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From: “gabriel Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2009 22:05:06
Subject: Boon or Curse – Depending

Baba

“Ei vanaviithika’y pus’pama’ya’y nije ese dhara’ dile a’ma’y…” P.S. 2108

Purport:

Baba, You have graced me and You have come in my mind– in my mental garden You have appeared. Baba, You have shown me the magical display of flowers and You have allowed me to hold You. Baba, whatever You have taught and whatever You have told, everything I have kept in my mind, in my mental plate, by Your grace.

O’ my dearmost, how can I forget that very special memorable day when I saw You. I could tell that that Your whole heart was saturated with the deep feeling of mineness and love towards me. With the mental flower and in the cycle of the seasons and months, with the passage of time, that very love is getting stronger & stronger, more serene and pure.

Baba, by Your grace I have got You in my heart. Up till now I was just searching You externally– moving here and there– but I could not get You. But now You have come in my heart, so I have everything. In the secret, solitary, depths of my mind– all my desires are getting satiated. Baba, You have graced me and You have come directly into my heart. You have made my life meaningful…

== BOON OR CURSE – DEPENDING ==

Namaskar,
A man at the peak of his career, with a good wife, social respect, and financial power opts to carouse around with a young woman and risk everything, thinking that he will never be caught.

A popular leader – a man of the people – grabs congressional control only to turn his back on the masses and rule with an iron fist.

A pious woman who has led a simple life, gets hit by a bus when crossing the street and loses both her legs.

A young man shocks everyone by stepping away from a life of “guaranteed worldly success” in order to dedicate himself to a noble cause with seemingly little rewards.

LIFE IS FULL OF EVENTS

So many things happen in life – good things and bad things, smart choices and foolish ones. And it is all distinctly linked with the expression of our samskaras – reactions from our past actions & past lives, or yoga’s theory of cause and effect.

For some, their good samskaras can be a gateway to liberation, while for others their good samskaras can ricochet them onto the path to hell, if they abuse the fruits of their pious past actions.

Good then does not always signify future greatness or liberation, and bad does not mean terrible things. A man suffering from bad samskaras may reflect more deeply and vow to lead a virtuous life.

All that can be said is that all samskaras – whether they be good ones or bad ones – are binding, keeping one forever tied to the cycle of life and death.

This letter investigates some of the many nuances of the ways of karma and at the same time presents Baba’s guideline for how to escape the endless cycle or noose of action and reaction.

A FEW RULES OF THE GAME

While at some point or another we have all learned about karma theory – let’s take a moment to review some fundamental rules.

(A) Must Have Free Will to Create Samskaras

Only human beings can create samskaras, whether good or bad. Someone may decide to steal a chocolate bar or a sports car, while another may volunteer in a literacy center. By exercising our free will and making life choices, we create our samskaras, or unexpressed reactions.

In contrast, animals cannot create any (new) samskaras because they do not have free will. Everything they do is according to instinct, nature, and the Cosmic operative principle, or prakrti. If a monkey bites a small human baby, then that monkey will not incur any samskara.

The only thing that can be said is that that monkey may have been born into animal life because of their previous bad samskaras from human life, but during that animal life no new samskaras can be created.

From the time one first emerges from the Supreme Hub in the form of fire or water, or wood etc up until one’s highest expression of animal life – i.e. along the path of saincara – one will not have any samskaras. It is only during one’s first human life – that first step into the arena of pratisaincara – that samskaras get created based on what one does.

One may then may bounce back and forth between various grades of human and animal life, between pratisaincara, negative pratisaincara, and saincara. It all depends upon how one exercises their free will when in human form.

A despotic ruler will most assuredly be reborn as a lower being or even as a piece of iron, depending upon the nature of their sins etc.

(B) Samskaras Carry Over From Life to Life

We must always remember that ours is a part life – we have been coming and going from one life to the next for ions. We may be 50, or 35, or 71 years old, so unless this is our first human life, we are carrying around a big bundle of samskaras from our past lives.

And that can take shape in so many ways and explain why a very good person my undergo a terrible problem in life. It may seem totally unfair, yet what they are undergoing may be the result of a samskara from 2 or even 5 or 10 lives ago.

Thus there is no set time frame for when a Samskara will take expression, nor is there an easy escape from those unexpressed reactions – they have to take form. Not even a man of extraordinary wealth can free himself from those reactions. In addition, those samskaras are more than we can ever undergo in one life – and in this life also we will create even more samskaras.

Hence the cycle is unending: Birth to death and then rebirth, until one is blessed to enter the path of sadhana. Even then it is not an easy ride. It takes tremendous effort, coupled with His divine grace, to achieve liberation.

So ours is a part life, linked with a whole chain of past lives and hence old samskaras.

HOW GOOD SAMSKARAS LEAD TO BAD ONES

We all then enter this world with so much baggage – and just having good samskaras alone does not ensure that one’s movement will be proper. Actually, it is usually those who are enjoying the fruits of their past good actions who then inflict the most harm on others.

Most often it is due to the expression of our good samskaras that we then create such a nasty pile of bad samskaras. The real culprit is our false sense of vanity. Just see.

For most of us, our life choices do not dramatically effect entire populations of people. Just a few people hold such positions – often due to their good deeds in the past.

Because of their honesty or service in the past, in this life they have taken on a high stature. And then what happens: Ego grows and grows.

Hey may begin to think that they have the world in the palm of their hand, or feel that they are invincible etc. In that seemingly unbeatable – yet precarious and vulnerable position – they may commit so many wrongs that they will put themselves on the fast track to hell.

They may drop a bomb on an entire city or nation, or they may suppress millions, or they may declare an entire people to be slaves. So many things one may do under that false sense of vanity. In their blindness they think that no harm can come their way, but in the due course they will undergo each and every reaction. And so many times those harsh reactions begin in this very life.

How many times have we witnessed those at the height of power fall to the depths of hell within a few years. Their names are endless and come in so many shapes and sizes: Mrs. Indira Gandhi, O.J. Simpson, Bernie Madoff, Adolf Hitler, Christopher Reeve, Saddam Hussein, and the list goes on and on.

Thus even if one has good samskaras from the past, that is not necessarily a key for greatness. One may tumble at any moment if one is not careful.

CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT NEEDED

All in all, we never know when a good or bad samskara may take expression. There is no fixed time frame – it may be this life or the next. Just a conducive environment is needed.

