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To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Vidyabhusan
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:48:11
Subject: 5 Years, 4 Months, & 1 Day

Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Prabhat Samgiita #1370;
(2) Posting: 5 Years, 4 Months, & 1 Day;
(3) Trailer Quote: Sometimes Democracy is Harmful.

Each section is demarcated by asterisks (*).

****Here begins the Prabhat Samgiita.

“Nayaneri ainjan ma’nasranjain tumi janame maran’e sa’thii mor…” (PS 1370)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, You are so gracious. You are the ainjan (ointment of knowledge) of my eyes; You are Manasrainjan [1], the One who saturates my mind with devotion; You are with me life after life, in birth and in death, always – up to eternity. O’ Divine Entity, in the vast sky of my mind, in my mental horizon, Your attractive and charming form is vibrating and shining. Seeing Your exquisite beauty & divine vibration, I have become completely captivated and devotionally ensconced in You.

O’ Parama Purusa, this expressed universe is situated in the mirror of Your maya. Everything is resonating in Your divine sound – omnkara (shinjit o nu’pure) [2]. Please grace me, by looking towards me; please shower me in Your divine compassion. O’ Citta-cor / Chit-chor [3], O’ Parama Purusa, You are captivating my mind in all the ways.

Baba, O’ my Dearmost, I want You and You alone. I do not want anything from You. I only have one desire: Please grant me parabhakti [4] and keep me at Your lotus feet, always. I want to surrender my entire being unto You. O’ Lord, please grace me and allow me to concentrate all my feelings and surrender my whole existence at Your feet. You are my Goal; You are my Ista. Baba, You are like the moon and I am the like the cakor / chakor [5] bird, always involved in Your ideation.

O’ Divine Entity. O’ Baba, You are my everything; You are the Goal of my life. My only desire is that You please grace me and give me a place eternally at Your lotus feet by granting me parabhakti…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1370:

[1] Ma’nasrainjan: The mind is affected or coloured by whatever one thinks about in day to day life. Every thought has a particular colour and that colour varies based on one’s object of contemplation. If a businessman is thinking primarily about his business, then his mind is coloured in that way. A drunkard’s mind is coloured with the thought of wine. When the mind is completely obsessed with a particular thought, the mind becomes fully coloured in that manner, whether it be tamasik, sentient, or spiritual etc.

When Parama Purusa graciously colours a sadhaka’s mind with devotion, they remain wholly ensconed in the thought of Parama Purusa. If a new sadhaka cannot do sadhana at all, then we can understand that their mind is not coloured with devotion. And if someone longs to do more and more meditation, we can understand that their mind is deeply coloured with with divinity.

Depending on the nature of one’s thought, their mental colour changes. It may be black, red, yellow or white etc. Those bhaktas who think of Parama Pursua exclusively will have a white-coloured mind; it will be white effulgence. A violent person’s mind will be red in colour. Remember, this colour is not their skin colour, nor any other external colour. Here we are only talking about the colour of their mind – nothing else.

Baba has given countless demonstrations on this. He used to make two sadhakas sit facing one another. Then He would bestow upon one the power to see into the other’s mind. Then that devotee would be able to clearly see the colour of the other sadhaka’s mental plate. Still today this is possible. When one advances in sadhana, they can easily see another’s mental colour. Immediately, they can understand what type of person they are. In that case, nobody can hide. There is no scope for hypocrisy.

Parama Purusa, in His role as Ma’nasrainjan, is that Divine Entity who colours and saturates the mind of sadhakas in the fountain of devotion.

Baba says, “‘rainjana’, which means ‘the One who colours’ – that which colours the mind.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 1)

So He is that Cosmic Being who graciously showers devotional love into the heart and mind of the bhakta. And by such overwhelming Cosmic grace, the devotee becomes immersed in Supreme bliss and comes in the closest proximity with that Love Personified Entity: Parama Purusa.

We all know that devotion is that unique ingredient which allows one to advance in the spiritual field. Without innate love for Parama Purusa one can never succeed.

[2] Shinjit O Nu’pure: In the process of creation, the universal sound of omnkara is generated. There is a variety of such sounds: The roar of the ocean, the sweet melody of the flute, the chirping of the crickets etc. At different stages of realisation the sadhaka can hear these sounds. In this song, all these sounds are symbolically represented by the ankle bell – shinjit o nu’pure – Parama Purusa.

[3] Citta-cor / Chit-chor: In His role as ‘Citta-cor’ Baba is the Thief or Stealer of the devotee’s mind. How does He steal the mind? He captivates their mind and attracts the bhakta by His exquisite beauty and charm whereby the sadhaka cannot think of anything or anyone else. The sadhaka has lost control of his own mind: It incessantly and unknowingly rushes towards Parama Purusa. The One who makes this happen is Citta-cor – the Stealer of the mind.

And this happens in the mundane realm as well. There are numerous worldly examples where a person’s mind is stolen. If they lost money, if they are infatuated with the opposite sex, if they are anxious about getting a new job – in all such cases when the person’s mind runs again and again in that direction, then it means their mind was stolen. The person’s mind is no longer their own – they do not have control over it. Over and over, their mind is thinking of that lost money or the opposite sex. So their mind has been stolen. And the person or entity that causes someone to lose control of their mind is citcor – the stealer of the mind.

In the devotional sphere, only Parama Purusa is Citta-cor. The sadhaka thinks of Him, unknowingly. Always the mind is goaded in that direction. Even if the bhakta intentionally tries not to think in this way, still his mind becomes ensconced in the thought of Parama Purusa.

Ultimately, when this condition climaxes, in that culminating state the unit mind – the jiiva’tma – becomes one with Supreme Consciousness.

[4] Parabhakti: Par means divine; and apara means worldly. The feminine is para and when combined with bhakti, it is parabhakti. That is the highest devotion. In that blessed state, devotees want to do each and everything for Parama Purusa and give Him pleasure. In return, they do not want anything. Those sadhakas who got Parama Purusa, by His grace, have gotten everything.

Baba says, “When one wants Parama Purus’a from Parama Purus’a, then that bhakti is para’bhakti…And what is para’bhakti? ‘O Parama Purus’a, You know whether I am Your devotee or not. It is You who are to judge whether I am Your devotee or not — but I want You…I want You. And why do I want You? Because I want to serve You’.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 24, p.97)

[5] Cakor / Chakor Bird: The red-legged Bartavelle bird or Greek Partridge that seems to subsist on moonlight alone. All night long the cakor bird looks and stares at the moon – wanting to soak up and drink each and every ounce of moonlight. It is completely linked with the moon (vidhu). That is why it is said that the cakor bird has a deeply loving relation with the moon. In Baba’s above devotional song, the bhakta is compared to the cakor and Parama Purusa is likened to the moon.

== 5 YEARS, 4 MONTHS, & 1 DAY ==

Namaskar,
Everyone is aware that after being poisoned Baba took to fasting for 5 years, 4 months, and 1 day. He was poisoned on 12th February 1973. After being refused a judicial hearing, Baba began His fast in April 1973. And He did not break His fast until after His release from jail in early August 1978.

This entire episode stands as the basis of our “Niilkantha Divas” – when the whole society was transformed, by His grace.

MORE ABOUT THIS SIGNIFICANT OBSERVANCE

As we all know, the important Ananda Marga observance Niilakantha Divas was on Feb 12. Now, here is more about the significance of this remarkable moment in history.

Specifically, how has the name been born & why do we call Baba as “Niilakantha”. What is the meaning, and how did it happen. These are the questions addressed in this letter, as well as the grand mythological tale surrounding Lord Shiva.

MEANING OF THE NAME

There is a reason behind the name, and why we call 12th February as a Niilakantha Divas. The reason behind that very day is well known. This was the day Baba Himself swallowed the poison while in jail.

But there is also a reason behind the term “Niilakantha”. Why the name Niilakantha? Niilakantha is a Sanskrit / Samskrta term. “Niila” means blue; “Kantha” means throat. The literal meaning of Niilakantha is Blue throat; and, the common meaning in everyday parlance is Lord Shiva. And divas means day. So the entire meaning of Niilakantha Divas is “blue throat day”.

SIGNIFICANT MYTHOLOGICAL STORY

There is one mythological story related with this term “Niilakantha”. To save the society from the poisonous effect of deadly poison or “Kal Ku’t'”, Lord Shiva Himself swallowed all that entire poison.

In that magical story, the churning of the mythological divine ocean was arranged. The ocean took the form of a bowl or mortar, as from ‘mortar and pestle’. And in the ocean one big mountain was placed as a pestle to churn the ocean. And the mythological cobra, Shes’ Na’g, was tied as a rope around the mountain. On one side of the mountain a party of demons was holding one end of the rope-like cobra. And on the other side of the mountain a party of devatas was holding the other end of the cobra. By this way they could move the mountain back and forth. These two parties used the mountain to churn the ocean. Then various things emerged from the ocean in the course of that churning. One thing that emerged from the ocean was the deadly poison “Kal Kut'”.

That poison was so deadly, if it had remained there, it would have spread all around and destroyed everything. To save the society, Lord Shiva swallowed all the poison.

Although we don’t believe these mythological stories, there is one meaningful teaching behind this mythological tale. Namely, to save the society, Lord Shiva swallowed the poison and counteracted its negative effect. This is one great example: Serving the society even by swallowing poison. That is the great meaning of this mythological story.

ADDITION TO THE STORY

Here I will add something further in connection with the story about Lord Shiva. For that lends also deeper understanding about what occurred with Baba.

Seeing the situation with the deadly poison, Lord Shiva took it upon Himself to swallow it. Otherwise, that very ‘vish’ (poison, or “Kal Ku’t'”) would have annihilated a huge population. So Lord Shiva saved the society by swallowing poison. He swallowed it and with His divine play, the poison remained in Lord Shiva’s throat permanently. And with its effect, the poison created a blue mark all around Lord Shiva’s neck. His neck became blue permanently. Yet it did not affect Lord Shiva more than that. That’s why one of the names of Lord Shiva is “Niilakantha” – Blue throat.

This was the greatness of Lord Shiva: He swallowed the deadly poison, with the sole purpose to save the society from the disastrous effect of that deadly poison, “Kal Ku’t'”. Saving the society was His only motive – nothing else.

For this reason, Baba has chosen the term “Niilakantha” and declared 12th February as “Niilakantha Divas”. There is a literal meaning and an inner meaning. The literal meaning is blue throat day. The inner meaning is, ‘The day of ingesting poison to save the humanity’.

THE DAY WHEN BABA TOOK THE POISON

AND SAVED THE UNIVERSE

FROM ITS GHASTLY EFFECT

A similar thing happened with Baba.

We know that when Taraka Brahma descends on this earth as Mahasambhuti it seemingly looks like He is human, but the truth is something else. Mahasambhuti is not just one human being that is full of shortcomings and limitations. Mahasambhuti is capable of doing anything He likes.

So it is with Baba.

To save the society from the disastrous effect of much deadly poison or many deadly and destructive weapons, He Himself knowingly, deliberately swallowed the poison. Why? To save humanity from the demonic and destructive forces. That is what happened symbolically in the jail. AMPS was not yet banned, most of the WTs and Margis were outside the jail. Then Baba took upon Himself the trouble of the entire organization, nay the entire society.

PLUS…

Not only the demon Indira Gandhi, but all demonic political groups like communists were spreading their claws to grip the entire society in their hold. Just as serpents do. Communism was most ghastly in those days. Such demonic leaders turned their full attention towards Shrii Shrii Anandamurtijii. By that way, they gave poison in the jail. And Baba swallowed that.

OTHERWISE…

If Baba would not have done so, Indira Gandhi and communist Russia would have done more heinous crimes and killings – both to Ananda Marga and the general society. They would have wreaked even more havoc on this earth. Baba graciously defused their negative plan. In that way, their negative intentions were neutralised: Everything was controlled and everyone was saved – and Indira Gandhi was destroyed.

Those aware about Baba’s divine play know if Baba would not have taken the poison, Indira Gandhi would have brought more disaster on the country. And communists would have ruined many more lives on this earth.

And Indira Gandhi would have poisoned or killed many WTs and Margis. But she could not do anything. Rather every one of us, those in jail, saw that Baba controlled the situation. He transformed thorns into flowers. All trouble He took upon Himself. And digested everything to save us.

So those who do not have deeper understanding, they think that Baba was poisoned in the jail, etc. And those who know the inner truth, and Baba’s way of playing His divine play, they know that by swallowing poison, He saved Ananda Marga and the entire society from the deadly effect of various negative events. Baba disclosed all this to many devotees while in jail. On that very basis, I wrote here the above section related with poisoning and saving the society.

CONCLUSION

So this “Niila Kantha” term and “Niilakantha Divas”, has deep meaning. And as we know that “Niilakantha” means blue throat, and the ‘blue throat’ appeared because of swallowing the poison. And this name Niilakantha was related with Lord Shiva. And a similar thing happened with Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji. That’s why one of the names of Lord Anandamurtiji is also Niilakantha. On 12 February day, Baba became “Niilakantha”: He swallowed the poison and saved the earth.

