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



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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Tula’ va’ upama’ Krs’n’asya na’sti…

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Tula’ va’ upama’ Krs’n’asya na’sti;

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

Notes For Prabhat Samgiita #978:

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

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

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

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

Our Family

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

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

This universe is our homeland.” (SS-18, p. 40-41)


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From: Mandal.Virendra@bharata.net…
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Our “Holy Lands”
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2011 11:41:44 +0530


=== OUR “HOLY LANDS” ===

Over the last twenty years, the stories and incidents have come again
and again.

Of course, most margiis understand that Baba resides in their heart.

Unfortunately, various Dadas has been involved in turning buidlings
like the Memorials in Kolkata and Ananda Nagar & Baba’s Quarter
in Tiljala and Jamalpur, into “holy places”. We all know their
motivations behind this: money, prestige, and control etc

Yet such types of memorials used as tiirtha sites or “holy lands”
run 100% contrary to Baba’s teachings. Devotion starts with the
idea that Parama Purusa is with you, inside. And the defective “holy
land” mentality dictates that you have to go somewhere to find God
and get His grace.

Over the years some in our Marga have been affected by the “holy land”
propaganda of some Dadas. Here below are their stories followed by Baba’s
dharmic teachings which dispel the holy land dogma.


Basically every morning from 8am to 11 am there was a long queue of
innocent margiis and Wts waiting to enter the Baba’s Quarters in order to
get His blessing. Means they were holding garlands in their hand thinking
that it is mostly meaningful to garland the photo in the Baba’s Quarter–
and not any place else like on the Pandal etc. And while on line they
talking again and again how they were going “to see Baba in His room”.

So simple sadhakas were giving more importance to Baba’s room as if that
only places like His room, Memorial, Jamalpur, Bankipur Jail etc– as if
those are the only places where sadhakas can get His blessing and have His
divine communication.

I even heard one wife telling her husband that when they get inside then
they must not forget to ask one boon of Baba: That He should find one
suitable match for their daughter– because she is of the marriageable age
and it is a tough job to find a husband. So they were waiting on line to
request this of Baba.

And others who had already been through the line or did so on previous days
were moving here and there trying to convince others that they must go
inside to get Baba’s blessing– otherwise they would miss out.

And still others were proclaiming how fortunate they were to garland the
photo in the Baba’s Quarter or go to the tomb / Memorial because that is
the sanctified holy place and now surely they will get success. And like
that the scene was going on.

Thus it was more than a little tragic because here in our AM we believe
that God is everywhere– including inside our hearts. Yet here at these
so called holy sites, innocent and simple margiis were waiting on line in hopes
of seeing Baba in some external venue, i.e in that Baba Quarter, Memorial etc.
As if that is the exclusive place where they can convey their message to Baba
and get His grace.

And even those not initially attracted to do like this got convinced by
various persons who were actively propagandizing that going into the Baba’s
Quarter in places like Ananda Nagar etc is the best opportunity to see
Baba. Otherwise how can one do.


In our AMPS society we have turned Baba’s room, Tiljala Memorial, Patna
Jail, and many such places, and now some are telling this Tiger’s grave in
Jamalpur as well, into something “extra” divine. We say it is the place of
very special attention where Baba’spresence is much more than other places.
Obviously this very preaching goes against the fundamentals of dharma shastra
where it is taught that Baba isever-present everywhere beyond time, space and person.

In this following Baba’s quote it is clear.

Baba says, “How strange! All countries have been created by the Supreme
Consciousness, so all countries are equal. The universal concept of dharma
that God is all-pervasive– this essence of dharma has been forgotten.
Ultimately dharma has been reduced to a geo-sentiment centering around
Benares.” (NH p.23)

Here, in the case of our AMPS society, ‘Benares’ means Ananda Nagar,
Memorial, Jamalpur, Patna Jail, Baba’s quarters etc..

Before saying more about our Ananda Marga, in this regard so many examples
of history can be given.


Take the example of Lord Buddha. Buddha got enlightenment through his deep
meditation but nowadays in place of doing meditation Buddhist monks or
followers mostly do idol worship of Lord Buddha.

Interestingly enough, the statue of Lord Buddha that those disciples
worship, the statue itself is in a meditative pose. And that gives the
sense that Lord Buddha is doing sadhana. But Buddha’s followers do not
bother to think about that aspect– sadhana. In place of sadhana they
created their own rituals and started worshipping that very idol by
lighting lamps etc. Lord Buddha’s teachings got diluted and polluted by
Buddhists monks and followers. This is a well-known historical fact.

All around the globe where Buddhism is propagated one can find huge idols.
In the name of the propagation of Buddha’s teachings Buddhists did only this:
Created huge, very tall high idols. Some 12 years back in Afghanistan the
negative Taliban regime destroyed countless Buddha statues including the
largest existing one which had been carved into a mountainside. That was
not at all dharmic– rather destructive & against cultural legacy. And I
raise that issue here only in so far that Buddha’s statues were made around
the globe.

So the point is that Lord Buddha taught about meditation, but instead his
dogmatic disciples started their own dogma. In his practical life Buddha
did meditation. But his followers never cared about this teaching, or
rarely so.


In the case of Kabir Dasji, we see same story. So many places Baba cited Saint
Kabir’s name. Saint Kabir never believed in or propagated idol worship but
now his followers believe only in the idol of Saint Kabir. They do not
believe in any other idol. But at the same time they are engaged in idol
worship of Saint Kabir.

What a peculiar history has been made. That very theory of idol worship which
Saint Kabir strongly opposed, his chief disciples started following that
theory after his passing.


See also in the case of the propounder of the Jain religion: Lord
Mahaviira. Lord Mahaviira also got realisation through deep meditation, but
immediately after his physical departure  many dogmas were started. And now
his disciples– i.e.  followers of the Jain religion– do worship to the
idol of Lord Mahaviira. They do not care about any type of meditation.

So this is the short history. And if you give any example then hundreds of
other examples can be enlisted. But the whole idea is that what guru
taught, immediately after his passing, then his senior disciples
ruined everything. And those disciples started practising various types of
negative things which their guru himself did not like.


So here the central idea is that the chief disciples are the cause of
ruination of their Guru’s teaching and in this way those disciples mislead
the entire society.


Unfortunately, it looks like the same style of degeneration is going on in
AMPS society these days. Baba’s teachings about the universal presence of
Parama Purusa have gotten tainted by the propaganda of the importance of
Baba’s room etc. Baba has been limited to that particular place.

So knowingly or unknowingly simple margii sadhakas are taught to believe
that Baba’s presence is more in those special places like Baba’s room,
Memorial etc than in other places.

It seems, certain Wts & common margiis do not like to believe Baba’s below
Prabhat Samgiita. Or they like to remain forgetful of this very teaching.


“Ja’ni more ghire a’cha ca’ri dha’re, tabu khunje khunje pa’rishra’nt…”

The inner meaning: Oh Baba I know that You are surrounding me in all the
directions even then I am searching desperately. Even then with my
stupidity I go on searching. And I am exhausted by this search. Searching
from one Baba’s quarter to another Baba’s quarter with a garland and fruits
in my hand. From Kolkata Memorial to Ananda Nagar to Jamalpur to Patna Jail
then back to Baba’s quarter and so many places.

Here also I want to share one other interesting story which I heard.


