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From: Satyajiita Deva satya42@social…
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Two Types of Drunkards
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 20:29:35 +0000

Baba

“Prabhu toma’ri liila’ tumi bojha’o…” (P.S. 271)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Prabhu, Your liila is beyond my understanding, please make me understand. You are hiding in the deep core of my heart, yet You do not want to be held. This is the divine play of Your hide and seek.

Baba, when I see Your sweet charming smile, and listen to Your heart-rendering, attractive flute, then my mind floats in some divine world. Baba, please pull me more close, please grace me by pulling me closer.

O my Lord, my mind always thinks about You – again and again. In the absence of getting You, I suffer in the pain of Your longing. Even I want to forget about You, but that is impossible – I cannot forget. Instead I go on thinking about You and tears roll down from my eyes.

Baba, why have You tied me in the bond of Your love. What do You want, please tell me. Baba, I want to get You more close. Baba, please grace me by coming closer…

== TWO TYPES OF DRUNKARDS ==

Namaskar,
Here is one of Baba’s stories about drunkards.

Baba says, “Once a few drunkards were sauntering along the road towards Krishnanagar railway station from Gori at midnight. Some policemen appeared all of a sudden. The drunkards, after deliberating how to escape, stood in a line along the drain beside the road. The policemen came up and shook them, asking, ‘Why are you loitering here so late at night?’ They replied, ‘Why are you disturbing us, young men? We are innocent creatures. Are you blind? Can’t you see, we are lampposts! We never meddle in anyone’s affairs. Can’t you see the lights shining above our heads?’– The drunkards were holding torches over their heads.” (Sarkar’s English Grammar)

‘Getting drunk’ is of two types. One get physically drunk due to the over-consumption of liquor / alcohol. Then the mind ceases to function properly. That is what has happened in the above story.

A similar type of drunkenness happens in the psychic sphere. Abhiman is that type of psychic disease where one suffers from extreme vanity – where one is drunk on their own ego. This second type of drunkenness – i.e. psychic drunkenness – results in the same type of problem as in the above story: Where such drunkards lose their conscience or thinking capacity. That is why in our AM scripture, vanity (abhiman) is equated with sura’pa’n (drinking liquor).

Baba’s teaching is very meaningful for everyone. We see how those suffering from vanity behave just like one drunkard. This is all due to their extreme superiority complex. Such types of people have created innumerable problems in this world. We should be careful about this in our individual and collective life.

Altogether, such a state of mind is similar to drinking wine. That is why in this below shloka the term sura’pa’n (drinking liquor) has been used and Baba explains that vanity is like sura’pa’n.

“Abhima’nam’ sura’pa’nam’…”

Baba says, “Abhima’na has been compared with drinking: anyone who indulges in it loses his discriminating judgment, just as a drunkard does. A human is different from an animal only because he possesses viveka [faculty of discrimination] and buddhi [intellect]. And just as a drunkard gradually loses these priceless faculties, an abhima’nii also becomes bereft of them.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam -23)

Baba says, “Abhima’na is no better than drinking wine” (Subhasita Samgraha – 10)

Namaskar,
Satyajiita Deva

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Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 22:12:36 -0000
From: “S Pandey”
Subject: Not True Society
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Baba

“Dakhin’a’ va’ta’se malay suba’se mrdu, hese hese esechile…” (PS 358)

Purport:

Baba, You have graced me by coming in the deep core of my heart with a gentle smile – in the refreshing fragrance of a sweet, southern breeze. Baba, You are the most divine One; I cannot forget You and I do not want to forget You. By Your grace, by pouring sweet love, I shall keep Your divine memory ever alive in my mind – in my heart.

O’ Supreme Entity, O’ my Lord, O’ the Beloved of my mind, O’ the most adorable One of my mind, I will do puja to You in my inner sanctum of my mind and spread Your nectar of devotion across this vast, expansive universe. Baba, in Your sweet fragrance of Your divine liila, please be merciful and eternally reside in my mind – graciously intoxicate me in the spiritual realm with Your divine flow.

O’ Lord of divinity, please take me to Your great abode – the land of divinity – by holding my hand, by holding my mind. Baba, after forgetting all fear and shyness, and after remembering You and keeping You in my heart, I surrender at Your lotus feet, remembering You.

Baba, please do not forget me I am Yours…

== NOT TRUE SOCIETY ==

Namaskar,

Baba says, “If going ahead in mutual adjustment only out of narrow self-interest or temporary gain 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.” (AFPS-6, ‘The Spirit of Society’)

Unfortunately what Baba is describing above is the exact picture of today’s so-called developed western nations where the entire social fabric is based on self-interest. In the absence of a true service mentality, everything is done on a give and take basis – business relation. So long as one has something valuable to give they will receive something from others – otherwise not. In that setting, in that selfish scenario, those who have strength invariably solidfy their stand by taking advantage of the common people – by committing crimes and exploiting them etc.

Simultaneously the weak and the helpless suffer a lot and get stepped on by the rest of the society until finally they are completely aliented, depressed, or placed in an insane asylum etc. In that awful circumstance, people lose all hope in life and fall prey to feelings of insanity and suicide etc.

Unfortunately this is the lowly standard of today’s western materialistic societies.

Tragically these elements are increasing day by day in our western so-called developeed nations and the people are suffering terribly. And not just in the west, wherever materialism is in vogue, then this horrible outcome is inevitable.

That is why in those places the term ‘society’ is just a namesake only. Even then all around the globe masses are madly rushing ahead to copy and emulate the west in all regards.

So we should be alert because this is not some great ideal to be copied. Rather it will create hell in communities around the globe. That is why Baba says that under such conditions – as described above – where selfishness and exploitation are the themes of the day, then that is not at all a true society.

Namaskar,
S Pandey

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Subject: RE: Can we call it Dharmashastra
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:03:11 -0800
From: Paul Taylor
To: ‘AM-GLOBAL’

Baba

== Re: CAN WE CALL IT DHARMASHASTRA ==

Namaskar dear reader(s)

It’s enlightening to read that the impressions left here (Vancouver Region) by several Dadas are not isolated cases. The travel stories seemed okay at first, the thought/hope being that such would lead quickly to something.. an example of Dharma, or a set of circumstances mirroring something in AM Ideology, or…

After 20 minutes or more of self-congratulatory rhetoric, Margiis in attendance would begin to interrupt the a’carya with questions about Central, about the organisational disarray (about almost anything to get the Dada to talk about what we were hoping to hear – about Baba and the Ideology and His Mission).

The trailing emotion after several of such ‘a’carya-present’ Dharmacakras was disappointment; inherent respect for A’caryas in general would usually produce self-deprecation or rationalisation – we’re an ‘isolated’ unit, the dada’s work/focus is with more dynamic units/trades/regions etc.

Disappointment degenerated into disillusion when a senior a’carya (an avadhuta) arrived from Suva Sector, very intense on raising money to aid in the defense of wts and margiis at a Master Unit somewhere in Delhi Sector. He’d said nothing about his travels but a coincidental communication between a sister here and one in Suva Sector revealed that the senior wt had been “thrown out” of the previous sector by its Sectorial Secretary, for allegedly misrepresenting what he was fundraising for.

