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From: “Satiish K Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Not Just Bhagavan
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 20:49:28 +0530

Baba

== LACK OF UNDERSTANDING ABOUT GURU ==

Namaskar,
Due to a fundamental lack of understanding and devotional feeling, some have written books about our Sadguru Baba that fail to present Him in the proper light. Whether this happens intentionally or not, the problem is that it happens and therefore needs to be addressed.

To begin then we should pointedly remind ourselves of Guru’s divine stature.

Baba says, “The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma (Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living beings – That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone has revealed Brahmavidyá (intuitional science) to us through the medium of the name and form of Anandamúrtijii. Unit beings must be made to appreciate Its majesty.” (Caryacarya, Part 2, Point #1a)

All sadhakas should have this basic understanding; due to a lack thereof, so many problems come – including lowly books.

SOME OF THE PROBLEMS

When someone writes a book that reduces Baba to a mere bhgavan, then we should
all take it seriously. Ands more recently, someone else has written a book, “The Jamalpur Years”, and that falls to a baser standard.

Alertness is needed, because it is through such books that dogmas get propagated, whether that was purposely intended by the writer or not. That is what history teaches us.

TAKE THE CASE OF THE DOGMAS OF ISLAM

In Islam the propounders wrongly reached the conclusion that one male is equal to three females. In which case females do not have any religious or social rights; hence they are looked upon as being low and mean.

How did such a negative idea get established? First, it took birth in the mind of the one who wrote the Islamic scripture. And then to prove his theory hundreds of pages were written to convince people that this conclusion was proper and meaningful. And when certain people became suspicious of their negative theory, then those religious leaders gave the false justification that, ‘This is the voice of the Almighty and everybody should
obey’.

Like this Islamic priests infused the dogma that 3 females are equal to one male.

So various types of dogmas come first in seed form and then they get amplified more and more. In that way people go on rattling off their dogmatic ideas in their talks, writings, and in all kinds of their expression.

Here the point is that all this can be avoided if correct things are written at the outset.

MORE ABOUT THE BHAGAVAN DOGMA

Unfortunately in our Marga certain writers have wrongly written about Baba. One concluded that Baba is just a bhagavan and wrote an entire book to this end, while more recently in his book brother Devashish proclaimed that Baba is Bengali.

Here we shall first review the point about Bhagavan. Why? Because we all know that it is wrongful, hurtful and dogmatic to state that Baba is Bengali. In so many places Baba has outrightly proclaimed that Parama Purusa belongs to all. None can claim then that Baba is of a particular land or community. This most understand.

So let’s take a look at the claim that Baba is bhagavan.

As if Baba is like so many of those bhagavans. Because on the Indian soil alone, several hundred bhagavans have come and gone. A few such names I am writing here as example: Bhagavan Satya Sai Baba, Bhagavan Rajaniish, Bhagavan Shankaracarya, Bhagavan Buddha, Bhagavan Mahaviira, Bhagavan Devarahava’ Baba, Bhagavan Swami Narayan of Gujurat, Bhagavan Datta’trya, Bhagavan Ram, Bhagavan Meher Baba, all told there are more than 100 or 200 of such bhagavans, including Bhagavan Satya Sai Baba & Bhagavan Rajaniish.

Indeed this earth has seen so many bhagavans. So the term bhagavan is not something unusual, rather it is common-place because there are hundreds or even thousands of bhagavans. Whereas the advent of Parama Purusa as Taraka Brahma is completely unique.

Yet in miscalculated fashion one margii designed an entire book trying to prove Baba as being only a bhagavan, like Bhagavan Satya Sai Baba and Bhagavan Rajaniish etc. And to illustrate this the margii – Narada of SUVA – wrote several dozens of pages and gave all kinds of cock and bull stories. All done in order to “prove” that Baba is merely a bhagavan, like so many others bhagavans.

So this margii forgot the fact that bhagavan is not a very high characteristic. Being Parama Purusa is far above. If he had remember this fact then he would have spared himself the trouble of writing a book. Likewise, if Devashish could keep the totality of Baba’s personae in mind, brother Devashish would not have wrongly labeled Baba as being a Bengali (p. 34) in his book.

MANY BHAGAVANS ARE TOTALLY FAKE

Back to the point of bhagavan, everyone should be aware that most bhagavans are fake. And second, anyone person who does sadhana can become a bhagavan. For instance Shankaracarya and Buddha did like this. They had to do sadhana and undergo all sorts of penance in order to achieve their limited status of bhagavan.

PARAMA PURUSA IS FAR, FAR ABOVE

In contrast Parama Purusa is Parama Purusa. He does not need to do any sadhana. By His own will He takes human form to liberate others. He Himself is beyond all the bondages. So for Him there is not need of any sadhana. He does not need to do anything in this regard.

Baba says, “He needs no sa’dhana’, but just to set an example to others, He performs sa’dhana’ with the masses.” (AV-33)

So the infinite glory of Parama Purusa towers far above the comparatively lowly position of bhagavan. But a few people, including this mixed-up margii, remain terribly confused about this.

So Baba has taken it upon Himself to remove the confusion from the public mind that Lord Krsna and Lord Shiva are not bhagavan like bhagavan Rajaniish etc. Instead Lord Krsna and Lord Shiva are something far higher than that.

BABA DESCRIBES BHAGAVAN

AND THAT IS LESS THAN TARAKA BRAHMA

To achieve this, Baba first describes in step by step manner the meaning of bhagavan. That He did in the discourse titled: Pa’rthasa’rthi Krs’n’a and Pariprashna. In that discourse Baba clearly describes that bhaga means the combination of six attributions: aeshvarya, viirya, yasha, shrii, jina’nam, and vaera’gya.

So first Baba illustrates what it means by the term bhagavan. And then Baba gives an example with respect to the life of Lord Krsna. Baba cites the occasion whereby Lord Krsna proclaims to one and all that, ‘I will liberate you from all sins. You have no cause to worry’.

Thus here Baba is revealing the fact that such type of divine guarantee cannot be given by some ordinary being like a bhagavan. Such a proclamation guaranteeing the liberation of one’s sins can only be given by Parama Purusa Himself. So Baba concludes that Lord Krsna is not just a bhagavan but something far higher; He is Taraka Brahma.

And in the final section of the discourse, Baba concludes:

Tula’ va’ upama’ Krs’n’asya na’sti…

Meaning: There is no comparison of Lord Krsna. He can only be compared with Himself.

BABA IS DESCRIBING HIMSELF IN NAMAMI KRSNA SUNDARAM ETC

All margiis also know that Baba is talking about Himself in these discourses of the Nama’mi Krs’n’a Sundaram book. The greatness Baba is illustrating about Lord Krsna, that is actually His (Baba’s) own greatness. So in that book Baba is expressing indirectly about Himself to his devotees. Just like in Prabhat Sam’giita Baba is indirectly guiding us how we can express our devotional longing for Him.

Likewise when He taught Guru Puja then this same type of approach was done. He taught devotees how to perform Guru Puja– when we all know that Guru Puja is being done to Him. So He was revealing the technique to us in indirect fashion.

And a similar approach was taken when He taught the devotional concept that, ‘Parama Purusa is always with you’. In that case Baba is indirectly talking about Himself. I.e. that He is with everyone, sitting inside their mind and in the heart.

NOT JUST BHAGAVAN

So the conclusion is that when Baba has written that there cannot be any comparison of Lord Krsna then the same is the case with Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji also. Baba also is beyond comparison. Then why should we undermine His glorious status by comparing Him and saying that He is just a bhagavan. As if He is just like all those other bhagavans such as Bhagavan Rajaniish Bhagavan, Bhagavan Datta’trya, Bhagavan Ram, Bhagavan Satya Sai Baba, etc, etc, etc.

WHY THEY WRITE LIKE THIS

The natural question that arises is why do people like Narada and Devashish write like this about their own Guru. Most often it seems that people write Baba stories and books with full sincerity, but because of their lack of understanding and devotional feeling, they do the opposite of what they want to accomplish. Instead of glorifying Baba the opposite occurs.

Why? Some writers are cowards and do not have the courage to tell the truth while others are crude and cannot comprehend that Baba is Parama Purusa. Those with no courage think that public will not appreciate Baba as Parama Purusa so “I should not write this.”

You are welcome to think to which category Narada and Devashish belong.

BABA’S BLESSING

Some try to compare & undermine Him and thus invite their destruction. That is why Baba has graciously warned us ahead of time not to do such things. Rather as His disciples we are to propagate His divine stature and greatness.

Baba says, “The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma (Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living beings – That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone has revealed Brahmavidya (intuitional science) to us through the medium of the name and form of Anandamurtijii. Unit beings must be made to appreciate Its majesty.” (CC II p.1)

Namaskar,
Satiish

Note 1: PARAMA PURUAS IS MUCH HIGHER

Here below Baba is explicitly proving how Parama Purusa is far more than just a bhagavan. The following is the incredible scene from the Mahabharata when Lord Krsna uses His unique abilities as Parama Purusa to give victory to His devotees. And Baba Himself emphatically states that no type of bhagavan has the capability to do such things.

