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From: “Ramlal Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Colour Festival & Guru Puja Intrinsically Interlinked
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:26:08 +0530

Baba

This entire email is composed of 4 parts:
(1) Posting: Colour Festival & Guru Puja Intrinsically Interlinked;
(2) Reader Comment: Dada Threatens To Commit Suicide;
(3) Trailer Quote: Health Guideline: Sleeping Related;
(4) Prabhat Samgiita #1341.

== COLOUR FESTIVAL & GURU PUJA INTRINSICALLY INTERLINKED ==

Namaskar,
In the jagrti on the day of colour festival, I was there when the margii arrived and I heard him ask Dadaji the question.

Already Dada had told everyone how we would celebrate and what we would do and I could see that the margii was a bit disappointed. He asked the following question.

“Dadaji, today is spring festival. How can we make our offering to Baba during our puja without colours? We need some type of coloured powder or flower. But you have not brought any. Baba will be deprived because we do not have any colour to offer Him. He must be waiting for us as this is the day of the festival. Why is it that you did not supply coloured powder for us?”

Indeed, the margii felt that actual colours (powders, flowers, incense sticks, & even blowing conch shells etc) must be offered to Baba in our puja during colour festival, otherwise Baba would be deprived.

The margii recounted that for years and years always he used coloured powder in his puja on spring festival. He furthermore told that all the margiis he knows do like this as well.

We all watched Dadaji to see how he would respond. Dadaji told that physical colours like powder and flowers are not mandatory during our Guru Puja (offering of colours) in spring festival program.

BABA’S WORDS ABOUT THIS

Below are the quotes and citations which we found from Baba’s guidelines.

In Caryacarya, Baba says the following about the use of coloured powder during puja in our spring festival celebrations.

Baba says, “Then, in the afternoon, all will perform collective Iishvara Prańidhána and Varńárghyadána (using áviir [coloured powder] or flowers of colours of their own choice).” (1)

In that same chapter of Caryacarya Baba further clarifies the matter.

Baba says, “In relation to Guru Pújá, one should remember that both crude and subtle offerings have equal value. Therefore one should not do anything merely for show.” (2)

So here above Baba clarifies that both base (physical) and subtle (psychic) colours could be offered during spring festival. It is not that coloured powders are absolutely mandatory.

Hence no one should be disturbed if actual colours are not used. One may offer physical colours such as flowers or mental colours. No one should blame or harass anyone if someone prefers to only offer mental colours. There should not be any confusion about this.

MORE OF BABA’S TEACHINGS

Here are more of Baba’s teachings on this critical point:

[A] First in Ananda Sutram Baba says that ours is not the path of ritualistic worship wherein we only offer physical objects or engage in prayer etc

3-11. Prárthanárcaná mátraeva bhramamúlam.

[Prayer and ritualistic worship become a source of confusion.]

Purport: It is useless to pray to God for something, for He is sure to give what is necessary. Solicitation or importunity in the name of worship is nothing but toadyism and flattery. (3)

[B] Here below, in these next two quotes, Baba again explains the inner significance of spring festival.

“The inner significance of the Dolyátra of Shrii Krśńa is this: “By surrendering all the colours of my mind to You, I want to become colourless.” This surrender to the Supreme Consciousness propels human beings towards Him. So this colour festival is not merely an outward play; it is purely a psycho-spiritual phenomenon. This very psycho-spiritual phenomenon is operating behind the process of varńárghyadána [offering of colours]: “O Lord, make me colourless so that I may move towards You without any hesitation.”” (4)

“The significance of the Dol Liilá, the Spring Festival, is to surrender all one’s mental colour to Parama Puruśa, and thus free oneself from the bondage of colour.” (5)

GURU PUJA / VARNARGHYADAN / PRATYHARA YOGA ARE ONE AND THE SAME

In colour festival, we offer color to the Supreme Entity, who is in the form of Guru, by doing Guru Puja. Colour Festival then is nothing but the festival of Guru Puja.

Here, in the following paragraphs, colour means bondage, or the attachment of the mind. For example, anything & everything in the world has some sort of vibration, or colour. When attracted, the mind gets dyed with that colour. For instance, if someone is attracted to rasgolla and must eat tht sweet whenever he goes to the market, then the colour of rasgolla will stain his mind.

Likewise, humans get coloured colored by all kinds of colour. So here, colour means a stain on the mind. When the mind is stained, then that mind is in bondage. When mind is not attracted with any color and is just attracted towards Parama Purusa, then the mind is colourless.

That is why in Guru Puja, sadhakas offer their mental colour – all kinds of attractions, weaknesses, and attachments – to the Supreme Entity. If the offering is made with sincerity, that weakness or attachment will fade away, and the mind will become calm, serene, and blissful. That is the very close to the stage of colourlessnes. When the mind is completely coloured then one becomes one with Parama Purusa.

Ultimately,, the unit mind and the Cosmic Mind are the same, only due to one’s mental colour the unit mind is not becoming one with the Cosmic Entity. In order to become one with Him, we celebrate Colour Festival and offer our mental colours to the Divine Entity – Parama Purusa – and try to become one with Him.

“You must bring about a revolutionary change in the flow of your judgment and thought, and see how, after overcoming your fascination with external colour, your mind becomes tinged with the His glorious colour. In Ananda Marga Sadhana, the method of withdrawing the mind from degrading tendencies, and absorbing oneself in the colour of the Great, is called Pratyáhára Yoga (the yoga of withdrawal) or Varńárghyadána (Guru Puja: the offering of colours). All people have a particular attraction for one or another object or activity and as soon as they become attracted to an object, then their minds become coloured with the colour of that object. You can withdraw your mind from the colour of that object and dye yourself in His colour by offering Him the captivating colour of the object that has attracted you: this is the real Pratyáhára Yoga [Guru Puja]. The word Pratyáhára means “to withdraw” – to withdraw the mind from its object.”

“The main object of the Spring Colour Festival (Vasantotsava) is not playing with external colours; it is meant to offer Him the colours of different objects which have dyed the mind. When this practice of offering your own colours – your own attachments, becomes natural and easy, you will then merge in Him. Then you will have no need for any colour, for you will become colourless – you will go beyond the reach of any colour. Your unit-ego will become one with the Cosmic Ego. Whichever way you look you will see only Him in His ever-surging glory. There is no “I” nor “you”. By an everlasting, mutual pact the final curtain will have fallen on all clashes of “I” and “you”. At that stage, if you call Parama Brahma as “I”, you are right in calling Him so; if you call Him as “He”, you are equally right; and if you call Him as “you”, again you are correct. The extent of your attainment of Him will be proportionate to your self surrender.”

“Remember, you have to offer your own identity – not money, rice plantains or other crude objects. The give-and-take of crude things is a business transaction. If you want to attain the bliss of Brahma, you must offer your own self. If you want to have the Great “I”, you must give away your own little “I”. You have to give the full sixteen annas, (the full rupee). Giving fifteen annas and holding back one anna will not do. You must completely surrender. To attain that Infinite One with the help of your mental concentration and strength, you have to surrender yourselves. But, remember self-surrender does not mean suicide. On the contrary, your soul will have its full expression. Your existence will not become contracted, for contraction is inert in principle. Hence in the Sádhaná of self-surrender the ego is expanded, not contracted. In the Mahábhárata, when Duhshásana was pulling the sari of Draopadii, she was tightly holding the cloth to her body with one hand beseeching lord Krśńa with the other. “Oh! My lord, save me!” But the Lord did not then come forward to save her from shame. When Draopadii found no means of escape, she then released her hold on the cloth and appealed to the Lord most piteously with both hands out-stretched, crying, “O Lord, I surrender my all to you. Do what you think is best”. And the Lord immediately rescued her. That is why I say that you will have to dedicate yourselves to His feet wholly and unreservedly. You will earn godliness in proportion to the extent that you surrender yourselves, and finally, after merging that acquired godliness of yours in His Entity, you will attain eternal bliss.” (6)

By His above teaching the point is very clear. Our colour festival is not about coloured powders and flowers per se. Rather Baba guides us that the real import is the psycho-spiritual approach of offering the colours (i.e. attachments and obstacles) of one’s mind.

Here again is the critical line from Baba’s teaching.

