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Thief Inside the House: Part 2

From: "Ramanuj Subramanyan" To: Subject: Thief Inside the House: Part 2 Date: Th, 24 Jan 2008 23:40:27 Baba "A'ka'shabhara' a'jake ta'ra'..." (P.S. 2523) Purport: The sky of this amavasya night is filled with the stars. The sweet breeze, like nectar, is blowing mildly. The mind is floating from the known to the unknown world in divine ecstasy-- towards its destination. Ensconced in His ideation, my mind is getting lost. The lily flower is constantly looking towards the sky; the aroma of flowers is emanating all around. They have forgotten their awareness about their own existence. And remain restless in the attraction of one call. In Your longing I am sitting alone and counting the stars. I understand that by Your grace I have lost myself in this beautiful atmosphere and the attraction of Your love. You are ever gracious You are always remaining by my side and guiding me. Baba, on this amavasya night my heart is yearning and longing for You...
Namaskar, Anyone even a wee-bit familiar with Baba's pravacans knows that the explanation of Sanskrit words is a key element of His discourses. Most every discourse is centered around either a Sanskrit word or a Sanskrit shloka. One can pick up any AM book and randomly open to any discourse and witness this fact. Plus in so many discourses Baba has given example after example how Sanskrit is the mother of all modern languages and is related to all the spoken tongues of the world. This fact He has emphasized and reiterated again and again throughout His teachings. So although Baba had enormous responsibilities and His life was extremely busy, He has given a tremendous amount of time to the understanding, explanation, and study of Sanskrit. All because He knows Sanskrit is instrumental for the development of a healthy human society. Baba says, "If Sam'skrta is used human unity will be encouraged and human beings will move closer together. See how sweet the link is between Vedic, Sam'skrta and the other classical languages of the world? So you should encourage the study of Sam'skrta." (PNS-17) Here the chief point is that if people from various language background come to know that their various languages are all related with Sanskrit, then they will embrace this commonality and forget their external differences. That is Sanskrit is a unifying force. Hence, because of its universal quality, Baba has given a special place to Sanskrit, as it will help heal the wounds of humanity and bring a about a brighter human society.
Here, in this following discourse, is concrete and irrefutable proof of the deep and dynamic link Sanskrit has with so many languages. Basically Baba is telling that Vedic Sanskrit is the starting point or the top of the pyramid. And from that came two languages: (1) Prakrta & (2) Latin. And from Prakrta there came all the languages of India. So Prakrta which is a descendant of Vedic Sanskrta has many, many daughters and granddaughters such as Magahii, Bhojpuri, Oriya, Bengali, Gujurati, Hindi etc. And from Latin there came two distinct groups (a) Oriento-demi & (b) Occidental demi. The former led to the formation of French and Italian and the latter resulted in Spanish and Portuguese. Thus Vedic Sanskrit is the starting point of so many of the world's languages. And all this Baba spoke while in Valencia, Spain on 30 May '79 because He wanted Spanish and overseas margiis to know that Vedic Sanskrit is the grandmother of their native language(s). Baba says, "In Sam'skrta and Pra'krta – the Sam'skrta language was spoken by the Aryan people from 15,000 years ago to 5,000 years ago, for a long range of 10,000 years, and Pra'krta from 5,000 years ago to 2,000 years ago, that is, for a period of about 3,000 years. In Lord Buddha’s period, distorted Pra'krta was the common mass language, that is, the people’s language. In the later Sam'skrta, you may say Demi-Sam'skrta – it’s another sister, that is a daughter of Vedic Sam'skrta. Latin also has two offshoots: one is Oriento-demi-Latin, and the other Occidento-demi-Latin. Oriento-demi-Latin languages are French and Italian, and Occidento-demi-Latin are Spanish and Portuguese. Latin is the source – was the source. Similarly in Lord Buddha’s time the language was Demi-Prakrta.)" (Valencia, Spain 30 May '79 EGD) Then furthermore Baba clearly tells how Sanskrit is the mother of all the Asian languages as well. Baba says, "Sam'skrta is a classical subject as well as an ancient language. It is the mother of all the mother languages of South Asia and Southeast Asia." (PNS-17, p. 62) Plus it is Sanskrit is the root of so many Arabic & Middle-Eastern words. Baba says, "Silik in Arabic means 'fine fibre'. The fine fibres that came to Bengal from China were given the Sanskrit name ciina'm'shuka. This cinna'm'shuka was given the Farsi name resham and the Arabic name silk. Arab merchants used to export this cinna'm'shuka to the markets of Europe. When they were heard saying the Arabic word in Europe, cinna'm'shuka became 'silk' with the help of a little fault pronunciation." (VV, p. 35) Thus Sanskrit is one very special unifying language that is related with so many major and minor language groups of the world. So it is an essential element for creating human unity and indeed it is for this very reason that Baba has given us all Sanskrit names. Baba says, "At the time of initiation or shortly afterwards, those who do not have a Sanskrit name should be given one by the a'ca'rya/a'." (CC-1) So verily Sanskrit holds a tremendous place in both or AM and global societies. It is the linking point among all.
