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How Culture is One

Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 21:27:44 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Hariish Deva
Subject: How Culture is One

Baba

== HOW CULTURE IS ONE ==

Namaskar,
Commonly people think there are so many cultures: African, western, Native American, Chinese, Russian, Indian etc. Indeed, in the last two decades, various terms like multi-cultural, plurality of cultures, bi-cultural etc have come into vogue. People think humans differ according to their own “separate culture”. Hence it is often thought that there are many different cultures on this planet. In that case there is no question of one human family.

But according to Baba’s teachings, human culture is one – not many. This letter is an effort to better understand Baba’s sublime teachings on culture, and why culture is one.

WHAT IS CULTURE

First and foremost, according to Baba Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji, culture is the collective name of various human expressions.

Baba says, “Culture is the collective name of various expressions of human life.” (A Few Problems Solved – 6)

APPLYING THE AFORESAID DEFINITION

Let’s examine a few practical examples to better understand what is culture.

HUMAN CULTURE IS ONE: GREETINGS

As we know, when people meet then they greet each other. This practice of humans greeting each other when they meet is pervasive. It happens everywhere. A person in the hills of North Korea greets their friend; and a person from a valley in California greets their friend. In both cases, in some way they greet their relations. This is a common practice. This is culture. And because it is everywhere, that is why culture is one.

Of course, people from different lands may express their greetings differently.

For instance, in Ananda Marga we do namaskar or pranam; in some lands, people bow to one another; in other countries people wave their hand and say hello; in some places people say shalom; in other lands people embrace one another or kiss; and many resort to handshaking also. Thus there are many ways that people greet each other. But these various types of greetings are not cultures, but rather demi-culture.

Culture is the act of greeting, irrespective of how it is done. On this point, all human beings share a common thread; they all greet one another.

Some may try and bifurcate the society by dividing people into this culture or that culture. But in truth there is a common thread that is shared among all. Greetings is one such common point. Again, there may be various ways of greeting a friend, but in reality people from all various places are all doing the same thing, i.e. greeting.

It should be very clear that the greeting itself culture, while the way people greet one another is a cultural expression or demiculture. Demiculture may be innumerable but culture is one. That is why all humans are one.

To some it may look like culture is many. However, the very act of greeting another person is itself our human culture. The practice of greeting a friend or neighbor etc is shared by all peoples in all lands.

HUMAN CULTURE IS ONE: EXPRESSING ONE’S HAPPINESS

All over the world people express their joy or happiness. This expression of happiness is common to all. This is culture. If someone is happy in Thailand then they express their happiness, and if someone is happy in Alaska or Siberia then they too express their happiness. Expressing happiness is the culture of human beings: When they are happy then they express themselves in some way.

It may be through art, dance, laughter, drama, music and so many ways. That is a common point everywhere. That is why human beings are one, irrespective of their geographical area. Because their culture is one, i.e. when they are happy they express their joy.

And they may do this in various ways: Some may laugh loudly; others might just smile; some might dance naked in the street; while still other might decorate their dress with flowers. Around the globe, people express themselves differently.

People of Thailand may dance in a way different from residents of Alaska or Siberia. But that difference in style is their demi-culture, or the cultural expression of that area. Human culture is one: To express happiness.

One should not confuse culture and demi-culture. Culture is the trunk of the tree and the demiculture refers to all those branches, and twigs.

So human culture is one, i.e. expressing happiness when they are happy.

In other words in different lands, people express their joy or happiness in various ways. Some sing, some dance, some clap, some whistle, some smile, some laugh, some slap hands, and others hug. There are so many ways how people express their happiness. These are not culture, but rather demi-culture. Demi-culture is different in various lands. The main theme is that when they are happy and they express their happiness. That is common everywhere. That is culture and that is one.

CONCLUSION

All human beings are one: (a) everyone greets, (b) everyone expresses happiness, and (c) many similar practices can be included in this list.

Irrespective of their so-called caste, language, so-called race or geographical areas, literate or educated, all have these common qualities. That is why inherently human culture is one. By superficial review, it may seem like people live in different ways and express themselves according to different cultural tenets, but these are just local variations of our singular human culture that we term as demi-culture.

The conclusion is that fundamentally human culture is one and there are various local differences and those differences are not cultural distinctions but rather expressions of demi-culture.

WHY ANANDA MARGA PROPAGATES THAT CULTURE IS ONE

Ananda Marga wants to unite all and form one human society. This is one of our main themes: To unite all human beings.

Human culture is, by definition, one. It is singular. As Ananda Margiis, we propagate this divine truth – i.e. that human culture is one – to bring about one human society.

When people start thinking human culture to be one it will be very easy to unite all humans. Then peace can be brought on this earth. Disunity invites violence. People divide humanity on the basis of various platforms including culture. By that way so many problems surface. By propagating the truth that human culture is one we can unite everyone and bring peace.
Baba says, “The more human beings live in unity, shoulder to shoulder, the greater the welfare of the human race will be.” (A Few Problems Solved Part 3 – Human Society Is One and Indivisible – 3)

Namaskar,
Hariish
PRABHATA SAMGIITA #4091

“A’mi toma’re bhuliya’ chinu katodin…” (Prabhata Samgiita #4091)

Purport:

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

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

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

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

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

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Status of EMS

From: Ishvara Deva
Date: Tue 27 Mar 2012 21:36:06
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Status of EMS

== STATUS OF EMS ==

Namaskar,
Many are aware that “EMS” (Ek Manav Samaj) is a branch of our organisation where we sit down with people from the various dogmatic religions and talk. One of the aims is to bring people from different faiths together so they can overcome their differences, hatred, and anger. This is one of the objectives of EMS, which is a distinct branch of AMPS.

But this EMS branch where we meditate talks between different religious groups is quite different from our socio-cum-philosophical approach of Ek Manav Samaj, One Human Society.

The idea and reality of Ek Manav Samaj can only be achieved by creating one human society based on ideology. In that endeavour there is no scope or question of creating social unity by merging all the dogmas of the various religions, or compromising with different religious dogmas. That is never going to work – that will never bring social harmony.

Baba says, “How far is the unification of all religions possible?”

“Ans.: – To seek infinite bliss is the only dharma of humanity. Humanity has but one dharma. Thus, the question of the unification of religions does not arise. The apparent dissimilarity between various religions arising due to differences in their ritualistic practices is not a spiritual difference. Whenever rituals dominate and efforts to attain bliss are feeble, whatever that may be, it is not spirituality.” (Ananda Marga Philosophy in a Nutshell Part 3, Some Questions and Answers on Ananda Marga Philosophy – Excerpt B, question #49)

The only way to create Ek Manva Samaj is to rid society from all such dogmas and build a neo-humanistic social order based on the pure spiritual ideals of AM.

Hence none should think that the tenets of EMS (i.e. talking with different religious groups) is part of the process of creating the social aim of creating one human society.

