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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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From: “Vinay Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Our Festivities & Animal’s Doom

Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 23:48:17

Baba

== OUR FESTIVITIES ANIMAL’S DOOM ==

Namaskar,

Our humanity is no longer that slow, dull, lumbering mass, but rather a

sleek, new people full of sentient thoughts and refined ideas. By Baba’s

grace this sweet transformation is going on. And our holidays and

festivals should reflect this.

Unfortunately, our global human family is still littered by occasions &

festivals that feature harsh and cruel treatment to animals. We have

inherited these social functions from days-by-gone and the time has come

to rethink such events.

GOTTEN FROM THE AGES: ‘PUT TO DEATH’

Nearly all the religious and cultural traditions on this earth engage in

the gross mutilation and rampant killing of animals during times of

festivals.

During the Hindu Durga Puja, animals sacrifices are common. It is the

people’s way of “pleasing the gods”.

Plus the Aryan culture has a long history of such type of rampant

animal killing in their various yajinas, religious rituals, and

ceremonies of worship. Note 1 details how the Chambal river was but a

river of blood created by thousands of animals sacrifices.

Next the Islamic festival Eid must include the slaughtering of a goat.

This is a must for all Muslims. So here too we see that human

“celebrations” go hand in hand with the butchering of animals.

And Christianity and the west are also involved in this same destructive

pattern. In particular, during the American holiday, ‘Thanksgiving’

millions upon millions of turkeys and massacred. Each and every household

or family gathering celebrates this day by eating a murdered turkey.

Plus nearly all the Christian holiday revolve around meat-eating. That is

the tradition.

If we look further, we can find countless examples wherein our human

family indulges in the cruel treatment of animals as a means to honor

the gods and show our festive spirit during the holidays.

There is a long history of this, often stemming from times when the

people did not have the knowledge or capability to observe festivals in

other ways. Over the generations, these cruel and senseless traditions

have been kept alive. Still today, they are common.

‘CREATION IS FOR OUR ENJOYMENT’

In this modern era, wherein popular western values are spinning around

the globe at record pace, the archaic psychology, ‘this creation is for

our enjoyment’, needs to be put to rest.

The Christian doctrine preaches that God has put all these beings and

creatures on this earth for human enjoyment. This is the anthropocentric

vision that is grabbing hold of so many people. In the past, religious

Christians would preach this gospel and now pseudo-culture popularizes

this same approach via its ‘me-first’, self-indulgent manners. It has

become the fashion to ‘treat yourself right’, irregardless of the cost

to others.

All of the above contravenes our teachings of neo-humanism. And it is

time we lead the way more and more in putting these dogmas to rest.

Animal cruelty and torture is a remnant from humanity’s barbaric past.

However the picture is not all bleak. In pockets of human culture around

the globe, there are many raising the slogan of animal welfare and

animal rights.

OUR CHANGING HUMANITY

Today, then our humanity is going through so much growth and development

in so many respects, now is the time to deviate from past traditions and

rethink the way we celebrate during times of festivals.

After all, so many new outlooks are being born each and every day:

Multi-culturalism, women’s rights, minority rights, native rights,

rights of the accused etc. In each and every sphere of life we are

rethinking our relationships with other human groups. And this has

brought must respect and dignity to our human family.

Sadly, this trend has failed to come full circle with regards to animals

rights.

No doubt, there is some progress, but there is much work to be done.

In the past, humans were offered to the gods via sacrificial fires; that

has now stopped. Similarly, we have to put a stop to such things being

done to animals.

All around the globe during times of festivals, people heartily look

forward to “sumptuous meals” born from the ruthless killing and torture

of animals. ‘Thanksgiving’ is but one of many such occasions where

people blindly overlook the senseless destruction of animals for their

own silly pleasure.

We have to ask ourselves, ‘Is this the civiliisation we want to

perpetuate and pass down to our children?’.

Now then is the time to raise consciousness on this critical and dire

issue. Often times animals look to us for shelter and support and in

response we outrightly breach that trust and dupe them into walking into

their own death.

JUST HYPOCRITE’S PSYCHOLOGY

Here Baba points out how the the human psyche wrongly justifies the

slaughtering of animals. Deep inside people know it is not right, but

they cover it up will all kinds of false logic.

Baba says, “When people sacrifice a goat or buffalo in a religious

festival while chanting “Divine goddess, divine goddess!” before a

deity, they know that the animal is an irreplaceable part of creation,

but still they slaughter it. This is hypocrites’ dogma.” (PNS-16,

‘Religious Dogma- B’)

AGAINST NATURAL LAW FOR HUMANS TO EAT MEAT

Here below Baba clearly points out that it is against the law of nature

for humans to eat meat

Baba says, “According to the laws of nature, canine teeth are necessary for

chewing meat properly. Carnivorous animals such as cats, dogs, tigers and lions

possess canine teeth, but cows, monkeys, elephants, wild asses, etc. do

not possess canine teeth. Nature does not want them to eat meat. But what

do greedy human beings do? Even though they do not possess canine teeth,

they cook or boil meat so that they can eat it. This is done out of greed.

According to the laws of nature, human beings are not carnivorous. So, if

they eat meat they will catch numerous diseases. Vegetarians generally

suffer from fewer diseases than non-vegetarians because they are more

habituated to following natural laws. You must have noticed that those who

violate the laws of nature and become non-vegetarian, even though they do

not possess canine teeth, have peculiar eating habits. Sometimes it even

seems as if non-vegetarians eat like dogs. Non-vegetarians have trouble

chewing meat properly because of the absence of canine teeth.” (AFPS-4)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we will rethink our role on this earth and treat all

animals with dignity and respect, and not work towards their wanton

destruction.

Baba says, “Human beings are more cruel than vultures. Their hearts

don’t melt even at the sight of tears of innocent birds and animals.

