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Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 22:05:36 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: “Mukunda Deva”
Subject: Baba Story: “Baba is as Pure as the Ganges”

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Prabhat Samgiita #3857;
(2) Posting: Baba Story: “Baba is as Pure as the Ganges”
(3) Trailer Quote: Children Thus Learn Obstinacy From Their Elders

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

== BABA STORY: “BABA IS AS PURE AS THE GANGES” ==

Namaskar,
Baba has come to Muzafarrapur to give darshan. The year is 1956 and I am a very new margii. I am seeing Him for the very first time. I am so enchanted by His presence – my mind is fully ensconced in His look and charm. I am not even comprehending what He is saying as my analytical mind is not functioning at all. All I know is that the sound of His voice sounds very beautiful.

As He delivers His discourse, I am gazing at Him and He is looking at me. Our eyes are fixed on each other. I am completely magnetized by His divine presence.

Now the discourse has ended, I have come to know that Baba is going to Jamalpur the very next day. I have decided that I too must go to Jamalpur. I cannot bear the thought of not being with Baba.

Even during the night I am thinking and dreaming of Him. When morning arrives I quickly make all the needed arrangements for going to Jamalpur.

By Baba’s grace the journey passes smoothly.

ON FIELD WALK WITH BABA:

REQUESTS ME TO START A NEWSPAPER

I am so pleased to be here in Jamalpur so I can see Baba again. Just now I got word that I have been given permission to go on field walk with Baba.

While on field walk, Baba asks me to start a newspaper.

I reply, “Yes, Baba.”

We continue walking. By His grace, I feel compelled to take on the assigned task. The rest of the day passes in a flash, drenched in His love and care. My short stay in Jamalpur is coming to a close and I am preparing to return to my home in Muzafarrapur.

I feel like the return journey cannot happen quickly enough. By Baba’s grace I arrive safely.

MY FIRST ARTICLE

So here I am, I have returned to Muzafarrapur and I am already thinking about what I will write for the newspaper. Having just been with Baba, I can only think of His magnificent beauty and charm. So I have decided to write about Baba Himself. In my article I compare Baba’s purity to that of the Ganges River.

I am so enthralled by Baba’s loving manner and divine personality that I could not resist writing about Him in this way. I have decided to publish the article on the front page of our paper which will be distributed to both margiis and the general public.

By Baba’s grace, the project has come to fruition and the paper has been published and circulated all around the local area.

THE MARGIIS ARE FURIOUS WITH ME

Within one or two days, the local margiis are up in arms and furious with me. They keep telling me, “You are just a new margii – you do not understand – we do not believe in this dogma that the Ganges is pure and holy. In AM, we do not subscribe to the belief that bathing in the Ganges purifies one of their sins. What you have written is completely wrong and misleading. You must correct this immediately.”

In turn, I am trying to convince them of my feeling and intention, but no one is listening to me. They are not understanding my perspective.

BABA SUPPORTS MY APPROACH

Some have decided to bring this matter to Baba Himself. They send word to Baba about all that transpired. We are waiting for His review. In the meantime I continue to be pressured and criticised by the local margiis. A few days pass in this way.

Finally, a margii has just come with the news. The margii reports to us that Baba has said that, “What Sashi Ranjan has written is a comparison. When the writer has a pure mind then such a comparison is OK.”

Alas, Baba knows my inner feeling and He has approved of my words and told this to everyone. Hearing this, all the margiis apologise to me and accept the article.

Namaskar,
Shashi Ranjan Sahu

Note: Many know that Shrii Shashi Ranjan Sahu was a key member of parliament with a high post; thereafter he was influential with the founding of the PBI (Proutist Block of India).

DEVOTIONALLY-INSPIRED WRITING

The above account shared with us by Shrii Shashi Ranjan is quite meaningful on multiple levels. Firstly, it is a very devotionally-charged tale of one bhakta’s real-life experience with Baba. And secondly, we all get the teaching that using comparisons when writing about Parama Purusa is ok – so long as one’s heart and mind are pure.

BABA HIMSELF USES COMPARISONS

And indeed we see that in His many devotional treasures, Baba Himself uses comparisons to describe the greatness, charm, love and beauty of Parama Purusa as well as to talk about spiritual life.

In countless Prabhat Samgiita compositions, Parama Purusa is compared with the sun, moon, and stars and in so many other ways.

For example in the song, “Nayane ma’mata’ bhara'” (PS #12), in the first stanza His smile is compared with radiant pearls, “Hasite mukuta jhara'”.

And in song #913, it says: “Candana sama tava a’shisa a’ma’ke” meaning, Your grace is a soothing balm like sandalwood paste.

And verily there are so many songs where His love or His arrival is compared with the sweetness of a flower or the cool summer breeze. Comparisons are part and parcel of Baba’s whole entire expression in Prabhat Samgiita. They allow bhaktas to know and describe the Divine Entity Who would otherwise remain beyond description. So this is an important element of His songs.

“HOLY DIP IN THE GANGES”

Plus Baba uses similar comparisons in many of His discourses as well.

Baba says, “By kiirtana you become as pure as if you have taken a “holy dip in the Ganges.” What does a holy dip in the Ganges mean for a sádhaka? It means doing kiirtana constantly.” (1)

Thus in the above discourse, Baba Himself uses the comparison of the river Ganges to relay the effect of doing kiirtan.

In so many ways Baba is guiding us that this is how we are to describe Him, i.e. through poetic comparisons or similes. It is a way for sadhakas to share their feelings about that otherwise indescribable Personality.

Before coming to AM, Shashi Ranjan thought of the Ganges as being very pure. This is the common understanding in India. So with his heart-felt feeling he compared Baba in this manner and Baba Himself gave His divine approval. Without such comparisons, there is no way for bhaktas to express themselves when talking about the greatness, beauty and charm of Parama Purusa, i.e. Baba.

Namaskar,
Mukunda

Reference:
1. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 22, Kiirtana: The Panacea for all Afflictions

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

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Children Thus Learn Obstinacy From Their Elders

“In a family it is natural that differences of opinion will arise among the adults; when they do, the adults should reconcile their differences considering each other’s opinions. Unfortunately they often lack the requisite mental make-up to reach an amicable agreement – each tries to convince everybody else of his or her viewpoint without caring about the opinions of others. The result is an outburst of unreasonable obstinacy – the adults lose all self-control and behave in a gross and vulgar manner. The effect on the minds of the children is disastrous. Children thus learn obstinacy from their elders. If the mother or those with whom the children spend most of their time is obstinate, the neglected children will, in most cases, become noticeably obstinate, and they will have to carry this psychic ailment around with them for a long time. If, on the other hand, as is sometimes the case, the wishes and desires (if they are not unreasonable) of children are fulfilled, the children will not have the opportunity to learn obstinacy.” (Human Society – 1, Education)
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Prabhat Samgiita

“Ba’hir vishve dhara’ da’o na’ko, marme lukiye tha’ko…” – P.S. 3857

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa You are hiding in everyone’s heart – that is Your hinterland. Baba, You cannot be held in this external world; searching You outside is nothing but a waste of time. O’ my dear One, You always reside in the deep core of my heart. You remain eternally in that golden vessel deep inside my being.

O’ Divine Entity, You give shelter at Your lotus feet to one and all. Regardless of who is crying for You, and who is longing for You, or who is oblivious about You, You lovingly shower Your compassion on all. You never make any distinctions. Everyone is part of Your creation; You lovingly bring one and all under Your divine shelter. With Your infinite attraction and the resonance of Your flute, You call everyone close. You lovingly draw everyone close by the
pull of the heart. This is Your special call.

Baba, You are eternally present and always smiling in my heart. O’ my Dearmost, You are so gracious…

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Date: 24 Mar 2013 20:54:08 -0000
From: “Manjit S Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Baba Story: Must Read AM Books – Unforgettable PC

Baba

This entire email is composed of 3 parts:
(1) Posting: Baba Story: Must Read AM Books – Unforgettable PC
(2) Trailer Quote: Some Parents Unknowingly Teach Very Bad Habits To Their Kids
(3) Prabhat Samgiita #3644;

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

== BABA STORY: MUST READ AM BOOKS – UNFORGETTABLE PC ==

Note: The following is the first-hand account of Shrii Vrajvasi Lal from Bhopal (MP) whereby he recounts his PC with Baba.

