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Date: 18 Sep 2009 07:48:26 -0000
From: “Manoj”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: He has Covered All the Points

Baba

“Pra’n’ tumi dhele diyechile…” (P.S. #2344)

Purport:

Baba, You have showered Your grace in each and every nook and corner of
this earth. Each and every particle of this universe has received Your
grace. Nowhere remained untouched. Baba, You have showered Your grace. You
have spread Your love with those divine songs of Prabhat Samgiita. By its
music, melody, and resonance.

Baba, with Your divine love, You intoxicated all divinely and swayed
everyone’s heart. And You filled and inundated everyone’s heart with divine
ideation. By Your grace, the devotional feeling got language to express its
heartfelt love to Parama Purusa, and hopelessness disappeared. Everyone’s
heart is now dancing in the tune and melody.

O’, the Controller of everything. With Your longing, with Your ideation,
my whole existence is vibrated.

No one is unfortunate, no one is lowly and meagre. Everyone is floating
in Your mind. By Your grace, everyone is surviving. Baba, You showered Your
grace on all. Everyone is charged with divine love…

== HE HAS COVERED ALL THE POINTS ==

Namaskar,
We must follow Baba in all respects. He has given all that is needed –
period. He has given the sadhana; He has given the social teachings;
and He has given all our days of festival – spare none. There is nothing
that He has not given.

Thus those who foolishly insist that the dogmatic Mahaprayan program
is to be part of our AM culture, knowingly or unknowingly insinuate
that Baba is incomplete or imperfect – as if He forgot to tell about
Mahaprayan.

When in fact we know that Baba as the Parama Purusa incarnate has addressed
everything, including events after His physical disappearance. Yet He never
mentioned one word about Mahaprayan celebration.

Here the point is that we should follow Baba, not groupists.

Now again the season has arrived where various groupist and dogmatic WTs
etc are promoting their so-called Mahaprayan program. Means Baba is eternal
but certain crude persons are trying to impose their dogmatic Mahaprayan
function on the common margiis. Most have rejected this program as it goes
against our basic devotional feeling. And here below is more explanation
about why Baba Himself does not appreciate this Mahaprayan program as well
as other proofs for why it is just one dogmatic function– nothing more.

Mana Vrinda’bane rayecha

Baba, O’ my Lord You are living in the Vrindaban of my heart…

MY QUESTION TO DADAJI

One time I asked my DC [VSS] Dada that, “Dadaji, you told that Baba has
given everything in AM- all the solutions to the problems of the present
world and beyond. But is it that HE might have forgot to tell about this
Mahaprayan (MPD) program, & that is why our Central Dadas introduced MPD
themselves in Oct 1990? Because one margii was telling that ‘how Baba can
tell about His own passing away to margiis and include such a ceremony in
Caryacarya?’ That Margii, Satyadeva, further told that Baba might have
thought that if He Himself will tell to Margiis or disclose about His
Mahaprayan then margiis will cry out. So Baba did not include Mahaprayan
ceremony in CC part 1. Dadaji what is your comment on this.”

WAY OF DOING GURU PUJA

Dadaji replied, “You see, those who got acarya training they know that Baba
as a Guru, HE tells all the do’s and dont’s for His disciples. For example,
In our Acarya diary, Baba says such things which I am giving you the
outline here. While teaching about system of Guru Puja in Senior Ac. diary
appendix, Baba described that if disciples / sadhakas have strong feeling
to offer some worldly things in Guru Puja, they can do it. Even those
sadhakas could give those things to Guru during His physical Presence. But
Baba directs us that AFTER His physical departure then those material
things which we desire to offer to Him, those things should be distributed
to needy people. And if sadhakas are offering some flowers then it should
be thrown into flowing river water. Baba explains all this very clearly in
the Senior Acarya Diary.”

Dadaji said, “So, do you understand?”

I said, “Yes Dadaji. I think as you told that when Guru is physically
present then we can offer worldly things to Him directly. If a sadhaka has
strong desire to do like that. But Baba further directs us that if one has
a strong desire to offer physical objects to Him, our Gurudeva, after His
physical passing. Then those objects should be given to appropriate members
of the society who are lacking those very things. That will be the true
service to Baba.”

