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Thu, 27 Jun 2013 23:19:21

== SADHANA: WHY TO CONTROL LOWER CAKRAS FIRST ==

Namaskar,
This letter focuses on the dynamic of sadhana and specifically our dhyana practice; various guidelines for dhyana are outlined below.

Ananda Marga spiritual philosophy states, “The man who is intelligent should from his very childhood move along this path of psycho-spirituality. The sooner a man starts or moves along this path of psycho-spirituality, the better it is. He is the blessed one.” (1)

Ananda Marga spiritual philosophy states:
“With the practice of dhyana, the mind and the whole existence becomes one-pointed and ultimately becomes one with intuition. That is, the mind becomes completely pin-pointed and the entire personality becomes one. No longer will that jiiva have a balkanised personality.”
“With the practice of dhyana the memory power of a sadhaka increases, his courage also increases…if all the propensities of the human being become concentrated on one point and merge into the I-feeling, then that very human becomes a devata (god) in human form. This is not an impossible task. This is easily achieved with the practice of dhyana yoga.”
“You boys and you girls who have not yet learned dhyana yoga should learn as soon as possible from the acaryas. Because dhyana yoga contains many qualities. With the practice of dhyana yoga you can become one with Parama Purusa.” (2)

All of us are aware that sadhana is a very significant endeavor in life. In our day to day existence, we practice sadhana. Here following is some meaningful discussion which is directly related with our practice of sadhana– what to do and what not to do etc.

“I JUST DO 10 MINUTES OF DHYANA”

One time during a spiritual workshop with an acarya, one margii from the unit commented, ‘I do not have time for doing different lessons so I just do 10 minutes of dhyana. Because dhyana is the top most lesson. That is the best one. So I only do that lesson with what little time I have’.

We all looked towards Acaryaji to hear his response.

Acaryaji said, ‘In the Ananda Marga system of meditation, each and every lesson of sadhana has its own value and significance. Certain lessons focus on purifying the lower cakras while dhyana is related with the higher cakra, sahasra’ra. But one thing is sure: In order to do proper dhyana and progress spiritually it is necessary to practice all the lessons because they strengthen the lower cakras’.

Acaryaji continued, ‘On this point all sadhakas should be aware of Baba’s following direction’.

Ananda Marga spiritual philosophy states, “In order to advance spiritually, one has to first establish control over these lower cakras, then finally over the sahasra’ra cakra.” (3)

ANOTHER QUESTION ASKED

Then one other sadhaka in the unit asked, ‘Dadaji what will happen if someone only practices 6th lesson, dhyana, and neglects doing the other lessons of sadhana?’.

Acaryaji replied, ‘Remember the various lessons of Ananda Marga sadhana are important building blocks for doing 6th lesson. So if those lessons are neglected then the corresponding cakras remain dirty in which case dhyana will be adversely affected. The point is, if the lower cakras are not properly controlled then such an approach of only doing dhyana [sahasra’ra cakra] will be impeded’.

Acaryaji added, ‘Again here it is important to take serious note of Baba’s guideline’.

Baba says, “If one, conversely, tries to control the sahasra’ra first while the other cakras remain uncontrolled, spiritual practice on the sahasra’ra may be hampered.” (4)

WHAT ELSE SHOULD BE KNOWN

Another Margii asked, ‘Excuse me Acaryaji, but is there anything more we should know in this regard?’

Then respected Acaryaji replied, ‘One should not underestimate the importance of strengthening the lower cakras by sincerely practicing all the lessons of Ananda Marga sadhana. Because even if one can manage dhyana or 6th lesson and bring the mind to the sahasrara cakra, still if the lower cakras are not properly controlled the outcome will not be desirable’.

Again Acaryaji noted, ‘We should refer to Baba’s following teaching’.

Ananda Marga spiritual philosophy states, “Not only that, even if the sahasra’ra cakra can be brought under control, the final result will not be good if the subsidiary cakras are not brought under control.” (5)

Looking around I could see that everyone present was mentally absorbed in the discussion. Then our unit secretary, brother Pradiip asked, Acaryaji, ‘Can you share with us any other sadhana guidelines which Baba has given’.

Then Dadaji said, ‘Certainly, in the very same discourse Baba discusses the deep link between body and mind. And that keeping the body tranquil and still during meditation enables the mind to focus better’.

Ananda Marga spiritual philosophy states, “If the body is restless, the mind will also be restless. That is why during spiritual practice, the body should be kept motionless. One must practise seated in a certain posture, because if the body becomes calm and motionless the mind also tends to become calm and concentrated.” (6)

VARIOUS RELIGIONS:

THEY MOVE THEIR BODIES AND WORSHIP

Acaryaji added, ‘That is why in our Ananda Marga system sadhakas are taught to do sadhana in postures like padmasana or siddhasana. This very science is not known to the various religions. That is why in their prayers they move about: Sometimes standing, then kneeling, then sitting, then placing their hands on their head etc. On other occasions they talk the entire time so their jaw and tongue are moving, and other times they move up and down and all around. But all these movements are distracting to the mind. And that is what Baba is explaining here’.

“If someone is constantly thinking that he will have to sit down at a certain time, stand up at a certain time, catch hold of one’s nose or ears at a certain time, the mind will automatically tend to become restless. Such is the intimate relation between the body and the mind.” (7)

Acaryaji said, ‘In such type of ritualistic prayers when the body is moving hither and thither, then the mind also gets restless. So altogether the idea is that the body should be motionless while doing sadhana. And in that condition naturally sadhana will be better. Also bear in mind that there should not be any confusion about our movement in kiirtan. Kiirtan is not sadhana it is sadhanaunga – a helping tool of sadhana. That is why after doing kiirtan we alwyas sit for meditation. In contrast, the various religions just move and never sit still. The one religion that does sit for meditation is atheistic in nature. So that will not work. Only in Ananda Marga is there a God-centered meditation practice where one sits silently and brings the mind from low to high, by His grace.’

Acaryaji added, ‘During sadhana some margiis keep their cats or dogs or their pets on their lap and in that way they do sadhana – but that should not be treated as real sadhana, but rather as a show of sadhana. One of my known margiis was even keeping his two little monkeys on both his legs during meditation. But as I say this is not at all proper.’

HOW THAT DADA FEEL ASLEEP AND HIT ME

Acaryaji added, ‘I have seen in various units that in dharmacakra when sadhana starts some margiis start yawning and some in half sleep start waving back and forth. And others are hunched over and then they straighten their backs and then again they become hunched over. But all these types of movements are not good’.

Acaryaji also reminded us of one incident where in dharmacakra he was doing sadhana and all of a sudden the front side of one Dada’s head hit him squarely on the back. Acaryaji was startled by this and then he saw that the Dada whose head hit him woke up and again that Dada straightened himself and made his back straight.

BABA’S TEACHING

In conclusion Acaryaji said, ‘Sadhana is very important. And in the following teachings Baba is giving emphasis and importance to sadhana, our spiritual practice’.

Ananda Marga spiritual philosophy states, “Those human beings who do not perform spiritual practice are under the influence Prakrti…I have said before that there can be no progress either in the realm of physicality or in the realm of intellectuality. Those who are hankering for progress in these fields are indulging in a self-cheating business. Whether they admit it or not, they know that they know nothing. Ask them whether they are getting pleasure in the realm of physicality. They will admit that they are not. Ask a good business man whether he is earning good profits. His reply will be, ‘What profit? I am incurring losses’. This will be his reply whether you belong to Income Tax Department or not! To run after progress in the realm of physicality and intellectuality is utter foolishness, a waste of time, as there is no progress in these fields.” (8)

Ananda Marga spiritual philosophy states, “When you come in close contact with the Supreme Entity, you will find that you have no wealth superior to devotion. All worldly possessions will prove of no avail. Only devotion enables you to come into close contact with Him. This is the goal of human life. This is true progress. You have been wandering through the labyrinth of a myriad of lives. You have been ever advancing toward this stage. Knowingly or unknowingly, you are being drawn unto Him. This is the summum bonum of life. As long as you have not realized Him, there is no siddhi in your life.” (9)

SPECIAL GUIDELINES ON SADHANA

Here in this next series of quotes Baba guides us that we are do sadhana in the prime of our life.

“Some people consider that one should start intuitional practice in old age when a person has more leisure.” (10)

“Whoever is born is bound to die and one is constantly approaching death, not knowing when it will come. It is never certain if one will live to grow old. Yet people reserve the most important work of practising sa’dhana’ for the time when the body has become completely enfeebled and the fatuous mind of old age.” (11)

“There is no value in remembering God in old age, when it is not possible to concentrate the mind due to the weakness and disease of the body and its preoccupation with the reactions (sam’ska’ras) of the deeds of this life. The mind then is caught up in the infirmities of the body, in the diseases of old age, impending death, and most of all, in memories of past incidents, and it is impossible to concentrate the mind. For these reasons one is incapable of intuitional practice. (12)

At His lotus feet,
Bhavanath

Note 1: MORE ABOUT THOSE RELIGIONS

For more about those religions that move about when they pray and workshop, read more about them here.

http://anandamargauniversal.blogspot.com/2013/06/which-religions-move-in-prayer.html

REFERENCES
1. AV-34, p.73
2. 26 July 1980, Udaipur
3. AV-17, 14 Jan 1980
4. AV-17: 14 Jan 1980
5. AV-17
6. AV-17
7. AV-17
8. SS part 10
9. SS part 10
10. AMEP ’92, p. 134
11. AMEP
12. AMEP

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

Baba

“A’ka’she a’loke bhese ja’y tava mahima’ri katha’…” (PS 3287)

Puport:

O’ Parama Purusa, You are the most magnificent One. The tale of Your glory and grandeur is floating and permeating throughout each and every molecule of the vast, blue sky and in the effulgence – everywhere. O’ my Lord, Your story, the story of the ever-present, Ancient One, is glittering in all the realms: in both bhuloka and duloka – in the physical and spiritual worlds. Baba, You are so gracious.

O’ Ancient, Divine One, You are eternally, ever-new. Baba, You are always, intrinsically with everyone – just like their vital force, just like their pra’na. Baba, You always remain present in my feeling, ideation, and intuition. For that reason this eternal longing of my heart is for You and You alone.

O’ Parama Puruas Baba, with the flow of effulgence You color my mind, and You are sitting in the depths of my ideation playing Your divine flute in the deep core of my heart. Baba, You are so compassionate: You do not neglect or overlook anyone. You graciously goad everyone towards divinity; You show everyone the path which leads to immortality.

Baba, please shower Your causeless grace; I surrender at Your lotus feet…

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Baba

Namaskar,
In the letter – Sadhana: Why To Control Lower Cakras First – there is reference to certain religions where the followers move about when doing their prayer or worship, in which case the mind cannot concentrate properly.

Below we identify some of those religions:

1. Christians: In their approach to prayer, Christians kneel and then stand up and then kneel again. So they move when doing their worship. And in other Christian worship sessions they talk the whole time. So that is another way that they move their physical frame instead of remaining still.

2. Muslims: In their call to prayer, the Muslims also move their body and limbs in various directions – upwards and backwards. Then they place their forehead to the ground and then come up again etc. So there is a lot of movement in namaz.

3. Hindus: In their various forms of idol worship, such Hindus get up and down and may even feed their chosen deity. Or sometimes they lie down in prostration and then get up – and in then drag themselves foward – rise up – and then go down in prostration again. And there are many other ways that Hindus move their bodies when worshiping their deity.

All of the above three religions move their physical bodies in worship; they do not engage in silent, motionless meditation

4. Buddhism: Some of the various Buddhists sects do remain silent and still, but their approach to meditation involves emptying the mind. Theirs is an atheistic approach devoid of devotion.

