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Date: 28 Sep 2009 12:32:38 -0000
From: “Gurucharan Yadav”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: One Demonstration

Baba

“Toma’y kato bha’loba’si, tumi jano na’ tumi…” PS 221

Purport:

Baba, You are the Knower of everything; You are omniscient. Even then
You do not know how much I love You. Always, all the time, I am thinking of
You. Indeed, I have so many thoughts to share with You– so many feelings
which are accumulated in my heart.

Baba, why are You keeping Yourself so busy and involved constantly in
Your work, every second– why like this. O’ my Dearmost, when I have so
much love for You, why are You not giving me energy and involving me in
Your work.

Baba, You are the source of all energy; please provide me with shakti
day and night– all the 24 hrs– so that I can go on working non-stop for
You. With every iota of grace and mercy I will move ahead in the work. I
will do according to Your liking. I will be 100% involved to please You.
Baba, please grace me by utilising me.

O’ Baba, I love You so much. You are so beautiful– You are my
everything…

== ONE DEMONSTRATION ==

Namaskar,
In doing pracar, I came across one non-margii who had read one of our AM books
and was asking me this question about Baba’s use of powers. And really I
did not know what to reply.

That is why I brought this question to my Acarya because in the past he has
always been able to help me. And what follows below is the answer my Acarya
gave:

STORY: DEMONSTRATION ABOUT NEGATIVE MICROVITA

In reporting there was one incident on this topic that I remember clearly.

Baba was doing a demonstration in Tiljala about negative microvita and its
effect on the human body.

Sadhaka C had some bad samskaras from his past life. So Baba graciously
chose him for the demonstration of negative microvita. It was explained
that because of brother C’s negative samskara C was going to face a serious
accident in the very near future. But by the liila of this negative
microvita demonstration, by Baba’s unfathomable grace He took away
this sadhaka’s samskara and saved him from impending disaster.

(Note: In His discourse “The Neo-Ethics of Multi-Lateral Salvation”, Baba
declares that after all there is no such thing as microvita, everything
is due to Cosmic Grace. Thus as Ananda Margiis we should clearly understand
that microvita is not some special, separate force but rather a scientific
name & explanation for Guru’s divine grace – nothing more.)

Baba’s each and every action is full of compassion and grace. Everyone of
us knows this thing. The story of this demonstration goes like this.

In this demonstration first, in order to help and cure this sadhaka,
Baba took away the working capacity of the organs related with Brother C’s
hands and feet. Brother C’s body became altogether stiff and inoperational.

In that case, Brother C was carefully placed in a lying down position
in the demonstration room.

Then in His divine liila, Baba becaame very serious and inquired to others,
‘Because of his negative samskara he has to face the situation. Ask him
what he wants now’.

Brother C kept quiet– he did not know how to reply.

Then Baba told that, ‘Ask him, does he want that his strength should
return?’.

Then the brother replied, ‘Yes Baba’.

Baba lovingly ordered, ‘Ask him why he wants his strength back’.

The sadhaka kept quiet.

The scene was really quite dramatic. Externally it really looked like Baba
was very stern but all devotees know that internally Baba was His usual
Self, the personification of sweetness and love. Such is the drama of His liila.

Baba inquired, ‘What is his reply. Tell me’.

The devotees present in the room were in a fix about what to say. And they
were remembering that brother C was unable to move his hands and feet.

Baba told, ‘If his strength is returned then what will he do with
that. If he promises that he will be more involved in social service, and
for that reason he needs his strength back, that is ok. But devoid of
social service if he has another plan then let him face his samskara’.

Baba graciously told, ‘Ask him if he has any other plan’.

Brother C said, ‘No Baba, I do not have any other plan’.

Then Baba said, ‘OK, My little boy needs his body otherwise how will he
be able to do the work of Parama Purusa.’

Baba paused and then added, ‘If my boy requests that ‘Baba, I need my
strength back so I can do the work of serving humanity’, if he makes this
promise then all his strength can be returned back’.

Immediately the sadhaka promised, ‘Baba please grace me and give me
my strength back so that I may dedicate myself to the cause of
serving the humanity’.

Then in His divine liila, Baba touched the tip of His own stick
and told to GS that, ‘Now go and use this stick to touch him’.

Then GS took Baba’s stick and touched disciple C with it.
Immediately brother C got his strength back.