This was revealed at the DC following the one the wt had attended, before carrying on (with a substantial donation from a brother known to many wholetimers as a ready source of cash). While he had been here and during the collective meal following DC, he’d been asked what his particular sub-section of ERAWS did. His self-introduction as a “global worker for _____” was meant to impress but no one had heard of the acronym he’d used. When asked to enlighten us on the work of his grouping there was a one-word response: “Service.” The question was posed 3 different ways but ‘service’ was the whole reply each time. The Dada had such little respect for us that his status as an avadhuta was supposed to be quite enough to mandate each margii giving him money.

After a couple of days he’d only gotten enough to continue travelling (I think). The sour taste of his arrogance was another matter. It had three or four of the regular attendees at DC recalling, remarking, rubbing together that instance with other instances of getting little but travel stories, ‘news’ of the current organisational situation and pleas for as much money as possible from visiting wts. Actually hearing Dharmashastra and conversing about same became the exception, rather than the rule. Attendance at regular DC dropped off after a spate of different wts travelling through and three in a row matching the behaviour of those on the ‘low road’.

It did and does help firm up ideation, with everything from Parama Purusa and our need to practice discrimination between the darkness and the light.

Respectfully submitted,

Pra’n’ava

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Date: 15 Jul 2011 06:55:31 -0000
From: “Gurucharan Deva”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Why Political & Filmy Heroes Are Famous…

Baba

“Saba’re kari a’hva’n saba’i a’ma’r pra’n’…” (P.S. 2945)

Purport:

The clarion call to one and all. Everyone is my own; everyone is my
pra’n’a; everyone is close to my heart. We are all collectively singing
the song in unison and moving towards the Goal– Parama Purus’a. Nobody
should remain left behind. We should carefully see that nobody should
cry in the society, remaining as downtrodden or as neglected one. We are
all singing the marching song of life collectively, with one tune and
one melody. There is no difference between one human being and another.
Everyone’s desires, hopes, and inspirations are the same. We are all
moving on one path with the inspiration of the great ideology, which
will lead towards greatness…

WHY POLITICAL, SPORTS & FILMY HEROES ARE FAMOUS,

NOT ANANDA MARGIIS

Namaskar,
In our human society, there is no dearth of “celebrities”. In politics,
Hollywood / Bollywood, and sports etc, there are all kinds of heroes who
are famous throughout the globe. They are thought of as being great –
magnificent. They are revered all over and receive huge attention.

People like: Lady Gaga, the late Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan,
Kate Middleton, etc. And not just in the pop industry, rock star politicians
like Prince William and Obama and top capitalists like Bill Gates fall in this
category as well. Then of course there are others like the late Princess
Diana.

All the aforementioned stars are in the limelight and receive tremendous
public adulation 24 / 7, irregardless of what they are doing.

Yet hardly anyone knows of Baba and A’nanda Ma’rga. Taraka Brahma lived
on this earth for nearly 70 years, and hardly anyone is aware of His
arrival.

Our esteemed acaryas and margii brothers and sisters are working
tirelessly to uplift humanity yet they too are basically unknown to the
general public.

What is the reason behind this? Why are self-engrossed stars embraced by
the general public whereas selfless, well-wishers of humanity are
overlooked by society.

THE FORMULA FOR ADULATION

The operative factor at work here is the level of the public
consciousness and the common psyche. People can only appreciate what
they are able to understand. And understanding demands closeness.

For instance, one can only speak fervently of the greatness of Parama
Purusa if and only if one has come close to Him. Without coming mentally
close, then one cannot recognise His grandeur.

But to come mentally close one must be somewhat elevated – and at
present the common public is low. This is not a criticism of society,
just the fact.

That is why we see people expressing unbridled adulation towards stars
dominated by crude, animalistic propensities. Because when the general
public themselves are enthralled with sex, money, alcohol and lowly
desires then their heroes are going to be those (a) who either personify
those tendencies (Lady Gaga, Bill Gates, & Britney Spears etc) or (b) who
present themselves as being slightly higher than the public mentality
(leaders like Obama etc).

Those who more elevated will never be appreciated by the common people.
That is Baba’s explicit teaching (12 Dec ’78)

The entire situation can be likened to 4 of our acaryas going to the
zoo. Then those animals are not going to revere those Wts because they
are meditation teachers and performing all kinds of service and welfare
activities for both humans and animals alike. Those animals – due to
their lower mental standard – are totally unable to conceive of what
those acaryas are. Hence they are not going to become excited when those
acaryas arrive on site. Whereas when the zoo keeper comes with food then
those animals will become quite enthralled.

Or look at it this way: Simple village folk do not revere those who
invented the micro-chip or the space rocket.

Why? Because it demands a certain calibre of mind to recognise real
greatness.

Thus when the public mentality is relatively low – i.e. tamasik in this
materialistic era – then the people whom they revere as being great are
not really great. Just those famous people happen to appeal to the
public standard.

Alluring people onto the path of animality is relatively easy and one
can become an instant celebrity overnight, whereas benevolently bringing
people onto the path of divinity is difficult work and few will be
interested.

NOT GREAT PEOPLE

All too often those people who bask in public recognition and fame
hanker after such praise. In the case of politicians they say what the
public wants to hear and in the case of pop stars they represent the
glamor that the public also desires. Such so-called personalities drink
up public adulation, seek of ways to garner more, and think of
themselves as great.

Here though, Baba clearly says that such famous people are not at all
great.

Baba says, “The person develops a lustful attachment for some external
words of praise, and thus becomes a slave to those words and can never
be a truly great person…They can never become great people. It is bad
to be a slave to worldly words of praise.” (AV-5)

Indeed we see time and again how Hollywood heroes, sports stars and
politicians simply dance to the tune of public approval. Everything they
do is geared toward achieving more fame and notoriety. But this is
nothing but their weakness of mind, not their greatness.

Whereas the true well-wishers of society will always do what is right
and never concern themselves with public opinion.

Baba says, “Those people are great who harbour no biases and who behave
rationally both with those who abuse them give them pain and with those
who give them happiness. Such people don’t harbour any feelings of
enmity towards anybody and take no-one as their enemy. They remain the
same in pleasure or pain whether they have a positive reputation or
negative reputation. They are unaffected and unassailed in all
circumstances of praise or criticism, pain or pleasure. They attach no
importance whatsoever to any of these things. They are meaningless for
such people.” (AV-5)

Thus real greatness lies in living for a high ideal; it is not and
indeed cannot be measured by public approval or fame.

Rather Baba points out that what the common people deem to be great is
not at all great. That is half the story. The other half is that the
general society does not have the requisite quality of mind to see real
greatness – even when it is standing right there in front of them.

Baba says, “The common people misunderstand great people who act on
their behalf and for their welfare, or even if they understand them,
they do not give them their support.” (HS-2)

Hence what the common people think to be great is not great and when
greatness is right next to them then they are totally oblivious that it
is there.

MUST NOT GET DISCOURAGED

Knowing the formula then for achieving fame and social recognition, no
one in AM should then get frustrated because the the public does not
recognise or support us. Our duty is to please Baba and serve Him –
living according to His mandates.

100,000 might attend a rock concert or a sporting event, and only 3 people
may show up to attend one of our talks on meditatio. Even then we should
not be concerned and think that we have failed in some way. The fact
that a few people attend our AM event is not indicative of our ability
or quality, but rather reflects the interest and mindset of the people.

