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

Baba

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

Purport:

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

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

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

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

== SENTIENT ENVIRONMENT CREATED BY PAINCAVATI ==

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

ALL ARE ANANDA MARGIIS

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

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

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

NOW TO THE POINT OF SADHANA

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

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

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

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

HOW TO UTILISE IN COLDER CLIMATES

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

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

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

BABA’S GUIDELINE

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

Namaskar,
Surya

Note 1: Artha vs. Paramartha’

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

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

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How Meaningful

Baba says, “A jiiva is manifested out of Paramashiva as a jiiva in human body– or rather, simultaneously in the Cosmic Body and in a human body. Each and every microcosmic structure is like a universe. Hence the yoga of scriptures say, Traelokye ya’ni bhu’ta’ni ta’ni dehatah– ‘Whatever exists in the universe exists in your small structure as well.” (Discourses on Krsna & the Giita, p.19)
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To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: “Yoga Phil was first Propounded by AM”
Date: Wed 22 Jul 2009 07:03:38 +0500 (IST)
From: Ram Sahay Kulshresth

Baba

“Toma’ri bhuvane toma’ri bhavane toma’ri a’she din ket’e ja’i…” (P.S. 331)

Purport:

Baba, in Your kingdom and around You my days are passing in Your hope.
Thinking about Your lotus feet and ideating about You, the blackness of my
mind, the hopelessness turns into the hope of effulgence.
In Your attraction, in Your charm, and by the showering of Your grace,
everything becomes sweet and attractive. Your smile brings new charm in
life. The breeze which touches You, that sweet fragrant breeze brings the
aroma from You, and it gives new awakening in my life. My whole being is
vibrated with that. When I think about Your close proximity then my mind
dances with joy and ecstasy and then nectar showers. Baba Your grace is
everything…

== “YOGA PHILOSOPHY WAS FIRST PROPOUNDED BY ANANDA MARGA” ==

Namaskar,
In the whole, entire history of this world, the first time the philosophy
of yoga was ever propounded was by Ananda Marga. That is what Baba says.
So never before in the history of humanity was the philosophy of yoga ever
given– never.

It is quite an amazing and extraordinary concept: The first time the
philosophy of yoga came into being was with our Ananda Marga. Baba Himself
states this truth.

But, the irony is that no one would ever know it by reading our AM books–
because, tragically, those highly unique and historic words never got
printed in the published version of the discourse.

WHAT BABA SAID ON 26 SEPTEMBER 1979

Specifically, in His morning general darshan delivered in English on 26
September 1979 in Caracas, Venezuela, Baba clearly says:

“The yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga”.

Baba says this in the first minute or two of the discourse. I have heard it
with my own ears– dozens and dozens of times. Baba says this quite clearly.

But later on when this discourse, ‘Be Free From All Complexes’, was printed
in the book Ananda Vacanamrtam part 34, that very special sentence was not
printed. If you check on page 79 you will see that it is missing.

And it is a terrible tragedy and very sad to see, because this is a very
unique and revolutionary proclamation that Baba is making: “The yoga
philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga”.

Verily, there seems to be no other place in our AM discourses where Baba
says this very thing. Yet He clearly spoke it in English that day on 26
September 1979.

WHAT IS THE IMPORT OF SUCH A STATEMENT

Just to put things into perspective, we should analyse the import of Baba’s
historic statement.

When Baba says, “The yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga”,
then it means that no one– not a human being nor a Taraka Brahma– prior
to Baba was able to give the philosophy of yoga.

Not Patanjali, not Kapil, not Buddha, not Mahaviira Jain, not
Shankaracarya, no one was able to put forth the philosophy of yoga– not
even Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna.

Such is the grand magnitude of Baba’s divine statement.

So this is yet another remarkable aspect of our AM ideology. That this was
the first time that the philosophy of yoga has ever been given. Quite an
impressive fact.

And we Ananda Margiis can easily understand this very truth because we know
that Baba’s advent on this planet is an incredible occurrence. He has given
many “firsts” such as: Microvita theory, Prabhat Samgiita, Neo-Humanism,
Prout, and so much more. None of these ideas were ever given before.

And now we also know that Baba is also the first to give the philosophy of
yoga.

A COMMONLY KNOWN POINT IN OUR UNIT

Actually, many of us have been aware about this fact since long because,
for example, in our unit, we have been listening to this discourse for
years and years. By Baba’s grace, we have this cassette as it is an
overseas discourse and those were recorded properly and well-circulated. So
since long we were thinking that this point– about AM being the first to
propound the philosophy of yoga– is quite commonly known.

