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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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To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: You Get To Choose The Name
Date: Tue 07 Aug 2012 21:31:37
From: Pashupati@osha….

Baba

“Toma’ke ka’che peyeo cena’ da’y…” (PS 2288)

Purport:
Baba, O’ my Dearmost, You are mine – You are very close to me [1]. Baba, often I think that I have understood You completely; but when I contemplate more deeply I realise that I know not. To understand You fully, the unit mind must lose its individual identity. As long as one is cognizant of their own unit existence, then You cannot be realised. So, in spite of having You very close, it is still not possible for me to fully realise You. Baba, by Your grace You are my very intimate and closest One: You smile softly and say You love me. Yet when I long for You and yearn to have You in a more intimate way, You are not coming that close. Then I think that I do not properly understand Your mind – Your desire. Otherwise surely You would come deep into the depths of my heart. Baba, alas I do not know how to satisfy You completely.

Baba, just when I think I have completely understood You, and just when I think I have truly come to know You, then with Your divine liila You shower even more of Your divine love and I become restless to get You more and more close. Baba, I feel so much love for You in my heart that my eyes constantly rain tears when I think of You. It is Your grace.

Baba, due to Your infinite compassion I have understood that only You are the Essence. You alone are the Cosmic Nucleus of this vast universe. Baba, by Your grace I have forgotten all those transitory expressions. I no longer run after the ephemeral things of this mundane world. Baba, I have accepted the greatness of Your divine liila. I understand that Your liila cannot be understood [2] Now I only think and sing: O’ Lord, please forgive me for my wrongdoing and sinful deeds by showering Your causeless grace on me.

Baba, You can only be attained through surrender and love. O’ Lord please grace me; please fill me with Your divine compassion…

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #2288:

[1] “Toma’ke ka’che peyeo cena’ da’y”: The central theme of the first line of this Prabhat Samgiita is expressed by this people shloka.

Baba says, “Tadiha’ntike ca: some people think, “No, Parama Purus’a is not far from me. He is quite near. He is everywhere.” In Sam’skrta, iha means
“here.” But even if you say iha or “near,” there remains a slight gap. To those who perpetually think that Parama Purus’a is very, very near to them,
He becomes so close that nothing closer can even be imagined. In such a circumstance, people realize that pashyatsvihaeva nihitam’ guha’ya’m: those
who have the vision to see, realize that He is not in the east or the west, in the north or the south, but He is lying hidden in the innermost cavity
of their minds, in their own existential “I” feelings. Hence no one should wander about searching for Him in the external world. Make your existential
“I” feeling pure and holy: if you purify your mind through virtuous deeds, through meditation and contemplation, and through kiirtana, you will be
able to realize Him.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 12)

[2] “Toma’r liila’y ha’r ma’niya’chi”: This phrase from the third stanza of the above Prabhat Samgiita is neatly represented by this below paragraph
from one of His divine discourses.

Baba says, “Surrender yourself to His will. Shake off your load of self-conceit. Lighten the burden of your life and float yourself on the waves of His will. It is He who is teaching you the sa’dhana’ in the guise of a Guru (preceptor); it is He who is strengthening your knowledge and faith in the guise of a philosopher. You are plundering His mercy in everything day and night. Go on working as a machine, leaving the doership to Him. How little can your poor intellect comprehend or analyse His unfathomable sport (liila’)! So, instead of trying to comprehend or analyse keep the bearing of that inscrutable juggler aglow before your eyes.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life – 4)

== YOU GET TO CHOOSE THE NAME ==

Namaskar,

Baba says, “The Naming of and First Feeding of Solid Food to an Infant: When an infant is six months old (or any time between six months and one year of age), at least five members of Ananda Marga will gather together on a convenient day, and the infant will be laid before them. The a’ca’rya/a’…will recite the following verse first,..” (Caryacarya – 1, chapter 1)

In the above guideline Baba is giving the initial description about how the baby naming ceremony (ja’takarma) is to be carried out. And one key point in all of this is that the Wts should offer or suggest multiple names for the baby and then the guardians or parents will select which one they like best. This should all be done in a relaxed way in the months or weeks or days before the baby naming ceremony. But the main thing is that the final selection of the baby’s name is done by the parents / guardians. And the acarya’s duty is to provide them with a proper selection of names. This is Baba system.

Unfortunately nowadays in some cases the Wts select one name and present or even force the family to accept that name. But Baba’s rule is that the immediate family members should always be able to choose a name they like based on the suggestions of their acarya.

And Baba has graciously given such a system that many, many different names are appropriate for the baby – all depending upon the day and time of the child’d birth. So there are many options and those who are true acaryas present a wide array of name to the family.

In contrast those Wts who are fake try to impose one single name as if his choice of name is the only magical divine name for the child. Means the acarya is using the baby naming ceremony as a time to glorify his own greatness. So that is just his arrogance. Those who are reasonable and rational acaryas will always give the family a choice of name. And that is Baba’s system.

HOW A NAME IS SELECTED

Depending upon exactly when the baby is born a wide selection of letters may be appropriate for being the starting letter of the baby’s name. In some cases 5 or even 10 options are there. And from those 5-10 letters then dozens and dozens of names can be offered. As an example here is a selection of letters that might be able to be used for selecting the child’s name.

(1) T’A, (2) T’HA, (3) D’A, (4) D’HA, (5) N’A (6) TA (7) THA (8) DA (9) DHA (10) NA ETC.

So by the numerous options, we can see that Baba’s system is quite complete and offers a wide array of selections. So no family should ever think that they have to accept any particular name. Rather they should have a choice from dozens of options. Nobody should feel stuck on this point and if any particular acarya is not being helpful on this point then simply seek the help of a different WT or family acarya– or even a senior margii.

Namaskar,
Pashupati

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From: Purusottoma
Subject: One Should Assess Oneself on the Following
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:48:36 -0400

Baba

“Prabhu tumi eso ghare eso a’ma’r ghare…” (PS 632)

Purport:

Baba, please grace me by coming to my house – O’ Supreme One, please come to my abode. Having lit the lamp of longing & yearning for You, I am anxiously awaiting. Baba, with deep longing in my heart, I am looking toward the path of Your arrival. O’ my Dearmost, please come in my mind, in my heart. Baba, why are You remaining on the dark path in the deep night and keeping distant. I have lit the lamp for You. O’ my Dearest, I am waiting for You. Please come in my mind, in my heart– please come.

Baba, with a deep yearning & longing to get You, I am looking all around in search of You. I think about You while looking up toward the sky and I wonder where You are. O’ my Dearmost, I hear Your tales from the songs of the stars in the sky. They chant about Your divine splendour and sing about Your glory. O’ Baba, I am just a unit being and You are that Cosmic Entity. Even then my heart feels that I am Yours and You are mine. Baba, by Your grace I have realised that this is the quintessence. O’ my Dearmost, You have made me realise that You are my everything – nothing else. All other things come and go in this transitory world; only You are my eternal Companion, my Bandhu. Baba, our relation is beyond everything – beyond this relative world.

Baba, with a strong desire to get You and have Your proximity, by Your grace I have prepared a seat for You in the corner of my mind. And I have
decorated that seat with dhu’p, diip, shubhrainjain [1] – the love of my heart. O’ Baba, ensconced in Your shravan, manan, niddhidhyasana [2],
bhajan, and kiirtan, I am waiting for You. By Your grace, I have collected flowers for You from my mental garden. O’ my Dearmost I have arranged them
just for You. With those flowers, I want to offer my mind, my heart, my everything at Your lotus feet. Baba, please come to me…

END NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #632:

[1] Dhu’p, Diip, Shubhrainjain: This is one way to decorate one’s sadhana room with (a) dhu’p, which is one type of fragrant wood like sandalwood,
(b) diip, which refers to those little lamps used during Diipavali celebrations, and (c) shubhrainjain, which is a brilliant ointment or effulgent callarium. Of course, in the setting of Prabhat Samgiita, these three terms have an internal meaning as well. These words signify that the sadhaka has prepared his heart and mind in a nice way in order to receive Parama Purusa. One is calling out to Him with love and devotion by His grace.

[2] Shravan, Manan, Niddhidhyasana: Here below Baba explains the great import of these three devotional practices.

Baba says, “To attain Him human beings have to take recourse to shravana (constantly hearing His name), manana (constantly ideating on Him) and
nididya’sana (constantly meditating on Him). The Supreme Entity is Gurha, that is, He is lying hidden in the innermost recess of the human entity. To
attain Him one must penetrate deep within oneself, and for that the development of an introversial outlook is essential.” (Tattva Kaomudi – 3)

== ONE SHOULD ASSESS ONESELF OF THE FOLLOWING ==

Namaskar,

Baba says, “When human beings feel that, ‘Parama Purusa is my everything’, then that is called as sharan (shelter). No being can come under the sharan (shelter) of two different Entities. So what is the meaning of Sharanagati (surrender)? When living beings give up their ‘I-feeling’ by withdrawing the mind from any other object and completely adopt the feeling that Parama Purusa alone is my everything.”

“Up to the time when any person is thinking that they are working with their own strength, then we should understand that the feeling of sharanagati has not yet come in them. And when human beings think that, ‘I am doing the work only with His strength’, it means the feeling of sharanagati has come in their mind. So when living beings start thinking that, ‘Whatever work I am doing, I am doing with His strength’, then they have the feeling of sharanagati.” (General Darshan, Patna DMC, 1970, [from audio tape])

namaskar,
Purusottoma

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Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:33:04 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Deva”
Subject: Money and Peace

Baba

“A’ndha’ra sa’gara pa’re ke go ele…” (PS 1065)

Purport:

O’ the Supreme Entity, who are You who has come to me from the divine world after crossing the dark ocean. You have come and done the impossible: You have made those flowers blossom, which had never blossomed before. Those whose minds were crude, You have made them spiritual. You have showered Your divine effulgence and filled this world with sweetness and love. O’ Divine One, You have graciously come, broken the noose of death [1], taught Your sadhana, and shown the path of liberation. You have released me from the endless cycle of birth and death by granting me salvation. You have removed all my fear by keeping me close and helping me in all circumstances. You have satiated my heart with Your radiant love. You have showered Your causeless grace and filled my mind with divine bliss. O’ Divine Entity after getting You, what is the need to have anything else. By Your grace, in getting You, I have gotten everything. All my longings have been quenched; I desire nothing else. All that I wanted, I got, by Your grace. O’ the Unfathomable Entity, who are You.