So the only answer then is to seek out a path that engages in sustained, quiet, God-centered meditation. That is the Ananda Marga method of sadhana.

Here below are some quotes from the main letter…

Ananda Marga philosophy states, “If someone is constantly thinking that he will have to sit down at a certain time, stand up at a certain time, catch hold of one’s nose or ears at a certain time, the mind will automatically tend to become restless. Such is the intimate relation between the body and the mind.” (AV-17)

Acaryaji added, ‘That is why in our Ananda Marga system sadhakas are taught to do sadhana in postures like padmasana or siddhasana. This very science is not known to the various religions. That is why in their prayers they move about: Sometimes standing, then kneeling, then sitting, then placing their hands on their head etc. On other occasions they talk the entire time so their jaw and tongue are moving, and other times they move up and down and all around. But all these movements are distracting to the mind. And that is what Baba is explaining here’.

“If someone is constantly thinking that he will have to sit down at a certain time, stand up at a certain time, catch hold of one’s nose or ears at a certain time, the mind will automatically tend to become restless. Such is the intimate relation between the body and the mind.” (AV-17)

Acaryaji said, ‘In such type of ritualistic prayers when the body is moving hither and thither, then the mind also gets restless. So altogether the idea is that the body should be motionless while doing sadhana. And in that condition naturally sadhana will be better. Also bear in mind that there should not be any confusion about our movement in kiirtan. Kiirtan is not sadhana it is sadhanaunga – a helping tool of sadhana. That is why after doing kiirtan we alwyas sit for meditation. In contrast, the various religions just move and never sit still. The one religion that does sit for meditation is atheistic in nature. So that will not work. Only in Ananda Marga is there a God-centered meditation practice where one sits silently and brings the mind from low to high, by His grace.’

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23 Jun 2013 22:43:59 -0000

Baba

(1) Posting: Special Way To Call Parama Purusa + More;
(2) Comment From Readers: From Sukulji on “Story: My Repentance”;
(3) Prabhat Samgiita #838.

== SPECIAL WAY TO CALL PARAMA PURUSA + MORE ==

Namaskar,
During the second week of January 1979, I attended one of Baba’s general darshans. And on that occasion He beautifully explained the essential quality and inner spirit of both the Ista mantra and Guru mantra.

THE INTIMACY OF OUR ISTA MANTRA

In His description of the Ista mantra, Baba began by telling that in our family life, there are various ways people communicate with one another. Take the case of the personal relation between a mother and her son.

If the son’s given name is Ram Kumar then naturally the mother does not always like to address her son by his formal or legal name of Ram Kumar. Rather, in the closeness of their day to day living, the mother affectionately calls him ‘Ramu’. So the nickname ‘Ramu’ is one loving way for the mother to address her son.

Similar is case in the relation between the bhakta and Parama Purusa. Parama Purusa has countless official names or formal titles – one for each of His infinite attributions: Ajana Pathik, Mahasambhuti, Taraka Brahma, Sadguru, Liilamaya, etc. But all along there is one very special & meaningful way for the devotee to call Parama Purusa: That is with one’s Ista Mantra. This is the very personal and intimate way for the bhakta to call Parama Purusa.

As we all know, the very word “Ista” means ‘most loving’, ‘most dear’, ‘most intimate’ etc. So the Ista Mantra is one very loving way for the bhakta to devotionally address Parama Purusa. Thus when a sadhaka repeats or chants their Ista mantra they are calling Parama Purusa. That is the specialty of the Ista mantra in Ananda Marga meditation.

HIS INFINITE COMPASSION

When any sadhaka is sincerely calling Parama Purusa through the repetition of their Ista mantra then if the sadhaka’s mind is wandering here and there, even then Parama Purusa feels great compassion in His heart for that devotee and He lovingly responds. It is just like if one baby tries to speak to its mother but cannot due to its insufficient strength, then that time the mother understands the baby’s desire and she responds with all motherly love. Similarly Parama Purusa cannot sit idle or remain aloof whenever any sadhaka calls Him. Rather then and there the devotee’s call resonates in His heart and He responds.

THE SPECIALTY OF GURU MANTRA

And with respect to Guru mantra, Baba has also given a special description.

Baba graciously guides us that when we do any action in this world then we have to remember that Guru is along with us – witnessing everything. When we think that Parama Purusa is indeed watching our each and every move, then that itself is Guru mantra: ‘Parama Purusa is watching me. Wherever I am – I am never alone – constantly He is watching me.’ This is the feeling behind Guru mantra, or second lesson also known as madhuvidya.

ANANDA MARGA MANTRA SYSTEM IS PERSONALISED

MUST NOT USE OTHERS MANTRA

Sadguru Baba has graciously given a special system wherein each sadhaka in Ananda Marga receives their own personal Ista mantra and Guru mantra. The mantras are uniquely suited to each practitioner based on their inherent samskaras. The acarya assigns the mantra according to Guru’s prescribed system. So one must use the mantra assigned by the acarya as Baba Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji has infused that mantra with Guru shakti. By this way, when repeated sincerely, that mantra leads to liberation, by His grace. So one must never use or borrow or experiment with anyone else’s mantra. It will not be suited to you and may even bring out harm in some way.

BABA’S TEACHINGS ON ISTA MANTRA

Directly below is a series of quotes on the importance and use of one’s personal Ista mantra. Following that is a seires of quotes on the importance and use of one’s Guru mantra. Thereafter lies a summary of this letter.

THE ISTA MANTRA IS THE

WAY TO CALL THE LORD

“The most proper name for Parama Puruśa, the most suitable name, the most activating name that a person can use, is that person’s own Iśt́a mantra. For that person, other names of Parama Puruśa are no name at all. This is the correct attitude. As you have heard before, once Hanuman was asked, “You are well-versed and you know one thousand and one names for Parama Puruśa, yet you keep repeating ‘Rama, Rama’. Why?” To this Hanuman replied – and his reply was full of teaching –

Shriináthe Jánakiináthe cábheda Paramátmani;
Tathápi mama sarvasvah Rámah kamalalocanah.

“I know that Shriinátha and Jánakiinátha are one from the spiritual point of view. From the spiritual point of view Shriinátha and Jánakiinátha are one and inseparable.” Tathápi mama sarvasvah – “Nevertheless, Rama is everything for me, and I do not recognize Náráyańa or anybody else. For me the word ‘Náráyańa’ has no value.”
“So you must remember, the Iśt́a mantra of a person is everything for that person; other mantras are no mantra for that person.” (1)

ISTA MANTRA LEADS TO ENLIGHTENMENT

“Regarding one’s Iśt́a mantra – first, what’s the meaning of iśt́a? Iśt́a means “loving”, “favourite”, “dear”, “attractive”, “goal”, “terminus”, “desideratum”. There are so many imports of that single term iśt́a. And mantra? There is no proper English word for the Sanskrit word mantra. We use the word “incantation” for mantra, but it is not a proper word for the Sanskrit term. In Sanskrit, the spirit of the term mantra is Mananát tárayet yastu sa mantrah parikiirtitah [“A mantra is that collection of sounds which, when meditated upon, leads to liberation”].” (2)

“For a sa’dhaka, the most valuable thing is his Is’t’a Mantra. With the help of the Is’t’a Mantra or his personal incantation, a sa’dhaka will attain enlightenment.” (3)

IF THE MIND IS NOT CONCENTRATED IN SADHANA

DO KIIRTAN

“Suppose someone is sitting in a particular place, reciting his or her Iśt́a mantra silently. If the mind is engaged elsewhere, then the repetition of the Iśt́a mantra is nothing but a wastage of time. So no one should do such a type of japa or repetition; we do not recognize it as japa at all. In order to do japa, sufficient mental strength and mental equilibrium or equipoise is required. In the midst of wordily squabbles and intrigues, the repetition of one’s Iśt́a mantra is not all possible. This is why I advise people to do kiirtana loudly some time before meditation; because after kiirtana the mind is elevated to a great extent, and in that elevated state of mind, one can easily concentrate in meditation.” (4)

PERSON ISTA MANTRA LEADS ONE TO THE SUPREME

“For a spiritual aspirant, for a sádhaka, his or her Iśt́a mantra is prańava, because it goads the person towards the Supreme Entity; it guides the person towards the Supreme Entity; it helps the person in coming in contact with, or rather becoming one with, or ensconcing oneself in, that Entity. So for a sádhaka, oṋḿkára is not prańava; his or her Iśt́a mantra is prańava. And that’s why so much importance is attached to one’s own Iśt́a mantra. And one must also remember that for each and every sádhaka the most important of all words is his or her Iśt́a mantra. For a particular sádhaka, the only meaningful word, and the most precious word, is that person’s own personal Iśt́a mantra. For the sádhaka, the Iśt́a mantras of others have no value. For you the most meaningful, most valuable, mantra is your personal Iśt́a mantra; and others’ personal Iśt́a mantras have no value for you. They are meaningless words. Do you follow?” (5)

YOU MUST NEVER FORGET YOUR ISTA MANTRA

IT IS THE MOST VALUABLE WORD FOR YOU

“You boys and girls, you know that one should go on repeating one’s Iśt́a Mantra. Always you are doing your work, but you are not repeating your Iśt́a Mantra in your mind. Why? Because you have forgotten the fact that you should repeat it in your mind. Your memory is not strong. That’s why you have forgotten it. Here Lord Buddha said, Samyak Smrti, that is, you must not forget, you must never forget that it is your foremost duty to take the name of the Lord, to repeat your Iśt́a Mantra. It is Samyak Smrti, proper memory.” (6)

“You sádhakas, you boys, you girls, should remember that the most valuable, the most important, word in this universe for you is your personal Iśt́a mantra; and for you, all other words bear no significance, no meaning, no importance.” (7)

PROTECT THE SECRECY OF YOUR ISTA MANTRA

“Your Iśt́a mantra is your most cherished object. This is why its secrecy should be maintained. Something which is very, very dear to one’s heart should be preserved very carefully. Hence it is said that one’s Iśt́a mantra should not be repeated aloud, it should be repeated mentally. And the mind will move towards the Átmá [Soul] while repeating it. In a person’s life it will continue to [resonate] internally, not externally. Finally, with the help of mantra, one will attain mantra caetanya. And when one attains mantra caetanya, one finds a beacon to guide one onward towards his or her goal.” (8)

DHRUVASMRTI:

REPEAT YOUR MANTRA EVEN WHILE SLEEPING

“If the symphony of meditation or japa persists for some time, and if in the natural course of events the jiiva does not forsake the meditation or japa, then loss of memory does not occur. This state is called dhruvásmrti, or “infallible, eternal memory”. A sádhaka with this capacity continues his or her dhyána and japa even in sleep. This kind of japa is called ajapá japa – which is to say, without one actually performing japa, japa is going on.” (9)

SPIRIT OF GURU MANTRA– MADHUVIDYA

Here is the section with a series of quotes about the significance and meaning of Guru mantra.

