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How To Complete WT Training

Date: 17 Jul 2007 22:56:17 -0000 From: "Subhash Dholakia" To: Subject: How To Complete WT Training Baba PS Intro. The specialty of this song is that it gives the grand idea how this world is dramatically colourful: Filled with negative and positive things. On the one side there is crudity and on the other side there is divinity. So when the mind is enmeshed in mundane problems & difficulties, one can find solace in the spiritual realm. "A'lor pare a'ndha'r a'se, a'ndha'r she's a'lo a'se..." (PS 2596) Purport: Baba, this creation of Yours is filled with shadow and light. There is goodness and badness everywhere. The darkness comes across from the effulgence, and at the end of the darkness there is again effulgence. It is all mixed. Today the peacock of the mind weeps and tomorrow it smiles and spreads its wings and dances in joy. Life is full of ups and downs. After sorrow, happiness comes. Such is the ebb and flow of this human existence. There is effulgence and there is darkness. Sweetness and poison are mixed together. Life is full of joys and sorrows. O' human beings, keep this eternal truth in mind: Life is not meant to be wasted in frustration, dejection, and hopelessness. One should utilise this human existence to realise life divine. Baba, Your liila is beautiful. This earth is surrounded by effulgence; it is engulfed in Your bliss. And it is filled with a colourful panorama of chandeliers. In this world there are so many problems and miseries but above that there is divinity also. When the human heart is tormented by the shadow of crudity, wallowing in troubles and torments, this panorama of effulgence can satiate that heart. So when problems and frustrations arise, fear not, just remember that the spiritual path is the solution. Baba, You are Liilamaya, Your liila is unfathomable...
Namaskar, All are aware that our wt system is a special and needed component of our Marga. Wholetimers provide strength and sustenance as they are ready to go anywhere and do anything for the fulfillment of the AM mission. This is Baba's design and decree. Hence, wts are an integral & essential element of the Marga. This no one can deny. And indeed as margiis we all want to be proud of the high calibre & stature of our acarya cadre. However, nowadays, we see that there are some weak links within our WT cadre. Of course there are surely some excellent acaryas who are sincerely involved in serving humanity and propagating the teachings of AM. But it is hardly a surprise to anyone to say that some workers are not up to the proper standard. Given this, it only makes sense to take a look at what is happening in our wholetimer training centres (TC). Because TC is the root source and birthplace of our acaryas and it is here that our young brothers and sisters are to get the requisite knowledge and growth to become wholetimers. Tragically though, the way in which training and examinations are carried out these days in TC, it is no wonder that things have gone astray.
Before I share all the ins and outs about how some of our young trainees are becoming wts, let me say that for 2 or 3 generations my family has been quite involved in AM we live nearby the BQ in Varanasi which is quite close to the Benares (Varanasi) wt training centre. Since I was a young margii, I have attended innumerable funcions in the area: ceremonies, akhanda kiirtans, special meetings, service projects, and so many things. So TC is not some foreign or unknown place to me; rather, through all these experiences I have developed a deep fondness for the TC and the activities going on there. That is why it is with a heavy heart that I share the following with you. But I do so knowing that by bringing this to the awareness of all, then we can once again make our TC's into ideal institutions that will spur the rise of dharma on this earth. Thank you ahead of time for reviewing this mail.
First things first: The numbers in our Marga are not very high these days. And, in particular, trainees are not easy to come by. So the trainer Dada, Ac Ragamayananda, does not want to lose anyone who enters the doors of TC. Because, after all, if anyone comes and leaves, then the first finger will point towards him as to why he could not keep that young lad in the TC-- when the ruling faction is desperate to bring more workers into their fold. So for his prestige and under groupist pressure, Ragamayananda is alert not to lose any trainees. And as you will find out below, he has some other ulterior motives as well.
Now here is the next matter. Giving up hearth and home and all the "allurements" of this world are not easy. Plus living in a strictly regimented atmosphere like TC can be quite demanding. For these reasons and many others, various young brothers who arrive at the TC do not wish to remain. Due to homesickness, attraction for the opposite sex, money, and other anxieties, at some point during their training, some young brothers get the desire to leave. This is by no means uncommon. Of course this is not the case with all, only with some of the trainees. And they are not to be faulted or blamed or vilified for this. Everyone has struggles in life and in our Marga we aim to help people overcome their difficulties so that they may become ideal human beings. Hence, we cannot outrightly blame anyone for wanting to leave TC. Just it is our duty-- and especially the duty of the Trainer Dada-- to create a spiritual atmosphere at the TC to inspire those young trainees to forge ahead in the dharma training. That is the aim and that will bring a certain momentum and force to the Marga. Unfortunately this is not what is happening. Dada Ragamayanandaji is not involved in teaching AM ideals to his trainees, just he engages his trainees in silly, useless activities like watching movies, because their minds are not goaded towards something higher. Instead one cunning and deceitful ploy is injected-- and that is how trainees are retained and new wt's are getting are getting created.
