, while remaining in a lonely place your heart will become startled and frozen due to fear of that ghost. What is this? Imposed bondage. This type of bondage or these bondages are known as pa’shas.

Note 2: MUST NOT INJECT FEAR COMPLEXES

Remember, one should not inject any type of fear complex into the child’s mind, otherwise that youth will suffer from that fear complex their entire life – to varying degrees. That will be very bad. Instead of being brave and strong, that child will be meek, frightened, and cowardly.

As Ananda Margiis, we should follow Guru’s teaching and never inject any type of fear complex on our young ones. We should seek out entertainment that is based on tales of bravery – not the imposition of fear.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi saba’r bha’loba’sa’ peyecho…” (P.S. 1383)

Purport:

Baba, everyone loves You. And You receive everyone’s heartfelt love. You look upon all in the same way; You view everyone equally – with no differentiation. You always think about everyone’s all-round welfare. You are concerned with one and all; everyone is Yours.

In the burning heat when life is becoming unbearable, You shower us with Your grace. You take away all our pains and sufferings. Baba, You are ever-gracious. When the heart starts bleeding due to the repeated blows of different negative samskaras from the present, past, and future, then You saturate those suffering hearts with the divine nectar of Your love. In that way, You graciously take away all the problems in the showering of Your divine compassion. On the dark amavasya night when it is pouring rain all around, even in that hour You bring effulgence through the medium of the firefly. Like this, You provide the solution to each and every situation. It is Your grace.

Baba, You love all and You know how to love. You give utmost importance to human life. And everyone is looking towards the path of Your arrival. Those who are crying and suffering, You have given them shelter at Your lotus feet. Baba, You are granting boons and blessings to everyone. You are grace personified…

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Police Can’t Solve

From: “Shantatma Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Police Can’t Solve
Date: Fri 06 Apr 2012 21:49:02 +0530

Baba

== POLICE CAN’T SOLVE ==

Namaskar,

Baba says, “You can help someone to become good by making him understand, but no one becomes good through the application of force. You may persuade, you may bring them onto the path of righteousness by helping them to understand. This you can certainly do. If the sinner is engaged in sinful acts or keeps moving ahead on a sinful path, you can prevent that person from doing so by the application of force. But you cannot rectify him in this way.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-10, p.190)

These days around the world a one-sided approach is taken by governments regarding law and order. The administration makes rules and gives the duty to police and military personnel to enforce them.

However, as per Baba’s above teaching, this is not an effective way to create a proper society.

Because when only fear tactics are employed and when members of the general public are not properly convinced, persuaded, or educated about what should and should not be done, then people can neither be rectified nor become good citizens.

In resorting only to the fear of the police and jail, crime is increasing. People do not commit crimes when they think the police are present; but they do resort to criminal activity when think they cannot be caught.

So the fear of being put in jail is not the proper solution; that will not keep people from doing bad deeds.

First the inner desire needs to be cultivated about true duty of a true human being and a member of society. That is what is meant by persuasion. Thereafter, when persuasion and education has been done, governments can apply fear tactics and force to create law and order.

By this two-fold approach of persuasion and force, there will be order in society.

Same is the case with Ananda Marga also. We should know the logic and reasoning
behind why AM rules are beneficial, then the inner desire will naturally develop to follow those rules. Otherwise, just out of a fear of God, authority or police, a true society cannot be established; people will not follow the rules.

Before ’90, many dadas did not have the conviction or desire to follow the righteous path. Out of fear they were obeying, and when that fear moved away (according to them), they became fearless and their true color showed in the form of groupism and all kinds of heinous acts.

Whereas those who were inspired in the core of their heart to follow AM teachings, such workers and margiis progress on the path of spirituality, and do not get degenerated.

Namsakar,
Shantatma

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

Baba

== BABA STORY: MY REALISATION IN PC ==

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

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

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

FIRST TIME GOING FOR PC

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

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

SECOND TIME GOING FOR PC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STILL TODAY I AM REPENTANT

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

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

At this very moment I repent.

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

Namaskar,
Vibhuti Deva

REFLECTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Namaskar,
Ramdhan Deva

OUR SANSKRIT NAMES

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

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

Note 1: WHAT TO ASK FOR

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

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

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

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

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

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

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

Purport:

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

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

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

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

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3004:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2012 23:37:21 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: V. Deva
Subject: Not Mania, But Phobia + Other Errors

Baba

== NOT MANIA, BUT PHOBIA + OTHERS ERRORS ==

Namaskar,
Our duty is to safeguard Baba’s teachings of Ananda Marga and present them in a complete and pristine manner to the world. This sacred duty Baba has bestowed upon us.

The first and foremost step is to keep all His teachings in a proper order – in their original condition. If we fail to do this then for generations and generations the wrong guidelines will be in vogue. Naturally, we should ensure His discourses are properly printed.

When we read Baba’s discourses, we expect that those printed words are the actual words which Baba Himself spoke.

Unfortunately, in our printed publications, at present, there are innumerable mistakes: Some due to blatant distortion and some due to poor working style. Whatever the reason these types of errors are rampant in all of our AM books. Such alterations are everywhere and the problem is only spreading as more wrong faulty editions are printed.

We need to reverse this course, otherwise the phrase – Baba’s books – will be a namesake only, as His books do not contain His true words but rather carry thousands of errors made by our Publications Department.

Here are but a few examples for your review and assessment.

“YOGA PSYCHOLOGY”: WRONG PSYCHIC DISEASE PRINTED

Please read this following paragraph from the discourse ‘Faculty of Knowledge-3’.

THE PUBLISHERS WROTE:

“Various psychic diseases may arise if there is any defect in the process of the objectivization of mind. Remember that psychic disease and brain disease are not the same thing; they are quite different. Brain disease occurs due to some disorder in a part of the brain, or due to a congenital defect, or perhaps due to hereditary causes which hamper the proper formation of the brain. Mental disease is different. It arises due to a disorder in the objectivated mind, in the first stage in the process of subjectivization. Many people who, while creating thoughts in their objectivated minds, repeatedly form the same image out of weakness or fear, suffer from a mental disease called mania.” (YP, ’98 Edn, p.56)

In this historic discourse Baba is introducing His revolutionary concept about mental diseases, a.k.a. psychic diseases. Yet in the last line the wrong name of the mental disease has been printed.

That mental disease which Baba is describing above is known as a “phobia” – not a “mania”.

Yet in so many printings and reprintings of this very discourse the Publishers have written “mania”; when in fact, per Baba’s definition, that type of irrational fear complex is known as a “phobia”. But the Publishers wrongly wrote “mania”.

By this way readers may think Baba is classifying all such fear syndromes as manias. But that is not true. According to Baba such conditions are known as “phobias”.

NOT JUST A TYPO BUT A SYSTEMIC PROBLEM

Some may think that this was a mere typo – but please take a further look. In the book “Yoga Psychology” alone, this so-called typo has occurred in not less than five printings. The 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2005 edition of the “Yoga Psychology” books all carry this wrong terminology.

Here we are talking about the discourse ‘Faculty of Knowledge-3’ which was originally given in Bengali. And in all the English printings of the discourse the publishers and translators wrote the wrong word.

Not only that, on the 2005 edition of the “Yoga Psychology” book, that very faulty paragraph has been specially highlighted on the glossy back cover of the book– but even then the publishers could not realise their blunder.

Plus this discourse, ‘Faculty of Knowledge-3′, was also wrongly printed in the book “Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell” part 5 and also “A Few Problems Solved” part 7. In all these discourses the wrong printing of the discourse has occurred. That means, at minimum, this discourse has been wrongly printed seven times. There is no publishing house in the world that would create such a mess like this, yet that is happening with our AM Publications Department.

So the problem is systemic in that it occurs again and again.

We can all surmise why this has happened repeatedly, but our overall aim is to make the books proper. Let this be a reminder then that our Publications Dept should make the noted correction.

Of course there are many errors that need correcting including the following two points from Ananda Sutram.

ANANDA SUTRAM IS IMPLICATED

Everyone knows that Ananda Sutram is known as our philosophical treatise – yet tragically this text also has been spoiled in so many places.

For example see how they defined this below sutra.

4-4. Dvitiiya’ sakale prathamodgame Bhaeravii Bhaerava’shrita’.

dvitiiya’ = second; sakale = having a soft sound; prathama = first; udgame (7th case) = sprouting forth; Bhaeravii = name of Prakrti in the second phase (fem. of Bhaerava); Bhaerava = name of Purus´a in the second phase; a’shrita’ = sheltered

By their own accord, the publishers inserted the above word by word translation. But they could not do it properly. The second term, ‘sakale’, does not mean ‘having a soft sound’.

Rather the ‘sa’ prefix means ‘with’ and the root ‘kal’ means ‘germ’ and the ending ‘e’ is a regular case ending.

Thus the proper definition of sakale is ‘sprouting or germinating’. And this make perfect sense too. Because see here Baba’s original purport of this sutra 4-4.

“Purport: With the loss of equipoise of the triangle, the germ of evolution sprouts forth from any of the vertices and moves forward as a straight line as per degrees of the gun’as. This state is really the manifested state of Purus’a and Prakrti. Here Purus´a is sagun’a [qualified], for Prakrti has got the opportunity of expressing Herself. Prakrti the creatress of this state is called Bhaeravii shakti, and the name of the witnessing Purus’a is Bhaerava.”

In the first line of the above paragraph Baba Himself says “germ” as in the “germ of evolution sprouts forth”. And this is all reflected by the term sakale.

But in their aforementioned definition, the Publishers wrote that sakale means ‘having a soft sound’. Throughout the Ananda Sutram book there are other such errors.

ANOTHER MISTAKE IN ANANDA SUTRAM

Now here see this next sutra.

4-7. Sthu’liibhavane nidrita’ sa’ kun’d’alinii.

And here below is the word by word meaning which the Publishers made:

sthu’liibhavane (7th case) = in the process of crudification;
nidrita’ = sleeping;
sa´ = she;
kun’d’alinii = coiled serpentine

The first term is improperly defined; the term ‘sthu’li’ means ‘static’, ‘bhavan’ means ‘house or mansion’ and the case ending ‘e’ means ‘in’.

Thus the full term ‘sthu’liibhavane’ is to that mansion or house which is totally crude. The term ‘sthu’liibhavane’ refers to the muladhara cakra.

Because the muladhara cakra is the home of all static energy and it houses the sleeping kulakundalini. Hence the literal word meaning of ‘sthu’liibhavane’ should be ‘crude mansion’ and the symbolic meaning is the muladhara cakra.

But instead the publishers wrote their own definition which has little to do with the literal or inner meaning of this sutra.

Here the point is that Baba is just giving another name for the muladhara cakra. That was part of the purpose of this sutra. But it seems this point the Publishers could not grasp.

Now see here Baba’s original purport for this sutra and the whole matter becomes perfectly clear that He is talking about the muladhara cakra.

“Purport: The last expressional point, which is the fringe of the Bhava´nii shakti, is the ultimate state of expression of force – the ultimate state of crudity. In this state of crudity the para´shakti [introversial pervasive force] that is lying in a quiescent state as the jiivabha´va [finite subjectivity], is called the kulakun’d’alinii [“coiled serpentine”, or force of fundamental negativity].

Thus by analysing this sutra from top to bottom it is clear that the word by word definition which the publishers gave is totally wrong.

WHY THIS IS GOING ON

There are a variety of reasons why this problem is going on. And these will be explored further in this next part of this series. Yet as members of AMPS and as disciples of Baba and as students of His philosophy it is our birthright to have His books printed in the proper manner.

And it is imperative that proper books be passed on to future generations.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we will get His scripture updated and shining and make it a reflection of what He actually spoke. Then our AM books really will be divine.

Baba says, “Absolute knowledge is the direct message from God…The books in A’nanda Ma’rga philosophy are all absolute knowledge.” (PNS-18, p.10)

Namaskar,
Vidyasagar Deva

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“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, so 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 – about me. 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 my own tears. Baba, after such a long time You have graced me and come in my mind…

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How Sadguru is Still Present

Baba says, “The entity by whose grace one comes into contact with Sat…that entity, or rather, that framework through which Parama Purusa is working or Ta’raka Brahma is functioning, is the Sadguru.” (AV-3, p. 48)

Note 1: And here below Baba defines the meaning of ‘Sat’.

Baba says, “Sat, the non-changeable Entity, the non-changeable stance, the non-changeable Nuclear Entity around which so many electrons move”. (AV-3, p. 48)

Note 2: That Sadguru still exists and one can see Him through our various spiritual practices. In that way one can have His loving communication and grace– everything. So the form upon which each and every sadhaka ideates upon Him in sadhana, that form is the Sadguru. And through the medium of that form every disciple gets His blessing. And that is why still today when an acarya initiates anyone they say that your Guru is Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji.
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To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: wellsley29@cswebmail.com
Subject: Baba’s Guideline on how to Control Sex
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:55:04 -0800 (PST)

Baba

== BABA’S GUIDELINE ON HOW TO CONTROL SEX ==

Namaskar,
One of the most important aspects of spirituality is knowing how to keep the mind moving in a sentient direction– as well as recognising when the mind is starting to degrade.