HE IS ALWAYS WITH YOU – WATCHING YOU – HELPING YOU

“He is the witness of all the worlds, all the deeds done in this universe. Nothing is secret for Him. You cannot do anything nor think anything without being witnessed by Him. If anyone says, ‘I am not being witnessed by anybody,’ He will be witnessing this utterance. So as the witnessing Entity He is always with you. This is the greatest assurance, because when you know that He is with you, your mental strength will increase a thousand-fold, because He is always with you to help you…you are never alone, you are never weak, you are never helpless. So the duty of a perfect human being, the duty of a spiritual aspirant is always to remember this supreme truth – that one is never alone, one is always with Supreme Father. He will always help you.” (10)

DO NOT CONSULT THE STARS – TAKE GURU MANTRA

“You shall not take into account the dates and stars while setting out on a journey. You may, as necessary, set out for your destination after ascribing Brahma-hood to your journey through guru mantra. If you are to consult the dates and stars at every step, you are to carry an almanac with you all the time – something which is truly contrary to nature.” (11)

REPETITION OF GURU MANTRA REMINDS ONE OF THE GOAL

“One should move ahead in one’s mission after determining one’s goal. Once the goal is fixed there remains almost no possibility, of error; hence you should always remember your goal. But once you fall into the trap of error it leads to danger. This is the reason why I advise people to remember their guru mantra, to always remain aware of the goal. The souls of those people who practice sa’dhana’ in this way enter the abode of Brahma.” (12)

REPEAT GURU MANTRA BEFORE ALL MUNDANE WORKS

“When you conduct your worldly activities, beginning with buying supplies from the ration shop, buying tickets for a sporting event or buying a railway ticket, everything is fraught with anxieties. Whatever you do, repeat your Guru mantra in your mind. In other words, while doing your work take the name of Parama Puruśa so that your action will be sanctified. If you find that you are not in a position to do anything else, then sing kiirtana loudly. In this way you will always remain close to Lord.” (13)

DO NOT GET CAUGHT UP IN UPADHARMAS

DO GURU MANTRA AND REMEMBER THE REAL DHARMA

“All dharmas have upadharmas [secondary characteristics]. Human life is no exception. For example, to provide for your family you require some sort of employment – be it agriculture, trading or business – you have to keep the house clean, feed everyone, and so on. These are the secondary characteristics included within the fundamental human dharma. What normally happens in human life? People get caught up in the secondary characteristics. For instance, when eating delicious food people often say “How good it tastes! But if it only had a bit more spice in it, then it would taste even better.” Being engrossed in the secondary dharma, people all too easily deviate from their main dharma. In ancient India, the usual custom was to offer a part of one’s meal to God before eating it. The spirit was, “May I remember You with every bit of food.” In Ananda Marga there is a system of applying guru mantra before commencing any action. The psycho-philosophy behind guru mantra is to transform the secondary dharma into the primary dharma at the psychic level. If this were not done then one’s secondary dharma would predominate. Much precious time is wasted by those who follow their secondary dharmas.” (14)

GURU MANTRA:

ALWAYS MOVE IN BRAHMA

““Brahmacaryam” – that is “moving in Brahma while eating”. What sort of eating? The person is getting all sorts of physical, psychic and supra-psychic pabula from the Cosmic Body of Brahma. Thus he who is moving in Brahma with the help of his second lesson, guru mantra, is brahmacárii. He always remembers the fact that all his movements are within the Cosmic Body of Brahma.” (15)

WAY TO FEEL YOUR LINK WITH HIM

“Suppose, there is a drop of water in an ocean. When the drop feels its unity with the ocean, the drop no longer remains as a drop, it becomes the ocean. But when it feels its separation from the ocean, it is nothing but a drop of water. So, when a human being feels his/her unity with the Supreme Lord and feels that he/she is not an ordinary person, but the blessed child of the Supreme Father and when becomes one with him, then he/she is no longer an ordinary person. He/she acquires immense power, immense vitality, infinite vitality and this is your Yoga in the physical sphere. You should always remember that a man or a woman is an ordinary person when separated from the Supreme Father, but he/she becomes Supreme when one with the Supreme. This we do with the help of our Guru Mantra. This is Yoga in the physical sphere.” (16)

CONQUERS ALL FEAR

“In the case of a psychic disease or when one gets afraid while coming in contact with those luminous bodies or recreated minds, those preśitamánasas, what is the medicine? The medicine is, do kiirtana or devotional chanting. Do kiirtana for one minute or repeat your guru mantra, and that “ghost” will instantly vanish into thin air. So under no circumstances should you be afraid.” (17)

GURU MANTRA IS RIGHT MEMORY:

NEVER FORGET THE LORD

“Now I think there are so many graduates amongst you, and doctors – if you are asked to appear for the examination, the medical final, will you be able to pass just now? No. You have forgotten everything. Your smrti, that is, your memory, will not help you. The smrti has become – what? Very dilute, very faint, due to constant waning. What should be the best smrti? I think your ácáryas told you that you should repeat and recite your Iśt́a mantra whenever possible; I think this was the instruction of your ácáryas, was it not? Internally, Iśt́a mantra and guru mantra. But you forget it. Because your smrti is very dilute. So the best object of smrti is Parama Puruśa. Never forget Him. Always take His name, as per the advice of your ácárya. This is samyak smrti, that is, proper memory. The person who is established, the spiritual aspirant who is established, in samyak smrti, that is, who never forgets the Lord, is called – that particular state of mind is called dharmamegha samádhi, that is, the person is established in proper smrti. That bliss enjoyed by the spiritual aspirant is called dharmamegha samádhi.”
(18)

SEE ALL AS THE EXPRESSION OF THE ONE

“If people become more and more regular in the application of their guru mantra, then on one hand they will be able to perform more and more physical activities, and at the same time they will be able to avoid creating new saḿskáras (reactive momenta). Regarding vipáka it can also be said that human beings must treat all the objects of this universe in the proper perspective as the various expressions of Parama Puruśa, and learn how to apply madhuvidyá even while discharging their mundane duties.” (19)

MANTRA JAPA ALL THE 24HRS

“Kuru puńyam ahorátram. You should be engaged in puńya work ahorátram. Ahorátram means “all the twenty-four hours”…Now, one may ask, “In the daytime you may do puńya work, but while sleeping how can you do puńya work?” The reply is that for doing puńya work, you require psycho-spiritual strength. For doing something bad you do not require any moral courage, or any spiritual strength. But for doing good work you must have moral and spiritual strength. That strength you acquire through dhyána and japa – that is, meditation and repeating the incantation within your mind.”
“Now this japa is adjusted to your breathing, inhalation and exhalation. So if you practise it properly what will happen? Even while sleeping, automatically this japa kriyá will go on in accordance with your respiration – in accordance with your inhalation and exhalation. So while asleep you can do this thing. This is called ajapájapa. That is, there is no special endeavour from your side – the japa goes on automatically. Thus during the night you can also do puńya. Kuru puńyam ahorátram – “For all the twenty-four hours you can do puńya.”” (20)

PARAMA PURUSA IS MINE

“[Some] think, ‘I have nothing of my own. Everything is gone. I am undone.’ Such a negative outlook can only be cured with the constant auto-suggestion, ‘Parama Purus’a is mine,’ which in the language of Tantra is called guru mantra.” (21)

CULTIVATE THE HABIT TO ALWAYS REPEAT GURU MANTRA

“You should remember to use guru mantra regularly before every action. One attains success in the field of action by the right application of guru mantra. Some of you, I do not say all, often forget to use guru mantra before starting an activity. If you do forget, repeat it after completing the action. When one no longer makes such a mistake, that is, when one always remembers to use guru mantra…one experiences an unbroken flow of bliss in one’s mind.” (22)

CONCLUSION:

CALLING AND REMEMBERING HIM

So by our Ista mantra we are lovingly calling Parama Purusa and in the Guru mantra we remember that ‘He is watching me.’ These are the beautiful ways Baba described these two mantras in His special darshan that day.

The way in which you call Him defines the relationship as either close or far. The more intimate the name one uses to refer to Parama Purusa, the closer the relationship. Likewise, the more frequently one takes Guru mantra, the one more will think that Parama Purusa is watching me.

It is important to understand that every practitioner must use their own mantra as it has been assigned to them. Guru Himself has created the system where every sadhaka is given a mantra based on their own, unique samskaras. According to that system, the acarya selects the mantra. Thus one must never use the mantra of any other sadhaka. What to speak of not having the desired effect, doing so may be harmful.

So in devotional life, one is to practice these two mantras accordingly. In the repetition of our Ista mantra the sadhaka is calling Parama Purusa in a deeply loving and personal way – requesting His close proximity. And by Guru mantra, the bhakta is recalling His ever-present gaze, remembering that ‘He witnesses my each and every action.”

With the proper use of these two mantras, the sadhaka spiritualizes each and every aspect of their life and makes great strides in attaining the Supreme stance – by His grace.

Namaskar,
In Him,
Subhash

Note: BABA STORIES ABOUT THE POWERFUL EFFECT OF GURU MANTRA

Here are more postings about the importance and practice of second lesson:

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

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/12/baba-story-divine-power-of-kiirtan.html

REFERENCES
1. SS-21, Nama and Namii
2. AV-23, ‘Omnkara and Ista Mantra’
3. SS-18, ‘The Lord and His Name’
4. SS-12, How An Ideal Person Should Live
5. AV-23, ‘Omnkara and Ista Mantra’
6. AV-14, The Fundamental Principles of Life
7. AV-23, ‘Omnkara and Ista Mantra’
8. SS-24, Incantation & Human Progress
9. Yoga Psychology, Under the Shelter of the Guru
10. Istanbul, 1979
11. Caryacarya, part 1
12. Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life – 10
13. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 10, The Supreme Entity – the Non-Doer
14. Namami Krsnasundaram, Párthasárathi Krśńa and Dvaetaváda (Discourse 18)
15. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 1, The Glory of Pranava
16. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 14, What is Yoga
17. Yoga Psychology, Are Ghosts Hallucinations
18. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 30
19. Ananda Marga Ideology & Way of Life – 11
20. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 12, Puńya All Twenty-Four Hour
21. Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell – 8
22. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 7, ‘An Exemplary Life’

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Comment From Readers

Subject: Re: Story: My Repentance
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2013 23:23:24 +0530
From: tr sukul <trsukulsagar@g……
To: Ananda Marga Universal

Respected dadaji,
Namaskar.
The story confirms that the truth can never remain hidden. To err is human nature but it becomes admirable when one eliminates it, as soon as it is realized. Repentance, for the error done knowingly, may be the tool to clean the dirt of mind but, as a rule the reactions of actions are certain to be experienced. Dadaji may have cleaned his mind before Mr. Rajuji or Mr. Vermaji, stating their names in this news letter, but he did not acquire sufficient courage to disclose his own name publicly.
Regards,
TRS

Here is a link to that original letter to which Sukulji is responding:

http://anandamargauniversal.blogspot.com/2013/06/story-my-repentance.html
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******** Prabhat Samgiita #838

“A’mi a’ro keno kichu bhuli na’, shudhu bhule tha’ki tavo na’m…” (P.S. #838)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, it is so unfortunate and painful that I always forget Your divine name. I cannot remember it constantly, because worldly things always come in my mind. And those mundane things I always remember, only I forget Your name. O’ my Dearmost, please grace me. I want to remember Your name all the time – within each and every breath and respiration – but alas I forget.

O’ Divine Entity, although I don’t chant Your name and remember You, even then I can see that You love me. By Your grace I always feel Your love, especially when I look towards You. You are very charming and gracious. O’ Parama Purusa, You are the most magnificent One. When by Your grace the stars shower from Your heavenly effulgent bosom, then the effulgence from those particles fills my heart with divine ecstasy.

Baba, the Parama Purusa, You are the most compassionate One. The divine love which You have poured in my heart always vibrates my being and brings me to the divine world. Baba, by Your grace, today I do sastaunga pranam to You again and again with that tune and melody which You have resonated in my heart & mind.

O’ my Lord Baba, please shower Your causeless grace on me so that I always chant Your divine name…

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Sat, 22 Jun 2013

Baba

This entire email is composed of 2 parts:
(1) Posting: In and Out of Heaven and Hell
(2) Prabhat Samgiita #3478;

== IN AND OUT OF HEAVEN AND HELL ==

Namaskar,
For a long time I was confused on the point of heaven and hell. Do they really exist or not. In some discourses it is said that He is the controller of Hell. And then others it is stated that hell does not exist.

Here in this first series of quotes, one might get the feeling that an actual place called hell exists.

