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Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 21:48:23 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Some Tips How to Save…
From: “Ishvara”

Baba

“Toma’kei bha’loba’si a’mara’…” (PS 3821)

Purport:

Baba, You are our everything, our Heart of hearts. We love only You. Baba, by Your grace we are moving ceaselessly along Your divine path; we are treading on that very path which You have graciously shown to us. Baba, day and night we sing Your boundless glories and dance according to Your sweet rhythms. O’ Lord, we always propagate Your grand ideals. Baba, You have created us: We are Your thought projection; we are Your progeny. Baba, You are our Father – Our Ista.

Baba, by Your grace we love one and all equally; everyone’s existence is treasured. We do not differentiate between high and low, small and big, rich and poor, touchable and untouchable, sinner and virtuous, literate and illiterate etc. All are kith and kin – all are family members. All are part of that singular humanity. Baba, we are all bound together with Your divine love. O’ Lord, with Your infinite compassion You always call us to come close with Your beacon call, which pulls our heart close to You. By Your grace we hear Your call and move towards You. Baba, You are the Goal. Our each and every action and deed is aimed toward Your divine stance – toward reaching up to You. Baba, You are our Aim and the Polestar of our life.

Baba, You have blessed us with the ideals of neo-humanism. Firstly, You have graciously granted us individual freedom; secondly, You have infused us with collective spirit; and thirdly, You have spiritualised our minds with the dhyana of the Supreme One [1]. With these three attributions one other quality unfolds: We wage a relentless fight against all the evils. And by Your grace victory is sure. Baba, by these four noble qualities of neo-humanism– individual freedom, collective spirit, spiritual outlook, and fight against evil forces – we have created one big banyan tree of love and affection which branches out and extends throughout this vast universe. O’ Baba, by this approach we have made this dusty earth into a golden paradise, by Your divine blessing.

Baba, we all love only You; You are our Goal. O’ our most Adored One…

NOTES ABOUT PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3821:

[1] “Vya’s’t’…amara’r”: In the third and final stanza of the above song, Baba describes 4 special principles that are part and parcel of our neo-humanistic philosophy: (a) individual freedom, (b) collective interest, (c) spiritual ideation, (d) the fight against injustices. All are four are needed to create a golden paradise on this earth and build a society in the real sense of the term. Only neo-humanism can make this happen.

Spirituality is an essential aspect of neo-humanism. Without proper dhyana, individual freedom can be twisted to exploit the masses. Such is the case in capitalism since it is devoid of a spiritual approach. People just equate individual freedom with selfish pleasure and degrading activities. Communism does not allow for individual freedom nor does it recognise spirituality: Both are missing. For this reason, collective interest and a loving society could not be attained in communism. So it is more murderous than capitalism. Comparatively speaking, communists are worse than capitalists.

Then in the dogma-centered philosophy such as in the crude religions, individual freedom and perfect spirituality are missing. So the religions are just dogma-based. There is no true feeling of universal love. That is why followers of same religion can kill each other. This history has witnessed again and again. So the religious society is also defective.

Baba guides us that in an ideal society all 4 principles are needed: (a) individual freedom, (b) collective interest, (c) spiritual ideation, (d) the fight against injustices. And that only comes about with a neo-humanistic outlook. Failing that, this world cannot become a golden paradise. In the absence of any of these principles, groupism and factionalism will erupt.

So our neo-humanistic approach is entirely revolutionary. In this God-centered approach, individual freedom is used for virtuous deeds which bring collective welfare, and all the while there is a pactless fight against all injustices. This is the speciality of our neo-humanism and this is the grand ideal Baba is propagating in His above song.

== SOME TIPS HOW TO SAVE ONESELF FROM PSYCHIC DISEASES ==

Namaskar,
In this age scientific development has made significant progress, while in comparison human psychic and spiritual growth is lagging far behind. In result, mental tension has multiplied in geometrical progression. The final outcome being that nerve, brain, and heart diseases have become quite common; and nervousness and insanity are also prevalent, if not rampant, in the society. And the remedy for all this is as follows:

Baba says, “While doing work one should ideate, ‘It is the work of Parama Purusa; it is not mine. I am doing His work to please Him’. By following this approach mental tension, nervousness, and psychic diseases will never arise. And also samskaras will not be formed.” (08 April ’84, Tattanagar DMC)

Namaskar,
Ishvara

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Date: Wed 23 May 2012 21:02:42 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From:
Subject: One of the Worst Judicial Systems

Baba

== ONE OF THE WORST JUDICIAL SYSTEMS ==

Namaskar,
Just this week, a study revealed that 2000 people in the US have been exonerated of serious crimes in the past 23 years. Collectively, those 2000 people who were falsely accused spent tens and tens of thousands of years in jail for crimes they did not commit.

