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Because there is Bliss

Date: Mon, 07 Apr 2008 21:37:06 -0000 To: From: Ram Sahay Kulshresth Subject: Because there is Bliss Baba "A'sha'r a'loke ele, bha's'a'r atiit tumi, a'ma'r duhkh-klesh bhula'ite..." (PS-1754) Purport: Baba, You are the embodiment of hope, inspiration, and bliss. Language is wholly incapable of expressing Your greatness. Baba, in this poignant moment, You have come here to remove my agony and sufferings, and to wipe away my tears in these dark days. Whatever accumulated degeneration and negative things were there in my mind, You removed everything in one blink of the eye. Baba, this is Your grace. Baba, nobody except You is mine-- to whom I can relate my pain. You are the only entity in this universe who is mine, to whom I open my heart and express everything. Indeed there is no one else in this entire universe except You, to whom I can tell the inner feelings of my heart within these three worlds, tribhuvan. O' my dearmost Baba, You are the nucleus of all effulgence. Please grace me by singing the song of divinity in my ears. Baba please come close to me. I have prepared one freshly blossomed flower garland for You which is full of fragrance. And I am waiting for that auspicious moment when You will come, and then in a lonely place I will offer that garland to You. Baba, You are my everything. And with Your arrival all my sufferings have gone, because I have gotten You. This is exclusively Your grace...
Namaskar, Invariably on one of our Marga networks the question gets raised, "Who is an A'nanda Ma'rgii?". And veritably speaking, the question is certainly an important one which holds deep significance. Since, after all, our two-fold duty is both to be Ananda Margiis and also to create more Ananda Margiis. Given this, we should all hold an agreed upon, clear-cut idea of what constitutes being an A'nanda Ma'rgii. On this point everyone is encouraged to write in with their thoughts and realisations. And side by side as a community we should investigate and collectively reflect upon Baba's divine teachings on this all-important matter.
As we all know Baba has magnificently advented Himself and clearly presented the spiritual cult for all to follow. This is His great boon upon us all. As some may remember, initially Baba called the path as 'the straight path' or Rju Ma'rga: Baba says, "The meaning of the word rju is 'one who moves straight ahead' or 'that which is straightforward'...Rju path means 'straight path', one that does not bend right and left." (SC-2) So at the outset, those who followed Baba's tenants were the adherents of the straight path or Rju Ma'rga. However, being that omniscient Cosmic Entity, Baba knows that "straightness" alone does not satisfy the infinite longings of the human heart. Human beings want something more-- humans want bliss, eternal bliss.
Hence, to appease that special a'kuti (longing) of human beings, Baba has graciously created A'nanda Ma'rga-- literally meaning, the 'path of bliss'. And by His grace, AM is that blissful movement to the Cosmic Hub, to Supreme blessedness. Baba says, "The path which leads to supreme bliss is a singular one; there is no second path. The path is one, and only one. If this universe is considered as a circle, its nucleus is the blissful Purus'ottama to which every point on the circumference is connected. If any microcosm located on any point of the circumference wants to reach the Nucleus, he will have to move with Cosmic ideation, floating on the divine waves of bliss. From no matter what point on the circumference one measures the distance to the Nucleus, that radius will always be the same. This radius is termed the a'nanda ma'rga-- the path of bliss." (DT-2, 'Sadhana') Thus this movement on the path of A'nanda Ma'rga starts with human life and culminates in eternal bliss. And along the way, along that radius while moving on the path, one is "floating on the divine waves of bliss". This is Baba's expressed teaching.
So, per Baba's guideline, feeling and receiving bliss is part and parcel of the movement on the path of A'nanda Ma'rga. Indeed it is an essential element of that journey. It is just like when one moves towards the sun then step by step one feels progressively warmer and warmer. Similarly those moving on the path of A'nanda Ma'rga naturally feel more and more bliss as they progress along the path toward the Supreme One. This 'bliss' is a natural outcome of one's movement on the path of A'nanda Ma'rga. Thus each and every A'nanda Ma'rgii feels a blissful vibration as they journey forward.
By Baba's grace, within the practical cult of AM He has given all the particulars for moving ahead on the path. And by following Baba's selected teachings of do's and don'ts, one is able to move with ever-accelerating speed-- thereby feeling more and more bliss. Baba says, "In A'nanda Ma'rga this divine flow of Brahma is embedded in different lessons of spiritual meditation. Thus, those who practice this meditation, whether in the present or the future, whether within time or beyond time, will certainly cry, sing and dance with exquisitive spiritual joy, and advance steadily towards the blissful Macrocosmic stance." "Advancing thus, establishing oneself in yama and niyama, and becoming a true sadvipra, one will attain oneness with the Supreme Entity. Developed human beings will have to move along this Macrocosmic flow of Brahma. One who tries to remain aloof from this divine flow does not deserve to be called a human being. One should bear in mind that the highest fulfillment in life lies in movement in the Cosmic flow. The path along which this movement takes place is called the path of bliss, the path of A'nanda Ma'rga." (AMIWL-8, 'The Macrocosmic Stance & Human Life') So following Baba's teachings of yama and niyama and Sixteen Points etc are requirements for advancing on the path. Keeping away from these practices only means inviting one's degeneration. And by incorporating those AM practices into our life we will enable one to move ahead-- in a speedier and speedier fashion, feeling an ever-increasing amount of bliss.