“Those who remain in hell are also with Parama Puruśa, are also dear to Him. To give them love, Parama Puruśa will have to remain in hell with them.” (1)

“If we say that He is only in heaven, it will not be a correct utterance, because He is in hell also. His sons, His daughters, are never alone. He is with you even in hell.” (2)

At face value, some may think that the above teachings give rise to the existence of hell, while in other teachings Baba pointedly affirms that there is no heaven or hell.

“There is no hell or heaven, and no one will go to hell or heaven for eternity after death.” (3)

That was the cause of my confusion.

CONTRADICTION IS NOT POSSIBLE

I was thinking that certainly there cannot be any contradiction in our Ananda Marga teachings because after all Baba is Parama Purusa and He always tells the perfect truth and He is beyond time, place, and person. He is the controller of everything so there cannot be any contradiction.

Mostly I was feeling that Ananda Marga shastra is so deep and vast that it needs to be explained properly. That is why in Namah Shiva’ya Shantaya, Baba tells that the scripture should be well-explained by a qualified person.

To understand this topic of heaven and hell I consulted with a senior member of our Ananda Marga – for two reasons:
(1) In Samskrta words often have two or more meanings;
(2) Scripture is written in a very concise manner.

That is why I felt I needed further explanation to understand this point of heaven and hell.

POSING MY QUERY ABOUT HEAVEN AND HELL TO ACARYAJI

I reached to an acarya. And I placed my question. And he replied that, “Baba’s discourses are very deep. To understand them you have to undergo serious review. Then you will find that what Baba has written that is apta vakya, perfect. There is no question of any contradiction.”

On the point of heaven and hell, here the Family Acarya’s reply was very simple. He told that, “Read this discourse of 7th April ’79, Patna. The point will be very clear.”

And he also began to explain as follows.

HEAVEN AND HELL ARE A REFLECTION OF ONE’S SUBCONSCIOUS MIND

Human beings have various kosa and lokas. The manomaya kosa – also known as svarga loka, and it is there that people undergo happiness and sorrow.

“It is Svarloka which is called the Manomaya world and it is in this stratum that a person experiences pleasure and pain.” (4)

Here the matter is that this svarloka refers to one’s subconscious mind. When that subconscious mind is involved in spiritual ideation then that person is in heaven and when they are involved in degrading thoughts then they are in hell. (Note: For more about the subconscious mind please refer to the heading “About Subconscious Mind” beneath the signature)

For instance, there are some people who think, “nobody loves me”, or “this world is coming to an end – doomsday”, or “I am lost and disconnected and hate this world.” Those harboring such thoughts in their mental plate – in their subconscious mind – are in hell. This type of thinking brings so much suffering and leads them to the brink of devastation. All because their subconscious mind is polluted.

In contrast, there are established sadhakas who constantly think, “I am the child of Parama Purusa and He is always helping me & taking care of me”, or “I am the disciple of Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji and I have come on this earth to propagate His glory.” Such bhaktas are in heaven because their subconscious mind is always absorbed in the Divine.

The conclusive idea is that when one does good deeds and undergoes the positive reaction – either in this life or a future life – then one feels happy. This might take the form of some kind of victory, or receiving all types of support etc. Or, if one did not study hard for an examination but got a top mark, then they are reaping a good samskara from the past. This joyous reaction and feeling in the mind from a prior action is known as svarga (heaven). In contrast, if someone studied very hard for an examination but became ill during the exam and could not pass, then that is the negative reaction of their prior bad deed, either from this life or a previous life. In that case they are undergoing a negative samskara. The suffering or sadness experienced in the mind is what we call hell.

THERE IS A DARK SIDE AND A LIGHT SIDE

Acaryaji furthermore continued:

We all have human mind and with that comes a dark side and a good side. When people are moving towards spirituality that is the brighter side, and when attracted by those negative propensities that is the darker portion.

In that dark side there are seven lower stages, or degrees of degeneration. There are some who are so degenerated that they do robberies and cheat others, yet when confronted they justify their wrongful actions. They say, “This is the way; everybody is doing like this; so accordingly I am doing the same.” Their mind is very low – they do not understand their own darkness. This is an example of that lower side.

And this lower side is not just related with criminal behaviour. If a tourist gets seriously ill on their big trip then they may be very sad and depressed. And this depression could last for a long time as they relive that memory. That pain is felt in their subconscious mind.

Essentially anytime one undergoes suffering or relives past suffering in their subconscious mind then they are living in hell. That is naraka.

Then there are those whose minds are very bright. Day and night they are working for the service and welfare of others. They are dedicated to pleasing Parama Purusa and working for the upliftment of all. Such persons are established in sentient thoughts. Thus they are in the divine world.

So this entire description of heaven and hell is wholly dependent on one’s state of mind and dealing; it is not a physical place. Accordingly, hell is not a particular place, but condition wherein the mind is immersed in and surrounded by avidya maya; similarly heaven is not a particular place but a state of mind where one’s mental realm is ensconced in the thought of the Supreme.

We should always keep in mind that Parama Purusa Himself always remains with depressed people as well as happy persons. He graciously remains with all.

HEAVEN AND HELL ARE NOT ANY PARTICULAR PLACE

“Same way, in the world of effulgence, nectar, there are seven layers – bhuhloka, bhuvahloka, svahloka, mahahloka, janahloka, tapahloka, satyaloka. Parama Purusa is the controller of these two worlds, heaven and hell. You must not forget that all these seven lokas which are the underworld, of hell, or these higher lokas which are the world of effulgence, they are not any particular place. They are different stages of mind.” (5)

So here Baba tells that hell is not some physical place like a different planet or the moon – rather it is a state of mind.

THERE IS NO PLACE UP OR DOWN EITHER

In this next section, Baba uses the directions “up” and “down” as metaphors to refer to a state of mind, i.e. high mind versus low mind. Baba makes it very clear, that hell is a status of mind.

Ananda Marga philosophy states, “Those human beings who do not do sadhana for their spiritual development, they are sure to get degenerated. Because in this universe, nothing is immobile. Whether one likes it or not, one has to move. So those who are not doing the sadhana of moving upward, they will not remain where they are. Rather they will fall down. Because, they will have to move. If one does not go up, then one has to go down. There are seven layers of the mind, towards the downwards direction also. -Tala, atala, vital, tala’tala, pa’ta’la, atipa’ta’la, and rasa’tala. Those human beings who are crude minded, reach in hell– rasa’tala. That is the lower-most stage. Such a human being is not human. He is not animal also. The stage of such a person, is lower than animal…”
“When human beings get completely degenerated, then they create logic and reasoning in the favor of their sinful deeds. So you think carefully. That is the stage of cimmerian darkness where human beings cannot see their own hand. Because they are surrounded by anda tamisra’, lower most of lower lokas, rasa’tala. This is the path of degeneration.” (6)

And here Baba further describes that stage of degeneration.

Ananda Marga philosophy states, “Those who have human body but their deeds are not humane, what is their stage? Their body is in bhurloka, but their mind is far lower than bhurloka. After such demise they not got get human form. Instead they will be crudified a become like wood, bricks, and stone. These are all truth – logical things. But the tales of heaven and hell, vahista-dozalokha is just gossip talk.” (7)

After reading this, the whole point is very clear. That, these worlds heaven and hell, have no physical existence. It is a stage of mind. When one does sadhana and feels the proximity of Parama Purusa Baba, then one is in the higher world. And when mind is degenerated, selfish, and engaged in heinous and sinful activities, then they are a creature of hell.

MORE ABOUT THE SO-CALLED PHYSICAL EXISTENCE OF HELL

In the following quotes, Baba talks in such a way about hell that some people may get confused and wrongly conclude that hell is one physical place.

Ananda Marga philosophy states, “U’ta’mrtasyesha’no: He is not only the Lord of heaven, He is the Lord of hell also. U’ta’ means hell. So even a sinner of hell should not become mentally disturbed because the Lord of hell is with him.” (8)

Ananda Marga philosophy states, “The loving inspiration of Shiva made those mute people eloquent, and they proclaimed with a sweet smile on their faces, Hararme pita’ Gaorii ma’ta’ svadeshah bhuvanatrayam [“Shiva is my father, Pa’rvatii is my mother, and the three worlds of earth, heaven and hell are my native land”]. (9)

PLEASURE AND PAIN OCCUR IN THE MIND

“Svahloka means manomaya kosa. The feeling of pleasure and pain happens in this loka. Svah + ga = svarga. Svaloka is the subtle mind. And manomaya kosa means mental state.” (10)

SAMSKARAS EXIST IN THE SVARLOKA

NO BASIS FOR RELIGIOUS CONCEPTS OF HEAVEN AND HELL

Ananda Marga Philosophy states, “Svarloka – this is the pure mental sphere on which sukha and dhuka are experienced; it is also called Manomaya Jagat, Manomaya Kośa in individuals. It is in this sphere that the saskáras exist. According to mythology, after the death of the physical body or Annamaya Kośa, people go to svarga or naraká, heaven or hell. The fact is that the samskáras which determine the individuality of unit being situated in this svarloka. The Christian and Muslim ideas of heaven and hell and also svarga in Hindu Karmakandi Jaemini Partná, were derived from the fact that the samskáras which determine the requitals of actions exists exits in this loka. In reality no kośa will remain after death. The samskáras remains as the object of the átman. Thus the ideas of heaven and hell of the Hindu, Christian and Muslim mythologies are completely false, because after death there remains no mind at all to experience heaven or hell.” (11)

BABA’S SPECIAL TEACHING IN HINDI

Here is one of Baba’s teachings related with this entire topic (put in dark blue and bigger font)

सप्तलोक क्या है ? एक ही साथ है, कोई अलग-अलग दुनिया नहीं है | सप्त लोक में निम्नतर लोक जो भूर्लोक, physical world | ऊर्ध्वतम लोक, जो सत्य लोक, वह तो परमपुरुष में स्थित | और, इन दोनों के बीच जो पञ्च लोक हैं, वही है पञ्चकोष | मानव मन का पाँच कोष, पाँच स्तर | भुवः, स्वः, महः, जनः, तपः, सत्य | भुवः है स्थूल मन, जो प्रत्यक्षरूपेण शारीरिक कर्म के साथ सम्पर्कित | और स्वः लोक है सूक्ष्म मन | मानसिक मनोमय कोष, मानसिक जगत्‌ | मुख्यतः सुख-दुःख की अनुभूति {हो} होती है कहाँ ? स्वर्लोक में, मनोमय कोष में | तो, यह जो स्वर्लोक है, इसी को लोग स्वर्ग कहते हैं | स्वः युक्त “ग”, स्वर्ग | सुख-दुःख की अनुभूति यहीं होती है | तो, मनुष्य अच्छा कर्म करने के बाद मन में जो तृप्ति होती है, वह मन के स्वर्लोक में अर्थात्‌ मनोमय कोष में होती है | तो, ये स्वर्लोक हमेशा तुम्हारे साथ हैं | तुम सत्कर्म करते हो, तुम मानव से अतिमानव बनते हो तो, स्वर्लोक ख़ुशी से भर जाता है | और, तुम मनुष्य के तन में, मनुष्य की शकल में अधम कर्म करते हो, तो स्वर्लोक दुःख में भर जाता है, मन में ग्लानि होती है, आत्मग्लानि होती है | तो, स्वर्ग-नरक अलग नहीं, इसी दुनिया में | और, तुम्हारे मन के अन्दर ही स्वर्ग छिपा हुआ है | तो, जो पण्डित हो चाहे अपण्डित हो, स्वर्ग-नरक की कहानी, किस्सा-कहानी सुनाते हैं, वे सभी काम नहीं करते हैं | वे मनुष्य को misguide करते हैं | विपद में परिचालित करते हैं, उनसे दूर रहना | वे dogma के प्रचारक हैं |– MD, May 19 Varanasi, v19-02-(H)

THIS ENTIRE TOPIC IS VERY CLEAR:

HEAVEN AND HELL ARE STATES OF MIND, NOT PHYSICAL PLACES

2-20 Na svargo na rasa’talah

“Purport: There exists no such thing as heaven or hell. When a person does a virtuous act or enjoys the fruits thereof, the environment around him is then called heaven; and when he does an evil act and endures the consequences thereof, then the environment around that person becomes a hell for him.” (12)

SPECIAL ANALOGY ABOUT HELL:

IT IS PITCH DARK – THERE IS NO SUNLIGHT

Here below Baba is giving an analogy about hell by stating it is a place that does not receive any sunlight.

