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Reverence to Guru is at Stake

Date: 21 Feb 2008 22:11:53 -0000 From: "Anil Vijayan" To: Subject: Reverence to Guru is at Stake Baba "Maner vyatha' mani ja'ne, ca'pa' a'che gopane..." - P.S. 463 Purport: Baba, I love You so much. The yearning and longing which I have for You, everything is hidden deep within my mind. The feeling which is in my mind nobody can understand-- except my mind. If I want to express these ideas and sing them to You in the form of song, then it is very difficult to do. Because these are the inner feelings of my heart-- and are not to be shared in public. But I can sing those songs to You if only You and I are there-- nobody else. When we will be together in a lonely place then I will surely make You listen to those songs which resonate the inner feelings of my heart. Baba, the pain of my mind only my mind can understand. Baba, the Prabhat Samgiita songs which I sing in dharmacakra & other programs, whatever I sing in those songs the feeling of my heart is not expressed. Those songs which express my internal feeling I do not sing in dharmacakra. What I will sing in lonely place that I will sing for You. The language of the heart only the heart can understand. It cannot be heard by external ears. In my practices, I feel in my heart that You are and I am-- and that except us there is nothing else in this entire universe...
Namaskar, As once again some are murmuring about changing the Supreme Command, let us all take a moment to reflect on what it means to have a Guru and be on the path of tantra.
As we all know, in tantra, Guru's example, teaching, and word are everything. We have all experienced how this is an invaluable feature of being on the path. With reverence & surrender, the disciple must follow Guru's each and every order. That is the way tantra works: To do as per Guru's wish. So the spirit of Guru pujanam is an essential aspect of tantra-- it creates a special link of love and reverence between the sadhaka and the Guru. Without that there is no tantra. Baba says, "Gurupu'janam – one must have reverence for the guru." (AV-34) Baba says, "Gurupu'janam: one should do as per the gospels of the preceptor." (SS-18) Hence, Baba's clear-cut mandate is that each and every disciple must adhere to Guru's expressed guideline. And indeed the devotee feels in their heart that there is no other way, 'I must follow what Baba has given; that is what is most dear to me'. This is the innate feeling of every Ananda Margii, of every bhakta. And this inherent yearning-- along with His divine grace-- are what propel us towards the Goal.
However, yet again, some misguided jinanis are trying to misdirect simple margiis by wrongly claiming that the Supreme Command must be changed. And they have given all sorts of logic and reasoning which need not be addressed here-- nor anywhere. Because all such attempts to change Guru's Supreme Command are useless-- since they undermine the whole essence of tantra, and with it the Guru-disciple relation.
In the recorded version of the discourse-- 'Mantra O Mantrajapa-- given in Morning General Darshan on 18 June '79 in Kolkata, Baba Himself states the term 'Supreme Command', in English. That itself is enough to know that He approves of that very translation of the Bengali 'Caram Nrdesh'. So when the term 'Supreme Command' is His own selection of words, then that should be honoured. It is not that we are debating the translation of Carma Nrdesh into Swahili, Portuguese, Thai-- or any other language which Baba chose not to speak. Rather the Supreme Command term is the very English term which Baba Himself spoke. Hence there is no question of having it changed. This is Guru's given term: Supreme Command.
But some dry jinanis have the penchant to change everything-- even the Supreme Command-- which is why Baba Himself makes explicit jokes about such jinanis. In Varna Vicitra part 2, in the last chapter Baba muses how when proofing another's writing, a jinani will even cross out the term 'please' and put 'kindly'; and if the person had originally written 'kindly' then the jinani will mark it out and insert 'please'. This is the diseased approach of various jinanis. Their ego goads them to change each word-- to put their fingerprints on everything. And it is this very same pettiness of mind which leads certain jinanis to even change the words of Guru's Supreme Command. When, in reality, the term is not up for debate. Baba has Himself spoken the phrase 'Supreme Command' in English then that is enough for us. What He has given is gold and none should get duped into chasing after some glittery tinsel instead-- i.e. the false words of some jinanis.
The overall idea is that Guru's guideline is everything in tantra. In vaedic diiksa, the guru is not so important. But in tantra the relation with Guru is everything. That is the greatness of tantra. And verily true tantric disciples have been blessed with the inner feeling that Guru's every mandate is divine. So when Baba is the Tantric Guru and when He Himself has given the words 'Supreme Command', then that is the term to be used-- period. It is just like how Baba has given the term avadhuta-- then there is no question of changing that to mullah, or priest, or pundit etc. Because what He has given is what is best. That is His preference and it is that preference which we must uphold.
By Baba's grace, He has given us everything to progress in life and the very essence of those teachings have been embedded in His Supreme Command. As His disciples, we are not only to strictly follow the orders given in the Supreme Command, but with reverence-- with Guru pujanam-- we are to honour the name itself as that is the one Guru has explicitly chosen. Baba says, "In Tantra, the greatest emphasis is placed on the preceptor-disciple relationship... [and] also on the need for disciples to make a total surrender to the preceptor in the early stages of the Tantric path." (AMIWL-9) Namaskar Anil
Baba strongly warns us about such tricky jinanis who wish to change Guru's teachings like the Supreme Command. Wherever they go, such jinanis create hell and confusion in the society-- for no reason other than to show off their own intellectual extravaganza. Baba says, "Such hypocrites want to misguide the people by their tall talks alone...'Loka Vya'moha Ka'raka.” That is, 'They create disease in the minds of the people.' Their aim is not to solve society’s problems. Rather, they are the chief cause for the downfall, retardation and sad plight of human society. The present crisis in today’s civilization is due to them. Their theories are based on the psychology and intellectual extravaganza of the hypocrite. You will certainly encounter many such theories in the social sphere, the economic sphere, and other spheres of life. This is not the problem of a single country, but of the entire intellectual world. Again I repeat that the crisis in civilization today is due to the intellectual extravaganza of these hypocrites, these polished satans." (PNS-6) Thus jinanis are never happy nor ever satisfied unless they are puffing up their own egos by putting forth their own false theories and attaching their own name to such theories. That is what Baba is warning us about in the above passage. And that is exactly what we see happening with such jinanis who have made up their own fake term-- Supreme Direction. As Ananda Margiis, we are to uphold Baba's original and chosen term, 'Supreme Command'.
**************************************** The Way Parama Purusa Evaluates
Baba says, "Do not think that those who are highly learned intellectuals are elevated. In the realm of spirituality even illiterate persons can reach the Goal, leaving those intellectuals behind. Parama Purusa does not consider the intellectual qualification or intellect. He evaluates everyone with the measuring scale of how much love one has for Parama Purusa." (SS-14, p. 91, Saharsa DMC, 27 June 1980)

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