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From: “Girish Chandra Mitra”
To: am-global@earthlink.net
Subject: We Must Save These Drowning People
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 07:57:48 +0530

Baba

“Ek nu’taner sur a’ji ba’jalo phule phuledola’ diye…” PS 127

Purport:

By Baba’s grace, the melody of the new era is played today…Today in the
path of forward movement, no obstacle stands in our way. Our full-throated
songs are all sung in one tune. Forgetting all our differences, merging
together and laughing, let us march ahead today. Let us move together
with all…

== WE MUST SAVE THESE DROWNING PEOPLE ==

Namaskar,
Everyone is part of our human family, irrespective of their behaviour
and actions.

Certainly we are closer to our brothers and sisters in the Marga, as by
His grace we have come together to respond to His call. Naturally there
is a greater affinity amongst Ananda Margiis.

So it is very painful to see a few workers stray from the path and steer
away from their allotted duties and dharma.

Before detailing the below, it should be made clear that the vast
majority of workers are tried and true. Our acarya cadre is a noble one,
filled with dedicated persons who have great zeal for AM ideology.

Thus the cases pointed out below represent a mere few, and by Baba’s
grace we will help them to regain their footing so they can once again
become great agents of dharma and assets to our AM society. That is the
sole point of this letter.

UNIQUE PLAY OF MAYA

The unique force we call mahamaya, or simply maya, never likes to lose
any of her subjects to the path of liberation. Thus again and again she
tries to ensnare those reaching towards mukti. Invariably, on certain
occasions, she is successful.

Such is what has happened to a few of our workers. They came with pure
intentions, and with the desire to do good, but due to circumstances and
by their vanity and indulgences, they succumbed to maya in a most
disastrous manner.

Tragically, when one is in the grip of maya, they cannot see the light
nor breathe fresh air. They are just bound in her web. So although each
and every worker has come for a very pious purpose, they can get stuck
in “less-than-stellar” activities.

The day their eyes open, they will be shocked by what has transpired –
by the hell they have been involved in. Sometimes though, their slumber
does not end during this lifetime – that is another tragedy.

So it is with heartfelt pain that I share the following. We must
remember that it is our responsibility to bring all to the proper path,
new people as well as those who have strayed (temporarily).

Even though maya may be strong, we must do our best to awaken one and all.

BABA’S DIVINE CALL

In so many avadhuta meetings, Baba would remind all workers that worldly
gratification is short-lived and not for Wts.

Baba would say: ‘You are my workers and you have come for a very
specific purpose – to wipe away the tears of suffering humanity and
spread the gospel of neohumanism. You are not ordinary, rather you are
extraordinary. You are the exception. You have not come to this world
for earthly enjoyments.’

This was the way Baba would speak in various worker and avadhuta meetings.

Still today, by His grace, Baba is holding the hand of each and every
worker. Those blinded by maya let go due to their vanity and lust. Even
then Baba is calling them back to the proper path.

We should examine these below cases, do the best we can to rectify them
and alert others lest more get bound by maya.

UNFORTUNATE CASE #1

It is a tell-tale sign when any Dada or Didi gets involved in very close
and intimate communication with one another, especially when that
communication is very regular. This first case is like that.

Dada Mahitosa’nanda and Didi Ananda Suvrata’ were involved in talking to
and texting one another quite regularly via SMS (a message from her
mobile). Such inner communications were going back and forth between
Dada and Didi.

Then one drama happened.

Some other Dadas got those very text messages into their own in-box, and
forwarded those secret communications to many, many Wts. Thus all came
to find out about the inner dealings of Dada Mahitosa’nanda and Didi
Ananda Suvrata’.

By the nature of the messages, it was quite clear that this Dada and
Didi were involved in an illicit affair. One need not be a detective to
understand that this was what was going on. So for a while, everyone was
gossiping about these two Wts.

And when Didi Ananda Suvrata’ arrived in Pundag station for a recent RDS
etc, then Dada Mahitosa’nanda drove one jeep and received her at the station. All
took this to be proof of their status together.

How far their relationship is down and dirty, that is for Dada and Didi
to admit. That is not for others to say. But by the nature of the texts,
all workers were abuzz with the goopy details of this affair.

