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Our Divyacara Sadhana

Date: 30 May 2008 22:41:29 -0000 From: "Acintya Deva" To: Subject: Our Divyacara Sadhana Baba "Toma're satata nandita kari..." (1279) Purport: Baba, by Your grace by giving You pleasure I move foward on Your divine path-- towards You. Other than Your ideation and Your consciousness, I do not have any other fuel for moving ahead on the on-going path. Baba, by Your grace I always remain intoxicated in Your name and song. In my dhyan I ask for a wee-bit of Your grace. In my shravan, manan, and nididhyasana You have blessed me with the realisation that except You there is nothing. In dance, song, and bliss; in grief, pain and joy; from the desert heat to the mountain's chill, in each and every circumstance by Your grace I receive You. Baba, You are so gracious; I get You in all...
Namaskar, In one historic discourse Baba has graciously proclaimed Himself as the Guru of the common people. And as proof, He has given His highest lessons of yoga-- Sahaja Yoga (our six lessons)-- for all to practice. However one common belief circulating around is that Avadhuta sadhana is great sadhana. Such that some of our Avadhuta WTs, Dadas, & Didis whom I know personally, unfortunately think that just by getting Avadhuta diiksa & initiation into kapalik sadhana then they became great. And in this way these Workers develop false vanity and a terrible superiority complex.
First off there is one thing I would like to make clear. That my intention is not to pull down the status of Kapalik Diiksa. Just on philosophical ground anybody has right to talk about the various kinds of sadhana which Baba has given us. Such as the jurisdiction of each type of sadhana, and how that sadhana works in the life of sadhakas. For example we are all free to discuss how pashvacara sadhana works, how viiracara sadhana system functions, as well as where divyacara meditation starts and what is its culminating point. When Baba has given this system of meditation, by this way He is encouraging us to talk and explore these ideas. And we can share the ideas on the basis of His teachings from different General Darshan or DMC discourses. Means these things Baba has given in His discourses. It gives also the feeling and supports the logic that Baba Himself encourages this type of healthy discussion. Where we talk about the various methods of spiritual practices and what way they affect the human mind. This is one practical science, the science of metaphysics. And finally it comes in the scope of higher aspects of psychology. While talking in 1990 DMC Baba has told clearly that methodical knowledge of sadhana is highly needed. If aspirants do not know the proper system of sadhana then their result of sadhana may be futile, or not up to the mark. Or if sadhana is done incorrectly then there may be a negative outcome. So talking and discussing about the various methods of sadhana is very important. Plus if we review in pointed way, then we can say this is the theoretical aspect of the practical sadhana which we practice. So on this point we have full right to talk about the qualities of Pashvacara, Viiracara, or Divyacara-- as well as which one is very practical for all. And which one brings up to ultimate salvation.
As well all know one basic spiritual guideline is that vanity should not be encouraged. But because of inherent samskaras and due to crude motivation or crude interest, then generally people fall prey to this vanity. And once this vanity takes root then in any direction it can go. Here is some example. Surely those who do kapalik sadhana or viiracara sadhana have the opportunity to get benefited by this type of sadhana. Because, if done properly, then the mind will be elevated-- there is no question of superiority or inferiority complex. But, unfortunately, as I told above many Workers only fall into a superiority complex of kapalik-sadhana. So by analyzing the situation it gives the feeling that somewhere along the line there is a defect. Here I do not think any defect in the system of sadhana, but in the person there is something.
Here we should all remember that Viiracara or Kapalik sadhana is lower than Divyacara or sahaja yoga sadhana. This is not my personal opinion, rather Baba Himself says this. BABA says, "The first style, from animality to humanity, is known as pashva'ca'ra. The second stage, or the second style, is viira'ca'ra...the final stage, divya'ca'ra is for all who want to elevate themselves to the supreme excellence of Parama Purusa." (AVM-14) So those who have Kapalik sadhana are not allowed to leave the practice of sahaja yoga. But those not practicing or who are not initiated into kapalik sadhana, for them there is no question or need of doing kapalik sadhana. Means they need not worry because already they have Divyacara sadhana, i.e. the six lessons. And that is higher than kapalik sadhana. So the sense is that those who are doing Kapalik sadhana cannot live without divyacara or sahaja yoga sadhana. But those who are doing sahaja yoga sadhana they are practicing full, and that sadhana alone is enough to carry them to the stage of complete salvation (moksa). Surely Kapalik-sadhana does not have that type of capacity or quality to lead to the highest Goal. If that was the case, then surely Baba would not have forced kapalik sadhakas to continue practicing sahaja yoga sadhana. This logic is enough to prove that the periphery, quality, reach and standard of Kapalika is less than Divyacara sadhana. Conclusion: Divyacarara or Sahaja is very high in comparison to the other two sadhanas: (1) Pashvacara and (2) Viiracara / Kapalik.
Some readers may wonder what is the need to compare all these. The answer is to help all sadhakas. (a) Those who learned kapalik sadhana and are feeling superiority complex, by the encouragement of that complex they are widening the path of their degeneration. So if they will analyze that viiracara is not as great as they are thinking, then their ego will be controlled and they will be benefited. (b) Those suffering from inferiority complex and mentally they think that they tried to learn kapalik sadhana but in the present atmosphere of politics they could not get teaching. And in consequence they started feeling inferiority complex of their lowly standard on the basis of dogmatic belief. And this type of wrong belief is nothing-- just simple belief that viiracara sadhana is great. So those suffering inferiority complex due to this dogma, their complex will get cured. And their mind will become balanced. That means spiritual flow will come and the pathway of their progress will be widened. c) And those who do not have such type of complexes with regard to kapalik sadhana-- here is a reminder that they can help others in curing their problems.
In the last part of my letter I want to say that whatever our Guru has given that is enough for attaining our ultimate Goal. The only need is to sincerely practice those things. Here in AM the condition of Guru is like one benevolent most loving mother. Such a mother loves the child most which is most dependent on her. But at the same time the mother does not like to show the eldest sons and daughters that she has less love for them in comparison to her youngest child. The problem reaches to the predicament where the elder son or daughter of 18 years asks the mother, 'who do you love more?' Then the mother just smiles and says 'you'. But internally mother is loving the younger most dependent child the most. In the same way the divine truth is that Parama Purusa favours those who long for HIM, those who depend on HIM. Baba says, "Parama'tma' only considers the inner thoughts and devotional sentiments of people. The intense desire to know Him, the deep urge to attain Him, the intense longing for Him--these are the qualities which Parama Purus'a values." (APH, p. 295) So it is clear that Baba loves according to the standard of devotion. But at the same time on the organisational aspect BABA likes that those doing dexterous work should feel they are the most significant ones. Because with this feeling they will do more social service. In this manner Baba has given various posts, power and positions to such people etc. If you see on the point of devotion then you can understand this point very well. That Baba gives most significant things to devotees. That is why in innumerable places Baba says that 'just nama mantra is enough to reach to Parama Purusa'. Once Baba told that vishesh yogis will be sitting there again and again while devotees with the help of nama mantra will reach the Supreme goal. We know that the best thing or best sadhana system Baba wants to give to devotees. That is why HE has made Divyacara sadhana/sahaja yoga sadhana, for one and all. And to please workers, and those who are post holders HE has given something which, if you say in strong language, is a sadhana that has less importance. The sense is Baba gas given those sadhana on the basis of post-power etc to impress them and make them happy to do greater social service.
Excuse me this is very critical and pointed subject. Those who do not have pointed understanding or devotion, this is not easy to understand. Because all together it is His divine liila the way He expresses. In the end I conclude my letter with this mantra of Guru Puja:
'Tava dravyam jagatguru tubhyameva samarpaye.'
Oh my dearest Baba, my everything which is in true sense Yours, I surrender and offer at Your lotus feet. Also here BABA says, "O Lord, Thy will be done. I am but a machine. Utilize this machine in any way You like. I am nothing but a mere tool in Your hands." (NKS pg 31) Namaskar, Acintya
Viracara or kapalik sadhana is not the highest one. No it is not. The sahaja yoga, especially dhyana is the highest lesson. So those who are practicing sahaja yoga, why they should not go to cemetery for sadhana? There is no question of this. Because Kapalik sadhana is viiracara, so it is below sahaja yoga / the six lessons. It is the second grade of sadhana in this system of Pashvacara, Viiracara, and Divyacara. While Divyacara is the final or highest. So dhyan is the highest lesson. Nobody should have inferior or superior complex on this matter of spiritual practices.' BABA says, "The first style, from animality to humanity, is known as pashva'ca'ra. The second stage, or the second style, is viira'ca'ra...the final stage, divya'ca'ra is for all who want to elevate themselves to the supreme excellence of Parama Purusa." (AVM- 14) So ultimately, dhyan, which is the last lesson of sahaja yoga sadhana, is the highest lesson. Because by practicing dhyan one attains salvation and becomes one with the Supreme Entity.
Nowadays in this extreme atmosphere of groupism, getting kapalik sadhana is almost nothing more than a political maneuver. Because without politics one cannot get. Whereas before 1990 when Baba was controlling everything this was not the case. He was doing according to His own desire. And it was perfect. So to whom Baba taught the things that was fine-- and everyone accepted the matter. But now the situation has become politicized. So no one should pray into the hands of group politics and get exploited.
