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The Coronation Ceremony

Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 23:12:16 To: From: "Pavitra" pwKlauss@springnet... Subject: The Coronation Ceremony 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...
Namaskar, Recently, there has been some talk as well as a 'proposal' about the process and procedure for electing and placing a new Purodha Pramukha at the helm, when the needed time arises. How far each and every step of the plan is functional or not, everyone should study and decide. However, in the end, the plan concludes with one final directive of world-wide celebration about the seeming 'coronation of the new PP'. Yet who can forget what type of coronation happened in the past, i.e. when the present PP was placed on the chair back in 1990. And we all know where that has led us. So we must not forget what happened in the past when deciding how to bring on the new PP. For those who need a refresher, let's take a look back.
Within a couple dozen hours, ie just two days after October 26, 1990, already the then GS Sarvatmananda put the wheels in fast motion to bring on the new PP, as a replacement of Baba. And what a coronation was made. In that aftermath of Guru's physical leaving, when most margiis and acaryas alike were still numb, dazed and upset-- when their feelings were still raw, Sarvatmananda and his crew of top Dadas swiftly moved ahead with their agenda about how to capture and rule the organisation using their new tool, i.e. PP Dada. Their whole aim was to make that new PP into a replacement for Guru. And here is the story how they did it. So today, when someone mentions that there should be pomp & show & celebration for the appointment of the new PP, then we must not forget what took place in the past & how far it was appropriate or not.
Back in 1990, Sarvatmananda & Co made big plans. First they detailed an elaborate and exquisite coronation ceremony-- huge money was spent. A 20-ton truck carrying only malas, i.e. flower garlands, pulled up to the Tiljala gates. That's right a 20-ton truck carrying tens of thousands of garlands. As marigolds were in season they were mostly marigold malas. And side by side a team of 30 hired professional decorators from Kolkata went to work on dressing up the Tiljala compound in the most stately and honorary way imaginable. Not a single detail was missed, neither inside nor out, not a mala was out of place. This was all done in celebration of the new PP. Plus special chefs were hired, large cook pots were carried in, a massive feast was planned, new carpets were rolled out, festive lights were hung all around all around the Tiljala compound. Not a rupee was spared in making this a grand event-- the coronation of Baba's replacement. This was the way they presented the making of the new PP. They made it into a full-blown drama, as if PP was like Guru. So see the contrast: Guru had just left physically and in that void, a great coronation ceremony was being made as if we were getting a new Guru. That was the awkward, inappropriate, and celebratory nature of the event.
Even then that was not all. They erected a dais where Baba's photo was placed and on the stage, directly next to dais, and only a few inches lower, was a decorated, royal seat where PP Dada was to sit. And at the time of the induction or coronation, all the Purodhas sat up on the on the stage at the feet of PP Dada. Basically the drama was played that all the reverence and respect that one had for Baba should be throughly transferred over to PP. That was the way it was designed. After all, Sarvatmananda was thinking that the more power the new PP had, then the more power he (Sarvatmananda) would have. Because he knew well that PP was a total buffoon, just a clown who could be easily manipulated. That was why PP was hand-picked by Sarvatmananda. And the full glory of the coronation was aimed specifically at this transfer of power: From Guru to PP, and indirectly to Sarvatmananda. Some general Dadas & margiis who were present were highly offended by what was taking place, as if this was the appropriate time to hold a great gala in AM and if this was the way to bring on a new PP. But they knew they had to keep quiet-- or else. Because Sarvatmananda had full power and a strict agenda in mind.
And indeed, Sarvatmananda's plan did not stop there. Once the elaborate coronation ceremony was over, then Baba's each and every plan and program was placed into the new PP's pocket. Personal Contact...Field Walk...Reporting... Special Quarters...PA...Accepting Salute to Divine Father...Full VSS entourage...Driver escort...Scolding...PS Songs...Announcement of Arrival...and so much more. And if anyone so much as whispered anything about PP, then harsh punishment was given and charge-sheets were drawn up. Plus PP was taken away from the margii public and kept inside as if no one could gain access except with special permission, as if PP was too busy governing and directing the whole Cosmic Liila. And margiis were prompted to ask PP for advice, guidance, and his divine word when they were granted access to him. In essence, if someone compared a film between Baba and PP, there would be no difference in the way they were presented and treated etc. The only difference was the face-- beyond that everything was the same. PP would be Guru. That was the planning of that coronation. PP would even sit right by Baba's photo and remain there when margiis would come up and do sastaunga pranam, as if he was accepting their salutation and showering grace. All the facilities and ways of Guru were transferred over to PP, as if he was the new Baba. That was the celebratory nature of PP Dada's coronation. I do not think anyone can forget this. And still to this very day this is going on. Rudrananda has adopted all of it-- for his own gain etc.
However in the end, we see what has happened. Here we are 18 years later, and our AMPS is in utter shambles and ruins; and PP is still sitting on the chair. It is not his fault per se. After all he is just one lame duck. At the same time it cannot be ignored that all the groupism, all the dogma, all the destruction of margii rights, all the injustices occurred right underneath the nose of PP. So, from top to bottom, the whole demise of our Marga has been the result. Of course, we will build our Marga back into a shining pillar of dharma, but it will not be due to the grace of PP. I think we have all learned our lesson about that one. Perhaps the most ironic thing of all, some may call it bitter justice, is that PP was whisked away from Sarvatmananda. That is, Sarvatmananda lost the very polished tool which he himself had invented. And now B group is sitting on the outside due to PP's order, and partly because B group wanted to break away.
So that is the story of the coronation and placement of PP onto the post. There are many more details-- surely you all have your memories and experiences. The above is a mere taste or remembrance about what transpired due to that majestic, regal, and royal coronation ceremony. Thus today, when Sri Mangal Birhari's plan & proposal is to celebrate the coming of the next PP with full vigor, and pomp and show, in all corners of the earth, then we all have to stop and think. Is this really the spirit of the post? Is PP really the next Guru, or even symbolic of one? I think we all now know the answer to that.
By Baba's grace we have come into the Marga where only Brahma is the Guru-- none else. Due to His grace everything happens. And whoever sits in the chair of PP is merely carrying out a social role. That is not the say that the PP post is totally useless and unimportant. It has its relative value and significance, but not in spiritual realm as the person sitting on that chair has nothing to do with being Guru, nor receiving the reverence thereof. Thus, full-blown celebrations around the globe over the coronation of the next PP are not our way. If someone would modestly & quietly accept the post and humbly vow to serve Guru & humanity, that would be quite sufficient. By Baba's grace that is how it will transpire when the time comes. We should all try for this. Because in AM, only Brahma is the Guru, none else. Baba says, "The one formless, beginningless and infinite Parama Brahma (Supreme Consciousness) is the only entity to be attained by living beings – That alone is Jagat Guru (the Supreme preceptor), That alone has revealed Brahmavidya' (intuitional science) to us through the medium of the name and form of Anandamu'rtijii. Unit beings must be made to appreciate Its majesty." (CC-2) Namaskar, Pavitra
************************************************* - The Solution -
Baba says, "Whenever there is a conflict between the brain and the heart, intelligent people should respond to the call of the heart. The books in A'nanda Ma'rga philosophy are all absolute knowledge. The proper mark of identity of absolute knowledge is that it must be universal, rational and psychological. Certain instances of absolute knowledge are as follows-- the goal of human life is the attainment of Brahma; human beings are the progeny of Parama Purus' dint of sa'dhana' or spiritual practices human beings gradually become divine." (PNS-18, p.10) *************************************************

Baba: 'I Speak for All'

Date: Tue 29 Jul 2008 23:48:16 -0000 To: From: "Bhavanath Rajpal" Subject: Baba: 'I Speak for All' Baba "A'lo jhariye madhu ks'ariye a'ndha'r sa'riye tumi esecho..." (P.S. 1233) Purport: Baba, You have come and by Your divine advent You are showering effulgence, exuding nectar, and wiping away all darkness. Baba, You have come-- making the flowers blossom & graciously spreading happiness and bliss to one and all. Baba, by Your august arrival everyone's hopes and longings have been fulfilled. Baba, living beings were awakened by the deep yearning and pain of longing in their heart. And with this feeling, in the anticipation & hope of Your coming, they were awake, watching for Your arrival-- constantly looking towards Your path. Baba, this pain and longing of devotees resonated in Your heart and You could no longer remain distant. Baba, You have come and You are graciously pouring the basket of love-- satisfying everyone's heart. The sleeping humanity has gotten new life by Your grace. Baba-- that river which dried up and evaporated, and that song which was lost in the oblivion-- the current of that very river and the tune of those songs You have graciously brought along with You.* Baba due to Your august advent You have inundated each and every heart with the nectar of devotion. This is Your causeless grace... * The inner idea is that when Parama Purusa comes and He saturates the heart with deep devotion, then all those feelings of love and which had dried up start to blossom. In the above song, the river signifies the flow of devotion and the song and melody refers to that subtler expression of devotional feeling.
