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Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:18:42 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Shantanu.Deva@bharata.net…
Subject: Guru Sakash & MPD Can’t Co-Exist, Why?



That day at the Madhu Koraka Baba Quarter (Tiljala, Kolkata) in June 1990, I was there. Baba gave His discourse in Bengali. He revealed the secret behind the greatness of Guru. That was the day Baba gave Guru sakash, which every sadhaka knows is an extremely important practice in spiritual life.

Presently, each and every margii is aware about Guru sakash. The sadhaka feels, “Baba is in my close proximity – showering His grace.” In Ananda Marga, each and every day starts with Guru sakash.

Baba says, “Gurusaka’sha means ‘near the Guru, under the Guru’s umbrella, under the Guru’s wings, in the Guru’s shelter’.” (Yoga Psychology, p.146)

Guru sakash can only be done when one has this basic feeling or ideation: “I am under His shelter” or “He is, that is why He will give me the shelter”, & “He is here with me”.

Baba has graced every bhakta to feel, “Parama Purusa is easily accessible, He is around me. Not only around me but very close and intimate.” This special feeling is a great boon in the life of any sadhaka: To experience what it is like to live under His shelter.


Once I visited one of my friends who worked at the police station. While I was there, one lost baby from a local mela (festival) had been brought to the station by a concerned citizen. The baby was crying and crying for its parents. Police officials were trying to help the baby by offering the child some chocolate, fruit, sweets, candy etc. But all their attempts were in vain. I kept wondering why is this baby crying non-stop. What was missing? What is it that the baby needs?

As we all know, that baby did not need anything other than its mother. Why mother? Because the baby feels safe when it is under the shelter of its mother. Haven’t you seen in your childhood or neighborhood that when 2 young children of different families quarrel, they claim, ‘I will tell my mother and she will beat you’. The point being those young kids think their mother is going to solve all their problems. In that way, small babies are care-free, their life is free of any type of problem, because mother takes care of everything.


The whole concept of shelter is very significant. Taking the shelter of Guru has a tremendous value in the life of a spiritual aspirant. Life is enmeshed in problems; yet those who depend more and more on the Supreme Entity (Baba) are comparatively stress-free and relaxed. Life is blissful.

In contrast, those lacking the feeling of taking shelter in God, live in a quagmire of problems. In spite of having all worldly luxuries, still they live in hell – in tension. To remove that, they get addicted to alcohol and other vices. So taking shelter in Guru is very meaningful in day to day life.

Baba says in many discourses, “Mahat prpaeva bhagavat krpaleshadva”, meaning Grace of Guru is everything.

We can say that Baba gives His special grace when a devotee takes shelter in Him. In spiritual life, His grace is everything. So when grace is everything and grace is related with the feeling of shelter under the Guru, and when the feeling of shelter is associated with the feeling of the presence of Guru, then feeling Guru’s presence is paramount. Because without feeling His presence one will not feel His shelter.

For the bhakta, Guru’s presence means “very close proximity with my own existence.” So to take shelter in Him, the existence of both Guru and devotee is required.


When the idea is injected that Guru has left and gone to some distant land, i.e. passed away, departed, and went to heaven – vis so-called mahaprayan, then the One to Whom the disciple should take shelter in is missing. The disciple is present, but the Guru has departed to some far away place. In that situation, taking shelter in Him is not possible. One’s heart will not feel comfortable taking shelter in an entity who is in some other abode, gone to some distant land, i.e. passed away, departed, and went to heaven i.e. “mahaprayan”. That is the ill-effect of the dogma of so-called mahaprayan.

The eternal truth is that Brahma is Guru and Guru is an eternal Entity – He never dies.

Those sadhakas who take shelter in Him are most blessed and realise Baba in an intimate way.

Baba says, “Parama’tma’ is seated in your heart.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 19)

Such a bhakta feels in their regular life and realises in their sadhana that Guru is along with them. That is the greatest blessing of all.

The practice of Guru sakasha helps greatly in this way.

Baba guides us that very early in the morning upon awakening, immediately a sadhaka should place themselves under His shelter. For this reason, the practice of Guru sakash is mandatory for each and every Ananda Margii.

For every Ananda Margii, each day begins with Guru’s closeness. Indeed, over the course of the whole day, His closeness is felt by Guru mantra, different meditation lessons, shravan (hearing His name), manan (thinking of Him), nididhya’sana (ideating on Him), and doing His work, etc. At night, when going to bed, each bhakta remembers Him and falls asleep in His lap.

That is how a devotee passes their days. Such is Baba’s divine grace and presence.


Thinking on this, there is no scope for so-called mahaprayan. Baba is always present with every devotee. So every sadhaka should be vigilant to adhere to Baba’s divine guideline from Shabda Cayanika, discourse #223, which is also printed in Yoga Psychology:

Prátah shirasi shukle’bje dvinetraḿ dvibhujaḿ gurum;
Varábhayakrtahastaḿ smarettaḿ námapúrvakam.

“Early in the morning one should meditate on the Guru in Vara’bhaya Mudra with two hands and two eyes seated on a white lotus in Guru cakra, and address Him with your most loving and affectionate epithet…In what state does the Guru, endowed with two eyes and two hands exist? In the Vara’bhaya Mudra (in the posture of holding out the boon of fearlessness) He is your well-wisher, and as a matter of fact, the doer of your good. The epithet with which you address the Guru or silently speak during your dhya’na or Gurudhya’na should also be used by you at the time of this Gurudhya’na. Always address the Guru at a stretch. This is Gurusaka’sha.” (10 June 1990)

In one’s practical life, one is to feel and experience that, “Baba is with me.”


Some people misuse this theory of taking shelter by “sheltering” under dogma. But their so-called shelter is futile because that shelter is itself baseless. One must take shelter in that Entity Who does not need any shelter, i.e. Parama Purusa.