Baba, O’ Parama Purusa, in my march from imperfection to perfection, in all the arenas of life, You are always with me. You love me so much, that is why I do not have any fear that You are going to leave me. In all times, day and night, You are always with me – ever willing to help and guide me. Baba, You have removed the dark curtain of avidya maya. You have opened my eyes. After pulling me off the wrong path, You have lovingly brought me onto the right path. That which was unthinkable for me, You have given. I never thought I could get Parama Purusa; I could never even dream of such a thing. But today, You have made this possible and more than fulfilled all my hopes and aspirations. Baba, You are so gracious.

Baba, You have given me everything I need. You have given me all of life’s requirements: Physical, psychic, and spiritual. O’ my Dearmost, in my dhyana, in my sadhana, You always come and smile like the crimson dawn. It is Your grace; it is Your grace. In the past, I was longing for various mundane things. Now, by Your grace, my mind is pointed and I only long for You, the Parama Purusa. You have aroused my desire to attain You. And You have quenched that desire by remaining eternally in my heart. When I am with You, then what else do I need? Nothing. I do not have any other desire.

Baba, no matter how much I may know, in the true sense I do not know. O’ Divine Entity, who is so loving and gracious, please tell me who You are…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #1065:

[1] Noose of Death: Generally human beings are caught in the ongoing cycle of birth and death. When one comes in contact with Parama Purusa then that is the death of death, as by this way one escapes the endless cycle of birth and death.

Baba says, ““Mrtyurmrtyuh nama’myaham.” “Mrtyurmrtyuh” means “death of death”…Whenever a man dies, he comes back again in another form. Again he undergoes death, again he comes back. This cyclic order goes on, and on, and on. Birth after death, death after birth – the cyclic order goes on. But what happens when one ensconces oneself in Him, when one becomes one with Him? One will die, no doubt, but after death one won’t come back. So when one is in deep love with Him, and death comes, that death is the final death. After death there will be no rebirth. Along with that death, death dies. So it is mrtyurmrtyuh – the death of death. So He is mrtyurmrtyuh.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 3)

Baba says, “Those who take the name of the Lord are really intelligent and clever, because thereby they accelerate the speed of their spiritual progress. Those who do not do so, continue to move in the vicious circle of lives and deaths. This cyclical order of movement from life to death to life again is called the sam’sa’ra cakra. What will be the fate of a person who directs all his psychic propensities towards crude materiality? He will be caught again and again in the serpentine noose of death.” (Subhasita Samgraha -21)

Finally, the only way for one to escape the cycle of birth and death is to do regular sadhana. Then one is sure to get salvation and go beyond the noose of death.

== MONEY AND PEACE ==

Baba says, “With the acquisition of money people still feel that they have nothing; in spite of possessing a huge amount of money they often beat their chests in despair. So it is not money they seek– what they truly desire is peace, not happiness. But it is only rarely that people attain peace in life…The answer [then] is that by attaining Parama Purus’a one no longer has any unsatiated hunger or unqueched thirst.” And that is the stage of perfect peace. (Subhasita Samgraha – 12, p.38)

Namaskar,
M Deva

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Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2012 19:18:33 +0530
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: RM SINGH
Subject: Baba Story: My Realisation in PC

Baba

== BABA STORY: MY REALISATION IN PC ==

Note: The following is the first-hand account of Shrii Vibhuti Narayan Singh, a long-time margii who worked as a district officer in the Indian government. He is a very active and important margii who arranged the land for the Samastipur jagrti – still today that jagrti sits on that lap. Everybody knows he is a good devotee of Baba.

Namaskar,
I was initiated in 1978 in Samastipur (Bihar) and on various occasions Baba blessed me. By His grace I had deep faith in Him.

In those days, I would only see Baba when He gave general darshan. I used to hear stories from various margiis that Baba knows everything and that when sadhakas go for personal contact (PC), dharma samiiksa, and reporting, then He punishes them for their mistakes in order to rectify them etc. I had so much fear about this that I dared not go and have PC with Baba.

FIRST TIME GOING FOR PC

Some of my close margii friends tried to get me to go for PC and I always refused their invitations and requests. Ultimately on one occasion, they dragged me into the line to get PC. I was standing in the queue to see Baba. I was extremely nervous and frightened about what might happen. Without telling anyone I Ieft.

When my margii friends heard this they tried to encourage and inspire me to go back for PC to get Baba’s blessing. They valiantly attempted to infuse me with the strength and courage, but I refused.

SECOND TIME GOING FOR PC

One day they again took me to see Baba. By that time I had the realisation that Baba is Parama Purusa because He appeared before me once in the form of Lord Shiva with His tiger skin, matted locks and trishul (trident). That story I will narrate another time.

So I had deep faith in Baba; it was only out of fear that I did not want to go close to Him in PC etc.

On this second occasion I was again in queue for PC. In total, there were 13 people in the line; and I was 7th. As those ahead of me came out from their PC with Baba, I carefully watched their facial expressions and acutely listened to their tales. I asked each of them about their experience.

There were a few themes that they all told:
1. Baba knows everything and one cannot hide anything from Him;
2. They got beaten by Baba for their past misdeeds and sins.

This much everybody told as they emerged from PC that day.

Hearing this I started repeating Baba’s name. I was standing in line for PC, yet mentally asking Him, “O’ Lord, You are God incarnate and my only desire is that my number should not be called this time for PC. That is my only request. Being the all powerful Divine Entity, please grace me.”

Actually I would have run away like I did last time, but my friends were keenly watching to ensure I did not leave. I could not run away this time. For this reason, I was mentally requesting Baba to relieve me and not call my number.

As I was getting closer to the front of the line, my fear multiplied exponentially. At the same time my request intensified: “Baba, please have mercy – do not call my number.”

The line was getting shorter. Then the person directly before me entered for PC. I was next in line. My fear had reached extreme heights. I was absolutely terrified and I was mentally requesting Baba again and again not to call me.

The person in front of me emerged from Baba’s room – his PC was over. The margii walked by me. I was next. PA Dada stood in front of me. I was certain he was going to grab me for PC. I continued my pleadings to Baba not to call me for PC.

Suddenly, PA Dada came directly to where I was waiting and announced, “Baba will not conduct any more PC’s today.”

Lo and behold, by His grace, my number never came! I was next in line and now suddenly I did not have to go in for PC. I was overjoyed and indebted to Baba.

I thought, “O’ Baba, You heard my request. You are so gracious.”

I was completely overwhelmed with emotion. I was so happy that Baba fulfilled my desire. That was the last day of the program so it was certain I would not get PC.

That moment my belief that Baba is Parama Purusa became even more strengthened. I became more dedicated. I thought everything was perfect. But that feeling did not remain with me forever.

STILL TODAY I AM REPENTANT

Now 25 years later, when I think about the past, I feel repentant. Why was I so ignorant that I did not go for PC and dharma samiiksa. I had the opportunity but I did not go.

I know my repentance will remain with me so long as I am on this earth – my whole life. Baba graced me in so many ways but this episode of PC is a big, empty vacuum in my mind. How was I too frightened to go for PC. This feeling comes again and again in my mind: Why did I not go? I missed the opportunity. Every morning and every evening I think about this – it plagues me.

At this very moment I repent.

In closing, please allow me to share that although you may not call this my story about PC, but I call it the story about my PC.

Namaskar,
Vibhuti Deva

REFLECTION

The above heart-felt story recounted by Shrii Vibhuti Narayan Singh contains many gems and jewels for us all.

First, Guru satisfies all requests. Best is that one should not ask for anything as only He knows what is best for us. If Parama Purusa asks us again and again, “What do you want?” Then the sadhaka should say, “I want You”, “I want parabhakti”, or “O Lord, please lead my intellect unto the path of Supreme Benevolence.”

Baba says, “It is better not to ask Parama Puruśa for anything. Without cherishing any desire in one’s mind, one should proceed towards Him. If at all one cannot do that, then one may pray to Parama Puruśa, “Oh Lord, lead my intellect along the path of benevolence. Keep my intellect united with the Supreme Benevolence.”” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 4, Remain United with the Supreme Benevolence)

Second, in contrast, if we ask Him for anything then He will certainly satisfy our request. In that case we will repent, as happened with Shrii Vibhuti Narayan Singh. No doubt the temptation comes to ask something but one must resist.

Third, if we ask for something then so much time gets spent in satisfying that request. That is the way it goes. That is what happened with Singhji. In the above case he was about to get PC but his whole longing was not to get PC. And that is what happened – his desire was fulfilled – he did not get PC. And now he is repentant and he realises his mistake.

Fourth, he should have asked: “O’ Lord, I want to come close to You. Please be gracious and remove all the fears and obstacles that are in the way.” With that request his concerns would have vanished and he would have gotten PC. But he chose differently and now he repents.

The conclusion is that humans ask for all kinds of things and thereby invite so many problems. No matter the temptation, one should never ask anything from Him; rather use the time in singing His name.

Namaskar,
Ramdhan Deva

OUR SANSKRIT NAMES

Little by little we should all be accustomed to following Baba’s below guideline and begin at least by using Deva when we sign our emails.

Baba says, “The word deva should be suffixed to the name…the more the usage of deva as a title, the better it is. The Sanskrit name should be used in all worldly dealings.” (Caryacarya-1)

Note 1: WHAT TO ASK FOR

Here Baba guides us what we should ask for from Parama Purusa.

Baba says, “So the devotees with kevalá bhakti in their hearts do not ask Parama Puruśa for anything. Even if Parama Puruśa proposes to give them this or that, the aspirant will say, “No, Lord, I don’t want anything but You. I want to remain with you. What You are offering to me is a trivial thing; I want You and You alone, nothing else.”” (Subhasita Samgraha – 14, Yoga, Tantra, and Kevalá Bhakti)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

PS Intro: Progress occurs in waves, via periods of speed and pause. In the spiritual field, sometimes the mind is very lucid and sometimes quite dry. In Prabhat Samgiita, the dry mind is represented by the hot, barren summer and the lucid mind is expressed by the lush, rainy season. This following composition is the song of the rainy season.

In this rainy season, new plants and grasses have started growing. The lost beauty of the forest is slowly returning back; the barrenness of summer is gone. Now everything is getting decorated in a new way.

The sadhaka is asking that invisible, Divine Entity, “Who has come and changed the entire scene of the forest?”. By all these changes it is clear that someone has come – all these changes reflect the arrival of one Entity. The dress of that Entity is expressed by the lush green vegetation.

“Ta’l tama’liira vanero ma’jhe ke go ele nava sa’je…” (PS 3004)

Purport:

In the palm and tama’l woods, in this rainy season, Who are You Who has come in new dress and form? It is Your grace that You have allowed me to come close to You. You have captivated my heart. Opening the door of the mind, You have filled me with devotion and engaged me in Your work – in Your sadhana, in Your service.

