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Date: Sun 05 May 2013 20:38:03
From: Niramala.1
Subject: Mahaprayan of Shrii K.C. Bhalla ji
To: ananda-marga-universal-forum-1@yogasamsthanam.net

Baba

== MAHAPRAYAN (DEATH) OF SHRII K.C. BHALLA JI ==

Namaskar,
It is with much sorrow to share with you news of the recent mahaprayan* (death) of Shriii Kailash Chandra Bhalla which occurred on 01 May 2013 at the Umaria master unit, Raipur, India. At the time of his mahaprayan he was 91 years of age.

Shrii K.C. Bhallaji became a family acarya back in 1961 and involved in many works for Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha. So Acarya K.C. Bhallaji was a very senior member with a long history in Ananda Marga. In his later years, Acaryaji suffered from various ailments and was essentially bed-ridden.

May we all take solace in the fact that Shrii K.C. Bhalla ji was a devoted bhakta of the Lord. Certainly he will attain mukti or moksa, accordingly. Baba will lovingly bestow His grace.

With deepest regards,
Namaskar,
at His lotus feet,
Nirmala

Note 1: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL MAHAPRAYAN AND FAKE MPD

Here it should be qualified that there is both real mahaprayan and fake mahaprayan. Real mahaprayan marks the death of any ordinary human being. This is the proper use of the term: To note a person’s departure from this earth. That is the way mahaprayan is to be used.

Then there is the fake, or so-called, or dogmatic mahaprayan.That is when certain vested interests try to apply the mahaprayan term to Parama Purusa Himself. This is grossly inappropriate because when Baba is that Divine Entity who is beginningless and endless and resides always in our heart, then it is entirely wrong to proclaim that He is gone.

That is why rational margiis are protesting; because the Oct 21st program is so-called mahaprayan. So-called means that something is fake. Parama Purusa is eternal, thus for some vested interests to declare “mahaprayan of Parama Purusa” is nothing but so-called mahaprayan.

Mahaprayan only really happens in the case of human beings, not Parama Purusa.

Note 2: ASTERISK NOTE ABOUT MAHAPRAYAN

* Mahaprayan (Death): Many are aware that mahaprayan (death) is the common term used in India and especially in Bengal to describe the death of an honoured or even ordinary person. In that way, the obituary columns of the newspapers of Bengal regularly cite the mahaprayan (death) of various persons of society who died or passed away.

Some may get confused and wrongly think that the word ‘mahaprayan’ (death) is one extraordinarily devotional term to be used in association with Parama Purusa. But that is not at all the case. Rather to do so is only to undermine the eternal presence of Parama Purusa. That is why no devotees ever use the word ‘mahaprayan’ in reference to Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. Because Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna exist eternally. Then there is no question of Their mahaprayan (death).

Those who think that Baba is a mortal human being celebrate Mahaprayan on a particular day of the year related with Baba; but, in the true sense, Baba is Parama Purusa so He is eternal and there is no question of His mahaprayan.

And for those who need still more technical proof then all this can be clarified quite readily by referencing the dictionary. Specifically in the Samsad Bengali-English dictionary on page 742. Checking there it will be confirmed that the word ‘mahaprayan’ means death. Which is why it used to refer to the passing away of even common citizens.

Note 3: STORY- SITTING ON BABA’S LAP MEANS DIED?
(contributed by one margii)

Recently after dharmacakra, a senior margii was recounting his experiences of having dharma samiiksa with Baba.

He said, “After being punished by Baba, then He called me close and placed me on His lap – I remained there for some time soaking up His love – and He blessed me.”

We all enjoyed hearing about his personal account with Baba during dharma samiiksa. When he finished telling his story, there was a call for questions. Various people posed their queries.

QUESTION BY A NEW MARGII

Towards the end, one new margii raised his hand and asked, “How did Baba bring you back to life?”

Everyone stared at the new margii in amazement. There was a look of astonishment all around – people were really shocked to hear him say this.

The new sadhaka sensed that something was awry.

He said very matter-of-factly, “I thought that sitting on Baba’s Lap means that he (the margii) died – that is why I asked that question.”

This was quite eye-opening for those of us in the room: Through our language and expression we had unknowingly taught someone to think that being on Baba’s lap is the equivalent of death. Because it seems that nowadays people only use the phrase “Baba’s lap” when a person has died, such as “Let him rest peacefully in Baba’s lap”, as if all who have died have accumulated there. Many emails have been written this way.

MUST NOT ONLY REFER TO DEATH

At that moment I thought that everyone, new and old, should be clear about the real and devotional meaning of this phrase, “being on Baba’s lap.” It should not become stigmatized such that it only means death. Because in its true sense, the phrase “being on Baba’s lap” really does carry a highly devotional and sweet feeling.

It is just like how a small child sits on its parent’s lap. In a similar way, a spiritual child (human being) sits on the lap of Parama Purusa. By Baba’s grace this can happen anytime in one’s sadhana, especially in dhyana. Such a phrase then should not become stigmatized because too many people only use it at the time of death.

We should be careful that we do not relegate “Baba’s lap” only to the point of death. All these following terms and phrases also only refer to death:

ve bhagavan ko pya’re ho gaye
(he has been loved by God)

ve svarga sidhar gaye
(he has gone to heaven )

ve guzar gaye
(he passed away)

mahaprayan hoyeche
(he died)

We should ensure that the same death connotation does not get attached to, “being on Baba’s lap.” Because the phrase – “being on Baba’s lap” – is a devotional experience that can happen today itself in sadhana, and especially in dhyana. The phrase “being on Baba’s lap” should not lose this quality and only mean death. It should not meet the same dark fate as happened with the term harijan.

MUST NOT MEET SAME FATE AS HARIJAN

As we all know, these days in India nobody uses the term harijan to mean “a devotee”. Whereas 70 years ago it was used in that way. The term harijan did mean bhakta. But ever since the time of Gandhi when he glued the harijan term to the lowest so-called caste, i.e so-called untouchables, nobody uses the the harijan to mean devotee. Never. Because the term harijan has been stigmatized to mean “untouchable”. Nobody uses it to mean “devotee”, but that is the original and true meaning of the word.

The phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, should not meet a similar fate. It should not lose its devotional quality and just refer to one’s death. That will be very negative.

A VERY DEVOTIONAL EXPRESSION

There are thousands of recorded stories by sadhakas where they use the phrase, “on Baba’s lap”, when describing their experiences of being with Baba: He used to bless them and bring them on His lap. People should understand the deeply devotional value of this expression, and not just think that Baba’s lap means death, i.e. that you can only sit on His lap at the time of death. Still today there are thousands of margiis walking this earth who sat in Baba’s lap. And not only that, there are countless more sadhakas who were blessed by Baba in dreams and dhyana wherein they sat in His lap. And still today this deeply devotional experience is attainable by sadhakas, by His grace.

There are so many ways an aspirant can reach unto Baba’s lap including in sadhana and especially during dhyana. That is the main idea that should be preserved. Sadhana is a devotional practice and one can sit on Baba’s lap in dhyana. We should make it cent-per-cent clear to one and all that the phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, does not mean death.

RECENT EXAMPLES

Here are quoted lines from recently posted emails on various forums, wherein the writer uses the phrase – “in Baba’s lap” – with the occasion of death:

– “We are sure that Baba has taken him in His loving lap.”

– “May his soul rest in Baba’s lap for ever.”

– “Let her rest peacefully in Baba’s Lap – which she always desired.”

– “now he is in beloved Baba’s lap”

– “May his soul get peaceful place in His lap”

– “He is now in BÁBÁ’S loving lap”

– “May Baba bless him with a seat in His lap.”

– “May BABA accept him in HIS divine lap!”

– “May Baba take him in his eternal loving lap.”

All of the above lines are commonly written at the time of death. Of course it is fine to write like that. Here the point is that this same phrase “in Baba’s lap” should be used when describing one’s devotional practices and experiences as well.

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Baba

== MAHAPRAYAN (DEATH) OF SHRII B.D. RANJAN JI ==

Namaskar,
It is with much sorrow to share with you news of the recent mahaprayan* (death) of Shriii B.D. Ranjan ji which occurred on 15 February 2013 while attending seminar in Bhopal. He suffered a massive heart attack. His loss will felt by many.

Shrii B.D. Ranjan was a dedicated Ananda Margii who was blessed to give much time and energy for Ananda Marga ideals. As the Bhukti Pradhan of Fatehpur (UP), Bhagavan Das Ranjan ji, or BD Ranjan ji, worked hard in service to Gurudev. There are many stories to tell.

May we all take solace in the fact that Shrii B.D. Ranjan ji was a devoted bhakta of the Lord. Certainly he will attain mukti or moksa, accordingly. Baba will lovingly bestow His grace.

With deepest regards,
Namaskar,
at His lotus feet,
Nirmala

Note 1: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL MAHAPRAYAN AND FAKE MPD

Here it should be qualified that there is both real mahaprayan and fake mahaprayan. Real mahaprayan marks the death of any ordinary human being. This is the proper use of the term: To note a person’s departure from this earth. That is the way mahaprayan is to be used.

Then there is the fake, or so-called, or dogmatic mahaprayan.That is when certain vested interests try to apply the mahaprayan term to Parama Purusa Himself. This is totally inappropriate because when Baba is that Divine Entity who is beginningless and endless and resides always in our heart, then it is totally wrong to proclaim that He is gone.

That is why rational margiis are protesting; because the Oct 21st program is so-called mahaprayan. So-called means that something is fake. Parama Purusa is eternal, thus for some vested interests to declare “mahaprayan of Parama Purusa” is nothing but so-called mahaprayan.

Mahaprayan only really happens in the case of human beings, not Parama Purusa.

Note 2: ASTERISK NOTE ABOUT MAHAPRAYAN

* Mahaprayan (Death): Many are aware that mahaprayan (death) is the common term used in India and especially in Bengal to describe the death of an honoured or even ordinary person. In that way, the obituary columns of the newspapers of Bengal regularly cite the mahaprayan (death) of various persons of society who died or passed away.

Some may get confused and wrongly think that the word ‘mahaprayan’ (death) is one extraordinarily devotional term to be used in association with Parama Purusa. But that is not at all the case. Rather to do so is only to undermine the eternal presence of Parama Purusa. That is why no devotees ever use the word ‘mahaprayan’ in reference to Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. Because Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna exist eternally. Then there is no question of Their mahaprayan (death).

Those who think that Baba is a mortal human being celebrate Mahaprayan on a particular day of the year related with Baba; but, in the true sense, Baba is Parama Purusa so He is eternal and there is no question of His mahaprayan.

And for those who need still more technical proof then all this can be clarified quite readily by referencing the dictionary. Specifically in the Samsad Bengali-English dictionary on page 742. Checking there it will be confirmed that the word ‘mahaprayan’ means death. Which is why it used to refer to the passing away of even common citizens.

Note 3: STORY- SITTING ON BABA’S LAP MEANS DIED?
(contributed by one margii)

Recently after dharmacakra, a senior margii was recounting his experiences of having dharma samiiksa with Baba.

He said, “After being punished by Baba, then He called me close and placed me on His lap – I remained there for some time soaking up His love – and He blessed me.”

We all enjoyed hearing about his personal account with Baba during dharma samiiksa. When he finished telling his story, there was a call for questions. Various people posed their queries.

QUESTION BY A NEW MARGII

Towards the end, one new margii raised his hand and asked, “How did Baba bring you back to life?”

Everyone stared at the new margii in amazement. There was a look of astonishment all around – people were really shocked to hear him say this.

The new sadhaka sensed that something was awry.

He said very matter-of-factly, “I thought that sitting on Baba’s Lap means that he (the margii) died – that is why I asked that question.”

This was totally eye-opening for those of us in the room: Through our language and expression we had unknowingly taught someone to think that being on Baba’s lap is the equivalent of death. Because it seems that nowadays people only use the phrase “Baba’s lap” when a person has died, such as “Let him rest peacefully in Baba’s lap”, as if all who have died have accumulated there. Many emails have been written this way.

MUST NOT ONLY REFER TO DEATH

At that moment I thought that everyone, new and old, should be clear about the real and devotional meaning of this phrase, “being on Baba’s lap.” It should not become stigmatized such that it only means death. Because in its true sense, the phrase “being on Baba’s lap” really does carry a highly devotional and sweet feeling.

It is just like how a small child sits on its parent’s lap. In a similar way, a spiritual child (human being) sits on the lap of Parama Purusa. By Baba’s grace this can happen anytime in one’s sadhana, especially in dhyana. Such a phrase then should not become stigmatized because too many people only use it at the time of death.

We should be careful that we do not relegate “Baba’s lap” only to the point of death. All these following terms and phrases also only refer to death:

ve bhagavan ko pya’re ho gaye
(he has been loved by God)

ve svarga sidhar gaye
(he has gone to heaven )

ve guzar gaye
(he passed away)

mahaprayan hoyeche
(he died)

We should ensure that the same death connotation does not get attached to, “being on Baba’s lap.” Because the phrase – “being on Baba’s lap” – is a devotional experience that can happen today itself in sadhana, and especially in dhyana. The phrase “being on Baba’s lap” should not lose this quality and only mean death. It should not meet the same dark fate as happened with the term harijan.

MUST NOT MEET SAME FATE AS HARIJAN

As we all know, these days in India nobody uses the term harijan to mean “a devotee”. Whereas 70 years ago it was used in that way. The term harijan did mean bhakta. But ever since the time of Gandhi when he glued the harijan term to the lowest so-called caste, i.e so-called untouchables, nobody uses the the harijan to mean devotee. Never. Because the term harijan has been stigmatized to mean “untouchable”. Nobody uses it to mean “devotee”, but that is the original and true meaning of the word.

The phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, should not meet a similar fate. It should not lose its devotional quality and just refer to one’s death. That will be very negative.

A VERY DEVOTIONAL EXPRESSION

There are thousands of recorded stories by sadhakas where they use the phrase, “on Baba’s lap”, when describing their experiences of being with Baba: He used to bless them and bring them on His lap. People should understand the deeply devotional value of this expression, and not just think that Baba’s lap means death, i.e. that you can only sit on His lap at the time of death. Still today there are thousands of margiis walking this earth who sat in Baba’s lap. And not only that, there are countless more sadhakas who were blessed by Baba in dreams and dhyana wherein they sat in His lap. And still today this deeply devotional experience is attainable by sadhakas, by His grace.

There are so many ways an aspirant can reach unto Baba’s lap including in sadhana and especially during dhyana. That is the main idea that should be preserved. Sadhana is a devotional practice and one can sit on Baba’s lap in dhyana. We should make it cent-per-cent clear to one and all that the phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, does not mean death.

RECENT EXAMPLES

Here are quoted lines from recently posted emails on various forums, wherein the writer uses the phrase – “in Baba’s lap” – with the occasion of death:

– “We are sure that Baba has taken him in His loving lap.”

– “May his soul rest in Baba’s lap for ever.”

– “Let her rest peacefully in Baba’s Lap – which she always desired.”

– “now he is in beloved Baba’s lap”

– “May his soul get peaceful place in His lap”

– “He is now in BÁBÁ’S loving lap”

– “May Baba bless him with a seat in His lap.”

All of the above lines are commonly written at the time of death. Of course it is fine to write like that. Here the point is that this same phrase “in Baba’s lap” should be used when describing one’s devotional practices and experiences as well.

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Date: Sat 02 Feb 2013 17:49:04
From: Dharmaviira Deva
Subject: Mahaprayan of Family Ac Kuladeep Ji
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== MAHAPRAYAN (DEATH) OF FAMILY AC KULDADEEP JI ==

Namaskar,
It is with much sorrow to share with you news of the mahaprayan* (death) of Family Acarya Kuladeepji of Bhagalpur. Respected Acaryaji’s last breath and mahaprayan took place yesterday 01 Feb at 2:30pn IST at Godda (Bhagalpur).

As many may know, Family Acarya Kuladeepji was one of the senior members of Ananda Marga. He touched the lives of many through by his service, humility and kindness. At the time of his passing, he was 83 years of age. Acaryaji will be very much missed.

May we all take solace in the fact that Ac Kuladeepji was a devoted bhakta of the Lord. Certainly he will attain mukti or moksa, accordingly. Baba will lovingly bestow His grace.

With deepest regards,
Namaskar,
at His lotus feet,
Dharmaviira Deva

Note 1: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL MAHAPRAYAN AND FAKE MPD

Here it should be qualified that there is both real mahaprayan and fake mahaprayan. Real mahaprayan marks the death of any ordinary human being. This is the proper use of the term: To note a person’s departure from this earth. That is the way mahaprayan is to be used.

Then there is the fake, or so-called, or dogmatic mahaprayan.That is when certain vested interests try to apply the mahaprayan term to Parama Purusa Himself. This is totally inappropriate because when Baba is that Divine Entity who is beginningless and endless and resides always in our heart, then it is totally wrong to proclaim that He is gone.

That is why rational margiis are protesting; because the Oct 21st program is so-called mahaprayan. So-called means that something is fake. Parama Purusa is eternal, thus for some vested interests to declare “mahaprayan of Parama Purusa” is nothing but so-called mahaprayan.

Mahaprayan only really happens in the case of human beings, not Parama Purusa.

Note 2: ASTERISK NOTE ABOUT MAHAPRAYAN

* Mahaprayan (Death): Many are aware that mahaprayan (death) is the common term used in India and especially in Bengal to describe the death of an honoured or even ordinary person. In that way, the obituary columns of the newspapers of Bengal regularly cite the mahaprayan (death) of various persons of society who died or passed away.

Some may get confused and wrongly think that the word ‘mahaprayan’ (death) is one extraordinarily devotional term to be used in association with Parama Purusa. But that is not at all the case. Rather to do so is only to undermine the eternal presence of Parama Purusa. That is why no devotees ever use the word ‘mahaprayan’ in reference to Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. Because Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna exist eternally. Then there is no question of Their mahaprayan (death).

Those who think that Baba is a mortal human being celebrate Mahaprayan on a particular day of the year related with Baba; but, in the true sense, Baba is Parama Purusa so He is eternal and there is no question of His mahaprayan.