We must always remember that the ideal and message of our Ananda Marga
is far above the public standard. They are unable to recognise it for
what it is. That is why so few attend our programs – there is no second
or third explanation.

Indeed it would be of concern if suddenly we were embraced by the public
and written up in magazines and honoured etc. That would mean we had
fallen from our ideal and had somehow gotten wrapped up in lesser
activities.

In this day and age, people only run after crude Hollywood movies,
liquor, tall talkers, McDonald’s and sensual pleasures – not the dharmic
teachings of sadvipras or Mahasambhuti. Thus it would be of concern if
we were suddenly part of that craze.

The standard of AM is high – far above. The proof being that even though
yoga has become so popular with the masses as tens of millions attend
classes everyday, yet still that is not translating into huge numbers of
new people in AM. If we get even a few new people who are serious about
Baba and Ananda Marga then that is a lot.

So we must not be concerned with numbers or popularity. That is not
where our value lies. Our worth to society lies in upholding the tenets
of AM.

Baba says, “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.” (AFPS-5)

We should always remember that life is not a popularity contest – a
competition to garner the praise of others.

BABA’S PERSONAL EXAMPLE

As Baba Himself has said on numerous occasions, we should not bend and
sway according to public reaction. The public is generally low-minded
and fickle.

Again this is not meant as a snub against the common people. Just it is
His liila that He has designed it that way.

So we must always bear in mind that public acceptance and fame is not
our aim and indeed Baba Himself placed little, if any, value on that.

Baba says, “You see now that Ananda Marga’s fame is on the rise. What
should we do? We must maintain our mental balance and remain indifferent
to both praise and slander, to both joy and sorrow. A rich person once
abused Lord Buddha. He remained unperturbed. By refusing to accept the
abuse, he returned the slander. When I was in jail, I was subjected to a
lot of calumny by some people and these very people now praise me. But I
was indifferent to all their slander, and now I do not want their
adulation.” (AV-1)

Always the public barometer is going up and down. Because the public
standard is low and they become easily swayed in either direction.

And the overarching idea is that the public can express appreciation
only according to their own understanding. So when the public is
low-minded we should not expect them to start singing our praises.
Rather we should know ahead of time that they are going to worship the
likes Britney Spears, Obama, and Tom Cruise etc.

Then there is no chance we will become dejected, deluded, or frustrated
– rather unaffected by public praise and censure we will move ahead in
our dharmic works and devotional practices.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with eyes to see. We should not care
about public opinion and look only towards Him. Then we will keep a
balanced mind and be ready to carry out His orders and dharmic teachings.

Focusing on Him will lead us to greatness and the Goal. We are to serve
and please Him. That will bring welfare to all. And while we may not get
the respect and praise of the common people, in the due course everyone
will pay heed to what we have done on this earth, by His grace. That is
also His teaching.

Baba says, ‘You should remember that those who are the actual pioneers,
the real vanguard of the society, are always a microscopic minority, but
it is they who are destined to be victorious. Those who once opposed, or
are now opposing or will oppose in the future, will in the future admit:
“Yes, we are now driving our vehicle safely and comfortably along the
very path which that vanguard once opened by clearing the jungle.” This
means that those who cleared the obstacles in the beginning will later
be recognized as pioneers. The funny thing is this, that people do not
give recognition at the time it is due. This is the natural law.” (12
Dec ’78)

Namaskar,
Gurucharan

Note 1: THIS TREND ALSO PRESENT IN AM

Just as the common people are unable to comprehend the greatness of
Ananda Marga etc. It also has to be noted that we have a similar problem
in AM. Many half-margiis or pseudo margiis cannot recognise the calibre
of those who really do follow Sixteen Points. Such half-margiis
complain, “Why are you so radical in your approach – you should be more
moderate and not so strict in following Baba.” Such half-margiis who
complain like this are the same ones who watch pop movies etc. They were
sleeping when margiis rights were stripped away and when Baba’s books
were being distorted and they tossed stones on true margiis who pointed
out these wrongdoings. Finally such half-margiis try to turn AM into a
pseudo-progressive organisation by advocating gay rights and other
social issues that run contraty to the ideals of AM. All because they do
not have the mind to understand Baba’s teachings. So the phnomenon
prevalent in the general society is also present in AMPS, to some or
more degree.

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Sign of Devotees

Baba says, “When undergoing any trouble then some human beings think
that they are shelterless. But you should always remember that in this
world at any given moment you are never shelterless. Because when Parama
Purusa is with you then how can you be shelterless. So there is no
reason for any feeling of helplessness or fear in any circumstances.
Because when He is with you the strongest and mightiest force of this
universe is with you. Then what is there to be afraid of? If you
encourage fear complex it means you have the forgotten the fact that
Parama Purusa is with you. So those who are sadhakas, those who are
devotees, those who are adherents of the path of dharma, they will
always be fearless. This is the quality of a sadhaka: That he is
fearless. Why is he fearless? Because he knows that the most powerful
entity, Parama Purusa, is with him. So there is a loving relation
between devotees and Parama Purusa– their relation is based on love.
Because of this truth the devotee is never afraid. He will never be
afraid of anyone and under no circumstances will he be perturbed.
Becoming paranoid is not the sign of devotees. Parama Purusa always
remains with you and HE always watches over His devotees. He is always
seeing how He can save devotees from any and all difficulties. So when
in this loving way Parama Purusa is concerned about you, then why will
you be disturbed. You should be fearless. There is no reason for any
sort of paranoia in the mind of devotees.” [SS-16 (H), p. 83, DMC Agra
19 Feb 84]
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From: George Kourakos
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Wt Beauty Competition: Part 2
Date: Sun 17 Oct 2010 23:11:48 -0000

Baba

“(Tumi) esechile mor bakul-bita’ne na’ baliya’ ka’r ghare…” (PS 4320)

Purport:

Baba, that time the place was surrounded by innumerable bakul flowers
which were blooming and You graced me by coming to my cottage during
that verdant spring season. With Your divine grace, You brought
devotional horripilation (goose bumps) throughout my entire existence
and You also vibrated the very pulsation of my blood. Baba, by having
You in such an intimate and close way, my life has become meaningful. It
is Your grace. Baba, soon after that golden dawn, Your liila moved into
a different phase. Because then You went away leaving me crying all
alone. O’ my dearmost where did You go that time.

Baba, since then I have spent countless days and nights waiting–
sitting by my window threading heaps of flower garlands for You. But
that was all in vain because You did not come. It is painful that now I
no longer see that attractive & charming smile because You are keeping
Yourself distant. Now I no longer see that radiant smile which I used to
see on Your lips when You were with me.

Baba in longing for You, ages have passed since You came close.
Springtime has finished and now summer has come. My entire garden of
those sweet, fragrant bakul flowers has dried up and withered away in
this hot season*. Now that same window– where I used to sit and make
garlands for You and wait– is full of spider webs. Baba, it is so
painful and heartbreaking how You have gone so far away. And my mind is
completely dry in the absence of Your divine presence. O’ my dearmost,
please shower Your causeless grace and appear in my heart in a very
intimate and charming way…

*Hot Season= In the absence of His presence, the sadhaka feels a
distinct dryness in his heart. Summer season– or hot season– has been
used as a metaphor to express that dryness in the devotees heart, where
one’s devotional feeling is lower. And this happens with each and every
sadhaka. Sometimes when one feels dry and out of the spiritual flow then
that is summer season; and when one’s flow of sadhana is good then that
can be compared with springtime because in their dhya’na they feel
greater proximity with Parama Purusa. But when one is experiencing the
dryness of summer, the best thing a devotee can do is to sincerely
request Baba to grace them by coming in their meditation.

