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Date: 31 Dec 2011 21:33:57 -0000
From: “Divyacaksu Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net, dayal@igc.org
Subject: Baba Story: I Felt Ashamed

Baba

== BABA STORY: I FELT ASHAMED ==

Note: The below is a first-hand account from Ramchandra, an extremely senior margii from Rampur Colony in Jamalpur .

Namaskar,
As I have told in an earlier account (link below), in my public life, I did not want to be seen or known as an Ananda Margii. I was plagued by this split personality. In my personal and inner life, I wanted to be with Baba and work for the mission; in my public and professional life, I did not want to be associated with the Marga.

MY PUBLIC LIFE

When I was out in public – moving around my hometown of Jamalpur – and saw another Ananda Margii, I would quickly turn the other direction, hide my face, or move away. I did not want to do namaskar to any margii in public.

I thought people would say things like, “Oh look, Ramchandra has also been brainwashed by those Ananda Margiis.”

Because of the controversy always swirling around AM and its poor reputation in society, I thought I should keep myself arms distance. Hence, from an external and social perspective, I remained aloof from AM.

VERY ATTRACTED TO BABA

Internally, things were quite different. I longed to see Baba and always wanted to have a glimpse of Him. Behind closed doors I would attend all kinds of Marga functions and in my heart there was always a fervent desire to go close to Baba.

In essence, this was my mind-set those days and that will give you insight into what I am going to share with you now.

HIDING FROM BABA

One day I was walking down the street and out of the corner of my eye I saw a saffron robe – the type that our avadhutas wear. I immediately became alert and began to duck (squat) so no one would see me. I was sure that Baba must be nearby. And indeed there He was – walking with His entourage in my direction. To avoid being seen I hurried into a local store and hid behind the counter. My plan was to stay there until Baba passed by. That way no one would suspect me of being affiliated with Ananda Marga. So I hid. But while in my hiding spot a deep yearning arose in my heart to have just a quick glance at Beloved Baba. I could not resist this devotional urge. So I slowly lifted my head and looked around the counter in order to see Baba; by that point Baba and His entourage had clearly passed my hiding spot. Yet at the exact moment when I had lifted my head to see Him, Baba turned around and looked directly towards me with His palms together in a folded-hand blessing.

HIDING FROM BABA (AGAIN)

Then there was a second such occurrence.

I was in the street when I suddenly noticed that Baba’s car was coming towards me from the opposite direction. I did not want to greet Ananda Margiis in public or do pranam or sastaunga pranam to Baba in public. So I quickly shifted my position to the very edge of the area and stood behind other people. I was completely blocked from view. No one in Baba’s entourage could see me. The car passed by – no one said a word or called my name. Success. At that moment, I felt an upsurge of devotion and wanted to at least have a quick look at Baba. I changed my position so I could ready myself to see Baba’s car as it drove off in the distance. The moment my eyes and head were in position to see Him, Baba turned completely around in His vehicle and looked back with His folded hands blessing, looking directly towards me.

Now, years and years later, I feel repentance for having been so shy and meek in those early days.

By the way, I entered AM in the 1960’s. Internally I wanted to be an Ananda Margii and was attracted to Baba’s magnetic personality. I was initiated, began practicing sadhana regularly, and ultimately was blessed to receive PC with Baba.

REFLECTION

The above story recounted by Ramchandra ji holds key insights into how the level of devotion affects one’s personae and behavior.

When one’s devotion is lower then they feel shy, even ashamed, to express their spiritual way of living in public. That is Baba’s stated teaching.

Baba says, “Those who are reared in the cradle of materialistic ideologies, feel shy or ashamed at first to sit in meditation in the presence of others.” (Subhasita Samgraha, part 3, p.86)

And indeed this is what we saw in Ramchandra’s story. In those early days, because of his lower stage of devotion, he felt shy to behave as an Ananda Margii in public. Similarly in the west – and in many areas where materialism reigns – people are very hesitant to express their spiritual life in the public domain.