Baba says, “The main object of the Spring Colour Festival (Vasantotsava) is not playing with external colours.” (7)

OUR ANANDA MARGA COLOUR FESTIVAL IS UNIQUE

Our Ananda Marga spring / colour festival – vasantaotsava – is highly unique and stands as a dharmic event. It is not a mere replication of the dogmatic Hindu colour festival. Baba has given distinct, dharmic reasons for the practice of our colour festival that makes it independent and different from the Hindu rituals performed in their colour festival.

SUMMARY

By all of Baba’s above teachings, our approach in colour festival is very clear. There should not be any confusion. Those who wish to use physical colours may do so, but they must offer the colours of their mind as well. And those who wish to only offer their mental colours, that is in perfect accordance with Baba’s teachings.

So no one should think that coloured dyes and powders are an absolute requirement for the celebration of our colour festival. On this point there should not be any confusion.

Namaskar,
Ramlal

REFERENCES
1. Caryacarya-1, Social Functions and Festivals
2. Caryacarya-1
3. Ananda Sutram
4. Liberation of Intellect: Neo-Humanism
5. Namámi Krśńasundaram, Disc: 19
6. Subhasita Samgraha – 3, Vibration, Form and Colour
7. Subhasita Samgraha – 3, Vibration, Form and Colour

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Subject: Re: Dada Threatens To Commit Suicide
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 04:18:55 GMT
To: am-global@earthlink.net

Namaskara Brothersji,

Good article.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2013/03/dada-threatens-to-commit-suicide.html

I work in the psych field and everyday there are people that come in from suicide attempts that were not successful. Many attempt because of physical or emotional pains.

I don’t know this Dada that was suicidal but I suspect he is putting on an act if indeed he threatened to do so to get the requested land. That is so non-sensical. Of course, suicide itself seems nonsense to the rational mind. I think he is bluffing. If I am wrong, O.K., but I don’t think so.

Namaskar
Vyasa

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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Health Guideline: Sleeping Related

“Do not sleep on a soft bed.” (Carycarya – 3, Chapter 6, Pt #4)

Note: Baba’s above guideline is key for wellness. Some ignorant people, however, who are unaware about health and hygiene, get swayed by pseudo-culture and use a spring-loaded bed with thick mattresses. But that is very detrimental for the various joints, muscles, & organs of the body; one will also suffer from incurable back pain and problems with the spine. Moreover, sleeping on a soft mattress adversely affects the body’s systems leading to digestive disorders & disease.

Conscious people know that soft beds lead to the onset of many diseases while hard beds massage the body.

So one should be aware. One should not fall in the pseudo-culture approach of using a soft bed and thereby invite more dangerous diseases.

Sincere sadhakas keep away from using a pillow also.

On the spiritual side, Baba guides us that those using a hard bed in day to day life develop a body that is capable for intense psycho-spiritual practice.

Keeping this view, including many more benefits, Baba has graciously introduced this above rule. Those who follow this guideline realise its value.

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Prabhat Samgiita

“A’mi ca’i na’ ei sabhyata’, a’mi ca’i na’ kut’ilata’…” (PS 1341)

Purport:

O’ Lord, my life is for You and Your ideals. I do not want this pseudo-civilization. I do not want hypocrisy and cunningness. I want to float in the open, vast, blue sky – in the boundless open air with the softness of the birds where there are no limitations or boundaries of dogma.

I want more and more effulgence and free air, and the great sky which is studded with stars. I want that very mind which is saturated in divine love and dharma – where there is no presence of the bondages of crookedness, religion, groupism, or narrowness.

I always keep Parama Purusa in my mind and my heart. His blessing and His grace is my everything. By His grace I will go on painting and covering the darkness with the fragrance of sandal paste. Whatever and wherever impurity is there, by His grace it will be removed. This superficial culture and civilization I do not appreciate. I want straightforwardness. I want to lead a life under His shelter…

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To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Donkey Birthday
From: Nityanirainjan@4sign…
Date: Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:04:37

Baba

“A’loker path cha’r’ibo na’…A’mi nijere praca’r koribo na’…” (P.S. 337)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace I will not leave the path of Ananda Marga ideology, the path of effulgence. I will never leave the path which You showed me. By Your grace, I will mold myself according to Your desire. With Your guidance, I will make my mind straight, focusing on You & propagating Your glory. I will never glorify my own existence. I will never propagate about my own personality. I will never praise myself in front of anyone. I will never propagate myself. O’ my Lord, You have taught me to propagate Your glory. I will propagate the glory of Parama Purusa – not anyone else. So I will never propagate my own self…

== DONKEY BIRTHDAY ==

Namaskar,
On and off we hear how some fallen avadhuta has come off the true path. In result, they engage in bizarre behaviour. Here are a few examples of what some have done.

We should ensure other workers do not indulge in a similar manner. If you know of more cases, please let us know. The aim here is to enhance the standard of our Wt cadre – not anything else.

INITIATION MEANS REBIRTH

Baba’s teaching that during initiation one gets re-birth. So in this situation, we should all consider & rethink the notion of celebrating one’s physical birth.

“With an initiated person the first birth was the physical birth and the second birth was the spiritual birth, during initiation. Such a person is divya, born twice: First, you are simply born as an animal being. But this second time, as a human being. So unless and until one is initiated one is not, one cannot be, treated as a human being.” (1)

Thus the physical birth does hold much value in the life of a spiritual aspirant. When they get initiated onto the path of dharma sadhana, that is their real birth – i.e. when the person gets initiated and takes shelter at Rev. Baba’s feet.

PART LIFE VS FULL LIFE

Regarding birthdays, it also has to be mentioned that our present life is nothing but a part life. It is not a full life. Our life began when our consciousness first emanated from the Cosmic Hub. Since that time we have undergone incarnation after incarnation.

Baba says, “After millions of animal lives, a created being attains the human form…” (2)

Baba says, “In Sanskrit, dvi means “two” and ja means “born”, so dvija means “twice born”…the first birth was the physical birth, and the second birth was the spiritual birth, during initiation.” (3)

Thus, one should not think that when the spermatozoa fertilised the egg and led to this particular birth, then that is one grand birthday event.

Our life is spiritual oriented, not goaded toward the mundane.

Thus, every sadhaka in the Marga should think twice about how far they should celebrate their “birthday”. For workers, there is no question of celebrating as they have given up everything of their unit existence for Baba. At each and every juncture or stage of an avadhuta’s development and training they are given a new name because each stage itself represents a new birth– a new beginning, all the while leaving behind their old life. In which case, where is the scope for an avadhuta to celebrate his own worldly birthday.

Indeed, all sadhakas in the Marga should take a moment and consider the points in this letter and see if really they feel it appropriate and beneficial to celebrate their own birthday.

SOME NAIVE PEOPLE MAY RAISE THIS QUESTION

Some naive persons may raise the question that when Baba has given the birthday celebration chapter in Caryacarya, then what is wrong if our avadhutas celebrate their birthday? The answer is quite clear. In Caryacarya, Baba also explains what type of meat a person should eat if they cannot resist eating meat. But that does not mean sincere sadhakas and avadhutas should also eat meat or that we should appreciate meat eating.

Remember, Caryacayra is our smrti shastra – our social code – which is not eternal. It depends upon time, space, and person. All kinds of people are coming into Ananda Marga. For some, Baba has given such rules for periods of transition onto the path of dharma.

Everyone knows that in Ananda Marga there are three types of sadhakas: pashvacariis, viiracariis, and divyacariis. Pashvacariis are half-margiis; viiracariis are mediocre sadhakas, and those who are very strict and do not compromise on points of dharma are divyacariis. There will always be a mixture of all three grades of sadhakas. Always, new people are coming into human life and they will enter onto the path of pashvacara. After many lives and with God’s grace they will one day become viiracariis.

This point of eating meat in Caryacarya is for pashvaraiis. They compromise on various aspects of 16 points, but they are also margiis. They live amongst us – we all know this and recognize who is who. A person may not openly declare, “I am a pashvcarii; I am a half-margii”, but everyone knows.

When such pashvacariis become strong, established margiis, their manner will be different. Then they will not do such things like eating meat and celebrating their birthday.

Just as meat-eating is a hindrance to those on that path of sadhana. Similarly, indulging in self-glorification – such as celebrating one’s birthday – is not conducive to one’s spiritual growth and development. Rather it is antithetical. Our spiritual philosophy condemns all forms of self-glorification.

BIRTHDAY IS WORSE THAN SELF-PRAISE

As we all know, Baba warns us to steer away from things like self-publicity & self-praise. Thus, when the chief result of indulging in one’s own birthday party is drawing attention to oneself, then no avadhuta should indulge in such acts.

