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Date: 07 Jan 2012 22:19:34 -0000
From: “Surya Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Sentient Environment

Baba

“Bha’loba’so yadi tave eso priyatama diiner e kut’iire…” (P.S. 2619)

Purport:

O’ my dearmost Baba, if You really love me then please come to the hut of this lowly person. I want to make You listen to my love songs up to Your full heart’s content; that’s why in my mental viina I have practiced many tunes and melodies for You.

Baba, I do not have any knowledge or intellect. Nor do I have any virtue, name & fame, or the weight of those things. I have only one thing: Love for You in my mind. My whole heart is completely filled with love for You. And by offering that love I will satisfy You, by Your grace.

Baba, I do not have any prestige nor do I get any respect or honor. None of these do I have. Nor do I have such devotion that I feel my ego getting wounded by Your not coming. Baba, I have only gratitude in my heart for all those things which You have graciously bestowed upon me. Please shower me in Your ahetuki krpa.

Baba, I know in my heart that You love me, but if You really love me then please come close in my heart. For You I have prepared and decorated my mind in Guru cakra. Baba, please grace me by coming close…

== SENTIENT ENVIRONMENT CREATED BY PAINCAVATI ==

Namaskar,
Creating a sentient environment for our spiritual-cum-devotional pracitices is critical for every Ananda Margii. This letter gives some of Baba’s unique guidelines in this regard.

ALL ARE ANANDA MARGIIS

We all are Ananda Margiis. Innocently one can ask the question that, ‘We are margiis but many are Wts also, so what about them?’. And the answer is very simple. Wts, acaryas, Lft’s, kapalika, avadhuta or purodha, all are Margii. Because margii means those who are following Ananda Marg ideology and the same time they have accepted their Guru as Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji.

We see in our Supreme Command which is always repeated after dharmacakra, that the term Ananda Margii has been used. And that term is not only limited to family margiis alone. Plus we all know that the Supreme Command is the most significant guideline. That is why it is repeated after each and every dharmacakra. With this repetition it reminds us that we are all Ananda Margiis– irrespective of social status like Acarya, Avadhuta or Purodha.

So if we see the critical definition of Ananda Margii then we will reach the conclusion that Ananda Margii means those who are adhering to the path of bliss. In this material world people are searching for bliss. But artha does not have the capacity to quench the infinite human thirst. That is why Baba has brought us onto the path of AM and shown us the proper way with various guidelines.

NOW TO THE POINT OF SADHANA

Many points have been discussed in relation with better and proper sadhana. And here I want to add one new point in that series. It is related with sentient environment, freshness of air, and that type of atmosphere which is conducive for sadhana because it invites positive microvita.

In one of His discourses, Baba has given the guideline about the paincavati– Five sacred trees. In the ancient history of India when rishis were maintaining their spiritual ashram, then their ashram was fully focused on spiritual meditation. And they found that these sacred trees were highly beneficial for creating a positive environment for sadhana. That is why these paincavati were quite common. So in the important site of their ashram where those yogis were doing sadhana, they were planting those trees by their sadhana pitha.

Of course those days there was not a lot of scientific development but because of their sadhana they were able to reach to the conclusion by their higher senses about this theory of paincavati. And Baba has appreciated their analysis and conclusion.

No doubt today in those ashrams everything has gotten polluted because in place of sadhana only dogma is occupying the place. But now this is the time when Baba has given this technique to us for making a better environment in our own meditation place.

HOW TO UTILISE IN COLDER CLIMATES

The only question then is that in the cold countries how is it possible to plant those trees because they are originally from tropical areas. And not exactly the same, but a similar problem is there for those who are living in crowded cities– due to a scarcity of open space, planting big, big trees may not be possible.

In this situation though, already science has solved the issue. Because nowadays these plants can be kept as bonsai. You may know even this gigantic banyan tree can be kept in one small plate and its height will be 12 inches maximum. And it will have its leaves and flowers and fruits, everything.

So around the place of doing sadhana keeping such things will be beautiful. Just 5 trays are needed in the sadhana room where they can be kept. And in cold countries arranging such things is not very, very difficult. And it can be kept inside the room. The temperature which is conducive for humans, that same temperature these plants also like. So their growth and survival will not be problematic and the outcome will be very positive, abundant. They will invite positive microvita and not only sadhana but whole vibration of the house will be charged. About these five sacred trees (paincavati) Baba’s guideline is significant.

BABA’S GUIDELINE

BABA says, “The air of the margosa tree destroys the harmful effects of bacteria. It can also fight against negative microvita. This is the reason why margosa is also recognised as one of the five sacred trees (paincavati). In olden days, people liked to perform spiritual practices sitting in an environment free from the pernicious effects of disease and germs. That is why they would plant paincavati — nimba’ (margosa / neem), bilva (wood apple), bhalmali (silk cotton tree), bat (banyan indica) and ashvatha (Indian fig tree) — in and around the place of meditation or spiritual practice. Some people of course use a’mlakii’ (wood sorrel) as a substitute plant. In paincavati maha’nimba may be planted instead of ordinary margosa.” (Microvita Nutshell, p.9)

Namaskar,
Surya

Note 1: Artha vs. Paramartha’

Baba says, “Suppose a man has no clothes and feels cold. Having no money he cannot afford to buy clothes and having no food, he feels hungry. If he gets some money he can remove his hunger by procuring food and thus he can remove his afflictions. Thus we say that Artha is that which removes afflictions. People buy food, clothes,etc. with money and so money in Sam’skrta is called Artha. But it should be remembered that money is only Artha and not Paramartha’, for Paramartha’ means “that which removes one’s afflictions forever”–once the afflictions are gone they will never return. Suppose we buy food with money today; tomorrow we will again feel the pangs of hunger. So money is Artha, not Paramartha’. Paramartha’ is that which brings permanent cessa tion from the triple afflictions–physical, mental and spiritual.” (‘Importance of Society’)

Note 2: Bonsai = About this please ask your friends, or your local plant nursery, plant house or tree farm, or garden center, as well as books and literature. I think everyone may be aware that in Madhu Malainca (Lake Gardens) Baba had so many such trees.

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How Meaningful

Baba says, “A jiiva is manifested out of Paramashiva as a jiiva in human body– or rather, simultaneously in the Cosmic Body and in a human body. Each and every microcosmic structure is like a universe. Hence the yoga of scriptures say, Traelokye ya’ni bhu’ta’ni ta’ni dehatah– ‘Whatever exists in the universe exists in your small structure as well.” (Discourses on Krsna & the Giita, p.19)
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Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:12:49 +0530
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Priyanath C Mittra”
Subject: Who Can Think This Is…

Baba

“Prabhu toma’r liila’ apa’r, buddhite ke bujhite pa’re…” (PS 507)

Purport:

O’ Prabhu, Your divine liila is beyond all human comprehension. Merely relying upon one’s own minute intellect, who can understand Your vast cosmic liila– no one. Baba, You are present in form as well as in the unexpressed universe. You reside within everything and You are also surrounding each and every one. Baba, You are infinite.
Baba, by Your grace You are present in the depths of the deep blue ocean as well as in the whiteish fog of the tall mountain peaks. Whereever I look or see and even in the places that I cannot see, everything resides within Your mind.
Baba, You are present in the poreless stone and lac and You are also present in the revolving seasons. You are in the mobile as well as immobile entities; You are everywhere. Baba, whatever I think and even what I do not think, everything resides within Your mind. Baba, You are so vast.
Baba, Your liila is fathomless; I long for Your causeless grace; Baba, I want Your shelter, please grace me…

== WHO CAN THINK THIS IS A TRUE ANANDA VANII ==

PRESENT AND PAST HISTORY OF FAKE ANANDA VANIIS

Namaskar,
One by one we are undoing and getting rid of the dogmas which have hounded our Marga since 1990. Things are most definitely moving in a positive direction. As we all become more ideologicall aware and set Baba’s ideal as the gold-bar standard, then naturally dogmas that certain people draggged into the Marga or invented by themselves will be dismantled.

SPECIALITY OF ORIGINAL VANIIS

We all know that the original and true Ananda Vaniis are golden bullets of inspiration that inspire us to move ahead, overcome all obstacles, and lead the humanity into the new crimson dawn. So Baba’s Ananda Vaniis are truly unique.

Even then some “leaders” are thinking that they can create their own false versions– and have come up with a tainted formula for doing so.

IS SIZE THE ONLY FACTOR?