Baba says, “Krs’n’a’ had covered the sun with His Sudarshana Cakra [His special discus]. Now you can imagine that it was impossible to cover the sun with a discus. Is it possible to cover the sun with a dinner plate? When you observe a dinner plate close up it seems to be about this large. But if you could see the sun from close up, how big it would appear! If the dinner plate could somehow be placed near the sun, it would be a mere
speck. No, the discus could never cover the sun! Though the devotees claim that it did, I take it as a mere story. Then question arises as to how the sun was covered. The answer is that the Lord Krs’n’a willed it so. He had mastery over Praka’mya Siddhi, one of the eight occult powers. He willed the sun to be covered by clouds and so it happened. The sun was covered by clouds and people thought that the sun had gone down. So Arjuna was able to keep his promise and kill Jayadratha.”

Here below is the exact section where Baba says only Parama Purusa can do such great works– not bhagavan.

Baba says, “To perform such a miraculous feat by going against the natural order cannot be accomplished by even a first grade Bhagava’n, not to speak of a second or third grade one. Only Parama Purus’a can do this.” (NKS, ’97 Edn, p. 208)

Then Baba directly adds how there are numerous examples whereby Parama Purusa shows Himself to be far more than just a bhagavan:

Baba says, “This is only one story. Dozens of similar stories can be found.” (NKS, ’97 Edn , p. 208)

Note 2: NOT JUST BHAGAVAN

Here Baba is announcing the fact that Parama Purusa is not just a bhagavan. Because only the singular entity Parama Purusa can save people from their sins. No bhagavan can do that. Please read below. Baba says about Lord Krsna:

“Those accepting Me as their final refuge, I will free from the bondage of sin. Their future is certainly glorious. No one need worry about their past. It is senseless to worry about atonement for past misdeeds….”

“Only Parama Purus’a can assure jiivas so unequivocally. This goes to show beyond any shadow of a doubt that He is not bhagava’na, but the veritable manifestation of divinity. He cannot be compared to either khan’da’vata’ra, am’sha’vata’ra or kala’vata’ra. They may be bhagava’na due to their possession of the six qualities, but none among them is the Supreme Entity. “I will forgive your sins. I will free you from all sins, I will take away
your sins.” No one but Krs’n’a, the Supreme Entity, has the right to say this. No one has ever said this in the past, nor will anyone say it in the future. If anyone claims this, it would be only the highest audacity on his or her part. But my Krs’n’a has proclaimed it loudly and openly: Aham’ tva’m’ sarvapa’pebhyo moks’ayis’ya’mi ma’shucah — “I will liberate you from all sins. You have no cause to worry.”

“After all this can anyone claim that Krs’n’a has any parallel? No, no one can claim this. All will have to fold their hands and say unto Him,”

Tula’ va’ upama’ Krs’n’asya na’sti;

[Krs’n’a has no parallel or equal. Krs’n’a is Parama Purus’a Himself.]

(Source: Nama’mi Krs’n’a Sundaram, ’97 Edn, p. 211)

Note 3: HE IS BEYOND COMPARISON

Here it should be understood that Baba is Parama Purusa; He is the Taraka Brahma. His infinite Personality is infinite and beyond comparison. So why should one belittle Him by labeling Him as being just a bhagavan. When in clear-cut language Baba Himself explains that His qualities go far beyond that of only bhagavan. Being the Parama Parama of course He possesses those few attributes of the limited stance of bhagavan, but He also has much more than that. So no one can say that He is just a bhagavan.

Indeed the limited nature of the term bhagavan is insufficient to encapsulate all of Baba’s greatness. It falls far short of the mark. The bhagavan term utterly fails to represent Baba. In the same way Lord Krsna is not just a flute player or musician, His Personality is much more than that. So who can say that Lord Krsna is just one simple flute player– that is an injustice to the inherent greatness of Lord Krsna. Likewise no one can say that Baba is just a simple bhagavan because as the Parama Purusa incarnate Baba’s infinite qualities far surpass the narrow scope of bhagavan.

Note 4: TARAKA BRHAMA IS SUPREME

Here Baba is further revealing the uniqueness of Tarak Brahma and that He is greater than all those other lesser entities like bhagavan.

Baba says, “A Maha’kaola is one who makes others kaola by his infallible spiritual guidance. But Ta’raka Brahma is a different Entity, a unique Entity for He is the spiritual preceptor, social preceptor, Kaola, and Maha’kaola, all in one. He is also something more: He acts as a compass in every stratum of society.” (NKS, ’97 Edn, p.50)

Note 5 : ABOUT THE MISGUIDED BOOKS

The misguided book titled “Bhagavan Anandamurti” written by Narada (SUVA) was done with the negative goal of falsely proving Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji as merely a bhagavan. But Baba is the Parama Purusa; He is far beyond the limited definition of bhagavan.

Thus Narada’s book is going against Baba– in which case Narada’s book needs to be set aside – never to be seen again. Because page after page its full conclusion is that Baba is just a bhagavan like Bhagavan Rajaniish.

So Narada’s entire unholy premise runs contrary to the teachings of AM. From its very title to its concluding line, his book is way off the mark– completely devoid of any ideological value, rather harmful.

Note 6: MAHA’PAP (TERRIBLE SIN)

Overall then Narada’s approach is no different than the terrible sin (Maha’pa’p) which those idol worshippers commit. Because those sinful idol worshippers engage in the negative act of limiting Parama Purusa to a piece of stone or rock.

In similar fashion the misguided strategy of both Narada’s entire book and at least part of Devashish’s book is to bind Parama Purusa to something limited. Of course Baba sternly warns us never to commit such misdeeds (Maha’papa / worst type of sin). (Refer Caryacarya II, p. 5, point 18).

Note 7: SPREAD HIS GLORY

In contrast, by propagating the true glory of Parama Purusa and by following His teachings then certainly we will be able to establish dharma on this dusty earth in a very short time. About this Baba has assured us of victory.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’lora rathe a’sabe tumi a’ja ja’ni nishcaya…” (PS #978)

Purport:

Baba, I know that You will certainly come today riding the chariot of effulgence and make my life successful. You will remove all the darkness of ignorance and avidya maya, and make me fearless.

Baba, day and night, I waited for You with a garland in hand. Times passed like this. At last, the auspicious hour has arrived; all the doubts have been removed. I see that You have come – You are here.

Baba, in yearning for You, I have been ensconced in Your dhyana – in the resonance of Your tune [1] and insurmountable effulgence [2], ages after ages – counting the prahara [3] and tithis [4] for Your arrival.

Baba today You have come; I received Your causeless grace. O’ my Lord, I surrender everything at Your lotus feet. Please accept me…

Notes For Prabhat Samgiita #978:

[1] Resonance of Your Tune: This is a metaphor; When the sadhaka always hears the repetition of their ista mantra mentally, then that is a very grand state. At that point, one’s mantra japa continues effortlessly. That is what the sadhaka is experiencing in this song.

[2] Insurmountable Effulgence: Initially when one tries to do dhyana then the image of Guru may not come. Guru’s image comes when the mind reaches a higher stage. And finally when dhyana becomes deeper and more intense, then one is ensconced in Him. At that point the image becomes effulgence. In this deeply devotional state, there is no awareness of one’s own existence. That is what Baba is describing in the third stanza of
this song.

[3] Prahara: A measurement of time equal to 3 hours.

[4] Tithis: One day in the moon calendar. In the moon calendar, each month is comprised of 28 days.

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Our Family

Baba says, “No entity in this universe exists individually. Ours is a universal family. Each and every entity — living and non-living, moving and non-moving — helps others in maintaining not only their equilibrium, but also the equipoise of the entire universe, not only of this small planet Earth.
We are to move together with all…

“Our family is universal, our abode is also universal. Hararme…

This universe is our homeland.” (SS-18, p. 40-41)
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From: “Girish Chandra Mitra”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: In the Beginning of Sadhana
Date: Thu 17, Nov 2011 21:26:40 +0530

Baba

“Bhul kare du’re thekechi tumi bhul bheunge dio…” (1827)

Purport:

Baba, due to my own defects I am not able to get close to You. Because of not following Your dharmic guidelines, my progress is hindered and I am just keeping myself away from You. Baba, by Your grace, please remove all my shortcomings and weaknesses and bring me in Your closest proximity, take me in Your lap. In my life I have received an abundant amount of love from You; You have graced me so much. Baba, now I am offering my love to You– please grace me by accepting it.

Baba, in the sky there is a deep blueness and my tender heart is full of love for You. Baba, I do not want my love to remain hidden & secluded in my little heart. By Your grace please allow the reddish glow of my heart– i.e. my love– to merge in the vastness of the distant blue sky. Baba, please let my love reach up to the highest realm– reach up to You.