The goal of each and every sadhana is to reach to Parama Purusa. That is the hidden point or secret behind any sadhana. That is the way by which to see which is great. So all are great. Means all are claiming be the road to Parama Purusa. But above all, according to Baba devotion is the main thing.
****************************************** Link Between English and Sanskrit
Baba says, "Sanskrit is a language about 15,000 years old and it is no longer a spoken language. Furthermore in Sanskrit each and every word is created from a root verb." (AVM-14) Baba furthermore explains, "The word jina'na (knowledge) is derived from the Sanskrit root verb jina' (to know).... The verb jina' was changed into keno in old Latin language. In Sanskrit the pronunciation is jina', in Bengali jina, in the Rgvedic language jina, in Old Latin keno, and in Modern English "know"-- as the original spelling of the word was "kenow", we still spell the word with a "k" at the beginning without actually pronouncing it." (YP)

Social Issue: Inherent Contradiction

To: AM-GLOBAL From: Arati Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 23:42:25 -0000 Subject: Social Issue: Inherent Contradiction Baba "A'ma'r sakal dukher ma'jhe ele tumi dukhaharan'..." (PS 1421) Purport: O' Baba, You are Dukhaharan'. I was surrounded by sorrows & suffering; I was in big problem; my life was unbearable. I was completely miserable. But now, by Your grace, to save me, You have come with Your gazing eyes, silent footsteps, loving smile, and sweet face. Baba, by Your divine advent You have blessed me and rescued me by wiping away all my troubles and suffering. Baba, completely depending upon You with full surrender, in that very distressed and helpless condition, I was calling You and looking towards You. Raising both my hands in surrender I told, 'Baba, please save me; You are my only shelter. If You will not save me then who will.' Then at that moment You rescued me by showering Your grace. Baba, when I look around I see that because of Your gracious presence this entire universe has become vibrated & charged. The whole sky is enveloped in Your divine effulgence and my mind and heart is drenched in Your love. Baba, holding Your lotus feet, I sing Your glory in my heart and surrender to You...
Namaskar, Our job as Ananda Margiis is to keep abreast of all the issues of the day and formulate our stand based on dharma. Ours is not the voice of any political party, of any church, of any group agenda, of any business enterprise, or any lobbyist agency. Our stand is that of Lord Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. Thus on each and every current social trend and issue of debate, we are to formulate our view based on His teaching. We are to overlook who is saying what and instead delve into the very heart of the matter and understand that issue for what it is-- and then give a response based on the golden teachings of AM. That is our duty and that is how the society will grow in a dharmic way, by His grace.
By now the point is quite clear: Over the weeks and months, numerous letters have clearly shown how abortion is totally against human dharma and against Ananda Marga. We respect the inherent and God-given rights of each and every being in this universe. And when that unborn fetus is a living, breathing entity, then naturally we are to respect its right to come into form and take birth on this earth. That unborn soul also has its dharma to become great. And as we all know, without a human body, a soul cannot progress on the path of spirituality. Even the devas must take birth in order to advance and contribute something lasting. So human birth is something sacred and not to be denied to anyone-- including that unborn fetus. That is Baba's divine stand that we should honor and preach.
Those so-called pro-choicers, or proponents of the so-called right to an abortion, make all sorts of lame claims. They say that a woman's body is her own and she can do with it what she likes, yet as we all know that is false as each and every thing in this universe is the property of Parama Purusa and it must be treated according to His will. They say that an unborn fetus is not yet a human being-- it is not developed and not alive. They say it only comes to be alive once it emerges from the mother's womb. That is another of their false claims. And that is what is going to be addressed here. As we know, that living being in the form of the unborn fetus thinks, eats, sleeps, and breathes while inside the mother's womb. It is totally alive. And here is proof of the hypocrisy of abortion. Medical science has proven that if a baby emerges from the womb prematurely, say at 22 weeks or so, then doctors and medical professionals are capable of keeping that human baby alive. Although that premature babe only weighs one pound and is very small, when it is put in an incubator and given life-support mechanisms in the form of oxygen and nutrition, then that baby can not only survive but grow into a healthy, fully-developed human being. Yet side by side, in their full-blown hypocrisy, certain abortion specialists are aborting babies at 24 weeks-- two weeks after premature babies are being born and surviving. And those medical associates are laying claim that since the baby is not born it is not alive and therefore it can be aborted. This is the sheer hypocrisy about the issue of abortion. On the one side medical science is clearly showing that a 22-week old baby can emerge from the womb as a living, breathing entity and grow into a healthy human being, and on the other side medical staffers are aborting unborn babies at 24 weeks and giving the false logic that the baby is not yet alive as it has not been born. In that case, who can believe or have any faith on those abortion agencies-- whose only aim is to justify their faulty stand and make money by taking the life away from unborn souls. Of course, no baby at any stage should be aborted-- since as soon as the egg is fertilised then human life starts, at that very instant. But as clear proof of the hypocrisy of abortion, doctors are saving 22 week old new borns, and side by side aborting 24 week old fetuses.
For society to grow, for humanity to awaken from its slumber, the word of dharma must vibrate throughout our human culture. So long as it does not, humanity will remain as a mere shadow of what it can be. So on this issue of abortion our stand must be clear and it must be heard, and we must not worry if our stand is similar to certain right-wing church activists, nor should we be concerned if our stand is opposed to so-called progressives. Our only aim is that our stand should be consonant with dharma. Hence on the issue of abortion our view is quite clear: Abortions are anti-dharmic measures that rob a living, breathing unborn fetus of its life. So no matter the social circumstances, whether a teen becomes pregnant or whether it happens to a nun, or whatever the case may be, in no way, shape or form are we ever to condone the killing of that defenseless, helpless human babe.
Baba says, "Modern, educated people must be liberated from all sources of dogma and petty isms. They should reject the worn out shackles of the past and welcome the new, crimson dawn with an open mind. This will prepare the way for all-round success in human life, and the attainment of the highest fulfillment." (PNS-16) Namaskar, Arati
**************************************** Health Guideline: Knowing the Root Cause
Baba says, "Due to weakness of the digestive fluids, the blood gets contaminated by acids, or if one is suffering from constipation, then different organs of the body also become weak. In such a condition, due to weakness of the lungs, the nervous system controlling the lungs also suffers from debility and finally the bronchial tubes as well become weak. That is the time when asthma becomes fully manifest." (YT, p.62) 1. In the above quote Baba is revealing the fact that the root cause of asthma is poor and improper digestion. 2. Unfortunately nowadays the only commonly available pathy is allopathy. But allopathic knowledge is so shallow that such doctors do not know about the real cause; hence they treat the patient in a very superficial way. With asthma they only address it as it presents itself on the bronchial tubes. By this way asthma never gets cured from the root-- i.e. from the manipura cakra. 3. So health conscious people should choose the pathy very carefully. We have to evaluate to what degree allopathic science is trustworthy, suitable, and helpful.

Integral Ingredient for Renewing AM

Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 23:42:00 -0400 To: From: Miguel Subject: Integral Ingredient for Renewing AM Baba "Toma'r bha'laba'sa' bu'jhe nijeke khunje peyechi..." (P.S. 4504) Purport: Baba, only with Your divine love I could search for & find my true self. Earlier I was confused about who I am and I was always feeling sad and pessimistic about my future. But now by Your grace in my heart I feel Your love-- I feel that I am under Your shelter at Your lotus feet. Baba, now, by Your grace, I understand where I am; my life has become meaningful. Baba, You are the polestar of my life. By Your arrival, my whole existence is only moving towards You. It is so blissful. Baba when I get fatigued & tired by involving in the work, & when negative thoughts ruin my peace and tranquility, & when the clouds of hopelessness come-- then I take shelter in Your divine love. Baba, my mental sky, my air, my breath, my entire existence, my everything is dancing according to Your melody. My hopes get fulfilled by Your samvit (force of awakening). From the divine land, one unknown angel is beckoning me. O' my dearmost Parama Purusa, You are that very apsera' (angel). By Your grace I have realised this truth in my meditation. Baba, by Your grace, I am completely ensconced in Your love and now I understand that I am completely sheltered in Your lap...
Namaskar, In order to bring our Marga around to the proper path we must follow Baba in all respects-- especially with regards to pointing out the faults of others. That is the positive way to proceed. Otherwise, the various ills from group wars to Fake Ananda Vaniis will perpetuate themselves in our organistation. And that no one wants to see happen.
All around the globe, every margii & worker understands that everything Baba does is out supreme welfare motive. With His immense and boundless love for humanity, He has graciously shown us the pathway for making a clean, well-knit society. Even then one or two simple persons get confused from time to time by watching Baba's style. Because in their dizzy way they wonder why on the one side Baba has given various teachings like 'No Mudslinging' or 'Don't criticize' etc, yet then in His own conduct Baba Himself strongly abuses Wts in reporting sessions and harshly condemns the dogmatic religions etc in His discourses. Seeing this apparent contradiction in their little minds, a couple simple bystanders remain sunk in confusion about all this. When actually the matter is perfectly straight like an arrow.