Some may be thinking that:’Because Ananda Vaniis are small, since they are just one or two paragraphs, so therefore to make one new Ananda Vanii, just take one Baba’s discourse and select one tiny paragraph out of that. And that will be an “Ananda Vanii”.’

A few may be thinking in this above distorted manner.

And indeed if anybody sees superficially then they will say that ‘Ok, true Ananda Vaniis are generally one or sometimes two paragraphs. So the ruling group or subgroup did fine by collecting some excerpts or quotations from Baba’s long discourses. So on the basis of size, their fake Ananda Vanii is ok.’ This is just one misguided outlook.

So some may get confused because the the length of the true Ananda Vaniis and the length of the fake Ananda Vaniis is the same. That is to say, the length of Baba’s true Ananda Vaniis are one or two paragraphs, and the random pre-published lines that group leaders select for Fake Ananda Vaniis is one or two paragraphs. And then they stick on the name– Ananda Vanii– when in fact what they are sending out is just a Fake Ananda Vanii.

Here the main idea is that on the point of length or the counting of words, certain quotes and true Ananda Vaniis may be similar. But length is not the criteria to evaluate this situation. If you start valuing this by its length, then that will be a foolish approach.

A FEW COLORFUL EXAMPLES

For example, suppose, you chop the trunk of the elephant and you start calling it a horse, who can believe that? Or, suppose you chop from the legs of the camel and then start calling it a cow, just because both are the same size. This type of logic, only babies or crazy people can accept. Not anyone else.

Or take the example of a car. Suppose you remove two wheels from that car, and with the remaining two wheels you proclaim that “This car is now a motorcycle. Because it has only two wheels. As, a motorbike has also two wheels and now this car only two — so it is now a motorcycle.” All this type of reasoning is nonsense.

LENGTH NOT THE ONLY CRITERIA

Surely this approach will be a foolish approach if anybody does the above. Just as having two wheels is not the only criteria of a motorbike, similarly in the true Ananda Vanii, its length is not its only criteria. It has many more things such as orginality, completeness, and so much more which we never find in those Fake Ananda Vaniis which are mere selections from a bigger discourse. Baba designated the true Ananda Vanii as something unique– as “Ananda Vanii”. So, this is unparalleled.

FAKE ANANDA VANII IS BORN

It is known that when Sarvatmanandaji was initially struggling to find out some formula to create his fake Ananda Vaniis, then he finally devised his plan & he called a CC meeting in order to generate group support.

And during the CC meeting they were all were thinking of a solution to continue the tradition of Ananda Vanii. After long discussion, then one great idea was put forth by one of Sarvatmanandji’s trusted pawns. He told, “Don’t worry. Here is a unique idea to create fake Ananda Vaniis. Because the length of Ananda Vanii is small, one or two paragraphs. So take Baba’s discourse. Select one or two paragraphs. And the length of this new paragraph is the same as that of real Ananda Vaniis. And then just call this new para as ‘Ananda Vanii’.”

Listening this, all the CC Purodhas clapped and accepted this idea. And since then, this selection of a few paragraphs from Baba’s discourses and passing to margiis as a new Ananda Vanii of “Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiiji” of every year, is coming.

And other groups have since adopted this same model of Fake Ananda Vaniis. So now multiple fake Ananda Vaniis are being presented each time. This is the ongoing drama by such group and sub-group leaders.

REALISING IT IS FAKE

Of course now after critical analysis margiis are realizing that (A) Ananda Vaniis and (B) certain quotes of the discourses, are two different things, not one.

1) Baba’s original Ananda Vaniis are unique teachings not repeated from earlier discourses;
2) Baba’s original Ananda Vaniis are complete unto themselves; they are not part of a greater chapter;
3) Baba’s original Ananda Vaniis were a special message both for that’moment as well as for eternal time; only Parama Purusa Himself can give such a teaching;
4) Baba’s original Ananda Vaniis are self-contained truths;
5) Baba’s original Ananda Vaniis were hand-written Parama Purusa Himself.

In contrast, a quoted passage or an excerpt from a discourse does not fulfill the above stipulations that comprise an Ananda Vanii.

In other words we can say, the current formula to produce fake Ananda Vaniis is similar to these above noted animal examples. Take some discourse and select one or two paragraphs and put the title “Ananda Vanii” and date it ‘1st January, such-and-such year’. And – “Here it is, ready. New Ananda Vanii”. How easy it is.

But those who are rational margiis and WTs, they understand that taking some paragraphs of Baba’s discourse is just one quote. Neither it is a full discourse, nor is it as pointed and conclusive as a true Ananda Vanii. So at any cost, Baba’s quote cannot be called as “Baba’s Ananda Vanii”. And they cannot be collected together with the “Ananda Vanii Samgraha” book.

WILL BE REJECTED BY FUTURE ANANDA MARGIIS

Altogether we have 74 true Ananda Vaniis that are of eternal value. It is from this original collective given by Baba Himself that we should select an Ananda Vanii. Baba would handwrite those Ananda Vaniis on a piece of paper. They are totally unique

So we have to think. Carrying dogma is not good. Ultimately it will be thrown out by future Ananda Margiis. Because Baba says, “Dogma no more no more”.

Here following is this divine teaching of Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. If we follow this, then no problem will remain on our path of forward movement as the Fake Ananda Vaniis and other dogmas will be gone

Baba says, “There are many good people in the society– noble people engaged in noble deeds– who are not ready to fight against wrongs and injustices. This sort of passive benevolence does not really promote the cause of human progress in the world.” (AV 8, p.51)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s infinite grace and with the strength of many devoted margiis and wts our Marga is going to rise up tall. None should think that our AM will be forever sunk in groupism & dogma. It is sure that soon it will be dharma exemplified.

Baba says, “Under no circumstances should human beings be pessimistic. That is why I am always an incorrigible optimist, because I know that optimism is life.” (AFPS-3)

Namaskar,
Priyanath

Note 1: CANNOT CREATE FAKE SUPREME COMMAND

Just as we cannot create a Fake Supreme Command from a few paragraphs of His discourses. In the same way, we do not have the right to create some fake Ananda Vaniis.

Note 2: GREATNESS OF TRUE ANANDA VANIIS

True Ananda Vaniis are unparalleled, full of spirit, and they give the clarion call of marching song and victory. So that is the greatness of Ananda Vanii.

Note 3: FIGHTING SPIRIT OF VANIIS

In the real Ananda Vaniis of Baba, He is inspiring strong fighting tendency. To overcome injustice and exploitation in the society. But the so-called Ananda Vaniis since 1991 never deal on this societal point. Or if they do, it is directed towards fighting against the opposite group, when Baba’s idea is that we should not fight amongst ourselves, but rather against dogma– i.e. against dogmas like Fake Ananda Vaniis.

Note 4: SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

We must be alert. We should take it seriously that in the name of Ananda Vanii, certain groupist factions are trying to mislead margiis. To avert and fix the situation of this current Ananda Vanii problem, we have to depend on the real original treasure of true Ananda Vaniis. Such true Ananda Vaniis are the eternal source of our inspiration.

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Negative Teacher

Baba says, “Karna’s teacher was Parasurama. One day Parasurama and Karna were engaged in a conversation. Parasurama for some reason or other was tired, and he fell asleep, laying his head on Karna’s lap. At that moment a deadly insect gave a sharp bite to Karna’s thigh, and it started bleeding profusely. Karna was in great pain, no doubt, but he neither made any sound nor moved his legs even in the slightest, lest it should disturb the sleep of his guru…Later, when Parasurama woke up, he wanted to know why there was so much blood. Karna said, ‘This bleeding is due to the biting of a deadly insect on my thigh.’ Parasurama asked him, ‘Then why didn’t you make any sound, or move your legs, or even wake me up ?’ Karna said in reply ‘I didn’t do all those things because it would have disturbed your sleep. To disturb my guru’s sleep would be a sacrilege on my part. Hence I refrained from doing anything like that.’ Then Parasurama said to him, ‘Since you have so much power to endure pain, certainly you were not born in a vipra family.’ Parasurama was under the mistaken impression that Karna was a vipra by birth…’So you must have been born in a Non-Brahmin Family’ said Parasurama.” (MHB, p.62-3)

Note 1: In the above teaching it is clear that the teaching of Parasurama was inappropriate and sinful. Because he was selecting his students on the basis of caste. A proper teacher never commits such sin. On this silly ground, Parasurama cursed Karna and kicked him out from the ashram.