And for those who need still more technical proof then all this can be clarified quite readily by referencing the dictionary. Specifically in the Samsad Bengali-English dictionary on page 742. Checking there it will be confirmed that the word ‘mahaprayan’ means death. Which is why it used to refer to the passing away of even common citizens.

Note 3: STORY- SITTING ON BABA’S LAP MEANS DIED?
(contributed by one margii)

Recently after dharmacakra, a senior margii was recounting his experiences of having dharma samiiksa with Baba.

He said, “After being punished by Baba, then He called me close and placed me on His lap – I remained there for some time soaking up His love – and He blessed me.”

We all enjoyed hearing about his personal account with Baba during dharma samiiksa. When he finished telling his story, there was a call for questions. Various people posed their queries.

QUESTION BY A NEW MARGII

Towards the end, one new margii raised his hand and asked, “How did Baba bring you back to life?”

Everyone stared at the new margii in amazement. There was a look of astonishment all around – people were really shocked to hear him say this.

The new sadhaka sensed that something was awry.

He said very matter-of-factly, “I thought that sitting on Baba’s Lap means that he (the margii) died – that is why I asked that question.”

This was totally eye-opening for those of us in the room: Through our language and expression we had unknowingly taught someone to think that being on Baba’s lap is the equivalent of death. Because it seems that nowadays people only use the phrase “Baba’s lap” when a person has died, such as “Let him rest peacefully in Baba’s lap”, as if all who have died have accumulated there. Many emails have been written this way.

MUST NOT ONLY REFER TO DEATH

At that moment I thought that everyone, new and old, should be clear about the real and devotional meaning of this phrase, “being on Baba’s lap.” It should not become stigmatized such that it only means death. Because in its true sense, the phrase “being on Baba’s lap” really does carry a highly devotional and sweet feeling.

It is just like how a small child sits on its parent’s lap. In a similar way, a spiritual child (human being) sits on the lap of Parama Purusa. By Baba’s grace this can happen anytime in one’s sadhana, especially in dhyana. Such a phrase then should not become stigmatized because too many people only use it at the time of death.

We should be careful that we do not relegate “Baba’s lap” only to the point of death. All these following terms and phrases also only refer to death:

ve bhagavan ko pya’re ho gaye
(he has been loved by God)

ve svarga sidhar gaye
(he has gone to heaven )

ve guzar gaye
(he passed away)

mahaprayan hoyeche
(he died)

We should ensure that the same death connotation does not get attached to, “being on Baba’s lap.” Because the phrase – “being on Baba’s lap” – is a devotional experience that can happen today itself in sadhana, and especially in dhyana. The phrase “being on Baba’s lap” should not lose this quality and only mean death. It should not meet the same dark fate as happened with the term harijan.

MUST NOT MEET SAME FATE AS HARIJAN

As we all know, these days in India nobody uses the term harijan to mean “a devotee”. Whereas 70 years ago it was used in that way. The term harijan did mean bhakta. But ever since the time of Gandhi when he glued the harijan term to the lowest so-called caste, i.e so-called untouchables, nobody uses the the harijan to mean devotee. Never. Because the term harijan has been stigmatized to mean “untouchable”. Nobody uses it to mean “devotee”, but that is the original and true meaning of the word.

The phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, should not meet a similar fate. It should not lose its devotional quality and just refer to one’s death. That will be very negative.

A VERY DEVOTIONAL EXPRESSION

There are thousands of recorded stories by sadhakas where they use the phrase, “on Baba’s lap”, when describing their experiences of being with Baba: He used to bless them and bring them on His lap. People should understand the deeply devotional value of this expression, and not just think that Baba’s lap means death, i.e. that you can only sit on His lap at the time of death. Still today there are thousands of margiis walking this earth who sat in Baba’s lap. And not only that, there are countless more sadhakas who were blessed by Baba in dreams and dhyana wherein they sat in His lap. And still today this deeply devotional experience is attainable by sadhakas, by His grace.

There are so many ways an aspirant can reach unto Baba’s lap including in sadhana and especially during dhyana. That is the main idea that should be preserved. Sadhana is a devotional practice and one can sit on Baba’s lap in dhyana. We should make it cent-per-cent clear to one and all that the phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, does not mean death.

RECENT EXAMPLES

Here are quoted lines from recently posted emails on various forums, wherein the writer uses the phrase – “in Baba’s lap” – with the occasion of death:

– “We are sure that Baba has taken him in His loving lap.”

– “May his soul rest in Baba’s lap for ever.”

– “Let her rest peacefully in Baba’s Lap – which she always desired.”

– “now he is in beloved Baba’s lap”

– “May his soul get peaceful place in His lap”

– “He is now in BÁBÁ’S loving lap”

– “May Baba bless him with a seat in His lap.”

All of the above lines are commonly written at the time of death. Of course it is fine to write like that. Here the point is that this same phrase “in Baba’s lap” should be used when describing one’s devotional practices and experiences as well.

+++ NEXT LETTER +++

Subject: Re: Baba Story: Guru Mantra & Its Effect
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 03:49:54 GMT
To: am-global@earthlink.net

== RE: BABA STORY: GURU MANTRA & ITS EFFECT ==

BABA

Namaskara!

Great article.

I have found over the years the best way to follow brahmacarya and Guru mantra (Madhuvidya) is to employ the method of Subject-Object as often as I can. In this way, I don’t need to stop between each action or thought to internally recite and feel the meaning of guru mantra. So, it is a natural flowing way to remain established in Subject-Object.

By thinking, seeing, or feeling that He is always watching me up through my sahasrara cakra, whether going to the mail box, starting the car, or walking the halls at work, I feel the connection to Him-always. With persistence this practical technique becomes easier and it works.

I invite all to try this way to do guru mantra.

Baba Nam Kevalam!

Here is a link to the original letter of this series:

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/01/baba-story-guru-mantra-its-effect.html

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Date: Mon 19 Nov 2012 08:21:36
From: Dharmaviira Deva
Subject: Mahaprayan of Ac Prankrsnananda Avt
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== MAHAPRAYAN (DEATH) OF AC PRANKRSNANANDA AVT ==

Namaskar,
It is with much sorrow to share with you news of the mahaprayan* (death) of Acarya Prankrsnananda Avt. Dadaji’s last breath and mahaprayan took place on 18 Nov Sunday at 9:50pm EST (USA). He had been in hospice care.

As many may know, Dada Prankrsnanandji was one of the first overseas acaryas / avadhutas. He came early on into Ananda Marga and his long-time service work and devotion will not soon be forgotten. In particular, Dadaji made a big impact in Manila sector where he initiated countless sadhakas and did extensive pracara. Many remember him for his humour, kindness, and soft-heart.

May we all take solace in the fact that Dadaji was a devoted bhakta of the Lord. Certainly he will attain mukti or moksa, accordingly. Baba will lovingly bestow His grace.

With deepest regards,
Namaskar,
at His lotus feet,
Dharmaviira Deva

Note 1: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL MAHAPRAYAN AND FAKE MPD

Here it should be qualified that there is both real mahaprayan and fake mahaprayan. Real mahaprayan marks the death of any ordinary human being. This is the proper use of the term: To note a person’s departure from this earth. That is the way mahaprayan is to be used.

Then there is the fake, or so-called, or dogmatic mahaprayan.That is when certain vested interests try to apply the mahaprayan term to Parama Purusa Himself. This is totally inappropriate because when Baba is that Divine Entity who is beginningless and endless and resides always in our heart, then it is totally wrong to proclaim that He is gone.

That is why rational margiis are protesting; because the Oct 21st program is so-called mahaprayan. So-called means that something is fake. Parama Purusa is eternal, thus for some vested interests to declare “mahaprayan of Parama Purusa” is nothing but so-called mahaprayan.

Mahaprayan only really happens in the case of human beings, not Parama Purusa.

Note 2: ASTERISK NOTE ABOUT MAHAPRAYAN

* Mahaprayan (Death): Many are aware that mahaprayan (death) is the common term used in India and especially in Bengal to describe the death of an honoured or even ordinary person. In that way, the obituary columns of the newspapers of Bengal regularly cite the mahaprayan (death) of various persons of society who died or passed away.

Some may get confused and wrongly think that the word ‘mahaprayan’ (death) is one extraordinarily devotional term to be used in association with Parama Purusa. But that is not at all the case. Rather to do so is only to undermine the eternal presence of Parama Purusa. That is why no devotees ever use the word ‘mahaprayan’ in reference to Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. Because Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna exist eternally. Then there is no question of Their mahaprayan (death).

Those who think that Baba is a mortal human being celebrate Mahaprayan on a particular day of the year related with Baba; but, in the true sense, Baba is Parama Purusa so He is eternal and there is no question of His mahaprayan.

And for those who need still more technical proof then all this can be clarified quite readily by referencing the dictionary. Specifically in the Samsad Bengali-English dictionary on page 742. Checking there it will be confirmed that the word ‘mahaprayan’ means death. Which is why it used to refer to the passing away of even common citizens.

Note 3: STORY- SITTING ON BABA’S LAP MEANS DIED?
(contributed by one margii)

Recently after dharmacakra, a senior margii was recounting his experiences of having dharma samiiksa with Baba.

He said, “After being punished by Baba, then He called me close and placed me on His lap – I remained there for some time soaking up His love – and He blessed me.”

We all enjoyed hearing about his personal account with Baba during dharma samiiksa. When he finished telling his story, there was a call for questions. Various people posed their queries.

QUESTION BY A NEW MARGII

Towards the end, one new margii raised his hand and asked, “How did Baba bring you back to life?”

Everyone stared at the new margii in amazement. There was a look of astonishment all around – people were really shocked to hear him say this.

The new sadhaka sensed that something was awry.

He said very matter-of-factly, “I thought that sitting on Baba’s Lap means that he (the margii) died – that is why I asked that question.”

This was totally eye-opening for those of us in the room: Through our language and expression we had unknowingly taught someone to think that being on Baba’s lap is the equivalent of death. Because it seems that nowadays people only use the phrase “Baba’s lap” when a person has died, such as “Let him rest peacefully in Baba’s lap”, as if all who have died have accumulated there. Many emails have been written this way.

MUST NOT ONLY REFER TO DEATH

At that moment I thought that everyone, new and old, should be clear about the real and devotional meaning of this phrase, “being on Baba’s lap.” It should not become stigmatized such that it only means death. Because in its true sense, the phrase “being on Baba’s lap” really does carry a highly devotional and sweet feeling.

It is just like how a small child sits on its parent’s lap. In a similar way, a spiritual child (human being) sits on the lap of Parama Purusa. By Baba’s grace this can happen anytime in one’s sadhana, especially in dhyana. Such a phrase then should not become stigmatized because too many people only use it at the time of death.

We should be careful that we do not relegate “Baba’s lap” only to the point of death. All these following terms and phrases also only refer to death:

ve bhagavan ko pya’re ho gaye
(he has been loved by God)

ve svarga sidhar gaye
(he has gone to heaven )

ve guzar gaye
(he passed away)

mahaprayan hoyeche
(he died)

We should ensure that the same death connotation does not get attached to, “being on Baba’s lap.” Because the phrase – “being on Baba’s lap” – is a devotional experience that can happen today itself in sadhana, and especially in dhyana. The phrase “being on Baba’s lap” should not lose this quality and only mean death. It should not meet the same dark fate as happened with the term harijan.

MUST NOT MEET SAME FATE AS HARIJAN

As we all know, these days in India nobody uses the term harijan to mean “a devotee”. Whereas 70 years ago it was used in that way. The term harijan did mean bhakta. But ever since the time of Gandhi when he glued the harijan term to the lowest so-called caste, i.e so-called untouchables, nobody uses the the harijan to mean devotee. Never. Because the term harijan has been stigmatized to mean “untouchable”. Nobody uses it to mean “devotee”, but that is the original and true meaning of the word.

The phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, should not meet a similar fate. It should not lose its devotional quality and just refer to one’s death. That will be very negative.

A VERY DEVOTIONAL EXPRESSION

There are thousands of recorded stories by sadhakas where they use the phrase, “on Baba’s lap”, when describing their experiences of being with Baba: He used to bless them and bring them on His lap. People should understand the deeply devotional value of this expression, and not just think that Baba’s lap means death, i.e. that you can only sit on His lap at the time of death. Still today there are thousands of margiis walking this earth who sat in Baba’s lap. And not only that, there are countless more sadhakas who were blessed by Baba in dreams and dhyana wherein they sat in His lap. And still today this deeply devotional experience is attainable by sadhakas, by His grace.

There are so many ways an aspirant can reach unto Baba’s lap including in sadhana and especially during dhyana. That is the main idea that should be preserved. Sadhana is a devotional practice and one can sit on Baba’s lap in dhyana. We should make it cent-per-cent clear to one and all that the phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, does not mean death.

RECENT EXAMPLES

Here are quoted lines from recently posted emails on various forums, wherein the writer uses the phrase – “in Baba’s lap” – with the occasion of death:

– “We are sure that Baba has taken him in His loving lap.”

– “May his soul rest in Baba’s lap for ever.”

– “Let her rest peacefully in Baba’s Lap – which she always desired.”

– “now he is in beloved Baba’s lap”

– “May his soul get peaceful place in His lap”

– “He is now in BÁBÁ’S loving lap”

– “May Baba bless him with a seat in His lap.”

All of the above lines are commonly written at the time of death. Of course it is fine to write like that. Here the point is that this same phrase “in Baba’s lap” should be used when describing one’s devotional practices and experiences as well.

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Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2012 13:27:44 +0200
From: Shankar Panigrahi
To:
Subject: Re: Old Hindu Dogma Getting New Colour in Ananda Marga #2

== RE: OLD HINDU DOGMA GETTING NEW COLOUR IN ANANDA MARGA #2 ==

~ A FEW EXAMPLES ~

(Note: This is an updated and corrected version of 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)

Namaskar,
“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.”

SOME RECENT EXAMPLES OF DOGMATIC MARGIIS

INVOLVED IN ANNUAL SHRADDHA (DEATH DAY) CEREMONY

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 the first shraddha divas (death day ceremony) of Shrii Harishankar by incorporating the Hindu dogma mass feeding. Not only that, every year since, on the death day anniversary of Ac Harishankar, the son and his family come to Ranchi and, along with other family members, they garland Harishankarji’s samadhi (tomb), which is inside the house premises. These are “important” margiis yet they are involved in Hindu dogma each year on the anniversary of Ac Harishankarji’s death.

[B] Lokanath Pradhanji, a well-known margii of Debagad, Sambalpur in Odisha state, is involved in annual 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 akhanda kiirttan for 12 hours in his residence, feeds the kiirttanites & relatives – i.e. Hindu dogma of mass feeding. This occurs every year on 13th June which is the occasion of his father’s death anniversary. In this case, Lokanath Pradhanji is continuing the dogma of mass feeding and kiirtan year after year after year. This is a more serious case.

[C] Another margii, Pratap Nayakji also involved in dogmatic Hindu shraddha tradition of doing mass feeding for the occasion of his wife’s shraddha ceremony. Nayakji is well-versed with Caryacarya, yet on the anniversary of his wife’s death, he did the mass feeding the first year and continues honouring her with garlands on the anniversary of that day. Ironically, before his wife’s death he was against mahaprayana, now he is in favour of it. By the way, Nayakji was a WT sanyasi before emergency period. He knows the rules, yet still he indulges in annual death day celebrations anyway.

[D] Other important margiis like Bhaskar Jenaji observed the death day or shraddha divas of his mother accompanied by a mass feeding in the dogmatic Hindu tradition. Since that time, others have tried to convince Jenaji to do a mass feeding each year, but thus far Jenaji has resisted. Bhaskar Jenaji received microvita sadhana. If he had been strict in following only the Ananda Marga system and not done the Hindu dogma of mass feeding at the shraddha ceremony, then he would not be facing the pressure to continue this dogma year after year. Even then, to his credit, he does not give in to the pressure.

[E] Prof Aditya Mohantyji observed the initial shraddha ceremony on the death day celebration for both his wife & his father with mass feeding according to the Hindu dogma. He too was blessed with microvita sadhana. He was aware that he should not do mass feeding, but due to social pressure he gave in to Hindu dogma that first year. To his credit, he has not continued it like Lokanath Pradhanji does.

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. So when people see them cave in to Hindu dogma, then naturally others will also do the same. That is what happens when leaders fail to live up to an ideal.

WORST CATEGORY OF DISCIPLE

Actually, all of the above are so-called important margiis – holding important posts – but see their standard. They had the opportunity to see Baba and receive His blessing. When they were close to Baba they understood His guidelines, but as soon as they were apart from Baba they could not keep His teachings in mind – they could not follow His mandates. 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.

HOW TO BE GREAT

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 a 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. They justify that they are merely emulating what is done in Kolkata each October. But nothing could be further from the truth; their dealing is not good. They are drowned in dogma yet do not realise it. Such is their unfortunate state.

SPECIAL NOTE

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 to the priest. 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 situations 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.

WHY THIS DEATH DAY DOGMA IS SO BAD

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.

DOGMA NO MORE

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.

Namaskar,
Shankar Panigrahi

Note 1: BABA’S GUIDELINES ON SHRADDHA

The following is Baba’s discourse – Shraddham – from Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 3:

What’s the meaning of shráddhá? “Shraddhayá diiyate yastu ityarthe shráddhah” – “that which is offered with shraddhá is shráddha.” And what is shraddhá? “Shrat satyam iti dhiiyata ityarthe shraddhá”, that is, when an idea or a culminating point is accepted as supreme, then that idea or culminating point is called “shrat”; and when the mind, with its propensities, moves towards that object, that movement is called shraddhá. Shrat + dha is shraddhá. Now let us see some of the prevalent usages of the world in connection with this shraddhá, or shráddha. When you offer something with shraddhá, it is shráddha. A priest may say that your father will die only once, and so after his death you should arrange for a sufficient quantity of food-stuffs, a sufficient quantity of edibles, a sufficient quantity of clothes, etc., for him. And that has been done in India for about five thousand years, since the time of the Atharva Veda. And people have generally offered rice and sesame, also honey and ghee, to be consumed by that person who has left the world.