Because we know Baba has deep love for all and He wants everyone to move ahead in a positive way. His deep desire is that we should all clearly understand what is right as well as what wrong. So we can reach our Goal. In that way, with 100% benevolent intention, Baba has given so many guidelines and enforced them as well. Because by this way we can all learn from our mistakes and grow into strong sadhakas and assets of the society.
It is similar to how those who are real friends, parents, and guardian guide others. Because they do not like to see their loved ones in problem-- committing the same error again and again. So with good feeling and compassion those family members guide their near and dear ones about how to correct and better themselves. This is the way it works when people feel close and intimate with one another.
Or the situation is similar to when anyone goes to a pathology centre. In that case those working at that pathological medical centre will put forth a sincere effort and try hard to identify and cure the problem. Because their desire is to help diagnose any and all diseases. And with that pure intention, they help their patients to regain their health, feel good again, and function at 100% capacity.
Likewise-- as all of us recognise-- Baba is the perfect personification of love and compassion. Thus when He points out the problems or defects with any worker etc, that is done on the basis of His benevolent intention. And side by side He supplies that person with the best solution. And by this positive approach that person will get purified and become more and more like the Goal-- Parama Purus'a. So Baba's entire style is not at all like mudslinging because in mudslinging one wants to maliciously make the next person look bad. In that case the intention is totally negative. While in Baba's divine example, the situation is the exact opposite. His motive is perfectly benevolent and He is pointing out problem-- not the worker. And in that situation by following Baba's instruction, then immediately that worker becomes blessed as he will eliminate the problem from his life & everything will be beautiful. The result being that the standard of that worker will be higher; and he will be more successful in his mission. All because of Baba's benevolent and pro-active approach.
So side by side, pointing out the problem and giving the solution is Baba's special and unique method for improving one and all and helping everyone to become great-- and free from defects. By His example and practical teaching, we can clearly understand that He wants and expects that His disciples should proceed in the same fashion. That is, with a warm heart we should always help others to improve by overcoming their problems. As this is one necessary ingredient for leading a harmonious life & achieving the Goal.
That is why on numerous occasion Baba guides us to strictly watch over everyone's growth and development, and not allow anyone to get stuck in any bad habits or poor behaviours. Rather Baba wants that we should help one and all to become top-grade dharmikas. Baba says, "Hence all A'nanda Ma'rgiis, when they see other Margiis actions against the principles of Yama and Niyama, must make them shun this habit either by sweet or harsh words, or by dealing even more strictly." (GHC, p.24) Baba says, "I gave a direction to all that they should keep watch on one another. No one will exempt anyone else regarding the Sixteen Points." (AV-23 p.149) Baba says, "Henceforth I direct every Ananda Margii to keep strict vigilance on other Ananda Margiis to make them practise the principles of Yama and Niyama." (GHC, p.25) So by following Baba's divine instructions by pointing out the defects & keeping an open heart for one and all, we can help one another to become better & better-- until we finally become one with Parama Purusa. Thus when we have so many ills going on in our Marga, it is absolutely essential to bring things into proper shape. Sciptures must be printed properly, BP manuals should not be manipulated, Fake Ananda Vaniis must be tossed aside, the dogma of Mahaprayan must be dropped, and so many more defects must get corrected. And the only way to do this is to point out and hammer on those groupists who are creating all these problems.
Baba says, "A perfect state of balance will be established between individuals and the collectivity, and between the collectivity and the cosmos...That will be the stage of all-round welfare, progress, and perfection for the entire humanity, for the entire living world." (AFPS-8, p.36) Namaskar, Mantreshvar
Certainly most have proper understanding and awareness about the aforementioned points. So they have Baba's teaching firmly in mind. Only a few simple ones take the matter in a negative way and for that reason they remain terribly confused. And not only on this issue but on any number of Baba's teachings these same type of naive & scattered persons take the matter in the wrong direction. When in reality such confusion is totally unwarranted. Because Baba Himself has given such colourful and perfect descriptions and explanations-- so no one should be confused. Even then some who are slightly less than clear-minded mix up one after another of Baba's teachings. And the above points about mudslinging, pointing out, and giving the solution are no exception. On these matters also they are confused.
This topic has great significance in building up a brilliant Marga society so any and all brothers and sisters should kindly come forward and also share their thoughts and views on this important matter. This is my humble request.
************************************************* Good Sadhaka
Baba says, "The mind of the man whose consciousness or discriminating judgement is awakened-- whose power of judgment is intense, always remains wedded to the 'Buddhi'. That is to say, his rein (mind) remains constantly under the control of the charioteer (Buddhi or discriminating intellect), and so, quite naturally, his organs remain loyal to the Buddhi. Random rambles of the organ-like horses (organs) will cut no ice with him. But in a case like this if the horses (organs) be bad and untrained, i.e. the organs are faulty, it becomes impossible for the charioteer (discriminating intellect) to get the desired result. Hence for the right functioning of the chariot (body), well-trained horses (organs) are indispensable. A sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) also should train himself likewise. His mind, body, intellect, and organs should be directed towards the Blissful Spirit (Shreya)." (SS-4, p.9)

Comes with the Territory

Date: Mon, 26 May 2008 23:12:28 -0400 To: From: Douglass Lauder Subject: Comes with the Territory Baba "A'lote cha'ya'te dukha-sukhate ket'eche janam kato..." (PS 1128) Purport: O' Baba, in search of You I have passed so many lives in pleasure and pain, in effulgence and darkness. My days have passed in good and bad, virtue and vice, bliss and misery. Over and over again, countless times, I have come onto this earth. Baba, in this relative world, whatever I have gained, I have lost. Everything in this material world is transitory: Nothing is stationary; nothing is permanent. Baba, whatever came to me has gone away. Even then by Your grace the lamp of my hope remains lit to get You. Baba, the cyclone of my life has come making a loud, bustling sound and it has turned my existence upside down. Baba, in this difficult situation, I have received Your grace and I want for my mind to be fully satiated in Your divine love. Even then I have lost the path and am moving in a downward direction. I do not understand what is right and what is wrong-- what is virtue and what is vice. Baba, please save me from this miserable situation, from this cyclone of my life. O' my dearmost, by Your boundless compassion I have regained the path: I am adhering to Your teachings and I am slowly moving towards You. Baba, by Your grace today I understand You. I have learned how to move with Your divine effulgence. Baba, after wiping away the darkness, please grace me with more and more of Your effulgence so that I can become one with You. Baba, without Your grace nothing can happen. Please keep me under Your shelter and accept my total surrender...
Namaskar, Around the globe-- especially in the "developing world"-- it is commonly believed that the so-called first-world nations are tops in all regards-- in all respects. Overwhelmed by the glamour and material wealth of the west, people naively think that in every sphere of life, from physical to psychic & from technology to happiness, that the "developed" nations are towering above the rest. And of course, of all the so-called developed nations, it is widely deemed that the cream of the crop is the USA. Therefore life there must be perfect and sweet, problem-free. Many innocent people fall prey to this misnomer.
However what most fail to realise is that the USA is riddled with problems from head to toe. While there are many defects to point out, perhaps one of the most concerning items is the widespread psychic disorder known as depression: Where people are consumed and overwhelmed by feelings of hopelessness, nervousness, lack of self-assurance, extreme anxiety, despair, and sorrow etc. Here we are not talking about a scenario where a distinct incident occurred which caused one to feel sad such as if one's mother or spouse has died and the person is temporarily overcome by grief for a few weeks etc. That is not what is being discussed here-- that is not the epidemic problem at hand in the USA. Rather the major tragedy befalling countless citizens in the US is that just in the course of their 'normal' way of living their psychic state is becoming so weak, so imbalanced, and so fragile that for no apparent reason the mass of people are suffering from melancholy, loneliness, helplessness, and an array unfounded fears and phobias. All of which lead up to a huge number of cases of the psychic ailment known as depression. And this is disease is multiplying everyday in the USA.
To investigate this matter further, there are various directions by which to proceed. But certainly one obvious avenue is to look into the cause behind this disturbing phenomenon of mounting depression in the so-called first-world nation, the USA.
Scanning the scene, professionals and lay people alike point to a wide array of reasons for the rise of depression in the US. These range from organic chemical imbalances in the brain to daily stress and pressures of life in this fast-paced materialistic conglomerate. Not to count out organic imbalances, but far and away the initial cause or the outer layer of depression stems from present day living environment in the USA. Life has become highly automated and technological and more and more complex in the US. Solving problems is no longer a one-person job. And this causes huge anxiety in people's mental plate as they are constantly worried about 'What if something goes wrong'. And side by side in this ever-growing technological world, common citizens are called upon to do more things and to live life at a faster pace. All of this leads to a mode of existence where one becomes riddled with more and more anxieties and fears. Of course we cannot blame technology and science as being the necessary evil in this scenario. Rather the uncontrolled and imbalanced use of science and technology is arguably the leading external cause for the extreme rise of nervousness, anxiety, and ultimately depression. Where people in countries like the US become increasingly frazzled and think that life is beyond their control.
