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...Dreamland: 'I Follow Dharma...' - Part II

Date: 05 Jun 2007 23:15:19 -0000 From: "Manoj" To: Subject: ...Dreamland: 'I Follow Dharma...' - Part II Baba "Mor maner katha't'i tumi ja'n..." (P.S. 4902) Purport: Baba, with Your vast Cosmic mind You know each and everything about me. Not only what I do, but what I think-- that also You know. While hiding in my heart and in my mind, You go on playing Your divine flute, non-stop. O' my dearmost, O' my Beloved, You are the jewel of my mind. You never remain forgetful about me. All the time You are along with me; and You are always taking care also. This is my only desire and my only request: That You please remain eternally effulgent in my mind with Your sweet attraction. Always I desire to have Your sweet form in my mind. Baba, You are my innermost, You know everything...
Namaskar, Nowadays, so many are coming forward proclaiming to be dharmikas, and so much censure, abuse, and even some praise is launched all around, that it can be difficult to know who is who. In that quagmire, some pious people may be branded as being groupist and some self-deluded groupists may go on and on falsely thinking theirs is the path of dharma. Plus some good people may remain idle and decide not to come forward-- worried that if they do so then others will brand them as being groupist. But such people should hold no such concern. By Baba's grace, He has given the precise method to sort all this out and identify who is following dharma and who is not. Let us then address the situation point by point.
Firstly, regarding the matter that veritable dharmikas may be branded as groupists, Baba's guideline is that such ideologists should adhere to the path of righteousness-- no matter what. They should not worry about names others call them etc.
Nindantu niitinpun'a'h yadi va' stuvantu...
Baba says, "The sha'stras say that a person must stick to his ideals irrespective of whether he receives praise or abuse, whether wealth comes or wealth goes, whether he lives a thousand years or suffers death the next moment. Such a person is called 'dhiira'. My direction to you is to be dhiira. You must stick to your ideals in spite of everything. In this lies your spiritual growth." (AV-1) Furthermore in a very similar vain, in explaining this same shloka of 'nindantu...', Baba has given the following. Baba says, "If I am too concerned with those who praise or censure me, I will not find time to do my real work. As I have come to this world only for a short period, my only concern should be to keep on doing the duty the Lord has assigned to me. And while doing this allotted duty, I should remember that I belong to Parama Purus'a. I have come form Him, and I will have to return to Him-- and to do that, I must complete my allotted duty." (SS-12) According to Baba's supreme tenet of 'nindantu...', those dharmikas should remain unperturbed by any irrational criticism and just advance along the path of righteousness. That should be the movement of one's life. Hence, if any sadhaka is raising the dharmic flag that Baba's discourses must not be distorted, and if they get criticised for saying as such, then those sadhakas should remain unperturbed and stick to their stand. Because if one is being true to AM ideology and they get criticised by others, then those dharmikas should not care-- they should not pay heed to that abuse. That is Baba's teaching of 'nindantu...'.
The only point of consideration is that those sadhakas-- when criticised-- should do introspection and honestly evaluate if they are adhering to cardinal human principles and bhagavad dharma. And if the answer is "yes"-- i.e. my actions are ideological and are not tainted by any selfish desire"-- then those sadhakas should not be concerned about being abused. Because, Baba's guideline of 'nindantu...' is that one should stick to their dharmic ideals-- in all circumstances. Therefore, if anyone is raising the ideological slogans that: (a) The original Bhukti Pradhan guidelines must be reinstated; (b) Fake Ananda Vaniis should NOT be created; (c) The weapon of expulsion should not be used; or that (d) Baba's discourses should be printed "as is" etc; Then such a person should stick to their ideals, even if others are attacking them. Reason being, in the above scenarios, one is raising dharmic points that represent the ideals of AM. In that case, such dharmikas should not be worried about any slanderous claims against them-- they should not care; just they should maintain their ideological position in the face of all adversity. This is Baba's special teaching of 'nindantu...'. And by this way, those sadhakas will get success and others will one day recognise that they are following dharma.