RELATED TEACHINGS:

“It has been seen that whenever the Divine Entity has descended on the earth, one group of human beings has stood in its favour, while an opposite group has opposed it. Kansa was against Krśńa; Ravana was against Rama.” (1)

” when Parama Puruśa brings about social welfare by speaking truthfully and unambiguously and performing many good deeds, good people, common people, derive the benefit and speak highly of His deeds. They are full of praise for Him. They love Him and they revere Him…Much time has passed since Krśńa left the earth, but still today thousands of people praise Him, and at the same time many people continue to slander Him. I will not call them wicked; let the people pronounce judgement. Thus yashasah implies both yasha [fame] and apayasha [infamy]. Positive and negative go hand in hand. Interestingly, a clear polarization emerges in the minds of people. Two unmistakable lines are drawn; two opposing camps are formed – the Kaoravas and the Pandavas. This is yasha.” (2)

“Yasha: One who is praised by the world for his or her uncommon virtues or else is continually slandered by those blinded by jealousy, is called yashasvii. His or her essential quality is known by the name yasha (yashas).” (3)

“Lord Shiva came to this world about 7000 years ago; even now there are many who are His admirers, there are many others who are His opponents. The Iyers in South India will say, “Oh! Lord Shiva was great;” the Iyengars will say, “No, Lord Shiva was not great.” Lord Krśńa came about 3500 years ago; even now you will see there are so many admirers and so many opponents of Krśńa. That is, when Táraka Brahma comes, the entire intellect of the world gets polarized – one north pole, another south pole; one admirer, another opponent. There were the gopabálákas [cowherds] of Vrindavana who loved Krśńa very much, and there were Kansa, Putana Raksasi, Bakasur and Aghasur who were His deadly enemies. So during Krśńa’s time there was polarization.” (4)

“Yasha: By His advent two things happen simultaneously. On the one hand, He gets staunch supporters, and on the other, sworn enemies. The whole human society gets clearly divided into two camps – moralists and immoralists, the bad elements. Everyone has to join either of the two camps, and complete polarization takes place. If one is the North Pole, the other one is the South Pole. He is crowned with success and glory and at the same time faces bitter criticism and infamy. This happened to Lord Shiva and Lord Krśńa also. During their time also the whole society got divided into two camps – the moralists and the immoralists. Remember always dhármic people are ultimately bound to be victorious.” (5)

“Suppose an evil force says, “I, the lord of a certain country, will destroy Ananda Marga from the very root.” A dhármika should maintain patience, should be patient. Because the day is soon to come when that evil force is going to be destroyed. Its weapon will serve as a boomerang for its own death. And this happened in the near past, as you all know.” (6)

“Those who misuse their faculties are also doomed to destruction. The misuse of one’s qualities not only brings harm to the world, but it also exhausts one’s own inherent strength. You have seen with your own eyes that in the past certain powerful persons thought, in their extreme vanity, that they could make or break anything. They perpetrated indescribable tortures and atrocities on Ananda Marga. But even in the face of such torments, Ananda Marga held its head high. There is no power in the universe, in the heaven or in the underworld, which can annihilate Ananda Marga, because Ananda Marga is established on the solid foundation of rationality and righteousness. If those wicked forces engage in fight with Ananda Marga, they will themselves be pulverized: they will be crushed like ants.” (7)

Namaskar,
in Him,
Vidyabhusan Deva

Note 1: EARLIER LETTER ON THIS TOPIC

In preparation of this significant observance, a few days ago there was a posting about Baba’s famous darshan of that day.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/02/discourse-transcription-niilakantha.html

REFERENCES
1. Discourses on Krsna & The Giita, The Significance of the Word “Bhagaván”
2. Namami Krsnasundaram: Párthasárathi Krśńa and Pariprashna (Discourse 24)
3. Shabda Cayanika – 2, Disc: 8
4. Subhasita Samgraha – 21, Jaeva Dharma and Bhágavata Dharma
5. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 1, Devotion
6. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 6, Ten Wonts of Dharma
7. A Few Problems Solved – 4, Forward Movement Is the Essence of Life

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

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SOMETIMES DEMOCRACY IS HARMFUL

“There are occasions when majority decisions do not create unity in society because people are more or less divided on an issue. In such circumstances, the leaders should be very cautious when making their decisions, and take special care to safeguard the interests of everybody. In particular, they should select a course of action which does not harm the sentiments of any group. For example, suppose there are seven brothers in a joint family, and these brothers are divided on an issue. Four brothers may be on one side and three brothers on another. If the head of the family takes a decision based on the wishes of the majority, the family will be divided into two groups. Therefore, a decision should be taken which safeguards the interests of all the brothers.” (Prout in a Nutshell – 16, Three Cardinal Socio-Political Principles)

Note: Up till now, amongst the various political systems, democracy is the best of a bad lot. The ideal system will come in the future. Until that time, we must stick with democracy, despite its pitfalls and limitations.

On certain occasions, the democratic approach works well, but in many circumstances the result of majority rule is harmful. There are many delicate issues that should not be decided by the democratic process because such majority decisions harm the sentiments of the people, thereby leading to disunity and division. That is Baba’s above warning.

Here are a few practical examples from the greater society.

EXAMPLE OF BLOODSHED ON NATIONAL LANGUAGE

(A) After Indian Independence, using the democratic process, a majority decision was taken to make Hindi the national language. Ten of millions of people were extremely displeased and angered by this decision, especially in South India. That led to chaos and bloodshed within the country, and national unity was lost. This was clearly a case where a majority-based decision went against the well-being of the country, and failed to protect the interest of all. Thus, on sensitive issues a democratic, majority decision sparks anger, alienation, and disunity.

EXAMPLE DIVISION OF COUNTRY

(B) In certain Middle Eastern nations, the majority Muslims made Islam the national religion, thereby alienating those citizens who followed a different religion. This too led to infighting, socio-religious tensions, and disunity among the populace. Here again we see that a majority decision led to the fragmentation of society. Thus, on sensitive issues a democratic, majority decision sparks anger, alienation, and disunity.

EXAMPLE OF LANGUAGE SUPPRESSION

(C) For decades Pakistan and Bangladesh were one nation. But majority leaders of Pakistan suppressed the mother tongue (Bengali) of Bangladesh. In addition, those Pakistani leaders imposed various rules and laws. The people of East Pakistan felt suffocated and in result broke away and formed their own nation, i.e. Bangladesh. This also shows how a majority vote by Pakistani leaders led to a divisive outcome. Thus, on sensitive issues a democratic, majority decision sparks anger, alienation, and disunity.

TWO EXAMPLES OF FAMILY DIVISION

(D) As Baba points out above, majority decisions can lead to disunity and divisions within a family as well. Suppose there are 6 grown siblings who share a house together. Four are smokers and wish to smoke inside the house. The two non-smokers object. A voted is taken and by a 4 to 2 majority it is decided that smoking is acceptable in the house. This greatly annoys and disturbs the non-smokers and they move out, thereby dividing the family. Thus, on sensitive issues a democratic, majority decision sparks anger, alienation, and disunity.

In such a circumstance, the rational approach for these six siblings would be to consider the wishes of everyone and ban smoking in the house but allow for people to smoke outside on the porches. By this way, all can still peacefully and practically co-exist.

(E) A similar type of example can be raised regarding loud music. Suppose there are 6 people living together and 4 wish to play loud music at night while the remaining two prefer a quiet house. If a majority decision is made to allow loud music, then the remaining two will leave. Here again, majority decisions leads to the breakdown of a family or social unity. That is why on sensitive issues, other means need to be employed to protect the comfort and interests of all.

The above are all cases where a majority decision alienated and infuriated a section of the population. In result, there was serious social discord, violent uprisings, and division.

TWO EXAMPLES OF HOW UNITY WAS HEIGHTENED

BY FORGOING MAJORITY BASED DECISIONS

There is another way to examine this issue.

(F) There are occasions where majority rule was not followed and in result there was greater unity in society. When the black slaves were freed in the US, that was not a majority decision. If it had gone to a democratic vote or referendum, their freedom would not have been granted. In response, there would have been a revolt, and that would have led to more struggle and strife and tremendous bloodshed. Those in power understood well that a majority decision to keep black enslaved would be tantamount to pouring gasoline on a fire. Thus, a proclamation was made to set blacks free; this issue was never sent for a referendum. In result, the blacks were freed and society was far better off than if they voted and the majority decided not to free the black slaves. Thus, on sensitive issues a democratic, majority decision sparks anger, alienation, and disunity.

(G) A similar event occurred with granting women the right to vote. In various countries around the world, the ruling males could have taken a majority decision not to grant voting rights to women. Had they done so, there would have been terrible discord and tension in society. Due to social pressure and circumstance, those at the helm came to the conclusion that women must be given franchise. A similar event occurred with granting women the right to vote. In various countries around the world, the ruling males could have taken a majority decision not to grant voting rights to women. Had they done so, there would have been terrible discord and tension in society. Due to social pressure and circumstance, those at the helm came to the conclusion that women must be given franchise. They understood that in so doing there would be greater peace and harmony in society. Thus, on sensitive issues a democratic, majority decision sparks anger, alienation, and disunity.

The overall point which Baba has given is that the democratic approach does not bring social harmony if a majority decision is made on certain sensitive issues. On certain occasions, the rule by majority is fine. Yet there remain numerous instances on delicate topic where a majority decision only serves to alienate and anger many people ultimately cause division and disunity.

Thus care and caution are needed to build a unified society. Simply resorting to majority rule will not do. That is Baba’s guideline.
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To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2013 23:31:51
From: “kalyanmurti…”
Subject: Discourse Transcription: Niilakantha Divas & how to Observe

Baba

This entire email contains three distinct sections:
(1) Prabhat Samgiita and explanation;
(2) Posting About Niilakantha Divas;
(3) Trailer Quote.

Each section is demarcated by asterisks (*). Here begins the Prabhat Samgiita:

“Apa’r ananta tumi, ki va’ ja’ni a’mi,
toma’r krpa’y mor din cole ja’y…” PS# 2147

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, O’ Baba, You are endless and infinite, yet I am small and meagre. How much can I know of You; I know not. O’ Lord, my days are passing only by Your grace. O’ Divine Entity, by taking Your name and singing Your song, I am moving along Your divine path of Ananda Marga, according to Your desire. My existence moves on in Your flow.

O’ Parama Purusa, I love You; by singing Your name, I smile and weep in Your love. By singing Your name and ideating on You, I am drenched in your overflowing divine love. Ensconced in that vibration, I weep and smile [1]. Baba, O’ Prabhu, to do Your work, I come onto this earth again and again. The way You want my life to proceed is the way it moves on. You make me act according to Your desire.

One cannot know Your whereabouts – one cannot get You – by the study of scripture, philosophy, and science. By this way, one cannot get any idea about You. Baba, according to Your desire everything happens. Everything happens due to Your karuna’ [2], due to Your immense compassion.

O’ Parama Purusa, O’ Baba, You are infinite, beginningless, and endless. By chanting Your name and singing Your song, my whole life is passing according to Your direction…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA # 2147:

[1] Ensconced in that vibration, I weep and smile: Here below Baba enlists the many different ways a sadhaka might express their deeply devotional feeling and realisation.

“When the mental flow of a spiritual aspirant moves along the introversial phase of Macrocosmic meditation, one’s animative force, having the potentiality of divinity itself, rises above all tendencies – all saḿskáras – and proceeds towards Eternal bliss. In this state the mind is vibrated with Cosmic feeling. The unexpressed divine qualities of the higher glands find expression and the resonance of the mind vibrates the nervous system. This gives rise to pious expressions in the physical body. In the case of those people whose occult feelings are not physically expressed due to causes associated with the nerves, the mental vibrations cause certain radical changes, in the various glands within the body. These occult feelings are basically of eight types: stambha (astounding), kampa (trembling), sveda (sweating), svarabheda (hoarseness of voice), ashru (tears), romáiṋca (horripilation), vaevarńa (change of colour) and pralaya (fainting fit). There are other feelings associated with these major feelings. For examples, nrtya (dancing), giita (singing), viluńt́hana (rolling), kroshana (weeping), huḿkára (roaring), lálásráva (salivating), jrmbhańa (yawning), lokápekśá tyága (indifference), at́t́ahásya (bursting into laughter), ghúrńana (whirling), hikká (hiccoughing), tanumot́ana (relaxation of the physical body) and diirghashvása (deep breathing).” (A Guide to Human Conduct)

[2] Karun’a: When Parama Purus’a sees the suffering of devotees, He feels pained by their inability to move ahead because of so many problems and difficulties. In such circumstances, Parama Purusa cannot bear to watch His bhaktas go through so much struggle and strife. When devotees are helpless and trying hard to progress but their pathway is completely obstructed and they cannot advance in their sadhana or any sphere of life – overcome by various complexes, bondages, and obstacles – then a feeling of deep, deep empathy develops in the mind of Parama Purusa. This feeling or mind-set is karun’a bha’va. He feels He must rescue them immediately. And when He steps in and helps that is His showering of His karun’a. In that way, Parama Purus’a comes. With His immense feeling of karuna’, He blesses His devotees and relieves them of their pain and suffering. This is nothing but His divine karuna’: Wherein Parama Purus’a cares for the devotees and removes their troubles and hindrances so that once again they can move ahead. So there is a distinct difference between krpa (grace) and karuna (compassion). Finally, there is more to say about this topic of karun’a so kindly consider this an ongoing topic.