For instance, a person might refrain from using their Sanskrit name at their job even though this is Baba’s directive (reference Caryacarya), or one may feel embarrassed to sing kiirtan in public, or so many things they may be afraid or worried to do. In all such cases it is due to a lower feeling of devotion. One loves Baba no doubt, but that love is not enough to overcome their feelings of insecurity.

However, as one advances on the path, they will develop the requisite courage and nothing will obstruct their forward movement in the spiritual realm. They will always stick to their ideal – regardless of what others think. That too is Baba’s teaching.

Baba says, “Let those well-versed in ethics criticize me or praise me, as they so desire; let Lakśmii, the goddess of wealth, either be gracious enough (because of my activities) to reside in my house, or, if she prefers, go elsewhere; let death visit me today or decades later. It makes little difference to me. Wise people will never withdraw from the path of ideology, the path which they accept as their ideal.” (NKS, Disc: 2)

And indeed later on, Ramchandraji was an exemplar in this regard – all will attest to this. And this is what we should aim for: Deep ideological zeal in life, without compromise.

When anyone has deeper devotion for Baba they will do anything and everything for Him – never swayed by public opinion or other mundane channels. Such persons keep their ideological stance always.

In conclusion when a person has lower feelings of devotion then they may not like to call themselves an Ananda Margii and when their devotional standard is higher they overcome all such feelings of shyness.

Here is another way of thinking about it.

When devotion is less then the sadripus (six enemies) & astapahas (eight fetters) control the mind. In that case one is terribly affected by fear, shyness, anger, envy and so much more. And when, by His grace, devotion is more, then people rise above such feelings. When their attraction to Parama Purusa is deeper then all feelings of shyness go away and that sadhaka becomes an embodiment of AM ideals.

Namaskar,
Divyacaksu

Note 1: MUNDANE EXAMPLES

Not just in the field of devotion, but in all realms of life, when a person is deeply affected by a particular tendency then they will express that urge in public, not caring about what others think or say.

For instance, suppose one receives some upsetting news at the office then they will not like to cry in public. They will control their tears. But when that news is so devastating that they are totally overcome with grief and sorrow, then that will overpower all feelings of shyness and they will cry in front of everyone.

Likewise a person with a little bit of greed will control that tendency when they are around others, but when they are overwhelmed by greed then they will grab all the money or eat all the food in front of others – they will not be concerned about what people think about them.

Note 2: EARLIER STORY TOLD BY RAMCHANDRA

Here is the link to the previous devotional story told by Ramchandra:

http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-story-how-omni-loving-baba-attracted.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Kare ja’tra’ halo shuru, bhule gechi se katha’…” (699)

Purport:

Baba, when my journey started I do not know; it is not in my mind. I have completely forgotten the day when my journey towards You started. Since many lives gradually You are attracting me. By Your grace I am moving in that divine liila– reducing the radius gradually and coming close to You. On the way how much I suffered, on the path how many thorns have pierced my feet and created hindrance in my forward movement. Those memories related with the problems and pain are not in my mind.

On the journey towards You by Your grace I came across the burning desert, which was so much torture of fiery blaze and sometimes I also got drenched with heavy rain– thunder and storm. But You always gave me the strength and non-stop You are bringing me close to you. So many spring seasons and its beauty has come and I got intoxicated with that attraction. And in Your longing, in Your divine attraction You filled my heart with devotion and I sang the song and kiirtan with heartfelt yearning and longing. Like this in my life sometimes dark and sometimes effulgent has come and gone. And gradually I have reached close to You under Your shelter.

Baba You are very much gracious. You are my everything…

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Both are Ignorant

Date: 28 Feb 2011 16:37:21 -0000

From: “Divyacaksu Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Both are Ignorant

 

Baba

 

== BOTH ARE IGNORANT ==

 

Namaskar,

In our Ananda Marga, our goal is Parama Purusa – no second or third

entity. Baba is the focus of our each and every thought, word, and deed.

That is our ideal.

 

Naturally then, when we do namaskar, we are paying salutations to Him,

to that Supreme Consciousness residing within another unit being. It is

not that we are saluting that person, per se. That is not at all our

endeavor. Only we are paying our respect and homage to Baba in the form

of that person when we use the namaskar greeting.

