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To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Baba Story: When My Wife Became Enemy
From: Ananda Mayii
Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2013 22:36:04

Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Posting: Baba Story: When My Wife Became Enemy
(2) Trailer Quote: Samaj Is Based on Neo-Humanism – Not Groupism
(3) Prabhat Samgiita: #3982

Each section is demarcated by asterisks (***).

== BABA STORY: WHEN MY WIFE BECAME ENEMY ==

Namaskar,
The year was 1967. While taking initiation, Shrii Somnath Upadhayay gave up his sacred thread and sacred hair that was indicative of his birth into a so-called brahmin family. At the time, Somnathji was working as a bank cashier and leading a relatively normal life.

Seeing this, all his relations were very upset and frustrated with him. They thought he had joined one Muslim sect etc. In particular, his wife was very unhappy with what had transpired. She was not at all pleased by seeing her husband renounce those Hindu rituals, i.e. sacred thread and sacred hair.

Not only that, but so many changes were going on – he had adopted a sentient diet and there were other lifestyle modifications.

HIS WIFE IS MOST UPSET

His wife was sad and became fearful that he would leave the house entirely. She confronted him directly about this and demanded, “Do not do sadhana, you are going to leave me and become a monk. I want that you should go back to your old ways of living.”

She was becoming a big obstacle and creating terrible problems for him.

Somnathji tried to reassure and convince his wife that everything was alright. But to no avail.

When he sat for sadhana, then she would bang a metal plate near his ear by striking the plate with a big metal spoon. Not only that, She did all sorts of harassment to interrupt and stop his sadhana. But Somnathji did not want to leave his sadhana.

That only made his wife more intent on running his meditation practice.

To not rile her and invite her anger, Somnathji began doing his sadhana in his personal room so that his wife would not see him. But that did not stop her. Instead, she would just bang loudly on the door. Plus she would do other things to disturb harass him at the time of sadhana.

Even then it did not end there. Sometimes she would intentionally add too much salt to his food and make life difficult for him in other ways. Somnathji tried various methods to convince his wife – but nothing worked. She remained upset and was crying all day long.

SOMNATHJI APPEALS TO FAMILY ACARYAS FOR HELP

Finally, Somnathji asked local family acaryas to come and speak with her one-on-one. Somnathji wanted them to come and reassure her that everything was alright.

So family acaryas like Ac. Devi Chand Sharma ji, Ac. Kedar Sharma ji, and Ac Ksitij ji each came. They tried hard to convince her and fix this problem. They told her that her husband was involved in dharmic practices and that he will not leave her and become a sannyasi. They patiently explained to her that sadhana is not bad. They tried to reassure her and inspire her in various ways.

But his wife She yelled and screamed at them. She was very frustrated with what they were saying and abused and threatened them: “You are a liar, you took away my husband. He used to eat onion and garlic, but now no more. He left Hinduism and is doing all kinds of things in his room!” Their visits did nothing to diminish her fears. Indeed, she was so feisty and abusive that nobody wanted to go again and try to convince her.

THINGS GET EVEN WORSE

Just when it seemed like it had hit rock bottom – she would do something even more extreme.

Their house was on a road that margiis would travel and she would cry out and say, “You stole my husband and ruined my family.”

Everyone in Ananda Marga was shocked by her dealing and nobody wanted to go and convince her that everything was alright. Upon seeing anyone from Ananda Marga, she would just become more irate and volatile.

The situation become more extreme: She stopped cooking food for herself and her husband. She refrained from eating anything and told him to leave Ananda Marga. Not only that, she stopped breast-feeding their very young infant. The whole situation was becoming worse and still more worse.

Finally, Somnathji thought, “Only You Baba can save this situation. My wife stopped taking food this morning; she is going to become ill and die; and my newly-born child is also not being fed and will surely die. No one around here can help; all attempts have failed. Being the Omniscient Entity, You now all this so I am not going to tell you in person. You know my thoughts. Only You can save the situation. Without that my whole life will be hellish. No acarya can solve this matter. Baba, the situation is so extreme; this is beyond what anyone can do. Only, You can solve this matter.”

BABA ARRIVES IN RANCH TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM

Those were the thoughts of Somnathji one morning, and that very afternoon, Baba made a surprise visit to Ranchi. Upon His arrival at Devi Chand’s house, Baba, the all-knowing Parama Purusa, told that Somnath was facing a big problem that needed to be resolved. Baba furthermore gave Devi Chand the instruction to bring Somnath’s wife to the ashram.

Devi Chand conveyed Baba’s guideline to all concerned family acaryas and margiis etc. They all felt that indeed something should done. All felt an inner duty to follow Guru’s order, but no one wanted to go and face the wrath of Somnath’s wife. That was the predicament. They were all afraid of her abusive manner.

So they collectively discussed what should be done and they decided that they should all go together en mass to visit Somnath’s wife. After the 1 or 2 kilometer journey, they reached her house and found that she was no longer so furious. They invited her to come to the ashram and see Baba. Amazingly, she did not abuse them, rather she contemplated the matter and decided that she would go.

BABA SHOWERS HIS GRACE

She went to the Ranchi jagrti and by Baba’s grace her entire mind-set was transformed. She saw so many people: Females, children etc. She was very happy with their demeanor and dealing, and she asked how she could become a margii. All were astonished to see the change and encouraged her to learn sadhana.

Baba was there conducting Personal Contact (PC) and she was very curious. So she attended general darshan and just by being there in His Presence, all her doubts and concerns melted. She thought how all have come for Baba. She was interested to learn sadhana and ultimately became a very good and active margii.

Over time, she told her story to others and asked new people to keep an open-mind when first coming in contact with Ananda Marga.

THREE TEACHINGS FROM THIS STORY

1. When any devotee is in problem then Guru is also affected. He cannot remain indifferent or apathetic. That is why Baba rushed to Ranchi and asked others to bring Somnath’s wife to the ashram. Baba changed her mind and she became cooperative and turned into a bonafide margii. Baba changed her mind and resolved Somnath’s problem. It is His grace.

2. When new people see many margiis they feel they are part of something big and their concerns and frustrations are eased. They get a psychic boost. That is why it is important to bring new people and even so-so margiis to big programs where they will get inspired and become active.

3. It is the duty and dharma of every Ananda Margii to fight against obstacles. On the path of dharma, there will always be difficulties and hurdles. By overcoming such obstacles, we proceed onwards towards the Goal. Thus, obstacles are helping forces on the spiritual journey. To shirk such obstacles is to lose the path and invite degeneration. To overcome all obstacles establishes the aspirant on the path of sadhana.

Here following are Baba’s teaching related with this topic.

“IF OBSTACLES DO NOT BLOCK YOUR PATH,

IT MEANS YOU ARE ONLY INDULGING IN TALL TALK”

“The psychic inertness which I term dogma will seek to thwart your progress with all its might; this is quite natural. One should not be fearful and stop moving due to this dogma. It should be borne in mind that forward movement always implies facing obstacles created by inertness. It would be unnatural if obstacles did not come. If obstacles do not block your path, it means you are only indulging in tall talk, you are not actually trying to move forward. We often hear people saying, “I just commenced a project and such-and-such person opposed me”. This is quite natural. If you want to do something concrete, inertness in various forms and various ways will stand in your path. You will have to welcome these obstacles with a smile and say, “Hello obstacles, you have come. You do your duty and let me do mine.” In Ananda Sútram it has been said, Bádhá sá yuśamáná shaktih sevyam’ sthápayati lakśye “Obstacles are the helping forces which establish people in their cherished goal.”” (1)

“IGNORANCE OF THE INDIVIDUAL MIND”

“The greatest obstacle to the collective progress of the human race is the ignorance of the individual mind. Knowledge is for all – it should be available to all and free like the light and air.” (2)

“Obstacles in fact are no foes on the path of sádhaná [spiritual practice], but indeed friends. They only do service to a person. It is on account of these obstacles that the battle rages against them, and this counter-effort alone carries the sádhaka [spiritual aspirant] to his or her cherished goal.” (3)

“THEY ARE NOT CONFIDENT OF THEIR ABILITIES”

“The madhyama category of people are those who undertake some work but throw up their hands when any problem crops up. They presume that any obstacle that comes in their way is a Himalayan obstacle, and hence they give up their work. They think they will not be able to tackle the problems they face. They are not confident of their abilities.”
“The uttama category of people are those who take up a task and are determined to fulfil it. They go on struggling against all odds till they achieve their goal. No problem can defy solution. No difficulty can be greater than their capacity to solve it. They go on fighting against all obstacles. They can face any challenge and meet any predicament. They are determined to achieve their objective, come what may.” (4)

“THE NOBLER THE TASK, THE MIGHTIER THE OBSTACLE”

“The entire humanity must be looked upon as one integrated existence – and move collectively towards the all-round perfection of human life. All actions are bound to confront obstacles. It has to be borne in mind that the nobler the task, the mightier the obstacle. For human emancipation, there is no other way but to march ahead crushing the towering peaks of obstacles with a benevolent intellect and collective endeavour.”
‘Hence I reiterate, go ahead with courage and unity. You have to move on ensuring real justice to all individuals and all geographical people.” (5)

“ONLY WAY TO OVERCOME AVIDYÁMÁYÁ”

“Intuitional practice, as taught by a great preceptor, is the healing balm; it is with this that one can drive away Avidyámáyá and gain emancipation. As the influence of Avidyámáyá decreases, the temptations and troubles of the world cease to be an obstacle to intuitional practice. As this is the only way to overcome Avidyámáyá, it can easily be practised within worldly life. Avidyámáyá will disturb a person in the beginning, but once defeated, it will not be able to create any hindrance to the pursuit of intuitional practice.” (6)

“THEY ARE BOUND TO BE DESTROYED”

“Whatever humans do in consonance with the dictates of dharma will ensure their well-being, their victory, their prosperity. And whoever goes against these ingrained human characteristics, against these dharma-orientated characteristics, will be doomed to destruction. For human beings, ideation on Parama Puruśa is a dharmic injunction. By divine decree everyone has the right to live in the world with dignity. If anyone creates any obstacle against this dharma-oriented system, if they oppose it, they are bound to be destroyed.” (7)

Namaskar,
at His lotus feet,
Ananda Mayii

References:
1. A Few Problems Solved – 5, Shrávańii Púrńimá
2. A Few Problems Solved – 1, The Practice of Art and Literature
3. Ananda Sutram, Chapter 3
4. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 1, The Best Category of Persons
5. Ananda Vanii #56
6. Ananda Marga Elementary Philosophy, Why Are People Afraid of Intuitional Practice?
7. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 4, Opposition to Dharma Will Certainly Invite Destruction

The section below demarcated by asterisks is an entirely different topic,
completely unrelated to the above material. It stands on its own as a point of interest.

