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Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2009 07:48:27 -0000
To: AM-GLOBAL
From: Hariish Deva
Subject: “Doing to Feel Good About Ourselves”

Baba

PS Intro: This following song is not a very common type of Prabhat Samgiita.
In this song, the scene unfolds how Baba is sitting listlessly in the flower
garden all by Himself, and the devotee is trying in many ways to attract His
attention. So Parama Purusa is just playing His liila because although He
knows everything, here He is pretending as if He is unaware that the devotee
is close by. This type of liila is displayed in this following song.

“Toma’re dekhechi jabe ca’npa’r vane
takhano pa’pa’r’i d’ha’ka’ madhu chilo…” (PS 531)

Purport:

Baba the day when I saw You in the campa flower garden, that time also the
flower’s honey vessels were covered by its petals. Underneath the flower petals,
there was an accumulation of honey nectar. I looked toward You with my eyes
full of great longing, expectation, and anticipation; but that was all in
vain because You did not respond to me that time. Baba, one thing is beyond
my understanding, why were You just sitting there listlessly in that flower
garden–and You did not seem to notice me at all.

Baba, in various ways I tried to attract Your attention. I intentionally
placed my foot on some dry, crunchy leaves hoping that at least by that sound
You would hear me and wonder ‘who has come, who is here’. Yet, alas, You did
not pay any heed. But even though You were not looking towards me, still You
were pulling my heart very strongly. Thus in spite of Your playful indifference,
in my heart the lamp of hope was still glittering. I was keeping the feeling
alive in my heart, that Your liila will change and You will graciously look
towards me.

So again I tried to attract Your attention. This time my heart was filled
with fear and shyness; I could not gather the courage to go directly in front
You. So I just continued moving from a distance with gentle steps looking
towards with longing in my heart. Means slowly, slowly– time to time– I
was staring at You with anxious and hopeful eyes, hoping that at least You
will grace me by looking towards me and call me closer to You. Alas, all my
hopes and dreams were in vain. That day I understood how Your liila generates
blissful pain in my heart.

Baba, even then that day I continued on with the hope that this liila will
end soon, and You will look towards me. That time the whole atmosphere was
charged with the sweet aroma of all those flowers in the garden.

Baba, Your liila is unfathomable. Although You did not look towards me that
time, but in my heart I felt that You are more close than ever. Baba, I felt
that You graciously pulled my entire existence towards You with the invisible
flow of devotion and tied me in the bond of Your love…

== DOING TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT OURSELVES ==

Namaskar,
Not long back I attended a retreat and at the opening ceremony and also in
our ERAWS Departmental meetings Dadas were telling that ‘We [margiis] should
engage in some work or activity so that we will feel good about ourselves’. They were
telling that this should be our motivating factor. Plus they were saying, ‘If
you do not do something, then how will our seniors be pleased’. So these are
some of the things we margiis are hearing at retreats nowadays. So this is
one of the common problems. Unfortunately those making these types of statements
are oblivious about Baba’s teaching.

Baba says, “It is incorrect to say that merely doing good deeds is enough:
People must hold an object of ideation in their minds. And that supreme
object of ideation is Parama Purus’a. Only then if some good action is
performed will it be successful. Now if one wants to do some good deed excluding
Parama’tma’ that will not be a good deed. This will be sheer selfishness on
your part, and nothing good can come from it.” (26 Feb ’71, Jammu)

HOW THE WORLD IS FUNCTIONING THESE DAYS

Due to the mass propagation of the self-centered philosophy of materialism,
there is a huge increase in selfishness. The common people are going far
astray from Baba’s above golden guideline.

Nowadays general citizens– especially those who regard themselves as so-called
advanced people– rarely do good deeds. And in the those measly few circumstances
when they do seemingly perform “good actions”, it is really done out of
self-satisfaction. That is for the sake of their own entertainment. These days
this has become the fad.

And then afterwards they just brag about their own “greatness”. They announce
to others about how they did top-level social service. And by saying that they
can feel good (puffed up) and get prestige. This is the on-going trend.

Baba says, “Suppose a certain man donates one thousand rupees to a particular
institution. The next day he looks anxiously for his name in the newspaper.
If his name does not appear in the paper, then with an air of conceit he brags
amongst his kith and kin. “I have donated a thousand rupees, but I do not desire
recognition and therefore I have not published my name in the paper.” The desire
for fame exists in a concealed form in that man’s mind. Clearly, he did not make
the donation with the spirit of service.” (SS-1)

THE OUTCOME OF SELFISH ACTIVITIES

But one should understand such so-called good works neither help the individual
nor the collective. Rather it causes or brings about their ultimate degeneration
in all the realms:

1) Those who are “doing the service” look down upon those whom they are serving;
and they end up exploiting them etc.