Idol worshipers think that by the grace of their cherished idol they will cross bhavasagar (ocean of samskaras). But they are living in dreamland. Likewise, those following the program of mahaprayan feel this will bring them to the door-step of their final emancipation. But that is just bogus.

Those sheltering in dogma only bind themselves deeper – they are further plunged in the net of avidya maya.


This following story about Shankaracarya & his Mayavada theory (illusion theory) is highly related with the present scene.

Baba says, “One morning a wild bull suddenly started to charge that maha’purus’a [Shankaracarya], so he ran away as fast as his legs could carry him. A logician who happened to be standing nearby asked the maha’purus’a, “Well sir, if you say that this world is unreal, then the bull is also unreal, so why are you running in fear?” That maha’purus’a would not accept any defeat in logic and replied, “My running away is also unreal.” (Namami Krsnasundaram, ’97, p. 81)

Baba says, “This philosophical doctrine [of mayavada] had left the people cynical and brought them to the brink of disaster.” (Namami Krsnasundaram, ’97, p. 81)

The above story which exposes the hypocrisy of Shankaracarya is more than 1000 years old but it still has much relevance in this present era. Because these days certain leaders are once again organizing their hypocritical, so-called mahaprayan function.

The point being that making their so-called mahaprayan (MPD) program itself gives the false message that Baba is gone. At the same time at so-called mahaprayan, they are making a kiirtan program in which everybody ideates that Baba is present. So on the one hand Baba has departed forever (i.e. mahaprayan), and on the other side He is along side us. That is the conflict: So-called mahaprayan versus kiirtan.

So the entire way of dealing of these group leaders is self-contradictory and submerged in the whirlpool of dogma. They are caught in the net of their own self-created contradiction.

This hypocrisy is for no other reason than the purpose of convincing innocent people to come into their group fold and donate money to their “cause”. It is nothing but one negative, hypocritical ploy.

These days no one is befooled by such tactics. And step by step, nearly everyone is understanding the dogma and extreme negativity of the so-called mahaprayan program and how this is just one group’s hypocrisy and groupist strategy.

At His feet,


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


“In order to be an ideal guru in the spiritual sphere, one must be thoroughly conversant with the minutest details of sádhaná, every aspect of sádhaná, important or unimportant. The guru must not only learn those things, but must also possess the capacity to teach those practices to others. Otherwise he should not be treated as a guru. The Mahákaola alone has this capacity, no one else. Kaolas are those who by dint of sádhaná have successfully elevated their microcosmic stance and established it in the Macrocosmic one; but a Mahákaola is one who is a kaola, certainly, but at the same time possesses the capacity to help others as well to get to that exalted kaola position. In the past Lord Shiva was one such Mahákaola. Lord Krśńa was another. To be a guru one must be a Mahákaola. One must possess knowledge regarding sádhaná, not only thorough knowledge of the shástras [scriptures]. And in order to gain thorough scriptural knowledge, one must know as many important languages as are necessary for the purpose. That is to say, it is not enough that a guru acquire the necessary qualifications to be able to teach sádhaná (that is, impart lessons on the practical cult); he must possess adequate knowledge of theory also. That is, in order to know the inner secret of sádhaná, he must possess thorough and authentic scriptural knowledge; then only should he be accepted as a perfect guru in the spiritual sphere. One who has a fairly good knowledge of sádhaná and can also help others in that realm, but is completely devoid of intellect, or knowledge of languages and scriptures, cannot be a perfectly competent guru in the spiritual sphere; for, being a guru, he will have to explain the theoretical side also. If, suppose, I say to someone, “Do this,” I should also explain why he or she should do that, and at the same time I should be able to support it in the light of the shástras.” (2)


“A spiritual guru must be well-acquainted with all the processes of sádhaná, must have the capacity to convince others, must possess complete knowledge of the scriptures, must know many languages, and must have comprehensive knowledge and intellect, plus some extra qualifications. What are those qualifications? Nigrahánugrahe shakto gururityabhidhiiyate – “the guru must possess the capacity both to punish, and to love, or bless, his disciples.” Punishment alone, without love, is not good. Love and punishment should go together, and the degree of punishment should never exceed the degree of love. Then only can one be called a real spiritualguru.” (2)


“I have already said that a guru must be an authority on all subjects in all the three strata:”

“As a spiritual guru, he must be thoroughly versed in spiritual science – both the theory and the practice. He must know how Parama Puruśa associates Himself with jiivas [unit beings]; and he must know how jiivas associate themselves with Parama Puruśa (they associate themselves just as the Ganges merges into the Bay of Bengal). Otherwise, how can he teach this science to others?” (2)


“And who knows this science? Only Parama Puruśa knows it, because He Himself has created everything. He has created our sense organs, and He has created the tanmátras that our sense organs detect. He can create anything He likes. But remember, He does not do anything. His “doing” means His thinking. Things will take shape as He thinks. No one but Parama Puruśa knows how He does it. So how can people know Parama Puruśa if He does not teach to others the science of knowing Him? Only Parama Puruśa knows the science and the method to realize Him, to know Him; because He has created both human beings and the path that they must move along. So people can know the method by His grace only. Hence it has been said in Ánanda Sútram, Brahmaeva Gururekah náparah – that is, “Brahma alone is the Guru.” Through His physical structure, He teaches the actual science to the spiritual aspirants. People should clearly understand this.” (2)


“Next comes the physical world. The followers, the disciples, of the guru, are men and women of flesh and blood having physical structures. They have their sorrows and miseries, their tears and smiles. This is their life. They have their problem of food and clothing; they have their pleasures and pains, their tears of pain and tears of joy; they become elated in happy circumstances and depressed when things go wrong. It is the duty of a guru to provide his followers with the wherewithal for their progress. This is what an ideal guru is to do in the physical sphere. As a guru in the physical world, he will have to teach mankind such techniques as will solve their worldly problems – problems of food, clothing, education and medical treatment. A guru must see to it that their mundane problems are solved.”