What happened has happened and now is the time for repair. Many say that
Dada Mahitosa’nanda and Didi Ananda Suvrata’ have shame for what they
have done in which case we must help revive them. If they are shameless,
then our hands are tied and there is little we can do. In that case,
only Baba can save them.

For various reasons, some are calling this a case of five-star negativity.

UNFORTUNATE CASE #2

During seminars, DMS, or camps, Daya’shekhara’nanda always manages a
special van or train reservation with Allahabad RSL. They are like two
peas in a pod.

Plus whenevere Dadaji has to attend any function in the region travels
together with RSL together. It is not at all uncommon for Dada to hire a
special van and travel with her.

Needless to say this is most abnormal behaviour for a worker in our
Marga. In India, many Wts travel by 3rd class rail, not a hired car or
van. And it is well know that a single Dada and Didi are not to travel
together like this. It is unusual.

That is why many margiis have taken notice of this and have been talking
about it. During that past RDS, many workers were also discussing the
matter.

The main problem is that when one makes special plans like this it often
gives way to other things, and certainly indicates a type of mental
fascination.

UNFORTUNATE CASE #3

This next case involves Dada Mohansundarananda and Didi Ananda
Jyotisvarupa. Many treat this duo as boyfriend and girlfriend. You can
decide for yourself or, better yet, inquire with them as to what exactly
is going on.

However, it cannot be denied that these two have been “involved” with
one another for years and years. They are quite close and interlinked.

Their bond is so tight that when they find themselves separated by too
many kilometers then they cry out for one another.

Actually, their relationship is so old and so well known, people do not
even talk about it anymore. And often other acaryas will just mention
either Dada Mohansundarananda or Didi Ananda Jyotisvarupa in order to
refer to the both of them.

So their link is quite close. Ask them about it for more details, often
they are quite happy to talk about it.

ALL THESE THINGS ARE QUITE SERIOUS & SAD

In and of themselves, these cases are sad to see.

The mass of our Wts are sterling examples of dharma who live each day
holding onto a high ideal. And veritably, the aforementioned Wts also
came into the Marga with their sights set high.

So it is unfortunate and unnerving to hear and see such actions. We
always want our Marga to be something special, better than other
organisations etc.

Thus when any worker falls it is not just an individual affair but a
matter of collective concern.

ILLICIT AFFAIRS VS MARRIED LIFE

One thing to clarify is that there is a heaven and hell difference
between married life and an illicit affair.

In married life, there is a sense of responsibility, duty, honesty,
obligation and more. Married people are not enamoured with sex but have
a pointed ideal in life: To manage their familial and social lives and
reach their spiritual destination and inspire their family members to do
the same, all the while working for their safety and welfare.

In a phrase, at the very least, married persons are bound by the rules
of society.

In contrast, those involved in illicit affairs are sunken in sexual
lust. This applies to one having an extra-marital affair as well as to
depraved priests and missionaires, including a few of our Dadas etc.

There is no sense of commitment, dedication or integrity. It is just
indulgence, and often deceit, dishonesty, and hypocrisy as well. There
are no redeeming factors.

All Wts should be highly encourage to live up to their ideal. If any has
fallen, then seek help, call out to Baba, and follow 16 Pts. That is the
way to go.

But if really one’s mind is totally engaged with their significant
other, then that worker should give up their dress and get married.
Hovering between the two is not the way. Accepting the responsibilities
is far better than being a half-baked acarya.

Best of all is to rectify oneself fully and resume one’s duty as an
acarya of the Marga with full integrity and commitment.

THE LINEAGE OF EXCEPTIONS

Baba has detailed that the path of AM is the path of exceptions, that
includes the vast majority or even all of our workers.

To keep our Wts on the right path, Baba is adamant that there should be
no intermingling. Baba used to tell the Dadas that if the Didi’s jagrti
was burning, then let it burn, do not go and help, instead quickly tell
the margiis to come to the rescue.

The point being, no worker should get caught up in helping or developing
sentimental links across gender lines. Doing so is only to invite problem.

Unfortunately, today there are a few Dadas who spend all their time
“serving” the Didis. Such Wts spend all their time during RDS checking
in on the Didi’s camp. It is not at all good.