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Samaj is Based on Neo-Humanism, not Groupism

“If each samaj [socio-economic unit] is inspired by a comprehensive ideology and a universal outlook, human society will move ahead with accelerating speed towards a sublime ideal.” (Prout in a Nutshell – 13, p. 23)

Note: Nowadays some leaders are singing the song of samaj as they try to forge ahead with their narrow-minded agendas. They justify their groupism by claiming it as a samaj movement. But margiis understand Baba’s teachings and recognise the truth. Our samaj system is based on universal principles not factional allegiances. Thus the groupism carried out by certain, so-called NIA Dadas and the ideal of our samaj movements are worlds apart.
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******* Here Starts the Prabhat Samgiita *******

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

Purport:

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

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

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

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

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From: dgp.1@mananerssmarket….
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:58:43 00:00)
Subject: Answer: Parents Who Had Police Arrest Their Teenage Daughter

Baba

== ANSWER: PARENTS WHO HAD POLICE ARREST THEIR TEENAGE DAUGHTER ==

Namaskar,
Many replied to the recently posted article (link below) about the parents who had police officials arrest their teenage daughter and her friend. Here below is a point-by-point evaluation, according to the tenets of Ananda Marga teachings and philosophy.

The following then is in response to the query: Was it appropriate and beneficial for the parents to have their daughter and her friend arrested?

PARENTS ARE TO BE HELD RESPONSIBLE

– As parents, they are responsible for imparting proper ideals to their children. But this they failed to do: They are the cause, not the kids.

– Those parents had the power to forgive those kids for doing wrong as it was a mistake in personal life, not collective life. That is Baba’s teaching: To forgive people for personal mistakes, i.e. if they harm you personally.

Baba says, “In individual life you can extend maximum forgiveness – rather, the more forgiveness, the better.” (1)

But those parents did not take such an approach. Rather, by arresting their teenage daughter, those parents acted out of vengeance and spite.

– When the parents took that big step to call the police and have their child arrested, then they essentially ruined the short and long-term relation with their child. Instead of acting as benevolent parents watching for the welfare of their priceless child, they acted like agents interested in punishing a wrongdoer. Naturally, that child will always recall how their parents acted towards them.

HOW PARENTS TEACH THEIR CHILDREN TO LIE

Here are some of Baba’s key teachings on this topic:

“When the parents are about to go on a trip or go to a show, or when they are invited to a pleasant function or a social outing, the children may start whining or nattering to accompany them. At such times many parents tell lies without a qualm; somehow they dupe their children and leave. When the children realize what has happened, they also learn to tell lies; and to hide their intentions or their actions from their parents, they gradually start lying more and more.”
“Parents deceive their children in many ways. By calling sweet things bitter and pleasant things unpleasant, they prevent their children from enjoying them. But by disregarding parental injunctions and prying inquisitively, as is the wont of human nature, children discover the truth. Then they realize that their parents have been deceiving them. As a result they start deceiving not only their parents, but their friends and classmates as well. So it is abundantly clear that children are taught the first lessons in the arts of lying and deception by their own parents at home.”
“In a family it is natural that differences of opinion will arise among the adults; when they do, the adults should reconcile their differences considering each other’s opinions. Unfortunately they often lack the requisite mental make-up to reach an amicable agreement – each tries to convince everybody else of his or her viewpoint without caring about the opinions of others. The result is an outburst of unreasonable obstinacy – the adults lose all self-control and behave in a gross and vulgar manner. The effect on the minds of the children is disastrous. Children thus learn obstinacy from their elders. If the mother or those with whom the children spend most of their time is obstinate, the neglected children will, in most cases, become noticeably obstinate, and they will have to carry this psychic ailment around with them for a long time. If, on the other hand, as is sometimes the case, the wishes and desires (if they are not unreasonable) of children are fulfilled, the children will not have the opportunity to learn obstinacy.” (2)

PARENTS MUST IMPART MORAL AND SPIRITUAL EDUCATION

“It must be the teachers’ responsibility to impart knowledge, teach restraint in social life, and give instruction about all the various aspects of collective endeavour, but the parents will have to take on most of the responsibility for the moral and spiritual education of the child. It should be the duty of society as a whole to ensure that the children of immoral and unrighteousness parents are brought up as virtuous citizens. If possible such children should be removed from the unwholesome environment of their parents.” (3)

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY LIES WITH PARENTS OR GUARDIANS

“The mental outlook of children has already been moulded in a particular fashion by the influence of their family environment before they start school. No matter what or how much they learn at school, it is extremely difficult for them to free themselves from the influence of their family. Drawing on what they have learned in the family, the immature minds of children begin to learn about the world and understand it, and to receive ideas and master language so that they can express those ideas. Unhesitatingly they adopt their elders’ way of looking at the world. Hence the primary responsibility for acquainting children with the world lies with their parents or guardians. Children will become assets of society in the future to the extent that their parents or guardians discharge their duties properly.” (4)

“But who will impart moral training or education? Parents find fault with teachers, and teachers in turn argue that they cannot give personal attention to an individual child in a crowd of two or three hundred children. Although it is true that most parents are either uneducated or semi-educated, and while it is not unreasonable to expect that teachers will be well-educated, it is not proper to place the sole responsibility for children’s moral education on the shoulders of their teachers. Increasing the number of teachers in educational institutions may partially solve the problem of moral education, but the key to the solution lies with the parents themselves. In cases where the parents are unfit to shoulder this responsibility, the teachers and well-wishers of society will have to come forward and demonstrate their greater sense of responsibility.”
“Remember, humanity’s very existence is based on morality; when morality leads human beings to the fullest expression of their finer human qualities, then alone is its practical value fully realized. The concerted effort to bridge the gap between the first expression of morality and establishment in universal humanism is called “social progress”. And the collective body of those who are engaged in the concerted effort to conquer this gap, I call “society”.” (5)

GUILTY OF ENCOURAGING ANTI-SOCIAL MENTALITY

“Some parents may claim that it is impossible to maintain a balanced life in an age full of problems, where they are extremely busy with numerous activities. I maintain, however, that it is possible for an intelligent parent to avoid the mistakes I have discussed. If parents fail to carry out their basic duties, I am compelled to say that, although they live in society, they are guilty of encouraging an antisocial mentality. By encouraging their children to develop a criminal psychology, they give unnecessary trouble to the police. The main point is this: for want of a little care, children are deprived of the opportunity to become complete human beings, even though they have a human structure. (6)

ROLE OF SAMA’JA GURUS

“Whatever thoughts any small child, or boy or girl, or adolescent, youth, middle-aged person or old person may have in their individual lives, in family life it is the responsibility of the guardians of the family to control them. Children are generally like their parents. But the overall responsibility of guardianship lies with the samája gurus. They should see that no one’s thoughts cross the line from that which it would be better to forsake, to that which is actually punishable. And as in individual life, so in social life, the samája gurus should see that the collective thinking does not cross the line from that which it would be better to forsake, to that which is actually punishable. If, in spite of everything, people’s defective thoughts do reach the stage of punishability, indiscipline will affect the entire social structure. To put an end to the indiscipline and restore order to social life is the major responsibility of a sadvipra. For this reason there is no place for carefree relaxation in a sadvipra’s life. A sadvipra has to bear, and staunchly bear, the entire responsibility of protecting society. If the mentality of any group of the society reaches the punishable stage, sadvipras will have to form another and more disciplined group.” (7)

KEEPING BAD COMPANY CAUSES DEPRAVITY

“If the parents or older members of a family are quarrelsome, the children will also become quarrelsome due to constant association. Similarly, if the women of a family have a highly critical nature, the children will invariably become critical because they will learn how to criticize from their elders. Children will also tend to become depraved if they associate too closely with older children in schools or colleges. When they stay among children their own age, however, they generally play in an innocent, joyous way. Childhood companions should be selected with great care, but young children are incapable of doing this.”
“The base propensities which lie dormant in everyone are easily stimulated by constant association with bad people. Through the united efforts of parents, people living in the locality and educators, it may be possible to save children from bad company. But it is very difficult to save them from the evil influences which reside in their own homes or preponderate in their neighbourhood. The only way to overcome such influences is to popularize the ideals of dharma, spread moral education and train an honest police force.”
“In the modern world there is a wide variety of films which excite the passions and have a degrading influence on boys and girls, adolescents and young men and women. Such films create in cinema-goers the desire to emulate in their individual lives the criminal activities, the vulgar expressions of love, or the adventurous behaviour that they see enacted on the screen. This is another example of how keeping bad company causes depravity. Many cinema-goers imagine that the characters that they see on the screen are their actual acquaintances, but when they try to emulate these characters, they discover that the real world is much tougher than the world portrayed by the cinema. If their family ties are weak, if they are their own guardians or if they have no high ideals to inspire them, it will be extremely difficult, although not impossible, to save them from bad influences.
“As long as those who become criminals due to keeping bad company are not transformed into habitual criminals, they will return to their normal good behaviour as soon as they give up the bad company. Therefore, during the trials of such criminals, corrective measures should be taken only after giving due consideration to the company they keep and the influence of this company on their behaviour. But in the case of those who have become habitual criminals, simply removing them from bad company will not suffice, because they themselves are their own bad company. For them, stricter measures will be needed.” (8)

With regards to the current case, certainly those teens must have gotten such an idea by reading novels, watching films, or playing video games etc. That is why we say that society is responsible.

