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One of the Great Characters of the Mahavishva

Subject: One of the Great Characters of the Mahavishva Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 23:55:28 From: "Gaurishankar Agrawal" To: AM-GLOBAL Baba "Pra'n' tumi dhele diyechile..." (P.S. #2344) Purport: Baba, You have showered Your grace in each and every nook and corner of this earth. Each and every particle of this universe has received Your grace. Nowhere remained untouched. Baba, You have showered Your grace. You have spread Your love with those divine songs of Prabhat Samgiita. By its music, melody, and resonance. Baba, with Your divine love, You intoxicated all divinely and swayed everyone's heart. And You filled and inundated everyone's heart with divine ideation. By Your grace, the devotional feeling got language to express its heartfelt love to Parama Purusa, and hopelessness disappeared. Everyone's heart is now dancing in the tune and melody. O', the Controller of everything. With Your longing, with Your ideation, my whole existence is vibrated. No one is unfortunate, no one is lowly and meagre. Everyone is floating in Your mind. By Your grace, everyone is surviving. Baba, You showered Your grace on all. Everyone is charged with divine love...
Namaskar, In the wake of the recent Mahaprayan (death) of Shrii Pranay Kumar Chatterjee, the first General Secretary of Ananda Marga, we can see that through this unit life Baba has put forth an important lesson for each and every sadhaka of the Marga. Namely, that above all else, one must never fall prey to the vanity of their petty, little ego; rather one is to always surrender to Parama Purusa. As we examine the life of PK Chatterjee, it becomes quite clear that this is one of the central teachings Baba has given.
We know that in the past, Lord Krsna employed various characters, who had elements of greatness but certain distinct flaws as well, in order to impart important lessons to the society. Baba says, "All the characters of the Maha'bha'rata were conceived of for the purpose of educating the masses. The events and the setting were all nicely planned out, just as a dramatist selects some special character and events that suit his purpose." (Disc MHB, Chap 10) Thus in the age of the Mahabharata, Lord Krsna created characters to put forth specific teachings: (a) Dronacarya- to show the society about the tragedies which transpire when a teacher shows partiality towards particular students; and (b) Bheesma & Karna- to show the society what befalls a man if he follows simple morality instead of spiritual morality. So despite other qualities of greatness which they might have had, all three of these characters-- Dronacarya, Bheesma, & Karna-- also had a specific weakness or defect. And Lord Krsna wanted to teach the society not to fall prey to such weaknesses. That was one of the most significant aspects of the Mahabharat: To teach the society through practical, living examples. Similarly, in this present era, Baba has employed a similar approach in the creation of the Mahavishva. Baba has utilised certain characters-- such as PK Chatterjee-- in order to teach the society through a practical example.
Just as Dronacarya, Bheesma, and Karna, will forever be remembered for their skills, talents, and valour etc, there is no question that Pranay Kumar Chatterjee will go down in history as a unique hero. Pranayji was blessed by Baba as being one of the very early members of the Marga. He first came in contact with Baba in 1947-48 at the Jamalpur Railway office and at the age of 22 was initiated by Baba Himself on 8 August 1949. But that is not all. By various accounts, PK Chatterjee was the first Purodha of AM, the first member of AMPS, the first General Secretary of the organisation, as well as so many other "firsts". Plus he worked tirelessly in spreading the ideals of AM. Indeed, he worked quite closely with Baba in those early days. This can never be denied. Thus when the earth was sleeping and unaware that Mahasambhuti has come, PK Chatterjee was one of the first to dedicate his energy towards working for the Lord's mission. Plus he received so many different sadhanas directly from Baba. This is the immense grace Baba has bestowed upon him.
Unfortunately, despite receiving innumerable and unique opportunities, PK Chatterjee's ego was too much. Over time, began to disagree with Baba on various points. Since PK Chatterjee was a so-called brahmin and since he knew Baba before He was publicly viewed as a Guru, PK Chatterjee did not like to sit on he floor while Baba Himself sat on His seat. PK Chatterjee could not adjust his mind with this idea of paying proper reverence to Baba as a Guru. Plus he opposed Baba on various directives and policy matters as well. For example, he disagreed with Baba about the start of the Ananda Nagar project; he had his own opinion about the meaning of renunciation and avadhutas; and on various other points he began to differ with Baba. Thus it was that due to his own unit ego PK Chatterjee could not surrender Himself to the sweet will of Parama Purusa. And while he was still a young man, he walked away from AM & Baba. Baba says, "All human egos, all egoistic expressions, are based on the vanity moving around the self, moving around the 'I' feeling, the first expression of existence. 'I am' is the base, is the fundament, of all egos and all vanities. You know, when a man learns much or earns much, his ego, his vanity, gets puffed up. The man gets puffed up with vanity, and under such circumstances he becomes so conscious of his little existence that it becomes very difficult for him to surrender before the Supreme." (AV-14, 'Yoga – Its Fundamental Factors') In His above guideline, Baba adamantly warns us how vanity can be the cause of one's downfall such that he is not even able to surrender to Parama Purusa. And this is exactly what happened with the character of PK Chatterjee. Due to his extreme vanity, Chatterjee could not surrender to Parama Purusa and instead left the Marga entirely and went away from Baba.