“So in order to be a guru, one must come onto this earth with the highest qualifications in the spiritual field, and with the greatest capacity to face the mountainous obstacles in the physical world. To shoulder the responsibility of a guru is not child’s play.” (2)

References For Above Quotes:
(1) = Caryacarya – 1
(2) = Discourses on Tantra – The Criteria of a Guru


“A’ka’shabhara’ a’jake ta’ra’…” (P.S. 2523)


Baba, the sky of this amavasya night is filled with the stars. The sweet, nectar-like breeze is blowing mildly. The mind is floating in divine ecstasy from the known to the unknown world – towards its final destination. Baba, ensconced in Your ideation, my mind is getting lost in Your divine bliss. Baba, the lily flower is constantly looking towards the sky; the aroma of flowers is emanating all around. They have forgotten themselves and lost their awareness about their own unit existence. They restlessly move in the attraction of one call. Baba in Your longing I am sitting alone, counting the stars. I understand that by Your grace I have lost myself in this beautiful atmosphere and the attraction of Your love. Baba, You are ever-gracious and You are always remaining by my side and guiding me. Baba, on this amavasya night my heart is yearning and longing for You. Please grace me by coming closer and still more close…


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Date: Sun, 04 Nov 2012 20:32:58 +0200
From: Shankar Panigrahi
Subject: Re: Old Hindu Dogma Getting New Colour in Ananda Marga #2




(Note: This is the second letter in this series. A link to the initial letter is appended below. In addition, all below sections in brown italics are excerpts from that first letter. – Eds)

The existing Hindu dogma of shraddhanjali or punyatithi (annual death ceremony) has been redecorated and given a place in Ananda Marga – not just in the form of so-called mahaprayan but also as an annual death day ceremony for Ananda Margiis who have passed away.

Unfortunately this has become a general trend in our Ananda Marga society.

Some may think this is something glorious, but when it runs contrary to Baba’s teaching, then there is no question of it being something good. Rather it is a dogma that should be removed.

The new dogma is that some are turning the death day of their dear relative into an annual death day ceremony.

Since 1990, there have been innumerable cases wherein margii families choose to observe the anniversary of the death of their cherished relative.

For instance, someone dies on July 1st, then the prescribed system is to mourn and observe death death for no more than 12 days. That means, by 13 July, all public ceremonies and gatherings related with the mourning of the deceased must be completed. That is Baba’s system.

But some families are opting to celebrate the death for years and years, by honoring the anniversary of the death each year on July 1. They mark those celebrations by reciting shlokas, distributing food and clothes, and garlanding the deceased margiis’s photo etc. Just as is done in the Hindu dogma of punya tithi / shraddha.

To some naive persons this may sound “honorable” or “respectful”, but it is 100% against Baba’s system.



Unfortunately, here are a few recent examples of “prominent” margii families that are going against Baba’s teaching.

[A] The family members of Ac Harishankarji of Ranchi performed first shraddha divas (annual death day ceremony) by feeding the margiis & relatives. Then every year since on the death anniversary of Ac Harishankar they put garlands on the samadhi (tomb) which is inside their house premises. These are “important” margiis yet they are doing such activities each year on the anniversary of Ac Harishankarji’s death.

[B] Similarly, an important margii, Lokanath Pradhanji of Debagad, Sambalpur in Odisha state, is involved in death day ceremonies. Pradhanji was a college professor who was blessed with microvita sadhana by Ba’ba. But on the death day anniversary of his father, he performs akanda kiirttan for 12 hours in his residence, feeds the kiirttanites & relatives. This occurs every year on 13th June which is the occasion of his father’s death anniversary.

[C] Another margii, Pratap Nayakji is also involved in dogmatic shraddha or annual death day ceremonies. Nayakji is well-versed with Caryacarya, yet on the anniversary of his wife’s death, he performs kiirtan of Baba nama kevalam for 3 hours and feeds people. All done on the death anniversary of his wife. Indeed, every year he is honouring his wife with garlands. Ironically, before his wife’s death he was against mahaprayana, now he is in favour of it. By the way, Nayakji WT sanyasi before emergency period. He knows the rules, yet still he indulges in annual death day celebrations.

[D] Other important margiis like Bhaskar Jenaji does annual death day on the shraddha divas of his mother by doing mass feeding, akhanda kiirtan etc. Bhaskar Jenaji received microvita sadhana and other experiences, yet now he is plunged in dogmatic annual death-day celebrations.

[E] Likewise, Prof Aditya Mohantyji does annual death day celebration for both his wife & his father. He too was blessed with microvita sadhana, but performs akhanda kiirtan, and feeds the people on shraddha divas (yearly death day) of his deceased relatives.

In particular these three – Loknath Pradhanji, Bhaskar Jenaji, & Prof Aditya Mohantyji – are samaj leaders who go to conferences and seminars preaching the gospel of Prout and neo-humanism. Yet, see how they are sunk in hypocrisy.


Actually, all of the above are so-called important margiis – holding important posts – but see their standard. They got opportunity to see Baba and get His blessing. When they were close to Baba they understood His guidelines, but as soon as they were apart from Baba they did keep His teachings in mind. Such persons are the worst type of devotees.

Baba says “According to Tantra, disciples are of three categories. The worst category are likened to pitchers placed inversely in a tub of water. Such pitchers contain water as long as they are kept in the tub, but as soon as they are taken out, all the water pours out. These disciples acquire spiritual knowledge when they are in close contact with the preceptor, but as soon as they are apart from the preceptor they forget all his teachings.” (Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 9, Tantra and Sádhaná)

That is the state of the aforementioned so-called senior and great margiis.


According to Baba, greatness is based on something else.

Baba says, “It is action that makes a person great. Be great by your sádhaná, by your service, by your sacrifice.” (Ananda Vanii #20)

According to Baba, greatness is not determined by being senior citizen or gaining a top university degree, or any other worldly quality. Greatness comes from one’s sadhana, service, and sacrifice.

