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From: Satiish K Bhatia”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Practical Approach of “See The Bright Side”
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:53:33 +0530

Baba

== PRACTICAL APPROACH OF “SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE” ==

Namaskar,
Every Ananda Margii is aware that Baba guides us to “see the bright side of everything”. And while at first glance the phrase seems quite simple, there is a greater meaning and application which we should explore. To date, some still have some fundamental misudnerstandings about this key guideline from Sadguru.

SEEING THE BRIGHT SIDE: HOW IT WORKS

In dharmic fashion, Baba sets the tone that in our Ananda Marga we are to see the bright side of everything and side by side oppose all sorts of dogmas, exploitation, and wrongdoings in order to guide the society on the proper path. However a few people do not understand how this is all working together. They reason that seeing the bright side means not pointing out the negativity in society, and / or not fighting against injustice – i.e. just remaining meek and passive etc.

For greater clarity we should see Baba’s practical working style and other related examples to best understand the inner sense of “see the bright side”. By this very system we can clean the organisation – ridding it from dogmas and groupism.

MOTHER ANALOGY

In one regard, it is just like how parents view their children. Proper parents always see the bright side with regards to their children’s growth and development. With love and affection they see everything; they never overlook the lesser qualities. And, by this way, they are seeing the bright side and watching out for their child’s welfare.

For example a mother may think, “Okay my child has 80% good qualities but to help them improve and make them more bright certain aspects of their life need correction.” So the mother lovingly tells her child, “Don’t be lazy. Study more. Go and prepare your lessons.” All those things she tells the child. By this way she identifies and addresses the defective behaviours of the child. All done with the benevolent motive to correct those wrong habits and thus increase the brightness of her child.

So the mother is seeing the bright side, and that means trying to make it more bright. The way to do that is to find the dark elements and have them corrected or removed. Then the bright side will become more brilliant. No one can accuse the mother of criticising the child or seeing the dark side. Who can blame that the mother is not seeing the bright side when addressing her child and only seeing the dark side.

Seeing the dark side occurs when a person does not want to make someone else better. In that case they will only abuse others with the intention of putting them down. Many persons do like that. But this is very bad and this is not at all working hand in hand with seeing the bright side.

That’s why Baba guides us that we should have a sympathetic opinion regarding the person to whom we are dealing. And then find out their mistake, and remove it.

POINTING OUT THE DEFECT AND SEEING THE BRIGHT SIDE GO HAND IN HAND

The whole spirit behind “seeing the bright side” is to rectify the defects in order to build up a seamless and vibrant society. The present humanity is suffering from many ailments. In dharmic fashion Baba exposes all the various problems and ailments that are present in the society. Such as dogma, negativity, exploitation by capitalism, crudity of communism, and many more things. Baba is highlighting the fact in bold letters that now society has very little on the good side. To rectify the situation, Baba guides us to think in a pointed way and remove the disparities and exploitation. Then society’s brightness will come forth and shine.

Hence, by seeing the bright side, the main intention is to fix the problem. To make others aware about the defect and address and repair it. And make the situation better and better. So in Ananda Marga our aim is to fix society’s various problems. Toward that end, Baba has also graciously given the solution to each and every problem as well. So ours is the practical approach.

In contrast, those who just criticize and abuse others without ever offering any solution– that approach is negative. And no well-intentioned person will do like this.

For example, a mother doesn’t only criticize her child. Rather the mother instructs, “Don’t be lethargic and negligent about your health & hygiene. Go and take a bath.” So here the mother’s basic point is: ‘don’t be lazy on the point of cleanliness’. So this is not mere criticism. Because immediately following comes the direction to go and take a bath. And by that way the child will be clean. So the intention of the mother is to improve the child’s condition. This is seeing the bright side.

Similarly if someone says that “My neighbor often gets drunk and may one day hurt himself. We should help him.” Out of a feeling of concern if someone talks this way about their neighbor, then that is not a negative action. Rather, it is positive. Because the person wants to make their neighbor better – he wants to see his brightness more shining. And in that way a solution has been given to help him.

Likewise people wash their clothes with the same positive motive – to remove the stain and make their clothes more fresh. So finding out the stain does not mean one is seeing the negative side or indulging in anything detrimental. Rather by taking the time to remove the dirt one is making everything brighter and cleaner.

DHARMA SAMIIKSA & REPORTING SESSIONS

ARE IDEAL EXAMPLES OF SEEING THE BRIGHT SIDE

The best example of all is Baba’s divine role during Dharma Samiiksa. There, in historic fashion, Baba goaded so many sadhakas unto the path of supreme beatitude by lovingly pointing out their defects and mistakes; by this way, He graciously rectified them and removed their ills. This allowed those bhaktas to move ahead with increasing speed toward their cherished Goal. If Baba had merely praised each person who came before Him for dharma samiiksa, those sadhakas would not have been able to progress. That would have been useless. So Baba lovingly pointed out the defects to help sadakhas become clean and pure, i.e. blemishless. No one can stand there and say that Baba only saw the dark side. One cannot blame Guru in this manner. He lovingly highlighted the wrongs so they could be removed, thereby allowing the sadhaka to feel pure, light, and bright. That was Baba’s magnificent approach during dharma samiiksa, and verily in every reporting session as well. This was how Babs practically showed us how to follow: See the bright side. Who can say Baba was seeing only the dark side and not seeing the bright side.

“SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE” IS DONE WITH BENEVOLENCE

So in this process of “Seeing the bright side”, the benevolent motive is the main factor. Whereas those seeing the dark side criticize without the intent to help. That is where their approach is wrong and completely poisonous.

For example, take the case of the communist’s approach. Communists always try to destroy capitalists, with that mindset they abuse capitalists.

A related approach happens with political parties in the democratic system as well. One party leader’s only aim is to sabotage the other party’s programs to make them look bad. This manner has nothing to do with “seeing the bright side.”

If one group endlessly involved in undermining and mudslinging,then that is not “see the bright side”. Because their only intention is to put the other group down and gain the power. Righting the organisation by following ideology is not their way.