Once again we should reflect on Baba’s key guideline about the justice system.

Baba says, “I am personally of the opinion that since flaws will always unavoidably remain, no matter how good the judicial system, it is not the intent of nature for one human being to penalize another. Moreover, a detailed analysis reveals that whenever a punitive action is taken to penalize somebody, a feeling of vindictiveness arises in the minds of those administering the punishment, which in turn creates a malevolent mentality. I therefore think that the term “penal system” should be deleted from social terminology. If and when somebody, whether a judge or an ordinary person, takes any type of action against another, it should be corrective, not punitive.”

“Judges can rarely say with total conviction that one person is guilty and another innocent. Their verdicts are based on the testimonies of witnesses, the evidence and the arguments of lawyers. They have very little scope to verify whether or not the witnesses are telling the truth or whether or not the evidence is genuine. Experienced lawyers often win cases because even an eminent judge becomes confused by their arguments.” (Human Society -1, Justice)

Baba’s above teaching contains many points – one key point is that no justice system can be correct 100% of the time. Thus, the court system should not be based on a penal code but rather on rectification.

Unfortunately, in the US the legal system is totally contrary to Baba’s guidelines. It is penal oriented and notorious for handing down harsh and severe punishments.

Here are but a few characteristics of the US legal system:

1. The US has a very high incarceration rate. At present, 1.6 million people are in prison in the US. That means .5% of the entire population is behind bars. That is an extraordinarily high number.

2. For even simple errors in judgment and non-violent crimes, the US court system hands down long and harsh sentences. For instance, for some non-violent crimes people can face 20 – 40 – 60 years in jail.

3. The US is also known for the severity and harshness of treatments of inmates. The US jails are notoriously dangerous where inmates are viscously attacked by one another.

4. In addition, the US penitentiary system, has an inordinate number of people in solitary confinement where they do not even see the light of day.

5. Many innocent people are still sitting in jail in those states that do not allow DNA testing. So they are innocent; and it can be proven via DNA testing; but DNA testing is not accepted in some US states.

6. Many are on death row, just awaiting their execution.

7. Finally, upon being release from prison, then ex-convicts are permanently stigmatized and marked. That label lasts their whole life. Never will they ever be treated as a normal citizen again. They lose so many rights including the right to vote and often they can never find a job. In that case they are force to turn to a life of crime and return to jail.

Now, as a whole humanity, it is time to rethink the legal system according to Baba’s divine mandates. Baba has come and it will not be long before His teachings on this point are implement. That will be a tremendous boon for humanity.

Namaskar,
Mahesh

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’ma’re dekhe calecho prabhu more pu’n’ya phale…” (PS 4477)

Purport:

Baba, because of the virtue of having Your grace, I can feel that You are so close and that You are looking at me all the time. Baba, You are with me each and every moment, in the brilliant effulgence and in the cimmerian darkness– constantly, all the 24hrs. In my good days and bad days always You are and will remain along with me. Baba, You are so gracious.

Baba, when I am surrounded by the fog of hopelessness and despair, & when my life becomes burdened, then it is very difficult for me to move ahead – all my inspiration is lost. And when I cry in pain and the tears are rolling down my cheeks like a river, and when I am drowned in pessimism, then I think that this life is useless and that this whole world is poisonous. In that case I feel it is better just to die. When I am in such a crisis, then with a very pleasant and sonorous voice, Someone appears in my mental abode and in a very sweet & intimate way He whispers, ‘Do not worry, I love you’.

Baba, the effulgence of Your divine love never gets extinguished; Your love is eternal and never fades or ends. In this mundane world, everything comes and goes. Baba, only You are eternal and infinite. You are the sweetest Entity. You are that force that never stops. You are that magnificent bliss that never diminishes – always that bliss is growing and growing. Baba, You are my everything: The be-all and end-all of the life. By Your grace, I am under
Your shelter. Baba, in the deep core of my heart the only request I have is: Please do not forget that I am sheltering myself in You, at Your lotus feet.

