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Wed, 26 June 2013 23:13:53

Baba

== HOW TO AVOID INCONTINENCE IN OLD AGE ==

Namaskar,
When I asked, Dadaji stated that while on tour / traveling he may just carry a 100ml bottle of water to use after urination. Then he quickly added that whenever he is in a domicile or
jagrti then he most definitely switches over to a 1 litre container and uses that entire amount after urination, as the benefits are quite clear and readily apparent.

Now let’s get into the details.

PURPOSE OF POURING LOTS OF WATER

Here are some of the great benefits of pouring one full litre of water or more over the genitals during and after urination.

1. It cools down the genitalia and that keeps the tamasik vrtti in check. By keeping that area cool by using lots of water, then that tamasik vrtti will not dominate the mind. This is one tremendous benefit for any sadhaka, and verily every person.

2. Pouring large amounts of cold water over the pubic region creates an exchange of blood in that area which bring freshness to both body and mind. That circulation of blood nourishes all the glands, organs, nerves and cells of that region.

3. The muscles, nerves and overall biological system get strengthened by the use of adequate amounts (1 litre or more) of cold water.

4. It will prevent and eliminate bladder problems faced by older people who cannot control the flow of urine during the nighttime. That happens because the muscles and nerves weaken over time, but when cold water is regularly used then those bodily systems remain strong and in tact, in which case one will not suffer from that problem in old age.

5. One other great benefit of using 1 litre of water or more over the entire genital area is that it will ensure that all excess urine is removed from the urinary tract, as well as from the bladder. This keeps the body clean and disease free.

TRY IT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF

Then acaryaji said to experiment with this because by following point #1 of Sixteen Points proper even one time, we would see a huge difference.

Indeed if anyone just pours one spoonful of water on the genital then there will be a little benefit and perhaps a touch more urine will release; but then if you pour a minimum of one litre of cold water slowly over the entire pubis region and groin, then very soon all the leftover urine that was in the bladder will easily empty. You will see at minimum 100ml or 200ml of urine release from the bladder. Normally that urine in the bladder will not release, but when a full litre of water is poured slowly, then it will. Whereas if just a little water is used then that urine remains in the bladder and even in the urinary tract itself – in which case it will crytallise and block the flow of urine.

Everyone is encouraged to try and experience this for themselves, and surely many margiis may already be using this amount of water, i.e. 1 litre. For those new to this, if one day they slowly pour extra water, they will see and experience the difference first hand. If they use more water, the remaining urine will be expelled.

ELIMINATE THE POSSIBILITY OF BLADDER STONES

Bladder Stones: When excess urine remains in the bladder then there is the possibility for that to crystallize and form stones that can completely block the urinary tract. By pouring sufficient cold water after urination, then all the urine is released from the body and there is no possibly for the formation of bladder stones.

More over, if due to any disease like BPH the urine remains in the urinary tract then one is prone to stones. And the root cause or main problem is that one not emptying their bladder regularly. So bladder stones are 100% preventable. The process of pour water slowy ensures the bladder is empty.

PROBLEMS AFTER 50 OR 60 YEARS OF AGE

If you pour a small mount of water, such as only one spoonful or even just half a cup, then the entire pubic area remains warm. In that case the blood just stagnates; it does not vigorously circulate as when a full litre or more of cold ware is used. Hence the muscles will not get nourished or strengthened.

After years of not getting adequate nourishment, those muscles and nerves become weak. That is why when people reach 60 years of age, many lose control over the flow of their urine. On an involuntary basis, urine just releases. That is why older people have to use pads or diapers in their undergarments – because anytime in any 24hr period they may suffer from incontinence. Thye have an ongoing drip. It is unfortunate that many have to face this humiliation when it is so preventable by using an adequate amount of water.

Certainly, this happens with kids too because they do not have the requisite strength to control their urination; hence they do “bed wetting” etc. But in later childhood that strength or ability to control develops. Naturally then all adults have that control as well. Just they lose it over time. However, this is not an eventuality or function of age; it is a function of poor life practices. If one slowy pours an adequate amount of water over the entire publis region, then those nerves and muscles will remain strong even into very late age. Then one will have proper control over the flow or urine.

Unfortunately, most of the population is unaware about this so this has turned into a serious problem with the elderly – 99% of the people seem to suffer in this way.

YOUR CHOICE

All in all this is a well proven formula: It is your choice whether you want to (a) do not want to use any water, (b) you want to use one spoonful or one litre of water during and after urination.

SIMILAR TO NATUROPATHY

In naturopathy, a similar cooling technique is used to heal and cure the body of problems and Baba has given this as a tub bath (Reference CC-3, ‘Different Yogic Practices: Vistrta sna’na or vya’paka sna’na). In this practice the corp is soaked, but the limbs remain outside the tub. This water therapy is used to treat various diseases.

Here the whole point is that cool or cold water is needed to both maintain and cure the body.

If a certain part is weak or diseased then the treatment is to pour cold water over it and by that way the blood will rush all around. Due to this exchange of blood, the diseased area gets properly nourished. If cold water is not used, then there is no exchange of blood and hence no nourishment – it is then that that gland becomes weak and susceptible to disease.

So we should all be vigilant to use at least a litre of cold or cool water after and during urination.

HALF BATH & BABA’S INSTRUCTIONS

So the technique of using a full litre or more of cold water after urination has many, many benefits. This pouring of water around the genital area is highly important when doing half-bath too; this is a well-known practice in Ananda Marga.

When Baba first introduced the checking of 16 pts then during dharma samiiksa He explained that when doing half bath then one must pour water over the whole area from the low belly to the feet. That is the best way to do half-bath and that is Baba’s system. It is not just that water is sprinkled on the toes and the tip of the genital. Rather from the navel all the way down, lots of water is to be poured in order to cool that entire region. Then one will get the true benefits of half-bath. That is Baba’s system.

UNIVERSAL APPLICATION OF ANANDA MARGA TEACHINGS

Even after understanding all of the above, my acarya said that there are a few wts who simply think that using 100ml of water is the way – since that is how they do it while traveling.

But we should understand that the teachings of Ananda Marga are universal in nature – they are for all. On this earth there are some places that are extremely cold and other areas that are arid and dry like a desert and suffer from a scarcity of water, in that case Baba has given the common solution that using even a little water is acceptable. Likewise when acaryas are traveling by train or plane or bus, they may be carrying just a small shaoca manjusa, in which case using a little water is acceptable. It has some benefit – it is better than nothing.

But to get the full benefit, then one must pour one litre or more. Thus, whenever circumstances permit we should use a full pitcher of water after urination, not just that small shaoca manjusa we use when traveling.

We must remember that Baba’s teachings are to be practiced – they are not merely rituals. And by practicing we get the realisation of what works best. Thus although when traveling we may “adjust” and use a smaller container of water, whenever possible we should use a full litre of water, or more. Try it just once and see the benefit.

Like all His guidelines, we should follow Baba’s teachings of point #1 of Sixteen Points in a rational manner, and not as a ritual or rigid format.

So that is the answer to some who think that since it is not practical to use a lot of water when traveling then it is fine to not use a lot of water when at home or in a jagrti.

COLD TUB BATH IN ANANDA MARGA

Baba says, “The practices given below are prescribed only for specific diseases. Therefore, they are to be performed only after consultation with an a’ca’rya.”

“Vistrta sna’na or vya’paka sna’na: A bathtub is most convenient, but if this is not available, an earthen trough will suffice. If this is not available either, a wet towel can be used, soaking it repeatedly in water. Fill the bathtub with cold water, and sit in it undressed so that the area from the navel down remains submerged. Keep your feet dry and out of the tub. The area from the neck to the navel should be kept covered with a shirt or dry cloth. The crown of the head and the back of the head should be kept covered with a wet towel.”
“Now take another towel and rub the area from the right side of the abdomen to the groin seven or eight times. Do likewise on the left-hand side and horizontally from right to left and left to right. You should make sure that the towel on the head remains wet.”
“After this, wipe the abdomen, hands and thighs and take a full bath. If this is not possible, then leave the tub wearing a shirt.”
“This should be practised behind closed doors. In the absence of a bathtub or an earthen trough, a wet towel may be wrapped around the areas to be bathed, but in order to compensate, cold water must be poured constantly over the towel, and the towel which is to be used for the massage must be kept wet. After vya’paka sna’na, the thighs, pubic area and abdomen should be warmed with a dry towel.”
“Before and after this bath one should not eat, in order to allow the stomach to rest.” (Caryacarya – 3)

“COMPLETE SEEDS OF WELFARE ARE EMBEDDED IN SIXTEEN POINTS”

Baba has graciously given us all the teachings for living a healthy life – one which is disease-free. Point #1 of Sixteen Points has much value. By following it and sharing it with others, to margiis and non-margiis alike, then they too can get the benefit. On this matter, as with all His teachings, we should guide and serve as many as we can.

“…In order to march ahead on the road of human welfare, we will have to strengthen ourselves in all the arena of life. The complete seeds of welfare in all the spheres – physical, mental, moral, social and spiritual – are embedded in the sixteen points. Hence be firm on the sixteen points.” (A’nanda Va’nii #45)

Namaskar,
In Him,
Sudama

Note 1: FIRST POINT OF SIXTEEN POINTS

“After urination wash the urinary organ with water.” (Sixteen Points, pt #1)

may or may not put quotes from prior letter on this topic

Note 2: LINKS TO PRIOR LETTERS ON THIS TOPIC

The above is the third letter about point #1 of Sixteen Points. Here are links to the earlier two letters.

1. posted on 6/24/12: Sixteen Points: The Hows and Whys of Point #1

http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/06/16-points-hows-whys-of-point-1.html

2. posted on 6/18/13: WHO IS CLEAN AND WHO IS DIRTY

http://anandamargauniversal.blogspot.com/2013/06/who-is-clean-who-is-dirty.html

Prabhat Samgiita #2205

“Pra’n’er pradiip saunge niye ke go ele ei dhara’y…” (P.S. 2205)

Purport:

Who are You who has taken advent on this earth – with the effulgence of Divine attraction – carrying the lamp of warmth and love. O’ Divine One, it is impossible to forget You; You have captivated my mind. Because of Your august arrival, with each and every expression, in every rhythm, You are exuding beauty and sweetness in all directions – everywhere.

By Your melodious voice and heart-felt attraction, with love You are graciously drawing everyone near you, with Your mamata’ – “one’s own”, “mine-ness.” [1]. You are vibrating in Your glory yet remain hidden in the deep core of my mind – always.

O’ my Innermost, in that era long back from the unknown past when You came, You saturated me by showering Your divine love. You created a big stir – a revolution – in the world of ideas and thinking. And after that You hid Yourself in this world. You were not visible anywhere. You came as Mahasambhuti and then went back to your oringinal state in nitya bhava – where You are ever-present with everyone in their heart and mind.

O’ Parama Purusa, O’ Baba, You have come to shower Your infinite love. I surrender at Your lotus feet…

NOTE FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #2205:

[1] Mamata’: “What is the meaning of “mamatá”? Mama + tá = mamatá. Mama means “mine” and thus mamatá is the inner idea of being mine, the feeling that something is my own.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 7, The True Nature of Bhakti)

““Mamatá” means “mine-ness” – “Mama” means “one’s own”, and the abstract noun derived from it is “mamatá” – meaning, thereby “mine-ness.”” (AV-1, Pleasing the Lord)

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18 Jun 2013

Baba

This entire posting is composed of 2 parts:
(1) Posting: Human Beings & Chewing Cud.
(2) Prabhat Samgiita #4628;

== HUMAN BEINGS & CHEWING CUD ==

Namaskar,
Overeating is a common phenomenon around the globe. People even consciously say to themselves, “Today I am not going to overeat”, but still they do it. Many of us do it. It is not an easy habit to overcome.