Basically if anyone is struggling to stay in the TC, either due to homesickness or sexual weakness etc, then the trainer Dada, i.e. Ragamayananda, will convey this fact to the examiner, Nigamananda. And in their backdoor communication all the special details are arranged. Because neither the trainer nor the examiner want to lose that trainee from the TC. They do not want that young trainee to leave as it reflects poorly on both the trainer and the examiner. Those two Dadas want to "pad" their numbers and show that they made many wts. This gives them certain "perks" with their bosses. Whereas if anyone departs from the training centre then it means the trainer is not doing his job properly. So for his own self-interest, the trainer Dada is careful not to let anyone escape from his fingers. So then what does he do. The trainer and examiner secretly decide ahead of time that any trainees who are "struggling" should quickly be passed. That way they both get credit for creating a wt and it looks like the TC is thriving. That is why everyone says that all the testing of the trainees is done in a very "special" way: It is all decided upon ahead of time between the examiner (Nigamananda) and the trainer (Ragamayananda). Who will pass and who will fail is known before the examination is ever taken. So it is all "fixed". Thus those under-trained sorts who are in dilemma about staying in TC-- due to homesickness or over-stimulated vrttis etc-- are quickly rushed and pushed through the "training process" and given a passing mark on their examinations. The examinations are done orally and the examiner will either ask very easy questions to that trainee or inform the trainer Dada ahead of time what they will ask that particular trainee. And in that way, that struggling, sub-par trainee is given a passing mark and in the next moment that confused soul is walking out the door donning our saffron garb as a WT of Ananda Marga. This is the common trend these days. And it creates mayhem in the society; it is a totally unfair to that new wt; and it reflects poorly on our entire Marga. Because we all know what is going to happen. But, believe it or not, this is how to complete WT training in this present era. And it is all the fault of those in charge, not those young souls who valiantly enter out TC's looking to do something good in this world.
On the other end of things, those trainees who are stable and doing a "good job" at the Benares Training Centre are retained. They are purposely not given a passing mark on their examinations-- or they never even get to stand for their examinations. Because keeping those more balanced trainees in the TC suits the needs of the trainer Dada. For example, if one trainee has been designated as the trainer Dada's cook and if Ragamayananda's taste buds are satisfied with the savory flavour's of that trainee's cooking, then there is no way that trainee is going to pass or get the opportunity to take the examination. Forget about that. Rather he will remain as a trainee-- even if he has the requisite knowledge and desire to be a wt. Same thing will apply to any trainee who is good at going to the market and arranging the purchases for the Benares training center. In that case also-- irrespective of his qualification-- he will not be passed and made a wt. Because that trainee has a particular ability that is useful to the trainer Dada and there is little or no risk that the trainee is going to run away. Because that young trainee has a strong desire to become an acarya. So he will not be deterred-- even if his trainer keeps him at the TC for years on end. Such arrangements makes Ragamayananda's life infinitely easier. So in his selfishness he keeps those trainees at the TC, in his pocket.
By now, we are all getting a clear-cut picture about what is happening. Some unfocused and ill-prepared trainees are quickly pushed into uniform for fear that they will leave the TC. And those bonafide trainees who are capable of living up to the high ideals of the saffron cloth are often retained at the TC-- to satisfy the needs and desires of the trainer Dada. This is the screwy way things are working. Of course there is the exception here and there. But the common fashion these days is based on the described modus operendi. This is the tragedy going on.
Finally there is one other 'X' factor in all of this. Training Centre does not exist in a vacuum. It too is subject to the greater ocean of groupism that is driving things nowadays in AMPS. So the 'X' factor is this: Ragamayananda (ie the trainer Dada) is Oriya and he desperately wants to get more and more followers. So even though for his political gain, Ragamayananda is quite loyal to Rudrananda, he has a soft corner for Oriya candidates. And he wants to have more and more supporters. So if any trainee comes from Orissa, then they are quickly put through the TC "process" and given the green flag to become wt. In contrast, those trainees coming from Bihar might sit in training centre for years, and years, and years. And still they are sitting...