Baba says, “Why on earth should he indulge in self-publicity? To whom will he publicize himself? Such acts are the antics of common, avaricious people with beggar-like mentality.” (4)

And to go one step further, in the case of one’s own birthday party, that is not only praising oneself but even worse – celebrating and overtly highlighting one’s unit cause.

Overall, it is just like how stealing itself is bad yet the annual celebration of a notorious stealing program is far worse.

BABA’S ORDER:

MUST NOT GLORIFY ONESELF

Here Baba is clearly warning that human beings, let alone our avadhutas and acaryas, must not be involved in self-glorification by holding birthday parties and singing songs of their own greatness. One must not do such things.

Ananda Marga philosophy says, “Kiirtana should be done on Hari and on no other entity. One should not praise oneself or any other person. There are many people who are very fond of praising themselves by telling everyone what wonderful things they have done, but, as mentioned in this sloka, kiirtana is not for one’s own self but for Hari. Even though people are taught to do kiirtana for Hari, they still make the mistake of praising themselves too much. Sometimes their self-praise is so intense that others are obliged to say, “Please stop praising yourself so much.” They forget that their self-applause is rather boring for others. Human beings should realize that no one likes to hear the self-praise of others.” (5)

Even though a few degraded workers may enjoy the display of their own petty glory, such ostentatious displays are not received well in the society. This will tarnish the image of all workers who have come on this earth to selflessly serve others, not glorify themselves.

Here Baba gives the formula for how to become great.

“It is action that makes a person great. Be great by your sa’dhana’, by your service, by your sacrifice.” (6)

SPRIIT OF AVADHUTA

The spirit of being Avadhuta is to dedicate everything to Marga Gurudev. By getting Avadhuta diiksa and by getting their new avadhuta name, they they no longer have anything of their own. In that blessed state, everything belongs to Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. And Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji is their mother father, & everything. That is the oath they have taken.

They surrender their all – their entire I-feeling – at His lotus feet. Their name has changed; their address has changed; their identity has changed. They have no past connection with their worldly life, nor their worldly birth. Avadhutas give everything to Parama Purusa – they have nothing left to call their own.

That is why in the conduct rules of Avadhuta, there is no such thing as the observance of one’s own birthday or any form of celebration or glorification of one’s own unit existence. Rather the avadhuta’s goal of life and the be-all end-all of their existence is to glorify Baba’s image. They are to be established solely in Marga’s Guru’s glory.

“Avadhuta shall always keep himself engaged in the service of Gurudeva with sincerity and devotion, in thought, words and deed, in subtle and in crude spheres, in inner and outer expressions of life.” (7)

In that case, there is not an iota of scope to celebrate one’s own unit birthday. Our wholetimers are to think about Him and focus on the Goal.

Tadekam’ smara’mah…Tadekam’ nidha’nam’

“That Cosmic Entity alone should be created in your mind and no other object…He is the terminating point. He is the Supreme Desideratum.” (8)

WHY ONE SHOULD NOT CELEBRATE THEIR BIRTHDAY

Why should anyone practice or propagate their own birthday? We are raising the slogan Parama Pita Baba Ki Jai! His victory, His glory, that is why the real devotee has only one birthday to celebrate. That is Ananda Purnima – Baba’s birthday. But those who do not have that type of devotion, with faltering steps they may go away from the ideological path.

You may have also noticed that the birthdays of acaryas and avadhutas were never published in different magazines prior to 1990. And now also, we do not recogise the birthdays of acaryas and avadhutas via different media like e-mail or organisational news publications etc.

Thus, the birthdays of our wholetime workers are not to be celebrated nor even mentioned publicly. Even in their individual life, a Wt should not think, “Today is my worldly birthday.” There is no scope for that in our Ananda Marga Wt cadre.

MARRIAGE IS NOT FOR WTS

In Caryacarya, Baba has given all kinds of ceremonies – marriage etc – for the general society, including birthday celebrations. But no avadhuta or WT should blindly think that therefore that birthday celebration is for them anymore than they should think that the marriage ceremony is for them. Those types of things in Caryacarya are for others, not our wholetimer acaryas.

JUST DONKEY’S BIRTHDAY

In Ananda Marga, if anything is done for superficial show or in an insincere manner then that is not at all acceptable. For instance, if someone serves you food only to show how great they are then Baba terms that food as: Donkey Food.

“If food is not offered with that heart-felt feeling then that food is donkey food, gardabha’nna. So one must not eat that food.” (9)

Similarly sadhana done with the primary motive of showing one’s greatness instead of pleasing Parama Purusa is donkey sadhana. And if kiirtan is sung with the primary motive as a display of one’s musical talent and instead of to spread the glory of the Lord, then that is donkey kiirtan.

Likewise, when any Wt or avadhuta celebrated their own birthday in their honour instead of spreading the glory of Parama Puruas, then their celebration is a donkey birthday.

Namaskar,
In Him,
Nityanirainjan Deva

Note 1: SOME FAKE AVADHUTAS INVOLVED IN BIRTHDAY ANTICS

About any such cases where Wts go against their own code of conduct – by celebrating their worldly birthday etc – Baba has given the following teaching:

“Mana na’ ra’inga’ile ra’inga’ile yogi ka’par’a.

Saffron and red do not a yogiis make
With mind undyed he remains a fake.”

“Dye your mind with His colour. Those who have not done so cannot attain Him, for this very coloration is Prema or Divine Love… No external sign of Sa’dhuta’ or virtue is necessary. Become sa’dhu within. Behind the external show of virtuousness of many so-called sa’dhus exists a pharisaic state of mind. Preserve the true dignity of the word, Sa’dhu.”

“Mu’d’ha mu’ra’ye jata’ v’ar’aye….

With shaven head or matted locks
And ashen body a Sadhu walks
With the swaggering gait of a well-fed buffalo.
And crude mind filled with thoughts mean and low.”

“That is why I say that you must bring about a revolutionary change in the flow of your judgment and thought, and see how, after overcoming your fascination with external colour, your mind becomes tinged with the His glorious colour.” (10)

(A) Some time back in Jharsguda (Orissa, India), there was a big birthday party event held in honour of of so-called Dada Priyakrsnananda.

For those not aware, Dada Priyakrsnananda has years and years of experience in Ananda Marga and even in his early years in the Marga he was a Central Worker who lived close to Baba. But unfortunately, those years he was like a rock in a river. Just as the water never touches the inside of the rock despite the rock being immersed in the water, similarly Priyakrsnananda Dada was living in Centre surrounded by Baba’s physical presence for many years, but internally he could not get drenched. That is why he is like a rock in the river – or what we can say.

Perhaps most surprising is that there were many, many so-called senior workers on hand for this birthday gala event and in one big round, they all sang Prabhat Samgiita #135, “Janma dine…”, in order to celebrate Priyakrsnananda’s birthday.

This type of dogmatic occasion is 100% against the ethics of our Ananda Marga and it sets a very negative example.

(B) Not surprisingly then, more recently in SUVA sector, the very so-called senior Dada Paramatmananda and so-called Didi Ananda Shamiita organised two birthday parties. And once again, they both insisted that PS #135, “Janma dine…”, be sung. Thus with printed song sheets etc that Dada and Didi made sure that the birthday event was celebrated with Prabhat Samgiita.

Our so-called senior most workers do not understand the basic principles about Ananda Marga and Prabhat Samgiita. They have forgotten Guru’s teachings and guidelines.

(C) Some years ago at New York sector’s Boston Regional retreat, Ac. Rainjitananda Avt celebrated his own birthday with full gusto and glory. In grand fashion, everyone present at the retreat sang a hearty round of the traditional American “Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You” song in so-called Dadaji’s honor. And during the singing one sumptuous cake was brought out and served to so-called Dadaji. And like that the whole affair took on the flavor of one mundane Americana birthday party whereby non-margiis make a wish for mundane objects as they blow out the candles on the birthday cake and receive presents from one and all etc. So like that Rainjitanandji’s celebratory occasion and birthday party was carried out whereby Dada accepted the card and cake and all arrangements in his own honour. Because at that moment so-called Dadaji’s birthday was the showcase event going on at the retreat.