Namaskar, As we shudder or even mockingly marvel at the way the current groupist leaders unabashedly ignore Baba's teachings and instead chase after their own personal agendas, one can only wonder how these were the very people who surrounded Baba physically for years and years. They heard all those dharmic teachings yet nothing went inside-- or so it seems. Here below is the explanation how Baba's talks of dharma and inspiration are addressed towards those who understand inside their heart-- and not necessarily towards those who were physically present those days.
There are two types of knowledge. One is transitory in nature; that is called pra'pta va'kya. And that is always changing according to time, space, and person. Today that type of knowledge is correct, and tomorrow it may not be. And another variety of knowledge is absolute knowledge. That is a'pta va'kya; a'pta va'kya is eternal; unchangeable. Baba says, "For a bhakta, only a'pta va'kya has value. What comes from Parama Purusa is a'pta va'kya....As devotees, you should follow only a'pta va'kya." (AV-2, P.7) Baba says, "A'pta va'kya" or "absolute knowledge". Absolute knowledge is the direct message from God...The books in A'nanda Ma'rga philosophy are all absolute knowledge." (PNS-18, p.10) So we all know that Baba's teaching is a'pta va'kya. It is eternal and ever-true. With the change of time, space, and person, it does not change. It is permanent. All the discourses which Baba has given, these are for eternal teaching.
But some people get easily confused and misled. In the wrong way they start thinking that Baba speaks only to the limited audience seated before Him during His discourse. And that the value of the discourse is limited to those in the audience. And that it is beneficial for them alone. This way of thinking has brought some serious dogma also. Thinking that Baba is only speaking for those present, due to this faulty approach, many discourses in 1978 just after the jail period could not get recorded. When Baba scolded and became furious, and He Himself revealed the truth. Baba graciously revealed, "I'm not speaking for the few those who are sitting next to me. I speak for all." The sense was, that these things are not limited to time, space, and person. These discourses are beyond the three factors. They are for all, up to eternity. And at that very time during the scolding in 1978, Baba charge-sheeted the concerning in-charges by scolding, "Why the discourses did not get recorded?..." After that, everyone became more serious to record each and every discourse. This above incident happened just after the jail period, in August 1978. As another example, all are aware that prior to 1970, mostly the DMC discourses were getting recorded. But general darshans, not. And this was due to the dogma that the darshans were only meant for those attending Baba's discourse.
The conclusive idea is, that many times the audience gets confused. And they think that Baba is talking to them alone. Just as in the example of the following discourse from 1979. When Baba gave this discourse, then those present were thinking that they are not only great, but greatest. Because they are going to solve the problems of the society. They are the torchbearers. And they will bring a golden era on this earth. So forth and so on. Everyone was charged, thinking about their greatness. So here below is the discourse which they heard from Baba on that day. Baba says, "I am sure that you boys and you girls must be optimists; and it is your duty to save humanity. And I hope you will be able to save humanity, because, just like me, you are also optimistic. You should know that great, or good, people are few in number, they are not many...So it is your duty to save humanity. And those who are unable to shoulder their own bags and baggages -- their responsibilities are to be shouldered by you. You should remember that the life of a spiritual aspirant is a mission. One's entire life is a mission, one's entire existence is a mission. And your mission is -- what? To save humanity from this crisis. I hope you will be successful. And I not only hope, I am sure that you will be successful." (AV-34, p.77) So listening this, attendees were thinking that they are the torchbearers who will lead the society forward from darkness to light. But unfortunately, some of them after some time, got frustrated and threw away their dress. And started leading negative life.
And still today some of those who attended that discourse, are thinking that they are torchbearers irrespective of their personal conduct. But rational analysis tells that those whose conduct is good, following dharmic guideline, adherent to 16 points and other various conduct rules, they are the vanguards of society. Whether they were present in that Frankfurt airport or not, that is immaterial. We should not forget that Baba's teaching is divine, eternal, a'pta va'kya. Baba speaks for all, beyond the limit of time, space, and person. And the real torchbearers are those who follow these guidelines. Whether they have personally attended the discourse, or not. Namaskar, Bhavanath
There are some who dogmatically think that Baba's discourses are teachings for that very day when it was delivered, and to that very audience who was present that time. In other words, they think in a quite limited way. And the outcome has come as this "Ananda Vanii dogma". The believers of this dogma feel that Ananda Vaniis are for that very day on which they were given. And that now those Ananda Vaniis are useless. They cannot be used as Ananda Vaniis to treat as a special message. That's why those in power are creating fake Ananda Vaniis twice a year. This all illustrates how dogmatic people don't like to believe that Baba's teaching is a'pta va'kya, eternal. Now let us go to our main point.
The first DMC happened in Jamalpur in 1955. And the Subhasita Samgraha discourse is available. But where are the general darshan discourses from that time? It is obvious, they are not available. They could not get recorded in any media. We lost them. All the DMCs in the early years before '66, were like that. And after that, such a minimal number of discourses are available in the printed form, we can see. They are very few in number. And surely they did not all get recorded. And why go far? 1969-70 was the year where Baba has given so many demonstrations in Ranchi. And every day He has to explain all those things in hours lengthy discourses. But nothing got recorded. Dada Vijayanandji was noting down a few lines related with each day. Only those things got printed in one of the Ananda Vacanamrtam books. And those notes are only one or two paragraphs of one particular entire day's darshans. So by seeing the size of the paragraph or discourse, one can see that this is just 5% of the real discourse. And that's also not original, but just notes. Why did this thing happen? Because those days, people were not careful to record Baba's discourses. Many were thinking that Baba speaks for that very audience which is sitting next to Him.
Now it is so ridiculous, that in those samadhi demonstrations of '69-70, in such an odd way it has been written, "In Ranchi jagrti on that day, one devotee got samadhi". Reading this, which reader is going to understand that Baba is giving demonstration? Rather, people will get confused that one devotee got samadhi out of the blue, by his own effort. But that is far away from the truth. The truth is that Baba graced, and the result was samadhi. But it is not mentioned in the discourse. That is unfortunate, and it is a black mark in our scripture. Please read AM philosophy part 5, pages range 323-334. As an example, see below this quoted section from the chapter, "Bhava Samadhi". There it is printed: "On May 10th, 1969, at Ranchi jagrti, a sadhaka experienced bha'va sama'dhi. Sitting in dhya'na'sana he began to practice dhya'na on Mula'dha'ra cakra. As soon as he connected his mind with the Cosmic Mind he felt the sweet waves of cosmic bliss. Then he took his mind to deeper realms, practicing dhya'na in svadhista'na and man'ipura cakras. At this time he directed all his psychic energies to Parama Purus'a...." (p.328 APH-5) By reading this description it looks as though the sadhaka is doing all these things at his own will and on his own. There is no hint by this description, that this entire event is a demonstration given by Baba. And that it is only by Baba's grace on this sadhaka, that the sadhaka began to experience these things. So in true sense the manner of writing this event is ridiculous and misleading. But why did all these things happen? Because those who are responsible, they thought in their dogmatic way that Baba's discourse of that very day was for those persons only there, in that audience. We should go now to our main topic.
Here below is the entire discourse available in AV-34, which Baba has given in Frankfurt Airport on the 19th of September, 1979. It gives deep inspiration. Baba says, "Some peoople say that in the past there have been so many crises in human society. Crisis is quite natural for something moving. Wherever there is movement, there is struggle -- struggle against the inertia of the earth. In the past, there have been crises in the course of movement, crises in different branches of civilization, crises in the realm of education, and so on. But nowadays, the entire human society is facing the crisis of civilization as a whole, and particularly a crisis in the field of existence. Human society is now to decide whether to live or to die. If this mud-slinging and intolerance are encouraged, humanity has no future -- the future is dark, the future is sealed forever. But you know, I am not a pessimist. I am always an optimist. And I want all my sons and daughters to be optimists. And I want them to struggle against this death signal of humanity, and come out successful." "And I am sure that you boys and you girls must be optimists; and it is your duty to save humanity. And I hope you will be able to save humanity, because, just like me, you are also optimistic. You should know that great, or good, people are few in number, they are not many. They do not come within the scope of millions or billions. They are always few in number. And these few, they are the torchbearers of human society, they are the pioneers, they are the vanguards of human society. So it is your duty to save humanity. And those who are unable to shoulder their own bags and baggages -- their responsibilities are to be shouldered by you. You should remember that the life of a spiritual aspirant is a mission. One's entire life is a mission, one's entire existence is a mission. And your mission is-- what? To save humanity from this crisis. I hope you will be successful. And I not only hope, I am sure that you will be successful."