EXAMPLE OF SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE

Whereas our true approach in Ananda Marga – Baba’s example – is not like that and the directive ‘See the bright side’ works in a completely different way.

Regarding the defects of capitalism Baba outrightly exposes the short-sighted, materialistic, and selfish nature of capitalism. And side by side He provides the Prout – the perfect solution. By implementing Prout everybody will become healthy, and everybody’s face will shine with joy. Step by step, the physical problems will vanish, the psychic ailments will be identified and solved, and people will be able to advance in the field of spirituality. They will thus build up a strong and healthy God-centered society.

No one can blame Baba that He Himself did not follow the teaching that He gave for others: See the bright side of everything. From the getgo Baba was seeing the bright side of human society and by pointing out the ills and defects of capitalism He best helped those capitalists and society.

So all around, Ananda Marga’s teaching is ensconced in the motive of welfare: By pointing out the injustices and negativity, fixing the problem, and leading the whole society along the path together to the final desideratum.

Thus, seeing the bright side goes hand in hand with pointing out the faults. Without pointing out the defects, the bright side will never be able to become more bright. Well-wishers never ignore the problem. When you go to the doctor then that doctor does tests to find the problem and make you healthy – i.e. brighter than before. Same is the case when you bring your scooter to the mechanic. In that moment, the mechanic does not praise all the good qualities of the scooter – rather he finds the problem and fixes it.

And that is what we must do in order to rid our Ananda Marga from groupism: Identify the problem and solve it by implementing Baba’s neo-humanistic teachings.

OUR DUTY

Hence the supreme spirit of “See the Bright Side” is imbibed in each and every moment of Baba’s working style and is embedded within the entire Ananda Marga ideology. Who can say Baba was seeing only the dark side of those He was point out and not seeing the bright side.

Thus as Ananda Margiis we are living in the world, and our duty is that we should help clean the society and make it better. Likewise we are living in this organization (AMPS) so our duty is to not overlook the wrongdoings.

Rather, we should find out the problems and fix them. If something is not going according to Baba’s teaching then we should rectify that. By this way our organization will be better and better.

By properly following the inner spirit of Baba’s divine guideline of “See the bright side” that is the only way to move ahead and build up a healthy and vibrant society free from exploitation.

SUMMARY

Well-wishers always point out the defect in order to remove it and enhance the bright side. Those who refrain from talking about the ills are not seeing the bright side. They may be meek; they may be cowardly; but they are definitely not seeing the bright side. Those who only talk about the negative side with the intent of suppressing others are followers of the dark side. Here is one such example:

Baba says, “There are many teachers who wound the sentiments of a student by ridiculing either his caste or his father’s profession saying, “The plough suits you better than the pen, my boy,” or “You had better join your father at the potters wheel.” Even today such utterances come out of the mouths of many teachers.” (1)

Such a teacher’s sole intention is the put the boy down. That is the dark side.

In Ananda Marga, we only see the bright side: The intention is to purify by removing the stain and making everything bright, shining, and brilliant.

WARNING: HOW BRIGHT SIDE IS MISUSED

Often the statement – “See the bright side” – is misused by selfish and opportunistic exploiters. They try to convince others not to point out the wrongdoings etc. They want people to overlook their defects and talk only of their good qualities. Hearing this, some very naive people are misled and they remain befooled. But this is not the way. So be alert if any immoral elements try to teach you not to oppose wrong wrongdoing.

BABA’S GUIDELINES FOR DEVOTEES

“We cannot call people “good” if they cannot lead people of all walks of life towards welfare. We can call them “goody-goodies” but not good people. Those who are truly good people will move bravely forward and provide inspiration and strength to those mute masses to fight against all kinds of obstacles, and give a clarion call to them to march ahead.” (2)

“Intelligent people should no longer remain silent…They must not act like goody-goodies, seeing evil but continuing to tolerate it. This is very bad.” (3)

“The establishment of an ideal society depends on the mutual help of the members and their cooperative behaviour. This cooperative behaviour depends on the practice of the principles of Yama and Niyama; so, spiritual practices, especially the practice of Yama and Niyama, are the sound foundation of an ideal society…All Ananda Margis, when they see other Margis acting against the principles of Yama and Niyama, must make them shun this habit either by sweet or harsh words or by dealing even more strictly. Thus they will have to make the society strong. Henceforth I direct every Ananda Margi to keep strict vigilance on other Ananda Margi to make them practise the principles of Yama and Niyama.” (4)

“The characteristic of good people is to fight against injustice, to firmly adhere to truth and righteousness, to protect the helpless and fight against all evil persons. Those who are merely simple and are of a meek and goody-goody nature are not good people.” (5)

“By observing people’s conduct one will easily notice those who are absorbed in divine love…Those who have attained Iishvaraprema can never and will never exploit others. They will raise their voice against all sorts of tyranny, injustice, and exploitation. Those who do not possess that kind of honest courage to oppose all wrongs are nothing but fakes – they are never genuine [devotees].” (6)

“I have already said that Ananda Marga is the first movement aimed at liberating spirituality from the unwholesome influences from dogma. Hence you must not in any way encourage dogma. Rather, you should carry on an endless fight against dogma. And while fighting against dogma, you will realize the actual truth, and when you will come in contact with truth, you will be established in real spirituality…human beings have got to be established in human excellence and carry on a ceaseless struggle against dogma.” (7)

BABA’S SPECIAL TEACHING FROM THE ORIGINAL HINDI DISCOURSE NOTED BELOW

If a family member or close person is doing something wrong then one must point out their defect. Never tolerate such things. Ironically, the general tendency is to overlook the faults of your close people etc. But that is very dangerous – it is more dangerous than if they were distant. If someone is insincere and does not have a sadhu mentality, then they must be pointed out, opposed, and rectified. Only then will that person be able to grow. This series of guidelines is especially critical if that person is close to you.

Think in this manner: A snake in the wild is not as dangerous as a snake that is in the house. Thus close persons must always be pointed out and corrected. That is the gist of Baba’s following teaching noted below in the original Hindi.