NOT PRINTED IN THE BOOK, MUST CHECK ALL CASSETTES

But just recently when we went to examine the printed discourse, we saw
that this very important and unique sentence was not placed in the book–
Ananda Vacanamrtam part 34. Rather it is missing entirely. This was
astonishing for us and at that point we concluded that every printed
discourse must be re-checked with the original cassette. Otherwise there is
no telling what other points have been missed. And we– the general members
of the Marga– should start this process by confirming the discourses using
those cassettes that we already have.

‘NOT CLEAR ON THE TAPE’

What do the editors and publishers of Ananda Vacanamrtam part 34 say about
those missing words?

The publishers and/or editors, of the book Ananda Vacanamrtam part 34,
claim that Baba’s words were ‘not clear on the tape’. That is the excuse
they have given in their footnote at the bottom of page 79.

And for that reason, i.e. because those syllables was ‘not clear on the
tape’, Baba’s historic statement– “The yoga philosophy was first
propounded by Ananda Marga”– does not appear anywhere in the book, AV-34.
But the strange thing is that those publishers and editors understood the
words directly preceding Baba’s historic statement. And in our unit we also
have a copy of that cassette and I can say first-hand that Baba’s historic
words about the first propounder of yogic philosophy are just as clear as
those preceding words.

So then it is peculiar how those publishers could not catch Baba’s historic
statement when those words were just as clear as the preceding ones.
Instead they just wrote, ‘not clear on the tape’.

IT TAKES COURAGE TO PUBLISH BABA’S BOOKS

Although I hate to say it, it seems that something “fishy” is going on.
Because after all, Baba’s statement– “The yoga philosophy was first
propounded by Ananda Marga”– is quite clear on the tape. So it may be that
those publishers and editors have their own hidden reasons and fears about
printing such a statement– due to its revolutionary nature. Because the
society at-large will not be inclined to believe it– rather they may
oppose. In turn, those publishers and editors may have thought that Baba’s
statement is “too outlandish” etc. So that may be the reason why those
editors and publishers deleted it from Baba’s printed book.

After all, it will not be the first time such a cowardice act has occurred.
Earlier, when certain editors and publishers printed the ‘Views of Other
Faiths’ discourse in the Prout series, they deleted the lengthy section
where Baba critiques the Semitic religions like Christianity and Judaism
etc. Because those editors and publishers thought that Baba’s words were
too tough or too outlandish. So they did not have the courage to print
Baba’s revolutionary words. What else could be the reason when that
discourse was printed in full in the book Tattvika Praveshika (1957).

Similarly, in His discourse ‘Liberation of Intellect’ of Patna, 26th
January 1980, Baba has given the revolutionary decree about women’s rights
and He condemns the Muslim dogma that “three women are equal to one man”.
But for ‘some reason’, our editors and publishers also failed to print that
section of the discourse. Rather those editors and publishers removed it
thinking that the public would react against Baba’s dharmic proclamation.
Or what else could be the reason. After all, there is a pattern developing
here.

Likewise, in Baba’s Hindi discourse of 06 Jan 1979 in Patna, He boldly
states that AM is being propagated everywhere and that ‘Ananda Marga is
across the planets’. But this also the editors thought was too outlandish a
statement– so they removed it from the printed discourse, even though Baba
clearly states this on the cassette.

And verily, who knows where else such editors and publishers might have
failed to print Baba’s actual words– due to their own cowardice mentality
etc. Surely, the more we look the more deletions we will find. Because it
seems they do not have the courage to publish Baba’s revolutionary
statements. Or at least all the arrows point in that direction.

By all this we can understand that language skills are not the only thing
needed in order to work in the Publications department– courage is also
required.

Because the whole of our AM ideology is revolutionary and Baba has told
many things that the general populace may not like or may not accept. And
in their fear, some of the editors and publishers of AM books delete those
potentially controversial statements like, “The yoga philosophy was first
propounded by Ananda Marga”.

Due to their cowardice mentality they do like that.

In a related manner, we can say the reason why they deleted the paragraph
about margii rights from the AM A Revolution discourse is due to their
selfishness.

These are the very real issues we encounter with our Publications
Department. That is why it has to be said that in order to publish Baba’s
books properly, one must have a certain degree of courage. Failing that,
due to their cowardice, they delete certain lines that they feel the public
may not like. And those editors and publishers they give phony excuses
like, ‘it is not clear on the tape’.