So from A to Z, the whole examination process of our trainees is hinging on the whims of Ragamayananda. Who will pass and who will fail-- it is all in his stained hands. It is all pre-decided by what suits trainer Dada's self-interest. Certainly, none can say that out of ideological zeal Ragamayananda is earnest about getting trainees into the field. Rather it is well known that he spends all his time at the local primary school in order to make money and then passes his evening playing computer games and doing crossword puzzles. Indeed even though he is the trainer Dada he spends hardly an ounce of time training the Wts about the ways and teachings of Ananda Marga. So due to his own ideological neglect, that sets the stage for young trainees desiring to leave. Because their minds are not sufficiently goaded towards Ista and Adarsha. Without that channelisation process going on, naturally they will fall into the depths of desire and decay. In that way, we can clearly state that the beginning and ending of this problem at TC lands squarely on the shoulders of Ragamayananda. And this is not coming from someone who is a fan of the Kolkata group. I remember what hell they caused and how they ruined BP rights, the ACB system, Baba's scripture etc. All these things they tainted and distorted. So my issue with the situation of TC is purely motivated by the desire to build a clean and healthy Ananda Marga that is run on the dictates of AM ideology. Just like things were before 1990 when our Marga was a true force on this earth. But instead, due to Ragamayananda's whims and tendencies, our Wt structure is under serious threat. It is weak and in a perpetual state of disease. Some good wts are there, but the system is inherently flawed when TC is malfunctioning in this way.
Just within the last 24 hrs or so, huge headlines are streaming around the globe about how the Los Angeles diocese of the Catholic church has to pay a record 660 million in damges due to the sexual misconduct of their clergy. This is a very real outcome and the courts and the public are no longer tolerating this nonsense. Please excuse me, but we run the risk of falling into a similar debacle by sending untrained and weak brahamcaris out into the field. In TC they are somewhat sheltered and protected, but once out of TC the whole world is at their finger tips, including innocent young boys and swinging females. And in their shaky state of mind, those new workers are prone to fall. Due to not getting proper training and because already there is a well known tendency and acceptance of sexual misconduct amidst our WT cadre. This is not a secret to anyone. So when our some trainees are not getting pointed towards Baba in TC and when some of their senior Dadas in the AMPS are rampantly involved in lustful affairs, then where is the stopping point. What is going to keep us from joining those Catholics in their self-proclaimed hell and paying out every penny from our AM bank accounts.
Here Baba guides us about what should be the standard of our workers. Baba says, "Those who have the responsibility to show the path to others should be of superlative character with the most refined conduct. They and their followers must move constantly towards all-round development and shreya [ultimate spiritual attainment]. Persons who teach such well-regulated behaviour to others by their own conduct are called a'ca'ryas." ('Conduct of Acarya') So becoming an acarya is a great endeavour bound by a high ideal. That is the essence of what Baba is telling us in the about guideline. And here below Baba guides us that our workers are to pull the society onto the path of goodness by eradicating all that is evil and gross. Baba says, "It is the duty of an a'ca'rya to develop this great collective force of society by awakening the masses to unite and destroy the evil, demonic forces existing in society. The struggle between good and evil forces goes on. Sound an urgent clarion call in this battlefield of life. A'ca'ryas must give such inspiration to the people." (AV-31) So becoming a wt is something very great And a few are reaching this high plateau. But when our very own TC is just passing trainees on the whims and selfishness of the trainer Dada, then how can our cadre reach Baba's standard. The answer is simple: It cannot. Because the very mechanism we have for creating wts has become skewed & fundamentally flawed.
My heart aches to say this and no one will be happier than I when the situation is bettered. I love our Marg and I love our wts, but this present scenario at the TC is too much and keeping mum is not the way. Awareness and action are needed. And I know there are many in AM who are ready to get our house cleaned and bring forth Baba's man-making mission-- turning all into moralists and strong sadhakas. Baba says, "Remember, Ananda Marga is a man-making mission. Both quantity and quality are important. Everyone should be free to join Ananda Marga...but only those established in Yama and Niyama may be given any position to work in society." (AV-31) Thus it is totally inappropriate, inexcusable, and against Baba's mandate to manipulate TC examinations and overlook the quality of those our wts. It is unfair to the trainees, it is unjust to the society; it is against Guru; and it is a veritable sin. By doing so we are inviting serious problems.