By Baba’s grace, from that day on brother C has been vigorously active
in social service work.

That was the end of that demonstration.

EXPLANATION OF WHAT IT ALL MEANS

I asked Dadaji, is this Baba’s use of occult powers?

Dada replied, ‘No, people are confused on this very point that this is
occult power, but it is not like that. Because occult power means that
which is acquired through the practice of cult. For that reason, due to
doing sadhana human beings get occult power. But one cannot say that
Parama Purusa uses “occult power”. Because He does not get that power
through the practice of cult.’

‘Rather, that power which He uniquely has, is His inherent quality.’

‘The other thing to realise is that pseudo-gurus display occult powers
to increase their own name and fame. For that reason they make
rasagolla appear from the dirt etc. But this is all just avidya
tantra, nothing more. In AM, Baba uses His causless grace to for
the welfare of others.’

‘But because we do not have any other term, that is why people sometimes
call this power of Parama Purusa as occult. But it is not like that.’

Dada then continued, explaining that similar scenes as this above were
common, regular practice when Baba used to point out and cure any disease
by the use of positive microvita or any type of demonstration. All this was
part of His liila. And everybody understood that behind all these things
was His causeless grace. Always Baba was lovingly playing this type of
divine liila in order to help us.

‘Many margiis have such experiences in relation with their Personal Contact
with Baba also. When Baba removed their negative samskaras and made them
promise to ‘utilise their body, mind, and existence for the great cause’.

‘The sense is that ultimately Baba wanted to teach devotees that if they
want their health restored, then they must pledge that their physical
strength will be used for service of suffering humanity. With this promise
would Baba cure the disease. By this way we all got the lesson of how to
utilise our strength while living in this world.’

‘This was the regular theme of Baba’s different demonstrations whenever He
did such things. To bless His sadhakas spiritually and help them physically.’

‘Because without receiving His spiritual blessing, then nobody has the
inspiration and strength to do social service in a grand way. And how one
can do service if they themselves are suffering from disease. So in that
way Baba blessed devotees. And in turn devotees got the teaching in what
way they should utilize their lives. This then was the main theme behind
His demonstrations– Not the show or display of occult power for getting
name, fame and prestige. Just like many crude people do.’

‘Furthermore, occult means the things which are gotten via the practice of
cult. But what Parama Purusa has, that is not occult. Because everything is
there already in His mind. So He does not need to do the practice of cult,
in order to have those things.’

For Him we cannot say He has “occult powers”. Nor that He “uses occult
powers”. Rather we should say that “Baba graced”.

And indeed, microvita is nothing but His grace.

* * *

After telling me this above story my Acarya asked me, ‘So did you get the
answer to your question?’.

I replied, ‘Yes Dadaji’, and I did pranam and took leave from him.

Namaskar,
Gurucharan

Note 1: IT IS NOT OCCULT POWER

One cannot say Baba has “occult power”, as those very things are His
inherent quality and not something acquired through the practice of cult.

In the same way, some say that Baba is “knowing” all the things. But He is
not “knowing”. Because everything is already there, in His mind. As He
created the world, so how can He not have everything in His mind. That is,
such a thing as “knowledge” cannot be said regarding the mind of Parama
Purusa. Knowledge is the internal subjectivization of external objectivity.

But in the case of Parama Purusa, when nothing is external to His mind then
what is the question of getting knowledge. For Him, we cannot say He has
“knowledge”. And in the same way, for Him we cannot say He has “occult
powers”.

Baba says, “For living beings, omniscience is certainly a recognised occult
power. That is right. But for the Supreme Entity it is not a recognised
occult power; He does not get it as a result of cult…To know everything
is His nature. That is why He is omniscient.” (AV-5, p.15)

The entire creation lies within the mind of Parama Purusa so Parama
Purusa sees everything. Because it is all in His mind. Whereas human beings
acquire knowledge from outside. The sense is that according to the
definition of the faculty of knowledge, for a person to know something then
they must look outside the scope or periphery of their own mind. But with
Parama Purusa nothing is outside His mind. That means that He does not
‘know’ anything; rather He sees everything as it is all going on within His
own mind.

He has His own characteristic that as Parama Purusa He controls all– so He
does not need any cult. For Parama Purusa then, there is no question of
occult power. His power has nothing to do with cult.