We must recall that Buddhism was banished from India due to the crude
mixing of their monks and nuns. The same dark fate should not meet our
Marga.

Instead we should encourage all to live the life of a sadhu, and become
an exception. That is the destiny of our wholetimers. And already most
are doing like this.

Baba says, “Most people spend their lives on this planet eating and
drinking. Sometimes they contract diseases, their stomachs become
distended, and they die. But there are certain exceptional people who
say, ‘No, we have not come to eat, drink and make merry.’ Those who lead
licentious lives foolishly get involved in brawls and fights, but the
exceptional people say, ‘No, we don’t want to live such a life.’
Missionary life was started on this planet by such people who today are
glorifying that tradition in ever increasing numbers. They alone will
make this line of exceptions even more brilliant, and will build human
history.” (AV-8)

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace our entire acarya cadre will again glitter and shine.
Those who have fallen should get rectified. Their should be no psyhic
longing for the opposite sex, let alone physical indulgence.
Unfortunately, right now there seems to be a little bit of both in our
Marga. Today that must stop and by Baba’s grace we must become exceptional.

Baba says, “Those people who are society’s exceptions are extraordinary
people. Keeping our ideology fixed before our eyes, we must also become
exceptional people. For those people who are treading a new path, who
are constructing something new, exception is as valuable as their very
lives.” (AV-8)

Namaskar,
Girish

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Only Remedy

Baba says, “It is the duty of all human beings and especially those who are
devotees, it is their mandatory duty to always think that, ‘I am a machine
and the controller is Parama Purusa. He is the machine man and I have to
work according to His desire. I have to fulfill His desire. This body of
mine is a machine and it belongs to Him. This is His machine and this
machine has to do His work.’ If one constantly thinks in this way then the
vanity of action will never sprout. This is the only path to save oneself
from vanity. One has to think ‘I am just one machine; I am a tool and
according to His desire I have to work’.”

(SS-16 (H), p. 81, DMC Agra 19 Feb 84)

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"...although a banyan tree is enormous, it gets that way by sucking up all the air, sunlight, water, and nutrients for itself. That banyan tree does not allow even single a blade of grass to grow underneath it. So this type of crude expression of bigness is not something admirable-- not something great."

"...although a banyan tree is enormous, it gets that way by sucking up all the air, sunlight, water, and nutrients for itself. That banyan tree does not allow even single a blade of grass to grow underneath it. So this type of crude expression of bigness is not something admirable-- not something great."

Date: Fri, 09 Oct 2009 11:42:26 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: J.Young
Subject: Defining Greatness…

Baba

“Loke bale tumi dekha’ da’o na’, tave ele kii kare…” (PS 1893)

Purport:

O’ Parama Purusa, people are telling that You are not visible. When
people say like that then how is it that You have come here in front of me
and I am seeing You.

O’ Parama Purusa, people are telling that You do not care about logic
and reasoning. That there is no explaining how You manage Your affairs and
that Your liila is beyond logic. Then how is it that You have graced one
and all & You are showering everyone with Your divine nectar. How has this
started happening.

Baba, whenever I see You then I always request You to make me Yours. And
when I say like this, then I see with my own eyes and I hear with my own
ears how You come close and shower me incessantly with Your infinite grace.

Baba, I am so meagre; You are so vast. I am bound up by my own
limitations. Even then You love me. Baba, by Your sweet touch all the
negativity and impurities get removed; and everything becomes pure. By Your
grace, the fragrant flowers blossom in each and every nook and corner of my
mind. Baba, people are telling that You are invisible and that You cannot be
seen; but by Your grace You have come to me. O’ my dearmost Baba, this is
all due to Your cosmic grace and infinite compassion…

== DEFINING GREATNESS IN HUMAN LIFE ==

Namaskar,
In each and every sphere of life Baba has set the gold-bar standard. In all
the realms He has beautifully defined what is the top-rung of achievement,
as well as how one gets there. Included in this is Baba’s special
explanation about greatness: What makes someone great.

No doubt in the mundane society– whether it be in the field of politics,
business, sports, or education etc– people have their own small-minded
views about who & what is great. But in Baba’s own revolutionary approach,
He has given His unique and dharmic teaching on greatness. And, needless to
say, His grand definition of ‘greatness’ stands on a plane all its own–
far, far above.