Regarding these things, Maharshi Charvaka (he lived in India about 2500 years ago, during the time of Lord Buddha. He was a bit senior to Lord Buddha. Charvaka’s disciple, Ajit Kusum, was a contemporary of Lord Buddha) said “If you are in a room, and another man is in the courtyard a few yards away, and you offer rice and sesame for that man, he won’t get that rice and sesame, and his hunger won’t be satisfied. And if a man is in another world, Aparaloka, and you are offering rice and sesame for him, will he get them? Is it reasonable? No, no. All these things are exploitation by the privileged class.”

After offering rice, sesame, clothes, etc., what do you find? The rice is consumed by the purohita in his house. Go to his kitchen, and all that rice is being consumed by his family. That dhuti which is being offered by you for your late father is being used by the purohita, and the sháŕii by the purohita patnii; and the gamci, the towel, if it is surplus, is sold in the market. And the utensils are also sold in the market. So your deceased father, your parents, who are now inhabitants of Aparaloka, won’t get anything.

And the second thing you will see, or you will feel, is that they do not require these things. The microcosm, or unit spirit, does not require any food or clothes or sesame or utensils. All these ideas are scoundrels’ philosophy. And they have been doing this type of exploitation for the last five thousand years, since the time of the Atharva Veda.

In some other corners of the world, people wait for forty days, and after forty days they offer a particular type of prayer, and that prayer is supposed to make the position of the dead person secure. Is this logical? Certainly not. All these things done in the name of shráddha are nothing but a cheating business.

In prehistoric times also, those people of less-developed intellect used to think in this same way, that even after death people require worldly objects. So in prehistoric times also you would find, looking within the graves, that they used to offer barley (at that time wheat was not popular), wine, honey, such things. And even now in India during shráddha they use these things – barley, wine, wool – so that the dead person will wrap that woollen cádar around themself, etc.

Now, as I told you, in all corners of the world this type of exploitation is going on. And why are the people being exploited? Because they are under the veil of superstition. They are superstitious people. They are less developed in intellect.

I remember a short story. In my town there was a businessman. Say his name was D́oman Sáhu. And his father was also a businessman. During the day he was a businessman, and at night he was a d́áku(2) . Say D́oman’s father’s name was Mohan Sáhu. Now a big pańd́ita came from Kashmir to my home town and said that he had the capacity with the strength of his mantra, to arrange heaven for all pápiis, all degraded persons, all degraded souls. Then D́oman thought, “My father Mohan is a d́áku. Let me take the help of this big pańd́ita and arrange heaven for my d́áku father.”

So the pańd́ita said, “Yes, yes, yes. I will do everything, but I want fifty guineas as a fee for the purpose.” And D́oman agreed.

But D́oman’s friend was one Mr. Ravi Ghose, a very intelligent man. Ravi Ghose said, “You see, D́oman, that pańd́ita is a businessman, that is why he wants fifty guineas. You do one thing. Let there be bargaining. Tell the pańd́ita, ‘You see, pańd́itajii, I can offer only fifty silver coins, fifty rupees. Please agree.’”

Then the pańd́ita said, “Yes, it will be done, but had it been fifty guineas, your father would have reached just below the Párijáta tree of Nandana Kánana of heaven. If you give fifty silver coins, fifty rupees, he will reach the main gate of heaven, but not near that Parijata tree.”

D́oman thought, “Right near the gate. Then that short distance will be covered by my father on foot. Then let me spend only fifty rupees.”

Then again he went to Ravi Ghose, that crooked and intelligent fellow. Ravi Ghose said, “You see, D́oman, our first attempt has been a success. Now you just tell him, ‘Pańd́itajii, I will spend only forty rupees; not fifty.’”

Pańd́itajii said, “In that case, there will be a short gap.”

Then next day D́oman said, “No, I will spend thirty rupees,” and so on. And finally the settlement was for ten rupees.

So this is the commercial story regarding shráddha. There is nothing in it.

So what should one do? Haven’t we any social responsibility for dead persons? When the necessity arises, we should offer shraddhá for them, not barley or wheat or woollen clothes or wrappers or ghee or sesame. What can we do? As long as a man is here in our society we have a social responsibility for him. Human beings are social beings, we have a social responsibility for them. And when the leave this world and go to the other world, they go beyond the scope of our responsibility. We cannot render any service to them. Our social responsibility is over as soon as the cremation is done.

So what can we do? We can say “O Parama Puruśa, while that man was with us we tried our best to do whatever we could do. But now they are beyond our scope, they are beyond our jurisdiction, so please do take care of them.” This much of a request can be made by us, and nothing more than that. And the Ananda Marga shráddha is just like that. Here we require no edibles, no clothes or anything else. We offer our shraddhá, and we do nothing else, and we can do nothing else. (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 3, Shra’ddha)

Note 2: PLEASE FORWARD THIS LETTER

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.

Note 3: LINK TO ORIGINAL LETTER

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/10/old-hindu-dogma-getting-new-colour-in.html

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Date: Tue 23 Oct 2012 12:37:52
From: Rajendra Singh
Subject: Mahaprayan of Shrii Himanshu Ranjan Sarkar
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== MAHAPRAYAN (DEATH) OF SHRII HIMANSHU RANJAN SARKAR ==

Namaskar,
It is with much sorrow to share with you news of the mahaprayan* (death) of Shrii Himanshu Ranjan Sarkar which occurred on 22 October 2012. As many know, Shrii Himanshu Ranjan was Baba’s laokik younger brother; he suffered a heart attack and then died in transit from Dhanbad to Ranchi. He was 82 years of age at the time of his mahaprayan.

Shrii Himanshu Ranjan was very dedicated to Baba and wrote a book about his experiences and remembrances of Baba. The name of the book is “My Elder Brother.” One of the passages I recall from the book was that when their laokik father died, Shrii Lakshmi Narayana Sarkar, then Himanshuji was still a small boy. But he recounts that he never felt any loss, because always Baba took great care of him. Baba watched over him in all regards and would regularly carry the small Himanshu on His shoulders. Baba was a a great support and guide in his life from very early on.

I am sure many others have stories to tell about Shrii Himanshuji and his recollections with Beloved Baba as his laokik elder Brother. Throughout his professional life Shrii Himanshuji worked in the Railway office.

May we all take solace in the fact that Shrii Himanshu Ranjan was a devoted bhakta of the Lord. Certainly he will attain mukti or moksa, accordingly. Baba will lovingly bestow His grace.

With deepest regards,
Namaskar,
Rajendra Singh

Note 1: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL MAHAPRAYAN AND FAKE MPD

Here it should be qualified that there is both real mahaprayan and fake mahaprayan. Real mahaprayan marks the death of any ordinary human being. This is the proper use of the term: To note a person’s departure from this earth. That is the way mahaprayan is to be used.

Then there is the fake, or so-called, or dogmatic mahaprayan.That is when certain vested interests try to apply the mahaprayan term to Parama Purusa Himself. This is totally inappropriate because when Baba is that Divine Entity who is beginningless and endless and resides always in our heart, then it is totally wrong to proclaim that He is gone.

That is why rational margiis are protesting; because the Oct 21st program is so-called mahaprayan. So-called means that something is fake. Parama Purusa is eternal, thus for some vested interests to declare “mahaprayan of Parama Purusa” is nothing but so-called mahaprayan.

Mahaprayan only really happens in the case of human beings, not Parama Purusa.

Note 2: ASTERISK NOTE ABOUT MAHAPRAYAN

* Mahaprayan (Death): Many are aware that mahaprayan (death) is the common term used in India and especially in Bengal to describe the death of an honoured or even ordinary person. In that way, the obituary columns of the newspapers of Bengal regularly cite the mahaprayan (death) of various persons of society who died or passed away.

Some may get confused and wrongly think that the word ‘mahaprayan’ (death) is one extraordinarily devotional term to be used in association with Parama Purusa. But that is not at all the case. Rather to do so is only to undermine the eternal presence of Parama Purusa. That is why no devotees ever use the word ‘mahaprayan’ in reference to Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. Because Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna exist eternally. Then there is no question of Their mahaprayan (death).

Those who think that Baba is a mortal human being celebrate Mahaprayan on a particular day of the year related with Baba; but, in the true sense, Baba is Parama Purusa so He is eternal and there is no question of His mahaprayan.

And for those who need still more technical proof then all this can be clarified quite readily by referencing the dictionary. Specifically in the Samsad Bengali-English dictionary on page 742. Checking there it will be confirmed that the word ‘mahaprayan’ means death. Which is why it used to refer to the passing away of even common citizens.

Note 3: STORY- SITTING ON BABA’S LAP MEANS DIED?
(contributed by one margii)

Recently after dharmacakra, a senior margii was recounting his experiences of having dharma samiiksa with Baba.

He said, “After being punished by Baba, then He called me close and placed me on His lap – I remained there for some time soaking up His love – and He blessed me.”

We all enjoyed hearing about his personal account with Baba during dharma samiiksa. When he finished telling his story, there was a call for questions. Various people posed their queries.

QUESTION BY A NEW MARGII

Towards the end, one new margii raised his hand and asked, “How did Baba bring you back to life?”

Everyone stared at the new margii in amazement. There was a look of astonishment all around – people were really shocked to hear him say this.

The new sadhaka sensed that something was awry.

He said very matter-of-factly, “I thought that sitting on Baba’s Lap means that he (the margii) died – that is why I asked that question.”

This was totally eye-opening for those of us in the room: Through our language and expression we had unknowingly taught someone to think that being on Baba’s lap is the equivalent of death. Because it seems that nowadays people only use the phrase “Baba’s lap” when a person has died, such as “Let him rest peacefully in Baba’s lap”, as if all who have died have accumulated there. Many emails have been written this way.

MUST NOT ONLY REFER TO DEATH

At that moment I thought that everyone, new and old, should be clear about the real and devotional meaning of this phrase, “being on Baba’s lap.” It should not become stigmatized such that it only means death. Because in its true sense, the phrase “being on Baba’s lap” really does carry a highly devotional and sweet feeling.

It is just like how a small child sits on its parent’s lap. In a similar way, a spiritual child (human being) sits on the lap of Parama Purusa. By Baba’s grace this can happen anytime in one’s sadhana, especially in dhyana. Such a phrase then should not become stigmatized because too many people only use it at the time of death.

We should be careful that we do not relegate “Baba’s lap” only to the point of death. All these following terms and phrases also only refer to death:

ve bhagavan ko pya’re ho gaye
(he has been loved by God)

ve svarga sidhar gaye
(he has gone to heaven )

ve guzar gaye
(he passed away)

mahaprayan hoyeche
(he died)

We should ensure that the same death connotation does not get attached to, “being on Baba’s lap.” Because the phrase – “being on Baba’s lap” – is a devotional experience that can happen today itself in sadhana, and especially in dhyana. The phrase “being on Baba’s lap” should not lose this quality and only mean death. It should not meet the same dark fate as happened with the term harijan.

MUST NOT MEET SAME FATE AS HARIJAN

As we all know, these days in India nobody uses the term harijan to mean “a devotee”. Whereas 70 years ago it was used in that way. The term harijan did mean bhakta. But ever since the time of Gandhi when he glued the harijan term to the lowest so-called caste, i.e so-called untouchables, nobody uses the the harijan to mean devotee. Never. Because the term harijan has been stigmatized to mean “untouchable”. Nobody uses it to mean “devotee”, but that is the original and true meaning of the word.

The phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, should not meet a similar fate. It should not lose its devotional quality and just refer to one’s death. That will be very negative.

A VERY DEVOTIONAL EXPRESSION

There are thousands of recorded stories by sadhakas where they use the phrase, “on Baba’s lap”, when describing their experiences of being with Baba: He used to bless them and bring them on His lap. People should understand the deeply devotional value of this expression, and not just think that Baba’s lap means death, i.e. that you can only sit on His lap at the time of death. Still today there are thousands of margiis walking this earth who sat in Baba’s lap. And not only that, there are countless more sadhakas who were blessed by Baba in dreams and dhyana wherein they sat in His lap. And still today this deeply devotional experience is attainable by sadhakas, by His grace.

There are so many ways an aspirant can reach unto Baba’s lap including in sadhana and especially during dhyana. That is the main idea that should be preserved. Sadhana is a devotional practice and one can sit on Baba’s lap in dhyana. We should make it cent-per-cent clear to one and all that the phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, does not mean death.

RECENT EXAMPLES

Here are quoted lines from recently posted emails on various forums, wherein the writer uses the phrase – “in Baba’s lap” – with the occasion of death:

– “We are sure that Baba has taken him in His loving lap.”

– “May his soul rest in Baba’s lap for ever.”

– “Let her rest peacefully in Baba’s Lap – which she always desired.”

– “now he is in beloved Baba’s lap”

– “She is now in BÁBÁ’S loving lap”

– “May Baba bless him with a seat in His lap.”

All of the above lines are commonly written at the time of death. Of course it is fine to write like that. Here the point is that this same phrase “in Baba’s lap” should be used when describing one’s devotional practices and experiences as well.

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Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:21:54 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Shankar Basu ……@basu.net…
Subject: Old Hindu Dogma Getting New Colour in Ananda Marga

Baba

== OLD HINDU DOGMA GETTING NEW COLOUR IN ANANDA MARGA ==

Namaskar,
A new “development” is taking place in our Marga.

One new dogma is piggy-backing itself on top of an existing one. In that way, this new dogma has been born.

Specifically, the existing Hindu dogma of shraddhanjali or punyatithi 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.

NEW DOGMA:

TURNING THE DEATH OF THEIR DEAR RELATIVE

INTO AN ANNUAL DEATH 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 totally 100% against Baba’s system.

BABA’S SYSTEM:

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.

NOT PLEASING 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.

MAHAPRAYAN: JUST A HINDU DOGMA

OF ANNUAL SHRADDHA (DEATH) CEREMONY

It is well known that the founders of MPD dogma treat their so-called mahaprayan program in Tiljala as a yearly shraddha ceremony.

The same Hindu dogma of “yearly shraddha” – observing the death of a human being year after year – has been named shraddhainjali and it is going on in the form of mahaprayan divas (MPD).

Each year, at so-called mahaprayan the shraddha mantra which is for general persons death, is repeated – with just a few changes. And side by food is served and gifts are given to the poor. Just like in the dogmatic Hindu shraddha ceremonies for deceased human beings.

Indeed, this is the common Hindu dogmatic platform in India. Each year, the shraddhanjli or punyatithi of deceased leaders like Indira Gandhi is performed. In that way, dogmatic Hindus garland their photo, offer food to the poor, and distribute clothing.

Since 1990, this same dogma has been going on in Ananda Marga in the form of the so-called mahaprayan occasion. Thus the so-called mahaprayan program in Kolkata is nothing but a mirror image of Hindu dogma – plus so-called mahaprayan is openly observed as a type of mourning / sad ceremony.

Whereas in AM, our annual festivals are marked by joy & celebration. No annual festival in AM is based on sorrow.

Baba says, “You may participate in all sorts of festivals which are blissful and free from defect.” (Caryacarya – 2, Society chapter, point 35)

DISMAL WAY THEY ANNOUNCE “MAHAPRAYAN”

But see how the “founders” have described the dogmatic MPD program as sad and solemn, plus you will see by their description that they just copied the Hindu dogma of annual shraddha or punyatithi by doing mass feeding and distributing clothes etc.

Below is an excerpt from some of their emails that displays their typical way of describing the gathering.

“The Solemn Observation…With tears in eyes and hearts full of His memories…The anniversary of Mahaprayan of Shrii Shrii Anandamurtijii has been solemnly observed today…where His mortal remains were cremated…Central and global workers first went to His quarters to garland His Pratikrti and did Gurupuja in that vibrating room. Led by Ac. Kinshuk Ranjan Sarkar, all came to Baba’s memorial …There was mass feeding of more than a thousand poor people and about 500 persons were given new clothes…Kiirtan was made in Bengali, Hindi and English. Exactly at 3.30 pm, the Maha Kiirtan”

Over the years, this is the way or style the B group PRS has announced the gathering. And still this is going on.

As mentioned above, this very same thing happens at all dogmatic punyatithi programs across India. So this is not some glorious thing invented by certain Dadas, rather the so-called mahaprayan program is just the prevailing dogma that is common in all of India. Baba Himself condemns such antics.

Thus from top to bottom – the “solemnity” and sadness to food distribution etc – the whole so-called mahaprayan agenda is painted in the colour of the dogmatic Hindu shraddha ceremony. For that reason and more, mahaprayan is just one dogma.

Namaskar,
Shankar Basu

Note: LOW & DECLINING ATTENDANCE

This year, the Tiljala organisers are bragging that 4000 people will come to attend and that they had 1500 yesterday. So it is peculiar – because in the past, so many more used to attend, such as in the mid-1990’s. Now, most just consider this to be a dogmatic gathering and do not attend. So the numbers are way down. To hide this truth, Tiljala inflates their estimates and pumps up their predictions, even then it is not an impressive number. Really, this is just a small, dwindling campaign – that is creeping toward its termination. No true devotee likes to go.

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Date: 09 Oct 2012 21:49:01 -0000
From: “Sudhakar Suman”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Some Questions and Answers Related with Prevailing Dogma

Baba

== SOME QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS RELATED WITH PREVAILING DOGMA ==

Namaskar,
Some think that there should be an annual day of so-called mahaprayan – as if it is the duty of His followers to implement such a program. Let’s examine this issue more closely.

BABA IS NOT SHY ON THIS POINT

1. Everyone should know that Baba is not shy about talking of His physical departure. This point is important because some mistakenly think that Baba is hesitant to talk on this issue – as if it is too sensitive or too delicate and therefore He does not want to include it in Caryacarya.

Hence, some people thought, “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.”

This is the way some think. And they give more logic.

“Parama Purusa believes that devotees will not appreciate it if He talks of His mahaprayan. So let it be done by His disciples themselves. After all, for all other occasions He Himself has given like His birthday ceremony or spring festival. But with regards to mahaprayan, that He has left for us to do.”

This is the way they think.