FOUR BASIC PROPENSITIES

All human beings have four inborn or basic propensities: ahar (hunger), nidra (sleep), bhaya (fear), and maethuna (procreation). These are present within each and every person, and one becomes great by gaining control over these propensities– because then the mind will flow swiftly and smoothly towards the path of dharma and one’s spiritual ideal.

Failing that, the mind will move outwardly towards the mundane world via the indriyas (motor & sensory organs) and express in the form of these 4 cruder propensities. Unfortunately, in today’s materialistic society, nearly the whole population is involved in this degenerated way of life.

Of course for sadhakas, our way is different. We are to direct the mind towards the atman or soul and from there reach to God– never allowing the flow of mind to degrade and blindly run after these four basic propensities.

HOW TO CONTROL THESE PROPENSITIES

The question then is how to control these four basic propensities. And here Baba Himself provides us with the answer.

Baba says, “The peculiar nature of these propensities is this: if they are given indulgence, they increase. And they easily come under control with a slight effort; only in the initial stage, one must struggle a little to control them.” (Namah Shivaya Shantaya: Disc 16)

So the first half of the equation is that if we encourage these propensities– if we act on them– then that particular vrtti or propensity will multiply exponentially and one will become a slave to that propensity.

Baba says, “As with any of the four vrttis, if sleep is encouraged, people can spend twenty-three out of the twenty-four hours of their day in sleep.” (Namah Shivaya Shantaya: Disc 16)

Hence just as one can sleep all day long, one be totally dominated by any of the 4 cruder propensities, if they are encouraged. A man can eat 150 eggs if that is his choosing. A person can become totally fearful of each and every thing in this universe if the fear vrtti encouraged. Likewise, one’s entire existence can be swallowed up by sexual lust if one is not careful. Such is the case with so many so-called superstars of Hollywood etc.

Then what are we to do?

Baba says, “They [the 4 basic propensities] easily come under control with a slight effort.” (Namah Shivaya Shantaya: Disc 16)

In a phrase, the second half of Baba’s formula is that we are to discourage those cruder propensities– we are not to act on them blindly, in which case their effect on the mind will diminish and the mind will be free to move towards a higher ideal.

HOW SEX VRTTI GETS ENCOURAGED

But in this crude era of kali yuga, of extreme materialism, of degenerated capitalism, each and every direction one looks, or nearly so, there is the encouragement of the sex vrtti: In advertisements, on the internet, in movies, by risque dress on the street, and so many ways. Naturally, then the bulk of the population gets pulled in that direction. And the consequence is awful: Sexual diseases, unplanned pregnancies, ruined marriages, and the degeneration of mind such that peace and composure can never be found.

So as sadhakas we are to take proper care, and, if at any time, our minds accidentally get exposed to even remotely sexually oriented things– such as when browsing the internet– then immediately we should close the eyes, take Baba’s name, and see His image in dhyana. In a word, we are to ask His grace. That is the only way. Otherwise that crude picture will flash in the mind again and again. So it must be dissolved and replaced or diverted with something else– namely Baba’s image.

By this way we will always get success because Baba’s grace is far more powerful than those crude vrttis.

DISCOURAGE AND CHANNELISE

So the two step approach in AM for overcoming sexual lust and the domination of any of the four baser propensities is (a) discouragement and (b) channelisation.

Discouragement, as discussed above, means not (over)indulging in that direction whether it be excess sleep, overeating, fear complex, or crude lustful “pleasures”. If one does not mentally or physically swim in that direction, then the mind will not be prone to flowing that way.

In which case the mind will be free to move in a sentient manner, which leads into point (b), channelisation.

As we all know, in our sadhana and dhyana, we are to make a link with Parama Purusa– an inner relation with Him. And as Baba explains in His book, Namami Krsna Sundaram, the sadhaka is to adopt one of the various bhavas– Friend, Father, Slave, Lover, whichever one feels natural. Then through that relation the mind will be able to run towards Parama Purusa. Then one’s crude propensities will be wholly diverted and channelised towards Baba, and the degrading effect of those crude propensities will wane, diminish, or become nil.

In a nutshell this is Baba’s proven and scientific way for overcoming the bondage of the four crude vrttis and inviting bliss into one’s life.

MORE PARTS TO THE PUZZLE

Even then there are many more parts to the puzzle which can be elaborated upon later or raised by someone else. Here are some of those pieces.

* The way to divert sexual energy is by making a relation with Baba in sadhana, that we know. But when the eyes are open and one is walking down the street, then we are to look upon all females as mother. That is the tantric depiction of women. Then the feeling of lust will not arise because one will be involved in the sentient ideal that women are the mothers of men. Likewise, sisters should think that all males are their father, that will also discourage the sex impulse. But far and away, it is brothers who suffer more from this problem as the society exploits females and objectifies females as the tools of male enjoyment.

* In order to overcome crude propensities, Buddhists resort to negative ideation and hatred by thinking of females merely as a combination of biological parts such as the stomach with its undigested food or the bowels with its storage of waste. That is how the Buddhist doctrine advises practitioners to overcome sexual feeling. But this breeds disgust and hatred in the mind, which is why it is far more suitable and appropriate to adopt the tantric ideal that all women are to be looked upon as mother.

* Avidya maya wants to keep each and every person in her clutch. That is why when she sees anyone adopt the spiritual path then she hurls thousands of obstacles in that person’s way in hopes of derailing their progress. Indeed maya is just like a female spy that is sent into enemy territory to get information by using her sexual appeal. Those who fall prey do not understand what they are getting themselves into. Same with the sadhaka who falls prey to lust etc. That sadhaka does not realise that it is merely Mahamaya trying to bound them in her clutch.

* The human mind cannot go in two directions. So if the mind adopts a particular bhava and links up with Parama Purusa, then that mind will be less susceptible to degradation. Because the mind can only go in one direction. And when the mind is wholly engaged in its spiritual pursuit, then there is absolutely no chance of degradation. So it all depends on the degree to which one is involved in sadhana.

* The whole path of mysticism is to withdraw the mind from the physical organs (indriyas) and channelise the mind toward the atman or soul, and from the unit soul reach up to God. Unfortunately, now many travel the opposite path and their mind flows towards the indriyas and from there they crudely interact with the mundane world, thereby indulging in those crude propensities.

* Above all, the most important point is that when tempted in any negative direction, then immediately seek out and ask the sweet grace of Parama Purusa and request Him again and again to save you from all sorts of problems and difficulties. Then surely He will respond by showering His grace and you will be saved. Because let us never forget that His grace is more powerful than any force in this universe.

BABA’S GRACE

Baba is so gracious and He has given us all the tools and inherent longing to cultivate more and more anurakti, or more precisely para’nurakti, in life– thereby shedding the effect of the crude, basic propensities like sex etc, and developing greater closeness and love for Him.

Baba says, “When one’s psychic attraction is toward the crude, the mind has a downward tendency, which leads to one’s eventual downfall. But when the mind moves upward it is called anurakti [attraction for the Great]. The consummation of this attraction is devotion.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell-8)

Baba says, “Anurakti is of two kinds. The anurakti for the Supreme Brahma or Infinite Cosmic Consciousness is para’nurakti. The anurakti for Brahma under the sway of prakrti or the anurakti for the crude manifestations is termed apara’nurakti. God is an object for para’nurakti. When the aspirant considers the Supreme Brahma to be his own, it is termed bhajana’ or bhakti.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life – 2)

Namaskar,
Jiivendra

Note: ANOTHER LETTER ON THIS TOPIC

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-control-sex.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’lo tumi tule dharo saba’ri sa’mane…” (PS #2135)

Purport:

Baba, You grace everyone. With Your love, You show the path of effulgence to all. By virtue of one’s little intellect and superficial knowledge, You cannot be realized. When I feel that I have understood You, then and there I realize that I am in the dark. Because of this ignorance, I feel that I am all alone. But when I surrender everything to You, then only I feel that You are residing in my mind.

Baba, when I call You in my days of suffering, when I am burning with the fire of mental tension, dilemma and confusion, and various types of physical, psychic, and spiritual afflictions, when with a crying heart I desperately call You, then I feel that You are secretly residing in my mind– in the core of my heart.

Baba, nobody can know You or realise You by using their crude worldly attributions. By Your grace You shower all with the light of sadhana, and by that way I am able to come close to You. It is Your grace, it is Your grace…

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Substitute for Mother’s Milk

Baba says, “Qualitatively donkey’s milk is almost the same as human
mother’s milk. Because of this, those babies who in their infancy have lost their mothers, as a substitute they can be given donkey’s milk.” (S.C., discourse no. 160)
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Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 22:47:23
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Do Not Destroy the Psyche of Your Child
From: “Ishvara”

Baba

== DO NOT DESTROY THE PSYCHE OF YOUR CHILD ==

Namaskar,
Every parent wishes to raise a healthy, vibrant child who grows up to be physically able, mentally sharp, and spiritually awakened.

Yet, in nearly each and every land, community, and even family, concerned parents and / or social norms undermine the right and proper growth of the child.

Our mind is our greatest treasure – and the child’s mind is so tender and impressionable – yet commonly a child’s mind is stricken by fears needlessly, which hamper their growth and development. Such undue fears ruin the psychic peace of the child, today and far into the future.

As parents, as well-wishers of society, as educators, and as sadhakas, we should all be critically aware of this issue.

FESTIVALS, FEAR, HALLOWEEN & SO MUCH MORE

In the US and parts of Europe, the holiday of Halloween was recently celebrated. Kids dress up in scary costumes, participate in haunted houses, hear ghost stories, and so much more happens. The underlying element is fear.

Plus today’s filmmakers and authors play off a similar sentiment: excitement through fear. There is an entire corporate business model centered around this. All geared toward instilling the thrill of fear into the mind – in order to turn a profit.

There are so many ways that the entertainment industry and social festivals introduce the fear factor into a child’s mind: ghosts, serial killers, scary creatures from outer space, spooky noises, and so much more. People even get a sort of sadistic happiness from scaring young kids. Fear gets imposed in so many ways.

As adults we may say, “What’s the big deal, they’re just kids, they’re having fun, let them be, they’ll grow up and understand the truth.”

But it is not like that. The human psyche and mind are very fragile. In so many discourses Baba points out that the child’s mind will be riddled and encumbered by those unfounded fears for their entire life.

Because the child thinks those monsters, ghosts, and goblins are real. For them it is not something imaginary or temporary. Children do not employ a rational mind-set to remove those fears. Those fears – based on imposed false ideas – remain with them for ages and ages. That is Baba’s distinct warning.

Thus we should think a thousand times before exposing our children to horror films, ghost stories, and even seemingly innocuous, kid-centered festivals like Halloween. All these things are bound to burden, or even ruin, a child’s psyche.

ORDINARY FAMILIES IMPOSE

SCARE TACTICS AS DISCIPLINE

Even then, the problem stems deeper than this. It is not just the entertainment business and common social festivals that are at fault.

In His Ananda Vacanamrtam series, Baba discusses and points out specific examples where families and caretakers use a fear complex as a means to control or discipline children.

For instance, if the kids are playing and making too much noise when it is their bed time, then a parent or caretaker may say, “If you do not go to sleep this instant, then monsters will come and attack you.”

Or they may say, “Naughty children are bound to get eaten by goblins.”

Some even exclaim, “If you do not behave, Satan will punish you forever.”

Baba also cites the examples how grandmothers tell disobedient children that, “Ghosts will come and strangle you if you do not sit still.”

In His Jan 1 1986 discourse in Kolkata, “Existential Flow & Its Culminating Point”, Baba reveals how fear is often an imposed bondage by one’s own family members. If a baby is not eating its meal, then the grandmother tries to put fear in that child’s mind. The grandma terrorizes the baby by saying, “If you do not eat then a ghost will come and swallow you. So sit down and eat and do not runaround.” Then when that child grows to 22yrs of age, he still has nightmares about a goblin coming and sitting on his chest. Baba explains this clearly in His discourse, but unfortunately this section was neither transcribed in the Bangla edition nor translated into English. It was missed entirely. And again this further shows how one’s own family members impose life-long fear complexes by their threats etc.

To some or more degree such imposed fear complexes are used in countless families around the world. It is a cheap, misguided parenting technique that happens nearly pervasively. We may all even think back to our own childhoods and remember hearing such things.

The parent or caregiver naively thinks that the problem is solved. They think that the child has started to behave properly or that the child stopped making noise. So the parent thinks that the fear technique is a veritable method for discipling a child.

In the short term it may look like that.

But the overarching long-term effects are disastrous. There is a breach of trust and even more than that the child’s mind is permanently scarred by that fear. It cannot be removed easily. That fear sits in their mind for ages and may even carry over into their next life. That is the depth to which the imposed fear invades their psyche.