And that is why Baba has focused on Sanskrit grammar and erudition in so many books starting with "Prabhat Ranjain's Sarkar's Grammar Book (parts 1-3). This is a massive edition that totals hundreds and thousands of pages. Thereafter Baba followed up this study with His books: Varna Vijiana, Varna Vicitra, and Shabda Cayanika-- in that order. So from head to toe all these publications focus on Sanskrit and its relation with the various languages of the globe. There is no denying this fact and anyone with just a little bit of mental clarity can easily realise this truth. Through it all Baba is explaining Sanskrit grammar, relating it with other languages, and creating new vocabulary so that Sanskrit can be used everywhere around the globe. And verily this is already happening as words like Guru, dharma, mantra, karma, and so many others have been incorporated to languages all over the globe. And on the top, let us not forget this sacred guideline from Baba. Baba says, "If Sam'skrta is used human unity will be encouraged and human beings will move closer together. See how sweet the link is between Vedic, Sam'skrta and the other classical languages of the world? So you should encourage the study of Sam'skrta." (PNS-17)
Unfortunately, one team is adamantly against Baba's place. Certain Bengali heads have it in mind to undo Baba's glorious portrayal of Sanskrit and instead replace it with their own tongue-- Bengali. This is their narrow-minded agenda. That is why on the back of the Shabda Cayanika book they wrote that the book is about the Bengali language. But this is just not so. That is why many are saying that such Dadas are just like thieves inside the house. Because they reside in our Marga yet side by side try to toss aside Guru's teachings and instead implement their own thing, i.e. the Bangalisation of AM. For this reason many are saying that in the dark of the night some of these Bengalis are just putting their own signboard on Baba's universal mission of Ananda Marga. Here it should also be stated that prior to 1990, none of the printed Shabda Cayanika editions stated on the back cover that the book was about the Bengali language. This "gift" only started happening after 1990, when such opportunists felt they could get away with it. Indeed, this Bangalisation strategy was spear-headed by Sarvatmananda and, unfortunately, it also included his lackey Acyutananda. Without Dada A's support, all that nonsense would never have found its way onto the back of the Shabda Cayanika book.
So from top to bottom this is all one terrible problem that ultimately needs to be untwisted, rectified, and resolved. And those at fault should admit their guilt and ask for punishment-- and not continue to stand on their own silly arrogance. Our Ananda Marga is about Baba and His universal teachings-- nothing else. And no one should be allowed to step in and intercede in this process by putting their dirty finger prints on Baba's blemishless ideology.
By reading this some may accuse me of being a hater of Bengalis. But that just is not so. Consider this. In His dharmic teachings, Baba has spoken the truth about communists and their suppressive tactics etc, and by reading this some naive communists may think that Baba is a communist hater. But of course it is not like that. Only Baba is against those who exploit others-- as those communist leaders did. Furthermore, in His various discourses, Baba has spoken about the Indian brahmins and their caste supremacy, and by reading this naive some Indian brahmins may think that Baba is a hater of Brahmins. But of course it is not like that. Only Baba is pointing out how those brahmins have exploited the so-called lower classes. Plus Baba has spoken openly about the deplorable situation of women in the Muslim world. By reading this some naive Muslims may conclude that Baba is a hater of all Muslims, but it is not like that. Only Baba is opposed to the ideas that women should be 3rd class citizens. Similarly in this letter we are talking about certain Bengalis, and in response some naive people may think in their shallow way that we are Bengali haters etc. But that is not the point at hand. Just I do not wish to the universal mission of AM tainted and ruined by Bangalisation. So those naive people who think that I am a Bengali hater do not want to see the veracity of the situation. Right now, such Bengalis are putting their Bengali signboard on our AM mission. And if one person put their own sign on a neighbor's house in the dark of the night, then surely in the morning when the neighbor wakes up and sees what was done then he will be angry and upset-- justifiably so. Likewise, when we look around and see what nonsense various Bengalis have done and are doing to our AM mission, then naturally we do not want to tolerate this. One is justified to oppose their ugly agenda. Bengali is nothing but the respected granddaughter of Sanskrit, just like so many other languages are. And if any of these granddaughters-- like Hindi, Bhojpuri, Oriya, French, Portuguese, etc-- tried to proclaim themselves as the original grandmother then that would be chaotic and just plain wrong. Yet that is what certain Bengalis are trying to do.
All in all, I have full regard for the Bengali culture and language. I have learned Bengali so I may sing Prabhat Samgiita and listen to Baba's Bengali discourses. So I have deep appreciation for the Bengali language-- it is as beautiful as any other language on this earth. Only it is not good that one language should gain hegemony over other languages-- and that is what certain Bengali Dadas are trying to do. And in the process they are spoiling Baba's divine teachings. So this must not be allowed to continue. We must not sit still and watch this happen. On the whole this is a huge topic and there is more to say but this is what I have written today, with the Lord's grace.
By Baba's grace, we will untangle all these knots of Bangalisation etc and use Sanskrit to create a brilliant human society, as per Baba's wish. Baba says, "A perfect state of balance will be established between individuals and the collectivity, and between the collectivity and the Cosmos." (AFPS-8) Namaskar, Ramanuj
********************************* Food Problems and Their Solution II
Baba says, "In the event of shortages in the food and accommodation of the population of the world, people will convert uncultivated land into new arable land, increase the productivity of the soil by scientific methods, produce food by chemical processes with earth, water and air, and if this earth decreases in its productivity, then land seeking human beings will migrate to different planets and satellites and settle there." (PNS-13, p.45)

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