The problem is pervasive.

As we know modern medical science and our AM philosophy both state that overeating invites various diseases and decreases the lifespan. That is why in family life and the general society, people try to control their eating.

Even then overeating was a problem in the past, is a problem at present and most likely will be a problem in the future also. Let us see why.

HANGING ON TO THE WAYS OF OLD

Those primitive humans had little security in life. They lived moment to moment – captive to the weather and harsh ways of nature – never knowing when they would be able to find food again. Life was unsettled. So when the opportunity came to eat, they would purposely eat extra food and store excess food in the appendix and then regurgitate that food later when they would feel hungry. Indeed nature supplied them with “a second stomach” and with their mental force they could regurgitate that food.

“Human beings used to have an appendix to their intestines for accumulated or excess food. As it was needed this food would stimulate salivation in the mouth and be fully eaten and digested. The proper eating and digesting of the surplus food in the appendix is called romanthana in Sanskrit and ja’bar ka’t’a’ in Bengali. In good English we call it “rumination” and in spoken English “chewing the cud”…As the certainty of food supplies gradually increased, the need for a corporal appendix to the intestines lessened. Eventually there was even not the slightest need for it. Today a small vestige of it remains in the human body although it is no longer used in times of distress. Human beings have lost the capacity to ruminate.” (1)

For thousands of years then those primitive humans followed this path:

Eat extra (more than what can fit in the stomach) -> store excess food in the appendix -> search for food -> encounter food scarcity -> use mental force -> ultimately regurgitate food in the appendix -> chew and swallow -> fully digest that food in the stomach.

That was a central pattern of life. It was how those early human beings survived. Most herbivore animals still do this type of thing.

So this manner of overeating is an old human trait. Actually in the days of old, it was out of necessity and the excess food was stored. It was not over-eating per se; it did not all go into the stomach. Today however, all the food we eat does go into the stomach. In that case it most definitely is overeating.

SOME THINGS HAVE CHANGED – SOME NOT

Nowadays, in many lands, people’s lives are more settled. This applies to food as well. People have kitchens, a stock of food, and cooking facilities etc. In brief, we are able to plan our meals – we usually know exactly when we are going to eat next.

Because of all these modern developments, we have lost the power of regurgitation. Our bodies can no longer do that. That is what Baba has explained.

“As the certainty of food supplies gradually increased, the need for a corporal appendix to the intestines lessened. Eventually there was even not the slightest need for it. Today a small vestige of it remains in the human body although it is no longer used in times of distress. Human beings have lost the capacity to ruminate.” (2)

Due to a distinct lack of use, slowly over time, the appendix has become very small. And now if food gets in the appendix, it is a serious problem. One will be rushed to the hospital for an operation to have it removed.

Thus even though our bodies have changed a lot, still there is a prevalent desire to eat to excess; it is common.

INFINITE LONGING SHOULD NOT BE CHANNELISED TOWARDS FOOD

As much as the aforementioned physical and lifestyle conditions contribute to overeating, those are not the sole factors.

Another key reason why people overeat is that human desire is infinite. And when that desire gets directed towards physical desires like food, then people attempt to satiate their inherent infinite longing with their appetite. But it cannot work – one’s innate infinite longing can never be satiated by food. Limited worldly allurements cannot truly satisfy one’s infinite longing.

“The animality in human beings gives them a leaning towards animal life or physical enjoyment. They, under its influence, look to eating, drinking and gratification of other physical desires. They are attracted towards these and run after them under the influence of their animality but these do not provide happiness as their longing for it is infinite.” (3)

So one key factor in overeating nowadays is the mis-direction of mind towards physical desires like food. When one’s infinite mental longing is goaded towards one’s dinner plate they are bound to overeat. Through sadhana, one’s desire is directed towards the Supreme and that is the only way to satisfy one’s inherent mental longing.

“The mind of a non-sádhaka is guided by extroversial propensities. As the sádhaka’s goal is Parama Puruśa he will have to invariably direct the mind towards Parama Puruśa.” (4)

People also overeat due to mental stress, depression, and other factors related with psychic diseases. We should pay heed to Baba’s below mandates.

BABA’S RECIPE FOR HEALTHY EATING

As we all know, in His Yogic Treatments book, so many disease, sicknesses and ailments are due to overeating.

Here is Baba’s recipe for healthy eating habits.

“For proper digestion, fill the stomach halfway with food, one quarter with water, and leave one quarter full of air.” (5)

To do this, one must stop eating when one still feels a little hungry, in the next few minutes a natural feeling of satiation will come. If however, one eats till they are full, then that constitutes overeating and within a short time after completing their meal they will feel bloated, heavy, lethargic, and uncomfortable.

It is a very fine line between proper eating and overeating. The best way to get success is to eat slowly, take limited portions, and be mindful to stop eating when one is still a little hungry. If done
regularly, this will become your habit.

If one is not taking 1/2 belly, then that is overeating. And if one is strict and eats only half-full, then that is proper. They will have overcome the the primitive ways of old – i.e. eating excessively.

Even though we have lost the physical ability to ruminate, the psychic tendency is present in the mind to eat more, even when we have had enough. Still humans suffer from this weakness of mind. Not everyone, but many or most suffer in this way.

Overcoming this tendency of mind to eat more and more is not easy, that is why many people regularly overeat.

It is an age-old human pattern. It particularly haunts those people who are weak-minded or less developed human beings.

Another thing to keep in mind is that when eating roti or other dry foods (chips, roasted grains and potatoes) and breads, then it is imperative to drink lots of water in regulated quantities 1/2 hr after eating. Because the body will need a lot of water to digest dry foods. Whereas a soupy meal is comparatively easy to digest.

Also be be aware that for good digestion, the right nostril should be dominant. Just before taking food, while eating, and up to an hour after food. This alone will help eliminate so many stomach diseases. If anyone does not know how to change he nostrils then write me back.

PRAMITA’HA’RA

In His discourses on the Seven Secrets of Success, Baba discusses point #6, known has pramita’ha’ra. This is an essential aspect of human health and is directly related with our food intake.

“Pramita’ha’ra, that is, balanced diet, balanced food. You must not take this much [stretches arms far apart], you should take this much [holds hands closer together].” (6)

Baba says, “The sixth factor is pramita’ha’rah. The sixth requisite factor is balanced and substantial, sentient food. A voracious man can’t attain success. A voracious man always suffers from so many stomach diseases. So, you should [never] encourage voracity.” (7)

As sadhakas, we are to take Baba’s teaching to heart. Even though we may have strong psychic inclinations to eat more food than our body can handle – due to our attachment to our primitive manners – we should take proper effort to ensure that we do not fall prey to overeating.

BEFORE EATING

The following are Baba’s guidelines from Carycarya:

“Before eating do vya’paka shaoca properly with cold water. In an extremely cold climate use lukewarm water. The system is: Wash the arms, the face, the legs, the neck and the genital organs. Then, keeping the eyes wide open, hold a mouthful of water and gently splash the eyes a minimum of twelve times.”

“Before sitting down for a meal, invite whatever persons are present around you and share your food with them. If they do not want to share, enquire whether they have enough food with them or not.”

“At the time of eating find a comfortable sitting position. It is better to eat in company than to eat alone. Do not sit down to eat if you are in an angry mood or in a debased frame of mind.”

“If several people are eating together from the same plate, make sure that sick persons do not take part. Otherwise healthy persons may become infected. There is no harm, however, in eating together from the same
plate if there is no contagious disease among the participants. Rather, this is a nice thing to see.”

“It is good to take food when the main flow of breath is through the right nostril. Even after meal, it is good if the flow of breath is mainly through the right nostril and continues for some time, because
that is the time when the digestive glands start secreting a sufficient quantity of fluids to help digestion.”

“Eating when one is not hungry or only half-hungry is very harmful to the health. So is eating rich food for days together or over-eating tasty and sumptuous food out of greed, or not taking rest after the meal before running off to the office, or filling the stomach with food. All these habits are harmful to the health.”

“(For proper digestion, fill the stomach halfway with food, one quarter with water, and leave one quarter full of air.)”

“After finishing the evening meal take a short walk. This is very beneficial to health.” (8)

OVERCOME BAD HABIT AND CHANNELISE TO THE SUPREME

Baba has given us with the ability to overcome all kinds of complexes and bad habits. That is the life of a sadhaka – to struggle and surge ahead.

We should make the body and mind sound by proper life habits and not fall prey to materials indulgences and excesses. The latter happens primarily when the mind is weak and engrossed in worldly desires.

By following the ways of pramita’ha’ra, then we will have succeeded in overcoming one of the most common weaknesses in human life – i.e. overeating.

“Food should be substantial, though moderate in quantity. This is pramita’ha’ra.” (9)

Ultimately, the mind must be goaded towards the Divine Entity Parama Purua as that is the only way to satiate human longing.

“The Cosmic Entity alone is infinite and eternal. It alone is limitless. And the eternal longing of human beings for happiness can only be satiated by realization of the Infinite. The ephemeral nature of worldly possessions, power and position can only lead one to the conclusion that none of the things of the finite and limited world can set at rest the everlasting urge for happiness. Their acquisition merely gives rise to further longing. Only realization of the Infinite can do it. The Infinite can be only one, and that is the Cosmic Entity. Hence it is only the Cosmic Entity that can provide everlasting happiness – the quest for which is the characteristic of every human being. In reality, behind this human urge is hidden the desire, the longing, for attainment of the Cosmic Entity. It is the very nature of every living being. This alone is the dharma of every person.” (10)

Namaskar,
In Him,
Sana’tana

Note 1: OTHER OLD HABITS

Overeating is not the only habit we carry over from earlier times. Here are habits that stem from when we were monkeys.

“Some of the old habits still continue. Humans today fight among themselves in the same manner as monkeys do. While fighting a person cries, “Um, um” – this is a monkeys’ habit. Sometimes people not only cry like this but bite with their teeth. This is also an old habit of monkeys. Monkeys live in trees…while fighting on the branch of a tree monkeys have to catch hold of the branch strongly with their hands, so that they do not fall down and die. Human beings fight in a similar manner. They also grin and grimace. This is an old habit of monkeys.” (11)

REFERENCES
1. Varn’a Vijia’na, p.285
2. VV
3. Prout in a Nutshell – 1, The Dharma of Human Beings
4. TK-3, Rágánugá and Rágátmiká Samádhi
5. Caryacarya – 3
6. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 12
7. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 14
8. Caryacarya – 3
9. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 23
10. Prout in a Nutshell – 1, The Dharma of Human Beings
11. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 5

******** Prabhat Samgiita #4628

“Bha’lobesechi a’mi toma’y, jar’ata’r yato a’hva’n…” (P.S. 4628)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, I am loving You. No matter how intoxicating the worldly attractions & allurements may be; no matter how much they call out to me and try to pull me, in my heart I know that this is not Your divine attraction. O’ my Lord, by Your grace, I understand that these fleeting temptations will not bring me under Your divine shelter.

Whatever flowers are blossoming today, tomorrow they will wither away. The mala which was smiling in vibrant colours, tomorrow it will become one with the dust. This is how this changing, panoramic universe unfolds; this is the way this transitory world works. This is Your divine liila. Nothing in this world is permanent. O’ Parama Purusa, You have graciously made me understand this spiritual truth.