Namaskar,
Ishvara

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From: “Vijay Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: 16 Mar 2012 21:23:57 -0000
Subject: “I am Sure Baba is in My Group”

Baba

== “I AM SURE BABA IS IN MY GROUP” ==

Namaskar,
For a while the level of the group clash in our Marga has been at a critical phase. Each faction is fighting for their own survival & dominance, all the while thinking that Baba is supporting their party, their narrow cause. Verily, all think that “Baba is on my side”, or “I am sure Baba is in my group.” This is the very delicate – if not tragic – situation going on now in our Marga. ‘Tragic’ because this is the very same syndrome that has brought down all the various religions.

HISTORICAL PRECEDENCE

In the Shia & Sunni fight within the Muslim religion, both sides think that by killing members of the opposite faction then Prophet Mohammad is pleased. So both sides think that their preceptor is Prophet Mohammad and that the other side is an intrusion of their religion. Both have their own interpretation of Islamic law – both have their own teachings of Islam. And for that, they end up killing each other thinking that Prophet Mohammad is on their side.

Christianity is the same. All the factions think that ‘Jesus is my Lord and He is with me’, and in that rigid belief they commit all kinds of heinous crimes against other Christians. All parties feel justified in their cause and think their teachings are the real Biblical sermons. This is the height to which their conflict has reached.

So this type of battle – or downfall – is quite common amongst all the dogmatic religions. And here Baba signals how it has happened in Buddhism as well.

Baba says, “About thirty-five years ago, a war was going on between two countries, the citizens of which have the same religion (Buddhist). When the soldiers went to war, their mothers used to pray to Lord Buddha to save the lives of their respective sons. What will Lord Buddha do? Save this man or that man? Both have the same “Is’t’a,” but both parties have totally forgotten their ideology. If they were established in the ideology, they would not have gone to war. So therefore, man should follow both the ideology and “Is’t’a”. One should be an ideologist and an “Is’t’anist.” (Subhasita Samgraha-20, ‘Ideology, Goal and Devotion’)

Here the whole point is that when any religion reaches the stage of illogical fanaticism or groupism, then they appeal to their preceptor to support their selfish cause, totally forgetting the very teachings given by their preceptor. And in that way, members of the same religion fight against and even kill one another, totally transgressing all the codes and teachings given by their preceptor.

Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism are all suffering from the same problem. As they divide into various factions, each party is thinking that their preceptor is only with their group.

GROUPISM IN ANANDA MARGA (AM)

Unfortunately, now all the groups in Ananda Marga (AM) are marching down a similar road. Read any groupist propaganda letter or stand outside almost any AM function, and you can see such things taking place. Indeed, such battles are verily occurring in courtrooms around the globe, in various sectors, as each group tries to gain the upper hand.

For the sake of their petty interests and groupist survival, fights are breaking out over jagrtis, Master Units, Prout bhavans, retreat sites etc. All the physical properties of AM have been divided up and are being treated as battles zones. Indeed, heated battles are taking place left and right, and amidst it all, the various factions think, “I am sure Baba is in my group”. That is the very real belief that permeates their mental plate.

Yet what they forget is that what they are doing is not consistent with Baba’s teachings. They may think they have Ista, but they have lost adarsha, i.e. His teachings. And when they have lost adarsha or AM dharma, then how is it that Ista can be pleased. In that case, how is it that Baba is really in their group? So with this defective mentality they are hurting and harming other Ananda Margiis for their own selfish gain.

Tragically, this is the level of where things are at: Avadhutas have been murdered; Didis are being beaten and locked out of jagritis, land is being wrongly captured and sold, presses are being hijacked, offices are being broken into, and so much nonsense is going on. Each side is drunk in the intoxication of their own group’s power struggle, and all hail, “I am sure Baba is in my group.”

Should these groups take a few more steps down this fateful road, then they will all create their own silly interpretations of AM teachings as well. Each will have their own Ananda Sutram.

Then truly there will be no difference between their group and the various factions in the dogmatic religions.

FACE THE CONDEMNATION OF LORD SHRII SHRII ANANDAMURTIJI

Such groupists should stop and reflect. Because, while they may think that “I am sure Baba is in my group”, clearly such internal feuding does not bode well for their future. When a Dada is murdered, when a Didi is harmed, when Ananda Margiis are victimised and abused, then clearly someone is going to meet their fate – i.e. pay their dues.

Baba says, “If an Ananda Margi engages in harming another Ananda Margi he remains under the condemnation of A’nandamu’rtijii till his conduct is reformed.” (Caryacarya – 2, ‘Society’, pt #14)

So even though, all the groups think, “I am sure Baba is in my group”, in their own way they are all going to face Baba’s wrath. Because He does not and will not tolerate the harming or hurting of other Ananda Margiis. That is against the very teaching of Baba. Regardless of their “logic”, no factional camp is justified in such malevolent actions.

THE SOLUTION: FOLLOW HIS TEACHINGS

Although, things have sunk far below our AM standard, still there is hope. The various camps have yet to tear apart Baba’s teachings. Ananda Marga ideology remains in tact and singular in form. And that is what we are to follow – not any groupist conflict or factional agenda.

Indeed, our first and foremost duty is to strictly adhere to His guidelines; that is the only way to overcome groupism. When the mind is ensconced in neo-humanistic feelings, then such crude battles will never occur. Rather there will be a joining of the minds and natural unity within AM. Then all really will be doing for Baba as their actions will be according to His teachings.

So none should lose hope – nor should anyone be duped into thinking that any particular factional camp is standing for Baba and holding the flag of AM. Because no one involved in any selfish power struggle is on the path of dharma. It is certain that Baba is not in any group.

BABA’S BLESSING

Baba has blessed us with the teachings that will serve as the guiding light for creating one Ananda Marga and leading the entire humanity unto the path of benevolence.

Baba says, “O human beings, try to understand the needs of humanity and build an appropriate social system. Do not try to do anything for your petty personal or group interests, because nothing done with a narrow outlook bereft of Cosmic ideation will last. The cruel hand of time will obliterate all your achievements and plunge them into an oblivion you cannot fathom.” (Subhasita Samgraha-1, Ch.1)

Namaskar,
Vijay Deva

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Tumi a’ma’y bha’lo besechile, a’mi toma’r pa’ne ta’ka’i ni…” (PS 801)

Purport:

Baba, You have loved me and showered me in Your divine blessing, but I did not look towards You. I did not care or pay heed to Your love. Baba, You have graciously bestowed everything upon me. But I did not give You anything in return. Drowned in my own selfishness, I did not surrender at Your alter. In spite of that You love me. Baba, You are do gracious.

Baba, in those deep, black foggy days of my life, when I was feeling helpless, isolated, and lonely, then You gently held my hand and consoled me and You lovingly kept me along with You. In bleak those foggy days, You got wounded on the thorny path, but I did not apply any ointment to ease the pain. I was so selfish.

