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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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To: am-global@earthlink.net
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 05:37:28 -0800
From: “Hank Tomasson”
Subject: The All-Important Point of Ista

Baba

PS intro: This below Prabhat Samgiita, song #324, is a neo-humanistic
song given by Baba on 10 March 1983. Thereafter Baba expressed this same
theme in His RU address and DMC discourse of 28 and 29 May,
respectively. In both those discourses He has given the same type of
idea but in greater detail. However, as the DMC speech has still not
been translated into English, a portion of Baba’s RU speech is cited
below, after the purport of the song. In that RU address, Baba is
specifically telling that everything is the expression of Parama Purusa:
He is expressing Himself throughout this manifested universe. That is
the central idea of His RU discourse and Prabhat Samgiita #324 is based
on this same concept.

“Moder dhara’ ru’pe peyeche toma’r ru’per sa’je…” (PS 324)

Purport:

O’ Lord, this world has become beautiful because of Your infinite
charm. That is why I behold You everywhere in all Your creations. When I
look at any expression then I see that You are there. You are expressing
Yourself in that form. Baba, You are expressing Your grandeur in the
form of all these created entities– animate and inanimate. Baba, You
Yourself are One but Your expressions are many. You express Yourself in
innumerable shapes and forms. You are hiding within Your creation.

Baba, You are present everywhere– in all the flows. Nothing is
outside Your mental arena; everything is within the purview of Your
mind. That is why nothing is ever lost. I am in Your mind and I do
according to Your desires. This entire creation is in Your mind and I am
one part of that. I am working according to Your exact wish. Because
this entire creation is Your thought projection.

Baba, You are present in each and every thought. Whatever human
beings think is known to You since You are the Witnessing Entity of that
thought process. Baba, You are very vast: Everything is in Your mind.
Baba, You are very small: You are present in everyone’s thoughts. Baba,
You are smaller than the smallest and bigger than the biggest. Baba,
even by mistake I do not think that besides You anything else exists.
You are everything.

Baba, by Your grace I always think that You are the quintessence…

Note 1: Here is a portion of Baba’s RU address of 28 May 1983 wherein He
is expressing this same type of idea as has been expressed in the above
song.

Baba says, “Neohumanism includes within its scope not only human beings
and animate creatures, such as plants and animals, but all inanimate
entities as well, for the scope of Neohumanism extends down to the
smallest particles of sub-atomic matter… Why should the love and
affection of developed human minds be restricted to human beings only?
Why should it not include all living beings, including plant life? This
is the new explanation of humanism – neohumanism – for within
neohumanism the entire animate world is included…And that golden day
is sure to come when that perfect stage of structure, that is, unit
existence in the intra-atomic world, will be reached, when human
intuition will realize that the essence in the sub-atomic world is pure
Consciousness.” (NHNS-1)

Note 2: Materialists think that everything comes from matter while
Baba’s AM philosophy states that everything comes from Brahma. This then
is the fundamental difference between the crude world view of
materialism and our spiritual outlook. Needless to say, our spiritual
perspective changes our whole view of this universe as well as our
relation with it. Materialists think that the world is for their
self-satisfaction only whereas in AM we think that we have come to this
world to serve others since all are the expression of Parama Purusa.

== THE ALL-IMPORTANT POINT OF ISTA ==

Namaskar,
Each and every A’nanda Ma’rgii is aware that the point of Ista is one of
our Sixteen Points. Specifically it is point #10.

Baba says, “Observe non-compromising strictness and faith regarding the
sanctity of Ista.” (Pt #10 of Sixteen Points)

So everyone is aware that this point of Is’t’a is included within His
guidelines, but even then it may be exactly clear what it means.

STRAIGHT-FORWARD MEANING OF OTHER POINTS

In comparison, many of the other aspects of Sixteen Points are
comparatively much more straight forward. Such as point #1: “After
urination wash the urinary organ with water.” This point does not need a
lot of explanation to understand the meaning. No one is confused or in
doubt about the meaning of this point.