By Baba's causeless grace we will overcome our present difficulties and reach the apex of life-- propagating His teachings to all, and realising His mission. Baba says, "Humans' future is always bright. Never is it clouded with darkness. Because human beings' guide is the most radiant and most brilliant Entity in the universe, and the final goal of their life's journey." (DKG) Namaskar, Subhash
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2007 23:58:37 -0600 Subject: Baba * Training Centre is Also Responsible (Vidyasagar) > And all the while our dedicated WT trainees are just left on their own at > the TC. Indeed the whole day passes and up till dinner time not a single > class is taught to our trainees Why? Because the trainer Dada is not even > with them. > Instead Ragamayananda is over at the primary school passing his days with > the small kids. Of course one may think that Dadaji is therefore fully > dedicated to working with those 5 year olds. > > But anyone who has been on location at the school knows full well that > Ragamayanandaji spends a huge part of his day listening to radio broadcasts > of sporting events. That means he keeps a small radio by his ear almost all > day long-- especially if a Cricket match is going on. On this point Dadaji > is very active. Because when walking to and from the TC to the primary > school he is listening to those sports events; plus when he is in the > classroom with those small kids, then also he is totally absorbed in > listening to his cricket broadcast. > This is not a hidden fact but rather a regular everyday occurrence. > > And all the while our assertive, young trainees who have come to TC in > order to dedicate themselves to AM, they just pass their days hoping and > praying that they will soon get the teaching to become true acaryas. But > that just does not happen,... > And on so many of those > occasions, the trainee innocently told me that he saw Dada playing war > games on the computer. That means, that when Ragamayanandji is intently > gazing at his computer screen he is navigating his 'man' through a field of > land mines and hoping not to get blown up. So this is just one type of > computer game that any kid would play. Yet this is what our trainer Dada > spends hours of his free time doing: Playing video games on the computer. > > And the tragedy is that that TC is fully of youths who are yearning to get > Baba's teachings. For that reason they came to TC, yet all the while their > trainer is casting his eyes in other directions
*************************************************** Sadhana Point
Baba says, "If people practice dhyana without having love for the Supreme, they won't be able to get anything. But, if there is an iota of love, if there is a wee bit of love, they gain everything." (Patna, 31st August, 1978)

"Bengal Is My Land..."

Date: Wed, 04 July 2007 21:26:11 -0000 To: From: Chatterjee_K Subject: "Bengal Is My Land..." Baba PS Intro: This following song preaches the idea that in our social and collective life our journey starts from the various samaj movements and culminates in universalism. That is Baba's teaching. But those whose sadhana is low cannot understand this divine idea. That is why they treat the samaj system as something communal and narrow etc. There is a lot of confusion about this around the globe. For example, we see that there are many communal parties and groups who do and die for their own community- but they are devoid of universality. That is why in result they do enormous harm by breaking society into pieces. When in fact the real spirit and beauty of Baba's samaj system is its inherent universal calling. And that very idea is sweetly expressed in this below Prabhat Samgiita. "Bam'la' a'ma'r desh, ba'm'la'ke bha'loba'si..." (PS 3715) Purport: O' how, Bengal is my land-- my country; I love Bengal. Bengal is my hearth and home; my heart resides in the bosom of Bengal. My body, mind, and soul are completely connected with the earth of Bengal. I cry for the sorrows of Bengal, and I laugh and smile in the happiness of Bengal. When I look around and see the problems and suffering in this great land of Bengal then I am deeply pained and shed many a tear; and when I see the joys and merriment within the boundaries of my Bengal then I am completely pleased and jubilant. O' how I love Bengal. All brothers and sisters of Bengal are my playmates-- my kith and kin. They are all my close family members. We have all grown up together. Every day we go on pouring the love and nectar of our heart for Bengal. We serve and care for all Bengalis and work for their upliftment. We are ready to do and die for our Bengal and its people-- our brothers and sisters. By the smiling hundred petal lotus of the dawn, and by the flowers, fruits, and water of Bengal, and with the compassion and love for one another, the fog and hopelessness which has loomed for ages has been destroyed. All that sadness and depression has been removed-- wiped away. And not good days are reigning in our beloved Bengal. O' Lord, let all the hopes and inspiration of Bengalis and the sweet language of Bengalis be established in the grandeur and magnitude of unified universalism. May the expression of Bengal complement the well-being and upliftment of one and all-- the entire humanity. O' Parama Purusa, may the boys and girls of Bengal be ever-victorious and may the intellect and intuition of Bengalis be successful: May they become one with that vast, divine, Cosmic ideation, O' my Lord...
== "BENGAL IS MY LAND..." ==
Namaskar, We all know in our minds and hearts that Baba has graciously come for the upliftment and liberation of one and all. His each and every thought, word, and deed is aimed towards universal well-being. This eternal truth all A'nanda Ma'rgiis hold dear in their heart. Naturally then all His Prabhat Samgiita compositions move in that same universal approach: Encompassing the spirit of neo-humanism, showering equal love and affection on one and all, and not favouring any particular people or land etc. This entire discussion takes a look at how Baba's above Prabhat Samgiita-- the samaj song "Bam'la' a'ma'r desh... / Bengal is my land..."-- neatly fits in with His perfectly universalistic method. In this open exchange, everyone is encouraged and welcomed to write in with their insights and understanding-- thereby helping all arrive at the proper conclusion.