Baba, You are so gracious, You always help me in each and every circumstance. In my sorrowful days, when in danger, and when my heart is broken, always You console me by filling my entire being with Your sweet nectar. Even then, in the grand universal arena of Your divine liila, I could not become useful in any work. Due to my own lethargy, my existence could not be utilised. Uselessly, I wasted my time. In spite of this, still You love me.

Baba, O’ my Dearest; You are my own; You are my everything; You have showered Your causeless grace and made me Yours…

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Solution

Baba says, “This has been our failing: that we neglected the spiritual faculties of human life, we neglected the cardinal spiritual points of life. If we are interested today in the welfare of this beautiful universe, we should try more and more to accelerate the speed of spiritual progress. If the acceleration of spiritual progress becomes tremendous, then not only in the human world, but also in the physical, psychic and spiritual spheres of the entire world — and not only of the entire animate world, but of both the animate and inanimate worlds — there will be tremendous progress. And this is what we want. Now we are anxiously waiting for that crimson dawn on the eastern horizon.” (A Few Problems Solved-5)

Note: Generally people do not realise this very thing which Baba has explained above. To understand this fully it needs agraya’ buddhi (pointed intellect). Only those who are blessed sadhaka can understand that sadhana is the panacea.
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Date: 09 Feb 2012 21:48:26 -0000
From: “Sudhakar Deva”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Example of Pig

Baba

== EXAMPLE OF PIG ==

Namaskar,
In countless discourses Baba stresses the importance of working collectively and remaining united. All margiis know that Baba emphasizes how this is the way great things can be accomplished.

Alone, one may be able to solve small individual problems, but doing great works on a grand scale is far beyond one’s individual capacity. A strong collective effort is needed. That demands a methodical, organised approach and leadership. For this reason, the entire Mahabharata was planned.

Human beings have the intellectual capacity to proceed in this collective manner. And certainly Baba guides us to work unitedly and collectively.

His discourses on samgacchadhavam and so many related topics stress this point of collective movement. In addition, in 1990, Baba Himself took oaths from so many workers and margiis who pledged to Baba that they would work in a coordinated and cooperative manner with unity. Baba obviously sees this as a critical matter.

ONE SPECIAL DARSHAN IN DIIGHA’

In one general darshan on 09 Feb 1989 in Diigha’, Baba makes a unique distinction.

In Bangla, Baba explains how pigs do not have the requisite intellect to work unitedly. When they move, they all run in separate directions. They just wander around on their own. They do not have the capacity to move together. They do not make a leader and follow in an organised way. Pigs never do like this. Instead they all run their own way. That is what happens when any farmer lets a bunch of pigs out of their barn.

Baba then goes on to say that human beings have the required intellect to work collectively in an organised fashion. That is part of being human. Baba then says that those in human framework who fail to work cooperatively and instead engage in acts that go against the collective movement are like pigs. Such people are like pigs, or even worse – i.e. even lower than that. That is the comparison that Baba makes in that unique discourse on 09 Feb 1989 in Diigha.

Baba further emphasizes that humans should never move like pigs, hither and thither.

Tragically, those involved in group oriented feuds, clannish battles, and factional struggles are by definition not working in a collective manner.

NOW IT IS FOR YOU TO DECIDE

Now it is for you the reader decide who is who. We have to take a hard look at those involved in groupist activities and those fighting for their group interest instead of universal well-being. We have to see if they are the cause for why things in AMPS are going against Baba’s directive of unity and working together.

In samgacchadhvam, in His Ananda Vaniis, in Caryacarya, and in the 1990 oaths – as well as so many other occasions, Baba has highlighted that we must work together. That is ideal human activity.

By the various actions of groupists, we all have to evaluate if such persons are following human behavior or something else which Baba has described above.

You the reader must contemplate this on your own.

SANE PEOPLE CAN RECTIFY THEMSELVES

Some reading this may think that, “Oh my, I am involved in groupist and separatist activities and therefore I am a _ _ _, or worse.”

However, it is never too late to change one’s approach and embark on great endeavours.

So those who are sane will realise their mistakes, mend their ways and engage in collective works for the welfare of humanity from this very day forward.

None should think they are permanently tied up in the ways of factionalism. All have the capacity to change and do something which is beyond the narrow boundary of self and group interest. They can do for universal well-being.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, most margiis and field workers are deeply interested in working collectively for the upliftment of humanity. That is our human dharma. And by Baba’s grace it will not be long before our Marga society is a perfect reflection of samgacchadhvam spirit.

Baba says, “You will have to carry the collectivity with you, because the collectivity is yours. The collectivity is not outside you – your future is inseparably connected with the collective fortune. You must take the entire collectivity with you and move towards the sweetest radiance of the new crimson dawn, beyond the veil of the darkest night.” (PNS-8)

Namaskar,
Sudhakar

Note: HERE ARE SOME POSTINGS ABOUT UNITY

The first posting below is related with the sound file of the oath Baba was taking from various margiis and acaryas about working collectively.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2008/07/you-are-not-trustworthy.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2008/04/dont-dividekeep-unified.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/06/whatever-they-call-it-it-is-ignorance.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/11/baba-is-on-my-side.html

PRABHAT SAMGIITA

“Marmaviin’a’y eki sur a’chi ba’je diva’nishi mor virahii hiya’r ma’jhe…” (P.S. 480)

Purport:

Baba, day and night, only one tune is resonating in the viina of my melancholic heart. O’ my dearmost Baba please come. In the deep core of my mind only one tune is swinging: O’ Baba, You are not far away, You are not far, You are so close, You are with me.

Baba, when I see You in my karmayajina*, then I see You are remaining there also. Baba, You are with me in all the works. O’ Baba, please come, O’ Baba please come.

With the full longing of my heart, in whichever direction I look, there is nothing else that I can see except for Your divine form. O’ my Lord of Formlessness, with the resonance of the ever-new song, dance, & form, please allow Yourself to be held in my heart.

O’ Baba, please come, O’ Baba please come…

*Karmayajina= The work done with cosmic ideation is known as karmayajina; that alone is proper action. Thus karmayajina is any action or service done with the sole motive to please Parama Purus’a. In contrast those things done devoid of cosmic feeling, such selfish activities are called kriya’– and that leads to bondage. So only those works done with spiritual ideation come within the scope of karmayajina.

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Motherly Status

Baba says, “We must pay due honour to women as mothers and help them to live long lives.” (SC-20)

Note: Baba teaches us in His great ideology how He has given a very special status to females– motherly status. But in European countries at present the large majority of females do not like to accept this motherly status because of pseudo-culture. In that sense, the situation is totally unlike other countries where motherly status is quite warmly embraced by the female population.

We all know that Baba used to give marriage blessings in three languages: English, Bengali, and Hindi. And when speaking in Hindi or Bengal, then in His marriage blessing Baba would say, ‘O mother take this mala and keep this with you, this is your personal property’.

But when doing the same blessing in the English language then instead of addressing the bride as ‘mother’, Baba would use the term, ‘little girl’.

Why Baba did not address them as mother? Because our females of English speaking communities would not have liked to be addressed as mother. That is why Baba did not use that term.