Baba, when I sing the song and ideate on You there is a deep feeling of longing in my heart. By Your grace You have given the tune and in that way I sing for You. Baba, may my heart’s inner longing be goaded & pointed exclusively toward You. Baba by Your grace, I should always contemplate and think of You; my life should revolve and dance around You. My life should be successful, please grace me…

== IN THE BEGINNING OF SADHANA ==

Namaskar,
In this quinquelemental world, usually the life of spiritual aspirants passes in so many mundane activities from dawn to dusk– trying to meet their worldly requirements and managing their responsibilities.

So when sadhakas try to do sadhana in a pointed way then often times all those mundane plans and programs come again and again into their mental plate during sadhana. This is the regular reality– for all sadhakas, both wts and margiis.

It is a natural phenomenon because the activities one engages in during the day often cloud the mind during meditation. In that case it is very difficult to start sadhana. That is why Baba has graciously given our Baba Nam Kevlam kiirtan. Singing kiirtan helps tremendously in transitioning the mind from one’s mundane daily routine to spiritual sadhana.

However, even then on, some occasions when very positive or very negative incidents happen during the day, then those thoughts strongly dominate the mind. And in that circumstance is not easy to get rid of those thoughts– they come again and again, barraging the mind during sadhana.

THE PERFECT REMEDY: GURU PUJA

In that condition, what recourse should be taken. By Baba’s grace He has given the perfect remedy: Guru Puja, a.k.a Varnarghyadan– the offering of colours. In systematic fashion Guru Puja cleanses the mind of unwanted thoughts. It enables sadhakas to remove those burdens and start pointed sadhana.

Unfortunately many people waste huge amounts of time “sitting in sadhana” when in reality their mind is just flickering from one mundane thought to another. So this is just a waste of time and– and even worse– it degrades the mind.

Altogether, stray or dominating thoughts coming into the mind occurs in everyone’s life. I can openly admit that this has happened to me on countless occasions and when I’ve spoken with others they have also recognized this as a problem.

And the best remedy is Guru Puja, as that has the ability to remove or wash away those impressions from the mind. Here follow are some techniques when doing Guru Puja.

POINTS ABOUT GURU PUJA FROM SENIOR ACARYA DIARY

Of course we all know that in Caryacarya Baba has given many points about Guru Puja. And in the Senior Acarya Diary Baba has given more highly valuable guidelines regarding the proper technique of Guru Puja. And those acaryas who are sincere in sadhana guide their diksa bhai in this way.

Some of the instructions I have also received and those aspects which are common points for all– and are not secret– I have written below as I feel it is my duty to share these things with my margii family.

SOME OF THE BASICS

1. Guru Puja can be done again and again– round after round. It is not the strict rule that it can only be done three times. Rather when one is facing any problem then Guru Puja should be done until that problem has been washed away and the mind is feeling light and free.

2. So when any problem is blocking the mind during sadhana such that one’s mantra is not coming then Guru Puja is the answer. The basic approach being that one should surrender their problems again and again in order to free and prepare the mind for sadhana.

3. In that way, Guru Puja can be done any time: At the beginning or in the middle of sadhana, and then course always at the end of meditation.

4. As mentioned above, another name of Guru Puja is Varnarghyada’n. Varna means colour, Arghyada’n means offering. So, Guru Puja means offering the colours of the mind to Guru. So here colour means mental colour.

CLEANSING THE MIND DOING GURU PUJA

5. If during the whole day someone has to communicate with different people about building a new jagrti and they have to convince others and get a donation, and arrange the labour etc. Then in that case the whole day they involved in thoughts about labour, money, bricks, and cement. All these thoughts are racing through the mind during the day. So when starting sadhana then that time off and on these thoughts related with the jagrti construction may enter into one’s mind in sadhana.

6. And if the mind is crowded with unwanted, crude, negative thoughts of money, labour, bricks, cement, building supplies etc during meditation, then ultimately sadhana will be destroyed. In that condition the best option is to do Guru Puja first, and offer one’s mental colours to Guru.

7. But doing Guru Puja superficially is not going to give any yield. Rather the whole process of Guru Puja can be repeated again and again until the mind is completely vibrated and ready to offer everything to Him. In that process one can spend extra time doing Guru Puja.

8. Then after doing long Guru Puja, the heaviness of my mind will be released and all those negative thoughts of bricks and cement will be gong. Then one will feel felt better and can start doing sadhana. But if one would have started meditation right away, then in the beginning, in place of doing sadhana, the mind would be cluttered with thoughts about the bricks & cement as that was the main dominating thought in the mind.

SPECIAL TECHNIQUE: USE OF TANMATRAS

9. The question may come that how can this offering of colour theory can be utilised? What is the most effective way to do it?

10. As we all know, in Guru Puja one has to offer a lotus flower. So after sitting in the proper posture then close the eyes and with open palms, one should form a mental lotus. And the colour of the lotus should be the colour of that worldly object which was dominating or disturbing your mental flow during sadhana. If the red bricks for the jagrti is disturbing the mind then one will envision a red lotus.

11, Because each every material object has 5 tanmatras, or inferences. All the tanmatras should be utilised in Guru Puja when offering your mental lotus. And the five tanmatras are: Sound, Touch, Form, Taste, Smell.

12. Brick has its own sound when it falls from the truck during unloading time. That is the first tanmatra and that sound should be ascribed to the lotus flower during Guru Puja.

13. Then of course bricks have a special touch of roughness because it is rock. So during Guru Puja one should picture a lotus that has the hard scratchy surface of a rock.

14. The third inference is form. Here form means that red colour which has already been mentioned.

15. Then 4th tanmatra is taste. And the taste of rock one may know. So then one should imagine that in their hand a red coloured lotus that feel rough like a rock and has a loud sound and that tastes like a rock.

16. Then the 5th and final inference is smell. That also we have to utilise in Guru Puja. Imagine that the whole lotus being formed in one’s palms smells like bricks.

16A. So this process should be done with whatever thing is disturbing the mind. For example let’s say that one is thinking about sweets like rasagolla during the time of sadhana. Then one will form a white lotus. Because the colour of rasagolla is white. And the touch of that lotus will be the exact touch of rasagolla: soft and spongy plus sticky & syrupy. And the taste of the lotus will be the taste of rasagolla– very sweet. And the smell of the lotus will also be the exact smell of rasagolla. One should perfectly make one mental lotus that is of white colour with a thick, syrupy touch, and a very sweet taste, and aromatic smell. That mental lotus will be as if it is made of rasagolla material.

17. So whatever one’s dominant thought is, after creating this complete ideation using these five inferences: sound, touch, form, taste, smell and when all 5 qualities are present in that mental lotus, then one can start chanting “Akhanda mandala karam…”

THE PRACTICAL PROCESS AND SEQUENCE

18. One must not prematurely begin the chanting of the Guru Puja mantra. First all the tanmatras, step by step, should be incorporated and accordingly one’s mental lotus should be formed. Then and only then should the chanting of the of Guru Puja mantra be started.

19. Then after completing the chanting of each round of our Guru Puja mantra, “…Gurureva Parama Brahma, Tasmae Shrii Gurave Namah”. Then we are to offer that very mental lotus at the feet of Guru Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji Who is sitting in front of me. Baba guides us that this should be our ideation.

20. So taking the ideation that Beloved Baba is sitting in front of you, then with that bhava and using the Guru Puja mantra in proper way, slowly with good ideation one should offer that very mental lotus to Baba. And then one will see that this will solve their problem or attachment. Those uninvited thoughts related with rasagolla or whatever which are disturbing the mind during sadhana will be gone.

WHY NORMALLY DONE AFTER SADHANA

21. Some may wonder then why is it that normally Guru Puja is done just after sadhana?

22. And the basic reply is that when anyone does sadhana then that time mind is busy in ideation & involved in the chanting of one’s personal mantra. So that time it is very easy to find out the negative thoughts. And in particular one can pointedly identify which thought is creating the most disturbance.

23. In contrast, when one is busy in mundane work then they may not understand or be able to identify their psychic disturbance, but when one starts sadhana and closes the eyes, then immediately from nowhere so many useless & distracting thoughts will come into the mind. That time one has to gauge and see carefully which one is most disturbing and that very thought one should utilise for Guru Puja. Using the process which is outlined above described.

IF UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES, DO PUJA BEFORE SADHANA

24. On some special occasions when the mind is so much disturbed with pre-occupied ideas, then before even starting sadhana one should try to do Guru Puja to get rid the mind of those negative thoughts.

25. If for example someone left 5000 rupees on the bank counter and they did not get that money back. Naturally then in their disturbed state of mind, if they start doing sadhana it may be fruitless. In such a special case better one should do Guru Puja multiple times before starting sadhana. By this way the strong thoughts of losing money will be wiped away by His grace.