When we are young and feeling strong and healthy then we may only reap our past good samskaras and our bad ones are just waiting for the proper moment to come forth. A man in his youth may marry a beautiful woman only to watch that woman run off with another man, or vice versa. So many things can happen – it just depends on when the ground is fertile.

GOOD SAMSKARAS AS A BOON

And of course, one’s good samskaras can lead one further along the path of righteousness.

Baba says, “Vaedikii diiks’a’ is to request God, request the Lord, to show one the right path. And after a long time, when the Lord is satisfied, He arranges for Ta’ntrikii diiks’a’. Ananda Marga diiks’a’ is Ta’ntrikii diiks’a’.” (AV-3)

By Baba’s grace, many of us have come onto the path of Ananda Marga due to some proper effort in the past. Yet we all know, we must all put forth the right effort to keep on this path. The moment we think that we ourselves are great or the moment we look to material satisfaction for our happiness, we may fall from the path.

Here the point then is that good samskaras are not just a liability such as in the case of Mrs Gandhi or OJ Simpson etc, because of one’s past samskaras with proper feeling one can become a great sadhaka, as we se in so many examples.

CLASSIC FAULTY APPROACH

The main problem comes when people think, “I will take the good samskaras and Parama Purusa should take my bad ones.”

This is when vanity, ego, lust, and all kinds of degenerative properties take shape in the mind. Because that outlook is devoid of any service mentality.

Then one asserts their free will in a negative direction. Most or Hollywood, sports stars, and political leaders fall in this category. Due to their past good deeds they got some qualification in this life, yet due to ego they end up tumbling far, far below.

What they fail to realise is that getting human life again is not an easy task. Again one will have to go through countless animals lives.

TAKE PHYSICAL EXPRESSION OR PSYCHIC EXPRESSION

So this whole entire samskara theory is quite complex. It may bring us fame and fortune or it may remain hidden for decades and then crop up one day, dramatically changing the course of our lives.

One other critical point is that samskaras may take physical expression or psychic expression. At this point in the advanced societies, most undergo mental torment and torture in the form of anxiety, stress, depression, or so many other psychic ailments.

Whereas in the poor countries, people suffer in the material sphere but not necessarily in the mental realm.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has blessed us by bringing us on the path. We understand that we this world is not our eternal abode and it cannot offer us endless bliss. Rather we are to become one with Him – in this very life itself. That is our aim; that is our destiny. Yet we have so many samskaras.

So in sadhaka life, our samskaras ripen very quickly for they must get expressed in this life itself – as there will not be future lives. So we must undergo a huge number of reactions. Even then, they cannot all take expression. There just is not enough time.

Baba says, “So Parama Purus’a says to His devotees, “Just see how difficult it is for you to carry such a heavy load of sam’skaras. You are small children. The load weighs more than you. How long will you be able to carry such a burden? You have accumulated so many sam’skaras that you will have to carry the load for many lives, for thousands of years. One life will certainly be insufficient. So I have a proposition. Give me the entire load of your accumulated sam’skaras. I will carry it for you”.

“The devotees reply, “How can we possibly give our heavy burden to You? No, we must carry the load ourselves. We will sing songs and dance for you, but we will never give you such a heavy load of sins”.”

“But Parama Purus’a knows that His dear devotees cannot carry such a heavy load of sins. If they do not give away the load it will be a constant strain for them. So what does Parama Purus’a do in such circumstances? He takes their sins without their permission. If someone takes things from others without their permission, what is it called? It is called theft. Thus, as Parama Purus’a takes the load of sins from the devotees without their permission, He is certainly a thief “Harati pa’pah yah sah Harih.” One who steals others sins is called Hari. So, one of His names is Hari.” (AV-8)

Namaskar,
Gaotam

Note 1: MANY ANGLES TO THE ISSUE

There are many angles and aspects to this our samskara theory. In the above letter, only certain elements were touched on. Others should write in with more points.

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Deserts Needed

Baba says, “Ecologists claim that some deserts are essential for keeping the global ecology in a balanced state. The high day temperatures and the cold night temperatures that occur in desert regions create a useful effect. The hot, dry desert air rises and creates a vacuum which sucks in cool air, generating a chain reaction. Moist air is sucked in from the sea and formed into clouds which then rain on the land. If deserts vanish entirely, the overall rainfall will be reduced.” (PNS-16, p.37)
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Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2011 22:33:28 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Hariish Dev”
Subject: They Can’t Do New Things

Baba

PS Intro: When the devotee progresses in sadhana then the mind moves upwards, one stage to the next. The sadhaka in a lower bhava – like sakhya bhava etc – gradually moves upwards, closer to Parama Purusa, and reaches a higher bhava like madhura bhava etc. When one enters into this higher bhava – which is a new, closer relation – then at first the sadhaka does not feel comfortable expressing this new feeling to His Lord due to fear and shyness. That mentality is beautifully expressed in the following song.

“Udvela hiya’ ka’re ca’ya, shayane svapane nide ja’garan’e…” (PS 708)

Purport:

My melancholic, restless heart longs for the Loving One during sleep and dreams, when drowsy, and while awake – always. Who is that unknown, divine, charming Entity calling me – I do not know.

In this peak spring season, the atmosphere is charming and intoxicating. Everything is so sweet. The soothing ocean breeze is gently blowing in all directions. My heart longs for that unknown loved One. The sky is very attractive: The clouds are floating and the sun’s rays peep through in between the clouds. The scene is very alluring; it is so beautiful. Who is that Divine Entity, drenched in the sweet aroma of flower nectar, sitting distant, singing such captivating songs. Listening to these melodic songs, my heart is very restless.

My mind is restless for Him. It rushes towards Him every moment – it is beyond my control. It does not know how to respond to the call of that Loved One. Without smashing the obstacles like shyness and fear etc, how can I tell Him all the accumulated feelings of my heart, I do not know.

O, my Dearmost, please do not remain distant. Come before me and grace me so I can surrender at Your lotus feet…

End Note for Prabhat Samgiita #708:

The sadhaka wants to express the feeling of their heart but it is difficult due to shyness. With this closer proximity to Ista everything feels very charming, but also very new. That is why the sadhaka feels shy. This song expresses the feeling of the arrival into that intimate stage when Parama Purusa is the Dearest One.

With a friend, one may not tell everything – but when one is very close then nothing is hidden. This song is close to that stage. This song will be realised by those doing regular dhyana and getting Baba’s grace. They can understand well.

The very subtle and intimate feelings of love cannot be written directly; that is why this song is given in an indirect manner.