So such unfounded fears that get imposed on a child’s mind become psychic baggage for the long haul. And we will discuss more about this below.

MULTIPLIES ONE’S FEARS

Here is one other key point to the discussion.

Bhaya, or fear, is one of the four basic propensities of each and every human being. This sense of fear is actually a survival instinct. Animals have it; humans have it. So we already have a sense of fear built into our human personality.

But that innate sense of fear is based on reality. Animals are fearful of their predators so they run away from safety. The fear is real and that fear preserves their existence.

Humans also have real fears. “I am too scared to jump off of this bridge”; “I am scared and do not want to grab the snake; “I am too scared to walk into the fire; “I am scared about death.”

Here the point is that the fundamental fear vrtti is already part of our mental constitution – it is a base instinct, not something noble or divine.

So then to impose false fears on the human psyche is just burdening us further. It multiplies that sense of fear which already haunts the human personality. Because already we are fearful about real events, and then as children we become frightened by so many false or imaginary things as well.

It just multiplies the sense of fear and that is not good.

LIFELONG PROBLEMS

The accumulation of fears debilitates the human mind – not just in our youth but lifelong. Baba tells us that fear – caused by family, social and religious dogmas – will stick with a person for life.

A person may suffer from a lack of courage and become permanently afraid of the dark. Or a person may not even like to remain in the house alone even as an adult.

And not only that, but a person may be even lack the necessary courage to confidently answer questions in a job interview. Before the interview they may even be hiding in the bathroom – too scared to walk inside. This is not just a question of normal nervousness, but rather a deep seated fear that shakes their bones.

Thus the fears that get imposed on a child’s psyche are baggage they carry for life – in all sorts of shape and sizes, in all kinds of ways. They will be permanently shackled and will never grow properly. So we should be a thousand times careful never to impose such fears on a child.

BABA SAYS:

YOU WILL SEE A GHOST

Here Baba scientifically shows how the fear complex takes root in the human mind and becomes part of a person’s living reality.

Baba says, “Suppose in daytime you are in a lonely place. It may or may not be a lonely place. Suppose in daytime you are alone in a big house, and some people told you that there is a ghost – “Ghost… ghost… ghost.” You heard it. The acoustic wave touched your mind, touched the subconscious portion of your mind, and after that you are told, “You know, Mr. X, there is a ghost in this house.” And you are Mr. X. “There is a ghost in this house.” All the nerve fibres fail to function. What will happen then? Just touch the conscious level of your mind, and as an extro-objective creation, as an external reflection of your very ectoplasmic stuff, you will see a ghost. And what sort of ghost will you see? The description of a ghost that you read in your books or you heard from your granny, “A ghost is like this.” In broad daylight you will see the ghost.” (AV-12)

Thus what to speak of even small children, an adult’s mind can also be polluted by fear such that those false and imagined fears come to life for them.

Here below Baba further explains the nature of this phenomenon.

Baba says, “You are the witnessing entity, you are the seer of the ghost, and a certain compartment of your mind went outside as an external projection and took the form of the ghost, that is, the very structure of the ghost is ectoplasmic in nature and that ectoplasm came from your source. You are the creator of that ghost. Actually there is no ghost. But you will see many a respectable man who will say, “Yes, I have seen it! Yes, I have seen it!” He is not incorrect in saying this. He saw it, but the ghost was of his creation. It was an outer or external objective reflection, or external objective projection, or external positive hallucination.” (AV-12)

So the human mind is very fragile and subject to all kinds of fears – even false ones that we hear in the form of ghost stories, etc.

No one should take this point lightly and think that scaring children is just one momentary incident. Any and all fear has a huge impact on their psyche. They can become crippled for life. We should all pay heed. That is Baba’s warning.

SOLUTION:

CREATING A FEARLESS MIND

By Baba’s grace He has given us – at minimum – two pathways for creating a fearless mindset.

1) We must not pollute the minds of children by imposing fear sentiments.

Baba says, “It is important that these lullabys should convey the inspiration for the development of heroism and knowledge, but there should be no frightening ideas in them.” (PNS-10)

Thus our stories, films, festivals, disciplinary tactics, tales, holidays should be totally devoid of scary thoughts and images. Children should feel safe, secure, and loved – never burdened by any imposed or false fear.

That is the first method for raising a healthy child.

2) The second method is to read Baba’s short stories wherein He has graciously written various ghost stories where those ghosts are friendly and helpful. Sometimes the ghost sweetly drapes a mosquito net over a sleeping person so that they will be more comfortable. Or the ghost will bring a glass of water or offer shelter to a needy person. Basically, in so many of His stories, ghosts and other creatures are quite friendly and philanthropic. This helps create a positive mind-set wherein one will not fall prey to dogmatic fears about ghosts.

Today’s filmmakers and story writers should also follow this path.

This is a second method for raising children free of fear complexes.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, we should be 100% wary of introducing false fears into the mind-set of our children. Thus we must re-evaluate occasions like Halloween and and be cent per cent certain that our children are never exposed to fear tactics as as form of discipline. With the gift of a safe and happy childhood, that young one will grow up and live a courageous and dharmic life.

Baba says, “So one must move along the path of satya and one must have the satya as one’s only desideratum. And this is the only path, this is the path of fearlessness; that is, there is no fear in it, nothing to be afraid of.” (AV-2)

Namaskar,
Ishvara

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Food Affects Protoplasmic Cells

Baba says, “Whatever I get, that I will eat” – this must not be the policy of a sane being. This human body is a composite of protoplasmic cells, and these protoplasmic cells are made of the food we take in. If the food and drink is defective, then the protoplasmic cells will also become defective, and the human mind, which is the collective mind of so many protoplasmic minds, will also become defective. That is why ta’masik or static food has a negative influence on the human mind.” (SS-18 p.3)
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Date: 31 Mar 2011 19:18:46 -0000

From: “Maya Devii”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Re: Why Didis Must Carry a Trishul

 

Baba

 

== WHY DIDIS MUST CARRY A TRISHUL ==

 

~ Part 2 ~

 

Namaskar,

After reading the letter about why Didis must carry a trishul (trident),

a few of us discussed the situation and came up with these points.

 

(Note: The original letter of this series is pasted below for your easy

reference.)

 

 

REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPT

 

Everything Baba has done was totally revolutionary at the time,

including the creation of female wholetimers. Back then, in India,

females were not allowed out of the house. So to have wholetimer Didis

moving openly around the society was quite revolutionary. Many crude and

dogmatic people did not like the idea that AM was creating female

wholetimers, hence our Didis needed a way to protect themselves. Many

say that is also why our Didis are required to carry a trishul. This was

a way for them to defend themselves against anti-social elements.

 

Of course, all Baba’s teachings have lasting significance. What was

needed 30 years ago is most applicable today as well. Perhaps today,

more Indian ladies are allowed out of the house, but there continues to

be more crimes against women – in the form of rape, domestic violence,

and street crimes. This has been a terrible issue as there is a dramatic

rise of educated, professional women in India getting sexually attacked

by young males villagers.

 

As materialism grows more and more in India, women are looked upon &

honoured less as mothers and viewed more as mere objects of sexual

enjoyment.

 

 

GREAT DETERRENT

 

Given the overall social and sexual environment, where Hollywood and

Bollywood portray women as thing for male gratification, it is quite

important for Didis all over the globe to carry a weapon. Because men

are constantly being bombarded with lustful images and they become prone

to committing sexual crimes. It happens – both inside and outside AMPS.

 

A trishul then is a weapon which can act as a deterrent.

 

Of course we do not want our Didis to have to stab anyone. But the

greater point is that when the public has knowledge that our Didis carry

a trishul, then crude people will be less inclined to attack our Didis.

Because those crude elements understand that our Didis are not just an

easy target – they move around with a trishul.

 

So this deterrent factor is solid reason why Didis must carry a trishul.

 

 

MATERIALISM IN VOGUE

 

As materialism spreads, females are looked upon more and more as sexual

objects. So even though women have more economic and social opportunity

than before, they are under greater threat of attack.

 

In such an environment, protection is needed. Everyone has the right to

protect themselves and our Didis should exercise this right. They should not

be easy targets or susceptible to an attack, whether it be a sexual

attacker or someone trying to grab their money.

 

Our Didis need to be prepared.

 

As stated in the first letter, we women are not as physically strong as

men. In other realms, we are certainly equal or even more developed and

mightier, but not in the crude physical sphere.

 

In that case we must be ready. Having a trishul is a great deterrent. It

will prevent many an attack. And of course if an attacker does strike,

then our Didis will be ready. They will not be defenseless or become

victims. With their tantric spirit they will retaliate.

 

I also like the idea (as stated in the first letter) of our Didis

learning judo or karate or some other form of self-defense. That is also

quite positive.

 

So those are the things I wished to add – look forward to hearing from

others.

 

Sincerely,

Maya Devii

 

Note: Here is the link to the first posting on this topic:

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/03/why-didis-must-carry-trishul.html

 

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The Brahmana

From: “Ramlal Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: The Brahmana

Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:32:28

 

Baba

 

== THE BRAHAMANA ==

 

Namaskar,

Here is one story which contains one important teaching for

all sadhakas.

 

 

STORY: VILLAGER IN SEARCH OF HIS HORSE

 

One sunny day a man left his house in search of his horse. His mind was

totally filled and burdened with thoughts about his missing horse. In

his long & arduous effort the man searched far and wide as he crossed

many villages, hills, rivers, streams and valleys– all in search of his

horse. Along the way there were countless wonderful and fascinating

sights, yet in his mind’s eye all he could see was his horse– nothing

else. His mind was consumed with that notion.

 

When the man finally returned home from his tiring journey his close

friends were amazed by how far he had traveled; and they asked him

numerous questions about what he saw on his fabled and remarkable

journey. They wanted to hear his observations about the vastness of the

earth and the beauty of the sky, as well as all the various other sights

he saw along the way. Yet the man could not comment on any of that; all

he could reply was, ‘I could not find my horse’.

 

 

MORAL OF THE STORY

 

As, we can all see, the man in the story got caught up in his own little

burdens. His mind became totally fused with thoughts about his horse to

such an extent that he could not even begin to conceive of anything

else. His whole reality was sunk in that.

 

Being sadhakas, we must never allow such things to happen to us.

 

 

MISSING THE BOAT

 

In life so many things happen so if one is not careful then the mind

will just get caught up in that whirlpool of those events. Indeed it is

the common malady that step by step people burden themselves and allow

theirs minds to get preoccupied with family problems, job issues,

financial matters, health concerns etc. But in that troubled state of

mind one cannot move ahead.

 

The mind will just get burdened and one will be walking around carrying

a heavy load of thoughts or concerns. In which case– just like in the

above story– one will not be able to function. The real charm and

beauty of life will pass one by.

 

 

NO BURDEN OF THE PAST, PRESENT, OR FUTURE

 

That is why Baba guides us that we should make it our strict policy to

keep our mind free from any burdens. We must not carry any burden of the

past, nor any burden of the future, nor any burden of the present. Our

minds must be totally free from these three burdens. That is Baba’s

directive.

 

Yassa pure ca paccha ca majjhe ca natthi kincanam’;

Akincanam’ ana’da’nam’ tamaham’ vru’mi Bra’hman’am’.

 

Baba says, “I will call that person a Brahman whose mind does not run

after any colour, who is neither obsessed by colour-laden thoughts of

the past nor influenced by such thoughts of the present…One must free

the mind from the influence of all colours.” (NKS, Disc #24)

 

In His above teaching Baba directs us to keep the mind cleansed of all

past, present, and future problems. That is the first half of his

teaching and the culminating idea of the shloka is that one must only

focus on the Goal– on Him. Then one will be able to do great things.

This is Baba’s eternal guideline.

 

 

KEEP THE MIND LIGHT

 

So as sadhakas, our duty is to keep the mind light– to keep our mind

focused on Parama Purusa.

 

Baba says, “When you are to move fast, your mind should be light; if the

mind is heavy it will not be able to move fast.” (AV-31)

 

So Baba’s guideline is to keep the mind free, empty, and light. And the

only way to do that is to remember Parama Purusa.

 

Baba says, “You must always think of the goal. Always look to your

ideal.” (AV-1)

 

 

TRAINING THE MIND

 

Thus in our day to day practical life one must take up the task to keep

the mind fixed on Him– and not entertain the three burdens of the past,

present, and future.

 

Baba guides us that if one is careful in this endeavour then little by

little the mind will always wipe away any burdens and move towards Him.

With practice this will become one’s habit until finally it becomes one

nature.

 

But if one does not take proper care then things will go in the opposite

direction and the mind will always be burdened.

 

So in our busy lives whenever we can, during each and every moment, we

should clean the mind. That means we must not get drowned by past,

present, or future events but rather must ensconce oneself in the Goal–

in the thought of the Great. And, amazingly enough, the more we attempt

this grand endeavour the easier it becomes until finally it is just

automatic, and always we feel His divine presence.