O’ Parama Purusa, when the dark night ends then the shining and glittering moon becomes faded and faint. It loses its charm. Baba, in the most loving and beautiful way, in the end ultimately everything gets its place at Your lotus feet. That is the final stance of this grand creation.

O’ Parama Purusa Baba, You have made me understand that all these worldly attractions do not lead unto You. You have graciously given me samvit [1] and awakened me to the fact that these worldly allurements are not meaningful. Baba, all this is Your unfathomable divine grace…

NOTES FOR PRABAHT SAMGIITA #4628
[1] Samvit: “Samvit means spiritual consciousness, spiritual awakening. A man engaged in bad things all of a sudden feels that “No, I shouldn’t do all these things. No, I should be a good man henceforward.” Such an idea all of a sudden comes in his mind. And this thing, this change of mental tendency, is brought about by samvit shakti of Vidyámáyá. Do you follow? This is what is called samvit shakti. “No, henceforward I must be a good man. No, henceforward I must be a spiritualist. I must not encourage any depraving idea.” Samvit shakti.” (AV-33, Brahma Cakra)

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Date: Sat, 06 Apr 21:08:58 -0400
From: Donald_G
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Luna, Lunar, Lunatic, Fasting

Baba

This entire email is composed of 2 parts:
(1) Posting: Luna, Lunar, Lunatic, Fasting
(2) Prabhat Samgiita #126
Each section is demarcated by asterisks (***)

== LUNA, LUNAR, LUNATIC, FASTING ==

Namaskar,
With the coming of the new moon, we should once again reflect on the importance of our fasting system.

Baba has given all the practices of Ananda Marga for our health and well-being. His guidelines are beneficial for every human being. One reason for this is that our Ananda Marga practices abide by the laws of nature. Everything we do is consonant with the natural world.

And this applies to our fasting system as well – it is done according to the phases of the moon. By this way we are able to grow healthy and strong and avoid disturbances to our body and mind caused by the pull of the moon.

EFFECT OF THE MOON ON THE BODY

It is commonly known that the gravitational pull of the moon affects the human body. And in particular during the periods of the new and full moon, it adversely affects the human structure.

“On and around the times of new and full moon, one may observe that the gaseous and aqueous factors in the body rise up into the head and chest, creating an uncomfortable feeling.” (Carycarya – 3)

In essence, Baba guides us above that the moon pulls the liquid portion – or the water of the body – upwards and that creates undue pressure on the “head and chest”.

So just as it is scientifically proven that the tides of the ocean are dictated by the phases of the moon, similarly the liquid factor in the human body is also affected by the phases of the moon.

During the period of the new and full moon, the pull of the moon impairs the functioning of the human body by drawing the gas and liquid upwards.

That is the well-founded idea in Ananda Marga. That is Baba’s explicit teaching.

AS GOES THE BODY, SO GOES THE MIND

By our system of yoga, we also know that the mind and body are highly linked. Thoughts affect the health of the body, and the condition of the body affects the mind, positively or negatively.

For example, suppose you are sitting outside and involved in a deep discussion. Suddenly a poisonous ant bites you on your leg. Even though that bite occurred on the leg – and not the head, that bit will be a distraction to the mind, and you will lose your train of thought. This is the way it works.

Generally speaking, when the physical body is affected, then the flow of mind is altered as well.

So when the body is adversely affected by the moon – due to uneasy pressure etc – then the mind is also affected. This is the common theorem. Because if there is a problem in the body then the mind will be drawn to that pain or that discomfort, in which case the mind will not function in its normal manner.

This we all know and we have seen often in the case of people who suffer from most any physical disease or syndrome. General citizens suffer tremendously in the psychic sphere due to physical illness. This always happens – unless one is properly or even highly developed in the spiritual realm etc.

But even then, even if one is highly spiritually evolved, if the entire body is put under anesthesia then the mind becomes dysfunctional. Thus, there is a very clear and direct link between the body and mind

LUNACY AND LUNATICS

So now we come to the point of the full moon, our fasting, and irregular and abnormal behaviour. Because when it is sure that the moon affects the body, and the body affects the mind, then it is clear that the presence of the full moon changes one’s mental condition, and hence behaviour.

This is evident by the languages as well.

The Latin word for moon is ‘luna’. And not coincidentally, that ‘luna’ is the root of the words ‘lunacy’ and ‘lunatic’.

It has long been observed that abnormal behaviour – or lunacy – increases at the time of the full moon.

More extreme types of crimes are seen during the full moon; there are more visits to counselors & social workers; hospital visits are increased; and various types of unusual behaviour is more noticeable during times of the full moon. This is the commonly human experience.

The yogic response is that since the body is negatively affected by the full moon, the mind also gets negatively affected. That is why Baba recommends we fast during the periods of the full and new moon as that will counteract the harmful effect of the new and full moon.

Baba says, “On and around the times of new and full moon, one may observe that the gaseous and aqueous factors in the body rise up into the head and chest, creating an uncomfortable feeling. Therefore, if a person does not take food at these times, these factors will be drawn down from the higher portions of the body to the lower portions, thereby alleviating the uncomfortable feeling.” (Caryacarya – 3)

OUR ANANDA MARGA PRACTICE

So the moon certainly affects the body which then infringes upon the normal functioning of mind. Just as the affect of anesthesia on the body causes the mind to become dysfunctional.

To counteract the effect of the moon, Baba directs us to fast during the periods of the new and full moon.
By following Baba’s directive to fast during those lunar periods, we are rescued and saved from the harmful effects of the moon – both in the physical and psychic spheres.

One thing is also certain: When the physical body is adversely affected, such as during the time of the new and full moon, then sadhana is difficult. Because of undue pressure in the higher cakras etc.

Fasting alleviates the problem cent-per-cent. Because there is no excess water that can be pulled higher up in the body which creates an uncomfortable feeling in the chest and head. Hence, sadhana can easily be done.

And fasting also protects us from other ill effects of the moon such as indigestion, headaches, and, yes, lunacy.

Our Ananda Marga practice of fasting during the full and new moon periods, either 2 times monthly or 4 times monthly, keeps us physically healthy, mentally balanced, and spiritually inclined. The benefits occur in all three realms.

SADGURU’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, by following the guidelines of 16 Points, such as fasting etc, we can move smoothly and swiftly ahead towards our cherished Goal.

Baba says, “In order to march ahead on the road of human welfare, we will have to strengthen ourselves in all the arena of life. The complete seeds of welfare in all the spheres – physical, mental, moral, social and spiritual – are embedded in the sixteen points. Hence be firm on the sixteen points.” (Ananda Vanii #45)

Namaskar,
In His service,
Divyajyoti

Prabhat Samgiita

PS Introduction: This below song can be interpreted both literally as well as metaphorically. When taken literally it represent the passing of one calendar year. When view symbolically, it can be understood as moving from one phase into a whole new era: From one’s old life into a new life.

“Ek parikrama’r halo anta…” (PS 126)

Purport:

By the grace of Baba, the New Year is on the horizon; it is about to come. One cycle of the seasons is complete. The days are passing; the years are flying by. Time is moving on. So many flowers have wilted and fallen to the ground; so much fruit have ripened and fallen to the earth. So many things have happened; so many events have transpired; so many life experiences have come and gone. How the year has passed.

This year was enmeshed in the very marrow of my existence; it was part of who I am. The year passed with so many joys and so many sorrows, with so much laughter and so many tears, with so much song and dance, as well as with so much disappointment and heartache. So many positive and negative things have happened in my life. Alas, this year has passed to some unknown place, waning into the far-off oblivion – now today it is gone.

Those who come on this earth – those who have taken birth – one day pass away and go. And those who have departed from this mortal world, one day return. Everyone leaves only to come back again. Those who float in the distant blue sky, return in newer and newer forms, shapes, and ways, by Baba’s grace. The New Year is on the horizon; it is about to come. One cycle of the seasons is complete, by His grace…

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Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 23:10:49 -0000
From: “Gurumurti”
Subject: Consequences of Earning by Harming Others
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
1) Posting: Consequences of Earning by Harming Others
(2) Reader Comment: re: B Group Selling Live Aquatic Animals to Kill & Eat
(3) Trailer Quote: Deceased Can’t Receive Your Offerings
(4) Prabhat Samgiita #3378

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

== CONSEQUENCES OF EARNING BY HARMING OTHERS ==

Namaskar,
When one’s goal is materialism, then people take big steps to move towards that end. And they ultimately reach there because they think matter is everything and that is what they are focusing on. That means for them money is regarded as the cream of life. Money is the most cherished thing. And that brings them to the abode of extreme materialism.

To achieve that, then through positive or negative ways – through right or wrong livelihood, people aim to earn money. Yet, in both cases, for those with good or harmful jobs, their situation is bad. Because in either case, they are accepting money as the goal of their life. And that degenerates their mind.

MORE OF BABA’S WARNINGS

All these following quotes also lead in the same direction. Namely that indiscriminately running after money will ruin one’s present life and destroy one’s future. This is Baba’s explicit warning.

Baba says, “You may know some people whose minds always run after money. You might have asked them to sit down for a while and have a chat, and been surprised by their excusing themselves, saying they were so busy and had to rush off to the stock exchange. If their pursuit of money is hampered in any way, if it eludes their grasp, if they are totally severed from it, their minds will lose their base and they will die.” (1)

Baba says, “Do not be extrovertial, do not go ahead towards your own destruction since once you have fallen into the grip of crudeness it is well-nigh impossible to get released from it. The abyss shall devour you and you shall miss the pole star of your life.” (2)

Baba says, “All crude objects on which people base their hopes and aspirations will certainly disappear one day, for the nature of this relative world is ‘ta agacchati sah gacchati’ – whatever comes goes. When people are deserted by their crude objects of desire they are eaten away by frustration and disappointment, and die a miserable death. (3)

Baba says, “I heard that once, when the currency was devalued, a wealthy jute merchant suddenly died because all the aspirations of his life were based on money. He could not face the prospect of having to part with his cherished object of desire.” (4)

Unfortunately around the globe all are running fast after the supposed glories of American materialism. Little do they know that already, much of the US population has become sunk in soot – in the pool of selfishness, where countless suffer from depression, anxiety, obesity, and so many physical and mental diseases. This is not to discredit the American people. There are many good US citizens leading honest and decent lives. The tragedy is how rampant materialism has led to the degradation and demise of so many. Wherever the seeds of materialism are sown this horrific outcome will manifest, regardless of the country or community.

So one should be critically aware and pay heed to Baba’s aforementioned warnings.

Because this is what we practically see. During the last big economic downturn in the US during 2008, many took their lives after they witnessed the extreme devaluation and melting of their financial wealth. Thus none should get allured by the horrific ways of materialism.

For money, people are willing to do anything and everything. This we see happening day in, day out. And this brings destruction – both on the individual and societal levels.

JUST INVITING THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION

Tragically & typically, common people think that by getting money they are paving their golden future. This is their misguided outlook. In reality they are thrusting themselves onto the path of death and destruction as they sink backwards into negative pratisaincara – converting themselves into beasts and ultimately into stone etc.

Ananda Marga philosophy says, “If a person continually gloats over crude material things, his entire existence will be converted into crude matter. In mythology the story goes that Ahalya’ was converted into a stone due to his constant crude ideation. So people who accept matter as their goal, totally denying the existence of Parama Purus’a, tread the path of degeneration and become prakrtiliina devayonis [negative microvita] after death.”
(5)

Hence by rampantly moving headlong after money, people ruin their human existence and their future is bleak – torturous. Tragically, that is what the bulk of the population is doing nowadays. Even good and kind-hearted people are affected in this way.