Baba, by Your infinite grace-compassion You are remaining by my side always…

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From: “Seshagiri Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: News: How Boomerang Worked & Is Working In Ananda Marga
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 21:54:26 +0530

Baba

NEWS:

HOW BOOMERANG WORKED AND IS WORKING IN ANANDA MARGA

Note: All the quotes in this letter are from Namah Shivaya Shantaya, Disc: 10, Shivokti 10, i.e. (NSS, Disc: 10, Shivokti 10).

Namaskar
This entire letter is related with a recent happening. As you read the following series of quotes and explanations it will all be quite clear how this relates to events in our Marga.

SINNER’S PSYCHOLOGY

Baba says, “All created beings have a natural tendency to move along a straight path. But out of cowardice, selfishness or sinful propensities, humans and other creatures may resort to a crooked path, not only in the material world, but also in the mental world. That is, cowardliness, selfishness and sinful tendencies bring about curvatures in the world of thoughts. These curvatures breed mutual suspicion. Even innocent people are taught to think wrongly.”

“Sometimes people grow suspicious of innocent people and mistreat them. Those who still have some amount of benevolent intellect feel pained and ashamed when they realize that they should not have suspected those innocent people. But those who are devoid of benevolent intellect do not feel at all ashamed of their conduct. Rather they think and also say publicly that it is better to suspect others first, and then gradually remove those suspicions later. This is the main characteristic of a sinner’s psychology.” (NSS, Disc: 10, Shivokti 10)

In the above two paragraphs Baba is indirectly talking about Ac Sarvatmananda Avt, Ac Nigamananda Avt, and Ac Rudrananda Avt etc. If you can’t figure out how this works then please go back and read that again.

Note: For those new margiis not aware about Sarvatmanandji’s sinful dealings can write this network and proof of his misdeeds will be sent to you.

The basic point is that individuals like Sarvatmanandji, Nigamanandji, and Rudranandji harassed, humiliated, abused, and exploited countless innocent people. That is what Baba is describing in the above cited paragraphs.

However, the story does not end here; please read furthermore….

SEE OTHERS AS ENEMIES

Baba says, “Individuals or groups or communities guided by this sinner’s psychology, become involved in various inhuman activities out of unjustified suspicion. Ultimately there comes a time when they no longer repent. Those doctrines and philosophies which teach people to suspect their fellow citizens, which teach people to treat their fellow humans as enemies, have done enormous harm to the world in the past, and if not restrained and controlled, will do so in the future also.” (NSS, Disc: 10, Shivokti 10)

Baba’s above teaching on sinner’s psychology is very pointed and neatly encapsulates the ways of Sarvatmanandji, Nigamanandji, and Rudranandji as well as their blind followers. While in power they harassed, terrorised, beat, expelled and humiliated so many innocent people. Various margiis and wts wanted the organisation to move according to Baba’s divine teachings, but those so-called leaders like Sarvatmanandji, Nigamanandji, and Rudranandji etc declared such idealistic margiis & wts to be enemies. Those same shameful leaders changed Baba’s teachings including books Caryacarya Part 1 and many more.

During the 1990’s, all know and saw how the boomerang effect took its course with Sarvatmanandji. If you are a new margii and do not know what I am referring to, then please write and we will send you proof.

THINGS GET WORSE

Baba says, “The situation may come to such a pass that detectives may be employed against every person. Again, another set of detective personnel may be employed to watch whether each detective is functioning properly or not. Thus a vicious atmosphere of intelligence and counter-intelligence will be rampant in the society. And the dangerous consequence is this – that all human treasures having been poisoned, human existence itself will become meaningless. People will grow cynical, or will be forced to leave their country or their society to escape this venomous atmosphere.” (NSS, Disc: 10, Shivokti 10)

In the above section Baba is describing the sinner psychology so beautifully. Good, ideological margiis and wts were kicked out or forced to leave and so many other atrocities were done. To this end, the “leaders” employed both intelligence and counter-intelligence. We all saw this happen.

THE BOOMERANG EFFECT

Baba says, “The matter does not end here. The wickedness, the deceit, that pollutes human society first moves along a crooked path like its masters, and finally ends up by annihilating its masters themselves. The wicked persons at the helm of affairs, who are now out to liquidate others, will one day themselves be liquidated and erased from history by their own followers. Sinful persons, by following the crooked path, contaminate the atmosphere of the universe, but ultimately that sinful conduct, in a similar crooked way, will recoil like a boomerang on the sinners themselves.” (NSS, Disc: 10, Shivokti 10)

Now let’s apply this to life in our Marga.