19 September 1979 evening, Frankfurt (AV-34, "To Save Humanity")
*************************************** Marry or Not Marry Baba says, "In AM every individual has complete freedom in matters of marriage... those who are engaged in the fulfillment of an ideal...or those who have to spend the greater part of their day in some mental occupation should not marry, because they will not find it possible to fulfill their family commitments properly. The marriage of such people is harmful to the society in many cases." (GHC, '91 Edn, p.19) Note: In our Marga there is a dogma that either one should become a wt or get married. Yet in the practical sense everyone knows that just wearing the saffron dress does not mean dedication. There are many wts who are exclusively "dedicated" only for their own stomach-- or for power, post, and their groupist agenda. The number of wts who are really dedicated to the ideology is quite low. But in true sense those few are the proper wts. In contrast, on other side there are many margiis who are completely focused on ideology and dedicated to our holy AM adarsha. That is why after getting married they are unable to properly look after their personal family responsibilities. In result their children end up not liking or even blaming Ananda Marga. About such cases Baba has given the clear mandate that it would have been best if such ideologically-minded margiis
would have remained single, and not married.

Where Do Babies Come From

From: "Gagan" To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: Where Do Babies Come From Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 23:38:28 -0000 Baba "Tandra na've ankhite manda'loke jadio..." (1728) Purport: Baba, drowsiness falls on my eyes at the time of darkness and I lose the path-- surrounded only by dogma. And when I cannot see my Goal properly, when I forget You, then please wake me and bring me on the proper path. Oh Baba, oh my lord, please wake me with the call of Your divine flute; please remove my slumber. I do not have any other divine Entity upon whom I have any hope. You are my God of gods. Please remove all the Cimmerian darkness which surrounds me. By Your grace shatter my bondage of attraction with these worldly things. Since then You are making me listen to the song of liberation. Baba, when I feel drowsy and remain lethargic on the forward path, then please grace me and pull me back on right track...
Namaskar, Around the globe there are various ways of explaining to small children, "Where do babies come from". Because, after all, invariably the situation arises in one way or another. Most commonly, this scenario comes to the fore when a young child learns from its mother that they will soon have a younger sibling etc. Naturally, with all its curiosity, the child will then ask about the origin of this forthcoming baby. In which case a reply often has to be given to the child, in some way.
In the west, from Europe to the US, there are vying opinions about how and when to educate children about sexuality: From childbirth to sexually transmitted diseases. And amazingly enough, some start sex ed (sexual education) right from the age of 3 or 4 by using picture books that show the female body, uterus, fetus etc. Thus when a young child innocently inquires about the origin of the baby, then parents might sit down with picture books-- then and there. This is one of the main ways that is happening in the west at present.
In AM, our outlook is a bit different. Ours is a more holistic vision that encompasses the whole of human understanding. In AM, we see one another as humans-- as fellow travelers on the path to the Divine. So when we see our close people, we do not view them as merely a collaboration or collection of different biological parts. Such as a stomach full of food, a gallbladder, two kidneys, etc. Rather we see them as a whole human personality-- someone whom we love and cherish. Thus we consider the spiritual, psychological, & emotional bodies, and indeed all aspects of the human personality. Similarly, when introducing young kids to their newborn sibling-- rather than explain the baby's birth from a strictly biological perspective-- we can instead use a multi-dimensional approach that encompasses the various aspects of human life-- of our human origin.
Here Baba guides us how the great sadhaka Mada'lasa' was guiding her young son. Although in the below passage Mada'lasa' is talking directly to her newborn son, we can use this same type of approach when teaching a child about where their younger, i.e. newborn, sibling has come from. "Although you are but a child in a small human frame, you are the veritable expression of the Supreme Consciousness. You are an ever-holy, ever-enlightened entity. As long as you think that you are only a small child, you are spiritually ignorant, but when you realise that you are a part of that Supreme Entity, you become that Supreme Entity, you become spotless (nirainjano'si)." (AV-7) By this above approach, the child benefits in multiple ways. From an early age the infant develops a link with the greater universe and understands that there is a Supreme Being or God with whom they are connected, in a loving way. And of course the above is just an example from centuries and centuries ago. So if there are some words or phrases one wishes to change then that is certainly an acceptable thing to do. Here the main part is incorporating a spiritual vision that recognises the trifarious nature of the human personality. And this approach gets us away from getting into the nuts and bolts of human anatomy and physiology and sex ed etc. Those topics can come later on as our children grow older and more mature.
So in our own households, we can employ variations of this same approach. We can say this about each one of our children. As soon as we tell this to our 3 year or 5 year old in order to explain how they now have a younger sibling. Right away we can also tell that 3 or 5 year old that they are also a child of this grand universe. That way there will not be any jealously, complex, or difficulties etc.
And at that same time we can move ahead in life-- knowing that the sex ed can be delivered at a later date. Because there are innumerable times later on in their early adolescence that children need to get the full scoop on human health and sexuality. This everyone must learn once their glands begin to develop. And parents should be one trusted avenue for their children in this regard. And certainly they will learn what they will from their peers and the school curriculum. But parents should have a distinct role in this-- but that role need not start too early either. In those early years before the onset of puberty, and especially when the child is only a handful of years old, that is a sacred time to instill the notion that every human being is a divine child of this grand universe. This is also an important and significant concept for them to get. And besides-- it is true.
Everyone thinks that, 'this body is mine, but more than that they do not ask. Just they think that it is mine. But that 'mine' also belongs to something. And here below Baba tells us where to whom that 'mine' belongs to-- i.e from where it comes. Baba says, "Everything has emerged from me, everything is being maintained in me, and ultimately everything will dissolve in Me...the Cognitive Entity has been recognized as the primordial cause of creation...the Supreme Operative Principle, carries on Her creative flow according to the expressed desire or expressed approval of Parama Purus'a. Hence Purus´a is the prime cause of creation.
Mayyeva sakalam' ja´tam' Mayi sarvam' pratis't'hitam.
"Since everything in this universe is born out of Purus'a, there is nothing beyond or outside Purus'a; hence Mayi sarvam´ pratis´t´hitam - "everything is residing in Him." He is the base of everything; there is no way to go beyond Him." (SS-11) By this way, it becomes quite clear that we all stem from Him. He is our Source; He is our Father. We are all children unto Him.
By Baba's grace, part and parcel of everyone's early learning should incorporate this idea that we all come from Him and that we will all return to Him. This divine idea should neatly reside in everyone's consciousness-- from an early age. And later on when it is time for the specifics about the birds and the bees, i.e. sex ed, then that should be told. First however, one should enjoy the sweet blessings of Parama Purusa and understand that we all come from Him and will return to His divine Lap. This should be one of one's earliest memories. Baba says, "Ultimately one will have to reach Him. There is no other way. " (12 Nov 78 DMC) Namaskar, Gagan
One day, Mada'lasa' was putting her fourth child, a three-month-old baby, to sleep with the following lullaby:
Shu'ddho'si buddo'si nirainjano'si sam'sa'ra m'aya' parivarpito'si. Sam'sa'ra svapnam' tyaja mohanidra'm' Mada'lasolla'pam uva'ca putram.
"Dear son, although you are but a child in a small human frame, you are the veritable expression of the Supreme Consciousness. You are an ever-holy, ever-enlightened entity. As long as you think that you are only a small child, you are spiritually ignorant, but when you realise that you are a part of that Supreme Entity, you become that Supreme Entity, you become spotless (nirainjano'si)." The mistakes that people make, the crimes and sins they commit, leave a mark imprinted on their minds which remains as a sam'skara'. This spot or mark is called ainjana in Sanskrit. Ainjana also means a kind of black mark which is used to decorate the eye. "My dear child, there is no black spot in your mind. You are spotless. You are unassailed by any kind of sin."
Sam'sa'ra m'aya' parivarpito'si:
"You are beyond the spell of the illusory Ma'ya' of this mundane world. You are the embodiment of the pure and unblemished self."
Sam'sa'ra svapnam' tyaja mohanidra'm:
"What is this world after all? Human beings think this world is real, but to the Absolute Entity it is only a mere dream, having no real existence. That is why I tell you to break the spell of illusion which makes you dream about all the attachments of this world."