Namaskar,
By Baba’s grace I was initiated in 1963. A few years later in 1966, DMC was held in Nagpur. At the time, due to His devotional pull, I had a very strong desire to have Baba’s personal contact.

Numerous margiis had told me that Baba knows everything but I wanted to have my own first-hand experience of this. So this is what I planned to do: I decided that when Baba asks me anything, I will not answer until He asks me the question in my mother tongue. That was my plan. And I did not tell anybody about this.

By that way I will be confirmed that Baba knows my thoughts and mother tongue.

MY PC WITH BABA

As per the system, I waited in line for PC (personal contact). When my turn came, I entered Baba’s room and immediately did sastaunga pranam. After a short while, I heard Baba say in a soft voice, “Get up, get up.”

I got up and stood before Baba.

Baba asked me, “What is your name?”

I kept quiet because He spoke in English, not my mother tongue. That was my plan so I did not say anything. I just stood there.

Although I understood English, I was waiting for Baba to speak to me in my mother tongue. That is why I was not responding.

Then Baba asked me other questions – all in English. Still I did not respond. I continued to remain quiet.

Baba started smiling. Then in a very gracious and sweet way He began asking me those same questions in my mother tongue (Bundel Khandi). We talked together for a few minutes. I was so happy.

While in His presence, I was thinking, “Yes, Baba indeed knows everything. He spoke in my mother tongue which is not widely known; and, He understood my desire without my saying anything.”

BABA POINTS OUT MY DEFECTS

AND ASKS, “ARE YOU READING AM BOOKS?”

On that same occasion of PC, Baba pointed out many of my mistakes, i.e. times I failed to adhere to Ananda Marga conduct rules.

In follow-up, Baba inquired, “Are you reading Ananda Marga books?”

I replied, “No, Baba.”

Then Baba told, “It is very important to read our Ananda Marga books and study the discourses in order to practice those points on a day-to-day basis. Otherwise you will not know about those things, in which case how will you follow them in your practical life.”

Previously, I was thinking just the opposite. I had heard from many sadhakas that devotion is everything. So I had formed a very negative opinion about jinana (knowledge) and thought that there was no need to review and study Ananda Marga books.

Because of this defective mentality, I had no idea about those conduct rules and teachings; thus Baba had to point out my mistakes.

Baba then explained, “It takes a lot of effort to bring these books in printed form. So much time and energy are invested, yet you are not reading them. That is why you do not even know the basic do’s and don’ts of life.”

At that point I realised that reading AM books is highly important and mentally I took the firm determination to study all of the Ananda Marga literature. Due to my lack of knowledge of Ananda Marga ideals and conduct, I was not aware about right and wrong, virtue and vice, as described in various publications and literature. I was not following those codes properly and thus committed sin and acquired negative samsakaras.

For the requital of my sins, Baba punished me, and I accepted. I felt completely light and blissful, by His grace.

BABA: “I AM YOUR FATHER”

Baba then asked me, “Who is your father?”

I replied accordingly.

Baba told me, “That is your laokik father. I am your Father – not only for this life but up to eternity.”

Then Baba blessed me and I felt His sweet touch in every cell and pore of my existence.

Still today I cannot forget His proximity, guidance, and love. Even now when I think about this it gives me goosebumps. Since that time I became very regular in studying Baba’s books so I could best adhere to and propagate the principles of Ananda Marga.

I also realised that those things which I knew and no one else knew, Baba also knew. Indeed Baba knows everything and He loves me very much.

Note: That concludes Shrii Vrajvasi Lalji’s first-hand account of his PC with Baba.

REFLECTION

The above story recounted by Shrii Vrajvasi Lalji has three fundamental teachings:

1. The first teaching from the above story is that until one has complete faith one cannot surrender fully. It is just like if one is not sure that a plane can fly then that person is not going to put their life in danger by boarding that airplane. A person first wants confirmation or proof that the plane is safe and operable. Similarly, people do not like to put their life in Guru’s hands unless they think that Guru is very powerful.

People develop faith in various ways. Some realise that Baba is Parama Purusa in their sadhana or dreams. With their inherent devotion, their past life penance, sincere sadhana, or the causeless grace of Parama Purusa, some realise in their heart without any effort that, “Baba is my Guru and He is all-powerful.”

But not all fall in this category.

Thus other sadhakas try to test Baba in their own way in order erase their doubts, get proof of His greatness, and gain more faith. That is what Lalji did in the above story. He tested Baba to see if Baba could understand His desire and speak in his mother tongue. Seeing this, Lalji became fully convinced and could surrender to Guru.

Those who do not have full faith should test Him even today – in your mind anytime. There is no need to tell any 3rd party – only sincerity is needed. He is there in your mind and He listens. So what you tell Him mentally He will certainly hear. So go ahead if you have any desire. Express the feeling of your heart and Baba will most assuredly respond.

By this way you will develop full surrender. Remember this is between you and your Guru. If you have proper determination and a sincere desire then Guru must reply. That happens in 100% of the cases. By this way, people develop faith and then surrender comes. This can happen in various ways.

2. The second teaching from the above story is that one must read and study Ananda Marga books, otherwise one may fall into dogma. If an aspirant has devotion but not that very high amount of devotion to become realised, then there is the distinct possibility of falling into dogma.

We see this unfold in regular life. Due to a lack of proper knowledge, some naive Wts and margiis think that they can remain in one group and also follow neo-humanism, as if groupism and neo-humanism can co-exist. Or due to a lack of proper knowledge they think their group is not a group. A few simple, uninformed persons come in this category.

That is why Baba has given His teachings and included svadhyaya in 16 Points. Once one is aware about the dharmic teachings of Ananda Marga ideology, one will not fall into dogma, but rather fight against it.

3. The third teaching from the above story is that there must be a close and intimate relation between a devotee and Parama Purusa, otherwise one cannot go close nor become one with Him. So having a relation is critical.

Although the Guru-disciple relation is one relation; that is not what I am talking about.

Baba has outlined 4 types of relations which bring feelings of closeness: Father-son, Friend, Master-servant, and Beloved. It depends upon one’s own samskara – some prefer one and some prefer another.

But one thing is certain: A sadhaka can only have one relation at one particular moment. In life that relation may change and progress with sincere sadhana. But at one time one will only have one of the aforesaid relations. So one will select the one that is most suited to their feelings.

This third point then is that devotees must have an intimate relation with Parama Purusa in order to reach the ultimate goal of spirituality. In the above story, the sadhaka has a Father-son relationship with Parama Purusa. That is what Baba is reminding.

These types of bhavas (relation) are needed for having His proximity. When one is not close then an aspirant cannot express their intimate feeling with Parama Purusa. There will be distance and that is very detrimental for one’s spiritual progress. It is just like how you cannot express the deep inner feelings of your heart with a distant person. An intimate relation is needed.

Mundane relations are very temporary and cannot fulfill all the longings of the mind. Rather, if you open your heart, there is a big risk involved. Because one day the next person may become very distant from you and, in turn, and exploit you. Or they will have a very poor opinion about you. Indeed, telling all that is in your heart to another human being is very scary. So people do not open their heart fully with others.

With Parama Purusa it is entirely different. An intimate relation means there is no gap or wall or shyness. There is 100% transparency of feelings. That is the relation of close proximity. That can only happen with Parama Purusa. All that is needed for this to occur is regularity and sincerity in sadhana. This is not a theoretical concept; bhaktas realize this. Gradually anyone can develop this type of relation with Him. Then, in your own mind, Parama Purusa will not seem like an Entity in the far distant sky or heaven, but rather the Most Loving One of your heart & mind, who is always with you.

That is why one’s relationship with Parama Purusa is very meaningful. For those who lack such a relation with Parama Purusa, devotion is but a theoretical concept.