In other parts of the globe, those adherents of AM ideology are in a totally different situation. They enjoy having motherly status.
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Date: Wed 01 Feb 2012 22:06:36 -0000
From: “Liiladhar Karn”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Key of Unity

Baba

“Toma’r bha’laba’sa’ bu’jhe nijeke khunje peyechi…” (P.S. 4504)

Purport:

Baba You are so gracious. By enabling me to understand Your love I could search for my true self. Earlier I was confused about who I am and I was always feeling sad and pessimistic about my future. But now, by Your grace, in my heart I feel Your love– I feel that I am under Your shelter at Your lotus feet. Baba, now, by Your grace, I understand where I am; my life has become meaningful.

Baba, You are the polestar of my life. By Your arrival, my whole existence is just moving towards You. It is so blissful. Baba, when I get fatigued & tired by involving in the work, and when negative thoughts ruin my peace and tranquility, and when the clouds of hopelessness come– in that dark hour I take shelter in Your divine love.

Baba, my mental sky, my air, my breath, my entire existence, my everything is dancing according to Your sweet melody. My hopes get fulfilled by Your samvit (force of awakening). From the divine land, one unknown angel is beckoning me; O’ my dearmost Parama Purusa, You are that very apsera’ (angel). I have understood this truth in my meditation by Your grace.

Baba, by Your grace, I am completely ensconced in Your love and now I understand that I am completely sheltered in Your lap…

== KEY OF UNITY ==

Namaskar,
By looking around it is clear that this is the transitional period– a time of serious change and struggle in our Marga society. And for all of us– Margiis and many Wts– it is not easy to decide what to do and what not to do. Because nowadays various Wt groups & sub-groups are raising their ugly head: Declaring new PP’s, making claims to power, putting forth their groupist plan etc. And in response some confused margiis/Wts are thinking that they will work independently outside the organisational structure etc, etc. So in various ways groupism and the rush for power are creating a multi-fold, ripple effect.

The answer of course is singular: Creating unity. That is the distinct challenge we face now. That is what we must achieve.

SIMILAR TO A TIME IN THE PAST

But what we may or may not realise is that this condition is similar to the post-Mahabharata period when all kinds of internal disputes and infighting was going on. And in the end they could hardly do anything concrete for serving humanity. Rather the Yadava dynasty destroyed itself after Lord Krsna left the planet.

UNITY IS THE KEY WORD

As we all know, without unity and the development of one human society, nothing will be achieved. At least we can learn from those capitalists & how they have bonded together– albeit superficially–to fulfill their negative agenda.

On the other side of the spectrum in a positive spirit Baba has given that our social movement based on coordinated cooperation and that we should unite. So all around unity is needed to progress.

So now samghe shakti, unity is needed. And the best way is to follow Baba.

Following Baba, means forming unity; whereas groupism is the opposite. And of course the Marga which is unified will have more strength & vigour.

Baba says, “Human unity is purely an ideological unity, which means unity in the psychic sphere. Where there is psychic unity, physical unity will also occur. In the realm of unity, unity is always psychic – ideological unity means unity in the subtlest level of the mind. However, psychic or ideological unity may be affected if we encourage the exploitation of one group by another. So to avoid this there should not be any scope for exploitation [groupism] in society.” (‘Talks on Prout’)

THEN AND NOW

Now because of inner clash we have crippled ourselves such that even the wicked exploiters in society are not feeling threatened by us. Earlier, in those pre-1990 days, they were thinking that AM is one fireball and negative persons were very fearful about us. But not now; now they think that AM is doomed to destroy itself. All due to our present-day disintegration because of groupism. And such disintegration leads to more disintegration, splintering and division. That is why the exploiters in the mainline society are not worried about us any longer.

And regarding the point of disintegration, by seeing the history it is clear that this has happened to so many organisations and religions in the past– where they become one with the dust. This is one negative phase going on. So in our Marga this is the transitional period.

Because all around there is confusion, attachment, and misinformation. Right & wrong news and so many things are floating around; it is hard to know what is correct and what is incorrect. In this condition some people are feeling angry, depressed, frustrated & confused.

And again, the answer lies in unity by adhering to His ideological principles.

BABA STORY: A SIMILAR THING DURING THE 70’S

BABA’S GRAND ADVICE

Similar was the case in the past in the 1970’s when Baba went to jail. That time the conditions were also chaotic. Our Marga was in a complete dilemma about what to do and what not to do.

And then Baba graciously gave margiis the opportunity to visit Him and He guided us about how to proceed. The story goes like this:

When Baba was in jail, in Patna. Then one margii went to see Baba inside the jail. And Baba asked, ‘How is it going on?’

The simple margii replied innocently, ‘Baba, there is so much negative propaganda. Nobody is listening these days to our call. So pracar is not going on. It is very difficult.’

Then Baba smiled and told the margii, ‘Your only duty is to be strict in 16 Points. As much as you will be strict in 16 points, then you will get direct guideline and inner inspiration and strength to move ahead from Parama Purusa. If you are loose or lax in 16 points, then you will lose the inspiration to do pracar. even you will lose the inspiration to do anything, any type of social service. And you may even decide to leave AM.’

Baba continued, ‘So the best thing is to be strict in 16 points. And do not think or allow any negativity to enter in your mind. Thinking about negative things, mind will only be more depressed. The duty of sadhakas is to keep the eyes fixed on the goal. The goal is Parama Purusa.’

So in this way Baba has steered everyone’s vision toward the path of dharma–
toward the ultimate Goal. Indeed that is the way to remain unified.

HOW TO OVERCOME ONE’S DILEMMA OR CONFUSION

SIXTEEN POINTS BRINGS FORCE INTO THE MIND

Usually when there is a dilemma (dhvidha) or confusion (dhvandva) about what to do and what not to do, initially people get flustered and frustrated. And most of the time what they do goes in the wrong way.

Because the general tendency of the human mind is to run toward the external objects or crude ideas such as money, name & fame, or power etc. This is the natural temptation, because human beings have crossed thousands and thousands of animal lives in which they were only dominated by basic propensities– animal instincts. So those natural values are animalistic type whereas higher values, in which case veracity and dharmic teachings usually do not reflect in the mind until the mental plate is cleaned. So only when Sixteen Points is practiced more and more, only then does dharma get strengthened and the mind becomes more pinnacled and pointed. Whatever human beings do in that condition is very meaningful and valuable– or at the very least they will not harm anyone. Whereas if one is not following dharma then they will not only harm others but themselves also. So following Sixteen Points means following dharma and by that way all around benefit happens.

FOCUS ON PARAMA PURUSA

AND BE FIRM ON SIXTEEN POINTS

Also in Namah Shivaya Shantaya, Baba guides us that our eyes should be fixed on Parama Purusa. Inviting unnecessary thoughts and filling the mind in that manner is very detrimental. If anyone fails to keep their eyes on the Polestar, then on a dark night that person will certainly lose the path. So the eyes should be fixed on the Goal. And that goal is Parama Purusa– none else.