The earth is inundated with rain. The puddles, small ponds, and lakes [1] have become one. There is water all around. The dust of summer is gone. My vibrated mind is filled with You – in Your ideation, in Your thought, in Your meditation – in the atmosphere of that nandan [2] aroma.

The sky and the underworld have become one in their vibration, both are dancing in the same rhythm. Now, the sky is no longer just the sky and the underworld is not simply the underworld – both have become divine. All are dancing in one rhythm – in the rhythm of Parama Purusa. All these expressions have become a vibrated necklace of that one effulgence – yearning for an iota of Your divine grace.

O’ Lord, please shower Your causeless grace on me…

NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3004:

[1] Lake: One of the terms in Samskrta for lake is hrd. Baba has clearly mentioned this in His grammar books. But those who are confused wrongly translate hrd as “heart”. In that case their attempt at translation only serves to mislead the reader.

[2] Nandan: In the above song nandan refers to that beautiful attracting aroma. When human beings come in contact with certain expressions they derive much happiness. It is because of that derived happiness that they seek out those objects.

That is why various tourists or nature-lovers visit various places: Because they feel attracted. In return, they wish to give pleasure as well. They donate money or work to protect and keep those places pristine. The goal is to derive and give back pleasure.

Those engaged in nandan vijiana are attracted to various worldly things, knowingly or unknowingly: Art, dance, drama, music, paintings – these are all expressions of nandan vijiana, or aesthetic science. Some other examples including decorating one’s hair, landscaping, beautifying the home or office, and sightseeing (going to museums and art galleries etc).

In the field of kiirtan also, nandan vijiana plays a role. In the initial stage, devotees do kiirtan to derive pleasure – that is nandan vijiana. When their mind becomes ensconced in Parama Purusa then their sole desire is to give pleasure to Him. Then their mind is above nandan vijiana and it is in mohan vijiana, or supra-aesthetic science.

So the idea is that in nandan vijiana the goal is to give and get pleasure whereas in mohan vijiana the sole desire is to give pleasure to Parama Purusa. Nandnan vijiana starts with worldly expressions and builds up to the entry into spiritual life.

Those running after purely physical things are in a lower state of mind. When their sentient factor is awakened and the mind is more elevated, they lose interest in physical crude pleasures and they seek out psychic pleasure such as creative writing (novels or plays), critical thinking (philosophy) , and reading etc.

Those interested in higher aspects nandan (art and music for spirituality), and mohan vijiana (pure kiirtan, sadhana) may overlook lower aspects of nandan vijana (crude movies, pseudo-culture fashion etc).

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From: “H.Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Keep Skull
Date: Tue 14 Feb 2012 22:46:23

Baba

== KEEP SKULL ==

Namaskar,
When Baba would arrive at any airport then there would be a grand reception by all local margiis and workers and part and parcel of that dramatic and exciting time was dancing tandava with a skull for Baba. That was the rule. Everyone in AM is well aware about this.

In AM, the skull symbolises the constant struggle of life and the fight against death. It is one of our dharmic tools.

Thus the skull has great value in the life of any tantrika and in this short posting we will examine why it is beneficial for every Ananda Margii to keep a skull.

LIFE IS TEMPORARY (Part 1)

Our time on this earth is temporary – yet most people totally remain oblivious of this fact. They think the qualities they have, i.e. their wealth, health, beauty, and power, will last forever. That defective outlook causes so many problems.

People falsely believe that their life and property are permanent and that leads them to become arrogant and hurtful towards others. They think that with their limited power they can do what they want and that their power will never wane. By this way they torture, cheat, abuse, and rule over others – all the while thinking that their position is indestructible and lasting.

When the fact is that human life is temporary and this world is transitory. Even as Ananda Margiis however, we can forget this fact. And in that way we may forget what is most important on this earth. Perhaps we will not cheat and exploit other like materialists are prone to do, yet we may get wrapped up in transitory gains instead of yearning for the Supreme.

To think of this world as a permanent abode is common amongst human beings – this is their illusionary outlook. Yet this mindset is not helpful for our growth and development.

Here is one suggestion; If we all keep a skull in our room or on our desk, then we will be constantly reminded by the transitory nature of this world. By that way, we will always be involved in proper deeds on this earth.

LIFE IS TEMPORARY (Part 2)

Just as when people think their power is permanent then they will abuse others day and night, similarly, when people think that their qualities are temporary, then they will adopt the right psychology and values in life. Then they will think that their life should be utlised for a benevolent cause. Then there is no time to get mixed up in wrongdoing.

Baba says, ‘What is a devotee to do? “Tyaja durjana sam’sargam” – you should give up the company of durjanas. Who is a durjana? I will explain. A man whose company will deteriorate or deprave the standard of others is a durjana for those persons.” (AV-12)

According to Baba, as bhaktas we are to surround ourselves with good people, and give up the company of bad people. The shloka goes on to say that we are to always remember that this world is temporary. That is the recipe for a proper life.

LIFE IS TEMPORARY (Part 3)

When we constantly remember that this world is temporary – and having a skull visible day in and day out can help – then we are bound to set our sights on that which is permanent. In that case we will vigilantly goad our lives unto Him. Only Parama Purusa is eternal (nitya).

Baba says, “Parama’tma’ is nitya. The term nitya means that which is uninfluenced by the time factor i.e., beyond the periphery of past, present and future.” (SS-18)

So when Paramatma is the only eternal Entity then that is the stance we should attain – not any worldly status. By keeping a skull by our bedside we will always remember that this world and this body do not last forever. What to speak of forever, they do not even last long. People get only get a few years when they are in the peak of their life.

LIFE IS TEMPORARY (Part 4)

When we realise that life is indeed temporary then we will fully utilise our existence in the proper way.

The situation can be likened to visiting a new city. If you are going to be there for only one or two days then in a quick hurry you will see all the sights and learn all there is to know about that city, whereas if one lives in that city then they will feel relaxed and they will not go anywhere or see anything. They will think they have loads of time to do that later.

We should think of our time on this earth like the sightseer who is visiting a city for just 1 or 2 days. Then we will be vigilant to live life for the right ideal – and not be lackadaisical or apathetic about doing good deeds.

We will think that now is the time to act and realise Him because we will not be here much longer. Anytime death can come – there is no guarantee at all. We have no time for silly material pursuits and gratification etc.

These two postings lead us in this direction. More posting along this theme are noted below.

ALL SHOULD HAVE A SKULL

2500 years ago when a young prince first left his kingdom and saw people getting sick and dying on the street then he was forced to consider the temporary nature of life and reevaluate what he should do on this earth. It was then that his true quest began and he later became the Buddha, or Enlightened One.

Keeping a skull by our side gives that same stark reminder that our life is temporary and that we should not get caught up in relative luxuries and satisfaction. We are to spend our time striving for the Great.

For this reason every Ananda Margii – regardless of whether one was initiated yesterday or 40 years ago – should keep a skull in their possession. Having a skull should be considered indispensable.

If getting an actual skull is too difficult or illegal then margiis should access Google images and print out a picture of a skull or find a good artist and get a skull printed or painted onto a piece of paper and hang that up on their wall.

That type of ongoing reminder is absolutely necessary otherwise one is bound to forget that we have not come onto this earth for a long time – rather a very short stay.

One other benefit of having a skull is that it is good for one’s daily tandava practice.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we have come here for a short time and must materialise great works. Keeping a skull reminds us of the fact that just as the skull was one day a breathing, walking human being, soon our head will be in that condition. One day we too will be like that skull – sooner, not later.

Our life is not long nor do we know when it will end. As sadhakas we should live in the present always thinking and doing to please Him and we should never get caught up in long-term plans – nor let the minutes pass away thinking that we will have time in the future.

Grhiitvaeva keshes’u mrtyurn’a’ Dharma’caret

Baba says, “That is, during spiritual practice one should think that the god of death has already started pulling one’s hair – that one’s death is imminent. And accordingly one should work sincerely and vigorously; one will have to do a great many noble deeds within a short period.” (SS-11)

Namaskar,
Hariish

Note 1: MORE POSTINGS ON THIS TOPIC

Human life is short and it must be well-utilised. These below letters are along this theme. We should all read and study them – and yes, keep a skull in our living room.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/08/slowly-towards-cremation.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2008/06/noose.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/10/why-death.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’ma’r sakal dukher ma’jhe ele tumi dukhaharan’…” (PS 1421)

Purport:

O’ Baba, You are Dukhaharan’. I was surrounded by sorrows & suffering; I was in big problem; my life was unbearable. I was completely miserable. But now, by Your grace, to save me, You have come with Your gazing eyes, silent footsteps, loving smile, and sweet face. Baba, by Your divine advent You have blessed me and rescued me by wiping away all my troubles and suffering.

Baba, completely depending upon You with full surrender, in that very distressed and helpless condition, I was calling You and looking towards You. Raising both my hands in surrender I told, ‘Baba, please save me; You are my only shelter. If You will not save me then who will.’ Then at that moment You rescued me by showering Your grace.

Baba, when I look around I see that because of Your gracious presence this entire universe has become vibrated & charged. The whole sky is enveloped in Your divine effulgence and my mind and heart is drenched in Your love. Baba, holding Your lotus feet, I sing Your glory in my heart and surrender to You…

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Good Sadhaka

Baba says, “The mind of the man whose consciousness or discriminating judgement is awakened– whose power of judgment is intense, always remains wedded to the ‘Buddhi’. That is to say, his rein (mind) remains constantly under the control of the charioteer (Buddhi or discriminating intellect), and so, quite naturally, his organs remain loyal to the Buddhi. Random rambles of the organ-like horses (organs) will cut no ice with him. But in a case like this if the horses (organs) be bad and untrained, i.e. the organs are faulty, it becomes impossible for the charioteer (discriminating intellect) to get the desired result. Hence for the right functioning of the chariot (body), well-trained horses (organs) are indispensable. A sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) also should train himself likewise. His mind, body, intellect, and organs should be directed towards the Blissful Spirit (Shreya).” (SS-4, p.9)
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Date: 13 Feb 2012 22:09:48 -0000
From: “Manjit S Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Baba Story: Are You Reading Ananda Marga Books?

Baba

== BABA STORY: ARE YOU READING ANANDA MARGA BOOKS? ==

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

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

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

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

MY PC WITH BABA

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

I got up and stood before Baba.

Baba asked me, “What is your name?”

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

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

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

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

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

BABA POINTS OUT MY DEFECTS

AND ASKS, “ARE YOU READING AM BOOKS?”