“Very good” Dada replied.

CARYACARYA SCRIPTURE IS COMPLETE

Then Dadaji said, “Baba has given the full list of social and spiritual
functions of Ananda Marga in our Caryacarya part 1. This list does not
include Mahaprayan (MPD).”

He continued, “No doubt, some dogmatic people may be thinking that Baba
deliberately did not speak about HIS physical departure because it would
have been untolerable for most of us. But I think this very idea is
completely incorrect. Because when Baba describes about His physical
departure in Acarya training book, then if He would have felt necessary
then surely He would have included this MPD function into our Caryacarya
scripture as well. But Baba did not do so. So according to my logical
conclusion, Mahaprayan itself is negative program and it is not approved by
Baba because it is against the fundamental teachings of Marga Guru.”

“With rational mind one can say Mahaprayan is dogma because it has no
logic, just MPD is one imposed,restricting type of idea. Just see what Baba
says on this point.”

Then I saw in A Few Problems Solved book, that BABA says, “Perhaps you know
what dogma means. Dogma means an idea around which some line is demarcated,
beyond which it is prohibited to go. ‘You will have to accept this
doctrine, you cannot go beyond it.’ — this sort of restricting idea is
called dogma…Remember, you are not alone in this world, not only in this
world but also in this entire universe. This universe is pervaded by Parama
Purusa. We are always sitting on His very lap.” AFPS pt 4, p.23

“So see” Dadaji explained. “Baba tells that Parama Purusa is everywhere;
Baba tells dogma is that which restricts the mind; Mahaprayan says Baba has
departed or gone away; then surely Mahaprayan comes under the category of
dogma.”

WAY OF DOING INITIATION

“Look at it this way”, Dadaji added, “You see when any acarya teaches or
imparts initiation, any sadhana lesson increase, or lesson revision, then
if acarya is proper then they must sit few minutes in dhyan and take the
permission from Baba. After getting permission then one has right to teach
sadhana, especially 6th lesson. So this is the system.”

“But if Baba is gone, left, away, means if Mahaprayan happened, then how
one can get permission? To get this divine permission, we have to see that
Baba is not just one worldly / physical entity. Surely ordinary mortal
human beings die or become gone or pass away, BUT similar thing is not in
Baba’s case. Our Baba is not ordinary mortal He is Parama Brahma. In Ananda
Vacanamrtam part 3 Baba says like this following”:

“Guru, that expression of Parama Brahma that dispels all your spiritual
darkness, is Parama Brahma. That is, Parama Brahma exhibits Himself in the
form of Guru just to dispel your clouds of ignorance and spiritual
slumber.” (Pg 16 AVM 3)

So Baba, being the Parama Brahma, is God incarnate, or Taraka Brahma. Like
this Dadaji told.

BABA IS BEYOND COMPARISON

“When we are preaching others then we preach, that there is no comparison
of the Personality of Taraka Brahma”. Baba says in Namami Krsna Sundaram:

Tula’ va’ upama’ Krs’n’asya na’sti;
Krs’n’a Bhagava’n svayam” (NKS, p.212)

Meaning: There is no comparison of the Lord’s attributions. Taraka Brahma
can be compared with Himself and Himself alone. No entity is similar to Him.
Dada went on, “It is so regrettable that according to our convenience
sometimes we preach that Baba is Taraka Brahma Sadguru, and other times
according to selfish convenience we compare Baba with mortal human being
and think that He passed away as normal human beings do. That is not good.”
“I think that those who believe in Mahaprayan (MPD), they think of Baba as
ordinary mortal. These MPD believers forget their Goal that Baba is
Sadguru, the All-Pervading Omnipresent Being. And that very Baba Shrii
Shrii Anandamurtiji is unparalleled, beyond comparison. Then why we should
compare that very Supreme Entity as normal human being coming under the
domain of life and death?”