 

Unfortunately, some completely misunderstand this basic aspect of AM

life. They think people are saluting them or that they are saluting

another human being. This leads to ego, vanity, feelings of inferiority,

and all kinds of delusions in the mind – as well as doing the greeting

improperly. In that case the whole namaskar salutation is ruined and one

will be degraded.

 

Many may deny any wrongdoing in this regard, but there is a sure-fire

system to understand who is doing namaskar properly, and who not.

 

The aim of course is not to embarrass anyone but to save them from

degradation and keep all moving on the sentient path.

 

 

QUICK REVIEW OF NAMASKAR

 

Although we all use or namaskar greeting on a daily basis, here are some

of Baba’s clear-cut guidelines about this practice. After reviewing

these guidelines we will apply our litmus test so you yourself can see

who is misguided and ignorant about the namaskar salutation.

 

First Baba clearly states that when doing namaskar, we are paying

salutations to Parama Purusa – The Divine Entity. In the dogmatic

religions and in the kingdoms of old, people would bow and salute other

human beings. Our namaskar mudra is not at all like this.

 

Baba says, “Tadekam’ jagatsa’ks’iiru’pam’ nama’mah. “If there is anyone

to whom spiritual aspirants should surrender, if there is anyone to whom

they should pay salutations, it is Parama Purus’a.” The system behind

salutations is to look for the Supreme Being that is the inner essence

of a person, and to pay salutations to that Parama Purus’a.” (SS-11)

 

So the first point is that when doing namaskar we are recognising the

Supreme within another jiivatman, we are not bowing or greeting one

other human being.

 

Here is Baba’s next guideline – that we should always be ready to do

namaskar first.

 

Baba says, “As ideal human beings you should not wait to give namaskar

after another has greeted you: you should rather take the first

opportunity to greet others. When someone greets you, it is merely

common courtesy for you to salute back; you do not become an ideal human

being thereby. Rather one who seizes the first opportunity to salute

others is the ideal. So you should always make an effort to do namaskar

to others first: you should not care whether the person whom you greet

will greet you in return or not. (When people come to me during personal

contact, I greet them first whether they salute me or not.) By giving

honour to others you will not be belittled, you will rather enhance your

prestige.” (AMIWL-11)

 

Thus Baba’s teaching is that we should always strive to be the first to

do namaskar. None should fall into the complex that, “I am better than

that person or I am more senior than that person so they should salute

me first.”

 

To think like this is to both degrade and cheat oneself. One is degraded

because they have forgotten that namaskar is a salutation to Parama

Purusa – not to any individual or oneself – and they are cheating

themselves because they are missing out on the opportunity to greet the

Supreme.

 

So these are two classic aspects of Baba’s guidelines about doing

namaskar: First that we are saluting Him in the form of a unit being and

second that we should be vigilant to do namaskar first.

 

 

ONE OTHER SPECIAL POINT

 

Baba has also detailed another important quality of the namaskar

salutation by clearly telling the import of the mudra. Sometimes people

fail to bring their thumbs to the trikuti point or their palms to their

heart. But Baba has given a pointed explanation about this. In brief,

bringing the palms to the triktui point helps focus the mind and honor

Parama Purusa and when bringing the palms to the heart we offer all our

feelings unto Him. See note 1 below for Baba’s extended explanation

about the special significance of our namaskar mudra.

 

 

SPECIAL LITMUS TEST

 

Now that we have the most essential points about our namaskar mudra

clearly in mind, it is time to apply the litmus test to see if we and

those around us are doing namaskar properly or not.

 

If you, me or anyone walks into a room and waits for others to do

namaskar to them, it means they clearly do not know that meaning.

Because if in our heart and mind we understand that namaskar is in fact

a salutation to the Supreme, then one will be vigilant and ready to

quickly to namaskar to anyone they see. Forgetting this point, then one

will think, “I am a man of respect, let others salute me first.” In that

case, one will not do namaskar first. That means they have totally

misunderstand the entire essence of namaskar. In such situations, they

are merely demonstrating their own idiocy or ignorance.