Ananda Marga philosophy states, “Asuriya nam…Narak is the loka of the dark world. That means, the effulgence of the sun does not reach there. It is always surrounded with cimmerian darkness. Darkness is so deep, that human beings cannot see themselves. Such a deep darkness is called “anda tamisra'”. Where a human being cannot see oneself, or others. Is this a type of hell? Yes, where there is no effulgence, those who are covered by cimmerian darkness. Those who do not do spiritual practice, those who do not do sadhana, they move towards this loka of cimmerian darkness — rasatala, hell. Uta means hell. In the hell, there are seven layers: Tala, atala, vital, tala’tala, pa’ta’la, atipa’ta’la, and rasa’tala.” (13)

And here Baba’s use of ‘hell’ is to refer to a mental state can be likened to these following examples:

Similarly if when talking about someone you say ‘That person is negative’. It does not mean if you bring a north pole magnet near him it will attract. Because, your meaning is not about his physical body, but rather that his mind is negative.

Or if you say ‘That person is crude’, it does not mean that if you touch him or bring a hammer to his body, his body will be like stone. Because your sense refers not to his body, but to his mind which is crude.

Or if you say, ‘He is soft’. It does not mean that person’s body his soft. But rather, that his mind is soft.

And for example if you say, in discussing someone’s dogmatic view on something ‘That fellow is blind’. Then by that you mean not that the person is physically blind. But rather, that he is mentally blind and does not have a sense of discrimination.

So the above descriptions, although they use physical type language, but they refer to a person’s state of mind. And not their physical existence. Similarly, as Baba explains that hell is a state of mind. It is not something physical. But rather, it is a mental state.

PRESENT DAY EXAMPLE

This type of hellish mental state is exemplified for instance by those who cheat others to make a living. Here we are talking about adulterators who sell tampered products like fake gold or adulterated spices in order to earn lots of money. In this vaeshyan era, other professionals like money-lenders and middle-men also fall in this category. In all such cases, these people do not produce anything of value for the society, only they act as leeches sucking the life out of the society by their cheating tactics. Such persons are the lowest of the low.

SUMMARY STATEMENT

Heaven and hell do not exist; they are not actual places. There is no such thing as heaven and hell per se. They are simply states of mind. When one is feeling happy and blissful that is heaven and when one is feeling sad, scared, and depressed then that is hell. Thus heaven and hell merely depict one’s mental status – nothing more.

In any given 24-hour period, people may feel happy or sad. Or maybe they are sad the whole day and feeling blissful the next, or vice-versa. This is the common experience of most people: Revolving in and out of sadness and happiness. That is what is meant by being in and out of heaven and hell.

Namaskar,
In Him,
Ram

Note 1: ABOUT SUBCONSCIOUS MIND

What is the subconscious mind? It is that part of the mind which memorises the day to day events. This aspect of mind is our power of recollection. With this subconscious mind you can remember your friends, what you ate yesterday, what you did 10 days back or 10 minutes back. Everything is stored in the subconscious mind. This subconscious mind does not need help from the indriyas, i.e. sensory and motor organs, to re-create stored images in the mind. For instance, even if your grandmother lives 100 miles away, with your subconscious mind you will be able to visualise your grandmother in your mind. The motor and sensory organs are not needed.

Without the help of the subconscious mind we cannot do anything substantial because one will not have the required memory or knowledge. One will not even remember one second into the past. One will forget.

In contrast, the conscious mind only works with the help of motor and sensory organs. When those organs are not functioning the conscious mind cannot do anything. It does not store any information. When you saw the monkey at the store then it is the subconscious mind that memorises that image. Later on when you tell your story about the monkey with the help of the subconscious mind then you will be able to clearly visualise that monkey in your mind.

For more about the subconscious mind read:

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-to-cure-oneself-of-nightmares.html

Note 2: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed to help translate quotes such as the Hindi passage cited in the above posting – we look forward to your participation and support.

REFERENCES
1. SS-12, Puruśa
2. AV-23, Stages of Samádhi
3. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 3, Superstitions About Death
4. Subhasita Samgraha – 1, The Base and the Relative Truth
5. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 9 (H)
6. AV-24 Hindi, p.167
7. AV-19, Hindi, p.12
8. SS-11, p.51
9. NSS, p.233 ’85 Ed.
10. AV-19, p.10
11. Tattvika Praveshika, Some Questions and Answers on Ananda Marga Philosophy
12. Ananda Sutram, Sutra 2-20
13. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 9 (H)

******** Prabhat Samgiita #3478

“Tumi esecho diip jvelecho a’ndha’r dhara’te…” (P.S. 3478)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, You have come. You have lit the lamp of awakening in this dark world. The degenerated society is getting enlightened by Your grace. Those who were sleeping and crying in agony, You have awakened them and placed a sweet smile on their faces. And by Your grace now they are all smiling. Everyone’s life has changed.

Everyone is Yours; everyone is Your loving one. You are everyone’s close, personal, and own. You have intoxicated everyone’s mind by Your divine play – by Your liila. Baba You have come and You have shown the path of forward movement from darkness to light. It is Your grace. Baba, I surrender to You…

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Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:05:56

Baba

This entire posting is composed of 2 parts:
(1) Posting: How Baba Blessed that Doctor
(2) Prabhat Samgiita #2350;

== HOW BABA BLESSED THAT DOCTOR ==

Namaskar,
Baba has always given importance to sadhana. And as we know in human life there are three spheres: physical, psychic, and the top-most level which is spiritual. The spiritual controls the mental sphere directly, and the physical sphere indirectly. And the psychic sphere controls the physical arena. So although all are important, the most important is the spiritual realm. And that is the exact training we have directly received from our Guru.

In this regard, one story about the importance of spirituality comes to mind.

BABA STORY:

ATTENDING DR WOULD VISIT BABA IN JAIL

When Baba was living in jail, during certain periods and on various occasions He was not surrounded by many margiis, rather only non-margiis were there. Baba used to guide some of them on various spiritual points.

During one such period, Baba’s jail doctor was Dr. Kalwarji. Bear in mind that Dr. Kalwarji is not the nasty jail doctor who later poisoned Baba. Rather Dr. Kalwarji was a simple and innocent man who had deep reverence for Baba. Dr Kalwarji’s mother tongue was Maethilii and he was a non-margii. As the official doctor for the jail, his his duty was to care for Baba and watch over His health. For this reason, Dr Kalwarji went to check in on Baba everyday for health purposes. So he was there on official duty. However, because Dr. Kalwarji also revered Baba as a great master, on some of those occasions, Baba would tell him devotional stories and experiences of great bhaktas from the past.

The unique thing is that in the presence of Dr. Kalwarji, Baba would sing some of the devotional songs written by the great poet Vidyapati, who was also one great devotee of Lord Shiva. of course Baba’s grand stance is that of the Sadguru Parama Purusa. So His chief purpose was to guide Dr Kalwarji how great bhaktas like Vidyapati would address the Lord. One of the reasons why Baba chose the poetry of Shrii Vidyapati was because both Vidyapati and Dr Kalwarji shared the Maethilii language as their mother tongue.

As you may be aware Baba has cited Vidyapati on numerous occasions in His Subhasita Samgraha series of discourses. Here the point is that Baba with full heart would sing Vidyapati’s devotional songs in order to show how Vidyapati used to long for the Lord. Thus Baba’s approach was purely instructional. Thus on certain select occasions, Parama Purusa Baba would demonstrate this in the presence of Dr. Kalwarji.

THE SONG THAT BABA WOULD SING

And in so doing most of the time Baba would graciously sing this following song. By this way He could verily instruct and guide Dr Kalwarji on devotional life. This was Baba’s great blessing on Dr Kalwarji. Here below is one of the songs Baba would sing for instructional purposes.

Vrtha’ janma goina’yaluin
hena Prabhu na’ bhojaluin
Khoya’yalu soha gun’anidhi,
Hama’r karama manda
na milala eka bunda
Premasindhu rasaka abadhi.

Meaning:

Fruitless, O Lord, hath been my life
That sang not, Oh, of glories Thine;
Lost in the worldly rueful strife
And Lost Thee, alas, Ye Treasure-Mine.

Fate’s long portentous hand
With compassion, cold and daft,
Strayed me out of Thy Love’s strand,
Deprived, alas of a single draught. (1)

I wasted my entire life and did not meditate on my Prabhu
Running towards worldly things I lost You.
I was indulged in lowly and useless pursuits.
Alas, I could not get the beat of Your Grace,
Oh my most Beloved Parama Purusa.

Baba has graciously given this teaching in order to show how Vidyapati used to long for the Lord. And then years later Baba included some of these lines in Prabhat Samgiita #340 also: ‘Vrtha’ janma gama’yalun, heno prabhu na’…”. As the Sadguru Parama Purusa, Baba Himself wrote such devotional compositions so His disciples would learn how to express their inner heart feeling to the Lord.

DR KALWAR FELT BLESSED:

ON MANY OCCASIONS BABA WOULD SING

So in the presence of Dr. Kalwarji, Baba would graciously sing this above song to guide Dr Kalwarji. In response, Dr. Kalwar – who despite being non-margiis had a devotional heart – would later recount that, “I was so fortunate to hear Baba sing; the melody and sound was just like the pouring of nectar. It was so charming and attractive and it had such a divine vibration.”

Then with tears rolling down his cheeks, Kalwarji told that, “Even for someone who has a dry heart like me, this was very beautiful and I never felt such a fluttering feeling in my heart and a quivering sensation throughout my entire existence.”

So on a select occasions, he would listen to Baba sing for 20 minutes or half-an-hour. All the while Dr. Kalwarji would sit quiet and listen. Then after that he would have to attend to other cases etc. So he with a heavy heart he would have to depart, and Baba would lovingly bless him and grant him permission to attend to his other duties.

In this manner, Dr Kalwarji would regularly attend to his medical duty and check Baba, and on special occasions Baba blessed Dr Kalwarji withe opportunity to discuss on devotional topics.

All in all, in this grand liila of the Lord, Dr Kalwarji had an assigned role, and he was playing his role very diligently. This doctor was very helpful in certain organisational activities in those difficult days.

SPECIAL DEVOTIONAL EXPERIENCE:

DR. KALWAR BECAME ENSCONCED IN BABA’S GRACE

Then on one occasion Dr. Kalwar could not reach at the proper time. He arrived a little late and he noticed that the door of Baba’s cell was closed. After considering the situation for a moment, Dr Kalwar thought that, “Let me see what Baba is doing.”

With strong curiosity, very quietly with with one finger, he gently removed the curtain in front of Baba’s cell door. What he saw was indescribable. Dr Kalwarji witnessed a huge flood of light emanating from Baba’s existence. It was brilliant beyond words.

Dr. Kalwarji could not keep his eyes open. In that strong burst of light, overwhelmed by the whole atmosphere, he could not remain standing. So he sat down. His whole body was shaking – in a blissful state – he could not understand what was happening. Next, that effulgent light began shining inside his mind as well. After 20 minutes or so, he regained his conscious state – still divinely intoxicated by the experience. Then he did mental pranam and went away.