The aforementioned persons think they are following so-called mahaprayan, therefore their dealing is good. But nothing could be further from the truth. They are drowned in dogma yet do not realise it. Such is their unfortunate state.


Note: In Ananda Marga, shraddha should be done once within the 12-day mourning period and money must not be spent on food / feasting or charitable donations. Just we follow Baba’s given ceremony in Caryacarya. Spending money on shraddha means succumbing to Hindu dogma. So if one does a mass feeding in honour of the deceased during the 12-mourning period, then that is bad. Then there are those who do annual death day ceremonies and spend lavishly on food / feasting and donations. That is a second scenario. Both situation are bad, but doing a dogmatic Hindu-style shraddha on the anniversary day is worse. Any of the above margiis falling in either of these categories are living representations of Hindu dogma. They should change their ways immediately.


Since long, because of this death day dogma, Indian society has been exploited financially by Hindu priests. The common people incur huge loans and are forced to feed their entire village on annual death day celebrations. Plus they pay those priests enormous sums of money. If all this is not done, then they will not go to heaven. In turn, many lead miserable lives trying to repay these huge loans. Spiritually this is very bad and socially it is crippling. There are many reasons why this death day dogma is poisonous for society, but this is one of the major ones. Because of this, centuries ago led by Carvak, atheism was on the rise in India. People were getting exploited by the priests and Carvak stood up against those religious exploiters. Even then he could not root out this dogma completely. So still society is suffering. Now is the time for all Ananda Margiis to wipe out this dogma with our dharmic, God-centered approach, by Baba’s grace.

Baba’s system is a 12-day mourning period.

Of course we all know that Baba has firmly declared in Caryacarya that the period of mourning shall be 12 days – no more.

Baba says, “The period of mourning should not extend beyond twelve days.” (Caryacarya – 1)

Thus to observe an annual death day ceremony is against Baba’s guideline and against His wish.

All this type of dealing is not at ll pleasing to Guru.

However, certain families justify that when so-called mahaprayan is observed every year as shraddhanjali (dogmatic Hindu shraddha ceremony) in Tiljala, then why can’t we (i.e. the family) observe the death of our dear loved one, each year on the anniversary of his death.

They innocently think that by honoring the death day annually, they are pleasing both Baba and their deceased relative. But in true sense they are satisfying neither. Because to please Baba one must follow His teachings and to please a deceased person one must honor their wishes. And most often, in the case of a Ananda Margiis, honoring their wishes means following Guru.

Thus by observing the annual death day, neither party is pleased. The deceased is not pleased nor does Guru approve.

Yet people have fallen into this trap because that is the prevailing Hindu dogma and that is what groupists like Sarvatmananda have popularised in Ananda Marga.

This is the predicament and the new dogma that is taking birth.


These people forgot Baba’s slogan:

Baba says, “You boys, you girls, you the spiritual aspirants, must always remember that you must never surrender at the altar of dogma. In the past, dogma committed so many nuisances, dogma created so many fissiparous tendencies in this human society. Your slogan should be “Dogma – No more! Dogma – No more!” Establish yourselves above the boundaries of dogma, and be established in the excellence of human glory.” (A Few Problems Solved – 4, Dogma – No More)

We must not succumb to the dogmatic Hindu beliefs of mass feeding on the initial shraddha ceremony nor observing the annual death day ceremony with feasting and public donations. As disciples of Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, we must glorify Him by adhering to and practically following His divine teachings.

Shankar Panigrahi


For their welfare, please forward this email to any of the margiis mentioned in this letter, so they can adhere to Baba’s teaching fearlessly.




“Toma’r a’sa’-ja’oya’ hoy na’ kabhu, prabhu ekatha’ jeneo na’ ja’ni…” – P.S. 274


Baba, You always remain with me & with everyone eternally; that is why it is said that Your arrival and departure never happens. I am aware about this eternal truth, but even then I do not know and I remain forgetful. I know this very fact, but also I do not know. Your welcoming and Your farewell are not possible because You are eternally present. This is such a mysterious notion that I know, and even then I do not know. I do not like to believe. Sometimes I think You are near and sometimes I think You are far. That is my misunderstanding.

Baba, You have created this world in such a way that when anything is flourishing or blooming, the seed of destruction is hidden within. In due course it perishes. This type of divine play is going on in this cosmic cycle, eternally. On the one side with Your two eyes You saturate everyone with Your love, and on the other side from Your third eye the flame of fire burns everything.

In this creation of Yours, the sweetness of effulgence is always accompanied by the black shadow of death, which falls gradually. But in this entire divine play You are the black shadow and You are also the effulgence; You are everything. Baba Your welcoming and farewell never happens because You are omnipresent…

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Subject: Story: Journey To MPD Commemoration
Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:32:11 +0530
From: N



Note: This personal account is the veritable history how the organisers of so-called mahaprayan were trying to glorify their chosen program.

Additional Note: Baba is that Divine Eternal Entity so any use of the mahaprayan term with Him is really so-called mahaprayan. Always it is like that. In order to recount the below in conversational style, sometimes the mahaprayan term was used. All bhaktas understand that this means so-called mahaprayan. Now please read this personal and historical account.

One time I went back to my village and I learnt that my uncle, Harihara Dasha (a non-margii) had been to Tiljala to attend our Gurudeva’s shraddha function.

I asked him how he could attend it. (After all, my uncle was a simple villager and I wanted to know how he had the means to go to Kolkata.)

He replied, “What a huge gathering! 24 hours the people were taking delicious food! 24hours kiirtana was going on! A group of about 200 persons from our village & around our village led by Bhaskar Jena went to Kolkata by train in a rally in the name of Proutist Sarva Samaja Sammelan [All Indian Samaj Unions] and a badge was given to everyone of them in lieu of rs.10 only. We were fed nicely. We performed your kiirtana for a few hours on those days & the rest of the time we spent visiting different sites in & around Kolkata.”