Note 2: Similar sinful things are going on in our present AM society. If any WT is not an ardent follower of a particular group then they will not get kapalik sadhana or vishesh yoga from those groupist leaders. Such “leaders” who are depriving others of their spiritual rights are sinners.
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Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 14:48:29 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Atma’ Kii Diivali
From: Girish Deva

Baba

“A’lokojval ei sandhya’y…” (PS 1894)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace, this effulgent Diipa’vali evening has been lit by the lamp of Your divine love. With the sweetness of Your mind, You are that Divine Personality who has graciously removed all the blemishes and defects from my mental temple. By Your grace, You have made me clean and pure. O’ Eternal One, who is this Vast Entity who has graced me and appeared in my mental sky.

O’ Baba, the planets and stars have lit the lamp for You; by Your grace their hearts are filled with overflowing love for You. Baba You are so magnificent. By seeing Your infinite, divine grandeur, even this great, silver-coloured galaxy has become spellbound & awestruck. Baba, by Your grace You go on dancing and You go on floating in my oversurging heart, which You Yourself have illumined.

Baba, by Your grace I have longed for You for hundreds of lives. I have yearned for You through countless cycles of life & death; and by Your grace I have gotten new life again and again– always longing for You. Baba, I long for Your love in each and every fraction of my heart. By Your grace my mind is filled with the deep attraction of Your love. Baba, You have filled my entire being with the light of devotion. By Your causeless grace, the river of my mental longing is overflowing with Your divine love.

O’ Divine Entity, O’ Parama Purusa, O’ Baba, today You have graced me by coming in my heart on this resplendent night of Diipavali …

== “A’TMA’ KII DIIVALI ==

Note: The great festival of Diipavali is arriving soon: Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

Namaskar & Happy Diipa’vali!!

On the eve this wonderful occasion of Diivali or Diipavali, may we all rejoice and celebrate both the social & devotional aspects of this highly significant and spiritual occasion. After all this is one of our recognised AM festivals which is designed to bring a renewal and rejuvenation throughout one’s entire existence.

MANY WORSHIPERS OUTSIDE AM ALSO CELEBRATE

Of course Diipa’vali is not just a day celebrated in Ananda Marga. Throughout the vastness of tantric society, Diipa’vali is recognised as a highly meaningful occasion. Estimates are that upwards of 900 million to 1.4 billion people celebrate Diivali.

Whether one is a vidya tantric or an avidya tantric, whether one is an idol worshipper or one engages in prayer, whatever type of sadhana one does, Diipa’vali is the day when
all sincerely engage in their selected practice. On this occasion, one does more sadhana– whatever type that may be.

At the same time, many materialistic and dogmatic people display fireworks in the external arena; that is also one aspect of this event. Of course in AM, we do not support the use of fireworks – the reasons of which are outlined in note 3 at the end of this letter. Instead we might use eco-friendly, electric lamps – if one has the desire to celebrate in this manner.

After all ‘diip’ means ‘light’ or ‘lamp’ and Diipa’vali is that occasion which is a festival of lights. And many come forward in various ways to celebrate. It is a widely recognised occasion. Y

Of course in our Ananda Marga we have our own special, dharmic understanding of this great festival. And here below Baba sweetly describes the inner significance of Diipa’vali.

BABA’S SPECIAL DESCRIPTION OF DIIPA’VALI

As we all know in Caryacarya part 1 Baba neatly outlines all our AM festivals. Plus in various other discourses Baba also talks extensively about so many of these various festivals. And that is the case with Diipa’vali also.

Before we move ahead any further it should be noted that there are various different spellings of this occasion, depending on the language and area etc. Suffice to say here that ‘Diipavali’, ‘Diivali’, ‘Diipa’vali’ and ‘Deewali’ etc all refer to the same wonderful festival.

And in His June 1990 DMC discourse, ‘The Cult of Spirituality– The Cult of Pinnacled Order’, Baba makes special mention of this event.

In this discourse Baba explains how this festival known as Diipa’vali is linked with the enlightenment of the soul. That is the great significance of this day.

Hence Diipa’vali is related with spiritual effulgence, sentient thought, and all psycho-spiritual ideas that are linked with light: Igniting the lamp of love for Parama Purusa.

Here below is the original Hindi from this discourse. For those with the English editions of this book– “Yoga Psychology”– this section comes on page 136 of the 1991 edition and on page 174 of the 1998 edition. It directly follows the two line Sanskrit shloka, “Phalis’yatiiti vishva’sah…”. Unfortunately in both of these English editions, the proper translation of the original Hindi could not be given.

Here then is the original Hindi followed by the correct English translation:

Man ka’ jo andhaka’r hai usko hat’a’na’ hae.
(The darkness of the mind should be removed.)

Esa’ nahin kahana’ hai ki ghar-ghar men diivali,
mere ghar men andhera’.
(‘In each and every house there is a festival of light,
yet my home is dark’, one should not say like this.)

Ghar men bhii diiva’lii honi ca’hiye.
(There should be diivali in the home)

Aor ye hae a’tma’ kii diivali.
(And it is the diivali of the atma’)

According to Baba’s above DMC discourse, Diipa’vali is the idea of cultivating that inner spiritual yearning for Parama Purusa, thereby illuminating one’s entire existence with the sweet flow of spirituality. That is, infusing one’s soul with the great, devotional love of Parama Purusa.

HOW WE SHOULD CELEBRATE

Of course abiding by the Supreme Command, each and every Ananda Margii does sadhana twice a day, at minimum. So it is our regular habit and regular practice to illumine our minds and hearts with that deeply spiritual of flow. This is Baba’s grace and His great gift to all Ananda Margiis.

So when the day of Diipa’vali arrives then what are we to do. We are to dedicate even more time to our devotional practices of sadhana and kiirtan– enabling our existence to better reflect and capture the infinite love of Parama Purusa. By Baba’s divine grace may we all pass this occasion in this way.

And of course we may partake in any festival program as organised in our local units, as outlined in Caryacarya.

BABA’S BLESSING

On this wonderful festival of Diipa’vali, let us once again recall Baba’s great boon upon all Ananda Margiis.

Baba says, “You should remember why You have been born. Following the path of devotion, you will have to ultimately reach Parama Purusa.” (YP, ’91 Edn, p.140)

Namaskar,
Giriish

Note 1: DISCOURSE NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED

Both the 1991 and the 1998 printed editions of Baba’s famous 1990 DMC discourse, ‘The Cult of Spirituality– The Cult of Pinnacled Order’, carry the wrong translation of the original Hindi lines. In English that paragraph begins and ends in the following way:

“In Sam’skrta, gu means ‘darkness’…
there should not be a festival of lights…of the soul.”

If compared with the original Hindi lines as translated in the main part of this posting, it is apparent that there are various mistakes and omissions in the English translation of this important paragraph. That is not to say that the idea has been totally misconstrued. But, we cannot say it is a proper translation of Baba’s words either. That is why both the grammar and the word selection in the English editions needs to be redone according to Baba’s original spoken discourse. As this is a DMC discourse, it was given using a mixture of the three languages (Bengali, English, and Hindi) but the special section about Diipa’vali was uniquely given in Hindi only. And the English translations should be made to reflect Baba’s original words.

Note 2: BABA’S PRABHAT SAMGIITA ABOUT DIIPA’VALI

Here is one of several of Baba’s divine songs about Diipa’vali.

“Diipa’valii sa’ja’yechi prabhu…” (PS #63)

‘Baba, my Beloved, by Your divine grace I have arranged a row of lamps in Your reception. Please grace me and come inside my heart always with newer and new form and dress. Please come inside my heart with Your gentle footsteps. Please come inside my mind with more song and dance. Baba by Your grace please radiate Your sweet and tender smile– illumine my entire existence. Baba, by Your causeless grace please come in my world of ideation with rhythm and new effulgence–exuding Your charming vibration…’

Note 3: WHY WE DON’T LIGHT FIRECRACKERS

There are a variety of reasons why we do not support the lighting of fireworks during our AM festivals or anytime.