 

You may have seen such situations. If you walk down the hallways these

days in Ranchi or Tiljala, so many big Dadas will never say namaskar to

their junior workers. Rather such Dadas will expect that all should

respectfully do namaskar to them and in response they may casually wave

or nod their head.

 

When any high posted Dada does like this, then they have totally

degraded themselves by totally forgetting the divine truth that namaskar

is being done to the Supreme, not to them. But instead such Dadas are

puffing up their own ego and vanity thinking that the namaskar

salutation is a reflection of one’s own greatness or social standing.

Such is the height of their blindness and ignorance.

 

Then if one tours any overseas sectors, often we find that those who

have become family acaryas fall into this same awful predication. With

their new found title, such family acaryas think all should honor them

by doing namaskar first. Again, this is nothing but the proof of their

own ignorance.

 

Then of course, whether acarya or not, any arrogant person is prone to

degrading themselves in this way by thinking that namaskar is being done

to them.

 

So we should all think – review the situation in our own minds – and

make sure that we are not falling into this trap, nor allowing others to

do so. We should know that when doing namaskar we are offering our

salutations to the Supreme.

 

 

SPECIAL LITMUS TEST (Part 2)

 

Of course, no problem exists in isolation – it is never or hardly ever a

one-sided affair. Two people are most often involved in any wrongdoing.

Same then is the case with the misunderstanding about namaskar.

 

Up till now, we have been primarily discussing the ignorance of the

person who is receiving the namaskar salutation. They wrongly think that

namaskar is being done to them.

 

The other side of the scenario is the person who is actually doing

namaskar. The proper spirit should be that we are paying our salutations

to Baba, the Supreme One.

 

But it sometimes happens – either to us or others – that we are thinking

that an important person has entered the room so we should quickly go

and do namaskar. Or we may think that the person before me is so great

that I must be extra careful to show him my respect by doing namaskar

very slowly. Or anytime the thought infests our mind that the salutation

within namaskar is being done to the person in front of us, and not

Parama Purusa, then the person doing namaskar has also fallen into

dogma. That is sign of one’s own ignorance.

 

Thus whenever a so-called great person walks into any room waiting for

others to do namaskar to them and whenever a person sees a so-called

great person and think I must honor them by doing namaskar, then in that

moment, both parties involved are 100% ignorance. Both are misusing and

abusing the namaskar salutation and degrading themselves.

 

 

SPECIAL LITMUS TEST (Part 3)

 

One other scenario is if an aged or senior or respected person sees a

5-year old boy then they may think, “Why should I do namaskar or pay

respect to this small child.” This is also a diseased outlook.

 

We must always remember that Parama Purusa is timeless and ageless and

whatever form is standing before us, He resides within all. Thus none

should fall into ignorance by failing to do namaskar in such circumstances.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

By Baba’s grace, He has blessed us with one very special type of

salutation to recognise His presence in all circumstances and

interactions. This is a spiritual boon. So we must always watch

ourselves to ensure we are following the word and spirit of His namaskar

guidelines. Failing that – should we become at all ignorant in this

regard – then that will only lead to our degradation.

 

Remembering Him is the path of vidya and elevation and forgetting Him is

the path of avidya and degradation. When doing or receiving namaskar, we

must always bear in mind salutations are being done to Him, and not any

unit being.

 

Namaskar,

Divyacaksu

 

 

Note 1: BABA’S UNIQUE EXPLANATION OF NAMASKAR

 

Baba says, “What is our style of extending goodwill? We say, Namaska’r.

That is, “I pay respect to the Supreme Entity residing within you.” You

should remember this. “I concentrate all the good feelings of my mind

here in the trikut’i [between the eyebrows].”