*** Prabhat Samgiita ends and now the letter starts ***

== DISCOURSE TRANSCRIPTION: NIILAKANTHA DIVAS & HOW TO OBSERVE ==

Namaskar,
We all know that the observance of Niilakantha Divas stands as one great occasion in our Ananda Marga society. That marks the very significant day – Feb 12, 1973 – those sinful forces poisoned Baba when He was in jail.

Upon initial reflection, one might think this day of Niilakantha is a time to grieve or be sorrowful, and to solemnly recall the past. After all, this was the time when a dreadful attack was done against our Sadguru. In those early years many were thinking like this.

Specifically from 1973 – 1979, margiis were observing this date by fasting and engaging in protest. To clear the matter to one and all, in His divine way, Baba Himself has guided us that Niilkantha Divas is the day to express sentient anger against those sinful forces.

This occasion hold dharmic spirit that and long-term & far-reaching ideological significance.

I WAS THERE ON THAT OCCASION

By Baba’s fathomless grace I was present at that very morning general darshan on 12 Feb 1979 in Patna when Baba Himself has given the full descriptive analysis about how to observe Niilkantha Divas.

ONE SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE

We are remember that we are expressing sentient anger toward those demonic forces who poisoned Baba by not giving in to their tactics and instead feeding the impoverished and need people delicious food. This is our special approach and more about this is explained below.

LITERAL MEANING OF NIILKANTHA DIVAS

Niila Kantha is a Sanskrit / Samskrta term. “Niila” means blue; “kantha” means throat. This is the literal meaning of Niilakantha: Blue throat. And ‘divas’, as we all know means day. So the entire meaning of Niilakantha Divas is “blue throat day”. As this was the day when Baba Himself allowed His throat to ‘turn blue’ by swallowing the deadly poison that those papiis gave Him when He was in jail.

Niilakantha is also the name of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva swallowed the poison to save humanity and that poison remained stuck in His throat. In consequence, His remained blue. By His divine force, Lord Shiva he did not allow the poison to be digested and spread throughout His entire body. More about this account is written in note 2 after the signature.

TRANSCRIPTION OF BABA’S DISCOURSE

Here below is a transcription of the English portion of the original sound file 12 Feb 79 in Patna. The Hindi and Bengali sections are not included here.

This morning general darshan of 12 Feb 79 was the first observance of Niilkantha Divas after Baba was released from jail. As all may recall, Baba Himself was released from jail towards the end of 1978. And Baba’s below darshan took place on Monday, 12 February 1979 in Patna, six years to the day of that poisoning incident.

The following is an actual transcription of the original audio recording. It is printed “as is”.

[मार्गी लोग एक साथ बोल उठे—“नीलकण्ठ बाबा की, जै !!”]

[Margiis are raising the slogan, “Niilakantha Baba Ki – Jay!!”]

Baba addresses Ramanandji: “अंग्रेज़ी में भी बोल दो |” [Now speak in English.]

[Ra’ma’nanda—“Actually you know, on 12th February, 1973, on this very day Baba was poisoned in Bankipur Central Jail. And this conspiracy was hatched by CBI, those who since the very beginning were trying to finish Baba, remove Him from this world. So, on this very day in 1973 He was poisoned in the jail. Actually, I was the first visitor to visit His cell, and when I saw Him lying on the bed, He was neither able to move nor to speak. And I came to know, just through indications, that His nerves and brain were not properly functioning. His eyes were red, and were watering profusely. And these were the signs which indicated that something serious had happened. When I came out from the jail, I inquired with the doctors–some Margii doctors, and other doctors were there. They immediately said that He has been poisoned, and these are the reactions of the poison. So we felt that there should be inquiry into this incident. That, who is behind this nefarious work.”]

Baba: “Judicial probe
[Ra’ma’nanda—“Yes. Who are the persons behind this nefarious work. So we wanted judicial inquiry, judicial probe. The Indira government never gave us the opportunity to express ourselves or to place the fact before the public, as to what are the issues. She suppressed this thing, she didn’t institute any inquiry. Then Baba was compelled to go on fast from 1st April 1973. And He continued His fast up to 1st August 1978. So five years, four months, and one day He continued His fast. So these things, actually—“]

Baba: “I wrote a letter to the President of India, that I know who are the black hands working from behind the curtain.”

[Ra’ma’nanda—“Several letters were written and there are many things as you know, which happened. Self-immolations, for that, agitations—“]

Baba: “So many boys and so many girls died.”

[Ra’ma’nanda —“So, in spite of that, many things had happened. Anyway, we were not knowing how to commemorate this particular day, this 12th February. Then we just sat together and asked that what we will call this very day. What will be the name of this particular day. And, we came to this conclusion that this day will be commemorated in the name of, “Niilakant’ha Divasa”. So, we were observing since 1973, and we were continuing. But, we were not having the proper guidance, in which way we can commemorate it. So, today, just I asked Baba how to do it. And then He told that, “You people will decide how to commemorate it.” Then, when we didn’t give proper reply to Baba, then He Himself told that, “Why you will be fasting? It will be, You will have to show your sentient anger, not just go on fasting or something like that.” Then, He told that, “You will have to give the reply if somebody has poisoned you, you will have to show some—“]

Baba: “Give the reply in a subtler way.”

[Ra’ma’nanda—“Give reply in a subtler way, giving them Amrta.”]

Baba: ““Amrta” means nectar.”

[Ra’ma’nanda—“Amrta means nectar. So, we are to take food that day, and the best food we should give to the needy on this very day. Whosoever we may be, whether margii, avadhuta, or acarya. If avadhutas, or acaryas, or wholetimers having not money, they will have to beg.”]

Baba: “Avadhutas have got no property, personal property.”

[Ra’ma’nanda—“They have to raise funds, they will have to collect, and buy something and feed to the people.]

Baba: “They will collect funds by begging. And feed the poor people.”

[Ra’ma’nanda—“So in this way, we can comemmorate this day, of Niilakant’ha Divasa.”]

[बाबा ने उपस्थित मार्गियों से पूछा—] अच्छा, तुम लोगों को यह मंज़ूर है ?

[Baba asked all those margiis present, OK – do you all agree with this?]

[मार्गी—“जी बाबा |”]

[Margiis repleid in one voice: Yes, Baba]

[मार्गी लोग एक साथ बोल उठे—“नीलकण्ठ बाबा की, जै !!”]

[Margiis are raising the slogan, “Niilakantha Baba Ki – Jay!!”]

[परम पिता बाबा की जय ! परम पिता बाबा की जय ! परम पिता बाबा की जय !]

[Parama Pita Baba Ki – Jay! Parama Pita Baba Ki – Jay! Parama Pita Baba Ki – Jay!]

That concludes the transcription of the audio file from Baba’s unique darshan of 12 Feb 1979 in Patna.

SOME UNIQUE ASPECTS OF NIILAKANTHA DIVAS

Here is another way that we could consider adding to the observance of Niilakantha Divas.

Just as Light Festival and Victory Day have their historical significance as well as their present day value, we could do the same with Niilakantha Divas. We could think of it not just as as point of history but as a day to oppose injustices. We could take a strong resolution and vow to fight against injustices and establish dharma.

It could be a day to oppose any and all sinful acts – wherever one may be, where we wholeheartedly raise our voice and take a staunch stand against all sorts of misdeeds committed by those terrible sinners.

It could be a time to express our sentient anger (sattvika krodha) and forcibly create the necessary circumstantial pressure to make those unrighteous and wicked people give up their nasty activities and mend their unjust ways. It could be a time to bring negative elements onto the path of welfare.

So just as other festivals have their own specific purposes such as Light festival, Spring festival, Ananda Purnima etc, likewise Niilkantha Divas could have its own special value both historical and contemporary.

SUMMARY OF HOW TO OBSERVE NIILAKANTHA DIVAS

Here is brief summary for how we are to observe Niilakantha Divas.

If one is a family margii one must buy and prepare food and create a delicious dish to serve to the neediest person. All must participate in this way. Each individual in Ananda Marga must feed at least one financially impoverished person the best food available. And if one is part of a family of 5, then that family must feed at least 5 economically destitute persons a sumptuous meal. If a Wt does not have sufficient funds to buy food then they must beg for enough money to purchase food. Accordingly, they must prepare a delicious meal and serve theat to a needy person. So everyone is involved: WT’s and margiis.

In a phrase, we are to replace the poison with nectar. Every margii and worker must participate in this way.

Namaskar,
In Him,
Kalyanmurti

Note 1: SATTVIKA KRODHA

Sentient Anger (Sattivka Krodha): The Propounder of Ananda Marga, Baba – Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji is the embodiment of dharma. One of the characteristics of a dharmika is akrodha or non-anger. Baba perfectly embodies this quality. Those close to Baba understood that He never really became angry. Only He would feign anger or show as if He was angry in order to teach and impress upon others the severity of a particular situation. By this way, He would express sentient anger. So never can one truly say that Baba was ever furious or mad etc. Just He would display anger externally in order to lovingly guide His devotees.

Usually in anger one does not have control over their nerve cells and nerve fibres. Their face gets red and their body starts trembling and ultimately they lose control over their motor and sensory organs. In that case, they may engage in uncontrollable anger, talk in an outraged manner, and lose all their physical and intellectual strength. That is tamasika anger when they are over-powered in that way.

In contrast, when you feign anger then one is not affected. They do not lose their rationality – just they may use their voice to get their point across.

In feigned anger you are in control – you are the master of your anger vrtti – and in real anger you are a slave to your anger vrtti. Those who are occupied by this vrtti later repent, because they do nonsense things and harm others. That anger is very harmful, whereas sentient anger is not.

One can usually analyse if anger was real or feigned by synthesizing the entire situation. The person who is overpowered by or feigning anger certainly knows – others may or may not know.

Baba says, “Suppose a very good man is harshly rebuking an immoral person for having insulted him. Is that unfair? No, no, it is not unfair. It is called sentient anger. Anger is static; but sometimes it may be sa’ttvika, it may be sentient. And that type of anger is sentient anger– sa’ttvika krodha in Sanskrit.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 2, p.73-4 Sept ’78)

Note 2: LORD SHIVA SWALLOWED THE POISON

The mythological story about Lord Shiva swallowing the poison goes like this. The mighty ocean was churning and so many good and bad things emerged from the mouth of that ocean, including a huge amount of terrible poison. The rishis and devates saw all that poison and thought that only Lord Shiva can handles this – everyone else will be ruined. So to save the universe Lord Shiva graciously ate that poison.

In a devotional way, we can understand that without the sweet will of Parama Purusa nothing happens. To save the universe from the tortures and lethal effects of the demonic forces – who wanted to wipe out everyone, i.e. all the dharmic people from this earth, Baba took the poison and saved humanity.

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

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HUMAN BEINGS HAVE LOST TALE AND THE CAPACITY TO RUMINATE

“In that era people used to live in trees. They used to secure themselves to the tree or the tree branch with their tail so that they would not fall out of the tree while they were asleep. Later on, when human beings began to build temporary dwellings in the trees, the possibility of falling out diminished. Naturally, since the need for a tail diminished, the tail became smaller. Later still, when human beings learned to build permanent dwellings on the ground the need for a tail completely disappeared. Since there is no need for a tail now, there is no tail. The need for a tail disappeared some hundreds of thousands of years ago. There is, however, a truncated bone at the base of the backbone which is a carryover from that past time. It is present in the fetus while it is in its mother’s womb. Thereafter the tail does not grow in proportion to the rest of the body. By the time the human child is born the tail is no longer outside the body. A somewhat similar thing happens with frogs. The tadpole has a tail but when it gets bigger it falls off. This all happens in the path of emanation.”

“In those days there was little security in people’s lives. On one side there were fierce animals and on the other a scarcity of food. Both of these were constants. Nowadays if there is a scarcity of food in one place people can bring food materials from someplace else but that was not possible then. If food appeared one day there was no certainty [nishcitatá] that it would appear the next. Due to these kinds of circumstances human beings used to have an appendix to their intestines for accumulated or excess food. As it was needed this food would stimulate salivation in the mouth and be fully eaten and digested. The proper eating and digesting of the surplus food in the appendix is called romanthana in Sanskrit and jábar kát́á in Bengali. In good English we call it “rumination” and in spoken English “chewing the cud”. Many herbivorous (vegetarian) animals still ruminate and a need still exists for it in their wild state. As the certainty of food supplies gradually increased, the need for a corporal appendix to the intestines lessened. Eventually there was even not the slightest need for it. Today a small vestige of it remains in the human body although it is no longer used in times of distress. Human beings have lost the capacity to ruminate.” (Varna Vijiana – Emanation (Discourse 20))
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Date: 04 2013 22:36:13 -0000
From: “Surya Deva”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Which Pathy Is The Best #2

Baba

“Nijer katha’ bolate gele yug ye cale ya’y…” (Prabhata Samgiita #2610)

Purport:

Baba, my whole life is getting wasted in propagating my own “greatness”. Since ages I have been involved in this foolish endeavour. O’ Parama Purusa, please fill my mind with Your divine tales. By listening to Your stories and talks, my whole heart, nay my whole being, will be satiated.