By all this we can understand that an Ananda Margii is one who actively feels that bliss which is an inherent quality of traveling the path of A'nanda Ma'rga. By this way we should gauge ourselves. Because entering onto the path and plumping oneself down and sitting still is not enough. That stagnant position does not qualify one as an A'nanda Ma'rgii. Rather one will have to move and by that movement one will receive bliss-- one will be "floating on the divine waves of bliss". This is Baba's clear-cut guarantee and part and parcel of being an A'nanda Margii So once again we should gauge ourselves. We should see if we are moving fast or slow. The speed of one's movement is measured by the amount of bliss one feels. In this way we should frankly question ourselves: 'Am I really an Ananda Margii-- am I feeling that bliss which Baba says is an inherent aspect of moving on the path. Or am I just a margii in namesake only-- just calling oneself an A'nanda Ma'rgii but not tangibly feeling that bliss which is the cornerstone or defining point of one's movement along the path of AM. Person to person we should all ask ourselves in our heart and truthfully evaluate how far we are A'nanda Ma'rgiis. The answer lies within each and every one.
So A'nanda means bliss and the degree to which one is feeling that bliss in their life is that degree to which one is an Ananda Margii. Some lazy persons may say that 'Oh, there is no need to feel bliss just I am an A'nanda Margii'. But this is nothing but their own stagnant quality. Instead those who are ardent followers will zealously ask themselves how far they are really getting bliss and simultaneously desire to receive more and more bliss. And by Baba's grace He has given the perfect formula: By following His teachings one will get bliss. So if one is not feeling any bliss or if one wants to feel more bliss then there is tremendous hope as well as a practical approach. Because as we engage more and more in His devotional cum spiritual practices and incorporate these divine ideals into our heart then naturally bliss and nectar pours throughout one's entire being-- until one is totally drenched in that supreme bliss. This is Baba's expressed formula. And by this way we can all joyously move ahead by His grace.
Here below is Baba's great assurance that the path of Ananda Marga is for one and all and that by His grace we will get success and progressively become one with that divine bliss-- and reach unto Him. Baba says, "In Ananda Marga, this wave of the Supreme Consciousness is to be attained in the process of meditation (sa'dhana'). That is why, in present or future, if anybody does this sa'dhana' with great determination, they will also dance, sing, laugh and weep, and thus they will move on towards that Supreme. In this way, by moving and moving, establishing themselves in morality, becoming 'sadvipras' (spiritual moralists), in the true sense of the word, they will become one with that Supreme form of Bliss. Human beings will have to dive into this wave of the Supreme. This is the true success in life. The is the A'nanda Ma'rga-- Path of Bliss." ("Brahmabhava and Human Life") Namaskar, Ram Sahay
Question: Who is an Ananda Margii? Answer: One who feels the divine bliss that naturally comes from travelling on the path of AM. By this way we can easily understand that a simple farmer who sincerely does his sadhana practices etc may be feeling tremendous bliss in his life and qualify as a top-grade Ananda Margii; whereas, someone else may be holding the top post of Purodha Pramukha or GS etc but they may be drowned in their own ego and ignorance, thus having a dry mind devoid of any bliss. In that case we cannot call that post-holder an A'nanda Ma'rgii. So it varies from person to person depending on what they feel in their heart. And the best judge of this is oneself.
All are aware that Baba began teaching the blissful practice of AM sadhana before creating AMPS. So first He began initiating aspirants into the cult of Ananda Marga; and those who followed this path of bliss became known as Ananda Margiis. And then per His desire in 1955, Baba formed the organisation-- AMPS (A'nanda Ma'rga Pracaraka Samgha). So Ananda Marga is not a structure per se but rather a way of life. Therefore A'nanda Ma'rgiis are adherents of the path of bliss and living according to those ideals and the organisation AMPS has been made to further propagate the teachings of AM.
****************************************** Money and Peace
Baba says, "With the acquisition of money people still feel that they have nothing; in spite of possessing a huge amount of money they often beat their chests in despair. So it is not money they seek-- what they truly desire is peace, not happiness. But it is only rarely that people attain peace in life...The answer [then] is that by attaining Parama Purus'a one no longer has any unsatiated hunger or unqueched thirst." And that is the stage of perfect peace. (SS-12, p.38)

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