 

By such training and practice, our minds will always be clean, empty,

and free– i.e. fully absorbed in His thought, in His ideation.

 

 

ASSETS OF SOCIETY

 

So Baba’s grace and by our careful approach our mind will be unburdened

and free. And in that state one will surely become a tremendous asset of

the society– one will do something great.

 

Hence, as sadhakas, we should make it our regular habit to routinely

check and cleanse the mind by thinking exclusively about Him. May we

make this our regular endeavour as this is the inner secret for becoming

great.

 

Baba says, “People who command reverence from society…admit: ‘We know

nothing. We only think upon Parama Purus’a and work by His grace’.”

(NKS, Disc #23)

 

Namaskar,

Parashram

 

 

Note 1: MUST NOT HAVE TOO MANY PROGRAMS OPEN

 

Keeping the burdens of the past, present, and future in one’s mind

causes their entire existence to malfunction. One loses one’s own

abilities because of being overrun by too many useless thoughts and

worries.

 

It is just like when too many programs on a computer are open then the

computer can no longer function at even a basic level. The computer just

gets totally stuck and cross-wired by all those electrical impulses

running in different directions.

 

Similarly we should never allow such things to happen to us. Always may

we remain focused on the Goal. That is the quality of a real sadhaka.

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“A’lo jhariye madhu ks’ariye a’ndha’r sa’riye tumi esecho…” (P.S. 1233)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You have come and by Your divine advent You are showering

effulgence, exuding nectar, and wiping away all darkness. Baba, You have

come– making the flowers blossom & graciously spreading happiness and

bliss to one and all. Baba, by Your august arrival everyone’s hopes and

longings have been fulfilled.

 

Baba, living beings were awakened by the deep yearning and pain of

longing in their heart. And with this feeling, in the anticipation &

hope of Your coming, they were awake, watching for Your arrival–

constantly looking towards Your path. Baba, this pain and longing of

devotees resonated in Your heart and You could no longer remain distant.

Baba, You have come and You are graciously pouring the basket of love–

satisfying everyone’s heart. The sleeping humanity has gotten new life

by Your grace.

 

Baba– that river which dried up and evaporated, and that song which

was lost in the oblivion– the current of that very river and the tune

of those songs You have graciously brought along with You.*

 

Baba due to Your august advent You have inundated each and every heart

with the nectar of devotion. This is Your causeless grace…

 

 

* The inner idea is that when Parama Purusa comes and He saturates the

heart with deep devotion, then all those feelings of love and which had

dried up start to blossom. In the above song, the river signifies the

flow of devotion and the song and melody refers to that subtler

expression of devotional feeling.

 

 

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Not Easy To Bring Into Practice

 

Baba says, “While helping the poor people your vanity may increase. You

may think: ‘I have done this, I have done that. I am not an ordinary man.’

This is a psychic disease. Actually, vanity is a psychic disease, a psychic

ailment. But if, while helping a man, a poor man, or a diseased person, you

ascribe Godhood to him, that is, if you think, ‘I am not helping a man, I am

helping God in human structure,’ then vanity will not be encouraged. What

will be the reaction within the person? ‘This body, this mind, this wealth

has been given to me by Parama Purus’a, and Parama Purus’a has come before

me, God has come before me, as a suffering person, and I am paying back

that thing to Him. That is, the actual owner of this body, the actual

owner of this mind is He, and His wealth I am paying back to Him.’ So

there will be no vanity.” (DKG, p.197-98)

 

Note: Despite that fact that we are all aware about Baba’s above

teaching, nonetheless it is the common human weakness that we forget

about this point. Yet we all know His above guideline has great and

eternal benefits. For that reason we need to be reminded about this

divine guideline again and again. Adherence to this principle helps

establish one in the stance of divinity & immortality.

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Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 12:25:44 -0000

To: AM-GLOBAL

Subject: Baba’s Special Approach on Sadhana

From: “Ishvara”

 

Baba

 

“Toma’kei bha’loba’si a’mara’…” (PS 3821)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You are our everything, our Heart of hearts. We love only You.

Baba, by Your grace we are moving ceaselessly along Your divine path; we

are treading on that very path which You have graciously shown to us. Baba,

day and night we sing Your boundless glories and dance according to Your

sweet rhythms. O’ Lord, we always propagate Your grand ideals. Baba, You

have created us: We are Your thought projection; we are Your progeny. Baba,

You are our Father– Our Ista.

Baba, by Your grace we love one and all equally; everyone’s existence is

treasured. We do not differentiate between high and low, small and big,

rich and poor, touchable and untouchable, sinner and virtuous, literate and

illiterate etc. All are kith and kin– all are family members. All are part

of that singular humanity. Baba, we are all bound together with Your divine

love. O’ Lord, with Your infinite compassion You always call us to come

close with Your beacon call, which pulls our heart close to You. By Your

grace we hear Your call and move towards You. Baba, You are the Goal. Our

each and every action and deed is aimed toward Your divine stance– toward

reaching up to You. Baba, You are our Aim and the Polestar of our life.

Baba, You have blessed us with the ideals of neo-humanism. Firstly, You

have graciously granted us individual freedom; secondly, You have infused

us with collective spirit; and thirdly, You have spiritualised our minds

with the dhyana of the Supreme One [1]. With these three attributions one

other quality unfolds: We wage a relentless fight against all the evils.

And by Your grace victory is sure. Baba, by these four noble qualities of

neo-humanism– individual freedom, collective spirit, spiritual outlook,

and fight against evil forces– we have created one big banyan tree of love

and affection which branches out and extends throughout this vast universe.

O’ Baba, by this approach we have made this dusty earth into a golden

paradise, by Your divine blessing.

Baba, we all love only You; You are our Goal. O’ our most Adored One…

 

 

NOTES ABOUT PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3821:

 

[1] “Vya’s’t’…amara’r”. In the third and final stanza of the above song,

Baba describes 4 special principles that are part and parcel of our

neo-humanistic philosophy: (a) individual freedom, (b) collective interest,

(c) spiritual ideation, (d) the fight against injustices. All are four are

needed to create a golden paradise on this earth and build a society in the

real sense of the term. For example, without proper dhyana, then individual

freedom can be twisted to exploit the masses. Such is the case in

capitalism since it is devoid of a spiritual approach. Communism does not

allow for individual freedom nor does it recognise spirituality: Both are

missing. For this reason, collective interest and a loving society could

not be attained in communism. So it is more murderous than capitalism.

 

Comparatively speaking, communists are worse than capitalists. Then in the

dogma-centered philosophy such as in the crude religions, individual

freedom and perfect spirituality are missing. So the religions are just

dogma-based. There is no true feeling of universal love. That is why

followers of same religion can kill each other. This history has witnessed

again and again. So religious society is also defective– fake. Baba guides

us that in an ideal society all 4 principles are needed: (a) individual

freedom, (b) collective interest, (c) spiritual ideation, (d) the fight

against injustices. Failing that, this world cannot become a golden

paradise. In the absence of any of these principles, groupism and

factionalism will erupt. So our neo-humanistic approach is entirely

revolutionary. In this God-centered approach, individual freedom is used

for virtuous deeds which bring collective welfare, and all the while there

is a pactless fight against all injustices. This is the speciality of our

neo-humanism and this is the grand ideal Baba is propagating in His above

song.

 

 

== BABA’S SPECIAL APPROACH ON SADHANA ==

 

Namaskar,

We all know Baba places great emphasis on spiritual life and doing sadhana.

And in not one but in numerous discourses Baba warns about being firm in

sadhana because often people fail to move ahead in their spiritual life due

to their own deficiencies like procrastination etc.

 

Nidra’ tandra’ bhayam’ krodha a’lasyam’ diirghasu’trata’;

S’ad’ados’a’h purus’en’eha ha’ntavya’h bhu’timicchata’.

 

Baba says, “Those who want to prosper in life must destroy these six

defects in themselves: nidra’ [sleep], tandra’ [drowsiness], a’lasya

[lethargy], bhaya [fear], krodha [anger], and diirghasu’trata’

[procrastination].” (AV)

 

Thereafter Baba describes that those who want to become great must shun

these negative habits. In particular one must not succumb to spiritual

procrastination. This is most harmful since one neglects their spiritual

practice– and they do not do sadhana.

 

And Baba furthermore explains that everyone has the potential to become

great, but often people do not tap into that potentiality– or that

potentiality does not blossom. Most of the time due to lethargy or laziness

in the spiritual sphere.

 

So those who want to become great must be conscious of all of this.

 

And to do proper sadhana, various tips are quick helpful– one of which is

doing sadhana outside. This is Baba’s guideline.

 

 

TEACHING BY EXAMPLE

 

Of course what Baba teaches He also does. By His example He shows the way.

And doing sadhana outside was Baba’s regular practice. Especially in the

early days, Baba used to regularly wander up to the hills of Jamalpur and

explore the countryside and do sadhana in remote isolated places. And then

come back in the evening time or even in the middle of the night. This was

the way of His usual outdoor sadhana program.

 

Of course there was no need for Baba to do sadhana at all but just to show

us that doing sadhana outside was good, He did like this.

 

Baba says, “He needs no sadhana, but just to set an example to others, He

performs sadhana.” (DT-2, p.92 / 1969, Ranchi)

 

 

BABA DESCRIBES DOING SADHANA IN THE MOUNTAINS

 

Baba says, “I used to go for a walk nearly every day in the mountains east

of Jamalpur. I used to sit on the second mountain. One after another,

several small and large mountains run parallel to each other. The summit of

the second mountain was the highest place among them. I used to arrive

there in the middle of the afternoon and stay there until about eight at

night.” (Shabda Cayanika-1, p.93)

 

Here Baba talks more about His experience of doing sadhana outside:

 

Baba says, “I was sitting on the peak. It was the bright lunar

fortnight…In front of me, that is to the west, on the slope of the

mountain, was a dense ga’b forest…The mountain in front of me was

completely bare…I was probably the only person for several miles,

completely alone…the peak that I was seated on…” (Shabda Cayanika-1, p.94)

 

 

BENEFITS OF OUTDOOR SADHANA

 

In His various discourses, Baba also talks about the innumerable benefits

of doing sadhana outside: Enhanced concentration, fresh air, mental

sharpness, good for pratyahara, less disturbances, positive microvita,

pointedness of mind. These are but a few of the many benefits.

 

 

MOVING AHEAD IN SADHANA

 

By Baba’s grace we should all realise our potential and following His

divine example by making it our regular practice to do sadhana outside.

This will be highly beneficial for our spiritual life and progression along

the path of sadhana.

 

Baba says, “It is desirable to practise various lessons of sadhana alone,

in a lonely place.” (GHC, final page)

 

Namaskar,

Ishvara

 

 

P.S. I hope all my margii brothers and sisters will write in with their

experiences and realisations of doing sadhana outside.

 

 

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Some Tips How to Save Oneself From Psychic Diseases

 

In this age scientific development has made significant progress, while in

comparison human psychic and spiritual growth is lagging far behind. In

result, mental tension has multiplied in geometrical progression. The final

outcome being that nerve, brain, and heart diseases have become quite

common; and nervousness and insanity are also prevalent, if not rampant, in

the society. And the remedy for all this is as follows:

 

Baba says, “While doing work one should ideate, ‘It is the work of Parama

Purusa; it is not mine. I am doing His work to please Him’. By following

this approach mental tension, nervousness, and psychic diseases will never

arise. And also samskaras will not be formed.” (08 April ’84, Tattanagar DMC)

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Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 08:29:41
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Which One Is Better
From: “Ishvara”

Baba

PS Intro: In this song, an above-average devotee is expressing his feeling
towards Parama Purus’a.

“Badhir theko na’ko priyo, shun’ate habe a’ma’r katha’…”  (Prabhata Samgiita 2310)

Purport:

Baba, please look towards me. Keeping the yearning for You in my heart,
I am crying. Please do not be deaf. You have to listen to my tale of the
heart. Please understand the pain of the core of my heart. And please
understand the longing and yearning that I have to get You. I want to hold
You.   Off and on I go on listening to the sound of silence– the divine flute
which You play. I feel that by that way You attract me. And it is there
that I see Your effulgence.

Baba, I feel that Your sweetness and Your love is present in that
effulgence and the sound of the flute. Baba, You are the a’lor & prana and
of my life. You are my hope; You are my Goal; You are my everything.
If I forget you I will lose everything– my life will be ruined. Baba,
You are the nucleus of my existence. That is why again and again I
surrender myself at Your lotus feet. Please understand the longing of my
heart. Please do not avoid me. Baba please come close…

== WHICH ONE IS BETTER ==

Namaskar,
A young innocent boys grows up to be a grown man feeling hatred, fear, or
animosity towards someone just because they have different color skin. Why
like this?

A tiny infant reaches up to adulthood harboring feelings of superiority,
inferiority, or disdain towards someone just because they are of another
so-called caste. Why like this?

There are so many institutions, customs, and codes across the globe which
only serve to undermine the very fabric of our human society. From religion
to education, from racism to casteism, from rich to poor– there are so
many ways that differences are made. And that causes huge tension and
problems all around.