Similar scene is available when you go to visit various religious temples.
There, such a huge long queue of devotees are waiting to go inside to see
the idol of a certain deity. As I think you know, this thing is very common
in India. So many renowned temples are there in India.

For example there is Lord Shiva temple in Deogar where devotees of the
Hindu religion take the water of the Ganges which is 80 miles away. That
place is known as Sultan Ganj and that is where they start their dogmatic
holy journey.

And they walk to the temple. Or those who are called great devotees they do
one marathon run. And some those who are still greater devotees they start
their journey several weeks ahead of time and in prostrating position they
move: Lying down in prostration, getting up, and then lying down in prostration.
In that manner they journey to the temple.

By this way religious followers of various grades reach to temple during
certain fixed days of tiirtha (pilgrimage) program which is allotted
beforehand. And there also a huge crowd pours the water on the head of Lord
Shiva. And by that they think that Lord Shiva will grant them various types
of boons. And that Lord Shiva will also grant them relief from all the sins
they committed.

Such followers think that leading their whole life in a virtuous manner and
refraining oneself from sin is too difficult. So once in a year on certain
occasions of holy dates they foolishly think that if one does penance for a
certain limited period then the heavy load of one’s life sins get washed
away. So this is working as a quick fix type.

In place of doing sadhana, these  religious believers are engaged in
external paraphernalia thus wasting their time, money, and energy.

This example shows that in that Deogar temple, a crowd of devotees gathers
in order to to see Lord Shiva externally and ask boons of Shiva. These
Hindu devotees go to see Lord Shiva in Deogar.


But Baba does not like this that is why Baba says that we should search God
within, not without.

BABA says:

Tiles’u taelam’ dadhiniiva sarpira’pah…

“Do you know how He is implanted in everything? Just as oil remains in the
sesame (Til). But if you look at the sesame superficially, you will see
only sesame; churn it and the oil will come out. He abides in everything,
but you cannot see Him, if you look at it superficially. Do the Sa’dhana’ –
meditate churn any object or entity by meditation and He will appear.” (SS
part IV)

Generally the common public searches God externally and they inspire
others, friends, relatives, and their known people also to move from this
place to that place to search Parama Purusa outside, externally. And by
that way it disturbs the whole spiritual enhancement of common innocent
people. When really devotion, the inner link with Parama Purusa is the
perennial source of inspiration.

In our Marga, we are to pay no attention and give no credence to the
existence of any such “holy land”, whether it be Memorial, Jamalpur,
Baba’s Quarter, Tiljala or any other place.

Baba resides in our heart and He wants that we should find Him there
through our devotional longing and meditation.


In this negative environment of dogma and staticity this following Ananda
Vanii gives strong force of hope and inspiration that our future is bright.

Baba says, “Human civilization now faces the final moment of a critical
juncture. The dawn of a glorious new era is on its one side and the
worn-out skeletons of the past on the other. People have to adopt either of
these two. You are the spiritual soldiers, you are the worshipers of Life
Divine, hence I call you to adorn this crimson dawn deluged with glorious
light. Victory is surely yours.” (Ananda Vanii)

Note: In the above Vanii “skeletons of the past” means dogmatic rituals
like tiirthas etc.



Prostrating position = Religious worshipers of Lord Shiva do
sastaunga pranam on the muddy road and extend their hand and place one
stone. And then they get up and move one step and then just before the
stone they again prostrate and in that lying position they go another 5 feet and put
that stone / rock. By this very slow torturous process they cross 80 miles.
It takes several weeks. This they do to please Lord Shiva. Of course in our
AM such penance is not accepted rather it is treated negatively.

Note 2:            HE IS WITH HIS DEVOTEES

Baba says, “He is everywhere, but that vibration originates from
that place where His nucleus is. He seats that nucleus at that place where
devotees sing His name. What can be a better place than that.” (AV)

Baba says, “The secret of a devotee’s heart is known to Parama Puruśa.
In Jamalpur I told you that Parama Puruśa does not reside in Vaekuńt́ha
[the mythological abode of Lord Viśńu], nor on the throne, nor in the heart
of the dry yogi. He actually resides in the heart of a devotee. A devotee
is always bound to think of Parama Puruśa at heart, because their mutual
relation is one of love and devotion. That is why Parama Puruśa clearly
proclaims, Madbhaktáh yatra gáyanti tatra tiśt́hámi Nárada – that is,
“I reside, O Nárada, wherever my devotees are singing.”” (26 October 1979
DMC, Gaddopur)

“Tiirthe tiirthe ghuriya’ kla’nt haye esechi dva’re…”   (4112)


Baba in search of You, after wandering around the globe in various holy
lands, I am completely tired; and in that state now I have reached to Your
alter. Baba, be gracious, please do not turn Your face away; and please do
not become unhappy,  angry, or furious on me. Please open the door and
allow me to come inside.
Baba, look towards me; my whole body is completely tired and exhausted. My
feet are full of dust. Wandering around in the sun my whole body is
sweating. I am completely tired and exhausted.
By Your grace now I feel in my heart and repent how my whole life got
wasted. I was tied up in the noose of dogma. Just I was performing various
rituals, wandering in holy lands, moving from one tiirtha to another
tiirtha, from one Baba’s Quarter to another Baba’s Quarter, in search of
You. By Your grace now I understand that You are hiding sitting in my
heart– smiling.
Baba, I am surrendering to You. Please accept me as Yours. Do not leave
me to wander to this and that dogma– involved in one or another ritual.
The path which I was crossing through, that path is dark & full of
hopelessness. I wasted a lot of money, time, and energy but nothing was
gained. And now I am too tired. I want Your divine direction.
In spite of moving on the negative path, by Your grace in the garden of
my mind some flowers have bloomed for You. I want to offer those flowers at
Your lotus feet. Now the creepers of hope are swinging and the feeling is
coming that You will allow me.
By Your grace, Baba You have already given me the longing for You in my
heart. So now please allow me to come close to You to touch Your feet.
Baba, I am Yours and You are mine. I am surrendering everything to You.
Please accept me…

Best and Worst

Baba says, “Human beings come into this world and attend to so many
duties…It is the sense of duty that makes a person great. Of all the
bonds, the bond of duty is the strongest and the bond of moha [blind
attachment or infatuation] is the worst. Humans will have to break the
bonds of moha and increase the bonds of duty.” (NKS,’97 Edn, p.111)

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Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 19:39:14 +0530
From: “Pandit_Sudhakar”
Subject: Story of Worthless Son


“Tava path dhare, tava na’m kare, toma’r pa’nei cale thaki…” (P.S. 2180)


Baba, by Your grace I am treading on Your path by singing Your name and
moving towards You. You are my Goal.

By Your grace I am moving closer and closer towards You– to reach You.
Baba, except You, in this universe who else is mine– no one. Because of
this I am always calling You for Your shelter.

O’ Lord, in this decorated universe of Yours, You have provided me a
special place according to Your liking. You have bestowed everything; and,
You do not desire anything from anyone. Just You go on pouring Your divine
grace eternally.

The demerits such as lethargy only come from my side. Plus all kinds of
lame excuses I give in self-justification. Hence all the lacuna belong to
me; whereas, You Yourself are ever-gracious.

Baba, You have situated my mind in the corner of Your vast cosmic mind.
And from that corner it receives Your divine vibration.