Note 2: MORE ABOUT DONKEY SADHANA, DONKEY KIIRTAN, AND DONKEY FOOD

For more about Baba’s teachings in this regard:

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2012/12/donkey-food-donkey-sadhana-donkey.html

REFERENCES:
1. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 30, Twice Born
2. Ananda Va’nii #33
3. Ananda Vacnamrtam – 30
4. Subhasita Samgraha – 2, p. 49
5. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 8
6. Ananda Vanii #20
7. Rule no. 28 of 32 Rules for Avadhutas
8. Ananda Vacanamrtam – 2
9. Summary of Shabda Cayanika – 20, p.163-64 [Bangla]
10. Subhasita Samgraha part 3

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

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Why Some Like To Sacrifice For Others And Some Do Not

Baba says, “People recollect the tasty dishes they once relished and derive pleasure from that. Other people delight in feeding others. They offer rasagollás or sweets, and at the time of giving, imagine that their guest is enjoying the same delightful taste, the same sweet vibration from the rasagollás which they once relished when they ate them. A host feels mental satisfaction by imagining that the guest’s mind is full of those pleasing vibrations. The host wants the guest to enjoy more and more of those delightful vibrations, and therefore asks the guest to accept the offer of more rasagollás. So, one enjoys pleasure in two ways: first, by eating the delicious things; and secondly, by recollecting the pleasing vibrations enjoyed in the past while eating those very same delicacies. The human mind has two contradictory inherent tendencies: one of acquisition, the other of sacrifice. The more one advances along the path of evolution, the more the tendency, the spirit of sacrifice, becomes prominent.” (Yoga Psychology, ‘Faculty of Knowledge-2’)

Note: In His above teaching Baba is illustrating two opposition psychologies:
(A) The science behind why people feel mental satisfaction by feeding delicious food to others.
(B) The mentality of those who themselves eat delicious food yet do not desire to feed others.

In the first scenario, people get derive great happiness from feeding others a tasty meal. But how exactly does this work? What is happening in the mind. Well, suppose one day Govinda ate a sumptuous meal which he enjoyed very much. Then a week or a month letter, Govinda prepares and serves that same type of food to his friend Tanmay. The meal is delicious and Tanmay enjoys every morsel. But that is not all. Govinda himself derives great mental pleasure in feeding Tanmay, even though he (Govinda) is not eating. How does this happen? In his own mind, Govinda recollects how much he enjoyed that meal and he thinks that just as he enjoyed it, similarly Tanmay is also enjoying that meal. This creates a sympathetic vibration in Govinda’s mind he feels great psychic fulfillment. So Govinda’s is taking delight in sacrificing and serving Tanmaya.

In contrast, a third person, Liilamaya, cooks food for himself and eats it all himself. And he becomes happy thinking how much he enjoyed the food. In this case, Liilamaya is deriving enjoyment from directly eating that food; he does not want to share it with others. There is no spirit of sacrifice, rather he delights in acquiring that food and filling his own belly.

Both scenarios start from the same point – both enjoy their food; but then, due to proper and or a lack of proper sadhana, things go in 2 contradictory directions. One sadhaka derives happiness by sacrificing, while the other becomes happy by direct acquisition.

These are two radically different psychologies. They are not related solely with food but with all kinds of indulgences and offerings. Some gain pleasure from acquiring something directly, and some become happy by sacrificing and watching others enjoy.

Finally Baba explains that the path of sacrifice is the higher path and as people develop, the more they will adhere to the path of sacrifice.
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Date: 25 Jan 2013 11:03:26 -0000
From: “Divyacaksu”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Hiranmaya Kosa in Prabhata Samgiita // Prabhat Samgiita

Baba

== HIRANMAYA KOSA IN PRABHATA SAMGIITA ==

“A’lor rathe a’sabe tumi a’j ja’nii nishcoy…” (PS #978)

Purport:

Baba, I know that You will certainly come today riding the chariot of effulgence and You will remove all the darkness of ignorance and avidya maya from my mind and make me fearless.

Baba, day and night, I waited for You with a garland in hand. Time passed like this. At last, on this night, all my doubts have vanished; the auspicious hour has arrived. I see that You have come – You are here, O’ my Dearmost.

Baba, in the resonance of Your tune [1] and the stage of the insurmountable effulgence of the hiranmaya loka [2], I have been ensconced in Your dhyana for ages, counting the prahara [3] and tithis [4] for Your arrival.

Baba, today You have come; I received Your causeless grace. O’ my Lord, I surrender everything at Your lotus feet. Please accept me…

Notes For Prabhata Samgiita #978:

[1] Resonance of Your Tune: This is a metaphor. When the sadhaka’s mind reachs hiranyamaya kosa and hears the omnkara sound, that is the “resonance of Your tune.” That is what the sadhaka is experiencing in this song.

[2] Insurmountable Effulgence [Dyutite Durjay: because of its brilliant effulgence it is very difficult to go beyond]: In deep meditation, when the mind reaches up to the hiranmaya kosa, then one sees only a golden effulgence. In that state, the sadhaka becomes one with Cosmic Mind, i.e. mukti. Beyond that is satya loka where Nirguna Brahma resides. When one reaches satya loka, that is salvation, moksa. Because of its unimaginable and exquisite effulgence, the hiranmaya kosa is insurmountable. In that state one can get mukti, but not moksa. That is what has been described in this Prabhata Samgiita.

The hiranmaya kos’a is the subtlest layer of mind, and Nirguna Brahma resides beyond the hiranmaya kos’a. So when the mind is below satyaloka, the sadhaka does not realise Nirguna Brahma. They do not attain salvation. To realise Him, the mind must go beyond the hiranmaya kos’a. Thus, only when the mind reaches beyond the hiranmaya kos’a can one merge into Parama Purusa. Hence, the hiranymaya kos’a is the final gateway for reaching up to Him. And the colour of the hiranmaya kos’a is golden and there one hears the omnkara sound. Beyond that state, in satya loka, there is no sound and there is no colour. The sadhaka merges in the bliss of expressionless Nirguna Brahma. That is salvation, or moksa.

To cross that golden effulgence of the hiranmaya kosa, His grace is needed. Without His grace, it is not possible to get moksa. In the above song, the sadhaka has been basking in the effulgence of the hiranmaya kosa, waiting for Parama Purusa to shower His grace and lead him across – i.e. grant Him salvation.

Baba says, “The subtlest expression of mind is in the hirańmaya kośa, which is the first expression of mahattattva. Establishment in this kośa in a universal manner is Savikalpa samádhi. When after emerging from the Samśkara, the hirańyamaya merges in attributeless Brahma, then this is called nirvikalpa samádhi.”
“Those who have attained the kámamaya kośa will say that it is not proper to steal since, if we steal, others may also steal from us. This is the trend of thought of the materialists. Their thinking is distorted with selfishness. One should not steal for the sake of keeping the mind pure. That is the correct approach.”
“The paincakośas shall have to be perfected, but how is it possible? They can be consummated only through the practice of yama and niyama [and the various lessons of sadhana]. The annamaya kośa is perfected through asanas (physical postures). Yama and niyama sádhana perfect the kámamaya kośa. The manomaya Kośa is perfected through pránáyáma. Through pratyáhára the atimánasa kośa is perfected. The vijinánmaya kośa is perfected through dhárańá and the hirańmaya kośa through dhyána. Only dhyána samádhi gives access to the soul. Pious persons are those who are earnest in their efforts to perfect the paincakośa. Human existence consists of the five kośas and spiritual practice is eightfold. This spiritual practice is Dharma. That which does not provide for the explanation of the paincakośa is not Dharma, but sectism.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 1, Invocation of the Supreme)

Baba says, “The loka above this where the hiran’maya kos’a (subtle causal mind) is established is what we call devarloka (satya loka). When sa’dhakas merge their petty I-feeling from the realm of the devarloka (where this I-feeling is not very much evident) — into the bearing of the Great, they establish themselves fully in Sagun’a Brahma (Qualified Consciousness — the collectivity of Parama’tman, Macrocosm and Microcosm). In this loka, if the whole of the I-feeling (asmita) ia shattered and merged in Purus’a, the unit attains total identification with Nirgun’a Brahma (Unqualified or Objectless Consciousness). This loka is the satyaloka — this indeed is the Brahmaloka. The one who is established in this loka is alone the Brahman’a (Bra’hmin’).” (Subhasita Samgraha – 4)

Baba says, “Hiranmaya Kos’a: In this kos’a the body even the knowledge of ‘I’ is not much in evidence the consciousness of individuality is present, ill defined and unclear. This is the subtlest layer of mind around the a’tman. In fact feeling of ‘I’ is reflective in this kos’a only because of its close proximity to the vijinanamaya kos’a. Here sattva is dominant, rajah is less and tamah is least.”