By Baba’s grace, He has given the perfect remedy to dispel those myths and
correct those inequalities, permanently. All we need to do is apply the
grand ideas of Prout to the specific social ills of the day.

And sure enough, with regards to racial tension and communal hatred, a
practical solution is right at hand.

WHY TENSIONS OCCUR

One of the chief reasons behind the existence of racial and ethnic tensions
is having the various races and ethnic groupings grow up and live in
separate communities.

A young white girl who has never seen a person with black skin before has
been known to cry out of fear the first time she lays eyes on a black man.
It happens– and vice versa as well. But that fear is not at all based on
rationality, just unfamiliarity and the dogmatic belief that the person
next to me is something different. And that social dogma, that
unfamiliarity, creates a gap that leads to racial and ethnic tensions. This
we all know.

Of course in our Marga, such differences are basically nil– non-existent.

Because in AM everything is totally mixed. Due to (a) revolutionary
marriages, (b) our wt system where acaryas work in a country different from
their birth, (c) our children’s homes and schools where kids of all
backgrounds play and live together, and (d) due to so many other life
practices, racial differences have been obliterated in our Marga and
replaced with the universal feeling, ‘manav, manav ek hai’, meaning all
humans are one.

However, in the stark absence of such an integrated way of living, various
peoples in communities around the globe develop social stigmas about other
social groups.

Here the point is that when people grow up in racially separate and
ethnically isolated communities, then, irregardless of the community, the
tendency is for there to be ill feelings towards those outside of their
group.

Some classic examples of this are white-black relations in the US or the
brahmin-harijan communities in India. In both circumstances, there is
moderate to extreme distrust or disdain for the other party. And this is
primarily due to having grown up in completely separate environments, in
‘different pockets’, even though they may have been living in the very same
city, town, or village.

WHICH WAY IS BETTER
So in our Marga, we advocate mixing everything up until differences between
any perceived social groups become lost in the great sea of humanity. And
then with the help of sadhana, we cultivate common ideal that all are
brothers and sisters– all are children of Parama Purusa. And this creates
a wonderful bond of love. That is our basic approach in Ananda Marga.

Baba says, “The multi-coloured garland of humanity will be enriched to the
extent diverse human groups blend together from a position of strength and
independence out of a genuine love for each other, and are not forced
together through fear or compulsion.” (AFPS-9)

So that is one way of living on this earth. The other way is what various
capitalist nations like the US have done. And that we are going to briefly
revisit now.

SITUATION IN USA: PRESENT DAY CRISIS

As many may know, in the last 75 years, the US constitution has preached
the likes of (1) ‘separate but equal’, (2) then dismantled ‘separate but
equal’, and (3) then finally accepted– albeit indirectly– ‘separate but
so-called equal’.

So initially ‘separate but equal’ was in vogue: White schools, black
schools, white buses, black buses, white bathrooms, black bathrooms, etc.
But this created huge chaos and hatred, and indeed there were huge
disparities between the quality of what the whites got versus what the
blacks got. So the phrase ‘separate but equal’ got rejected and was
declared “unconstitutional”.

And in that vacuum, in the aftermath, everything was hurriedly integrated.
Black children were bused far distances to go to school with whites. And
there was forced mixing on all levels. That went on for several decades
where the ‘blacks’ were forced to mold themselves to the rules that whites
imposed on them. Because the integration occurred due to the mandates of
the white leaders.

So it went from segregation to integration and now the US has ‘blossomed’
into a new stage. Now the policies of integration have been more or less
abolished. No longer is it policy to bus black children to white schools;
and instead, the phony ideal has been put forth that ‘we are all one’. But
secretly capitalists harbor the idea that ‘let there be differences in the
economic sphere’.

Thus the US capitalist ideal that everyone is free and all are part of the
same whole is just a euphemism for distinctly separate communities. Because
on the basis of economics the US remains quite divided. The poorer blacks
live primarily amongst themselves and manage with lesser institutions etc,
whereas the richer whites primarily live amongst themselves in
comparatively better environments. This is the practical expression of the
crude capitalist theory that– we are all one, all are Americans etc.

WHICH WAY IS BETTER (PART II)

By the above review and, more clearly, from our own living experiences we
can easily see which one is better. Baba’s Proutistic vision of forming one
human society by making a “multi-coloured garland of humanity” or the
capitalist model of eliminating integration and creating a so-called
oneness where economic disparities run rampant.

COMING TO A SOLUTION

While it takes a certain spiritual vision to really see all as brothers and
sisters, side by side Baba has given a rock-solid, practical way to wash
away the mess of capitalism, that preaches oneness yet privately promotes
that the dollar is king.

And that Proutistic response is to give strong economic support to all the
underprivileged groupings of society so they get the opportunity to live
and educate themselves where they like.

Capitalists proclaim that, ‘Let the blacks live in their shanty-towns; they
like it like that’. Yet Proutists understand that those blacks are humans
like everybody else, given the economic power, they will surely like to
live in more comfortable surroundings.

That is why Prout preaches economic justice and backs up that slogan with
practical programs that give economic might to all the downtrodden
communities. In that case, invariably the separatism that exists in society
will wither away– and racism will also be gone.

Because where people are not forced into segregation due to economic
disparity then they will move in thousands of directions and live in a
place according to their own choice. And in that process, the soup will be
invariably be stirred and the communities will become totally integrated
and ultimately one, in the real sense of the term.

GROWING UP TOGETHER FOSTER UNITY AND GOOD WILL

Because when children of all backgrounds and races grow up together then
that brings a feeling of closeness with each other. And for the rest of
their life they will not see ‘white’ or ‘black’ or any other shade thereof.
Rather they will naturally think that we are all part of the same human
family. This feeling will come spontaneously. That is why our Proutistic
approach is to knock down the walls between people and bring everyone
together in all sorts of ways, shapes, & forms. And in our Marga, verily
this has happened as Baba has put all the tools in place like RM’s and
neo-humanism etc. The outcome is the systematic elimination of racism and
the creation of a singular human society.

OUR APPROACH IN AM

Here below Baba mocks and points out the duplicity of such capitalists and
exploiters who declare that ‘we are all one’, yet secretly create class or
caste distinctions.

Baba says, “You may have observed many people in the world who delivered
long lectures against caste discrimination and untouchability, saying, “No,
all are equal. I will take food touched by any caste. If you give me
filtered water in a clean glass I will not hesitate to swallow it – just
watch me drink!” And the audience applauded, “Very good! Very good!” These
people are called reformists; but their inner intention was to maintain the
caste system. Had they really wanted to remove caste discrimination, they
would have declared, “The cause of this untouchability is the caste system.
Because of the caste system, discriminations have emerged between high and
low, touchable and untouchable, one caste and another. So let us first of
all break the bondage of caste!”(2) If they had had the courage to proclaim
this directly, they would have become revolutionaries. But they lacked such
boldness.” (NH-LOI, Disc:7)

So in our Marga, we courageously declare that all are indeed one and we
back that up with our RM’s, schools, children’s homes, and in various
avenues. And on the top Prout calls for economic justice for all. By that
way everyone will get the opportunity to advance– together.

That is why there is a heaven and hell differnce between universal humanism
in AM versus the ‘integrated-cum-separatist’ approach secretly advocated by
various capitalists.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, the days is not far when our Marga will make its mark in
this world and shatter the man-made boundaries that block human progress.

Baba says, “Thus only neohumanism can save the universe, only neohumanism
can save human existence. So now, we are to sing the songs of
neohumanism….Let all the hearts of the entire created universe, dance in
ecstasy. This is the goal of the day. We are for all.” (PNS-9)

Namaskar,
Ishvara

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Chemical Fertilisers Dangerous

Baba says, “The best manure for green vegetables is rotten vegetables. Cow
dung manure may also serve the same purpose. In the case of gourd, oil
cakes and mustard cakes mixed equally with soil will increase
production…it is noticeable that whenever chemical fertilisers are used
intensively, the land becomes infertile and useless after some time. This
is because chemical fertilisers destroy the vital energy of the land so
that it becomes lifeless, just like cement.” (PNS-16, p.39)

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Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2010 22:11:48
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Do Not Destroy the Psyche of Your Child
From: “Ishvara”

Baba

PS Intro: This below song reflects that deeply spiritual truth how
Parama Purusa is always graciously calling the jiivas towards His divine
Self through His eternal sound of omnkara– His murali dhvani, the
divine sound of Cosmic Consciousness.

“Tumi je d’ekecho a’ma’y, a’ja je ghare tha’ka’ da’y…” (PS 736)

Purport:

Baba, it is impossible for me to remain here in my house because by Your
grace You have called me to come close to You. Baba, I want to respond
to Your gracious call. Baba, it is difficult to comprehend how
wonderfully magical Your tunes and melodies are. Baba, You are so
charming. Baba, in the abode of my mind the divine vibrations of Your
flute resonate incessantly– ceaselessly. By Your grace I hear Your
flute always: While sleeping, in my dreams, and in my awakened state.
Baba, You are so gracious; You are residing in my heart all the time,
all the 24hrs. Baba, even if I want to forget You, how can I forget You.
Baba, Your greatness is beyond conception. No matter how many octaves I
know, You are remaining beyond them all. You are beyond the reach of my
limited human capacity. Baba, by Your grace the resonance of Your divine
flute makes me float beyond all the lokas in Your rhythm, in Your song,
and in Your blissful melodies. Baba, O’ Divine Entity, please give me
shelter at Your lotus feet…

== DO NOT DESTROY THE PSYCHE OF YOUR CHILD ==

Namaskar,
Every parent wishes to raise a healthy, vibrant child who grows up to be
physically able, mentally sharp, and spiritually awakened.

Yet, in nearly each and every land, community, and even family,
concerned parents and / or social norms undermine the right and proper
growth of the child.

Our mind is our greatest treasure – and the child’s mind is so tender
and impressionable – yet commonly a child’s mind is stricken by fears
needlessly, which hamper their growth and development. Such undue fears
ruin the psychic peace of the child, today and far into the future.

As parents, as well-wishers of society, as educators, and as sadhakas,
we should all be critically aware of this issue.

FESTIVALS, FEAR, HALLOWEEN & SO MUCH MORE

In the US and parts of Europe, the holiday of Halloween was recently
celebrated. Kids dress up in scary costumes, participate in haunted
houses, hear ghost stories, and so much more happens. The underlying
element is fear.

Plus today’s filmmakers and authors play off a similar sentiment:
excitement through fear. There is an entire corporate business model
centered around this. All geared toward instilling the thrill of fear
into the mind – in order to turn a profit.

There are so many ways that the entertainment industry and social
festivals introduce the fear factor into a child’s mind: ghosts, serial
killers, scary creatures from outer space, spooky noises, and so much
more. People even get a sort of sadistic happiness from scaring young
kids. Fear gets imposed in so many ways.

As adults we may say, “What’s the big deal, they’re just kids, they’re
having fun, let them be, they’ll grow up and understand the truth.”

But it is not like that. The human psyche and mind are very fragile. In
so many discourses Baba points out that the child’s mind will be riddled
and encumbered by those unfounded fears for their entire life.

Because the child thinks those monsters, ghosts, and goblins are real.
For them it is not something imaginary or temporary. Children do not
employ a rational mind-set to remove those fears. Those fears – based on
imposed false ideas – remain with them for ages and ages. That is Baba’s
distinct warning.

Thus we should think a thousand times before exposing our children to
horror films, ghost stories, and even seemingly innocuous, kid-centered
festivals like Halloween. All these things are bound to burden, or even
ruin, a child’s psyche.

ORDINARY FAMILIES IMPOSE

SCARE TACTICS AS DISCIPLINE

Even then, the problem stems deeper than this. It is not just the
entertainment business and common social festivals that are at fault.

In His Ananda Vacanamrtam series, Baba discusses and points out specific
examples where families and caretakers use a fear complex as a means to
control or discipline children.

For instance, if the kids are playing and making too much noise when it
is their bed time, then a parent or caretaker may say, “If you do not go
to sleep this instant, then monsters will come and attack you.”

Or they may say, “Naughty children are bound to get eaten by goblins.”

Some even exclaim, “If you do not behave, Satan will punish you forever.”

Baba also cites the examples how grandmothers tell disobedient children
that, “Ghosts will come and strangle you if you do not sit still.”

In His Jan 1 1986 discourse in Kolkata, “Existential Flow & Its Culminating
Point”, Baba reveals how fear is often an imposed bondage by one’s own family
members. If a baby is not eating its meal, then the grandmother tries to put
fear in that child’s mind. The grandma terrorizes the baby by saying, “If
you do not eat then a ghost will come and swallow you. So sit down and eat
and do not runaround.” Then when that child grows to 22yrs of age, he still
has nightmares about a goblin coming and sitting on his chest. Baba explains
this clearly in His discourse, but unfortunately this section was neither
transcribed in the Bangla edition nor translated into English. It was missed
entirely. And again this further shows how one’s own family members impose
life-long fear complexes by their threats etc.