“When we are preaching Baba’s stories then we comprehend that idea that
Baba is above all human beings, Baba is living with us and He is helping.
But the next moment when we talk about Mahaprayan (MPD) then we just
overlook the whole spiritual philosophy or devotional aspect and start
thinking Baba as one mortal frame. How ironic!”

THE SUN CANNOT BE HARMED

“If we think carefully then we can understand and we should correct also
that according to our convenience we should not degrade Baba’s status. If
any innocent person will try to spit on the sun in mid-day, you can think
that who will be affected. Surely not the sun. So we should be careful.
Undermining and abusing Baba will not harm Him but ourselves. So my feeling
is that Baba is with us we should not compare Him as ordinary human being
like those who get Mahaprayan etc. Rather our approach should be like how
Baba describes here in Neo-Humanism book.”

Then Dadaji showed me this beautiful passage from ‘Devotional Sentiment and
Neo-Humanism’:

Baba says, “As we have already said, the greatest human treasure is
devotional sentiment, devotional wealth. This devotional wealth must be
preserved….Whenever we see that the pressure of external circumstances
threatens this life essence we should appeal to the Supreme, “O Lord,
please be kind enough to protect our inner vitality from total
destruction-save us from the agony of total loss.” (NH – pg 7)

By this I understood, that we must protect our devotional feeling from the
onslaughts of worldly pressures and events such as Mahaprayan, and we
should ask help from Baba in this regard.

WORDS FROM A SENIOR MARGII

When I was talking with Dada about all this, then one senior margii Ram
Dayalji also came and joined. Then he told some things on MPD point which
was new thing for me.

Ram Dayalji told ‘this invention of Mahaprayan is done with the motive to
create inferiority complex in the mind of those sadhakas who could not see
Baba in physical frame. That is why those central Dadas who were enjoying
Baba’s physical proximity before 1990, these Dadas selfishly thought that
this will be one gaining point in their career. And they can undermine
margiis who did not see Baba before 1990, and such margiis should be
treated as 2nd class margiis and unfortunate one.’

Here is more of what Ram Dayalji was talking:

‘Because believers of Mahaprayan are preaching that Baba passed away, so
now there is no scope to go close to Baba. Or go in His close proximity. So
that opportunity is gone forever. By that way those who could not avail the
opportunity or those who were born after 1990 or because of any reason
those who could not see Baba, they should realise mentally that they are
all unfortunate beings.’

Ram Dayalji concluded, “Excuse me this above approach is not my feeling.
This is the background thinking of those who cultivated the ideas of
Mahaprayan. By that way they think that in AM society they will be treated
fortunate because they lived along with Baba, and those who could not live
in Baba’s physical proximity they are all in subordinated category. By this
way inferiority complex has been injected by introduction of Mahaprayan.”

PRABHAT SAMGIITA:

Closeness Means Psychic Closeness

So after sharing with you all I heard and learned from my respected Dada
and Ram Dayalji, I am ending with one song of Baba.

Those who are devotees, they know that this PS # 3286 “Keu ka’che peyeo”
gives this message that living physically close has no value. Many
physically live close but they are living far from Him. But many live
physically far but keep Him in their hearts.

Keu ka’che peyeo cinate na’re, dure thekeo cene…” PS #3286

Puurport: By getting physically close they do not recognize Him, whereas
some even from a distance recognize His magnanimity. Whereas others by
getting His sweet touch even, then they drown in staticity. And some
without knowing, they unknowingly believe fully in His greatness. O’ my
Lord You are doing so many things for me. You are filling my heart with
nectar. I am so unfortunate that after all this grace I do not recognize
You and remain oblivious…

So let us all be like those A-grade devotees who with deep inner devotion
recognise Baba’s divine beauty and treasure Him always in their heart.

Respectfully yours.
Manoj.