THE SUTRA & SPIRIT BEHIND IT ALL

Here following is Baba’s special guideline about vastness & greatness, the
link between the two, as well as what it means to be great.

Baba says, “This Supreme One is called brhat. The word brhat literally
means ‘One who is very vast, who is beyond the scope of all limitations,
who is immeasurable and unfathomable’…Brahma literally means the Entity
who is Himself very vast, and whose ideation makes others vast like Him.”

Brhattva’d Brahma Brm’hanatva’d Brahma

“Brm’hanatva’d means making others vast. He himself is very great, and
hence He is called Brahma; but this is not enough. Besides that He has the
capacity to make others equally great like Him.” (SS-11)

As Baba explains in His above teaching, one of the qualities of Parama
Purusa is that He Himself is vast (brhat). And not only that but He has the
capacity to make others vast. So, according to Baba’s revolutionary view,
being vast does not mean just being some big or large entity; in addition,
one must possess that special ability to make others equally vast. That is
the unique requisite which Baba outlines in the above shloka.

And– per Baba’s guideline– same is the case with greatness…

As He directs us, vastness or greatness does not come all by itself; nor
does it exist in a vacuum. To become ‘great’, one must have that special
talent of being able to make others great. This is the exceptional quality
of those who are really great. Thus only those who have this unique ability
to raise the standard of others to the level of greatness can truly be
called great. This is Baba’s teaching.

HUMANS CAN ALSO DO

So while Brahma is unquestionably the Greatest of the great, in their own
way humans can also achieve a certain level of greatness. Because those who
follow a God-centered philosophy are drenched in spiritual thought and
service-mindedness. And when others come in their contact then those common
people naturally feel inspired and get uplifted. Because by seeing the ways
and conduct of a true sadhaka, then others will also grow. And not only
that, those selfless sadhakas are ever-ready to help others advance. In
that way God-centered aspirants can bring lay people up to their high
level. And, according to Baba, those who do like this are indeed great.

NOT LIKE A BANYAN TREE

Thus becoming vast or great does not mean becoming big like one huge banyan
tree. Because although a banyan tree is enormous, it gets that way by
sucking up all the air, sunlight, water, and nutrients for itself. That
banyan tree does not allow even single a blade of grass to grow underneath
it. So this type of crude expression of bigness is not something
admirable– not something great.

HOW IT GOES IN THE GENERAL SOCIETY

Unfortunately in today’s materialistic society, there are so-called great
people all around. They are adorned on the cover of various magazines,
propped up on stages, applauded at sporting events, and praised by the size
of their wallet. Means in this present era there are so many who are called
as great– for one reason or another; yet none reach up to Baba’s standard
of the term, not even close.

As we see all around, whether in the field of business, entertainment, or
law etc, in cent-per-cent of the cases those materially-minded people only
become “great” by sucking the blood of others. Only by stepping on the
heads of others and by clawing and scratching for each and every inch did
they get “to the top”. And such ‘greats’ retain this regal status of theirs
by throwing dirt in the eyes of others. And they certainly do not help to
elevate the standard of others. Rather the opposite.

So these so-called greats in the crude society have nothing to do with
helping others to grow or expand. Rather they achieved their measly status
by hoarding money, grabbing a high post, & garnering a lot of prestige,
etc. So their greatness is only standing on fleeting worldly credentials.
And they enhance their “greatness” by attempting to collect more of those
worldly prizes than anyone else. So their approach is totally selfish–
where the key point is making oneself look better than others.

CONTRARY TO BABA’S DHARMIC DEFINITION

That is why what is usually called ‘great’ in this materialistic, vaeshyan
era is completely opposite to Baba’s spiritual, neo-humanistic approach. In
capitalism ‘greatness’ is achieved by pushing oneself above others, and in
our dharmic spiritual approach greatness means raising others up to a
standard of excellence.

Hence in the true sense, those selfish persons who pose as being “great”
are not really great– not at all. Because their ‘greatness’ comes from
sucking the blood of others. They are unable to make others great, just
they prop themselves up by stepping on the heads of others and reaping the
fruits of their existence. So simple and innocent citizens get exploited
and suppressed when they come in contact with such so-called great persons.
That is why we can never call any selfish, materialistic person as ‘great’.
Because they are unable to lift others up to a higher standard– rather
they push those people down into the depths of degradation.