Hiranmaye pare kose, Virajam Brahma niskalam (Vedas)

“This kos’a is derived from the Tapah or Hiranmaya loka; its name means ‘made of gold’ and hence it is as pure and beautiful as gold. The Satya Loka which is the finest loka in the cosmic mind and where Brahma resides does not exist in the form of a kos’a because kos’as are limited while satya is unlimited and imperishable. Satya loka cannot therefore be part of any limited and perishable body formed of five kos’as. In Satya loka the a’tman alone exists; only due to the influence of Prakrti five kos’as or realms come into existence.” (SS-5)

[3] Prahara: A measurement of time equal to 3 hours.

[4] Tithis: One day in the moon calendar. In the moon calendar, each month is comprised of 28 days.

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Date: 02 Jan 2013 21:01:37 -0000
From: “Satyendra Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: What Should One Give

Baba

== WHAT SHOULD ONE GIVE ==

Namaskar,
It was the usual course that our Acaryaji would go to attend DMC those days. On one such occasion, a margii sister requested Acaryaji that he should take some mangoes grown in her garden and offer them in presentation to Baba. This is the story about that interaction and what we should offer to Baba.

For many years prior to ’90, whenever this margii sister would go for Baba’s darshan she would always offer fruit for Baba at His Baba’s Quarters (BQ). Thus, from her garden in the summer season she was offering mangoes and in the winter season she used to offer guava for the Baba Quarter’s caretaker to pass to Baba. In her simplicity, she was thinking that this was the only way to offer something at the lotus feet of Baba: To give it to Him physically.

Of course, according to Ananda Marga outlook, we know that this is not true.

Baba says, “Parama Puruśa is infinite and omnipresent; therefore His hands and feet are spread in all directions. As this entire creation is His mental projection, it has no absolute existence to Him. He does not require any physical hands or feet; even without them He can get any work done or go anywhere He likes, through mental imagination.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 33, Purusatattva)

Thus, Parama Purusa is ready to reach out in any direction to receive the offerings of His devotees.

At that time, that margii sister was not aware of that fact – she thought that offering something physically to Baba was the only way.

So when Acaryaji was going to Ananda Nagar then she raised the matter of offering something to Baba. Due to her own ill health she was unable to go for DMC, so she was requesting Acaryaji to make the offering of fruit for her.

After some deliberation back and forth, Acaryaji said, “Alright I will take your offering to Baba but you should know that making an offering to Parama Purusa every day is very important for your devotional link with Him. Today I am going there so I will bring it for you. But what about tomorrow, then what will you do.”

SPECIAL APPROACH FROM ACARYA DIARY

Acaryaji continued, “Surely what you want to offer you can offer and on this particular occasion, I will take it. But what if Baba is traveling and He is far away, in which case you cannot make your offering directly to Him. Will that not be a problem for you? Best then is to be aware about these following guidelines from Acarya Diary.

While teaching about the Ananda Marga system of Guru Puja in Acarya diary appendix, Baba has described that if devotees have a strong feeling to offer some worldly things to Guru, they can do so. Sadhakas can give those things to Guru during His physical presence. But Baba directs us that when He is moving here and there or after His physical departure, then those material gifts, which we desire to offer to Him, should be distributed to needy people – to suffering humanity. By that way, Baba will receive your offering.

Baba explains all this very clearly in the Acarya Diary.

ANOTHER WAY OF DOING

At the same time, Acaryaji said that we should not just perform external offerings to satisfy or please Baba. Because Baba is the Creator of the entire universe so He does not need those things, per se. Already He is the owner of all mundane objects. Acaryaji said that devotees should offer something more special – not just worldly fruits, vegetables and sweets. Because, after all, He is living in your heart, not in Ananda Nagar only etc.

Baba says, “Remember, you have to offer your own mind – not money, rice plantains or other mundane objects. The give-and-take of material things is a business transaction. If you want to attain the bliss of Brahma, you must offer your own self. If you want to have the Great ‘I’, you must surrender your own little ‘I’. You have to give the full sixteen a’nna’s, (the full rupee). Giving fifteen a’nna’s and holding back one a’nna’ will not do. You must completely surrender. To attain that Infinite One with the help of your mental concentration and strength, you have to surrender yourself. But, remember self-surrender does not mean suicide. On the contrary, your soul will have its full expression. Your existence will not become contracted, for contraction is inert in principle. Hence in the sádhaná of self-surrender the ego is expanded, not contracted. In the Mahábhárata, when Duhshásana was pulling the sari of Draopadii, she was tightly holding the cloth to her body with one hand beseeching lord Krśńa with the other. “Oh! My lord, save me!” But the Lord did not then come forward to save her from shame. When Draopadii found no means of escape, she then released her hold on the cloth and appealed to the Lord most piteously with both hands out-stretched, crying, “O Lord, I surrender my all to you. Do what you think is best”. And the Lord immediately rescued her. That is why I say that you will have to dedicate yourselves to His feet wholly and unreservedly. You will earn godliness in proportion to the extent that you surrender yourselves, and finally, after merging that acquired godliness of yours in His Entity, you will attain eternal bliss.” (Subháśita Saḿgraha Part-3)

After listening to Baba’s teaching, the margii became inspired and she asked if there was anything more on this topic.

IDEATION IS THE MAIN THING

Acaryaji also told that in one Acarya meeting Baba has given one special explanation. Baba was telling how one Dada had brought Him a gift or offering and then Baba Himself brought that very item out from His pocket.

Then Baba explained that material things have two values. The first was economic value, but Baba quickly added that no matter how much economic worth it has, that does not have any value in the realm of spirituality – in the devotional sphere. So only one value counts – and that is with how much love and affection that material offering was made. I.e. What was the ideation behind that offering. So if someone offers something physical then the quantum of love associated with that offering is the main thing. Here is another explanation.

If the item offered however is 100 US dollars but the feeling is negligible or nil – since the offering was made for show only – or for name and fame only, then lacking any proper ideation, that offering is zero.

And the other side is that if one devotee did not bring anything and did not give anything physically to give to Baba, but with deep feeling in the heart that sadhaka is offering something mentally, then that has full value.

SUMMARY

Here is the review:

#1: If a material offering is made to Parama Purusa devoid of spiritual ideation and sweet feeling then that offering has zero value, no matter how costly it is.

#2: If a physical offering is made accompanied by proper ideation and heartfelt feeling, the quantum of feeling is the aspect that has value. The money or that cost of the material offering has no value.

#3: If a person is offering an inexpensive object that is accompanied by deep devotional feeling, then that is everything.

So the degree of heart-felt love for Parama Purusa is the key ingredient.

FOUR CASE SCENARIOS OF OFFERING

AND HOW MUCH BENEFIT THEY GOT

Thus suppose someone has offered an item that costs $100,000 to the Lord, but that offering was made without an iota of devotional feeling for Parama Purusa – zero percent. Just that person made that offering for public show – i.e. to brag around town so others would think he was a great devotee. He did it as a ploy to garner respect. That person does not have any reverence for Parama Purusa. So that offering had no value; thus, he did not receive any benefit.

The next person was not quite as wealthy in the material sphere. That person could only offer $2,000, and he made that offering with 5% of devotional feeling for the Parama Purusa. In that case that worshiper got 5% percent benefit.

Then there was a university student of little means. That student could only offer 1 penny’s worth of physical wealth to Parama Purusa, but he made that offering with 90% devotion & reverence for the Lord. Then that offering is highly significant and Parama Purusa showered 90% benefit upon that student.

Finally there was a bhatka did not offer any physical objects or material wealth to Parama Pursa. But with deep devotional feeling he thought, “O’ my Lord, I am offering all the loving expression of my heart and mind unto You – whatever I have please accept it.” That offering was made with 100% devotional feeling and surrender to Parama Purusa. In that case, then and there, Parama Purusa accepted that offering and poured 100% benefit on that sadhaka.

THE COMMON THEME

The common theme throughout is that physical wealth and material offerings have zero value in and of themselves. Parama Purusa does not count those things. He only sees how much devotion a person has for Him. On that basis He showers His grace. Or, one can say, people realise His grace because ultimately He showers His grace on all. Some get drenched, otherwise not.

The key point is that only one’s devotional feeling counts. That is all that Parama Purusa values – not anything else.