To learn more about the various bhavas, please refer to Namami Krsnasundaram discourses 7 & 27.

== THEY CAN’T DO NEW THINGS ==

Namaskar,
In Ananda Marga, we make clear-cut distinctions between humans and animals. No one thinks that humans are animals.

Baba says, ‘The old idea of logicians that the human is a rational [animal] is not supported by us. We say the human is not a rational animal. If we say the human is a rational animal, then the human comes within the animal category. Yes, the human is a living being, but the human is not an animal.” (AV-30)

However, in the general society, there are many who equate humans with animals, and vice-versa. This is especially true in the west where some advocate that animals should have the same rights as humans, or that humans are part of the animal kingdom. For instance, they will treat their pets like royalty; or the will openly state that humans are animals.

No doubt in AM we respect the life of an animal, but we do not equate human life with animal life. There are distinct differences. If we are aware about these differences then we can best convince others of the unique value of human life.

Failing that, certain people will continue to think that humans may behave as animals – “because that is our natural way” – in which case they will plunge themselves into all kinds of crude activities and ruin their future. Or they will continue to pamper certain animals with all kinds of superfluous luxuries while their fellow human beings die of starvation.

So we should all be clear about the below logic and help elevate the standard of humanity.

WHY PEOPLE GOT CONFUSED IN THE WEST

At present in the west, there is a growing sentimental attachment for animals. Some of this is appropriate but most is just pure hypocrisy.

For instance, people now keep all kinds of pets such as cats, dogs, iguanas, birds, llamas, fish, chimpanzees, ferrets, and so much more. They give special care, expensive medical operations, elegant spas, special grooming, sumptuous food to their pets. They treat their pets like royalty and spend huge money on them. They consider their pets as members of their own families and think of themselves as animal lovers. Yet when the vast majority of those pet owners eat meat on a daily
basis, then we can see how misguided their approach is.

The issue gets further compounded when we consider the fact that huge numbers of humans die due to lack of care, yet so much special attention is given to these pets. Indeed, in the US, 41 billion dollars a year is spent on pet care, more than the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of dozens and dozens of countries. Some of the ultra rich even leave millions to their dog upon their death.

On the one side they share their homes with animals and treat them as family, and on the other side they blindly support animal slaughtering by eating meat at every meal. On the one side people spend huge money on pampering their pets and on the other side, gross numbers of humans go hungry every day.

This is the shocking hypocrisy and disparity going on these days.

KEY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HUMANS AND ANIMALS

Amidst all these shocking scenarios we should keep this key point in mind that clearly proves that humans and animals are of distinctly separate categories.

Let’s say an owner teaches their dog 10 tricks. Then that is all the dog will know. On its own the dog will not learn an 11th or 12th trick. Dogs do not have that type of psychic structure. When they are shown they will do, they do not have the creative power or urge to go beyond that.

In contrast, within each and every human being is the seed of expansion. So if a human being is taught something, then that human being will take that idea and expand upon it. They will make the idea or action their own and build upon it. Infants, students of all ages, professionals, retirees, everyone does like this. That is the nature of human beings.

Language is a great example. Animals can repeat a word (parrots) or respond to a verbal command (dog) or even use certain words to communicate (monkey) but no animal has the ability to create sentences on their own. That pattern or capability of original thought and expression is beyond their spectrum of knowing.

Here the whole point is that animals do not have the quality to do new things. They can only do the things they have been shown or taught. They lack the basic quality to discover anything beyond that.

Thus when the psychic faculty of human beings has this unique quality of making new things and when animals lack it, then who can claim that humans are animals or animals are humans.

PROPENSITIES IN ANIMALS AND HUMAN LIFE

Because animals utterly lack the aforementioned psychic quality, they spend their days just involved in satisfying their basic propensities or primal urges. When a physical desire comes then they act upon it. That is the basic quality of animal life.

In contrast, human beings are not slaves to their propensities. Either due to social pressure or by their own thinking, humans do not merely act upon their propensities.

For instance, if a dog is hungry and sees food then it will eat that food, not at all considering if that food is for them or not. In contrast, even when hungry a human being will refrain from eating food that is not theirs. Either they are concerned they will be punished (social pressure) or they do not feel comfortable eating what does not belong to them (moral conscience).

Thus physical propensities do not dominate human life, especially not with sadhakas. Whereas animals are totally dominated by materials pursuits and are content with those limited those. Humans are never satisfied completely by physical indulgences – always they want something more.

RARITY OF HUMAN LIFE

With our innate desire to discover something new, humans invariably turn to psychic growth and ultimately spirituality. Animals are not capable of contemplating new things, but humans have an innate urge for the infinite. And it is this quality of mind that is to guide us in our quest, not mere material enjoyment.

Unfortunately, many humans remain engrossed in worldly desires and that leads to their degradation. In that case they are on the path back to animal life. They will get the body appropriate for their desires.

As sadhakas, we always proceed guided by mind, not matter. Some respond to social pressure and others by benevolence of mind, but whatever may be, most humans live by using their mind and then deciding how to proceed. Animals never do like this. As humans though, we are to use the mind to control our corporeal structure and aim that mind toward Parama Purusa. That is our unique human dharma.

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with this human life which is so rare and so difficult to attain. We must be especially sure to goad the mind toward the spiritual realm and not get caught up in crude desires. We must remember we are mind oriented beings and never classify ourselves as beings animals and following that mode of living. We are to do sadhana and reach the Supreme Goal.

Baba says, “Human life is rare and is very precious.” Even the devata’s, if they want to do something good or great, will have to come in human frame to work. A devata’ as devata’ cannot do anything good; the devata’ requires a human framework. So human life is very precious, very rare; “and such life is still more rare, still more precious, if it has become successful by dint of bha’gavata dharma, or by dint of sa’dhana’.”” (SS-21)

Namaskar,
Hariish

Note 1: THE POINT OF FREE WILL

One other aspect of this discussion is free will. Animals do not have free will in which case they cannot create new samskaras – bad or good. All the can do is follow their inborn propensities – period. They cannot think or consider doing something different. Their desire is limited and they are content with material life.

Humans has free will and with that comes a huge spectrum of choices. Ideally we make those selections with a balanced mind. By this entire process, humans can easily go beyond materials pursuits and point the mind toward higher thought and realisation.

This notion of free will further distinguishes humans from animals.