IN ANANDA MARGA KIDS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE (FOR THEIR WRONGDOING)

By reading Baba’s above teachings it is clear that kids are not responsible for their wrongdoing. The responsibility lies first and foremost with parents. They must inculcate moral and spiritual codes to the child. Next, teachers are responsible for inspiring students and imparting knowledge. And finally, society is responsible for the upbringing of the child.

According to Ananda Marga philosophy, here is the hierarchy of responsibility for the child’s proper growth and development:
1) Parents;
2) Teachers;
3) Society.

Here following are points for how to address the situation if the kids are older and more mature (i.e. above 18 years of age). Then these following steps are important considerations that may help to resolve some of the issues.

WHAT TO DO IN SIMILAR SITUATION

IF BOYS AND GIRLS ARE MORE MATURE ETC

– Another key point to bear in mind is that in Ananda Marga, if anyone does any wrong, then we follow Baba’a given steps for shasti – rectification. And the first step is: “First attempt to bring the guilty person around through sweet words.” (9)

As the article did not indicate that the girls were repeat offenders etc, then we can safely assume this is their first offense of this nature. In that case, according to Ananda Marga ideals, the parents should have talked to the children in a kind and gentle manner. Most kids are soft-hearted and by explaining things in the soft and safe way, the children might have immediately felt terribly about what they had done. This is a highly possible outcome, but it seems such an opportunity never came their way.

Yet this approach would have helped so much: The children would have understood their wrong; the children would have realised that their parents really do love them and are not out to get them per se; the children would have gained a greater perspective of the situation; and, the teens would have realised they themselves could have done things differently.

This is a distinct possibility if Guru’s teachings on shasti had been followed:

“First attempt to bring the guilty person around through sweet words.” (10)

KIDS WERE NOT TAUGHT ABOUT THE RULE

– From the outset, the parents may not have tried to teach and show their teenage daughter that their rule about internet use was for her well-being. If they spoke in a gentle manner, this could have been conveyed. But the kids were never lovingly taught this idea. Instead they felt that a harsh and unfair rule had been imposed on them. So they took action to side-step this rule.

YOUTHS TAKE RISKS

– First off, we have to bear in mind that these two girls are just teenagers. Their minds and bodies are not fully developed; their brain is not fully developed, including the frontal lobe which is critically important for evaluating risky situations. Being teens, only 15 years old or so, they cannot assess the inherent dangers of a situation. They did not consider the consequences of their action. The following article explains more about this:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2396566/

– It seems quite clear that their intention was not to seriously harm their parents. If so, they would have inserted a lethal dose of that drug. Instead, they aimed to put their parents to sleep earlier. That does not justify what they did, but it does give a perspective of their overall motivation and intention.

KIDS PRISONS ARE NOT THE SOLUTION

– Once parents take the radical step of having their child arrested by the police, then it is basically certain that those kids will never remain at home again. As soon as possible they will leave their parents and never look back.

– Kids prison is not the right place to learn good habits. Rather in such institutions, detained youths (inmates) brag about the wrongs they did. When those kids tell everyone what they did, then those inmates will not be impressed. Rather they will say, “You should have done more.” In kids prison, prestige is earned by how much harm one has done. Teens will get all the wrong teachings in such a detention center.

– Kids prison itself is not the solution – that is purely a punitive measure where teen inmates will become emotionally and psychically scarred. Here we have to remember that in Ananda Marga, our approach towards justice is towards rectification; it is not punitive in nature.

Ananda Marga philosophy says, “People only have the right to take corrective measures and not punitive measures…for the preservation of society, if people want to take measures against others, those measures will have to be corrective, not punitive. Even if the judicial system is defective, if only corrective measures are taken then there is no possibility of anyone coming to any harm.” (11)

MUST PERSUADE TO DO GOOD – CANNOT FORCE IT

– Ultimately, the parents want their kids to be good. But one cannot make others become good through force – i.e. by threatening them and by having them arrested etc. That does not make a person good; goodness cannot be achieved through forced. Rather, to make a person good one must persuade, nurture, and encourage them.

“You can help someone to become good by making him understand, but no one becomes good through the application of force. You may persuade, you may bring them onto the path of righteousness by helping them to understand. This you can certainly do. If the sinner is engaged in sinful acts or keeps moving ahead on a sinful path, you can prevent that person from doing so by the application of force. But you cannot rectify him in this way.” (12)

AFTER BEING ARRESTED…

– After being arrested, the kids will have a poor self-image. They will not think highly of themselves, but will rather feel that they are lowly. This is the unfortunate psychic complex that they will suffer from: low self-esteem, i.e. that they are not good people.

– After being arrested, the future of those kids might be severely compromised. The distinct possibility is that their record may or may not be stained for life. Certainly if they try to run for public office their criminal history will become known to all. And even if they do not aim for public office, the police and society might always look upon them as convicts – in which case they will have trouble even getting a job. In many other fields of work such as childcare, nursing, counseling etc, they may be forced to give an oral or written response to queries about their past legalities etc. All because the parents chose to arrest those two teens, instead of talking to them in a caring and loving way.

Namaskar,
in Him,
Dharmendra

Note 1: LINK TO THE ORIGINAL LETTER ON THIS TOPIC

Here is a link to the first letter on this topic – and that posting contain the entire news article about this case of the parents having their child arrested.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/01/domestic-issue-what-will-you-do-in-this.html

Note 2: CITATIONS

1. Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life – 11, Taking the Opposite Stance in Battle
2. Human Society Part 1, Education
3. Human Society Part 1, Education
4. Human Society Part 1, Education
5. Human Society Part 1, Moralism
6. Human Society Part 1, Education
7. Human Society Part 1, Justice
8. Human Society Part 1, Justice
9. Caryacarya – 2, Society, Pt # 28(a)
10. Caryacarya – 2, Society, Pt # 28(a)
11. Human Society Part 1, Justice
12. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 10

The section below demarcated by asterisks is an entirely different topic, completely unrelated to the above letter.
It stands on its own as a point of interest.

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One Should Assess Oneself on the Following
Baba says, “When human beings feel that, ‘Parama Purusa is my everything’, then that is called as sharan (shelter). No being can come under the sharan (shelter) of two different Entities. So what is the meaning of sharanagati (surrender)? When living beings give up their ‘I-feeling’ by withdrawing the mind from any other object and completely adopt the feeling that Parama Purusa alone is my everything.”
“Up to the time when any person is thinking that they are working with their own strength, then we should understand that the feeling of sharanagati has not yet come in them. And when human beings think that, ‘I am doing the work only with His strength’, it means the feeling of sharanagati has come in their mind. So when living beings start thinking that, ‘Whatever work I am doing, I am doing with His strength’, then they have the feeling of sharanagati.” (General Darshan, Patna DMC, 1970, [from audio tape])
Note: In general parlance people think, “I have done this or that”, but whatever may be, according to this quote such persons do not have sharanagati. In various meetings, sadhakas might brag, “I did this, or this was done by me.” They may think they are a devotee but they do not have sharanagati. All should measure their spiritual status by their inner feeling.
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The Spirit of Society

The Spirit of Society

(The following discourse was delivered by Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji and was printed in A Few Problems Solved Part 6, and other select publications.)

The spirit of the word samája (society) signifies a group of people who move together. All are not of equal strength or intellect. Hence the shortcomings in one must be compensated for by another. Different people have varying abilities: some have physical strength but no brains; others have the brains but not the strength to work; and others have neither the strength not the brains, but work well and with a peaceful mind under the guidance of their supervisors. We can always see around us people of differing types and qualities. Judged by the crude codes of this world, no one is totally independent. Everyone relies on someone else in some way or other. Everyone makes up for their deficiencies by taking help from others. Whenever a large group of people strive to make up for their relative differences on terms of mutual understanding, we call it a society or society.

What is society like? It is like a group of people going on a pilgrimage. Try to imagine the scene! Suppose one of the pilgrims is struck down by cholera. Will the rest of them continue on their way, leaving the sick man behind? No, that would be inconceivable for them. Rather, they will break their journey for a day or two, and cure him of his disease. If he is still too weak to walk they will carry him on their shoulders. If some people run short of food, others share what they have with them. Together they share their possessions, and together they march ahead, singing in unison. In their eagerness to move ahead with others they forget their trifling differences which might have led to angry exchanges and court cases in their families, even down to three generations. It is because of the petitions of the complainant in a land dispute that some people go so far as to spend ten or twenty times more than the piece of land is worth. The essence of cooperation resulting from this collective movement aims at expanding a person’s mind by striking down the barriers of meanness. I repeat that a true society is like such a group of pilgrims who attain a deep psychic affinity while travelling together which helps them solve all the problems in their individual and social lives.

If we take the full meaning of the term society into consideration, it will be seen that till now human beings have not been able to form a real society. If India builds a society for only Indians, Pakistan for only Pakistanis, and England for only the English, then three separate societies will exist, but we cannot look upon them as the society of humanity. Because humanity is divided into groups, one society will naturally try to thrive by exploiting the vitality of others. On observation you will notice that efforts are being made to establish so-called societies in some particular part of the world, for some particular section of the people, and based on some particular “ism” or faith. A social consciousness based on such divisions lies latent in the minds of the people, whether they are Indian, Pakistani or English, so they remain absorbed in thoughts of their smaller groups. It is actually due to some external impact that social consciousness takes the form of a really all-embracing Indian, Pakistani or English consciousness. The social consciousness of an enslaved nation is never more keenly felt than when the people are at war with the dominating colonial power. After independence that consciousness is lost.