From the outset after 1990, the top ringleader, “master”, and most devious sinner was Sarvatmanandji. Just as Baba employs the word “master” in His above teacher, that is quite suited to Sarvatmanandji as he was the first at the top of the pyramid but then all his obedient followers like Rudranandji and Nigamanandji and their followers boomeranged on Sarvatmanandji. They wiped out his rulership and Sarvatmananda was left sitting all alone in one corner. That was the first stage of the boomerang approach.

If you are a new margii and do not know what I am referring to, then please write and we will send you proof.

In the next stage, this boomerang theory is related with another sinner: Dada Nigamanandji. Here again this boomerang effect has run its full course as all his followers have since turned on him.

In due course, the next stage will unfold and this same sinner psychology will boomerang against Rudranandji. Who will do this? Rudranandji’s own followers will take him down.

And this boomerang effect will continue – on and on – until all the sinners have been wiped out.

Although we want to help, we cannot do anything to stop this effect – we are helpless – the boomerang has to run its course.

SINNERS MUST REAP THE “REWARDS”

Baba says, “Those who deprive others of justice, who stifle others’ voices and try to immortalize themselves by their own loud proclamations, are themselves usually deprived of justice in the end. And their loud cries which had risen to the skies, are smothered in the underworld. Shiva the Omniscient was aware of these hard realities. So He warned the devoted and dharmic people, Pápasya kut́iilá gatih [“The ways of sin are always crooked”].(NSS, Disc: 10, Shivokti 10)

We all know that since 1990 the main player and most devious sinner in all of this was Sarvatmanandji. He was the kingpin directly from 1990 through the mid 1990’s. By that time, his obedient followers like Rudrananda and Nigamananda and their followers levied the boomerang effect on him. They wiped out Sarvatmananda’s chair and he was left sitting all alone in the corner. That was the first stage of the boomerang approach.

If you are a new margii and do not know what I am referring to, then please write and we will send you proof.

But the boomerang effect did not stop there. It’s next victim was another sinner: Dada Nigamananda. Now we see that this boomerang effect too has run its full course as all his followers turned on him.

The impending next stage will soon unfold and this same sinner psychology will boomerang against Rudrananda. Who will do this? Rudrananda’s own followers will take him down.

And this boomerang effect will continue – on and on – until all the sinners have been wiped out.

THE BOOMERANG MUST RUN ITS COURSE

Although we want to help we cannot do anything to stop this effect – we are helpless – the boomerang has to run its course.

This cycle will continue on and on because these people are not going to change their course or repent. They are set in their ways.

Finally if you want more proof on any point, just ask.

Namaskar,
Seshagiri Deva

Note: THE FOLLOWING LETTER MAKES THIS CLEAR

The following letter is but an example of how some of the pieces of the puzzle fit together. If you have any questions or comments, let us know…

From: dada nitya
Date: Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Subject:

Namaskar.
Yes, it is true, leaflets were put beneath the baggage of all dadas at night in Jamalpur jagrti hall . As soon as we came back to jagrti at night after programme some one shouted about discovering a leaflet, then soon Liilabodhananda rushed into the hall and snatched the leaflet from his and and shouted ‘search every bed and collect every leaflet and give me soon without delay’, Within 5 minutes he took away the leaflets with the help of a sycophant dada of him.

This Liilabodhananda was very vocal against dada Nigamananda. When the doctors told in New Delhi ” the patient Nigamananda may survive, but cant be active as a normal person, he may lead a crippled life, his life is in danger, cant remain alive longer, any time he may colapse.”……then soon after many dadas of Rudranada became more harsh, rude and started mudslinging against dada Nigam. These vocal opponents of dada Nigam are all Rurananda men……Liilabodhananda, Priyatoshananda, Madhuvratananda, Harishananda, Shvarupananda, Navatitananda, Chitshvarupananda etc…… .

These fellows realized that after Dada Nigam’s demise only Rudrananda can give an umbrella-shelter to them and they can lead unhindered, unchecked, free life in Ananda Marga. To become Purodha Rudrananda’s blessing is must sought. One year deserter along with a woman, Jaipur scandal creator is now a new Prudha, he is Navatitananda.

Dada Nigam was vigilant about some secrete business of Liilabodhananda, Madhuvratananda, Harishananda and checked them…..