Note 2: WHY THE MATERIAL WEST LOVES PETS

Some may wonder why those in the west and in particular Americans are so enthralled with having pets. The clear-cut answer is that the more selfish a person becomes, the less they are able to live with others. Many in US live alone because they cannot adjust with their family and friends. Yet they keep animals. Those animals will listen to them and never talk back. That is the only type of relationship a selfish person can handle. In that way so many get totally attached to their pets. They tell their pet all their worries and fears – that is much easier than having to deal with another human being. So due to selfishness some bond more with their pets than with other humans.

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Japa on Enemy

Baba says, “If anyone’s name is to be chanted in japa, it is the name of Parama Purus’a. What is japa? A word has a particular meaning; repeating the word inwardly again and again, after having understood its meaning, is what is termed japa. As a result of the prolonged repetition of a word, whose inner meaning is clearly understood, its ideation becomes permanently imprinted in one’s mind, and consequently there occurs a radical change in one’s mental arena. The extroversial tendencies of the mind gradually become introverted. This is the benefit of japa. And if anyone’s name is to be repeated, it is the name of the Lord.”

“Usually worldly people constantly repeat– do the japa of– their earthly joys and comforts, or do japa on the names of their enemies. But that is all useless. Only the name of Parama Purus’a should be repeated in the form of japa, for ultimately one will have to reach Him, to merge in Him. Ultimately one will have to reach Him. There is no other way. Hence wise persons take only the name of– do the japa of– the One and Supreme Lord, and never the name of any other entity.”
(12 November 1978 DMC, Kolkata)

Note: Usually people do not realise that they are doing japa of something which is meaningless, silly, or sometimes even harmful. But it happens because the general tendency of the mind is to degenerate towards crude thoughts. For example, if someone is plunged in worldly problems or court case or enemy, then in that case they are unknowingly doing japa of that problem or enemy etc.

Another feature of the mind is that when the mind is empty then it is the usual characteristic of the mind to start thinking of something which is meaningless, stupid, or harmful etc. Or it will think of something that will bring degeneration.

Hence, without even their own awareness, countless people are getting adversely affected and getting poisoned by doing the japa of crude things. In His above teaching Baba says that at any cost this should be avoided– averted. Repeated thinking or japa should only be done on the name of the Lord. That will bring ultimate salvation and bliss.
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Date: Sat 01 Jan 2011 06:22:06 +0530

To: am-global@earthlink.net

From: “Priyanath C Mittra”

Subject: Unique & Unknown Power of Human Beings

 

Baba

 

PS Intro: This following song was written in the Urdu language.

 

“Karata’ra ha’ma’re, tumhare liye yaha’n a’na’…” (P.S. 4165)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, O’ my lord, by Your grace I have come on this earth for You.

Baba, whether You love me or not is Your choice, but please do not

play hide and seek with me. Baba, please remain in my close proximity

so I can see and feel Your always. Baba, I also want that You should

love me always. Baba, You are the star of my eye– You are the charm

of my life. Baba, without You my existence is meaningless.

Baba, You are the most attractive and divine Entity– brilliant in Your

divine effulgence. Baba, Your infinite love is expressed in each and

everything of this world: In the flowers’ fragrance, the children’s

smiles, the beauty of the rainbow. All the sweetness comes from You. All

the beauty of the entire expressed world–including the flora and

fauna– everything expresses Your love. Baba, You have saturated this

entire creation with Your grace-compassion. Your love resonates within

each and every thing. The inherent beauty of every entity is the

expression of Your love, the reflection of Your love.

Baba, whether I like it or not, but I am residing in Your heart. I am

within You. Baba, You are the nucleus of this entire creation. My

everything is revolving around You. I do not know which form You are but

the entire universe is within You. Baba, You are surrounding everything.

You are within and without each and every created being. Baba, You are

my Lord; You are my everything. And my only duty is to serve You, to

please You– and do all those things which You like. Baba, You are my

ultimate Goal.

Baba, my Lord, You have brought me on this earth for You– to serve You…

 

Note: The Urdu language originally started around Delhi when outside or

overseas soldiers were not aware how to speak Hindi. But they were going

to the market and speaking in their broken version of the local

language. In this way they started interacting with the common people.

Subsequently, the Urdu language first sprang up and it became known as

the market language. So when Hindi and Arabic were mixed then this new

language took shape. And since this language was spoken by a group of

soldiers using a military uniform (wardi), that is why the name of the

language became known as ‘wardi’. Over time and due to a similarity in

pronunciation, ‘wardi’ became ‘Urdu’. This historical and linguistic

guideline Baba has given in His grammar book.

 

 

== UNIQUE & UNKNOWN POWER OF HUMAN BEINGS ==

 

Namaskar,

With the start of a happy new year, this is an important topic for each

and every sadhaka of the Marga.

 

As Baba tells us, human beings are born with a very special capacity,

but most of the time that special capacity goes unnoticed or even misused.

 

This capacity allows us full control over our future, yet so often

things go awry.

 

All because this unique and unknown power which we have, we are not

aware about or unable to use properly.

 

Just imagine, the greatness all human beings can achieve – and how many

pains and troubles can be averted – if we become more aware about this

innate gift.

 

 

JUST ANIMALS, NOTHING MORE

 

In our western hemisphere, what to speak of not being aware of what

human capacity we have, all too often researchers and scientists are

keen on labeling human beings as beings just animals – nothing more than

a cousin of monkeys and chimpanzees. This only further diminishes our

stature and keeps our unknown capacity even more hidden.

 

 

WHAT IS OUR UNKNOWN POWER

 

Of course, in the eyes of Ananda Marga, human beings are completely

distinct from animals and what distinguishes us from animals is: Free will.

 

Parama Purusa has given us free will – the power to think, choose, and

decide.

 

Baba says, “Human beings have a fully-reflected consciousness which makes

them capable of independent action and also of distinguishing between good

and bad.” (AMEP)

 

And indeed it is our capacity of free will which is our unique and

unknown power. With our free will, we can control our destiny entirely.

 

Yet in one discourse, Baba has famously declared that 99% of human

beings misuse their free will and invite negative samskaras.

 

But it does not have to be like that. We can avert all these problems.

This free will can also lead us unto His divine lap.

 

Thus this concept of free will is like a double edged sword – it can

lead us to the heights of bliss or the depths of hell. It all depends

upon how it is used.

 

 

HOW IT WORKS

 

In so many discourses, Baba guides us that human beings get whatever

they desire. Being the Parama Purusa, He merely nods His approval and

grants our wish.

 

Of course He is goading us onto the path of beatitude, but ultimately He

give us whatever things we wish for. This in turn totally affects not

only our present but our future as well.