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Sam’ska’ra Bhoga

Baba says, “The reaping of consequences of original actions performed by a
human being occurs mainly in the psychic sphere. And if a person attains
the blessings of evolved beings and the Cosmic grace in that same psychic
sphere, the problem is solved. Pain and misery is bound to come. Depending
upon one’s inborn sam’ska’ras and the actions performed, tortures and
afflictions are bound to be undergone – the expression of one’s own
reactive momenta. Tortures and afflictions will not be as severely painful
as before; with the blessing and grace, the psychic afflictions will be
removed. Well, when there is pain and the pain is not felt as such, should
it then be called pain? In this case, in the psychic sphere, one will
remain in a state of bliss. Let the afflictions come. When the affliction
and pain are not felt as such, one should not worry about it.” (PNS-14)

Note: In this materialistic era, people commonly think that those with
money, or those with a big house, or those with name and fame, do not
suffer from any problems, pain, or difficulties. But here in the above
excerpt, Baba is directly telling us that suffering occurs in the mental
sphere– not just in the physical sphere. Because one’s samskara primarily
take expression in the mind. Those problems and pains are undergone in the
psychic strata. Thus no one should think that just because someone is
wealthy or drives a fancy car then it means that they do not have any
problems in life. It is not like that. This dogma we should try to remove
from our social outlook. Because as Baba indicates above, irregardless of
one’s financial position, level of education, or professional attainment,
to one degree or another everyone has problems in the psychic sphere, and
that is how they exhaust their samskaras. So no matter how much wealth one
accumulates in the worldly sphere, one’s mental pain and suffering will not
diminish. Suffering happens in mental realm and everyone experiences it
according to their samskaras. And that suffering will remain until one is
established on the path of spirituality. Thus the only the way to
permanently relieve oneself of any suffering is not to chase after worldly
allurements but rather to get His divine grace. Just a tiny portion of His
grace is enough to free the mind of any suffering. Then one will just be in
a state of peace– bliss. That is Baba’s above teaching.

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Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2009 07:22:17 -0000
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Hariish Dev”
Subject: Story of Great Devotee & Mantra Japa

Baba

“A’loker utsava eso sabe…” (PS 2218)

Purport:

Baba, by Your grace I am inviting all family members. O’ my family
members of the Great Family, come one, come all to this grand festival of
light. Baba, by Your grace, I am awakening all with the divine knowledge.
On this great occasion, let us all work collectively. By His grace, we will
bring heaven on this dusty earth.

No one is distant: All belong to one family; all are my own. In the
absence of this divine truth– unaware of this ideological understanding–
even close people go distant and far away and they try to destroy each
other. Let human beings know who they are; they should know they have come
from Parama Purusa. They are the divine children of Parama Purusa. All are
kith and kin. Baba, by Your grace on this grand festival, I am preparing
and arranging everything so that everyone will know who they are– that all
have come from Parama Purusa. By Your grace I am making everyone aware of
their divine relation.

Baba, by Your grace I will not lag behind– not even for one second; and
by Your grace I will never look back. I will keep my eyes fixed on the
Goal, on You. Baba, I will not allow even a single person to fall back– to
lag behind. By Your grace, this is my sadhana– along with the entire
humanity. This grand effulgence will destroy all accumulated dirt and
stains. We will enlighten the entire universe, by Your grace.

Baba, by Your grace the impossible becomes possible. You are my Goal;
You are my everything…

== STORY OF GREAT DEVOTEE & MANTRA JAPA ==

Namaskar,
This entire email has a few parts and begins with this following story.

BABA STORY ABOUT ONE GREAT DEVOTEE

Baba says, “Once a child named Dhruva started doing sadhana and
singing bhajanas at the early age of five. This scared the eminent rsis and
munis. They thought that this young boy would surpass them in spiritual
excellence. So, as devotees, they all implored Narayana to save them from
being defeated and humiliated. Narayana sent Narada to resolve the issue.
So Narada came to the boy Dhruva and tried to allure him with toys, sweets,
a kingdom, and things of that sort. He inquired why the boy was so
enthusiastic about sadhana and bhajanas at such an early age, especially
when he had a whole lifetime at his disposal for spiritual pursuits. Dhruva
replied,”