And indeed, with this false logic, that is exactly what Sarvatmanandji did. He invented mahaprayan and glued it into Caryacarya Part 1 as the appendix.

But all this is totally 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.

Thus, it is utterly sinful to add the so-called mahaprayan appendix to Caryacarya part 1 because how can we say that Parama Purusa is gone or no longer present. Rather He tells us the opposite. In thousands of discourses, Baba has said He can’t leave – His relation with us is beyond time and space – He is always with us.

MISNOMER: DOES NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT

2. The inventors of mahaprayan thought that just as worldly family members do not wish to discuss their death with their family, then Parama Purusa will also not like to discuss this.

Remember though that Baba is not just our family member, He is Guru and more than that – practically He has revealed everything that needed to be told. So there is no question that He was concerned or hesitant about putting this in His book. Rather it was and remains His full intention to purposely leave it out.

If one needs further proof, consider this. As a precedent, Baba Himself has written two books about Taraka Brahma or Mahasambhuti. Those books are Namah Shivaya Shantaya and Namami Krsnasundaram. And in neither of those two books has Baba mentioned the so-called mahaprayan of those two Great Personalities.

ALL ANANDA MARGA FESTIVALS ARE UPLIFTING

3. In our Ananda Marga, there is no such thing as a festival or annual program that is sad or sorrowful in nature. All our festivals are full of joy and bliss. Yet the dogmatic mahaprayan program has been described as “a solemn occasion” when certain leaders wrongly added the mahaprayan appendix to Caryacarya Part 1. Thus, the notion of observing mahaprayan goes against the very essence of our Ananda Marga festivals.

This stands as yet another factor how the so-called mahaprayan occasion is unideological and anti-devotional.

NARROW-MINDEDNESS

4. Observing so-called mahaprayan annually or observing it using another name is just one narrow-minded idea. Parama Purusa is not a particular physical body and we must not think that He has gone. The truth is that Parama Purusa is an eternal Entity and Baba remains in our heart – always.

Can any sincere sadhaka really think that Baba has gone?

In Ananda Marga, Parama Purusa always lives with us, we are nothing but His thought projection. We do not think that Parama Purusa has gone etc. This is not some dogmatic religious conception where God lives somewhere else and you cannot communicate with Him. In Ananda Marga, God lives everywhere – as well as in the inner-most portion of your heart.

This is what Baba has shown in personal contact, reporting sessions, and so many demonstrations. He is our nearest and dearest One who watches over us constantly and remains with us each and every moment.

SHRADDHANJALI

5. The Indian dogma of Shraddhanjali is that a tomb is made for all deceased leaders – political, religious etc – and every year on the anniversary of their death a big function is held. That is named shraddhanjali. It is a Hindu dogma for the followers to remember their fallen leader, i.e. a unit being or worldly person – not Mahasambhuti.

So on the anniversary of the death, each year, thousands or more reach to that tomb to pay their respect. That is a Hindu dogma and now it has become widespread in India. The classic example is that of Mrs Indira Gandhi. Here below is a short video from a newscast which depicts how followers offer a garland every year on the anniversary of her death.

In that way all such leaders have their own tomb. And, since 1990 some started doing the same for Baba. Some have dragged the shraddhanjali dogma into Ananda Marga in the form of so-called mahaprayan.

DU’RA’T SUDU’RE

6. Here are a few more points why it is to our disadvantage to remember and observe so-called mahaprayan each and every year.

Let us remind ourselves that Aannda Marga teachings are complete. Baba deliberately avoided marking mahaprayan as a festival day in Ananda Marga. Our scriptures are complete and He purposely did not include the dogma of mahaprayan in Caryacarya.

Plus in countless discourses Baba has guided us not to think that Parama Purusa is distant or far from us. Otherwise we will invite our extreme degeneration and follow the path of negative pratisaincara.

It is just like some horrible scene of your life – such as when your baby drowned etc – that you do not want to remember again and again- otherwise it will steal away all your happiness. Baba avoids degenerating programs like mahaprayan because Ananda Marga is the path of bliss – not the path of extreme sorrow or sadness.

Thinking that Parama Purusa is gone is most terribly detrimental, and will crudify one to stone and dirt. Our mantras all give the same idea: Parama Purusa is with us. Only avidya maya, viks’epta shatkti, says that Parama Purusa is far.

Du’ra’t Sudu’re…

Baba says, “If someone continually thinks, “Parama Purus’a is far from me”, then He will seem to be truly far from him…If in their ignorance people think that Parama Purus’a is far from them, then He may indeed remain for from them – so far that in future, even if one cries oneself hoarse, one’s cries will never reach Him… Some people think, “No, Parama Purus’a is not far from me. He is quite near. He is everywhere.”” (Subhasita Samgraha – 12)

It is our duty to always remember and cultivate the supreme truth that He is always with us.

His presence is our sadhana and this creation is His thought projection. He is the nucleus, He cannot be missing, thus it is philosophically and emotionally wrong to have a program like mahaprayan that dictates that Baba is gone.

BABA’S BLESSING

To those who worship the mahaprayan program and have started thinking that Parama Purusa is gone, there is this last reply.

Baba says, “You spiritual aspirants, you should remember that Parama Puruśa is always with you and His grace is always with you, and you all are His loving children.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 19, The Path of Salvation)

Namaskar,
Sudhakar

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’ma’r pran’a’m na’o tumi prabhu, toma’y a’mi bha’laba’si…” (2692)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Prabhu, please grace me by accepting my pranam & surrender at Your lotus feet. Baba, I love You. Your divine flute goes on calling me
continuously – in my sleep, in my dreams, and in my awakened state. Baba, by Your grace I long for and search You in each and every activity. Keeping Your name in my heart, I go on fighting against all difficulties & dangers of my life. Baba, in this entire universe only You are most adorable for me. Baba, by Your grace, my body, mind, and heart have become one with You. My whole existence is saturated in You. Baba, with a smiling face You always shower Your grace on me. Whatever are my needs, You go on fulfilling them. Baba, You have removed all the cimmerian darkness from my mind. By Your causeless grace You are doing everything for me. Baba, I love You, please accept my sastaunga pranam…

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Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2012 21:39:55 +0530
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Ravindra Deva” @ecosphere…..
Subject: How People Remember Their Loved One – part 1

Baba

== HOW PEOPLE REMEMBER THEIR LOVED ONE ==

~ PART 1 ~

Namaskar,
Our Ananda Marga is that most positive stance in life. The whole entire concept of Ananda Marga rests on the supreme idea that ‘Baba is mine and He is with me’. This is the great idea which pulsates in the mind of each and every Ananda Margii.

This email is a short investigation into how our human memory works and how that is related with the so-called mahaprayan program.

HOW MEMORY WORKS

We all know that those things which we think about again and again remain alive in the mind. That is why if one thinks about one’s childhood friends again and again, then even if those friendships occurred 50 years ago, it will seem as though those events happened only yesterday. It will be fresh in the mind.

In contrast, if one tries to remember their high school mathematics theorems or chemistry equations etc, and even if one got an A+ in those classes, but if they have not thought about mathematics or chemistry for years and years, then those facts and figures will be impossible to recall.

The point being that any idea which gets remembered again and again will be vibrant and crystal clear in the mind, while those forgotten ideas just fade away into the oblivion.

WHAT WE REMEMBER IN ANANDA MARGA:

‘BABA IS WITH ME’

For Ananda Margiis the most desirable idea in this universe is that ‘Baba is with me’. So this idea should be inculcated again and again. A bhakta’s thinking should be: ‘Baba is watching me, He cares for me, and He loves me…’ For Ananda Margiis this is our routine remembrance. From morning till night, all our practices and thoughts revolve around this pinnacled idea – that He is with me.

Whereas the fake or so-called mahaprayan program enforces the false or negative notion that Baba has left this earth and is no longer with me. That is why at so-called mahaprayan it is regularly seen that people are distraught and crying. Their mind gets confused as they recall that day in Oct 1990. Such misguided ideas race through the mind. So many sadhakas have experienced this.

POSITIVE REMEMBRANCE NEEDED

Here is another way of looking at the matter.

Suppose one mother has one sweet, little child and suppose one day that charming baby gets hit by a car and the lifeless body of that dear baby is lying mangled on the road. Then certainly that caring mother will not keep a picture of that horrible and gruesome scene on her bedroom wall. She will not think again of the bloodied face of her little child. Rather she will hang a sweet picture of her young one which shows them happy and smiling. That will be the type of sweet remembrance the mother will carry.

Likewise, as devotees, we will always keep the most supremely positive memory of Dearmost Baba in the core of the heart and in the deep recesses of the mind. The sweet thought is, ‘Baba You are along with me wherever I go in this vast universe. You are ever with me – protecting me and caring for me. Your blessing of fearlessness is always reflecting in my mind.’ This is our Ananda Marga way of thinking and this is our reality.

So just like the mother keeps a delightful memory of her little boy, similarly bhaktas keep a divine and intimate remembrance of Baba. In both cases, that keeps the mind sparkling with that positive idea.

MAHAPRAYAN IS A NEGATIVE REMEMBRANCE

Whereas, the dark and negative occasion of Mahaprayan just imposes the false notion in the mind that Baba has gone – that He has left. Indeed the very name of the so-called mahaprayan program itself means ‘great departure’, i.e. that Parama Purusa is away from us.

BABA DIVINE EXAMPLE: POSITIVE MEMORY OF SHIVA AND KRSNA

That is why no true devotee appreciates this type of anti-devotional program and that is why Baba Himself never discusses the so-called mahaprayan of Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna in His books.

Rather if any devotee of Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna reads those books that they will automatically think that their Lord is along with them – and there will not even be a moment to think that their Lord is gone.

REMEMBERING BABA

AND KEEPING HIM FOREVER IN OUR HEART

In A’nanda Ma’rga Baba again and again guides us that we are always to remember the most positive and optimistic things. He tells us to always remember our Ista mantra, always practice madhuvidya (2nd lesson), always chant His name etc. We are always to do those divinely positive practices, then, by His grace, the eternal truth will be permanently established in the mind that Parama Purusa is with me.

Thus there is no scope to adopt the dogmatic program of mahaprayan which dictates that Baba is gone.

Rather every true sadhaka cultivates the idea in the heart and mind that: “Baba is always with me, caring for me, helping me.” This is the proper spiritual outlook and this is way to remember Dearmost Baba.

“Whatever you speak or do,
Forget Him never;
Keeping His name in your heart,
Work, remembering it is for Him,
And, endlessly active, drift in bliss.” (Caryacarya – 2, Sadhana, pt #10)

Namaskar,
Ravindra

Note 1: WHY SO-CALLED MAHAPRAYAN

Mahaprayan means death. The term then can only be applied to jiivas, unit beings, and never to Parama Purusa Baba. He is eternal and timeless. He never comes and goes. He is the permanent shelter of all. That is why it is completely wrong, illogical, and inappropriate to use the term mahapryan in association with Him. Yet that is the “name” of the program that is held each year in Tiljala. Since Baba is the Parama Purusa who exists across time and space and always resides in the heart of each and every bhakta, rational sadhakas refer to this program as so-called mahaprayan. The term so-called indicates that that thing is fake or wrong. And indeed this program is fake or dogmatic – as Parama Purusa never dies- hence so-called mahaprayan.

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

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Toma’y khunje khunje priyo, din je ket’e ja’y…” (P.S. 3982)

Purport:

Baba, my most adorable One, with deep longing in search of You my days are passing in vain. In the absence of getting You, my whole life is gradually getting wasted. O’ my Dearmost, where have I not looked for You. I have wandered around and searched in the seven oceans, on the mountain peaks, as well as on the earth, and also in the caves – in every nook and corner of this world, but alas I could not get You.

Baba, day and night, secretly I also searched You in the flower garden and in various holy lands and tiirthas – all done in hopes of getting a glance at You. Baba, I searched everywhere with the hope that one day I will find You. But, in the end, all my efforts were for naught.

Baba, with deep longing in my heart, I have also searched You in the galaxies, meteors, nebulae, and in the stars – all around & everywhere. Also, I searched for You in the dark, black-coloured clouds on the rainy days, in the scorching heat of the summer season, as well as in the shade of the tree in springtime. Baba, I have searched for You with a deep yearning and longing in my heart; I have looked for You everywhere.

Baba, O’ my Dearmost, on one colourful golden dawn saturated in the effulgence & aroma of a newly blossoming flower, You took advent in my heart. Your grand arrival came after a long, deep, dark, & painful night of searching for You. Alas, in the end, You graced me by coming in my mind. Baba, You are so gracious…

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Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 22:37:02 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Ram Deva
Subject: Re: To Brothers and Sisters Who Feel Baba Left Them #4

Baba

== RE: TO BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO FEEL BABA LEFT THEM ==

~ Part 4 ~

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

Namaskar,
“In their naivete, many dogmatic idol worshipers wholeheartedly express, “What is wrong with idol worship, for me this is my god.” This is the manner of so many idol worshipers.

By this way, they become more and more emotionally and sentimentally attached with their form of worship and innocently; and, mistakenly, believe they will achieve salvation. This is their unfortunate circumstance hope.

The reality, however, is that such dogmatic worshippers degrade themselves. That is the sad reality of their approach.

Unfortunately in our AM family, some few emotional sadhakas express a similar idea: “What is wrong with mahaprayan, for me this is my feeling with god.”

This is the response of those few people who innocently adhere to the dogmatic MPD programme. In their simplicity, and also because of their group interest, they convince themselves and get emotionally and sentimentally bound to the function of so-called mahaprayan.”

Agreed. Those dogmatic proponents of so-called mahaprayan unfortunately justify their emotional ties to the MPD programme just like idol worshippers justify their reason for engaging in idol worship. So the mentality of so-called mahaprayan attendees is similar to that of idol worshippers. Both use their logic and emotional attachment to justify their dogmatic stance. And both invite an unenviable end.

OUTCOME OF IDOL WORSHIP AND MPD IS SAME

Here is Baba’s stern warning:

Baba says, “Why is idol worship faulty?”

“Ans.: An idol is nothing but the imaginative creation of the human mind, with a finite beginning and end. On the other hand Brahma is beginningless
and endless. This we can deduce through reason. This idol, this finite creation of the human imagination cannot, therefore, be the cause of emancipation of the living entities.”

“Moreover, the external idols of clay, stone and wood are composed of the five fundamental factors. Ideation on such crude objects lead human beings towards Non-qualified Consciousness; rather it will lead them towards degeneration.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy – 3)

Similarly, those who worship Mahaprayan trick themselves into believing that Baba is gone in which case their negative sadhana will hurl them into the depths of degeneration. How can they get salvation, when they do that which Baba warns not to do – they are doing the exact opposite of Guru’s wish. How then can they get salvation when they are treading the path of bondage.

OUR DUTY

Our bounden duty then is to help.

All are our brothers and sisters – so there is no question of outcasting anyone. Only we are to strive to bring the highest devotional expression in our Ananda Marga – that way all can get the benefit.

So we are to follow all those divine teachings which Baba has given: Madhuvidya (2nd lesson), Guru Puja, Guru Sakash, dhyana etc. All such practices enable us to realise and feel His close proximity in our heart. That is our approach – not any contrary ritual or manner.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, we realise in our hearts that Baba is always along with us. That is why the day is not far when this dogmatic MPD programme will be totally abandoned & finished. Because the sentient feeling of Ananda Marga is that Baba is always with us – in that case where is the scope to worship so-called mahaprayan.

“Vrnda’vanam parityajya pa’damekam na gaccha’mi…”

“I am always eternally present in Vrindavan, in the hearts of devotees. That is Guru cakra. I do not go even a little away from that. I am eternally present along with the devotees.” (Purport of PS #4425)

Namaskar,
Ram Deva

Note 1: EARLIER LETTERS ON THIS TOPIC

#1: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/to-brothers-and-sisters-who-feel-baba.html

#2: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-to-brothers-and-sisters-who-feel.html

#3: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-to-brothers-and-sisters-who-feel_23.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Phuler ma’la’y ei avela’y dhu’la’y jharite dio na’…” – PS 3270

Purport:

Baba, with deep longing and heart-felt love, I have threaded this flower garland [1] especially for You. Yet it just remains lying there untouched. Baba, please accept [2] this flower garland. Baba, so much time has passed; at least now in these late hours please accept it. Do not let it fall down in the dust and wither away.

Baba, by Your grace, the feeling of love which I have in my heart for You is incomparable – it far surpasses the love and beauty which I have felt for You in my life up till now. With this new and heightened love, I have prepared this garland for You. Baba, please do not forget to accept it. O’ my Dearmost, I have searched for You in all the nooks and corners of my mental garden and collected the sweetest flowers. With deep longing and much care, I have threaded this garland for You. Baba, please grace me by accepting it; do not let it go in vain.

Baba, being the Parama Purusa You are the divine Controller of this vast universe. Your abode is filled with gems and jewels [3]. Each and everything lies within You. I know that this garland is comparatively quite meagre. Please understand that my longing is completely saturated in this flower garland. Won’t You please accept it.

Baba I am surrendering myself at Your alter, please accept my everything….

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3270:

[1] Flower Garland (Ma’la’): Here the ma’la’ symbolically represents the sadhaka’s mind involved in satisfying Him by various spiritual pursuits and lessons. By that process the feeling of surrender comes. So it is the sadhaka’s mind that is being offered.

[2] ‘Accept the Garland’: In more personal devotional language, this phrase means: O’ Parama Purusa, please grace me by coming in my close proximity.

[3] Your abode is filled with gems and jewels: Parama Purusa does not need anything; only He is hungry for love from His devotees. All the worldly things He already has in abundance. He is the Creator and Controller so by externally offering and giving Him worldly things nobody can satisfy Him. This shows that external ritualistic worship is improper.

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Subject: Re: To Brothers and Sisters Who Feel Baba Left Them
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2012 05:14:31 +0200
From: amrit.lalloo
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

== RE: TO BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO FEEL BABA LEFT THEM #3 ==

Namaskar,
The very idea of “mahaprayan diivasa” defeats the very purpose of Baba’s advent on this planet earth. Baba has come to destroy dogmas, narrowness, groupism and to replace these with rationality, neo-humanism and devotion.