Since Baba has come for the development and growth of the entire humanity, His chief aim is that all should progress and none should lag behind. Toward this end, one of the great campaigns which Baba has dharmically launched is His samaj system. About this we are well aware. Specifically it is through this samaj system that Baba encourages everyone to rise up and do great things. This is His way of reminding one and all of their inherent qualities immense potential. And as this globe is currently composed of 241 samajas, or regional socio-economic communities, Baba looks upon them all equally and they are all designed to work in a self-supportive and cohesive fashion. Here are some reminders about the principles of Baba's samaj program. Baba says, "The socio-economic movements advocated by PROUT are founded on the ideological base of Neo-humanism." (Prout-13, p.23) So the entire Proutistic movement of the various socio-economic units-- or samajas-- is grounded in the universal feeling of cosmic fraternity. And in His next guideline Baba guides us how the samaj system works for a unified humanity. Baba says, "Those sentiments which are conducive to human unity should be encouraged, rejecting the sentiments which create a rift in human society. This is the approach adopted by PROUT's socio-economic groups." (Prout, p. 21) By His above guideline it is evident that Baba's samaj system is for the whole humanity to move together. Baba furthermore emphasizes that our samaj system must be based on the slogan:
"Universal in spirit but regional in approach" (PNS-13, p.24)
By this way each locale has the capacity to function independently yet be simultaneously linked with that common goal. And here Baba outlines the outcome of His entire samaj program. Baba says, "Human beings will become elevated mentally and spiritually and will consequently be able to render greater and greater service to their own community and to the society at large." (AV-8, p.63)
Consistent with all of this is that the samaj movement is aimed to eliminate any feelings of inferiority. Because exploiters always try to infuse an inferiority complex on their prey-- this is their heinous tactic. And one of the first devices they use to bring down a people is to impose the feeling their mother tongue is lowly etc. And by this way step by step those exploiters attempt to smother an entire community. So Baba's samaj system eliminates this problem by encouraging every samaj to advance and be aware about their inherent talents-- including the speciality of their own language etc. With the result being that there is no question of suffering from any inferiority complex. In that case they will not get exploited and that samaj-- that socio-economic community-- will be inspired to stand up and build a unified humanity. This is the speciality of Baba's samaj system. Keeping all this in mind let us take a look at that wonderful time when Baba first gave the above written Prabhat Samgiita, song # 3715.
On that glorious occasion of 1st September 1986, one special meeting and function was going on in Kolkata at "Madhu Korak", Baba was graciously sitting in front of A'mara' Bengali Margiis-- similar to how He would sit with members of the all the various samajas. So that day Baba was encouraging and inspiring those Bengali Margiis that they have a great history and a bright future, and that they are not a lowly people etc. Rather they have so many wonderful talents and a rich tradition etc. In this supportive way Baba was guiding them and infusing them with the momentum to move ahead. As part of that process, on that very day, Baba first gave the above Prabhat Samgiita-- "Bam'la' a'ma'r desh... / Bengal is my land...". This is song #3715 and it falls in the category of being one of His samaj songs. Certainly then this was a very beautiful scene and everyone present-- i.e. those A'mara' Bengali margiis-- felt completely inspired and ready to move ahead.
At the same time, Baba also gave the special directive that this song was not only for A'mara' Bengali margiis. It was not for them exclusively. Rather the song was universal in application. And then and there Baba issued the precise order that all the samajas can practice this song by instituting the name of their own samaj and taking out the reference to the Bengali samaj. This was Baba's specific mandate that day. And indeed He has repeated this on any number of other occasions including in RDS etc. And when He would visit other samajas they would sing this song in their own way-- in the name of their own samaj, as that was Baba's directive. So in Bhojpur area, the Bhojpuri samaj members can sing the exact same song by taking out the term "Bengal" and putting in the term "Bhojpuri". And around the globe this same thing was ordered to be done per Baba's direction according to each and every samaj. And appended below near the bottom of this email is how the purport of Prabhat Samgiita #3715 would be written for the Maharlika samaj. And in that same manner it works for all the samajas. Because other than the word--"Bengal"-- all the words in the song are universal in meaning and appeal. So by simply switching out the Bengal term-- as Baba told to do-- then the song works equally well in any area. And this is Baba's divine directive: That all should sing this song according to their samaj. Just the song was originally given with the Bengal term for the simple reason that on that day Baba was in Kolkata and meeting with A'mara' Benga'lii samaj members. But all will also recall that Baba's instruction was for all the samajas to use this song for their specific samaj-- thereby by making that Prabhat Samgiita universal in appeal and application. This was discussed multiple times at RDS etc.