Even then, the aforementioned complexity of life cannot be seen as the ultimate be-all and end-all cause of depression. Because complexity of life can be managed by a strong, well-balanced mind-- one that is God-centered. But tragically, the mass of the US is wrought with and overrun by materialism wherein people think that they are all alone in this universe and they can only rely on themselves to help them. And in that case when those non-theistic brothers and sisters are also surrounded by a hectic way of life, they readily fall prey to the diseases of materialism. Baba says, "In viprapatti, one feels that it is 'I' who does everything--and no one else. As a result of this, one becomes crude...Materialism is based on viprapatti; that is why there is sorrow everywhere in materialism." (AV-1) So according to Baba, this materialistic outlook of 'I am everything' is the underlying cause of psychic anxiety in the US. Without feeling that there is any greater entity to help them, people fall into the trap & defective way of thinking that 'they themselves are all there is in this universe'. And this causes them immense psychic strain and depression.
In contrast, no matter how complex this world may be, when one feels that there is some Great Entity controlling everything and that this Entity is there to help them, then this provides immense relief in life. That is why Baba's guideline is that in each and every step of the life one should rely on Parama Purusa. Otherwise it is not possible to move ahead. Baba says, "In the first phase you are to ask Parama Purusa for the vitality to fight against your physical frailities, your physical imperfections. In the second phase you are to ask for vitality, psychic vitality." (SS-18, p.9) Following a God-centered approach where one feels that He is benevolently controlling everything enables one to forge ahead in life. That is Baba's teaching. And indeed the eternal truth of this cosmos is that He is managing everything and it is He who gives us the energy to advance. So if one adopts the approach that Parama Purusa is the Grand Director and I am playing one part and that He is there to help me, then naturally this will put one in a comfortable state of psychic ease-- regardless of the situation. But when this outlook is mostly absent in the US and combined with the fact that life is extremely complex and fast-paced, these two factors stand as the primary cause of the extreme rise of depression and psychic ailments of melancholia in our US.
Here Baba beautifully points out the great joy of life which easily results from the path of surrender unto Him, and simultaneously He exposes the huge tension and hopelessness which results if one adopts the materialistic bent of mind that 'I am everything'. Baba says, In 'prapatti', the idea that 'everything is being done by His wish, that it is by His grace that He is using me as a tool, that He may or may not use me as a tool, but 'His will be done', predominates on one's mind. To get the full joy of prapatti, one has to surrender completely unto Him...The feeling is just the reverse in 'viprapatti.' In viprapatti, one feels that it is 'I' who does everything--and no one else. As a result of this, one becomes crude...Materialism is based on viprapatti; that is why there is sorrow everywhere in materialism." (AV-1) Thus there is a night and day difference between the God-centered approach of prapatti and the materialistic approach of viprapatti. In the first, in prapatti or the God-centered way of living, one feels surrounded by His grace in all situations and one feels that He is always there to help me. The devotee feels in their heart that Parama Purusa is personally arranging the best possible outcome for them. In contrast, in viprapatti or the materialistic outlook, ordinary citizens feel dwarfed by the complexity of life and overwhelmed by the vastness of this universe. They develop feelings of ineptness and suffer from the worry that life is way beyond their control and there is no one else to help them. In that case, the mind gets completely submerged and drowned in the depths of hopelessness and despair, leading to a chronic state of depression.
We know that the greatest wealth humanity has is its psychic wealth. But when the very way of living-- i.e. materialism-- erodes that special human treasure, then it is the obvious conclusion that materialism is terribly dangerous. Here Baba points out and warns us about extreme danger of materialism. Baba says, "Materialism is the most dangerous -- indeed, suicidal -- philosophy. ...Materialism is both defective and devoid of morality. That is why materialists do not recognize Shiva, did not recognize Him, and will not recognize Him. Even seeing Him before their very eyes, they will never understand who Shiva is." (NSS, Disc 18) As Baba warns us, when one's being gets painted in the colours of materialism then they feel inside that they are all alone and that there is no one else to help them. And stuck in that defective outlook, even if they were to see Taraka Brahma face to face in the street, they would be totally incapable of understanding who He is. They could not feel His grace due to the staticity of their materialistic bent of mind. Without that knowledge of His presence, without that inner joy, one is bound to suffer from melancholy and feelings of hopelessness. And when the lifestyle is so frenetic and fast-paced like in the USA, then that will only exacerbate the situation and more quickly invite that deranged psychic state known as depression. And that is what we are seeing today.
That is why none-- especially those living in the so-called developing world-- should unduly think that everything going on in the USA is great. Because the reality is that the US is a sinking ship-- one main reason certainly being that its general citizens are losing their mental balance day by day and succumbing to all kinds of psychic illnesses, especially depression. Here the point is not to ridicule any particular country or people but rather to dispel the myth that life in the materialistic USA is perfect and warn all our brothers and sisters-- wherever they may be living-- of the horrors of materialism. None should fall prey to this atheistic outlook and ruin their life by becoming depressed.
By Baba's divine grace all Ananda Margiis have come in His contact and feel His loving guidance in all we do. This keeps our minds ever resplendent and it is our duty to bring others along with us unto Him. 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." (DMC, Anandanagar, 5/31/87) Namaskar, Dharmendra
Below are excerpts from various case studies published in top newspapers and medical magazines which document the wide-spread prevalence of depression in the USA. "The new numbers suggest that the United States is poised to rank No. 1 globally for mental illness." (Washington Post, 6/7/05) "One-quarter of all Americans met the criteria for having a mental illness within the past year, and fully a quarter of those had a 'serious' disorder that significantly disrupted their ability to function day to day, according to the largest and most detailed survey of the nation's mental health." (Washington Post, 6/7/05) "Major Depression affects 15% of Americans at some point during their lives, and 100 million people are affected on any given day...In the end, approximately 15-20% of those with major depression become chronically depressed. Approximately 15% of patients with major depression may commit suicide, as well, with men committing suicide at a rate 2 times as often as women." (American Psychology Association) "Depression affects millions of people in the USA, and costs the U.S. economy billions and billions of dollars in medical expenses and lost productivity. In turn, the treatment of depression is also a multi-billion dollar industry." ('The Demographic Correlates of Depression') "Depression is a disorder of mood, characterized by sadness and loss of interest in usually satisfying activities, a negative view of the self and hopelessness, passivity, indecisiveness, suicidal intentions, loss of appetite, weight loss, sleep disturbances, and other physical symptoms. Some or all of these symptoms may be present in people suffering from depression." (DCD) "10.6% of adults in the USA said that they have experienced depression in the last 12 months, either professionally diagnosed or self-diagnosed. Based upon a projected total population of 205 million adults, about 23 million people experience depression over the course of a year." (DCD) "Mental illness is absolutely going off the charts on college campuses [in the USA]...North America's college counseling centers report an increase in troubled students...85% of colleges report an increase during the past five years in students with severe psychological problems." (USA Today, 5/21/02) "Depression is being experienced more often in the US...depression is being experienced at younger ages; episodes are becoming more severe; and episodes are more frequent throughout individuals' lifetimes. The rate of depression has doubled in the US since WWII, with each generation showing greater rates of the depression than the last." (JAMA, vol. 268, 1992) "Depression is second only to heart disease in causing lost workdays in the USA." (DBSA, Chicago, IL)
*************************************** In Old Age
Baba says, "Over the age of fifty both the body and the mind start their decline. The power of memory diminishes and people start to forget things. This is the rule. But through the practice of vista'ra sadhana, this decline checks. Even an eighty year old person is able to keep the memory as fresh as a twenty five year old person. In the mental sphere, the result may be much more evident than in the physical sphere. Normally people hear, learn, and forget. But by the practice of sadhana, when the nerve cells get strengthened, dhruva smrti comes. Then one does not forget easily. In exactly the same way, by the dint of higher spiritual practice, one can bring about the expansion of oneself...Human beings become omniscient, become one with Parama Purusa. Nothing is impossible through the practice of sadhana." (DKG)

Current Economic Crisis...

Date: Sun, 25 May 2008 23:46:21 To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: Current Economic Crisis... From: "Ishvara" Baba "Toma'r rather ca'ka' prabhu, egiye cale aharahah..." (3469) Purport: Baba, my Prabhu, Your chariot* is moving forward continuously. It is such a beautiful & panoramic scene. All the darkness of staticity, dogma and mean-mindedness is fading fast & evaporating from this world. With the forward movement of Your golden chariot, the divine effulgence is spreading all around. Nobody is left behind. If anyone did not have the strength to ride along, then You Yourself lifted them up and gave them a place on Your chariot. So everyone is sitting on Your chariot, moving forward and singing the song of one Goal. In ananda (bliss) everyone is moving forward by Your grace. O' Prabhu, O' Baba, Your chariot is moving forward non-stop... * Here chariot means the Path of Bliss, Ananda Marga, AM ideology, AM mission, and His grace etc.