Afterwards, Dr Kalwarji recounted, “That day I saw Baba doing sadhana then He showered His great blessing on me and the feeling I had that day continued on and on for six months. Whenever I used to think about Baba then my whole body used to begin to quiver and goosebumps would come and a deeply soothing feeling would permeate deep into my heart and flood my entire existence. And that light I could never forget. It was a blissful feeling which I had never felt earlier in my heart. And still today – months and years later – these strong divine feelings arise when I think of Baba’s sweetness.”

DEVOTIONAL REFLECTION

So this is one story how Baba blesses non-margiis also. That happened in those days and in this present time. Baba’s fathomless grace is always showering on all.

“Grace has been showering on you. It is like a continuous rain that He has been showering on you. In order to feel His Grace, you have to remove the little bit of ego which is unnecessarily covering your head like an umbrella. It is your duty to punch a hole in the umbrella. Punch it with courage. Make many holes in the umbrella; then you will be drenched by the rain of His grace. Once you realize His grace, then you are in Him, you are totally absorbed in Him, you have become one with Him. That is a total victory. That is the final victory for all of us. And let His Grace be always with you, because He loves [all] His sons and daughters equally. His love is perennial. It is always there.” (2)

“When the mental flow of a spiritual aspirant moves along the introversial phase of Macrocosmic meditation, one’s animative force, having the potentiality of divinity itself, rises above all tendencies – all saḿskáras – and proceeds towards Eternal bliss. In this state the mind is vibrated with Cosmic feeling. The unexpressed divine qualities of the higher glands find expression and the resonance of the mind vibrates the nervous system. This gives rise to pious expressions in the physical body. In the case of those people whose occult feelings are not physically expressed due to causes associated with the nerves, the mental vibrations cause certain radical changes, in the various glands within the body. These occult feelings are basically of eight types: stambha (astounding), kampa (trembling), sveda (sweating), svarabheda (hoarseness of voice), ashru (tears), romáiṋca (horripilation), vaevarńa (change of colour) and pralaya (fainting fit). There are other feelings associated with these major feelings. For examples, nrtya (dancing), giita (singing), viluńt́hana (rolling), kroshana (weeping), huḿkára (roaring), lálásráva (salivating), jrmbhańa (yawning), lokápekśá tyága (indifference), at́t́ahásya (bursting into laughter), ghúrńana (whirling), hikká (hiccoughing), tanumot́ana (relaxation of the physical body) and diirghashvása (deep breathing).” (3)

BABA APPRECIATES ALL

Baba does not just appreciate Vidyapati but so many great devotees like Bhakta Surdas, Mirabai and others – Baba appreciates all. So this gives one picture how with devotion one can bind Him, otherwise not. So devotion is the top-most and if anyone has devotion, whether margii or non-margii, then that is great because devotion is everything. And Baba recognises and blesses all sadhakas who have a devotional heart.

VIDYAPATI’S MELANCHOLIC REMEMBRANCE

In a deeply melancholic mood, Vidyapati used to express remorse that, ‘My life has become wasted as I did not worship Parama Purusa.’ In this way he used to cry for the Lord.

SOME OF THE TEACHINGS OF VIDYA PATI

“Vidyapati says that while thinking of Krśńa, Rádhá was so radically changed inwardly that her entire mind become transformed into Krśńa. When the microcosmic point comes in close proximity to the Macrocosmic nucleus there can no longer remain two points – they merge into one. The jiiva merges with Krśńa. Thus ultimately there can be no duality – it simply cannot survive.” (4)

“Vidyápati said, “Thinking of Mádhava (Krśńa) every moment, gradually She herself became Mádhava”. By constantly ideating on Mádhava, Rádhá gradually merged into Mádhava. This is why different scriptures and renowed philosophers have proclaimed, “Prakrti sá nitya nivrttá”. In other words, Prakrti gradually dissolves each and every moment. As a result of constant ideation on Parama Puruśa, portions of Prakrti gradually merge in Him.” (5)

“Vidyapati Thakur says –

Kiye mánuś pashu pákhii kiye janamiye
Athavá kiita patauṋga;
Karama vipáke gatágati punah punah
Mati rahe tuyá parasauṋga.

“I become a man, a bird or a worm according to my actions. O Lord, I have only one prayer for you. Whether I become a man, animal, bird or worm, let my mind always remain in you.” This is the way of the most intelligent. For this you should remember that when you are doing sadhana, you are then engaged in sadhana. But when you conduct your worldly activities, beginning with buying supplies from the ration shop, buying tickets for a sporting event or buying a railway ticket, everything is fraught with anxieties. Whatever you do, repeat your Guru mantra in your mind. In other words, while doing your work take the name of Parama Puruśa so that your action will be sanctified. If you find that you are not in a position to do anything else, then sing kiirtana loudly. In this way you will always remain close to Lord.” (6)

HOW TO REDUCE THE DISTANCE WITH THE LORD

“All entities, living or non-living, are rotating around Parama Puruśa – some consciously, some unconsciously, – with so many thoughts and idiosyncrasies, so many bodies and structures. When will their movement come to an end? It will end only when they realize that Parama Puruśa and they themselves are one and inseparable; then will they become one with Parama Puruśa. The more sincerely people will follow the spiritual cult, the more their distance from Parama Puruśa will decrease; and when that distance becomes nil, the microcosms will merge in Macrocosmic Consciousness – jiiva will become Shiva. This is the parágati, the supreme culminating point of all microcosmic movement.” (7)

THE SUPREME BEING IS CALLING YOU

“O human beings, you are fortunate. The clarion call of the Universal has reached you. Not only has the call come, but you are hearing it and it is vibrating in every cell of your body. Will you now lie in the corner of your house as an inert being and waste your time by clinging to old skeletons and bemoaning them? The Supreme Being is calling you in the roar of the ocean, in the thunder of the clouds, in the speed of lightning, in the meteor’s flaming fires. Nothing good will come from idleness. Get up and awake the clouded chivalry of your dormant youth. It may be that the path is not strewn with flowers and that inferiority complex will be attempting to hold fast your each advancing step, but even then you have to proceed onwards tearing the shroud of darkness. You will tear the thick darkness of despair as you advance in the racing chariot radiant with the Sun’s brilliance towards the attainment of the Supreme state.” (8)

ATTAIN BLISS BY SURRENDERING UNTO HIM

“Only one who has love for Parama Puruśa can take His ideation. Love is the expressed form of devotion. When does this expressed form occur? When it has its root or seed, only then it can occur. When there is seed, only then it will sprout. That seed is devotion. So, only that one can make oneself great, only that one can take the correct ideation of Parama Puruśa, who has the seed of devotion within. Let us see it from another view point. If one, after transforming mind into a point, without making it vast, merges it into Parama Puruśa, surrenders it to Parama Puruśa, then, in that case, individual mind does not exist. Then what happens? Mind merges with Parama Puruśa; there remains only Paramátma and not the mind. This is called Nirvikalpa Samádhi. In Savikalpa Samádhi the mind enjoys bliss because of its greatness. That bliss is called “Liilánanda”. When the mind is given to the Parama Puruśa, it is surrendered unto Him, in that condition the bliss or supra-mundane ecstasy is called Nityánanda. So devotion is essential to get Nityánanda or Liilánanda.” (9)

WHEN ONE COMES IN CONTACT WITH HIM

ONE ATTAINS INFINITE ÁNANDA

“The pleasure derived from eating a rasagolla is limited: while it sits on the tongue it is satisfying, but as soon as it goes down the throat, the pleasure ends. A rasagolla is ephemeral; only Parama Puruśa is infinite. No matter how you attempt to judge. Him, be it from the standpoint of His learning, education, love, temperament or authority, you will fail to fathom Him. He is immeasurable, He is infinite. When one comes in contact with Him one attains infinite ánanda, not the limited pleasure of a rasagolla. When one experiences just a little extra joy, one tends to forget oneself. When one experiences infinite joy, what happens? One merges in the ocean of infinite joy thus attaining “savikalpa samádhi”. When that flow of joy becomes so great that one loses. one’s own identity and existence, it is called “nirvikalpa samádhi”. This happens due to extreme joy.” (10)

ABOUT SAMADHI

“Samádhi: While practising spiritual sádhaná, the mind is progressively withdrawn from the physical to the psychic and then to the spiritual. The trend in spiritual practice is to merge the extroversial propensities of the indriyas [sensory and motor organs] into the citta [objective mind, mind-stuff], the citta into the aham [doer “I”], the aham into the mahat [“I exist”], and the mahat into consciousness. In the case of samádhi, the conscious mind merges into the subconscious, and the subconscious into the unconscious. In the case of savikalpa samádhi, the unit unconscious mind becomes one with the Supreme Mind, whereas in nirvikalpa samádhi the unit unconscious mind becomes one with Supreme Consciousness.” (11)

Namaskar,
In Him,
Gurupada

REFERENCES
1. Subhasita Samgraha -3, p.63
2. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31, Dharma Sádhaná
3. Guide to Human Conduct
4. NKS, Dic: 17
5. Ananda Marga Karma Sannyasa
6. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 10, The Supreme Entity – the Non-Doer
7. SS-12, To Whom Do You Belong? Where Do You Come From?
8. SS-1, Call of the Supreme
9. SS-19, The Supreme Aesthetic Science and the Cult of Devotion
10. AV-7, Devotion Is the Life-Force of a Devotee
11. AV-33, Samádhi, Senselessness and Sleep

******** Prabhat Samgiita #2350

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

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, 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. O’ Divine Entity, 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. By Your grace, with the stroke of my feet I will crush them and march ahead, by Your grace.

O’ Supreme One, 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. O’ Prabhu, by Your ahetuki krpa’, I will bring the neo-humanistic era onto this dusty earth. The victory mark will be on my forehead.

Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, 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. O’ my Lord, 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.

O’ Parama Purusa 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: Mon, 10 June 2013 06:22:46

Baba

This entire posting is composed of 2 parts:
(1) Posting: Your Preferences Change: They Are Not Permanent;
(2) Prabhat Samgiita #3114

Baba

== YOUR PREFERENCES CHANGE: THEY ARE NOT PERMANENT ==

Namaskar,
Some people think that their mental tendencies or likings are not related with any philosophy. They think they like something simply because they were born with that liking and that liking is thus permanent. Because of that belief they do not try to change their liking.

They fail to realise that the mind is dynamic and that it can go up or down depending on one’s physical and mental engagement.

Rather non-sadhakas think that whatever they like is fixed and permanent – such as their attachment to meat-eating, pop music, relations etc. They think that these are part of their permanent way of living and that they will like these things forever and ever.

But with just a little reflection anyone can see how their liking changes according to the status of mind. Which is why no grown adult likes to pass their days playing in the sandbox, even though when they were 6 of 7 years of age playing in the sandbox was the greatest thing.

Indeed, one’s liking is so flexible and so changeable: One can even learn to appreciate something that they do not initially like. For instance, one may get transfer orders to a new location and they may not even want to go to that new place. Yet after moving and being there for some time they may come to cherish that new place. And when their their job or posting is again transferred, they may be angry and upset that they have to leave that spot.

Such is the way the mind works. As sadhakas we understand this and should use it to our advantage. And side by side we should teach this idea to non-margiis so they can also grow and develop.

MIND FLOWS IN EITHER DIRECTION – UP OR DOWN

Baba has blessed us with a human mind that has a very special quality. And it is this very quality that allows each and everyone of us to achieve success in sadhana.

And what is that quality? As stated above, the mind will gradually adjust with and develop an affinity for anything in which it is involved.

That means that even if sadhana is difficult – even if sadhana seems impossible – if one tries and perseveres just a little bit, then gradually the mind will become quite adept at doing sadhana. In fact, with just a little effort, the mind will become so immersed in sadhana that it will not wish to do anything else.