But humans are emotional beings and they want to give something material. And that is fine to do. But one should know the inner science. Sometimes by giving material things one gets satisfaction. For that reason devotees like to offer something. But that material offering should be utilised in the service of the needy.

The final point is this: Competing in the material sphere to offer grand gifts to the Lord, as happens in the dogmatic religions, is not the way in Ananda Marga. Parama Purusa weighs only 1 criteria: How much devotion one has for Him. All other factors are meaningless. Social position, knowledge, physical wealth up to the peak of the the Himalayas, Olympic gold medals, external beauty, post, PHd in hundreds of subjects – all these things do not count for anything in the eyes of the Lord. Parama Purusa only cares about how much heart-felt devotion a sadhaka has for Him.

That is the teaching Baba has given in that very acarya meeting: The value of the offering is based on one’s devotional feeling for Parama Purusa, not the mundane worth of any particular object.

These following quotes lead in this same direction.

Baba says, “Parama Puruśa only values the inner thoughts and feelings of human beings. He is omniscient, forever watching throughout the creation those who are meditating upon Him with undivided attention, and those who have been patiently waiting with an unwavering mind to realize Him.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy – 5, Integral and Non-Integral Outlook)

And this same idea, Baba has beautifully expressed in one Hindi discourse given in Saharsa. There Baba discusses how Parama Purusa does not regard a person for their wealth and monetary worth, rather He sees how much devotion they have in their heart.

“कोई आदमी बीस subject में M.A. बन गया, महामहोपाध्याय पण्डित बन गया, तो “ऊँचे दर्ज़े के हैं”, सो बात नहीं है | अपढ़ आदमी भी ऊपर उठ जा सकते हैं, और महापण्डित भी नीचे रह जा सकते हैं | यहाँ परमात्मा विद्या तथा बुद्धि के अनुसार विचार नहीं करते हैं | वे तराजू में तौलते हैं—किनमें कितनी मुहब्बत है |” (27 Jun 80 Saharsa; published Subhasita Samgraha- 14, chap 9)

MORE OF BABA’S TEACHINGS

Baba says, “Surrender all one’s mental colour to Parama Purus’a, and thus free oneself from the bondage.” (Namami Krsnasundaram)

“O Lord, Thou art the creator of this universe. This universe is full of gems and jewels. So do You require anything from a poor man like me? Nothing. All the gems and jewels, everything, all the wealth of the world, belongs to You. And Your grhińii, Your spouse, is Mahámáyá. She is Your spouse, and according to Your order and desire She will supply You with anything. In Nagpur You may say, ‘Oh, Mahámáyá, I want a mango,’ and then and there it will be furnished. Mahámáyá is Your spouse, so there cannot be any want, there cannot be any shortage in Your store. So what shall I offer to Thee? I have heard that Your big devotees, by their strong devotion and love for You, have snatched away Your Mind, have taken away Your Mind. I am not a big devotee. The big devotees have taken away Your Mind. You have lost Your Mind. So there is a shortage of one thing, a shortage of mind. But Lord, You needn’t be disappointed. I have a mind with me – take that mind. I offer it to Thee.”

“Tava dravyam Jagatguro Tubhyameva samarpaye.”

“Everything of mine, along with my mind, is offered at Your altar. Please oblige and accept it.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 3, Pranama Mantra)

at His lotus feet,
Satyendra

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Ekla’ a’ma’y phele kotha’y gele cale…” P.S. 1326

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, by Your grace I have deep longing for You, but You have just cast me aside, thrown me away, and left me all alone. O’ Baba, to which far distant land have You gone. Baba, why were You remaining side by side together along with me all those days and why now without revealing anything You just left. Why like this? What is this divine game of Yours? O’ Parama Purusa why have You secretly left – the tree which You have planted is now full of flowers and fruits. The tune which I practiced is still resonating in my mind, in my heart – always, all the time.

Baba, I was shivering from that biting, bone-chilling, cold, northern wind when You came and blessed me that Your divine warm touch. That gave such a soothing balm in my heart. That memory is still coming in my mind. In my bad days when I was feeling completely lost and alone, that very time You gave me shelter; You graciously lifted me up from the dust and place me on Your Lap. That scene still is imprinted in my mind.

Baba, even today the warm, southern breeze of Your sweet touch is vibrating my whole existence. In the mind, it is coming in the shade of the very well-tended madhavii garden. Baba, I and You were there and You left me alone, where have You gone.

O’ Parama Purusa I am still longing for You and counting the days. Baba, please come…

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Diary of A Devotee

Date: 17 Nov 2012 21:59:13 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Cinmay” cc47@agency.profile…
Subject: Diary of A Devotee

Baba

== DIARY OF A DEVOTEE ==

(Note: Here following is an account from one sadhaka which we have titled as, “Diary of A Devotee.” – Eds)

Namaskar,
Ananda Marga is something very vast; it is not limited to sitting down twice daily for sadhana; Ananda Marga is a whole way of life where one’s entire outlook is coloured with the multifarious shades of our socio-cum-spiritual approach. From morning wake-up till sleeptime, from birth to death, each and every breath and thought moves in a particular flow. Nothing is outside the spiritual approach of Ananda Marga.

Here below is an entry from the diary of one devotee and it expressively shows how one deals with the ups and downs of worldly life, always linking with Parama Purusa with full love and affection – always keeping Baba in mind. So this letter shows how, despite all kinds of challenges and difficulties, one devotee maintains his sweet, close-knit link with His Ista, Baba.

HOW TO SAVE ONESELF FROM CRUDIFICATION

WHILE DOING WORK

Baba says, “This world is changing, moving. The word jagat (world) is derived from the root, gam-kvip, which means moving. This universe is the psychic manifestation of Brahma. All thought processes are moving and restive, and that is why this world, the psychic manifestation of Brahma. All thought processes are moving and restive and that is why this world, the psychic manifestation of Saguńa Brahma (the Subjectivated Transcendentality), is moving and restive. A thing that appears beautiful today is not necessarily so tomorrow. A sandesh (sweetmeat) that is delicious today will not be fit for consumption after a few days. Indeed one cannot even vouch for its shape still being intact. Every unit is in a state of change, and that is why the pleasure derived from unit objects cannot last permanently. So what should a sádhaka (spiritual aspirant) do? He or she must ascribe divinity to every unit object. Everything is the manifestation of God. Whether it is land, home, river, mountain, respect, insult, day or night – everything is He and His manifestation as a unit. Make proper use of all objects thinking that they are His gifts to us. To enjoy or endure anything is to enjoy or endure Him. Avoid the attraction of the unit and make contact with the integral whole. When you are able to live this way, the desire to steal the property of others will completely disappear.”

“In Ananda Marga there is a special process through which one can dedicate everything to God. The ascription of divinity to objects means the pursuit of the Infinite, leaving the finite behind. Are you feeding your son? No, no, you are feeding the son-like manifestation of Brahma. Are you tilling the field? No, no you are serving the finite manifestation of Brahma with your plough. Really speaking, the ascription of divinity to objects precludes their material enjoyment, as the objects then merge in the non-material Supreme Brahma. Thus the mind of one, who has established him or herself in real vaerágya (the renunciation of all sensual pleasures) can never become attached to finite objects. Even in their midst he or she remains beyond the reach of their attraction and gains eternal peace after death.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 2, The Intuitional Science of the Vedas – 1)

Baba’s teaching continues…

TRUE SADHAKAS TAKE BATH WITHOUT GETTING WET

No truck with water while I bathe
With hairs flowing free
Nor woes nor griefs shall ever scathe
Unwet I dip in sea.
Dedicated to God, night and day
Awake, asleep or dreaming be
No lures of world or desires gay
Dare ever come between He and me.

“Do your work, but do not be caught up with it. A great man said, –”

HOW SADHAKAS BIND PARAMA PURUSA

Grind spices or be a cook
Touch not the pan you ever
Dance a frog ’fore serpent’s hook
But let it not devour,
In the sea of nectar shall you bathe
Unwet shall remain your hair
Tie the elephant to a spider’s web
Love awaits you there.

“Here the spider represents the little unit, the sádhaka. A sádhaka will realize what divine love is like only when he or she prepares the cobweb of devotion and ties the elephant, the Supreme Entity to it.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 2, The Intuitional Science of the Vedas – 1)

A FEW PERSONAL REFLECTIONS

“Baba, I am surrendering unto You and realise by Your grace how my everything is in Your hand. The way You want to keep me is for my welfare.”