2) Those who are “doing the service” really want  something return. Such as
name or fame etc. And when if/when they do not get that then they retaliate or r
eact in various ways;

3) Plus they go not recognise the dignity of those human beings whom they are serving.
They do not respect those downtrodden masses. By their arrogant tendency, they
end up imposing an inferiority complex upon those whom they are “serving”.

4) They bind themselves in the ocean of negative samskara and bondage by getting
sucked into the never-ending cycle of action and reaction.

5) For their own self-entertainment they lose their vivek. And when they do entertain
themselves often they harm others. For example on the weekend people do various
outlandish things like hunting, fishing, and killing. By this way we can see that
there are all kinds of negative things they do to entertain themselves. All so
that they can satisfy their selfish desires and feel good. Yet all this is a
waste of time– not to mention destructive.

6) Ultimately such persons degenerate and get totally frustrated.

THE GREATEST THING– IN THE REAL SENSE

To do work with the sole purpose and motive of pleasing Parama Purusa is the
greatest thing; that is the only good work. And by His grace true devotees do
like this. There is no other way.

Baba says, “When you perform acts with the ideation that the person served is
Náráyańa, there is no possibility of arrogance or the desire for fame growing
in your mind. Then you will realize that through the grace of a’ra’yan’a you have
been given the opportunity of serving Na’ra’yan’a. Our hands and feet are not ours,
they are His, and by serving Himself with those hands and feet, He sports with
Himself. Such an action is an action without attachment. Only in this way can one
attain salvation from the bondage of Karma. “(SS-1)

Baba says, “Knowing oneself is the real knowledge; serving all with the ideation
of Na’ra’yan’a, the real action, and the vow to please Parama Purus’a the real
devotion.” (A’nanda Va’nii #25)

Namaskar,
Hariish

Note: LIFE IN AMPS

In our organisation AMPS, the following types of ailments are going on.
Some Wts are openly bragging and telling each other:

(a) “Hey, do something to feel good”; or,
(b) “Hey, do something to please your higher authority”; or
“Hey, do something to please your grouip leader” etc; or,
(c) “Hey, do something to save your post and get a promotion.”

This is what they say. And this is not a hidden idea either. Rather it
happens on a daily basis. In this way they brag and loudly expose their
feeling to one and all. Plus some margiis etc who give a few pennies
for relief projects talk all day long about their own greatness and great
generosity. These are the common ailments.

So by this one can easily understand that such persons are surrounded by
Cimmerian darkness. The fate of such Wts or margiis ends up in sheer frustration.

In contrast, good margiis follow Baba’s teaching: Do with the ideation of
serving Parama Purusa.

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Margiis’ Status

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, we have to lead an ideological life on the path of
“A’tmamoks’a’rtham’ jagaddhita’ya ca.”

“Those people who are society’s exceptions are extraordinary people. They
alone will build human history. Others cannot and will not do it.”

“These exceptional people are sometimes seen as lunatics by the naive public,
but the fact is that these exceptional people do something new and constructive
for society.”

“You should also know that you are exceptions. You too will do something great,
will build up something historical.” (9th January ’79)

Note: The life of each and every good margii is looked upon as something
peculiar in the eyes of the common people. The reason is A-grade margiis
are not involved in the religious dogma or materialistic ways of common
people; plus all margiis are practicing yoga, kiirtan, sadhana, eating only
sentient food, and following progressive ideas. So margiis’ thinking and living
and socializing are quite different from the common public. That is why the
common public thinks margiis are peculiar people. But sincere margiis are
not worried about this; rather they know that this is one merit. Such
margiis are great exceptions and they are also the vanguards of the entire
society. All sincere margiis are making the path which the common public will
tread in the very near future.

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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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From: “Gagan”
To: AM-GLOBAL
Subject: Who Gets Frustrated
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 07:47:25 -0000

Baba

“Ga’n geye ja’bo…” P.S. 2305

Purport:

Baba, I will go on singing Your song– Your glory. It’s up to You
whether You will grace me by listening to these songs or not. But with
these songs, in my deep contemplation, I will generate divine vibrations,
by Your grace– and go on serving You.

Baba with my deep yearning I am calling You again and again without
getting any response– You are not paying heed to my call. By avoiding me
maybe You are thinking that I will not sing Your song anymore and that I
will remain quiet. And that in frustration, I will give up the hope of
getting You. And that I will no longer engage in the flow of those divine
tunes and melodies, which is inundating the vast sky, by Your grace. And
that I will not utilize these melodious treasures in my practical life to
go closer to You.