With the attraction and resonance of Your divine vibration, the lotus of
the love, which has blossomed in my heart, is looking towards You with deep

Baba, singing Your Name, I am moving on Your path. For me, Your grace is


In late 2009, AM Publications released a new book. It is a collection of
essays about Baba’s contributions written by members of the academic

However, for any Ananda Margii, reading the cover itself is enough to
know that there are serious issues with this publication.

This is an important topic for it reflects how Baba, the Guru of Ananda
Marga, is presented to the general public. As His disciples, it is
exclusively our duty to safeguard His excellence.

Anyone with basic devotion will understand the proper way to address
Baba on the public platform, let us see what was done in this particular


Before discussing the details of the aforementioned book, here is one
related story.

There was a village family in Sheohar (Shivahar) district of Bihar and
the father – though illiterate himself – had a great desire that his son
should be properly educated. The father toiled in the fields night and
day in order to send his son to the finest schools. The father
sacrificed much and used 100% of his limited financial means to send his
son to college. After showering his paternal affection and giving all
the family funds to his son’s study for years and years, his son
completed his schooling and became a professor.

All along, to ensure his son would have a great opportunity in life, the
father labored hard in the hot sun day after day. But to him, it was all
worth it to see his son succeed.

On the occasion of one festival, the father made the big excursion and
traveled from his remote village to visit his son, the professor, at
college. The father was extremely proud and told all his friends and
neighbors about the upcoming trip.

The momentous day arrived and his father arrived smiling with gifts in
hand for his son. His best clothes and jubilant expression however could
not hide his weathered features from his many years of working outside
in the fields.

The son greeted his father at the station and brought him to the college
to show him around. As it was a festival day, the son was not thinking
that any of his colleagues would be there.

Father and son walked and talked from building to building and the
father was very impressed by what he saw. It was all that he expected
and much, much more. But mostly, he was so pleased to be with his son.

After much walking, they took a seat in the shade. They sat and talked
for some time when from behind them a man approached. When they could
hear the footsteps directly behind them, the son turned around and much
to his surprise saw that it was the chairman from his department. The
son was shocked and his whole expression changed.

Immediately he stood up to greet his senior colleague. He took on a
serious demeanor and spoke eye to eye with the chairman. The father sat
there quietly watching, waiting to be introduced. But the two kept talking.

At one point, in the conversation, the chairman motioned inquisitively
towards the father, and the proud father was ready to stand up and meet
the chairman. But the son just brushed his hand in a rather brusque
manner and attempted to redirect the conversation.

But this did not resolve the situation, he could sense the the
department chairman was still curious as to who this person was.

So the the son said, “Yaha mera’ servant hai.” (Yaha means “this”, mera’
means “my”, servant means servant, and hai means “is”.)

The chairman nodded – paid no attention to the father – and continued
his dialog with the son.

The father only knew Hindi – not a single word of English – so the
father only understood the Hindi words: “Yaha mera’ _______ hai”,
meaning, “This is my _______”.

But he heard the sound “servant” and kept it in his memory.

A few minutes later, the chairman and the son finished their
conversation and the chairman walked off without even acknowledging the
father. The son looked visibly affected – he had not expected to see any
colleagues at the college on this festival day. This disappointment was
not lost on his father.

The rest of their visit went uneventfully – though the father felt
perplexed by his son’s behavior. The father returned back to his village
with one burning question in mind. What did the English word “servant”

He immediately asked one of the literary people in his village what the
English word “servant” meant. When the father got the answer, he
immediately understood the situation.

The father felt saddened that his son was so ashamed of him.

Apparently during his years of study, the son had created his own
history and background and told many stories of how he was born into a
literate, well-to-do family to all his colleagues. He thought this would
boost his prestige.

So when he and his illiterate and simple father unexpectedly met up with
the chairman of the department, the son introduced his father as his

That occasion turned out to be one of the last times the father and son
ever spoke. The arrogant son had not an iota of gratitude for the
father’s sacrifice of putting him through school. The son wanted to
disassociate himself from his village roots entirely. In turn, the
father was despondent that he had lost his son – the very person to whom
he had given so much. He had given everything for the growth of his son
and now his son was essentially disowning him. The father lived out his
days with a heavy heart.

This very tragic story is highly related with the recently published
book noted above.


As we know, when speaking about our Sadguru Baba, as His disciples we
are always to use words that reflect only the highest respect.

Baba says, “The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma
(Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living
beings – That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone
has revealed Brahmavidya’ (intuitional science) to us through the medium
of the name and form of Anandamu’rtijii. Unit beings must be made to
appreciate Its majesty.” (CC-2, ‘Sadhana’, pt 1a)

Baba is our spiritual Preceptor, and in that role He is known as Shrii
Shrii A’nandamu’rtijii. Thus we are to use this name with the greatest
reverence. Every A’nanda Ma’rgii is aware about this.

We should not be like the worthless son in the above story who fails to
give proper regard to his father.

Unfortunately, in the recently published book, the situation is not very
favourable. See for your yourself how the publishers did.


Now, let’s get to the book itself. The title is “He Lived Among Us” and
it is 300+ pages long; but one need look no further than the cover to
see how the publishers represented Baba.

Remember, this book is a collection of essays written by various
intellectuals and researchers. But it was published by Ananda Marga

The subtitle of the book is printed on the cover: “Contributions of
Shrii Shrii A’nandamu’rti in the eyes of his contemporaries”.

PROBLEM #1: “contemporaries”

The first and most glaring problem on the cover is the use of the word
“contemporaries” in the subtitle. Using this word – “contemporaries” –
puts all those jinani intellectuals on par with Baba. Because as we all
know, contemporaries refers to both time and stature. For instance, even
though a normal citizen was born during the same time period as Barack
Obama or Hugo Chavez, that person is not considered to be their
contemporary since he is not a world or country leader. To be a
contemporary one must be of a similar social stature etc.

So it is abominable that our publishers used such a word in the subtitle
to refer to these jinani authors, thereby placing them on equal footing
as Sadguru Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. This book is supposed to glory
Baba’s Divine status but unfortunately it merely equates Him with these
intellectuals, calling them His “contemporaries”.

Some naive readers may think nothing is wrong with this, but every
devotee will take strong exception to what these publishers have done.
Indeed every bhakta will be quite alarmed and think that the AMPS
publishers of this book have behaved like the worthless son in the above

PROBLEM #2: “his contemporaries”

The next major problem on the book’s cover is this: The publishers did
not capitalize the letter “h” when they wrote “his contemporaries” in
the subtitle. This does two things. It fails to show the we, His
followers, believe Him to be Divine; and it further equates those
“contemporaries” as being on par with Baba. They are human beings and
“he” is also a human being. There is no difference in stature.

Such is the tragedy that occurs by not capitalising the word “his”. And
again, this gross negligence was not carried out by some distant jinani
writers but rather by our very own AMPS publications team. That is
another reason why many are saying that those publishers are no better
than the worthless son in the aforementioned story.

The worthless failed to give proper regard to his father, and the publishers
of this book have failed to do the same.

PROBLEM #3: Missing “ji”

Here is another point of extreme importance.