“साधना की जो मुख्य बात है, कि—सत्याश्रयी बनना | “सत्याश्रयी” माने यहाँ, sincere बनना | कहा गया कि आज के जीवन में मनुष्य में बहुत कुटिलता तथा जटिलता आ गई है | मनुष्य पहले के माफ़िक, सीधे नहीं रहे | यह बात आज से दस हज़ार साल पहले जितना सत्य था, आज उससे भी अधिक सत्य है | अर्थात्‌ दस हज़ार साल पहले भी देखा गया था कि—मनुष्य क्षणिक लोभ के लिए, क्षणिक सुख के लिए, धर्म से हट जाते हैं | और, तुलसी जी भी कहते थे कि—”कौन मनुष्य कितना perfect है, उसका प्रमाण मिलता है विपद के समय में | धैर्य, धर्म, नारी, और मित्र का परिचय मिलता है, विपद में |

छोटा-सा लोभ, ख़ूब छोटा-सा एक सामयिक लाभ के कारण मनुष्य धर्म के रास्ते से हट जाते हैं | प्राचीन काल में ऐसा नहीं था | क्रमशः मनुष्य के मन में जितनी जटिलता बढ़ रही है, मनुष्य उतना insincere बन रहा है | और इसके लिए मुख्य ज़िम्मेवारी है, so-called intellectual लोगों की | अपनी कमज़ोरी को ढाँकने के लिए, छिपाने के लिए, उन लोगों ने क्या किया ? बड़ी-बड़ी बात जनता को सुनाई है | मगर अपने ज्यों का त्यों रह गए |

मूड़ मुड़ाए जटा रखाए, मस्त फिरें जैसा भैंसा |
और खलड़ी ऊपर ख़ाक लगाए, मन जैसा तो तैसा ||

तो, यह जो intellectuals, यही आम जनता को विभ्रान्त किए हैं | और हम बोले, क्या ? sincerity first, sincerity second, sincerity always | साधनामार्ग में sincerity सबसे बड़ी चीज़ है | और, sincerity क्या है ? Sincerity is always सत्याश्रयी | Sincerity माने ही सत्य में रहना, मज़बूत रहना |

अपना आदमी हो, घर का आदमी हो | कोई सत्य से इधर-उधर हट गया, sincerity की कमी जिनमें है—उसका विरोध करो, बर्दाश्त मत करो | अपना आदमी है तो क्या है | अपना आदमी अगर असाधु है, insincere है, तो, और भी अधिक ख़तरनाक है | क्यों ? बाहर में अगर साँप रहा, वह जितना ख़तरनाक है, घर में अगर साँप घुस गया तो और भी अधिक ख़तरनाक है | इसलिए, और भी, उसका अधिक विरोध होना चाहिए |” (8)

Namaskar,
in Him,
Satiish

NOTE 1: NEGATIVE LEFTIST APPROACH

We have seen how communists only indulge criticism after criticism without any practical intention to remedy the situation.

Baba says, “Those who are leftists in the world are even more dangerous…they are deliberately seeking out the dark and dirty aspects of life and, like flies, growing fat on the secretions of society’s festering sores. It must be remembered that flies do not heal sores– rather they exacerbate them, because the very puss of these sores provides them with their vital juice. So the filthy aspects of society are the only wealth on which these [leftists] subsist.” (9)

Note 2: REFERENCES

1. Human Society – 1, p.8
2. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 22
3. Liberation of Intellect: Neo-Humanism, Disc: 2
4. A Guide to Human Conduct
5. A Few Problems Solved-5
6. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 7, p.12
7. Prout in a Nutshell – 18
8. EGD 25 November 1978 Bombay, NP,Taking Shelter in Satya is the Essence of Sadhana
9. Prout in a Nutshell – 10, p. 24

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Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2011 18:02:42 -0000

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Subject: Very Good Way to Learn

 

Baba

 

== VERY GOOD WAY TO LEARN ==

 

Namaskar,

As sadhakas, our duty is to learn and grow from each and every

circumstance. Here Baba has given us the secret how to accomplish this.

 

 

BABA’S SPECIAL EXPLANATION

 

Every Ananda Margii is familiar with Baba’s divine blessing: Sarve

bhadra’n’i pashyantu, meaning “See the bright side of everything.” After

so many DMC’s and spiritual gatherings, Baba would bestow this blessing

upon us, by His grace.

 

In His 1988 Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ discourse, Baba has given us one

special explanation of what it means to “see the bright side.” So

although we may have heard Baba’s blessing – Sarve bhadra’n’i pashyantu

– countless times, we may not be fully aware of its inner spirit and

practical application in our daily lives. That Baba has beautifully

explained on the occasion of Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ in 1988.

 

That day, in His elaboration of “see the bright side”, Baba explained

that everything in this universe is a mix of the three gun’as: Sentient

(sa’ttvika), mutative (ra’jasik), and static (ta’masik). Thus, everyone

and everything contains at least some amount of both sentient qualities

and static qualities. If sattvagun’a is more dominant then we call that

person or thing, “good”; and if tamahgun’a is more dominant then we call

that person or thing, “bad”.

 

Here the chief point is that everyone and everything – no matter how

good or bad they are – has at least some good qualities. And seeing the

bright side means finding and recognising those good aspects. The great

benefit is that this allows us to learn from every situation and every

interaction.

 

For instance, a person may be a thief and a confirmed sinner, but that

person may also be an excellent planner and organiser. They may have a

great talent to prepare for a given task. In that case, as sadhakas, we

should have the flexibility of mind to see that goodness within that

thief and emulate their unique talent. By that way we can grow and

develop. That can only happen, however, if we are able to see the bright

side.

 

Thus we are always to take brahmabhava (spiritual ideation) and think

that all have come from Him, so everyone – even a thief – has some

bright spots. As sadhakas, this is our approach. In that way we can

learn from everyone. That is Baba’s guideline.

 

The easiest thing in the world is to look at that same thief and just

think he is a useless sinner who has no redeeming qualities. Blinded by

this dark and diseased outlook, we will not be able to understand what a

great planner and tactician that thief is, in which case we will not be

able to learn from him.