THOSE HARMING SOCIETY BY THEIR EARNING WILL FACE THE CONSEQUENCES

And those who indulge is harmful ways of achieving their goal of money will have to suffer even more. They will have to undergo the negative consequences of their harmful deeds. And that is what is discussed below.

INDULGE IN HARMFUL DEALINGS

There are countless legal ways that have been invented where people sell their souls to make money. That means they indulge in harmful and lowly dealings to make money and they think it is ok since it is legal.

Now in so many places gambling has become legal and the latest projection is that in a few years legalised gambling will exceed $200 billion. Now there is legalised gambling on the internet, plus as various states and countries face financial hardship, more governments are turning to gambling to heighten revenue. Across the US, every year more states legalise and expand gambling. This is a growing issues that threatens to truly explode with the onset of increased gambling on the web.

Also in the US, some states have legalised marijuana in hopes of heightening revenue in the form of a big drug tax. In some countries prostitution has also become legal.

In the US, one of the biggest sectors of the economy remains the weapons industry. Agencies sell arms and promote wars in various “third-world” nations in order to make a strong economy. This is one of the favoured tactics of the US.

Then there are the usual array of various commodities such as cigarettes, meat, alcohol, harmful medical drugs etc – all of which are legal but have a very detrimental effect on the society. To turn a profit and increase their capital, businessmen, governments, and investors leave all scruples behind and look only at the bottom line.

“CONVERTED HUMAN BEINGS INTO ANIMALS”

Why has it become such the rage and so easy to make huge amounts of money doing indecent and degenerated things. Primarily because that is the path of least resistance. All have come from animal life and it is easy for people to submerge themselves in satisfying their base propensities. Because that path is familiar to them. Hence, there is a grand mass of consumers interested in satisfying their base propensities. Various businessmen capitalise on this opportunity.

So if someone puts pornography on the web, a huge sector of the population will seek out that site. Because their mind easily runs in that direction. The proliferation of such pornography leads to the further degeneration of the society – thus leading to a more grand industry of pornography.

That is why Baba has unleashed this following statement denouncing the ways of capitalism etc.

“Crude materialism has done much harm to human society during the last one century. It has misguided the entire human society, it has converted human beings into animals.” (6)

WE ANANDA MARGIIS SHOULD BE CAREFUL

MUST FOLLOW PATH OF RIGHT LIVELIHOOD

As Ananda Margiis, we should be extremely careful and conscientious on this matter. We should wholly ensure we do not adopt this same harmful path that is being followed by countless people around the globe.

That is why now more than ever we should pay strict adherence to Baba’s guideline of samyak ajiiva (right livelihood). Gaining money through any type of sinful or anti-social means is not at all good for one’s development.

Baba says, “So one must have a clean occupation, that is, one must not do anything antisocial, one must not encourage anything antisocial, anything that goes against collective interest. That is samyak a’jiiva in physical sphere. One may earn money by selling wine. One may earn money by stealing. These are not samyak a’jiiva. Your occupation should be neat and clean – not going against the interest of the society.” (7)

So Baba wants that we have a healthy and clean way of earning a living – and certainly most margiis are doing that.

Even then, the pressures to go counter to this mount each and every day as all around us people stoop to depraved levels in order to make a buck / dollar. But we should not be tempted or allured.

OUR LIVELIHOOD SHOULD BE PURE

As Ananda Margiis we should keep ourselves neat and clean and guide the society as well. All should earn a clean living and pass their days doing virtuous deeds like serving others, practicing sadhana, and inspiring others along the path of welfare.

By Baba’s grace this is what is going on in our Marga; many are progressing along this benevolent path. And none should step backwards into the mud of materialism – which is surrounding us in all directions.

Baba says, “Unscrupulous people earn a lot of money from actions which are by nature sinful and harmful for the world. Human beings should not earn their livelihood in this way. Their means of livelihood should be pure and sacred and should not harm anyone.” (8)

Here more of Baba’s further teachings of the consequences one must face by earning their living by harming others.

“MISGUIDE NOT ONLY THOUSANDS, BUT MILLIONS”

“Those who are demons in human structure are all in categorical forms [fall into various categories]. Although these structures, these frameworks, look like human beings, they are exceptionally clever and cunning. By inculcating various sentiments, they misguide not only thousands, but millions, of people to the path of malevolence, just for some petty social status or other temptation. Common people never think deeply about this; they have not been taught how to think deeply about it; they do not ponder over it even now. Until today this aspect of knowledge has been generally unknown to the world. That is why common people, not fully understanding these cunning people, are inclined to give them undue importance. They write voluminous books about these clever people and accept their words as authentic, thus bringing about considerable harm to the society, the state and the common masses. Simple ignorant people do not realize that they themselves are being harmed or that they, being misguided by those clever people, are harming others.” (9)

“HAVE TO SUFFER ENDLESSLY FOR THEIR MEAN-MINDEDNESS”

“Even if one does not harm anyone physically, but simply thinks of harming someone, sam’skáras will still be created. Whatever feelings one may have for a person, good or bad, will certainly cause a reaction. That reaction will remain in potential form in the subtle mental sphere until the opportune time arrives for its expression. This is why wise people look upon this universe with an attitude of equanimity and pray for the welfare of all. Sarvesám mauṋgalam káunkśe. People who fail to do this will have to suffer endlessly for their mean-mindedness.” (10)

“A BLACK SPOT ON SOCIETY”

“Who are duśkrtas [the wicked]? Those who cause harm to innocent people either out of self-interest or group-interest are called duśkrtas. Such antisocial people are a burden on a civilized society, a black spot on society. For such people there is only dehátmaváda and dehaparińámaváda [materialistic doctrines of Charvaka philosophy].” (11)

“GORGED THEMSELVES ON THE BLOOD OF MILLIONS”

“What a horror! Such false philosophies have taught, “Well, if we exploit the people with our intellect, what’s the harm? It is also a labour to apply the intellect, and we have the right to do so!” On the basis of this argument a handful of parasites have gorged themselves on the blood of millions of people, while countless people have been reduced to living skeletons. Such fraudulent philosophies have diverted many people from the path of morality and left them devoid of dharma, addicted to carnal pleasures – infernal creatures.” (12)

MUST NOT OVERLOOK SUCH PEOPLE

“If someone is engaged in unrighteous deeds, his neighbours should ignore his dark side, and should not repeatedly condemn him. One should say, “Well, I’m not bothered by what he says or does – that’s his own business.” But this attitude of tolerance can only be accepted to a certain extent. If the person’s sinful or wicked actions harm society and disrupt social life, one can no longer afford to be indifferent.” (13)

SUMMARY STATEMENT

If anyone harms other by their livelihood, they must face the consequences. Nobody can save them from their fate. They will have to undergo those harsh reactions for the hell they caused unto others. Whether their job was legal or not, if they created harm to individuals and the society, they will have to suffer the reactions.

The concluding idea is that one must not take on work that harms others.

Namaskar,
In Him,
Gurumurti

SEE WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO GET $$$

Sadly, for the sake of money, people will give up everything – every shred of decency and integrity that they have and stoop to the depths.

For example, they will make themselves or their spouse naked and sell the pictures; they will kill their wife; they will sue their children; they will sell their daughters; they will cheat anybody, anytime. In sum, in this havoc ridden era of materialism, people will do anything & everything to get money.

From heaven to hell people are willing to go to any extreme for the sake of the dollar: Prostitution, gambling, arms dealing, drug trafficking, junk bond selling etc. There are so many legal and illegal degenerating approaches that people adopt to make money. This is not an exaggeration – this is really going on.

Any day one can open the newspaper, go on the web, or take a look around town and see all these things going on. Some are legal and some are illegal, but much of what people are doing in the name of acquiring money is completely outrageous, ludicrous, and destructive, either to themselves or others. I personally know of many innocent people who pass their days earning big money working for drug companies. Such companies do not want to eliminate disease; rather they want everyone to remain sick so they can increase their profits. Nowadays, there are many reports by investigative journalists who have uncovered how drug companies operate. Yet to “get by and advance “in this materialistic era, many innocent and good people spend their entire lives working in this profession.

Of course, people certainly resort to innumerable illegal concoctions as well in order to make money: Drug trafficking, child pornography, gangs, extortion, stealing, smuggling, etc.

For their own desire to acquire monetary wealth, people resort to all kinds of harmful occupations. And they will have to face the harsh and sever consequences. There is no escape.

REFERENCES
1. Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 6, ‘Ekendriya-3’
2. Subhasita Samgraha – 1, p.20
3. Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 6
4. Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 6
5. Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell, ‘Ekendriya-1
6. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 2
7. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 30
8. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 7
9. The Liberation of Intellect: Neohumanism, Disc: 10
10. Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life, The Science of Action
11. Namámi Krśńasundaram, Disc: 16
12. Namah Shiváya Shántáya, Disc: 14
13. Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 8, The Acoustic Roots of the Indo-Aryan Alphabet

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Subject: B Group Selling Live Aquatic Animals to Kill & Eat (Candra Deva)
Date: Th, 4 Apr 2013 02:25:09 -0700 (PDT)
From: Nagaraja Rao To: AM-GLOBAL

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/04/b-group-selling-live-aquatic-animals-to.html

I enjoyed reading this article. You put it all so well . I am sure you and others know that w/t ‘s are selling lot other things too . Not mentionable here in writing due to legal reasons . Perhaps it is best to not allow w/t’ s to do any sort of business at all . when they change their orangerobes and go do the business in various markets and bring the loot and change the dress it’s no longer same dada etc. Dress has been changed for other purposes also like very personal business etc. On and off of wearing dress … robes has a strong negative impact on the person and other margiis also.
Nagaraja rao USA

The section below this mark is an entirely different topic and not related with the subject matter up above.

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Deceased Can’t Receive Your Offerings

“Haven’t we any social responsibility for dead persons? When the necessity arises, we should offer shraddhá for them, not barley or wheat or woollen clothes or wrappers or ghee or sesame. What can we do? As long as a man is here in our society we have a social responsibility for him. Human beings are social beings, we have a social responsibility for them. And when the leave this world and go to the other world, they go beyond the scope of our responsibility. We cannot render any service to them. Our social responsibility is over as soon as the cremation is done.”
“So what can we do? We can say “O Parama Puruśa, while that man was with us we tried our best to do whatever we could do. But now they are beyond our scope, they are beyond our jurisdiction, so please do take care of them.” This much of a request can be made by us, and nothing more than that. And the Ananda Marga shráddha is just like that. Here we require no edibles, no clothes or anything else. We offer our shraddhá, and we do nothing else, and we can do nothing else.” (Ánanda Vacanámrtam Part 3 – Shraddha)

Note: Baba’s above teaching is cent-per-cent clear and straightforward. When a loved one dies, then we do not offer any physical items – neither food, nor clothing, nor anything else – for their good keeping etc. All we can do is offer our reverence and surrender unto the sweet will of Parama Purusa.

Unfortunately, B group has founded their so-called mahaprayan programme and on that occasion they offer a grand array of edibles and clothing to locals. This is their tamasik approach. Firstly, Parama Purusa is that Eternal Divine Entity so there is no question of His mahaprayan (mpd), yet annually they host such a dogmatic event. Secondly, during their mpd observance, the organisers indulge in various dogmatic offerings – food items, clothes, etc. That is why every rationally-minded Ananda Margii says that the so-called mahaprayan function is pramatta – it is “completely bad from beginning to end.” It holds no redeeming quality whatsoever. Unfortunately, they treat Sadguru as a mortal human being.
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PRABHAT SAMGIITA

Baba

“A’ma’r e kat’hin hiya’y, a’sabe tumi ki na’ ja’ni na’…” (PS 3378)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, You are mine. By Your grace, I am calling Your divine Self again and again – day and night. I want Your close proximity. Whether or not You will grace me by coming to my dry heart, I do not know. If, by mistake, or by any means You come, then that does not matter – that does not count. In that case, You may not stay long. Baba, by Your grace I want You in a more close and intimate way. So that You can remain up to eternity.

