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Ongoing Fantasy: 'I am Dharmic'

Date: 28 Mar 2008 22:34:57 -0000 From: "Gurucharan Yadav" To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: Ongoing Fantasy: 'I am Dharmic' Baba "Diner a'lote a'so ni, ele tumi a'ndha're..." P.S. 2073 Purport: Baba You are so merciful, You are so divine. Earlier when my life was full of happiness then that time You did not come; but now in this period of darkness You have come. It is Your grace. During my good days I wanted You to come and rejoice the occasion. But that did not happen-- in the effulgence of the day You did not come. But now in the darkness of night You have come. Baba, how You play Your liila. Baba in the smile of the moon, You do not present Yourself. But when I was suffering in pain, then with the soothing balm You came and relieved me of my suffering. Baba, You have come in this cimmerian darkness when I am crying. Baba, everyone knows that You are most-loving; and everyone knows that You think about one and all. Even then they involve in logically analysing and reasoning about Your ways in order to strengthen their love for You-- to love You in a deeper way. O' Baba, You are beginningless and Your abode is in infinity. In all the twelve months You remain constantly along with me-- in pain and pleasure. Baba, You are the divine shelter of everyone; You are the heart of everyone, the Soul of souls. And by Your grace You pull everyone close to You. You never discard or ignore anyone-- irrespective of how high or how low they are. Baba You have only come in this time of crying and suffering. In the good days when I was calling You then You did not come. Baba, Your glory is unfathomable; Your liila is beyond imagination; Baba, You are so gracious...
Namaskar, We live in such a diverse and colourful universe-- in their own mind most everyone thinks that they are following dharma, or the way of truth etc. All think that their plan is the way things should be, that their plan is the most righteous one. Mr. Bush and his capitalist agents think that their approach of "getting oil no matter what" is virtuous, while Islamic militants believe their "so-called holy doctrine of Allah" is virtuous. So to get power, to stand on top of the mountain, due to their self-interest, both parties think they are right. This is their real belief. And this type of drama is unfolding within every religion and within every nation-- all over the globe. Goaded by their self-interest, all think that their group or party has "the way".
Similar is the case in AM. Due to their self-interest, one factional party thinks that their way is the dharmic approach and another group believes that they hold the key to "truth and enlightenment". So all pronounce theirs as the pathway of AM ideology. One group thinks writing "Translated from the original Bengali" at the beginning of every book is the dharmic approach, and another group believes that "PP's word" is the key to truth & welfare in AMPS. And still others take it upon themselves to fabricate their own self-styled Ananda Vaniis. But that is not all... Some think that the killing of Abhipremananda is something virtuous. Whereas others think that in the dark of the night, they can attack anyone who is going against their group. And even the old chief of VSS Madhavananda thought that his killing of some avadhutas was virtuous. All these types of things have been going on-- in the name of dharma. So each & every side has their own strategy in mind, knowingly or unknowingly. And all are internally convinced their way is that of AM ideology. This is how things are unfolding these days in our Marga. Now then is the time to see who is just living in their own silly dreamland and merely repeating 'I follow dharma', and who is really involved in AM ideology and truly following dharma.
By Baba's grace, He has given us the perfect method to see who is who and what is what. Baba says, "To my ideology I am as simple and straight as a rod." (SS-18) So Baba's teaching is quite neat and clean: One must adhere to AM teachings completely and not twist them in any direction. That is Baba's guideline. And the practical application of this is that His teachings are to be kept "as is"-- and those teachings are to be applied in one's practical life. That is the determining factor of who is following AM ideology.
Unfortunately some have their own way of "following dharma...". 1. For example, for years and year some factional heads were adamantly convinced that all Baba's books should be prefaced with "Translated from the original Bengali"-- even if the discourse was originally given in English in Fiesch, Switzerland. So in the name of dharma those groupists printed "Translated from the original Bengali" on the cover page of all the AM books. This was their so-called dharma. 2. Then others have grabbed partial quotes from various sources and proclaimed them to be Ananda Vaniis-- when in fact Baba never included such things in His original Ananda Vanii collection. Hence what those groupists are making is nothing but Fake Ananda Vaniis-- all done in the name of dharma. 3. Still others place PP's name on the bottom of various orders and proclaim that so and so is hereby expelled forever or some other outlandish claim when in fact Baba has firmly declared that expulsion is not allowed in AM. Even then various groupist proceed ahead in the bullish plan of expulsion. This then is yet another episode of what that some factional heads are doing in the name of dharma. 4. So in all sorts of ways, shapes and forms, various leaders in various camps do things in the name of dharma. Those who are cunning knowingly understand that they are going against dharma yet proclaim it as being dharmic. And in the other corner some simple and naive people truly believe in their heart that what they are doing is dharmic. Yet, in reality-- though one is worse than the other-- both are far, far from AM ideology.
