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Attack on Prana Dharma: Tibet Issue

Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 22:31:48 To: From: "Pavitra" pwKlauss@springnet... Subject: Attack on Prana Dharma: Tibet Issue Baba "Nutan jiivan labhiya'chi mora' nutan us'a'r kiran'e..." (PS 5015) Purport: Baba, by Your divine grace we all got new life-- in this new light wave of the dawn. The new dawn has come and vibrated our body, mind, and soul. Baba You have graciously shown us the path: The path of bliss, Ananda Marga. By Your grace, we have left all those outdated, rotten, old dogmas. Except Ista, except You, there is no charm in the life. Your love and grace is resonating in our entire existence. Baba, we all belong to the same gotra, one family. This whole world lies within this same gotra. With the love of our heart we will awaken the entire world by Your grace. Baba, You have blessed us with new life in this new dawn. This is nothing but Your causeless grace...
Namaskar, By now we have all heard about it, read about it, and most likely seen the pictures as well. Once again, China is up to its suppressive tactics with regards to their continued control and domination of Tibet. An attack on any land, people, or community is an attack on the whole of humanity. So says our AM philosophy. Plus, in order to create a society based on justice, we must clearly identify exploitative tactics in order to create a strong, liberated society-- free people from any repressive regime. For these reasons and more, as Ananda Margiis we have deep concern and interest in the riots & army crack down now going on in Tibet.
This most recent use of force in Tibet by China is only the latest in a long-string of injustices. And through it all, the Chinese have had one basic goal: To suppress the people and claim Tibet as their own. In short, theirs is an attack on the prana dharma of Tibet. As a quick review, the sum total of a peoples' songs, language, literature, cultural expressions, history, customs, and mannerisms etc are its prana dharma. Baba says, "When the national characteristics are expressed in a particular vein, we may call it the pra'n'a dharma of the nation." (AFPS-6) And the Chinese exploiters know well that by robbing a people or nation of their prana dharma then it is relatively easy to bring them under subjugation. Baba says, "The subtle way to undermine an individual or a nation is to divert them from their original pra'n'a dharma, sometimes by forcibly snatching away their right to pursue it. This will sap them of their inherent strength and capabilities causing them to become increasingly weak. Just as a bird divested of its right to fly freely gradually becomes reduced to the status of a biped, similarly, human beings when deprived of their pra'n'a dharma lose their elevated stance." (AFPS-6) So robbing a people or land of their prana dharma is tantamount to crippling them and rendering them as disabled. So many western nations did this in the past by colonizing various lands; the US has done this by exporting pseudo-culture; and the Chinese have done this through suppression and harsh army crack-downs in Tibet.
In all places, from Tibet to Palestine, and from Sao Paulo to Manila, the people must be empowered to expand their horizons-- must be able to express their prana dharma. And those who try to supress it are the enemies of humanity. Baba says, "It is the characteristic of human beings to expand themselves mentally, intellectually, and in all other subtler spheres of life. Inquisitiveness in the subtler spheres of life is the human course. It can't he suppressed. It can't be sealed. It can't be blocked forever. In the interest of the healthy progress of humanity, this intellectual flow must not be suppressed. Human beings can not tolerate this suppression. And those who try to suppress the gleamings of humanity and their philosophy come within the scope of dogma. Dogma is detrimental to human progress." (SS-12) So like the French in Vietnam, the British in South Africa, the Japanese in Korea, the Spanish in Central America, etc, the Chinese have adopted a horrific and dogmatic stance by exploiting and suppressing the people of Tibet. Let us remember that here our enemy is not any group or people but rather a defective and exploitative mentality. After all it was not long ago that the British started the destruction of the prana dharma of China by pushing opium on its people and thereafter it was the communists who completed the eradication of the prana dharma of China by their suppressive ways. This Baba has described in His discourse, 'Prana Dharma'. So it is not that China or any land is inherently bad. Rather, any regime that adopts of stance of suppression is the problem. And that happens to be the case nowadays with China. Thus we must be vigilant not only about the present-day Chinese tactics but also about any approach in any land that acts to ruin the prana dharma of the people.