About all these bhavas and their importance in devotional life, Baba has written beautifully in Namami Krsnasundaram. If you want to know more please write.

Namaskar,
At His lotus feet,
Manjit

Note: BABA IS STILL PRESENT

A few people think that Baba is the subject of history and believe they lost their opportunity to communicate with Him directly or personally. They think that the opportunity to be with Baba has passed. Indeed such persons feel that the privilege is gone and Baba is no longer accessible. They think that they cannot have His proximity and can only talk about His greatness. Thinking thus, they feel sad. Those who think in such a manner are completely ignorant about Baba.

Baba is Parama Purusa – His existence is beyond time. Now even in this very moment you can have His grace and serve Him. You can do anything that devotees have done in the past.

So one should not feel and say with a deep sigh that, “Those days are gone and it is now impossible to have His close proximity.” Instead you are to remember that Baba is always with you – now, in the future, always.

Devotees realise this divine truth and others do not. If you want to say something to Him then say it mentally – there is no need even for vocal chords. If you say or ask mentally, He listens. His ears are ready to listen. If you want to offer something, His hand is ready to receive. If you want to do pranam – go ahead. He will receive your pranam.

In all the ways, Baba is present with you. Because Baba is that eternal Divine Entity, Parama Purusa.

Baba says, “Brahma, the author of this vast cosmic imagination moves everywhere within the universe, His vast Macropsychic arena, with His mental feet. He catches all the objects of this universe with His all-pervasive mental hands. He is the intellect, the intuition and the witnessing faculty of the innumerable created objects and hence we can say that He has His all-pervasive mental heads. Similarly, as the witness of all the macropsychic entities, He has innumerable mental eyes; and to hear their words, spoken or secret, and every loud or soft sound, He has His all-pervasive ears. He exists surrounding all objects with His own identity. You can keep nothing secret or private from Him – He knows more about you than you know about yourself. Behind all His pervasive faculties of knowing, understanding and hearing lies His Macropsychic stance.” (1)

References:
1. Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life – 6, Microcosm and Macrocosm)2.

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

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Some Parents Unknowingly Teach Very Bad Habits To Their Kids

“In some families the parents have lost their peace of mind due to poverty or some other cause and oppress their children with or without reason. Naturally the children lose respect for their parents, which further aggravates family indiscipline. The parents have to put up with more unrest, adding to their lack of peace.”
“Parents who are middle- or high-level officials in the public works or police departments have to get work done through others or supervise manual labourers or subordinates, so they often forget to talk sweetly. Some become accustomed to using abusive language, and some to issuing commands. Due to this their children do not have an opportunity to learn to speak with restraint. Such children suffer from a superiority complex, even within their circle of friends. In their future lives it will be extremely difficult for them to love people and create a congenial social environment.”
“Some parents may claim that it is impossible to maintain a balanced life in an age full of problems, where they are extremely busy with numerous activities. I maintain, however, that it is possible for an intelligent parent to avoid the mistakes I have discussed. If parents fail to carry out their basic duties, I am compelled to say that, although they live in society, they are guilty of encouraging an antisocial mentality. By encouraging their children to develop a criminal psychology, they give unnecessary trouble to the police. The main point is this: for want of a little care, children are deprived of the opportunity to become complete human beings, even though they have a human structure.” (Discourses on Neohumanist Education)
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Baba

“A’sha’r pasara’ sahasa’ elo, a’lor tupha’n nikat’e elo…” (PS #3644)

Purport:

Suddenly Parama Purusa, the Divine Effulgence, has taken advent. The cyclone of divine effulgence has come close. His divine effulgence is immense, like a huge mountain covering the entire world. The whole world is inundated with the flood of divinity.


Even in remote corners, not even an iota of darkness was left. Not even a tinge of darkness or dirt could remain in anyone’s mind. Everyone’s mind has become cleansed and purified. Parama Purusa Baba, with His divine effulgence, has taken advent and attracted everyone by the outpouring of love from His heart.


Everyone has received His special grace: Those bound in the cimmerian darkness and tied up in the deep, dark chasm, and those whose mind had accumulated dogma the size of a mountain. All are now basking in His divine grace. They have been blessed with the opportunity to look toward that divine effulgence. Their dogma and staticity vanished away with the advent of the new dawn.


Baba, the Parama Purusa, with His divine effulgence has come and showered His divine effulgence and graced everyone…

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To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: How Ananda Marga Is Not A Religion
From: Nataraj.1948@.93@freenet…..
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:05:09

Baba

== HOW ANANDA MARGA IS NOT A RELIGION ==

Namaskar,
Some of the religions preach that on Sundays one should remember the Lord and lead an honourable life – that is their chosen holy day and all other days are for material pursuits. But even then, on Sundays, in their prayer and worship they pray for material or selfish gains.

Then there are other dogmatic religions that have selected Friday or Saturday as their holy day, where they approach their God for boons and grace. While on all other days they aim for material gain.

And verily all the religions fall within this module where a small portion of life is meant for prayer and worship, and even then that prayer and worship is not the aim or endpoint. Those prayers are for heightening their stature in their social life etc.

In that case, their religious engagements are a part of their social life. Every religion has partitioned its prayer practices to a small part of life which is not very visible and barely touches the seed of their existence. Rather they are governed by materialistic policies.

But in Ananda Marga, it is completely opposite. Ours is the path of pure spirituality where all practices and endeavours are for pleasing and serving the Supreme. And all social and worldly dealing are to be done thinking of Him. Thus those acts are not mundane ventures but rather a part of Brahma sadhana. Because the aim is not selfish gain but rather to serve Parama Purusa.

Only in the dharma of Ananda Marga do we see that living aspect of true spirituality ensconced into each and every cell of one’s existence.

ANANDA MARGA SPIRITUALITY IS THE VERY PULSE OF OUR LIFE

The path which Baba has shown us – the path of Ananda Marga is revolutionary since it is deeply ensconced in the nectar of spirituality. From birth to death and from morning till night, the life of an Ananda Margii is filled with spiritual practices and cosmic ideation. When one emerges from the womb and enters this world then immediately that infant is drenched in the ideation of Baba Nam Kevalam. And it continues on from there. Hence in Ananda Marga spirituality is our very heartbeat.

We all know that in our A’nanda Ma’rga Baba places tremendous emphasis on the dual approach of spiritual sadhana and social service. Both have a huge role to play. For that reason some may be thinking that our spiritual life and our social life are therefore equal in all regards.

Without going too deeply into the matter, this might be a logical conclusion one would make: Estimating that both are 50-50, i.e. the same size & of equal value etc. It is easy to surmise how someone might conclude in that fashion.

However, Baba’s divine teaching is something else. As important as our social life is, Baba here unveils and expresses the vastness & unparalleled nature of our spiritual approach in A’nanda Ma’rga.

Baba says, “Our spiritual life is not a part of our social life; our social life is a part of our spiritual life.” (1)

Thus, Baba’s above teaching establishes the supremacy of spirituality as He tells that everything falls within the scope of our spiritual life. That is, our spiritual life is not a subset of our social life; but our social life is a part of our spiritual life.

With this is mind, that means that our entire social dealing comes under that great umbrella of spirituality. Or, another way of saying it is that nothing comes outside of our spiritual approach. Everything is part and parcel of that. Hence, in Ananda Marga, we say that spirituality is the top-most thing– the summum bonum of life.

Baba says, “Spirituality is the summum bonum of life in all its aspects.” (2)

Here are more points which lead in this same direction– which highlight the greatness of spiritual life in Ananda Marga.

SUBJECTIVE APPROACH & OBJECTIVE ADJUSTMENT

In our Ananda Marga, Baba has given the tenet: Subjective approach and objective adjustment.

Baba says, “Your goal is the Supreme Entity. Yours is a subjective approach through objective adjustment. Your movement is towards the Supreme Entity. But while moving towards the Supreme Entity, you are to do all your worldly duties in the social, economic and all other spheres. That is, your hands should be engaged in worldly duties, and your mind should be moving towards the Supreme Entity.” (3)

The overarching aim and main theme of life for an Ananda Margii is to always have the mind focused on Parama Purusa. This is the aim and that is the approach. All endeavours in our social life are not ends of themselves. Those worldly engagements are not our approach. Those endeavours are to be adjusted to fit neatly within our spiritual approach. Thus our social life stands as a subset of our spiritual life.