SAME THING HAPPENING IN AMPS NOWADAYS

Unfortunately nowadays a similar trend exists in our AMPS. Because if we
look around then we can see that those so-called great Dadas suppress
lower-posted workers and / or margiis. Means top-dog Dadas reach the height
of their glory by pushing down on the shoulders of general members. They
force margiis to remain in a subservient position and do not allow margiis
to grow. This is evidenced by the curtailment and eradication of bhukti
pradhan rights, the strangulation of margii rights, the manipulation of the
ACB etc. In all spheres those great Dadas – no need to mention names –
just impose restrictions on the margiis to satisfy their
selfish greed for power and post. And within their own ranks they just
create ‘yes-men’ all around them. Any Dada with a brain got pushed aside
and anyone who they keep as their close must become a ‘yes-man’– a
no-brainer. This is the unfortunate formula these days.

So to attain their greatness, such top Dadas suck the blood of junior wts
and general margiis and exploit them up to the bone. That is the be-all and
end-all of their greatness. Meanwhile in this dark era, those who are
really great are temporarily hidden somewhere– remaining unknown.

So in the materialistic era of the general society and in this groupist era
in our AMPS, those who are deemed as “great” function in a way that is
totally opposite to Baba’s divine equation of greatness. Thus all around
so-called great people are nothing but exploiter-types, with not an ounce
of benevolent motive in their blood.

Whereas Baba’ divine recipe for greatness means working for the welfare of
others and making them great. That is how to see who is really great.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s divine grace, soon the humanity will be led by truly great
personalities. By Baba’s grace that day is fast approaching.

Baba says, “We are proceeding from darkness towards effulgence, from
imperfection along the golden steps to perfection. No obstacle on the way
will be able to stop our advancement. Pushing aside and smashing all
obstacles and impediments we will move along our destined path…The chant
of our forward movement will be our vocal expression, the very pulsation of
our life.” (A’nanda Va’nii, #72)

Namaskar,
Jagatmitra

Note 1: WHO IS CONTROLLING WHOM

Nowadays those with post are looked upon as great persons. Presidents and
Prime Ministers get huge respect and royal treatment wherever they go. Side
by side in this extreme vaeshyan era, those with any sense understand well
that from behind, these presidents are controlled by top-moneyed persons.

Some may think that Presidents are merely moderately influenced by those
corporation heads; but in reality those deep pocketed vaeshyas are
selecting and deciding who will be president. This is the well known fact
nowadays. But for the shudra-dominated public they are not aware about all
this so they just give full respect to the President and they think the
President is controlling everything. When the reality is that politics is
controlled by money. This is how the general society is moving.
But amongst the common people, post is everything and the capitalists
recognise this that is why they are purchasing & controlling those
postholders. If postholders were meaningless positions then those with
money would not bother about that.

In AMPS, post is given a similar amount of respect. So groupist Dadas work
behind the scenes and totally manipulate and control those sitting in the
chairs of the PP post and GS post. This is the on-going reality
since ’90.

Note 2: MORE ABOUT BABA’S TEACHING OF GREATNESS

Becoming vast or great is not measured by accumulating huge money or high
prestige or some other material thing etc, the vastness which Baba is
referring to in His famous shloka is about helping others to improve and
become great. And on that basis alone is what makes someone really great.

Note 3: DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VAESHYAN ERA & GOD-CENTERED APPROACH

In crude vaeshyan era people think that those with money are great and in
other eras they have their own mundane parameters– such as physical might
or intellectual cunning etc. But in our God-centered approach the ones who
are great are those who make others great.

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About the Wealthy

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

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"For a Wt to celebrate their own birthday using Prabhat Samgiitas is nothing but of a function of their own blindness... this is just one owl's birthday."

"For a Wt to celebrate their own birthday using Prabhat Samgiita is nothing but of a function of their own blindness... this is just one owl's birthday."