 

Baba says, “Suppose a person is obsessed with the thought of doing this

or that, to harm another person. They will receive the body of a pig or

a dog. One who desires to do something good and noble will receive a

good physical body accordingly. ” (AV-10, p.182)

 

Thus whatever good or bad things we desire in this life affect our next

birth also. Here below Baba gives even more examples of this phenomenon.

 

Baba says, “Suppose someone has a desire to eat delicious food. Parama

Purus’a will grant that wish, and the person may be reborn in the next

life as a wolf or wild boar, to eat to his or her heart’s content. A

woman who wishes to adorn herself with ornaments may be reborn as a

colourfully-marked peacock. One day, however, a hunter may shoot the

beautiful peacock with an arrow. As one desires, so one attains…So

before wishing to attain something, one must be extra-cautious. Suppose

a man wants to be a king. In the next life he may be born into the

household of a poor man whose surname is “Raja” [“King”]. He wanted to

be a Raja and he became one! One must be very cautious before wishing

for anything.” (AV-4)

 

Thus the blessing which Baba has bestowed upon us – i.e. the gift of

free will – is a double edged sword. If we desire Him we will get Him.

But tragically, all too often human beings are not aware how powerful

their desires are nor where those desires will lead them. In our

shortsighted manner, we humans long for so many things – house, car,

money, name, fame, job, prestige, opposite sex – which bind us more and

more to the crust of this earth.

 

Indeed, we think we want those things but when we undergo the reaction

to get those things, then our fickle minds have already flip-flopped and

we get stuck with something we no longer want. Such is the way it works.

 

 

NEGATIVE PRATISAINCARA ONLY HAPPENS TO HUMANS

 

Animals are animals and follow their nature – they never get degraded

and slowly move along the path of pratisaincara. In contrast, with our

free will, human beings may rocket ahead toward Him by His grace, or

fall back into the depths of animal life or even be reborn as inanimate

objects.

 

Baba says, “A human being in this life may well be reborn as an animal,

plant or even a rock in the next life.” (AFPS-8)

 

It is due to free will that we may get caught up in negative

pratisaincara. No other beings falls in this way – only humans. We get a

body according to our psychic tendency. Here below Baba explains that

quite graphically.

 

Baba says, “Which animal is the greediest among the animals with which

we are all very familiar? It does not like to give up greed in spite of

ill treatment and humiliations. It is the cat. Yes, after moving a few

steps ahead, the cat forgets that it was beaten. So that particular

person is reborn as a cat after death, because that body affords an

opportunity for the satiation of their greed. When the housewife looks

around inattentively, the cat sneaks into the kitchen through the small

opening in order to reach the milk or fish in the kitchen.” (AV-10, p.184)

 

So the progress of living beings is quite plotted until one attains the

human framework. Then, depending upon one’s use of their free will and

the nature of one’s desires, a person may bounce between human and

animal life hundreds and thousands of times, or more. As Baba tells

above, one may be reborn as a cat in order to fulfill their greed. All

because when in human form one does not exercise their free will

properly. Their mental desires revolve around crude things. Yet, most of

the time people are not aware of the ramifications of this, nor are they

aware that they are fully in control of their own fate.

 

When in fact by their free will they are either (a) making an original

action or (b) undergoing the reaction of their past action. Every event

and incident in life is either one or the other. And both of

inextricably linked to our use of free will. There is no other outside

agency other than our free will that determines our fate in life. We

have our desire and Parama Purusa approves it. That is how it goes.

 

 

WHAT SHOULD ONE DO

 

At this point the whole escapade may seem like an unwinable situation.

Human beings have so many desires and at the same time one is not aware

about how powerful free will is, so end over end one somersaults time

and again from one life to the next, suffering all the pains and agonies

of crude worldly life.

 

One rushes after wealth, sexual satisfaction, revenge, greed and so many

things and accordingly one gets another crude body or even worse

inanimate existence.

 

However it does not have to be like this.

 

By Baba’s grace, there is an easy exit. There is an easy escape route

from this harsh cycle of karma and karmaphala. He has blessed us with

human life and given us an aspiration for the divine. With our free will

then we should just think and ask for parama’rtha.

 

Baba says, “Parama’rtha is that factor which brings about the permanent

cessation of the triple afflictions. Here permanent cessation means

cessation of those afflictions which, once removed, will never return

again in the future. That artha which brings permanent relief from the

pangs of hunger, which is the instrument of permanent cessation, is

called “parama’rtha”.” (AV-4)

 

By desiring salvation, even a notorious sinner like the robber Valmiki

can become a great saint. So when ordinary human beings seek paramartha

then naturally they will be blessed and escape this horrible cycle of

birth, death, and rebirth, which leads to so much suffering and unrest.

By His grace, one will walk this earth as the divine embodiment of

Parama Purusa.

 

That is the proper use of free will – that is the proper use of our

unique and unknown power.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

By Baba’s grace, He has also given us one other remedy. There is one

other escape. Suppose one does not have any concept of parama’rtha or

anything like that. And suppose one does not know how to use their free

will correctly. Even then an ordinary person can achieve the highest

stance. The way is to simply tell Baba to do according to His wish. With

Him being the Sadguru, one should merely request, “Let your desire be

fulfilled.” That is the essence of His below blessing.

 

Baba says, “Created beings, will have to move according to the Cosmic

will; there is no other way. Learning, intellect and personal status

become meaningless [and will goad one into bondaage] unless they are

directed towards Parama Purus’a. After realizing the Supreme truth

intelligent people start moving according to Parama Purus’a’s desire,

saying, “Oh Parama Purus’a. I have nothing to ask of you. Let thy will

be fulfilled. I want nothing else.”” (AMIWL-10)

 

Namaskar,

Priyanath

 

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Date: Mon 23 Nov 2009 11:46:24 +0530
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Priyanath C Mittra”
Subject: Unique & Unknown Power of Human Beings

Baba

PS Intro: This following song was written in the Urdu language.

“Karata’ra ha’ma’re, tumhare liye yaha’n a’na’…” (P.S. 4165)

Purport:

Baba, O’ my lord, by Your grace I have come on this earth for You.
Baba, whether You love me or not is Your choice, but please do not
play hide and seek with me. Baba, please remain in my close proximity
so I can see and feel Your always. Baba, I also want that You should
love me always. Baba, You are the star of my eye– You are the charm
of my life. Baba, without You my existence is meaningless.