It is just like, Parama Purusa does not have any Jinan. What He has, that
is not what we call as jinan. Similarly, what He has is not occult power.
He did not get his power from cult. So we should be careful to avoid saying
that “Baba displays occult power” as avidya tantrikas do.

Note 2: NOT LIKE CRUDE AVIDYA TANTRICS

In the past and in the present also many avidya tantrikas are using
their occult powers to enhance their prestige; and in consequence they get
degenerated. In this material world occult power is recognised by the
“show” of those who possess them.

Because of doing sadhana, they get occult power. But in the case of Parama
Purusa, it is not at all like that. Because such powers are His inherent
quality. He need not to practice any cult in order to get those things. As
‘occult’ means, those powers which are acquired through the practice of cult.

But in the case of crude human beings especially, to gain prestige amongst
the common innocent mass or their disciples, such avidya tantrikas do like
this. Their motive is bad, self-centered, ego-centered. So by that type of
show, their degeneration occurs from human structure to crude matter.
AM philosophy never appreciates such type of show of occult powers. In
contrast, Baba as Mahasambhuti graced His disciples to cure their ailments:
physical, psychic and spiritual.

But such demonstrations He never displayed in the open public. Like
creating gold from the air, and fetching sweets from invisible places with
His own hand while sitting on the dais. Or such type of magic that avidya
tantrikas usually do for their prestige.

Baba’s entire demonstrations were only for making His disciples better
tools to serve the humanity, in better and better ways. His demonstrations
were not for His prestige or show. The whole spirit of His demonstrations
was far away from that.

So when anyone writes a Baba’s story then if one is careful in their
explanation, then readers will understand. All these things Dada told in
his story. Then he asked that, ‘Do you understand? Baba does not use occult
powers like other crude people do.’

Please write your thoughts ideas and inspirations.

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Three Points

Babas says:
(1) “Wherever there is copper salt, serpents will not be found– as in
Ghatshila and Nobanda, near Tata Nagar.”
(2) “Water kept in a bronze pot becomes antiseptic, due to the copper
in the bronze.”
(3) “Copper sulphate is poisonous for human beings.” (PNS-16, p.38)

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100,000 might attend a U2 concert...and only 3 people may ...attend one of our talks on meditation. Even then we should not... think that we have failed ...The fact that a few people attend our AM event is not indicative of our ability or quality, but rather reflects the interest and mindset of the people.

100,000 might attend a U2 concert...and only 3 people may ...attend one of our talks on meditation. Even then we should not... think that we have failed ...The fact that a few people attend our AM event is not indicative of our ability or quality, but rather reflects the interest and mindset of the people.

Date: 19 Sep 2009 06:55:31 -0000
From: “Gurucharan Yadav”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Why Political & Filmy Heroes Are Famous…

Baba

“Saba’re kari a’hva’n saba’i a’ma’r pra’n’…” (P.S. 2945)

Purport:

The clarion call to one and all. Everyone is my own; everyone is my
pra’n’a; everyone is close to my heart. We are all collectively singing
the song in unison and moving towards the Goal– Parama Purus’a. Nobody
should remain left behind. We should carefully see that nobody should
cry in the society, remaining as downtrodden or as neglected one. We are
all singing the marching song of life collectively, with one tune and
one melody. There is no difference between one human being and another.
Everyone’s desires, hopes, and inspirations are the same. We are all
moving on one path with the inspiration of the great ideology, which
will lead towards greatness…

WHY POLITICAL, SPORTS & FILMY HEROES ARE FAMOUS,

NOT ANANDA MARGIIS

Namaskar,
In our human society, there is no dearth of “celebrities”. In politics,
Hollywood / Bollywood, and sports etc, there are all kinds of heroes who
are famous throughout the globe. They are thought of as being great –
magnificent. They are revered all over and receive huge attention.

People like: Britney Spears, the late Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan,
Madonna, etc. And not just in the pop industry, rock star politicians
like Sarkozy and Obama and top capitalists like Bill Gates fall in this
category as well. Then of course there are others like the late Princess
Diana.

All the aforementioned stars are in the limelight and receive tremendous
public adulation 24 / 7, irregardless of what they are doing.

Yet hardly anyone knows of Baba and A’nanda Ma’rga. Taraka Brahma lived
on this earth for nearly 70 years, and hardly anyone is aware of His
arrival.

Our esteemed acaryas and margii brothers and sisters are working
tirelessly to uplift humanity yet they too are basically unknown to the
general public.