This is further emphasized by our practice of brahamcarya. While living in the world and interacting with finite expressions we are to always ideate on the Supreme.

“The meaning of practising brahmacarya sádhaná is to treat the object with which one comes in contact as different expressions of Brahma and not as crude forms. By means of such an ideation, even though the mind wanders from one object to another, it does not get detached from Brahma because of the Cosmic feeling taken for each and every object. As a result of this, preya sádhaná (extroversial approach) is converted into shreya sádhaná (introversial approach).” (4)

Thus our approach is always subjective: Towards the Divine. And we adjust our worldly life towards this spiritual ideal. That is the flow of life in Ananda Marga.

This ideal is inherently link with understanding the purpose of life. The moment one feels their life is not for mundane meandering but for moving towards Parama Purusa, then one wholly understands social life is a component of their spiritual life.

OUR DAYS AND NIGHT ARE FILLED WITH SPIRITUALITY

By Baba’s grace in Ananda Marga our spiritual approach continues through the whole life. In the morning we greet and start the day with our practices of Guru Sakash and paincajanya etc, and the whole day follows in that flow: Doing sadhana, reciting our bath mantra, taking second lesson before our each and every work, ideating as we say namaskar, singing kiirtan etc. Each and every activity through the day is linked with the Cosmic Hub – Baba.

And then after dark we go for evening and night sadhana and ultimately take rest with His name on our lips – dreaming of Him. About this holistic ideal, Baba has given one divine sloka:

‘Kuru punyam ahora’tram’
Meaning: Do virtuous deeds day and night

In Ananda Marga we are ideating on Brahma during the day and performing our various works and duties and then when sleeping we are repeating our ista mantra or dhyana mantra during the night. In that way each and every second of the life is drenched in the sweet flow of spirituality.

A’NANDA SUTRAM:

ANANDA MARGA PHILOSOPHY IS SPIRITUALLY BASED

As we know, in Ananda Sutram Baba has outlined the whole of Ananda Marga philosophy in seed form. In sum, there are 85 Sutras in these five chapters. Yet the first four chapters – or the first 69 Sutras – deal exclusively with points of spirituality. There is no hint or mention of social life in these sections.

Then in His revolutionary approach in the final chapter of A’nanda Sutram Baba incorporates our social life and Prout – all neatly woven into the context of spirituality. Hence Prout is a sub-set of Ananda Marga spiritual ideology; Prout is a God-centered philosophy resting on the dynamic force of spirituality.

“Just to represent the spirit of “saḿgacchadhvam”, I propounded the theory of PROUT. So the entire theory of PROUT stands upon this Vaedika sermon of “saḿgacchadhvam”. ” (5)

By all this, we can all easily understand that in Ananda Marga spirituality is the main thing. This is the divine flow of life in Ananda Marga.

A’NANDA MA’RGA IS A REVOLUTION

The path of Ananda Marga is the top as our Marga maintains its stance of spirituality throughout all the realms of life. This is one of the reasons why we say Ananda Marga is a revolution – and far above the rest.

Here is Baba’s teaching from Ananda Sutram:

2-7. Tasmáddharmah sadákáryah

The above sutra means that dharma must always be followed – all the time, always. It is not that only on particular days or in particular moments one follow’s dharma. No, that is not our way. Each and every moment of life is for the practice of dharma and Brahma sadhana.

“Q. 46. What is the difference between ritualistic religion and spiritual sádhaná?”

“Ans.: – In almost all cases ritualistic religion ultimately encourages the fulfilment of materialistic desires. Generally, human beings want to acquire physical objects as well as name and fame. Sometimes, even after fulfilling their desires, they want to accumulate more. With that goal in mind they follow a ritualistic religion.”
“The practice of ritualistic religion is nothing but pursuance of the path of preya (mundane pleasure). Ignorant men even fail to realize that by following such a path they do not always gain the material objects they desire. Only the sinful religious and social exploiters gain from such efforts.”
“Spiritual sádhaná is an individual and collective process that leads toward all-round progress. This path of sádhaná may certainly be termed as nivritti. Liberation does not imply escapism from the world, but rather observing the world with spiritual ideation. There is no scope whatsoever for the desire for name and fame, for pomp and show, for religious exploitation. Rather, the co-existence of such desires with spiritual sádhaná is contradictory.”
“The ritualistic differences in various religions are quite marked. By accentuating these differences, medieval and even contemporary people did not and do not hesitate to cause heavy bloodshed. However, in spiritual sádhaná there is no place for the differences in nationality, race, language or religion. Everyone has a singular dharma named spirituality, and only this is worth calling dharma. Religions are not dharma; they are mere collections of rituals.” (6)

SPIRITUALITY IS BEYOND ALL RELATIVE BOUNDARIES

Here Baba once again highlights the supreme nature of spiritual life.

Baba says, “That ultimate and absolute ideal is the Cosmic ideal – an ideal beyond the scope of time, place and person. It is the Absolute, without and beyond relativity. It stands with its own lustre for all times and for every factor of the Cosmos.” (7)

This clearly shows that our spiritual life reaches far beyond the realm of our social life. And in this next teaching, Baba clearly details that the entirety of our social life stands as a part or component of our spiritual life.

“Q. 51. What is more important in life: Brahma sádhaná or constructive work?”

“Ans.: – The aim of a living being is Brahma Sádhaná. Just like having a bath, eating and sleeping, constructive work is also a part of Brahma Sádhaná. Therefore Brahma Sádhaná is more important than anything else.” (8)

SPIRITUALITY IS UNPARALLELED

OUR SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY IS A PART OF THAT

Baba furthermore reveals the awesome nature of spirituality and that taking this as their base Neo-Humanism and Prout has been formulated etc.

Baba says, “Spirituality provides a human being and humanity at large with that subtle and tremendous power with which no other power can be compared. Therefore, with spirituality as the base, a rational philosophy should be evolved to deal with the physical, psychological and socio-philosophical problems of the day.” (9)

And this shows that our social life is a part of our spiritual life and that our spiritual life extends far beyond that.

Keeping our spiritual ideal at the fore, Baba has given us the way to identify, address, and solve each and every difficulty of our social life. This is His great blessing on the humanity.

“Q. 53. There is no other alternative except Ánanda Márga to sustain human beings in their joint endeavours. Why?”

“Ans.: – A united human society is the prerequisite for the development of civilization. The collective desire for survival ensures society’s meaningful existence. The society is a dynamic entity and its survival indicates its inherent dynamism. When a group of people bound by the ties of a common ideology move together along a particular path, inviting fellow humans to join them to share their common joys and sorrows, theirs is a real movement; they are destined to be successful.”
“In this universe of rapid temporal, spatial and personal change, no specific economic, political, or religious structure can be the permanent aim of humanity. This is because theories are born in a particular temporal, spatial and economic context. People can move along the path of eternal progress only (1) by accepting the Cosmic Entity, who is beyond time, place and person, as the aim of life and (2) by continuing to do all their worldly actions while moving along that path towards Him.”
“Ánanda Márga is that path of progress, and that is why Ánanda Márga is the only alternative for the preservation of human existence and civilization. The external rituals, the so-called dharmas, are not dharma but mere religion. They are subject to change depending on time, place and person. By manifesting distinctions within themselves and outside themselves (such as the differences like vijatiya bheda, svajátiya bheda and svagáta bheda), religions, like other relative factors have invited the repression of humanity by creating dogmas, bloodshed and similar evils. Thus religion cannot bring peace to humanity.” (10)

MORE ABOUT SUBJECTIVE APPROACH – OBJECTIVE ADJUSTMENT

“The utilization of energy should be in the proper direction. If you have to move to the east and you start moving towards the west, your action will be considered full of prámáda, or madness. Ananda Marga has the correct way, through subjective approach and objective adjustement. While followers of Ananda Marga keep their eyes steady on the absolute, they do not ignore this relative world. They work for self-realization and social upliftment, and hence the utilization of their energy is never in vain. When the effort is correct and the utilization right, you will certainly reach the goal. I do not want you to wait life after life to reach your goal. You should realize the goal in this very life. Why will you waste even one precious moment of this life? Therefore fear not, success is yours for the asking. Go on making the correct effort.” (11)

UNLIKE THOSE DOGMATIC RELIGIONS

The path which Baba has shown us – the path of Ananda Marga is revolutionary since it is deeply ensconced in the nectar of spirituality. From birth to death and from morning till night, the life of an Ananda Margii is filled with spiritual practices and cosmic ideation. When one emerges from the womb and enters this world then immediately that infant is drenched in the ideation of Baba Nam Kevalam. And it continues on from there. Hence in Ananda Marga spirituality is our very heartbeat.