 

Here the point is not whether the thief should be absolved of their

crimes. The operative factor is how we view that person. If we see the

bright side, then we can find whatever goodness they invariably possess

– because after all everyone has at least some good qualities, no one is

100% bad – and then we can learn from those good characteristics.

 

The basic spirit of “see the bright side” is to be able to learn

something from everyone. That is Baba’s special message and explanation

from His 1988 Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ discourse. By that way we will be

able to grow a lot, by His grace.

 

 

IT IS JUST LIKE

 

The above situation of seeing the bright side is akin to the work of

homeopathic researchers. When they see a poisonous snake they do not

just think that it is dangerous and deadly and should therefore be

discarded; those researchers see that snake in a benevolent light – i.e.

they see the bright side – and by that practical outlook they are able

to use that poison from the snake to make a medicine. Because one

inherent quality of that poisonous snake is its medicinal properties.

 

And it is like that with so many people and things. Everyone and

everything has its positive aspect and to overlook that good quality is

to miss out on an opportunity to learn and grow.

 

A person may be extremely lazy but side by side they may have great

knowledge of computers. In that case we should not just tag them as lazy

and walk away; we should also be able to learn from their technical

abilities as well. But this can only happen if we see the bright side,

i.e. take note of their finer qualities.

 

Each and every interaction in life presents us with such an opportunity.

 

Indeed if we think more deeply, we can come up with innumerable examples

of how we can learn from those who are seemingly full of unfavourable

characteristics. By seeing the bright side we will be able to find and

learn from their good qualities.

 

 

BE LIKE A HONEY BEE, NOT A FLY

 

That is why in that same Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ discourse Baba guides us

that we are to be like a honey bee, not a fly. A honey bee will always

find the sweet spot. If a person is holding a garland the honey bee will

land on that garland. In contrast, if that same person has a wound, then

the fly will go straight to the wound. The honey bee always seeks out

the nectar and the fly always encircles the sores.

 

Likewise, as human beings, by seeing the bright side we will come to

understand that glorious qualities that a person has just like the honey

bee does, and not get caught up in only seeing the negative aspects of a

person like the fly.

 

 

ONE OTHER GREAT BENEFIT: SERVICE

 

So the main benefit of seeing the bright side is that it allows us to

learn in all situations from all people. In that case we will

continually evolve and grow. That is Baba’s special message from the

Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ gathering.

 

At the the same time, there is a tertiary benefit as well. By seeing the

bright side we will be able to serve others. Because we will be able to

bring them close and help them transform their lives.

 

For example, if we only have disdain for a particular thief and view

them only with disgust, then we keep them at arm’s distance in which

case we will not be able to help them. Whereas if we see them in a

sympathetic light and think that certainly that criminal has some good

quality, then that creates a bond, in which case we can help them make

their life meaningful.

 

No one is to be tossed aside and called rotten forever. We are to help

everyone become moral citizens and enter the path of sadhana. By seeing

the bright side, we are able to best serve others.

 

If we just think that someone is 100% bad, then we can never serve them.

And by serving them, we can not only help the individual rectify

themselves and make society better, but we also fulfill our human

dharma. It makes us better as well.

 

 

ONE DANGEROUS PATH

 

On that 1988 occasion of Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’, Baba’s main emphasis is

on finding out one’s good qualities so that we may learn from them, and

in that process invariably we will be able to serve others as well. That

was His special teaching for us on that day.

 

However, there is also a distinct danger involved in failing to see that

bright side. That too we should be aware of.

 

If we just see the dirt that others have and make crude jokes or always

talk ill of others, then that is a total waste our time on this earth.

Yet unfortunately, that is how many pass their days. They just gossip

about co-workers, or speak negatively about those whom they do not like,

or it plays out in so many ways. But there are two major dangers involved.

 

First, there is no social benefit and society will not be improved by

such derogatory and degrading talk, and secondly, those who indulge in

such negative gossip will actually become like those negative things.

That is the way mind grows – it becomes like its object of ideation.

That is Baba’s distinct warning.

 

So if one talks about another’s laziness, greed, or dirtiness etc, then

that person too will become lazy, greedy, and dirty.

 

Thus if we are not seeing the bright side, then we are seeing the dark

side in which case we will just become diseased, degraded and crude.

That is the very clear and inherent danger.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

By Baba’s grace He has given us this great teaching – “See the bright

side” – and by taking brahmabhava and seeing the good within all, we can

learn and do so much. By this way of thinking, the mind becomes bigger

and bigger which leads to a more elevated stance in life. We should see

every occasion an opportunity to learn and grow, then we will truly

embody Baba’s grand teaching of “see the bright side.”

 

Sarve’tra sukhinah bhavantu sarve santu nira’maya’h;

Sarve bhadra’n’i pashyantu na kashcid duhkhama’pnuya’t.

 

Let everybody be happy

Let everybody be free from all ailments

Let everybody see the bright side of everything

Let nobody be forced to undergo any suffering or exploitation

 

Namaskar,

Mahesh

 

 

Note 1: PROUT & SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE

 

One other aspect of seeing the bright side is in our Proutistic

endeavours. Part and parcel of Prout is to fight against exploitation

and injustices. We do that in order to help the downtrodden people. In

that case, seeing the bright side means pointing out all the ills in

society in order to make it better, more livable for one and all.

 

By this formula also, we grow as sadhakas because we are taking up the

call to help those in need. Thus pointing out the defects, whether

inside or outside AM, is also part of the teaching of, “Seeing the

bright side”. Here are links to other letters raising this aspect.

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/06/misuse-of-see-bright-side.html

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/03/sarve-bhadrani-pashyantu.html

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2008/09/so-many-achievements.html

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Sa’garebela’y gun’e baluka’y cale gelo mor…” (P.S. 4607)

 

Purport:

 

O’ Baba, my entire day has passed on the shore by the sea counting

the tiny grains of sand. I see now that the deep, dark night descends.