What is the reason behind this? Why are self-engrossed stars embraced by
the general public whereas selfless, well-wishers of humanity are
overlooked by society.

THE FORMULA FOR ADULATION

The operative factor at work here is the level of the public
consciousness and the common psyche. People can only appreciate what
they are able to understand. And understanding demands closeness.

For instance, one can only speak fervently of the greatness of Parama
Purusa if and only if one has come close to Him. Without coming mentally
close, then one cannot recognise His grandeur.

But to come mentally close one must be somewhat elevated – and at
present the common public is low. This is not a criticism of society,
just the fact.

That is why we see people expressing unbridled adulation towards stars
dominated by crude, animalistic propensities. Because when the general
public themselves are enthralled with sex, money, alcohol and lowly
desires then their heroes are going to be those (a) who either personify
those tendencies (Madonna, Bill Gates, & Britney Spears etc) or (b) who
present themselves as being slightly higher than the public mentality
(Sarkozy, Obama etc).

Those who more elevated will never be appreciated by the common people.
That is Baba’s explicit teaching (12 Dec ’78)

The entire situation can be likened to 4 of our acaryas going to the
zoo. Then those animals are not going to revere those Wts because they
are meditation teachers and performing all kinds of service and welfare
activities for both humans and animals alike. Those animals – due to
their lower mental standard – are totally unable to conceive of what
those acaryas are. Hence they are not going to become excited when those
acaryas arrive on site. Whereas when the zoo keeper comes with food then
those animals will become quite enthralled.

Or look at it this way: Simple village folk do not revere those who
invented the micro-chip or the space rocket.

Why? Because it demands a certain calibre of mind to recognise real
greatness.

Thus when the public mentality is relatively low – i.e. tamasik in this
materialistic era – then the people whom they revere as being great are
not really great. Just those famous people happen to appeal to the
public standard.

Alluring people onto the path of animality is relatively easy and one
can become an instant celebrity overnight, whereas benevolently bringing
people onto the path of divinity is difficult work and few will be
interested.

NOT GREAT PEOPLE

All too often those people who bask in public recognition and fame
hanker after such praise. In the case of politicians they say what the
public wants to hear and in the case of pop stars they represent the
glamor that the public also desires. Such so-called personalities drink
up public adulation, seek of ways to garner more, and think of
themselves as great.

Here though, Baba clearly says that such famous people are not at all
great.

Baba says, “The person develops a lustful attachment for some external
words of praise, and thus becomes a slave to those words and can never
be a truly great person…They can never become great people. It is bad
to be a slave to worldly words of praise.” (AV-5)

Indeed we see time and again how Hollywood heroes, sports stars and
politicians simply dance to the tune of public approval. Everything they
do is geared toward achieving more fame and notoriety. But this is
nothing but their weakness of mind, not their greatness.

Whereas the true well-wishers of society will always do what is right
and never concern themselves with public opinion.

Baba says, “Those people are great who harbour no biases and who behave
rationally both with those who abuse them give them pain and with those
who give them happiness. Such people don’t harbour any feelings of
enmity towards anybody and take no-one as their enemy. They remain the
same in pleasure or pain whether they have a positive reputation or
negative reputation. They are unaffected and unassailed in all
circumstances of praise or criticism, pain or pleasure. They attach no
importance whatsoever to any of these things. They are meaningless for
such people.” (AV-5)

Thus real greatness lies in living for a high ideal; it is not and
indeed cannot be measured by public approval or fame.

Rather Baba points out that what the common people deem to be great is
not at all great. That is half the story. The other half is that the
general society does not have the requisite quality of mind to see real
greatness – even when it is standing right there in front of them.

Baba says, ‘The common people misunderstand great people who act on
their behalf and for their welfare, or even if they understand them,
they do not give them their support.” (HS-2)

Hence what the common people think to be great is not great and when
greatness is right next to them then they are totally oblivious that it
is there.

MUST NOT GET DISCOURAGED

Knowing the formula then for achieving fame and social recognition, no
one in AM should then get frustrated because the the public does not
recognise or support us. Our duty is to please Baba and serve Him –
living according to His mandates.

100,000 might attend a U2 concert or a sporting event, and only 3 people
may show up to attend one of our talks on meditation. Even then we should
not be concerned and think that we have failed in some way. The fact
that a few people attend our AM event is not indicative of our ability
or quality, but rather reflects the interest and mindset of the people.