We are to always the suffix “jii” when using His name. So it should be
Shrii Shrii Anandamurtijii. That is how it is written in Caryacarya:
“the name and form of Shrii Shrii Anandamu’rtijii.” (cited above)

Yet, on the very of the cover of the book that is supposed to be in the
honour of Baba, the respectful suffix “jii” is conspicuously missing.
They merely wrote Shrii Shrii Anandamurti.

So this is yet another gross injustice. We are trying to propagate
Baba’s Divine Personality yet the publishers fail to give Him basic
measures of respected and neglect to use the suffix “ji”.

How then can we think that this book glorifies Baba when so many basic
elements of respect are lacking. Even the followers of the crude
dogmatic religions never fail to laud their preceptor of leader in
public – i.e. they will always, always, always state “His Holiness the
Dalai Lama” and never just “Dalai” or “Lama” etc – but in this AM book,
the publishers did not give Baba the level of respect that even human
beings get. After all, there are many people in society who are referred
to with the suffix “ji”, yet this was not donned upon Baba and He is

Thus time and again this publication presents Baba in a most lackluster
and disrespectful manner, thereby leading good sadhakas to conclude that
the publishers of this book are just as bad as the worthless son
discussed above.

PROBLEM #4: The Main Title

Finally there is the main title: “HE LIVED AMONG US”. No doubt the
capitalised “H” but that has little value since ALL the letters are

The main issue is that the title conveys the feeling that the book is
about someone who has come and gone from this earth – that he was here
and is now gone.

The title, “HE LIVED AMONG US”, carries all kinds of finite and fleeting

It does not convey the idea that the subject of this book is an Eternal
Entity who exists across time and space.

Thus on the cover of the book alone there are any number of cases of
negligence and neglect. And it all speaks to the poor standard of the
publishers. No one else is to blame. Those jinani writers may have
written all kinds of nonsense on those 300+ pages, but what has happened
on the cover is enough to turn the stomach of any right-thinking devotee.

That is why many sadhakas think that those publishers are just like the
worthless son in the above story.


The various religions may be dogmatic and may be corrupt but at least
they have the requisite courage and awareness to glorify their chosen
Deity. In contrast, the publishers of AM books are either cowards or
blind, or both.

Just see: Buddhists around the globe always refer to their leader as
“His Holiness the Dalai Lama.” This phrase gets repeated with every
action and word of the Dalai Lama. And by this way they effectively
promote their perceived greatness of their leader. Plus, they have
taught the rest of the world to do the same – ie treat their Buddhist
leader with respect.

Here is the proof – see this statement printed in a top western newspaper.

“Statement from the Press Secretary on the President’ s meeting Thursday
with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama:”The President met this morning at
the White House with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama…” (Washington
Post, Feb 18 2010)

Note only the newspaper but the Press Sectretary of the US President have
emulated the titled that the followers use for the Dalai Lama, ie. His Holiness.

If we fail to refer to Baba in a proper way on the public platform,
then we will miss the opportunity to teach the rest of the world
about Baba’s Divine stature, and we will be blamed – and rightly so.

Rather we will be teaching them the wrong way of doing.

Because indeed this is something that all the dogmatic religions and
sects do: They treat their leader with utmost respect in the public
arena. Whether it be “Lord Jesus Christ”, “The Honourable Elijah
Mohammed”, “Maharishi Patanjali Ji”, “Sri or Saint Shankaracarya Ji”,
“Saint Francis of Assisi” or any other religioius leader, always the
followers have the foresight and courage to give their leader respect.

But in AM, when our Guru truly is the Parama Purusa incarnate, the
publishers could not live up to the standard that the dogmatic followers
of other religions do. That is why many say that the cowardly publishers
are just like the worthless son from the above story.


Who can forget that dramatic reporting session in front of Baba when one
Dada mentioned Ramakrsna. Then immediately Baba scolded that Dada and
told him not to refer to any great person in such a disrespectful
manner. Baba said that one should use “Thakur Ramakrsna Paramahansa” as
that gives the proper respect.

Here Baba is teaching us to use proper language and feeling when
referencing a revered person. Naturally then, we are to apply the spirit
of this teaching when referencing Baba also.

That means we are to say, “Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, or “Revered Baba”,
or “Sadguru” or any term that conveys the proper respect. By this way we
not only share the feeling of our heart but we show others how they
should refer to Him as well.

So we should pay heed to Baba’s guideline from this reporting session.

Tragically, those publishers fell short of the mark, which is why many
just call them worthless. About this you can decide for yourself by
seeing the quality of their work.


Here is one analogy that is appropriate to this situation.

If a dog or pig gets close to you then it may lick you out of love and
respect. Because that is all that dog or pig knows to do. Likewise when
any unqualified person tries to glorify Baba then due to their
limited understanding they will create a mess, dripping their saliva all
over the place. In trying to love and glorify Him something else will
happen. And that is exactly what occurred when the AMPS publishing team
made this book, “HE LIVED AMONG US”. In that case are they any different
from the local street dog or domesticated pig.


By Baba’s grace, He has revealed to us whom He is and it is our duty to
share and spread His greatness with one and all. But when certain
publishers shy away from this divine truth, either due to their cowardly
nature or lack of realisation, then that is nothing but an ugly failure.
That is why they and their book become “worthless”, like the useless son
in the above story. Baba is our Supreme Father and we must always convey
this feeling of love and respect when raising His name, especially when
done in public in the form of a book. As His sons and daughters, that
is our inherent responsibility. None should fail and become worthless.

Baba says, “The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma
(Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living
beings – That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone
has revealed Brahmavidya’ (intuitional science) to us through the medium
of the name and form of Shrii Shriui Anandamu’rtijii. Unit beings must be made to
appreciate Its majesty.” (CC-2, ‘Sadhana’, pt 1a)



I have great friendship and respect for Dada Sarvatmanandaji, so when it
is his name that is listed on the inside cover as the Publications
Secretary and when his Publications team is also involved, then I feel
great pain as many may lose trust and faith in Dadaji. They may think he
and his team are “worthless”.

Here I just want to say I have great feeling for Dadaji and I truly
hope he is able to repair this error – and fast, otherwise I fear others may
lose respect for Dadaji.


When the cover of the book is such an utter mess, then we can only
imagine how many gross errors appear on the 300+ printed pages of this
book. When the publishers themselves are unable to properly present Baba
and His ideas, then they will be in no position to correct the many
wrongs potentially made by these jinani authors. So we should all be
ready. At this point, who knows what dirt might lie inside the front cover.

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Keeping a skull by our side gives that same stark reminder that our life is temporary and that we should not get caught up in relative luxuries and satisfaction. We are to spend our time striving for the Great.

From: “Herb Marmlestein”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Keep Skull
Date: Wed 30 Dec 2009 13:10:49


“A’ma’r sakal dukher ma’jhe ele tumi dukhaharan’…” (PS 1421)


O’ Baba, You are Dukhaharan’. I was surrounded by sorrows & suffering; I
was in big problem; my life was unbearable. I was completely miserable. But
now, by Your grace, to save me, You have come with Your gazing eyes, silent
footsteps, loving smile, and sweet face. Baba, by Your divine advent You
have blessed me and rescued me by wiping away all my troubles and

Baba, completely depending upon You with full surrender, in that very
distressed and helpless condition, I was calling You and looking towards
You. Raising both my hands in surrender I told, ‘Baba, please save me; You
are my only shelter. If You will not save me then who will.’ Then at that
moment You rescued me by showering Your grace.