Some of the religions preach that on Sundays one should remember the Lord and lead an honourable life – that is their chosen holy day and all other days are for material pursuits. But even then, on Sundays, in their prayer and worship they pray for material or selfish gains.

Then there are other dogmatic religions that have selected Friday or Saturday as their holy day, where they approach their God for boons and grace. While on all other days they aim for material gain.

And verily all the religions fall within this module where a small portion of life is meant for prayer and worship, and even then that prayer and worship is not the aim or endpoint. Those prayers are for heightening their stature in their social life etc.

In that case, their religious engagements are a part of their social life. Every religion has partitioned its prayer practices to a small part of life which is not very visible and barely touches the seed of their existence. Rather they are governed by materialistic policies.

But in Ananda Marga, it is completely opposite. Ours is the path of pure spirituality where all practices and endeavours are for pleasing and serving the Supreme. And all social and worldly dealing are to be done thinking of Him. Thus those acts are not mundane ventures but rather a part of Brahma sadhana. Because the aim is not selfish gain but rather to serve Parama Purusa.

Namaskar,
in Him,
Nataraj

Note 1: REFERENCES

1. Poona DMC, 26-11-79
2. Idea & Ideology, p.77
3. A Few Problems Solved – 4, Subjective Approach through Objective Adjustment
4. A Guide to Human Conduct
5. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 3, Saḿgacchadhvaḿ
6. Tattva Kaoumudii – 1, Some Questions and Answers on Ananda Marga Philosophy – Excerpt B
7. Idea & Ideaology, p.76
8. Tattva Kaoumudii – 1, Some Questions and Answers on Ananda Marga Philosophy – Excerpt B
9. ‘The Cosmic Brotherhood’, 5 June 1959
10. Tattva Kaoumudii – 1, Some Questions and Answers on Ananda Marga Philosophy – Excerpt B
11. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 23, Properly Utilize Yourself to Reach God

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Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:13:44 -0000
From: “Gurumurti”
Subject: Re: How to Preserve Your Spiritual Vibration
To: AM-GLOBAL

Baba

Namaskar,

This posting brings deep inspiration to me as I read and realise that this reminder has very specific purpose for me and every sadhaka who knows this message is truth.

I have experienced what happens when I do weaken and embrace a dear friend out of sentiment for them. It would be better for them also if I did not do that which is not often, because when they know and love me also they will subtly realise that there is no need to be physical to express that love. My eyes and expression can reach their hearts and mind, by His grace and they will be more benefited and feel more happiness also I am sure, rather than an impulsive hug.

Now, after reading this I want to rush off for sadhana and His touch.

Lately I have been feeling sadness due to a psychic shock, so this Prabhat Samgiita reminding that there is always sadness as well as happiness in life, is so timely for me to read today.

In Him alone,
Gurumurti

Note 1: Link to Original Letter

Here is a link to the initial posting on this topic

http://www.am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/11/how-to-preserve-your-spiritual-vibration.html

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Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:21:22 -0400
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Nagendra Deva
Subject: Story: Love is Mutual – Devotee & Parama Purusa

Baba

== STORY: LOVE IS MUTUAL – DEVOTEE & PARAMA PURUSA ==

Namaskar,
The life of the devotee is filled with love, longing, and sweet feeling for Baba. And Baba graciously responds to the call of the bhakta’s heart. This following story beautifully reflects this.

FAMILY ACARYA KISHUNJI’S REQUEST

The year was 1957, and Acarya Kishunji was stationed in Phulawa’risharif, working for the Bihar Military Police (BMP), when he got word that Baba would be coming to perform DMC in that very town.

Being a devotee, Ac Kishunji was very keen to attend – not only that, he was actively involved in making all arrangements for Baba’s arrival and DMC. So Ac Kushunji and put forth a request to his chief and supervisor, Birju Babu, the Subeda’r Major, or Assistant Major. He requested to have the days off to attend DMC.

Major Babu was not at all supportive of Ananda Marga but would never openly say anything against the organization.

Anyway, when Kishunji requested time off to attend Baba’s daytime DMC program at the local engineering college, then Major Babu replied, “You have your evenings free to attend General Darshan, so then what is the need to go during the daytime to attend DMC.”

Major Babu was very diplomatic yet firm in his response as he politely and tactfully rejected Kishunji’s request.

THE AGONY THAT ENSUED

As he was well aware about the militaristic ways of the BMP (Bihar Military Police), Kishunji understood clearly that there was little to be done to overturn his supervisor’s decision.

Internally though, Kishunji was in a state of agony.

He was tormented and wounded by the idea that, “My beloved Guru has come to the very place where I am stationed and I cannot attend His DMC program.”

Day long, this idea was burning in Kishunji’s mind & heart. He was completely upset that he would not be able to see Baba. He viewed the situation from a thousand different angles, but there seemed to be no hope in sight – he would miss DMC and miss Baba.

He was crying and thinking what a drama it is that, “Baba, You have come yet I am not going to be able to see You.”

In this desperate and melancholic frame of mind, Kishunji became drowsy after taking his midday meal. He fell into a sleepy stupor, with all those feelings of anguish swirling in his thoughts about having to miss DMC.

AN ABRUPT AWAKENING

How many minutes had passed it was hard to know, when suddenly the loud sound of a car horn brought Kishunji back to his worldly senses. Honk! Honk! Honk! The car sound was blowing again and again.

Kishunji was sure it must be some governmental vehicles out in the street. He got up and went to take a look….

BABA’S DIVINE ARRIVAL

…Behold, there was Baba!

PA was helping Baba out of the car and now Baba was walking towards the entrance of Kishunji’s quarters.

Kishunji, usually quite stoic in life, suddenly burst into uncontrollable tears. Tears were flowing and flowing as he saw Baba come towards his residence.

Kishunji was crying loudly and more loudly – the neighbors began thinking that something was wrong or that someone had died.

Never before in his life had Kishunji cried like this after his childhood; he was completely overcome with emotional-cum-devotional yearning for Baba.

His whole life he had served in the military police, so he was trained and accustomed to being quite reserved in his response. This outburst of crying was most unusual. The floodgates of sentimental feeling for Baba were overwhelming for him as he cried more loudly for Baba.

BABA’S GRACIOUS ENTRANCE

Baba majestically entered and said, “How are you, I have come to see you.”

Kishunji was completely enamoured with Baba and amazed and in awe that Baba had blessed him by coming to his governmental quarters.

Per the custom, Kishunji offered Baba some fruit. Baba just smiled.

Then Baba gently and compassionately consoled Kishunji for all the mental difficulty he had been going through about not being able to attend DMC.

Kishunji felt completely relieved – his heart was fully satiated by Baba’s sweet presence.

In all, Baba stayed at Kishunji’s house for 15 minutes, and over that time Baba showered much love and affection on him.

All of Kishunji’s psychic afflictions vanished and were washed away in the wake of Baba’s overflowing love.

Then Baba indicated that it was time to go as He had to hold general darshan in a short while. In that way, Baba and His entourage took leave.

Kishunji felt blessed and thought the entire occasion was nothing but Baba’s causeless grace.