On that same occasion of PC, Baba pointed out many of my mistakes, i.e. times I failed to adhere to 16 Points.

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

I replied, “No, Baba.”

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

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

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

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

At that point I realised that reading AM books is highly important and mentally I took the firm determination to study all of the Ananda Marga literature. Due to my lack of knowledge of Ananda Marga ideals and conduct, I was not aware about right and wrong, virtue and vice, as described in 16 Points. I was not following those codes properly and thus committed sin and acquired negative samsakaras.

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

BABA: “I AM YOUR FATHER”

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

I replied accordingly.

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

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

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

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

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

REFLECTION

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

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

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

But not all fall in this category.

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

Those who do not have full faith should test Him and Baba will surely respond. By this way they will develop full surrender. Remember this is between you and your Guru. If you have proper determination and a sincere desire then Guru must reply. That happens in 100% of the cases. By this way people develop faith and then surrender comes. This can happen in various ways.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mundane relations are very temporary and cannot fulfill all the longings of the mind. That is why one’s relationship with Parama Purusa is very meaningful. For those who lack such a relation with Parama Purusa, devotion is but a theoretical concept.

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

Namaskar,
Manjit

Note: BABA IS STILL PRESENT

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

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

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

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

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

Baba says, “Brahma, the author of this vast cosmic imagination moves everywhere within the universe, His vast Macropsychic arena, with His mental feet. He catches all the objects of this universe with His all-pervasive mental hands. He is the intellect, the intuition and the witnessing faculty of the innumerable created objects and hence we can say that He has His all-pervasive mental heads. Similarly, as the witness of all the macropsychic entities, He has innumerable mental eyes; and to hear their words, spoken or secret, and every loud or soft sound, He has His all-pervasive ears. He exists surrounding all objects with His own identity. You can keep nothing secret or private from Him – He knows more about you than you know about yourself. Behind all His pervasive faculties of knowing, understanding and hearing lies His Macropsychic stance.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life – 6, Microcosm and Macrocosm)

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“(Tumi) a’lo jhalmal u’s’a’y ele, a’ndha’rer ja’l chinrile…” (PS #3983)

Purport:

Baba, You have come in my heart while the blissful dawn was glittering in effulgence. By Your grace, You have wiped away the net of staticity and crude darkness from my mind. In a flash You have also removed the dogma which had accumulated since ages. Baba, You are so beautiful.

O’ my Dearmost, You know how to make such a divine magical display. By Your grace You have created a heavenly panorama – complete with the beauty and grandeur of colour, by Your divine play. Baba, in the blink of the eye, You bring lowly and depraved persons close to Your bosom, without making any differentiation or disparity about who is virtuous and who is sinful.

Baba, You are my beginning as well as my end, my Goal, my everything. Baba, my whereabouts, my name, my place, my address – everything has become one with You, by Your grace. Baba I offer You my heartfelt surrender and sastaunga pranam thousands, millions, crores, & an infinite number of times – again & again.

Baba, by Your divine grace You have come in my heart and showered me in Your supreme effulgence. You are my own; You are my everything…

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Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:12:23 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: “Jawaharlal Deva”
Subject: Baba Story: I Don’t Know How to Surrender

Baba

== BABA STORY: I DON’T KNOW HOW TO SURRENDER ==

Note: The following story has been recounted by our margii brother, Shrii Nishikant Laghate.

Namaskar,
When I came in contact with Baba in 1966, I went to Jamalpur and He graced me by giving me personal contact (PC). In that personal encounter, Baba pointed out my mistakes and punished me.

Then He ordered me to surrender.

But I had no idea how to surrender. I was totally unaware about what to do.

Mentally I was asking Baba, “How do I surrender? What should I do?”

I was in a quandary as to what to do, i.e. how to surrender. Mentally I was pleading with Him to show me the way.

Then Baba said, “Just become like a very small infant.”

Hearing this I understood what to do and I fell at His lotus feet, giving everything of myself, by His grace, and losing myself in Him.

And Baba blessed me.

REFLECTION

Shrii Nishikant Laghate’s above story brings an important point to light…

Many people think that simply lying in sastaunga pranam is surrender or mentally thinking, “I surrendered” is actually surrendering to Guru. But that does not work; that is not the operative factor. Because when one keeps something for oneself, one’s ego or I-feeling is still active, and that type of “surrender” is meaningless.

Then there are still others who think that surrendering is like a military or police arrest where you just surrender physically, and hold onto your ego, pride, vanity and other mental baggage. This also is a point of confusion. In spirituality there must be cent per cent surrender in the psycho-spiritual realm.

So Baba’s teaching of being like an infant is ideal.

One must think that, “I have nothing – nothing belongs to me – everything is of Parama Purusa.” Then the true feeling of surrender comes.

The infant does not have anything of its own. A small baby does not fall prey to ego, vanity, intellect, or fortune etc, whereas grown-ups often think that they have something (career, house, car, name, fame etc) and then after doing some type of show or drama of surrender, they cannot get success. It does not work.

In the case of an infant, that baby literally has nothing – it surrenders unconditionally to mother, whereby the mother is forced to come to the baby’s rescue. When a sadhaka surrenders with that same psychology (i.e. unconditionally) then Guru is sure to accept.

BABA’S BLESSING

So that is what a sadhak must emulate in their spiritual life when surrendering to Guru. A sadhaka must give everything of themselves, without holding back anything. Then that will be surrender in the real sense of the term.

Baba says, “Prańipáta means complete surrender to the Eternal Entity, Parama Puruśa. The mental attitude that “whatever is, is from Parama Puruśa and nothing is mine” is prańipáta. One who has ego, one who thinks that one’s intellect, wealth and other things are one’s own, is the greatest fool. A person boasts of learning, intellect and fortune. But nothing is eternal. Therefore one who boasts of anything of this world is a fool. The worst psychic knot is the false vanity of intellect. Whatever is, is of Parama Puruśa; nothing is yours. Hence there should be complete surrender to Parama Puruśa. This is the first indispensable factor for mental development. If you really want to serve the world, complete surrender at the feet of Parama Puruśa is a must.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam-1, The Three Factors for Spiritual Elevation)

Baba says, ‘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.” (Subhasita Samgraha-3, Vibration, Form and Colour)

Baba says, “If human beings cannot surrender themselves at the altar of Parama Puruśa they can never attain spiritual progress in life. Without total surrender, Macrocosmic grace is not attained, and without Macrocosmic grace nothing is attained. Besides this there is no other way, (Nányah Panthá Vidyateyanáya).” (Tattva Kaomudi -3, Bhakti and Krpá)

Namaskar,
Jawaharlal

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Date: Sun, 01 Jan 2012 21:21:45 +0530
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: You Can’t Fight Alone
From: Manomohan Deva

Baba

“Tumi ga’n go ka’ha’r tare badhir kare rekhe dhara’re…” (P.S. 1972)

Purport:

Baba, in this cosmic play of Yours, You go on singing Your divine songs to attract devotees. Even then I do not know for whom You are singing. Baba, Your divine songs are pervading throughout this entire vast cosmos; Your songs are permeating each and every loka. Baba, nothing else is audible except Your divine song. O’ Baba, by Your melodious call You have made everyone deaf. Baba, You come and go; and You smile and lovingly look upon one and all with Your infinite compassion. But unfortunately nobody can see You.

Baba, because of Your songs, the whole world is melodic. With Your tune, rhythm, & melody, You saturate this entire universe with divine nectar. Everyone is immersed in Your music. Baba, when You come close then You shower Your grace abundantly. In spite of that it is impossible for me to become one with You– because of my own faults & shortcomings.

Baba, You are completely captivating: Your coming and going in dhyana, Your sweet smile, and Your charming look– all this deeply touches my heart. Baba, You are most attractive. O’ Parama Purusa You are the universal mind (Vishvama’nas); You destroy and wipe away all cimmerian darkness and staticity; and You shower Your divine effulgence. Baba, You lovingly hold each and every atom and molecule in Your heart. Baba, everything resides within You.

Baba, with Your divine song You have captivated this entire universe. It is Your causeless grace…

Note: Parama Purusa attracts devotees in various ways– such as through the song of His divine flute, His Cosmic Grace and Sweet Charm. And that is what has been expressed in the above song.

== YOU CAN’T FIGHT ALONE ==

Namaskar,
Our march on the path of dharma entails overcoming all obstacles. This we all know.

However Baba Himself proclaims that there are some obstacles that we just cannot overcome. No matter how hard we try we cannot. We may use all our intellect and every bit of our might – all the force we have – yet as human beings we just will not attain victory, so long as we stand alone.

Such is the predicament, limitation, and frailty of human life.

What is the obstacle that will defeat us time and time again, and how are we to ultimately prevail. All this Baba has revealed in a few special discourses.

JAEVII MAYA IN EVERYDAY LIFE

As sadhakas, we encounter jaevii maya day in and day out. Always she is there and it is well within our abilities and strength to get victory. She is not our arch enemy that is beyond our abilities to overcome. No doubt, jaevii maya can be tricky, but we regularly defeat this type of maya.

Consider the following.

We are walking down the street and a certain type of food entices us – it is dinner time. Yet we know it is our duty to first attend to our sadhana before eating. With a little bit of iccha shakti (will power), we are able to keep our crude desire at bay and first attend to our practice of dharma sadhana – thereby winning the battle against jaevii maya.

A sensual picture pops us in our web browser, we might desire to take a quick look, but then we realise its futility, close the pop-up, and move on with our dharmic work, unaffected by the distraction. Here again, we are not bound by jaevii maya.

It is fasting day, we are tired, we want to skip our dances and asanas. Lethargy and fatigue are calling. Even then we put forth the needed effort and valiantly attend to our tandava, kaoshikii and asanas. Once again we gain victory over jaevii maya.

In short, jaevii maya is the collection of all those types of attractions, allurements, and samskaras that we are able to overcome with our own unit strength. There are countless example in human life: sexual allurement, compromising with dogma, self-glorification, post, prestige, money, and the list goes on and on.

They come at us from all angles, but they are small enough that we are able to vanquish those forces of jaevii maya.

JAEVII MAYA SNAGS MANY, BUT NOT SADAHAKAS

In today’s materialistic and capitalistic society, all delights ofjaevii maya dance before our eyes 24hrs a day.

Unfortunately, most of the common people – i.e. non-sadhakas – get burned every day by such allurements. We read of politicians ensnared in sex stings and drug scandals, as well as the guy next door who cannot give up his habit of eating at McDonald’s and drinking wine. Most everyone gets caught. By everyone, I mean the common type of citizens that we see on the street.