Date: Mon, 05 Oct 2009 11:46:12 +0530
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: Matt Ornbecker
Subject: Owl’s Birthday

Baba

“D’eke ja’i sa’r’a’ na’ pa’i, e ki kat’hin hrdaya…” (P.S. 3184)

Purport:

Baba, I go on calling You, but I never get any response. Your heart is
tough. You do not care about my longing; that is why You never respond.
Sometimes You come close and sometimes You go on smiling, keeping Yourself
distant. What type of drama or divine play is this.
With the melody and rhythm of the dance, You go on floating like a tidal
wave in the ocean. In all the ups and downs of Your various vibrations I
always feel Your sweetness.
Baba, in all the ages You are; You remain all the time; You never get
lost. You are also present in those memories which have already faded away.
There also You are. You are ever-present in the nucleus of everything,
manifested or not manifested. Everything is saturated with Your love, Your
grace. Baba, You love me and You want to listen to my call again and again,
that is why You do not respond. This is one way of Your loving expression.
Baba, I surrender everything unto You…

== OWL’S BIRTHDAY ==
Note: At the bottom of this letter are links to more important letters on this topic.

Namaskar,
A critical event and recurring issue demands our full attention,
especially in the wake of recent events.

We all understand that everything Baba has given is sacred, including
our WT system and His divine collection of Prabhat Samgiita.

Yet now, in recurring birthday bashes, both of these gifts are being
misused, nay abused.

Please read the following; see what is going on; and find out which
acaryas are involved.

Collectively, by raising awareness, together we can put a stop to such
shenanigans that undermine the sanctity of Baba’s ideological teachings
and devotional treasures.

BABA’S MANDATE:

NO BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR WT

Since a number of Wts have jumped on the birthday party bandwagon, we
need to examine the issue from various aspects.

First off, let’s just make it clear that no Wt or avadhuta should be
involved in celebrating their own birthday. That is Baba’s strict rule.

Many will recall that in the early 1970’s when Nirmohanananda celebrated
his own birthday in Daltonganj, then Baba reprimanded Dada severely. Out
of His great love, Baba wanted to set the record straight regarding
proper WT conduct. So He sent a strong message by rebuking
Nirmohanananda, in front of everyone.

Seeing this all workers immediately understood that they have not come
on this earth to party and celebrate their own crude birthday. That is
not what Baba wants.

Our wholetimers are to think about Him and focus on the Goal.

Tadekam’ smara’mah…Tadekam’ nidha’nam’

Baba says, “That Cosmic Entity alone should be created in your mind and
no other object…He is the terminating point. He is the Supreme
Desideratum.” (AV-2)

WARNING:

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION = DEGENERATION

Indeed, celebrating one’s own birthday leads to the degeneration of
mind. Because by thinking of oneself the mind gets smaller and smaller.

And when thinking of oneself in a glorified way by allowing an entire
gathering of people to hold a party in your honour and sing happy
birthday to you by distorting Baba’s compositions of Prabhat Samgiita –
which is what some of our acaryas are doing – then this goes against all
codes of Wt conduct and etiquette.

Indeed this flies in the face of being an Ananda Margii and disciple of
the Sadguru Shrii Shrii Anandamurti ji. Such a scene will certainly lead
to one’s degeneration.

Baba says, “Vanity harms the mind in three ways…The second [way] is
gaorava, self-aggrandizement or boasting – projecting oneself as a great
personality…. Is this really something great of which human beings can
feel proud? And what is the result of this self-glorification? Raorava
means the seventh hell.” (AMIWL-11)

Thus when some of our Wts are having the entire room sing happy birthday
to them – by manipulating Baba’s Prabhat Samgiita which is meant for the
arrival of Parama Purusa – and when those acaryas themselves are the
guest of honor, and when everyone is there to celebrate them, then the
entire event is just about puffing up their petty I-feeling.

In that case,their degeneration is sure. As Baba warns, their destiny is
the depths of hell.

SHEER AUDACITY:

HOW THEY ARE CELEBRATING

Now lets critically examine how some of our Wt’s are manipulating and
entwining Baba’s divine songs of Prabhat Samgiita into their misguided
birthday bashes (i.e. parties).

First, our workers are not supposed to be celebrating their own crude
birthday. They have come onto this earth for something else. That is now
well understood.