Baba, You are the most attractive and divine Entity– brilliant in Your
divine effulgence. Baba, Your infinite love is expressed in each and
everything of this world: In the flowers’ fragrance, the children’s
smiles, the beauty of the rainbow. All the sweetness comes from You. All
the beauty of the entire expressed world–including the flora and
fauna– everything expresses Your love. Baba, You have saturated this
entire creation with Your grace-compassion. Your love resonates within
each and every thing. The inherent beauty of every entity is the
expression of Your love, the reflection of Your love.

Baba, whether I like it or not, but I am residing in Your heart. I am
within You. Baba, You are the nucleus of this entire creation. My
everything is revolving around You. I do not know which form You are but
the entire universe is within You. Baba, You are surrounding everything.
You are within and without each and every created being. Baba, You are
my Lord; You are my everything. And my only duty is to serve You, to
please You– and do all those things which You like. Baba, You are my
ultimate Goal.

Baba, my Lord, You have brought me on this earth for You– to serve You…

Note: The Urdu language originally started around Delhi when outside or
overseas soldiers were not aware how to speak Hindi. But they were going
to the market and speaking in their broken version of the local
language. In this way they started interacting with the common people.
Subsequently, the Urdu language first sprang up and it became known as
the market language. So when Hindi and Arabic were mixed then this new
language took shape. And since this language was spoken by a group of
soldiers using a military uniform (wardi), that is why the name of the
language became known as ‘wardi’. Over time and due to a similarity in
pronunciation, ‘wardi’ became ‘Urdu’. This historical and linguistic
guideline Baba has given in His grammar book.

== UNIQUE & UNKNOWN POWER OF HUMAN BEINGS ==

Namaskar,
As Baba tells us, human beings are born with a very special capacity,
but most of the time that special capacity goes unnoticed or even misused.

This capacity allows us full control over our future, yet so often
things go awry.

All because this unique and unknown power which we have, we are not
aware about or unable to use properly.

Just imagine, the greatness all human beings can achieve – and how many
pains and troubles can be averted – if we become more aware about this
innate gift.

JUST ANIMALS, NOTHING MORE

In our western hemisphere, what to speak of not being aware of what
human capacity we have, all too often researchers and scientists are
keen on labeling human beings as beings just animals – nothing more than
a cousin of monkeys and chimpanzees. This only further diminishes our
stature and keeps our unknown capacity even more hidden.

WHAT IS OUR UNKNOWN POWER

Of course, in the eyes of Ananda Marga, human beings are completely
distinct from animals and what distinguishes us from animals is: Free will.

Parama Purusa has given us free will – the power to think, choose, and
decide.

Baba says, “Human beings have a fully-reflected consciousness which makes
them capable of independent action and also of distinguishing between good
and bad.” (AMEP)

And indeed it is our capacity of free will which is our unique and
unknown power. With our free will, we can control our destiny entirely.

Yet in one discourse, Baba has famously declared that 99% of human
beings misuse their free will and invite negative samskaras.

But it does not have to be like that. We can avert all these problems.
This free will can also lead us unto His divine lap.

Thus this concept of free will is like a double edged sword – it can
lead us to the heights of bliss or the depths of hell. It all depends
upon how it is used.

HOW IT WORKS

In so many discourses, Baba guides us that human beings get whatever
they desire. Being the Parama Purusa, He merely nods His approval and
grants our wish.

Of course He is goading us onto the path of beatitude, but ultimately He
give us whatever things we wish for. This in turn totally affects not
only our present but our future as well.

Baba says, “Suppose a person is obsessed with the thought of doing this
or that, to harm another person. They will receive the body of a pig or
a dog. One who desires to do something good and noble will receive a
good physical body accordingly. ” (AV-10, p.182)

Thus whatever good or bad things we desire in this life affect our next
birth also. Here below Baba gives even more examples of this phenomenon.

Baba says, “Suppose someone has a desire to eat delicious food. Parama
Purus’a will grant that wish, and the person may be reborn in the next
life as a wolf or wild boar, to eat to his or her heart’s content. A
woman who wishes to adorn herself with ornaments may be reborn as a
colourfully-marked peacock. One day, however, a hunter may shoot the
beautiful peacock with an arrow. As one desires, so one attains…So
before wishing to attain something, one must be extra-cautious. Suppose
a man wants to be a king. In the next life he may be born into the
household of a poor man whose surname is “Raja” [“King”]. He wanted to
be a Raja and he became one! One must be very cautious before wishing
for anything.” (AV-4)

Thus the blessing which Baba has bestowed upon us – i.e. the gift of
free will – is a double edged sword. If we desire Him we will get Him.
But tragically, all too often human beings are not aware how powerful
their desires are nor where those desires will lead them. In our
shortsighted manner, we humans long for so many things – house, car,
money, name, fame, job, prestige, opposite sex – which bind us more and
more to the crust of this earth.

Indeed, we think we want those things but when we undergo the reaction
to get those things, then our fickle minds have already flip-flopped and
we get stuck with something we no longer want. Such is the way it works.

NEGATIVE PRATISAINCARA ONLY HAPPENS TO HUMANS

Animals are animals and follow their nature – they never get degraded
and slowly move along the path of pratisaincara. In contrast, with our
free will, human beings may rocket ahead toward Him by His grace, or
fall back into the depths of animal life or even be reborn as inanimate
objects.

Baba says, “A human being in this life may well be reborn as an animal,
plant or even a rock in the next life.” (AFPS-8)

It is due to free will that we may get caught up in negative
pratisaincara. No other beings falls in this way – only humans. We get a
body according to our psychic tendency. Here below Baba explains that
quite graphically.

Baba says, “Which animal is the greediest among the animals with which
we are all very familiar? It does not like to give up greed in spite of
ill treatment and humiliations. It is the cat. Yes, after moving a few
steps ahead, the cat forgets that it was beaten. So that particular
person is reborn as a cat after death, because that body affords an
opportunity for the satiation of their greed. When the housewife looks
around inattentively, the cat sneaks into the kitchen through the small
opening in order to reach the milk or fish in the kitchen.” (AV-10, p.184)

So the progress of living beings is quite plotted until one attains the
human framework. Then, depending upon one’s use of their free will and
the nature of one’s desires, a person may bounce between human and
animal life hundreds and thousands of times, or more. As Baba tells
above, one may be reborn as a cat in order to fulfill their greed. All
because when in human form one does not exercise their free will
properly. They mental desires revolve around crude things. Yet, most of
the time people are not aware of the ramifications of this, nor are they
aware that they are fully in control of their own fate.