Unfortunately, even though Baba has given the clear-cut directive for each samaj to adapt the samaj song "Bam'la' a'ma'r desh... / Bengal is my land..." according to their own area by switching out the Bengal term, still a few tried to take it all in their own direction. So even though the song is actually universal in meaning and application, various members of the A'mara' Bengali samaj-- in their misguided way of thinking-- began spreading the false idea that Baba holds a higher opinion of the Bengali samaj. This was the crooked assessment by some of our Bengali leaders. And by this way a few of our select Bengalis convinced themselves that they are superior and side by side they also imposed an inferiority complex upon other samajas. This all happened because a few Bengali opportunists "railroaded"-- i.e. twisted-- the meaning of Prabhat Samgiita #3715 in their own selfish direction. This negative thing happened to some or more degree in certain areas. When in fact the real directive given by Baba is that the song is universal in appeal and in application and that all samajas can sing the song using the name of their own samaj. That way all samajas can get inspiration from this song and none should think that one samaj is better than another. It is not like that. Rather all should rise up in a mutually beneficial and complementary manner. This is the unique and universal spirit of Baba's samaj system. And Baba's song #3715 is wholly consistent with this.
From the outset it was the job of the publishers to include a note about this Prabhat Samgiita stating that this samaj song is to be sung in various ways-- according to one's own samaj. The publisher's job was to write a note stating that this was Baba's explicit direction. But for reasons best known to them, those publishers failed to do so. For this reason even today some balanced margiis may get confused by seeing the song. Because without any such note stating how the song should be universally sung, those innocent margiis may wrongly think that this is some type of communal song. When in reality this Prabhat Samgiita is completely neo-humanistic-- just like all His divine compositions. And of course such a note clarifying the proper use of the song will also keep certain Bengalis from manipulating the song for their own agenda. Thus any future publication of Baba's divine Prabhat Samgiita books should include His special reference about samaj songs: That they are for all to sing according to one's own samaj etc.
Also by seeing the song, it is evident that the deep beauty of this Prabhat Samgiita-- song #3715-- is that the culmination of the song glorifies the universal nature of humanity. It works in such a way that any samaj singing this song will understand that their samaj is part and parcel of that unified humanity-- not higher and not lower. And that their own samaj is destined to contribute to the well-being of the entire human family. The whole third stanza of the song moves in this way. That is the inherently universal characteristic of this Prabhat Samgiita. So all should remember that this song--"Bam'la' a'ma'r desh... / Bengal is my land..."-- is to be sung using the name of their own samaj. And one also has the option to use the name of any other samaj if they wish-- in the spirit of Cosmic Brotherhood. And then it will give deep inspiration to that local samaj and simultaneously remind them that their samaj and every samaj is part and parcel of the greater, universal humanity.
By Baba's divine grace His samaj songs and His samaj system enables and encourages the growth of the entire humanity. Baba says, "Encourage everyone to build their career in a nice way. Let none get the scope to think that their life has become useless." (A'nanda Va'nii #19) Namaskar, Kalicharan
Per Baba's divine direction, all samajas should sing this song-- Prabhat Samgiita #3715-- in their locale. As an example then, here is how the song would be sung in the great land of Maharlika. And indeed, similarly, the same should be done in all the samajas of this globe-- they should all adapt the song to their area.
"Maharlika' a'ma'r desh, Maharlika bha'loba'si..." (PS 3715)
O' how, Maharlika is my my land-- my country; I love Maharlika. Maharlika is my hearth and home; my heart resides in the bosom of Marharlika. My body, mind, and soul are completely connected with the earth of Maharlika. I cry for the sorrows of Maharlika, and I laugh and smile in the happiness of Maharlika. When I look around and see the problems and suffering in this great land of Maharlika then I am deeply pained and shed many a tear; and when I see the joys and merriment within the boundaries of my Maharlika then I am completely pleased and jubilant. O' how I love Maharlika. All brothers and sisters of Maharlika are my playmates-- my kith and kin. They are all my close family members. We have all grown up together. Every day we go on pouring the love and nectar of our heart for Bengal. We serve and care for all Maharlikans and work for their upliftment. We are ready to do and die for our Bengal and its people-- our brothers and sisters. By the smiling hundred petal lotus of the dawn, and by the flowers, fruits, and water of Bengal, and with the compassion and love for one another, the fog and hopelessness which has loomed for ages has been destroyed. All that sadness and depression has been removed-- wiped away. And not good days are reigning in our beloved Maharlika. O' Lord, let all the hopes and inspiration of Maharlikans and the sweet language of Maharlikans be established in the grandeur and magnitude of unified universalism. May the expression of Maharlika complement the well-being and upliftment of one and all-- the entire humanity. O' Parama Purusa, may the boys and girls of Bengal be ever-victorious and may the intellect and intuition of Maharlikans be successful: May they become one with that vast, divine, Cosmic ideation, O' my Lord...