“…One thing I know is that cultivating the regular habit of manan (thinking of Him), shravan (singing and listening His name), and niddhidhyasana (ideating on him) is the best way to continue the ideal of remembering HIM during the day. HE is the best satsaunga…”

“One opportunity has come in my life which I want to pursue for Him, because Baba emphasizes the cultivation of the fine arts; and this new endeavour gives me the opportunity to serve society through the medium of fine art”

“Recently, Baba has provided me with the opportunity to do a radio, T.V., web media program show on what is called “public access”, which means that a common citizen can do a show on a T.V. channel that is available locally for people to use. I wanted to do a weekly Tantra show propagating Ananda Marga philosophy. It would have the potential to reach maybe many, many people. This opportunity has kept me going emotionally, the chance to work for HIM.”

“The other new development is that my mother has become a stronger and stronger devotee and I want to spend more time helping her to cultivate that by doing sadhana with her, reading her Baba stories, showing her Baba videos and playing His discourses on tape.”

“It’s part of my debt to mother and parents, so it is Baba’s grace that my mother is getting more and more devotionally inclined.”

“Yes, I feel the need to include my mother in sadhana with me more and more; she truly loves HIM and I want to help her increase that desire of longing and loving for HIM. My father, on the other hand, is not as devotional as far as I can tell. Still, I want to approach him more scientifically to try to convince him to try meditation again.”

“Yes, BABA is forever Great and Merciful. He has provided me with wonderful understanding parents, who accept me as a devotee and have never ever discouraged me to not be part of AMPS and in fact, used to transport me to and from the airport when going to participate in LFT RDS, LFT meetings, or going for HIS dharshan. So, how fortunate I am to be reminded about debt to parents; I somehow only remember HIM talking about debt to parents after they leave their bodies–how foolish am I to think of that debt in only one way! Now my focus has been changed. Now I must commit and focus on their spiritual development! OH, BABA!”

“…I have been reading some of the His books and have become more inspired and happy to be HIS. Thinking of the many times HE has personally Graced me while I was before HIM during LFT reporting or through PC, DS, the video of HIM giving me the award for Koashikii competition, or the feedback I got from PA about what BABA said about me when I sent BABA messages personally.”

“Then there are the numerous BABA dreams by which HE is still Gracing me.”

“Not to mention how HE protects me today and has taught me many ways to remember HIM when not sitting for sadhana and about the subtle ways Avidya Maya keeps me from HIM. I look back at this and say to myself, ‘He has Graced me with all these things, these spiritual boons. I must do something great for HIM. I must show my love to HIM. I must serve HIM. I must make HIM happy. I must give HIM pleasure. I must do HIS Mission. I MUST become the BEST MEDIUM…..NOW. Not later’.”

“I must begin the intensive daily sadhana now, not wait until something ‘happens’ to me to allow me to do the intensive sadhana I want. I am thinking that I will increase my sadhana and cut back on my sleep and eating times to allow me the extra time to do more sadhana. If HE sees how serious and sincere my desire is, HE MUST do something for me to support my Desire.”

SURRENDERING UNTO HIM

“…Baba, O’ my Dearest One, this [below] teaching of Yours inspires me to utilise me life for YOU & ONLY YOU…It is Your grace…”

Our dharmashastra says, “Remember, you have to offer your own identity– not money, rice plantains or other crude objects. The give-and-take of crude things is a business transaction. If you want to attain the bliss of Brahma, you must offer your own self. If you want to have the Great ‘I’, you must give away your own little ‘I’. You have to give the full sixteen a’nna’s, (the full rupee). Giving fifteen a’nna’s and holding back one a’nna’ will not do. You must completely surrender. To attain that Infinite One with the help of your mental concentration and strength, you have to surrender yourselves.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 3, p.69)

FURTHER REFLECTIONS

“…During the past few months or more, by Baba’s grace I have been experiencing strong urges for HIM and deeply desire to do HIS Work more and more.”

“Also He has been making me stronger to be the Best Medium for Him in future, and by His grace sadhana will get better every day from today onward, but alas, even though I got to my mundane job knowing that it is all for Him – it is His liila that it limits me as well.”

“In Baba’s colorful panromic display, all are my brothers and sisters, so I realise it is just His play that in my current work situation that there are some crude people with lots of negative microvita in their minds. Often they talk about sex or say sexual things and most are non-vegetarians as well.”

“I also don’t get pleasure earning money for my worldly existence. By His grace I am here for BABA, to do pracar, not just to make a living. Anybody can make a living; but I feel it is my duty to do more than that——by HIS Grace, for HIM.”

“…It is His liila that working at the job has taught me many things about myself. Baba has also taught me how distractions from Him are made. For instance, sometimes co-workers have tried to get me in trouble, which made me angry or worried and that took my attention away from HIM. Or sometimes, praise from my bosses, took my attention from Him. To grow into my job’s position, I have been given certain responsibilities which benefit me later during raise time, and also benefit the institution…All these things take me away from HIM. What a liila!”

“By this way, I know that Baba is most gracious and has allowed me to learn the above lesson, so I am ignoring praise and censure and have taken the strong determination to think with even greater desire for HIM alone.”

“As I recently looked back at those coworkers who were trying to get me into trouble, Baba has graciously has transformed those thorns turn into flowers.”

“I know it is HIS Liila and that He is protecting me because of His causeless grace.”

GURU’S GUIDELINE

“…So, now that I have learned the lesson to remember Him during the subtle distractions at work, I tell BABA that it is time that I work for HIM and HIM alone.”

Sadguru says, “Vrtha’ janma goina’yaluin hena Prabhu na’ bhojaluin Khoya’yalu soha gun’anidhi, Hama’r karama manda na milala eka bunda Premasindhu rasaka abadhi. Fruitless, O Lord, has been my life That sang not of glories Thine; Lost in the worldly strife And lost Thee, most precious treasure of mine. Fate’s long and ominous hand With compassion, cold and daft, Strayed me out of Thy Love’s strand Deprived, alas of a single Draught.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 3, p.69)

“HOW MUCH CAN YOUR WORLDLY FRIENDS AND RELATIONS DO FOR YOU”

Baba says, “The worship of Brahma should be done scrupulously, or else you will later regret and bemoan the futility of your life with the last drop of your tears at your last hour. You should make your life worthwhile through your sadhana. How much can your worldly friends and relations do for you? After your death your relatives may perhaps ask, ‘How much money has he left behind?’. Your friends may go to the crematorium and indulge in flattering reminiscences about you. Your husband or wife may cry out for you for about ten or twelve days and then regain their normal composure. Your lot will be only a profound sigh– a record of the futility and frustration of your life. So do not waste your time lest you later have to repent.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 3, p.69)

So I am immensely fortunate to be part of this family of Ananda Marga – it is Baba’s grace – and it will be wonderful to hear more from our family of bhaktas about experiences in life as an Ananda Margii.

Namaskar,
Cinmay

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“E sha’rad sandya’ na’ce madhuchanda’, ceye a’che toma’ri pa’ne…” (P.S. 3340)

Purport:

Baba, this beautiful evening of pre-winter is dancing in ecstasy and looking towards You. In the atmosphere of the sweet fragrance of the shepha’lii flower, who knows what these beautiful white clouds in the sky want to express – what loving feeling of their heart they want to communicate and to whom.

Baba, who can say when the first sunrise happened; nor can anybody guess when the last sunset will happen. But this beautiful evening of pre-winter
season understands the tale that – Baba, You know everything and You are always attracting everyone.

Baba, I have only one longing in my heart: That You please give me parabhakti. With that strength, O’ Lord, I can get salvation – You. In the atmosphere of this melodious and colorful evening which is saturated with the love & fragrance of the shepha’lii flower, I ask, bowing down to Your lotus feet, that please have karuna’ on me.

Baba, in this divinely intoxicating pre-winter evening, please saturate my heart with Your divine love…

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Date: 05 Oct 2012 20:56:36 -0000
From: “Naresh Mitter”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Baba Story: Brave Margii Fights For Ista

Baba

== BABA STORY: BRAVE MARGII FIGHTS FOR ISTA ==

Namaskar,
There are countless Baba stories related with Ista and Adarsha; here I am sharing one very devotional story about one sadhaka’s non-compromising strictness and faith in the sanctity of Ista and adarsha.