== WT BEAUTY COMPETITION: PART 2 ==

Note: This entire issue is related with WT’s. We are not applying such
points to margii life as Baba specifically discussed how Wts must
refrain from such things. Wts have their own conduct rules – because
some are not following this whole issue has come to the fore.

Namaskar,
The wholetimer beauty competition is in full form here in Ananda Marga.
In order to glorify oneself, our Wts have taken to gaorava
(self-aggrandizement). This self-aggrandizement expresses in three realms.

In the physical realm, some Dadas and Didis apply cosmetics, perfumes,
and other beautifying tricks to gain stature, show their spiritual
greatness and “aura”, as well as impress and attract others.

This is the sad state of affairs for some of our Wts. Of course not all
are involved, but tragically some are. All of this and more is discussed
in the first letter of this series which focused on how some Wts are
turning to gaorava in the physical sphere.

In this letter we investigate how this disease of gaorava is taking form
in the mental and “spiritual” realms for some workers. This letter is
written with the benevolent motive to help and remind those who have
lost the path. We must always recall that Baba has given us all the duty
to gently remind and point out any in the Marga who are not following
conduct rules – including Wts.

GAORAVA & INTELLECTUAL LIFE

In addition to the many artificial and superficial ways that Wts have
taken for beautifying themselves in the physical realm, we should also
understand how gaorava gets expressed by Wts in their intellectual life
as well.

For starters, such persons always wish to portray themselves as “knowing
everything”. You may have met people like this. This is also the disease
of gaorava.

They wish to pretend that they are very learned and above the common
people. If we see someone like that we know they are suffering from this
disease.

Baba says, “Many of them try to project themselves as educated by using
their wealth or official status. They open clubs or libraries to impress
upon others that they should not be equated with the common people. They
pretend to understand and know a lot, smile scholastically with closed
eyes, and speak sparingly with reserve and gravity to ensure that they
do not unwittingly expose themselves!” (HS-1)

Such is the way of their behaviour. Baba has painted a graphic picture.
You may recall watching some of our workers fall in this very manner.

Another way this gets expressed is that after teaching a seminar some
big Dadas say, “I think my class was not very good.” When in truth they
wish for everyone to praise their class up to the sky. That is all they
want to hear. The proof being that if you point out defects in their
class they will be furious with you. So their whole intention is to be
complimented and praised. That is also the disease.

In contrast, a mother does not breast feed her baby in hopes of being
praised. This is not her expectation. She feeds the baby with great care
and love out of a deep sense of duty and internal commitment. The mother
neither expects recognition nor wishes to be praised on this point.

And with regards to those wholetimers giving presentations, let us
consider this: If they were delivering their lecture to please Parama
Purusa then there would not be any need to make such a drama in order to
get praised. A true bhakta does to please Parama Purusa and does not
care about praise or censure.

Those whose mind is diseased and are hungry for praise, they are even
ever-ready to do bad things in order to get praised. They do not have
the courage to do good works for fear of being abused. Such persons are
cowards; there are countless people like this in the society – and
tragically some withing the ranks of our Wt cadre.

So if any Dada ever asks such a question – “I think my class was not
very good” – after their seminar or presentation then we know that they
suffer from gaorava or self-aggrandizement, and maybe other psychic
diseases as well.

GAORAVA & FAKE SPIRITUAL LIFE

The next question is how gaorava affects and ultimately ruins spiritual
life. That we should also know as Baba has given the underlying
spiritual science.

Spirituality means surrendering to Parama Purusa and ultimately becoming
one with Him. And tantra means expanding one’s existence
psycho-spiritually with the help of one’s mantra.

When the goal is Parama Purusa, then our each and every activity in our
day to day life is focused on Baba. All our sadhana lessons and
everything we do from morning to sunset, and childhood to death –
everything is spiritually focused. Because the goal is Parama Purusa and
the mind is goaded towards Him.

But those suffering from gaorava think about themselves. Their goal is
oneself – not Parama Purusa. Hence theirs is the path of fake spirituality.

Indulging in gaorava (self-aggrandizement) means falling onto the path
of negative pratisaincara. Why? Because the person is not focusing their
mind towards Ista, i.e. Parama Purusa. Instead they are just involved in
their own personal ego. In that case the mind will become smaller and
smaller and gradually they will not be a normal human being. They will
become degraded.

What to say of mukti and moksa, such a person is sinking deep into the
clutches of animal life. Why? Because the goal was just their own unit
self – i.e. not Parama Purusa but their own little ego. In that case
they are sure to degrade. Hence the path of gaorava is a very dangerous
path.

Here is how the science works.

Baba says, “Ya’drshii bha’vana’ yasya siddhirbhavati ta’drshii – “As you
think, so you become.”” (AV-4)

When you concentrate your mind on your own glory and greatness then your
mind becomes narrower and narrower and degrades, until finally one
becomes crude like stone or metal. That is negative pratisaincara.

Let us remember that a sannyasi means the one who is dedicated to Parama
Purusa and their goal is one: To serve and please Parama Purusa. There
is no second goal. Otherwise they are fake.

TRUE SPIRITUALITY VS FAKE SPIRITUALITY

Hence, in the spiritual realm, is there scope for self-aggrandizement or
gaorava? In true spirituality there is no scope because in devotional
life there is no space in the mind to think about oneself. Devotion
itself means that the mind is focused on Parama Purusa. So there is no
room to think about any other thing – what to say about oneself.

But in fake spirituality there is surely scope. That is why we see many
hypocrites posing as great spiritualists yet their conduct and behaviour
is just the opposite. By this way people can easily recognise who is who.

They hardly like to do sadhana but brag about doing whole night sadhana.
They pretend to be strict when others are around but other times they
are not doing sadhana but watching movies and gossiping. But when they
get the opportunity to sit in front of others they brag about higher
practices and vishesh yoga. They talk about old stories about how Baba
blessed them. It is not difficult to recognise such people. They are
very narrow minded, money minded and groupist. They fight for post and
money. The best thing is to watch how they conduct themselves in private
behind closed doors. Then you can understand their hypocrisy.

WHY THEY FALL IN THIS TRAP

Why do people fall in that trap of gaorava or self-aggrandizement?

The first reason is that all come from animal life and fall prey to
certain lower expressions of mind. This has been described up above.

Secondly, the trend of the general society is towards materialism. That
means people are involved in their own external beauty and wish to
project themselves as being something great, i.e. superior to who they
are. This is all due to their materialistic way of living.

When general flow of society is towards materialism then the mass of
people fall in that trap. They get caught in things like
self-beautification and self-glorification. Then we know they have
fallen into gaorava marga (path of hell) and lost their Goal.

OUR DUTY

Now it is the duty of every disciple of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji to
watch and see if anyone is choosing this wrong path of raorava marga,
i.e. hell. We should try to protect them by pointing them out.

Baba says, “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.” (A Guide to
Human Conduct)

Thus it is our duty to open the eyes of those involved in this fake
beauty competition (first) / self glorification (second). If we do not
wake them from their stupor, they will continue to fall deeper into the
dungeon of materialism.

