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Beginning of Life

Date: Mon 04 Feb 2008 23:09:28 To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: Beginning of Life From: "Ishvara" Baba "Keu a'lokei mishe ja'y, keu ha'ra'y va' a'ndha're..." (1278) Purport: Baba, Your divine creation is very colorful. All kinds of people are there. Some get human life, do sadhana, and ultimately become one with divinity. And some people do various misdeeds and move along the path of negative pratisaincara until finally they get lost in oblivion-- cimmerian darkness. Some want only You; while others do not want You, instead they want some boon or some gift from You. So this world is colorful. Baba, some are rushing towards the allurements of glittering objects, shining stars, or superficial worldly attractions. And some are absorbed in crying over their old outdated memories, deserted flower gardens, and skeletons of the past. In that way they waste their time. While those who are great devotees have accepted You as the Supreme quintessence and they want only You. Some are busy in intellectualizing about Your karuna and grace-- and they never get the real sweetness. Just they are jinanis involved in their own extravaganza. And some are dancing in the joy and happiness. Such devotees cannot be satiated by anything except You. Baba, You are everything for them. Those who surrender at Your lotus feet are the ones who pass their whole life dancing in the ecstasy of Your divine love. Baba, by Your grace Your entire creation has so many types of people and various colours. Only the life of the devotee is filled with happiness and bliss...
Namaskar, All around the globe, anyone can see that abortion is a burning issue. Every facet of society-- the people, the state, the medical industry, and the church-- all have their hardened stand on this confounded issue. About abortion, there is a hotbed of activity. And there appears to be no end in sight. Of course, abortion is not something that has been happening for ages and ages; in the past this was unknown. So abortion is a product of our modern era; it is a recent scientific "advancement". Ultimately, in the middle of all this, since the ideas of AM are to guide the society, we should know what our stand is on abortion. That way we can best serve the common people as well as other margiis. Because it is not just that abortion solely exists in the general society; this is done in our AM as well. Some of our margii doctors perform abortions and some or more members of our Marga have had abortions done on themselves. So the procedure of abortion is not like one distant island, but is rather something quite close to our own home.
Perhaps the best way to enter into this discussion is to ask ourselves, 'When does human life begin?'. Of course, ultimately we all come from Parama Purusa-- from His divine emanation. But from a biological perspective, when does human life begin. This is an important question and is highly related to the issue of abortion. Because in our AM, Baba says that we do not have right to kill another human being; it violates our teaching of ahimsa. Hence, determining when human life starts is a key point to this important issue of abortion. So when does human life begin? According to Baba's teachings in "Idea and Ideology", human life begins when two cells merge and become one. This fusion or this union marks the beginning of human life. And from that very moment, that cellular union has its own samskara and all the makings of its own quality of life. At that immediate development, when the cellular union takes place, the human being has been generated.
So when this growing cellular structure is the very essence of human life, then this cell must be protected and nurtured at all cost. Because it is the seed vessel of human life. And purposely destroying this cell-- at any stage-- is tantamount to killing a fellow human being. It is like committing murder. Because killing that cell marks the senseless destruction of human life. Which runs counter to our principle of ahimsa. So according to our view, according to the stand of Ananda Marga, we do not support abortion in any way, shape, or form. It goes counter to our neo-humanistic way of thinking.
By Baba's grace, the seed vessel or dharma of one's existence is present from the very outset-- when that first cell is formed. At that point one has their dharma. Baba says, "It is universally true, for all ages and all realms, that dharma is the main current of human life. It is the impetus of living beings; it is also their source of wealth and the guidance for their journey through life." (NSS: Disc 14) Namaskar, Ishvara
In a broad manner, people do due pressure of circumstance: Either social pressure or economic pressure. Beyond these unjust pressures, there is no reason for one to have an abortion since it runs counter to human nature. Every mother has natural love for her child. But they may abort due to the pressure of circumstance. So natural law does not support the abortion policy. One tragedy within all this if that if one does have an abortion, then later on when they are ready to have a baby they often cannot conceive due to having harmed their biological organs by getting an abortion.
Some naive persons in feel they must support every "open-minded" platform that surfaces in pop culture. They somehow feel that supporting abortion means one is "open-minded" and "progressive". But this is not our stand. In our AM we follow the path of reason and rationality and when it is clear that abortion is tantamount to killing another human being, then our approach is not to support abortion. And what AM stands for is progressive-- not anything else.
Some advocate abortion because they are afraid of overpopulation. But in AM we do not subscribe to such theories. In numerous Prout discourses, Baba assures us that overpopulation is not at all threat to our human existence. So on this point also then one cannot resort to the ghastly approach of abortion.
****************************************** Divine Guideline in Dhyana Process
Baba says, "In the fourth phase the relationship is just like a piece of paper; the unit consciousness of the spiritual aspirant is one side of the paper and the Cosmic Consciousness of Parama Purus'a is the other side of the paper; they are inseparable, one cannot be removed from the other. By His effulgence the unit existence, the existential faculty of the aspirant gets lighted, gets illumined. With His illumination the aspirant is to move forward and enjoy the Supreme Beatitude and the Supreme Composure." (SS-18, p.13) Note: Here above Baba is indirectly guiding about the last part of the practice of dhyana-- which every sincere sadhaka practices regularly.

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