Namaskar, Most everyone feels it in one way or another: Scarcity of jobs, rising fuels costs, governmental sanctions, food shortages, invasions and fighting over raw materials, marginal pay for workers, terrorist upheaval, extreme urban pollution, the pillaging of natural resources, and overall discontent and despair etc. Currently in this global market economy, our financial and social woes are mounting. No doubt, in some places, a few people are still drinking up the glories of a global economy, but their days of prosperity will not last long. Such an imbalanced system of the very rich and the extremely exploited cannot sustain itself. Yet who can forget as it was only a short while ago, that the global economy was looked upon as the golden vessel, i.e. the way of the future. To mention the phrase "local economy" was to sound outdated and archaic. It was to speak an oxymoron. How times have changed. Little by little the trend is now reversing and moving in the opposite direction-- towards the ways of a local economy and Prout, whether people realise it or not.
Ever since the US created the fashion of a global economic structure, the US has been losing more and more of its market share-- 20% and growing. Because new economic hot spots have been created, whether in SE Asia or elsewhere. And still many are dreaming of becoming a global giant. But again all of this is short-lived and short-sighted. Picture this: A country like the US goes outside to somewhere like Trinidad or Bangladesh for cheap labour. Those wealthy US corporations exponentially increase their profit and that impoverished place like Bangladesh suddenly has citizens on a payroll. It seems like a match made in heaven. Except for the loss of jobs in that economic superpower like America such that people are now actually leaving the US to find jobs elsewhere. That is a first. Plus, huge fuel costs to ship the finished goods from place to place, eradication of agriculture in the local area like Bangladesh, environmental destruction, and so many other woes. Not to mention, when invariably that economic giant like the US pulls out in order to find cheaper labor elsewhere, the workforce in places like Sri Lanka or Mexico wallow in economic turmoil. And that is only the tip of the iceberg, that is only the start of the problems regarding the global economy.
In the global economic framework, those over-industrialised nations like the US are constantly trying to create a market for their processed and finished goods. And when the US is the leader in warfare supplies, arms, ammunition, and weapons, then naturally they want to, nay need to, create a vast, global market to sell those goods. Hence, needless wars are encouraged all around the world simply for the sake of boosting the sales of arms-- boosting an economy. Plus that same economic giant will have to impose its will in order to get more raw materials to feed its ever-growing ways of over-industrialisation, hence the invasions into Afghanistan and Iraq for oil etc. Because, of the imbalances of a global economy, over-industrialised nations like the US will always be creating hell in order to boost their own economy, irregardless of what negative impact that has on the rest of the world. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, under-industrialised places like Afghanistan, Sudan, and elsewhere will suffer from an extreme lack of jobs & economic instability, and hence resort to terrorism in order to get their message across. That is another level of destruction and chaos created by the topsy-turvy global economic structure. So, in countless ways, the global economic system is failing. It is too costly, too wasteful, too exploitative, too thoughtless-- and it totally overlooks the welfare of the people. There is no long-term, beneficial, over-arching gain-- just struggle and strife. In the short term, those countries leaning towards over-industrialisation like China and India will experience a temporary boom-- and they may be dancing in the joy of those dollars, rupees, and yen-- but that boom is mostly baseless and short-lived. Ultimately it will come back to haunt them. They will merely fall into the same pitfalls which the US has experienced.
For reasons mentioned above and more, conscious people around the world are working hard to develop a localised economy in their area or region-- in their samaj. No doubt, in this age of instantaneous communication, space stations, and ultra-modern & global everything, it may sound like an oxymoron to pursue a local economic policy, but that is indeed that answer. That is what Baba has clearly given.
In His Prout discourses, Baba has provided all the needed directions and instructions for developing a healthy, local economy. Here are 5 central principles to that end: 1. The first principle of decentralized economy is that all the resources in a socio-economic unit should be controlled by the local people. 2. The second principle of decentralized economy is that production should be based on consumption, not profit. 3. The third principle of decentralized economy is that production and distribution should be organized through cooperatives. 4. The fourth principle of decentralized economy is that the local people must be employed in local economic enterprises. 5. The fifth principle of decentralized economy is that commodities which are not locally produced should be removed from the local markets. (PNS-21) And verily, the world is beginning to move in this direction. It has not come to fulfillment, but there are growing pockets where the above principles are being embraced. Of course, those corporate giants are still trying to pilfer all they can on the global level. So there is a tug of war going on the and the situation will get worse before it gets better. But, with each and every step those very same corporate giants are getting closer to hitting that wall, where they can not only progress no further but are forced to turn back in the opposite direction. The failing dollar, high costs of fuel, social unrest and more will be the undoing of global capitalism.
In response, knowingly or unknowingly, so many grassroots organisations, cooperatives, and small businesses are trying to establish themselves in the local arena. They realise that a local economy will bring environmental balance, job security, social stability, and economic might. In that way, society is coming round to the ideals of Prout. Not because they are reading Prout discourses, but because they are reacting to the ills of the global economic system. So it is our duty to bring more and more attention to Baba's socio-economic teachings. Because , only He has prescribed a step by step analysis for how to create a fully-sustainable, local economic system. This is what the people of today need to hear.
So now, when the world is quickly getting tired of the global economy, when it has become too expensive to grow spinach in China and have it shipped to consumers half-way around the world, when so many local jobs have been lost and outsourced, and when so many local merchants have been swallowed up by Wal-Mart and Home Depot, people want answers for how to proceed. Here for your review are but a few of the many golden ideas Baba has given in Prout. It is ideas like these that will empower the people and revolutionise the world. So we should be maximally familiar with Baba's Proutistic teachings and be ever ready to share them with all. Baba says, "In a decentralized economy the commodities produced by a socio-economic unit will be sold in the local market itself. As a result, there will be no uncertainty in the local economy or the economic life of the local population. In addition, money will be circulated within the local market so there will be no outflow of local capital. The possibility of an economic catastrophe in the local economy will be largely eliminated. In such a system, people’s income will have an upward trend and their purchasing capacity will continuously increase. No economic system in the world has been able to continuously increase the purchasing capacity of the people, because economic power is concentrated in the hands of a few." (PNS-21) Baba says, "Commodities which are not locally produced should be removed from the local markets...It is essential that the local population utilize the commodities produced in their own area to ensure the prosperity of the local economy...In a decentralized economy, the application of this principle is very important. If it is neglected, the local industries will gradually close down, local markets will go out of the hands of the local people and unemployment will increase. Once locally produced goods are accepted in principle, not only will local industries survive, but with their further development the local economy will thrive. The outflow of capital from the local area will be checked, and because it will remain in the local area, it will be utilized to increase production and enhance the prosperity of the local people. With the increasing demand for local commodities, large-scale, medium-scale and small-scale industries will all flourish." (PNS-21)
By His grace, He has bestowed upon us an economic system that is the perfect answer to today's current socio-economic woes. Global needs to be replaced by local. Corporation needs to be replaced by cooperative. And Prout is that way and so much more. Baba says, "In this present age of transition, you are seeing many theories change and being discarded before your very eyes... wholeheartedly embrace that theory which adjusts with time, space and person and will continue to exist forever." "Prout philosophy is situated at the height of pinnacled excellence because it moves with the changes of time, space and person. PROUT will always cross the barriers of time, space and person in an ever-progressive way." "So go on progressing. Mischief-mongers will not be able to poke their nose into human affairs and put up a fence to block the path of progress. Go on progressing, undaunted." (AFPS-9) Namaskar, Ishvara
******************************************** Future Humans
Baba says, "A day will come when the eyes and the bones in the human body will become weak. Almost all people will wear glasses and have false teeth. In the future there will also be tremendous changes in the structure of human beings. Human intellect will become sharper, the cranium will become larger and the nerve fibres will become more complex." (AV-8, p.8-9)

Timeless from the Beginning

Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 22:30:18 -0000 To: Subject: Timeless from the Beginning From: RB_MAURYA@ecectronic... Baba "Bha'lo ba'siyachi, toma're ceyechi a'ma'r maner mainjus'a'y..." (P.S. 3185) Purport: Baba, You are my most close; You are my dear most. I deeply love You with all my heart. I always yearn for You in my mental abode. Baba, I want Your closeness. Why are You remaining distant-- & not coming close by my side. You are not understanding the pain of my heart nor my hope to always have You. At a distance You go on smiling sweetly with Your charming smile. Why do You do like this. By this way You pull my heart; my heart gets taken away. Baba, all the sweetness of this universe is filled with Your nectar. But You are hiding Yourself within Your divine liila of darkness and effulgence. To understand You, to realise You is very difficult. Only by Your grace can one understand You. Age after age, so many yogis have been ensconced in Your shravan, manan, niddhidhyasana, japa, kiirtan, and dhyan, but without Your divine grace nobody can realise You. In each and every atom, proton, electron, and neutron as well as in the stars, galaxies, and nebulae-- all are singing Your glory, greatness, and magnanimity. They are spreading the love of Your causeless grace. Baba, I always long for You; I want Your proximity in the abode of my mind & heart. I want to have You. Baba, You are my nearmost & dearmost...