BABA’S BLESSING

Baba has graciousl brought us under His shelter. He knows our inner thoughts and worries. He is there to heal our wounds and soothe our pains. And He is always showering His love and compassion on us.

This above story of Ac Kishunji serves as a blissful reminder how Baba lovingly responds to our call.

It is He who has awakened our hearts, in that way we begin longing for Him, and in response He showers us in His overflowing love.

Baba says, “Parama Purus’a hears all your internal thoughts. Nothing is unknown to Him. He is like a tape recorder in your mind. You may be forgetful with the passage of time, but not Parama Purus’a.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life – 10)

Baba says, “Parama Purus’a is not an impersonal entity, or an entity moving far away in the boundless sky. He is your personal entity. One who doesn’t entertain any thought about past, present or future, but simply says, “I have come to take shelter in You,” is sure to get the shelter of Parama Purus’a and will certainly be lifted onto His lap.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 5)

Baba says, “Human beings love Parama Puruśa and He loves human beings: this love is always mutual, not unilateral.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 11, What Is the Way?)

Namaskar,
with full surrender,
Nagendra

Note 1: POINTS OF DEVOTION

Baba says, “So what should human beings offer to Him? He lacks nothing. When He is the creator of this entire universe, then He is the proprietor of all the wealth of the universe. So what can human beings offer Him? The only way to please Him is to serve the universe, to serve the entire living world, because everything is His creation. During the act of service, lower-grade devotees have the ideation, “I am serving Parama Puruśa in order to derive great satisfaction from my service.” But the higher grade sádhakas take the ideation, “I am serving Parama Puruśa not to derive pleasure, but because Parama Puruśa Himself will be pleased thereby. I am not serving Him for my own pleasure – my only desire is to give joy to Him.” Those whose very nature is to give joy to Parama Puruśa is gopii bháva in the Vaeśńava scriptures. According to the scriptures, those who are genuine devotees do not do anything for their own pleasure: they do everything for His satisfaction, and they get much more pleasure by serving Parama Puruśa than even He gets. You should always remember, Mahájano yena gatah sah panthá. You should emulate the example of those devotees who have genuine love for Parama Puruśa who are ever ready to do everything to give joy to Him. Oh spiritual aspirant, do not desire to be a philosopher, or an intellectual – become a devotee. Be one with Parama Puruśa, and make your existence meaningful in all respects through constant service and devotion to Him.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 11, What Is the Way?)

Note 2: MORE ABOUT RESPECTED ACARYA KISHUNJI

As many may be aware, Ac Kishunjii was one of the early margiis from the Jamalpur days. Revered Baba Himself initiated Kishunji before 1955, i.e. before the formation of AMPS. And it was in that early Jamalpur period, that Kishunjii stood strong on multiple occasions and bravely defended Ananda Marga in the public arena. So his contribution was immense in the early days of AM. Furthermore, after 1990, he refused to fall into the clutch of any group. Ac Kishunjii had a distinguished career as a highly posted police officer in the public sector. Acaryaji is from village Pratapsagar, Buxar in Bhojpuri area.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Sa’r’a’ yadi na’i va’ dile prabhu, a’mi toma’y d’eke ja’bo…” (PS 1813)

Purport:

Baba, whether You choose to respond or not, I will go on calling You through my kiirtan, sadhana, and dhya’na. To go on calling You is my duty –
it is my work. By this way, I will also be able to know what work You have.

O’ Parama Purusa, O’ Baba, the rush of the restless breeze and the humming of the swaying trees in the forest go on calling You always. Do You reply to their call or not? I will ask them secretly about this.

Baba, with deep yearning and longing, devotees make their garlands for You – in the burning heat of the flame and in the cold chill of the fog. Baba, are You understanding their pain and suffering. If You do not understand, then with the heartfelt composition of a song, I will explain their feelings to You.

O’ my dearmost Baba, I will call out to You again and again, please grace me by giving a response…

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Two Important Points

Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:02:36 +0530
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Gurucaran”
Subject: Two Important Points

Baba

PS Intro: This following song was written in the Urdu language.

“Karata’ra ha’ma’re, tumhare liye yaha’n a’na’…” (P.S. 4165)

Purport:

Baba, O’ my lord, by Your grace I have come on this earth for You. Baba, whether You love me or not is Your choice, but please do not play hide and
seek with me. Baba, please remain in my close proximity so I can see and feel Your always. Baba, I also want that You should love me always. Baba,
You are the star of my eye – You are the charm of my life. Baba, without You my existence is meaningless.

Baba, You are the most attractive and divine Entity – brilliant in Your divine effulgence. Baba, Your infinite love is expressed in each and everything of this world: In the flowers’ fragrance, the children’s smiles, the beauty of the rainbow. All the sweetness comes from You. All the beauty of the entire expressed world – including the flora and fauna – everything expresses Your love. Baba, You have saturated this entire creation with Your grace-compassion. Your love resonates within each and every thing. The inherent beauty of every entity is the expression of Your love, the reflection of Your love.

Baba, whether I like it or not, I am residing in Your heart. I am within You. Baba, You are the nucleus of this entire creation. My everything is revolving around You. I do not know which form You are but the entire universe is within You. Baba, You are surrounding everything. You are within and without each and every created being. Baba, You are my Lord; You are my everything. My only duty is to serve You, to please You – and do all those things which You like. Baba, You are my ultimate Goal.

Baba, my Lord, You have brought me on this earth for You – to serve You. O my Dearmost Baba, I love you so much…

Note: ABOUT THE URDU LANGUAGE

The Urdu language originally started around Delhi when outside or overseas soldiers were not aware how to speak Hindi. They were going to the market and speaking in their own version of the local language. In this way they started interacting with the common people. Subsequently, the Urdu language first sprang up and it became known as the market language. When Hindi and Arabic were mixed, this new language took shape. And since this language was spoken by a group of soldiers using a military uniform (wardi), that is why the name of the language became known as ‘wardi’. Over time and due to a similarity in pronunciation, ‘wardi’ became ‘Urdu’. This historical and linguistic guideline Baba has given in His grammar book.

== TWO IMPORTANT POINTS ==

Namaskar
One day Baba was discussing the ‘Seven Secrets of Success’, and in that darshan He Himself differentiated between ‘worldly success’ & ‘peace’ – stating that ‘peace’ is the real charm that people want, not worldly success. Then He pointedly stated that to attain peace in day-to-day life, two more points are needed.

WHAT ARE THOSE TWO POINTS

In a nutshell, those two points are (1) Focusing on the Goal of life, and (2) Doing dhyana intermittently throughout the day.

Those are the two very special & highly unique points. And it is these two ingredients which are so keenly important for inviting peace and bliss into one’s life.

These two points are Baba’s special message to us for making our life blissful and peaceful.

So we should take this time as a special occasion & great opportunity to truly understand what Baba is saying, lest we lose out on the essence of life by not getting peace.

APPLYING THESE TWO POINTS IN OUR DAILY LIFE

WILL BRING PEACE AND BLISS

As we now embark on this endeavour of how to practically apply these two unique points to our own individual lives, we should remember that worldly success and peace are two different things.

Worldly success can often mean mundane success such as money, name, fame, prestige, career, or even health. And often times this is what people yearn for in order to get success. This is quite common. But the results are most often meagre and not at all worthy.

They are temporary – not permanent. Either such worldly gains or possessions will decay or become lost completely, thereby leaving you in tears; or, you will leave them behind when you leave this earth. Our connection with such objects is fleeting.

As Baba says, it is peace of mind, not worldly success, that people truly desire. Because peace is something higher & more subtle. Peace means balance and equipoise; in a phrase, peace means being in a spiritual flow and ensconced in His bliss. And ultimately, this is what every human yearns for.

APPLYING THESE TWO POINTS IN OUR DAILY LIFE

WILL BRING PEACE AND BLISS

Here are ways we can practice these two points on a daily basis in our practical lives. Then we will really be on the path of bliss.