When in fact by their free will they are either (a) making an original
action or (b) undergoing the reaction of their past action. Every event
and incident in life is either one or the other. And both of
inextricably linked to our use of free will. There is no other outside
agency other than our free will that determines our fate in life. We
have our desire and Parama Purusa approves it. That is how it goes.

WHAT SHOULD ONE DO

At this point the whole escapade may seem like unwinable situation.
Human beings have so many desires and at the same time one is not aware
about how powerful free will is, so end over end one somersaults time
and again from one life to the next, suffering all the pains and agonies
of crude worldly life.

One rushes after wealth, sexual satisfaction, revenge, greed and so many
things and accordingly one gets another crude body or even worse
inanimate existence.

However it does not have to be like this.

By Baba’s grace, there is an easy exit. There is an easy escape route
from this harsh cycle of karma and karmaphala. He has blessed us with
human life and given us an aspiration for the divine. With our free will
then we should just think and ask for parama’rtha.

Baba says, “Parama’rtha is that factor which brings about the permanent
cessation of the triple afflictions. Here permanent cessation means
cessation of those afflictions which, once removed, will never return
again in the future. That artha which brings permanent relief from the
pangs of hunger, which is the instrument of permanent cessation, is
called “parama’rtha”.” (AV-4)

By desiring salvation, even a notorious sinner like the robber Valmiki
can become a great saint. So when ordinary human beings seek paramartha
then naturally they will be blessed and escape this horrible cycle of
birth, death, and rebirth, which leads to so much suffering and unrest.
By His grace, one will walk this earth as the divine embodiment of
Parama Purusa.

That is the proper use of free will – that is the proper use of our
unique and unknown power.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has also given us one other remedy. There is one
other escape. Suppose one does not have any concept of parama’rtha or
anything like that. And suppose one does not know how to use their free
will correctly. Even then an ordinary person can achieve the highest
stance. The way is to simply tell Baba to do according to His wish. With
Him being the Sadguru, one should merely request, “Let your desire be
fulfilled.” That is the essence of His below blessing.

Baba says, “Created beings, will have to move according to the Cosmic
will; there is no other way. Learning, intellect and personal status
become meaningless [and will goad one into bondaage] unless they are
directed towards Parama Purus’a. After realizing the Supreme truth
intelligent people start moving according to Parama Purus’a’s desire,
saying, “Oh Parama Purus’a. I have nothing to ask of you. Let thy will
be fulfilled. I want nothing else.”” (AMIWL-10)

Namaskar,
Priyanath

Note 1: MORE POSTINGS ON TOPIC OF FREE WILL

 

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For Avadhutas/ikas and NE Indian Population

Baba says, “Married ladies may use vermilion in shape of decoration.
This does not constitute a kusam’ska’ra. This forms a part of the dress.
Vermilion, if one so desires may not be used at all. In ancient Shavara
and Kira’ta societies, the bridegroom’s party would first launch an
attack and abduct the bride. The bride also sustained injuries in the
turmoil that would ensue. They would handcuff the bride and snatch her
away. The iron bracelets (noya’) are their remnants and the vermilion
that of the blood. The sha’stras do not anywhere give any place to
vermilion.”

“Lead sindu’r is prepared with a mixture of lead and oxygen. This leaves
room for lead poisoning. Vermilion is mercuric sulphide. It is said that
mercury maintains blackness of the hair. This is incredible. At time
dermatitis of the scalp occurs on the vermilion applied areas. With the
advancement of science the use of vermilion shall gradually come to an
end.” (Tattvika Diipika – 5)

Note: Regarding the use of vermilion, everyone should be aware that it
is dangerous. If one must use that type of colour, then best is to find
a different type of red mark. Some avadhutas / avadhutikas might be
using vermilion in which case they should find some safe substitutes or
alternatives. One good options might be food colouring.

Secondly, for females although vermilion is not a kusamskar, that is not
something one should copntinue. It is better to give it up slowly.
Earlier it was a serious dogma and now it is used primarily for cosmetic
beauty or social needs etc. But according to logic and reasoning the use
of vermilion has lost its value.

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Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 06:11:05 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: J. Erikkson
Subject: Disastrous Effect of Buddhist Meditation

Baba

“Toma’r pathe cali a’mi, kon ba’dha’y pechoba na’…” (P.S. 1390)

Purport:

Baba by Your infinite grace I am moving forward on Your divine path. By
Your grace I do not care about any types of obstacles. I will never look
behind in frustrated mood. You are my everything; You are my Goal; You
are my sadhana. Baba, fortified with the strength of Your divine name my
life is moving. Your name is like the lamp on my path of forward
movement. By Your grace You have made me realise that there is no
comparison to the strength which is residing in Your holy name.

Baba, by this way days and months are passing. Our closeness is getting
more and more intimate, by Your grace. In my heart I realise that You are my
everything. Baba because You are and I am. Except this I do not know
anyone. By Your grace I am moving on Your path without bothering about
any sorts of hindrances. It is Your grace…

== DISASTROUS EFFECT OF BUDDHIST MEDITATION ==

Namaskar,
As the title suggests, Buddhist meditation is more than a little
problematic. Here is the underlying logic.

Manaeva manus’ya’n’a’m’

Baba says, “This human mind is a peculiar entity. It is the cause of all
our sorrows and predicaments, and it is the cause of our supreme bliss.
It is the cause of bondage, and it is the cause of liberation.” (AV-30)

So our mind is the determining factor of our movement in life – either
towards liberation or bondage. Here is another way of thinking about it.

Ya’drshii bha’vana’ yasya’ siddhirbhavati ta’drshii
“As you think, so you become.” (DT-1)

In a nutshell, since Buddhist meditation focuses on “nothingness” or
“emptiness” then the practitioner will become one with nothingness. Or
in a phrase, they will get turned into microvita like vidhealiina.

Baba says, “A spiritual aspirant attains the state of videhaliina as a
result of shunya dhya’na or ideation on nothingness. Through such
ideation a sa’dhaka develops a psychic pabulum of nothingness. Yet even
in this state there remains the possibility of rebirth. Those who
embrace nothingness as their absolute goal develop a void in their citta
in the absence of Cognitive Faculty. As a result they are unable to
establish themselves in the Supreme Cognitive Stance and attain
salvation. The spiritual cult which encourages this practice is
certainly defective.” (AMIWL-9)

So the practitioner of Buddhist meditation is marching straight toward
the unfavourable destiny of becoming videhaliina – inviting all kinds of
pain and suffering.

