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Story: Baba has Gone in Your Heart

From: "Ramanuj Subramanyan" To: Subject: Story: Baba has Gone in Your Heart Date: Sun, 09 Mar 2008 22:48:34 Baba "Tamasa' ka't'iche bihag d'akiche, purva toran'e khuliche dva'r..." (P.S. 4647) Purport: By His grace, today in the eastern horizon the sun has come, the birds are chirping with full joy, the darkness has gone. The crimson dawn is rising-- everything is beautiful; everything is charming. The door of a new era has opened. O' my brothers and sisters, everyone get ready. Do not remain drowsy and in a state of slumber-- Arise, awake. O' children, boys, and girls of the world, break the jail of dogma and staticity and come out. Now it is our duty to fulfill those great tasks which were started by sages in the past. We have to remain vigilant and keep the lamp of neo-humanism effulgent forever. By Baba's grace today all the darkness and staticity has gone; a new brilliant era has come….
Namaskar, As every A'nanda Ma'rgii knows, when Baba was living in Madhu Malainca, i.e. the Baba's Quarter (BQ) residence in Lake Gardens, Kolkata, then He would occasionally go to the Tiljala compound and remain there for a day, 3 days, or however long He wished. This was part of Baba's regular program those days. Furthermore, at each and every BQ, one Dada is posted as the caretaker and he attends to the various duties regarding the maintenance and upkeep of the BQ. Once, what happened, one time in the late 1980's, Baba went to Tiljala and after a few days He came back. And according to the system or protocol, many margiis, including the caretaker Dada, received Baba by singing Prabhat Samgiita when He returned back to Madhu Malainca (Lake Gardens). When coming out from His car, after receiving a mala from the caretaker, in a very gracious and jolly mood, Baba smiled and softly asked, "While I was away, when anyone asked you, 'Where has Baba gone', what did you tell them?". "Baba, I told them that, 'Baba has gone to Tiljala'", the caretaker replied. "And when I go to Ananda Nagar then what do you say when anyone asks you, 'Where has Baba gone'", Baba asked. "Then I tell them that, 'Baba has gone to Ananda Nagar'", the caretaker responded. Hearing this Baba started smiling and asked another question. "What if I go somewhere and I do not tell you where I have gone, in that situation what will you say to people when they ask you, 'Where has Baba gone?'". Then the caretaker kept quiet. He was now in a fix as he had no idea how to respond to Baba's query. Rather he was thinking that he would reply, 'I do not know'. Seeing this, Baba Himself gave the answer, "If I go somewhere and I do not tell you where I have gone, in that situation when anyone asks you, 'Where has Baba gone?, in that case you should tell them that, 'Baba has gone in your heart'". Baba then inquired, "Do you understand?". "Yes Baba", the caretaker said.
Although it is a very simple story, but at the same time it is very mysterious also. This story is quite popular, but some understand and some not-- still today even. That is why it is mysterious. On the one hand, some take it lightly and think that Baba was just making a joke and there is nothing more to the story than that. Whereas some bhaktas think that Guru's every word has a very deep meaning. And especially since this above story happened in the late 80's, they understood that through this story Baba was giving a hint about the forthcoming situation. Afterwards some understood in this way. But at the time nobody could fathom what was to come. Here the point is that later on some people understood that Baba's comment-- "If I go somewhere and I do not tell you where I have gone, in that situation when anyone asks you, 'Where has Baba gone?, in that case you should tell them that, 'Baba has gone in your heart'"-- was related with the fact that on 21 October 1990 Baba did not tell where He was going. The meaning is then that since Baba did not tell where He was going on that very occasion of 21 Oct 1990, then margiis understood that the answer to the question, 'Where has Baba gone', is that Baba has gone in your heart.
When Baba as the Mahasambhuti was in physical form, then He was living both inside the heart of His devotees as well as in external physical world. He was residing in both of the places. . And when He withdrew His physical manifestation, then still He continues to remain in the heart-- to this very day. That is the way to look at the situation. So all along He was in the heart of His devotees and still He remains there, only now He no longer is in external form.
Once again, the mystery is that Baba was giving the hint that He is not going anywhere other than, "residing in your heart". But those not understanding took it very lightly and thought that it is a joke. Unfortunately, by this way they drowned themselves in the dungeon of dogma. And they forcibly closed their own eyes to this very simple and divine teaching: That Baba always remains in the heart. It is rightly said that to understand Guru's word is not easy. It can only happen with His grace alone. Baba your liila is unfathomable.
By His grace, in Prabhat Samgiita #4425, Baba has given the line, "Vrnda'vanam parityajya pa'damekam na gaccha'mi..." "I am always eternally present in Vrindavan, in the hearts of devotees. That is Guru cakra. I do not go even a little away from that. I am eternally present along with my devotees in their heart." Namaskar, Ramanuj Note 1: This above story was told by Dada Keshavananda, a longtime PA (Personal Attendant) to Baba.
By all of the above, we can easily understand that Baba was foreshadowing what we should say and think when He is no longer physically present on this earth. That time Baba was graciously infusing the idea that when we do not know where He has gone then we should think that Baba has gone our heart. That is Baba's meaningful guideline. And indeed it applies perfectly to His physical disappearance from this earth. Unfortunately, some could not understand Baba's above teaching-- even today. In that way, each year on 21 October 1990 they organise their dogmatic program of Mahaprayan-- 'the so-called great departure', which means that Baba is gone forever. But from Baba's above story, we can understand that there is no such thing as Mahaprayan. Rather, October 1990 signifies the time when Baba remains exclusively in the hearts of His devotees. However, various self-serving groupists are determined to make their so-called Mahaprayan festival as one great gathering in hopes of bringing huge money into their pocket. Basically, their intention is to turn Kolkata into one dogmatic tiirtha on the basis of "Mahaprayan". This has been their self-serving plan. But little by little that plan is eroding more and more. Because Ananda Margiis-- the devotees of Baba-- are not at all attracted to the Mahaprayan program as it unceremoniously declares that 'Baba is gone-- forever'. And no devotee likes to think in this way. Nor is it true. By Baba's grace, in the above story, He has given the perfect response: "If I go somewhere and I do not tell you where I have gone, in that situation when anyone asks you, 'Where has Baba gone?, in that case you should tell them that, 'Baba has gone in your heart'". That is His divine guideline and that is what we should follow and realise in this life.

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