Baba, You did not care to look at me. You forbid me from passing my time

like this, nor did You tear me from the snares and bondages of my

mundane attachments. O’ Parama Purusa, I have spent my life submerged in

petty gains and material indulgences and You did not prohibit me or

dissuade me from these worldly allurements.

Baba, by Your grace, You gave me immense wealth and blessed me with

the intelligence to destroy my petty ego. Baba, You are so gracious, You

gave me sufficient strength to serve the suffering and help those in

need, even then my conscience did not awaken. Baba, although You gave

everything but because my mind did not develop in a spiritual manner, I

have spent all my time counting the grains of sand. Baba, I could not

ultise the strength which You have given me. And instead I just wasted

my time sunk in my own selfish, petty desires.

O’ my Dearmost, now in the depths of this darkness, I roam this

desolate beach in search of You. By Your grace, I am no longer

interested in the oysters or the sand. Baba, when will that resplendent,

spiritual dawn arrive where I get that very Divine Entity to whom I

belong. O’ Parama Purusa, I belong to You, I want only You.

Baba, my whole life has passed – wasted in vain – collecting

material, worldly achievements. At the end of the day, by Your grace I

realise that I should no longer waste my time. Baba, I want You and only

You, the eternal and most loving One…

 

 

NOTE FOR PS #4607:

 

Baba has introduced this song with an ancient vedic shloka. He has done

this with a small number of songs in His Prabhat Samgiita collection and

on some occasions the singers sing the shloka as well. Here is the

shloka presented before PS 4607.

 

Asu’rya’h na’ma te loka’h andhena tamasa’vrta’h;

Ta’m’ste pretya’bhigacchanti ye ke ca’tmahano jana’h

 

This shloka has also been explained in some of His discourses as well.

 

Baba says, “A person who is moving away from Parama Purus’a is heading

towards total annihilation, towards mahatii vinas’t’i.” (NKS, Disc: 15)

 

The meaning or sense is that there is one hell or layer of darkness in

the human mind, and if one gets stuck there they cannot understand the

spiritual realm. Instead they think that mundane things are great.

 

Such was the predicament of the bhakta in the above Prabhat Samgiita,

until finally, by Baba’s grace, the sadhaka’s mind emerged from that

darkness and longed for Him.

 

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From: Satiish K Bhatia”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Solution: “See The Bright Side”

Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 06:53:33 +0530

 

Baba

 

“Toma’r a’sa’-ja’oya’ hoy na’ kabhu, prabhu ekatha’ jeneo na’ ja’ni…” –

P.S. 274

 

Purport:

 

Baba, You always remain with me & with everyone eternally; that is why

it is said that Your arrival and departure never happens. I am aware about

this eternal truth, but even then I do not know and I remain forgetful. I

know this very thing but also I do not know.

Your welcoming and Your farewell are not possible because You are

eternally present. This is such a mysterious thing that I know and even

then I do not know. I do not like to believe. Sometimes I think You are

near and sometimes I think You are far. That is my misunderstanding.

Baba, You have created this world in such a way that when anything is

flourishing or blooming that very time the seed of destruction is hidden

within. In due course it perishes. This type of divine play is going on in

this cosmic cycle, eternally.

On the one side with Your two eyes You saturate everyone with Your love,

and on the other side from Your third eye the flame of fire is coming which

burns everything. In this creation of Yours the sweetness of effulgence is

always accompanied by the black shadow of death which falls gradually. But

in this entire divine play You are the black shadow and You are also the

effulgence; You are everything. Baba Your welcoming and farewell never

happens because You are omnipresent…

 

 

== SOLUTION: “SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE” ==

 

Namaskar,

With 2010 drawing to a close and our organisation now riddled by problems

for 2 long decades, as a family we must critically understand what we must

do to right our ship. This letter offers some thoughts: “We must see the

bright side.”

 

Every Ananda Margii is aware that Baba guides us to “see the bright side of

everything” (See Note 1). And while the phrase seems to be quite simple,

still there remains some basic misunderstanding about this by a few persons.

Let me explain further.

 

 

SEEING THE BRIGHT SIDE MEANS

 

ROOTING OUT ALL DOGMAS

 

In dharmic fashion Baba sets the tone that in our AM we are to see the

bright side of everything and side by side oppose all sorts of dogmas,

exploitation and wrongdoings in order to guide the society on the proper

path. However a few people in their confused & superficial way cannot grasp

how this is all working together. So instead they foolishly reason that

seeing the bright side means not pointing out the negativity in society, or

not fighting against injustice. But this is just their daydream.

 

For greater clarity then we should see Baba’s practical working style and

other related examples to best understand the inner sense of “see the

bright side”. And we must learn that by this very system we can clean

the organisation as well – ridding it from dogmas and groupism. That

is the need of the hour as 2011 is now upon us.

 

 

EXAMPLE OF RAISING CHILDREN

 

In one regard it is just like how parents view their children. Proper

parents always see the bright side with regards to their children’s growth

and development. With love and affection they see everything; they never

overlook the lesser qualities. And by this way they are seeing the bright

side and watching out for their child’s welfare.

 

For example a mother may think, ‘Okay my child has 80% very good things but

to help them improve and make them more bright certain aspects of their

life need correction.’ So the mother lovingly tells her child, “Don’t be

lazy. Study more. Go and prepare your lessons.” All those things she tells.

By this way she identifies and addresses the defective behaviours of the

child. All done with the benevolent motive to correct those wrong habits

and thus increase the brightness of her child. Means this is seeing the

bright side.

 

Whereas ‘seeing the negative side’ means if anybody does not want to make

someone else better, then they will only abuse others with the intention to

put them down. Many persons do like that. But this is very bad and this is

not at all working hand in hand with seeing the bright side. (See Note 2)

 

That’s why Baba guides us that we should have a sympathetic opinion

regarding the person to whom we are dealing. And then find out their

mistake, and remove that.

