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Misinformation in our Official Book

Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 23:12:26 +0530 To: Subject: Misinformation in our Official Book From: Manomohan Sanyal Baba "Toma're ke cinite pa're balo..." (P.S. 782) Purport: Baba tell me, who can recognise You. It is not easy to recognise You. You go on moving on Your own path of forward movement. You do not care about any obstacles or hindrances. You always remain with everyone, side by side, individually and collectively through Your ota and prota yoga (individual tactuality and collective tactuality).* You are with everyone; You never hate anyone. To encourage and inspire one and all to do good deeds, You fill their minds with benevolent thoughts and You give them strength to go on doing great work. Baba, Your divine play is unparalleled, & unfathomable also. Everything is Your expression and in that way You are always present. In the scorching heat of the summer sun's hot wind and also in the cold breeze of ice-covered mountains-- everywhere You are. In the deep, dark, depths at the bottom of the ocean and at the same time in the raging heat of the mirage in the desert, everywhere You are dancing and everything is Your expression. In the burning heat of the desert You provide the soothing shade of the tree, and You pour nectar in everyone's heart. You saturate the human heart with the divine nectar. Baba Your ways are infinite. Your liila is beyond comparison... * In Gwalior DMC in 1984 Baba told the meaning in English of ota and prota yoga-- "individual tactuality and collective tactuality".
Namaskar, We have all come across certain books which provide us with a distinct glimpse or insight into a particular area of life. With their composed form and expert guidelines, such texts, or reference materials, grant us a deeper look, greater breadth, and a unique angle. Certainly the "A'nanda Ma'rga Dictionary" (2005) aimed to be such a tool. How far it has achieved this however is for everyone to decide. Here following are some key terms that can serve as a measuring rod in this regard.
Each and every Ananda Margii has experienced to some or more degree the unique and special role that the Sanskrit language has. Indeed Baba has described and outlined the important use of Sanskrit-- both now and in the future. Indeed without any doubt, Baba has ceremoniously told how Sam'skrta has a distinct purpose and use in the present-day world and beyond. Baba says, "India is one and indivisible...Let Sam'skrta be the national language, as this will provide equal opportunity to all." (PNS-17) Thus according to Baba, Sam'skrta is a "live" language-- a language that carries special utility.
And being the Sadguru and Founder of AM, Baba's opinion is the Ananda Marga perspective of the term. His description is the defining point; it is the true Ananda Marga definition-- period. And by looking around we can easily find numerous examples in our Ananda Marga way of life as well as in Baba's discourses that all point to the deep significance and use of Sanskrit. Yet, for one reason or another, the editors of the new AM Dictionary go against Baba's guidelines and instead describe 'Samskrta' in a totally different way-- as if Sanskrit is a thing of the past. Because in their reference publication the editors & "experts" involved with the AM Dictionary have basically defined Sanskrit as being a dead language (p.115).
Why or how those editors did like this we should think, but here is further proof of Samskrta's clear-cut importance and use in the world. (A) Baba has given approximately 10,000 pages worth of discourses solely dedicated to the technical aspects and innuendos of Sanskrit grammar. These writings are captured in the various books and series: Varna Vijiana, Varna Vicitra, Laghu Nirukta, Shabda Cayanika, P.R. Sarkar Grammar & more. And when as the Dharma Guru His each and every word carries special significance for the growth and development of the society, then how can anyone lay claim that Sanskrit is a dead language when Baba Himself devotes thousands of pages of material on Sanskrit. (B) Baba has appointed Sanskrit as one of the mandatory languages to be studied in our acarya / WT training centres. So Baba has included the Sanskrit language as required learning for guiding the society. It is an integral part of developing human understanding and spiritual knowledge. (C) Plus in our Marga, each and every activity in life from morning till night is characterized by Sanskrit terminology. From paincajanya to dharmacakra, from kiirtan to sadhana, from satsaunga to svadhyaya to samyak ajiiva, our each and every motion in life is beautifully named and described in the Sanskrit language-- including all our mantras also. (D) And of course in each and every Ananda Margii has given up their worldly or laokik names and instead been given a name from the Sanskrit language. Indeed we need not look any further than how we call one another as proof of the vibrancy of the Sanskrit language in the present-day world. (E) In addition in India and around the globe there are thousands of Sanskrit universities and colleges where they speak exclusively in Sanskrit. (F) Even worldly dictionaries highlight and define Sanskrit as still being in use. So it is unfortunate that the recently created AM Dictionary defined Sanskrit as 'a thing of the past'.
(G) Surely enough there are innumerable languages which have died away from this earth such as Pra'krta, Vedic, and Pali, etc. Baba says, "One thousand years after its birth, Magadhii Pra'krta also died a natural death." However Sanskrit is not one of those expired languages. Rather it is commonly known-- and growing. Baba says, "I am using Sam'skrta slokas and not Pa'li because Pa'li may not be intelligible to you. Sam'skrta is better understood. That is why I am using Sam'skrta slokas." (Prout 10)
(H) And here are more of Baba's famous teachings on the grand utility and beauty of Sanskrit. Baba says "If Sam'skrta is used human unity will be encouraged and human beings will move closer together... So you should encourage the study of Sam'skrta." (PNS-17) Baba says, "At the time of initiation or shortly afterwards, those who do not have a Sanskrit name should be given one by the A'carya." (CC I, p.6, 1995 Ed.) Baba says, "The Sanskrit name should be used in all worldly dealings." (CC I p. 7, 1995 Ed.) Baba says, "India is one and indivisible...Let Sam'skrta be the national language, as this will provide equal opportunity to all." (PNS-17) By His above guidelines, it is crystal clear that Baba directs us that we are to use and propagate Sanskrit more and more; but those "experts" behind the AM Dictionary are directly or indirectly discouraging it-- by that way they are only ruining their own credibility. Because which margii will pay heed to the way these editors are making their dictionary.