He showed his gratitude to Ananda Marga because of free lodging & boarding provided by the organisers.


From the facts mentioned above it is quite evident that non-margiis are brought to the function held in Tiljala from 21st Oct to 26th Oct every year. They’re allured or attracted by either free boarding & lodging for six days by the organisers to observe such a dogmatic function.

All in all there is a multi-layered strategy of deception going on here:

(a) First of all, the villagers are initially led to believe that they are going for a Prout rally, not so-called mahaprayan, where they will get free food and lodging and that they will have lots of time to go sightseeing in Kolkata;
(b) Second, those villagers were led to believe that for just 10 rupees (20 cents US) they got an actual train ticket as well as free lodging, free food, and all other expenses free. But that is not true – they only got a badge to attend the B group function – not a train ticket. So in reality are traveling on that train illegally and could be put in jail. But they do not realise it;
(c) Those organising Dadas tell the train officials that these people are traveling to attend a political rally and should not be charged for their ticket. That is the unwritten rule in India;
(d) The railway personnel think that if they do not give free train travel to those villagers then they will be attacked, because these travelers are political activists;
(e) Those Dadas collecting ten rupees keep that money and more importantly PRS Dada gets to brag & propagate in their email that so many people attended their MPD program;
(f) The margiis who attend MPD think that all those villagers are bonafide margiis when in fact they are just simple villagers;
(g) Those simple villagers are pleased because they will pass their time touring Kolkata in exchange for participating in the program for 1 hour or so each day.

So that is the layered strategy of deception that is unfolding.


Whether it is named as “mahaprayan” or “shraddhanjali” or “samkalpa divas”, the non-margiis will name it “shraddha”. And as we all know, the Hindu shraddha tradition is a dogma as explained in Ananda Marga philosophy. On such shraddha ceremonies, Hindus feed people for free, and donate clothes or valuable articles to their guests and the public to please their ancestors. In such functions, often the “harekrshana hare rama” mantra propagated by Shrii Chaitanyamahaprabhu is sung by hired professional kiirtana groups.


Now let’s suppose someone is traveling by train or flight to Kolkata to attend so-called mahaprayan divas (MPD). If one co-passenger asks him about his purpose of visit, he will definitely reply that, “I will attend mahaprayan.”

Immediately the co-passenger will inquire, “What is mahaprayan?”

The traveler will explain, “On this particular day our Gurudeva left His physical body, so we call it mahaprayan.”

Then that co-passenger will conclude by saying, “Oh! You are going to attend a traditional Hindu shraddha ceremoney.”

Here the point, those outside the marga will think of it as a typical Hindu shraddha or death anniversary. That is what is being taught to them by observing so-called mahaprayan.

Yet we know how Baba has condemned this dogmatic shraddha ceremony throughout Ananda Marga philosophy. Plus in Caryacarya He has clearly mentioned that our dharmic Ananda Marga shraddha function should be observed within 12 days. Whereas the dogmatic Hindu shraddha program is an annual ceremony where they “send” gifts and food to their deceased family member in heaven. In Ananda Marga, we wholly reject such a notion. Yet that is what non-margiis will think what is going on by having an annual “mahaprayan” gathering.


Baba alone is the infinite, eternal Entity who is the Goal and He resides forever in the hearts of His devotees.

Those who observe the so-called mahaprayan programme should reconsider their this dogmatic approach and come onto the path of bliss and realise His Divine and Eternal Self.

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



Certain dogmatic leaders do this dogmatic MPD commemoration because (1) they benefit economically, and (2) they get some followers. This we all know.

For such reasons they are willing to propagate the Baba is gone, and along the way they fool some naive and innocent margiis who participate in their dogmatic programme, as well as some non-margiis.

How do they allure non-margiis? Well just like in the above account, they offer this as a gift to travel and tour Kolkata. That is very unique opportunity for rural villagers. This is like one big event or a dream-come-true to move around Kolkata and have someone else pay for their trip. To do this, they only had to chant kiirtan a few minutes here and there. They think it is a cheap deal.

If is just like if you invite common people to take a free holiday to some exotic place on the other side of this earth, they people will jump at the opportunity. Similarly, for rural Indian villagers, going to Kolkata is something very exotic. They will talk about it their whole entire life. For them, this is very exotic. Plus, the time of so-called mahaprayan is when their agricultural work is less so they have free time to travel.

You can also think of it this way: If you wanted to do some sightseeing in Mecca, then Muslim pay for your trip then you must attend their namaz program and participate in their feast.

Side by side, group leaders entice, cajole, and convince margiis (who have never been to MPD) to attend by using the allurement of kiirtan and visiting Baba’s room.

Finally, some margiis are verily confused and do not know right or wrong. So they just go to mahaprayan because of their friendship with various Dadas or Didis.

All in all, this universe is colourful – if you organise any type of activity then someone will be ready to follow. If you create a nasty blog or a bogus twitter account, even then someone will follow. So-called mahaprayan is like that.

It is just like how various religious leaders have lots of followers. The followers naively follow the dogmatic edicts of those religious leaders. That is the way those religions work. Same is the history with the dogma of mahaprayan. However, as more and more margiis understand that mahaprayan is anti-Baba, they give up attending this dogmatic programme. And that is what we see happening nowadays.


PS Intro: In the life of a sadhaka sometimes sadhana is good and one feels very close proximity to Parama Purusa – Baba. Then everything in life is pleasing & charming: Blissful. Naturally though, over the course of their systaltic movement, sadhakas inevitably experiences a phase of pause in their sadhana. In that time, the mind becomes dry and deep, devotional spiritual ideation and strong sadhana are almost impossible. One’s surroundings become tasteless and in the heart the sadhaka starts to feel that ‘something is missing’. Because in the absence of the Divine Entity – Baba – one’s surroundings become bland & mundane. Even then in the hearts of good sadhakas, they still have deep longing for Parama Purusa – Baba. And that blissful, devotional yearning is known as melancholic longing. In the following song, this entire idea has been expressed through the metaphor of the bakul flower garden etc.