O’ my Lord, in order to listen to Your divine gospel, I have remained awake since many lives – since ages. O’ Parama Purusa, my mind is restless to get a glimpse of Your smile. My mind only wants You, O my Dearmost.

O’ Parama Purusa, today You have graced me and changed my heart; I will no longer waste my time in self-glorification and bragging about my unit ‘I’, little ego. I will not talk about my own unit hopes and misteries. Now, O’ Divine Infinite Parama Purusa, this unit is running constantly towards You.

Baba, I wasted my life in self-propaganda. Now by Your grace only I want to listen to Your glory, Your sweet gospel, O’ Parama Purusa, I am surrendering at Your lotus feet…

== WHICH PATHY IS BEST #2 ==

Namaskar,

“Now the question is, which system of medicine is best. Certainly every individual has their own opinion. The purpose of this letter is to highlight some critical points which Baba has given about the prevailing pathys. To this end, we shall review (a) allopathy (i.e. western medicine), (b) ayurveda, (c) naturopathy, and (d) homeopathy. In addition, we will examine a few of Baba’s overarching guidelines about the field of medicine and health, as well as what form it should take in the future.”

In the first letter (link appended below) on this topic, the first three of the aforementioned pathys were examined. Here we start with homeopathy.

BENEFITS OF HOMEOPATHY

The final pathy explored here is homeopathy.

Baba says, “In homeopathy whose principle is “Samah samam shamayati” (like cures like), the disease is not treated, but the symptom of the disease is treated. No matter whether the disease is diarrhea or malaria, the symptom is treated and not the disease. Moreover, the medicine is applied in a subtle form. It is theorized that the subtle affects the crude, hence subtle medicine is applied to cure the crude disease. The more subtle the medicine, the more effective the result on the crude disease.” (12)

“The value of the principle shama samaḿ shamayati [similia similibus curantue – “like cures like”)] has been understood by human beings since the age of the Mahábhárata, but it was Mahatma Hahnemann who brought it to the scientific level through his system of homeopathy. People realized the value of this principle during the Mahábhárata age from the poison treatment of the poisoned Bhiima. There were considerable advances in Ayurveda in poison research, especially with snake, scorpion, spider and hornet poisons.” (11)

The special quality of homeopathic medicines are that they are subtle and work in a very deep way. These medicines work directly on the symptoms of the patient. That is highly beneficial. In contrast, medicines of other systems like allopathy and ayurveda are not based on the symptoms of the patient, but rather the disease.

For instance, suppose a patient is suffering from dyspepsia. In that case, homeopathic meds will be given based on the type of pain and discomfort a person is feeling. Burning pain might be one medicine, and if it is excess gas and bloating, then that is a different medicine. Thus there are various medicines in te field of homeopathy that might be used for that patient, depending upon what they are experiencing. Whereas, allopathy has only one single medicine for dyspepsia. And that medicine will create a very harsh reaction on the body.

Same is the case with dysuria. Homeopathic remedies will be numerous based on the various symptoms a patient might have. Whereas allopathy and ayurveda have a single medicine for such a disease. And those medicines invite harmful side-effects.

That is why Baba warns us that such medicines can create problems. Not only that, if an allopathic medicine is given yet the patient does not actually have that disease, then it is doubly dangerous.

Furthermore, because homeopathy uses very subtle medicines even if the selection is wrong, it does not cause harm. No doubt, the wrong homeopathic medicine may not bring about the cure; yet it will not be harmful, let alone disastrous as is the case with ayurvedic or allopathic medicines.

Baba says, “The principles, application and philosophy of homeopathy are completely different from [other] medical treatments. Homeopathy treats the symptoms of the patient, not the disease. So there is very little possibility of causing harm, even if the diagnosis is not quite correct. A doctor with good powers of observation and a subtle sense of discrimination can easily prescribe remedies according to the patient’s symptoms.” (13)

All in all there are many benefits of homeopathy:
(a) The medicines are very subtle and hence not harmful.
(b) Homeopathy treats the symptom – not the disease – yet this way the problem is cured.
(c) If the wrong medicine is administered, there are no adverse side effects.
(d) Homeopathy can treat a wide array of illnesses and human conditions.
(e) The medicines are inexpensive.

So there are many plus points of homeopathy. In addition, with the today’s modern computer programs, an observant patient can often find out the right homeopathic remedy. In that case, there is no need to visit the doctor.

MODERN ENHANCEMENTS OF HOMEOPATHY

Here below Baba appreciates how homeopathic practitioners now support the use of needles to administer medicines – as do modern day ayurvedic doctors.

“Nowadays, in those cases where there is difficulty getting the desired effect by swallowing the medicine or ingesting it in some other way, or where the effect is delayed, the system of introducing the medicine into the body through injection is widely prevalent. If anything is injected into the body through a needle it is called súcikábharańa. Súcikábharańa existed in Ayurveda in ancient times to a small extent, but this science could not advance much in those days, chiefly due to the influence of certain superstitions among the people at that time. They did not want to allow anything into their bodies through injection, so this science remained unappreciated. Nowadays it is possible to save the patient’s life with injections in the case of diseases that are difficult to cure or treat, or in the case of life-threatening disease. Thankfully, modern practitioners of Ayurveda and Homeopathy, willingly or unwillingly, have accepted the use of needles and themselves use them.” (14)

With the addition of surgery, homeopathy will be an even more successful and effective pathy.

“Homeopathy should embrace surgery, and if this is done it will be good for the all-round welfare of the people.” (15)

BEWARE:

PRESCRIBING MEDICINES IS JUST GUESSWORK

Here Baba points out that the doctor’s decision to prescribe a particular medicine is just their best guess. So no one should accept a doctor’s prescription for a particular medicine as an exact science.

“Is it not simply guesswork to prescribe medicines for a particular disease when the medicine is prescribed for the disease but the disease is diagnosed according to the bodily constituents? If you mentioned this to an allopath, ayurvedic doctor or hakim he or she would probably hand over his or her stethoscope or mortar and pestle and reply, “Here you are, sir. You had better treat the disease yourself.” This, of course, is an angry remark. While I recognize that a lay person should not have the audacity to counsel a doctor, I must also point out that everyone has the right to consider the merits and demerits of a particular type of medical treatment.” (16)

Doctors can only guess as to which medicine they think is most appropriate. They can only surmise whether, “This is absolutely the correct medicine or whether this is definitively the wrong medicine.” All in all, it is a delicate situation. But so long as the medicine is inherently not harmful, then naturally that pathway is more safe.

So, two things are of importance here:

(a) No doctor of any pathy can confidently claim that: “This is the proper medicine”, as their selection is only based on their “best guess.” On an assumption they administer the medicine.

(b) If some medicines are unrefined – virtually poison – the patient may be harmed and even die.

HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT IS THE BEST

ESPECIALLY FOR SADHAKAS

As sadhakas, we take sentient food, practice asanas and sadhana, and maintain a devotional ideation. By this way both the mind body become more subtle.

By following Ananda Marga teachings, the entire existence becomes more subtle than common non-margii citizens. So we have to be very cautious and alert while taking any type of medicine. The medicines of the ayurvedic and allopathic systems can be more disastrous for us than non-margiis. In some extreme cases, there may be no other option. We may need to take a strong medicine that is potentially very harmful. But for the overall treatment of the body, in our practical approach, one chief option remains: Taking treatment via homeopathy.

Homeopathic remedies are the best types of medicine. That is Baba’s general guideline. Ultimately, however, Baba advises that all the pathys should be used to complement one another and the end point should be the welfare of the patient.

ALL PATHY’S UNDER ONE ROOF

According to Ananda Marga philosophy, the most rational approach with respect to medical care is for all the pathys to exist under one roof. Patients should be evaluated on a case by case basis and then directed to the right avenue of treatment. Each medical pathy has its speciality and ethic. The goal is the cure the patient, regardless of the pathy involved. Using multiple pathys is also quite appropriate. For instance allopathic surgery combined with homeopathic medicine might be the ideal way to treat a particular patient. The end point should be the patient’s welfare – not which pathy is used.

“The welfare of the patient should be the main aim of the medical profession, regardless of the philosophical or logical ramifications of a particular system of medicine. Doctors may find it somewhat difficult to work with such a principle, because it is unreasonable to expect them to be experts in all the medical systems. In reality, it is highly unlikely. Nevertheless, what is not possible in a doctor’s chambers may be possible in a hospital.”
“In the hospitals of some countries the welfare of the patient is given top priority and the patient is treated accordingly. Immediately after being admitted, he or she is thoroughly examined by an appropriate board of doctors who determine the most suitable system of medical treatment. In other words, if the patient’s disease can be easily cured by allopathy, he or she will be treated by an allopath; if by homoeopathy, by a homoeopath; if by naturopathy, by a naturopath; and so on. If various types of treatment are available, changing from one type to another will not be difficult in the event of the patient not responding to a particular type of treatment.” (17)

BABA’S RELATED TEACHINGS

“The great danger in diagnosing illnesses and prescribing medicines according to the germs and diseases present in the body is that it is nearly impossible to arrive at a firm conclusion about the precise nature of germs. Whether diseases are caused by germs or germs are created from diseases which are caused by other factors is a matter of controversy. The symptoms of one disease may be identical to those of another, and the remedy for one may prove to be completely ineffective or even harmful in the case of the other. Moreover, as poisons are used, they may seriously affect the vitality of the patient. Just imagine, if the doctor is incompetent or is completely motivated by a business mentality, what will the plight of the public be?” (1)

“In both systems [ayurvedic and unani system] crude medicine is applied.” (2)

“Ayurveda and hekemii [hakims]…use strong medicines and also poison as a medicine…In this method of treatment the selection of medicines involves great risk, because more emphasis is placed on the indications of the disease than on those of the patient, and because of the possibility of causing death.” (3)

“There was a time when diagnosing illnesses and prescribing medicines were not very difficult because diagnoses were based on three constituents of the body – air, bile and phlegm – with blood as a fourth constituent. But increased physical and glandular complexity has led to a corresponding increase in the number and complexity of diseases.” (4)

“In the pure ayurvedic system, there is no surgery.” (5)

Baba says, “Naturopaths do not believe in using medicine. They think that it is possible to cure patients through the gifts of nature only – through earth, water, light, heat and air, together with a proper diet.” (6)

Then Baba describes the various techniques and methods used by naturopaths – like fasting.

“Since ancient times many non-human creatures have considered fasting or deliberate abstinence from food as their natural medicine. You will notice that dogs and certain other animals abstain from eating if they feel a little ill. You also often do not feel like eating when you feel somewhat physically out of sorts. Some contemporary physicians advise their patients, and even pressure them, to eat even when they do not have any appetite. This, however, goes against the laws of nature. It is natural for a sick creature to feel an aversion for food, unless they suffer from the disease of overeating. By not eating, certain organs of the body enjoy a temporary rest. As a result, after the fast the organs are rejuvenated and reenergized and a feeling of wellbeing returns to the physical body. So not only in the case of prehistoric humans, in the case of the prehistoric animals as well, the ancient, pure and chief medicine was fasting or voluntary abstention from food.” (7)

Baba also describes how naturopathy uses the elements like light, air, earth and water.

“Sunlight and air: There are many healing elements in sunlight. The rays or pencils of rays of different colours in sunlight are medicines for different kinds of diseases – preventive and antidotal. Sunlight has different benefits during different hours of the day. Sun-warmed water also has different kinds of benefits. Thus sunlight has been regarded since ancient times as medicines for different bodily ailments. It is also said in the Vedas: súryah yathá sarvalokasya cakśuh [as the sun is the eye of the entire universe]. The medicine, that is, sunlight should be taken in through the dorsal spine, not through the chest or the abdomen.”
“The pure air of a secluded place is also an excellent medicine for the physical body. This medicine in the form of air should be taken through the back of the head and the upper part of the forehead. The earth from a riverside area near a forest in which there is a small amount of sand and a large amount of soil is also an excellent medicine for the physical body. This medicine should be taken bare-bodied on a bed of earth.”
“Water: Odorless, tepid water, especially if it is sun-warmed, is an excellent medicine for the physical body. It has great healing qualities. Since ancient times, knowingly or unknowingly, human beings and different animals have also accepted water as one of their medicines. It is also said in the Vedas: ápashca vishvabheśajii [and water is a universal medicine].” (8)

Ultimately, Baba reveals that limiting the practice of medicine to naturopathy alone is quite limiting and incomplete.

“Naturopaths do not believe in using medicine. They think that it is possible to cure patients through the gifts of nature only – through earth, water, light, heat and air, together with a proper diet. I do not deny that this is possible, but it is also often difficult to gradually and completely attune the body to nature.” (9)

Here below Baba unveils the special way that medicine works – it facilitates the healing process in the body.

“People should recognize that medicine does not cure disease, rather nature cures disease with the help of the body’s own healing power. Medicine only helps to accelerate the activity and speed of the healing process.” (10)

Thus, Baba does not support the naturopathic model where no medicines are ever administered. Baba clearly appreciates the application of medicine when needed.