Baba, when I look around I see that because of Your gracious presence
this entire universe has become vibrated & charged. The whole sky is
enveloped in Your divine effulgence and my mind and heart is drenched in
Your love. Baba, holding Your lotus feet, I sing Your glory in my heart and
surrender to You…


When Baba would arrive at any airport then there would be a grand
reception by all local margiis and workers and part and parcel of that
dramatic and exciting time was dancing tandava with a skull for Baba.
That was the rule. Everyone in AM is well aware about this.

In AM, the skull symbolises the constant struggle of life and the fight
against death. It is one of our dharmic tools.

Thus the skull has great value in the life of any tantrika and in this
short posting we will examine why it is beneficial for every Ananda
Margii to keep a skull.


Our time on this earth is temporary – yet most people totally remain
oblivious of this fact. They think the qualities they have, i.e. their
wealth, health, beauty, and power, will last forever. That defective
outlook causes so many problems.

People falsely believe that their life and property are permanent and
that leads them to become arrogant and hurtful towards others. They
think that with their limited power they can do what they want and that
their power will never wane. By this way they torture, cheat, abuse, and
rule over others – all the while thinking that their position is
indestructible and lasting.

When the fact is that human life is temporary and this world is
transitory. Even as Ananda Margiis however, we can forget this fact. And
in that way we may forget what is most important on this earth. Perhaps
we will not cheat and exploit other like materialists are prone to do,
yet we may get wrapped up in transitory gains instead of yearning for
the Supreme.

To think of this world as a permanent abode is common amongst human
beings – this is their illusionary outlook. Yet this mindset is not
helpful for our growth and development.

Here is one suggestion; If we all keep a skull in our room or on our
desk, then we will be constantly reminded by the transitory nature of
this world. By that way, we will always be involved in proper deeds on
this earth.


Just as when people think their power is permanent then they will abuse
others day and night, similarly, when people think that their qualities
are temporary, then they will adopt the right psychology and values in
life. Then they will think that their life should be utlised for a
benevolent cause. Then there is no time to get mixed up in wrongdoing.

Baba says, ‘What is a devotee to do? “Tyaja durjana sam’sargam” – you
should give up the company of durjanas. Who is a durjana? I will
explain. A man whose company will deteriorate or deprave the standard of
others is a durjana for those persons.” (AV-12)

According to Baba, as bhaktas we are to surround ourselves with good
people, and give up the company of bad people. The shloka goes on to say
that we are to always remember that this world is temporary. That is the
recipe for a proper life.


When we constantly remember that this world is temporary – and having a
skull visible day in and day out can help – then we are bound to set our
sights on that which is permanent. In that case we will vigilantly goad
our lives unto Him. Only Parama Purusa is eternal (nitya).

Baba says, “Parama’tma’ is nitya. The term nitya means that which is
uninfluenced by the time factor i.e., beyond the periphery of past,
present and future.” (SS-18)

So when Paramatma is the only eternal Entity then that is the stance we
should attain – not any worldly status. By keeping a skull by our
bedside we will always remember that this world and this body do not
last forever. What to speak of forever, they do not even last long.
People get only get a few years when they are in the peak of their life.


When we realise that life is indeed temporary then we will fully utilise
our existence in the proper way.

The situation can be likened to visiting a new city. If you are going to
be there for only one or two days then in a quick hurry you will see all
the sights and learn all there is to know about that city, whereas if
one lives in that city then they will feel relaxed and they will no go
anywhere or see anything. They will think they have loads of time to do
that later.

We should think of our time on this earth like the sightseer who is
visiting a city for just 1 or 2 days. Then we will be vigilant to live
life for the right ideal – and not be lackadaisical or apathetic about
doing good deeds.

We will think that now is the time to act and realise Him because we
will not be here much longer. Anytime death can come – there is no
guarantee at all. We have not time for silly material pursuits and
gratification etc.

These two postings lead us in this direction:


2500 years ago when a young prince first left his kingdom and saw people
getting sick and dying on the street then he was forced to consider the
temporary nature of life and reevaluate what he should do on this earth.
It was then that his true quest began and he later became the Buddha, or
Enlightened One.

Keeping a skull by our side gives that same stark reminder that our life
is temporary and that we should not get caught up in relative luxuries
and satisfaction. We are to spend our time striving for the Great.

For this reason every Ananda Margii – regardless of whether one was
initiated yesterday or 40 years ago – should keep a skull in their
possession. Having a skull should be considered indispensable.

If getting an actual skull is too difficult or illegal then margiis
should access Google images and print out a picture of a skull or find a
good artist and get a skull printed or painted onto a piece of paper and
hang that up on their wall.

That type of ongoing reminder is absolutely necessary otherwise one is
bound to forget that we have not come onto this earth for a long time –
rather a very short stay.

One other benefit of having a skull is that it is good for one’s daily
tandava practice.


By Baba’s grace we have come here for a short time and must materialise
great works. Keeping a skull reminds us of the fact that just as the
skull was one day a breathing, walking human being, soon our head will
be in that condition. One day we too will be like that skull – sooner,
not later.

Our life is not long nor do we know when it will end. As sadhakas we
should live in the present always thinking and doing to please Him and
we should never get caught up in long-term plans – nor let the minutes
pass away thinking that we will have time in the future.

Grhiitvaeva keshes’u mrtyurn’a’ Dharma’caret

Baba says, “That is, during spiritual practice one should think that the
god of death has already started pulling one’s hair – that one’s death
is imminent. And accordingly one should work sincerely and vigorously;
one will have to do a great many noble deeds within a short period.” (SS-11)



Human life is short and it must be well-utilised. These below letters
are along this theme. We should all read and study them – and yes, keep
a skull in our living room.

Good Sadhaka

Baba says, “The mind of the man whose consciousness or discriminating
judgement is awakened– whose power of judgment is intense, always remains
wedded to the ‘Buddhi’. That is to say, his rein (mind) remains constantly
under the control of the charioteer (Buddhi or discriminating intellect),
and so, quite naturally, his organs remain loyal to the Buddhi. Random
rambles of the organ-like horses (organs) will cut no ice with him. But in
a case like this if the horses (organs) be bad and untrained, i.e. the
organs are faulty, it becomes impossible for the charioteer (discriminating
intellect) to get the desired result. Hence for the right functioning of
the chariot (body), well-trained horses (organs) are indispensable. A
sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) also should train himself likewise. His mind,
body, intellect, and organs should be directed towards the Blissful Spirit
(Shreya).” (SS-4, p.9)


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Date: 17 Dec 2009 06:10:15 -0000
From: “Shivadayal Singhal”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Cakras, Cakras, & Cakras & So Many Cakras in AM


“Bha’loba’si toma’y a’mi, keno ta’ ja’ni na’…” P.S. 2329


Baba, I love You but I do not know why I love You. You go on pulling my
heart– but what is the mystery behind this, that I do not understand.
Baba, You are the divine effulgence of my dark heart. By Your grace I
will never allow that effulgence to get extinguished. Baba, I will always
keep Your love in my heart.

All the love I have in the deep core of my heart, and all the hopes and
longings I have in my mind, all my desires and aspirations are revolving
around You. And they get expressed through Your songs, dance, melody, and
rhythms. Baba, You are my everything.