Just to gratify their sense of greed, they mercilessly slit the throats

of animals with sharp knives and swords and thus deprive them of the

right to live, even while preaching the hollow dictates of religion.”

(NHNS-2)

Namaskar,

Vinay

Note 1: ANIMAL SACRIFICES & THE CHAMBAL RIVER

Baba says, “When the Aryans were living in the Rajasthan area in the

western part of India, they found many animals there, because there were

forests and sufficient rainfall. They used to perform sacrificial rites

by killing these animals. There is a story that once they performed a

sacrificial ritual killing hundreds of thousands of animals; the heaps

of those animals’ skins was as high as a mountain, and blood streamed

down unceasingly from that pile of skins. It looked as if a river was

flowing. After a long distance, this stream of blood flowed into the

Ganges River. As the stream of blood flowing from the pile of animal

skins took the form of a river, it was named Carman’vatii in Sanskrit.

The present name of the river is Chambal.” (NSS, Disc 7)

Note 2: DOGMA: PUTTING ANIMALS TO SLEEP

One other misconception these days is that people, especially in the

west, brag about how kind they are to their own pets, yet in the end put

their pets “to sleep”, when they think the animal is too old and frail.

People sympathetically boast of their compassion in doing such things.

But really is this a practice that can be supported. Under normal

circumstances, would we put elderly human beings to sleep as well at a

time we deem fit. Or do we honor them up to the last breath. Our way is

to respect their dignity and let them live out their days according to

nature’s design. We do not prematurely put them to death. But this same

respect we do not extend to animals. Rather we deceive ourselves into

thinking that we are doing proper by intentionally putting an animal to

sleep, when in fact we are rudely ending their life.

PRABHATA SAMGIITA

“Toma’r madhur ha’si niye eseche…” (P.S. 328)

Purport:

Baba, Your sweet smile has such a strong attraction that it has

attracted everything of this created world close to You. Everyone is

rushing towards You. Your sweet smile has incomparable charm. It has

filled everything with nectar– from the throbbing sensation of the

heart up to the existence of each and every entity of this created

world. Everything and everyone You have filled with Your divine nectar.

Baba, by Your sweet grace please come with the rhythm and melody of song

and dance. You have filled all the wonderful memories with Your divine

nectar. Everything is so beautiful. Baba please come in my Guru cakra in

dhyana with Your sweet, attractive, & charming form. Your love saturated

eyes have filled my heart with full content. Baba, Your sweet,

attractive, & charming form has attracted everything close to You…

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Colourful Future

Baba says, “As life becomes increasingly easy, there will be greater

opportunities for intellectual pursuits. A day will come when there will

be hardly any need for human beings to work. This may sound strange

today and perhaps we might not like to hear such a thing, but that day

will surely come. Physicality will be transformed into more and more

intellectuality, and intellectuality will be transformed into the

culminating point of spirituality.” (PNS-17, p.36)

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Date: 20 Dec 2010 05:28:18 -0000

From: “G Bhaskaran Reddy”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Extreme “Sadavrata” in USA

 

Baba

 

== EXTREME “SADAVRATA” IN USA ==

 

Namaskar,

Recently an event took place in our Marga that causes us to stop and think about the way some in AM are doing “service”. Read about this below event and see what you think.

 

 

WHAT TRANSPIRED

 

On December 4th, it was reported that one Dada in California organised a food distribution program in the end of November during the “Thanksgiving” holiday in the USA.

 

Note: During Thanksgiving, many Americans sit down and eat turkey, i.e. the name of one big, wild bird that is similar in size and look to the turkey vulture. A turkey is two or three times the size of a chicken and can weigh up to 14kg (30lbs). And these wild birds are eaten during the Thanksgiving holiday in the USA. That is the dogmatic tradition. As Ananda Margiis we categorically reject this tradition of eating meat and slaughtering animals.

 

Anyway, in doing his food distribution, this Dadaji got 7 Turkeys (i.e. big, dead, feathered birds). That means Dadaji collected 98kg (215.6 lbs) from the market and donated that meat on the occasion of Thanksgiving.

 

So we should all think how appropriate this is. Should one serve tamasik slaughtered birds, i.e. turkeys, to those in need. Is this the way we do service?

 

 

SIMILAR FUTURE EVENTS

 

Collecting and distributing 98kg / 215lbs of turkey meat by one Dada for food distribution is extreme. Some say Dadaji has these future plans as well:

 

1. Distribute violent video games on Christmas to poor kids struggling in school.

2. Donate guns and ammunition to poor hunters;

3. Distribute cigarettes to poor & distressed tobacco addicts;

4. Distribute heroin to poor & distressed drug addicts;

5. Give arms to poor & distressed criminals / terrorists;

6. Distribute poison to the elderly for their assisted suicide;

7. Serve alcohol to poor people on New Year’s Eve & other festival days;

8. Distribute machine guns to thugs and gang members;

9. Give high-fat sweets filled with hydogentated oil to poor & distressed heart patients;

10. Give foods loaded with sugar to poor diabetics;

11. Distribute sharp blades to poor & distressed pickpockets or robbers.

 

Please see the email appended below for further information.

 

Namaskar,

Bhaskaran

 

 

Note 1: GOOD SPIRIT IS NOT ENOUGH

 

Here the point is that doing something with a good heart or with a good spirit is not enough. The overall effect of the action or service also counts.

 

With full sincerity if you offer poison to someone then they will still be harmed.

 

Those who do not have any idea of bhagavad dharma may say that Dadaji donated all those things with a good mind-set and we should not chase him. But one should know that doing sinful things with a good heart will not make that action virtuous.

 

Prakrti does not overlook such wrongs but rather punishes those going against bhagvad dharma. Here we should not only think by the angle of a greedy human; as neo-humanists we should think by the angle of those birds as well. Then it will not take time to understand this entire issue.