#1: Focusing on the Goal of Life

Most people on this earth have no true goal in life; indeed must never even ponder, ‘Who am I, and why have I come here’. In that case their life will be nothing more than a goalless journey, utterly devoid of any real peace.

For Ananda Margiis, our Goal is crystal clear. Parama Purusa is our Goal. And this we must remember and focus on Him all day long in order to bring peace into our lives.

Along these lines of remembering the goal, Baba brings forth the example of a train traveling from point A to B. There are so many stations between the passenger and their destination. The tendency is to think about the various stops and stations along the way, and even miss their own destination. We should not be like such travelers. Those who forget about the Goal of life misuse their time, miss the opportunity to follow bhagavad dharma, and go astray. As sadhakas, we must always keep the vision fixed on the Goal of life. That is Parama Purusa.

#2: Do Dhyana Intermittently Throughout the Day

The second key ingredient for attaining perfect peace, or peace of mind, or complete mental equipoise, is to do dhyana whenever one gets that chance.

And like the first point, this one is also quite easy. Because we can do dhyana anywhere and everywhere. When in between duties or various works, we can close the eyes and meditate on Him. Then before eating food we can ideate, just prior to leaving the house we can think of Him by doing dhyana. Then when on line at the store, while waiting for a friend, when riding on a train, when waiting for an appointment, verily on all these occasions and more we can do dhyana. So whenever we have a tiny gap in the day, then we should do dhyana for a few moments, regardless of what physical posture we are in. These mini dhyana sessions will have a magnificent effect on your life.

Because when we think of Him, His divine vibration and sweet love consumes our existence. We instantly feel His grace and in turn we get tremendous strength, courage, and inspiration to do anything and everything.

Doing intermittent dhyana can be done for a minute or two – whenever we have time during the day (or night).

So making dhyana a regular element in our daily routine is quite easy and quite beneficial. It is easy in that nothing extra is needed. It is not like doing half-bath which demands having certain facilities; and it is not like fasting which is only done on certain days etc. Dhyana can be done anytime and anywhere.

The more we do it, the more regular and easier it will become. Indeed, instantly, Baba’s sweet grace and divine presence will fill one’s mental plate.

In that case, peace will be a natural and inherent element of your life.

BABA’S TEACHINGS

Baba says, “For everlasting freedom from duhkha, paramártha [that which provides permanent liberation] is the only remedy. Paramártha does not bring only temporary remission, but everlasting freedom from duhkha. Atyantikii nivrtti can be obtained only by Paramártha which relieves one of all duhkha: physical, mental and spiritual. This Paramártha can only be obtained by sadhana, that is, spiritual practices. For maintaining peace psychic equilibrium is necessary, and for maintaining this equilibrium freedom from all duhkha forever is necessary. Freedom from duhkha or atyantikii nivrtti can be obtained only from Paramártha, and Paramártha can be achieved only by sadhana, or spiritual practices.” (A Few Problems Solved – 7, Social Psychology)

Baba says, “Absolute or permanent peace cannot occur in collective life because the created universe, which is embedded in the process of saiṋcara [extroversion] and pratisaiṋcara [introversion] is, in fact, dominated first by avidyá [extroversial force], and then by vidyá [introversial force], respectively. When the existence of the universe is rooted in the existence of these two, then permanent peace (támasikii or sáttvikii as the case may be) in the universe would mean the cessation of the activities of either vidyá or avidyá, or both. This is why it has to be said that collective peace in the universe cannot occur except in the case of pralaya, and the concept of pralaya is illogical. However in individual life human beings can certainly achieve absolute peace through sadhana. From the worldly viewpoint I consider this state to be the pralaya of individual life.” (Problems of the Day #15)

Baba says, “While doing spiritual practice, spiritual sadhana, while singing kiirtana and dancing, we should remember the fact that all our spiritual activities are just a dance around Parama Puruśa, lessening the distance, lessening the length of the radius, coming from close to closer proximity to our ideological Desideratum. We should always remember this fact. And there cannot be any peace, any happiness or any beatitude till the aspirant comes in tactual contact with the Supreme Self.” (19 May 1979 evening, Timmern, West Germany)

Baba says, “On many different occasions in life, whether big or small, one can hope to attain a certain degree of mental composure, but permanent composure or “prashánti” or “átyántikii shánti” (composure beyond which there is no further composure, and which, once attained is never lost) cannot be attained easily. In war, an army may win one battle thus attaining a certain degree of composure, but they may be defeated in the next battle. Victory, once attained, may not necessarily be permanent. Only vijaya, that is, victory which is never followed by defeat, is permanent. A person wishing to attain permanent composure will have to attain Shiva or Parama Puruśa. There is no other alternative. Hence it is said, “Gatvam Shivaḿ shántimatyantamati”. Once one enters deep into the realm of permanent composure one gets a permanent abode in that supreme state of bliss.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 8, The Attainment of Permanent Composure)

Baba says, “A person wishing to attain permanent composure will have to attain Shiva or Parama Puruśa. There is no other alternative. Hence it is said, “Gatvam Shivaḿ shántimatyantamati”. Once one enters deep into the realm of permanent composure one gets a permanent abode in that supreme state of bliss.” (13 January 1979, Kalikata)

OVERALL BENEFIT OF THESE TWO PRACTICES

So these above two points – (1) Focusing on the Goal of life, and (2) Doing dhyana intermittently throughout the day – are quite practical for us and the effects will be immediate. So many good things will happen.

We will find that we no longer get into petty arguments, all our doubts and fears will melt away, we will be more self-assured and confident, we will never feel bored, loneliness will vanish, we will be inspired to do more and more good works, and so many positive results will come. And, on the whole, life will certainly be more joyful, peaceful, tranquil, and calm.

So practicing these two points – focusing on the Goal of life & doing intermittent dhyana for a minute or two throughout the day – will bring a plethora of beneficial results in our lives. Plus, we will always feel like He is with us – and that is perhaps the biggest boon of all.

BABA’S BLESSING

We are blessed to have His divine teachings. By this we will easily be able to bring peace and bliss into our lives, and attain the ultimate Goal of life.

Baba says, “So the intellect of the sensuous man is wasted over external objects. The human mind that has in it an unbridled desire for mundane pleasure is never at peace. In such a state no one can attain Brahma. When the mind preoccupied with finite objects, can one get the integrated whole? When your longing is towards the crude, you will undoubtedly become crudified yourself. Your mind will leap from one crude desire to another – will run form one object after another in a wild pursuit. Such is the way of the materialistic, isn’t it? But an aspirant, being in the midst of all and making the right use of everything, proceeds towards the supreme goal. Learn the Intuitional Science from the competent preceptor and proceed accordingly.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 3, Desire & Attachment)

Baba says, “The sadhana, or spiritual practices, of the Marga do not teach forsaking the world. They teach the right and correct use of all property, crude or subtle. Our sadhana is a systematic and scientific method for physical, mental and spiritual progress and advancement by which permanent psychic equilibrium, and thus everlasting peace, is established.” (A Few Problems Solved – 7, Social Psychology)

Baba says, “Try to remember Him always. This remembering Him always, in all spheres and all strata of life, is called “dhruvásmrti”. Don’t forget this for a single moment. By dint of your sádhaná, try to develop dhruvásmrti and be one with Him, and in peace, for infinity.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 4, Your Real Friend)

In Him,
Gurucaran

Note 1: WHICH DISCOURSE

The aforementioned topic about these two points was graciously given by Revered Baba in Diigha on 9 Feb 1989.

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Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:37:41
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Anandeshvar Deva
Subject: Success in Human Life #2

Baba
== SUCCESS IN HUMAN LIFE ==

~ Part 2 ~

(Note: This is the second letter in this series. A link to the first letter titled “One Step to Please Guru” (28/10/12) is appended below. – Eds)

Namaskar,
“We are to fill our days from morning till night doing those things which will please Him. And pleasing Him means doing as per the desire of Guru, and following the so many guidelines from all Ananda Marga books. We are to read, study, understand, and sincerely follow all His given teachings and mandates. That is the meaning of gurupujanam.