Examples of antisocial fissiparous tendencies do not stop here. Even in different regions of the same country people do not live within one social group. The creeds of the Brahmins, the Rajputs, the Kayasthas, and other different castes urge people to belong to their own societies. And yet the antisocial spirit of self-differentiation does not end here. There are the even smaller groups of Bundellas, Rathores, Sishodiyas and Caohans among the Rajputs, and there is the antisocial eagerness for relative supremacy in the social sphere between the Paiṋca Gaodiiyas and Paiṋca Dravidiis of the Brahmins.

To what state has society effectively been reduced? I reaffirm the fact that human beings have still not been able to form a human society, and have still not learned to move with the spirit of a pilgrim. Although many small groups, motivated by self interest, work together in particular situations, not even a small fraction of their work is done with a broader social motive. By strict definition, shall we have to declare that each small family unit is a society in itself? If going ahead in mutual adjustment only out of narrow self interest or momentary self-seeking is called society, then in such a society, no provision can be made for the disabled, the diseased or the helpless, because in most cases nobody can benefit from them in any way. Hence it will not suffice to say that all people marching ahead is only a collective form of segregated psychic phenomena; for in that case there always remains the possibility of some people getting isolated from the collective. All human beings must attach themselves to others by the common bond of love, and march forward hand in hand, then only will I proclaim it a society.

You will hear many a vain and assuming person say, “I don’t need anyone’s help, I’m doing very well by myself. I don’t want to concern myself with anyone else’s affairs and I don’t expect anyone else to bother about mine.” Nothing could be more foolish than this statement. Medicine and nursing are necessary to cure diseases; the neighbours’ help is needed to cremate a dead body; and for the regular supply of food and cloth the cooperation of farmers and spinners is essential. Remember, no created being in this universe is independent. No one can exist alone, everyone has a supra-cosmic relationship with the whole, at times prominent, at times indistinguishable. In this scheme of mutual relationships, even the slightest mistake or discord will raise a furious furore in the universe. In this mighty creation, the brilliantly luminous sun and the tiny ant have the same existential value, having combined together to make the universal family. Similarly, in human society, the importance of a powerful and eminent person is no less than that of a disabled and dying patient. None can be ignored. The least injustice done to anyone will cause the break down of the entire social framework.

In this universe of living beings there are some fundamental problems applicable to all which are to be solved by all. These problems may be taken as the common features in the life and Dharma of living beings, and the all-round health of living beings depends on the happy solution of these problems. The more these problems are solved with mutual cooperation, the more beneficial it will be. We must remember in this regard that rights and responsibilities belong to all. Lack of consciousness about rights and responsibilities drives social beings towards a tragic end. It results in the collective fate of living beings being determined by a particular dominating group. The vital energy of society is sapped through such group or class exploitation. Nature’s wealth belongs to all living beings. What is a burden to the earth is a burden to all. Disregard of these ultimate truths eventually leads to disorder in social life, and society’s potentialities are destroyed before they have a chance to develop.

Why have schools been established? Is it not to enable children to learn? All parents want their progeny to acquire knowledge and develop intellect. But even today many parents are unable to send their children to schools. Why is this? Surely, everyone should be given equal opportunities to benefit from any institution established for public welfare. This is everyone’s birthright. Some people wear a mask of culture in public, but in private pursue personal or class interests. This hypocrisy has no place in the human society. It is the cause of the sad state of education in the world today. The same is true for the supply of food, clothing, housing and medical care. The significance of founding a true society lies in solving all problems in a collective way.

There are some tendencies and instincts which are manifest in both animals and humans. In fact, these tendencies are the evidence for existence of animality in humans. These tendencies may be suppressed in the face of stern rhetoric, but to do that is not only undesirable but impossible, because they support the principle structure of existence. Having identical tendencies, humans and animals both belong to the same category of living beings. The difference lies in the fact that the animal in a human body can refine those tendencies and express them in a more subtle manner. This refinement is called culture. To eat is equally essential for all, but people, even when extremely hungry, do not rush up to the table like dogs and sit down to eat with total disregard for their surroundings. Unless their hunger is more powerful than the faculty of reasoning, they will wash their hands before eating. This is a part of culture.

Civilization is not unchanging. There is nothing stationary on this earth – everything is dynamic. Civilization is also a progressive phenomenon, moving from good to better, from imperfection to perfection towards the ultimate goal: perfect Brahma. The greater the tendency of refinement in people, the more cultured they are. We must remember that refinement and hypocrisy are not the same. There is a heaven and hell difference between the external show and the inner motives of a hypocrite, and the inner and outer consistency of a refined individual. Whatever is done in a refined way, is done with reasoning and propriety, and thus, instead of being a cause of social breakdown, will be a cause of social well-being. Let me give an example. The drinking of water is basically an animal instinct. It would reveal a complete lack of culture for anyone to drink drain-water simply because they were thirsty. To ascertain whether the water is pure before drinking, and to ensure that all towns and villages receive a regular supply of pure water, are signs of a civilized society. But to say, “I’m doing a dry fast” after having secretly drunk a glass of water is the height of hypocrisy.

Judged in the relative perspective, the more civilized we become, the more helpless we become. A new-born baby is completely helpless. Just think of the plight of a helpless child in the delivery room the very first day it appears in society! The more cultured people become in a refined social environment, the greater their sense of duty for their children. For this reason children lose the capacity to do anything themselves. According to the Laws of Nature, the more developed the mother’s affection and intellect, the more dependent the child becomes on its mother. In the animal world, the lesser the maternal affection, the shorter the time it takes the offspring to grow strong and self-dependent. Nature takes the responsibility of assisting those neglected offspring by providing them with the necessary survival instincts. A baby monkey has to learn quickly to cling to its mother’s belly as the mother needs to use all four limbs to jump around the forest. The mother can’t carry her baby by its neck, because the baby would die if its neck was twisted. A kitten, however, is blind at birth and thus unable to see its mother, let alone cling to her belly. Thus mother cat is obliged to carry her babies in her mouth. A baby rhinoceros, on the other hand, runs away from its mother after birth! And rightly so, for the mother’s tongue is so rough that several licks might actually kill the baby. The baby rhinoceros waits for its skin to harden a little before returning to its mother.

Society must ensure that proper care is taken of human babies who are totally dependent on the care and protection of their parents for their existence. These helpless children can only convey their pain and discomfort through tears. To raise children from infancy to maturity is an immensely important task. I have said before that the members of society must advance in unison. The newborn babe is another traveller on the path. To adopt a child as our companion, as one included in the society, is called the “Játakarma” of the child.

Living beings may be divided into two main groups based on intellect: those who want to share their wisdom, and those who do not. Those who favour the exchange of wisdom have a greater social awareness. But those who oppose it cannot develop a collective social mind due to a lack of mutual understanding. Human beings are basically beings of social inclination. They must always remember that those possessing little strength and ability, and those not provided with the means to survive the struggle for life by Nature, must be led along in companionship. Those who take great pains to assist the helpless are more civilized and endowed with greater awareness. They are the socially-minded beings who readily embrace the underprivileged, the downtrodden and the rejected people of society.

Ananda Marga keeps its gates open so that each and every man and woman may enter. Anybody may join, anybody may sing in chorus with the rest. The united march of the people is a march of victory. Ananda Marga states this in unequivocal language.

c. 1956 DMC

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From: “Divyajyoti Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Who Should Sing Samaj Songs
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2012 19:59:21 +0000

Baba

== WHO SHOULD SING SAMAJ SONGS ==

Namaskar,
Everyone knows that Baba has come to uplift the masses and ensure that all are respected and none are neglected. A key element of this endeavour is Baba’s samaj theory – and with it His samaj songs. By this way, every community is encouraged and becomes empowered to stand up in a dignified manner.

Clearly, Baba’s samaj theory stands firmly on the great pillars of universalism, neo-humanism, and Prout. About this, there is no scope for debate.

The following then is a brief look at His dynamic samaj program – and His samaj Prabhat Samgiita songs – so we can practically see how they serve to bring welfare to each and every community at the expense of none: All are benefited – the entire humanity.

Then each and every disciple and lay person will best understand the inner spirit and force of Baba’s special samaj songs.

APPLYING BABA’S SAMAJ THEORY TO TODAY’S GLOBAL COMMUNITY

In this era of extreme capitalism and mass-produced pseudo-culture, a potent tool is needed to protect various peoples and cultures from being enveloped and swallowed up by the dominant, exploitative, economic machine. Already, native populations and minorities have been made to feel inferior by the dominant class. On points of language, dress, finances, and religion etc, they have been taught that they are not as good. Once this type of inferiority complex has been set in the mind, the ruling class can proceed effortlessly with their exploitative machinery. To some or more degree, this has happened with each of the local populations outlined below. The only way out is to inject them with new prana and vital energy.

Baba’s samaj movement and samaj songs serve this very purpose. Baba encourages the inherent greatness of one and all and does not allow any community to become depressed, sunken, or lost in the mire of an inferiority complex. Because the samaj songs encourage the dharmic qualities and mother tongue of all of each and every population.

Indeed, it is by this method that we may maintain the integrity and dignity of so many communities that are on the brink of disaster.

(A) The native peoples of North & Central America and Canada have mostly lost their language and are sitting on the outskirts of society or on their allotted reservations, sunk in dismay and depression – over-run by Euro-Americans and western capitalism. One of the main ways to lift them up and restore their courage and confidence is through Baba’s samaj system. By celebrating the inherent value of their mother tongue and singing the glory those native leaders who stood up and fought against exploitation, then each of these communities will regain their stamina and once again feel proud of who they are and strive to advance.

(B) Similarly, the aborigines and Maoris of Australia have been steamrolled by the ruling culture and they have lost their pride and dignity. So for them to survive they need a huge injection of positive feeling. And the samaj movement and samaj songs achieve this very goal.