Namaskar, Every margii knows that Baba's discourses are eternal truth-- apta vakya. Baba says, "A'pta vakya or absolute knowledge is true and beneficial for all people in all ages and in all countries...The books in Ananda Marga philosophy are all absolute knowledge." (PNS-18, chap 3) But some jinanis in their confused state of mind think that Baba's ideas and discourses are not eternal-- That He modifies things from one moment to the next. Means such jinanis think in their dogmatic way that Baba's discourses are not apta vakya, i.e. that His discourses become old in the due course. Or they think that sometimes Baba changed His discourses by giving new updates etc just as mundane, ordinary philosophers do in their writings. These types of dogmas various jinanis have in their mind. This following letter is the reply to such delirium that certain jinanis have.
All are aware that Baba's everything is pre-planned. All the philosophy, irrespective of when & what time He delivered the speech, that is all part of His eternal guideline. And all the ideas that Baba propagated, all those various things He started giving from the very beginning-- in seed form. For example, those not aware may say that Microvita philosophy was introduced in December of 1986, but it is not like that. Because in very beginning, in the 1950's even, in old discourses Baba refers to the 7 types of microvita devayonis. And this next point is moving in the same direction.
Since the time Ananda Marga started, since then the theory of neo-humanism has been propagated. No doubt the name was not neo-humanism at that time, but the whole philosophy was embedded within those early discourses. So no one can claim that neo-humanism got started for the first time in 1982. It is not like that. Then there is also this example. In Patna, 1980 January, Baba has given the discourse 'liberation of intellect', i.e. 'Buddhi ki mukti'. But in official terms, everybody is aware that the neo-humanism theory was first given in 1982. When in fact the seed form teachings were given decades earlier and the initial elaboration of His of neo-humanism philosophy was given in 1980. But never was there any change to any of the ideas of neo-humanism. In all these above cases it is just like one baby was born and then 6 months or one year later then the baby naming ceremony happened. But that does not mean that prior to the naming ceremony then the baby did not exist.
Indeed countless examples can be given on this very point. It is related with all of Baba's philosophical teachings-- the entire gamut of what He has given. Take the case of Prabhat Samgiita. Actually since His very childhood He started giving Prabhat Samgiita-- just that time the name was different. But then after the name Prabhat Samgiita was given decades later, then Baba included those songs which He wrote in His childhood into His collection of Prabhat Samgiita.
In contrast, many people do things in a mundane, calculated manner: today they propagate some theory and then tomorrow they see some defect in their earlier concepts and they will attempt to revamp their initial defective theory. But in the case of Baba, His teachings are divine- eternal truth, Apta vakya. So His teachings are not affected by the change in time, space, and person.
That is why Baba never needed to update His philosophy. All the things that He started in 1955, that very same perfect philosophy He propagated up till 1990. He just gave more and more discourses to illustrate those initial points which were in seed form. There was no need for Baba to update anything because all His teachings are based on eternal truth. So those jinanis who dogmatically think that Baba updated or changed His philosophy, they are wrong. They need to study more carefully then they will reach the conclusion that since the very beginning, everything is the same type of ideas. Gradually He explained more and more in His various discourses and for that He has given new and new names and titles. But the ideas are the same.
In opposite fashion, Islam has its own way limited dogmatic ways of operating. Such that devotional songs and kiirtan etc are not allowed. So if they introduce something like that, then it will be said that they updated their philosophy. But in our AM since the beginning, kiirtan, bhajan, dances, and devotional chanting were approved, allowed, & encouraged. So margiis were writing and chanting bhajans in their own way and they were singing and dancing in their own style-- haphazard way. Then in due course, Baba graciously gave one methodical way of doing kiirtan. Likewise later on paincajanya was also introduced. So before the introduction of paincajanya in 1982 or the introduction of kiirtan in 1970, these things were present in seed form since the beginning. Here is another key point.
Since 1955 the point of Ista was very significant. If you see the Subhasita Samgraha discourses, there is the story of the mythological monkey devotee Hanuman. And Baba illustrated this so many times and He introduced the shloka: 'Shriinathe...'. And this very teaching is the main guiding shloka related with pointed devotion to Ista. And this very teaching Baba has given in various discourses since the very beginning. And directly & indirectly He raised this point again and again until finally in 1970 Sixteen points was made and one of the points was--strictness in Ista. Typically, here is one way of human beings' understanding-- that without the problems, human beings do not like to think and understand about the importance of Guru's teachings on various categories. So when some serious negative things happen then people realise that this thing should be taken care. Just like Baba used to guide about the strictness of Ista point since the beginning because many margiis those who took initiation in their old age they did not like to give up their old allegiance to different gods and goddesses. So one side they were doing sadhana and other side they were doing idol worship, taking bath in river Ganges, going to temples, doing their marriages in their caste, and following rituals of Hindu religions. So Baba started teaching them since the very beginning about strictness in Ista, one pointed devotion. In the past people were addressing Baba as Lord Vishnu, or Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva, What way they were ideating on different gods and goddesses when they came in contact with Baba they saw that very form in Baba. Because they have deep devotion in those deities and gradually that very devotion channelised towards Baba. The main reason for this problem was that they took initiation in their late age that time. And this same thing happens these days when people take initiation in their late age. What worships or rituals they do they do not like to give up. Sadhana and other dogmatic rituals go side by side. 5 minute of idol worship of goddess Durga and 5 minute sadhana; 5-10 Hanuman chalisa to please monkey god; and 5 minutes kiirtan. This type of pseudo-half-baked or immature margiis you will find everywhere. But the main problem came in 1970 was when huge number of fake Wts became defectors and they stated doing a lobby against Baba. Then people understood the importance and significance of this point- strictness in Ista. And that was the opportune time to introduce this point in 16 points and that is what Baba did.
The conclusion is that Baba used to teach these points since long back and when the dire need arose then everyone understood that, 'Yes this is needed'. Otherwise not. It is same thing like one may leave one's door open every day but if one day thief comes and takes costly things then people will be alert to close the door. Without that talking about alertness has no use in their mind. Here in India you see that without one time getting pickpocketed people cannot become alert about pickpockets. So Baba's whole philosophy in seed form was there since 1955, but gradually situation came and rule was implemented.
Baba never modified his philosophy, from the beginning it was same. He never modified or upgraded. here is another example: male acaryas should not initiate any females and vice versa. That was created in 1970, but this rule was since the beginning. Because in CC part 1 Baba has given the rule that relations between males and females should be in a very reserved way. And as long as they will not unnecessary gossip their dealings will be respectful. So prior to 1970's WTs were initiating females no problem. if strict in CC rules (giving females motherly status) but in 1970, some degenerated WTs started doing all kinds of nonsense things with opposite sex. And that also with their diiksa bhaganiis. So then there was no other way than to introduce rule that male WTs should not initiate females. and vice versa. The central idea is that the rule was there since the very beginning but later on it got implemented forcefully in a deliberate manner.
So those who are blind and half-baked pundit they wrongly conclude that some or other time Baba upgraded His philosophy or modified it. Jinanis think like this due to their lack of deeper understanding. Better they should read more, study more, do more sadhana, and then they will understand. The beauty of spirituality is that it is based on veracity, eternal truth. And Baba's all teachings are apta vakya. So there is no question of modifying them because AM ideology is eternally perfect. To understand these things more elaboration is needed, that is a different matter. But modification is not needed.
Here in conclusion is a blessing from Baba: Baba says, "Utilizing the vibrations created for eternal time by Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji through janusparsha and varabhaya mudras, take yourself and the entire universe ahead along the path of all-round welfare. Omn Shanti." (CC_1) Namaskar, Rambabu Note: Here below is another guideline signifying the perfect teachings of AM Baba says: "Dharmashastra is to establish the human beings in the stable, exalted position of spiritual ideation; it must be practical, rational, infallible, and universal. It must be based on deep eternal truth. It must be aptavakya. A scripture is a guiding entity. The Subhasita Samgraha series of books are the scripture of Ananda Marga ideology." (APH-4, 'Our Spiritual Treatise')
****************************************** Purpose of Marriage
Baba says, "'Be like Shiva and Parvati, go on doing your worldly duties along with your psychic and spiritual pursuits, be the assets of the entire civilisation, and by your service the whole society should be benefited." Note: The hidden meaning behind Baba's blessing is that in Ananda Marga marriage is not for carnal pleasures and sensual satisfaction. Rather is entails a serious commitment that has a deep significance. The marriage system in AM is for building up one human society worthy of its name.

"Yoga Phil was first Propounded by AM"

To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: "Yoga Phil was first Propounded by AM" Date: Wed 21 May 2007 22:11:29 +0500 (IST) From: Ram Sahay Kulshresth Baba "Toma'ri bhuvane toma'ri bhavane toma'ri a'she din ket'e ja'i..." (P.S. 331) Purport: Baba, in Your kingdom and around You my days are passing in Your hope. Thinking about Your lotus feet and ideating about You, the blackness of my mind, the hopelessness turns into the hope of effulgence. In Your attraction, in Your charm, and by the showering of Your grace, everything becomes sweet and attractive. Your smile brings new charm in life. The breeze which touches You, that sweet fragrant breeze brings the aroma from You, and it gives new awakening in my life. My whole being is vibrated with that. When I think about Your close proximity then my mind dances with joy and ecstasy and then nectar showers. Baba Your grace is everything...
