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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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