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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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