Here the key point is that when one is criticised and abused by others, then that person should sincerely evaluate if what they are doing is truly dharmic or if they are involved in something selfish. For example, if one says that Baba's divine discourses like AM Revolution should be printed "as is", or if one raises the matter that the dogmatic phrase "Translated from the original Bengali" should NOT be printed on the cover page of every AM book, then such sadhakas should not care if others abuse them. Because their stand is dharmic. There is not a hint of selfishness in their approach. On the contrary, if one steals an automobile or robs someone's house and others criticise their action, yet all along that thief thinks, 'I do not care, I will stick to my path'-- this type of selfish and blind outlook is not at all good. Rather it is total misuse of Baba's guideline of 'nindantu...'. Likewise, regarding the AM Revolution discourse, if some groupists plan that, 'We should just tell the margiis that we archived it; we need not worry about correcting it-- just let the matter die out'. This type of thinking is also against the spirit of 'nindantu...'. Because such factional Dadas know they are hiding something and just duplicitously think, 'I do not care...I will stick to this agenda and maintain our wt superiority'. So they are just involved in self-deception, not 'nindantu...'. Always then in the face of any criticism or censure, one must view the situation and ensure that their stand is dharmic. And if so, if what they are doing is wholly consistent with the ideals of neo-humanism, then they must not waver but rather firmly maintain their ideological stance. This is the right and proper spirit of Baba's guideline of 'nindantu...', i.e. 'not caring about criticism' and 'sticking to one's ideals'.
Unfortunately, various groupists take the whole thing in the wrong direction. They involve in various selfish ploys and then if anyone criticises them, they think, 'I do not care' and just go on indulging in their party politics etc. This is their self-cheating methodology. Self-cheating in that it robs them of following the path of dharma. That is the way it works. For example, during the time of the Mahabharata, the Kaurovas also thought that what they are doing is dharmic. The wicked Duryodhana was so blinded by his avarice and greed that he thought that his was the dharmic position and he did not care about any abuse that he received. But we all know what happened to him. Similarly, nowadays in AMPS, various groupists fall into the same category-- they fall prey to the same defective ways. What they are doing is not dharmic yet in the face of any and all censure they maintain their agenda. So they should also be careful lest they meet a similar fate.
For example, those involved in creating Fake Ananda Vaniis get pointed out for their wrongdoing each and every time, but due to their groupist and selfish agenda, they just ignore that criticism and think 'I do not care what others say, this self-styled Ananda Vanii is in the favour of my group interest. I need not change it or give up my ways. So I will ignore what others say as this habit of making Ananda Vaniis suits me fine.' Such is their way of thinking. But this type of selfish approach has nothing to do with Baba's sacred teaching of 'nindantu...' Similarly, those groupists who murdered Abhipremananda do not pay heed to any criticism. They think that that, 'What I did was fine. The need of the day was to capture the AMIT building in Ananda Nagar. If in that process Abhipremananda was killed then what can be done. I am not at fault and I need not worry or care if anyone criticises my actions. What I did was good for me and my group-- and there is nothing that I would change or do differently.' In the end, such persons just blindly stick to their groupist ways and cheat themselves out of following dharma. Hence their type of selfish thinking also has nothing to do with Baba's sacred teaching of 'nindantu...' Likewise, those factional leaders who want to make money by creating dogmatic tiirtha sites in either Tiljala or Jamalpur, have their own justifications. They think, 'This tiirtha is needed for my faction to thrive. We need to have a constant source of outside income and this tiirtha is the perfect way. So why should I worry or care if some criticise me. Baba has given the teaching of nindantu so I should just move on in my strategy and get that tiirtha established, irregardless if anyone criticises me or not.' This type of selfish thinking also has nothing to do with Baba's sacred teaching of 'nindantu...' Similarly, when courageous margiis point out the distortion done to the AM Revolution discourse, then if any Wt thinks, 'This altered paragraph goes in my interest so let it remain like that. Actually the prestige of all wt's is at stake here so my supervisors will support me. Thus I need not care what those margiis say. I need not listen to their point. That distortion goes in my favour-- let it remain like that, end of story'. If any Wt adopts such an approach then who can say it is dharmic. Rather, once again, this type of selfish approach has nothing to do with Baba's sacred teaching of 'nindantu...' And like that there are thousands of examples going on every day in our AMPS where factional leaders curtail BP rights, expel innocent people, make dogmatic events like Mahaprayan, create Fake Ananda Vaniis, destroy the ACB, etc etc, and in the face of any criticism they just self-indulgently proclaim. 'I do not care'. However, groupists souls are just living in their own dreamland that 'I am following dharma' and their reply that 'I do not care what others say' has absolutely zero to do with Baba's divine teaching of 'nindantu...'. Unfortunately, this is the common phenomenon these days in AMPS-- for the time being.