One of the main guidelines Baba gives is that when the exploitation is too much then the people will rise up against it-- and that is exactly what we are seeing now in Lhasa (Tibet). Baba says, "The psychology of suppression undermines the progress of a country. People will eventually revolt against it and restore unity. The sentiments of people cannot be forcibly suppressed for a long time." (PNS, 'Three Causes of Sin') So the Buddhist monks and people of Tibet have been pushed down so much by the Chinese-- for decades and decades-- that they feel there is no other recourse than to lash out. That is what results due to extreme suppression. And that is why right now in Lhasa, cars are being burned, stores are being looted, and there is mayhem in the streets. Next, Baba teaches us that by taking away the freedom of expression then invariably the people lose their most fundamental source of strength. And this is what the Chinese have done again and again. Baba says, "The most powerful means of expression of a people's collective psychic power is their language and literature. Hence, to try and uproot a people from their culture is a special form of psychic exploitation." (PNS-19) In this following teaching Baba reminds us that so many exploitative countries and governments have imposed their will by stripping people of their own identity and sense of worth. Baba says, "Whenever the sentimental legacy of a group of people is undermined, they become easy prey to the economic, political and psycho-economic exploitation of vested interests. Such a strategy of cultural suppression was adopted by the English, French, Dutch, Spanish, American and other colonial powers. If local people develop a sublime awareness of their cultural heritage they can readily throw off all psychic inferiority complexes which prevent them from attaining socio-economic self-reliance." (PNS-9) Thus it is not just the Chinese of today, but so many powers-- past and present-- take advantage of other peoples through cultural exploitation and suppression. And that is what we must always remember. The common denominator in all such cases is the thievery of a people's sentimental legacy-- "sentimental legacy includes factors such as language, historical traditions, literature, common usages and cultural expressions" (PNS-13). And tragically, when people have been suppressed age after age then ultimately they will lose their prana dharma entirely and they will lose their life. Baba says, "As a result of this unrelenting suppression, people will never be able to raise their heads and they will die a premature and unnatural death." (PNS-9) Thus, in any land where people face a suppressive regime-- as is happening now in Lhasa-- then we must denounce that exploitative rulership and help the people to claim back their sentimental legacy and restore their prana dharma. Without that, the people do not have a chance.
By supporting the people of Tibet and all other local cultures, then and only then can humanity stand on its own two feet and be ready to move ahead. By Baba's grace, He has infused the world with this very propulsion. Baba says, "Society will move along the path of progress with increasing speed, overcoming all bondages and hindrances. Human society will enjoy a bright and glorious future." (AFPS-9) Namaskar, Pavitra
*************************************** Sentient Income
Baba says, "It is clear here too that one's ajiiva or physical occupation should be sentient...No one should be a trader in religion , because in the name of religion, many people are exploited...The scriptures stipulate that people should not accept food from such people, because their occupations are despicable." (SS-11, p. 24-25) Note 1: In the past when Lord Buddha first gave this teaching there were 4 categories of negative occupations; but now the world is so complex that this group has expanded in multiple despicable directions. Through it all the central idea is the same: That people should not make their livelihood by depraved means. In this present era these following "professions" also fall into this negative category: crude film-makers, drug dealers, politicians, stock brokers, pornography dealers, casino owners, lottery makers, religious traders who are propagators of dogma like Mahaprayan (MPD), and gangsters etc. In today's capitalist society, the middle-man is also a negative occupation. Because such persons do not produce anything of value for the society. All they do is take what is produced in one place and pass on that same product to someone else for a sizeable profit. Thus such middle men are just the leeches of society-- just sucking money from the common people without doing any constructive work of their own. Everyone is hereby invited to add more undesirable professions to the above list.

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