1. Fireworks / Firecrackers are costly and a waste of money;
2. Fireworks / Firecrackers are dangerous can bring bodily harm;
3. Fireworks / Firecrackers create a huge amount of pollution

This below letter details some of the dangers and pollution issues related with fireworks:

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/07/deadly-practice.html

This Baba story sheds light on why firecrackers are a waste.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/10/baba-story-warning-about-firecrackers.html

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Date: 09 Sep 2011 21:07:45 -0000
From: “K Lingappa Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: The Way Baba Prepared for Struggle

Baba

== THE WAY BABA PREPARED FOR STRUGGLE ==

Namaskar,
We know, and Baba has told us again and again, that life is not always smooth. One’s progress and movement is systaltic in nature – up and down. So there will always be highs and lows. Everyone will experience such patterns in their life.

This below Baba story is not just the recounting of a very devotional and tantric period in our AM history, but also a practical method for how we are to proceed in day to day life.

THOSE DAYS IN 1971 IN PATNA

Those pre-emergency days in 1971 in Patna, Baba was vigorously preparing everyone for the difficulties that lay ahead. He was teaching so many do’s and don’ts and then checking those things as only a Sadguru can. The scene was both riveting and exciting, as well as full of love and bliss.

Baba, of course, did not say openly that the whole world would turn on Ananda Marga and that we would all be persecuted and put in jail. Only He hinted that there will be a time when the number of margiis will be few and Ananda Margiis will not be accepted etc. Baba was also telling margiis to start stocking extra food in the homes, schools, and jagrtis.

Hearing this though, no one was worried. We all knew that Baba was the Parama Purusa and we rightly felt that nothing could harm us. We heard Baba’s gentle warnings about the future but at the same time we did not really listen.

It is just like if the weather is perfect outside – the sun is shining, there is a gentle breeze, and there is not a cloud in the sky – then if someone says that a cyclone is coming, few, if any, will take it seriously.

Same was the case with us back in 1971. Baba was there and that was enough. We could not think that such difficult days were coming. Trouble was around no doubt, but so was He and that was enough to satisfy us and think that everything would be fine.

HOW BABA LOVINGLY PREPARED US

In the Jamalpur days, Baba graciously gave yama and niyama for our conduct and dealing – for our betterment. In that phase He, of course, also delivered so many philosophical gems like Elementary Philosophy, Idea and Ideology, Ananda Sutram, and so much more. Our do’s and don’ts in personal life though were essentially limited to yama and niyama.

Around 1971, Baba began systematically giving so many teachings related with our personal dealing and way of living – most notably 16 Points. Prior to that some wholetimers were still drinking tea etc, but in 1971 all that stopped.

No doubt, prior to 1971, some had gotten certain practices from Yogic Treatments so a few were doing fasting on occasion and / or wearing laungota etc. But in 1971, those practices and so many more became pervasive in our Marga and were made mandatory via 16 Points and other codes of conduct.

Many may remember that before 1971, in order to have Baba’s darshan, then VSS and in-charges would ensure all had perfectly memorized the Supreme Command. One had to repeat it perfectly either in Hindi, Bengali, or English. Then and only then would they be allowed to enter the darshan hall or room.

But in 1971, that changed. Then everyone had to perfectly recite 16 Points in their exact order. That time Baba also began delivering so many discourses on various aspects of Sixteen Points.

SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Thus it was in Patna that Baba graciously first checked our Sixteen Points in so many different ways to ensure that we were all moving and growing properly on the path. Reciting the mere list of 16 Points was not all that was expected – we also had to follow.

It went something like this.

In the 2nd half of 1971 after shifting the office from Ranchi to Patna due to extreme social tension and unrest, we would regularly arrive – almost daily – at Baba’s Quarters or the jagrti for darshan.

AM was still growing at a good clip, but not at the booming rate as months earlier because the government and newspapers were releasing and printing so much false propaganda about Baba and the Marga.

In that dramatic era, we would all file in to see Baba and when there were 20 or 30 of us, then He would graciously take His seat and we would all be inside the walled Patna compound seated in an open area focused on Him. It was all quite beautiful and charming.

And as I say, those were the days when Baba has strictly checking 16 Points as He was well aware that the Emergency was looming eerily on the horizon.

BABA’S SPECIAL WAY OF CHECKING

In His divine manner, Baba would look around at the margiis present and openly ask us about our practices.

But it would be done in a very special way.

Baba would say, “Gopal, show us your shaoca manjusa. You have such a beautiful shaoca manjusa. It is very nice. Show it to us so everyone may see – after all this is one of our 16 Points.”

Baba had intentionally called on Gopal because He knew that Gopal did not have a shaoca manjusa.

In response, in the course of this loving liila where Baba was watching out for the welfare of all, Gopal would feel a bit ashamed or humiliated or embarrassed, and internally understood that he would have to be more strict on the point of shaoca manjusa.

And in that way, all the other margiis present understood as well that they would have to be strict, lest they get called on in front of all.

Baba would do the same thing with the point of laungota. If anyone present was not wearing a laungota, then that was the person Baba would call upon.

Baba would say, “Oh, Chandra Mohan, I understand you are very sincere in wearing a laungota every day. Is that not so. Don’t you always wear your laungota. Tell us.”

Then everyone knew that Chandra Mohan was not wearing a laungota. Plus they all knew that if next time they did not wear one then they would get called on.

Once all the physical aspects were addressed in this way, from food to fasting to taking bath properly etc, Baba raised the standard to the psychic & psycho-spiritual planes. He would check to ensure all repeated Guru Mantra before entering the room and that everyone was doing sadhana – all lessons – as directed.

So by applying pressure, Baba was teaching and ensuring we were actively involved in 16 Points. None wanted to be pointed out so step by step, point by point, all began following. This was the way things were rolling those days. Baba was getting everyone prepared and ready.

And not only that, in His loving liila, Baba would harshly rebuke and scold in-charges and VSS for allowing margiis to enter without following 16 Points. So they in turn began vigilantly checking to ensure all margiis were wearing laungota, carrying shaocamanjusa, doing pracara and properly following all the various element of 16 Points.

By this way everyone became strong Ananda Margiis and could weather the storm that was about to come.

STILL RELEVANT TODAY

Now in this year of 2011, the same system applies. Sixteen Points will save us from all difficulties and keep us moving in the right direction.

Baba says, “For progress in entitative flow, one is to lead a pure life, a moralistic life, a life based on moral principles. Do not do anything bad. What is bad? Bad is that which depraves human existence. Follow a strict code of morality. Live a pure life, a neat and clean life. Be strict in 16 Points. What will happen? Your entitative flow will get
purified and will be in parallelism with your psychic wave.” (SS_12)

And here below Baba directly states that our strength and stamina will increase multi-fold by adhering to Sixteen Points.

Baba says, “The more rigidly you follow the 16 Points, the more your mental strength will increase. It will increase so much that it will be more powerful than the collective mental strength of 100,000 people. In a psychic clash they will have to concede victory to you. A person who is physically strong can fight against eight, ten or twenty people at
most, but no more than that. A psychically developed person, however, is able to fight against many more people. So you must endeavour to develop your psychic strength – this is your bounden duty. The more rigidly you follow the 16 Points, the more psychic strength you will acquire. It will not take you long.” (AV-7)

Thus in the same way that 16 Points gave Wts and margiis the strength to manage and thrive during the Emergency, today also 16 Points will fortify us in all the ways needed to spread His teachings and gain success.

Let us also not forget that Baba is watching and those who follow His teachings of Sixteen Points will be graced more and more to proceed onwards. That is also His expressed guideline.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace ours is not the path of preya (mundane pleasure), but rather the path of shreya (Supreme benevolence). Sixteen Points is the way forward. Our duty is to follow and make sure other margiis are also following. Then our Marga will be strong, on both the individual and collective level.