26. Many of these points my acaryas told me, Baba has included in the Senior Acarya Diary.

SPECIAL REMINDER

27. Special Reminder: If after doing Guru Puja once and still the problem is not solved, then one should do Guru Puja multiple times. Then surely one will see that the mind will become calm, quiet, and relaxed. All those disturbing thoughts will go away. And mind will be pinnacled and ready for sadhana.

A FEW OF BABA’S QUOTES ON GURU PUJA

28. About the importance of Guru Puja, Baba guides us in this following way, which is written in Neo-Humanism:

Baba says, “‘By surrendering all the colours of my mind to You, I want to become colourless’. This surrender to the Supreme Consciousness propels human beings towards Him…This very psycho-spiritual phenomenon is operating behind the process of Varn’a’rghyada’n (Offering of Colours, Guru Puja): ‘Oh Lord, make me colourless so that I may move towards You without any hesitation’.” (NH-LOI, ’87, p.27)

In Ananda Vacanamrtam part 3, Baba further gives guideline how one devotee should do the final offering in Guru Puja :

Baba says, “‘Tava dravyam Jagatguro Tubhyameva Samarpaye’, ‘Everything of mine, along with my mind, is offered at Your altar. Please oblige and accept it’. ” (AV,3,p.21)

Sastaunga Pranam at His lotus feet,
Girish

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Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 20:46:33 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Hariish Dev”
Subject: Who Does Not Want…

Baba

== WHO DOES NOT WANT… ==

Namaskar,
Every human being wants to be successful. Who does not want to be successful? Whether in the realm of art, law, medicine, schooling, business, literature, science, or architecture – or any other field or endeavor – everyone wants to be successful.

Knowing how to be successful then is an important recipe.

By Baba’s grace He has given us His special guideline. Because in one Hindi discourse, Baba reveals that the ‘Seven Secrets of Success’ apply not just to spiritual life, but to worldly life as well.

Let’s then investigate how these work.

UNIQUE ASPECT OF SHRADDHA’

Of course all the aspects of the Seven Secrets of Success have their own unique utility. So we shall take a look at how they all apply in this special circumstance. At the same time in His Hindi discourse Baba gives marked importance to the point of shraddha’.

As He tells us, there is no direct English translation for the term shraddha’, yet in its more traditional usage, Baba describes shraddha as the following.

Baba says, “When one ascribes everything to one’s goal, or one’s object, or to the Supreme Subjectivity appearing as one’s object, and moves, or rather directs one’s everything towards Him, then that movement is shraddha’.” (AV-3)

So in the spiritual realm, shraddha’ means pointing all one’s energy and love towards Parama Purusa, and not toward any number two or number three object. Everything is goaded towards Him. This we all know.

The interesting thing becomes, how does this apply to worldly life.

In His Hindi discourse, Baba neatly describes how shraddha’ manifests in worldly life. Suppose there is a father and a son. The boy wants to study engineering, but the father is pressuring him to study medicine. Yet the boy has little or no interest in becoming a doctor. In that case, if forced to pursue medicine, the boy will not get success. Because Baba’s entire point is that to get success in worldly life, one must have inner inspiration or inner motivation for what they are doing. Then and only then can one get success. That is the key point.

TRAGEDY OF TODAY’S MODERN SOCIETY

Unfortunately, in today’s materialistic society, where money is the be-all and end-all, so many people in so many lands engage in work or jobs that they do not care about. They have little or no interest in their day-to-day endeavour. But they do it to earn money, for prestige, to please their parents, or to just survive etc. This is the way in so-called first world and various so-called third world nations.

There are innumerable cases of this round peg in a square hole phenomenon. That means, there are so many people who have a keen interest in one realm, but spend all their time doing something else – either to earn money, or due to family pressures etc. Haven’t we all gone into a shop or office and noticed that the people working there appear to be going through the motions like robots and have no real interest in what they are doing. The same happens in student life as well when children are pushed by their parents in a particular direction.

In that case, according to Baba, that worker or that student cannot get success. Because as Baba guides us, one can only be successful if they have inner motivation and inspiration for what they are doing. That is the special point Baba is making in His Hindi discourse about how the Seven Secrets of Success apply to worldly life.

THE OTHER POINTS ARE ALSO MEANINGFUL

Here then are how the other spiritual elements apply to achieving success in the mundane sphere.

Vishva’s: In spiritual life this means have firm determination for one’s Goal. Yet Baba guides us that in worldly life this is also needed. If before studying for an exam, a student thinks that, “I will never be able to pass”, then they are doomed. Certainly they will not be able to get success. Similarly, if an adult walks into a job interview thinking that, “I will not be able to get this job – it is beyond my qualifications”, then they will have little or no chance of getting that job. So vishva’s in worldly life is a big point. It refers to having confidence and a positive outlook before pursuing any endevor.

Guru Puja: In spiritual life, Baba guides us that this means surrendering to the will of the Guru. Then one can serve and attain Him. And in worldly life this point of Guru Puja has great importance: It means having respect or reverence for one’s teacher. Yet in the modern world, there are so many loopholes and so much rampant hypocrisy that students & citizens alike lose respect for their teachers and leaders. Either their teachers punish them unduly or their teachers preach some ideal such as abstinence or non-smoking, when they themselves are indulged in that. Likewise, various social leaders preach noble values yet they themselves are caught up in scandalous affairs. This is a daily occurrence, and this undermines one’s ability to get success. Because one loses faith in their teacher or societal leader, in which case they cannot learn from them.

Samitabhava: In spiritual sphere, this means complete mental balance. And this same type of psychic equanimity is needed in worldly life. For instance, if a student or interviewee is very nervous or shy, then they will not be able to perform well. A student may become so nervous that they even get easy questions wrong, because they have lost their mental composure. Likewise, a professional seeking employment or putting on a presentation may be so shy that they are unable to convey their skill-set or knowledge to others in the room. And there are so many other examples. For instance, one’s marriage may end in misery, if one constantly gets angry or acts in an erratic manner toward their spouse. So mental balance is highly needed in all aspects of worldly life.

Indriyanigraha: We all know how control over the motor and sensory organs is needed for success in spiritual life. And same is the case for worldly life. If a student drinks too much whiskey or beer or wine at a party, then they will be inattentive in class the next day. Or, they may sleep through class entirely. Likewise, if a big business executive indulges in too much gossipy talk, then they will not be prepared for their meeting or they may underestimate their competition. Because loose talk diverts the mind from important obligations. It is also commonly seen how important politicians show sexual weakness and this can undermine if not ruin their entire career. So having proper restraint
and control regarding the ten indriyas is highly needed to gain worldly success.

Pramitahara: Just as proper attention to diet and food is needed in spiritual life, it is also needed for mundane success. If a student overeats then they will not be mentally sharp for their examination. Similarly, if a person grossly overeats time and time again, they will become obese, in which case they will suffer from all kinds of ailments from shortness of breath to heart disease, and that will keep them from discharging their duties properly. So food and drink must serve to keep one healthy and fit. Then only can one get success in worldly endeavors.

No Seventh Factor: The same is true in worldly life as in spiritual life.

Baba says, “There is no seventh factor. That is, if you practise these six factors, you require no seventh factor.” (AV-3)

LIVING IN TODAY’S ULTRA-COMPETITIVE WORLD

Today’s world is more competitive than ever. Getting success is not easy. The standards are high and the competition is tough. Whether it be the global economic market, the political arena, student life, or any other realm, day by day the requirements for getting success get stiffer and stiffer. There is no such thing as an easy victory anymore. There are too many people gunning for the same thing. So if we are slack in any of the above points, then someone with a more pointed vision will come forward. In that case, success will not be ours. Because living in today’s world is not a joke.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us all with great teachings which lead us to success. And in His Hindi discourse, Baba has given us the way to utilize the Seven Secrets of Success in our worldly endeavours. So we should pay heed to this doctrine not just in spiritual life but in all our worldly dealings as well.

Baba says, “You, boys and girls, should remember the points and do accordingly. It will help you in your all-around success.” (AV-14)

Namaskar,
Hariish

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“(Tumi) a’lo jhalmal u’s’a’y ele, a’ndha’rer ja’l chinrile…” (PS 3983)

Purport:

Baba, You have come in my heart when the blissful dawn was glittering in effulgence. By Your grace, You have wiped away the net of staticity and crude darkness from my mind. In a flash You have also removed the dogma which had accumulated since ages. Baba, You are so beautiful.

O’ my dearmost, You know how to make such a divine magical display. By Your grace You have created a heavenly panorama– complete with the beauty and grandeur of colour, by Your divine play. Baba, in the blink of the eye, You bring lowly and depraved persons close to Your bosom, without making any differentiation or disparity about who is virtuous and who is sinful. Baba, You are my beginning as well as my end, my Goal, my everything.

Baba, my whereabouts, my name, my place, my address– everything has become one with You, by Your grace. Baba I offer You my heartfelt surrender and sastaunga pranam thousands, millions, crores, & an infinite number of times– again & again.