O’ Supreme One, by Your grace I have decorated Your divine seat with countless lamps and with a display of light. And by Your grace with all my heart I go on singing Your song of arrival which I have composed in Your ideation, in Your tune, in Your language. Baba, please grace me by coming and taking Your seat in my heart.

O’ my Lord, by Your grace I have so many hopes and aspirations in my mind: I have so many desires and so much love for You. Among all these many desires – whether or not You will grace me and satisfy some of them – that I do not know. Only I request You to please come and satiate my eternal longing for You.

Baba, You are love Personified; I feel in my heart that You will come…

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Date: 29 Mar 2013, 21:37:41
From: “Piyusa Deva” 


Baba

This letter contains two parts:
1. Posting: Re: Upavasa: Why & How to Prepare & Break #2
2. Prabhat Samgiita #4380

== UPAVASA: WHY & HOW TO PREPARE & BREAK ==

~ Part 2 ~

(Note: This is the second letter in this series. A link to the first letter has been appended below. – Eds)

Namaskar,
As we all know, fasting is a special practice whereby one’s entire system gets cleansed and purified. By allowing the organs to rest and collect the toxins, the body gets the opportunity to rejuvenate itself. Breaking the fast properly with a thorough cleansing process is an indispensable feature of fasting – otherwise much of the benefits are lost.

Each and every Ananda Margii understands that Baba has blessed us with the gifts for a fruitful life. He has graciously bestowed upon us the needed tools, guidelines, and “know-how” for a pristine and sweet existence. And while so many of His teachings lead us in this direction, certainly His divine guidelines about fasting are also an essential ingredient. It is by this wonderful process of regular fasting that our whole entire being gets cleansed and purified – in all the realms of life: physical, mental, and spiritual. And that propels us forward towards our cherished Goal.

So by doing the whole fasting and breaking process in a sincere and complete manner, an innumerable amount of “health and wealth” is aroused in the human structure such that the body and mind glisten with purity and lightness.

BABA WATCHES FOR OUR WELFARE

That is why we all know that Baba Himself is very strict with all margiis and acaryas on the point of fasting. He wants that we should derive all the many benefits from this great practice. Indeed, in multiple ways, He reminds us that always He is watching. This following teaching is leading in that exact manner.

“Suppose, a gentleman is undergoing fasting, and secretly in a closed room, he takes chocolate. ‘No one will know, nobody will know.’ But it is not so. His unit cognition will know that he has taken chocolate. And similarly, the Cosmic Father will know that in a particular room one unit body took chocolate very secretly, and that unit body is still thinking, that the fact that he took chocolate on a fast-day is not known to anybody. It is known to everybody. Nothing is a secret.” (1)

Hence, Baba is acutely aware of exactly what happens – as well as what does not happen – on our each and every fasting day. And He wants that we sincerely follow His guideline as this is for our welfare.

BABA POINTS OUT ON THE POINT OF FASTING

That is why in dharma samiiksa and in all types of reporting sessions, Baba used to point out sadhakas on the point of fasting in front of one and all. And if one person was pointed out it was understood that if others are also falling into this same category then they should also rectify themselves. That was the spirit. It was not just that Baba was speaking to only one individual on such occasions.

Some people would wonder why Baba was pointing out margiis or Wts in front of the collective, as opposed to informing them individually. The reason for this is that Baba did not have the time to speak to each and every individual on each and every particular point. So by highlighting a particular sadhaka’s mistake in front of the collective, then if 4 or 5 others were doing the same wrongdoing then naturally they would get also alarmed. And the feeling would come that they too should rectify themselves. As they understood that Baba is very concerned and strict on this point.

Plus, another reason is that naming the defects on the collective platform was a good way of reminding one and all. Because day after day or every few days if He was pointing out a different margii or Wt on the point of fasting, then it automatically became a reminder to all those present that this was something important. So if anyone was attending the reporting for an entire week or two week period, then they would get numerous reminders.

And invariably they would spread that idea to others who did not attend.

Here we should keep in mind that as Guru Baba was pointing out the defects of disciples from the very beginning, not just in later years. From the Jamalpur era up to the grand DMCs in the late 80’s, Baba would point out, benevolently scold, and His shower love. This was all done for our welfare. By this way we could grow and move on towards Supreme fulfillment. Baba is the dharma Guru and His special quality is to both love and punish.

“The preceptor must also be nigraha (capable of inflicting punishment) and anugraha (capable of bestowing grace). One who punishes only or who bestows grace only is not an ideal preceptor.” (2)

WHY POINT OUT IN COLLECTIVE SETTING

Hence overall there were at minimum two distinct reasons for pointing people out in front of the collective:

(a) A lack of time to speak to everyone on an individual basis and by this way it was a good reminder to one and all. Thus within a short period Baba could rectify and instill proper practices within countless sadhakas within the entire Marga. Overall we can say it was His special technique and blessing.

(b) Baba is very strict on the point of fasting. And He wants that we should all be sincere on this very point. As He tells us again and again in various ways that indeed He is always watching our each and every action to ensure our welfare.

Here then are more points about the great benefits of fasting.

UPAVASA PURIFIES THE PHYSICAL BODY

On the physical plane, fasting plays a direct and significant role. Because the whole health and balance of the physical body revolves around the stomach. Non-sadhakas may raise their eyebrows about such a statement, but those with just a little inner understanding about their bodily systems and functions recognise that the stomach is the nucleus and the most integral organ for maintaining human health on a day to day basis.

Because only in the case of the stomach does something from the external environment actually enter inside the body. And that “something” which enters is food which gets deposited directly into the stomach; and then in turn the various nutritional (and not-so-nutritional) components get distributed throughout the body via the bloodstream. But the stomach is the starting point.

So if the stomach is not in good working order and if it cannot do its job properly, then the immediate effect is that the limbs and the various body parts and organs get adversely affected and diseased.

And what results are problems like: Acidity, gout, rheumatism, obesity, skin diseases, and ultimately cancer, heart disease, and more. All of this starts with the initial onset of difficulties in the stomach. And in numerous chapter of Yogic Treatment book, Baba clearly describes this. Yet, as we may have experienced, the practice of regular fasting naturally controls all these problems. Because before any real difficulty develops the health of the human body is restored. That is why most sadhakas do not suffer from the aforementioned physical ailments and diseases. Instead we enjoy a strong state of health.

And if per chance any problem does arise, then in numerous chapters of His Yogic Treatment book, Baba prescribes fasting as a cure. Hence fasting is an excellent resource and remedy for various physical ailments and diseases as it helps purify the entire body

“Fasting is also included in the scope of Pramitaha’r, because it gives rest to the digestive organs and frees the body from so many ailments.” (3)

“During fasting the body’s organs get a good rest, and the healing process is more rapid.” (4)

Thus those who fast regularly maintain a healthy and vibrant existence and find that the body becomes completely habituated and adjusted to this cycle of fasting. Such that the body is anxious and ready for the next fasting as the day approaches. This is the common experience of many sadhakas. And by this way the body keeps itself neat and clean.

UPAVASA BRINGS MENTAL CLARITY AND SHARPNESS

In addition, on the mental plane also fasting has a tremendous effect. Because we have all experienced that after a big meal we tend to feel sleepy, tired, and even a bit dull. This is the common problem and the reason behind this is that when we ingest food then that blood has to race to the stomach to help in digestion. And in that way less fresh oxygenated blood goes to the brain.

So during fasting none of the body’s crucial resources get diverted towards the stomach. In which case the body can better support one’s mental functioning.

That is why on fasting day sadhakas experience a distinct clarity of thought and mental freshness. The mind is flexible and sharp as it is not dragged down by bodily functions such as digestion.

Another everyday example of this phenomenon is that just before an exam or important meeting or debate, then no student or professional person will eat a large meal. Otherwise their mental faculties will be significantly hampered.

That is why in numerous traditions people proclaim that a light stomach equals a light mind. And fasting is an exceptional method for enhancing mental concentration and energy.

UPAVASA INVITES BENEFITS IN SPIRITUAL LIFE

The benefits of fasting in spiritual life are well known to all. No doubt initially at the very beginning one may feel that it is difficult to do sadhana on fasting days. But with just a little effort many sadhakas experience very good sadhana on those days since all of the body’s energy can be utilised for spiritual pursuits. And Baba’s guideline below is pointing in this same direction.

“As a result of fasting, the poisonous and unproductive waste of the body gets destroyed and expelled. Moreover, the energy that is not expended in digesting food can be utilised for other purposes. Therefore, a fast day is an excellent time for sadhana.” (5)

FASTING IS NOT ONLY FASTING BUT UPAVASA

Here below Baba colorfully describes how we are to spend our fasting days.

“‘Upa’ means proximity. And va’sa means to live, to reside. So the upava’sa word means to live near the Lord. In these days of fasting, what the aspirants are to do? Mentally they should live near their Lord. On all other days there remains a balance between external objective adjustment, and subjective approach. An adjustment between objective adjustment and subjective approach. But on these fasting, or upava’sa, the aspirant remains more in proximity to the Lord than in other mundane duties. That’s why these days are known as “upava’sa”. The word ‘fasting’ doesn’t carry the proper sense or the proper spirit of the term ‘upava’sa’. To go without food, for this the proper word is anasan. ‘An’ means not, ‘asan’ means eating. And not upava’sa. So these ekadashii, amava’sya, and purnima they are, upava’sa. Do you follow?” (6)

And Baba’s next guideline further details how fasting days are perfect for an enhanced spiritual routine.

“These fixed [fasting] days are called upavasa since during these days people keeping their minds engaged in spiritual matters ‘live closer’ to God, and any possibility of mental degradation is averted: their humanity is not endangered by the lengthening shadows of annihilation.” (7)

By all this we an understand that on fasting days one can enjoy heightened spiritual awareness and thus deepen their devotional link with Parama Purusa– Baba.

Here following Baba says more about the process of upavasa.

“Upavasa in the sense of fasting is also useless…if one does real upavasa that can do a lot. The scriptural meaning of uspavasa is– by derivation– upa which means “near”, and va’sa, which means “to stay”. Upa’vasa therefore means “to make the mind stay near Parama’tma'”. In other words, it means to withdraw the mind from thoughts of physicalities and keep it near Parama’tama’. The sanskrit word for fasting as such is anashana [remaining hungry / starving].” (8)

Namaskar,
In Him,
Piyusa

REFERENCES
1. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 12
2. Ananda Marga Ideology Way of Life – 9
3. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 12
4. Yogic Treatments, p.95
5. Caryacarya – 3
6. Ánanda Vacanámrtam Part 6
7. Namah Shivaya Shantaya, p.188
8. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 23, p. 36-7

Note: LINK TO FIRST LETTER IN THIS SERIES

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/03/upavasa-why-how-to-prepare-break-part-1.html

“Maneri gahane tumi a’cho, a’cho prabhu sada’ jege a’cho…” (Prabhata Samgiita 4380)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Divine Entity, You remain always in the depths of my mind – You never leave me. I am never alone. Baba, You are always awake. You go on working day and night, beyond time. You never tire or stop. Baba, whatever You want to do, You go on doing.