Namaskar, In the whole, entire history of this world, the first time the philosophy of yoga was ever propounded was by Ananda Marga. That is what Baba says. So never before in the history of humanity was the philosophy of yoga ever given-- never. It is quite an amazing and extraordinary concept: The first time the philosophy of yoga came into being was with our Ananda Marga. Baba Himself states this truth. But, the irony is that no one would ever know it by reading our AM books-- because, tragically, those highly unique and historic words never got printed in the published version of the discourse.
Specifically, in His morning general darshan delivered in English on 26 September 1979 in Caracas, Venezuela, Baba clearly says:
"The yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga".
Baba says this in the first minute or two of the discourse. I have heard it with my own ears-- dozens and dozens of times. Baba says this quite clearly. But later on when this discourse, 'Be Free From All Complexes', was printed in the book Ananda Vacanamrtam part 34, that very special sentence was not printed. If you check on page 79 you will see that it is missing. And it is a terrible tragedy and very sad to see, because this is a very unique and revolutionary proclamation that Baba is making: "The yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga". Verily, there seems to be no other place in our AM discourses where Baba says this very thing. Yet He clearly spoke it in English that day on 26 September 1979.
Just to put things into perspective, we should analyse the import of Baba's historic statement. When Baba says, "The yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga", then it means that no one-- not a human being nor a Taraka Brahma-- prior to Baba was able to give the philosophy of yoga. Not Patanjali, not Kapil, not Buddha, not Mahaviira Jain, not Shankaracarya, no one was able to put forth the philosophy of yoga-- not even Lord Shiva or Lord Krsna. Such is the grand magnitude of Baba's divine statement. So this is yet another remarkable aspect of our AM ideology. That this was the first time that the philosophy of yoga has ever been given. Quite an impressive fact. And we Ananda Margiis can easily understand this very truth because we know that Baba's advent on this planet is an incredible occurrence. He has given many "firsts" such as: Microvita theory, Prabhat Samgiita, Neo-Humanism, Prout, and so much more. None of these ideas were ever given before. And now we also know that Baba is also the first to give the philosophy of yoga.
Actually, many of us have been aware about this fact since long because, for example, in our unit, we have been listening to this discourse for years and years. By Baba's grace, we have this cassette as it is an overseas discourse and those were recorded properly and well-circulated. So since long we were thinking that this point-- about AM being the first to propound the philosophy of yoga-- is quite commonly known.
But just recently when we went to examine the printed discourse, we saw that this very important and unique sentence was not placed in the book-- Ananda Vacanamrtam part 34. Rather it is missing entirely. This was astonishing for us and at that point we concluded that every printed discourse must be re-checked with the original cassette. Otherwise there is no telling what other points have been missed. And we-- the general members of the Marga-- should start this process by confirming the discourses using those cassettes that we already have.
What do the editors and publishers of Ananda Vacanamrtam part 34 say about those missing words? The publishers and/or editors, of the book Ananda Vacanamrtam part 34, claim that Baba's words were 'not clear on the tape'. That is the excuse they have given in their footnote at the bottom of page 79. And for that reason, i.e. because those syllables was 'not clear on the tape', Baba's historic statement-- "The yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga"-- does not appear anywhere in the book, AV-34. But the strange thing is that those publishers and editors understood the words directly preceding Baba's historic statement. And in our unit we also have a copy of that cassette and I can say first-hand that Baba's historic words about the first propounder of yogic philosophy are just as clear as those preceding words. So then it is peculiar how those publishers could not catch Baba's historic statement when those words were just as clear as the preceding ones. Instead they just wrote, 'not clear on the tape'.
Although I hate to say it, it seems that something "fishy" is going on. Because after all, Baba's statement-- "The yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga"-- is quite clear on the tape. So it may be that those publishers and editors have their own hidden reasons and fears about printing such a statement-- due to its revolutionary nature. Because the society at-large will not be inclined to believe it-- rather they may oppose. In turn, those publishers and editors may have thought that Baba's statement is "too outlandish" etc. So that may be the reason why those editors and publishers deleted it from Baba's printed book. After all, it will not be the first time such a cowardice act has occurred. Earlier, when certain editors and publishers printed the 'Views of Other Faiths' discourse in the Prout series, they deleted the lengthy section where Baba critiques the Semitic religions like Christianity and Judaism etc. Because those editors and publishers thought that Baba's words were too tough or too outlandish. So they did not have the courage to print Baba's revolutionary words. What else could be the reason when that discourse was printed in full in the book Tattvika Praveshika (1957). Similarly, in His discourse 'Liberation of Intellect' of Patna, 26th January 1980, Baba has given the revolutionary decree about women's rights and He condemns the Muslim dogma that "three women are equal to one man". But for 'some reason', our editors and publishers also failed to print that section of the discourse. Rather those editors and publishers removed it thinking that the public would react against Baba's dharmic proclamation. Or what else could be the reason. After all, there is a pattern developing here. Likewise, in Baba's Hindi discourse of 06 Jan 1979 in Patna, He boldly states that AM is being propagated everywhere and that 'Ananda Marga is across the planets'. But this also the editors thought was too outlandish a statement-- so they removed it from the printed discourse, even though Baba clearly states this on the cassette. And verily, who knows where else such editors and publishers might have failed to print Baba's actual words-- due to their own cowardice mentality etc. Surely, the more we look the more deletions we will find. Because it seems they do not have the courage to publish Baba's revolutionary statements. Or at least all the arrows point in that direction. By all this we can understand that language skills are not the only thing needed in order to work in the Publications department-- courage is also required. Because the whole of our AM ideology is revolutionary and Baba has told many things that the general populace may not like or may not accept. And in their fear, some of the editors and publishers of AM books delete those potentially controversial statements like, "The yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga". Due to their cowardice mentality they do like that. In a related manner, we can say the reason why they deleted the paragraph about margii rights from the AM A Revolution discourse is due to their selfishness. These are the very real issues we encounter with our Publications Department. That is why it has to be said that in order to publish Baba's books properly, one must have a certain degree of courage. Failing that, due to their cowardice, they delete certain lines that they feel the public may not like. And those editors and publishers they give phony excuses like, 'it is not clear on the tape'.
For everyone's awareness and reference, a proper and true transcription of Baba's discourse, 'Be Free From All Complexes', has been appended at the bottom of this email. That way everyone can readily see where Baba has said, "The yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga". So everyone should keep a copy of this for the record and maybe even print it and attach it to the AV-34 book. Because it is hard to believe that those in Publications will correct the matter any time soon, if ever. So we should take the matter in our own hands. That is the best way.
By Baba's grace, He has blessed us with His supreme teachings of Ananda Marga-- the first time in history that the philosophy of yoga has been given. So we should place extra importance on the printing of Baba's books and make sure that they are 100% clear and true to what He has said. Baba says, "The scriptures containing spiritual injunctions must be totally flawless." (NSS p.200, Edn 1995) Namaskar, Ram Sahay
The most gross and fundamental flaw of the printed version of this discourse occurs in the second paragraph, where they failed to print Baba's historic statement, "The yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga". However, the printed discourse is riddled with numerous other types of transcription errors and deletions etc. Really there are too many to count.