Second, such Wt’s are organising birthday parties for themselves and one
another and then singing Baba’s special Prabhat Samgiita, Janmadine…
#135, in the honour of that worker. When in fact that song is meant to
be sung to Baba and Baba only during our Ananda Purnima celebrations.

That’s right, you read the above paragraph properly. Your eyes are not
deceiving you.

On not one, but rather on multiples occasions, certain WTs have directed
Baba’s beloved Prabhat Samgiita toward themselves, as if they are so
great and their mundane birthday is so special.

Such is their audacity.

That entire Prabhat Samgiit, Janmadine…#135, is all about celebrating
the grand arrival of Parama Purusa, yet some of our workers have the
gall to redirect this divine song unto themselves. And they stand there
and smile as a whole crowd of people are singing that divine Prabhat
Samgiita in their honour.

Can you imagine such a thing? Such is the lowly standard to which a few
of our workers have fallen.

Of course, there are many disciplined workers who would never stoop to
such degrading activities, so we are not talking about all Wts.

The tragedy is that some of our senior and top workers are involved in
this birthday scandal. A few of their names are mentioned below.

MORE ABOUT PRABHAT SAMGIITA #135

As true Ananda Margii will recognise, in Prabhat Samgiita #135,
Janmadine ei shubha ks’an’e, the entire song is directed towards Parama
Purusa. It is His holy arrival that is being celebrated, not one Dada’s
mundane birthday.

In the song, due to the grand arrival of Taraka Brahma, devotees are
losing themselves in bliss – that is what is meant by the line,
“Khusiite vibhora a’panha’ra’.

Plus, the devotees are expressing the love and joy of their heart for
Parama Purusa and no one else. That is what is meant by the line,
“Udvela hiya’ toma’rei la’giya'”.

Each and every syllable, line, and stanza of the song is about the
grandeur of Parama Purusa and how He makes everyone’s heart dance in
bliss, and how His arrival creates a new spiritual vibration that
transforms the whole world, and how He has come to remain close to me.

Thus Prabhat Samgiita #135 is a very personal and devotional song that
reflects a bhakta’s joy in having Parama Purusa in the mind and heart
and how His arrival is totally blissful.

Thus to sing this song in honour of one Dada’s crude birthday goes
against all ethics of devotional life. To speak frankly, according to
our standard of Ananda Marga, such an act is not only misguided but
criminal.

After all, we are not talking about a primary school student. We are
talking about our esteemed acaryas who have been on the path for decades
and been in hundreds of reporting sessions with Baba. These Dadas are
not innocent babies. They have been educated and trained about AM and
Baba’s teachings.

They should know better and set a better example to others.

So it is absolutely shocking that they could even think to use Baba’s
divine Prabhat Samgiita in honour of their own mundane birthday – as if
they are the Saviour of this universe. Either such a Dada is just plain
ignorant, dumb, and devotionally blind, or they have an ego the size of
the Himalayas.

In either case the situation is not at all good – and their future is
not at all bright.

BABA’S ORDER:

MUST NOT GLORIFY ONESELF

Here Baba is clearly warning that human beings, let alone our esteemed
acaryas, must not be involved in self-glorification by holding birthday
parties and singing songs of their own greatness. One must not do such
things.

Baba says, “Kiirtana should be done on Hari and on no other entity. One
should not praise oneself or any other person. There are many people who
are very fond of praising themselves by telling everyone what wonderful
things they have done, but, as mentioned in this sloka, kiirtana is not
for one’s own self but for Hari. Even though people are taught to do
kiirtana for Hari, they still make the mistake of praising themselves
too much. Sometimes their self-praise is so intense that others are
obliged to say, “Please stop praising yourself so much.” They forget
that their self-applause is rather boring for others. Human beings
should realize that no one likes to hear the self-praise of others.” (AV-8)

Even though a few degraded workers may enjoy the crude display of their
own petty glory, such ostentatious displays are not received well in the
society. This will tarnish the image of all workers who have come on
this earth to selflessly serve others, not glorify themselves.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace we are to become great by our spiritual and selfless
conduct, not by the pomp and show of our birthday bashes.

Baba says, “It is action that makes a person great. Be great by your
sa’dhana’, by your service, by your sacrifice.”