 

In your mind there are so many propensities. Propensities are called

vrtti in Sanskrit. So there are so many vrttis, so many propensities, in

your mind. One portion of your mind is saying, “Today I’ll take hot

rice.” Another portion is saying, “In the near future I’ll try to go to

Calcutta.” Another portion of your mind is saying, “Now I’ll have to do

some relief service to the people.” Another portion is saying, “I should

do something concrete for the refugees.” There are so many thoughts

within your mind.”

 

“Another portion of your mind is saying, “I’ll become a wholetime

worker. I’ll leave my house.” Another portion is saying, “But my mother

will be weeping.” Another portion is saying, “No, no, I’ll have to do

something for the greater world.””

 

“So many thoughts are in your mind. But you should concentrate all your

thoughts at a particular point, here – that is, with all the strength

and goodwill of your mind you are doing this – you are touching these

two palms here [trikut’i]. That is, you are concentrating all your

goodwill here, because you are paying respect to Parama Purus’a residing

within this body; this body; this body; this body [pointing to different

people]. First do this.”

 

“And not only mental concentration, you are human beings, you have got

so many sentiments also. Human sentiment, you know? When you feel much

joy you burst into tears, when much sorrow you burst into tears. These

are sentiments. And human beings are guided by sentiment, more by

sentiment than by logic, you must not forget it – more by sentiment than

by logic. So your sentiment is also there, so with all the concentration

of your mind and with all the sweetness of your sentiment, from the very

core of your heart, you are paying respect to Parama Purus’a residing

within human structure. So you do this [palms together at mid-point of

chest], and say, Namaska’r.”

 

“I think you have understood it? A very sweet idea. So it is my opinion,

my desire, that human society [be] one, indivisible; it is an expressed

form, a sweet expression, of Parama Purus’a, to whom you should always

pay respect by doing namaska’r.” (AV-30)

 

 

Note 2: NAMASKAR TO HUMAN BEINGS – NAMASTE TO PARAMA PURUSA

 

One other dogma floating around the fake and new-age yoga community in

the west and in India also is that use of namaste. This is a bit of a

separate topic, but in general one should understand that namaskar is

used with human beings and namaste is only used when honoring Parama

Purusa directly, not seeing Parama Purusa in the form of some unit

being. Our Marga should not fall prey to this dogma. There is an

important distinction with can be discussed in greater length. Suffice

to say here that we should pay heed to Baba’s below guideline.

 

Baba says, “The generally-accepted rule is that one should say

namaska’ra to a human being or a god or goddess, but one should say

namaste or namastubhyam only to Parama Purus’a, not to any other

entity.” (SS-11)

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Tumi ka’che theke karo du’r…” (P.S. 2377)

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You are so close but even then You are very far, very distant.

This thing I know that You remain with me side by side– You are hiding in

my mind also. But even then You are beyond my reach. I always cry to get

You. My heart remains full of longing.

In search of You, I have visited many countries and countless distant

places. I have searched in the mountains, in the jungles. In so many places

I have wandered around in search of You. I have taken baths in so many holy

ponds, rivers, and places– different pilgrimages. But I never tried or

cared to look within, never did I look in the deep core of my heart in

order to get You. That is why I did not get You. Just I was completely

misguided and by that I was searching You externally.

Baba, with me You are playing a divine liila since eternity. Between

You and me this loving divine play is going on and on. Sometimes You come

very close and sometimes You go far, far distant. But always You call me

from there and pull my heart towards You by playing Your flute. Baba, You

are very close even then You are distant…

 

 

 

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Groupist Leaders Do Like This

 

Baba says, “Ism (groupism etc) is responsible for disrupting human harmony.

…[When any particular] group will lose its prestige, the people in the

group feel ashamed, and in that condition they do not hesitate to take

recourse to ignoble means in order to save the prestige of their nation,

caste, group.” (PNS-16, p.3)

 

Here above Baba is explaining this very point that for those engaged in

groupism, power and prestige is everything. Groupists have no interest in

the welfare of the collective society. Their interest is only in

propagating their own group. And if they feel this is not getting done,

then they will take any negative means they can to again bring prestige

to their group. Unfortunately in our organisation various groups are

doing like this. But margiis and good Wts are not supporting any form of

groupism.

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