And same can be said about so many of the aspects of Sixteen Points such
as:

“Do not cut the hair of the joints of the body” (#3)
or
“Regular participation in the weekly dharmacakra at the local
jagrti should be considered mandatory” (#15).

Both of these above points are quite literal and easy to understand. It
is readily apparent as to what the meaning is and what one is to do.
Indeed most if not all of the Sixteen Points are like this.

THE POINT OF IS’T’A IS LIKE A SUTRA

However the point of Is’t’a is less defined– less specific. Naturally
one may wonder then what exactly does it mean.

To get the answer then one must treat this point #10 of Sixteen Points
like a sutra. To understand its full meaning it is necessary to take
help of Baba’s other discourses. Because the point of Is’t’a is itself
extremely dense and is not at all explanatory– not descriptive. By the
wording itself, it is not evident what it means to be strict in Ista.
In that case point #10 of Sixteen Points must be treated like a sutra
since an explanation of this point has to be found in other places of
His vast body of teachings.

ONE VERY IMPORTANT EXPLANATION OF THE ISTA POINT

Certainly there are many ways and interpretations of this point of Ista,
such as in His discourse titled ‘Ista & Adarsha’ as well as in the
‘Seven Secrets of Success’ discourse where Baba elaborate on the point
of Shraddha’– deep reverence for the Goal. These are all important
places to gain a deeper understanding about what it means to follow
point #10 of Sixteen Points: “Non-compromising strictness and faith
regarding the sanctity of Is’t’a.”

In addition here below Baba gives us deep insight as to what it means to
be established in Is’t’a.

Baba says, “When people are established in devotion, they attain a state
called is’t’a nis’t’a— devotion for one’s goal. In that stage there is
but one dominant thought: ‘Whatever I do, be it social, political or
socio-economic service, the motivating thought in my mind will be to
please Parama Purus’a’.” (AV-8, p.101)

ANSWER IS IS’T’A NIS’T’A: DOING TO PLEASE HIM

By Baba’s above teaching of Is’t’a nis’t’a, we can understand that one
is established in the point of Ista when one does each and every thing
in order to please Him. That is the key point and the defining factor.

So throughout the day all our activities and duties are to be done with
this singular aim in mind– to please Him. This is the secret of Is’t’a
nis’t’a.

Thus whether we are bathing, taking food, doing sadhana, reading
svadhyaya, raising our family, engaging in business, or organising
social service projects, everything should be done with the sole motive
of pleasing Him. We are doing these things to make Him happy. This pure
intention must be the only guiding force in our engagement. Then alone
can it be termed as Is’t’a nis’t’a.

And Is’t’a nis’t’a– doing to please Him– is what it means to be
established in Ista, according to Baba’s above teaching.

MOST DO FOR SELF-SATISFACTION

At the same time it has to be recognised that being truly established in
Is’t’a nis’t’a is not an ordinary affair.

Because in their general dealings and movements in life, people are
mostly if not always guided by their own selfish desires. That is the
overriding idea behind the bulk of their actions: selfish pleasure. Some
fall into this predicament to a greater degree than others. But it is a
fairly pervasive tendency.

For example one degraded person who visits a prostitute house is
obviously sunk in this principle of selfish pleasure. But not only him,
often people in our Marga perform social service work also with the idea
to gain some self-satisfaction, i.e. to get some lift and pump
themselves. By doing that service work they derive some ego
satisfaction. This also happens.

Here the point is not to lump anyone’s service work in the same category
as visiting a prostitution shop. Only the point is that it is not the
activity in and of itself that dictates whether one is established in
Is’t’a nis’t’a or not. What qualifies whether one is established in ista
nista is the idea or motivating factor behind one’s action. If one is
doing solely to please Him, then that is Ista nista, otherwise not.