However, none should lose faith or give-up hope. Because, everyday in AMPS more and more margiis and field workers are rallying around Baba's ideological teachings, in which case there is an underground current of resurgence happening in our Marga. Because such noble minded people are standing for AM ideals-- keeping Baba's scripture "as is", recognising margii rights, not allowing punishment postings, implementing Baba's BP guidelines etc. And when any criticism comes, if anyone falsely tries to brand them as being groupist, then those ideological warriors will move on their designated path, totally unperturbed by those empty words. That is the spirit of 'nindantu…'. In this way, each and every day, AM ideology is getting more and more established in our Marga as those sadhakas will not back down in the face of adversity, by Baba's grace.
"Nindantu niitinipun'ah yad va' stavantu..."
Baba says, "What am I going to do regarding the mission of life? If logicians and philosophers condemn me, saying, 'That is a very bad man,' let them say this. Or if, due to my movement towards my goal, a certain portion of society appreciates my action, let them appreciate it - it won't affect me. I won't be assailed by such appreciations. And if, due to my action, Laks'mii (Laks'mii is the mythological goddess of riches) comes and resides in my house, it is good. If Laks'mii says, 'No, I will quit you forever, I won't remain with you.' that is, you will have to suffer from poverty, let Laks'mii quit my house: And if, due to my course of action, due to my ideology, Pluto, that is, the god of death, comes and says, 'I'll take you,' let Pluto do it! I don't care! Or if, due to my course of action, due to my ideology, I am forced to live here for an indefinite period, I am ready to live here. You know life becomes boring if one lives for a long period, but I am ready to undergo that boredom, that monotony, for the sake of my ideology." (AV-12) Namaskar, Manoj
A few days back on one public forum, the concern was raised that even if some come forward in a pious and dharmic way to bring unity and welfare to all, then still such persons will be branded as being groupist. Here is what that well-intentioned person wrote: > But if a number of strong "spiritual moralists" unite to try to solve the crisis >in AM, will they not be branded as "groupists" having their own "groupist agenda"? >This is the usual method to discredit anyone's attempts at changeing the statis quo. However, now we all know that one should not worry about such things. If anyone tries to discredit any dharmika by branding them as being groupist, then two things will inevitably happen. #1. Those dharmikas will valiantly stick to their ideological principles and ultimately get success. That is Baba's teaching of 'nindantu...'. #2. Anyone criticising those dharmikas will be exposed as being an enemy of the Marga and should they fail to mend their ways their future is bleak. By Baba's divine grace AM ideology will soon be established in our Marga. There is not an iota of doubt about that.
By His grace, in the near future, the whole human society be marching on the path of dharma due to the courage and insight of those noble dharmikas who led the way. Baba says, "You should build a new human society at the earliest possible moment. Regarding those who are likely to create obstacles in your path - let them do so. You should remember that those who are the actual pioneers, the real vanguard of the society, are always a microscopic minority, but it is they who are destined to be victorious. Those who once opposed, or are now opposing or will oppose in the future, will in the future admit: "Yes, we are now driving our vehicle safely and comfortably along the very path which that vanguard once opened by clearing the jungle." This means that those who cleared the obstacles in the beginning will later be recognized as pioneers. The funny thing is this, that people do not give recognition at the time it is due. This is the natural law. And at the same time you should also remember this simple truth: that in a jungle the number of tigers and lions is always few; the jackals far outnumber them. Yet in the jungle the tigers and lions reign supreme, not the jackals. The jackals are sure to howl, that is their nature; but the tigers and lions will not be frightened." (AV-6) Baba says, "We should always respect our ideology if we are to become true human beings. The ideologist is a man who always acts according to his ideology. If by following the ideology, the older people become unhappy or condemn me, I will not care. If by following an ideology I die and die again, let it be. I will not care. I will stick to my ideology." (23 November 1971 DMC, Purnea)
****************************************** Ultravarious to Ideology
Baba says, "You should remember that a situation will never arise in this world which will give you cause for fear. It has been said that Parama Purusa is the fear of fear. That is, fear is as afraid of Parama Purusa as humans are afraid of fear." "Ananda Marga is essentially Tantra-orientated, it too, has a few special features of its own. As I have said previously, our ideology maintains that no-one need be afraid of anything under any circumstances. If anyone does get afraid, it should be understood that he is doing something ultravarious to our ideology." (Kolkata, 14 November 1978)

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