 

 

SEEING THE BRIGHT SIDE MEANS RECTIFICATION

 

The whole spirit then behind “seeing the bright side” is to rectify the

defects in order to build up a seamless and vibrant society. And who is not

aware that the present humanity is suffering from many ailments. So in

dharmic fashion Baba exposes all the various problems and ailments that

are present in the society. Such as dogma, negativity, exploitation by

capitalism, crudity of communism, and many more things. Baba is

highlighting the fact in bold letters that now society has very little on

the good side. To rectify the situation, Baba guides us to think in a

pointed way and remove the disparities and exploitation. Then society’s

brightness will come and shine more and more.

 

Hence by seeing the bright side the main intention is to fix the problem.

To make others aware about the defect and address and repair it. And make

the situation better and better. So in AM our aim is to fix society’s

various problems. And toward that end Baba has also graciously given the

solution to each and every problem as well. So ours is the practical approach.

 

In contrast, those who just criticize and abuse others without ever

offering any solution– that approach is negative (See Note 3). And no

well-intentioned person will do like this.

 

For example, a mother doesn’t only criticize her child. Rather the mother

instructs, “Don’t be lethargic and negligent about your health & hygiene.

Go and take bath.” So here the mother’s basic point is: ‘don’t be lazy on

the point of cleanliness’. So this is not mere criticism. Because

immediately following comes the direction to go and take a bath. And by

that way the child will be clean. So the intention of the mother is to

improve the child’s condition. This is seeing the bright side.

 

Similarly if someone says that “My neighbor often gets himself drunk and

may one day hurt himself. We should help him.” Out of a feeling of concern

if someone talks this way about their neighbor, then that is not a negative

action. Rather, it is positive. Because the person wants to make their

neighbor better– he wants to see his brightness more shining. And in that

way a solution has been given to help him.

 

Likewise people wash their clothes with the same positive motive– to

remove the stain and make their clothes more fresh. So finding out the

stain does not mean one is seeing the negative side or indulging in

anything detrimental. Rather by taking the time to remove the dirt one is

making everything brighter and more clean.

 

 

BABA DURING DHARMA SAMIIKSA

 

And of course the top example of all is Baba’s role during Dharma Samiiksa.

There, in historic fashion, Baba goaded so many sadhakas unto the path of

supreme beatitude by lovingly pointing out their defects and mistakes.

And in this way those devotees moved ahead with increasing speed toward

their cherished Goal.

 

 

DONE WITH BENEVOLENCE, NOT LIKE COMMUNIST APPROACH

 

So in this process of “Seeing the bright side”, the benevolent motive is

the main factor. Whereas those seeing the dark side criticize without the

intent to help. That is where their approach is wrong and completely

poisonous.

 

For example, take the case of the communist’s approach (See Note 3).

Communists always try to blacken the name of the capitalists by telling

about their negative qualities like greed etc. But the communists’ approach

is completely wrong. These communists are a prime example of those who see

only the dark side. They see the negativity, abuse the capitalists, but

they don’t have any solution. They don’t have any solution or positive way

to fix the problem and elevate the standard of society. Just out of their

self-interest they are tall talking about other’s black spots. By this way

those who do not understand get befooled by those communists.

 

A related approach happens with political parties in the democratic system

as well. In the US, mostly Republicans but Democrats as well, such party

leaders only aim is to sabetage the other party’s programs to make them look

bad. This manner has nothing to do with “seeing the bright side.”

 

Likewise, nowadays the various group camps in the organisation are endlessly

involved in underming and and mudslinging one another. The reason their

manner is mudslinging and not “see the bright side” is because heir only intention

is to put the other group down and gain the power. Righting the organisation by

following ideology is not their way.

 

 

OUR AM APPROACH IS TOTALLY POSITIVE

 

Whereas our true approach in AM – Baba’s example – is not like that and the

directive ‘See the bright side’ works in a completely different way.

 

Regarding the defects of capitalism Baba outrightly exposes the

short-sighted, materialistic, and selfish nature of capitalism. And side by

side He provides the Prout– which is the perfect solution. Because by

implementing Prout everybody will become healthy, and everybody’s face will

be shining with joy. Because step by step the physical problems will

vanish, the psychic ailments will be identified and solved, and by this

will people will be able to advance in the field of spirituality. And thus

build up a strong and healthy God-centered society.

 

So all around, Ananda Marga’s teaching is ensconced in the motive of

welfare: By pointing out the injustices and negativity, fixing the problem,

and leading the whole society along the path together to the final

desideratum.

 

And that is what we must do in order to rid our Marga from groupism: Identify

the problem and solve it by implementing Baba’s neo-humanistic teachings.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

Hence the supreme spirit of “See the Bright Side” is imbibed in each and

every moment of Baba’s working style and is embedded within the entire AM

ideology.

 

Thus as Ananda Margiis we are living in the world, and our duty is that we

should help clean the society and make it better. Likewise we are living in

this organization (AMPS) so our duty is to not overlook the wrongdoings.

 

Rather, we should find out the problems and fix them. If something is not

going according to Baba’s teaching then we should rectify that. By this way

our organization will be better and better.

 

By properly following the inner spirit of Baba’s divine guideline of “See

the bright side” that is the only way to move ahead and build up a healthy

and vibrant society free from exploitation.

 

Namaskar,

Satiish

 

 

NOTE 1: SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE

 

During countless DMC gatherings and on other auspicious occasions

Baba graciously recites the following Sanskrit shloka in giving His

blessing– the central idea being: “See the bright side of everything”.

 

“Sarve’tra sukhinah bhavantu sarve santu nira’maya’h;

Sarve bhadra’n’i pashyantu na kashcid duhkhama’pnuya’t.

Onm’ sha’ntih onm’ sha’ntih onm’ shantih.”

 

 

NOTE 2: BENEVEOLENT INTENTION IS A MUST

 

Here below Baba points out that if someone only indulges in

pointing out the negativity in others without any benevolent intention to

build up their character then that is very harmful and wrong. That is 100%

against the spirit of seeing the bright side. Please read the below examples.

 

Baba says, “In many cases the behaviour of teachers is far more despicable.