Kaomara acaret prajinah dharman Dhgavataniha
Durlabham manusam janma tadapyadhruvamarthadam

“‘O Narada! You are a sage, you know much more than I do. Yet I wish
to mention, in order to clarify things, that we get a human form after
numerous animal lives.’ ‘Sukrataer manavo bhutva.’ This human life is
attained through the medium of lots of clash and cohesion. Of all
creatures’ existence, this human existence is the most rare. But even rarer
is the human body that has been perfected through sadhana…”

“Dhruva further said, ‘Narada, who knows what will happen tomorrow?
You have become old and you got the opportunity to do sadhana and sing
bhajanas at this age. But in my life, the sun may or may not rise tomorrow.
Suppose I die tonight? So how can I wait till old age?'”

“Then Narada went away silently.”

“‘Dharman Bhagavataniha,’ Dhruva said. Everyone should try to become
established in Bhagavata Dharma in childhood.” (AV-3)

BREATHING AND MANTRA JAPA

Now here is Baba’s expressed guidelines about the unique importance of
breathing.

Baba says, “One’s life is determined on the basis of a few pulsations, and
these pulsations depend on a specific number of inhalations and
exhalations. The number of such inhalations and exhalations– on an
average, from twenty-one thousand to twenty-five thousand per day– varies
from person to person. The process of breathing has a great influence on
the human mind and self, or soul.” (NSS, ’95 Edn, p.25)

We all know that breathing is an intrinsic part of human life– it is
something we do 21,000 to 25,000 times per day. And it is also well known
that people do not die while inhaling, but rather when exhaling. So during
death, everyone does their final exhalation and then they do not inhale
again. Therefore, at the time of death every Ananda Margii will certainly
be ensconced in the ideation of Brahma. Because in our AM system, each and
every Ista mantra has two parts, or two syllables. As we all know the first
syllable gets repeated during our inhalation and the second gets repeated
during exhalation. And in each and every Ista mantra, the second syllable,
i.e. the exhalation, is related with Godhood or Brahma bhava– not one’s
unit ‘I feeling’. In that case, no matter when death arrives and one’s
final exhalation occurs, then in that course one is ensconced in Supreme
ideation as they repeat the 2nd syllable of their Ista mantra. That is why
we should be very particular to know the meaning of our mantra and to
repeat it during our each and every breath. In select circumstances, the
mantra itself is repeated in reverse order in order to gain the proper
ideation: I.e. so that the ideation of Brahmahood is linked with the 2nd
syllable, upon the exhalation. These are some of the technical points
related with sadhana. On these matters any further questions can be asked
directly to a proper acarya.

Namaskar,
Hariish

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Next Life:

Greed for Name and Fame

Baba says, “Those engaged in social service devoid of ideation on
Parama Purusa, then when performing their good deeds they become greedy for
name and fame. And they like to see the newspaper coverage of their great
works.”

“So in this case the person falls under the instinct of greed–
because he is greedy for the popularity of his own unit name and fame. And
due to the domination of this greed instinct, in his next life he will be
born according to those reactive momenta– which is depending upon the
dominance of a particular vrtii.”

“So in natural course the Creative Principle will provide him with the
body of a cat which is always greedy for food. A cat is so greedy that when
sneaking into the kitchen to devour some food, even if the cat gets hit and
jumps out the window; then just a few fractions of a second later that same
cat again tries to enter into the kitchen via the door– to again try to
get some food. All due to its avaricious nature.”

“Thus this is the fate and next life of those who cannot control their
reed. Here it should also be noted that Parama Purusa did not do anything o
create this situation. Rather, according to the desires of the jiiva they
will get their new life.” (AV-10 (B), 22 April ’79)

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From: “A. Roy”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: To Become A-Grade Bhakta
Date: Sat Jun 27 2009, 23:05 +0530

Baba

“Toma’kei a’mi bha’loba’siyachi, keno ba’siya’chi ja’ni na’…” (P.S. 304)

Purport:

O’ my Dearmost Baba, I love only You. Why I love You that I do not
know– I cannot say. But one thing is sure, from the deepest core of my
heart I love You.