Mada'lasallopam uva'ca putram':
"This is how Mada'lasa' teaches her son." (AV-7)
Sex ed is a hot topic nowadays and often the tendency is to tell more to children at an earlier age. Here below are but a few examples how parents struggle with using biology alone as a means to explain where babies come from. Here is what one mother told: "My 5 year old daughter asked me where babies come from and I panicked. I went into this long, nervous, diatribe about when a man and a woman love each other, how babies are made, where the come out, etc. I was beet red and my heart was pounding by the time I finished." And another mother who is also a counselor advises in this way. "If you have already told her that her mom is going to have a baby then it is a natural question for her to ask. It is up to you to decide whether she is old enough to cope with the answer without being frightened, if not, just tell her firmly that you will tell her when she is older. If you do decide she is ready, then explain it in simple terms, with a book to help her understand in pictures what happens. Whatever you do, don't lie to her or make up stories, children are not stupid! There are many books on the market that you could find in your local library which explain the facts of life to young children. Help her to understand by explaining it in terms of where she came from, make sure she realises how much Mommy and Daddy loved each other to want to make her in the first place and how much they love her now. This way, she won't feel jealous or sidelined once the baby arrives."
*************************************** Confusion about Microvita
Baba says, "Microvita are the initial stage of matter. Although they are matter they are very, very subtle. All of a sudden microvita are transmuted into matter and matter is transmuted into microvita. For investigating the initial stage of matter, research is not possible in physical laboratories, but it is possible in the human mind and human soul. Microvitum is closer to the realm of ideas than matter...While atomic research can be done in physical laboratories, microvita research can only be done in the human mind and soul." (MVNS, 'Q & A on Microvita', #19) Note: In His above teaching Baba is giving the hint that intense sadhana should first be done and then one can realise & understand the practical aspects and theoretical concepts of microvita. The key point being that microvita are very subtle in nature and are "closer to the realm of ideas than matter". Nowadays, however, certain dry intellectuals are giving misguiding lectures on microvita and confusing margiis. Such dry jinanis are telling that microvita should first be discovered and researched on the physical plane-- with our crude eyes etc. The main source of controversy stems from the fact that these jinanis themselves aren't clear about microvita, therefore they are making others confused. Once again then, we should hold firm to Baba's above reference that only by doing maximum sadhana can one gain a proper understanding of microvita.

Smudge Marks on our AM Books

From: "DharmaForAll" Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2008 23:22:08 Subject: Smudge Marks on our AM Books To: AM-GLOBAL Baba "Uttal sindhu utkrami tumi, esechilo mor ghare..." PS (1077) Purport: Baba, after crossing the wild tidal wave, You have come into my heart-- You have come to my home. Baba, You are traveler of the solitary path. Even after encountering so many negative situations, You did not get overcome with fear. You did not get scared; nothing could terrify You. According to the basic necessity or protocol I did not have any of the necessary arrangements, so I could not receive You properly. My grief-stricken mind was full of longing for You, and my heavy heart was saturated with the tears. Baba, I have not done anything for You. In vain I was just revolving around only mirages. With the new sun and strong call, by holding my hand You showed me the direction-- You graced me by taking me onto the right path. Baba, You have come into my heart; it is nothing but Your divine mercy & grace...
Namaskar, Our AM ideology is unique and contains all the answers to all the questions in this universe-- both philosophical and factual. Naturally then it is of utmost importance to publish Baba's divine discourses in a clear and conclusive manner. This is absolutely necessary. However, these days there is a glaring defect permeating throughout all our AM books that is diluting Baba's discourses. A defect which is being inserted by our very own AMPS publishers & editors. Specifically this critical error concerns the use and translation of Sanskrit shlokas. Given the gravity of the situation everyone should read the following and write in with their opinion as well.
Before jumping directly into what the editors have done, let us first examine Baba's perspective. Because it is His opinion which is of Supreme importance. The key point of this entire issue then is to understand Baba's explicit intention behind the use of shlokas in His discourses. And by Baba's grace He has provided us with a crystal-clear explanation about this. In His historic "Author's Note" to the Hindi edition of Subhasita Samgraha part 2, Baba has issued a statement regarding His use of shlokas. The basic idea of what Baba writes in His Author's Note is as follows.
'I (Baba) am not the interpreter of the Vedas, rather my purpose in using any shloka is to explain and put forth Ananda Marga ideology. The shlokas I have selected from the Vedas are used with this expressed intention. Hence sometimes I expound upon a shloka far beyond than what was the original meaning of the shloka; and other times I may use or explain only one word of a shloka when the Vedas have given a lengthy interpretation of that shloka. Because again My purpose is to set down the tenets of AM ideology, not explain the Vedas.'
Thus in His special Author's note, Baba clearly states that in His discourses His intention is not to explain or write a commentary of any shloka per se; but rather, He is using those shlokas as a means to illustrate His AM philosophy.
By all this there are two basic points which are paramount: (1) In His discourses, Baba is using the Sanskrit shlokas of the Vedas as a springboard to explain His AM ideology. (2) Many of the Vedic shlokas are full of wrong and dogmatic teachings which Baba does not wish to include in His discourses. Sometimes He openly corrects the Vedas and many, many times He just ignores the various dogmatic interpretations of those Vedic sermons and instead explains about the dharmic perspective of AM. Unfortunately, a few jinanis on the editorial staff in our AM Publications Office have their own way of doing things which goes against Baba's unique and special use of shlokas. In that way a few jinani editors have grossly polluted our AM books.
While the mistakes certain jinani editors have made is laced throughout countless discourses, here following are some clear-cut examples for everyone to review. These below editorial blunders are from the discourse 'Twice Born' printed in Ananda Vacanamrtam part 30. In this important discourse Baba is carefully highlighting the importance of AM diiksa-- the initiation into Ananda Marga. Baba begins the discourse with this full shloka:
Janmana' ja'yate shu'drah sam'ska'ra't dvija ucyate; Veda pa't'ha't bhavet viprah Brahma ja'na'ti bra'hman'ah.
Thereafter Baba puts forth His unique teaching that initiation into the tantric cult of Ananda Marga is what makes one a human being. Baba explains the second half of the first line of the above shloka in the following way.
Sam'ska'ra't dvija ucyate "After one is initiated, one becomes dvija, human." (AV-30, p.27)
So Baba's teaching itself is that AM initiation marks the beginning of one's human existence. But in square brackets [] the editors made their own silly insertion which goes completely against Baba's explicit teaching. Because about that same part of that very shloka the editors explained it in the Hindu dogmatic way by literally translating that shloka. Here is what those jinani editors wrote in their silly little square brackets:
[...Going through a renewal ceremony, the person become a dvija...] (editor's insertion, AV-30, p.25)
This is the gross error which those editors inserted into Baba's perfect discourse. So Baba has given this entire discourse to highlight the speciality of AM initiation and to tell that it is AM diiksa which allows one to begin true human life. Yet side by side our jinani editors inserted the misguided interpretation that in order to become human one must undergo the dogmatic Hindu renewal ceremony. Thus Baba is trying to put forth the dharma of AM by highlighting the importance of our AM diiksa but our own editors are polluting His discourses with dogmatic Hindu teachings. This makes the entire discourse appear confusing and even contradictory to readers.
Even worse is that in this very short 4 page discourse the editors make this same type of mistake again and again-- thereby undermining Baba's dharmic message throughout the printed discourse. This is their so-called contribution. That is to say, every time Baba mentions that part of the shloka in this discourse then He gives the dharmic meaning. Each time Baba explains that it is AM initiation which make one a human being. This is the teaching He has given and that is one of the main guidelines of this entire discourse. Yet side by side whenever Baba gives this special teaching then the editors again insert their own words in square brackets [] which go 100% against Baba's teaching. Follow this next sequence: Here on page 26 of the discourse Baba again repeats that portion of the shloka.
Sam'ska'ra't dvija ucyate
But look what the editors have done. Instead of just printing Baba dharmic words which follow the shloka, those editors inserted the dogmatic literal interpretation of that shloka. In their square brackets [], the editors wrote:
["going through a renewal, the person becomes dvija"]
Thus once again the editors spliced the discourse by adding the false idea that it is the dogmatic Hindu ritualistic ceremony which makes one a human being. This is their crude insertion. When in that very place Baba Himself gives the real meaning: Baba says, "After a few years, after five years, when one is initiated, one becomes dvija." (AV-30, p.26) So on the one side Baba is telling that by taking initiation, getting a tantric Guru, and learning AM sadhana one becomes a human being. That is the beautiful perspective of AM ideology and that is what Baba is explaining throughout the discourse. Yet, adjacent to that, the editors are adding their own comments in square brackets [] stating that it is the Hindu ritualistic ceremony full of dogmatic prayers etc that makes one a human being. Indeed it is in this crude Hindu renewal ceremony that one first wears the dogmatic sacred thread. That is the import of this Hindu renewal ceremony. And that ritualistic affair is what our editors are highlighting. Thus in our own AM scriptures our jinani editors are telling that wearing the sacred thread is what makes someone a human being. This is the nonsense that is gong on in our AM books. Now see the ridiculous way that the editors printed this in our AM books. First comes the part of the shloka, then in square brackets [] is the editors dogmatic remarks, and then comes Baba's dharmic explanation. "Sam'ska'ra't dvija ucyate ["going through a renewal, the person becomes dvija"] and after a few years, after five years, when one is initiated, one becomes dvija." (AV-30, p.26) By reading the above version which is printed in our AM books, the whole thing appears absolutely ridiculous. Because what the editors are writing is completely contradictory to what Baba is telling. Yet those editors printed their contradictory statement right before Baba's divine teaching. This is the lunacy that is happening with our AM books. Baba has graciously given the humanity something that is totally dharmic and our jinani editors are inserting their own garbage in between Baba's statements. In that way our AM books are getting ruined. And people new to Ananda Marga as well as outside scholars will wonder why there is such confusion and hypocrisy in our very own AM scriptures.