(C) Likewise in the Philippines, or perhaps we should say in Maharlika, the Spanish invaders effectively dismantled much of the local customs and with the imposition of American pseudo-culture, the situation has become even worse. A big boost is needed to preserve the native languages of this area. Baba’s samaj songs are the perfect solution to infuse the needed dynamism and hope.

(D) In India also, centuries ago the Britishers imposed their mother tongue on the entire sub-continent, and by that way so many Indian languages were ruined and tossed aside. The situation has become so bad that to this day when any of the Indian languages are spoken – whether it be Bhojpuri, Bengali, Magahii, or Hindi etc – then in any single sentence or paragraph, so many English words are used. Because it is prestigious to use English words and disgraceful to speak only in one’s village tongue. By this way, so many local languages have been compromised and even cast aside – and so many communities have been made to feel inferior.

(E) And in Africa, so many nations and innumerable peoples are facing the same epidemic. Their local language, tales of heroism, knowledge, and legacy are just being entirely lost and forgotten as the language of trade and modernity has become either English, or French, or Portuguese etc.

(F) Likewise those descendants of the old slave communities in the US have been crushed to the bone. Today’s American black population has not only lost their language, but they are embarrassed by the tone of their skin and the shape of their hair. For this reason, nearly all Black women straighten and uncurl their hair to resemble that of white women. Here again Baba’s samaj songs will help instill a sense of pride in this defeated community.

HOW EACH SAMAJ SONG IS FOR ALL

Baba has given one very special yet simple technique for making every samaj song appropriate for everyone to sing.

Here below is a song related with Amra Bengali sama’j (socio-economic unit):

“Madhur ceyeo a’ro madhur a’ma’r ba’nla’ bha’s’a’…” (PS #4766)

Purport:

Compared with sweetness, my Bangla language itself is even more sweet. This is the language of my pra’n’a. In my arteries and veins and blood, the vibration of this language is resonating…

This was the way in which members of Amra Bengalii would sing and understand this song.

How would this song be relevant for others to sing? The members of various samajas would sing this same song by placing the name of their own language and samaj in the lyrics. That means samaj members would remove the phrase “Bangla language” and insert their own mother tongue like Swahili, Korean, Spanish, or Dutch, as the case may be. This was done in front of Baba Himself in reporting, per His direction.

By this way, each samaj song is universal in nature and all are benefited. Baba’s samaj songs inject a sense of well-being and pride within all peoples and all communities, ensuring all have the strength to live side by side, helping one another yet also maintaining their own dignity and culture.

BABA’S BLESSING

Baba has graciously given His samaj movement of socio-economic groupifications to bring dignity, pride, and well-being to each and every community on this earth. And by this way we are sure to cultivate that great global family bound in sweet ties of neo-humanism and sublime spirituality.

Baba says, “PROUT’s system of socio-economic groupifications is a comprehensive approach to the socio-economic problems confronting society. If people adopt such an approach, society will move along the path of progress with increasing speed, overcoming all bondages and hindrances. Human society will enjoy a bright and glorious future.” (Prout in a Nutshell – 13)

Baba says, “The use of non-local languages as the medium of instruction only results in the suppression and subjugation of the local language and inevitably means the suppression of the local culture. This in turn leads to psychic demoralization, inferiority complexes and a defeatist mentality. Whenever the sentimental legacy of a group of people is undermined, they become easy prey to the economic, political and psycho-economic exploitation of vested interests. Such a strategy of cultural suppression was adopted by the English, French, Dutch, Spanish, American and other colonial powers. If local people develop a sublime awareness of their cultural heritage they can readily throw off all psychic inferiority complexes which prevent them from attaining socio-economic self-reliance.” (A Few Problems Solved – 9, Socio-Economic Movements)

Namaskar.

In Him,
Divyajyoti

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“E kii prahelika’ e kii kuhelika’…” P.S. 1769

Purport:

Baba, what is this liila You are making, what is this dilemma. O’ my Lord, I know that You are everywhere, but even then my heart is dry. I am surrounded with frustration – by this fog of hopelessness. No doubt, You are remaining with me, but You did not allow me hold You. Even then, by Your grace, this much I do know: You love me. Just I do not feel that in my heart at present. Baba, Your divine effulgence is lost in the oblivion. The resonating melody of the viina is filled with the tears of my life. Baba, please come in my life and remove all my bondages. Please remove all my blackness, impurities, and dogma, whatever I have. Baba I love You. And this much I also know- That You also love me. O’ my Lord, please look towards me. I have offered my everything at Your lotus feet. Please do not leave me remaining crying in darkness. Baba, please come in my heart, in my mind, with Your sweet smile. Baba, only You are my shelter…

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Date: 23 Feb 2012 08:43:27 -0000
From: “Subhash Dholakia”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Our Samaj Songs

== OUR SAMAJ SONGS ==

Namaskar,
Time and again the topic comes about Prabhat Samgiita and in particular about His Proutistic samaj songs. Some are misunderstanding the utility of such compositions. Here below is a discussion of this important topic and everyone should write in with their thoughts and suggestions.

THE BEAUTIFUL AND DIVERSE NATURE OF PRABHAT SAMGIITA

All are aware that Baba has graciously given 5018 songs of Prabhat Samgiita.

And these divine songs vary tremendously in style, characteristics, and qualities. In Prabhat Samgiita, the whole Ananda Marga philosophy has been projected through the medium of song– in one or another way.

Starting from the cycle of creation to samskara theory to kosa, vice and virtue, sadhana, shravan, manan, niddidhyasan, the benefits of satsaunga, the value of human life, vidya and avidya maya, saincara and pratisaincara theory, psychic diseases, social and political exploitation and their eradication, samaj movement, Neohumanism, entire Prout philosophy, songs related with Lord Krsna and Shiva, and songs of various seasons, festivals, ceremonies, birth and death, house entrance, and so many more.

Everything is present. Including so many other things which usually we find in the topics of His discourses — everything we find in Prabhat Samgiita.

EVERYTHING HAS ITS SPECIAL USE IN THIS UNIVERSE

INCLUDING PRABHAT SAMGIITA

It is just like how Parama Purusa has created varieties of things in this universe. According to our needs and requirements, we utilise those things for the collective welfare. So in this creation, varieties of things are
there– but everything is not for everyone. According to the need, we utilise them:

(A) Baba has given the system of asanas. But all asanas are not for everyone. Some need certain asanas, and others need different asanas.

(B) In Yogic Treatments, various remedies and guidelines have been given. All are not for everybody. It depends on the disease.

(C) In AM Philosophy and Yoga Psychology discourses, Baba has given significant guidelines about psychic diseases and their treatments. But those are exclusively for those who are suffering those psychic diseases. It is for them only.

(D) Similarly Baba’s sama’j (socio-economic movement) songs are for those local areas whose indigenous people are suffering the psychic disease of inferiority complex about their land and cultural expression.

As with the examples above with asanas and yogic treatments, all the Prabhat Samgiita are not needed in any given single situation. That is, in a random way just taking any Prabhat Samgiita and starting to sing does not have any sense.

For example if you start your dharmacakra with the shra’ddha song (commemoration song) — “O Parama Purusa, Toma’r jinis toma’ke… (P.S. #60) “O Parama Purusa Your things (our departed friend) I am offering You, please accept it.” If this type of song is sung at dharmacakra, then that will be inappropriate.

And in the same fashion, when sitting in one’s own sadhana place, if one starts singing the song related with Lord Krsna “Tum ho mere Krsna jagat pati mae tum he chahata’ hum diva rati”. “O my dearmost Lord Krsna, You are the Controller of the universe. I Yearn for You day and night. And cry for You.” Certainly any devotee of Baba will not like to sing like this. Because of the strictness in ista point. (Sixteen Points, #10)

So the central idea is that, Baba has given varieties of songs for varieties of occasions and varieties of peoples’ needs. In this way, He has written many songs related with sama’j (socio-economic) movement.

MISUNDERSTANDING AND MISUSE OF PRABHAT SAMGIITA

A couple people are completely confused that on the one side Baba is talking about the philosophy of neohumanism, and on the other side He is writing and giving the narrow sentiment about samaj. This usually happens because certain crude intellectuals, for their group interest they are spreading extravaganza all around. Concocted things about sama’j (socio-economic movements).

Certain WT groups are engaged in the misuse of sama’j theory for their crude and selfish interest, i.e. just to gain the power in the organization. This subject is complex, so I am not going to discuss anything on this–which group, etc etc. Here the point is only related with Prabhat Samgiita.

SOME SAMAJ SONGS: A BRIEF ANALYSIS

Let us see what are the songs related with sama’j. And we can analyse the situation. For example, please see below here this one example. The Prabhat Samgiita song which Baba has written for Angika samaj. Song number #4134.

“Aungabhu’mi sundarata’ bhu’mi…” (PS #4134)

Purport:

This land of Angadesh is most beautiful. This type of land you will not get on this earth. My Angika language is more sweet even than honey. My mother tongue is so great. O my friend, come and collectively speak in this glorious language, Angika. This beautiful Angaland is incomparable on this earth…

And also, see the following Prabhat Samgiita #4082.

“He ma’y Aungabhu’mi ma’tribhu’mi tor lelii ja’n kabul karaechiiye…” (#4082)

Purport:

O, my motherland “Angabhumi”. My life is dedicated for You. I am offering my life for Your cause. O my motherland “Angabhumi”, by Your grace and by Your shelter I am surviving on this earth. O my motherland “Angabhumi”, I have only one desire: to serve You I should get bliss and satiation. O my motherland “Angabhumi”, by Your grace I am surviving. I yearn for Your love. And I am ready to sacrifice my life for You.

Baba has written the above songs for the indigenous people of that land. These songs are not for the universal AM family. And this is not an isolated case, in which Baba has written songs related with one sama’j (socio-economic movement) only. But He has written sama’j songs related with many individual sama’jas.

For example, following is the song related with Amra Bengali sama’j (socio-economic unit).