Where I am, where I will go, and from where I have come, all these types
of useless questions never come in my mind, by Your grace. Baba, I do not
even want to know these things. Just I am fully depending on You– that You
know everything and that everything is in Your control.

Baba, You are always ever gracious on me. I love You; my whole existence
is Yours…


Knowing all aspects of AM philosophy serves at minimum a dual purpose:
It helps us convince and guide others about the dictates of AM plus it
fuels our own progress along the path of spirituality.

Thus we should be thoroughly familiar with all the major and minor terms
used in our AM discourses, including the term “cakra”.

In our Ananda Marga philosophy, the term “cakra” is used in a multitude
of ways which differ greatly from the approach of traditional Indian
gurus as well as the contemporary yoga movement in the west.

Of course, on its own cakra has two basic meanings: (1) wheel, or cycle,
or circle; (2) society, samaj, ghosti, or family.

In addition there are these common and not so common terms and their
moderate to subtle differentiations: (a) dharmacakra, (b) brahmacakra,
(c) srsti cakra, (d0 cakras as in psychic energy centers, (e)
karmacakra, and (f) bhacakra. Knowing all these terms and applications
gives us comprehensive knowledge of the term cakra and so much more.


In AM the term dharmacakra is known and practiced by one and all. This
refers to our weekly, collective meditation gatherings. Once the minimum
of five persons gather, then it is enough to officially hold a dharmacakra.

Although the term is quite common in AM, we should not think that it
only applies to AM gatherings. The term actually stems back to Buddha’s

Baba says, “That special mudra’ of Buddha is called dharmacakra
pravarttana mudra’. To those first five people who heard his preaching,
he said, “Always keep the wheel of dharma moving. Take care that it
never ceases to move.”” (NSS)

Thus the term dharmacakra is at least 2500 years old, though the way
Buddha used the term is a bit different from our use in AM.


The term brahmacakra is also quite well known in AM. This of course
refers to the system wherein jiivas move around the Cosmic Nucleus.
Those who are psycho-spiritually closer to Him have a shorter radius.
But regardless of near or far, all are moving around Him – no one is
outside of this system.

Here is one of the classic ways Baba describes this in His discourses.

Baba says, ““Sarva’jiive sarvasam’sthe brhante.” His created beings, His
loving sons and daughters, His children, are moving round Him. They
cannot get themselves detached from Him because He is the Supreme
Nucleus and others are just like electrons moving round the nucleus. So
Purus’ottama, Parama Purus’a, the Supreme Father, the Supreme
Progenitor, is in the centre, and the others are moving and dancing
round Him. They move along with their different psychic and physical
pabula.” (AV-3)

Just as all the planets of this solar system move around the sun, all
the created beings revolve around Parama Purusa. So long as one feels
separate from Him, then they are revolving around Him. Those clouded by
maya are far and those sadhakas focused on Him are near. It all depends
upon one’s samskara. Finally. by His grace, when a person feels that, “I
and Parama Purusa are the same” then they are very close, and when any
semblance of I-ness disappears, the jiiva becomes one with Him. This is
His divine krpa.

In a nutshell, this is our system of brahmacakra and of course most in
AM are quite familiar with this.


Srsti cakra literally means the “cycle of creation”. When using this
term, Baba is describing how creation came into existence. Specifically
in His discourses in “Idea and Ideology” and “Elementary Philosophy”,
Baba explains how the triangle of forces, the five elements, jadasphota,
the creation of mind, and how the creation emerged from Nirgun’a Brahma.

Thus, srsti cakra is a very complex and technical discussion of how the
manifested universe took expression out of Cosmic Mind.



Often times people think that brahmacakra and srsti cakras are perfectly
synonymous – after all there is a lot of overlap. And both are often
referred to as the cycle of creation.

But there is a technical difference as well.

Basically, in those discourses where Baba describes how all the jiivas
are moving around Him then He is referring to brahmacakra, and employing
the shloka: “Sarva’jiive sarvasam’sthe brhante.”

In contrast, when He is discussing how this created universe came into
being and how the mind came into existence along with terms like
jadasphota, prakrti and the triangle of forces, then He is referring to
srsti cakra.

So although the terms brahmacakra and srsti cakra are highly
interlinked, Baba often employs them in different ways to refer to
different aspects of the cycle of creation and different aspects of His


Most often in life people associate their existence with something –
usually something narrow like a race, or a religion, or a locale, or a
region, or type of business, or a level of education, or a sickness or
disease, or a degree or wealth etc. These are the small minded ways that
people classify themselves. And this leads to a certain type of identity

They think I am white, or I am black, or I am a brahmin, or I am a
Christian, or I am a CEO etc. When in fact they are part of something
much large than that.

Their limitation of thought is no different than a frog who lives in one
pond and thinks that this pond is the whole universe in which they live.
When in fact that frog is part of something much, much bigger, and far
more grand. But with its limited outlook the frog cannot realise this.

Same then is the case of jiivas who merely associate themselves with
some type of clannish identity.

Here the point is that when a person or a sadhaka become aware of
brahmacakra as well as what it means, then automatically it changes
their entire outlook. Then they are no longer small-minded, then they
are no longer far. Because by definition they are forced to think that
“I am a jiivatma connected to a great universe and I have a link with my
Divine Father.”

In that case one no longer associates themselves with a small part of
this cosmos or with a limited group – rather they think they are part of
the greater whole.

This clears up all kinds of misconceptions and automatically expands
one’s psychic outlook. Indeed by understanding brahmacakra, then one
knows that Parama Purusa is the Goal – then one knows all that is
necessary to know. The sadhaka has a mental road map of where they need
to go.

So just being aware about brahmacakra is a big boon to one’s growth and
development, both mentally and spiritually.

In contrast those unaware are drowned in maya and get caught up in all
kinds of feuds, abuse, deception, wrongs, and injustices because they
are identifying themselves with something small and view others as being
opponents, different or outside of their world.

Understanding practically what brahmacakra entails is enough to change
one’s whole mental structure and push one towards their cherished Goal.


The next application of the term cakra refers to the psychic energy
centers in the body, where two nadiis cross the susmna canal.

Depending on the style of discourse, Baba refers to there being seven,
eight or nine cakras

Baba says, “Here the seven cakras, from mu’la’dha’ra to sahasra’ra,
which the kulakun’d’alinii has to pierce, are the fetters or ropes which
a spiritual aspirant has to snap.” (DKG)

In this above passage Baba is clearly stating that there are seven
cakras and then in other darshans He says there are more.

Baba says, “The first thing is that this kulakun’d’alinii rises slowly
from the mu’la’dha’ra cakra to the sahasra’ra cakra in eight steps, it
passes through eight cakras, and the sahasra’ra cakra is the ninth. Just
below the sahasra’ra cakra is the guru cakra.” (DKG)

Baba says, ‘There are nine cakras [plexi] in human organisms
[mu’la’dha’ra, sva’dhis’t’ha’na, man’ipura, ana’hata, vishuddha, lalan’a
[tip of the nose], a’jin’a’, Guru, and sahasra’ra].” (YP)

We can conclude then that there are nine cakras in total and Baba will
refer to seven, eight or nine depending on what He is discussing.
Everyone in AM knows of the seven cakras and most know about Guru cakra
as well which makes eight. Some or more may not be aware about lalana’
cakra at the tip of the nose. That is the ninth cakra, although it is
situation in between the vishuddha and ajina cakras. This lalana’ cakra
is used in our system of sadhana with certain aspirants.