BABA says: “Now to materialize any principle or ideology, one requires firmness, especially those who provide leadership to society, those who are the pioneers, the vanguard of a new movement. “We must keep the goal fixed before us, and keep moving towards the goal. We shall never deviate from our goal, whatever the obstacles or hindrances in the way. Once we start moving, we shall never stop or look back.” (NSS, p.16)

So Parama Purusa is our Goal. And the only way to keep the eyes fixed on the Goal is by following 16 Points. That is the path of our forward movement. And that is way Baba directs us that we should proceed.

Baba says, “Be firm on sixteen points. Unite all the righteous forces. All the tall talks of the evil forces will be silenced.” (Ananda Vanii #44)

So in this organisational crisis and transitional period which we are facing today, our duty is to keep unity by being more and more strict in 16 points. By that way, inner strength will develop. And according to His desire, Baba will guide us how to carry out His mission. Means Baba will make us the medium to execute His work. To materialize His desire and achieve the Goal.

PAUSE BRINGS SPEED IN THE FUTURE

OPTIMISM IS LIFE

So when our organisation is struggling and stuck during a period of pause, then we should see the situation more again carefully and grab hold of Baba’s teachings.

Baba says, “Pause means the gathering of momentum for speed in the subsequent phase. If one closely watches the effect of speed on a particular community or the entire humanity, one sees that generally people eulogize the period of speed. However we cannot afford to ignore the state of pause, because by judging what the previous state of pause was like, we can discern the speed of the next phase.” (PNS-7, p.67)

So this pause period does not mean frustration for one and all. Rather big training is going on and society is preparing to move forward in the proper direction.

Baba says, “There are some people who are pessimistic. They say that the society around us is very bleak, that it has no expression of vitality and that is seems that everyone is in deep slumber. Pessimists say this because they have never made any detailed study of human history, nor do they care to. Had they done so, they would certainly be optimistic, because if they had looked carefully at the symptoms of pause, they would have realise that significant preparations were being made for the subsequent phase of speed. So under no circumstances should human beings be pessimistic. That is why I am always an incorrigible optimist, because I know that optimism is life.” (PNS-7, p.67)

BABA’S BLESSING

And about creating unity after such transitional periods Baba guides us in the following way:

Baba says, “In the present day also, you can see for yourself how the social movement is grinding to a halt. When social progress loses its velocity it is called ‘yugasandhi’ (transitional period) in Sam’skrta. You have all been born in such a transitional period and have assembled here today. In the future, the honest and virtuous people of the society will respond to Your call and will unite. The same polarization is taking place now as occurred in the past: the honest people are with you and will remain with you; the dishonest people will oppose you now and will continue their efforts to block your progress in future. Whenever there is a war between dharma and adharma, you are sure to be victorious. You are not alone– dharma is with you, the benevolent intellect is with you, and I am also with you.” (AV-7, p.63)

Namaskar,
Liiladhar

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Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 21:48:11 -0500
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: Why Unity Fails
From: Cinmay Deva

Baba

Prabahata Samgiita #3002

Cir ka’le-r bandhu———
Nikat’e- ese— ghu-m bha’ungio—,

Ghu-m bha’ungio—
Jad’eri bha’vana’y yadi mete-
Tha’ki-, ja’gie di-o
Nikat’e- ese— ghu-m bha’ungio—,

Ghu-m bha’ungio—
Kichui toma’r aja’-na’ na’i,
A’—————————————a’
Kichui tomar a’ja-na’ na’i,
Randhre ra’ndhre a’cho- sa’dai
Toma’y bhu’le- jad’e- harai,
T’ene- pa-the a’-nio—
Nikat’e- ese— ghu-m bha’ungio—,

Ghu-m bha’ungio—
Ana’di ashes’a e- liila’-y,
A’———————————–a’
Ana’di ashes’a e- liila’-y,
Toma’y khonja’- hoye ut’he da’y
Bhra’nti kichu- dekhate na’ dey,
Tumi- diipak jva’-lio—
Nikat’e- ese— ghu-m bha’ungio—,

Ghu-m bha’ungio—
Cir ka’le-r bandhu———
Nikat’e- ese— ghu-m bha’ungio—,
Ghu-m bha’ungio—

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, You are my Bandhu [1]. Your and my relation is not just of this life. Since the dawn of creation, You were with me when I was in various shapes and forms. How far I was aware or not, but You were with me. Since the beginning of this life also, You have been with me – whether I always realised it or not. My and your relation is beyond time – You are my eternal companion. O’ my eternal Bandhu, by coming close, please break my slumber. By Your grace awaken me from any psychic or spiritual stupor. If I am intoxicated in crude, mundane thoughts, please arouse me. If I give up sadhana and get attracted to the material world, please wake me up and bring me at Your feet.

By coming close please break my slumber, O’ my eternal Bandhu.

Baba, You are omniscient and omnipresent. Nothing is unknown to You. Past, present, and future all lie within You. Baba, You are ever-present in each and every pore – You are everywhere throughout this entire universe and the expressed and unexpressed worlds – everywhere. What I do and don’t do, You always see. You witness everything. O’ my Dearmost, You are my Polestar, if ever I am oblivious of You, and get lost in this crude world, please pull me back onto the path of dharma. If I give up my Sixteen Points and get drowned in sensual pleasures, then please pull me back to the path of Ananda Marga.

By coming close, please break my slumber, O’ my eternal Bandhu.

Baba, in this beginningless and endless divine liila, searching for You becomes hard and painful. Doing sadhana and completing all the lessons is not easy. Following dharma is very difficult. All kinds of avidya maya come and disturb me.

The illusion created by maya obscures the vision. There are so many material allurements that divert me from the Goal – that draw me away from You. O my Dearmost, please grace me by lighting the lamp – diipak jva’lio [2] – of divine knowledge, filling my heart with devotion, and bringing me at Your alter.

By coming close please break my slumber, O’ my eternal Bandhu, arouse me and bring me at Your lotus feet…

NOTE FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #3002:

[1] Bandhu: Usually people think that the term ‘Bandhu’ means ‘friend’, but in our AM devotional life the term Bandhu means something much more.

Baba says, “‘Bandhu’ means ‘those within the bondage of love’. That is when one can not tolerate the idea of separation it is called ‘Bandhu’. Now you see in this world have you got any Bandhu? No. Even your friend, your best friend– he also did not come at the same time as you and after leaving the cremation ground, there is permanent separation. He will be with you up to the cremation ground. After your cremation he won’t be with you. So he is not Bandhu– he is not friend for he can tolerate the idea of separation.”