O Parama Purusa, this whole expressed universe is Your eternal game. You are ever-present: beginningless and endless. You are ever intoxicated in Your divine flow. You are the Goal of everyone – everyone wants You. You are remaining with one and all.

Baba, only those trying to come close to You by their virtuous deeds, shravan, manan, nididhyasana, & dhyana, are able to come to You. Only they are able to realise You and have Your grace and proximity.

Baba, You are grace-Personified…

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Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 22:33:20 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: mahesh/matt mjp@broadview…
Subject: Sleep: Useful & Harmful

Baba

This entire email is composed of 4 parts:
(1) Posting: Sleep: Useful & Harmful
(2) Reader Comment: Re: Baba Story: Baba Is As Pure As The Ganges
(3) Trailer Quote: Easiest Way To Memorise Anything
(4) Prabhat Samgiita #3752;

== SLEEP: USEFUL & HARMFUL ==

Namaskar,
There are three types of sleep: (a) spiritual slumber where one has no interest in sadhana; (b) psychic sleep where one has no interest in the intellectual sphere; they may have a lot of physical energy and they may be devotionally inclined, but intellectually they are deficient; and, (c) physical sleep. In this letter we are talking about physical sleep.

COMMON TO ALL

Some who are not familiar with proper sleeping habits may (a) sleep after paincajanya, (b) stay awake late into the night gossiping or watching movies or playing video games etc, (c) or engage in other types of unhealthy sleeping patterns. But all such ways are to be avoided.

As we all know, Baba guides us in various places that sleep plays a highly unique role in the life of each and every being of this universe. Sleep is not just a waste of time – but rather satisfies a very special function for the body & mind. Baba has graciously provided us with all the do’s and don’ts regarding sleep, as well as how it benefits human existence. One of the chief benefits of sleep is that it is a time when the body is given opportunity to repair itself. The cells, the glands, the organs all get repaired when one sleeps. Thus, sleep plays a vital role in human health. We should all pay heed to Baba’s following guidelines to maximize the benefit of sleep and optimize the body’s ability to repair itself.

WHEN HUMANS SHOULD SLEEP

As a general health rule that pertains to every human being, Baba specifically states that human beings should sleep during the night – not during the day.

“Sleeping during the day and staying awake at night are to be avoided.” (1)

WHY SLEEPING AT NIGHT IS BENEFICIAL

In Senior Acarya Diary, Baba clearly explains how and why nighttime sleeping is beneficial for human beings. His main point being that the pattern of keeping awake in the daytime and sleeping at night helps the body restore and revitalise itself. By this way, the blood cells, nerves, and glands of the human body get restored and charged. Because sunlight has a generating effect on the human body and moonlight makes one feel more tired. And other biological and natural effects are also linked with maintaining this type of sleep cycle (2).

That is why human beings feel fresh and revitalised in the morning. Because sleeping at night helps humans repair their body and regain their energy level – both mentally and physically.

In the same chapter of Senior Acarya Diary, Baba reveals that there are various animals who derive benefits by following an opposite approach to sleeping and living. These are nocturnal beings – but for humans this approach is not good.

PROPER SLEEPING PATTERNS CURE DISEASE

A proper sleep cycle – i.e. sleeping at night – also plays an important role in the curing and treatments of various diseases such as: Acidity, indigestion, heart disease, white leprosy, and cancer etc. In His book, Yogic Treatment, under the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ section Baba warns patients not to adopt a reverse sleeping pattern.

“Sleeping during the day, staying awake at night… are to be strictly avoided.” (3)

So not in one place but in numerous instances throughout the book Baba issues this same warning – otherwise the disease cannot be cured. So following an improper sleep pattern is hazardous to one’s health.

DON’T SLEEP TOO MUCH

At the same time, sleeping excess amounts during the night is not good for the human existence. So people – especially sadhakas – should be very attentive to how much sleep they are getting, i.e. we should all be careful not to oversleep.

“The ancient people believed that excessive sleep is good for health, but this is not the case. Rather, too much sleep not only impairs the health, but has an adverse effect on the mind.” (4)

SECRETS FOR A LONG LIFE

To maximize human longevity, Baba has given a short list of very important guidelines. And two of those are related with our sleep-awake cycle. Hence there are numerous benefits to maintaining a proper sleep schedule – one of which is longevity of life.

In His secrets for a long life, Baba has given these points:

(A) “Going to sleep as soon as one feels sleepy.” (5)

As we can all understand, in the above directive, Baba is guiding us not to force the body to remain awake late at night. This should not become our regular way of living. Sometimes due to pressure of circumstance it may be unavoidable, but that should be minimized. Remember, the body enters into sleep mode in order to repair itself. If one continues to press the body beyond its limits by staying up late and not giving it the rest it needs, the body will not be adequately restored. On the opposite end of the spectrum, nor should one lie down in bed before they feel ready to go to sleep. So our standard practice should be to sleep when tiredness overcomes one’s existence – i.e. “when one feels sleepy”. And, as far as possible, through developing a regular habit, one should sleep each night at the same time, at a proper time that is not too late. That is the basic idea of Baba’s teaching.

(B) “Getting out of bed in the Bra’hma Muhu’rtta [just prior to sunrise]” (6)

In this second directive, as is quite evident, Baba is guiding us to arise before daylight hours. That means getting up for paincjanaya and then staying awake. Some sadhakas wake up for paincjanya and then go back to sleep for 1, 2, or even 3 hours. Or one might justify to themselves that since they woke up for paincjanya then they can sleep again just after lunch etc. But this is not Baba’s system. Arising in the pre-dawn hour means concluding one’s sleep at that point and beginning one’s spiritual routine of meditation and asanas and bathing and then later taking food and attending to one’s allotted daily duties, work, and pracara activities etc. And one should not return back to bed until the end of day.

Hence, following a standard sleep pattern of ‘early to bed & early to rise’ is an optimal approach for human beings. According to Ananda Marga philosophy, sleep is instrumental in leading a long and healthy life.

THOSE SUSCEPTIBLE TO POOR SLEEP PATTERNS

It is often seen that students, in particular, adopt an unhealthy sleeping pattern. They stay awake late into the night to attend to their studies and then they arise in the mid-morning – hours after sunrise. Part of the reason for this is that they find it easier to study when it is quiet and the mid hours of the night provide such an environment. This is especially true in so-called third world countries where all family members are living in the same house. And students in overseas areas often remain awake at night either to due extreme busyness in life or due to procrastination. In any event, if at all possible students should adjust their routines according to Baba’s guidelines.

It is also seen that those attending to a Mon-Fri work week, often like to “sleep-in” on Saturdays and Sundays. Some students also like to do this. But this also is not a healthy practice. Then there are some people who we call “night owls”. There are various professors and internet fanatics etc who spend large portions of the night glued to their various endeavours – and then they sleep far into the day. Unfortunately in this circumstance, the human body cannot be maintained for long in this type of backwards routine.

POOR SLEEP PATTERNS ADVERSELY AFFECT MEMORY

Here is one critical point related with sleeping and memory. While asleep, no one has the awareness to know that they are sleeping. There is a sense of emptiness or vacuity.

“Nidrá, one of the main propensities. “Abhávapratyayá lambaniivrttih Nidra”. Nidra (sleep) is a propensity which brings vacuity in mind. In human beings the propensity that brings forth blankness is itself Nidrá. Suppose, you are resting on your bed. Your eyes are on the watch, you fall sleep, but when you get up, you fail to say at what moment actually you slept. Between sleeping and rising things occurred of which you are ignorant. There was vacuum, neither you were seeing anything nor hearing anything. This state of vacuity is Nidrá.” (7)

Whereas if you are eating or walking, one is keenly aware they are eating and walking. That is the case with your daily activities; one’s conscious mind is active. Even when you prepare for sleep, you remember that. But once one falls asleep, one does not know they are sleeping.

Indeed, a person can document all they did during the day, but when sleeping that period is a blank – one does not know what they are doing. In the thread of memory, there is a gap.

So those who sleep in the daytime create more gaps in their memory. In taking short naps throughout the day, there will be a growing gap in one’s memory. That brings dullness and dumbness. One’s intellectual sharpness decreases.

Here is the proof.

Let’s say one morning you read a chapter of a book and finish it by 11am. And then from 11am to 11:30am you remain awake and involve in other projects, then at 11:30am you will have a solid recollection of that chapter. In contrast, if you read a chapter from the same book and finish it by 11am, but then sleep from 11am – 11:30am, then at 11:30am your recollection of that chapter will not be as sharp. It will be comparatively worse than if you had remained awake. It will be faded or feel like a more distant memory. When you sleep then those events that occurred directly before sleep become more distant memories, whereas if you remain awake those events are more clearly recalled.

Sleeping one time in a 24-hour period is ok, but more than that is not good. Those who sleep more become dumb. Their power of recollection, i.e. memory, will wane.

Here are more teachings from Ananda Marga philosophy on this subject of sleep.

“EXTREMELY FRIGHTENED BY THEIR DREAMS”

“Sleep: Due to excessive physical and mental labour, the nerve-cells and nerve-fibres become fatigued and demand relaxation, forcing the conscious mind to cease functioning and producing the state of sleep. Often the subconscious ceases also, leaving only the unconscious to continue the work of the brain. However, sometimes the nerve-cells begin functioning during the latter part of the night, due to sudden heat in the back portion of the cranium or to an upward movement of gastric wind. The subconscious mind accordingly starts thinking or remembering, producing dreams. In the absence of the functioning of the conscious mind, these products of the subconscious are accepted as true and practical. Sometimes the dreamer actually believes that he is flying, for the non-functioning of the conscious mind prevents him from perceiving this idea to be pure imagination. Some people become extremely frightened by their dreams and produce inarticulate mutterings of fear; at times dreamers even die of heart failure. To assist a person out of a disturbing dream it helps to bring the person’s hands or feet into contact with the ground, for this aids the conscious mind in beginning to function again.” (8)

MORE SLEEP IS NOT BETTER

“Nidrá [sleep]. A person who is given to too much sleep can never perform big things in life. A person who sleeps too long spends half of his or her lifetime in sleep only. So how will he or she find time to do noble deeds? Human life, after all, is not very long; and of that short span of life, if half is wasted on sleep only, then there will hardly be any time left for doing noble deeds. That’s why it is said, a person who is given to too much sleep can never aspire to attain the peak of progress in life. Sleep is necessary for health, but many people wrongly think that the more one sleeps, the better it is for health. That is wrong. Human beings go to sleep because they want to work more. While working for long periods the body gets tired, and then only does one take sleep, just to get back fresh energy for work.” (9)

“SENTIENT TRANSPARENCY IN THE CITTA”

“Daylight imposes mutative influence on the human nerves and night-time imposes a static influence, causing the inertness of sleep in the body and mind. The periods of sunrise, sunset, moon and midnight (the sandhyás) bring about a sentient transparency in the Citta.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 3, Vibration, Form and Colour)

Namaskar,
in Him,
Mahesh

References
1. Ananda Marga Carycarya – 3, ‘General Health Rules’, pt #9
2. Reference: ‘Pranayama’ Chapter
3. Yogic Treatments, ‘Cancer Chapter’
4. Yogic Treatments, ‘Cancer Chapter’
5. Caryacarya – 3, Appendix, point #3
6. Caryacarya – 3, Appendix, point #8
7. Yoga & Bhakti
8. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 23, Samádhi, Senselessness and Sleep
9. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31, Sleep and Inertia

Note 1: FOR HEALTHY ADULTS

The points expressed in this letter are for healthy adults. Children need more sleep and small infants will sleep most of the time. Also, those who are sick or aged will need more rest to restore themselves as their bodily needs are different. Thus this letter about sleep is directly for those who are healthy adults.