So this it the great teaching that Baba is giving us through the example of PK Chatterjee. Namely that in AM Tantra, the Guru-disciple relationship is everything and the foundation of that relation is one of surrender-- following His teachings and abiding Guru's wish. And one must not let their petty ego interfere in this relation. Yet this PK Chatterjee could not do. So despite receiving so many sadhanas, spiritual guidelines, and despite having the highest post in AM, even then PK Chatterjee could not last in the Marga. Because in Tantra, surrender to Guru is everything. Yet because of his vanity, PK Chatterjee could not do this. And if nothing else, that is what we all are to learn from this character known as PK Chatterjee. That above all else-- no matter what may happen in this life-- we are to always surrender to Guru and not let our own petty ego get in the way. Because that is the cornerstone of Tantra: Surrendering to the Guru Baba says, "In Tantra emphasis is placed...on the need for disciples to make a total surrender to the preceptor in the early stages of the Tantric path." (AMIWL-9, 'Tantra & Sadhana')
Here is one further important point to remember in all of this. Even though we are all characters in His divine drama, none can lay claim that Parama Purusa is responsible for our defects and shortcomings. None can say that Baba placed an extra degree of vanity in PK Chatterjee's mind and therefore he could not surrender. This cannot be said. Because Parama Purusa has lovingly granted free will to all human beings and He benevolently goads all unto the path of beatitude. However, due to penchants and proclivities and samskaras, human beings may fall away from the path. Of course, He always tries to teach and rectify them and indeed Baba tried innumerable times to bring Shrii Chatterjee back onto the path of AM. But PK Chatterjee could not pay heed to Baba's call due to his own feelings of vanity. So, in the end, all that can be said is that, PK Chatterjee was guided by his own samskara-- his own ego-- and Baba utlised that example to teach the society not to do like this. And that in itself is a blessing. It could have been that PK Chatterjee's ego would have led to an obscure demise; but instead, his life will be used as a teaching point for the generations to come.
By all this, we should understand that letting go of one's own ego and surrendering to Guru is the key point in Tantra. That is one of Baba's golden guidelines, and that is what Baba is teaching us through the character and story of PK Chatterjee. Even then, letting go of one's ego is not as simple as 1-2-3. Here below Baba gives insight into the both the importance and difficulty in getting rid of one's own ego, vanity, and pride. Baba says, "By merely relinquishing the desire or pursuit of the fruits of action it is hard to get rid of the vanity of a doer, of the idea that 'I do', in so far as we cannot extricate ourselves from the objects of our actions or from the contemplation of accomplishment. To avoid these, one has to always contemplate that one is a machine and Brahma alone is the machine operator who gets the work done through this machine. But even this is not sufficient to eradicate the vanity of a doer. The reason is that one may believe that although a machine, yet he is he is superior to others having been selected by the machine operator for that particular action being performed at that point of time." (SS-1, 'Actions & Their Results') In His above teaching that the ego is such a tough nut to crack-- such a difficult thing to overcome-- that even adopting the idea that 'Bramha is the Machine Man and I am the machine' does not do the job fully. Because although one is following Guru's will, one will still harbour the idea that they are better than others. So a true sadhaka will have to go one step further. Ultimately we will have to adhere to the principle that everything happens due to His cosmic grace. Only by ensconcing the mind in this ideal will allow us rid ourselves from any egoistic feeling and surrender fully to His will. Baba says, "The belief has to be developed that Brahma is only served or chosen by Brahma. That is, Brahma inspires us to donate and again receives the same through others. It is simply by the grace of Brahma that we act and have the favourable opportunity of performing this act. It is possible to avoid the doer’s vanity or kartrtva'bhimaa'na tya'ga by developing this belief." (SS-1, 'Actions & Their Results) Thus, remembering that everything is done by His grace and that it is His grace that allows us to serve Him, this alone enables us to move past all feelings of unit ego and swim in His cosmic ocean where everything is governed by His grace. So this should be our approach. And side by side, in this Cosmic Liila of the Mahavishva, the great character of PK Chatterjee will always stand as a reminder of what happens to those who get drowned in their own egotistical approach. In that case, they will leave Baba and the Marga. This also we should never forget.
By Baba's grace, we will always be ever-ready to surrender fully unto Him, letting all pride and vanity melt away. In this lies our success on that path of Tantra. Baba says, "When human beings depend solely on Parama Purus'a, they cross the turbulent ocean of Ma'ya' through His grace. Here lies the importance of Brahma sa'dhana' – the practice of intuitional science – and the necessity of sharan'agati, total surrender to Parama Purus'a." (AMPH-4) Namaskar, Gaurishankar
As harmful as vanity is, and as much as Baba warns us not to develop any type of pride or egoistic feelings, here below Baba guides us what humans can be proud of. Baba says, "Human beings have nothing to be proud of except one thing, and that is Parama Purus'a. What type of pride is this? Human beings can think, 'A perfect Entity like Parama Purus'a is my Father, I am His dear affectionate child.' This sort of vanity and pride can be harboured. But besides this human beings have no other treasure of which to feel proud." (AMIWL-11)

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