(A) Here below is the actual transcription of the first paragraph of the discourse. By comparing this with the book (AV-34, p.79), anyone can see that there are some fundamental mistakes in the printed version of this paragraph. "Last night I said something regarding different movements of humans in different strata of life, different arenas of life. Now, there is an eternal question of human mind regarding the success of life. Some people do so many things but come out unsuccessful, and some people do something for a short while and get crowned with success. What is the inner secret? Why does one become successful and one not?" (Paragraph #1 of the discourse 'Be Free From All Complexes') (B) Here below is the actual transcription of the second paragraph of the discourse. This is the one where Baba says that AM is the first to propound the philosophy of yoga. By comparing this with the book (AV-34, p.79), anyone can see that there are some fundamental mistakes in the printed version of this paragraph. "Regarding this Lord Shiva says-- you know, Lord Shiva was the first propounder of the yoga cult. I will not say yoga philosophy because the yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga. But before this, during the time of Shiva, there was a cult, that is, a practical side was there." (Paragraph #2 of the discourse 'Be Free From All Complexes') (C) Here below is the actual transcription of the 14th paragraph of the discourse. By comparing this with the book (AV-34, p.81), anyone can see that there are some fundamental mistakes in the printed version of this paragraph. "Now these two attributions, to think and to remember, are closely related to each other. What we see or what we perceive from the external objective world is reflected in the mind. And as a result of this reflection, coming first from the nerve fibres and secondly in the nerve cells, creates a sort of reflection in the mental plate. And when the reflection is created, we feel the existence of that external object. "Feel" means we see, we hear, we get the taste. This is thinking. And the second portion of thinking occurs when those waves, those sympathetic waves of the human mind, get refracted on the mental plate. They are stored-up thoughts. Those stored-up thoughts may be termed as memory." (Paragraph #14 of the discourse 'Be Free From All Complexes') (D) Here below is the actual transcription of the 22nd paragraph of the discourse. It is the second to last paragraph. By comparing this with the book (AV-34, p.83-84), anyone can see that there are some fundamental mistakes in the printed version of this paragraph. "Now even a man, who is a bad type of sinner, other sinners may hate him, that he is a bad man, even sinners may say that he is a bad man - for such a sinner, the worst type of sinner, the future is not dark. The future in his case also is very bright, if he takes shelter in the divine lap of the Supreme Father. "I am on the lap of my Father, I cannot be a sinner." Suppose you are walking along the path and your dress, your clothes, become muddy due to dust or clay. Then should you think that you will remain nasty or dirty forever? If you appear before your Father with dirty clothes, what will your Father do? He will clean your clothes and take you on his lap: "O my son, your clothes have become muddy, but you are my son. Come here, come here, sit on My lap. I am your Father, you are My son, you must not suffer from any sinner's psychology." Do you follow?" (Paragraph #22 of the discourse 'Be Free From All Complexes')
~ 26 September 1979 morning, Caracas ~
Last night I said something regarding different movements of humans in different strata of life, different arenas of life. Now, there is an eternal question of human mind regarding the success of life. Some people do so many things but come out unsuccessful, and some people do something for a short while and get crowned with success. What is the inner secret? Why does one become successful and one not? Regarding this Lord Shiva says-- you know, Lord Shiva was the first propounder of the yoga cult. I will not say yoga philosophy because the yoga philosophy was first propounded by Ananda Marga. But before this, during the time of Shiva, there was a cult, that is, a practical side was there. He [Lord Shiva] said that a man must not be under any sort of complex - that is, a man, a spiritual aspirant, must be free from all complexes; [he must have] neither superiority complex, nor inferiority complex, nor fear complex, nor defeatist complex. That is, the mind should be completely balanced. Actually, the question was placed before Lord Shiva by Pa'rvatii. Pa'rvatii was the spouse of Shiva, wife of Shiva. Pa'rvatii's question was: "What are the secrets of success?" And in reply Lord Shiva said that there are seven secrets. He said: "The first secret is Phalis'yatiiti vishva'sah siddherprathama laks'an'am" - that is, "In the aspirant, in the spiritual aspirant, there must be this firm determination that 'I must be successful in my mission.'" This firm determination is the first factor, first item, first requisite factor for success. If a man is doing something but has not got the firmness of determination - if within his mind there is a question "whether I will be successful - if I am not successful" - this kind of thing - then he will never be successful. There must be firm determination that "I must be successful." This is the first requisite factor. Do you follow? Even those who do not understand English are understanding a little bit. Mm. [laughter] And the second thing is: dvitiiyam' shraddhaya' yuktam' - "one must have respect for one's goal, one must have respect for one's path." And the third thing: trtiiyam' Gurupu'janam - "one must have reverence for the guru." I need not explain this item, because my subject is here that one must be free from all complexes. Caturtho samata'bha'vo. The fourth factor is that the aspirant must have a balanced mind. This is the item now under discussion. Pain'camendriyanigrahah. The fifth is, one must have self-restraint. Eating too much, sleeping too much, drinking too much - these weaknesses will not help the aspirant. One must have a balanced life. One must have self-restraint. And s'as't'hain'ca pramita'ha'ro - "one must take balanced food, that is, not too much nor too little." It should be substantial; it should be sentient, or at least mutative in nature for family persons. It must not be of static nature. It should be balanced food, because the cells of your body are created from the food. The food that you take creates the cells of your body. And your mind is a collective mind of the minds of so many cells, so if you take static food, non-sentient food, your mind will also be of that nature. Your mind will get depraved, degenerated; so you should take proper and balanced food. This was the advice of Lord Shiva. So one of His pieces of advice was - what? Caturtho samata'bha'vo - that is, "You must have a balanced mind." Now what is a balanced mind? The human mind has got two special wonts, two main courses, two main duties: one is to think and the other is to remember. The two duties of the human mind - one, to think, and the other, to remember - to keep in memory. Two things. Now, what is proper memory and what is proper thinking? If the thinking is proper and if the memory is proper, then I will say that the man is free from all complexes. Now these two attributions, to think and to remember, are closely related to each other. What we see or what we perceive from the external objective world is reflected in the mind. And as a result of this reflection, coming, first from the nerve fibres and secondly in the nerve cells, creates a sort of reflection in the mental plate. And when the reflection is created, we feel the existence of that external object. "Feel" means we see, we hear, we get the taste. This is thinking. And the second portion of thinking occurs when those waves, those sympathetic waves of the human mind, get refracted on the mental plate. They are stored-up thoughts. Those stored-up thoughts may be termed as memory. Now when you are suffering from a superiority complex, you think that you are a better person and others are worse persons; as a result of which you are unable to accept the external waves in proper style. So your thinking gets polluted, gets distorted, and as a result of which the refracted portion, that is, the memory, also gets distorted, becomes defective. So you must not have any superiority complex. You should remember that you are not superior to anybody else. All are children of the same Supreme Father, all are progeny of the same Supreme Progenitor. Nobody is superior to anybody. The second complex: Sometimes you may think that "I am an ordinary man, and that man is so big, so learned, such a big scholar - so rich, and I'm poor" - like this. If you think like this, what will happen? There will not be proper expression of your mind, there will not be proper emanations of your thought-waves; as a result of which the thought will become distorted and the refracted thought, that is, the memory portion, will become defective. Similarly, the fear complex: Sometimes people suffer from a fear complex. The psychological side of the fear complex is as follows: Due to the presence of something stronger, or due to the presence of something which is imaginarily stronger, not actually stronger, what happens? Mental flows are blocked, are choked. They cannot find the proper avenue of expression; as a result of which thoughts also get polluted. There cannot be free thinking. A man suffering from a fear complex cannot think properly. And if the thought is defective, the memory will also be defective. So you must never suffer from any sort of fear complex. Why should you suffer from a fear complex or an inferiority complex, when the Supreme Father is your father, when you all are the children of the same Father; why should you suffer from any inferiority complex or any fear complex, when the Supreme Father is with you? You are not weak. You are very strong, because the Almighty Father, the omnipotent Supreme Father, is with you to help you - so you must not encourage the psychology of weakness, or an inferiority complex or a fear complex. He is with you, always He is with you to help you. You are never alone. And sometimes there is a defeatist complex. "Oh, I am defeated in this world," "Oh, I am defeated in this struggle for existence." Such a sentiment, such a psychology, sometimes goads a man to commit suicide even. "I am defeated, I am defeated in the struggle for existence." You must not encourage this type of psychology. When your father is the Supreme Father, your father is the most powerful entity in the entire universe, why should you think that, why should you feel that you have been defeated in the struggle for existence? No, a bright future awaits you. Your future is glorious, your future is luminous, your future is effulgent. So you must not suffer from this psychology of helplessness or hopelessness or of despair. This defeatist complex may also be called "sinner's psychology". A man may always think: "I am a sinner, I am a sinner, I am a sinner." If he feels like that, if he thinks like this, that "I am a sinner," then actually one day he will become a sinner. Actually he is not a sinner, but if he thinks like this, that "I am a sinner, I am a sinner," what will happen? - he will actually become a sinner, because it is the characteristic of the human mind that it takes the form of its object. So when a man thinks, "I am a sinner, I am a sinner, O Lord, I am a sinner, O Lord, I am a sinner," then actually he will become a sinner. So such a psychology is fundamentally defective. You must never think that you are a sinner. You should think: "It may be a fact that I was a sinner in the past, but from this very moment I am on the lap of the Almighty Father; I cannot be a sinner, I am not a sinner. I am seated on the lap of my Supreme Father, I am not a sinner." Lord Shiva said this:
Api cet sudura'ca'ro bhajate ma'mananyabha'k; So'pi pa'pavinirmuktah mucyate bhavabandhana't.
[If even the most wicked persons worship Me with a concentrated mind, I will liberate them from worldly bondages.] Now even a man, who is a bad type of sinner, other sinners may hate him, that he is a bad man, even sinners may say that he is a bad man - for such a sinner, the worst type of sinner, the future is not dark. The future in his case also is very bright, if he takes shelter in the divine lap of the Supreme Father. "I am on the lap of my Father, I cannot be a sinner." Suppose you are walking along the path and your dress, your clothes, become muddy due to dust or clay. Then should you think that you will remain nasty or dirty forever? If you appear before your Father with dirty clothes, what will your Father do? He will clean your clothes and take you on his lap: "O my son, your clothes have become muddy, but you are my son. Come here, come here, sit on My lap. I am your Father, you are My son, you must not suffer from any sinner's psychology." Do you follow? So even if, in the past, you were sinners, forget it. Remember that from this very moment, you are the neat and clean son, you are the neat and clean child, of the Supreme Father. So there must not be any psychology of sinning complex. For a spiritual aspirant, there must not be any complex. Be free from all complexes, and move along the path of righteousness with a balanced mind, with mental equilibrium and also mental equipoise. A bright future awaits you.
(26 September 1979 morning, Caracas)
********************************************* Climate and Food Habits
Baba says, "Just as tamarind should be eaten in hot, wet climates as I mentioned earlier, in hot, dry climates people say that if they do not eat poppy-seed or black gram in their country they will be susceptible to nosebleeds so they have to eat it. Thus the climate or environment exerts a particular influence over inclination." (Varn'a Vijia'na, p.92)

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