SUMMARY

The best way is to have all the pathys under one roof, utilizing the strengths of each for the welfare of that patient. We should also keep in mind that as a stand-alone practice, the medicines of homeopathy are best suited to the well-being of Ananda Marga sadhakas and all people. As far as possible, we should try and maintain health by strictly following Sixteen Points, and using homeophatic remedies – as the need arises. In the near future, more and more hospitals and medical centers will offer all the pathys under one roof. That will be the ideal system.

Namaskar,
in Him,
Surya Deva

Note 1: VAEDYAK SYSTEM APPROVES OF SURGERY

And the Ayurveda system should not be confused with the vaedyak system given by Lord Shiva which does include surgery. Because Lord Shiva Himself approved the vaedyak system of medicine.

But this vaedyak system got a serious blow after the arrival of Buddhism. Since then various dogmas and superstitions were injected and that had a horribly detrimental effect on the progress of medicine. Rather it sent medicine back into the dark ages. Due to the dogma of Buddhism, the dead body was prohibited for use in dissection.

Thus because of Buddha’s dogmatic influence and that of the Puranic religion, India went far behind in surgery. At the time of the Mahabharat period, surgery was quite common. And that was not due to ayurveda; rather, it was because of vaedyak shastra.

In the Discourses On the Mahabharat Baba has revealed the above fact. History is there that King Jarasandh, at the time of his birth he was born via cesarean, and the doctor was the lady doctor Jara’ who stitched Jarasandh’s body parts together. This marked how the people of that period were well acquainted with surgery. But later on this science of surgery faced serious problem, due to the dogmatic beliefs of Buddhism, and research on medical science could not be done. So India lagged behind, in surgery. (18)

Note 2: ORIGIN OF HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT STARTED IN INDIA

Baba says, “Visa cikitsa (treatment thru poison) is native to India, and its first reference is found in the Mahabharata period. Later on this visa cikitsa (treatment thru poison) was encouraged not by Aryans, but rather by non-Aryans, and South India, especially Malabar, saw it expand a lot. These people attribute the origin of visa cikitsa (treatment thru poison) to Lord Krsna, i.e., visa cikitsa (treatment thru poison) was originated by Krsna.And vaedyaka shastra was originated by Lord Sadashiva…”
“But the originator of visa cikitsa (treatment thru poison) was Lord Krsna. In the Mahabharata period, it was appreciated a lot, and people discussed it and practised it by applying different venoms such as the venom of the snake, the venom of the spider, the venom of the scorpion, etc., to cure snake bite, spider bite, scorpion bite, etc. In course of time, it was neglected. At last it had some place in the royal family of Cochin. This system is neglected nowadays, but if it is encouraged, a new system will be added to medical science.” (19)

Note 3: OTHER KEY POINTS FROM THE FIRST LETTER

The first letter in this series addressed the first three aforementioned pathys, as well as various points about medicince and health including two Sanskrit Samskrta proverbs:

(A) “Sariram vya’dhi mandiram”.
‘Where there is a body, disease comes’.

(B) Here is one traditional, satirical saying about those pathys where harmful and poisonous medicines are used.
“Shat ma’ri bhavet vaedhyah. Sahasra ma’ri cikitsakah” (Human Society – 1)

The meaning is: If a doctor kills 100 patients by prescribing the wrong medicine, he is known as a “vaedyah”, i.e. less qualified doctor; if a doctor kills 1000 persons by administering wrong medicines, he becomes “cikitsak”, i.e. high-qualified doctor.

Note 4: LINK TO THE PRIOR LETTER IN THIS SERIES

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/01/which-pathy-is-best-1.html

REFERENCES
1. Human Society – 1, Various Occupations
2. Discourses on the Mahabharata, The Medical Science of the Age
3. Human Society – 1, Various Occupations
4. Human Society – 1, Various Occupations
5. Discourses on the Mahabharata, p.21
6. Human Society – 1, Various Occupations
7. Human Society – 1, Various Occupations
8. Shabda Cayanika – 5, Kulya to Kuvela (Discourse 34)
9. Human Society – 1, Various Occupations
10. Human Society – 1, Various Occupations
11. 8. Shabda Cayanika – 5, Kulya to Kuvela (Discourse 34)
12. Discourses on the Mahabharata, p.21-2
13. Human Society – 1
14. Shabda Caynika – 4, Kárpat́ika to Kála (Discourse 23)
15. ‘Guidelines for Commencing Microvita Research’
16. Human Society -1, Various Occupations
17. Human Society – 1, Various Occupations
18. Reference: Discourses on the Mahabharat, p.24
19. Discourses on the Mahabharat, p.22-23

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

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BEWARE OF THE CINEMA & VIDEO GAMES

“Many people in society do not become criminals because of physiological or hereditary factors. Nor do they become involved in criminal activities due to the influence of base propensities, or due to lack of education or social control. Yet today civilized society looks down on them because they are criminals when they could have been revered as ideal human beings with impeccable characters if they had been given a proper environment.”
“They are glaring examples that honest people can become dishonest as a result of environmental pressures. The sensitive, honest son of a villainous father is compelled to participate in antisocial activities out of fear of paternal abuse. This creates a habit which eventually becomes part of his nature.” (Human Society – 1, Justice)

“In the modern world there is a wide variety of films which excite the passions and have a degrading influence on boys and girls, adolescents and young men and women. Such films create in cinema-goers the desire to emulate in their individual lives the criminal activities, the vulgar expressions of love, or the adventurous behaviour that they see enacted on the screen. This is another example of how keeping bad company causes depravity. Many cinema-goers imagine that the characters that they see on the screen are their actual acquaintances, but when they try to emulate these characters, they discover that the real world is much tougher than the world portrayed by the cinema.” (Human Society – 1, Justice)

Note: Here is a recent news report. This following incident happened after one teenager watched a horror film over and over again. The boy became obsessed with the film’s main character and in result he committed the same demonic crime. The main character killed his mother and his sister. After watching the film many times, in a cold-blooded, detached manner, the teenager ruthlessly murdered his mother and his sister. We must not allow children to see such violent movies and play such violent video games. So many dastardly crimes have occurred because of these violent video games and movies. That is Baba’s warning.

Here is the headline and introductory sentence of this news article.

“17-year-old murder suspect inspired by ‘Halloween’ slasher flick”

“Jake Evans fatally shot his mother and sister after watching the horror film numerous times. Evans wrote he was ‘amazed at how at ease the boy was during the murders and how little remorse he had afterward’ in a confession to police.”

To read more of this news story, click here…
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Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:47:33 -0000
From: “Manoj”
Subject: Current Affairs: AMPS – Group Fighting – Causes & Solutions #1
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== CURRENT AFFAIRS: AMPS – GROUP FIGHTING – CAUSES AND SOLUTION ==

~ Part 1 ~

Namaskar,
When Parama Purusa comes in the form of Mahasambhuti, all His engagements in that form come within the scope of “Naraliila of Parama Purusa”. Many things He does people don’t understand – they do not know the reason. That’s why those types of events are called “liila”. The reasons of which are known to Him only. So Parama Purusa is infinite and His liila is also infinite.

This is also one of His liilas: On one side in the scriptures He has written that He lives with devotees. That is true. But there is another side to the story as well.

HISTORY OF MAHASAMBHUTI

Lord Shiva came and then Lord Krsna came. In each of these circumstances, Mahasambhuti engaged with various types of people. Some were very good; some were normal. One common theme was that those working with Him thought that they had higher realization of and greater proximity with the Lord.

The same thing happened in Baba’s time as well.

Such persons working around Mahasambhuti thought that they are most close to Him. Why did they think like this? Because they were in close physical proximity to Parama Purusa. For this reason, they thought they were psycho-spiritually close as well.

WAYS HE GIVES HINT OF HIS LIILA

In His divine liila, Baba reveals His teachings in various ways: Through stories, humor, Prabhat Samgiita, and discourses etc. Through these media, He reveals His inner thoughts in various ways.

THOSE PHYSICALLY CLOSE MAY BE SPIRITUALLY FAR

Baba has also given this following Prabhat Samgiita which demonstrates that those physically close may not have been very close in other realms.

“Keu ka’che peyeo cinate na’re, dure thekeo cene…” (Prabhata Samgiita 3286)

By getting physically close they do not recognize Him, whereas some from even distance recognize His magnanimity. And some by getting His sweet touch even, they drown in staticity. And some without knowing, they unknowingly believe fully in His greatness. O’ my Lord, You are doing so many things for me. You are filling my heart with the nectar. I am so unfortunate that after all this grace I do not recognize You and remain oblivious. – PS #3286

Clearly this song – “Keu ka’che peyeo” – gives this message that living physically close to Parama Purusa is not the defining quality of one’s devotional stature or closeness with Parama Purusa. Living in His physical proximity does not mean one is psycho-spiritually close. Many lived physically close to Mahasambhuti, yet they remain far from Him. In contrast, many live physically far, but keep Him in their hearts.

Innumerable examples of this can be given. We can determine one’s true relation with Mahasambuti by examining a person’s conduct. This formula applies to those who were living physically close to Lord Shiva, Lord Krsna or Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. By examining their conduct, we can undertand their real proximity to Parama Purusa.

THE YADAVA DYNASTY

We know the history of those in the lineage of Lord Krsna, His family the Jadu (Yadava) dynasty. They killed themselves with their blindness. They were all proud, to belong to the same lineage and part of Lord Krsna’s family, but by their actions we can understand that they were not truly close with Lord Krsna. They were not close psycho-spiritually.

The history is that after the Maha’bharat was over, the Yadavas – family members and disciples of Krsna – had nothing to do other than to drink wine and enjoy materially. And one day under the spell of wine they started attacking and killing each other. A group conflict erupted and everyone was killed.

Here below Baba describes how the Yadavas killed each other.

“In the Jadu dynasty during the time of the Mahabharata … Balaram was the elder brother of Krs’n’a and the king of the Jadu dynasty… Balaram was also an alcoholic. [And when Balaram and the Jadu family drank at one gathering]. The resulting drunkenness caused people to quarrel amongst themselves. Eventually they killed each other at Prabhash Tiirtha and the Jadu dynasty was destroyed.” (Prout in a Nutshell – 15, p. 62)

“When at last the Yaduvamshii [Jadu Dynasty] were destroyed in Prabhasa Tiirtha, Krśńa did not help them; rather He said that they were immoral and He could not support them.” (Discourses on the Mahabharata, Lord Krśńa’s Unique Approach)

EARLY DAYS OF ANANDA MARGA

Please look into this following example about those who were working along with Baba as a WT, or in any type of working relation. They were thinking they are most close. To remove their illusion, one day Baba told about the “Ringing Bell” story. (If you do not know this story then speak with senior margiis or acaryas.)

We have seen downfall of those who were in close physical proximity to Baba. And we will go on seeing. Because, ego is the worst enemy.

One can cite the name of Pranay Kumar Chatterjee, the first GS of Ananda Marga. And then Vishokananda, the first PA. Then Madhavananda, and so many such persons. These type of events are not new. Earlier in the Jamalpur days, many persons had this type of vanity – that they were close. Later on their glory became one with the dust.

Baba says, “Aham’ka’rah patanasya mu’lam” [“Pride goeth before a fall”]. (Namah Shivaya Shantaya)

SAME THING – OR WORSE – HAPPENING NOWADAYS

So at the time of Lord Krsna, the Yadavas drank, became intoxicated, and destroyed themselves.

Now in Ananda Marga we are seeing a similar scene: Those at the top are drunk with power. Groups have been formed and lines have been drawn. Both the sides are full of vanity. With whatever power and position they have, they are trying to root out others. They are on the attack for more power. They can do anything and everything for their own agenda, and wholly overlook ideological guidelines which Baba has given. Looking back at the history of what happened to the Jadu dynasty, then we have to consider the outcome. In the same are these group leaders going to meet a similar fate?

“They killed each other at Prabhash Tiirtha and the Jadu dynasty was destroyed. People who follow a path which is devoid of ideology are bound to meet the same fate. Eventually they will destroy themselves by their infighting… Consequently different groups are formed. We see this situation today.” (Prout in a Nutshell – 15, p.62)

BABA’S BLESSING

I recognize that some difficult challenges may be on the horizon. But by the following Baba’s blessing, I never feel pessimistic. I know that the future is bright.