Baba says, “People with this type of psychology attain the state of
videhaliina after their demise – an unbearable condition.” (MVNS)

The entire outcome of Buddhist meditation is not at all good.

WHY SUCH A CRITICAL POINT RIGHT NOW

The question then is why raise the point here and now. As Ananda
Margiis, in our sadhana, we channelise the mind toward the Supreme in
which case there is no question of falling into the trappings of
Buddhist meditation or becoming microvita.

However the point hold great relevance for us.

A growing phenomenon seems to be on the move these days. The world over
people are resorting to yoga to stretch and tone their bodies yet they
are turning toward Buddhist meditation to calm and steady their minds.

In the popular culture, many do not seem to equate yoga with meditation
– they see it only as a form of exercise and they then turn to Buddhist
and pseudo-Buddhist principles for their psychic thirst.

One clear cut proof of this is that a famous so-called yoga teacher
wrote a book titled, “Yoga Body – Buddha Mind.”

And indeed all over the contemporary yoga movement or fake yoga movement
that is attracting millions and millions of people around the world,
there is a fascination toward Buddhist meditation and its related themes
like watching the breath and “mindfulness” etc.

Thus, as ineffective and as harmful as it is, Buddhist meditation has
become the fashion these days. As quickly as the population is turning
towards yoga asanas, at a similar rate they are turning toward Buddhist
meditation.

As Ananda Margiis, we should be aware of this trend – have our logic
firmly in mind – and be ready to steer this hungry mass toward AM sadhana.

ONE OTHER POINT OF CONCERN

Here is one other point to keep in mind. Nowadays, so many margiis are
teaching yoga and meditation in the general society. This manifests in
all kinds of ways. Some do it openly under the banner of AM, some not.

Since much of the general population may not be ready for tantric
diiksa, then some may be teaching other techniques of meditation and
relaxation etc. What we’re getting at here is that some in AM, knowingly
or unknowingly, may be using the principles of Buddhist meditation in
their yoga classes with the general public.

Some margiis may be saying, ‘Become one with your breath’, or ‘Empty the
mind of all thoughts’, or ‘Still the mind’, or ‘Be mindful’ etc. These
are all related with the defective approach of Buddhist meditation.

Yet this is what is popular these days and some margiis might be doing
this as well in order to skirt the issue of mantra, or Parama Purusa, or
God.

Here then is just a reminder that no one in our Marga should resort to
the misguided ways of Buddhist meditation in their yoga preachings or
classes with the general public.

FREE WILL: PROS & CONS

We must remember that every human being has the freedom to do what they
will on this earth. All have the power to choose. Most live life in an
ordinary way and are subject to inchworm like progress along the path of
pratisaincara, staying far from the Cosmic hub.

Those who pointedly goad the mind in a particular direction, move in one
of two ways: Toward the Supreme or toward degradation.

As Ananda Margiis we are speeding toward Parama Purusa, but those
practicing Buddhists are not. With their practiced and pointed mind,
they are moving toward nothingness, nihilism, and degradation. They will
become microvita. That is Baba’s exact teaching.

In this regard, having free will becomes a liability if one acutely
guides the mind in the wrong direction. Of course we all know that
thievery is bad and that such bandits & hardened criminals will suffer
the consequences. But what people often fail to realise is that Buddhist
meditation will also lead one in the wrong direction. It is not a joke –
that is the reality.

Yet right now, hoards of people are innocently embarking on this dark
pathway thinking it will bring them into the light.

Once this point is crystal clear in our own minds, we will best be able
to help and serve the general populace. We must not watch idly as they
transform themselves into microvita – suffering endlessly in that way.

BEAUTY OF MANTRA MEDITATION

In Ananda Marga, our approach is to positively goad the mind toward
Parama Purusa and the main technique is the use of mantra.

Baba says, “You cannot call all the sounds of the world mantras. Why?
Because they do not possess the capacity to liberate a person from
bondage. There are so many sounds, so many syllables and so many words
in this universe…but only that sound whose acoustic expressions or
acoustic waves have the stamina to goad the subtlest portion of the
human mind unto the supreme stance can be a mantra.” (SS-24)

We do not subscribe to the theory of nothingness, rather we knowingly
fill the mind with a divine thought in the form of our ista mantra or
dhyana mantra.

And by His grace with that mantra we can become one with Ista. Buddhists
have no Supreme Ista. Their meditation leads to a total void. But in AM
we move towards our Ists with love and sincerity by His grace. That is
our Goal and that is what clearly separates AM sadhana from the
trappings of Buddhist meditation.

Baba says, “You are all spiritual aspirants. You are yogiis and you
should know that the only interpretation of yoga is “Samyoga yoga
Ityukto Jiiva’tma’ Parama’tmanah”. All other interpretations are
baseless. And you should also remember that for your movement toward
your Is’t’a, you have only to practise, your unification with your
Is’t’a is your only goal.” (SS-12)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has given us the correct approach in meditation and
He has also directed that “it is the bounden duty of every Ananda Margii
to being all onto the path of bliss.” Thus we should be cent per cent
involved in not allowing the general people to fall prey to the
nothingness of Buddhist meditation. We should guide and teach them to
move towards the Supreme, lest they become microvita.

Baba says, “As a yogic practice, pratya’ha’ra means “withdrawal of the
mind from external objectivity and goading the withdrawn mind toward
Parama Purus’a”.” (YP)

Namaskar,
Jayanta

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Crow and Cuckoo

Baba says, “It is said that there is a particular species of the cuckoo
bird that is incapable of nesting and raising its own offspring. So to
protect and save her babies, the mother cukoo gently places her own eggs
in the crow’s nest, even though the crow is her dreaded enemy. But since
the eggs of both the birds looks the same, the crow carefully cares for
those cuckoo eggs which were placed in her nest– thinking them to be
her own. At the time of birth, the newborn birds of both species are
black; so seeing the baby cuckoos, the mother crow does not initially
realise that the baby cuckoos are not her own offspring. It is only when
the baby birds become a little bigger and start to call out and cry,
that the crow realises those are not her babies. Then and there the
mother crow becomes very angry, suddenly understanding that it has
gotten duped. But because of having given long-term care and developed
sincere love for the baby cuckoo, the mother crow gives up the idea of
attacking and killing the cuckoo. And instead the mother crow raises the
baby cuckoo as one of her own.” (SC-10)

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