“So who is the real friend? Parama Purusa. When you are in this physical framework– in this quinquelemental framework, He is with you, with your body, with your mind and with your spirit. After death, He will be with your mind, with your soul. When the body will be lost, the body will become one with the earth but mind and spirit will remain, He will be with you. So He is the real friend, He is the real Bandhu. And there cannot be any mundane friend, mundane Bandhu.” (AV-12)

[2] Diipak Jva’lio: ‘Please light the lamp of divinity and remove the darkness of ignorance’. As a Sadguru Baba graces us with true, inner knowledge by lighting our lamp within by bringing us onto the path of spirituality. By this way we are able to overcome the hindrances of staticity and crudity. That is one of the main messages of this particular Prabhat Samgiita, lighting the lamp within and removing the darkness of ignorance. This is also expressed in our Guru Puja. About this I think most are aware.

“…Jina’na’injana shala’kaya’…”

Baba says, “You know that an eye ointment is applied with a stick (‘Shala’ka’ means stick). Now, all the microcosms are parts of that Noumenal Entity, all are actually parts and particles of that Supreme Entity, but due to ignorance, due to the darkness of ignorance, they cannot see what is what and which is which. That is why they require the ointment of spiritual knowledge. Guru (with a stick) applies the ointment of spiritual knowledge to their eyes.” (AV-3)

== WHY UNITY FAILS ==

Namaskar,
As we embark on this new year, there is struggle and strife everywhere and the theme in so many circles is unity, unity, unity.

Political parties in the general society have been chanting unity; various groups in AMPS have also been singing the unity song, and indeed, this unity slogan is prevalent in so many spheres of life.

But, it never works; their call to unity is never achieved; it always fails. That is the reality. We should understand why.

Ay the same time, we all know Baba Himself has given the key ingredients for forming true and lasting unity. In His discourse “Social Psychology”, Baba guides that the central components for achieving unity are: a common ideal, a casteless society, collective social functions, and no capital punishment.

We should familiarize ourselves with His practical teachings and gain the essentials for creating real unity, both in our Marga and the general society.

UNITY IN THE GENERAL SOCIETY

Unfortunately, nowadays, unity is nowhere to been seen in the general society, nor in the Marga. We see semblances of it only to later realise that it was just so-called unity where the rallying point was self-interest, nothing more.

Two smaller businesses merge to form a unified bigger enterprise. Two politicians join forces in order to unify their party. Countries join the United Nations or EU as a show of unity.

Indeed there are so many examples of unity. But invariably they break apart.

Because up till now in this world, “unity” has always been grounded in the selfishness of two different people or groups. So long as it is profitable for them, they remain unified, and the moment that “unity” is not meeting their agenda, they split apart.

Whereas Baba guides us that a healthy, broad-based approach is needed to create unity, and that must include: a common ideal, a casteless society, collective social functions, and no capital punishment. Then that will be real and lasting unity.

Yet we see how so many corporations have unified and divided; so many regions of the world have reached a temporary unity, only to again split; and so many political alliances have been made to gain unity, only to fall apart a day or year later.

Whether it be the USSR, AOL-Time-Warner, Czechoslovakia, the Catholic Church, or some political movement in your locale, time and again we see “unified entities” break apart into pieces.

And the reason is always the same: The small-minded ideal of selfishness can never stand the test of time– it can never create a true bond.

Rather as a humanity we must adhere to Baba’s pointed and practical guidelines for achieving unity. There is no other way.

THAT SAME UNITY IS SURFACING IN AMPS

The greater tragedy is that since 1990, that same type of so-called unity has been surfacing in AM. Our Marga is meant to be the model for guiding the rest of society but since 1990 our AMPS has been a near mirror image of the crude, materialistic patterns prevalent in the world today.

Whether it be in the name of one group or some new faction, various teams have been “uniting.” It is not at all uncommon. And they then call for others to join them.

But this also never works.

Because when some group or faction is the basis of unity, and not Baba’s stated ideals, then that group’s self-interest is the operating agenda. Certain leaders are desperately trying to gain an upper-hand on the power, and for that they start chanting, “unity, unity, unity’ in hopes of gathering people to support their selfish agenda.

That is why we constantly see splits and fissures in our Marga. At first after 1990 all were united under Sarvatmananda. Then the Rudrananda group came into being. Then NIA. Then EC. Then United Administration.

That is the way it goes. Because no group is operating according to Baba’s recipe for unity given in “Social Psychology”, where Baba outlines that our common ideal is practically based on Brahma sadhana, samgacchadhvam, and universal fraternity.

Instead, the various factions just chase after their own unit agenda where others either join in or break apart based on whether that agenda meets their selfish needs. That is why there has not been any lasting unity in AM since 1990.

Through it all, so many good margiis and field workers have the sincere feeling in their heart to see a united AMPS based on Baba’s teachings.

ONLY BABA HAS GIVEN REAL UNITY

To date, unity then has just been a fleeting dream on this earth. Baba has come to change all that. He has graciously given teachings on unity that are completely new and revolutionary.

When Baba speaks of unity it is totally different from the way corporations, countries, groups or even other gurus speak of unity.

Baba talks of unity in very practical terms and uses words like ‘ideology’, ‘cosmic inheritance, ‘common patrimony’, ‘universal welfare’, ‘cosmic brotherhood’, ‘service motive’ etc.

Here again are Baba’s key ingredients for bringing unity: a common ideal, a casteless society, collective social functions, and no capital punishment. Those interested should read the entire discourse, “Social Psychology”.

Never will you see or hear mundane words like ‘power’, ‘profit’, ‘control’, ‘money’, or ‘popularity’, be associated with Baba’s ideal of unity.

Yet these latter words (‘power’, ‘profit’, ‘control’, etc) are the driving force behind most, if not all, so-called unity movements on this earth. Because thus far, unity has always been just a euphemism for satisfying someone’s selfish agenda. That is why it always fails.

Here Baba warns us that the failure to bring real unity leads to the utter destruction of that community, country or society – verily it can lead to extinction of humanity.

Baba says, “Lack of unity among the members of society because of too much self-interest in the individual members, the formation of groups for economic or social advantage, and the lack of understanding of others, act not only to bring about the downfall of society, but also can wipe it out completely from the face of the earth. Instances of many groups and empires disappearing altogether are not rare in the little-known history of this world.” (AFPS-7, Social Psychology)

MORE OF BABA’S GUIDELINES ON UNITY

Baba’s warnings and guidelines on unity are totally unique– never before have they been put forth on this earth. For your review here are some more of Baba’s given teachings on unity.

Baba says, “For the unity of the entire humanity, the indispensable factor is spirituality. This supreme treasure teaches human beings that Parama Purus’a is the Supreme Father, Parama Prakrti [the Supreme Operative Principle] is their Supreme Mother, and the entire universe is their homeland.” (AFPS-2)

Baba says, “Human unity is purely an ideological unity, which means unity in the psychic sphere. Where there is psychic unity, physical unity will also occur. In the realm of unity, unity is always psychic – ideological unity means unity in the subtlest level of the mind. However, psychic or ideological unity may be affected if we encourage the exploitation of one group by another. So to avoid this there should not be any scope for exploitation in society. And to ensure this we have to start a new order to safeguard the interests of the exploited masses. So for a proper social synthesis what we require is a common philosophy of life; that is, ideological unity.” (PNS-15)

Baba says, “Along with the theory of spiritual inheritance, one Cosmic ideology will have to be propagated too, and that ideology is that one Supreme Entity the Cosmic Entity is the goal of all living beings. This spiritual sentiment will keep human beings united for all time to come. No other theory can save the human race.” (TTP)

BABA’S BLESSING

Only Baba has given the practical teachings on unity wherein groupism, dogma, and exploitation are eradicated and instead the time-tested ideals of cosmic inheritance, ideology, spirituality, and one human society are encouraged.