Baba, by Your divine grace You have arrived in my heart and showered me in Your supreme effulgence. You are my own; You are my everything…

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Desire For Money is Dangerous

Baba says, “Suppose there is a very elevated person who often ideates on
the Supreme Consciousness, but who has some greed for wealth. He does
not, however, express it openly to the Supreme, nor does he even think
of it directly. He thinks indirectly, “Oh, since I am a devotee of the
Supreme Consciousness, He will certainly give me enormous wealth and
make me immensely rich.” Those who harbour this sort of covert desire
are reborn asyaks’as.” (YP, p.78)

Note: Yaksas are one type of negative microvita. Those unfortunate
beings who got degenerated and took on a form less than human,
sub-human. Not only that but they got caught up in that bondage of
punishment for thousands of years. And only then after their extreme
punishment did they again get opportunity for human life.
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Date: 16 Mar 2011 10:52:39 -0000

From: “Shivadayal Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Special Significance of Dolya’tra

 

BABA

 

“Toma’r tarei kato vyatha’ tumi ki ja’no na’ balo more…” (P.S. 3636)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You are the all-loving and omniscient One. Then how is it that You do not know how much longing and pain I have for You in my heart, please tell me. Days come with the hope that You will be coming withYour sweet smiling face, and I will receive You by offering a garland. In this hope my days pass in waiting, but in the end the night come and my eyes floats in my tears. The whole night passes in my unfulfilled longing for You.

Baba what a tragedy I have brought upon myself by loving You. Why I love You I do not know. My whole life has passed crying in longing. Even then my mind does not want to forget You. You have tied me in the bond of Your love.

In the distant sky the shining of crimson sum tells me that ‘I am not alone’. O’ my eternal Sakha*, across the cimmerian ocean You are ever-awake.

Baba please grace me; without Your grace I cannot reach unto You…

 

*Sakha = Baba says, “‘Samapranah sakha smrtah’. Where love and devotion are so overwhelming that it appears as if there is only one entity in two bodies, such a pair of is known as ‘sakha’. The bhakta, the devotee, is the sakha of Parama Purusa, because the bhakta can never think of Him as a separate entity from Him. Here he altogether forgets that he is separated from God. That is why Parama Purusa is also a sakha to His bhaktas and the bhakta is the sakha of Parama Purusa…You should also know– you should remember this truth– that the only well-wisher that you have in this universe…the only sakha is Parama Purusa.” (AV-6, p. 75-6)

 

 

== SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE OF DOLYATRA ==

 

Namaskar,

Spring festival is upon us– coming 18, 19, 20 March. Of course for sadhakas, the change of season itself is not such a dramatic of critical event. Morever, our interest in spring festival is its spiritual meaning.

 

As many sadhakas may be aware, the practice of Guru Puja is deeply linked with the inner spirit of spring / colour festival. Here following then are some guidelines about Guru Puja which have been sent from our family acarya.

 

Most margiis know that Guru Puja means the offering of our mental colours to Guru. Hence Guru Puja is also termed as Varnarghyada’n– the offering of colours. And how one ideates during Guru Puja is highly important. Using the various tanmatras in our Guru Puja helps greatly in this process. Below are some techinques for consideration.

 

 

THE USE OF TANMATRAS IN GURU PUJA

 

Of course in the practice of Guru Puja, every sadhaka offers a lotus flower. So after kneeling in the proper posture one should close their eyes and with the palms open visualise the form a mental lotus.

 

The colour of the lotus will be the colour of that worldly object which is most dominating or disturbing to our mental flow during sadhana. For instance if one is facing financial difficulties or if one is just greedy for money, then that sadhaka should visualise a green lotus– or the dominant colour of money in their locale.

 

The idea being that each every material object has 5 tanmatras, or inferences. All the tanmatras should be utilised in Guru Puja when offering a mental lotus. This gives one very strong and positive effect. And the five tanmatras are: Sound, Touch, Form, Taste, and Smell.

 

So money has its own crumpling sound when it gets stuffed into a bag or taken out of a wallet. And it has a special touch of smoothness because it is paper.

 

So when doing Guru Puja the lotus takes on the sound of a crumpling type of sound and the touch or texture of that lotus will be very smooth like paper.

 

And since the third inference is form, then that is the time to visualise the colour of the louts, which in this case is green.

 

Then 4th tanmatra is taste. And the taste of money is known to all. So when doing this practice then in one’s hand the green coloured lotus made of smooth paper is there. And if ever one will taste it, it will taste like chewing on dry paper.

 

Then the 5th and final inference is smell. That also should be utilised in Guru Puja. Hence the whole lotus which get pictured in the mind takes on the smell of money.

 

This is the first aspect for performing Guru Puja.

 

 

RECITING THE CHANT

 

When these five inferences of sound, touch, form, taste, smell are present in the mental lotus, then one may start chanting:

 

“Akhanda mandala karam…”

 

But at the same time we should be strictly aware not to prematurely begin the chanting of the Guru Puja mantra until step by step, all the tanmatras are properly incorporated into one’s mental lotus. Then and only then should the chanting of the of Guru Puja mantra be started.

 

‘Then after completing the chanting of each round of our Guru Puja mantra:

 

“…Gurureva Parama Brahma, Tasmae Shrii Gurave Namah”.

 

Then one should offer that very mental lotus at the feet of Guru Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji- Who is sitting in front of me.

 

 

BABA’S EXPLICIT EXPLANATION

 

And here following Baba Himself has given this below guideline which is highly linked with how tanmatras are to be used in that practice of Guru Puja.

 

Baba says, “Any object which creates bondage in the mind has its own particular colour. In those early days people used silver coins. While thinking of those silver coins, their minds would be coloured silver. Today, people’s minds are coloured by the thought of paper currency. When someone thinks of an iron safe, one’s mental object becomes the iron safe. When someone goes to the bank to deposit money, the bank’s signboard becomes his or her mental object… All such things become a person’s mental objects, one by one. The mind always takes something as its object, each object having its specific colour.” (NKS, ’97 Edn, p. 174)

 

And like that each and every tanmatra or inference takes effect in the mind. So in our Guru Puja practice they should all be offered to Guru. Baba guides us as follows.

 

Baba says, “Surrender all one’s mental colour to Parama Purus’a, and thus free oneself from the bondage.” (Namami Krsnasundaram)

 

Baba says, “This is significance of the Dol Liila’, the Spring Festival.” (NKS)

 

 

GURU PUJA LINKED WITH COLOUR FESTIVAL

 

Hence the process of Guru Puja is closely related with colour festival / spring festival. Now again, for those living in the northern hemisphere, the day of spring festival, or color festival has come. The exact day being March 20, 2011.

 

 

THE DOGMATIC ROOTS OF SPRING / COLOUR FESTIVAL

 

Before further examining the inner spirit of spring festival, Baba guides us what is the misguided traditional understanding of this festival– also known as Holi here in India.

 

Baba says, “In Indo-Aryan mythology there is mention of a king named Hiran’yakashipu. His sister, Holika, was a woman of violent nature. She was a cannibal. (You should note that she was a cannibal, not homivorous. A human eating another human is called a cannibal, whereas an animal eating human flesh is called homivorous. Holika was a cannibal, whereas a tiger is homivorous). The people out of anger burnt Holika alive the night before the full moon, and to celebrate this occasion, they arranged a festival of joy which was called Holikadahana (the burning of Holika). That is why even today in northern India particularly in the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, this Holi festival is Celebrated.” (AFPS-5, p.4)

 

 

THE REAL SPIRIT OF COLOUR FESTIVAL OR OFFERING OF COLOURS

 

This following teaching of Baba represents the inner spirit of color festival.

 

Baba says, “The inner significance of the Dolyatra [Color Festival] is this: ‘By surrendering all the colours of my mind to You, I want to become colourless.’ This surrender to the Supreme Consciousness propels human beings towards Him. So this colour festival is not merely an outward play; it is a psycho-spiritual phenomenon. This very psycho-spiritual phenomenon is operating behind the process of varn’a’rghyada’na (offering of colours):’Oh Lord, make me colourless so that I may move towards You without any hesitation’.” (NH-LOI, ’99 Edn, p.29)

 

And once again Baba gives another inspring aspect of this special occasion of Spring Festival.

 

Baba says, “The main object of the Spring Colour Festival (Vasantotsava) is not playing with external colours; it is meant to offer Him the colours of different objects which have dyed the mind. When this practice of offering your own colours — your own attachments, becomes natural and easy, you will then merge in Him. Then you will have no need for any colour, for you will become colourless — you will go beyond the reach of any colour. Your unit-ego will become one with the Cosmic Ego. Whichever way you look you will see only Him in His ever-surging glory.” (SS-3)

 

And in a similar light Baba guides us as follows.

 

Baba says, “The inner significance of Dolya’tra is, in the swinging vibration in which the entire universe is vibrating, I will also be vibrated.” (AFPS-5)

 

Namaskar,

Shivadayal

 

 

Note 1: DOGMATIC HOLI FESTIVAL IS NOT PART OF THE REAL DOLYATRA

 

Here below Baba reveals that dogmatic, externally-oriented festivals like Holi etc have absolutely nothing to do with the dharmic inner spirit of Dolyatra (color festival).