Even after studying volumes of books on psychology teachers deliberately

hurt the sentiments of their students with offensive remarks. Instead of

trying to reform the bad habits of their students, they assail their minds

with caustic language.” (HS-1, p.8)

 

Baba says, “There are many teachers who wound the sentiments of a student

by ridiculing either his caste or his father’s profession saying, “The

plough suits you better than the pen, my boy,” or “You had better join your

father at the potters wheel.” Even today such utterances come out of the

mouths of many teachers.” (HS-1, p.8)

 

Baba says, “If a student is ugly there are teachers who will grimace and

say, “Your intelligence is like your appearance.” In addition to all these

offensive remarks, many teachers adopt other methods of torture and

intimidation while presenting their lessons.” (HS-1, p.8)

 

So in these above examples those misguided teachers are not acting

according to the spirit of welfare. Hence their ways have nothing to do

with seeing the bright side.

 

 

NOTE 3: NEGATIVE LEFTIST APPROACH

 

We have seen how communists only indulge criticism after criticism

without any practical intention to remedy the situation.

 

Baba says, “Those who are leftists in the world are even more

dangerous…they are deliberately seeking out the dark and dirty aspects

of life and, like flies, growing fat on the secretions of society’s

festering sores. It must be remembered that flies do not heal sores–

rather they exacerbate them, because the very puss of these sores provides

them with their vital juice. So the filthy aspects of society are the only

wealth on which these [leftists] subsist.” (PNS-10, p. 24)

 

 

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Uniqueness of Ta’raka Brahma

 

Baba says, “A Maha’kaola is one who makes others kaola by his infallible

spiritual guidance. But Ta’raka Brahma is a different Entity, a unique

Entity for He is the spiritual preceptor, social preceptor, Kaola, and

Maha’kaola, all in one. He is also something more: He acts as a compass in

every stratum of society.” (NKS, ’97 Edn, p.50)

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Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 11:02:42 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From:
Subject: Very Good Way to Learn

Baba

“Sa’garebela’y gun’e baluka’y cale gelo mor…” (P.S. 4607)

Purport:

O’ Baba, my entire day has passed on the shore by the sea counting
the tiny grains of sand. I see now that the deep, dark night descends.
Baba, You did not care to look at me. You forbid me from passing my time
like this, nor did You tear me from the snares and bondages of my
mundane attachments. O’ Parama Purusa, I have spent my life submerged in
petty gains and material indulgences and You did not prohibit me or
dissuade me from these worldly allurements.

Baba, by Your grace, You gave me immense wealth and blessed me with
the intelligence to destroy my petty ego. Baba, You are so gracious, You
gave me sufficient strength to serve the suffering and help those in
need, even then my conscience did not awaken. Baba, although You gave
everything but because my mind did not develop in a spiritual manner, I
have spent all my time counting the grains of sand. Baba, I could not
ultise the strength which You have given me. And instead I just wasted
my time sunk in my own selfish, petty desires.

O’ my Dearmost, now in the depths of this darkness, I roam this
desolate beach in search of You. By Your grace, I am no longer
interested in the oysters or the sand. Baba, when will that resplendent,
spiritual dawn arrive where I get that very Divine Entity to whom I
belong. O’ Parama Purusa, I belong to You, I want only You.

Baba, my whole life has passed – wasted in vain – collecting
material, worldly achievements. At the end of the day, by Your grace I
realise that I should no longer waste my time. Baba, I want You and only
You, the eternal and most loving One…

NOTE FOR PS #4607:

Baba has introduced this song with an ancient vedic shloka. He has done
this with a small number of songs in His Prabhat Samgiita collection and
on some occasions the singers sing the shloka as well. Here is the
shloka presented before PS 4607.

Asu’rya’h na’ma te loka’h andhena tamasa’vrta’h;
Ta’m’ste pretya’bhigacchanti ye ke ca’tmahano jana’h

This shloka has also been explained in some of His discourses as well.

Baba says, “A person who is moving away from Parama Purus’a is heading
towards total annihilation, towards mahatii vinas’t’i.” (NKS, Disc: 15)

The meaning or sense is that there is one hell or layer of darkness in
the human mind, and if one gets stuck there they cannot understand the
spiritual realm. Instead they think that mundane things are great.

Such was the predicament of the bhakta in the above Prabhat Samgiita,
until finally, by Baba’s grace, the sadhaka’s mind emerged from that
darkness and longed for Him.

== VERY GOOD WAY TO LEARN ==

Namaskar,
As sadhakas, our duty is to learn and grow from each and every
circumstance. Here Baba has given us the secret how to accomplish this.

BABA’S SPECIAL EXPLANATION

Every Ananda Margii is familiar with Baba’s divine blessing: Sarve
bhadra’n’i pashyantu, meaning “See the bright side of everything.” After
so many DMC’s and spiritual gatherings, Baba would bestow this blessing
upon us, by His grace.

In His 1988 Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ discourse, Baba has given us one
special explanation of what it means to “see the bright side.” So
although we may have heard Baba’s blessing – Sarve bhadra’n’i pashyantu
– countless times, we may not be fully aware of its inner spirit and
practical application in our daily lives. That Baba has beautifully
explained on the occasion of Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ in 1988.

That day, in His elaboration of “see the bright side”, Baba explained
that everything in this universe is a mix of the three gun’as: Sentient
(sa’ttvika), mutative (ra’jasik), and static (ta’masik). Thus, everyone
and everything contains at least some amount of both sentient qualities
and static qualities. If sattvagun’a is more dominant then we call that
person or thing, “good”; and if tamahgun’a is more dominant then we call
that person or thing, “bad”.

Here the chief point is that everyone and everything – no matter how
good or bad they are – has at least some good qualities. And seeing the
bright side means finding and recognising those good aspects. The great
benefit is that this allows us to learn from every situation and every
interaction.

For instance, a person may be a thief and a confirmed sinner, but that
person may also be an excellent planner and organiser. They may have a
great talent to prepare for a given task. In that case, as sadhakas, we
should have the flexibility of mind to see that goodness within that
thief and emulate their unique talent. By that way we can grow and
develop. That can only happen, however, if we are able to see the bright
side.