Because of such attempt of Dada, these fellows became arch enemy of Dada Nigam. Some of these fellows wanted to become Purodha and had fear psychosis over Dada Nigham, so they wished Dada Nigam’s every ill and prayed for his early death.
These people very strategically distributed leaflets defaming dada Nigam last year. Madhuvratananda was the ring leader and Harishananda was his assistant.
Both are running a smuggling syndiacate in the name of ‘legal help’ and making huge personal money. They both are running a good share market business in New Delhi.

Dada Nigam once asked them about such share market business, money invested in Life Insurance Policy and sought proper accounts of their bank transaction etc. Thus this duo became strong opponents and leaned towards Rudrananda. More over caste feeling( Brahminism ) is very rapidly spreading In Marga. More or less ‘racial’ attitude is florishing within Marga….for example…YOU ARE MARATHI, YOU ARE BANGALI, YOU ARE MADRASI…
We find ourselves in a situation ‘from frying pan to fire’. We came to Marga to lead a pious, nice, hermit life. But nothing such of environment is here to become hermit, sanyasi. Where should we go?

Madhuvratananda, Harishananda and their whole group is enjoying life like kings, it was visible in Jamalpur, they never cared our comfort, food etc.They have every immunity granted by Rudrananda. Very surprisingly we found Madhuvratananda doing feet massage of Rakeshananda (PA) in Ananda Nagar.

This is a glaring example of easy method to go upward in administrative parlor in Ananda Marga.

Brother Nitya.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Mora ma’na’sa sarovera tumi son’a’lii kamal…” (PS 2209)

Purport:

Baba, in the pool of my mind You are the golden lotus. Looking towards You – ideating and meditating on You – is my dance and my life. Baba, You are the sweet vibration of my heart.

Baba, the garden of paradise is filled with sun rays; the glow of Your beauty is resplendent. In grove after grove, the buzzing bees get the pure, sweet honey from that lotus, i.e. You. [1]

Baba, pleasing You is my sadhana – except You I want nothing. O’ my Dearmost, O’ the Liila Personified, please fulfill the longing of my heart.

Baba, please be gracious and shower Your causeless grace on me…

END NOTES FOR PS #2209:

[1] In the above Prabhat Samgiita, the allegory is that Baba is the sweetness of the lotus blossom and the bhaktas are like the buzzing bees. Just as the buzzing bees are attracted are attracted by the nectar of the lotus, similarly, bhaktas are attracted by the divine charm of Parama Purusa.

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From: “gabriel jans”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2010 18:12:38

Subject: Cruelty in the US Justice & Jail System

 

Baba

 

“Tumi a’ma’r a’hva’ne sa’r’a’ diyecho…” (P.S. 1265)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You are so gracious You have paid heed to my call of longing. After remaining quiet for a long time, in the end You have finally listened to the cry of my heart. Such a long span of time has passed. The tender leaves of spring have become yellow and fallen down. The green vegetation in the mountains also underwent huge change; I saw they did not remain the same. Such a long span of time has passed.

In the end, ultimately I received the showering of Your grace. My heart is inundated with the bliss of having You. You have filled my life with ecstasy.

Baba, You know so many liilas, divine plays, which I do not understand. In this situation, I go on only searching You– feeling spellbound, astonished, & amazed. Only You know the glory of Your divine play. Baba, You have filled and satiated my heart and mind with the showering of Your causeless grace. Baba, You have heard the cry of my longing….

 

 

== CRUELTY OF US JUSTICE & JAIL SYSTEM ==

 

~ INNOCENT PERSON FORCED TO JAIL FOR 30 YRS ~

 

Namaskar,

A man in the U.S.A. endured a 30 year incarceration (jail time) for a crime he did not commit. Ultimately DNA samples proved the man’s innocence. He was released a few weeks ago. That entire story is noted below.

 

First we should reflect upon Baba’s divine guidelines. Because this case serves as yet another reminder of how Baba’s rational teachings are needed in each and every sphere of life.

 

In this below passage from the Justice chapter of Human Society-1, Baba guides us that our justice system should be corrective in nature, not penal. That means instead of aiming to punish a person – for a crime they did or did not commit – our approach should be to correct the perceived misconduct. That will beneficial for one and all.

 

In a step by step basis, here are Baba’s teachings on this important topic.

 

 

BABA’S GUIDELINES ON JUSTICE

 

First, Baba describes how mistakes are bound happen in any justice system. Never will the courts be 100% correct. Hence we should not aim to punish criminals, but rather rectify them. Punishment creates a negative or “malevolent” feeling in the minds of those being punished. For all these reasons our judicial system should be corrective, not punitive.