Every year, 21 – 26 Oct., adherents are invited to to do kiirtan around BABA’S MAHASAMADII. Is this not tantamount to tomb worship?

Do the adherents truly believe that (like the shrine in Ajmer) they will get special grace by bowing and dancing around the tomb of Baba. Is this what Baba has taught his devotees? This is nothing short of a lunatic idea of a sick, depraved mind. They advocate that mahaprayan diivasa is a solemn (sad) occasion and yet they continue to blow conch shells.

When I google searched Mahaprayan, some very, very interesting things came up. The film- MAHAPRAYAN – the last journey Of Mahatma Gandhi-Can we equate this with Shrii Shrii Anandamurti jii ? Does Parama Purusa have a last journey?

Another pop up MAHAPRAYAN – Payment Ananda Dhiira. Very strange! Mahaprayan and fund raising. Indeed, this has become the main motive – to make money by exploiting sadhakas: Indoctrinate margiis into the mahaprayan dogma and get maximum donations and cash from them in the name of mahaprayan. That is the agenda of such organisers.

Please, fellow Margiis, read what Baba has said about tiirtha (places of pilgrimage) and Varanasii. Don’t be fooled by fakes, clad in saffron, hell-bent on infusing dogmas, narrowness and false hopes in the minds of devotees.

Follow the dictates of true Dharma. Baba is Dharma Guru. Follow and practice only what has been sanctioned by Him who is eternal. Baba is not Dead!! He is with you !

One last point. Is Mahaprayan Diivasa held for Lord Krishna or Lord Shiva or for the mythylogical Rama? Why then for Lord Anandamurtii? Devotees are wise. They don’t ever ideate that my lord is dead. Wisely they construct mandirs and not tombs and memorials.

Tomb worship is a terrible sin – see note 1 below…

In Him who is eternal,
Amrit

Note 1: TOMB AND IDOL WORSHIP ARE SINFUL

Baba says, “Not to call a thing what it is, but to call it something else, is known as slander. Therefore those who in the name of the beginningless, endless, formless Brahma worship idols, are indulging in deliberate slander. You must not give indulgence to this type of Mahapápa (great / terrible sin).” (Caryacarya -2, Sadhana, pt #18)

Those who follow dogma are also prone to indulging in contradictory notions. That is the case with the adherents of so-called mahaprayan as well. On the one side, they think that Baba is far, far away – gone; and, on the other side, they think that the tomb in Tiljala is a representation of Baba and that by going there and doing sastaunga pranam at the tomb and asking for boons, then He will satisfy your wishes and shower His blessings. This is their inherently dogmatic and contradictory approach.

Note 2: EARLIER LETTERS ON THIS TOPIC

#1: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/to-brothers-and-sisters-who-feel-baba.html

#2: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-to-brothers-and-sisters-who-feel.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Prabhu, toma’r na’mer bharasa’ niye aga’dh sa’gar pa’r’i dobo…” (PS 2350)

Purport:

Baba, surrendering in You has immense force. Trusting in Your name, I can do anything. Nothing is impossible in this universe. I can even cross the bottomless ocean by having faith on Your name, keeping You in my heart, and holding Your feet. Baba, I will go on singing Your name while pulverizing all the obstacles and hindrances of pebbles & stones which come on the pathway of my forward journey. Baba, with the stroke of my feet I will crush them and march ahead, by Your grace.

Baba, holding Your flag in my hand and singing Your name in my heart, I will go on marching forward with my head held high – it is Your grace. Baba, by Your ahetuki krpa’, I will bring the neo-humanistic era onto this dusty earth. The victory mark will be on my forehead.

Baba, by keeping You in the heart, there will not be any dilemmas or doubts in anyone’s mind. The mind will be pointed, straight-forward, and clear. Everyone’s longing will be satiated – permanently. Baba, by Your grace, I will shower my love and win over everyone’s heart by my selfless service and sacrifice. I will honor everyone’s right to live.

Baba, by keeping Your feet in the heart, one can do anything. Nothing remains difficult or impossible. Baba, please reside in my heart eternally…

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Date: Thu 20 Sep 2012 07:21:38
From: Rajendra Singh
Subject: Mahaprayan of Ac. Aksharananda Avt
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== MAHAPRAYAN (DEATH) OF AC AKSHARANANDA AVT ==

Namaskar,
It is with sadness and shock that we share with you news of the mahaprayan* (death) of Ac. Aksharananda Avt. Respected Dadaji died while working in Nairboi sector, in the country of Tanzania. This is a great loss to us all.

As many know, Ac. Aksharanand jii was a courageous and valiant worker who was blessed to sacrifice for the high ideal of dharma. During emergency, when Mrs. Indhira Gandhi’s wrath knew no limits, then while standing for righteousness of Ananda Marga, Ac Aksharananda jii was arrested in Jaipur. He was tortured and suffered much, yet all the while stood as a shining example of dedication to Guru.

It is our loss to that Ac. Aksharanand jii has encountered his mahaprayan (death). Acaryaji served for many years in our VSS department, and his mahaprayan is an untimely one – his life with us on this earth was too short.

May we all take solace in the fact that Ac. Aksharananda jii was a strong sadhaka and practicing sadhana regularly; certainly he will attain mukti or moksa, accordingly. Baba will lovingly bestow His grace.

With deepest regards,
Namaskar,
Rajendra Singh

Note 1: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL MAHAPRAYAN AND FAKE MPD

Here it should be qualified that there is both real mahaprayan and fake mahaprayan. Real mahaprayan marks the death of any ordinary human being. This is the proper use of the term: To note a person’s departure from this earth. That is the way mahaprayan is to be used.

Then there is the fake, or so-called, or dogmatic mahaprayan.That is when certain vested interests try to apply the mahaprayan term to Parama Purusa Himself. This is totally inappropriate because when Baba is that Divine Entity who is beginningless and endless and resides always in our heart, then it is totally wrong to proclaim that He is gone.

That is why rational margiis are protesting; because the Oct 21st program is so-called mahaprayan. So-called means that something is fake. Parama Purusa is eternal, thus for some vested interests to declare “mahaprayan of Parama Purusa” is nothing but so-called mahaprayan.

Mahaprayan only really happens in the case of human beings, not Parama Purusa.

Note 2: ASTERISK NOTE ABOUT MAHAPRAYAN

* Mahaprayan (Death): Many are aware that mahaprayan (death) is the common term used in India and especially in Bengal to describe the death of an honoured or even ordinary person. In that way, the obituary columns of the newspapers of Bengal regularly cite the mahaprayan (death) of various persons of society who died or passed away.

Some may get confused and wrongly think that the word ‘mahaprayan’ (death) is one extraordinarily devotional term to be used in association with Parama Purusa. But that is not at all the case. Rather to do so is only to undermine the eternal presence of Parama Purusa. That is why no devotees ever use the word ‘mahaprayan’ in reference to Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. Because Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna exist eternally. Then there is no question of Their mahaprayan (death).

Those who think that Baba is a mortal human being celebrate Mahaprayan on a particular day of the year related with Baba; but, in the true sense, Baba is Parama Purusa so He is eternal and there is no question of His mahaprayan.

And for those who need still more technical proof then all this can be clarified quite readily by referencing the dictionary. Specifically in the Samsad Bengali-English dictionary on page 742. Checking there it will be confirmed that the word ‘mahaprayan’ means death. Which is why it used to refer to the passing away of even common citizens.

Note 3: STORY- SITTING ON BABA’S LAP MEANS DIED?
(contributed by one margii)

Recently after dharmacakra, a senior margii was recounting his experiences of having dharma samiiksa with Baba.

He said, “After being punished by Baba, then He called me close and placed me on His lap – I remained there for some time soaking up His love – and He blessed me.”

We all enjoyed hearing about his personal account with Baba during dharma samiiksa. When he finished telling his story, there was a call for questions. Various people posed their queries.

QUESTION BY A NEW MARGII

Towards the end, one new margii raised his hand and asked, “How did Baba bring you back to life?”

Everyone stared at the new margii in amazement. There was a look of astonishment all around – people were really shocked to hear him say this.

The new sadhaka sensed that something was awry.

He said very matter-of-factly, “I thought that sitting on Baba’s Lap means that he (the margii) died – that is why I asked that question.”

This was totally eye-opening for those of us in the room: Through our language and expression we had unknowingly taught someone to think that being on Baba’s lap is the equivalent of death. Because it seems that nowadays people only use the phrase “Baba’s lap” when a person has died, such as “Let him rest peacefully in Baba’s lap”, as if all who have died have accumulated there. Many emails have been written this way.

MUST NOT ONLY REFER TO DEATH

At that moment I thought that everyone, new and old, should be clear about the real and devotional meaning of this phrase, “being on Baba’s lap.” It should not become stigmatized such that it only means death. Because in its true sense, the phrase “being on Baba’s lap” really does carry a highly devotional and sweet feeling.

It is just like how a small child sits on its parent’s lap. In a similar way, a spiritual child (human being) sits on the lap of Parama Purusa. By Baba’s grace this can happen anytime in one’s sadhana, especially in dhyana. Such a phrase then should not become stigmatized because too many people only use it at the time of death.

We should be careful that we do not relegate “Baba’s lap” only to the point of death. All these following terms and phrases also only refer to death:

ve bhagavan ko pya’re ho gaye
(he has been loved by God)

ve svarga sidhar gaye
(he has gone to heaven )

ve guzar gaye
(he passed away)

mahaprayan hoyeche
(he died)

We should ensure that the same death connotation does not get attached to, “being on Baba’s lap.” Because the phrase – “being on Baba’s lap” – is a devotional experience that can happen today itself in sadhana, and especially in dhyana. The phrase “being on Baba’s lap” should not lose this quality and only mean death. It should not meet the same dark fate as happened with the term harijan.

MUST NOT MEET SAME FATE AS HARIJAN

As we all know, these days in India nobody uses the term harijan to mean “a devotee”. Whereas 70 years ago it was used in that way. The term harijan did mean bhakta. But ever since the time of Gandhi when he glued the harijan term to the lowest so-called caste, i.e so-called untouchables, nobody uses the the harijan to mean devotee. Never. Because the term harijan has been stigmatized to mean “untouchable”. Nobody uses it to mean “devotee”, but that is the original and true meaning of the word.

The phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, should not meet a similar fate. It should not lose its devotional quality and just refer to one’s death. That will be very negative.

A VERY DEVOTIONAL EXPRESSION

There are thousands of recorded stories by sadhakas where they use the phrase, “on Baba’s lap”, when describing their experiences of being with Baba: He used to bless them and bring them on His lap. People should understand the deeply devotional value of this expression, and not just think that Baba’s lap means death, i.e. that you can only sit on His lap at the time of death. Still today there are thousands of margiis walking this earth who sat in Baba’s lap. And not only that, there are countless more sadhakas who were blessed by Baba in dreams and dhyana wherein they sat in His lap. And still today this deeply devotional experience is attainable by sadhakas, by His grace.

There are so many ways an aspirant can reach unto Baba’s lap including in sadhana and especially during dhyana. That is the main idea that should be preserved. Sadhana is a devotional practice and one can sit on Baba’s lap in dhyana. We should make it cent-per-cent clear to one and all that the phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, does not mean death.

RECENT EXAMPLES

Here are quoted lines from recently posted emails on various forums, wherein the writer uses the phrase – “in Baba’s lap” – with the occasion of death:

– “We are sure that Baba has taken him in His loving lap.”
(written by Dada Kalyaneshvarananda on 01 May 2012 in reference to the death of Ac Pratapaditya ji)

So the above line was just posted today by Dadaji. Here following are more examples related with the recent passing of a respected margii sister. Here too the phrase, “in Baba’s lap”, is used in conjunction with death.

– “May her soul rest in Baba’s lap for ever.”

– “Let her rest peacefully in Baba’s Lap – which she always desired.”

– “now she is in beloved Baba’s lap”

– “She is now in BÁBÁ’S loving lap”

All of the above lines were written at the time of death. And it is fine to write like this – only the point is that this same phrase “in Baba’s lap” should be used when describing one’s devotional practices and experiences as well.

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From: Mohammed GHR
Date: Tue 11 Sep 2012 21:31:58
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Re: So-Called Mahaprayan Came From Islam #3

Baba

== RE: SO-CALLED MAHAPRAYAN CAME FROM ISLAM ==

~ Part 3 ~

(Note: This is the third letter in this series. Links the first-two letters on this topic have been pasted below. – Eds)

Baba

Namaskar,

“Now compare both: The tomb worship in Ajmer and in Kolkata.

They (1) both have tomb worships; (2) both are 6-day programs of chanting and kiirtan; (3) both offer free shraddha food; (4) both are annual gatherings; (5) both entail requesting boons; and much more.

Plus in both observances, the worshipers think a great saint died. The dire irony of course is that one of these programs is related with a human being; and, humans do die. Whereas, the other – i.e. so-called mahaprayan – is related with Parama Purusa; and, Parama Purusa never dies.

So although Parama Purusa does not die, but those attending so-called mahaprayan think He has died. Thus, this point is similar in both programmes, since those at so-called mahaprayan feel He is gone forever.

The Muslim saint died and those followers think he died – so that is fine. With regards to Baba, the Parama Purusa incarnate, He did not die but so-called mahaprayan participants think He died. So from the participants’ perspective it is 100% same. Both are death ceremonies. Both are ceremonies where people mourn and cry.

Thus, the Islamic programme in Ajmer and the so-called mahaprayan programme in Tiljala are strikingly similar. The latter (Tiljala mahaprayan) is an exact copy of the former (Islamic tomb worship in Ajmer). ” (So-Called Mahaprayan Came From Islam, posted Sep 08, 2012)

Yes, that makes sense and I think they got inspiration to start their “mahaprayan” (MPD) program by copying the Sufi-Muslim dogma.

MORE ABOUT HOW THIS HAPPENED

Here following is one new point.

The Muslim monk was called “Baba of Ajmer” or just plain “Baba” for short; and, they were paying reverence to their spiritual leader by making their tomb worship etc. By this way they attracted countless visitors and devotees – as well as lots of donations.

Seeing all this, Sarvatmanandji might have thought that if, “We create a tomb for our Baba that will also attract large numbers of margii devotees from around the globe and Tiljala / Kolkata will become the epicenter of AM. That will be best the best outcome for all in-charges & WTs of this event. That will be ongoing benefit for ages and ages.”

Sarvatmananda also may have thought it would “enhance our prestige in all kinds of ways.”

With this mind-set, the so-called mahaprayan program was born by copying the Islamic tomb worship dogma.

Again the Muslims call their leader “Baba”, give respect, and made a tomb worship program. The inventors of Mahaprayan thought that: “A similar methodology will be best suited for us. That is what we have to do.” That was decided in October of 1990.

They furthermore thought, “By this way, all out problems will be solved:
1. Tiljala will be the epicenter;
2. All our monetary struggles will be solved forever;
3. Our prestige will be unchallengeable; no place will have such a holy tomb like Kolkata.”

“This is an all around victory and a win-win situation.”

With this motive Dada Sarvatmananda ordered all to follow a program which he himself copied from the Islamic Sufi tradition. Now in Ananda Marga, that is what called: Mahaprayan Divas (MPD). Yet all along the “inspiration” behind this program came from
holy Muslim pilgrimage, i.e. “Baba of Ajmer.”

Sarvatmanandji also considered: “In the eastern part of India the people do not know so much about the Islamic tomb worship in Ajmer (Rajasthan), so most will not know that we copied it from them. They will think it will be a new idea and we will give it a Sanskrit name. And in due course it will be firmly established.”

ABOUT ME

Although I wrote all of the above, I feel happy because since I was born into an Islamic family – and then became margii later on – by this angle of vision I feel this is all fine.

After all, already many Hindu dogmas have been accepted in Ananda Marga, so bringing one from Islam is ok. You may think this tomb worship is dogma, but for me as margii from an Islamic background it is fine.

It is also good for pracar. At present, I am trying to convince my parents not to go anymore to Ajmer for Urs, rather they should come to Tiljala. At mahaprayan, they will not be surprised as it is quite similar to Islamic Tomb worship. This is a great way to introduce muslims into AM.

Namaskar,
Mayadhiish

Note 1: LINKS TO EARLIER LETTERS IN THIS SERIES

#1: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/so-called-mahaprayan-came-from-islam.html

#2: http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/re-so-called-mahaprayan-came-from-islam.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Su’rya ut’heche, tamah na’shiya’che a’ka’sh heseche…” (P.S. #497)

Purport:

Baba, by Your divine grace the crimson dawn is rising up. The cimmerian darkness has been wiped away. Now the colorful sky is smiling. The accumulated negativity and sins of hundreds of ages have vanished due to the dharmic vibration of Your divine effulgence.

Baba, in the ocean of effulgence, the tornado has come. All the staticity has vanished into the oblivion. O’ Parama Purusa-Effulgence Personified, the Controller of everything – by seeing Your liila, all the dark entities have hidden their faces. All the shadows of darkness have become lost in Your divine effulgence. The sky which was filled with blackness has now turned into a resplendent deep blue color.

Baba, You are the embodiment of dharma. By seeing Your divine effulgence, the negative forces have become scared. All the injustices, & all the negative dealings, & all the nasty conducts are trembling with fear. Baba, the new dawn is fast approaching; the darkness is fading away. The whole universe is smiling in Your crimson color. Baba, this grand transformation is happening due to Your divine grace. Baba, You are so gracious…

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Subject: Re: So-Called Mahaprayan Came From Islam
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:38:11 +0200
From: Amrit Lalloo
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== RE: SO-CALLED MAHAPRAYAN CAME FROM ISLAM ==

~ Part 2 ~

(Note: This is the second letter in this series. A link to the initial letter on this topic has been pasted below. – Eds)

Namaskar All.

This “so called Mahaprayan” sounded the death knell for Parama Purusa: a declaration that the Guru is gone.

It also signaled the demise of Ananda Marga from the world stage. The pronouncement of “mahaprayan” was the starting point which heralded in this dark, shameful chapter.