Baba, with the strength of knowledge, wisdom, intellect, and worldly
attributions, Your depth cannot be measured– nobody can realise You.
But by surrendering that very unit “I” which already belongs to You, and
with the divine sweetness of singing Your name I will surely get You by
Your grace.

Baba, I sing my songs only for You. Please listen to these heart-felt
loving melodies– and be gracious…

Note: In the above song, the sadhaka has deep love and a strong yearning
for Parama Purusa. So when Parama Purusa does not respond to his call in
the way that he desires, then the sadhaka makes one loving accusation
towards Parama Purusa. So actually that is not an accusation per se, but
rather an intimate type of loving expression. And Baba is approving that
devotees have the right to do like this and that this loving way of
communication is quite natural.

== WHO GETS FRUSTRATED ==

Namaskar,
Everyone wishes to do something great with their life and contribute
something special while on this earth. However, human beings are
motivated in different ways. Sometimes their motivation serves as a
perennial source of inspiration for dharmic works and sometimes their
motivating force sends them into an inevitable state of depression and
frustration.

We should take a look at the operative factors involved – i.e. what is a
person’s motivating force – as well as understand why some tend to get
frustrated.

REACTIONARY PEOPLE: Part 1

There are some who Baba has termed as reactionary type of people. Let us
see who they are and if their pathway leads to frustration or not.

One classic case is the communists in Bengal. They watched as our Marga
gathered more and more followers and sympathizers by performing service
to the needy, poor and destitute. The common people were rallying around
us because of our plans and programs to uplift them from disaster and
poverty.

Seeing this, the communists were seething, i.e. burning with jealousy.
They too then started social service projects – out of a reaction to
what was being done by our Marga. In contrast to our works – which were
motivated by a sincere desire to serve – the communists were only
engaging in “service” as one ploy or strategy to combat us. They were
jealous of the positive attention we were getting.

The communist doctrine did not assert that service is indispensable in
society nor was this their normal way of working. They were not doing
this as their duty to serve others, just they were doing out of
reaction. That was their primary motivation.

Not surprisingly, it was not long before all their frustrations mounted,
their desire fizzled, and ultimately their projects crumbled into dust.

Hence Baba has nothing good to say about such reactionaries – who do not
out of a sincere desire to serve, but to satisfy their selfish needs out
of sheer jealousy.

Baba says, “You will have to identify such reactionary forces in the
society, such vocal revolutionaries who claim to be
socio-economico-political reformists, but who actually befool the people
by adopting such pseudo-reformist, pseudo-humanistic strategies. You
will have to recognize them all.” (NH-LOI: Disc 9)

REACTIONARY PEOPLE: Part 2

The next obvious question is do such things – reactionary approaches –
happen within our Marga as well. Unfortunately, since 1990, there have
been many such examples.

For instance, some years ago H group ((Ranchi et al.) began protesting
against the dogma of mahaprayan, but soon their cries against this dogma
died out. It did not take long before they became totally frustrated on
this issue.

Why? Because their motivation was totally based on opposing B group and
dismantling their program – i.e. out of reaction to the Kolkata faction.
They did not like that B group had a long kiirtan program so out of
jealousy they started their own dogmatic tiirtha in Jamalpur with a ten
day kiirtan. But again, they were not motivated by any higher ideal –
i.e. not out of love for Baba or to uphold His eternal nature. Rather
their chief purpose was to push Kolkata in the mud and grab the
attention for themselves. Thus from the Ranchi side, frustrations
mounted quickly and their opposition came to a halt. The proof is that
today we do not see them rally against the dogma of mahaprayan and
their own dogmatic Jamalpur tiirtha program is a total bust.

So that is one instance of a reactionary event in AM – and, truth be
told, there are countless others. And the common theme among theme all
is extreme jealousy.

Nearly every groupist strategy and approach is reactionary – done in
opposition to another group. Never do they do out of ideological
yearning. One group expels the other, and then vice versa. This is all
done out of reaction. They do not oppose the wrongful practice of
expulsion – they just are motivated to counteract the other group. So
their cries against the unfairness of expulsion do not last long.

That is further proof that groupists are nothing but reactionaries, not
ideologiists. If their group members perform a negative action they all
keep mum, but if the other group does the same thing they raise a big
hue and cry. Such a mentality is no better than party politics; rather
it is party politics.

Baba says, “Are they not the ones resorting to mud-slinging for the sake
of party politics? Most of them are blinded by their obsession for
power, so what can they teach others?” (POD #32)

So the motivation behind every groupist is approach is crude – done out
of jealous reaction – and that is why such groupists are continually
frustrated in life. Never are they basking in His bliss, never do their
plans and programs come to fruition, always they are just in a state of
angst, trying to outdo their opposition.