“Ra’r’her e la’l ma’t’i go la’l ma’t’i…” (PS #4245)

Purport:

The red soil of this Ra’r’h is very precious. I feel that this has more value than the pearls, jewels and gold. In this land, people are very sweet. And the language is also very sweet. Everything here is saturated with the sweetness. Everything of this Ra’r’h is most beautiful. Here we get our heart enlightened in divinity. This land is not just a soil, but it is more precious than gold…

So we can see that one side Baba is praising about the land of “Angabhumi” in songs 4134 and 4082. And in another song, song #4245, Baba is telling that the soil of Ra’r’h is most precious. So I have given you only two examples. Yet there are so many examples like this.

Here below is another song related with Amra Bengali sama’j (socio-economic unit)

“Madhur ceyeo a’ro madhur a’ma’r ba’nla’ bha’s’a’…” (PS #4766)

Purport:

Compared with sweetness, it is more sweet this my Bangla language. This is the language of my pra’n’a. In my arteries and veins and blood, the vibration of this language is resonating…

DHARMIC USE OF SAMAJ SONGS

Some innocent or foolish persons can easily get confused. Some may think that this is just one contradictory type of song after another. But the reality behind this is something different. These songs are for indigenous people of those socio-economic units (sama’jas). These songs have been written for them.

If anyone is circulating the cassettes of these songs in other areas, then that will be highly objectionable. That usually threatens the unity of one human society. Because the spirit of socio-economic movements (sama’jas) is regional in approach and universal in spirit.

Rather what should be done is simply to exchange the name of the samaj in the song. That is the key point: All the songs can be used for every samaj by inserting the name of their own samaj. Then everyone can use the same song for the upliftment of their own samaj, when and if that type of song is needed in their area.

HELPING THOSE WHO LAG BEHIND

One more question is raised occasionally. That what was the need to write this type of song which eulogizes one particular area. Why did Baba do like this? The answer is very simple. If a mother has four babies, and one is very meritorious, and the other three are suffering from inferiority complexes, then to remove that inferiority complex, she will praise those other children to give them self-confidence. Without this, their personalities will not grow.

This type of psychology is applied by teachers in the schools also. If they do not praise unenthusiastic students, then the growth of their personality will be affected. That’s why the teacher has to praise even unenthusiastic students. To create the opportunity for them to grow.

We have usually seen in DMC that after distributing the prizes, then Baba says to all the remainder who are seated there (who did not get prizes), that “Yes you all should try. And next time you all will certainly win.” He would say this to inspire and give enthusiasm to all.

THE NEED TO BANISH INFERIORITY COMPLEX

Another example can be given. These days capitalist exploiters are exploiting the society by infusing inferiority complexes. Just like when Britishers came to India and they imposed their language and culture on Indians. And the Portuguese and Spaniards also were imperialist exploiters who imposed their language and created inferiority complex amidst the indigenous population. And with this psychic disease of inferiority complex, the local people accepted everything which the exploiters imposed on them. Thinking that this is something greater than they are.

Until this inferiority complex is not removed, an exploitation-free society cannot be formed. And to remove this, only one way is there. That is socio-economic movements (sama’j movements).

Just as with Yogic Remedies in which so many remedies have been given for various diseases. With the remedies prescribed, meant only for those who have the disease. And in AM Philosophy, guideline about psychic disease is given for those who are suffering from these diseases. Not for all.

Similarly for the common mass who is suffering from an inferiority complex, these songs have been given. So the indigenous people will get rid from the inferiority complex of their local language and cultural expression. That’s why Baba has given these songs in the local language of that area.

Because true Ananda Margiis are not suffering from this sort of complex and psychic disease, so these songs are not for them. As Ananda Margiis, we should only learn such songs in order to teach others. True Margiis need not to sing “O my motherland, Angabhumi, I am sacrificing everything for you” or “O my motherland Bengalistan, I will do and die for you”. But surely, the indigenous population of that area who is suffering from inferiority complex, they will sing.

CONCLUSION

The central idea is that for various sama’jas, various Prabhat Samgiita have been given. And these are a few examples given above. At the time of writing these songs, Baba has also given the instruction that on the basis of these sama’j Prabhat Samgiita songs, similar songs should be composed for all the sama’jas of this earth. By their own indigenous litterateurs and poets. And in that way, inspire the indigenous people to root out exploitation in their local area. So these songs given by Baba should be treated as a specimen and guideline.

There should not be any confusion on this very point. And again it should be noted that these songs related with the socio-economic movements (sama’j) are not for the entire Marga family. They are for indigenous people of that particular sama’j.

Please write your valuable thoughts on this topic.

Namaskar,
Subhash

Note 1: HUMAN CULTURE IS ONE

Baba says in various places that human culture is one. Only the mode of expression is different.

Note 2: FERTILE BRAINS…

The fertile brain of crude intellectuals, they are always creating problem by misguiding society. Such things happened so many times in the past. And Baba has given many examples, which happened in the past. That these crude intellectuals misguided and exploited the common mass, making them believe for example that their poverty is due to their own sinful deeds in the past.

Similarly, everybody knows that some WT groups always distort Baba’s samaj psychology. And so many times they given the false justification that Baba has written Bengalistan samaj songs and that is why A’mara Bengai samaj is the best and should be revered by the entire world; indeed everybody should donate money to this Bengali samaj. Because this is the top-most, special favoured samaj of Baba. This is their dogmatic preaching.

Baba in the following quote is teaching us how dogmatic people polluted the mind of innocent people by preaching false ideas. And establishing their supremacy. Baba says how in the following way these religious parasites spread falsehood. Religious parasites misguided and exploited the common mass by telling them:

“Your God is the only God. You are His blessed sons and daughters, and others will burn in hellfire.” (PNS 14, p.13)

In similar fashion, these days certain WT factions sing their glory about their language and land. That they are most precious, and everyone from the entire globe should salute them and praise their glory. In their group propaganda network, they talk like this. They did not get tired by spreading their own greatness. They never get tired of eulogizing themselves. Nor do they feel shame by doing so.

Note 3: ABOUT SOCIAL ECONOMIC MOVEMENTS

Baba says, “Thus Prout’s approach can be characterised as universal in spirit but regional in approach.” (PNS 13, p.24)

Baba says, “An empirical spiritual base to society will protect it from all fissiparous tendencies and group or clan philosophies which create shackles of narrow-mindedness.” (PNS 13, p.24)

Often we have seen how certain fundamentalist groupists were propagating Amra Bengali songs all around the globe. That was really suffocating for everyone. For example this song, “Rarh e lal mati” was circulated and the cassette was sold in various sectorial retreats of all the sectors. But that song was only meant for the indigenous people of Rarh. So this proves the blindness of certain groupist-minded negative people who do not understand the spirit of sama’j movement (socio-economic movement).
PRABHAT SAMGIITA

Baba

“Jhainjha’ jadi a’se jujhite shakati dio…” (P.S. #1783)

Purport:

Baba, You are my Saviour. If in my life a hurricane or typhoon comes, then You please provide me the strength to fight and face that negative situation. Grant me the strength to struggle and persevere.
Baba, if ever in my life lethargy and frustration comes, then please provide me strength to hold onto Your feet and to go on moving on Your path.
Baba, by Your grace I am treading on Your path. You please color my mind with Your color in all situations. During both pleasure and pain. With Your divine grace, if my mind becomes radiant then it cannot be covered by staticity during times of cimmerian darkness. Please grant me strength to follow Your dictates.
Baba, please grace me and give me the force to go on marching on the path of effulgence, in an undaunted way moving ahead. And please give me strength by Your grace, to jump up and take on ever-new tasks to serve the downtrodden people.
Baba, please bless me by Your Varabhaya mudra so in my life, I never feel fear or cowardice to fight against demonic forces. Baba, in all the circumstances I am completely depending on Your grace. Without Your grace, nothing is possible…

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Serious Matter

Baba says, “The system of education prevailing today was formulated or evolved long ago, mainly with a view to suit the needs of the capitalist class. For the last three to four thousand years, the same type of education is being imparted. The main purpose behind this sort of educational system is to create persons with a slavish mentality to fulfill need of those capitalist exploiters. This sort of education is fundamentally defective. It is certain that this type of education which serves the capitalists’ interests is not at all suitable. This sort of education creates obstacles in the evolution of humanity. We have to thoroughly revamp the entire educational system. A new educational system must evolve to produce sadvipras.” (11/29/70, transcribed from cassette)

Note: Those who are bragging about the standard of their education should know what type & what category of knowledge they have. In this regard, we should ponder Guru’s above guideline.
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From: “Mohini Ghosh”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Why Not Baba’s Book
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:29:36 +0530

Baba

== WHY NOT ACCEPTED AS BABA’S BOOK ==

Namaskar,
One of the groups has always glorified the words Baba spoke in Bengali and printed them properly whereas what Baba spoke in Hindi they left lying in the dust.

When Baba spoke in Bengali about points of samaj then they always made sure that got published in Baba’s books such as Varna Vicitra and Shabda Cayanika and Prout in A Nutshell etc. But when Baba speaks in Hindi about other samajas and their histories etc, then those discourses they manipulate stating that Ac. Raghunath is the author of those talks.

By having the book appear in Raghunath’s name then people do not even know that this is Baba’s book. And that is what is discussed herein.

I am reminding us all of what was witnessed by thousands of margiis who personally attended those DMC’s during Baba’s northern India tour in the first few months of 1984. And several thousand more margiis are there who did not attend but heard about all of this.

Here then in story format I am sharing the details how Baba toured in 1984 but unfortunately the many discourses given on that lengthy tour never got printed in His name. Please read below.

BABA’S HISTORIC 1984 TOUR

Baba made an historic education tour in 1984 when He held more than one dozen DMC’s across northern India & the following is the story of that time.