Ananda Marga on the top is a mess. The big wigs have declared, “Baba is not watching us anymore; he is gone. Now we are free to create dogmas – thiirthas, tombs, narrow sentiments etc.”

No right – thinking Margii should participate in such hypocricy.

WE HAVE A FAKE LEADERSHIP WITH FAKE AGENDAS.

Amrit

Note: LINK TO EARLIER LETTER ON THIS TOPIC

#1: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/09/so-called-mahaprayan-came-from-islam.html

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Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2012 21:01:42 -0400
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Riten Chattopadhyay”
Subject: So-Called Mahaprayan Came From Islam

Baba

== SO-CALLED MAHAPRAYAN CAME FROM ISLAM ==

Namaskar,
The so-called mahaprayan programme was copied from Islam. Here is the proof – read carefully.

JUST A RESULT OF APE PSYCHOLOGY

It is a natural human tendency to copy or emulate others. What they see others do, they also do. It is just a form of ape psychology. Apes imitate everything. Humans also have this tendency: To copy others.

In day to day life, people copy new fashions, new ways of eating, new ways of cheating as well as helping. People copy everything from others for their own use.

This is also the case with the dogma of mahaprayan. It is quite clear that the inventors of so-called mahaprayan copied their ways of observing “mahaprayan” from Islamic holy tomb worship.

Read below and you will find many striking similarities between (a) the 800 year old Islamic pilgrimage / gathering at Ajmer Sharif for the tomb worship of their great Sufi saint and (b) the recently invented so-called mahaprayan programme in Tiljala.

For instance, both programmes are exactly six days long and both employ many of the same rituals & tactics like tomb worship, prasad, money collection, mass feeding, asking for boons etc. The only real difference is language: Arabic versus Bangla and Sanskrit.

I wonder who copied from whom? Seeing that the Muslim ceremony has been going on since the 13th century, it is quite clear. Read below – it all becomes self-evident.

PAY HEED TO BABA’S WARNING

MUST ONLY FOLLOW HIS GUIDELINES

It is unfortunate that despite Almighty Baba’s warnings about such dogmatic ways of worshiping Him, now His own so-called disciples are doing the very things He warned against. All His divine teachings of sadhana have been pushed aside and in place of that tomb worship has started.

Reverence to Baba means following His guidelines – not following the guidelines of the dogmatic religions in the name of Baba.

Baba Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji has given thousands of discourses, but nowhere will you find instructions for observing so-called mahaprayan as it is going on now. Only in Islamic scriptures can you find such guidelines.

As sincere devotees of Baba we should follow all the sadhana lessons and meditate on Him, and study His spiritual teachings given in Subhasita Samgraha etc. We must not follow the dogma of Islam.

THE ISLAMIC DOGMA OF

DARGAH SHARIF OF AJMER IN RAJASTHAN, INDIA

WHICH IS SIMILAR TO MAHAPRAYAN DIVAS

Here following is a detailed, point by point listing of the Islamic tomb worship ceremony that is done by Muslims. See for yourself if this resembles the so-called mahaprayan programme in Tiljala

[1] “The six-day Urs (death ceremony or mahaprayan in Sanskrit) commemorates the death anniversary of the prophet Moin-ud-din Chisti. It is held in the Islamic month of Rajab, the time when the Khwaja (deceased saint) became one with Allah and died. Muslims from all over India and even abroad throng Ajmer during the festival.”

[2] “Every year Urs (mahaprayan) is held here for six days in his remembrance. It is said that when he was 114 years old, the saint locked himself in a room for six days to pray and left his mortal body in solitude.”

[3] “The Dargah (tomb) Sharif Ajmer, located at the foot of a barren hill, is the place where the Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti mortal remains lie buried. The Dargah (tomb) with a marble dome is situated in the center of a courtyard and is surrounded by a silver platform. It’s believed that the shrine is a place of wish fulfillment for those who pray with devout and pure hearts.”

[4] “The most important of all Muslim pilgrimage centers in India, the dargah (tomb) of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti at Ajmer Sharif.”

[5] “The shrine or tomb comes alive with activity when millions of devotees throng the shrine during Urs (mahaprayan) fair. Urs (mahaprayan) is held on the seventh lunar month according to Islamic calendar and is variable according to the solar calendar. Sufis and believers converge from all over India and abroad, as it is believed that those visiting during Urs (mahaprayan) receives special blessings of the saint.”

[6] “The best time to visit is during the Dargah (tomb) Sharif of Ajmer in Rajasthan, India. The dargah (tomb) becomes a hub of activity in the seventh month of the lunar calendar when the Urs (Mahaprayan) is held to mark the death anniversary of the divine saint.”

[7] “Several thousand devotees throng to this place during this time of the year and food is cooked in huge cauldrons and served to the devotees.”

[8] “Upon arriving at the shrine, one has to make the entry from the Dargah (tomb) Bazaar. This would lead to the first courtyard. There is a mosque built by Emperor Akbar in this courtyard. There are also present two cauldrons or degs, where donations could be made.”

“Devotees visit Ajmer Sharif to be blessed by the Khwaja (deceased saint). When their prayers are answered, their wishes fulfilled, they come again to offer the promised gilaf (velvet cloth), ittar (perfume), etc. Besides these offerings, they also recite the holy Qur’an (holy scripture), nafal namaz, milad and aayat-e-karima and khatam khawajgan.”

“It is revered by people of all faiths. It is situated 135 km from Jaipur and is renowned for fulfilling the wishes of the followers. Apart from the devout Muslims, people of other religions throng the holy dargah (tomb) and pray for the fulfillment of their desires. The devotees also offer flowers, velvet cloth, perfume (non-alcoholic) and sandalwood at the shrine or tomb.”

[9] “The dargah is the tomb of the sublime Sufi saint who came to Ajmer from Persia and died in 1236. It was built by emperor Humayun. Later, rulers like Shahjahan, Jahangir and Akbar also constructed mosques here.”

[10] “Khidmat is the cleaning of the mazar (tomb) and offering fresh flowers to it. The ceremony is performed twice a day. In the early morning at 4.00 a.m., the main entrance of the tomb is opened with the call of azan (call of prayer). It is performed for about half an hour before the fajar prayer. Only khadims are allowed to perform the khidmat. The same ritual is performed at 3 p.m., though somewhat differently.”

[11] “At this auspicious time, all the pilgrims are allowed inside except the ladies. Along with the offering of flowers, the khadims recite fateha and offer sandalwood, which is later distributed among the pilgrims.”

[12] “The Urs (mahaprayan) begins with flag hoisting at the Buland Darwaza. The main entrance to the holy tomb remains open throughout the day and night, and the entire place is decked up with the special shops, lights and festoons.”

[13] “The closing ceremony of the tomb is known as karka. It takes place an hour after the isha prayer. The custom is that 20 minutes before closing the door, as the fifth part of the night passes, a person calls to ring five and the clock sounds five times. The devotees present inside the tomb are asked to leave and three khadims clean and sweep the tomb. When the bell rings six times, the qawwals sing a special karka song. The doorways of the tomb are closed after the ceremony.”

[14] “Qawwali (bhajan, kiirtan, devotional songs) is an integral part of the rituals here. A qawwali is a song in the praise of Allah. They are sung by the qawwals (devotional singer) at the Mehfil-e-Sama in front of the mazar (tomb) after the fajar namaz, magrib namaz, and isha namaz are over Qur’an Recital. The Qur’an recital takes place everyday at Jama Masjid (main jagrti) and Alamgir Masjid.”

[15] “The dargah (tomb) has a special daily ceremony called the langar (free food of death ceremony) in which devotees are served wheat porridge cooked in a special grass. It is said that the same porridge was eaten by the Khwaja (deceased saint) himself. Even emperor Akbar used to stand in queue to take the langar (free food of death ceremony) along with other commoners. Devotees can go for the langar (free food of death ceremony) after commencing the isha prayer.”

[16] “The Urs (mahaprayan) culminates with the Qul ceremony, which takes place on the last day. It is an extremely important day. The day commences with prayer in the morning, followed by the gathering of people at the holy tomb. A series of activities like the recital of the Qur’an (holy scripture like Subhasita Samgraha), Darood, Shijra-e-Chishtia and other verses follows this. Afterwards, people tie small turbans on each other’s head and pray for welfare of the entire
community.”

[17] “Hazrat Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti (deceased saint) was the founder of Islam in India. He was one of the greatest preachers in the world. The revered prophet undertook to propagate Islam in India by the most peaceful means and with great forbearance. When Khwaja (deceased saint) arrived, the Muslim community in India was not as large as it is now. The Khwaja (deceased saint), by his noble teaching, touched the hearts of everyone who came his way.”

COMPARING THE TWO

Now compare both: The tomb worship in Ajmer and in Kolkata.

They (1) both have tomb worships; (2) both are 6-day programs of chanting and kiirtan; (3) both offer free shraddha food; (4) both are annual gatherings; (5) both entail requesting boons; and much more.

Plus in both observances, the worshipers think a great saint died. The dire irony of course is that one of these programs is related with a human being; and, humans do die. Whereas, the other – i.e. so-called mahaprayan – is related with Parama Purusa; and, Parama Purusa never dies.

So although Parama Purusa does not die, but those attending so-called mahaprayan think He has died. Thus, this point is similar in both programmes, since those at so-called mahaprayan feel He is gone forever.

The Muslim saint died and those followers think he died – so that is fine. With regards to Baba, the Parama Purusa incarnate, He did not die but so-called mahaprayan participants think He died. So from the participants’ perspective it is 100% same. Both are death ceremonies. Both are ceremonies where people mourn and cry.

Thus, the Islamic programme in Ajmer and the so-called mahaprayan programme in Tiljala are strikingly similar. The latter (Tiljala mahaprayan) is an exact copy of the former (Islamic tomb worship in Ajmer).

WHY THEY COPIED IT: FINANCIAL REASON

Why did Sarvatmanand ji copy it? The answer is very simple. Several thousand Muslim priests enjoy their material life by the generous offerings of devotees who come each year for their annual death ceremony programme. It is lucrative programme for those priests. And Saravatmananda wanted the same type of situation. Financial and material gain then is one distinct reason behind the current so-called mahaprayan program.

Secondly, hosting a “mahaprayan” programme in Tiljala is supportive of their crude agenda of geo-sentiment. Those organisers of so-called mahaprayan want to make Tiljala the epicenter of Ananda Marga. For this, they know they must have something in Bengal to attract naive margiis – i.e. those who do not read Baba’s books critically.

For those “mahaprayan” organisers, their goal is to portray Tiljala as a veritable tiirtha (pilgrimage) to attract money and people. By this way, they will gain fame and prestige as well.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we should strictly follow His below teaching and not turn any crude physical spot into a place of worship. Mahaprayan is just one copy of Islamic dogma – we must not fall in this trap. By His grace we are to realise Him within.

“Vya’pitvm ca…dine”

Baba says, “The Supreme Being is omnipresent, all-pervading and witness to everything, everywhere. It is not proper to confine Him to a particular place and say that He has eaten butter at this place or taken a dip in the Ganges at that particular place, thus limiting Him to a particular region or a particular country or the glorification of a particular sacred place, and thereby limit His all-pervasiveness” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 11, p.29)

Namaskar,
Riten Chattopadhyay

Note 1: CAN ONLY BE A COPY OF ISLAMIC DOGMA

This type of death ceremony of Mahaprayan is only done in India by Muslims.

Lord Krsna, Lord Shiva, the mythological Rama, and all kinds of gods and goddesses from Hindu religion never die. Furthermore, nobody reaches to some spot to celebrate Lord Buddha’s passing.

Hence so-called mahaprayan can only be a copy of Islamic dogma. It is quite obvious that Sarvatmananda ji wanted such a tiirtha related with the death so he copied Islam.

It is very disgraceful that when Parama Purusa does not die, even then the inventors and participants of “mahaprayan” treat Him as an ordinary mortal who dies.

I request participants to please consider and think about what you are doing. If you are not following Baba, He will not harm you, but nature will not spare you.

Note 2: THE DOGMA OF MAHAPRAYAN IS MULTIPLYING

Now is the critical moment, because as we speak this mahaprayan dogma is multiplying left and right.

In the last year or so, the followers of Ac Nigamanana Avt – most notably Dada Acintanandji – have constructed a tomb in Ananda Nagar for Nigamanandji. Such followers go there for boons etc. They think Nigamananda Dada will grace them. For this reason they built one tomb and visit it regularly.

Another case involves a few naive margiis who are observing the death day for their parents and ancestors on an annual basis. We all know the period of mourning in Ananda Marga is 10 – 12 days – within that period all observances for the deceased should be completed. So hosting an annual death day ceremony for your mother or grandfather is totally against the dictates of Ananda Marga. But if you oppose this matter, then those hosts say that Tiljala sponsors an annual mahaprayan function – we want to do the same. Such is their justification and logic.

We have to stop this – this tomb worship / mahaprayan cancer is growing. If we fail to take action now, we will see tombs everywhere. This dogma will take various shapes and forms. Now is the time it should be addressed, and ultimately stopped.

Note 3: SEE AND READ ABOUT THE DOGMATIC MUSLIM TOMB

Here is a webpage highlighting the 6-day dogmatic Islamic tomb worship programme upon which the so-called mahaprayan programme is based.

http://www.dargahajmersharif.com/Urs%20Ajmer%20Sharif.htm

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’mi toma’r na’me toma’r gane jiivan ka’t’a’bo…” (P.S. 2455)

Purport:

Baba, You are the be-all and end all of my life. You are my everything. I will spend my whole life singing Your song and propagating Your glory, by Your grace. I will satiate my heart, by pleasing You in all the ways: doing Your sadhana and executing the work that You like.

Baba, it is the eternal law of this creation that whoever has taken birth will go. Coming and going is the Cosmic rule. Nobody can take anything along with them. Only one thing goes along – Your love & Your devotion. That remains always – in this world as well as that. Baba, I will only get You when I move on Your path ceaselessly, by Your grace.

Baba, I do not know where You reside. Wherever You are, close or distant, please always keep me next to Your eyes. Baba, by Your grace, with the pull of my longing and love, I will bring You close. And when You are sitting next to me then I will sing the song for You to listen to, up to Your heart’s content.

Baba, let every moment of my life pass in pleasing You. Baba, please shower Your divine compassion on me so I can march forward on the path which reaches unto You…

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Date: Sun 02 Sep 2012 09:37:11
From: Rajendra Singh
Subject: Mahaprayan of Respected Acarya Bhuvaneshvariji
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== MAHAPRAYAN (DEATH) OF RESPECTED ACARYA BHUVANESHVARIJI ==

Namaskar,
Last week, we all bore witness to the mahaprayan* (death) of our respected and senior family Ac. Bhuvaneshvariji of Bettia, Bihar. At the age of 87, Ac Bhuvaneshvariji breathed his last on Saturday, 25 August 2012.

As many know, Ac. Bhuvaneshvariji was a long-time, family acarya and quite active in our Ananda Marga. Along with the more than one thousand initiations he performed, Acaryaji was also BP (Bhukti Pradhan) and PKB (Purna Ka’lika Bandhu), hosted seminars at his house, and arranged revolutionary marriages for his sons and daughters. His life was filled with Ananda Marga activities and projects as he had great love for Baba.

In addition, in his professional life, he was a doctor of veterinary medicine and served in the governmental post as district doctor in the animal husbandry department. In that capacity he treated local farm and domesticated animals like cows, buffaloes, and goats etc. He had great neo-humanistic feeling and wished to serve all beings. One of his sons has also taken up this practice of doctor of veterinary medicine.

It is our loss to that Ac. Bhuvaneshvarijii has encountered his mahaprayan (death). Acaryaji lived a long, illustrious, and successful life. He did much to propagate the great cause of dharma and his efforts will long be remembered on this earth. Toward the end, in his mortal frame he suffered from much illness.

May we all take solace in the fact that Ac. Bhuvaneshvariji was a strong sadhaka and practicing sadhana regularly; certainly he will attain mukti or moksa, accordingly. Baba will lovingly bestow His grace.

With deepest regards,
Namaskar,
Rajendra Singh

Note 1: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL MAHAPRAYAN AND FAKE MPD

Here it should be qualified that there is both real mahaprayan and fake mahaprayan. Real mahaprayan marks the death of any ordinary human being. This is the proper use of the term: To note a person’s departure from this earth. That is the way mahaprayan is to be used.

Then there is the fake, or so-called, or dogmatic mahaprayan.That is when certain vested interests try to apply the mahaprayan term to Parama Purusa Himself. This is totally inappropriate because when Baba is that Divine Entity who is beginningless and endless and resides always in our heart, then it is totally wrong to proclaim that He is gone.

That is why rational margiis are protesting; because the Oct 21st program is so-called mahaprayan. So-called means that something is fake. Parama Purusa is eternal, thus for some vested interests to declare “mahaprayan of Parama Purusa” is nothing but so-called mahaprayan.

Mahaprayan only really happens in the case of human beings, not Parama Purusa.

Note 2: ASTERISK NOTE ABOUT MAHAPRAYAN

* Mahaprayan (Death): Many are aware that mahaprayan (death) is the common term used in India and especially in Bengal to describe the death of an honoured or even ordinary person. In that way, the obituary columns of the newspapers of Bengal regularly cite the mahaprayan (death) of various persons of society who died or passed away.

Some may get confused and wrongly think that the word ‘mahaprayan’ (death) is one extraordinarily devotional term to be used in association with Parama Purusa. But that is not at all the case. Rather to do so is only to undermine the eternal presence of Parama Purusa. That is why no devotees ever use the word ‘mahaprayan’ in reference to Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. Because Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna exist eternally. Then there is no question of Their mahaprayan (death).

Those who think that Baba is a mortal human being celebrate Mahaprayan on a particular day of the year related with Baba; but, in the true sense, Baba is Parama Purusa so He is eternal and there is no question of His mahaprayan.

And for those who need still more technical proof then all this can be clarified quite readily by referencing the dictionary. Specifically in the Samsad Bengali-English dictionary on page 742. Checking there it will be confirmed that the word ‘mahaprayan’ means death. Which is why it used to refer to the passing away of even common citizens.