The next question of course is why is all this happening. Why are the editors doing like this. All that can be said is that jinanis like our AM editors are so full of themselves and so proud of whatever little miniscule fact they have learned that they cannot refrain from putting their fingerprints on each and every page of Baba's books. Their dirty hands are everywhere. It is just like how animals leave their footprints wherever they walk. Or even more fittingly, goats and dogs must urinate and defecate wherever they go. It is their chosen way to make their mark-- to claim their turf and announce their arrival. Thus dogs and goats pass stool on each and every patch of earth which they visit. This is their unseemly and smelly habit. Likewise, our jinani editors have the dirty and foul tendency to leave their garbage on each and every page of Baba's pristine discourses. By this way those jinani editors can proudly announce that 'I was here', 'I was here' etc. This is their inane and awful habit. In that case how are they any different from those goats and dogs. And that is why today, Baba's printed discourses are full of thousands of useless and harmful editorial notes in square brackets [] which completely undermine the dharmic message which He is giving. And this applies especially to Baba's perfect use of those Sanskrit shlokas. Baba is using that shloka to give the dharmic teaching of AM ideology but our jinani editors are slipping in their own dogmatic interpretation-- each and every time. This is the "great work" they are doing with Baba's books. They are putting their dirty hands all over Baba's discourses and our AM books.
Once again we should remember that AM ideology is unique-- it is not just the rehashing of old ideas. Baba says, "Ananda Marga is not only new but something quite different from the established ideas." (PNS-11, 'Ananda Marga: A Revolution') Baba says, "Ananda Marga is a revolutionary concept of life altogether different from any of the present or past ideas. It is a change which is independent of the cyclic changes due to the passage of time. It does not practise anything which is not new both in approach and practice." (PNS-11, 'Ananda Marga: A Revolution') Thus Baba the Taraka Brahma has come onto this earth and given something which the humanity has never seen before. His AM ideology is something perfect and entirely different from the ideas of old like those outdated Vedic shlokas etc.
That is why Baba guides us that when He uses those shlokas it is only as a stepping stone to give the dharmic teachings of AM. Baba is not trying to explain the dogmatic meaning given in the past about those shlokas. That is not His concern in His AM books. Rather His sole intention is to put forth the seamless ideas of Ananda Marga. And everyone reading Baba's books should understand this very fact. And indeed everyone does-- except those jinani editors. That is why again and again those jinani editors are sticking in their square brackets [] and pasting the literal dogmatic meaning of those shlokas into Baba's dharmic discourses. This is the tragedy that is happening on each and every page of our AM publications-- all of Baba's discourses are getting stained in this way.
In His below guideline Baba warns us that AM scriptures must remain perfect and that those responsible for printing those discourses must carefully guard over those discourses. Baba says, "The scriptures containing spiritual injunctions must be totally flawless. And the pioneering personality must be a strict and benevolent guardian with unyielding conviction." (NSS p.200, Edn 1995) Unfortunately, nowadays in our AMPS, the very people in charge of publishing Baba's books, i.e. those jinani editors, are of a different mold. Due to their defects and silly habits they are unable to live up to Baba's stated standard. They are unable to guard over His discourses and keep them flawless. Those jinani editors are unable to do this. Rather they themselves are responsible for destroying our AM books. Here again Baba warns us that there should not be any weak point or "loophole" in our printed AM teachings. Baba says, "There must be an excellent and all-embracing philosophy, in which there should be no loophole in any sphere." (NSS, '95 Edn, p.196) Unfortunately wherever Baba has made special use of those Sanskrit shlokas etc, then those jinani editors have wrongly inserted contradictory statements which undermine the value of our AM books. This is the horror going on in our AM Publications department these days.
By Baba's grace He has blessed us with all the teachings and guidelines to create that brilliant human society. So we should keep them as is because only the teachings of AM are the answer. This is His divine blessing. Baba says, "A'nanda Ma'rga is that path of progress, and that is why A'nanda Ma'rga is the only alternative for the preservation of human existence and civilization." (Tattva Kaomudii-1, 'Q & A') Namaskar, Dharmaputra
There are countless instances where our jinani style editors have inserted wrong explanations of those Sanskrit sutras into our AM books. Indeed if anybody looks they will see those square brackets [] in so many of our books published since 1990. For example in that very same discourse of AV-30, Baba has given the proper definition of who is a vipra, but that too those jinani editors ruined. Here is the original sholka:
Veda pa'r'ha't bhavet viprah
And here is Baba's perfect explanation: Baba says, "After initiation, if one becomes an intellectual, one is to be treated as a vipra. Veda pa'r'ha't bhavet viprah." (AV-30, p.27) Thus Baba is telling that only after getting initiation can an intellectual be a true vipra. But now look what those jinani editors wrote in square brackets:
[...By studying the scriptures, a person becomes a vipra, an intellectual...]
So those editors are telling something completely different from Baba. Because Baba is guiding us that to be a true vipra one must first be initiated into AM sadhana. That is the main prerequisite for becoming a vipra. In stark contrast, our confused editors have made their own silly insertion that to become a vipra one only needs to study those dogmatic Hindu scriptures etc. This is what they have printed in our AM books. So see their dirty ways of dealing. About this entire topic much more can be written and there are countless examples of such mistakes. Suffice to say here that this misguided jinani practice of inserting bracketed statements [] to "explain" the Sanskrit shlokas should be terminated immediately. Those editors must stop what they are doing and all past mistakes must be rectified.
There are various group camps so there are any number of people who might be behind this editorial problem that is ruining our AM discourses. Thus who exactly pushed the start button and began this awful campaign of inserting brackets [], it is difficult to say. But one thing is certainly clear: Dada Acyuta'nanda's name is listed as the editor of so many of our AM books-- including all these discourses and publications noted above, so if Acyuta'nandaji did not personally commit these gross errors then he surely might know who did. At least we can ask him and see what he says.
*************************************** Health Guideline: Diet Related
Baba says, "For proper digestion, fill the stomach half-way with food, one quarter with water, and leave one quarter full of air." (CC-3, 'Procedure for Eating') Note: Every conscious margii follows this above point but sometimes for certain people it becomes difficult to follow. Especially at retreats or during feasts this rule is not so strictly followed by some. Whereas in everyday life when they are in their own home this is not a problem. Anyhow, the above guideline given by Revered Baba is highly significant and we should follow it.