When Baba did His grand tour and conducted so many DMC’s in Hindi speaking areas in 1984, Baba directly gave important guidelines to all the samaj secretaries from various samajas which He visited. Means it was an education tour and wherever He went all along the way Baba did field walks at so many temples, churches, forts, and old buildings. This was part of His pre-planned tour that during field walks He would visit so many historical and archeological sites. And always local margiis accompanied Baba on these walks and got the blessed opportunity to hear Baba talk about these places and much more.

Sure enough the DMC discourses and general darshans of this same 1984 tour which Baba delivered got printed in Subhasita Samgraha parts 16-17 and Ananda Vacanamrtam part 22, respectively. This was given. One other important point in all of this is that Acarya Raghunathji was assigned the specific duty of taking notes of all Baba’s talks during that 1984 tour.

So this type of program was going on during that historic tour because, after all, this was Baba’s usual way. Not just on this tour but throughout His life wherever Baba lived and wherever He visited always He told all the histories, stories, tales, factual analysis and so many things about the surrounding area wherever He was. And these things Baba told to the local Margiis and attending Acaryas – whoever was present. When living in Jamalpur, when touring Berlin Sector, when touring the Philippines, indeed all the time this was happening. So naturally also then on His grand 1984 tour of Hindi speaking areas Baba gave countless talks about the history and archeology of that area.

And as I say on His tour Baba visited many archeological buildings that were hundreds and even thousands of years old. Baba spent time at places that had a rich history of deep archeological importance such as temples, tombs, mosques, forts, monuments, historical buildings, etc. And Baba revealed a huge, never-before-known history during His tour which was noted down.

THE TRAGEDY

But the tragedy is that all those charming tales and hidden facts which Baba graciously revealed, all those things never got printed in Baba’s name. Never.

In contrast though, in the Prout books so many talks given on field walks related with Bengalistan have been added after 1990. So why did Bangalistan get the upper hand while all the talks from Baba’s tour of Hindi speaking areas get completely neglected. Why didn’t the Hindi area historical research and Baba’s other direct guidelines, why didn’t those get placed in book form in the name of Baba.

Because after all, on this long 1984 tour of 4 months penance, thousands and thousands of pages worth of Baba’s valuable teaching was given. Yet somehow it was deliberately left off the shelf of Baba’s library.

SPECIAL TWIST

Here then is the missing link: the answer why all those talks of Baba never got printed in His name.

For that historic 1984 tour, Baba gave the duty to Ac Raghunathji to collect and manage the note-taking and publication of those talks. So Ac Raghunathji organised all the talks given by Baba during the tour. This he did from 1984 up to 1993 and in his own way Ac Raghunathji was trying to get the Publications Department to print these things.

But Sarvatmananda pushed back and delayed the work. Sarvatmanandaji did not cancel the project completely. He did not throw it into the river; he is more crafty and cunning than that. Instead, he added one of his patented devious twists to the situation. Sarvatmanandaji demanded that the book be published, BUT in the name of Ac Raghunathji– not Baba.

WHY THE TWIST

So that was the nasty point. Reason being Dada Sarvatmanandaji wanted to undermine those things. Means he did not want to highlight anything other than Bengali culture so all Baba’s talks about Hindi speaking areas, he wanted to push them down into the mud. And what better way to effectively do this than to take away Baba’s name from those discourses and instead assign them to someone else– like Raghunathji.

Because whatever words come from Sadguru Baba, those words are treated as divine. Nobody can compare with BABA. So by manipulating the situation and instead crediting Ac Raghunathji and not Baba for giving all those talks, that was one way of undermining Baba’s words about those Hindi speaking samaj areas. And that is exactly what Dada Sarvatmanandji wanted to do. To crush the existence and push down the validity of Hindi speaking areas. And in fact he did like that.

Because the book of history did in fact get printed in Acarya Raghunathji’s name and still today it remains like that. About this book more I will tell below.

RAGHUNATHJI’S POSITION

First though, with regards to Acarya Raghunathji, all we can say is that his position was like one bootlicker that time. That was why he did not adequately oppose Sarvatmanandaji’s fraudulent scheme. And in the end Ac Raghunathji actually thought that this was alright. Because after all the book was put in his name and that way he got the credit and respect for that. So that was Ac Raghunathji’s way in all of this, and even when he was the organisational president still he did not come forward to correct this thing. That is the proof that he approved of the whole situation.

THEY ARE 100% BABA DISCOURSES

PROMOTED IN SOMEONE ELSE’S NAME

But truly speaking those are all Baba’s direct talks. And anyone who is at all familiar with Baba’s style of discourse will easily understand that all those words belong to our Revered Baba, and not to Ac Raghunathji. So it is a terrible wrongdoing that the book was done in a different way. It got titled as ‘P.R. Sarkar on History’ and the author’s name is there in bold print: Acarya Raghunath. That is the tragedy.

Because in this way, who can understand that this is actually Baba’s book? Nobody. Because the title of the book itself makes it look like Ac Raghunathji is writing about Shrii Sarkar’s ideas on history. When in actuality those are all Baba’s discourses.

Altogether Sarvatmanandaji has created a big mess in Baba’s scripture in order to prove Bengali superiority. And all along the present B group spokesman Kalyaneshvarananda was aware about the adulterations and distortions being done to Baba’s sacred discourses yet all the while he kept mum– and just allowed that injustice to pass before his eyes.

OUR DUTY

Now it is the duty of one and all to put forth the demand that all Baba’s discourses should be published in His own name and be included as part of Ananda Marga scripture.

Namaskar,
Mohini

Note 1: DADA KNEW IT WAS A DISTORTION

The discourses Baba gave during His 1984 never got printed in Baba’s own books. Instead Baba’s discourses got published under Ac. Raghunathji name in his book titled ‘Shri P.R. Sarkar on History’ by Ac. Raghunathji. This above email tells this wrongdoing, but here following B group spokesman exposes his own position. Since long he was aware about the distortion done to Baba’s discourses but never did he do anything to correct the matter.

B group spokesman Dada Kalyaneshvarananda once wrote:

“‘In His 1984 tour, he (Baba) spoke about different places and Raghunathjii noted it down and was later published [in Ac Raghunathjii’s own history book] as “Shri P.R. Sarkar on History.”

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’lo eseche ghum bheungeche, phuler vane raun legeche…” (P.S. 2253)

Purport:

With the arrival of effulgence, all drowsiness & sleepiness have been vanquished. In the flower garden, new growth has come. The buds of those flowers which were in hibernation have now all bloomed. And they have filled the flowers with nectar; it is overflowing.

Each and everyone’s heart is vibrated with the new color. Each and every movement in life is vibrated in His flow. The air, the water, the earth, and the sky– everything is filled with His vibration and charm. The advent of the new dawn has come; now there will not be any more cries or laments due to the darkness. In everyone’s language and expression there will no longer be any bitterness – rather it will be saturated with sweetness and love. Love will be the source of all inspiration.

This entire transformation has all happened due to the causeless grace of Parama Purusa; He created this momentum and changed the whole vibration of this entire universe. He filled it with His own color. The new dawn has come and the drowsiness of staticity and dogma has disappeared. The sweetness and charm of spirituality has come…

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Best and Worst

Baba says, “Human beings come into this world and attend to so many duties…It is the sense of duty that makes a person great. Of all the bonds, the bond of duty is the strongest and the bond of moha [blind attachment or infatuation] is the worst. Humans will have to break the bonds of moha and increase the bonds of duty.” (NKS,’97 Edn, p.111)
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Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 21:48:11 -0500
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Why Unity Fails
From: Cinmay Deva

Baba

Prabahata Samgiita #3002

Cir ka’le-r bandhu———
Nikat’e- ese— ghu-m bha’ungio—,

Ghu-m bha’ungio—
Jad’eri bha’vana’y yadi mete-
Tha’ki-, ja’gie di-o
Nikat’e- ese— ghu-m bha’ungio—,

Ghu-m bha’ungio—
Kichui toma’r aja’-na’ na’i,
A’—————————————a’
Kichui tomar a’ja-na’ na’i,
Randhre ra’ndhre a’cho- sa’dai
Toma’y bhu’le- jad’e- harai,
T’ene- pa-the a’-nio—
Nikat’e- ese— ghu-m bha’ungio—,

Ghu-m bha’ungio—
Ana’di ashes’a e- liila’-y,
A’———————————–a’
Ana’di ashes’a e- liila’-y,
Toma’y khonja’- hoye ut’he da’y
Bhra’nti kichu- dekhate na’ dey,
Tumi- diipak jva’-lio—
Nikat’e- ese— ghu-m bha’ungio—,

Ghu-m bha’ungio—
Cir ka’le-r bandhu———
Nikat’e- ese— ghu-m bha’ungio—,
Ghu-m bha’ungio—

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, You are my Bandhu [1]. Your and my relation is not just of this life. Since the dawn of creation, You were with me when I was in various shapes and forms. How far I was aware or not, but You were with me. Since the beginning of this life also, You have been with me – whether I always realised it or not. My and your relation is beyond time – You are my eternal companion. O’ my eternal Bandhu, by coming close, please break my slumber. By Your grace awaken me from any psychic or spiritual stupor. If I am intoxicated in crude, mundane thoughts, please arouse me. If I give up sadhana and get attracted to the material world, please wake me up and bring me at Your feet.

By coming close please break my slumber, O’ my eternal Bandhu.

Baba, You are omniscient and omnipresent. Nothing is unknown to You. Past, present, and future all lie within You. Baba, You are ever-present in each and every pore – You are everywhere throughout this entire universe and the expressed and unexpressed worlds – everywhere. What I do and don’t do, You always see. You witness everything. O’ my Dearmost, You are my Polestar, if ever I am oblivious of You, and get lost in this crude world, please pull me back onto the path of dharma. If I give up my Sixteen Points and get drowned in sensual pleasures, then please pull me back to the path of Ananda Marga.

By coming close, please break my slumber, O’ my eternal Bandhu.

Baba, in this beginningless and endless divine liila, searching for You becomes hard and painful. Doing sadhana and completing all the lessons is not easy. Following dharma is very difficult. All kinds of avidya maya come and disturb me.

