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Misunderstanding of Who is Devotee

Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 21:34:48 -0000 To: From: Chatterjee_K Subject: Misunderstanding of Who is Devotee Baba "Tumi tamisra' ma'jhe u's'a', tumi shoka'ashrute sa'ntvana'..." (PS 4619) Purport: Baba, in the deep cimmerian darkness, You are the smiling dawn. Baba, in the tears of sorrow, You are the controlling Entity. Baba, You always grace me by removing all my sorrows and agonies. Baba, in what way can I be useful for Your work. Why are You not telling me how I can be useful in Your work. Please tell me. Baba, You have given me abundant grace; my whole existence is filled with the sweetness of flowers and honey. In my mental sky-- in my world-- You are the incomparable moon. You are my Polestar. My mind is clear now-- there is no question of duality; I have no other desires. My whole existence is revolving around You. O' Baba, You are so charming and so gracious-- Your divine touch is like the soothing spring breeze, refreshing and cool. Baba You have brought me on this divine path and taught me sadhana. Baba You have given me everything. You are my Goal. Baba, in Your thundering voice, You told me that, 'you are not alone. I (Baba) am with you through My ota-prota yoga. I am always with you. Can't you hear the sound of the wheels of My running chariot. Don't You hear its call. Always I am along with you.' Baba, You are the divine Entity. And You always grace me in all the conditions-- whenever it is needed. And You are always giving me the assurance that I am not alone. That You are constantly along with me...
Namaskar, In each and every era, society is ruled by one or another dominating group that indulges in suppressing and exploiting all the other sectors of the population. In such an atmosphere, everyone falls prey to the unjust ways of the ruling group. This is the tragic trend and proven history. Likewise, throughout the ages there have been strong, courageous people who have risen up to oppose the wrongdoings of the ruling class. Yet, time and again these brave bhaktas were tossed aside and labeled as trouble-makers by the so-called leaders of the day. And instead, fake type of meek people were touted as 'great saints' or 'seers' or 'devotees' by the leaders of that era-- all because these spineless goody-goody type of saints were keeping mum about injustices and just raising the banner of the dominant group. By this scenario, a totally wrong conception, or utter misconception, was created about who is devotee and who is not.
For example, in the 20th century itself, various "sages" were brought to the fore and presented as being great devotees and top spiritualists when in reality such people were just tools or agents of the ruling elite. Immediately the case of Mahatma Gandhi comes to mind as well as numerous Christian and Catholic priests, nuns, bishops, and even popes. Of course Baba Himself has exposed these pseudo-saints such as Gandhi etc, but within the general society Gandhi and one particular nun of the 20th century are often hailed as true saviours and God-realised souls. Yet the reality is that Gandhi et al were so attached with their reputation & prestige and so fearful of the rulers of the day that they were scared to speak out against capitalist & political exploitation. By this way, what it means to be saintly in the real sense, and what is the true quality of a devotee gets totally misconstrued by the common people.
In unambiguous, distinct language Baba has totally cleared up any and all misconceptions about who is a true devotee and graciously given firm guidelines as to who are the real bhaktas. Here below Baba pointedly reveals how true devotees will act.
'Samuaunmasrnito sava'nto mamatva'tishaya'nktah'.
Baba says, "Those who have Iishvaraprema - inner love for God - remove the pebbles and stones from their path, making it smooth, neat and clean. Non-indulgence in duplicity, hypocrisy and other base mental propensities is the first sign of Iishvaraprema. Say things clearly: 'No, I am unable to do it. I shall not support you'. Talk straight. Do not say things like, 'It's good to see you again. Yes, of course I shall think it over'. Say immediately, 'No, I won't support you. Your actions are not proper. You are not following dharma. You are immoral, unideological and inhuman. Why should I support a person like you? You won't get any support from me, you can be sure of that'. But do not say, 'Come back tomorrow or the day after to give me a chance to think it over.' Close the chapter without delay. Do not linger. To do this, what do you need? You need a little courage, that is all. Every devotee possesses enough courage. Those who pursue the path of bhakti automatically acquire such courage-- they are not timid." (AV-7, p.8) By Baba's above animated explanation anyone can easily understand that devotees are brave souls ever-ready to step forward and uphold the call of dharma. And in this below teaching, Baba again clearly tells us that devotees will always take a strong step against wrongdoing and exploitation. Baba says, "By observing people's conduct one will easily notice those who are absorbed in divine love...Those who have attained Iishvaraprema can never and will never exploit others. They will raise their voice against all sorts of tyranny, injustice, and exploitation. Those who do not possess that kind of honest courage to oppose all wrongs are nothing but fakes-- they are never genuine [devotees]." (AV-7, p.12)
By Baba's afore-cited guidelines, it is perfectly clear who is a devotee and who is not. So no one should get confused or tricked into thinking that a spine-less and meek type of person is a devotee. Those who keep mum in the face of injustice cannot be hailed as a true devotee. Rather they are a fake-- hiding behind their own clown-like behaviour & superficial smile. Such duplicitous souls should never be trusted.