 

Baba says, “I am personally of the opinion that since flaws will always unavoidably remain, no matter how good the judicial system, it is not the intent of nature for one human being to penalize another. Moreover, a detailed analysis reveals that whenever a punitive action is taken to penalize somebody, a feeling of vindictiveness arises in the minds of those administering the punishment, which in turn creates a malevolent mentality. I therefore think that the term “penal system” should be deleted from social terminology. If and when somebody, whether a judge or an ordinary person, takes any type of action against another, it should be corrective, not punitive.” (Human Society Part 1, “Justice”)

 

Next, Baba describes how with a corrective system, the defendant / criminal will benefit from the corrective measures, even if that person is innocent. In such a system, an innocent person will never be wrongly incarcerated for 30 years as recently happened.

 

Baba says, “If a system of corrective measures is introduced, criminals, whether they were deeply involved in the crime or not, will have no reason to complain against anyone. Although there may be flaws in the judgement, it will not harm them in any way. A person who is definitely guilty will benefit from a system of corrective measures, and even a person who is not guilty will benefit from such a system.” (Human Society Part 1, “Justice”)

 

Finally, Baba guides us that it is more important and more beneficial for society to fail to punish a guilty person than to wrongly punish an innocent one.

 

Baba says, “Thus my opinion is that no innocent person should have the opportunity to think or say, “Although I am innocent, I am being punished because I couldn’t afford a good lawyer” due to flaws in the judicial system. No doubt society will be adversely affected if an offender evades the law and is not arrested by the police due to their incompetence, but far greater damage will be done if an innocent person is penalized because of a defective judicial system.” (Human Society Part 1, “Justice”)

 

Baba’s teachings on justice are totally unique and aim for the welfare of all involved, not the punishment of the person being prosecuted.

 

With the implementation of Baba’s guidelines on justice, harsh mistakes like the one outlined in the case below will be wholly eliminated.

 

 

CRITICAL POINTS ABOUT THE U.S. PENAL CODE

 

The following statistics and paragraphs – which come from 3rd party sources & studies – provide us with a wide-angle vision of the present-day US justice and prison system:

 

“The Bureau of Justice Statistics recently reported that there are now two million people in the nation’s prisons and jails. This figure is a record high and represents the product of an unprecedented 30-year rise in the use of incarceration. The national inmate population is now six times that of the approximately 330,000 total of 1972, just prior to the inception of the modern day “get tough” movement.”

 

“In this regard, the U.S. rate of incarceration of 702 inmates per 100,000 population represents not only a record high, but situates this nation as the world leader in its use of imprisonment. The continuous rise in the prison population in the U.S. has vaulted this country ahead of our old Cold War rival Russia to become the world’s leading incarcerator.

For comparative purposes, the U.S. now locks up its citizens at a rate 5-8 times that of the industrialized nations to which we are most similar.”

 

“Overall rates of incarceration, based on the total population, obscure the broad variation by which imprisonment impacts various demographic groups. In this regard, African American males are clearly the most heavily affected by current policies, with one of every eight black males in the age group 25-29 currently in prison or jail. Data from the Department of Justice demonstrate that a black male born today has a 29% chance of spending time in state or federal prison in his lifetime. And in the low-income neighborhoods most heavily affected by these trends, the figures are even more striking. One researcher calculates that 75% of black males in Washington, D.C. can expect to go to prison or jail during his lifetime. Racial and ethnic disparities for other groups — African American women, Hispanics, and Native Americans – while not as severe as those for black males, are nonetheless well above the national average and have been rising significantly in recent years. Regardless of one’s political orientation, these dramatically high rates of incarceration should be of concern to all Americans. The jarring contrast of the wealthiest society in human history maintaining the greatest use of imprisonment presents a clear indication of troubling circumstances. We can debate the causes of these developments and appropriate remedies, but what is clear is that the problem is one deserving significant public and policymaker attention.”

 

“Cross-National Sentencing Comparisons Comparing the limited data examining U.S. sentencing policies with those of other nations demonstrates that American sentencing practices appear to be harsher for many offenses…in the case of property crime, it is clear that the United States incarcerates more and for longer periods of time than

similar nations.”