In one Prabhat Samgiita, there is a line: nava cakra kii kalyan’. And in
that song, the sadhaka is saying by His grace the mind is vibrated and
the petals of the cakras are blooming so he is requesting Parama Purusa
to come and sit on the petals of my nine cakras.

By all this, we can understand that there are nine cakras.

Other aspects to know about this topic are that Guru cakra is at the
base or underside of sahasrara cakra and that another name for Guru
cakra is as’t’a kamal, meaning eight lotus. Guru cakra is also referred
to as Varanasi in the discourse, “Where is Varanasi?”.

The reason why all of this is so important is because our system of
sadhana is a methodical process and one needs proper understanding to
move ahead. Some may differ and state that just by singing Baba Nam
Kevalam then one can attain Him. And while that is certainly true, there
are few who sing kiirtan with that type of intensity that they get the
highest realisation. So all the supportive knowledge and practices of
sadhana are necessary to create that intense longing for Parama Purusa.

For this reason, Baba has given us so many lessons of sadhana and
delivered thousands of spiritual discourses. With that knowledge and
practice, then one can gain that one-pointed devotion for Him.

Baba says, “To attain Parama Purus’a, to become one with the Supreme
Reality, He must be made the summum bonum of human life. But the
attainment of the Supreme Reality is not possible overnight. For that
the sa’dhaka [spiritual practitioner] will have to undergo the
systematic and methodical process of spiritual sa’dhana’ for a long
period, till every nerve-cell, nerve-fibre, every bit of his physical
existence is divinized. Sa’dhana’, after all, is a scientific process by
which the entire psycho-physical existence is divinized.” (AV-33)


The next usage of the term cakra in AM comes with karma cakra. This term
is used less frequently.

It refers to the law of karma or cycle of karma or the cycle of action
and reaction.

We all know about original action (karma or kriya), and the ensuring
reactive momenta (samskara), followed by the fruit of the action
(karmaphala, or phalabhoga). This is the endless cycle of karma that
keeps jiivas bound in this manifested cosmos, returning again and again,
life after life.

Karma cakra refers to the totality of this endless cycle. The jiivatma
keeps revolving through this cycle birth after birth. So long as one is
bound by their actions they cannot attain salvation.

In any number of discourses Baba indepthly describes the principles of
karmic law, or karama cakra. This is also something important to know


Finally there is bhacakra. This is still more uncommon. In a few
English discourses this is referred to as the spatio-eternal system. But
that is not the essence of the term.

The real meaning of the term bhacarka is given in Laghu Nirukta (AM
encyclopedia). That is as follows:

“1. The sky and space which can be seen from one side of the earth
represents only half or a partial amount. To see the other half one has
to go to the other side of the earth. And when the entire thing is
treated as one, then that is bhacakra. Bhacakra is complete.”

“2. The next definition means the known and unknown created worlds– that
combined is bhacakra.”

Often people think that when they are looking up at the sky they can see
the whole thing. But this is just their faulty perception. There is
another part of the sky which is out of view. When both the seen and
unseen skies are taken together as the complete whole, then that is

So that is yet another cakra in our Ananda Marga ideology.


If you know of any other types of cakras in AM, please write in and let
us know.


By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with a complete philosophy and this
gives us great insight into the path of spirituality as well as the
universe around us. We should study and assimilate the meaning of all
the terms Baba uses, such as cakra. Then we will be in the best position
to do pracara and get self-realisation, by His grace. Then we will best
be able to serve and please Him.


Most Loving

Baba says,
“That Entity who is the most beloved of all, that Entity is one’s Is’t’a.”

“Is’t’a means Parama Purus’a, but why is He called Is’t’a? The answer is
that by attaining Parama Purus’a one no longer has any unsatiated hunger or
unquenched thirst.”

“Is’t’a means the most beloved of all entities.”
(BABA, 04 July 1979)


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Date: Sat 21 Nov 2009 12:15:21 +0530
From: “Pandit_Sudhakar”
Subject: …Baba is on My Side


“Tumi esechile, mrdu hesechile sudha’ d’ele…” – P.S. 2309


Baba, You came and smiled softly and graced me with the showering of
Your divine nectar. Unfortunately, that time I was just engrossed in my
own lustful and crude attachments; I was oblivious of Your divine
presence. Neither did I turn around to look towards You; nor did I talk
with You. That was my pitiful condition.

Baba, keeping my room bolted shut, in that isolated state I was just
secretly involved in thinking about my own greatness. In that crude
state of mind I was constantly hankering for more and more prestige–
for more name and fame. Baba, I was sitting on the shore of the black
river* only involved in my own crude, selfish, and egoistic thoughts.

O’ my dearest One, I did not look towards so You left– but even then
You graced me with Your abundant love. Baba, You are so gracious. In
spite of my not caring about Your arrival because my mind was so crude,
even then You showered so much grace that the whole world is dancing
ceaselessly in Your divine love. Baba, the colorful flowers are
ensconced & swaying in Your loving vibration and they have started
blossoming uncontrollably. It is Your causeless grace.

O’ Baba, You are so magnificent & gracious; You have come and blessed
me with Your divine love– You have saturated my whole existence.
Baba, You are grace personified…


* ‘Shore of the black river’ [krs’n’a’ nadiir ku’le]= This represents
that dark, negative, or degenerated state of mind where one’s mind is
dominated by all kinds of crude thoughts and desires. Thus when the mind
is very low and one is just hankering for prestige, and singing about
their own glory, and they want that others should praise them;– Such
persons are degenerated. Their mind is in the lower kosa. And they do
not want to listen to anything other than the tales of their own
greatness. This is what it means by sitting by the shore of the black


Note: An important audio file that is highly related with this topic has
been uploaded to the AM-GLOBAL Blog:

(Reference the sound file on the left column titled, “Baba is on my side”.)

At present, our Marga is gripped in the throes of groupism – huge clash
has been going on for years.

Both parties are thinking that, “Baba is on my side and that I will be
victorious”, and in that way they continue their fight.

Yet in His teaching from Purnea DMC (1971), Baba clearly warns that if
one engages in such crude battles for post and power then it means they
have fallen away from ideology, in which case they will lose Ista also.

That is the very real concern that all in our Marga should consider,
especially those of our brothers and sisters involved in the factional

Everyone in AM loves Baba, but in this era of group clash we should all
take a moment to reflect on how far we are truly serving Ista and
adarsha, or giving way to factional interest.


At Purnea DMC in 1971, by His grace, Baba issued a dramatic teaching
that is highly applicable to the state of affairs these days in AMPS.
The original Hindi sound file from that Purnea DMC has been uploaded to
our blog. (Reference the sound file on the left column titled, “Baba is on my side”.)

Baba says, “About thirty-five years ago [in 1936], a war was going on
between two countries, the citizens of which have the same religion
(Buddhist). When the soldiers went to war, their mothers used to pray to
Lord Buddha to save the lives of their respective sons. What will Lord
Buddha do? Save this man or that man? Both have the same “Is’t’a,” but
both parties have totally forgotten their ideology. If they were
established in the ideology, they would not have gone to war.” (SE)

In the above teaching, Baba is clearly stating that both Buddhist groups
lost their ideology. The proof being that the two camps went to war with
each other for their own petty gains – each praying to Buddha to gain
victory over the other. Thus, despite being followers of the same ista,
they began fighting for their own selfish agendas instead of following
the high ideals of Buddha.