PROPER TRANSCRIPTION IS IN THIS POSTING

For everyone’s awareness and reference, a proper and true transcription of
Baba’s discourse, ‘Be Free From All Complexes’, has been appended at the
bottom of this email. That way everyone can readily see where Baba has
said, “The yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga”.

So everyone should keep a copy of this for the record and maybe even print
it and attach it to the AV-34 book. Because it is hard to believe that
those in Publications will correct the matter any time soon, if ever. So we
should take the matter in our own hands. That is the best way.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace, He has blessed us with His supreme teachings of Ananda
Marga– the first time in history that the philosophy of yoga has been
given. So we should place extra importance on the printing of Baba’s books
and make sure that they are 100% clear and true to what He has said.
Baba says, “The scriptures containing spiritual injunctions must be totally
flawless.” (NSS p.200, Edn 1995)

Namaskar,
Ram Sahay

Note 1: NOT ONE MISTAKE BUT MANY

The most gross and fundamental flaw of the printed version of this
discourse occurs in the second paragraph, where they failed to print Baba’s
historic statement, “The yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda
Marga”.

However, the printed discourse is riddled with numerous other types of
transcription errors and deletions etc. Really there are too many to count.

Note 2: THESE PARAGRAPHS HAVE THE MOST MISTAKES

(A) Here below is the actual transcription of the first paragraph of the
discourse. By comparing this with the book (AV-34, p.79), anyone can see
that there are some fundamental mistakes in the printed version of this
paragraph.

“Last night I said something regarding different movements of humans in
different strata of life, different arenas of life. Now, there is an
eternal question of human mind regarding the success of life. Some people
do so many things but come out unsuccessful, and some people do something
for a short while and get crowned with success. What is the inner secret?
Why does one become successful and one not?” (Paragraph #1 of the discourse
‘Be Free From All Complexes’)

(B) Here below is the actual transcription of the second paragraph of the
discourse. This is the one where Baba says that AM is the first to propound
the philosophy of yoga. By comparing this with the book (AV-34, p.79),
anyone can see that there are some fundamental mistakes in the printed
version of this paragraph.

“Regarding this Lord Shiva says– you know, Lord Shiva was the first
propounder of the yoga cult. I will not say yoga philosophy because the
yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga. But before this,
during the time of Shiva, there was a cult, that is, a practical side was
there.” (Paragraph #2 of the discourse ‘Be Free From All Complexes’)

(C) Here below is the actual transcription of the 14th paragraph of the
discourse. By comparing this with the book (AV-34, p.81), anyone can see
that there are some fundamental mistakes in the printed version of this
paragraph.

“Now these two attributions, to think and to remember, are closely related
to each other. What we see or what we perceive from the external objective
world is reflected in the mind. And as a result of this reflection, coming
first from the nerve fibres and secondly in the nerve cells, creates a sort
of reflection in the mental plate. And when the reflection is created, we
feel the existence of that external object. “Feel” means we see, we hear,
we get the taste. This is thinking. And the second portion of thinking
occurs when those waves, those sympathetic waves of the human mind, get
refracted on the mental plate. They are stored-up thoughts. Those stored-up
thoughts may be termed as memory.” (Paragraph #14 of the discourse ‘Be Free
From All Complexes’)

(D) Here below is the actual transcription of the 22nd paragraph of the
discourse. It is the second to last paragraph. By comparing this with the
book (AV-34, p.83-84), anyone can see that there are some fundamental
mistakes in the printed version of this paragraph.

“Now even a man, who is a bad type of sinner, other sinners may hate him,
that he is a bad man, even sinners may say that he is a bad man – for such
a sinner, the worst type of sinner, the future is not dark. The future in
his case also is very bright, if he takes shelter in the divine lap of the
Supreme Father. “I am on the lap of my Father, I cannot be a sinner.”

Suppose you are walking along the path and your dress, your clothes, become
muddy due to dust or clay. Then should you think that you will remain nasty
or dirty forever? If you appear before your Father with dirty clothes, what
will your Father do? He will clean your clothes and take you on his lap: “O
my son, your clothes have become muddy, but you are my son. Come here, come
here, sit on My lap. I am your Father, you are My son, you must not suffer
from any sinner’s psychology.” Do you follow?” (Paragraph #22 of the
discourse ‘Be Free From All Complexes’)

Note 3: HERE IS THE PROPER TRANSCRIPTION OF THIS DISCOURSE

‘BE FREE FROM ALL COMPLEXES’

~ 26 September 1979 morning, Caracas ~

Last night I said something regarding different movements of humans in
different strata of life, different arenas of life. Now, there is an
eternal question of human mind regarding the success of life. Some people
do so many things but come out unsuccessful, and some people do something
for a short while and get crowned with success. What is the inner secret?
Why does one become successful and one not?