Baba says, “…In order to march ahead on the road of human welfare, we will have to strengthen ourselves in all the arena of life. The complete seeds of welfare in all the spheres – physical, mental, moral, social and spiritual – are embedded in the sixteen points. Hence be firm on the sixteen points.” (A’nanda Va’nii #45)

Namaskar
Karun

Note 1: MANY OF THE 16 PT TEACHINGS WERE PRESENT ALREADY

Although Sixteen Points was formally given during the above time period in 1970-71, many of those teachings were already present in the form of various worker and margii conduct rules, Yogic Treatments, and other teachings. By giving 16 Points, Baba codified and explicitly listed all these rules and regulations into one concerted list.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’va’r ki re a’lo elo dhu’lor e dhara’te…” (P.S. #615)

Purport:

O’ human being, behold! Ajana Pathik has come again on this dusty earth. The flood of effulgence has come. Through the medium of longing, You quench the thirst of the eyes. Look, the Lord of Effulgence has Himself come. All the minds and hearts which were crying in suffering and pain, are now dancing in joy. Because, He has come. He loves one and all, everyone. He has come here to remove the suffering, and establish dharma. Because of His advent, everything changed. The sweet breeze is blowing full of fragrance. On this dusty earth, Ajana Pathik has come…

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One Should Always Remember

Baba says, “However little one’s capacity might be, if one constantly remembers that Parama Purus’a is always with him, that they are in the closest contact with Parama Purus’a, they will be able to do everything. They are not as small as they think themselves to be. And as long as they remember this closest association with Him, they can do much more than ordinary human beings. When this idea becomes permanently established in their minds, they become great. This is why no one should be disappointed or depressed in any circumstances; let everyone constantly perform great deeds, remembering that the flow of their capacity is coming from Parama Purus’a, and thus they can do everything.” (AFPS-3, p. 62)
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From: “Shantatma Deva”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: You Are Chained – You Need Freedom

Date: Thu 28 Apr 2011 20:08:11 +0530

Baba

== YOU ARE CHAINED – YOU NEED FREEDOM ==

Namaskar,

Every human being understands they are bound; they understand they are

not free.

A few ignorant people may believe they are free but if they think more

deeply then realise that they are not free.

Yatha’ laohamayaeh pa’shaeh…

Everyone is bound by samskaras and they have no choice but to face them:

Disease, old age, sickness, loneliness, death. Everyone tries to avoid

these afflictions but ultimately they are chained and shackled by those

samskaras. There is no other recourse – one must face such bondages.

That is what Baba is teaching in the above shloka.

But is there really no escape? Must one return again and again onto this

earth, thousands and millions of times, to face their karmaphala (fruits

of their actions)?

This letter explains both the science of bondage and the solution, as

given by Marga Guru in the Supreme Command. As the gracious Taraka

Brahma Baba has given the way out from this cycle of bondage of life and

death.

SAMSKARAS, SUPREME COMMAND & MORE

So long as one is alive, every sadhaka has samskaras. It is impossible

for a human being to walk this earth and not have any samskaras.

Samskaras and human life go hand in hand – one cannot exist without the

other.

In your life you surely have faced many things which you did not like

and will not like: Humiliation, disease, loss, and so many troubles.

These are all the karmic reactions of past samskaras.

The question then is: If up to the very minute of one’s death a person

is still bound by all these samskaras, then how can they achieve

liberation?

Specifically, how does the Supreme Command work? How can one attain

liberation when they are shackled by piles of samskaras waiting to take

expression.

We will explore the above conundrum as well as other critical aspects of

samskara theory & the Supreme Command – all done according to the

teachings and guidelines of Baba.

CREATING MORE & MORE SAMSKARAS

In more than a few discourses, Baba explains how in one life a typical

human being creates such a huge amount of samskaras that they cannot be

exhausted in the next 100 lifetimes. Compounding that by multiple lives

then makes for an enormous bundle of samskaras.

Baba says, “Human beings have been committing numerous crimes and sins

for lives together resulting in a huge pile of sins as high as the

Himalayas.” (AV-7)

From that perspective, human beings are creating huge numbers of

samskaras whereby we are totally bound, if not crippled by a mountain of

karmic reactions.

For instance, suppose in one second, a person harms someone and then

they may face the reaction of that misdeed for years or even lifetimes.

Or if a baby was sexually abused once by one adult, then that baby will

be scarred their entire life and the guilty party must undergo a whole

boatload of reactions for this single crime.

Or suppose in a fractions of a minute a person poisoned food and

subsequently killed one hundred people, then that samskara will be

reaped for hundreds of lifetimes.

Or what about those who kill animals for sport or food, and they are

totally oblivious that they are incurring sin. Indeed there are many

examples like that.

It happens in society too according to gender and race, such as with

slave owners etc. People feel they have the right to harrass others

because that is the social norm of the day, but they will face the

reaction for countless future lives.

All in all, the human mind is wrought with so many propensities and

inclinations and in their lifetime people chase after one desire after

another. Name, fame, sex, wealth, prestige, house, property, children,

food, dreams, vanity, fear etc. All day long your average human is fully

engrossed in these dealings. In a single day, a typical person might

create dozens or even hundreds of new samskaras.

Then Baba cites how most are involved in negative works. It is not like

the whole entire humanity is engulfed in benevolence. People are

thieving, looting, raping, grabbing etc. With their vanity ego they

harass others and do injustice and do not even realise how much they are

harming others.

So people acquire samskaras by the truckload day after day – even for

doing good actions.

But that is not all.

Finally, as soon as one creates a new samskara, then that samskara or

unexpressed reaction starts growing. It collects interest just like in

the case of a bank loan. So we have to pay back that samskara with

interest.

That means if a person steals Rs100 then depending on how much time goes

by they will have to lose or payback 200, 1,000, or even 1,000,000

rupees. It all depends how much time goes by before they undergo the

reaction. Sometimes the payback is not for several lifetimes. In that

case, just imagine the interest. What was a simple misdeed can balloon

into a massive debacle.

If you punch someone unjustly just once, then ten years later you may

get get beaten by so many bandits or gang members at the same time,

getting punched again and again. One may think, “I did not do anything

wrong, why is this happening?”, but this is samskara from earlier.

In various phases people face either good samskaras and bad samskaras.

Even though one may be facing a good samskara today, in the future one

may face a whole pile of bad samsakras. It all depends on what is more

conducive at a particular time.

A young person may think that “I will never get sick”, yet all the while

they have samskara for a terrible sickness and that samskara is waiting

for the right time or conducive moment to take expression. Then in the

bad days of one’s old age that disease will manifest. It is all about

having a conducive environment. Just a seeds sprout in the spring and

not in winter, same is the case with both good and bad samskaras. The

right environment is needed.

The whole scenario then is quite serious. Getting bound by samskaras is

an inevitable and involved process. It happens to everyone – period,

whether one is a sadhaka or not.

How then are we to escape this web – this intricate and burdensome

bundle of samskaras.

BABA’S GRACIOUS BOON ON SADHAKAS

LIBERATION IS A SURE GUARANTEE

Enter the Supreme Command.

We all say it each and every week, if not more frequently, “Those who

perform sadhana twice a day regularly, the thought of Parama Purusa will

arise in mind at the time of death; their liberation is a sure guarantee.”

Thus, in the Supreme Command, Baba guarantees liberation to all sadhakas

– irrespective of the bundle of samskaras that they are carrying. And

here’ s how it works.

At the time of death, one witnesses a movie-like series of images that

flashes across one’s citta covering their life’s events. Typically that

produces a range of thoughts and the common person will get glued to one

of those worldly thoughts.

Things like: Yelling, thievery, stealing, harassment, killing, as well

as good thoughts like feeding others. But the dominant thought that

comes most strongly is usually something negative – not a benevolent ideal.

Then as soon as their body expires, the person will be in search of a

new body that matches up with their prevailing thought, or samskara. In

that way common people get reborn as dogs, bugs, mice, humans, stones etc.

It does not happen to just humans. In Jamalpur, Baba did a demonstration

where He made Dasrathji a medium to see a margii’s past life. There was

a yogi doing meditation who got bit by one wasp. The yogi then killed that

wasp – there was no reaction for the yogi – and the wasp died with the

thought of the yogi in mind and was reborn as that margii sadhaka.

Here the point is that one’e rebirth depends on one’s mental colour or

dominant thought.

Baba says, “One acquires a physical body according to the nature of

one’s sam’ska’ras. A human being who behaves like a goat or a dog may be

born as a goat or a dog in the next life, because such an animal body is

the proper base for the congenial expression of the latent sam’ska’ras.

Hence it is not at all impossible for a human being to be reborn as a

hog, a worm, a tree, or even a piece of stone. One’s destiny will be

decided according to the nature of one’s karma – this is an infallible

law.” (AMIWL-7)

Plus in so many discourses Baba tells that those who ideate on money

turn into coin or dollars etc.

But with sadhakas, however, the process is entirely different.

Baba guides us that if one is earnest in doing sadhana twice a day, then

they will get liberation. How? Because normally at the time of death the

mind seeks a new body according to karmic law. But if one is involved in

the thought of Parama Purusa at the time of death, then the rules of

karma do not apply. Then one is not bound by their past actions and

potential reactions. Then the movie reel of negative deeds will not

appear in their mind at the time of death – only the thought of Him will

come. That is His grace. Then one will think nothing other than the

thought of Parama Purusa. In that state all samskaras get burned and the

sadhaka becomes one with Parama Purusa.