Why I Cannot Concentrate in Sadhana

Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2008 23:53:46 -0000 To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: Why I Cannot Concentrate in Sadhana From: "Ishvara" Baba PS Intro: Devotees always like to sing the glory of Parama Purusa-- either through kiirtan & chanting His name, singing bhajans, or by raising the 'Jai' slogan etc. So when Parama Purusa has made His advent on this earth or when He manifests Himself in the mind of devotees, then naturally those devotees will call everyone close and tell others that the magnificent Parama Purusa has come. Depending on their realisation, some devotees feel that Parama Purusa has come physically onto to the planet while other sadhakas or more oriented towards His coming in Guru Cakra. If one only uses their external senses then they will not be aware the existence of Parama Purusa in their mind. True realisation of Parama Purusa comes in the realm of spirituality. This following song expresses the idea that devotees should spread the glory of Parama Purusa throughout each and every nook and corner of this earth. "Shon'o go, shon'o go, shon'o go dhara'va'sii..." (PS 227) Purport: O' inhabitants of the earth, please listen, please listen, please listen [1], the Aja'na' Pathik [2] has come. His eyes are full of boundless love and He is graciously calling everyone to come close, near Him. That Divine Entity has fathomless love, attraction, and charm. By His grace He is guiding all regarding our physical, psychic, and spiritual upliftment. The Love-Personified Parama Purusa has come. He is moving exquisitely-- synchronized with the rhythm of dance & song. With His divine melody He is attracting all with the bond of His spiritual love [3]. O' devotees, behold, everyone look, Parama Purusa has come and He is expressing Himself in such a charming and magnificent way. The Ajana Pathik has made His grand arrival. The divine sound of His omnkara is resonating in everyone's heart. With the magical display of His divine effulgence He has taken His place & made His abode deep inside everyone. With His boundless grace, He is revealing that, 'I have brought a basketful of nectar to distribute to all My loving children'. O' the Parama Purusa Himself has come. His every movement is very graceful and He is showering His infinite love to all. This is His ahetuki krpa'... NOTES FOR PRABHAT SAMGIITA #227: [1] It is the basic human psychology that when anyone experiences anything great then they always like to share the beauty of their experience with others. Similarly if they undergo any disappointment or hardship, then that also they will tell that to others. But if life is just moving along in a normal way, then most of the time they will not say much. Thus when devotees are fully charged and enamoured by the divine advent of Parama Purusa, then in that blissful mood those devotees are surely going to call everyone to come close and experience the darshan of Parama Purusa. [2] Aja'na' Pathik= Aja'na' means 'unknown' and Pathik means 'divine traveler'. This is the word by word, literal translation. But the inner sense is that Parama Purusa is always moving throughout this vast cosmos and by His special grace He is constantly present with everyone all the time. He is in the Cosmic Nucleus yet at the same time through His ota and prota yoga He is everywhere-- carefully watching & lovingly guiding everyone. This unique aspect of His grand Personality is treated as Aja'na' Pathik. Because He is constantly traveling yet present everywhere. He is in the nucleus as well as throughout this entire expressed universe. As the Ajana Pathik, Parama Purusa Baba moves and moves and moves. Thus in their devotional approach devotees feel that wherever they go then the Divine Aja'na' Pathik will always be there to shower His blessing. By His grace, devotees can always get His intimate company & companionship. With this devotional link, by His grace sadhakas understand that Parama Purusa is present everywhere, yet side by side He travels on and on throughout this entire cosmos. Thus He is Aja'na' Pathik. Overall the name Aja'na' Pathik has one special and unique meaning that goes far beyond its literal translation. And in our hearts we A'nanda Ma'rgiis know and feel that Baba is that Aja'na' Pathik. Indeed in His discourses, in Dharma Samiiksa, and in reporting, in DMC, and in numerous ways Baba has revealed this very fact that He is ever-present and always along with us. Hence He is always moving and wherever we go then He will also be there. Parama Purusa has infinite attributions and one of them is this special quality where He is known as -- Aja'na' Pathik. [3] Love: When reviewing Prabhat Samgiita, invariably the term 'love' is used. And in this devotional setting, the English word 'love' means 'prema' in Sanskrit. Baba says, "Regarding prema or selfless love, it is said:"
Samyaung masrn'ito sha'nto mamatva'tishaya'unkitah Bha'va sa' eva sa'ndra'tma' budhaeh prema nigadyate
"The attitude which makes the mind smooth and placid, and radiant with the deepest love for the Lord, is called 'bha'va'. Wise people call this 'prema' or 'divine love'." "Prema is the attraction for Parama Purus'a overcoming the attraction for all other finite objects. Those who are endowed with such divine love are bound to receive the grace of Parama Purus'a -- they need not worry about it." (SS-18) Of course most margiis understand that the use of the word 'love' in Prabhat Samgiita does not have anything to do with general worldly love. As we know the word 'love' is commonly misused these days. In various English speaking countries like the US etc, you may often hear people say, 'I love eating candy', or 'I love going to the movies', or 'I love fishing', or even 'I love to read the newspaper' etc. In such circumstances instead of using the term 'like' they use 'love'. This has become the custom. So in western / European countries this type of dogma regarding the use of 'love' is present. And in various other countries & languages their word for 'love' is used primarily to express crude attraction in the general society. Indeed, 99.9% of the time it is misused in this way. They wrongly use 'love' in crude romance films. And in day to day life they often employ the term love when speaking about their laokik family relations also. The point being that there are a very limited number of terms to express 'love' in the English language. So the word 'love' gets used in various ways-- usually in the mundane sphere. That is why this entire explanation and clarification was needed.
Namaskar, We all know that the main reason for our coming on this earth is to do sadhana-- that is the essence of this human life. Baba says, "Human life is for higher pursuits, for something subtle, something higher, something more elevated...What is a person to do? A person is to do only spiritual practice, only sa'dhana'." (AV-30) That is why when I am unable to concentrate in sadhana then I become extremely concerned and I wonder why my mind was unable to manage my meditation today.
To find the answer to this problem of poor sadhana, which seemed to be getting more and more prevalent, I looked under every rock and in every nook and corner, but it was not at all apparent to me what was wrong until one acarya said, 'Maybe unknowingly you are eating tamasik food-- perhaps that is the reason why on some days you are unable to concentrate in sadhana.' Initially when he said this I thought he was crazy because I thought, 'I never eat any tamasik food.' But then-- upon closer examination of Baba's teachings and my own diet-- the sad fact came to light that I was indeed eating tamasik food, unknowingly so. I came to know how things that I was regularly eating like strawberries, yogurt, tomato sauce, broccoli, potatoes, and other seemingly sentient items were indeed tamasik. So I write this letter to alert everyone about how certain tamasik foods might unknowingly creep into your diet and, in result, disturb if not ruin your sadhana.
In one very special discourse, Baba warns us to be very careful about the food we eat. Baba says, "The nature of food and drink has its effect upon the cells, and consequently also influences the human mind. Obviously each and every sa'dhaka, or spiritual aspirant, should be very cautious in selecting food. Suppose a person takes ta'masika, or static, food. The result will be that after a certain period, static cells will grow and exercise a static influence on the aspirant’s mind." (YP) Of course we all think we are being cautious; none of us think that we are eating tamasik food; we all know the rules etc; but in this modern era we must be extra, extra cautious. Because various capitalist food corporations do things which can fool even the best of us. Just as I thought I was not ingesting any tamasik food, only to find out that in fact I was. Similarly, this may be happening to you as well, though I hope not. But we should be sure, because as Baba describes above, it is this very tamasik food which cripples our sadhana practice.
And actually here Baba points out how people have the tendency to eat foods without being entirely sure of the nature of that food, i.e. whether it is sattvika, rajasik, or tamasik. Baba says, "Very often people eat food without knowing its intrinsic qualities. For example, the milk of a cow which has just given birth. Or white eggplant, khesa'rii pulse [horse gram], red puni [Basella rubra Linn.], or mustard leaves, all of which often grew out of rotten matter." (YP) So all these things come into play when taking food and that is how I got caught up eating tamasik food, which was adversely affecting my sadhana. Consider this: 1. I was using all kinds of milk and dairy products only to find out that capitalist corporations, and even many small to mid-size farms use milk from cows which have recently given birth. And according to Baba that makes the milk tamasik. Even some organic farms fall into this negative category. So all the organic yogurt, milk, and cheese I was purchasing turned out to be totally tamasik. Indeed, in this modern era of agro-business, one can never be sure that any particular glass of milk is not tamasik. Because they mix the milk of hundreds of animals into huge vats. So chances are tamasik milk is laced throughout their entire stock. Because to maximise their profit, they use the milk of all their cows, even those which recently gave birth. So that is one way that I was unknowingly eating tamasik food. 2. Another problem that got exposed is that I was buying various frozen and canned fruits and vegetables. On these packages, the ingredients are only listed 'broccoli', or 'peas', or 'blueberries', or 'pears' etc. And I was opening and quickly devouring these items thinking that they were sentient. But one day when I began examining these foods more carefully, I found that 10% - 25% of the food in the package was rotten. That means when I let the frozen food defrost or when I separated canned items, it was clearly visible that much of the food was rotten. It was spoiled food that I would never knowingly eat if I was preparing a fresh meal. But due to lack of time, I was buying and quickly preparing these packaged fruits and vegetables-- obliviously thinking that they were totally fine. Then on closer examination I saw first-hand how all, not some, but all the packages were littered with stale or rotten food. By this way, many of the fruits and vegetables I was eating were actually tamasik. 2b. As an addendum to the above, all the canned and frozen items are meant to be used "as they are". So we pour them into our cook pots and eat that food. But upon inspecting the bags, I also often found dirt, bugs, and insects in those products. Yet another unsavory tamasik food item that was slipping into my diet. 2c. Likewise, I used to purchase an organic eggplant (brinjal) sauce only to find out that it was made out of a mixture of both purple and white eggplants. And as we know, white brinjal is tamasik. 3. Even then, the problem was not limited to frozen and canned items only-- on multiple occasions I bought bags of fresh potatoes only to cook them and find out that they tasted just like onions. Obviously those agro-businesses were intermixing their onion and potato crops. The problem was often times, before I realised that this was an issue, I was putting those potatoes directly into my curry dishes, in which case I was not aware of the onion after-taste or smell of the potatoes. So this tamasik item proved to be another drawback in my sadhana program. 4. One other issue was bottled products. I was buying 'all natural' things like tomato sauce, hummus, and various organic salad dressings, only to discover months later that one of the ingredient was 'spices'. Upon calling the company I found out that 'spices' often means tamasik items like onions and garlic etc. 5. It also dawned on me that all of the restaurants (i.e. hotels in India) that I was frequenting were using the very same pots, frypans, and utensils for cooking meat as they were for preparing vegetarian dishes. So when I ate Chinese food, the Chow Mein Beef was often cooked in the very same pan as my vegetable fried rice. Not to mention that often the vegetable fried rice and the wonton soup often contain a broth based in chicken stock. Of course, at least I was aware about this one ahead of time as I had asked the waiter. But the point about mixing and using frypans for meat and vegetable dishes was my undoing every time. Any Italian restaurants lace garlic and onions in every dish, whether they admit it openly or not. Here the point is not Chinese or Italian, but rather all restaurants have cooking and food preparing practices that contravene our rules of sentient food. 6. One other issue that used to catch me off guard was attending 'pot luck' dinners or lunches. This would happen at work or even at community vegetarian events. With the best of intentions, people would prepare "sentient" food for me, only to later mention things like, 'how did you like the scallions in the soup', or 'the cake I made contained only organic eggs', or 'I know you don't eat red-meat so I used a fish-based sauce on the steamed vegetables'. 7. Then when traveling by bus or airplane, I was eating salty snacks & sweets that sometimes contained milk solids, whey, 'spices', and gelatin, or other things that we now know are tamasik. 8. Or, even trickier, the snack item or company food may be all-vegetarian on the ingredient list, but then in fine print it may say, 'Made on machines or in factories used for processing eggs, dairy, or fish ingredients etc'. Thus it was by all the above ways that I was unknowingly ingesting tamasik foods on a regular basis. I thought I was taking a 100% sattvik diet, but little did I know what was really going on. I hope the same is not happening with you. Because I found out how detrimental it has been for my sadhana, as well as for my physical health.