Baba, by Your grace I have chosen Your path. You are my Polestar and I
never have any iota of doubt why I have come on this path. My eyes remain
fixed on Your blissful arrival, looking for You day and night.

Baba, my mind always remembers You. In good times and bad, my mind
always remains awake thinking about You. Baba please grace me by coming in
my mind all the time– during sleep & while awake, all the 24 hrs. Except
You I do not believe anything. You alone are the love of my life.

Baba, whatever may be the height of the tidal waves, and no matter how
severe the difficulties are, always I will march ahead on Your path. And by
Your divine grace I will continue to overcome all obstacles and reach unto
You.

Baba, other than You I have no desire. You are my Goal. You are my Ista.
You are the Essence of my existence my Soul of soul. Baba, You are my
Dearmost, I love only You…

== TO BECOME A-GRADE BHAKTA ==

Namaskar,
This entire letter revolves around the spiritual ideal of how
one can become an A-Grade bhakta, according to Baba. Being the Sadguru,
Baba has graciously provided us with the exact way to reach this pinnacled
state.

AIM OF HUMAN LIFE: GETTING HIM

In this ultra-modern, materialistic era, we see how the mass of people
thrust their minds in various directions. Their mind gets stained with the
mundane colours of this world. This we all understand well and we all
witness such events throughout the day.

In contrast, as Ananda Margiis we know that we are to spend our human life
involved in spiritual pursuits. In innumerable discourses, Baba has told us
that human life is something very special– very rare. And the aim of this
human life is to come close Parama Purusa. And the only means we have for
achieving this is through sadhana. And the chief ingredient for doing
proper sadhana is bhakti. This magic formula is known to every Ananda
Margii– whether they be wholetimer or family margii or LFT etc.

So now, on the cusp of this spring season, we should take the time to
objectively evaluate our own standard of bhakti and also remain aware of
the fact that we can always heighten our standard, by His grace. Because
Baba has given us the tools to do so.

THREE GRADES OF BHAKTAS

In order to move ahead let us take a look at one of the main ways that Baba
has given us for measuring one’s standard of bhakti.

Baba says, “The bhaktas of the lowest category think, “As Parama Purus’a
belongs to all, so certainly He belongs to me as well because I am one of
the multitude.” Thoughts of this type are not very congenial for one’s
spiritual progress. The second category of bhaktas is slightly better than
this. They think, “Parama Purus’a is mine, and thus He must belong to
others also.” That is, the bhaktas of both categories have no hesitation in
sharing Parama Purus’a with others. But the bhaktas of the highest category
think, “Parama Purus’a is mine only and He belongs to no one else.” This is
the sign of an excellent sa’dhaka, and the spiritual progress of this
category is inevitable. “He is mine and mine alone and He does not belong
to anyone else” – this assertion is undoubtedly true.” (SS-11, 26 February
1971 DMC, Jammu)

So in His above guideline Baba acutely describes to us the three broad
categories of bhaktas. And by internalizing Baba’s teachings we can easily
do self-analysis and understand where we are.

IMPORTANCE OF SELF-ANALYSIS

And really self-analysis is the key here because our entire relation with
Parama Purusa is an internal affair. There is no third party involved. It
is between I and God, between I and Baba. I may brag about my greatness to
others, but what I am is not hidden in front of Parama Purusa. He sees me
for who I am.

So through self-analysis we should become truthful to ourselves about who
we are– what type of bhakta we are and what our relation is with Parama
Purusa. All this is quite important.

Because with Parama Purusa we should always be natural and straight and not
pretend to be something else. That will not work. So self-analysis will
help make our relation with Parama Purusa to be sincere and natural, which
in turn will help give us the impetus & insight to proceed ahead on the
path of bhakti.

Hence, the whole concept of measuring one’s own level of bhakti is not some
hazy, baseless affair; rather, it is quite practical and highly scientific
and is based on the process of self-analysis.