 

Baba says, “The psychology behind this [internal] Dolya’tri festival is to give one’s mental colour to Parama Purus’a. The inner idea is, ‘Let my mind vibrate in the same way as the Cosmic mind is vibrating’. This [internal] Dolyatra has no relation to the Holi festival of north India or the Phalguy of central and east India, for it [the internal offering of colours] is something purely psychic.” (AFPS-5)

 

 

 

Note 2: HOW THE COLLECTIVE FUNCTION OF SPRING / COLOR FESTIVAL

 

IS CELEBRATED IN ANANDA MARGA

 

Baba says, “Those of the same age will play with colours and flowers among themselves in the morning of the full-moon day. The youngsters will offer the same at the feet of the elders, and the initiate at the feet of his a’ca’rya. (But the elders will not offer colours and flowers to the youngsters.)”

“Then, in the afternoon, all will perform collective Iishvara Pran’idha’na and Varn’a’rghyada’na (using a’viir [coloured powder] or flowers of colours of their own choice). At the end, all will play among themselves with this a’viir or these flowers without distinction between young and old, initiate and a’ca’rya. Do not offer these colours or flowers at anybody’s feet. But if, while people are playing, they do touch anybody’s feet, that should not be considered wrong, in A’nandamu’rtijii’s opinion. (Men and women should not exchange colours and flowers with each other.) Finally, there will be a collective meal.

“The following day, continue merry celebrations at your residence and have a procession with ta’n’d’ava dance in the afternoon. Continue collective merry celebrations in the evening.” (CC-1, p. 45)

 

 

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Special Creation

 

Baba says, “There is one defect in jinanis. Two jinanis cannot agree on any point. Among them, many jinanis believe that agreeing means accepting one’s defeat. Indeed there are some godly qualities in jinanis. Such as they can speak in flowery language. Or that with their grandiloquence they can prove day as night, and night as day. If in daytime one jinani tells to anyone that it is night, or if during the night they tell that it is day, and if the next person does not accept what the jinani is telling, then the jinani will use the their logic and reasoning to prove that person as a top-grade fool. And he (the jinani) will make it look like this one simple thing the next person could not understand. Because of this in the scriptures is it said, ‘Mathitva…’ Meaning, that if an unfathomable amount of milk is turned into butter and whey, then jinanis argue and quarrel about the whey and in so doing the butter gets rotten and destroyed.” (Varna Vicitra (H), p. 49-50)

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Date: 13 Sun Feb 2011 05:38:29 -0000

From: “Manoj”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: DMS News #7: Birth of One New Dogma

 

Baba

 

== DMS NEWS #7: BIRTH OF ONE NEW DOGMA ==

 

Namaskar,

This following first-hand account details one new dogma that took birth at last month’s January 2011 DMS in Ananda Nagar.

 

* * * *

 

When I went to the meditation hall in Baba’s Quarter on 1st January 2011, I thought I saw some coins thrown by some sadhakas just below the cot on which Baba’s photo was placed.

 

From a distance, I doubted what I saw so I stepped closer and went to the front side. Then I confirmed that it was indeed a coin. Upon further investigation I found that some margiis were throwing coins and rupees just in front of Baba’s photo. Those coins were landing at the same spot where the flowers, pots with coconuts and candles (pradiipa) were placed as decoration. All these coins were tossed just below the cot upon which Baba’s photo was placed.

 

Upon further investigation, it become clear that people were doing this in hopes of getting their selfish desires and requests fulfilled. They were essentially bribing Parama Purusa. In exchange of their monetary offering, they were seeking a daughter’s marriage, victory in their court case, getting their enemies destroyed, or a job promotion etc. These were some of the selfish requests they wanted fulfilled by dropping money in front of Baba’s photo.

 

Of course all those in-charges knew this was dogmatic, but because this offering was generating income, such Dadas were not telling them to stop.

 

I even asked one Dada about this and he said, “Yes, some might have done this.” But he did not say anything further.

 

However, many of us felt that an announcement should have been made this act of dropping coins by Baba’s photo was not good. Then margiis – new or old etc – would have gotten the message not to toss coins by Baba’s photo.

 

Instead those in-charges put this coin tossing dogma on open display by letting it continue. By that way more and more began to partake in this dogmatic manner. That was the lesson put forth: Others are doing and you can too.

 

And again, why was it allowed to be continued? Because ultimately there was an economic benefit involved. The more who participated increased the amount of money those Dadas will get. What else can be the reason why such Dadas did not openly denounce this dogmatic offering from the very beginning.

 

Of course every rational margiis knows that this type of (crude) offering – i.e. arcana – is an exact copy of the Hindu dogma – about which Baba has instructed us not to follow. Yet that is what I personally saw going on at last month’s DMS program at Ananda Nagar.

 

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BABA’S TEACHINGS ON ARCANA

 

Here are a few of Baba’s teachings on this topic.

 

(1) In this first below guideline, Baba clearly tells us that offering money at His photo has nothing to do with devotion.

 

Baba says, ‘Bhakti cannot be identified with árcaná either, which means to worship the deity with flowers, leaves, [holy] water or other articles [like money].” (Ananda Vacanamrtam, Part 33)

 

(2) Then in Ananda Sutram Baba warns us that those who ask for their selfish interests to be fulfilled by giving money to Parama Purusa are merely indulging in useless prayers.

 

3-11: Prárthanárcaná mátraeva bhramamúlam.

 

[Prayer and ritualistic worship become a source of confusion.]

 

Purport: It is useless to pray to God for something, for He is sure to give what is necessary. Solicitation or importunity in the name of worship is nothing but toadyism and flattery.” (Ananda Sutram, 3-11)

 

Baba’s teaching is that Parama Purusa will do what is required for the proper development of each and every person, so to ask for something – when He already knows what is best for you – is just one defective manner and undermines one’s relation with Parama Purusa.

 

(3) Next Baba differentiates between selfish and selfless puja. Clearly that type of puja where money is offered is nothing but arcana, i.e. that puja done with “selfish motive and external paraphernalia”.

 

Baba says, “Now, what is pu´ja´ or pu´jana? When a person, with or without any selfish motive, offers his or her deep reverence to an entity with undivided concentration, with or without external paraphernalia such as flowers, bel leaves, sandalwood paste, Ganges water, basil, bananas, rice, etc., that is called pu´ja´ or pu´jana. And the type of worship which is performed with selfish motive and external paraphernalia is called arca´ or arcana´. The type of worship which is performed with or without selfish motive, but certainly without any specific external paraphernalia, is called pra´rthana´. And the special type of pu´ja´ which is performed without any selfish motive or external paraphernalia is called Brahmasadbha´va [ideation of Brahma].” Shiva’s Teachings – 2 (continued) (Discourse 14)

 

(4) Here below Baba points out that those who pray to God to give them a job promotion or a husband for their daughter actually send the message to Parama Purusa that He is not fulfilling His duties properly and has forgotten what a person needs. That is what is implied by asking something of Parama Purusa – one is blaming God for failing to do the needful.

 

Baba says, “Prayer is the act of asking for a favour with earnestness. It also means a solemn petition addressed to the Supreme Being for certain benefits. One prays to God for something which one does not possess or thinks one does not possess. One asks God for these favours with the faith that He alone can bestow everything and by His mere wish all wants can be satisfied. By prayer or by begging one wants to awaken His wish so that one may be granted the things one lacks. Does not one’s attempt to rouse the wish of God to fulfil these needs, upon careful and rational thinking, appear to be a reminder to God to give one something of which God has kept one deprived? It would otherwise not be necessary to remind Him in prayer of that thing or to try to arouse His wish to give. For instance, if one is in need of money, one would, with the faith that God alone can give, pray to Him for the favour of giving one money. Does not this request show God’s fault in keeping one in want of money, when He alone can give it? God alone is blamed for it, and by praying to Him for money one is precisely pointing out to Him His partiality in not giving one the money one needed. Therefore, prayer or asking for favours from God is only pointing out to the Sole Giver His mistakes in the distribution of His favours. It only presumes lack of impartiality in Him, and that is why He is blamed for making some very rich and others very poor. Praying to God for favours is only to bring to His notice the charge of partiality levelled against Him. When prayer leads to such a conclusion, it is only ignorance to ask for favours. One who performs actions will also bear the consequences, and blaming God for it as His partiality is not going to save one from bearing the consequences.” (Ananda Marga Elementary Philosophy)

 

 

REFLECTION

 

Tragically the scene of giving money at DMS was nothing but a dogmatic case of arcana, i.e. praying and bribing Parama Purusa with external objects (i.e. money) in order to get His favour and one’s selfish desires met. This type of offering is just dogma and has nothing to do with devotion. It is shameful that out of greed certain Dadas allowed this act to go on at our very own DMS gatherings. That is the new dogma that took birth.