Plus we see such reactionary approaches in individual life as well.

Sometimes a Dada sees another person doing long sadhana and then that
Dada vows to do sadhana for twice as long. This is nothing but reaction
& jealousy. That Dada is not guided by the high ideal to serve and love
Parama Purusa. Rather their sole motivation is to “outdo” that sadhaka
etc. For that reason, their days of doing “long sadhana” do not last
long. Quickly they get frustrated – and even when they were supposedly
sitting for long sadhana, their mind was not involved in the mantra.
Just they were looking over their shoulder to ensure they were sitting
the longest.

And there are countless such cases in individual life as well. We can
all think of many such examples.

Whether in individual life or group life, such reactionary type of
people are just “leg-pullers”, i.e. just trying to wrestle another party
to the ground out of jealousy. They have no higher motivation than that.
In cent-per-cent of these instances, frustration rises mounts quickly,
and the entire approach is derailed.

Baba says, “They are reactionaries. They suffer from a mental disease.
They are afraid to accept the new; they suffer from fear complex. They
utter high-sounding phrases, but their hearts are filled with fear
complexes.” (NH-LOI, Disc: 7)

So these reactionaries are one category of people who get easily
frustrated.

HYPOCRISY UNVEILED: Part 1

A second category of people that get easily frustrated are those who
resort to hypocrisy. But like reactionaries, these people also can be
easily identified.

The classic example is any groupist who is not currently in power. In
that case, such a person will walk around and act sweet, soft and humble
with all the margiis. They will empathize with the struggles of margii /
family life, offer encouragement in sadhana, and act with all kinds of
niceties. And they will brag about all the great things they will do for
others etc.

One might become truly convinced that this Dada really is a gem. But the
proof comes later on.

As soon as that groupist Dada comes to power, then their thirst for
power and control knows no bounds. Their years of frustration vent fully
and one can see that such this groupist is a veritable despot, crushing
all in their way. But again, due to their severe lack of divine
inspiration, their tenure will not last long and one day they are sure
to lament about their failed ways.

Whether we look at Sarvatmananda, Tiirthananda, Rudrananda, or whichever
group leader, they all fall prey to the above formula. They are tried
and true hypocrites, destined for frustration.

When in power they rule with an iron fist and when not in power they
wear the mask of hypocrisy and pretend the be saintly in order to gain
more followers and ultimately overthrow the ruling group. It is just one
duplicitous cycle.

HYPOCRISY UNVEILED: Part 2

Here again, those suffering from this sort of hypocrisy are not limited
to groupists only. Anyone who is hankering for praise or attention or
power is like that. But in our Marga, mostly these are groupists and
their tools.

Many perform sadhana, asanas, fasting, reading of Baba’s books all so
that others will revere them. But if they do not get the attention they
seek or when others are not around to watch, then such persons will be
1000% frustrated and they will give up their holy behavior.

I think we have all seen such type of behaviour.

THESE TWO GROUPS CAN’T LAST LONG

Really, there is much more to say, but at this point the subject is
quite clear and already many were aware about such things.

The main difference between these two groups is that reactionaries are
primarily those in power who are jealous of any other party gaining
momentum, whereas hypocrites are those factional teams not in power who
feign saintly behaviour to garner more followers and gain the sympathy
of others. That is the general rule.

The solution then is two-fold: To be very sincere in our own spiritual
practices, service others with honest intention of welfare, and identify
those reactionaries and hypocrites who are polluting society, both
outside and within our Marga.

Becoming a reactionary or hypocrite is a severe blow to the human
personality – so we must not let us happen to us either. Such a person
is destined for angst and frustration and in the future one will suffer
the tortures of their past actions.

We should all drastically avoid any such ways and be sincere in Sixteen
Points and always ask Baba to keep us on the path of supreme benevolence.

PERENNIAL SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

The true path of Ananda Marga is the path of revolution – boldly
pronouncing the truth in all sphere of life, not caring if praise or
censure comes our way – not motivated by jealousy or the lust for power.

Baba says, “Those who are courageous enough to speak out this truth in
clear language – those who say, “Shatter this bondage of limitation!” –
their path is called the path of revolution.” (NH-LOI, Disc: 7)

Our inspiration comes directly from Him and our sole aim is to please
Parama Purusa. With this type of approach, all kinds of great works can
get done and one will never feel tired, frustrated, or exasperated –
always one will be infused with Divine inspiration.