Here below Baba exposes the negative tactics and strategies of those groups who harm the society by promoting their own selfish and narrow-minded agenda. Baba says, "Self-seeking people do not want the collective intellect of the entire human race to be utilised for the welfare of the entire human race; rather they want to perpetuate divisive tendencies in the society in the name of humanity. Because if they succeed in creating a rift in human society, that will pave the way for their personal benefit or self-aggrandisement. Thus they concoct various so-called scriptures, they formulate all kinds of logic. They maintain to the human race that all the races in this world are not equal. Thus instead of considering the interest of the entire human society, they give preference to the interest of a particular community. This loud propaganda in favour of a particular community, this parading of irrational logic, this sort of fallacious argument, all combine to stifle the spontaneous growth of human intellect. This sort of mentality is called dogma." (AFPS-4, p. 61) So anyone proclaiming that Prabhat Samgiita 3715 is only for our Bengali samaj or that our Bengali samaj is better than other samajas, such misguided people are the same types that Baba is condemning in His above teaching.
Here is Baba's universal teaching which professes the upliftment and unity of all. And all His samaj guidelines work in this same pattern. Baba says, "All the beings of this universe are the kith and kin of one another. No one is despicable. All are equally respectable and entitled to equal love and affection. No problem is to be ignored as an individual or group affair. Every problem is to be considered as the collective problem of universal humanity and is to be resolved collectively and resolved it must be." "Let it be the vocal panorama of the newer world of today -- the continuous musical notes behind the movement of neo-humanism." (A'nanda Va'nii #58)
****************************************** Method to Make Ideal Human Beings
Baba says, "Some people may ask: Why does A'nanda Ma'rga run many kindergarten schools and not many high schools, degree colleges and universities? A kindergarten school is something basic and the mission of making human beings is accomplished here. If one has already become a thief or a criminal, in that case university education for such a person is of no avail. One is to be moulded in one's childhood. If one receives the fundamentals of education in the formative period of one's life, one will keep oneself alright in the teeth of the greatest trials and tribulations in life. A bamboo, when green, can be shaped or bent in any way you like. Once it ripens, any attempt to reshape it will break it. This is why more stress is to be laid on kindergarten schools. Such schools are the first phase of making human beings." (PNS-18 p.37)

Re: AM Politics: Self-Interest is Uppermost

Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2007 20:47:13 -0000 To: AM-GLOBAL From: J.Young Subject: Re: AM Politics: Self-Interest is Uppermost
Namaskar, Here is some follow up to yesterday's letter about how in the post 1990 era AM politics is dominated by self-interest. To reiterate, all the groups are fueled by their own selfish desire. None should think that any one group is to be followed or favoured; rather, AM ideology is to be followed. That is the only way to achieve unity. And that was the overarching message of yesterday's letter. By reading it anyone can understand. Side by side here are three more points that substantiate the ideas expressed in that letter.
Once again, our creed is universalism, not groupism. It is not a question of following Vimalananda's Ranchi faction or Tiirthananda's EC faction. No group has the solution since they are dominated by self-interest. The solution lies in Baba's expansive view of neo-humanism. At the same time, if we were to compare Vimalananda's stance with Tiirthananda's position, then it is quite clear which one is comparatively better. Although both outlooks are groupist in nature and therefore defective, Vimalananda's standpoint is comparatively better because more people come under the umbrella of his self-interest. Vimalananda is concerned with numerous peoples in various sectors whereas Tiirthananda's view is limited to a handful in NY and a couple others-- that's all. And Baba's clear-cut guideline is: The sentiment representing more people is comparatively better. Baba says, "Let us consider, for example, the case of a Portuguese nationalist. The mental object of a Muslim communalist is certainly larger than that of a Portuguese nationalist, because the former desires the welfare of a greater number of people than the latter. This is because the number of Muslims in the world is greater than the number of Portuguese. Judged from this perspective, I cannot denounce the sentiments of a Muslim communalist in comparison to a Portuguese nationalist. Similarly, it has to be accepted that the sentiments of a Rajput casteist are broader than those of a Portuguese nationalist, because the former desires the welfare of more people than the latter. Likewise, the feelings of an Andhrite provincialist will have to be considered broader than those of a Portuguese nationalist. If one supports provincialism with seventy-five million Bengalees, it must be accepted that these feelings are more expanded than the nationalism of most of the nations of the world. The population of most of the nations of the world is less than the population of Bengal." (POD #18) So Baba's point is quite straightforward. The more people that come within one's selfish sentiment, the greater is one's mental outlook. That is why Vimalananda's approach is better than Tiirthananda's, in a relative sense. This much understanding about the nature of sentiments every Ananda Margii should have. And of course when it comes to our practical approach, then all such sentiments are to be discarded as they are inherently defective and only AM ideology is to be followed. Because only the dharma of AM can bring welfare to all.