 

Dada should have given things for the people’s weflare. That is the effect of AM service. He should have only given plant and grain-based foods, i.e. sentient foods. Because our approach is never to give away harmful or tamasik foods in the name of service. Not only that, birds have their own existential value, they are not to be slaughtered for human consumption.

 

But in Dadaji’s case he gave something that is harmful – harmful both to them and the bird. So Dadaji’s dealing caused the death of so many birds and he has to face the consequences. Such type of activity is sinful – not service.

 

All around the world there are margiis surrounded by so many meat-eaters, but we do not therefore sacrifice animals and birds and feed meat to others. No true Ananda Margii does like this.

 

 

Note 2: HERE IS THE EMAIL WITH ALL THE INFORMATION

 

To: das.kiyoga@yahoo.com

From: das.kiyoga@yahoo.com

Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2010 22:48:47 -0800

Subject: [AM-nCal] Service to Homeless, Service to DEER nor more, Service by Seminars, Service to Professionals [4 Attachments]

 

Service to Homeless Food Distribution

 

Thanksgiving is over and lots of Food is donated and under the direction of Dada Jiivapremananda, Mixed rice and Dal, 2 big containers of oil and 7 turkeys were given to the homeless.

 

Brotherly in His Service,

 

Ragu Das, SDM-LFT, 408-338-6495

 

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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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To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: Mon 10 May 2010 22:11:29
From: “Hank & Rita Tomasson”
Subject: Re: Why One Day Is Enough

Baba

PS Intro: In the life of each and every sadhaka, at one time or another,
it invariably happens that when they have a deep desire to receive
Parama Purusa, in the grand play of His divine liila He is remaining
distant. The sadhaka may be doing a lot of kiirtan and sadhana or they
may be constantly repeating their Ista mantra and calling Him again and
again with all their heart, but it sometimes happens that still He is
not coming close. Despite so many cries and pleas to receive Him, Parama
Purusa is remaining far. And then suddenly one day when the devotee is
not at all ready for His divine arrival then unexpectedly Parama Purusa
graces him by coming. At one unannounced moment He reveals His divine
Self in the depths of the devotee’s heart. This is nothing but His
divine liila of hide and seek and that is the devotional scene which is
represented in this following Prabhat Samgiita.

“Tumi path bhule mor ghare ele…” (PS 1988)

Purport:

Baba, I love You so much and I have been waiting for You for so long. In
the upsurge of my devotional attraction for You I have cried profusely
and shed innumerable tears waiting for You. Baba, I have called You
countless times, even then You remained oblivious and did not come. Then
today with no prior warning at all, by accident You came to my house–
You advented Yourself in my heart, in my mental abode. Baba, it is so
beautiful to receive You; it is Your grace. Baba, I love You so much. By
Your grace the devotional longing of my heart was resonating in the far
distant breeze and throughout the great blue sky. Baba, my deep longing
for You could be felt throughout each and every pulsation of this vast
universe. Even then Your deep sleep was not broken by the devotional
call of my heart. Baba, the longing of my heart was resonating all
around, but You remained completely deaf. You did not respond at all. O’
my dearmost, please tell me why You remained far.

Baba, whether You choose to listen to me or not, is entirely Your
option: Paying a deaf ear to my constant calling and pleas is one of
Your roles in this divine liila. Baba, when I was thinking that You
would surely come then I decorated my house in a magnificent way for
Your ceremonial reception; but that time You did not come. Baba, when I
was desperately calling You with all the devotion of my heart, You did
not show up. Yet now when my heart is dry and I am involved in so many
worldly duties You have come. Baba, now when I have so many works and
responsibilities to manage, You have arrived at my door– unannounced.
Baba, today I was not anticipating Your arrival, but by Your grace You
have come. Your accidental arrival at my house– in my heart– is never
a mistake. O’ my dearmost Baba, my heart is always longing for You. It
is so blissful that You have finally come and completely satiated my
internal yearning for You. Baba, You are the dearest One of my heart.
Baba today You have graciously come and made my whole being resplendent.
Baba, You are my everything…

== RE: WHY ONE DAY IS ENOUGH ==

Namaskar,
Here is an addendum to the letter about the mother’s day and father’s
day holidays in the materialistic western nations.

Here are some new points that were not included in the first letter.

MOTHERHOOD NOT EMBRACED IN THE WEST

In the west, the tantric ideal of motherhood is not often embraced by
the general populace – rather it is usually overlooked entirely. In
those materialistic nations, females are victims of the capitalist
mind-set. They are too engrossed in their own sensuality. That obviously
detracts from their ability to serve as mother. Knowingly or
unknowingly, they would rather be seen as sexy or alluring. The dominant
male has imposed this crude notion on them.

For this reason many females in the west do not breast feed, nor do they
sleep with their children, nor do they have time during the day to be
with their children. Mostly those mothers drop off their child at day
care and then go charging off to work to compete with their male
counter-parts in earning a living. And then in the nighttime they put
their toddlers in their own separate bedroom while the “mother” sleeps
alone with her spouse. As soon as the baby is old enough, it is placed
in its own room away from the parents so they can have their privacy.

In this busy cycle, even when they have the opportunity to keep the
child close, they do not hold in the lap. Instead they carry the baby in
a basket. Psychologists and medical professionals have found there to be
a gap in the emotional development of those children who are deprived
the touch of their mother. If children do not have physical contact with
their parents – or if that contact is minimal – then that hinders their
emotional cum psychological development.

Plus the general society in the west is not eager to breastfeed. Some do
but it is rare. Most prefer to bottle feed etc. And those who do choose
to breastfeed then they will usually only do that if they are home, and
not when they are out in public or in the store etc. All these are
instances of females compromising their motherly status.

This below letter describe more about the unfortunate status of mothers
in the west and the terrible effect this has on their children.

Here the point rings true that only those societies and communities
which do not eagerly embrace the meaning of motherhood are anxious to
celebrate mother’s day once a year. They can then give lip service to
motherhood that day with roses and sweet words and then forget about
motherhood the other 364 days. Both children and parents follow this
pattern in the west because they do not have a deeply loving link with
one another.