We must always remember that the ideal and message of our Ananda Marga
is far above the public standard. They are unable to recognise it for
what it is. That is why so few attend our programs – there is no second
or third explanation.

Indeed it would be of concern if suddenly we were embraced by the public
and written up in magazines and honoured etc. That would mean we had
fallen from our ideal and had somehow gotten wrapped up in lesser
activities.

In this day and age, people only run after crude Hollywood movies,
liquor, tall talkers, McDonald’s and sensual pleasures – not the dharmic
teachings of sadvipras or Mahasambhuti. Thus it would be of concern if
we were suddenly part of that craze.

The standard of AM is high – far above. The proof being that even though
yoga has become so popular with the masses as tens of millions attend
classes everyday, yet still that is not translating into huge numbers of
new people in AM. If we get even a few new people who are serious about
Baba and Ananda Marga then that is a lot.

So we must not be concerned with numbers or popularity. That is not
where our value lies. Our worth to society lies in upholding the tenets
of AM.

Baba says, “The characteristic of good people is to fight against
injustice, to firmly adhere to truth and righteousness, to protect the
helpless and fight against all evil persons.” (AFPS-5)

We should always remember that life is not a popularity contest – a
competition to garner the praise of others.

BABA’S PERSONAL EXAMPLE

As Baba Himself has said on numerous occasions, we should not bend and
sway according to public reaction. The public is generally low-minded
and fickle.

Again this is not meant as a snub against the common people. Just it is
His liila that He has designed it that way.

So we must always bear in mind that public acceptance and fame is not
our aim and indeed Baba Himself placed little, if any, value on that.

Baba says, “You see now that Ananda Marga’s fame is on the rise. What
should we do? We must maintain our mental balance and remain indifferent
to both praise and slander, to both joy and sorrow. A rich person once
abused Lord Buddha. He remained unperturbed. By refusing to accept the
abuse, he returned the slander. When I was in jail, I was subjected to a
lot of calumny by some people and these very people now praise me. But I
was indifferent to all their slander, and now I do not want their
adulation.” (AV-1)

Always the public barometer is going up and down. Because the public
standard is low and they become easily swayed in either direction.

And the overarching idea is that the public can express appreciation
only according to their own understanding. So when the public is
low-minded we should not expect them to start singing our praises.
Rather we should know ahead of time that they are going to worship the
likes Britney Spears, Obama, and Tom Cruise etc.

Then there is no chance we will become dejected, deluded, or frustrated
– rather unaffected by public praise and censure we will move ahead in
our dharmic works and devotional practices.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has blessed us with eyes to see. We should not care
about public opinion and look only towards Him. Then we will keep a
balanced mind and be ready to carry out His orders and dharmic teachings.

Focusing on Him will lead us to greatness and the Goal. We are to serve
and please Him. That will bring welfare to all. And while we may not get
the respect and praise of the common people, in the due course everyone
will pay heed to what we have done on this earth, by His grace. That is
also His teaching.

Baba says, ‘You should remember that those who are the actual pioneers,
the real vanguard of the society, are always a microscopic minority, but
it is they who are destined to be victorious. Those who once opposed, or
are now opposing or will oppose in the future, will in the future admit:
“Yes, we are now driving our vehicle safely and comfortably along the
very path which that vanguard once opened by clearing the jungle.” This
means that those who cleared the obstacles in the beginning will later
be recognized as pioneers. The funny thing is this, that people do not
give recognition at the time it is due. This is the natural law.” (12
Dec ’78)

Namaskar,
Gurucharan

Note 1: THIS TREND ALSO PRESENT IN AM

Just as the common people are unable to comprehend the greatness of
Ananda Marga etc. It also has to be noted that we have a similar problem
in AM. Many half-margiis or pseudo margiis cannot recognise the calibre
of those who really do follow Sixteen Points. Such half-margiis
complain, “Why are you so radical in your approach – you should be more
moderate and not so strict in following Baba.” Such half-margiis who
complain like this are the same ones who watch pop movies etc. They were
sleeping when margiis rights were stripped away and when Baba’s books
were being distorted and they tossed stones on true margiis who pointed
out these wrongdoings. Finally such half-margiis try to turn AM into a
pseudo-progressive organisation by advocating gay rights and other
social issues that run contraty to the ideals of AM. All because they do
not have the mind to understand Baba’s teachings. So the phnomenon
prevalent in the general society is also present in AMPS, to some or
more degree.