As sadhakas, however, we are able to extricate ourselves from jaevii maya and see her for the pauper that she really is. She has nothing good to offer us and with our pointed intellect, we are not taken in by her glitz and glamour.

Each and everyone one of us on this tantric path achieves this each and every day, to some or more degree. No one can enter onto or move forward one inch on the path of Ananda Marga without having the determination, strength, and stamina to surmount the callings of jaevii maya.

And, of course, the more sadhana we do, the easier we are able to gain victory over jaevii maya.

DAEVII MAYA

Daevii maya, however is a horse of a different colour, a different breed entirely. This we cannot overcome. Call it what you will: Maya, reactive momenta, fate, or samskara, but the callings of this one utterly lead to our demise. There is nothing we can do about it.

Daevii maya is also known as Shaevii maya becomes it comes from Shiva or Brahma or Parama Purusa directly.

We have a business engagement in London. We have to fly there – there is no choice. We are eager to make the deal. Our plane tragically goes down in the English Channel. We had no chance of survival. Our life ends in this way. That is daevii maya.

We could not see her coming and we had no answer for her ways.

Earthquakes, incurable illnesses, bomb blasts, economic depressions, birth defects, car accidents, social upheaval – all these things are beyond our control. We may take special care and preparedness in life, but any or all of the above – as well many other types of things – can bind us and change the course of our life at any moment. We have no chance to predict these events, nor avoid them. We are just their victims, as slaves to daevii maya.

Such is the gargantuan strength and challenge of daevii maya. Humans have not a chance in the world of gaining victory by themselves. Always we will lose.

And indeed if you talk to any aged person, they will recount so many examples in life where despite their most intense efforts they could not prevail. Youths always think they are invincible and capable of doing anything. Yet as one lives on this earth and undergoes the toils of life, we invariably discover how overcoming daevii maya is beyond our limited means. With deavii maya, we have met our match.

Only there is one single way out.

THE ONLY WAY OUT

Here Baba graciously supplies us with the one and only recipe for gaining victory over daevii maya.

Daevii hyes’a’ gun’amayii mama Ma’ya’ duratyaya’;
Ma’meva ye prapadyante Ma’ya’meta’m’ taranti te.

Baba says, “This Ma’ya’ of Mine is of the nature of three principles, and is almost insurmountable. Only those who take refuge in Me can overcome this Ma’ya’…Ma’ya’, the force that creates confusion and distinctions, is very powerful, it is insurmountable by jiivas [living beings]. “But those who surrender unto Me transcend these forces of Mine with My help.”

“If Ma’ya’ is more powerful than jiivas, will the children of God remain forever slaves of this force? Is there no hope? No, such a situation is becoming neither of God nor of His children.” (AV-30)

So the only way to overcome daevii maya is to surrender at His lotus feet. Then, by His magnificent grace, we will cent-per-cent safe in all circumstances as He will protect us in all ways at all times. When He is the Controller of daevii maya, then it is impossible for her to bind or ruin us – so long as we take shelter in Him.

BUT SURRENDER IS NOT SO EASY

One might casually say, “Oh just surrender to Parama Purusa and everything will be alright.” This is a true statement, but not so easily done.

After all this is the culminating point of all yogas. By His grace, we have a tantric Guru who has given us all the tools to learn the art of surrender, as well as warned us about how the human mind forgets this spiritual art as well.

The main sticking point is our ego, of I-feeling. It always wants to poke its nose and take credit for all we do.

Baba says, “I did this, I did that – I built this road when I was a minister I constructed this bridge when I was in the Public Works Department” – this is how people become mad for their little “I”.” (AMIWL-11)

Baba says, “My ego says that my mind belongs to me.” In the practical field this is the case. “I come from Switzerland. I have to get a passport, I have to get a visa. I have to extend the date” – so many thoughts. But all these thoughts are connected with the individual ego, the individual mind. And you never think that this mind also belongs to Him. You think, “It is my mind.” Everybody thinks like this. This is all talk of the ego.” (AV-3)

So this I-felling and ego are always in the way of surrender. And surrender is not something that can be done halfway. It is either all or nothing. Just as one cannot be a little bit pregnant, one cannot surrender just a little bit.

The unit ego and the feeling of surrender cannot coexist. It is not possible just like it is not possible for a man to both drink and smoke at the same time. One can do one or the other, but not both simultaneously.

So the moment the unit ego gets involved, surrender becomes non-existent. In that case, we are all alone and we may fall prey to daevii maya at any moment. On our own we cannot fight this type of maya. The help, guidance, and grace of Parama Purusa is needed – yet is unavailable to us only when we hold the umbrella of vanity – i.e. the arrogant feeling that, “I did it and it at all happened because of me etc.”

SURRENDERING AND OVERCOMING DAEVII MAYA

In one of His many discourses, Baba gently asks, so then what is a person to do. All want to become dagdhabiija – free of all limitations and reactive momenta. This is our destiny.

Baba says, “Every human being must be a dagdhabiija [burnt seed], that is, one whose samskaras are totally burnt up.” (AV-23)

Yet in the process of facing all those samskaras and reactive momenta, we are bound to get swallowed up by daevii maya. Is there then no hope – are human beings really helpless?

All these questions Baba poses and replies in His sacred discourses and He lovingly gives this final reply. Why not surrender today- from this very moment? Why not focus the mind and free oneself right now. Lay your tired self at My Feet and be free from all the trappings of maya.

Baba says, “When people get fatigued, be they jinanis, karmis or bhaktas, they say, “There is nothing more I can do.” In such a situation they can only take shelter in Parama Purus’a. This is called sharan’a’gati.” Here shelter means one hundred percent dependence on Parama Purus’a to the exclusion of all other objects. “A” means “coming” and “gati” means “mobility”. When all mobility terminates in Parama Purus’a, it is called sharan’a’gati. When sharan’a’gati occurs, one is said to have accomplished the final attainment. You should remember this supreme truth.” (AV-8)

By His grace, this moment comes in the life of every sadhaka, then we can truly receive His grace and blessing – and can surrender at His feet – and that is enough to be victorious.

Baba says, “Only a wee bit of the omniscient grace, will be enough. Just a small bit of the Cosmic grace will suffice. A huge quantity is not at all required.” (AV-6)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we will surrender unto Him and gain victory over daevii maya. Alone, by ourselves, we have no chance of winning this battle. But in surrendering to Him, then we are bound to get victory and cross the ocean of samskaras and sit upon His lap.

Baba says, “So one must remember that one may or may not attain salvation by dint of one’s own spiritual practices: one will have to depend on His Grace. And because He is one with each and every expressed entity through His ota and prota yoga, He is your nearest and dearest one. You may depend on Him completely, and your dependence on Him is called sharan’a’gati. This sharan’a’gati is the only reply to all spiritual questions.” (SS-11)

Namaskar,
Manomohan

Note 1: ONLY HUMAN BEINGS CAN THINK

Only as humans beings can we think about why or how a certain event may have happened in our life. Animals cannot analyse the past nor plan for the future. Only human beings have this ability. We only can think about how to get rid from our problems – animals have no such capacity. And the way to get rid of all problems and difficulties – from every trap of mahamaya – is to do sadhana and surrender unto Him.

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From: “Prakash Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Baba Story: Banana, Train, & Surrender
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 21:32:08 +0530

Baba

== BABA STORY: BANANA, TRAIN & SURRENDER ==

Note: The following is the first-hand account of Laksman Singh of Medininagar (Daltonganj), a very senior margii who also served as bhukti pradhan.

Namaskar,
With great reverence in my house it was the tradition that the first fruit or yield from our family farm was offered directly to Beloved Baba. This was the rule and our regular manner. Each season I would carefully pack the first yield and when someone was going to see Baba, then I would give that fruit to them so they could take it to Baba.

One year, I planted a banana tree and it grew well and produced fruit. Naturally we decided that the first piece should be offered to Baba.

With this idea in mind, we carefully picked the banana from the tree, washed it, packed it, took ideation and prepared to bring that banana with us as we readied for our journey to see Baba.

My whole family reached our local railway station. We purchased our train tickets, and boarded the train once it arrived.

The train left the station and it did not take long for the train to reach full speed.

Then one very negative event happened. My wife informed me that the banana which we had carefully prepared for Baba was left behind. The entire reason for the journey was to bring the banana to Baba. But that banana was still at the house – not on the train.

This was an utter shock for me. I became nearly senseless and almost fainted. We were going to see Baba solely for this purpose and now I came to know that we left the banana behind. The whole situation was beyond comprehension. How could such a thing have happened. I was totally bewildered. And now the train is moving at peak speed.

We had no idea what to do. We just surrendered to Baba and started reciting His name. We thought, “Baba, we have no way to bring that banana to You now, only You can do it if You wish.”

Suddenly the train came to a grinding halt. I could not believe my eyes. Even more amazingly, when I looked out the train window, I saw that the train had stopped very near to the front of my house.

My wife told me, “Don’t delay – quick do something.”

In utter amazement, I started calling out to the caretaker of my house. He heard my call. I told him to quickly bring the banana which we had left behind. Within 5 – 7 minutes, the caretaker brought the banana to the train and gave it to us.

We were very deeply satisfied that Baba arranged this.

Then the train started moving again and the journey continued.

But while the train was stopped, security personnel was checking to see if someone had pulled the emergency chain to manually stop the train. But no one had done so. Rather it was determined that the train suddenly stopped due to an engine problem. Well, that was the apparent cause anyway.

But, in my heart, I know that real cause behind the stoppage of the train was the banana and Baba’s grace.

That day I realised that if one has complete surrender to Baba then He Personally takes care of the responsibility – regardless of the situation – and fulfills the longing. In contrast, if a person thinks they can manage the situation by themselves then Parama Purusa sits and watches.

When I think back now, I feel His presence and how He is so gracious. That time I had a deep desire to offer Him something and it was quite satisfying that the banana was offered to Baba and that He graciously accepted. We became so happy.

Baba has thousands of devotees who offer all kinds of things – yet He is not in want of anything. Just it was the sincere desire of my heart that from this ordinary disciple He should accept this meagre offering. Such is the greatness of Baba: He accepted my humble offering

Namaskar,
Laksman Singh

NOTE: STILL CONTINUING THAT TRADITION TODAY

Still today this tradition of offering first food to Guru is going on in my house. Only now because Baba is no longer physically present, then the first yield of food that we offer to Baba we distribute among the needy.

According to Baba’s system, when the Guru is not physically present then any food offered to Guru should be distributed to needy people, keeping the ideation that it is offered to Guru. That is Baba’s mandate when He is not physically present.