Note 3: STORY- SITTING ON BABA’S LAP MEANS DIED?
(contributed by one margii)

Recently after dharmacakra, a senior margii was recounting his experiences of having dharma samiiksa with Baba.

He said, “After being punished by Baba, then He called me close and placed me on His lap – I remained there for some time soaking up His love – and He blessed me.”

We all enjoyed hearing about his personal account with Baba during dharma samiiksa. When he finished telling his story, there was a call for questions. Various people posed their queries.

QUESTION BY A NEW MARGII

Towards the end, one new margii raised his hand and asked, “How did Baba bring you back to life?”

Everyone stared at the new margii in amazement. There was a look of astonishment all around – people were really shocked to hear him say this.

The new sadhaka sensed that something was awry.

He said very matter-of-factly, “I thought that sitting on Baba’s Lap means that he (the margii) died – that is why I asked that question.”

This was totally eye-opening for those of us in the room: Through our language and expression we had unknowingly taught someone to think that being on Baba’s lap is the equivalent of death. Because it seems that nowadays people only use the phrase “Baba’s lap” when a person has died, such as “Let him rest peacefully in Baba’s lap”, as if all who have died have accumulated there. Many emails have been written this way.

MUST NOT ONLY REFER TO DEATH

At that moment I thought that everyone, new and old, should be clear about the real and devotional meaning of this phrase, “being on Baba’s lap.” It should not become stigmatized such that it only means death. Because in its true sense, the phrase “being on Baba’s lap” really does carry a highly devotional and sweet feeling.

It is just like how a small child sits on its parent’s lap. In a similar way, a spiritual child (human being) sits on the lap of Parama Purusa. By Baba’s grace this can happen anytime in one’s sadhana, especially in dhyana. Such a phrase then should not become stigmatized because too many people only use it at the time of death.

We should be careful that we do not relegate “Baba’s lap” only to the point of death. All these following terms and phrases also only refer to death:

ve bhagavan ko pya’re ho gaye
(he has been loved by God)

ve svarga sidhar gaye
(he has gone to heaven )

ve guzar gaye
(he passed away)

mahaprayan hoyeche
(he died)

We should ensure that the same death connotation does not get attached to, “being on Baba’s lap.” Because the phrase – “being on Baba’s lap” – is a devotional experience that can happen today itself in sadhana, and especially in dhyana. The phrase “being on Baba’s lap” should not lose this quality and only mean death. It should not meet the same dark fate as happened with the term harijan.

MUST NOT MEET SAME FATE AS HARIJAN

As we all know, these days in India nobody uses the term harijan to mean “a devotee”. Whereas 70 years ago it was used in that way. The term harijan did mean bhakta. But ever since the time of Gandhi when he glued the harijan term to the lowest so-called caste, i.e so-called untouchables, nobody uses the the harijan to mean devotee. Never. Because the term harijan has been stigmatized to mean “untouchable”. Nobody uses it to mean “devotee”, but that is the original and true meaning of the word.

The phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, should not meet a similar fate. It should not lose its devotional quality and just refer to one’s death. That will be very negative.

A VERY DEVOTIONAL EXPRESSION

There are thousands of recorded stories by sadhakas where they use the phrase, “on Baba’s lap”, when describing their experiences of being with Baba: He used to bless them and bring them on His lap. People should understand the deeply devotional value of this expression, and not just think that Baba’s lap means death, i.e. that you can only sit on His lap at the time of death. Still today there are thousands of margiis walking this earth who sat in Baba’s lap. And not only that, there are countless more sadhakas who were blessed by Baba in dreams and dhyana wherein they sat in His lap. And still today this deeply devotional experience is attainable by sadhakas, by His grace.

There are so many ways an aspirant can reach unto Baba’s lap including in sadhana and especially during dhyana. That is the main idea that should be preserved. Sadhana is a devotional practice and one can sit on Baba’s lap in dhyana. We should make it cent-per-cent clear to one and all that the phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, does not mean death.

RECENT EXAMPLES

Here are quoted lines from recently posted emails on various forums, wherein the writer uses the phrase – “in Baba’s lap” – with the occasion of death:

– “We are sure that Baba has taken him in His loving lap.”
(written by Dada Kalyaneshvarananda on 01 May 2012 in reference to the death of Ac Pratapaditya ji)

So the above line was just posted today by Dadaji. Here following are more examples related with the recent passing of a respected margii sister. Here too the phrase, “in Baba’s lap”, is used in conjunction with death.

– “May her soul rest in Baba’s lap for ever.”

– “Let her rest peacefully in Baba’s Lap – which she always desired.”

– “now she is in beloved Baba’s lap”

– “She is now in BÁBÁ’S loving lap”

All of the above lines were written at the time of death. And it is fine to write like this – only the point is that this same phrase “in Baba’s lap” should be used when describing one’s devotional practices and experiences as well.

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Date: Fri 03 Aug 2012 22:55:46
From: Rajendra Singh
Subject: Mahaprayan of Shrii Vinod Kumar Dev
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== MAHAPRAYAN (DEATH) OF SHRII VINOD KUMAR DEV ==

Namaskar,
It is much with sadness that we share with you the mahaprayan* (death) of our respected margii brother Vinod Kumar Dev. Vinodji underwent his mahaprayan today, Friday, 03 August 2012 in a hospital in Mumbai. Vinodji had been sick these last few weeks. This morning when his asthmatic condition became more severe and he had difficulty breathing, he was admitted into the hospital. There his condition declined and he was spitting up blood. Tragically, this young man of approximately 40 years of age met his premature mahaprayan in this hospital.

Vinodji’s mahaprayan is truly a loss to our Marga. He was born into a margii family in Patna, Bihar where his father, Basawanji reached the high rank of Postmaster General. Throughout his life, Vinodji was a dedicated Ananda Margii who served as LFT and as magazine editor for the Bhojpuri Samaj Proutist wing. All along he was active in the Marga. The last ten years or so Vinodji was working in Mumbai.

It is our loss to that our brother Vinodji has encountered his mahaprayan (death). Many knew Vinodji as a hard-working, idealistic margii. He will not be soon forgotten. Our margii brothers of Mumbai will certainly have more to share about this.

May we all take solace in the fact that Vinodji was practicing sadhana regularly; certainly he will attain mukti or moksa, accordingly. Baba will lovingly bestow His grace.

With deepest reards,
Namaskar,
Rajendra Singh

Note 1: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL MAHAPRAYAN AND FAKE MPD

Here it should be qualified that there is both real mahaprayan and fake mahaprayan. Real mahaprayan marks the death of any ordinary human being. This is the proper use of the term: To note a person’s departure from this earth. That is the way mahaprayan is to be used.

Then there is the fake, or so-called, or dogmatic mahaprayan.That is when certain vested interests try to apply the mahaprayan term to Parama Purusa Himself. This is totally inappropriate because when Baba is that Divine Entity who is beginningless and endless and resides always in our heart, then it is totally wrong to proclaim that He is gone.

That is why rational margiis are protesting; because the Oct 21st program is so-called mahaprayan. So-called means that something is fake. Parama Purusa is eternal, thus for some vested interests to declare “mahaprayan of Parama Purusa” is nothing but so-called mahaprayan.

Mahaprayan only really happens in the case of human beings, not Parama Purusa.

Note 2: ASTERISK NOTE ABOUT MAHAPRAYAN

* Mahaprayan (Death): Many are aware that mahaprayan (death) is the common term used in India and especially in Bengal to describe the death of an honoured or even ordinary person. In that way, the obituary columns of the newspapers of Bengal regularly cite the mahaprayan (death) of various persons of society who died or passed away.

Some may get confused and wrongly think that the word ‘mahaprayan’ (death) is one extraordinarily devotional term to be used in association with Parama Purusa. But that is not at all the case. Rather to do so is only to undermine the eternal presence of Parama Purusa. That is why no devotees ever use the word ‘mahaprayan’ in reference to Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. Because Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna exist eternally. Then there is no question of Their mahaprayan (death).

Those who think that Baba is a mortal human being celebrate Mahaprayan on a particular day of the year related with Baba; but, in the true sense, Baba is Parama Purusa so He is eternal and there is no question of His mahaprayan.

And for those who need still more technical proof then all this can be clarified quite readily by referencing the dictionary. Specifically in the Samsad Bengali-English dictionary on page 742. Checking there it will be confirmed that the word ‘mahaprayan’ means death. Which is why it used to refer to the passing away of even common citizens.

Note 3: STORY- SITTING ON BABA’S LAP MEANS DIED?
(contributed by one margii)

Recently after dharmacakra, a senior margii was recounting his experiences of having dharma samiiksa with Baba.

He said, “After being punished by Baba, then He called me close and placed me on His lap – I remained there for some time soaking up His love – and He blessed me.”

We all enjoyed hearing about his personal account with Baba during dharma samiiksa. When he finished telling his story, there was a call for questions. Various people posed their queries.

QUESTION BY A NEW MARGII

Towards the end, one new margii raised his hand and asked, “How did Baba bring you back to life?”

Everyone stared at the new margii in amazement. There was a look of astonishment all around – people were really shocked to hear him say this.

The new sadhaka sensed that something was awry.

He said very matter-of-factly, “I thought that sitting on Baba’s Lap means that he (the margii) died – that is why I asked that question.”

This was totally eye-opening for those of us in the room: Through our language and expression we had unknowingly taught someone to think that being on Baba’s lap is the equivalent of death. Because it seems that nowadays people only use the phrase “Baba’s lap” when a person has died, such as “Let him rest peacefully in Baba’s lap”, as if all who have died have accumulated there. Many emails have been written this way.

MUST NOT ONLY REFER TO DEATH

At that moment I thought that everyone, new and old, should be clear about the real and devotional meaning of this phrase, “being on Baba’s lap.” It should not become stigmatized such that it only means death. Because in its true sense, the phrase “being on Baba’s lap” really does carry a highly devotional and sweet feeling.

It is just like how a small child sits on its parent’s lap. In a similar way, a spiritual child (human being) sits on the lap of Parama Purusa. By Baba’s grace this can happen anytime in one’s sadhana, especially in dhyana. Such a phrase then should not become stigmatized because too many people only use it at the time of death.

We should be careful that we do not relegate “Baba’s lap” only to the point of death. All these following terms and phrases also only refer to death:

ve bhagavan ko pya’re ho gaye
(he has been loved by God)

ve svarga sidhar gaye
(he has gone to heaven )

ve guzar gaye
(he passed away)

mahaprayan hoyeche
(he died)

We should ensure that the same death connotation does not get attached to, “being on Baba’s lap.” Because the phrase – “being on Baba’s lap” – is a devotional experience that can happen today itself in sadhana, and especially in dhyana. The phrase “being on Baba’s lap” should not lose this quality and only mean death. It should not meet the same dark fate as happened with the term harijan.

MUST NOT MEET SAME FATE AS HARIJAN

As we all know, these days in India nobody uses the term harijan to mean “a devotee”. Whereas 70 years ago it was used in that way. The term harijan did mean bhakta. But ever since the time of Gandhi when he glued the harijan term to the lowest so-called caste, i.e so-called untouchables, nobody uses the the harijan to mean devotee. Never. Because the term harijan has been stigmatized to mean “untouchable”. Nobody uses it to mean “devotee”, but that is the original and true meaning of the word.

The phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, should not meet a similar fate. It should not lose its devotional quality and just refer to one’s death. That will be very negative.

A VERY DEVOTIONAL EXPRESSION

There are thousands of recorded stories by sadhakas where they use the phrase, “on Baba’s lap”, when describing their experiences of being with Baba: He used to bless them and bring them on His lap. People should understand the deeply devotional value of this expression, and not just think that Baba’s lap means death, i.e. that you can only sit on His lap at the time of death. Still today there are thousands of margiis walking this earth who sat in Baba’s lap. And not only that, there are countless more sadhakas who were blessed by Baba in dreams and dhyana wherein they sat in His lap. And still today this deeply devotional experience is attainable by sadhakas, by His grace.

There are so many ways an aspirant can reach unto Baba’s lap including in sadhana and especially during dhyana. That is the main idea that should be preserved. Sadhana is a devotional practice and one can sit on Baba’s lap in dhyana. We should make it cent-per-cent clear to one and all that the phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, does not mean death.

RECENT EXAMPLES

Here are quoted lines from recently posted emails on various forums, wherein the writer uses the phrase – “in Baba’s lap” – with the occasion of death:

– “We are sure that Baba has taken him in His loving lap.”
(written by Dada Kalyaneshvarananda on 01 May 2012 in reference to the death of Ac Pratapaditya ji)

So the above line was just posted today by Dadaji. Here following are more examples related with the recent passing of a respected margii sister. Here too the phrase, “in Baba’s lap”, is used in conjunction with death.

– “May her soul rest in Baba’s lap for ever.”

– “Let her rest peacefully in Baba’s Lap – which she always desired.”

– “She is now in BÁBÁ’S loving lap”

All of the above lines were written at the time of death. And it is fine to write like this – only the point is that this same phrase “in Baba’s lap” should be used when describing one’s devotional practices and experiences as well.

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Subject: Re: Read & Laugh
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 13:48:33 +0530
From: tr sukul
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== Re: READ & LAUGH ==

Namaskar.

The humorous questionnaire (below) forces one to think why this tragic state of affairs is unfolding in AM. In “Namah Shivay Shantay”, Rev. BABA has clearly explained that 300 years after the death of Lord Buddha his followers divided into two and then three branches to satisfy their worldly pleasure (name, fame, prestige, post, power etc).

Baba says, “Buddhism, three hundred years after the death of Buddha, was clearly divided into two groups, (1) Mahásaḿghik, and (2) Sthavirvádii or Theravádii. Some time afterwards one more branch, [3] Sammitiiya, was created, but it did not last long.” (Namah Shivaya Shantaya, The Pervasive Influence of Shiva (Discourse 4))

Similar was the case with the of followers of various religions – what to say of Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva.

The philosophy of AM is totally unique and new, firmly based on Samgacchadhvam – the mantra of the Rk veda. Rev. Gurudev has proven Himself as the personification of His perfect philosophy.

So, in my opinion, those whose goal is to attain Baba have firm faith that He is watching them every moment and therefore His strong philosophy will tightly attach them with Him.

Whereas those whose desire is worldly pleasure – power, name and fame etc – will certainly quarrel with each other and break up the structure into various groups based on different selfish sentiments.

Since sentiments are always changing from one person to the next, the various groups will also suffer changes according to time, space, and person, and finally come to prove their hypocrisy.

Let Baba remove their ignorance of avidya maya and bring about their mental purification; then and only then will they return back to the true treasure of Ananda Marga ideology.

Namaskar ,
Dr TR Shukla

On 05/28/2012 08:18 AM, AM-GLOBAL wrote:
Baba
Respected Readers,

Namaskar. The following Ananda Marga Questionnaire comes to us by way of Shrii Amrit Laloo – a longtime and dedicated Ananda Margii.
Respectfully,
AM-GLOBAL Moderators
____________________________________________________________________________

ANANDA MARGA QUESTIONAIRE – Read on! If you find the questionnaire funny, laugh out loud. If not, laugh anyway.
Several possible options are given to the questions below. Choose the option/s that you think are the correct one/s.

Who is the boss ? At present there are 2 PPs. Which of the two PPs, Calcutta or Ranchi PP, was elected / selected in accordance with the Caryacarya guidelines given by Baba ?
a) Ranchi PP
b) Calcutta PP
c) Who’s the boss ?

How many AM factions have come into being after 1990?
a) two
b) three
c) too many to count

As per Neo-Humanism, which is now the new super race ?
a) Bengalii
b) Hindii
c) German
d) Neo-humanism- what is this ?

It is a well known fact that Ac. Rudrananda Avt. is power mad and Ac. Sarvatmananda Avt. has influenced the Bengalization of AM. After their demise (mahaprayan), which of the two will have have a longer lasting negative effect on AM ?
a) Rudrananda
b) Sarvatmananda
c) both

All the existing factions have posted SS’s to all the sectors to influence the activities, capture projects and also to create divisions among the margiis. At this moment which Sector has the most number of SS’s?
a) New York Sector –US$$$$$
b) Nairobi sector (too poor)
c) Berlin Sector
d) Delhi sector

After 1990, which narrow sentiment has surfaced within the ranks of AM with serious consequences?
a) language sentiment ( Bengalii group and Hindii Group) very funny
b) geo- sentiment ( Bangla samaj –most important samaj in the world)
c) socio-sentiment
d) all of the above

The slogan “one human society” does not apply to groupist members of AMPS because
a) Present groupist AM members do not constitute a society
b) Present groupist members are not Ananda Margiis as they don’t follow 16 points
c) The present leadership in AM do not belong the human society
d) The leadership are not human- they are demigods
e) none of the above

In India for which of the guru’s “Mahaprayan ” is celebrated annually?
a) Lord Krishna
b) Lord Shiva
c) Shrii Shrii Anandamurtii- Ananda Marga
d) Guru Nanak- Sikhism
e) Shrila Prabhupadha -ISCON
f ) Ramakrishna Paramhansa- Rama-Krishna Mission

Who is the greatest pseudo-intellectual in AM ?
a) Ac. Bhaskarananda Avdt.
b) Ac. Kritiishivananda Avdt. (new entry)
c) c. Abhidevananda Avdt.
d) Ac Narada from Suva Sector
e) All of the above

The “Mahaprayan” festival is held every year in Tiljala because
a) Tiljala is an important Tiirtha – liberation is a sure gaurantee- no need for sadhana
b) Baba has given “Mahaprayan” as an official function in CaryaCarya
c) The big-wigs want to re- affirm annually that Parama Purusa is dead
d) We can do whatever we please because Baba is not watching us -Mahaprayan confirms this to be the case.