For that Baba wants that you must fulfill the guidelines of the the

Supreme Command. You do your duty of sadhana and He fulfllls His

guarantee of liberation. If the first half (i.e. sadhana) is not done

then second half (i.e. liberation) does not happen. Then the sadhaka is

bound.

On this aspect margiis are forunate and we should bring others onto the

path so they can save themselves from the horrors of samskaras and get

liberation. That is also part of the supreme command.

By His grace, when we do sadhana twice daily, then liberation is sure.

That is His divine compassion. Human beings alone cannot overcome all

those samskaras by themselves – His grace is needed. So then Baba

graciously dissolves all the remaining samskaras, and the sadhaka merges

in Him.

That is the special formula. And for it to happen, the pre-requisite is

twice a day sadhana.

One must try earnestly to do sadhana for 30 minutes each sitting- it

need not be perfect sadhana – the mind might flicker and one’s

concentration on the mantra might waver, but one’s sincerity must be

proper. That is the key point: sincerity.

If this type of reverential approach is taken in sadhana twice daily,

then regardless if one’s sadhana is “good” or “bad”, the bhakta is sure

to attain liberation. That practice is enough to ensure that at the time

of death one will think of Him, by His grace, in which case He will take

away all remaining samskaras and grant liberation. That is Guru’s most

gracious promise and boon.

WHY MUKTI IS IMPORTANT

Even then, those in the dark, may think that, “I am not bound – I am

free – I need not seek liberation.” Such is a classic case of sheer

ignorance, sometimes even good sadhakas can think like this.

Here we should always remember that everyone on this earth is bound by

samsakras in one way or another. Every jiiva is bound – bound by death,

by old age, by hunger, by so many things. No one is free.

One can only get temporary satisfaction through worldly things like

food, sleep etc. But then soon again one will feel hungry or tired. It

happens.

Baba says, “To live in this physical world, to preserve our existence,

artha or money is essential. However, we also require parama’rtha.

Parama’rtha is that factor which brings about the permanent cessation of

the triple afflictions. Here permanent cessation means cessation of

those afflictions which, once removed, will never return again in the

future. That artha which brings permanent relief from the pangs of

hunger, which is the instrument of permanent cessation, is called

“parama’rtha”. It is important that you understand the true significance

of “parama’rtha”.” (AV-4)

Only the spiritual sphere can permanently satisfy all human hunger and

yearning.

Only by following the rules and guidelines in the Supreme Command can

one attain eternal peace. Till that time, one will always be engulfed in

some kind of limitation and ignorance.

When we adhere to the Supreme Command – when we do sadhana twice daily

with sincerity – then by His grace we will be relieved of all bondages

and suffering and be granted liberation.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace every Ananda Margii does sadhana twice daily. In that

case liberation is certain.

So no one should get caught up in worry or despair. Baba is controlling

everything. He can and will save us from each and every predicament.

There is no cause for hopelessness or helplessness.

With sincerity in sadhana, He will grace us with only His thought when

we die, ensuring liberation. That is His guarantee in the Supreme Command.

Baba says, ” If one dies while seeking the Supreme, one will surely

attain the Supreme after death. One who is totally absorbed in ideation

on the Supreme becomes one with the Supreme at the time of death. This

is certainly true in the case of devotees.” (AMIWL-9)

Namaskar,

Shantatma

Note 1: UNDERGOING SAMSKARAS

Here are two more points about undergoing samskaras.

(A) You may have noticed how people comment that once one gets initiated

then so many problems and difficulties start happening. That is because

the karmic cycle speeds up so one can undergo all their reactions. Even

then by His grace He will ensure that they get totally exhausted in the

end. So that is one phenomenon.

(B) Side by side, if the mind is high and vibrated then the

manifestation of bad samskaras does not cause mental anguish to the

sadhaka. If one is devotionally remembering Him, then one will feel

light and easy.

For instance, if Baba is coming and one sadhaka is rushing to go see

Baba and while running he cuts his foot. That sadhaka may not even know

that his foot is bleeding because his mind is so engrossed in the

thought of Baba.

That is the way it works. Other may think you are suffering a lot but if

the mind is high, then one does not experience any mental trouble while

undergoing those samskaras.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

PS Intro: In this following song the devotee is talking to Baba, all the

while indirectly referring about himself.

“Jeo na’, shon’o katha, bojha vytha’, abujha hoyo na’…” (PS 660)

Purport:

Baba, please be gracious, please do not leave me all alone, please do

not go far away; please keep me in Your shelter. Baba, please listen to

the tale of my aching heart; please understand my pain and suffering–

because of my deep longing for You. Baba, I beg You not to remain aloof

about my yearning and crying for You. Baba, You have graced me and have

made the flower of devotion blossom in my heart. And these flowers are

solely for making one beautiful garland for You– ultimately

surrendering them at Your lotus feet. Baba, please do not mercilessly

crush those flowers. Baba, please be gracious.

Baba, by Your infinite grace please keep me close. Please do not

permanently forget about that person who is under shelter day and night.

Baba, it seems You have removed him from Your memory. Baba, please

recall how in the past You loved him deeply up to his heart’s content.

That time You saturated his mind with bliss and filled his eyes with

Your loving gaze. You were so gracious those days. Baba, You know that

very person was with You in each and every rhythm of the song, he was

also with You in all kinds of works– always remaining by Your side.

Baba, please do not forget him.

Baba, by Your grace I never forget this eternal truth that You are

everything. You are the effulgence of the day as well as the darkness of

the night. Baba, in this life of mine I have loved only You. Baba, You

are the heart of my heart. Please shower Your divine grace on me day and

night, incessantly. Baba, even if You always remain forgetful of me,

that I can tolerate. Only I ask one thing of You. Baba, please do not

push me away from Your holy, lotus feet. Baba, You are my closest &

dearest One. You are my everything. Baba, please keep me in Your shelter…

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Who is blessed one?

Baba says, “The man who is intelligent should, from his very childhood,

move along the path of proto-spirituality. The sooner a man starts and

moves along this path of psycho-spirituality, the better it is. He is

the blessed one.” (AV-12, p.75)

Note: With the start of this happy new year we should once again reflect

how Baba has graced us by providing us all the tools and teachings for

moving along the path of spirituality. So again with renewed vigor we

should be more firm and more sincere in our adherence to Sixteen Points.

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Date: Sat, 09 Apr 2011 20:02:11

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Difference Between Half & Full Sadhana

From: Jiivendra

Baba

== DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HALF & FULL SADHANA ==

Namaskar,

In our AM approach, sadhana is looked upon as the cream of all our

practices. It is the greatest endeavour of our human existence. And of

course per Baba’s divine teaching we all practice our meditation lessons

twice daily, at minimum. This is His Supreme Command as well as the nectar

of our spiritual life.

In our daily lives it cannot be denied however that we have innumerable

duties to attend to and countless tasks to perform. Sometimes it can seem

as though our worldly responsibilities are endless– or nearly so.

Fortunately, while engaging in these occupations we can keep the mind

vibrated in His thought by doing half-sadhana. That is another one of our

jewels of meditation.

So even though we may not be able to close our eyes and sit for meditation

each and every minute of each and every day, through the practice of

half-sadhana we can keep that sweet spiritual flow in tact, by His grace.

IMPORTANCE OF SADHANA

Of course all acknowledge the great value of sadhana. However still there

is a certain trend in AM where some think about doing sadhana without ever

really sitting down to do meditation. That is they read about sadhana or

talk with others about spirituality etc, but they never seem to get the

time to really sit down and immerse the mind in long, silent sadhana

sessions. For them it remains just a dream only. This happens to some in

our Marga.

Here below Baba gives the teaching that just reading and talking about

spiritual discourses will not bring one closer to the Goal, to Him. To gain

success in spiritual life one must commit themselves to the practice of

sadhana.

“Na’yama’tma’ balahiinema labhyah…”

Baba says, “The A’tma’n cannot be attained by the immoralist or the

materialist.And the one who listens to learned discourses or reads the scriptures in

the hope of realizing the A’tma’n with the help of keen intellect will

surely be disappointed.”

