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What's Your Name

Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 21:29:38 To: Subject: What's Your Name From: Jiivendra Baba "Sakal duya'r khule dile prabhu, va'ta'yan-pathe a'lo elo..." {P.S. 2429} Purport: Baba, by Your grace You have come and opened all the doors and windows, and from that a huge effulgence has started pouring in. From the eastern horizon the crimson dawn is visible. The darkness is fast fading away. Baba, in the past there was a domination of dogma and groupism all around. Countless superstitions and negative samskaras were dancing their naked dance. But now, with the presence of Your divine effulgence, in the blink of an eye those dogmas and negative things have disappeared. And the beings of darkness have dissolved into thin air. I do not know where they have gone-- just they disappeared. Baba, with Your love and discipline You are keeping everyone under Your divine shelter. O' Baba, You are caring for everyone...
Namaskar, Language plays a tremendous in human life. It reflects the mental status of the general society and sends out signals all around. If a society is high then the language will be quite sentient whereas if the mind-set of the society is degenerated then that will also be reflected in the linguistic expression. It too will be degraded. And one subset of language is naming or names-- what we choose to call a particular person or object. This too correlates with the mental standard of the society. In AM where we live in a sentient, Baba-centered universe where all the names are Sanskrit based and reflect different aspects of the Supreme Entity. But as we know well, not all societies on this present day earth are like this-- rather our AM is unique.
For example, in so-called advanced society, these days generally human beings are not given names which have meaning. The name is given just based on what the guardians think superficially sounds good. And in that way they make the name. Such as Lucy, Howard, Barbie, etc. In the olden days, most of the names were based on the dogmatic figures in the Bible, but that tradition has basically been forgotten; or people use those names unknowingly. So it is surprising and lamentable that human beings have lost their value, and their name does not have any meaning. In our co-called advanced countries, this is quite common. If we think about it, in comparison to human beings, technical machines and components have a better status. Because at least the name that has been allotted to them carries some meaning. Such as the machine known as a photocopier. Then name 'photocopier' has a significant meaning and applies to the use of that machine. In contrast, generally the names of human beings-- whether the legal name or just the colloquial name-- mostly do not have any deeper sense or meaning. Just it namesake is for the sound alone. But no meaning. This is the way things are in the so-called developed world. Some cases have even come when a few persons raised the point that they wanted to change their name to certain numerical digits only-- like 42, 001, or anything they wish. Such cases may currently be under consideration in the court. This is an unfortunate state of affair when human existence has hardly any value. In materialistic society today, the existence is measured on the basis of money...a few coins. In Ananda Marga however, whatever name any sadhaka receives is related with Parama Purusa. And side by side all our practices, daily duties, and any type of do's and don'ts has a root verb meaning that reflects its deeper import. For this reason, Baba has introduced the system of giving names in Samskrta to all those getting initiated into Ananda Marga. Because the Samskrta name carries a deep meaning-- as we all know. So that's why all around the globe, the name of each and every Ananda Margis is in Samskrta.
Following are a few common words which we use in daily life: sadhana, dharmacakra, solah sutra (16 points), shaoca mainju's'a', Dharma Maha Cakra, ja'grti, and so many other words. Which we are aware of and familiar with. The myth has been propagated that these are Bangla terms. But here this has nothing to do with Bangla. For example, just you take this term ja'grti. This meaning is "place of awakening". And so many words are commonly used in Indian languages, related with the same Samskrta root verb. i.e. "Ja'grata" means "Awake". And "ja'grti' means awakening. And when it is given as one name of a place, then it is 'place of awakening'.
These following teachings of Baba highlight the unique beauty of the Sanskrit language. Baba says "Latin is the daughter of Vedic and so is Sam'skrta. If Sam'skrta is used human unity will be encouraged and human beings will move closer together. See how sweet the link is between Vedic, Sam'skrta and the other classical languages of the world? So you should encourage the study of Sam'skrta." (PNS-17) Baba says, "There is a very close relationship between Vedic and all other classical languages of the world. If Vedic is properly nourished and encouraged it will encourage the unity of the world and a cordial relationship amongst human beings will develop." (PNS-17) Namaskar, Jiivendra
These days in the materialistic societies, the status of human beings is very dry, low, and crude. Human beings are just becoming one mechanism. And the language reflects in that way. But in Ananda Marga, human beings are looked upon as being divine but the in this age of materialism people are reduced to objects of enjoyment, made into machines, or fallen into animal status.
These words - ja'grata and ja'grti -- The original root verb is the same. In Indian languages, they use ja'g, ja'go, ja'gana'. Many such similar words are there, and in each case the meaning is the same -- "awake". And the origin and root is Samskrta. This very root verb "ja'g" is quite commonly used in Indian languages. There are so many words there which are coming from the same root verb. Words with this root are quite commonly used in our scriptures, which everybody has. These are Ananda Vacanamrtam, Subhasita Samgraha, and all the rest of Baba's discourses also. Here and there, so many slokas are there when these terms ja'grata or ja'grti have been used. Here is one sloka, which Baba uses in various discourses: Baba says, "Uttis't'hata ja'grata pra'pya bara'nnibodhata -- that is, "Arise, awake. Seek a competent teacher and start moving along the path of spirituality." (AV-5, p.1) And here is another sloka. In which Baba uses the expression ja'grata: Baba says, "Ja'gratsvapnasus'uptya'di caetanyam yad praka'shate; Tad Brahma'hamiti jina'tva' sarvavandhaeh pramucyate." "[The three states of wakefulness, dream and sleep are expressed by the Supreme Consciousness -- One who realizes that That is Brahma, is liberated from all bondages.]" "The mind has four states: ja'grata [wakefulness], svapna [dream], sus'upti [sleep], and turiiya [merger in Cosmic Consciousness]. Of these four, the first three are expressed due to the wish of Parama Purus'a. When the unit mind, in its unbounded love for God, merges its individual feeling of existence, all its sweet vibrations, all its rhythmic ideations, in the eternal bliss, in the Supreme Entity, and arrives, temporarily or permanently, at a state of mind without any sam'kalpa or vikalpa, this state of highest wisdom, the state of union with Supreme Cognition, is the state of turiiya. The state of turiiya is the state of eternal bliss, and thus it has no external expression." (NSS, '95 ed., p.230)
****************************************** Really God's Favourite?
Baba says, "There are many philosophies which tend to crudify the human mind, and make people violent and inconsiderate. They make people believe that they are God's favourite children, whereas the rest of humanity are cursed. Although these views have philosophical sanction, they do not have the sanction of the A'tman (soul)...Intellectually such people are certainly slaves, and in the material world also they are slaves." (PNS-18, p.15) Note: This psychic disease is present in fundamentalist Jews, fundamentalist Christians, and fundamentalist Muslims etc. All are bad and guilty of this point; but especially the fundamentalist Jews & Muslims. They feel very negatively towards those who do not belong to their dogmatic beliefs. Muslims brand others as Quafir (demons) and Jews label non-Jews in their own derogatory language. Thus according to Baba the status of those fundamentalist Jews & Muslims is like slaves-- intellectually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. For more about this read Baba's discourse, 'The Continuous Effort to Promote Universal Well-Being-- Part 1'.

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