THOSE PRE-EMERGENCY DAYS

One very senior margii, Shrii Bhagavanji, from Pathargama Village, Godda district (Bihar), was an LFT and working as an Ananda Marga schoolteacher.

This was the pre-emergency period: Baba was in jail, and many negative articles were printed in the newspaper against Ananda Marga. Not only that, anti-social elements were making jokes about and ridiculing Ananda Marga whenever they saw any of our respected avadhutas or Wt’s in dress.

Sometimes, with their inimical outlook, crude people would try to intentionally taunt and harass margiis. Such callous people were thinking they also could take advantage of the situation and abuse Ananda Marga since the newspapers, government and CBI were already propagandising against AMPS.

Side by side, many good people in society were very sympathetic to our cause. They were notably impressed with Ananda Marga social service projects as well as with the honest and strict moral conduct of Ananda Margiis. So they felt a sense of kinship towards Ananda Marga. In their own quiet manner they were very supportive. Only on the public front, they were forced to be reserved because of the ghastly attitude those in power had towards Ananda Marga.

That was the climate those days. Now here is the real story.

THE STORY UNFOLDS

The LFT teacher Bhagavanji arrived with an application to the food supply officer in order to pick-up the food quota (allotted amount) for the Ananda Marga children’s home. When the corrupt officer saw the application from the children’s home in-charge (Bhagavanji), then in a mocking manner the officer used abusive language towards Baba and Ananda Marga.

Actually, this official had a history of corrupt dealings, and Ananda Margiis had lodged complaints against him in the past. So this corrupt official harboured a lot of anger, resentment, and ill-will towards Ananda Margiis.

Note: Before continuing on with the story here I should say something so this story will be very clear. In Hindi the pronunciation of the terms ‘Murgii’, ‘Murti’, and ‘Margii’ are very similar. And the meaning of ‘Murgii’ is hen (female chicken).

Now the story continues:

So in taunting tone, the communist-minded officer said, “Oh, you are an Ananda Murgii, how is it you are outside the jail? How is it you did not get arrested? Where is your Guru AnandaMurgii.”

Hearing this, the margii Bhagavanji’s whole existence was burning. He became furious and one great, strong burst of energy came into his body.

Both parties were sitting face to face and in between them was one table.

Bhagavanji scanned around and saw a 1/2 lb, solid glass, paperweight. Without saying a word, within a fraction of a second Bhagavanji grabbed that glass paper weight and pounded it directly on the corrupt officer’s face, in a strong way with full strength. The officer’s nose and front teeth were totally smashed. Some of the teeth actually fell onto the ground.

THEY ALL COME RUNNING

Hearing the cry of the officer, other officials rushed to the scene. They were terrified by what they saw. They were horrified and stricken with fear. They froze and could not retaliate against Bhagavanji. In a roaring voice, the margii Bhagavanji threatened them: “If anybody utters one word against my Guru Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji, they will invite their death.”

With fear nobody could utter any word. Those corrupt officers stood there frozen with fear and shock.

Later on a police complaint was made and Bhagavanji got arrested.

THE NEWS IS CONVEYED TO BABA & HE RESPONDS

When news of this reached to Baba, He smiled and blessed Bhagavanji. Then those margiis understood that nothing bad was going to happen and they conveyed this to Bhagavanji.

So although Bhagavanji got arrested, he was very happy to have had opportunity to serve Baba in this way. And he was feeling very determined and optimistic that everything will be alright.

Sure enough, after 2 days, Bhagavanji was released from jail. There was never a court case against him. Actually, that corrupt officer was so terrified and worried that he requested a transfer and never brought the matter to court. Nor did he ever give testimony. As far as the legal system was concerned, the whole incident never happened.

Yet we know the sinner’s face got smashed and deformed; and margii Bhagavanji got victory by Baba’s grace. All the margiis who heard about this event got the lesson that where there is Ista there is victory. They understood that they should never tolerate any abuse to Ista and adarsha.

ANANDA MARGIIS HAVE POINTED DEVOTION

News of this event spread like wildfire throughout the entire district. Good people in society remained supportive of Ananda Marga and impressed with the conduct and service-minded approach of margiis and wts. Those people had a sympathetic view and watched for our well-being. There were many, many such supporters. It was only those anti-social elements who became alert upon hearing of this incident. They understood that on the point of Ista and adarsha, Ananda Margiis are very one-pointed and strict. Actually this helped Ananda Margiis immensely. Otherwise, surviving as an Ananda Margii those days was very difficult. The corrupt leaders of society and communist government officials were totally against Ananda Marga. The tendency was then for those negative officers to harass Ananda Margiis. But Bhagavanji’s fierce approach put them on the alert: If they taunt Ananda Margiis, their face will be smashed.

On paper, the point of Ista may look small; but, in reality, it is a big, big point. Strictness and faith in Ista is the foundation for every Ananda Margii: Only then one will have the courage to march forward towards the Goal.

BABA’S BLESSING

Dedication and surrender to Ista is the pre-requisite factor for progressing in spiritual realm. Those who lack this basic devotional feeling Ista cannot advance. Those who have embraced Ista with the inner core of their heart have verily taken the path of Ananda Marga as their way of life and Baba is their Goal. For such blessed sadhakas, success is sure.

Baba says, “Ista means Parama Purusa…Where there is dharma there is Ista; the two are inseparably connected, and thus those who follow dharma are sure to follow Ista also. Dharma cannot exist where there is no love for God.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 12, p. 40)

Namaskar,
Naresh

Note 1: ONLY STRIKE AGAINST DELIBERATE SINNERS, NOT INNOCENT PEOPLE

In society there are all kinds of people. Sometimes innocent, naive, or confused persons may make a disparaging joke or even ridicule you. Then that is a different matter – because you can convince them and they will feel repentant for their words. It is just like if a child makes a joke about Ananda Marga, then that child can be easily taught. As workers and margiis, we do not take those incidents seriously. In stark contrast, in the above story, the margii was confronted by a deliberate sinner – a corrupt official with staunch hatred toward Ananda Marga. That officer was not a good man; he knowingly and intentionally abused Ista. There was zero scope to convince him of his wrongdoing / wickedness and bring him onto the right path. Again it should be understood: That officer was a deliberate sinner.That is why Bhagavanji took such a strong stand.

Note 2: QUALIFICATION OF EVERY ANANDA MARGII

Certainly all in Ananda Marga are aware about these two following conduct rules:

“Non-compromising strictness and faith regarding the sanctity of Ista.” (Sixteen Points, #10)

“You should always bear in mind that you should not try to convince by argument anyone who criticises your Is’ta (Goal), Adarsha (Ideology), Supreme Command or Conduct Rules. If this occurs you should adopt a hard and uncompromising attitude.” (Caryacarya – 2, Sadhana, pt #21)

All Ananda Margiis are aware about these two teaching and these are the very backbone of our AM spiritual cult. Without the faith and love for God (Ista), sadhana is meaningless. It is just like trying to plant and grow seeds in the dry, hot desert sand.

Love for God is basic a quality of every sadhaka. It must be carefully preserved.

Baba says, “This element of devotion, the most precious treasure of humanity, must be preserved most carefully. Because it is such a tender inner asset, to preserve it from the onslaughts of materialism…” (Neo-Humanism: Liberation of Intellect, p. 3)

Every Ananda Margii carries this in their heart. They believe these above quoted teachings from Baba and they put these teachings into practice.

PRABHATA SAMGIITA

“Toma’r saunge mor paricay, ek-a’dha yuger katha’ nay…” (PS 2303)

Purport:

Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, by Your grace my closeness with You is not only since the last few hundred or even few thousand years. Nor is it only since the last one or two epochs or ages. Baba, from before the beginning of time You have been along with me; by Your grace I have always been in Your shelter. Baba, I have been singing Your divine glory since eternity. It is Your grace.

Baba, by being ensconced in Your divine love, my heart became satiated and fulfilled. All my needs and longings have become completely quenched and satisfied. Baba, by constantly ideating on You – day and night, all the time– by Your grace my mind may become one with You.

Baba, please be gracious and do not keep me distant. Always keep me close to Your lotus feet– under Your shelter. Baba, please remain along with me constantly – all the 24 hrs. And please grace me and saturate my mind with Your divine nectar. Baba, make my life full by utilising me all the time in various deeds, in whatever way You like.

Baba, our intimacy and relation has been since eternity. By Your divine krpa’, it will go on up to infinity. Baba, You are so gracious…

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