Note 2: NOCTURNAL BEINGS

Not all animals follow the same schedule as humans. Here following is a list of those animals that are nocturnal– i.e. they sleep during the day and remain awake at night:

African hunting dog
Amethyst python
Armadillo
Aye-aye
Badger
Bandicoot
Bat
Beaver
Bullfrog
Bushbaby
Cassowary
Cat
Coyote
Deer
Deer mouse
Dobsonfly
Douroucouli
Echidna
Fennec
Firefly
Flying squirrel
Red Fox
Gecko
Gerbil
Ghost crab
Green Sea Turtle
Hamster
Snowshoe hare
Harvest mouse
Hedgehog
Heron
Hippopotamus
Hyena
Kangaroo rat
Kiwi
Koala
Leopard
Loris
Lumholtz tree-climbing kangaroo
Moth
Nightjar
Oilbird
Okapi
Opossum
Owl
Pangolin
Periwinkle
Possum
Potto
Raccoon
Rainforest dingo
Rat
Red-legged pademelon
Rhinoceros
Skunk
Sugar glider
Tiger
Tree frog
Weasel
Whippoorwill
White-tailed uromys
Wolf
Woodcock

As noted above, humans are not on the above list as being nocturnal.

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Subject: Re: Baba Story: Baba Is As Pure As The Ganges
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:04:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: Nagaraja Rao
To: AM-GLOBAL

Namaskar all:

This is the type of story about BABA we need to hear more and more in these turbulent times in AMPS. I was very lucky to have known Shashiranjanjii , then a member of parliament. With all the power he had held I found him to be the most humble man without ego. This is indeed very unusual for a politician as they think they are the saviours of this universe. He was indeed a great devotee of Lord Baba.

Nagaraja Rao USA

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

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Easiest Way To Memorise Anything

Baba’s below teaching discloses the reason why our scripture has been composed in the genre of poetry: Because poetry is easy to memorise. For this reason, Baba has composed our scripture – i.e. Ananda Sutram and Prabhat Samgiita – in poetic verse.

“In the absence of rhythm it is difficult to memorize. That is why since ancient times, for 15,000 years, the common practice has been to bring every valuable branch of knowledge within the scope of rhythm. Human beings do not easily forget rhythm. One may forget the contents of knowledge, but not the rhythm. That is why all Vedic Rks were composed in 7 meters. All literary compositions were brought within the gamut of the seven Vedic metres…as they are valuable for the memory.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 5, p. 353)

If you want to learn or memorize anything, the easiest way is to set it to rhythm. One paragraph of prose is very difficult to memorise, but 1 stanza of a poem, shloka, or song is comparatively easy to memorise. Rhythm helps in memorising anything.

That is why in their infancy, children are introduced to language via rhythm is nursery rhymes and songs etc. By this way they can quickly learn and advance.

In the distant past, before the invention of any script and before paper came into vogue, people used to keep everything in their mind. There were no books or other media as we see nowadays: Audio, video, writings, etc. There was nothing.

So when there was no way to store ideas or teachings on paper or cassette, then there was no option but to store it all in their memory. The only way to do that was to create rhythmic poetry. So all those past yogis, rishis, sages, thinkers, and munis put their realization in shloka, poem, or any kind of rhythmic expression like vedas, purana etc. Even when script started, most people did not know how to read or write, so those thinkers also put their teachings into poetic verse. This happened all across the globe.

This is not only for those of the past. Today also if you want to memorise anything then put it in rhythmic form. Cunning advertisers create jingles or rhymes to influence consumers and film-makers do the same.

So to keep something readily in the mind then take help of a rhythmic flow, otherwise it will be very difficult to store that in your memory. For this reason Baba has given the key of Ananda Marga teachings – i.e. Ananda Sutram – in poetic form, and Prabhat Samgiita as well. And in virtually every discourse He has included a shloka. By that way – by memorizing one rhythmic shloka – one can get the seed idea of the entire discourse. That is how to memorize that entire discourse in key form.

In His series of discourses on the Faculty of Knowledge, Baba has given so many points about memory and rhythm.

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Prabhat Samgiita

PS Intro: In this song the devotee is addressing Parama Purus’a in a very indirect manner.

“Ba’ndhan jetha’y ceyechilum se ba’ndhan keno na’ elo…” (P.S. 3752)

Purport:

The Divine Bond – “Ba’ndhan” – which I was looking for, why has that Divine Bond not come. He, that Divine Bond, is the darkness of my nights as well as the effulgence of my days; He is my everything. Alas, He is remaining far.

By His grace, I wanted my loving devotional link with Him to gradually grow closer & closer through the sweet ideation of my Ista mantra, different lessons, dhyana etc, all the ways which He shows up to samadhi – until ultimately becoming one with Him. I was also thinking that by calling Him constantly with the repetition of my mantra & heartfelt feeling, then He will bless me by His august advent in His absolute and divine form in my Guru cakra. In that way, by His grace I will get His extreme proximity and oneness. Alas, He is remaining far.

I was also desiring that He will attract me close to Him by showering His divine love and infusing a sweet intimate relation. Thus by falling in love with Him, His divinity will descend in my unit existence. Naturally, my heart will feel love for His vast creation – as the neo-humanistic feeling will sprout in my heart, by His grace. Then each and every manifestation of this grand universe will emanate His effulgence. Alas, He is remaining far.

Those sadhakas who are blessed by Him and engaged in pointed, arduous meditation, by His grace, they surely love all beings. Baba, You are my divine bond, please grace me by keeping me deep within Your bosom…

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Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:

(1) Posting: Upavasa: Why & How to Prepare & Break – Part 1
(3) Trailer Quote: Children Learn Deception In The Home
(3) Prabhat Samgiita #801;

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

== UPAVASA: WHY & HOW TO PREPARE & BREAK ==

~ Part 1 ~

Namaskar,
As we all know, fasting is one of the significant and important gifts which Baba has graciously bestowed upon us for maintaining human health and leading a spiritual life. This entire letter discusses numerous aspects of the practice of fasting – including the all-important point & practical method of how to break fast.

Here following are many of the topics contained in this entire subject:

Universal and Natural Law ~ Animal Existence vs Human Life ~ Nature’s Perfect Remedy: Fasting ~ Animals follow Natural Law, Human Eat Mostly out of Greed ~ Fasting for Health: A Purification Process ~ AM’s Approach to fasting ~ Fasting and Longevity ~ Humans Know How to Break ~ System of Breaking ~ Wrong Breaking Invites Harm ~ Water Needed for Digestion & Whole Body System ~ Work of the Small and Large Intestine ~ Proper Cleaning Necessary ~ Use of Lemon Water ~ ‘Rounds’ for Breaking ~ Individual Needs ~ Gentle Process ~ Maintain Prama when Breaking ~ Warning and Guidelines ~ Stages of Cleaning ~ What and When to Eat ~ Taking Banana ~ Baba’s Special Blessing ~ Baba’s Complete System ~ Proper Interest and Care Needed ~ Optimal Health ~ Suggestions from Others ~ Healthy and Happy in All the Realms.

HUMANS ABUSE THEIR FREEDOM

Parama Purusa has created this world in a well-balanced way. And within this creation there is both animal existence and human life, with a unique difference separating the two.

Animals are fully bound by natural law. They have no option but to strictly adhere to the rules of prakrti; whereas human beings have been given freedom or dominion to make choices and exercise their will, within a certain degree.

Yet nature itself has been devised in such a perfect way that animals always advance and benefit from following natural law. In that sense, animals are comparatively more fit and healthy than common human beings because animals are forced to follow nature’s ways, while humans have some scope to go against natural law, should they desire. And this whole equation, with regards to animal life and human life, is especially true with regards to food and fasting.

FASTING: A NATURAL LAW

For example, when an animal gets sick, in their natural way they refrain from taking food until they regain their health. Refraining from ingesting food – i.e. fasting – is the very tool by which animals heal themselves and recover from their sickness. So animals do not eat food for taste per se, but as a means of survival and recovery according to the dictates or laws of nature.

So Parama Purusa has created this beautiful universe in such a way that everything goes on according to natural law. Within this, fasting is a special method for curing oneself if the body is not functioning properly.

HUMAN FOOD HABITS: IMPROPER & PROPER

Sometimes humans disobey natural law, and in this materialistic era especially, some persons eat food excessively out of greed. When they see food, they desire to eat it – whether it suits them or not.

Those human beings – who are sensitive and follow the codes of yogic life – develop an inner sense of when to take food and when not. When the body is sick then they do not like to eat food. And that is the natural system to cleanse the body, enhance its functioning and make it perfect and pure. For thousands of years yogis have been following this approach.

Through fasting, toxins and waste are removed; and the body is given opportunity to recover and ultimately reach to a higher state of functioning and wellness.

FASTING IN OUR ANANDA MARGA

Hence in our Ananda Marga yogic style of living, Baba has given the system of fasting (upava’sa) whereby He directs us to observe ekadashii as a fasting day. Some also fast on purnima and amavasya. In both cases, whether 2 or 4 times per month, fasting brings about a beneficial effect on the entire body.

By following this system of regular fasting the body becomes conditioned such that directly before the next ekadashii arrives one can internally feel that another fasting is needed.

Those who do not fast are deprived of the unique health benefits; their health breaks down, diseases crop up, and their health problems linger, and ultimately get multiplied.

In the end, they have no choice but to surrender themselves to a local doctor and begin the process of taking medicine on a regular basis.

Baba has given fasting as part of Sixteen Points and Baba has also said that by following 16 Points one will extend the length – and enhance the quality – of their life. So there is a vast difference between those who follow Sixteen Points and those who do not. Those strictly following points like fasting will get an extra 15, 20, or even 30 years of quality living. Thus, for optimal health fasting is a must.

DIFFERENCES IN FASTING: HUMANS & ANIMALS

In their own ways, both animals and proper human beings fast. But some vast differences exist between the two.

(a) Animals fast when the body is sick, but humans fast during sickness, as well as on amavasya, purnima and ekadashii in order to cleanse the body. As a matter of regimen, a person should not eat when sick or when not hungry.

(b) Animals do not know how to properly break their fast, whereas humans have been given the technique.

And it is by breaking fast properly that the body is able to maximize the benefits of the fast. Unfortunately some are not aware how to break fast.

HERE ARE MORE UPCOMING POINTS

~ System of Breaking ~ Wrong Breaking Invites Harm ~ Water Needed for Digestion & Whole Body System ~ Work of the Small and Large Intestine ~ Proper Cleaning Necessary ~ Use of Lemon / Lime Water ~ ‘Rounds’ for Breaking ~ Individual Needs ~ Gentle Process ~ Maintain Prama when Breaking ~ Warning and Guidelines ~ Stages of Cleaning ~ What and When to Eat ~ Taking Banana ~ Baba’s Special Blessing ~ Baba’s Complete System ~ Proper Interest and Care Needed ~ Optimal Health ~ Suggestions from Others ~ Healthy and Happy in All the Realms.

Indeed, fasting is one special process for achieving and maintaining optimum health. As Ananda Margiis, we have all realised the various positive effects of fasting, such as ridding the body of toxins, increased longevity, and enhanced quality of life etc.

Certainly then fasting is a unique purification process and one most significant aspect of this practice is the approach to breaking the fast.

HOW THE BODY IS AT THE END OF THE FAST

By doing a 24 hour dry fast – i.e. without water – and going 32 hrs without food, the body obviously becomes dehydrated. Hence the body is in a very delicate and sensitive state. In that case, if one breaks the fast in an abrasive or hasty manner then not only will they be unable to derive the many benefits of the fast but it will create harm to the body.