“Jabe ei path diye esechile, viithika’ pus’pe bhara’ chilo…” (PS 2141)


Baba, when You came to my home by this path, that time the garden lane was full of sweet, fragrant flowers. By Your divine presence, my mind became spiritually intoxicated with the divine aroma of those flowers. On that occasion also the flow of songs was floating in the air. Baba, since You did not come, even today that bakul flower lane is just lying there vacant – unused. Innumerable flowers have fallen and become one with the dust. Where has that sweet flower fragrance of the bakul flower gone. Now all its aroma is completely dried up. O’ my dearmost, since You have not come to this lane for so long, everyone has forgotten how beautiful and charming that garden was. Because of Your presence.

Baba, anyhow still today the flowers on the trees are surviving, but due to Your absence, the garden lane has lost all its charm. So those trees are just weeping thinking how the days of old were so charming and blissful in Your presence. Because in those days You showered Your grace by coming down that garden lane. Those days were so magnificent and blissful. But now You are not coming. So by remembering Your august visit those trees are very unhappy. Their melancholic tears have totally drenched the garden lane. And those trees repeat again and again that despite having everything: The flower, the lane, the atmosphere, and greenery – despite all these things, in the absence of the One, i.e. You Baba, this entire world becomes utterly meaningless and empty.

Baba, please be gracious. Do not remain distant – always remain inside my heart. Baba, please grace me so that I always feel Your divine presence…

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Date: 25 Oct 2012 21:27:48 -0000
From: “Madhava Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Baba Story: Sadguru Never Dies



During my stay in Tiljala, I was attending to Beloved Baba as a medical doctor. The year was 1990. Those days in my sadhana I would regularly put forth this request: “Baba, I do not want live on this earth without a Guru, so please do not leave Your physical body so long as I am alive.”

Per my medical duty, when I would check Baba in His room, I used to do sastaunga pranam – both upon entering and after finishing my work. In prostration I would offer: “May my service make you well, Baba please become healthy.”

Then the scene changed. After some time I could not control anything. Baba manifested His plan.

After the events of late October 1990, I was feeling like I was immersed in sheer darkness. I was thinking, “Baba is my shelter and now He is gone – I am shelterless.” It was a very tormenting period for me. Time passed like this: November, December, and into January 1991.

Amazingly, one day I saw Him in the very same room where I would treat Him. And I was actually treating Him. Incredibly, Baba became alright and I shouted loudly and told everyone the good news: “Look Baba is ok!” After that Baba put me in His lap and He embraced and loved me as my Father. And He told me that, “I am healthy now.” Hearing this, I became very happy.

When I woke up from that dream, I was feeling very blissful. Every cell and pore of my mind and body were virbrated with His divine presence. I felt completely new and revitalised. My one and only thought was: Baba, You are so gracious.

After some time, I had another experience with Him. Baba told me something but I did not hear what He said.

Politely and respectfully I asked, “Baba, what did You say?”

Baba graciously repeated the question, “Does Guru ever die?”

What could I say – Baba was directly in front of me. I was so ashamed – how could I have thought that Baba would leave. What reply could I give? I kept quiet, basking in the sweet closeness of His divine presence.

Then Baba told me, “Guru never dies.”

After that second dream, my mind became wholly transformed, by His grace. Today, I still feel that Baba is always with me. He has not gone away to some other world. He is here – with me: I am not shelterless. It is His grace…it is His grace…

CG Goswami


As you may know, Dr CG Goswami of Madhya Pradesh served as one of Baba’s doctors and lived in Tiljala to monitor Baba’s health. The above story is his own first-person narration so the “I” noted in the story refers to Dr Goswamiji.


The above story gives the clear-cut view that the so-called mahaprayan is 100% bogus. Why? Because mahaprayan itself means that Baba is gone, yet Baba’s pointed and devotional message is that He is with us always. Devotees get this realisation in their dreams and sadhana. Throughout Ananda Marga scripture, it is stated again and again that, “Parama Purusa is always with you.”

Because Guru is present, even today when initiations are done then the acarya tells the initiate, “Your Guru is Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji.” Not only that, every sadhaka does dhyana asking for Baba’s grace. So it is just hypocrisy for those Dadas to try to justify so-called mahaprayan. Baba is present the in the heart and mind of each and every bhakta.


These following three teachings from Baba nicely support and complement the theme and expression of the above story.

1. Here below is the famous guideline that Baba Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji is that eternal Divine Entity.

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

2. The following teaching from Ananda Sutram guides us that Brahma and Guru are one.

3-9. Brahmaeva gururekah náparah.
[Only Brahma is the guru, no one else.]

Purport: Brahma alone is the guru. Brahma alone directs the units to the path of emancipation through the media of different receptacles or bodies. No one except Brahma conforms to the real significance of the word “guru”. (Ananda Sutram, 3-9)

3. The devotional approach in Ananda Marga is to ideate on the supreme truth that He is with you, watching you, and caring for you all the time – always. In stark contrast, the so-called mahaprayan program program states that Baba is gone. We should all pay heed to Baba’s below guideline and keep Him as the nearest and dearest One of the heart.

Dúrát sudure tadihántike ca pashyatsvihaeva nihitaḿ guháyám.

Baba says, “If you think that He is very far from you, He will remain forever beyond your reach. If you think that He is near, He will be so near that you need not move even an inch to attain Him.” (Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 6, Microcosm and Macrocosm)

Madhav Deva


“Purn’ima rate niirave nibhrte mor phulavane esechile…” (P.S. 471)


Baba, You came in my flower garden very secretly on that full moon night. You came in my flower garden. It was so divinely intoxicating to have You. All my thirst was quenched by Your presence; the whole universe became beautified and filled with the flowers and fruits.