Still today that is the tradition in my house.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Ks’an’iker parash tava sariye saba jar’ata’…
Pura’na-kora’n’, darshan o veda upace elo eki devata’…” (P.S. 4714)

Baba, within a flash by Your sweet touch You have removed all the staticity which has been accumulating age after age. This whole entire humanity is basking in Your divine effulgence.

The difference between one land and another land or one country and another country is no more; there is no difference– that has disappeared. The ignorance of mine and others is gone. Beyond the myths, puranas, Koran, Bible, philosophies and Vedas above all these You have come oh my Lord. You are beyond the reach of these so-called scriptures.

Oh Ajana Pathik You have come. You have made everyone Your own. You have made everyone understand the eternal truth. That everyone has come from one source. Everyone is kith and kin of one another. Everyone’s heart is touching one another. And everyone feels the relation of love and closeness with one another. Baba You are ever-merciful and gracious to one and all…

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To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: pankal.sadhana@cswebmail.com
Subject: Booming Business of Nirmoha’nanda
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2011 22:10:36 -0800 (PST)

Baba

== BOOMING BUSINESS OF NIRMOHA’NANDA ==

Namaskar,
At the time many things were going wrong in my life. I felt unsure about my life and how things would unfold in the future.

When Dada Nirmoha’nandji came to town with his malas & charms – rudraksha beads (rosary beads), sphatik (white stone), and other items – then I became quite interested. After all Dadaji was telling that these malas prevent all kinds of mundane problems – everything from memory loss to money issues, and so many other diseases and worldly problems.

Dada further told that Baba Himself spoke about the power of such charms and that the malas (beads) he was selling were specially blessed.

I thought how could this be. To get confirmation I spoke with some other senior margiis and wts . Following is what I learned about AM’s stand on curing oneself and resolving worldly problems with such rituals and malas, stones etc

BABA’S STAND ON FATE, ASTROLOGY, PALMISTRY

First and foremost, Baba does not give an ounce of value to things like fate, astrology and palmistry. In AM we do not give credence to such approaches. As sadhakas of the Marga, we are to surrender to Him and Him alone. Baba does not want us to be intrigued, nor enticed, nor entrapped by any type of fortune-telling technique promising this or that about our fate.

Baba says, “Simply surrendering to fate would be sheer foolishness.” (AMIWL-11)

Thus no one should think that any type of mala, astrological reading, fortune-telling or palmistry can improve or affect their plight. Such things have no value for sadhakas.

Furthermore Baba guides us in a very rational and logical manner that whatever samsakra we create right or wrong one has to face those consequences. no worldly process can changer or alter this to escape from samskaras / sinful deeds etc.

Baba says, “So-called astrologers say that because you were born when the moon and such-and-such star or planet were within the jurisdiction of such-and-such zodiac [sign,] you took birth in this way. No. Because you committed this type of action, you were born within such-and-such structure or such-and-such zodiac [sign]. It is because of [your] actions that you were born on the earth and should suffer like this; not because of the [influences of] the stars. Do you follow? These actions brought you within the structural limits of such-and-such zodiac [sign] and such-and-such planets. So the stars do not [control] you.” (SS-24)

In His above guideline, Baba firmly directs us that we are not to think that we are puppets of fate. Rather, our own actions govern our present and future condition, not the position of the stars.

For this reason, Baba tells us not to put any stock in the “dates and stars” or any other type of fortune-telling technique.

Baba says, “You shall not take into account the dates and stars while setting out on a journey. You may, as necessary, set out for your destination after ascribing Brahma-hood to your journey through guru mantra. If you are to consult the dates and stars at every step, you are to carry an almanac with you all the time – something which is truly contrary to nature.” (Caryacarya, part 1)

As Ananda Margiis we are only to surrender unto Him; we are to pay no mind to any type of astrological chart or fortune-telling. Baba alone is our Pole-Star.

Baba says, “He is your nearest and dearest one. You may depend on Him completely, and your dependence on Him is called sharańágati. This sharańágati is the only reply to all spiritual questions.” (SS-11, Who Is the Liberating Entity of Human Society)

So there is no scope in our Marga for falling prey to fate. No one should subscribe to such things and certainly no Wt of the Marga should become a living, breathing advocate of the fortune-telling crafts like astrology and “mala-dealing”.

WHAT SOME DADAS ARE DOING

Unfortunately some Dadas like Nirmoha’nandji are moving around selling “special malas” that “cure your ills” and “improve your fate”. That is what they are saying.

For instance they proclaim that rudraksha beads (rosary) will save you from memory loss and prevent the onset of heinous diseases and syndromes like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, heart disease, high blood pressure, and “you name it”. It does it all. Likewise, sphatik (white stone) will alleviate the vast array of skin diseases and other ailments.

This is the sort of “pitch” that Nirmoha’nanda and a few others are employing. And many get lulled in and purchase these “holy” charms and beads. But we should all think carefully and consider these following points.

After all, India is a fertile land for these types of deceptive activities. There are so many cheats moving around doing this same type of business. And the common people get roped in and believe these dogmatic rituals also.

Nor should anyone think though that this is a problem related only with India. This is a pervasive dogma across every country, state and town. So many suffer from these superstitions, dogmas, and fortune-telling dealings.

And our Ananda Marga was created to dissolve and root out these rituals but unfortunately some are turning our Marga into a breeding ground of these very dogmas.

POINTS FOR CONSIDERATION

1. Their “sales pitch” is no different from what dogmatic Indian sadhus tell to dupe gullible Hindus seeking redemption etc. That is to say, a few of our very own Dadas put forth the same dogmatic message as given by those hashish-smoking sadhus who try to squeeze money from naive believers.

2. Baba Himself says that no one should indulge in such types of negative professions which turn a profit by harming the public. For instance, one should not earn a living by selling alcohol or drugs, cheating others, lending money, and various other dealings which Baba has outlined like religious trading. Yet that is what a few of our Dadas are doing. They have become religious traders by selling dogmatic malas (religious merchandise) under guise that such malas will protect people from harm and cure their mundane maladies.

3. Such Dadas are committing a double-wrong. Firstly, they are preaching Hindu dogma in the form of fortune-telling and fate. Secondly, they are associating those tricks with Ananda Marga. Thus, good people will get the wrong impression about AM. Rational-minded people will think we are no different from the ritualistic religions.

4. On multiple occasions, Baba Himself personally warned Dada Nirmoha’nanda not to indulge in palmistry and other such dogmatic, fortune-telling enterprises. But time and again Dadaji returned to his poor and faulty habit. He is enamoured by it – it seems. Otherwise why would Dadaji blatantly disobey Guru’s directive and plunge himself into such activities.

5. Our Dadas should not resort to Hindu dogmas in order to solve their own personal, financial worries. Nirmoha’nanda often purchases these malas from an Indonesian supplier at a very low price and then Dada “blesses” or “charges” these malas and sells them at a high price to naive villagers and worshipers. Not only that at DMS, he sells such malas to margiis at exorbitant prices. All so that he can turn a hefty profit.

6. When anyone puts faith on malas, fortune-telling or palmistry, then Parama Purusa becomes secondary. That brings spiritual degeneration. People think that these malas are the main powerful force in this universe, not Parama Purusa. This mentality breeds anti-spiritual feeling as it goes directly contrary to prapatti vada, surrender theory or relying exclusively on Parama Purusa.

7. It is our duty to come forward and save Nirmoha’nandji and any other such Dada like the one recently posted in Kathmandu from destroying themselves. We should not sit idle as they systematically degrade themselves by continuing to cheat the public and margiis by selling such malas and preaching the dogma of fate.

8. In a story recently posted on this network, Baba tells us that no Ananda Margii should resort to or put trust into palmistry and fortune telling. The link to that letter is referenced in note 2.

All these points stand as sufficient reason for why no one in AM should give any weight to fortune-telling, as well as why we must not allow our Dadas to become religious traders by dealing rudraksha beads (rosary beads), sphatik (white stone), nor various other types of stones and malas. Nor should any Dada of the Marga make horoscopes, astrological readings, palmistry predictions etc. But some like Nirmoha’nanda are involved in this way, In place of doing dharma pracar, for his business dealings Dadaji makes janma kundalii (horoscopes at the time of birth) and charges for palm readings.

BABA’S SPECIAL TEACHING

In His discourse titled, “Subhashya Shiigram” (MGD 18 June 1979, Kolkata, published in Ananda Vacanamrtam, part 13), Baba critically warns us about fortune-telling and related dealings.

Baba outrightly states that following the stars and the almanac is totally dogmatic – one should not plan their life in this way. Indeed those paying heed to the the almanac are foolish. One is not to be guided by such prophesies etc. Just take Guru mantra and start the work. There is no need to consult any of the fortune-telling gimmicks. That is Baba’s stated guideline from that discourse.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace with a clear and pointed mind we should all abide by His tenets and never get caught up in any fortune-telling episodes. We should rely on Him alone and convince all margiis to do the same. Then they will not become victims of any type of religious trader. Finally, may we all work to cure Nirmoha’nanda & others of this gross problem.

Baba says, “Fate. There are many people who are fatalists. They are worshippers of fate. A fatalist means a worshipper of fate – a worshipper of fortune or fate. They are worse than nature-worshippers. What is fate? There is nothing such as fate in this universe. So far as the philosophy is concerned there cannot be anything called fate. What is fate? Everyone has to undergo the reaction of his or her past actions, the reaction of the original action. Suppose your finger comes in contact with fire; you will feel pain, you will have to suffer but, at that moment one will say that because your finger came in contact with fire, that’s why you are suffering. But when the reaction takes place after a long gap, and when the original action is not known or has been forgotten, or when the original action took place in another past life, and you do not know what was the original action – in that case you say, it is fate, it is fate. But actually there is no fate. What you call fate is actually the reaction of our past actions. In saḿskrta, it is called saḿskára, in Latin “reactive momenta”. So the third thing is, fate cannot be the object of ideation – fate is simply the reaction of the original action. So when there is no original action, there cannot be any reaction. The reaction is a creation of your own action. When the reaction is a creation of your own action, you are the creator of the action. So, how can the reaction be your object of ideation? No, a person must not be a fatalist, a fate-worshipper, a person must be bold and bravely face all troubles, all consequences. No one should be a fatalist. So fate cannot be the object of meditation. Fight against fate.” (SS-12, Microcosm and Its Object of Ideation)

Namaskar,
Pankaj

Note 1: DOGMATIC ARTICLE IN BHAKTA SAMAJ MAGAZINE

Not long back there was an article written in the Bhakta Samaj magazine (of which Dada Santoshananda is the senior editor) that stated that Baba was powerful and dynamic because He was born under a certain configuration of stars. The point being that certain stars were controlling His fate etc. This is the dogmatic approach that was published in the Bhakta Samaj magazine. We should all be keen to ensure no further “mess-ups” occur. Otherwise people will think our Marga is just like those dogmatic religions. So we should be perfectly aware about this so we can remedy the situation and prevent further mistakes in the future.