BABA’S BLESSING

Baba says, “It is the innate characteristic of the human mind to become
as it thinks – Ya’drshii bha’vana’ yasya siddhirbhavati ta’drshii [“As
you think, so you become.”]” (AV-4)

Thus those who are just thinking about their own so-called beauty
(first) / own glory and greatness (second) are bound to fall and ruin
themselves. We should help them climb back onto the path of spirituality
and think of Baba. Then they will truly become great.

Baba says, “To associate oneself with Parama Purus’a, the Supreme
Entity, is the actual sa’dhana’. There is no one greater than Parama
Purus’a, and so, when the mind ideates on Him, it expands.” (AV-4)

The list of Didis in physical beauty is much more and their name will be
listed in the next issue. In contrast, more Dadas are seemed to be
involved in gaorava in the mental plane. Please write in with what you
see happening with our workers in this regard.

Namaskar,
Gagan

Note 1: WHAT ONE DADA IS DOING

For example, here is one example of gaorava in the physical realm. There
are many such cases – this is but one.

Dada Rudrayamalananda is constantly applying scented spray and perfumes
in his underarms and clothes. Apparently he has a very bad body odor
problem. But the way to treat this is not by using crude cosmetics.

Those not careful about eating in restaurants and taking tamasik food,
then surely a foul smell is emitted from their body. That accounts for
why some Dadas are using perfumes etc. But that is not good as it goes
against WT rules.

Dada Rudrayamalananda is not a family man. If he was we would have
ignored this mattet. However he is wt and he should follow Baba’s stated
rules on perfume/ beauty products and food. In the next letter other
Dadas will be mentioned.

Baba says, “…Artificially perfumed things should not be used.” (32
Rules for Avadhuta, pt #12)

Baba says, “Perfumed oil should not be used” (32 Rules for Avadhuta, pt #3)

Baba says, “Any medicated soap, but not cosmetic or perfumed, should be
used” (32 Rules for Avadhuta, pt #8)

Baba says, “…Avadhuta shall not…use any article which is
artificially scented.” (32 Rules for Avadhuta, pt #32)

Thus it is quite clear that in various ways Baba wholly condemns the use
of fake beauty paraphernalia. No Didi or Dada is to use such beauty aids.

Naturally, since it is detrimental to one’s spiritual progress, sincere
margiis and devotees do not feel comfortable using cosmetic beauty
products because the goal of life is Parama Purusa – not superficial looks.

Finally, we should all keep in mind that females are more prone to use
such cosmetics. That is a fact. The proof being that the entire beauty
industry is directed towards females. But these days more males have
begun this game as well.

And about food Baba warns Wts about eating in restaurants.

Baba says, “Avadhuta will not take food in a hotel or a restaurant. Even
sattvika food taken in a restaurant will be treated as tamasik.” (32
Rules for Avadhuta, pt #20)

Note 2: MORE ABOUT THIS AILMENT OF GAORAVA

Some fall prey to the psychic ailment known as self-aggrandizement or
gaorava. This is when people feel a need to present themselves as being
bigger or better than what they truly are.

Baba says, “Gaorava is the second type of aham’ka’ra [ego]. It means
“self-aggrandizement”. Puffed up with vanity, a person will want to
project his image in an exaggerated manner. Often we hear somebody say,
for example, that they have a rose the size of a balloon in their garden
– whereas actually the rose may be the size of a ping-pong ball.
Constant indulgence in this type of activity converts the mind into
matter.”

“We have seen bulls moving about in the streets with an air of
arrogance. Such a bull creates a sound expressing the idea that it is
big – Ham bar’a’. But when the bull dies and ta’nt [vina string] is made
out of its intestines and musicians start playing on it, the sound which
is then emitted expresses the idea Tun bar’a’ – meaning thereby that the
bull realizes that others are big, and realizes that he has arrived at
this condition because of his arrogance.”

“In fact the inculcation of gaorava leads one to the worst hell. Just as
there are six layers, or lokas, of the Cosmic Mind above the crude
world, so are there six types of hell, six narakas, below the physical
world. The names of these hells are tala, atala, tala’tala, pa’ta’la,
atipa’ta’la and rasa’tala. Another term for rasa’tala is raorava naraka
– and a person indulging in gaorava will certainly go to raorava
[crudest state of mind].” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-23)

Note 3: FIRST LETTER ON THIS TOPIC

Here is the initial letter on this topic. This following letter
discusses the ways some of our Wts are beautifying their bodies in order
to attract a mate and compete in today’s era of extreme materialism.

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LONGEVITY

Baba says, “Spiritual practice makes the mind calm and quiet, and
maintains the nerves in a state of equipoise; and thus spiritual
practice increases longevity. Those Vaishnavites who are vegetarians,
who regularly sing spiritual songs, do meditation, perform virtuous
deeds and think pure thoughts, live longer than ninety years.” (AV-33,
p.113)

Note: By following the devotional cult of AM and abiding by general
health rules every sadhaka is ensured a long and healthy life. That is
Baba’s guarantee.

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no sleeping

Baba says, “People…waste their time getting old for nothing. That is, they waste their time in non-spiritual pursuits. This is called “spiritual lethargy”. It causes the greatest harm to human life because it results in only a very small percentage of the human potentiality – maybe one or two percent – being utilized by humans.

Subject: Lifelong Sleep
Date: Sat 31 Oct 2009 07:02:27 -0000
From: “Gaurishankar Agrawal”
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

“A’mi toma’re bhuliya’ chinu katadin…” (P.S. 4091)

Purport:

Baba, I was remaining forgetful and was oblivious of You for such a long
span of time. My life passed like this. I traveled on the rugged, jagged path.
Sometimes I fell down in the ocean current.

My days, full of stains, were wasted in hopelessness– without any
achievement, without any genuine progress. So many lonely, isolated nights
passed in crying in utter despair with no pra’na– just frustration.

Baba, sometimes I suffered and got hit by the cold northern breeze. And
sometimes that northern breeze took away all my hopes, inspirations, and
gains. Just I drowned in staticity and crudeness.

But now, by Your grace today spring has come. All the surroundings are
filled with the colourful flowers and sweet aroma. The dark night has
changed into a glittering moonlight, shining in the sky. Peacocks are
dancing in happiness and expressing their joy by extending their feathers.

The sweet breeze has come. It is shaking my whole existence and making
me quiver in the divine vibration. That sweet breeze is giving me the hint
and telling me, ‘Listen! the divine flute, which is resonating, it is
calling you…”

== LIFELONG SLEEP ==

Note: Be sure to read the follow-up report and news update at the bottom
of this letter about the awful mistreatment of Didi Shucismita’s broken
hand.

Namaskar,
The other day when doing pracara I had an indepth, personal conversation
with someone about yama and niyama, kiirtan and meditation.

They appeared to be quite interested.

When our talk ended, I thought they would have a question on the topic
or ask when was the next dharmacakra etc.

But instead, they said they wanted to go on the internet to check the
timetable about some pseudo-culture movie at the local cinema. That was
all they wanted to know.

When I recounted this to my Dada then he nodded knowingly and said,
“Psychic slumber.”

My acarya then went on to give the following reply which I have written
in summary form for all of you.

DYNAMIC PERSONALITY

The human personality is dynamic and diverse and exists on three realms:
physical, psychic and spiritual.