O’ my Dearmost Baba, with Your divine touch, You graciously brought life to the lifeless. All those flower buds which never blossom, You made them bloom and You filled their heart with nectar.

You vibrated the whole environment with Your divine music, with Your octave. You vibrated everything with Your divine songs of Prabhat Samgiita. You vibrated the ‘madhu malainca’ by Your sweet smile. Baba, You came in my heart on that full moon night. It is Your grace…

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Subject: Re: Some Questions and Answers Related with Prevailing Dogma in Ananda Marga #3
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:40:37 +0200
From: Amrit Lalloo



~ Part 3 ~

(This comes to us from an important margii of South Africa. This is the third letter in this series. Links to earlier letters are appended below.)

“He [Sarvatmanandji] invented mahaprayan and glued it into Caryacarya Part 1 as the appendix.

Sarvatmanandji gave the justification that:

‘It is our duty to include the mahaprayan program of annual remembrance in Caryacarya – because Baba does not want to discuss this sensitive issue in front of devotees.’

But all this is wrong. Baba has discussed His physical departure in various places such as in Senior Acarya Diary (Guru Puja section) and in other places as well. In those instances, He clearly guides us how to proceed and how to do guru puja when He is not physically manifest as Mahasambhuti on this earth.

So it is not that He is too shy or too hesitant to include so-called mahaprayan in Caryacarya.

Rather deliberately He has not put mahaprayan into Caryacarya because this type of false notion is not part of Ananda Marga ideology. He is along with us always – He has not left and He is not gone.” (From Some Questions and Answers Related with Prevailing Dogma)

The “mahaprayan dogma” must be stopped without delay. Do not trash the future. The future will not forgive us.

To think that a six-day kiirtan practice can only happen on the dogmatic occasion of so-called mahaprayan is a ludicrous idea.

I recall a story told so often by my acarya about a family man locking up his cat before offering milk to his deity as he did not want the cat to drink / lick that pure milk and ruin his puja. After he and his cat passed on, his son blindly carried on with the family tradition. The son went out specifically and bought a cat, and locked it away when he offered the milk to the deity. Even sometimes the son would do his puja just by locking up the cat and not offering any milk to the deity. The son thought the having a cat locked was itself the key point to successful puja, and did not realise his father was locking up the cat so that it would not ruin the puja by licking the milk offered to the deity. By this misunderstanding, locking up the cat became a necessary ingredient for the ritual. No-one questioned as to why the cat was locked away in the first instance.

This is how meaningless rituals / dogmas come into being. And now some are thinking that same way about kiirtan and so-called mahaprayan. They think they cannot do a multi-day kiirtan program unless they organise the dogmatic mahaprayan program as well. Are they not blind & dogmatic like the son in the above story?

The situation will only worsen…

Now imagine what will happen in Tiljala in say 10 – 50 years. Ritualistic worshipers will come in hoards to the “shrine” for cures, for good-luck, win courtroom battles , wealth, jobs etc. And they will all think that long kiirtan can only happen at this mahaprayan event. Such will be their dogmatic outlook.

Dogmas make silent, devious inroads into the human psyche. This is a historical fact. Baba guides us that if casteism was destroyed in the early making it would have been easier to destroy. Once it got rooted into the society it became more diffcult to remove. Baba also give the example in His book on neo-humanism wherein the banyan seed in the couryard of a mansion – if not pulled out – will grow into a massive tree that will destroy the entire mansion. (Reference: Neo-Humanism – Liberation of Intellect, Disc: 2, Bondages and Solution)

Similarly the mahaprayan dogma -if not halted now – will make even more dangerous and devilish inroads. One dogma gives birth to many dogmas.

Babas teachings and practices are more than comprehensive. If Baba wanted He would have included “mahaprayan maha-kirtan”, but He did not.

Message to the leadership:


in Baba,


#1: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/10/some-questions-and-answers-related-with.html

#2: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/10/re-some-questions-and-answers-related.html

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Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2012 20:46:03 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Jagadiish Dev” @jagadiish.cakra…
Subject: Only for Misguided Devotees #2



~ Part 2 ~

(Note: This is the second letter in this series. The first letter in this series was posted under a different title: “Philosophy of The Ignorant?”. A link to this first letter is appended to the bottom of this letter.)

“In our Ananda Marga, there are some margiis who say that, “I am not a follower of any group, I visit every group, attend their programs, and support them psychically and economically. I am not groupist, rather I am a neo-humanist. Such people who attend the rituals and dogmas of all the groups think that therefore they are not in any group.”

Unfortunately, this is the type of thing we see with certain margiis in our area as well. For instance:

(a) There is one person and he/she claims to be a friend of all factional workers, attends some of their meetings, participates in some of their gatherings, gives time generously to all groups, and supports them all financially. All these things she / he does. Top of all, she / he has great affinity and deep emotional attachment for one particular group. This group they hold particularly dear. Always this person justifies the wrongs of that group – no matter the circumstances.

(b) Then there is another person who attends the dogmatic mahaprayan functions and then goes directly to Rudrananda’s camp to live with them. Finally, they visit Ananda Giita. Always they make this circuit.

(c) Then there is another person who is always carrying out the agenda of this or that group, depending upon which group they were with last.

Amazingly, they all claim that they are not part of any group. If you try to convince them otherwise, they flat out reject your claims and sidetrack the conversation entirely. There seems to be no way to manage this. We try gentle words of praise and pointed examination. Still no success.

Can anyone possibly shed light on how to deal with or cure such types of persons.


When I was talking about this with someone they came up with this following analogy. (Note: The analogy was told using “I”, but that “I” just means anyone who does like this, so do not take it personally.)

On some days I go to east-Asian restaurants and eat insects and bugs.

On other days I go to McDonald’s and eat beef.

Other days, I visit friends and eat pork.