Note: 2: LINK TO BABA STORY ON PALMISTRY

Here is the link to the recently posted Baba story on palmistry. This gives further proof that no one in AM should give any value to palmistry and other fortune-telling activities.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2011/11/baba-story-curiosity-about-fortune.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“A’lo tumi tule dharo saba’ri sa’mane…” (2135)

Purport:

Baba, You grace everyone. With Your love, You show the path of effulgence to all. By virtue of one’s little intellect and superficial knowledge, You cannot be realized. When I feel that I have understood You, then and there I realize that I am in the dark. Because of this ignorance, I feel that I am all alone. But when I surrender everything to You, then only I feel that You are residing in my mind.

Baba, when I call You in my days of suffering, when I am burning with the fire of mental tension, dilemma and confusion, and various types of physical, psychic, and spiritual afflictions, when with a crying heart I desperately call You, then I feel that You are secretly residing in my mind– in the core of my heart.

Baba, nobody can know You or realise You by using their crude worldly attributions. By Your grace You shower all with the light of sadhana, and by that way I am able to come close to You. It is Your grace, it is Your grace…

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Importance of Padma’sana

Parama Purus’a BABA says, “Padma’sana [lotus posture] is just like a lotus in full bloom. Just as the roots and stem of the lotus remain under the water and only the leaves and flowers float about it– and although it is born in the mind it sustains its love for the stars– in the same way people sitting in this lotus posture and remaining in the world, can keep their minds above their mundane environment. That is why on the path of
sa’dhana’ this posture has tremendous importance.” (NSS, ’85, p. 241) ********************************************

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Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2011 15:29:47 -0400
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Under the Umbrella of Money
From: Tapeshvar

Baba

== UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF MONEY ==

Namaskar,
Our common human psychology is that people want to take shelter under something. Everyone wants to feel safe and secure when any problem comes. Having a shelter or base brings relief and a sense of peace and comfort.

Yet in this era of materialism, people mostly take shelter under worldly, transient entities, thinking that this will bring lasting happiness and fortune.

Some think that “My uncle is president”, or “I have a lot of money”, or “I am tops in my class”, or “I am very famous”, or “My family is very prestigious”, or “My house is very strong”, or “I am very beautiful” or so many things people think.

They foolishly believe that if any problem comes then it will be solved by this way: Via this petty shelter. They reassure themselves and take shelter in their own mundane cocoon.

The problem is that when your shelter is not permanent then how can it save you.

JUNGLE ANALOGY

Think of it this way…

If you venture out into the wild with your domesticated kitty-cat for protection and all around you there are tigers, lions, grizzly bears, and alligators, then it is silly to think that your kitty will save you. That is an ignorant and senseless idea. That kitty does not have the capacity to save you.

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN TODAY’S WORLD

Similarly in today’s world, people are taking shelter in inadequate ways. Bound by materialism, people seek out worldly possessions (money, cars, houses, and jobs etc) and fleeting qualities (beauty, status, youth, and qualifications etc) for their shelter. They think that will save them when life becomes difficult.

Yet such worldly entities and qualities will never be able to rescue them in their hour of need.

Sadly, by the time they realise that what they took shelter in is not safe, then it is too late. Already their body has become old and decrepit and there is little they can do in the way of sadhana. Just they are left to their fate.

That is the story of so many these days.

WHAT HAPPENED WITH APPLE’S FOUNDER

As we have all heard, last week or so, a high-profile, billionaire designer & entrepreneur in the tech industry breathed his last.

We should all review the case of the late Mr Steve Jobs. When he got sick and suffered from cancer, all his money could not save him; he left this material world and all his money stayed behind. He had every worldly quality and advancement at his disposal, but still that materialistic shelter was fleeting. Here is not the matter that he was good or bad. Only we are examining how one cannot attain lasting peace and happiness through mundane means, no matter how much wealth one has.

Taking shelter in money, prestige and power is no safe-haven. Mr Jobs was a talented engineer with billions of dollars to his name, but in the end none of that could bring him lasting peace. Each and every waking day he would dedicate his all to his cherished business pursuits. That brought him millions and billions in terms of mundane wealth, but was a big zero in terms of attaining an eternal shelter.

Yet so many dream of becoming the next Steve Jobs, as if that material success will bring them eternal peace and lasting happiness.

A TIME FOR REFLECTION

We should take this as an opportunity to reflect and recall that money – and indeed no worldly attribution – can save us from the rigours of time. These worldly things cannot provide us with an eternal shelter.

Even then, nowadays people knowingly and unknowingly bank on the fact that their money, or house, or prestige will save them. They may not say this openly, but by their actions and thought-processes this is quite evident.

So we should all take a moment to reflect. How far have the insidious ways of materialism invaded your mental space. How much do you rely on your job, connections, house, and money for “safety” and “assurance”, and how far do you really trust and rely on Parama Purusa.

Here we have to be careful because theoretically many feel they believe that “everything is Parama Purusa and that I am living under His shelter”, but practically speaking, in their daily approach this feeling is non-existent. They may say “Baba is my shelter”, but by their actions it seems they believe in something else. So a certain degree of honesty is needed, otherwise one is just befooling oneself.

This is what we should all reflect on – because nothing in this material world can save us. Better we should truly realise this now before it is too late.

A PROPER SHELTER IS NEEDED

As we know, developing surrender for Parama Purusa is the greatest quality in life. That is the best – and indeed only true shelter – in this universe.

Baba says, “You are all intelligent boys and girls – you should fully understand this truth, and remember that whatever the scriptures you might have read, the most important thing is sharańágati, taking shelter in the Lord. Just as the little child seeks safe shelter on the mother’s lap, similarly each and every microcosm, each and every devotee finds a safe haven on the lap of Parama Puruśa, and thus they are crowned with victory. This is the supreme truth. May you all be blessed.” (Subhasita Samgraha-12, Where There Is Dharma There Is Iśt́a, and Where There Is Iśt́a There Is Victory)

By taking shelter in Him, then one attains everything. That is the only pathway to lasting peace and eternal bliss.

Here below Baba gives us further reason for sheltering in Him and not any materialistic object or endeavor.

Baba says, “Everything requires a base; if life does not have a strong base, it is disrupted by an ordinary storm. Brahma is the strongest base.” (Caryacarya, Part 2, “Sadhana”, pt #5)

Baba has blessed us and brought us to His lotus feet. We should all be cent-per-cent certain that we do not drift from His sacred shelter. We must rely on Baba and no material entity.

MUST NOT WASTE ONE’S LIFE

Following the path of materialism is nothing but to waste one’s life in fleeting pursuits. Yet so many, sadhakas included, get drawn into this world of maya, especially in this present era.

May we all cultivate the habit, by His grace, to always take shelter in Him. There is no other way. Failing to do so means wasting one’s life and falling into a grim abyss of hopelessness.

We should not waste time in useless pursuits like collecting money. Then we will surely forget the main reason why we have come on this earth. And if awareness comes too late then, alas, one will not have time.

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 sádhaná. 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 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, Vibration, Form and Colour)

Namaskar,
Tapeshvar

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From: “Ramlal Sharma”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Thought of the Day of One Elderly Margii
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 08:00:23

Baba

== THOUGHT OF THE DAY OF ONE ELDERLY MARGII ==

Namaskar,
Is it really true that when people become aged, they lose their common sense? By the looks of one email from an elderly margii, it certainly seems so.

Till today, I had great regard for our seniors. After all, Baba has given the direction that if any acarya is not present to lead a certain function, then an aged or senior margii can take charge.

So I had great respect for my elders – and was looking forward to becoming more senior myself – but now I am scared.

By reading SS Goenka Dada’s recent “Thought of the Day” email, I am thinking differently. It has become more clear to me that when a person ages, one may lose their common sense entirely.

SS Goenka is now aged and it seems that he has no idea what to share with margiis.

Please see his email below and decide for yourself.

As Ananda Margiis, we are interested to read Baba stories and other spiritually uplifting and inspiring ideas, but in his letter SS Goenka is sharing the exact opposite: Dull and ignorant quotes which I have appended below for your own review.

BABA’S GOLD BAR STANDARD

First we should get a taste of the sterling example of our Ananda Marga. The quotes we share with other margiis should be up to this gold-bar standard.

Baba says, “O human beings, build the social structure considering the needs of humanity. Do not try to do anything for your petty personal and group interests, because whatever little you want to do with your limited outlook cannot last. The cruel touch of time will annihilate your aspirations into an oblivion that you cannot comprehend…Through action mixed with devotion and knowledge you will find the meaning of your life, the supreme treasure of your heart. This treasure you have unknowingly kept carefully hidden in the golden casket of your heart.” (Subhasita Samgraha – Part 1, The Evolution of Society, 1 January 1955 DMC)

Namaskar,
Ramlal

Note: WHAT SS GOENKA DADA SHARED PUBLICLY

Here below please see the highlighted quotes which SS Goenka shared in his most recent “Thought of the Day” email. Goenka’s quotes are in purple and our comment is in black.

On 09/24/2011 07:19 AM, Sgoenka wrote:

We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

– Japanese Proverb

When people are drunk they talk like this. You might have heard someone say something like this after drinking lots of liquor. Or you might have heard those in a lunatic asylum talk like this.

It is childish and ignorant to talk of duality and non-duality; the enlightened ones laugh at all this. However, without such a discussion based on duality and non-duality, it is not possible to clean one’s consciousness of ignorance.

– Yoga Vasishta

This is useless extravaganza – just a waste of time.

I am not the real hero. Anna Hazaare is the real hero.

-Amir Khan, the most popular matinee idol of Bollywood.

The above is proof of his mental bankruptcy. As we know, our hero is Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji.

Those days in Jamalpur, Baba gave a demonstration of the Mahabharata era and He narrated the heroic actions of Arjuna and the Pandavas and He told about the great devotee Sudama as well.

Then Baba asked all those present, “Who is your ideal? To whom do you want to follow”?

Some said “Sudama” and others responded “Arjuna.”

However both of these answers were incorrect. Only Parama Purusa can be your ideal – to ideate on any human being is to invite one’s degeneration. One’s ideal must be perfect.