ISTA NISTA IS OUR MEASURING ROD

By analysing the motive behind their actions, everyone can freely
determine how far they are established in the point of Ista. If one is
doing to please Him then they are marching ahead on this sacred pathway
and if one is doing for some other reason then they are not established
in Ista. Baba’s definition is very clear cut about this.

So with full sincerity we should use this measuring rod of Ista nista to
gauge our intention behind our every action or work. By this way one can
understand how far they are strict in Ista or not.

And then with renewed efforts we can again take His name and ensconce
our minds in His thought and move ahead. So we should always try to
understand what is the motivating factor in our actions and
simultaneously infuse more and more devotional feeling in our lives by
sincerely doing our prescribed practices of bhakti yoga etc.

Through this dual approach one is sure to get more established in the
point of Ista. And the key point behind it all is to sincerely evaluate
one’s own actions and not try to befool oneself. If one is honest with
themselves then they can surely progress on the path of ista nista.

SURE PATHWAY TO SUCCESS

May our each and every action begin with the sincere desire of pleasing
Him. With this pure intention in mind, success is sure. This is Baba’s
blessing on us all.

Baba says, “You too should keep moving forward, and you will also attain
victory after victory – there is no doubt about it. Therefore continue
your efforts tirelessly, do your duty and you will surely be crowned
with success.” (SS-18)

Namaskar,
Hitendra

Note: MORE ON THE POINT OF ISTA

Here Baba tells more about this all-important point of Ista.

Baba says, “There are many meanings of this word “Is´t´a.” One is the
fulfillment of the goal. In other words, by ideating on Him, all sorrows
of the mind and bad thoughts go away. That is called “Is´t´a.” Ideology
is an impersonal element. To go toward “Is´t´a,” we need only love;
whereas to follow an ideology we need courage and efforts. If we have
love for our Lord, then we do not need anything else. We cannot get
devotion by going to pilgrimages. The minimum requirement for getting
devotion is the human mind. By simply exerting little efforts, you get
development. If you desire devotion, you will get it. If you have love
for the Supreme, you will get established in your “Is´t´a”.” (23
November 1971 DMC, Purnea)

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Proper Plan of Life

Baba is revealing how ignorant, short-sighted people think and plan in
their dogmatic way.

Baba says, “Some people consider that one should start intuitional practice
in old age when a person has more leisure, after one has spent the prime of
one’s life earning money. People are afraid that they may face insecurity
and difficulties in their old age if they do not accumulate enough wealth
before their bodies weaken with age, rendering them incapable of hard work.
They regard the prime of life as the period intended for earning money, and
old age with its decreased capacity for hard work as the time to remember
God. They are labouring under the misconception that hard work is not
necessary for intuitional practice and that old age is therefore the proper
time for it.” (AMEP, ’98, p.131-32)

Now here following Baba is giving the answer.

Baba says, “Whoever is born is bound to die and one is constantly
approaching death, not knowing when it will come. It is never certain if
one will live to grow old. Yet people reserve the most important work of
practising sa’dhana’ for the time when the body has become completely
enfeebled and the fatuous mind of old age has become entangled in the
reactions of this life to such an extent that it is afraid of starting
anything new. Ordinarily it is fear of one’s approaching death that makes
one think of God in old age. One’s evil deeds begin to haunt one, and one
starts praying and imploring God to save him or her from the consequences
of one’s deeds. There is no value in remembering God in old age, when it is
not possible to concentrate the mind due to the weakness and disease of the
body and its preoccupation with the reactions (sam’ska’ras) of the deeds of
this life. The mind then is caught up in the infirmities of the body, in
the diseases of old age, impending death, and most of all, in memories of
past incidents, and it is impossible to concentrate it. For these reasons
one is incapable of intuitional practice.” (AMEP, ’98, p.132)

Note: This problem is such a common ailment that 99.9% of the people in the
present society are caught up in this whirlpool. And by this way their
whole life gets wasted. It is our duty to think again and again and reach
the conclusion about what is the best approach to utilise this priceless
human life.

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