The question then becomes why do they do like this-- why do certain factional leaders go against AM ideology yet proclaim with full zeal that they are acting in accordance with AM ideology. How is that they do not have courage to admit and repent that what they are doing is opposite to Baba's teaching-- opposite to dharma. As is commonly seen, the answer is that they are blinded or goaded by their own selfish desire. Stuck in that low mindset they are unable to admit their fault-- and just get drowned in their own silly agenda. Either they think 'I must get the power' or they think 'I must remain forever on this MU' or they think 'I must become the most respected one' etc. And in that blindness of self-interest, in that drunken egoistic state, they do so many nasty things in the name of AM ideology to satiate their hunger. But in that way they stray far from the path & go 100% against dharma. In that blindness, they distort AM scripture, take away margii rights, tear down the BP system-- countless heinous acts they do, all in the name of "dharma". Such is what happens when this or that groupist is wearing the eye-glasses of selfish-interest. They twist AM ideology to their own end. When in fact a true dharmika will do each and everything for AM ideology-- for dharma, without harbouring any other desire in mind. Unfortunately time and time again, groupists stray from this ideal-- all because of their selfish approach.
It is just like during the Indian independence movement. At that time various so-called leaders were making countless promises about how they will restore glory to India. This was their regular chant of dharma. But their so-called holy promise was all dependent on one factor-- that of satisfying their selfish desire of getting the chair etc. And then once they got it, the rest is history. We all know what happened. Rather than solving India's ills and bringing forth the glory of India & restoring dharma, instead they cracked the nation into multiple pieces. All because their selfish lust for power was greater than their desire to bring welfare to the country, greater than their desire to follow dharma.
Tragically, we are now witnessing this same type of event in AMPS. Blinded by their self-interest they wrote "Translated from the original Bengali" on the cover of every AM book in an attempt to show that their land or language is the top etc. Or due to their self-interest they fabricated so many Fake Ananda Vaniis that goaded margiis to 'sit still and remain passive' or 'follow "dharma" by siding with my group' etc. And by all this selfish power plays, the real teachings of AM ideology just fall by the wayside-- this is their so-called dharmic approach.
Hence even though there are so many opposing camps that all claim to be following dharma, it is quite easy to understand how these various groups are just living in their own dreamland. Because, each, in their own way, twists AM teachings to suit their own ends. Whereas those who are ideologists-- those who are dharmikas-- will always keep Baba's teachings "as is" and mold themselves according to His divine standard. By this measuring rod, we can be sure who is a veritable dharmika and abiding by the ideals of AM versus who is living in their own hypocritical dreamland and merely mouthing 'I follow dharma'.
In the end let us remember that Baba has given one authoritative warning to those selfish people who are bragging that 'everything I am doing is dharmic'. Such persons should remember that nature will not spare them: They will have to undergo the consequences of their misdeeds-- either in this life or the next. Hence we should utilise whatever strength Baba has given us to serve others and never fall prey to any type of personal or group interest-- just like those who think that 'let AM Revolution discourse get distorted since the change is in favour my wt group etc'. This type of defective outlook is very negative. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. There are so many things that happen in one's personal and collective life where some wrong is committed. And if one is simple and open-minded then they may understand and admit their wrongdoing whereas if one is just drowned in their own ego they will never understand-- and they will just incur more and more sin and ultimately undergo that hellish reaction.
This is the time to look in 360 degrees and review the situation. It is our duty to keep Baba's teaching "as is". If His divine teachings remain in their original condition, then today or tomorrow AM ideology will be established-- based on His very teachings. But if His divine words are tainted then the situation will be so disastrous. That is why it is the personal and collective responsibility of each and every Ananda Margii to keep Baba's things "as is". That is the greatest work of this present day.
By Baba's divine grace, we will all bring back the holy pillars of AM ideology into our AMPS and create one truly dharmic society. Baba says, "You follow me, that is, you follow my word, follow Bha'gavata Dharma, because you are a human being." (SS-21) Namaskar, Gurucharan
******************************************** Importance of Padma'sana
Baba says, "Padma'sana [lotus posture] is just like a lotus in full bloom. Just as the roots and stem of the lotus remain under the water and only the leaves and flowers float about it-- and although it is born in the mind it sustains its love for the stars-- in the same way people sitting in this lotus posture and remaining in the world, can keep their minds above their mundane environment. That is why on the path of sa'dhana' this posture has tremendous importance." (NSS, '85, p.241)

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