For a Wt to celebrate their own birthday using Prabhat Samgiitas is
nothing but of a function of their own blindness. That is why many say
this is just one owl’s birthday.

Namaskar,
Mahendra

Note 1: PART LIFE VS FULL LIFE

Regarding birthdays, it has to be mentioned that our present life is
nothing but a part life. It is not a full life. Our life began when our
consciousness first emanated from the Cosmic Hub. Since that time we
have undergone incarnation after incarnation.

Baba says, ” After millions of animal lives, a created being attains the
human form…” (Ananda Va’nii #33)

Baba says, “In Sanskrit, dvi means “two” and ja means “born”, so dvija
means “twice born”…the first birth was the physical birth, and the
second birth was the spiritual birth, during initiation.” (AV-30)

Thus, one should not think that when the spermatoza fertilised the egg
that led to this particular birth is one grand birthday event.

Our life is spiritual oriented, not goaded toward the mundane.

Thus, every sadhaka in the Marga should think twice about how far they
should celebrate their “birthday”. For workers, there is no question of
celebrating as they have given up everything of their unit existence for
Baba. But all sadhakas in the Marga should take a moment and consider
the points in this letter and see if really they feel it appropriate and
beneficial to celebrate their own birthday.

Of course with young kids it is a different matter – they should
celebrate – but advanced sadhakas should rethink this issue with regards
to themselves. Already, probably many do not celebrate as they are more
interested in Parama Purusa.

Note 2: IN CARYACARYA BUT NOT FOR THEM

In Caryacarya, Baba has given all kinds of ceremonies for the general
society, including birthday celebrations (without Prabhat Samgiita of
course!). But no acarya should blindly think that therefore that
birthday celebration is for them anymore than they should think that the
marriage ceremony is for them. Those types of things in Caryacarya are
for the general society, not our esteemed acaryas.

Note 3: WHO IS INVOLVED IN THESE BIRTHDAY ANTICS

On 29 August 2009, in Jharsguda (Orissa, India), there was a big
birthday party event held in honour of Dada Priyakrsnananda.

For those not aware, Dada Priyakrsnananda has years and years of
experience in AM and even in his early years in the Marga he was a
Central Worker who lived close to Baba. Thus he should really know better.

Perhaps most surprising is that there were many, many senior workers on
hand for this birthday gala event and in one big round, they all sang
Prabhat Samgiita #135, “Janma dine…”, in order to celebrate
Priyakrsnananda’s birthday.

This type of dogmatic thing is totally against the ethics of our Marga
and it sets a very negative example. Because, as we all know, dogma
spreads.

Not surprisingly then, more recently in SUVA sector, the very senior
Dada Paramatmananda and Didi Ananda Shamiita organised two birthday
parties. And once again, they both insisted that PS #135, “Janma
dine…”, be sung. Thus with printed song sheets etc that Dada and Didi
made sure that the birthday event was celebrated with Prabhat Samgiita.

So this ugly trend is quickly making its way around the world. It is
such a tragedy that even our senior most workers do not understand basic
principles about AM and Prabhat Samgiita. It is amazing how quickly they
have forgotten Guru’s teachings and guidelines.

Note 4: THIS DADA ALSO CELEBRATED HIS BIRTHDAY

Here is a letter about a past birthday events regarding our acaryas.
These letters are filled with stories, explanations, and insights about
this critical issue.

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Health Guideline

Baba says, “A’pashcavishvabhes’ajii– that is ‘water is medicine for all
diseases’. Truly, all types of disease can be relieved if one knows how to
use water properly. To maintain the internal functions of the body without
hindrance and to maintain the internal liquid balance, everyone should
drink a sufficient quantity of water every day. A healthy person can
consume three or four seers of water a day, a sick person four or five
seers, and a person suffering from skin disease, five or six seers. These
amounts of water help cure disease to a great extent.”
“Drinking water is good, but water with a little lemon and a little
salt is still better.”
“Drinking a lot of water at a time is harmful, especially for heart
patients.” (YT, ’96, p. 93)

Note: During meals if people drink water or juice etc then the saliva gets
diluted thus adversely affecting digestion and inviting many diseases.

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