Sound familiar?

What Baba has recounted in His above Purnea DMC teaching from 1971is
highly applicable to what is going on in our AMPS these days. All the
various camps in our Marga share the same Ista, but they have gone to
war with one another for their personal gain – thereby losing AM
ideology. That is Baba’s explicit teaching. Because instead of adhering
to the neo-humanistic principles of Ananda Marga adarsha, such groups
have been swallowed up by their own groupist tactics – the race for
name, face, post, power & prestige.

Just as those Buddhist parties were praying to Buddha for their own
victory, nowadays in AMPS the various camps also believe “Baba is on my
side and therefore my camp shall be victorious”. But when any party
strays from AM ideology, then how can such a party gain Baba’s favour.
They cannot. Rather they are doomed to their own destiny.

Toady’s fight is 100% about groupism and has nothing to do with
ideology. They are fighting over land, resources, post, power, money,
jagrtis, buildings. Their fight is cent-per-cent selfish. There is no
higher ideal in mind.

Due to their rigid adherence to their groupist battle plan – and not AM
adarsha – they have also forgotten Ista. Because when one’s mind is
involved in self, self and self in the form of power and prestige, then
it is impossible to think of serving Ista. That is the stark irony of
today’s groupist battles. They justify to themselves and others that,
“Baba is on my side”, yet the tragedy is they have left AM ideology and
drifted from Him entirely.

That is the very sad and unfortunate state of affairs going on now in
our AMPS. I have deep love and respect for all in AM. Everyone has come
out of love for Baba. That is why it is so difficult to watch what is
going on now. Today is not the time to blame, but to awaken, realise,
and march side by side holding the flag of ideology.

What Baba warned us about in 1971 with those two Buddhist camps has now
become a living reality in 2009 in our Marga. The current clash in AM
has nothing to do with ideology and everything to do with factional
power. Indeed this has been the running theme of our AMPS in this post
1990 era. Let us hope that things change soon by His grace.


We must recall that life in our Marga was not always like this.

Rather, in the past, all our struggles with outside elements were for
the establishment of AM ideology. By Baba’s grace we fought and were
victorious over communists, Hindu fundamentalists, capitalists, and so
many other negative parties. But our fight with them was not at all
personal, it was for the spread of Baba’s teachings: AM ideology. Thus
each struggle and subsequent victory led to the great establishment of
the Marga – the establishment of universal dharma.

However, there is not a shred of ideology or welfare in today’s group
clash. There is not an ounce of dharma involved. Rather, day by day
ideology is on the wane as the flag of groupism reigns. This terrible
state spells the destruction of AM, if we are not careful and allow it
to continue.


Today’s group clash has been marked by killings, beatings, distortions,
thievery and the fight for resources and land. Avadhutas like
Abhipremannda have been killed – others have been maimed – jagritis have
been destroyed – and Ananda Marga has turned into a war zone. So much
destruction has occurred.

Yet all the while, the various group camps think that “Baba is on my
side and soon we will get victory.” This is their contorted outlook. In
their heart they think it is true.

But now, by His grace we know what is true. Just as Baba points out how
the fight between the two Buddhist factions represented the demise of
ideology, we are witnessing the same misfortune nowadays in AM. The
group clash itself means the loss of ideology, and subsequently the loss
of ista as well. In that case the outcome of such groupist fighting is
beyond bleak.

Baba says, “Suppose somebody has no ideology in his life and for a
moment forgets his “Is’t’a”, he will degrade. So the wise man will
always remember that he has to follow the ideology and more important,
the “Is’t’a”.” (SE)

Let us no longer think of such dark outcomes. Now is the day to once
again keep the banner of AM ideology flying high and end all groupist


Please understand that this letter is not an attempt to condemn any
person or any party. Ours is a neo-humanistic mission and all are my own
brothers and sisters. I do not want to see either side win or lose – nor
blame anyone. Only the aim is to watch all come back under the banner of
AM ideology and once again become a follower of Ista.

All in our Marga have feeling for Ista and it is a shame that the clouds
of confusion have caused some to drift away. They feel they that they
are doing for Baba, but by the practical expression of their groupist
campaigns, it is plain as day that they have fallen from the path of
neo-humanism. They are thinking of the survival of their group, not
universal welfare.


While there are many problems and issues in our Marga, this group clash
is the worst problem. It signifies the loss of ideology. So this is the
biggest issue – the most dangerous disease. For us, this group clash is
cancer. It kills.

In contrast, all those smaller issues and scandals like school
enrollments, press malfunctions, basic money issues etc are
comparatively small things. In comparison to the cancer of group fight
these problems are like cough and cold.

And again it should be repeated: The reason why the present group clash
is cancerous for us is that it represents the loss of ideology. That is
Baba’s clear-cut message. In the face of group power struggles, ideology
is totally forgotten – and along with it Ista as well. Verily, without
adarsha and ista, our Marga is doomed, just inviting destruction.

The most pressing task at the moment then is to end this groupist
conflict. Not by creating a peace proposal and merging the various
camps, but rather by bringing AM ideology to the fore. When that is
done, our Marga will surely survive – and not just that but thrive.


By Baba’s grace, the call of dharma is being heard all around. Instead
of getting befooled by group factions that proclaim, “Baba is on my
side”, when in fact their ways are utterly devoid of adarsha and ista,
true Ananda Margiis have set their sight on ideology. By that way, we
will sure to be victorious and build up a bright new Marga, by His grace.

Baba says, ” O human beings! be established in the radiance of divinity
and the splendour of valour and chivalry, because yours is the path of
revolution. Your path is not the path of extra caution and scheduled
movement. You are the traveller of a rugged path. You are travellers of
an impregnable path. You have to march ahead proudly with the flag of
Marga upright. You have no time to stagger or to look behind.” (SS-1)



For further reading about the nature and root cause of today’s group
clash, please reference these below letters.

Colourful Future

Baba says, “As life becomes increasingly easy, there will be greater
opportunities for intellectual pursuits. A day will come when there will
be hardly any need for human beings to work. This may sound strange
today and perhaps we might not like to hear such a thing, but that day
will surely come. Physicality will be transformed into more and more
intellectuality, and intellectuality will be transformed into the
culminating point of spirituality.” (PNS-17, p.36)


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Date:Wed, 30 Sep 2009 11:51:27 +0530


Namaska’ram. Lord Buddha said idol worship shouldn’t be done.After his
death his disciples started making idol of Buddha & worshipping him.
This is a negative point what historians point out for downfall of
BUddhism. Similarly Baba clearly mentioned in CARYA”CARYA that shraddha
should be observed within twelve days of death of a person. But after
His physical departure a group of followers have been observing
anniversary of 21st october in the name of MAHA”PRAYA”N”A. Now the
proposal is to observe same day as SAMKALPA Divas. Let’s follow whatever
Ba’ba’ has given in black & white. Let’s not add like MAHAPRAYAN or
Samkalapa divas. Let’s observe A”NANDA PU”RNMA” as instructed by HIM in

Thanking you
Narayan Panda

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