Regarding this Lord Shiva says– you know, Lord Shiva was the first
propounder of the yoga cult. I will not say yoga philosophy because the
yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga. But before this,
during the time of Shiva, there was a cult, that is, a practical side was
there.

He [Lord Shiva] said that a man must not be under any sort of complex –
that is, a man, a spiritual aspirant, must be free from all complexes; [he
must have] neither superiority complex, nor inferiority complex, nor fear
complex, nor defeatist complex. That is, the mind should be completely
balanced.

Actually, the question was placed before Lord Shiva by Pa’rvatii. Pa’rvatii
was the spouse of Shiva, wife of Shiva. Pa’rvatii’s question was: “What are
the secrets of success?” And in reply Lord Shiva said that there are seven
secrets.

He said: “The first secret is Phalis’yatiiti vishva’sah siddherprathama
laks’an’am” – that is, “In the aspirant, in the spiritual aspirant, there
must be this firm determination that ‘I must be successful in my mission.'”
This firm determination is the first factor, first item, first requisite
factor for success. If a man is doing something but has not got the
firmness of determination – if within his mind there is a question “whether
I will be successful – if I am not successful” – this kind of thing – then
he will never be successful. There must be firm determination that “I must
be successful.” This is the first requisite factor.

Do you follow? Even those who do not understand English are understanding a
little bit. Mm. [laughter]

And the second thing is: dvitiiyam’ shraddhaya’ yuktam’ – “one must have
respect for one’s goal, one must have respect for one’s path.”

And the third thing: trtiiyam’ Gurupu’janam – “one must have reverence for
the guru.” I need not explain this item, because my subject is here that
one must be free from all complexes.

Caturtho samata’bha’vo. The fourth factor is that the aspirant must have a
balanced mind. This is the item now under discussion.

Pain’camendriyanigrahah. The fifth is, one must have self-restraint. Eating
too much, sleeping too much, drinking too much – these weaknesses will not
help the aspirant. One must have a balanced life. One must have
self-restraint.

And s’as’t’hain’ca pramita’ha’ro – “one must take balanced food, that is,
not too much nor too little.” It should be substantial; it should be
sentient, or at least mutative in nature for family persons. It must not be
of static nature. It should be balanced food, because the cells of your
body are created from the food. The food that you take creates the cells of
your body. And your mind is a collective mind of the minds of so many
cells, so if you take static food, non-sentient food, your mind will also
be of that nature. Your mind will get depraved, degenerated; so you should
take proper and balanced food.

This was the advice of Lord Shiva.

So one of His pieces of advice was – what? Caturtho samata’bha’vo – that
is, “You must have a balanced mind.” Now what is a balanced mind? The human
mind has got two special wonts, two main courses, two main duties: one is
to think and the other is to remember. The two duties of the human mind –
one, to think, and the other, to remember – to keep in memory. Two things.
Now, what is proper memory and what is proper thinking? If the thinking is
proper and if the memory is proper, then I will say that the man is free
from all complexes.

Now these two attributions, to think and to remember, are closely related
to each other. What we see or what we perceive from the external objective
world is reflected in the mind. And as a result of this reflection, coming,
first from the nerve fibres and secondly in the nerve cells, creates a sort
of reflection in the mental plate. And when the reflection is created, we
feel the existence of that external object. “Feel” means we see, we hear,
we get the taste. This is thinking. And the second portion of thinking
occurs when those waves, those sympathetic waves of the human mind, get
refracted on the mental plate. They are stored-up thoughts. Those stored-up
thoughts may be termed as memory.

Now when you are suffering from a superiority complex, you think that you
are a better person and others are worse persons; as a result of which you
are unable to accept the external waves in proper style. So your thinking
gets polluted, gets distorted, and as a result of which the refracted
portion, that is, the memory, also gets distorted, becomes defective.

So you must not have any superiority complex. You should remember that you
are not superior to anybody else. All are children of the same Supreme
Father, all are progeny of the same Supreme Progenitor. Nobody is superior
to anybody.