PREPARING FOR FASTING

If you are planning to fast the next day then eat a little less quantity for dinner / evening meal. If this approach is followed then cleaning will go more smoothly on breaking fast day.

Other preparations include:
1. Be sure to have 2 – 3 hours of time in order to complete the whole process
2. be sure to have a lemon or lime available for breaking fast
3. be sure to have salt available for breaking fast
4. Be sure to have a few (2 – 3) ripe bananas available.

A FEW POINTS OF AWARENESS

Before getting into the specifics of breaking fast, it should be mentioned that one, two, or even three glasses of water is not nearly enough for the breaking process. In their naivety, some people might drink 1 – 2 glasses of water and then immediately start eating varieties of foods etc, but that way of doing is off base and should never be done.

Rather on breaking fast morning first the digestive system should be cleaned thoroughly – from top to bottom – with water. And when that has been done completely, then solid food can be taken, but not beforehand.

BREAKING THE FAST ITSELF – A “HOW TO” PROCESS

1. Squeeze ¼ or ½ of a lemon or lime into a bowl (ceramic, wooden or glass or BPA-free plastic or anything thing – but not metal.

(The size of the bowl should be least 1 liter. Be sure that the individual cells of the lemon or lime are broken to maximize the juice. That will help bring more juice.)

2. Add 2 teaspoons (flat not heaping) of salt to the lemon / lime juice and mix.

3. Add 1 liter of warm water. (If you add hot water then leave room to add cold water from the sink.)

4. The lemon salt water mixture should be distinctly salty to taste – but not overly salty. If your mixture is not sufficiently salty then little by little more can be added. And if really it is already too salty then simply dilute your mixture by adding more warm water.

(Please be aware: Too much salt will invite nausea and even vomiting – you will be able to recognize this immediately by the taste; too little salt will not allow you to break the fast properly: The lemon-salt water mixture will be misdirected to the urethra, instead of cleansing the colon. Those with high blood pressure should be careful about the use of salt; for those in proper health, kindly know that this salt solution will be eliminated from the body in the next hour or two, so there will not be much of a lingering effect of all this sodium-chloride.)

5. Drink the lemon salt water mixture. Not in one gulp per se, but in a series of comfortable sips and swallows over the course of a few minutes or less, without bloating the stomach. Be careful not to take too much time.

6. After finishing this initial round of salty lemon water, walk around for a few minutes – either in the fresh air or indoors. Do not remain in a seated position. Either stand up or walk.

7. You may gently stretch the upper body by raising the arms on the inhale and then exhaling and gently bending to the side. And repeat by bending to the opposite direction. This gently helps to hasten the cleansing process. If you wish and it is comfortable you can bend fwd and back a little bit, but do not go extreme.

Do not sit down and remain still as that will severely hinder the process of clearing. Do not create pressure when you bend forward and back as the belly is full of water.

8. As soon as you feel ready drink the next round of lemon salt water: ¼ or ½ lemon or lime with 2 flat teaspoons of salt, mix, then add 1 liter of warm water.

(Note: It is important not to wait too long between rounds. As soon as the stomach feels comfortable one should again drink. Do not wait more than 10 minutes or so – if you can start drinking the next round before then that is fine.)

9. After the second round, be sure to walk around and bend the torso side to side – or a little front to back. Remember, do not sit down or remain still as that will severely hinder the process of digestion and clearing.

10. If you do not have a strong urge to go to the bathroom immediately, continue to walk and drink warm water with a lesser amount of salt. Lemon is not needed. (1 or 2 liters can be taken.)

11. By this process of drinking & walking, a strong urge will come to go to the toilet– within 1/2 hour to one hour, if you have not eaten too much on the eve of fasting (too much of normal food and or normal of “rich” (high protein and fat).

IF YOU FOLLOWED UP TO NOW AND STILL NOT BREAKING

Note: If the salt water mixture was misdirected to the urethra instead of cleansing the colon, it means that not a sufficient amount of salt was used or you ate too much rich food before the night before fasting. But really for most people 2 teaspoons of salt per liter of water for the first two rounds should work fine.

12. Initially, a very strong smelling brown waste matter will be released from the colon. Thereafter, more and more solids and liquids will be released via the. This will also be brown at the beginning. But do not worry thinking you have been stricken with a severe case of diarrhea. This is the initial stage of cleaning out the digestive track.

13. Once this process of clearing the digestive tract has begun, switch over from drinking a lightly salted mixture and begin taking pure fresh water without any salt. This fresh water will help hydrate the body and aid in the cleansing process. Drinking 1 or 2 liters is quite helpful – both for clearing and re-hydrating.

14. In this process of cleansing one might visit the toilet between 3-5 times, or more. Or you may go less frequently but sit for longer periods. Do not suppress the urge, when the impulse comes go straight to the toilet.

15. The waste material will turn from brown and somewhat solid to yellowish and liquidy until finally being a completely clear liquid. Once completely clear liquid comes, be assured the entire digestive tract is clean – including the intestines, colon, and stomach etc.

16. By this entire process of cleansing a very light and healthy feeling will consume the body. One will feel very happy, fresh, and energetic.

17. Within ten to fifteen minutes a slight feeling of hunger will come. At that point, you should eat 1 – 2 very ripe bananas – or 3 if they are very small. The bananas should be soft and ripe – not green and hard. Chew them slowly and thoroughly to generate and mix with the saliva.

18. After taking a few bananas – be careful not to overeat or fill the stomach – wait until the onset of a a strong feeling of thirst. Then drink a little bit of water, and when a strong feeling of thirst returns, drink a little more water. This will help in digesting the bananas.

19. After strong hunger comes, take some easily digestible food such as cooked rice etc. Here are a few other options as well.

(a) If one chooses to take fruit then only eat fruit – not grain or vegetables – and avoid taking citrus fruit.

(b) If one chooses hydrated rice and vegetables (kichuri) do not mix fruit with that rice dish.

(c) Avoid heavily spiced, oily food, or processed food. Avoid eating too much dry food like bread, or acidic food like pasta. Aim for more simple food: like soups and kichuri.

(d) Later on in the day, after your second round of food is digested, then it is ok to take some citrus fruit if you wish.

20. Throughout the day, care should be taken to continue to drink plenty of fresh water in small amounts, but not at the same time as eating. This will help ensure the solid food gets digested properly and it will also keep the body hydrated.

TAKING PROPER CARE

One should also keep in mind that breaking fast is a highly individualized thing. And one should be gentle and listen to one’s own body when undergoing this entire process.

So altogether, this is one very important and a delicate subject; it needs personal interest and proper care to see what is good and working well for you.

GREAT SIGNIFICANCE OF FASTING

Baba has included upava’sa (fasting) as its own exclusive point in Sixteen Points.

“Observe fast as prescribed.” (1)

And in His supreme ‘Secrets for a Long Life’, Baba lists upava’sa (fasting) as its own entry.

“upava’sa (fasting) at Intervals.” (2′)

And furthermore in Yogic Treatment pointedly remarks how upava’sa (fasting) helps restore the body to it balanced and natural condition.

“During upava’sa (fasting) the body’s organs get a good rest, and the healing process is more rapid.” (3)

UPAVASA IS MORE THAN JUST FASTING

Here below Baba colorfully describes how we are to spend our fasting days.

“‘Upa’ means proximity. And va’sa means to live, to reside. So the upava’sa word means to live near the Lord. In these days of fasting, what the aspirants are to do? Mentally they should live near their Lord. On all other days there remains a balance between external objective adjustment, and subjective approach. An adjustment between objective adjustment and subjective approach. But on these fasting, or upava’sa, the aspirant remains more in proximity to the Lord than in other mundane duties. That’s why these days are known as “upava’sa”. The word ‘fasting’ doesn’t carry the proper sense or the proper spirit of the term ‘upava’sa’. To go without food, for this the proper word is anasan. ‘An’ means not, ‘asan’ means eating. And not upava’sa. So these ekadashii, amava’sya, and purnima they are, upava’sa. Do you follow?” (4)

And Baba’s next guideline further details how fasting days are perfect for an enhanced spiritual routine.

“These fixed [fasting] days are called upavasa since during these days people keeping their minds engaged in spiritual matters ‘live closer’ to God, and any possibility of mental degradation is averted: their humanity is not endangered by the lengthening shadows of annihilation.” (5)

By all this we an understand that on upavasa days one can enjoy heightened spiritual awareness and thus deepen their devotional link with Parama Purusa – Baba.

In Ananda Marga, sometimes we may use the term ‘fasting’, but in reality one means upavasa. It is just that due to the lack of a proper English term that we may say ‘fasting’.

BABA’S BLESSING

I can never forget how in one general darshan, Baba has given the guideline that although animals know how to fast, only humans know how to break their fast properly. Those not aware about this technique should be taught at the earliest. That is Baba’s guideline.

ANOTHER BABA’S BLESSING

“When you are in a mood of pleasure, you should distribute it throughout the universe– let all the hearts of the entire created universe dance in ecstasy. This is the goal of the day: you are for all, you are for the Neo-Humanistic progress of the entire universe.” (6)

Namaskar,
In Him,
Prabhu Deva

Note 1: MORE POINTS COMING

In a follow-up email some further points about this important topic of upavasa, healthy, and wellness will be sent. At the same time others should also share their insights and experiences

Note 2: FASTING ON PLANET EARTH AND BEYOND

We know that our Ananda Marga system of fasting is based upon the cycle or phases of the moon. Yet Baba also guides us that when human beings move to other planets then accordingly the system of fasting will be based on that planetary system etc.

REFERENCES:
1. Point no. 8 of 16 Points
2. Caryacarya, Point no. 5, ‘Secrets Long Life”
3. Yogic Treatments, p.95
4. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 6, Upavása
5. Namah Shivaya Shantaya, p.188
6. A Few Problems Solve – 5

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

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Children Learn Deception In The Home

“Parents deceive their children in many ways. By calling sweet things bitter and pleasant things unpleasant, they prevent their children from enjoying them. But by disregarding parental injunctions and prying inquisitively, as is the wont of human nature, children discover the truth. Then they realize that their parents have been deceiving them. As a result they start deceiving not only their parents, but their friends and classmates as well. So it is abundantly clear that children are taught the first lessons in the arts of lying and deception by their own parents at home.” (Human Society – 1, Education)

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Prabjat Samgiita

“Tumi a’ma’y bha’lo besechile, a’mi toma’r pa’ne ta’ka’i ni…” (PS 801)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, You have loved me and showered me in Your divine blessing, but I did not look towards You. I did not care or pay heed to Your love. Baba, You have graciously bestowed everything upon me. But I did not give You anything in return. Drowned in my own selfishness, I did not surrender at Your alter. In spite of that You love me. Baba, You are do gracious.

O’ Parama Purusa, in those deep, black foggy days of my life, when I was feeling helpless, isolated, and lonely, then You gently held my hand and consoled me and You lovingly kept me along with You. In bleak those foggy days, You got wounded on the thorny path, but I did not apply any ointment to ease the pain. I was so selfish.

O’ Divine Entity, You are so gracious, You always help me in each and every circumstance. In my sorrowful days, when in danger, and when my heart is broken, always You console me by filling my entire being with Your sweet nectar. Even then, in the grand universal arena of Your divine liila, I could not become useful in any work. Due to my own lethargy, my existence could not be utilised. Uselessly, I wasted my time. In spite of this, still You love me.

Baba, O’ my Dearest; You are my own; You are my everything; You have showered Your causeless grace and made me Yours…

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