To some or more degree such imposed fear complexes are used in countless
families around the world. It is a cheap, misguided parenting technique
that happens nearly pervasively. We may all even think back to our own
childhoods and remember hearing such things.

The parent or caregiver naively thinks that the problem is solved. They
think that the child has started to behave properly or that the child
stopped making noise. So the parent thinks that the fear technique is a
veritable method for discipling a child.

In the short term it may look like that.

But the overarching long-term effects are disastrous. There is a breach
of trust and even more than that the child’s mind is permanently scarred
by that fear. It cannot be removed easily. That fear sits in their mind
for ages and may even carry over into their next life. That is the depth
to which the imposed fear invades their psyche.

So such unfounded fears that get imposed on a child’s mind become
psychic baggage for the long haul. And we will discuss more about this
below.

MULTIPLIES ONE’S FEARS

Here is one other key point to the discussion.

Bhaya, or fear, is one of the four basic propensities of each and every
human being. This sense of fear is actually a survival instinct. Animals
have it; humans have it. So we already have a sense of fear built into
our human personality.

But that innate sense of fear is based on reality. Animals are fearful
of their predators so they run away from safety. The fear is real and
that fear preserves their existence.

Humans also have real fears. “I am too scared to jump off of this
bridge”; “I am scared and do not want to grab the snake; “I am too
scared to walk into the fire; “I am scared about death.”

Here the point is that the fundamental fear vrtti is already part of our
mental constitution – it is a base instinct, not something noble or divine.

So then to impose false fears on the human psyche is just burdening us
further. It multiplies that sense of fear which already haunts the human
personality. Because already we are fearful about real events, and then
as children we become frightened by so many false or imaginary things as
well.

It just multiplies the sense of fear and that is not good.

LIFELONG PROBLEMS

The accumulation of fears debilitates the human mind – not just in our
youth but lifelong. Baba tells us that fear – caused by family, social
and religious dogmas – will stick with a person for life.

A person may suffer from a lack of courage and become permanently afraid
of the dark. Or a person may not even like to remain in the house alone
even as an adult.

And not only that, but a person may be even lack the necessary courage
to confidently answer questions in a job interview. Before the interview
they may even be hiding in the bathroom – too scared to walk inside.
This is not just a question of normal nervousness, but rather a deep
seated fear that shakes their bones.

Thus the fears that get imposed on a child’s psyche are baggage they
carry for life – in all sorts of shape and sizes, in all kinds of ways.
They will be permanently shackled and will never grow properly. So we
should be a thousand times careful never to impose such fears on a child.

BABA SAYS:

YOU WILL SEE A GHOST

Here Baba scientifically shows how the fear complex takes root in the
human mind and becomes part of a person’s living reality.

Baba says, “Suppose in daytime you are in a lonely place. It may or may
not be a lonely place. Suppose in daytime you are alone in a big house,
and some people told you that there is a ghost – “Ghost… ghost… ghost.”
You heard it. The acoustic wave touched your mind, touched the
subconscious portion of your mind, and after that you are told, “You
know, Mr. X, there is a ghost in this house.” And you are Mr. X. “There
is a ghost in this house.” All the nerve fibres fail to function. What
will happen then? Just touch the conscious level of your mind, and as an
extro-objective creation, as an external reflection of your very
ectoplasmic stuff, you will see a ghost. And what sort of ghost will you
see? The description of a ghost that you read in your books or you heard
from your granny, “A ghost is like this.” In broad daylight you will see
the ghost.” (AV-12)

Thus what to speak of even small children, an adult’s mind can also be
polluted by fear such that those false and imagined fears come to life
for them.

Here below Baba further explains the nature of this phenomenon.

Baba says, “You are the witnessing entity, you are the seer of the
ghost, and a certain compartment of your mind went outside as an
external projection and took the form of the ghost, that is, the very
structure of the ghost is ectoplasmic in nature and that ectoplasm came
from your source. You are the creator of that ghost. Actually there is
no ghost. But you will see many a respectable man who will say, “Yes, I
have seen it! Yes, I have seen it!” He is not incorrect in saying this.
He saw it, but the ghost was of his creation. It was an outer or
external objective reflection, or external objective projection, or
external positive hallucination.” (AV-12)

So the human mind is very fragile and subject to all kinds of fears –
even false ones that we hear in the form of ghost stories, etc.

No one should take this point lightly and think that scaring children is
just one momentary incident. Any and all fear has a huge impact on their
psyche. They can become crippled for life. We should all pay heed. That
is Baba’s warning.

SOLUTION:

CREATING A FEARLESS MIND

By Baba’s grace He has given us – at minimum – two pathways for creating
a fearless mindset.

1. We must not pollute the minds of children by imposing fear sentiments.

Baba says, “It is important that these lullabys should convey the
inspiration for the development of heroism and knowledge, but there
should be no frightening ideas in them.” (PNS-10)

Thus our stories, films, festivals, disciplinary tactics, tales,
holidays should be totally devoid of scary thoughts and images. Children
should feel safe, secure, and loved – never burdened by any imposed or
false fear.

That is the first method for raising a healthy child.

2) The second method is to read Baba’s short stories wherein He has
graciously written various ghost stories where those ghosts are friendly
and helpful. Sometimes the ghost sweetly drapes a mosquito net over a
sleeping person so that they will be more comfortable. Or the ghost will
bring a glass of water or offer shelter to a needy person. Basically, in
so many of His stories, ghosts and other creatures are quite friendly
and philanthropic. This helps create a positive mind-set wherein one
will not fall prey to dogmatic fears about ghosts.

Today’s filmmakers and story writers should also follow this path.

This is a second method for raising children free of fear complexes.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, we should be 100% wary of introducing false fears into
the mind-set of our children. Thus we must re-evaluate occasions like
Halloween and and be cent per cent certain that our children are never
exposed to fear tactics as as form of discipline. With the gift of a
safe and happy childhood, that young one will grow up and live a
courageous and dharmic life.

Baba says, “So one must move along the path of satya and one must have
the satya as one’s only desideratum. And this is the only path, this is
the path of fearlessness; that is, there is no fear in it, nothing to be
afraid of.” (AV-2)

Namaskar,
Ishvara

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Food Affects Protoplasmic Cells

Baba says, “Whatever I get, that I will eat” – this must not be the
policy of a sane being. This human body is a composite of protoplasmic
cells, and these protoplasmic cells are made of the food we take in. If
the food and drink is defective, then the protoplasmic cells will also
become defective, and the human mind, which is the collective mind of so
many protoplasmic minds, will also become defective. That is why
ta’masik or static food has a negative influence on the human mind.”
(SS-18, p.3)

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From: “Seshagiri Das”
Subject: Sitting Simultaneously on Two Boats
Date: Mon 11 Oct 2010 07:23:23 +0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

“Ruper mela’y bose tumi arup ga’n shun’iye ja’o…” (PS 3331)

Purport:

O’ Formless One, O’ Divine Entity, You have situated Yourself in the
festival and grandeur of form. You have created Your advent in this
colourful world. You are playing Your flute– singing Your song for me.
By Your grace You have come emanating Your eternal call. Baba, bathing
Yourself in the ocean of form You resonate Your divine sound in my
heart. That is: by leaving Your eternal formless stance of Nirguna
Brahma, You graciously descend upon this earth as the Taraka Brahma and
come into the world of form. By Your grace, You fill the heart with
devotion and with the irresistible urge to get You.

O’ my dearmost, You have come into the world of form and showered Your
grace by playing Your eternal flute. Baba, Your sound– Your divine
flute– resonates eternally in animate and inanimate beings, in flora
and fauna, in mobile and immobile beings, everywhere. You saturate Your
divine love in every thought and in all expressions.

Baba, You play Your flute and by Your grace it vibrates in all atoms and
in every molecule– in everything and everywhere. O’ Parama Purus’a, You
are the Na’dtanu of the ages, You are beyond time; You are Ka’la’tiita.
You are immutable. You remain in one unaltered state in all times: past,
present and future. Because of Your immutable characteristics, You are
not only beyond the bondage of time (Ka’la’tiita) but also beyond the
bondage of space (Desha’tiita) and beyond the bondage of form. O’
Na’dtanu, O’ Parama Purusa, I do sastaunga pranam at Your alter…

*Na’dtanu: This is one of the countless names that describes one of the
infinite attributions of Parama Purusa. Specifically Na’dtanu refers to
that Divine Entity who is the Lord of all music and dance. That is, the
One whose very body is made out of the na’da– the primordial sound– is
Himself the Lord of the dance.

== SITTING SIMULTANEOUSLY ON TWO BOATS ==

Namaskar,
Recently, one margii’s father died and the shraddha ceremony was
performed in town by one local acarya according to our Ananda Marga
guidelines. Many people attended.

Thereafter the margii went back to his village where he was raised to
attend to some family matters.

When he finished his affairs in the village and returned back to town,
his appearance was dramatically different. The margii no longer had hair
on his head and his mustache and beard were shaved off as well.

The local acarya inquired, “What happened – why this change in appearance?”

The margii replied that he was pressured, even forced, by his family,
relatives, and village community. He did not want to do it, but
ultimately acquiesced to those local Hindu shraddha customs which
mandate that the hair of the head along with all facial hair (i.e
mustache and beard) be removed in order to purify oneself. Plus the
margii acknowledged that he participated in other rituals according to
the Hindu tradition such as feeding food to the disembodied soul etc.

FOLLOW RITUALS OR BE HARSHLY BLAMED

It is believed that the deceased soul moves around for 12 days near the
village. And in order to reach heaven certain rituals must be performed
by priests. For instance, everyday food and water must be served to that
soul. Then after 12 days, a big ritual is performed where various gifts
are offered that soul’s comfortable accommodation in heaven. If anyone
fails to do this, then the deceased soul will turn into a demon ghost
and it will harass and attack everyone in that village.

That is why illiterate, dogmatic people are afraid. They fear that if
this is not done, the entire village will be in trouble. If anyone does
not do these rituals, and some villagers get sick with a cough and cold,
then startled people will say, “Look what happened – the ghost did
this.” Whatever happens, the blame goes to the person who did not follow
the shraddha ritual. Then those villagers become furious.

That situation puts pressure on all villagers to follow – lest they be
blamed, beaten and harassed.

Under such pressure, the said margii shaved his head while in his village.

VERY CRITICAL QUESTIONS

The above incident regarding that margii is an isolated happening. Most
follow AM ideals, but now and again some weak people are confronted with
similar circumstances. Pressure comes to follow family, local, and
religious customs, and weak-minded persons succumb.

The above story the raises many critical questions for us to consider:.

1) For any given festival or occasion, should we observe the Ananda
Marga style of observance as well as that of the local customs and
religious dogma?

2) How are we to respond to those who insist we participate in local dogmas?

3) What is the harm in participating in local dogmatic functions that
differ from our AM way of life?

4) What is our responsibility as Ananda Margiis?

OUR AM SHRADDHA CEREMONY

In a nutshell, here is Baba’s stated teaching related to the shraddha
ceremony.

Baba says, “The departed soul does not get any advantage from the
shra’ddha ceremony [memorial ceremony]. It is only meant for the psychic
satisfaction of the person performing it.” (CC-1)

According to Baba, the shraddha ceremony is only for the psychic comfort
of the surviving family members and friends. The deceased soul does not
get any benefit. Hence all those dogmatic ritualistic traditions done in
the village have no effect on the departed soul.

Here Baba explains further about our dharmic way of performing the
shraddha ceremony.

Baba says, “The period of mourning should not extend beyond twelve days.
If you wish, you can perform the shraddha ceremony any day within this
period according to convenience. During the period of mourning you
should not subject yourself to unnecessary mortification or ostentatious
penance.” (CC-1)

There are a few points from this we are to understand.

a) The shraddha ceremony itself may be held anytime within the 12 day
term following the death. It may be held on day 3, or day 5 or day 10,
or day 12, or any day within that period. But it not must be observed
later than the 12th day.

b) We have the full right to express our emotional feeling but we must
not subject ourselves to tortures or give way to irrational and / or
harmful dogmas. Nor are we to make a big public, ostentatious display.

c) We are not to observe any type of dogmatic ceremony on the yearly
anniversary of the death.

Thus our AM shraddha ceremony is simple and straightforward. Plus more
points are outlined below.

SHRADDHA IN THE HINDU TRADITION

In His special discourse entitled “Shraddha”, published in Ananda
Vacanamrtam part 3, Baba fully discusses the Hindu ritualistic
observance of this function.

Firstly, Baba warns us of the Hindu tradition wherein an offering is
made of food and clothes so that the deceased person will have something
to eat and wear in the afterworld. This is a long standing Hindu ritual.