Baba says, “Now whom should you take to be your ideal? Neither of the two – neither Sudámá nor Arjuna. You do know that neither of the two is perfect – so how to take anything imperfect as the ideal of life? Your ideal has to be perfect – so your ideal is to be the Lord and the Lord alone. No one else should be your ideal.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 31, Your Ideal in Life)

I think Baba’s teaching properly addresses the defective quote shared above.

Complete surrender does require that you have no desire of your own. You must be satisfied with whatever God gives you and that means having no desires of your own.

– Ramana Maharshi.

If one does not have any desire as Buddha or these defective yogis like Maharishi preach, they will become videhaliina microvita. They will not have a human body and they will not become one with Parama Purusa. Because Parama Purusa was not the Goal. One must have an innate desire to please Parama Purusa to become one with Parama Purusa. Without longing for Him how can one attain Him? This is the biggest defect of Buddhism and what these fake yogis like Maharishi preach. They try to concentrate the mind but have no goal. All those following this approach are just going to become negative microvita.

Baba says, “A spiritual aspirant attains the state of videhaliina as a result of shunya dhyána or ideation on nothingness. Through such ideation a sádhaka develops a psychic pabulum of nothingness. Yet even in this state there remains the possibility of rebirth. Those who embrace nothingness as their absolute goal develop a void in their citta in the absence of Cognitive Faculty. As a result they are unable to establish themselves in the Supreme Cognitive Stance and attain salvation. The spiritual cult which encourages this practice is certainly defective.” (Ananda Marga Ideology and Way of Life in a Nutshell – Part 9, Psychic Assimilation in Psycho-Spiritual Practice)

FINAL REFLECTIONS

When I again consider Goenka Dada’s email, all I can think is that this is scary and shocking to see. We will all age and is this what we have to look forward to: We will lose our common sense? Can anyone please reply on this point.

By seeing and reading his recent email, it really looks like SS Goenka has lost his mental balance and equipoise. He has become so self-centered that he cannot understand what people might like or dislike.

What could be the cause of his sharing such things with our AM community. Does it not seem that due to being aged he has lost his grip and mental balance.

Otherwise why would he share these aforementioned quotes which are filled with pseudo-culture, dogma and ignorance.

Our best wishes to SS Goenka Dada. By Baba’s grace may he again recover his faculties.

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Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 20:46:33 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Hariish Dev”
Subject: Who Does Not Want…

Baba

== WHO DOES NOT WANT… ==

Namaskar,
Every human being wants to be successful. Who does not want to be successful? Whether in the realm of art, law, medicine, schooling, business, literature, science, or architecture – or any other field or endeavor – everyone wants to be successful.

Knowing how to be successful then is an important recipe.

By Baba’s grace He has given us His special guideline. Because in one Hindi discourse, Baba reveals that the ‘Seven Secrets of Success’ apply not just to spiritual life, but to worldly life as well.

Let’s then investigate how these work.

UNIQUE ASPECT OF SHRADDHA’

Of course all the aspects of the Seven Secrets of Success have their own unique utility. So we shall take a look at how they all apply in this special circumstance. At the same time in His Hindi discourse Baba gives marked importance to the point of shraddha’.

As He tells us, there is no direct English translation for the term shraddha’, yet in its more traditional usage, Baba describes shraddha as the following.

Baba says, “When one ascribes everything to one’s goal, or one’s object, or to the Supreme Subjectivity appearing as one’s object, and moves, or rather directs one’s everything towards Him, then that movement is shraddha’.” (AV-3)

So in the spiritual realm, shraddha’ means pointing all one’s energy and love towards Parama Purusa, and not toward any number two or number three object. Everything is goaded towards Him. This we all know.

The interesting thing becomes, how does this apply to worldly life.

In His Hindi discourse, Baba neatly describes how shraddha’ manifests in worldly life. Suppose there is a father and a son. The boy wants to study engineering, but the father is pressuring him to study medicine. Yet the boy has little or no interest in becoming a doctor. In that case, if forced to pursue medicine, the boy will not get success. Because Baba’s entire point is that to get success in worldly life, one must have inner inspiration or inner motivation for what they are doing. Then and only then can one get success. That is the key point.

TRAGEDY OF TODAY’S MODERN SOCIETY

Unfortunately, in today’s materialistic society, where money is the be-all and end-all, so many people in so many lands engage in work or jobs that they do not care about. They have little or no interest in their day-to-day endeavour. But they do it to earn money, for prestige, to please their parents, or to just survive etc. This is the way in so-called first world and various so-called third world nations.

There are innumerable cases of this round peg in a square hole phenomenon. That means, there are so many people who have a keen interest in one realm, but spend all their time doing something else – either to earn money, or due to family pressures etc. Haven’t we all gone into a shop or office and noticed that the people working there appear to be going through the motions like robots and have no real interest in what they are doing. The same happens in student life as well when children are pushed by their parents in a particular direction.

In that case, according to Baba, that worker or that student cannot get success. Because as Baba guides us, one can only be successful if they have inner motivation and inspiration for what they are doing. That is the special point Baba is making in His Hindi discourse about how the Seven Secrets of Success apply to worldly life.

THE OTHER POINTS ARE ALSO MEANINGFUL

Here then are how the other spiritual elements apply to achieving success in the mundane sphere.

Vishva’s: In spiritual life this means have firm determination for one’s Goal. Yet Baba guides us that in worldly life this is also needed. If before studying for an exam, a student thinks that, “I will never be able to pass”, then they are doomed. Certainly they will not be able to get success. Similarly, if an adult walks into a job interview thinking that, “I will not be able to get this job – it is beyond my qualifications”, then they will have little or no chance of getting that job. So vishva’s in worldly life is a big point. It refers to having confidence and a positive outlook before pursuing any endevor.

Guru Puja: In spiritual life, Baba guides us that this means surrendering to the will of the Guru. Then one can serve and attain Him. And in worldly life this point of Guru Puja has great importance: It means having respect or reverence for one’s teacher. Yet in the modern world, there are so many loopholes and so much rampant hypocrisy that students & citizens alike lose respect for their teachers and leaders. Either their teachers punish them unduly or their teachers preach some ideal such as abstinence or non-smoking, when they themselves are indulged in that. Likewise, various social leaders preach noble values yet they themselves are caught up in scandalous affairs. This is a daily occurrence, and this undermines one’s ability to get success. Because one loses faith in their teacher or societal leader, in which case they cannot learn from them.

Samitabhava: In spiritual sphere, this means complete mental balance. And this same type of psychic equanimity is needed in worldly life. For instance, if a student or interviewee is very nervous or shy, then they will not be able to perform well. A student may become so nervous that they even get easy questions wrong, because they have lost their mental composure. Likewise, a professional seeking employment or putting on a presentation may be so shy that they are unable to convey their skill-set or knowledge to others in the room. And there are so many other examples. For instance, one’s marriage may end in misery, if one constantly gets angry or acts in an erratic manner toward their spouse. So mental balance is highly needed in all aspects of worldly life.

Indriyanigraha: We all know how control over the motor and sensory organs is needed for success in spiritual life. And same is the case for worldly life. If a student drinks too much whiskey or beer or wine at a party, then they will be inattentive in class the next day. Or, they may sleep through class entirely. Likewise, if a big business executive indulges in too much gossipy talk, then they will not be prepared for their meeting or they may underestimate their competition. Because loose talk diverts the mind from important obligations. It is also commonly seen how important politicians show sexual weakness and this can undermine if not ruin their entire career. So having proper restraint
and control regarding the ten indriyas is highly needed to gain worldly success.

Pramitahara: Just as proper attention to diet and food is needed in spiritual life, it is also needed for mundane success. If a student overeats then they will not be mentally sharp for their examination. Similarly, if a person grossly overeats time and time again, they will become obese, in which case they will suffer from all kinds of ailments from shortness of breath to heart disease, and that will keep them from discharging their duties properly. So food and drink must serve to keep one healthy and fit. Then only can one get success in worldly endeavors.

No Seventh Factor: The same is true in worldly life as in spiritual life.

Baba says, “There is no seventh factor. That is, if you practise these six factors, you require no seventh factor.” (AV-3)

LIVING IN TODAY’S ULTRA-COMPETITIVE WORLD

Today’s world is more competitive than ever. Getting success is not easy. The standards are high and the competition is tough. Whether it be the global economic market, the political arena, student life, or any other realm, day by day the requirements for getting success get stiffer and stiffer. There is no such thing as an easy victory anymore. There are too many people gunning for the same thing. So if we are slack in any of the above points, then someone with a more pointed vision will come forward. In that case, success will not be ours. Because living in today’s world is not a joke.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us all with great teachings which lead us to success. And in His Hindi discourse, Baba has given us the way to utilize the Seven Secrets of Success in our worldly endeavours. So we should pay heed to this doctrine not just in spiritual life but in all our worldly dealings as well.

Baba says, “You, boys and girls, should remember the points and do accordingly. It will help you in your all-around success.” (AV-14)

Namaskar,
Hariish

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“(Tumi) a’lo jhalmal u’s’a’y ele, a’ndha’rer ja’l chinrile…” (PS 3983)

Purport:

Baba, You have come in my heart when the blissful dawn was glittering in effulgence. By Your grace, You have wiped away the net of staticity and crude darkness from my mind. In a flash You have also removed the dogma which had accumulated since ages. Baba, You are so beautiful.

O’ my dearmost, You know how to make such a divine magical display. By Your grace You have created a heavenly panorama– complete with the beauty and grandeur of colour, by Your divine play. Baba, in the blink of the eye, You bring lowly and depraved persons close to Your bosom, without making any differentiation or disparity about who is virtuous and who is sinful. Baba, You are my beginning as well as my end, my Goal, my everything.

Baba, my whereabouts, my name, my place, my address– everything has become one with You, by Your grace. Baba I offer You my heartfelt surrender and sastaunga pranam thousands, millions, crores, & an infinite number of times– again & again.

Baba, by Your divine grace You have arrived in my heart and showered me in Your supreme effulgence. You are my own; You are my everything…

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Desire For Money is Dangerous

Baba says, “Suppose there is a very elevated person who often ideates on
the Supreme Consciousness, but who has some greed for wealth. He does
not, however, express it openly to the Supreme, nor does he even think
of it directly. He thinks indirectly, “Oh, since I am a devotee of the
Supreme Consciousness, He will certainly give me enormous wealth and
make me immensely rich.” Those who harbour this sort of covert desire
are reborn asyaks’as.” (YP, p.78)

Note: Yaksas are one type of negative microvita. Those unfortunate
beings who got degenerated and took on a form less than human,
sub-human. Not only that but they got caught up in that bondage of
punishment for thousands of years. And only then after their extreme
punishment did they again get opportunity for human life.
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