Baba says,”There are some people who are pessimistic. They say that the society around us is very bleak, that it has no expression of vitality and that it seems that everyone is in a deep slumber. Pessimists say this because they have never made any detailed study of human history, nor do they care to. Had they done so, they would certainly be optimistic, because if they had looked carefully at the symptoms of pause, they would have realized that significant preparations were being made for the subsequent phase of speed. So under no circumstances should human beings be pessimistic. That is why I am always an incorrigible optimist, because I know that optimism is life.” (Prout in a Nutshell – 7, p.67)

Baba says, “We shall no longer remain divided into various gotras, and erect artificial walls of separation among ourselves. Smashing all these barriers, we shall all sit and eat and drink together in the same compound, bound by the ties of one human family.” (Namah Shivaya Shantaya, Disc: 2)

CAUSE OF DISUNITY, INFIGHTING IN OUR ANANDA MARGA

BABA SAYS IN ORDER TO HAVE UNITY THE FORMULA IS…

“Unity among the members of any society or social structure is absolutely necessary, otherwise the structure will start disintegrating. Lack of unity among the members of society because of too much self-interest in the individual members, the formation of groups for economic or social advantage, and the lack of understanding of others, act not only to bring about the downfall of society, but also can wipe it out completely from the face of the earth. Instances of many groups and empires disappearing altogether are not rare in the little-known history of this world.”
“The problem, therefore, is the preservation of unity in society. Unity in society will be ensured if it is possible to enthuse the members of society with the following: a common ideal, a casteless society, collective social functions, and no capital punishment.” (A Few Problems Solved Part 7, Social Psychology)

BABA SAYS IN ORDER TO HAVE UNITY FORMULA:

A COMMON IDEAL

“A common ideal: It is often heard that a particular country was never so united as during war. This is partly due to love of one’s motherland, but more importantly, it is due to all the individuals having a common ideal: facing the perils of war. This common ideal is, however, a very temporary phenomenon and disappears when the dangers of war diminish.”
“In Ananda Marga the seed of a common ideal is sown from the very beginning of a child’s life. At the age of five, when the child has acquired only a preliminary understanding of his or her surroundings, he or she is given the idea of Brahma [the Supreme Entity]. The entire society of Ananda Marga is thus founded on a common ideal or goal – Brahma. This foundation will never be lost like the dangers of war. Such an ideal will not disappear like the common ideal of facing the dangers of war; so the unity in a society founded on the ideal of Brahma will be everlasting.” (A Few Problems Solved Part 7, Social Psychology)

APPLYING THAT TO AMPS

In above His discourse “Social Psychology”, Baba explains that four essential factors are needed to create unity.

Baba says, “Unity in society will be ensured if it is possible to enthuse the members of society with the following: a common ideal, a casteless society, collective social functions, and no capital punishment.” (A Few Problems Solved – 7, Social Psychology)

Here we shall address the first aspect: A common ideal.

Prior to 1990, there was a common ideal. Everyone rallied around Parama Purusa – that was the unifying factor. There was a tangible do-or-die spirit for Guru. Armed with this common ideal, our Ananda Marga organisation stood as one monolithic structure.

After 1990, also, for the first few years there was a common ideal. All in Ananda Marga looked upon the communists as an enemy. In rallying against the communists, there was the presence of a common ideal. To the degree that this was present,the there was unity.

But that common ideal soon faded.

Thus, due to lack of a shared enemy and a lack of accepting Parama Purusa as a common ideal, (i.e. common patrimony or one family where Parama Purusa is the Father), the seeds of division crept in and two distinct groups were formed – each with their own agenda. The fracturing has continued ever since.

Essentially, the group in power is prone to splitting whereas the non-dominant group holds together because they are have shared ideal – i.e. rallying against the dominant side. And that is what we have seen in AMPS. The Ranchi camp is the dominant group but they have divided into various sub-factions: Rudrananda camp, Nigamananda sub-faction, and Ananda Giita group and others. B group has stayed as one body when they accepted H group as an enemy. When that ideal faded, their cohesiveness was lost.

This has led to the rise of infighting.

When Brahma is not the common ideal of all members of society, then there is no chance for unity. Without that common ideal, unity cannot last. A group may maintain unity temporarily based on having a common enemy. But when there is no common enemy then disunity occurs. For lasting unity there must be a common ideal.

Those who cannot understand this notion of a common ideal should think in this way. So long as Iran says that the US is an enemy, they keep unity. Similarly, Pakistan says India is the enemy and by that way they keep unity. And now, every country has this type of temporary unity and the world gets disunited. In the US, the various political parties united after 911 and then they disunited when they no longer had an enemy as a common ideal.

Margiis could be united easily by embracing Parama Purusa as Father. Nowadays unity is maintained in a particular group by embracing an enemy as a common ideal – but that is temporary as best. Further requisite points for achieving unity will be addressed in forthcoming letters.

“The entire society of Ananda Marga is thus founded on a common ideal or goal – Brahma. This foundation will never be lost like the dangers of war. Such an ideal will not disappear like the common ideal of facing the dangers of war; so the unity in a society founded on the ideal of Brahma will be everlasting.” (A Few Problems Solved Part 7, Social Psychology)

Namaskar,
Sastaunga Pranam to Baba,
Manoj

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From: “Manoranjan Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: 03 Jan 2013 19:13:56 -0000
Subject: So Important, But Still Some Oblivious

Baba

== SO IMPORTANT, BUT STILL SOME OBLIVIOUS ==

Namaskar,
Here we are talking about Prabhat Samgiita and which songs are best for Ananda Margiis to sing – from a purely devotional perspective.

Nowadays, in their innocence, a few are singing songs which go against the devotional feeling of Ananda Marga. We should therefore take a deeper look at the matter.

ALL HAVE DEVOTION

As we know, Baba has explained that every human being in this cosmos has devotion; not only that, but even developed animals have devotion. Undeveloped animals have devotion too, but it is in latent form. So even developed animals have their animal devotion and desire to be great. When they see something or someone bigger and stronger than they are, then they stop and look with awe at that entity. That means they accept that entity as greater than themselves. Reverence towards someone great is their devotion. You can visibly see this in all kinds of tamed animals. That is the main reason why intelligent animals have accepted human beings as their masters and have taken shelter under human care and direction. For them, their master is everything. They have devotion toward their master – just as intelligent human beings have devotion for Parama Purusa.

Actually, those animals do not know that there is someone greater than their human master – they do not know there is Parama Purusa. The moment they know about Parama Purusa they will salute Him and develop loyalty and surrender to the Divine Entity.

Similarly, every human being also has devotion and an innate longing to become great. Plus, everyone has the very sincere desire to satisfy that longing. Unfortunately, along the way, some get caught up in undesirable activities.

For instance, take the case of Hindus sacrificing goats to the gods. They do this as a sincere expression of their devotion. Though we know that this is just a dogmatic ritual that will not get them any closer to God. Rather, their harmful ways lead them in the opposite direction. Even then, these worshipers think that their practice of sacrificing goats is good and will allow them to reach God. So they are sincere, but misguided.

Such static rituals and traditional forms of worship are present in all the dogmatic religions.

Thus, even though all have devotion, vivek, and knowledge are needed to express that devotion in a proper way.

RELATING THIS WITH ANANDA MARGA AND PRABHAT SAMGIITA

Now let’s see how these above ideas relate with our devotional life and Prabhat Samgiita.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA IS FOR ALL

First off, we have to remember that Baba has given His teachings not just for Ananda Margiis, but for the entire humanity. For instance: Soon the whole world will be following the ways of Prout, whether they be margii or not. Likewise, Baba’s remedies in Yogic Treatments are for everyone; and, His various grammar books are to be studied in all schools around the globe. In the same way, Baba has graciously given His Prabhat Samgiita collection for the whole humanity – not just to the relatively small number of people who are Ananda Margiis.

Here then comes the crux of the matter.

Those Prabhat Samgiita composition that state, “O’ Lord Krsna, please come in my heart.” Then that song is for those bhaktas whose Ista is Lord Krsna.

And those songs which say, “O’ Prabhu, please come in my heart, come in my mind”, then that song is for Ananda Margiis. Why? Because here Prabhu means Lord and that can easily be goaded to Ista (i.e. nearest and dearest One), Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. Side by side, those followers of Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna can also use this song in their own way.

So Baba has graciously given His Prabhat Samgiita collection for all kinds of devotees – His divine compositions are for all. As Ananda Margiis, we should sing only those songs which goad the mind toward Baba, not any other divine entity. In our devotional life, we should only sing those songs that address Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji, i.e. Baba.

Certainly we may learn the songs about Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna; by that way we can best introduce non-margiis to those compositions. But we will not use those songs in our own devotional practices and programs.

THE POINT OF ISTA

Here the critical point is Ista. For Ananda Margiis, the Ista is not Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. Although Lord Shiva, Lord Krsna, and Baba are all the same, in theory. The same Divine Entity came three different times, in three different forms, with three different names. But for Ananda Margiis, Ista is not three, but rather one. Only Baba Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji is the Ista. So we must not chant, “O Lord Krsna, please come in my heart.” That is not beneficial – that is against point #10 of Sixteen Points: Non-compromising strictness and faith regarding the sanctity of Ista.

Even then, some may naively wonder, “What is wrong if I sing those songs about Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna. I call out to all three Taraka Brahmas because if one fails to respond then at least one of the other two will do something and solve my problem.” But unfortunately that method does not work. About this dilemma, please read the story about the sick father in note 1 after the signature.

SINCERITY ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH

Those who worship idols do not know that they will one day become idols; they will not become one with Parama Purusa. So although they are involved in worship, but that style of worship is the wrong approach and they are going to be crudified. They will not be benefitted, rather degraded.

Baba says, “The mind is extroverted by idol worship and is attracted towards finite objects. If the mental force is directed towards finite and crude objects, then the person is ultimately converted into crudeness.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 1)

So here the key point is that sincerity alone is not enough. Those idol worshipers are very sincere in their devotion to their chosen deity. But the outcome of their practice is not good; they will degenerate and become one with the stone, bronze, copper, clay, wood etc, whatever their chosen idol is made of. So no practitioner can stand on sincerity alone; the path must also be proper.

Similarly, in Ananda Marga, Baba has given 16 points; and as noted above, one point is Ista. Ananda Margiis must be strict in Ista. In the practical realm that means: Although there are countless names of Parama Purusa, but for devotees and disciples of Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, the Ista is Baba, not Lord Krsna, not Lord Shiva, not goddess Durga, not Gaunga nor various other deities. There is none other important entity besides Baba.

Here is Baba’s key and colorful teaching on this matter.

Baba says, “A person whom I was very close to, a relative of mine, used to recite the following after taking bath: “Victory to mother Káli, victory, victory to Káli, victory to mother Káli of T́han T́haniá, victory to mother Káli of Dakśińeshvar, victory to Bábá Táraknáth, victory to Bábá Vaidyanath of Deoghar. O, Fathers! None of you should think that I am leaving out someone’s name.” After this he would say, “O, gods and goddesses, please forgive me if I have omitted any name inadvertently. Please assume that I have mentioned your name also.” Does this yield anything at all? One says “victory to mother Káli of Kálighát” and in the same breath one says “victory to mother Káli of T́han T́haniá.” It signifies that the mind is moving both towards Kálighát and T́han T́haniá. Can the mind become concentrated in this way? Certainly not.” (11 April 1979, Kolkata)

So although Baba has given 5,018 Prabhat Samgiita songs, one must have the required viveka to use the songs in the right way. We are only to sing those songs in our devotional practices that focus on Baba, Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji.

ONE-POINTED DEVOTION

If one oblivious margii is singing this song – Jaya shubhavajradhara shubhra kalevara (Prabhat Samgiita #2526) – it means you are paying homage to Lord Shiva, requesting Him to “please come in my meditation and come in my dhyana.” But then when you conclude the song and start your actual meditation practice, you are pointing the mind towards your Guru, Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. So that bifurcated approach is not at all good; it will not be helpful.

Why? Because you are addressing both Lord Shiva and Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji; the mind is not at all pointed, rather bifurcated. Yet sadhana can only be done with a pointed mind.

Sadguru says, “According to spiritual science the samádhi attained when the entire mind is pin-pointed.” (Subháśita Saḿgraha Part 21, Liberation of the Devotee)

MUST LINK WITH ONE DIVINE ENTITY – NOT MANY

Think in this way: One small child calls its mother with the name “mom”. With that appellation, with that word, the mother and child are linked. When the child calls out “mom”, then that mother comes rushing and helps the child.

Now let’s say the mother’s legal or professional name is Radhika Devii, or Betty Thompson, or Maria Theresa Garcia. Then if that same child starts calling Radhika, Radhika, Radhika, or Betty, Betty, Betty, or Maria, Maria, Maria, then neither the child nor the mother will feel linked. Neither one will appreciate this.

This simple analogy anyone can understand. Try it in your own life with your own mother, close family member, intimate friend, or companion. Experiment with not using that special appellation or nickname that you have for them and address them by their public, legal name. You will find that the effect and vibration is vastly different as it adversely affects the intimacy and closeness of the relation.

The relationship with Ista works in the same way. Devotees and the Lord have a special relation and connection with one name not many. Devotees and God have a very intimate relation – there is only one name by which to address the Lord. Ista is one not two, and not many.

For Ananda Margiis, the Ista (i.e. nearest and dearest One) is Baba. So one must not focus on Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna during devotional practices. That will bifurcate the mind and dilute the devotional approach. In numerous discourses, Baba Himself says the name of Ista is one, not multiple. In Ananda Marga, Baba alone is the Ista. It is His glory one should sing and His name and form should be meditated upon.

STORY OF GREAT DEVOTEE HANUMAN

Here is a very significant story about the mythological bhakta – Hanuman.