“How can one know the A’tma’? The answer is, by performing spiritual

practice (sa’dhana’) with devotion and sincerity. For human beings

spiritual practice in individual life is mandatory. Without sa’dhana’ one

cannot expect to make any progress. If one learns the secrets of spiritual

practice from a learned preceptor and practices regularly one will realize

intuitively the existence of the Supreme Cognitive Faculty.” (TK-3)

So, according to Baba, dedicated & sustained efforts in the discipline of

meditation are needed in order to advance along the spiritual path. Without

sadhana progress is impossible.

And here again in the following passage Baba emphasizes the need to deeply

engage in sadhana if one hopes to get Him.

Baba says, “To realize Him one must direct all one’s sentiments and

propensities – in fact the entire psychic flow with its integral outlook –

towards one’s inner existence. Only on this path of supreme synthesis can

human beings attain the Supreme Entity and transcend the bondages of pain

and pleasure, old age, death, etc.” (APH-5)

Thus in so many ways we can see that sadhana is the key aspect for

spiritual growth and development. And without doing deep sadhana, one will

never really feel His sweet grace. That is Baba’s teaching.

OUR APPROACH IN FULL SADHANA

And sure enough, sadhana is the main ingredient of our spiritual lives.

Plus it has to be recognised that in our AM sadhana we follow a very

systematic approach.

In our twice daily meditation, we close the eyes, fold back the tongue, and

shut down the external senses through the practice of pratyhara– by

performing the three shuddhis as we embark on our meditation. And

ultimately we bring the mind to one particular point, cultivate that great

devotional feeling of loving Him, and ensconce the mind in the repetition

of our mantra. When doing first lesson then the mind is immersed in the

ista cakra and when doing dhyana the mind is absorbed in Guru cakra. This

every practitioner of sahaja yoga understands. And in a nutshell this is

how we approach our regular sadhana practice.

SOME OF THE BASICS OF HALF-SADHANA

Of course, from morning till night we have so many other worldly plans and

programs to attend to. In that case the practice of half-sadhana is

invaluable. Because this can be done anytime throughout the day since in

half-sadhana the eyes remain open.

Exactly when is it that we can do half-sadhana? While walking, cooking,

driving, washing clothes, doing errands, commuting, cleaning, and

innumerable times throughout the day.

So half-meditation is quite a handy approach.

And while here we will go through the various aspects of half-meditation,

the chief difference between full sadhana and half-sadhana is that in

half-meditation we do not keep the mind fixed on a particular cakra. Reason

being that in half-meditation we are involved in various worldly works so

the eyes must remain open, not closed, in which case keeping the mind

introverted at a particular point is not really possible.

HOW HALF-SADHANA CAN BE DONE

As you probably already know, when doing half-sadhana using our ista mantra

then we skip over the shuddhis that we normally do in first lesson and go

right into the phase of cultivating that devotional longing for Baba. And

then with the eyes open we repeat our ista mantra, not necessarily

concentrating on any particular cakra. Just however one feels comfortable

one should engage in their mantra japa and generate that sweet link with

Him– all the while keeping one’s eyes open and attending to their worldly

duties.

Our approach to doing half-dhyana is similar. Here again we bypass the

shuddhis and delve right into the devotional flow, cultivating that

yearning and longing for Him. And then we start repeating our dhyana mantra

again and again, feeling His divine presence all around us. Since the eyes

are open and we are not focused on any particular cakra, then we can think

that He is watching all our movements. Or we can think that we are just

moving through the day with Him right by our side. The main point being

that He is along with us and we are repeating our dhyana mantra– tangibly

feeling His sweet presence.

ONE OTHER DIFFERENCE

One other aspect of half-sadhana that is different from full sadhana is

that in half-sadhana the mantra need not be coordinated with the breath.

Rather one can just go on repeating the mantra at any pace they like– fast

or slow, irregardless of one’s breathing pattern. In this practice, both

fast and slow mantra repetition have their distinct benefits. On this point

everyone can experiment.

KINDLING THE PRACTICE

So this is our basic approach in half-sadhana. Since we are all sadhakas

then most if not all of these points are not new to any of us. Even then

perhaps this reminder will help enable us to do this devotional practice

more and more throughout the day. For it is the practice that makes it real

& blissful. Just knowing about intellectually but not doing it leaves the

mind dry & barren.

Thus as we engage in our practice of half-meditation then all are

encouraged to write in with any new points which they discover– or just

describe the feeling that comes when doing half-meditation. Reflect on what

way it changes the day.

One other thing that sadhakas often find is that by doing half-sadhana

regularly throughout the day then when they sit down for their full

meditation then their mind quickly immerses in that flow– making the

shuddhis almost effortless and the practice of mantra japa blissful. So

that is another wonderful benefit of half-meditation– it complements our

twice daily full sadhana practice.

ONLY THE BRAVE DO SADHANA

Whether we are talking about half-meditation or full meditation, one thing

is certainly proven: That meditation is only for the brave. This is Baba’s

divine guideline.

“Na’yama’tma’ balahiinena labhyo…”

Baba says, “Those who are weak, i.e., who have neither spiritual nor mental

force, do not achieve intuitional knowledge. The timid and cowardly remain

remote from Brahmabha’va or cosmic ideation.” (SS-2, p.46)

So it is only the courageous who immerse their minds in the practice of

sadhana and get that divine bliss; while those who are meek or wishy-washy

types just gossip about doing sadhana.

By practicing half-sadhana and by adhering to His supreme command of twice

daily meditation, we actively immerse ourselves in His thought and proceed

towards that Cosmic Nucleus thereby getting His divine touch, by His grace.

BABA’S BLESSING

In bestowing upon us the practice of dharma sadhana, Baba has truly

showered His greatest blessing on us all. May we realise Him fully.

Baba says, “When the mind transcends the barriers of intellect the

realization dawns in human beings that they cannot reach the abode of the

Supreme Entity through material science or philosophy, but through

intuition alone. Supreme blessedness lies in the unfoldment of intuition.

Those who are graced with intuition, even though they may be totally

illiterate, can reach the Supreme rank, thereby establishing themselves in

a state of perennial blessedness. The greatest pandits, however, become

lost in the labyrinth of logic, and even though they try to find a way out,

they finally attain nothing.” (AMIWL-9, p.640)

Namaskar,

Jiivendra

Note 1: SADHANA NOT TALL TALKS

Here below Baba is guiding us that He can only be attained through the

practice of sadhana– not by high-sounding talks etc.

Baba says, “You cannot get that Supreme Entity by tall talk. Na medhaya´ –

Not by your intellect. Na bahuna´ shrutena – Nor by reading or going

through so many books or lectures…Do your sa’dhana’, do your sa’dha’na’,

do your sa’dhana’…Get it by doing sa’dhana’.” (AV-23, p.23-4)

Note 2: SYSTEMATIC SADHANA MAKES ONE UNDEFEATABLE

Baba has blessed us with a perfect system of meditation and by doing all

the lessons on a regular basis then we are sure to attain success– never

to be defeated.

Baba says, “You have learnt a well-ordered system of meditation and other

spiritual practices based on dharma. If any individuals or groups, however

powerful they may be, try to suppress you or even succeed in suppressing

you, they are bound to be destroyed. History has witnessed many such a

downfall in the past. No one has ever been victorious or will ever be

victorious by opposing dharma. March ahead with your own strength, march

with firm steps and your head held high. Always remember that when dharma

is with you, whoever will oppose you will be razed to the ground – their

destruction is a must.” (AV-4)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

PS Intro: This song describes the feeling of one higher stage of devotional

realization.

“Prabhu, toma’y kii kahibo a’ro…” P.S. 447

Purport:

Baba, oh Prabhu, I love You so much. How can I express the deep love

of my heart to You. Words alone fail to describe the feeling. With my vocal

chords I cannot express the grace which You have showered on me. Baba, You

have permanently drenched me in Your ahetuki krpa’. Since I have gotten You

in my life, my life has become meaningful. I do not have any other type of

longing in my mind except You. Baba, by Your grace, my mind is running

always towards You & You alone. Baba, You have made my life blissful, in

all the ways. It is just as if my whole existence is full of nectar.

O’ my dearmost, the cimmerian darkness has vanished from my life;

those black days have gone far, far away. There is no longer any trace of

them. This has all happened since the divine effulgence descended in my

life by Your grace.

Baba, according to Your tune, melody, and rhythm, I am dancing. My

days and nights and my entire life has become just like one bouquet of

songs. Not even a wee-bit of dilemma or confusion is existing in my life.

By Your infinite grace my mind is perfectly straight. This is all because

of Your boundless karuna’.