We all know that Ananda Marga aims for the development of the whole
human personality.

Thus we should be fully aware about sleep and how it manifests on all
levels of life.

Unfortunately nowadays many are not cognizant of this critical issue,
both inside and outside the Marga. So it needs our careful attention,
for our own understanding and growth, and for sharing with others.

SLEEP: IN A NUTSHELL

In brief, here is what is meant by sleep, in the various realms of life.
These are Baba’s definitions.

(A) Physical sleep is when one is lying down in their bed and sleeping.
This we all know about.

(B) Psychic sleep is when one is not aware about the real value of human
life and is instead engrossed in material pursuits, religious dogmas,
and animalistic propensities.

(C) Spiritual sleep is when one forgets the divine fact that Parama
Purusa is with you, watching you.

All these are discussed in greater detail below.

WHY SLEEP IS SO DANGEROUS

The most telling aspect or main characteristic about sleep – whether it
be physical, psychic or spiritual – is that when one is sleeping then
they are not aware that they are sleeping. They are not at all
conscious. That is why it is so dangerous, especially in the psychic and
spiritual realms. Though physically sleeping when driving is also very
dangerous.

Sleep happens unbeknownst to the person. The person sleeping is totally
oblivious of the fact that they are sleeping. They cannot think or say,
“Right now at this moment I am sleeping.” This basic awareness they do
not have.

The best they can do is to try and remember the very last thing they
were doing before they went to sleep. After that they will not be aware
what transpired. This mostly applies to physical sleep. Those involved
in psychic and spiritual sleep can pass entire lifetimes without waking
up – it happens, even in our Marga.

It should also be noted that of these three types of sleep, physical
sleep is restorative – so long as one does not sleep too much. In
contrast, both psychic sleep and spiritual slumber have no redeeming
quality – none.

WHAT IS PSYCHIC SLEEP? (Part 1)

We all know what physical sleep is, but psychic sleep may be less apparent.

Basically, when one is engrossed in religious dogmas, social dogmas, and
material pursuits, then that is psychic sleep. Such persons have no
concept of the more subtle aspects of life. They are just here for
eating, sleeping, drinking and merrymaking or various dogmatic
enterprises. These are the characteristics of psychic slumber.

If someone is sleeping psychically and you talk to them about yama and
niyama or meditation, then they will often have a blank look on their
face. Regardless of their educational status, if they are sleeping
psychically, even a PhD scholar will be mentally dull in this regard.
They will not show an iota of interest in spirituality.

You can tell people all day about how human life is precious and money
is not everything and that they must learn meditation etc, and then at
the end of the conversation they may only ask about getting a bottle of
wine. Such is a classic case of psychic slumber.

Unfortunately at present in this grossly materialistic era, most suffer
in this regard. They cannot see that this entire world is the divine
expression of Parama Purusa and that there is more to living that
satisfying one’s animalistic propensities.

We should not just think that psychic sleep only applies to those
non-margiis grossly disinterested in spiritual topics.

WHAT IS PSYCHIC SLEEP? (Part 2)

There are also those who express some or more interest in the subtle
sphere but get clouded in dogmas like groupism, factionalism, etc. That
is what we have happening in our Marga.

All in AM have the book knowledge that groupism is something bad, but
even then some have fallen prey to this ism and have committed their
life to the selfish interests of their chosen group. No names need be
mentioned here, but in our Marga some fall in this category.

And that is exactly what Baba is warning about in His below teaching.

Baba says, “Next is psychic lethargy. What is the nature of this sort of
lethargy? Psychic lethargy is the lack of mental courage to think
independently and to utilize the physical potentialities according to
one’s inherent thoughts. For example, most people realize that since all
human beings are the progeny of Parama Purus’a, there should not be any
distinction of caste. Those who accept casteism can never accept Parama
Purus’a and conversely, those who believe in Parama Purus’a can never
accept casteism. Almost all human beings understand this and yet, in
their individual lives, they surrender to old customs and beliefs. Just
imagine what a serious lapse this is, what a serious psychic lethargy.
The root case is the lack of moral courage.” (AV-8)

Thus anyone in AM who even is remotely connected with groupism and
groupist politics is a victim of psychic slumber. Whether they wish to
admit it or not, they are totally sleeping in the psychic realm.

And indeed they will not admit it. Because, as stated above, those who
are sleeping cannot recognise that they are sleeping. That is the
special, if not dangerous, quality of sleep.

Thus day in and day out those involved in psychic slumber indulge in
groupist activities all the 24hrs. Yet they remain oblivious to their
psychic slumber. Their sense of vivek is not working – they cannot
understand the teachings of Parama Purusa and apply them to their life.
So they think what they are doing is alright. They continue to engage
100% in their groupist battle plans.

Yet one fine morning, in this lifetime or the next, by Baba’s grace,
they will awaken and wonder what hell they have been doing with their
lives. And they will exclaim, “Why did you not tell me that I was doing
such things?” – yet little do they know that each and every day for
decades they were told not to indulge in groupist propaganda.

They do not realise that life is short and life is meant for ideology,
not groupist or dogmatic or material pursuits. Such is the main criteria
of psychic sleep.

PHYSICAL SLEEP & PSYCHIC SLEEP

If you ever talked to someone on the phone when they were extremely
tired or if you ever talked to someone just as they were falling asleep
or even when they were asleep, then you know that that person will not
remember what you were talking about. Having succumbed to sleep, you can
tell them so many things – “Your mom called”, “It is raining out, “The
loan was rejected” – and they will not remember anything. But later they
will accuse you of not telling them.

Same is the case with psychic slumber. Such persons have been following
groupist dogmas for years and doing so many injustices in our Marga, yet
they are not able to pay heed to the warnings. They do not understand
the harm they are doing, the time they are wasting, and the negative
karma they are creating.

Thus in both physical and psychic sleep, the person in slumber is
oblivious to all kinds of rational talk. Yet later on, they will accuse
others of not saying anything when they realise what they were doing
wrong and what good things they missed.
And the only reply is, “All along people told you but you did not hear
or listen.”

WHAT IS SPIRITUAL SLEEP?

Lastly, we come to the phenomenon of spiritual sleep.

Baba says, “Of all the different types of lethargy, spiritual lethargy
is the worst. Spiritual lethargy means not to sit for meditation
regularly. Those with spiritual lethargy have time for all other
actions, but for spiritual practice there seems to be no time. They say,
“It’s already late today – I’ll do a short meditation right now, and
devote more time to sa’dhana’ tomorrow.” They sit attentively inside the
cinema hall, but in dharma sa’dhana’ they feel sleepy.” (AMIWL-10)

So spiritual sleep relates with not properly attending to one’s duty of
sadhana. That is certainly one main aspect of spiritual slumber.

From that main stem of not doing sadhana come many offshoots.

Lack of spiritual awareness means forgetting that Parama Purusa is with
me, watching me. If at any time during the day or night a sadhaka
forgets – even temporarily – that Parama Purusa is with me or if they do
not have that idea vibrating in their mind, then it means that they /
you are sleeping spiritually.