“When Hanuman was asked why he was so insistent on taking the name of Ráma and never taking the name Náráyańa, he promptly replied:

Shriináthe jánakiináthe cábheda Paramátmani
Tathápi mama sarvasvah Rámah kamalalocana.

“I know by philosophical analysis that there is no difference between Náráyańa and Rama, and yet I will channelize my mind towards One Entity and not many. For me there is no Náráyańa, there is only Ráma.”

“Likewise for the genuine spiritual aspirants there is only One Entity, and they rush only towards that Supreme One. Their minds move only in one direction, not in a thousand directions.” (Ananda Marga Way of Life – 11)

In that discourse, Baba’s pointed teaching in this story is that a sadhaka’s devotional feeling must be linked with one Ista – for Ananda Margiis that Ista is Baba Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. For others it may be Lord Krsna or Lord Shiva. But for Ananda Margiis it is Baba.

Without this idea firmly set in the mind, one cannot reach the Goal. Ananda Margiis should not say, “O Lord Krsna come and grace me” – that will not help, rather hinder. The mind will be bifurcated or trifurcated. Some part of the mind will go to Lord Krsna, and another part to Lord Shiva, and some portion to Baba. That mind is broken, retarded – it will go nowhere. There is one ista – that is our Guru’s teaching.

An Ananda Margiis should only sing those devotional compositions that point the mind towards Baba; whereas those Prabhat Samgiita compositions about Lord Krsna and Lord Shiva are for the general public. In devotional life, a sadhaka of Ananda Marga is to choose from the many hundreds of songs about Baba and sing only those songs, and not sing or use compositions about Lord Krsna and Lord Shiva. That does not mean we should discard those songs about Lord Krsna and Lord Shiva, rather we are to learn them so we can teach others. But, in one’s own personal practice and devotional life, a bhakta of Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji (Baba) is to only sing songs about Him. That is the key point – and the pointed mandate to follow.

IMPORTANT GUIDELINE

Remember, this is a very important spiritual guideline. If you follow this you get everything and if you do not follow it you will not get anything in the realm of spirituality.

Namaskar,
In Him alone,
Manoranjan

Note 1: SICK FATHER AND MEDICINE STORY

Once there was a father who was suffering from a sickness. He called out to his sons, “O’ Tom, Dick, Harry, I need medicine. Please go to the store and bring my medicine.” All three sons listened very sincerely to their father’s request. The eldest son, Tom, immediately thought that the youngest (Harry) will get it. And Harry thought Tom would get it. And Dick thought one of his brothers would get the medicine. Later, in the middle of the night, the father called out to his sons, “O Tom, Dick, Harry, now is the time I need my medicine.” All three sons looked at each other and realised that no one had gotten the medicine. Now all the shops were closed and father’s condition was not good. In short, disaster had struck. And there was nothing to be done in that late hour.

If the father had specifically asked one of his sons to get the medicine, then that son would have done it. Then the problem would have been averted. Asking all three sons at the same time was a mistake. The father learned his lesson.

This same theory holds true in the realm of devotion as well. Worshiping multiple deities is not going to bring the proper outcome. How is one going to be graced with it is divided in multiple directions. The mind must be pointed in one direction. In the field of devotion, the sadhaka must be singular in approach.

In their day-to-day practical manner, the Semitic religions worship not one god but many. Those followers ask boons and grace from numerous godheads. In theory, they may try to deny this and give their own justification; but in their practical life that is what they do. It is quite evident.

Nowadays, most Christians and Muslims are in so-called 3rd world countries. And those believers follow multiple religions plus local gods and goddesses. They are involved in numerous belief systems. One single person might worship Allah, a Christian God, and their own local or native gods / goddesses and ritualistic deities. This is prevalent all around Africa and the Asian nations.

Next the is Buddhism which has adopted multiples deities. And the worst is Hinduism where there are countless gods and goddesses.

Those who come into Ananda Marga from such backgrounds often have a hard time understanding that Ista must be one, i.e. singular. Those who come into Ananda Marga at a young age easily understand. Age aside, those with adequate devotion absolutely understand.

Every bhakta in Ananda Marga must be singularly pointed on Ista, and only ideate on Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji. There is no other way.

PRABHATA SAMGIITA

“Tumi utta’l sindhute na’co, utta’l sindhute na’co…” (1182)

Purport:

Baba, You are expressing Yourself as the dance of the high tide of the roaring ocean. You have taken the form of the ocean waves. O’ my dearmost
Baba, in this condition it is impossible to hold You. It is very difficult to get close to You. Baba, now everybody wants You; but You are not easy to get. People run quickly towards You with the desire to get You. But, shaken with the fear, they return back because Your vibration is ferocious and rough like the high tide of the turbulent ocean. Baba, only when You really want to be held can it be done – otherwise not.

O’ my Lord, when I was searching You externally in this material world then I was studying the shastras, and I was listening to discourses given by various scholars, and I was running from one holy land to another. Any place where people claimed You were, there I went – externally searching for You. But by all these methods I could not get You in my heart; I could not realise You as my own, as my very close.

Baba, in the end, You have graciously made me understand that You are hiding in the inner recesses of my heart – in a very sweet and intimate way. O’ Divine Entity, You have taught me that only by searching You within could I make You my own. In this way, You have blessed me. O’ my dearmost Parama Purusa Baba, You are ever-gracious…

END NOTE FOR PRABHATA SAMGIITA 1182:

In the above song, through the symbolism of the ‘high tide’, Baba is expressing that at the time of Dharma Samiiksa, or Personal Contact, or in reporting, then many people – margiis and Wts – wanted to go close to Him. But at the same time they thought that it is too dangerous because Baba is scolding and abusing everyone too much. Baba is Love Personified and He does everything for your welfare, even then some were scared. With that fear and anxiety many persons did not want to be in His close physical proximity. So that is one sense of the meaning of ‘high tide’. And of course now every Ananda Margii understands that the only way to have Baba in a close and intimate way is through meditation, in one’s dhya’na.

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To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 21:34:14
From: “Prabhakar”
Subject: Left & Right Nostrils: How to Utilise for Physical & Psychic Health

Baba

== LEFT & RIGHT NOSTRILS: HOW TO UTILISE FOR PHYSICAL & PSYCHIC HEALTH ==

Namaskar,
In their day to day life, mostly the common people do not have much awareness about the practical process of breathing – or, more specifically, the proper use of nostrils. They are not aware how the nostrils function and how the nostrils can be utilized to enhance their life.

THE SCIENCE OF TANTRA

In the teachings of tantra, however, one special science is entirely dedicated to the proper and correct use of the nostrils. And this teaching is highly advantageous and helpful for us – as it details how we can best do the various works and activities of our daily life.

Whether these activities & duties are physical, psychic, or spiritual – each is highly linked with breathing, and in particular with the nostrils. So within the practice of breathing and breath control, there is a particular science which explains, outlines, and describes which nostril should be used for physical work, mental activities, or spiritual practices.

In Ananda Marga, most are well aware of this ancient science first propounded by Lord Shiva.

SVARSHASTRA: FIRST PROPOUNDED BY LORD SHIVA

When Lord Shiva first introduced this science of breath control He named it svarashastra. And this science clarifies which nostril is to be used when; how to change the nostrils, and all the related points about breath control and nostrils.

Tantra Yoga says, “Moreover, the process of breathing, depending upon whether the breath is flowing through the right nostril or the left nostril or both nostrils, influences people in various ways. It was Shiva who determined what kind of activity should be performed, depending on which nostril the breath was flowing through, and depending on whether the id́á or piungalá or suśumná channel was active. He set down specific rules and regulations as to when one should undertake physical, psychic or spiritual activities. He further instructed when and in what circumstances one should do ásanas, práńáyáma, dhárańá, dhyána, etc. This science, which Shiva invented and developed, was known as svara shástra or svarodaya [science of breath control]. Prior to Him, the world was not aware of this science. Shiva also gave clear instructions how this science could be applied by people in the practical field of action. In fact, this svara shástra did help the people later to solve many problems in their mundane as well as spiritual lives.” (Namah Shivaya Shantaya, 95 Edn, p. 25-6)

So Shiva was the first to propound the theory of breathing and use of nostrils. And Baba has revealed all the practical aspects of this in Ananda Marga books and discourses – including a special chapter in the Acarya diary.

Because the point is that using the proper nostril has a big effect on the entire body.

So whether doing arduous physical labour, or when taking food, or while doing asanas, or when involved in school examinations & study, or while doing sadhana, and even when experiencing samadhi, in each and every one of these activities, proper breathing through the nostrils has a keen role to play. Sometimes a particular nostril should be dominant or used exclusively and other times it is best to have both working simultaneously. Naturally then, being aware about this science is most helpful and beneficial.

A CASE IN POINT: EATING

This svarashastra, or science of breath control, plays a tremendous role in each and every life activity. As a case in point we can look at the process of eating.

The ingestion and digestion systems play a very significant role in maintaining human health. Because if a person’s physical health is good then one is able to move ahead in the psychic and spiritual realms. If the food is digested properly then the mind can think clearly and it is also highly beneficial for sadhana. So digestion is very important. And this entire process of digestion is intrinsically linked with breathing through the proper nostril at the right time.

For example, if one is drinking water or taking any type of fruit juice etc, then the left nostril must be working. But if anyone is eating solid food, then prior to, during, and after the meal the right nostril must be dominant. Otherwise food will never be digested properly.

Here are Baba’s guidelines about this:

“Take solid food when the right nostril (Piungala Na’d’ii) is predominant.” (Caryacarya-2)

“When your left nostril (Ida’ Na’d’ii) is active you should take liquid food.” (Caryacarya-2)

“It is good to take food when the main flow of breath is through the right nostril. Even after food, it is good if the flow of breath mainly through the right nostril continues for some time. Because that is the time when the digestive glands start secreting a sufficient quantity of fluids to help digestion.” (Caryacarya – 3)

“During mealtime and for an hour thereafter the breath should be flowing through the right nostril.” (Yogic Treatment, p. 8)

According to Baba, the system is to have the right side nostril active or dominant before and after food. When that right nostril is active the stomach will secrete digestive enzymes etc. If one has yet to eat, the secretion will cause hunger; and, if one has eaten, that secretion will help digest the food in the stomach. Thus, it is very important to have the right nostril dominant prior to, during, and after taking food.

If one is experiencing indigestion, then they should not take any food and take steps to make the right nostril dominant. Then their digestion will improve dramatically. On a related manner, if anyone begins to feel hungry but they are involved in pressing work or for any reason they are unable to eat at the moment, then they should switch their nostrils and make the left side dominant. More about this is written in the next subheading.

Part and parcel of eating is elimination. To clear the bowels properly, the right nostril must be dominant, otherwise one will suffer from constipation and elimination problems.

“It is desirable to take food or to defecate when the main flow of breath is through the right nostril. Even after food, it is desirable if the flow of breath mainly through the right nostril continues for some time. Because that is the time when the digestive glands start secreting a sufficient quantity of fluids to help digestion.” (Yogic Treatment – Dyspepsia (Indigestion))

SWITCHING THE NOSTRILS

There are essentially three ways by which one may switch the nostrils: From a lying position, a seated stance, and a standing position. Future letters will address all three techniques. Since the lying down technique may be the easiest, that I will describe here. If you wish to make the right nostril active, then simply lie on your left side. By remaining in that position for a short while (just a few minutes) then then you will notice that the right nostril has become dominant. You can make the left dominant by doing just opposite.

This is discussed in Caryacarya and in Senior Acarya Diary. Perhaps the easiest way is to ask an acarya. But, if they avoid your query or give a vague reply, then it means they do not understand the importance of this or they do not know the technique. In that case, better to ask someone else.

As mentioned, there are two more techniques for changing the nostril, and those will be written about in future letters on this topic; in addition, viirasana will facilitate making the left nostril dominant.

IN DISBELIEF

Some non-margiis may be thinking that all this is very strange because they never paid any attention to the use of nostrils, yet their food was digested nicely. But if they look carefully, they will see that within their unit structure, automatically, the whole science of the use of nostrils is happening – unbeknownst to them.

Ultimately it is just like how breathing goes on when one is sleeping or how the heart works even if one is not aware about its functioning. Similarly the same thing happens with respect to the nostrils. That’s why right nostril starts functioning and the digestive juices are released, then automatically one starts feeling hungry. So during the time of food only their right nostril is working. In that case their digestion will be alright.

The problem comes for those without good digestion. Then they will see that when they eat, their right nostril is closed – or working less. In that case, they should apply one or more of the techniques of positioning the body whereby the proper nostril can be activated. Those with poor digestion will be greatly benefited.

BENEFICIAL IN ALL THE SPHERES OF LIFE

Not just with eating and digesting food, but in all the spheres of life, the nostrils have a big role to play. When reading or studying, the left nostril needs to be dominant. But if while reading the right nostril is being used more, the mind will be fickle and less focused. Whereas having the left nostril open will enable the mind to be more concentrated. During sadhana it is best if both nostrils are working equally – yet if one is a little stronger then it should be the left nostril, not the right one.

Verily, in all the spheres of existence, the use of the proper nostril is key and highly beneficial. It yields a positive result.