The illusion created by maya obscures the vision. There are so many material allurements that divert me from the Goal – that draw me away from You. O my Dearmost, please grace me by lighting the lamp – diipak jva’lio [2] – of divine knowledge, filling my heart with devotion, and bringing me at Your alter.

By coming close please break my slumber, O’ my eternal Bandhu, arouse me and bring me at Your lotus feet…

NOTE FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3002:

[1] Bandhu: Usually people think that the term ‘Bandhu’ means ‘friend’, but in our AM devotional life the term Bandhu means something much more.

Baba says, “‘Bandhu’ means ‘those within the bondage of love’. That is when one can not tolerate the idea of separation it is called ‘Bandhu’. Now you see in this world have you got any Bandhu? No. Even your friend, your best friend– he also did not come at the same time as you and after leaving the cremation ground, there is permanent separation. He will be with you up to the cremation ground. After your cremation he won’t be with you. So he is not Bandhu– he is not friend for he can tolerate the idea of separation.”

“So who is the real friend? Parama Purusa. When you are in this physical framework– in this quinquelemental framework, He is with you, with your body, with your mind and with your spirit. After death, He will be with your mind, with your soul. When the body will be lost, the body will become one with the earth but mind and spirit will remain, He will be with you. So He is the real friend, He is the real Bandhu. And there cannot be any mundane friend, mundane Bandhu.” (AV-12)

[2] Diipak Jva’lio: ‘Please light the lamp of divinity and remove the darkness of ignorance’. As a Sadguru Baba graces us with true, inner knowledge by lighting our lamp within by bringing us onto the path of spirituality. By this way we are able to overcome the hindrances of staticity and crudity. That is one of the main messages of this particular Prabhat Samgiita, lighting the lamp within and removing the darkness of ignorance. This is also expressed in our Guru Puja. About this I think most are aware.

“…Jina’na’injana shala’kaya’…”

Baba says, “You know that an eye ointment is applied with a stick (‘Shala’ka’ means stick). Now, all the microcosms are parts of that Noumenal Entity, all are actually parts and particles of that Supreme Entity, but due to ignorance, due to the darkness of ignorance, they cannot see what is what and which is which. That is why they require the ointment of spiritual knowledge. Guru (with a stick) applies the ointment of spiritual knowledge to their eyes.” (AV-3)

== WHY UNITY FAILS ==

Namaskar,
As we embark on this new year, there is struggle and strife everywhere and the theme in so many circles is unity, unity, unity.

Political parties in the general society have been chanting unity; various groups in AMPS have also been singing the unity song, and indeed, this unity slogan is prevalent in so many spheres of life.

But, it never works; their call to unity is never achieved; it always fails. That is the reality. We should understand why.

Ay the same time, we all know Baba Himself has given the key ingredients for forming true and lasting unity. In His discourse “Social Psychology”, Baba guides that the central components for achieving unity are: a common ideal, a casteless society, collective social functions, and no capital punishment.

We should familiarize ourselves with His practical teachings and gain the essentials for creating real unity, both in our Marga and the general society.

UNITY IN THE GENERAL SOCIETY

Unfortunately, nowadays, unity is nowhere to been seen in the general society, nor in the Marga. We see semblances of it only to later realise that it was just so-called unity where the rallying point was self-interest, nothing more.

Two smaller businesses merge to form a unified bigger enterprise. Two politicians join forces in order to unify their party. Countries join the United Nations or EU as a show of unity.

Indeed there are so many examples of unity. But invariably they break apart.

Because up till now in this world, “unity” has always been grounded in the selfishness of two different people or groups. So long as it is profitable for them, they remain unified, and the moment that “unity” is not meeting their agenda, they split apart.

Whereas Baba guides us that a healthy, broad-based approach is needed to create unity, and that must include: a common ideal, a casteless society, collective social functions, and no capital punishment. Then that will be real and lasting unity.

Yet we see how so many corporations have unified and divided; so many regions of the world have reached a temporary unity, only to again split; and so many political alliances have been made to gain unity, only to fall apart a day or year later.

Whether it be the USSR, AOL-Time-Warner, Czechoslovakia, the Catholic Church, or some political movement in your locale, time and again we see “unified entities” break apart into pieces.

And the reason is always the same: The small-minded ideal of selfishness can never stand the test of time– it can never create a true bond.

Rather as a humanity we must adhere to Baba’s pointed and practical guidelines for achieving unity. There is no other way.

THAT SAME UNITY IS SURFACING IN AMPS

The greater tragedy is that since 1990, that same type of so-called unity has been surfacing in AM. Our Marga is meant to be the model for guiding the rest of society but since 1990 our AMPS has been a near mirror image of the crude, materialistic patterns prevalent in the world today.

Whether it be in the name of one group or some new faction, various teams have been “uniting.” It is not at all uncommon. And they then call for others to join them.

But this also never works.

Because when some group or faction is the basis of unity, and not Baba’s stated ideals, then that group’s self-interest is the operating agenda. Certain leaders are desperately trying to gain an upper-hand on the power, and for that they start chanting, “unity, unity, unity’ in hopes of gathering people to support their selfish agenda.

That is why we constantly see splits and fissures in our Marga. At first after 1990 all were united under Sarvatmananda. Then the Rudrananda group came into being. Then NIA. Then EC. Then United Administration.

That is the way it goes. Because no group is operating according to Baba’s recipe for unity given in “Social Psychology”, where Baba outlines that our common ideal is practically based on Brahma sadhana, samgacchadhvam, and universal fraternity.

Instead, the various factions just chase after their own unit agenda where others either join in or break apart based on whether that agenda meets their selfish needs. That is why there has not been any lasting unity in AM since 1990.

Through it all, so many good margiis and field workers have the sincere feeling in their heart to see a united AMPS based on Baba’s teachings.

ONLY BABA HAS GIVEN REAL UNITY

To date, unity then has just been a fleeting dream on this earth. Baba has come to change all that. He has graciously given teachings on unity that are completely new and revolutionary.

When Baba speaks of unity it is totally different from the way corporations, countries, groups or even other gurus speak of unity.

Baba talks of unity in very practical terms and uses words like ‘ideology’, ‘cosmic inheritance, ‘common patrimony’, ‘universal welfare’, ‘cosmic brotherhood’, ‘service motive’ etc.

Here again are Baba’s key ingredients for bringing unity: a common ideal, a casteless society, collective social functions, and no capital punishment. Those interested should read the entire discourse, “Social Psychology”.

Never will you see or hear mundane words like ‘power’, ‘profit’, ‘control’, ‘money’, or ‘popularity’, be associated with Baba’s ideal of unity.

Yet these latter words (‘power’, ‘profit’, ‘control’, etc) are the driving force behind most, if not all, so-called unity movements on this earth. Because thus far, unity has always been just a euphemism for satisfying someone’s selfish agenda. That is why it always fails.

Here Baba warns us that the failure to bring real unity leads to the utter destruction of that community, country or society – verily it can lead to extinction of humanity.

Baba says, “Lack of unity among the members of society because of too much self-interest in the individual members, the formation of groups for economic or social advantage, and the lack of understanding of others, act not only to bring about the downfall of society, but also can wipe it out completely from the face of the earth. Instances of many groups and empires disappearing altogether are not rare in the little-known history of this world.” (AFPS-7, Social Psychology)

MORE OF BABA’S GUIDELINES ON UNITY

Baba’s warnings and guidelines on unity are totally unique– never before have they been put forth on this earth. For your review here are some more of Baba’s given teachings on unity.

Baba says, “For the unity of the entire humanity, the indispensable factor is spirituality. This supreme treasure teaches human beings that Parama Purus’a is the Supreme Father, Parama Prakrti [the Supreme Operative Principle] is their Supreme Mother, and the entire universe is their homeland.” (AFPS-2)

Baba says, “Human unity is purely an ideological unity, which means unity in the psychic sphere. Where there is psychic unity, physical unity will also occur. In the realm of unity, unity is always psychic – ideological unity means unity in the subtlest level of the mind. However, psychic or ideological unity may be affected if we encourage the exploitation of one group by another. So to avoid this there should not be any scope for exploitation in society. And to ensure this we have to start a new order to safeguard the interests of the exploited masses. So for a proper social synthesis what we require is a common philosophy of life; that is, ideological unity.” (PNS-15)

Baba says, “Along with the theory of spiritual inheritance, one Cosmic ideology will have to be propagated too, and that ideology is that one Supreme Entity the Cosmic Entity is the goal of all living beings. This spiritual sentiment will keep human beings united for all time to come. No other theory can save the human race.” (TTP)

BABA’S BLESSING

Only Baba has given the practical teachings on unity wherein groupism, dogma, and exploitation are eradicated and instead the time-tested ideals of cosmic inheritance, ideology, spirituality, and one human society are encouraged.

All other types of so-called unity based on selfish interest and the profit motive are doomed for failure.

That is why to date, attempts at unity have failed again and again and again. Any groupist platform for unity will also fail. Only unity based on the spiritual teachings of AM ideology can bring lasting peace and welfare to society. Only then will we have true unity.

Namaskar,
Cinmay

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Who is Greatest Fool

Baba says, “How one person sings melodious songs, how another dances beautiful rhythmic dances, how another delivers wonderful discourses, etc. But we cannot see the entity who pulls the strings from behind and runs the show. And the funniest thing is this: the speaker, the singer, the dancer thinks that he is the agent, the doer, and takes the entire credit for the performance. People do not care to think of the entity that pulls the strings from behind, or if they are even more foolish, they think that others see them alone, not the entity who pulls the strings from behind.” (NKS, 97 Edn, p.181)

Note: Under the spell of avidya maya many persons think that all credit goes to them for their great deeds. The number of such persons is huge. But according to Baba’s above guideline in the spiritual way of thinking they are fools. We should be careful and save ourselves from falling into this category of fools.
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