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Sign of Devotees

Baba says, “When undergoing any trouble then some human beings think
that they are shelterless. But you should always remember that in this
world at any given moment you are never shelterless. Because when Parama
Purusa is with you then how can you be shelterless. So there is no
reason for any feeling of helplessness or fear in any circumstances.
Because when He is with you the strongest and mightiest force of this
universe is with you. Then what is there to be afraid of? If you
encourage fear complex it means you have the forgotten the fact that
Parama Purusa is with you. So those who are sadhakas, those who are
devotees, those who are adherents of the path of dharma, they will
always be fearless. This is the quality of a sadhaka: That he is
fearless. Why is he fearless? Because he knows that the most powerful
entity, Parama Purusa, is with him. So there is a loving relation
between devotees and Parama Purusa– their relation is based on love.
Because of this truth the devotee is never afraid. He will never be
afraid of anyone and under no circumstances will he be perturbed.
Becoming paranoid is not the sign of devotees. Parama Purusa always
remains with you and HE always watches over His devotees. He is always
seeing how He can save devotees from any and all difficulties. So when
in this loving way Parama Purusa is concerned about you, then why will
you be disturbed. You should be fearless. There is no reason for any
sort of paranoia in the mind of devotees.” [SS-16 (H), p. 83, DMC Agra
19 Feb 84]

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Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2009 10:20:43 -0000
Subject: Myth About AM
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Ram

Baba

“Toma’ke cine ut’ha’ da’y
Otaprotabha’ve tha’kileo dhara’ na’hi ja’y…” (PS 3291)

Purport:

O’ my dearmost, I long for You but alas You could not be held. Baba, in
spite of that fact, You are ever-present with me always through Your
ota-prota yoga*; even then it is not easy to realise You. Baba, Your
sublime divinity remains beyond my reach. I could not get You. Baba,
please be gracious and allow me to embrace You with all my heart.

Baba, You are beyond time and space– You everywhere and within
everyone. By Your grace You remain in the supreme effulgence as well as
in the cimmerian darkness. There is no place that You are not. In each
and every moment, You are ensconced and divinely intoxicated in the
tune, rhythm, melody, and bathed in the fragrance of my mental garden.

O’ gracious One, according to Your desire You make me cry or laugh.
Baba, by Your grace You make me float like the deep blueness in the
vast, expansive sky. Baba with Your mystical liila, You make me dance
whatever way You like.

Baba, I surrender at Your alter, please grace me by keeping me in Your
shelter…

ASTERISK NOTES (*):

*Ota-prota Yoga= In 1984 Gwalior DMC, Baba has graciously told what the
meaning of ota and prota yoga is in English. Ota yoga is “individual
tactuality” between Parama Purusa and the unit entity; and, prota yoga
is “collective tactuality” between Parama Purusa and all the entities,
simultaneously. So in the above definitions, Baba is exclusively
describing the intimate relation between Parama Purusa and His jiivas
through His ota & prota yoga. Baba expresses this same devotional
concept using slightly different language in the following discourse.

Baba says, “What is ota-yoga? He as the Cosmic Father has a direct
relationship with each and every entity of this world…All are His
affectionate children. This is His ota-yoga. Each and every entity,
animate or inanimate, has a direct link with Him. Just as ota yoga means
the Cosmic Father’s relationship with each entity individually, prota
yoga means His relationship with all collectively.” (AV-6)

== MYTH ABOUT AM ==

Namaskar,
There is one prevailing myth that floats in and around our AM circles –
this letter addresses it. Please add your own thoughts and experiences.

WHAT THE VARIOUS RELIGIONS DO

Many are aware that the practice of ekadashii and the shloka of
samgacchadhvam have been around for ages and are related with Hinduism.
Plus Buddha’s teaching of cakuna samvaro (control over the senses) and
the eight fold path are well known.

Then of course there is the Christian doctrine which preaches service
and doing good to others. And finally, Muslims think of one another as
brother & sister and oppose dogmas like idol worship.

THE MYTH ITSELF

Seeing these elements in the various religions may lead one to conclude
that AM is just a mix of the various religions – as if Baba gathered the
cream of all the religious teachings and combined them to form Ananda
Marga.

Some in AM (& outside AM) may think like that.