Please understand that neither am I blaming the mothers nor am I blaming
the children. Just the simple fact stands that materialism drove them in
this direction. If anyone wishes to pass judgment or extend blame, then
we should blame the entire society.

BABA DID NOT CALL THEM MOTHER

It was Baba’s policy to never go against anyone’s psychology hence
during His marriage blessings He would always speak to the newlywed
couple in a particular manner.

When the newly married husband and wife would come up onto the stage for
His marriage blessing during DMC, then they would always offer a garland
to Baba.

Baba would then give His blessing and return the garland back to the wife.

During this sweet and charming interaction, if the newlywed wife was
Indian then Baba would address her as mother and say, “Take this mala
mother and keep it with you…”. In contrast, if the newlywed wife was
not Indian then Baba would address her as little girl and say, “Take
this mala little girl and keep it with you…”.

Baba took this approach with thousands of newly weds during hundreds of
DMC’s.

Here the point is that Baba understood that the newly married wife from
western countries etc, did not like to be called mother. So He called
them “little girl”.

And that is how it is. In materialistic places, even older women do not
like to be called mother, yet in those tantric cultures, even little
girls are addressed as maa or mother.

Baba says, “Very often a doting father will take his little daughter on
his lap and call her “mother”. But everyone knows that the child is his
daughter, not his mother.” (SC-9)

Of course, as materialism takes its unseemly tour through India, females
there too may fall prey to this negative mindset of wishing to be valued
for their sensual allurement and not their motherly status.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, as Ananda Margiis and as parents we should stand true
to His tantric system and fully embrace our roles as mother and father,
and not get pulled into the crude ocean of materialistic values, where
mother’s day and father’s day reign.

Baba says, “In the Vajraya’na Buddhist age, the idea first developed
that the basic identity of a woman was neither “sister” nor “daughter”
but “mother”. To support this concept, the Vajraya’na Buddhist Tantrics
used to say that the person whom the newborn baby notices immediately
after its birth is neither its sister, its wife nor its daughter, but
its mother. So that on the wider canvas of this universe the identity of
a woman, from first to last, was portrayed as a mother. She first
appears as a young mother to a newborn and later when she attains
maturity in life, she establishes her identity as the [grand] mother [of
a large household].” (SC-9)

Namaskar,
Hitendra & Ranijta

Note 1: ABOUT THE FIRST LETTER

The basic theme of that letter is that only mothers from the west
appreciate the annual mother’s day phenomenon. Whereas mother’s in the
tantric tradition do not. This is a very emotional topic so one cannot
pass judgment: All that I can say is that it is beyond my understanding
why they appreciate mother’s day. Just as bhaktas do now want to limit
their sadhana, bhajan and kiirtan to a single day annually and call it
God’s day, likewise those who embrace motherhood fully do not wish to be
remembered as such just one day a year.

Finally, here is another letter of interest.

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Practical Aspect of Mysticism

Baba says, “Mysticism is a never-ending endeavour to find a link between
finite and infinite.” (AV-23, p.101)

Note: Here Baba is indirectly giving the guideline that in the realm of
devotion one should have a particular personal relation with Parama
Purusa. And these relations are known as “bhava”– whether they be
sakhya bhava, dasya bhava, madhura bhava etc. So these various bhavas
are that very “link between finite and infinite”. Because with the help
of these relations devotees gradually come in closer and closer
proximity with Parama Purusa. Until finally by linking up in this way
the sadhaka becomes one with Him.
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Date: Sun, 09 May 2010 22:11:43 -0400
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Arati
Subject: Why One Day Is Enough

BABA

“Toma’ke bha’lo besechi, tumi shudhu mane acho…” (P.S. 2562)

Purport:

Baba, I love You; only You are in my mind. You are my dearmost One and
You alone are mine; You are the only moon in my mental sky– mental plate.

Baba, except You, everything else in this entire universe is temporary.
Everything comes for a short time and then get lost into thin air, into the
oblivion. Baba, only You are beginningless and endless; only You remain
permanently– eternally.

Baba, nothing lasts forever in this world. At the end of the day, night
falls and the light of day gets engulfed by the darkness. Similarly, the
darkness of the night vanishes with the advent of the brilliant new dawn.
Thus everything in this world is changing, transient. But the constant
pouring of Your divine effulgence continues on and on– it knows no limit;
it knows no end.

Baba, I am loving You; You are always residing in my mind; You are my
only polestar. Baba, You are my Goal; You are my everything…

== WHY ONE DAY IS ENOUGH ==

Note: Those born in the western hemisphere should read this letter with an
open mind. After all, we are Ananda Margiis and have no particular attachment
for local customs. Ours is the way of tantra. We should all ideate on
the tantric ideal of motherhood and think what it would be like to sleep side by
one’s mother the first 7 or 8 years of one’s life. Such a closeness develops.
Then there is a deeply intimate link between mother and child – and motherhood
is honoured as being one of the truly revered roles in life. Keeping this
ideal in the forefront of one’s mind, no one will get frustrated reading
this letter. So we should all be careful while reading in order to get the
maximum benefit. The aim of this letter is not to go against anyone’s
sentiment nor to attack anyone emotionally. Rather our aim as Ananda Margiis
is to hold up the flag of tantra.

Namaskar,
In certain materialistic western countries the annual “Mother’s Day” and
“Father’s Day” celebrations are going on in regular fashion. Mother’s Day
was just celebrated today, Sunday May 9, and Father’s Day will be celebrated
on June 20th.

At first glance or by superficial look, it may seem like “Mother’s Day” and
“Father’s Day” are noble enterprises. But upon slightly more examination
many oddities are going on. So we should apply our vivek. Following are
some of the ideas about this and hopefully others from around the globe
will also comment on this issue.