Baba shows us that: Guided by their neo-humanistic love, devotees feel that all are part and parcel of their singular human family. So when bhaktas see crooked leaders exploiting and hurting the common people, then immediately those devotees will spring into action and oppose that wrongdoing. This is the intrinsic quality of every devotee. And furthermore Baba's mandate is that as those bhaktas are ever ensconced in the grand ideation of Parama Purusa, they will always get more and more strength and courage to maintain their dharmic campaign. Indeed, by His grace through their sadhana they will get more and more energy to fight injustice-- knocking down those exploiters, simultaneously opening the eyes of the common people and clearing their vision. And in the end bringing welfare to all by His grace. By such qualities of courage & valour devotees are easily recognisable. This is Baba's eternal teaching.
By Baba's infinite grace and compassion may we all become great bhaktas and wipe away all injustices from this earth and usher in that brilliant pure era of peace and vitality. Baba says, "Those who can dedicate their all to the thought of the Great and the inspiration of the Supreme are verily the most heroic. Indeed, they are the virtuous, and they alone are capable of taking human history from darkness to light." (A'nanda Va'nii, #22) Namaskar, Kalicharan
Since 1990, in our AMPS there has also been confusion as to who is a devotee. So this situation or misconception is not totally limited to the general society alone. This distressing scenario has entered into our AM family as well. Where sometimes people mistakenly think that those who are quiet and walk around with half-closed eyes are the great devotees of our AM family. When in the end we find that such so-called saintly souls spend their days getting kicked around by the various groupist forces-- all because they are mentally weak or scared to lose their post or both. Certainly there is no need to mention such names here as everyday things are becoming more and more apparent. Actually, now as a collective we are developing an understanding of who is who; step by step that inner feeling is coming. And by sharpening our mind and paying heed to Baba's various guidelines, we will develop more and more in this regard-- thus enabling our AM society to grow in a proper way.
Here Baba again clearly differentiates between fake devotees or goody-goodies and the real dharmikas or bhaktas. Baba says, "We cannot call people 'good' if they cannot lead people of all walks of life towards welfare. We can call them 'goody-goodies' but not good people. Those who are truly good people will move bravely forward and provide inspiration and strength to those mute masses to fight against all kinds of obstacles, and give a clarion call to them to march ahead." (May 17, 1982) Baba says, "The characteristic of good people is to fight against injustice, to firmly adhere to truth and righteousness, to protect the helpless and fight against all evil persons. Those who are merely simple and are of a meek and goody-goody nature are not good people." (AFPS, pt 5, pg 28)
In these following passages, Baba exposes the weak and faulty character of various fake devotees like Gandhi who led the people astray. And not just Gandhi, there are many cheats who fall in this lowly category. So we should crystalise our own understanding and never get befooled by such fake saints in the future. Baba says, "During the struggle for independence, a great blunder was committed by Mahatma Gandhi. In order to show his innocence, he said that he would not support the communal award, but nor would he vote against it. That is, indirectly he supported it. What happened to the country after this was due to the himalayan blunder committed by Mahatma Gandhi. At that time he should have said, 'No. I do not support the communal award'. He did not say this because his party workers and party leaders were eager to become ministers, so they pressed him for provincial autonomy. But Mahatma Gandhi neither supported it nor opposed it. He committed a great blunder. What has happened in the country after this is the result of what Mahatma Gandhi did. At that time he should have said that we can neither split the country nor disintegrate it. As a result of the communal award, the country was trifurcated into Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. This was the result of the blunder of Mahatma Gandhi, and he did it under the pressure of his party leaders." (PNS-18, 'The Dangers of Communalism') Here below Baba again points out how fake saints like Gandhi are just the tools of the ruling class. Baba says, "The post-independence period can be divided into three main phases -- the Nehru era, the Gandhi era and the Janata government. All these eras came within the jurisdiction of the Vaeshya Era or capitalist rule, and they all had one thing in common-- they had a soft state policy towards the capitalists." (PE)
*************************************************** Spiritual Progress in Future Humans & Animals
Baba says, "The human beings of that future age will be very sensitive...The functional jurisdiction of the brain will also increase. Similarly, many animals will become more sensitive and their vocabulary will increase. With intellectual development vocabulary increases, and the number of words in a language also increases. The functional jurisdiction of the brain of animals will increase too. With the help of spiritual practices, the human beings of the future will increase the functional jurisdiction of their brains with accelerating speed." (PNS-17, p.36)

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