Here Baba issues His grave warning how eating foods "indiscriminately" will lead to the degeneration of mind. Baba says, "If cells are affected by food and water, and if the nature of the cells affects the nature of the human mind, obviously human beings should eat the correct diet, because food and mind are closely related to each other. Any food item, whether good or bad, must not be taken indiscriminately because it may lead to mental degeneration." (YP) Of course we all try and be careful, and we believe we are careful, and when preparing our own foods from scratch with no pre-made ingredients, then everything is usually fine. But often when traveling, or when attending staff meetings, or when we are in a rush and depending on company-made foods, then that is when all the problems start to occur. Crude things which we could never imagine eating get mixed into our food, unknowingly so. So we have to be extremely alert in this fast-paced modern era. We must think twice before purchasing or ingesting any company food-- and best is not to purchase it at all. After all, the food we eat affects all our cells-- hence the body mind link. We should not let tamasik items cloud and poison our mental sphere. Yet that is what happens most of the time when we eat company-made foods or agro-industry foods. This is a vast topic and there are many other points such as using beef by products to grow tomatoes. So everyone should research more and share their findings.
By Baba's grace He has given us the recipe for a sentient way of living so that we can grow in sadhana and reach our cherished goal. So we should all be vigilant to prep and cook our own foods and only share meals with other Ananda Margiis. Baba says, "Human beings must select sa'ttvika, or sentient, or ra'jasika, or mutative, food according to time, place and person. This will lead to the birth of sentient cells, which in turn will produce a love for spiritual practice and help in attaining psychic equilibrium and equipoise, leading to immense spiritual elevation." (YP) Namaskar, Ishvara

Crocodile Wants to Eat Trousers

Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2008 23:28:19 -0000 To: From: Richard Cross Subject: Crocodile Wants to Eat Trousers Baba "Toma're dva're pra'rthana' kare nijere kari vaincana'..." - P.S. 2660 Purport: Baba, praying in front of You to get some type of boon is a type of ignorance and foolishness on my part. Baba what You like, You grant for me. Because what I should desire even that I do not know. I do not know what are my needs. By Your grace I understand that my intellect is insufficient to decide about my own needs and requirements. So the only the way is to surrender at Your lotus feet. Baba, what You like You do according to Your desire...
Namaskar, We know that Baba's discourses must be printed properly. To achieve this end, everyone must be pointedly aware about the latest strategy by certain publications personnel. Specifically, through seemingly benign examples, the Tiljala camp wants to convince margiis that it is okay for them-- i.e. the Tiljala publications team-- to deviate from Baba's spoken word. In response, we should be extremely alert about the consequences and ramifications. Because, in essence, Tiljala is asking for license to reword Baba's discourses. That is the freedom that they want. Yet we are all aware about what hell this B faction has done-- from 1990 up to this very moment-- to AM scripture and Baba's teachings. The Tiljala machine deleted the paragraph about margii rights from AM Revolution; they invented Fake Ananda Vaniis; they tore down BP rights and authored the Fake BP Manual (1997); they were the first to use expulsion as a weapon; they single-handedly destroyed the ACB; they wrongly inserted 'translated from the original Bengali' in the title page of every AM book. All these crimes and sins the Tiljala camp has done. Has anyone forgotten this? So now when they are requesting license-- i.e. asking for margii permission & approval-- to deviate from Baba's spoken discourse when printing AM books, then we must be 100% vigilant not to fall prey to their plea, i.e. their trap.
In a few short sentences, here is what the B team is requesting. They say that since the style of speaking varies from the styling of writing, therefore they (Tiljala) should be able to "improve upon" the style of Baba's spoken discourse when they are printing AM books. And to demonstrate their point they give this very mild example: Baba spoke: "So the love is -- here in case of Parama Purus'a and the -- and His progenitures, the love is mutual." And then here is what they wrote in the book: "So in the case of Parama Purus'a and His progeniture, the love is mutual." By this extremely harmless example, then we all might think, 'Sure B group, that sounds fine, go ahead and do what you need to do. We trust you. Print the discourses according to the writing standard of the day'. This is the very casual way we might respond. Until, we remember who we are dealing with, and what we are dealing with. The 'who' is B group which has committed countless atrocities and crimes against the Marga; and the 'what' is Baba's divine and holy discourses which are the panacea for the humanity. Thus, we should be extremely careful and not get duped by their plea to deviate from Baba's spoken words..
Realistically speaking, oral expression is different from written expression. That we all know. So when printing the books we should take this into consideration. BUT, BUT, BUT... Side by side, there MUST, MUST, MUST be an "as is" version of Baba's spoken discourse for all Ananda Margiis to reference and refer to. It could be as easy as an online file for everyone to access. But this B group does not want to do-- they just want full license to change to their heart's delight. The fact remains that we need to be able to see and verify first-hand what the changes are. Otherwise one change will happen with one printing, and then another change will happen with another printing, and slowly slowly the very essence of Baba's teachings will be lost. Don't believe it? Well that is exactly what occurred with Lord Shiva's teachings. Those priests made one change after another until Shiva's original teachings were entirely gone. Only by Baba's divine grace-- because of His book 'Namah Shivaya Shantaya'-- do we now know what Lord Shiva's teachings are. Prior to that, the ruling Hindu priests distorted Shiva's teachings into a whole pile of empty rituals and harmful dogmas. And B group is perfectly capable of doing the same type of mess. After all, they invented dogmatic tiirthas; they conceived of the dogmatic Mahaprayan program by declaring that 'Baba is gone'; and they have ruined countless AM books and discourses. Indeed, they are the only groupist faction to have manufactured so many dogmas. That is Sarvatmananda's specialty: Creation of dogma. So if anyone-- like the Tiljala team-- wants to publish Baba's discourses using "a polished written form", then it is an absolute necessity that an "as is", word-for-word version of Baba's transcribed discourse also be made available for everyone to review. Then we can ensure that the written version properly parallels Baba's original spoken discourse. Otherwise it will be too easy for groups like Tiljala publications to divert on a totally different tangent. They've done it before and they can and will certainly do it again-- if we are not careful.