Baba says, “A priest may say that your father will die only once, and so
after his death you should arrange for a sufficient quantity of
food-stuffs, a sufficient quantity of edibles, a sufficient quantity of
clothes, etc., for him. And that has been done in India for about five
thousand years, since the time of the Atharva Veda. And people have
generally offered rice and sesame, also honey and ghee, to be consumed
by that person who has left the world.” (AV-3)

In this next quote Baba warns us what happens to those offered items
that were meant for our deceased relative.

Baba says, “After offering rice, sesame, clothes, etc., what do you
find?. The rice is consumed by the purohita in his house. Go to his
kitchen, and all that rice is being consumed by his family. That dhuti
which is being offered by you for your late father is being used by the
purohita, and the sharii by the purohita patnii; and the gamci, the
towel, if it is surplus, is sold in the market. And the utensils are
also sold in the market. So your deceased father, your parents, who are
now inhabitants of aparaloka, won’t get anything.” (AV-3)

Thus Baba exposes how this idea of offering food, money, clothes,
utensils, housewares etc was nothing but the brainchild of those priests
of old. The person who has died has no need for such items – nor is it
possible to deliver those items to him. But such questions do not arise
in the various religions. Intelligent inquiry is set aside, and the
mandates of those top priests became law – no matter how illogical and
unreasonable it may seem.

Here below Baba guides us that we can only serve those who are here on
earth. As soon as they pass away, they are beyond our means and we
cannot offer anything to them.

Baba says, “As long as a man is here in our society we have a social
responsibility for him. Human beings are social beings, we have a social
responsibility for them. And when the leave this world and go to the
other world, they go beyond the scope of our responsibility. We cannot
render any service to them. Our social responsibility is over as soon as
the cremation is done.” Ananda Vachanamrtam part 3 (AV-3)

Thus in Ananda Marga, we do not adhere to the Hindu rituals surrounding
the shraddha ceremony. We do not agree with their policy of offering
material goods to the deceased; we do not adhere to their practice that
the surviving family members must shave their heads; nor do we follow
their ritual that if someone famous or reputable dies, then the whole
village or township has to shave their head and beard. None of these do
we follow in AM. Because we know that such religious regulations are not
based on rationality but rather on delivering more power to the priest
class etc.

Baba says, “In all corners of the world this type of exploitation is
going on. And why are the people being exploited?. Because they are
under the veil of superstition. They are superstitious people. They are
less developed in intellect.” (AV-3)

Greedy priests started these rituals in the past to get free money,
clothes, food, housewares etc. This all began in the vipran era when
they had the power of rule.

It is our duty to inform everyone about the real origins of why Hindu
followers celebrate their shraddha program in this way. And we should
also point out the shortcomings of such ceremonies within the various
religions like Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Confucianism and that of
other faiths. Mixing those dogmas with AM is not our path in life such
as how Mahaprayan (MPD) is nothing but a copy of the dogmatic Islamic
tomb worship of Ajmer Sharif. Indeed, once any true Ananda Margii
understands the (il)logical underpinnings, then they will give up such
ritualistic manners.

We cannot just rely only on punishment or force. Education is needed;
people both inside and outside the Marga must understand the reasons
behind such dogmas. Then those dogmas will fade away.

Should we opt to keep quiet – thinking it will go away on its own – is
very bad. That will only allow the dogma to grow. We must apply our
rational intellect and educate people about such dogmas.

WHY HINDU SHRADDHA SHOULD NOT BE DONE

Here are further reasons why we must not give way to the Hindu shraddha
ceremony.

1) In order to make a big, public show, families spend huge money and
vow to feed the entire village and locale in honor of their father’s
food arrangement in heaven etc. It Hence it becomes a contest to outdo
one’s neighbors and host the biggest feast to safeguard the prestige of
their family. By this way many go into debt, and instead of serving and
honoring the deceased, they are just chasing after worldly gain – i.e.
name and fame – and putting their family into economic strife.

2) At the time of death, Ananda Margiis either attain mukti or moksa, or
they undergo rebirth. There is no option for one to sit in outer space
and wait for a rocket to arrive carrying their food, garments and cot
which they left behind on earth. This latter option does not exist in
Ananda Marga.

WHAT IF I ARRANGED OR PARTICIPATED
IN SUCH RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES

The next question that invariably arises is what does one do if they
have arranged or participated in such type of religious ceremonies. Thus
far we have been speaking primarily about the dogmatic Hindu shraddha
ceremony. But all the religions contain similar edicts that one might be
forced to follow. Or there may be local traditions that get imposed.

For instance: (a) Eating at a religious or family function when others
are taking non-veg, (b) eating at any funeral or death ceremony, (c)
indulging in idol worship, or (d) participating in any of the Christian
or Semitic rituals like attending a wake, wedding or funeral service.

All of the above are against our AM way of life.

Similarly a true margii should get married according to AM ideals. Those
margii newlyweds should not then indulge in a Christian wedding in order
to appease their friends and family etc. That would be sinful.

In such a circumstance what is one to do if one indulged in such sin,
either voluntarily or due to outside pressure?

By Baba’s grace He has given the perfect remedy and way of
rectification. In Caryacarya part 1 Baba has given a chapter titled
“Self Analysis”. By following these guidelines one can rectify oneself,
by His grace.

Baba says, “If an Ananda Margi violates the principles of yama and
yiyama, he will confess his fault to any a’ca’rya and ask for
punishment, on that day or on the day of the next dharmacakra. The
a’ca’rya will prescribe only physical or mental punishment, not
financial or any other type of punishment, to those at fault. The
a’ca’rya will prescribe punishment in the form of service to the
society, but they will never accept any kind of service for themselves
from the persons at fault.” (CC-1)

Plus Baba includes these two following stipulations.

Baba says, “If rectification of one’s offence is possible, the a’ca’rya
will, instead of giving punishment outright, have the fault rectified by
the guilty person by other appropriate means and ask him to be careful
in the future. If the offence is serious, the a’ca’rya may punish
publicly, but the nature of the fault will not be disclosed.” (CC-1)

Baba says, “Whether one’s conduct has been defective or not, a statement
regarding how far the principles of yama and niyama have been followed
has to be submitted to the a’ca’rya.” (CC-1)

By reading Baba’s above directives, it is clear that either the action
will be wholly rectified or some type of just punishment will be taken
to serve and please Parama Purusa.

This will all be dependent upon time, space and person: That’s to say
the nature of the crime and the experience of the person involved. A new
margii might receive a much lighter punishment than a senior margii who
committed the same wrong. Because the senior margiis are aware about the
do’s and dont’s and if they deliberately do not follow then they are
deserving of more punishments than a new margiis who just took
initiation yesterday.

By adhering to Baba’s divine guidelines from His Self-Analysis chapter,
all margiis who misstep will be brought back on the right track. In
their mind they will clearly understand where they erred and how to
proceed properly next time.

This special teaching of self-analysis is totally new and revolutionary.

WHAT IS OUR COLLECTIVE DUTY

To avert future mishaps, our collective duty is to educate everyone
about our AM values. No one should think that if they perform the AM
shraddha ceremony then it is fine and well to also participate in some
local dogmatic or ritualistic affair. Doing so is to water down the
teachings of AM. We are to follow Ananda Marga ideology and not mix it
with the prevailing dogmas of the day. This is just opening the
floodgates – allowing all such dogmas to come pouring into AM. That will
not be good.

That will be like trying to sit on two boats at the same time. It cannot
work – the person is bound to fall into the water.

So we should never double up our AM dharmic programs with local
ritualistic or religious dogmas, whether that be for births, deaths,
marriages etc.

Just think of it this way: When we eat we do not first eat a sattvika
meal according to AM teachings and then eat a non-veg meal according to
the local custom. Similarly in all our dharmic programs like the
shraddha ceremony etc, we should not thereafter participate in a local
dogmatic tradition.

Our duty then is to learn AM ideals, apply them in our personal lives,
and develop the sustenance of mind to not fall prey to following local
dogmas.

BABA’S WARNING: DEFECTIVE MENTALITY

Here Baba warns us about the mentality of those types of people who fall
prey to following every dogma under the sun. As Ananda Margiis we should
not fall into such doldrums.

Baba says, “A person whom I was very close to, a relative of mine, used
to recite the following after taking bath: “Victory to mother Ka’li,
victory, victory to Ka’li, victory to mother Ka’li of T’han T’hania’,
victory to mother Ka’li of Daks’in’eshvar, victory to Baba Ta’rakna’th,
victory to Baba Vaidynath of Deoghar. O’ Fathers! None of you should
think that I am leaving out someone’s name.” After this he would say,
“O’ gods and goddesses, please forgive me if I have omitted any name
inadvertently. Please assume that I have mentioned your name also.” Does
this yield anything at all? One says, “victory to mother Ka’li of
Ka’ligha’t” and in the same breath one says, “victory to mother Ka’li of
T’han T’hania’.”It signifies that the mind is moving both towards
Ka’ligha’t and T’han T’hania’. Can the mind become concentrated in this
way? Certainly not.” AV- 9/10, p.114)

Similarly, those running after AM and simultaneously following various
religious dogmas are on shaky ground. They cannot be considered as
dharmikas. Their approach is useless. One must be strict in AM.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace our duty is to follow His guidelines as given in
Caryacarya part 1 about our dharmic shra’ddha ceremony. If we adhere to
His teachings alone then we will be on the right path and set a proper
example for society. This is our way, by His grace.

Baba says, “Those who have the responsibility to show the path to others
should be of superlative character with the most refined conduct. They
and their followers must move constantly towards all-round development.”
(AV-31)

Namaskar,
Seshagiri

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Eternal Source of Energy

Baba says, “Because each and everybody in this universe gets energy from
Parama Purusa, He is the Supreme Source of energy.”

“This earth and all the other planets and satellites of this solar
system get their energy from the sun. The sun is the source of their
energy. But He is the source of the sun’s energy. And that’s why He is
jvalantam.”

“And that’s why I have said that there won’t be any thermal death of
this universe. Because He is jvalantam, He is present, and He will be
present forever. So there won’t be any shortage of energy in this cosmic
system, though there may be a shortage of energy in some particular
portion of the earth or the cosmos.” (AV-3, p. 26-27)

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Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:17:48 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Dhya’na: Fearful to Fearless
From: RB_MAURYA@ecectronic…

Baba

“Ba’ndhan chinr’e beriye elum kave keno ke ja’ne…” (PS 3526)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace You have done everything. You have shattered all my
bondages, brought me out of that magical net of maya, and lifted me up onto
Your divine lap. Amazingly, You released me from the otherwise
insurmountable grip of maya. Baba, it is impossible for me to understand
exactly how You did it. But by Your grace, You have smashed all the
bondages and brought me out. You graced me and attracted my entire mental
flow towards You so I did not get pulled towards the magical allurement of
avidya maya. Baba this is Your causeless grace on me. How it happened I do
not know– but now, by Your infinite compassion I am in Your eternal shelter.

Baba, the moment You brought me under Your shelter and made me deeply
attracted towards You, then from that very time You became my everything.
After that no longer did I did pay heed to any obstacles– or any crude
worldly attraction. Instead by Your grace I moved swiftly towards You. By
seeing this situation, some concluded that I was imbalanced, mad, and
crazy. In their own way they tried to pull me back into their negative way
of living. But by Your divine attraction I did not pay any heed to their
call; nor did I get affected by the useless comments of those ignorant
people. Baba, by Your grace now I am safe under Your shelter.

Baba, by Your Supreme direction You have taught me what is important in
this life. By Your fathomless grace, You changed my mind: by Your grace You
have made me a member of Hari Pari Mandal*. You graced me and showed me
how to offer my entire unit being at Your alter. In this magnificent
display, You brought me under Your divine shelter and I got You. Baba, by
Your grace, You made all those crude desires drift away from my mind and by
Your grace now I am blissfully floating in the high tide of Your eternal
form of divinity. Baba, each second of my life is like a divine oblation–
giving the flowers of my heart and mind. Each and every moment I am
offering everything to You in the form of Guru Puja. Baba, by Your grace my
whole existence surrenders at Your lotus feet…

* Hari Pari Mandal= Literally means ‘circle of devotees’. In the deeper
sense it is that highly devotional state of mind where all one’s longing
and desires are racing towards His Supreme Self, towards Baba. When by His
grace one has accepted Parama Purusa as the only Goal of their life then
each and everything they do is done to please Him. In that blissful
atmosphere, the bhakta is just closely revolving around His Cosmic
Nucleus– not at all distracted by anything else in this created universe.
So when one is in that deeply devotional flow of Hari Pari Mandal by Baba’s
grace they are totally ensconced in Him and moving in His divine flow.

== DHYA’NA: FEARFUL TO FEARLESS ==

Namaskar,
In many places Baba guides us that that dhya’na is our highest practice
which has no comparison.

Baba says, “Dhyana is the unbroken flow of the mind-stuff, or citta, in one
continuous stream, like the flow of oil, where all the propensities of the
mind are fixed on the Goal.” (CC-1, pg 11)

Baba says, “Dhya’na yoga which elevates human beings through constant
self-analysis, obliterates the very existence of the non-spiritual, and
expedites one’s elevation into the supreme spiritual stance.” (MVNS, p.92-3)

By these sadhana teachings it is clear that dhya’na is that distinct
practice which leads us unto Him.