WHEN DAILY PRACTICE THEN NO NEED TO CELEBRATE

Some may think that having a yearly holiday to celebrate motherhood and
fatherhood is quite respectful and proper.

However, just consider the following.

We Ananda Margiis do not have an annual ‘God-day’ celebration because for
us every day is God’s day. In our each and every action throughout the day
we cultivate the devotional feeling that everything is done in the service
to GuruDeva, to please Baba. This is our devotional approach in AM.

So in AM we see that the all 24 hrs are involved in spiritual activities.
When we are taking food or sleeping or bathing or doing our work,
everything is involved in Brahmahood. This is our regular and daily rhythm.

That is why anyone in AM will think it is odd to designate one day a year
as God’s day.

But in the various dogmatic religions like Islam, Christianity, Judaism, or
Hindu, etc, they all have different days for their worship. Sunday for
Christians, Saturday for Jews, Friday for Muslims. And for Hindus, Tuesday
is the day for Lord Hanuman (monkey god) and Monday is the day for Lord
Shiva. In Hinduism also all goddesses have different dates of celebration.

So the overall central idea is that when something is not given importance
on an everyday basis then a weekly, monthly, or yearly program is fixed.
Just like everyday is not a holiday in government offices, so they take
rest on Saturday and Sunday.

Or here in our unit a special dharmacakra with akhanda kiirtan does not
happen everyday, so a special gathering is planned on the 2nd Sunday of
every month. That comes once in a month– not daily.

And there are other things we do on a yearly basis. For example Ananda
Purniima celebration is a birthday so it comes yearly. And similar with the
1st Jan DMS, that program also comes annually. These are annual events not
meant to be practiced every day.

So the things which are done on a regular or daily basis then no special
day is allotted those things. Because they are done regularly, day in-day
out. For example in AM we do not have a ‘2nd lesson day’ because everyday
we do. But we do have fasting days because we do not fast every day of the
year. Just some particular days.

In a similar way the things which are coming on a monthly basis then yearly
dates are not fixed, or vice versa. Then every month certain days are
fixed. And for festivals that come once in year then a yearly date is made.

WHY SOME THINK ONE DAY IS ENOUGH

Keeping this in mind, let’s apply these principles to mother’s day and father’s day.

In the west, where the typical relation between mothers and their progeny can be
quite dry, people readily embrace the idea of mother’s day. Then the idea
of having one day a year to pay special attention to one’s mother is enough. After
that, they are free to be indifferent then about their mother or father the other
364 days.

Whereas those who carry love for their mother in their heart daily will think
it odd to designate just one day a year to honor their mother.

If that still does not make sense to our western mind-set then let’s look
at it this way. Suppose one is infatuated with a member of the opposite sex,
then do you think one will like to honour and see that person just once a year.
Probably not – those sensually involved couples like to be together always.
And they will think it weird, heartless or even maddening to have just a single
day to be with their mate.

Yet that is what they have done with mother’s day and father’s day.

Here the point is that those who appreciate doing something once year
do not have the same love and attachment as those who are regularly
involved on a daily basis in that endeavour.

When the relation is sour then people feel that observing it just once
a year is enough, such as with mother’s day or father’s day.

DEBASED VIEW OF MOTHERHOOD IN THE WEST

One other contributing factor to honouring mother’s day just a single
day each year is female sensuality. At present, females are sex objects
andthe sex toys of males.

In that case, females value their self-worth on their ability to attract
and allure men. When they lose that look, they lose their self-worth. That
is why most grown females prefer to be called sexy, baby, foxy or doll, and not
mother. Because all those former terms (sexay, baby, foxy, and doll) speak
to one’s sexual appeal whereas motherhood does not.

So females in the west do not like be known as mother on a regular basis.
They think that is negative – in that case, once a year is sufficient.
All the other days they prefer to be judged on their sex appeal and sensual qualities.

OUR IDEAL IN ANANDA MARGA

In Ananda Marga, our view is the exact opposite. We follow the tantric
system where females are honoured as mother and one has a debt to their
mother.

Baba says, “Four kinds of debt are irredeemable – debt to father, debt to
mother, debt to Aca’rya, and debt to Guru (Divine debt). (a) The only way
to do service to one’s father after his death is to help every male member
of the universe to progress on the path of highest development. (b) The
only way to do service to one’s mother after her death is to help every
female member of the universe to progress on the path of highest
development. (c) The best service to the Aca’rya is to work for comfort and
benefit of one’s Aca’rya and his family. (d) The best service to Ma’rga
Guru is to work according to His wishes. But however much service one
renders, one will not redeem the four debts until Moks’a (Salvation) is
attained.” (CC-2)

So in all the above cases our social and spiritual responsibilities or
debts must be satisfied and attended to on a regular, on-going basis. As
the regular need arises it must be replied to. And even when there is no
apparent need, one should take care of the matter in a nice way. The point
being that these four debts deserve or constant and regular attention. They
are part and parcel of our daily life.

THE STANDARDS OF AM: PARENT-CHILD RELATIONS

In that way in our AM ideology what obligations we have for our parents is
quite clear. And what obligations parents have for their children is of a
similar nature.

Because Ananda Marga is made to build up one human society and in that human
society one healthy family is one part or component. In that healthy family
all direct worldly relations should live together. And that is one
miniature form of society. In their happiness and sorrow they will move
collectively towards one goal– Parama Purusa. On the basis of this Baba
made the following Caryacarya rule where every sadhaka has great
responsibility toward their parents.

Same way parents have very big responsibility for their children. They have
to care for the physical, mental, and spiritual care of their progeny and
nourish them to grow in all round way– in three spheres. This is their
parental duty. Devoid of this, the relation will not be treated as ideal.
Especially for those parents who care only for only the physical aspect or
only physical and psychic development– and do not care about spiritual
development of their progeny. Such parents cannot be treated as ideal
guardians of their children.