Unfortunately not just Sanskrit, but the editors have ill-defined or poorly defined various other key terms in AM life such as Vrinda'van (p.147), prakrtaliina (p.96), vivaha (p.147) etc, as well as included some terms and names which just do not belong such as Ac. Shraddhananda Avt, (p.8) etc. For instance, the editors dogmatically define Vrindavan as "an important pilgrimmage spot for the Hindus" when Baba uniquely guides us that Vrindavan is that 'special devotional place in the devotee's heart.' (NKS) In a separate example, there is the term Prakrtaliina which Baba describes as follows. Baba says, "Those who wrongly worship Parama Purus'a in the form of clay, iron or other material substances, are ultimately transformed into prakrtiliina." (YP, p.79) By this definition it is quite clear that prakrtaliina is a type of negative microvita. Yet in the AM Dictionary the editors wrongly define prakrtaliina as "positive microvita". Thus like swapping over day to night, the editors mix up nearly every word-- overturning common and basic terms from our Ananda Marga way of life. Tragically, those Dictionary writers make more mistakes on nearly every page, thus how can I include them all here. Some further are noted below.
The culminating idea is that Baba has beautifully provided us with new terms and definitions by which to spiritualize and revolutionize the entire society. He has given us the all the tools to propel the society in the a positive direction. So any dictionary of AM terms properly should carry the spirit and accuracy of Baba's use of words. Unfortunately those inventors of the first AM Dictionary could not properly hold up the AM Banner. So those black spots should be corrected and / or others who are more up to the task should be given opportunity to be part of the next edition of the AM Dictionary. Because those with shallow knowledge always create problems.
By His grace and through the proper understanding of Baba's teachings we are sure create that great human society. Baba says, "Build an ideal human society based on dharma. Let this be the sole mission in your life." (NKS '81 Edn, p.155) Namaskar, Manomohan
Who knows who has really written this AM Dictionary. Although Shambhushivanandaji is listed & treated a key figure in all of this, I do not believe he really could have done such a thing. So although Shambhushivanandaji name is printed there who knows how far it is true because these days articles are regularly written by one person yet someone else's name is listed in the "by" line etc. Because to make their bosses happy writers have to list the names of their supervisors as being the main people. In this way when everything is proper, the bosses get all the name and fame but when something is negative then those same bosses should also be ready to face other remarks. Anyway, whatever the trend, I still do not believe that Shambhushivanandaji was involved in such publication. Because being a Gurukul chief, how can it be that he does not know the simple and basic truth about many points related with our AM ideology. So surely other people are involved and they just stuck his name there. But those others who are involved and whose names are listed are so insignificant then what can be said about them. Overall this book will mislead innocent readers whereas those who are more experienced and alert have already thrown this book away in the garbage.
It is well known and commonly accepted that any proper Grammar book dictionary should be pristine, clear, conclusive, and flawless. That is why Baba has given utmost importance of purity and sanctity to our scriptures. Because of the wrong interpretations of their scripture Buddhism got divided. On that point we are fortunate because up till now at least on ideological points even various narrow and dogmatic groupist people do not have a difference of opinion about Ista & Adarsha. All have faith. Because Baba has given everything in a clear and conclusive manner. But if we allow this trend of publishing negative books then the situation will not be in favour.
Ac Shraddhananda Avt.- the one who diverts all his energies towards the ultimate truth is filled with bliss... (p. 8)
By seeing this type of definition then all sorts of things strike in the mind. First point being that everybody knows that Shraddhanandaji himself stopped following Sixteen Points when he took over the top chair. Means since 1990 Shraddhanandaji is (a) not singing kiirtan, (b) not doing guru puja, (c) not singing Prabhat Samgiita, (d) not attending dharmacakra, (e) not attending paincajanya, and (f) not raising the Jai slogan for Baba. Plus he started watching all sorts of crude TV programs and he kept himself aloof from the margiis. Like this in so many regards he was off the mark entirely-- not following Baba's guidelines of 16 Points and Bhagavata Dharma. Thus who can believe that by this way they have included and defined Shraddhanandaji in the AM Dictionary. This may have pleased Rudranandaji but it has not done anything good done for the society. By this way people think that the editors are worthless. By seeing them licking the feet of Rudranandaji, other fanatic H group people might get some temporary happiness and the person who wrote this will save their post. But in the readers' minds it will create a very ugly impression; and on the point of dharma this is just gross sinful deed. B group was more crafty but now margiis have condor eyes on them that is why B group factional leaders have become alert-- to some degree. But here in the case of the Dictionary something different is going on that is why I have brought the point to the notice of my AM family members.
*************************************** If We Follow
Baba says, "You must continue doing good to society, and at the same time must fight against the bad...On the path of dharma, one is not only to do noble deeds; one must also fight against the dishonest people both are virtuous actions. There are many good people in the society - noble people engaged in noble deeds - who are not ready to fight against wrongs and injustices. This sort of passive benevolence does not really promote the cause of human progress in the world. What is desirable is to acquire virtue by doing noble deeds and fighting against all sins and crimes. Both are mandatory, both an integral part of dharma." (AV-8, p. 50-51) Note: If we follow Baba's above mandate our organisation will be free from all kinds of negativity. Stagnant minded people will not get the opportunity to pollute Baba's ideology by imposing their dogma.

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