Thus all the dogmatic religions that claim that God is far away are sunk
in spiritual slumber. Similarly, those followers of so-called mahaprayan
(i.e. Baba is gone) are also lost in spiritual slumber. As are those who
chase after Parama Purusa by going on tiirthas, whether that tiirtha be
in Mecca, Jerusalem, Jamalpur or Kolkata. Plus those dogmatic worshipers
who ask their God for material gain and those groupists who secretly
pray to Parama Purusa for prestige and power – they are all sleeping.
Internally they are harboring for something else other than Parama
Purusa Himself.

In all such cases the aspirant is sleeping soundly. They may deny it a
thousand times over, but that is the way of the world. Those in sleep
cannot recognise they are sleeping. So they come up with dumb
justifications for their foolish pursuits. This happens both in psychic
and spiritual slumber.

The key defining point with spiritual slumber is feeling / not feeling
Baba’s constant presence. As soon as one feels that, “Baba is with me”
then that person is no longer sleeping. However without vigilance and
proper spiritual endeavor, they may fall back asleep. That happens.

This state of spiritual slumber is also known as adhyataman nidra.

In essence anyone who thinks, “I am great” is plunged in this disastrous
mode of life or spiritual slumber. Because they are unable to realise
the greatness and presence of Parama Purusa, they foolishly think that,
“I am great”.

So these are some of the telltale signs of spiritual slumber.

Here is another warning from Baba how people waste their existence
doused in spiritual slumber.

Baba says, “People…waste their time getting old for nothing. That is,
they waste their time in non-spiritual pursuits. This is called
“spiritual lethargy”. It causes the greatest harm to human life because
it results in only a very small percentage of the human potentiality –
maybe one or two percent – being utilized by humans. Even those whom we
call great personalities hardly use ten percent of their potentialities.
Due to spiritual lethargy people are unable to grow, and thus remain
very ordinary. They come to the world, live, decay and die as ordinary
human beings.” (AV-8)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we should all live life as awakened sadhakas – not
falling prey to dogma or groupism and not forgetting that He is always
with us. Then our life will be successful. Failing that, one will be
prone to lifelong sleep.

Baba says, “Human beings have to move, and move on ceaselessly. When
they are endowed with the strength of movement, they will have to move
in a proper manner. Where there is strength, that strength must be
properly utilized. One must not slip into slumber, allowing this
strength to remain inert. Parama Purus’a has given this power to be
utilized. The knowledge of the learned, the strength of the strong, the
intelligence of the intellectuals – all these faculties have been given
not to be merely preserved but to be utilized. Those persons who do not
utilize their faculties have no right to ask for anything from the Lord,
and those who misuse their faculties are also doomed to destruction.”
(AFPS-4)

Namaskar,
Gaurishankar

NEWS UPDATE:THE HORRIBLE CASE OF DIDIJI’S BROKEN HAND

As we all know, Solapur DSL Didi Brc. Shucismita’ suffered a broken hand
in May at the WRC camp. That time Centre did not give any treatment –
they refused – and her hand was not plastered for 4 days. That was the
tragedy. Here is the report about that initial incident.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/05/news-care-of-injured-wt.html

Then in August RDS, Didiji openly told in a meeting with senior Purodha
Vishvadevanandajii about her horrible situation.

She explained how a medical doctor warned that serious treatment was
needed but neither Centre nor her authorities in WWD would help.

The doctor warned that the arm may never be the same again. Days passed
and still no help. Finally, with no other recourse, she accepted service
from her laukik family. She knew that to serve Guru in this lifetime her
arm would need to be proper, thus after days of waiting and no one from
the organisation offering to help, her laukika family members arrived on
scene and pleaded with her to get medical treatment. In the end, taking
Baba’s name, she went with her laukik brother and got medical treatment,
even then it was too late.

She told that after the plaster cast was finally put on, not a single
senior worker nor any higher authority turned to look after her.

Furthermore, because Centre refused to give her the needed treatment –
or for that matter any medical care, she did not get plaster on time,
that’s why her hand has become permanently curved. She had needed more
serious treatment but neither Centre nor any senior Didi helped her.

Such is the horrible plight of innocent workers who do not join any
group. They get harrassed and tortured.

It is inconceivable that those in Centre and senior Didis would not help
our Didi. Such top Dadas and Didias have lost even their most basic
human feeling. If someone is suffering, then irrespective of their caste
or social status, then help should be given. But this much human feeling
is totally absent from the heart and minds of our top Wts. It is
shameful how they let this Didi suffer.

Such is what happens when people do not practice sadhana etc. Their mind
becomes blind due to their vanity and lust for power. Everyone should
seek out and write Didi Shucismita’. All should inquire about her welfare.

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From: “Girish Chandra Mitra”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: We Must Save These Drowning People
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 07:57:48 +0530

Baba

“Ek nu’taner sur a’ji ba’jalo phule phuledola’ diye…” PS 127

Purport:

By Baba’s grace, the melody of the new era is played today…Today in the
path of forward movement, no obstacle stands in our way. Our full-throated
songs are all sung in one tune. Forgetting all our differences, merging
together and laughing, let us march ahead today. Let us move together
with all…

== WE MUST SAVE THESE DROWNING PEOPLE ==

Namaskar,
Everyone is part of our human family, irrespective of their behaviour
and actions.

Certainly we are closer to our brothers and sisters in the Marga, as by
His grace we have come together to respond to His call. Naturally there
is a greater affinity amongst Ananda Margiis.

So it is very painful to see a few workers stray from the path and steer
away from their allotted duties and dharma.

Before detailing the below, it should be made clear that the vast
majority of workers are tried and true. Our acarya cadre is a noble one,
filled with dedicated persons who have great zeal for AM ideology.

Thus the cases pointed out below represent a mere few, and by Baba’s
grace we will help them to regain their footing so they can once again
become great agents of dharma and assets to our AM society. That is the
sole point of this letter.

UNIQUE PLAY OF MAYA

The unique force we call mahamaya, or simply maya, never likes to lose
any of her subjects to the path of liberation. Thus again and again she
tries to ensnare those reaching towards mukti. Invariably, on certain
occasions, she is successful.

Such is what has happened to a few of our workers. They came with pure
intentions, and with the desire to do good, but due to circumstances and
by their vanity and indulgences, they succumbed to maya in a most
disastrous manner.

Tragically, when one is in the grip of maya, they cannot see the light
nor breathe fresh air. They are just bound in her web. So although each
and every worker has come for a very pious purpose, they can get stuck
in “less-than-stellar” activities.

The day their eyes open, they will be shocked by what has transpired –
by the hell they have been involved in. Sometimes though, their slumber
does not end during this lifetime – that is another tragedy.

So it is with heartfelt pain that I share the following. We must
remember that it is our responsibility to bring all to the proper path,
new people as well as those who have strayed (temporarily).

Even though maya may be strong, we must do our best to awaken one and all.

BABA’S DIVINE CALL

In so many avadhuta meetings, Baba would remind all workers that worldly
gratification is short-lived and not for Wts.

Baba would say: ‘You are my workers and you have come for a very
specific purpose – to wipe away the tears of suffering humanity and
spread the gospel of neohumanism. You are not ordinary, rather you are
extraordinary. You are the exception. You have not come to this world
for earthly enjoyments.’

This was the way Baba would speak in various worker and avadhuta meetings.

Still today, by His grace, Baba is holding the hand of each and every
worker. Those blinded by maya let go due to their vanity and lust. Even
then Baba is calling them back to the proper path.