Unfortunately these days in the materialistic countries many guardians &
parents are not doing their proper duty towards their progeny. Nor are
their progeny feeling any motivation or obligation towards their parents or
family. Baba’s above cited Caryacarya teaching is beyond their imagination.
So ultimately both progeny and parents reached to a silly compromise. They
decided this certain compromise “that at least once in a year we will
celebrate where one particular day is fixed of Father’s Day and one for
Mother’s Day”. In this way their selfish interests became satisfied.
Because in true sense in the ideal society it is the regular duty of the
progeny to look after their parents, and certainly the parents are to look
after their progeny.

Now however people are obsessed with self-centered philosophy of
materialism. That is why they have forgotten their duties. Both sides
forget: parents and their progeny. As I say this is especially visible in
materialistic countries. There, children in their teenage years often leave
their house and their elderly parents in old age are leading a neglected life
away from their family. Because old fragile parents live in a retirement
center in a very frustrated and depressed way.

One side children are suffering and other side elders are suffering.

So this self-centered philosophy or capitalistic bent of mind created this
dogma and they feel satisfied that– ‘alright one day will be Father’s Day
and one day will be Mother’s Day. And then all my duty is over’.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, we should all aim to live according to AM’s tantric vision
where motherhood & fatherhood are honoured and respected based on deeply
respectful and intimate relation – one which is renewed every moment due to
ongoing love, care and commitment.

Only those who have a lesser degree of attachment and concern between
parent and child can embrace the yearly mother’s day and father’s day programs.

Namaskar,
Arati

Note 1: CAPITALISTS STARTED THE DOGMA

Many were also telling the idea that “Mother’s Day” and “Father’s Day” were
started because of the capitalists monopoly. Capitalists want to sell
their goods– for one or another reason. And in capitalistic society,
psychic exploitation is done in a very indirect and cunning way.

Capitalists create the hunger in the customer’s mind that “you need these
products”. Even the most unnecessary items. And in response the innocent
public feels that “yes it is very essential for me to have those things. I
must purchase them”. By this way capitalists empty the pockets of the
unassuming common people.

So the false holidays of Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are also just the
capitalists’ selfish inventions in order to dupe the common public into
running out to the stores to buy more products– i.e. commercially produced
items to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

Here then are Baba’s guidelines from His Prout discourse about economy and
psycho-economy:

Baba says, “Capitalists exploit society through their gigantic propaganda
machinery, and create unhealthy, artificial demands which not only poison
the mind but encourage dangerous habits detrimental to psychic sanctity and
expansion.” (PNS-12, p.19)

Such type of mentality is the cause of the invention of this relatively new
dogma, Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. Because in this way capitalists get a
huge benefit. And although it started in the western materialistic areas,
now it is spreading step by step around the globe and the third world
countries strive to emulate first-world states. So this capitalist diseased
venture is passing on to other places around the globe.

******************************************
Science Behind

Baba says, “As a result of practising a special type of Tantra, people
attain the yaks’in’ii siddhi. (Such people are known as yaks’in’ii siddhas
— sa’dhakas who have attained a type of occult power.) These yaks’in’iis*
work under the instructions of the siddhas, and provided that some rules
and regulations are not violated, they abide by their instructions. Usually
the yaks’in’iis cannot be induced to perform any evil deed. They have no
influence in the supernatural and spiritual spheres — their influence is
primarily exerted in the physical sphere and to some extent in the psychic
sphere. They follow the yaks’in’ii siddhas like a shadowy image, and very
often can be found moving on walls or inside rooms like black shadows.”

“The system of performing sa’dhana’ on various deities is not exactly the
same as this, but somewhat similar. Deities like shadowy figures also
become visible through this practice. Although this sa’dhana’ is different
to some extent from the sa’dhana’ of yaks’in’ii siddhi, the psychology in
both is the same. All the systems of Ka’lii siddhi, Durga’ siddhi,
d’a’kinii siddhi, yaks’in’ii siddhi, etc., are different in practice, yet
they are similar theoretically.”

(DT-2, p. 242 & 245)

Note: Yaksinii is something which has no bodily physical existence. Rather
it is just the play or expression of someone’s kosa. Because when an avidya
tantrika achieves some control over their kosas, then they can make that
unnaturally reflect as an image in the form of a yaksinii. And with the
help of this yaksinii they can do various things. For example with these
siddhis sometimes they fetch materials from distant places, if that item is
available. But one should not be surprised that some ghost or “spirit” is
doing the work. Rather this is the work of an avidya tantrika’s own mind as
they are projecting it outwardly. However after some time these avidya
tantrikas lose their power and ultimately get degenerated. Their faces
become sunken, black, and crooked like a witch or ghost. So this is one
horrible stage. After their demise they turn into iron or coal.

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Date: Sun, 09 May 2010 22:11:43 -0400
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Arati
Subject: Why One Day Is Enough

BABA

“Toma’ke bha’lo besechi, tumi shudhu mane acho…” (P.S. 2562)

Purport:

Baba, I love You; only You are in my mind. You are my dearmost One and
You alone are mine; You are the only moon in my mental sky– mental plate.

Baba, except You, everything else in this entire universe is temporary.
Everything comes for a short time and then get lost into thin air, into the
oblivion. Baba, only You are beginningless and endless; only You remain
permanently– eternally.

Baba, nothing lasts forever in this world. At the end of the day, night
falls and the light of day gets engulfed by the darkness. Similarly, the
darkness of the night vanishes with the advent of the brilliant new dawn.
Thus everything in this world is changing, transient. But the constant
pouring of Your divine effulgence continues on and on– it knows no limit;
it knows no end.