If anyone has a sincere motivation to (a) help others, (b) bring forth
the banner of AM ideology, and (c) please Baba, then invariably they
will face strong opposition. But frustration will never enter the lives
of such persons. Always they will be infused with a perennial source of
inspiration that comes directly from Him. They wil always drift in His
bliss.

One great example of all this is what happened during Emergency. The
communist government and all their battalions were against AM, our Marga
was imprisoned, yet so many in the Marga held strong and kept
ideological zeal and optimism despite the harsh treatment. It almost
seemed like the greater the torture, the more inspiration those
dharmikas had. No one gave up – because they had an inner urge to serve
Baba. The few who left AM had some other crude goal in mind.

We should always ensure that we are motivated by the idea of serving and
pleasing Him, with the intention of becoming one with Parama Purusa.
Then we will never fall prey to hypocritical or reactionary tendencies.

If any work is done WITHOUT that benevolent motive then such persons
will bind themselves and destroy their inner peace and tranquility.

We must not not waste our time in such nasty dealings – life is too
short. No one should fall prey to being a reactionary or hypocrite. That
is only inviting a life of exasperation and frustration – nothing more.

BABA’S BLESSING

By Baba’s grace He has given us all the tools to achieve victory – i.e.
attain Him. Parama Purusa likes it when we follow ideology and avoid
getting caught up in the mess of maya. We must think about Parama Purusa
and do what He says, i.e. those well documented tenets outlined in His
dharmashastra. That is the only way to lead a life devoid of any
frustration – working tirelessly to spread His ideals.

Baba says, ‘Sadvipras will never have any rest. They will have to
continue fighting tirelessly. This fight is the life of living beings.”
(POD, #34)

Namaskar,
Gagan

Note 1: ONE CLASSIC CASE

Being a reactionary can happen to anyone – if they are not careful. Thus
it is not limited to people outside the marga or to certain groupist
forces. Anyone who is not guided by divine inspiration and ideological
motivation is susceptible to becoming a reactionary.

Of late there has been the case of a margii formerly of Seattle, WA
(USA) and his whole entire approach was to give a knee-jerk reaction
against anybody upholding the tenets of ideology. This poor margii
suffered / suffers from extreme jealousy and inferiority complexes. He
is perpetually nervous and scared that others will take his place or
position – he always thinks that others will loot his prestige and
recognition.

Thus with white knuckles he clutches onto his plethora of organisational
posts, clings onto organisational dogmas held by the ruling regime, and
simultaneously tries to suppress anyone who raises the flag of ideology.

Unfortunately for him his life has just become one internal ball of
frustration, bound up in jealousy and dryness – nothing more. No one
should fall into this way of life. It is like living in a spiritual
desert, bereft of any connection with the Divine.

By Baba’s grace we should all hope and pray for this aforesaid margii to
be rectified soon, lest his past karma make for a bleak future. Let us
all hope for the best.

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One New Dogma

Baba says, “Ananda Marga is for one and all: I wish to disseminate dharma
among all. The dedicated sannyasis (monks) and sannyasinis (nuns) of Ananda
Marga have accepted their life of sannyasihood (renunciation) not out of
any escapist mentality, but to further the cause of human welfare. And
through their service, they seek to lead human beings along the path of
righteousness, to the abode of Supreme Bliss.” (AFPS-3, p. 30)

Note: Nowadays one dogma is getting injected that the Ananda Marga
sannyasis system is just temporary– that it was made only for the time
being. This poisonous dogma has been put forth in a book titled
“Divyacaksu”. The book itself is a collection of Baba stories told by the
late family Ac. Dasarathji. And the book was edited by householder Acarya
Pratapa’ditya. Actually 1% of the book is Dasarthji’s stories and the other
99% is the gossip of senior editor Pratapa’ditya. And it is in
Pratapa’ditya’s printed gossip in the middle of the book where he has
inserted his misguided idea that the AM sannyasis order is only temporary.
But this is entirely wrong. Because the sannyasis order is a permanent
feature of AM. Baba has given the system that sannyasis and family people
will be working together, side by side. So the AM sannyasis system is an
on-going and permanent aspect of AM society. Our Ananda Marga is a balanced
philosophy. It is unlike the dogma of Buddhism which dictates that everyone
should be sannyasis; nor is it similar to the dogma of Islam that claims
that everyone should be a family person. Rather our Marga is a balanced
approach: There are family persons and sannyasis. This is Baba’s permanent
& dharmic system. So persons like Pratapa’ditya should be made aware and
corrected and he should not get scope to taint our AM philosophy and Baba
stories by sticking his misguided ideas right there in the middle of the
book, “Divyacaksu” which is a compilation Ac Dasarathji’s stories.

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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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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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