All other types of so-called unity based on selfish interest and the profit motive are doomed for failure.

That is why to date, attempts at unity have failed again and again and again. Any groupist platform for unity will also fail. Only unity based on the spiritual teachings of AM ideology can bring lasting peace and welfare to society. Only then will we have true unity.

Namaskar,
Cinmay

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Who is Greatest Fool

Baba says, “How one person sings melodious songs, how another dances beautiful rhythmic dances, how another delivers wonderful discourses, etc. But we cannot see the entity who pulls the strings from behind and runs the show. And the funniest thing is this: the speaker, the singer, the dancer thinks that he is the agent, the doer, and takes the entire credit for the performance. People do not care to think of the entity that pulls the strings from behind, or if they are even more foolish, they think that others see them alone, not the entity who pulls the strings from behind.” (NKS, 97 Edn, p.181)

Note: Under the spell of avidya maya many persons think that all credit goes to them for their great deeds. The number of such persons is huge. But according to Baba’s above guideline in the spiritual way of thinking they are fools. We should be careful and save ourselves from falling into this category of fools.
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Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 15:41:18 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Prakash Deva
Subject: Who Should Distribute Baba Photos & Films

Baba

“Du’rer aja’na’ pathik eseche mor ghare ei viha’ne…” (P.S. 4947)

Purport:

From the distant dawn the Ajana Pathik has come today in my home. About
this very Ajana Pathik, I had longing for Him in my life, in my death,
while awake, in my dream, & in my sleep. All throughout I have been longing
for Him. And that Aja’na’ Pathik has come today in my home.
That very Entity is most loving for me, even more than my own prana. He
is the dearest of dear to my soul. He is more adorable than anything else.
He loves me so much; He knows more about me than I know about myself. What
I know about myself, He knows far more.
That Aja’na’ Pathik is kaladhiish– He cannot be bound by time. So He is
kaladhiish. That Aja’na’ Pathik is also the controller of the time factor
so He is kalatiita– One who works beyond the bondage of time. His glory,
charm, and attraction cannot be expressed in words. Since eternity He has
been hiding in a remote corner of my heart. I have been dreaming of Him
with deep longing for hundreds of lives. That Aja’na’ Pathik has come today
in my home. He has graced me…

== WHO SHOULD DISTRIBUTE BABA PHOTOS & FILMS ==

Namaskar,
Around town and in our email forums, there has been much discussion
about the management and distribution of Baba photos and films as well
as Baba’s other devotional treasures like Prabhat Samgiita etc.

This is an important topic as it is directly related with Ista, the
spread of Baba’s teachings, one’s individual growth as a sadhaka, and
our organisational systems.

So let’s take a look at this critical issue.

SAMGACCHADHVAM SPIRIT

One of the main things that Baba has emphasized is moving ahead in
samgacchadhvam spirit – i.e. working together unitedly toward a common
goal.

Baba says, “The meaning of the sam’gacchadhvam’ mantra should be
realized in life. Always remain united. Solve all problems, big or
small, with unity…” (CC-2, ‘Society’, pt#34)

One can say that for this reason of unity and collective projects, Baba
created AMPS – the tool for spreading His dharmic teachings and programs
in an organised & cohesive manner.

After all, the way to achieve success on this earth is to join together
and work collectively. That makes any job or project infinitely easier.
Even the materialists have learned this basic point. Small businesses
have merged together to create larger companies, and larger companies
have bonded to create bigger corporations, and bigger corporations have
expanded to become world-wide, multi-national enterprises. Their aims
may be selfish, but as a matter of efficiency and approach, the business
world realises that working collectively is the only way to go. In
addition, schools, countries, foundations all follow this same principle.

Naturally then, whether it be on points of pracara, Prout, AMURT,
schools, or the distribution of Baba photos and films, our approach as
Ananda Margiis should be in the spirit of samgacchadhvam, i.e. working
together in an organised way towards a common ideal.

Clearly then, our fundamental manner is to adhere to our AMPS structure
and regulations. Specifically, the distribution of Baba photos and films
should be led and carried out by the corresponding organisational
pathway, such as Public Relations Department and PRS Dada.

That is the way things should work – under ideal or normal conditions.
That is in tune with our samgaddhadhvam spirit.

However, at present, we are not living in normal times. Because when our
organisational structure is cracked, when groupists are doing and dying
for their own fame and power, and when our organisational channels are
no longer doing what they were designed to do, then who can think these
are normal times.

In that case, we have to reconsider the matter entirely.

MANIPULATION OF BABA’S THINGS

When there is care and love, then naturally there will be deep interest
to do things properly. But where groupism is rampant, the desire to
serve the cause of dharma is replaced by the greedy need to rule over
others. Tragically, at present, many of the devotional tools in AM have
been taken hostage by group leaders who suffer from this defective
mentality.

VARABHAYA MUDRA PHOTO: Earlier, all Ananda Margiis had easy access
through the proper organisational channels to a high-quality image of
Baba’s varabhaya mudra photo. However, since 1990, the photo being
distributed has been tainted, faded and lightened such that one can
hardly even see the image. This makes both Guru dhyana and Guru sakash
very difficult.

Actually, the history is that after 1990 the organisation (i.e.
Sarvatmananda’s team) had a perfect negative of Baba in varabhaya mudra.
However, as they were more concerned with power than saving Baba’s
things, they allowed their negative get ruined by mold in the humid
environment of Tiljala. Such was their level of interest.

By the grace of Baba, committed margiis came forward and began sharing a
high-quality photo, much to the displeasure of the organisation. As they
preferred to have full control, whether they were carrying out their
duties properly or not.

Still today this remains an issue. The PRS and other organisational
channels either do not have a good quality photo or they refuse to share
it with others – both of these scenarios come into play.

In that case, how can we sit back and say, that only PRS Dada has the
right to distribute Baba’s photo. Rather, it is the right of every
Ananda Margii to have Guru’s photo for the spiritual progress in
sadhana. In the best case scenario, PRS would have a proper system in
place to get the photo to sadhakas of the Marga. But nothing of the sort
has been done. Rather, PRS refuses to share the photo at all.

So this is a clear-cut instance where the organisation is not serving
the aims of dharma. Thus, bhaktas have been forced to step forward and save
the situation so devoted margiis can get a proper photo. Best of course
is if the organisation properly handles this duty, but when they do not
have the interest nor the desire, then other recourse is needed.