Baba, I am loving You; You are always residing in my mind; You are my
only polestar. Baba, You are my Goal; You are my everything…

== WHY ONE DAY IS ENOUGH ==

Note: Those born in the western hemisphere should read this letter with an
open mind. After all, we are Ananda Margiis and have no particular attachment
for local customs. Ours is the way of tantra. We should all ideate on
the tantric ideal of motherhood and think what it would be like to sleep side by
one’s mother the first 7 or 8 years of one’s life. Such a closeness develops.
Then there is a deeply intimate link between mother and child – and motherhood
is honoured as being one of the truly revered roles in life. Keeping this
ideal in the forefront of one’s mind, no one will get frustrated reading
this letter. So we should all be careful while reading in order to get the
maximum benefit. The aim of this letter is not to go against anyone’s
sentiment nor to attack anyone emotionally. Rather our aim as Ananda Margiis
is to hold up the flag of tantra.

Namaskar,
In certain materialistic western countries the annual “Mother’s Day” and
“Father’s Day” celebrations are going on in regular fashion. Mother’s Day
was just celebrated today, Sunday May 9, and Father’s Day will be celebrated
on June 20th.

At first glance or by superficial look, it may seem like “Mother’s Day” and
“Father’s Day” are noble enterprises. But upon slightly more examination
many oddities are going on. So we should apply our vivek. Following are
some of the ideas about this and hopefully others from around the globe
will also comment on this issue.

WHEN DAILY PRACTICE THEN NO NEED TO CELEBRATE

Some may think that having a yearly holiday to celebrate motherhood and
fatherhood is quite respectful and proper.

However, just consider the following.

We Ananda Margiis do not have an annual ‘God-day’ celebration because for
us every day is God’s day. In our each and every action throughout the day
we cultivate the devotional feeling that everything is done in the service
to GuruDeva, to please Baba. This is our devotional approach in AM.

So in AM we see that the all 24 hrs are involved in spiritual activities.
When we are taking food or sleeping or bathing or doing our work,
everything is involved in Brahmahood. This is our regular and daily rhythm.

That is why anyone in AM will think it is odd to designate one day a year
as God’s day.

But in the various dogmatic religions like Islam, Christianity, Judaism, or
Hindu, etc, they all have different days for their worship. Sunday for
Christians, Saturday for Jews, Friday for Muslims. And for Hindus, Tuesday
is the day for Lord Hanuman (monkey god) and Monday is the day for Lord
Shiva. In Hinduism also all goddesses have different dates of celebration.

So the overall central idea is that when something is not given importance
on an everyday basis then a weekly, monthly, or yearly program is fixed.
Just like everyday is not a holiday in government offices, so they take
rest on Saturday and Sunday.

Or here in our unit a special dharmacakra with akhanda kiirtan does not
happen everyday, so a special gathering is planned on the 2nd Sunday of
every month. That comes once in a month– not daily.

And there are other things we do on a yearly basis. For example Ananda
Purniima celebration is a birthday so it comes yearly. And similar with the
1st Jan DMS, that program also comes annually. These are annual events not
meant to be practiced every day.

So the things which are done on a regular or daily basis then no special
day is allotted those things. Because they are done regularly, day in-day
out. For example in AM we do not have a ‘2nd lesson day’ because everyday
we do. But we do have fasting days because we do not fast every day of the
year. Just some particular days.

In a similar way the things which are coming on a monthly basis then yearly
dates are not fixed, or vice versa. Then every month certain days are
fixed. And for festivals that come once in year then a yearly date is made.

WHY SOME THINK ONE DAY IS ENOUGH

Keeping this in mind, let’s apply these principles to mother’s day and father’s day.

In the west, where the typical relation between mothers and their progeny can be
quite dry, people readily embrace the idea of mother’s day. Then the idea
of having one day a year to pay special attention to one’s mother is enough. After
that, they are free to be indifferent then about their mother or father the other
364 days.

Whereas those who carry love for their mother in their heart daily will think
it odd to designate just one day a year to honor their mother.

If that still does not make sense to our western mind-set then let’s look
at it this way. Suppose one is infatuated with a member of the opposite sex,
then do you think one will like to honour and see that person just once a year.
Probably not – those sensually involved couples like to be together always.
And they will think it weird, heartless or even maddening to have just a single
day to be with their mate.

Yet that is what they have done with mother’s day and father’s day.

Here the point is that those who appreciate doing something once year
do not have the same love and attachment as those who are regularly
involved on a daily basis in that endeavour.

When the relation is sour then people feel that observing it just once
a year is enough, such as with mother’s day or father’s day.

DEBASED VIEW OF MOTHERHOOD IN THE WEST

One other contributing factor to honouring mother’s day just a single
day each year is female sensuality. At present, females are sex objects
andthe sex toys of males.

In that case, females value their self-worth on their ability to attract
and allure men. When they lose that look, they lose their self-worth. That
is why most grown females prefer to be called sexy, baby, foxy or doll, and not
mother. Because all those former terms (sexay, baby, foxy, and doll) speak
to one’s sexual appeal whereas motherhood does not.

So females in the west do not like be known as mother on a regular basis.
They think that is negative – in that case, once a year is sufficient.
All the other days they prefer to be judged on their sex appeal and sensual qualities.

OUR IDEAL IN ANANDA MARGA

In Ananda Marga, our view is the exact opposite. We follow the tantric
system where females are honoured as mother and one has a debt to their
mother.

Baba says, “Four kinds of debt are irredeemable – debt to father, debt to
mother, debt to Aca’rya, and debt to Guru (Divine debt). (a) The only way
to do service to one’s father after his death is to help every male member
of the universe to progress on the path of highest development. (b) The
only way to do service to one’s mother after her death is to help every
female member of the universe to progress on the path of highest
development. (c) The best service to the Aca’rya is to work for comfort and
benefit of one’s Aca’rya and his family. (d) The best service to Ma’rga
Guru is to work according to His wishes. But however much service one
renders, one will not redeem the four debts until Moks’a (Salvation) is
attained.” (CC-2)

So in all the above cases our social and spiritual responsibilities or
debts must be satisfied and attended to on a regular, on-going basis. As
the regular need arises it must be replied to. And even when there is no
apparent need, one should take care of the matter in a nice way. The point
being that these four debts deserve or constant and regular attention. They
are part and parcel of our daily life.