 

 

CAUSE OF HIGH INCARCERATION IN THE US

 

At any given time at least 7 million people in the US are in jail, on parole, or on probation etc. That means 3% of its entire population of 300 million are in jail, on parole or on probation. Of those 7 million, 3 million are veritably locked up in jail, or 1.0% of the total population.

 

In stark contrast, most countries have a much lower percentage. For instance, in England only 0.2% of the population is in jail – or 5 times less than the US. And half the countries around the world have a lower percentage than England. Hence, the US prison population is very high.

 

So why are so many sitting in prisons in the US? Here are some of the reasons.

 

1) Extreme disparity of wealth: Many in the US have no money to educate themselves and they lack the basic necessities of life whereas others in the US are extremely wealthy and have more money than they could ever spend in their lifetime.

 

2) Racism: Juries and judges are biased against dark-skinned people, i.e. African Americans, those who were slaves in the past.

 

3) Jails are private enterprises: There is a growing number of prisons in the US that are privately owned. In order to make a profit, they need a maximum number of inmates. Hence there is a private interest to fill the jail. To keep the economy strong, the penal system is pressured to sentence more people to jail time.

 

4) Extreme selfishness: Many think so much about themselves that they become engrossed in their own unit desires and do not consider the needs of others. For that reason, the poor do not receive the requisite help they need and are instead left to their own devices, often sentenced to jail when they do wrong.

 

There is plenty of money in the US to solve many of the social ills, but it is not used to educate and employ youths to bring them on the proper path. Rather those poor youths are left to their own means to commit crimes and sit in jail their entire life.

 

Billion of dollars are then spent to maintain the prison system, but only a fraction of that is needed to educate and rectify people so that they would not commit crimes in the first place. Because of the self-centered theory of capitalism, neither the leaders nor the public thinks in this way.

 

On average, to costs $100,000 to educate youths in the US. And that education will last a lifetime. In contrast, it costs $75,000 to keep one criminal in jail for one single year, yet that person may be in jail for many decades.

 

So the government might spend 10 million dollars to keep a murderer in jail their entire life (that includes court fees, legal fees, living expenses, counseling, medical attention and more). So for just 1% of that 10 dollars, one can educate those youths and in turn they would become productive citizens. And the greater result would be that the society will be healthier.

 

Until this is properly addressed this problem will only grow. Why? Because the wealth disparity is increasing so the crime rate is going up.

 

 

CASE STUDIES OF EXONEREES FROM U.S. PRISON SYSTEM

 

By reading these following stories, it become quite clear how being wrongly sentenced to jail destroys the finer qualities of the human personality. In this way innocent people become totally degraded and harmed.

 

Mr. Michael Anthony Williams did not commit any crime at all but tragically he was ordered to prison as a young & tender 16-year-old adolescent and released. This innocent young lad sat needlessly in prison for 22 years. Now as a 40-year-old man, since his release from prison a year ago or so, it is not at all surprising to see that Mr Williams has encountered serious difficulties. After all, he was placed in prison before finishing school and without any job experience. So upon his release from jail, without any compensation or proper support from the government for being wrongly imprisoned, he has lived in a homeless shelters and had a series of jobs, none lasting more than six months.

 

Gene Bibbins was wrongly sentenced to time in prison. Prison life took its toll on his psyche. The harsh treatment by guards and other inmates and being exposed to drugs and violence led him into an emotional and psychological wasteland. Even though 100% innocent, he spent 4 1/2 years of torture behind bars. It was like being a POW. Upon his release, Geneworked a series of temporary factory jobs but coule never recover fully. He lost all hope and sadly he became a victim of drug abuse, and landed back in jail in East Baton Rouge, accused of cocaine possession and battery.

 

The stories are not unusual for men who have spent many years in prison. What makes the stories of these men different are that they bring into serious question how

living in jail destroys the human personality. After all these people were innocent people. Their lives got ruined by going to jail when they should not even have been in prison in the first place.

 

Such men are among the more than 200 prisoners exonerated since 1989 by DNA evidence — almost all of whom had been incarcerated for murder or rape. Their varied experiences are typical of what The New York Times found in one of the most extensive looks to date at what happens to those exonerated inmates after they leave prison.

 

The Times researched the compensation claims of all 206 people known by the Innocence Project to have been exonerated through DNA evidence as of August 2007. At least 79 — nearly 40 percent — got no money for their years in prison. Half of those have federal lawsuits or state claims pending. More than half of those who did receive compensation waited two years or longer after exoneration for the first payment.