THE THREE CATEGORIES OF BHAKTAS (REVISITED)

So once again, regarding the three categories or grades of devotees, Baba
is quite clear:

(a) The lowest bhaktas think that since Parama Purusa belongs to all then
He also belongs to me also since I am part of the all.

But this standard is not very desirable since one is willing to share
Parama Purusa with others. That is Baba’s teaching.

(b) The next category of bhaktas falls into a similar problem. They think
that since Parama Purusa belongs to me then He must belong to others also.
Here again though the sadhaka is willing to share Parama Purusa with
others– that is the main weakness of this approach.

(c) Finally, those who are A-grade bhaktas lovingly feel in their heart
that ‘Baba is mine and mine alone’.

Such bhaktas do not feel comfortable sharing Parama Purusa with others.
They want Baba all to themselves.

According to Baba, this is the highest standard and such devotees are sure
to reach the Goal. Their success is guaranteed.

MORE ABOUT THIS HIGHEST STATE OF BHAKTI

And indeed this type of feeling– of not wanting to share that which is
most treasured– is very natural in any kind of worldly attraction as well.
All might have had the mundane experience that one does not like to share
those things which they are deeply attached with. For example, a mother has
very strong attachment for her baby; so, the mother does not like to share
that baby with others.

Similarly, that same theory applies with the highest realm of bhakti also.
That stage comes where one feels that Parama Purusa is mine and mine alone.

In that realm, one has the feeling in their heart not to share Baba with
anyone else. This aspect is completely internal and the heart gets that
feeling intrinsically by His grace. It is not something external where one
is bragging to others or showing off their greatness in public. It is not
like that. Rather, when through bhakti one feels that ‘Baba is mine and
mine alone’, then that is just a soft, sweet internal feeling in the core
of one’s heart.

So every sadhaka should do self-analysis and understand, ‘If I want to
share Baba with others or not’. Because understanding this will enable one
to move ahead on the path.

GETTING TO THAT POINT

Ultimately, in order to become that highest standard of bhakta– where we
think that Baba is mine and mine alone– then two basic steps are needed.

STEP ONE: SELF ANALYSIS

First, we should openly and honestly evaluate our present status; we should
sincerely recognise who we are as sadhakas. In that case we have to ask
ourselves again and again, ‘what is the nature of my relation with Baba, to
what degree do I consider Him my own’. An honest estimation or
self-analysis is needed otherwise we will not be able to rise up to the
next level.

Because Baba warns us again and again that there is not an iota of scope
for duplicity or hypocrisy in spiritual life. So who we are, we should
recognise and act accordingly inside. We should not falsely lie to
ourselves if that is not who we are. So we should be true to our nature and
at the same time dearly hold onto the vision that through sadhana and by
His grace we may increase our standard.

THEORETICAL UNDERSTANDING IS NOT ENOUGH

Theoretically understanding all this is very easy but bringing the feeling
that ‘Parama Purusa is mine and mine alone’ is very difficult. Bringing
this idea in the domain of one’s internal realisation is a huge endeavour.
Just as it is easy to intellectually think that ‘I am Brahma’. Whereas to
internally feel and realise that ‘I am Brahma’ is completely different–
i.e. it is not easy. It takes sincere effort– it takes sadhana, i.e.
Iishvara Pranidhan or first lesson. And by that way one can get there.

Similarly to develop the realisation that ‘Baba is mine and mine alone’,
that demands intensive sadhana. Specifically, it means doing prolonged
dhyana or sixth lesson.

STEP TWO: SADHANA IS NEEDED

So the second aspect is that we should be sincere in sadhana. All the
lessons will pointedly help us to develop our spiritual base. These lessons
will clean the mind and with that purified mind we can pointedly rush
towards Him in dhyana. Because actually it is sixth lesson, or dhyana,
which ultimately enables us become established in that highest grade of
devotion.

Why is it that dhyana is necessary? Why is it that dhyana is the secret to
becoming an A-Grade bhakta? Because in dhyana one comes in very close
proximity with Parama Purusa and one loves Him and serves Him and shares
the feeling of their heart with Him. So much internal communication happens
that is completely personal.