FEARFUL LOVE TO FEARLESS LOVE

In this following passage Baba vividly tells us that sadhana– dhya’na- is
the process of yojana’t– whereby we move from the stage of fearful love to
fearless love for Him.

Baba says, “Yojana means unicity with Him. The final goal of a Sa’dhaka is
to become one with Him….The spirit of sa’dhana’ is to get oneself unified
with the hub of this universal wheel, not united but unified.”

“Now this sa’dhana’ which is sa’dhana’ for complete merger, for
unification, starts with fearful love. Love must be there. Unless and until
there is love, there can not be unification. So love must be there but it
starts with fearful love and ends in fearless love : and the space between
fearful love and fearless love is the space of sa’dhana’. What is
sa’dhana’? Sadhana’ is transformation of fearful love into fearless love.”

“When this attraction is for any non-integral entity, or for any small
entity this is called ka’ma. When that attraction is for that integral
entity, and the integral entity is only one and that one is Parama Purus’a
— it is called Prema.”

“Yojana’t starts with fearful love and ends in fearless love and the
process of transformation of fearful love into fearless love is called
sa’dhana’ (Intuitional Practice).”

“Sa’dhana’ starts with fearful love:..One name of God is Bhiis’an’a because
everybody is afraid of Him. Everybody starts their sa’dhana’ with fearful
love but that sa’dhana’ ends in fearless love -because unless and until one
becomes fearless one cannot become one with Him.” (SS-18; Salem, Madras,
D.M.C. 9-12-64)

Namaskar,
Rambabu

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For those who are soon-to-be mother:

Parama Purusa BABA says, “Foods which are highly acidic, such as acidic
citrus fruits, overripe pineapples, overripe jam, cottonseed flour and
spicy pickles, should be carefully avoided as they may harm the fetus.”
(SC-20)

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Child - heroic-brave

Baba says, "It is important that these lullabys should convey the inspiration for the development of heroism and knowledge, but there should be no frightening ideas in them." (PNS-10)

Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 10:51:36
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Do Not Destroy the Psyche of Your Child
From: “Ishvara”

Baba

PS Intro: This below song reflects that deeply spiritual truth how
Parama Purusa is always graciously calling the jiivas towards His divine
Self through His eternal sound of omnkara– His murali dhvani, the
divine sound of Cosmic Consciousness.

“Tumi je d’ekecho a’ma’y, a’ja je ghare tha’ka’ da’y…” (PS 736)

Purport:

Baba, it is impossible for me to remain here in my house because by Your
grace You have called me to come close to You. Baba, I want to respond
to Your gracious call. Baba, it is difficult to comprehend how
wonderfully magical Your tunes and melodies are. Baba, You are so
charming. Baba, in the abode of my mind the divine vibrations of Your
flute resonate incessantly– ceaselessly. By Your grace I hear Your
flute always: While sleeping, in my dreams, and in my awakened state.
Baba, You are so gracious; You are residing in my heart all the time,
all the 24hrs. Baba, even if I want to forget You, how can I forget You.

Baba, Your greatness is beyond conception. No matter how many octaves I
know, You are remaining beyond them all. You are beyond the reach of my
limited human capacity. Baba, by Your grace the resonance of Your divine
flute makes me float beyond all the lokas in Your rhythm, in Your song,
and in Your blissful melodies. Baba, O’ Divine Entity, please give me
shelter at Your lotus feet…

== DO NOT DESTROY THE PSYCHE OF YOUR CHILD ==

Namaskar,
Every parent wishes to raise a healthy, vibrant child who grows up to be
physically able, mentally sharp, and spiritually awakened.

Yet, in nearly each and every land, community, and even family,
concerned parents and / or social norms undermine the right and proper
growth of the child.

Our mind is our greatest treasure – and the child’s mind is so tender
and impressionable – yet commonly a child’s mind is stricken by fears
needlessly, which hamper their growth and development. Such undue fears
ruin the psychic peace of the child, today and far into the future.

As parents, as well-wishers of society, as educators, and as sadhakas,
we should all be critically aware of this issue.

FESTIVALS, FEAR, HALLOWEEN & SO MUCH MORE

In the US and parts of Europe, the holiday of Halloween was recently
celebrated. Kids dress up in scary costumes, participate in haunted
houses, hear ghost stories, and so much more happens. The underlying
element is fear.

Plus today’s filmmakers and authors play off a similar sentiment:
excitement through fear. There is an entire corporate business model
centered around this. All geared toward instilling the thrill of fear
into the mind – in order to turn a profit.

There are so many ways that the entertainment industry and social
festivals introduce the fear factor into a child’s mind: ghosts, serial
killers, scary creatures from outer space, spooky noises, and so much
more. People even get a sort of sadistic happiness from scaring young
kids. Fear gets imposed in so many ways.

As adults we may say, “What’s the big deal, they’re just kids, they’re
having fun, let them be, they’ll grow up and understand the truth.”

But it is not like that. The human psyche and mind are very fragile. In
so many discourses Baba points out that the child’s mind will be riddled
and encumbered by those unfounded fears for their entire life.

Because the child thinks those monsters, ghosts, and goblins are real.
For them it is not something imaginary or temporary. Children do not
employ a rational mind-set to remove those fears. Those fears – based on
imposed false ideas – remain with them for ages and ages. That is Baba’s
distinct warning.

Thus we should think a thousand times before exposing our children to
horror films, ghost stories, and even seemingly innocuous, kid-centered
festivals like Halloween. All these things are bound to burden, or even
ruin, a child’s psyche.

ORDINARY FAMILIES IMPOSE

 

SCARE TACTICS AS DISCIPLINE

Even then, the problem stems deeper than this. It is not just the
entertainment business and common social festivals that are at fault.

In His Ananda Vacanamrtam series, Baba discusses and points out specific
examples where families and caretakers use a fear complex as a means to
control or discipline children.

For instance, if the kids are playing and making too much noise when it
is their bed time, then a parent or caretaker may say, “If you do not go
to sleep this instant, then monsters will come and attack you.”

Of they may say, “Naughty children are bound to get eaten by goblins.”

Some even exclaim, “If you do not behave, Satan will punish you forever.”

Baba also cites the examples how grandmothers tell disobedient children
that, “Ghosts will come and strangle you if you do not sit still.”

To some or more degree such imposed fear complexes are used in countless
families around the world. It is a cheap, misguided parenting technique
that happens nearly pervasively. We may all even think back to our own
childhoods and remember hearing such things.

The parent or caregiver naively thinks that the problem is solved. They
think that the child has started to behave properly or that the child
stopped making noise. So the parent thinks that the fear technique is a
veritable method for discipling a child.

In the short term it may look like that.

But the overarching long-term effects are disastrous. There is a breach
of trust and even more than that the child’s mind is permanently scarred
by that fear. It cannot be removed easily. That fear sits in their mind
for ages and may even carry over into their next life. That is the depth
to which the imposed fear invades their psyche.

So such unfounded fears that get imposed on a child’s mind become
psychic baggage for the long haul. And we will discuss more about this
below.

MULTIPLIES ONE’S FEARS

Here is one other key point to the discussion.

Bhaya, or fear, is one of the four basic propensities of each and every
human being. This sense of fear is actually a survival instinct. Animals
have it; humans have it. So we already have a sense of fear built into
our human personality.

But that innate sense of fear is based on reality. Animals are fearful
of their predators so they run away from safety. The fear is real and
that fear preserves their existence.

Humans also have real fears. “I am too scared to jump off of this
bridge”; “I am scared and do not want to grab the snake; “I am too
scared to walk into the fire; “I am scared about death.”

Here the point is that the fundamental fear vrtti is already part of our
mental constitution – it is a base instinct, not something noble or divine.

So then to impose false fears on the human psyche is just burdening us
further. It multiplies that sense of fear which already haunts the human
personality. Because already we are fearful about real events, and then
as children we become frightened by so many false or imaginary things as
well.

It just multiplies the sense of fear and that is not good.

LIFELONG PROBLEMS

The accumulation of fears debilitates the human mind – not just in our
youth but lifelong. Baba tells us that fear – caused by family, social
and religious dogmas – will stick with a person for life.

A person may suffer from a lack of courage and become permanently afraid
of the dark. Or a person may not even like to remain in the house alone
even as an adult.

And not only that, but a person may be even lack the necessary courage
to confidently answer questions in a job interview. Before the interview
they may even be hiding in the bathroom – too scared to walk inside.
This is not just a question of normal nervousness, but rather a deep
seated fear that shakes their bones.

Thus the fears that get imposed on a child’s psyche are baggage they
carry for life – in all sorts of shape and sizes, in all kinds of ways.
They will be permanently shackled and will never grow properly. So we
should be a thousand times careful never to impose such fears on a child.

BABA SAYS:

 

YOU WILL SEE A GHOST

Here Baba scientifically shows how the fear complex takes root in the
human mind and becomes part of a person’s living reality.

Baba says, “Suppose in daytime you are in a lonely place. It may or may
not be a lonely place. Suppose in daytime you are alone in a big house,
and some people told you that there is a ghost – “Ghost… ghost… ghost.”
You heard it. The acoustic wave touched your mind, touched the
subconscious portion of your mind, and after that you are told, “You
know, Mr. X, there is a ghost in this house.” And you are Mr. X. “There
is a ghost in this house.” All the nerve fibres fail to function. What
will happen then? Just touch the conscious level of your mind, and as an
extro-objective creation, as an external reflection of your very
ectoplasmic stuff, you will see a ghost. And what sort of ghost will you
see? The description of a ghost that you read in your books or you heard
from your granny, “A ghost is like this.” In broad daylight you will see
the ghost.” (AV-12)

Thus what to speak of even small children, an adult’s mind can also be
polluted by fear such that those false and imagined fears come to life
for them.

Here below Baba further explains the nature of this phenomenon.

Baba says, “You are the witnessing entity, you are the seer of the
ghost, and a certain compartment of your mind went outside as an
external projection and took the form of the ghost, that is, the very
structure of the ghost is ectoplasmic in nature and that ectoplasm came
from your source. You are the creator of that ghost. Actually there is
no ghost. But you will see many a respectable man who will say, “Yes, I
have seen it! Yes, I have seen it!” He is not incorrect in saying this.
He saw it, but the ghost was of his creation. It was an outer or
external objective reflection, or external objective projection, or
external positive hallucination.” (AV-12)

So the human mind is very fragile and subject to all kinds of fears –
even false ones that we hear in the form of ghost stories, etc.

No one should take this point lightly and think that scaring children is
just one momentary incident. Any and all fear has a huge impact on their
psyche. They can become crippled for life. We should all pay heed. That
is Baba’s warning.

SOLUTION:

 

CREATING A FEARLESS MIND

By Baba’s grace He has given us – at minimum – two pathways for creating
a fearless mindset.

1. We must not pollute the minds of children by imposing fear sentiments.

Baba says, “It is important that these lullabys should convey the
inspiration for the development of heroism and knowledge, but there
should be no frightening ideas in them.” (PNS-10)

Thus our stories, films, festivals, disciplinary tactics, tales,
holidays should be totally devoid of scary thoughts and images. Children
should feel safe, secure, and loved – never burdened by any imposed or
false fear.

That is the first method for raising a healthy child.

2) The second method is to read Baba’s short stories wherein He has
graciously written various ghost stories where those ghosts are friendly
and helpful. Sometimes the ghost sweetly drapes a mosquito net over a
sleeping person so that they will be more comfortable. Or the ghost will
bring a glass of water or offer shelter to a needy person. Basically, in
so many of His stories, ghosts and other creatures are quite friendly
and philanthropic. This helps create a positive mind-set wherein one
will not fall prey to dogmatic fears about ghosts.

Today’s filmmakers and story writers should also follow this path.

This is a second method for raising children free of fear complexes.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, we should be 100% wary of introducing false fears into
the mind-set of our children. Thus we must re-evaluate occasions like
Halloween and and be cent per cent certain that our children are never
exposed to fear tactics as as form of discipline. With the gift of a
safe and happy childhood, that young one will grow up and live a
courageous and dharmic life.

Baba says, “So one must move along the path of satya and one must have
the satya as one’s only desideratum. And this is the only path, this is
the path of fearlessness; that is, there is no fear in it, nothing to be
afraid of.” (AV-2)

Namaskar,
Ishvara

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Food Affects Protoplasmic Cells

Baba says, “Whatever I get, that I will eat” – this must not be the
policy of a sane being. This human body is a composite of protoplasmic
cells, and these protoplasmic cells are made of the food we take in. If
the food and drink is defective, then the protoplasmic cells will also
become defective, and the human mind, which is the collective mind of so
many protoplasmic minds, will also become defective. That is why
ta’masik or static food has a negative influence on the human mind.”
(SS-18 p.3)

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