Baba, my whole existence– my body, mind, and prana– is vibrating

with the spiritual waves which You have generated by Your sweet touch.

Baba, I have gotten You by Your grace. You have graced me immensely. Baba,

I fully surrender myself at Your lotus feet…

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Brave Persons

Baba says, “Do not remain worried about your individual problems at all.

Be prepared to carry your own burden and be prepared also to carry the

burdens of others. Then alone are you brave. Be dagdhabiija. Everyone

has their own individual problems. Do not try to pass them on to others.

On the contrary, bear the burdens of others. No one is your enemy. Be

ready to bear the burdens of others.” (AV-30, p.4)

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Date: 20 Mar 2011 19:27:44 -0000

From: “Anil Vijayan”

To: am-global@earthlink.net

Subject: Reverence to Guru is at Stake

 

Baba

 

== REVERENCE TO GURU IS AT STAKE ==

 

Namaskar,

As once again some are murmuring about changing the Supreme Command, let

us all take a moment to reflect on what it means to have a Guru and be

on the path of tantra.

 

 

SPECIAL ASPECT OF TANTRA: GURU PUJANAM

 

As we all know, in tantra, Guru’s example, teaching, and word are

everything. We have all experienced how this is an invaluable feature of

being on the path. With reverence & surrender, the disciple must follow

Guru’s each and every order. That is the way tantra works: To do as per

Guru’s wish.

 

So the spirit of Guru pujanam is an essential aspect of tantra– it

creates a special link of love and reverence between the sadhaka and the

Guru. Without that there is no tantra.

 

Baba says, “Gurupu’janam – one must have reverence for the guru.” (AV-34)

 

Baba says, “Gurupu’janam: one should do as per the gospels of the

preceptor.” (SS-18)

 

Hence, Baba’s clear-cut mandate is that each and every disciple must

adhere to Guru’s expressed guideline. And indeed the devotee feels in

their heart that there is no other way, ‘I must follow what Baba has

given; that is what is most dear to me’. This is the innate feeling of

every Ananda Margii, of every bhakta. And this inherent yearning– along

with His divine grace– are what propel us towards the Goal.

 

 

MISGUIDED ATTEMPT OF A FEW JINANIS

 

However, yet again, some misguided jinanis are trying to misdirect

simple margiis by wrongly claiming that the Supreme Command must be

changed. And they have given all sorts of logic and reasoning which need

not be addressed here– nor anywhere.

 

Because all such attempts to change Guru’s Supreme Command are useless–

since they undermine the whole essence of tantra, and with it the

Guru-disciple relation.

 

 

BABA HIMSELF SPOKE THE ‘SUPREME COMMAND’ TERM

 

In the recorded version of the discourse– ‘Mantra O Mantrajapa– given

in Morning General Darshan on 18 June ’79 in Kolkata, Baba Himself

states the term ‘Supreme Command’, in English. That itself is enough to

know that He approves of that very translation of the Bengali ‘Caram

Nrdesh’.

 

So when the term ‘Supreme Command’ is His own selection of words, then

that should be honoured.

 

It is not that we are debating the translation of Carma Nrdesh into

Swahili, Portuguese, Thai– or any other language which Baba chose not

to speak. Rather the Supreme Command term is the very English term which

Baba Himself spoke. Hence there is no question of having it changed.

This is Guru’s given term: Supreme Command.

 

 

DISEASE OF SOME JINANIS

 

But some dry jinanis have the penchant to change everything– even the

Supreme Command– which is why Baba Himself makes explicit jokes about

such jinanis.

 

In Varna Vicitra part 2, in the last chapter Baba muses how when

proofing another’s writing, a jinani will even cross out the term

‘please’ and put ‘kindly’; and if the person had originally written

‘kindly’ then the jinani will mark it out and insert ‘please’. This is

the diseased approach of various jinanis. Their ego goads them to change

each word– to put their fingerprints on everything.

 

And it is this very same pettiness of mind which leads certain jinanis

to even change the words of Guru’s Supreme Command.

 

When, in reality, the term is not up for debate. Baba has Himself spoken

the phrase ‘Supreme Command’ in English then that is enough for us. What

He has given is gold and none should get duped into chasing after some

glittery tinsel instead– i.e. the false words of some jinanis.

 

 

GURU’S WORD IS EVERYTHING

 

The overall idea is that Guru’s guideline is everything in tantra. In

vaedic diiksa, the guru is not so important. But in tantra the relation

with Guru is everything. That is the greatness of tantra.

 

And verily true tantric disciples have been blessed with the inner

feeling that Guru’s every mandate is divine.

 

So when Baba is the Tantric Guru and when He Himself has given the words

‘Supreme Command’, then that is the term to be used– period.

 

It is just like how Baba has given the term avadhuta– then there is no

question of changing that to mullah, or priest, or pundit etc. Because

what He has given is what is best. That is His preference and it is that

preference which we must uphold.

 

 

BABA’S BLESSING

 

By Baba’s grace, He has given us everything to progress in life and the

very essence of those teachings have been embedded in His Supreme

Command. As His disciples, we are not only to strictly follow the orders

given in the Supreme Command, but with reverence– with Guru pujanam–

we are to honour the name itself as that is the one Guru has explicitly

chosen.

 

Baba says, “In Tantra, the greatest emphasis is placed on the

preceptor-disciple relationship… [and] also on the need for disciples

to make a total surrender to the preceptor in the early stages of the

Tantric path.” (AMIWL-9)

 

Namaskar

Anil

 

Note 1: BABA’S WARNING: BEWARE OF JINANIS

 

Baba strongly warns us about such tricky jinanis who wish to change

Guru’s teachings like the Supreme Command. Wherever they go, such

jinanis create hell and confusion in the society– for no reason other

than to show off their own intellectual extravaganza.

 

Baba says, “Such hypocrites want to misguide the people by their tall

talks alone…’Loka Vya’moha Ka’raka.” That is, ‘They create disease in

the minds of the people.’ Their aim is not to solve society’s problems.

Rather, they are the chief cause for the downfall, retardation and sad

plight of human society. The present crisis in today’s civilization is

due to them. Their theories are based on the psychology and intellectual

extravaganza of the hypocrite. You will certainly encounter many such

theories in the social sphere, the economic sphere, and other spheres of

life. This is not the problem of a single country, but of the entire

intellectual world. Again I repeat that the crisis in civilization today

is due to the intellectual extravaganza of these hypocrites, these

polished satans.” (PNS-6)

 

Thus jinanis are never happy nor ever satisfied unless they are puffing

up their own egos by putting forth their own false theories and

attaching their own name to such theories. That is what Baba is warning

us about in the above passage. And that is exactly what we see happening

with such jinanis who have made up their own fake term– Supreme Direction.

 

As Ananda Margiis, we are to uphold Baba’s original and chosen term,

‘Supreme Command’.

 

 

Note 2: MORE LETTERS ON THE SANCTITY OF THE SUPREME COMMAND

 

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/03/digging-dead-issues.html

 

 

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

 

“Maner vyatha’ mani ja’ne, ca’pa’ a’che gopane…” – P.S. 463

 

Purport:

 

Baba, I love You so much. The yearning and longing which I have for You,

everything is hidden deep within my mind. The feeling which is in my mind

nobody can understand– except my mind. If I want to express these ideas

and sing them to You in the form of song, then it is very

difficult to do. Because these are the inner feelings of my heart– and

are not to be shared in public. But I can sing those songs to You if

only You and I are there– nobody else. When we will be together in a

lonely place then I will surely make You listen to those songs which

resonate the inner feelings of my heart. Baba, the pain of my mind only

my mind can understand.

Baba, the Prabhat Samgiita songs which I sing in dharmacakra & other

programs, whatever I sing in those songs the feeling of my heart is not

expressed. Those songs which express my internal feeling I do not sing

in dharmacakra. What I will sing in lonely place that I will sing for You.

The language of the heart only the heart can understand. It cannot be

heard by external ears. In my practices, I feel in my heart that You are

and I am– and that except us there is nothing else in this entire

universe…

 

 

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The Way Parama Purusa Evaluates

 

Baba says, “Do not think that those who are highly learned intellectuals

are elevated. In the realm of spirituality even illiterate persons can

reach the Goal, leaving those intellectuals behind. Parama Purusa does

not consider the intellectual qualification or intellect. He evaluates

everyone with the measuring scale of how much love one has for Parama

Purusa.” (SS-14, p. 91, Saharsa DMC, 27 June 1980)

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