However, that conclusion is totally false – it is just one myth.

As Ananda Margiis we should be totally clear on this point and
understand fully how AM is totally new and vastly different from the
existing religions.

ONLY AM HAS GIVEN A SOCIO-ECONOMIC THEORY

Perhaps the most striking point that differentiates AM from every
religion is that only Ananda Marga has given a socio-economic theory.
Only Baba knew that for dharma and spirituality to rise, there must be
economic justice and social equality. For that reason He has given Prout.

In contrast, some of the other religions have slowly become the stooges
of capitalism; while Shankaracarya’s Hinduism overlooked the material
world entirely; and in general most religions have no clear-cut teaching
for addressing socio-economic issues.

In contrast, Ananda Marga has Prout: A comprehensive outlook delineating
plans and programs across the entire socio-economic spectrum.

Our overall approach is subjective approach through objective
adjustment. And Prout is the ultimate tool for bridging the divide
between a God-centered spiritual outlook and living in this material world.

If nothing else then, Baba’s Prout theory is perfect evidence that AM is
totally new and revolutionary, and not a mix of the various religions.

SOME GET CONFUSED THROUGH SELF-HYPNOSIS

How is it then that some have gotten confused and fallen prey to the
myth that AM is just a mix of the various religions.

Firstly, those who are not fully aware of Baba’s teachings may have
taken this myth to heart just out of their ignorance or laziness. That
can happen.

There is also another phenomenon at work.

In order to do AM pracara in any region or place, one must make a link
with the local people. The best way to make that link is through service
– that is Baba’s recommendation. Side by side however, often that link
is made by pointing out similarities between AM and the local
traditions, customs and beliefs.

For instance, acaryas or margiis in India, might point to the many
similarities (diet, language, yama & niyama, Shiva & Krsna) and shared
history of yoga and Hinduism in order to convince people that AM is not
something foreign but actually very close to their religion.

Likewise in the Islamic world, an acarya or margii may point to the
shared monotheistic approach. Both Islam and AM believe in the existence
of one God. And by saying this again and again, that margii or acarya
may really begin to believe in their heart that AM’s doctrine of a
single God really is just like Islam.

And in every land such techniques are used, whether it be highlighting
the similarities between AM & Christianity in the west or AM and
Buddhism in the far east. In all such places, in order to do pracara,
acaryas and margiis convince the locals that AM is very close to or
nearly identical to their religion.

Unknowingly, through this pracara technique, some of those margiis and
acaryas may end up convincing themselves that really AM did stem from
those religions. It is a type of self-hypnosis. That can happen and
indeed it has happened.

So that is one reason why this myth is alive in AM that really our Marga
is nothing but a mix of the various religions.

When in reality, AM is totally new and absolutely none of the teachings
of the various dogmatic religions were brought into AM. That will become
more clear by reading more of this letter.

THE TRUTH IS ALWAYS ONE

The thing we have to keep in mind is that the truth is always one.

For example 2 + 2 = 4. Just because a math teacher is preaching this
fact does not mean that he borrowed it or stole it from another math
class or teacher. Rather it just happens to be a fact or truthhood. So
it is bound to be taught wherever logic and rationality are in vogue.

Same is the case with Ananda Marga. Ours is the path of truth and
dharma. And we may share certain principles like brotherhood, service,
montheism with the various religions, but that does not mean that AM
borrowed or stole those points from the religions. It just means that
the truth is propagated in many avenues.

Even then we have to be careful in admitting such a statement. Because
the religions have turned the above points of brotherhood, service, and
monotheism etc into veritable dogmatic practices, wheres in AM those
principles take dharmic expression.

MORE DOGMA THAN ANYTHING ELSE

The various religions preach dogma more than anything else. Thus
although they may share certain points with AM – our presentation of
that teaching is dharma whereas theirs is dogmatic.

For instance, both AM and Islam embrace the belief that all are brothers
and sisters. But the word “all” in Islam refers only to other Muslims.
Theirs is a limited application of brotherhood whereas in AM our
approach is totally universal. Every person is our brother and sister
irregardless of race, nationality, and belief etc.

Another example is that of service in Christianity. Although service is
a shared ideal between AM and Christianity, their application of service
can consist of service meat, preaching the gospel of hell,
indoctrinating the dying into Christianity, and all kinds of other
dogmatic things. So although we both appreciate the practice of service,
AM’s approach to service is quite different from that of Christianity.