Baba says, “This svarashastra did help the people later to solve many problems in their mundane as well as spiritual lives.” (Namah Shiva Shantaya, ’95 Edn, p.26)

SHOULD I BLOCK THE NOSTRIL??

Some naive people may be wondering if using superficial measures to control the nostrils are needed, or not. But the answer is no. One need not do things like stick cotton up the nose to try and block the left nostril in order to make the right one dominant, or vice versa. This is not the way – rather that will be harmful.

A DEEP SCIENCE IS AT WORK

This entire science of svarashastra is highly significant and occurs deep within the subtle processes of the body. All this occurs within the internal workings of the human structure. Rather it all happens automatically– deep within all this is going on.

Because when the body is in a state of balance and health then automatically the proper nostril will be working according to the type of activity one is involved in. If anyone is not accustomed to or less aware about this, then at any given time they can test which nostril is working by placing their finger(s) just below the two nostrils while exhaling. Then one can feel the air flow and it becomes quite evident which nostril is dominating.

So again, this all happens quite naturally when the body is healthy.

The purpose of letter is to bring awareness to times when the body is not functioning properly and empower one with the ability to make the body healthy and balanced by changing the dominant nostril. This is one very helpful and practical technique.

And this applies not just to physical health but psycho-spiritual well-being also. For instance, if sadhana is not pointed and the mind is running hither and thither, then check to see if the left nostril is dominant. If not, then make it dominant by lying on the right side for a few minutes. Once the left nostril becomes more active, return to your sadhana and most likely you will experience a dramatic shift in the quality of your meditation.

So this is quite practical on many fronts.

MORE COMING IN THE FUTURE

The next letter on this topic will talk more about the inner science behind the use of nostrils. Such as the three nadis, i.e. ida, susumna, piungala; how they are related with the cakras; how they are linked with higher sadhana. Plus how, in general, all this transforms our life practices and duties. As well as what techniques to employ to prompt the needed nostril to open.

ALL THE ANSWERS IN ALL REALMS OF LIFE

Our life is three-fold and we are fortunate Baba has told us all the key points for each and every aspect of human life. By following them we the have the best opportunity to develop and grow – in all the realms of life. Accordingly the use of nostrils also has a big effect. Some few may naively think this is an insignificant point, but in our practical life this science of nostrils has a grand role to play.

BABA’S RELATED GUIDELINES & TEACHINGS

– SADHANA

“When your Id’a’ Na’d’ii is working predominantly, you should utilize the time for your sadhana.” (Caryacarya-2)

And sadhana is to be done when the ida nadii alone is open or when it is functioning in cooperation with the right nostril.

– PHYSICAL EXERCISE

“When doing a heavy job while breathing normally, a person might have serious difficulties – perhaps one’s limbs might be broken – but in a state of baddha kumbhaka or purna kumbhaka (with the lungs full), one can easily do the same work. While doing some over-strenuous activity in a state of shunya kumbhaka (with the lungs empty) one might even die.” (Namah Shivaya Shantaya)

“Suppose you are climbing to a high place or lifting a very heavy load. If you do not follow the system of breathing while lifting the load, your hands may become painful or your bones dislocated. If you do the same work in a state of shunya kumbhaka (lungs empty), you will have great difficulty – you may even collapse. If on the contrary, you perform any strenuous activity in purna kumbhaka, taking a deep breath, you can easily do it. All this comes within the scope of that svaravijinana.” (Namah Shivaya Shantaya)

“You might have read in the Ramayana that Hanuman, by taking a deep breath, made his body swell and lifted a whole mountain. Although it is a mythological story, it refers to the science of svaravijinana.” (Namah Shivaya Shantaya)

– TREATMENT

“As with dyspepsia, during mealtime and for an hour thereafter breath should be flowing through the patient’s right nostril. At the time of severe colic pain, the dominant flow of breath should be changed from the nostril through which it was flowing at the time the pain started to the other nostril. Allowing the bile to accumulate by not taking something when one is hungry should never be permitted, because in that event the undigested bile itself will become the cause of acidity.” (Yogic Treatments, Acidity)

– ASANAS

“Practise Asanas only while breath is flowing through the left nostril or both nostrils; do not practise asanas when the breath flows only through the right nostril.” (Caryacarya Part III, chapter 8, pt #6)

“There is no restriction of nostrils for the following asanas: Padmasana (lotus posture), Siddhasana (Siddha posture), Ardhasiddhasana (half Siddha posture), Bhojanasana (‘cross-legged sitting posture’), Viirasana (Viira posture), Diirgha Pranama (long bowing posture), Yogasana (Yoga posture) and Bhujaungasana (snake posture).” (Caryacarya Part III, chapter 8, pt #19)

“For all those asanas where there is no restriction of nostrils, there is no restriction on food either.” (Caryacarya Part III, chapter 8, pt #20)

– MISCELLANEOUS

“[Sadashiva] also invented sha’stras; that is, He found the link between the exhalation and inhalation of breath…This is called svarashastra.” (Song Dance And Instrumental Music)

Namaskar,
in Him,
Prabhakar

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“He Prabhu tom’ar caran’e a’j a’mi ya’ciya’ cali…” (P.S. 4473)

Purport:

O’ my Lord, at Your lotus feet today I am requesting only one thing. Please grace me so that I can fight against all sorts of obstacles. Even if clouds roll in and overcast the eastern horizon, even if hopelessness comes and covers the effulgence by submerging it into blackness, in those very moments please grace me so that I should always realise that You are along with me – side by side. Please grant me this wee-bit of Your cosmic grace. So all the moments I should go on having faith and surrender unto You. If in my journey, some dilemma comes and tries to break my rhythm of forward movement, Baba, at that very moment, please shower Your fathomless grace. Then certainly I will be able to overcome that situation. O’ my Dearmost, please allow me to go on moving forward unto You, the Path of Bliss. Baba, You are my Saviour, I surrender again and again unto You. I want the dust of Your feet – except this I do not want anything…

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From: “Naval Sinha”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Those Who Think They Understand Fully – Don’t
Date: Wed 10 October 2012 21:49:38

Baba

== THOSE WHO THINK THEY UNDERSTAND FULLY – DON’T ==

Namaskar,
Hindus think that brahamcarya means “celibacy”, when in in our Ananda Marga it means ensconcing oneself in Godhood. That is the dharmic understanding as given by Baba. This type of example is not unique; there are countless such cases.

As we know, Ananda Marga philosophy has its own vocabulary: Words carry a pointed dharmic meaning given by Baba Himself which is different from the general understanding of the common public and the various religions.

THE TERM AVATAR

For example, take the term avatar. Here are three different definitions:

1) The dogmatic Hindus believe that an avatar is a divine being that has descended from heaven onto earth.

2) Next, there is the pseudo-culture / video gaming definition of avatar, wherein an avatar is the creation of a character (as in a computer game) that represents and is manipulated by a computer user.

3) Finally in Ananda Marga, the term avatar refers to every created entity in this universe.

Baba says, “The fundamental stuff of the universe has emerged from Parama Purus’a; hence all objects, big and small, are the sambhu’tis of Parama Purus’a… When Parama Purus’a is manifested in some physical object, that physical object is called the avata’ra of Parama Purus’a.” (Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 10)

Thus the Ananda Marga definition of avatara is dramatically different from that of the dogmatic religions and pseudo-culture venues.

ABOUT THE TERM TANDAVA

Now let’s investigate another term: Tandava.

The Hindu community thinks that tandava means destruction. In Indian newspapers, if they are describing some village that caught fire wherein the houses burned to ashes, then they say that it was tandava of fire.

So Hindus commonly use it in this way: “Tandava depicts Shiva’s violent nature as the destroyer of the universe.”

The general Indian society also adheres to this meaning. Hence when destruction comes in the form of fire, the loss of blood, or an earthquake etc, then people use the term tandava, i.e. the tandava dance of destruction was going on.

But we know that this is not the true meaning of tandava.

In Ananda Marga, tandava is the name of one dynamic and tantric dance which Lord Shiva invented. All margiis practice this dance. So we use the term tandava in a very positive way: As one of the great gifts of Lord Shiva.

If in our Ananda Marga magazine or newspaper it is reported that margiis were doing tandava, it does not mean that margiis were killing, destroying or engaging in arson etc. Because for us tandava is something quite beneficial and positive. It is our duty to propagate this ideal to all.

Thus when we use the term tandava we should not use it as dogmatic Hindus do: They think that tandava means obliteration, destruction or disaster. Even in the newspapers, they will say that the dance of tandava of fire – or the first is dancing tandanva – happened if a huge blaze burned down an entire city.

As Ananda Margiis, we are not to be drawn in to such dogmatic ideas.

DADAJI’S BOOK

Unfortunately, in his book, “Mere Rahasyamay Baba” (2010, Hindi) – which translates as “My Mysterious Baba” – Dada Keshavanandji also uses the tandava term to mean destruction. When talking about the Emergency period during the 1970’s, Dadaji uses tandava as a destructive force. He says things like: During the destruction of Emergency period, the dance of tandava was going on and everything was destroyed.

In this manner, Dadaji has drifted and adopted the dogmatic Hindu meaning of the term tandava. To be fair, Dadaji uses the tandava term twice in his book: one time properly (dharmic) and one time improperly (dogmatic). When describing the Emergency period, Dada uses the tandava term in that latter dogmatic way.

OTHER MISTAKES IN DADAJI’S BOOK

Throughout the book, there are numerous small mistakes and some really big errors as well. Perhaps the most problematic story is chapter 41 (p. 46 – 48) titled “Ramchij Do Bar Mara'”, or “Ramchij Dies Twice”. Someone should really come forward and correct this chapter / story. Bacause there Dadaji misunderstood Baba’s view entirely. All in all, this book need to be updated and made proper. Once all the mistakes are corrected, it can be translated into various languages and shared with margiis around the globe. But first, all corrections should made done, checked, and re-checked. To publish a Baba story book that goes astray is not at all good.

BABA’S BLESSING

As His PA (Personal Assistant), Dada Keshavanandji was given so much time with Baba. So Dadaji should recount some of his experiences – just we need to correct his errors and misundertandings so that all the words, terms, and stories properly reflect Baba’s ideals. Each story should be focused, flawless, and not at all haphazard, murky, or misleading. Each story should give neatly reflect Baba’s and teachings.

Namaskar,
Naval

Note 1: ABOUT THE TANDAVA DANCE

Here Baba below Baba talks about the meaning of the tandava dance. By His explanation it is quite clear that the tandava dance is not about destruction but rather life itself.

Baba says, “Now the fundamentality, or rather the primordial phase of Oriental dance, is táńd́ava. It is not a very easy job either. The knees must cross the navel. When they cross the navel it is called Brahma táńd́ava. When they cross the anáhata [mid-point of the chest] it is called Viśńu táńd́ava. When they cross this portion [indicates the throat], it is called Rudra táńd́ava. It is very difficult to dance Rudra táńd́ava. It requires long practice.

That is why Lord Sadáshiva is known as Nat́arája. And when these boys [indicates them] were dancing, it was just like a picture of Nat́arája in táńd́ava mudrá. It is called táńd́ava; táńd́ava is a mudrá.

Why is it called táńd́ava? In Sanskrit tańd́ means “to jump”. Tańd́u means “of jumping habit”. Táńd́ava means “having the use of tańd́u, the use of jumping”. But jumping in the proper style, not in a disorderly manner. You should learn it properly in a disciplined way.

And táńd́ava represents life; you know Tantra is a cult of life, it is not a cult of death. For Tantra you should be strong physically, mentally and spiritually. First in the present tense; Lord Shiva says all your expressions, all your manifestations, must be based on the present tense. So this táńd́ava is the starting phase of Tantra.

This táńd́ava I said represents life, it represents vitality. There are so many forces that want to destroy you, so many forces forces that are inimical to you by nature. Say a snake – a snake is a born enemy. There are many such born enemies. As Tantra represents life, táńd́ava says that one’s spirit should be based on vitality, based on the principle of survival.

This human skull represents death. You are surrounded by death, but you must not be defeated, you must not develop the psychology of fear or defeatism. So the knife is with you to fight against death.(1) Yours is a fight for survival. In the daytime one may also use a snake to represent death – not an ordinary snake, but a venomous snake. In India our boys dance with a snake. But at nighttime neither a skull nor a snake will be visible. Here there is light, they will be visible, but in a burial ground, in a cremation ground, where there is darkness, a snake or skull will not be visible. There you may use fire to represent death.

This is the spirit of Tantra. To fight, to fight for survival. [[It is the normal wont of all living beings to fight for survival.]] It is normal life moving towards the supreme state of abnormality.

Lord Shiva started this táńd́ava dance.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – part 12)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Ga’nera jharn’a’ baye ya’ya, bela’ abela’ na’hi ma’ne…” (P.S.#4868)

Purport:

Baba, O’ my Dearmost, Your divine fountain of Prabhat Samgiita is flowing eternally, completely independent of the normal cycle of time. Your blissful songs flow according to their own schedule, according to their own routine – not caring about day or night, summer or winter. The divine flow and sweet melody of Your Prabhat Samgiita is dancing on the jagged path. They lead one towards that vast Cosmic Ocean – towards the fountain of effulgence, towards You Baba…

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