THE STANDARDS OF AM: PARENT-CHILD RELATIONS

In that way in our AM ideology what obligations we have for our parents is
quite clear. And what obligations parents have for their children is of a
similar nature.

Because Ananda Marga is made to build up one human society and in that human
society one healthy family is one part or component. In that healthy family
all direct worldly relations should live together. And that is one
miniature form of society. In their happiness and sorrow they will move
collectively towards one goal– Parama Purusa. On the basis of this Baba
made the following Caryacarya rule where every sadhaka has great
responsibility toward their parents.

Same way parents have very big responsibility for their children. They have
to care for the physical, mental, and spiritual care of their progeny and
nourish them to grow in all round way– in three spheres. This is their
parental duty. Devoid of this, the relation will not be treated as ideal.
Especially for those parents who care only for only the physical aspect or
only physical and psychic development– and do not care about spiritual
development of their progeny. Such parents cannot be treated as ideal
guardians of their children.

Unfortunately these days in the materialistic countries many guardians &
parents are not doing their proper duty towards their progeny. Nor are
their progeny feeling any motivation or obligation towards their parents or
family. Baba’s above cited Caryacarya teaching is beyond their imagination.
So ultimately both progeny and parents reached to a silly compromise. They
decided this certain compromise “that at least once in a year we will
celebrate where one particular day is fixed of Father’s Day and one for
Mother’s Day”. In this way their selfish interests became satisfied.
Because in true sense in the ideal society it is the regular duty of the
progeny to look after their parents, and certainly the parents are to look
after their progeny.

Now however people are obsessed with self-centered philosophy of
materialism. That is why they have forgotten their duties. Both sides
forget: parents and their progeny. As I say this is especially visible in
materialistic countries. There, children in their teenage years often leave
their house and their elderly parents in old age are leading a neglected life
away from their family. Because old fragile parents live in a retirement
center in a very frustrated and depressed way.

One side children are suffering and other side elders are suffering.

So this self-centered philosophy or capitalistic bent of mind created this
dogma and they feel satisfied that– ‘alright one day will be Father’s Day
and one day will be Mother’s Day. And then all my duty is over’.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, we should all aim to live according to AM’s tantric vision
where motherhood & fatherhood are honoured and respected based on deeply
respectful and intimate relation – one which is renewed every moment due to
ongoing love, care and commitment.

Only those who have a lesser degree of attachment and concern between
parent and child can embrace the yearly mother’s day and father’s day programs.

Namaskar,
Arati

Note 1: CAPITALISTS STARTED THE DOGMA

Many were also telling the idea that “Mother’s Day” and “Father’s Day” were
started because of the capitalists monopoly. Capitalists want to sell
their goods– for one or another reason. And in capitalistic society,
psychic exploitation is done in a very indirect and cunning way.

Capitalists create the hunger in the customer’s mind that “you need these
products”. Even the most unnecessary items. And in response the innocent
public feels that “yes it is very essential for me to have those things. I
must purchase them”. By this way capitalists empty the pockets of the
unassuming common people.

So the false holidays of Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are also just the
capitalists’ selfish inventions in order to dupe the common public into
running out to the stores to buy more products– i.e. commercially produced
items to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

Here then are Baba’s guidelines from His Prout discourse about economy and
psycho-economy:

Baba says, “Capitalists exploit society through their gigantic propaganda
machinery, and create unhealthy, artificial demands which not only poison
the mind but encourage dangerous habits detrimental to psychic sanctity and
expansion.” (PNS-12, p.19)

Such type of mentality is the cause of the invention of this relatively new
dogma, Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. Because in this way capitalists get a
huge benefit. And although it started in the western materialistic areas,
now it is spreading step by step around the globe and the third world
countries strive to emulate first-world states. So this capitalist diseased
venture is passing on to other places around the globe.

******************************************
Science Behind

Baba says, “As a result of practising a special type of Tantra, people
attain the yaks’in’ii siddhi. (Such people are known as yaks’in’ii siddhas
— sa’dhakas who have attained a type of occult power.) These yaks’in’iis*
work under the instructions of the siddhas, and provided that some rules
and regulations are not violated, they abide by their instructions. Usually
the yaks’in’iis cannot be induced to perform any evil deed. They have no
influence in the supernatural and spiritual spheres — their influence is
primarily exerted in the physical sphere and to some extent in the psychic
sphere. They follow the yaks’in’ii siddhas like a shadowy image, and very
often can be found moving on walls or inside rooms like black shadows.”

“The system of performing sa’dhana’ on various deities is not exactly the
same as this, but somewhat similar. Deities like shadowy figures also
become visible through this practice. Although this sa’dhana’ is different
to some extent from the sa’dhana’ of yaks’in’ii siddhi, the psychology in
both is the same. All the systems of Ka’lii siddhi, Durga’ siddhi,
d’a’kinii siddhi, yaks’in’ii siddhi, etc., are different in practice, yet
they are similar theoretically.”

(DT-2, p. 242 & 245)

Note: Yaksinii is something which has no bodily physical existence. Rather
it is just the play or expression of someone’s kosa. Because when an avidya
tantrika achieves some control over their kosas, then they can make that
unnaturally reflect as an image in the form of a yaksinii. And with the
help of this yaksinii they can do various things. For example with these
siddhis sometimes they fetch materials from distant places, if that item is
available. But one should not be surprised that some ghost or “spirit” is
doing the work. Rather this is the work of an avidya tantrika’s own mind as
they are projecting it outwardly. However after some time these avidya
tantrikas lose their power and ultimately get degenerated. Their faces
become sunken, black, and crooked like a witch or ghost. So this is one
horrible stage. After their demise they turn into iron or coal.
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