The second complex: Sometimes you may think that “I am an ordinary man, and
that man is so big, so learned, such a big scholar – so rich, and I’m poor”
– like this. If you think like this, what will happen? There will not be
proper expression of your mind, there will not be proper emanations of your
thought-waves; as a result of which the thought will become distorted and
the refracted thought, that is, the memory portion, will become defective.

Similarly, the fear complex: Sometimes people suffer from a fear complex.
The psychological side of the fear complex is as follows: Due to the
presence of something stronger, or due to the presence of something which
is imaginarily stronger, not actually stronger, what happens? Mental flows
are blocked, are choked. They cannot find the proper avenue of expression;
as a result of which thoughts also get polluted. There cannot be free
thinking. A man suffering from a fear complex cannot think properly. And if
the thought is defective, the memory will also be defective. So you must
never suffer from any sort of fear complex.

Why should you suffer from a fear complex or an inferiority complex, when
the Supreme Father is your father, when you all are the children of the
same Father; why should you suffer from any inferiority complex or any fear
complex, when the Supreme Father is with you? You are not weak. You are
very strong, because the Almighty Father, the omnipotent Supreme Father, is
with you to help you – so you must not encourage the psychology of
weakness, or an inferiority complex or a fear complex. He is with you,
always He is with you to help you. You are never alone.

And sometimes there is a defeatist complex. “Oh, I am defeated in this
world,” “Oh, I am defeated in this struggle for existence.” Such a
sentiment, such a psychology, sometimes goads a man to commit suicide even.
“I am defeated, I am defeated in the struggle for existence.” You must not
encourage this type of psychology. When your father is the Supreme Father,
your father is the most powerful entity in the entire universe, why should
you think that, why should you feel that you have been defeated in the
struggle for existence? No, a bright future awaits you. Your future is
glorious, your future is luminous, your future is effulgent.

So you must not suffer from this psychology of helplessness or hopelessness
or of despair. This defeatist complex may also be called “sinner’s
psychology”. A man may always think: “I am a sinner, I am a sinner, I am a
sinner.” If he feels like that, if he thinks like this, that “I am a
sinner,” then actually one day he will become a sinner. Actually he is not
a sinner, but if he thinks like this, that “I am a sinner, I am a sinner,”
what will happen? – he will actually become a sinner, because it is the
characteristic of the human mind that it takes the form of its object. So
when a man thinks, “I am a sinner, I am a sinner, O Lord, I am a sinner, O
Lord, I am a sinner,” then actually he will become a sinner. So such a
psychology is fundamentally defective. You must never think that you are a
sinner. You should think: “It may be a fact that I was a sinner in the
past, but from this very moment I am on the lap of the Almighty Father; I
cannot be a sinner, I am not a sinner. I am seated on the lap of my Supreme
Father, I am not a sinner.” Lord Shiva said this:

Api cet sudura’ca’ro bhajate ma’mananyabha’k;
So’pi pa’pavinirmuktah mucyate bhavabandhana’t.

[If even the most wicked persons worship Me with a concentrated mind, I
will liberate them from worldly bondages.]

Now even a man, who is a bad type of sinner, other sinners may hate him,
that he is a bad man, even sinners may say that he is a bad man – for such
a sinner, the worst type of sinner, the future is not dark. The future in
his case also is very bright, if he takes shelter in the divine lap of the
Supreme Father. “I am on the lap of my Father, I cannot be a sinner.”
Suppose you are walking along the path and your dress, your clothes, become
muddy due to dust or clay. Then should you think that you will remain nasty
or dirty forever? If you appear before your Father with dirty clothes, what
will your Father do? He will clean your clothes and take you on his lap: “O
my son, your clothes have become muddy, but you are my son. Come here, come
here, sit on My lap. I am your Father, you are My son, you must not suffer
from any sinner’s psychology.” Do you follow?

So even if, in the past, you were sinners, forget it. Remember that from
this very moment, you are the neat and clean son, you are the neat and
clean child, of the Supreme Father. So there must not be any psychology of
sinning complex. For a spiritual aspirant, there must not be any complex.
Be free from all complexes, and move along the path of righteousness with a
balanced mind, with mental equilibrium and also mental equipoise. A bright
future awaits you.

(26 September 1979 morning, Caracas)
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Climate and Food Habits

Baba says, “Just as tamarind should be eaten in hot, wet climates as I
mentioned earlier, in hot, dry climates people say that if they do not eat
poppy-seed or black gram in their country they will be susceptible to
nosebleeds so they have to eat it. Thus the climate or environment exerts a
particular influence over inclination.” (Varn’a Vijia’na, p.92)

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