Which function is most prestigious ?
a) Ananda Purnima (Baba’s advent on earth)
b) DMS
c) “Mahaprayan”

Who is the major decision maker in AM affairs?
a) “AMPS –Calcutta”
b) “AMPS –Ranchi”
c) The Legal Court

Which Ananda Vanii should be taken as the authentic Vanii?
a) Calcutta Vanii
b) Ranchi Vanii
c) Baba’s original vaniis
d) anyone can create a vanii-just extract one from Baba’s books-it’s official

Ananda Marga has a solution to curb unemployment in the world. By the division of AMPS, they created more vacancies: Like two PPs instead of one, and more than 18 sectorial secretaries instead of nine.
a) this is ground-breaking- in accordance with PROUT
b) it has been done before by other organisations
c) More divisions of AMPS would create more vacancies
d) a ridiculous situation

Which DMS has the larger attendance ? The competition is on. Power is the name of the game.
a) Ranchi DMS
b) Calcutta DMS
c) Joke (sooo funny)

In which sector are the board members being sued for the sum of US$ 400,000?
a) Nairobi sector ( too poor)
b) Berlin Sector
c) New York Sector USD $$$$$$$$$

Are some or our power-drunk, so-called leaders behaving like
a) capitalists
b) communists
c) definitely not Proutists
d) All of the above

The last rites for Ac. Nigimananda Avdt. was given high profile coverage. Avadhutas should be given a state funeral because
a) they are renunciates
b) they have surrendered their all to Baba
c) they do not subscribe to pomp
d) they don’t seek glory
e) they will be recognised by the greater civil society after their demise

Memorials must not be constructed for Baba because
a) it is a waste of resources
b) Baba did not approve of memorials
c) Baba is not “dead”
d) Memorials are done for human beings, not for God
e) All of the above

Which is the most important tiirtha (place of pilgrimage) for Ananda Margiis? Visit the tiirtha at least once in your life-time –no need for meditation
a) Jamalpur
b) Ranchi
c) Cremation place (Tiljala) liberation is a sure guarantee
d) All of the above
e) Baba did not approve of any tiirtha

Which of the following best describes the Ranchi Adm ?
a) self-righteous
b) hard-headed
c) Conceited
d) arrogant
e) open-minded but anti-Bengalii

What is the driving force behind the Calcutta Adm ?
a) superiority complex- Bengaliis are spiritually elevated and organisationally advanced
b)Bengali sentiment
c)Baba chose them to lead
d)Bihariis (housekeepers of Bengaliis) and other language groups are inferior
e) Groupism – all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.

If you think this questionaire is funny laugh out loud. If you think it has substance ponder deeply. Enjoy.
If you have more jokes please share with us.

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Date: Wed 16 May 2012 13:27:38 -0000 (GMT)
From: Tanmay_Deva
Subject: Mahaprayan (Death) of Ac Dhruvananda Avt
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== MAHAPRAYAN (DEATH) OF AC DHRUVANANDA AVT ==

Namaskar,
It is with great sorrow that we share with you the mahaprayan of our respected Acarya Dhruvananda Avt. Dadaji’s mahaprayan occurred this evening (IST) – May 16 – in a hospital in Ranchi. Dhruvananda Dada had been suffering severe health issues these last few years, so his mahaprayan (death) comes after a long battle.

Perhaps above all else, Ac Dhruvanandji was known for his many years of service as Wt Trainer in Sweden. More recently, he was caught between the struggle for power amongst the different groups and that was no doubt hard on him.

It is a loss to our entire Marga family that Ac Dhruvananda Avt has encountered his mahaprayan (death). May we all take solace in the fact that Dada Dhruvanandji was a devotee of the Lord and was practicing sadhana regularly so certainly he will attain mukti or moksa, accordingly. Baba will certainly bestow His grace.

With deepest respects,
Yours brotherly,
Tanmaya Deva

Note 1: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL MAHAPRAYAN AND FAKE MPD

Here it should be qualified that there is both real mahaprayan and fake mahaprayan. Real mahaprayan marks the death of any ordinary human being. This is the proper use of the term: To note a person’s departure from this earth. That is the way mahaprayan is to be used.

Then there is the fake, or so-called, or dogmatic mahaprayan.That is when certain vested interests try to apply the mahaprayan term to Parama Purusa Himself. This is totally inappropriate because when Baba is that Divine Entity who is beginningless and endless and resides always in our heart, then it is totally wrong to proclaim that He is gone.

That is why rational margiis are protesting; because the Oct 21st program is so-called mahaprayan. So-called means that something is fake. Parama Purusa is eternal, thus for some vested interests to declare “mahaprayan of Parama Purusa” is nothing but so-called mahaprayan.

Mahaprayan only really happens in the case of human beings, not Parama Purusa.

Note 2: ASTERISK NOTE ABOUT MAHAPRAYAN

* Mahaprayan (Death): Many are aware that mahaprayan (death) is the common term used in India and especially in Bengal to describe the death of an honoured or even ordinary person. In that way, the obituary columns of the newspapers of Bengal regularly cite the mahaprayan (death) of various persons of society who died or passed away.

Some may get confused and wrongly think that the word ‘mahaprayan’ (death) is one extraordinarily devotional term to be used in association with Parama Purusa. But that is not at all the case. Rather to do so is only to undermine the eternal presence of Parama Purusa. That is why no devotees ever use the word ‘mahaprayan’ in reference to Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. Because Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna exist eternally. Then there is no question of Their mahaprayan (death).

Those who think that Baba is a mortal human being celebrate Mahaprayan on a particular day of the year related with Baba; but, in the true sense, Baba is Parama Purusa so He is eternal and there is no question of His mahaprayan.

And for those who need still more technical proof then all this can be clarified quite readily by referencing the dictionary. Specifically in the Samsad Bengali-English dictionary on page 742. Checking there it will be confirmed that the word ‘mahaprayan’ means death. Which is why it used to refer to the passing away of even common citizens.

Note 3: STORY- SITTING ON BABA’S LAP MEANS DIED?
(contributed by one margii)

Recently after dharmacakra, a senior margii was recounting his experiences of having dharma samiiksa with Baba.

He said, “After being punished by Baba, then He called me close and placed me on His lap – I remained there for some time soaking up His love – and He blessed me.”

We all enjoyed hearing about his personal account with Baba during dharma samiiksa. When he finished telling his story, there was a call for questions. Various people posed their queries.

QUESTION BY A NEW MARGII

Towards the end, one new margii raised his hand and asked, “How did Baba bring you back to life?”

Everyone stared at the new margii in amazement. There was a look of astonishment all around – people were really shocked to hear him say this.

The new sadhaka sensed that something was awry.

He said very matter-of-factly, “I thought that sitting on Baba’s Lap means that he (the margii) died – that is why I asked that question.”

This was totally eye-opening for those of us in the room: Through our language and expression we had unknowingly taught someone to think that being on Baba’s lap is the equivalent of death. Because it seems that nowadays people only use the phrase “Baba’s lap” when a person has died, such as “Let him rest peacefully in Baba’s lap”, as if all who have died have accumulated there. Many emails have been written this way.

MUST NOT ONLY REFER TO DEATH

At that moment I thought that everyone, new and old, should be clear about the real and devotional meaning of this phrase, “being on Baba’s lap.” It should not become stigmatized such that it only means death. Because in its true sense, the phrase “being on Baba’s lap” really does carry a highly devotional and sweet feeling.

It is just like how a small child sits on its parent’s lap. In a similar way, a spiritual child (human being) sits on the lap of Parama Purusa. By Baba’s grace this can happen anytime in one’s sadhana, especially in dhyana. Such a phrase then should not become stigmatized because too many people only use it at the time of death.

We should be careful that we do not relegate “Baba’s lap” only to the point of death. All these following terms and phrases also only refer to death:

ve bhagavan ko pya’re ho gaye
(he has been loved by God)

ve svarga sidhar gaye
(he has gone to heaven )

ve guzar gaye
(he passed away)

mahaprayan hoyeche
(he died)

We should ensure that the same death connotation does not get attached to, “being on Baba’s lap.” Because the phrase – “being on Baba’s lap” – is a devotional experience that can happen today itself in sadhana, and especially in dhyana. The phrase “being on Baba’s lap” should not lose this quality and only mean death. It should not meet the same dark fate as happened with the term harijan.

MUST NOT MEET SAME FATE AS HARIJAN

As we all know, these days in India nobody uses the term harijan to mean “a devotee”. Whereas 70 years ago it was used in that way. The term harijan did mean bhakta. But ever since the time of Gandhi when he glued the harijan term to the lowest so-called caste, i.e so-called untouchables, nobody uses the the harijan to mean devotee. Never. Because the term harijan has been stigmatized to mean “untouchable”. Nobody uses it to mean “devotee”, but that is the original and true meaning of the word.

The phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, should not meet a similar fate. It should not lose its devotional quality and just refer to one’s death. That will be very negative.

A VERY DEVOTIONAL EXPRESSION

There are thousands of recorded stories by sadhakas where they use the phrase, “on Baba’s lap”, when describing their experiences of being with Baba: He used to bless them and bring them on His lap. People should understand the deeply devotional value of this expression, and not just think that Baba’s lap means death, i.e. that you can only sit on His lap at the time of death. Still today there are thousands of margiis walking this earth who sat in Baba’s lap. And not only that, there are countless more sadhakas who were blessed by Baba in dreams and dhyana wherein they sat in His lap. And still today this deeply devotional experience is attainable by sadhakas, by His grace.

There are so many ways an aspirant can reach unto Baba’s lap including in sadhana and especially during dhyana. That is the main idea that should be preserved. Sadhana is a devotional practice and one can sit on Baba’s lap in dhyana. We should make it cent-per-cent clear to one and all that the phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, does not mean death.

RECENT EXAMPLES

Here are quoted lines from recently posted emails on various forums, wherein the writer uses the phrase – “in Baba’s lap” – with the occasion of death:

– “We are sure that Baba has taken him in His loving lap.”
(written by Dada Kalyaneshvarananda on 01 May 2012 in reference to the death of Ac Pratapaditya ji)

So the above line was just posted today by Dadaji. Here following are more examples related with the recent passing of a respected margii sister. Here too the phrase, “in Baba’s lap”, is used in conjunction with death.

– “May her soul rest in Baba’s lap for ever.”

– “Let her rest peacefully in Baba’s Lap – which she always desired.”

– “now she is in beloved Baba’s lap”

– “She is now in BÁBÁ’S loving lap”

All of the above lines were written at the time of death. And it is fine to write like this – only the point is that this same phrase “in Baba’s lap” should be used when describing one’s devotional practices and experiences as well.

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Date: Tue 01 May 2012 17:55:46 -0000 (GMT)
From: Tanmay_Deva
Subject: Pratapaditya ji Died – Mahaprayan
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

== AC PRATAPADITYA JI DIED – MAHAPRAYAN ==

Namaskar,
It is much with sadness that we share with you the mahaprayan (death) of our respected Family Acarya Pratapaditya ji of Gorakhpur (UP). Acaryaji underwent his mahaprayan (death) today, May 1, at 9am IST. The cause of death was throat cancer; he was 79 years of age.

Pratapaditya Dada’s mahaprayan (death) is truly a loss to our Marga family. He was a senior respected member who spent many years in Ananda Marga. Acaryaji shall be remembered for both his plus points and minuses. There will certainly be much to say.

It is our loss that Ac Pratapaditya ji has encountered his mahaprayan (death). Acaryaji’s place on this earth will not be forgotten soon. May we all take solace in the fact that Acaryaji was practicing sadhana regularly so certainly he will attain mukti or moksa, accordingly. Baba will certainly bestow His grace.

With deepest respects,
Yours brotherly,
Tanmaya Deva

Note 1: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL MAHAPRAYAN AND FAKE MPD

Here it should be qualified that there is both real mahaprayan and fake mahaprayan. Real mahaprayan marks the death of any ordinary human being. This is the proper use of the term: To note a person’s departure from this earth. That is the way mahaprayan is to be used.

Then there is the fake, or so-called, or dogmatic mahaprayan.That is when certain vested interests try to apply the mahaprayan term to Parama Purusa Himself. This is totally inappropriate because when Baba is that Divine Entity who is beginningless and endless and resides always in our heart, then it is totally wrong to proclaim that He is gone.

That is why rational margiis are protesting; because the Oct 21st program is so-called mahaprayan. So-called means that something is fake. Parama Purusa is eternal, thus for some vested interests to declare “mahaprayan of Parama Purusa” is nothing but so-called mahaprayan.

Mahaprayan only really happens in the case of human beings, not Parama Purusa.

Note 2: ASTERISK NOTE ABOUT MAHAPRAYAN

* Mahaprayan (Death): Many are aware that mahaprayan (death) is the common term used in India and especially in Bengal to describe the death of an honoured or even ordinary person. In that way, the obituary columns of the newspapers of Bengal regularly cite the mahaprayan (death) of various persons of society who died or passed away.

Some may get confused and wrongly think that the word ‘mahaprayan’ (death) is one extraordinarily devotional term to be used in association with Parama Purusa. But that is not at all the case. Rather to do so is only to undermine the eternal presence of Parama Purusa. That is why no devotees ever use the word ‘mahaprayan’ in reference to Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. Because Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna exist eternally. Then there is no question of Their mahaprayan (death).

Those who think that Baba is a mortal human being celebrate Mahaprayan on a particular day of the year related with Baba; but, in the true sense, Baba is Parama Purusa so He is eternal and there is no question of His mahaprayan.

And for those who need still more technical proof then all this can be clarified quite readily by referencing the dictionary. Specifically in the Samsad Bengali-English dictionary on page 742. Checking there it will be confirmed that the word ‘mahaprayan’ means death. Which is why it used to refer to the passing away of even common citizens.

Note 3: STORY- SITTING ON BABA’S LAP MEANS DIED?
(contributed by one margii)

Recently after dharmacakra, a senior margii was recounting his experiences of having dharma samiiksa with Baba.

He said, “After being punished by Baba, then He called me close and placed me on His lap – I remained there for some time soaking up His love – and He blessed me.”

We all enjoyed hearing about his personal account with Baba during dharma samiiksa. When he finished telling his story, there was a call for questions. Various people posed their queries.

QUESTION BY A NEW MARGII

Towards the end, one new margii raised his hand and asked, “How did Baba bring you back to life?”

Everyone stared at the new margii in amazement. There was a look of astonishment all around – people were really shocked to hear him say this.

The new sadhaka sensed that something was awry.

He said very matter-of-factly, “I thought that sitting on Baba’s Lap means that he (the margii) died – that is why I asked that question.”

This was totally eye-opening for those of us in the room: Through our language and expression we had unknowingly taught someone to think that being on Baba’s lap is the equivalent of death. Because it seems that nowadays people only use the phrase “Baba’s lap” when a person has died, such as “Let him rest peacefully in Baba’s lap”, as if all who have died have accumulated there. Many emails have been written this way.

MUST NOT ONLY REFER TO DEATH

At that moment I thought that everyone, new and old, should be clear about the real and devotional meaning of this phrase, “being on Baba’s lap.” It should not become stigmatized such that it only means death. Because in its true sense, the phrase “being on Baba’s lap” really does carry a highly devotional and sweet feeling.

It is just like how a small child sits on its parent’s lap. In a similar way, a spiritual child (human being) sits on the lap of Parama Purusa. By Baba’s grace this can happen anytime in one’s sadhana, especially in dhyana. Such a phrase then should not become stigmatized because too many people only use it at the time of death.

We should be careful that we do not relegate “Baba’s lap” only to the point of death. All these following terms and phrases also only refer to death:

ve bhagavan ko pya’re ho gaye
(he has been loved by God)

ve svarga sidhar gaye
(he has gone to heaven )

ve guzar gaye
(he passed away)

mahaprayan hoyeche
(he died)

We should ensure that the same death connotation does not get attached to, “being on Baba’s lap.” Because the phrase – “being on Baba’s lap” – is a devotional experience that can happen today itself in sadhana, and especially in dhyana. The phrase “being on Baba’s lap” should not lose this quality and only mean death. It should not meet the same dark fate as happened with the term harijan.

MUST NOT MEET SAME FATE AS HARIJAN

As we all know, these days in India nobody uses the term harijan to mean “a devotee”. Whereas 70 years ago it was used in that way. The term harijan did mean bhakta. But ever since the time of Gandhi when he glued the harijan term to the lowest so-called caste, i.e so-called untouchables, nobody uses the the harijan to mean devotee. Never. Because the term harijan has been stigmatized to mean “untouchable”. Nobody uses it to mean “devotee”, but that is the original and true meaning of the word.

The phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, should not meet a similar fate. It should not lose its devotional quality and just refer to one’s death. That will be very negative.

A VERY DEVOTIONAL EXPRESSION

There are thousands of recorded stories by sadhakas where they use the phrase, “on Baba’s lap”, when describing their experiences of being with Baba: He used to bless them and bring them on His lap. People should understand the deeply devotional value of this expression, and not just think that Baba’s lap means death, i.e. that you can only sit on His lap at the time of death. Still today there are thousands of margiis walking this earth who sat in Baba’s lap. And not only that, there are countless more sadhakas who were blessed by Baba in dreams and dhyana wherein they sat in His lap. And still today this deeply devotional experience is attainable by sadhakas, by His grace.

There are so many ways an aspirant can reach unto Baba’s lap including in sadhana and especially during dhyana. That is the main idea that should be preserved. Sadhana is a devotional practice and one can sit on Baba’s lap in dhyana. We should make it cent-per-cent clear to one and all that the phrase, “sitting on Baba’s lap”, does not mean death.

RECENT EXAMPLES

Here are quoted lines from recently posted emails on various forums, wherein the writer uses the phrase – “in Baba’s lap” – with the occasion of death:

– “We are sure that Baba has taken him in His loving lap.”
(written by Dada Kalyaneshvarananda on 01 May 2012 in reference to the death of Ac Pratapaditya ji)

So the above line was just posted today by Dadaji. Here following are more examples related with the recent passing of a respected margii sister. Here too the phrase, “in Baba’s lap”, is used in conjunction with death.

– “May her soul rest in Baba’s lap for ever.”

– “Let her rest peacefully in Baba’s Lap – which she always desired.”

– “now she is in beloved Baba’s lap”

– “She is now in BÁBÁ’S loving lap”

All of the above lines were written at the time of death. And it is fine to write like this – only the point is that this same phrase “in Baba’s lap” should be used when describing one’s devotional practices and experiences as well.

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