 

 

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE

 

Here Baba clearly tells us what we should offer to Parama Purusa. We are to offer our own selves – i.e. our minds, not external objects like money.

 

Baba says, ““Tava dravyaḿ Jagatguro Tubhyameva samarpaye.” “Everything of mine, along with my mind, is offered at Your altar. Please oblige and accept it.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam, part 3)

 

Namaskar,

Manoj

 

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Who Does Not Want

Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 21:26:47 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Hariish Dev”
Subject: Who Does Not Want

Baba

“(Tumi) a’lo jhalmal u’s’a’y ele, a’ndha’rer ja’l chinrile…” (PS 3983)

Purport:

Baba, You have come in my heart when the blissful dawn was glittering in
effulgence. By Your grace, You have wiped away the net of staticity and
crude darkness from my mind. In a flash You have also removed the dogma
which had accumulated since ages. Baba, You are so beautiful.

O’ my dearmost, You know how to make such a divine magical display. By
Your grace You have created a heavenly panorama– complete with the beauty
and grandeur of colour, by Your divine play. Baba, in the blink of the eye,
You bring lowly and depraved persons close to Your bosom, without making
any differentiation or disparity about who is virtuous and who is sinful.
Baba, You are my beginning as well as my end, my Goal, my everything.

Baba, my whereabouts, my name, my place, my address– everything has become
one with You, by Your grace. Baba I offer You my heartfelt surrender and
sastaunga pranam thousands, millions, crores, & an infinite number of
times– again & again.

Baba, by Your divine grace You have arrived in my heart and showered me
in Your supreme effulgence. You are my own; You are my everything…

== WHO DOES NOT WANT ==

Namaskar,
Every human being wants to be successful. Whether in the realm of art,
law, medicine, schooling, business, literature, science, or architecture
– or any other field or endeavor – everyone wants to be successful.

Knowing how to be successful then is an important recipe.

By Baba’s grace He has given us His special guideline. Because in one
Hindi discourse, Baba reveals that the ‘Seven Secrets of Success’ apply
not just to spiritual life, but to worldly life as well.

Let’s then investigate how these work.

UNIQUE ASPECT OF SHRADDHA’

Of course all the aspects of the Seven Secrets of Success have their own
unique utility. So we shall take a look at how they all apply in this
special circumstance. At the same time in His Hindi discourse Baba gives
marked importance to the point of shraddha’.

As He tells us, there is no direct English translation for the term
shraddha’, yet in its more traditional usage, Baba describes shraddha as
the following.

Baba says, “When one ascribes everything to one’s goal, or one’s object,
or to the Supreme Subjectivity appearing as one’s object, and moves, or
rather directs one’s everything towards Him, then that movement is
shraddha’.” (AV-3)

So in the spiritual realm, shraddha’ means pointing all one’s energy and
love towards Parama Purusa, and not toward any number two or number
three object. Everything is goaded towards Him. This we all know.

The interesting thing becomes, how does this apply to worldly life.

In His Hindi discourse, Baba neatly describes how shraddha’ manifests in
worldly life. Suppose there is a father and a son. The boy wants to
study engineering, but the father is pressuring him to study medicine.
Yet the boy has little or no interest in becoming a doctor. In that
case, if forced to pursue medicine, the boy will not get success.
Because Baba’s entire point is that to get success in worldly life, one
must have inner inspiration or inner motivation for what they are doing.
Then and only then can one get success. That is the key point.

TRAGEDY OF TODAY’S MODERN SOCIETY

Unfortunately, in today’s materialistic society, where money is the
be-all and end-all, so many people in so many lands engage in work or
jobs that they do not care about. They have little or no interest in
their day-to-day endeavour. But they do it to earn money, for prestige,
to please their parents, or to just survive etc. This is the way in
so-called first world and various so-called third world nations.

There are innumerable cases of this round peg in a square hole
phenomenon. That means, there are so many people who have a keen
interest in one realm, but spend all their time doing something else –
either to earn money, or due to family pressures etc. Haven’t we all
gone into a shop or office and noticed that the people working there
appear to be going through the motions like robots and have no real
interest in what they are doing. The same happens in student life as
well when children are pushed by their parents in a particular direction.

In that case, according to Baba, that worker or that student cannot get
success. Because as Baba guides us, one can only be successful if they
have inner motivation and inspiration for what they are doing. That is
the special point Baba is making in His Hindi discourse about how the
Seven Secrets of Success apply to worldly life.

THE OTHER POINTS ARE ALSO MEANINGFUL

Here then are how the other spiritual elements apply to achieving
success in the mundane sphere.

Vishva’s: In spiritual life this means have firm determination for one’s
Goal. Yet Baba guides us that in worldly life this is also needed. If
before studying for an exam, a student thinks that, “I will never be
able to pass”, then they are doomed. Certainly they will not be able to
get success. Similarly, if an adult walks into a job interview thinking
that, “I will not be able to get this job – it is beyond my
qualifications”, then they will have little or no chance of getting that
job. So vishva’s in worldly life is a big point. It refers to having
confidence and a positive outlook before pursuing any endevor.

Guru Puja: In spiritual life, Baba guides us that this means
surrendering to the will of the Guru. Then one can serve and attain Him.
And in worldly life this point of Guru Puja has great importance: It
means having respect or reverence for one’s teacher. Yet in the modern
world, there are so many loopholes and so much rampant hypocrisy that
students & citizens alike lose respect for their teachers and leaders.
Either their teachers punish them unduly or their teachers preach some
ideal such as abstinence or non-smoking, when they themselves are
indulged in that. Likewise, various social leaders preach noble values
yet they themselves are caught up in scandalous affairs. This is a daily
occurrence, and this undermines one’s ability to get success. Because
one loses faith in their teacher or societal leader, in which case they
cannot learn from them.

Samitabhava: In spiritual sphere, this means complete mental balance.
And this same type of psychic equanimity is needed in worldly life. For
instance, if a student or interviewee is very nervous or shy, then they
will not be able to perform well. A student may become so nervous that
they even get easy questions wrong, because they have lost their mental
composure. Likewise, a professional seeking employment or putting on a
presentation may be so shy that they are unable to convey their
skill-set or knowledge to others in the room. And there are so many
other examples. For instance, one’s marriage may end in misery, if one
constantly gets angry or acts in an erratic manner toward their spouse.
So mental balance is highly needed in all aspects of worldly life.

Indriyanigraha: We all know how control over the motor and sensory
organs is needed for success in spiritual life. And same is the case for
worldly life. If a student drinks too much whiskey or beer or wine at a
party, then they will be inattentive in class the next day. Or, they may
sleep through class entirely. Likewise, if a big business executive
indulges in too much gossipy talk, then they will not be prepared for
their meeting or they may underestimate their competition. Because loose
talk diverts the mind from important obligations. It is also commonly
seen how important politicians show sexual weakness and this can
undermine if not ruin their entire career. So having proper restraint
and control regarding the ten indriyas is highly needed to gain worldly
success.

Pramitahara: Just as proper attention to diet and food is needed in
spiritual life, it is also needed for mundane success. If a student
overeats then they will not be mentally sharp for their examination.
Similarly, if a person grossly overeats time and time again, they will
become obese, in which case they will suffer from all kinds of ailments
from shortness of breath to heart disease, and that will keep them from
discharging their duties properly. So food and drink must serve to keep
one healthy and fit. Then only can one get success in worldly endeavors.

No Seventh Factor: The same is true in worldly life as in spiritual life.

Baba says, “There is no seventh factor. That is, if you practise these
six factors, you require no seventh factor.” (AV-3)

LIVING IN TODAY’S ULTRA-COMPETITIVE WORLD

Today’s world is more competitive than ever. Getting success is not
easy. The standards are high and the competition is tough. Whether it be
the global economic market, the political arena, student life, or any
other realm, day by day the requirements for getting success get stiffer
and stiffer. There is no such thing as an easy victory anymore. There
are too many people gunning for the same thing. So if we are slack in
any of the above points, then someone with a more pointed vision will
come forward. In that case, success will not be ours. Because living in
today’s world is not a joke.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us all with great teachings which lead us
to success. And in His Hindi discourse, Baba has given us the way to
utilize the Seven Secrets of Success in our worldly endeavours. So we
should pay heed to this doctrine not just in spiritual life but in all
our worldly dealings as well.