So to get success in spiritual life we should be more and more vigilant in gurupu’janam – i.e. obeying Guru’s teachings and orders. We should actively take part in this aspect of gurupu’janam throughout each and every day. This should become not just our habit but our nature.

Doing the 3 rounds of guru puja after sadhana is most necessary and part of our dharmic approach, but we should not think that this practice starts and ends there. Gurupu’janam is an all encompassing approach to life – following all do’s and don’ts & mandates. That will bring success in the spiritual realm. That means by doing gurup’ujanam one is sure to get Him. Any sadhaka will feel His sweet touch in each and every work – all the moments of life.” (From One Step to Please Guru)

In a short phrase, we can say that we are to do those things which make Baba happy. We are to do that which pleases Him. That is gurupujanam.

Here it should be understood that gurupujanam is only one of the factors for attaining success in spiritual life.

OTHER FACTORS FOR GAINING SUCCESS IN SPIRITUAL LIFE

So I close with a list of all the factors for gaining success in spiritual life. Because as we know, gurupujanam stands as only one of the seven factors needed for success in spiritual life. Any single factor by itself is not enough. They all work together in complementary fashion.

Here then are all the seven factors as given by Baba for gaining success in spiritual life.

1. vishva’sa (firm determination)
2. shraddha’ (deep reverence & surrender)
3. gurupu’janam (obeying Guru’s order)
4. samata’bhava’va (mental balance)
5. indriyanirgraha (control over motor and sensory organs)
6. pramita’ha’ra (nutritious and balanced food).

Baba says, “saptamam naeva vidyate – There is no seventh factor.” (Ánanda Vacanámrtam Part 12, 21 May 1979 evening, Timmern, West Germany)

Baba’s special mandate is that there is no seventh factor. Those aforementioned six factors are all that is needed to achieve success in the spiritual realm. Sincerity in those six factors will enable one to reach their cherished Goal.

WHAT IS SUCCESS IN SPIRITUAL LIFE

Many become confused and ponder what is meant by spiritual success. This is especially the case with non-margiis as they equate success with getting a good paying job, having financial security, and having those types of limited, worldly things that can never truly satisfy human longing.

After all, material things are transitory – here today, gone tomorrow. Worldly gains do not last; they are not permanent. Spiritual success is not like that. Parama Puruas is the eternal Bandhu. To get and realise Him is spiritual success in the true sense.

So our view and aim is 100% different from the material approach.

As every sadhaka easily understands, spiritual success means reaching to the Goal – becoming one with Parama Purusa. That is our perspective in Ananda Marga.

Parama Purusa is bliss personified; naturally as one progresses along the path and gets closer to Him, His divine qualities will be reflected in that sadhaka. In which case one will feel a greater sense of peace, happiness, and bliss. Their devotional standard will be higher and their sadhana will be deeper. Most importantly, one reaches closer and closer to Him – always feeling His divine presence.

In that state, all tension and degrading tendencies drift away as one is firmly advancing along the path of bliss – Ananda Marga. Spirituality becomes a practical aspect and driving force in one’s day to day life.

By sincerely understanding and adhering to gurupujanam, and the other factors for success, one will surely become more established in the realm of spirituality and hence make their life successful – i.e. become One with the Goal.

Namaskar,
Anandeshvar Deva

Note 1: REMEMBRANCE:

HOW BABA WOULD EXPRESS HIS HAPPINESS IN REPORTING

I can never forget how when Baba is happy then His whole face lights up in a beautiful manner and He says, “Yes, my boy did a very proper job. My girl did very nice work.” Those in various reporting sessions have witnessed Baba express His happiness in this way on countless occasions. No sadhaka can forget this; it is a most blissful remembrance.

Note 2: NOT JUST THEORETICAL

Here is another important aspect of devotional life. We should not think that pleasing Baba is just theoretical or hypothetical etc – nor is it a things of the past. Just as in those pre-1990 days in reporting sessions when Baba would express His happiness, still today, in this era also, we can please Him whereby He expresses His happiness.

When one does as per His wishes, then their entire mind will be vibrated by His divine grace. One will feel His bliss. His happiness has a very practical and tangible effect. Actually, we can say His grace is always present, and if anyone tries sincerely to please Him, naturally Baba will be gracious.

The more we communicate internally with Baba, the more we will understand what makes Him happy, as well as how He expresses His happiness. This is the essence of devotional life: Communicating with Him and getting His sweet response.

Note 3: LINK TO PRIOR LETTER

#1: http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/10/one-step-to-please-guru.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Ankhi mele, ceye dekho aja’na’ pathik eseche…” (PS 1550)

Purport:

O’ human beings, behold, look, Baba, the Aja’na’ Pathik [1], has come. With His sweet, charming smile and infinite grace, He is pouring His endless compassion and love unto all. He is showering everyone with His divine blessing. All are getting bathed in His love. O’ brothers and sisters, come hither and see, Baba, the Aja’na’ Pathik has come and He is showering His causeless grace upon all.

Due to His divine arrival and august presence, the darkness which was in the mind has vanished somewhere – to one far distant place. In the past, where there was darkness, one stream of effulgence has come and blossomed in the colour of one rose. By His grace, the mind has become devotional, calm, and peaceful. Baba, the Ajana Pathik has come and showered His grace.

He has showered His blessing: He is near and dear to everyone. With His infinite love, everyone has a sacred and beloved place in His heart. Parama Purusa graciously holds each and every being in His bosom. O’ brothers and sisters, do not waste your time running after name and fame, money, prestige, or any other transitory thing. Do not run after mundane longings. Come unto the path of bliss, and fulfill your hopes and aspirations by reaching unto Him. Baba is the Ista – He is the Goal. Only He can quench your infinite thirst with His boundless love. O’ human beings, your life and death – your coming and going – on this earth is dancing in His Cosmic rhythm. Everything is blissful; everyone revolves around Him – nobody is alone. All are an inseparable part of Him. This is His divine liila and ultimately everyone is sure to become one with Him, by His causeless grace…

NOTES TO PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1550:

[1] Aja’na’ Pathik: The term Aja’na’ Pathik means ‘The Divine Entity Parama Purusa Who moves around this entire universe and Who resides everywhere and knows everything, and irrespective of where one goes He remains along with you’. That is one of His many unique attributions and that is the speciality of the name ‘Ajana Pathik’. Means the name ‘Ajana Pathik’ denotes this special quality.

Literally, Aja’na’ means ‘unknown’ and Pathik means ‘divine traveler’. But this is just the word by word, literal translation; and proper nouns are not meant to be translated. So we cannot call Him the “Unknown Traveler” or “Unknown Divine Traveler.” The spirit and meaning is then lost.

The the inner sense of the name Ajana Pathik is that Parama Purusa is always moving throughout this vast cosmos and by His special grace He is constantly present with everyone all the time. He is in the Cosmic Nucleus yet at the same time through His ota and prota yoga He is everywhere – carefully watching & lovingly guiding everyone. This unique aspect of His grand Personality is treated as Aja’na’ Pathik. Because He is constantly traveling yet present everywhere. He is in the nucleus as well as throughout this entire expressed universe.

As the Ajana Pathik, Parama Purusa Baba moves and moves and moves. Thus in their devotional approach devotees feel that wherever they go then the Aja’na’ Pathik will always be there to shower His blessing. By His grace, devotees can always get His intimate company & companionship. With this devotional link, by His grace sadhakas understand that Parama Purusa is present everywhere, yet side by side He travels on and on throughout this entire cosmos. Thus He is Aja’na’ Pathik.

Overall the name Aja’na’ Pathik has one special and unique meaning that goes far beyond its literal translation. And in our hearts we A’nanda Ma’rgiis know and feel that Baba is that Aja’na’ Pathik. Indeed in His discourses, in Dharma Samiiksa, and in reporting, in DMC, and in numerous ways Baba has revealed this very fact that He is ever-present and always along with us. Hence He is always moving and wherever we go then He will also be there. Parama Purusa has infinite attributions and one of them is this special quality where He always remains along with us wherever we are in this vast universe. In this way He is known as – Aja’na’ Pathik.

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