PRABHAT SAMGIITA: This is another blatant example how since 1990 the
organisation has failed to live up to their duties. Instead of following
in the footsteps of Baba’s dharmic example, the groupists in power gave
up the ship on Prabhat Samgiita and (1) sold out to pseudo-culture and
(2) propagated the late PP’s silly rhymes, ridiculously titled as
Shraddha Shuman.

Who can forget how the organisational “leaders” pasted glamorous
pictures of filmy singers on the covers of our Prabhat Samgiita
cassettes and began distributing those cassettes as a collection of
mundane love songs wherein Baba’s divine compositions were sold in the
common marketplaces along side pop-music.

Under such a condition, who can think that the organisational channels
were fulfilling their dharmic duties – rather they strayed deep into the
realm of pseudo-culture and dogma.

They have shown they cannot be trusted.

Plus, that is not all, for years and years in that post-1990 period,
Sarvatmananda and Co. were actively promoting, recording and selling PP
Dada’s silly rhymes, thereby totally overlooking Baba’s divine
collection of Prabhat Samgiita.

All this eerily spells out how the organisational channels were failing
to live up to their responsibilities – thereby forfeiting their duties
to others, i.e. interested margiis and acaryas.

AM BOOKS: Next we come to the publication of Baba’s books. Although Dada
Acyutanandji is working hard and has diligently involved in this
endeavor, Dadaji’s fine efforts have not been enough to overcome the
dark ways of the Kolkata team.

No doubt, Rudrananda is doing zero to publish AM books, but even worse,
in the opposite corner, Sarvatmananda and his cohorts have adopted the
path of Bangalisation. They hastily toss aside and intentionally ruin
English and Hindi discourses – as well as those given in other languages
– and instead they only attend to Bangla discourses. Or they insist that
all discourses be first put into Bengali – even if Baba spoke in English
– in order to put Bengali on top. There are no shortage of examples in
this regard.

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/09/proof-of-distortion-in-new-book-av-11.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/01/problem-will-linger-until.html

http://am-global-01.blogspot.com/2009/06/bangla-and-bangalii.html

These above letters are but a few of the many examples of how such
groupists have ruined Baba’s books. So this is another clear-cut case
wherein the factional heads have gone against the ethic of AM and
destroyed our treasures.

All in all, it is clear we are not living in normal times. Because those
at the helm of the organisation are violating all the principles of AM.
And even worse is that when others try to pick up the responsibility or
correct things, then those factional monsters wage an all-out war
against that innocent margii.

So the whole scene is quite tragic and the only remedy at present lies
in the hands of those courageous margiis & wts who come forward.

Because organisational authorities have no interest in doing their jobs.

DANGER OF “UNITY” OF GROUPISTS

Actually when these groupists bond together, they can create all kinds
of problems. The most glaring example of this is the dogma of Mahaprayan.

As we all know, in Caryacara part 2, Baba has clearly stated that Guru
is infinite and ever-lasting, forever in our hearts.

Baba says, “The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma
(Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living
beings – That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone
has revealed Brahmavidya’ (intuitional science) to us through the medium
of the name and form of Anandamu’rtijii. Unit beings must be made to
appreciate Its majesty.” (CC-2)

Yet, when all the groupists were “united” and serving as footstools to
Sarvatmananda, then in ’90 they unanimously voted to insert the dogmatic
Mahaparyana addendum to Carycarya part 1, essentially stating that Baba
is gone.

Such is the hell that groupists can do when they are all on the same
page, i.e. working together.

WE MUST RECONSIDER

Now let us again return to the main query: Who Should Distribute Baba
Photos & Films?

Given all the information and proofs from up above, we have to
reconsider the situation. Because when the organisational channels have
no desire to attend to this responsibility, then there is no other
option except for others to come forward.

Certainly, the Public Relations Dept should be in charge, but when they
shirk their responsibility, the only recourse is for rational margiis to
take up the job.

MARGIIS ARE THIRSTY FOR BABA’S THINGS

IT IS THEIR BIRTHRIGHT

We must remember that those leaders at the helm of the organisation are
not like some capitalist owners who may do as they please. The only
avenue of post holders in AMPS is to serve Guru and the Marga, beyond
that they have no right.

Thus when top Dadas are failing to carry out their duties and when
devoted margiis around the globe are thirsty for devotional treasures
like a proper Baba photo etc, then other dharmikas must come forward and
demonstrate initiative.

Because, all sadhakas should have proper access to Guru’s gifts.

Baba says, “Human life is short. It is wise to get all the instructions
regarding sa’dhana’ as soon as possible.” (CC-2, ‘Sadhana’, pt#8)

So when Baba’s photo is such an essential part of our sadhana practice
and when His discourses and Prabhat Samgiita are some of our devotional
treasures, then every Ananda Margii has a right to those gifts. That is
Baba’s stated wish.

TEMPORARY SOLUTION

Given the severity of the situation, the only practical way to move
ahead is for interested Ananda Margiis – be they family margiis or wts –
to share Baba photos and Prabhat Samgiita etc. That is the only way to
remedy the situation at present.

But, this is only a temporary measure – a quick band-aid.

The main solution is to clean up the organisation and have people in the
chair who wish to serve Guru and propagate His ideals. Then PRS Dada
should have full authority over the distribution of Baba’s photo etc.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has created AMPS as medium for us to work together in
spreading His ideal. Without that, it would be impossible. So we must
fix the organisation. Till that time – until all groupists have been
removed or rectified – pathways are needed to ensure things like Baba’s
photo get distributed properly to other sadhakas. In that case, any
interested margii can do.

Baba says, “All have come from Him, and therefore all will remain
together. But this is not sufficient. All have come from Him, are in
Him, and will merge in Him, therefore all people will have to live
together. For you, unity is the natural course, and division is
unnatural. You well know that the Cosmic Energy will not long tolerate
what is unnatural.” (Disc MHB)

Namaskar,
Prakash

Note 1: SANCTITY A MUST

Just because margiis and field workers are now involved in sharing
Baba’s image and writings does not mean that they can carry out this
work indiscriminately.

Rather, it should be done with the utmost sanctity and reverence for
Baba’s gifts.

Thus, we should be vigilant that no one go against the ethic of the
Marga in this regard. If that happens, these instances should be
reviewed on a case by case basis, and conclusive action should be taken.

And again, best of all will be if the integrity of our AMPS can be
restored. Then the organisation can resume full authority of all
devotional properties etc. That will be best.

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About Rich People

Parama Purusa Baba says, “It must always be remembered that the value of
money lies in its proper use. If more money is accumulated than what is
necessary, it becomes valueless for want of use. To the extent that you
keep idle and valueless money with you, to that extent you become
responsible for the injustices done to the hungry and the naked. Your
valueless hoard will have to be made valuable by providing opportunities
for use by others. Those who do not know the right use of money on the
basis of the exchange of mundane resources are in fact the enemies of
society.” (HS-1, p. 41)
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