In case you are curious just to see how far the Tiljala camp might deviate from Baba's original discourse, here are two clear-cut examples for your review. This gives a small window of what they can do behind closed doors or when given the license. BABA ORIGINALLY SAID: "[For the last one century they say, and] within the scope of humanity or humanism, comes the entire human beings, entire human beings. But it is not sufficient and this explanation or this interpretation, it cannot quench the thirst of developing human psyche. Why the love and affection of developed human beings, developed human mind, should remain restricted within the jurisdiction of humans. Why it should not include within its scope entire human beings, the entire world of animation, including plant life. They are also living beings and come within the scope of animation." (31 May 1983, Ananda Nagar) THEY WROTE AND PRINTED: "Neohumanism includes within its scope not only human beings and animate creatures, such as plants and animals, but all inanimate entities as well, for the scope of Neohumanism extends down to the smallest particles of sub-atomic matter. What is Neohumanism? Neohumanism is newly-explained humanism. “Humanism” and “humanity” have been very popular words for the last century, but only human beings have come within the scope of humanism and humanity. This explanation [of the concept] is not sufficient – it cannot quench the thirst of the developing human society. Why should the love and affection of developed human minds be restricted to human beings only? Why should it not include all living beings, including plant life? This is the new explanation of humanism – Neohumanism – for within Neohumanism the entire animate world is included." (NHNS-1) By the above example it is quite clear that those publishers veered far from Baba's original word. Quite far. It is so far that when listening to the discourse one cannot even follow along in the book. Rather it looks like those publishers are writing their own essay on the topic-- not printing Baba's original discourse. This is a perfect example why an on-line, "as is" version of Baba's original discourse is a must. Without that we have no way of knowing what they are doing. And in a few more editions, such groupists will declare that 'expulsion is legal in Ananda Marga' or some other type of dogmatic code. All done in the name of "polishing" Baba's discourse. Now here is another example of what Tiljala is capable of doing-- i.e. how far they can deviate in word-- and ultimately spirit-- from Baba's original teaching if given license. BABA ORIGINALLY SAID: "It is said that, eko varan'o bahudha' shakti yoga't. Bahudha' means, 'multifarious'. Bahudha' -“bahu” means, 'many'. Now, that singular entity who is colorless, and who is above all fetters or pa'shas, He creates so many entities, He is a singular entity but His creation is not a singular one. There are so many expressions, so many vibrations, so many colors and so many lives. And He is doing all these things with the help of so many faculties of binding principles." (12 April 1979, Kolkata) THEY WROTE AND PRINTED: "Eeko varan'o bahudha' shakti yoga'd -- bahudha' means that which is divided into many or innumerable parts. That singular Entity does not have any colour. He transcends all fetters and bondages. He is the causal matrix of the manifold entities. He is the nucleus and very source of the various expressions, vibrations, colours, and shades of light. He has been creating everything through that power of His to create multiplicity, or that propensity of His to create manifold bondages, that is known as Pra'krta shakti or Pra'krta Ma'ya'." (AV-10, p. 117, 2007 Edn) So here again we see that the printed text swerves far from the words and terminology which Baba Himself has employed. Such publishers need to remember that the true aim is to print a refined version of Baba's discourse, and not write their own essay on the topic by bringing in so many auxiliary terms and including so many other sentences and phrases. Let us also remember that Ananda Vacanamrtam part 10 (AV-10) is one of the Tiljala's camps cherished books which was printed just a few short months ago in 2007. Yet in this very so-called gem of a publication, their printed discourse deviates immensely from Baba's spoken word. It was as if they felt the need to change EVERY word-- as if they could do it better than Baba.
And again, when Sarvatmananda Himself deviously produced the Fake BP Manual of 1997 which granted Centre the so-called right to eliminate countless margiis from the BP voting process etc, then there is no telling what hell he will do to Baba's discourses. After all, he was also the one who snipped the paragraph about margii rights and removed it from Baba's AM Revolution discourse. It is not that suddenly Sarvatmananda turned over a new leaf or has become pure as a baby. He is the same culprit who is unwilling to admit any of his past sins and crimes in AM. Just he now is trying to portray he and his Tiljala team as a bunch of saintly do-gooders, when in fact their entire history shows themselves as being a bunch of hell-raisers. Thus there is no way that we should grant B group license to deviate from Baba's word.
The Tiljala camp's desire to be able to "polish" Baba's discourses is just like one man-eating crocodile that only "wants to take a bite out of your trousers". In the name of chewing on your trousers, that man-eating crocodile will inevitably devour your whole body as well. With his blood-thirsty ways he will chew on your every ounce of flesh and bone to satiate his ravenous hunger. Likewise, the Tiljala faction (i.e. B group) has shown an unending desire to manipulate Baba's teachings for their own groupist control and power. And now they may sweetly and gently plea, 'Oh, I only want to smooth over Baba's spoken word', just like the crocodile innocently asks if he can ' just take a bite out of your trousers', but in the end we know what is going to happen. Just as the crocodile will devour you completely, similarly B group will totally swallow Baba's dharmic discourses and spit out a bunch of their own dogma onto the printed page. This is the very bumpy & disastrous road our Marga will travel should we grant B group license to change Baba's spoken word.
The ultimate answer to the situation is that no matter what happens, an "as is", word-for word, on-line version of the exact transcription of Baba's discourse must be made available to all Ananda Margiis. Ok, we want to print a polished book to show the public, but internally we must be aware of each and every syllable that gets changed, lest we invite disaster and destruction into the sanctity of Baba's teachings. Because without an on-line, "as is" version to keep them honest, then these B group monsters are liable to do anything & everything for their own lust of power. This is not just a guess; by seeing their past actions that is the reality. What hell they did to our Marga when they were in power cannot ever be forgotten. Yet that is what B groups hopes will happen. In that sense, they are just like the Nazis who simply deny the genocide that took place in the WW II era and instead want to wipe the Holocaust out of the history books forever. Similarly, B group never asks for punishment for all the hell and dogmas they invented after 1990 when they were in power. They just want to wipe that away from the history books and memory banks of Ananda Margiis, without ever rectifying themselves. But we cannot forget. Thus, now when they are not in power, and they try to present themselves as a bunch of cream-puffs who merely want to change a word "here or there". Then we must not get sucked into their fiendish trap. And the ultimate answer is: PROVIDE AN "AS IS", WORD-FOR-WORD, ON-LINE VERSION THAT IS AN ACTUAL AND PERFECT TRANSCRIPTION OF BABA'S SPOKEN DISCOURSE. Once this is done, then and only then we can agree to the "polishing" of Baba's spoken word for the sake of creating a modern standard book. Because then we can see first-hand if the publishers went overboard or not. Remember also for years and years B group did not care an iota for the integrity of AM books, only now they are under pressure because Ananda Margiis around the globe are insisting and demanding that things be proper. Without that pressure from Margiis, the Tiljala camp would simply resort to their sloppy and dysfunctional ways. Hence, pressure is needed and that pressure is an "on-line, as is" version of the spoken discourse. I think by now everyone understands that this is the only acceptable answer.
By Baba's grace we must never forget His divine guideline. Baba says, "The scriptures containing spiritual injunctions must be totally flawless." (NSS, Disc 14) Namaskar, Ramendu
Acyutananda is B group's little puppy dog who they send out into the world to deliver their message with regards to Publications work. The Tiljala heads are a bunch wolves-- this we all know-- so in their conniving ways they send their little puppy dog, i.e. Dada A, out into the street to deliver their message, hoping that this way it will be accepted by the people. Because it was only yesterday that Dada A posted his plea (i.e. B group's plea) to get permission or license to change Baba's spoken word. And as proof of his deceptive ways and malintention, Dada A requested that his plea only be posted to the Spanish network and not any other network. He reasoned that margiis in other parts of the globe do not care about the printing of Baba's divine teachings. But is that really so? Is it that the margiis of Delhi sector do not care about Baba's books-- nor do the margiis of Berlin sector or Manila sector, or any other sector. It seems that if Dada A's intention was pure and honest then he would want margiis all over the globe to know of the glorious way in which he & the B Brigade are going to print Baba's books. But this he does not do. Rather, with strict wording he is desperately indicating to people to only share his letter on the Spanish net-- not any other. As if other margiis are negative; when in fact the truth is that the only thing that is negative is his rotten plea to be able to change Baba's original spoken word. So we should all beware of Dada A's puppy dog manners and remember that there are a bunch of wolves behind him pushing him out into the street to deal with margiis. Here is Dada A's exact directive about not circulating his letter: "I am sending this message only to the Spanish list, because that list is concerned with Publications work. I am not sending this to any other list." (Thursday, July 24, 2008 11:44 PM) No doubt the Spanish speaking margiis are extremely sincere in wanting Baba's discourses to be properly published, but does Dada A think that margiis in all other sectors do not also have interest. Or what is the reason for his secrecy. Better he should tell.
For more information how B group seriously distorted their recently published edition of Ananda Vacanamrtam part 10 visit:
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Baba says, "Man can do nothing. Living beings cannot do anything without His support: that is, when a human's desire and His desire coincide, then only does the human desire become fruitful, otherwise it is a sure failure. When the jiiva's desire coincides with the desire of Parama Purusa, then it is successful, otherwise not." (10 September '78)

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