While the Hindus may be aware of the glories of astaunga yoga,
ekadashii, yama and niyama etc, mostly they do not practice those things
and when they do it is often in a very watered down or dogmatic manner.

Thus despite the seemingly shared terminology and practices between AM
and the various religions, our way is unique and quite different from
the dogmatic religions. None then can claim that AM is merely a mix of
the various religions.

THE ORIGINALITY OF SHIVA & KRSNA

Here is another facet of the conversation to keep in mind.

Lord Shiva and Lord Krsna graciously gave many, many teachings and both
these Divine Personalities predate the existence of most of the world’s
religions. Often we find that the religious dogma stems from watered
down versions of Lord Shiva’s and Lord Krsna’s teachings. Thus rather
than say that AM borrowed from Hinduism etc, it is probably far more
correct to say that those Hindu priests, Christ, & Mohammed stole and
distorted Taraka Brahma’s earlier teachings.

That also explains why there are remnants or shadows of certain dharmic
teachings in the various dogmatic religions.

And as to the uniqueness of AM, may we also keep in mind that Baba has
given many things not given earlier by either of the Taraka Brahmas.

Among many other points is that AM represents the first time that the
philosophy of yoga has been given.

Baba says, “The yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga.”
(06 Jan 1979, Patna)

Note for more about this reference:

But with regards to the dogmatic religions, more often than not they
took from Shiva and Krsna – and then watered down and distorted those
teachings – and that is why such religions may superficially look like
they are similar to AM.

Top of all though, the comprehensive body of teachings of Ananda Marga
have never before been given.

That is why Baba Himself has declared.

“Baba says, “Never before in the entire history of this world
or the universe, if it could be known to mortals, has a system of life
fully embracing the economic, social, mental and spiritual spheres ever
been correlated in such closely knit society as in Ananda Marga.” (PNS-11)

ALL KNOWLEDGE COMES FROM HIM

Ultimately, by His grace all knowledge comes from Him.

3-9 Brahmaeva gururekah na’parah.

[Only Brahma is the guru, no one else.]

Purport: Brahma alone is the guru. Brahma alone directs the units to the
path of emancipation through the media of different receptacles or
bodies. No one except Brahma conforms to the real significance of the
word “guru”. (Ananda Sutram)

Thus the eternal teachings of life either come directly from God when He
appears as Taraka Brahma or they come indirectly from God via those
rishis who have linked their unit mind with Cosmic mind, by His grace.
Some great yogis have been able to do this. In that case their words
resonate with neo-humanism and are consistent with Baba’s ideals.

In contrast, the religions may claim to also preach the gospel of God,
but when we apply our rational intellect we can easily see that their
teachings are full of loopholes and inconsistencies.

Whereas the teachings of AM are totally dharmic, perfect and pure.
Because our teachings come directly from Him.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace the teachings of AM are entirely new. New in every way
imaginable. So none should get confused into thinking that AM is a mix
of the various religions.

Baba says, “Ananda Marga is radically different from all concepts of
philosophy as well as economic and social thinking. It is not a change
which has evolved as a result of the evolution of the human mind and its
economic and social environments. It is a revolutionary concept of life
altogether different from any of the present or past ideas. It is a
change which is independent of the cyclic changes due to the passage of
time. It does not practise anything which is not new both in approach
and practice. It is a revolution which makes life a reality. It teaches
adjustment to life, rather than giving up the world by leading a life of
useless seclusion. It creates people who are fit for every walk of life,
who do not make any distinction among their fellow beings, and who are
joined together as one world community. In our Ananda Marga all
humanity, nay, all living beings (jiiva matra tare) have combined
together in every walk of life.” (AFPS-7)

Namaskar,
Ram

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Practical Aspect of Mysticism

Baba says, “Mysticism is a never-ending endeavour to find a link between
finite and infinite.” (AV-23, p.101)

Note: Here Baba is indirectly giving the guideline that in the realm of
devotion one should have a particular personal relation with Parama
Purusa. And these relations are known as “bhava”– whether they be
sakhya bhava, dasya bhava, madhura bhava etc. So these various bhavas
are that very “link between finite and infinite”. Because with the help
of these relations devotees gradually come in closer and closer
proximity with Parama Purusa. Until finally by linking up in this way
the sadhaka becomes one with Him.

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