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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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