The whole process can work in the opposite direction as well if one is constantly submerged in mundane affairs. So one must be careful and pay heed to their mental occupation and daily activities.

Unfortunately, materialists cannot comprehend this philosophy of mind, but in Ananda Marga, our entire approach and philosophy revolves around this practical science.

MIND IS THE CAUSE OF BONDAGE OR LIBERATION

In innumerable discourses and throughout our entire Ananda Marga ideology, Baba is teaching us about the philosophy of mind: That mind is dynamic and it must be channelised towards the spiritual realm.

Mano karoti karma’n’i mano lipyate pa’tako;
Manashca tanmana’ buddhaya’ na pun’yam’ na ca pa’tako

Ananda Marga ideology states, “It is the human mind which is the cause of bondage or liberation. If the mind is in bondage, the person is also in bondage. Similarly, if the mind is liberated the person is also liberated. After all, it is the human mind which engages in auspicious actions. Now, if this mind is kept engrossed in the ideation of Parama Purus’a, then it gets totally merged in Consciousness.” (1)

So the main emphasis of our spiritual philosophy is to goad the mind towards Him and then automatically one will reach the goal. One can find this idea is nearly every Ananda Marga discourse.

Verily the whole of 16 Points and all our life practices are geared towards making the mind more subtle, spiritual, and devotional. Baba has blessed us with this special way of living.

And He furthermore assures us that this plan – this approach of goading the mind towards higher pursuits – will work, cent per cent, with each and every human being, regardless of their background.

Ananda Marga ideology states, “If an ordinary sinner or a confirmed sinner remains absorbed in the thought of Parama Purus’a to the exclusion of all other thoughts, then his mind becomes pointed.” (2)

IMPORTANCE OF THEORETICAL UNDERSTANDING

So it is extremely important for each and every sadhaka to theoretically understand how this science of mind works. Because doing sadhana in this present era is not easy. But if one understands that if the mind is goaded – even a wee-bit – towards the devotional sphere, then little by little the mind will yearn to do sadhana.

That is why if one is having trouble in sadhana, one should not worry. Only one should take this as a sign that they need to goad the mind a little bit more towards that way of life. That means doing a few more minutes of kiirtan, svadhyaya, mantra japa, etc, and then soon the mind will adjust and move in that direction.

And side by side one must also understand that engaging in mundane affairs or debased dealings will obviously divert their mind farther and farther away from sadhana.

To gain success, one must have this theoretical understanding about the philosophy of mind, then one can certainly move ahead.

And again the underlying idea is: The mind will learn to like whatever it is engaged in, whether that thing is good or bad – accordingly the mind will adjust and flow in that direction.

SOME EXAMPLES

Suppose a new margii is immersed in mundane affairs like their job, non-margii social relations, and various other non-spiritual pursuits, but internally he wants to do sadhana. Then all he has to do is follow the precepts of manan (thinking about Him), shravan (singing & listening His name), and niddhidhyasana (ideating on Him) and then certainly in a very short time that new margii will be infused with tremendous speed in sadhana as the mind will like to do more meditation.

And this will not just work with new margiis – but with any Ananda Margii, even one who has been on the path for 50 years.

Because the theory always applies universally that the mind will adjust with whatever it is given to do. If we involve in dhyana, japa, kiirtan, satsaunga, prabhat samgiita, brahmacarya, and so many of our other Ananda Marga practices, then naturally the mind will swiftly move in that direction – towards that sublime ideal.

So there is hope for each and everyone – and we should always be wary not to slip in the opposite direction.

Because let’s say there is an established margii who is involved in sadhana but little by little starts engaging in more mundane affairs like his silly games, or excess gossip, or useless email conversations etc, then the mind will steadily drift away from sadhana until finally that sadhaka will lose their spiritual flow entirely.

This philosophy of mind is so powerful that if even an ideal man starts associating with winos and drunks then over time he himself will start to yearn for their company and begin swigging from the bottle.

Because mind will always run after and learn to like whatever activity in which it is engaged. That is the key theme.

SATSAUNGA IS NEEDED

The mind also changes according to the company one keeps. Many ate onion and garlic or smoked before entering Ananda Marga. Upon being surrounded by sadhakas (i.e. good company or satsaunga) then their mind changed and they gradually gave up those tamasik habits. SO the mind changes according to one’s company as well.

Ananda Marga ideology states,”So while selecting company, you should be careful whether its discourses, its activities, its plans or programmes are to decrease the distance between you and your Lord. This is Satsaunga, good company. Otherwise it is Asatsauṋga.” (3)

SPIRITUALISE THE MIND EACH AND EVERY MOMENT

Thus as sadhakas living in this present era, we should make a strict sadhana routine & devotional program and stick to that. We should make a sadhana quota whereby we do all our lessons two times daily as well as involve in Guru Sakash, proper ideation before sleep, and as much shravan, manan, niddhidhyasana as we can during the day.

Verily we should spiritualise the mind each and every moment of our lives through constant japa and ideation. By this way we can and will expedite our movement on the path – making sadhana an effortless, blissful, and deeply devotional experience.

We should utilise this philosophical aspect and tendency of mind to our maximum advantage.

COME FROM PAST ANIMAL LIVES

Let us never forget that each and every human being has come from past animal lives so those baser propensities are still in effect – to some or more degree. And people are well familiar with those animal enjoyments. That is why it all so easy and quite common for the masses to move in this negative direction – i.e. negative pratisaincara. And the mind will learn to like that making one’s descent very swift and harsh.

As sadhakas we must never fall prey to such degradation – rather we are to keep ourselves moving in the sentient flow and pull others in that current as well.

DOOR OF LIBERATION WILL IMMEDIATELY OPEN

By His grace, as margiis we have the theoretical understanding as well as the practices to get success and reach the goal whereas materialistic-minded people will sadly become one with matter. We should proceed along the path and inspire others as well.

“Human beings should not be anxious under any circumstances, Parama Purus’a is always with everyone. If one has love for Parama Purus’a, the door of liberation or salvation will immediately open.” (4)

And here are more of Baba’s teachings on this subject.

THOSE WHO WANT THE SUPREME ENTITY

WILL HAVE TO IDEATE ON PARAMA PURUS’A

Baba has graciously blessed us with the practical method of how to ideate on Him. We should share this technique with one and all. We should never allow others to settle for any lesser approach. It is everyone’s birthright to get Him – by their thoughts alone, one can attain His eternal shelter, by His grace.

“It is also stated in Tantra that if a person wants only to attain limited progress, one may practise on certain limited ideas. But those who are genuine seekers of Brahma will never agree to worship any finite idea. Those who want the Supreme Entity will have to ideate on Parama Purus’a alone. People may attain limited achievement in terms of occult power through the grace of the gods and goddesses, but they will remain far away from the attainment of the Supreme Entity.” (5)

IF THE MOVEMENT TO THE SUBTLE IS ENCOURAGED

ONE WILL BE CONVERTED INTO COSMIC MIND

“Now, the objectivated [human] mind may move from subtle towards crude or from crude towards subtle, unlike the movements of other entities of this universe. If the movement towards crude is encouraged, the mind – and at the same time the entire existence of the human being – will be converted into crude matter. That is, it will [take] the path of negative pratisaincara. And if the movement towards subtle is encouraged, then one’s entire existence will be converted into either Cosmic Mind or Cosmic Cognitive Faculty. This is the speciality of mind, and that is why it is said:”

[It is the mind that performs good actions and it is the mind that sins. For the mind that is immersed in the thought of God, there is no virtue, no vice.]

[The mind of a person in bondage is attached to his or her objects of enjoyment, whereas the mind of a person who has attained liberation has no mental object.]

““The mind is the cause of bondage, and this mind, this very mind, is the cause of liberation, is the cause of emancipation.” If the movement towards subtle is encouraged, and there is movement with proper acceleration, then what will happen? There will take place one of two different things: either one’s existence will be converted into the Cosmic Mind – that metamorphosis of unit mind into Cosmic Mind is known as the qualified stance – saguńásthiti – or, if the very “I” feeling is surrendered at the altar of Supreme Existence, then the alternative will be that the entire existential factor will become one with the Supreme Cognitive Faculty, with the Cognitive Principle – one will become omniscient, an all-knowing entity.” (6)

MIND IS THE CAUSE OF BONDAGE

MIND IS THE CAUSE OF LIBERATION

““It is the human mind which is the cause of bondage or liberation. If the mind is in bondage, the person is also in bondage. Similarly, if the mind is liberated the person is also liberated. After all, it is the human mind which engages in auspicious actions. Now, if this mind is kept engrossed in the ideation of Parama Puruśa, then it gets totally merged in Consciousness. In that case, where is the scope for virtue or vice for that person?””
“If an ordinary sinner or a confirmed sinner remains absorbed in the thought of Parama Puruśa to the exclusion of all other thoughts, then his or her mind becomes pointed. This is called agryábuddhi [pinnacled intellect] in Sanskrit. In that state of mind the spiritual aspirant gets well established in pinnacled intellect. Unless and until the ordinary human intellect is elevated to the level of pinnacled intellect or apexed intellect, the continuous rise and fall of innumerable vibrations within one’s existence continues. These psychic vibrations are sometimes the vibrations of virtue, sometimes the vibrations of vice, sometimes the vibrations of the reaction of sinful deeds, sometimes of virtuous deeds. Unless the human mind is pointed, this rise and fall of antagonistic psychic vibrations will go on. The moment the mind is centred on Parama Puruśa, then that mind will naturally become pointed. In that state there is no scope for the rise and fall of any wave – neither the wave of virtue nor the wave of vice. Thus it is said that when a spiritual aspirant is established in pinnacled intellect, there cannot be any question of virtue and vice. A person who has taken the Cosmic shelter goes far above the scope of virtue or vice. This is something very natural.” (7)

BE VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT SELECTING ONE’S GOAL

Mana eva manuśyáńám káránaḿ bandhamokśayoh,
Bandhasya viśayásaungimuktonirviśayaḿ tathá.

““The mind is the cause of bondage or liberation of human beings. A person under bondage is attached to a mental or physical object, whereas the liberated one is free from all objects.” If the mind is confined to something physical or psychic it is bound to be assailed by either pleasure or pain – it is inevitable. However hard you may try you can not avoid it, because you are so inseparably bound to your objects.”