And as this feeling grows more and more intense through dhyana then one
internally starts feeling that ‘I do not want to share Baba with anyone,
Baba is mine and mine alone’.

So dhyana is the only lesson which gives us the training and requisite
bhakti to develop a more personal and intimate link with Baba. There is no
other lesson like this. But to do dhyana or to reach up to that heightened
stage of dhyana, other lessons are needed. All the lessons will serve as
support pieces for strengthening dhyana. And then with dhyana an intimate
feeling for Baba will grow more and more.

So the regular practice of all the lessons and doing dhyana will bring Baba
in a very close and intimate way. In which case that will make this highest
stance of bhakti attainable.

Of course nothing can come about without His grace. So His blessing is
needed. And that He is surely giving. What we have to remember is that from
our own side, effort is needed. And proper effort in dhyana will raise one
to the highest standard. Because it is only in dhyana that one can nurture
and cultivate that intimate relation that ‘Baba is mine and mine alone’.
This feeling can only arise in the mind through intense and sincere
practice of dhyana. That is Baba’s teaching.

MUST OFFER ALL COLOURS UNTO HIM

As our practice of dhyana grows then one becomes more and
more like Parama Purusa. That is, one sheds their colours by offering them
unto Him. And in that way, when one is not shackled by so many worldly
attachments, then the sadhaka becomes more and more fixed on the Goal. And
in a spontaneous way the feeling will arise in the mind that, ‘Baba is mine
and mine alone’.

This is the beautiful process that happens through dhyana.

Baba says, “‘By surrendering all the colours of my mind to You, I want to
become colourless.’ This surrender to the Supreme Consciousness propels
human beings towards Him. So this colour festival is not merely an outward
play; it is purely a psycho-spiritual phenomenon. This very
psycho-spiritual phenomenon is operating behind the process of
varn´a´rghyada´na [offering of colours]. ‘O Lord, make me colourless so
that I may move towards You without any hesitation’.” (NH-LOI, ‘Inner Asset’)

BABA’S BLESSING

By His divine grace, we will all feel that sweetest level of bhakti in our
lives.

Baba says, “This bhakti is a heavenly attribution, and this heavenly
attribution is enjoyed by human beings.” (SS-17, 1 June 1986 DMC, Calcutta)

Namaskar,
Amoghasiddhi

Note 1: MAKING THE MIND CLEAN AND CONCENTRATED

Ultimately to make dhyana a veritable force in our lives, two distinct
qualities are needed. The mind must be both clean and concentrated.
Think of it this way. If you look in the water to see your reflection then
two things are needed. The water must be clear and the water must be still.
Without both those attributions, one cannot see their reflection in the
water.

Likewise, in order to see Baba in dhyana, those same two qualities are
needed.

Firstly, that mind must be clear– i.e. pure or clean just like that water.
That means the mind must have the earnest desire to move on the spiritual
path and not get hung up on mundane allurements. In this regard the other
lessons and aspects of sadhana help a lot such as iishvara pranidhana,
cakra shodhana (5th lesson), Guru Puja, Kiirtan, etc.

Secondly, that mind must concentrate. That is, it must not move all over
the place like a river. Rather it should remain quiet and still in one
place. Or more specifically there should be a gentle flow of mind towards
the Goal. Dhyana is a dynamic expression of mind.

That is the beauty of concentration and that is a requisite of
dhyana. Otherwise one will not be able to keep the idea & image of Baba in
the mind. And to enhance concentration, then tattva dharana (3rd lesson),
pranayama (4th lesson) and so many related spiritual practices are needed.

So if the mind is dirty or fickle then dhyana is nothing but a dream.
Whereas if we do all our spiritual practices and as our moral conduct
improves then certainly our dhyana will grow more and more.

And by Baba’s grace dhyana is that special tool to bring Baba in one’s
close proximity and become an A-Grade bhakta. Certainly by regular dhyana,
this sweet and intimate relation will descend in the dry heart, by His grace.

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