 

“It’s ridiculous,” said Vincent Moto, exonerated in 1996 of a rape conviction after serving almost nine years in Pennsylvania. “They have programs for drug dealers who get out of prison. They have programs for people who really do commit crimes. People get out and go in halfway houses and have all kinds of support. There are housing programs for them, job placement for them. But for the innocent, they have nothing.”

 

Most of the 137 exonerated inmates researched by The Times entered prison in their teens or 20s, and they stayed there while some of their peers on the outside settled on careers, married, started families, bought homes and began saving for retirement. They emerged many years behind, and it has been difficult to catch up.

 

“The current design of prison systems don’t work,” said criminal justice expert Joel Dvoskin, PhD, of the University of Arizona. “Overly punitive approaches used on violent, angry criminals only provide a breeding ground for more anger and more violence.”

 

 

BABA’S GUIDELINE

 

By Baba’s grace we have to put an end to tortures imposed on innocent people by our justice system. At present the exploiters are committing crimes against humanity yet are seen as upstanding if not honoured citizens. Whereas the have-nots are forced into crime or even wrongly blamed of crimes they did not commit. Now we have to analyse who is the real culprit and fix the system accordingly to one is that reformatory and not punitive.

 

Baba says, “The ills perpetrated in society are in a great measure created by the exploiters themselves. To swell their bank balances the exploiters create an artificial scarcity of food, clothes and other necessary consumer goods, and loot profits in the black market. Those who have no buying capacity for high-priced food and clothes take to stealing and other shady methods in order to meet their bare necessities. These ill-fed, ill-clad flocks of poor wretches work for these greedy black marketeers and smugglers. When apprehended, it is they who are penalized – the rich escape on the strength of their influence. Throwing their conscience to the four winds, these poor wretches take to sin and crime still more desperately. The society accuses these sinners and criminals, while the rich exploiters enact the roles of popular leaders, wear garlands, let loose fireworks of speeches and exhort the masses with a clarion call to make more sacrifices.” (Human Society II, 109)

 

Namaskar,

 

 

Note 1: A SCARY STATISTIC FOR THE US PRISON SYSTEM & SOCIETY

 

“With 7 million American adults in prison and almost 50 percent of them African-American males, many children are growing up without fathers and are at risk for continuing the vicious cycle of criminal behavior, Dvoskin said. “If we don’t make the changes now, we will see these numbers go up.”

 

Baba says, “Judges can rarely say with total conviction that one person is guilty and another innocent. Their verdicts are based on the testimonies of witnesses, the evidence and the arguments of lawyers. They have very little scope to verify whether or not the witnesses are telling the truth or whether or not the evidence is genuine. Experienced lawyers often win cases because even an eminent judge becomes confused by their arguments. Moreover, if the experienced lawyers also happen to be retired judges, it will be very easy for them to win over the judge. A judge who previously worked under an experienced lawyer will usually find it difficult to reject his or her evidence and arguments. In other words, such lawyers exert a personal influence over the judge. Of course in most developed countries nowadays retired judges are prevented from practising law. This regulation is highly commendable, and results in the general public getting a better chance of receiving justice. However, there is still no guarantee that people will receive impartial justice, because in practice very few judges are able to verify whether the witnesses are telling the truth or whether the evidence is genuine, or to closely scrutinize the verbose arguments of experienced lawyers.” (Human Society Part 1, “Justice”)

 

Baba says, “It is necessary to closely examine the standard of judges. Those who are permitted to sit in judgement over others and have the power to punish must be closely monitored to see whether any degeneration has occurred in their intelligence, capacity for deliberation, or moral character. From time to time, as and when necessary, reports about the character and conduct of judges may be required by bodies representing the people. A judge who is a drunkard, of dubious character or engaged in any form of antisocial activity has no right to pass judgement on others. I am emphasizing the personal standards of judges because the nature of justice is such that higher priority has to be given to temporal, spatial and personal factors than to legal processes. (Human Society Part 1, “Justice”)

 

 

Note 2: HERE IS THE STORY OF THE RECENT EXONEREE

 

One innocent Dallas County man who was falsely charged of rape and robber in 1979 rape has been duly exonerated after unjustly spending 30yrs in jail.

 

12:00 AM CST on Tuesday, January 4, 2011

 

By JENNIFER EMILY / The Dallas Morning News

 

A man in U.S.A. faced 30 year incarceration, jail for a crime he did not commit…

 

With your preferred search engine, you can easily read about this story on-line.

 

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