Baba says, “You, boys and girls, should remember the points and do
accordingly. It will help you in your all-around success.” (AV-14)

Namaskar,
Hariish

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Desire For Money is Dangerous

Baba says, “Suppose there is a very elevated person who often ideates on
the Supreme Consciousness, but who has some greed for wealth. He does
not, however, express it openly to the Supreme, nor does he even think
of it directly. He thinks indirectly, “Oh, since I am a devotee of the
Supreme Consciousness, He will certainly give me enormous wealth and
make me immensely rich.” Those who harbour this sort of covert desire
are reborn asyaks’as.” (YP, p.78)

Note: Yaksas are one type of negative microvita. Those unfortunate
beings who got degenerated and took on a form less than human,
sub-human. Not only that but they got caught up in that bondage of
punishment for thousands of years. And only then after their extreme
punishment did they again get opportunity for human life.
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Date: 13 Mar 2010 12:38:04 -0000
From: “Pramod Dev”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Importance of Sadhana + Two More Secrets

BABA

“Toma’kei a’mi bha’lo ba’siya’chi, toma’ke jenechi sa’r…” (805)

Purport:

Baba, I have love only for You. By Your grace, this much I understand:
That You are the Essence of essence. You are the Soul of the soul. You are
everything. What way You make me dance, in that rhythm, melody, and style, I dance.
I do not know any other entity in this universe except You.

My mental flower garden is fully covered with the buds and fruits. It is
filled with nectar. And this is all for You; please come.

Baba, You are the lamp of my heart and pra’na. Please come close–
delaying only makes it very painful, unbearable.

In this vast, blue sky, whatever tune, melody and rhythms are there,
everything together–all things collectively–are residing in You.
Everything is within Your mind. Baba, You are the Heart of hearts. You are
everything…

== IMPORTANCE OF SADHANA + TWO MORE SECRETS ==

Namaskar,
Nowadays in our Margii society one serious psychic disease is groupism.
Although general margiis and many wts are not suffering so much; but those
at the helm are surely in the whirlpool of groupism. And they are trying
hard to lure simple margiis and wts into their camp.

It is not that such persons do not know the philosophical aspects of Baba’s
teachings. Theoretically everyone understands; but to bring this into
practice is not easy. That is why those who are not inculcating our AM
sadhana practices into their practical life, their mind gets diseased with
the ailment of groupism. This is not a physical ailment but a psychic one.

And there is no answer other than to follow and practice sadhana in the
practical life. Not superficial sadhana but sadhana done in the proper way.
Otherwise all the approaches of peace meetings and various efforts will go
in vain. So the only solution is to clean the mind with the help of cosmic
ideation– thinking about Parama Purusa. Please see here what Guru’s
guideline.

Baba says, “The humans of today have started to realize that they are the
progeny of Parama Purus’a, an integral part of Parama Purus’a. If people
can properly ideate on Parama Purus’a, they will realize Brahma. On
imbibing cosmic ideation all kinds of ailments will be cured.” (PNS-8, p.19)

IMPORTANCE OF SADHANA

So sadhana is a highly significant thing and everyone of us must be very
strict in bringing Baba’s teaching into our day to day life.

We know that our AM sadhana system is eight-fold. These are (1) yama, (2)
niyama, (3) asana, (4) pranayama, (5) pratihara, (6) dharana, (7) dhya’na,
(8) samadhi. These are the total 8 folds, or aspects. That is why our
system of meditation is called ast’aunga yoga.

And in this 8-fold system, each and every item is significant. One cannot
neglect any one of these. Because these steps are complementary to one
another. Just like higher cakras control lower cakras. In the same way
lower cakras also affect the higher cakras. If the lower cakras are not
fully controlled then the control of higher cakras is not possible and vice
versa.

That is why those who try to do dhya’na, without placing adequate emphasis
on the other lessons, do not gain success. For them dhya’na will be
difficult.

We know that with the help of Iishvara Pranidhana, mukti can be attained.
And with the help of dhya’na, moksa or ultimate salvation is possible. So
dhya’na is the most significant lesson in our system of sadhana.

In human life everyone wants peace and there are various types of peace:
(a) black peace, (b) white peace, and (c) perfect peace. In true sense,
perfect peace is the real peace. It comes through spiritual practice and
His grace.

While talking about the ‘Seven Secrets of Success’, Baba has given one
unique discourse on perfect peace. The discourse, “Ka’rya Siddhi Ke Tattva”
later published in AV 24, was given by Baba in the town of Diigha’ on 9
January 1990; and this happened when He was returning from Ananda Nagar to
Tiljala.

TWO MORE SECRETS

And this discourse is unique in its own way. We know that there are so many
discourses on the ‘Seven Secret of Success’, ie dialogues between Lord
Shiva and Parvati. But in this particular discourse of 9 January 1990, Baba
added two more points with regards to getting success and peace. That is
why this particular discourse is so unique.

As you know already in the 7 secrets of success, there are really only 6
secrets. And they are as follows: (1) Firm Determination, (2) Shradda’
(Deep Reverence), (3) Guru Puja, (4) Sense of Equipoise, (5) All-round
self-restraint, (6) Pramita’ha’ra (Balanced and Nutritious Diet). And these
important points are mentioned commonly in several discourses.

But in His unique discourse of January 1990, Baba added two more
significant points:

1. Keeping the mind focused on the Goal or Desideratum. On this point Baba
says that if you remember your Goal then you will get success, and at the
same time you will get mental peace also.

2. The second additional point for attaining success & peace is practicing
dhya’na, off and on, many times throughout the 24hrs.

DHYANA DONE INTERMITTENTLY DURING THE DAY

Baba says that whenever you have 20 – 30 seconds, or one minute time, then
whatever condition you are in, just close your eyes and do dhya’n. By this
way your mind will be in balance and equipoise. And whatever work you will
take in your hand, that will be successful. Because to get success and
peace together, the pre-requisite factor is the mind which has prama’. And
that can only come through spiritual practice. And dhya’n is the most
significant source to do so. It is needed to be done properly.

In other discourses and in so many teachings, Baba has emphasized the need
of kiirtan. And that one should always utilise the time in this way. Means
whenever one has time for few seconds, then one should do kiirtan. So this
very technique and guideline of doing intermittent dhyan during the day is
a rare and unique type guideline.

Practicing dhya’n in small duration many times per day is very essential
for maintaining a proper mental flow and for keeping the mind in prama’,
means saturated with His love and devotion.

By His grace, if with that type of mind, anybody tries to do any work, then
both the resultants come together: success and true peace.

Namaskar
Pramod

Note 1: Baba’s discourse, “Ka’rya Siddhi Ke Tattva”, appears in AV-24 (B)
p.139-153 and AV-24 (H) p.135-145.

Note 2: Here are some of Baba’s teachings about sadhana and dhyana:

Baba says, “He is the Supreme Subjectivity. He is the subject and
everything else is the object…During meditation you should think that the
entity on whom you are meditating is looking at you as His object. He is
not your object. He sees whatever you are doing. This should the
psychology. He can never be your object. During meditation you should
remember that the Supreme Entity looks on you, sees you as His object. He
is not your object, you are His object. Do you follow?” (AVM-6, p.25)

Baba says, “While meditating on the Supreme you can not accept Him as your
object. Because He is your subject. Everything is His object. He is the
Supreme Subject. Then how, during japa and dhyana can He be your object? He
cannot be your object. So what is necessary is that– and herein lies the
charm– is that while doing japa and dhyana, you should think that He is
seeing you, you are His object. This thing you should always remember
during japa and dhyana. That is the idea. That is the spirit.” (AVM-2, p.34)

Note 3: Baba tells us that peace comes in three spheres: physical, psychic,
and spiritual so sadhana is needed for perfect peace.

The following are BABA teachings about peace:

Baba says, “A state of mental equilibrium and equipoise is called peace. It
is important to know how the state of peace is attained, and how it is
disturbed. A systematic, spiritual practice leads to psychic balance.”
(PNS-16, p. 20)

Baba says, “Spiritual discipline and relentless struggle against
superstition are required to maintain psychic peace. The principal aim of
human life is to be free of sorrow and misery. Otherwise one cannot hope to
attain peace.” (PNS-16)

Baba says, “To attain permanent relief from sorrow and affliction,
paramartha (perfect peace) is the only means. Paramartha can only be
attained through spiritual practice. That is why in Ananda Marga, each
member is encouraged to learn spiritual practices from the age of five. As
one grows, one acquires tremendous physical, psychic, and spiritual
benefits…to enhance physical, mental, and spiritual progress, A’nanda
Ma’rga teaches a methodical and scientific system of spiritual practices.”
(PNS-16)

FINAL NOTE: This next teaching of Baba is extremely important because in
very clear words Baba is guiding us that those who adopt the path of
materialism can never achieve the stance of perfect peace. Rather their
lives will always be full of frustration and misery:

Baba says, “The characteristic (dharma) of the mind is to seek the
infinite. The mind attains this goal by concentrating on a particular
ideation. As material objects are finite, those who accept them as the aim
of life eventually feel frustrated. They fail to attain bliss because
neither wealth nor material objects can be enjoyed infinitely.” (Prout-6,
p.59)

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Size of Cranium and Spirituality

Baba says, “People may think that they cannot make rapid spiritual progress
unless the size of the brain, and hence the size of the cranium, is
increased. But this is not so because human beings can increase the
jurisdiction of their thinking.” (Proutist Economics)
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