The second point is the sheer irony of what is going on now in NY sector. In this regard, Baba draws a perfect analogy to the dire tragedy that occurred in Bengal in the first half of the 20th century. Baba says, "Those same Bengalees who had once fought with all their might to unify Bengal presented a petition to the British in 1947 to once again divide Bengal in two. When the two Bengals were united in 1912 the Bengalees thought that they had won the fight. And when Bengal was again divided in two in 1947, again the Bengalees thought they had won the fight. What a tragedy of history! (SC-1, disc 6) So up till 1912, the Bengalis wholeheartedly fought to make a united Bengal and by their determined efforts they achieved victory on this point. And they celebrated accordingly-- having achieved unity. Then just a few short decades later those same Bengali people engaged in a campaign to divide Bengal. And ultimately it was divided and again they rejoiced thinking they got victory. Such is the irony of the history of Bengal. Oddly enough, that same imbalanced and ironic episode is going on now in NY sector. In the 1970's or so, the ACB margiis of NY initially joined the universal mission of AM with a strong desire to make AMPS the perfect medium of those ideals. And to keep a united Marga those very ACB margiis helped fight the Communists, Indhira Gandhi, and the CBI-- all done to keep AMPS united. And they celebrated that victory. Yet now, just a few short decades later, these very same NY ACB margiis are cracking AMPS into pieces with their very own hands by breaking away from the main structure. Yet in this process of division they are also feeling glorified and victorious, just like the Bengalis felt in 1947. So see the irony of it all. In both circumstances the said parties fought hard to bring forth and maintain unity and then later on due to their own self-interest they fought hard to bring division. That is why Baba openly proclaims such events like that of Bengal and NY Sector as being ironic and "a tragedy".
The third and final point of today's addendum is this: There can be absolutely no sympathy for those who break away from AMPS as they are going fundamentally against AM ideals. And that is what Tiirthananda's EC crew is doing: Dividing the organisation by changing the NY sector by-laws etc. In that case, in the face of undermining the principles of AM by breaking away, all EC's philosophical talks are utterly useless. What is the need to listen to their lengthy lectures on AM when they have blatantly undermined Baba's teachings by splitting the organisation. If the EC faction did not choose to break away then their various proposals about the development of AMPS could be discussed and considered. That would have been fine and welcome. But when the EC heads deliberately and forcefully opted to make a split from AMPS, then what is the need to consider their grandiose philosophical proposals. Because their whole idea of splitting the organisation is totally defective and destructive-- and against our ideological principles. Baba says, "One human society is divided into different nations, and one nation is divided into different religions; religions also have different castes, and castes also have different sub-castes -- what kind of situation is this? We have only learned how to divide and subdivide humanity, and we never learned how to unite the people. This is all due to the defective teachings of dogmas...Dogmas are psycho-physical diseases." (PNS-9, p.46)
By Baba's grace our Marga will surmount the present crisis. Because AM ideology does not tolerate groupism of any kind. Rather our Marga is based on neo-humanism and universalism. So those various factional leaders from all the camps will be exposed and groupism on the whole will be rid from AMPS. By that way our AM ideology will be established and we can usher in that golden era by His grace. Baba says, "So the important thing is that all are the progeny of the Supreme Progenitor. According to this, there will be unity in the physical stratum, and so will there be in the psychic and spiritual strata. But to strengthen this unity yet more, there is one more factor which should be there, and is there - that factor being the common goal for all the children of the Supreme Father - the merger of all in Him. All have come from Him and are in Him; therefore, all people will have to live together." (Disc on MHB: 'Planning for the Mahavishva') Namaskar, Jagatmitra

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