We should examine these below cases, do the best we can to rectify them
and alert others lest more get bound by maya.

UNFORTUNATE CASE #1

It is a tell-tale sign when any Dada or Didi gets involved in very close
and intimate communication with one another, especially when that
communication is very regular. This first case is like that.

Dada Mahitosa’nanda and Didi Ananda Suvrata’ were involved in talking to
and texting one another quite regularly via SMS (a message from her
mobile). Such inner communications were going back and forth between
Dada and Didi.

Then one drama happened.

Some other Dadas got those very text messages into their own in-box, and
forwarded those secret communications to many, many Wts. Thus all came
to find out about the inner dealings of Dada Mahitosa’nanda and Didi
Ananda Suvrata’.

By the nature of the messages, it was quite clear that this Dada and
Didi were involved in an illicit affair. One need not be a detective to
understand that this was what was going on. So for a while, everyone was
gossiping about these two Wts.

And when Didi Ananda Suvrata’ arrived in Pundag station for a recent RDS
etc, then Dada Mahitosa’nanda drove one jeep and received her at the station. All
took this to be proof of their status together.

How far their relationship is down and dirty, that is for Dada and Didi
to admit. That is not for others to say. But by the nature of the texts,
all workers were abuzz with the goopy details of this affair.

What happened has happened and now is the time for repair. Many say that
Dada Mahitosa’nanda and Didi Ananda Suvrata’ have shame for what they
have done in which case we must help revive them. If they are shameless,
then our hands are tied and there is little we can do. In that case,
only Baba can save them.

For various reasons, some are calling this a case of five-star negativity.

UNFORTUNATE CASE #2

During seminars, DMS, or camps, Daya’shekhara’nanda always manages a
special van or train reservation with Allahabad RSL. They are like two
peas in a pod.

Plus whenevere Dadaji has to attend any function in the region travels
together with RSL together. It is not at all uncommon for Dada to hire a
special van and travel with her.

Needless to say this is most abnormal behaviour for a worker in our
Marga. In India, many Wts travel by 3rd class rail, not a hired car or
van. And it is well know that a single Dada and Didi are not to travel
together like this. It is unusual.

That is why many margiis have taken notice of this and have been talking
about it. During that past RDS, many workers were also discussing the
matter.

The main problem is that when one makes special plans like this it often
gives way to other things, and certainly indicates a type of mental
fascination.

UNFORTUNATE CASE #3

This next case involves Dada Mohansundarananda and Didi Ananda
Jyotisvarupa. Many treat this duo as boyfriend and girlfriend. You can
decide for yourself or, better yet, inquire with them as to what exactly
is going on.

However, it cannot be denied that these two have been “involved” with
one another for years and years. They are quite close and interlinked.

Their bond is so tight that when they find themselves separated by too
many kilometers then they cry out for one another.

Actually, their relationship is so old and so well known, people do not
even talk about it anymore. And often other acaryas will just mention
either Dada Mohansundarananda or Didi Ananda Jyotisvarupa in order to
refer to the both of them.

So their link is quite close. Ask them about it for more details, often
they are quite happy to talk about it.

ALL THESE THINGS ARE QUITE SERIOUS & SAD

In and of themselves, these cases are sad to see.

The mass of our Wts are sterling examples of dharma who live each day
holding onto a high ideal. And veritably, the aforementioned Wts also
came into the Marga with their sights set high.

So it is unfortunate and unnerving to hear and see such actions. We
always want our Marga to be something special, better than other
organisations etc.

Thus when any worker falls it is not just an individual affair but a
matter of collective concern.

ILLICIT AFFAIRS VS MARRIED LIFE

One thing to clarify is that there is a heaven and hell difference
between married life and an illicit affair.

In married life, there is a sense of responsibility, duty, honesty,
obligation and more. Married people are not enamoured with sex but have
a pointed ideal in life: To manage their familial and social lives and
reach their spiritual destination and inspire their family members to do
the same, all the while working for their safety and welfare.

In a phrase, at the very least, married persons are bound by the rules
of society.

In contrast, those involved in illicit affairs are sunken in sexual
lust. This applies to one having an extra-marital affair as well as to
depraved priests and missionaires, including a few of our Dadas etc.

There is no sense of commitment, dedication or integrity. It is just
indulgence, and often deceit, dishonesty, and hypocrisy as well. There
are no redeeming factors.

All Wts should be highly encourage to live up to their ideal. If any has
fallen, then seek help, call out to Baba, and follow 16 Pts. That is the
way to go.

But if really one’s mind is totally engaged with their significant
other, then that worker should give up their dress and get married.
Hovering between the two is not the way. Accepting the responsibilities
is far better than being a half-baked acarya.

Best of all is to rectify oneself fully and resume one’s duty as an
acarya of the Marga with full integrity and commitment.

THE LINEAGE OF EXCEPTIONS

Baba has detailed that the path of AM is the path of exceptions, that
includes the vast majority or even all of our workers.

To keep our Wts on the right path, Baba is adamant that there should be
no intermingling. Baba used to tell the Dadas that if the Didi’s jagrti
was burning, then let it burn, do not go and help, instead quickly tell
the margiis to come to the rescue.

The point being, no worker should get caught up in helping or developing
sentimental links across gender lines. Doing so is only to invite problem.

Unfortunately, today there are a few Dadas who spend all their time
“serving” the Didis. Such Wts spend all their time during RDS checking
in on the Didi’s camp. It is not at all good.

We must recall that Buddhism was banished from India due to the crude
mixing of their monks and nuns. The same dark fate should not meet our
Marga.

Instead we should encourage all to live the life of a sadhu, and become
an exception. That is the destiny of our wholetimers. And already most
are doing like this.

Baba says, “Most people spend their lives on this planet eating and
drinking. Sometimes they contract diseases, their stomachs become
distended, and they die. But there are certain exceptional people who
say, ‘No, we have not come to eat, drink and make merry.’ Those who lead
licentious lives foolishly get involved in brawls and fights, but the
exceptional people say, ‘No, we don’t want to live such a life.’
Missionary life was started on this planet by such people who today are
glorifying that tradition in ever increasing numbers. They alone will
make this line of exceptions even more brilliant, and will build human
history.” (AV-8)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace our entire acarya cadre will again glitter and shine.
Those who have fallen should get rectified. Their should be no psyhic
longing for the opposite sex, let alone physical indulgence.
Unfortunately, right now there seems to be a little bit of both in our
Marga. Today that must stop and by Baba’s grace we must become exceptional.

Baba says, “Those people who are society’s exceptions are extraordinary
people. Keeping our ideology fixed before our eyes, we must also become
exceptional people. For those people who are treading a new path, who
are constructing something new, exception is as valuable as their very
lives.” (AV-8)

Namaskar,
Girish

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Only Remedy

Baba says, “It is the duty of all human beings and especially those who are
devotees, it is their mandatory duty to always think that, ‘I am a machine
and the controller is Parama Purusa. He is the machine man and I have to
work according to His desire. I have to fulfill His desire. This body of
mine is a machine and it belongs to Him. This is His machine and this
machine has to do His work.’ If one constantly thinks in this way then the
vanity of action will never sprout. This is the only path to save oneself
from vanity. One has to think ‘I am just one machine; I am a tool and
according to His desire I have to work’.”

(SS-16 (H), p. 81, DMC Agra 19 Feb 84)

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