“It is also true that you will not remain associated with your object forever because the speed of movement of both cannot be equal forever. The person with whom you live with all the warmth of your life will ultimately desert you – it is a cruel game. Confronted with this grim reality one should be very cautious about selecting one’s goal. One thing is clear – the Supreme Entity alone should be accepted as one’s goal.” (8)

WITHDRAW YOUR LOVE FROM THE UNIT AND MERGE YOURSELF IN THE WHOLE

Mana eva mauśya nám kárańam bandha mokśayo

“In other words the unit attains salvation only when she/he empties her/his mind of all objects. Just as an iron sword can perform acts of cruelty or merely cut the rope tethering and animal, similarly, according to its objective tendencies, the mind can also be the cause of both bondage and liberation.”
“All unit objects are external. Love for such unit objects can never be lasting, for the mind always keeps hopping from one object to another. That is why I say, withdraw your love from the unit and merge yourself in the whole. Don’t mistake the unit for the soul or God. The attainment of one’s inner self is only possible through love for the Infinite. Dońt pretend to be inferior and as a result become lazy. Fill your heart with love of the Infinite, and your soul will be transformed into the Supreme Soul. No worldly happiness is limitless. Dedicate yourself completely to the blissful ocean of the Supreme Soul. Then alone will you realize what happiness really is. This path to attain happiness, this Sádhaná of self-surrender I call absolute devotion. Carry on performing your worldly duties with sincerity, and at the same time think about the pure self within you. Then alone will your Sádhaná be justified. The constant thought of your pure inner Self will certainly one day establish you in your original source, and this is the ultimate aim of Sádhaná.” (9)

CANNOT SIMULTANEOUSLY BE PLUNGED IN WORLDLY ACTIONS

AND MEDITATE ON BRAHMA

“Thus, the mind is behind all our activities, whether we direct it towards worldly objects or towards Brahma. No action is possible without the mind. The mind has infinite potentialities and controlling these infinite potentialities is sádhaná.”
“Though the mind is very powerful it has one serious shortcoming. It cannot think of two objects concurrently.”
“Whenever it thinks it has one single object. Nevertheless the speed of the mind’s action is baffling. While concentrating on a particular work we may also hear others about us [[talking]]. This is due to the fast acting power of the mind, which leads us to believe that the thought currents of the mind are unbroken. For example, while witnessing the pictures in cinema, we also enjoy the dialogue. The activities of the mind can be understood by diligently applying the mind and we see that the mind can do only one thing at a time. Therefore worldly acts and meditation on Brahma cannot be done simultaneously. It is impossible that on one side humans will remain bound up with passion, anger, avarice etc. and on the other, will worship Brahma. The mind must be sanctified for the worship of Brahma.” (10)

ONE GETS TOTALLY MERGED IN CONSCIOUSNESS

“It is the human mind which performs action…”
““It is the human mind which is the cause of bondage or liberation. If the mind is in bondage, the person is also in bondage. Similarly, if the mind is liberated the person is also liberated. After all, it is the human mind which engages in auspicious actions. Now, if this mind is kept engrossed in the ideation of Parama Puruśa, then it gets totally merged in Consciousness. In that case, where is the scope for virtue or vice for that person?”” (11)

MIND REQUIRES SOME PABULUM

“This human mind is a peculiar entity. It is the cause of all our sorrows and predicaments, and it is the cause of our supreme bliss. It is the cause of bondage, and it is the cause of liberation.” Now this mind, working within human framework, requires some pabulum for its maintenance. In the human mind there are fifty such pabula. And these are the human propensities, vrttis.” (12y)

HOW THE MIND FUNCTIONS

“It is said in Samskrta: Mana eva manuśyánáḿ kárańam bandha-mokśayoh.”
“Now let us analyse how the mind functions. In the physical sphere energy is essential for action. What is energy? Energy is the actional state within a material structure. This energy by itself is a blind force and for its activation intellect must exist: a driver is required to direct this blind force. The support of the intellect is a prime necessity for the operation of energy in this material world. If an useful thing is kept easily accessible to the common people in a country or society, in most cases it is misused or spoiled. Those who are considerate and have the power of judgement should be entrusted with the responsibility of controlling the physical power of common people with their intellectual power, otherwise everything will be spoiled. It is like a bullock which, without a driver, is unable to decide whether to pull its cart towards the right or the left. Only a discriminating driver can control everything efficiently.”
“As people, guided by their intellect, continue to gather practical experiences of the ups and downs of this world, they gradually start to realize that their psychic capacities are too inadequate to accomplish any great task. Then, faced with the stark realities of life, they realize that they have no alternative but to merge with the Supreme Consciousness. At that stage, whatever they do will have a cosmic support and will be genuine. That is why enlightened persons always prefer to remain unified with the Supreme Entity. This is considered the highest attainment of knowledge.” (13)

A STATE OF COSMIC BLISS FAR ABOVE THE DOMAIN OF MUNDANE PLEASURES

“It is the mind which carries the burden of pains and pleasures. In the mind is the gloomy black curtain of sorrow, and through this dark curtain pierces the silver light and golden glow of momentary happiness. As long as there are other entities outside the unit mind, there will continue to be sorrows and afflictions, desires, passions and pains. As a result of various types of physical or psychic clashes with other entities, the feelings of pain and pleasure rise and fall like bubbles in the mind. If, through sádhaná, people can merge their unit minds with the Cosmic Mind of Parama Puruśa, then the unit minds themselves become the Cosmic Mind: their individual identities are merged in that Cosmic “I”. In that condition, there remains nothing outside. Thus, there is no longer any possibility of physical or psychic clash with any external entity or object. All objects, all ideas, arise out of one’s mind. This is the state of liberation – a state of Cosmic bliss far above the domain of mundane pleasures and pains.” (14)

IF THE PABULUM IS INFINITE

THE MIND BECOMES INFINITE

“Mind alone is the cause of the bondage and liberation of human beings. Why is it the cause of bondage and liberation? It is because all the beings below human being are bereft of an independent mind. Their minds are guided by their natural instincts. But human beings have an independent mind. They can act according to their will. They can take the track either of bondage or of liberation. This is the fundamental difference between human beings and animals.”
“The mind must always have an object (viśaya). In scriptures, viśaya is known as “ábhoga.” “Ábhoga” means that object which feeds the mind – that is, mental pabulum. If this pabulum is limited, the mind also becomes limited. If the pabulum is infinite, by making an effort to obtain it, the mind becomes infinite. It depends entirely on the will of human beings which pabulum, limited or unlimited, is made their object. Whether a person becomes great or small completely depends on the person’s wish.”

Bandhastu viśayásaungii mukto nirvisáyaḿstathá.

““When the object of human beings is small and they remain fixed to it, they are in bondage. When the object of the mind is infinite, and we get merged into it, as it is not possible to hold it, we call it liberation.””

Páshabaddho bhavejjiivo páshamukto bhavet Shivah.

““The person whose object of mind is limited, is in bondage. When the object of mind is unlimited, it (the mind) cannot be kept within limitations. Then there is no bondage, but liberation.”” (15)

SUMMARY

By this entire theory & topic, we should understand that the human mind has a unique & special quality: the mind will gradually adjust with and develop an affinity for anything in which it is involved. And we should apply this in our practical lives.

As sadhakas we generally want to do sadhana and reach the Goal. Unfortunately sometimes the mind does not like to cooperate. In that case, one must try and bring the mind in a more spiritual flow by doing svadhaya, japa, kiirtan, and dhyana etc. Whether the mind likes all this or not, gradually the mind will adjust and learn to like it – thereby accelerating one’s movement on the path.

After reading this letter if you still think that liking does not change, then test it. Look back 5 or 10 years and check out what you were doing and who your friends were. Most probably you will see quite a bit of change. All should utlise this for developing more positive likings.

Namaskar,
Sastaunga Pranam to Baba,
Dharmadeva

REFERENCES:
1. NHNS-1
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****************************Prabhat Samgiit*****************

This following song is a song of melancholic longing. Sometimes devotees in longing want to have Parama Purus’a more close. This very P.S. song composition expresses that deep devotional longing.

“Toma’ya d’aki dine ra’te, Tumi ki pa’ona’ shun’ite…” – PS #3114

O’ my Dearmost Parama Purusa, in Your longing I am crying and calling You day and night. O’ my Lord, can’t Your hear me. I am crying for You all the time in darkness, in light, in my sleep and while awake. All the time I am crying and crying in Your longing. A very Long span of time has passed and still I am in hope that next spring I will have You in my bosom. O’ Parama Purusa Baba, please grace me by coming…

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Baba
IN ANANDA MARGA:
2-WAY COMMUNICATION, NOT 3

PS Intro: Prabhat Samgiita is the loving communication between the bhakta and Parama Purusa. In most compositions, the song is sung by the devotee; less frequently Parama Purusa is addressing the devotee, either using direct or indirect language. But always the song is the loving sharing between Parama Purusa and the bhakta. Never is there a third entity in the song.
In contrast, traditional Hindu devotional bhajans and writings might employ 2 characters, i.e. bhakta and Parama Purusa, or 3 characters. In those instances where there are 3 characters, then 2 of the them are devotees who are friends talking about the third character – i.e. Parama Purusa. For example, one devotee might ask, “Why are you crying? Is it because your Lord has not come?” This is a common scenario in melancholic, traditional Indian bhajans.
But in Prabhat Samgiita, the communication is exclusively between the bhakta and Parama Purusa – there is no 3rd party. Sometimes the devotee is talking with Parama Purusa, sometimes Parama Purusa is addressing the devotee. In either case, the style of communication may be direct or indirect. In some rare melancholic compositions, Parama Purusa addresses the bhakta in a very indirect and disguised manner wherein the devotee does not even recognise that it is Parama Purusa.
For example, in a melancholic song, if a devotee is crying in longing for Parama Purusa, then Parama Purusa might come in a disguised way so the bhakta does not even realise it is Parama Purusa. Keeping His identity hidden, Parama Purusa then asks, “Why are you crying? In whose longing are you crying?”
The following song proceeds in this subtle manner. Parama Purusa has come to the devotee in a disguised way and the devotee has no idea that Parama Pursua is the One next to him addressing him and asking these questions. In this way Parama Purusa plays His divine liila.
“A’nkhiro ba’dal mucheche ka’jal, ka’r katha’ mane par’e balo na’…” (PS 3013)

1ST STANZA
Line Meaning: Please tell me whose longing brought the showering of tears in your eyes that washed away the collyrium. Why is sleep not coming in your eyes – I am asking you, please tell me. Why are you so upset? Who has given you so much pain. Why are you crying? Please tell me what is wrong. Tell me what you are feeling.
Purport: O’ devotee, please tell me whose longing brought the showering of tears in your eyes that washed away the collyrium. Why is sleep not coming in your eyes – I am asking you, please tell me. Why are you so upset? Who has given you so much pain. Why are you crying? Please tell me what is wrong. Tell me what you are going through.

Refrain: O’ devotee, please tell me whose longing brought the showering of tears in your eyes that washed away the collyrium.

2ND STANZA
Line Meaning: The sweet, tranquil, pain-relieving, aromatic breeze of this most charming, divinely intoxicating, effulgent full-moon night where everything basks in the light, why are you feeling so distraught? In whose longing are you remaining awake in hopelessness? Putting aside all feelings of shyness and fear, just tell me who has done this to you.
Purport: O’ devotee, the sweet, aromatic breeze of this most charming, full-moon night – where everything in all directions is illumined and basking in the moon’s effulgence – brings tranquility and removes the burden of agony and pain. When the entire scene is so divinely intoxicating, then why are you still so despondent. In whose longing are you remaining awake in hopelessness? Why are you feeling so distraught? Putting aside all feelings of shyness and fear, just tell me who has done this to you. Who has broken your heart.
Refrain: O’ devotee, please tell me whose longing brought the showering of tears in your eyes that washed away the collyrium.

3RD STANZA
Line Meaning: The black clouds of the mind cannot remain for a long time. With the practice of dharana and dhyana, gradually they will go away. You should know that after bad days naturally good days are going to come. Knowing this fact, I tell you not to worry.
Purport: O’ devotee, the dark, black clouds of the mind cannot remain for a long time – this period of suffering and the pain of not getting Parama Purusa pain will not last forever. This despondency, melancholia, and sadness will diminish. With the practice of dharana, dhyana, asana, pranayama, kiirtan and engaging in spiritual life, gradually those dark clouds will go away – your troubles will be over. You should know, after the bad days naturally good days are going to come. That is sure. For whom you are crying, your loved one Parama Purusa will come and fulfill your desire. Blissful days are ahead. Knowing this fact, I assure you not to worry. Everything will be alright. He will come to you.
Refrain: O’ devotee, please tell me whose longing brought the showering of tears in your eyes that washed away the collyrium. Please tell me.

CLOSING
O’ devotee, you must know, after the bad days, good days are bound to come. That is certain. For whom you are crying, your Beloved Parama Purusa will come by your side and satiate your longing to your heart’s content. Blissful times await you. Knowing this fact, I assure you not to worry. Everything will be alright…

Namaskar,
in Him,
Vara’bhaya

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