Thus we are aways to take brahmabhava (spiritual ideation) and think
that all have come from Him, so everyone – even a thief – has some
bright spots. As sadhakas, this is our approach. In that way we can
learn from everyone. That is Baba’s guideline.

The easiest thing in the world is to look at that same thief and just
think he is a useless sinner who has no redeeming qualities. Blinded by
this dark and diseased outlook, we will not be able to understand what a
great planner and tactician that thief is, in which case we will not be
able to learn from him.

Here the point is not whether the thief should be absolved of their
crimes. The operative factor is how we view that person. If we see the
bright side, then we can find whatever goodness they invariably possess
– because after all everyone has at least some good qualities, no one is
100% bad – and then we can learn from those good characteristics.

The basic spirit of “see the bright side” is to be able to learn
something from everyone. That is Baba’s special message and explanation
from His 1988 Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ discourse. By that way we will be
able to grow a lot, by His grace.

IT IS JUST LIKE

The above situation of seeing the bright side is akin to the work of
homeopathic researchers. When they see a poisonous snake they do not
just think that it is dangerous and deadly and should therefore be
discarded; those researchers see that snake in a benevolent light – i.e.
they see the bright side – and by that practical outlook they are able
to use that poison from the snake to make a medicine. Because one
inherent quality of that poisonous snake is its medicinal properties.

And it is like that with so many people and things. Everyone and
everything has its positive aspect and to overlook that good quality is
to miss out on an opportunity to learn and grow.

A person may be extremely lazy but side by side they may have great
knowledge of computers. In that case we should not just tag them as lazy
and walk away, we should also be able to learn from their technical
abilities as well. But this can only happen if we see the bright side,
i.e. take not of their finer qualities.

Each and every interaction in life presents us with such an opportunity.

Indeed if we think more deeply, we can come up with innumerable examples
of how we can learn from those who are seemingly full of unfavourable
characteristics. By seeing the bright side we will be able to find and
learn from their good qualities.

BE LIKE A HONEY BEE, NOT A FLY

That is why in that same Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ discourse Baba guides us
that we are to be like a honey bee, not a fly. A honey bee will always
find the sweet spot. If a person is holding a garland the honey bee will
land on that garland. In contrast, if that same person has a wound, then
the fly will go straight to the wound. The honey bee always seeks out
the nectar and the fly always encircles the sores.

Likewise, as human beings, by seeing the bright side we will come to
understand that glorious qualities that a person has just like the honey
bee does, and not get caught up in only seeing the negative aspects of a
person like the fly.

ONE OTHER GREAT BENEFIT: SERVICE

So the main benefit of seeing the bright side is that it allows us to
learn in all situations from all people. In that case we will
continually evolve and grow. That is Baba’s special message from the
Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’ gathering.

At the the same time, there is a tertiary benefit as well. By seeing the
bright side we will be able to serve others. Because we will be able to
bring them close and help them transform their lives.

For example, if we only have disdain for a particular thief and view
them only with disgust, then we keep them at arm’s distance in which
case we will not be able to help them. Whereas if we see them in a
sympathetic light and think that certainly that criminal has some good
quality, then that creates a bond, in which case we can help them make
their life meaningful.

No one is to be tossed aside and called rotten forever. We are to help
everyone become moral citizens and enter the path of sadhana. By seeing
the bright side, we are able to best serve others.

If we just think that someone is 100% bad, then we can never serve them.
And by serving them, we can not only help the individual rectify
themselves and make society better, but we also fulfill our human
dharma. It makes us better as well.

ONE DANGEROUS PATH

On that 1988 occasion of Shra’van’ii Pu’rn’ima’, Baba’s main emphasis is
on finding out one’s good qualities so that we may learn from them, and
in that process invariably we will be able to serve others as well. That
was His special teaching for us on that day.

However, there is also a distinct danger involved in failing to see that
bright side. That too we should be aware of.

If we just see the dirt that others have and make crude jokes or always
talk ill of others, then that is a total waste our time on this earth.
Yet unfortunately, that is how many pass their days. They just gossip
about co-workers, or speak negatively about those whom they do not like,
or it plays out in so many ways. But there are two major dangers involved.

First, there is no social benefit and society will not be improved by
such derogatory and degrading talk, and secondly, those who indulge in
such negative gossip will actually become like those negative things.
That is the way mind grows – it becomes like its object of ideation.
That is Baba’s distinct warning.

So if one talks about another’s laziness, greed, or dirtiness etc, then
that person too will become lazy, greedy, and dirty.

Thus if we are not seeing the bright side, then we are seeing the dark
side in which case we will just become diseased, degraded and crude.
That is the very clear and inherent danger.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has given us this great teaching – “See the bright
side” – and by taking brahmabhava and seeing the good within all, we can
learn and do so much. By this way of thinking, the mind becomes bigger
and bigger which leads to a more elevated stance in life. We should see
every occasion an opportunity to learn and grow, then we will truly
embody Baba’s grand teaching of “see the bright side.”

Sarve’tra sukhinah bhavantu sarve santu nira’maya’h;
Sarve bhadra’n’i pashyantu na kashcid duhkhama’pnuya’t.

Let everybody be happy
Let everybody be free from all ailments
Let everybody see the bright side of everything
Let nobody be forced to undergo any suffering or exploitation

Namaskar,
Mahesh

Note 1: PROUT & SEE THE BRIGHT SIDE

One other aspect of seeing the bright side is in our Proutistic
endeavours. Part and parcel of Prout is to fight against exploitation
and injustices. We do that in order to help the downtrodden people. In
that case, seeing the bright side means pointing out all the ills in
society in order to make it better, more livable for one and all.

By this formula also, we grow as sadhakas because we are taking up the
call to help those in need. Thus pointing out the defects, whether
inside or outside AM, is also part of the teaching of, “Seeing the
bright side”. Here are links to other letters raising this aspect.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/06/misuse-of-see-bright-side.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/03/sarve-bhadrani-pashyantu.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2008/09/so-many-achievements.html

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