On occasion, I dine at the Hare Krsna restaurant.

Hence, I am a vegetarian.

The above outlook is laughable. The person’s way of living has nothing to do with vegetarianism, yet somehow in their mind they view themselves as being vegetarian. Quite remarkable.

Is this not similar to those who are wedded or attached to various groups yet claim to be neo-humanists??




By the way, according to Baba’s philosophy of neo-humanism, the following is the central idea of what it means to be a neo-humanism. (Note: For more detail please reference the text, The Liberation of Intellect: Neo-Humansim.

A neo-humanist sees the whole creation as the universal expression of Parama Purusa; such neo-humanists are not shackled by any small-mindedness like caste, creed, colour, religion, or gender etc, nor do they fall prey to any narrow sentiments like geo-sentiment, socio-sentiment, or any other divisive approach like groupism or factionalism.

Remember, following various groups does not mean one is a neo-humanist. Just as drinking water from various dirty ponds does not mean drinking pure water.

Likewise, following the dogma of all the religions does not mean being above all religious dogmas and adhering to the code of universalism. Following one religion is bad and following all is worse – not better.

Drinking water from one dirty drain is bad and drinking water from all the dirty drains is worse. Similarly, following one group is bad and following all the groups is worse.

Some confused persons think that since they follow all the groups then they are neo-humanists. Accordingly, if one follows all current groups in Ananda Marga like H, B, EC, & Giita group etc, as well as all the sects of Hinduism, all the hundreds of factions of Christianity, and the innumerable divisions of Islam, then they must be a super-neohumanist. Some misguided person may think like that.

Following one bad thing is bad, and following many bad things is worse. The ideal of neo-humanism means not following any narrow-sentiments – it does not mean following all those narrow-sentiments. That is what Baba says in His book, The Liberation of Intellect: Neo-Humansim.



“On Friday, I go and pray at the mosque with the Muslims. I grow my beard, eat halal meat, and perform 5 times namaz (prayer). I strictly follow all Islamic rituals and dogmas. On that day I only raise the slogan: Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. On Fridays, during Ramadhan, I fast during the day and feast at night.

On Saturday, I walk to synagogue with all the Jews and adhere to their dress code. I follow a Kosher lifestyle and adopt all Judaic rituals and dogmas. On that day, the torah is everything for me.

On Sunday, I attend church with the Christians, and refrain from any and all alcohol. I also maintain all Christian rituals and dogmas. On that day, I think only about Lord Jesus Christ.

On Monday, I go to the Sikh temple. I tie my hair on top of my head and carry a sword. I eat jhatka’ – i.e. goat killed in a swift manner – and follow all Sikh rituals and dogmas. That day I only repeat the name of Guru Nanak.

On Tuesday, I attend the Hindu temple to honor the monkey god Hanuman. I wear a shawl that says “Ra’m Na’ma'” and chant the holy mantra Ram, Ram, Ram, Ram, Ram, Ram. I follow all Hindu rituals and dogmas. And on that day, only I worship Ram.

On Wednesday, I go to the Buddhist monastery and wear their robes and follow their customs. I chant: Buddham sharanam gaccha’mi. I strictly adhere to all Buddhist rituals and dogmas.

On Thursday, I practice prayer at the Jain temple. I walk there with a broom to ensure I do not step on any organisms. And I do not eat any root vegetables or tomatoes – I follow all the rituals and dogmas of the Jain religion. On that day, I only seek the blessing of Lord Mahaviira Jain.

In this way I pass the week. I do not consider myself a part of any one particular religion. Rather, I remain a friend of them all and follow all their rituals and dogmas. That is why I am a neo-humanist.”




“Srs’t’idha’ra’ dha’y toma’ri karun’a’y, liila’ racana’y tumi advitiiya…” (PS 3600)


O’ my Baba, this flow of creation is moving ahead by Your divine karuna. Baba, because of You, everything is created, nourished, and withdrawn back to its origin. This entire cycle of creation is nothing but Your divine grace on everyone. Baba, in the creation of Your divine liila, You Yourself are unparalleled; You have no comparison. Baba You are Alaks’yaca’rii [1], Cittabiharii [2], Sarvadukhaharii [3], O’ my dearest and most intimate One.

Baba, there are many similarities between us – between You and I – even though I am ‘unit’ and You are ‘Cosmic’. Baba, in Your divine vibration with the most charming aroma of candan [4] permeating all around, & with Your beautiful Presence, my atoms & molecule, my entire existence has started dancing in bliss.

Baba, You are so gracious, we are so close; there is no difference between You and I. My existence is depending solely on You. Because You are, that is why I am. O’ Divine Entity, if You would not have been, then I would have floated away somewhere into the vast oblivion.

Baba, You are the nucleus of this divine creation. Because of You, everything is existing and dancing around You in bliss. Baba, You have no equal…


[1] Alaks’yaca’rii: This is one of the names of Parama Purusa and it literally means the Entity who always moves invisibly – secretly – around the entire universe. Here following Baba explains why He moves around secretly:

Baba says, “He [Parama Purusa] can never be fully discovered; He has concealed most of Himself. If He were to express Himself fully, He would face many difficulties in carrying out His work and thus the collective interest of humanity would suffer. In the interest of human society, He will have to keep Himself secret.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 7, p. 30)

[2] Cittabiharii: This denotes one of the beautiful attributes of Parama Purusa whereby He lives in each and every unit mind, ensconced in His eternal bliss. In this divine & playful stance of His, Parama Purusa is called: Cittabiharii.

[3] Sarvdukhaharii: This name of Parama Purusa represents His great compassion wherein He takes away & removes all the sufferings and pains from each and every being of this entire creation. In that fashion, His presence works as a balm of bliss. That is why Parama Purusa is often called: Sarvadukhaharii, (Sarva= all; dukha= sorrow; Harii= He who takes).

[4] Candan: sandalwood.

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